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Today's Belize News: February 24, 2018 #529064
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The San Pedro Sun

Island students learn about the MOU for cultural protection and preservation
A small delegation from the Public Affairs section of the United States Embassy in Belize and personnel from the Institute of Archeology, met with students from the San Pedro Junior College on Wednesday, February 21st, to host a presentation on the upcoming renewal of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between both countries addressing cultural protection and preservation. Hosting the presentation was Dr. Andrew Cohen, Senior Cultural Property Analyst, from the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S Department of State. He discussed the key points of the MOU, which aims to continue combating the looting of Belize’s archaeological sites and create awareness for the preservation of the country’s historical heritage for future generations.

Ocean Academy hosts annual Ubuntu open day and honors mentors
The Ocean Academy (OA), hosted their third annual ‘Ubuntu’ open day on Thursday, February 15th at the Palapa Gardens in Caye Caulker. Ubuntu is an ancient African word meaning ‘humanity to others’. It also means ‘I am what I am because of who we all are’. The Ocean Academy embraced the word as symbolizing that OA exists thanks to the continued support of the community. The event showcased multiple booths featuring the many activities the high school offers to their students, including arts, music, culinary arts, electrical and even karate. The activity also served to recognize several mentors, who with their guidance have helped the students to explore their interests and talents.

New Shark species discovered in Belize has been identified
A new shark species discovered in Belizean waters about a year ago has been named the Atlantic Sixgill Shark. The identification was made by scientists of the Florida Institute of Technology, MarAlliance in Belize, Florida State University Coastal and Marine Laboratory in Teresa and the National Marine Fisheries Service. According to a press release that was issued by the Fisheries Department last year, on Monday, February 6, 2017, the shark discovery was made during research led by Doctor Demian Chapman from the Florida International University. He had been conducting studies on sharks in Belize since 2008 with a focus on the Hammerhead species.

San Pedro Co-Ed Softball Tournament semifinals begin
The San Pedro Co-Ed Softball Tournament semifinals kicked-off this past weekend on Sunday, February 18th. The first round of semifinals saw two intense matches taking place at the Hon. Louis Sylvestre Sporting Complex in San Pedro Town. The first match started at 9:30AM with Quality Reef taking on San Pedro High School (SPHS). At the end of the game, Quality Reef managed to come out victorious by tallying seven home points against SPHS with six home points. The next match saw RCGO taking an easy victory with 12 home points against Extreme with five home points. The semifinals continue this upcoming weekend on Sunday, February 25th, starting at 9:30 with Extreme versus RCGO, followed by Quality going against SPHS at 11:30AM. Everyone is invited to come and support their favorite team during the semifinals playoffs. Food and drinks will be on sale during the games.

Ambergris Today

UWG Condemns The Actions Of Jorge Aldana Against Women
On Nomination Day, Jorge Aldana was escorted to Police station by police for insulting a woman PUP supporter. He made a very defamatory remark when he called her a pig. Mr. Aldana works for Child Friendly Spaces Municipality Program by UNICEF and is the Local Economic Development Officer of the UDP San Pedro Town Council. UDP Mayor Danny Guerrero and Minister Manuel Heredia went to get him out from the police station. The police asked him to apologize. Yesterday on his Facebook page, Mr. Aldana continued his insults of the woman in one of the most distasteful posts ever.

Misc Belizean Sources

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University of Belize FREE self-defense for women and girls
It's March next week and that means Women's Month and that means FREE self-defense for women and girls. Please see the flyer for details. If interested, inbox me the location, your email, cell, and if bringing girls, their ages. The sessions will be held on all campuses.

Belize Petition: Don't Allow Animals To Be Used As Entertainment
A Guatemalan circus worker's life has forever been changed. And not in a good way. Earlier this month, Cipriano Alvarez - a 55-year-old man in charge of feeding 13 circus tigers - was nearly mauled to death. The circus animals were being held in a Guatemala before they found a permanent home in Belize. If the circus had been in performing in Guatemala, it would have been illegal, that's because that nation, along with three other Central American countries including, Costa Rica, Panama, and El Salvador prohibit using wild animals in circuses. Their officials know that using animals in entertainment is not only cruel but dangerous, as Mr. Alvarez's story proves. Yet, Belize is one of the few countries in the region that still doesn't have a national ban against using animals in entertainment. But that can change. Belizean officials should not allow this circus or any other to perform inside their borders. Please sign the petition and encourage the Government of Belize to ban wild animal performances in circuses and any other type of entertainment.

NCFC Issues Statement on Increased Incidences of Violence
The National Committee expresses grave concern about the increase of incidences of violence that has led to the loss and damage of many young lives; especially in Belize City as again we are witnessing the death of another child. These incidences have not only caused grief and disruption in the lives of the families involved, but have had a serious negative effect on all Belizean families. The people who have been most affected are those in their productive years and their loss of life signify a financial loss to their families and erodes these families’ ability to care for their members. The killing of our young people has become an almost daily occurrence and it is not to be tolerated in any shape or form. There is a need that responses from all sectors of society are critically important in addressing the many root causes of violence and reversing this ominous trend.

UNCAC Country Visit by Governmental Experts Postponed
The upcoming United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) country visit to Belize by the governmental experts from Haiti and Tuvalu, scheduled for February 27th to March 1st, 2018, has been postponed and is now rescheduled for July 10th to 12th, 2018. The postponement is as a result of one of the governmental experts from Tuvalu being unable to acquire the necessary travel documents and authorization in time for the impending country visit. Consequently, in order to maintain the objective and impartial character of the Implementation Review Mechanism and to ensure participation of both reviewing States, an agreement was reached to postpone the country visit.

Excessive Rainfalls Impacting Agriculture and Food Production
he unseasonal excessive rainfalls experienced during the months of January and February 2018 has impacted agriculture and food production in particular grains, fruits, root crops, and vegetables. The Ministry of Agriculture has conducted a damage assessment in a number of farming areas to ascertain total damages and losses, however as the rains continue it is still a developing event. Preliminary reports to date indicate that there is a shortage of lettuce, cauliflower, and broccoli on the market. In an effort to meet local demand and while local production normalizes, the Belize Marketing and Development Corporation (BMDC) will be allowed to import shortfalls for the next two weeks.

Over 200 Students will have access to Quality Education at New Government Primary School Building in Ranchito, Corozal District
An Official Ceremony to inaugurate Ranchito Government Primary School new building was held on the school’s compound in Ranchito Village, Corozal District on Thursday, February 22, 2018. This is as a result of the Government of Belize recognizing 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, BNTF7’s Education & Human Resource Development Sector with counterpart funding from the Government of Belize and the community of Ranchito who contributed in landscaping , security fencing and projectors.

