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Last night's TV news on Channel 7, Channel 5, LOVETV, PGTV, West Vision (Cayo) and CTV 3. Also with the most recent Open Your Eyes, and other specials


The San Pedro Sun

Lobster season officially closed: Fisheries indicates a productive season
On, Thursday, February 15th The Belize Fisheries Department officially announced the closing season for Spiny Lobster. During the closed season no traps are to be set and no one should consume lobsters products for the next four months. If someone is caught in possession of lobster during this time, that person can be charged a fine or even possibly face jail time. The production of lobster has increased and this year benefiting the country in various aspects. “Lobster production has increased. We are harvesting the lobster tails. On average it is about four hundred thousand pounds of lobster tail harvested in the season with a value of twelve million dollars. We are now also harvesting whole lobster, which is another category, another version of commodity with added value. Approximately another four hundred thousand pounds was harvested which is about six million dollars harvested. You see now we are about nine hundred thousand pounds of lobster that has resulted from the good management of the Fisheries Department, the enforcement, the monitoring, and the collaboration we have had with other co-managers and N.G.O.s.

San Pedro Pirates win current champions of the PLB
For the fifth week of the Premiere League of Belize (PLB), the San Pedro Pirates defeated the current champions of the PLB. Verdes F.C was defeated during their home game in a 2-1 point match against the island team at the Norman Boaster Stadium, in the Cayo District. The current standings have Verdes F.C at the top of the chart with 12 points, followed by Belmopan Bandits with 10 points and Police United F.C with eight points. Freedom Fighters, Placencia Assassins, and San Pedro Pirates F.C have six points each, while Belize Defense force has four points and at the bottom of the chart is Dangriga Wagiya F.C with one point only. For the next match, the San Pedro Pirates will be hosting the Freedom fighters at the Ambergris Stadium in San Pedro Town on Sunday, February 18th. All islanders are invited to come out and support the island team in their home game. The game is scheduled to start at 3PM.

San Pedro’s Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry Chapter officially signed
The Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) held the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for San Pedro’s Chapter of the BCCI on Tuesday, February 13th at Mahogany Bay Beach Resort in San Pedro Town. The event saw the attendance of the BCCI’s President Nikita Usher, BCCI’s Chief Executive Kim Aikman, BCCI’s Manager of Member Relations Yorshabell Cattouse, San Pedro’s BCCI’s Chapter coordinators Mike Haworth and Elida Escobar among other invited guests. Currently, the BCCI boasts a fluctuating membership of more than three hundred (300) Belizean businesses from a wide cross-section of the agricultural, productive, service and industrial sectors. The BCCI’s mandate is legally enshrined in Chapter 308 of the Laws of Belize under the Belize Chamber of Commerce & Industry Act. The specific objectives of the organization are to foster the economic growth and social well-being of the nation through the free enterprise system at all levels, by promoting and protecting, both nationally and internationally commerce, and all sectors of industry which includes agri-business, tourism and manufacturing, professions and the trades.

Jordan Rubio wins annual Coca-Cola Spelling Bee Zone 5 Eliminations
Jordan Rubio of the San Pedro Roman Catholic School (SPRCS) is the winner of the annual Coca-Cola Spelling Bee Zone 5 Eliminations held on Thursday, February 15th at the Lions Den in San Pedro. The competition saw the participation of 12 students from various schools including: Alexis Lawrence and Luis Olivera from Ambergris Caye Elementary School, Flora Choc and Karina Sotz from Caye Caulker Roman Catholic School, Jhiaha Thompson and Reanna Cuthkelvin from Holy Cross Anglican School, Michael Estephan and Terence Keating from Isla Bonita School, Adriana Briceno and Aleah Moreira from New Horizon Seventh Day Adventist school, Jordan Rubio and Austin Castro from SPRCS, Mackenzie Turley and Gabrielle Alexander from The Island Academy, Erwin Reynolds and Melina Choj from La Isla Crainosa Academy. The annual spelling tournament was organized by Bowen & Bowen Limited, Ministry of Education Youth, Sports & Culture and the San Pedro Town Council.

Ambergris Today

BCCI And Belize Business Brokers Signing Of MOU And Launching Of The 1st San Pedro Chapter
The Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) along with the Belize Business Brokers signed the first San Pedro Chapter on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 in San Pedro Town. The Belize Business Brokers will now serve as the BCCI’s official Chapter in San Pedro Town. The formation of this Chapter is in accordance with the BCCI’s Act, Chapter 308 of the Laws of Belize. The BCCI’s goal in establishing the San Pedro Chapter is to extend its reach and better serve those areas of the country geographically removed from the BCCI’s hub of activity inBelize City.

BTB Presents Check To CTO For "Caribbean Disaster Relief Fund"
The Belize Tourism Board (BTB), in collaboration with tourism industry stakeholders, raised U.S. $59, 934.00 (Bz $119,868.00) as part of the Dollarfor the Caribbean Relief Fund campaign. The fund was created to assist victims of Hurricanes Irma and Maria, which severely devastated many Caribbean countries in September last year. On Thursday morning Ms. Karen Pike, BTB’s Director of Marketing and Industry Relations, presented the check to Mr. Hugh Riley, Secretary General of the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) during a virtual press conference hosted by CTO in Barbados.

Misc Belizean Sources

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Kindy take note of Archeological site update
SATURDAY 17 FEBRUARY 2018: ALL ARCHAEOLOGICAL RESERVES ARE OPEN FOR VISITATION. PLEASE NOTE THAT THE RAINS CONTINUE THEREFORE THE CAVES SITES ARE SUBJECT TO CLOSURE DURING THE COURSE OF THE DAY PLEASE EXERCISE CAUTION AT ALL TIMES. LIFE VEST IS MANDATORY AT CAVE SITES.

A new species of shark and a new species for Belize
The Atlantic Sixgill Shark! We're thrilled to present the scientific publication confirming this novel species from a collaborative team that includes scientists from MarAlliance, Florida State University Coastal and Marine Lab, and the Daly-Engel Shark Conservation Lab at Florida Tech. Photo by Ivy Baremore/MarAlliance.

Next Gen Croc
Next Gen Croc is a program that intends to foster the next generation of Wildlife Champions, as well as build up leadership, communication, and biology skills. Yesterday, our Next Gen Croc students from Ocean Academy on Caye Caulker displayed themselves as true wildlife and environmental leaders at the school’s Ubuntu event. They created a very interactive booth teaching their community about the facts of crocs, while also displaying the knowledge to squash any false beliefs or facts. We are truly proud of our Next Gen Croc students as they went above and beyond our expectations, and we look forward to seeing them grow as Belize’s crocodile experts!

BELTRAIDE and Compete Caribbean hosts National Cluster Workshop
BELTRAIDE, through its technical unit, EXPORTBelize hosted a“National Cluster Workshop” as part of the “Building Institutional Capacity for Strengthening Business Clusters” project implemented through financial support from Compete Caribbean. The National Workshop, held on February 16th 2018 in Belize City, aimed to provide participants with insight into Compete Caribbean initiatives with the purpose of encouraging collaborative actions to improve the competitiveness of a sector or industry as well as to promote cross-sectoral linkages.

For the first time in Corozal ...JAZZ ...JAZZ ...JAZZ
VALENTINE'S NIGHT with Caribbean Jazz Quartet at Jahmundo, Finca Solana on Saturday, February 17th. Free finger food and a glass of wine. Directions: Take the street off Consejo Road between the cemetery and the vendors' market. Head towards Natural Mystics and take your first left turn and head to the end of the road. Take your last left turn and Jahmundo is on your left. Home of the funniest pony in the world, Payaso.

