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The San Pedro Sun

San Pedro House of Culture hosts Garifuna Culture Night
The Garifuna Culture has become an integral part of Ambergris Caye. As such, the San Pedro House of Culture (SPHC) hosted a Garifuna Cultural event on Wednesday, November 15th to share the ethnic group’s drumming, history and fun with island residents. The event began at 7PM, when Director of the SPHC Mito Paz officially welcomed everyone in attendance. Thereafter, organizer of the event, Julia Martinez, shared the significance of the Garifuna Culture and the evening. “I feel so happy to see that my culture is now a part of San Pedro and that it is being honored and celebrated. Garifuna Settlement Day is not a day only for the Garinagu people, but for all Belizeans,” she said. The significance of the Garifuna flag colors was then explained.

SPTC delivers donation to earthquake victims in Mexico
On Monday, November 13th, Mayor Daniel Guerrero led a delegation to the Mexican city of Chetumal, Quintana Roo to deliver a donation to its earthquake victims on behalf of the people of Ambergris Caye. The donation included boxes of assorted canned food, rice, cards with messages from island students and a monetary donation. Accompanying the Mayor was his wife, along with personnel from the Belize Red Cross San Pedro Branch including President Eiden Salazar Jr., Nisani Zuniga, and Ashty Dennison. Guerrero was also joined by his secretary Yolanda Parham and SPTC press officer Shamir Guerrero.

National Association of Black Scuba Divers celebrate summit on Ambergris Caye
A total of 106 scuba divers from around the United States of America convened on Ambergris Caye from the 4th to the 11th of November, for the 27th Annual Summit of the National Association of Black Scuba Divers (NABS). The group of divers stayed at Ramon’s Village Resort where they engaged in a week of activities. Presentations held at the resort included a medical symposium on cardiovascular risks, asthma and diving, beach clean- up, lionfish hunting, sports, parties and of course lots, and lots of diving.

Probe on immigration bust continues; Immigration authorities on the island weigh in on the matter
The immigration representative on the island pointed out that sometimes it is difficult to carry out their duties when residents get involved. “I have heard stories whereby we visit a certain bar and there are a lot of women illegally working. When they are taken into custody, one or two guys from the island will quickly pay their fines so they can be released,” said the Immigration officer. “The person is then ordered to leave Belize, but they are not banned. They can come back to the country with no problem.” According to the Department, the situation with work permits is another headache for them to deal with due to the judiciary system. The officer stated that if anyone is detained and taken to court for working without a work permit, the court needs concrete proof of employment. “Many times, the person will not cooperate, and they will deny working at the establishment,” he said. “The court will request employment letter, a bank statement showing the payments, and we know that bar owners don’t work like that; they pay under the counter.” He added that at times, the court case can end up being adjourned for several months in an attempt to try to charge the proprietor for employing someone without a work permit. “So it is a bit more difficult to charge them for working than to just charge them for being here illegally,” he said.

Acting Prime Minister Hon. Patrick Faber and Minister of Agriculture Hon. Godwin Hulse Safe After Plane Crash in Placencia
At approximately 8:45 am on November 17th, Acting Prime Minister Hon. Patrick Faber along with Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment and Sustainable Development and Immigration Hon. Godwin Hulse were enroute to Punta Gorda Town via a Tropic Air flight. Upon takeoff from the Placencia Airstrip, the left landing wheel made contact with a passing vehicle that had managed to bypass one of the lowered barriers. The impact caused the Tropic Air vessel to plunge into the sea right off the coast of Placencia not far from the airstrip.

Current Town Council Members represent UDP San Pedro Municipal slate 2018
The United Democratic Party (UDP) has revealed its 2018 municipal elections San Pedro Town slate. All seven candidates who currently make up the Town Council will run again. Candidates include Mayor Daniel Guerrero, who is responsible for the Finance, Customer Service, Foreign Relation, Communications and Consultations Service and Ambergris Caye Master Plan, Deputy Mayor Gary Grief who is in charge of Tourism, Environment, Public Relations and Transport, Hector “Tito” Alamilla responsible for Sports, Youth Development, NEMO and N.G.O’s, Ruben “Rux” Gonzalez in charge of Revenue Collection, Economic Development, Health and Waste Management and Sanitation, Gabriel “Gaby” Nuñez in charge of Public Utilities, Community Protection and Safety, Civic and Infrastructural Development, Severo “Severito” Guerrero Jr. in charge of Community Beautification and Upkeep, Housing and Planning and Education and Flora Ancona who is in charge of Public Events, Human Development, Culture, Leisure, and Women’s Affairs.

Ambergris Today

Tropic Air Investigates How Vehicle Passed In Front Of Departing Aircraft
In a press release sent out by Tropic Air this afternoon, Friday, November 17, 2017, the airline confirmed that one of our aircraft clipped a vehicle that crossed the end of the runway as it was taking off from the Placencia airstrip this morning. The subsequent loss of airspeed resulted in the pilot conducting a forced landing in the water beyond the end of the runway. All seven passengers and crew members are safe. The Belize Airports Authority had placed barriers and signage in place at the Placencia airstrip to prevent just such an occurrence. In the wake of what has happened Tropic Air in coordination with the Belize Airports Authority and the Belize Department of Civil Aviation are looking at how this vehicle passed in front of the departing aircraft and what measures need to be implemented immediately to prevent another such occurrence.

Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Models Invade San Pedro, Belize
Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Edition 2018 is being shot on location in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize. By no you have probably heard about the excitement and seen some post on Facebook, because the news of the sexy models is buzzing strong around town. On Wednesday, Sports Illustrated narrowed down their model search for their Swimsuit Issue to six finalists: Allie Ayers, Iyonna Fairbanks, Olivia Jordan, Haley Kalil, Camille Kostek and Tabria Majors. The six models will all appear in the magazine’s 2018 Swimsuit Issue and the winner will get her own spread in the 2019 issue as a rookie model. SI Swimsuit has been taking pictures at Mahogany Bay Village and various beach locations around the island. Here are a few more images of SI on Ambergris Caye.

Taiwan To Donate $1Mil For Equipment To Belize Police Department
As a result of Minister Elrington’s visit, Taiwan has agreed to make a grant of US $500,000 for the purchase of equipment for the Belize Police Department including body cameras, motorcycles, handcuffs, drones, a cellebrite machine and breathalyzer equipment to test for driving under the influence of alcohol. Hon. Wilfred Elrington, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Home Affairs, at the invitation of the Government of the Republic of China (Taiwan), is currently on a working visit to Taiwan. Minister Elrington paid a courtesy call on H.E. Dr. Tsai Ing-wen, President of the Republic of China (Taiwan) as well as on H.E. Dr. David Lee, the Foreign Minister of Taiwan on Tuesday, November 14, 2017. Minister Elrington also received a briefing from the Mainland Affairs Council, Executive Yuan, on Wednesday, November 15th, 2017.

Ministers Patrick Faber And Godwin Hulse Safe After Plane Crash In Placencia
This morning at approximately 8:45 am, Acting Prime Minister Hon. Patrick Faber along with Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment and Sustainable Development and Immigration Hon. Godwin Hulse were en route to Punta Gorda Town via a Tropic Air flight. Upon takeoff from the Placencia Airstrip, the left landing wheel made contact with a passing vehicle that had managed to bypass one of the lowered barriers. The impact caused the Tropic Air vessel to plunge into the sea right off the coast of Placencia not far from the airstrip. A rescue team was sent out and all seven passengers and three Tropic Air crew membes onboard the plane were transported safely back to land. Preliminarily, there are no reports of any sustained injuries.

