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Today's Belize News: February 28, 2018 #529110
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Specials and Events

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


The San Pedro Sun

Isla Bonita Elementary School host Open Day
Isla Bonita Elementary School held its annual Open Day Fair under the theme “Through Education a Healthy You, a Healthy Nation” on Friday, February 23rd. The event saw the display of various health-related booths which included: HIV/ AIDS, Sexually Transmitted Infections, drug abuse, child abuse, rights of a child and alcohol abuse. Each booth consisted of charts, flyers and informative presentations facilitated by the upper division students of the school. If attendees listened carefully during the presentation they had the chance to win prizes at the end through games and fun quizzes.

San Pedro Pirates win another home game against Dangriga Wagiya F.C
San Pedro Pirates F.C managed to gain another home victory on Sunday, February 25th at the Ambergris Stadium in San Pedro Town. The island team defeated Dangriga Wagiya F.C in a 3-1 point game. The current standings have Belmopan Bandits at the top of the chart with 17 points, followed by Verdes F.C with 13 points and San Pedro Pirates with 12 points. Following the top three teams are Police United F.C with 11 points and Placencia Assassins with 10 points. While the Belize Defense Force has seven points and Freedom fighters has six points. At the bottom of the chart is Dangriga Wagiya F.C with two points.

Town Council donates new motorcycle to the San Pedro Police
On, Friday, February 16th the San Pedro Town Council (SPTC) donated a Honda motorcycle to the San Pedro Police Department. The motorcycle was officially handed over by Mayor Daniel Guerrero, Councilor Hector “Tito” Alamilla and Councilor Gabriel “Gaby” Nunez to the Officer in Charge of the Coastal Executive Unit, Superintendent Henry Jemmott.

Ambergris Today

Foreign Ministers Of Belize And Guatemala Pay Visit To The OAS Office In The Adjacency Zone
On Tuesday, February 27, Hon. Wilfred Elrington, Minister of Foreign Affairs, along with his counterpart, Her Excellency Sandra Jovel Polanco, Foreign Minister of the Republic of Guatemala, paid a joint official visit to the Office of the Organization of American States (OAS) in the Adjacency Zone at the western border. The Foreign Ministers and their respective delegations were joined by Mr. Washington Abdala, Special Representative for the Secretary General of the OAS for Belize and Guatemala.

PIC OF THE WEEK: March Winds Arrived Early
Coconut trees stand strong and brace themselves as Easter winds blow hard during the months of February, March and April. This means cooler days and chilly nights for natives of Belize. Picture yourself in this hammock enjoying a glorious sunrise and Easter winds. Visit San Pedro, Ambergis Caye, Belize. #itravelbelize

Misc Belizean Sources

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BELIZE SAYS NO! Oceana Drone photo today
Oceana Belize invites you to join them this morning (Wednesday the 28th) at 10AM on the beach in front of the SP High School. They are organizing a drone shot with people spelling BELIZE SAYS NO and they need lots of bodies! Come out and support this great message! See you there!

Foreign Ministers of Belize and the Republic of Guatemala Pay Joint Visit to the OAS Office in the Adjacency Zone
Today, February 27, Hon. Wilfred Elrington, Minister of Foreign Affairs, along with his counterpart, Her Excellency Sandra Joval Polanco, Foreign Minister of the Republic of Guatemala, paid a joint official visit to the Office of the Organization of American States (OAS) in the Adjacency Zone at the western border. The visit included a bilateral meeting, a presentation about development projects implemented in the communities along the border, and other presentations on other OAS-led border programs.

Taiwan Embassy Presents the Fifth Disbursement to the Genetic Improvement in Sheep and Goat Project Between Belize and Taiwan
The Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan) is pleased to announce that the Government of the Republic of China (Taiwan) has presented the 5th disbursement towards the Genetic Improvement in Sheep and Goat Project between Belize and Taiwan. The “Genetic Improvement for Sheep and Goat Breeding Belize –Taiwan Project” Agreement was signed on December 2, 2015. It is a three-year project with an approved total budget of approximately $1.62 Million US Dollars, of which both Governments contribute and cooperate together. This project, implemented by the Ministry of Agriculture and Technical Mission of Taiwan, is the first bilateral project regarding livestock development strengthening cooperation with Taiwan and it will take advantage of the favorable natural situation to boost the development of small ruminant industry.

Belize and the Principality of Andorra Establish Diplomatic Relations
Belize and the Principality of Andorra formally established diplomatic relations on Monday, February 26, 2018, following the signing of an official Protocol. The representatives of both countries noted the significance of the occasion, certain that the formal establishment of diplomatic relations will serve to enhance mutual cooperation and friendship between Belize and Andorra. The signing of the Protocol also allows both countries to explore new avenues of bilateral cooperation, particularly in the field of tourism.

Women in Art Fair 2018
The 2018 Women in Art Fair is fast approaching. It'll be at the Cayo Welcome Center on Saturday, March 17th.

20,000 Strong Women's Empowerment Rally
The 20,000 Strong Women's Empowerment Rally will be on Friday, March 16th. Everyone is invited to attend and show their support for women's rights. They have shirts of all sizes on sale to support the event. "The Office of the Special Envoy for Women and Children, in partnership with the National Women’s Commission (NWC), the Women’s Department and the Ministry of Human Development, Social Transformation and Poverty Alleviation will once again host the 20,000 STRONG Women’s Empowerment Rally on Friday, March 16th, 2018 from 9:00a.m. - 1:00p.m at the Marion Jones Sporting Complex. The two previous 20,000 STRONG Empowerment Rallies brought together some 12,000 women and girls from the six districts and the cayes making it one of the largest non-political events in Belize."

U.S. Embassy Town Hall Meeting
Friday, March 2 at 11 AM - 1 PM at Beaches and Dreams, Seafront Drive, Hopkins. At the meeting, we will introduce staff from the Embassy who provide assistance to U.S. citizens in Belize, discuss the services the U.S. Embassy provides, and answer questions you may have about our services. Topics include: security in Belize, hurricane preparedness, and information on renewing your passport via DHL.

