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The San Pedro Sun

San Pedro Pirates rise to third place in the Premier League of Belize
The San Pedro Pirates won yet another crucial away game against Police United F.C 2-1 on Sunday, November 5th, at the Isidoro Beaton Stadium in Belmopan City. With this victory, the island team has now moved to third place in the league’s rankings after acquiring three more additional points. The match, which began at 5PM saw two teams determined to win in order to secure a spot in the tournament’s playoffs. The San Pedro Pirates took on the pressure of a needed victory and after eight minutes into the first half, Hector Martinez found the opportunity for a score. Up by one goal, they defended against Police United, who made several attempts to even the score.

25 Honduran Women Detained in Immigration Bust; Authorities Continue Investigating
San Pedro Town, Ambergris Caye, made headlines in the international press on Wednesday, November 1st, when Honduran news outlets reported that teenaged women from that country were being trafficked to the island. Reports were that a Honduran national, Denia Suyapa Ochoa, was detained on said date for trafficking women to Guatemala, and then to Ambergris Caye, Belize, where they were sexually exploited and faced with forced labour at a bar. As a result, the San Pedro Police Formation, along with the Immigration Department, detained 25 Honduran women on Thursday, November 2nd after raiding three different bars on the island. The women have since been handed over to Immigration as the matter continues to be investigated.

Copa San Pedro 2017 Football Tournament continues
During the ninth week of Copa San Pedro, six games took place at the Ambergris Stadium in San Pedro Town. The first two were played on Thursday, November 2nd. At 7PM, G. Strikers faced Victoria House Jr, with an easy 3-2 victory going to G. Strikers. At 9PM, the second match saw Martha’s Ice who won 3-2 over United F.C. The following day, Legends F.C defeated Jokers F.C 3-0. At 9PM, Terror Squad faced Boca Bombers, with a solid 6-1 win going to Terror Squad. Copa San Pedro continues this weekend with five more games. On Thursday, November 9th, at 7PM, Assassins F.C face Terror Squad. On Friday, November 10th, Martha’s Ice versus Boca Bombers, and at 7PM, legends F.C takes on Victoria House Jr. The Last Two games of the week are scheduled for Sunday, November 12th, starting at 5PM, with Jokers F.C versus Assassins F.C, and at 7PM, Sandy Point facing G. Strikers. Islanders are invited to come out and support their favorite team this weekend. Food and refreshments will be on sale during the games.

Ambergris Today

Caye Caulker Resident Fined $2,000 For Unlawful Possessions Of Raccoons
Illegal Wildlife Possession Leads to Arrest and Fines - On November 7, 2017, Jacob Emmanuel Cabral of Caye Caulker was fined $2,000 for “Unlawful Possession of Forest Produce”. San Pedro Town Magistrate Jannelle Villanueva ordered that Cabral pays the fine by March 30th, 2018 or face imprisonment of up to six months. The Forest Department reported that on August 15, 2017, police officers visited Cabral’s business place on Caye Caulker, where he was found in possession of three raccoons. Cabral claimed that the raccoons were awarded to him as a gift and was reportedly using the raccoons for wildlife tourism. The five-week-old raccoons were transported to the Belize Wildlife Referral Clinic for rehabilitation with the hope that they will eventually be returned to the wild.

Ramon's Village Has The Coolest Pier
Bouncing back from the destruction of Hurricane Earl last year, we think that Ramon's Village can boast the coolest pier on Ambergris Caye. What do you think? It's pretty magnificent, right? With over $10 Million dollars in damages to Ambergris Caye in 2016, Hurricane Earl pretty much destroyed all of the piers and over-the-water structures; very few remained standing. The Ramon's Village Dive Shop sustained major damage, washing away with most of the resort's pier. It has taken the Ramon's Village about a year to make final completions to the new pier and dive shop, but as they say, "They came back better than ever!"

Misc Belizean Sources

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SECURITY FORCES RIDE TO THE BORDER
Come join our country's security services as they ride to the border. The ride is open to all members of the public who have an interest in getting to know our southern border while challenging themselves in a 30-mile ride. DATE: 9 December 2017, DEPARTURE TIME: 6:30 AM from PG TOWN. FREE REGISTRATION 6:00 AM. The Rider includes 2 refreshment stops: at the half way point going and on the return leg. The security forces will be doing a brief presentation at the Jalactei Tree tops border out post and at the conclusion at FWC. Lunch will be provided for all following the briefing at FWC.

Banana Bread and Belize/Guatemala at the ICJ
(analysis) "The court has certain limitations... The legal system is not perfect, and the extent that it is not perfect, it is man controlled. One has to go along with the decision that is taken. Am I happy with it? No, but life is real." Those are words of private investor Wilfred Elrington on November 7th, 2017 as he lost a case to American Foreign Investors (Schneider's) who sued him for the paperwork for 16 parcels of land in Progresso Village,Corozal. This week the Guatemala's Government had released plans to include Belize in maps that will be used in schools. Even though the statement is made as a private citizen, the issue is that the attorney and Government representative who is the advocate for convincing the public that Belize should forward the unfounded Guatemalan claim to the International Court of Justice has made a statement that does not exude confidence in the court system.

Smart C-Ray Western Spirit Cycling Team
We competed in Chetumal over the weekend in preparation for the 2018 seaaon, we got 5th with Brandon Cattouse. CONGRATS to the entire team.

