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The San Pedro Sun

Believers World Outreach hosts annual camp on the island
A vacation bible camp was held in San Pedro Town from Wednesday, December 28th to January 1, 2018, by the religious organization ‘Believers World Outreach.’ The holiday activity was organized in collaboration with the local Sagebrush Church Community aimed at engaging children in a variety of activities ranging from plays, games, arts, crafts, and sports. They got to know many islanders and helped construct a home for a family in northern Ambergris Caye. At the end of the camp, a festival was held celebrating the New Year filled with games and a hip-hop performance by this year’s participants.

San Pedro brings in 2018 in spectacular fashion!
As the clock ticked over to 2018, both island residents and visitors alike in San Pedro Town rang in the New Year with a spectacular party and a dazzling pyrotechnics display. Hundreds of revelers gathered at the Central Park on Sunday, December 31st, as early as 10PM for the annual festivity organized by The San Pedro Town Council (SPTC). The fun jamboree included live music with lots of food and drinks, which kept the celebration in full swing until the wee hours of the new year. Following the official speeches, Miss San Pedro 2017-2018 Virginia Vasquez delivered the vote of thanks, after which Master of Ceremonies Eiden Salazar Jr. invited everyone to dance to the hits of Caribbean Roots Band and DJ Debbie as they waited for the countdown.

Nayobie’s Hope for Children Project brings joy to islanders on Christmas Day
Nayobie’s Hope for Children Project brought happiness to many children and senior citizens of Ambergris Caye during Christmas Day, on Monday, December 25th. Over 100 children of modest means received a Christmas present while some senior citizens who were gifted with a box of groceries. Shortly after 1PM, Project Founder Nayobie Rivero along with her team started the distribution of gifts across the island. The gifts were distributed randomly to any child they encountered on their route, while the boxes of groceries were given to the less fortunate seniors of the island. “It was the best time of my life, seeing the innocent reactions of these kids and elders. Their smiles are my best Christmas gift,” said Rivero. “I want to thank every business who contributed, my entire team and my family who have supported me from day one. Without them, this wouldn’t have been possible.”

Misc Belizean Sources

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Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow’s New Year Address 2018
My Fellow Belizeans, I drive, almost on a daily basis, that portion of the Philip Goldson Highway between the Buttonwood Boulevard roundabout and the Benny’s roundabout. And latterly I have been struck by how, to the accompaniment of jackhammers and drain-digging and detritus-clearing, a four-at some points six-lane expressway is taking increasing shape on that stretch of road. It has the makings of an impressive piece of infrastructure. And it is, of course, to be joined up with what has already been done between the Airport Link Road and the Haulover Bridge; and with what is also to be done coming all the way in to the Belcan overpass. The work originates at the PGIA junction, and its importance for tourism and development is underlined by its connectivity via Belize City to the West and South in one direction, and the North in another.

Caye Caulker Liquor License general meeting
Tuesday Jan. 9th at 10am

Coming very soon to the Halston Chan Indoor Futsal Stadium
To seek for talent you must start from the roots from the foundation of U-10 to U15 Coming very soon to the Halston Chan Indoor Futsal Stadium Corozal South End Bacadia Area ,First ever U-15 Fast Indoor Fut 7 2018,promoting and developing football in our municipality for more information call me at 628-4055 or simply visit the Sports Office located at the Andres Campos Civic Center.

Belize, Your Natural Niche
Belize’s natural resources, pro-business investment climate, democratic stability, and incentives have led to steady growth in Foreign Direct Investments (FDI). The Government of Belize’s (GOB) strategic commitment to support the sustainable development of its priority industries, such as, Agriculture, Fisheries & Aquaculture, Offshore Outsourcing, Sustainable Energy, Logistics & Light Manufacturing, and Tourism, has contributed to a 17% increase of FDI inflows in 2016, when compared to 2015. Guided by the National Sustainable Tourism Master Plan, the Tourism Industry contributed to approximately 40% of Belize’s GDP in 2016. Over the years, the GOB has cultivated airline connections, which span beyond sixteen cosmopolitan cities, and expects to remain steadfast in achieving over 3% annual growth in arrivals.

Horizon is now open in Corozal.
We sell accesories such as toys, watches, house accessories and more. We are located across from Uno Gas station.

Dukker Ice Cream Roll
We are located in Corozal on second street south. Well, the moment arrived, Tuesday, January 2, we open doors in Dukker ice cream. We hope to see you the first day. Remember all our ice creams are made at the moment and with the combinations of flavors that you prefer. And without forgetting that all our bases are free of lactose and sweetened with fructose, so that there is no pretext. There you can take care of your health and continue enjoying a delicious and organic ice cream, free of chemicals, and lots of flavor.

