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Red Cross hosts Blood Drive in Caye Caulker
The Belize Red Cross, San Pedro Branch (BRCSPB) hosted a blood drive on Saturday, March 24th in Caye Caulker. From 10AM to 3PM a total of nine pints of blood were collected at the Caye Caulker Polyclinic. While island residents made their way to donate blood at the clinic, members of the BRCSPB also held a dollar drive on the main streets of the island, where they collected a total of $63. Blood donors were provided with healthy snacks afterward and recommended to take some rest. The BRCSPC states that it is very important for communities to donate blood and build a blood reserve with the Belize Blood Services. The blood collected at these various blood drives are for the sole use of the community from where it is donated.

Invasion Latina helps island resident Miguel Ayala
The second edition of Invasion Latina took place on Saturday, March 24th inside the San Pedro Lions Den. The event was filled with live entertainment and for a fee, patrons enjoyed the music of DJ Super Mario, DJ Flex, and island band Rompe Raja. This time organizers of the event took a different approach and offered 10% of the proceeds to help disabled island resident Miguel Ayala and his son. Ayala lost both of his legs in a train accident when attempting to cross into the United States of America a few years ago. Now he lives on the island where with the help of the community, takes care of his son.

BVA Volleyball Tournament 2nd Stop begins on Ambergris Caye
The Belize Volleyball Association (BVA) 2nd Stop Volleyball Tournament commenced this past weekend at Pirates South Beach Café and Pub south of San Pedro Town on Sunday, March 25th. The tournament saw nine female and 11 male teams competing for the championship. However, due to time constraints, no champions were selected at the end of the day. The BVA thanks all teams that participated, spectators, sponsors and Pirates South Beach Café and Pub for hosting them. The BVA Volleyball tournament 2nd Stop is expected to resume sometime next month in Belize City, with no specific dates issued as yet.

National budget 2018-2019 debated and approved
After the BZ$1.83 billion 2018-2019 national budget was announced on March 9th, it was debated from Thursday, March 22nd to Friday, March 23rd at the House of Representatives. On Tuesday, March 27th, the Senate responded and approved it. During both sessions, the budget proposed by the current administration of the United Democratic Party (UDP) was heavily criticized by members of the Opposition and sternly questioned by some of the members in the Senate. The sentiment was that the budget is ‘more of the same,’ with little incentives for the poor or the growth of the country’s economy. After the two days of debate, the Leader of the Opposition People’s United Party (PUP), Honourable John Briceño characterized the budget as one that had very little for the needy of this country. He pointed out that domestic debt has gone from $321 million to over one billion dollars.

Ambergris Today

Belize Hotel Association Showcases Its New Belize Map At Tradeshows
The Belize Hotel Association is excited to be able to offer the new BHA maps, at all of the trade shows they have recently attended. This item is a much requested and very important piece of collateral, for the Association and for potential visitors to Belize. Each year, the map is updated to include new members, and, along with the hotel guide, it is distributed at all the shows BHA attends worldwide. The new BHA map was a joint effort between Cubola Productions, Anthony Hunt and the Belize Hotel Association team. Together, they created a fresh, new and modern design, which highlights, by region, all the exciting activities in Belize, the wildlife, the archaeological sites, and of course all of the Belize Hotel Association's Hotel, DMC and Allied members.

Belize Tourism Board Enhances Beaches At Caye Caulker And Punta Negra Villages
As a part of the continuous effort of The Belize Tourism Board (BTB) to achieve the goals of the National Sustainable Tourism Master Plan and enhance the tourism experience of our visitors, the organization recently embarked on a self -sustainable revenue generation program to develop the leisure product in Caye Caulker and Punta Negra destinations. In this light, BTB has enhanced the beaches to create an encouraging and relaxing environment to promote picnics and family activities that will allow destinations to offer a more relaxing experience while at the same time generate funds for the community to continue investing in the tourism industry. Furthermore, this product development has created additional activities for tour operators to add to their itineraries.

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Self-Sustainable Revenue Generation Program – Caye Caulker and Punta Negra Villages
As a part of the continuous effort of The Belize Tourism Board (BTB) to achieve the goals of the National Sustainable Tourism Master Plan and enhance the tourism experience of our visitors, the organization recently embarked on a self-sustainable revenue generation program to develop the leisure product in Caye Caulker and Punta Negra destinations. In this light, BTB has enhanced the beaches to create an encouraging and relaxing environment to promote picnics and family activities that will allow destinations to offer a more relaxing experience while at the same time generate funds for the community to continue investing in the tourism industry. Furthermore, this product development has created additional activities for tour operators to add to their itineraries.

