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#529044 - 02/23/18 06:42 AM Today's Belize News: February 23, 2018  
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The San Pedro Sun

Mayor Daniel Guerrero says NO to Candidate Debate
In last week’s issue of The San Pedro Sun, Issue #07 Volume 28, dated February 16, 2018, a press release issued by Reef Radio/TV and The San Pedro Sun was printed, informing readers about their plans for hosting a mayoral debate. They stated that invitations were extended to both UDP Mayoral Candidate Daniel Guerrero and PUP Mayoral Candidate André Pérez and that the debate would be held on Monday, February 26th. The candidates were asked to confirm participation by February 14th. Although Pérez confirmed his attendance, Guerrero did not respond. However, the Mayor went on record while on the Reef Radio/TV that he categorically would not participate in the debate. He reiterated his stance on Nomination Day on February 21st where he told his constituents, “I want to make it clear here, in front of everybody, that I’m not going to participate in the debate with André Pérez. The reason is because I don’t have nothing valuable to debate with him.”

IDB hosts regional Governors in Punta Cana 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 at their 32nd Annual Meeting 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. At the meeting, held in Punta Cana, the Governors, ministers of economy and planning, reviewed the risks and opportunities facing the region, which grew at 3.8 percent in 2017, considerably above the rate for the rest of Latin America and the Caribbean. Growth is projected to reach 3.9 percent in 2018.

The San Pedro Pirates crush Freedom Fighters 4-1
San Pedro Pirates Football Club climbed to third place in the Premier League of Belize (PLB) Tournament after defeating Punta Gorda’s Freedom Fighters 4-1 on Sunday, February 18th at the Ambergris Stadium. The match saw a full stadium with islanders supporting their home team who dominated during the 90-minute game. At the end of the match, the island team gained its well-deserved three additional points, which now puts them on the top three teams of the season, along with Belmopan Bandits and PLB 2017 champions, Verdes F.C. In the first half of the game, Freedom Fighters’ defense gave Pirates a challenge that would not give them a chance to score. However, 25 minutes into the match, Pirates’ Inri Gonzaga scored the first goal for the island squad. But 18 minutes later, Gabriel Ramos scored for Freedom Fighters tying the game 1-1. Many of the spectators thought that by halftime the game would end in a draw, but on the last minute Luis Mencia swept through the defense and scored the second goal for Pirates.

San Pedro High School Hosts Career week 2018
The San Pedro High School (SPHS) celebrated their Career Week from Monday, February 12th through Friday, February 16th. During the week, students had the opportunity to listen to local and national speakers who spoke to them about what their career is all about. The week commenced with a ceremony on Monday, February 12th at the Angel Nuñez Auditorium. The ceremony was facilitated by Doctor Dionne Chamberlain from Chamberlain Consulting, who shared with the students what her company is all about and how it started. Belizean Soca Artist, Ernestine Carballo, also shared a couple words with the students on how she started her career as a singer as well as to motivate them to never give up their dreams. “I am here today because I never give up on my dreams. Don’t worry about what people say, you work and dedicate yourself and you will be able to accomplish your dreams,” said Carballo. She then entertained the students with her most original hits.

Belize 2018 Inter-District Rugby 7’s Tournament begins
The Belize Inter-District Rugby 7’s Tournament began this past weekend on Sunday, February 18th at the People’s Stadium in Orange Walk Town. The tournament saw the participation of the San Pedro Turtles, San Pedro Hammerhead Sharks, Belize City Kings Park Scorpions, and Orange Walk Mamba, who all aim to win the championship. The current standings have Kings Spark Scorpions at the top of the chart with 18 touchdowns, followed by Mamba’s with 10 touchdowns. San Pedro Hammerhead Sharks have six touchdowns and at the bottom of the chart is San Pedro Turtles with two touchdowns. The second round of the tournament will be held on Saturday, May 20th at the Ambergris Stadium in San Pedro Town. Everyone is invited to come out and support their favorite team. Food and drinks will be on sale during the games.

Ambergris Today

Nomination Day 2018 In San Pedro Town
Nomination Day was held on Wednesday, February 22, 2018, in the heels of the upcoming Town Council Elections. Both political parties presented their candidates who were officially nominated to run for a seat at the Town Council elections on March 7, 2018. The People's United Party (PUP) and crowd of supporters hit the streets around 10a.m. and paraded through the streets to downtown San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, and down to the Town Hall where nominations were carried out by Rerurning Officer Catherine Cumberbatch and Election Clerk Leodan Torres.

Misc Belizean Sources

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Mr. Les' BBQ Fundraiser on Caye Caulker
Central Park, Saturday February 24th, 10:30am.

Bridging the Gap Community Outreach Fair
Belize Diabetes Association Corozal are looking forward to seeing you soon at our Bridging the Gap Community Outreach Fair, being held on March 17, 2018, at the Corozal Central Park.

Belize Embarks on Preparation of Treaty-Specific Reports for Two International Human Rights Conventions
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, along with the Immigration and Nationality Department and the Office of the United Nations Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), embarked on the process for the preparation of national reports under the International Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) and the International Convention on the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of their Families (ICMW). A three-day Treaty Body Capacity Building Programme for state officials began on Tuesday, February 20th and concluded today, February 22nd ahead of the two reports that Belize is internationally obliged to submit under the two conventions this year.

National Emergency Minister Meets with Visiting Fire Experts/Donors from Virginia (USA)
Yesterday, February 21st, 2018, Minister of National Emergency Management, Hon Edmond Castro, visited the Belize National Fire Service Headquarters in Belize City, where he met with two fire-fighting experts from Virginia, United States, who are assisting the Belize National Fire Service in improving its firefighting capacity. They are a retired Fire Chief from Chesterfield County, Virginia, Paul Mauger; and a Belize-American who is President of the Virginia Emergency Service Assistance Program (VESAP) for Belize, Archibald McFarlane. (VESAP for Belize is currently sponsoring training for two Belizean firefighters, Patrick Parks and Johnny Cardenas, who are in Virginia for a six (6) month course at the Hanover Fire Academy). McFarlane is also a trained Firefighter and Registered Nurse (RN) in Virginia.

St Francis Bazaar Sun, 25 Feb 2018
The acolytes of Saint Francis of Assisi of Saint Francis Xavier Parish invite everyone to their bazaar from 7am to 11am on Sunday, 25 February 2018, next to St Francis Xavier Parish. Come buy clothes, household goods, school items, movies, snacks, tamales, and much more. Funds collected go to support people in need in the community.

Cleaning the lane that leads to Finca Solana
It went from a garbage filled roadside to a better view on the Consejo Road, as you enter the lane that leads to Finca Solana. Here is a cry to help us keep it clean. Please Keep our Corozal Safe and Clean.

BAN'S Store robbed again
30 year old Qiao Hong Li, Belizean businesswoman, resident of Santa Rita Road, reported that about 5:10 p.m., on Wednesday, February 21st, 2018 whilst inside her business-place namely BAN`S Store located on Santa Rita Road, three male persons, two of which were armed with what appeared to be fire-arms, entered her establishment and demanded money as a result one of the male person took $800.00bcy from a cash-drawer, a pink I-Phone 6-Plus value at $1,400.00bcy, and (4) cartons of assorted cigarettes valued at $360.00bcy. All to a total value of $2,560.00bcy. Police are investigating.

St. Francis Xavier R.C. School
Congratulations to Jennifer Levy as the 1st place winner at the Bowen and Bowen Spelling Bee Zone Elimination 2018. We wish her good luck at the District Elimination.

Electrification from the Copper Bank junction to Progresso Village is currently taking place
BEL has set up utility poles from the junction to the new development project in Progresso called "Cujo Lagoon". It is already halfway to the village. The electrification of this stretch of road to Progresso Village will enhance the quality of life of the residents in the area and will help boost development as well. Thank you BEL once again and best of luck to the developers of "Cujo Lagoon" project.

