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The San Pedro Sun

SPHS Female Football Team are 2018 Northern Regional Champs!
The San Pedro High School (SPHS) female football team once becomes the Northern Regional Football Champions on Saturday, February 10th at the National Secondary Schools Sports Association (NSSSA) competition. Held at the Luciana Field in Orange Walk Town, both male and female football teams from SPHS competed against other schools for a spot in the National tournament to be held on March 2nd, and 3rd in Punta Gorda Toledo District. In the male division, the SPHS played against Corozal Community College (CCC). The island boys met a very challenging opponent, who dominated the game for most of the 90-minute match. Despite a leading score from CCC, the SPHS still managed to walk away with the victory in a 2-1 final score. The island team then advanced to the championship match against Orange Walk Technical High School (OWTHS).

U.S. Government Donates Counter Narcotics Equipment to Belize Ministry of Defence
The United States Government transferred counter-narcotics equipment, valued at $432,000 USD, to the Belize Defence Force (BDF) and the Belize Coast Guard. U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Adrienne Galanek and CEO of the Ministry of Defence Lieutenant Colonel (RET) Felix Enriquez represented the governments and people of the United States and Belize during the handover event. Chargé Galanek underscored the U.S. Government’s continued commitment to the stability and security of Belize and highlighted the essential role Belize plays in the prosperity of the region.

Reina del Carnaval pageant crowns a new queen; Ana Najarro
There was much fun and laughter at the annual Miss Carnival Pageant on Friday, February 9th at the Angel Nuñez Auditorium. Organized by Flora Ancona’s Comparsa Group, the fifth annual pageant raised funds for the group’s carnival activities, and opened the festivities for ‘El Gran Carnaval de San Pedro.’ The pageant saw the participation of five lovely ladies vying for the coveted title. The contestants, Angela Guerrero, Dulce Portillo, Ana Najarro, Delcia Garcia, and Elsa Wiltshire took to the stage for an intense competition, but at the end of the night, it was Ana Najarro who charmed the judges and took home the title of ‘Reina del Carnaval’ 2018-2019. The show tipped off after 7PM with an opening dance by the five contestants. They introduced themselves as they danced in colorful costumes. Following the opening, the lovely ladies retreated backstage to prepare for the first segment of the pageant.

Ambergris Today

U.S. Government Donates Counter Narcotics Equipment To Belize Ministry Of Defence
On Monday, February 12, 2018, the United States Government transferred counter-narcotics equipment, valued at $432,000 USD, to the Belize Defence Force (BDF) and the Belize Coast Guard. U.S. Embassy Chargé d'Affaires, a.i. Adrienne Galanek and CEO of the Ministry of Defence Lieutenant Colonel (RET) Felix Enriquez represented the governments and people of the United States and Belize during the handover event.

Carnaval 2018 Day Two - Cupid And Queen Of The Bay Parody
Day two of Carnaval 2018 was alot of fun as there was lots more painting and dancing at Central Park. The comparsas had everyone laughing and dancing. Did you know President Trump was on the island? That's right even President Donald Trump made it at Carnaval 2018 as the students of Ambergris Caye Elementary School did a parody on the "wall of Donald Trump". Dona Flora's group had everyone feeling the love as they danced along with Cupid. The Barbies (men's group) took us back to September 2017 as they had the "Queen of the Bay Parody" making everyone laugh and have a great time as "Barbie Moya" took away the crown of the Queen of the Bay and gave it to whom she thought was the righful queen. Loads and loads of fun! Today is the last day of Carnaval do not miss out on this fun tradition of our isla bonita!

Misc Belizean Sources

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Kindy take note of Archeological site update
WEDNESDAY 14 FEBRUARY 2018: THE XUNANTUNICH ARCHAEOLOGICAL RESERVE IS OPEN WITH PEDESTRIAN CROSSING ONLY AT THE FERRY. ALL OTHER ARCHAEOLOGICAL RESERVES ARE OPEN FOR VISITATION. PLEASE EXERCISE CAUTION AT ALL TIMES. LIFE VEST IS MANDATORY AT CAVE SITES.

Paint N Splash
Hi Guys. Sorry that we have not posted the painting for Thursday. We are going to be painting using this picture as Inspiration. See you all there.

Government of Belize Creating a Healthier Environment in Maskall Village by Providing Safe Water to over 1,500 residents
An Official Ceremony to inaugurate the upgraded Maskall Rudimentary Water System will be held on the compound of the new water tank in Maskall Village, Belize District at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, February 14, 2018. This is as a result of the Government of Belize enabling men, women, and children of Maskall Village have easier access to the supply of Safe Water to meet their daily water needs for drinking, cooking, bathing and washing. This upgrade has resulted in providing service connections for over 330 homes with the availability of reliable supply of Safe Water, thus contributing to the improvement of the quality of life of residents and visitors of Maskall and in the reduction of incidences of water-borne, food-borne, vector-borne and communicable diseases. The Scope of Works for Maskall Water System Upgrade entailed the construction of an elevated 20,000 gallons ferro-concrete tank with an additional 20,000 gallons ferro-concrete under-ground tank, the first of its kind to be constructed in the country. A ferro-concrete pump house with an electrical system and monitoring equipment.

