Twin Towns Rocked by Huge Blast Explosion at Quarry this Evening
There were two explosions today in Belize City and in the Cayo District. We go first to Santa Elena where this afternoon dynamites were set off to break a boulder [...]
In the City, Family Surprised by Early Morning Gas Tank Blowout
In the city…a fire, this morning at an apartment complex on Iguana Street gave way to an explosion that rocked the community. As a loud bang was heard and plumes [...]
Former Remanded Prisoner Tells Story of Double Sodomy to News Five
Last week we told you the story of an inmate allegedly sodomized inside a cell at the Belize Central Prison. The young man was reportedly twice raped on separate occasions [...]
As Charges Come, Accuser Seeks Justice
The alleged perpetrator is expected to be taken to court on Wednesday where he will be charged with two counts of an unnatural act. The alleged victim says that he [...]
Family Cries Foul; Accuser ‘Locked Down’ with Abuser
And as you heard, the young man was not allowed to see his family. His father also spoke with us off camera today to say that it was until after [...]
Israel Chuc Death Now a Murder; He Was Fatally Strangled
Thirty-four-year-old Israel Chuc, a resident of Santiago Juan Layout in San Ignacio was discovered dead on Sunday morning in the vicinity of Branch Mouth Road. There was a trace of [...]
Father’s Lapse at Wheel Leads to Son’s Accident Death in Bladen
A three-year-old boy perished in a fatal road traffic accident along the Southern Highway this morning, while his father was driving a sports utility vehicle towards Hopkins Village. The incident [...]
The Year 2017 in Crime
The following story is about the 2017 murder count. Soon after it was calculated at one hundred and thirty-three, the count went up this afternoon by one with the murder [...]
Police Snatch Contraband Beer
Just before midday today, the Special Assignment Team attached to ACT made a significant bust. The initiative, ‘Addressing Crime Together,’ seeks to tackle the spiraling urban violence related to gang [...]
Separate ACTs Lead to Coke, Weed in Old Capital
Operation ACT was in full operation on Monday in the city and turned up cocaine and weed. Around eleven in the morning, the Special Assignment Team searched an abandoned barrack [...]
B.E.L. Says No Change to Electricity Rates
Belize Electricity Limited has managed to keep electricity rates steady for the past few years, and consumers can go into 2018 expecting no changes in the base cost of electricity. [...]
Wall Crash Won’t Stop Civic Show
The new Civic Center on Central American Boulevard is scheduled to be launched this Wednesday, two years and three months after the old facility was broken down to make way [...]
E.U. Grant for Western Regional ‘Drap Da Wata’
One of the exchanges in Friday’s meeting of the House of Representatives came on the adjournment between Minister of Health Pablo Marin and Cayo Northeast area representative Orlando Habet. Habet [...]
Who Will Stand Up for retired PSWT Beneficiaries?
The saga of the Public Sector Workers Trust continues, following a claim filed by retired public officers Sheila Genitty, Ruth White and Darrel Gardiner as beneficiaries and representatives of the [...]
How Unions Can Find 5,000-Plus Beneficiaries
According to Genitty, the trustees have been saying all along that they cannot ascertain the names of all the beneficiaries. She says that one call placed in the media has [...]
Athletes Pile Up Medals at C.A. Games
Team Belize is still on the hunt for its first gold medal in the Central American Games taking place in Managua, Nicaragua. But the athletics team has been carrying the [...]
Calvary Temple Parties with CitCo
The Belize City Council was sharing the Christmas spirit in the city this morning. The holiday cheer took them over to Regent Street West at the Calvary Temple Primary School [...]
The Joy of Christmas at St. John’s Soup Kitchen
The Belize City Council’s twelve days of charity continues across the Old Capital. Today the municipal body’s workers focused on two overlooked sectors of society – children and the homeless [...]
Belizean Athletes Represents At Central American Games
Over the past two weeks, Belizean athletes from different sporting denominations, including basketball, volleyball, football and athletics among others have been in Managua, Nicaragua representing Belize at the eleventh edition of the Central American Games. Over the past few days our Belizean players have managed to get on to the medal board. The national basketball team was the first to receive a medal last week after they defeated El Salvador for the Bronze. Over the weekend veteran athlete Trecia Flores also took a bronze in long jump – and was joined by Katy Sealy who received the silver in Heptathlon.
