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The San Pedro Sun

Ambergris Caye joins in the celebration of the Garifuna Settlement Day
Island residents joined thousands of Belizeans home and abroad, during the 2017 Garifuna Settlement Day Celebrations on Sunday, November 19th. The event honoring the arrival of the Garifnagu people to Belize in the 1800's was held under the theme 'Lidan Nei Uarani Awanseruni� Mabuleida Wamei (Progress Lies in Unity� Always Remember It). The San Pedro Branch of the National Garifuna Council (NGC) held several activities, including cultural presentations, drumming and the re-enactment of the arrival also known as Yuruemein. Early on Sunday, November 19th, residents and visitors gathered in front of the beach by the Central Park to witness the traditional 'Yurumein,' a dramatization of the arrival of the Garifuna to Belize. Despite an unprecedented rain, the re-enactment was a success with two boats arriving on the beach to cheerful singing and drumming. After disembarking, the group attended a short blessing mass hosted by Pastor Scott of the San Pedro Roman Catholic Church. Immediately after, a parade took place through the main streets of downtown San Pedro.

Ambergris Today

Canadian National Critically Injured In Caye Caulker Boat Collision
On Friday, November 17, 2017, at about 9:50p.m., police visited the Caye Caulker Polyclinic where they observed Canadian National, Guy Cooter Smith, 61 years old, in an unconscious state suffering from a small cut wound to his right elbow. Initial police investigation revealed that about 9:45 p.m., Smith and his son Cooter Smith, 19 years old, were in a dinghy in the sea without light or reflectors when a boat belonging to KokoKing Beach accidentally collided into their dinghy. Guy was admitted at KHMH in a critical condition. Police are Investigating.

Children's Day Celebrated With Fun Activities
"Children of Today; Our Keepers of Tomorrow" - Under this theme Children's Day 2017 was celebrated in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize, with schools organizing a week full of activities for children to have fun with their peers and parents. To kick off the week of activities, at the San Pedro Roman Catholic School, they held a Skipping Rope Day where all of the children had to participate in this fun-filled activity. Parents were invited to do arts and crafts such as piggy banks, cute monsters, clothes pin arts and Christmas decorations along with the children. They also part took in games that had them laughing all afternoon long as their inner child came out. Lime and Spoon, Sack Race and Balloon Toss were just some of the games students, teachers and students played.

Robbery Reported At Local Cell Phone Shop
San Pedro Police are investigating a robbery that took place at Procell Store located on Sea Grape Street, south of San Pedro Town. Owner of the store, Gladys Adelita Cortez, reported that while she was in her store attending to a customer, two male persons entered and stole items to a total value of $3,150.00Bze.

Misc Belizean Sources


Government of Belize Provides Educational Opportunities for Over 300 Students in Corozal
An Official Ceremony to inaugurate Our Lady of Guadalupe (OLOG) Primary R.C. School Extension and new Pre-school building will be held on the school's compound in Altamira Village, Corozal at 10 a.m. on November 22nd, 2017. This is as a result of the Government of Belize recognizing the critical role of education for social, economic, cultural, environmental and political development, by way of empowering future leaders with knowledge, skills, and values to enhance Belize's socio-economic development. The Government has funded the completion of Our Lady of Guadalupe (OLOG) Primary R.C. School Extension project and Pre-school building courtesy of a grant of $1.2 million BZ dollars from the Caribbean Development Bank under the Basic Needs Trust Fund, BNTF7's Education & Human Resource Development Sector with counterpart funding from Government.

CRS Under 10 defeated Bacadia Warriors
TEAM - Together Everyone Achieve More, That's what CRS is about. CRS Under 10 defeated Bacadia Warriors is the first leg of home and away 3 goals to nil and in the second game Bacadia didn't show up so we won by default and now awaits d finals. Then the rivalry games between CRS and Czl Invaders. In the first of two games, CRS demolished Czl Invaders 3 to 1 and in the second game drew 3 to 3, so CRS moves on to the finals while Invaders have to settle to play for third place. Big up to all CRS players, fans, Coaches and supports. God Bless.

Miss Debs at Consejo Just For Fun Golf Tournament
Sat Feb 17 2018 at 11:00 am, Consejo Shores Limited, Corozal Belize, #8 Wavesongs lane, Consejo Shores

Presale tickets available at Scotty's Bar and Grill, 1st avenue beachside, Corozal Town or call 6204726. Presale price $10.00. Price at the door $15.00. Saturday, December 16 at 9 PM - 1 AM

Power outage scheduled for entire Corozal District on Sunday, November 26 from 6:00am to 2:00pm
BEL to replace transmission and distribution poles, replace insulators, install load break switch, and reconfigure the new system on Corozal Blvd. (7th Avenue)

Water outage Wednesday for parts of San Pedro
Belize Water Services informs customers in parts of San Pedro that there will be an interruption in the water supply on tomorrow, Wednesday, November 22, 2017 starting at 1:00pm. The areas to be affected will be Town Core, San Juan, Boca Del Rio, San Pedrito and San Mateo. This interruption is necessary for the installation of a new water main. Due to the upgrades, customers may experience low water pressure and/or discoloration in their water supply when water is restored. Residents of these areas are advised that water is expected to be fully restored by 5:00pm. If they experience water supply problems after that time, they should immediately call our hotline at 0-800-CALL-BWS to report it.

