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Today's Belize News: January 26, 2018 #528548
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The San Pedro Sun

Island resident Simon Velasquez murdered in Belize City
Police have confirmed that a San Pedro resident was gunned down on Thursday, January 25th in Belize City. The victim has been identified as 23-year- old Simon Velasquez, who according to unconfirmed reports was targeted by a trio of gunmen at Plues Street. Police have confirmed the incident, but an official report is yet to be issued by authorities. Velasquez, who reportedly resided in the Boca del Rio Area, had several run-ins with the law. His first encounter with the police took place in March of 2012 when he confronted police and was shot in the process. The official report states that police were called to an area of the San Juan Subdivision around 3:30PM, where Velasquez had been involved in a series of fights. When police arrived, Velasquez saw them and allegedly ran away. Police set chase, but Velasquez apparently jumped two fences and made his way to an overgrown empty lot near the lagoon. Two officers pursued him on foot and found him hiding. When officers approached him, they said that Velasquez pulled out a stick and charged at one of them.

SPTC and local law enforcement discuss current crime situation in SP
The San Pedro Town Council and the Office of the Mayor expresses concern over the recent shootings on the island. Over the past few days, the council has been meeting with representatives of the police department and a follow up meeting is scheduled for the weekend. It is our hope, that following this meeting, a course of action will be taken to help reduce tension between rival groups that has contributed to the recent shooting. The Ministry of National Security has given the council the reassurance, that the Government of Belize will do whatever it takes, to re-establish a sense of security on the island for our citizenry and visitors. The council will be meeting with the Area Representative and Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation Hon. Manuel Heredia, the Minister with responsibility of Police (Home Affairs) Hon. Elodio Aragon Jr., and Senior Personnel from the Police Department, to establish what those measures will be.

Forest and Fisheries Departments get SMART
Belize’s conservation agencies, both government and non-governmental, have been using the Spatial Monitoring And Reporting Tool (SMART) technology to monitor the use and exploitation of the nation’s natural resources for some time now. The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, Environment, Sustainable Development and Climate Change officially endorsed the effectiveness of the SMART technology at a ceremonial handing-over of licensing equipment by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) at the Radisson Fort George Hotel on Wednesday morning, January 24th.

San Pedro R.C School awards top 10 students on BJAT examination
On, Monday, January 15th, the San Pedro Roman Catholic School (SPRCS) held a ceremony to award the top 10 students for their outstanding performance on the Belize Junior Achievement Test (BJAT). “We decided to award our top ten students as to motivate them and the upcoming ones, and to let them see that we acknowledge their hard work and dedication,” said SPRCS Principal Roxani Kay. The SPRCS top ten students included first place student Radley Rodriguez, Ruan Azueta took second place, third place went to Kristian Bardalez and Cassian Chavaria, Maria Carrera took fourth place, Jarvin Velasquez took fifth place, sixth place went to Angelique Castellanos and Oscar Gamez, Bryan Monje took seventh place, Jose Beteta came in eighth, Rochelle Acosta took ninth place and Charles Saki placed tenth.

Ambergris Today

Government of Belize Endorses “SMART” Technology for Conservation Law Enforcement
On Wednesday, January 24, 2018, the Government of Belize officially endorsed the use of the Spatial Monitoring and Reporting Tool (SMART). The SMART technology is already being used by several government and non-governmental organizations. SMART is the world's leading tool for conservation law enforcement monitoring. The software and training materials both extend and simplify existing technologies for monitoring efforts to tackle poaching and other illegal activities, making those technologies more effective, efficient and user-friendly.

SP Town Council and Law Enforcement Discuss Current Crime Situation
In response to the recent crime situation on Ambergris Caye, the San Pedro Town Council has issued a press release stating that the San Pedro Town Council and the Office of the Mayor expresses concern over the recent shootings on the island. It says that over the past few days, the council has been meeting with representatives of the police department and a follow up meeting is scheduled for the weekend.

Misc Belizean Sources


Belize Defence Force gets a New Commander for 40th Anniversary
The Belize Defence Force (BDF) will hold official ceremonies to celebrate its 40th anniversary on Friday, January 26th at Price Barracks, Ladyville, commencing at 2:30 p.m. The event includes the passing out of Recruit Intake 63 and the official handing over of Command of the BDF from Brigadier General David Jones--who retired in December 2017, after four years as Commander, to Brigadier General Steven Ortega. Incoming Commander, Brigadier General Steven Ortega was born and raised in Esperanza Village in the Cayo District. He attended Sacred Heart College and Belize Technical College before joining the BDF in 1990. He thereafter attended the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst in the United Kingdom and was Commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant of the BDF in 1992. Throughout his twenty-seven years of service in the BDF, General Ortega attended various courses and conferences locally, regionally, and internationally.

Corozal House of Culture Full Moon Concert
Greetings from the Corozal House of Culture! We welcome 2018 with our first musical event of the year. As part of the Full Moon Concert Series the Corozal House of Culture kindly invites you to enjoy a night of cultural music with the Benque Marimba Music Program’s Los Hijos del West. Please join us at 7:30 pm Saturday January 27th, 2018 here at the House of Culture for a wonderful night of marimba music.

Spatial Monitoring and Report Tool
Congratulations to the WCS Belize for the launching of the Spatial Monitoring and Report Tool in Belize! This is a tool aimed at increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of the management of Belize's natural resources. Ya'axché Conservation Trust has been leading the customization and adoption of SMART in the terrestrial protected areas we manage. We are utilizing SMART to improve our patrols and data collection within Bladen Nature Reserve, Golden Stream Corridor Preserve and Maya Mountain North Forest Reserve.

Ek' Balam Poktapok team in Orange Walk Central Park Saturday
Ek' Balam Poktapok team will be presenting in Orange walk central park this Saturday at 8 in the night. Disfruten nuestra Cultura Maya del Norte de Belize . Kux'ano'on(We are Alive) .

PACT Issues Statement on New Organizational Structure
On January 16, 2018 the Protected Areas Conservation Trust (PACT) initiated a transition process to adopt a new organizational structure and operational framework. On January 23, 2018, PACT successfully completed the transition with its employees. As part of this process, employees were given paid leave and a copy of the draft contract to aid them in their consultation and consideration of the new terms which to date they have all voluntarily accepted; some employees doing so as soon as the day after being notified. PACT received no objections from employees to signing their contracts of service. In response to the Public Service Union’s allegation, no staff member was summoned to the office to sign contracts. Neither was any staff member forcefully coerced to sign contracts. Additionally, it should be noted that there is no type of agreement between PACT and the PSU and PACT did not receive any indication from its Union members that they wished to be represented by the Union in this matter.