Customs Confiscates 25 Cases Of Contraband Beers
During the Christmas season, contraband activities are heightened as majority of individuals from across the country prepare to welcome the festive season by purchasing alcoholic beverages. While the north is considered as the area where contraband activity is most intense due to identified contraband hotspots located near the Mexican border, it is believed that majority of such illegal goods are transported from here to different parts of the country. And tonight we can tell you that contraband has made its way into Belize City. However, with special operations conducted by law enforcement officers, it has not been quite easy to get away with.
Main suspect In Murder Of Felix Ayuso Caught In Mexico
The family of murder victim Felix Ayuso have confirmed that the main suspect in the February murder of their loved has been finally caught in Mexico. Vildo Lorenzo Westby’s WANTED poster advertising a $10,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest had been circulating among regional authorities for various months. The Ayuso family, however, got information that Westby had been hiding in Chiapas, in the Mexican state of Veracruz, so they travelled there themselves.
Unarmed Honduran security guard murdered in Belize City
An unarmed Honduran national who was doing guard duty is dead — a victim of gun violence after weeks of calm in the old capital.
According to police reports, shortly after 3 o’clock on Saturday morning, investigators visited the scene of the crime, Buca Shell gas station situated at 2 ½ Miles on the Philip Goldson Highway. There, officers saw the motionless body of Baltazar Sarmiento, 61. He was lying face-down on the compound with an apparent gunshot wound to the left side of his head.
Amandala understands that shortly after midnight, Sarmiento was eating some food when two men pulled up in a boat from behind the gas station.
Marilyn Williams appointed as Supreme Court judge
The rumors have been circulating in legal and judicial circles for several months, but when Amandala called attorney Marilyn Williams several weeks ago, she denied having any knowledge about the matter of her appointment as a Supreme Court judge.
Today, however, the appointment of Williams to the Supreme Court was confirmed by no less than Prime Minister Dean Barrow, when he spoke to reporters following a House of Representatives meeting.
Williams first came into the public spotlight when she sought electoral office as a United Democratic Party (UDP) candidate for the Albert Division in the general elections of 2003.
Accused killer from San Pedro captured in Veracruz, Mexico
After being on the run for about 10 months, Vildo Westby, 35, of San Pedro, who was wanted for questioning in connection with the brutal murder of popular San Pedro activist, Felix Ayuso Jr., 44, has been captured. The long arm of the law caught up with him on Thursday, December 7, in Veracruz, Mexico, where he has been living.
The fugitive is now in the custody of Mexican police and arrangements are being made to hand him over to the Belize police.
The family of Felix Ayuso, Jr. had raised funds and offered a reward of $13,000 for information leading to the arrest of the suspected killer. Today, the sister of Felix told us that the reward has been paid to the man who gave the information that led the Mexican police to the arrest of Westby in Veracruz.
Final House of Representatives meeting for 2017; US$40 million loan motion introduced
The House of Representatives held its final meeting for this year today to debate a motion for a US $40 million loan from the Republic of China (Taiwan), and to carry out the second reading of several bills.
The loan from Taiwan is to be disbursed in four parts of US$10 million each, and is for budgetary support. It is a low-interest loan with a grace period of three years.
Prime Minister Barrow, in outlining the motion, explained, “This is simply another installment in the continuing economic cooperation program with Taiwan. Their loan and grant program is done in cycles of four years; the last four-year program has come to an end—this is the new four-year program. Unfortunately, there is nothing additional in the proposed disbursements, the proposed mix of loans and grants. But just to be clear, that it is what happens every four years in the Republic of China (Taiwan).”
If the 90 million isn’t paid, the debt will simply continue increasing, says Senator Mark Lizarraga
The recent ruling of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) has pitted several social partners against the United Democratic Party (UDP)-led government, several of whose Cabinet Ministers have declared publicly that they have no intentions of honoring the CCJ-ordered payout of more than $90 million to the Belize Bank Limited.
