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Donated fire truck arrives at Caye Caulker
After arriving in Belize City three weeks ago, a fire truck that was donated to the Caye Caulker Fire Department finally arrived on La Isla Cariñosa on Wednesday, November 22nd. The much-needed vehicle is part of a generous donation from the Beechwold Christian Church in Columbus Ohio, USA. The fire truck is a 1981 Pierce Arrow model in excellent condition and comes with hoses and a 1,000-gallon tank.
Fire Chief of the Caye Caulker Fire Department, Miguel Matus, expressed his satisfaction at the site of the fire truck being unloaded off a barge. “I am happy it’s here, and hope people know how to appreciate what others do for our community,” said Matus. “But I hope we do not use it anytime soon.”
The Good, the Bad and the Future of Belize’s Coral Kingdom
by Alexander Tewfik – Wildlife Conservation Society.
The Belize barrier reef complex is a globally exceptional collection of precious coral, seagrass and mangrove habitats, bejeweled by hundreds of cayes within a massive emerald lagoon and crowned by three magnificent atolls that nurture and protect the land and its people. This wonder of nature, defined as a globally significant world heritage site, has stood for thousands of years, long before the appearance of humans. It is home to a myriad of fish and invertebrates, including millions of tiny polyps that build and maintain castles of stone, which protect the interconnected residents of this unique coral kingdom. This almost fairytale seascape has long benefited humans through natural resources generated and protection from storms, back to the time of the Mayans and later by old world explorers and migrants who eventually settled the shores and called this new world their home. However, despite the many successes and accomplishments towards the long-term securing of marine resources, all is not well in Belize’s coral kingdom. Long-term patterns of catch reveal that many traditionally caught reef-associated scale-fish are landed more infrequently and at smaller sizes and may be defined as overfished for some species. Traditional fishers are now seen to target new species which tend to be smaller and less preferred by consumers or more difficult to access in deeper waters and farther from shore, requiring the burden of more fuel and investment in more costly gear.
San Pedro Town Celebrates 33 Years Of Township
Our beautiful town of San Pedro has come a long way, from a quaint fishing village to a booming tourism destination, Today, Monday, November 27, 2017, we celebrate its 33rd year of township. The San Pedro Town Council held a short and informative ceremony at Central Park and in attendance were past mayors and students from various schools on the island.
In his welcome address, Mayor Daniel Guerrero spoke of the islands progress; he reminisced to what San Pedro was back in 1984 when it achieved its town status. He stated that our island has grown tremendously from having one police officer, one high school and one primary school to now having over 5,000 students in various schools throughout the island.
San Pedro House Of Culture Hosts Art Show
The San Pedro House of Culture held an official opening for its current Art Show on Friday, November 24, 2017. The exhibition is open for all to see and will run until Friday, December 1, 2017, viewing time is from 9a.m. to 5p.m. Beautiful paintings are available for viewing and purchasing. Go on over to the San Pedo House of Culture and appreciate wonderful art work from local artists such as Eduardo 'Papo' Alamilla, Jeovan Chacon, Manuel Rosales, Edgar Gomez, Stephanie Perez and Alfredo 'Kinishu" Trejo.
Misc Belizean Sources
Happy Township Day!!!
Commemorating 33rd Anniversary of Achieving Township in 1984. La Isla Bonita has come a long way.
Belmopan City Council Receives Grant Assistance from the Government of Japan
In recognizing the importance of garbage collection for the residents of the City of Belmopan and surrounding communities, the Belmopan City Council applied for grant assistance from the Grassroots and Human Security Program of the Embassy of Japan to purchase a new Garbage Compactor Truck.
A signing ceremony to present the grant of US$87,539.00 was held today, Monday, November 27th, 2017 at the Belmopan Hotel Conference Room. Deputy Mayor Ralston Frazer signed on behalf of the City of Belmopan while Counsellor of the Embassy of Japan Mr. Shinichi Yamanaka signed on behalf of the Japanese Government.
Construction of the Corozal Wholesale Farmer’s Market
The public and the media are hereby informed of the inauguration of the Accompanying Measures for Sugar (AMS) 2013 – Construction of the Corozal Wholesale Farmer’s Market, on the 1st December 2017 at 9:30 a.m. at the Corozal Wholesale Farmer’s Market, Corozal Town.
The Construction of the Corozal Wholesale Farmer’s Market worth a total of $384,032.00 was financed by the European Union through funds from the AMS 2013 programme.
Two objectives of the Sugar Adaptation Strategy under the AMS 2013 are to foster diversification of the agricultural production base in the Orange Walk and Corozal districts and to minimize the overall macroeconomic impacts on the communities of the Orange Walk and Corozal districts that result from reductions in the guaranteed prices for Belize’s sugar exports and competition in a more liberalized market.
Burglar takes over 18K In valuables from Home
On 25.11.17, Yvonne Davis, a Sand Hill Village resident left home at 6 p.m. on 23.11.17 and when she returned on 24.11.17 she discovered that her home was burglarized.
Electronic devices, colognes, footwear, assorted vehicle keys, and clothing items were stolen. The total value of the items is $18,221.90
HOUSE FIRE in COROZAL
On 25.11.17 Police visited G. Street South, Corozal Town where they observed a cement house engulfed in flames.
