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The San Pedro Sun
Iris Salguero returns from Miss Earth 2017
San Pedro’s very own Iris Salguero returned to the island on Tuesday, November 21st after participating in the Miss Earth 2017 pageant in Manila, Philippines. Salguero represented Belize, and while she did not take the crown, she made the country proud by placing in the top 16 ‘Articulate and Intelligence’ segment.
Belize’s beauty ambassador arrived in San Pedro Town via Tropic Air shortly after 2PM, where supporters and fans gathered at the waiting area of the terminal to welcome her. An emotional Salguero greeted everyone, stating that she had an amazing experience – one which she will never forget.
Salguero told The San Pedro Sun that during the days prior to the pageant’s main event on November 4th, she and all the other participants from around the world took part in many activities. “We engaged in reforestation projects, beach clean-ups, school tours, educational and cultural presentations, and visiting protected areas,” said Salguero.
DOE issues stop order for over-the-water structure on Boca del Rio Drive
The Department of the Environment (DOE) has temporarily shut down construction of an over-the-water structure in the Boca del Rio area as of Friday, November 17th. According to DOE, the proprietors did not obtain an Environmental Clearance permit prior to starting the construction. As such, they must apply for one in order to resume work.
DOE representatives indicated that they were not aware of the project until they were on the island conducting environmental inspections. After noticing the shell of the over-the-water structure, they proceeded to inspect it. They immediately found that it had not been granted the appropriate permissions from DOE. As such, the persons responsible for the construction were ordered to stand by until an Environmental Clearance was granted. DOE indicated that the project seemed to have consent from the local authorities, and perhaps other entities such as the Central Building Authority (CBA). However, by law, any over-the-water-building needs environmental clearance as well.
Copa San Pedro 2017 quarter-finals begin
Copa San Pedro quarter-finals kicked-off this weekend at the Ambergris Stadium in San Pedro Town, with the first two matches played on Friday, November 17th.
At 7PM, Legends F.C took on G. Strikers, securing a slamming victory of 6-0. Sandy Point trumped Martha’s Ice 4-1, capping off the first round of quarter-final games. The Copa San Pedro 2017 quarter-finals continue this weekend. On Friday, November 24th, starting at 7PM, Jokers F.C will face United F.C, followed by Terror Squad facing off against Assassins F.C. On Saturday, November 25th at 7PM, Martha’s Ice takes on Sandy Point. That game will be followed by Legends F.C challenging G. Strikers. All football fans are invited to come show their support. Food and refreshments will be on sale.
2017 Children’s Week comes to an end with a grand parade
On Friday, November 17th, island schools joined educational institutions across the country of Belize to celebrate the culmination of Children’s Week 2017. This year’s celebration was held from November 13th through to the 17th, under the theme: “Children of Today; Our Keepers of Tomorrow”.
Throughout the week, educational institutions across the country organized several activities for the children such as sports day, crazy day, arts and craft day, among other events. The national celebration recognizes the talents, skills, achievements, and rights of young people to enjoy childhood. Thousands of children and their families took part in the event through the participation of schools, kindergartens, cultural groups, youth departments and community groups.
Ambergris Caye: Spend Your Retirement Life In The Top Caribbean Relaxing Spot
Well, who doesn’t want to spend their retirement in the lap of nature while being away from the hustle-bustle of the world? But, not everyone knows about the best places where they can experience such a breathtaking ambiance!! Like, Have you heard of Ambergris Caye? I guess the answer won’t be a ‘Yes’ from the majority people, thanks to the fact that it is quite a secluded and small island in the Caribbean. But, this island with its stunning turquoise blue waters and the longest barrier reef in the Western hemisphere presents you with just the perfect place to spend your retired life in the most soothing way ever.
And, when the companies like Travelogue is existing around you then to fly into such an exhilarating place is even not a tough task to do. Moreover, if you choose to live on Ambergris during your retired life then you could always expect to wake up each morning while hearing the mesmerizing sounds of the sea-waves lapping with love onto the white sand beaches outside your house. Won’t it be something worth living for?
Police Officers Accused Of Taking Nude Pictures Of Youth Cadets
According to news sources a pair of unnamed community officers are being accused of taking nude pictures of male cadets attached to the Placencia Youth Cadet Corp, while the parents of the cadets are not taking court action against the officers, their officers in command have taken disciplinary actions against the police officers.