Government of Belize Continues to Invest & Empower Over 300 Students with Educational Opportunities in Orange Walk District
An Official Ceremony to inaugurate Carmelita Government Primary School new two-storey six (6) classroom building and a new Preschool building was held on the school’s compound in Carmelita Village in the Orange Walk District on Thursday, February 22, 2018. This is as a result of the Government of Belize recognizing the critical role of education for social, economic, cultural, environmental and political development by way of empowering future leaders with knowledge, skills, and values to enhance Belize’s socio-economic development. The School project is aimed at increasing access and providing enhanced quality education for students in a more conducive learning environment as well as enable the school to address the increasing demand for enrollment and over-crowding.

Paradise Theater playing this weekend:
Wonder Wheel, Justice League, The Breadwinner, Still/Born. To prepare people for the Oscars, we'll be playing a different movie at 7pm on Screen room Each night .. the other movies will stay the same for Screen 2 and 9 o'clock. Friday is Wonder Wheel at 7. Saturday is Call me By Your Name at 7. Sunday is The Florida Project at 7.

MAYA MARRIAGE ANCIENT TIMES ,18th Century
When looking into the Maya world of Yucatán, we find that during the 18th century and beginnings of the 19th century, it was the custom for males to marry at age 17 or 18, and females at age 14 or 15. The parents preferred, for their sons, girls from the same social class and town. As well, it was considered petty if the male looked for a companion for himself or his children, rather than obtaining the servces of a professional matchmaker (ah atanzah). Once the matchmaker was selected, the ceremony and the amount of the dowry were discussed. This usually consisted of dresses and other items of little value, which were paid by the father of the groom to the father of the bride as a marriage pledge; for her part, the groom’s mother prepared the clothing for her son and for her future daughter-in-law.

PACT EARMARKS $3.5 MILLION FOR NEW CONSERVATION INVESTMENTS
On February 22, 2018 the Protected Areas Conservation Trust (PACT) announced a new funding strategy for Belize’s National Protected Areas System (NPAS). This Conservation Investment Strategy will ensure the allocation of funds for long-term support towards the achievement of priority actions within priority ecosystems. The investment portfolio will see an initial budget allocation of $3.5M to be replenished periodically. The Strategy is another component of PACT’s transition to a new operational framework which seeks to improve the impact of the Fund. It was developed through a collaborative planning process among protected area co-managers, PACT, and the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Fisheries, Environment, & Sustainable Development.

XXXVI ORDINARY MEETING OF PRESIDING OFFICERS OF CENTRAL AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN BASIN (FOPREL)
The Speaker of the House of Representatives, the Honourable Laura Tucker-Longsworth is in Tegucigalpa, Honduras attending the 36th Ordinary Meeting of the Forum of Presiding Officers of Central America and the Caribbean Basin (FOPREL). The Honourable Tucker-Longsworth, who chaired FOPREL for one year, officially handed over the Pro tem Presidency to the Speaker of the Congress of Honduras, the Honourable Mauricio Oliva Herrera. the official handing over ceremony was held this morning and had the participation of member countries like El Salvador, Costa Rica, Panama, and Mexico. At the meeting, the Presiding Officers of FOPREL also signed eight Resolutions in terms of the work of FOPREL in relation to its Interparliamentary Committees.

MAFFESDI Launches “Reducing the Carbon Footprint of San Ignacio Town and five surrounding villages in the Cayo District” Project
On Tuesday, February 20th, 2018, the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment, Sustainable Development and Immigration (MAFFESDI) launched a project entitled “Reducing the Carbon Footprint of San Ignacio Town and five surrounding villages in the Cayo District”. This project is funded by the Government of Italy through the Italian Ministry of Environment, Land and Sea (IMELS). The project is being implemented with technical support from the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (5Cs) and the Sustainable Development Unit in the Ministry. The project encompasses two main components; the installation of new LED street lighting and construction of a modern Resiliency Centre. Together the two components will contribute to the reduction of local energy demands as well as reducing the vulnerability of the communities to climate change related extreme weather events. At the same time, the project is expected to improve safety and security as well as provide avenues for community development and social transformation.

CULTURE DAY AT SPRCS
Thank you San Pedro R.C. School for inviting us to your culture day exhibition! It was a lot of fun learning about the different cultures that exist in our beautiful country.

Reef Week 2018 Schedule
Movie night March 9th, Recycle competition March 14, Bike float competition March 16.

Corozal Billiards Tournament
Billiards Tournament starting todat at Civic. Anyone living in the Corozal district can compete.

Spanish Lookout 2018 Expo
Dates: 2 and 3 of March 2018. Time: 9 am to 5 pm. Location: Countryside Park Spanish Lookout, Cayo Belize.

Wedding & Honeymoon Fam Tour

Andrew Cohen and Dr. Alan Moore visit San Pedro Roman Catholic School
Thank you, San Pedro Roman Catholic School for welcoming Dr. Andrew Cohen and Dr. Alan Moore to share with you about archaeology and cultural heritage protection and preservation! We had a blast and hope to come back soon!

Import Restrictions on Categories of Archaeological Material of Belize
Today, the Government of the United States and the Government of Belize signed a Memorandum of Understanding Concerning the Imposition of Import Restrictions on Categories of Archaeological Material of Belize. The Agreement solidifies the collaboration between the United States and Belize to combat looting and trafficking of cultural objects in Belize. The Government of the United States also repatriated Belizean cultural property recovered by Special agents from the U.S. National Park Service. Acting Chargé d’Affaires Deborah Lingwood represented the Government of the United States and Acting President of NICH Greg Vernon—the Government of Belize. The goals of this cultural property Agreement are to: reduce the incentive to pillage; help Belize protect its cultural heritage; and increase lawful access to cultural objects and awareness of world heritage by encouraging interchange of materials for scientific, cultural and educational purposes. The United States has been unwavering in its commitment to protect and preserve cultural heritage in Belize and around the world. Our policy is clear: the unlawful destruction of cultural heritage and the trafficking of cultural property are unacceptable.

Maya Masewal warrior Pedro Carrillo
This cultural Maya Masewal warrior is Pedro Carrillo from San Lazaro (Orange Walk). Don Pedro is fluent Yucatec Maya speaker,always welling to tell stories of our Maya folklore,stories of war from his parents and to share our beautiful Maya culture .