BELTRAIDE and the Office of the Music Ambassador holds Artists’ Sensitization Session in Punta Gorda
EXPORTBelize, a unit of the Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (BELTRAIDE) , in collaboration with the Office of the Music Ambassador held another Artists’ Sensitization Session at the 2018 DJ Competition in Punta Gorda on February 9, 2018. This event allowed musicians and DJs to become aware of the Artist Platform as well as the benefits of registering. EXPORTBelize along with the Office of the Music Ambassador will be executing other sensitization sessions throughout the country to build awareness of the platform and to assist Belizean musicians in registering. Other sessions are scheduled to be held in Belize City, Benque Viejo del Carmen, Dangriga and the cayes.

You know it’s CARNAVAL when Traffic Officer Freddie is handing out beads.
Today is FAT TUESDAY! Late afternoon and early evening, the place to be is the town center!

VALENTINE'S JAZZ NIGHT in Corozal
With Caribbean Jazz Quartet at Jahmundo, Finca Solana on Saturday, February 17th. Free finger food and and glass of wine.

NEMO Minister and Officials discuss Disaster Relief with Religious Group
In Belmopan this afternoon, Minister of National Emergency Management, Hon. Edmond Castro, accompanied by his Ministry’s Chief Executive Officer, Ruth Meighan, and National Emergency Coordinator, Colonel Shelton DeFour, met with members of a Disaster Relief Committee formed by the Jehovah Witness Religious Denomination in Belize. The group, which represents over 50 Jehovah Witness congregations throughout the country, discussed with the Minister and his team how they can assist in times of disaster through coordination with the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO).

U.S. Government Donates Counter Narcotics Equipment To Belize Ministry of Defence
Today, the United States Government transferred counter-narcotics equipment, valued at $432,000 USD, to the Belize Defence Force (BDF) and the Belize Coast Guard. U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Adrienne Galanek and CEO of the Ministry of Defence Lieutenant Colonel (RET) Felix Enriquez represented the governments and people of the United States and Belize during the handover event. Chargé Galanek underscored the U.S. Government’s continued commitment to the stability and security of Belize and highlighted the essential role Belize plays in the prosperity of the region. Funded by the U.S. Southern Command’s (USSOUTHCOM) Counter-Narcotics Program Office, this equipment is part of a sustained effort by USSOUTHCOM, the U.S. military, and the United States’ partnership with Belize.

CARNAVAL COMPARSAS DAY 1

CARNAVAL 2018: OPENING NIGHT
Saturday, February 10, 2018 On a very short ceremony, the San Pedro Town Council held the opening ceremonies for Carnaval 2018. Master of Ceremonies, Mr. Eiden Salazar invited everyone to stand for the national anthem which was then followed by a prayer. As part of the ceremony, MC Eiden Salazar invited everyone for a moment of silence in remembrance of the late Mr. Felix Ayuso Jr. is a great icon during Carnaval, popularly known for his passion and drive to celebrate and carry on the old tradition. The family of Mr. Felix Ayuso Jr. was present at the event where they were acknowledged and presented a unique tshirt designed to honor his memory. The shirts were put on sale and all proceeds of the shirt will go towards the San Pedro AIDS Commission in honor of Mr. Felix Ayuso Jr.

World Water Day Poetry Contest Open Mic Night
The World Water Day Committee through the Hydrology Unit, Ministry of Natural Resources, Belmopan Capital are inviting high school students and members of the general public to create a poem based on the theme "Nature For Water" for the annual celebration of World Water Day, which is celebrated each year on March 22nd. OPEN MIC NIGHT will be on March 22nd, 2018 at the Battlefield Park, Belize City at 7:00 p.m. Deadline for submission of poems is March 9th, 2018.

Carnaval 2018 in Corozal Town!
The cultural revival of this lost tradition was in full swing this past weekend! So much fun!! Thank you to all whom attended in support of Carnaval activities. A great thank you to our mascarados (CJC Students), comparsa groups( Romi Martinez, with Brad, Christina and friends.... Grupo Maya and Familia Majil con Chendy) and performers of the reading of the last will and testament (CJC Students). We look forward to next year, where we will return to the true tradition with Los Mascarados ushering in Carnaval season and comparsas on the streets and La Pintadera....

Lobster season officially closes Feb 15th
We are going to miss you!! February 14th is the last day you can get your scrumptious lobster. Lobster season officially closes February 15th, 2018.

Verdes vs. Tiger Sharks
The Verdes hosted the Tiger Sharks on the 26th. They haven't won yet, although each game they seem to be getting a little better. They are hosting the Belize City Defenders this Friday. It's going to be a 'Green Night,' and anyone who wears green will be entered into a raffle. Darren Lamb got some great pictures of the game.

Patchakan R.C. school Corozal - February,13, 2018
To'one Masewaloon a Maya registered NGO promoting and preserving our Maya Culture participated with the School's Culture Day which showcased all aspects of our Maya Culture. Patchakan is a maya word composed of two words Patch and chakan. Patch means Behind and Chakan means savanah or marshy waters. Pictured below is a group of school children who performed the 'Maaskab Okot' which when translated in English means Dance of the Machete and in Spanish it means Baile de los Machetes . An exciting learning experience for the children, parents, participating schools, Organization and the community of Patchakan. I have to big up the Patchakan R.C. School's Staff for a job well done. Quote 'They can cut out branches, they can cut our stems but they cannot take out our Maya roots'.