Art Show by Local Belizean Artists
The San Pedro House of Culture is delighted to launch the Art Exhibit showcases various of our talented artists from Belize. You are cordially invited to the launch Friday Nov. 24th, 2017 beginning at 7pm.

Vote on Offshore Oil Moratorium Legislation
DECEMBER 8th 2107 SAVE THE DATE. The members of the House of Representatives will meet at the National Assembly building in Belmopan on December 8th to debate and vote on the Petroleum Operations (Maritime Zone Moratorium) Bill, 2017. The Senate is scheduled to meet on December 13th. There is still still to let Belizean leaders know you support this legislation.

Let's bring back the excitement and spectators to the sport we love - Kaya Cattouse. You may also like the following events from the same organizer: Next Sunday, 3rd December, 08:00 am, Digicell Belmopan Race

16 Days of Activism
The Special Envoy of Belize is launching the 16 Days of Activism against gender based violence this Thursday in Belize City. Everyone in Cayo is welcome to go represent, and make a change. "Join us! Everyone is Welcome Thursday, November 23rd, 2017 2:30 p.m."

Belize Red Cross Officials Meet with NEMO Minister to Discuss Project in Rural Belize District: "Strengthening Partnerships through Accountability and Transparency"
In Belmopan this afternoon, Minister of National Emergency Management Hon Edmond Castro met with officials of the Belize Red Cross (BRC) to discuss cooperation with respect to a program which that organization is spearheading in Rural Belize District. The project is titled, "Strengthening partnerships through accountability and transparency" and is aimed at enhancing capacity of communities and service providers in disaster response. The Belize Red Cross says it aims to establish transparent and equitable service delivery in the key areas of Disaster Risk Reduction, Health and Hygiene, and Post Disaster/Emergency Relief in the most vulnerable communities.

A power outage is scheduled for a portion of the Cayo District on Friday, November 24 from 5:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m.
To affect Unitedville to Arenal including Benque Viejo, San Ignacio, Santa Elena, Duck Run 1 & 2, Billy White, Georgeville, Central Farm, Esperanza, San Miguel, Cristo Rey, San Antonio, Santa Cruz, Bullet Tree Falls, Branch Mouth, Santa Familia, Calla Creek, Corozalito & Succotz. BEL to install jumpers on structure at San Ignacio Substation.

Students and town council plant cortez seedlings at Macal Park
FCD congratulates the San Ignacio/Santa Elena Town Council and the St. Andrews Anglican Primary School for the planting of cortez seedlings at Macal Park in commemoration of Children's Day. These twin towns form part of the Bi-national Watershed Alliance.

Mista Peetaz Brokdong Bram 2017
The Belize City House of Culture and Downtown Rejuvenation project in collaboration with NICH and Love FM will bring to you the Mr. Peetaz Brukdong Bram on December 14th through 16th - All happening behind the historic Court House next to wharf. This event will combine some of the best traditional Creole cultural foods, drinks and music. Bring your friends and family and get into the Christmas spirit the old fashion way!

Institute of Archaeology Report: Wednesday 22 November 2017
The Nohoch Cheen, ATM and Barton Creek Archaeological Reserves are all open The Xunantunich Archaeological Reserve remains closed. Another update on the possibility of pedestrian crossing only on the Ferry will be provided at 8:00 am

People, Livestock & Jaguars Forum and Workshop
Ya'axch� Conservation Trust is hosting a People, Livestock & Jaguars Forum and Workshop on Friday, 24th November 2017 at our Field Station in Golden Stream. We will be sharing the results of our project to reduce conflict with jaguars and people. Guest speakers from 6 communities in Toledo and partner organizations will join the discussions. Livestock farmers and interested persons can contact Marchilio Ack to participate.

Channel 7

One Weekend, One Dangerous Bridge, Three Accidents, Four Dead
Four men died in two fatal accidents weekend - and both of those accidents happened on the same bad bridge between miles 31 and 32 on the Hummingbird Highway. It's known as the St. Margaret's Bridge - and it's a single lane span across a creek. What makes it dangerous is that - apart from being narrow, it's on a downhill, and then it has no railings, plus it's on a dark stretch of road. All those factors - plus lack of safety measures - combined this weekend two create two fatal accidents: one of them a triple fatality. Courtney Weatherburne has the story:..