THE WAY OF THE MAYA MASEWAL
The Yucatec Maya traditions like the Wahil Kol and Cha Chaac which are still done by the Maya of Northern & Western Belize is more than a offering or asking for rain . The hard work of this traditions which may take even over 10 hours is a connection with nature ,a connection with our innerself ,a connection with our ancestors ,a connection with our past by hearing the stories of the old Mayeros and with our Maya spirituality . The Yucatec Maya build the altars with all natural things found in the forest and in the same way do the Balche (Maya Sacred Wine). Picture of the Wahil Kol Primicias in Patchakan ,Corozal Picture courtesy by Jeremias Tzul

South AC Neighborhood Watch Clean Up Postponed Until Saturday, Feb 24th
"Due to the standing water in our area, the EC has decided to postpone the Cleanup until next Saturday 24th Feb, 2018.

Monthly Weather Summary, January 2018
JANUARY, 2018 STARTED OFF ON THE COOL SIDE, AS OVERNIGHT TO EARLY MORNING LAND BREEZE HAD BEEN PERSISTENT FOR SOME DAYS ALREADY. THESE COOLER LAND TEMPERATURES LIMITED CONVECTIVE ACTIVITY OVER THE MAINLAND, WHILE THE PREVAILING OFFSHORE WIND FLOW WAS A GENERALLY LIGHT NORTH-TO-NORTHEASTERLY ONE. ADDITIONALLY, WITH THE WARMER SEA SURFACE TEMPERATURES AND COOL AIRFLOW OVER THE SEA, SHOWERY ACTIVITY AFFECTED CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN COASTAL WATERS DURING THE NIGHT AND MORNING, AND THEN THE MAINLAND IN THE AFTERNOON. A TOTAL OF THREE COLD FRONTS WERE NOTED TO HAVE CROSSED BELIZE DURING THIS MONTH.

Congratulations Roni Martinez, the 2018 James A. Waight Award recipient!

Julio the Crocodile relocated
When crocs continue to pose a threat or exhibit worrisome behavior even after intervention with ACES, they have two options - be put to death or be put in captivity. We work under the authority of the Belize Forest Department and give crocs the option of life by building lush, beautiful pens for them to live out their days in to keep both the crocs and the people of Belize safe! The people and pets of Ambergris Caye will no longer have to worry about this problematic croc any longer. Julio has been given a new home in our sanctuary for his own safety and the safety of others. This old croc has seen some wars - measuring in at 10.5 feet, Julio is missing about a foot of tail, is blind in one eye, and is missing the majority of both his hind feet. He will be retiring in a beautiful pen located at Rainforest Adventure Zone in Sandhill, Belize thanks to support from La Fondation Brigitte Bardot. A big thank you to Quality Poultry Products for help transporting Julio in their boat to the mainland!

BURNING OF JUAN CARNAVAL
In San Pedro...

Orange Walk Redesigned Town Clock
Proposed plan for renovated town clock. Coming soon in partnership with TTM.

2018 Chinese New Year celebration
Princess Casino Freezone, Corozal invites you this Saturday, February 17th for our 2018 Chinese New Year celebration. $7,000 worth of cash will be raffled starting at 10:00 p.m. It is the year of the Dog - Loyalty

Roni Martinez Wins James Waight Award
Congratulations, Roni! He won the Belize Audubon Society's James A. Waight Award. Well deserved. Congratulations to our 31st James A. Waight Award Recipient, Roni Martinez!

Multimedia studio for the youth in Belize
As a groundbreaking innovating project in the Prevjuve Innovation Lab, the Love Foundation opened the first and only media studios whose content is created by youth and its mentors. This facilities were inaugurated in Belize City with the presence of representatives of partner organizations, as Belmopan Municipality, UNDP Belize, as well as Love Foundation’s staff and students. The event was part of Love Foundation’s 25th anniversary celebrations, during Valentine’s day. The new studio will be a key factor for the After School Programs, this component targets 100 students, all of them with access to a variety of artistic and creative activities including Media Arts, Health and Wellness and STEM (Science, Tchnology, Engineering and Math). During her speech, Deborah Sewell, Love Foundation’s Managing Director, said “this studio will make future broadcasters, journalists, public speakers and radio personalities, disc jockeys, etc.. We are very greatful to our many partners”, Sewell said.

Fence at St. Jude R.C. School
Thank you to The Camalote residents, Belize Business Community and friends of Cayo South for helping us build the most needed fence at St. jude R.C. School. This fence will directly benefit the children, and will help to keep them safe. This was a direct request from the parents, teachers and principal of the school. Together we can change the world :) Julius Espat

Channel 7

Is Police Profiling Prejudicial?
In the mobile phone era - everyone has a camera on them almost around the clock. But are police abusing those cell phone cameras to engage in profiling suspects? And are they doing so indiscriminately. That's the question the media raised with police earlier this week - after reports emerged that police were taking picture of persons who they stopped and searched. Police press officer, Senior Superintendent Bart Jones - who is also an attorney - told the media that it's not profiling. He says that it's a useful tool - to assist police investigations, and to even ensure that persons are not beaten by police. But, section 19 of the police act makes it precisely clear when and where police can take photographs of civilians. First, those persons must be in lawful custody - not at a checkpoint or a stop and search. Second, if the person is not convicted, all pictures and records must be destroyed. Clearly, the law seeks to assure the constitutional guarantee of a citizen's right to privacy.

No New Contract For Contractor General
Cabinet has also had to consider the position of the Contractor General Godwin Arzu. In December, a motion to re-appoint him had to be withdrawn after the Senate pointed out that he had failed to submit his annual reports as required by law. In the two months since - he still has not submitted a report and the Prime Minister told the Amandala that he will move to a appoint a new contractor general. Today the Deputy Prime Minister had a slightly different interpretation:... Hon. Patrick Faber, Deputy Prime Minister: "All I know that the contract has not been renewed, we keep working on trying to get a new contractor general. I believe the media had ask me about this earlier this week, they certainly ask me as well about the contract of the Ombudsman and I know that we have voted to have a renewal of his contract, that is the Ombudsman. But as far as I know, we don't have the same kind of situation with the contractor general and we will keep working to ensure that we can have a contractor general in place as quickly as possible."

Naming New Integrity Chair Complicated
And apart from a new Contractor General, the government will also have to find a new chair of the Integrity Commission. That's because the former chairman Marilyn Williams has taken a seat on the Supreme Court bench. Today, Faber said it's not that simple - because the chair must be an attorney - who is willing to put all his personal financial information out there as a politically exposed person:... Daniel Ortiz, reporter "Who may be possible candidates to replace Justice Williams?" Hon. Patrick Faber, Deputy Prime Minister: "We have introduced the topic and we have of course been trying to think about good people who can serve. Of course it is not only our task it is the social partners as well. We agreed to take on this position who have to be deemed a pep (politically exposed person) and that means that you have be more open and transparent to the wider world, given or push now to put in some of the measures for instance from UNCAC and other anticorruption measures. There is a lot that is now expected of such a person and so some people don't want that kind of exposure, they prefer to lead their private lives."

