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Scotiabank Belize announces closing of branch offices Scotiabank Belize announced today that it will be closing its Spanish Lookout Branch effective April 20, 2018 and its Placencia Branch effective June 22, 2018.
Like any organization, Scotiabank continuously reviews its operations on a local and global scale to ensure we meet the needs of our customers while maximizing operational efficiencies.
Scotiabank is now focused on ensuring our customers are informed of these changes and guiding them through this process. We are also committed to supporting our employees through this transition while staying true to our principles of treating employees, fairly, equitably and with respect.
San Pedro's PUP 7 launches Manifesto on Ambergris Caye The Belize Rural South People's United Party (PUP) slate launched their manifesto on Saturday, February 17th in front of Evelia Paz residence at the end of Barrier Reef Drive in San Pedro Town. As the 2018 Municipal Elections draw near, the event gave the opportunity to the aspiring candidates to present what they want to accomplish if they manage to be elected. Present at the launch was PUP Mayoral Candidate, Andr� P�rez, the six councilor candidates and PUP Party Leader, John Brice�o, who addressed a large crowd of supporters.
The event began at 9PM, with Master of Ceremonies, Alex Nu�ez, welcoming the attendees and thanking them for their presence. This was followed by the singing of the National Anthem, and the national prayer by Santos Acosta. Nu�ez then invited the first counselor to the podium, Ruben Navidad, who thanked the attendees for their support and decided to speak on the street conditions of the island and other infrastructural issues.
BEL Establishes Relationship with CFE Affiliate Belize Electricity Limited (BEL) has established a new relationship with Mexico's Comisi�n Federal de Electricidad (CFE) through its affiliate company, CFE Calificados to create new opportunities for energy trade. A new Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) was signed today with CFE Calificados, enabling BEL to purchase more power from Mexico when prices are low. This new agreement replaces the previous PPA with CFE.
U.S. Embassy holds annual Town Hall meeting on Ambergris Caye Citizens of the United States of America (U.S.) who live on Ambergris Caye convened at The Blue Water Grill on Friday, February 16th to attend the annual Town Hall meeting sponsored by the Embassy of the United States of America in Belize. Representatives from the Embassy addressed the group of expatriates at the lunch meeting. Yomaris Macdonald, Consular Chief, opened the town hall and provided Consular updates and information about what services the American Citizen Services (ACS) Unit of U.S. Embassy Belmopan's Consular Section provides to U.S. citizens visiting or residing in Belize. Macdonald also introduced U.S. Wardens for Ambergris Caye Jeff Bella and Tamara Sniffin and explained that as volunteers they are here to assist expats in contacting the appropriate Embassy officials when needed. Following Macdonald, Julie Yapp, Assistant Regional Security Officer, gave a security briefing. Yapp informed that the Embassy security officers are Federal Law Enforcement Officers and they are here to assist local law agencies when a U.S. citizen is involved. She pointed out that the Embassy does not interfere with the legal process, but they can assure that proper procedure is followed.
San Pedro High School Holds Fun Career Week 2018 San Pedro High School celebrated Career Week from Monday, February 12, 2108 to Friday, February 16, 2018 under the theme "It's a beautiful thing when a career and a passion come together", it was a week full of events including general assemblies with motivating speakers, students dressing up and an unforgettable closing ceremony.
Students got to hear a very motivational and fun general assembly with a very popular Belizean person, Oceana Belize's Janelle Chanona. Janelle spoke to the student body about her studies, her dreams and her goals. She shared with them how she wanted to be a marine biologist but while studying she crossed paths in the journalist field and found out she can be a lawyer, a marine biologist and much more while in that field. She loved her job even though it wasn't what she had dreamed of becoming she then became the chairperson of Oceana Belize where she has become and advocate to help save our beautiful Barrier Reef.
Successful Fundraiser Held For Charlie Trent Recently Charlie was diagnosed with complications from a stroke, so his friends jumped in to give Charlie much needed financial help to combat medical needs. On Sunday, February 11, 2018, Dianne Lawrence (AKA Quicksilver), with the huge help from Carlo and Ernie, Runway Bar, a fundraiser was held from noon to 5pm. The festivities included music by Dennis Wolfe, Jr., Carlos Jex and Gary, followed later by DJ Trax. Travelers Rum donated bottles of rum not only for raffling off, but sales from the product offered 25% donation to the cause. A bake sale offered everything from cheesecakes and pints of curry sauce to cakes, cookies and even doggie biscuits!
Charlie Trent, AKA Charlie T., has been in San Pedro for a long time. Charlie became a friend to many after retiring here some 15 years ago. Charlie suffered a bad stroke but that didn't put him down - oh no! Fighting back, you can find him most of the times at Carlo & Ernie's Runway Bar & Grill or up at Sandy Toes enjoying visits with his friends and fellow SP Walk-a-Holics!
Movie Casting Call In Belize Hi! My name is Grecia M�ndez and I am casting manager for the movie "Tragic Jungle", under the direction of the distinguished Mexican filmmaker, Yulene Olaizola. We are currently looking for Belizean talent to play the main character; also, two secondary characters, as well as extras.
I am reaching out to the Belizean Community through Ambergris Today to announce the casting event that will be held in Belize City very soon and it is very important for us to be able to contact as much candidates as possible. It is a very big opportunity to be able to participate in this international and prime project and we are very excited in this collaboration with Belize.
Environmental Screening & Regularization Of Existing Hotels The Department of the Environment (DOE) has been working in conjunction with the Belize Tourism Board (BTB) in ensuring that existing and new hotel facilities are compliant with the environmental laws of Belize, particularly in obtaining environmental clearance. For the BTB, this is a pre-requisite for the renewal of the hotel license.
Belize Electricity Limited Signs A New Power Purchase Agreement With Mexico Belize Electricity Limited (BEL) has established a new relationship with Mexico's Comision Federal de Electrcidad (CFE) through its affiliate company. CFE Calificados to create new opportunities for energy trade.