Introducing Maya Island’s official in-flight magazine – Caribbean Culture and Lifestyle
We are excited to be teaming up with Maya Island Air Belize to share the very best of Belize through five finely crafted print issues. Backed by an innovative digital platform, stunning photography, engaging stories and articles, CC+L will push the boundaries both visually and informatively, delivering illuminating content to in-flight passengers and customers in a new and dynamic fashion.

Christmas tree is up in Corozal

BEL Deploys Second Team of Linemen to British Virgin Islands to assist with Ongoing Hurricane Restoration
On Monday, November 6, Belize Electricity Limited (BEL) deployed a second team of five linemen to assist the British Virgin Islands (BVI) Electricity Corporation with ongoing power restoration efforts on the group of islands. The five BEL linemen are joining teams from member utilities of the Caribbean Electric Utility Services Corporation (CARILEC) in providing support to BVI Electric Corporation with rebuilding its power distribution system. The team is comprised of Wayne Lewis, Gregory Kerr, Manuel Lopez, Paul McCalla and George Neal, who will be stationed in BVI for four weeks. The first BEL team of five employees who departed the country in September, arrived in Belize on Tuesday, November 7 after being stationed in Virgin Gorda for six weeks. “When we arrived on the island, there were no standing utility poles or power lines. We had to salvage and reuse any available material because transporting materials to the island is a big challenge for the utility in BVI,” says Michael Nembhard, BEL Line Supervisor. “I am proud of our team for doing an excellent job, using our training and experience from Belize.”

Joyjah with Chrissy Teigen

Scorpions Host Eagles
The 2017 ATLIB Basketball Regionals have kicked off, and the SHJC Scorpions are hosting the Galen Eagles this Friday at the SHJC auditorium. The SHJC Scorpions defeated the UB Jaguars last night, 45 - 42.

BELIZE FISHING REPORT: Weeks of Oct. 22nd thru Oct. 29th, 2017
The week started out tough with some wind and clouds but then cleared and turned into a beautiful week of fishing and fun. All anglers went after bonefish and experienced lots of success. Several fishers landed close to twenty bonefish a day. Good to see the sun again!

The Wood Thrush Connection is a BELIZE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL Official Selection
And will screen Friday, November 10th during the short documentary block from 3:30-5:00pm at the Bliss Center for the Performing Arts in Belize City. The Wood Thrush Connection documentary film is by Climate Listening Project director Dayna Reggero with Andrea Desky and presented by National Audubon Society, Forsyth Audubon, Audubon North Carolina in collaboration with Belize Audubon Society and the Audubon's International Alliances Program. Audubon and the Climate Listening Project partnered to capture the story of the Wood Thrush as told through the people taking action for a special migratory bird in a changing climate from North Carolina to Belize. Learn more about The Wood Thrush Connection: http://nc.audubon.org/news/wood-thrush-connection-0.

The U.S. Embassy Chargé d’ Affaires at the World Youth Conference
The U.S. Embassy Chargé d’ Affaires, a.i. Adrienne Galanek and the Public Affairs Section enjoyed the Opening Ceremony of the World Youth Conference 2017 earlier this week. Representatives from over 40 countries have gathered here in Belize at the Conference, which is held for the first time in the Western Hemisphere! Kudos, #Belize! We were thrilled to meet and welcome the three U.S. participants: Ormond Derrick, Aileen Sainz, and Gabriel Risk Martins. The U.S. participants had the opportunity to meet Deputy Prime and Minister of Education, Youth, Sports and Culture Honorable Patrick Faber and Minister of Economic Development, Petroleum, Investment, Trade and Commerce Honorable Tracy Taegar-Panton.

New firetruck for Caye Caulker arrives in Belize
The Fire Truck for Caye Caulker, donated by Beechwold Christian Church Columbus OH USA has landed in Belize. We would like to thank Mr. Miguel Matus and Mr. James York who have been working with the CCVC over the past months to make this donation possible for our island. We would also like to thank the US Air Force for providing the transportation of the Fire Truck to Belize City.

Belize Represented at High-Level UNCAC Conference in Austria
The Attorney General Hon. Michael Peyrefitte along with Crown Counsel Odwin Trenton are currently representing Belize at the Seventh Session of the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) Conference of State Parties. The Conference is taking place at the seat of the secretariat, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (the UNODC), from the 6th – 10th November 2017, Vienna International Centre in Vienna, Austria. The Government of Belize through the Attorney General’s Ministry, the Focal Point of the UNCAC, in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has embarked upon a gap analysis of the currently existing institutional and legislative framework with an aim of developing a comprehensive, progressive and practical action plan for implementing Belize’s anti-corruption regime.

llegal Wildlife Possession Leads to Arrest and Fines
On 7th November 2017, Jacob Emmanuel Cabral of Caye Caulker was fined $2,000 for “Unlawful Possession of Forest Produce”. San Pedro Town Magistrate Jannelle Villanueva ordered that Cabral pays the fine by March 30th, 2018 or face imprisonment of up to six months. The Forest Department reported that on 15th August 2017, police officers visited Cabral’s business place on Caye Caulker, where he was found in possession of three racoons. Cabral claimed that the racoons were awarded to him as a gift and was reportedly using the racoons for wildlife tourism. The five-week-old racoons were transported to the Belize Wildlife Referral Clinic for rehabilitation with the hope that they will eventually be returned to the wild.