Should Police Have Done More?
And - as Courtney mentioned in her story - there was another vehicle that also slipped off that very same St. Margaret's bridge this weekend. That accident actually happened on Friday night at 7:00 - when, according to reports, this Ford Pickup was the first to tumble off the bridge. We have to say according to reports, because, incredibly, 96 hours after it happened, Belmopan police still cannot produce a report of that accident. So, then, the first accident was Friday night - which was non-fatal, and the second accident was Saturday night, which had one fatality, and then on Sunday during the day, the triple fatality. So why didn't Belmopan police or the Ministry of works do something pro-active? Commander of Operations ACP Edward Broaster told the media today that they were counting on traffic stops in Dangriga:

Driver on Rampage on Central American Blvd. Injures Four
And while those fatal accidents happened on a visibly dangerous bridge, there's no easy explanation for a traffic accident in Belize City on Saturday morning. It was caused by a driver who - it seems - just went crazy on a very busy road and started to plow through traffic at the height of the morning rush at around 10:30 AM. The drivers wild rampage started at the Hand Roundabout - which is the one you meet who coming off the George Price Highway. 58-year-old Lincoln Webster was halfway across the roundabout in his Toyota Corolla when 65-year-old Phillip Neal crashed into his front end and raced off. Sahar Vasquez tells us what happened next:

Four Runner Flips In City
And another unusual accident happened in the city this morning. A Toyota Four Runner flipped in front of BTL Park. Apparently, a minivan was coming out of the corner by Newtown Barracks - and he peered out a little too far, which is right when the Four Runner was passing. The Four Runner scraped off the van's bumper and toppled over on its side. Fortunately, no one was seriously hurt.

Canadian Critical In Caye Caulker
And now to news of another accident, but this one at sea. A Canadian is critical condition after a water ferry ran him over in Caye Caulker. At around 9:40 on Friday night, 61-year-old Guy Carey Smith was along with his 19 year old son Travis Tanner Smith out on the sea a dinghy - which is like an inflatable version of a dorey. They were going along when a Koko King Water ferry ran over them. Police say the dinghy had no lights or reflectors - making it impossible to see them in the water. The 61 year old Smith was knocked unconscious and rushed to the KHMH where he is critical and remains in an induced coma. His teenaged son did not receive major injury.

DPM Faber Narrates Plane Accident
On Friday's news, we told you about the Tropic Air Flight which landed in the sea in front of the Placencia Airstrip. There were 7 passengers on the flight including Acting Prime Minister Patrick Faber; his Cabinet colleague, Godwin Hulse; and the General Manager of Belize Infrastructure Limited, Christy Mastry. They were headed to Punta Gorda for the official opening ceremony of the PG sporting complex, but, they never made it because as soon as the flight was attempting to take off from the Placencia Airstrip, a Subaru SUV ran into the path of the ascending plane. That vehicle's passenger side clipped the landing gear, and according to Tropic Air, the impact caused the aircraft to lose the speed required to remain airborne. The pilot had to make a forced landing in the sea. It's the type of nightmare that no passenger would want to experience, and in his first interview since the accident, Deputy Prime Minister Faber described the entire accident to the press this evening. Here's what he had to say:

Hon. Hulse Didn't Want To Drown In A Sunken Plane
Minister Godwin Hulse's account is similar - but different - because Hulse, who is an engineer by training - prepared himself for the water landing in a different way. He told us how his main idea was to get out immediately and not drown in a sinking plane. We spoke to him via phone - where he picks up the story at the moment of takeoff:... Hon. Godwin Hulse, Survived Downed Plane: "And I looked through the window and I saw the vehicle, but I could not imagine that that vehicle would not stop. I did see the vehicle going, but I didn't pay it any attention. So when I heard this huge bang, I could not imagine that it was something we hit and then immediately I knew we would have landed in the sea, because whether that was a hole blown in the bottom or something, we were not in any position to land back on land. I will commend the pilot, because I think he accelerated and the plane continue to rise which was good. I think we went maybe a minute, if not less, and we got to maybe 200-300 feet and then I just notice when the wing dips and I knew his was it. So I braced myself and we hit the water."

Civil Aviation Looking For Answers
And it's the job of the Civil Aviation Department to find out if that barrier was working. As of tonight, they still aren't sure which safety procedures failed and caused the vehicle to end up in the path of the aircraft while it was trying to take off. On Friday newscast, first responders told us that the barriers did not go down reliably to warn the driver that he needed to give way to the ascending Cessna caravan. So, we asked the Deputy Director of the Civil Aviation Department if the investigators have been able to confirm that, and he told us via phone today that it is still inconclusive. He was only able to share preliminary information:

Cops Have Four In Ladyville Murder
Turning now to police news, four persons are detained in the investigation into the murder of British woman, Michelle Anison. Police say that her practice of taking a few with villagers may have contributed to her demise: ASP Alejandro Cowo, CIB - Belize City: "Upon inspection of the body it had several stab wounds to the chest and to the neck area. The information we have is that the last time she was seen alive was on Monday, sometime after 10:30 in the morning." "Her vehicle is up to now missing and other belongings are also missing." Jules Vasquez, reporter: "Okay, so then are you all able to say if the person was there, forced entry or the person it appears had some...?" ASP Alejandro Cowo: "There was no forced entry into the apartment and so far we have four persons that were detained. One was detained yesterday and we are presently conducting interviews with them so as to see what kind of evidence we can get in regards to the interviews we're conducting."