Museum of Belize 'Call for Artist Vol.2' Art Exhibit
Start the New Year Right, with a visit to the Museum of Belize to view our recently opened 'Call for Artist Vol.2' Art Exhibit! This exhibit features Abstract Expressionism, Portraits, Photography among other profound Art pieces produced by our very own gifted Belizean Artists. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Belize's Wonder Women: Dr. Gwen Nuñez Gonzalez
For the month of January we are proud to announce that Dr. Gwen Nuñez Gonzalez is our Belize Wonder Woman! Gwen Nuñez Gonzalez was born in Hopkins Village, Stann Creek District, to Julia and Victoriano Nuñez. She earned her Doctorate in Organizational Leadership and Higher Education from the Nova Southeastern University in Orlando Florida through the University of Belize and her dissertation focused on Intercultural Bilingual Education. Dr. Gwen hopes that her dissertation will contribute to the literature on the subject matter in order to ignite interest from others to pursue the value of intercultural bilingual education in Belize.

Ieducing Illegal Wildlife Trafficking
Guatemalan NGOs and FCD are ending a 3 year program that was aimed at reducing illegal wildlife trafficking (IWT). The effort at FCD, however, will continue with the realization that IWT is an ongoing threat to wild species. The multiyear support was provided by UKAid and DEFRA

Paint N Splash
Come join us Thursday from 2pm-4pm at Crazy Canucks Beach Bar to paint “Under The Mangrove” Part 2 of our 3 part series. See you there! Make sure you sign up on the website to reserve your spot!

Come check Orange Wok in the heart of Orange Walk District
Orange Wok is located across from Atlantic Bank. We serve Belizean and chinese food. We serve food such as fry chicken, soup, burger, rice and beans, chow mein, meat balls @ and more. We have a list of fruit juice, ice cream, smoothie, coffee, cappuchino. We also have kids area while you eat and relax.

2018 SPTC Schedule of Events
Here we go... plan for 2018

The ATM Archaeological Reserve is open for visitation
All other Archaeological Reserves are open

Full Moon Concert
Los Hijos Del West Marimba, CorozalHouse of Culture, January 27 @ 7:30pm.This is surely one concert to look forward to.....mark your calendars!!

Maya Calendar & New Year: Are you ready to celebrate New Year’s Eve in July?
According to the Haab Maya Calendar that follows the cycle of the earth in relation to the Sun, the new year does not being on January 1 but rather July 26 each year. Unlike our Gregorian calendar that dominates the way much of the world calculates what day of the year it is through an arbitrary system inherited from the Romans for knowing when to collect taxes, the Mayan recording of time is calculated using a series of up to 17 cycles, each linked to the movements of the Sun and Moon as well as the transits of planets like Venus or even constellations like the Pleiades.

Channel 7

Woman Police Constable Charged For Fareed Ahmad's Murder
One of the most sensational murders of 2017 happened right at the end of the year - when Fareed Ahmad, the well-known Muslim barber, football referee and community worker from Hattieville was killed. Well, tonight, Woman Police Constable Michelle Brown is accused of killing him. And, in a shocking reversal, the cop from the Special Assignment Team is in jail tonight, on remand for murder. And while she has been charged - there's still so much uncertainty about what happened inside Ahmad's SUV last Thursday night. It ended with him being shot in the face and then crashing on the shoulder of the highway, right within his home village of Hattieville.

Ahmad Family Alleges Conspiracy
So a few hours after the arraignment, the Ahmad Family called a press conference to discuss the major development that the cops had charged one of their own for the murder of their loved one. This grieving family, which distrusts the police for past encounters, made it clear that they want an independent investigator to handle Fareed Ahmad's case. They say that for the appearance of transparency, the cops should not be investigating their own. Here's how Fareed's sister explained it. We stress that Constable Michelle Brown is charged with murder, which is an allegation, and she is innocent until proven guilty:

2017 Ends With Another Murder
2017 ends tied with 2012 for the most violent year on record with 145 murders - by our count. That is tied with 2012 for the all time high - though we expect police will have a slightly lower number. And just as 2017 was about to end another life was lost to gun violence. 22 year old Fredrick Smith was murdered on Iguana Street Extension in the wee hours of New Year's Eve. The motive of the murder is still being investigated but, it matters little, because tonight, another family grieves the loss of a loved one. We found out more about Smith today. Sahar Vasquez reporting: Fareed Ahmad's murder was not the last of 2017. On New Year's Eve night 22-year-old Fredrick Smith was fatally shot in the upper back while riding away from his mother's house on Iguana Street Extension.