Channel 7

Soldier Died In Kitchen Stove Accident After Helping Mom With Chores
Last night we told you about 27 year old BDF Soldier Rodolfo Martinez - the soldier who died from burn injuries two days after an incident with the stove in his Toledo District home. But just what happened with the stove, and why? One police report said it exploded when he was trying to fix it - while another said that he had fuel on his body, and when he walked past the stove, the fire jumped to his body and burned him severely. Tonight, with the help of our friends from PGTV, we have the answer from his mother in Big Falls Village. She said he had come home to help her out with Saturday chores:

Cops Move Quickly to Recover Gun And Possible Gunman After Shooting
There was another shooting last night in Belize City. It happened at around 8:30 on Fairweather Street. Tyrone Guy was hanging out at a residence at the corner of Waight and Fairweather Streets when two men rode up on a motorbike and fired several shots at them. Guy was shot to the calf - and taken to the hospital. 20 minutes later police in the same area were pursuing a man on a motorbike. They saw him throw an object between Racecourse and George Streets. Police went to the area and found a 9 millimeter pistol with ten live rounds. Police detained and charged ,Tyree Gentle 19 year old, Belizean laborer of a Belize City address for Kept firearm without a gun license and Kept ammunition without a gun license. He was taken to court today where he pled not guilty to the charges. He was remanded into custody until May 14.

Guat Gangster Named Gordo Killed Belizean Samuel Sosa?
The family of a slain Belizean man spent the day in Melchor trying to recover the body of their loved one, 32 year old Samuel Sosa. According to reports, he was killed in a bar in that border town around 10:00 last night. Today, Guatemalan media reports say that this woman, Mayra Verónica Aldana was an accessory to the crime. Witnesses identified her as the person who accompanied the man who shot Sosa. That main suspect is only known as "El Gordo." She was found with a cell phone concealed in her private parts and had two damaged SIM cards in her mouth. The homicide investigation is a matter for Guatemalan authorities and Belizean police are not directly involved.

Alleged Motorbike Maulers Taken To Court
On Sunday Kadeem Vaughan was driving his motorcycle home in the St. Martin's area, but when he reached the corner of Alicia Street and Brown Street someone punched him off his motorcycle and he fell to the ground. While on the ground he was beaten by two men who robbed him of his wallet and personal documents. To add insult to injury, the men then rode off on his motorcycle. Police were later able to recover the bike from 30-year-old Nigel Castillo's residence on Mahogany Street. Today Castillo and 20 year old Joseph Babb appeared in court and were both charged with robbery and wounding. They both pled not guilty to the charge and were offered bail of $1,000. Their case was adjourned until April 24th.

From Belize Chief Magistrate To The High Court in BVI
Last year in July, we told you how former Chief Magistrate Ann Marie Smith left the Magistracy in Belize to take up a post as a Judge on the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court. She reached the official age of retirement last year, and after she vacated the Chief Magistrate's post here, she was succeeded by Senior Magistrate Sharon Frazer, who was officially appointed as the new chief in September. Well, news out of the British Virgin Islands is that she will take up judicial office in that territory. As a judge on the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court, she was assigned to the British Virgin Islands as a High Court Judge. Her tenure will take effect official on Thursday, February 15.

Subsistence Farmers Crops Washed Out in Toledo West
Last week we told you about January 2018's record rainfall in the Belize District. Well, February has brought unseasonable rain and floods to the Toledo district. Via phone, PUP Area representative Oscar Requena says that the floods have wiped out the riverside crops of subsistence farmers:... Hon. Oscar Requena - Toledo West Requena: "In my area in Toledo West, I can tell you that you have in Aguacate over 16 farmers were severely affected by the flood. Meaning that their corn crops, their beans crop, were totally destroyed by the flood. You have to understand that during this time of the year farmers plant near the river banks because they do not expect floods around this time. I can also tell you that in San Benito Poite we have some farmers, I don't have an exact figure but farmers have also been affected by the flood.

The Frenzy For Florists At Valentine’s
Unless, you've been under a rock somewhere, you probably know that tomorrow is Valentine's day. It's the feast day of the loved, and the beloved, the desired and the desirous. But for florists, it's like Christmas in February. Today we caught up with Xams Flower Shop in Belize City. They told us how this Valentines Day is going for them. Sahar Vasquez reporting: Tomorrow offices, homes, and hearts all over the world will be filled with chocolates, flowers, and fine wines as companions exchange large tokens to show their great affection on the day of love. But when you think about it the special day of love would not be possible without the florists who spend countless hours working their fingers to the bone to ensure each bouquet and basket no matter how small or big is sublime.

Mortician Makes A Valentine Oasis
And while florists are feasting on all the business, for one man who makes a public shrine for everything from Halloween to carnival, it's about the spirit of the day, not the spending spree. Stanley Lizama is a mortician by profession, but his calling is to be a celebrant of all special occasions. Today Courtney Weatherburne found him distilling the sweetness of Valentine's into gestures of goodwill. Here's her report:.. Courtney Weatherburne reporting: There is nothing a glass of wine can't fix - and for these residents - it is exactly what they need for their pre-valentine celebration on 2nd Street.

New HS Curriculum Under Consultation
If you asked high school students what they wanted to learn in school - you might have to throw out the entire school curriculum and implement one reflecting more time with the cell phone and parties. But, that isn't going to happen and so when representatives from the Sustainable and Child Friendly Municipality met with a group of students in Belmopan met last week, they all sat down to come up with a reasonable way to implement a new subject called Belizean Studies. We spoke to one of the coordinators vie phone today. Here is more. Kay-De Vaughn, Project Manager, Sustainable and Child Friendly Municipality Initiative: "The Ministry of Education is developing a new curriculum called Belizean studies and they have a working group and so what they wanted to do is get a few ideas form children because this new subject will be taught to students in secondary school and so they wanted to meet with the CAB to get their ideas on what should be taught when it comes to their study so they had things like geography."