Verdes Host Bandits
The Verdes are hosting the Bandits this Saturday. The after party will be at the CK Sports Bar and Restaurant. Go Verdes! "This Saturday inside Sacred Heart Auditorium. Come out and support your Verdes Basketball Team. Our fan support is most important . VIP tickets : $15 General: $10 Students with ID : $5"

Channel 7

City Double Murder, Including 12 Year Old
There was blast of violence last night in the city – 5 persons were shot – 2 of them fatally. Among the murder victims is 12 year old David Morrison. It has sent waves of pain and rage across the city as this innocent life was cut short. Morrison and Lloyd Valentine were shot dead on Orange Street. We start off with their killings. Courtney Weatherburne has more. The usual active and energetic atmosphere on Orange Street vanished last night after 7:00 as gunshots echoed throughout south side Belize City – killing two persons and injuring another. ASP Alejandro Cowo - OC, OCB Belize City: "They were socializing at the corner of Cemetery Road and Pregnant Alley when a male person rode towards them and fired several shots." 26 year old Lloyd Valentine was hit to the head and stomach. He died on the spot. Albert Wagner was struck to the left arm and the bullet exited the right side of his stomach. He survived.

Elite Law Enforcement Unit Accused of Killing Man
Tonight, the BDF and Police Department are under intense public scrutiny in Orange Walk because a bunch of lawmen are accused of beating and killing a town resident. Here’s what happened. At 4:00 this morning, two members of an elite police and BDF unit, known as the Belize Special Assignment Group - or B-SAG - went on a home search along with one Orange Walk based police officer from another specialized team, the Special Patrol Unit. The trio pulled up at Ariel Audinette Salazar’s residence in a black pickup with camouflage uniforms and wearing masks. They stormed the residence where he was socializing with Oscar PAYES, Noe Sanchez and a female friend. Sanchez says they were looking for a stolen cell phone - and inquiring about the female friend. Here’s his account of what sounds like outlaw brutality- as told to CTV-3:

Two More Shot In city, Off Duty Soldier Shot Back
That is quite a case in Orange Walk - but we turn now back to the city - where the killing of two men and the shooting of another wasn’t the end of violence in the city last night. Three hours after that double murder, at 10:15, a gunman pulled up on a crowd of men on Police Street and opened fire. He let off with multiple shots, and when the smoke cleared three men were injured. Cell phone video captured at the scene shows the desperate moments when one of the injured men was being put in the back of a pickup truck and rushed to the Hospital. Police told us more: ASP Alejandro Cowo - OC, CIB - Belize City: "Police were called to a shooting incident at police street and as a result they proceeded to the hospital where they observed two male persons suffering from apparent gunshot wound to their bodies. The first person police observed was Houston Apolonio - he had a graze at his upper shoulder, right shoulder and he was treated and discharged last night. The other male person that suffered injuries is Mr. Emerson Garnett.”

Fire Took Down Two Homes
Last night at around 7:50 a large fire took down two homes in Fredrick’s Alley. The house where the fire started was unoccupied while the other house was occupied by a small family. They got out in time and no one was injured but a lot was lost. We visited the scene today and found out the extent of the damage. A cool night for residents on Fredericks Alley turned into a scorcher. A little before 8 pm a monstrous blaze broke out at a two-storey house on the street and it quickly spread to another house. The fire department was able to extinguish the fire before it could spread to any other houses. But ultimately two people lost their homes. The fire started at the home of Micheal Rosado but Rosado and his wife were not home, in fact, they were out of the country. A neighbor was watching the house for them.

Fire Department Has Answers For Its Critics
Many of the area residents were upset because they felt the fire department came unprepared to fight the blaze. They ran out of the water and their hose had several holes in it. Now, this is an all-too familiar refrain at fires, so today we asked Station Officer Orin Smith to give a definitive answer. Orin Smith - Station Officer, National Fire Service: "The concept is that when the truck arrives on the scene it should discharge and the endless supply of water which impractical. We only have one tank on the truck. The truck has a limited capacity and based on the amount of water you discharge per minute it is the time that tank of water will last. It can last anywhere from one minute to three minutes. The public does not understand that concept. They would believe that ten minutes is minimum that they except water to be discharged which is really not practical."

Philloughby to the Rescue
One person who was not complaining about the fire department’s performance was city councillor Phillip Willougby. He was on the scene last night, and back again this morning. We spoke to him about the disaster response for the victims. Phillip Willoughby - City Councillor: "I'm sorry for the residence who suffered the lost, I'm sorry for the residence who live in the immediate surroundings who were affected by the loss of electricity, probably affected by the national fire service doing their jobs the issue of water being sprayed across the other properties and that so I feel for those who are affected in that way. We will be working with the affected families and we hope that we can try to assist along the way of returning them to some semblance of normalcy.”

KHMH Needs New Boss
The country’s biggest hospital is looking for a new Chief Executive Officer. Dr. Adrian Coye, who’s been in the job since October 2014 has tendered his resignation. According to a release, the resignation was effective yesterday - and in accordance with the mandatory three month notice period in his contract - his tenure end on May 21st 2018. Coye stays on at the hospital as a Cardio Thoracic Surgeon and the release says he will now focus his energies on developing the Cardio Thoracic Surgery Program. The KHMH now has three months to find a new CEO to run the largest, and most difficult hospital in the country. They may also have to find a new Chairman of the Board- as Marilyn Williams was the board chairman last time we checked. She is now a judge, and cannot hold both posts because it would be a conflict of interests.

Playing Politics With A Basketball Court
There was a showdown today between the PUP’s Kareem Musa and UDP’s OJ Elrington, which played out on the Buttonwood Bay Basketball court on Seashore Promenade. The two sides butted heads over a pair of basketball rims and backboards which Musa and his team installed months ago. This morning, staff from the National Sports Council went to the court and took them down completely. The National Sports Council says that they have to change them to accommodate the ongoing Sprite Eastern Division South Youth Basketball Cup. You’ll remember that this tournament, which allows youths from warring gang territories together to intermingle and socialize in a positive setting, started last Friday. The teams will be playing games all over the City.

PUP Launch City Manifesto
And while Musa was playing politics on the basketball court - we didn’t see him today at the PUP Belize City manifesto launch. That’s probably because the man who replaced him as Deputy Leader for the East, Antony Mahler was there running the show - along with the National Deputy Cordel Hyde. The Manifesto Launch comes a little late into the campaign - but today the PUP team told us getting it right takes time. We were there in the rain and Jules Vasquez reports:… Symbolically, it may have seemed like a good idea to have the manifesto launch on a basketball court in the mayoral candidate’s old neighborhood - but when a sunny day once again turned into a rainy day - it was a challenge with sheets of rain tunneling down from the tents.

Can UDP Hold Off Cordel?
Now, as the PUP takes that manifesto to voters - politicians on both sides have already started to project how many votes they can get and where. As we’ve discussed before, the UDP has to find a way to counterbalance the division where the PUP has its biggest numerical lead - and that’s Lake Independence - the eminent domain of incumbent area rep Cordel Hyde. He’s got plenty of skin in this game - because basically it’s his slate - and the pressure is on him to deliver the city for the PUP after 12 years out of city hall. The UDP are hoping to counter the big lead he has in Lake - I - and yesterday the Prime Minister told us how:…

Attorneys Extradition Case Lumbers On
3 weeks ago, we showed you the latest in the extradition proceedings against attorney Andrew Bennett. He’s currently out on bail while the Magistrate’s Court decides whether or not he should be sent to the US to stand trial for 7 counts of money laundering. He was to return today before Chief Magistrate Sharon Frazer so that his attorney could indicate whether or not they would object to the official extradition file from the US Government being admitted into evidence against him. At the last hearing, Solicitor General Nigel Hawke asked a Foreign Affairs employee to officially present the document before the Chief Magistrate, for her authentication. But, instead of returning today for the continuation of the extradition proceedings, the two sides asked for an adjournment. We got a chance to speak with Solicitor General Nigel Hawke about the slight delay in the case:

Sol. Gen Defends GOB On Lapses In Mayan Case
We also asked the Solicitor General about Monday’s teleconference hearing before the Caribbean Court of Justice. The Attorney General and the Maya Leaders went before the CCJ to give a progress report on the implementation of the April 2015 order of the Court. The consent order says that Maya Customary Land Tenure is to be recognized, respected, and protected through an official land system. The problem is that in the almost 3 years since this judgment was finalized, no real progress has been made to implement it. At the end of the hearing, CCJ Judge Jacob Wit said, quote, “…After 3 years, the parties have not succeeded in getting anything done in this regard and this cannot continue.” End quote. We asked the Sol Gen about the clear implication of the judge’s statement, and he told us that the Government isn’t dragging its feet. Here’s how he explained it:

The Titan Matter to The CCJ
We also asked about an appeal that will be going to the CCJ. It’s the Titan Securities case, which was completed before the Court of Appeal in June of Last year. Back in 2016, Justice Courtney Abel ruled that the Government should pay 8.8 million dollars to Bahamians Rohn Knowles and Kelvin Leach. The judge reasoned that they deserved that huge compensation for the September 2014 raid at their Titan's Securities, at the Matalon building in Coney Drive. You’ll remember that the ADU cleaned out their offices on behalf of the FIU which was working with the US Government based a Federal indictment for Securities fraud.

