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The San Pedro Sun
SPHS female football team place third in NSSSA Football Nationals
The San Pedro High School (SPHS) female football team took third place at the National Secondary Schools Sports Association (NSSSA) tournament. Held at the Victor Sanchez Union Field in Toledo District from Friday March 2nd to Saturday, March 3rd, the tournament hosted four teams vying for the national championship. The first set of matches began on Friday, March 2nd, with St. Ignatius High School girls facing the SPHS girls. The following day saw the match for third place, between the SPHS girls and TCC girls. With a final score of 3-0, the SPHS girls were able to claim the third place title and trophy over the TCC team. As for the championship match, St. Ignatius High School girls easily took the victory, with a 2-0 score over Ladyville Technical High School girls.
Anke Doehm yet to face trial for the charge of Cruelty of Child
Widowed Anke Doehm continues to face charges for ‘Cruelty to a Child’ over the death of her adoptive daughter 13-year-old Faye Lin Cannon. Doehm’s most recent court appearance was on February 26th in Belize City, for a preliminary inquiry on the ongoing case against her. According to sources, the court ruled that Doehm should go immediately to trial for the said charge. However, a date for the trial has not been set yet.
Doehm’s case has been adjourned continuously ever since she and her deceased husband, David Doehm were jointly charged with the offense on July 12, 2017.
Invasion Latina Concert to benefit a worthy cause
LRS Promotions alongside the San Pedro Lions Club will be hosting a benefit concert entitled “Invasion Latina” part 2 at the Lions Den in San Pedro Town on Saturday, March 24th. The concert will feature music by DJ Super Mario, DJ Flex, Rompe Raja, and Versatile Premiere Sounds. Everyone is invited to attend the show as 10% of the funds raised will go towards helping disabled island resident Miguel Ayala and his son.
Ayala, who cares for his son, decided to travel to the USA looking for a better life for his family. He made it all the way to the Mexican/American border, with the only thing left was for him to do was hop on a train. However, Ayala didn’t know that it was an electrified train, and when he grabbed on the electric current jolted him off the train and his legs went under. Both of his legs were cut off. He was then hospitalized for 64 days.
San Pedro UDP Victory Rally
The United Democratic Party of San Pedro Town welcomed Hon. Dean Oliver Barrow to La Isla Bonita on Saturday, March 17, 2018 for their grand victory rally. Hon. Dean Barrow was welcomed by Mayor Daniel Guerrero and his councillors along with Minister Manuel Heredia Jr. a crowd of UDP Supporters. They paraded through the main streets of San Pedro and then held their grand victory rally at the Hon. Louis Sylvestre Sporting Complex.
'Thank You - Victory 2018' - this was the main message from the San Pedro United Democratic Party. After formalities and thank you speeches the crowd partied to the wee hours of the morning with the great music provided by Caribbean Roots Band.
20,000 Strong Women’s Empowerment Rally 2018
The Office of the Special Envoy for Women and Children in partnership with the National Women’s Commission (NWC), the Women’s Department, UNICEF Belize, The Embassy of the United States of America and the Ministry of Human Development, Social Transformation and Poverty Alleviation hosted its third bi-annual 20,000 Strong Women's Empowerment Rally on Friday, March 16, 2018, at the Marion Jones Sports Complex. The Rally brought together thousands of women, men and students from across the country in yet another massive show of unity to ignite change in our society. As per usual, participants marched from the Memorial Park to the Marion
Jones Sports Complex where they were met by a large congregation of students and teachers who travelled from out-district to attend the Rally.
Reef Swim Champs From San Pedro
Oceana Belize held its Reef Swim on Monday, March 12, 2018 as part of their Reef Week activities. The Reef Swim was from Goff’s Caye to English Caye and San Pedro was represented; participants included Kian Trejo, Brandon Santos, Jordan Santos and Karina Paz.
The swim was between Goff’s Caye and English Caye, a total of 1.6 miles to swim. Karina Paz participated for the first time in this year’s competition and placed first in the female category. Brothers Brandon and Jordan Santos placed 1st and 2nd in the competition respectively. Congratulations to all participants and winners you have made us extremely proud!
Misc Belizean Sources
Project Launch: Productivity enhancement of banana farms through integrated soil fertility management in the banana belt area of Belize
On March 13th 2018, the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), the European Union (EU), the Banana Growers’ Association (BGA) and the University of Belize (UB) had an official launch ceremony for the project entitled “Productivity enhancement of banana farms through integrated soil fertility management in the banana belt area of Belize”, at the Banana Growers’ Association headquarters, located at Savannah Area, Independence Village, Stann Creek District.