U.S. Embassy Town Hall Meeting
Thursday, March 1 at 11 AM - 1 PM, Roberts Grove Beach Resort in Placencia. At the meeting, we will introduce staff from the Embassy who provide assistance to U.S. citizens in Belize, discuss the services the U.S. Embassy provides, and answer questions you may have about our services. Topics include: security in Belize, hurricane preparedness, and information on renewing your passport via DHL.

Children's Parade Thursday in San Pedro
Thursday 1st March there will be a children's parade at 9:00am, from central park to the roundabout and back to central park. We are asking the public to please be aware that these are small children so please follow the wardens instructions, follow the diversion signs, and do not try to pass the parade. Lets keep our children safe and let them enjoy their parade. Thank you.

Week #2 in the rehabilitation and construction of the Yarborough Basketball Court

2nd segment of our National Symbols Lecture Series featuring ‘The Baird’s Tapir and the Keel-Billed Toucan
The Museum of Belize (NICH) in collaboration with the University of Belize is proudly extends an open invitation to the 2nd segment of our National Symbols Lecture Series featuring ‘The Baird’s Tapir and the Keel-Billed Toucan’. The event is scheduled for Wednesday March 14th, 2018 from 10:00am – 12:00pm at the University of Belize’s Jaguar Auditorium in Belmopan City. This educational event features a line-up of superb presentations from the University of Belize’s Faculty of Science and Technology, Natural Resource Management Program students, Mr. Celso Poot (Tapir Researcher from the Belize Tapir Project), Mr.Jamal Andrewin-Bohn (Education Director of The Belize Zoo), not to mention a special presentation from our featured Guest Speaker Dr.Stephen Zitzer (Taxidermist and Ecologist); whom will be presenting on the conservation of endangered species through taxidermy.

Winners of a Human Jaguar Conflict slogan competition
10 children from Aguacate village, winners of a Human Jaguar Conflict slogan competition, joined Junior Buddy’s 11th birthday at The Belize Zoo. They had the opportunity to see for the first time a jaguar, not to mention a birthday celebration for a jaguar. They enjoyed the face painting, drawing, singing, and tour at the zoo. Thanks to The Belize Zoo for this fantastic experience! We are working with farmers at Aguacate and other communities in southern Belize to “Keep Cows and Save Jaguars”.

This Nojoch Chiich Emilia Eck is a Maya elder of 110 years old living in the Maya village of Cristo rey Corozal
This is a picture of her and her tataranieta with her . Emilia Eck is fluent in her native language Yucatec Maya . Our elders are like a book of wisdom and knowledge in our communities .

SBDC Workshop: Cash Flow Management & Budgeting (Part 4 of Accounting Series)
Presented by: Mr. Jorge Gentle, Business Advisor SBDCBelize, Beltraide. Location: BTEC Training Room, ITVET Campus, Freetown Road, Belize City. Workshop Date: March 8th, 2017. Time: 9:00am to 3:00pm. Cost: $60.00 Includes snacks and lunch. Being responsible for the budget and cashflow means you're playing a vital role in your organization's future. Your budget and cash flow management enables you to pinpoint critical variables that impact profit so your company can successfully pursue its goals and continue to grow.

3rd Annual Caye Caulker Lionfish Derby
Who likes lionfish?

False Killer Whales off the coast of Belize
Awesome experience today. Did a drone fly over of a pod of False Killer Whales off the coast of Belize.

The Voice of the West 2018
The Rotaract Club of San Ignacio had their annual Voice of the West Elocution Contest. Congratulations to all the winners. List of winners in the 3 categories. "The 16th annual Voice of the West contest brought forth interesting and enlightening speeches from our local high school students. More photos and videos to come. Thanks to all the students, faculty, family and friends who supported the contestants."

BTB & JG Black Book sales presentations in the Midwest; first stop Chicago

Channel 7

Homeland Security Watchlist For Belize Police?
Tonight - there is anxiety in the senior and lower ranks of the police department after reports emerged of a damning watchlist circulated by the US Department of Homeland Security. 7News has seen the document which names over 50 police officers of all ranks. It says they are suspected of money laundering, drug trafficking, human trafficking, and transnational crime. The listing is for 2017 and 2018, and it says that the watchlist has been sent to all entry points in the US. The names are broken down into high and medium priority. The majority of the names we saw are listed as high priority. Now, as we said it includes senior police officers. How senior? Well we counted four assistant commissioners of police and five senior superintendents. This is in addition to at least 45 other officers of various ranks. And the heading to the list makes clear that it is not comprehensive, and it states that there are other "risks" within the department.

Another Drug Plane Found Torched In The North
And this list emerges into the public limelight - just as it appears that northern Belize is being used as some kind of vast landing field for drug planes. We know that the movements of drug planes have in the past been tied to complicity within the ranks of law enforcement. Last night, a twin engine Beechcraft landed in the north - and by the time police got there, it was already burning. It was found just before 10:00 in the Santa Cruz area of Libertad Village in the Corozal District. It had landed on a public road which passes through a canefield. Today, the Corozal police Commander had more questions than answers in what he said is a joint police and BDF operation:

Guat Foreign Minister To Belize
11 weeks ago, we told you how Guatemala had chosen Sandra Jovel, as Foreign Minister to replace Carlos Raul Morales. She recently addressed the OAS Permanent Council along with Wilfred Elrington, and today she made her first visit to Belize at the Adjacency Zone Office, which is located at the Benque Viejo Border with Melchor. Daniel Ortiz reports on her visit to the OAS Office. Foreign Minister Sandra Jovel's first visit to the Adjacency Zone Office began with her waiting for her Belizean counterpart, Wilfred Elrington, to arrive. Once he did, they exchanged cordial greetings, and they proceeded immediately into the closed door session between the Belizean and Guatemalan diplomats.