Gang Resistance Education and Training (GREAT) program
The G.R.E.A.T. program continue in the San Ignacio Police formation where sixteen (16) primary schools participated earlier this year and an additional six (6) schools have been included bringing the number of participating schools to a total of twenty two(22) that are now participating. The Gang Resistance Education and Training program is been taught across the country of Belize both in urban and rural communities.

Winners of the 2017 History and Social Studies Competition
The Belize City House of Culture and Downtown Rejuvenation Project is pleased to reaveal a picture of the three winners of the 2017 History and Social Studies Competition with their trophies on stage at the Bliss shortly after the competition was completed. On the left is second place Aniq Perdomo of Ebenezer, center is winner Darwin Robinson of Salvation Army, and right is third place Aritza Sosa of St. Joseph RC. We are also uploading the History Cup that is now being held by Salvation Army. As you will notice on the History Cup, we have updated the names of the schools that have won the competition to date. The purpose of the History Cup is to be a modern day Rosseta Stone, which will record the names of schools that have achieved excellence in Belizean History and Social Sutdies.

Channel 7

Two Men Walk The Not So Fine Line Between Human Traffic And Major Theft
In mid-September, this man allegedly made off with sixty thousand dollars of his boss's money and stole his SUV, but police still haven't charged 23 year old Keyur Barot. After an Interpol alert was put out on Barot and his companion, another former employee, 29 year old Jitendra Kumar, the pair was intercepted in Mexico, making their way north, possibly to the US border. Mexican authorities handed them back over to Belizean police on October first along with 13 thousand US dollars - possibly the money changed with stolen Belize dollars. But, 5 weeks later, the Indian nationals haven't seen a courtroom or a holding cell, instead, they're reported to be in a safe house. And that's because - the pair allege they were victims of human trafficking. Our reports say they are in the custody of the Department of Social Services as possible trafficking victims. The men have told a story of their former boss locking them up in a warehouse for breaking the rules, and not being properly compensated for their work.

Chinese National Faces More Charges, But Where Did The Documents Originate?
Chinese national Yuanran Zheng is expected to be back in Belmopan Magistrate's court tomorrow charged for trying to get a social security card with a bogus nationality certificate. As we told you last night, he has already been charged for uttering upon a forged nationality document and attempting to use it to obtain another form of identification, for which he was fined one thousand and two thousand dollars, respectively. But, Zheng remains detained pending charges now from the Social Security Board - which will also charge him separately for using a fraudulent document to try and obtain a social security card.

GOB Will Scrape Up The 78M USD For Ashcroft Axis By Friday
A week ago, we told you how the Caribbean Court of Justice ordered the Barrow Administration to pay just over 78 million US dollars to the Ashcroft Alliance. That's after the Government lost the final legal battle over the settlement for BTL. The Government has until Friday November 10th to pay, or interest at a very costly rate will start accruing. But, for a cash-strapped government, coming up with that kind of hard currency isn't easy, since it immediately wipes out a quarter of the Foreign Reserves. When we caught up with Financial Secretary Joseph Waight at an event today, we asked him if Belize will be able to make the deadline in about 72 hours. He said they'll manage:

Fin-sec, How Low Can You Go On Fuel?
We also took the opportunity to ask the Financial Secretary if the fuel prices will go down any further. The Prime Minister had promised that the price at the pumps would go down by mid-October. By October 7th, regular dropped by 84 cents, and by October 28, the price fell by another 16 cents, to its current price of $10.13 per gallon. For diesel, the price dropped by 13 cents on October 24th, and the pump price is now $9.50 per gallon. Today, the Fin Sec said that's as low as those two will go: Reporter: "Are we looking for a continuous reduction in prices in the next few months? What is the outlook there."

Talking About Lead-Her-Ship
The third annual women's leadership conference was held today. Actually, it's the "Lead-Her-Ship" Conference, part of the Women's Entrepreneurship Day Organization, which is called "a forum to celebrate, support and inspire women in business." This year's event had the attendance of over 100 women, headlined by a superstar line up of successful female speakers from Belize and one special guest from Jamaica. We found out more from the organizer and spoke to one of the inspirational presenters. Danalyn Myvett, President for Belize Center for Training and Development: "We are focused here today on women in business and the entire day will be spent looking at how do we focus on empowering women through business, how can we support them."

Caribbean Central Bankers to Belize For Monetary Studies Conference
Today, financial regulators and economists from all over the Caribbean were here in Belize for the 4th Annual Monetary Studies Conference. This forum is the flagship event for the Caribbean Centre for Money and Finance, which was established by the Central Banks of the Caribbean Community. It's an opportunity for the financial regulators from the CARICOM nations come together to discuss shared ideas and research in economics and finance. It also gives these officials an opportunity to examine policies, and how effective they are in tackling the complex challenges in the financial sector. IT'S being hosted by the Central Bank of Belize and we stopped in this morning to speak with the Financial Secretary, and a representative of the Central Bank:

AG In Austria For UNCAC
Attorney General Mike Peyrefitte is in Vienna, Austria for the Seventh Session of the UNCAC Conference of State Parties. His presence is part of the requirement for a State Party of the UNCAC. According to a government release, "the Secretariat strongly encouraged government representation at the highest political level" - which is why the Attorney General attended along with Crown Counsel Odwin Trenton, who is the Interim Project Coordinator, UNCAC Project Board. Discussion this year will be about Preventative Measures in the fight against corruption, Asset Recovery, and International Cooperation.