Civic Center Soon
But the good news is that Government is probably likely to open the Civic Center before it fills that vacancy. The opening of the much anticipated sports facility has been delayed because government has been trying to find a suitable management company. Faber told us today that they are close to making a final selection:... Hon. Patrick Faber, Deputy Prime Minister: "We were extending the time period for us to complete selecting the managing company, because we were not completely satisfied with the bids that were put in. I can now report that in fact that procedure is almost winding down. We have narrowed it down to one company, but we are doing our due diligence to make sure that we check everything that needs to be check before we sign off officially and make it known to the public."

PUP “Pose Pahn Civic”
But while its doors are still closed, the Civic did come into good use on Sunday when the PUP's thousands rolled through the city. No, the Civic did not have a special opening for the PUP throng, but it was a popular place for supporters to pose off in their blue shirts. Faber seized upon that when acknowledging that the PUP had a good showing:...

City Shooting Security Guard
A security guard was shot early this morning - but no one can say why. At around 1:00 AM - 26 year old Edwin Williams was on duty at the University of Belize Education and Arts Campus at the Old Teachers College when a man pulled up and pointed a gun at him. Williams pushed him, and dashed off, but the gunman still shot him in the leg as he escaped. Fortunately, it was a minor injury and Williams was treated and released. Today his mother told us he would not be speaking with the media.

Tourist Reported Rape By Chaperone
A 25 year old tourist has reported that she was raped by her Belizean chaperone in San Pedro. It happened around 1:00 yesterday at the residence where the American woman was had been staying with a family. Apparently, she had been out socializing with the chaperone in a group and she asked him to take them home because he was intoxicated. She said that she was sleeping in the house - when she was awakened by bodily force. The man who had been chaperoning her was raping her. She cried out for help and he ran off. Police have him detained pending an ID parade and charges.

Cop Faces Fine For Firearm
Tonight, there is more information on that San Ignacio corporal who lost a service revolver that ended up in criminal hands in Orange Walk. The head of the professional standards branch ACP Chester Williams says that the officer reported that he was patrolling the Kontiki Area of San Ignacio when he was assaulted by two individuals who took away his firearm. The PSB investigated and concluded that it was a case of Neglect. He pleaded guilty to the charge and was fined the maximum of two hundred dollars, along with a severe reprimand. He was also ordered to pay compensation of one thousand five hundred dollars to the Government, which is the cost of replacing the firearm.

No More Red Light For Refugees
Tonight, there are reports that Belize has granted refugee status to 15 refugees. This is after 21 years where hundreds of refugee applications were either denied or not considered at all. In June of 2017, the Minister of State Beverly Williams told us why: Hon. Beverly Williams, Minister of State - Immigration: "Somewhere in the 1980s I believe was very instrumental in looking at a refugee program. We have the birth of Salvapan, Las Flores and all those Salvapan communities. At this juncture I believe we are impacted by the surrounding nations and the challenges in there as it relates to gang violence and so that is what we are saying for Belize. We have to be very careful when we look at what it is we are introducing to Belize. And so for us in Belize, we have to ensure that we strike a balance in terms of how we serve our Belizeans persons and how we meet our commitments as it relates to the 1951 convention."

Successful Surgery For Four Kids
4 Belizean families are breathing a huge sigh of relief after their children got life-saving heart surgeries at the KHMH yesterday. Normally, these types of procedures are not available in Belize, but, through the Rotary Gift of Life Program, doctors from Nebraska came down and performed the procedures right at the KHMH. The doctors used the KHMH's facilities, and brought down equipment and supplies they needed, instead of racking up huge traveling expenses for their patients. Our 7News team was invited to meet the doctors, and a few of the families whose lives they have made a lot easier. Daniel Ortiz has that story:

Would-Be Robber - 10 Years In Jail
He tried to break into his neighbor's home and 28 year old Joel Mcgregor will spend 10 years in jail for it. Today, in front of Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford, he pled guilty to attempted burglary and damage to property. Because he has four previous convictions and was on probation, the Magistrate gave him 10 years for the attempted burglary, and 7 months for damage to property. The incident occurred around 8:45 last night in Hattieville. Kayesha Cole was in her bedroom when she heard a loud bang. That was the louver breaking - and when she looked through the window, she saw Mcgregor, dressed in black, staring at her. Realizing he had been caught in the act, Mcgregor scampered off - only to be caught by police a short time later.

Bail For Alleged Pedophile
Sixty-seven year old alleged pedophile Alfredo Pech got bail today. The Guinea Grass resident had been remanded into custody on a charge of unlawful sexual intercourse, and today got bail of $8,000 dollars from Justice Herbert Lord. Two weeks ago, Pech was arraigned in Orange Walk Magistrate's Court on the allegation that had unlawful carnal knowledge with a 14 year old - who is now pregnant. Pech is married and is the father of two children. Pech was represented by attorney Dickie Bradley.

Great Success At Great House
Its name may not be in the news every other day like the Biltmore or the Radisson, but for two decades, the Great House Inn has been steadily building a reputation as a first class accommodation in the city. The hotel celebrated its 20th anniversary yesterday. We spoke to the owner, veteran hotelier, Steve Maestre who shared more about the hotels' success: Sahar Vasquez, reporter: "So tell us about the occupancy rates, how has that been going?" Steve Maestre, Owner of The Great House Inn: "Actually we have been fortunate. We get our fair share." "We get most of our business from North America. We get Europeans and from other parts of the world but Belize in general most of the tourism is from North America."

Cluster-philia
Today BELTRAIDE held a workshop focused on the business term "cluster". What exactly does it mean? Well, in a nutshell, it is when companies join forces and work together on different projects. The Manager of Beltraide explained it in greater detail today. Shajira McCoy, Manager of Export Belize BELTRAIDE" "What we are trying to do is also build the capacity of local business supporters and organizations to help firms to do more clusters in various industries. We have business support organizations from Fisheries, Cocoa, The Shrimp Association, and The Poultry association. The idea is that the different support organizations in Belize partner to support the industries and to have more initiatives where businesses and the private sector are working together for mutual benefit."

Horticulture In The ‘Hood
There's a new path to wellness and self - sustainability for Port Loyola residents. Thanks to one resident and a few big supporters along the way, the community will be gardening its own fruits and vegetables. We found out more at the launch of this urban gardening initiative today. Janette Cutkelvin, Coordinator For The Jane Usher Urban Gardening Project "The project is to provide food security for Jane Usher community and the surrounding areas and so that we could also save money in our pockets. The vegetables and plants that we are growing are the save us from going to the market, save us money for the bus, and now we know that we have fresh fruits and vegetables for our children. We grow it ourselves."

Portal For Reporting Child Sexual Abuse
The Police Department today took a sharp stride towards enhanced reporting of child sex abuse and exploitation. It's a partnership with the Internet Watch Foundation out of the UK and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. They held a sensitization workshop at the George Price Center in Belmopan today. They plan to launch a Child Sexual Abuse Reporting Portal in Belize. According to a release, the portal will be hosted on the Belize Police Department website where anyone can submit information on sexually explicit child imagery found, seen or shared online.

Shady Tactics In Toledo
Last night on the news, you probably heard the Foreign Minister Wilfred Elrington speaking all about the education efforts that will be launched as Belize moves toward a referendum on the ICJ. But, in the Toledo District - things have gotten off to a controversial and questionable start. The allegation is that the Referendum unit of Ministry of Foreign Affairs has been on a door to door campaign to collect names of people who are "supporting the move to the ICJ". These efforts include checking IDs, asking for Social Security information, and asking respondents whether they support taking the case to the ICJ. Yesterday, the Foreign Minister disputed and disowned these actions:...