Channel 7

7 Soldiers, 1 Cop Detained For Beating OW Man To Death
Tonight Orange Walkeños are still reeling from the news that masked soldiers and a policeman stormed into a town resident's home - and beat him so badly that he died within hours. And, it's all because they were looking for someone's cell phone. 7News broke the story last night and tonight we'll have the full update on the 7 BDF soldiers and one policeman from the Belize Special Assignment Group who are detained in the investigation. But first, we have a recap of the almost unbelievable home invasion - slash - search that happened at the corner of San Antonio Road and Staines Alley at 3:40 on Thursday morning. The family found their loved one badly beaten and dying on a septic tank:

Head of PSB Says BSAG Had No Lawful Authority
Indeed, they are lawmen, mostly soldiers, and tonight 7 of them, and 1 cop are in the custody of Orange Walk police. Assistant Commissioner of Police Chester Williams is handling the investigation into the role of the lone police officer. He's doing that as the head of the Professional Standards Branch. But he is also the ranking officer in an investigation with clear criminal implications. Today he briefed the press on what they know so far, and what's going to happen next: ACP Chester Williams, Professional Standards Branch, Commander: "Sometime in the early hours of Thursday gone, police responded to an incident on San Antonio Road here in Orange Walk Town. Upon arrival police observed two male persons severely beaten and two others who complained of having been beaten by some persons who were dressed in battlefield type uniforms. As a result of that complaint, the individuals were taken to the Northern Regional Hospital where hours later one Ariel Salazar who was one of the persons passed away and the other individual..."

They Robbed Robateau, the Noted Charity Worker
Tonight, one of Belize's most well-known charity workers is in the KHMH recovering from a massive beatdown that a gang of home invaders put on him. At 4:20 this morning, former Salvation Army Commander, Errol Robateau was attacked in his Hattieville home. The 73 year old has taken up a bus run in his retirement - and he was getting ready to leave out on his first run when as many as 7 men pounced on him. His conductor, Marilee Cardinez was waiting for him in the bus - and she saw it all - while also getting clubbed in the head. She gave Daniel Ortiz her story off-camera: This is the Hattieville home of Major Errol Robateau. Sure, it looks quiet and peaceful right now, but it was the scene of a home invasion early this morning. The 73 year-old gentleman and his employee were held at gunpoint by 5 armed robbers who put a beatdown on him to convince him to give up his money and his valuables.

Grave Concern For Missing Man In Hattieville
Just before our commercial break, we told you about the Hattieville home invasion targeting former Salvation Army Commander, Errol Robateau. Well, that's not the only incident that has Hattieville residents on edge. 35 year-old Alaine Garcia, who recently moved to the village with his family 2 months ago, has been missing for 3 days now. The last time he was seen was Tuesday morning when he walked his wife and their 3 kids to the road side so that they could catch the bus. Residents have told his worried common-law wife that there was a shooting near their home, and he was reportedly seen fleeing for his life.

No Arrest For Ride-By Double Murder
Tonight, police are no closer to making an arrest in Wednesday's double murder of 26 year old Lloyd Valentine, and 12 year old David Morrison. On Thursday night a gunman on bicycle shot the two of them and Albert Wagner at the corner of Pregnant Alley and Cemetery Road. All three men were in a group when the gunman let off with a spray of 10 bullets. The shooting is the product of an ongoing rivalry between the George Street Gang and Taylor's Alley - which are right next to each other. The 12 year old was a promising Standard 6 student who was looking forward to going to Wesley high school.

Alleged Police Street Shooter Charged
And while there is no arrest in that case, police have made an arrest for Wednesday night's other shooting. As we told you 25-year-old Emmerson Garnett and 23-year-old Houston Apolonio were shot by a gunman on Police street. Apolonio was only grazed, but Garnett was shot to his chest and remains in a critical condition. Tonight, the police say 23-year-old Belize City resident Akeem Augustine did it. He appeared in court today and was charged with 1 count of attempted murder, 1 count of dangerous harm, 1 count of use of deadly means, and 2 counts of aggravated assault.

Unseasonal Rain Ruining Crops
Last night we showed you how the excessive rains threw a damper on the PUP's Belize City manifesto launch. But while that was inconvenient, it's nothing compared to the losses that the rains have caused in the agricultural sector. A release from the ministry says that the unusually excessive rainfall in January and February destroyed crops, particularly grains, fruits, root crops, and vegetables. The Ministry has launched a damage assessment in a farming zones to find out how much has been lost in value and foodstuff - even as the rains are ongoing. So far though, the rains have caused shortages in lettuce, cauliflower, and broccoli on the market.

Government Moving Ahead Slowly With Pitts/Vega Suits
Tonight we have an update on the ongoing lawsuit against Andre Vega and Sharon Pitts. The Government had sued them both in an attempt to recover $800,000 in public funds which the Ministry of Natural Resources paid them in compensation for a series of dubious land transactions. They were wrongly compensated for private land which the government sold them - supposedly in error. Now, you'll remember that the way this particular "come-up" works is that once the Government attempts to sell private land to a second buyer, that person is "compensated" for the "mix-up".

Busted on A Bus
Early yesterday morning police at a checkpoint stopped a bus - and found many pounds of marijuana. It happened between miles 73 and 74, at the junction of San Pedro Village on the Phillip Goldson Highway. The cops found 53-year-old construction worker Harold Grant seated on the back of the bus with a knapsack. They searched the bag and found just under 8 pounds of weed. Grant was arrested and charged with drug trafficking.

Capital Cops Caught Cannabis in a Community Park.
And in another weed bust, capital cops found cannabis in a community park. Acting on information received from the public, police searched the Las Flores Community Park and found five bags containing a total of four pounds of weed. The drugs were found along with plastic bags suggesting that it would have been prepared for resale in smaller quantities. The marijuana was deposited as found property.

US And Belize Combine For Culture
We know that tourists throng to Belize for our rich archeological history - but some of them - very few - take back more than just snapshots. True enough, there's a black market for mayan antiquities looted from sites. Some unscrupulous visitors or smugglers buy them as a keepsake - because, they think that taking home a shard of jade, is better than a selfie in front of Xunantunich. But, it's a crime - and now the US government is making it an international offence to traffic in Belizean antiquities. Today, the US Government and NICH signed a Memorandum of Understanding Concerning the Imposition of Import Restrictions on Archaeological Material of Belize.

Buddy Got A Birthday Bone
Today primary school kids from La Democracia and Toledo skipped school to go to a birthday party for an 11 - year - old. But it wasn't any old pre-teen that they went to celebrate, it was Junior Buddy - the jaguar. The zoo threw him a big party and our Sarah Vasquez stopped in to pay the birthday boy a special visit. Junior Buddy may be one of the Belize zoo's most popular animals. Buddy attracts admirers from all over the world with his beautiful coat and feline charm. Today he celebrated his eleventh birthday, and just like the past 10 years, a celebration with some of his biggest fans was held in his honour. Jaguars usually have a lifespan of about 10 to 15 years but, at eleven, the charismatic jaguar is thriving. And it does not seem like he will slow down anytime soon.

Thinking Carbon In Cayo
And, keeping it on the environment, the Ministry of the Environment, and Sustainable Development has launched a project called "Reducing the Carbon Footprint of San Ignacio Town and five surrounding villages in the Cayo District". Here's what it will do. First, LED street lamps will be installed, and an energy efficient community will be built. According to a release, these two developments alone will reduce local energy demands, and, they say, will also reduce the vulnerability of the communities to climate change related extreme weather events. That sounds a little simplistic…but there's Italian funding to make it real, and so it begins with 1000 LED streetlights which use 50% less energy than existing fixtures, while producing 3 times the light.