Misc Belizean Sources

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Acting Prime Minister Hon. Patrick Faber and Minister of Agriculture Hon. Godwin Hulse Safe After Plane Crash in Placencia
This morning at approximately 8:45 am, Acting Prime Minister Hon. Patrick Faber along with Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment and Sustainable Development and Immigration Hon. Godwin Hulse were enroute to Punta Gorda Town via a Tropic Air flight. Upon takeoff from the Placencia Airstrip, the left landing wheel made contact with a passing vehicle that had managed to bypass one of the lowered barriers. The impact caused the Tropic Air vessel to plunge into the sea right off the coast of Placencia not far from the airstrip. A rescue team was sent out and all passengers onboard the plane, including the pilot, were transported safely back to land. Preliminarily, there are no reports of any sustained injuries.

DAVCO Cultural Expo 2017
Happened Friday at the Parking Lot just east of Family Store and south of Central Park. DAVCO Cultural Expo 2017. See the different cultural booths and displays.

New Joint Utility Office For Benque
New Joint Utility Office Opens in Benque Viejo del Carmen on Tuesday, November 21, 2017. BWS and BEL partnering to expand our services to customers!

United Nations SDG Knowledge Fair
The Sustainable Development Goals Knowledge Fair will be held on Thursday, November 23rd, at the Belmopan Civic Center. The United Nations agencies in Belize invite you to our Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Knowledge Fair to be held on Thursday, November 23, 2017 in Belmopan at the Civic Centre.

Tropic Air issues statement about Placencia plane accident
Tropic Air has confirmed that one of our aircraft clipped a vehicle, that crossed the end of the runway, as it was taking off from the Placencia airstrip this morning. The subsequent loss of airspeed resulted in the pilot conducting a forced landing in the water beyond the end of the runway. All 7 passengers and crew members are safe. The Belize Airports Authority had placed barriers and signage in place at the Placencia airstrip to prevent just such an occurrence. In the wake of what has happened, Tropic Air in coordination with the Belize Airports Authority and the Belize Department of Civil Aviation, are looking at how this vehicle passed in front of the departing aircraft, and what measures need to be implemented immediately to prevent another such occurrence.

HAPPY CHILDREN'S DAY!!
A spectacular display of creativity, imagination and knowledge during the Children's Day Parade through downtown San Pedro.

Any Form of Violence against our Adolescents and Children Must Stop!
The National Committee for Families and Children, mandated to advocate for the protection of all children, is troubled by the disturbing report of a pair of police constables accused of humiliating youth cadets. According to the news dated Thursday, November 16th, 2017, the unnamed officers were accused of taking nude pictures of male cadets attached to the Placencia Branch Youth Cadet Corp. This is disheartening, especially since the public seeks the police department to ensure the safety and protection of all citizens, especially children. When this confidence is breached, the result is the questioning of the integrity and erosion of trust of the Department to serve as the first and most fundamental line of protection.

Happy Children's Day to all the good children of Belize
Especially the wonderful children of our beautiful Corozal.

Reserves Today
The Nohoch Cheen, Barton Creek and ATM Archaeological Reserves are open. The Xunantunich Archaeological Reserve remains closed.

Channel 7

Plane Took A Dive, Acting PM Survived
The news whipped across Belize at around 9:00 this morning when word went out that a Tropic Air plane had gone down and the Acting Prime Minister Patrick Faber was on board. It seemed unbelievable at first, but it did happen. Very luckily, no one was hurt. Deputy PM Faber - along with his Cabinet colleague Godwin Hulse and five other passengers were rescued in the waters just off the Placencia coast near the airstrip. The amazing part is that not only was Faber unhurt, neither was his phone! The Deputy was good enough to snap a few selfies of his strange and surprising plunge.

Tropic Air President: It Won't Happen Again
Government issued a statement saying, quote, "Upon takeoff from the Placencia Airstrip, the left landing wheel made contact with a passing vehicle that had managed to bypass one of the lowered barriers." End quote. Tropic Air's release says, quote, "Tropic Air in coordination with the Belize Airports Authority and the Belize Department of Civil Aviation are looking at how this vehicle passed in front of the departing aircraft and what measures need to be implemented immediately to prevent another such occurrence." That's what we spoke to Tropic Air President John Greif about today via telephone from San Pedro:... John Greif, President - Tropic Air: "The driver went past the warnings, and apparently past cars that were parked waiting for us to depart, so...we really don't know what we could have done differently."

British Woman Found Murdered In Ladyville
A British woman was murdered inside her Ladyville apartment on Perez Road. 46 year old Michelle Anison's body was found this morning around 11:00. She was stabbed to her chest and neck. Reports are that she was last seen alive on Monday the 12th at her apartment. According to her friends, Anison has no family members here, only in England. We spoke to one of her close friends today at her favorite hangout spot in Ladyville. Altereith Smith, Friend: "She is a person that comes here every other day or so to get her food, her drinks or whatever, she comes here and associate with everybody regardless of who it is. Whether you are rich or whether you are poor. She was such a lovely lady. It is hurtful to see her gone that way. So we are grieving as freinds of the restaurant of Benny. Because this was one of her main spot, beside her work at Liberty [children's home]. I hope with the police and everybody that they find the culprit and do what they have to do."

Mahogany Heights Family Claims Arson
An early morning fire gutted 32 year old Sorunica Garbutt's Mahogany Heights home. The fire started around 3:00 this morning and destroyed the entire structure even her vehicle. We haven't gotten any official report from the fire department but the family believes it was arson. We spoke to Garbutt's niece this afternoon. Voice of Niece: "I got a call about minutes to 4am, my brother got a call and then my mother came and woke me and tell me that my aunt's house is on fire. By the time we reached house, only one of the room was really on fire. The car was already on fire as well. The neighbors threw water to put out the fire and by the time they stomp down the fence to try and open the door to see if they could have saved anything - the fire was already gushing out. So they couldn't save anything. All we could have done was stand up and watch the house went down."

Guatemalan Soliders Facey!
Alarms were raised today when 4 Guatemalan soldiers and a media crew appeared on what we are told is the Belize side of the Western border. Best reports say they were first in the "Champon" or "no-man's-land" area getting interviews with persons crossing the border. But then they walked over to the Belize side, and reports say, they started to capture video of the Immigration Hall and other secure areas. They reportedly intended to go on to Arenal. Eventually police came over and they questioned the crew - who reportedly said they thought the border area was a part of "Champon." Many Belizeans expressed outrage that the Guatemalan military showed no respect for Belizean authorities or norms, and walked over freely like they were in their own country.

Two Arrested, Two Acquitted, One Still Jailed
Antonio Rodriguez was a PG taxi man viciously murdered in December of 2015. He was lured to a remote location outside of Punta Gorda Town by a customer and while driving back he was stabbed multiple times. Even though he had his licensed 9mm pistol next to him, Rodriguez was caught off guard. Today 24-year-old Albert Valentine and a 17-year-old male minor that had been charged with the murder were acquitted of the charge by Justice Denis Hanomansingh in a trial without jury. Prosecutor, Senior Crown Counsel Christelle Wilson had relied on a caution statement Valentine had given to the police but it was ruled inadmissible because Valentine claimed that he was beaten by police to give the statement.

Alcaldes Got Paid, Night After News Played
Last night on the news you saw PUP Toledo West Representative Oscar Requena calling out the Attorney General and the Prime Minister, demanding that they pay 80 Alcalde's from 40 villages their monthly salary going back to January. Well, faster than you could say, "rapid response", we saw this release today. It says, quote, "on November 13, 2017, funds were transferred to the Punta Gorda Sub-Treasury for onward payment of the First and Second Alcaldes. The funds include payment from January to October of 2017." End quote. Alcaldes can visit the PG Sub-Treasury to collect their stipend.

Weed On Venezuela Street
Yesterday afternoon, Belmopan police searched 23-year-old Salvadorian Marvin Vasquez Torres's home on Venezuela Street in the Capital city. They found a plastic bag with just under half a pound of weed. Torres and 20 year old Carla Stephanie Najarro who was also present at the time were both arrested and charged with Drug Trafficking.

