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Today's Belize News: February 16, 2018 #528938
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The San Pedro Sun

Police Report
Theft: On February 9, 2018 at about 10:30 a.m., Victoria Meyers 33 year old, Belizean Businesswoman of Rain Restaurant and of a San Pedro address, reported that on February 6th, whilst doing her cash closing reports she noticed that January 24, 2018, Branndon Moralez, 21 year old Belizean bartender, made a total of $5,224,92BZ during the course of his duty. However, he handed over $4,754,16BZ, leaving an unaccounted balance of $470.76BZ.
Drug Trafficking: On February 14, 2018, whilst Police were conducting Foot patrol on Avenida Hicaco Street in Caye Caulker Village, they conducted a search on Roger Bradley, 44. They discovered 7.1 grams of cocaine on the Belizean mechanic of a Caye Caulker Village address. Police have since arrested and charged Bradley with the offense of DRUG TRAFFICKING.

Skydiving adventure goes wrong; government authorities weigh in
A skydiving experience for a vacationer on Saturday, February 10th almost ended in tragedy when a skydiving instructor accidentally made contact with a high voltage power line north of San Pedro Town. The instructor was performing a tandem jump and upon making his approach to the landing site, his foot briefly touched the power line before landing on the roadside. No major injuries were sustained and the incident went unreported to the local authorities. However, the Labour Department and the Immigration Department, jointly in charge of issuing permits for such services, weighed in on the incident, indicating that they will look into the issue and review the company’s safety measures. A check with persons close to the company providing the skydiving service stated that there had been no contact with the power lines and that it was simply a bad landing. However, eyewitnesses say that they indeed saw that there was contact with the high tension wires. According to the witness, who happens to be an experienced skydiver, most of the times these skydivers fly over the power lines to reach their landing site.

Emergency water response organization strives to raise community awareness
Rickilee Response & Rescue (Triple R Response) is a 501-3(c) charitable organization based in Houston, Texas U.S.A. that was formed in memory of Rickilee Mercer by Traci and Jim Curtin. Mercer was an American National, who was found dead on the leeward coast of Ambergris Caye on March 1, 2017, after she was reported missing on February 28, 2017, after she had gone jet skiing around the area of Secret Beach. In June 2017, the Curtin’s initiated the Triple R Response program in hopes of organizing a program that coordinates community resources to respond to water emergencies.

Central American Region and the Dominican Republic to benefit from malaria eradication program
The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Carlos Slim Foundation have embarked on a project dubbed the Regional Malaria Elimination Initiative (REMEI), to help the Central American region and the Dominican Republic eradicate malaria. Belize, Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama are among the beneficiaries of the project, which is expected to raise US$83.6 million, leverage over US$100 million in domestic financing and US$39 million of existing donor resources across the region.

Ambergris Today

San Pedro RC Church Hosts Fun Family Day
On Sunday, February 11, 2018, the San Pedro Roman Catholic Church held a very special mass for the community as "Family Day" was celebrated. After the 10am Mass families were invited to participate in a fun filled day as there were games, performances and lots to eat and drink. Father Scott delivered special blessings to families in attendance and blessing were given to families that posted their pictures on a special wall created for family day. Special thanks goes out to everyone who gave a donation in order for this special day to take place.

The Republic Of China Taiwan Grants US$500,000 To Belize As Part Of The Security Cooperation
Thursday, February 15, 2018, Belize received US$500,000 from the Republic of China (Taiwan) to support ongoing efforts aimed at strengthening the Belize Police Department as part of the Security Cooperation that exists between the two countries. Receiving the cheque on behalf of the Government of Belize was Minister of Foreign Affairs and Home Affairs, Hon. Wilfred Elrington; and on behalf of the Government of the Republic of China (Taiwan) was Ambassador of the Republic of China (Taiwan) to Belize, His Excellency Charles K. Y. Liu. The contribution will be used for the purchase of standard police equipment and law enforcement technologies for the Department, including alcohol measuring instruments, bulletproof vests, and motorcycles.

TripAdvisor Names The Top Hotels In Belize For 2018
This year TripAdvisor recognized Belizean accommodations in the following categories: TOP 10 SMALL HOTELS, TOP 10 HOTELS FOR ROMANCE, TOP 10 HOTELS FOR BEST SERVICE, TOP 10 B &Bs AND INNS and TOP 10 BARGAIN HOTELS. The 2018 TripAdvisor’s Awards List for Belizean Hotels are as follows along with their respective rankings:

Misc Belizean Sources

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SBDC Workshop: Quick Books 101 Workshop
Presented by: Mr. Jorge Gentle, Business Adviser, SBDCBelize, Beltraide. Location: BTEC Training Room, ITVET Campus, Freetown Road, Belize City. Workshop Date: February 22nd, 2018. Time: 9am to 3pm, Cost $60, Includes lunch and refreshments. This course was created for anyone who wants to learn QuickBooks. Whether you signed up simply to learn QuickBooks or are a complete newbie to the software does not matter. We will teach you the software from beginning to end so that anyone, regardless of experience, learns all that they need to know to successfully use the program.

San Pedro Lions Club SaleAthon Saturday
FEBRUARY 17TH 2018 AT THE LIONS DEN. FROM 7A.M. TO 1 P.M. 2 TABLES FOR $25.00. INTERESTED PLEASE CONTACT MEL SPAIN AT 604-9595.

Kindy take note of Archeological site update
FRIDAY 16 FEBRUARY 2018: THE NOHOCH CHEEN ARCHAEOLOGICAL RESERVE IS CLOSED. ALL OTHER ARCHAEOLOGICAL RESERVES ARE OPEN FOR VISITATION. PLEASE EXERCISE CAUTION AT ALL TIMES. LIFE VEST IS MANDATORY AT CAVE SITES.

FOREST DEPARTMENT LEADS GREEN LAWS TRAININGS
Forty-two law enforcement officers, representing the Police Department, Forest Department and its partners, participated in a “Green Laws” training at the Tropical Education Centre on 8th and 9th February 2018. The two-day training, organized by the Belize Forest Department, through the Key Biodiversity Areas project, is part of ongoing efforts to enhance the capacity of law enforcement officers to combat illegal forest and wildlife crimes. According to the Forest Department facilitators, the training is the first in a series of “Green Laws” trainings targeting key law enforcement officials to become versed in the Forests Act CAP 213, the National Protected Areas System Act, No.17 of 2015, and the Wildlife Protection Act, CAP 220 of the Laws of Belize.

Establishment of the North-eastern Biological Corridor
The Ministry of Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment and Sustainable Development and the Ministry of Natural Resources spearheaded a collaborative initiative involving local conservation NGOs: Corozal Sustainable Future Initiative, Wildtracks, and private landowners: Balam Jungle Estate and the Neulands Community, to advance a proposal to legally declare a North-eastern Biological Corridor (NBC) under the National Protected Areas System Act to be utilized for the maintenance of ecosystem services, water security, biological connectivity, and compatible sustainable income generation activities in the north-east of Belize. The proposal to declare the NBC received Cabinet’s approval at its sitting on Tuesday. The establishment of the North-eastern Biological Corridor, comprising three parcels totalling 5,000 hectares of national land, is an important step to ensure there is a protected stretch of forest connecting existing reserves (Shipstern and Freshwater Creek) in the north, thereby ensuring the movement of wildlife and other biological resources between these important ecosystems.

Taskforce to Develop Improved Measures to Reduce Harmful Effects of Gill Nets on Marine Life
The Ministry of Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment and Sustainable Development will commission a participatory taskforce comprising government agencies, non-government organizations, private sector partners, and fishermen to recommend improved measures to minimize the harmful effects of gill nets on marine creatures. The initiative was approved at Tuesday’s sitting of the Cabinet. A gill net is a wall-like mesh that hangs in the water column designed to catch fish by allowing only their head to get through the net, thereby entrapping them by the gills. The main concern over gill nets is that they are efficient at trapping and killing both target and non-target fish species, such as undersized sharks and protected species like tarpon and permit.

SICA Countries initiate the ninth regional closed season for the Caribbean Spiny Lobster
For the ninth consecutive year, Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama and Dominican Republic continue to implement a harmonized closed season for the Spiny Lobster in Caribbean waters. This close season applies to the period 15th of February to the 14th of June in Belize and from 1st March to 30th June in the other countries. The harmonized closure of the Spiny Lobster fishing season is in accordance with the OSP-02-09 regulation for the Regional Management of the Caribbean Spiny Lobster (Panulirus argus) fishery, approved by the competent Fisheries and Aquaculture Ministers of SICA. The closed season seeks to protect lobsters during their reproduction period to enable long-term sustainability of the fishery which supports important economic and social benefits to the population of the SICA region.