Find out more about the call for proposals and apply here. In September 2015, the United Nations ratified the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which set 17 critical socioeconomic and environmental goals for the world’s countries to achieve over the next 15 years. Gender equality and women’s empowerment is both a stand-alone SDG and a part of the other 16 SDGs. In 2016, Compete Caribbean conducted research into how the gender composition of ownership and management affected firm performance in the Caribbean. This research suggested that women-owned firms are significantly smaller, less likely demand credit from financial institution, less likely to take advantage of technical assistance and more likely to perceive access to finance as an obstacle to their businesses.

Part time Job Opportunity at Euphoria21 in Corozal
Another vacancy is currently available for a waitress at Euphoria21. We're hoping to find a female that is dependable and responsible. Between ages 20-30, with previous experience in the field. Important to note this is a weekend only job. Therefore its a great oppurtunity for someone looking to earn a little extra. Interested persons...Kindly inbox us here or visit us at White's Auto Wash.

Kuylen's Gas Service announces vacancy for the post of "Office Assistant".
Belikin will be having auditions in Cayo for their 2019 calendar on Saturday, March 3rd, at Midas. Call 227-7031 if you're interested. "2019 Belikin Stout Calendar Auditions! Auditions start at 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Attire: tank top and shorts (swimsuit recommended) Call 227-7031 if you would like to schedule your time."

Belize Tourism Board New York Sales Presentations

The United States Peace Corps Belize has a vacancy for the position of Program Manager, Health Project
Basic Functions of the Position: The Program Manager (PM) oversees project direction, collaborates with Belizean work partners, develops work sites, and provides oversight, training, mentoring and support for 40 to 60 Volunteers. She is also a valuable member of the management team, providing innovative and creative ideas for the efficient operations of the Peace Corps program in Belize. This position is based in Belmopan and requires extensive year-round travel throughout the country. Required: Applicants must have a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Education, Health Sciences, Public Health, Nursing, or related field; andat least 5 years of relevant experience in community health development, project coordination and/or technical training.

Paradise Theater playing this weekend:
The Post, Suburbicon, Thor: Ragnarok, Woody Woodpecker.

Join our team at Ya’axché as Development Officer Volunteer!
Join our team at Ya’axché as Development Officer Volunteer! Ya’axché, like most NGO’s, is financed mostly through grant funding. The Development Officer Volunteer contributes a critical role within the Development Team, a team that leads fundraising according to Ya’axché’s Fundraising Strategy. Deadline to submit application is February 28 2018.

Channel 7

Gang War Rages From Island to Mainland: San Pedro Man Killed On Arrival In City
There was more bloodshed this afternoon on city streets. 23 year old San Pedro resident Simon Velasquez was gunned down at the corner of Bishop and Plues streets which is known gang turf. He had just come in from the island - and killers didn't waste any time in settling a score between rival drug gangs based between Belize City and San Pedro. There isn't much concrete information at this time but Courtney Weatherburne puts together what we know so far. A band of police officers blocked off Plues Street this afternoon around 1:30. After a man was shot and killed at the corner of Bishop and Plues Streets. The victim has been identified as 23 year old Simon Velasquez.

Police Charge Three For Roaring Creek Murder, Also Gt Murder Weapon
All Kimberly Smith wants is justice for the killing of her 31 year old common law husband Thomas Henry. Well, Belmopan police have delivered on that justice and solved this case rather quickly. A trio of Roaring Creek men men have been charged. They are 18 year old Tyler Cruz, 22 year old Joseph Cadle and 19 year old Israel Cadle. Cruz and Joseph Cadle were charged with Henry’s murder. Cadle was also charged with attempted murder, use of deadly means of harm and wounding for shooting Kimberly Smith in the back. Israel Cadle was charged with possession of unlicensed ammunition. That weapon is believed to be the one used in the shooting. Joseph Benjamin was additionally charged for two counts of Attempted Murder, one count of Use of Deadly Means of Harm and Wounding.

Police May Charge Another For Cowo Murder
Tonight San Pedro police are investigating the possibility that William Godoy may not be the shooter in the murder of Alfredo Cowo on San Pedro 9 days ago. 7News is reliably informed that police have re-opened the investigation into that murder and may end up charging someone else. Now, Godoy has already been arraigned for murder and is on remand - against the bitter protestations of friends and family who say he has an airtight alibi for the time span when the murder was committed on Tuesday January 16th. Island police are re-examining the entire murder investigation in light of new evidence which reportedly points to another shooter. We are told this shooter may also have a connection to someone in law enforcement.

Murder Up, But Major Crime Was Down 6.8% for 2017
So, in the first 25 days of 2018 there have been 24 shootings and 12 murders - which is up from last year January when there were 9 murders. So while 2018 has a violent start - Police Headquarters in Belmopan finally released the official crime statistics for 2017 - and it shows that major crime is down - despite the murder total being up. As we were expecting, the police murder total is 142 - which - according to our count - is off by at least three murders - our total is 145. But, going with their numbers - that total of 142 homicides, is four more than the previous year - an increase of 2.9%. In other major crimes, there was one less rape reported, 26 more robberies, 43 fewer burglaries, 99 fewer thefts, and 32 fewer cases of unlawful sexual intercourse. Again, all these figures are what was reported - we know that many major crimes - except murder - go unreported.

One Man Charged For Ladyville Double Murder
Late this evening, police informed us that they have charged one notorious Ladyville figure for the double murder of Casey Lozano and Marlon Spain - which happened two nights ago. The accused is 24 year old Jesse Mejia who has been charged for 2 counts of murder, and 2 counts of use of deadly means of harm, and 1 count of wounding and 1 count of grievous harm for shooting two other persons in the murderous melee. Mejia has been charged for violent, gun-related crimes in Ladyville many times before.

PUP Senators Say GOB Ran Red Lights With Petro-bucks
At the Senate yesterday, the Government Senators tabled and passed the General Revenue Supplementary Appropriation Bill of 2016-2017. The bill regularizes the unbudgeted public spending of some 13.9 million dollars that the government already disbursed and used as far back as 2016. The Government takes these types of bills to the House every 3 months for use of Petrocaribe funds, and in the use of those 13.9 million dollars, some of it went to relief in the aftermath of Hurricane Earl in August 2016, as well as Belize Infrastructure Limited for different construction project, and the Barrow Administration’s Mother’s Day Cheer. But, the debate heated up when the Opposition accused the Government of violating the Finance and Audit Reform Act and the Fiscal Transparency and Responsibility Regulations of 2010. In the end, the UDP Majority in the Senate passed the bill, and dismissed the Opposition’s concerns as politicking for the sake of it.

UDP Senator Says PUP Claims Farcical
So, we went to UDP Senator Michael Peyrefitte for a response, since he’s the Attorney General, and a sitting member of the Senate. And he wasn’t too kind to his senate colleagues on the Opposition side. Here’s how he insisted that the Government has not run a red light with the Finance and Audit Reform Act: Hon. Michael Peyrefitte - Attorney General: "Listen there is a practical reason for the delay in bringing the appropriations budget. You cannot know in certain instances, you don't budget for a hurricane from year to year for example. You don't budget for hurricane so if a hurricane occurs or a hurricane comes close enough that causes damage you have to immediately come to the rescue of the people in need and then when that is done you do an appropriations budget to cover the expenses of taking care of people. Those things cannot be completed in a day, in a week or in a month.”

