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The San Pedro Sun
San Pedro Red Cross Branch elects new board member
Martin Dawson was elected as the new chairperson of the San Pedro chapter of the Belize Red Cross (SPBRC) on Sunday, January 7th. The San Pedro BRC held elections during a dinner meeting held at El Patio Restaurant. Present at the meeting were members of the local chapter, invited guests and the director general of the Belize Red Cross, Lily Bowman.
The activity started around 7PM with dinner being served while Philip Ramsey, the organization’s Youth Representative welcomed everyone. Bowman then also shared some words with the attendees. “I am confident that the San Pedro branch can become the leading Red Cross group in the country,” said Bowmen. “It is wonderful to see the work that continues to be done on the island and for that, I congratulate you all.” Following the dinner, the group held the election of the new board.
Ambergris Caye is packed with tourists!!
Look at the departure checkin line at Tropic Air Belize on Sunday. It runs outside the building and almost around the corner. As much that are leaving, more are coming in. The streets and beaches are busy!!
Letter to the Editor: Crime And Poverty Is Good For Government
Belize City. The New Year has begun the same way the old one ended – more murders, more misery, more depressing media reports. And, even more depressing, there is news of yet more corruption within the machinery of Government. At this stage now I think Belizeans should stop wishing for a Happy New Year because right now it certainly doesn't seem like it's going to be happy, not at all, especially for our youth!
Our youth cannot rely on Government – the latest news about the PUC and media reports about questionable contract awarding practices only go to demonstrate that the machinery of Government is incapable of acting with integrity and honesty. In retrospect, high crime and corruption is good for Government – it allows politicians to make election promises to deal with both, and then do nothing, so that the hope of better government is always just an election away.
Misc Belizean Sources
Branch Mouth pedestrian cable bridge
A new pedestrian cable bridge, was designed to replace the old pedestrian crossing at Branch Mouth in the Cayo District. This is north of San Ignacio, it crosses the Bullet Tree branch, where the Macal River is joined by the Mopan River, to become the Belize River. The Mopan River starts way in Guatamala, crossing into Belize at Arenal, then briefly loops back into Guatamala at Melchor, then back into Belize, through Bullet Tree. The new bridge has a greater loading capacity and has been elevated to accommodate a higher flood level.
The road from Bullet Tree, through Santa Familia Village, Billy White, then on to Spanish Lookout, is divided from San Ignacio by the Mopan River. This bridge allows pedestrians and motorbikes to cross to San Ignacio, to the bend of Joseph Andrew Drive, near that restaurant, crossing the new road bridge over the Macal River.
South Ambergris Caye Neighborhood Watch January 2018 General Meeting Notice
Wednesday JANUARY 10 @ 7:00pm
LONE STAR GRILL AND CANTINA
Agenda: (subject to change)
7:10 Treasurer’s Report
7:20 Introduction of a Patrol Officer
7:30 Incident Report
7:40 Neighborhood Updates
7:50 New Business
8:00 Open floor
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!
PLEASE ATTEND AND BRING A NEIGHBOR!
Upcoming job training in Belize City!
Come in and take the required pre-test to register for a free three week training programme that certifies you for employment in the areas of Waitstaff or Janitorial services.
NB: The training runs through January 15th-February 2nd and not January 26th as indicated on the flyer
Sustainable Tourism Program training in PG
The Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation with Beltraide through the Sustainable Tourism Program II are offering training in the Punta Gorda area.
Corozal - Belize Transit System introduces their new bus line for Police Officers ONLY
This service will be leaving from Corozal to Orange Walk and Belize City. First departure to begin January 15th, 2018.
Note: We have asked BTS to confirm departure location in Corozal and price but have not received a response yet. As soon as we do, we will pass it on!
2018 National Domino Tournament
The Belikin Stout 2018 National Domino Tournament is happening over the next month. The Cayo playoffs will be at CK Sports Bar on the 27th, and the finals will also be held there on Saturday, February 10th.
BELIZE FISHING REPORT: Weeks of Jan. 1st - Jan. 7th, 2018
Aaron Adams joined us for a few days to do some Bonefish tagging with Addiel Perez. The findings will help encourage Coastal Zone Management to add more protection to some additional spaces where the Bonefish are spawning. All of our in-house anglers enjoyed the week of Bonefishing and the education they received talking to Aaron about the fishery. Check out our website for the "Best Practices for Catch and Release Fishing" then come and join us for some fishing fun.