Overland Fuel Supply At Risk Because of Road Strikes In Guatemala
And while they were able to get to Melchor with ease - it hasn't been that easy for fuel tankers bringing regular gas to Belize. As we told you last night - Belize is sourcing fuel by road from Guatemala after a disruption in supply from Venezuela's oil company, PDVSA. That's the source PUMA activated - since they are responsible for all of Belize's fuel imports. Last night we showed you the tanker trucks queued up at PUMA's Depot in Belize City. But, now there are reportedly strikes in Guatemala over the road to Melchor which has not been paved as was promised - so that road is blocked. There are now discussions to truck in the fuel through Jalacte if that situation doesn't get resolved.

Another City Shooting
A little after 7pm last night Akeem Requena was shot. The 25 year old had just left his house on Morter's Alley to go and get something from a store right down the street when two men came behind him on a motorcycle and shot him twice at the corner of Gibnut Street and Fullers Alleys. Requena is back at home recovering now. We spoke to a family friend who told us the 25-year-old is a homely young man. Voice of: Friend: "My friend just came from work and went home. Then he went to buy at the Chinese shop and after that, we heard gunshots. When we checked he was on the ground. I don't know what happened after that. A police vehicle came. We rushed him to the hospital and now he is alright."

Dangriga Cops Will Be Charged Disciplinarily
3 police officers will have to answer to disciplinary charges for the death of 44 year old Sarawee villager Humphrey Mitchel. The 3 officers went to pick him at his T&H Kool Spot on Saturday afternoon around 3:00 on a committal warrant. But as they were heading to the Dangriga Police Station, Mitchel allegedly jumped out of the pan of truck at mile 3 on the Southern Highway. He was trying to escape but instead his head slammed unto the pavement and he died. Now as you heard, ACP Chester Williams, Commander of the Professional Standards Branch is investigating this matter.

Banana Workers Sent Home Without Pay, Money Missing
There was some concern in Mango Creek today when scores of banana farm workers didn't get paid. The workers are from the Tony Zabaneh farms known as Arnold and Sagitun. They were bussed in as usual to collect their end of month pay - but according to reports - the money wasn't there - and they had to be bussed back to their farms without pay. Now, from our unofficial reports, it's not a matter of insolvency - but it may be a matter of missing funds. No police report has been made, but reports to us say that tens of thousands of dollars in cash may have gone missing from Zabaneh's home and business in Mango Creek. But because there was no forced entry - there are suggestions that it may have been an inside job. We understand that alternate arrangements are being made to pay the workers.

Is The Alliance With The PUP For The Municipals?
If you live in a Belize Town or City, or if you just watch the evening - you'll know that elections are close. And, from what we've seen, in terms of presence and media placements, the PUP is holding up pretty well against the UDP - which - up until recently - had been known to have more to spend on campaigning. The PUP's sudden, visible liquidity has led some to suggest that Belize's number one political financier Michael Ashcroft might be throwing some cheese in the PUP's direction. Yesterday, the PUP Party Leader didn't outright say no when he was asked about it: Reporter: "Accused you and the UDP of being financed by Lord Ashcroft. Is that the case?" Hon. John Briceno, Leader of the Opposition: "Lord Ashcroft has always been the boogieman. Whenever anything is going wrong - Lord Ashcroft, Lord Ashcroft. The reality is that not even their own UDP financiers don't want to continue to spend money on a sinking ship.

Should Guate-Born B’zeans Vote In An ICJ Referendum?
The press also asked Briceno about a referendum on the Belize Guatemala issue. One is supposed to be held later this year, but there's been some issue raised about whether Guatemalans who have been naturalized should be allowed to vote. They are fully Belizeans with all the rights of any citizens - but some suggest that their place of birth could sway their vote. The opposition leader wasn't deaf to that argument:... Reporter: "Should Belizeans with Guatemalan citizenship or parentage be allowed to participate in the referendum given the obvious divided loyalties we would have?" Hon. John Briceno, Leader of the Opposition: "I believe that a lot of these formal Guatemalans living in Belize, I believe that they truly love Belize and they are Belizeans and they are here because they love this place."

San Victor’s King Contraband-ist Caught?
67 cases of assorted Mexican beers is not a big catch in the contraband world, but today police braved the outlaws of San Victor Village in the Corozal District to arrest a man believed to a be a major contraband trader. Roberto Novelo is in customs custody tonight after he was allegedly busted in his San Victor home with these items today. Customs has not indicated if they will settle or seek to charge him.

Sarawee Water Woes
As we told you, it hit the Sarawee community hard when well-known bar owner Humphrey Mitchel died on Saturday. He allegedly jumped out of the pan of a moving police vehicle. But the residents are also plagued by a water crisis - one they have been struggling with for years. Yesterday Sarawee Chairman told us more about their plight. Derrington Ramirez, Chairman, Sarawee Village: "A lot of people started to digging wells, going back to the old fashion way and we are very concerned about these wells because we have a lot of kids and not only the kids that are living in the yard where the well is built but kids come around to play with the other kids so we are very concerned about these wells being built in the community. I am not a plumber and I have no funds to do the system that what they are telling me that we need a whole water system now I can't tell you what that means but what I can tell you there is no water in no pipe around here."

Guat Beans Plantation in Chiquibul
The Friends For Conservation and Development are reporting that a joint patrol caught a Guatemalan illegally encroaching on Belizean territory inside the Chiquibul National Park. FCD says that on last Thursday, February 22, at around 11:15 a.m., a joint law enforcement team of FCD rangers, BDF soldiers, and the police officers from the Special Patrol Unit were out on patrol of the Chiquibul. That's when they encountered a Guatemalan man identified as 28 year-old Elfido Francisco Esteban Cano, who is from the community of Laurel in Dolores, Peten. He was caught on an illegal farm located about 2 kilometers inside Belizean territory.

Back-a-Town Bush
The GSU found a stash of weed in the Backatown area today. The team searched this abandoned lot and found 4 pounds of weed in separate plastic bags.