Government of Belize Continues to Invest & Empower Students with Educational Opportunities in Orange Walk District
n Official Ceremony to inaugurate San Luis Roman Catholic Primary School four (4) classrooms substitution building will be held on the school’s compound in San Luis, Orange Walk District at 2:00 PM on today, February 15, 2018. This is as a result of the Government of Belize recognising the critical role of education for social, economic, cultural, environmental and political development by way of empowering future leaders with knowledge, skills, and values to enhance Belize’s socio-economic development. The Government funded the completion of the new ferro-concrete single storey building courtesy of a grant of $1,177,400.00 from the Caribbean Development Bank under the Basic Needs Trust Fund 8 Program with counterpart funding from the Government of Belize and the community of San Luis.

Rumble in the West - Boxing
Belize Boxing Development Council in Collaboration with The National Channel presents - Rumble in the West - March 24th,2018. Octavia Waight Center, San Ignacio, Cayo. Event starts at 7:00PM. 4 Professional Fights! Mecanico Esquivel vs Francisco Luna, Max Pain Williams vs Fabian Martinez, Edwin Ramirez vs Wilmer Canales, Frencho Medina vs Brujo Perez. Live on Channel 10, Exclusively on Central TV & Internet.

U.S. Embassy Belmopan has a Vacancy
The U.S. Embassy Belmopan has an opening for an International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) Administrative Assistant position. WHO MAY APPLY: Anyone who is eligible for appointment under Belize’s local laws. Applicant must be in possession of a Belize social security card valid for employment and/or a resident/work permit. SUBMIT APPLICATION TO: BelmopanJobs@state.gov. All applications must be signed and scanned. ONLY electronic applications will be accepted. The deadline for submitting applications is Friday, February 23, 2018.

OOK'OSTAJ POOL(Baile de la Cabeza del Cochino)
Pre-School Children from Patchakan RC School Dancing the Ook'ostaj Pool . The Ook'ostaj Pool(Baile de la cabeza del Cochino) also known as U Pool K'eek'en(Cabeza del Cochino) is a dance in Belize done by people of Yucatec Maya descent and It has its roots in Prehispanic Maya times . Originally the Maya used to dance it with a deer or wild pig head and it was called kub- Pool a ceremony offered to the Cieba(Holy Tree for the Maya). During the conquest the Spanish friars prohibited the dance so the Maya had to modify it to mislead the friars with the new faith emposed .

Paradise Theater playing this weekend:
Phantom Thread, Justice League, Murder on the Orient Express, Hellraiser. *Phantom Thread is Nominated for 6 Oscars this year .. Also, Daniel Day-Lewis has stated that this will be his final film..*

Government of Belize to Officially Inaugurate Chunox Polyclinic That Will Benefit Over 10,000 Villagers in Chunox Village and Surrounding Communities, Corozal District
An Official Ceremony to inaugurate Chunox Polyclinic will be held at 10 a.m. in Chunox Village, Corozal District on Friday February 16th, 2018. This is as a result of the Government of Belize recognizing the critical role of primary health care services to enhance Belize’s socio-economic development. The Government funded the completion of the Chunox Polyclinic project at an estimated cost of $979,219.12 through a loan from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) with counter-part funding from Government. The new Polyclinic will improve primary health care access thereby reducing maternal and child morbidity and mortality, water-borne, food borne, and vector borne diseases, communicable and non-communicable diseases, including early detection and prevention of certain health conditions.

THE REPUBLIC OF CHINA (TAIWAN) GRANTS US$500,000 TO BELIZE AS PART OF THE SECURITY COOPERATION
Today, February 15, Belize received US$500,000 from the Republic of China (Taiwan) to support ongoing efforts aimed at strengthening the Belize Police Department as part of the Security Cooperation that exists between the two countries. The contribution will be used for the purchase of standard police equipment and law enforcement technologies for the Department, including alcohol measuring instruments, bulletproof vests, and motorcycles.

Stop coercion of the Maya by the government of Belize
The Belize Progressive Party (BPP) strenuously objects to the government of Belize’s continued attempts at coercion concerning the Maya. We join with the Mayan Leaders Alliance (MLA) and the Toledo Alcaldes Association (TAA) in condemning the attempts to intimidate Maya people to support the government’s efforts to take the Guatemala claim for territory to the ICJ. In 2017, Maya leaders communicated in writing to the prime minister asking for inclusion into any discussions involving Guatemala’s unfounded claim to sovereign Belizean territory. As they so rightly point out, they and their lands would be adversely affected by any success obtained by the Guatemalans at the ICJ. They want inclusion in the process. The PM’s response was that the education program would be “intensified”.

>FCD is seeking candidates for Chiquibul National Park Ranger duties
If you have the attributes – contact us.

Channel 7

Could Cable Operators Be Forced to Pull The Plug On Your HBO?
Cable television as you know it might be coming to an end - and that’s because - after years of avoidance - copyright compliance could be imposed upon Belize soon. Today executives from HBO Latin America were in Belize to have what we are told was a stiff meeting with the Belize Cable TV Operators Association. According to a two sentence release from the BCTVOA, their Board of Directors, quote, “held a meeting today…to outline a road map to copyright compliance.” End quote. We are told the meeting was led by Phil Welcome - who is the Director of anti-piracy for HBO Latin America.

Serve Staff Ripped Off “Rain”?
They work at one of the most upscale restaurants on San Pedro - but three service staff are accused of theft from that restaurant tonight. They were allegedly pinching cash from the day’s sales. Victoria Meyers from Rain Restaurant at Grand Caribe Resort on San Pedro found that on January 24th, 21 year old bartender Brandon Moralez made sales valued at over five thousand dollars during his shift, but only handed over $4,754 dollars, leaving $470 dollars unaccounted for. On the 28th, he did much the same, except this time, he was off by almost 800 dollars. Similarly, on the first of February, 20 year old bartender Wilson Perez was short by almost 600 dollars dollars. The next day Brandon Moralez was 580 dollars short when he handed over the sales from his shift.

The Push To Referendum Will Be Without Senior Diplomat
Shifting now to international affairs, Belize’s Foreign Minister Wilfred Elrington spoke at the OAS Permanent Council two weeks ago. He and his Guatemalan counterpart Sandra Jovel both made a pitch to the international community that they were serious about taking the Belize Guatemala dispute to the ICJ. The first concrete proof of this is Guatemala’s decision to hold a referendum in mid - April. Belize has committed to do the same later this year - but it will have to do so without Ambassador Stuart Leslie. He is the coordinator of the International Boundaries Unit - which is in charge of public education on the ICJ effort - leading to a referendum. But even as the referendum effort is gathering steam - Leslie is leaving the Ministry. Today Elrington discussed the parallel developments starting with the Guatemalan effort

Friends of Belize and Guatemala Coming Through With Funds For Referendum
And while Ambassador Leslie is now full time with the PUP, he will be replaced and the public education effort is expected to be stepped up with funding from the Group of Friends of Belize And Guatemala. Elrington said money is already coming through Jules Vasquez: "Will Belize be receiving funding for its effort for its education and referendum?" Hon. Wilfred Elrington - Minister of Foreign Affairs, Belize: "We have already been receiving funding for that. As a matter of fact the Europeans, the Americans have already made contributions and will continue to make contributions and we are going to be seeking funding further a field as well. We have been getting contributions continuously from the international community for this process."

Elrington: Guats “Shot” The Messenger
But it’s moving forward without Magdalena Talamàs. She was the coordinator of the OAS Adjacency Zone office - and as we first reported on January 16th, she’s been removed from that post at the insistence of the Guatemalans. They were firmly opposed to her holding that office because she presented the investigative report on the April 2016 incident in the Cebada area of the Chiquibul. That report found that the BDF had no blame or wrongdoing in the death of a 13 year old Guatemalan who was encroaching in Belizean territory - along with his father. The Guatemalans rejected that conclusion, the report, and the person who presented it - leading to one and a half years of icy relations with the OAS. And that’s why she was removed - Elrington explains:

Senior US Diplomat’s Retirement Could Have Effect on Belize - Guat Relations
Another notable departure from the Belize - Guatemala picture is senior US diplomat Tom Shannon. He announced his retirement on the first of February retired at the end of January - literally the day after he had met with the Belize contingent. Those with knowledge of the territorial dispute will know that in his 35 year diplomatic career Shannon has long bene Belize’s man in Washington. Today, Elrington said he will be missed. Hon. Wilfred Elrington - Minister of Foreign Affairs, Belize: "If you notice a number of high ranking officials in the administration of President Trump have been retiring for one reason or the other."

UNIBAM Brings Senior Advocacy Experience To Bze-Guat Education Campaign
So, familiar faces like , Shannon, Talamas and Ambassador Stuart Leslie are now out of the picture - to be replaced by new ones, including, possibly, Caleb Orozco. He has been a part of international LGBTI Advocacy for years, and Elrington says his expertise in this area is being called upon: Hon. Wilfred Elrington - Minister of Foreign Affairs, Belize: "LGBTI has come onboard, they will be working with us. We have been having meetings with Caleb and they have presented a wonderful proposal to help us. They have a lot of experience and knowledge in advocacy and I've been asking him maybe for the last 2, 3 years to come onboard to help us. They put forward a very lovely proposal and I know that he met with Alexis last week so we are trying to spread a very wide net, bring in everybody who has the ability to help us, to help us.”