When John Kelly, Trump's Chief of Staff Was In Belize
John Kelly is US President Donald Trump's Chief of Staff but up until January of 2016, the then General Kelly was still the commander of US Southcom. That's the US Department of Defense's Southern Command, which has responsibility for pretty much everything south of Mexico, right up to the tip of Chile, meaning Central America, Latin America and the Caribbean. And that's why Kelly was in Belize in September of 2013, on a Central American tour. He was whisked into Belmopan on a fleet of US Army choppers and we asked him where the US stands on marijuana eradication. That year, US chopper support and been used in record-setting BDF eradication operations. Since possession of small amounts of marijuana has now been decriminalized in Belize we thought it would be instructive to go into our archives and hear the view of the man who now has the ear of the US President:...

Simple Accident Leads To Court Case
She's accused of simply opening her car door into oncoming traffic - but police say it caused major injury to a woman on bicycle. So, today, 26 year old Honduran Jenny Robles, the co-owner of Creative Marketing, was charged with negligent grievous harm when she appeared yesterday before Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford. She pled not guilty to the charge and she was released on a bail of $2,000 dollars with an adjournment until January second. The incident occurred on October 17 on Albert Hoy Street. Alva Moody, was riding her bicycle on Albert Hoy Street when Robles opened the door of her white club wagon and Moody slammed into the door and received injuries that were classified as grievous. Robles was represented in court by attorney Estevan Perrera.

Could Tweak In Operation ACT Cause Out-Of-Town Cops To Miss Clues, Characters?
The Police Operation ACT was launched 12 days ago - and while there are no statistics to say it has been an overwhelming success - it is still being tweaked. Over the weekend we learned that there had been a major shift. Instead of mixing up officers from the various units at the different command posts, namely the GSU, the SPU, the SAT, the MIT, the K9 and the ANU, the Commander decided to deploy the units independently to the different areas. It may sound like a minor administrative tweak, but the cops on the ground say that it creates a policing disadvantage because the units from outside the city, namely the MIT, the SPU, and K9 and the ANU, are not as familiar with the players in the gang wars. That's because they are not in the gang areas everyday like the GSU, and the SAT.

Celebrated Actress Lynn Whitfield In Belize
Lyn Whitfield is an Emmy award-winning actress that has worked with legends like Oprah Winfrey and Denzel Washington. She is currently one of the stars on a popular show on the Oprah Winfrey Network called "Green Leaf" and she is also promoting her new movie "Nappily Ever After." Indeed, Lynn Whitfield is a busy woman but that didn't stop her from accepting an invitation to be a part of the Belize's International Film Festival - which started this evening. She arrived today and this afternoon she shared some words of wisdom and told us why she is so excited to be in our jewel.

Casting Call For "Life or Death" Show To Be Filmed in Belize
And also as a part of the Film Festival, a Belizean American named Cristobal Krusen is discussing a show called Life or Death. He submitted it to the Caribbean Tales Incubator in Toronto and out of several submissions, Life or Death was one of the four shows that won a production grant. The even better news is that the show is going to be produced right here in Belize and Belizeans have the opportunity to be a part of this major production. Krusen is an experienced filmmaker and writer with over 30 years in the industry under his belt. He explained more about the exciting new project.

Police Meet And Greet Community, Not Cameras
Last month, there was an explosion of violence in the Jane Usher Boulevard area where 4 residents were killed in gang-related shootings. So, that community on the Belize City Southside is hurting, and tensions remain between gangs that live very close to each other. So, police today held their meet-and-greet session right there, all in an effort to try and defuse tensions. The police top brass from Eastern Division were on a house-to-house tour to speak with the residents and hear their concerns.

Caught With ‘Coons, Man Must Pay The Price For Pestilential Pets
Raccoons - for most of us they're pests of the highest order, turning over your garbage, and being quite nasty and vicious in the process. But for Jacob Cabral of Caye Caulker - three baby raccoons were just lovable pets - not pests - and additionally, he would use them to attract tourists. Well the Forestry Department said that was "Unlawful Possession of Forest Produce" and he was fined $2,000 dollars in San Pedro Magistrate's Court. The Forest Department visited Cabral's business on Caye Caulker in August and found him with the five week old raccoons - which he uses for wildlife tourism.

BEL Back To BVI
6 days ago, we told you how the BDF deployed a platoon of 35 soldiers to Dominica to assist with the recovery efforts after Hurricane Maria. Well, BEL HAS deployed a second team of linesmen to the British Virgin Islands to help in recovery after both Hurricanes Irma and Maria devastated that island territory. The first BEL team of 5 who left for the British Virgin Islands in September, returned yesterday, after being stationed in Virgin Gorda for 6 weeks.

On Arlington
When we met up with the UDP Mayoral Aspirant and the Deputy Mayor on Arlington Drive yesterday - they were overseeing street and drainage works in that area. Looks good, but the truth is that those works are long overdue - and it seems that only a pre election push will get them done. Along that line, the Prime Minister seems to have released a little cheddar for a pre election push. There are talks of cement paving 10 streets and bringing others like Arlington to earthen grade. Deputy Dean Samuels told us more:..

Korean Magic In Mid-Flight
And we leave you tonight with highlights of last night's show at the Bliss. IT's called Spin, Jump, Fly by the Korean Performing Arts Troupe called Gwangdae. They turned this traditional dance into magic on the stage. We hope you enjoy these highlites w put together, in concert with NICH.

