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Today's Belize News: March 29, 2018 #529618
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The San Pedro Sun

Belize wins friendly football match against Grenada 4-2
Belize’s National Football Team (Jaguars) hosted Grenada’s National Team (Spice Boyz) in a friendly match at the Isidoro Beaton Stadium in Belmopan City on Thursday, March 22nd. Among the players selected to play for Belize National Team was San Pedro’s Jesse Smith. The match saw both teams showcasing skills but when the long whistle was blown, it was a 4-2 victory for the Jaguars. The match began at 8PM with Grenada determined to take the victory, with Rickey Modeste scoring their first goal within the first two minutes. Belize’s Michael Salazar then responded with a goal at minute 11. The early score had fans in a frenzy, and at minute 24, Jarret Davis added to the excitement by scoring another goal for Belize. The match then saw both teams controlling the ball equally, until minute 40, when Elroy Smith netted another goal. At halftime, the Jaguars were roaring to the break with a 3-1 lead.

Guillermo Salazar shot in San Pedrito
Around 10:30PM on Tuesday, March 27th, 26-year-old Guillermo Salazar was attacked and shot in front of his house in the San Pedrito Area by a lone gunman. He received gunshot wounds to his right hand and the left side of his back. Salazar was immediately transported to the Dr. Otto Rodriguez San Pedro Polyclinic II, where he was stabilized and later airlifted to Belize City in a critical condition. According to residents, as many as nine gunshots were heard, and a few allege that he was chased all the way to the gate in front of his house. Some witnesses shared that Salazar is an easy going person who is not known to be a troublemaker. They are baffled as to why anyone would want to harm him.

Busy NEBL weekend lands San Pedro Tiger Sharks’ second loss and a tight All-Star Game
With three games on Friday, March 23rd and the annual All-Star Night on Saturday, March 24th in Orange Walk Town, the NEBL had a busy weekend. The San Pedro Tiger Sharks took on the Smart Belize Hurricanes on Friday, losing 80-68 against the Belize City team. Despite this loss, the 2017 Sub-Champions continue to lead in the League with a total of 18 points. At the All-Star Night, Tiger Sharks’ coach Rico Black suffered another loss as his team, dubbed the Local Team, fell one point short to the Imports/Belizean American squad. The winning team was coached by Isaac Rhys from Dangriga Dream Ballers. Other games on Friday, March 23rd saw Belize City Defenders defeating Orange Walk Running Rebels 81-61, while Dangriga Dream Ballers ran over Belmopan Bandits, taking the victory home with a final game score of 83-75.

ABC Preschool’s Easter Extravaganza ushers in the season
ABC Preschool hosted their 3rd Annual Easter Show at the Angel Nuñez Auditorium in San Pedro Town on Saturday, March 24th. The show saw a large number of families enjoying the live entertainment that featured some of the children’s beloved TV and Disney characters via actors from Mérida, Yucatan, Mexico. Opening the show was the San Pedro Dance Academy with an energetic performance. They were followed by the Easter Bunny and his friends, who entertained the children with giveaways and dances. The San Pedro Dance Academy came back after intermission with a modern dance selection. They were followed by “La Gallinita” and her friends doing a musical performance, while the main show star’s prepared for the stage.

Police Report Shooting Victim Identified as Guillermo Salazar
On Tuesday the 27/3/18 about 10:30pm Guillermo Salazar, 26 year-old Construction worker of San Pedrito San Pedro Town area was walking home. Upon reaching in front of his gate he was approached by a person dressed in full camouflage with a hood over his head and a rag over his face. The person fired a shot at which caught him in his right hand. He then turned around and the person fired another shot which caught him on the left side of his back and exited his left lower chest. He was transported to the KHMH in a critical condition. Police investigation continues.

Ambergris Today

Guillermo Salazar Shot In The San Pedrito Area
On Tuesday, March 27, 2018, at about 10:30pm Guillermo Salazar, 26 year-old Construction worker of San Pedrito Area, San Pedro Town was walking home upon reaching in front of his gate he was approached by a person dressed in full camouflage with a hood over his head and a rag over his face. The person fired a shot at which caught him in his right hand.

Lime Shortage Hits Belize Again
It has come to our attention that lime is scarce and the cost of lime has skyrocketed to a staggering $1.25 per lime and in some cases $2.00!! In an interview with News 5 Belize, Chief Executive Officer in the Ministry of Agriculture, Jose Alpuche informed that the Belize Marketing Development Corporation (BMDC) has applied for a permit to import lime. According to the report the importation of lime will aid in the shortage the country is currently experiencing especially since there is great demand in the local market and tourism industry.

Misc Belizean Sources

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February 2018 External Trade, CPI & 4th Quarter 2017 GDP
For the month of February 2018, the Statistical Institute of Belize reported that the All-Items Consumer Price Index (CPI) stood at 104.5, a decrease from 105.1 in February 2017 (see Figure 1). For the first month since December of 2015, the average Belizean household experienced an overall drop in the cost of regularly purchased goods and services compared to the same month of the previous year, reflected in an inflation rate of negative 0.5 percent. Nonetheless, for the first two months of 2018, consumer prices were up slightly by 0.2 percent. For the month of February 2018, Belize imported goods valuing $136.8 million. This represented a 2.6 percent or $3.7 million decrease from the same month in 2017, when imports totalled over $140.4 million. This overall decline was largely caused by a drop in the imported quantities across all types of fuels.

Mexican military in free zone for holidays
If you’re heading to Mexico, you will meet the military. They are addressing contraband in the free zone distributed by fayuqueros.

Department of Transport Advises Public on Traffic Safety during Easter Holidays
The Department of Transport takes this opportunity to remind all motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians of the following traffic safety tips for the Easter Holidays in an effort to minimize or prevent any traffic incidents which may result in fatalities and/or injuries. • Check your vehicle properly that it is road worthy. • Ensure that all lights (head lights, signal lights, brake lights, park lights, I.D. plate light) are in perfect working condition (no unauthorized LED lights will be allowed). • Ensure that your brakes are in perfect working condition (check brake fluid compartment for possible signs of leakage).

Ministry of National Security to Host Nationwide Consultation
The Ministry of National Security will embark on a nationwide consultation with stakeholders to discuss, and share ideas and possible strategies to address the crime situation in Belize. The Ministry has extended invitations to meet with the Belize National Teachers Union on April 11th, 2018, and the Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Belize Council of Churches, and the National Trade Union Congress of Belize on April 13th, 2018.

HAVE YOU SEEN THIS STOLEN BOAT?
The Gales Point Wildlife Sanctuary needs your help to find this recently stolen boat. It was stolen early Saturday morning, 24 March, from Gales Point Village. During the night, heavy chains securing the boat were cut and it was pulled from dry land into the water of the Southern Lagoon. The skiff may be in Belize City, Colson’s Point area near Dangriga, or Punta Gorda. DESCRIPTION: It is a 25ft skiff, white with green bottom, and blue & red lines. Name is “Pearl of the Sea”, registration # SC 0341. The boat has a grey/red Yamaha 85 motor, current license. It is also carrying a 40hp outboard stolen from another fishing guide’s boat nearby. Boat has center steering console and 4 passenger benches. If you have any information on this stolen boat, please contact Dangriga Police.

New mural in Corozal
CSAM artist Vianay Bautista Alpuche working on her mural at the Market! If you have artistic talent and would like to paint your own mural contact the House of Culture. We have secured wall space, as well as donated paint and materials for community members who would like to express their self and help beautify our beloved Corozal Town!

Ice Cream Truck in Corozal
Come enjoy the Ice Cream Truck in Corozal. Comes to Corozal every Sunday. We love to please our valued customers in Corozal and Orange Walk. Check out ER'S Icy Treats for our routs and wonderful flavors we offer.

How the Annual Holy Saturday Cross Country Race Started
With the Annual Cross Country Race coming up in a few days, It is only fitting that we know the history of how the race started. The Cycling Association should consider naming the first place trophy after Captain Metzgen. We are rooting for a Belizean to win the Garland in the 2018 Monrad Metzgen Annual Cross Country Race! Ask any cycling enthusiast who came in first in the first Annual Cross Country Race in 1928 and they will probably tell you Elston Kerr. If you asked them who came in second, you might just get a blank stare because no one remembers who came in second and so if you asked who came in third, now that is asking for trouble. In this case, third place is signigficant because it was Captain Monrad Siegfried Metzgen. He not only organized the race, but he completed the race in 30 and a half hours.