Their action are disturbing to say the least, as it is reported that not only did the officers forced the youth to take naked pictures but also charged them for using the restroom and drinking water. According to the head of the National Crimes Investigation Branch, Joseph Myvette, the two officers have since been placed on charged; one officer got five disciplinary charges and the other one had one single charge and both would be removed from the community policing unit.
Misc Belizean Sources
Belize Signs Status of Forces Agreement with the Kingdom of Netherlands
Today, the Government of Belize and the Government of the Kingdom of the Netherlands signed a Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) concerning the Status of the Armed Forces of the Kingdom of the Netherlands while in Belize.
Military Personnel from the Netherlands undergo Jungle Warfare Training with Belize’s and other international armed forces personnel in Belize. This Agreement sets out the legal framework within which personnel of the Netherlands will operate while in the country. The SOFA also constitutes the discipline and jurisdiction, privileges and immunities, communications facilities as well as the entry and exit requirements of personnel in Belize. It will serve to further strengthen the bilateral cooperation between the two countries which share thirty years of diplomatic ties.
Celebrating the biggest group represented at our 3rd annual Diabetes Run (promoting Diabetes Awareness)
On November 22, 2017 YWP- Wellness Ambassadors held a recognition ceremony for 50 future Young Diabetes Coaches from the Belmopan Comprehensive High School: they conquered 23 miles on the Hummingbird Highway on Saturday November 4th 2017 and deserved to receive recognition. All runners received medals and several received gift packages. The youngest male and female runner received cash prize.
Hi!! Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Better late then never!!! Come paint “A Quiet Beach Stroll” with us tomorrow Crazy Canucks Beach Bar at 2pm-4pm. Please make sure to sign up on the website! We know the signup will lock out tonight at midnight so private message us at Paint N Splash if you want to come.
GOB's Controlled Pump Prices (Belize City)
Effective Date: 24th November 2017
The Christmas tree goes up in Central Park, San Pedro
Big Ferry (Pueblo Nuevo) will be closed until Sunday
The most recent report from the Ministry of Works now says the Big Ferry (Pueblo Nuevo) will be closed until Sunday, November 26th at 5:00 PM.
All we can do is hope ... sad times for the people of the North.
Please continue to share these posts, and if you know anybody in Media or Government, it's time for them to help us get noticed. This road is too busy, and so much economy of the North relies on workers passing, plus the future generations...currently struggling to get to school everyday need this route to be reliable.
There is no need for us to complain any longer, its time to explain why they need to improve our daily route.
RUMBA LATINO 2.0
Back by popular demand! Yes, ladies and gentlemen, it's the Rotaract Club of Orange Walk's RUMBA LATINO 2.0??? It's all going down on Saturday November 25th, 2017 at D' Gym Sports Bar (previously Butchy's). Come and dance the night away to only the best Latin hits of all time! Prizes and giveaways throughout the event! WARNING️: uncontrollable body movement to the rhythm of latin beats. Wear comfortable dance shoes to Rumba all night long ??
CEMJC Crazy Day 2017
A lil late post but certainly worth the memories.
Postponed until further notice: Power outage scheduled for portion of Cayo District on Friday, November 24
from 5:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m.
Verdes FC Visit Octavia Waight
The Team Verdes visited the Octavia Waight Centre to spend some time with the older generation. Thanks, and go all the way this season!
"Our Green Machine giving back to our elderly community."
Paradise Theater playing this weekend
The Little Vampire,
BARROW Vs MUSA:
Political Scions spar on Facebook
Today we saw a showdown of what might someday be the future Prime Ministers when two political scions, Kareem Musa and Shyne Barrow, squared off in what started with Shyne going for the jugular, Kareem hitting back and surprisingly the two ending the exchange by agreeing to the possibility of Barrow’s suggestion of a basketball tournament between Musa’s Caribbean shores team and Barrow’s Mesopotamia team with the teams playing on each other’s turf as a way to promote non violence on the south side in particular. Shyne suggested the match after he accused Kareem of “doing nothing for the people of Caribbean shores” and Musa responded by inviting Shyne to attend a tournament being held by Musa in Caribbean shores.
Shyne said “to show we can disagree and not kill each other” would be the point of the two working together for this positive example.
Kareem agreed and said “he was down for the positive movement”
Truck Stop 2-Year Anniversary Pool Party!
