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Today's Belize News: November 4, 2017 #526835
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The San Pedro Sun

Illegal dumping of garbage continues; local authorities slow to respond
The San Pedro Sun was able to speak to People’s United Party Mayoral Candidate Andre Perez. Perez said he prefers not to speculate on who is dumping the garbage now. “I’m not sure if the garbage being dumped there is from the north resorts or if the Town Council is aware of it,” he said. “There are many authorities on the island that can work together to find who is doing this inappropriate garbage disposal and stop it. As the authorities of the island, they should exercise their power, especially the Town Council.” Perez says that this is not the only area where garbage dumping is happening. During his campaign north of San Pedro Town, he noticed that a lot of garbage is being dumped on empty properties as well, especially in the San Mateo Area. “This not only affects our islanders but also will affect our tourism industry, Ambergris Caye fully depends on the tourism industry for survival,” he said. Perez said that the community is being led by irresponsible authorities, as the island is confronting many issues at the time and nothing is being done.

San Pedro House of Culture celebrates its Dia De Los Finado
On Thursday, November 1st The San Pedro House of Culture (SPHC) once again brought tradition to San Pedro Town. Many residents gathered at the SPHC to celebrate their dearly departed at the annual ‘Dia de los Muertos’ celebration (Day of the Dead). The tradition is celebrated by the Garinagu, Mestizo and Mayas, and is usually observed over two days, November 1st and 2nd. The event started at 7pm, with Director of SPHC Mito Paz welcoming everyone and explaining the importance of the event to those in attendance. “Everyone should remember their loved ones and pay tribute to their deceased friends and family members,” said Paz. Afterwards, the audience enjoyed traditional food and toured inside the House of Culture. Inside, altars with photos of deceased island resident, illuminated with candles, honored loved ones.

Holy Cross Anglican School Basketball team represents the island at District Finals
The basketball team from the Holy Cross Anglican School is back on the island after participating in the Basketball District finals in Belize City on Monday, October 30th. The team was not able to grab a spot for the national tournament, however they put up a great fight, and plans are already underway to participate next year and outdo this year’s results. Holy Cross won their pass to the District Finals after defeating San Pedro Roman Catholic School at the regionals on Tuesday, October 24th in San Pedro Town. The tournament was organized by the National Sports Council to bring out the best teams from across the country.

San Pedro Volleyball Tournament continues
Sundays at the Angel Nuñez Auditorium in San Pedro Town means Volleyball time. The San Pedro volleyball tournament hit its fourth week on Sunday, October 29th. The first game began at 1PM, when Isla Bonita girls defeated Holy Cross girls in a tight match that went into the third set, 21-13, 10-21 and 15-16. San Pedro Roman Catholic School (SPRCS) girls took an easy win against New Horizon Seventh Day Adventist School (NHSDAS) girls, by winning both sets, 21-9 and 21-5. Next up were primary school boys. The first game saw NHSDAS boys facing SPRCS boys, with the victory going to NHSDAS boys by winning both sets, 21-19 and 21-5. Games continue this weekend on Saturday, October, 4TH to 5th starting at 1pm at the Angel Nuñez Auditorium. Islanders and volleyball enthusiasts are invited to come out and support their favorite team. Food and refreshments will be on sale during the games.

Our World Project brings educational shows and treats to island students
Debbie and Larry Heimgartner continue to bring love and positive vibes to Ambergris Caye’s students through their ‘Our World’ project. On Friday, October 27th, the San Pedro High School (SPHS) witnessed two plays dealing with social issues affecting young people around the world. They also made their annual visit to the San Pedro Roman Catholic School (SPRCS), where they treated students to delicious Manelly’s paletas. This year, the Heimgartners were joined by two performers, Sarah MacKenzie and Emma Stirling. MacKenzie and Larry Heimgartner wrote ‘Find the Balance – Equality for All’, a 30-minute drama presentation that touched on equality and women’s rights.

BTB’s new Online portal speeds up tax payments and guest registration
Hoteliers can now submit their monthly accommodation tax returns and make payments online, through the Belize Tourist Board’s new Online portal which became operational on Wednesday, November 1. At the official launch at BTB’s headquarters in Belize City, BTB’s Business Development Manager Shou-Ku “Sean” Tang explained that the new portal will increase efficiency, accuracy and accountability 100 per cent. He said the system would speed up business as it is intended to be paper free and hassle free, making transactions easy, fast, secure accurate and convenient.

Ambergris Today

Forensic Interview Training For Victims Of Human Trafficking
The U.S. Embassy, in coordination with U.S. Homeland Security Investigations, provided training on Forensic Interviewing Techniques for Victims of Human Trafficking to over 65 Government of Belize officials from five different agencies: Human Services; Police; Immigration; Customs; and Department of Public Prosecutions. The Embassy continues to support the Government of Belize’s efforts to reduce human trafficking. The three-day training course was held at the Biltmore Hotel from October 31 to November 2, 2017. Victim Assistance Specialist Instructors from U.S. Homeland Security Investigations and the Human Trafficking Institute shared best practices on how to identify and successfully interact with victims of Human Trafficking. These best practices will contribute to successful criminal cases against perpetrators of these offenses.

25 Honduran Females Detained In Immigration Bust On Ambergris Caye
Twenty five Honduran females have been detained pending investigations as San Pedro Police Department conducted a joint operation along with the Immigration Department at three local bar establishments on Ambergris Caye. This news comes as Honduran newspapers reports that a woman was arrested for trafficking teen girls into Belize for prostitution. Honduran newspaper La Prensa reports that Denia Suyapa Ochoa was detained in San Pedro Sula during an operation called "Fire Storm". According to the reports, Ochoa works in the Honduras Ministry of Health and according to the Protection of Women Agency, she would enlist young females (minors) who would be brought to San Pedro, Ambergris Caye to work at a brothel. Ochoa would personally take girls to San Pedro Sula, where someone else would pick them up and transport them to Guatemala and then to Belize.

Misc Belizean Sources


Stamp Duty Amendment
he general public is hereby informed that the Stamp Duties (Amendment) (No. 2) Act, 2017 came into force on November 1st, 2017. The rate of stamp duty on transfer of land to a Belizean (or CARICOM) national whether by sale, exchange, gift, or testamentary disposition remains 5% on the consideration or value of the land in excess of $20,000.00 and in the case of transfer of land to any other person the rate of stamp duty is 8%. The above rates of stamp duty will apply to other land transactions as specified in the Stamp Duties Act, Chapter 64, Substantive Laws of Belize, Revised Edition 2011, as amended.

Constitutional violation to prisoner's rights at Kolbe Foundation
Attorney says Prison is violating the Constitutional rights of her client: To as attorney for a minor in trial I busted the Kolbe Foundation to meet with client. After meeting the first one and awaiting to see the second d one I was unceremoniously accosted by Vernon Bennett and operations Officer and told that I cannot see my client. The reason they cite is that I had to be placed in their records that I am his attorney. That is bullshit.... since October 6, 2017 I have been at court doing his case in Dangriga ... so it can't be that prison authorities so daff and think he can be going through a murder trial...

Belize Wildlife & Referral Clinic saves a boa
BWRC's staff are awesome! The job is often dirty, always demanding, sometimes a bit dangerous or requiring overcoming some fears and may involve walking good distances. Thanks to Godwin for taking the 7 foot boa 1.6 Miles into the jungle to release her far away from (human) danger. Her story? She was nearly killed for being in someone's yard in the city, saved by Gordon Kirkwood and then treated and allowed to recover from head trauma at BWRC. Relocation recommendation for snakes (especially as large as this one) is 1 Mile or more away from human settlements and by a water source.