Available now from the Cycling Federation of Belize the 2018 edition of the Tradition magazine
Get your copy from the Secretariat upstairs Doonys store on Albert St Read about the upcoming female cyclist Taralee Ordonez check out Palas top ten Belizean hopefuls who he think can win the garland .Was Johnito Miguel the greatest of the famous Miguel Brothers ? It's all these stories and much more in this edition.Get your copy before its all gone

Job Readiness Training
From the 9th to 12th April 2018, the Department of Youth Services will be hosting a Job Readiness Training at our main office in Belize City. If you or someone you know is interested in enhancing their skills in job preparedness, tag them in the comments below! There are 20 spaces available, so sign up today to secure your spot! Last day to apply for this training is April 6, 2018. Take advantage of this great opportunity!

BEL and Hand in Hand Ministries Partner to Provide a House for a Family in Burrell Boom Village
A family of three today received the keys to a new house in Burrell Boom Village. This is the 6th consecutive year that Belize Electricity Limited (BEL) has partnered with Hand in Hand Ministries (HHM) to support the "Building for Change" program. Ms. Pamela Reyes and her two daughters are the recipients of a 16' x 20' wooden house complete with electricity, plumbing. furniture and appliances valued at approximately $22,000. The house was donated by BEL and constructed through volunteer work of over 40 BEL employees along with Hand in Hand, Ms. Reyes and her extended family. "I am grateful for this new beginning." said Ms. Reyes. "My desire to have my two children under one roof and share family time is now a reality. My two girls can now grow closer together as sisters should."

Mrs. Lydia passes away
A Belizean icon passed away yesterday. As one of the founders of the Belize Audubon Society, Mrs. Lydia was intimately involved in lobbying efforts that resulted in the creation of Belize's first natural monument, Half Moon Caye, and other protected natural areas in the 1980s. Mrs Lydia managed the BAS library and served as its Board Secretary for many years until retiring in the mid-1990s. I had the privilege of working with her at BAS, and will always treasure the countless discussions that we had back then. Mrs. Lydia was an avid birding enthusiast; I became an amateur birder because of her. I learned a lot from her, and for that I will be forever grateful.

The art of Sawdust
Thanks to Norte Vision for hosting us today to demonstrate the art of Sawdust for Good Friday. Thanks to the viewers and see you all on Good Friday.

Channel 7

Jamal Humes Found Dead, Three Months After He went Missing
Tonight the family of Jamal Humes finally has closure. The 28 year old Belize City mechanic's remains were found buried in a shallow grave on a road off mile eight on the George Price Highway this morning. He had gone missing from December 20th and weeks of intensive, relentless searches by his family, the police and Coast Guard turned up nothing. But today when the family heard that human remains had been found near mile eight, they knew it had to be his. Jules Vasquez was there and tells us why:.. Jules Vasquez Reporting: This is the site of the shallow grave where the decomposed remains were found. The umbrella and the caution tape are what police left there, but this morning, a resident of Western Pines was going to fish in one of the many ponds back here when his dog caught a sent and went sniffing around the area - and came upon the skeletal remains of a human hand sticking out from the shallow grave.

Two Possible Motives For Murder
And so why would anyone want to kill this auto mechanic? Well police have no firm answers on that, but activist Jose Uc Espat who was a leading part of the search for him and the investigation into his disappearance, said there are two possible motives:.. Jose Uc Espat, Searcher: "There are two motives I was looking at, as I said at several press conferences I had before. The main one would be that he was an eyewitness to a murder that occurred on Faber's Road. The other was that there was allegedly some sort of money mismanagement and there are several police officers' names that have been called. So those are the two main motives that we have been looking at from the onset of the investigation."

Allen Felix Turns Himself In, Will Be Charged For Guerrero Murder
And while police currently have no suspects or strong leads in that Humes case, another murder - which happened about half a mile from where this body was found - is just about to be closed. 64 year old boat maker Mario Guerrero was murdered at his own house in Sunset Park at dawn on Sunday morning - and, last night, police arrested the final two suspects. One of them was found at his home on West Street, while the main suspect, Allen Felix turned himself into Belmopan police last night in the presence of his attorney.

Alleged Cop-Killer Acquitted
An alleged cop-killer is at home tonight - free of a murder charge. 35 year-old Delford Slusher, who has been on remand at the Belize Central Prison for over 5 and a half years, was acquitted of murder today before Justice Adolph Lucas in a trial without jury. Back in July 2012, Slusher was was identified as the man who perpetrated a home invasion at a house in Hattieville. The assailant reportedly broke into the house and held 2 females hostage at gunpoint while he searched for valuables. Police Corporal Victor Lima and other officers responded to the crime in progress, and as soon as he opened the door, the burglar shot him twice in the chest. He succumbed to his injuries days later.

Shooting Victim Dies, Another Murder
Belize City has another murder victim tonight. 42 year old Fabio Paredez died this morning at 6:15 - three and a half days after he was shot on Kelly Street. He was shot in the legs but his main artery was badly damaged, and he succumbed to his injuries. The incident occurred last week Saturday night when Paradez was socializing with a group of friends. Two men on bicycle rode up and opened fire on a small street that has seen a number of gang related murders.

Southside Supercops Go To Mayflower Hot Zone To Make Peace
Last week we told you about the police meet and greet session on Aloe Vera and Tibruce Streets. Those areas had been witness to three murders and a number of shootings in just two weeks. And this week, southside police went into another hotspot. Actually, it's probably the most volatile zone right now: we're talking about the Mayflower area. Police were there for today's meet and greet. Now if you are wondering why in the world would police ever step foot in that area again after the big GSU blowout on Sunday … the Southside commander and his team say they simply can't give up or ignore these residents no matter how tense the situation. Courtney Weatherburne has more on the hostile encounter.

Southside Commander Says GSU Move Was Correct
Now as you saw, the residents are not open to hear the police's version of the story. They are still wrapped up in pain and rage. But Commander Gillett says he hopes that the community does come around and see that the GSU were only doing their job on Sunday. Sr. Supt. Howell Gillett: "On that day, in particular, the police had a lawful authority to be here. The report was that gunshots were being fired and we had to be here to respond to it because, whether licensed or not, nobody has any authority to be shooting any 21 gun salute. So that is a no-no, nobody must have that idea that it is okay to be doing that and if we have sufficient information to tell us who did it then we would take action through the courts."

DCP Chester Committed To Peace-Making in Mayflower
Commander of Operations Deputy Commissioner of Police Chester Williams was also on the ground with Gillett. Now Williams is known as sort of a hero on the Southside. He is well respected for his work in reaching out to the community and curbing crime in the city. But today in the Mayflower area there was no love for Williams. As the commander of operations, he's the one who gave the order, sending the GSU to Flowers' residence on Sunday, and the community is very bitter about that. Williams says he holds nothing against the residents. He committed to working with them and looking at how police, especially the GSU can be more effective in their duties.

Lime Scarcity Produces Controversy
There's a lime shortage this easter - and there's a controversy about how the Belize Marketing and Development Corporation is trying to remedy it. Reports say that the BMDC and BAHA have agreed to import a small amount of limes from Mexico. This has got the Citrus Growers Groups up in arms because they say limes are indeed scarce, but they are available on the market. Secondly, they say that BAHA is not doing a proper pest risk analysis to ensure that there is no risk of pests or diseases coming in with the Mexican limes. The PUP's shadow minister for agriculture Jose Mai - who is an agronomist by training - has been following developments closely. Today he told our colleagues at CTV-3 in Orange Walk that the idea of importing limes is ridiculous:...

Parliament Passes Draconian New Anti Gang Laws
Last night, we took you inside the Senate's budget debate in Belmopan - or a portion of it - since the debate went for almost 12 hours. But after the budget, the Senate debated the Crime Control and Criminal Justice Amendment Bill, which is one of the police department's latest get-tough-on-crime initiatives. Last month, The Ministry of Home Affairs unveiled the department's National Crime Fighting Strategy 2018-2020. It's a comprehensive set of changes that police want to make, to counter crime and violence, specifically gang related crimes.