Sunday, November 26 at 2 PM - 9 PM. This Sunday, in honor of The Truck Stop's 2-year anniversary, we're going to be having our first pool party at the brand-new Truck Stop pool! DJ Debbie will be turning out the tunes poolside all afternoon, followed by live music on the front stage from Dennis C. Wolfe II and his band.
And join us at 2pm for our weekly Cornhole Tournament! It's free to compete and the grand prize is a $100 bar tab.
It's going to be an awesome Sunday Funday!
Will the "Nay's" Have It? Four UDP Reps Says they Would Vote Against 90 Million Dollar Judgement
Last night the news was all about that 90 million dollar judgement against the government for the Universal Health Services debt. But, tonight, the narrative has shifted, and that's because four ranking UDP Representatives say they will vote against paying all that money to the Belize Bank. To give you some background, the Caribbean Court of Justice granted permission for the Belize Bank Limited to enforce a 2013 arbitration award against the Government of Belize. The original award was for 36 million Belize dollars - but that was back in 2013, and since then interest of 17% has been running. The interest alone has now added up to another 50 plus million dollars, tot a total cost of 90.6 million dollars - for a hospital the government doesn't even own.
Hon. Saldivar Firm And Clear Cut: He Will Vote Against It
And while Finnegan is prepared to go to jail, Belmopan Representative John Saldivar is prepared to go right down to the wire. He says he cannot see himself voting for such a bill:..
Jules Vasquez, reporter
"Would you support the government paying 90 million to the Belize Bank to settle this matter?"
Hon. John Saldivar, UDP Belmopan:
"First of all, Jules, let me state that I am disappointed in the decision of the CCJ and secondly, I certainly cannot, under any circumstance support passing a bill to pay moneys to Michael Ashcroft."
"However, that may be an emotional reaction, but - real talk- the Minister of Finance, the Prime Minister, is obligated to take it to the National Assembly and you have to support your Prime Minister. You can't- it is an existential crisis for the UDP if members of his own government- if he says 'yay' and they say 'nay'. That's like a vote of no confidence in the PM."
Hon. John Saldivar:
"Well, I think you're assuming that he will say 'yay'. What is clear from the decision is that the court has made it clear that the Ashcroft people cannot collect on this award unless it is passed by the parliament. And so it is clear also to me that the CCJ cannot direct or compel the parliament to pass a law. And so it is clear to me, also then, that the CCJ is saying that the parliament must decide if they will or will not pay this award."
Hon. Boots Says His Conscience Wouldn't Allow Him to Vote In Favor of $90M Payment
And while Saldivar was cut and dry, and very firm, Port Loyola Representative Anthony Boots Martinez was a little more animated. He says he is going to the grave with this one on his conscience if he votes "yes":...
Hon. Anthony "Boots" Martinez:
"Parliament will decide, and my vote is mine. My vote belongs to the people of Port Loyola, and I must vote my conscience. And if I tell you that I noh sleep good last night, I can't do nothing else but vote what is my conscience."
Jules Vasquez, reporter:
"But if the Prime Minister and the minister of finance brings a motion like that to the house to make certain payments out of the consolidated revenue fund, the government side has to support him. Never in history has he not - has the Prime Minister, whoever it is..."
UDP Albert Rep Says She Is Against Fleecing, Would Vote Against
And the member for the Albert Division, Tracey Taegar - Panton says she joined the UDP to stand against corruption - and if she votes for this, it would be supporting what she calls the fleecing of public funds:...
Hon. Tracy Taegar Panton, UDP Albert:
"I feel very strongly about it, Jules. I think the only word I can use to describe it is criminal. It is no secret that I come from a family that supported the People's United Party, and one of the reasons I made a decision to run under a UDP umbrella was because of the fleecing of public finances under the PUP administration. So I am very clear on my view on this matter. It was an illegal act as far as I am concerned and there is no way that this administration should be made to pay for an act that I clearly believe was illegal and a fleecing of public funds."
DPM Faber Opposed Judgement, Lambastes Rt. Hon. Musa
Deputy Prime Minister Patrick Faber joins his UDP colleagues in rejecting the CCJ judgment. Today at another event Faber gave his view on this matter and at the same time, called out Former Prime Minister Said Musa for being at the root of this $90 million dollar problem.