NCFC Charge Cops With Child Exploitation
For days, we've been reporting on the misconduct of a pair of Placencia Community Police officers who took advantage of police youth cadets on a camping trip. Today, the National Committee for Families and Children spoke out against the police in a statement. The NCFC says it is, quote, "troubled by the disturbing report of a pair of police constables accused of humiliating youth cadets….This is disheartening, especially since the public seeks the police department to ensure the safety and protection of all citizens, especially children. When this confidence is breached, the result is the questioning of the integrity and erosion of trust in the Department…"

Tourist Dies In ATM Cave
A tourist has died in the Cayo District. Yesterday 68-year-old American Doctor Madhukar Jiggini, his wife, and other tourists were doing a river crossing at the Actun Tunichil Muknal, or ATM cave in the TeaKettle Village when Jiggini began to feel weak and lost consciousness. He was taken out of the water and transported to the Western Regional Hospital where he was pronounced dead. No sign of foul play or violence is suspected. The police are waiting for the results of the postmortem examination.

Family Makes Plea For Missing Grandfather
An 83-year-old man named Hubert Richards from Sandhill village is missing. His family got a call yesterday informing them that Richards had not returned home after running errands in the city. This evening the worried family came to 7News to make an appeal to the public in hopes of finding their loved one. Kenisha Richards, Granddaughter: "He came to do his normal errands. He came on the bus, he was in the Coral Grove area which us where our relatives lives. Leaving there, there has been no other indication of where he went. We've heard varying reports that he was seen walking near the Haulover Bridge, he was seen through the Los Lagos Road and also he was walking towards Biscayne Village. So based on that we haven't seen any sighting of him."

Dejron Not Down With Kings
Last night on the news we told you about an alleged robber, Dejron Joseph, charged for attempted robbery. He told the court that he is a student at King's College - but today King's sent us an email refuting that the principal says he's not a student. We stand corrected, but we are told he did attend the college last year.

Placide Preaches Peace Panacea
Trinidadian-American War Veteran and Vocalist Gerard Placide is back in Belize. He has visited a number of times to spread his inspiring message. He's back again for a concert called "Victory" tomorrow night at the Bliss Center. Today he told us it will be a Christian bashment with universal appeal:... Gerard Placide: "Within the last 2 years this is 17th time here. I sing all over Belize. Tomorrow night we are at the Bliss live band, Trinidadians flying in and stuff through Panama. The musicians - live. We are going to have a stomping time. I gave your camera man a little bit of "lift Jesus higher" song."

Celebrating Children Through Music
Today is Children's day and primary schools all over the country celebrated the by honouring their children with fun and games. But All Saints Primary School took it up a notch with an all-day concert. We learnt more from one of the organizers and spoke to some excited kids. Mark Usher, President - PROTO Foundation: "We decided to start with All Saints so what we have done is provided them with a number of extracurricular services to All Saints, for example, today event. Today is children's day and today event is performing arts and music festival. What we are doing here is simply giving the children of All Saints and a number of others schools the opportunity to come on stage and perform whether they want to sing dance or do acting right. The next phase is this we have a lot of talented Belizean artists here in Belize but they never get to perform in front of their big audience which is primary school student so we are bridging the gap and bringing a Supa G. We are bringing a Denise Castillo here."

Remembering Yurumei 2016
We leave you on the eve of this 19th weekend with some clips of last year's Yurumei ceremony in PG and Dangriga. It's the re-enactment of the arrival of the Garinagu to these shores, a scene that will be played out in communities all along the coast of southern and Central Belize on Sunday. Enjoy, and have a great Garifuna Settlement Day weekend - We'll see you back here on Tuesday.

Channel 5

Tropic Air Plane, with Ministers and Others Inside, Sinks after Clipping Vehicle at Airstrip
A Tropic Air flight carrying Acting Prime Minister Patrick Faber and Immigration Minister Godwin Hulse plunged into the Caribbean Sea in Placencia shortly before nine o’clock this morning. Reports are [...]

Company Disclaims Responsibility for Accident
As personnel from the Civil Aviation Department and Belize Airports Authority began their investigation into the incident, the management of Tropic Air and the Government of Belize issued separate releases [...]

Was British Volunteer in Ladyville Killed Because of the Company She Kept?
A British woman was stabbed to death sometime this week in Ladyville and it wasn’t until her landlady made a check at her apartment that her advanced decomposing body was [...]

2 Including Minor Freed of P.G. Taximan Murder Charge
Two men from Punta Gorda Town were today acquitted in the Supreme Court of Justice Denis Hanomansingh of a charge of murder. Twenty-four-year old Albert Valentine and a seventeen-year-old minor [...]

D.P.P. to Decide on Charges for Security Officer Who Fired Weapon at Nightclub
Thirty-three-year-old security officer Glenford Brown was picked up by police on October fifteenth, following a shooting incident outside of the Ramada Belize City Princess Hotel and Casino.  Brown reportedly discharged [...]

P.U.P.’s National Convention Put Off to January
As we told you on Thursday, P.U.P. Leader John Briceño will go into the national convention unchallenged with a few changes to the National Executive, ratified during yesterday’s meeting at [...]

U.D.P. Ripe for Implosion?
And speaking of politics, the People’s United Party is licking its chops at the prospect of a potential United Democratic Party implosion after ten years of dominance at the polls. [...]

The City is Humming to the Blue Machine!
It has been less than two weeks since the People’s United Party introduced its slate of eleven Belize City candidates for the City Council, which the United Democratic Party has [...]

No Response, But Does Patrick Faber Know the Deal on BIL?
Acting Prime Minister Patrick Faber told reporters on Thursday that he has yet to personally receive a letter sent two weeks ago by Leader of the Opposition John Briceño, which [...]

Urgent Action Needed in Alleged Nationality Fraud
On Thursday, Leader of the Opposition John Briceño spared no quarter in his condemnation of Immigration Minister, Senator Godwin Hulse. He said he considered it hypocritical of Hulse to attempt [...]

The Hustle Continues in Caye Caulker…
It appears the Caye Caulker Airstrip project will go ahead with Social Security Board funding, albeit reduced. The Belize Airports Authority is said to be receiving between three-point-five and four [...]

…And the B.D.F. Too
There is bipartisan support for an extended investigation of Belize Jungle Experience Limited. The company is already being audited by the Supreme Audit Institution concerning monies paid for the training [...]

B.W.S. Rocks Down to Electric Avenue, Left Poor Results
It has been several years since the Belize City Council completed a mammoth undertaking to concrete as many streets as it could have, using monies that were floated through a [...]

Mexico Gets Settlement Day Party Started
The Mexican Embassy is celebrating with the Garinagu of Belize. The nineteenth is two days away, but tonight the Embassy is hosting an event at the Mexican Institute in Belize [...]

All Things Garinagu at Mexican Institute
The event kicks off at seven tonight and features an exhibition that shows the art, history, clothing, tools, instruments and leaders of the Garifuna Culture. Sapien says that you can [...]

LOVE FM

No Fatalities in Plane Crash
Eleven passengers onboard a Tropic Air flight en route to Punta Gorda from Placencia were rescued from the sea this morning. The aircraft was taking off around 8:45 this morning when it struck an SUV that was at the end of the runway. The impact caused the pilot to lose airspeed and the aircraft veered […]

Briceno: Government of Belize Needs a Strategy
April 15, 2018, is the date when it is expected that more than seven million registered Guatemalan voters will decide whether to take the country’s unfounded territorial claim on Belize to the International Court of Justice, ICJ. Belize is expected to carry out its referendum by the end of 2018 or early 2019. Guatemala is […]

Briceno: Belize City Municipal Slate have been well Received
The leader of the People’s United Party, John Briceno, says his party’s Belize City Municipal slate has been well received by voters. Two weeks ago, the PUP launched its Belize City Municipal slate with Bernard Wagner as its mayoral candidate. Since then the PUP team has been visiting houses in traditionally UDP constituencies where Briceno […]

Requena: “Its a Total Shame”
Some seventy-eight Alcaldes in Southern Belize are upset with the Government because they say they have not been paid what they are due. Alcaldes form part of the Inferior Court system and they act as magistrates, making formal rulings over disputed matters. The first Alcade and the Second Alcalde are paid one hundred dollars and […]