You Decide….
But, while the matter of public spending could be very technical, it is a matter of urgent public interest. We’ve put together a few of the major points that the two sides presented today for you to make up your own mind about who’s right and who’s wrong in the way these revenue appropriation bills are handled: Hon. Michael Peyrefitte - Attorney General: "The opposition Senators and members in the house they are just so incompetent and to call a press conference to discuss a matter that was recorded and debated yesterday just reeks of utter desperation on the part of the PUP." Eamon Courtenay - PUP Senator: "We cannot be faulted by saying that we are attempting to make political mileage of this, they were the ones who brought the bill to the national assembly at this time and they were the ones who set the dates for the hearings and we were doing our job okay? So in terms of timing they are the ones who control timing."

Mayflower Neighborhood Quick To Anger With Cops
There was an uproar on Maylflower Street in Belize City this evening when resident form the gang affiliated Ghost Town area clashed with police. Passers-by called our cameras out to the area because residents were looking to clash with police who had to call for backup. When we got there the excitement had subsided - but what triggered it was when a woman police contactable tried to arrest a female resident of the area. Her neighbors weren't about to have it - and they pounced on the police. In the end, the cost superior numbers forced them to back down and the uproar was defused without incident.

Global Intellectual Property Pressures May End Premium Channel Spree On Cable
It’s not exactly a sexy issue - but intellectual property is an emerging topic of national importance. It may seem remote to you - but it could be as close as that remote control at your fingertips. We’re talking about cable television - and those 200 plus channels which you pay 45 dollars a month for. It’s the cheapest, and dollar for dollar, best cable in the world - and - the be blunt - it’s made possible by mass copyright infringement - which doesn't pay for the intellectual property of the US based rights owners. But that could great cable package could change soon - as it has in other Caribbean countries. Belize is now coming under the microscope for its rather loose intellectual property regime. Earlier this week on the show “Know Your Rights” here on Channel 7, intellectual property specialist, Attorney Marissa Longsworth explained the peculiar situation of cable television in Belize:…

Ann-Marie’s Moved On From Those Many Slights
Last night on 7News we had our interview with Ann-Marie Williams who’s taken up a post at the CARICOM Secretariat as the Deputy Program Manager For Gender & Development. It’s a major international posting in Guyana - but as she leaves Belize behind - for the time being - we wondered, does Ann - Marie still want to be a politician? Jules Vasquez: "Is the political fire still burning in you that maybe someday you would want to step back and reenter that ever appealing fray?" Anne Marie Williams: "Put it like this I have an inextinguishable blaze, my fire burns and it burns bright but if you notice that I have put my energies to getting women involved and elected for politics, the women in politics project and so that fire was never for myself personally because if you achieve and its only you alone and you look back and there's no one there then you haven't done well and that's a message for all. And so had I gotten there I would have been bringing a number of women with me. I didn't get there but look at my handy work it continues undaunted."

Muslims Meet In Belize
Today the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama' At held a press conference to share more about their fourth annual convention that will take place this weekend. The convention is chance for them to share more about their beliefs and practices with the general public. President Naveed Mangla shared more. Naveed Mangla, President - Ahmadiyya Muslim Community: "We have representatives from Guatemala, Mexico, Canada, Honduras. Some of them have arrived and some are coming tomorrow. We invite all our local Belizean Brothers and Sisters to come and learn about what this religion is. The reason why it is important to learn about Islam is that right now 24% of the world population is Muslim."

A Center For Hand In Hand
Hand In Hand Ministries is known for its community initiatives - and the many houses they have handed over to needy persons. But, they had no home for themselves - a single central location with facilities and services for the community. Well, after three years of hard work, their building is finally up. Today was the opening ceremony and we spoke to one of the biggest advocates and supporters of the project. Abel Vargas - Hand In Hand Ministries: "The building isn't completed yet but we have been working on the building for the past three years going on four years. It is actually 40 by 90. It is two level and houses all our programs under one roof which is one of our biggest accomplishments."

Father Gets Fined For Threatening Son
Tonight, a 42-year-old Belize City father, Sheffield Brown, is lucky to be home and not behind bars after he admitted in court to assaulting his 13-year old son and threatening him. Brown who well known to police appeared this morning before Senior Magistrate, Aretha Ford where he was read two criminal offenses of common assault upon his son and using threatening words upon the boy. The incident occurred at the child’s home in the presence of the baby sitter and his older sister. According to a report made by the Baby Sitter, she told police that the boy was home when Brown came to see him. He asked his son to cook some noodles for him. The boy refused and that’s when his father stoned him with an object and threatened to kill him.

Rock It, Jeezy!
He’s from Seine Byte, but the Punta artist named Jeezy is lighting up dance floors all across the country with his new song “Wine Gial”. It’s part of a 10 track album which also features reggae and dancehall. He told us that he’s been making music since he's 7: The party-ready album is available at Stone Jame and Teddy’s for eight dollars.

Channel 5

San Pedro Gang Rivalry Spreads to City as Simon Velasquez is Murdered
There is another murder to report tonight and many believe that the brazen execution of Simon Velasquez on Plues Street this afternoon may be related to the ongoing spate of [...]

3 Charged for Murder of Thomas Henry
Belmopan Police say they’ve got a two-for-one murder case solved. This evening, police charged Tyler Herrera Cruz and Joseph Cadle for the killing of Thomas Henry, but they say the [...]

Arrest Announced in Ladyville Double Murder
As you heard, three persons were charged in connection with the murder of Thomas Henry in Roaring Creek, who is one of four persons killed by gun violence on Tuesday. [...]

Major Crimes Down for 2017
Police are reporting a significant decrease in the number of major crimes reported across Belize in 2017. Some one thousand, nine hundred and ninety-two major crimes – defined as murder; [...]

How G.O.B. May Have Violated Finance and Audit Act on Appropriations
Is the Barrow Administration guilty of breaking the Finance and Audit Reform Act?  It’s an admission that Financial Secretary Joseph Waight reportedly made before the Senate on Wednesday, in respect [...]

Gov’t Admits “Slippage;” Criminal Complaint?
With the FinSec’s purported confession that the Finance and Audit Reform Act has not been complied with, is there a course of action that can be taken against government by [...]

It’s Not Politics; Says P.U.P., but Accountability and Transparency
Many of the opposition’s detractors will perhaps say that the People’s United Party is simply looking to capitalize on political mileage ahead of the March seventh municipal elections, given the [...]

Can We Believe B.I.L. Figures?
Nearly every municipality in Belize now has its own multi-purpose center or sporting complex upgraded or built from the ground up by the special purpose vehicle Belize Infrastructure Limited. The [...]