The house is the property of Dorotea Wilshire and was rented by Nirsa Ramirez, who was in Chetumal, Quintana Roo, Mexico when it burned.
The house and it's contents were not insured.
The Maya of Cristo Rey in Corozal celebrating thier saint patron
They are dancing the U Pool k'eek'en (Hoghead ) dance. Cristo Rey is one of the few villages in northern Belize who still speaks Yucatec Maya strongly .
The opening of the pool at The Truck Stop
Check it out...a really good vibe. No kid mania or horrifying MTV Spring Break...it's great. Yesterday's party had DJ Debbie in her tree during the day, live music in the eve. AND you can watch the movies (and sunset) in the pool - Wednesdays flick...JAWS!!! I'm giddy.
Opening ceremony of the San Narciso Polyclinic, Corozal
Corozal - On Friday, November 24th five Ministers of Government, including the Deputy Prime Minister, Patrick Faber attended the celebration for the official opening ceremony of the San Narciso Polyclinic, Corozal District.
Ocean Academy Christmas Gala 2017, Winter Wonderland
Saturday Dec. 9. Enjoy an evening of students showcasing their talents while you savor an elegant three-course meal followed by a dance.
Caye Chapel Development Group Public Consultation
Caye Chapel Development Group Public Consultation will be held on Thursday November 30, 2017 at the UWI Open Campus Auditorium in Belize City starting at 6:30 pm. A boat leaving Caye Caulker will leave CC at 5 pm. Sign up at the CCVC.
Wildfire In-House Art Exhibit Launch
The Wildfire Artmosphere is launching their next art exhibit this Saturday. Just in time for Christmas, so you can do some shopping, and get some treats while checking out the new art on display. There will be music too.
"one thing leads to another.... come this saturday 2 Dec., gather and enjoy sangria, predeath music by joseblanco -and buy cool art for gifts."
Belize Water Services Donates to Crooked Tree Village Council
Swing set donation
The National Channel 10 Open Auditions!
Ministry Of Tourism And Civil Aviation Going The ISO 9001 Way
Last week the Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation held its annual staff retreat. One of the highlights of the retreat was the ISO 9001 2015 Certification progress report. The Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation is well on its way to becoming the first Ministry to achieve this certification. The plan date is March of 2018. To date, The Belize Bureau of Standards is the only government d epartment that has achieved this certification.
What is ISO 9001 Certification you might ask? The ISO 9001 standard is the world’s most widely recognized quality management system (QMS) certification. With more than 1 million companies certified in over 170 countries, ISO 9001 defines requirements for companies and organizations who want to ensure that their products and services consistently meet customer requirements and continually improve their business processes.
Online Survey: Belizean Archaeology
In trying to learn more about the public perception of archaeology in Belize, we invite the public, especially Belizeans and students, to take this quick survey. Share it to your friends and family as well.
50 photos of the Belikin 2018 Calendar Launch
PM Avoids Press, Postpones Special House Meeting
The Prime Minister returned to the country today after a weekend in Houston. The United Airlines flight landed at 12:05, and all the Belize City media houses, Channel 7, Channel 5, LOVETV and KREM TV were lined up waiting to ask him what he plans to do about the 90 million dollar payment to the Belize Bank. But, he did what he very rarely does and avoided the media by having his driver pick him up on the tarmac - whisking him and his wife away, right as they got off the plane. To our recollection, PM Barrow has only done this once before and that was right after he got back surgery. Today, a senior UDP government official who was on the flight told us that the PM had severe back pain - thus the hasty exit.
So, while we were all waiting to hear what he has to say about the compelling executive and parliamentary intrigue where 9 UDP Representatives have told us they will vote "no" to paying the money - tonight we are no closer to knowing - and the uncertainty grows.
Big Plane Found Burnt In Cane Field - Likely Carried Drug Cargo
Yesterday, Orange Walk police found a burnt plane in the Orange Walk District. It is believed to have carried a drug cargo - and was most likely destroyed by the traffickers flying it - which is standard procedure. The plane is a large one - believed to be a twin turbo-prop King Air 200 - and it can carry a heavy cargo, as much as a tonne. It was found crashed and burned in a corn field not far from Hill Bank in the south-central Orange Walk District .
Police told us more:..
ASP Alejandro Cowo, O.C., C.I.B., Belize City:
"Yesterday, Orange Walk police received information of a plane somewhere in the Hill Bank area. As a result police and BDF personnel proceeded to the Hill Bank area where they observed in a cornfield an aircraft completely destroyed by fire."
No Arrests For Davis Murder, Sibling Briefly Detained
Police haven't made any arrests in Clinton Arthur Davis's murder. On Friday at noon, the 53 year old resident of mile 5 on the George Price Highway was found dead in a swampy area not far from his home - which is beside Old Belize. He had been missing since Tuesday - and his body was found in a state of advanced decomposition. Now, according to his wife and daughter, Davis had been embroiled in a bitter family dispute over land. Police say they are interviewing a number of suspects about this:..
ASP Alejandro Cowo, O.C. C.I.B. Belize City:
"One was recently detained this morning and he is being questioned in regards to some information that we had received that might to lead to clarified what happened on that date."