Channel 5

Soldiers, Cop Under Scrutiny as O.W. Reels from Vicious Beating and Killing
Seven soldiers of an elite unit of the Belize Defence Force and a police officer are in custody tonight following the savage beating of an Orange Walk resident at his [...]

Victim of Gang of 8 Speaks Out
Noe Sanchez was the other person attacked by the group of eight soldiers and a police officer. He told his story to the media, saying that as they were being [...]

BSAG Soldiers, Policeman Had ‘No Authority’: Chester
As we said, eight law enforcement officers are now in custody and there is an ongoing criminal and internal investigation into Ariel Audinette Salazar’s death. There are also many unanswered [...]

P.S.B. Chief Says it May be Murder; D.P.P. Decides
ACP Chester Williams says that the men didn’t get a directive from the commanders of the Orange Walk Police Station to go to Sanchez’s house that morning. He says that [...]

Williams Says ‘Rogues’ Do Not Define Police, B.D.F.
And while the Police Department has had its fair share of a black eye, ACP Williams says that the actions of the men are not indicative of the mode of [...]

In Hattieville, Preacher/Businessman is Prey for Early Morning Thuggery
This morning, a most vicious act was visited on the former Regional Commander of the Salvation Army, Major Errol Robateau. The churchman now owns a bus service in Hattieville Village [...]

Where is Alaine Garcia and What Happened to Him?
Tonight, Alaine Garcia, a resident of Hattieville, remains missing, and his family believes something bad may have happened to him. The former Belize City resident was last seen on Tuesday [...]

No Money No Deh! FinSec Tells It Like It Is
Is government broke? So broke that they may have to resort to issuing treasury bills just to pay salaries at the end of the month? Recent correspondence to C.E.O.s purportedly [...]

P.M. Mum on Budget
The budget for the new financial year 2018-2019, is to be tabled in the House of Representatives on March ninth, that’s two days after the municipal elections. From what we [...]

Business Senator Eyes True Accountability and Proper Spending
Still on the national budget, eagle eyes will be turned on Belmopan to see if Prime Minister Dean Barrow and his government have been able to live up to the [...]

Mark Lizarraga Says Societal Ills Must Also Be Addressed
Senator Lizarraga went on to address another key area of concern in the Budget: what will be allocated to addressing the root causes of crime such as joblessness and lack [...]

Backboards are Back in Buttonwood Bay – in Different Colors
Tonight there is a sort-of-happy ending to Thursday’s story about the battle of the backboards at Buttonwood Bay Park. The “Kings of the Park” backboards installed and sponsored by area [...]

No Payment of Fuel Bills Leads to Diesel Ration
Information to our newsroom is that the supply of diesel fuel is running very low. In fact going into the weekend, gas stations are receiving only a limited amount and [...]

Akeem Augustine Charged for Nomination Day Shooting
He was previously accused, but later acquitted, of a murder. But twenty-three-year-old Akeem Augustine is back behind bars tonight, charged with the attempted murder of Emmerson Garnett and aggravated assault [...]

No Bail for Murder Accused Daniel Myvett, Facing Retrial
Supreme Court Justice Marilyn Williams says she cannot offer bail to accused murderer Daniel Myvett, who is awaiting re-trial on the charge of murder. Myvett is accused of killing Nigerian [...]

Re-Registration Will Lead to New-Look Electoral Map
The re-registration of the voters list is long overdue and the government has said that it will take place after the municipal elections and before general elections in 2020. There [...]

Belize, U.S. to Work Together on Policing Stolen Artifacts
An agreement was reached today between the governments of Belize and the United States on Cultural Property. The Memorandum of Understanding commits both governments to work together to fight the [...]

The Last of the Three Kings, Florencio Mes, Turns 80
Florencio Mes, the last of the “Three Kings”, celebrated a milestone today. He turned eighty years old.  He is the renowned Mayan Harpist who lives in San Pedro Columbia in [...]

Maya Leaders Say Work is Not Done in San Jose Double Murder
San Jose, Toledo residents continue to puzzle over the horrific discovery of two sisters hacked to death outside the village after attending a church service and visiting a family member. [...]

LOVE FM

Will the Municipal Elections see a large turn-out of voters?
According to Election & Boundaries, the 2015 Municipal Elections saw fifty-seven percent of those registered to vote taking part in the voting process. Love news spoke to Joseph Sampson, Lecturer at the University of Belize, who spoke about the trends of the past elections. Joseph Sampson – Lecturer at the University of Belize “In Belize, …

Villagers suffer without water
The village of Gales Point Manatee has been without water for some time now. One of the villagers, Ionie Samuels, told Love News that the situation has disrupted their way of living as it has become difficult to do simple things. Samuels said that it is the second time in six months that they are …

NCFC speaks out against violence
In light of the recent death of a young child, David Morrison, the National Committee for Families and Children (NCFC) issued a press release expressing grave concern over the increase of violence that continues to plague our society. The release made reference to article 19 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) …


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Two dead; including 12 year old boy; shot and killed in gang wars
5 persons were shot on Wednesday night in Belize City. Two of them died; one is a 12 year old boy. The first shooting happened on the corner of Cemetery Road and Pregnant Alley. 26 year old Lloyd Valentine and 12 year old David Morrison were both killed. The other person injured in that shooting w...

Two more persons shot in Belize City
Just three hours later, another shooting left two persons injured; this time on Police Street. 29 year old Emmerson Garnett was shot to the right upper part of the chest while Houston Apolonio received a graze to the left shoulder. Both were taken to the KHMH for treatment. Police told us more. ASP ...

Fire destroys homes in Belize City
There was a Belize City Fire that destroyed two buildings. The fire started on the lower flat of a house at No.20 Fredrick Alley. The two story wooden structure is the property of Michael Rosado. The fire expanded and damaged another two story structure belonging to 68 year old Agatha Gonzales. P...

GOB and Sharon Pitts will go into mediation
The matter of Andre Vega and Sharon Pitts receiving hefty compensations for lands sold to them by the lands department is still not settled as yet. Following public pressure, Government said it would pursue the return of the monies. Today, Solicitor General Nigel Hawke updated us on where they are a...

Store on Santa Rita Road, Corozal robbed
There was a robbery on the Santa Rita Road in Corozal. 30 year old businesswoman Qiao Hong Li told police that she was at her shop named Ban’s Store located on Santa Rita Road sometime around 5 o’clock on the evening of Wednesday January 21st. That is when three male persons entered her store. Two ...

BTV says GOB not holding proper education forums on ICJ issue
In a press release issued today the Belize Territorial Volunteers says that the Government of Belize still has Belizeans in the dark as to when its referendum will take place. Guatemala’s referendum on whether or not they will go to the I.C.J. is slated to take place on April 16, 2018, but in Belize...

