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WESTJET begins direct flight to Belize from Calgary, Canada
A brief inaugural ceremony was held at the Departure Lounge of the Philip Goldson International Airport on Friday, November 3rd to commemorate WestJet’s new non-stop weekly service between Calgary, Canada and Belize. According to WestJet the service is part of the airline’s seasonal schedule for the winter of 201718.
The ceremony was attended by representatives of the Belize Hotel Association, senior staff of the Belize Airport Concession Company (BACC), the Canadian Consulate to Belize and the Belize Tourism Board among others. Short addresses were delivered by Mr. Lynn Young, Honorary Consul of Canada to Belize and the Hon. Manuel Heredia, Minister of Tourism & Civil Aviation.
San Pedro Lions Club Receives Donation from U.S. Lions Club
On Thursday, October 2nd, Dr. Allan Shencks donated $250US to the San Pedro Lions Club (SPLC). The donation was received by Melanie Paz, Vice-President of the SPLC.
Shencks gave the donation to SPLC for future projects on Ambergris Caye on behalf of his group, the Glocester Rhode Island Lions Club in the U.S. Shencks came along with the Belize Dental Mission to the island and has been here since Monday, October 23rd.
The SPLC would like to thank Dr. Allan Shencks for his kind donations. To learn more about SPLC work, you can visit ambergriscaye.com/lionsclub/
The early bird gets the best produce
You have to wake up at about 4:30a.m. To beat the rush at the pop up markets on Tuesdays in San Pedro. Farmers sail from the mainland to the island every week, while islanders looking for fresher and cheaper produce wake up before daybreak.
Guatemala to produce maps including Belizean territory ahead of referendum
According to reports from Channel 5 and Love FM, Guatemalan authorities are preparing to make maps […]
WESTJET Begins Direct Flight To Belize From Calgary, Canada
A brief inaugural ceremony was held at the Departure Lounge of the Philip Goldson International Airport on Friday, November 3, 2017, to commemorate WestJet’s new non-stop weekly service between Calgary, Canada and Belize. According to WestJet the service is part of the airline's seasonal schedule for the winter of 2017- 18.
The ceremony was attended by representatives of the Belize Hotel Association, senior staff of the Belize Airport Concession Company (BACC), the Canadian Consulate to Belize and the Belize Tourism Board among others. Short addresses were delivered by Mr. Lynn Young, Honorary Consul of Canada to Belize and the Hon. Manuel Heredia, Minister of Tourism & Civil Aviation.
A Haven Of Hope To Shine At New Children’s Home In San Pedro
On Saturday, November 4, 2017, the doors to Hope Haven children’s home and battered women and Shine Center were officially opened during a very emotional and heart-warming ribbon cutting ceremony. A group of persistent and motivated island residents worked incessantly to transform a ‘gentleman’s bar’ into a home and center that will assist to empower young women and become a shelter for children in need of a home, guidance and rehabilitation.
The building transformation is impressive - The first floor is warm and inviting; it’s home to Shine Center, complete with a hang-out area, play room, counseling room, meeting space and a beautiful kitchen that is now home to the San Pedro Food Bank.
Misc Belizean Sources
Join us this week at Crazy Canucks on Thursday from 2pm-4pm to paint “Follow The Leader”!
The Battle of the Drums Presents the 9th Annual Food and Fete
Friday, Nov. 10th, 8pm-3am, PG Sports Complex
NEBL prepares for 2018 season! Tune in to TNC10!
The National Elite Basketball League (NEBL) will be tipping off its fifth consecutive season on Thursday, January 18 as the defending champions, Belmopan Bandits, will host the sub- champions San Pedro Tiger Sharks. The game will be played at the UB gymnasium in Belmopan, with tip-off time being 8:30 p.m. The upcoming season will have 8 teams. 6 of the teams from last season will return to participate in the upcoming season. These teams are Orange Walk Running Rebels, Belize Hurricanes, San Pedro Tiger Sharks, Belmopan Bandits, Cayo Western Ballaz and Dangriga Dream Ballers. Belize City No Limit has changed management and their new team name is Belize City Defenders. The eight team participating will be Agharta, which is a team from Chetumal.