"What happened Mr. Davis left on Tuesday and nobody had seen him until his body was found on Friday. It was almost 3 days that he had left his house and nobody knew his whereabouts and nobody reported of him missing until he was found on that date. So far as I mentioned, 3 persons had been detained, one was recently detained this morning and he is being questioned in regards to that alleged murder."
Customs Caught Container with Concealed Gun Parts
Today a routine search of a 20 foot container at the Customs Department produced an alarming discovery. The container was brought in by a US National and it was supposed to be loaded with an automobile and 71 pieces of used household and personal effects. But when Customs searched it, they found a large stash of ammunition for pistols and rifles - and well as parts for a rifle and a nine millimeter pistol. There are a number of loaded and unloaded clips for a 9 millimeter pistol, about 150 live rounds of assorted calibres, and various parts to assemble a rifle and pistol. These were concealed among the used household and personal effects. The container came from Denver, through New York to Belize by an American coming to live in Belize. The matter has now been handed over to police - and we'll keep following it.
Man Charged For Counterfeit, Detained in Larger Investigation
Today twenty-three-year-old construction worker Nijar Brandon of La Democracia was charged with possession of counterfeit currency when he appeared in court before magistrate Michelle Trapp. On November 23rd at around 3:30 they went to his apartment on Pelican Street. They didn't find any firearms or drugs, but they did find two counterfeit 50 Belize dollar notes. Brandon pled guilty but said he got the money from a man whom bought a pair of shoes from him. With that Magistrate Trapp entered an equivocal plea of not guilty and he was offered a bail of $200 which he met. However, as soon as he met bail two CIB officers took him into custody because our sources say he is a person of interest in an ongoing high profile investigation.
Server Hack Causes Lottery Crisis on Sunday!
Yesterday Boledo lovers from all across the country were in a crisis when the Boledo machines froze up and they couldn't buy their numbers for the Sunday Lottery Draw.
Turns out that the main computer server at Brad's was hacked and, according to a release, quote, "the attack caused severe disruption to the lottery/jackpot sellers and buyers whereby ticket sales were drastically interrupted and unavailable."
But the draw doesn't rely on computers - that's just balls in a barrel - and that went ahead as usual. That left customers frustrated and irate - especially those who had the winning jackpot number of 5470, or the ending number of 70 - but couldn't get to buy it. Today Public Relations officer Karil Wallace told us the hack was not something they could have predicted.
Japanese Money For Belmopan City Council
The Japanese Government donated over $170,000 Belize dollars to the Belmopan City Council today. Now the City Council has been struggling to properly dispose of the city's waste because their run down garbage trucks are barely holding up. But with this donation, Deputy Mayor Ralston Frazer says they will be able to upgrade. Here is more.
Ralston Frazer, Deputy Mayor, Belmopan:
"Actually within our term since 2015 we inherited some garbage trucks that have been there for at least 1,000 years before and it started when the first two broke down and then we got another one which was not quite up there but nonetheless it was working and we could have afforded it at the time but when they broke down, we decided to take parts from one and we came up with a good one and that was the one that had been running since then and it was not initially in a very good condition and it just spent its time and we decided you know lets touch base with those people from overseas who look at us favorably and we share such relationship with and hear what their response will be and today we see the response."
Tools To Predict Climate Patterns
Climate Change professionals were at the George Price Center in Belmopan today discussing approaches and tools that can be used to analyze and predict climate patterns. Now it's more complex than what you see on the weather report. One of the facilitators told us today about a new system they came up with that will be beneficial to Farmers.
Ulric Trotz, Deputy Ececutive Director Scienve Advisor:
"We've been doing this workshops around the region and this one is for Belize and what it does is basically teaching our technical people across the different sectors: agriculture, coastal development, heath, tourism to use climate information that we're generating to make decisions about how they build and how they operate in the future. We have generated a lot of information about the region in terms of what the future climate would be like - how much more rainfall, how much less rainfall, how stronger storms etc., and we are now reaching people how to use that climate information for future planning."
An App For Cruise Industry Stakeholders
The Belize Tourism Board has developed a useful app for all those cruise tourism industry workers and stakeholders. The app has a variety of helpful features which will keep them on top of the cruise game. Director of Cruise and Destination Planning Noriko Gamero explained more today.
Noriko Gamero, Director of Cruise and Destination Planning:
"The home app which will show you the calls for the day and the calls will show you both ports, Harvest Caye and Fort Street Tourism Village you can then go into the calendar view and the calendar view will show a regular calendar on your phone and it will highlight the day in your row and below it you will be able to see the cruise calls that are coming in."
More Weed At "Estero" Crossing
Last week on the news we told you about the contraband hotspot in Corozal, called "Estero". That's where customs caught a man with 20 pounds of weed. Well, on Saturday, they caught three men with six more pounds of what is believed to be Mexican Marijuana.
At 7:00 in the night Police searched a vehicle with three men inside: 37 year old Abner Cardenas from Corozal, 21 year old Ian Mossiah, and 25 year old Vincent Aldana, both from Calcutta.
The cops found 3.7 kilos, or about 8 points of weed in a knapsack.
Maninder Missing Or Making Way To USA?