Former Guat President and Half His Cabinet Accused of Corruption
Tonight, there is a major breaking story in Guatemala where another former president is detained after being investigated for allegations of corruption. He's Alvaro Cocom, who served as president from 2008 to 2012. He and almost his entire former cabinet are under scrutiny for a graft scandal over a concession within the country's public transportation. The authorities in Guatemala say that they were looking into the purchase by Alvaro Cocom's government of more than 3000 buses in 2009. The authorities believed that only 455 of those buses ever actually arrived in the country.

In OW, Political Peace For Police
It's election season right now, and politicians are jostling for votes. But yesterday afternoon, UDP's Elodio Aragon Jr. was playing nice with the PUP's John Briceno and the incumbent mayor, Kevin Bernard. That's because of the re-opening ceremony of a police substation in Orange Walk Town's Cemetery Street. It's been abandoned for MANY years, but a few months ago, the Orange Walk Town Council partnered with the business community there to fund a refurbishment and renovation of the building. Our colleagues from CTV3 News were there when the ribbon cutting was done to officially re-open it for business. Here's what the speakers of the event had to say:

Kidney Walk In March
You have enough time to prepare and mark your calendars for the annual Kidney Walk in March. It starts off at the ITVET on March 3rd at 5:30 in the morning. The president of the Belize Kidney Association says the proceeds from this march make a big difference in the lives of those suffering from renal failure. Oscar Itch, President, Kidney Association of Belize: "We have been on an educational awareness campaign and what the association is doing since 2014 we have been doing a Kidney walk to bring awareness. This year it is on March 3rd at 5:30 am. We start off at the ITVET compound." Courtney Weatherburne, reporter: "And anybody can participate?" Oscar Itch: "Definitely we are inviting the entire public, kids, adults whosoever it is. We invited the schools. We are hopeful we are going to have a large number of participants for this year. As a method of fundraising we have T-shirts on sale, for this year they are $20 we just have white 43:58 in color."

Maya On The Move Once Again
Belize's most prized Maya artifacts were on the move once again last week. They make up part of the traveling show called Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed - which we've visited in Minnesota, Boston and Dallas. The show has also been to San Diego, Denver, San Antonio, and now, it has arrived at the Milwaukee Public Museum. It was set up last week after a 1,500 mile journey where, once again, all the prized pieces of antiquity arrived intact. The show in Milwaukee opened up in the bitter cold on Saturday, February 10 and runs through May 28. After the Milwaukee show closes in May, the exhibit travels to Salt Lake City, Utah. The show - comprising the largest array of Belizean artifacts ever assembled - has been on tour for five and a half years.

Channel 5

Belizean Killed in Melchor Bar
A Belizean businessman was murdered inside his establishment in Melchor de Mencos around ten on Monday night. Thirty-two-year-old Samuel Sosa, who once lived in Benque Viejo del Carmen, was shot [...]

B.D.F. Dies after Burns from Fire in the South
A soldier of the Belize Defence Force lost his life in unexpected circumstances while attending to household chores on Saturday evening. Twenty-seven-year-old Rodolfo Martinez was operating a lawnmower and had [...]

Corozal Couple Accuses Housing Employee of Running Scam
A couple from Corozal is claiming that they were victims of a housing scam, but this incident is revealing a bigger issue of alleged corruption at the Housing Department. News [...]

Family Waits Impatiently for Removal of Killer Bees
A Belize City family is enduring another sleepless night after a horrific episode this past weekend. Their three female watchdogs were mauled and stung to death when set upon by [...]

The Electoral Tilt in Belmopan
Tanya Santos is an independent consultant in Natural Resources Management.  She’s been a resident of Belmopan all her life; but these days, she is on the campaign trail for the [...]

B.P.P. Says Lay Off the Maya
Last week, there were complaints by the Maya Leaders Alliance and Toledo Alcaldes Association that government or its agents tried to coerce and intimidate Maya leaders and residents of Toledo [...]

Teen Jailed for Unlicensed Firearm
A teenager has been sent to central prison after failing to evade police while carrying an unlicensed weapon. Nineteen-year-old Tyree Gentle of Racoon Street Extension was charged with possession of [...]

2 Charged in Robbery
An early morning robbery in Belize City has led to two arrests. Thirty-year-old Nigel Castillo and twenty-year-old Joseph Babb appeared in court on robbery and wounding charges. They are accused [...]

Guyana to Emulate Belize’s Health Information System
There is some good news coming out of the Ministry of Health that is having an impact in the region. A team from Guyana is currently in the country studying [...]

Walk to Raise Funds for Kidney Association
It’s that time of the year again. The Kidney Association of Belize is officially announcing its upcoming annual kidney walk and health fair, set for the third and ninth of [...]

Annual Health Fair Offers Important Tests
According to Itch, over the years, Belizeans have failed to recognize that there is an increased number of persons being diagnosed with renal failure; majority, when the disease is already [...]

Cayo Residents Complain about Road Block
Residents in the Bradley’s Bank area of Santa Elena say that one of their public streets is being converted into a double lot and it will cut them off from [...]