Nikita Usher, the president of the Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI), and his predecessor, Kay Menzies, have both said that the Government of Belize (GoB) should respect the rule of law and honor the payment of the debt, which was originally $33.5 million, but which ballooned to today’s figures, and to which interest is being added with each passing day.
From The Publisher
If you examine the period in British Honduras between 1964 and 1979 carefully, you may come to understand why an old timer like myself would be so intrigued by the recently revealed FBI files of January 1968 concerning the Hon. Philip Goldson. These papers bring the British intelligence group, MI-6, into play where the British Honduras Governor in 1968, Sir John Paul, is being quoted.
When British Honduras became a self-governing colony in 1964, there were people in the leadership of the ruling People’s United Party (PUP) who believed that we would be moving forward to political independence in a few years time. The PUP, led by Hon. George Price, was very, very popular and powerful in 1964, but the Belize Estate and Produce Company (BEC), the British mahogany/chicle/real estate conglomerate which had controlled the settlement/colony for more than a century, was still a major player here. It was believed that BEC had financed the pro-colonial National Party (NP) in 1951, and that it was supporting the National Independence Party (NIP), established in 1958, which was Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition, led by Hon. Goldson, when self-government was introduced.
BCCI’s response to PM Barrow’s letter
Dear Prime Minister,
We note that your letter, dated November 30, 2017, in which you responded to our Wednesday, November 29, press release titled “90 Million for Nothing”, focused almost exclusively on the fact of our holding both the previous and current administrations responsible for the current state of affairs regarding the debt that the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) has deemed valid and enforceable.
Naturally, we expect that the Government would seek to defend its continued efforts in this matter, and the now-standard tactic of insulting the messenger in order to destroy the message is not unexpected.
However, unleashing such invective upon the BCCI specifically for its unwavering support for the Rule of Law as an essential part of our democracy is disappointing coming both from yourself as one of our nation’s most experienced lawyers, and from one of our past presidents who was once a champion of Rule of Law, good governance and political reform.
To Whom It May Concern:
With the holiday season approaching, I recently saw a Wanaragua (John Canoe) video on Facebook and decided to repost along with commentary of why I love Wanaragua and why Christmas Day is my most joyous day of all. My commentary resonated with a few people and I was encouraged to contact your press department.
My name is Byron Martinez. I currently reside in Los Angeles, CA, but was born and raised in Dangriga Town. Wanaragua is a time-honored tradition that we as Belizeans should all be proud of. Here in Los Angeles we still honor this tradition by driving around the city performing from house to house in a caravan of vehicles, but it doesn’t come close to that youthful feeling of waking up to Wanaragua in Dangriga.
Abraham Lincoln and British Honduras/Belize
Amandala supporter, Evondale Coburn, came across these Abraham Lincoln Papers on British Honduras (Belize) in the United States Library of Congress, and thought they might be very interesting for Amandala readers. It’s just fascinating, how much interest there has been in “little” Belize over all these years.
Our Mayan ancestors absolutely knew what “wealth untold” lay under their feet when they lived here. Then, the Europeans came. The first to come were from Spain and Portugal, beginning in 1492. Then the buccaneers came, seeking a place to hide in 1638. The British made Belize a full “colony” in 1862. That same year, a lady named Anna Ella Carroll wrote of the wonderful country called British Honduras, suggesting it was an ideal place for the Americans to found an “infant colony.”
House bohgaz didn’t earn right to share abrazos
It’s a darn good thing I didn’t schedule my life around the sitting of the House on Friday, or I would be cussing no end right now, like those who did. What the heck, this is what our political leaders meet up for in these trying times? There are pressing issues, real pressures on the people. A powerful wind is blowing, dead on from the direction the passengers need to go, and our sails and riggings are weak from the strain of years of struggle. This is no time for the captain and crew to be sharing rum popo and wishing each other Merry Krismos.
But there they were, in the most anticipated meeting of the year, passing around good cheer. Couldn’t they just send their good wishes over the phone, or by email, like everybody else? No, those bohgaz had to go to the House. It sucks even more that we pay for it!
Leroy Brown, 20 a former BDF soldier, and Clent Geban, 19, a night school student, a duo who allegedly stole $1,480 from Tomza Butane Gas, located at Mile 1 on the George Price Highway, were charged with robbery when they appeared today before Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford. They pleaded not guilty to the charge.
