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The San Pedro Sun
Scheduled ground-breaking for island new school postponed
The groundbreaking for the construction of a new primary school building in San Pedro Town was announced by Daniel Guerrero on Saturday, March 3rd during the United Democratic Party (UDP) rally held at the Honourable Louis Sylvestre Sporting Complex. The ground-breaking was tentatively scheduled for that same Saturday, but due to unforeseen commitments from the Minister of Education, Honourable Patrick Faber, the event has been postponed with a new date yet to be announced. The schools are to be built north of San Pedro Town and according to Guerrero, the area is being prepared for the ground-breaking. Additionally, he reiterated the UDP’s intentions to continue providing the access to education to everyone. Guerrero also mentioned that along with Minister Heredia, The San Pedro Town Council (SPTC) has helped many students in subsidies and for the current year, such assistance continues.
Sunshine Scholarship Foundation benefits from Sean McDermott concert
Sunshine Scholarship Foundation hosted their second annual fundraiser concert on Friday, March 2nd at Palapa Bar and Grill. The concert featured performer Sean McDermott who brought the Broadway spirit to island residents and visitors. The event saw a large crowd of supporters for an evening of fun entertainment while supporting a worthy cause.
The fundraiser concert started at 7PM, with Eiden Salazar and Sunshine Scholarship Founder, Eve Dirnback welcoming attendees and thanking them for their continued support towards the foundation. “I want to thank everyone who came out tonight to be an apart of this fundraiser. I also want to acknowledge all the various people and business who have continuously supported the Sunshine Scholarship Foundation. Thanks to the support we can continue to provide education to unprivileged children in San Pedro,” said Dirnback.
Police United defeat San Pedro Pirates F.C
During the eighth week of the Premiere League of Belize (PLB), Police United F.C defeated the San Pedro Pirates F.C at the Isidoro Beaton Stadium in Belmopan City on Sunday, March 4th. The island team fought hard to win the match but when the long whistle was blown it was a clear 3-1 victory for the Police United F.C.
Islander players to represent Belize in the UNCAF Beach Soccer Cup
On, Thursday, March 1st the Football Federation of Belize (FFB) issued a press release stating the names of the players selected to represent the country of Belize in the upcoming Central American Football Union (UNCAF) Beach Soccer Cup. Among the selected players are San Pedro athletes Rugerri Trejo, Sean Mas and Highking Roberts. The players who are taking part in the training will be representing Belize in El Salvador from Thursday, March 29th through Saturday, March 31st. The team has been practicing since Monday, March 5th under the administration of Dennis Serano and Rivera. The San Pedro Sun congratulates all the players that were selected and wish them the best at the UNCAF Beach Soccer Cup.
Will There Be a Recount of San Pedro Ballots? PUP Discusses Options
The People’s United Party in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye today is looking into legal options and working along with its headquarters to come up with a plan of action regarding discrepancies in voter numbers in the Belize Rural South municipality. The PUP Secretariat has suggested a recount and the UDP Secretariat is neither accepting or rejecting the suggestion. Members of both political parties spent the entire afternoon at the Election and Boundaries in San Pedro going over the numbers presented to them by the returning officer. We understand that the PUP is leaning towards calling for a recount, but are still discussing their legal options as they believe that the discrepancies have raised some doubts in the process of vote counting. They have also indicated that today their numbers are off, compared to that of the returning officer from when they signed off at the end of election day.
A Look at Alaia Boutique Resort Debuting 2020 on Ambergris Caye
Autograph Collection Hotels, in partnership with owner and developer Andrew Ashcroft, announced on Wednesday, March 7, 2018, the brand will debut in Belize with the 2020 opening of Alaia – a one-of-a-kind boutique resort, set amidst the beautiful and culturally rich southern part of Ambergris Caye Island. Perfectly suited for Autograph Collection Hotels, Alaia will join the 135 independent hotels in the brand's diverse and dynamic collection - each celebrating the founder's passion, thoughtfulness of design, inherent craft and connection with the locale.