22 year Old Woman Dies: Jandres Shooting Now A Murder
And police in Corozal also have a murder to investigate. 22 year old Brenda Jandres was shot in the midsection in her home three weeks ago. But today we learned that she died from her injuries:.. ACP Joseph Myvette, Head - NCIB: "Over the weekend, on the 19th morning, Brenda Jandres passed away. The police had initially detained two persons when the shooting had recently occurred on the first of November and those two persons are now being sought for further questioning in regards to that matter." Jandres's family declined comment.

Cops accused of Station Rape Still On Duty While Investigation Lumbers On
And while there is no one detained in that murder, there are also no detentions in a more clear cut case where the alleged culprits are right in the police station! We're talking about the alleged rape in the Independence Police station which the victims say happened over a week ago. The police officers alleged to be involved remain on active duty - and police still have not concluded their investigation. Though today they did confirm that the women were carnally known:... ACP Joseph Myvette, Head - NCIB: "Yes, the investigation or the examination proved that they were carnally known." Jules Vasquez, reporter: "So what's the status, right now, of the investigation?" ACP Joseph Myvett: "The investigation is still ongoing."

Customs Busts Hon. Patt's Relative, And There's a Near Riot In Pachakan
Customs officers came under close and contentious contact this weekend in Patchakan village, Corozal when they made a contraband bust. On Monday at 9:30 Customs officers say they were chasing down Edgar Patt - who is said to be a relative of UDP Corozal North area representative Hugo Patt - when Edgar ran off the road and into a lamp-post. Customs says he was coming form an illegal crossing called "Estero" and they say they found him trying to hide his stash in a cane field. Customs took possession of the items and claim that a throng of villagers started to hurl stones at them, and so they called in police for backup. The commander of operations seemed to think it unremarkable. ACP Edward Broaster: "The police officers intercepted a white vehicle with twenty-five cases of beer and turned them over to customs. I don't have the particulars of the driver."

Octogenarian Hubert Still Missing
On Friday we told you about 83-year-old Sandhill resident Hubert Richards who went missing last week Thursday. He was running errands in the city and has not been seen since. Today police told us that none of the leads have panned out: ACP Joseph Yvette, Head - NCIB: "I know that the investigators are out there and there are at some point coordinating with the family, and following leads as well as to where this person may have been. I believe that there was some surveillance video showing him in the Ladyville area, I believe around Friday." "There were several leads which the police had followed, and most of them turned out to be that he wasn't in that area. But we are continuing, and we are continuing working with the family."

They Want You At The Marijuana Forum
On last Tuesday's news, we told you about the national marijuana consultations that the Attorney General's Ministry intends to carry out in collaboration with CARICOM's Regional Commission on Marijuana. It's been 2 weeks now that the marijuana decriminalization amendment has been in effect. And, even though the opponents of this decision may believe that a conversation on full legalization is way too early, it will start 2 days. The CARICOM commission is visiting all the Caribbean nations to get their perspective on whether legalization of marijuana is a good idea or not. They will then compile a report and present it the CARICOM Heads of Government. Today, the Solicitor General invited everyone to participate. He said that the Commission wants everyone's views, no matter what their position on marijuana is:

Police Go Big Time With WhatsApp Investment
In October of last year, we showed you how police officers from the Rural Eastern Division rolled out a new technology based program to help curb crime. It utilizes WhatsApp, turning the messaging platform into a real time information sharing system. Well, observing the success of that program, cops from Belize City will get their own version. With last week's 100 thousand dollar donation from the Taiwanese Embassy, the department has purchased 60 rugged phones and 3 desktop computers. The Eastern Division's regional commander told us how they will be put to use:

Border Enforcement For Bogus Goods
We often see name brand goods in local stores throughout Belize, but many of the products are bogus, counterfeit versions of top shelf products. It's a global issue that happens with not just with shoes and hats but also with medicines. Today a four-day workshop to discuss this subject began at the Ramada hotel in Belize City. It's called a Sub-Regional workshop on Border Control and the main goal is to combat counterfeits. 7 news was there and we spoke to a few of the participants. Sandra Wens, Technical Expert Consumer Protection/IPR Programs Compliance Directorate: "Counterfeit is a big problem globally. We see it in every country. Every country has their specific problem. We see also in this region that there are certain specific problems when it comes to certain goods and it is important to the region that we work together and as a good cooperation between the different custom agencies in the region to tackle to problem together and by hosting this event Belize clearly shows their intent to tackle the problem in the region."