The project is a joint action of the Banana Accompanying Measures (BAM) 2013 program to provide financial assistance to the Belize banana sector. It seeks to promote and to foster social and economic development, leading to the reduction of poverty, focusing on workers, their families, and communities in the banana belt area of Belize.
Belize’s Indigenous Peoples Revitalize their National Platform for Participation
The Garifuna, Q’eqchi’ Maya, Mopan Maya, and Yucatec Maya met to revitalize the Belize National Indigenous Council (BENIC). We came together because we are concerned about the environmental, economic and serious social challenges being faced by Belize. We firmly believe that the only way to overcome these challenges is by coming together and joining our words and thoughts.
In that spirit, we have embarked to revitalize a process that will make each and every Belizean come to terms with our challenging reality and take on the responsibility to find solutions to the challenges. Through this process we envision a Belize where we are all living well as communities, free of discrimination of any kind, and actively participating in shaping our future.
Dallas Travel and Adventure Show 2018
Team Belize at this year's Dallas Travel and Adventure Show.
Special Olympics Fun Run 2018
Saturday, April 14th, Countrywide.
Quick Impact Project in Dangriga
RET International Students from the Youth Action Group at Delille Academy in Dangriga carried out a Quick Impact Project to beautify the school compound and create seating for students with recycled materials on February 28.
Students felt that they would have greater effect or impact on the student body by starting with their own school space before going out to the wider community.
Marco Gonzalez Maya Site
Our adventure to the Marco Gonzales Archaeological Reserve was a good one. Nature and appreciation for culture and history all came alive.
U.S. Embassy grantee Caye Caulker Ocean Academy held Part II of its Social Enterprise Workshop
With principals, teachers, and students from six high schools across the country on February 27 & 28.
Ocean Academy is encouraging other schools to follow the Ocean Academy model of incorporating entrepreneurial skills into the curriculum, learn about social enterprise, and plan pilot projects for their campuses and in their communities. Representatives from the Ministry of Education and Youth (Belize) were also there to lend their support for this initiative.
Guatemalan Gold Panners Found in Chiquibul
On Saturday, March 17, 2018 at 3:30 pm while on a joint patrol conducted by the FCD Chiquibul National Park Ranger with members of the Belize Defence Force in the Ceibo Chico area in southern Chiquibul, the patrol came upon three Hispanic male persons working on the river conducting gold panning. When approached one of them eluded the patrol team and only two of them were detained and questioned. When searched each one was found with a plastic vial containing what appeared to be gold. On the immediate surrounding were found shovels, plastic basins and iron bars as well as a black bag with marijuana. These individuals were found operating approximately 6.5 kilometers inside the Chiquibul National Park.
Shoddy construction of the Nation's Primary Health Care provider. The KHMH is cripled at 25 years.
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Understanding Masculinities and Male Violence Seminar
The University of Belize in collaboration with the Government of Belize through its Ministry of Home Affairs and with support from the InfoSegura Project and UNDP Belize is hosting a 2-day Seminar on Understanding Masculinities and Male Violence in Belize.
This seminar seeks to understand the contemporary work taking place in Belize to tackle violence using a masculinities perspective. It will bring together national and international experts to discuss experiences and lessons learned, and will chart collaborative pathways forward to reduce men’s violence across Belize.
Bookkeeping Workshop on March 22 in San Pedro
SBDCBelize, a unit of BELTRAIDE, is hosting a Bookkeeping Workshop on March 22 in San Pedro. The half-day training will include relevant topics such as record keeping, income expense, and profit and loss statements; with practical exercises so you can record your business’s financial transactions the proper way.
for more information email SBDCBelize at [email protected] or call 223-3195
You can also register by contacting the DFC Branch in San Pedro.
Microsoft Office 365 Training for Public Officers
Microsoft, in collaboration with the Central Information Technology Office (CITO), will be visiting Belize on March 20th to March 22nd, to conduct a 3-hour introduction session to Microsoft’s Office 365 to public officers. This training is as a result of the MOU signing between Microsoft and the Government of Belize in June of last year. This partnership reinforces Government of Belize’s effort in improving the skills of public officers by adopting the latest technology that can lead to national development.
CITO is working to provide public officers access to training and support of Microsoft Office 365, to bring them a solution for best-in class productivity and collaboration among government offices countrywide.
Motor Bike and Auto Show - Orange Walk
Sunday, March 25th.
Power outage scheduled for Tuesday, March 20 from 8:00am to 2:00pm to affect entire Placencia Peninsula
Including Placencia Village and surrounding areas, Plantation, Forest Lagoon Estate, Coconut Walk Drive, Poinciana Drive, Maya Beach, Cocoplum Development, Surfside Development, Seine Bight, and portion of Independence Village which includes Noralez Area, Malacate and Savannah Road. BEL to repair hotspots, relocate high voltage power lines, reinsulate structures and reconfigure portion of distribution system in area.