The Belize Sister Reef Project
The Belize Barrier Reef and Great Barrier Reef are mysterious places and are home to thousands of species of wild life, with thousands more waiting to be revealed. But they need protecting. The more we protect, the more we’ll discover. Sign Up Here: http://bit.ly/2iBOASl
Belize represented at the Travel Club Workshop in the Netherlands
Ms. Elsia Pop receives the My Diana Legacy Award
Embassy Belmopan issues thousands of non-immigrant visas to Belizeans who want to travel to the United States for tourism, education, temporary work, or onward travel to other destinations. Occasionally we encounter applicants who are using their visas to do extraordinary things. Earlier this year we met Ms. Elsia Pop, recipient of the My Diana Legacy Award.
Ms. Pop travelled all the way to Saint James Palace in London to receive the award from Prince Harry and Prince William. She won the Diana Legacy Award for preserving her Mayan culture by documenting stories of Mayan traditions and for teaching handicraft making to other youth.
Ms. Pop shared these photos with us and writes that she is” truly grateful for this gift and I continue to pass it on.”
Congratulations to the High School Battle of the Drums Champion IHS
Independence High School are the Champions of this year's High School Battle of the Drums Competition held last week Friday at the Big Bird's Isle, Kudos are in order!
Vacancy at the Government of Belize Press Office
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2nd Avenue is getting a well deserved face lift in Corozal
This is the street running along YNOT Bakery and Copper Horse Inn.
Belmopan Screen on the Green
Mark your calendars this Thursday, November 9, Screen on the Green at the Governor General Field!
Come and enjoy the movie Silver Linings!
BTIA Membership Campaign and Mixer in San Pedro
There's much work to be done when it comes to improving our tourism product in San Pedro. We invite you to come to our Membership Mixer and learn how as a group, we can make positive changes in our community. No matter what your business may be on Ambergris Caye, one way or another it depends on tourism.
NYC adventures with Kate Spade... what a dream
2017 World Youth Conference in Belize
Belize is the official host of the 2017 World Youth Conference (WYC). The conference was officially declared opened by the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education, Youths, Sports & Culture Hon. Patrick Faber at an opening ceremony at the Ramada Princess Hotel in Belize City on Monday night. The evening closed with a live performance of the theme song, "Heretimativa Juntos (Stronger Together)" performed by Belizean artists, C-Wills, Bernadette Gilharry, Supa G, Tanya Carter and T.R. Shine.
The 2017 WYC is being hosted under the theme, "Globally running to 2030, Becoming Sustainably Strong" and is a gathering of national, regional and international youth leaders with an objective to bring the voice of youth into a transnational deliberation on how to make the post-2015 development agenda a reality.
SBDCBelize conducts its first National Entrepreneurship Roadshow
In commemoration of Global Entrepreneurship Week, that is being celebrated throughout the region; The Small Business Development Centre Belize (SBDCBelize), a unit of BELTRAIDE has launched a month of entrepreneurial activities throughout the month of November. The National Entrepreneurship Month is in line with BELTRAIDE’s mandate for enterprise and entrepreneurship.
The SBDCBelize team is currently traversing the country for the first of its kind, National Entrepreneurship Roadshow. The Roadshow is geared for schools within the three major regions of the country and addresses two of the centre’s pillars within the National Entrepreneurship Strategy: Mindset / Culture and, Education. The Entrepreneurship Labs are being conducted in Corozal Jr. College, Independence High School and Belize Rural High School where over 300 students will engage in an activity-based sensitization on the concept of entrepreneurship.
Stakeholder Consultations CARICOM Regional Energy Efficiency Building Code (REEBC)
The Belize Bureau of Standards (BBS) in the Ministry of Investment, Trade and Commerce in collaboration with the Ministry of Public Service, Energy and Public Utilities (MPSEPU) hereby informs the general public that stakeholder consultation on the CARICOM Regional Energy Efficiency Building Code (REEBC) will be held at the Best Western Belize Biltmore Plaza in Belize City on November 8, 2017.
The document was developed by the CARICOM Regional Organisation for Standards and Quality (CROSQ) in collaboration with the CARICOM Secretariat and the German Agency for International Co-operation (GIZ) as an important step in addressing the high costs associated with electricity generation and consumption and ultimately sustainable access to energy in the region. In addition, the Code will help to alleviate the environmental concerns related to greenhouse gas emissions that increase global warming and contribute to climate change.