Channel 5

G.O.B. Gets Ducks in a Row to Pay B.T.L. Compensation
The Government of Belize says it has the money. But tonight, the question is whether it will meet the November tenth deadline for final payment of compensation for the double [...]

If All Goes Well, Long-Term Reserves Will Recover in 2 Years
The removal of seventy-eight million U.S. dollars or the equivalent of a hundred and sixty million Belize dollars from the country’s foreign assets is nothing to sneeze at.  And the [...]

Premium Fuel Prices to be Reduced, Stabilized
October has come and gone and fuel prices remain relatively high despite continuous protest. As of October twenty-eighth, premium fuel retails at eleven dollars and ninety-two cents, compared to ten [...]

Guats Protested B.D.F. Documentary?
Turning to another matter of national interest….Belize has, for now, raised no objections to Guatemala once again promoting its unfounded claim with an offensive map purporting to include our territory, [...]

Central Bank Hosts Regional Economists
They are the moving hands, rarely seen, in control of national economies and finance structures. Their word can determine how much a country receives for projects, chart investment and growth, [...]

Fines for Chinese-Taiwanese Connection over False Nationality Certificate
Chinese national Zheng Yuanran and a Taiwanese national acting as his translator remain in police custody tonight in Belmopan. Zheng entered Belize on Sunday, November fifth, but the pair was [...]

Caye Caulker Man Wrong to Keep, Display Wild Raccoon Family
It is not surprising for residents in rural areas of the country to be found in possession of certain wildlife species.  As a matter of fact, in some southern communities [...]

Will Employees’ Trust Let the Sunshine In?
While the final payment for the B.T.L. nationalization is to be met by Friday, there is still one more related case that may head to court.  That is Sunshine Holdings—the [...]

Pair ‘Stock and Go’ Stout, Monster, Caribbean Chicken
A duo of men was caught with their hands in the cookie jar at the Stock and Go store of businessman Marlon Skeen on November fifth.  They were seen on [...]

Police Shoot Ladyville Man Involved in Domestic Dispute
Thirty-six-year-old Leon Usher is in the hospital under police guard after cops shot him in the knee on Tuesday.  Ladyville police were called out to Usher’s residence in the Milpa [...]

Driver Turned Accident Victim Faces Likely Prosecution
A notice of intended prosecution has been served on the driver of a vehicle that was involved in a massive head-on collision on Tuesday morning near the outskirts of Belize [...]

Police Meet and Greet in Jane Usher; No Interviews
The crime-ridden community of Port Loyola known as Jane Usher Boulevard has been designated as a hotspot by the Belize Police Department, following a recent spate of shootings in that [...]

Senate Hearing Put Off to Next Week
Channel Five viewers who this morning tuned in expecting live coverage of the scheduled public hearing of the Senate Special Select Committee will have been disappointed that there was none. [...]

Youths Tackle Crime Issues at World Summit
A World Youth Conference continues today in the Belize City. Representatives from over fifty countries are revisiting the importance of the Sustainable Development goals to their own advancement.  One common, [...]

International Film Festival Welcomes Lynn Whitfield as Judge
The Belize International Film Festival officially opens on Thursday. Apart from screening films from all around the world, there will be an award show to recognize the best submissions. This [...]

Filming on Location in Belize Means Incentive
And while the Film Festival is a lot about celebrating the best in submissions, it is also looks at how to move the budding film industry forward.  At today’s “meet [...]

How Film Tells Your Story
For those who have an interest to break into the film industry, the Hollywood panel told the press that Belizeans need to start telling authentic stories that connect universally. So, [...]

Women Gather for Inspiration on Entrepreneurship
While some doors have opened, there is still a long way to go for women to ease into the top of businesses.  A conference taking place today has brought women [...]

B.E.L. Sends More Linemen to Hurricane-Raved British Virgin Islands
A second team of five linemen has been deployed to assist the British Virgin Islands Electricity Corporation with ongoing power restoration on the group of islands. The team, which is [...]

Youth Footballers to Arizona International Camp
Three Belizean football athletes, twelve-year-old Keffer Pertau and thirteen-year-olds Kayia Requeña and Javan Belisle left Belize today en route to Casa Grande in Arizona, U.S.A. to participate in the Rush [...]

Deanna Gomez Succeeds Sonia Lenares at the Y
There’s a new leader at the helm of the Young Women’s Christian Association.  In the YWCA’s sixty plus years of service to Belize, Deanna Gomez is only its ninth General [...]

CTV3

First Price Estimate For 2017/2018 Crop Not As Sweet As Sugar
Earlier this week cane farmers received the final payment for the 2016-2017 cane crop season which was estimated at being between $9.05 and $ 9.28 per ton of cane. So looking at the crop season after three payments the total estimated payment to cane farmers was of $64.00, which includes payment for bagasse. Today as the 2017-2018 cane crop season looms in the horizon, BSI/ ASR issued the first estimated average cane price for the 2018 cane crop which is at forty three dollars and forty cents per ton of cane. So…this means that farmers can expect to receive an estimated thirty six dollars and two cents as first payment for the upcoming cane season.

Fuel Prices To Increase Instead Of Decrease As Promised By PM
We also checked with the Financial Secretary about the anticipated lower fuel prices, which had been promised by Prime Minister Dean Barrow in early October. According to Waight, while a dip is expected in the price of Premium with the incoming shipment, whether it will go any lower depends on the volatile global market. Joseph Waight, Financial Secretary: “The next item to come is premium gasoline which is from a different source does not come from Petro Caribe we expect that price to go down in step pretty much in the same level as the regular gasoline went down two or three weeks ago beyond that it depends on what the world prices look like...”