Hon. Patrick Faber, Deputy Prime Minister:
"It is terribly disappointing, it continues to have us make the point that the horrors and the evils of last PUP administration continue to haunt us. Of course our position is that this is not something we should be paying at all, there are no benefits to the Belizean people and so it is an absolute nightmare for us that this is the outcome coming from the CCJ. We will now have to discuss what our position will be as a government. We did have preliminary discussions in cabinet on Tuesday but we did not know what the official outcome would have been so it is left to be seen what those discussion will yield. But if you want my personal view right off I don't think this a burden that the Belizean tax payers should be carrying at all and it is going to deprive us of monies that we could be doing a whole lot more things with."
AG Peyrefitte Stands With The PM
So, while the Deputy Prime Minister was more circumspect about what will come out of Parliament, Attorney General Michael Peyrefitte says that he will support the decision of the Prime Minister.
As an un-elected Senator he can't do much about a money bill, but Peyrefitte made it clear that his gut reaction is an emphatic "no" to paying that 90+ million dollar award:
Hon. Mike Peyrefitte, Attorney General:
"The CCJ made it very clear that that money has to be made available by parliament. So we don't know what will happen. The minister of finance, in my view - and we are still making sure that we get all legal advice so that we are on the right page, on the same page with everybody. But in my view, the Prime Minister as the minister of finance should not pay that 90 million until it has been budgeted for and the only way it can be budgeted for is if the matter is taken to parliament and parliament votes for it to be budgeted for."
The Best & Brightest That Belize Has
Almost 400 students from all over country traveled to the Sacred Heart College Auditorium in San Ignacio for the 23rd CXC National Awards today.
Now like the PSE, it is important to highlight those outstanding performers because it certainly took a lot of preparation and dedication to nail....let's say 16 CSEC exams with grade one's and two's or 9 CAPE units with all grade one's. That's pretty stellar and it's just what these students did.
We were at the awards ceremony and the Chairperson for the CXC National Committee of Belize Brenda Armstrong told us how important these achievements are in a student's academic life. We also spoke to the proud awardees and their parents.
Scholarships For The Best
Now although taking all these exams can be a grueling task, it comes with great reward. Minister of Education Patrick Faber outlined the scholarship opportunities and grants that are given to top CSEC and CAPE achievers.
Hon. Patrick Faber, Minister of Education/Deputy Prime Minister:
"We increased the award for the Belize Open Scholarship which goes to the Top CAPE performer. That award used to be for $80,000 dollars."
"That money is a very small contribution if you compare it to what we pay for professional and technical scholarships for example, it is a very small contribution to their education so we increased it and so for the last few years it has been $200,000 so that top performer today received that scholarship for $200,000 and the top CSEC performer as well as the second place also at the CAPE level will receive scholarships courtesy of the Government of Belize."
Works CEO Says Blame Drivers For Accidents, Not A Bad Bridge
The Ministry of Works CEO says "Don't blame it on the Bridge." As we have reported there were 3 accidents near the St. Margret's Bridge on the 19th weekend causing 4 fatalities. Harold Smith, Keith Frazer and their friend Marlon Flowers died in one accident on their way to Burrell Boom on Sunday afternoon while Glenn Reneau was killed in an accident on his way to Dangriga on Saturday night. Now the families all agree that the bad conditions of the bridge caused these accidents but CEO Gentle has a different perspective.
Errol Gentle, CEO, Ministry of Works:
"We need to be very careful as drivers because we continue to upgrade the highway and every time we upgrade the highway, every single highway in this country that has been upgraded we have accidents and it is because of speeding or some driver error the thing is, to be very honest a road or a bridge don't cause accident it is the driver."
Cops Charge Cross Border Weed Smuggler
Today, the police held their bi-weekly press brief but seemed to have been stung by a recent release from the PUP United Women's Group. That release zeroed in on the slow-going investigation into an allegation by two women of rape at the Independence Police Station. And, second, the PUP criticized the cops for seeming to blame murder victim Michelle Anison's friendliness for contributing to her demise.
So, today right off the bat - the Police Media Relations Unit told us there would be no comment on those pressing matters at today's press brief.
Anison Murder, Cops Have Lots Of Leads, No Arrests
And moving unto the case of British National Michelle Anison who was murdered in Ladyville sometime last week - like we said, the police didn't want to comment on it, but Superintendent Cowo seems to have sort of stumbled into a minor update. He says police had plenty of leads but no arrests yet.
ASP Alejandro Cowo, O.C., C.I.B., Belize City:
"The Michelle Anison is still under investigation. We are following several leads that we are dealing with at this moment. The police is still following leads that we are getting and we are getting good leads and we are following up on that."
