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#528695 - 02/02/18 06:46 AM Today's Belize News: February 2, 2018  
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The San Pedro Sun

BTB’s key performance indicators show continued growth in the Tourism Industry
As one of the leading industries, Belize’s Tourism Industry continues to grow, exhibiting record-breaking figures for 2017. According to the Belize Tourism Industry (BTB), overnight tourism arrivals registered 10.8% increase in 2017 when compared to 2018. Also on the rise was cruise ship arrivals, which registered a steady 3.7% this past year. Overall, BTB key performance indicators for tourism show a total of 427,109 visitors came to the country for the calendar year for 2017. According to BTB’s report, 322,200 tourists arrived at Belize in 2017 via the Philip Goldson International Airport; an 8.1% increase when compared to the 298,157 figures of 2016.

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Donates Equipment to the Central Medical Laboratory of Belize to Improve Testing for Viruses
Yesterday, the Central Medical Laboratory of Belize received from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) a thermocycler for real-time testing as well as initial supplies and support for training, valued at approximately USD $150,000. The equipment will allow for rapid and accurate detection of viruses and bacteria that cause diseases, including Zika and influenza. Providing this equipment is part of the U.S. Government’s ongoing effort with the Government and people of Belize to improve capacity for public health systems. Belize has been a long-time partner with the CDC-Central America Regional Office and the United States is proud to collaborate with Belize in ensuring a safer and more secure region.

Meet your San Pedro Town Council Candidates: Part Two
Name: Undina Graniel, People’s United Party. I have decided to run with the PUP team because I believe that if we want to bring genuine change to this island we must do so by standing together. As a long-time resident, I have seen the toll mismanagement has taken on this community.
Name: Marina Kay, People’s United Party (PUP). I am running because San Pedro has always been my home and it deserves better. We are all tired of the deplorable living conditions, children out of school, no proper healthcare and the list goes on. I have dedicated many years to volunteerism, cultural activities

The Opposition calls out GOB for improper financial reports
The Government of Belize (GOB) is under scrutiny after it was revealed on Wednesday, January 24th, that the current administration has not complied with the Finance Reform and Audit Act in regards to appropriation bills. This Act stipulates different ways that Central Government can issue supplementary appropriations to itself from the Consolidated Revenue Fund. According to arguments from Senators Valerie Woods and Eamon Courtenay of the People’s United Party (PUP) during the sitting of the Senate, this Reform has been purposely overlooked in relation to additional expenditures for 2016 and 2017, which were used as relief funds after Hurricane Earl.

Ambergris Today

US Donates Equipment To Belize To Improve Testing For Viruses
the Central Medical Laboratory of Belize received from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) a thermocycler for real-time testing as well as initial supplies and support for training, valued at approximately USD $150,000. The equipment will allow for rapid and accurate detection of viruses and bacteria that cause diseases, including Zika and influenza. Providing this equipment is part of the U.S. Government's ongoing effort with the Government and people of Belize to improve capacity for public health systems.

NEMO Emergency Planning in Belize Now Includes Tsunami Threats
NEMO Coordinators for the Central Region, which includes Cayo and Belize Districts (from Benque Viejo in the West to Caye Caulker and Ambergris Caye in the East), met on Wednesday, January 31, 2018, at their first Disaster/Emergency Planning Meeting for 2018. NEMO Central Region Coordinator, Al Westby, explained: “We are looking at our First Quarter Work Plan. We are looking at Tsunami threat, that’s one of our priorities; and setting out our Training Program for 2018. We have all District Coordinators and Assistant District Coordinators, along with our National Coordinator and our Training Officer, from Cayo, Belmopan, Belize City, San Pedro and Belize Rural. It’s a discussion, collectively, with ideas from everybody, not from only myself or the Training Officer or the National Coordinator. We get the views and points from each coordinator, and we put them together, and achieve one goal together.”

Misc Belizean Sources

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Ministry of Agriculture Marks Historic Importation of Sheep from the U.S.A.
Monday, January 29th, 2018 marked a historic milestone for the Ministry of Agriculture as it welcomed a group of imported Dorper (29 Dorper) and Barbados Black Belly sheep (16 BBB), via the Philip S.W. Goldson International Airport, from the United States of America. The importation was facilitated through the Genetic Improvement for Sheep and Goat Project at Central Farm, which seeks to improve the genetics of sheep in the country to contribute to production and productivity improvement of the sheep industry. The agreement between the Government of the Republic of China (Taiwan) and the Government of Belize on the cooperation in Genetic Improvement in Sheep and Goat Project was signed in December 2015 to assist the Ministry of Agriculture to expand the infrastructure at the National Sheep and Goat Breeding Center at Central Farm and to introduce quality breeding stock through importation.

Minister Elrington Travels to Washington, D.C. for OAS Meetings
Hon. Wilfred Elrington, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Home Affairs, led a delegation this week to Washington, D.C. for meetings at the Organization of American States (OAS) with the purpose of advancing the Belize-Guatemala process. Minister Elrington met with H.E. Luis Almagro, Secretary General of the OAS, to discuss the strengthening of the OAS Office in the Adjacency Zone and to update the Secretary General on Belize’s public awareness campaign, which is preceding the pending referendum on whether to refer Guatemala’s claim to the International Court of Justice (ICJ).

Corozal Police saves District from Medical Volunteers who drank 1/2 beer in public
Bystanders were shocked at 8:40 pm on Wednesday January, 31st when they saw a commotion at Seasons supermarket on 5th Avenue in Corozal Town. Police officers were collecting the damning evidence at the scene of the crime, bottles of half consumed Belikin Lighthouse beer being placed in the truck. Officer Gilharry spoke to the suspects with a stern tone. Medical volunteers from North America had apparently bought beer inside the store and had started to drink them on the way back to the hotel which was a block away.

Courts Corozal Employment Opportunity
Courts Corozal is looking for vibrant, enthusiastic and self-motivated candidate to take on the role of: Warehouse Assistant/Sale Representative. The person will be responsible to assist the branch with stock, display of products, inventory count, deliveries of products and performing sales.

Belize's Wonder Women! The Women Who Help Make Belize Great!
For the month of February, we are proud to announce that Mrs. Dorla Bowman is our Belize Wonder Woman! Dorla Bowman started her public service trail-blazing in historic Belize City where she was born. She is the first of nine children of her parents. She launched out as a Sunday School teacher while still in elementary school, and continued on organizing and working with youth in the Methodist Church. She felt teaching was her calling, so she spent 11 years in the teaching profession and as an active trade unionist serving on the National Council of Belize National Teacher’s Union.

El Festival de Carnaval
The Casa De Cultura invites you to celebrate with us the carnival with the family in fun. Family Sunday February 11 in Orange Walk central park.

Placencia Breeze February 2018
What’s Inside: Pg 3 Placencia Sidewalk Art Festival Map Pg 5 Placencia Art Festival Registration Form Pg 7 ChaChi's Membership Spotlight Pg 9 Croc Corner Pg 10 Seine Bight News Pg 11 From the Fire Hearth: Sweets Up! / Point of View Pg 15 & 18 Placencia BTIA Members Pg 16 & 17 Placencia Peninsula Map Pg 19 Placencia Art Festival Jewelers Pg 20 & 21 Placencia Peninsula Guide Pg 22 Placencia Rotary News / Liquor License Notices Pg 23 Placencia Volunteer Fire Department Fundraiser Pg 26 Community Corner Pg 27 PHS News Pg 28 Birding Out Of Placencia / Barebones Tours Membership Spotlight Pg 29 Bird Photos Pg 30 Placencia Peninsula Happenings Pg 31 Calender of Events

Blood Drive This Saturday in San Pedro
This SATURDAY, 9AM - 2PM at the Dr. Otto Rodriguez San Pedro Polyclinic. The Belize Red Cross - San Pedro Branch sincerely apologises for moving the date of the blood drive from Jan. 20th to THIS SATURDAY Feb. 3rd! Our blood drive nurses have been extremely busy (but we're SO happy that more communities around Belize are doing blood drives). Please share the flyer with your friends and family. The Belize Red Cross is only able to approve blood requests if we get blood donated! We are especially requesting persons that have received blood in the past or requested on someone's behalf to come out and support this event. ** See you on Saturday, February 3rd at the Polyclinic. **

School retreat at the Baptist Training Center at Camalote
Yesterday I was invited by Independence High School to participate in their School retreat at the Baptist Training Center at Camalote to share motivational messages with the students on the Social perspective on theTheme "Nurturing young men and women of Honor" with an emphasis on the effects of social media in cultivating a new culture of young people posting nude pictures and slanderous statements" The presentations done by the different presenters had me choked up especially Brother Fem Cruz testimony and musical contribution, respect over respect to him, then Pastor Federico Lord stepped up and from start to finish he had every single individual ATTENTION LOCK listening to his POWERFUL SPIRITUAL MESSAGE, which he incorporated the BELIZEAN YOUTH REALITY into his message and the end results from that was TEARS. We were ALL emotionally TOUCHED by his words and then I took the stage and did my thing.