Faber Explains 19th. Absence
Earlier in the news, we showed you our interview with Deputy Prime Minister Patrick Faber he spoke about his recent airplane mishap. Well, he said that his brush with danger caused him to decide to take a weekend off from his responsibilities as the Acting Prime Minister. That included his involvement at the official ceremonies in Dangriga for Garifuna Settlement Day. The Prime Minister went there in a dashiki last year, so Faber's absence was surely noticed - and the Opposition made sure to pounce on it in their social media outlets. When the press asked him about it, he said that he meant no offense: Hon. Patrick Faber, Deputy Prime Minister: "After the ordeal on Friday I made a decision that I was going to just relax for the weekend. I think that is fair. I don't think anybody can quarrel with that. I was not certain that I was on the agenda in the manner in which it turn out that I was. I thought that there was some miscommunication initially because I was acting PM that they had expected the Prime Minister to be there. But when I verified with the Prime Minister today he said no, he had intended to be at the Belize City one, but as you all may know by now he had an emergency family situation and he had to leave and he made his apologies."

What it Was In Griga
And for Faber's benefit - since he missed it - we leave you tonight with highlites of the Yurumein festivities from Dangriga town. It is the re-enactment of the arrival of the Garifuna not Belize's shores - and it was held at coastal municipalities countrywide. But, Dangriga is the root of the root, and hundreds gathered for the event� Enjoy and join me back here tomorrow.

Channel 5

D.P.M. Faber Tells Story of Placencia Plane Crash
The Garifuna Settlement Day holiday weekend proved deadly on Belize's roads, particularly the Hummingbird Highway, where three fatal crashes took place at the same stretch of road in less than [...]

4 Questioned, But Why Was Michelle Anison Killed?
Fifty-six-year-old Michelle Anison was buried with haste on Friday evening, following an autopsy which confirmed that she had been stabbed multiple times inside her apartment in Ladyville, sometime early last [...]

Family in United Kingdom Informed
According to Assistant Superintendent Cowo, the British High Commission has been informed of the incident, so has Anison's family in the United Kingdom.   ASP Alejandro Cowo, O.C., C.I.B., Belize [...]

Brenda Jandrez is Latest Murder Victim in Corozal
A shooting in Corozal has now turned murder and police have been unable to crack this case. �Twenty-two-year-old Brenda Jandrez, a resident of Corozal Town, has succumbed to gunshot injuries [...]

Hummingbird Deadly; Trio Killed near 1-Lane Bridge Sunday Afternoon
Four men died in two separate road traffic accidents at the same location. We start with the most recent accident that happened on the Hummingbird Highway that claimed the lives [...]

City Man Killed and 2 Injured at Same Site 24 Hours Earlier
Before that fatal accident on Sunday afternoon, another man lost his life at the same spot. Glen Bert Reneau, a construction worker of Belize City, was heading in the opposite [...]

Police Respond to Deployment along Highway
Four persons died in two accidents at the same location in less than twenty-four hours. According to police, they will be able to rule out alcohol as one of the [...]

Port Authority Investigates Sea-Going Crash; Father Critical, Son Also Involved
Sixty-one-year-old Canadian national Guy Carey Smith remains hospitalized at the Belize Medical Associates, following a boating collision in Caye Caulker on Friday night around ten o'clock.� Smith was along with [...]

Villagers Bat for Contrabanding Minister's Brother in Wild Patchakan Brawl
The Customs and Excise Department has to continuously grapple with contrabandistas, especially in the north. The latest culprit has been identified as one Edwin Patt, the brother of Labour Minister [...]

Guat Military Crossed Border with Camera Crew - Big Deal?
Later in this newscast, we will show you what the Customs Department is doing about enforcement on importation of known counterfeit goods. But the Department is practically a sort of [...]

Women Accusing Rape in Independence Had Sex; Police Don't Know Much More
Is the Belize Police Department attempting to keep under wraps details of an alleged incident in Independence where two women are said to have been raped while in detention last [...]

Chamber, Unions, I.L.O. Talk Social Dialogue
For the next two days, representatives of both the employers and employees in Belize will meet at the Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry's office complex here on Coney Drive. [...]

Chamber Says Foreign Exchange Problems Continue
The Government had to put together seventy-eight million U.S. dollars to repay Dunkeld International Investments Limited and the B.T.L. Employees' Trust as final payment for the acquisition of Belize Telemedia [...]

Unions Frown on B.T.L. Settlement; Will Workers Get Shares?
The more than half a billion-dollar in settlement for Belize Telemedia Limited with its former owners has been paid off, but at what cost to the nation? President of the [...]

Dr. Carla Barnett Addresses Climate Change in Annual Lecture
Minister of State in the Ministry of Finance and Natural Resources, Doctor Carla Barnett, on Thursday delivered the thirty-second Adlith Brown Memorial Lecture as part of the Forty-ninth Annual Monetary [...]

Customs on the Hunt for Counterfeit Goods
It has been a very busy few weeks for the Customs and Excise Department, at least in terms of training. First it was about trade facilitation two weeks ago; last [...]

Where is Hubert Richards, 83?
The search for eighty-three-year-old Hubert Richards, a retiree of Sand Hill Village, continues after five days of being lost.� Anna Richards reported to police that she hasn't seen her father [...]