Cops Says They Have Been Actively Assisting In Search for 83 Year Old
And the police also bristled at the suggestion that they have not been doing enough to find missing 83 year old Hubert Richards. The Sandhill resident has been missing for a week now. Last night the family told 7News that they had not been getting assistance from police in their search.
Well, Superintendent Cowo said that it is the family who failed to make a missing persons report until yesterday - but even without that police have been doing searches since the 17th - when the missing case was first reported on social media:...
ASP Alejandro Cowo, O.C., C.I.B., Belize City:
"We are aware that this information has been on social media from the date that he disappeared which was the 16th, Thursday last week. However, an official report was made to the police until yesterday at the Ladyville Police Station. But before we have received the report we have been following it up from other leads that we have been getting and we are assisting the family as much as we can at this moment."
Charges For Injured Man After Accident
He's an accident victim in his own right, but also the man alleged to have caused the deaths of Mark Leslie and Myrna Vasquez.
Two weeks ago, Leslie and Vasquez were in a Toyota Corolla which collided with a GMC Yukon driven by Delmar Ortega who was overtaking a tractor hauling oranges.
Well Ortega has been in the Hospital since, and just after he got out - even though he could hardly walk, he was taken too out today and charged. Police told us for what:...
ASP Alejandro Cowo, O.C., C.I.B., Belize City:
"We were told that he will be in Dangriga this morning along with his attorney. The charges are two counts of manslaughter, 2 counts of negligent harm and 1 of driving without due care and attention."
Pinks Alley Fire Not Conclusively Arson
Police also commented on the small fire in a Pink's Alley apartment which occurred on Tuesday afternoon. The homeowner claims arson, but police say that they're not so sure:...
ASP Alejandro Cowo, O.C., C.I.B., Belize City:
"It was just a minor sofa and a table that were damaged, in reference to that arson. We cannot say it's an arson yet because the fire department is still investigating. It is almost completed, but they have mentioned to us that it could have possibly been an electrical problem, not any arson. You have to understand that arson is when somebody actually lights up a building and when it comes to a house fire, there are many causes for a house fire which have to be determined by the fire department."
All Things Marijuana Considered At CARICOM Forum
In Tuesday's news, we told you how the Attorney General's Ministry was teaming up with the CARICOM Commission on Marijuana to have a conversation on whether that drug should be legalised.
The Commission intends to visit all the Caribbean states, sample the opinions of the citizens and produce a report which reflects the CARICOM groupthink about marijuana its treatment under the law. That report will then be handed over to the CARICOM Heads of Government for their consideration.
The Commission was at the Biltmore Plaza Hotel today for an all-day consultation with as broad a cross section of the population as they could reach. It was well attended, and 7News was there to see how it went. Here's what the Chair of the Commission, and the participants had to say about the hours of conversation about the herb:
16 Days Of Activism, Where Are The Men?
The National Women's Commission, today launched the 2017 version of 16-Days of activism against Gender-Based Violence, especially violence against women.
They had a lengthy and emotional ceremony at the Radisson today where we picked out the women at the front and center of the campaign to ask them, where are the men?:
"16 Days of Activism is an international observance and so it's not only Belize, but Belize joining the rest of the world and we have to continue to do it as long as men continue to violate women and girls. If there were no violations, we don't have to do it, because these 16 days ramp up the activities that we've been doing all year round."
"For us this is symbolic. it's a time to really focus and look at it in a way that we try to bring people together to give their testimonies and so forth."
Celebrating Energy Efficiency
This is Energy month all across the Caribbean and lead agencies in different countries are spearheading activities to promote efficient energy.
In Belize, today was an energy awareness fair. Different companies came out to showcase energy-efficient products. 7 news was there and spoke to a few of the companies.
The Ministry of Energy, and Public Utilities has been in charge of the energy week and the energy awareness fair is one of many things they have done throughout the week to promote energy efficiency.
Dance X Excites
The Dance X 2017 festival starts tonight where dancers in all styles from all over the country display their talent, their flair and their form at venues in Belize City, Orange Walk, Dangriga and San Ignacio.
This year's festival has a special guest from Mexico that has come to perform her dance called "masterpiece". She told us about what people can expect from her unique performance.
Robinson's performance should be on stage right now at the Bliss Center in Belize City.