Bullet Craig Accused of Sexual Assault Of Male Minor
Well known taxi-man and activist Roy "Bullet" Craig has been charged for sexual assault of a 16 year old boy. On Thursday night 76 year old Craig allegedly picked up the boy on Caesar Ridge Road and took him to Honey's Hotel on Dolphin Drive. Someone in the area called the police when they saw Craig and the boy getting a room. One of the hotel attendants took the police to Craig's room where they found him naked with the minor. Today police told us more.
ASP Alejandro Cowo, OC - CIB Belize City:
"Police responded to an information at Honey's Hotel located at Dolphin Drive Belize City upon their arrival there at room number 30 they observed a male person and a minor completely nude as a result the minor was escorted to the station and the male person was detained. So far the investigation, one person was charged on Saturday morning, that person is Mr. Roy Craig and he charged for the offense was charged with the offense of sexual assault upon a minor."
Pregnant Mother Of Two Loses Life After Accident
Accident victim Shakira Villanueva didn't survive the Guinea Grass Village knockdown. She died this morning after 11:00. She had been on life support and she wasn't responding at all. The incident happened on Wednesday night. A 16 year old boy knocked her down as she was crossing the road at the entrance of the village. What is even more tragic is that she was pregnant. She leaves behind two sons.
The driver has not been charged yet.
Cabbie Killed When Vehicle Flips
A 52 year old taxi driver was killed this weekend in the Corozal District. Erberto Tzul from San Joaquin Village - was driving alone from Patchakan towards Xaibe when he lost control of his Toyota Camry which flipped and hit a culvert. Tzul was trapped inside the vehicle - which first responders had to flip back unto its four wheels. He was taken to the Corozal Community Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.
The road is recently paved, and has many curves.
54 Year Old Man Critical, Collateral Damage in Gang War
Two men were shot on Iguana Street on Saturday evening. 56 year old Steve Finley and 30 year old Tyrone "Beans" Barcelona were both injured when someone drove up and opened fire. Police told us that this shooting was gang related.
ASP Alejandro Cowo, OC - CIB Belize City:
"Police responded to two persons being injured and as a result they proceeded to the KHMH where they observed Mr. Steve Finely with several apparent gunshots wounds to the body and another person Tyrone Barcelona with an apparent gunshot wound to the upper shoulder. Mr. Barcelona was admitted and later discharged from the KHMH and Mr. Finely is listed in a critical condition at the moment."
Inner-City Fire Leaves Families Homeless
On Friday night around 8:30, fire destroyed a house in Taylor's Alley. No lives were lost, but all of their belongings were ruined in the blaze. Today the fire department told us the cause of the fire and we spoke to some of the residents about what happened that night.
Sahar Vasquez, reporting:
The two-story house on Taylors Alley that was once the living space of about 6 different tenants is now nothing but black ash. It was demolished on Friday night. No one was injured but the blaze was vicious. It brought down the old wooden structure in about five minutes.
Benisford Matura, Ops., Ofc - Fire Dept.:
"Upon arrival, we observed a two-story wooden structure 47 by 43 was already engulfed in flames and part of it has already collapsed, so we went into a defensive firefighting to stop the fire from spreading. When we reached it was about 8 feet from it so we managed to save that structure. Only one of the walls got scratched. Because the structure collapsed when we got there. We just saved the other one."
Supreme Court Opens, Staid Ceremony Doesn't Betray Tensions Between Bench & Bar
Today was the second Monday in January, and as is the tradition, the judiciary and legal fraternity opened the Supreme Court with a ceremony.
Now, as viewers are aware, Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin, who presides over the opening, had a tough year last year when he was called out by the Bar Association for the 29 judgments that he had pending, many for several years.
Put to task by the Bar, he had to kick things into overdrive to clear the backlog and deliver those judgments on schedule. And then, there are those persistent reports out of Guyana, that he may be considering a senior judicial appointment in that country.
CJ And The Judgement Timeline
So, what about those 29 judgments that the Chief Justice was expected to deliver on a timeline he agreed on with the Bar Association? The Bar was prepared to call for his resignation from office, but - as a compromise - both sides agreed on a timeline where he would deliver judgments in bulk.
Well, we are told that he has delivered 25 of those judgments so far - which is not exactly to the agreed upon schedule, but its getting there. The press asked the Attorney General about that:
Hon. Michael Peyrefitte - Attorney General:
"He's off the leave, and he was supposed to complete a certain amount of judgments. He indicated to me, as well as his assistant indicated to me that he should have completed most, if not all of them by now."