Garifuna Settlement Day Rocks Belize City
Despite cloudy skies and showery weather, the Garinagu of Belize marked Garifuna Settlement Day this past Sunday. It commemorates the arrival en masse of Garifuna settlers in 1832, although a [...]

Why G.O.B. Was a No-Show for Ceremonies in City, Dangriga
Prime Minister Dean Barrow, as we had reported last Tuesday, was to have been the designated guest speaker at Sunday's official Garifuna Settlement Day ceremony in Belize City. He had [...]

PLB Playoffs Top Sports Tuesday
Good evening, I'm James Adderley and this is Sports Monday.   [Highlights of the weekend sporting activities�]


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Vehicle Runs off the Bridge Resulting in Fatalities
Police are also investigating another accident that happened on the very same bridge over the weekend several hours before. It happened on Saturday around 9:45 in the night when 36-year-old Glenbert Reneau, a construction worker of Belize City was heading to Dangriga in a grey Honda Accord car. He lost control and fell into the [�]

Who Murdered British Woman, Michelle Anison?
Police have still not made any arrests for the murder of 46-year-old Michelle Anison, whose body was found on Friday morning, November 17 in her apartment in Ladyville. Police were called to the apartment complex where they found her body which displayed several stab wounds. This morning police spoke of the progress in their investigations. [�]

Investigations continue into Rape Allegations
This morning police reported that the Professional Standards Branch of the Police Department continues to investigate the allegations made against police officers attached to the Independence Village Police station. As we have reported, two women, a Belizean and a Salvadoran, who were detained on suspicion of drug possession, have accused officers of rape. They were [�]

Shooting Victim Succumbs to Injuries
Twenty-two year old Brenda Jandress passed away over the weekend. Jandress, a resident of Corozal Town, was admitted to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital after being shot to the stomach while inside her house on November first. Police reported that sometime after eight o'clock that morning, she was inside her house located on Mahogany Street [�]

Man succumbs to Injuries Sustained from Motorcycle Accident
A man who was involved in a motorcycle accident on the George Price Highway last week has succumbed to his injuries. Correspondent Fem Cruz reports. Fem Cruz, Love FM "On the 12th of November love news reported about a motorcycle accident that occurred sometime around 2:30 AM between mile 43 and 44 on the George [�]

PG Mayor Claims Sabotage
The Mayor of Punta Gorda says the newly handed compactor garbage truck was sabotaged. The truck was recently handed over to the Punta Gorda Town Council by Belize Water Services Limited. Correspondent Paul Mahung reports. Paul Mahung, Love FM "During an official ceremony at the BWS compound in Punta Gorda on August 29th this year [�]

Workshop on Intellectual Property Rights Border Management
A sub-regional workshop on Intellectual property rights border management is taking place in Belize City. The workshop focuses on combating counterfeiting and piracy, health and safety. Capacity building in the fight against infringements of intellectual property rights appears increasingly necessary for customs administrations faced with the double burden of ensuring trade facilitation whilst simultaneously working [�]

Four Person Caught Red Handed with Contraband Goods
Four persons were caught with contraband goods in two separate operations. The most recent bust was made up north, in the village of Patchakan. Reports to Love News are that one Edgar Patt was caught with a pickup load of contraband goods. During the interception, villagers reportedly aggressed customs officers, attempting to take back the [�]

Missing Man's Family desperate to find Him
The search continues for 82-year-old Hubert Richards also known as Fidel, a resident of Sandhill, Belize District. Richards normally travels by bus to get home; however, on Wednesday, November 15, he never made it home. Love News spoke with his daughter, Anna Richards. "That's when my brother called me and told me that my dad [�]

Municipalities: Building with Children's Needs in Mind
In 2014, the Sustainable and Child-Friendly Municipalities Agreement was signed by the Mayors of nine municipalities. The nine municipalities are the cities of Belize and Belmopan and the towns of Corozal, Orange Walk, San Ignacio, Benque Viejo Del Carmen, Dangriga, Punta Gorda, and San Pedro. This means that when planning and building are being done, [�]

Teenage Pregnancy on the Rise in Belize
Belize has a high teenage pregnancy rate which is of concern since this can lead to other problems such as a high level of high school dropouts, unemployment, and poverty. Therefore, UNICEF and the government of Belize are working together to see how they can improve the quality of life for adolescents. Paulette Wade, Monitoring [�]

Massive Car Accident leaves Several Cars Damaged and Two Persons Injured
On Saturday, November 18, a collision occurred on Central American Boulevard which damaged five vehicles and injured two persons. According to police report, at approximately 10:40 a.m., 58-year-old Lincoln Webster reported that he was driving his green 1999 Toyota Corolla car across the roundabout, when a white Honda Van drove by 65-year-old Phillip Neal, a [�]

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Belize ranked 156 out of 196 countries in cost of broadband Internet
Belize was ranked 156 out of 196 countries on a list of the world's most [�]