Horseshoe Competition 2017 in San Pedro
This sounds like fun! Come join the fun at the Central Park.
Belize hosts climate risk management workshop
The government of Belize, with the support of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), is stepping up its climate change adaptation efforts. Belize’s Social Investment Fund (SIF), an implementing agency of the government addressing the basic needs of the country’s most vulnerable, has set in motion plans to incorporate climate risk management in its national project development process.
On October 26 and 27, the Bank funded a CRM training workshop for SIF’s stakeholders. Recognising Belize’s high vulnerability to the impacts of climate change, including natural disasters such as hurricanes, storms, flooding, earthquakes and erosion, the sessions focused on minimising their negative effects, which can both reverse and retard national development.
Belize Red Cross launches a U.S. Embassy-funded Project!
The Belize Red Cross launched the “Strengthening Partnerships through Accountability and Transparency” initiative on October 25. The Embassy is proud to fund this critical work with a Central America Regional Security Initiative Economic Support Funds grant!
The project aims to improve emergency and disaster response and resilience in 16 rural communities. U.S. Embassy Charge d’ Affairs, a.i. Ms. Adrienne Galanek spoke on the importance of working relationships between the communities, the Belize Red Cross, and government agencies to the success of this project. Village Council representatives from those communities and representatives from CEMO, University of Belize, the Ministry of Labor, and NEMO attended the kick-off stakeholder meeting.
Corozal ART in THE PARK
Saturday, November 11th, 2017. Come out and enjoy.
Program of preservation of the Maya Language in the Corozal District
Powerful encounters and partnerships formed today as Toone Masehualoon met with Professors at La Universidad de Chetumal Quintana Roo (UQROO) to develope a program of preservation of the Maya Language in the Corozal District, Belize.
Thank you Professor Cruzita Ken, Professor Ever Canul, and Professor Wilber Canto.
Target date for Maya Language school is February 2018. We also created partnership with Mr. Cesar Yam Ake for support with obtaining our pre-hispanic authentic Maya Instruments along with tutoring for its effective usage.
Ok, here we go! Keep an eye out for original Maya music at Art in the Park in Corozal in the near future. We were privileged to be present for the recognition ceremony for the best Hanal Pixan altar at the University. First prize going to hermanito (brother) Cesar Yam Ake for his effort of forwarding the Maya culture and spirituality with this beautiful Memorial to those who served at the UQROO and have passed on.
COROZAL — DAVCO Cultural Expo 2017!!
Fun for the entire family, including cultural presentations, music, traditional food, and beverages. It's all happening Friday, 17th November 2017, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm at Corozal Central Park.
If you are a Maya Mestizo, Mestizo, Creole, Garifuna, East Indian, Chinese and feel proud of your culture, share this flyer. It is our responsibility to revive our cultures.
If you are willing to participate at the DAVCO expo, feel free to contact Deima Sanchez at 602-6659 during working hours or at email firstname.lastname@example.org
This event is being organized by various villages in Corozal. Proceeds from this event will be utilized to promote all the villages that are being represented.
Thomas Vincent Ramos Moonlight Concdrt
Monday, Nov. 13th, Stann Creek House of Culture
Omar Sierra at the Belize Museum
Omar Sierra brilliantly captures the essence of everyday life! come take a look at the Museum of Belize and be the next lucky person to take home one of his pieces.
Lola Delgado at the Belize Museum
There's still time to stop by the Museum of Belize and take a look at the lovely art work we have on display. Today we look at Lola Delgado's bright and lively style!
"Natural Heritage, Natural Wealth"
While a national economic assessment of Belize’s coral reefs & mangroves found that they provide more than half a billion US$ per year (US$559 million) in goods and services through recreation, fisheries and coastal protection, we are yet to fully use economic analysis to inform resource protection and management. The Marine Protected Areas which make up the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System, undoubtedly contribute a significant percentage of this half billion-dollar figure. Cooper et al. 2009 estimated that Belize’s MPAs can provide extremely good “value for money”, generating economic benefits well beyond the quantity invested in their protection.
