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The San Pedro Sun

San Pedrano Michael Del Valle is called to the Bar Association of Belize
On Thursday, January 11th, the community of San Pedro Town was honored when San Pedro resident, 28-year-old Michael Del Valle was officially called to the Bar Association of Belize. The organization comprised of Attorneys-at-Law, Judges and Magistrates welcomed Del Valle who is now licensed to practice law in Belize. Del Valle shared that his passion to venture into the law profession was mainly to help people and make a positive impact on his community. He walked The Sun through his ladder of success and mentioned that after completing his studies at Lydia’s Institute of Fine Education on the island, he attended the San Pedro High School from where he graduated with high honors.

Delft University of Technology brings a solution for better water supply to Ambergris Caye

Ambergris Today

More Schools On Ambergris Caye To Receive Solar Panels By Kenyon College
In March 2017, two schools in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, got solar panel installations thanks the Kenyon College and the Belize Red Cross San Pedro Branch. These schools were Brighter Tomorrow Pre School and Ambergris Caye Elementary School. To date, Kenyon College has helped St. Andrew's Anglican School, Kings College, Toledo Christian Academy, San Antonio Primary School and Arenal RC School. The price is $1,500USD per 1,000 watt hour setup of six panels. This includes the panels, wiring, mounting, inverters, and internet monitoring equipment. With the installation of these panels, Kenyon College, hopes to significantly impact the communities which they are helping by teaching children and residents about renewable energy. The crew looked at two schools in Toledo, one in Stan Creek, four in Cayo, and two on Ambergris Caye. In addition to assessing New Horizons and San Pedro High School, they also checked on last year’s schools Ambergris Caye Elementary and Brighter Tomorrow. ACES ended up needing a new fuse and brighter tomorrow school was working well.

PIC OF THE WEEK - Who's Cold!?
Our Favorite Pic as we asked our readers to submit images showing us how cold it is in Belize. Thanks Krista Lee and all who sent us some great pics. Check out the other submissions.

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Attention Turneffe Atoll Fishers Living in Belize City
The Belize Fisheries Department and the Marine Conservation Climate Adaptation Project (MCCAP) are inviting fishers and their families to attend a meeting at the National Producers Cooperative in Belize City on February 10, 2018, at 2:00 p.m. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss alternative livelihood options for fishers and their households who fish at Turneffe Atoll and to sign up for possible skills training programmes. Venue: National Producers Conference Room (behind Belize City Council building). Time: 2:00 p.m. Date: Saturday, February 10, 2018. For more information please contact Mrs. Nidia Chacon, MCCAP Senior Technical Officer at 223-0724.

PACT EVOLVES TO INCREASE IMPACT AND IMPROVE EFFICIENCY
Today, the Protected Areas Conservation Trust (PACT) commenced execution of a transition plan that will see the organization implement a new operational framework. Following amendments to the PACT Act in 2015, an Institutional Assessment and Strategic Planning process was completed in April 2017 followed by a Change Management exercise during July-December 2017. These independent reviews highlight the need for PACT to be re-designed to a more efficient institution in order to reduce and contain administrative costs and at the same time effectively achieve its mandate of financing the national protected areas system. As a result, a new operational framework that streamlines all aspects of PACT’s operations has been adopted.

Belize Volleyball National Championship
Sat Jan 27 2018 at 08:00 am to Sun Jan 28 2018 at 06:00 pm. Belize Volleyball, 1 Hyde's Lane, Belize City, Belize. Belize Volleyball Association hosts the Annual Belize Volleyball National Championship. Come out and experience the excitement as the top male and female volleyball teams from all over the country compete to become Belize's Volleyball Champion.

MALUMA in Campeche for Carnaval weekend
Campeche is 6 hours from Chetumal by ADO...

Belize City water shutdown on Thursday
Belize Water Services informs customers in Belize City that there will be a shutdown in the water supply for the entire Southside of Belize City during the hours of 1:00pm to 5:00pm on Thursday, January 18, 2018. This shutdown is necessary for the installation and pressure testing of new water mains. Motorists are advised that both lanes of Racoon Street will be closed at its intersection with Curassow, Dolphin Street and Seagull Street. Please also be advised, that Central American Boulevard will be limited to one lane traffic at its intersection with Dakers Street, so large trucks and trucks with trailers are advised to proceed with caution at this junction. Pedestrians and cyclists travelling around the Mahogany Street roundabout are advised to travel with caution as substantial amounts of water will be thrust in that area.

2018 Street Art Festival
The Belize City House of Culture and Downtown Rejuvenation Project will be one of the sponsors for the 2018 Street Art Festival. Visit our booth on Albert Street near Scotia Bank where you will learn more about the Downtown Rejuvenation Project and participate in fun games. Think you are good in History and Social Studies? Come and take our History and Social Studies Quiz Challenge! Prizes will be available while stocks last. See you there! Saturday, February 24 at 2 PM - 10 PM, Albert St, Belize City

Humberto Casanova Rafael Suarez, Saturday January 20
9pm, Paradise Theatre in San Pedro

SISTA CLARA MUHAMMAD SCHOOL IN BELIZE! EDUCATING THE POOR IN PORT LOYOLA!
During yours truly residing in Belize on my 1999-2003 return to live back home again, this historic photo was taken of a Belizean christian child reciting a verse from the Muslim holy book, "The Holy Qu'ran". The student of Sista Clara Muhammad School and a resident of one of the poorest and poverty stricken areas in Belize City, Belize called, "Port Loyala", was a Standard Six student that had scored very high in the Belize high school entrance examination, the PSE. She is seen here after her Quranic recitation, giving the presentation of thanks to Belize government and Muslim officials during the inauguration of a new building for the school seen in the background that was donated by Belize's Ministry of Education.