FCD helping to Reduce Illegal Logging
Friends for Conservation and Development, FCD, co-manages the largest protected area in Belize, the Chiquibul National Park and the largest cave system in Central America, the Chiquibul Cave System. It’s no easy task but in the last seven years, FCD has been fighting encroachment from Guatemalans. The good news tonight is that FCD rangers along […]

UNICEF wants to Completely Abolish Corporal Punishment
United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has been championing the cause of children to ensure that children’s rights and needs are being met. Paulette Wade, Monitoring & Evaluation Specialist of UNICEF, spoke to Love News about some of the accomplishments here in Belize. Paulette Wade – Monitoring & Evaluation Specialist of UNICEF “I even have through […]

House & Vehicle destroyed by Fire
This morning at approximately 4:00 a.m. both a house and a vehicle went up in flames in Mahogany Heights. The house was unoccupied at the time of the fire. Love News understands that the homeowner is presently out of the country. According to the Fire Department, they may be looking at a case of arson. […]

No Foul Play Suspected in Death of American Tourist
An American tourist from California died yesterday while visiting the ActunTunichil Muknal cave in the Cayo District. Police say that sixty-eight-year-old Doctor MadhukarJigjini was along with his wife and other tourists at the cave when he began feeling faint, thereafter losing consciousness. He was rushed to the Western Regional Hospital where he was pronounced dead […]

British Woman Stabbed to Death
A British woman was found stabbed to death in her apartment today. Police say that the body of forty-six-year-old Michelle Anison was found in an advanced state of decomposition. She was found lying face up with multiple stab wounds to her neck and chest. Her grey Nissan Rogue vehicle is missing. Anison was last seen […]

World Vasectomy Day
Today is observed as World Vasectomy Day and is being commemorated in a big way in Mexico. Representatives from numerous organizations that deal with family planning are discussing the current state of male involvement in family planning, the latest updates on the future of male contraception, the state of masculinity in a changing world and […]

Research highlights Solutions for Sustainable Fishing
Efforts for sustainable fishing in Belize are ongoing and a newly published research in Belize shows how this can be attained. The “Integrating Science-Based Co-management, Partnerships, Participatory Processes and Stewardship Incentives to Improve the Performance of Small-Scale Fisheries” in the October 2017 issue of Frontiers in Marine Science was co-written by members of the Belize […]

Grocery Shop in Roaring Creek held up in Broad Daylight
An armed robber made off with an undisclosed amount of money from a shop in Roaring Creek Village. Correspondent Fem Cruz has the story. “Based on information received of an armed robbery sometime around 1:45 p.m. yesterday afternoon Love News visited Chun Green Shop located on Cooperative Avenue in Roaring Creek Village and saw the […]

Police arrested two persons for Drug Trafficking
Two persons were charged with drug trafficking after Police conducted a search at a residence in Salva Pan. Correspondent Pauline Soberanis Tillett reports. “Based on information received on Thursday at about 3:15 p.m. Belmopan police conducted a search for illegal drugs and firearms at a room located in the Salvapan area of Belmopan. Inside the […]

Duo Walked from Murder Charge
24-year-old Albert Valentine and a 17-year-old boy, charged with the murder of 64-year-old taxi driver Antonio “Sapote” Rodriguez, were acquitted of the charge in a judgment given today by Justice Denis Hanomansingh. Rodriguez, a resident of Eldridgeville, Toledo, was killed on December 15, 2015. His body, with multiple stab wounds, was found on a feeder […]

Children’s Day
Today, schools across the country are commemorating children’s day, even though, the actual day is November 20. The theme for this year’s Children’s Day is ‘Children of today, our keepers of tomorrow’.This initiative was started by UNICEF. Michel Guinand, Social Policy Specialist at UNICEF tells us more. Michel Guinand -UNICEF “Children’s Day was established to […]

PROTO making a Difference at All Saints
The children of All Saints Primary School are being given the opportunity not only to develop academically but also to develop their talents. The Principal of All Saints Primary School, Tanesha Ros, said that making available these extracurricular activities have allowed the children to express themselves. Tanesha Ros – Principal of All Saints Primary School […]

Nepotism at BTL?
It was just over two years ago that Prime Minister Dean Barrow spoke of a Procurement Policy that would seek to add to the transparency of contracts awarded from the Government of Belize to private entities. Prime Minister Dean Barrow’s presentation was on the UDP’s Manifesto presented on October 21, 2015 in Belize City. Barrow […]


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Where is the Association of Concerned Belizeans (ACB) now?
When the Said Musa/Ralph Fonseca-led People’s United Party (PUP) government was around the halfway point in its term in 2005, a new pressure group, the Association of Concerned Belizeans (ACB), burst on the scene and played an important role in the removal of that corrupt PUP government in 2008. The ACB, as an Amandala editorial said, was made up of various individuals from the professional class of the Belizean society and represented a new hope for the country’s democracy and vigilance against a corrupt government. “The ACB is groups of young businessmen and professionals who participated in the giant August 28 demonstration last year, and have since held public forums featuring prominent speakers addressing topical issues.

GST’s $690,000 assessment “a huge, malicious mistake,” says Yhony Rosado
Last Friday, about 50 persons, mostly from Belize’s activist community, staged a protest in front of the Charles Bartlett Hyde Building on Mahogany Street, where the offices of the General Sales Tax (GST) are located. The protest was in support of businessman Yhony Rosado, a pioneer in the provision of cave-tubing tours, whom the GST has assessed with a whopping $690,000 in back taxes. In an interview with Amandala today, Rosado said, “The GST assessment was done maliciously. It was done rapidly, without me being a part of it. Whenever any government department office or institution is auditing you, they question you and they work with you to make sure they get the best information for the benefit of both parties.”

“Flawed nationality” holders should not be allowed to vote in impending referendum
Substantive Minister in the Ministry of Immigration, Senator Godwin Hulse, appeared today to make his second appearance before the Senate Select Committee tasked with investigating widespread corruption in the Ministry of Immigration. While in the hot seat, Minister Senator Hulse was grilled about the Guatemalan nationals who received Belizean nationality without properly denouncing their Guatemalan nationality. Hulse explained the difficulties in the nationalization process involving Guatemalan nationals. He went a step further to claim that those who received their nationality in a flawed fashion should not be allowed to vote in the impending referendum to determine if the longstanding Belize-Guatemala border dispute should be settled at the International Court of Justice (ICJ).

Pro plumber questions Civic Center plumbing
Professional plumber Colin Gill dropped a wrench on the plumbing system of the multimillion-dollar Belize Civic Center when he called into the Wake Up Belize (WUB) Morning Vibes talk show today to provide his technical opinion. The plumbing system in that building cannot pass a plumbing inspection under the Belize plumbing code, Gill declared. When Gill was asked by Nuri Muhammad, one of the hosts of the WUB, how he arrived at that conclusion, Gill revealed that he was able to do so because he had been a part of a six-week plumbing training session at the Institute of Technical Vocational Education and Training, ITVET.

Police charge man and woman for Carlos Navarro’s murder
An onsite post-mortem exam conducted on the decomposed body of Carlos Albeno Navarro, 29, a Guatemalan laborer of Armenia, Cayo District, on Tuesday morning revealed that his death was caused by a gunshot wound to the chest. A bullet wound was also observed in Navarro’s leg. At the conclusion of the autopsy, Navarro’s body was taken to the Armenia Village Cemetery, where he was buried on Tuesday evening.

Over 150 youth leaders converged in Belize for World Youth Conference
Last week, for the first time in its history, Belize hosted the World Youth Conference, which saw the turnout of over 200 youth from 43 countries around the world. The conference, which is held annually, is for youth leaders to meet and discuss pressing issues, such as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which are new goals and indicators that are to guide the political policies of UN member states over the next 15 years. These goals are a continuation of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which were drafted in 2001. Today, Amandala spoke to Dominique Noralez, the acting president of the Belize National Youth Council.