Are Police Patrols In Violence-Plagued Antelope Making A Difference?
So, the area of Antelope Street extension has seen two murders in the last four days - and it has been an area of chronic gun violence for months now. This is despite the fact that there is a police mobile command centre along with frequent patrols in the area. So are the stepped up patrols really working? Well - in spite of the statistics - ASP Cowo said they are. ASP Alejandro Cowo, OC, CIB Belize City: "It does raised an alarm for us. As we have mentioned, any life that is lost is too many for us. Yes, police are out there doing their specific jobs likewise, patrolling the areas and we know that it is a fact that sometimes the criminals are monitoring the police movements and those are the advantages that they take sometimes when the police are moving from one area to go to another location. They cannot be stationed at one specific only location. It's an area that they patrol within that immediate area, not only that Antelope Street. They have to go all around the little alleys and the other streets around Antelope Street."

Leon Garcia Killed On First Day Of 2018
And hours after that killing on Iguana extension in the Antelope area, there was another city murder- the first for 2018 - again near an area with a fixed police presence. Leon Garcia was stabbed to death after 3:00 in the morning on New Year's Day. He and his friend were walking on Barrack road when two men pounced on them from behind. One of the men stabbed Garcia to the stomach and chest. Courtney Weatherburne has more from his mother who says it's his street life that finally caught up with him. Voice of: Judith Rocke, Mother: "Definitely it's his past. I can't say anything else. It's his past."

Yam Survives Stabbing
And about an hour before that city murder on New Years Day - a man was chopped in Corozal. The victim is Alejandro Yam. He survived what we are told is a massive brawl and is recovering at the hospital. But his attacker is also recovering at another hospital up North because Yam fought back and stabbed him. Police had more on this bloody fight. ACP Joseph Myvette, Head National Crimes Investigation: "There was a stabbing in Corozal district in the Loiseville Village sometime around 2:30 am yesterday morning. One Alejandro Yam reported that while walking in the village, he was attacked by a group of male persons one of whom chopped him to the lower back and in the process of defending himself he inflicted a stab wound to one Eric Cob who was a part of the group." As you heard, both are recovering at separate hospitals.

Likely Drug Plane Found Burnt Off Coastal Road
Police got quite a New Year's Eve surprise when they found the burnt remains of what is most likely a drug plane off the Coastal Road. Rural cops found the wreckage on the 31st after 12:00 in the afternoon. In an official release it states it was a twin engine King Air Beach Craft. Now we have reported on countless abandoned and burnt planes. And, given that this one was found near an illegal airstrip - it's almost certainly some high level drug operation - since that's the standard practice to land, offload, and then burn the evidence. But the police can't say for sure what happened since nothing illegal was found in the area. Here's more. ACP Joseph Myvette, Head National Crimes Investigation: "A joint team of police and BDF responded to an information some 2 miles in a road off the coastal road where they found the burnt remains of an aircraft in the vicinity of an illegal airstrip. Initial investigation reveal that the brunt remains seem to have been there for several days. Police investigation along with BDF and civil aviation into this matter continues."

Belizean Big Baby is Top World Heavyweight Contender
Did you know that one of the top heavyweight contenders in the world is a Belizean? Unless, you're a true fight fan, you probably didn't, but Jarrell Miller, known as the Big Baby is on the verge of becoming a household name - and we don't just mean in Belize. The WBA, the IBF and the WBO all rank him in the top five heavyweight contenders worldwide. Jarrell and his family are visiting Belize and we tracked him down to Bacab Waterpark today where we found out more about the boy who was born in Belize City - and migrated to Brooklyn, New York at the age of 6. But, first we got the introduction from his buddy, and traveling companion, world famous ring announcer, David Diamante.

Monterroso, Alleged Hit and Run Driver in Double Fatal
Belmopan Police have charged the alleged hit and run driver who killed two people on Christmas Eve. He is 25 year-old Hector Armando Monterroso, a construction worker of Hattieville. As we told you, at around 11:15 on December 24, Oscar Rene Alvarado was traveling on his motorcycle towards Belmopan from Cotton Tree. The 24 year-old had his 33 year-old common-law wife, Linda Carolina Hernandez on the back of the bike. They were hit by a driver who did not stop to render aid. Well, police have investigated and have since charged one man for it. He's now facing 2 counts of manslaughter by negligence, 2 counts of causing death by careless conduct, and 1 count of failing to stop and render aid.

Unfortunate Fortune Shot On New Year's Day
A man was shot last night as he sat in his vehicle on Ebony Street. Charles Fortune was hit in the right knee. Now it is not clear if Fortune was the target or not. Police shared what they know so far. ASP Alejandro Cowo, OC, CIB Belize City: "Initial investigation revealed that he was inside of a vehicle that was on the bridge on Ebony Street when shots were heard and as a result he noticed that he was injured. He is presently admitted at the KHMH in a stable condition at this moment. So far nobody has been detained for that incident." No one has been detained.