A new Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) was signed on Monday with CFE Calificados, enabling BEL to purchase more power from Mexico when prices are low. This new agreement replaces the previous PPA with CFE.
Misc Belizean Sources
Kindy take note of Archeological site update WEDNESDAY 21 FEBRUARY 2018:
ALL ARCHAEOLOGICAL RESERVES ARE OPEN FOR VISITATION.
THIS WILL BE THE LAST NOTICE UNTIL THIS SITUATION CHANGES.
PLEASE CONTINUE TO EXERCISE CAUTION AT ALL TIMES. LIFE VEST IS MANDATORY AT CAVE SITES.
Paint N Splash Join us on Thursday from 2-4pm to paint "Tie Dye Leaves".
Remember to sign up on the website to save your spot!
Blackfish spotted in coastal Belize! This image (and coming videos) come from a captain who observed this group west of the Drowned Cayes. We are currently working to confirm if these are false killer whales or melon-head whales. Importantly, these are deepwater animals in Belize and their presence in shallow lagoon waters could mean they are lost, disoriented, and may possibly strand. If anyone has information on these animals or knows captains regularly passing through the Drowned Cayes, please be on the lookout and please let us know if you see them! This is one of a handful of sightings of this species in Belize, and if they do strand, we may be able to help them!
Redesigned Visitor's Center at Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary As part of our co-management agreement with the Government of Belize, BAS continues in its engagement of environmental education and visitor management of the Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary with a re-introduced Visitor's Center.
Through environmental education and advocacy to visitors, BAS Staff have engaged with tourists and Belizeans alike, and up to ~1,000+ school-aged children in a year. We are elated to re-introduce infrastructure back into the Sanctuary as we prepare to continue sharing the value of conservation!
Annual Reef Week swim across the English Caye Channel Join us for the annual #ReefWeek swim across the English Caye Channel on Monday, March 12th in support of all things awesome about our Belize Barrier Reef World Heritage site.
Started in 2013, Reef Week is an initiative led by "Reef-minded" organizations coming together to celebrate Belize's national resources, through a week-long celebration nationwide!
South Ambergris Caye Neighborhood Watch Meeting
Wednesday FEBRUARY 21st @ 7:00pm.
LONE STAR GRILL AND CANTINA.
Agenda: (subject to change)
7:10 Treasurer's Report,
7:20 Introduction of a Patrol Officer,
7:30 Incident Report,
7:40 Neighborhood Updates,
7:50 New Business,
8:00 Open floor.
PLEASE ATTEND AND BRING A NEIGHBOR!
San Pedro Town Council Closed Today The San Pedro Town Council hereby advises the general public that its offices will be closed tomorrow, February 21st, 2018, due to Elections 2018 Nomination Day.
We will resume to regular working hours on Thursday, February 22, 2018.
We apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause.
Barrier Reef Drive closed for Nomination Day Drivers are advised to avoid the town center Wednesday the 21st unless you are supporting the political parties. It will be very busy and Barrier Reef Drive will be closed as the different political parties arrive at the Town Hall to carry out the nomination process. Please be patient if you are held up and follow any instructions given by the Traffic Wardens or Police.
We also remind people that there will be NO parking outside the Town Hall. Vehicles will be removed if they are in the way. We must allow both parties free access to the Town Hall.
Thank you for your under standing.
THE CJC EXPO AND TRADE SHOW 2018 We all have been waiting for this day. PIN it on your diary. "Each year, the Corozal Junior College continues to strive "In Pursuit of Excellence." Through our programs and school sponsored events, such as the ANNUAL CJC EXPO AND TRADE SHOW 2018, we have seen many students' lives changed for the better. We have provided students with hands-on and practically real experiences as they simulate owning a business. The success of the event can be measured by the number of students who emerge better prepared from this experience when they eventually face the workplace.
In particular, the EXPO AND TRADE SHOW has enjoyed great success in the past years. Many of our students have been able to enter society as productive citizens in the workplace and as proactive citizens establishing businesses of their own.
Benque Elderly Appreciation Day The Benque DYS teamed up with the Benque Youth Group and Helpage Benque to have an Elderly Appreciation Day. They got the Benque Viejo Marimba Band to play at the event. Lots of smiling faces there.
DYS Benque Youth Center collaborated with the Benque Viejo Volunteers Youth Group and Helpage Benque to host their first Elderly Appreciation Day. The purpose of the event was for the youth group members to show their appreciation to the elders in their community. They did so by sharing a luncheon together filled with delicious food and great music. The music was provided by the Benque Viejo Marimba band "Voz de la Celba". One of the main highlights of the day occurred when the youth interviewed the elders on how life in Benque Viejo was during their youth and what their recommendations are on how they would want to see the Benque Community today.
Volunteers Needed No more than 125 pairs of macaws are believed to exist in the wilds of Belize. We can help build that number by protecting them. Join us on this effort.
U.S. Embassy Town Hall Meeting in PUnta Gorda Thursday, February 22 at 10 AM - 12 PM, The Sea Front Inn
4 Front St., Punta Gorda. At the meeting, we will introduce staff from the Embassy who provide assistance to U.S. citizens in Belize, discuss the services the U.S. Embassy provides, and answer questions you may have about our services. Topics include: security in Belize, hurricane preparedness, and information on renewing your passport via DHL.
Limited consular public services will be offered (cash; exact change required):
MAYA STORY: THE PHEASANT,DEER AND THE RATTLE SNAKE Long ago, but a long time ago, Mr. Itzamn� decided to create a land that was so beautiful that everyone who knew it would want to live there, in love with its beauty. Then he created El Mayab, the land of the elect, and planted in it the most beautiful flowers that adorned the roads, created huge cenotes whose crystalline waters reflected the light of the sun and also deep caverns full of mystery.
Later, Itzamn� gave the new land to the Maya and chose three animals to live forever in El Mayab and whoever thought of them would remember it immediately. Those chosen by Itzamn� were the pheasant, the deer and the rattlesnake. The Maya lived happily and were in charge of building palaces and stone cities. Meanwhile, the animals chosen by Itzamn� never tired of touring the Mayab.