San Pedro Red Again, Danny and Team Go for Third Term in Office
It was one of the most exciting and nail-biting municipal elections in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, history as an entire county waited on the voting results for Belize Rural South. It took almost nine hours to get the results and for the United Democratic Party to claim victory for the third consecutive term with Mayoral candidate Daniel Guerrero at the head of the UDP Red Team. It was a super close race for the seven seats in office of the San Pedro Town Council as the People’s United Party (PUP) narrowed the gap significantly.
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Caye Caulker Beach Cleanup
Come join OCEANA in an effort to keep our beaches clean. Help us and participate in our Reef Week activities.
Sunday March 11th, 9am at the beach of the Mangrove Park and will be heading south. Everyone is invited!
For more information call 600-2862.
Welcoming this year’s Youth Ambassadors cohort to the Embassy!
What an energetic and impressive group of young Belizean students! We are proud of you and wish you a great trip to the United States!
Recount in San Pedro
After the PUP was originally declared the winner, the UDP leaders requested for a recount, and one of the Ballot Boxes was found to have another 162 Votes which reversed the result in favor of the UDP. So now the PUP has requested a recount.
The ballots cast do not match with the Official Copies of these ballots. The election officials issued 5,134 ballots, but 5,296 ballot votes appeared in the boxes. Votes counted were 2667 for Daniel ‘Danny’ Guerrero (UDP), and 2629 for Andre Perez (PUP) equals 5,296.
MARÍA UICAB, PATRONA DE TULUM: COMMANDER AND PRIESTESS
María Petrona Uicab was from the middle of 1860 commander and priestess of the rebellious Mayan soldiers of the peninsular east. Daughter of a cruzo'ob commander with the surname Uicab, María was one of the main figures of the rebellious Mayans in the war they waged against the troops of the state of Yucatan and the Mexican federal government. The military commanders of the villages of Chumpón, San Antonio Muyil and Noj Kaaj Santa Cruz obeyed the orders of the priestess, who resided in San Antonio Muyil and was the interpreter of the designs of the three crosses that had their sanctuary in the Holy Pueblo Santa Cruz Tulum, ancient Tsama '.
An anonymous author, referred in this way in 1868 to the authority that had reached between the rebels:
"From this period dates the establishment in Tulum of a woman named María Uicab, who apparently recognizes all the attributes of sovereignty with a sacred character".
Official statement from the Government of Belize Press Office regarding the results of the San Pedro Town Council elections
Statement on Concerns Raised in Relation to the Voter Turnout for the San Pedro Town Council Election
It has come to the attention of the Elections and Boundaries Department that there exist concerns in relation to the voter turnout for the San Pedro Town Council Election held on March 7th, 2018.
The Department wishes to assure the general public that the official result of the San Pedro Town Council Election has not yet been released by the Elections and Boundaries Department. This information will only be released upon receipt of the official forms from the Returning Officer and after all figures have been checked and verified for accuracy.
How travellers can win a trip and protect the coral reefs in Belize and Australia
While Belize and Australia may not be near each other on the map, the countries share a connection as the home of the two largest barrier reefs on the planet.
Now, in an effort to help those important ecosystems, the Belize Tourism Board has teamed up with the World Wildlife Fund to create the Sister Reef Project, which will raise awareness and funds for the protection of the reefs. The Belize Barrier Reef is a popular diving and snorkeling destination that attracts visitors from around the globe. It was dedicated as a Unesco World Heritage Site in 1996. Luckily for those eager to visit Belize, there’s a chance to win trips to see it for yourself. The project is an online fundraiser that will allow travellers to buy credits that will go towards reef conservation efforts, and enter them to win experiences in Belize. The prizes include airline tickets, accommodation at more than a dozen resorts, an aerial tour over the Great Blue Hole, diving tours and more.