SDG Goals And Realities
Earlier this month we told you about the 2017 Global Youth Conference held in Belize. The main objective was to discuss the sustainable development goals from a youth perspective. Well today, government agencies and civil society partners presented the work they have done on those same Goals. They held a knowledge fair at the Belmopan Civic Center and we dropped by.
The plan spans 15 years.
Deputy Has P.M.’s Back as Discussion Begins on U.H.S. Payment
Deputy Prime Minister Patrick Faber minced no words earlier today when he openly spoke out against the decision by the Caribbean Court of Justice on Wednesday. The CCJ has ordered [...]
Faber Cries Shame on Ex-P.M. Musa
As you heard in the news on Wednesday, former Prime Minister Said Musa said that the matter could have been settled during his term in office and that government had [...]
National Assembly Has Tough Decision to Make
But with all that said and done – the CCJ judgment still stands and G.O.B. must now cough up ninety million Belize dollars. And where will this money come from? [...]
CARICOM and Belizeans Ponder Marijuana
The debate about recreational usage of marijuana continues, even after the decriminalization of possession of ten grams or less of the drug took effect earlier this month. While there is [...]
A.G. Says New Law Didn’t End the World
Closer to home, how have things been going since marijuana decriminalization went into effect on November first? Very well, according to Attorney General Michael Peyrefitte, who told us that the [...]
1 Small Step for Weed – 1 Giant Leap to Cultivation?
A persistent question being asked is, if the law can ease up on users of marijuana, what happens to those who plant fields and cultivate and sell “weed” for recreational [...]
This Isn’t 10 Grams! O.W. Cabbie Busted in Corozal
While legislators were busy discussing the decriminalization and the reclassification of marijuana from a regional perspective, local law enforcement was proceeding with drug trafficking charges against a cab driver in [...]
Robbers Strike it Rich with Escuela Mexico’s Dinero
Was the theft of a substantial amount of monies from the principal and bursar of Escuela Secundaria Tecnica Mexico the result of a well-orchestrated heist or did their assailant benefit [...]
Pinks Alley House Burns; Was It Arson?
A small house fire in Pinks Alley on Tuesday afternoon destroyed the contents of a cement structure belonging to Lorna Wade. According to twenty-three-year-old Dawn Higinio, she was asleep inside [...]
Who Set Fire in Abandoned Van?
Around twelve-thirty this afternoon, a large plume of smoke rose above the Haulover Creek in the vicinity of Belize Water Services Limited. An abandoned van in close proximity to a [...]
Search Continues for Hubert Richards, 83; Seen in Los Lagos & Orange Walk
Eighty-three-year-old Hubert Richards remains missing tonight, despite all efforts being expended by his loved ones in trying to locate him alive. The elderly man is said to be suffering from [...]
C.E.O. Errol Gentle Says Don’t Blame the Road or Bridge for Accident
Chief Executive Officer in the Ministry of Works, Errol Gentle, says that neither roads nor bridges are to be blamed for the fatal accidents that happened between miles thirty-one and [...]
Hummingbird Highway to be Rehabilitated
And as we reported on Wednesday night, Ministry of Works, Cisco Construction and the Belmopan Police are putting in some remedial work at the bridge in Saint Margaret Village. These [...]
SolGen Promises Training for Top Public Officers at Public Service Commission
Solicitor General Nigel Hawke was actually the second of two witnesses called on Wednesday by the Senate Special Select Committee. On Wednesday morning, the senators held a private, in-camera session [...]
What is Everybody Waiting for from Senate Committee?
We leave this week’s hearings with a reminder of just how important they have become in the eyes of some. One year ago this month, the six members of the [...]
Feel the Power: 16 Days of Activism Off to Enlightening Start
Over the next two weeks, a number of anti-violence presentations at schools, as well as health talks and an exhibition by the Women’s Department, will take place as part of [...]
CSEC, CAPE’s Best Honored in the West
The CXC national committee recognized the best and the brightest in the Caribbean Secondary Education Examination and Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination for Belize. The high academic achievers from all across [...]
Harnessing Energy to Help the Community
Energy Week commenced this past Sunday, but today, a fair was held at the Biltmore Plaza to showcase the local energy sector and shift the focus on renewable energy sources. [...]
Channel Five’s Veranda Tales is Back!
Tonight, Channel Five is bringing back an old favorite. “Veranda Tales” was an original series in the 1990’s which employed familiar faces to read to primary school-aged children. It’s part [...]