Caretaker Hacked To Death In San Ignacio The murder count for 2018 keeps growing. A farm caretaker was killed out west - chopped to death and his body found this morning at around 11:30.
After getting a call, Police found 24 year old Gian Carlos Espat's body inside a house at the Capital Heights Farm in the Trapeche area of Santa Elena. He had been chopped several times behind the head. Information is that his body was on the bed and he was covered up to his chest with a white sheet. A bucket of blood was also in front of him.
Reports say he was last seen yesterday evening drinking with two other men in the Cayo area.
Toddler Fell In the Well, Found The Morning After And from violence in the west to tragedy down south - a 3 year old baby boy drowned in a well in Silk Grass, Hopkins. His mother, 24 year old Chelsey Castillo told police that between 1:00 and 4:00 yesterday afternoon her 3 year old son Keon was playing with friends in Silk Grass - where the toddler lives with his grandmother. When the grandmother - went looking him around 4:00, he was nowhere to be found.
But, the mother - who lives. down the road in Hopkins - didn't report him missing to police until 5:30 this morning. And one hour later - at 6:35 they found him floating face down in a 6 foot deep well in Silk Grass.
Police say the body had no sign of physical injuries.
The Lesson of Linda's Death The issue of domestic violence continues to be the center of the national discourse since Saturday, when the news spread that 46 year-old Hermelinda Pinks-Emmanuel and her husband, Jason Emmanuel, were found dead inside their Belize City home. The theory is that Jason shot Linda in the head, and that he then turned his gun on himself and committed suicide.
The big question that everyone wants answered is why did this happen? Well, Linda's family, who have been very forthcoming with the press, have told us that the couple had marital problems over the issue of infidelity.
Senior Citizen Stabbed During Home Invasion Around 2:00 this afternoon, there was a home invasion at a house on Morning Glory Street in the St. Martin's area of Belize City - and it ended up with a senior citizen being stabbed.
Reports say two men climbed on the verandah of the house and entered through an open door. The men stabbed a 77-year-old man who was in the house and took a phone and cash. Fortunately he was only injured to the hand.
Capital Cops Caught Stolen Hyundai This 2010 Hyundai Tucson with Cayo plates was stolen from Guatemala - and will be returned to its country of origin. That's what Belmopan police say after investigation led them to the vehicle which was registered in Punta Gorda. Interestingly, it is registered to a police officer - but it cannot be established that he knowingly bought a stolen vehicle.
The vehicle was brought into the country, fraudulently registered - and then sold on the market as legitimate.
Two Daughters Accused of Mashing Up Mom's House Two women have been charged for trashing their mothers Roaring Creek home. 57 year old Daphne Hanson reported that she and a couple friends were at her house on Sunday afternoon When her daughters, Beverly Hanson and Jessica Wagner showed up at the house. She said they were upset with her choice of company. When Hanson wouldn't get rid of her friends, her daughters got into a rage, and allegedly grabbed a knife and a machete and ripped up her sofa set, destroyed her TV, DVD player and stereo system, all to a total value of $2,800. Both were charged with one count of damage to property. In court, they were granted bail of $1000. The conditions are that Hanson and Wagner are not to contact or go within 100 yards of their mother. Their court case was adjourned until April 20th.
Living A Belizean Dream Our next two stories are about a pair of Belizean sister resorts - which have consistently garnered top honours in Trip Advisors' Travelers' Choice Awards.
Now, we always report on these awards - and all the posh resorts that usually only tourists visit. But, this weekend, Courtney Weatherburne and cameraman Codie Norales wanted to try it for themselves. So - with the assistance of the ownership group - they travelled down south to visit the Coco Plum Island Resort and Belizean Dreams Resort.
We start on-shore at Belizean Dreams in Hopkins:...
Matt and Dara spent most of their Friday evening lounging on the breezy beachside in Hopkins. From the looks of things, it may seem that they have known each other for years but really, they just met.
And there is nothing that says "life long bond" better than a shared Belikin beer. But they really owe their new friendship to the lively and open atmosphere at Belizean Dreams Resort.
World Class: Coco Plum Island Resort And from there Courtney and Codie took a boat over to Cocoa Plum Island Resort which has the distinct honour of getting named in the Trip Advisor awards for being among the top 10 hotels in the world for Best Small Hotels.
Courtney found out how they've earned that mark of distinction:..
A 30 minute boat ride off the coast of Dangriga lands you in paradise - Coco Plum Island and Resort. And with that sweet tropical blend, the island fun begins.
There is something to do everyday - these buddies enjoy going at the corn hole. These guests like to challenge each other at a few rounds of horse shoe. While this crowd loves hanging out by the bar and eating delicious beef tacos.
Others rather be pampered at the spa. And if that isn't enough, there are plenty of other activities and tours guests can enjoy.
And I went on one of those tours - my first time snorkeling. It was terrifying at first but once I got the breathing technique down, the sea opened up to me:
Belize and Nigeria Sign Tech. Cooperation Agreement Yesterday we told you about the three new ambassadors that came to Belize and presented their credentials. Janet Olisa was one of the ambassadors from Nigeria.
Today she held a press conference to discuss a new technical agreement that was signed between Nigeria and Belize.
Mrs. Janet Omoleegho Olisa, Nigerian High Commissioner to Belize:
"Nigeria Belize is a very important relationship for us. In the sense that we are one people that have passed over the centuries of movement to the transatlantic. We are grateful for the ability to reconnect. Nigeria Belize has further ensured through a technical agreement which allows Nigeria to provide technical assistance to Belize in whatever field, area, or sector the Belize Government chooses."
Independent Candidate Lara Alleges UDP Tried To Buy Her Out Maria Lara is an independent councilor candidate for the BPP in Punta Gorda town. She's relatively obscure but has risen quite suddenly to national prominence after she alleged that the UDP tried to buy her out - so that she would not run as an independent. Lara gave an interview to PGTV - which is owned by her political boss Wil Maheia. She makes it clear that she had - sometime before - asked UDP activists in her town for assistance with her Galen University fees. That eventually led her to Andre Price, and form there to Juliet Thimbriel. Here's how she explained it:..