Reckless driver crashes into 3 vehicles, knocks down man, and assaults police officer
On Saturday, November 18, 2017, around 10:40 a.m., Lincoln Webster, 58, reported to authorities that about 10:38 a.m. [�]

Belmopan police officer launches new CD
Today, a police officer attached to the Belmopan police formation launched a CD with original [�]

GOB to inaugurate extension and new Pre school at Our Lady of Guadalupe School in Corozal
An official ceremony to inaugurate Our Lady of Guadalupe (OLOG) Primary R.C. School Extension and [�]

Corozal woman succumbs to gunshot injuries
Police have today confirmed that twenty two year old Brenda Jandrez passed away on Sunday, [�]

International Labour Organization and Chamber join up for two-day workshop
The Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) and the International Labour Organization (ILO) came [�]

Farmers celebrating 3 years of success in the agro-forestry concession
Thirty farmers in Toledo are celebrating their third year of successful farming in Belize's first agro-forestry concession within a protected area. The cultivation of cacao among other crops within the Maya Mountain North Forest Reserve is being guided by an agro-forestry management plan and a conservation agreement.


Hidden Valley Inn - An Adventure Traveler's Dream Destination
If you are an adventure traveler your outdoor escapades may be rugged, but there's no reason why your amenities must be. If you long for the best in creature comforts after a day full of exploration, the Hidden Valley Inn located in the Mountain Pine Ridge area of Cayo, Belize couldn't be more perfect. Not only do they offer lavish amenities such as pool, hot tub, spa and gourmet dining, but you have exclusive access to their private nature reserve set on 7,200 acres of wilderness in the Maya Mountains. With miles of hiking trails to explore (many leading to waterfalls, breathtaking vistas and even yoga platforms) and a host of other cultural experiences, here you have the best of both worlds; outdoor recreation complemented with well-appointed accommodations, delicious meals and the ultimate in relaxation.

Getting to Hatchet Caye in Style
Hatchet Caye Resort is located on the edge of Gladden Spit and Silk Cayes Marine Reserve, just seventeen miles east of Placencia village. Getting to the island is easier than you might have imagined. If you are visiting from outside of Belize you will be arriving at the Phillip S.W. Goldson International Airport in Ladyville. After arriving at the airport, you can take a puddle jumper domestic flight on Maya Island Air to Placencia, which takes roughly 45 minutes and then a boat ride to the island, which takes about an hour. Or, you can now arrive in style with a direct helicopter ride from the International Airport to Hatchet Caye Resort. This newest transportation to the island is done by Astrum Helicopters and takes approximately one hour.

Two Black Friday Seat Sales YYZ to BZE and Useful Belize Airline Information
When it comes to holiday shopping, Black Friday has always rated for scoring deals. It only makes sense that the airlines would start cashing in on the popular shopping day with seat sales for those who are looking to cash in on a low-cost tropical trip. Calling all Torontonians and those in close enough proximity for it to make sense. There is a WestJet "Black Friday" direct flight seat sale on right now, from YYZ to BZE (Toronto to Belize) for $429.94 CAD, return. Not quite as good as this November 2017 $69 Southwest Seat Sale, but still worth mentioning.

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'He's a little fighter:' Disabled dog travels across continent to SC to save his life
He may be little, but for this dog, making the trip from a small island off of Belize to South Carolina is a matter of life or death. Sharky, a four-year-old chihuahua, is traveling from Ambergris Caye to Pawleys Island with veterinarian Kristina Decina to prepare for surgery that will hopefully save his legs - and his life. Decina, who often travels to the island to work with the Saga Humane Society, worked with Sharky's owners who signed surrender papers that allowed Decina to bring the dog back to the states. Now, with the help of veterinary surgeon Dr. Chris Hill in Charleston, Sharky will have a bone graft surgery that will work to save his legs. "His legs may not be saved, but this is our chance," Decina said.

Why the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season ranks among the top 5 most intense ever recorded
One of the most destructive Atlantic hurricane seasons in recent history is nearing its end. From Harvey's historic flooding of southeastern Texas to the Irma-battered Florida Keys and Maria's widespread devastation in Puerto Rico, the fallout from a series of major hurricanes was dramatic and will be felt for years. While there are a couple of weeks to go until the Nov. 30 conclusion, this tropical season is already the busiest in the Atlantic since 2012 as 17 storms were named. While it was not a record-setting season in terms of the number of storms, it will likely be remembered as the one of the most intense in United States history.

Timeline recounts the devastating 2017 Atlantic hurricane season and storms that made it memorable
With 17 storms, 10 hurricanes and 6 major hurricanes, the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season is considered a hyperactive season, according to AccuWeather Hurricane Expert Dan Kottlowski. While the season on a whole was impressive, three storms stand out to Kottlowski as really making this season memorable. Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria are all storms that stand out even in this hyperactive season. Hurricane Harvey was the first of the three storms, developing on Aug. 17. Harvey started out right around the middle of August as a tropical storm east of the Lesser Antilles.