Belmopan BTIA Tourism Expo
Happening this weekend at the Show Grounds! Come out and have a fun filled day! Free Entrance!

Missing Dog in San Pedro
Yoshi is still missing! Has anyone seen this dog?

Yesterday's Mass at the San Pedro Town Cemetery for Dia de Los Muertos

The Ambassador of Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan) H.E. Ambassador Charles K. Y. Liu officially handed over the Belize Electronic License and Permit System (BELAPS) to the Deputy Prime Minister Hon. Patrick Faber and the Central Information Technology Office (CITO) of the Government of Belize, on Thursday, November 2nd, 2017 at Radisson Fort George Hotel and Marina. This handing over is a result of the official completion of a 5-year bilateral ICT project of Belize which aims to assist Belize in boosting the efficiency of its existing import-export licensing and permit issuing processes. The total budget of this project was US 1.8 million, of which US 1.5 million was provided by the Taiwan Government.

Winding up of pension plans

Family seeks assistance for the female that was shot to the abdomen in Corozal.
She is in a critical condition and blood is needed. We are not sure of blood type. Please call 663-5412.

Princess Casino Freezone Corozal
Here are the judges surrounding the lucky winners of the Halloween party and competition held this Thursday. Congratulations to Luis Mayo Alonso and Martin Landeta.

St. Francis Xavier Parish - There are 3 temporary teaching vacancies
2 at Our Lady of Guadalupe R.C. School starting January 2018 and 1 at Louisville R C School. Candidates need to have a Full License and submit to: Assistant Local Manager, St. Francis Xavier Parish, Corozal Town. Deadline is 10th November 2017. Call for further information 422 2018 or email. [email protected] 2 are for 14 weeks and 1 from January to June 2018

Banquitas celebrates Dia de Muertos/ Finados
On November 2nd, 2017 Banquitas celebrated Dia de Muertos/ Finados, a Maya Mestizo tradition where we remember our loved ones that passed away. It is a beautiful rendition where we invite the souls to receive our offerings in their memory. I thanks the community at large for once more supporting us this year. Thanks to Mrs. Libertad Cal who is always assisting us to prepare the altars, thanks to Mr. Manuel Solis who was our guest speaker. Thanks to our volunteers and Staff for working together to make this possible. Thanks to the individuals that brought their photographs and offerings. To the ladies that prepared the meals, many thanks! I also thank Mrs. Silvina Moh and Alejandra Novelo for the flowers. Special thanks to Mrs. Bertha Alonzo for leading the prayers which are the most important aspect of this celebration. To every single person, many thanks.

GREAT Cup 2017
"The opening ceremony for the Gang Resistance Education and Training Program - G.R.E.A.T. CUP 2017 was held at the BTL Park in Belize City on Saturday, October 21, 2017. The sporting competition is supported by the U.S. Embassy through the International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) section, which provides equipment, uniforms and trophies for the participants. Cadets and G.R.E.A.T. students from the Eastern Division Community Policing program were represented and they came from Precinct One, Precinct Two, Precinct Three, Precinct Four, Ladyville, Hattieville and Coastal (Caye Caulker and San Pedro).

Combatting Climate Change in the Vaca Forest Reserve
A new project is being started with local farmers titled, “Combatting Climate Change in the Vaca Forest Reserve”. It is aimed at building the capacity of local farmers to maintain and promote new technologies and innovations adapted to climate change impacts in the reserve. This project is made possible by GEF SGP, Australian Aid and the Forest Department.

Pediatric Plastic Surgery Mission Clinic
To be held at the Southern Regional Hospital on Sunday, November 12, 2017 at 8:00 am. Please call to register at 223-7300 or Khandice Tillett 615-6010!

Channel 7

AG Signs Amendment to Misuse of Drugs Act, Possession of Small Amounts of Weed Is Legal
Tonight, if you're an adult in possession of 10 grams of marijuana or less, you are no longer committing a crime. That's because the Governor General signed the amendment to the Misuse of Drugs Act into law yesterday. The decriminalization amendment was passed by parliament last week, and on Tuesday, the National Evangelical Association of Belize came out swinging at the Government, asserting that this is a bad decision. But, while the churches may criticize, the political parties gave it bi-partisan support, and so, the law is here, and unless or until Parliament decides to repeal it, marijuana possession in small quantities is legal. This evening, Attorney General Michael Peyrefitte outlined what marijuana smokers can and cannot do:

Weed Not For Minors
So, as you heard, adults are allowed to be in possession of 10 grams of marijuana or less. You can smoke it in the privacy of your own home, or in your own yard. You are allowed to smoke it on someone else's premises, with the explicit permission of the owner of residence. If you do not have the permission of the homeowner, and you are caught smoking it, you can be charged. Also, you cannot take the drug with you unto the school compound. If you are caught, you will be warned and subsequent offenses will result in monetary fines. And while the law relaxes the consequences of marijuana possession or consumption for adults, it's not the same thing for minors. The Attorney General was particularly forceful in making the point that minors caught in possession of the legal quantity of the drug, will be penalized. Here's how he explained the rationale behind that:

Peyrefitte to Churches: Put Up, Light Up, Or Shut Up
We also took the opportunity to ask the Attorney General about the harsh criticism from the National Evangelical Association of Belize. These pastors believed that GOB completely ignored their objections, and the opposition of others who think that decriminalization is a mistake. Peyrefitte pulled no punches when he responded saying that this was not a unilateral decision, as NEAB is suggesting it to be: Hon. Michael Peyrefitte, Attorney General: "Let me be very calm. I'll try to be very calm about the church the way I try very hard to be calm about the CCJ. Given what the church has been found guilty of in recent years - I think priests and pastors have no moral authority to try and judge anybody out here who wants to smoke marijuana. They just object for object sake."

AG Concedes Law Is Very Imperfect
But, while the Attorney General doesn't have much patience for the church's spin on how Government viewed their objection, the fact is that both sides share the concern that the law is imperfect. It makes it legal to be in possession of small quantities of marijuana, but it does not address the purchase or sale of marijuana, and other activities like cultivation. So, basically, you can possess 10 grams, but you can't buy it, or grow it. When we asked Peyrefitte about the mixed messages, he conceded that there are gaps. He explained the Government's position on those other activities which are still illegal:

Decriminalization and The Weed Wars
There is also that school of thought that the decriminalization of small quantities of marijuana will fuel the weed wars in the streets, which police say has been driving city homicides. The Attorney General said he doesn't buy that. Hon. Michael Peyrefitte, Attorney General: "With maximum respect to those who hold that position as some senior police officers hold that position. I think there is just a general sense of lawlessness in this country that's unacceptable at this point. You have people punching females' officers and people abusing other people like that. I will not buy hook line and sinker that it is a marijuana issue."

Police Burn Down Marijuana Farm In North
And, lest you think the government might now turn a blind eye to marijuana cultivation, they're not. Today in the Corozal District, police burned more than 1,500 plants. It happened between 11:00 this morning and 2:30 this afternoon when a joint operation was conducted between Orange Walk Special Branch, the Quick Response Team, and other specialized units. They found a Marijuana plantation about 6 miles North West of Paraiso Village - which is very close to Mexico. It had 1430 mature trees in the ground, while another 220 mature harvested trees were found under a hut. The trees were all uprooted and burnt.