BTIA Cayo March 2018 Meeting and Mixer
The Cayo BTIA is having their March meeting and mixer on Thursday at 5:30, at the Cahal Pech Resort. They have a lot of strategic ideas to talk about.
"The BTIA Cayo Chapter (Belize Tourism Industry Assocation) CORDIALLY INVITES YOU TO ITS CHAPTER MEETING AND AN INDUSTRY MIXER EVENING!
Come out and learn about the Belize Tourism Industry Association, the latest updates for the destination, the Tourism Industry, and how you can join us to make a positive difference in such a booming but volatile industry!
March 30 in Benque
MAYA DAY IN TOLEDO
March 25. And there will be presentation from our Yucatec Maya people from Northern Belize for Maya Day . Beyo' Kuxano'on !!!!
Weekend Crime Crisis Triggers Special Sunday Cabinet Meeting
The weekend, Belize City reeled into panic after a spree of gun violence so lawless - that it forced Cabinet to meet in an emergency session on Sunday.
Coming out of that meeting, there were major changes in the security apparatus, and the Ministry in charge of the security forces.
The press was given the lowdown at an unusual Sunday evening Prime Ministerial Press conference. Jules Vasquez was there:
Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow, Prime Minister
"Let me begin by expressing government's shock and anger and rage at what has happened."
Jules Vasquez reporting:
What happened was a 26 hour span that saw 5 murders on the Southside.
On Sunday the Prime Minister called in his Cabinet and the heads of the security force for emergency meetings:
Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow, Prime Minister:
"There is a need to do something now!"
Two Women Killed In Retaliation
So we begin our crime coverage with the cold blooded double murder which really triggered the panic and forced the emergency cabinet session.
An elderly woman and a 17 year old girl were murdered on Tibruce Street on Saturday night, while 2 others were also shot.
64 year old Theresita Flowers was cooking in her kitchen when two gunmen strode into the yard, guns blazing. Courtney Weatehrburne tells us all about this double murder.
Police Confirm Motive For Murder Is Retaliation
And yesterday at the Prime Minister's Sunday press conference, Commissioner Allen Whylie said that the gunmen who escaped by boat also fired at police. Here is his statement where he confirms that it was retaliation for Bernadine Louriano's murder. Head of CIB Alejandro Cowo also updated us on this case.
Allen Whylie, Commissioner of Police:
"Some time after 7PM, police were called to Tibruce Street where they found two females who had been shot and killed. The third female was also discovered at the hospital, a minor with a gunshot injury to the hand. The investigation that has been launched - we are seeking - we have one person in custody who we are certain can assist us with our investigation and we are seeking two others."
Gibbs Was Marked For Death, But Why?
The weekend's murder marathon started off with the homicide of 30 year old Victor Gibbs. Gibbs was driving his grey Ford Escape on West Canal Street when a gunman approached and fired at him. Gibbs was hit to his left ear, shoulder, and both cheeks.
Now, police agree that it has all indications of a targeted attack - but why? After all, Gibb was not known to be in any gang.
But he has been in the news before for causing a death. Sahar Vasquez has the story:
Jealousy Led Killer To Shoot Denroy
And so, while all the murders that caused a public alarm this weekend were vendetta's or gang based, the next one we'll tell you about was likely motivated by jealousy.
On Saturday night at around 8:00, 31-year-old Denroy Alvarez was outside of his girlfriend's house at the corner of Nargusta and Hondo Streets, when a gunman walked up and shot him to death.
Now, Alvarez was a working man - but police believe his new girlfriend's ex was jealous to the point of murder. Sahar Vasquez has more.
Kendis Killed, Family Says Cops Had A Hand In It
Whenever a gang boss is killed in the city, the public fear of something close to a civil war breaking out is very real.
And this weekend - there was some sense of that when Ghost Town under-boss Kendis Flowers was murdered. Now' he's not the boss, but he's considered second in command of a major city gang, so when Flowers was fatally shot to the head early Saturday morning on Mahogany Street, it put police and the public on high alert to brace for widespread retaliation.
But the narrative on this one is not clear: his family has one version of events while police have another. Courtney Weatherburne has more.
Police Say They Have Statements To Dispell Police Involvement
And while the Commissioner of police already defended the police's position that the cops had no hand in the killing of Kendis Flowers, we also got an account from the senior officer on the scene, ASP Alejandro Cowo.
He says that police have statements and surveillance video to demonstrate that they had no hand in the killing:
ASP Alejandro Cowo:
"Based on the investigation. I am 100% sure that there was no police involvement in the death of Kendis Flowers. They can confirm this by the several statements from the persons who were along with him at the time of the shooting."