Warning over Food Shortage in Toledo Village Following Floods
Villagers of San Benito Poite in the Toledo District are staring disaster in the face after floods hit the community over the weekend. It has been an unusually rainy few [...]

Farmers Need New Strategy to Fight Off Climate Change Effects
Speaking of the long-term effects, Salas posited that the change in weather patterns is attributable to climate change. He called for a strategy by authorities to help farmers plant more [...]

Ex-Guat President, Ministers Held in Corruption Scandal
Former president of Guatemala, sixty-six-year-old Alvaro Colom, was detained in Guatemala City along with several of his former cabinet ministers earlier today on charges of fraud and embezzlement dating back [...]

Alvaro Colom Has Few Answers for Press
Alvaro Colom visited Belize in 2010 during the SICA summit in North Ambergris Caye, where he took over the six-month rotating presidency from Prime Minister Dean Barrow. Colom is not [...]

CTV3

Belize Defence Force And Belize Coast Guard Receive Counter Narcotics Equipment
The Belize Defence Force and the Belize Coast Guard both received counter narcotics equipment courtesy of the United States Government yesterday under the U.S. Southern Command’s (USSOUTHCOM) Counter-Narcotics Program Office. The equipment is valued at a total of $432,000 USD and is expected to enhance the position of both local defence forces by keeping equipment that were previously donated by the embassy updated, modernized and effectively functional. The equipment will also strengthen existing capabilities and create new ones to combat activities of international criminal organizations, and includes: two Ford F250 pick-up trucks; one video borescope/wireless inspection camera; a radio tester; one sight compass; a SMARTECH smart board; four Continental boat trailers; and two Hamilton waterjet engines to name a few.

Former Guatemalan President, Alvaro Colom Arrested In Criminal Probe
Former Guatemalan President Alvaro Colom who served from 2008 to 2012, and former finance Minister Juan Alberto Fuentes were arrested by Guatemalan authorities today in Guatemala as part of another corruption investigation by the anti-corruption organisation known as CICIG or the International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala. Colom and Fuentes were among 10 people detained in relation to a probe into the purchase of buses for a large public transport program known as “Transurbano” which was rolled out under Colom’s administration.

Belizean National Murdered In Guatemala
The motionless body of a Belizean national was discovered across the neighbouring border at Melchor de Mencos which connects Belize to Guatemala. Reports indicate that thirty two year old Samuel de Jesus Sosa Aguirre was socializing at a bar in Melchor when he was gunned down sometime after 10:00 last night. While details surrounding Sosa’s death remain sketchy at this point in time, eyewitnesses reported to Guatemalan authorities that the person responsible for firing the shots that led to Sosa’s demise, is an individual known to them as ‘El Gordo’.

Murder Case Against Dave Alamilla Heads To The Supreme Court
Accused murderer forty-two-year-old Hilmar David Alamilla, today once more made his way into the Orange Walk Magistrates Court where the preliminary inquiry to determine if the murder case brought against him following the shooting death of twenty-four-year-old Orange Walkeno Daniel “Danny Boy” Sosa back in July of last year, would proceed to the supreme court. Inside the court room, the prosecution proceeded to submit the evidence gathered against Alamilla along with the witness list to be used during trial, before magistrate Albert Hoare.

LOVE FM

Older model cars have an adverse effect on the environment
Transportation is a necessity to get us from home to work or any other destination. Whether it is public transportation that is being used or private transportation; the reality is that all vehicles emit gasses that affect our environment. Yesterday, officials from various government and non-government organizations met to discuss the findings of a study …

TIP Report advises GOB to take specific actions in its anti-trafficking efforts
The United States of America through its TIP report monitors how other countries are combating human trafficking. The report looks at what countries are doing in terms of prosecuting traffickers, protecting victims and preventing the crime. Belize is seemingly on a downward spiral as it relates to the Trafficking in Person report. In 2014, Belize …

Belizean killed in Melchor de Mencos; suspected murder accomplice captured
A Belizean was killed last night in Guatemala. He has been identified as 32-year-old Samuel Sosa, a resident of Benque Viejo del Carmen, a town which is near the border with Guatemala. We understand that Sosa was killed sometime around ten o’clock last night. Pictures show Sosa lying motionless on the ground of what appears …

Mexicans close businesses in Corozal Free Zone
A week ago, Mexico’s Ambassador to Belize, Carlos Quesnel, told the media that visits from Mexicans to the Corozal Free Zone increased between the period 2016 to 2017. That figure increased by three thousand, from six thousand to nine thousand. That’s a small number compared to the hundreds of thousands of visits from Belizeans to …

Love at 25: Karen

Monique Vernon shares her Sustainable Development Goals
Last month we told you about Monique Vernon, a native of Placencia Village who has been accepted to participate in the World Merit 360. Vernon has been fundraising to travel to the Philippines for the biggest and loudest call to action focusing on the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. So far, Vernon has raised …

Dr. Manzanero raises funds for good causes
Dr. Marvin Manzanero also spoke to us about his two charity fundraisers. Manzanero is taking part in this year’s Chiquibul marathon. For that marathon, Manzanero decided to do a personal fundraiser for the Cancer Society San Ignacio Branch and for a school feeding program at Mount Carmel Primary School in Benque Viejo del Carmen. He …

Love at 25: Donovan Reneau

Nineteen year old jailed for nine-millimeter pistol
Tyree Gentle, a nineteen-year-old resident of Belize City was charged with kept firearm without a gun license and kept ammunition without a gun license. Gentle was arrested and charged by police on Monday night. Officers reportedly saw Gentle on a motorcycle on Fairweather Street and when they tried to intercept him, he sped away. Police …