Super Bowl Party at The Truck Stop!
clock Sunday, February 4 at 5:30 PM - 10:30 PM. LET'S GET READY TO FOOOOOTBAAAAAALLLLL! We'll be showing the big game on our 18-foot screen, we'll have specials on WINGS and PIZZA, and we'll have be playing a few games of our own! (More details to be announced soon). No matter which team you have your money on, it's going to be a fun night! (Unless the Patriots win, obviously)

Live Comedy Show at The Truck Stop!
Saturday, February 3 at 7 PM - 10 PM. Comedy lovers: We've put together another great comedy show for you, and this time we'll be hosting it on the backstage at The Truck Stop! Enjoy sets from Rob Burrows, Nile A. Duppstadt, Brad Reeder, Joanna Popik, and your hosts Ben Popik and Michael Taylor. Plus we'll be debuting new San Pedro-based videos! It's going to be a great night and we hope you can join us. NOTE: This show is FREE, however, we will only have 100 or so chairs -- so arrive a bit early to claim your favorite seat! Or, bring your own chair, and saunter in whenever you please, you fancy chair-owner.

Saca Chispas Football field
When San Pedro was a village with just a couple hundred people, the Saca Chispas Football field, was a garbage dump for the then fishing community. It was later cleaned and made into the island’s only football field. I have sat down and listened to many conversations on how local football celebrities were carved and made into great players to the height that some were selected to be a part of the Belize National Team on countless occasions. Local migration in the middle of the 1980’s followed by the large influx of Belizeans seeking better job opportunity on the island in the 1990’s, certainly began putting serious constrain on several of the island’s resources. This was the case with sports and the small Saca Chispas Football Field.

Super Bowl in Corozal
SUPER BOWL 52nd - Sunday, February 4th, 2018 at NATURAL MYSTIC, Finca Solana starting at 5:30 p.m. Great open air ambience. Finca Solana is in the vicinity of Mangrove Park.

Branch Mouth Bridge V2.0
The new Branch Mouth bridge has been finished. Quite an improvement over the old one, and it's higher too, so floods shouldn't be a problem. "The new bridge at Branch Mouth is done. Their doing the last finishing touches today. It's around 2 meters higher, so it should be able to weather the floods better."

Village council members of Arenal, Belize visited the Vaca Forest Reserve to learn about the ago-ecological methods underway
They saw with interest the techniques to be replicated in their village.

Belize Bird Conservancy Birdathon
A reminder for all the Birding Lodges in Belize. Belize Bird Conservancy Birdathon is April 1 - 30. Choose your date, gather your team, plan your route, have fun. May the birdiest Lodge win...

U.S. Embassy proud to support the development of the health sector in Belize!
Yesterday, representatives from the U.S. Embassy and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Central America Regional office donated $150,000 worth of equipment, supplies, and training to the Central Medical Laboratory to support better public health responses to disease outbreaks in Belize. Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Adrienne Galanek and CEO of the Ministry of Health Belize Dr. Ramon Figueroa both underlined the importance of enhancing Belize’s health sector in achieving our shared goals. The main piece of equipment, a thermocycler, will allow for real time disease testing in Belize for the first time ever. This means the Government of Belize can now rapidly detect dangerous diseases, plan more effective public health responses, and reduce the cost of testing.

Paradise Theater playing this weekend:
Only the Brave, Roman J Israel, Wonder, Thor: Ragnarok. Superbowl Viewing Sunday @ 5 Free. *Only the Brave and Roman J Israel playing only friday and saturday night*

Channel 7

The Moment Missing Men Were Reunited With Families
It was our headline last night - and tonight we have the full story of those two NICH rangers who were found alive and well after spending two days lost between Caracol and the Guatemalan border - which is only 3 miles away. 7News had the only camera on the spot when their families reunited with them for the first time. Jules Vasquez has the story:… This is the moment at 5:20 when Elroy Villanueva Alvarado’s family first saw him at the junction of the Caracol and San Antonio Road. “Weh pah unu mi deh” - That’s what any family member would ask after their loved one went missing in the deep, dangerous bush for 48 hours. There were hugs and happy embraces for this 21 year old - who looked to be in very good health - with a beaming smile to spare. Chilling In the back-seat - was his senior colleague, a slightly more reserved 43 year old Luis Ramirez.

PM May Push Back House Meeting
When will the House of Representatives vote on that 90 million dollar arbitration award that is owed to the Belize Bank? Rumours said it would be the third Friday in February - but today the Prime Minister said - the date is still undecided since the Bank is trying to find another way to force government to pay:… Jules Vasquez: "Will that pivotal house meeting be held on February 16th sir?" Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow - Prime Minister: "I'm not entirely sure because as you may have known the Ashcroft Alliance, the Belize Bank they've filed an application for an enforcement order. The hearing of that has now been fixed for March 14th. The government also filed two applications. In that same application the government is saying in any event how can the bank ask for an enforcement order and an order of mandamus against the Minister of Finance when it is quite clear that our constitutional arrangements...”

Police Don’t Have Much to Say about “Oh” Sisters Killer
As we told you last night, 20 year old Wilmer Alexander Escobar was charged for the Oh sisters murder in Toledo. Escobar reportedly chopped 17 year-old Josephina and 19 year old Crecencia Oh to death. While police have made this major break in this case, there are still many questions as to what led to this gruesome attack. Today at the weekly briefing, police told us that they can’t get into all the details or motive at this point. Here is more from the press conference. ACP Joseph Myvett - National CIB "In respect of the murder of Crescencia and Josephina Oh which had occurred in the Toledo district some 11 days ago. Yesterday police has since arrested and charged Wilmer Alexander Escobar, 20 year old laborer of Bella Vista for two counts of murder." Reporter: "With respect to the double murder can you say whether or not the suspect confessed to the crime?" ACP Joseph Myvett: "I would not say that he confessed but there was some cooperation and some items belonging to both deceased have also been recovered."

Maya Community Will Walk For Sisters
But even though the cops have been able to solve this heinous crime, the two Western Toledo communities of San Jose and San Antonio are still grieving the traumatic loss of the Oh sisters. A group called “Walk for Justice”, formed in the memory of the sisters, has organized a walk to be held on this Saturday, February 3, 2018. A press release from the organizing committee says, quote, “The walk is intended to condemn crime, and appeal for justice, unity and peace in the Toledo District and the nation of Belize. This double murder has shocked the nation and has forced us to realize that we cannot be silent in the face of ever-increasing crime and insecurity.” End quote. The Committee says that the peaceful march aims to unite the people of Southern Belize and to send a message of unity throughout the country.

Terminal Stabbing Is Non-Fatal
The Novelo’s bus terminal is usually bustling with commuters and heavy traffic but early this morning, before the rush, Kenrick Valencia was stabbed. Police told us more. Insp. Wilfredo Ferrufino - CIB, Belize City: "This morning about 5:00 am police visited the KHMH and there they observed one Kenrick Valencia 34 years old security guard of Lords Bank. He had single stab wound to the abdominal area. He is in a critical but stable condition. Investigation has revealed that he was standing in front of the Novelos terminal on West Collet Canal and he was approached by a male individual who inflicted to injury to him. We have one person detained and police are continuing the investigation."