Honduran Cabbie Killed In OW, Uncle Says Jealousy Again
And the weekend's sixth and final murder happened last night in the Orange Walk District.
25 year-old Elmer Alexi Palma Arzu, a Honduran taxi driver, was found dead on the Chan Pine Ridge Road at around 9:00. Police discovered his body inside his taxi - with a shot to the head.
Palma Arzu moved to Belize only 2 months ago, to start his own taxi business.
Today, Police told us more:
ASP Alejandro Cowo:
"Some time after 9pm, Orange Walk police visited Chan Pine Ridge road where they observed a while Geo Prizm car with license plate D-0130 parked on the left hand side of the road, facing a north to south direction when traveling from Orange Walk to Chan Pine Ridge road. Upon inspecting the vehicle at the back seat they observed the motionless body of a male person who was identify as Elmer Alex Palma, 27 years old Honduran national or 8 San Martin, Orange Walk District."
Roof Situation Critical At KHMH
The KHMH is in a critical condition. And those aren't our words! That's how the hospital described itself in a candid and slightly alarming press release today.
As we've reported, the hospital has been having problems with its roof. Well, a full structural review has been done and the news is not good. The Hospital says, quote, "we know that there are multiple key areas of the hospital that we can no longer utilize until permanent solutions are in place."
Reinforcements have been put in place to prop up beams supporting the roof, but the unsafe areas covers half the hospital - and vital areas have had to be shut down. These are the Operating Theatre, the Central Sterilization Unit, the Imaging Department, the Specialist Clinics, the Pharmacy and Dietary Services.
Civic Manager Signs On
3 months ago, we took you inside the Belize Civic Center to show you just what the contractors had built for just under 33 million dollars.
Even though the facility was completed, the Ministry of Sports was not prepared to open it for public use because they wanted to find a management company to take over its day to day operations. The logic was that the Government wanted to protect this very expensive facility so that it could be handed over to the private company in pristine condition.
It took a lot of careful consideration, but the Government and Belize Infrastructure Limited have decided that from all those companies who put in a bid to run the Civic, the US company, Apex International LLC is the best fit.
A Gate Fell On Child, The Court Found Negligence
Just over 2 years ago, we told you about the very sad case involving Brenae Timmons. She's 5 years-old today, but back when she was 3, the iron gate at the Samuel Haynes Institute fell on top of her.
As we reported, her father, Bernard Timmons, who works as a librarian at the library inside the compound was on the job. His wife and 3 year-old Brenae had gone there to meet him, because they were supposed to go home together. Brenae was playing with another little girl when they gate fell on her.
Her father immediately rushed to her aid, and lifted it off her. Her skull had been crushed.
Saturday Shooting In City
So far tonight we've told you about 6 murders, but there were also two non-fatal shootings in the city. The first happened on Saturday evening around 5:00 on Gibnut Street. Police told us more:...
ASP Alejandro Cowo:
"On Saturday, the 17th of March 2018 after 5pm, upon the information received of someone being shot at Gibnut Street. Police proceeded to the location where they observed a Brian Welch with a gunshot injury to his right upper chest. As a result, police transported him to the Karl Huesner Memorial Hospital where he is still admitted in a stable condition."
Cross Creek Rivalry Gets Security Guard Shot
And in a shooting that was gang related, shots were fired yesterday morning on South Creek - adjoining Supal Street. It's a cross creek rivalry between two gangs - and it has claimed lives before. This time the victim was 34 year old Security Guard, Robert Strekler. Police had more details:..
ASP Alejandro Cowo:
"On Sunday the 18th of March 2018 just after 9 in the morning, police responded to shots fired on South Creek, Belize City. Upon arrival at that location, they were informed that the victim had been transported to the hospital. Upon making a check at the hospital, they observed Mr. Robert Strekler, a Belizean security guard of 3168 Supal Street."
Do We Really Need More Boots On the Ground
So, at the top of the newscast you heard all about the new matrix to curb crime in the city's gang hotspots: first, the BDF is back on the streets; second, there's a newly reappointed Minister of National Security with a newly reconstituted ministry, and third, certain areas will be declared emergency areas - meaning they'll be put into something like a state of emergency.
Those areas haven't been determined yet, But what really will more boot son the ground do? We've heard that so many times and the crime problem just keeps getting worse. We challenged the Prime Minister on it yesterday:..
DCP Chester: Mixing “Mano Duro” With Some “Suave”
And - as you heard - the man at the helm of all operations is newly promoted Deputy Commissioner Chester Williams. He's in charge of operations and is the now effectively second in command of the department. We asked him what his approach will be:
Jules Vasquez, reporter:
"What I hear today is what we would call "mani duro," emergency areas which will suspend your liberties under the constitution in some of the poorest neighborhoods in the country. But I know you are known for "mano suave" the soft hand. What will be your efforts to mediate?"