SARTENEJA EASTER REGATTA
Let your travelling feet take you to our beautiful and scenic Sarteneja Village this Easter April 1st 2018. It will be a day for all the family to build wonderful memories and have lots of fun.
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We apologize for the inconvenience and invite you to try our Account Balance Query SMS service: http://youtu.be/ay7Xmk2qSJc
Fly with Rony Kid's Art Class
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Paradise Theater playing this weekend:
UDP Loses Ground, But Holds Unto Two-Thirds of Municipalities
The Municipal elections are over - and tonight, the UDP can claim victory, again - for the fifth municipal election in a row. The ruling party won 6 of 9 municipalities and 41of 67 seats overall. But, they lost their crown jewel, which is the Belize City Council - and, very surprisingly, lost the vote in 6 of 10 city municipalities.
Tactically, symbolically and in real terms, that alone is a huge setback for the UDP - a real back - breaker, and it is also that much of a momentum giver for the PUP which pulled off an upset with convincing numbers in the UDP’s biggest stronghold.
Still the UDP can console itself that it controls the municipalities in the west and south, namely Benque Viejo, San Ignacio Santa Elena, Belmopan, Dangriga and Punta Gorda - while the PUP now holds the north completely in Orange Walk and Corozal, and snatches that jewel in the central area, Belize City. The only mixed slate is in Dangriga where a single PUP councillor, Erica Jang was elected.
Barrow Proudly Proclaims Victory
So with control of those 5 towns and the Capital City, the UDP leader today proudly proclaimed victory at a press conference where he tried, at least, to look past the major upset in the city. Here’s how he put it at a press conference populated by party supporters:…
Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow - Prime Minister of Belize:
"Thank you to the Belizean nation, thank you to the municipalities for allowing the UDP to celebrate yet another big victory. The UDP has won 83 percent of all municipal seats in the period between 2006 and 2018. Our accomplishment is unprecedented in the post-Independence era of Belize. When you consider the relentless assault in particular of the media they have bombarded us, they have lambasted us without cease, without let to a cease. When you consider how the way they told it the odds were completely stacked against us that we could have produced this performance where in areas we actually increased our margins some places.
Can UDP Arrest “Inevitable” Inertia?
And while the Prime Minister said that losing Belize City and Corozal has energized him to regain the lost ground, the fact is that there is a tide in politics - and the UDP may been facing its inevitable low tide - meaning its quite remarkable winning stream going back to a 2003 by-election might just be running out. We asked the Prime Minister about things falling apart:…
"Up until 10 years in it is the first time your administration is suffering a consequential setback at the polls. Setback, I have to make the question because I only get 3. So building on this my question is how will this retooling of the strategy to try to fight the inevitable inertia. How will that affect your timeline for departure if at all?"
Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow - Prime Minister of Belize:
"When you describe it as a setback you're not suggesting that it is a loss."
City is Blue For The First Time In 12 Years
But, it’s not like that “lack of presence” happened just yesterday - the UDP went into the municipal election knowing full well that it had huge holes to fill. But the party never thought twice about it because it was counting on huge blowout victories in Collett, Port Loyola, Mesopotamia and Queen’s Square - and to at least break even in Pickstock. But, those never materialized in Port Loyola and Pickstock, where the UDP lost.
And that led to the biggest upset of the election where Belize City has gone blue again after a 12 year drought. Sahar Vasquez was all around the city for our Up Fi Grabs coverage and she has this story:…
Upset, devastation, and shock. The UDPs unflappable confidence was shattered in the course of 16 hours. The team of eleven experienced members went into the election with very little doubt. In fact, they were almost sure they would pummel PUPs rebirth team.