Hoops For Hope
The police department continues to do what it can to combat crime and violence, but as viewers are aware, they've not been able to put much of a dent in the murder rate. But, crime has many elements, and there is no one fix which addresses all its root causes. That's why Police have been trying different types of community policing initiatives within the crime ridden City. While he was the Head of Eastern Division South, Assistant Police Commissioner Chester Williams oversaw one such program which has now become the Sprite Eastern Division South Youth Basketball Cup. It has morphed into a public-private sector initiative to reach at risk youths who are trapped in the different gang neighborhoods.

Gong Xi, Gong Xi!
From Belize City to Taipei, celebrations kicked off today to celebrate the Chinese New Year. The Year of the Dog is officially here, and celebrations are set to continue through the weekend with the weeklong Spring Festival, known as... President of the Belize Chinese Community, Edmund Kwan told us what you can expect to see this weekend:.. Edmund Kwan, Chairman of the Chinese Association: "Every year we do a city-wide parade, we perform the lion dances. We bust the dynamite, and on Sunday we will have the New Year's Banquet where we host 750 guests." "The lion dance is a ritual. It is to cast away evil spirits. The lion comes once a year. That is why they always have the red packet and lettuce. They feed the lion the red packet and the lettuce. The lion will take all the bad stuff until next year."

Channel 5

It’s Not TV, It’s HBO: Cable Will Cost You More
The pressure is building on Belizeans in the creative industries – broadcasting, both radio and television, and music and the arts – to begin recognizing copyright and intellectual property and [...]

Opening of New Civic Center in Sight
If you’re wondering when the Civic Center will be open for business, the Minister of Sports says it may be as soon as April. The construction of the state-of-the-art facility [...]

Who Wants Marilyn Williams’ Old Job?
The Integrity Commission was named a year ago in response to overwhelming public pressure as it relates to holding politicians accountable for their personal spending and assets. Little has been [...]

Ombudsman Gets Second Chance; Contractor General May Not
As we reported Contractor General Godwin Arzu is out of his post. He has failed to produce the annual reports from his office as part of his obligations to continue [...]

The Problem with Police Profiling
The Police Department has been explaining its recent move for police officers to take photographs of persons stopped and searched as part of its activities on the ground in various [...]

Sports Council Wants to Stay Out of Cycling Bickering
The Belize Cycling Federation has been waiting for the National Sports Council to sign off on its new constitution before elections for its executive can be called. But Tariq Cano, [...]

Budget Coming – What’s In It?
There was no meeting of the House of Representatives today in Belmopan. One had been mooted for discussing the U.H.S. matter but new litigation in the Caribbean Court of Justice [...]

Yolanda Bowman Died of Natural Causes
On Thursday afternoon the body of an elderly woman was discovered under the popular Mike’s Club on Regent Street West. Police have since indicated that the death is natural. Sixty-one [...]

UB Security Fights Off Shooter
A security guard was ambushed by a gunman on Friday morning, but lived to tell the tale. Around one-ten a.m., twenty-six-year-old Edwin Williams was at work at the University of [...]

American Tourist Raped in San Pedro
An American tourist was sexually assaulted in San Pedro just before dawn today.  The twenty-five-year-old woman visited the police station on the island this morning and reported that while asleep, [...]

Bail for Murder Accused Daniel Myvett?
Daniel Myvett was tried nearly four years ago for the February 2010 murder of Nigerian security guard Kabiru Oloungududu with two others, Jamaal Jackson and Talbert Mena. They walked free, [...]

Jane Usher Boulevard Families to Benefit from Urban Greenhouse
A novel project that will provide sustenance as well as income to participating families kicked off today at the YMCA compound. It is named the Port Loyola Urban Gardens Greenhouse [...]

The Gift of Life for four Young Heart Patients
Since its last mission to Belize in 2017, a team of doctors has returned to perform various procedures on four children afflicted with heart disease.  Those operations, facilitated through the [...]

Father Gives Thanks for Daughter’s Surgery
One-year-old Leiny Montalvo is diagnosed with PDA, an abnormal blood flow occurring between two of the major arteries connected to her heart.  Along with her parents, she has traveled all [...]

Happy Chinese New Year!
Traditionally, the ringing in of a new year takes place at midnight between December thirty-first and January first, with merrymakers joining voices for the refrain of Auld Lang Syne.  The [...]

Building a Fence to Protect Camalote Students
Parents and teachers of a primary school in Camalote, Cayo, are tonight breathing a sigh of relief. That’s because a fence is now in place providing security and safety to [...]

U.D.P. Ready for Nomination
Nominations for all municipal candidates will be made next week Wednesday across the country. In Belize City, the political parties and independent candidates will be going over to the Elections [...]

Helping Businesses to Work Together
BELTRAIDE, in partnership with Compete Caribbean, held a “national cluster workshop” in Belize City today. The idea of clustering in business is to bring partners together within or even across [...]

Police Open Basketball Cup
The third annual Sprite Eastern Police Division Basketball Cup kicked off today with three games on the outdoor basketball court at the new Civic Center. The tournament started back in [...]

Bliss Rocks with Talent Show
On Sunday, the Bliss Center for the Performing Arts will come alive as the third edition of Sarina Heusner’s Talent Night takes place inside the auditorium. The event pools together [...]

LOVE FM

A group of single parents will soon enjoy the fruits of their labour
Today, the Jane Usher Boulevard Neighbourhood (JUBN) held an opening ceremony for the Port Loyola Urban Gardens Greenhouse at the YMCA compound on Faber’s Road. JUBN is made up of twenty-five single parents who want to provide food for their families. Janet Cutkelvin, Coordinator for JUBN spoke about the initiative. Janet Cutkelvin – Coordinator, JUBN …

Businesses are uniting to access international markets
Today, Beltraide hosted a National Cluster Workshop through its technical unit, Export Belize. The National Cluster Workshop was funded by the Compete Caribbean Project. The workshop provided a framework for facilitating business clusters in Belize. Love News spoke with the Manager of Export Belize, Shahera McKoy. Shahera McKoy, Manager of Export Belize “Beltraide applied to …

Commissioner of Police is competent says Minister of Home Affairs
The crime situation in Belize, specifically in Belize City, continues to concern police and the public. 2017 saw well over 140 murders and the violence spilled into January of this year in which authorities have recorded as many as fifteen murders. While the Belize Police Department continues its battle against crime, recently launching its crime …

Foreign Minister says entry of Guatemalan Soldiers at Western Border not a big deal
On Thursday the Minister of Foreign Affairs Wilfred Elrington said that his Ministry has sent the Guatemalan Government a protest note after Guatemalan soldiers casually walked across the western border back in January of this year. As we had reported then, three Guatemalan soldiers walked across the western border into the immigration hall. While nothing …

World Pediatric Project to hold clinic in Corozal
The World Pediatric Project is committed to seeing children who may have some sort of physical defect, get it surgically corrected. In this regard, they will be holding a Pediatric Orthopedic Clinic this Sunday at the Corozal Community Hospital. Love News spoke with Teresita Sanchez, the Office Assistant at World Pediatric Project, about the initiative. …

Extradition of Jordan Bacchus may be possible says Minister of Foreign Affairs
We have been following the case that involves the detention of Canadian Jordan Bacchus in his native country. He was detained in early February and his detention is of interest to Belizean authorities because he is wanted for questioning in reference to the murder of Melvin Almendarez who was killed in San Pedro Town in …