DOING BELIZE'S BODY POLITICS WITH SISTA YAYA & PATRICK ROGERS!
The historic photo here has been staring at yours truly for some time now, and in deep remembrance of two of Belize's most enduring and consistent social and political activist, Sista Yaya Marin Coleman, host of the "Sunday Review" Show on KREM TV and radio, and the Belize Progressive Party's political leader, (BPP) Patrick Rogers. It reflects on a show that we did in 2014 during one of my visits to the only place that is called home for me, "BELIZE".

THERE WILL BE NO OTHER LIKE NOEL NUNEZ!
Belizean bodybuilding champion and former Mr. Belize, Noel Nunez, will probably go down as Belize's greatest bodybuilding champion of all times. He is also a 1980s Central American & Caribbean Games body building champion and has inspired many others after him like the dynamic Rushel Bevans and others who also won the great title as Central America's strongest man. Here he is presenting his talent in the sport to screaming Belizean fans at the BREDAA spectacular variety show in 1993 at the Veterans Memorial in Westwood, California.

Book Launch
San Ignacio Santa Elena House of Culture has moved and is making sure their new building is buzzing with activities! Come be a part of the Book Launch on Friday the 19th of January from 5 pm to 8 pm.

Drumming Group
Drummers create the beat of our existence! Come be a creator of that beat at the San Ignacio Santa Elena House of Culture! Come be a drummer! Register now at SISE House of Culture.

Belize Receives Grant from the UAE-Caribbean Renewable Energy Fund
Minister of State with responsibility for Public Service, Energy and Public Utilities Hon. Frank Mena is heading a delegation to the Eighth Session of the Assembly of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE), which commenced on January 13, 2018. On Sunday, January 14, 2018, a bilateral meeting was held between the Delegation from Belize and the Government of the United Arab Emirates to announce the emPOWER Rural Electrification project (emPOWER Project). The emPOWER Project aims to provide renewable energy solutions to assist Belize in achieving universal energy access. This project plans to install 344 kW of solar PV and battery storage in rural villages that currently do not have access to the national electricity grid. The villages selected are (Crique Sarco, Indian Creek, Gold Stream, and Medina Bank). The project is estimated to cost US$2.736 million.

Tide Tours wins 2017 Caribbean Sustainability Award
TIDE Tours is proud to announce that we received a Caribbean Climate Smart Award at the 2017 Caribbean Sustainable Tourism Awards Program in St. Kitts and Nevis. The award was presented to recognize our continued commitment to reducing the impacts of climate change through our tourism activities. The awards ceremony is hosted annually by the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), and aims to identify and showcase Sustainable Tourism Good Practices in the Caribbean. We were shortlisted for the Community Benefit Award and Biodiversity Conservation Award from a total of 96 entrants, and were finally awarded the Climate Smart Award 2017, which was presented by Caribbean Development Bank (CDB). Mr. Eddie Herrera, from the Belize Ministry of Tourism, received the award on our behalf at the ceremony in December.

Free eye check ups and low cost glasses from BCVI!
Come and take advantage of free eye check ups and low cost glasses from BCVI! Inviting the public once more from Sunday, 21st January to Thursday , 25th January to come at the Lions Den as we will be having the Stanford eye doctors. Take advantage of your free eyes check up and very low prices on glass with BCVI. San Pedro Lions Club

Government of Belize Providing Educational Opportunities For Over 185 Students in the Corozal District
An Official Ceremony to inaugurate a new school building for Escuela Secundaria Técnica México High School will be held on the school’s compound in San Roman, Corozal District at 2:00 PM on January 19, 2018. This is as a result of the Government of Belize recognising the critical role of Secondary education for social, economic, cultural, environmental and political development by way of empowering future leaders with knowledge, skills, and values to enhance Belize’s socio-economic development. The building, which is a two (2) storey ferro-concrete substitution building, was done courtesy of a grant of $1,077,214.00 from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) under the Basic Needs Trust Fund, BNTF8’s Education & Human Resource Development Sector, with counterpart funding from the Government of Belize and the school community.

Bridge closed to large vehicles on Friday in San Pedro
Advance notice for all large vehicles. Friday the 19th no large vehicles will be able to cross the bridge from 7:00 am till 1:00 pm. Please make alternate arrangements for any deliveries you may have had during the stated time. Thank you for your continued cooperation.

Access Life Expo Tour
Free event for persons living with a disability.

Belize Cultural Celebrations Exhibit Launch
The SISE House of Culture is launching the Belize Cultural Celebrations Exhibit on Friday, January 26th, at 9:30am. The exhibit will highlight the diverse range of celebrations observed by the different cultures of Belize. If you haven't visited the new HoC, then this is a great reason. In related news, the HoC will be having the Belize: An Intimate Portrait book launch this Friday evening.

BELIZE FISHING REPORT: Weeks of Jan. 8th - Jan. 14th, 2018
The anglers are enjoying a quieter time at the lodge this week as we move into a slower couple of weeks after the Holidays. All of the anglers are catching plenty of bonefish. Clive, who was here from Canada, managed to land over twenty bonefish during his three days of fishing. The weather has settled down and now the fish are moving on to the flats to feed in large numbers. Bonefish, tarpon, and permit are giving our anglers nice shots. Jay caught a permit that was over twenty pounds his first day on the water. Jay normally is fishing in freshwater for smallmouth bass and walleye but is getting hooked on the saltwater experience. A twenty to twenty-five-pound permit on the end of the line is a super fun moment when the hook up happens. Come experience the fun!