Life imprisonment for Sylvan Robert’s murderer; 18 years for the other
The Wheels of Justice turn very slowly in Belize and convictions are a rarity but one family has some sense of closure today as the two men accused of killing their loved one were given hefty jail sentences. Today, Donovan Casildo was sentenced to life imprisonment for the 2011 murder of 39 year...

Nomination day held for Municipal Elections
Nomination day was held today across the various municipalities. It’s a bit of a political showcase of primarily red and blue shirts as candidates make their way to the nomination centers to register their names to be placed on the ballot tickets. Nomination day for Municipal elections are generall...

Clinton Fitzgibbon killed; woman injured
Two persons were shot in Belize City last night; one is dead. According to police reports, 45 year old Clinton Fitzgibbon and 37 year old Dorita Wallace were socializing in the King’s Park area when a male person approached them and fired several shots at Clinton Fitzgibbon. Fitzgibbon was shot thr...

Nomination Day in Belize City
Belize City is the largest Municipality of the nine across the nation. Nomination Day in that city sees larger numbers on average as it relates to political rallies and marches and today was no different. As in Belmopan, the Pup were the first to make their way to the nomination center. PUP M...

Amandala

Gunman, in a shooting rage, kills student, 12
The destructive ongoing gang rivalry between the George Street Gang (GSG) and the Taylor’s Alley Gang, informally referred to as “Westmoreland”, has added two more dead bodies to the long list of casualties. A promising Standard 6 student at Queen Street Baptist School, David “Capo” Morrison, 12, fell victim to the gangs’ feud at about 7 o’clock on Wednesday night, when a lone gunman on a bicycle rode up to the corner of Cemetery Road and Pregnant Alley and opened fire. The boy was shot in the head and legs and died on the scene.

PUP launches Belize City manifesto
Some members of the People’s United Party (PUP) National Executive, campaign workers and party well-wishers converged on a basketball court in the Collet constituency this morning for the launch of the “PUP Team-11 The Rebirth” manifesto for Belize City. The PUP National Deputy Leader, Hon. Cordel Hyde, was tasked with introducing the team. Hon. Hyde began by outlining the special characteristics of the PUP mayoral candidate, Bernard Wagner, who he said has been engaged in the community long before he even dreamed of entering the political arena. Wagner’s contribution to the community has been through his years of involvement in sports.

Murder again on 8th Street; Clinton Fitzgibbon killed
Three days after a gunman invaded a yard at #5 8th Street, Kings Park, at about 11:30 Saturday night, and killed Luis Dominguez, 35, a killer crept up to a yard a few lots away from where Dominguez was killed and gunned down Clinton Fitzgibbon, 45, while he and his girlfriend, Dorita Wallace, were sitting on an old refrigerator that was on the street-side in front of their home. At the time Fitzgibbon was murdered, at about 11:40 p.m. Tuesday night, a wake for Dominguez was taking place at the yard in which he was killed, about a hundred yards away. Dominguez, the father of a daughter, 2, and a baby not yet born, was shot 5 times, in the head and chest, while he lay sleeping on a table. He was killed almost instantly.

Masked OW cops allegedly beat man to death
Around 4:00 a.m., officers from the police’s Special Assignment Group (SAG) and one officer from the Special Patrol Unit (SPU) stopped at a house in Orange Walk Town, where four men and a woman were socializing. The officers were investigating a stolen cell phone. When the police were finished, however, one man was beaten so badly that he succumbed to his injuries hours later, and another man is clinging to life at the Northern Regional Hospital. Ariel Salazar, 46, died around 11:00 a.m. this morning while undergoing treatment and his friend, Oscar Pias, remains hospitalized and is reportedly clinging to life.

Accused cop killer on trial
Last Friday, the trial of a man who has been accused of gunning down a police corporal while that corporal was executing his duty in Hattieville, in July 2012, began in the Supreme Court of Justice Adolph Lucas, who is hearing the case without a jury. On the night of July 25, 2012, Corporal Victor Lima, 35, along with two police constables, in response to a report made to them, went to a house near the location of the Mennonite Primary School in Hattieville. All three police officers were armed and when they approached the house, Corporal Lima announced “police,” and when the front door swung open, a dark-complexioned man, who was later identified as Delford Slusher, answered the door with a blazing .9mm pistol, with which he shot Corporal Lima twice.

People’s United Party “Rebirth Team 11” nominated
Inclement weather was no deterrent for a crowd of People’s United Party (PUP) supporters which gathered on Vernon Street in front of the Berger Field yesterday morning. They took up positions behind three trucks that were equipped with large speakers, and then they moved forward, marching and dancing to the party’s battle songs all along a route that took them to their destination, the Charles Bartlett Hyde building, where they went to nominate the party’s Belize City Council slate, which has been dubbed as the “PUP-11 Rebirth team.” The crowd, estimated to consist of about 1,500 persons, came to a halt and waited at the junction of Mahogany Street and Administration Drive, while each of their candidates, and their two nominees, made their way onto the compound of the Charles Bartlett Hyde Building, in which the Elections and Boundaries Department is located.

Valley United FC wins the Belmopan F.A. Amateur 1st Division 2017/18 Opening Season Tournament
Fans swarmed into the Isidoro Beaton Stadium on Sunday, February 18, to witness the second leg of the Belmopan Football Association (BFA) Amateur 1st Division 2017-18 Opening Season Finals between Valley United FC and Club Atletico. Before the hostilities got underway, there was the matter of finding out which was the third best team in the competition. In that game, an underperforming Coast Guard FC fell to Cavetubing.Bz Strikers, 4 goals to 1. Cavetubing got a trophy and a $750 cash award for their third place finish, while the Coast Guard settled for $500 and a trophy. In the cool of the evening and more threatening rain (it had rained earlier), fans marveled at a beautiful rainbow which stretched across the sky, perhaps a sign from the Higher Power that there would be no more rain today, and the grand finale between Club Atletico and Valley United FC could be enjoyed uninterrupted by the roughly one thousand four hundred fans who were gathered inside the friendly confines of the Isidoro Beaton Stadium.

NEBL MVP Watch: 3rd Edition
With this week’s schedule packed with five games, more answers about the league shall be revealed between the lines! The top four in the third edition of the 2018 NEBL MVP Watch: Jihad Wright, San Pedro Tiger Sharks Season Stats (4 Games): 16 PPG, 11.5 RPG, 4.25 APG, 3.5 SPG, and 1 BPG. MVP Case: Wright continued his spectacular all-around play last weekend in Dangriga, as he filled the box score to the tune of 22 pts, 11 rebs, 5 assts and 6 stls. Picking up for the noticeably absent Ashton Edwards, Wright completely dominated his matchup with Dangriga import Daniel Conorque, and led the Tiger Sharks to the huge road win. As Coach Rico Black continues to unleash Wright on the NEBL, his MVP stock will continue rising with every convincing win and dominant performance. Look for Wright, arguably the best conditioned athlete in the league, to embrace Friday’s matchup against local legend Darwin “Puppy” Leslie and the confident Defenders, and dazzle the crowd in Saturday’s quick turnaround versus Orange Walk. His pick and roll efficiency should be featured with the floor spaced as well as it is.