Man With Gun On Ground
This morning at 8:05 in Belize City, shots rang out on Kut Avenue - which is on the city's southside. Police on motorbikes responded with lightning quickness and ran down 24 year old Reese Fitzgibbon on Fairweather Street. He is of a Supal Street address which is just a short distance from Kut Avenue. Not only did police catch Fitzgibbon and manage to subdue him face down on the pavement, they also got his gun - a 9 millimeter smith and Wesson pistol - which you can see on the sidewalk right beside him. The pistol had five live rounds. Fitzgibbon is detained pending charges of discharging a Firearm In Public and Kept a Firearm and Ammunition without a license.

Serious Head-On Collision, But Life Is Spared
There was a very serious accident on the Philip Goldson Highway this morning where a fruit delivery truck was completely smashed by a head on impact. And though the truck ended up looking like a crushed sardine pan, the 2 occupants of that vehicle survived. Police say that just before 4:00 this morning, they responded to a traffic accident at mile 8 on the highway. That's when they found this grey and red Toyota pickup truck, which was carrying vegetables and watermelons. On the right side of the highway, they found this Ford Everest SUV, with damages to the driver's side.

Julio Choc Charged and Remanded
Alleged hit and run driver Julio Choc is in jail tonight - on remand for causing the death of 32 year old mother of one, Melissa Murillo Andrews on last Saturday night. The Belmopan resident was arrested on Wednesday night after Belmopan police got a call pointing the cops to his cargo truck was concealed under a covering. The truck had front end damage consistent with the one that ran over Andrews and her husband, Allen. He was charged for manslaughter by negligence, causing death by careless conduct, Negligent Grievous Harm, driving without due care and attention, Fail to Stop and Render Aid, and two counts of Failing to Report an Accident.

President of the CCJ Named In Criminal Compliant By Anti-Court Crusader
He's the head of Belize's highest court, the CCJ, but, tonight, Sir Dennis Byron is the subject of a criminal complaint in Trinidad and Tobago. Dominican attorney Cabral Douglas - who has been on a crusade against the CCJ after losing a case there - alleges that Grenadian Queen's Counsel, Dr Francis Alexis accepted a bribe from Byron to support the publication of his book called "Changing Caribbean Constitutions." The story goes like this: Byron was the former director of the Canadian funded JURIST project. Those funds are earmarked for Caribbean Judicial Reform and Institutional Strengthening. According to Caribbean News Now, the complaint is that in 2015, when Byron was director of the JURIST project, he "made the funds available to Alexis although publication of the book was not a part of the project."

Westjet Cometh From Calgary, Canada
Airlift to Belize from North American cities continues to expand, and now you can add Calgary, Canada to the list of cities with direct flights to Belize. Now, it's not Houston, or Miami, or even Toronto, but the fast growing city in Canada's midwest has an eager market of visitors seeking the adventure tourism that Belize offers. The inaugural flight touched down this afternoon, and the tourism head honchos told us what this flight means for Belizeans and the tourism industry:

Norma Pena from Progresso Says She Killed Woman Who Was With Her Huzzy
In April of 2013, Progresso resident Norma Pena stabbed two Belize City women because she says they went to a village dance with her common law husband. One of the women, Veronica Gonzalez died from her injuries, while her friend Wendy Aragon survived. Today, after more than 4 years on remand, Norma Pena pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of manslaughter and to attempted murder. Pena claims that Gonzalez and Aragon provoked her by socializing with her common-law husband. She explained that after the dance, the two women followed her home and a fight erupted where she stabbed both of them. She expressed remorse for her action.

Kaleem Caught For Arwing Robbery
Two nights ago we told you about 24 year old Kaleem Chun, the alleged serial arsonist from PG whose bail was revoked. Belize City police wanted to question him about some crimes against Chinese businessmen. Today they said he is the one who robbed Arwing Shop on Santa Barbara Street on September 27th. Chun appeared before Senior Magistrate, Aretha Ford where he was read a single charge of robbery. He held up Wei Yei Yang at gunpoint and stole $1,500 dollars in cash.

15 More Pickups For Crime Fight
Last week, Police Minister Elodio Aragon promised 15 new pickups for the police operation ACT. And today he delivered. The Police received 15 brand new specially outfitted Great Wall Wingles. Now, the Wingle might not be the most durable, but it gets two A's from government, meaning that it's available and affordable. Caribbean Motors was only too happy to supply, and they told the media about the half a million dollar fleet: The 15 trucks came up to a total cost of $610,000 Belize Dollars which will be paid over a period of 6 months.

BTL Bill, Settled, But Still, "Ain't No Sunshine" With Ashcroft Alliance
So, earlier in the week - the big news was all about the 78 million US dollars that government has to find to pay off the Ashcroft Alliance in a week's time. It's the final payment for the acquisition of BTL - so, that should put an end to 8 years of costly legal battles. The Ashcroft Alliance emerged with about half a billion dollars in compensation and you sort of get the sense, Lord Ashcroft wouldn't feel too bad taking a victory lap. But, not quite yet, because just when you thought this one was over - it isn't, not quite yet. That's because there's still the matter of the Sunshine Shares. If you don't remember those - don't feel too bad. That dates way back to 2005 when in another one of those special deals - Social Security loaned 10 million dollars to Sunshine Holdings, an Ashcroft company, under highly concessionary terms. Sunshine used that money to acquire shares in BTL.

Youth Forum On HIV
"HIV, Youth, and the Future" is the name of the first youth research forum on HIV and it was held today with students from the high school and university level. The goal of the forum was to educate the students so that they could be a part of creating a national program for HIV and AIDS that speaks directly to young people. Arthur Usher from the National Aids Commission told us more. Arthur Usher, National Aids Commission Communications and Programs Officer: "We actually sent invitations to various schools and youth organizations to invite our young people to come and youth leader to come actually and give us feedback of the information as to what they think can alleviate the issue of HIV within the youth population so we are hoping to get some idea from them as to what type of programming we can do next year that can directly impact and alleviate the issue of HIV and young people in this country."

Selvin Accused of Jacking Tourist
Eighteen year old Selvin Waight went to court today - accused of robbing a tourist of his iPhone. On Monday, tourist Patrick Zeimer, was walking by Constitution Park when two men jacked his Iphone. Waight was charged with robbery before Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford and pled not guilty to the charge. Waight said that he is actually innocent and that he saw the robbers holding up Zeimer when he was passing by Constitution Park. He said he was erroneously pointed out as the culprit.

"Alkaline" Will Stand Trial For Killing "Hog"
Twenty-three year Henry Harris, known as "Alkaline", will stand trial in the January session of the Supreme Court for the murder of 44 year old Clinton "Hog" Fraser and the attempted murder of his brother, Michael Fraser - which happened in January of this year. That's what came out of a preliminary inquiry before Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford today.

BIFF, 15 Years Later
The 2017 edition of the Belize International Film Festival will begin next week Wednesday Night. It's the festival's 15th year, and the festival is entering a stage of maturity where it assists in the growth of the film industry in Belize, and gives local film makers a platform to showcase their work. The Founder and Director, Suzette Zayden, says that for this year's festival, there are 29 films from eighteen 18 countries that have been selected to be featured. This evening, she stopped by to tell us more about the 5-days of activities: The film festival opens on Wednesday, November 8th, at 5:30 p.m. with a preview. It ends on Sunday, November 12, with a closing awards and concert.

Primary School B-Ballers
This morning 144 primary school basketballers from all over the country came together to play at the 2017 basketball nationals. The tournament started in September and after weeks of competition, the best male and female teams from each district made it to the nationals. This morning 7 news was there to see the kids in action. We also to speak to the Director of the Sports Council along with Sports Minister Patrick Faber about the importance of the annual event. Ian Jones, Director of National Sports Council: "Well at the nationals it is the best of the best of the best. I think they have played a total of 4 or 5 games in their respective zones. Then they played the district champions so you really had to be the best to be here today."