When Will “Emergency Areas” Be Activated?
Now, that is separate and apart from the Government's response to the spike in crime last week in which 64 year-old Theresita Flowers and 17 year-old Delcia Blanco were murdered in their home. In an effort to curb crime in Belize City, the Government has decided that different parts of the Southside will be designated as emergency areas. The Police will also have the authority to detain key gang members and hold them beyond 48 hours without any charge. Taking a brief pause from the Senate Meeting, Attorney General Michael Peyrefitte granted 7News an interview discussing it. Here's what he had to say about the progress with that initiative at this time:

Can Police Handle Power Without Accountability?
So, with the Government giving so much more authority to the Police, we wondered if there were any checks and balances to minimize abuse of that authority. Regularly on this newscast, you've seen persons come here to complain bitterly that police are harassing them, or abusing their authority. It's certainly has some members of the public a bit uneasy that police will be able to lock up persons they deem to be gang affiliates for 48 hours without any charges. They can simply justify it with the explanation that they were trying to prevent that the detained person from participating in any kind of crimes. With the 4-day Easter Holiday weekend almost here, we asked the Attorney General if there is any oversight to the new police powers. He said that everyone will have to trust that the police will be honest:

Government Will Ignore US Court Crowfoot Ruling
We also asked the Attorney General about the Ashcroft Alliance's victory in the US District Court of Colombia. As we told you last week, the court has granted an enforcement order against the Government of Belize to crowfoot it's assets to settle a judgement in that court. The Attorney General told us that from the Government's perspective at this time, that US Court's decision is an empty judgment which, as far as they can see, has no effect: Hon. Michael Peyrefitte, Attorney General: "Yes I am aware of the judgement. We expect to go the way it did. We don't expect the American courts to rule in our favor. They have demonstrated a pattern that they don't even respect the CCJ which is our final court. So it's no surprise to us. But we have, as far as I know we don't have any assets to crowfoot. I am also aware of the fact that they've been trying to do this for some time and we expected that at some point they will attempt to do this. So, like I said it comes as no surprise, but we don't have any assets abroad that they can crowfoot and I pretty much would like to see that it's an empty judgement."

AG Says He’s Ready To Go To Jail
But, while the Attorney General can interpret that US Court order as mostly a non-event, he can't say the same thing for the CCJ decision that is pending at this time. The court has ordered the Government to pay the award, but the Barrow Administration's stance is that they must get parliamentary approval to take the payment from the consolidated revenue fund. And now that matter is back before the CCJ. One of the major considerations that the court has on its hand is the doctrine of the separation of powers between the executive - in this case, the Ministry of Finance and the Attorney General; and the legislature, in this case, Parliament.

“Fayuqueros” Fired Up, Block Mexican Side of Border
Many Belizeans are planning to go across to the Mexican side for Easter, and that's why today it was worrisome for many when for about an hour, the Northern Border with Mexico stood at a standstill. The Chactemal border crossing on the Mexican side was blocked with tree branches placed there by a group of protestors. The protest group was made up of about 100 residents of the small Mexican border town of Santa Elena, which is just across the old Subteniente Lopez Bridge.

Another Execution Attempt In San Pedro
There has been another execution style shooting in San Pedro - but this one didn't kill the target, but he is in critical condition tonight. 26 year-old Guillermo Salazar was shot by a man who ambushed him last night while trying to get inside his house in the San Pedrito area. Police say that at around 10:30, Salazar arrived at his front gate, and as soon as he was about to open it, a shooter, dressed in full camouflage, with a hoodie pulled over his head, and a rag over his face, snuck up on him.

Close Call With Big Bullet In Ladyville
There was also another shooting last night, and this one happened in the Milpa Area of Ladyville. This is the same part of the village where 2 warring group of young men live, and the last major incident that happened in that area was the double murders of Casey Lozano and Marlon Spain. Police say that at around 9:10, shots were fired in the area. Police found 1 expended shell for a .45 bullet - which is a high powered, prohibited type ammunition. The officers spoke with residents in the area who would only confirm that they heard when the shots were fired.

BEL Hand In Hand With Needy Mother For New House
Today a family of three in Burrel Boom received an early Easter present. Hand in Hand ministries and BEL worked together to give Pamela Reyes a brand new furnished home. We caught up with the generous donors and the happy recipient today. Sahar Vasquez reporting: Last year Pamela Reyes realized that living in her small, confined home was far from ideal for her two daughters, so with nothing to lose she went into Hand in Hand Ministries to inquire about a home.

Free Lunch For Quick Cops
Last week Southside Commander Howell Gillett said he would reward four different police officers that took two guns off the street. And just as promised, he took them to lunch today. The officers were rewarded with a five-course meal at Chon Saan. It's a modest but important goodwill gesture, and Gillett explained why it's important: Sr. Supt. Howell Gillett, Southside Commander: "Getting firearms off the street is part of the policing role in the society or in the community but what we want is for other officers to emulate what they did. We know that recently there was an upsurge in crime by the use of firearms so that is the message we want to take off the street so we will reward officers. We are recognizing four of them. The commissioner will be here very shortly to speak with them on a one on one basis. We want other officers to follow."

Sobering Prison Visit For Kids
And while he's incentivizing the police for good work, Senior Superintendent Gillett is also confidence building on the southside by working with the youths. Today he did just that. He took 22 youths from the Saint Martin's area to visit the last place they'll ever want to end up, that's the Belize Central prison. He told us more about the visit today.

LOVE FM

Delford Slusher acquitted of murder, again
Thirty-five year old Delford Slusher, charged with the murder of 35 year old police corporal Victor Lima, was acquitted today by Justice Adolph Lucas in a ruling he delivered in a trial without a jury. Lima was shot twice in his chest on July 23, 2012, when he went to a house in Hattieville in …

‘Fayuqueros’ block entrance to Mexico, temporarily
Persons knows as “hormiquitas” or “Faruqueros” temporarily blocked one of the official entrances into Mexico this morning. For years these persons have been involved in the informal trade, smuggling merchandise from the Corozal Free Zone and into Mexico. Customs officials from both sides of the border have been collaborating to put a stop to this …

PUP Senator zooms in on referendum budget
On April 15, more than seven million eligible voters in Guatemala will decide whether their government will take its territorial, maritime, and insular claim on Belize to the International Court of Justice, ICJ. The Guatemalan government has embarked on an extensive education campaign that has covered months of work and a large percentage of its …

Fabio Paradez succumbs
The Belize Police Department has confirmed that 42 year old Fabio Paradez succumbed this morning while receiving treatment at the KHMH. Paradez was shot while at the corner of Kelly Street and Hunters Lane on March 24. He was socializing with some friends when two men on bicycles approached them. One of the men pulled …

Allen Russel Felix captured
Forty-year-old Allen Russel Felix is in police custody. He is considered as a person of interest in the murder of businessman Mario Guerrero. A woman is also in police detention. Guerrero was found dead under a tent in his yard on Sunday night at Sunset Park, at Western Paradise located at mile eight on the …

Senator Lizarraga takes on Senator Peyrefitte
In his budget debate presentation yesterday, Senator for the Private Sector, Mark Lizarraga, focused a few minutes on the Attorney General’s Office. Lizarraga pointed out that the budget makes no provision for the Attorney General’s office with respect to UNCAC. He asked the Attorney General, Michael Peyreffite, who doubles as a UDP Senator, what his …

SIB: “Consumer price down by 0.5%”
The Statistical Institute of Belize (SIB) released its latest figures for February 2018, which shows that consumer prices are down by point five percent, when compared to February 2017. Jacqueline Sabal, Statistician II explains. Jacqueline Sabal, Statistician: “As we look at the major categories affecting the inflation rate; the food and nonalcoholic beverages category decreased …

Church Senator supports Budget
Also contributing to the budget debate was Pastor Henry Brown who temporarily represented the Churches as Senator Ashley Rocke’s alternate. In his presentation, Senator Brown praised government’s infrastructural achievement while also questioning Government’s focus on women and children. Senator Ashley Rocke: “I’ve heard a lot today bout the budget and some of its discrepancy but …

Police not welcomed by Mayflower Street residents
This afternoon, the commander of Southside Belize City, Howell Gillett, Deputy Commissioner of Police Chester Williams and a number of other police officers visited the Mayflower Street residents as part of the Department’s weekly Meet and Greet sessions. Their visit, however, was met with rejection. Only three days after burying Kendis Flowers and their subsequent …

Unidentified body found on the George Price Highway
Today, another body of a man was found near the eight miles community along the George Price Highway. The discovery was made at approximately 9:30 this morning. Police did not release any further information as the investigation is ongoing. This is the second body this week that has been found in the general vicinity. Police …

The Guardian

Johnny Briceno and family own more land than most Belizeans
The Guardian Newspaper was provided with a sheaf of documents that proves that Johnny Briceno and his family may be among the largest landholders in the country. The revelation first came to light during the Budget debate during which Prime Minister, Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow refuted Briceno’s claim that the UDP was the most corrupt government. To prove this the PM pulled out a number of documents and pulled no punches when he exposed both Briceno and Julius Espat as being among the largest land holders in the country. While the PM enumerated the large masses of land which the duo own, Briceno hung his head in shame while Espat had a half-hearted defense.