Hon. Wilfred Welcomes New Ambassador
Another new face is recently appointed Guatemalan Ambassador, Georges De La Roche. He presented his credentials two days ago - and his appointment represents a sort of “reset” for Belize Guatemala relations. Elrington says the new Ambassador has strong ties to Belize Hon. Wilfred Elrington - Minister of Foreign Affairs, Belize: "He's not stranger to Belize, as a matter of fact he has been visiting Belize from his childhood days. They have relatives in St. George's Caye; childhood days, he use to spend his holidays there also he told me that his grandfather if not his great grandfather actually started Brodies store. So they have a lot of... he personal has a lot of connections with Belize."

Hon. Wilfred and Hon. Eamon Warmed Up In Washington
There’s also been a reset with the PUP in the bi-partisan negotiations on the Belize Guatemala issue. Two PUP Representatives, Senator Eamon Courtenay and Area Rep. Oscar Requeña accompanied the Belize delegation on their recent trip to the OAS in Washington DC. Now, Minister Elrington and Senator Courtney have had very public and private disagreements in court, and, here, in the court of public opinion. So, how did they get along in DC? Elrington said it was civil Jules Vasquez: "Were you all cordial in Washington DC. I know he and Oscar Requena travelled along with the Belize contingent. I know you and Mr. Courtenay have a number of public and private issued in the court and in the court of public opinion."

Corporal Charged for Losing Gun That Ended Up In Criminal Hands
A police corporal in the Cayo formation has been brought up on disciplinary charges for “losing” a gun that ended up in Orange Walk - in the hands of a man now wanted by police. We told you about the gun on Monday. On Saturday morning at 3:30, Orange Walk police saw a man acting suspiciously and went to search him. He threw a 38 revolver away, and then escaped from police. When police checked the serial number it turns out to have been a revolver assigned to the Cayo formation. The corporal who it was assigned to has been charged internally for prejudice to good order and losing the weapon.

Taiwan Gives A Million For Police, Compol Calls It “Historic”
What would you do with a million dollars? Well, if you were the Commissioner of Police you would buy a whole bunch of handcuffs, motorbikes, and aerial drones. That’s what the commissioner will do with half a million US dollars handed over by the Taiwanese Ambassador today. Now, one million dollars is a nice chunk of change - but the American have given much more. Except when they give, it’s always equipment which matches their strategic objectives. This time, the Taiwanese gave the Commissioner funds to spend on whatever he thinks the Department most needs. At the handing over today at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Belize City Office, Whylie said its historic

Hon. Wilfred Says Whylie Won’t Go
As you just heard - Elrington is pleased with the funding package - and he’s also pleased with Commissioner Whylie. Even coming off one of the most murderous years on record, and a January that saw 15 murders - Elrington said it can’t be blamed on the COMPOL Jules Vasquez: "Is Mr. Whylie's job being under review or is it a matter that the cabinet or Prime Minister is looking at because of the poor results we've had in controlling the number of homicides or violent deaths as you may wish to call them?" Hon. Wilfred Elrington - Minister of Home Affairs: "In relation to Mr. Whylie I can tell you that as far as I am concerned I have no second guessing about Mr. Whylie. I reiterate the position I make that police is team work."

Cops Detain Female Who Lured Gibson
After those 15 murders in January - Belize City had a 13 day respite from killings. That is until Tyrone Gibson was murdered last week Friday. He was shot and killed on West Collet canal – a rival gang’s turf he knew well to avoid. Police have detained the women who is said to have lured him to that area The head of CIB shed more light on this case. ASP Alejandro Cowo, OC - CIB Belize City: "Reference the murder of Tyrone Gibson which occurred last week police is following that investigation they were able to retrieve surveillance footage from within the Area. At this moment we are looking for a vehicle and also a female was detained and she is presently being questioned to see what information we can gather from her and what that can lead us into the investigation."

No Complaint By Shooting Victim
Police are also still working on closing the Tyrone Guy shooting case. Guy was shot on Monday night. He 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 him. Guy was shot to the calf - and taken to the hospital. Police chased down the alleged shooter on a motorbike. That suspect is Tyree Gentle and he was charged with gun offenses but nothing more for shooting Guy. Today told us what the complications are in this case. ASP Alejandro Cowo, OC - CIB Belize City: "Police just arrested and charged a male person that was found with the firearm Tyree Gentle."

No Arrow for This Cupid, Female Used Knife On Valentine’s Night
And, in other crime news, what might have been a star-crossed valentine’s outing turned bloody when a woman stabbed a man last night. It happened in Belize City outside an upscale eatery. Police gave us what they have so far. ASP Alejandro Cowo, OC-CIB Belize City: "Police responded to that stabbing on Princess Margret Drive. It was a domestic dispute however the persons involved are not really requesting any police assistance to deal with the situation. I know that police went and dealt with the gentleman that was involved, he was taken to the hospital to receive treatment for his injuries and he up to this moment he has not given a formal complaint as to exactly what happened last night."

Family Says Police Abuse Systematic
In September of 2014, the police picked up 19-year-old Armani Bailey and instead of taking the young man to the station they drove him to Belizean Beach and nearly drowned him. Bailey survived, but the family reported the officers, and all three were charged. Almost five years have gone by since the incident and the family thought they had recovered from the incident until yesterday. Police officers randomly came in and searched his house where both Bailey and his mother reside. They did not find anything but they did manage to break his mother’s brand new dryer during the search.

Remembering Antonio Soberanis
You may know the name Antonio Soberanis. He’s remembered in Belizean History as one of the first Belizean nationalists whose love of country led him to become Belize’s first and fiercest labour activist. His labor movement which started in the mid 1930’s paved the way to self-government and Independence in Belize. But, Soberanis isn’t lionized the same way that the leaders like George Price are. In fact, his legacy is often overlooked, and if you aren’t studying local history, or aren’t a historian, you may know very little about his contributions. So today, after weeks of preparation, NICH and the Institute of Social and Cultural Research invited the press and his family to his resting place in his home village of Santana, on the Old Northern Highway. It’s being given recognition as a cultural heritage site by NICH, and our news team was there when it was rededicated.

Can Jordan Bacchus Be Sent Back?
He’s wanted for murder in Belize, but can Canadian Jordan Bacchus be extradited to face charges here? Bacchus is the main suspect in the murder of 31 year old San Pedro resident Melvin Almendarez - which happened in May of 2016. Bacchus fled Belize and was recently arrested in his home country of Canada, where he was wanted for a number of firearm charges. He was recently arrested during a drug search - but the question now is whether he can be extradited to face trial in Belize. The Minister says he thinks an extradition agreement is in place Hon. Wilfred Elrington - Minister of Home Affairs: "If we don't have an expedition treaty with Canada there will be way in which we could apply for them to send him back but I would want to think that we do have one, I want to think so."

Sedi Says Soldiers Sojourn Was Harmless
Elrington also said today that his Ministry of Foreign Affairs has sent a diplomatic note protesting the actions of three Guatemalan soldiers. In mid-January, they casually walked over to the Belize side of the border - and waltzed into the immigration hall with no regard for protocol. Elrington said that it was a harmless mission. Hon. Wilfred Elrington: "I have seen notes that we have sent and I have seen Guatemala's response to it, it's the usual thing you know and we are required to do that, we need to do that because we need to make it clear that we will not countenance in any act which constitute in our view a violation of our sovereignty and territorial integrity but it is not my understanding that what transpired was anything more than officials coming across, some people from the military came across to ask what had happened with the media.”

Monkey River Villagers Did A Sting On Guate. Fishermen
Keeping it on territorial issues, very early this morning, about 30 residents of Monkey River Village went on a sort of sting operation to Rocky Point, a well-known fishing stop in the waters just north of the village. The residents claim that it is a camp for Guatemalan fishermen, who, they say, have been engaging in illegal gill net fishing. Our colleagues from PGTV spoke with some of the outraged fishermen about what they saw: The fishermen say they found a dozen barrels of fish and more than 10 sacks of what they believe is contraband salt. These Monkey River fishermen do concede that most of the fishermen at this location had proper fishing documents. They say they found 20 gillnets, but there were only licensed for 12, and most of the gill nets had to tags.

BEL Linesmen Back to BVI
In November 2017 we told you about a team of linemen from Belize Electricity Limited that went up to Dominica and the British Virgin Islands. They assisted the countries with power restoration after the devastating hurricanes. On Monday the company deployed a third team back to the Virgin Islands to assist. The team comprises five members will be stationed on the Island of Tortola for four weeks. They will be joining other linemen from Caribbean Electric Utility Services.

Channel 5

Woman Held, two More Sought in Gangland Killing of Tyrone Gibson
A woman has been detained in connection with the latest murder in the city. Police hope she can provide them with information that will help them crack the murder of [...]