Kelly Street FC – 2018 CYDP Peace Cup Champions
We missed last week, so we take this opportunity for the record to Big-Up Kelly Street FC, the champions of CYDP Peace Cup 2018 football tournament, which climaxed at the MCC Grounds on Sunday, February 11, with the third place and championship games, after which team cash prizes and individual awards were handed out. The third place game was a one-sided affair, as Tut Bay FC could only field 7 men, and abandoned the game after halftime, trailing 6-1 to Stars Academy FC. Sharing the scoring for Stars Academy were Shemar “Mini” Thompson with 3 goals, Harold Thompson with 2, and Charles Canton, Jr. with the other; while Kevin Alvarez scored what at the time was the 1-1 equalizer for Tut Bay.

City Boys 10 & Under Grassroots – Week 2 results
The City Boys 10 & Under Grassroots Tournament 2018 continued with Week 2 games on Saturday, February 17, at Yabra Field. In the 4 games played, Warriors FC clipped St. John Vianney, 1-0; Reality Youths won, 3-1, over Poor & Famous; City Boys Jr. and Ladyville Rising Stars drew, 0-0; and Carlston Elite (formerly FC Elite Jr.) got the 2-1 win over Sampson Academy. Player of the Day was Tishawn Gillett of Reality Youths, who scored 2 goals in their win over Poor & Famous.

Editorial: Hidden hand
Apologists for the violent ruthlessness of the late business baron, Sir Barry Bowen, would always point out that, in stark contrast to the safety first, buy-and-sell local merchants who never took chances and always banked their money overseas, Sir Barry invested in industrial ventures and he created jobs in Belize. And, the apologists were not lying: Bowen took chances and created jobs. What his apologists never mentioned was that when he got into trouble taking those chances, Belize’s elected politicians, of both the United Democratic Party (UDP) and the People’s United Party (PUP), always bailed him out. Along the way to creating the more than a thousand jobs the King Street and Southern Foreshore giant now controls, Sir Barry acquired major influence over some of the most powerful Belizean politicians of the last fifty years, including Dean Lindo, the first Leader of the UDP; Rt. Hon. Said Musa, Prime Minister of Belize from 1998 to 2008; Rt. Hon Dean Barrow, Prime Minister of Belize since 2008; Michael Finnegan, area representative of Mesopotamia since 1993; and Hon. Patrick Faber, Deputy Prime Minister of Belize and area representative of the Collet constituency since 2003.

From The Publisher
Dear readers, this is not my regular column. Yes, I’ve been missing in action, but I haven’t gone anywhere, and I’m in pretty good shape. It’s difficult to explain all the issues and personal emotions of the moment. With your permission, I want to reproduce what I believe must be the very first one of these columns ever. At the time it would not have been written in a publisher’s capacity, mostly because I was still the editor. So the piece below was not entitled “From the publisher,” but “A farewell to arms,” which was a phrase which would have been borrowed from the one Ernest Hemingway. It was originally published in Amandala No. 251 of Friday, November 8th, 1974, reproduced in Feelings in 1975, and in X-Communication in 1995. There are some special times in life when a man must take stock of himself, what he has been, what he is, and what he will be. In one of these critical times I now find myself and I can only say what is a man, what has he got, if not himself, then he has not.

The problem is not guns
Dear Editor, “If someone has a gun and is trying to kill you, it would be reasonable to shoot back with your own gun.” — Dalai Lama, Seattle Times, May 15, 2001. I seldom comment about issues in the United States, but the trend that Belize is taking seems to indicate that we are poised to make some of their own mistakes. I grew up with guns in my household, on the farm and in the vehicle. It was not a mystery nor a curiosity. All my siblings knew what it was, how to use it and what it was used for, which was for protection and to gather food. We were all shown how to use it safely because it was nothing to be feared but rather a tool like a hammer or a saw. I did the same with my daughter because I realized that by the time my daughters were born, guns were being looked at in a totally different way. It had now become glorified by Hollywood movies and violent video games; the respect for it was totally gone and it was now just a fashion item like a purse or an expensive tennis shoe.

Chant down Babylon!
Dear Editor, The late Mrs. Emogene Hyde of Cayo and her family generously opened their doors for us whenever my grandmother needed to receive an international phone call. Back in the 1970´s, having a telephone in your home was second to owning a little pot of gold. And so we were grateful then, as we are today. I also recall that the Chebat family of Burns Avenue extended credit to us for household goods from their business establishment. They did so without reservation or complaint. The bills were settled when a hard-earned cheque arrived from my parents working in the USA. A few houses up the road that has now become Joseph Andrews Drive, there was the Warrior home. It seems to me that agricultural activity was always happening at the Warriors. And the gang of children living there would always bring over some kind of vegetable or fruit or livestock to share with us. Same with other neighbors.

A portrait of the Belize City Council PUP candidates
The PUP Belize City Council campaign has jolted what many thought would be another hum drum election. The UDP has won every election since 2006 and just a month or so ago, most of the pundits were posting that they should fairly easily win this one too. That speculation was fuelled by the late launch of the PUP slate, more than two months after the incumbents had held a wild convention in September to select their candidates. The candidates are for the most part media unknowns, but in the various neighbourhoods that make up Belize City’s social and political economy they are familiar faces to many in the electorate because they have watched most of them grow up literally before their very eyes.

Domestic violence was always an issue and a culture
I think I was about twelve years old and it was around my birthday, June 1982 (if my memory serves me right) when I first heard of the most cruel story I could imagine against a beautiful young woman at the hands of her boyfriend. It has remained imbedded in my memory which was triggered to real-time with the murder of Hermelinda Pinks Emmanuel by her husband, Jason Emmanuel. This very beautiful young lady was Marion Idolly Singh and she was working then at this luxury hotel in Corozal named Don Quixote, based in the then secluded area known as Consejo Shores. Television was just becoming the in-thing in the North and so the hotel had made this TV commercial featuring her. I can still vividly see her face and beautiful flowing hair and soft tender smile and hear her voice saying, “Welcome to Don Quixote…” I was mesmerized. Well, I do not recall the exact date, but I remember the buzz in my house one fateful day as I heard the adults speaking of her murder. Now, I was only eavesdropping, since in those days kids dare not ask or get in adult conversation.