PM Barrow Bruised By City Loss
Today, while the Prime Minister celebrated the 6 municipalities he did win - he conceded that losing Belize city bruised his party:…
Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow - Prime Minister of Belize:
"There's no getting away from it, we lost Belize City after controlling it these very, very, many, many, many long years and it is a blow but if we dwell too much on that blow then we cheapen the victory in those 6 municipalities, the handsome victory in those 6 municipalities and that we will not do. We had 6 out of 10 they were able in terms of the municipal elections yesterday to creep up and over turn our margin in Pickstock and to do the same in Port Loyola, that is cause for some concern. Regarding Port Loyola, well I shan't say too much, we're not yet certain of Minister Martinez plans for the future. He had already indicated that it is not his intention to stand again at the next general elections so if that position still holds and I imagine it does it is a matter of our moving quickly to fill the void in time for re-registration which starts in July.”
New City Mayor - Did He Try To Send Everyone Home?
And while the UDP are looking for a reset in Port Loyola, the PUP are now resurgent in the city - which was the UDP’s stronghold.
Leading that resurgence is new mayor Bernard Wagner.
Wagner has many plans to continue Belize City’s transformation but what is his first order of business as Mayor? He said he’s focused on getting to know his new staff:
Bernard Wagner - Belize City Mayor/PUP:
"Ms. Vasquez fantastic win for the PUP. We were the underdogs going into this election, we started in October as the rebirth, we felt that we could not take anything for granted. We had to beat the incumbent at their own game."
"Sir tell us what will be your first order of business once you get into the office."
Dion Bows Out
So, while those are transition tremors as Belize City prepares itself for a PUP Council to take over, the UDP’s losing mayoral candidate, Dion Leslie is hoping that those can be kept to a minimum. We caught up with him today attending an elections post-mortem meeting at the UDP Headquarters.
But, while Leslie concedes defeat, he is asking the new Mayor not to commence a wholesale cancelation of the Darrell Bradley Administration’s development initiatives for Belize City. He gave us a few examples of the programs started by the last administration, which he hopes Mayor Bernard Wagner would consider continuing:
How The West Was Won
We’ve already given you the broad outline of yesterday’s election: the PUP went from controlling just one town with 5 councillor candidates, to controlling two towns and the big city, with 25 seats. The UDP went from controlling 6 towns and two cities, to controlling 5 towns and one small city with a total of 41 seats.
Overall, it was a mixed bag - with both sides able to claim decisive wins. But, nowhere was it more decisive for the UDP than in the west - which the red swept with three decisive victories.
Looking only at the margins for mayoral victories, we start off in Belmopan, where UDP Mayor Khalid Belisle beat PUP’s Tanya Santos by 943 votes. Belisle got 3,298 votes and Santos got 2,355.
Chebat Blame Turnout For Loss
So the PUP simply couldn’t break their losing streak in the west and one factor that the PUP believes led to this dismal outcome was the voter turnout- it was very poor. PUP Standard Bearer Michel Chebat expressed his disappointment with the results. We caught him as he exited the Center for Employment Training last night.
Michel Chebat - PUP Standard Bearer:
“Clearly this is not the result we were expecting, the team was out there, we worked very hard, obviously the people, the voters are disenchanted and they did not come out to vote, a low voter turn-out is always in favor of the incumbent and in San Ignacio and the Cayo district here we had about 52% total so we knew earlier on that it would have been against us.”
The Blue Was Bullish Up North
We take you now to the north - which is the PUP’s stronghold. We start first with Orange Walk, where the UDP’s were trying to pull off a huge upset in John Briceno’s hometown.
That’s the only town that the PUP won a majority of the seats in 3 years ago, if the ruling UDP was able to reverse that, it would been a deathblow to Briceño’s command of the north.
Our news team was there, and Daniel Ortiz reports:
Early in the morning at the San Francisco polling station, we found the PUP Incumbent, Mayor Kevin Bernard, and his UDP challenger, Phillip De La Fuente , trying to secure as much votes as possible. Both men were projecting confidence for the end result in Orange Walk, however, the incumbent was predicting a landslide.
UDP Left Shell Shocked In OW
So, that was a serious blow out that the UDP suffered yesterday, and, today, we got a reaction from both the UDP Mayoral Candidate for Orange Walk, and the Orange Walk East Area Rep., who was trying to close the gap on the PUP.