Alejandro Lauriano arraigned for the murder of Theresita Flowers and Delcia Blanco
Over the weekend, police were able to pick up and arrest someone that they say was involved in the double murder of Theresita Flowers, 64, and Delcia Blanco, 17. That man is Alejandro Lauriano, a 19-year-old fisherman/electrician and son of Bernadine Lauriano, who was shot and killed in her home on Aloe Vera Street days before Flowers and Blanco were killed. The murder is one that stunned the nation. Police visited a home on Tibruce Street, the home of Flowers, where they saw the body of 17-year-old Blanco. She had a gunshot wound to the center of her forehead. After walking into the house, they then saw the body of Flowers with gunshot injuries to her back and buttock.

Mario Guerrero’s murder caught on tape
Mario Guerrero Sr., 64, the well-known business man and boat man from the company Guerrero’s Charters, was found dead at this home in Sunset Park. He was reportedly beaten to death with one of his own bar stools at his home. At this time, it is uncertain why he was killed, but his friends and family members have reason to suspect that his attacker may have wanted to steal from him. Police say that on Sunday, March 25, at around 9:30 p.m., they visited the residence at #1234 Sunset Park. On their arrival, they found Guerrero’s body under a tent in his yard. He had suffered multiple injuries to the head and body. Beside him, they found the broken bar stool, which they believe was used as the weapon to beat him to death.

First National Research Conference in Belize
Belize’s First National Research Conference ended on Thursday of last week at the University of Belize, leaving in its wake a trail of important papers on Belize’s development agenda. In one of those presentations made by David Gibson from the Centre for Strategic Studies, Policy Analysis and Research CSSPAR, he posits that there is need to do a comparison analysis in international relations. In such an analysis of the Guyana-Venezuela and Belize-Guatemala territorial dispute, David Gibson attempts to come up with various parallels. In doing so, David Gibson also comes up with a guide to “…support the review of Belize’s diplomatic strategy to end the dispute at this juncture of its existence.”

Evidence of the work in the Cayo North Division
Work has recently commenced on the re-surfacing and paving of three streets in the Cayo North Division, adding to the numbers that have already been paved. Ongoing work during this phase includes Thornley Street, 23rd Street and Bishop Desmond Street. The Representative for the Cayo North Division Dr. Omar Figueroa reports that he is certain that residents and motorists alike will immediately reap the benefits from these improvements. “The work of transforming Cayo North continues!,” he writes.

Belize National Teachers Union holds rally in Belmopan
On Thursday of last week, the Belize National Teachers Union BNTU flexed its muscle in Belmopan, bringing out some five hundred teachers with a series of new demands. The march by teachers started from in front of the Belmopan Comprehensive High School and ended at the Belmopan Civic Center where some noted speakers were present. Among those speakers were Kim Simplis Barrow, Special Envoy for Women and Children, who said she was honored and thankful for being invited.

Cassava processing demonstration center opened at Gulisi
On Monday March 26th a building was inaugurated at the Monument Site/Gulisi Community Primary School in Dangriga to house a Cassava Processing Demonstration center. Financed by a number of agencies, the building will serve as a means by which the Garifuna Culture will remain relevant in Belize. Under the stewardship of the National Garifuna Council (NGC) the new building will serve to demonstrate how cassava is converted from a tuber to bread (Ereba). As a staple in the Garifuna diet, Ereba remains an integral part of the Garifuna culture and in an effort to keep it alive the center will feature every aspect of cassava making, from grating to straining to the final product.

Evidence of Briceno’s Hustle at Lands Department
The United Democratic Party condemns the hypocrisy and dishonesty of the Leader of the Opposition, John Briceno. It is common knowledge that when Briceno served as Minister of Natural Resources between 1998 – 2008 he participated in the wholesale, cheap sale of thousands of acres of government land to his family members, PUP cronies – some of whom are currently elected representatives, and to bogus companies owned by himself and family members. In the UDP’s view, that is corruption. Acting in this way, Briceno carried on a tradition similar to when his father served as a member of the PUP cabinet in the 1980s.

Ministry of Human Development, Social Transformation and Poverty Alleviation has relocated
The Ministry of Human Development, Social Transformation and Poverty Alleviation hereby informs the public that effective April 3, 2018 the new location for the Human Development Office in San Ignacio is on 3rd floor of the new San Ignacio/Santa Elena Town Hall building located on No. 28 Maya Street, adjacent of Falcon Field, San Ignacio Town. The public is further reminded that the office’s telephone number remains the same which is 804-2098.

Keynote Address by Doctor Joseph Palacio
Former Resident Tutor of the University of the West Indies School of continuing studies in Belize City. Made during the first day of the Belize National Research Conference on March 21, 2018 I am grateful to Nigel Escalante for inviting me to give this Keynote Address. He is the Director of the Institute for Social and Cultural Research and a member of the Working Group that is hosting this First Belize National Research Conference under the theme “Research and Development in Belize”.

Bullet penetrates roof of KHMHA
Belize City, Belize - On the afternoon of Sunday 25th March 2018, just before 3pm, a bullet penetrated the roof of the KHMHA building at our Accident and Emergency Department. The KHMH is highly concerned about the safety of our patients, visitors and staff and while no one was injured, the outcome could have been gravely different. As a health institution we directly see the horrific damage that bullets cause to persons and we condemn all forms of gun violence which are destroying lives and causing an unnecessary strain on the limited resources of our health system.

Ministry of Labour Issues Statement on Belize Aqua Culture Ltd. Employee Layoff
The Belize Aqua Culture Limited (BAL), has informed the Ministry of Labour of its intention to make redundant approximately one hundred (100) employees at the company’s operation at Mile 4, Placencia Road, Stann Creek District. The company states that the reason for downsizing is due to the incursion of significant costs in the fight against a disease outbreak that is affecting the entire shrimp industry. Substantial efforts are underway to rebuild and make its operations profitable in Belize, with a view to re-employ affected employees at a later date.

Municipal Officials Orientation Training
The Ministry of Local Government held a two-day workshop for the newly elected cohort of municipal officials and town/city administrators on the 22 & 23 March, 2018, under the theme: “Promoting Good Governance & Integrity in Political Office for Local Government in Belize”. All elected officials from the nine municipalities were present. The training commenced with an opening ceremony and introduction of the participants from each municipality by their respective mayors. This was followed by a host of presentations to sensitize municipal leaders on the roles and functions of the Ministry of Local Government and by agencies and organizations that contribute to governance processes within municipalities.

Ministry of National Security to Host Nationwide Consultation
The Ministry of National Security will embark on a nationwide consultation with stakeholders to discuss, and share ideas and possible strategies to address the crime situation in Belize. The Ministry has extended invitations to meet with the Belize National Teachers Union on April 11th, 2018, and the Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Belize Council of Churches, and the National Trade Union Congress of Belize on April 13th, 2018. It is the intention of the Ministry of National Security to meet with all interested stakeholders over the next few weeks.

Section 18 of the Constitution
On Sunday March 18th at a Press Conference held after a weekend of unbridled criminal activity the Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow, Prime Minister of Belize declared that, “We will under section 18 of the Constitution of Belize ask the Governor General to designate certain clearly demarcated areas on the Southside of Belize City as emergency areas.” While that has not been implemented as yet it is important for the public to know the details of such a proclamation. This section is invoked in times of public emergency where the state deems it necessary to give the authorities the appropriate tools to deal with these types of crises. Section 18 of the Constitution reads as follows: 18.-(1) In this Part “period of public emergency means any period during which - (a) Belize is engaged in any war; or (b) there is in force a proclamation by the Governor-General declaring that a state of public emergency exists; or

Special Areas
On page 9 of this edition of the Guardian we outlined Section 18 of the Constitution and what it means for our residents. Subsection 4 of said section 18 makes provision for “emergency areas”. The Crime Control and Criminal justice Act Chapter 102 Part IV of the Laws of Belize Revised edition 2000 speaks on the areas. A “special area” means any area of Belize not exceeding one square mile in which the provisions of this Part have effect by virtue of an Order made under section 12 below. 12.-(1) Where the Minister has reasonable grounds to believe that in the interest of public safety or public order, or for the purpose of preventing or detecting crime, it is requisite so to do, he may, by Order published in the Gazette, with the concurrence of the Crime Control Council, declare that the provisions of this Part shall, during the continuance in force of the Order, have effect in relation to any area of Belize not exceeding one square mile specified in the Order.