Mom Says Tyrone Was Going to Bring Mystery Woman Home
Following his murder, Dianne Martinez told News Five that she would like to know what role, if any, the woman played in her son’s murder. Martinez shared what she knows [...]

Hilmar Alamilla to Supreme Court for Murder of Daniel Sosa; Threats Made
Forty-two-year-old Hilmar Alamilla returned to the Orange Walk Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday for a preliminary inquiry to determine if he would stand trial for murder at the Supreme Court. Alamilla [...]

Guat Reporter Was Just Doing His Job
In mid-January, a Guatemalan reporter with Prensa Libre, Rigoberto Escobar, entered into Belize from the western border and claimed he was confronted by the police within the adjacency zone also [...]

Will Belize Pursue Canadian Jordan Bacchus for Murder?
Canadian fugitive Jordan Bacchus was arrested for drug possession in Sudbury, Canada; he will also be charged for armed robbery and other crimes in Toronto recently. But will he be [...]

New Ambassador Knows Belize Well; Guat Foreign Minister Planning Visit?
We reported last week that Guatemala has finally sent its Ambassador to Belize in the person of career diplomat Georges De La Roche Du Ronzet. His appointment comes almost two [...]

P.U.P. Recalls Stuart Leslie from Referendum; Alexis Rosado Still in Charge
While there is a new Guatemalan ambassador, another is departing the Belize Foreign Ministry. Today, Elrington confirmed that Ambassador Stuart Leslie is no longer a part of the Referendum Unit [...]

Carry On, ComPol Whylie!
Now it is no secret that crime is a major issue in Belize. Elsewhere in the Central American region, border countries such as Guatemalan and Honduras have seen a decrease [...]

International Community Supports I.C.J. – What Says Belize
At a recent special session of the Permanent Council of the Organization of American States in Washington, D.C., convened to report on the Peace Fund, as many as thirteen nations [...]

MoFA Did Not Order Toledo Maya Survey
According to Elrington, the United Nations Development Programme, U.N.D.P., is also on board, providing funding to assist in the referendum process which is to take place after the a re-registration [...]

I.C.J. the Only Way, Red or Blue
The resolution of the territorial dispute has been the number one foreign policy issue for successive governments of Belize.  The people, however, are yet to decide at a referendum on [...]

HBO Demands Copyright Compliance from Cable Operators
Ready to pay more for basic cable? It could happen as issues of copyright compliance come to Belize. Home Box Office, the giant pay-per-view movie and special programming service, sent [...]

Father Charged with Incest against Daughter
A forty-seven-year-old man has been accused of violating his nearly thirteen-year-old daughter not once, not twice, but five separate times between February and August of 2016. The man is accused [...]

Man Stabbed in Lovers’ Spat on Valentine’s
On Wednesday night, couples were dining out showing their love for each other for Valentine’s. But for one couple, it ended in a stabbing and hospitalization. A woman stabbed a [...]

Lobster Season Now Closed
February fifteenth is a big day for fishermen and lobster eaters in Belize. It is the day when the lobster season closes off and that means no traps are to [...]

U.D.P. Answers the Call in Belmopan
In the growing capital city of Belmopan, the municipal campaign is in full gear. Earlier, this week we caught up with the P.U.P.’s mayoral candidate Tanya Santos who wants to [...]

P.U.P. Presents “Sensible” Manifesto in Orange Walk
It is the only town council they control nationally, and have in whole or in part since 2012. The People’s United Party hopes to retain Orange Walk Town painting it [...]

After Convention, P.U.P. Must Make Inroads with Others
The People’s United Party held a massive national convention on Sunday in Belize City, drawing a record number of supporters from the far reaches of the country and all points [...]

Budget “Ninth a March;” Will It Be Any Different?
The budget for the 2018 fiscal year is expected to be presented before the House of Representatives in early March, weeks before the start of a new financial calendar.  The [...]

Taiwanese Make Donation for Police Equipment
The government of Taiwan has made a significant contribution to assist in the fight against one of the worst problems facing the nation. A million dollars was handed over to [...]

Antonio Soberanis Honored by Family & Gov’t at Resting Place
We’ll start this next story with a quiz: where is the resting place of labour leader and early nationalist Antonio Soberanis Gomez? If you didn’t Google it, you may have [...]

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Taiwan Government gifts one million dollars to the Belize Police Department
The Belize Police Department today received one million dollars from the Government of the Republic of China (Taiwan) that will go towards financing security operations in the department, specifically as it pertains to equipment. The Police high command says that the donation complements the department’s crime strategy that was unveiled recently. That strategy targets gangs, …

The Great House: 20 years of excellent service
The Great House Inn has quite a legacy behind it. It was built in 1927 for Barney Melhado, a prominent merchant of Belize whose family was of Portuguese origin. Between the late 1940’s and early 1970’s, it underwent several changes of ownership until 1972 when it came into Steve Maestre’s possession. Maestre was once the …

Ambassador Stuart Leslie leaves Referendum Unit
But as things seem to normalize in that area with the arrival of new diplomats, others are leaving. We are talking about Ambassador Stuart Leslie who has been at the forefront of the Government’s education campaign on the Belize-Guatemala territorial differendum within the Referendum Unit in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Leslie has played a …

Referendum education campaign receives international support
And while on the subject of the referendum, Foreign Minister Elrington says Belize has been receiving funding for the education process from the international community. We understand that a proposal for the campaign and referendum for a total of twelve million Belize dollars had been submitted but today the Foreign Minister was unable to say …

Sports is the new-game changer to combat crime
The Belize Police Department is holding its third annual Youth Basketball Cup, which begins tomorrow at 3:00 p.m. at the Belize Civic Center and will continue for the next five months at various basketball courts around Belize City. Love News spoke with Douglas Hyde, National Youth Program Coordinator for the Belize Police Department, who said …

Prime Minister confirms the Contractor General did not submit reports
On December 13, the reappointment of Godwin Arzu has Contractor General was blocked by Senators. As we reported last night, Senators expressed concerns regarding Arzu’s responsibilities. PUP Senator Valerie Woods wrote to Prime Minister Dean Barrow, questioning the status of the Contractor General. Woods received a response today from the Prime Minister. Prime Minister Dean …

Belize Foreign Minister talks about removal of Magdalena Talamas
And while we are still on the subject of the relations between Belize and Guatemala, today Foreign Minister Elrington also spoke on the reassignment of Special Representative of the O.A.S. Secretary General for Belize-Guatemala Affairs, Magdalena Talamas from her post at the Adjacency Zone. This followed protest from Guatemala. Wilfred Elrington – Belize Foreign Minister …

Woman stabs man
A man was stabbed last night in Belize City; however, police say that he does not want to pursue criminal charges against his attacker. It happened on Princess Margaret Drive. The man was exiting a restaurant after having dinner with a woman when another woman stabbed him. ASP Alejandro Cowo says it is a ‘domestic …

Tyree Gentle remanded to prison
Two days ago, Magistrate Khadeem Palmer charged nineteen-year-old Tyree Gentle with kept firearm and ammunition without a gun license. He pled not guilty and was remanded to prison until May 14. Police saw him dispose of a nine-millimeter pistol while driving a motorcycle on George Street on Monday. Police believe that the firearm was used …

Belize Guatemala relations returning to normalcy says Belize Foreign Minister
Two years after former Guatemalan Ambassador to Belize Manuel Estuardo Roldan Barillas returned to his country, Guatemala appointed a new Ambassador to Belize. As we have reported, he is His Excellency Georges de la Roche Du Ronzet Plihal who presented his credentials to the Governor General Colville Young earlier this week. Today, Foreign Minister …

Is the Belize Police Department racially profiling citizens ?
Is the Belize Police Department profiling young men based on the color of their skin and what they believe is their economic status? Attorney and former Senator Lisa Shoman believes so. Shoman who speaks out on several issues, says racial and economic profiling of citizens is alive and well in Belize. Shoman used the example of three schoolboys in uniform who were stopped by police last week.

Gang rivalry led to Norman Gibson’s murder
A woman is in police custody answering questions pertaining to the murder of twenty-year-old Norman Tyron Gibson. The Belize City resident was fatally shot on February 9 while at the corner of West Collet Canal and Hicattee Streets. Head of Belize City Crimes Investigation Branch, ASP Alejandro Cowo confirmed this morning that Gibson’s murder is gang-related.

Lionel Arzu to be reappointed as Ombudsman
Reports to Love News are that Lionel Arzu will be reappointed as Ombudsman. We are told that the decision has been made to reappoint Arzu for a further term of one year. However, the post of Ombudsman will remain vacant until March, which is when the Government will take the matter to the House of Representatives on March 9 and later lay it before the Senate.


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PUP leader says referendum not likely this year
Yesterday we reported that a new Guatemalan ambassador, Georges de La Roche Du Ronzet, has taken up residence in Belize almost two years after his predecessor Manuel Estuardo Roldan Barillas was recalled. This latest diplomatic move by Guatemala appears to be in tandem with the fact that Guatemalans...