Driver of Runaway Coke-Carrying SUV Charged
Finally, police have tracked down and charged the man who was allegedly driving the cocaine-carrying Lincoln Navigator that ran away from Mexican Customs and crashed into the Customs gate three weeks ago. The Head of National Crimes Investigation told us more: ACP Joseph Myvette, Head National Crimes Investigation: "Police are also in the process of charging one Robert Gentle reference the discovery of a vehicle that had crashed into the customs compound that was found with drugs some two or three weeks ago."

One Mall, One Robber
Keeping it in the north, police have also charged one man for the bold holdup of the One Mall Shopping Center - outside Corozal town. He got off with seven grand in cash and the owner's Tacoma pickup truck. It happened on the Friday before Christmas and police told us they've gotten the suspect and the vehicle he stole: ACP Joseph Myvette, Head National Crimes Investigation: "Also police has arrested and charged one Demas Zelaya for the robbery of the 'One Mall gas station in Corozal and also the Toyota Tacoma pickup which was stolen has since been recovered."

Chen's In Cayo Robbed
And in another robbery of a Chinese business... While most of us were with family or hanging out with friends on New Year's Eve - a group of men were jacking Chen's Store in San Ignacio. The store owner reported that around 8:00 that night two men held him up at gunpoint and stole $2,200 dollars and his cellphone. They hopped into a car and drove off but their freedom was short lived because police caught them at a checkpoint. ACP Joseph Myvette, Head National Crimes Investigation: "Police received a report on the 31st December sometime around 8:30 pm that there was a robbery on Joseph Andrews drive in San Ignacio. Following up on the information police intercepted a vehicle where 3 persons have since been detained and 2 masks were found in the vehicle. These persons remain detained as police investigation into this matter."

Domestic Disputes Lead to Arson Cases
There were two house fires that happened around the same time on Saturday night - one in Dangriga and one in Orange Walk. And in both cases, they appear to be motivated by domestic issues. Regarding the case down South, an enraged man burnt down his ex-wife's house at Mile 25 on the Southern Highway. Home owner Innocenta Bol met her ex-husband Feliciano Ical, on the way to the store. He told her "right now you will see what will happen". Then he ran over to her house and allegedly lit it on fire. The home owner in the Orange Walk arson was also threatened. Diana Mai reported that a man she knows as Catelino Urizar threatened her with a machete and then burnt down her house. Police didn't go into all these details at the press briefing but said they are following up on the reports.

A New Winner On New Year's Day
The KREM New Year's Day cycling Classic had its 28th running on Monday. Our Codie Norales followed the 70 plus riders from Corozal and stayed with them throughout the 96 mile race for more than ten thousand dollars in station prizes as well as one of the most coveted crowns in cycling. Kwame Scott has the report: Third place finisher for 2017, Giuovanni Lovell from Team Digicell was among the first to sign in. Ernest Bradley, the Son of two time cross country champion Ernest Meighan was also Team Benny's was also there. Oscar Quiroz from Team Smart was also amongst the ones to watch Nissan Arana and the current national road champion of Belize was there.

Belizean holds Off foreign Rider For First
After the race, Lovell and the other top finishers spoke to the race announcer. the champ says he held his patience until the finish line: In the Female race, Alicia Thompson finished first and became a four-time Champion, second was Kaya Cattouse and third was Miguenela Lopez from Merida. In the male junior race, Shawn Armstrong was first and Eric Heusner was second.

Hapless Robber Caught
Police have charged one of two men who were caught on camera trying to pull off an armed robbery. It happened at Joe's Store in the King's Park area on December 23, 2017. The video went viral when the storeowner grabbed his own gun and chased off the two robbers. The gunman got so scared he dropped his gun. Well, that same footage has led police to charge one of the robbers. Today 21 year old Stanley Flowers was charged with attempted robbery with a firearm, and kept firearm and ammunition without a gun license. Flowers, an unemployed of Mahogany Heights was arraigned at 11:00 this morning in the Belize City Magistrate's Court where he appeared unrepresented before Senior Magistrate, Aretha Ford.

"Pulu" Facing Gun Charge
He's famous as a PUP firebrand, but tonight, Henry "Pulu" Gillett is facing a very serious charge. On New Year's Day the Northside Strike Team searched his home in Brides Alley where they found one Silver and black 9mm pistol along with 14 rounds of ammunition. Also present at the time of the search were 38 year old Sandra Gillette and a 16 year old minor. Police formally arrested and charged, Henry and Sandra Gillette, and the 16 year old minor for; Kept firearm without gun license and kept ammunition without a gun license.