Sedi can come out but we’re not accepting the proposal
Sedi Elington describing some Caleb proposal as “lovely” cannot go unremarked. Ever since Katherine Hepburn informed Peter O ’Toole in “The Lion in Winter” (movie about England’s King Henry II) that old men like to develop crushes for little boys, it’s been a part of my knowledge base. It’s good to know things, so when you see things you are not lost as to what is going on. This Caleb obviously puts a lot of exertion, goes the extra yard into maintaining a boyish look. Elrington is an old man with a Santa Claus white beard. If you have any sense of numbers, you’ll see what I see, that the math is—interesting. You might not have heard it directly from the horse’s mouth, but thank gudnis for transcripts it’s all there in the Channel Seven files what Minister Elrington said: “LGBTI has come onboard, they will be working with us. We have been having meetings with Caleb and they have presented a wonderful proposal to help us.

When the PUP exits the wilderness …
“The ruling party is bloated with greed, vanity and arrogance” – this was the damning verdict of AMANDALA’S editorial of 17th February, 2018. As Belize’s most widely read and influential newspaper, both at home and in the Belizean Diaspora, this is a serious indictment, and those who fail to understand and act on it, do so at their peril. It well may be acted upon on 7th March, 2018 when Belize goes to the polls in the national municipal elections. The People’s United Party (PUP), Belize’s Opposition Party, has been sequestered in the political wilderness long enough to have learnt its lessons and re-invent itself, or, it will not be “Uhuru” just yet. Perhaps one of the most significant of all lessons is that all power is temporary, except God’s, and as the Igbo saying goes: “Even a hundred years must end one day”. Hence, there is nothing immutable about the UDP’s stranglehold on our poor, marginalized, and traumatised people, since no condition is permanent. Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe and Jacob Zuma, “the Teflon President” of South Africa, two African juggernauts with nine lives like the proverbial cat, can attest to this.

Sharon Pitts’ $400,000 “hustle” now slated for “mediation”
While Gaspar Vega served as the UDP’s deputy party leader and the nation’s deputy prime minister, with responsibility for natural resources, his son, Andre Vega, and UDP crony, Sharon Pitts, both walked away $400,000 richer, courtesy taxpayers’ money, following a couple of shady transactions in which the two acquired plots of land that subsequently had to be returned because they had already been privately owned. In compensation, the two individuals had been paid $400,000 each. In November 2016, the Attorney General had written the two, demanding that they return those monies to the national treasury. But they did not do so.

3 Ambassadors appointed to Belize
Three new ambassadors presented their credentials to Belize’s Governor General, Sir Colville Young, on Monday morning in Belmopan. The ambassadors are Janet Omoleegho Olisa from Nigeria; Yasser Morad Osman Hosni from Egypt; and Tasawar Khan from Pakistan. The ambassadors each expressed good wishes from their countries to the government and people of Belize, and pledged their continued cooperation and collaboration. They also expressed commitment to peaceful and prosperous relations between Belize and their countries.

Caribbean Court of Justice “exasperated” with GOB’s delay in implementing Maya court order
Caribbean Court of Justice judge Jacob Wit met with the attorneys for the Government of Belize and the Maya Leaders Alliance (MLA) and Toledo Alcaldes Association (TAA) today via teleconference, to personally resolve one of the big issues that he adjudged has been causing the implementation of the CCJ judgement of a Consent Order – Maya Customary Land Tenure and Rights, to have been delayed since it was ordered by the court almost 3 years ago, in April 2015. Judge Wit had said in court earlier this week that he believed that “a dispute resolution framework needs to be established. We ask you to do so.” He went on to state, “We got a dispute resolution proposal from the government’s side and a letter from Mrs. Coc-Magusson reacting on that. The idea is that we will sit together, you and I, and I propose that that will happen this week. if possible on the 22nd Thursday, same time as now. So 11 o’ clock our time, 9 o’clock your time.

2 houses destroyed by fire in Frederick Alley
Two timber houses in Frederick Alley, Belize City, both two-flat structures, were destroyed by fire at about 7:30 last night. The owners of one of the homes, Michael Rosado and his wife, were away in Mexico when a fire erupted from within their house. The other house, which was next to the Rosados’ house, was occupied by its owner, Agatha Gonzalez, and two others. They lived on the upper flat, while the downstairs flat was used as a kitchen. In total, five persons were rendered homeless after the fire. Gonzalez told us that nothing was saved. No injuries were reported.

The Reporter

Security forces detained as murder suspects
By Benjamin Flower The Belize Police Department has detained one of its own officers and seven soldiers of the Belize Defense Force in on ongoing murder investigation. Assistant Commissioner of Police Chester Williams, head of the department’s Professional Standards Branch, confirmed this afternoon that the officers were detained in connection […]

KHMH CEO steps down
The Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital will need to find a new Chief Executive Officer, after the current CEO, Dr. Adrin Coye tendered his resignation this week. Coye, who has been at the helm of the of the KHMH Authority since October 2014, officially tendered his resignation on Wednesday, February […]

After the flowers have died
Earlier this month, Belizeans joined with the rest of the world in celebrating Valentine’s Day. Stores all over the country were vibrant with activity as Belizeans bought flowers, jewellery, chocolates, clothes, and social media followers were treated to a never-ending parade of photos, memes, quotes and the […]

UNICEF survey discusses issues keeping children out of school’s
On Thursday, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) presented the results of its Out of School Children Initiative (OOSCI), a one-year study analyzing the various factors affecting children going to school. UNICEF presented the results at the Best Western Belize Biltmore Plaza where it highlighted the methodology, […]

Labour unionist, Antonio Soberanis remembered
His bust rests in the historic Battlefield Park, where he called important meetings over important labour issues of his day, but his grave was not, until recently, given the honour that the late Antonio Soberanis probably deserves. Last Thursday, surviving relatives and friends of the […]

Belize Chinese celebrate New Year of the Dog
The crackle of firecrackers, and the loud pounding of drums and cymbals all over Belize City last Saturday morning, February 17, signaled the Belizean Chinese community’s annual celebration of the lunar new year – the Year of the Dog, which launched their New Year’s festival,which had begun Friday, February 16. […]

Southwest flight from Belize makes emergency landing
A Southwest Airlines flight headed from Belize to Denver, Colorado had to make an emergency landing in Houston after the plane suffered mechanical problems during the flight. A spokesperson for Southwest told international media that Flight 289, which left Belize on Sunday, February 18, had to be […]

Taiwan grants $1 Million to Belize towards security cooperation
The Belize Police Department’s security system has received more assistance from Taiwan. Last Thursday, Taiwanese Ambassador to Belize, Charles Liu handed over a cheque valued $1 million towards an ongoing project to strengthen the Department’s security system, to Minister of Home Affairs, Wilfred Elrington. The […]

Innovation and Growth in Belize: Impact of Tax Policy
“There is an ongoing debate about the impact of a country’s tax structure on entrepreneurship generally, and on innovation specifically. … Suffice to say that most experts believe that relatively high marginal personal and corporate income tax rates discourage entrepreneurs from taking the risks of starting new business ventures and […]