New Judge for Criminal Matters
And one judge who should help with the case - load going forward is Marilyn Williams, who is now the newest judge of the Supreme Court. We showed you her swearing in on Friday, allowing here to attend today's ceremonial opening of the Supreme Court as a sitting judge. Both the Chief Justice and the Attorney General gave her a warm welcome. Here's what they had to say about her new appointment:
Hon. Kenneth Benjamin - Chief Justice of Belize:
"The Judiciary began 2017 with a reduced compliment of judges in the criminal division, and that state of affairs continued for the entire year. That vacancy has now been addressed with the appointment of a Justice of the Supreme Court in the person of the Honorable Madam Justice Marilyn Williams."
AG On Extradition Request
We also asked the Attorney General for a comment on the extradition request that has come from the US Government for Belizean attorney Andrew Bennett.
We've reported extensively on the allegation that he did money laundering for an undercover DEA agent. The US says that they have evidence that he laundered 250 thousand US dollars, which he was told was the proceeds of drug sales belonging to Colombian and Puerto Rican drug trafficking organization.
He is facing an arrest warrant from the District of Puerto Rico, dated July 2015, and an indictment for 7 counts of money laundering from a Puerto Rico Grand Jury. We tried to ask the Attorney General for an update. It is his ministry that will have to prosecute the case on behalf of the US Government in Belize. He told us that at this point, we know more about it than he does:
52 Year Old Bicycle Rider Killed In Southern Hwy Accident
Earlier, we told you about a 52 year old driver who was killed in an accident in the north - and, there was another 52 year old who lost his life in an accident in the South.
Yesterday evening at around 6:30, a coast guardsman knocked down and killed 52 year old Phillip Diego who was riding a bicycle on the Stann Creek Valley Road.
It happened between miles 10 and 11 where 26 year old Jerry David was driving a Honda Civic northbound when he says he was blinded by the lights of an oncoming vehicle. He didn't see Diego on his bicycle and knocked him down. The Pomona Villager was flung across the pavement and died on the spot.
Cop Critical After Being Knocked Off Bike
A police officer is in a critical condition after he was knocked off his patrol bike on Saturday night.
It happened at around 10:15 on the Belize /Corozal Road. 24 year old Jesus Enrique Munoz, was driving a Ford Escape which hit the motorbike driven by PC #1958, 27 year old Enid Tillett, attached to the Guinea Grass Village Police Substation.
PC Tillett received head and body injuries and was rushed in an unconscious state to the Northern Regional Hospital and later transported to the KHMH where his condition is listed as serious.
Police With The Stats
Today police gave the media a general update on several cases. Those include Jermaine Vellos who was shot and killed in front of his Belama Phase 2 house, Leon Garcia who was stabbed on New Years Day on Barrack Road and Frederick Smith who was killed on New Years Eve on Iguana Street Extension. Here is what police had to say.
ASP Alejandro Cowo, OC - CIB Belize City:
"For Jermaine Vellos and Mr. Charles Foreman one person is in custody. He is being questioned at the moment. Reference the murder of Mr. Leon Garcia we know that we several person detained this weekend however we had release them after the investigation."
Ahmad Situation Resolved Without Incident
On Friday we told you about an incident involving murder victim Fareed Ahmad's brother and his former barbershop employee. Well turns out, it wasn't a major disagreement because they both worked out it out. Police commented on it today.
ASP Alejandro Cowo, OC - CIB Belize City:
"It is not a robbery report. It is a dispute between the employer and employee. The employee went to collect what was owed to him for some work and there was a dispute between Mr. Ahmad and the employee. As a result both of them have resolved their situation. They have agreed to settle it otherwise."
Mayor Got Them On The Move
Raymond Jones who is also known as Napthy is a well-known musician and peace advocate in the city. Jones and his wife, Fahima have led the initiative called "Drums, not guns." They also own a craft shop at the bridge foot. It is a popular tourist attraction but now Jones and his wife are in a dilemma.
They have to move from the bridge foot because that area is under construction by the City Council. The City Council asked them and other vendors to evacuate the premise in order to keep them safe from any accidents. But the couple now has nowhere to set up shop.
They came to speak to us about their concerns today.
Man Missing For Three Weeks +
At the end of December, we told you about 24-year-old Eugenio Rodriguez who had been missing since December 16th. His family has been searching for him but they still have not found a trace or a clue of where he might be.
Today makes 23 days since his disappearance. His family is in an extremely worried state not knowing where Rodriguez could possibly be or what kind of harm may have been done to him. One of his cousins gave an off-camera interview this evening sharing information about him.
Police Min. Of State Disputes Media Crime Numbers
The police are expected to release the official crime statistics within the next week. And as we Indicated last week, there is a discrepancy between our official murder count for 2017, and the police figure - which is certainly influenced by the Department not wanting to reach the figure of 145 - which would be a tie for the most deadly year in Belize's history.