PUP candidates for Belize City Municipals
The campaigning is in full swing for municipal elections scheduled for March 7th. Next Wednesday, February 21st, is nomination day. This morning on Rise and Shine, PUP Mayoral candidate for Belize City, Bernard Wagner, along with two of his city councilor candidates, were guests and spoke of some of...

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The Malignant tumors are back
So the People’s United Party decided to bring their song and dance to Belize City. It was definitely no Love Fest of yonder years and it certainly did not feature any of the Caliente Girls but it sure did bring back memories of who the True Blue of the PUP actually are. All we had to do is watch the very first few minutes of the three hour long program and we were jolted to the reality that the Malignant tumors are now out of remission. The chemotherapy applied by the electorate on February 7, 2008 had the tumors in remission from then. But almost 10 years later, it seems that the tumors are returning. The announcement by one MC shouting the names Said Musa and Francis Fonseca who gladly stood at the right and left of Johnny Briceno caused shivers across the backs of everyone watching. Johnny it seemed, as hopeless, hapless and helpless as he is, could not help but to embrace these malignant tumors.

Drones to improve the Sugar Industry
For the next 30 days, the Sugar Industry Research and Development Institute (SIRDI) will be working with a South African consulting firm to implement phase 1 of a drainage master plan for the sugar belt, which spans the Orange Walk and Corozal Districts. This master plan is envisioned to help cane farmers by mitigating the damage to their crops due to flooding, during the wet months of the cultivation and the harvesting season. Marcos Osorio, the Executive Director of SIRDI told the press, “Excess water in cane fields results in no oxygen to the root system, and having no oxygen, then there is no growth…In terms of the sugar industry… that excess water, or the issue of water-logging and so on in the northern part of the country, for the sugar industry, has resulted in more incidence of pest, lower yields and much inefficiency in the sugar industry.”

BDF soldier dies from burns
Rodolfo Martinez, a 27 year-old soldier from the Belize Defence Force, died on Monday, February 12 from burn injuries he suffered at his home in Big Falls, Toledo. Martinez had an unfortunate accident in which his body caught fire simply because he walked past his mother’s stove, which was lit. Martinez’s mother, Teresa, told the press that on Saturday evening, February 10, at around 6 o’clock her son was at their home in Big Falls Village. He had returned from active duty in the Cayo District, and he was preparing to do some yard work for his mother on the following day. So, he was tinkering with his lawnmower, cleaning it and preparing it for the job. While doing this, he unfortunately came into contact with gasoline from the mower’s engine.

Norman Slusher is acquitted of 5 year old murder
In May 2012, two gunmen stormed onto the premises of Dale’s Barber Shop located on West Canal and Bishop Street. Their target was well-known businessman, Jose Shoman Jr., whose life had been threatened before. While receiving a lineup, one of the gunmen entered the barber shop and fired a barrage of bullets while an armed accomplice waited outside. While Shoman Jr. was only injured, Jason Canto, a bystander and Shoman’s friend, was shot as many as eight times and perished on the scene.

More equipment for BDF and Coast Guard by U.S. government
On Monday, February 12, 2018, the United States Government transferred counter-narcotics equipment, valued at $432,000 USD, to the Belize Defense Force and the Belize Coast Guard. There, Adrienne Galanek, U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires, and Lt. Col. Felix Enriquez, CEO, Ministry of Defense, represented the US and Belizean government, respectively, and shared some insight on the use of the donations. The donation was funded by the US Southern Command (US SOUTHCOM) Counter-Narcotics Program Office and is part of the greater partnership with Belize. The equipment includes two Ford F250 pick-up trucks, one video borescope/wireless inspection camera, one radio tester, one sight compass, one fuel quantity tester, one SMARTECH smart board, four Continental boat trailers, two Hamilton waterjet engines, two pneumatic fuel tank cleaning systems, six 250HP Mercury lower units, 50 ballistic floatation vests, six 40HP Yamaha motors, and 50 ballistic high cut helmets. These will be used to enhance the readiness of BDF and BCG personnel with existing as well as new capabilities especially as it relates to the illicit trafficking of persons, drugs, and other products and other transnational criminal organizations.

A new water system for Maskall
The Government of Belize, the Social Investment Fund, and the Caribbean Development Bank have collaborated to build a new water system which will support the villages of Lucky Strike, Rock Stone Pond, Maskall, Santana, Corozalito, and Saint Ann’s. These villages along the Old Northern Highway hadn’t gotten this much needed improvement in over 30 years. It’s called the upgraded Maskall Rudimentary Water System, and it is located in Maskall Village. It is capable of providing 20,000 gallons from the elevated tank, and it can also supply an additional 20,000 gallons from a secondary tank that was built underground. The Government says that this is the first of its kind to be built in Belize. A pump house with an electrical system and monitoring equipment makes up part of the project. To ensure that Santana Village was properly connected, a pressure sustaining valve and distribution lines were installed to improve the delivery of water to that village.

UAE-Funded Rural Electrification Project to be Implemented in Belize
A delegation from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) – Caribbean Renewable Energy Fund visited Belize to meet with the Ministry of Public Service, Energy and Public Utilities and village leaders for the implementation of the emPOWER Rural Electrification project (emPOWER project). The emPOWER project envisions to install 344 kW of solar PV and battery storage in rural villages that currently do not have access to the national electricity grid. The villages selected are Indian Creek, Golden Stream, and Medina Bank. The project is estimated to cost US$2.736 million and is part of the UAE’s $50 million grant fund for renewable energy projects in the Caribbean.

BRING BACK THE LOVE? BRING BACK THE MONEY!!
One of the many attributes here in ‘Griga is the ability to interact and continue to interact with people of all socioeconomic backgrounds. Grigalizeans have also learned to overcome and somewhat master adversities. Mayor Francis Humphreys is a proud product of ‘Griga who never left. He never backs down and certainly by far no recent Dangriga Mayor has shown his hands on approach to running the council as he has. On any given day, election season or not, this gentleman can be seen in his office at the Town Hall or at the other office – The Streets! In comparison to the Dangriga PUP Mayoral aspirant Derrick Velasquez, he departed the precious shores of the Culture Capital some 30 years ago. He has openly said and admitted that nothing has changed in the 30 years since he left ‘Griga. In the ever so popular vernacular on Face Book, SMDH! (Shaking My Darn Head). Indeed without coercion, one would have to shake his/her damn head.

Aragon sues PUP
The opposition People’s United Party in their pursuit of power has pulled all stops in an effort to mislead the Belizean People. They embarked in a slanderous campaign against several personalities and UDP leaders. They have nothing positive to put to the Belizean Public so they have resorted to personal character attacks. While the Belizean public is well aware that the desperate PUP are grasping at straws and view these ads as nothing more than comic relief; there are several persons who will have none of it. At least three UDP Ministers have initiated lawsuits against the PUP and PUP controlled media houses for their indiscretions in airing and publishing libelous material.

Better roads: more speeding in Santa Elena
Excess speeding by motorist along the La Loma Luz Boulevard and other tributaries that connect to the new Macal River bridge in Santa Elena Town in Cayo has sparked considerable controversy on social media and a recent public conference in San Ignacio; especially after several traffic accidents have already occurred on that openly traversed highway. Members of the public have been calling for ‘sleeping policemen’ to be placed on the boulevard and beyond, but the experts are steering clear from such a move. Chief Engineer Mr. Lennox Bradley argues that speed bumps on the La Loma Luz Boulevard and other sections is not necessarily the solution for several reasons. He says that speed bumps will create weak zones on the road and is a source of discomfort for sick persons travelling by ambulances---where speed is of the essence. Also, speed bumps are not the solution for drivers under the influence of alcohol and may instead lead to further accidents under such conditions.

Tsunami turned into a city tour
In some PUP quarters, the claim is that the PUP had 15,000 on the ground for their much advertised and hyped TSUNAMI. While in other PUP quarters the claim is as high as 20,000. Here at the Guardian and as suggested by many other non-political sources, it was more like 6,000 at its high point. However there are persons who are going out on a limb and giving them as much as 8,000. We won’t quarrel with those persons who have suggested 8,000. What we will say though is that the two feet high surge and ankle deep water that we saw on Sunday was no way near the great TSUNAMI that the PUP had been predicting for over a month. Prior to Sunday they had, everything in their favour. They were advertising the event for over a month. The event was to be held two weeks ago but was called off and impending rains was the excuse used. That postponement created its own hype and anticipation. Lastly they had a lot of money to spend. One would have expected that with all those things in their favour, Sunday would have been a huge success, but even with that in their favour they did not achieve the numbers and spinoff they had expected.