Chester Williams, Deputy Commissioner of Police:
"I am sure that you will agree with me that it was not just a "mano duro" approached as I discussed. The Prime Minister made it emphatically clear that he also believes that the police do need to strike a balance in terms of their enforcement."
Chester Says Counseling Is Needed on Southside
And after getting out the killers and trouble makers, Williams says the children in these communities will need counseling:...
Chester Williams, Deputy Commissioner of Police:
"There are so many children who are out of school that needs to be in school. So I want to see how we can collaborate with them to see how we can get those kids back in school and well as to provide counseling for children who have become victims of gun violence, either directly or indirectly. Directly, in the sense that they themselves has been shot or indirectly, in the sense that someone close to them has been shot."
Time To Change Up The ACT
And more than just hate and anger, there are a whole lot of police out there on the streets. Many officers - actually entire units - have been re-assigned to the city for Operation ACT which started in late October. Deputy Williams is now in charge of that Operation and he says it has to be re-assessed:...
Chester Williams, Deputy Commissioner of Police:
"We also need to look at our operational effectiveness. In the sense that to what extent are we maximizing on our resources be it both human and vehicular resources, to be able to cover those areas that we need to cover on a daily basis that are classified as known hotspots. So we need to look at how we can retool, or to use a proper term, to reevaluate how effective is the ACT operation and to see where we need to strengthen it, then we must do so."
What If Chester Had Never Been Removed From the Southside?
And now that Williams has gone from the quite lowly Professional Standards Branch to the number two spot - and government is counting on him to still the raging waters of urban violence in the city - we had to ask: what if? What if he had never been transferred out of the city last June? Would lives have been saved?. We asked the Prime Minister who gave the order:
Jules Vasquez, reporter:
"Perhaps all of this could have been avoided. I don't know who gave the order for the transfer of Mr. Williams from the Southside, if it's the gentleman to your far right, or first from your left Mr. Elrington or Mr. Whylie, but certainly you could have jumped in as you are now and said man the Southside is a fragile place, let us leave well enough alone. What that in hindsight now a rather critical error?"
PM Says Press Too Cynical
"We are where we are" - and according to the Prime Minister, where the press is, is a very cynical place:
Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow, Prime Minister:
"Don't let that cynicism however healthy it may be to use your term, take away from the fact that we are positing a response to the calamitous situation that has befallen us. My God man, my God, cynicism can only get you so far. Nobody is asking the media to join in any sing along, in any kind of chorus, but for goodness sake at least recognize that we are all in this together and don't appear to be so happy, to be so ecstatic at what you seem to consider to be the likelihood that our efforts will fail. How does that help you?"
Chester Says The Avocado Affair Was Mishandled
On Friday we showed you the chaos at the Michael Finnegan Market when the Special Patrol Unit pounced on an avocado vendor. They roughed him up - all because they believed that he was selling contraband avocado's. Now, indeed, the San Victor Villager may have been, but there's no way to know for sure that his avocado's were contraband - and even if they were, there was no need to rough him up like that. That's what the outgoing commander of the Professional Standards Branch told us yesterday:...
Chester Williams, Deputy Commissioner of Police:
"I did saw the video and I was disturbed by it. Whether or not the avocados were contraband, is not something I think the police were in a position to say. And for them to have done what they did in terms of taking the avocado - and eventually I saw them in a drain, destroyed - I think it was rather unprofessional.
Man Drowns In Dangriga
A man's body was found in the North Riverside River, Dangriga this morning. On Saturday afternoon, 45 year old Brian Valerio attempted to swim across the river and at the mid-point he went under and did not resurface. A search party consisting of divers from the Fisheries Department, the Belize Coast Guard and members of the community conducted dive searches in the immediate area of the river but didn't find anything until this morning at 7:00. Police found his body on Why- Not Island next to the river.
More Guat Gold Panners In Chiquibul
The Friends For Conservation and Development say that they caught 3 Guatemalans panning for gold inside the Chiquibul.
On Saturday, at around 3:30 p.m., a joint law enforcement team, which included FCD rangers and BDF soldiers, were out on patrol in the Ceibo Chico area in Southern Chiquibul.
That's when they spotted 3 men panning for gold in the river, some 6.5 kilometers inside the Chiquibul National Park.
As soon as the lawmen came close enough, one of the men spotted them and ran away. The enforcement team were able to detain 2 of the men, who were later identified as 24 year-old Isais Tux Makin and 16 year-old Elio Tux Makin, both of Monte Los Olivos, Peten, Guatemala.