The prosecutor objected to bail on the grounds that the offence has become prevalent; that it is of a serious nature; that the evidence of the prosecution is strong because the two accused persons were seen on surveillance camera; and that if granted bail they might interfere with prosecution witnesses. Senior Magistrate Ford upheld the objection and she remanded them into custody until January 31.
Elroy Johnson: I am a Belizean
I am a Belizean. But I am absolutely unique. My life is unique. Out of my unique experience, there is something that has never been, and can never be, experienced by anyone else. It is my donation to mankind. It is my privilege to be here on the planet. My donation cannot be copied, replaced, repeated, nor duplicated. It is distinctively unique. It is one of a kind. So are my tasks and my opportunities to implement them. I must, therefore, treasure the things that make me uniquely different. So should you with yours.
Now, let me expound a little, ‘cause it’s getting a little deep. Out of the 6 billion+ people on this planet, there’s only one “me.” There’s no one out there to fit my mold perfectly, to occupy my space and my time perfectly. There’s nobody out there to do the task I was destined to do, to tell a story, sing a song, or write a book. It may be quirky and different, but that makes me, me. It makes me special and unique. Whether I am a Creole, a Garinagu, an East Indian, a Hispanic, a Mestizo, a Maya, or Ketchi; flat nose, pointed nose, light skin, dark skin, straight hair, kinky or natty dread, I am the sum-total of all my ancestral traits of the people who came before me. So I ought to be damn proud of who I am. And at no time must I allow anyone who isn’t me, to define me, confine me, control me, direct me, or “…lize” me with their “isms” and “skisms.” I am who I am.
Arson suspected in fire at Finnegan’s Market
Pearl “Pauline” Usher, 52, a mother of 12, could only helplessly watch as her source of income went up in flames on Saturday afternoon.
Just before 1 o’clock on Saturday afternoon, police visited #1 Corner of Hicattee Street and West Collet Canal, where they observed stall # 6 of the Hyde’s Building in flames. Initial police investigations revealed that at 12:45 p.m., Alvin Oswald Coleman, 62, a Belizean businessman of Hyde’s Building, was alerted of a fire and upon making checks he observed the said stall swallowed in flames. The stall was occupied by Usher, who used it to sell apparel.
In an interview with Amandala today, Usher revealed that all the items inside the stall, stock valued in the vicinity of $600, had been destroyed in the blaze.
Teakettle tire-burning protestors arraigned
The strange death of Edwin Antonio Baires “Jose” Hernandez, 20, has caused some villagers of Teakettle to express their contempt for certain members of the police department.
Today, three villagers — Pilnes Gutierres, 55; Marvin Corea, 23; and Guadalupe Guerra, 22 — were arraigned in the Belmopan Magistrate’s Court for charges relating to a protest they staged against the circumstances in which their fellow villager was killed.
They were all charged with “Illegal Assembly,” while Gutierres was additionally charged with “Illegal Entry.”
When they appeared before Magistrate Ladonna John, Gutierres pleaded guilty and was fined $1,000 for each offence.
Butane tank explodes; household appliances destroyed
A pastor and his family members are homeless after the butane gas tank at their house exploded on Tuesday morning, destroying their household appliances and completely scorching the interior of the building they once called home.
The fire happened sometime around 10:00 a.m. at #16 Iguana street, where John Amos, 37, a pastor and his family lived.
Amos, who was also the caretaker of the residence, reportedly went to the kitchen and was in the process of lighting the stove when the fire started. The butane tank that was in the kitchen exploded and the fire quickly spread.