FCD Catches Guate Hunters
At the top of the news we showed you how park rangers Elroy Alvarado and Luis Ramirez’s search for Pacaya palms around Caracol took a turn for the worst when they lost their way. Luckily they didn’t encounter and Guatemalan bandits on their 48 hours in the bush. But FCD rangers along with the BDF and the Special Patrol Unit did make such an encounter on Sunday afternoon. The team caught 3 Guatemalans with guns, ammunition and a gibnut they hunted and killed. Dolores, El Peten residents Roni Alexander Lopez, Abraham Estevan Depaz, and Encarnacion Depaz each carried a 20-gauge shotgun. Lopez also had 3 live rounds of 20-gauge ammunition; Estevan Depaz had 2 live rounds while Encarnacion Depaz had 4 live rounds of 20-gauge ammunition and 1 live round of 16-gauge ammunition. Encarnacion Depaz admitted to hunting the gibnut.

UDP: Can Dion Do It Without Darrell?
Municipal Elections are just a few weeks away - and the UDP’s Belize City slate stepped its campaign into high gear today with the launch of its manifesto. For a party asking voters to give it a fifth term in the city - they tried to keep it fresh - but not to lose sight of what they feel are benchmark accomplishments. Jules Vasquez was there:… Dion Leslie - UDP Mayoral Candidate: "We are honoured to present this manifesto today. It is a true representation of the vision of our residence. This is your manifesto, this is your vision and it is our job to make sure we fulfill what you have requested." Called “Improving Lives”, the UDP’s Belize City Council Manifesto is a study in cautious optimism - and lots of references to past successes. It’s the rare political grouping that’s running on its record:

Can UDP Win A Majority of Municipalities?
So, you just heard party leader Dean Barrow give a glowing endorsement of his UDP slate in Belize City. But, what about the rest of the country? Currently the UDP controls eight of nine municipalities - a super majority it has held since 2006. But, 12 years into its domination of municipal government - concurrent with 10 years in central government - political observers suggest that the UDP’s hold on power must be slipping. We asked the Prime Minister and Party Leader to predict how many seats the UDP will hold unto after March 7th. Jules Vasquez: "The UDP currently hold 62 of 67 municipal seats. It's not realistic to expect you can hold on to 62 of 67 or increase that 10 years into your terms of office and many of these councils have longer terms. If you had to make a prediction how many of the 67 will the UDP..."

PM Says Belize and US Are Friends
And, moving now from local to international politics - we asked the Prime Minister for reaction to US President Donald Trump’s remarks in his State of the Union Address. On Tuesday night, Trump asked the US Congress to, quote, “pass legislation to help ensure American foreign-assistance dollars always serve American interests, and only go to America's friends.” Taken in context, he was referring to those nations which voted in the United Nations General Assembly, condemning the US decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Trump said the US must, quote, “restore clarity about our adversaries.” Today, Prime Minister Barrow said that Belize is definitely not an adversary:

The CLICO Conundrum
And finally from the Prime Minister tonight, we asked him about the CLICO case that is currently before the Caribbean Court of Justice. 54 CLICO policy holders in Belize - who were left in the lurch after the Caribbean insurance company went belly up - are suing the government for 4 million dollars in losses. They say the government should have protected them in the event of a bankruptcy - as happened to CLICO. The Prime Minister said he expects that the decision of the lower courts will be upheld - and government won’t have to find that four million:… Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow - Prime Minister: "Well I wasn't aware that it's before the CCJ. I know that it's been litigated in Belize and that in fact the court of appeal gave a judgement which I read and which I thought was absolutely solid. So I would hope and I in fact believe that - that decision of the court of appeal will be upheld by the CCJ."

PUC Chair Says He’s Underpaid
Last night, during the press conference to announce the initial decision to lower water rates, John Avery, the chairman of the Public Utilities Commission, opened the floor to questions about their most recent audit, and allegations of reckless public spending. You heard him complain about the press coverage on it, describing that coverage as irresponsible and sensational. Well, tonight, we have his answers to the specific allegations about him and the other commissioners on the PUC. We start first his response to the allegation he and the commissioners are being grossly over-compensated, to the point of fleecing the public purse. Yesterday, he asserted that actually, he and the commissioners are underpaid for all the work they do. Here’s how he explained why:

Thieves Picked On PUMA Petrol Station Again
The Puma Gas Station in Ladyville was robbed AGAIN! – this is about the 4th time the gas station has been targeted by armed thieves. It happened last night at around 10:00. Cashier Adonis Serano was at the gas station when 3 men bolted inside. One of men pointed a gun at Serano and took the money from the register. The men also snatched money from a customer. They ran off with $500. The last robbery we reported on at the gas station was in May 2017. In that case the armed robber shot a man in his arm and made off with two phones and a $2 bill from a gas attendant.

Mayor Acting Like Minister With Land Title Giveaway
Earlier in the news, we showed you the UDP manifesto launch for their Belize City Council slate. In only 34 days, residents of Belize City and the 8 other municipalities countrywide will vote for their municipal leaders. That’s also how much time the outgoing Belize City Mayor, Darrell Bradley, has left in office. And, in one final act of appreciation to the staff of City Hall, he handed out land titles to 195 council employees. The effort started in June of 2015 with 57 acres of land that the Natural Resources Minister set aside for the City at mile 14 on the George Price Highway. After two and a half years of paperwork, this evening, the council was able to put the land title documents into the hands of staffers. The Mayor explained why he wanted to make sure this happens before he leaves office:

Legal Learning For All
You don’t have to be a lawyer to know the law – that was the main message from the City Council’s first Caribbean legal systems entry level course. It’s a training for city council staff, police officers and persons from various organizations to learn their rights and the basics of law. Yesterday 25 participants graduated from the 5 week course and lead coordinator Margaret Mckenzie told us more about the importance. . Mckenzie plans to start up the course again in two weeks. It is for free.

H.E. Quesnel Takes All Questions
Mexican Ambassador to Belize Carlos Quesnel has been in Belize for three years - and today, on the eve of his third anniversary in the country, he held his annual media breakfast. We asked him about the outlaw behavior we saw at the Subteniente Lopez bridge one year ago. That’s where Mexican gangs confronted Belize and Mexican customs - demanding that they be allowed to smuggle contraband from the free one. Ambassador Quesnel said they have worked diligently to crack down on those gangs:.. H.E Carlos Quesnel - Mexican Ambassador to Belize: "We have meetings often between the authorities in Mexico and the authorities of Belize to try to find the best mechanism to fight this kind of criminal activity. Its not easy, they are still there working but we have taken measures and certainly we have to take harsh measures and that case the case of Subteniente Lopez sometimes you have to take difficult decisions that you will affect some people."

NEMO Ready For Anything
That Tsunami scare earlier this month certainly shook up residents of coastal communities, and it also gave NEMO a serious wake-up call when it comes to disaster preparedness. Yesterday at the NEMO office in Sand hill, coordinators from out West and the Cayes met for their first Disaster planning meeting for 2018. Minister Edmond Castro says early and efficient planning is crucial. This meeting will also be held with NEMO coordinators from the Northern and Southern Zones.

Sheep From USA For Gene-Stock Improvement
And another of Belize’s friends, Taiwan has come through with sheep - stocks for the Ministry of Agriculture. On Monday, January 29th 2018, the Ministry received twenty-nine imported Dorper and sixteen Barbados Black Belly sheep from the USA. It’s part of a project to improve the gene stocks of Sheep and Goats in Belize. It’s a three year, 3.5 million Belize dollar project.

Channel 5

New Litigation at C.C.J. over U.H.S., House Vote May Be Delayed
Our top story tonight is a major update on the Universal Health Services matter. Both the government and the Belize Bank Limited are headed back to court in dueling applications [...]