Banak Pistol
And this morning at 10:00, GSU collected a gun and ammunition on Banak Street. The 9mm pistol, an extended magazine, two 9mm Agula brand ammunition, along with two 9mm Luger brand ammunition was deposited as found property.

PG Weed
And this morning in the South, police busted two Guatemalans with almost 20 pounds of weed. Punta Gorda Special Branch officers were near the Jalacte Junction and they spotted 2 men. They searched the men and found these hefty bags of weed. 47 year old Gabino Juarez Mendez and 24 year old Hector Rolando Juarez Mendez were both charged with drug trafficking.

PUP Blasts B-Sag, Whylie
The PUP says that the Belize Special Assignment Group has to be disbanded. This, after 8 of their officers were charged for the murder of Ariel Salazar yesterday. A release from the party says, quote "Belizeans have now reached a point where they have grown weary and no longer have trust in our law enforcement officers….It is now time that a change in the high command of the Belize Police Department be effected and Commissioner Whylie MUST be relieved of his duties with immediate effect!" End quote. The statement adds, quote, "The PUP strongly believes that the BSAG is an unnecessary and dangerous operational element of this government and should, therefore, be disbanded forthwith…the PUP will do so as soon as it becomes the next Government." End quote.

More Street Art
Last night we showed you the street art festival. But because of time constraints we didn't get to show you all the interviews. Here are some of the creators we spoke with:...

Cops Lead Schools to Farming
Community farming has become a reality in three Belmopan area schools - thanks to Belmopan police. With the sponsorship of the Taiwanese Embassy and the Ministry of Agriculture, the Methodist high school, Garden City primary and San Martin primary are all now growing their own vegetables. The programme started just a few months ago. Belmopan police say it is a community safety issue since children who are well nourished and know how to grow basic foods are less likely to lapse into a life of crime.


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Channel 5

Another Suspected Drug Plane Down in Corozal
The illicit drug trade appears to be thriving in northern Belize.  In the past twenty-four-hours, two suspected drug planes, or what was left of them, were found at different locations [...]

Going Inside the ‘BSAG Eight’ Case
There are more details tonight on the deadly beating of Ariel Audinette Salazar at his house in Orange Walk.  Eight lawmen are spending their second night behind bars, charged with [...]

Cameras Did Not Record Humphrey Mitchell Death in Police Vehicle
The death of forty-four-year-old Humphrey Mitchell on Saturday has prompted the Belize Police Department to revisit its standard operating procedures where arrests and transportation of persons in custody are concerned.  [...]

Kirk Lamb Accuses Ex-Boss Minister of Questionable Transactions
Kirk Lamb had been an employee of Government Minister Anthony Martinez for nearly a quarter-century, until his recent termination. But Lamb says insult was added to injury when he found [...]

Sandra Jovel Comes to Belize; Warmly Welcomed
The Foreign Ministers of Belize and Guatemala were today at the western border for an official visit to the office of the Organization of American States, joined by the new [...]

It Has to Be the I.C.J., Say Ministers
Both Foreign Ministers were asked about the positions in both countries concerning taking the claim to the I.C.J. It has been suggested that older Guatemalans are more predisposed to supporting [...]

Mexican Vice-Minister Visits Belize This Week
There is another high level visit coming up. Officials from Mexico are scheduled to arrive this coming Friday. The Undersecretary for Latin America and the Caribbean, Ambassador Luis Alfonso de [...]

19-Year Jail Term for Accused in Immigration Fraud
In the Belmopan Magistrate’s Court, Corozal Town resident Mark Antonio Rosales was on Monday ordered to serve nineteen years’ imprisonment. He was unable to pay fines of forty-six thousand dollars [...]

Trio Nabbed in Seventh Avenue, Corozal robbery
There was an armed robbery last Thursday in Corozal Town on the Seventh Avenue, which was caught on surveillance camera. The masked armed men are seen attacking the owner of [...]

Get Your Education Letters, says P.U.P.
Minister of Education and Deputy Prime Minister Patrick Faber last week insisted that Government could not find any money to pay school fees and for vehicles because of the Financial [...]

Taxes Going Up? P.U.P. to Consult Chamber
Opposition Leader John Briceño says he expects that there will be some unpleasant consequences for alleged Government misspending in the forthcoming budget. But as to the specific question of raising [...]

Opposition Full of Energy in Last Lap of Campaign
Briceño has been working just as hard as his municipal candidates in the last few weeks. Just this past weekend alone he has been to municipalities in the South and [...]

Why P.U.P. Doesn’t Need Lord Ashcroft’s Money
The party leader also addressed questions of campaign financing. The P.U.P. continues to be dogged by accusations of obtaining funds from Lord Michael Ashcroft, but Briceño insists it is not [...]

Dion Leslie and U.D.P. Walking the Old Capital
One of the hardest political battles will be waged in Belize City on March seventh. It is the biggest municipality with as many as forty-five thousand voters. The departing Mayor [...]

Corozaleños Meet Mayoral Candidates Rigo Vellos & Richard Quan
A team also headed to Corozal Town and found the political parties on the ground in the last leg of the campaign before the elections. The town is swamped with [...]

PUMA Promises Steady Supply Despite Issues
The Government of Belize has insisted that it is not in debt for fuel shipments from Venezuela through Curacao as part of the Petrocaribe agreement. But a Mexican online media [...]

B.E.L. Enters Stronger Relationship with Mexico’s C.F.E.
Belize Electricity Limited, one week ago, signed a new power purchase agreement which continues B.E.L.’s ability to buy more from Mexico and create new opportunities for energy trade. With stable [...]

G.S.U., G.O.B. Parodied in Episode of NBC’s “Taken”
We end the news broadcast tonight with a story close to home. Local fans of NBC’s crime drama Taken were astonished by the plot of a recent episode titled Hammurabi, [...]