NEMO assesses flooding damage in Toledo
Following an unusual bout of heavy rains and flood in the village of San Benito Poite in Toledo, villagers are being haunted by the possibility of famine. The rains and flood destroyed their primary crops, corn and beans. Their corn, colloquially termed “mata hambre”, would normally hold them over into the approaching dry season but given the floods, about 50 and 60 acres of their corm production was wiped out. NEMO Assessments have been completed in several villages following rains in recent days. One such village includes San Benito Poite, despite limited accessibility by road. According to Kenton Parham, NEMO’s Toledo District Coordinator, after proper analysis of the findings, a report will be compiled to determine the best possible solution.

National Council of the Ageing celebrates 15 years
The National Council of the Ageing-NCA celebrated its fifteenth anniversary on Friday at the Belmopan Market Square with an interactive series of booth displays. There were four booths, with each portraying different aspects of the ageing process. All were visited by many children from surrounding schools. In the first booth, a history of ageing took on a new light with descriptions on the development of the National Council of the Ageing over the last 15 years. In the second booth, visitors had an opportunity to experience some of the changes that will normally occur as the ageing process proceeds, such as deterioration of hearing, vision and touch. The third booth generated much interest as it was a multimedia room where informative videos on ageing issues were shown.

How to have vehicles emit less carbon dioxide
Representatives from various Government and Non-Governmental Organizations along with the Private Sector met on Monday at the Agricultural Building Conference Room in Belmopan (Showgrounds) to discuss the findings of a study to establish a fuel economy baseline for light-duty vehicles (1,700 pounds or less) that entered the market in Belize over the past four years. According to the U.S based Environmental Protection agency, the majority of green house gas emissions from transportation are carbon dioxide emissions, resulting from the combustion of petroleum-based products like gasoline in internal combustion engines. A large source of these green house gas emissions come from light duty trucks and other vehicles. In terms of climate change, the Belizean transport sector uses some 46% of the energy used in Belize.

Hubert Martinez pleads guilty to manslaughter by negligence
In December 2013, Hubert Martinez, a 40-year-old BDF civilian driver, was charged with manslaughter by negligence for knocking down and killing Jahston Terry, a 3-year-old. Unlike Terry who was crushed on impact, his older brother, 5-year-old Jaheem Terry, was hit but only sustained injuries. For this injury, he was charged with negligent wounding. The accident occurred on December 4, 2013 when the brothers were walking on the sidewalk at the Pound Yard in Belize City. The boys were hit by a white pickup truck which was being driven at the time by Martinez. According to the facts of the crown, there was no aggravating factor at the time since an alcohol and drug test came back negative.

Andy Rhaburn, from hospital to prison
The murder of 54-year-old Braulia Pech was one that shook the entire village of Carmelita as well as most of the country. Pech’s murder occurred on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 and for that murder, her son, 26-year-old Andy Rhaburn, has been accused of beating his mother to death with a crowbar, reportedly the result of a disagreement over money. After eluding the police for almost a week, Rhaburn was finally captured on Monday, January 22, 2018 in the vicinity of Rhaburn’s Ridge on the Phillip Goldson Highway.

Belize City men on Remand after attacking and robbing an office assistant
Two Belize City men were before the court on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 to answer to charges of robbery and wounding after an office assistant was knocked off his motorcycle and badly beaten. The attackers have been identified as 30-year-old Nigel Castillo, a resident of Mahogany Street, and 20-year-old Joseph Babb, a resident of Jones Street. The duo appeared in the Belize City Magistrate’s Court where they were arraigned before Magistrate Khadeen Palmer. Before the magistrate, the duo was charged jointly with one count of robbery and one count of wounding.

Drunken gunplay leads to death and fine
Edwardo Torres, a 45-year-old banker, has avoided jail time after pleading guilty to a charge of unlawful harm through negligence of a firearm after he made the drunken decision to put a loaded firearm into his friend’s mouth. Although the firearm was licensed, it does not negate the fact that that decision cost his friend’s life. For this action, Torres appeared before Supreme Court Justice Marilyn Williams on Friday, February 9, 2018.

Jealous rage leads to stabbing incident
Darrel Alvarez, a 31-year-old known criminal figure, was arraigned on Monday, February 12, 2018 for the broad daylight stabbing of Rhonda Burgess. The incident occurred on Thursday, February 8, 2018 on Gill Street where according to a police report, 35-year-old Rhonda Burgess and her boyfriend, Erick Tillett, were at their Gill Street home when they were both attacked and stabbed to various parts of their body.

Senior Citizen gagged and burglarized by friend
Floyd Escarpeta, a 23-year-old construction worker of Mahogany Heights, George Price Highway is on remand at the Belize Central Prison after being arraigned in the Belize City Magistrate’s Court on Monday, February 12, 2018 for the offenses of burglary and theft. In court, Escarpeta appeared unrepresented before Chief Magistrate Sharon Fraser where he pleaded not guilty to both charges.

Double shooting in Orange Walk
Shots rang out in Orange Walk on Sunday, February 11, 2018 after 8:40 p.m. Police then visited the Northern Regional Hospital Emergency Room where they observed Amin Mendez Jr., a 24-year-old Belizean student of an Orange Walk Town address, with a single apparent gunshot wound. That wound was seen on his lower left leg with an exit wound at the back of his calf. There, they also saw Jessica Melendez, a 20-year-old Belizean businesswoman, with a single gunshot wound to the left side of her right knee.

Taxi driver shot on East Canal
Just after 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 11, 2018, Reginald Garoy, a 35-year-old taxi driver, visited the Precinct 1 police station. There, he was seen suffering from apparent gunshot wounds, one to the finger and a graze to the right side of the cheek. He was escorted to the KHMH where he remains in a stable condition. Despite active police patrols on that and surrounding areas, investigations revealed that earlier that evening, Garoy and another person were on East Canal in his taxi near the Rocky Road Bridge when they were approached by a male person and Garoy was shot. Police investigations into this matter continue and one person is being sought.

Woman lures Ty Ty to his death
The Belize City family and friends of Tyron ‘Ty Ty’ Gibson continue to mourn his loss after he was shot and killed in what appears to be gang related violence. His loved ones believe that a female lured him to his death. Police say that at around 8:10 p.m., on Friday, February 9, they received information of a shooting incident on West Collet Canal. Officers responded, and they found Gibson, lying on the ground in front of the Michael Finnegan Market. The 20 year-old resident of Berry Street suffered several gunshot injuries: 1 to the right shoulder, 1 to the left upper arm, and 1 to the right side of the hip.

Tyree Gentle on remand for gun related offenses
Tyree Gentle, a 19-year-old AC Technician and a resident of Raccoon Street, is on remand at the Belize Central Prison after he was arraigned on two gun related offenses as well as a traffic offense. In court, where he appeared unrepresented before Magistrate Khadeen Palmer, he pleaded not guilty to the firearm related offenses but guilty to the traffic violation. According to the police report, on Monday, February 12, 2018 at 8:50 p.m. while on Fairweather Street, a vehicle sped off upon seeing the police. The officers set chase behind the vehicle until it came to a stop on George Street. There, the driver was seen removing an object from his pants and throwing it away.

Tyrone Guy shot in the City
At 8:35 p.m. on Monday, February 12, 2018, police responded to a shooting in the Queen Charlotte area. Upon arrival, they observed, Tyrone Guy, a 24-year-old Belizean fisherman of a Queen Charlotte address, suffering from an apparent gunshot wound to left calf. Initial investigation revealed that Guy was at a residence at the Corner of Waight Street and Fairweather Street when two male persons rode up on a motorcycle and fired several shots, causing Guy’s injury. Police are investigating.

18 pounds of weed inside a ford Matrix
Last Thursday, officers posted at the Belmopan Police Station conducted a search on a vehicle where drugs were found. The search was made on a white Toyota Matrix car where seven parcels of cannabis-- amounting to 18.7 pounds were found. Subsequent to the search, John Almendarez, a 29 year old Belizean mechanic and Brittany Hutchinson, a Belizean student from Teakettle Village, who were in the vehicle were both arrested and charged for drug trafficking.

Dangriga Dream Ballers and San Pedro Tiger Sharks co-leaders in Pepsi Elite Basketball League competition
The 2018 Pepsi National Elite Basketball League competition continued last week with three games on the schedule. On Friday 9th February at the Russel “Chiste” Garcia Auditorium in Dangriga Town, the Dangriga Dream Ballers defeated Verdes by the score of 92-84 to improve its record to a perfect 3-0 and a share with the San Pedro Tiger Sharks as co-leaders of the competition. The competition will continue this coming weekend with three more games. On Friday 16th February at 9:00 pm out at the UB Gymnasium in the City of Belmopan, the Orange Walk Running Rebels will go up against the Belmopan Bandits. At the Sacred Heart College Auditorium in San Ignacio Town also at 9:00 pm, the Digicell Belize City Defenders will see action against the Verdes squad who are still looking for its first win of the season. And in the final game of the week at the Russel “Chiste” Garcia Auditorium in Dangriga Town at 9:00 pm on Saturday 17th February, the co-leaders San Pedro Tiger Sharks and the Dangriga Dream Ballers will square off.