Breaking Belize News
Belize City Civic center to host open day tomorrow
Tomorrow, the Belize Infrastructure Limited (BIL) will be hosting an open day at the Belize […]
One person dead; several more injured in explosion
This evening, BBN reported of a dynamite explosion that occurred in a quarry hill in […]
Dynamite explodes in Santa Elena, Cayo; Police at the scene
BBN has received reliable reports about a dynamite explosion in an area of Santa Elena […]
FBI seeks suspect in the US in connection with Corozal double murder
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is seeking a person of interest in the United […]
British authorities contact Belize police over British woman’s murder in Ladyville
The United Kingdom’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office is in contact with Belize police regarding the […]
Fifteen-year-old minor missing in San Ignacio Town
A 15 year old minor from San Ignacio Town is missing. According to relatives, Kimberly […]
GSU find weed in Lindos Alley
Yesterday at about 9:30 p.m., the Gang Suppression Unit (GSU) conducted searches in the Lindos Alley […]
Police find 25 cases of contraband beers
Just before midday today the police Special Assignment Team conducted searches in an abandoned building […]
Police say butane tank exploded and caused fire
Police have released an official report on the early morning blaze on Belize City’s south […]
One dead in early morning vehicle mishap
Today at about 5:10 a.m., police responded to a report of a road traffic accident in […]
Police warn against toy guns for Christmas
The Belize Police Department is asking the public to reconsider purchasing toy guns for children […]
43 year old man charged for sodomizing cell mate, 21
A 43 year old inmate at the Kolbe foundation has been charged with (2) two […]
Special Envoy launches 2018 Inspiration Calendar and Agenda
On Friday, December 8, the Office of the Special Envoy for Women and Children (SEWC), […]
Fire on Iguana Street
There was a fire a short time ago at an apartment building on Iguana street […]
Conman running wild in Belize City
Assistant Superintendent of Police, Alejandro Cowo, revealed to the press that there is a conman […]
Ministry of Health advisory: get your flu vaccine
Today, the Ministry of Health issued an advisory informing the public that during the cool […]
Ministry of Health drops ball on EU funds for Western Regional
The Government of Belize will not be making the much-needed upgrades to the Western Regional […]
Car crashes into new Civic Center fence
The newly renovated Belize City Civic Center hasn’t even officially been opened to the public […]
Pen Cayetano presents music and art at Diamond Lodge Boutique B&B
There is little doubt that he is multi-talented, and as such, has earned the title of Belizean icon. Delvin ‘Pen’ Cayetano MBE is a musician, painter and all-around artist, one to whom the invention of Punta Rock is accredited. After 13 years, the artist returned to the island to join Belizean Arts in hosting an art exhibit at the new Diamond Lodge Boutique Bed & Breakfast.
His signature pieces were displayed throughout the newest addition to the hospitality industry on the island, and highlighting the evening was some excellent drumming by the man himself. Accompanied by his wife Ingrid, Pen beat on the primero drum, the rhythmic, primal sound of the drumbeats filling the air.
Guests took in the sight of Cayetano’s pieces, many of which highlight his rich Garifuna culture. From the Charikanari dancers, to idyllic scenes in Hopkins, and even self-portraits of the man himself through various stages of life, each piece is uniquely Belizean. The more one looks at the artwork, the richer the story becomes.
Air Miles Come to Belize
Exciting news for those that love to fly! On January 1st, Tropic Air will be launching its Air Miles Frequent Flyer Program – TropicMiles.
A soft launch will take place soon to fine tune everything, before the official one. I know a couple of people who are already in the program and are accumulating miles. The miles program’s primary target market is local Belize travelers, the residents and business frequent flyers, however, it will be available to vacation travelers as well. So many folks are repeat visitors and this is a great ongoing reward for putting in the time to plan your trip.
A Nasty, Nafta-Related
Few predicted when Mexico joined the free-trade
deal that it would transform the country in a way
that would saddle millions with diet-related illnesses. William Ruiz Sánchez spends his days grilling burgers and slathering fried hot dogs with pepperoni and cheese at his family’s restaurant. Refrigerators and fire-engine red tables provided by Coca-Cola feature the company’s logo in exchange for exclusive sale of its drinks.
Though members of the Ruiz family sometimes eat here, they more often grab dinner at Domino’s or McDonald’s. For midday snacks, they buy Doritos or Cheetos at Oxxo, a convenience store chain so ubiquitous here that nutritionists and health care advocates mockingly refer to the city as San Cristóbal de las Oxxos.
The family’s experience in food service began in the 1960s, when Mr. Ruiz’s grandmother sold tamales and home-cooked food made with produce from a nearby farm; those same ingredients sustained her boys with vegetable stews, beans, tortillas and eggs. Meat was a luxury.