An Indian student is believed to be on the run tonight, heading north to the US. On Friday, police reported that 21 year old Maninder Singh, a student of Belize Medical College hadn't been seen since Thursday 9th November, 2017 when he last attended classes. They said he was missing, but today police told us they had hopes of finding him:
ASP Alejandro Cowo:
"We just received information that yes he is here in Belize. He is apparently at a ranch at this moment. Ladyville police are proceeding there to locate that said address along with the other medical students from Ladyville. The reason he is hiding, we wanted to establish that, we do not know what the motive is or why it is that he is trying to avoid his other colleagues or students at the medical school."
Police's Puzzling Response Over Alleged Station Rape
There is still no update and no charges tonight on that allegation of rape made by two women against multiple officers in the Independence police station. But, an interesting thing is happening: because the commander of the professional standards branch - which is investigating the case - has apparently been barred from appearing on the media - the police left to speak on the case appear quite confused. Today they told us the following three things in succession: first, that the file WILL BE forwarded to the DPP, then that the file HAS BEEN forwarded to the DPP, and then that the file IS BEING forwarded to the DPP. Here are the explanations offered to us today at the bi-weekly press brief:..
ASP Alejandro Cowo:
"As we mentioned that file is being dealt with by the professional standards branch and as soon as they complete their investigation and everything they will let you know what is the stance of the police department when it comes to that alleged rape."
Teachers Playing Students
As we told you earlier in the newscast , there is an ongoing 2 week climate change workshop at the George Price Center, well right in the next room at the center, 87 teachers took up the role of students as they learned about literacy. We stopped by this morning.
Nilda Muschamp, Director, Pathlight Teacher Training Program:
"Our broad topic for today is called "Literacy for all." Actually as I mentioned I work with pathlight and are doing the workshop. Actually this is the last of the set of 4 that we went to 3 other districts to do the workshops. We were in Toledo, Stann Creek and in Belize districts and addressing literacy for all. We know that literacy is a problem that we have countrywide. I was sharing with people in the workshop that there are statistics that say that we have 92% of our citizens are literate, but is that a fact? I mean when we look and see what teachers are writing, what adults are saying and writing, is its 92% that is actually literate? What's the definition of literate? Is it only the ability to read the quoting words? Or is it to understand what I am reading?"
Cane Farmers Protest Against Contract
The harvest for the 2017-2018 cane crop season starts on December 4th, but things aren't necessarily going smoothly. Today farmers from the powerful BSCFA were protesting against the Sugar Cane Production Committee. They're unhappy with a new agreement that the SCPC has hammered out for harvesting groups.
The SCPC wants to know some very precise details for quality assurance programs currently in the pipeline - but the farmers aren't comfortable with it.
And today, about 50 of them staged a small protest outside the offices of the Sugar Industry Control Board in the Orange Walk District. While they railed outside, leaders of the different cane farmers groups of the BSCFA met with the Chairman of the SCPC inside to hammer out a way forward.
The War Of The Thorns
So, tonight the new week starts just as the last one ended - with the still unresolved political back and forth over the 90 million payout to Belize Bank for the entire Universal Health Services debacle.
The main issue of contention is that 90 million dollars later and there's nothing to show, no asset owned, and all we have to marvel at is the history of costly decisions, and endless political posturing.
That's how this whole thing started back in 2006 - when it was first revealed that the then Musa Administration had given a secret guarantee to the owners of Universal Health Services. Those investors were PUP friends, and government told them to proceed with the investment because NHI money would be coming through. Well, NHI was never rolled out the way it should have been, and the rest is a very ugly chapter in modern political history.
Faber Got Neither Snail Mail Nor Email from Briceno Says He
Last week Thursday, we interviewed Deputy Prime Minister Patrick Faber and he told us - that one month later - he still hadn't officially gotten John Briceno's letter regarding Belize Infrastructure Limited.
And it seems the Deputy PM is in no rush to respond to it because Faber says Briceno can find all the information he needs on the BIL website.
Hon. Patrick Faber, Deputy Prime Minister :
"I have not seen a copy of the letter officially from Mr. Briceno. As I have said on my Facebook page, I believe that it is a ploy on his part but there are numerous ways in which Mr. Briceno can get his questions answered if he so desires. I am informed by the managing director of BIL Ms. Mastry that the BIL website is in the process of being updated and much of the information that he is seeking will be there I also know that if he wants a proper answer to the question he can ask it as part of questions to Minister in the House which is what he ought to have done."
And we close tonight with highlites of the Dance X performance in Belize City on Friday night courtesy NICH.
Enjoy and join me back here tomorrow.
Suspected drug plane goes down and burns in Orange Walk
In northern Belize, a second suspected drug plane has been found in less than six months to signal that the drug trade is thriving. The burnt scrap of the aircraft [...]
Did land dispute cause gruesome death of Clinton Davis?
Belize City resident, Clinton Arthur Davis, was beaten to death and his decomposing body was found three days later on Friday at his property. Davis owns a piece of land [...]
Police land multiple suspects
And while Davis’ immediate family believes that a close relative was responsible for his murder, police say they don’t have anything to corroborate that claim. But they are questioning several [...]
Police to get Independence station rape file to D.P.P., but when?
There is very little progress to report on an allegation of rape that reportedly occurred a few weekends ago inside the lockup at the Independence Police Station. Earlier today, police [...]