Capital Cops Finally Get Their Big Up
And before we end this last newscast for the week, we have one story that we meant to bring you on Wednesday, but could not due to a technical glitch. It's about those Belmopan Police who moved so quickly to crack the case of the armed robbery at the First Stop Pawn Shop. In less than 72 hours, Sergeant Julio Shal, Corporal Mateo Carrillo, Constable Jose Uh, from Belmopan, worked with Assistant Superintendent Alejandro Cowo from Belize City to arrest the culprits and recover the valuables. On Wednesday they were rewarded awarded for their good work with a free lunch and award ceremony at the Bull Frog Inn.

Pruning Inga
Our next story is about the pruning if Inga Trees. Now, if that means nothing to you, don't feel bad, you'd probably need a masters degree in agronomy to know what it means. But, the Ya'axche Conservation Trust tells us that farmers in the Toledo District are using Inga trees, known locally as "bri-bri," to control weeds, improve soil health and reduce the use of herbicides on their farm lands. Farmer Bartolo Teul explained the science and history of a process called Inga alley cropping:

Channel 5

10 Grams Now Legal!
Weed smokers across the country can exhale a marijuana-tinged sigh of relief tonight, following the decriminalization of ten grams of cannabis on Thursday.  Governor General Sir Colville Young has assented [...]

A.G. Says Crime Isn’t All About Marijuana
The recent spike in violent crimes in Belize City is being attributed to an ongoing drug war among rival groups, purportedly over the sale of marijuana.  With the decriminalization of [...]

Police Handcuffed – No Charges for Legal Weed
The Belize Police Department, according to AG Peyrefitte, is fully onboard with the new law; however, there are officers within the agency that are averse to the idea of persons [...]

Churches Told to “Shut Up”
Perhaps the AG’s most fiery response was reserved for the Council of Churches.  When asked to give his two cents on their objection to the passage of the law, he [...]

Audrey Matura Barred from Meeting Client on Trial at Kolbe
A routine trip, by attorney Audrey Matura to the Central Prison in Hattieville to visit with clients, turned ugly this morning. Around ten o’clock, Matura says she was removed from [...]

16-year-old Murder Accused Sanctioned and Straitjacketed
Despite efforts made by Matura to reason with security personnel and to reach out to the C.E.O. of Kolbe, she was denied access to her client. She alleges that her [...]

Brothers Miraculously Survive Highway Accident, But Not Out of the Woods
A pair of siblings is tonight in a critical condition at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital after the vehicle they were traveling in collided head-on with an SUV coming from [...]

Crooked Tree on Alert for Flooded Lagoon
Tonight, residents of Crooked Tree village are on alert. For the past several days, there has been rain in the area, and the Crooked Tree Lagoon is now in overflow. [...]

Work to be Done for Causeway, Village Roads
Prime Minister Dean Barrow announced during his Independence Day address that the Crooked Tree Causeway is also to be raised and resurfaced, and the Caribbean Development Bank was to have signed the contract [...]

Reese Fitzgibbon Caught in the Act of Shooting
There was another shooting incident this morning in Belize City, however no one was injured. Just after five this morning, police were called out to Kut Avenue where shots were [...]

Artiste “Nitro” Set Bail for Social Media Threats
After seven nights in lock down at the Belize Central Prison, twenty-four-year-old Shikell Nunez, aka “Cross Di Nitro,” is out on bail granted to him by Supreme Court judge, Denis [...]

Ryan Swift Poisoned; Police Have Not Identified Chemical
A week ago Saturday, fifty-four-year-old Ryan Swift died after suffering a seizure at his home on Central American Boulevard. On Thursday, police confirmed that he was poisoned after consuming a [...]

Haitian LGBT Denied Visas; Foreign Affairs Intervenes
Belize’s LGBT community is seeking to get to the bottom of a reported act of discrimination against guests it is welcoming for an event next week. The Executive Director of [...]

Evangelicals Believe They Should Teach According to Scripture
This week at its press conference, the National Evangelical Association of Belize spent much of its time condemning the plan to introduce decriminalization of up to ten grams of marijuana [...]

Education Minister Says No Problem
But Minister of Education Patrick Faber says that the ministry not allowing Christian values to be taught within the classrooms is far from the truth. In fact, it is encouraged [...]

NAC Gets Youths Talking about HIV/AIDS
The National Aids Commission in collaboration with the United Nations Development Program engaged the youth population in dialog and program development given the HIV/Aids statistics in the country. Today at [...]

Youth Council Leader Talks Innovative Ways to Get Youngsters Involved
Acting president of the National Youth Council of Belize, Dominique Noralez, also participated in the forum. Despite the fact that Noralez sits as the youth rep on the Commission, in [...]

The Drums Beat on at Birds Isle
The far end of Albert Street this morning was rocking with the sounds of Garifuna drumming.  The annual battle of the drums moved to Belize City this year in anticipation [...]

Primary Schoolers Hit the Hoops Hardwood
While Birds Isle reverberated with drumming, over at the Saint John’s College gymnasium the pounding was on the basketball court. Teams from around the country were on hand for the [...]

A New Way to Pay B.T.B.
The Belize City Council led the charge toward online payments for property taxes a few years ago, and much of the government apparatus at national and local level are rushing [...]

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Early Morning Accident leaves two Men in a Critical Condition
Two men are hospitalized in critical condition following an early morning traffic incident at mile eight on the Philip Goldson Highway. According to police, thirty-six-year-old Con Murphy was driving the Ford Everest SUV heading towards Ladyville and, upon reaching mile eight, collided head on to a Toyota pickup that was transporting watermelons and vegetables. The […]

Police Officer injured in Traffic Accident
Another traffic incident occurred this morning and happened in the Toledo District at around 8:35 this morning in Emory Grove Village. A police constable received body and head injuries as explained by Love News Correspondent Paul Mahung. Officer in charge of Toledo Police Formation, Assistant Superintendent of Police, Clement Cacho spoke of the incident. Clement […]

Police quick Response led to arrest of Perpetrator
In Belize City, gunshots rang out before eight o’clock this morning on Kut Avenue. Police were alerted and a quick response led them to the arrest of 24-year-old Reese Fitzgibbon, a resident of Supal Street. Police report that Fitzgibbon was armed with a nine-millimeter pistol and five nine millimeter rounds of ammunition. He was detained […]

Dalla Van Taxi Drivers remember their fallen Comrade
Belize City Police have yet to charge someone for the murder of forty-year-old Haitian Odner Estizeine. The ‘dalla van’ taxi driver was fatally shot on October 27 while at the corner of Complex Avenue and Jones Street. Estizeine was a member of the Dalla Van/Taxi Association and today his colleagues decided to take a stand. […]

Police received 15 New Vehicles to help Fight Crime
In an effort to fight crime, specifically in Southside Belize City, today the Belize Police Department and Caribbean Motors closed a deal for 15 Great Wall Wingles. The purchase was made by the Government of Belize through the Ministry of Home Affairs for the Department at a cost of approximately 6 hundred and 10 thousand […]

Firefighters experienced Communication Problems
The National Fire Service had to send its radios for repair. For the past few weeks, firefighters were experiencing communication problems as it relates to its radios attached to the fire trucks. Three of the radios were damaged and sent to be repaired. We asked Fire Chief Ted Smith about it. “Yes we had some […]

West Jet to increase “Canada Belize Bilateral Merchandise Trade”
West Jet inaugurated its second direct flight from Canada today. The Canadian Low-cost airline inaugurated its first flight to Belize in 2016 from Toronto. The new flight now comes from Calgary and touched down this afternoon at the Philip Goldson International Airport at fifteen minutes past three o’clock. Honorary Consul of Canada to Belize Lynn […]