The subject came up in the house on Friday - and here's comment from both sides of the floor:...
Hon. John Briceno, Leader of the Opposition:
"Unfortunately last year, according to different news organs including channel 7, there were 145 people who were murdered. When you look at the record since the UDP was elected in government in 2008 approximately 1,000 Belizeans have been murdered. It seems that the government still has been unable to come with a comprehensive plan as to how we're going to tackle this matter."
Commission of Inquiry Coming
Prime Minister Barrow is going ahead with a Commission of Inquiry into the Universal Health Services affair.
On Friday, he told the press he is waiting on feedback from the National Trade Union Congress of Belize to appoint the Commission:
Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow, Prime Minister:
"I'm waiting on the NTUCB. Remember that this was confirmed, it was something as I said we had been thinking about but it was confirmed at the meeting I had with them. They are to get back to me on the draft in terms of reference."
PM Hopes US Will Not Cut Support to Belize
And, Prime Minister Barrow also discussed the recent UN resolution calling for the United States to drop its recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital. Despite very clear threats that US Financial aid would be cut, Belize voted with 127 other nations against the US.
Now, the US Ambassador to the UN sent out letters to her fellow ambassadors saying, quote, "The President will be watching this vote carefully and has requested I report back on those countries who voted against us. We will take note of each and every vote on this issue."
On Friday, the Prime Minister says he doesn't expect the US to cutback on funding to Belize - since most of it is for internal security which also dovetails with US Security interests:
UNCAC Coming Along
And turning now to another United Nations instrument, we today got an update on UNCAC - the United Nations Convention Against Corruption.
At this point, Belize has done all it can to advance the implementation of the UN convention, and, the Government is waiting for a site visit and inspection by experts from the two nations, Haiti and Tuvalu.
They were chosen by the United Nations to evaluate Belize's preparedness to take the next step in implementing UNCAC. The delay at this time is that the official documents that Belize has presented have to be translated for the experts.
Today, the AG said that this translation issue has caused a minor delay, but he expects that these experts will be here in late January or early February:
Roy “Bullet” Craig, 76, Charged for Sexual Assault of Minor
Since last Thursday, there were reports circulating that vocal Belize City taxi man, Roy Craig, better known as ‘Bullet’ and ‘Street Vibes’ was in trouble with the law. Tonight Bullet [...]
2 Charged in Attempted Murder over Weekend
Gang violence isn’t letting up, despite the roundup of gang members across the Old Capital. Tonight, a fifty-six-year-old man is fighting for his life at the K.H.M.H. following broad daylight [...]
Detentions, But No Arrests in Recent Murders
Today, Leon Garcia was laid to rest in Belize City; he was the first murder victim for 2018. Heavy police presence was noted in the Saint Joseph Church area where [...]
Police Say Murder Count is 142
Full details are to come from the Police Department, but Belize’s rate of murders remains high. Official statistics from the Department as revealed by Minister of State Elodio Aragon Junior [...]
Police Minister Invites Written Communication with Opposition on Crime Problem
On the adjournment of the House of Representatives on Friday, Leader of the Opposition John Briceño gave a general address on the issue of crime, zeroing in on the murder [...]
George Street “Gaza” Threaten More Bloodshed
At first glance, it seems like just another night on the street in the Old Capital. A group of young men are hanging around and shooting the breeze. Except this [...]
Fire Leaves 7 Out of House and Home
Seven persons in the City are without a home tonight in the wake of a fire. Shortly before eight-thirty on Friday night, a blaze tore through the wooden home in [...]
New Year Begins for Supreme Court
An ecumenical church service gave way to the traditional opening of the Supreme Court this morning. Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin was joined by other judges, magistrates, attorneys and others in [...]
CJ’s Backlog to be Cleared by Mid-Year
So while the 2018 calendar is off to a solid start, what becomes of the unresolved cases from previous years for which the bar association brought pressure to bear on [...]
The Bell Tolls for Andrew Bennett; His Fate in Hands of Foreign Minister and Courts
Extradition proceedings against Andrew Bennett are set to commence as soon as Foreign Minister Wilfred Elrington signs a sheaf of documents presented by Solicitor General Nigel Hawke, on behalf of [...]
Works Minister Says No License for Quarry Operation; Docs Say Differently
The Ministers of Works and Home Affairs were put on the spot in the House of Representatives on Friday by Stann Creek West area representative Rodwell Ferguson. Rene Montero was [...]