Homeowner burgled in Sandhill
Burglars stole almost twenty-thousand dollars’ worth of valuables from a home in Sand Hill Village. Well-known education officer, Yvonne Davis, says she wasn’t home between Thursday and Friday and later [...]
Three charged but one pleads guilty in marijuana border bust
A trio of men was busted with a significant quantity of marijuana in the Corozal District on Saturday. Twenty-one-year-old Ian Mossiah, twenty-five-year-old Vincent Aldana and thirty-seven-year-old Abner Cardenas were nabbed [...]
Is Maninder Singh missing or just hiding?
Twenty-one-year-old Maninger Singh, a student at the Belize Medical College, was reported missing by his roommates on Friday. He wasn’t seen or heard from since November ninth. The Indian national [...]
Audit’s tough questions for B.D.F.
An executive summary of the Auditor General’s Report on Belize Jungle Experience Limited, dated the seventh of June, 2017 has been obtained by News Five. It details the transactions between [...]
Prime Minister is back; dodges media over U.H.S.
This Tuesday’s regular cabinet meeting will be the first since the Caribbean Court of Justice ordered that the government has to pay a ninety- million dollar loan note for the [...]
Could Gov’t UHS troubles affect Superbond?
While the Government is still reeling from the recent C.C.J. decision confirming that they owe Belize Bank over ninety million dollars for a loan note in respect of U.H.S., other [...]
P.U.P.’s Mai tells U.D.P. ‘Don’t blame us’
There is more on the U.H.S. issue…Since the Caribbean Court of Justice made the order on November twenty-second for the repayment of a ninety-million dollar loan to the Belize Bank [...]
Mai wants to stop U.H.S. bleeding
Earlier today when Mai gave this interview he said the party’s parliamentary caucus is set to meet on Wednesday to formulate its official position ahead of the House meeting. However, [...]
So what will parliamentarians do?
M ai says his own constituents have raised their concerns, particularly about the interest accruing on the debt. He also notes that the long delay has helped U.D.P.-connected attorneys make [...]
Duped Democracia resident now suspect in murder
Twenty-three-year old Nijah Brandon, a construction worker from la Democracia Belize District, was today before the court to answer to a charge of possession of counterfeit currency but even as [...]
UNCAC implementation needs no excuses
The signing of the United Nations Convention Against Corruption in December 2016, is nearing its one-year anniversary. Despite the ratification of the document, legislation is yet to be passed in [...]
Christmas di come – and so are the police
Additional reinforcement will be brought into Belize City as of Friday, when the Christmas season formally commences. With all the hustle and bustle in the streets of the Old Capital [...]
CitCo looks East for garbage truck donation
A first of its kind grant assistance from the Grassroots and Human Security Program of the Embassy of Japan will gift residents of Belmopan their own new garbage contractor truck. [...]
A resolution to school land impasse in Las Flores
When we last left the matter of the two parcels of land located next to the Roman Catholic community school in Las Flores, Belmopan, residents were up in arms, demanding [...]
Check your cruises with the B.T.B.
The Belize Tourism Board has a brand new app for the cruise industry. The free app provides real-time date information for cruise ship calls to Belize. BTB says that the [...]
PLB finalists and cruising cyclists on latest Sports Monday
Good evening, I’m James Adderley and this is Sports Monday. [Highlights of the weekend sporting activities…]
In few words, why Krismos so awesome in Belize
It doesn’t matter what your religion is: if you are roots Belizean, if you’ve got a sense of Belize’s history, Krismos is huge in your life. Can there be anything more special than Pa, Breda, Uncle, Grampa, coming home with money in their pockets after long months working in the forest? Geng brok…batl pahn taybl, draa di kaak…pass mi, mi # 6 handkerchief.
I’m not brave enough to declare my favourite Krismos album on the local scene, but I noh shy about who’s the boss from foreign…It’s the great man himself…the one and only Mr. El Rancho Grande, aka Freddy Fender…and I’ll be watching for Roodolf with his nose so bright…
The Reporter deserves to be applauded for calling on our government to call out the Guatemalans about this map which includes Belize as one of their departments. It is not often that The Reporter calls out the government. When they do so we have to cheer them. A government which isn’t challenged will very quickly become sickened by the unfettered power.
“So much things to say” … national conversation needed
“SO MUCH THINGS TO SAY” (Bob Marley). The older I get, and the more I see and experience “Babylon System” as the Rastas call it, the more I respect men like Bob who I consider as the “real revolutionaries” (to use his own words). They use whatever talents they’ve been given, to uplift and empower others … not just their families, tribe, or tongue.
Bob’s words and sayings like “downpression”, “Babylon system”, “Pimper’s Paradise”, “Ambush in the Night”, and so much more, speak real truth, based on his experience and the Scriptures he sung.
Barely in his 20’s he sang about being “sick and tired of the -isms, schisms.” With respect to politics, in his song Slogans, he wrote, “Can’t take your slogans no more.” “Confusing the people … While your asphalt burns our tired feet, I see borders and barriers …Segregation, demonstration and riots … A-sufferation of the refugees.” In his song, “Coming in from the Cold,” he wrote, “Would you let the system make you kill your brotherman? … It’s you, it’s you, it’s you I’m talking to.”