BTB donates to disaster relief in the Caribbean
The Belize Tourism Board (BTB) in collaboration with its industry partners managed to raise over $100,000 for disaster relief funds for Caribbean countries affected by hurricanes Irma and Maria last September. The BTB’s Director of Marketing and Industry Relations, Karen Pike, handed over a cheque for $119,868 […]

Man shot dead in yard in King’s Park; police have no motive
By Marion Ali A man was shot dead sometime after 11:00 p.m., on Saturday as he and friends were socialising in a yard in the otherwise peaceful King’s Park area of Belize City, and police are yet to establish a motive for the killing. Police say officers responded to a […]

Toddler’s body retrieved from well in Silk Grass village
Police do not suspect foul play in the death of three-year-old Keon Martinez, whose lifeless body was recovered from inside a well in Silk Grass Village on Tuesday morning. Just after 6:35 a.m. on February 20th, police responded to a report in Silk Grass village of a […]

Tourist raped; San Pedro man charged
A tourist was reportedly raped in her sleep two Fridays ago in San Pedro, and police have charged a man in connection with the incident. The victim, a 25 year-old American tourist visited the San Pedro police station last Thursday afternoon to report that sometime […]

San Ignacio caretaker found hacked to death in farm house
San Ignacio police are investigating the murder of Gian Espat, 24, a caretaker who was killed at the farm-house he looked after in Santa Elena town sometime between Monday evening and Tuesday morning. According to police, one suspect has been detained in connection with the murder. Cops […]

Living in the belly of a region labeled “corrupt”
Being in the belly of the beast is not a position to covet, and neither is sitting in the belly of a region that has been labeled “corrupt” for more than a decade. Transparency International today released its 2017 Corruption Perception Index (CPI) for 180 […]

Editorial
Reading through the two page newspaper spread put out this week by the Central Bank of Belize concerning the economic outlook for our country was one of the most depressing things we have done this year. The report speaks of a .5 (point five) contraction of the economy in 2016 […]

Belize named among best performing tourist destinations in the Caribbean
Despite being struck by two back-to-back catastrophic hurricanes last September, the Caribbean was able to pull through 2017 with positive growth in the tourism sector, and Belize was among the handful of countries whose double-digit growth, helped to make last year a record year for […]

Fire chars two houses Fire chars two houses
Victims claim poor response by authorities Staff Reporter A Wednesday night inferno through Fredrick Alley in Belize City ripped through two homes, completely destroying everything in its path and leaving two families homeless in the process. No one was injured during the blaze but residents say the […]

Minor killed as gang fued rages on, police say
A Belize City family is torn apart by grief this week after a 12-year-old boy was shot dead at the corner of Pregnant Alley and Cemetery Road on Wednesday night. Primary school student, David Morrison, was one of three persons that got shot in the […]

Rain and supporters pour out on nomination day
Wednesday’s downpours in the morning and afternoon would have sent anyone running for shelter on an ordinary day, but the hundreds that stood behind their respective UDP and PUP municipal teams seeking election on March 7, marched on as if though it was a bright, […]

Mayoral candidates promise jobs and service at UB forum
Jobs, crime, financial accountability, services, personal security, and sanitation were the tough issues on which young voters and students challenged the four candidates for Belize City Mayor, when the University of Belize hosted a mayoral forum at the Bliss Center in Belize City on Wednesday […]

Fatal hit and run accident on George Price highway
A man was knocked doen and killed om the George Price highway on Saturday night. Police say that around 7:00 p.m, they responded to a report of the incident between Esperanza Village and Central Farm. There they found the body of a Hispanic descent man […]

Man shot dead in Belize City
A man was shot dead in Belize City on Saturday night. According to police, sometime around 11:38 Saturday night they responded to a report at #14 8th Street, Belize City, where they saw the body of Luis Dominguez, 35. Dominguez had been shot several times, […]

Blogs

Perfect Day Trip: Caye Caulker with KIDS and Creative Tours
I’ll admit. The arrival of four adults and 6 kids, 10 years old and under, had me a bit nervous. But things have been great. Everyone is loving Ambergris Caye. Yesterday we went on a day trip to Caye Caulker with Creative Tours and I am ready to declare it THE BEST DAY EVER. A unstructured day with our own big comfortable chartered boat was PERFECT for this group of 11. Cold drinks, pick ups and drop offs, an incredibly friendly, helpful crew that thought of everything we didn’t – like bait for the jumping tarpon and fresh baked cookies that they whipped out WARM at the end of the day. Seriously perfect. EVERYONE is going to be talking about our trip to Caye Caulker with the C-Monkey (christened the Chunky Monkey by the kids) for a long long time.

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WCS Mesoamerica & Western Caribbean 2018 Photo Contest!
Sharing our regional photo competition entries. We have grouped the best into categories ahead of the main winner announcement on March 2nd. Some wonderful photos including a few from Belize. We would appreciate it if you can show your appreciation for the ones you like!

China's lust for jaguar fangs imperils big cats
Wildlife traffickers in South America seek body parts from protected species to satisfy demand in Asia. The jaguar was found floating in a drainage canal in Belize City, Belize, on the day after Christmas last year. Its body was mostly intact, but the head was missing its fangs. On 10 January, a second cat — this time, an ocelot that may have been mistaken for a young jaguar — turned up headless in the same channel. The killings point to a growing illicit trade in jaguars (Panthera onca) that disturbs wildlife experts. The cats’ fangs, skulls and hides have long been trophies for Latin American collectors who flout international prohibitions against trading in jaguar parts. But in recent years, a trafficking route has emerged to China, where the market for jaguars could be increasing because of crackdowns on the smuggling of tiger parts used in Chinese traditional medicine.

Videos

  • University of Belize Presents. Belize Mayoral Candidates Forum, 2hr.

  • Best village in Belize, 14min. Me on a motor bike touring my village.

  • The Belize Tapir Project, 23min. on Open Your Eyes

  • The Radisson Fort George Hotel and Marina is introducing their Vegan/Vegetarian menu, 19min. on Open Your Eyes

  • Belize Humane Society - Responsible Pet Ownership campaign, 27min. on Open Your Eyes

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder., 37min. on Open Your Eyes

  • National Women’s Department - Domestic Violence, 46min. on Open Your Eyes

  • Free Preview: Watch the First Episode of SI TV’s SI Swim Search Show Here, 10min. See some of our favorite moments from the #SISwimSearch shoot in Belize.

  • King Vulture (Sarcoramphus papa) at work, 1/4min.

  • Belize Now | February 23, 2018, 30min. In tonight’s headlines: The Office of the Music Ambassador searches for Belize’s best DJ, a new school is built in San Luis Village, and the Ministry of Education launches its new strategy to improve literacy. These stories and more on this week’s edition of Belize Now. Thanks for joining us on this Friday, February 23rd, 2018.

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  • ISLAND INVASION 2018 LAUNCH PARTY INSIDE FIDOS SAN PEDRO, BELIZE!, 1.5min.

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