Maria Lara, BPP Candidate:
"I met Mr. Price the other night, and he asked me the same thing, if I was getting help to cover my school fees at Galen University, and I told him not yet. Then he told me his party is going to help me, and he will check someone that he can talk to, to help me pay all my bills. The following day I got a call which was yesterday and I went to meet them at Mr. Eden's Farm and I met there one of the senator. I think her name was Miss Juliet and I didn't expect what they asked me to do; first I needed to do that before I get the help."
Education Minister Opposes Multi Million Dollar Election Expenditure And while that is a new example of the oldest game of political leveraging - the PUP allege that the UDP is also pulling a page from the dirty tricks playbook by using public funds to for political ends. The allegation is that over 2 million surplus dollars from the education budget is being disbursed for educational assistance for those who pledge to support the UDP in this campaign.
Yesterday the Minister of Education said they did come in under budget - but there's no money in the public coffers:...
Hon. Patrick Faber, Deputy Prime Minister:
"We are winding down the financial year, the ministry goes through an exercise to see where funds have not been spent and we try to channel those funds to areas that we feel are important. We have recognized that there is the potential for that kind of savings given the line items."
Flashback To 2015 And with all this finger pointing and allegation making - you know that we are deep into the "silly season" of politics. It's the time when politicians with a proven track record of little or no integrity make claims about duplicity and dirty tricks against opposing politicians - who also have a proven integrity deficit.
Of course, that's politics - and tomorrow the red and blue bulls will be on parade - stomping their way to the respective nomination centers in all 9 municipalities.
Belize City with its ten divisions - is the base of political power - and tonight we have a flashback to the last municipal nomination day on February 11, 2015 to see who had the bigger crowd on that day:�
The Many Problems Of Kurt Morgan You may remember San Ignacio resident Kurt Morgan. He's came to our office back in December 2016 complaining bitterly of police harassment, after he and his common-law wife, Shaun Gardener, were arrested and charged with drug possession because one of their friends was smoking marijuana back when it was illegal to be in possession of any amount of marijuana.
Well, it's been just over 13 months, and today, his common-law wife came to us complaining that the harassment has only gotten worse. He's at the Belize Central Prison at this time after being charged robbery, for allegedly holding up a tourist at gunpoint and mugging her of her iPhone and her wallet which had $300 cash.
Gardener says that the way this alleged harassment plays out is that he is always their first suspect whenever any crime is committed in that jurisdiction, and that, there is a certain police officer who is targeting him.
Two Side To Caye Caulker Story There was a stabbing yesterday morning in Caye Caulker village. Police responded to reports of a fight in an area known as the Palapa - where the warring parties had already fled. They then tracked down a vessel on the Western Side of the Island where they found 34 year old Jamal Bennett with a stab wound to his midsection and shoulder.
Police say Bennett was involved in a fight with 31 year old Jermaine Grant.
But villagers say that police actually chased after the culprits and opened fire in a public area. What's more they allege that one of the men bartered for his freedom - by turning over a gun - which was labelled as found property. WE know that to be standard police procedure - so the story does have some credence.
Afternoon Murder in Twin Towns There's another murder to report tonight. Twenty-four-year-old Santa Elena caretaker Gian Espat was chopped to death in the west. Just before midday today, police found Espat's body inside a wooden [...]
Toddler Drowns in Silk Grass A three-year-old toddler from Silk Grass, Stann Creek District, lost his life by drowning in a well in the village. The boy, Keon Martinez, lived with his grandmother, fifty-one-year-old Francine [...]
Mexico's Gain is Free Zone's Loss Business at the Commercial Free Zone continues to be affected by Mexican consumers purchasing goods and services in their homeland, instead of shopping in Belize.� The exclusive business location was [...]
Will Trade Agreement Help? According to Juarez, there are instances where prices on the shelves at the free zone aren't as eye-catching as they are across the border.� While he could not provide an [...]
Nomination Day is Here! This Wednesday, both major political parties are expected to take out their supporters in numbers as they head to the various offices designated for nomination centers, countrywide. There, after a [...]
No Cell Phones in the Voting Booth Nomination Day paves the way for Election Day. The voters list for the municipal election shows that there are one hundred and fourteen thousand five hundred and seventy-four persons eligible [...]
Stabbing Reported in Caye Caulker A Caye Caulker resident is tonight recovering at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital for stabbing injuries he received just after eleven on Monday morning on the north side of the [...]
Another Award for Kendis Gibson Belizean-American news anchor Kendis Gibson has another award to put on his shelf. He is scheduled to receive an award at the 2018 International Red Carpet Affair and Dance on [...]
African Giants Extend Helping Hand Also, part of Olisa's duties will be to minister to the growing Nigerian community in Belize which ranges from nurses in the hospitals to sculptor Stephen Okeke. She told News [...]
No Murder Charge As Yet In The Case of Braulia Pech More than a month has gone by since the brutal killing of fifty-four- year-old Braulia Pech in the village of Carmelita and until today, her son twenty-five-year-old Andy Rhaburn who stands accused of her murder has not been charged for the vicious crime.
Rhaburn as viewers may recall is accused of causing his mother's death after he hit her on the head with a crow bar on the morning of January 16th at the family's home in Carmelita village. Rhaburn was also accused of attacking forty-three-year-old Lilia Xujur some 300 yards away from where he attacked his mother.
New Species Of Shark Identified A new species of shark has been identified as the Atlantic sixgill shark. The new species which for many decades' scientists believed to be the same as the Pacific sixgill shark measures up to 6 feet in length, making them relatively smaller than their Indo-Pacific relatives, which can grow to 15 feet or longer.
Six-gill sharks are described as having a "unique, saw-like lower teeth and six gill slits" while most sharks have five gill slits, however according to scientists that is as far as the similarities go for the two species.