Belizean health care
Every day in Belize, families are having to make stressful financial decisions which have to do with health care. Poor families don’t have to make any decisions: they have to go to Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH), wait their turn, and hope for the best. Rich people don’t have to make any decisions: they automatically take their loved ones to one of the private hospitals, and they plunk money down on whichever private hospital’s barrel head. (No money, no care.) Very rich people may fly out their loved ones to the mighty U. S. of A.
The reality is that the “in-between” people are the ones who have to be making financial decisions in health care crises.
La atención médica en Belize
Todos los días en Belize, las familias tienen que estar tomando estresantes decisiones financieras que tienen que ver con la atención médica. Las familias pobres no tienen que tomar ninguna decisión: tienen que ir al Hospital Karl Heusner Memorial (KHMH por sus siglas en Inglés), esperar su turno y esperar lo mejor. Los ricos no tienen que tomar ninguna decisión: automáticamente llevan a sus seres queridos a uno de los hospitales privados y pagan a tocateja en cualquiera de los hospitales privados. (Sin dinero no hay cuidado médico.) Las personas muy ricas pueden llevar a sus seres queridos al poderoso Estados Unidos.
Taxi Driver Pleads Guilty To Drug Trafficking
Three men were charged and appeared in Court this morning for drug trafficking after Police discovered almost eight pounds of marijuana inside the taxi vehicle they were travelling in, in Patchakan Village on Saturday November 25th.
21 year old Ian Mossiah of Calcutta Village, 25 year old Vincent Aldana of Calcutta Village also, and 37 year old Abner Cardenas, a Belizean taxi driver, were all in the vehicle at the time when the police stopped them.
P.M Returns To Belize Dodges The Media
Prime Minister Dean Barrow returned to the country today after traveling to Houston. He arrived at 12:05 at the PGIA but while some media houses line up waiting to ask him what his plans are in regards to the controversial 90 million dollars payment to the Belize Bank they were unable to do so. And that’s because today the P.M avoided the media. He had his driver pick him and his wife up on the tarmac right as they got off the plane.
Farmer Charged For Drug Trafficking
Fifty eight year old Salvadoran farmer and resident of Fire Burn Village, Guillermo Garcia, was arrested over the weekend by authorities and was formally charged with two drug offenses. Official reports indicate that on early Friday morning sometime after 6:00, Orange Walk Police conducted a search in the village of Fire Burn which led to the discovery of three marijuana plants and 803 grams of cannabis. Garcia was the only person present at the time of the search and was therefore charged for ‘Drug Trafficking’ and ‘Cultivation of Cannabis’.
BDF’s Audit Report Raises Eyebrows
Last month Love News broke the story of the audit investigation conducted into the Belize Defence Force Fund. For the past few weeks we have been trying to get out hands on the full report and today we received a four-page summary containing facts from the audit report itself. In it, the Auditor General points […]
Who Hacked Brad’s Gaming Company?
There was a disruption in the sale of lottery tickets on Sunday morning. Karil Wallace is the Public Relations Officer at Brad’s Gaming Company and he told us what happened. Karil Wallace – Public Relations Officer “Sometime a little after 8 o’clock on Sunday, it was realized that our sites, our locations countrywide could not […]
Plane Found in Cornfield
Law enforcement authorities came across an airplane that was destroyed by fire. The discovery was made on Sunday in the Orange Walk District. According to ASP, Alejandro Cowo, said the plane was discovered in a cornfield. ASP Alejandro Cowo “Yesterday Orange Walk police received information of a plane somewhere in the Hill Bank area. As […]
Was Davis Murdered over Land Dispute?
On Friday, we told you about 53-year-old Clinton Arthur Davis, a husband and father of four, whose body was found on his property where he lived with his family at five and a half miles on the George Price Highway. This morning, the police department held a press briefing where they told the media that […]
Traffick Accident leaves Man Hospitalized
34-year-old Ernesto Teck, a resident of Armenia Village remains hospitalized at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital in a stable condition. Teck, a BDF volunteer, was driving a motorcycle on Friday evening from his home en route to Belmopan. Upon reaching between mile 53 and 54 on the Hummingbird Highway there was a collision between the […]
Is Belize Doing Enough to Combat Human Trafficking?