Belize's Ambassador to the United States: Who Is Daniel Gutierez?
Francisco Daniel Gutierez presented his credentials as ambassador from Belize to President Donald Trump on July 21, 2017. Gutierez also serves as Belize's ambassador to the Organization of American States. Gutierez was born in 1974 in San Ignacio, Cayo district, in the western part of Belize, not far from the border with Guatemala. He attended primary and secondary school in San Ignacio before going to Rafael Landivar University in Guatemala. He earned a degree in communications and advertising in 1997. Gutierez then came to the United States to continue his education at Philadelphia's St. Joseph's University. There, he earned an M.S. in international marketing in 1999. Gutierez returned to Belize to lecture in business, marketing and communications at Sacred Heart College, a high school and junior college in San Ignacio. In 2003, Gutierez was named dean of the junior college.

American Hydro to upgrade Belize plant
American Hydro will overhaul the 25.2MW Mollej�n hydroelectric plant in Belize in what will be the company's first foray into the ...

American Hydro expands its business to Central America
American Hydro, a W�rtsil� company, will enhance the efficiency and performance of the Mollejon hydroelectric generating plant, located in Belize, Central America. The company was awarded a contract in September 2017 by Belize Electric Company Limited (BECOL) to upgrade the plant with high quality hydroelectric solutions and technical support. Fast delivery and experienced technical installation support will ensure earlier return on investment for the project. Belize Electricity Limited is the main distributor of electricity in Belize. The Mollejon plant, located on the Macal River about 110 kilometres southwest of Belize City, is equipped with three hydroelectric turbines. In the first stage, American Hydro will overhaul the G1 unit and replace old turbine components to increase overall plant efficiency. The agreement includes new turbine runners, stationary turbine seals, wicket gates and rehabilitation of essential operating components as well as technical support of disassembly, installation and commissioning.


  • Snorkeling in Belize Barrier Reef, 14min. Here is the video of a journey with Caveman's crew in the Belize Barrier Reef! it's just few kilometers in front of Caye Caulker, with the famous Shark Ray Alley, where we can swim close to little nurse sharks and many rays.

  • "An Incredible Opportunity": Justin Moore, AICP, on the Belize City CPAT Project, 15min. Justin Moore, AICP, served as the team leader for the Community Planning Assistance Team (CPAT) project in Belize City, Belize. In this video, Justin discusses the insights he gleaned from the experience with APA programs manager Ryan Scherzinger.

  • Belize Travel Vlog, 10min. 3am wake up, 3 flights, travel sickness and finally a coconut on the beach.

  • BELIZE: DIVING INTO THE BLUE HOLE / EL SECRETO HOTEL RESOR, 3min. Discover our video of our trip to Belize where we spent 5 days in the magnificent El Secreto Belize and where we had the chance to dive into the The Great Blue Hole: Belize with our new friends, the sharks! An experience of a lifetime which we highly recommend you! Enjoy :-)

  • San Pedro resident caught on camera stealing from a golf cart, 1min.

  • THE BEATING OF DRUMS RESOUND ACROSS ORANGE WALK TOWN AS THE CELEBRATION OF GARIFUNA SETTLEMENT DAY, 9min. Garifuna Settlement Day festivities were held across the country over the weekend, with the largest celebration taking place in the renowned Culture Capital of Belize�Dangriga. Here in Orange Walk the celebrations kicked off with the Yurumei, a re-enactment of the arrival of the Garinagu dating back to the year 1802. It's a tradition that brings to life the roots and the rhythms of this vibrant culture. Our news team was present for the arrival and filed the following report.

  • of La Inmaculada Roman Catholic School had been advocating for the construction of a grotto, 6min. For the past two years, the administration and staff of La Inmaculada Roman Catholic School here in Orange Walk Town had been advocating for the construction of a grotto, commonly known to the Christian community as a Chapel or small building for Christian worship.

  • Open Your Eyes 9th Anniversary Special Part 2, 21min.

  • Open Your Eyes 9th Anniversary Special Part 3, 46min.

  • Open Your Eyes 9th Anniversary Special Part 4, 31min.

  • Punta Gorda, Belize, 6min. Just a very short drive thorugh a bit of Punta Gorda in southern Belize, far less commercially exploited which makes it a much nicer and slower paced little city. There are several good places to eat, our favourite is Asha's Kitchen, when we are in PG we stay at Hickatee Cottages, one of the small companies making a difference is Cotton Tree Chocolate Factory. There is so much more to do and see so come south and explore for yourself.

  • Belize Vacation | Zip Lining in the Jungle | Playing with Iguanas, 8min. Belize Vacation pt.2: We left the beautiful Ambergris Caye and headed inland for San Ignacio. We had a few good days on the island and now it was time for the jungle. Thanks to Helen for planning a bunch of fun tours for us to embark on. First stop The Cahal Pech Mayan ruin whickcluckt for us was literally behind the house we were in. Day 2, we headed into the jungle for some zip lining followed by a giant swing at Calico Jacks.

  • Embajadores del Rey en Belize 2015 - Grupo Jatser, 4.5min.