Coming Soon to Corozal - Tortuga Grill & Paddle Lounge
We will not be just another restaurant. We will be a fusion of Caribbean Taste. Through a shared commitment to excellence on what we do, Tortuga Grill will be your Belizean experience; owned and operated by Belizeans. An awaited family oriented surf and turf Caribbean Cuisine exotic locale, with a twist and passion of our Corozal flavours and food culture is COMING SOON! TG will be providing job opportunities to many Corozaleňos in food, beverage and management positions. Our foods will be infused with local spices. We will offer spectacular views of the Corozal Bay and Rainbow Beach with a sip of your favourite Tropical beverage and imported wines set in our chiller. TG will prepare the tastiest, mouth watering banana boat seafood ceviches "a la" (island style). Our regular menu will be Brunch (Sundays), Lunch, Dinner and Kids Menu.

Belize's Outstanding Women 2018
Congratulations to all the amazing women who were recognized last night as Belize's Outstanding Women! Keep up the fight! Recognized were: Ms. Juliana Dominguez, Ms. Maura Justina Logan, Nurse Emiliana Osorio, Mrs. Marie Louise Aleman, Ms. Ophelia Pop, Ms. Shartel Casimiro, Mrs. Joan Carolyn Reynolds, Mrs. Sandra Cadle, Ms. Rhea Rogers, Mrs. Anna Silva, Ms. Kimone Zuniga, Mrs. Sonia Lenares, Mrs. Alice Gibson, Ms. Carla Banner, Mrs. Enelda Rosado, Ms. Muriel Neal, Mrs. Christeline Garcia (Chris Garcia), Ms. Virginia Echols, Mrs. Dorothy Menzies, and Mrs. Kathleen Esquivel.

Belize Woman of the Year 2018
U.S. Embassy Belize recognized Staff Officer Rhea Rogers as the U.S. Department of State International Women of Courage award nominee for Belize and Ms. Anna Silva as the Embassy’s Woman of the Year 2018. Both awards were presented at the 13th Annual Outstanding Women’s Awards Ceremony hosted by the Office of the Special Envoy Belize and the Women’s Department yesterday, March 28, 2018 at the Belize Western Plus Belize Biltmore Plaza Hotel. The Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage Award annually recognizes women around the globe who have demonstrated exceptional courage and leadership in advocating for peace, justice, human rights, gender equality, and women’s empowerment, often at great personal risk. Since the inception of this award in 2007, the Department of State has honored over 120 women from more than 65 different countries. Staff Officer Rhea Rogers was chosen for her tireless advocacy for women’s full participation in Belize’s development and promoting equity and equality for Service Women in Belize.

Hetzmek between the Yucatec Maya of Belize 2018
Hetzmek some may refer to this Maya ceremony as the Maya baptism. The Hetzmek for the male infant is performed at 4 months of age. This month Yucatec Maya people from San Pablo,Cristo rey,San Narciso,Patchakan and others came together in a focus to preserve the maya traditions and spirituality with the hetzmek ceremony of this new Maya warrior baby name Iktan Chuc. This ceremony is a rite of passage in which the infant becomes familiar with all the various objects that are necessary for him to have a solid foundation as he makes his passage through life. The ceremony was conducted in Maya and spanish by Nojoch Mak Faustino Yam and witness by some Maya elders .

Sawdust Masterpieces in San Pedro
The San Pedro House of Culture invites you to join us & elaborate Creative Sawdust Masterpieces on Good Friday starting @ 7 am in front of the Catholic Church!

Prime Minister Departs Country on Personal Leave
The Office of the Prime Minister informs that the Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow departed the country today, Thursday, 29th March 2018 on personal leave. The Prime Minister will return to Belize on Tuesday, 3rd April 2018. During the Prime Minister’s absence, the Hon. Manuel Heredia, Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation, will act as Prime Minister. The Deputy Prime Minister Hon. Patrick Faber is presently on leave.

Garbage Drums in Corozal
A Thumbs Up moment for a wonderful initiative by this news shack and our volunteers. We can only fulfill our community's plans and projects by supporting and being part of them. Let's all give a drum roll to our good friend Dari Bartz for donating these four drums. Thank you for being an ambassador of our initiatives to keep our community safe and clean. Other donours will be recognized, as we prepare and set up the bins at various parks, playgrounds and locations. Thank you to Mayor Rigo Vellos, Deputy Mayor Otto Riverol and the councilors of the Corozal Town Council for giving us the permission and support for this great cause.