NAC & UNDP host Youth Leaders Forum
The National AIDS Commission (NAC) in collaboration with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) hosted the Youth Leaders Forum today in Belize City under the theme: “HIV, Youth and the Future: A national Youth Leaders Forum”. According to the Programs Officer Arthur Usher, the goal was to educate and engage 30 youth leaders in an […]

BNE donates to Punta Gorda Town Council
Belize Natural Energy Charitable Trust made a donation to the Punta Gorda Town Council on Thursday. Paul Mahung reports. Paul Mahung, Love FM “Belize Natural Energy Charitable Trust yesterday handed over a compactor garbage truck donated to the Punta Gorda Town Council. During the handing over ceremony at the Punta Gorda Central Park the keys […]

EMPRENDE helps Boost Local Businesses
Entrepreneurs play a vital role in strengthening the country’s skill and add to its development. In this regard, the EMPRENDE Belize Fund was launched on October 5, 2016, whereby individuals or teams with a business concept or business were provided with a seed capital to start or expand their business. This afternoon was the closing […]

Choc charged for causing the death of Mellisa Murillo
Julio Choc, the man believed to be involved in the traffic incident that claimed the life of twenty-nine-year-old Mellisa Murillo last Saturday has been slapped with six charges. The thirty-five-year-old has been formally charged with causing death by careless conduct, Manslaughter by negligence, failure to stop and render aid, driving without due care and attention, […]

Police Destroy Marijuana Plantation
Orange Walk Special Branch, Quick Response Team, other specialized teams and officers conducted a joint operation today. As a result, they discovered a marijuana plantation located approximately six miles North West of Paraiso Village in the Corozal District. The plantation had one-thousand-four-hundred and thirty mature trees measuring between one to six feet in height. In […]

BLPA signs Technical Cooperation Agreement with IDB
The Belize Livestock Producers Association (BLPA) and the Inter- American Development Bank (IDB), signed the Technical Cooperation Agreement for the project entitled “Improving Livestock Sector Productivity And Climate Resilience In Belize”. The project is funded by the Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF), in partnership with the Nordic Development Fund (NDF) and Global Affairs Canada (GAC) through […]

Several Schools competed for the National Championship
The National Primary School Basketball Championship games got underway this morning at the St. John’s College gymnasium. This year’s participants from Belize City are St. Joseph R.C and St. Martin de Porres; from Orange Walk Town: La Immaculada R.C. and San Francisco R.C.; from Corozal Town St. Francis Xavier and Corozal Methodist; from the Cayo […]

Henry Harris to Stand Trial for Murder
Twenty-three year Henry Harris, aka “Alkaline”, charged with murder and attempted murder, was committed today By Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford to stand trial in the January session of the Supreme Court. Harris is charged with the murder of 44-year-old Clinton “Hog” Fraser and the attempted murder of his brother, Michael Fraser. He is also charged […]

Selvin Waight charged with Robbery
Eighteen-year-old Selvin Waight, an unemployed person of Gibnut Street, was charged with robbery when he appeared today before Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford. Waight pled not guilty to the charge. The prosecutor objected to bail on the grounds that the offence has become prevalent; that the crime rate has increased dramatically; that the offence was committed […]

Martinez to Stand Trial for Unlawful Sexual Intercourse
Twenty-one year old Victor Martinez, a resident of Ladyville charged with unlawful sexual intercourse, was committed today by Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford to stand trial in the January session of the Supreme Court. The prosecution intends to call 7 witnesses. The items that were submitted by the prosecution included 3 sets of photographs, a medico-legal […]


US$78 mil in 9 days
The Barrow administration, and the country, suffered another devastating legal loss to Lord Ashcroft-related entities when the Caribbean Court of Justice, Belize’s highest court, on Wednesday, November 1, delivered a stinging judgement regarding the terms of the final payout of compensation for the government’s acquisition of Belize Telemedia Limited. In the case of the Attorney General of Belize versus Dean Boyce, Dunkeld International Investment Ltd. and The Trustees of the BTL Employees Trust, the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) issued a ruling which determined the final amount of money that the Government of Belize had to pay to Dunkeld International Investment Ltd. and the Belize Telemedia Employees Trust.

“Storm of Fire” nabs alleged Honduran human trafficker
elize is making international news, but this time, unfortunately, for its link in a human trafficking ring based in Honduras. Honduran news outlets are reporting that teenagers from that country have been trafficked to Guatemala and Belize, where they are sexually exploited and faced with forced labor. In the case of Belize, the outlets are reporting that the women are taken to the island of San Pedro, where in many cases they are forced to serve as prostitutes in an undisclosed bar. The future of the ring and the continuation of its operations are not yet known, as the woman believed to be the head of its operations has been jailed.

Belizean people “punked” by our own officials – once again!
There appear to have been serious breaches by Belizean authorities of the protocol relating to a maritime accident when they released a 60-foot yacht, Amador, a US-registered vessel that had run aground on the Belize Barrier Reef near South Water Caye, which is about 21 miles southeast of Dangriga Town. The incident reportedly occurred on Saturday night, October 21. Guatemala’s Prensa Libre reported that after the S.O.S. of the yacht’s owner, Guatemalan singer Carlos Peña, went out on his Facebook page, the Guatemalan consulate in Belize indicated that a rescue boat had left in search of the stricken boat. No local authority we interviewed could tell us where the rescue boat came from.

Many illegal immigrants voted in the March 7, 2012 elections
The Opposition People’s United Party (PUP) has long accused the ruling United Democratic Party (UDP) government of stealing the 2012 National and sub-national elections. That is because between October 2011 and February 2012, over 2,000 foreign nationals were gifted Belizean nationality certificates even though they did not meet the requisite qualifications. With those certificates, they thereafter registered and voted in the March 7, 2012 elections, which the PUP lost by a combined estimated 800 votes. Former Director of the Immigration and Nationality Department, Ruth Meighan, in her appearance before the Senate Select Committee, conceded that many illegal immigrants voted in that election.

Brenda Jandrez, 22, shot in bed
Shortly after 8 o’clock on Wednesday morning, Corozal resident, Brenda Jandrez, 22, was lying in her bed with her new boyfriend at her home on Mahogany Street in the Corozal District when a gunman pushed his hand through her window and fired a single shot. Jandrez was hit in the stomach and rushed to the Corozal Community Hospital, and later transported to the Northern Regional Hospital in Orange Walk Town. She was thereafter transported to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH), where police say she is in a critical condition, fighting for her life.

PUP fight for amendment to infamous Maritime Areas Act
The Opposition People’s United Party (PUP), on October 20th, filed a motion in the Senate seeking permission to debate an amendment to the Maritime Areas Act that was passed in 1992. The amendment is for Belize to claim all its territorial sea and exclusive economic zone allowed under international law. In an interview with the press on Tuesday, Lead Opposition Senator, Eamon Courtenay, indicated that this move had been in the pipeline a long time ago. He said, “In terms of context, the party leader, Hon. John Briceño, had some time in the past called for an amendment to the Maritime Areas Act in a debate in the National Assembly. On another occasion in the National Assembly, the former Party Leader and former Prime Minister, Honorable Said Musa, had done the same thing.”