CTV3

Fire Destroys Senior Citizen's Home In San Andres Village
Shortly after midnight last night, the home of a senior citizen residing in San Andres Village in the Corozal District was completely destroyed by a raging fire. When the fire started, the homeowner was inside sleeping and it took loud shouting from the residents for her to realise that her home was on fire. Luckily, she was able to come out of the house, even though it meant walking through some fire through the front door. Authorities are tonight investigating what caused the fire, and are not ruling out arson. This is because neighbours have reported that they saw an individual lighting the house on fire even though the senior citizen was inside.

PUMA Clears The Water On Alleged Fuel Shortage
Over the weekend, news spread like wildfire that an oil tanker containing several barrels of fuel was parked off the coast of Belize City since last week and that it was unable to disembark simply because the shipment hadn’t been paid for by the Government of Belize. GOB, however, issued a release emphasizing that there was indeed a delay in the supply of fuel and that such difficulties faced was not the fault of the government nor PUMA, who supplies fuel to Belize in its entirety…. but due to problems encountered by Venezuelan company PDVSA. While there were many concerns raised by Belizeans as it relates to the availability of diesel and gasoline supply in the country, today PUMA issued a release of their own indicating that the company’s diesel and jet fuel inventories are currently at normal levels because the company managed to receive a vessel over the weekend.

Trio Charged For Vicious Robbery At Bans Store
Three men, two from the Corozal District and another from Carmelita Village here in the Orange Walk District, were charged yesterday morning for the vicious assault of Chinese-owned Bans Store located on Santa Rita Road, which occurred last week Wednesday February 21st. Twenty one year old Devin Skeen of Corozal Town, 21 year old Kevin Lanza of Carmelita Village and 51 year old Alvin Sanker Jr. of Calcutta Village, were charged with one count of robbery each.

LOVE FM

Is crime taking a toll on our children?
Society has drastically changed in comparison to fifteen years ago with crime seemingly spiraling out of control with as many as one-hundred-forty-two murdered in 2017. As a result, many children today are affected by crime having lost loved ones to gun violence. Recently, the students of Queen Street Baptist Primary School lost a classmate to …

PUMA: fuel inventories are at normal levels
Puma Energy says that inventories are at normal levels and does not anticipate any supply disruptions this week. The company issued a release today to clarify the current situation regarding the company’s inventories, following the allegations of the fuel situation in Belize and the subsequent response from the government. The company says that its diesel …

Former Guatemalan nationals voting on referendum needs more discussion
Government is yet to set a date for the referendum here in Belize. While many Belizeans oppose taking the Belize Guatemala territorial dispute to the ICJ, the work towards a referendum has begun. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has started the education campaign on the referendum which should be held in 2019. Among the many …

Police leaders unable to address crime says Opposition Leader
In the wake of the recent incidents that have marred the image of the Belize Police Department and also the Belize Defense Force, Opposition Leader John Briceno said the government must get rid of the rogue officers. Additionally, Briceno says it is primarily a problem that has come about as a result of a lack …

PUP continues on campaign trail
The countdown continues and we are only eight days away from the municipal elections to be held on March 7. Both major political parties have been on the ground campaigning and they are using any and all platforms to do so. During the interview with Opposition Leader John Briceno, he spoke on the PUP’s campaign …

Sheep and goat program receives continued financing
Belize has received a fifth disbursement from the Government of the Republic of China (Taiwan) for the Genetic Improvement in Sheep and Goat Project between Belize and Taiwan that has been implemented since December 2015. The project involves the expanding of infrastructure at the national sheep and goat breeding center in Central Farm, introducing quality …

Schools teaching parental skills to parents
Many lament the fact that the family structure continues to fracture. In our conversation with Principal of St. Martin de Porres School, Anne Palacio, she said children are no longer being properly socialized from home as to what is socially acceptable. Palacio said more often than that the burden falls on the school. Anne Palacio …

Two men shot in separate incidents
Two men were shot in separate incidents in the last 24 hours. The first incident happened in Belize City where 25 year old Akeen Requena, a resident of Belize City, was shot while walking on Gibnut Street into Fullers Alley around 7:25 last night. Police say two male persons on a motorcycle traveling from the …

Foreign Ministers of Belize and Guatemala visit OAS Adjacency Zone Office
This morning Foreign Affairs Minister Wilfred Elrington visited the OAS Adjacency Zone Office along with his Guatemalan counterpart Sandra Jovel, for the inaugural ribbon cutting of the Promoting a Culture of Peace art exposition. The Foreign Ministers were joined by the Special Representative for the Secretary-General of the OAS for Belize and Guatemala, Washington Abdala. …

Can the Guatemalan Government establish peace in the Sarstoon?
After all the formalities, the Belizean media was given the opportunity to ask a total of three questions to Guatemalan’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Sandra Jovel Polanco. One of those questions was in relation to the incident which unfolded at the Sarstoon River on Saturday. It was not the first time that Guatemalan Armed Forces stopped …

Will a Guatemalan Gov’t respect an ICJ ruling that is against their favor?
On April 15 or in 47 days, seven million registered voters are expected to participate in the referendum in Guatemala. Voters there will decide whether or not to take the territorial, insular and maritime dispute between Belize and Guatemala …

PlusTV

19 Year old Dies in Traffic Accident
One person is dead as a result of a traffic accident in Orange Walk District. The accident happened on Sunday at Camp one Shipyard, Village in Orange Walk District and involved a white van. According to Police reports, twenty five year old Belizean Alvin Reneau was driving the van from Guinea Grass...

Another fatal accident; cyclist knocked down
There was another fatal traffic accident; this one in Corozal. It happened between miles 82 and 83 on the Phillip Goldson Highway where a man riding a bicycle was knocked down and killed. The victim is 26 year old Justavo Patt, a resident of Ranchito Village. According to police reports, 34 year old...

Gas Tomza robbed in Belmopan
There was a robbery at Gas Tomza Depot in the Maya Mopan Area of Belmopan last night. A 22 year old man was at work at the gas depot sometime around 9:30 p.m. when he was held up at knife point by 2 persons. According to reports, the man was as about to close up the office when he went outside. Tha...