Belmopan F.A. Amateur 1st Division Tournament update
Once again, I am pleased to provide to fans the results of the 2017/2018 Belmopan Football Association (BFA) Amateur First Division 2017-2018 Opening Season Football Tournament. The current tournament features 18 teams, divided in two groups of 9. The tournament kicked off on October 13, and has now completed its fifth week of play. Following are the results of the past weekend’s games at the Isidoro Beaton Stadium, and the schedule for the upcoming weekend along with the tournament standings. In game 1 on Friday, November 10, (Group A) Valley United clipped Las Flores FC, 1-nil, on a goal by Francisco Monterroza (86’). And in game 2, (Group B) it was Police FC, 2-0, over Valencia YWAM Boyz, with a goal each from Charleston Gardiner (27’) and Marlon Jones (89’).

Stann Creek F.A. 1st Division Cup Week 7 results, schedule
The Stann Creek Football Association (SCFA) continued over the weekend with its 1st Division 2017 Cup Tournament Week 7 games at the Carl Ramos Stadium. The top four teams from each group will qualify for the playoff round, and we are winding down. The games scheduled for Sunday, November 12, were not played due to the bad weather conditions. These games will be played as back matches.

Youth Tennis News
Junior Tennis action was at the Hilltop tennis courts in Belmopan this past Saturday, November 11, where juniors Red Stage and Orange Stage competitions were held. Twelve children total participated – 7 Red and 5 Orange. Sportsmanship, grit and perseverance were seen at play, as well as general camaraderie between kids who hailed from Belmopan and Belize City. In the Orange Stage, the top scorer was Tephaune Frazer, and ranking second was Solomon Davis. Both boys showed athleticism and great technique. In the Red Stage, Aden Hunt took top place, Dario Bernard took second, and Nicoli Tatum took third.

Dangriga sports stats
The countdown is on for the big race – the Annual T.V. Ramos Cycling Classic on Monday, November 20, starting at 10:00 a.m. This is also a special event every year as a part of Garifuna Settlement Day activities. The T.V. Ramos Classic will start (and finish) from in front of Kay’s Kool Spot on George Price Drive, right across from the old Eden Rose. The Elite riders are going to Placencia junction round-about and back. Masters and Juniors are going to Maya Centre and back.

Editorial: Racism and capitalism: the Guat claim
If you listen to Pupa Curly’s composition, No gi wi to no Guatemala, which is the theme music used on Ya Ya Marin Coleman’s Sunday Review show, you will be impressed by the artist’s level of knowledge where the socio-economic and politico-military realities of Guatemala are concerned. Most Belizeans who grew up in the post-World War II era, similarly to the vast majority of our ancestors, were very ignorant about Guatemala. Pupa Curly has lived in Los Angeles, California, for several decades, so he would be in a better position to access facts and information about Guatemala than the roots masses in Belize. We’re just saying. The Guatemalan claim to British Honduras had no pressing significance for Belizeans until the Guatemalan dictator, Jorge Ubico, revived it in the late 1930s, when Great Britain was being threatened by Nazi Germany, and then the Guatemalan oligarchy inserted the claim into their constitution in the mid-1940s and began making noises around 1948 or so. The British quickly sent a warship in the latter instance, and things became quiet just as quickly on our western front.

From The Publisher
Very few Belizeans would remember that when our softball girls won gold at the Central American & Caribbean Games in Santo Domingo in 1974, a basketball selection travelled to the Dominican Republic on that trip as part of Belize’s sports contingent. The star of the Belize basketball team was a teenager named Clinton “Pulu” Lightburn. He would have been about 18 at the time. I don’t know how the Incatecu entry in the 1975 senior basketball competition at the St. Ignatius School court was put together, but there were a lot of young St. John’s College (SJC) products on that team – Pulu, the late Fonso Martinez, the late Frankie Flowers, Bobby Leslie, and two of Premier George Price’s nephews – Henry Canton and David Craig.

Garinagu … in the land we love, Belize …
Dear Editor, I read with trepidation and pride your editorial entitled “Settlement Day 2017”. Your clear and concise chronological breakdown of these historical events is very much appreciated. I read with trepidation, feeling for my ancestors who endured hardship and deprivation at the hands of others. I read with trepidation, feeling for the hardship and discrimination they lived even as they were “welcomed” in The Jewel. At the same time, I beamed with pride as you accurately stated some of the achievements made and the impact the Garinagu have had on life throughout the Jewel. A lot of that achievement and impact however, came at a heavy cost to individuals and families but we persevered. I believe that “all a we dah one” remains a work in progress. We are getting there but there’s work to be done.

http://amandala.com.bz/news/pup-leader-writes-deputy-prime-minister/
Dear Deputy Prime Minister: I write to you in your capacity as co-chair of Belize Infrastructure Limited (BIL), the wholly Government-owned company that has been executing public works across the country. Recent revelations suggested that through its negligence millions of dollars in loss to the public has occurred on the Lake Independence Boulevard Project. Our information suggests that other works have also been completed under BIL’s supervision with poor design, lack of proper execution with the result that more loss has been suffered by the public purse. We have decided that it is time for accountability. Kindly therefore provide me with the following:

Why the crocodile let go …
Dear Editor, My name is Dr. Marisa Tellez and I am the Founding Director of the Crocodile Research Coalition recently established in Placencia (Jan 2016), and the IUCN/SSC-Crocodile Specialist Group’s Vice Regional Chair for Latin America (www.iucncsg.org). I read your article about the recent crocodile attack and wanted to clarify a fact – there are 24 species of crocodiles in the world, and there are 2 in Belize: the Morelet’s crocodile and the American crocodile. The American crocodile inhabits the cayes and the coast, and the Morelet’s crocodile inhabits rivers and lakes. The crocodile that likely attacked the man is a Morelet’s crocodile given the habitat, and this species in Belize gets to be about 9 feet. Additionally, the CRC is currently leading the countrywide Morelet’s crocodile population survey and we surveyed this area prior so I am confident to say this was an attack by a Morelet’s crocodile. By looking at the bite, it was smaller than 7ft.

The 2017 world order, and beyond …
Dear Editor, We live in a multipolar world. The United States (US) is no longer the undisputed leader of the world. China is a direct challenge to US hegemony. Venezuela is also a threat to the old world order because she is influencing Latin America and the Caribbean. North Korea is a military challenge to US dominance. Iran is a threat to US control of the Middle East. Russia is also a threat to the US military dominance. In the Caribbean and Belize the threat of climate change and crime are other aspects of the world in flux. The countries that come out on top of this new world order will be resilient and assertive of their interest. The US has pulled out of The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), or the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA), which is a trade agreement between Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the United States (until 23rd January 2017), designed to hinder the influence of China.

The state of Garifuna in Belize
The state of Garifuna in Belize is very dire. The current leadership of Garinagu in Belize is lost and do not know where to go or how to get there. Many including the leadership will read that previous statement and respond the way Garinagu do when they are criticized, that is, they say you don’t like them thus the criticism. If one looks closer one may see love and not dislike in pointing out our weaknesses. The National Garifuna Council is the NGO of choice for GOB regarding Garifuna matters. Thus, the GOB should seek their advice on all matters concerning Garifuna. They even solidified this relationship in a Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU)with one of the stipulations stating the GOB will do just that, seek their advice on matters Garifuna in so many words. The MOU also says the Government recognizes the National Garifuna Council as the LEGAL REPRESENTATIVE of the Garifuna people. In short, they have done nothing worthy of that power granted them by the Government of Belize.

More on Ishmael Omar Shabazz Primary School …
For the many people whose lives were touched by Brother Ishmael Omar Shabazz, all will agree that one of his ever-present attributes was his humble spirit and persona. Yet in spite of this meek personality and kind disposition, Shabazz possessed a rock-solid faith in his convictions. As I began to share with the public in my last essay why it is the right and appropriate step to rename the Muslim school the “Ishmael Omar Shabazz Primary School,” I began receiving responses from many Belizeans, both at home and abroad, who had witnessed and experienced the goodwill of Brother Shabazz’s numerous charity works over the decades. On social media the reaction equally was overwhelming and is a testimony to his legacy.