Campaign to plant 10,000 trees
The Forestry Department in Belize has joined with other local and global partners to commemorate International Day of Forests, which was celebrated on March 21, 2018. In lieu of this day and this year’s theme “Forests and Sustainable Cities”, the department is partnering with countrywide municipalities to plant more than 10,000 trees by 2020. The Belmopan City Council is the first municipality that the department has teamed up with. The council has a campaign for a greener city and through this partnership, over 1,000 trees will be planted in and around the Belmopan area. Several carefully selected tree species will be strategically placed for beautification, providing shade, cooler temperatures and oxygen, and promoting health and well-being.

UB discusses solutions to crime and violence in Belize
Belize’s top minds met within the Jaguar Auditorium at the University of Belize’s main campus in Belmopan on Tuesday evening to issue a series of policy recommendations to address the recent spate of crimes. For the education sector, among these recommendations were that primary and secondary education should be free of cost to all our children. Another recommendation was for there to be a country-wide assessment of specialized courses and disciplines to fulfill the needs for clinical psychologists and other specialties. Also that the authorities provide scholarships for allied health and social services. Another group also gave recommendations that members of the police receive psycho-social support as they have also been affected by trauma. Experts also advised that there be more transparency in the selection process of police officers. Another recommendation was that the professional standards branch take preventative measures on crime.

Hilberto Perez walks away from accusation of manslaughter
Hilberto Perez, a 50-year-old businessman of Ladyville, learned his fate on Tuesday, March 27, 2018 for the May 9, 2015 shooting death of Daniel Trapp. Perez appeared before Justice Marilyn Williams where he was represented by attorney Richard “Dickie” Bradley. Trap was accused of stealing mangoes from Perez’s residence on more than one occasion and on May 9, Trapp would be shot in the chest with a pellet gun which Perez used. The question into trial stood: was Perez provoked by the intruder, who was armed with a machete and refused to leave the yard, or was it an intentional act to harm Trapp? According to Perez, he was protecting his yard when he drew the pellet gun which he used to shoot cows.

Burglary in Belama
Krysten Maura Zayden, a 20-year-old student of Belama Phase 1, reported that on March 23, 2018 at about 5:00 p.m., she left her apartment and upon arrival back home about 9:30 p.m., she discovered that her home was burglarized. Zayden noticed that several items were stolen, approximating over $6,500. Such items included a gold chain with a cross medal valued at $550, a pair of silver earrings with a diamond stone valued at $250, 2 gold bracelets valued at $225, a white gold jewelry set consisting of a pair of earrings, a bracelet, and a chain with a pearl medal valued at $2,500.

Family feud keeps claiming lives
The dispute between the males from the Louriano family and the Flowers family in Lake Independence, Belize City has most likely resulted in yet another murder. 28 year-old Justin Emmanuel Orellana, was shot and killed inside his home in Lord’s Bank. All indications are that the killers executed him while he was asleep in his bed. Police say that on Sunday morning, March 25, they were called out to a plywood house on Edwin Parks Street in Lords Bank. On a bed inside the house, they found Justin Orellana’s lifeless body. He was found under a blanket on the bed; and most unusually, he had a machete in the right hand. On closer inspection, the cops found gunshot injuries to the left hand and the chest. He was already dead by the time the cops were able to transfer his body to the KHMH.


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8 years later Ibrahim Smith pleads guilty to manslaughter by negligence
Almost eight years ago, a sawed off shot gun went off and 17-year-old Shenaine Reyes was fatally injured. The Sadie Vernon student was shot once to the upper left chest area and died on the spot. On the night of November 16, 2010 at around 8:00 p.m. on Sibun Street at the house of Reyes, Smith, Reyes, and a male person were socializing when Smith took out a sawed off shotgun to show them. During the handling of the gun, it went off and hit Reyes. A post-mortem conducted on the body revealed that she died from exsanguination due to internal and external bleeding caused by gunshot to the chest.

John Muschamp accused of aggravated assault
John Muschamp, a compliance officer, is out on bail after being accused of aggravated assault with a vehicle upon Leon Flowers. The incident is said to have occurred on March 26, 2018 on Cleghorn Street in Belize City. Muschamp, who was represented by attorney Velda Flowers, was arraigned in the Belize City Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday, March 27, 2018 before Magistrate Michelle Trapp. Muschamp pleaded not guilty and given that there was no objection to bail, his case was adjourned for May 28, 2018.

Gun fire Salvo lead to GSU action in the Mayflower area
Following an eruptive evening in the Mayflower Street Area, there is tension between the residents of that area, as well as other Belizeans, and the Gang Suppression Unit. Kendis Flowers was murdered in the wee hours of Saturday, March 17, 2018 and on Sunday, March 25, 2018, he was buried but this did not go without being an event all its own. After the funeral, a barrage of gun fire let off to bid the gang leader farewell and this caused GSU personnel to be deployed into the Ghost Town/Mayflower area. According to several reports, residents in the area were becoming fearful and made several requests for police intervention.

Kept firearm without a gun license
On Saturday March 24, 2018 at about 11:30 p.m. while officers were conducting a mobile patrol on Cemetery Road, their attention was drawn to a man who was identified as Mark August, a 20-year-old resident of a Mahogany Street address. He was seen riding a bicycle on Cemetery Road. The officers informed him that a search would be conducted on him. He then took an object from his pants pocket and threw it on the side of the street. Upon taking a look at the object, the officers noticed that it was a Smith and Wesson .38 Snub Nose revolver with six rounds of ammunition.

Shooting incidents
Sometime after 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 24, 2018, police responded to reports of shots being fired at the corner of Central American Boulevard and Ceasar Ridge Road. Upon arrival on the scene, police found Felicito Cho, a 45-year-old truck driver, with an apparent gunshot wound to the left foot, wrist, and forehead. Initial investigation revealed that Cho was inside a truck with his wife when they were approached by the owner of the truck, Khaled Jamil El Turk. Turk and Cho got into an altercation with Turk hitting Cho with a stick. Cho reportedly came out of the truck to defend himself and that is when Turk drew his licensed firearm and fired approximately 6 shots, resulting in Cho’s injury. Cho was transported to the KHMH.

Trio villager stabbed to death
On Sunday, March 25, 2018 at about 4:50 p.m., Independence Village police visited Trio Village Road about 4 miles from the junction with the Southern Highway. There, they observed the body of a male person of Hispanic decent in a drain, dressed only in a pair of boxers. They body was already in its first stage of decomposition and was seen with multiple apparent stab wounds to the chest area. The body was later identified as that of Mario Oddulio, a 36-year-old Guatemalan of Trio Village.

Remanded for unlicensed firearm
Ignatius Williams, a 24-year-old native of Dangriga Town who now resides in Belize City, was arraigned in the Belize City Magistrate’s Court on two firearm related offenses on Friday, March 23, 2018. Williams, who was unrepresented, appeared before Chief Magistrate Sharon Fraser where he was read two criminal offenses of kept prohibited firearm and kept prohibited ammunitions after he was found in possession of a .45 Taurus brand firearm along with 6 live rounds of .45 ammunitions.

Jadine Riley wins 29th Annual Women’s Cross Country Cycling Classic
The Cycling Federation of Belize sponsored its 29th Annual Women’s Cross Country Cycling Classic on Sunday 25th March, 2018. The 73 miles event started out in San Ignacio Town where it travelled the full length of the George Price Highway, then into Belize City for the finish at the BTL on the Newtown Barracks. This year’s event attracted some 13 riders the most field in any given female race in the country. At the end of 3:49:43 it was American Jadine Riley who rides for MD Endurance that was the first rider to cross the finish line to lay claims to this year’s Women’s Cross Country Title. The second rider to cross the finish line was Kaya Cattouse of C-Ray Cycling Team in a time of 3:52:47 and she was followed by last year’s champion Alicia Thompson who rides for the Belize Bank Swoosh in a time of 3:57:41.

Belize Rural Central Basketball competition opens
The 2018 Belize Rural Central Basketball competition which is being sponsored by the Area Representative the Hon. Beverly Williams commenced on Friday 16th March. There are 12 teams competing in the competition which is divided into two divisions. The teams that competing are: Division 1 – Hard Rock, Lord’s Bank Warriors, Ladyville Heatz, Lord’s Bank Eagles, Street Kings and New Release. Meanwhile, the teams in Division 2 are: Boom, Airport Terror Squad, Gorilla Cutz, Mayan Man Warriors, DigiNet Assassins and B-Wood.