TB case detected in Corozal
Two weeks ago, the CEO in the Ministry of Health, Dr. Ramon Figueroa, told the media that health officials have been detecting more cases of tuberculosis. He attributed the increase of detections to the new gene expert machine which the Ministry has distributed to the regional hospitals. But a recent case of the infectious disease …

Love at 25: Rene Villanueva Sr. “The Chief”
Over the past 25 years we’ve built a brand that Belizeans can trust. We’ve cultivated some of the best talent in broadcasting in Belize and we’ve become a household name for news, sports and social commentary. What was once a small radio station in the upstairs flat of a home on Freetown Road has grown into a radio and television station with nation wide reach. Behind our renowned radio station and TV Station, is the man with the vision, Rene Villanueva Sr. Although his course was already charted out for him to be a preacher he dreamed of owning his own radio station.

Police Substation reopened with help of Orange Walk Town Council
Police presence has been restored at the Cemetery Street neighborhood in Orange Walk Town. That followed the renovation of the Cemetery Street Police Substation that was undertaken and completed by the Orange Walk Town Council. Mayor of Orange Walk Kevin Bernard told Love News that they embarked on the project following several concerns filed by residents in the area. These concerns centered on rising criminal activity in that neighborhood, a situation that became of greater concern following the holdup and murder of the business owner of P&P Supermarket last year.

BPP support Maya communities
The Belize Progressive Party, BPP, joins the Maya Leaders Alliance and the Toledo Alcaldes Association in the condemnation of what they say are quote, “attempts to intimidate Maya people to support the government’s efforts to take the Guatemala claim for territory, to the ICJ,” end of quote. The BPP goes on to say that surveyors collecting personal information from residents in southern Belize are not only calculated but intimidating and deceptive. It adds that government’s denial of such actions by their workers is further proof of deception.

Another former Guatemalan President arrested for corruption
Former Guatemalan President Alvaro Colom was arrested on Monday for corruption in a case involving a bus concession. Reports indicate that Colom, who governed from 2008 to 2012, was detained along with ex-interior minister and the former ministers of finance, defense, economy, education, labor, environment, health and sports, and culture. The detentions followed investigations into a case that centers on a public bus company called Transurbano.

BSI advancing on Direct Consumption Sugar Project
Before the start of the 2017/2018 crop season, the Belize Sugar Industry sought the full cooperation of sugar cane farmers to move forward with the direct consumption sugar project, a project BSI would be investing twenty-two million dollars in. Through the project, BSI hopes to improve competitiveness and find new markets such as the Caribbean. …

Belize City resident escapes death at gunpoint
Another shooting incident in Belize City has left one man hospitalized. According to police, 24-year-old Tyrone Guy, a fisherman of Belize City was at a residence at the Corner of Waight and Fairweather Streets. Shortly before nine o’clock last night, two male persons rode up on a motorcycle and fired several shots in his direction. …

Flooding causes food shortage in San Benito Poite
Last week several Mayan villages in the Toledo District were greatly affected by unexpected localized flooding. The National Emergency Management Organization in Toledo is carrying out an assessment to effectively address the needs of the affected families. Over the weekend, Senator for the NGO’s Osmany Salas along with Valentino Shal visited the Maya Village of …

Lionel Arzu no longer Ombudsman
Lionel Arzu is no longer the Ombudsman for Belize. Love News has confirmed that Arzu’s one year contract was not renewed. In fact, we have learnt that the post has been vacant since the start of the year. Arzu was the country’s Ombudsman for five years, since being appointed in 2013. Back in January 2016, …

Amandala

“Blue Tsunami” hits Belize City
As the midday hour approached in Belize City, hundreds of people wearing blue and white People’s United Party T-shirts began to appear all over the city; vehicles flying the PUP flag were seen on the move and dozens of buses began to jam the northern and western entrance into the city on the Philip Goldson Highway and George Price Highway. At the corner of Central American Boulevard and Fabers Road, a sea of blue dominated the scene. By 2:00 p.m., the mammoth crowd, estimated to be around fifteen thousand (15,000), began to move along Central American Boulevard and across the Belcan Bridge into Freetown Road, toward the ITVET campus for the PUP National Convention.

Tyrone Norman Gibson, 20, executed near Michael Finnegan Market
Another young man has lost his life in the cruel streets of Belize City. Reports are that Norman Tyrone Gibson, 20, of Berry Street, was standing in front of the Michael Finnegan Market at the corner of West Collet Canal and Hicattee Street at about 8:00 last night when a gunman approached him from Hicattee Street and opened fire. Gibson was hit by five bullets – three in the head, one in the right shoulder, and one in the hip. After firing the deadly shots, the killer escaped into Hicattee Street.

Tyrone Guy, 21, survives attempt on life
Just before 9 o’clock tonight, Tyrone Guy, 21, survived an attempt on his life on Belize City’s southside. Information to Amandala is that Guy was socializing with friends on Fairweather Street when a man on a motorcycle coming from the direction of Waight Street rode up to them and opened fire. Three shots rang out, and Guy was hit in the leg. He was transported to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH) by police, and is currently receiving medical treatment.