First Baby Of The New Year Is Magic
New Year's day was especially bright for 28-year-old Arlene Burgess and 19-year-old Elizabeth Castillo. These new mothers both gave birth to their babies in the early hours, or minutes of the first day of 2018. It's auspicious timing, and this morning they showed off their new bundles of joy and shared a little more about their gestation journey. Burgess gave birth to her daughter on January 1st at 12:52 am and Castillo gave birth to her son at 4:39 am. Both mothers received different essentials from San Cas, Brodies, and the Rotary Club.

Channel 5

WPC Michelle Brown Arraigned for Murder of Fareed Ahmad
In this our first newscast for 2018, we start with a story which was the headline at the close of 2017; the murder of popular barber Fareed Ahmad. This morning, [...]

WPC Brown Also Disciplinary Charged
On the night of December twenty-seventh, WPC Brown reportedly signed off from duty at the Raccoon Street Police Station around eight p.m. and is said to have departed the compound [...]

Disgraced WPC Exercises Her Right to Remain Silent
Despite facing a single charge of murder, the police constable has opted not to provide a caution statement.  Instead, she has clammed up by exercising her right to remain silent.  [...]

Ahmads Ask for Independent Investigation into Murder of Fareed
While police offered details of their investigation this morning, two of the Ahmad siblings, Taheera and Abdul, flanked by the leader of the Muslim Community, Kaleem El-Amin, their father Abdus [...]

Were Other Officers Involved in the Murder of Fareed Ahmad?
The Ahmad family has since been told that while the internal inquiry is being carried out by ACP Chester Williams, Inspector Wilfredo Ferrufino is heading the murder investigation.  The family [...]

Is There Any Involvement by the U.S. in the Continued Surveillance of the Ahmads?
This is not the first incident involving the Ahmad family. Back in June of 2016, the Special Patrols Unit conducted an early morning raid at their family homes. Later on, [...]

The Ahmads, a Decent Family
Fareed’s father was philosophical about the way of life of his family. He believes that following the Muslim religion has led to a straight and narrow up-bringing of his children. [...]

Eamon Courtenay is Appointed to a Sensitive Judicial Case in the Region
Senior Counsel Eamon Courtenay has been retained by the Trinidad Law Association to a very sensitive assignment involving the judiciary in that country. Courtenay along with the president of the [...]

First Murder for 2018; Leon Garcia Stabbed to Death
Within hours of the start of the New Year, a Belize City man was murdered. At about three-thirty on the morning of January first, Leon Garcia was savagely stabbed by [...]

Frederick Smith is the Last Murder Victim for 2017
While Garcia was the first murder for 2018, police closed off the year with another murder on their hands, bringing the total of murders for 2017 at a staggering one [...]

Suspected Drug Plane Found Burnt off the Coastal Road
Belizean authorities are investigating the remnants of a burnt aircraft discovered off the Coastal Road. The airplane was found in a remote area near an illegal landing strip. Police say [...]

Stabbing in Corozal Leaves 2 Men Hospitalized
Two Corozal men are hospitalized following an attack in a village in the north. According to Police, a man reported that a group of men attacked him with a machete [...]

Crime Update: Arrests Made for Incidents across the Country
Several arrests have been made in a string of crimes that have been committed across the country over the past three weeks.  In the case of the theft of copper [...]

Meet the New Year’s babies at the K.H.M.H.
Thirteen babies were born on New Year’s Day. According to the Belize Health Information System, the Ministry of Health says that four babies were born in Belize City; three in [...]

B.N.T.U. Condemns Continued Violence in the Wake of the Murder of Teacher
Teacher Desmond Lewis was brutally killed in the early hours of the morning of December twenty-eight sent shockwaves among his colleagues and the Dangriga Community. The teacher’s throat was slashed [...]

2 Non-Fatal Shootings over the Weekend
Twenty-nine-year-old Charles Fortune is recovering from a gunshot wound to the right knee after being injured on Monday night by an unidentified assailant who opened fire on him on Ebony [...]

2 Arsons over the Holiday Weekend
The holiday weekend wasn’t without its share of arsons.  In the north and south there were two cases reported of the criminal burning of properties.  On Saturday night, at around [...]

1 Dead Manatee; Another to be Rescued
Forty manatees were killed in 2017. It proved to be a dangerous and deadly year for the gentle mammals. Belize has one of the healthiest populations of the West Indian [...]