We Will Do Our Best on Trafficking in Persons, Says A.G. after Ban
For the next year, Belize has been placed on a list of nations whose nationals are not eligible to obtain temporary U.S. work visas of the H-Two-A and H-Two-B non-immigrant [...]

Jackie Willoughby Got Explanation on Slander from P.S.U.
Ten days ago, former president and long-serving executive of the Public Service Union, Jacqueline Willoughby, severed ties with the union, although she continues to complete her remaining duties as a [...]

Jaguar Killer Still on Loose; Minister Says Trafficking Being Considered
The public outcry on two beheaded jaguars was sounded across the city and a ten thousand dollar reward was set up to catch the poachers. But so far, there hasn’t [...]

PACT Restructuring ‘by the Book’
On Wednesday, we reported on the exchange between the Protected Areas Conservation Trust and the Public Service Union over the fate of six PACT employees who are also members of [...]

Sugar Roads Coming
Last week, we showed you the poor condition of the Indian Church-San Carlos Road, one of the sugar roads used by farmers of sugar cane and other agricultural products to [...]

‘Tsunami of Infrastructure’ Washing over Belize
There’s a tsunami sweeping the country – but not the kind from the sea. According to the Ministry of Works, it will be very busy in 2018 with road construction [...]

The Municipal Campaign in O.W.
Our series on the campaign trail today took us to the northern municipality of Orange Walk where a split council headed by a P.U.P. mayor controls the everyday operations of [...]

Getting SMART About Sustainable Management
Spatial Monitoring and Reporting Tool (SMART) is a new tool being used by marine and terrestrial conservationists in Belize. The software was introduced locally a little over five years ago [...]

Hand in Hand Opens New Office
Hand in Hand Ministries is known for building houses in three days, but their own headquarters took them a lot longer – three years and counting. And today they proudly [...]

Fisherman Jailed for Repeat Offenses
A fisherman from Trial Farm in Orange Walk is serving a jail sentence for failing to pay old fines related to fishing offenses, and more time was added on Wednesday [...]

Guatemalan Teens Wanted Jobs, Forgot Passports
A trio of Guatemalan teenagers can expect a longer stay in Belize after illegally crossing the border on Monday morning. They were detained at the Novelos’ Bus Terminal in Belize [...]

Why You Need Health Insurance
Should you or shouldn’t you invest in health insurance? We have all heard stories of families who after one major medical trauma have incurred major debt. Right here in our [...]


San Pedro Resident Killed in the Old Capital
Another man is dead tonight after he was shot in the vicinity of Bishop and Plues Streets in Belize City shortly after one o’clock this afternoon. He has been identified by police as 26-year old Simon Velasquez, a resident of San Pedro Ambergris Caye. Police have not issued many details of the …

Three charged for Roaring Creek murder
Belmopan police have charged three persons for the shooting in Roaring Creek Village on Tuesday night which resulted in the death of Thomas Henry. 22-year old Joseph Cadle was charged with the murder of Thomas Henry and attempted murder of Kimberly Smith who was also injured in the shooting. Cadle was also charged with the …

San Pedro Town Council moves to curb gun violence on the island
In San Pedro Ambergris Caye, the Town Council is taking action to curb the rising gun violence on the island. In a release issued today, the Council states that it has been meeting with the Police to chart a course of action to reduce tensions between rival groups on the island. The Council states that …

Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama`at Belize to hold 4th Convention
The Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama`at Belize is holding its fourth Annual Convention on January 27-28 at ITVET. The convention will host people with various backgrounds, religions and academia. The revival movement was founded in 1889 and spans over 204 countries with millions of persons following in the teachings. Imam Naveed Mangla, President of Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at …

No Foul Play Suspected in Death of Salvadoran Farmer
Police say they do not suspect foul play in the death of 42-year-old Jose Romulo Cornejo. The Salvadoran farmer of Sarawee Village was found dead and in a state of advanced decomposition in a drain between miles three and four on the Hummingbird Highway. He was clad in a long blue jeans pants and a …

SMART Technology launched for Marine and Forest Department
On Wednesday the Fisheries and Forest Departments endorsed the Spatial Monitoring Interactive Tool, a Smart technology tool that will help increase efficiency in the collection, sharing and analyzing of data. Country Director for the Wildlife Conservation Society, Nicole Auil Gomez explained how it works. Nicole Auil Gomez – Country Director, Wildlife Conservation Society “It has …

JP Association holds 17th Annual General Meeting
The National Association of Justices of the Peace and Commissioners of the Supreme Court will be hosting its seventeenth annual general meeting on Sunday January 28. National president, Adrian “Danny” Madrid said that key points in their meeting are the appointment of some thirty new JPs and the recognition of many others from across the …

Hand in Hand Ministries Opens New Headquarters
Hand In Hand Ministries officially opened and dedicated its new headquarters in Belize City today. The Fowler Community Center is located at mile 1 ½ on the George Price Highway across from the Inspiration Center. The new building will help to improve the organization’s efficiency in implementing its programs by bringing all the offices under …

Dangriga Rotary Club and partners pilot project
Harry Arzu reporting… Aquaponics is a natural way of raising both fish and plants together; a system that produces two crops simultaneously and it is very efficient. It is a method of farming that uses the excrements of fish without the use of pesticides or herbicides and it can produce plenty of food every week …

Import licenses for potatoes put on pause
The approval of import licenses for potatoes has been put on pause by the Ministry of Agriculture. This decision was made during a meeting that Ministry officials held with potato producers and importers yesterday in Belmopan. The meeting came after potatoes farmers expressed concern that they might have challenges selling their thousands of pounds of …

PUP Senators question BIL’s Budget
For the General Revenue Supplementary Appropriation Bill, Number 3, 2017 an additional seven point three million dollars were budgeted for Belize Infrastructure Limited (BIL). For the Fiscal year 2016/2017 five hundred thousand dollars was initially budgeted for BIL but at the end of the year, that amount grew to nineteen point eight million dollars. PUP …

Laws were broken says Lead PUP Senator
Yesterday the Senate approved and passed the General Revenue Supplementary Appropriation Bill, Number 3, 2017. Through this bill, Government sought approval for spending thirteen point nine million dollars between 2016 and 2017. That spending was in relation to Government’s Mothers’ Day Cheer Program, Hurricane Earl Relief and budgetary support for Belize Infrastructure Limited (BIL). Senators …

UDP Senator says delay was practical, not illegal
Responding to the PUP Senators is the Attorney General, Michael Peyrefitte. After the PUP’s press briefing, we sought out Peyrefitte for a response to the comments made by Senators Eamon Courtenay and Valerie Woods. Peyrefitte admitted that there was a delay in bringing the appropriation bill but the reason behind the delay, he says, is …