PSE Day One - What The Kids Are Saying
Even though this weekend was a mess with all the violence, well over 7,000 Standard 6 students all over Belize got up today thinking about the future, ready to sit their first day of the PSE. After the long day of test taking was done we made asked some of the students on how it all went.
Day two of the PSE will take place on May 4th.
Fantasy Five Winner Is Happy, But On A Low Profile
A San Ignacio man is 345 thousand dollars richer after getting very lucky and winning the Fantasy 5.
No, it wasn't any lucky group of numbers that he picked…He simply went to a shop in Belmopan, bought a quick pick, and hoped for the best.
On Saturday's Fantasy 5 lottery draw, those numbers, 24, 20, 13, 5, and 2 played, and now, he's got to figure out how he'll spend all those winnings.
Asking to appear off camera, he told us about his stroke of great fortune:
ASP Cowo Makes Heartfelt Plea For Peace
ASP Alejandro Cowo is on the news twice weekly for the police press briefing. But, today was slightly different. He opened up - not by reading form the police report - but with a heartfelt plea for peace. Cowo worked long hours this weekend responding to murder, after murder, and shooting after shooting. He told us that the community has to come together:..
Chester Wants Special Investigation For Outrageous Crimes
And one of the first things Cowo will have to do under his new boss Deputy Compol Chester Williams is form a special investigative team to look into the murder of Bernadine Lauriano - who was killed because gunmen couldn't find her son. He told us more:…
Man Shoots Three In PG, Thinking He Saw A Raccoon
A man and two minors were shot in Punta Gorda, because a farmer thought he saw a raccoon. It happened last night in the New Road of Punta Gorda, when Santo Cucul, 57 years, was going to his corn field and saw a pair of eyes in the bushes alongside the creek which he thought was a raccoon. He fired his 16 gauge shotgun and, instead, hit 44 year old Raphael Choj Sr, 12 year old Raphael Choj Jr, and 14 year old Ernesto Choj.
All three person were transported to the PG Hospital were Raphael Jr and Ernesto was treated and released while Raphael Sr is admitted for observation.
Big Pistol Found In City
This evening in the Northside of the city - police found a high power pistol. At around 4:45, police searched an abandoned lot in Belama Phase 4 and round a .357 revolver with five rounds of ammunition under a tyre. No one was in the area, so the items were labelled as found property.
6 Murders over Weekend; 2 Women Shot in Tibruce Street Home as Family Blame “Old Beef”
The soul of the nation was on edge, beginning on Friday evening when the carnage started around six-thirty. Within a span of twenty-four hours, five persons were murdered and several [...]
Kendis Flowers Taken Out But Who is Responsible for Gang Leader’s Death?
The carnage wouldn’t let up in the bloodiest weekend ever, when the well-known gang leader of the Mayflower/Ghost Town area, Kendis Flowers, was executed in Back-a-Town. Police have refuted any [...]
Carnage Started with Victor Gibbs’ Newstime Murder Friday
The bloodbath started in downtown Belize City with the murder of Victor Gibbs. The thirty-year-old Belize City resident was shot several times inside his parked vehicle. When police arrived on [...]
Denroy Alvarez Killed on Visit to Girlfriend; Her Ex is Sought by Police
Police are looking for a person of interest in the murder of Denroy Alvarez which took place within minutes of the double murder of Theresita Flowers and Delcia Blanco. The [...]
K.H.M.H. in Full-Fledged Crisis over Failing Roof
There is another crisis on the government’s hand, for which urgent action is required. An emergency meeting was held on Friday night of the board of governors of the Karl [...]
P.U.P. Issues Condemnation of K.H.M.H. “Neglect”
The People’s United Party this afternoon condemned the Government saying the neglect of the K.H.M.H. is unacceptable. The P.U.P. states that between the period 2008 and 2014, the condition of [...]
In Orange Walk, Who Wanted Alexi Palma Dead?
A Honduran national was killed in the north and his relatives say they have no idea why. Elmer Alexi Palma, better known as Alexi, was found shot to death on [...]
Prime Minister Announces Return of B.D.F., John Saldivar, and ‘Public Emergency Areas’
In the wake of the weekend carnage, Prime Minister Dean Barrow called a rare weekend press conference at the Biltmore Plaza Hotel on Sunday afternoon, while residents of Belize City [...]
Brian Welch Avoids Death
Aside from the murders, there were two shootings in the south side of Belize City. Two persons are currently in police custody pending further investigation into a late evening shooting [...]
Security Guard Took Bullets for Intended Target on South Creek
The other shooting occurred on Sunday morning inside gang territory on South Creek. Thirty-four-year-old security guard Robert Strekler was shot to the lower back by a gunman at the corner [...]