Here’s what they had to say about the PUP’s dominance in Sugar City:
"I know you're disappointed in Orange Walk. You were as a UDP general holding your ground, holding the line, the East."
Hon. Elodio Aragon Jr. - UDP Area Rep., Orange Walk East:
"We always knew it was going to be hard in Orange Walk. We were up against the opposition party leader, we were up against a lot of money, we knew it was going to be tough, we were trying to ensure we get out and have our campaigners get out there and bring out the vote."
UDP Lost Narrowly in Corozal
Our news team was also in Corozal Town where both major mass parties put together teams made up almost all new candidates. The ruling UDP was trying its best to hold on to Corozal after its 4 term mayor moved on.
Here’s what our news team found in that northernmost town:
Up in Corozal Town, the two mass parties were clamoring for the municipality as best as they could. Both sides featured new faces in politics.
The PUP was hoping to seize on the opportunity of four term Mayor Hilberto Campos’s exit from municipal politics. While the UDP was hoping that a long-time town council employee would make a seamless transition to the Mayoral office.
Both sides were predicting that they would be victorious.
Will PM Barrow Help Blue Municipalities?
So, now that there are three PUP municipalities, will the UDP central government leave them out in the cold by being stingy with funding? Today the Prime Minister said he’ll do his best with limited resources:…
Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow - Prime Minister of Belize:
"Within the limits of our resources we are sure not to punish anyone, that's not our style but the resources are limited and so it is a matter of judicious allocation and I don't know if judicious necessarily means equal. So we will try to assist everybody but I am reminded of that good ole Jamaican saying the Pastor christens his pikni first, that's all I will say."
Was Crime A Critical Factor In Election Outcome?
And while PM Barrow could have a little fun with that one - he didn’t joke at all when speaking about the crime problem in Belize City. It was likely a huge factor in the Belize City loss for the red - and how could it not be? - with three children murdered and one more shot in the Belize district in two and a half weeks.
Indeed, crime is a problem that has bedevilled the UDP for its ten years in office, and, tomorrow, the Prime Minister is going to the House of Representatives with a new raft of anti-crime legislation.
Today, he said changes have to be made in the approach to law enforcement:
Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow - Prime Minister of Belize:
"The question of crime and what happened in the days and perhaps and weeks before the election, in my mind undoubtedly played a role. No doubt in my mind what took place in terms of the usurps in criminal activity played a role and the government is well aware that there is a need to do more."
Gang Rivalry In Close Quarters
There’s been another shooting incident in an ongoing rivalry between neighboring streets. On Tuesday night, 27 year old Kadeem Myers, was coming out of his neighborhood in Rhaburn’s Alley, when a man passing on bike opened fire on him. Police told us more:
The rivalry is between two groups that live on the same block. Retaliation is likely.
Raheem Is Critical
And a man is in critical in the KHMH after a strange stabbing in the city. Cowo told us more:..
UDP’s Quick Post-Election Post Mortem
So far in tonight’s news, we’ve shown you the broad outline of the results of yesterday’s municipal elections, and looked at the battlegrounds in some key municipalities.
The UDP has lost ground, in Corozal and Belize City, but as you saw, the Prime Minister is still proudly proclaiming a victory.
But the party lost ground in many key area, and today the PM invited his party brass to headquarters for some real talk behind closed doors about what happened, and what went wrong.
Sedi Sticking Around
And, Pickstock representative Wilfred Sedi Elrington also has to do some serious stocktaking. The UDP slate lost in his area - after a strong challenge from PUP Deputy for the East - Anthony Mahler. So is he going to retire rather than face a possible humiliation at the polls? Today he said he likes a good fight:…
"In this an indication that your fortune in Pickstock are flagging and that perhaps it is time to make an orderly exit?"