Scotia Bank Belize Calls it Quits In Spanish Lookout And Placencia Scotiabank Belize Limited made a public announcement yesterday informing the general public that it will be closing down two of the company's branches effective June 22nd, 2018. These include the Spanish Lookout and the Placencia Branches. While no precise detail was provided in the release as to why the decision to shut down these two branches were made, Scotiabank indicated that similar to other organizations, the company continuously evaluates its operations from a local and global perspective so as to certify that the needs of customers are met while maximizing operational efficiencies.
Re-registration is set for July 2018
It has been twenty-one years since the last re-registration took place in Belize and many including the People's United Party, the Belize Progressive Party and Citizens Organized for Liberty through Action were hoping that another re-registration would take place before March 7 elections since they believe that the voters' list needs to be clean up. �
The political parties gear up for Nomination Day
Tomorrow supporters of the political parties will take to the streets in numbers as the candidates who will contest the post of Mayor and Councilors in the nine municipalities across the country will go to be nominated. Brendalyn Staine, Registering Officer at the Election & Boundaries Department said they have made the necessary preparations. Brendalyn �
Election & Boundaries prep for elections
Municipal elections have been set for Wednesday, March 7. The two major political parties will contest all seats across the country. The Belize Progressive Party is expected to field a full slate of candidates in Punta Gorda and some candidates in Belize City. Registering Officer at the Election and Boundaries Department, Brendalyn Staine said they �
Belize City family survives home invasion
A family in Belize City is recuperating after they were attacked in their own house this afternoon. It happened at around twelve thirty at a residence in the Lake Independence Area. Two unmasked men gained entry to the house by climbing to the verandah on the second floor before holding up a 77-year-old man and �
Nigerian High Commissioner wants stronger relations with Belize
Yesterday morning, High Commissioner of Nigeria Janet Omoleegho Olisa, presented her credentials to Belize's Governor General, Sir Colville Young. During the presentation, Olisa shared her country's willingness to foster a stronger and durable diplomatic relationship with Belize. Olisa who is also Nigeria's High Commissioner to Jamaica and a resident of that country, met with the �
BPP Candidate alleges attempted 'buy out'
They say there are two sides to a story but in the following story, there seems to be more. The story revolves around a municipal candidate for the Belize Progressive Party. Her name is Maria Lara and she wants to be a town councilor in Punta Gorda under the green banner. Lara, who has bills �
Belize City tour guides do not want to move
Yesterday we told you that Belize City tour guides are upset with the Belize Tourism Board after they learned that they would be relocated. According to the tour guides, the BTB made a decision to relocate the tour guides from in front of Fort Street Tourism Village to the Marion Jones Sporting Complex. The tour �
Chunox Polyclinic officially opened
Last week Friday the Chunox Polyclinic was officially opened to serve residents, not only from the village but also from other communities. According to the Government, the clinic will serve close to ten thousand people, mainly from the Corozal District. The Chunox Polyclinic cost close to one million dollars to construct and equip. Government funded �
Belizean artworks to be displayed at Donna Service Gallery
Artworks of Belizeans will be on display at a gallery in the USA. More than 50 works on paper and canvas from Belizean faculty and students are scheduled to be put on display starting on Friday at the Donna Service Gallery at Bossier Parish Community College (BPCC). According to the school, the collection of artwork �
'Roni' receives James A. Waight Conservation Award Ronaldi "Roni" Martinez is the thirty first recipient of the James A. Waight Conservation Award. Martinez was nominated by Caves Branch Lodge and the San Pedro Sun, who both described him as a "vibrant role model for budding conservationists of all ages." He is a bird guide by profession and one of the founders of �
Murder Suicide in Belize City A murder suicide occurred in Belize City on Saturday evening. While police have not confirmed who was pulled the trigger, it is believed that 43 year old Jason Emmanuel shot and killed his wife, 46 year old Hermelinda Pinks and then turned the gun on himself and ended his own life. It is another st...
Luis Dominguez gunned down There was another murder in Belize City. 35 year old Luis Dominguez was shot and killed on Saturday night. According to police reports, Dominguez was sitting on a table inside a yard on 8th Street when he was approached by a dark complexion male person. That person was armed and fired several shots ...
Security guard at UB shot There was a shooting on Friday night in Belize City. A security guard on duty at one of the UB campuses in Belize City was shot. Police told us more. ASP Alejandro Cowo: Sometime after 1:25 this morning, police responded to a shooting incident at the Faculty of Education at the University of Belize,...
Succotz man dies in hit and run incident There was a fatal hit and run incident on Saturday night. According to police reports, on Saturday February 17th sometime before 7 p.m., 46 year old Arcenio Itza was walking from the direction of Central Farm towards Esperanza Village when he was hit by a vehicle that was travelling in the same dir...
Stabbing on Caye Caulker There was a stabbing incident on Caye caulker today. Details are sketchy at this time. Police would only confirm that one person was airlifted to Belize City and is at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital receiving treatment for stab wounds. What transpired and the severity of the injuries are unknown...
John Cus charged for raping American tourist Police have arrested and charged 37 year old John Cus for rape. Cus, an Electrician of San Pedro, Ambergris CAye, is said to be the man who raped an American Tourist on the island. Last week reported that the 25 year old American tourist, reported that at about 4:30 a.m. on February 11th, she was a...
Two arrested for Ladyville Robbery 25 year old Tarique Munnings and a 17 year old minor were jointly charged in relation to that armed robbery of Bowen & Bowen delivery man and others at a Chinese store in Ladyville village that occurred last week. The two were allegedly part of a group of four men who robbed a Bowen and Bowen ...
Murder suspect on remand busted with weed in prison Prison inmate 40-year-old Oliver Peters is on remand at the Belize Central Prison awaiting his Preliminary Inquiry for a murder, but while waiting, he picked up a new charge while behind bars. Police say that on Sunday, February 11, while inside the Belize Central Prison, they found Peters in possession of 10 grams of weed. While 10 grams has been decriminalized, it does not apply to prisoners and so Peters was read a single charge of drug trafficking with
Literacy as a national priority The launch of Literacy as a National Priority by the Ministry of Education was held today. Literacy is of utmost importance to the development of a nation and today, a recommitment was made to prioritize it in schools. Dr. Carol Babb explained the purpose of the launch today.