Two Men Free After Murder Case Falls Apart
Tonight, two Cayo District men are at home after spending two years on remand for murder. On Monday, Justice Antoinette Moore told 21-year-old Damion Donovan Velasquez, from Roaring Creek and 20-year-old Justin Giovanni Banner, from Camalote Village that they had no case to answer. The acquittal came after a no case submission by their attorneys, Oscar Selgado and Leeroy Banner. Justice Moore found that the eyewitness evidence provided by his parents did not prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt. He also disputed what police put in the statement - so he was treated as a hostile witness.

Sylvan’s Killers Sentenced
And while that was Monday - there was better news coming out of the Belmopan Supreme Court today. The two men convicted of killing Sylvan Roberts Jr. were today sentenced for murder. Donovan Casildo and Brian Clarke were found guilty. Casildo was sentenced to life with possibility of parole after 25 years and Brian Clarke was sentenced to 18 years imprisonment.

Caye Caulker Stabbing Leads to Remand
31 year old Jermaine Grant was charged with attempted murder when he appeared today before Magistrate Michelle Trapp. Grant was also charged with dangerous harm and use of deadly means of harm. No plea was taken and he was remanded into custody until May 15. Grant was allegedly involved in the stabbing we told you about on Tuesday. It happened in the Palapa area of Caye Caulker. Grant and 34 year old Jamal Bennett, got into an altercation and Bennett was stabbed in his left shoulder and upper left abdomen. Bennett was admitted to ward at Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital where his injuries were classified as dangerous harm. Grant said in court that he was defending himself.

How Many Drop Out?
The Ministry of Education is collaborating with the UNICEF and UNESCO to determine just how many Belizean children drop out of school. In 2010, UNICEF and the UNESCO Institute for Statistics launched a global Out-of-School Children Initiative. They’ve been in Belize since 2016 to carefully study the out-of-school population of children, and they’ve presented their findings to the Government. Today at the Biltmore Plaza Hotel, a working group of education technocrats were assembled to review the results and start brainstorming strategies to combat the growing number of children who are out of school.

DPP Is Bar President
The Bar Association of Belize has a new president - and she is a name well known in the news. It’s Director of Public Prosecutions, Cheryl Lynn Vidal - who was elected last night at the Bar’s Annual meeting. She is backed up by Robertha Magnus Usher as Vice President, Jose Alpuche as Treasurer, and Ilona Swift as Secretary. Vidal - who is a senior counsel - becomes the first DPP in memory to be Bar President.

Channel 5

12-year-old and Adult Latest Gun Victims of the City
There was a double murder on Wednesday night in the city in which the life of a twelve-year-old student was abruptly cut short on Pregnant Alley in the Mesopotamia Division. [...]

Shooting in Twilight of Nomination Day on Police Street
The gun violence was not contained to Pregnant Alley. Two more city residents were injured in a shooting in the Lake Independence area. Emerson Garnett and Houston Apolonio were on [...]

1 dead, 2 Injured in Mysterious Orange Walk Altercation
Police are tonight investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a man in Orange Walk Town earlier today.  It is alleged that an individual identified as forty-six-year-old Ariel Audinette was [...]

Fire Claims 2 Houses in Frederick Street
Back to the city where even as police were processing the crime scene at Pregnant Alley, a fire broke just off Hyde’s Lane in the city. It started at a [...]

Area Rep and Sports Council Member Clash over Buttonwood Bay Park
Caribbean Shores area representative Kareem Musa, and fellow attorney and member of the National Sports Council Orson J. Elrington, are front and center of an odd dispute over the basketball [...]

Belize Protests as Guat Soldiers Nab Fellow Citizen in our Territory
More details of an arrest made by Guatemalan soldiers in Belizean territory are emerging, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has confirmed that they were not approached for assistance. The [...]

Dr. Adrian Coye Resigns as K.H.M.H. C.E.O.
The Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital Authority will be looking for a new C.E.O. due to the resignation of Doctor Adrian Coye. According to a release, Coye handed in his resignation [...]

Jermaine Grant Charged in Caye Caulker Brawl
Turning to the courts…Caye Caulker resident Jermaine Grant is accused of attempted murder, use of deadly means of harm and dangerous harm against Jamal Bennett following a stabbing incident on [...]

Delay in Andrew Bennett Extradition Case
Attorney Andrew Bennett, accused by U.S. authorities of money laundering in Puerto Rico, was due back in court for the continuation of his extradition hearing. A D.E.A. agent alleges that [...]

Sharon Pitts Headed to Mediation for Land Compensation; Will Andre Vega Follow?
There is a significant development tonight after months of silence concerning the infamous Haulover Bridge land compensation case which exploded in 2016, costing former Minister of Natural Resources Gaspar Vega [...]

Titan Case Headed to C.C.J.
Also before the Caribbean Court of Justice is Titan International Securities, which is suing the Government in respect of a raid of their Matalon Business Center offices on Coney Drive [...]

P.U.P. Touts People-Centered Manifesto for CitCo Election
Coming off from a massive national convention and Wednesday’s successful nomination of mayor and councilor candidates, the People United Party launched the Belize City manifesto today.  The event took place [...]

City Mayoral Candidates Take Bliss Stage for U.B. Forum/Debate
Fresh from being nominated, Belize City’s four mayoral candidates attended a special forum organized by the University of Belize on Wednesday evening at the Bliss Center for the Performing Arts. [...]

Why Are So Many in Danger of Leaving School?
The Ministry of Education and UNICEF collaborated for the Out of School Children Initiative. The aim is to improve the analysis of factors affecting the exclusion of children from education, [...]

G.O.B. Insists It’s Taking Communal Land Rights Seriously
Solicitor General Nigel Hawke was a busy man at the court’s environs today, with cases before the Caribbean Court of Justice and Magistrate’s Court. The latter is the aborted return [...]

SolGen Says No Early Solution as Yet
But is three years too long to still not have implemented the Consent Order, especially for Maya communities that have waited nearly a generation? Hawke told us the Court understands [...]

Maya to be a Part of Referendum Campaign
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has apologized to the Maya communities of the south for an alleged breach of privacy committed by self-avowed agents of the Government. The Maya Leaders [...]

D.P.P. Now Leads the Bar
At its executive meeting on Wednesday night, the Director of Public Prosecutions, Cheryl-Lynn Vidal moved up as new the president of the association where she was serving as VP. From [...]

Belize to Address Key Treaty Obligations
This afternoon there was a closing ceremony for a three-day Treaty Body Capacity Building Program for state officials which began on Tuesday. Later this year, Belize is internationally obliged to [...]

Foreign Affairs to Meet with Civil Society
Participants received their certificates from C.E.O. in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Pat Andrews, who stood in for Minister Wilfred Elrington. He told News Five that the government is taking [...]

Healthy Living: Caring for Your Heart
Not because Valentine’s Day is over means that all the talk about your heart should stop. In fact, it is always a good time to talk about the health of [...]

LOVE FM

Belize committed to reporting on two human rights conventions
Representatives from about nine government ministries today concluded a three-day training on human rights. The focus was on the process of preparing national reports under the International Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, CERD, and the International Convention of the rights of all Migrant Workers and Members of their Families, ICMW. CEO in the …

Two men injured in Wednesday night shooting, one critical
Sometime after ten thirty last night, two men were shot on Police Street in Belize City. One of the men remains in a critical condition. ASP Alejandro Cowo told the media what they have uncovered on the incident. ASP Alejandro Cowo – Head, CIB, Belize City “Police were called to a shooting incident on Police …

Gun violence claims two lives in old capital
Last night, the gun violence continued in the old capital with not one, but two shooting incidents. The first shooting incident took place at the corner of Cemetery Road and Pregnant Alley, where multiple shots were fired. When it subsided two persons were dead, 26-year-old Lloyd Valentine and 12-year-old David Morrison, a student of Queen …

Ministry of Foreign Affairs addresses Guatemalan incursion at Western border
There is more to report tonight on the incident at the western border. As we told you on Wednesday night, a Guatemalan money changer was allegedly robbed of thousands of dollars; we understand as much as twenty thousand. (VO STARTS) That crime then led Guatemalan military to enter Belize to apprehend the suspect, who we …

Maya Leaders to be included in Referendum awareness campaign
The Toledo community leaders will be included in the public awareness campaign on the referendum to take the Belize Guatemalan dispute to the International Court of Justice. That is what CEO in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Pat Andrews told us today. As we have reported, the Toledo Alcaldes Association and the Maya Leaders Alliance …

Two families lose everything in fire
Last night, two families, the Gonzalez and the Rosado, lost everything in a fire that occurred on Frederick’s Alley in Belize City. Love News spoke with Elsa Medina, whose mother and two brothers lived in one of the houses that was destroyed. Elsa Medina – fire victim’s daughter “As far as I saw it was …

‘Always ’bout The People’
This morning the PUP’s Belize City municipal slate launched a manifesto entitled ‘Always ’bout The People’. In their six-page manifesto, the PUP candidates discuss governance, revenue collection, and social infrastructure among other things. Here is that story. The launch took place at the basketball court on Neal Pen Road.