Screen on the Green
Mark your calendars this Friday, January 19 at the Governor General Field for Screen on the Green. We will be showing "MOANA"! Come join us, movie starts at 5:30 pm. FREE POPCORN!!!!

Channel 7

FIRE SWARMS GLENN STREET
Early this morning a fire tore through Glenn Street in Belize City destroying three homes. No lives were lost but quite a few of the residents are now left without a home to live in. Today we went to the scene and spoke to some of those affected. Sahar Vasquez reporting: Eight families were left homeless in the early morning blaze, their prized possessions and the place they once called home now scattered among the sea of ashes. The fire started at an abandoned house on Glenn Street and then spread to two other adjacent structures, completely destroying them, while two more houses sustained water damage. Jenny Trapp's house was almost burnt to the ground too, but firemen were able to save it before the flames reached. To do that they had to take the hose into her house.

Fire Chief Responds To Criticism Of A Failed Firefight
Now as you heard in the story, the residents blame it on the Fire Department. They had that familiar fire refrain: the trucks ran out of water. Today the fire chief held a press briefing and responded squarely to the accusations of a failed firefight: Ted Smith, Fire Chief, Belize Nat'l Fire Service: "A 10 minutes to 1, the department received and responded to a structural fire at #14 Glenn Street. On arrival, 2 structures were found on fire. One was fully engulfed in flames, the fire was already in the free burning phase and the open stage. A second structure located east of that structure had fire coming out of the attic area, upper story, which is another 2 story wooden structure. The department went into operation and contained and extinguished the fire. At the conclusion of fire fight, three 2 story wooden structure were totally destroyed by the fire." Reporter: "So, this fire, what do you think it was? I know the investigation isn't done, but what are you guys suspecting?"

28 Affected By Fire, CEMO Responds
Now that the blaze has been put out and the smoke has settled tonight the reality is hitting those 28 residents. They have to rebuild their lives from scratch. That process will take a while so for now, all they can do, is make the best out of CEMO's care packages. This evening at City Hall, CEMO personnel handed over mattresses and a number of other items to the fire victims, who need all the help they can get. Hon. Edmund Castro - NEMO Minister: "In this case on Glenn Street it was 3 building that was totally destroyed and consist of 8 families and a total of 28 persons affected so we teamed up with NEMO, normally would have a package as it relates to fire victims where we provide table top stove mattresses and sheets and that sort of thing. So standard basic NEMO package that we provide for each family, then we have the human services which will kick in and see how best they can assist some of the families in terms of perhaps help them with somewhere to go for a short period of time until they could get back on their feet."

Attorney Andrew Bennet Could Face Magistrate Soon
Time is running out for attorney Andrew Bennett - and he could go before a Magistrate this week. As we have reported, Bennett is facing multiple indictments in the US for money laundering. The US sent an extradition request last month - and since then, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Solicitor General, and the Attorney General have signed off on it. So, it is now in the hands of the chief magistrate Sharon Fraser - to issue a provisional warrant for his arrest - which, again, could happen later this week or early next week. After that, the crown counsel and his attorneys will go before her for her to decide if the evidence is enough for a prima facie case. If she agrees, she would issue a warrant for his committal to Belize central prison. In the modern era, we have never witnessed an attorney sent to prison for any period of time.

Cement Truckers Strike, Block "Scabs" At Border
It was like an old Mexican standoff this morning outside the Customs Cargo section at the Northern Border in the Corozal District. The issue is Maya Cement which comes from a company called CEMEX in Mexico. They used to have a warehouse in the Cargo section, but recently changed that. Now, the new arrangement is that the 13 members of Northern Cement Truckers Association have to go over to Chetumal to load the cement. But they don't want to do that because one of their fellow truckers ended up in jail years ago when there was an accident at that original pickup location. So, they've gone on a strike - leaving thousands of sacks of cement waiting on the Mexican side to be trucked into Belize.

Suspected of Matricide, Andy Rhaburn On The Run
He's accused of killing his own mother - and, tonight, 26 year old Andy Rhaburn remains on the run. Yesterday morning in Carmelita village, he bludgeoned his 53 year old mother Braulia Pech to death with a crowbar, and then ran off. Police responded quickly and followed his trail into the bushes surrounding the village but found nothing. Tonight, they are asking anyone who sees him to call police or -800-922 TIPS. His family says he had a history of unstable behavior and in the past his mother had to call police to have him removed from the home where they lived together alone. His sister said he was taking medication to keep him stable, but he would become violent when he came off the meds.

Police Prosecutor Could Be Investigated For Botching Case
Last night, we told you about the San Pedro murder of Alfredo Cowo, a high-profile complainant against police. No one knows for sure why he was killed, but his family feels - without any actual evidence - that it may be connected to his previous shooting. You'll remember it as that lawless police incident which happened in April of last year. Police charged two of their own, Constables Darnell Madrill and Norman Coye with wounding because several civilians - including Alfredo Cowo - were injured when they fired their service weapons indiscriminately to try to disperse an angry crowd. So, with video footage to assist them, you'd think that police would have a strong case against PC Madrill and Coye, but not so. The family told us that the case was dismissed last week on what should have been the first day of trial before the sitting magistrate.