Sports Monday: the Highlights of the Weekend Sporting Activities
Good evening, I’m James Adderley and this is Sports Monday.   [Highlights of the weekend sporting activities…]

LOVE FM

WPC Brown charged with the murder of Fareed Ahmad
There have been varied speculations as to who is responsible for the murder of well-known barber and referee Fareed Ahmad. Today the woman who Police believe shot Ahmad appeared in court. Johnelle McKenzie was at the courthouse and has the story. There was a heavy police presence as one of their own was being arraigned …

Has Crime infiltrated the Police Department?
And while WPC Michelle Brown has been arrested and charged criminally and administratively, police continue to piece together what really happened on the night of December 28. But the investigation does not only stop there, police say they are also looking into one of its own units, the Special Assignment Team, and their role, if …

Did Ahmad report to police led to his death?
As we mentioned earlier, the CIB and Professional Standards Branch are also looking into the role of the Special Assignment Team, SAT. Fareed Ahmad had made a report to the police, hours before he died. ACP Chester Williams says they are looking at whether that report had something to do with his death, but, so …

Fareed Ahmad’s Family held a press conference
Meanwhile, the family of Fareed Ahmad held a press conference of their own this afternoon. The family is not only requesting a full and transparent investigation into Ahmad’s murder. Additionally, the family is saying that they are still being threatened and have strong reasons to believe that these are being made by the very members …

Leon Garcia: first murder of 2018
On October 24, a family had just sat down to watch the news when suddenly a barrage of bullets invaded their living room. As a result, 60-year-old Judith Rocke and her 7-year-old granddaughter Malli Herrera were injured. Two and a half months later, the family is back in the news again. In this latest incident, …

Family is distraught over the death of love one
The year 2017 came to an end on Sunday, but not before taking with it 21-year-old Frederick Smith. Smith was gunned down in the old capital. The family is in shock and disbelief over the death of their loved one. Smith’s grandmother spoke with the media about her grandson. Grandmother “Well he would come if …

Police puzzled over burnt plane
Police say that they are investigating the circumstances surrounding the discovery of a twin-engine King Air Beach Craft that had been almost completely destroyed by fire. ACP Joseph Myvett gave the media a preliminary report on the case. ACP Joseph Myvett, Head of National Crimes Investigation Branch “Sometime around 1:30 p.m. a joint team of …

Prime Minister’s New Year’s message
Prime Minister Dean Barrow took the opportunity of his New Year’s message to highlight the ongoing infrastructural works going on countrywide. The Prime Minister also spoke of inroads made in the growth of the economy. Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow, Prime Minister “2017 was certainly an improvement over 2016, not least in the fact that the …

Monterosa charged with two counts of manslaughter
25-year-old Hector Monterosa of Cotton Tree Village in the Cayo District has been charged with two counts of manslaughter, two counts of causing death by careless conduct and failure to stop and render aid. It is alleged that Monterosa was the driver of a vehicle that knocked down and killed 24-year-old Oscar Alvarado and his …

Belize Leaders for Social Justice take a stand against crime
Belize Leaders for Social Justice held a candlelight vigil on the night of January first in memory of those who have been murdered, prompted primarily by the recent murder of Fareed Ahmad. Activist Moses Sulph was one of the organizers. Moses Sulph – Belize Leaders for Social Justice “It is to commemorate them basically and …

PlusTV

Leon Garcia is First murder for 2018
The first murder for 2018 took place only about three hours into the new year in Belize City. About 3:30 am on Monday January 1st, 2018, Leon Garcia, Raheem Reed and others were walking on Barrack Road from the direction of Newtown Barracks when they were attacked from behind by two male persons...

Frederick Smith last Murder for 2017
The last reported murder for 2017 also happened in Belize City. It happened on Antelope Street about 10:30 on the night of Sunday December 31, 2017. 22 year old Fredrick Smith 22 was found lying in a drain. He had been shot in the back. ACP Alejandro Cowo, CIB Sometime after 10:40 p.m. police were...

New Year’s Day shooting; victim hospitalized
We already reported on the first murder for 2018 but that was not the only violent crime in Belize City for New Year’s Day. 29 year old Charles Fortune, a Belizean laborer of Belize City was also shot and is at the KHMH in a stable condition. ASP Alejandro Cowo, OC, CIB Belize City “Initial ...

Man shot in Burrell Boom
There was another shooting incident. This one happened in Burrell Boom where one man was injured. ACP Alejandro Cowo, NCIB Camela Terry reported that she was driving on the Boom Road together with two other male persons when she observed she was being followed by a gold vehicle. As a result of that ...

Man stabbed in Corozal
There was a New Year’s Day chopping and stabbing incident in Louisville Village in the Corozal District. Alejandro Yam was found unconscious with multiple stab wounds to the body. ACP Joseph Myvett, NCIB “There was a stabbing in Corozal district in the Loiseville Village sometime around 2:30 ...