PSU and PACT at odds
The Public Service Union, PSU, and the Protect Areas Conservation Trust, PACT, are at odds. Last week PACT announced that it had embarked on a restructuring exercise. PACT says that it has decided to execute this restructuring exercise in order to implement a new operational framework. However, the PSU says that PACT employees have been …

PUP Senators say GOB violated the Finance and Audit Reform Act
According to the PUP Senator Eamon Courtenay, there was noncompliance by the Government in following the regulations set out in the Finance and Audit Reform Act. They say that this noncompliance amounts to a criminal offense. UDP Senator, Michael Peyrefitte disagrees. EAMON COURTENAY, PUP SENATOR “This is an extremely serious matter that civil society ought …

Finance and Audit Act has been breached, says Private Sector Senator
The notion that the Government unlawfully spent thirteen point nine million dollars between 2016 and 2017 was also supported by Senator Mark Lizarraga who represents the Private Sector. The Finance and Audit Reform Act of 2010 sets out rules and regulations as it pertains to Government spending and Lizarraga says that after what happened during …


Body Found Near Dangriga Town
There has been the discovery of a decomposing body near Dangriga Town. Police have not issued a report on the discovery as yet but media reports are that the body of a Hispanic male person was found in a drain next to a bicycle 3 miles out of Dangriga Town near the river side. The body was reported...

PSU say PACT retrenched worker
Last week we quoted parts of PACT’s press release on its Restructuring process where it seemed to us that it was talking about retrenchment and wage cuts for some PACT employees to streamline its operational costs. However, a spokesperson from PACT told at least one media house that the press...

Mexicans may face more charges
Those three Mexican nationals who are currently on remand for allegedly stealing approximately one hundred thousand dollars from ATMs across the country may be facing more charges soon.On Monday evening, 27 year old Belen Hernandez ,21 year old Jacson Jafet and 31 year old , Leonel Rodriguez ...

Compol reassures of police work to solve crimes
With all the shootings and murders over the past 24 hours, police called a e press briefing today. The commissioner of police was in attendance and gave a statement of reassurance that cops are doing their best to try and solve the murders and prevent more blood shed. ComPol Allen Whylie Our office...

SENATE Debates money bill for Hurricane Earl
It got quite heated at times at today’s sitting of the Senate as the senators debated the General Revenue Supplementary Appropriation (2016/2017) (No.3) Bill. This money bill is for some 9 million dollars for Hurricane Earl spending and mother’s day cheer. Now, that may seem a bit strange seeing t...

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20 million dollar George Price Highway Upgrade
Works are to commence immediately on the upgrading of a section of the George Price Highway between the villages of Roaring Creek and Blackman Eddy. Coming in at a cost of BZ$20,540,823.19, the contract was signed on Wednesday January 24, in Belmopan between the Government of Belize, Ministry of works and Tiechroeb and Sons Ltd. The scope of works will be the rehabilitation of 15.335 kilometers of road including the horizontal and vertical realignment of the road to meet international safety standards as well as the upgrading of drainage and construction of runoff channels to improve climate resilience of the road. The project will also address the replacement of major

San Pedro sees Another Murder
The murder total for the year as far as Wednesday, January 24, 2018 is at a whopping 11 persons. Four of those eleven murders all happened in a span of hours on Tuesday, January 23, 2018. The earliest of those happened on La Isla Bonita just after 5 p.m. on Crocodile Street in the San Pedrito area. In this shooting, there was one fatality and one injured person. According to police, the body of Jimel Paul Jex, a resident and laborer of the San Mateo area on San Pedro, was found with apparent gunshot wounds. Upon visiting the San Pedro Polyclinic, Deon Neal, a resident of Caye Caulker, was seen suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. After receiving treatment, he was listed in a stable condition.

Double Murder in Ladyville
The Marage Road area of Ladyville is currently tense with a bitter rivalry that has flared up and resulted in a double murder. 24-year-old Casey Lozano and 25-year-old Marlon Spain were killed in a shooting where an entire group of friends were at risk of getting hurt. Police say that at around 6:45 p.m on Tuesday, January 23, they were called to respond to a shooting on Marage Road. When they visited the yard of 40 year-old Anna Chi, they found the lifeless body of Spain lying on the ground; he had suffered a gunshot wound to the head. About 200 yards away, they found Casey Lozano clinging to life after he suffered a gunshot injury to left upper back and another to the buttocks.

Shooting in Roaring Creek leaves one dead and one injured
There was a murder in the western village of Roaring Creek. Just after 10:30 p.m., Roaring Creek police responded to a shooting incident in the yard of Kimberly Smith. Smith, who received injuries herself, reported that minutes before calling the police, she heard shots being fired in her yard in the Another World Area of Roaring Creek. Upon looking through her window to make checks, she saw two assailants in her yard. One of the men wielded a firearm and turned his attention to her.

100 Grand stolen from Atlantic Bank by 3 Mexicans
Three Mexicans, 26 year-old Joscan Jafet Hernandez, 26 year-old Belen Hernandez Uriostegui, and 31-year-old Leonel Isaac Rodriguez Peralta, are at the Belize Central Prison after police charged them with theft of money from the Atlantic Bank. Police caught them with over 60 different credit cards, all belonging to non-Belizeans, and it is believed that these cards were stolen, and that these three defendants were using them to withdraw money that does not belong to them. It is believed that they have withdrawn about $100,000 from the bank’s ATM’s.

SMART Technology for Better Environmental Management
SMART, which is an acronym for Spatial Monitoring and Reporting Tool, is the world’s leading tool for conservation law enforcement monitoring. SMART was developed by global conservation organizations which work in collaboration with protected areas authorities, stake holders, and other pertinent organizations. The software makes it possible to collect, store, communicate, and analyze data on illegal activities, wildlife, patrol routes, and management actions. SMART allows all this to be done in a more effective and efficient manner which can directly benefit responsible agencies in determining exactly where, how, and by whom poaching, illegal logging, and other direct threats to biodiversity are occurring. It can be used across a broad range of conservation contexts, from strictly protected areas to multiple-use zones, and from terrestrial to marine ecosystems.

Channel 5 News now a Paid Political Ad
Viewers of Channel 5’s nightly newscast have become accustomed to the undertoned political jabs that the director takes at the UDP on a daily basis, so most of the times the items are taken with a grain of salt. But while viewers have become accustomed to the attacks, what happened on Tuesday night’s newscasts proved to most that even the news is up for sale. A graphic appeared intermittently on the screen while the news anchor was reading the news. Maybe it was an error, we thought, but then the graphic kept on appearing while the news was on. Our investigations have since revealed that in fact, Channel 5 is placing PUP graphic adverts during the newscast.