In the case of World Heritage Sites, UNESCO affirms that there are considerable economic benefits to gaining a World Heritage designation. An increase in tourism and global awareness that comes with designation allows local economies surrounding World Heritage Sites to benefit.
Download your copy of "Natural Heritage, Natural Wealth", a report highlighting the economic benefits of the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System World Heritage Site, from the links below.
Chinese Man Busted With Bogus Immigration Document
It took him one single day to get a nationality certificate. Tonight, 7News is investigating the story of a Chinese man named Yuanran Zheng who came into the country for the first time on Sunday, and showed up at the Social Security Office in Belmopan to apply for a social security card on Monday. And to get it, he carried a bogus nationality document saying he was a Belizean national.
Zheng - who only speaks Chinese and was accompanied by a translator - said he'd gotten the nationality certificate 10 years earlier. But something about it didn't look right, so the staff at Social Security asked Zheng and his translator to wait while they made a cross check with the Immigration Department.
CCJ Orders Hon. Elrington To Produce Document, Minister Says He Doesn't Have It
In August, we told you how Foreign Minister Wilfred Elrington lost a civil appeal at the Caribbean Court of Justice. The court ordered him to hand over land title certificates and other documents for 16 parcels of land which were all purchased at a total value of just over $641,000 Belize dollars.
It's a protracted legal battle that's been ongoing for about 7 years now where he and his former business partners from the company, Progresso Heights Limited, have been in and out of court. Progresso Heights Limited is a Belizean company in which the American father and son, Lawrence and Adam Schneider and Elrington are shareholders. The company acquired 2,000 acres of land in Progresso Village, Corozal.
In 2010, the business relationship between Elrington and the Schneider's went sour after he sued them for allegedly acting improperly and illegally. A few months later, the Schneider's filed a lawsuit against him alleging that their company sent his law firm documents relating to 16 parcels of land. His law firm was to supposed to carry out transfers for these pieces of land, and so, the Schneiders also deposited money into Elrington's bank account to cover the costs of conducting these land transactions.
Current And Former Ministers Duke It Out On Maritime Areas
This morning at court also gave us an opportunity for both Elrington and Courtenay to put on their public office hats. As we told you last week, The PUP is making a push for the Maritime Areas Act to be amended. That should happen at the next meeting of the Senate where they will be allowed to introduce a motion for the Amendment to be debated.
The Opposition is acting on the advice of Belize's legal team that the Maritime Areas Act needs an amendment so that Belize can claim the full 12 miles of territorial waters between the mouth of the Sarstoon and the Ranguana Cayes in the south. Currently, Belize is only claiming 3 miles of territorial waters.
That was a concession to provide for a framework for negotiating an agreement with Guatemala. Since all attempts at a negotiated settlement failed and both Belize and Guatemala have agreed that this territorial dispute can only be resolved at the ICJ, legal minds like Ambassador Assad Shoman have been insisting that the Maritime Areas Act needs to be amended. They reason that it strengthens Belize's case if all 12 miles of seas between the Sarstoon the Ranguana Cayes are being claimed.
What to Do About Odious, Offensive Guatemalan Map?
And one other topic the media pressed both Courtenay and Elrington on are the reports out of Guatemala that their government will start printing those offensive maps with Belize being a part of Guatemala.
Supposedly, it's part of their public education campaign on the ICJ referendum which is coming up in March, 2018. Press reports from Guatemala say that the education campaign will feature maps which will illustrate the territory of Belize as being part of Guatemala. There will be one dotted lines to note the borders between the countries and it should say "territory in dispute".
So, how will Belize handle these controversial maps, and how should it be handled? That's what both diplomats were asked, and here's that back and forth:
Alfonso Reaches A Settlement
Back in December it made major news when UDP personality Alfonso Noble, was charged with manslaughter by negligence for the accident which killed Hattieville resident Gilbert Myers. Well, we've since learned that the victim's family has received a settlement for the death of their loved one.
Information to 7News is that Andrea Corrin-Myers filed a civil suit in the Supreme Court claiming damages for his death. After months of back-and-forth where they tried to settle it out of court, both parties agreed on a final resolution for an equitable compensation. We do not know the final figure, but we're told that it's over a hundred thousand dollars.