Fake Immigration Officer gets 19 years in prison
Mark Rosales was found guilty today of 19 counts of obtaining property by deception and will serve 19 years in prison. According to reports, A Salvadoran national and resident of Belmopan, 45 year old Alberto Lopez, reported that in the month of August while in Orange walk town, he was approache...

Guatemalan found in Belizean Territory
Another Guatemalan has been found in Belizean territory. On Thursday 22nd, 28 year old Guatemalan national Elfido Francisco Cano was detained in the Chiquibul National Park by Belize Defense force and Special Patrol Unit of the Police Department. According to Police, while still on the farm, Cano wa...

12 year old boy missing
A 12 year old boy has been reported missing. Gloria Jimenez of San Ignacio Town, reported that on February 22nd, while at Human Services office on Second Street with her grandson, 12 year old Dennis Jimenez, he ran out of the office and she has not seen or heard from him since then. Dennis is a...

Operations in Belmopan yield gun, weed, and drug trafficking arrest
Special Branch officers assigned to the Belmopan police conducted a search in a bushy area on the outskirts of Armenia village this morning. The search led to the discovery of a .38 revolver in a black plastic bag. No one was in the area at the time and the firearm has been deposited as found proper...

Excessive Rainfalls Impacting Agriculture and Food Production
Excessive rainfalls have been impacting Agriculture and Food Production. According to a Government issued press release, the unseasonal rains during the months of January and February have particularly affected grains, fruits, root crops, and vegetables. The Ministry of Agriculture has conducted ...

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Barrow administration “a sinking ship!” says Opposition
Characterizing the Barrow-Faber administration as “a sinking ship”, PUP party leader and Leader of the Opposition, Hon. John Briceño, at a press conference this afternoon, laid out a raft of concerns such as the shooting death of a 12-year-old, the criminal conduct of the security forces which resulted in two deaths in recent days, and the Government of Belize’s poor fiscal performance and its consequential effect on Belize’s social and political economy. The PUP leader opened his remarks by saying that the nation was being beset by a number of troubling trends and expressed being very perturbed by the beating death of Orange Walk resident Arial Salazar, allegedly at the hands of the Belize Special Assignment Group.

Humphrey Mitchell, 44, dies in police custody
Less than 24 hours after a man was beaten to death by law enforcement in Orange Walk Town, at about 4:00 yesterday morning, Humphrey Mitchell, 44, a Jamaican businessman of Sarawee, died in police custody. Mitchell was being taken from his village to the Dangriga Police Station on a committal warrant. He reportedly jumped out of the moving police mobile and impacted the pavement, suffering massive head and body injuries. Police picked him and rushed him to the Southern Regional Hospital, but nothing much could have been done to help him. He died shortly after his arrival.

7 BDF soldiers and a cop arraigned on murder and attempted murder charges
Outside the Mennonite zinc building that is the Orange Walk Magistrate’s Court, a line of people patiently waited for court police to bring out seven Belize Defence Force soldiers and a policeman who were in the Orange Walk Police Station holding cell to take them before the magistrate for arraignment on murder and attempted murder charge. Around 11:00 a.m., two court policemen began to escort a line of men who had their faces covered, but as they walked toward the entrance of the zinc building, the crowd erupted, “murderers, murderers, show unno face, show unno face.”

Errol Robateau, 73, and conductress, victims of a violent home invasion
An elderly bus driver and his conductress were the victims of an early morning home invasion on Friday. According to police reports, Errol Robateau, 73, a member and former Regional Commander of the Salvation Army, was in his home at around 4 a.m. getting ready for work when five armed men entered his Hattieville house. He was reportedly beaten with a stick. While he was tied up inside his home some of the other assailants attacked his conductress, Marilee Cardinez, 28, who had reported to work.

Alaine Garcia, 35, reported missing, feared dead
A Hattieville man has been reported missing, but his family fears that he has been murdered. Alaine Garcia, 35, was last seen at around 5 a.m. last Tuesday, February 20, when he walked his three children and common-law-wife to the bus stop in the Windmill area of Hattieville. His common-law-wife, Kellyn Neal, had told the press last week that upon reaching her workplace, she was informed that gunshots were heard near her home.

DPP Cheryl-Lynn is the new President of the Bar Association
The Belize Bar Association held elections of officers last Wednesday night, February 21, and the Director of Public Prosecutions, Cheryl-Lynn Vidal, S.C., emerged in the top post as president. This is the first time that a person who holds the office of Director of Public Prosecutions is heading Belize’s legal fraternity. The vice president is Robertha Magnus Usher, S.C.; Jose Alpuche is treasurer, and Illana Swift is the new secretary. Today, Monday, Amandala asked President Vidal to describe the direction in which she plans to take the Bar Association.

City Boys 10 & Under Grassroots – Week 3 results
The City Boys 10 & Under Grassroots Tournament 2018 held its Week 3 games on Saturday, February 24, at the Yabra Field. In the 4 games played, Reality Youths clipped Sampson Academy, 2-1; Ladyville Rising Stars won, 6-1, over Warriors FC; Carlston Elite dropped Poor & Famous, 2-0; and City Boys Jr. won, 4-0, over St. John Vianney. Player of the Day was Jarreth Tablada, who got a hat trick (3 goals) for his team, Ladyville Rising Stars, coached by Mr. Daniel Smith, a.k.a. Sun Dance.

Bandits still undefeated, Verdes struggling at Week 7 of PLB 2017-18 Closing Season
The 7-game first round of the double round-robin in the Premier League of Belize (PLB) 2017-2018 Closing Season is completed for each team; and while defending champion Verdes FC suffered their second loss, Belmopan Bandits SC remains the only undefeated team in the tournament, with their captain, Elroy Smith now also standing at the top of the goal scoring column. (See standings below.) On Saturday night in Independence, Placencia Assassins FC fell behind early with an own goal, but recovered to post the 3-2 win over Freedom Fighters FC from Punta Gorda. Freedom Fighters benefited from a 3rd minute own goal by Placencia’s Leonel Cabral (OG 3’); but the Assassins rebounded with 3 straight goals from Delone Torres (12’), Rollin Burgess, (30’) and Luis “Baaka” Torres (74’), before the Freedom Fighters managed to close the gap with a strike from Evan Mariano (76’).