Why P.M. Says Let the Sunshine In
On Monday, February fifth, the Supreme Court is expected to hear the case of Sunshine Holdings against the B.T.L. Employees’ Trust in a partial continuation of the original Telemedia saga [...]

Finance Minister Claims Immunity in CLICO Case
On Tuesday, we reported that a group of former holders of premium annuities with the defunct Colonial Life Insurance Company (CLICO) took an appeal of previous judicial decisions to the [...]

“We’re Still Friends with the U.S.”
During U.S. President Donald Trump’s live televised State of the Union address to Congress on Tuesday night, he intimated that American foreign assistance should always serve American interests and go [...]

Lost and Found Park Rangers Blame It on the Rain
The combined effort of the Belize Defense Force, the Belize Police Department and the Forestry Department led to the successful location of two park rangers who had gone missing on [...]

Guats Nabbed Illegally Hunting Wildlife
Earlier this week, we reported on the case of two Guatemalan fishermen charged with illegal fishing in southern Belize. Tonight, Friends for Conservation and Development, FCD, is reporting that on [...]

U.D.P. CitCo Slate Unveil “People’s” Manifesto
The homestretch of the municipal elections race has arrived. As the calendar turns to February, the ruling United Democratic Party is first off the mark with its production of promises [...]

P.M. Bullish on Prospects in Municipal Elections
The United Democratic Party currently controls sixty-two of the sixty-seven seats on municipal councils countrywide. Since 2006, it has never gone below a two-thirds majority of such seats. But, might [...]

Barrow: It’s Not Time to Say Goodbye Yet
And finally from Prime Minister Dean Barrow tonight, the march is on toward his sunset as a political force. With elections due by the end of 2020 or early 2021 [...]

Police Get Their Man in Vicious Double Sister Murder
Siblings Cricencia and Josephine Oh were savagely mutilated near the village of San Jose in the Toledo District on January twenty-first as they were returning from attending mass and visiting [...]

San Jose/San Antonio villagers Take a Walk for Justice
The shocking deaths of the Oh sisters have galvanized residents from San Jose and San Antonio villages.  Together they have organized a Walk for Justice in memory of Cricencia and [...]

Lord’s Bank Security Guard Surprised by Pre-Dawn Stabbing
Thirty-four-year-old Kenrick Valencia was attacked by an unknown assailant as he stood in front of the Novelo’s Bus Terminal this morning.  The predawn assault resulted in the security guard being [...]

Mexico Promotes Legitimate Trade against Contraband
Back from his end-of-year working visit to his homeland to meet with counterparts in the Mexican Foreign Relations Secretariat, Ambassador of Mexico to Belize, Carlos Quesnel Melendez, hosted the press [...]

On Immigration, Mexico Says Trump’s Wall is Not the Answer
President Enrique Pena Nieto’s whirlwind visit to Belize for the Mexico-CARICOM summit was a highlight of the local embassy’s year, and planning has begun for a reciprocal visit, as well [...]

How Belizean Mexicans Can Vote in July Elections
There is an important notice tonight for our viewers of Mexican heritage. In five months voters will go to the polls there to elect a President and members of the [...]

Land Titles are Final CitCo Gift to Workers
One hundred and ninety-five City Council employees each received a free piece of land today. Mayor Darrell Bradley says he has been working on this “thank you” gift which will [...]

30 Years of Tertiary Titans COBEC
The Ministry of Education, members of the Consortium for Belize Educational Cooperation, met today in Belize City for the annual COBEC Winter Symposium.  This year, COBEC celebrates thirty-years of existence [...]

What You Need to Know about Measles Threat
At the end of January, the Ministry of Health in Belize issued an advisory on the presence of measles in Central America. It’s one imported case – which means an [...]

CTV3

PM Barrow Weighs In The Upcoming Municipal Election
Prime Minister Barrow also discussed what he believes are his party’s very good chances of holding on to the majority of the municipal Governments in the March 7th elections. At present, the UDP controls 62 seats of the 67 that make of the municipal elections. But after 10 years or more of UDP City and Town Councils, will voters express fatigue, disenchantment and displeasure at the polls? Rt. Honourable Dean Barrow – Prime Minister of Belize: “If I were to say we can hold on to all we can and in fact we can increase the number you would accuse me of perhaps being arrogant, accuse the party and the government of being arrogant and so I will not say that...”

PM Says Municipal election Results Won't Dictate His Exit From Politics
Political analysts believe that the results of the municipal elections will be a sort of barometer for the Barrow Administration and in particular the leadership of Prime Minister Barrow. Having won three terms since 2008, despite the many scandals that have plagued his administration, it is anticipated that the PM will be measuring the outcome and decide whether he still maintains the confidence of Belizeans. But today the PM shared his perspective with the media, indicating that the municipal election results won’t matter much to him, because he isn’t going to be around very soon.

Domestic Exports Decline In 2017
Last night we told you about the December 2017 Consumer Price Index figures released by the Statistical Institute of Belize which show that the cost of living remained high. Tonight we bring to you the import and export figures for the last month of 2017. We first take a look at the exportation figures. Data gathered by the SIB demonstrate that there was a recorded decline in the total value of domestic exports for December 2017. Figures show that it fell by $2.2 million, decreasing from $17.9 million in 2016 to $15.7 million this year. (Insert Figure 3)

Imports Decline Last Month Of 2017
Turning over now to Imports. Statistics show that for the month of December 2017, imports decreased by 0.9 percent or $1.6 million landing at a total of $167.2 million in comparison to December 2016 which stood at $168.8 million.

PM Says It Is not Likely That US Would Cut Aid
In Wednesday’s newscast, we showed you the chilling remarks by U.S. President Donald Trump at his annual State of the Union in which he declared that those countries who did not support their decision to move their Embassy to Jerusalem are considered enemies and suggested that Congress should pass a law to cut funding aid to them. For Belize, if this would happen it would mean no more funding for initiatives such as CARSIE which pumps millions of U.S. dollars into improving national security. Today the Prime Minister was asked what he thought of the U.S. President’s comments.

LOVE FM

Mexico supports Belize/Guatemala bilateral talks
This morning, reporters from several media houses were hosted by the Ambassador of Mexico to Belize, Carlos Quesnel, for a breakfast press conference. Ambassador Quesnel spoke on an array of issues related to his government, including the Belize/Guatemala dispute. Yesterday the Permanent Council of the Organization of American States, OAS, hosted Foreign Affairs Minister Wilfred …

Mexican Ambassador addresses contraband problem
Mexican Ambassador Carlos Quesnel was also asked about a perennial issue facing both countries. For years, authorities on both sides of the borders have been trying to stop contraband. While busts have been made, the practice is a much more complicated issue. Here is the solution that Ambassador Quesnel offered. CARLOS QUESNEL, AMBASSADOR OF MEXICO …

Accused murderer cooperating with police
20-year-old Wilmer Alexander Escobar remains behind bars after he was arrested for the murders of sisters seventeen year old Josephine Oh and nineteen year old Crisencia Oh. The sisters were brutally attacked and murdered on January 21. They were found naked and with chops wounds to the body. Police believe that Escobar committed the heinous …

More on PUC Chairman’s response to leaked documents
During a press conference yesterday Chairman of the Public Utilities Commission, John Avery decided to address media reports of leaked financial documents relating to the Commission. At the start of the year we began reporting on leaked documents which show questionable financial transactions carried out by the Public Utilities Commission, PUC. These include credit card …

It is a political gimmick?
In its annual Review Proceeding for the BWS the Public Utilities Commission announced yesterday that has made its first proposal with regards to water rates. The PUC is proposing for a 6.39% decrease on water rates. It’s not the final decision but the announcement alone will give hope to Belizeans that it might be a …

Prime Minister Dean Barrow says next step with UHS to be determined after consultations with lawyers
Prime Minister Dean Barrow says he is not entirely sure whether he will be calling a House of Representatives meeting later this month where it was expected that the motion for the disbursement of the 90 million dollars that the Caribbean Court of Justice ordered the Belize Government to pay to the Belize Bank would …