Hon. Wilfred Elrington - Area Representative, Pickstock:
"That is not my view, that is far from my view. Actually I like the prime minister I like a challenge so you will have me around for a long time, a long time."
Khalid Claims His Second Term
And the storyline is different for the UDP’s Mayor in Belmopan. Khalid Belisle won by almost a thousand votes giving him a second term in office. Today, outside of this UDP election’s post-mortem, we spoke with him about his victory, and how national issues affect his electability in the Garden City.
See Ya, Superman!
And from that mayor to the man who would be mayor - Phillip Willoughby. He tried to gain his party’s nomination as its mayoral candidate but failed. And yesterday, after 4 terms in city hall, he was voted out. Today we met him at the Prime Minister’s press conference where he told us what’s next:…
City Goes Blue as P.U.P. Gain Ground in Municipal Elections
Following Wednesday’s momentous municipal elections, Prime Minister Dean Barrow called a press conference this afternoon that was chock full of news and analysis ahead of Friday’s budget presentation. We’ll have [...]
P.M. Concedes, but Says All is Not Lost
Prime Minister Dean Barrow readily admits that the loss of the Belize City Council is a heavy blow to his United Democratic Party, and not one that will be easy [...]
Dion Leslie’s CitCo Farewell
U.D.P. Belize City mayoral candidate Dion Leslie suffered a stunning defeat on Wednesday. The People’s United Party slate, led by political newcomer Bernard Wagner, dealt the ruling party a staggering [...]
P.M. ‘Bigs Up’ Leslie for Effort
Leslie was personally endorsed by both former Mayor Darrell Bradley and many of the upper echelons of his party. His victory at the ITVET grounds seven months ago over Philip [...]
Keep Calm on Pickstock, Says Sedi
Steady efforts by area representatives Wilfred ‘Sedi’ Elrington and Anthony ‘Boots’ Martinez in the Pickstock and Port Loyola constituencies, did not prevent the United Democratic Party from losing considerable grounds [...]
Boots Running Out of Time?
Minister and Port Loyola area representative Anthony “Boots” Martinez remains under a cloud of accusations concerning his relationship with former caretaker and alleged contractor Kirk Lamb, who says he used [...]
Controversy Mars Well-Run Election in San Pedro Town
Discussions continue at news time in San Pedro, where on Wednesday night the People’s United Party felt they had claimed yet another scalp from the ruling United Democratic Party. But [...]
Results to be Challenged in San Pedro…
As of news time, a legal challenge to the results is pending. The Elections and Boundaries Department made note in a press release this evening that the result given this [...]
…But Not if P.M. Can Help It
But if it were Prime Minister Dean Barrow making the decision on a potential recount, the answer would be no. The United Democratic Party leader made a two-pronged attack on [...]
O.W. Stays in P.U.P. Fold
In Orange Walk Town, the home of the P.U.P. Leader, John Briceño, victory was predictable. But the popularity of Mayor Kevin Bernard would give the party a further boost and [...]
P.M. Says U.D.P. Will Fight Back
Aside from winning the boxes in Orange Walk North for the first time, the P.U.P. would also win in the Orange Walk East constituency, which was won handsomely in the [...]
Corozal Also Goes Blue
We go to Corozal, where after long years of a drought, victory was sweet for the People’s United Party. The team led by Rigo Vellos would go on to reverse [...]
Belmopan’s Belisle is Back for Another Term
The nation’s capital Belmopan provided less political drama than other municipalities and therefore an expected result. The United Democratic Party and incumbent Khalid Belisle earned a comfortable victory over their [...]
‘The Red Hills’ of Cayo
The red hills of Cayo also remained red on Election Day. Both San Ignacio/Santa Elena and Benque Viejo del Carmen returned a full slate of United Democratic Party members as [...]
U.D.P. Secures Dangriga after P.M. Visit
A split council in Dangriga, where the U.D.P. has a majority hold, but the P.U.P. made a small mark with one councilor candidate. Both main political parties faced off in [...]