Human trafficking is one of those crimes that seemingly go under the radar. Furthermore, the government of Belize has been criticized by the United States of America for not placing much emphasis on human trafficking. Human trafficking is seemingly a problem not only for Belize but Central America. Love News spoke with Senator Osmany Salas […]
BTB launches Cruise App
Tourism stakeholders will now have access to up to date information on the cruise ship industry in Belize. The Belize Tourism Board developed a mobile application it calls BTB Cruise App which was launched this morning. Hipolito Novelo reports. You can then go into the calendar view and the calendar view will show a regular […]
Missing Student: Found Alive
21-year-old Maninder Singh, a student of the Belize Medical College and a resident of Los Lagos in the Belize District, was reported missing on Friday, November 24. Reportedly, he had been missing since Thursday, November 9, when he failed to show up for classes. Today, police said that he is believed to be alive and […]
Nijah Brandon charged with Possession of Counterfeit Currency
Twenty-three-year-old Nijah Brandon, a construction worker of La Democracia, was charged with possession of counterfeit currency when he appeared today before Magistrate Michelle Trapp. The police have alleged that on November 23, at around 3:30 p.m. they went to the upper flat of a house, located on Pelican Street and saw a young man sitting […]
Ian Mossiah pleads guilty to Drug Trafficking
On Saturday, Corozal Police were on patrol when they intercepted a vehicle and conducted a search, which resulted in the discovery of drugs. Police shared the details at this morning’s press brief. ASP Alejandro Cowo “Corozal Police conducted a search of a vehicle. They were on routine patrol when three male persons were found. A […]
UN Experts on Torture Prevention to visit Belize
UN experts on torture prevention will visit Belize in 2018. The decision to visit these countries was taken during this month’s session of the Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture. The Un Experts will travel to Belize to assess the treatment of people deprived of their liberty and measures taken for their protection against torture and […]
Kerisa Guild receives Lifesaving Surgery
Seven-year-old Belizean Kerisa Guild, was born with scoliosis, a condition in which the spine is bent abnormally. Kerisa’s condition was life-threatening and she was not able to receive treatment here in Belize. The Belize Children’s Project became aware of Kerisa’s case and managed to arrange a surgery for her in the U.S.A. The girl traveled […]
Family Values Rally
What has been dubbed as a family values rally has been planned by the National Evangelical Associations of Belize, NEAB. Pastor Scott Stirm speaks on the objective of tomorrow’s event. Pastor Scott Stirm – Vice President of the NEAB “The leaders will be coming together from all of over the nation as well as people […]
Breaking Belize News
Authorities investigating abandoned burnt plane in Northern Belize
Over the weekend, a burnt plane was found in a cane field in Orange Walk […]
Special Sitting of House of Representatives postponed
The Special Sitting of the House of Representatives that was scheduled for Friday, December 1, 2017 […]
Barrow dodges the media at PGIA
On Friday Prime Minister Dean Barrow departed the country en route to Houston Texas on […]
FCD – Balam host forum on Chiquibul reserve
On Friday, November 24, at the San Ignacio Resort Hotel, Friends for Conservation and Development […]
Japan Government donates US $87,000 to Belmopan city council
Posted: Monday, November 27, 2017. 11:47 a.m. CST. By BBN Staff: In recognizing the importance of garbage collection for the residents of Belmopan city and surrounding […]
Belize a top pick for world-renowned travel site
Posted: Monday, November 27, 2017. 11:27 a.m. CST. By BBN Staff: Fodor’s, a world-renowned travel site, has ranked Belize as the only Central American Country in […]
San Antonio villagers plea for help with suspected dog poisoning situation
Posted: Monday, November 27, 2017. 11:26 a.m. CST. By BBN Staff: Residents from San Antonio village, Cayo contacted BBN again today to report that more dogs […]
Corozal Wholesale Farmer’s Market to be inaugurated on Dec 1st
The inauguration of the Corozal Wholesale Farmer’s Market will be held on December 1st 2017 […]
Football Federation elections in Belize – implications of a Sergio Chuc victory
By Glenn Tillett:…Between these lines … On Saturday some owners’ representatives and some executive members of the Premier […]
3 men arrested in Corozal for drug trafficking
On Saturday night around 7, Corozal police searched a vehicle that was occupied by three […]
House catches fire in Corozal
Yesterday, Corozal police visited G. Street South, where they saw a cement house totally engulfed […]
Almost $19,000 in items stolen from Sandhill home
According to police reports, on Saturday, Yvonne Davis, 53, a Belizean of Sand Hill Village, […]
Santa Elena man arrested for cocaine possession
On Saturday morning around 10, police searched Rayford Staine, 39, a labourer of a Santa […]
Corozal Bay was cleaned up by volunteers over the weekend
It happened once again at Corozal clean up campaign on November 26, 2017. Corozal - Great efforts and time have been put in our Water Cleanup Campaign that started with our first load of trash coming out of the water along Rainbow Beach a few months ago. Students from CJC Eagles' Environmental Club, Centro Escolar Mexico Junior college, Oceana Wavemakers and students that made it all the way from Orange Walk have really taken off with this community activity and initiative.
Corozal Christmas Tree is up
Christmas music is being played everyday at the Corozal Town Hall. Everyone is gathering slowly at the Corozal Central Park. Corozal Christmas Tree is completed in Central park with various decoration around it.Corozal hosts a tree lighting ceremony every year. Not just any old tree lighting, this is a big deal. The tree that adorns Corozal’s central park every December stands tall and stands out. Children play around it and on the huge colored ornament decorations nearby, and, on the first Saturday of the month, residents come from all around to see this great tree lit for the first time.
Orange Walk: Christmas Tree is up at Central Park
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Orange Walk Town as the Town Council sponsored Christmas tree has been assembled at the Central Park. The 35 foot Christmas tree signals the start of the holiday season and for many residents the gesture sets the mood for Christmas Tree excitment.
As, everyone are gearing up toward Christmas Day, the pace is already picking up in Orange Walk. Shoppers are busily searching for those special gifts for their loved ones, trees are being dusted off and decorated and houses and fences are sprouting lights like magic. While Christmas is generally enjoyed by all traditionally it is a time for the children. That philosophy held true as Orange Walk hosts an annual Children’s Christmas Party in San Lorenzo Housing Site, Philip Alvarez Park and the Village of San Estevan which all fall under his constituency. The celebration has become traditionally enjoyed each year in Orange Walk.