Sheep imported; a historic day says Ministry of Agriculture
On Monday twenty-nine, Dorper and sixteen Barbados Black Belly sheep were brought into Belize via the Philip Goldson International Airport. The Ministry of Agriculture says that the day was a historic one which was facilitated by the Genetic Improvement for Sheep and Goat Project at Central Farm. The Dorper sheep is a South African mutton …

Prime Minister not worried about President Trump’s threat
Prime Minister Dean Barrow says he is not particularly worried about the statements made by US President Donald Trump. In his first State of the Union Address earlier this week, the US President said he would implement penalties to “enemies” of the US. This stemmed from the minimal support the US received when the Trump …

MOH keeping an eye on measles case in Guatemala
Measles is a highly contagious viral infection of the respiratory system and ever since a positive case of measles was identified in Guatemala, health officials here are on the alert. It causes a total-body skin rash and flu-like symptoms, including a fever, cough, and runny nose. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimate that 2.6 million …

Man critical after being stabbed
A man was stabbed this morning in Belize City. Kenrick Valencia remains at the KHMH in a critical but stable condition. Inspector Wilfredo Ferrufino shared more details. INSP. WILFREDO FERRUFINO, C.I.B., BELIZE CITY “This morning about five am Police visited the KHMH and there and there they observed one Kendrick Valencia thirty-four-year-old security guard of …

Sunshine Holdings should pursue case against BTL Employees’ Trust says PM
The Prime Minister also spoke on the matter of Sunshine Holdings versus the BTL Employees’ Trust. On January 15, the Caribbean Court of Justice ruled that Sunshine Holdings can sue the Trust for monies owing to the company. Here is what the PM says he understands of the case and Sunshine Holdings position.

UDP Party Leader Dean Barrow’s retirement imminent
As the UDP prepares for the municipal elections next month, this may be the last municipals that Party leader Dean Barrow will lead. As has been reported before he has announced his intention of retiring. Today he told the media that notwithstanding the results of the municipal elections, his retirement is imminent.

UDP Launches manifesto for Belize City
The United Democratic Party’s Belize City slate presented its manifesto this morning. The team is being led by Mayoral Candidate and current councilor Dion Leslie. Flanked by the Party leader and Prime Minister Dean Barrow, Deputy Prime Minister Patrick Faber and many supporters, the team presented their plan for the City should they retain administration …

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Two park Rangers missing at Caracol Archaeological Reserve
Two park rangers are reportedly missing from the Caracol Archaeological Reserve in the Cayo District. The family of one of those rangers is concerned after they received a call from NICH this afternoon at about four o’clock . informing them that Elroy Villanueva went missing at the Caracol Archaeo...

George Young perishes in traffic accident
The victim of a fatal traffic accident that we reported on in yesterday’s newscast has been identified as 77 year old George Young, a Belizean Retiree of Burrell Boom Village. As we told you, sometime before 3 p.m.. on Monday afternoon, a Toyota Rav 4 was travelling on the Boom Road when it somehow ...

Motorcyclist hospitalized due to RTA
There was another accident that occurred over the weekend that police has issued a report on. This one happened on Saturday in Dangriga. According to the police report, the accident occurred at mile 1 on George Price Drive, Dangriga Town, where a small white Isuzu goods truck and a motorcycle collid...

More charges expected for Mexican ATM thieves
The three Mexicans who have been charged for theft from Atlantic bank ATMs across the country may be facing additional charges shortly. On January 22nd, Belen Hernandez, Lionel Rodriguez, and Joscan Jafet were all charged with theft after they were accused of fraudulently withdrawing at least one ...

Police seek other suspects in Alfredo Cowo murder
And speaking of crime on San Pedro William Godoy was charged for the murder of Alfredo Cowo who was shot and killed on San Pedro on January 16th of this year. Godoy’s family has told the media that he has an alibi that places him nowhere near the murder scene at the time it occurred. Police are now ...

Cotton Tree residents arrested for Drug Trafficking
Four persons were arrested and charged for drug trafficking in Cotton Tree Village. Belmopan police say they conducted searches in Cotton Tree village, Cayo District on Monday Janury 29th which led to the discovery of 73 grams of cannabis. The persons arrested and charged are 49 year old Vexaida L...

AG donates law books to Belmopan police
And in more Belmopan police news, Attorney General of Belize Honorable Michael Peyrefitte donated some law books to the Belmopan police today. The 15 Volumes of the Laws of Belize as updated in 2011 was handed over to OC Spt Howell Gillett today. The donation is valued at over $5,000...

PM Barrow and IDB General Manager meet
New IDB Manager for Central America, Haiti, Mexico, Panama, and the Dominican Republic, Verónica Zavala, met with Prime Minister Dean Barrow. The meeting with the General Manager of the Inter-American Development Bank for this region was o discuss Belize’s relationship with the bank and programming ...

Two Guatemalan fishermen caught fishing illegally in southern Belize
Park rangers of the Toledo Institute for Development and Environment along with personnel of the Belize Coast Guard arrested two Guatemalans who were fishing illegally near the Rio Grande in southern Belize. The fishermen tried to escape, but the patrol team was equipped and mobilized quickly to app...


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Water rates going down
The Public Utilities Commission called a press conference on Wednesday January 31 in which it announced that it has made a decision to adjust water rates and it will be downward. Chairman of the PUC stated that the institution held a Full Tariff Review Proceeding on BWS in 2014 during which rates were set up to 2020. Unlike Belize Electricity Limited, which has a greater fluctuation on factors that affect the price of the utility, BWS does not have such. Because of this, an yearly review is not necessary. This year however, Avery noted that there were enough unresolved issues for the Annual Review Proceeding (ARP) to take place and that has now been concluded.

2 park rangers lost for 44 hours in Chiquibul
The Nation of Belize and a set of two families can now breathe a sense of relief after two rangers who have been missing since Monday, have been found. Park Manager Luis Ramirez and Ranger Elroy Villanueva were being debriefed as of 3:00 pm on Wednesday by relevant authorities. A combined effort from the Belize Defense Force, the Belize Police Department and Forestry located the men in good health in the Chiquibul Forest Reserve. They were both found about 1:30 pm, some 2.5 kilometers Northwest of Caracol and four kilometers East of the Guatemala border. Apparently they got lost when they went into the jungle to look for a fruit ‘pakaya’ which is a celery type vegetable.

Another auditorium this time it’s in Griga
The Russell ‘Chiste’ Garcia Auditorium was inaugurated in Dangriga on Saturday January 27. The mighty building features a FIBA certified wooden basketball court complete with Gared backboards, and shot clocks. It is equipped with locker rooms, bathrooms, and office spaces along with concession stands. In addressing the gathering, Mayor of Dangriga Francis Humphreys remembered Chiste as a man rooted in agriculture and cited that the, “measure of the man was not only by the service to community but also the bigness of his heart with which he served his community.” For his part, Frank Papa Mena explained that Dangriga, “needed a symbol of faith, a symbol of hope, a symbol of survival and a symbol of sustainability and that could only be seen in the likes of one person, that was Chiste.” As he spoke he urged that the community take care of the facility because “this dah fu we.”

Coffins in the sea
This week the Guardian Newspaper was provided with video footage which shows as many as 7 coffins along with human remains in shallow waters off the coast in an area known as rocky point. Its an area due north of Ladyville and the discovery was made by someone who owns property there and had gone to swim there. We contacted the Department of Archaeology and they are on an active mission to find the coffins as these form part of Belize’s rich history. Archaeologist Jose Ramos told the Guardian that the entire area is dotted with significant historical sites but it is not aware of this most recent find. Personnel from the department have been deployed to the area but so far have been unsuccessful at locating the coffins. They however say that the effort to locate them will not subside.