Smart Belize Hurricanes stop the soaring San Pedro Tiger Sharks in the Pepsi National Elite Basketball League play
The 2018 Pepsi National Elite Basketball League competition continued on Friday 23rd March, with three games on the schedule. At the St. Catherine Academy Mercy Centre in Belize City, the former champions the Smart Belize Hurricanes defeated the San Pedro Tiger Sharks by the score of 80-68. The top scorers for the Smart Belize Hurricanes were Akeem Watters who scored 20 points to go along with his 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 6 steals; Glency Lopez who also scored 20 points, 2 rebounds, 7 assists and 3 steals and Tyson Reynold who scored 15 points and 6 rebounds for the win. Meanwhile, the top scorers for the league leading San Pedro Tiger Sharks were Martevuius Adams with 24 points, 14 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals, Raul Roches with 10 points and 2 assists and Jihard Wright with 9 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals.

Wagiya FC puts brake on the Belmopan Bandits SC
The Premier League of Belize Closing Season continued on Saturday 24th March with three games on the schedule and on Sunday 25th March, 2019, with a single game. On Saturday 24th March, at the Isidoro Beaton Stadium in Belmopan, Wagiya FC edged out the Belmopan Bandits SC by the score of 2-1 to pick up its 2nd win of the Closing Season campaign. The host team Belmopan Bandits SC was the first onto the scoreboard when Khalil Velasquez scored his team’s only goal of the game in the 10th minute of play to give his team a 1-0 lead. The Belmopan Bandits SC defence was able to protect the slim lead, and at the end of the first half of the game it was a 1-0 lead affair in favour of the Belmopan Bandits SC.

One Struggle Despair and Hope in Belize City
We walked out the hospital and back into Willoughby’s vehicle and we were off again… heading to Nurse Sea Street… it was actually Nurse Findley’s Crescent! Again, Shefaun Domingo got into the passenger’s seat of the vehicle and awaited for Willoughby to re-engage the engine. By this time I had known what to do, I took Shefaun’s wheel chair and placed it in the back of Willougby’s vehicle. It had become almost an instinctive maneuver by now. As we headed to Nurse Findley’s Crescent, Willoughby continued his narration of what he intended to do. The senseless crime that is in the process of overtaking the city had to be halted stated the former councilor. Shefaun being living testament of the devastation that crime is capable of inflicting would only agree.

Environmental crime by large truck
The Department of the Environment (DOE) has released two photos relating to the illegal dumping of waste by a large truck. The unknown truck was last seen dumping old tires off the George Price Highway on Saturday, March 17, 2018. According to the DOE, this is the only picture a passerby took of the truck. A post by the DOE states: Let’s continue to keep an eye out to protect our beautiful country and hold polluters responsible; take down license plates if possible or any other identifying information that we can use. The Department of the Environment urges the public to be on the alert for such environmental crimes.

Easter- Fisherman’s Christmas
Easter means fish! And because of that, fishermen consider Easter their Christmas. Why wouldn’t they? The price of fish at this time of year goes as much as 12 dollars a pound. It is a yearly routine: fisher folk raise their price and consumers complain. But as much as there are complaints, there are those willing to pay the price. Fish is an absolute necessity during Easter, as essential as ham is during Christmas. This is the only time of year when the fisher folk have their way and can demand high prices for their products. In any other time of the year, they are subject to the hard-nosed negotiations of consumers who could care less what it is that they have to go through to bring in their catch. The Guardian newspaper sits smack in the heart of fish central - Conch Shell Bay, and we more than most are exposed to the goings-on at the Bay. Every day, fisher folk dock their boats with their catch for the local market and every day the buyers patrol up and down the canal side between the Vernon Street Bridge and the docking area for the boats. There they go about looking for the best and tastiest deals of the day. But what does it take to venture into the waters for the prized sea produce? I thought I might find out.

2 die following separate road traffic accidents
On Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at about 8:20 p.m., police officers responded to a report of a road traffic accident between miles 11 and 12 on the Stann Creek Valley road. Upon arriving on the scene, the officers observed a gray Toyota Hiace van with extensive damages to the front portion and a female lying motionless with head and body injuries about 7 feet away from the van. Police also observed an extensively damaged white Toyota Rav4 on the side of the road. Initial investigation revealed that Oscar Gomez, a 32-year-old Belizean security officer of a Las Flores address, was traveling from Dangriga to Belmopan in the Toyota Hiace and upon reaching between miles 11 and 12, a Rav4 that was traveling in the opposite direction made a left turn and collided into the driver’s side of the van.

Aimee Flores leads research groups at UCLA
Aimee Flores, a Belizean native, is making the nation proud with her groundbreaking research into stem cells. Flores currently resides in the United States where she is a biochemistry researcher at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). At UCLA, Flores is finishing a PhD in Cellular and Molecular Biology and is currently conducting a research on how to treat a specific form of skin cancer. She has taken the lead of a group of UCLA researchers who are attempting to find a new way to activate the stem cells in the hair follicle to promote growth and is working to develop a compound that will do just that.

Better Values... Better Society
Growing up in a Christian household, I was raised with strong Christian values. Living in a Christian society; most of us were brought up with some degree of exposure to Christian values. Even if you did not attend church, a religious school or did not grow up in a bible believing family, I would assume that we’ve all heard of the golden rule: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Stories like, “The Tortoise and The Hare”, and “The Ugly Duckling”, which we all grew up with, helped to shape our values at a very young age. We might have forgotten these stories but their teachings in some way or the other have contributed to what we call our moral and values systems.

Whe wrong with that??
That was the challenging question which the PUP OW South area representative, Hon. A. Mai, bellowed at the Prime Minister across the aisle during the PM’s closing remarks at Friday’s budget debate in the Honorable House of Representatives. The PM was listing the amount of properties which the Honorable Leader of the Opposition had allegedly granted himself, his family, and his cronies when he was Deputy Prime Minister and was charged with the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR). We will discuss what’s wrong with that… as it pertains to Orange Walk. For those of you who are not familiar with the OW District, I was told by a cane farmer that the same Miller’s Bight Registration section from which some 1,700 acres were granted to one PUP family member begins almost immediately after you cross the San Estevan Bridge: It is situated in the direction of the Doubloon Bank bridge and Honey Camp Lagoon.

DRUGS, MONEY, GUNS, CRIME & BAD VIBES KULCHA
On Monday I visited the United Nations website https://www.unodc.org/unodc/index.html. Suffice it to say that the UN Office on Drugs and Crime has its work cut out; the task is daunting. Remember that before Christopher Columbus, the Western Hemisphere really did NOT have a problem with tobacco or cocaine. The old World knew opium and marijuana. The Opium Wars arose from China’s attempts to suppress the opium trade. You will definitely be shocked, down to your toes, when you study the history further! In 1839, England went to war with China because it was upset that Chinese officials had shut down its drug trafficking racket and confiscated its dope! Stating the historical record so plainly is shocking — but it’s true… Focus on the phrase “drug trafficking racket” for a few minutes, before you read further… Whenever you hear “drugs” and “trafficking” make that trip down Memory Lane.

Words of Life With Pastor Barry Fraser
April the first is Resurrection Sunday, the Christian celebration which arises from the Jewish Passover. Passover began on April 31, so we observe our festival on the first day of the week closest to that date. The Apostle, missionary, and prolific letter writer Paul penned these words in Colossians 3:1-4, as he meditated on the meaning of the Resurrection of Jesus. “If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.