A Home For Ms. Arnold
In the beginning of January, we told you about Donna Arnold. The mother of 6 was in desperate need of help. Her house was sinking not the swamp and she had neither money nor means to do anything about it. She swallowed her pride, and came to us for help in publicizing her plight. Tonight, that call has been answered. Thanks to an effort from southside community policing tonight she has a house. Today Arnold received the home and she couldn't be happier. Reporter: "You just got your brand new house today. How are you feeling in terms of this? I know it's not ready but you have it." Donna Arnold, Mother of 6: "Well I feel good because if I didn't go on the media, no one would've noticed me. That's why I went on the media so they know I'm here. Thanks to the good Lord this is the beginning of it."

PACT Tells Employees Go Home, Get Ready For A Pay Cut
PACT, the Protected Areas Conservation Trust sent home all its employees yesterday - and told them to come back in a week. But when they return, they will have to accept new terms of employment, likely meaning less pay. According to a release from PACT, they did an organizational review and concluded that the organization needed to be, quote, "re-designed…to reduce and contain administrative costs." So, a consultant came up with what the release calls, a "new operational framework." But, this framework aims to make PACT far leaner. The release refers to, quote, "modified job functions" - and "increased operational efficiency," which are buzzwords for retrenchment.

Is There A Mark Pollard Murder Conspiracy?
Last week, we told you how the activist, Jose Uc Espat, was attempting to bring pressure on the police department for what he sees as a failure to properly investigate the case of the missing Belize City resident, Mark Pollard. You'll remember that the 49 year-old went missing back in July of last year, when he went on a morning run, and since then, his family has been searching for him. They've been helped along by Uc-Espat, who's recently been taking on the role of private investigator, and he's earned their trust. He came forward to the press on last Friday with 2 phone calls which he thinks that the department should have acted upon. In those calls, the speaker suggests that Pollard is not missing, but actually dead. The caller also suggested that a dispute over inherited properties is the motive for that supposed demise.

Missing Man's Mother Calls On Police
Jose Espat has also been assisting another family to try to find their missing loved one. He's Jahmaal Humes, and he's been missing since December 20. His family has been frantically searching for him, and today, his worried mother came forward to complain that from her perspective, police are not doing enough. Here's how she explained it this evening: Sharlene Nicholas - Mother of Jahmaal Humes: "My son Jahmaal Humes has been missing from since the 20th day of December, and so far, all we have experienced with the police is frustration, heartaches, and a whole lot of turn around from the police force. Now, I'm not here to bash anybody, as Mr. Espat says, or to discriminate, or find fault. But, I believe that the police is not doing a proper investigation, and working as much as they could, in order to find my son."

Contraband "Cosa"
Her friends call her "Cosa", but you probably know her by the name Alvarine Burgess. She rose to prominence as the immigration agent turned whistleblower who has accused UDP Ministers of corruption and impropriety, but tonight, Burgess faces allegations of contraband. On Saturday, January 13, police were operating a checkpoint in Pomona Village, when they tried to stop an SUV that ran the checkpoint. The cops set chase through Hope Creek Village and eventually intercepted the SUV, a silver Kia Sorento, without plates.

Senate, Wheel and Come Again
The Senate meeting scheduled for Friday has been postponed. Much was made of it last week when the Government Press Office sent out a notice saying that there would be a house Dane Senate meeting on the same day. That was a mistake, because only a senate meeting was planned, but now that has been moved to next week Wednesday. As we understand, it has been postponed because two senators from the government side are unavailable. The Senate meeting has no urgent business on the agenda - and is led by a supplementary appropriations bill for Petrocaribe spending which is produced quarterly.

Drinking Man Stole Cops Bike, "By Mistake"
Eugene Lanza ended up in court today for stealing a woman police officer's bicycle, and worst of all, he stole it from the biggest police station in the country! Lanza says he simply made a mistake. He went to the police station on Sunday night to make a report. When he was finished, he grabbed his bike and rode home. But, the 35 year old grabbed the wrong bike. He told the court that he had been drinking and thought he jumped on his bicycle - but it turned out to be the property of of WPC Tanisha Davis. Lanza appeared before Senior Magistrate, Aretha Ford in Court #2 where he pleaded not guilty to theft. He was granted bail of $600 dollars and is due back in Court on March 13th.

Canadian Cruiser Named Kong With Coke
He came on a cruise, but, cops say, a Canadian named Kong was more interested in ‘cain, and we don't mean sugar! At around 1:00 today, two special constables on duty at Terminal 1 of the Fort street Tourism Village searched Forty-two year old Ryan Kong when they saw him acting suspiciously. They found 0.9 grammes of cocaine in a plastic bag in his back pocket. He pleaded guilty when he appeared today before Magistrate Michelle Trapp. He was fined $500 dollars plus $5 dollars court cost, which he paid immediately. If he had defaulted on payment he would have served 2 months.

Fire On JR
It didn't make headlines yesterday, but there was a fire on JR street in the Port Loyola area. A small wooden structure was quickly engulfed in flames. It burned so fast, they didn't even have time to call the fire department. Carrying biuckets, the police and neighbours put it out before fire truck arrived or it would have spread to nearby homes. The house was completely destroyed.