Streets and Drains are Council’s Primary Responsiblities
Here at The Guardian, we have been listening to the foolishness the PUP has been pushing about how, “people can’t eat infrastructure or cement streets.” Well, let us clear the air on this issue. Sure, people can’t and won’t eat infrastructure or cement streets but those infrastructural works and cement streets, is the reason why many men and women are able to put food on their tables in order to feed themselves and their children. Many of these persons would not have been able to do so if it were not for the jobs they have working on the various infrastructure projects. These people are employed and doing for themselves and their families. They feel dignified and are no longer being forced to have to go to any politician’s office, be it UDP or PUP. We have heard about how people are treated at the offices of those mean PUP politicians. We’ve heard about the way people have been made to stand in line waiting for a measly $20 handout and being grilled and question about which party their next-door neighbour is supporting before that $20 is handed to them. Those honest salt of the earth Belizean men and women can now boast that their dignities have been restored and they are honestly and proudly earning their keep by working and at the same time learning a skill.

City Management to a Whole New Level
A few months ago, the Belize City Council received a donation of equipment as part of the Flood Mitigation Project, which was spearheaded by Councilor Philip Willoughby. While on a daily basis residents of the old capital can see the equipment on the ground doing its work, in the background, there is a new management system in place. It’s called the Routine Maintenance Management System (RMMS), which is an integrated system that will assist the council’s city planning arm better monitor and maintain infrastructure. Carla Patnett is the Belize City Council’s City Planner. She explained to The Guardian that the RMMS is integrated with three components including an inventory of everything that is out on the ground like streets, drains, sidewalks. Each has its particular measurement and is referenced to a GIS map. There is also an inventory of traffic signs, culverts, bridges and any other security items in the public domain, again all of them with a GIS reference.

Extradition Proceedings begins against Attorney
Attorney-at-law Andrew Bennett remains out on bail after being brought before the Magistrate’s Court in the first instance to answer to the extradition request that the US Government has made for him. The extradition proceedings have begun, and it is now in the hands of Chief Magistrate Sharon Frazer to decide, after subsequent hearings, whether or not he should be sent to the US to stand trial for 7 counts of money laundering that they say he committed. Bennett was arraigned before Chief Magistrate Frazer on Thursday, January 18, 2018 as part of the extradition proceedings. As readers are aware, the US Government have furnished documents to the Belize Government in which they outline that he was the subject of a DEA investigation. They say that they have evidence of an operation in which they allegedly sent in a confidential informant to catch him in the act of laundering drug proceeds. Their documents say that he accepted a job to launder $250,000 US that he was allegedly told was the proceeds of a Colombian and Puerto Rico drug trafficking organizations.

Children and Families complete Training in San Ignacio
Twenty-five children and their six families hailing from the Towns of San Ignacio and Santa Elena have completed the first cycle of GREAT Families, a sub-component of the Youth Resilience and Inclusive Social Empowerment or Rise Project. Both children and families were handed certificates of completion at the San Ignacio Police Station on Friday by Richard Rosado, Officer Commanding of the San Ignacio Police Formation in the presence of Gerald Jones, Assistant Commissioner of Police GREAT Families program is a scale-up of the youth and community YCT project that has been implemented for at risk communities in both San Ignacio and Santa Elena as well as in Dangriga. The project is being empowered by the Ministry of Human Development, Social Transformation and Poverty Alleviation with a 1.7 Million US dollar funding from the Caribbean Development Bank CDB and a counterpart $633,000.00 US from the Government of Belize.

Magdalena Talamas bids farewell to Belize Adjacency Zone office and OAS
An internationally-renowned career diplomat Magdalena Talamas delivered her parting tweet on Saturday of this weekend from the Organization of American States. In her tweet, she expressed having the privilege of working over the last decade in the Belize-Guatemala mediation process. Talamas also wrote that it was an honor having served as the first female Special Representative of the Secretary General. This message was almost immediately followed by a tweet from the Ambassador of Mexico to Belize Carlos Quesnel, who wished Talamas the best into the future at both the personal and professional level. It may be recalled that Magdalena Talamas was a significant figure in the tempering of Belize-Guatemala relations in 2016.

Talking Ponzi Schemes by the Master of Ponzis
On Monday night, we watched and listened with dropped jaws as Troy Grab said one of the strangest things we’ve ever heard being said on the BUSINESS HOUR. He said that the Government was involved with investors, who were into PONZI SCHEMES. He even went on to identify some projects and arrangements that he thought were PONZI Schemes. We found his pronouncement very strange, almost to the point of being a joke. We had to quickly check to see if it was really Troy saying those things. Our first question was: how in real life could this particular fellow be casting any such aspirations and lobbing stones? We needed to ask another question and it was: if he was the same gentleman, who was in charge at the Development Finance Cooperation (DFC), at the time when the said DFC was used as the source of funding to finance all sort of PONZI SCHEMES, that made many PUP insiders very rich?

San Ignacio gets New Town Clock
A towering metallic town clock built as a public and private sector partnership was unveiled last Friday in central Burns Avenue in San Ignacio Town. The Mayor of San Ignacio and Santa Elena Town, Earl Trapp Jr, officially inaugurated the town clock for the enjoyment by residents at one of Belize’s prime tourist destinations. Mayor Earl Trapp was grateful to both Bowen and Bowen as wells as TMM Media for having built a clock that will now provide a unique ambience to San Ignacio Town. He said that much more can be achieved into the future via collaborative efforts. “We are committed to the further development of our Twin Towns as we continue to maintain the policy decisions by the Council. Our focus for the next three years will be through the continued collaboration with the business and private sector by working more closely with them for continual development and improvement of our communities,” he said.

Nelson Henry acquitted of Murder
Nelson Henry, a 28-year-old member of the Mayflower Street “Ghost Town” gang, is a free man after he was acquitted of the murder of Edward Lord, Jr. The murder occurred on June 29, 2011 on Mahogany Street in Belize City and was allegedly witnessed by a special constable, who was working at the Mahogany Police Substation that evening. The case was first called to court in June of 2017 and since the start of the case, the prosecution’s witness was not cooperating. That case fell apart on Henry’s last court date, Wednesday, January 24, 2018. The main witness’s testimony forced the crown to produce no evidence against Henry on the charge of murder. She had to be treated as hostile before leaving the stand after she kept saying that she did not remember anything about the incident.

Andy Rhaburn awaits Murder Charge for Killing His Mother
Andy Rhaburn, who has been accused of beating his mother to death with a crowbar in Carmelita, has been on the run from the police for almost a week. The murder of his mother occurred on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 and, since then, Rhaburn has been eluding the police. There were many sightings of Rhaburn between Carmelita and Crooked Tree villages up until his capture. Almost a week later, on Monday, January 22, 2018, Orange Walk police finally caught Rhaburn in the vicinity of Rhaburn’s Ridge on the Phillip Goldson Highway.