Stann Creek FA 1st Division Cup Week 2 results
The Stann Creek Football Association (SCFA) held Week 2 games over the weekend in its 1st Division Cup 2018 tournament. In game 1 on Friday night, February 23, Silk Grass SG Ballers got the 1-nil win over Dangriga Young Footballers Academy, on a goal by Kenyon Lewis (86’). Game 2 was a 4-2 win for Sampson Proper Fix over Hopkins Ibayani. Goal scorers for Sampson Proper Fix were Aaron Lopez (4’), Wayne Ford (49’), Alton Carr (53’) and Izon Gill (86’); while Hopkins Ibayani goals were by France Nunez (20’) and Norman Nunez (21’).

Chief’s Open Thursday Race results – February 22, 2018
Today, 27 riders lined up and took off from Leslie’s at 6:00 a.m. Joining us was Belizean Dwayne Wade from Chicago, who came to feel the power of our Elites; and, boy, did he feel them. Due to the repairs before Barton Creek Bridge, we had a lead-out to the bridge, and changed the route by going to the Junction at Boom Village and back to Hattieville for the finish. This gave us 24 race miles. As has been happening recently with the Elite riders, the start was brutal; and since it was a tailwind, they drove it hard, with our top speed reaching 35 m.p.h.

Editorial: Déjà vu, ma cherie …
Late last week, Belize Financial Secretary Joe Waight essentially confirmed what we entrepreneurial business people could feel coming from late 2016: the Belizean economy has collapsed. In the months leading up to the November 2015 general election, Prime Minister/Minister of Finance, Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow, had used hundreds of millions in Petrocaribe loan moneys to create an artificial spike in our economy. The fact of the matter is now stark in its clarity: the man who had spent his entire adult life surviving and thriving on commissions from litigations has no idea how a Third World economy operates, and what he needed to do to stimulate and sustain real economic activity. The masses of the Belizean people were always willing to “wake up and work,” to toil and sacrifice in order to attain human dignity and national sovereignty during the decades when this country was led by the Right Honorable George Cadle Price. The Belizean people saw, at least they believed, that Mr. Price was an integral part of Belize’s struggle upwards, that he felt the people’s pain, that he saw himself within their socio-economic context.

Many tourism jobs have been lost …
Dear Editor, The new reality of cruise tourism in Belize City is unravelling for the worse, especially for those who depend on it within the Tourism Zone. The tour operators, guides and other entrepreneurs who work outside the gates of the Tourism Village are struggling mightily to take home some earning from what was once considered a very lucrative industry. Ever since the relocation of NCL to Harvest Caye a couple years ago, business has taken a downward spiral and many persons who once depended on the ships for their livelihood have had to seek employment elsewhere. Sadly, this number continues to increase by the day.

A portrait of the Belize City Council PUP candidates
A thumbnail sketch can hardly do Albert Vaughan, a graduate of Excelsior High School and the Belize Technical College, a retired military officer, a political activist and a musician, justice. He served in the Belize Defence Force for 22 years as Bandmaster, Regimental Sergeant Major with the rank of Warrant Officer Class 1, and was commissioned as a Lieutenant and served as a logistic officer. Albert is very much a musician, and an officer and a gentleman, and a warrior for the people and causes he believes in. Whilst serving in the BDF, he received a degree in music at the Royal Military School of Music at Kneller Hall, took the Senior All Arms Drill Instructor Course at ATC Pirbright, the Royal Logistics School in the United Kingdom, and a Re-Bandmaster course with the Jamaica Constabulary Force in Jamaica.

20 years late better than never
News, via a press release, that a taskforce has been set up to “Develop Improved Measures to Reduce Harmful Effects of Gill Nets on Marine Life”, is welcome, though there is the temptation to ask, “What took you so long?” A lot of “lovers of marine life” across this country have been asking for gill nets to be banned from our waters for a long time now. Okay, call me over eager, it’s just a task force and their business is only to “recommend improved measures to minimize the harmful effects of gill nets on marine creatures.”

BELIZEAN STANISLAUS
23rd February 2018–Is it a rumour or just a very bad joke that the Foreign Minister has appointed the leader of the Homosexual Agenda to represent us in a debate on the Guatemalan Claim? What happened to Assad, to Jim Murphy, to Eamon Courtney? No, he must be cracking a joke to distract from the real issues going into municipal elections. No distractions, please. Most people seem to feel that the Mayor was above all the corruption, but the whole Red Party has been rife with corruption. Those 165 streets claimed to have been paved, who were the contractors, and what did each one cost? That information needs to be available to voters.

Scarlett, the pregnant croc, has been kidnapped!
He has been in the news several times, in some instances as the perpetrator and at other times as the target. Today, Akeem Augustine, 23, a laborer of 10 Croton Lane, was the defendant. He appeared before Magistrate Michelle Trapp and was charged with one count of attempted murder, one count of use of deadly means of harm, one count of dangerous harm and two counts of aggravated assault. No plea was taken from him because the offenses for which he was charged are indictable. Neither could the court offer him bail because of the nature of the offenses. He was remanded into custody until May 17.

KHMH needs new CEO, Board Chairman
Dr. Adrian Coye, the Chief Executive Officer of the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH), last week seemingly suddenly tendered his resignation. His notice of resignation means that the KHMH’s board of directors has three months to find and hire a replacement. However, the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital Authority Board of Directors is also awaiting the appointment of a new chairman since Mrs. Marilyn Williams was appointed a judge of the Belize Supreme Court and cannot serve in both capacities.