Hurricane Season Closes on Thursday, November 30
On this Monday, there are no disturbances across the Atlantic basin that have any potential for tropical cyclone development during the next five days. The hurricane season officially ends this Thursday, November 30th.
American Hydro Expands Business to Central America
American Hydro, a Wärtsilä company, was recently awarded a contract by Belize Electric Company Limited (BECOL) to upgrade the Mollejon hydroelectric generating plant with hydroelectric solutions and technical support.
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.
Vincentian activist traces Garifuna pilgrimage
Philadelphia-based Vincentian community activist James Cordice electrified a sold-out audience at a Garifuna Settlement Day celebration in Fairfax, VA on Nov. 4 in retracing the Garifuna pilgrimage.
The Garifuna people developed through what has been described as “a process of ethnogenesis” on St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and were exiled in the colonial period to the Caribbean coasts of Central America. Since the late 20th century, many have emigrated from what are now Honduras, Belize and Guatemala to the United States.
The Garifuna are mixed-race descendants of West African, Central African, Island Carib, European and Arawak people.
Hospitality Training Services' General Manager Certification Program in Belize
Coming in 2018, Hospitality Training Services, in collaboration with the American Hotel and Lodging Educational Institute is proud to launch its General Manager Certification Program in Belize. The program will be instructed by our very own Certified Hotel Administrator, Co Founder and hospitality Instructor of HTS, Mr James Scott who has extensive experience in hotel management and resort development in Belize.
The Certified Hotel Administrator (CHA®) is the most prestigious certification available to hotel general managers and hospitality executives. It identifies the recipient as being part of an elite group of hospitality professionals who, by combining education and experience with dedication to the industry, have achieved a high level of expertise.
AWESOME video by Joe Chung - Welcome TO THE TRUCK STOP!, 1min.
Silk Caye - Idyllic Beach Belize, 2min. Ile déserte et plage de rêve au Belize. Vidéo de Silk Caye accessible depuis Placencia.
2018 Belize Mermaid Retreat Trailer, 1.5min. Check out the official trailer for our upcoming mermaid retreat! Join us for a magical Mermaid experience- a chance to mingle with other beautiful Mermaids, splash in the sun and enjoy this remote tropical location.
Belize 2017, 6min.
Participatory community consultations for the National Lionfish Management Strategy of Belize, 32min.
Seventeen Years Later: Archaeology, Heritage, and Public Opinion in Belize, 38min. In 2016, Geralyn Ducady returned to Belize with the support of InHerit: Indigenous Heritage Passed to Present, an organization that brings educational and outreach heritage programs to Maya communities in Central America. Expanding upon a public opinion questionnaire she conducted in 1999, Ducady surveyed adults throughout Belize’s six districts to gauge their knowledge, opinions, and thoughts toward archaeology, stewardship, heritage, and identity, with the goal of improving heritage outreach.
Belize Night Dive Nov 20th 2017, 3min. Belize Aggressor 4 on the Nov. 20th night dive.
Belize Jungle "Buggy" Tour - Part 1, 10min. This is one of the shore excursions offered in Belize during our Carnival glory cruise to the western Caribbean . The sidexsides were Polaris 570s that were beat pretty hard. No 4wd and bald tires. Brakes were non-existent and the front end felt like I was driving a covered wagon. The constant rattling is the front end falling apart. We still had a good time!
Belize Jungle "Buggy" Tour - Part 2, 10min.
Acquafino Island Resort & Spa in Belize: November 2017 Video Tour, 11min. I will take you to the beautiful and pristine West side of Ambergris Caye to visit the amazing Acquafino Island Resort & Spa. We will tour the resort, look at the Star Island Villas and Beach Estates.
Belize Snorkel, 3min.
Travel Diaries: Las Terrazas Resort in Belize, 3min.A look at our 1 year anniversary trip in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize!
Some children don't say much, but when they do, it can be so deep what is on their minds, 2min. In our second Universal Children's Day video, Kaylynn Baird, a standard 5 student of St. John's Vianney primary interviews Belizean Architect, Ms. Esther Ayuso.
Morning Matters with Bella Carib, 62min.
Dia de San Pedro - Citizens Interview, 4.5HR. In commemoration of San Pedro's 33rd Township Anniversary, check out a video we did for Dia de San Pedro where a few citizens share with us a part of San Pedro's beautiful history.
Dancing the U Pool K'eek'en, 1min. The Maya from Xaibe Corozal dancing the U Pool K'eek'en(La Cabeza del Cochino) . Xaibe is a small rural settlement in Corozal consisting mostly of people from Yucatec Maya descent.
This Week in Education, 4.5min. Featuring teacher Sharmane Parham of Forest Home Methodist School and Telesforo Paquil of St. Peter Claver R.C. School
Silver Cove Swim-Through in Belize, 1.5min. Jon and Sarah swim through corral reefs with Hamanasi SCUBA Diving at Silver Cove.
Xaibe Maya dancing ,Corozal, 2.5min.
Maya people from Xaibe dancing the hog head dance, 1min.