Loose Gravel Causes Head On Collision
And while that accident may work out to a mutually agreeable resolution, there was another on the George Highway this morning, which has put 2 of the victims in the hospital.
It happened at around 7:00 on the stretch of road between miles 5 and 6. 25 year-old Devon Bailey was driving a grey Lexus car towards Belize City with passenger, 25 year-old Rhondine Valerio.
But, that part of the road is under construction, meaning it has loose gravel. He lost control and crashed head on into this oncoming Unicomer delivery truck. That truck was driven by 55 year-old Santiago Perez
OW Collision Between Old And Young Drivers
Turning now to the north on the Phillip Golden Highway, there was a serious collision a little after 9:00 last night in Orange Walk Town. 78-year-old Apolonio Pacheco was driving his Chevrolet Silverado on the Belize Road and when he was approaching the Project Hope building, 21-year-old Pedrito Ku of San Jose Village drove his Ford Escape into Pacheco's lane causing a head-on collision. Remarkably, none of the drivers were injured, but four men who were in the car with Ku received various injuries. 40-year-old Rigoberto Juchim, Amid Gomez, and 16-year-old Rowel Cruz are listed in stable condition at the KHMH while Gian Juchim was treated and released from the Northern Regional Hospital. Blood samples were taken from both drivers as police continue to investigate.
Global Youth Descend on Belize
A major international event, the 2017 Global Youth Conference is being held in Belize. Participants from over 40 countries are here to participate. The main goal of the conference is to discuss sustainable development goals that can make a positive change in our world, and who better to push those ideals than the youth 7News was there this morning and we got to hear from the excited participants.
After much anticipation and preparation, participants from over 40 different countries have finally gathered in one room to discuss driving societal change towards the sustainable development goals from a youth perspective. These young men and women are serious about making a difference by not just by learning life-changing information but also by sharing best practices.
Cops Shoot Man In Domestic Dispute
Police shot a man in the foot in Ladyville today. The cops were responding to a domestic dispute in the Milpa Area where Tiffara Tillett said that 36 year old Leon Usher was preventing her from leaving the house.
The police say he then approached police "in a boisterous and rowdy manner, making threats, saying that no one will remove him from his house and if police made any attempts he was ready to kill and be killed."
Undeterred, the police went about their business and removed Tillett along with some personal effects. But in the process, Usher rushed the police and tried to take away Tillett's personal effects.
Can Newcomer Bernard Wagner Lead The PUP To First Municipal Victory In A Decade?
The PUP Slate for the Belize City Council - for months we've been pressing Opposition Leader John Briceno to come up with the names. And finally, the slate was launched on Saturday. That's more than two months after the UDP held its municipal convention, but it's more or less in line with the timeframe for when the PUP launched its last Belize City slate, which was in November of 2014. The only problem is that slate - led by Yolanda Shakron - lost by a wide margin.
So what will be the fate for the new PUP team led by political newcomer Bernard Wagner? Today we spoke to the businessman and former banker at his micro-credit office in Belize City. He told us he had to step out of his comfort zone to jump into politics:..
UDP Dion Ready For Bernard
So, now UDP mayoral candidate Dion Leslie isn't shadowboxing anymore. The three term councillor knows whose name will be on that ballot next to his. Today, we found him and Deputy Mayor Dean Samuels in the Port Loyola area. He told us it's not about personalities, it's about work:..
Dion Leslie, UDP Candidate for Mayor:
"Well Jules I'll be honest with you. I don't really look at what the PUP is doing or who they brought. I'm looking at the work that we've accomplished over the past 12 years in office - 9 years for myself, 12 with Deputy Samuels and what we plan to accomplish come for the nest 3 years. Yes, at the same time you can't completely ignore your opponent, but we are not catching up to them or playing behind their game. They have to come to us. We are the incumbent, we know what it takes. We've been there. We are experience."
Beez In The Channel 7 Trap
Today at our 7news office we literally had "beez in the trap." But it wasn't a Nicki Minaj block party, it was a real swarm of killer bees which had formed a massive hive at the back of our office.
That's the same thing that happened in September of 2014, and once again, the Agriculture Department swooped in to save us from a killer bee calamity.
A big deal for us, but for these guys, just another day of bee butchery.