P.M. Says Rene Montero Not Covering for Tiger Aggregates or Belize Roadway Construction
Following the House meeting, Prime Minister and Minister of Natural Resources Dean Barrow appeared willing to lay all the blame on Tiger Aggregates. While he was not completely clear on [...]
2 Dead in Separate Road Accidents in North; in a Third, Policeman Gravely Injured
There were two road traffic accidents in the north, which claimed one life. Around two-forty on Saturday afternoon, police responded to an RTA on the Xaibe-Patchakan Road in Corozal. According [...]
Another Death and Injury in Separate Accidents in South
There were two separate road traffic accidents in the south and one claimed the life of a fifty-two-year-old Pomona villager. Andres Philip Diego Senior perished after he was knocked down [...]
Want to Go to Sarstoon? Sedi Says Be Careful
Like most viewers on Thursday, Minister of Foreign Affairs Wilfred Elrington was watching the news when he saw the report by the Belize Territorial Volunteers’ leader Wil Maheia. Maheia was [...]
U.K. Attorneys Counsel Gov’t Not to Amend Maritime Areas Act
Back in December former Foreign Minister Eamon Courtenay demanded that current Foreign Minister Wilfred Elrington clashed over the Maritime Areas Act. Courtenay asked Elrington to reveal which legal advisors he [...]
After Jerusalem Vote, P.M., F.M. Offer Counter to U.S.
The spectre of loss in aid from the United States hangs over Belize and other countries, one hundred and twenty-eight in total, who voted in favour of a United Nations [...]
It’s $3.9 Million for Caye Caulker Airstrip
The resurfacing of the Caye Caulker airstrip and additional improvements appears to be a done deal. From an initial seven-point-five million contract to Imer Hernandez Development Company Limited, the project [...]
Inspectors on the Way for UNCAC
The United Nations Convention Against Corruption, UNCAC, was all the chatter among the unions and government’s social partners in late 2016, following the eleven-day strike effected by the Belize National [...]
Kids and Fire are a Bad Mix
Just before the Christmas holiday we reported on a blaze at the barracks on Flamboyant Street that left two families without a roof over their head. The fire department reported [...]
Sports Monday Returns with Football and Cricket
Good evening, I’m James Adderley and this is Sports Monday. [Highlights of the weekend sporting activities…]
San Joaquin Resident Dies In Traffic Mishap
A resident of San Joaquin and well-known taxi-driver 52 year old Eriberto Tzul passed away in a traffic mishap on Saturday January 6th. Reports are that Tzul was travelling between the Xaibe Village and Patchakan Village road when he lost control of the vehicle. Tzul was driving his grey in colour Toyota Camry car when he veered off the road and hit a culvert which caused the vehicle to turn over with wheels in the air. Tzul was trapped inside and succumbed to his injuries shortly after.
According to a Police report, Tzul was traveling alone.
Mother Of Two Succumbs To Injuries Sustained During RTA
The family of twenty eight year old Shakira Villanueva is preparing to lay her to rest after she was knocked down last week on the night of Wednesday, January 3rd, 2018 in the village of Guinea Grass where she resided. Villanueva had left home shortly before 9:00 p.m. to run an errand but never made it back home because as she was walking along the principal road of Guinea Grass located at the entrance of the village, she was hit by a red Isuzu pickup truck as she attempted to cross the road. Due to the extent of her injuries, the twenty eight year old was rushed to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital where she had to undergo surgery due to brain hemorrhage, and was later admitted in the Intensive Care Unit where she was placed under life support. Today after a period of five days, Villanueva remained unresponsive and passed away shortly after eleven this morning.
PC Constable Injured In Traffic Collision
A Police Constable attached to the Guinea Grass Sub-station is tonight in a critical condition at the Karl Huesner Memorial Hospital following a traffic accident on the Belize Corozal Road here in Orange Walk Town on Saturday night.
According to reports from authorities, 27- year old PC Enid Tillett was travelling on a Motorcycle headed on a North to South Direction when upon nearing this area on the Belize Corozal Road, a Ford Escape driven at the time by twenty-four-year-old Jesus Enrique Munoz and traveling in the opposite direction collided into the motorcycle.
New Year...New Fuel Prices
If you visited the gas station over the weekend you might have noticed that there were some changes in the price for fuel at the pumps. On Friday, just five days into the New Year, the Belize Bureau of standards announced the new price changes which saw major increase to both Diesel and Premium gasoline.
Here in Orange Walk while the price for Regular gasoline saw a twenty-two-cent decrease going from ten dollars and forty-seven cents to ten-dollars and twenty-five-cents, premium gas increases by seventeen cents from eleven dollars and fourteen cents to eleven dollars and thirty-one cents. Meanwhile diesel goes over the ten-dollar mark and will now retail at ten dollars and eight cents per gallon, an increase of fifty-one cents.