Potato And Onion Farmers Call Out For Protection
San Carlos Village in the south of the Orange Walk District is home to about 35 families and was founded in 1994. But what it lacks in numbers and history it makes up for in sheer productivity. Farmers there produce countless bushels of potatoes and bunches of onions. And this year, they don't want to end up like last year when they say special permits left them with potatoes rotting in the field. Here's the view from their farmlands: Jules Vasquez reporting: These potatoes in the field and these rows of onions may make a pretty picture but there's a lot of investment behind all this acreage. For example, these irrigation rigs are critical to the crop. They pump all day but are fuelled by gas engines and must filter through thousands of feet of irrigation hoses. Then there are the costs of pesticides and fertilizers, it adds up to quite a chunk of money. Max Hernandez- Farmer, San Carlos: "It's almost $5 thousand for one acre. In total, between the onion and the potatoes, it is almost 60 acres. That's almost $300 thousand dollars of investment."

Woman Wins Major Medical Malpractice Case
22 year-old Dangriga resident Jenny Bonilla has won a compensation award of 250 thousand dollars, after she sued a doctor from the Western Regional Hospital for medical malpractice and won. Her attorney, Michel Chebat, told us her complaint was against Dr. Gilberto Landero, a medical practioner who is still working at the Western Regional Hospital. 2 years ago, Bonilla, who's a serving police officer, started having pains in her abdomen. She was admitted to the Southern Regional Hospital, and she was later transferred to the Western Regional Hospital. She was supposed to undergo an exploratory surgery to diagnose what medical ailment she was suffering from.

Let There Be Light For Four Toledo Villages
Four villages in the Toledo District will benefit from solar power projects funded by the United Arab Emirates. The villages of Crique Sarco, Indian Creek, Gold Stream, and Medina Bank - which are all off the electric grid - have been selected for a project which will install solar power panels with battery storage to the tune of $2.736 million US dollars. This is coming out of the Assembly of the International Renewable Energy Agency in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Belize is represented by Minister of State Frank Mena.

Channel 5

Early Morning Conflagration Displaces 28
A fire burnt out more than seven families in the early hours of this morning. Sometime after twelve, the fire started in an abandoned building on Glenn Street and the [...]

Was Fire Service Called Too Late?
Residents and fire victims believe that the firemen were not prepared to take on the midnight inferno. They claim that the fire truck arrived thirty minutes after the blaze started [...]

NEMO/CEMO and Human Services to Rescue
The Ministry of Human Development and the City Emergency Management Organization have teamed up to provide much needed immediate relief for the families. Today, Minister Edmond Castro and Philip Willoughby [...]

After Short Price Hike, Importers Holding Butane Hostage?
Last Friday, the price of LPG went up by seven dollars per hundred pound cylinder. While that increase kept supply of butane going, there is information of an impasse between [...]

Foster Mom Vows to Do Right by Murdered Alfredo Cowo
Twenty-six-year-old Alfredo Cowo was ruthlessly dispatched in the early hours of Tuesday morning, as he sat in a golf cart with his girlfriend in the vicinity of Central Park in [...]

Why Did Police Abandon Case? P.S.B., Attorney to Investigate
Randell is outraged that the case against Coye and Madril was tossed out because the court prosecutor, himself a police officer, failed to appear before the sitting magistrate in the [...]

Judgment Day Approaches for Andrew Bennett
The hourglass that is Andrew Bennett’s freedom is quickly running out of sand, as it is expected that he will soon be arrested and brought before Chief Magistrate Sharon Frazer [...]

Did Family Conspire to Kill Missing Mark Pollard? Recording Made of Threats
Belize City resident forty-nine-year-old Mark Pollard has been missing since July 2017. Tonight, the questions are whether he is dead, and did family members have anything to do with it? [...]

Will Anything Come of the Case of Missing Mark Pollard?
A friend of Pollard’s who is familiar with recent events has told News Five that along with the suspected family member, at least two other intimates of the missing man [...]

Mom Pleads for Help to Solve Disappearance of Son, Jamal Humes
Twenty-eight year old Jamal Humes has been missing since December twentieth, 2017. The auto mechanic disappeared sometime between socializing with friends and visiting his mother’s house. Searches of the immediate [...]

Fareed Ahmad’s Family Torn, Dismiss Video Surveillance
Fareed Ahmad was killed on December twenty-eighth in his vehicle outside Hattieville. The alleged killer, Woman Police Constable Michelle Brown, is behind bars awaiting indictment and trial. But much about [...]

City Couple Shot in Downtown
A Belize City couple remains hospitalized at the K.H.M.H. tonight after being attacked by a gunman on Tuesday. Thirty-seven-year-old Carolyn Revers was seated inside a parked vehicle along with her [...]

Ernesto Torres for Mayor! He Tells News Five Why
The municipal election season is drawing closer and already most of the major political parties’ candidates are on the campaign trail. Participation from the alternative and independent movements has been [...]

Life Sentence Thrown Out for Murder Convict Linsbert Bahadur
On Tuesday, the Court of Appeal pronounced a verdict in a criminal matter involving thirty-three-year-old Linsbert Bahadur Junior.  He was convicted of the murder of his brother-in-law Albert Wade which [...]

Pair to Stand Supreme Court Trial for Forged Documents
The Supreme Court has set a March trial date for two men accused of uttering on a forged document and preparation to commit a crime. Forty-three-year-old Marcos Basto of Corozal [...]

Drunk Man Accidentally Stole Lady Constable’s Bike
Police have quickly nabbed a man who they say stole a bicycle belonging to a woman police officer. But he says it was an accident caused by being under the [...]

A Cunning Con Man Finally Caught?
Steward for the Ramada Princess Hotel and Casino, Windell Neal, was read a charge of obtaining property by deception in the Magistrate’s Court today. Jennifer Arana, secretary for the Oswald [...]