Ministry of Foreign Affairs will look into Sosa murder in Melchor if necessary
Meanwhile, the Foreign Minister says that he is not aware of the murder of 32-year-old Belizean Samuel Sosa who was killed on the night of February 12 in Melchor de Mencos. He says however that if his Ministry needs to intervene, it will. Wilfred Elrington – Minister of Foreign Affairs “It’s new to me. I …

Police Officer charged for losing issued weapon
Police have charged one of their own with the firearm that was recovered in Orange Walk. As we reported, over the past weekend, Orange Walk Police seized a point thirty-eight Smith and Wesson revolver and four live rounds of ammunition that was a police-issued weapon. Today police say that the weapon was reported stolen in …

City resident shot in leg
Twenty-six-year-old Edwin Williams is recovering from a gunshot wound he sustained early this morning. Police report that Williams, a Security Guard of Belize City was on duty at the University of Belize Campus in West Landivar when he was approached by a male person. The individual reportedly pointed a firearm at him but Williams pushed …

Asylum seekers granted refugee status in Belize
Fifteen persons have been granted refugee status in Belize. Minister responsible for Immigration Beverly Williams approved the applications. We are told that twenty applications were denied and dozens more have not been reviewed. This is the first time in more than twenty years that a group of persons have been granted refugee status in Belize. …

Senator questions Integrity Commission’s intent
Last month, Marilyn Williams was sworn in as a Justice of the Supreme Court. Williams is the former Chair of the Integrity Commission. Her replacement has not been identified. On December 8, 2017 Prime Minister Dean Barrow told the media that it should not take long to identify Williams’ replacement on the Integrity Commission. Speaking on the topic is Senator for Private Sector Mark Lizarraga.

“In no good conscience should public contracts be awarded”- Senator Woods
In a letter sent by Prime Minister Dean Barrow to PUP Senator Valerie Woods, the government confirms that Godwin Arzu has not submitted annual reports during his tenure as Contractor General. The Government attempted to reappoint Arzu for a further two years but the reappointment was withdrawn after Senators pointed out that Arzu was not complying with the Contractor General Act. The Act states that Arzu, as the Contractor General, must submit annual reports relating to his functions. It is believed that he has not submitted a report since 2013. His tenure came to an end at the end of 2017. Since then there has been no Contractor General and Senator Woods says that awarding of public contracts should be put on pause until another Contractor General is identified and successfully appointed.

Chester will investigate… IF complaint is made
Yesterday Attorney Lisa Shoman told Love News that the Belize Police Department is racially profiling young men. Shoman concluded this after receiving several reports that officers were stopping and searching young men based on the color of their skin and what the officers believed to be their economic status. Shoman noted one particular example which occurred last week Thursday. On that day, three school boys in uniform were stopped and searched by police. Photographs of their faces were taken. Shoman says that this violates human rights laws. According to the Head of the Professional Standards Branch, ACP Chester Williams, if a complaint is made to his office by the parents or guardians of any of the students, he will conduct an investigation.

Minister of Defence should be concerned over GAF’s trespass, says Lisa Shoman.
Also speaking on the Guatemalan soldiers entering Belize was former Foreign Affairs Minister Lisa Shoman. “If I were the Minister of Defence I would at a minimum be concerned. The military has always claimed in Belize that their relationship with the Guatemalan is of the very best. Several times BDF commandants have boasted that the relationship with their GAF counterparts is excellent and that there is a channel of communication. If there was anything that three members of the Guatemalan military wanted to know they could have used those channels of communication and there is absolutely no need for them to have come across into our territory uninvited, unexpected because I can guarantee you, the BDF knows very well that it just can’t simply just waltz over to Guatemala and do as it likes so I believe that it is incumbent on both the Minister of Defense and the Foreign Minister to make inquiries both at the highest levels at a minimum to see what happened there and if necessary...

Veteran public servant, Sharon Sanchez-Martinez, retires
Veteran public servant Sharon Sanchez-Anderson retired today from the Ministries of Health and Public Services. she completes three decades in the public services with the majority of her contributions to the health sector, particularly in pharmacy. She served as Chief Pharmacist and is credited for having improved the overall pharmacy services in the country. It was during her tenure as Chief Pharmacist that Sanchez-Anderson ruffled some feathers. She successfully sued the then Chief Executive Officer of the Ministry of Health, Dr. Peter Allen for defamation.

Gift of Life Project continues to save lives
One year old Leiny Montalvo was one of four children who received lifesaving surgery courtesy of the Gift of Life Belize. This project was created by members of the Rotary Club of Belize and is devoted to providing life-saving heart surgery for children. Leiny was born with a medical condition known as Patent duc-tus-art-e-rio-su-sor PDA. It is a heart condition in which abnormal blood flow occurs between two of the major arteries connected to the heart. Today the media caught up with Leiny’s father, Daniel at the KHMH in Belize City.


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The news is next on Plustv. Stay tuned. Another man gunned down in Belize City…Woman stabbed in Belmopan…and..PUP holds national convention. The news is next. Stay tuned. Welcome to Plusnews. I am Shasta Wade [Norman Tyrone Gibson gunned down in Belize City] A man wa...

U.S. Government Donates Counter Narcotics Equipment to BDF
The Belize Defence Force and Belize Coast Guard received donations valued at $432,000 USD from the US Government today. U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires, Adrienne Galanek and CEO of the Ministry of Defence, Lieutenant Colonel (RET) Felix Enriquez, represented the governments and people of the United S...

Street Policing infringing on rights and freedoms?
The Police Department launched its National policing strategy a couple of weeks ago. The commissioner of police announced certain measures that will be taken to tackle the issue of gang related crimes. One of those measures was termed as “Road Policing” and the establishment of more check points es...

Body found in Belize City
There is not much information at this time, but the body of a female was found under a house on Regent Street in Belize City this afternoon. We have received images of a covered body on a stretcher being removed from the wooden building and placed in the pan of a police vehicle. The upper floor of...

Robbery in Ladyville turns violent
There was a robbery in Ladyville where store owners and customers alike were beaten. On February 14th at 1:30 p.m., 36 year old Christopher Martinez, a Belizean Delivery Supervisor and truck driver of Bowen and Bowen Ltd, was at Mike’s Store on Manta Ray Boulevard, Ladyville Village. Martinez...

Former Foreign Minister speaks of Guatemalan soldiers at Western Border
In January of this year, three uniformed Guatemalan soldiers made their way over the Western border and into Belizean territory. Their sauntering into the customs area of the Belizean border was caught on camera where they went over to Belizean customs officials to inquire about an incident that had...

Fence inauguration for St Jude RC School
It was a big day today at St Jude RC Primary School in the village of Camalote as students, teachers and parents gathered on the school campus to inaugurate their brand new Campus fence. The lack of proper security at the school has led to multiple break ins and acts of vandalism over the years and ...

Taiwan contributes to strengthening Belize Police Department
Belize received US$500,000 from the Republic of China (Taiwan) today, February 15. The donation is 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 ...

“Green Laws” training for law enforcement officers
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 last week. The two-day training is the first in a series of training targeting key law enforcement officials to become...

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Mexican businesses abandon Corozal Free Zone
A number of Mexican newspapers are claiming that many Mexican businessmen operating in the Corozal Free Zone are closing down their businesses and abandoning the Free Zone. Names of stores were not mentioned, but those noted were clothing and novelty stores. Officials at the Mexican Embassy in Belize City did not deny that this is happening when we spoke to them this afternoon. The Consular officer at the Mexican Embassy told us that it is an individual choice of the businesses to end operations in the Northern Free Zone, and such choices have nothing to do with the Mexican Government. He said that the Mexican government has not applied any pressure on the businesses to prompt them to move.