William Godoy is charged with the Murder of Alfredo Cowo
William Godoy, a 33-year-old resident of San Pedro, has been formally arrested and charged for the murder of 26-year-old Alfredo Cowo. Cowo was murdered as he sat in a golf cart in Central Park, San Pedro with his pregnant girlfriend. A barrage of shots rang out in the direction but the one bullet that did make contact with the right side of Cowo’s chest was enough to fatally injure him. Cowo and his girlfriend were approached by a lone gunman, who police now say is William Godoy. Although Godoy’s family claims to have an alibi for him at the time of the murder, the police say that the evidence against him is just as strong.

Jolli Bee’s Businessman robbed
It was reported to the police that on Thursday, January 18, 2018, Bunty Ponwani was robbed. Ponwani, a businessman of a Ladyville address, reported that at about 6:50 p.m. while in Jolli Bee’s Restaurant, a man walked into the restaurant and held him up with what appeared to be a gun. That man took his white-gold chain, valued at $2,000, a black iPhone X, valued at $2,000, an Apple Watch, valued at $1,000, and a leather wallet that contained his personal documents. Police investigations into this matter continue.

5 persons detained in Death of Two Young Women in PG
Police have detained five persons following the chopping death of two young women in the Toledo district. The two women, identified to the press as 20 year-old Crecencia Oh, and her 18 year-old sister, Josefina Oh, were found dead on the outskirts of the Western Toledo Village of San Jose, some 8 miles away from their home. A still-unidentified killer brutally chopped the sisters to death and left them on the side of the main road. Police say that some time around 11 p.m. on Sunday, January 20, they acted upon reports they received, and they visited an area on the road near to San Jose. On the shoulder, they found the partially nude bodies of the Oh sisters. According to the cops, they had “very huge chop wounds” to different parts of their bodies, injuries that claimed their lives right on the scene.

Quincy Gentle gunned down
Quincy Gentle, a 28 year-old Belize City resident, was shot and killed while he was on his way home on Wednesday night, January 17, 2018. Police say that sometime around 11 p.m. they responded to reports of a shooting on Kelly Street. By that time, Gentle, the victim, had already been rushed to the KHMH, and they found him being treated for gunshot injuries to the chest and the stomach area. Initial investigations are that Gentle was walking on his way to his Wilson Street home, when he reached the intersection between Kelly and Matron Roberts Streets, someone ambushed him. Reports are that he tried to flee, but he was injured by his assailant’s spray of gunfire.

Shereffa Jex charged for Unlawful Imprisonment and Aggravated Burglary
Shereffa Jex, a 24-year-old resident of Burrell Boom, is being accused of unlawful imprisonment of 2 persons, an adult and his cousin, who is a minor. Jex is also being accused of aggravated burglary after she entered the home of a woman in the village. Jex was arraigned in the Belize City Magistrate’s Court before Chief Magistrate Sharon Fraser on Monday, January 22, 2018. There, she was read two offenses of unlawful imprisonment and one count of aggravated burglary. In court, she was represented by attorney Leroy Jex, who submitted that bail should be granted to his client since she is a mother of two children, one of who still needs to be breastfed.

Three Weekend Shootings
Three shootings were reported on the weekend of Friday, January 19 and Sunday, January 21, 2018. The first shooting took place on La Isla Bonita on Saturday, January 20, 2018. In this incident, Gilberto Lara, a 48-year-old tour guide, and Katherine Torres Zelaya, a 25-year-old waitress, were injured. According to police, Lara and Zelaya, both of a San Pedro address, were seen suffering from apparent gunshot wounds around 3:30 a.m. Lara was seen suffering from gunshot wounds to the left side of his chest while Zelaya was grazed to her right upper back. Initial police investigations revealed that both persons were travelling in a golf cart on Seaweed Street toward their house in the San Juan Area when they heard gunshots and realized that they had both been hit.

Hummingbird Elementary School Boys and Girls lead Primary Schools Volleyball Competition
The Belize City Primary Schools Volleyball Competition continued at the Stars Gym in Belize City. On Tuesday 23rd January, in the first game played in the girls’ competition, The Belize City Primary Schools Volleyball competition began on Monday 22nd January, 2018 with four games on the schedule. In the first game played in the girls’ competition, Hummingbird Elementary School defeated St. Ignatius School by the score of 25-15 and 25-19. In the second game played in the girls’ competition, St. Joseph Primary School defeated Queen Square Anglican School by the score of 25-8 and 25-2.

San Pedro Tiger Sharks upend Belmopan Bandits in Opener
The National Elite Basketball League (NEBL) 2018 season opened on Friday 19th January, at the University of Belize Gymnasium between the defending champions the Belmopan Bandits and the sub-champion the San Pedro Tiger Sharks. The visiting San Pedro Tiger Sharks spoiled the season’s opener for the defending champion when it defeated them by the score of 103-74. The top scorers for the San Pedro Tiger Sharks were Ashton Edwards with 22 points and a rebound; Jamal Kelly with 20 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 steal; Douglas Valley with 13 points, 8 points, 2 assists and 2 steals; Raul Roches with 13 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists and a steal and Jihad Wright who also scored 13 points, to go along with his 10 rebounds, 1 assist and 3 steals.

Verdes FC blank Freedom Fighters FC in Premier League Competition
The Premier League of Belize Closing Season continued over the last week of play with four games played across the country. On Sunday 21st January, 2018, at the Victor Sanchez Union Field in Punta Gorda Town, the defending champions and the leader in this year’s Closing Season Verdes FC blanked the host team Freedom Fighters FC by the score of 3-0. Verdes FC got on the scoreboard when Krisean Lopez scored the 1st goal of the game for his team in the 20th minute of play to give his team a 1-0 lead. The Verdes FC lead was further extended when Krisean Lopez scored his 2nd goal of the game in the 52nd minute of play to give his team a 2-0 lead. The score became 3-0 when Jaret Davis scored his goal in the 68th minute of play.

Belize Volleyball Association to host National championship
The Belize Volleyball Association will be hosting the Male and Female National Championship in Belize City on January 27 and 28, 2018, at the St. Catherine Academy Auditorium and the Belize Elementary School Gymnasium. The competition will commence at 8:30 am each day. Team rosters and registration fees of $250.00 per team are due on Wednesday 24th January, 2018. A compulsory meeting of all coaches, team captains and managers will be held on Friday 26th January at the Belize Elementary School Gymnasium at 8:00 pm. The National Championship is expected to see participation from Orange Walk, Caye Caulker, Belmopan, San Pedro, Dangriga, Punta Gorda, Cayo and Belize City. It is anticipated that more than ten male and female teams will compete in the championship.

Man killed by bees in Cayo
A senior citizen from Unitedville in the Cayo District, who had been attacked by killer bees over a week ago, has died. Sixty-two-year-old Omar Cruz was clearing the undergrowth near an abandoned building when a swarm of Africanized bees enveloped him. His son was assisting in the clean-up, but escaped unhurt. On a daily basis children from Unitedville frequent near the abandoned building in the morning. The area is also regularly visited by tourists. Chairman of Unitedville Mike Juan has informed the media that he will be contacting the Belize Agriculture Health Authority for assistance in getting rid of the ‘killer bees.’ If BAHA does not respond then he will be getting someone else to do the job.