Some things must remain in our control
The Soviet Union wasn’t the same after Kennedy stared down Khrushchev during the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962. Ronald Reagan didn’t have to push down the Berlin Wall: that was so ready to fall he just had to lean on it. This move by the British to exit the EU, that is so they can move further to the Right, become more capitalist. After over fifty years of US embargo, a weary Cuba is drifting very slowly to the Right. Hopefully our great friends have the resilience to hold off Trump, or they’ll once again become a playground for American playboys and gangsters. Our very helpful neighbours, the Venezuelans, it will take some mighty prayers for the Bolivarian machine to keep turning. It’s consolidation. Right is righter, Right is mightier, all over the world. They are on the move. In Belize, the Right did not believe that it made good economic sense for BTL to be owned by the public. So the Right (represented by the PUP at the time) sold it to private interests, Ashcroft.

A reflection on Garifuna History: After the celebration, what next?
Garifuna Settlement Day, which is observed on November 19th each year since 1943 in the Southern districts and 1977 countrywide, draws many Belizeans together to celebrate the arrival of the Garinagu to Belize in 1823. Around 1823, the Spanish republics were preoccupied with endless cycles of civil wars, assassination attempts and revolutions. Around that time most Garinagu and their communities were (and still are) found in these republics, their population having spread across the region ever since their banishment from their homeland, St. Vincent, in 1797 – about twenty five years earlier. 1823 was also the pivotal year in which the short-lived Federal Republic of Central America (then, a single nation comprising of the provinces of Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua and Costa Rica) declared itself independent of Mexico.

Belize Community Pharmacist Association attacks GOB over new regulations
The Belize Community Pharmacist Association (BCPA) called on the government this week via a press release to reconsider its new Statutory Instrument, which came into law on November 1, because it could adversely affect the quality and reliability of medicine imported into the country. This morning, Amandala asked Wayne Vernon, the president of BCAP, to further comment on his organization’s position. Vernon, however, would only tell our newspaper, “we sent out a press release on the matter and the time for interview is over … we will be meeting with the Minister, so we will have no further comment.”

Heart attack led to road accident that killed Preston Coleman, 55
Preston Coleman, 55, a well-known taxi driver of Belmopan, was driving his taxi on Argentina Street in San Martin, Belmopan, at about 3:15 Tuesday afternoon, when he lost control of the car and crashed into a lamppost on the side of the road. Police say that, on their arrival on the scene, they found Coleman outside his car, which was extensively damaged in the front portion. Coleman was lying on the right side of the road. He had a cut on the left side of his chin, and he was dead. Police said that he was alone in the car when he lost control of the vehicle and crashed.

The twists and turns of Peter William Dahlstrom’s Belizean nationality
According to the Auditor General’s Special Audit of the Immigration Department, Swedish national Peter William Dahlstrom, who had married Sherrette Normandeen Simplis in 1994, received Belizean nationality in 2012 even though he did not meet the required qualifications. The audit further revealed that Dahlstrom’s sister-in-law, Kim Simplis Barrow, and her husband, Prime Minister Dean Barrow, recommended his application, and in that application, they stated that they had known him for 20 years. On his application, Dahlstrom wrote that he did not live in Belize but, “Eventually wants to reside in Belize.” Additionally, he revealed that he had been spending 4-6 weeks in Belize every year “for the last 20 years.”

Two cops interdicted for Police Cadets’ naked pictures
At a police press brief held at the Racoon Street Police Station this morning, ACP Joseph Myvette revealed that two policemen stationed in Placencia who are accused of abusing members of the Placencia Police Cadets during a hike on Saturday, have been interdicted from duties. The officers, members of the Placencia Community Police Unit, have been arrested and charged internally (not criminally) for breaching the Police Officers Code of Conduct. They will be tried by a police tribunal for the offences. Allegations against the policemen are that last Saturday they took members of the Police Cadets on a hike, during which, the young cadets allege, the officers took nude pictures of them after ordering them to take off their clothes.

The Reporter

Tropic Air questions circumstances that led to plane crash
Following a forced crash landing in the Caribbean Sea this morning with seven passengers on board, including two government ministers, Tropic Air Belize is questioning the circumstances that led to the incident. In a press release today, Tropic Air says that aviation personnel are conducting […]

Decomposed body of woman found in Ladyville apartment
Police have confirmed preliminary reports to the Reporter that the decomposed body of a woman was found inside an apartment complex in Ladyville this morning. The discovery was reportedly made sometime around 10:00 a.m., by the landlord of the apartment on Perez Road. […]

American doctor collapses and dies while on tourist adventure
An American doctor who was visiting a cave in Teakettle village, Cayo collapsed and died on Thursday. Police say they do not supect any foul play in the death of California resident, Madhukar Jiggini, 68, MD, as no sign of violence was observed on his […]

Tropic Air plane goes down in sea with two government ministers
Deputy Prime Minister Patrick Faber, who is currently acting Prime Minister, and the Minister of Agriculture Godwin Hulse are reported to be in safe condition after a Tropic Air plane they were flying crashed into a vehicle at the Placencia municipal airstrip and careened into […]

Police constables interdicted on allegations of abuse against cadets
Two police constables from the Placencia Community Policing unit have been placed on disciplinary charges following a report that they abused their authority when they took a group of young boys on a camping trip last weekend. One of the constables faces 5 disciplinary charges, […]

Couple charged for murder of Armenia villager
Late Thursday evening Belmopan police successfully cracked the murder case of 29-year-old Carlos Albeno, who was found dead with gunshot wounds to his chest on Monday morning. Jose Valladarez, 29, was charged for murder while his common-law wife, 27-year-old Amelia Garrido was charged for ‘abetment […]

Dangriga man found dead on beach
Dangriga police are awaiting the results of a post-mortem examination to be conducted on the body of 41-year-old Dangriga resident, Howard Aaron Nicholas, who was found dead on the beach in Dangriga town Wednesday evening. Dangriga police believe Nicholas was under the influence of drugs and was […]

Roaring Creek man remanded for rape
A Roaring Creek resident was remanded to the Hattieville prison last Friday after it is alleged that he was caught in the act of raping a pregnant woman in the wee hours of Friday morning. Justin Austin Williams, 29, was arraigned in the Belmopan Magistrate Court on […]

UNDP offers anti-corruption training for secondary and tertiary students
High school and tertiary level students country wide will be getting lessons on anti-corruption measures during the months of November and December, through a new project hosted by the United Nations Development Project (UNDP). UNDP, in collaboration with the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC) […]

Oceana representative honored at World Youth Conference
An Oceana field representative was recognized and honored with the Environmental Youth Award during the closing ceremony of the 2017 World Youth Conference, which was hosted in Belize last Thursday. Celeshia Guy, the award’s recipient, was recognized for her tremendous contributions to increasing awareness of Belize’s natural […]

Bureau of Standards hosts energy efficiency consultancy
To assist with the development of the CARICOM (Caribbean Community) Regional Energy Efficiency Building Code (REEBC), the Belize Bureau of Standards hosted a stakeholder consultation to gain feedback from those in the relevant fields of expertise. The BBS hosted the consultation, done in collaboration with the Ministry […]

Belize Renewable Energy Potential
There are several global indices that rank Belize in less-than-favorable positions. For crime, we rank a little too high for comfort, and a rank of 121 on the Doing Business Index (DBI) places us a little too low. However, there are those areas that the statistics and measures indicate that […]

Portals to Culture and History Pt. 2
November 19 is one of the biggest events on Belize’s calendar every year for the Garinagu people and for those who are either curious or have fallen in love with their culture. The story of a people who have persevered throughout the years despite incredible opposition, seems to resonate with […]