We tease, but for all those with killer hives in their homes or offices, the Department warns about the importance of calling for help:
Francisco Xui, Extension Officer for Belize District:
"What we are doing today is eliminating a swarm at the house at the back why we are doing it because it is a nuisance to the public and could really harm somebody when they are being disturbed we don't like to do it because they are one of the top pollinators we have in the ambient however because it is a threat to the community we have to do the destruction."
PAHO Says Belize Can Eliminate Malaria
The latest reports from the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO) say that malaria in Belize has decreased dramatically between the years 2000 and 2015. And, if the strategies of the Health officials continue to work, Malaria could become a thing of the past here in Belize.
In those 15 years, the number of cases of new infections has decreased 99.12%. At its highest, there were 1,486 cases, and at the end of 2015, that number fell to only 13 cases. The last malaria death in Belize was reported in 2006.
The total at-risk population has also declined by 91%, and so has the annual parasitic index, which fell from 4.9 cases, to 0.04 cases per one thousand inhabitants.
According to the PAHO/WHO analysis, Belize is one of the 6 countries from the Americas that has the potential to eliminate malaria by 2020.
Koreans Make Magic On Stage
Tonight, a group of talented artists from a Korean Performing Arts Troupe called Gwangdae are on stage at the Bliss mesmerizing audiences with their artistry. The show is called "Spin, Jump, Fly" and these artists live up to their billing with startling precision. This evening 7 news got a sneak peek at the show and we learnt more about the troupe and their art.
Hwang Joong Jin, Korean Ambassador Culture Advisor:
"Korean embassy brought a traditional Korean group to have this performance because of the thirty-year anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the Republic of Korea and Belize."
"This group the Gwang de has been around 20 countries to perform and to exchange culture about Korean tradition and performing arts."
The Passing Of Pech, Noted Politician, And An Honorable Gentleman
Tonight we note the passing of former PUP Minister and 6 term Orange Walk South representative Guadalupe Pech.
The 83 year old Pech died a few days ago and was buried today in Orange Walk with honours.
Pech represented Orange Walk South for the PUP from 1961 to 1993 - losing for the first time in the swing of 1984. He lost again in 1993 and retired after that.
But, he mostly won, in fact, in the early days of his political career, he often won his seat by astounding margins with as much as 87% and 83% of the vote.
3 Barely Survive George Price Highway Accident
A small car, reportedly travelling at high speed collided into a cargo truck and the passengers are lucky to be alive. The near fatal traffic accident happened this morning on [...]
Insurance Company Settles with Family of Victim of Alfonso Noble
Media personality Alfonso Noble is due back in court on January twenty-fourth, 2018, for a preliminary inquiry into the indictable charges of manslaughter by negligence, among others stemming from a [...]
Fake Chinese-Belizean and Translator Held for Using Forged Nationality for Social Security
The Immigration Department made a significant arrest today. Two Asian nationals are tonight in custody at the Belmopan police station where they are being investigated for immigration offenses. Chinese national [...]
Registrar Asked to Replace Lost Progresso Heights Certificates
Two foreign ministers, the current and the former, were going at it in court today going back to a case when Wilfred Elrington was also the Attorney General. In July, [...]
Attorney for Clients Says Faith is Shaken
And while Elrington continues to plead innocence or ignorance on what happened to the documents, rival Senior Counsel Eamon Courtenay laid into him for what he believes is unnecessarily dragging [...]
Sentencing Further Delayed for Remorseful “Bucket”
In the high court, forty-six-year-old Glenford Gilbert Bermudez, the man who shot and killed his wife, was in court today for mitigation. Bermudez said he is sorry for his actions [...]
Probing Murder of Benque Teenager
On Monday night, we reported on the murder of eighteen-year-old Oscar Obando. The teen was shot to the chest and left for dead on a farm between Belize and Guatemala. [...]
Corozal Shooting Victim Critical in Hospital
A young woman remains in a critical condition inside the Intensive Care Unit of the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital following a near fatal shooting in the Corozal District almost a [...]
Will Cabinet Pre-Empt Senate on Maritime Areas Amendment?
The Opposition People’s United Party announced a week ago tonight that it had filed a motion in the Senate to allow for debate on amending the Maritime Areas Act of [...]