UB males and SJCJC females are champions of ATLIB National Volleyball Tournament 2017
The Association of Tertiary Level Institutions of Belize (ATLIB) held its National Volleyball Tournament last Saturday, October 28, at the SJC gym in Belize City. We would like to thank all athletes, coaches, sports coordinators, staff, administration, medical personnel, referees (BVA), police, media and fans who came out to watch the games. Most certainly they witnessed athletic performances of the highest quality in a spirit of sportsmanship and fair play… Teams that qualified for the Nationals were: West – UB (University of Belize) males and females; South – IJC (Independence Junior College) males and SCEJC (Stann Creek Ecumenical Junior College) females; Central – SJCJC (SJC Junior College) males and females; and North – CEMJC (Centro Escular Mexico Junior College) males and CJC (Corozal Junior College) females.

BzSA Optimist National Championship and Laser Regatta results
After delays and postponements due to inclement weather and poor wind conditions, the Belize Sailing Association’s (BzSA) National Championships for the Optimist class boats got underway on Saturday and Sunday, October 28-29, at the BTL Park in Belize City. Twelve competitors from 3 clubs participated, and at the end of 2 days of racing, 14 year-old Peter Joo of Placencia Sailing Club clearly demonstrated that he is now the top sailor in the Optimist fleet in Belize. The first day of sailing hardly had enough wind for race officials to continue with races, but after several prior postponements, officials proceeded with 5-knot winds. Joo showed that he had acquired significant techniques in light-wind sailing, and took 4 of the 6 races by as much as 10 boat lengths. Sailors eventually learned to cope with a steady and strong current running from the north to south that is common knowledge for sailors that sail in the Belize City Habour.

Olimpia crowned inaugural Scotiabank CONCACAF League champion
Olimpia earned the inaugural Scotiabank CONCACAF League title Thursday night at a rainy Estadio Nacional, overcoming host Santos de Guapiles in the two-legged final, 4-1 on penalty kicks. Michael Chirinos scored the second leg’s only goal in the first half, giving the Honduran power a 1-0 win and leveling the series 1-1 on aggregate. The sides went directly to penalty kicks after the final whistle brought the second half to a close. Olimpia, which lifted its first CONCACAF trophy since the 1988 Champions’ Cup, converted each of its four attempts, while Santos hit the back of the net once in three tries…

Editorial: Da who responsible?
On Monday morning, the United Democratic Party (UDP) Government of Belize sent their Gang Suppression Unit (GSU) to invade the private premises of the Southside’s second largest employer – a media house named Kremandala which is 48 years old. On Wednesday morning, the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), Belize’s highest and final court of justice, humiliated the UDP Government of Prime Minister/Minister of Finance, Rt. Hon. Dean O. Barrow, with a judgment in favor of Lord Michael Ashcroft which calls for GOB to pay Ashcroft $78 million in U.S. currency by November 10. The judgment is in the neighborhood of a quarter of Belize’s foreign reserves; despite Mr. Barrow’s attempt at a Wednesday afternoon press conference to put on a brave face by arbitrarily predicting how profitable the new tourist season is going to be, it was already difficult to do business in Belize because of foreign currency problems, and this CCJ judgment will surely make matters worse.

From The Publisher
The Police Department and Ministry decided to send Kremandala a message on Monday morning by sending their Gang Suppression Unit (GSU), an armed paramilitary group, to violate the privacy of our yard, which houses Amandala, KREM Radio, KREM Television, and the African and Indian (Indigenous) Library. The pretext for the attack was that the GSU had a warrant for a fiery political activist named Raymond Rivers, whom they had seen/heard on the KREM Radio/Television morning talk show. The GSU could have waited at the gate until their target finished the show, they could have covered the back of our yard to make sure he did not scale the fence, and then they would have been sure of their target. But, it was not really Raymond Rivers that they sought. The bosses of the GSU wanted to violate and embarrass Kremandala, which they did.

Meliton Auil remembers Cobo
Dear Editor, This morning I read with interest your article about “Cobo”, whom I certainly remember, and by sheer coincidence, I was telling his story to some friends over the weekend. When Cobo was in Belize in the 1950’s, I was a young clerk working at Barclays Bank at their main office on Albert Street, where the bank always had British newspapers and magazines on display at their counters. Cobo used to be a frequent visitor at our counters where he used to spend some time reading the papers.

G.S.U. invasion of Kremandala compound represents a failure of the state to protect the media’s rights
To whom it may concern, We hope that this letter finds you well. Our organization Kremandala— made up of Amandala Newspaper, Krem Television and Krem Radio, all located at 3304 Partridge Street— writes to you to alert you to events that transpired on Monday, the 30th of October, 2017. We believe that the actions carried out by members of the Belize Police Department, in particular the Gang Suppression Unit (G.S.U.), represent a violation by the state of our rights as an independent media house. Kremandala also connects Sunday’s events to others over the past 3 years, outlining specific moments that have highlighted the dangerous conditions in which journalists and activists live in this country.

RIGHT TO THE POINT: Will hotels consent to the use of marijuana on their premises?
So if you read the first part of my writing regarding the ten grammes of marijuana which is being decriminalized, you will realize that it is a myth that the possession and use of marijuana has become legal. It may seem like splitting hairs, but there is a vast legal difference between the law not pursuing a legal recourse because you have in your possession a small quantity, in this case ten grammes, and the outright possession of any amount, anytime and anywhere. It is also a myth that there are no repercussions since it places a more onerous condition on persons with more than ten grammes, or with the ten grammes or less found at an educational institution and on minors and their parents.

Awu le wuguri
I have discovered that the axiom “haste makes waste” is true and definitely applies in my case. In my haste and enthusiasm to open the window of the Garifuna culture and its history, I erred grievously, and grievously have I suffered the inadequacy of my feeble attempt in my publication of, “Garifuna, The Facts and Myths”. I have read paragraph after paragraph over and over again, and I wince at some of the things I wrote and the many facts that I omitted. The reason for this was I was trying to say so much in a very short time and space. The lack of funding for an in-depth research was lacking and, of course, inexperience played a great part in my endeavor. My intentions, however, were sincere. It has been some time now since I have attempted to do anything to correct and improve what I had attempted to do. I have just now recovered from a malady of writer’s blues.

Did the US weather service have any impact on Hattie hitting Belize because of project storm fury ?
October 31, 2017 will mark the 56th aniversary of one of the most destructive hurricanes that ever made landfall in Belize – Hurricane Hattie. The great mystery about Hattie according to historical records is that Hurricane Hattie had actually headed past Belize to Cuba, in late October of 1961, but mysteriously took a turn towards Belize. Hattie ran into cool air which essentially had the effect of reversing its direction from north to south. “In 1961, we Belizeans were not as confident in the predictions of the weather scientists in Miami, because this was a time when we were hearing of their silver iodide experiments on seeding hurricanes, and overall it seemed that the American scientists had decided to play with natural fire, so to speak. 55 years after Hattie, the weather scientists know a lot more than they did back then.” (courtesy of Amandala Publisher). Thanks to the Publisher of the Amandala for sharing this theory about the silver iodide. I have decided to do a research. According to data this was the name of the experiment — Project Storm Fury.

The real people power
Belize at 36 years since independence is a very young country by global standards. By extension the political power structure, party politics and the political process are also very young but have turned out to be extremely flawed. The blame for most of this can be placed squarely on the shoulders of all those who have served in the House of Representatives, since there were sufficient examples in the world of what a vibrant, progressive democracy look like. However, the vast number of politicians and those aspiring to serve the people have three things in common — self-preservation, greed and the lust for power. Others were more preoccupied with building personal family fortunes, political dynasties and the power base of their respective political parties. In other words party politics became kind of a business enterprise for them. The end result is the Belize of 2017 and the nation we now live in.