Yolanda Bowman Nembhard, 61, found dead under Mike’s Club
Yolanda Bowman Nembhard, 61, a mother of 8 children and a grandmother, was found dead at about 3:30 this afternoon in front of the door of a room where she and her 64-year-old sister, Betty, reside on Regent Street West. Betty, who was inside sleeping, was alerted by a male passerby. When she opened her door and came outside, she saw her sister lying on the ground with no clothes on, apparently dead. In an interview with us this evening, Betty told us that her sister was mentally challenged, and that she had been ailing with an incurable disease.

Ombudsman Lionel Arzu in; Contractor General Godwin Arzu out!
It has been widely speculated that the contracts for the current Contractor General and Ombudsman would not be renewed for the new year. However, today in an exclusive interview with Amandala, Prime Minister Dean Barrow set the record straight. He said that Lionel Arzu, who was first appointed to the Office of the Ombudsman in January 2013, will sign a new contract for another year. According to PM Barrow, his re-appointment will be raised in the next House of Representatives meeting, scheduled for March 9, two days after the municipal elections.

Hilmar Alamilla, 42, to stand trial for murder of Daniel Sosa, 24
Hilmar “David” Alamilla, 42, a former campaign manager for Orange Walk North area representative Hon. Gaspar “Gapi” Vega, today appeared before Magistrate Albert Hoare in the Orange Walk Magistrate’s Court for a preliminary inquiry to determine if he would be committed for trial for murder in the Supreme Court. The prosecution submitted key evidence and a list of 19 witnesses to be presented during the trial. Magistrate Hoare was satisfied that there is a prima facie case against Alamilla, sufficient to commit him to stand trial in the Northern Session of the Supreme Court in April of this year.

Accused murderer, Norman Slusher, 28, walks
This morning, in a case which highlights some of the shortcomings of the criminal justice system, with its archaic dependence on witness testimony and an absence of scientific and forensic evidence, a man who was accused of an apparently senseless, fatal shooting walked out of the Supreme Court of Justice Adolph Lucas a free man. On the night of Thursday, May 10, 2012, Jason Canto was at Dales Barbershop along with the businessman Jose Shoman when, around 7:50 p.m., two men entered the barbershop from a side entrance. The men were armed with handguns and they immediately began firing. Shoman, who was in the barber chair and was armed with his licensed 9mm Glock pistol, returned fire, and the men ran out of the barbershop.

No one can eat “fancy buildings and cement streets!” — Hon. Cordel Hyde
On Sunday, February 11, at the People’s United Party (PUP) National Convention at the ITVET campus, Belizeans were privy to a careful analysis of the distorted, ironic conditions created by the Barrow/Faber-led ruling United Democratic Party. The speech of the PUP National Deputy Leader, Hon. Cordel Hyde, resonated with the PUP’s grassroots message which it had championed in its early years, and it was a message with which many Belizeans who are trying to deal with today’s Belizean reality, can identify. The master of ceremonies in his introduction of Hon. Hyde, remarked, “This man has taken his time in putting together a slate for Belize City. This man no lose wan elections yet… This man very humble in leading the charge in Belize City. Let’s welcome Cordel Hyde.”

Demille Flores to compete in the Rush Select Program Presidents’ Day Tournament in Arizona, USA
Dangriga’s Demille Flores, 14, will attend the Rush Select Program Presidents’ Day Tournament as one of the top 16 players in his age group. Demille had attended and participated last year in the Rush Select 2003/2004 Boys ID Camp, an event for 60 boys and 60 girls of the U13 – U15 age groups where the Rush Select staff trained and evaluated them. He leaves tomorrow Wednesday, February 14, via American Airlines for Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas, and then on to Phoenix, Arizona. He is scheduled to return on February 20. Some of the costs of his travel expenses are being defrayed through generous contributions from businesses Joseph & Taylor, BEL and Gentrac.

Looking ahead: NEBL Week 5 Preview
Week 4 of the NEBL is now in the books, and fans across Belize are left with more questions than answers! With a quarter of the season now complete, the San Pedro Tiger Sharks (3-0) sit atop the standings after dismantling the Belmopan Bandits (1-2), Verdes Basketball (0-3) and the Smart Belize Hurricanes (2-1). The Dangriga Dream Ballers (3-0) have been as impressive in its three games, winning by an average of 16 points per game. After their first break in the schedule, the Tiger Sharks will look to pick up where they left off, when they easily handled the cold shooting Hurricanes in San Pedro, 73-58. The Tiger Sharks, now playing their third road game, have been beating teams by an average of 18 points, the highest margin in the league. Coach Rico Black, always a hungry and fearless competitor, will have his team ready to face the hostile crowd expected in Dangriga…

City Boys 10 & Under Grassroots Tournament under way
The regular season of the City Boys 10 & Under Grassroots Tournament 2018 started off today, Saturday, February 10, at the Yabra Field. In the 4 games scheduled for today, FC Elite Jr. blanked St. John Vianney, 5-0; City Boys Jr. won, 3-1, over Poor & Famous; Ladyville Rising Stars got the 3-2 win over Reality Youths; and Sampson Academy won by default (3-0) over Face of Belize. (Amandala Sports Ed. Note: Leaton explained that all players on teams get equal playing time, as the emphasis in Grassroots is more on participation than competition. But, as expected, those kids on the field instinctively play to win.)

Valley United FC and Club Atletico play to a 0-0 stalemate
Over a thousand fans from Belmopan and surrounding communities flocked into the magnificent Isidoro Beaton Stadium on Saturday night to witness game one of the finals in the Belmopan Football Association Amateur 1st Division 17/18 Opening Season Tournament. The atmosphere was one of beauty and plenty of colors, accompanied by the deafening sounds of horns and cheers from the audience in attendance. Referee Josue Rivera, Sr. blew his whistle and just like that game one of the championship series was underway. The game was barely in the 5th minute when a perfectly timed run by Arlin Bautista provided him with a one on one opportunity against Club Atletico’s goalkeeper, Orlando Galdamez, but 1st Assistant Referee, Josue Rivera, Jr. questionably flagged him offside.

Editorial: Juxtaposing the UDP’s success with Belize’s failures
If the United Democratic Party (UDP) were a business corporation being traded on the stock market, it is clear that its stock would have soared dramatically between February of 2008 and February of 2018. The reverse would probably be the case where the nation-state of Belize is concerned: while the UDP has been flying high, the socio-economics of the Belizean nation have almost collapsed. We think it is critical to point out that all the infrastructural activity which won the UDP the November 2015 general election, and which is continuing even as we write, is financed by loan moneys, the bulk of which has been negotiated at concessionary rates from the PetroCaribe fund sponsored by Venezuela. The first notable thing about the Barrow administration’s infrastructural activity is that there was a specific, conscious UDP decision to focus on the projects, with all the kickback and other possibilities for UDP Ministers, cronies, apparatchiks, and supporters, at the expense of investment in the development of Belize’s human resources. And the second notable thing about Mr. Barrow’s terms of office is that the said infrastructural activity was not fiscally justified by any concomitant energy or growth in the Belizean economy, which has been in a tailspin for years.