Dr. Carol Babb, CEO Ministry of Education: Today we are recommitting with a more strategic plan in mind to ensure that students are reading at their grade level. One might say that literacy is already a responsibility of the ministry of education, and that is true, but today we are recommitting our efforts with all our partners to ensure that literacy is a reality for all our students.
Southwest makes emergency landing due to depressurization A Southwest Airlines flight headed from Belize to Denver, Colorado had to make an emergency landing in Houston on Sunday February 18. Reports are that Flight 289 depressurized mid-flight. According to reports, the pilots took the emergency landing for passenger safety because flying at above 10,000 feet without pressurization can pose health risks to passengers and to avoid any incidents, the plane landed in Houston.
Cocaine found in Belize City ; Gun found in Caye Caulker 584.5 grams of cocaine were found by police on Saturday. About 2:30 p.m., Police conducted a search in an abandoned house on Freetown Road, Belize City, which led to the discovery of the drugs. No one was found in the area and the drugs were deposited as found property Caye Caulker Police visited found a gun and ammunition on the north end of the island this evening. The 9mm pistol along with five 9mm ammunitions were retrieved and deposited as found property.
BTB donates over $100,000 for disaster relief efforts The Belize Tourism Board (BTB) and its partners in the industry have donated over one hundred thousand dollars to the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO). The check for $119,868 is specifically for regional disaster relief efforts for countries affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria which both tore through the Caribbean last September.
Three new Ambassadors to Belize Three ambassadors presented their Letters of Credence today, February 19th, to the Governor General of Belize H.E. Sir Colville Young at the Belize House in Belmopan. H.E. Mrs. Janet Omoleegho Olisa, High Commissioner of the Federal Republic of Nigeria; H.E. Yasser Morad Osman Hosni, Ambassador of the Arab Republic of Egypt; and H.E. Mr. Tasawar Khan, High Commissioner of the Islamic State of Pakistan; all presented their credentials to the Governor-General.
Southwest makes emergency landing due to depressurization A Southwest Airlines flight headed from Belize to Denver, Colorado had to make an emergency landing in Houston on Sunday February 18. Reports are that Flight 289 depressurized mid-flight. According to reports, the pilots took the emergency landing for passenger safety because flying at above 10,000 ...
Cocaine found in Belize City ; Gun found in Caye Caulker 584.5 grams of cocaine were found by police on Saturday. About 2:30 p.m., Police conducted a search in an abandoned house on Freetown Road, Belize City, which led to the discovery of the drugs. No one was found in the area and the drugs were deposited as found property Caye Caulker Police visited ...
BTB donates over $100,000 for disaster relief efforts The Belize Tourism Board (BTB) and its partners in the industry have donated over one hundred thousand dollars to the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO). The check for $119,868 is specifically for regional disaster relief efforts for countries affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria which both tore ...
Three new Ambassadors to Belize Three ambassadors presented their Letters of Credence today, February 19th, to the Governor General of Belize H.E. Sir Colville Young at the Belize House in Belmopan. H.E. Mrs. Janet Omoleegho Olisa, High Commissioner of the Federal Republic of Nigeria; H.E. Yasser Morad Osman Hosni, Ambassador of t...
Murder-suicide on Rose Lane A crowd of onlookers gathered on the street in front of #5 Rose Lane on Saturday evening sometime after 5 p.m. A police crime scene tape cordoned off the area from the curious spectators, as the police and crime scene technicians were about to get underway inside.
There were whispers in the crowd that a man and his wife were inside the house. They were dead. A neighbor told Amandala that she had heard a loud bang that sounded like a gunshot, and that was followed by another loud bang, several minutes later. Family members became suspicious when they made several calls to the couple's phone, but got no answer.
Alfredo Pech, 67, charged for impregnating girl, 14 Alfredo Pech, 67, a resident of Guinea Grass, Orange Walk District, who was remanded into custody for a charge of unlawful sexual intercourse, was released on a bail of $8,000 that was offered to him today by Justice Herbert Lord.
The virtual complainant, a 14-year-old girl who is pregnant, reported to the police that Pech had sex with her in January.
Pech had been arraigned in the Orange Walk Magistrate's Court on February 1 and was remanded until March 9.
Chinese community celebrates the Year of the Dog Over the weekend almost 7,000 members of the Chinese community in Belize celebrated the Chinese New Year.
In an exclusive interview with the Amandala, chairman of the Chinese Association, Edmund Kwan, explained that the Chinese have dubbed this year the Year of the Dog.
The dog occupies the eleventh position in the Chinese zodiac after the rooster and before the pig.
For those who were born in the year of the dog, this year is considered a very unlucky year for them.
PUP mayoral candidate, Bernard Wagner, addresses new regulations at FSTV People's United Party (PUP) mayoral candidate, Bernard Wagner called a press conference this afternoon to address the new regulations that are being introduced at the Fort Street Tourism Village (FSTV) after a number of workers in the tourism industry called KREM's Wake Up Belize Morning Vibes (WUB) talk show this morning.
Wagner explained that plans are afoot by the UDP Belize City Council to move tour guides from the FSTV, after the municipal elections, and relocate them to the Marion Jones Stadium, which will serve as a drop-off point for cruise tourists.
"That will be creating a middleman scenario," Wagner emphasized, "because when the tourists come out of the gate, they would meet various tour operators and then those tour operators would then link with the tour guides, and the small revenues that these people are getting would then dwindle further."
Luis Dominguez executed in yard on 8th Street Luis Dominguez, 35, a St. Thomas Street resident who was the father of a baby girl 2 years old and a son yet to make his entry into this world, had reportedly been drinking and was lying alone on a table in his grandmother's yard on 8th Street, enjoying the cool of the night, when an unknown gunman sneaked into the yard and shot him at close range about 4 to 5 times.