Carl Reneau, 28, was committed for trial in the murder of Jaheem Mahler, 15
Carl Reneau, 28, charged with the murder of Jaheem Mahler, 15, was committed for trial in the January session of the Supreme Court at a preliminary inquiry that was held today in the court of Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford. Reneau accepted a paper committal and the prosecution submitted 32 statements, 16 sets of photographs, 5 reports, 2 compact discs with footage, 4 chains of custody forms and a statement from Reneau, who was not represented by an attorney. Mahler, a student of Gateway Youth Center, was shot and killed on January 18, 2017. He was riding his bicycle on Iguana Street Extension along with two others when his assailant shot him 8 times.

PM Barrow says “parallel enterprise” at BDF will be investigated
An apparent irregularity has been uncovered by the Auditor General in a report on the Belize Defence Force Jungle Training Program and this has placed a senior BDF officer in the public spotlight. Yesterday at the Best Western Biltmore Hotel, following his press conference, Prime Minister Dean Barrow told the media that the matter would be investigated. The audit report revealed that a company, Belize Jungle Experience Ltd., had contracted with the BDF to provide logistical support for a group of 35 German soldiers who were on a jungle training exercise in Belize.

Placencia drills Wagiya in back match, keeps playoff hopes alive
Last night, in a Week 11 back match at the M.A. Stadium in Independence, home standing Placencia Assassins crushed visiting Wagiya from Dangriga by a 6-1 margin. Six Placencia players scored 1 apiece, Gabriel Ramos (15’), Ashley Torres (26’), Alexander “Pleck” Peters (30’), Luis “Baaka” Torres (59’), Delone Torres (76’) and Jaden Garbutt (88’); while budding super-striker Krisean Lopez (24’) got the lone goal for Wagiya, who are now out of playoff contention.

Home invasion in Ranchito
The home of an elderly couple in Ranchito was invaded by two armed thieves, for whom police are searching. At about 1:00 this morning, Michael McGee, 70, an American retiree, and his wife, Janet McGee, 68, were sleeping in their house when two armed, masked men gained entry into the home. The criminals bound the couple with duct tape and forced the couple to lie on the floor, and they then stole a number of television sets, computers, Janet’s diamond wedding ring and Michael’s wedding ring. They then stole everything they could carry, and anything they could put in the couple’s 2003 Dodge Ram pickup, which they also took from their victims.

Joshua Gillett, 20, charged with attempted murder
Fisherman Joshua Gillett, 20, a resident of 46 West Collet Canal Street, was charged with attempt ed murder when he appeared today before Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford. Gillett was also charged with dangerous harm and use of deadly means of harm. Senior Magistrate Ford explained to him that she would not take a plea from him because the offences he is charged with are indictable. She also explained to him that the court could not consider offering him bail until after 3 months have passed. He was remanded into custody until December 21.

The Reporter

Another fatal accident in southern Belize
An elderly man is dead following a traffic accident on the Hummingbird highway this afternoon. Reliable reports reaching the Reporter indicate Jose Garcia, 67, of Middlesex community, mile 25, was driving a red pickup truck on a road leading out of the community to the […]

Police charge man for fatal traffic accident
Police have arrested and charged Julio Choc in connection with last Ssturday’s fatal traffic accident that claimed the life of Sittee River village resident, Melissa Murillo. Choc is charged with ‘manslaughter by negligence’, ‘causing death by careless conduct’, ‘driving without due care and attention’, ‘negligent […]

Small cattle farmers to benefit from technical cooperation
Some 250 small and medium-sized cattle farmers stand to benefit significantly from a project agreement signed on Thursday between the Belize Livestock Producers Association and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). The project, worth $1.6 million, aims to make the cattle farms more resilient to climate […]

Two men left critical following traffic accident
Two men from Orange Walk are in critical condition at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital following a traffic accident this morning on the Philip Goldson Highway. Police say the mishap occurred around 3:30 near the Manatee Lookout near mile 8, and involved a grey and […]

Cops investigating murder of Cardinal Andrews
The case of a shooting incident last Wednesday on Patridge Street in Belize City has been officially upgraded into a murder investigation after the victim, Cardinal Andrews, died at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH) on Sunday. Andrews died around 4:00 p.m. on Sunday. He had suffered […]

Cocktail for manatees this weekend
In its bid to protect the lives of Belize’s endangered manatees, Sea to Shore Alliance, has collaborated with a number of agencies and other groups to hold the third of its kind “Cocktail for the Manatees,” scheduled for this weekend. Spearheaded by manatee researcher, Jamal […]

Over 10,000 lbs or garbage collected off highway
Participants in the Walk for a Green Belize initiative, hosted in commemoration of World Environment Day, collected an estimated total of 10,800 lbs of garbage from off the George Price highway. The Department of the Environment (DOE), the Belize Solid Waste Management Authority (BSWaMA) and the Belize […]

When are bumps, skin tags and growths dangerous?
Many people have skin blemishes that sometimes are just spots or discolouration, while others are bumps and boils. What do these flaws mean? Warts are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV) and can show up on the hands, face, feet, limbs, and near the nails. […]

ROC Taiwan helps GOB offer services online with BELAPS
The Government of Belize is moving increasingly into the digital age, by rolling out services which citizens may access securely online from the comfort of their living room or office. This means 24-hour access, no more waiting in line, or having to travel to Belmopan […]

Cuba wins landmark U.N. vote on U.S. embargo
Cuba won an almost unanimous vote from the United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday, November 1, to adopt a resolution to end the economic, commercial and financial embargo, which the United States has imposed against Cuba in 1962 after Fidel Castro’s rise to power and […]

The Politics and Business of Marijuana
Valerie Woods With the amendments to the Misuse of Drugs Act, an adult will now be able to possess and smoke up to 10 grams of marijuana in the privacy of his/her home and in someone’s house or in a hotel room with the consent of the owner. Although a […]

The Billion-Dollar Question: How to fill Belize’s SME Credit Gap? Part 6
The last few installments in this series on alternative financing approaches that are useful considerations in bridging the Small-Medium-sized Enterprises (SME)’s credit gap had focused on the usefulness of secured transaction registries (STRs), and how these provide increased protections for creditors using movable assets as collateral. However, true to the […]

Police charge suspect for Swazo’s Sunday morning attack
Belize City police have charged Joshua Jeremy Gillet, 20, for the Sunday morning shooting of 44-year-old James Swazo at his home on Ground Dove Street in the Jane Usher area of Belize city. Gillet was charged with ‘attempted murder’, ‘dangerous harm’ and ‘use of deadly means of […]

Four shot on Neal’s Penn Road; police look for suspect
Police are seeking one suspect in connection with a shooting on Neal’s Penn Road in Belize City on Sunday which left four people injured. Police say that sometime around 3:00 that afternoon, Godwin Flowers, 28; Cameron Moreira, 18; Darren Dawson, 32; and Gerald Tillett, 67, […]

Elderly couple held up and robbed at home in Corozal
A retired, elderly American couple was traumatized on Tuesday morning when they woke up at 1:00 a.m., to discover two unwelcome visitors in masks in their Ranchito Village home in Corozal. The burglars left them bound after stealing items worth almost $47,000 at gunpoint. Michael […]

San Pedro man charged for attempted murder of female resident
A construction worker and resident of San Pedro town was arrested on a number of criminal charges for allegedly attacking a woman last Wednesday and inflicting multiple cut wounds to her neck. Gilbert Anthony Palacio, 28, of the San Mateo area of the island was arrested for […]

Serious traffic accident on the Philip Goldson Highway
Police are investigating a serious traffic accident which occurred on the Philip Goldson Highway sometime after 5:00 this morning. Police are investigating a serious traffic accident which occurred on the Philip Goldson Highway sometime after 5:00 this morning. While details are sketchy, reports are that it involved a grey pickup truck which was transporting watermelons, and a light coloured SUV. […]