2183 children are out school, report says
This morning UNICEF alongside key government partners launched the Out of School Children Report. The purpose of the study was to conduct quantitative and qualitative analysis on the profiles and barriers for out of school children and those at risk of dropping out. The study found that 2183 children ages 5 through 10 are not …

Andrew Bennett’s Attorney wants original extradition request document
The extradition case against Attorney Andrew Bennett was before Chief Magistrate Sharon Fraser this morning. As we have been reporting, he is wanted in the US territory of Puerto Rico on money laundering allegations. Last month, Bennett was granted bail of one hundred thousand dollars plus a surety of the same amount. During the previous …

GOB vs Sharon Pitts case goes to mediation
Solicitor General, Nigel Hawke, also updated the media with regards to Government’s case against attorney Sharon Pitts. According to Hawke, both parties have been ordered to go to mediation. The Government is after four hundred thousand dollars which Pitts received through an alleged illegitimate land compensation transaction. Documents show that Pitts and Andre Vega had …

Manifesto calls for suspension of gun license for domestic abuse offenders
Tonight we take another look at the “Manifesto for Linda”, which was first presented by Attorney and Women’s rights advocate Lisa Shoman. The manifesto seeks to bring about significant changes in Belize on the subject of domestic violence. Tonight we look at another of the point outlined in the manifesto which reads, quote, “we want the law to refuse and/or suspend gun licenses for domestic abuse offenders, sexual offense violators and all accused until they are lawfully acquitted and not just ‘nolle prosequied’,” end of quote.

“Maya Land Rights Commission has done a lot of work”: Solicitor General
On Monday the case involving Maya Communal Lands Rights was back before the Caribbean Court of Justice. As we have been reporting, three years ago the CCJ ordered that the Government of Belize “create an effective mechanism” to identify and protect Maya lands in accordance with Maya traditional governance. While the Mayan Land Rights Commission has been formed, some believe that not much has been done by the government to comply with the ruling. Solicitor General Nigel Hawke spoke on the matter.

DPP is the new President of the Bar Association
The Director of Public Prosecution, Senior Counsel Cheryl-Lynn Vidal is the new President of the Bar Association of Belize. During its annual general meeting in Belize City, the Bar Association held elections for a new Executive Committee which will serve for one year. Vidal will be joined by Senior Counsel Robertha Magnus-Usher as Vice President, Jose Alpuche as treasurer and Iliana Swift as secretary. They are joined by Bar committee members, Natalia Bevans, Leslie Mendez and Gavin Courtenay.

Titan takes case to the CCJ
Titan Securities has taken its case to the Caribbean Court of Justice. This was confirmed today by Solicitor General Nigel Hawke. In 2016 owners of Titan Securities Bahamians Rohn Knowles and Kelvin Leach were awarded close to nine million dollars by the Supreme Court of Belize. In 2014, the United States Department of Justice had accused several offshore securities trading companies in Belize of scamming the US Government of one billion dollars in taxes.

B-SAG members allegedly beat up man, he dies hours after
One man is dead tonight after he was allegedly beaten by law enforcement officers. He is 46 year old Ariel Audinette. He was recently deported from the United States of America and was staying at an apartment at the corner of San Antonio Road and Staines Alley in Orange Walk Town. Love News has been reliably informed that at around 4 o’clock this morning, Audinette was at his house along with Oscar Payes, a man named Steve and a woman by the first name Dania when members of the Belize Special Assignment Group (B-SAG) made their presence known.

Still no leads as to who killed activist Albert Cattouse
There is still no closing the case of the murder of Albert Cattouse, a well-known taxi driver and activist from Belize City who was slain on October 12, 2017. Although the family has pressed for results in the investigation, and despite the numerous speculations surrounding Cattouse’s execution, Police say they have not come across any solid leads that may lead to an arrest.

The West sees candidates nominated
In Belmopan, Mayor Khalid Belisle spoke to Love News about his campaign strategy leading up to the elections. Belisle said if he is re-elected, he will continue to build on the excellent work his administration has been doing. Meanwhile, Mayoral candidate for PUP, Marconi Matus, is confident that he will be the next mayor of the twin towns of San Ignacio and Santa Elena. There is also an independent candidate, Lupita Ferguson, contesting for the mayoral seat in the twin towns of San Ignacio and Santa Elena. Love News spoke to Ferguson who shared why she decided to enter the race.

Major Political Parties say they are ready to take over Corozal Town
In Corozal Town, both major political parties gathered their troops for nomination day. First to be nominated was the People’s United Party slate led by Mayoral Candidate Rigo Vellos. In the afternoon, the United Democratic Party slate led by Mayoral Candidate Richard Quan was nominated. Reporter Rene Mendez spoke with both Mayoral candidates on their …

Belize Progressive Party officially in the race
While both major political parties entered with hundreds of supporters, the representatives of the Belize Progressive Party came in with far less fanfare. Mayoral candidate, Paco Smith reiterated the fact that his party is a viable option in this election. Smith said it is his belief that the change in the thought process of many …

UDP nominated; Party is confident about its hold on Belize City
The afternoon belonged to the United Democratic Party as their supporters came out in numbers. Ava Dias Sosa interviewed Mayoral Candidate Dion Leslie and Prime Minister of Belize Dean Barrow.

UDP and PUP flex muscles in Orange Walk for nomination day
In Orange Walk Town, the blue and red machines also mobilized and flexed their muscles. That municipality is of interest as it has remained the only town that has been held by the PUP since 2012. Reporter Hipolito Novelo spoke with PUP Mayoral Candidate Kevin Bernard and UDP Mayoral Candidate Philip de la Fuente.

PUP candidates officially nominated for upcoming Municipal election
Today the candidates that will be contesting the upcoming municipal elections went to get nominated. Love News had teams across the country and we will share some of those images with you. We start off in Belize City where this morning the PUP supporters took to the streets.


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Another Belize City home invasion; man injured
Around 2 o’clock on Tuesday afternoon, there was another home invasion in Belize City, this time at a house on Morning Glory Street in the St. Martin’s area of Belize City. According to reports, two men climbed on the verandah of the house and entered through an open door. One of the men had ...

Mexicans found in Guate with Belizean money and fake credit cards
We have reported on three Mexicans who were arrested and charged for using international debit cards to take monies from Atlantic Banks across the nation. Those three Mexicans are accused of stealing approximately 100 thousand dollars in all. They are currently on remand at the Hattieville prison aw...

Another border crossing by Guatemalan soldiers?
And in more Guatemalan related news, Plusnews received amateur video which purportedly shows Guatemalan military in Belizean territory at the Western Border, hauling off an individual. The circumstances surrounding the incident are unclear but reports to Plusnews are that a Guatemalan money changer ...

Corruption Perceptions Index 2017 released
Transparency International has released its Corruption Perceptions Index 2017. It is list of countries that are ranked according to their perceived levels of public sector corruption based on information received from experts and business people within the countries. The Index uses a scale of 0 to 1...

Janet Olisa is Nigerian High Commissioner to Belize
Yesterday Nigerian High Commissioner to Belize, Mrs. Janet Omoleegho Olisa, spoke to the Belizean media. Olisa is one of three new ambassadors who presented their credentials to the Governor General on Monday. Mrs. Janet Omoleegho Olisa Nigeria- Belize is a very important relationship for us in the...