Cycling champ, Darnell Barrow, kidnapped in Mexico, but now safe
Over the weekend, word had quickly circulated that the winner of the 2013 Holy Saturday Cross Country Cycling Classic, Darnell Barrow, had been kidnapped in Mexico. The news caused widespread panic and controversy, and so Amandala began to investigate the matter, only to find out that Barrow was alive and well after his life flashed in front of his eyes. His mother, Sharon Barrow, today told Amandala that her only son, Darnell, his friend, Albert Leslie, and another man identified as “Mark,” had gone to the United States to buy four vehicles.

Mark King threatens lawsuit against Moses Sulph
After falling beneath the radar following his November 2015 resounding defeat at the polls at the hands of the PUP’s Hon. Cordel Hyde, former UDP Lake Independence area representative, Mark King, has emerged again in the public spotlight. The bombastic King is threatening to sue Lake Independence constituent and activist Moses Sulph over comments made on social media, Facebook. On January 18, Sulph had taken to social media to accuse King’s company, Brints Security, of exploiting one of its employees by not paying her Social Security contributions.

Florencio Marin, Sr., receives Party Leader’s Award for outstanding service
Hon. Florencio Marin, Sr., the retired People’s United Party (PUP) senior parliamentarian and representative of the Corozal South East constituency, who is also a former deputy PUP leader, became the first person to be given the Party Leader’s Award for outstanding service to his country and party. The award was given to Marin today during the PUP National Convention at the ITVET campus by PUP leader, Hon. John Briceño, in recognition of his 43 years of service to Belize and the PUP. Marin, who is from San Narcisco, Corozal District, was an elementary school teacher and began his political life at the age of 23, in 1960.

Report on the DigiCell’s Valentine’s Tour
Digicell Valentine’s Tour, from February 9th to 11th, was a total of 4 stages and had a starting list of 54 riders, including one Mexican from Chetumal, and 12 Weekend Warriors brave enough to accept the challenge, including myself. I dub this Tour, Le Tour de Brandon, as he WON 3 stages: Stage 1, Stage 3, and the final stage, Stage 4. The only stage he did not win was Stage 2, the Individual Time Trial, which was won by Joel Borland of Team Digicell who clocked a time of 13:05 for the 6 miles, and was the leader of the Tour from that stage to the final stage.

Verdes stunned in week five PLB action
PLB league leaders, Verdes FC, fell behind San Pedro Pirates FC after only six minutes of play when Inri Gonzaga converted for the Pirates from the penalty spot. The league leaders went into their locker room at halftime down 2-0, because of another Gonzaga strike, in the 37th minute. Elroy Kuylen scored for Verdes in the 65th minute, but that was not enough. When the sun set on Broaster Stadium, it was San Pedro Pirates FC 2, Verdes FC 1.

NEBL results from the weekend
Belmopan Bandits, the defending champions, held off the DigiCell Belize City Defenders, 85 to 80, at the Mercy Multi Purpose Auditorium in Belize City. DigiCell Belize City Defenders surged to a first quarter lead, 22 to 14, but by the end of the half Belmopan Bandits had taken control of the game, with a 16-point lead, 41 to 25. Darwin Leslie had a huge 33 points for DigiCell Belize City Defenders, but it was not enough as the Bandits held on to win by 5. Luther da Shane Page pumped in 29 points for the Bandits and pulled down 13 boards.

Editorial: Branding, or spoiling?
In any political contest between an incumbent and a challenger, the entry of a second challenger into the fray will always tend to hurt the primary challenger. That is because the two challengers will end up splitting the anti-incumbent vote. In the November 2015 general election, candidates of the Belize Progressive Party (BPP) significantly hurt candidates for the primary challenger, the Opposition People’s United Party (PUP), in at least three constituencies – Port Loyola, Pickstock, and Belize Rural Central. With respect to the upcoming national municipal elections, the Leader of the BPP, which pulled less than 3 percent nationwide in the 2015 general election, has said that he personally had not been inclined to have his party compete in the March 7 national municipals, but there were officials of the party who felt it was important to participate in March for the purpose of “branding.”

Did we heed The Clarion’s advice?
The author of an article that appeared in The Clarion in 1904 advised Belizeans that the stock of valuable trees in our forest was being depleted, and the way forward was modern agriculture. Belizeans were told to follow Pope Leo XIII’s advice, which was that we pool our resources so we could acquire the technology and machinery needed to make us competitive. Belizean farmers were advised that only through cooperation they would get the “due return for their labour.” So, did Belizean farmers (include fisherfolk, too) heed this advice? The fact is that they did. Primary producers of like mind have formed syndicates, associations, and cooperatives. This piece is but a brief sketch of how these organizations served Belize. A difference which made one group rise above all others will be discussed also, briefly.

Cabinet blocks Bowen and Bowen’s attempt to import Guatemalan white sugar
Amandala has confirmed that last month Bowen and Bowen Ltd. had made an effort to import 2,500 metric tons of refined white sugar from Guatemala. This would have dealt a heavy blow to our sugar industry, affecting thousands of farmers countrywide. However, Cabinet disapproved their permit for importation days after they submitted their request. Jose Trejo, the Director of the Belize Bureau of Standards, today explained to Amandala that refined white sugar has 99.7 percent polarization, which refers to its improved color and texture and lack of insoluble matter, while local or plantation white sugar has a polarization rate of 99.5 percent. The two are both used to make baked goods and carbonated drinks.