Parties Trade Fault, But P.U.P. Will Go Ahead with Senate Motion
It was a rare moment at the Supreme Court this morning: Minister of Foreign Affairs Wilfred Elrington giving the press an interview on issues related to Guatemala, with former Foreign [...]
No Opposition for Opposition’s Sake
Senator Eamon Courtenay told News Five that the P.U.P.’s three Senators hope to join with the social partner Senators to get the matter debated in the Senate, preferably with but [...]
Ministers ‘Will Vote Conscience’
As stated earlier by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, the issue has come up in cabinet. On Thursday last, deputy Prime Minster Patrick Faber was quizzed about it. He said [...]
All or Nothing for Guats; Belizeans Must Unite says F.M.
On Monday, we told you that the Guatemalan public awareness campaign as to the March eighteenth, 2018 referendum on settlement of the unfounded claim on Belize at the International Court [...]
Opposition Senator Chastises Minimal Response
Similar to Elrington, we posed the question of what can be done to counter the offensive Guatemalan map which affixes Belize as part of its territory to Senator Eamon Courtenay. [...]
Churches Share Concerns over Marijuana Use
The religious community continues to sound off on the issue of marijuana use and decriminalization. Despite having lost ground with the government in respect of its protest to the recent [...]
A.G. Scolded for Attack on Churches
On Friday, Attorney General Michael Peyrefitte called into question the moral authority of the church on the issue of marijuana since it has been accused, and in some instances found [...]
Immigration Department Resolving LGBT Controversy
The Immigration Department has quickly responded to allegations raised on this newscast on Friday by members of the LGBT community. Director Diana Locke has told executive director of the United [...]
Youths of the World Gather in Belize
The World Youth Conference 2017 is being held under the theme, “Globally Running to 2030, Becoming Sustainably Strong.” The three-day meeting of youth leaders from across the world commenced today [...]
O.W. Town Council Throws Hat in Crime Ring
On Friday night, businessman Amit Moryani was brutally killed in Orange Walk Town, while attempting to defend his mother who was under attack by armed robbers. A month ago, Daniel [...]
Belize Ahead of the Curve in Trade Facilitation
Belize’s Customs and Excise Department is meeting with its partners on the National Committee for Trade Facilitation all this week in Belize City to discuss efforts to increase volume of [...]
South Korean Folk Group Performs at Bliss
The Bliss Center for the Performing Arts is the venue for the Gwangdae’s Korean folk performance, “Spin Jump Fly.” Just before news time tonight, the Korean Embassy in El Salvador [...]
Post Mortem Confirms San Narciso Village Resident Drowned
Funeral services were held last night in San Narciso Village for 38 year old Israel Novelo, whose lifeless body was found floating along the banks of the Rio Hondo yesterday afternoon. Novelo and another male person, 45 year old Teodoro Pena of Louisville Village, had gone to the Sapote Area of the Rio Hondo River, reportedly to fish, when the canoe they were on capsized. Pena reported to the Police that he was able to swim to the bank but Novelo did not resurface.
No Arrests For Mondays Brazen Daylight Robbery In Corozal Town
Corozal Police continue to investigate the brazen Monday morning robbery of a Western Union employee which occurred on 2nd Street South in Corozal Town. The main suspect is an unidentified man wearing a peak cap, t-shit and long jeans pants, who approaches 28 year old Doris Montejo and takes her purse containing over $10,000 in cash, which were funds belonging to the business.
Video footage obtained by CTV-3 News shows the incident second per second, as the robber approaches the vehicle which dropped off Montejo and shows her a weapon around his pants waist. Montejo told the Police that the robber uttered, “don’t shout and hand over the money”.
Sedi's Legal Woes Continues
The legal woes of former Attorney General Hon. Wilfred “Sedi” Elrington before the court over a private land investment matter gone sour between him and former clients Progresso Heights Limited, continued today in Court. The last we had heard about this matter was back in July when the Caribbean Court of Justice pronounced that Elrington should return land documents to the company which were believed to be in his possession. But in interviews that followed the ruling, Elrington held that he could not return documents which he didn’t have. Today, Elrington returned to the Court, after having signed an affidavit that he was not in its possession and requesting the documents be procured and delivered, entered a challenge. Attorney for the private company, Eamon Courtenay, explained to the media why Elrington’s move was unsuccessful.