Lynn Whitfield stars at Belize’s 12th International Film Festival red carpet gala opening
Hollywood celebrity and Emmy award winning actress and producer Lynn Whitfield was undoubtedly the star of red carpet gala opening night of the 12th Belize International Film Festival at the Bliss Institute for the Performing Arts in Belize City on Wednesday evening, November 9. Whitfield is judge on the film […]

Small aircraft collides into vehicle in Placencia
The Reporter Newspaper has received credible but unconfirmed reports that sometime this morning a small aircraft crashed into a vehicle at the Placencia municipal airstrip. Details of what transpired are still sketchy but we are made to understand that a minister along with some tourists […]

FABULOUS FEATHERS!!!
Yes, the feathers which handsomely cover our birds are indeed fabulous.  They are astounding for so many reasons.  They are made of keratin, however, an especially strong keratin.  Our fingernails are made of keratin, too.  Feather keratin is stronger that the keratin of horns or hooves.   Feathers insulate a bird […]

Over 50,000 Belizeans have diabetes
The Belize Diabetes Association (BDA) said this week that it is concerned that the number of Belizeans with diabetes reportedly exceeds 50,000. BDA President, Anthony Castillo, during the World Diabetes Day health fair on Tuesday, said the new data coming out of the International Diabetes Federation shows […]

Much ado about nothing
The Senate Select Committee is spending time flogging a dead horse in insisting that the Government acted wrongly and illegally in awarding a Belizean passport to a man who was not continuously resident in the country for one year before his application was approved. The Senate Select Committee seems to […]

Ministry of Health vs. Pharmacists
Local pharmacists and the Ministry of Health are at odds this week over new import regulations for pharmaceuticals, leaving stakeholders concerned about the quality of drugs which will now be available to the public. At the start of November the MOH implemented an amendment to […]

Another “hotbed” of corruption at SSB?
Two separate investigations are ongoing – one by the police and the other by the Belize Social Security Board (SSB) – to determine whether a fake nationality certificate discovered last week could have more disturbing roots, involving personnel from the SSB. The forged nationality document […]

Eleven-foot boa constrictor found in Constitution Park
Visitors of the Constitution Park in Belize City were in for a surprise when an 11-foot boa constrictor was found in the park, causing a bit of commotion and piquing the interest of many who recorded the discovery on their phones. The massive snake was […]

Another multi-million dollar court loss for GOB
Adding to its numerous consecutive losses in United States courts, the government of Belize lost another case this week at the US Supreme Court level, which will cost Belize some US $18.5 million. The US Supreme Court ruled on Monday that it will not review […]

Three policemen under investigation for rape of detainees
The Police Department’s Professional Standards Branch is collecting statements in connection with an allegation by two women that three policemen raped them while in their custody last Thursday night at the Independence police station compound. Two of the policemen, whose ranks vary, allegedly committed the […]

Shark fishing causes outrage on social media
Pictures showing two men posing with dead sharks caught in Southern Belize this week caused outrage and condemnation by citizens as well as several non-governmental organizations, who called on the relevant authorities to step in and address the issue. Mar Alliance was the first to […]

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Tropic Air issues statement about Placencia’s plane accident
Tropic Air has issued a release confirming that one of their aircraft clipped a vehicle that crossed the end of the runway as it was taking off from the Placencia airstrip this morning. According to the release, the subsequent loss of airspeed resulted in the pilot conducting a forced landing in the water beyond the end of the runway.

Two charged for drug trafficking
Yesterday evening around 3:15, police conducted a search at the residence of Marvin Alexander Vasquez Torres, […]

American doctor dies at ATM Cave
Yesterday afternoon around 1:00, police visited the Western Regional Hospital where they observed the lifeless […]

Happy Children’s Day!
Children are one of the most treasured possessions on earth; loved by one and all. […]

Corozal lecturer almost kidnapped, no report made to police
A lecturer from the Corozal Junior College was allegedly almost abducted on Wednesday when the attempt […]

Armenia villagers arrested for killing Carlos Navarro
Yesterday, Belmopan police formally arrested and charged, Jose Valladarez, 29, for murder and Amelia Garrido, […]

Acting Prime Minister Patrick Faber and Minister of Agriculture Godwin Hulse safe after plane crash in Placencia
The Government of Belize press office issued a statement this morning stating that this morning […]

Body found on beach in Dangriga identified
Yesterday, BBN reported on the body of a Dangriga man that was found on the […]

Airplane with DPM Patrick Faber crashes into vehicle, plunges into sea
Reports to BBN indicate that a local airline taking off from the municipal airstrip in […]

Blogs

Would you like a little cheese with that wine?
If you are vacationing on Ambergris Caye you can quench your thirst for the glorious grape and savor the best in imported cheese and charcuterie at Wine de Vine. Founded in 2002, Wine de Vine is part of a locally owned family of businesses that include The Phoenix Resort and Blue Water Grill. Whether you are looking to stock up on these dining essentials, or just want to chill out in a cool place with a bottle of wine and some delectable bites, this store/deli/wine bar has been a longtime island favorite. Although anytime during business hours you are welcome to enjoy a glass (or bottle) of wine at this comfy establishment, it’s the Tuesday and Friday night socials that attract a crowd. Tuesday evenings tend to be more chill, and after a long week of work, it’s the perfect place to unwind and kick off the weekend on Friday. Wine de Vine is also a favorite spot for travelers who like to mingle and sample the featured wines and recommended cheese and charcuterie platters.

DAVCO Cultural event is happening now at Corozal
DAVCO Cultural Expo commenced with a short cermmony that began at 10am. Welcome Address, short dance presentation, Mayor of Corozal and vote of thanks. And this event will conclude at 4pm. If you haven't made yet to the DAVCO Expo you still have chance to come out with the entire family. The Expo has including cultural presentations, music, food, and beverages. Informational booths are out here at the event such as: SFXCU, Corozal NICH, Oceana, Patchakan, Escuela Secundaria questioner, Minister of Civil Aviation, SIR, smart, NDCAD, Nortenio, Honey Bee @ more. Villages from around Corozal Came out to present their cultural food, clothing, and their background, How their food is being prepared. Maya mestizo, mestizo, creole, garifuna, East indian, lots of stuff's are being sold at the event such as: local pepper sauce from Orange Walk, Escabeche, Chimole, Pibil, Mayan Food, Tamales, Escabeche, Chimole, local sweets and lots more. Come out and join the fun until 4pm today.

International Sourcesizz

Belize Bank Wants Court Order Enforcing $35M Judgment
The Belize Bank Ltd. asked a D.C. federal court on Thursday for an order authorizing enforcement of a $35.2 million judgment stemming from an arbitral award issued after a dispute with the Belize government over a complex debt guarantee, saying the country may evade its obligations despite a dearth of remaining legal options. The award of 36.9 million Belize dollars ($18.46 million as of Friday) had been issued to Belize Bank by a London Court of International Arbitration tribunal in 2013 after it concluded that the...

Babes in Belize! Camille Kostek joins bevy of models vying for spot in famous SI Swimsuit issue
They're the final six participants in Sports Illustrated's #SISwimSearch, which featured an open casting call to find the next Swimsuit rookie. And it will no doubt be a tough call when the judges are tasked with picking the winner, if the girls' antics in Belize are any indication. All six finalists were flown to the tropical nation for a shoot that will end up in the SI Swimsuit 2018 issue as a part of this year's Model Search class spread. Allie Ayers, 23, joined Olivia for some ocean fun, which included snorkeling, specifically with sharks. Allie seemed to have a particularly good time in a very flattering Baywatch-esque red one piece. She accessorized with glasses and some blue flippers. Iyonna Fairbanks, 25, stole the show during a group shot thanks to her forest green one piece swimsuit.