No Internet Access At High School In The South
On Friday we told you about the Loan Guarantee Motion that sparked feverish debate at the House of Representatives meeting. The sovereign guarantee is for a loan by BTL for U.S. $17.5 million with Taiwan’s International Cooperation and Development Fund. One of the Opposition members who raised concerns is Toledo West area representative Oscar Requena who said that with all the millions borrowed by BTL, he wished the schools in his area would see benefits. This attracted a response from Deputy Prime Minister Patrick Faber, suggesting that the Government has already done enough for the people of Toledo West.
Opposition Leader Bring Crime To Light At The House
Before you think that the exchange of political invectives was all there was at Friday’s House sitting, there were other matters raised in the adjournment. Opposition Leader raised the issue of the spiralling level of crime, and it was followed by an impassioned speech by the Police Minister Elodio Aragon.
Honourable John Briceno, Opposition Leader:
“Unfortunately last year according to different news organs including channel 7 there were 145 people were murdered. When you looked at the records the UDP was elected in government since 2008 approximately a thousand Belizeans have been murdered and it seems that the government still has been unable to come with a comprehensive plan as to how are they going to tackle this matter just last week or over the weekend we had now a young man a Muslim Belizeans by the name of Fareed Ahmad who was murdered and shot in his head in his vehicle and it seems that a police officer is implicated in the murder of this well-known and well liked young man in his community.”
Chief Justice declares the 2018 legal year open
Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin highlighted the limitations the judiciary had to face in its delivery of justice for 2017. The Chief Justice was speaking on the occasion of the opening of the legal year. Reporter Johnelle McKenzie and cameraman Myles Gillett were downtown and here is their story. The legal year for 2018 was declared …
Priscilla Banner: “rendering of justice must not only be fair but also timely”
The President of the Bar Association, Priscilla Banner, also addressed the legal minds gathered at this morning’s opening of the 2018 legal year. In her address, Banner noted the efforts needed to make the justice system impeccable. Priscilla Banner, President of the Bar Association “The work of perfecting the administration of Justice is never completed; …
Attorney General highlights new legislation
Attorney General Michael Peyrefitte also delivered an address. Peyrefitte pointed out the progress made by his ministry, the restructuring of existing laws and the new laws that took effect in 2017. Michael Peyrefitte, Attorney General “This year saw some critical reforms and new laws my lord as such, the Central Bank of Belize Act, the …
“I was fighting Michael Ashcroft”: Said Musa
The BTL Loan debate also featured a back and forth between Collet Area Representative Patrick Faber and Fort George Area Representative, Said Musa. The men argued over Voice over Internet Protocol (VOIP) and Michael Ashcroft. Faber argued that before BTL was nationalized, VOIP was not available in Belize because Ashcroft, who Musa says he fought, …
Kareem Musa accuses PM of nepotism; PM Barrow ‘claps’ back
Also bucking heads over the BTL Loan were the PUP’s Caribbean Shores Area Representative Kareem Musa and Prime Minister Dean Barrow. As reported, the PUP does not support the sovereign guarantee for the loan. According to Musa, BTL revenues have been squandered and he accused the Prime Minister of nepotism. KAREEM MUSA, AREA REP., CARIBBEAN …
Prime Minister and Opposition Leader buck heads over BTL Loan
On Friday parliamentarians debated a loan motion for BTL’s National Broadband Program. Seventeen point five million US dollars are being borrowed from Taiwan’s International Cooperation and Development Fund (ICDF) under certain terms and conditions including the provision by the Government of Belize of an irrevocable and unconditional loan guarantee. In other words, the key requirement …
Taxi man crashes and dies
52-year-old Taxi man ErbertoTzul lost his life on Saturday afternoon as a result of an unfortunate traffic incident in the Corozal District. Tzul, who is from San Joaquin Village, was traveling in his grey Toyota Camry taxi to Patchakan Village when he lost control of the vehicle, causing it to overturn several times before hitting …
Prayers for PC Tillett
27-year-old Police Officer Enid Tillett is in a serious condition at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital in Belize City after being involved in a traffic collision on Saturday night in Orange Walk Town. It happened at around 10:15 on the Belize/Corozal Road. Tillett was on a Meilun motorcycle and 24-year-old Enrique Munoz was driving Ford …
Fire destroys home in Pomona Village