The eight year feud between the Government of Belize and British billionaire Michael Ashcroft is about to end with Belize retaining full control of its nationalized company, Belize Telemedia Limited and Mr. Ashcroft ending up with $458.4 million in compensation. The final details about how much is to be paid […]

US $78 Million due next Friday!
The Government of Belize (GOB) will make one payment of US $78.16 Million to Dunkeld and the BTL Employees Trust by next Friday, November 10, and be done with the BTL nationalization saga, according to Prime Minister Dean Barrow. Barrow announced this final payment at […]

Godwin Hulse apologizes for immigration hustle
At its hearing on Wednesday, the Senate Special Select Committee listened to a statement by Minister of Immigration, Senator Godwin Hulse, in which he apologised to Belize for the embarrassment the visa and passport hustle has caused our country over recent years. Those embarrassments took […]

PUP proposes amendment to Maritime Areas Act
The Opposition People’s United Party (PUP) intends to raise a motion at the next sitting of the Senate to debate amending the Maritime Areas Act so that Belize can claim up to 12 miles of territorial seas, in accordance with international law. It is a […]

Police investigating burnt human remains found off Coastal Road
The Crimes Investigation Branch in Belize City is heading an investigation to determine the identity of the human remains found in some bush near mile 10 on the Coastal Road over the weekend. The discovery was made around 4:55 p.m. on October 28th, by a farmer who […]

Online impersonator sought by police for forgery
Belmopan police have issued an all points bulletin for the arrest of a Dangriga man accused of forgery for allegedely impersonating the Governor General of Belize via a fake Facebook profile and email. Belmopan police say that the suspect, 23-year-old Elston Earl Elijio, also pretends […]

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

BELTRAIDE holds closing ceremony for EMPRENDE Belize Fund
With the objective to strengthen the skills of the country through the implementation of the […]

Stamp Duty act Amendment
The Government Press Office today informed the public that the Stamp Duties (Amendment) (No. 2) […]

Going to ICJ could cost US $5-10 Million
Belize and Guatemala are both scheduled to hold referendums in the coming year to make […]

Ryan Hyde charged for home invasion
Ryan Hyde charged for home invasion

Two men critical after early morning accident
Two weeks ago, there was a home invasion in Camalote Village, Belmopan. The culprit made […] Two men critical after early morning accident

DPM Faber and BNTU bump heads
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education, Patrick Faber and Belize National Trade Union (BNTU) […]

Human remains found on Coastal are Caucasian
A post-mortem has confirmed that human remains found on the Coastal Road last Saturday night […]

Police quickly detain early morning shooter
A gunman has been busted by police after opening fire in a community on the […]

Pink Eye costs Belize $1 Million
The Social Security Board (SSB) has paid out over $1 Million in sickness benefits as […]


Discovering Belize’s Hidden Valley Treasure
Belize is home to many reserves – in fact, 26.2% of her territory is under legal protection by the government. 17.8% constitutes private protected areas, and 70% of the forest remains standing. One such private reserve is the Hidden Valley Inn and Reserve in the Cayo District, the largest of Belize’s six, and my home district. Spanning 90 miles of mountain pine ridge forest, trails, and waterfalls, Hidden Valley is home to an exciting variety of flora and fauna, especially migratory bird species. Touring this expanse would take quite some time, but oh the breathtaking possibilities! As it is, I was able to enjoy some vistas while staying at Hidden Valley Inn. Thanks to our knowledgeable guide Marvin, we were able to visit some spectacular spots that most visitors only dream of seeing. I mean, I grew up nearby, and even I had no idea they existed either!

What to Expect in November & December on Ambergris Caye
We are starting to see more tourists on the island. Tempatures are dropping up north so it makes complete sense. (Calgary will see a high temperature of only15 degrees F today) But the real influx – the first official wave of HIGH SEASON (by my standards) is Christmas week. It is, perhaps, the busiest week for visitors of the year. Some hotels are already full, many golf carts are rented for that week… November and December are a great time to visit. Until Christmas week, smaller crowds and good deals AND get out of the cold! Here are some things coming up in the 52 days before Christmas Day. And check out this post for some decorations made of Belikin crates and conch shells, lobster traps and lights to get you in the spirit!

International Sourcesizz

'DAD'S SPIRIT IS WITH US' Scots X Factor stars The Cutkelvins inspired and supported in bid for fame by spirit of late father
Derek Cutkelvin was born in Belize... and is related to the Cutkelvin's of Caye Caulker....
SCOTS X Factor stars The Cutkelvins believe they are being inspired and supported in their bid for fame by the spirit of their late father. The talented trio lost their dad Derek, himself a keen singer, seven years ago after he suffered a sudden heart attack at home. His death, at the age of just 53, left his wife Lynda and six children shattered. But Shereen, 20, and her brothers Jay, 24, and Kyle, 22, say they can feel his presence alongside them as they perform in the hit ITV talent competition. And the Cutkelvin siblings, tipped as one of the show’s favourites, revealed they each have a special memento of their dad, which they wear for luck while singing.


  • he Salvation Army is preparing to launch its yearly Toy Drive and Christmas Kettle appeal, 17min.

  • Dia De Los Muertos or Finados, 26min.

  • Health benefits of Veganism, 34min.

  • Sea to Shore Alliance is hosting its 3rd Annual Cocktails for the Manatee Fundraiser, 24min.

  • Misuse of Drugs Amendment Act., 44min.

  • The Elections and Boundaries Department is conducting its Annual Revision, 38min.

  • Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary is the world’s first jaguar preserve!, 1min. Learn more here with Jeff Corwin.

  • Morning Matters With Ian Espat, 58min.

  • Grace & You - Sea food Medley over Grace Pasta, 13min.

  • Belize Primary School History Competition, 23min.

  • Belize Arts Skills Training Center - Make A Wish Lantern, 34min.

  • Musical Guest - Floy Dexx, 11min.

  • BELTRAIDE and SBDCBelize is gearing up for EntreCON2017, 40min.

  • The Belize Diabetes Association is continuing their advocacy to promote healthy lifestyles, 32min.

  • Tux Fried Chicken is back in business, 17min.

  • Nurse shark wrestles with diver to steal bagged fish, 1min. A diver off the coast of Belize was caught on camera wrestling with a nurse shark that had eyes for the grouper the man had in a mesh bag. The video, filmed during an Oct. 25 diving trip off the coast of San Pedro, shows the driver struggling to get the nurse shark to release its grip on the mesh bag containing his catch.

  • Find out how the Directorate General for Foreign Trade links local business to compete in the international market!, 2min. The Directorate General for Foreign Trade informs on how they link local businesses to compete in the international market.

  • Belize Defence Force ...HELL MARCH !!!, 3min. 2017 military parade in Belmopan.

  • Belize Now - November 3, 2017, 30min. 1. Attorney General donates law books to the Belize Central Prison 2. Belize Police Department launched anti-crime operation 3. Belize National Fire Service explains fire fighting 4. Government of Belize launches BELAPS Project

  • CARNIVAL BREEZE DAY 4 ~ PART 2 ~ BELIZE, 11min. In part 2, we are in Belize for the day. The weather was a little unpredictable, so our day was fairly short in the port. We tendered in to Belize and walked around the port and did some shopping. With the weather being as it was, we chose not to do an excursion.

  • Bringing marl in Belize, 1min. Berkovitz Development group at The Enclave at The Palms - preparing the first lot for construction

  • Belize - February 2016, 3.5min. When all the boy's hit up Central America.

  • Belize 2017, 31min. A trip to Corozal Belize and San Pedro.

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