Turning the Lights Back On At The British Virgin Island
Many countries here in the Caribbean today continue in their effort to return to normalcy after having been severely affected by hurricanes Irma and Maria in August and September of this year. One such country is the British Virgin Islands who have been without power for several months following these hurricanes. In an effort to assist with restoration works on the group of Islands, Belize Electricity Limited deployed a second team of five linemen on Monday November 6th to assist the British Virgin Islands (BVI) Electricity Corporation with ongoing power restoration efforts.

Caye Caulker Resident Charged For Having Racoons In His Possesion
Caye Caulker resident, Jacob Emmanuel Cabral was fined $2,000 when he appeared before Magistrate Jannelle Villanueva yesterday in San Pedro Town for “Unlawful Possession of Forest Produce”. Cabral was ordered to pay the fine by March 30th, 2018 or face imprisonment of up to six months. A report issued by the Forest Department indicates that on August 15th 2017, police officers visited Cabral’s business place in Caye Caulker, where he was found in possession of three racoons. Cabral claimed that the racoons were awarded to him as a gift and was reportedly using the animals for wildlife tourism. The five-week-old racoons were transported to the Belize Wildlife Referral Clinic for rehabilitation with the hope that they will eventually be returned to the wild.

Payment To Lord Ashcroft To Reduce Belize's Reserves
This Friday November 10th is the deadline for the Government of Belize to cough up $78.16m as final compensation payment to the former owners of BTL, which was ordered by a ruling of the Caribbean Court of Justice a week ago on November 1st. The ruling specifically ordered that payment be made on or before Friday, so today the media checked with Financial Secretary Joseph Waight to find out whether early payment had been done. He discussed that as well how giving up $78 million in U.S. currency will reduce the country’s much needed reserves.

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GOB is expected to pay US $78 Million tomorrow
Last week Wednesday the Caribbean Court of Justice ordered the Government of Belize to pay the second and final payment of 78 million US dollars to the Ashcroft Alliance within ten days. That deadline is this Friday, and today, Financial Secretary Joseph Waight told reporters that the payment may possibly be made tomorrow. As we […]

Financial Secretary says Premium Price will Fall
Belizeans should expect the price of Premium gasoline to go down. That’s what Financial Secretary Joseph Waight said today when asked about fuel prices. Viewers may recall that before October, fuel prices kept on an upward trend for several months. In the latter part of September, premium gas went up 93 cents nearing a whopping […]

Chinese Man caught with Fake Belizean Nationality Certificate
A Chinese national is in police detention tonight after being caught with a fake Belizean Nationality certificate. The man goes by the name Yuanran Zheng and he reportedly entered Belize for the first time on Sunday, November 5. Zheng was caught applying for a social security card at the Social Security Office in Belmopan, one […]

Central Bank hosts 49th Annual Monetary Studies Conference
The Central Bank of Belize is hosting the 49th Annual Monetary Studies Conference in collaboration with the Caribbean Center for Money and Finance, CCMF. The CCMF was established by Central Banks of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), in collaboration with the University of the West Indies (UWI), to carry out studies and provide information for monetary […]

BEL deploys Second Team to BVI
Belize Electricity Limited has sent a second team of linemen to the British Virgin Islands to assist with the ongoing restoration works. In September, weeks after the group of islands was devastated by Hurricanes Irma and Maria, the first team of five linemen was deployed. They were stationed in Virgin Gorda for six weeks and […]

Women encouraged to Boldly Step into Leadership Roles
A women’s leadership conference organized by Belize Center for Training and Development was held today under the theme “Be Bold”. Dr. Danalyn Myvett, President, and Founder of Belize Center for Training and Development spoke about the initiative. Dr. Danalyn Myvett “We are focused here today on women in business and the entire day will […]

Belize is Close to Eliminating Malaria
Malaria is a vector-borne disease that has been affecting mankind for thousands of years. For us here in Belize, we are close to eliminating the disease than any other Central American country. Trio Village and Silk Grass are the only two places in Belize where the disease still exists. Elimination of Malaria falls under goal […]

Boisterous Man was shot by Police
Thirty-six-year-old Leon Usher was shot to the left knee by a police officer. It happened yesterday morning when Ladyville Police responded to a report of a domestic dispute. The report led officers to the Milpa Area of Ladyville Village where they encountered Usher and a woman. That woman told police that she wanted to leave […]

Robles charged with Negligent Grievous Harm
Twenty-six-year-old Jenny Robles, a Honduran national, the co-owner of Creative Marketing, was charged with negligent grievous harm when she appeared yesterday before Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford. She pled not guilty to the charge and was released on a bail of two thousand dollars and a surety of the same amount. Her case was adjourned until […]

Raccoons Rescued, Rehabilitated, and Released
Jacob Cabral appeared yesterday before Magistrate Janelle Villanueva in San Pedro Town where he was arraigned on a charge of “Unlawful Possession of Forest Produce”. He was ordered to pay a fine of two thousand dollars by March 30, 2018. If he defaults on payment he will serve up to six months behind bars. According […]

Award-winning Actress in Belize for Film Festival
Today, the Belize International Film Festival held a press conference where they unveiled their line-up for this week’s film festival. The founder of the Belize International Film Festival, Suzette Zayden tells us more. “Tomorrow the official red carpet opening, we will be screening a film called inheritance that was made in Belize, it was shot […]