One man charged with double murder of Oh sisters
Police officers formally arrested and charged one man for the horrific murder of Cresencia and Josefina Oh on Wednesday, January 31, 2018. That man is Wilmer Alexander Escobar, a 20-year-old laborer of an address in Bella Vista Village. Escobar was charged with two counts of murder, one for each sister. Escobar reportedly confessed to the murders and had the phones that belonged to the women in his possession. The motive of the crime appears to be robbery, rape, and murder.

40 million dollars more for DFC
The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has given the Development Finance Corporation (DFC) 40 million dollars more to conduct its work for the benefit of Belize. It’s the 8th line of credit that the DFC has been granted since the organization was restructured in 2008 to move on from the scandals of reckless lending done under the last PUP administration. As Belize’s only development bank, it conducts business to provide support to strengthen and expand Belize’s funding. It does this by providing developmental financing on an economically stable and environmentally acceptable basis. This money will assist the DFC to provide finance in priority sectors such as tourism, services, manufacturing, fishing, agriculture, the residential sector, and student loans. They will also be able to assist in the area of entrepreneurship to help develop micro-sector enterprises and small businesses.

What are Tertiary Level Education options for Belizeans?
Hundreds of secondary and tertiary students gathered at the St. Catherine Academy Multipurpose Auditorium on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 to participate in Belize’s first Tertiary Options and Opportunities (TOO) Education Expo. In speaking with Deryck Satchwell, Deputy Director, Tertiary and Post-secondary Education Services in the Ministry of Education, students, especially secondary students, were given a chance to see what their options might be after secondary school. It is the hope of the ministry that the majority of the students will choose to further their education.

School children visit the Belize Central Prison
On Tuesday some 20 young persons from select primary schools within the Belmopan Police Jurisdiction visited the Belize Central Prison to get a first hand view on how it is run. At the prison the children were greeted by Vernon Bennet, head of security, whose duty is to connect visitors with staff and inmates. Present for a morning lecture within the Prison’s conference room was Chief Executive Officer Virjilio Murillo, who told the children about life at the prison. Escapes from the prison has been kept to a minimum explained Murillo, because of the presence of tower guards. The Belize Central Prison also has a rigid and effective screening process for contraband said Murillo.

IT NEVER RAINS ON ONE MAN’S HOUSETOP CULTURE CAPITAL DANGRIGA
During the past week, some sporadic but heavy showers were recorded over Belize but it appeared as if though the storm dumped most of the rains in ‘Griga.’ This to many of us, is called together weather. It was indeed together weather but not in the popular sense of the word. Hands on Mayor, Francis Humphreys and several of the hard working staff of the Dangriga Town Council got together and took to the streets. With the weather holding up, a relatively dry cold front was ushered in. The crew, led by Mayor Humphreys, took the opportunity to survey the rain damaged streets and neighborhoods. Many of the approximately 10 areas of the town took a heavy beating with backed up drains and pot holed streets. However, four of the most affected areas, Wageirale, First, Second and Third New Sites were priority.

Potato importation stopped to protect local production
The Ministry of Agriculture recently convened a meeting at the Agriculture Show Grounds Conference Room in Belmopan, where potato producers and importers gathered to verify potato production figures and estimated harvest dates. Producers representing small, medium and large farms from production areas countrywide attended the meeting. The discussion opened with a presentation and verification of the amount of potato in production by districts. It was estimated that the Cayo District has the highest production with a total of 2.8 million pounds, followed by Corozal with 588,000 pounds. Also, the Orange Walk District produces 286,000 pounds while the Stann Creek District produces 45,000 pounds.

US makes donation to improve National Lab
The U.S. Embassy held a laboratory equipment handover ceremony from the U.S. Government to the Belize Ministry of Health on Wednesday, January 31, 2018. The event was held at 10:00 am in the Central Health Region Conference Room at the Central Medical Laboratory. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - Central America Regional office in Guatemala provided a thermocycler for polymerase chain reaction (PCR) (real-time) testing to the Belize National Laboratory. This technology, which is valued at US $75,000, is used for rapid and accurate detection of viruses and bacteria that cause diseases like Zika and influenza.

Ministry of Health on high alert for Measles
The Ministry of Health was recently alerted of a positive case of Measles in Guatemala, imported from Germany. Measles is a highly infectious viral disease, but is also a vaccine-preventable disease, that has not been reported in Belize since 1991. The number of cases of Measles in the region of the Americas have increased from 92 to 271 in 2016 and 2017, respectively, and the Caribbean is reporting highly suspicious cases imported from the United Kingdom (UK). The public is hereby advised to IMMEDIATELY report to your nearest health facility if you show signs or observe someone with the following symptoms:

Belmopan police recognized
On Friday of last week, the Belmopan Police recognized two of its employees for their outstanding achievements. Awarded by Police Commander Howell Gillett was sergeant Julio Shal for his stewardship in major investigations. Also awarded by Gillett was Crime Scene Specialist Barrington Montero for going above the call of duty. Both police employees were each given a certificate for a night (for two) at Twin Palms Inn. “We are quick to reward outstanding performance as we are the same when wrongdoings are uncovered. Continue your great work,” writes Howell Gillett.

John Martinez walks away from murder charge
A murder suspect has walked away from a murder charge after another case of “amnesia” in the Supreme Court room of Justice Adolph Lucas. He is 29-year-old John Martinez, the only person charged for the February 22, 2013 shooting murder of Ernest Savery, a 37-year-old prison officer. Savery was gunned down in the Ladyville area on February 22, 2013 in front of his home. He was shot once to the stomach and was later rushed to the KHMH but was pronounced dead on arrival. Martinez was arraigned for this murder as soon as May 24, 2013.

Bus Terminal worker Jermaine Hyde murdered in Belize City
Police officers were called to a residence on Thurton Street just after 5:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 27, 2018 where they observed the motionless body of a male person. The body was identified as 38-year-old Jermaine Curtis Hyde, an employee at the old bus terminal and resident of Hattieville. Hyde’s body was seen with one single apparent gunshot wound to the head. Initial investigation revealed that Hyde was leaving a tacos stand near the Swing Bridge going in the direction of Thurton Street when he was approached by a single unknown male person. That person fired a single shot which fatally injured Hyde. He was transported to the KHMH where he was pronounced dead. The body now awaits a post mortem examination.

Chester Noralez acquitted after deaths of accusers
In December 2015, 93-year-old Patrick Grant, brother to Gilda Diaz, was attacked and badly beaten inside his home on Fern Lane, Belize City. The man accused of the heinous crime was his neighbor- then 36-year-old Chester Noralez. Noralez was accused of entering Grant’s home between December 26 and 27, 2017 and stealing a 21-inch Toshiba television set valued at $265. He was also accused of beating Grant in a near death altercation during the invasion. The trial against Noralez started in early 2017 and Grant, who lived to tell the tale, positively identified Noralez, his neighbor, as his attacker.

Jealous rage claims life of Gavin Palmerston
Police have arrested and charged 37 year-old Robert Brown, a resident of Ladyville for the crime of murder. The cops believe that Brown stabbed his fellow Ladyville resident, 41 year-old Gavin Palmerson, to death. Ladyville police responded to a stabbing incident at an apartment building on Barrier Reef Drive, Vista del Mar after 9:00 p.m. on Friday, January 26, 2018. Upon arrival, the officers observed the lifeless body of a male person lying face up in what appeared to be a pool of blood. That man was later identified as Gavin Palmerston, a 41-year-old Belize resident of Ladyville.

Jessie Mejia and Darwin Prado charged in connection to Ladyville double murder
Two Ladyville youths are on remand at the Belize Central Prison after they were arraigned on Friday, January 26, 2018 at the Belize City Magistrate’s Court on charges of murder, use of deadly means of harm, grievous harm and wounding. The men, 23-year-old Jessie Mejia and 22-year-old Darwin Prado, were charged in relation to the Ladyville shooting incident which left 2 men dead and 2 injured. The deadly shooting occurred on Tuesday, January 23, 2018 on Marage Road, Japan area of Ladyville. Casey Lozano and Marlon Spain were fatally injured while Jonah Gray and Sydney Humes were injured.