Win their minds, not their hearts
Dear Editor, Over the years there have been numerous American films around the theme of the Manchurian Candidate. The plots are pretty much the same: a soldier or private citizen is captured and via several methods of mind control by the enemy or some type of opposing force is programed to commit some type of assassination, usually of some government leader, high ranking official or Fortune 500 CEO. Governments all over the world have been obsessed with mind control for several obvious reasons. It presents the highest level of compliance possible, since with a compliant population, almost anything is possible. This obsession with mind control was at its height during the Cold War between the United States and the now defunct USSR. Countless experiments were conducted on both humans and animals and with a wide range of methods, including chemical, psychological and biological methods.

A wish for Belize
Dear Editor, If it can be visualized, it can be achieved. What it is that Belize should become, must first be believed. Don’t think on all the blood — dwell on all the possibilities. Don’t live in the poverty, think on all the opportunities. Don’t sit for hours to see the crime-ridden news — watch a program about how you wish Belize to be. Whatever we dwell on, will attract similar happenings. Let us focus on what Belize needs instead of the negativity of what Belize does not need.

Who is responsible for the Larry Nassars?
Only a person living in a cave, or on the moon, hasn’t heard the disappointing story about the physical trainer in the United States who was convicted and sentenced to a couple hundred years in prison for molesting, in various ways, scores of young female athletes in the United States of America. Make no mistake, the convicted person in this case, Dr. Larry Nassar, a physician and professor who was employed at Michigan State University, is not alone. He is not the only male in this world playing masseur for young female athletes. Yes, this man was employed, well, one of his jobs was, to massage the bodies of young females. I don’t know if we allow that in Belize, but I have read enough about America to know that they consider themselves more mature, more civilized, than everybody else. This is why they end up in this completely impossible story.

BDF driver pleads guilty to manslaughter by negligence
A Belize Defence Force civilian driver who was facing a manslaughter by negligence charge for the death of a 3-year-old toddler, for which he pleaded guilty last week, was spared a custodial sentence and fined a total of $10,000 when he appeared for sentencing before Supreme Court Justice Marilyn Williams today. After pleading guilty, Hubert Martinez threw himself on the mercy of the court, asking the court not to impose a custodial sentence on him because he is the sole breadwinner for his wife and three sons. Justice Williams imposed a fine of $2,500 plus $5 cost of court on Martinez, 40. This fine is to be paid to the Government of Belize for the offense.

Killer bees had better not attack you on the weekends, because the Dept. of Agriculture “doesn’t work on weekends”
Kevin Sanchez, a resident of Mex Avenue, and his family lived in their house with fear for four days, believing that kiiler bees would swarm and attack them after the bees, which were nesting in their yard, swarmed and stung his father and their three dogs. The father escaped into the house, while the three dogs, which were tied at the time, died shortly after they were attacked. The incident occurred at about 10:00 Saturday morning, but the bees remained in the family’s yard until 11:00 this morning, Wednesday, when officials from the Agriculture Department went to the home and took away the hive and the bees.

Belizean Samuel Aguirre, 32, gunned down in Melchor, Guatemala
Belizean national, Samuel de Jesus Sosa Aguirre, 32, was gunned down last night in Melchor De Mencos. According to Guatemalan media outlets, at around 10 o’clock he was in his bar when a man walked up and opened fire on him. His killer has been identified as Guatemalan national, Miguel Sagastume, popularly known as “El Gordo.” While “El Gordo” remains on the run, today Guatemalan authorities arrested a woman believed to have been his accomplice. She is Guatemalan national, Mayra Veronica Aldana.

Cops accused of attacking 4 men
A night of clubbing ended badly for four Belize City men after they left the Elements Night Club in the wee hours of Friday morning in a 1993 Mitsubishi van. The men alleged that they were followed by police in an unmarked vehicle, and the police later opened fire, injuring one of them. The men declined an interview with Amandala, but in an exclusive interview with 7News, Harold Usher alleged that he had been shot in the back of the upper arm. Usher said that when they came to a stop, they were dragged out of the van and beaten. He said he tried to talk the officers out of it by showing them his injury, but they beat him on his wound.

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Another earthquake rocks Mexico
Another earthquake has rocked Mexico. The magnitude 7.2 temblor jolted southeastern Mexico this evening, with the epicenter in the state of Oaxaca, according to the US Geological Survey. Emergency authorities in the Oaxaca reported “only material damage and no loss of human life”. In Mexico […]

Tourist raped in her sleep
Police have detained a man pending a charge of rape upon a tourist. Police say the American tourist, a 25 year-old woman, went to the San Pedro police station om Thursday afternoon and reported that sometime around 4:30 on Wednesday morning she was asleep and […]

Policeman penalized for losing firearm
Police have penalized one of their own for losing the firearm assigned to him and then making up a story about how he lost it. Police have not named the policeman or given his rank, but state that he reported that the firearm was reported […]

Garifuna settlement south of Sibun reinforces Belize’s claim
Reading through information published by Guatemalan authorities, in which they claim that the 1859 Treaty between that country and Britain was “land cession” in exchange for a roadway, I could not help but ask if the author of that document skipped over critical parts of […]

Guatemala re-establishes diplomatic relations with Belize
The Government of Guatemala has sent a new ambassador to Belize after almost two years. Two weeks after the Guatemalan government, through its Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sandra Jovel, sought financial and technical assistance from friendly nations at the Organization of American States(OAS), the government […]

Belizean cookbook wins third international award, reaches finals
The Belizean cookbook, “Nefry’s Kitchen”, authored by San Ignacio businesswoman and philanthropist, Nefretery Marin has won its third award and has now been shortlisted in the finals since it was entered into an international competition last year. Nefry’s Kitchen picked up the award in the […]

Families affected by flash flood handed food packs; more assessments being done
While the rest of the country slept through the night last Wednesday, families in some parts of western and southern Belize had to evacuate their homes and scramble to higher terrain as flash floods swept in, tearing down their fire hearths in the process and leaving them with little access […]

CDB opens $40 million credit line to DFC
The Development Finance Corporation (DFC) can continue to lend money on affordable terms through a US $40 million line of credit being made available by the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB). The CDB stated, on Monday, that it made the line of credit available to the […]

Mexican newspaper reports closure of businesses in Corozal Free Zone; local authorities differ
Since the devaluation of the Mexican peso in 2016, coupled with new tax measures introduced by the government last year, business at the Corozal Commercial Free Zone has reportedly not been as robust as it was a few years ago; but it is also nowhere […]

MOH takes proactive approach to addressing measles
The Ministry of Health is preparing several campaigns to prepare Belize for a positive case of measles, and minimize the impact should such an event occur. In a special session with the media held on Wednesday, the MOH explained that it is preparing educational material […]

Does the region need imported sugar?
The Sugar Association of the Caribbean is questioning whether or not the region needs to import sugar from outside of CARICOM. The association, made up of the four countries still producing sugar in the Caribbean, has begun discussions with the CARICOM Council for Trade and […]

Police seek mystery woman connected to gang murder
Belize city police are seeking an unknown woman who is believed to have lured Tyrone Gibson, 20, to his death last Friday. Gibson, a resident of the St. Martin area, was standing at the corner of West Collet Canal and Hicate Street waiting for the […]

Visiting Mexico? Have fun but take heed
For decades Belizeans have been traveling to Mexico to shop and for medical purposes, but sometimes they become the targets of criminals looking for money and valuables by any means. This was the case last week when three people were robbed at gunpoint in the […]