P.G. is Also in Red Fold
The U.D.P. also retained their hold on the Punta Gorda Town Council. In the southernmost municipality, three political parties contested the elections. The U.D.P. led by mayoral candidate Ashton McKenzie; [...]
No Punishment, Says P.M., but Few Resources
The People’s United Party now claims three of nine municipalities, including Belize City. With a United Democratic Party central government, how will they fare off for the next two years? [...]
Time for Action on Crime
The Barrow administration has been fairly quiet on the relentless issue of crime and violence that has been plaguing Belize City. The Belize Police Department has rolled out its two-year [...]
City Man Critical after Stabbing; Did Responders Move Too Slow?
A near-fatal stabbing incident on Tuesday night has left one person hospitalized at the K.H.M.H. and friends with whom he was socializing, in earnest fear of their lives. Raheem Ellington [...]
Car Dealer and Teacher are Gun Targets
Meanwhile, a Belize City resident remains in custody tonight pending further investigation into an attempt on the lives of a couple on the eve of municipal elections. Police say car [...]
Figures for San Pedro Town still not finalized
It was a hotly contested election in San Pedro and it was not until the early hours of this morning that the UDP’s Daniel Guerrero claimed a slim victory over the PUP’s Abner Andre Perez. The UDP maintained its grasp of the San Pedro Town Council with Guerrero receiving 2667 votes to Perez’s 2629. That’s …
PM’s sentiments on Elections results
As you saw the People’s United Party gained grounds yesterday. They are now in full control of two town councils and one city council. This is a huge step forward for the PUP in the municipalities and an incredible lost for the UDP. While the Prime Minister has conceded defeat in Orange Walk, Corozal and …
Why did the UDP lose Belize City?
The voter turnout this year for the Municipal Elections yesterday decreased compared to the official figures of 2015. The UDP lost ground yesterday so today the media asked the UDP Leader and Prime Minister Dean Barrow what factors may have influenced their loss in three of the municipalities, specifically Belize City.
UDP Leader encourages ‘Boots’ Martinez to stick to his plan and not run again
One of the areas in Belize City that the People’s United Party managed to take a hold of is Port Loyola. This is traditionally a strong hold for the UDP and is the constituency of UDP Minister Anthony ‘Boots” Martinez. Minister Martinez has been embroiled in allegations of corruption made against him before the elections. …
PM says no new taxes for new fiscal year
Prime Minister Dean Barrow will present the budget for fiscal year 2018/2019 tomorrow. In a previous interview with Financial Secretary Joseph Waight he said that the budget this year will be a billion dollars. Today Prime Minister Dean Barrow was asked if his budget will include any increase in taxes.
Belmopan remains a UDP stronghold
It has been only since the year 2000 that the capital of Belize, Belmopan, has been involved in the Municipal Elections. As a result, PUP won and controlled the first Belmopan City Council, thereafter, it fell into the hands of the UDP. The UDP has been running the Belmopan City Council since then and will …
Dion Leslie concedes defeat
A total of sixty-four thousand nine hundred and fifty-five persons went to the polls yesterday which represents fifty-seven percent of the registered voters. The UDP has been controlling the Belize City Council for over ten years; however, in yesterday’s Municipal Election the UDP lost control of the Belize City Council. Love news spoke with UDP’s …
Women’s Month theme: “Hashtag Press for Progress”
Belize has been celebrating International Women’s Day in March since 1970; however, in recent times the entire month is celebrated. This year’s theme is “Hashtag Press for Progress”. Love news spoke with Taheerah Usher, the Interim Human Development Officer who said that during the month women’s progress is celebrated as well as a time to …
Independent Candidates say they are viable options
Independent candidates all over the country have made it known that they are viable options at the polls tomorrow. Running for Independent candidacy in Belmopan is Richard Smith of the Christian Pursuing Reform Party or the CPR. Richard Smith ran in previous municipal elections as a mayoral candidat...