The Reporter

Police charge man for murder of businessman, Mario Guerrero
Police today arrested and charged Allen Russell Felix, 40, for the murder of Sunset Park businessman, Mario Guerrero. Felix, also a resident of Sunset Park at the Mile 8 community off the George Price highway, was taken into custody on Tuesday. Police believe that he […]

Body of missing mechanic, Jamal Humes found at Sunset Park off George Price highway
The body of mechanic, Jamal Humes, was discovered shortly after 9:00 a.m., today in the Mile 8 community off the George Price highway, some three months after he was reported missing. A passerby in the area about two miles off the highway saw what looked […]

Churches discuss social breakdown and pray for healing
The churches last week weighed in on the problems surrounding crime and the social issues affecting Belize, and their role in helping to solve those problems. Bishop Phillip Wright of the Anglican Diocese has said that representatives of the church were planning to meet with […]

Belizean delegation prepares for Commonwealth Games
Belize is preparing to send two teams of athletes to compete in the XXI Commonwealth Games, set to take place in Gold Coast, Australia from April 4-15. The Belize Olympic and Commonwealth Games Association announced that Belize’s Chief of Mission, Giovanni Alamilla, left Belize on Friday, March […]

Belize celebrates World Tuberculosis Day
Belize joined with all other World Health Organization (WHO) member countries over the weekend to celebrate World Tuberculosis Day, under the global theme “WANTED: leaders for a TB-Free World”. The Ministry used the opportunity to highlight the work Belize has done in Tuberculosis prevention and […]

Four Seasons Hotel coming to Caye Chapel
Four Seasons, the international luxury hotel franchise, has announced that it will open a new hotel in Caye Chapel in 2021. For the massive project, called “Four Seasons Resort and Residences Caye Chapel, Belize,” Four Seasons is collaborating with three Mexican real estate development companies: Thor Urbana, […]

Businessman murdered at home
Businessman, Mario Guerrero, 64, owner of Guerrero’s Charter Services – a boating company that offers private tours on charter – was murdered on his property in the mile 8 community on Sunday. One of his children discovered his badly beaten body body under a tent […]

Murder suspect is granted bail in the sum of $25,000!
“Supreme Court judge, Denis S. Hanomansingh granted bail to Aaron Bailey on remand for the 2013 murder of Gary Pratt” By Anita Nembhard/Flowers A Belize city resident on remand for four years got bail on Friday, March 23rd, through the supreme court for the sum of $25,000. He is 28-year-old […]

One dead several injured in Stann Creek Valley road accident
A traffic accident last Wednesday night on the Stann Creek Valley road involving a security van and a private vehicle has left four people injured, while killing an elderly woman and leaving another woman severely injured. According to police, the accident was caused by a […]

Man released from hospital after beating, not cooperating with police investigation
Caye Caulker resident, Shawn Magana, was released from the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital on Sunday – five days after he was first rushed there with serious head injuries from a beating in the head. But while the 23 year-old father of a toddler is recuperating, […]

7.5 million Guatemalans registered to go to the polls in April 15th vote on Belize
A middle-aged Guatemala man recently visited Belize and I had the chance to have a brief chit-chat with him about the upcoming referendum scheduled for 15 April 2018. I asked him how he intends to vote on the question of whether they agree to have […]

Drought watch in effect for parts of Belize Belize lacks a national drought plan
A drought watch is in effect for northern and southeastern Belize, according to an April 2018 bulletin released by the Caribbean Drought & Precipitation Monitoring Network (CDPMN). The bulletin said that, “Water resources in the ABC Islands [Aruba, Curaçao, and Bonaire] and north and south-east […]

Republic of China (Taiwan) funds renovation of BDF family quarters
Belize Defense Force (BDF) soldiers at the Price Barracks compound in Ladyville are now able to enjoy the luxury and comfort of a newly renovated and retrofitted family association building courtesy the Republic of China (Taiwan). Taiwan funded the upgrades to the tune of $120,000, […]

And then it all makes sense!
“It is not the responsibility of government to hold the hands of the productive sector. That is what got us into trouble with the UHS…The productive sector must stand on their own feet, and whenever they enter into obligations they must be prepared and capable enough to manage their affairs […]

Second Chances or Recycling
During the height of the US-Iran hostage crisis in 1979, US President Jimmy Carter saw no other alternative but to use military force to free the US hostages who were held captive in the US Embassy in Tehran. His Secretary of State at the time, Cyrus Vance Sr., the father […]

Editorial
Two gang-related incidents last week show the emergence of city-based gangs to be forces to be reckoned with. The funeral last Sunday of slain gang leader Kendis Flowers was a staged event, calculated to show the community that life with the gangs is a life to which many of our […]

Gas prices up just before Easter
Belizeans traveling for the Easter holidays can expect their journey to come at a higher cost following the fourth announced price increase on fuel in 2018. The Belize Bureau of Standards (BBS) announced this week that effective March 27, the price of Premium, Regular, Diesel, […]

Ghost Town gang funeral ends in chaos
A funeral procession to send off reputed Ghost Town gangster, Kendis Flowers, on Sunday quickly spiraled out of control when gang members fired gunshots into the air as a tribute to Flowers; however, when the Gang Suppression Unit (GSU) was dispatched, chaos erupted. According to […]

Restore Belize expands program to reach at-risk youth
In an era where increasing levels of violent crime are being driven up by youth, Restore Belize, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and other stakeholders, is using the Early Warning System project to keep children away from crime by keeping them in school. […]

Community activist, Eva Middleton, passes
Belize, this week, lost a former educator, community activist and executive member of the Belize Assembly for Persons with Diverse Abilities (BAPDA), Eva Middleton. Ms. Eva, as she was affectionately known, died on Saturday night after she suffered a stroke two weeks ago that rendered […]

Joe Bradley racks up $6,000 tab New Mayor refuses to pay
Several vouchers surfaced this week revealing an unpaid tab racked up for social activities by members of the previous City Council, totaling more than $6,000; however, new Mayor Bernard Wagner has refused to pay the bill. The vouchers, which total more than $6,300, were made […]

Facebook friendship results in unlawful sex involving minor
A Facebook friendship between a man and a minor has reportedly resulted in unlawful sexual relations between them. The girl’s father reported to San Ignacio police on Tuesday that his 14 year-old daughter left home without permission and that he could not locate her. Police later found […]

Man critical from gunshot wounds
A construction worker is in a critical condition after he was shot twice on Tuesday night in San Pedro town. Police say that around 10:30 p.m., Guillermo Salazar, 26, was walking towards his house in the San Pedrito area on the island when a man dressed […]

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

3 months after; remains of Jamaal Humes found
This morning around 9:30, police visited 8 miles on the George Price Highway and about […]

Statistical Institute of Belize: Cost of living falls in Feb as transport and food prices decline
During the month of February, Belizeans paid less for goods and services for the first […]

Use of ozone depleting chemical and conflict of interest characterizes lime imports
Information leaked to BBN earlier today is that the final green light was given for […]

Southside commander meets with community stakeholders
Southside Commander, Howell Gillett continues to meet with members of the business community to discuss ways on […]

Man succumbs to gunshot injuries
Berkeley street resident, Fabio Paredes, succumbed to his injuries at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital […]

Ministry of National Security to host Nationwide Consultation
The Ministry of National Security informed today that it will embark on a nationwide consultation […]

Hungarian politician accused of hiding money in Belize
Hungarian elected politician and Secretary of State, Zsolt Szabó, has an estimated 1.2 billion dollars […]

Cable operators warn PM about applying GST on Internet
The Belize Cable Television Operators Association (BCTOA) have written to Prime Minister Dean Barrow urging […]

Protest happening on Mexican side of northern border
According to reports, there is currently a protest being staged on the Mexican side of the […]

Belize’s Sustainable Development Practices – Goals Vs. Achievements
By Jacob Williams: Belize is one of the world’s most idyllic holiday destinations, representing a hidden gem of […]

Belize – Guatemala’s Referendum on ICJ
By Richard Harrison: On April 15, 2018, Guatemala will hold a national referendum to decide whether to take […]

Police respond to shooting in Ladyville
Last night around 9:13, police responded to reports of shots being fired in the Milpa […]

Missing San Ignacio teen girl found
Yesterday, a woman reported that on Monday, March 26, her 14-year-old daughter left home without permission […]

Police seeking murder suspect on the run
Allen Russell Felix, also known as “Dhadi” is wanted for the murder of businessman Mario […]

Agriculture Ministry plans to import lime
Chief Executive Officer in the Ministry of Agriculture, Jose Alpuche in an interview with News […]

Three more shot in ongoing gang rivalry
On Sunday night, three people were shot on Mopan Street in Belize city. Derrick […]

Gas prices going up at midnight!
The Belize Bureau of Standards (BBS) has just issued new gas prices effective midnight tonight. Premium, […]

Two police officers injured in Ghost Town incident
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Honoring La Semana Santa: The Holy Easter traditions of Belize
Around the world, Easter is a time for families to come together, often taking a vacation and reveling in the sun – even if it’s just for a weekend. This year, Easter weekend begins on Friday, March 30th with Belize’s top tourism destinations already gearing up for fabulous beach parties, sporting events, and entertainment for all ages. Beyond the revelry, however, Easter is also a commemoration of La Semana Santa (Holy Week) for the religious communities in Belize. From Sunday, March 25th to Saturday, March 31st, Christians across the country observe the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ through a weeklong series of Easter activities. The week begins with the Domingo Ramos (Palm Sunday Procession). Roman Catholic Churches in several municipalities re-enact Christ’s triumphant entry into Jerusalem. Holy Monday’s Procesion del Silencio and Holy Tuesday’s Procesion de Encuentro reflects Christ’s teachings.