Plus TV’s Louis Wade escapes attack by murder suspect outside court
Cruz Castillo, a suspect in the murder of Israel Perez, leapt forward at and tried to kick Pastor Louis Wade, who was performing the role of a media representative of Plus TV, as Castillo and another suspect, Stanley Herrera, were being taken to the Belmopan Magistrate’s Court yesterday afternoon to be arraigned. Police who were escorting the duo quickly intervened. The attempted attack occurred even though Cruz and Herrera’s hands were handcuffed together, and the police escort was in close proximity. Fortunately, Wade was not injured.

8 illegal Guatemalans found in Santa Ana
Police and Immigration officials on routine patrol in the rural villages in the Toledo District, on Wednesday found eight Guatemalans in Santa Ana, who were in Belize illegally. None of the five adults and three minors in the group had permits to be in the country. The eight persons were taken to the Immigration Department and then they were transferred to the Punta Gorda Police Station, where they were charged with illegal entry and detained. This morning, Thursday, February 8, the eight Guatemalans were arraigned at the Punta Gorda Magistrate’s Court for the offense of illegal entry.

Amidst objection, Chief Justice Benjamin to be appointed as Guyana’s Chancellor of the Judiciary
A report out of the South American country of Guyana has indicated that Kenneth Benjamin, the Chief Justice of Belize, will be appointed as Chancellor of the Judiciary in Guyana, despite the objection of the Opposition leader in that country, who is of the view that a more suitable candidate should fill that important post. Benjamin, who is a citizen of Guyana, is also a naturalized citizen of the island nation of Antigua and Barbuda, where he once served as chief magistrate. Guyana’s president, David Granger, reportedly will go ahead with two judicial appointments — that of Chancellor of the Judiciary, and Chief Justice, Demerawaves.com reported, yesterday, February 8, although the Opposition leader, Bharrat Jagdeo, has constitutionally rejected both candidates, the report said.

Blogs

Belize resorts make the TripAdvisor 2018 Traveler’s Choice Awards
The results are in, and Belize is once again on TripAdvisor’s 2018 Awards List! Making both the World and Central American categories are resorts like Coco Plum Island Resort, the Phoenix Resort and Vanilla Hills Lodge. The list is determined based on the millions of reviews and opinions collected throughout the year from TripAdvisor travelers worldwide. A travel planning and booking site, TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice Awards have been handed out for 16 years, having recognized 8,095 properties in 94 countries and eight regions around the world.

International Sourcesizz

Guatemalan ex-president, Oxfam chief held in corruption case
Prosecutors in Guatemala said Tuesday they have detained former President Alvaro Colom and almost his entire former cabinet, including the current chairman of Oxfam International, in a corruption case involving a bus concession. Colom, who governed from 2008 to 2012, is the latest in a series of former presidents to face legal problems. Colom was recently named by the Organization of American States as an envoy to Honduras, in a bid to help sort out disputed elections there.

Civil suit continues 2 years after Cobb student drowns in Belize river
As the mother of Tomari Jackson mourns a second Valentine’s Day without her son, her lawsuit against those she blames for his death continues. The 14-year-old boy was one of the 32 North Cobb High School students on the international studies magnet trip when he drowned in a Central American river on Feb. 13, 2016. His mother, Adell Forbes, is suing the nine Cobb schools chaperones who were there and the man who runs the Monkey Bay Wildlife Sanctuary in Belize who planned the trip.

Videos

  • UNICEF & (NCFC) - Child Protection Partners (Sexual Abuse), 38min. on Open Your Eyes

  • The National Youth Council of Belize and the Caricom Youth Ambassadors, 22min. on Open Your Eyes

  • The European Nature Trust, 16min. on Open Your Eyes

  • San Pedro Carnaval madness, 13min.

  • March 5, 1995 - Belize Zoo, 2min.

  • Learn about medicinal plants in the Belizean bush and jungle with Narciso Torres Maya Herbalist, min.

  • Narciso Torres: Maya Herbalist, 11min. Learn about medicinal plants in the Belizean bush and jungle with Narciso Torres Maya Herbalist. Narciso Torres is a Yucatec Maya herbalist from Cayo.

  • National Aids Commission - World condom Day, 32min. on Open Your Eyes

  • Smart Belize - New Services & Promotions, 26min. on Open Your Eyes

  • Introductory Interviews - Corozal North Municipal Candidates, 40min. on Open Your Eyes

  • Improving the Criminal Justice System, 35min. on Open Your Eyes

  • Shyne Gives Tour of His New Resource Center for Kids in Belize, 1min.

  • Team Trip to Belize | OutWOD!, 18min. We're back! Gustavo took a team trip with his company to Belize and stayed at a beautiful hotel right on the beach.

  • San Pedro, Belize carnaval 2018 day/Dia 3 comparsas, 4min.

  • Actor Sanjay Madhav About Scuba Diving in Belize's Blue Hole, 7min.

  • Rapper Shyne Opens A Youth Resource Center In Belize, 2.5min.

  • Least Sandpipers (Calidris minutilla) bathing. Crooked Tree, Belize. February 11, 2018., 2min.

  • Police Check Point Talk Show, 60min.

  • Mrs. Flora Ancona’s Comparsa, 6min.

  • Barbo’s Comparsa, 9min.

  • Barbos one more time, 4min.

  • Carnaval Madness Day 3 at the Central Park!, 25min.

  • Fat Tuesday. Last day or Carnaval, 5.5min.

  • Scooby Doo Pa Pa, 8min.

  • El Gran Carnaval De San Pedro!, 10min.