Give Me a Break, Say San Carlos Farmers on Loans
On Tuesday News Five showed you firsthand the hopes and dreams of farmers in the San Carlos area of Orange Walk, who are hoping they will be able to get [...]

Why Abandoned Buildings Need to Go
You heard earlier in the newscast about the fire that totally destroyed the houses of eight families. The fire started in an abandoned building where homeless persons were staying. If [...]

PACT Explains Restructuring and Treatment of Staff
The Protected Areas Conservation Trust office in Belmopan will be closed for the next week as the statutory body undergoes transition to a leaner, more efficient institution capable of financing [...]

Coastal Zone to Get the Same Treatment as PACT
According to Cho, there is also change coming for the Coastal Zone Management Authority and Institute. The Authority is undergoing a similar assessment process to PACT and Cho says it [...]

LOVE FM

NEMO assists fire victims
In an effort to assist the fire victims, the National Emergency Management Organization NEMO packages to the affected families. Hipolito Novelo reports. HIPOLITO NOVELO REPORTING… Families affected by the Glenn Street Fire can breathe a collective sigh of relief as the National Emergency Management Organization, NEMO, has stepped in, assisting the fire victims with basic …

US revises travel advisory to Belize
The US Department of State has revised its travel advisory to Belize. As of January 10, 2018, the US Government warns its citizens to exercise increased caution in Belize due to crime. The advisory states quote, “Violent crime, such as sexual assault, armed robbery, and murder, is common. Local police lack the resources to respond …

PACT says it is evolving
Yesterday multiple reports surfaced that the Protected Area Conservation Trust, PACT, had embarked in a restructuring exercise. A notice on PACT’s Facebook page confirmed that its offices in Belmopan will be closed as of today until January 24. A release states that PACT has commenced the quote, “execution of a transition plan that will see …

Facebook Marketplace launched in Belize
As of yesterday, Tuesday, January 16, people in Belize will be able to access Facebook Marketplace. This is an application that the social network had launched in 2016 in the United States, and allows the purchase and sale of articles locally through the social platform. Belize is now one of the thirty-seven countries that can …

Two persons shot in Belize City
Belize City police are investigating a shooting incident which left two persons injured. Just before ten o’clock last night, police responded to a 911 call which led them to North Front Street. 37-year-old Carolyn Revers and 34-year-old Damian Cattouse had been shot. Revers was shot twice in the left arm while Cattouse was shot once …

GOB receives US$2.736 million grant
The Government of Belize received a two point seven million US dollar grant from the United Arab Emirates Caribbean Renewable Energy Fund. Minister of State with responsibility for Public Service, Energy, and Public Utilities Frank Mena is in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, heading a delegation to the Eighth Session of the Assembly …

PlusTV

Guatemalan woman arrested for fraudulent attempt at SSB
A 26 year old Guatemalan woman was detained by San Ignacio police on Friday after she allegedly tried to apply for a Belizean social security card at the SSB branch in Santa Elena. The woman reportedly had a fraudulent Belizean birth certificate and was also in possession of a Guatemalan passport. P...

Man and pregnant girlfriend shot at in San Pedro; man dies
A man was shot and killed in San Pedro early this morning. Reports are that Alfredo Cowo Mansea was socializing on a golf cart along with his pregnant girlfriend in front of Jaguars Night club on Barrier Reef Drive, San Pedro Town, around 12:30 this morning, Tuesday January 16. Cowo and the woman w...

Andy Rhaburn wanted for killing his mother
A man who killed his own mother this morning is on the run. Police have issued a Wanted Poster for 26 year old Andy Rhaburn after he hit his mother in her head with a crowbar. According to police reports, sometime this morning, Tuesday January 16th, 2018, Orange Walk Police were called to Carmelit...

Police Officer charged with “Manslaughter” in shooting of Mario Vernon
The police officer who shot and killed Mario Vernon on Saturday January 13th has been charged. According to police, today, January 16, 2018, they charged 23 year old PC Tevin Aranda for “Manslaughter” . Police say the charge of “ manslaughter“ as opposed to “murder” is on the advice of ...

Man shot in the ankle on Magazine Road
There was another shooting incident in Belize City last night. Sometime after 7 o’clock on Monday, January 15, 2018, 23 year old Justin Stephens, a resident of Belize City, was shot to his left ankle. Police say that Stephens was walking on Magazine Road from the direction of Cemetery Road along wi...

Alvorine Burgess and Milton Palacio busted with contraband goods
Alvorine Burgess and Milton Palacio were caught with a vehicle full of contraband items in the south. The incident involved a police chase. On Saturday, January 13th , Police conducted a check point in Pomona village where they encountered a silver Kia Sorento. Police say that when the driver of th...

Roaring Creek Barber shop burnt to the ground
There was a fire in Roaring Creek Village where a barber shop with all its equipment was burned to the ground. It is believed to be an act of arson. We spoke to the owner of the business, Mervin Jordon. Mervin Jordon I have a small Barbershop that I normally operate out of. I was called last night...

Three Butane Wholesalers on Go Slow
PlusNews has been trying from Friday to obtain an on camera interview with Jose Trejo, Director of Bureau of Standards, but he has been unable to facilitate the interview as yet. The interview request stems from a stream of information PlusNews has been receiving from various players in the Butane i...

Australian salesman charged for drug trafficking on Caye Caulker
An Australian man on Caye Caulker was arrested for drug trafficking and possession of controlled drugs. Police say that on Monday night, they were conducting patrol on Avenida Mangle, Caye Caulker Village, when they searched 22 year old Nichols Stanley Whitfield, an Australian Salesman. On Whitfield...