Police to Move on Avocado Harassers
Last week’s brush with the law left a nasty taste in the mouth for avocado vendor Lauriel Novelo. The teenager from San Victor, Corozal, was unnecessarily roughed up by members [...]
Civic Center has new team of managers
Finally, the Belize City Civic Center is ready for sporting and other activities such as conventions, concerts and expos. Earlier today, a contract was signed with a U.S.-based company to [...]
P.U.P. ready to present case for new election in San Pedro
The national executive of the People’s United Party met earlier today to discuss a range of national and intramural issues, including a legal challenge of the results in San Pedro [...]
Williams Says Mediation Returns Full Force
There will be a return to the police-sponsored mediation and intervention sessions which Chester Williams pioneered during his time at Eastern Division (South). Williams will once again join forces with [...]
Special Teams to Investigate Lauriano Murder, Independence Rapes
In terms of recent cases, Williams says special investigative teams have been put in place for the murder of Bernadine Lauriano and the rapes reported in Independence Village. The new [...]
P.M. Says Corruption in Police a Priority
The other key to solving the crime chain is erasing corruption within the police department. Prime Minister Dean Barrow made reference to some police officers’ cozy relationships with the underworld [...]
Chester Says Goodbye to PSB
The now-former head of Professional Standards Branch has led a number of high-profile investigations during his time in that branch over the last six months. It has confirmed that there [...]
To Solve Crime, Gain Public’s Trust Again
Williams has been hailed as a key proponent of the community policing mode of operation. He has been credited with a reduction in major crimes when he was commander of [...]
First Day of the P.S.E. Went Well, Students Say
According to the Ministry of Education, some seven thousand, one hundred and ninety-nine Standard Six students sat the first day of the Primary School Examination in English and Science across [...]
Basketball and Football Top Sports Monday
Good evening, I’m James Adderley and this is Sports Monday. [Highlights of the weekend sporting activities…]
Kendis Flowers murdered, were police involved?
As we mentioned earlier, six murders were recorded over the weekend, five of them in Belize City alone. The first victim was Victor Gibbs who was killed in his vehicle on Friday night. We will take a look at the police investigation of that murder but first we start with the murder of 27 year …
Act of retaliation claims the life of 64 Year old woman and 17 year old girl
On Sautrday night, shots rang out once more and claimed the life of an elderly woman and a teenage girl. The shooting happened sometime after seven on Saturday night at the house of 64 year old Teresita Flowers. The double murder is still being investigated but police and even the family of the deceased say …
Over 7,000 sit PSE
Primary school students countrywide today sat the first part of the Primary School Examination. The exam is used in most cases as a placement exam to enter high school. The Ministry of Education said that seven thousand one hundred and ninety-nine students registered to sit today’s exams. Love News spoke with Nelson Longsworth, the Director …
Honduran killed in Orange Walk; no arrests so far
A sixth murder was recorded over the violent weekend, this one outside of Belize City. Police say that shortly after nine o’clock on Sunday night, Orange Walk Police were called to the Chan Pine Ridge Road on the outskirts of Orange Walk Town where they found the lifeless body of 27-year-old Alexi Palma. The taxi …
Management Contract signed for the Belize City Civic Center
At an infrastructural value of thirty three million dollars, the Civic in Belize City was completed at the end of last year, after Medina’s Construction Limited began building the multi-purpose complex in 2015. Twelve months into the project and considering the scale of the project, the Government of Belize and Belize Infrastructure Limited (BIL), agreed …
He won $345, 000
San Ignacio Town resident Marion Avila hit the jackpot over the weekend. He is the lucky winner of three hundred and forty-five thousand dollars. That is because he bought a Fantasy Five quick pick which gave him the winning numbers: 24, 20, 13, 5 and 2 with free letter Y. This afternoon, Avila stopped by …
Mother says son is a victim of police brutality
We have a report tonight about an alleged case of police brutality. Yvonne Vasquez claims that police usurped their authority when they used extreme force on her son, 43-year-old Alden Sutherland that resulted in several injuries which caused him to seek medical attention. Vasquez told Love news about the incident. Yvonne Vasquez, Mother of Victim: …
Sugar cane associations write PM Barrow over tax measures
The Progressive Sugar Cane Producers Association, the Corozal Sugar Cane Producers Association and the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association have written a joint letter to the Prime Minister of Belize. The letter addresses the Prime Minister’s budget and his administration’s tax measures. According to the associations, Government’s decision to apply GST on the purchase of …
Child Stimulation culminates with expo