Easter 2018 Activities in Western Belize
No need to be on the islands to enjoy some of the most popular Easter events in Belize-- if you’re in Cayo, here are some you Benque Viejo del Carmen, the closest town to the Belize-Guatemala border, is an ancient township well known for keeping many traditions alive—and Easter is no exception. In fact, this season is one of the most celebrated weeks in the otherwise quiet community and people from all over the country travel here to participate or experience the religious events. At the break of dawn, Benqueños begin filling up the streets to create the “Alfombras de Acerin”, Spanish for sawdust carpets. These vibrantly colourful and creative carpets can be found throughout Benque Viejo del Carmen starting at midday; the flooring decorates the town so beautifully and acts as a guide for the re-enactment of the Stations of the Cross.

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CARIFORUM council of ministers meeting underway in St Kitts-Nevis
The United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union (EU), also known as ‘Brexit’, is an emerging trade issue that is of paramount concern to the Caribbean region. Against this backdrop, a number of government ministers and delegates from the Caribbean Forum of African Caribbean and Pacific States (CARIFORUM) countries are currently in St. Kitts-Nevis attending a two-day special meeting of the CARIFORUM council of ministers. The meeting concludes on Tuesday. CARIFORUM Director General, Percival Marie, said that the meeting was timely and extremely vital. “The meeting is held at a crucial time when post Cotonou negotiations between the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) group of States and the European Union are about to commence. This meeting is also held when the European Union and the United Kingdom are in discussions on the exit of the United Kingdom from the European Union,” said the director general.

Easter in Belize
While some enjoy spring break, in Belize we celebrate Easter. With a large portion of the population belonging to a Christian denomination, holy week is the longest holiday of the year. The 4-day weekend for many begins at end of day on Thursday and ends on Monday. Locals take advantage of the much needed rest days. What seems like the entire population travels to neighboring Cancun and Playa Del Carmen in Mexico, or head to the cayes, rivers and other bathing locations. Swimming is such an Easter time activity that there is a time specific Belizean myth that one mustn’t swim on Good Friday as you will be turned into a dolphin or mermaid. Needless to say, many take the risk and recharge their batteries in the healing waters of Belize.

Medical mission from Slidell to Belize marking 30 years
For a team of 22 volunteers, spring break is a time to pack duffle bags and head to the jungles of Central America. The team is part of the Dos Amigos Dental Medical Mission that was founded 30 years ago in Slidell to provide dental and medical services to people in the Toledo District of Belize. It started when dentist Joe Lindsay heard two missionaries to Belize speak at his Slidell church. “I asked if they needed a dentist,” he said. When they told him there were no dentists in the remote area, Lindsay volunteered. “My wife called my daughter to see if she could talk me out of it, but she wanted to go, too,” he recalled. He conducted the first Dos Amigos Dental Medical Mission in 1989, and many of his children and grandchildren have accompanied him over the past three decades.

Belize: New project launched to foster banana production
The Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), the European Union (EU), the Banana Growers’ Association (BGA) and the University of Belize (UB) launched a new project that will promote and foster social and economic development in the banana belt area of Belize, leading to the reduction of poverty by focussing on workers, their families and communities. The Banana Belt, which generates a significant number of jobs in the region, comprises 10 growers and 23 farms of relatively large holdings of plantation farms that are located in the southern Stann Creek and northern Toledo Districts. The BGA is the statutory body representing these growers.

12 Things to do in Harvest Caye, Belize
One of the newest ports in the western Caribbean cruise itinerary for Norwegian Cruise Line guests is the brand-new Harvest Caye Port. Opened to the public in November 2016, the 75-acre island features plenty of facilities and activities to have fun on. Such as the 15,000 square foot swimming pool. A 1300-foot-long zip line which is 136 feet above the ground and a beautiful 7-acre white sandy beach. It’s no wonder there are so many things to do at Harvest Caye. Owned exclusively by Norwegian Cruise Line, this cruise port justifies the $50 million and the 4 years of hard labor that was spent creating it. The non-tendering port could be one of the most authentic Caribbean cruise port there is. And probably the reason why it was voted the best new cruise port in the Caribbean in 2017.

Locals to leave a legacy abroad
Whitehouse residents and former residents are creating legacies in foreign lands through their connections and work with Wonder Voyage, a non-profit organization that creates personalized pilgrimages and voyages. Twenty years ago, Michael Fleming, pastor of Whitehouse First Assembly, was introduced to the organization before it was officially established. Fleming participated in one of the first of such projects in Belize. “There is a creek right outside of YWAM where we stayed, Youth with a Mission, that the whole community comes down in and bathes; washes, plays. It’s a huge hill and if it’s wet, it is almost impossible to get down there because it’s muddy. We had a team come in there and build concrete steps and a railing that now the entire village and community around there can safely walk down to the creek.” Twenty four members of Whitehouse First Assembly, along with 11 members of a church in Rowlett, will be returning to Belize June 23-29. The group will be participating in a number of events and projects including remodeling a kitchen, building a stage and providing Vacation Bible School and soccer camps.

Videos

  • Telenoticias Guatemala report on the border and consultation, 11min.

  • Mexican military in free zone for holidays, 10sec. If you’re heading to Mexico, you will meet the military. They are addressing contraband in the free zone area distributed by fayuqueros. This is the cause of the last border uproar.

  • BELIZE // Relaxing Sunrise Feels, 3.5min. This is the visual story of a 12 day trip with my family and friends through Belize. We will be 5 days in a catamaran out in the ocean and then another 4 on land exploring the tropical jungles and local culture. Expect some heavy travel feels and visual vibes...

  • Belize Service Learning Project 2018, 5.5min.

  • BEST OF BELIZE - Caye Caulker, 3.5min. Dans cette vidéo, on te fais découvrir en quelques minutes nos plus belles images et nos plus beaux moments du Belize. Nous avons passé deux jours incroyables sur le petite ile de CAYE CAULKER, aux portes de la 2ème plus grande barrière de corail du monde !

  • Belize - Chartered Tropic Air Flight, Golf Carting around San Pedro (Ambergris Caye), 8min. Video of our chartered flights to/from Belize City to/from San Pedro, and our adventures driving around San Pedro (Ambergris Caye) in a rented golf cart. Amazing place!

  • Masculinity and male violence in Belize, 53min. on Open Your Eyes

  • Mexican film, Tragic Jungle, 21min. on Open Your Eyes

  • Community Oriented Policing, 41min. on Open Your Eyes

  • Belize, 5min.

  • Biking Belize, 6min. After breakfast, we rented bikes and rode every part of the island we could find. We played with the dogs and cats at the animal shelter, and discovered the prettiest swamp you've ever seen.

  • A Day Trip to Secret Beach in Ambergris Caye, Belize, 4min. Our one day with the golf cart and we visited Secret Beach in Ambergris Caye. It wasn't much of a secret but it was a SUPER bumpy ride in our zero-suspension golf cart. The Secret Paradise Beach Bar let us chill out on their lounge chairs in exchange for buying food and drinks from them. A fair trade!

  • Rio Blanco- Belize!, 4min.

  • Boujee in Belize, 16min. Just a few nurses, dieticians, and midwives helping out in Belize and having a great time

  • Ambergris Caye, Belize Parasail March 18, 2018, 14min.

  • Small Plane landing in San Pedro Ambergris Caye Belize, 1.5min. We took a small Plane from Belize City to San Pedro on the island of Ambergris Caye. March, 2018.

  • t’s Manatee Awareness Day!, 2min. BELIZE IS WHERE IT'S AT! : We have the largest population of the Antillean manatee worldwide! THEY'RE WATER NOMADS: Manatees utilize rivers, lagoons, cayes, and coastlines. THEY'RE TOTAL VEGANS! : Manatees were hooked on veggies way before veganism became a trend. Food includes: sea grass, mangrove leaves, water hyacinths, and macro-algae. If you see one of these gentle giants in need of our help or want to get involved in manatee awareness, email belize@oceana.org or call 615-3838. Special thanks to @FarahGuerrero for sharing these videos taken from her Belize City backyard (hence the dog barking in background). How cool is that? Manatees in our canals does highlight the need for all boaters to respect no wake zones!


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