Billy Graham dies at 99
Evangelist Billy Graham is dead. The popular and well loved Evangelist died this morning at the age of 99. The American preacher has touched lives around the world with his simple message of Jesus’ love and salvation. The iconic preacher filled stadiums all over the world throughout his decades of ...

Belmopan City Council launches website
The Belmopan City Council held a small ceremony today to officially launch its website. The website is aimed at keeping Belmopan residents informed of the activities in Belmopan and accomplishments of the City Council. It is free, accessible information and according to Deputy Mayor Ralston Fraser, it also includes all audited financials up to 2016. Deputy Mayor Ralston Fraser: The vision for this is to have the general public of Belmopan in particularly have an insight an inroad directly to City Hall you will notice that on the website all the services are available where the processes that it goes through from traffic to municipal everything is there .Our locally economic development department and their function everything is there so people can just go in there and it’s just as if they are at City Hall in a single glimpse....

Nomination Day but VIP not participating
Municipal elections were scheduled for March 7 but before that, another big political day is Nomination Day. February 21st was nomination day in the 9 municipalities across the nation. Nomination day is when the various political aspirants make their way, along with their party supporters, to the st...

Mario Vernon family continue quest for justice
Mario Vernon is the young man who was shot and killed in Punta Gorda over a month ago at the hands of a police officer. The officer, PC Tevin Aranda, was charged for manslaughter, as he reported that Vernon had a gun and was being pursued when Vernon turned around and aimed the gun at the cop. Arand...

BPPS councilor offered bribe by UDP operatives?
The Belize Progressive Party (BPP) Councillor candidate in PG, Maria Lara, is claiming that she has been approached by ranking UDP operatives from Belize City who went to PG and invited her to a meeting. In that meeting, Lara was allegedly offered a bribe to step down as a BPP candidate. Maria La...

Trapeche man found dead with chop wounds to the neck
San Ignacio police are investigating what appears to be another murder. This morning police officers were called to a house at Capital Height in the Trapeche area outside Santa Elena Town. Inside the elevated wooden house, the lifeless body of a male Hispanic person was seen on a bed. Theman was ide...

Body of 3 year old found in well
A three year old boy apparently drowned in Silk Grass Village. 3 year old Keon Martinez went missing on Monday afternoon but was reported missing around 5:30 this morning. According to police reports, the child’s mother , 24 year old Chelsey Castillo, Belizean housekeeper of Hopkins Village, repor...

Caye Caulker resident stabbed during fight
Yesterday we told you of the stabbing incident that occurred on Caye Caulker. Police have since issued a report to the media on the incident. According to police, on the morning of Monday, February 19th m., Caye Caulker Police responded to a report of a fight in the Palapa area. Police say that whe...

Man falls to his death in Belmopan
A man fell to his death in Belmopan. Carlos Funesa, a construction worker from Pomona Village, was working on a house in Belmopan when he apparently had an accident. According to reports given to police by the construction manager, sometime around 2:30 on Monday February 19, Funesa was taking measur...

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New Government Primary School in Ranchito to benefit over 200 Students
An Official Ceremony to inaugurate Ranchito Government Primary School new building will be held on the school’s compound in Ranchito Village, Corozal District at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, February 22, 2018. This is as a result of the Government of Belize recognising the critical role of primary education for social, economic, cultural, environmental and political development by way of empowering future leaders with knowledge, skills, and values to enhance Belize’s socio-economic development. The Government of Belize funded the completion of a new 8-classroom, two-storey, ferro-concrete building and as well as the rehabilitation of an existing classroom building that houses three primary level classrooms and pre-school classroom courtesy of a grant of $1.1 million from the Caribbean Development Bank under the Basic Needs Trust Fund.

UB’s Mayoral Forum to hear from All Candidates
ust before the upcoming city council elections, the Belize City mayoral candidates met at the Bliss Center of the Performing Arts for an open forum. There, Ernesto Torres, Bernard Wagner, Paco Smith, and Dion Leslie met and spoke to an audience eager to hear their thoughts. The first to speak was Ernesto Torres, an independent mayoral candidate. Torres expressed his wishes to manage Belize City “in the words of the newly elected president of South Africa: with humility, faithfulness, and dignity meaning trust, respect and worthiness”. Following Torres was the People United Party’s Mayoral Candidate, Bernard Wagner. He was introduced in light of his accomplishments, which include his educational background and his extensive studies and 30-year-experience in financing and banking.

12-year-old killed on Trench Alley
As we go to press, police are investigating a shooting incident in Belize City, which claimed the life of two people including 24-year-old Lloyd Valentine and a 12-year-old identified to us only as David. A third person identified as Albert Wagner was injured. At around 7:20p.m. on Wednesday evening, the three were at the mouth of Trench Alley located on Orange Street when a lone gunman approached them and opened fire on them. As they ran through the alley for cover, both Valentine and David were struck by bullets.

Two Families displaced after Frederick Alley Fire
A late evening fire on the North Side Belize City has left two families displaced. While no one has died or received any bodily injuries as a result, the people affected have lost just about everything. The fire seemingly started at a near-abandoned bungalow structure just after 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 21, 2018 and spread to two neighboring wooden structures, home to at least two families, scorching everything in its path. One affected person was an elderly woman, who made her bread and butter in the structure she called home. That woman took on to babysitting and now, her means of survival has been destroyed. The second family is reportedly away in Mexico.

How to improve Literacy and Numeracy in Belize
The Ministry of Education launched its national literacy strategy “Literacy as a National Priority” at the Marion Jones Sporting Complex on Monday, February 19, 2018. The project, which was rolled out under the theme “Literacy: An Essential Skill for School Participation”, has the focus of ensuring that children are reading and writing at their grade level or higher. So far, participation has been carried out on nine-primary schools in Belize City and at the literacy event, teachers from those schools displayed their techniques, both traditional and non-traditional, that prompt engagement from their students.

The Red Army rises!
The United Democratic Party pulled out the stops countrywide and the fine-tuned election machinery cranked up the gears and displayed the might of the party. It was Nomination Day and all across the country thousands of UDP supporters took to the streets to take their candidates for the respective municipalities to be nominated to contest the March 7th election. The combustion of the well oiled machinery was in full form and across the country the support could not be denied. This was most evident in Belize City as over 3,000 of the party faithful gathered in front of the UDP headquarters just as rains threatened the activities. The crowds were undaunted and one by one the ten Belize City constituents filed in with their soldiers all clad in red.

3 new ambassadors present credentials
Three ambassadors presented their Letters of Credence on February 19th, to the Governor General of Belize H.E. Sir Colville Young at the Belize House in Belmopan. H.E. 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. Tasawar Khan, High Commissioner of the Islamic State of Pakistan; all presented their credentials to the Governor General. They each conveyed on behalf of their respective countries well wishes to the Government and people of Belize and their commitment to ensuring continued peaceful and prosperous diplomatic relations with Belize.

Promoting history in Belize
The Belize History Association (BHA) held its first meeting for 2018 on Saturday at the National Institute of Culture and History headquarters in Belmopan. A driving force for the meeting was to review the achievements and the steps now needed to promote history across Belize. Current chair of the BHA, Dr. Abigail McKay, was present at the meeting to inspire Belize’s historians and transcribers of Belizean history. BHA member Margaret Ventura was also present and she remarked that as Belizeans we need to begin to appreciate our own history, creativity and cultural diversity. So that when the foreign content on our televisions are severed due to copy right laws “…we will already have all Belizean” contents. The BHA operates on an annual $25,000.00 budget, but for this fiscal year only had access to half on that amount. Nevertheless, the Institute for Cultural and Social Research (ICSR) is ever present to act in a supporting role of the BHA.

CCJ sets Timetable for Maya Land Rights Implementation
The Caribbean Court of Justice will take steps to help the Government of Belize and the Maya of Southern Belize implement a judgment of that court so that Maya Customary Land Tenure be observed. That consent order was delivered back in April 2015, and from the perspective of one judge sitting on the case, “…We cannot continue in the way that we have continued up to now.” That statement was made by Justice Jacob Wit at the last hearing before the CCJ, which was held on Monday, February 19 via teleconference. These hearings have been taking place since April 2016, because the court decided to retain jurisdiction to ensure that the judgment would be implemented.