Ladyville Barber walks from armed robbery case
A barber is lucky to be home free of a serious charge that could have landed him in jail and facing prison time. That man is 28-year-old Sidney Belizaire, a barber of a Ladyville address. Belizaire was accused of executing a robbery at gun point at a well-known night club in the Ladyville area located on the Phillip Goldson Highway. The allegations against Belizaire are that on Saturday, January 28, 2018 at the Eruption Night Club, he demanded $350 from the establishment owned by Merna Portillo. The reports say that he paid for a service and was dissatisfied and as a result, he demanded the money which he had paid.

Police charge one for month old murder of Errol Gabourel Smith
The body of a male person was found floating in the Belize River in Roaring Creek on December 27, 2017. That body was later identified to be that of Errol Gabourel Smith, a 26-year-old who had recently come out of prison. Gabourel, better known as Rabbit, was trying to turn over a new leaf but was not successful in his attempt. When the body of Gabourel was retrieved from the river, it was learnt that he was murdered with a single gunshot to the head and the autopsy reports indicated that he died as a result of the gunshot wound to his right temple.

Police charge one for month old murder of Errol Gabourel Smith
The body of a male person was found floating in the Belize River in Roaring Creek on December 27, 2017. That body was later identified to be that of Errol Gabourel Smith, a 26-year-old who had recently come out of prison. Gabourel, better known as Rabbit, was trying to turn over a new leaf but was not successful in his attempt. When the body of Gabourel was retrieved from the river, it was learnt that he was murdered with a single gunshot to the head and the autopsy reports indicated that he died as a result of the gunshot wound to his right temple.

Two men and a minor charged for Paul Jex’s murder
The sensational evening murder of Jamaal Paul Jex happened on Tuesday, January 23, 2018 just after 5 p.m. on Crocodile Street in the San Pedrito area of San Pedro. Jex and Deon Neal, a resident of Caye Caulker, were approached by 2 persons who fired shots in their direction. While Neal did not die as a result of the shooting, Jex was fatally wounded. Three persons have since been charged in connection to Jex’s murder. Those persons are 19-year-old Nelson Paguada and a 15-year-old minor, both fishermen of the San Mateo area, along with 45-year-old Timothy Carcamo, a fisherman of the San Juan area. It is said that the three men waylaid Jex and Neal, opened fire, and then hurriedly left the area on a boat.

San Pedro Artist Murdered in Havana Area, Dangriga
The body of a Hispanic man was found around 3:00 a.m. on Monday, January 29, 2018 in Dangriga. Police visited the Havana Game Shop located in the Havana Area, Dangriga Town where the body of a male person of clear complexion dressed in a camouflage jacket and shorts was observed. The body was seen lying face down in a pool of blood, apparently dead. Upon making checks on the body, the officers observed a large chop wound to the left side of the neck. The body was later identified to be that of Miguel Angel Guerrero, a 48-year-old Belizean artist of San Pedro. The body now awaits a post mortem examination and while there are no leads, police investigations continue.

Shooting on Jones Street
On Sunday, January 28, 2018 at 8:20 p.m., police visited the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital where they saw Edgar Flores, a 33 year-old Belizean, suffering from a single gunshot wound. Flores was shot to the right side of the face below the nose area. Initial investigation revealed that earlier that evening, Flores was socializing on Jones Street when a male person stopped in front of the yard and fired shots at the crowd. Flores was shot as a result and is listed in a critical condition. There are no suspects or motive at this time. Police investigations continue.

San Pedro Gang Rivalry spills into City streets Simon Velasquez killed
The San Pedro murder of Paul Jex and shooting of Deon Neal has seemingly spilled into Belize City streets when police responded to a murder on Plues Street on Thursday, January 24, 2018 just after 1:00 p.m. Based on information received, police visited the first floor of a three storey building where they observed the lifeless body of Darwin Dwayne Simon Velasquez, better known as Simon Velasquez. The body had an apparent gunshot wound to the lower side of the back.

Two men charged in murder of Thomas Henry
The Roaring Creek murder of Thomas Henry has lead to the charging of three men. Those men are Tyler Herrera Cruz, Joseph Cadle, and Israel Cadle. Just after 10:30 p.m. on January 23, 2018, Roaring Creek police responded to a shooting incident in the yard of 31-year-old Kimberly Smith who reported that she heard shots being fired in her yard. Upon looking through her window, she saw two male persons, one of whom wielded a firearm. The men turned their direction to her and proceeded to shoot at her.

Jaguars repeat as the three times National Male Volleyball Champions
The Belize Volleyball Association held its National Men’s Senior Volleyball championship on Saturday and Sunday January 27th and 28th respectively at the St. Catherine Mercy Centre in Belize City. On Sunday 28th January, in the championship game between Jaguars and Scorpions, Jaguars defeated Scorpions in two sets by the score of 25-22 and 25-19 to repeat as the National Volleyball Champions for the third year in a row. In the consolation game played, SQ Dragons defeated Toledo King Scorpions in two sets by the score of 25-15 and 25-20 to take third place. Earlier in the morning, the first semi-final game was played between Jaguars and Toledo King Scorpions, in which Jaguars upended the Toledo King Scorpions in three sets by the score of 23-25, 25-18 and 15-11.

Hummingbird Elementary girls and boys lead primary schools volleyball competition
The Belize City Primary Schools Volleyball competition continued on Monday 29th January, 2018, with four games on the schedule. In the first game played in the girls’ competition, Belize Elementary School won over St. Ignatius School in two sets by the score of 26-24 and 25-17. In the first of two games played in the boys’ competition, Belize Elementary School defeated All Saints Anglican School in two sets by the score of 25-6 and 25-13. And in the second game in the boys’ competition Hummingbird Elementary School won over Salvation Army School in two sets by the score of 25-14 and 25-18. In the final game of the day, which was in the girls’ competition, Hummingbird Elementary School defeated St. Martin De Porres School in two sets by the score of 25-12 and 25-11.

San Pedro Tiger Sharks win again in Basketball competition
The 2018 National Elite Basketball League competition continued over the last weekend with two games on the schedule. On Saturday 27th January, 2018, at the Sacred Heart College Auditorium in San Ignacio Town, the visiting San Pedro Tiger Sharks defeated Verdes Basketball Club by the score of 96-84. The top scorers for the San Pedro Tiger Sharks were Raul Roches who scored 20 points to go along with his 4 rebounds, 1 assist and 2 steals; Douglas Valley with 19 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists and 3 steals; Jamal Kelly with 17 points, 3 rebounds, 10 assists and 3 steals and Jihad Wright with 16 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals. For the host team Verdes Basketball Club, the top scorers were Jamie Carbajal with 18 points and 3 rebounds, Ivan Flowers who contributed 17 points along with his 1 rebound, 3 assists and 2 steals and Elvis Usher Jr. who scored 15 points, had 3 assists and 2 steals. This was the San Pedro Tiger Sharks second win in as many outings.

Stars Senior is the National Female Volleyball champions
The Belize Volleyball Association sponsored its National Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship on Saturday and Sunday 27th and 28th January, 2018, respectively at the Belize Elementary School Gymnasium. Five teams competed in the two days National Championship which saw Stars Senior laid claim to the title. On Sunday 28th January, in the championship game played at the St. Catherine Mercy Centre, Stars Senior defeated the Lady Jaguars in three sets by the score of 25-11, 24-26 and 15-4 to re-capture the National Volleyball Championship. In the third place game played, Stars Junior won over Ultra Stars in two sets by the score of 25-19 and 29-27. In the first game played in the semi-final round, Stars Senior defeated Ultra Stars in two sets by the score of 25-12 and 25-17. In the second semi-final game, Lady Jaguars won over Stars Junior in three sets by the score of 13-25, 25-22 and 15-11.