A Spectacular Showcase of Lanterns by the Taiwanese Embassy
Last night 250 water lanterns illuminated the Ramada Princess Swimming Pool as part of the 2017 Spotlight Taiwan Culture Exchange Program. As part of the program, participants were taught how to construct the traditional Taiwanese water lantern with wishes and prayer written on them. The lanterns were then set afloat in the pool as part […]

Trinidadian in Belize for UB’s Presidential Lecture
As part of its Presidential Series lecture the University of Belize today hosted Nikoli Edwards who is from Trinidad and Tobago. Edwards is currently the Vice Chairperson responsible for policy, advocacy, and projects for the Commonwealth Youth Council. His presentation focused on student advocacy and social responsibility. In his speech, Edwards spoke of growing up […]

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Belize hosting World Youth Conference 2017
Belize is the official host of the 2017 World Youth Conference (WYC). The conference was […]

Scotiabank Belmopan donates uniforms to Belmopan Special Constables program
Scotiabank Belmopan donates uniforms to Belmopan Special Constables program Yesterday, the Belmopan Police Formation received […]

Caye Caulker businessman fined for illegal possession of raccoons
Yesterday, Jacob Emmanuel Cabral of Caye Caulker was fined $2,000 for “unlawful possession of forest […]

Fair weather to continue
The 24-hour forecast is for mainly fair weather with sunny skies and partly cloudy skies […]

Chinese national busted for fake nationality docs
A Chinese national and his translator have been arrested and are under investigation after the […]

BEL deploys second team of linemen to Virgin Islands to help restore power
On Monday Belize Electricity Ltd. (BEL) deployed a second team of five linemen to assist […]

Belize Tertiary Education options and opportunities Expo 2018
The Ministry of Education’s Tertiary Unit is hosting a Belize Tertiary Options and Opportunities Expo. It […]

Police shoots man in domestic argument
Yesterday morning around 10:45, Ladyville police responded to a report of a domestic nature in the […]

Belmopan Police arrest Chinese man for fake nationality documents
Yesterday the Belize Immigration Department busted two Asian Nationals in Belmopan with a fake nationality […]

Body of missing Corozal man found
On Monday, BBN reported that Teodoro Pena of San Narciso, Corozal and his friend Isael […]

Blogs

Southwest Seat Sale Weather and November Events
Just in time for the snowbirds, a Southwest seat sale. $69 (one way) fares from Ft. Lauderdale (FLL) start November 21 for 7 days (excluding weekends) to the 30th. Then again the first half of December and pretty much all of each month right up until August (which is far as you can see right now). Return flights are on average, $130 to $150 (again not on weekends) and there are some days thrown in that show much higher prices. Their “Low Fare Calculator“ is a great tool to show lowest fares all month by month. taco Tip # 11: Buying brightly colored or uniquely printed luggage makes it easier to spot your bags on the conveyer belt which could help you get closer to the front of the customs line. I also recommend 4 wheel spinner luggage. It makes schlepping bags so much easier. Or, for those who like to shop and love novelty travel gear, there is a hilarious option. You can buy a cover by Firebox called “Head Case“, which is a picture of your own or any face of your choosing (but the point is to identify your luggage as yours). If you have standard black luggage and are not ready to replace it yet, tying a colorful bandana to your handle is a cheap and cheerful solution. Also useful to keep on your person after arrival when you are traveling somewhere that can get hot and sweaty.

Scotty's Celebrated their first Bike - Rally
On Saturday November 4, 2017 Scotty's celebrated there first Bikers-Rally. Live band was played by Surpassing Silence from 3pm to 6pm at Scotty's. At 6pm the first ever Bike Rally gathered in front of Scotty's to parade around town. Special drinks where offer from 8pm until 10pm Dj Albert from Corozal and Dj Xavi the Remixer from Chetumal Came out to play great music until 2am. Over 50 bikers from around the country and international where in Corozal to display their their best motorcycle.

Corozal House of Culture celebrates Full Moon with Belize Dynamic Band
I'm a little late posting this for Corozal, I had a slight (technical) problem. I'll do my best. Corozal House of Culture Celebrated "FULL MOON" with Belize Dynamic Band on November 4, 2017. It commenced at 7:30pm with great music such as pop, rock, 80's, Salsa music that was played for the public to enjoy. Belize Dynamic Band played great music, even the people danced at some point of the event. At the event I saw Traveller's offering great mixed drinks for sale. They had a mixer of Pinacolada, Bailey's, Rum Punch, Rum and Coke and other various drinks. Another booth was offering: Cold Frappe coffee for 5$ at the event for @ School fundraiser.

Introducing Maya’s Official In-flight Magazine – Caribbean Culture and Lifestyle
Introducing Maya’s official in-flight magazine – Caribbean Culture and Lifestyle. Maya Island Air is very proud to be introducing our first ever in-flight magazine - Caribbean Culture and Lifestyle, produced in partnership with the amazing team at McNab Visual Strategies. Through five finely crafted issues printed yearly and an ever-growing online community, CC+L is the go-to for the best in current, local and regional tourism news. Backed by an innovative digital platform, stunning photography, incisive stories and articles, CC+L will push the boundaries both visually and informatively, delivering illuminating content to our in-flight passengers and customers in a new and dynamic fashion. Introducing Maya’s official in-flight magazine – Caribbean Culture and Lifestyle. Maya Island Air is very proud to be introducing our first ever in-flight magazine - Caribbean Culture and Lifestyle, produced in partnership with the amazing team at McNab Visual Strategies. Through five finely crafted issues printed yearly and an ever-growing online community, CC+L is the go-to for the best in current, local and regional tourism news. Backed by an innovative digital platform, stunning photography, incisive stories and articles, CC+L will push the boundaries both visually and informatively, delivering illuminating content to our in-flight passengers and customers in a new and dynamic fashion.