The month of March is being celebrated as child stimulation month under the theme “Birth to Eight: Children Must Play!” and several activities were held during this month to commemorate the occasion. Today, the month of activities culminated with a National Expo. Love News spoke with Nadera Ross, Education Officer about Child Stimulation Month. Nadera …
KHMH in a critical condition
Over the weekend we received reports that a full evacuation of the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital was recommended. This is after an assessment of the structure reportedly indicated that there is stress failure in multiple areas of the beam network within the KHMH. We were made to understand that over the past few days, more …
Breaking Belize News
KHMH issues release on hospital’s physical plant
Today, the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH) issued a release informing that a structural review […]
Construction worker falls off building
This afternoon around 2:00, Santos Lopez, a construction worker who was on site at the […]
Police issues official report on Honduran national killed in Orange Walk
Posts: Monday, March 19, 2018. 5:25 p.m. CST. Last night around 9:05, police visited Chan Pine Ridge Road in Orange Walk District and saw a white GEO […]
Cane farmers warn that new taxes will hurt Belizeans’ pockets
In a letter sent to Prime Minister Dean Barrow dated March 16, the Belize Sugar […]
PUP strongly condemns GOB for neglecting to fix KHMH
The Opposition, People’s United Party (PUP) issued a press release today informing that it is […]
16 year old student missing
Last night around 11, Virjinia Hideet Montoya, 50, a Salvadoran national living in Belama Phase 4, Belize […]
Security Guard shot in Belize City
Sunday, March 18, 2018 about 9:20 a.m., police went to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital and saw Robert Strekler, 34 […]
Belize recognized for conservation efforts to secure populations of jaguars, pumas and tapirs
Picture: Corozal Sustainable Future Initiative Posted: Monday, March 19, 2018. 4:34 p.m. CST. Belize is being recognized by international media outlets for a […]
GOB and UB hosting seminar on understanding masculinity and male violence
The University of Belize (UB) in collaboration with the government of Belize through its Ministry […]
BTIA Cayo invites you to meeting and mixer
The Belize Tourism Industry Association (BTIA) Cayo Chapter is inviting members to its meeting […]
Belize creates one of Central America’s largest biological corridors
Belize is set to establish one of the biggest biological corridors in Central America, connecting two nature reserves that are home to jaguars and pumas, among other wildlife.
The Belize northeastern biological corridor, approved by the government on Feb. 13, will span some 110 square kilometers (42 square miles) of forest, according to a press release from the Corozal Sustainable Future Initiative (CSFI), a conservation NGO in Belize. It aims to provide safe passage for species such as jaguars (Panthera onca), pumas (Puma concolor) and Baird’s tapir (Tapirus bairdii) to move freely between the coastal dry forests of the Shipstern Nature Reserve and the tropical forests of the Freshwater Creek Forest Reserve.
“This corridor is highly important,” Heron Moreno, executive director of the CSFI, told Mongabay. “It will not only guarantee the long term survival of wildlife within the area but it will also contribute to the strengthening of the Belize Protected Areas System. Most importantly, it will serve to highlight the importance of Government, NGO and private partnership in conservation initiatives.”
How we the locals enjoy San Pedro Ambergris Caye!!, 9min. Here guys the sardine were not working for fishing so I decided to use CHICKEN GIZZARDS and guess what it works you got to try it.
Golf cart ride from Las Terrazas to San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize, 3min. Take a golf cart ride with us from Las Terrazas Resort into the town of San Pedro and experience our beautiful island of Ambergris Caye - all in less than 3 minutes!
Belize City Tour and Airboat, 4min. t was un-BELIZE-able! We explored Belize City and got to have a ride in an airboat.
Belize Video, 4min.
Make up, 37min. on Open Your Eyes
La Fashions, 45min. on Open Your Eyes
Winners of 19th BEL Junior Cross Country Cycling Classic, 1min. March 18, 2018, with Cycling Federation of Belize.
1st Shawn Codd,
2nd Derrick Chavarria,
3rd Patrick Williams.
1st Derrick Chavarria,
2nd Eric Trapp,
3rd Henry Li.
Prince of the Hill:
2018 Belize February trip, 43min.
Bird Island, Belize 2018, 18min. A little piece of heaven called Bird Island, in the Belizean Caribbean.
This hw u feed sheep in Belize, 3min.
Exploring the Rio Frio Cave in Belize, 1.5min. Rio Frio Cave that is not your normal cave.
Belize City House of Culture and Downtown Rejuvenation Project, 6min. The project consists of hard and soft components. The hard component includes physical works on (1) rejuvenation of the Belize City House of Culture and its grounds; (2) rejuvenation of selected historic buildings; and (3) development of public space/landscaping. The soft component covers the development of an eco-museum, and community participation and capacity building. In addition, the Government of Belize has to confirm that National Historic Preservation Bill has been enacted and passed.