The killer then escaped.
Dominguez was hit in the head and chest and died almost immediately. Police went to the yard after being notified of the murder and transported his body to the morgue.
HBO "bringing down the hammer" on Belizean cable consumers If you have cable television at home there is a possibility that you may no longer be allowed to watch Lifetime, Cinemax, Sci-Fi or any of the 14 channels that are a part of the Home Box Office (HBO) package.
That is because executives at the anti-piracy and commercial divisions of HBO, an American premium cable and satellite television network owned by Time Warner, visited Belize last week demanding compensation for the broadcast of their channels in Belize.
If cable providers decline to cover costs for the package, the channels may no longer be available to their subscribers.
Today, our newspaper spoke to the general manager at the Channel Broadcasting Corporation of Belize Ltd. (CBC), Vanessa Peyrefitte.
Hummingbird Elementary girls and Belize Elementary boys to represent Belize District in Volleyball Nationals on Friday The National Sports Council (NSC) coordinated Belize District Primary School Volleyball Tournament, which commenced on Monday, January 15, reached its finals last Thursday, February 15, when Hummingbird Elementary defeated Belize Elementary, 25-11, 25-5, for the female championship; while Belize Elementary prevailed over Holy Redeemer in 3 sets, 21-25, 25-18, 15-10, to take the male championship. Hummingbird Elementary females and Belize Elementary males will be representing the Belize District at the National Primary Schools Volleyball Championship to be held in Orange Walk this Friday, February 23.
Near half-way point in regular season, PLB race to playoffs looks interesting With the completion of Week 6 games over the past weekend, the playoff picture is looking interesting in the Premier League of Belize (PLB) 2017-2018 Opening Season, as 7 of the 8 clubs are still in good position to claim one of the four playoff berths. A victory for Wagiya FC (which would be an upset) against undefeated Belmopan Bandits SC in their back match on Wednesday, would also put Wagiya in striking distance of a playoff spot.
With the changing picture that these results created in the standings (see below), the possibilities in this tournament are getting more and more interesting, starting with Week 7 match-ups. (Bandits and Wagiya play a back match on Wednesday.) After the 14-game double round-robin regular season, the top 4 teams go on to the home-and-away semifinals.
Chief's Saturday Race of February 17, 2018 Chief's Saturday Race of February 17, 2018 - Leslie's thru Boom to Northern Hwy, back to Hattieville and back to Data Pro, for 50 miles.
At 7:30 a.m., 37 riders took off for this sojourn. The field consisted of 24 Elite riders, 9 Weekend Warriors and 4 Juniors. Belize's two top teams, Digicell and Smart came out to continue their battle. Who would have the best telephone service today, right?
Well, Digicell had their full complement of 9 riders, while Smart was short-handed with just 3, including their leader, Brandon Cattouse, Phillip Leslie and "Heno" Moreira.
Pepsi NEBL Week 5 scores and upcoming games Two teams, Verdes (0-4) and Orange Walk Running Rebels (0-4), remain winless at Week 5 of the Pepsi NEBL 2018 Tournament; while one remains undefeated - San Pedro Tiger Sharks, sporting a perfect 4-0 record.
The San Pedro Tiger Sharks were sorely tested by the young Griga Dream Ballers on their home turf at the Russel Chiste Garcia Auditorium in Dangriga on Saturday night, February 17, but the visiting Tiger Sharks pulled out the 85-81 road victory, led by Jihad Wright 22 pts 11 rebs 5 assts, Jamal Kelly 20 pts 4 rebs 4 assts, Raul Roches 14 pts 5 rebs 3 assts, and Marteviuis Adams 10 pts 3 assts.
Editorial: "This beautiful jewel of ours �" To the best of our knowledge, the late Edison "Seferino" Coleman, Radio Belize's most famous and popular announcer ever, is generally credited with coining the phrase, "this beautiful jewel of ours." This would have probably been more than two generations ago, in the early 1970s.
At the time, Radio Belize was a government monopoly which did not permit any on-air criticism of the ruling People's United Party (PUP). Seferino was so big, however, despite his controversial lifestyle, that he was allowed to criticize the government from time to time, albeit in coded fashion. Perhaps more importantly in the larger scheme of things, Seferino was allowed to create, and that is how, because of him, that we Belizeans have arrived at this distilled description of our country as, "The Jewel."
To the best of our knowledge again, it was two generations before Seferino came up with "this beautiful jewel of ours," that Samuel Haynes wrote Land of the Gods and referred to Belize's "wealth untold" in what became our national anthem in 1981. Our understanding is that Haynes wrote his poem in the early 1930s while living in the United States.
Lawyers really have to check dehnself There are people in Belize who say they skim over media reports on violent crimes; they say that they only want to read/hear about the good things happening in Belize. Without doubt there are good things happening in Belize, things worthy of reporting. But by far the most important story is the one about the absolutely vicious nation we have become.
It's not too difficult to figure out why some people don't want to read painful stories. Some people really are overwhelmed by sadness. It is understandable why they hide their heads in the sand.
The media cannot fret too much about people who avoid certain types of news. If the media doesn't report on these crimes the people of the country will not know the truth about what is going on.
Belizean-flagged ship violating UN sanctions against North Korea Reports in the international media say that a Belize-flagged ship has been spotted alongside a North Korean tanker about 250 kilometers east of Shanghai in violation of United Nations sanctions against North Korea. The two vessels were spotted by a Japanese spy plane.
The North Korean-flagged Rye Song Gang 1 and the Belize-flagged Wan Heng 11, which is owned by a Hong Kong company, were spotted in what appears to be a ship-to-ship transfer. The Rey Song Gang 1 is one of eight ships that have been banned from entering ports around the globe under UN sanctions against North Korea.
Last September, the UN Security Council passed a resolution that banned UN member states from engaging in ship-to-ship transfer with North Korea-flagged vessels.
"Chonko" McGregor gets 10 years for attempting to break into neighbour's home Joel McGregor, 28, aka "Chonko," a laborer of the Windmill area of Hattieville, was sentenced to 10 years in prison today by Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford after he pleaded guilty to attempted burglary and damage to property.