30-year-old Sylvino Ical and his daughter lost everything on Friday night after a fire gutted their home in Pomona Village, Stann Creek District. According to Ical, that night he left his house en route to his parent’s house when at around 8 pm, one of his neighbors alerted him that his house was on fire. …
Taxi man found naked with a boy in a hotel room
Well known taxi man, seventy-six-year-old Roy “Bullet” Craig, denies he sexually assaulted a 16-year-old boy. Belize City police responded to a 911 call on Friday night which led them to a hotel room where they found Craig in the company of the boy. Assistant Superintendent of Police in charge of the Crimes Investigation Branch in …
Breaking Belize News
Legal year 2018 officially starts today
Supreme Court Judges, attorneys and other clerical staff from within the judiciary, took to the […]
Elderly man dies in fatal traffic accident
Last night around 6:50, police responded to a report of a road traffic accident between miles 10 and […]
Mahogany Heights supermarket robbed at gun point
According to reports, yesterday around noon, Robert Zelaya, 76, a Belizean businessman and owner of Mahogany Heights […]
Roy “Bullet” Craig busted nude with a boy
Well known taxi driver, Roy “Bullet” Craig has been charged with the sexual assault of […]
Moist and cool airflow continues over the country
The 24-hour forecast is for mainly sunny skies with some cloudy spells today and partly […]
Belize among ‘hottest’ destinations in 2018
MSN lifestyle recently included Belize in their list of the hottest destinations to visit in […]
Belize featured as best place to live in 2018
According to an article from the popular website, Live and Invest Overseas, Belize is one […]
Photos, Filming and Flyfishing: SUP from Cayo Frances Lagoon, West Ambergris Caye
It’s been a busy weekend. The AMAZING team from BOTE is down for their second visit to the West side of Ambergris Caye and Cayo Frances Farm and Fly – to do some filming for 2018 and to unveil a secret project.
4 guys, 15-odd pieces of luggage of all shapes and sizes, tons of gear and inflatable paddle boards that are anything but flimsy.
Each year they put together a handful of stories – the Boteboard Chronicles – and the work they did in the Belize for 2017 was beyond…take a look at the photos and short video.
Here’s just one of them by the amazing Sean Murphy.So what I’m trying to say is…it’s been a very busy few days…and it’s not over yet. We are beyond excited. And can’t WAIT to see the phenomenal images…
Visiting Dukker Ice Cream Palor in Second Street South, Corozal
Hey, Ice Cream Lovers I have a scoop to tell you. A Brand New Ice Cream Palor is open in Second Street South in Corozal. This is one of the fun place to visit in Corozal. Its a walk in Pallor and a flavor to pick. On Tuesday, January 2, was the opening doors of Dukker ice cream. 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. Call us at: 633- 7529 or visit us at our facebook page.
Quit Your Job And Move Abroad: The Cheapest Places To Live In 2018
Looking for well-priced Caribbean beach living in a cozy and welcoming community? Ambergris Caye and the fishing village of San Pedro town is where you'll find it.
"This is a small town of expats from all over the world working together to create the life they all came in search of," says Peddicord. "They're opening businesses, indulging artistic interests, planning community events and inviting each other over for beach barbecues."
On this tiny island, golf carts are the preferred means of transportation, and the coast is dotted with five-star hotels, along with high-end condo communities, restaurants, art galleries, supermarkets and wine shops. Peddicord says that she wouldn't describe property prices as a steal, but she says that "they can be a bargain compared with elsewhere in the Caribbean." A rental off the beach can run as low as $1,000 a month, but expats can expect to spend about $1,965 a month total on rent and living expenses.
Top 10 Holiday Destinations in January
Belize was listed in Conde Naste's Top 10 January holiday destinations. Ka'ana got mentioned as a place to stay.
"It is hot and humid and it rains a lot in Belize, beset as it is by tropical storms and hurricanes. But don't let that put you off. It is the perfect Caribbean escape for those who like it rough and palm-fringed around the edges, with tropical jungly highlands, Mayan ruins and the most astoundingly beautiful beaches, just a handful of hippies and beach bums to share them with. January and February are the best months, only pleasantly hot and not too wet."
San Ignacio – Belize – Barton Creek
Peter en ik zitten te wachten voor ons hotel in San Ignacio. We gaan vandaag een kanotocht maken bij Barton Creek. We gaan daarbij ook een grot in, is ons verteld.
Ik stel me daarbij voor dat je met de kano een klein soort van grotje in kunt, daar twee slagen weet te maken en dan rechtsomkeert de grot weer uit. Ach het is mooi en leuk bedacht, toch? Ik had wel zin in dat kanotochtje.