The CCJ will hear the appeal of Titan Securities versus the Government of Belize
The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) has set dates for submissions in an appeal brought by Titan International Securities against the Government of Belize. Belize Solicitor General Nigel Hawke told reporters last Thursday, February 22, that the dates had been set by the CCJ for Titans to make submissions on April 16 and for the government side to respond by April 30, 2018. Titans Securities owners, Bahamians Kelvin Leach and Rohn Knowles, had filed the appeal at the CCJ after the Belize Court of Appeal struck down a Supreme Court decision last June to award them $8.8 million in compensation, even though the court had reasoned that the search was excessive and unlawful.

Scarlett, the pregnant croc, has been kidnapped!
midst the many trials and turmoil that continue to beset Belize’s social and political economy, the disappearance of a crocodile may seem a trivial item to be bubbling up from amongst the many concerns of residents, but it is the topic of conversation out there on La Isla Cariñosa, or as it is officially known, Caye Caulker. Reports are that a crew reportedly sailed to The Estuary at the North Shore of Caye Caulker Friday evening and allegedly kidnapped a pregnant crocodile affectionately known as “Scarlett”, from her nest where she has sojourned the last decade or so. It is being bruited that the bandits are Forestry Department officers led by members of the Crocodile Research Coalition (CRC), a Belize-based NGO that was established in January 2016. According to its website, CRC “… seeks to preserve crocodiles and their environments throughout Central America and the Caribbean to ensure the long-term sustainability of biodiversity in the region”.

Blogs

Tallest Building on Ambergris Caye Belize?
Officially, the tallest building on Ambergris Caye Belize has two contenders, soon to be 4. The water tower, and Grand Wyndham Resort measure up at 5 stories or 60 ft tall. Source: Amanda Syme Sunrise Real Estate. Grand Baymen which is under construction is also in the mix. My Friend Aimee said that La Serine resort going up at the south end of the island will also be a 5-story building. In answer to my title question, it has yet to be built and to qualify that further, I am speaking figuratively over actual height. It will be the new Sagebrush Church building. Church services are currently being held at the Paradise movie theatre and they are ready to grow into their own space.

Vegetable Stand Savvy: Have you Tried Pacaya in Belize?
Here is what I’ve learned. Pacaya is considered a delicacy in Guatemala and El Salvador. It is the young flower bunch of a male pacaya palm tree. The pacaya palm is a member of the same family as the xate (sha-tay) – the plant illegally harvested from the Chiquibul Forest in Belize by xateros. When you open it, it almost looks like baby corn and is called “mountain maize” in an Aztec dialect. The most popular preparation is dipping it in an egg batter and frying it. A Palm Flower Fritter.

International Sourcesizz

Vodafone to install 4G network on the Moon
The Moon will have a 4G mobile network installed next year, according to plans set out by Vodafone and Nokia. The mission, organised by space exploration company PTScientists, will be the first ever privately-funded Moon landing. Nokia masts will be launched on a SpaceX rocket in 2019 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, USA. The network will enable Audi lunar exploration vehicles to communicate with each other and with a base station. The 4G signal, provided by Vodafone, will also be able to transmit high-definition video streaming of the Moon’s surface.

Mystery disease killing Florida’s only coral reef
Off the coast of Southeast Florida, a mysterious new disease is killing coral reefs, turning them white and leaving nothing but a skeleton behind. More than half of the state’s 330-year-old Coral Reef Tract, which stretches across 175 miles in the Florida Keys, is infected with the disease. It’s called “white syndrome” by scientists because white stripes or spots cover the coral, and it was discovered in fall 2014. Throughout 2017, the disease spread to a point where half the coral at some sites were affected, even some that had been considered the most resilient and important for reef building, according to a newsletter by the Southeast Florida Coral Reef Initiative, which helps raise awareness about Florida’s reefs. The causes of the disease are still unknown, though researchers believe it may be due to a combination of factors, including water quality, said Ana Zangroniz, a Miami-Dade-based University of Florida Florida Sea Grant agent.

Videos

  • Belize Cycling Federation, 35min. on Open Your Eyes

  • San Luis celebrats inauguration of new school building, 5.5min. Villagers of San Luis celebrated the inauguration of their brand new school building on Thursday, February 15th. Our Belize Now team travelled to the Orange Walk District of San Luis for the celebration. Here’s more…

  • Scuba Diving Belize 2018, 4min.

  • Sharks and Rays - Stingray affection - Belize, 2.5min. I was so terrible with the camera, but this video has some funny footage where you can hear me lightly freaking out being grazed by surprise by nurse sharks and kind of panicing because I don't like being in close proximity to that many other people while snorkeling, especially when enjoying the presence of wildlife like this. Later in the footage, the stingray who has befriended one of our guides over time is getting some affection and playing on the surface with him. Sweet creature!

  • Belize - Leafcutter ants in the Cockscomb Wildlife Reserve, 1/2min. Check out these awesome little ants on the walk to go river tubing in Belize near Hopkins.

  • Bike Belize 2018, 2.5min. The European Nature Trust hosted their new experience - Bike Belize - through the tropical wild heart of Belize, visiting ancient Mayan ruins, exploring giant subterranean cave systems and meeting the people working tirelessly to protect Belize’s natural wonders.

  • Beach cleanup with Wil Maheia, 4.5min.

  • Omega Church in Belize 2018, 10min.

  • BPP Progressive agenda for Belize City Municipal Election 2018, 56min.

  • Belize Flats Fishing, 4min. Jig off Sunken Cave

    In this episode of The New Fly Fisher Tom Rosenbauer takes Colin McKeown to El Pescador Lodge in Belize to teach him how to fly fish for permit, bonefish and tarpon. Excellent lodge and great. Thirty-six miles off the coast of Belize City, Belize, lies a fly fisherman's dream destination. Cayo Frances Farm & Fly is a small fly fishing camp and vacation get-a-way. Located on Ambergris.
  • FAMILY ADVENTURE!!! BELIZE BELIZE WE LOVE BELIZE, 4min.

  • My Trip to San Pedro, Belize in 360!!, 5min.

  • Belize 2018 Blue Hole, 1.5min. Dive to 138 feet in Belize's Blue Hole.

  • The Swiss Nomad in Belize, 2.5min.


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