McGregor also was sentenced to 7 months imprisonment for damage to property, but he will only serve 10 years because the sentences (for burglary and damage to property) are to run concurrently.
The complainant, Kayesha Cole, 22, McGregor's neighbor, reported to the police that at about 8:45 p.m. yesterday she was in her bedroom when she heard a loud bang. She said that when she looked through the window of her bungalow house she saw McGregor, dressed in black, staring at her.
John Cus, 37, raped sleeping woman Today, San Pedro electrician, John Cus, 37, appeared unrepresented before Magistrate Janelle Villanueva Pennil in the San Pedro Magistrate's Court to answer to a single charge of rape.
No plea was taken from him and he was remanded to the Belize Central Prison until April 19.
Last Thursday, a 25-year-old female American tourist visited the San Pedro Police Station and reported that on February 9, at about 4:30 a.m., while she was sleeping at a residence, she was awakened by a push.
That was when she realized that Cus had been raping her. He had entered the room in which she was staying without her knowledge.
When she screamed out for help, he ran away and disappeared until police nabbed him on Friday.
Missing taxi driver found alive and well Joan Mariano and her family can now breathe a sigh of relief after her common-law husband, Emelio Perez, 47, a taxi driver of Belize City who was reported missing on Friday, was found alive and well in the city on Sunday.
The details of where he had been have not been disclosed.
Mariano, a nurse at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital, said that at about 7:00 Friday morning, Perez took her to her workplace in his cab and that was the last time she saw him. After trying to contact him several times, but in vain, she reported him missing.
Caye Caulker Becoming a Top Tourist Destination in Belize Caye Caulker is changing. There are lots of new things going on, but life on the island still runs at the "Go Slow" pace it is so famous for. Things are different since last time we visited. There are new hotels, restaurants, businesses have changed locations, the north end of the split is developing fast and the famous split just got bigger. It's HUGE!
Amidst all this change, Caye Caulker is holding on to it's charm. They are not allowing traffic to congest its streets, their beaches are open to everyone and islanders are very protective of the environment. One thing for sure, Caye Caulker is clean; there's little trash!
We Totally Needed a Boat Bar Crawl My visiting friend Patrick Starfish, and local one Lara and I recently went on the 2018 boat bar crawl for groundhog day. After cleaning up an emergency apartment flood the night before, I cannot even describe how good it felt to get away and be on a boat. Plus it was Pat's last day on the island. $50 Belize for a custom boat ride 6 miles up the island and back with a great line up of stops was a perfect pothole free way to show him a bit more of Ambergris Caye.
Our first stop was Portofino, a perfect Caribbean oasis. I ordered a delicious chocolate banana shake and headed to the pool to enjoy some barefoot luxury. Not long after Patrick and Lara followed. We enjoyed kicking back and talking about life and being grateful for a gorgeous Friday afternoon view.
Bloodthirsty bat's genetic secrets revealed If you want to know how vampire bats can surviveon a diet that -- as everyone knows -- consists exclusively of blood, the answer is simple. It's in their genes.
Scientists on Monday said they have mapped for the first time the complete genome of a vampire bat, finding that this flying mammal boasts numerous genetic traits that help it thrive on an exotic food source that offers nutritional disadvantages and exposes it to blood-borne pathogens. The common vampire bat, a nocturnal cave-dweller with a 18-cm wingspan, inhabits parts of Mexico, Central America and South America. It feeds on the blood of livestock such as cattle and horses. It lands near prey under cover of darkness, walks on the ground, then feeds on the sleeping animal using razor-sharp teeth to pierce the skin and a lengthy tongue to lap up flowing blood.
The Key to Weight Loss Is Diet Quality, Not Quantity, a New Study Finds Anyone who has ever been on a diet knows that the standard prescription for weight loss is to reduce the amount of calories you consume.
But a new study, published Tuesday in JAMA, may turn that advice on its head. It found that people who cut back on added sugar, refined grains and highly processed foods while concentrating on eating plenty of vegetables and whole foods - without worrying about counting calories or limiting portion sizes - lost significant amounts of weight over the course of a year. The research lends strong support to the notion that diet quality, not quantity, is what helps people lose and manage their weight most easily in the long run. It also suggests that health authorities should shift away from telling the public to obsess over calories and instead encourage Americans to avoid processed foods that are made with refined starches and added sugar, like bagels, white bread, refined flour and sugary snacks and beverages, said Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian, a cardiologist and dean of the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University.
IDB hosts regional governors in Dominican Republic to review opportunities for growth and investment The governors for the Inter-American Development Bank's member countries in the Central American isthmus and the Dominican Republic gathered for their 32nd annual meeting on February 20-21 to discuss formulas for achieving inclusive economic growth, managing vulnerability to natural disasters and harnessing disruptive technologies to increase productivity and spur investment. One shared priority for the economies of Belize, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama is the creation of jobs and the reduction of poverty. While the eight countries grew at 2.3 percent in the period from 2000 to 2017 - well above the 1.8 percent for Latin America as a whole - the rate of poverty reduction was slower, at 12 versus 13 percent.
SAN PEDRO PUP 7 LAUNCHES MANIFESTO PLANS OVER THE WEEKEND, 4min. Municipal campaigns have moved from the regular house to house visits to the presentation of agendas and work-plans. In the north, the Orange Walk PUP slate launched its manifesto last Thursday, followed by the Corozal PUP team on Friday. On Saturday it was the San Pedro PUP slate's turn to present is manifesto. We were also there for the event,
Welcome to Caye Caulker, 1min. Caye Caulker is happy that it is now receiving recognition as one of the top destinations in Belize. The island recently inaugurated a new 'Caye Caulker' sign which they believe will boost the island's international and local recognition.
Belize Mangrove Conservation Project, 2.5min. Mangrove Swamps are threatened habitats throughout the world. Check out the work that Frontier Belize is doing in order to preserve this ecosystem for local people and wildlife.