Football Federation of Belize Vice President and Technical Director to visit local associations
The Football Federation of Belize (FFB) is pleased to inform its football family that Mr. Cruz Gamez, FFB Vice – President and Chairman for Youth Development, National Team Programs (Youth), Youth Leagues, Associations, Coaches and Women, along with the Technical Development Director Mr. Philip Marin will be conducting a series of two (2) days meeting through the country, beginning February 16 to March 11, 2018. The purpose of the meetings is to present the FFB 2018 Competitions Calendar to the football family and to hear from the District Association Executives their plans for competition through the year 2018.

Oscar Quiroz is the winner of the 23rd Digicell Valentine’s Day Tour
The Cycling Federation of Belize in partnership with Digicell held the 23rd edition of the Digicell Valentine’s Cycling Tour over the last week. The four stage tour commenced on Thursday 8th February and concluded on Sunday 10th February, 2018. In the Elite Category, the overall winner was Oscar Quiroz Jr of Smart Cycling Team. He was followed by his team Brandon Cattouse and then by Edgar Nissan Arana of Westrac Cycling Team, and he was followed by Joel Boland of Digicell Elite Cycling Team, and he was followed by Robert Liam Stewart who was the first Master Rider to cross the finish line.

San Pedro Pirates FC clip the high soaring Verdes FC in Premier League Closing Season play
The Premier League of Belize Closing Season competition continued over the last weekend with four games on the schedule. On Sunday 11th February, at the Norman Broaster Stadium in San Ignacio Town, the defending champions and current leaders in this year’s Closing Season competition Verdes FC, was stop in it tracks by the least unlikely candidate the San Pedro Pirates FC by the score of 2-1 to hand Verdes FC its first loss of the competition. The San Pedro Pirates FC was the first onto the scoreboard when Inri Gonzaga scored the 1st goal of the game in the 6th minute of play via a penalty kick to give his team a 1-0 lead. The lead was further extended when Gonzaga scored his 2nd goal of the game in the 37th minute of play to give his team a 2-0 lead. The competition will continue this coming weekend.

Hummingbird Elementary girls and Belize Elementary boys won the Belize City Primary Schools Volleyball competition
The Belize City Primary Schools Volleyball Competition came to an end on Tuesday 12th February, 2018, with the championship games in both the girls and boys competition played at the Stars Gymnasium in Belize City. In the girls’ championship game, Hummingbird Elementary School won over Belize Elementary School in two sets by the score of 25-20 and 25-18. And in the boys’ championship game, Belize Elementary School won over Holy Redeemer School in two sets by the score of 25-11 and 25-15. The Belize District Primary Schools Volleyball finals will be played on Thursday 15th February, 2018, commencing at 9:00 am at Stars Gym on Princess Margaret Drive in Belize City. Representing Belize Rural in the girls’ competition will be Burrell Boom Methodist School and San Pedro Roman Catholic School, while the representatives for Belize City will be Hummingbird Elementary School and Belize Elementary School. Meanwhile, in the boys’ competition, the Belize Rural representatives will be Burrell Boom Methodist School and San Pedro Roman Catholic School while the Belize City representatives will be Belize Elementary School and Holy Redeemer School.

The Physiotherapy Clinic’s Charity Efforts
Children disability in Belize seems to be an almost-taboo topic even though much of the population of children has to live with that reality every day. The 2012 MICS report shows that “more than a third (36.4%) of children 2 to 9 years was at risk for one or more disabilities.” This is an increased ten percent since 2006, and is incomprehensive data as it excludes other children between 0 and 18 years old. As defined by The Situational Analysis of Children with Disabilities, disabilities are the “results from the interaction between persons with impairments … and attitudinal and environmental barriers that hinders their full and effective participation in society on an equal basis with others”. In other words, disabled persons have to suffer through unfair prejudices, biases, and other discriminatory behaviors. As recently as June 2013, the concept of disability has evolved to accommodate the complex and dynamic nature of the issue, highlighting the impacts on the disabled as well as the family.

THE ASCHROFT TSUNAMI MEANS TO WIPE US OUT
There are precious few things that Johnny B. understands and tsunami is not on that very short list! The most important thing to know about a tsunami is that it is caused by a disturbance and it has the potential to be extremely destructive. Bing says: “A tsunami or tidal wave, also known as a seismic sea wave, is a series of waves in a water body caused by the displacement of a large volume of water, generally in an ocean or a large lake. Earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and other underwater explosions, landslides, glacier calving, meteorite impacts and other disturbances above or below water all have the potential to generate a tsunami. Unlike normal ocean waves, which are generated by wind, or tides, caused by the gravitational pull of the Moon and the Sun, a tsunami is generated by the displacement of water.” A LARGE TSUNAMI WOULD WIPE US OUT COMPLETELY; THE PUP FLIRTS WITH DISASTER!

Barren soil
I can still recall the PUP’s “People’s Assemblies” and their “Freedom Train” of 1998, when the Blue Party could amass tens of thousands of supporters at the drop of a hat in every district just by announcing the pending visit of the “Train” with the “Caliente Girls”. These were rallies to truly behold in size and enthusiasm. I have never seen such mass political gatherings since, except maybe the UDP’S protest rally against the UHS loan at a House sitting. That said, the so-called “Blue Tsunami” of Sunday past at the ITVET compound in Belize City was trifling in comparison to their former assemblies and this fact should lend for consternation within the PUP hierarchy.

There is ONE PUP
......... And there is no old P.U.P. or new P.U.P. There is one P.U.P. ....... Those were the words of the Late Dr Cecil “Chubby “ Reneau , who was the Belize City Mayoral Candidate for the PUP in 2009 . Those words were spoken by him in an interview he gave to Channel 5 News. When we listened to the names of members of the New PUP Executive being called out on Sunday, we were instantly reminded of Dr Reneau’s statement. He was so prophetic with his statement. In his own way, Dr. Reneau or Chubby as he was fondly known, as a teacher, must have been trying to teach us something; that he perhaps, thought we did not know about the PUP. We must now agree with Chubby that there is and has always been and will always only be one PUP. There is NO OLD or NEW PUP. They are the same CORRUPT PUP who raped and pillaged this country between 1998 and 2008.

Prepare Belize’s Drought Plan – Let’s not wait for Day Zero
In Belize, water resources management is currently the responsibility of the Prime Minister and his Minister of State, and rightly so, Water is Life and is too important to have any lower status. However we cannot boast of a fully staffed National Hydrological Service, extensive real time water monitoring networks, nor any National Water Plan, much less a Drought Plan. The National Meteorological Service produces drought indices that forecast the likelihood and severity of drought episodes. Belize is not immune, 2011 and 2015 are only previews of things to come. Let’s be prepared, our responses to the Meteorological Service’s drought alerts, watches and warnings is the content of a Drought Plan. God forbid we ever have to deal with our own Day Zero, our response may be similar to that of the recent tsunami warning. Note that Day Zero may be at the national or community level.

Words of Life With Pastor Barry Fraser
In Psalm 27:1 King David wrote, “The LORD delivers and vindicates me! I fear no one! The LORD protects my life! I am afraid of no one!” God has never lost any case that has ever been brought to Him to handle. Any case that is proving difficult for us to handle we can pray and hand over to Him. It can range from money worries, family issues to something we have struggled with for ages.

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TripAdvisor lists top Belize hotels for 2018
TripAdvisor, the world renowned travel planning booking site, has named the top hotels in Belize for 2018 and the BTB joins industry stakeholders in congratulating these Belizean accommodations for a well-deserved recognition. TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice award winners were determined based on the millions of reviews and opinions collected in a single year from TripAdvisor travelers worldwide. In the 16th year of the awards, TripAdvisor has recognized 8,095 properties in 94 countries and eight regions worldwide. The hallmarks of Travelers’ Choice hotels winners are remarkable service, value and quality.

How Big is Ambergris Caye? Bigger Than You Think
It is not uncommon for first-time travelers to ask, “how big is Ambergris Caye? ” Lying between 18.87 and 18.19° north latitude and 87 to 88° west longitude, Ambergris Caye is approximately 25 miles or 40 kilometers long from north to south, and 1 mile or 1.6 kilometers wide in some places. Areas where limestone caye has not been altered by development, are mostly outlined with mangroves and white sandy beaches. Ambergris has an estimated 17,400 people (some say more) living in 17,600 acres of space in it’s only town of San Pedro. It takes up approximately 27.5 sq miles or 71.2 sq kilometer with an elevation above sea level at 2 meters or 7 feet. Aside from its physical size, Ambergris Caye is big in another way. It’s residents have huge hearts and so do many travelers that vacation here. There are always individuals and organizations needing help. I have seen so many longtime and new travelers that are willing to contribute to one cause or another. Some use “Pack for a Purpose” and some “mule” on suitcases full of items from school wish lists or things needed in disadvantaged communities.