Since then, the Ruizes have become both consumers and participants in an extraordinary transformation of the country’s food system, one that has saddled them and millions of other Mexicans with diet-related illnesses.
It is a seismic shift that some nutritionists say has an underappreciated cause: free trade.
Belize – Beyond The Blue Hole
Belize, to divers the mere mention of the name, brings forth an iconic image of the Belize Blue Hole. Even non-divers often recognize aerial photographs of the blue hole thanks to Jacques Yves Cousteau’s television series “The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau”. His episode “Secrets of the Sunken Caves” back in March 1971 featured the blue hole and brought it to the worlds attention. That sparked the interest that remains today.
While the Belize Blue Hole is a key draw for divers, there are many other aspects of diving to attract the dedicated scuba diver.
Atolls are generally found in the Indo-Pacific. There are four atolls outside of that region often called the Western Hemisphere Atolls. Of these four atolls, three are located in Belize. Lighthouse Reef Atoll, Glover’s Reef Atoll, and Turneffe Atoll each offer something unique. At one time, an atoll was an island with a fringing reef. Rising seawater caused the islands to flood, while the fringing reef continued to grow. Eventually, the fringing reef becomes higher than the island and the atoll is formed with an internal lagoon. Patches of reef start forming on that were once the island. The atolls are outside of the barrier reef, beyond the fringing reef around the atolls is deep water.
Monkey business: Building a global database of primate conservation studies
Primates are our family. From tiny, delicate golden lion tamarins to impressively muscular gorillas, we are part of the same evolutionary lineage; a tree of life stretching back about 65 million years. But while one primate — Homo sapiens — has flourished and spread across the planet, about 60 percent of non-human primate species are threatened with extinction.
Conservation of these intelligent, complex creatures can be challenging on many levels. We must work wisely towards finding the best solutions to the multi-faceted problems threatening their survival.
Fortunately, there are some tantalizing hints at solutions: black lion tamarins and capuchins in Brazil have been seen using custom-built pole bridges to cross roads, and six species of lemurs in Madagascar used canopy bridges to cross roads and mining areas rather than walk on the roads below. Even better, a thirteen-year study in Belize found that black howler monkey numbers increased after the construction of pole bridges over man-made gaps, as one part of a wider conservation plan.
Caribbean Leaders Launch Plan to Make Region World’s First Climate-Smart Zone
The Caribbean Climate-Smart Coalition, an ambitious public-private initiative aimed at funding a US$8 billion investment plan to transform the region into the world’s first “climate-smart” zone and benefit 3.2 million Caribbean households, was launched today.
The coalition’s work will focus on coordinated action on four initial critical priorities: scaling renewable energy as rapidly as possible to help free Caribbean countries from the high cost of imported fossil fuels and the high vulnerability of centralised distribution systems; building low-carbon and resilient infrastructure including nature-based approaches, to better withstand future extreme weather events; creating innovative financing models such as a debt-for-resilience swap initiative in exchange for demonstrated progress on policy reforms and investments to strengthen resilience and promote climate-smart growth pathways; and strengthening the capacity of Caribbean countries and key regional institutions to plan for long-term resilience and climate smart growth strategies.
Belize Silver Medal Performance at the Central American Games in the Male 4X100 Relay, 1.5min.
Belize Dry Sea, 2min. Every year when the cold fronts enter Belize we tend to sea getting dry. Very amazing to capture since all year around the water is high. We are use to tropics weather so feeling the cold fronts are no joke and I'm talking about 50 degrees fahrenheit. LOL
Tragic... A Youth's Rap on Violence in Belize affecting Youth, 2.5min. Joel Coc with UNICEF Belize at Punta Gorda, Toledo District, Belize.
OCEANA Belize, Columbia Christmas Tree, 3min.
National Council on Aging - Story Time Collection, 12min.
Senate Select Hearing Review, 42min.
Tarpon fishing Belize, 5min.
My Belize, 4.5min.
BELIZE - Shark Ray Alley Snorkel, 3min.
Glover atoll teaser/ Belize/, 4min. I made some edits and only included clips from our one week stay in Glover Atoll
Police Check Point Talk Show, 54min.
Crocodile's Eye View, 1/2min. Feels like you are really there.