High Commissioner of Nigeria to Belize speaks on Belize-Nigeria Relations
One day after presenting her Letters of Credence to the Governor General of Belize H.E. Sir Colville Young; Janet Omoleegho Olisa, High Commissioner of Nigeria to Belize, shared some words on the Belize-Nigeria diplomatic relations. She started thanking the people of Belize for being very hospitable to her since her arrival from Kingston, Jamaica on Sunday, February18, 2018, where she is officially based. She will be working in that post for the next 3 years. High Commissioner Olisa highlighted the Nigeria-Belize relationship saying “Nigeria-Belize is a very important relationship for us, in the sense that we are one people that have passed over the centuries through the movement in the Trans-Atlantic and we are grateful to God for the ability to reconnect.”

A PUP CITY COUNCIL WILL CUT JOBS
There seems to be some level of disconnect between the Leader of Opposition and his Belize City Mayoral Candidate Bernard Wagner. In Giving an interview with Channel 5 Belize news, Wagner stated that his goal will be to derive budgetary surplus and to undertake capital projects. In his interview, Briceno said his Belize City Council will be about people not projects. Wagner and Briceno are saying diametrically opposite things. The PUP has been using the catch line “PEOPLE FIRST.” What exactly this means in context of Belize City Council functions only they know. Does this mean that they will abandon the core functions of infrastructure, drains, streets and cleaning? Only they know.

PUP lacks Gusto and It lacks Support
For a few days now the PUP had been promising that they would be able to replicate the showing that they had at their National Convention. However, they were unable to get the Belize City folks out on Nomination Day in any large number so as to faze the UDP. Based on our estimation and those of other persons we spoke to, the PUP had a little over 600 people at the high point of their Nomination Day Parade. There numbers were so small that even Shakron, who is not good with numbers could count them; there was no need to ask Jules. On the other hand, the UDP brought out an estimated crowd of just over 3,000, according to our estimate. There was also a huge throng of UDP friendly persons who lined up along the parade route and cheered the UDPs on as they passed by.

Where are the PUP Manifestos?
As we go to press on February 21, 2018, which is just 13 days before campaigning stops and the Municipal Elections are to take place on Wednesday March 7th, the PUP has still not come up with a Manifesto in any of the nine Municipalities as yet . Even Mr. Torres, a man who many people believe is a bit eccentric and might not be playing with a full deck, has come up with a few things that he would do if he were ever to be elected. He has not published those things in any written form but at least he has made them public. The PUP on the other hand has said no such thing. All they have been doing in every municipality is to attack Central Government as if though this were an election to elect a Central Government.

ROC (Taiwan) grants US$500,000 to Belize as part of Security Cooperation
A $500,000 US grant was handed over to Belize from the Republic of China (Taiwan) on Thursday, February 15, 2018 at the Laing Building. The grant was given to support the ongoing efforts aimed at strengthening the Belize Police Department, part of the Security Cooperation between the two countries who have established diplomatic relations almost 30 years ago. The monies will be used for the purchase of equipment and law enforcement technologies such as but not limited to bullet proof vests and motorcycles. At the ceremony, Hon. Elodio Aragon Jr., Minister of State in the Ministry of Home Affairs, conveyed the government’s gratitude for the support.

SI/SE Town Council organizes Valentine Show
The San Ignacio and Santa Elena Town Council sponsored a Valentine’s show on Friday night at the Cayo Welcome Center. Cayo’s popular band lead by the legendary Joe Moreno took to the stage to offer the public a wide selection of music. It was a privilege for us to learn that Joe Moreno has been singing since he was 10-years old and his current family band is now the 20th that he has gone through. His daughter Iliana Moreno was also present, and she has been singing for the past 30 years.

VISION - EXECUTION - VICTORY
Now that Nomination Day has come and gone the campaigning has reached another level. We are now less than two weeks away from the Municipal Elections across this country. With time running out, our opponents will be getting more desperate and trying to throw us off our game. Their attacks will be fast, vicious and plentiful. As the days go by, we can expect them to try and use every underhanded tactic to try and snatch away our victory, but we must stay the course and guide the UDP to victory. The work of securing pledges is only the first step in trying to garner a victory. Getting those pledges to the polls is what counts. A pledge is just a promise. We need to convert those pledges into votes. It is the duty of party members to go out and do the sort of campaigning that will secure election victories.

Young Man found murdered in Santa Elena, Cayo
reparations for burial were being made late Tuesday for twenty-four-year old Santa Elena caretaker Gian Espat. The young man was found with a gaping cut wound to the back of the neck on his bed in the Trapiche Area of Santa Elena Town. A bucket of blood was also discovered in front of him. Gian Espat was last seen Monday evening drinking with a pair of men from the Cayo Area.

Hattieville Handyman serving 10 years for Attempted Burglary
Joel McGregor, a handyman of Hattieville, is serving a 10-year sentence imposed on him after he was found guilty of attempted burglary and damage to property. The sentence was handed down to McGregor on Friday, February 16, 2018 when he appeared in the Belize City Magistrate’s court before Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford.

Daniel Myvett applies for Bail in a Murder Case
Daniel Myvett remains on remand for a city murder. His two alleged accomplices, Jamaal Jackson and Talbert Mena, walked free while the jury could not reach a verdict against Myvett and a retrial was ordered. It has been three years and seven months since Myvett’s first trial and since he has been on remand. Myvett, represented by attorney Alifa Elrington, filed an application seeking bail in 2017 and that application was heard before Justice Marilyn Williams on Friday, February 16, 2018. The crown was represented by DPP Crown Counsel Porshia Staine-Ferguson.

Caye Caulker Fight leads to stabbing
A Caye Caulker fight on Monday, February 19, 2018 in the Palapa area led to a boat chase. At around 11:10 a.m., Caye Caulker police responded to an incident in which the parties fled. The police eventually caught up with a vessel on the western side of the island and on that vessel, Jamal Bennett, a 34-year-old laborer of a Caye Caulker address, was seen suffering from a stab wound. Police investigation revealed that Bennett was involved in a fight with Jermaine Grant, a 31-year-old resident of a Caye Caulker address. During that incident, Grant inflicted Bennett with a stab wound to the upper left abdomen as well as to the left shoulder. For his injuries, Bennett was transported to the Caye Caulker polyclinic then to the KHMH where he is listed in a stable condition. Police investigation into this matter continues.

Farmer claims Police gave him Cannabis Tree
Robert Smith Jr., a 37-year-old hunter and farmer of Saint Anne’s Village, is making the claim that he was given a cannabis tree by the police. For that tree, he was taken to the court before Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford where he was read a single charge of cultivation of a cannabis plant. In court on Monday, February 19, 2018, Smith pleaded not guilty to the charge stating that the tree was found on an empty lot near his residence and was given to him by the police. There was no objection and as a result, he was offered bail in the sum of $2,500 plus one surety of the same, an amount he has not yet been able to meet.

Hit and Run claims Succotz man
A quiet night along the uninterrupted stretch on the George Price Highway from Central Farm to Esperanza village in the Cayo District was suddenly shattered when a 46-year-old male craftsman from San Jose Succotz was killed by a hit and run. Arcenio Itza received multiple bone fractures and severe head injuries as a result of this traffic accident. His sister, Francelia Alfaro has told members of the press that Itza had gotten on the wrong bus and instead of being taken to Benque, was being taken towards Belize City. It was when he had alighted the bus and was walking back to San Ignacio at around 7:00 pm that he was hit by an unknown vehicle.

John Cus charged with Rape in San Pedro
An American tourist made a report that she was sexually assaulted in San Pedro just before dawn on Friday, February 16, 2018. In her report, the 25-year-old woman stated that she was asleep and awoken by a push. That is when she realized that someone that is known to her was forcibly having sexual intercourse with her. For this crime, John Cus, a 37-year-old electrician of a San Pedro address, was charged. He is yet to be arraigned. Police investigations continue.

Another murder in King’s Park
Clinton Fitzgibbon, a 45 year-old Belize City resident of the King’s Park area, was shot and killed on Tuesday, February 20, in his neighborhood. His girlfriend, 37 year-old Dorita Wallace was hospitalized for a gunshot wound to the left leg. Police say that sometime after 11 o’clock, the couple were socializing right outside of Fitzgibbon’s home when a gunman approached them and fired several shots at the two of them. Fitzgibbon was injured 3 gunshot wounds to the left side of the chest, and 2 more to the right side of the back. In the spray of gunfire, Wallace was injured on the left calf. They were both rushed to the KHMH for emergency treatment, but Fitzgibbon passed away while the doctors were trying to save his life.