Verdes FC maintain lead in Premier League Closing Season
The 2017-2018 Premier League of Belize Closing Season continued over the weekend with four games on the schedule. On Sunday 28th January, out at the Football Federation of Belize (FFB) Stadium in Belmopan, the defending champion and current leader in this year’s Closing Season Verdes FC defeated the host team the Belize Defence Force FC by the score of 3-1. The visiting Verdes FC was the first that made it onto the scoreboard when Brandon Jones scored the 1st goal of the game in the 16th minute of play to give his team a 1-0 lead. The lead was further extended when Jarret Davis scored the 2nd goal of the game in the 19th minute of play to give his team a 2-0 lead.

Book launched in San Ignacio
Gifted writer Jeremy A. Enriquez launched his book, To Educate a Nation, at the Cayo Welcome Center in San Ignacio Town on Thursday afternoon. His book documents the life story of Andres Patricio Enriquez and wife Jane Victoriana Enriquez nee Villafranco as they travelled from station to station within Belize’s Catholic school system. “This is a story about my grandparents written by themselves about the experiences that they had teaching in remote communities all over Belize between the period 1900 and 1950,” says Jeremy Enriquez, who himself is an independent development consultant. “These garifuna teachers, my grandparents, went through tremendous sacrifices working in remote communities in the areas where in those days there were no roads, they had to sometimes trek through miles of forest to reach these communities and to stay there for months at a time as they tried to stabilize the communities and also to build these schools.”

Bulldozer blade claims life of 77 year old
77 year-old George Young, a resident of Burrell Boom Village, passed away after being involved in a terrible accident. Police say that at around 2:45 p.m., on Monday, January 29, they responded to reports of a traffic accident on the Hattieville Boom Road. On the scene, the officers found a black Toyota Rav 4 SUV in the middle of the road with massive damage to the driver’s side. It appeared as though the vehicle’s left side doors were ripped off. About 300 feet away, the officers found a blue Mack Truck, which was carrying a bulldozer on its trailer.

Aunt knocks down 2 year old baby girl
A Cayo family from Teakettle Village has suffered the tragic loss of their baby. 2 year-old Sofi Reyes was crushed to death when her aunt accidentally drove over her; an accident that’s most likely haunting both her parents and the driver. It happened at around 4 p.m. on Saturday, January 27. Baby Sofi Reyes was playing with her cousins under their house. Her father, Clifford Reyes, told the press that her Aunt, Elvita Cruz drove up to drop off a bottle of oil for him. He was changing the oil for his truck, and after they had a brief conversation, he passed in front her Ford Escape SUV and went across the street.

SORRY PUP BUT EVERY SINGLE VOTE IS OF EXTREME IMPORTANCE
I am one that truly believes that we MUST be grateful for every gift! Freudian slips are of special importance because they offer views into the deepest hidden corners of the mind; arears that are otherwise inaccessible. Guarded truths that were not meant to be published, slips out! On Tuesday night Channel 5 had PUP slogans on the screen during the NEWS and during the INTERVIEW of Mike Juan (UDP chairman of Unitedville)! Slips like these must be understood for what they truly are! This essay is not about Marleni or Channel 5. No, the value of Tuesday’s actions is an extremely loud and bold announcement to the VOTERS of this country that Ashcroft, the PUPpet Master is back on the Belize political playing field! He has control of Channel 5 so he gives them orders on what to do. He also has control over the PUP candidates and means to use then to get control of our country! Then, he will take all our money!

THE NEXT HALF
Now yes, the campaign mode is in full swing in OWT. Last week Wednesday I went to San Pedro to check on something and noted how that municipality was decorated all over with signs and flags which left me wondering if Sugar City was being left behind, but in one week, things changed dramatically. There are banners and flags all over town, brightening up the place. And now some taxis are being outfitted like the cabs in Chetumal with mobile political marketing. Who says the PUP broke? One thing I learnt to appreciate in my town, when an individual is a street survivor the public will quickly jam him with a nickname. For example, I heard people calling a man who likes to hang out at the Queen Elizabeth Park “Third World”.

Words of Life with Pastor Barry Fraser
Brothers, you will never love your wife more than when you pray for her. Humbling yourself before an all-powerful God and asking Him to do what only He can in her life—that’s a level of intimacy beyond anything the world has to offer. Praying for her makes you realize how much of a treasure she is, the woman God gave you. You’re pouring yourself into her complete physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Agriculture ministry announces importation of sheep from USA
Monday, January 29, 2018 marked a historic milestone for the Ministry of Agriculture as it […]

FCD busts 3 Guatemalan hunters with dead gibnut in Chiquibul
Rangers from the Friends for Conservation and Development (FCD) were on a joint patrol on […]

SIB stats show cost of living was higher in 2017 than previous year
The cost of living in Belize in December 2017 was an average of one dollar […]

Exports in 2017 up from year before despite dip in December
Belize’s exports were down by 12.5 percent at the end of 2017, according to the […]

PUP and UDP face off in court over 33 suspected illegal transfers
Reports to BBN indicate that representatives from the United Democratic Party (UDP) and the People’s […]

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Norwegian Getaway Rescues Two Sailors Near Belize
Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Getaway rescued a group of distressed sailors off the coast of Belize on Tuesday evening. The ship was sailing on a seven-day western Caribbean cruise that departed Miami January 28. According to a statement by the cruise line, the ship responded to a distress call by the S/Y Larwin, a 42-foot sailboat, reporting that there were two people onboard and that the ship was taking off water. The Larwin was located off the coast of Belize, 24 nautical miles away from Norwegian Getaway, the closest vessel in the area. Norwegian Getaway’s Captain immediately diverted course and proceeded at full speed to rescue the two men aboard, Norwegian said. Within approximately one hour, Norwegian Getaway arrived at the Larwin’s location, and the Captain dispatched a tender boat with seven crew members, Norwegian said. Norwegian’s team navigated to the sailboat and, despite challenging weather conditions, evacuated both people safely to Norwegian Getaway.

Vagabroads: From Mexico to Belize
We had Mexico in our rear-view mirror, and Belize in our sights. After six months of day-to-day fumbling and struggling through with our mediocre Spanish, a few weeks in an English-speaking country was a welcome respite. I was imagining a young Tom Cruise behind a beachfront bar, flipping glasses, with UB40 playing in the background (only people over 35 will get that reference). Belize is popular tourist destination and was our first Caribbean country. We knew it would be incredible: breathtaking, culturally diverse, and easy to navigate due to its small size and full community of American and Canadian expats.

Experts discover hidden ancient Maya structures in Guatemala
Experts using an aerial high-tech laser scanner have discovered thousands of ancient Maya structures hidden under the thick jungle of northern Guatemala, officials said on Thursday (Feb 1). Some 60,000 structures were found over the past two years in a scan of a region in the northern department of El Peten, which borders Mexico and Belize, said Marcello Canuto, one of the project's top investigators. These findings are a "revolution in Maya archaeology," Canuto said. The new discoveries in this Central American country include urban centres with sidewalks, homes, terraces, ceremonial centres, irrigation canals and fortifications, said Canuto, an archaeologist at Tulane University in the United States. Among the finds was a 30m high pyramid that had been earlier identified as a natural hill in Tikal, Guatemala's premier archaeological site. Also discovered in Tikal: a series of pits and a 14 km long wall.

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  • A couple of dives in Cozumel and then onto Belize., 4.5min. We dove in Cozumel and then onto Belize where we jumped on a small plane and flew to the island of San Pedro where we did some awesome diving with sharks and and eel named Herb. Jumped back on the plane and made it back to the cruise ship in time!

  • The Future of Belizean Education, 5min.

  • Belize Mek We Go S1E1, 10min. The first episode of Belize Mek We Go is out, and they show off Laughing Bird Caye, with a lot of wicked drumming. Chef Sean Kuylen and Ger Sosa will be showing off Belize in the 4 part segment.

  • Turneffe Atoll Diving Belize, 12min. This was a dive I did while on a Carnival Cruise a few years ago. One of the best dives I have ever had.

  • La ruta Maya Belize river challenge 2017, 7min.

  • Belize.. Stone fish most poisonous in the ocean, 1.5min. In Belize I was shown a something i have never seen a Stone Fish.


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