Acting PM of Belize plane crash caused by passing car
The government of the tiny Central American country of Belize said its acting prime minister is safe after the small prop plane he was riding in crashed into the sea after takeoff on Friday. A Tropic Air flight carrying Acting Prime Minister Patrick Faber and the country’s agriculture minister was taking off from the tiny airstrip in the town of Placencia Friday when one of the wheels on its landing gear clipped a passing car. A road passes near the end of the airstrip and a barrier is usually lowered to stop traffic during takeoffs and landings. The government said in a statement that “the left landing wheel made contact with a passing vehicle that had managed to bypass one of the lowered barriers.”

Island Nations, With No Time to Lose, Take Climate Response Into Their Own Hands
From rising seas to the loss of fresh water, islands are among the most vulnerable nations to global warming. Hurricanes, expected to become more ferocious with climate change, pummeled Caribbean island nations into crisis this summer. Irma destroyed nearly every car and building on the island of Barbuda and swelled the population of Antigua overnight as thousands of Barbudans sought shelter. Maria knocked out power across the United States Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico and left Dominica in tatters. Small islands also are among the smallest contributors to climate change, producing less than 1 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions. The industrialized world, their leaders say, owes some recompense for the disasters these vulnerable nations will suffer in the years ahead. But hopes are waning that island nations will see a major increase in financial support to help address the consequences of climate change. So, too, is an effort here to expand ways for nations to adapt to future disasters. Money is not forthcoming here, and President Trump has declared that the United States, historically the largest emitter of greenhouse gases, will exit the Paris agreement.

The life and accomplishments of Thomas Vincent Ramos, founder of the Garifuna Settlement Day in Belize
Thomas Vincent Ramos was born in Puerto Cortez, Honduras, on September 17, 1887. Later in life he migrated to Dangriga, Belize, the home of his mother, where he spent the rest of his life. Mr Bernard C. O. Blanco was one of the outstanding persons who had an impact on his life. He got married to Miss Eliza Marian Fuentes, daughter of Mr Roman Fuentes and Mrs Pasquala Fuentes of Dangriga Town, on Monday, February 16, 1914. Mrs Eliza Marian Fuentes was born on Wednesday, December 9, and died on Monday, November 23, 1970, at the age of 73. From this marriage he had seven sons and five daughters: Isaac Jacob Joseph Ramos (deceased), Kline Harland Ephilstone Ramos (deceased), Elswith Viola Ramos (deceased), Thomas Tate Armstrong Ramos (deceased), Gadsby Clockstan Tilford Ramos (deceased), Carl Raymond Gustav Ramos (deceased), Abraham Lincoln Washington Ramos (deceased), Jewell Izetta Ramos (deceased) married Lopez, Ward Bliss Beacher Ramos (deceased), Ruth Viola (deceased) married Gentle, Pasquala Eliza Ramos (deceased) married Blanco and remarried Glossie, and Dorcas Elswith Ramos married Andrew Higinio. Mr Ramos was also the father of Jane Ramos, Naomi Ramos and Miss Ellen Ramos a child that was born in Honduras.

Videos

  • Artist - Maimouna Youssef and Friends, 26min.

  • Cellular World Christmas Deals, 23min.

  • Long live the Garifuna Culture!, 28min.

  • Happy Garifuna Settlement Day!, 12min. Live drumming at the San Pedro Town Council by the Garifuna Council.

  • More images from plane crash in Placencia, 1/2min. Earlier today, Deputy Prime Minister Patrick Faber and Minister of Immigration Godwin Hulse were on board a Tropic Air flight that crashed into a vehicle before coming to a stop inside the sea off the coast of Placencia. Everyone in the plane was rescued and are not safe, however, News Five understands that a passenger in the vehicle was injured and taken to the nearest medical facility for treatment. More on this to follow:

  • Maimouna Youssef and Friends at Samuel Hynes Institute of Excellence! American Music Abroad, 9min.

  • Welcome to the DAVCO held in Corozal, 9.5min.

  • Belize in international court. Belice mayas land of Guatemalans, 5min.

  • Swimming with Belize Manatees, 2min. While Diving in Belize, we had the opportunity to snorkel with some Sea Cows!

  • Walking in Cahal Pech, Belize, 10min. A walk through Cahal Pech ruins, in San Ignacio, Belize..Cahal Pech is a very small mayan site few minutes from San Ignacio town, it could be reached by walk in about 20 minutes. It's still a good place to visit, you can combine cahal pech with Xunantunich in the same day.

  • Laughing Bird ,Belize underwater, 2min.

  • Guatemala - Belize Border, 2min. Here is an overview of the ride and the border from Punto Ixlu near El Remate in Guatemala, to Melchor de Mencos and San Ignacio in Belize.

  • Does BELIZE Celebrate Halloween? San Pedro - Ambergris Caye 2017, 6min. The answer is YES! Halloween is a big celebration and a great time of the year to visit. It is still "slow" season and the weather is great. One of the biggest parties on the island of Ambergris Caye is at the Holiday Hotel. Unfortunately that was our travel day and we couldn't keep our eyes open that late. There were days of celebration leading up to the big night. The footage was taken from early evenings on the beach. Belizeans and tourists party hard and go all out in some crazy costumes. Lots of fun!

  • Belize 2017 SCUBA Day 2, 48min.

  • …A NEW PLAYGROUND FOR STUDENTS OF LOUISIANA GOVERNMENT SCHOOL, 2min. Playgrounds offer several benefits to younger children that contribute to their personal growth and development. Play time for majority of kids is considered as one of the most active parts of the day as it adds to their social well-being.

  • CELEBRATED CHILDRENS DAY, 9min.

  • Morning Matters with Fred Dixon, 60min.

  • Garifuna dance presentation at San Pedro's House of Culture!, 1min.

  • Belize NOW | Episode 41, 28min. In tonight’s headlines: BIL Discusses Dangriga Multipurpose Complex, Memorandum of Understanding Signed for School Feeding Programs, Joint Border Security Workshop hosted in Belize City and we take a look at the Belize Building Act Amendment. These stories and more on this week’s edition of Belize Now. Thanks for joining us on this Friday, November 17th, 2017!

  • Teaching Garifuna: A Teacher's Story, 2min. Inspired by one of her earliest teachers, a teacher now passes the torch of learning and her Garifuna heritage to students at Stann Creek Ecumenical Junior College. Ifáṣínà Efunyemi teaches Belizean history, Caribbean studies, research methods and ancient civilizations. Be A Leader. Be A Teacher.

  • Footage of early morning plane crash., 5min. Tropic Air plane clips a motor vehicle in Placencia and crashes into the sea. Reports are that no one was severley hurt. Thanks God for this!

  • Introduction to Belize Video, 4min. Well done, and it has Joe Martinez from Martz Farm start it off with a nice little poem. Cayo is highlighted, from the market to the pontoon boat to Cahal Pech to Xunantunich to Caracol and Mountain Pine Ridge. We've traveled to Belize several times and absolutely love this rustic, historic adventure destination in Central America. Here's a travel video we made that sums up our experiences.

  • Belize, 4.5min.

  • Belize vacation, 6min.

  • Belize City Cityscape. A bird's-eye view | Drone Flight over the Belize City, 1.5min. Belize city and drone flight above the city. A bird's-eye view of all seashore and Belize River in background. Enjoy.

  • A Week in Belize, 14min. Always wanted to go to Belize, so in October 2016 my friend Debbie and I spent a week at a resort near Hopkins. We had a wonderful beachfront cabina, visited Mayan ruins and had a blast playing around on stand-up paddle boards. What a fun trip.

  • Belize: Kiki Travels, 9min.

  • Manu&Rudi auf Reisen - Belize, 5min. Schnorcheln mit Haien und Rochen Belize - Caye Caulker.

  • Dining Out at Black Orchid Restaurant on South Ambergris Caye, Belize, 6min. Hi, this is William Narod and I'm the "Paradise Guy" and recently I visited a great little restaurant down South on Ambergris Caye called Black Orchid. Check out this video to share the experience and see if this is a place you would like to visit when you come to Belize

  • Walking in Xunantunich, Belize, 9.5min. A walk trhough the Xunantunich mayan ruins, near San Ignacio in Belize!


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