Cotton Tree resident arrested for hit and run
Hector Armando Monterroso, a 25 year old Belizean construction worker of Cotton Tree village, was charged with two counts of Manslaughter by Negligence, two counts of causing death by careless conduct, and failure to stop and render aid. This is in relation to the tragic hit and run accident we rep...

Fareed Ahmad family holds press conference
This afternoon, the Ahmad family held a press conference in which they issued a statement of their own where they are asking for an Independent Investigation into the murder of their loved one, Fareed Ahmad. Sister of Fareed Ahmad A member of the Police Department is responsible for the murder of on...

Blogs

Wildlife & Nature: Green Kingfisher
Scientific Name: Chloroceryle americana. Well known for its angler skills, the Green Kingfisher can be found from Southern United States through Central and South America. They are the smallest of the Kingfisher family which include the American Pygmy Kingfisher, Belted Kingfisher and Ringed Kingfisher. The Green Kingfisher is olive green with white markings on its wings and plump, and have short tail feathers. Apart from the white collar around their neck, the males also have a burnt orange patch on their chests while the females have green chest bands and spots along the side of their bellies. These birds are 20 centimeters in length and weigh a little over an ounce on average.

De Caribische chaos van Ambergris Caye
Razende golfkarretjes, sissende foodstalls en kakelende kippen; slechts een dagelijks tafereel van het levendige eiland Ambergris Caye voor de kust van Belize. De hagelwitte stranden en azuurblauwe zee zijn slechts één van de vele kanten die Belize te bieden heeft, maar een hele fijne kant is het zeker! Belize en de Cayes: De Cayes (uitgesproken als het Engelse ‘Keys’) is een verzamelnaam voor bijna 200 paradijselijke eilandjes die liggen voor de kust van het land. Ze heten ‘Cayes’ omdat ze gevormd zijn bovenop een koraalrif. Met – op Australië na – het grootste barrièrerif ter wereld, is het dan ook niet verwonderlijk dat Belize zo’n enorme rijkdom aan Cayes heeft. De eilanden wisselen van relatief groot en gezellig druk – denk aan Ambergris Caye en Caye Caulker – tot een heleboel ieniemienie onbewoonde koraaleilandjes te midden van een azuurblauwe zee. Een walhalla voor de liefhebber van zon, zee strand én de onderwaterwereld dus! Want het is vooral die onderwaterwereld die de Cayes van Belize zo beroemd hebben gemaakt.

Island life: Essentials for your tropical island survival kit to get over your days of malaise
Nothing is going to help you survive life on a tropical island if you don’t go into the whole thing with the right attitude. No amount of local rum or chocolate will get you over the days of malaise brought on by the lack of a national holiday to celebrate with a parade, the end of lobster season, the start of rainy season, the deja vu feeling you get hanging out at the same drinking spots day after day after day after … Well, no need to belabor the point. Life on a tropical island has ups and downs, just like living in other strange foreign countries, like the United States since January 2017.

International Sourcesizz

BLIND DETERMINATION
To save a vital nonprofit from shutting down, native-Belizean Rowan Garel began an aggressive fundraising effort predicated on doing things that no blind person had ever done before. Now, the Drew University sophomore is world famous and barely slowing down. At only nineteen-years-old, Rowan Garel, a sophomore at Drew University in Madison, New Jersey, has already climbed Victoria Peak, walked across a country and dived the Great Blue Hole, accomplishments that have made the blind Belizean an internationally recognized figure. Garel began his efforts when he discovered that the Belize Council for the Visually Impaired (BCVI), a nonprofit organization critical for blind students in the country, was at risk of being defunded. In response, he set out to bring attention to the issue by taking on high-adventure treks as a means of fundraising. His efforts helped raise enough money for the BCVI to continue hosting their summer camps, which are vital for helping ensure that the visually impaired students are all able to attend school.

Army Photographer of the Year winner Rupert Frere captures reality of military life
IT takes a keen eye to effectively capture the many facets of life through the lens of a camera. Many people may think it is as simple as “point and shoot”, but the true art of photography is in the story an image can tell, or a feeling it can stir. If you ask Sgt Rupert Frere, he will tell you that nowhere is this more apparent than in the life of an Armed Forces photographer. Wielding a camera in one hand and a rifle in the other, Mr Frere has undertaken three tours of Afghanistan, two as the official photographer of the hardened Paratroopers of Colchester’s 16 Air Assault Brigade. Together with the professional portfolio win, Sgt Frere took first place in the professional story, social media video and multimedia video categories. The professional story was shot deep in the Belize Jungle and captures foot guards from 1st Battalion the Irish Guards conducting a live firing exercise. Sgt Frere said: “This displays four phases of a patrol, from jungle training and preparation and patrolling, to advancing on the enemy and the final fight.