Lobster season closes for 2018 in Belize
The various Lobsterfest events are Belize's savvy way of celebrating the opening of the lobster season. It's held every year starting mid-June, in four parts of the country, Belize City, the northern cayes to the southern coast: Caye Caulker, San Pedro and Placencia. Did you know that the lobster fishing season closes on February 14th each year? Valentine’s Day was you're last chance to enjoy a succulent lobster dish until June 15th when our lobster festival commences. During the closed lobster season you may not keep lobster in your freezer, you are not permitted to fish for lobster in our waters and hefty fines are levied for infractions.

Getting Around Belize
The best ways to get around Belize are by car, water taxi and plane. Taxis and rental cars are the most hassle-free mode of transportation around Belize City. Cabs and cars are also the easiest way to get to and from Belize City's Municipal Airport (TZA) just outside the city center or Philip S.W. Goldson International Airport (PGIA), which is about 10 miles northwest of Belize City in Ladyville. Hopper planes also transport passengers to popular islands like Ambergris Caye and Caye Caulker. Water taxis are the best mode of transportation to access Belize's numerous cays. Attractions on the mainland are relatively spread out, but Belize itself is a compact country, equipped with commuter buses that transport passengers to popular things to do. However, these buses are typically run-down and routes can be difficult to navigate.

International Sourcesizz

Dream Hotel Group Executes Plan to Expand into Mexico and Belize
Dream Hotel Group Click for more info has revealed new plans to expand into Mexico and Belize. In late 2018, the hotel brand will open Unscripted Belize. In 2020, it is also scheduled to open Unscripted Tulum, which is located in Mexico’s hippest beach destination, one that has become popular with American tourists and celebrities. Dream Hotel Group, which is a renowned hotel and brand management company by any metric, will also open a third hotel in the region, this one dubbed Dream Belize. Unscripted Belize will be the first of the company’s two Belize openings. It will debut in late 2018, and when it does, it will have 24 beachfront cabanas located within mere steps of the Caribbean Sea. Both of the new hotels will be located in the picturesque Kanantik Belize master plan community, which is just north of Placencia. They will be owned and developed by Luke Chadwick with architectural design by Gensler.

Caribbean Hosted Record 30 Million Visitors in 2017
This past fall’s devastating fall hurricanes largely failed to halt Caribbean destinations’ surging visitor growth. Countries tracked by the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) surpassed a collective 30 million overnight visitor arrivals for the first time in the organization’s history in 2017, CTO officials announced Thursday. “Sustained economic growth in all of our major source markets” drove the increase, said Hugh Riley, CTO’s secretary general, as arrivals in Caribbean destinations exhibited strong growth prior to the impact of Hurricanes Irma and Maria. CTO officials predict 2018 visitor arrivals in the region will increase of between two to three percent over 2017. Specifically, Caribbean overnight arrivals grew by 4.8 percent during the first-half of 2017, slowing by 1.7 percent in the second half due to the impact of hurricanes Irma and Maria. Overall 2017 Caribbean visitor arrivals increased by 1.7 percent compared with 2016, totaling 30.1 million visits and marking the region’s eighth consecutive year of visitor growth.

Videos

  • RESTORE Belize Programme, 5min. Established in 2010, the RESTORE Belize Programme was created in response to a rising crime rate in Belize. Eight years later, Belize Now found out how the programme has impacted lives and achieved its goal thus far.

  • Julio the Croc Deported from Ambergris to Ladyville, 4min. Julio, an American crocodile, was relocated today from San Pedro to ACES Sanctuary in Ladyville. He’s a huge croc that was creating a lot of disturbance in a community in San Pedro and ACES says they have no choice but to put him in the sanctuary. News Five’s Andrea Polanco went out to meet Julio in the city today before he went to his new home. Here’s her report:

  • Placencia Sidewalk Art Fest Belize, 1min.

  • Trumpetfish hiding in amazing coral off Raguana Cay, Belize, 6sec.

  • Welcome to Belize City:DJI Mavic Pro (4K), 3min. Drone video

  • A pair of sweet Angelfish off Raguana Cay, Belize, 10sec.

  • Cayo to Belize City Time Lapse, 1min. A quick flight on Tropic Air from Maya Flats airstrip in San Ignacio, Cayo to Belize City and the International Airport made a bit quicker on film. A perfect way of getting back and forth to Cayo Landing!!

  • Inga Alley Cropping - Climate Smart Farming - Ya’axché Conservation Trust, Belize, 13min. EXCITING!!! Over the past year, Ya'axché Conservation Trust has been receiving overwhelming interest in the Inga Alley Cropping farming system. So we created a video! Inga Alley Cropping is a new, smart way of farming which brings more and healthier food crops while reducing the amount of work and money spent on a farm. Due to the limited resources of Ya'axché, our work is focused in the Maya Golden Landscape of southern Belize. Ya'axché with financial support from the Inter-American Foundation, created an Inga Alley Cropping video for the farmers!

  • Belize: Un-Belize-able, 7min. It's Anthony Everett's turn to escape the New England winter. His destination: Belize, a tourist destination known for the largest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere.

  • Talk Ah Di Town February 15, 2018, 28min.

  • OYE Valentine Special 2018 Part 1 - Meet the Couples, 37min. on Open Your Eyes

  • OYE Valentine Special 2018 Part 2 - Love & Compatibility, 31min. on Open Your Eyes

  • OYE Valentine Special 2018 Part 3 - Relationship Goals & Challenges, 29min. on Open Your Eyes

  • OYE Valentine Special 2018 Part 4 - Love & Life Lessons, 22min. on Open Your Eyes

  • From Yes to I Do - Season 5 Episode 5 (Party Insane), 45min.

  • UBAFU Marketing & Entertainment is hosting the official Valentine Mega Party Concert, 28min. on Open Your Eyes

  • UNIBAM & NGLCC - Economic Cost of Discrimination, 36min. on Open Your Eyes

  • SIRDI LAUNCHES NEW PROJECT TO BENEFIT THE SUGAR INDUSTRY, 8min. Waterlogging….it’s a major can be a major constraint to plant growth and production and, under certain conditions, will cause plant death. This constraint may not be apparent until the whole soil profile is saturated and water appears on the surface. Here in Belize waterlogging is considered as one of the major threats to sugar cane production. But there are ways to reduce the impacts of waterlogging and today the Sugar Industry Research and Development Institute (SIRD) in collaboration with the European Union and the Sugar Industry stakeholders launched one of those methods.

  • Belize 2018, 6min.

  • Belize Boogie Tandem, 3min.

  • Backpacking Belize - Episode 10, 18min. Beginning in Belize on the Ambergris Caye they decide to go snorkelling on Shark Ray Alley. As the name suggests they see plenty of sea life and are convinced to continue their underwater adventures by scuba diving. Swimming with sharks, rays and turtles resulting in an unforgettable experience. After a quick boat ride they move onto another island, Caye Caulker. Here they enjoy more activities on the water and sample the delicious local seafood. They round the trip off in San Ignacio. Steph makes a new friend in the form of a Green Iguana after visiting the local sanctuary. They conclude their Belizean adventure exploring the incredible Mayan ruins of Xunantunich.

  • Epic Snorkel Adventure in Belize!, 13min. Have you ever wanted to know what it's like snorkeling in Belize?Did you ever want to see another part of the world that is absolutely stunning? Belize and it's second to none reefs are a place to go. Join me, Luckie, and his compadres as we snorkel in one of Belize's secret coral reefs. Seeing lobster, sharks, spotted eagle rays. and schools of tropical fish. What a thrill! Let’s snorkel Belize together and have an epic flippertastic adventure!

  • CHARLES LESLIE JR INTERVIEW WITH CARICOM YOUTH BELIZE | Feb 12 2018, 22min.

  • DJI Spark X Big Rock Falls |Belize, 2min.

  • Random Girls Trip | Altun Ha Mayan Ruins (Belize), 4min.

  • Belize Service Trip, 19min. Bridgewater State University students travel to Belize City, Belize to take part in a service trip. Students spent the week at Saint John's Primary School engaging in classroom activities, playing with the students at lunch, partaking in a Photo Voice Project, and constructing a shade structure for lunch time. In the morning we traveled to the local food market where our senses went into overdrive. The sights, sounds, and smells were amazing! In the afternoon we worked on building the shade structure for the students.

  • Belize Jungles and Beach Coast // Full Episode Family Travel, 28min. Things to do in Belize. Chaa Creek Resort, Caye Caulker, Placencia. Explore Mayan pyramids and jungles. Try local foods. Scuba dive the outer Cayes. Learn to Scuba dive. Things to do in Belize with Kids. Belize for families.

  • Haley Kalil Is A Dream Come True In This Sexy Belize Shoot | Uncovered | Sports Illustrated Swimsuit, 1min. Haley Kalil, SISwimSearch finalist and former Miss Minnesota, opens up about following her dreams of becoming a Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model behind the scenes of her steamy shoot in Belize.


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