50 plus Questions to get to know anyone better
Do you crave deeper scintillating conversations with your mate, your friends or your family members but aren’t sure how to get them to open up? Opening up and sharing personal thoughts and beliefs can be the foundation for stronger more substantial and meaningful relationships. These fifty-plus questions are perfect for starting quality conversations and you need not feel as though you are prying because psychologists have confirmed that people love talking about themselves! So use these questions to help you to get to know anyone better; even yourself!

Electrifying the Land Transportation Sector: a Golden Opportunity for Belize
Belize may be somewhat far from having electric trams and buses for mass transportation; however, Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs) and Plug-in Hybrid Electrics Vehicles (PiHEVs) that are making waves in first world countries, can be in the near future. Belize, in fact, can be the leader in the Caribbean and Central America by making decisions which will compliment recent moves, such as its recent ban on off shore oil exploration passed in the house of representative and joining the ten-island challenge, which seeks to identify technical and commercial solutions that can facilitate low-carbon use in the Caribbean. The Government of Belize under the Barrow administration agreed to both initiatives in 2015.

Letter to Sedi Elrington
My Competent Area Rep: I pray that the New Year brings you, your family, the Jewel and every Belizean the very best! I congratulate you; the PUPs cannot compare! A simple word stupefied Mose. Dodo Cordel was wrong to use baby vouchers. With X it was denying Sep 10, 1798. Price was tricked by Guatemala. Believe me, the British and Hero Goldson were NOT wrong to choose the ICJ over bullets. When it comes to your work in the Pickstock Division, the Samuel Haynes Institute of Excellence is a shining star on the Southside! No ugly, rusty zinc fence. Gardening, Landscaping, Pantry Program, Community Kitchen, Tuck Shop, Sewing, Cabinetry, Driving School, Evening School, Music Program, Sporting…are just some of the excellent activities available to the citizens in our division and indeed the City/Country! Again, congratulations! You prove by your brave, bold actions that you love Belize and Belizeans!

WORDS OF LIFE with Barry Fraser
In his letter to the Philippians Chapter 2, verses 12 and 13, the Apostle Paul wrote: “Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.” It is also written in James 1:22: “Be doers of the Word, and not hearers only. Otherwise, you are deceiving (fooling) yourselves.” James was teaching that anytime we choose to disobey, we miss out on knowing the truth.

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Belize Defence Force to celebrate 40th anniversary
The Belize Defence Force (BDF) will hold official ceremonies to celebrate its 40th anniversary on […]

One dead in Belize City shooting
BBN has received reports about a shooting incident that left a man dead in Belize […]

$20 million contract signed for rehabilitation of stretch of George Price highway
The Government of Belize, through the Ministry of works, signed a contract yesterday, with Tiechroeb […]

Police release details of decomposed body found in Hummingbird Highway
Police have released details about a body found yesterday morning. The body was found lying […]

Thomas Henry shot and killed in Roaring Creek
On Tuesday night, just before midnight, a man was shot and killed inside his home in Roaring […]


A Guide To Grocery Stores and Shopping on Ambergris Caye
Going grocery store shopping will be a part of your trip to Belize whether you are renting a home for a long stay or spending a week at a resort. Even the traveler who packs fastidiously will need to pop into the local shop for a forgotten item. It’s not difficult. We speak English…that’s good. And the conversion rate is a super simple $2bzd = $1USD…. But shopping in Belize isn’t as straight forward as you might think – especially if you are used to a large all-in-one mega-marts. Here are a handful of tips and guidelines that should make things easy.

Save the date!! February 10th and 11th 2018, Placencia BTIA 15th Annual Sidewalk Art Festival!!!We still have a couple more booth spaces available for those interested in being apart of this year's Art Festival. For more info please feel free to contact us at 523-4045 or send us an email to [email protected]

Chamoyada now open in Corozal
Chamoyada is a sweet and spicy type of shaved ice, or raspado or Mango sorbet, prepared with chamoy. It is a part of Mexican cuisine, and is also common in regions of the United States with significant Mexican-American populations. The drink is usually sweetened with mangoes or apricots. It is essentially a combination of chamoy sauce, shaved ice, chili powder, and fruit chunks. In certain variations, a whole fruit popsicle, or paleta, is added to the drink and mixed with the shaved ice. The drinking straws served with chamoyadas also often have tamarind candy on the outside. 16 days ago, a Brand New Business was open in Corozal, that sells Chamoyadas. Yes, Chamoyadas!. A Mexican woman and a Corozaleno man Business owner Opened their business to sell Chamoyadas, frappes, Nachos and diablitos drinks. The name of the Business is called "Freppas, diablitos, chamoyadas, licuados". They are located in front of the Bus Terminal. The cups are 5$ and 6$Bz for one cup.

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Plastic waste associated with disease on coral reefs
Coral reefs provide vital fisheries and coastal defense, and they urgently need protection from the damaging effects of plastic waste. Lamb et al. surveyed 159 coral reefs in the Asia-Pacific region. Billions of plastic items were entangled in the reefs. The more spikey the coral species, the more likely they were to snag plastic. Disease likelihood increased 20-fold once a coral was draped in plastic. Plastic debris stresses coral through light deprivation, toxin release, and anoxia, giving pathogens a foothold for invasion.

Seven-country initiative launched to support management of four-wing flyingfish
Seven Caribbean countries are participating in a recently launched series of subprojects which the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) is leading under a sustainable management initiative for the flyingfish fishery. In highlighting the importance of the initiative, CRFM executive director, Milton Haughton, said: “We in the region are utilizing a common space and common living marine resource; therefore, we need to cooperatively manage these common interests. One of these common interests is the flyingfish fishery, and the governance framework developed for the flyingfish fishery could be scaled up and applied to other fisheries in the region.”

You Haven't Had Chocolate Until You've Made It Like the Mayans
When you grind your own chocolate, you’ve earned every bite. At least that’s my perspective after a day learning to make chocolate like the ancient Mayans did in the rural Toledo District of Belize. Belize was one of the hubs of ancient Mayan civilization, and it was the Mayans who first discovered cacao, a sacred flavor once reserved for nobility and soldiers. Through trade, it was introduced to Europe, where milk and sugar were added to create chocolate as we know it today. Ixcacao Maya Belizean Chocolate is the oldest Belizean-owned chocolatier and the only one that also grows its own cacao. “I was born to a couple of Mayan cacao farmers,” owner Juan Cho tells me. “I grew up eating 100 percent pure chocolate, and my great-grandfather lived to be 115 years old, without a doubt thanks to cacao’s health benefits.” Ixcacao is named for the Mayan goddess of chocolate — yes, the Mayans valued chocolate so much they worshipped a chocolate goddess.


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