A global reef survey to build better satellites for coral conservation
Coral reefs are special places. They contain thousands of species often assembled in kaleidoscopic patterns that defy both our scientific understanding and our imagination. Reef ecosystems feed millions of people and protect our shorelines, acting as buffers to waves and storms. The corals, fish, invertebrates and other creatures residing in reef ecosystems vary greatly from region to region, generating an exciting global-scale tourism industry: a trip to the Caribbean turns up species that can’t be found in the Pacific Ocean; swim off a beach in Indonesia, and you’ll find reef inhabitants different from those in the Red Sea. Coral reefs are said to be the rainforests of the ocean, and indeed, the untrained eye often finds that discerning coral species on a reef is similar in experience to telling tree species apart in the jungle.

Videos

  • 3 Cocktails That Can Be Made At Home For The Weekend, 23min.

  • 10 Reasons to Visit Belize, 2min. Rough Guide, one of the most popular travel guides, put together a short video listing some of the too many to list reasons to visit Belize. Not all 10 are from Cayo, although the Saturday market is on there along with Maya archaeological sites. Worth a quick watch. We just got back from Belize. If you haven't been, here are 10 reasons to visit this incredible Central American country.

  • British Forces in Belize 1982, 3min.

  • Starting of the Caste War (Guerra Social Maya), 3min. 300 years after the Spanish came ,300 years of oppression the Yucatec Maya rebel against the Spanish in 1847. This Maya rebellion was plan by Jacinto Pat, Cecilio Chi and Manuel Ay . The Maya rebellion in Yucatan inspired the Maya in Belize to do the same against the British but in smaller scale . While the British constantly promoted “The Myth of the empty land” in Belize . Saying that there were no one when they came to this land now call Belize . Today we know that there are evidence that the Yucatec Maya were still living by the Rio Bravo,Yalbac area and Lamanai in Orange Walk District when the British came .

  • How the Spatial Monitoring and Reporting Tool (SMART) is revolutionising Belize's approach to protecting its globally important natural resource, 2min. Every day, no matter the weather, there are brave men and women who bid their families goodbye and go out to defend our natural world. Thanks to our colleagues at the Wildlife Conservation Society, this two minute trailer gives you can idea of what it’s like every minute for those loving and protecting our beautiful Belize. We can all help!

  • Shark attack - Belize, 1min. Carrie Bow Caye

  • Vision Board - How to Plan Your goals for 2018, 29min.

  • Kick Boxing - New Sport to try, 20min.

  • Detox for the New Year, 26min.

  • Grace & You - Left Over Stuffings, 24min.

  • Radisson Annual New Years Eve Bram, 34min.

  • A 9ft male manatee was killed by a boat propeller, 1/4min. t is the first manatee to be killed since the start of 2018 and conservationists fear that another may turn up dead. They spotted another smaller manatee that is injured but were unable to retrieve it from the water. They are now looking for that injured animal and are asking if you see the manatee to alert Jamal Galvez.

  • Belize: History & Culture, 2min.

  • Belize: Nature & Wildlife, 2.5min.

  • MYRNA MANZANNARES & THE BELIZE KRIOLE IDENTITY!, 48min. The legendary black Belizean woman, Myrna Manzannares, has transcended Belizean social work, poetry and struggle from the Los Angeles Belizean diaspora community to her repatriation back to Belize in the mid 80s to continue her never ending work of giving to people and country with all her being and sincerity. Her dynamic work in the Belizean community in Los Angeles has compiled volumes in terms of her contribution to Belizean organization in the diaspora, and her relentless 'open packie' and outspoken way of telling it like it is. Myrna was a force to be reckon with as an organizer in the Belizean diaspora in the 1980s, and transfer her knowledge as an expatriate Belizean national to Belize to further her quest for black identity, and to become an instrumental figure in the "Belize Creole Council" in Belize.

  • Nurse shark encounter Belize, 2min. Wait for it.... Nurse shark encounter of the coast of Placencia, Belize.

  • Swimming with Sharks and Rays in Belize, 2min. Swimming with Nurse Sharks and Sting Rays in Belize at the Hol Chan Marine Reserve

  • Belize Scuba Dec 26, 2017, 6.5min. Turneffe Atoll.

  • Belize Captain Morgans San Pedro, 13min. 2017 Spring Break.

  • Triggerfish- South Water Caye, Belize, 1min.

  • Police Check Point Talk Show January 2, 60min.