Sedi Scoffs at PUP Proposed Revision To Maritime Areas Act
The People’s United Party has submitted a motion for an amendment to the Maritime Areas Act to be entered on the agenda of the next Senate meeting for consideration and debate. The amendment will propose that Belize includes in the Maritime Areas Act the full length of its recognised maritime territory, extending the 3 miles outward of Sarstoon area and Ranguana Cayes to the 12-mile limit as permitted under international law. The fact that the PUP is moving the bill for debate in the Senate seems to have bugged Foreign Minister Sedi Elrington however. Today he accused the Opposition of grandstanding on the issue.
Amending Maritime Act Will Ruffle Guatemala's Feathers Says Foreign Minister
And during that interview Elrington was also questioned whether he felt that in amending the Maritime Areas Act, the Government of Belize should consider whether it will ruffle the feathers of Guatemalan officials. He said that it is likely since most recently Guatemala issued a protest note over a documentary which featured our BDF soldiers patrolling the border. Wilfred “Sedi” Elrington, Foreign Minister:
Six Persons Escape Near Fatal Road Traffic Accident
Six persons are luck to be alive tonight after they were involved in what could have been a deadly traffic accident on the Belize Corozal Road here in Orange Walk. Police responded to the scene of the accident at around 9.06 p.m and upon arrival observed a Grey in color Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck with L/P OW-C-18824, and a Gold in color Ford Escape with L/P OWC-19571 with extensive damages to the front portion. Footage captured by residents of the area show some of the victims on the pavement after being assisted out of the Ford Escape. They were suffering from various degrees of injuries.
Civil matter against UDP Loyalist Alfonso Noble is Discontinued
More than one hundred thousand dollars, that’s the payout that Andrea Corrin-Myers received as compensation for the death of her husband, Gilbert Myers. The quantity was confirmed by Myers’ attorney, Senior Counsel Said Musa. The payout was issued by RF and G Insurance whose customer is UDP loyalist Alfonso Noble. The widow had launched a […]
CCJ rules in Favor of Progresso Heights Ltd
The case of Progresso Heights Limited versus Pitts and Elrington Law Firm was heard at the Caribbean Court of Justice this morning where the ruling was in favor of the appellants Progresso Heights Limited. The case which began seven years ago surrounds a disagreement between Elrington and Progresso Heights Limited involving a real estate company. […]
Courtenay: “We Need a Foreign Minister who will Advance our Interest”
On Monday we reported that as part of its educational campaign on the territorial dispute, the Guatemalan Government decided to produce textbooks with Belize included in the Guatemalan Map. Today, reporters asked Minister of Foreign Affairs Wilfred Elrington about the decision and what he intends to do in response. Here’s what he said. Wilfred Elrington […]
Elrington: “GOB will not support PUP’s Motion”
Today Foreign Affairs Minister Wilfred Elrington told the media that government will not support the Opposition People’s United Party’s motion to debate an amendment to the Maritime Areas Act in the Senate. The PUP is proposing to remove those sections of the Maritime Areas Act that would have enabled a negotiated settlement of the claim […]
Brigadier General Jones to take up New Post in Washington
Love News has received credible information that Brigadier General David Jones will be appointed as Belize’s Military Attaché in Washington D.C. Jones who is currently on pre-retirement leave told Love News that it is a possibility but the Government has not finalized the decision. We asked Defence Minister John Saldivar to confirm our information and […]
Traffic Accident sends two to the Hospital
This morning, there was a terrible incident at mile four on the George Price Highway. According to police reports, about 7:00 a.m., 55 –year-old Santiago Perez of Orange Walk Town, was driving a Hilo cargo truck, belonging to Unicomer Belize, heading in the direction of Belmopan. Upon reaching between miles 5 and 6, 25-year-old Devon […]
Head-on Collision Injured Several Persons
Several persons were injured in a road traffic accident last night in Orange Walk. Police report that about nine o’clock in the night, 78-year-old Apolonio Pacheco of Guinea Grass Village was driving his grey Chevrolet Silverado Pickup on the Belize Corozal Road in Orange Walk Town while 21-year-old Pedrito Ku of San Jose Village was […]