Luis Dominguez murdered in King’s Park
A late night shooting in the normally quiet King’s Park area of Belize City has led to the death of 35-year-old Luis Dominguez, better known as Esse. Up until his murder, Dominguez was employed as a sanitation worker with the Belize City Council. According to Dion Leslie, City Councilor, Dominguez was changing his life and was happy to be employed with the council. Unfortunately for him, he would be shot, despite his attempts at changing his life. The shooting took place just before midnight on Sunday, February 18, 2018 at a home on Eight Street in King’s Park. Dominguez was at the family home for a memorial. As night set in, he became too tired to drive his motorcycle home and started to doze off.

Missing Gun leads to remand of George McFadzean
A Western Paradise Village resident is on remand at the Belize Central Prison after he was arraigned on a single charge of theft before Chief Magistrate Sharon Fraser on Thursday, February 15, 2018. That man is George McFadzean, a 35-year-old construction worker who appeared unrepresented before the magistrate. The allegations against McFadzean are that on Saturday, February 10, 2018, he dishonestly appropriated a black .38 pistol valued at $2,500 from Kumar Cocom, a Belize Recovery Officer at the Heritage Bank. In court, he pleaded not guilty to the charge but the prosecutor in the case had objections stating that the gun is still missing. The prosecutor in the case also said that the case against McFadzean was strong based on the report made by the virtual complainant.

Two men walk from Murder Charge
Two men, who were accused of a ruthless murder, are free of the charge after a trial by jury. They are 21-year-old Damian Donovan Velasquez of Roaring Creek, and 20-year-old Justin Giovanni Banner, of Camalote. At the time of the killing, both persons were only 18 years old and were accused of killing 16-year-old Ivan Choc during a Camalote home invasion, in the presence of a two-year-old boy and a three-year-old girl. Two years after that murder, at their last arraignment on Wednesday, February 21, 2018, the accused murderers got news of their acquittal when they appeared before Justice Antoinette Moore. The two men had been on remand for two years, three months, and six days. Their acquittal came after a no case submission was made by their attorneys, Oscar Selgado, (who represented Banner) and Leeroy Banner (who represented Velasquez).

Prisoner found with 10 grams of weed
Oliver Peters, a 40-year-old inmate, who was already on remand at the Belize Central Prison awaiting his PI for a murder, has now picked up a new, lesser charge whilst behind bars. Police say that on Sunday, February 11, 2018, while inside the Belize Central Prison, they found Peters in possession of 10 grams of weed. Peters was charged with drug trafficking with intent to supply given that the substance was found on the prison premises. In court, he pleaded not guilty to the charge but because he was already awaiting a trial, he could not be granted bail and was remanded back into custody until May 7, 2018.

Duo charged and remanded for Ladyville Robbery
A duo has been arrested and charge by Ladyville Police for the robbery of a Bowen & Bowen delivery truck which was making a drop-off at a store in Ladyville. The culprits men have been identified as 25-year-old Tarique Munnings and a 17-year-old minor. The duo appeared represented by attorney Ronnell Gonzalez at their arraignment on Monday, February 19, 2018. They appeared before Chief Magistrate Sharon Fraser where they were read two counts of robbery. The allegations made against the duo are that on Wednesday, February 14, 2018, they stole $2,500 from Christopher Martinez and $900 from Lung Chu Wong, a Chinese businessman. They were armed during the robbery.

Security Guard shot at University of Belize
A shooting incident at the University of Belize’s Old Teacher’s College Campus led the police to the KHMH at 1:25 a.m. on Friday, February 16, 2018. At the hospital, they observed Edwin Williams, a 26-year-old security guard of a Belize City address, suffering from a single apparent gunshot wound to the upper right leg. According to the victim, he was on duty with two other persons at the campus earlier that morning when he was approached by a male person. That person pointed a firearm at him but Williams struggled and attempted to flee from his attacker. Unfortunately for him, he was shot at while running away and received the injury to his right leg.

Shooter remanded after he shoots and misses
Bruce Reneau, a mason of an Iguana Street Extension address, is on remand at the Belize Central Prison after he was charged with aggravated assault with a firearm upon Kenroy Willoughby. Reneau was arraigned Friday, February 16, 2018. He appeared unrepresented before Magistrate Michelle Trapp. In a police report made by the victim, Willoughby said that he and his brother were walking on Neal’s Pen Road in Belize City and as they walked through an alley, they heard two loud bangs. The brothers threw themselves on the ground and laid there for a while until they felt it was safe to get up. According to Willoughby, when he got up, he saw Reneau about 20 feet away from him holding two objects that appeared to be 9 mm pistols.

One Year in Prison for Theft
Steven Carter, a construction worker and resident of Lauren Burgess Avenue in Belama, is serving a one-year sentence imposed upon him by Chief Magistrate Sharon Fraser. On Thursday, February 15, 2018, he appeared in court to answer to a single charge of theft. Carter was accused of stealing items from inside a parked vehicle belonging to Gilmer Carreo. In court, Carter, who was unrepresented, pleaded guilty to the charge of theft. The facts were read that he broke into the car but he denied that saying that the door was opened and that is how he came to take the items. He said that he stole the items because he needed to eat.

Belmopan Bandits and Verdes FC play to a Draw in Premier League competition
The Premier League of Belize Closing Season Competition continued over the last weekend with four games on the schedule. On Saturday 17th February, 2018, at the Isidoro Beaton Stadium in Belmopan, the defending national football champions of Belize Verdes FC and the Belmopan Bandits, in its first facing of each other in this year’s competition, played to a 1-1 draw. The home team Belmopan Bandits SC was the first to make it onto the scoreboard when Darwin Bermudez scored his team’s only goal of the game in the 47th minute of play to give it a temporary lead. However, the lead was shot lived when Verdes’ FC Alcides Thomas scored the equalising goal for his team in the 50th minute of play to tie the score at 1-1.

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

Hummingbird Elementary Girls and Belize Elementary Boys capture Belize District Primary Schools Volleyball Competition
The 2017-2018 Belize District Primary Schools Volleyball Competition came to an end on Thursday 15 February, 2018, at Stars Gymn. In the girls’championship game, Hummingbird Elementary School defeated its nenemis Belize Elementary School by the score of 25-11 and 25-5. In the first game played in the girls’ championship, Belize Elementary School won over Burrell Boom Methodist School by the score of 25-7 and 25-4.

ELECTIONS AND BOUNDARIES DEPARTMENT NOTICE - VOTE BY PROXY
The Elections and Boundaries Department encourages qualified Public Officers who wish to apply to vote by proxy for the 7th March 2018 Municipal Elections to submit their application to the nearest Elections and Boundaries Department office on or before Wednesday, 28th February 2018. Please be informed that in accordance with the Regulations 69:01 (1) of the Cities and Town Councils Regulations, only the following Public Officers are qualified to vote by proxy. - Persons acting as Election Officers in some other Polling Station - Persons employed in transporting or in any other manner assisting an Election Officer in some other Polling Station. Officers are advised that they must submit fully completed Forms 14 (Proxy Paper) and 15 (Application for Appointment of Proxy) to the Elections and Boundaries Department. Once the information is verified for accuracy, Form 14 will be returned to the officer applying to vote by proxy.

Shocking Murder Suicide in Belize City
Two families are grieving the tragic end of the life of 43-year-old Jason Emmanuel, and his wife, 46 year-old Hermelinda Pinks-Emmanuel. The couple was found dead inside their locked Belize City apartment, and both suffered gunshot wounds to the head. It remains to be confirmed officially by police through a post mortem, but it is believed that Jason killed his wife “Linda”, and then committed suicide afterwards. Linda’s family has told the press that on Saturday, February 17, they were expecting to hear from her, since it is normal she and her sisters would socialize. It was very much unlike her to not answer any calls or text messages from her family. They then tried to get in touch with Jason, her husband. And when he didn’t pick up, they got very worried. By this time, it was well past midday, and so, her dad went to their home on Rose Lane, in the Saint Martin De Porres area. He found the house completely closed up, and his vehicle was missing.

Santa Elena and San Ignacio Residents honored for Lifetime Dedication
Two senior residents from Santa Elena and San Ignacio have been recognized by their younger peers for outstanding work during their entire lifetime. As Justices of the Peace, these residents have answered the call at their door step, sometimes into the late hours of the night or early morning to tend to the needs of their fellow men and women. Justice of the Peace Godwyn Buckley was handed a certificate on Sunday by members of the Association of Justices of the Peace, Cayo Branch. The certificate received by Godwin Buckley J.P C.S.C reads as follows: The Association of Justices of the Peace and Commissioners of the Supreme Court award this certificate in recognition for valuable contribution to the People of Belize.