CITO says Not a fire; just a drill
This evening, PlusTV received calls that there appeared to be a fire at the Central Information Technology Office building, also known as CITO. When our camera got there, indeed there was a fire truck, police vehicle, and traffic personnel as well, but no sign of a fire. We were then informed that ...

Five arrested for unlicensed gun
The discovery of a Taurus brand hand gun and magazine containing fifteen live 9mm rounds of ammunition has led to the arrest of five persons. On Saturday night, Belize City Police saw a white Dodge Caravan traveling without headlights on. Police stopped the van in which were 24 year old Nelson Jare...

Shotgun found in Maya Mopan
Belmopan police found a 16 gauge shotgun on Sunday. Police say they visited a farm in the Maya Mopan Area of Belmopan on Sunday afternoon where they found a plastic bag with the shot gun about a mile from the road. No one was in the immediate area it was deposited as found property....

George Price’s birthday remembered
Today, would have been the 99th birthday of Rt. Hon. George Cadle Price, Belize’s first Prime Minister also known as the Father of the Nation. Mr. Price was born on January 15th, 1919 and died on September 19th, 2011 at the age of 92...

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Guatemalan reporter claims he was assaulted by Belizean authorities
According to a report from Guatemalan newspaper, Prensa Libre, one of […]

PACT implements new Operational framework
Today, the Protected Areas Conservation Trust (PACT) commenced execution of a transition plan that will […]

Blogs

A Texas Take-Over, Jerry Jeff Walker and Kelly McGuire Head to Ambergris Caye
Jerry Jeff Walker, who was born in upstate New York, is a country music giant. He was part of the Greenwich village folk music scene in the 1960s. He’s played with Willie Nelson and Jimmy Buffett…he wrote the song “Mr Bojangles” which was recorded famously by Sammy Davis Jr (and Whitney Houston!) and gorgeously by Nina Simone and more recently by Robbie Williams. He is a fantastic story teller and live performer and super cool guy. He also happens to own a home on Ambergris Caye (he first visited in the early 90s) and recorded an album here. Each year, each January, he comes to play on Ambergris Caye – for “Camp Belize”. Two weeks, sold out almost a year in advance that is more than a concert…it’s a week long music festival for fans.


Davis Falls in Belize
Located near Dangriga in southeastern Belize, Davis Falls is one of the most iconic natural attractions in the country. With a total height of around 500 feet (120 meters), Davis Falls is second only to Thousand-Foot Falls, making it the second-tallest waterfall in the country. The nearby citrus orchards add a delicious perfume to the air, making Davis Falls feel like a small corner of Paradise. The 75-feet deep pond at the base of the falls is filled with crystal clear water, making it the ideal place to enjoy a picnic or a refreshing swim on a hot day. The road to Davis Falls begins at mile marker 14.5 of the Hummingbird Highway near Dangriga in southeastern Belize. To reach the falls, you must drive for eight miles along an extremely rough road (accessible to four-wheel drive vehicles only), followed by a hike on foot for two miles.

Welcoming 2018 the Maya Way
Around the world, New Year’s has become a key annual celebration, with fireworks, festive dinners, music and dancing. And here in Belize, we’re blessed with not one, but two New Year’s! One on January 1, and another in July. To understand why, you need to know some basic information about the Maya calendar system, which dates back to the 5th century BCE. The ancient calendar actually comprises three distinct, but corresponding, calendars. They cycle around each other like the second, minute and hour hands on a clockface. One of those calendars, the Haab’, reflects our contemporary yearly calendar, and, similar to the Chinese zodiac, each year corresponds to a Maya deity. The Haab’ has 18 months, each 20 days long, adding up to 360 days. At the end of the last month, a period of five nameless days brings the calendar around to 365 days, matching with the earth’s revolution around the sun. It is during these days, known collectively as Wayeb, that the Maya have celebrated the turning of the years for centuries. And while the Gregorian calendar resets around the winter solstice, Wayeb takes place in July.

The Top Beach Destinations in Belize
If you’re planning on visiting Belize, it is very likely that one of your top priorities is finding the best beaches in Belize. And I don’t blame you, finding a great beach to unwind and relax as you enjoy the sand between your toes and stare at the crystalline blue waters in Belize is an optimal way to spend your vacation in Belize. However, a challenge I’ve found is that many people recommend the top beaches in Belize without taking into consideration the destination as a whole. Yes, travellers want to go to the best beaches in Belize but they’re also looking for great tours, attractions, restaurants and bars to visit. Therefore, here I will list the best beach destinations in Belize.

Solar For Schools In Belize
I was very pleased to step away from my desk and play chauffeur for a day last week – Friday Fun. My Kenyon College friends, James Skon, Doug Karl and Robert Alexander were back in Belize doing solar power assessments on schools. Thanks to Carts Belize for their donation. Having wheels was a huge help on the job and I only had to put $5 in the tank to top it up even though we went here there and everywhere. The team was busy this year. They looked at 2 schools in Toledo, 1 in Stan Creek, 4 in Cayo, 2 on Ambergris Caye and even did a side gig volunteering in Guatemala for a day. On Ambergris they were assisted by Steve Harp who also helped last year. Based on the information collected this trip, and once they thaw out, the solar crew will decide which schools countrywide are the best qualified to receive solar power. After their decisions are made they will bring already selected volunteer vacation students from Kenyon College on a return trip in March. The College wants their Gambier Ohio students to engage with other cultures, leave a lasting quality gift that will reach far into the future and show kids a great way to care about the environment.