International Sourcesizz

Belize: Beaches, adventure and history
Neatly wedged between Mexico, Guatemala and the Caribbean Sea, don’t let its size fool you – there’s plenty here for a standalone holiday. Its Mayan experience is at the heart of it all, predominantly in the western Cayo District, home to the unassuming capital Belmopan, aka the ‘Garden City’ thanks to surrounding waterfalls, caves and rivers that are ideal for hiking, birdwatching and soft adventure. The tourist hub, though, is San Ignacio, a small town of lively local bars and restaurants, and a good base for Caracol, Belize’s most impressive Mayan city; Cahal Pech, the oldest known site in the Belize River Valley; and the temples of Xunantunich, where a new tomb was discovered in 2016. Hanna Stables offer horse-riding tours here, including a quirky ferry crossing with horses in tow. Cayo District is home to the Actun Loch Tunich cave, where a hike and abseil take you 300 feet down into Central America’s largest cave system. It’s also relatively easy to visit the magnificent Mayan complex of Tikal in Guatemala, a two-hour drive across the border.

"Apocalyptic" storms threaten to overwhelm small island states
Unless emissions can be drastically and quickly curbed, efforts by small island nations to adapt to climate change may be in vain, a leader of a group of small island nations said Tuesday. Hurricanes that hit the Caribbean this year were like nothing seen before, with Hurricane Irma so strong it was picked up by seismic machines that detect earthquake tremors, officials said. National plans to curb planet-warming emissions, drawn up ahead of the Paris agreement, currently add up to a projected temperature rise of 3 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels by 2100 - well above the 1 degree Celsius rise already seen. That may bring climate impacts that are impossible for small island nations to deal with, their leaders warned at the U.N. climate talks in Bonn Tuesday.

Jungles, lagoons and Ernest Hemingway provide vibrant inspiration for designers of Belize resort and spa
Architect Roberto de Oliveira Castro and interior designer Samuel Amoia have collaborated on a beach resort in Belize, described as “unlike anything travelers have ever seen in the Caribbean”. Located in the hideaway beach town of Placencia, the Itz’ana Resort & Residences occupies 16 miles of a peninsula, with the Caribbean Sea on one side and a lagoon on the other. The new resort, named after the Mayan god of day and night, features 50 suites and 46 waterfront residences, with a watersports adventure centre, spa, full-service marina and fitness and wellness centre to open in 2018. Colin Hannan, the resort’s co-founder and MD, added: “We’re committed to going above and beyond what’s expected of a beachfront resort, and we believe that giving back to the local community and environment while also offering an enhanced luxury experience will make Itz’ana unlike any other hotel.”

Dr. Paul Whisnant, Founder of International Servants, Delivers Aid to Hungry Children
Dr. Paul Whisnant, founder of a nonprofit Mission called International Servants, oversees many charity programs, one of which is known as Feed-A-Child Belize. At their Feed-A-Child Center, each month hundreds of malnourished children receive a hot meal and love from the ladies who volunteer. The Mission has also created a Feed-A-Child Farm which produces vegetables to be used in the feeding of hungry children. Earlier this year, the Government of Belize recognized Dr. Whisnant for his 27 years of humanitarian work in the country of Belize and appointed him as the Honorary Humanitarian Ambassador of Belize. Many villages have benefited from Dr. Paul's Mission, International Servants (or iServants for short). The Mission has impacted tens of thousands of people across the country of Belize. The Mission is uniquely composed of a staff of over 150 which are predominantly Belizeans.

Vote for Life or Death - Pilot Episode
a TV series that is being produced by an American-Belizean filmmaker to be filmed in Belize in 2018!

Videos

  • Breathtaking Belize - WestJet Promo Video, 2min. Who's up for a trip to Belize this winter? Seasonal non-stop flights from Calgary and Toronto start October 30.

  • BTB’s Lifetime Achievement Award 2017, 4min. “The Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to those who have dedicated their lives to grow and develop Belize’s tourism industry. The awardee’s contributions are significant and have positively impacted Belize and the lives of countless Belizeans. Despite challenges, this tourism industry lifetime achiever persevered. This individual embodies the definition of a true success story”

  • 2nd Annual Belize International Yoga Festival, 1min.

  • Youths of the World Gather in Belize, 5.5min.

  • Belize Bureau of Standards and the Ministry of Energy (Regional Energy Efficiency) ), 33min.

  • The Street Games Tournament is scheduled for 12th November on Albert Street, 22min.

  • UN Convention Against Corruption, 35min.

  • Hamanasi Dive and Adventure Resort- Belize, 2min.

  • Full Moon concert by Belize Dynamic(5), 5min.

  • 2017 Halloween Snorkeling in Belize with sharks and stingrays, 3.5min.

  • Dolphins near San Pedro, Belize, 1.5min.

  • Sports Talk Show Nov. 8, 90min.