Even later zitten we in een 4x4 richting Barton Creek. Onze gids en chauffeur vertelt ons het een en ander over Belize. Hij waarschuwt ons ook alvast voor de belabberde weg richting Barton Creek die we over enkele minuten gaan volgen voor driekwartier naar het water.
Yep, de weg is echt slecht, zonder 4x4 ga je er echt niet komen.
South Padre Island, Texas, Aims to Become Caribbean Cruise Destination
A new destination in Texas is aiming to position itself as a Caribbean cruise port of call.
The South Padre Island, Texas, City Council has approved a proposal by SPI Cruise Group — a partnership of cruise port design, maritime operations and marketing professionals — to create a plan to develop the destination into an attractive port of call on western Caribbean cruise itineraries.
With increasing emphasis on tourism sustainability and concerns of over-tourism in some eastern and southern Caribbean ports of call, cruise lines are seeking alternative destinations with existing tourism infrastructure to add to their cruise itineraries, South Padre Island officials said. With the rising popularity of western Caribbean cruises from the Port of Galveston, Texas, South Padre Island can provide a fresh new port with attractive shore excursion opportunities.
Undersea robot is designed to vacuum up invasive lionfish
Wreaking environmental havoc in tropical Atlantic waters, the invasive lionfish may soon be drawn into an undersea, robotic vacuum intended to slow the spread of the venomous yet tasty species.
The device, named the Guardian LF1, uses a pair of electrically charged, spatula-like prongs to stun the lionfish, while a thruster sucks the catch into a canister for eventual repurposing as a delicious meal. The prototype is the first device from Robots in Service of the Environment, a nonprofit in Bedford, Massachusetts, formed by iRobot CEO Colin Angle and his wife, Erika Angle, founder of Science from Scientists.
Where Have all the Sharks Gone?, 24min. Sharks in Belize by Carol Farneti Foster with Scientist Rachel Graham
Hummingbirds: Jewels of the Forest, 24min. Hummingbirds of Belize by Carol Farneti Foster.
Belize underwater life., 22min. Manatees, rays, sharks and morays in Belize.
Tarantula VS Wasp - Belize, 1min.
OPPOSITION LEADER PUTS CRIME LEVEL INTO FOCUS, 7min. Before you think that the exchange of political invectives was all there was at Friday’s House sitting, there were other matters raised in the adjournment. Opposition Leader raised the issue of the spiralling level of crime, and it was followed by an impassioned speech by the Police Minister Elodio Aragon.
A POLICE OFFICER IS KNOCKED DOWN ON BELIZE COROZAL ROAD, 1.5min. A Police Constable attached to the Guinea Grass Sub-station is tonight in a critical condition at the Karl Huesner Memorial Hospital following a traffic accident on the Belize Corozal Road here in Orange Walk Town on Saturday night.
Self Improvement Skills - Creating & Managing a Personal Budget on Open Your Eyes, min.
Educational Opportunities - University of the West Indies Open Campus on Open Your Eyes, 23min.
on Political Reform Review - Where Are We Now? Open Your Eyes, 38min.
Dukker ice cream is now open in Corozal, 3min. Dukker Ice Cream is located in Second Street South Corozal.
Transforming Teaching for Sustainable Solutions | Elma Kay | TEDxBelmopan, 1.5min. Dr. Elma Kay speaks about teaching for sustainable solutions and the gap in science and innovation in Belize at the TedxBelmopan. Dr. Kay's an expert in the field, and helped start the Environmental Research Institute at UB.
"In her talk, Dr. Elma Kay calls Belizeans to rethink their approach to education, in an effort to close the gap in science and innovation. Dr. Elma Kay is a Belizean Scientist, University Professor and Co–founder of the University of Belize’s Environmental Research Institute (UB ERI), where she is currently the Administrative Director and Science Director for the Sustainable Landscapes Program. Dr. Kay has a Doctorate in Biology from Saint Louis University in the United States.
Belize 2017/2018, 3.5min.
Belize Travel Vlog, 15min.
Fishing in Belize, 3min.
EXPLORING BELIZE, 2min.
A flyover of the Great Blue Hole in Belize, 1min. Here's what it's like to fly over the famous Great Blue Hole in Belize
Belize 2017 Highlights, 6min. The highlights of most of our 2017 trip to the wonderful country of Belize.
Belize Jaguar Paw Zipline., 13min.
Hopkins Belize 2018, 13min.
Belize - Octopus, 3min. Belize 2017 - Aggressor IV - Octopus.
January in Belize, 4.5min.
Waterfall in Hopkins and Placencia Harbor in Belize, 6min.