Senior citizen gagged and losses $8,000 vehicle to theft
By Anita Nembhard/Flowers Freelance Writer Floyd Escarpeta, a Construction Worker of Mahogany Heights is on remand at the Belize Central Prison after he was arraigned in the Belize City Magistrate’s Court for burglary and theft. Escarpeta, 23, is no stranger to the system and finds himself in trouble again after […]

Father accused of incest is jailed
by Anita Nembhard/Flowers A 47-year-old father finds himself on remand at the Belize Central Prison after being accused of having sex with his daughter aged 12. The incident was recently reported and on Wednesday, February 14th, the father whose face and name cannot be disclosed due to the fact that […]

MOE makes Literacy a National Priority
Nine Belize City schools are to be the first to benefit from the pilot phase of a new initiative by the Ministry of Education to encourage primary school children to read and improve their literacy, explained Chief Education Officer Carol Babb Ph.D. in a media […]

Editorial
Belize City Council elections are to be held next month on Wednesday, March 7, but we still have not seen anything like a written Manifesto, setting out what the two opposing parties plan to do for the City if elected. There has been a lot of street activity and a […]

Police violating human rights? Legal experts say yes!
The Belize Police Department, as part of its new crime fighting strategy, has started allowing on-duty police officers to use private cell phones to take pictures of civilians that are stopped and searched. Legal experts, however, claim the practice is a violation of human rights […]

Swingers and nudists set to bask in Belizean sun and waters
In the midst of glowing reviews of several Belizean resorts recently awarded by renowned travel site, Trip Advisor, the country is also receiving international exposure for two week-long swingers’ parties set to be hosted on a private island off the coast of Dangriga. The UK’s […]

Another case of alleged police brutality
For the second consecutive week since the start of 2018, members of the Belize Police Department have been accused of abusing their authority and using excessive and unwarranted force upon civilians in the line of duty; this time they are accused of shooting a man […]

Belizean businessman killed in Melchor
A well-known Belizean businessman and football player from Benque Viejo del Carmen was shot and killed inside a bar in Melchor de Mencos, Guatemala on Monday night. Just after 10:00 p.m., on February 12, Samuel Sosa, 32, sat inside a local bar in Melchor, where […]

Blogs

Mystery Fruits of Belize: The Plum
One of the most popular winter/spring fruits is the plum. NOT the plum that is purple and sweet – the one that you dry to make a prune. We have those once in a blue moon – always imported. They are crispy crunchy green plums. And we happen to grow TONS of them at Cayo Frances Farm & Fly. There are about 10 trees and all are practically laying on the ground bursting with fruit. Each tree tastes different – some too sour for me to eat, some sweeter like a crispy green apple. The branches of the tree also has some fierce spines – like a lime tree. Last year, I filled a few buckets with them and sold them for $20bzd a bucket to the fruit vendors in town. This year I’m just dropping off bags for friends. Eaten the same day as they are picked, these green plums are pretty delicious. Sour, yes. But crispy crunchy and kinda addictive.

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Belize: Reef, Rainforests, and Ruins
Belize is the perfect place for a little R & R, reef and rainforest, and if that's not enough, you can even visit ancient Mayan ruins. good belize videos...JUST KEEP WATCHING THEM...ok some adds, but a super look at much of the country!

Maya exhibit featuring 300 artifacts opens at Milwaukee Public Museum
The Mayan civilization built huge pyramids, temples and giant stone monuments adorned with ornate carvings while ruling a wide swath of Central America. They kept detailed calendars, were adept at agriculture and astronomy, communicated through a sophisticated written language and developed city-states connected by a complex trade network in what is now southeastern Mexico, Guatemala, Belize and parts of Honduras and El Salvador. And then they vanished. That's what many scientists believed after the ruins of Mayan cities were discovered decades ago, camouflaged by rain forests. But visitors to a newly opened exhibit at the Milwaukee Public Museum, "Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed," will learn Maya actually didn't go anywhere. Among the 300 artifacts on display in the exhibit are items not usually seen in the United States, including replicas of large stone columns filled with carvings, replicas of the Madrid and Dresden codices of Maya books on parchment and a re-creation of a tomb of a Maya ruler who died 1,500 years ago in northern Belize.

Videos

  • Belize - Altun Ha Mayan Ruins and Wildlife on the Old Belize River, 6min. This was a cruise excursion from Belize City that visited the Mayan Temple Ruins at Altun Ha, then took a boat ride down the Old Belize River where we saw crocodiles, iguanas, howler monkeys, bats, birds, dolphins and other wildlife.

  • Belize 2018, 4min. Fun, scuba, snorkeling, flying over the Blue Hole, and much more!

  • Adventures in Belize, 3.5min. This is a compilation of videos taken by Jason Lee during his trips to Belize. He traveled to various resorts such as Slickrock, Mystic River and Blackbird Resort. Slickrock Adventures is a private island resort located in Belize, 35 offshore on an atoll that is a Marine Reserve. Slickrock Adventures specialize in adventure sports such as sea kayaking, paddleboarding, windsurfing, kiteboarding and much more. Mystic River Resort jungle lodge, located in the jungle of Belize, 7 miles from the twin towns of San Ignacio and Santa Elena, is the best place to find the perfect something – or nothing – to do. Blackbird Caye Resort is located on the Turneffe Atoll, 25 miles off the coast of Belize City, Blackbird Caye Resort is nestled within a 2-mile long private, white sandy beach.

  • San Pedro Mayoral Candidate BPP, 42min.

  • Belize Now | Episode 50, 24min. In tonight’s headlines: Maskall gets a new water system, Justices of the Peace are sworn-in in the diaspora, and Belize works towards lower fuel economy. These stories and more on this week’s edition of Belize Now. Thanks for joining us on this Friday, February 16th, 2018!

  • Today is Chinese New Year and marks the start of the Year of the Dog - one of the 12 signs of the Chinese zodiac, 1min. Unlike Western astrology, each sign lasts for a whole year and each year takes the name of an animal whose characteristics colour and influence everything that happens for the next 12 months. Happy Chinese New Year to the Asian community in Corozal.

  • Belize Reef Diving, 18min. Belize is known for having some of the best scuba diving in the world. I checked into Hamanasi for a week of diving! This PADI 5 star resort is all-inclusive and is located in Hopkins- near. This video was filmed while snorkeling within Hol Chan Marine Reserve of Belize. Diving with sharks, turtles and more in San Pedro, Lighthouse Reef and Placencia. Special thanks to Belize Pro Dive in San Pedro.

  • Diving Glover's Reef in Belize, 1.5min.

  • Diving Glover's Reef in Belize - 2, 3min.

  • 10 Days: San Pedro, Belize, 10min. 10 days spent in San Pedro, Belize. 10 days of serving. 10 days of growing. 10 days of watching my unstoppable God work. 10 days of seeing those with nothing serve God with everything. 10 days of growing friendships. 10 days of lifelong blessings. Surviving a tsunami warning, food poisoning, and an ice storm. ALL in the name of Jesus. Cannot wait to be back to my most favorite place in the world. Until next time.

  • Belize: Chocolate & The Garifuna, 3min. Central America is the birthplace of chocolate, and the old ways of preparing the cacao beans are very much alive.

  • 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.

  • Belize: Reef, Rainforests, and Ruins, 6min. Belize is the perfect place for a little R & R, reef and rainforest, and if that's not enough, you can even visit ancient Mayan ruins.

  • Belize: Refreshing Relaxation, 5.5min. Come to Belize, and your biggest stress just might be deciding when and where to chill out


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