Silk Grass Toddler drowns in Well
A report of a missing toddler in the Silk Grass Village of Stann Creek has led to an unfortunate event. On Tuesday, February 20, 2018, Chelsey Castillo, a 24-year-old housekeeper of Hopkins, reported that her 3-year-old son was missing. Her son, Keon Martinez, lived with her mother, 51-year-old Francisa Augustine, in Silk Grass Village. It is understood that on the previous day, the toddler was playing with some friends in the area at around 1:00 p.m. until about 4:00 p.m. when he could not be found by his grandmother. Around 6:35 a.m. on Tuesday, February 20, 2018, an hour after his mother reported him missing, police received information of a body of an infant male found inside a 6ft by 6ft well in Silk Grass Village.

Bernard Wagner, P.U.P. Mayoral Aspirant, Caught Lying!
Feb 19, 2018 on NEWS 5, the Peoples United Party Mayoral Aspirant Bernard Wagner said: “The people are tired of the twelve years of the Darrell Bradley-Dion Leslie regime...” That statement is absolutely NOT true! I refer you to www.elections.gov.bz. The official information is there! Darrell Bradley’s first run was in 2012. He got 12,694 votes to Karen Bodden’s 9,399. In 2015 Bradley got 11,928 to Schakron’s 6,573. That’s it! Bradley’s regime lasted ONLY six years! I wish it was twelve… I applaud the work that Aikman, Moya and others did; but no one has done more for Belize City than Bradley! This is the best that Belize City has ever looked! Bradley did EXCELLENT work! It is likely that very deep in Wagner’s mind, are wishes he dares not tell his father-in-law and brothers-in law about, Wagner has the same wish.

Mind you bite yu tongue
As I watched the various scantily attended PUP parades and hopeful interviews on LOVE TV this nomination morning 21st February 2018, I was taken way back to 2015 where an identical scenario evolved with the same catch phrases being parroted by the Blue candidates promising, if elected, “good governance, more transparency and better accountability”. I recall the only candidate who made the 2015 municipal election more interestingly amusing was Belize City PUP Mayoral candidate Ms. Karen Bodden, who coined the phrase “I am sick and tired of being sick and tired (of corruption)”. What made this statement ironic was that she was representing the very party, which had mastered this national scourge to an art form from 1998 to 2008. At that time, I marveled at Bodden’s stoic demeanor when she would utter her trademark statement, even as she managed to never once bite her tongue as she went on and on about UDP corruption.

Words of Life with Pastor Barry Fraser
In the Gospel of Mark chapter 4, verses 35 – 39, we find an account of how Jesus calmed a storm, while he and his disciples were travelling by boat on the Sea of Galilee. A storm arose and the waves were washing into the boat, which looked like it would sink. Verse 39 reads: And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, “Peace, be still.” And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.

Blogs

Curiosity Almost Killed the Cat Before Iguana Juan’s Comedy Night
I was offered to come experience the food and eclectic vibe at Iguana Juan’s Restaurant and Bar. It was their first professional stand up comedy show with Rob Sherwood. I was not familiar with him so I decided to let it be almost a complete surprise as to what he is like. I say almost as I went old school and messaged two friends to see what they thought of him. I got different reviews, and one knew him right away the other had to Google. The show was starting at 8:00 pm with a cattle call of 7:30. Since I wanted to try the food there first my friends Cindy, Deb, and I decided to go for 7:00. When we got there the place was pretty full. We got the last indoor table. The comedy crew of Iguana Juan’s co-owner, Brad Reeder, Crazy Canucks co-owner Rob Burrows, Gains Kelly, and headliner Rob Sherwood came together to make us laugh. They cracked jokes about everything from tourists to no necks and sex. The odd time there were crickets but that made it funnier when the comedian on stage came back with a zinger to crack up the crowd.

Tip's about Caye Caulker
If barefoot and boho is your thing, take the water taxi ($14 one way) from Belize City and head 21 miles north-east to this palm-fringed paradise.The reef in the turquoise waters surrounding the island provides excellent snorkeling with routine sightings of manatees, ray, sharks, and turtles. For experienced divers, the Blue Hole, made famous by Jacques Cousteau, is a must, but the less intrepid can take a charter flight for spectacular views over this world-class atoll. On the four-mile-long island itself, even the main drag is pure white sand. For a cheap and cheerful retreat (plenty of hostel and guesthouse rooms from about $15) with a friendly Caribbean vibe, Caye Caulker can’t be beaten. Ocean Ferry round trip tickets to Caye Caulker are 22us per person and direct to San Pedro is 35us roundtrip.. Ocean Ferry Belize will take you to and from four main locations: Belize City, Caye Chapel, Caye Caulker and San Pedro!

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Permit fishing near Belize challenges veteran angler
“Cast to the left of the stick about two feet,” my guide Kenan Coc told me. I made the cast three feet to the right of the stick and heard Kenan shout, “Your other left, Bob!” My Lord, I thought I have been fly fishing for more than 50 years and have been a fly-fishing guide for 39 years, and here I am making rookie mistakes. I got buck fever fishing for an elusive saltwater fish that stands at the top of the list for difficulty to hook and land. Permit are very particular as to the flies they will eat and, since my casting was suspect, I didn't even know if I had an acceptable fly tied on. I was humbled and embarrassed and made a mental note to remember how I came unglued so that I could aid my anglers when they were struggling. I'll back up a bit; my wife, Carol, and I had joined good friends Jon Sweet and Barbara Baker at a small island, Caye Caulker, in Belize for a little fishing, relaxing and thawing out. We had flown from Sheridan, Wyoming, to Belize City and taken a water taxi to Caye Caulker. We arrived about 5 in the afternoon and managed to get settled in to the place that Sweet had rented.

Videos

  • A little taste of Aurelio's rehearsal, 2min.

  • Barrier Reef Drive Morning Commute in 24sec at 10X, 1/2min.

  • ProAdapt: Turning Climate Risks into Opportunities, 8min. Examples of the ProAdpat program in action in Belize, Brazil and Panama

  • BELIZE CITY., 4min. Nous sommes des passionnés de voyages et de croisières. Venez naviguer avec nous sur des navires toujours plus beaux et découvrir de magnifiques paysages. Nous avons voyagé sur plusieurs continents et nous avons déposé nos valises dans des pays plein de charmes et parfois insolites.

  • Nomination Day in Belize City, 7.5min.

  • Belize District Storytelling Competition Venue: Bliss Institute Date: February 22, 2018, 90min.

  • Tropical Marine Ecology: Belize., 4min.

  • Tubeing in Belize Caves, 15min.

  • C182 Jump plane Descent to land into San Pedro, Belize, 1min.

  • QUETZALCOATL(KUKULKAN),LA POTENCIA DEL ESPIRITU, 15min. To understand more of Topiltzin Ce Acatl Quetzalcoatl seen as the Native Christ,The Indigenous prophet,Shaman King, Native Avatar made a huge impact in MesoAmerica also between the Maya . Also to understand the teachings of Toltecoyotl which means "The Art of Living " and those of MesoAmerica who achieve that spirituality where called "Toltecs" . Our Yucatec Maya ancestors had contact with his teachings when he came and stayed in Chichen Itza . Our Maya people called him Kukulkan . He promise to return and bring back the glory to his people . Over 500 years later was when Hernan Cortez and the Spanish reach . The Spanish ships had a symbol of the Cross which was seen as a messianic sign and the starting of the dark cycle of the plumed Serpient which meant the coming of bad things , bringing of pain,lost of ancient knowledge etc. The return of Quetzalcoatl or the return of his knowledge(Also the knowledge of the Indigenous people of the Americas)appeared in many prophecies between the people of MesoAmerica . Including our Yucatec Maya ancient texts .

  • TRAVEL VLOG: BELIZE WITH CONTIKI, 12min. Clear blue waters, sharks, stingrays, relaxing, eating, exploring the island and so much more

  • Cahal Pech Maya Site Belize, 2min. What does Cahal Pech mean? – “Place of the ticks” in Yucatec Maya Language. Keep calm – no need for tick-repellent, they’ve also abandoned the site.

  • Swimming with Sharks in Belize, 3.5min.

  • 2018 Belize Secret Beach, 2min.

  • Belmopan Bandits vs Belize Hurricanes part1, 70min.

  • Belmopan Bandits vs Belize Hurricanes part2, 36min.


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