Healthy Living: Be Good to Your Skin
As the end of the year draws near, cooler temperatures will start to set in and our version of the “Caribbean winter” will commence. While a break from the hot [...]
Faber Reiterates GOB’s Disappointment in CCJ’s Ruling
On Wednesday the Government of Belize lost a case against the Belize Bank and was ordered by the Caribbean Court of Justice to pay the bank an arbitration award that was granted to the institution since 2013. The case dates back to 2004 when the Said Musa led government signed as guarantor for a loan […]
AG: “CCJ cannot compel GOB to take Money out of Consolidated Revenue Fund”
Today, the Attorney General Michael Peyrefitte commented on the CCJ’s judgment. Attorney General Michael Peyrefitte “The judgment is the judgment, the way we analyze it is what the CCJ said was that the Privy Council has already said that the loan note which was really a promissory note was a legal contract entered into by […]
National Consultation on Marijuana
On October 25, the Misuse of Drugs Act which decriminalizes ten grams or less of marijuana was passed by the Senate. The bill had a lot of opposition to it, nevertheless, it was passed into law.Today, a National Consultation facilitated by the Regional Commission on Marijuana was held at the Best Western Plus, Belize Biltmore […]
When will UNCAC be Implemented?
Last year on International Anti-Corruption Day, December 9, Belize signed onto the United Nation’s Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC) making it the one-hundred-eighty-fourth country to sign the convention. This came after several demands from civil society and a number of non-government organizations. In January, the government started to take steps toward the implementation of UNCAC, including […]
Works CEO comments on Traffic Accidents that claimed Four Lives
Last weekend, four persons died in two separate traffic incidents that happened at the bridge located between miles 31 and 32 on the Hummingbird Highway, in the vicinity of Saint Margaret’s Village. The incidents have stirred concern over the safety of the bridge, a one-lane crossing. Today, we spoke with the CEO in the Ministry […]
“Leave No One Behind; End Violence Against Women & Girls”
On Saturday countries around the world will commemorate International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. The day marks the commencement of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign. The theme this year is “Leave no one behind; end violence against women and girls”. It is a time when several organizations incite […]
UB pays Tribute to Fidel Castro
The University of Belize teamed up with the Cuban Embassy for a tribute to Fidel Castro to mark the first anniversary of his death. Correspondent Fem Cruz has the story. Fem Cruz “An official ceremony was held today at the Jaguar auditorium in Belmopan to celebrate the first anniversary of the passing of the first […]
Abandoned Van goes up in Flames
An abandoned van went up in flames at around midday today in Belize City. Residents of Consuelo Street in the Lake Independence area, say that they heard a loud bang and upon making checks they saw the van on fire. Firefighters quickly managed to take control of the blaze, preventing it from spreading. A resident […]
Marijuana Bust in San Andres Village
Yesterday morning a routine customs operation resulted in the discovery of twenty pounds of marijuana. The bust was made in San Andres Village. ASP Alejandro Cowo shared more details. ASP Alejandro Cowo “Sometime after seven in the morning, the police responded to assist a custom personnel in the San Andres Village, Corozal District. Whereupon arrival […]
Police investigate Fire in Pinks Alley
Yesterday we reported on a house fire that damaged a portion of the apartment that Dawn Hijinio and her family were staying in. The fire broke out on Tuesday afternoon while Hijinio and her two children were asleep. Initially, the fire was believed to be a case of arson, but this morning ASP Alejandro Cowo […]
Corozal Robbery: Opportunistic Crime
Police are looking for two men in connection with an armed robbery that occurred in the Corozal District. As we reported yesterday, the Finance Assistant of Escuela Secundaria Tecnica Mexico, William Mendoza, and principal, Carlos Castillo was on their way to Corozal Town to deposit monies in a bank account. On their way the car […]
“Re-Thinking Energy: Shaping a Resilient Community”
Belize is celebrating Energy Week under the theme “Re-Thinking Energy: Shaping a Resilient Community”. Mark Usher, Electrical Engineer at the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) told Love News that during Energy Week several events are held to create awareness of the use of energy.Usher described energy as being the “lifeblood” of the country. Today the Ministry […]
BAY to hold Arts Festival
The Belmopan Active Youths, BAY, will be hosting its third annual Arts Festival at the Belmopan Civic Center on Saturday, November 25. Co-Founder and Executive Director of BAY, Anna Banner Guy along with Coordinator of the Festival David Smith stopped by our studios to share why you should stop by. “The youths are very innovative […]