International Sourcesizz

Real danger
In Cuba there is a volcano under the sea and in case of activated this will happen and will sink what is known as banco campeche. About the earthquake in tulum, between tulum and playa. Quintana Roo faces the risk of a strong earthquake or even a tsunami, to be located where the tectonic plates of the Caribbean and North America that currently concentrate a large amount of energy. For Researcher Carlos Serra Barber, geographer of Havana University of Cuba: "that has not happened so far, does not mean it will never happen".

US Bans Haiti, Belize and Samoa from Temporary Visas
The decision by Homeland Security was announced less than a week after Trump asked why the U.S. had to take in immigrants from "shithole" countries. The Department of Homeland Security announced Wednesday that Belize, Haiti and Samoa will no longer be eligible for temporary work visas. The announcement is scheduled to be published by the Federal Register on Thursday, exactly a week after U.S. President Donald Trump referred to African nations and Haiti as "shithole" countries during an Oval Office meeting on immigration reform. The H-2A and H-2B visas given to seasonal workers in agriculture and other industries are available to citizens of 80 countries. Haiti had been included in that list since 2012, after a successful lobbying campaign by humanitarian groups and both Republican and Democratic lawmakers to make Haiti eligible for short-term worker visas that could help Haitians recover from the catastrophic 2010 earthquake.

Guatemala sets stage for referendum over Belize border
Guatemala is preparing the ground for an April referendum called to help solve a long-simmering border dispute with neighboring Belize, the foreign ministry said Wednesday. The country has launched a web platform and Facebook and Twitter accounts to give information about the disagreement and the consequences of the matter ending up before the International Court of Justice (ICJ), Deputy Foreign Minister Estuardo Roldan told reporters. The referendum is scheduled for April 15, with 7.5 million voters to be asked if they agree to submit the issue to the ICJ based in The Hague. The lack of a mutually accepted border between the two Central American countries has been a source of frequent tension. Guatemala has made claims over more than half of Belize's territory, dating back 150 years to when its English-speaking neighbor was a British colony known as British Honduras.

Belize Telecommunications Strategic Analysis and Outlook to 2025- Analysis of Belize Mobile, Fixed Telephone and Broadband Markets
The new report from Telecoms and Computing Market Reports has been published today. It provides updated in 2018 year analysis of telecoms and computing industries. Belize Telecom outlook report is a comprehensive analytical research on the Belize’s cellular, fixed telephone and fixed broadband segments. Through detailed analysis of the current market conditions and industry trends, the report analyzes the Belize telecommunications sector. In addition to emerging industry trends, consumption patterns, geographic coverage, demographic analysis and tariffs of key players are provided to understand the key strategies and analysis of revenues, investments and infrastructure. Further, industry dynamics, SWOT Analysis of the market and changing business scenario of Belize telecommunications industry is included.

Uncontrolled development turns Mexican tourist paradise into an environmental time bomb
White sand beaches. Yoga retreats. Mayan ruins. The Mexican beach town of Tulum is sold as an eco-chic paradise where you can disconnect from the stresses of modern life. A closer look reveals a dark underbelly. When activist Carlos Meade moved from Mexico City to the Caribbean coast in Quintana Roo state in the early 1980s, it was largely untouched. Turtles made their nests undisturbed on hundreds of miles of empty beaches stretching from the city of Cancun to the border with Belize, lined with mangroves that gave way to virgin forests. A unique system of underground rivers channelled water from across the Yucatan peninsula to the Caribbean Sea, where the second-longest coral reef in the world snaked down the coast to the waters of Belize, Guatemala and Honduras. Since then the story of the Riviera Maya has been one of turbo-charged, chaotic growth.

Videos

  • New Belize City Civic Center Ad, 1min.

  • Family trip to Belize and Guatemala 2017: Caracol Mayan Ruins, San Ignacio Resort and more, 45min.

  • Eco Sanctuary Belize (2000) nature resorts, 60min. For more than two decades, environmentalists have come to Belize to try out new strategies to protect its pristine rain forests and rich biodiversity from the same economic threats - poverty. For more than two decades, environmentalists have come to Belize to try out new strategies to protect its pristine rain forests and rich biodiversity from the same. Help to prepare your lunch by learning to make corn tortillas on a traditional fire hearth. Learn about the process of grinding the fresh corn and transforming it into the “masa” or dough.

  • Landing at the Municipal Airport in San Pedro, Next to pilots's eye view..., 1/2min. Heck yeah . I always try to get co-pilot seat when I’m flight from international to Ambergris Caye best view ever

  • From Yes To I Do (January 16, 2018), 77min.

  • Mindfulness for Stress Management, on Open Your Eyes, 28min.

  • From Yes to I Do - Season Premiere, on Open Your Eyes, 28min.

  • Falkland Islands, on Open Your Eyes, 24min.

  • National Aids Comission - Human Rights Observatory & HIV Response, on Open Your Eyes, 44min.

  • MEXICAN, on Open Your Eyes, 26min.

  • Here is an update of the new round in Corozal, 10sec.

  • Maya Island Air Placencia to Belize city, 34min. Took a flight on Maya Island Air from Placencia to Belize cityon the 26th Dec 2017.

  • Jungle Combat: Back to Belize | Forces TV, 9min. The Infantry Battle School has brought soldiers back to Belize for the first time in five years. The training centre, which is based in Brecon, has spent the last three weeks in the jungle.

  • Sports Talk Show, 2hr.