Iguana Juan’s brings comedy to the La Isla Bonita
Iguana Juan’s clever tagline is definitely a hint that inside their ‘old building’, there is a ton of character waiting for its guests. With their comedy club and restaurant experience, Brad and Shannon Reeder have made it their mission to extend the fun vibes to La Isla Bonita.
Their first comedy show on February 21st featured local and international comics, and the mix of residents and visitors were in stitches all night.
Rob Burrows, owner of Crazy Canuck’s Beach Bar opened the floor and shared his observations as a bar owner who has seen it all. From golf cart jokes to drunk tourist tales, Burrows had everyone primed and ready for the acts that followed.
Belize launches sister reef project
Despite being on opposite sides of the globe, Belize and Australia are connected as the home to the planet’s two largest barrier reefs. These fragile habitats are under threat from environmental impacts and must be protected.
To help, the Belize Tourism Board has partnered with World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to create the Sister Reef Project, a campaign to raise awareness and funds for Australia’s Great Barrier Reef and the Belize Barrier Reef.
The Sister Reef Project is an online fundraiser benefitting WWF. Travelers are encouraged to buy credits to enter to win multiple curious items and experiences in Belize, while simultaneously donating to a worthy cause. All funds from the project will go toward WWF to support its reef conservation efforts in both Belize and Australia.
San Pedro Municipal Elections 2018, 3.5min. The United Democratic Party wins third consecutive term under Mayoral Candidate Daniel Guerrero in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye. The People’s United Party concedes but not without putting up a good fight and narrowing the people’s votes.
Official Orange Walk Municipal Election Results in favor of PUP, 3min.
Belize Interlocking Paver & Blocks, 1/2min. First BIPB interlocking block home on a third floor. Looking very strong, very aligned, and beautiful. When the walls finish they are FINISHED... no need to plaster, paint, no window and door edge finishings... just a little polishing and sealing!!!!
2018 Belize Boogie (and Blue Hole) jumps, 5min. A little video I made about some of the 2018 Belize Boogie (and Blue Hole) jumps... Rich Grimm is a good friend living the dream in Costa Rica but has organized and managed multiple boogies in Belize. Saw them on our trip last month. What a great group of guys and gals who know how to party and live life. Check out the views of Belize in this vid!
Altun Ha Mayan ruins, 9min. Touring and exploring the Altun Ha Mayan ruins in Belize.
SAILING FROM JAMAICA TO BELIZE, 11min. In this video we are sailing to Belize after spending 1 month in Jamaica with our boater friends.
It took us 5 and a half days to get to Belize but we kept our selves busy by playing games and reading.
Belize Baboon Conservation, 3min.
Exploring Caye Caulker keys, 4min.
Skydiving into the Great Blue Hole, Belize, 8min. Jumping from a plane at 14k and landing in the water, in the Great Blue Hole (and then scuba diving to 142ft )
BSI ASR WEEKLY CROP REVIEW 2018 week 12, 3min.
Talk Ah Di Town March 8, 2018, 28min.
Betec, 10min. on Open Your Eyes
VOGUE Press for Progress, 3min. This is cool but how much COOLER is it that Joyjah, a Belizean model, is a part of it. On International Women's Day, Vogue presents: celebrity lip-sync. Starring Nicole Kidman, Ashley Graham, Winnie Harlow, Natalia Vodianova, Toni Garrn, HAIM, Dua Lipa, Ana de Armas, Blanca Padilla, Andreja Pejić, Halima Aden, Joyjah Estrada, and Celina Jade
Caye Caulker w Belize - atrakcje wyspy | CzasNa Wywczas, 4min.
Deep Sea Fishing Belize, 2 50 Min, Leaving Sittee River, 3min.
belize 2018, 3min. belize scuba diving and adventuring.
Silk Caye, Belize 2018, 2min. This tiny little speck of island in the middle of the Carribean ocean. I'd be lying if the thought "I wish these people would get off MY island" didn't enter my mind.