UNICEF Community Project Funding Opportunity
UNICEF is providing funding for innovative solutions to end violence against children. Children's Month is almost over, but community service projects can last forever. If you have any ideas, now's the chance to start them. "OPPORTUNITY for YOU!!! Is your group or organization working in your area to reduce violence against children!!!! Here is an opportunity for you to get financing. UNICEF and our various national and international partners are looking for innovative and sustainable solutions that reduce or end violence against children. The purpose of this call is to infuse new thinking and approaches to child protection that build on the evidence-informed interventions striving to create and sustain safe streets and other protected environments for children and families in Belize.

Grace Primary School of Belize City visited the Chiquibul Forest
Thank you for visiting us and we hope you have returned back with memorable experiences.

Social Security Board's Scholarship Program
The Social Security Board, in its continuous effort to positively contribute to the nation’s development, will be offering a total of fifty-two (52) scholarships for the 2018 school year to successful applicants. Of the fifty-two scholarships, thirty (30) will be for High School, four (4) will be for Vocational Technical, sixteen (16) will be for Sixth Form and two (2) at the Bachelor’s level. SSB has automated the scholarship application process. For the upcoming 2018 school year and onwards, all interested applicants will be required to submit their application packages ONLINE via their Scholarship Portal on their website www.socialsecurity.org.bz under “Online Services”.

Paradise Theater playing this weekend
The Commuter, Insidious: The Last Key, Game Over Man! All the Money in the World. Happy Easter!

Channel 7

Grown Man Murdered In The Middle of A Warzone
44 year old Emmerson Anderson is the latest murder victim. He was shot and killed last night around 8:00 at the long Barracks on Ebony Street - which is an area well known for warfare between rival gangs. Anderson was hanging out with friends when a gunman barged in and opened fire. Residents say they heard as many as 10 gunshots ring out. I found out more. Courtney Weatherburne reporting: Today, panades vendor "Money" went on his usual run but he wasn't at ease after last night's shooting: "Money", Friend: "I heard gunshots and I people screaming and I got down on the ground." 'Money' and 3 others including 44 year old Emmerson Anderson were all hanging out in this Ebony Street yard when a gunman opened fire on them - hitting Anderson in the stomach. Money says he didn't see the attack coming.

Boatmaker Guerrero’s Alleged Killer Charged
Mario Guerrero's suspected killer 40-year-old Allen Russel Felix turned himself into Belmopan police on Tuesday night. Well, today the forty-year-old was charged with the murder of the 64 year old boat-maker when he appeared before Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford. Felix was remanded into custody until May 31st. Police have also established that the motive for the murder was robbery. Guerrero apparently had a large sum of cash on him because when his son found him his pockets were turned out. Felix also allegedly tried to steal his vehicle, but couldn't figure out how to work the key.

DPP Wins First Criminal Appeal To Go To CCJ
Today, while most were having a light workday, getting ready for the 4-day Easter Holiday weekend, the judges of the Caribbean Court of Justice were putting in work. This afternoon, they produced two judgments in appeal cases that they have already heard. We start first with their decision in the appeal of Gregory August, who's been serving what was originally a life sentence for murder. As we told you, he was convicted in November 2012 of the murder of 73 year-old Alvin Robinson. The elderly disabled man was fatally stabbed 9 times in the face and neck in 2009, and, in 2012, August was found guilty and sentenced to life behind bars.

CLICO Policyholders Lost, And CCJ says GOB Doesn’t Have To Compensate Them
So, after the CCJ handed that judgment down, they went unto another case of great public interest. That;S the one where 54 Belizeans are suing the Government of Belize for 4 million dollars in life insurance policies they collectively lost when CLICO went belly-up. They asserted that the Government should not have allowed CLICO to carry on the business of life insurance , because they were not in full compliance with the Insurance Act. As we've reported, under this act, CLICO was required to establish statutory fund which was supposed to be equal to the liabilities to the all the Belizean customers - to protect them in the event of a bankruptcy.

Police Hunt For Humes’ Killers
Yesterday evening, Jamal Humes' family finally laid him to rest - with a hasty burial for his decomposed remains. It certainly is not the end they wanted for their loved one but finding his body after three desperate months of searching at least brought them some closure. Police told us what they know so far in this case. ASP Alejandro Cowo, Head of CIB: "Acting upon information received Ladyville police visited an area about 2 miles off the George Price Highway, 8 miles where in an open area they found the remains of a human hand on the surface of the ground as a result police and scenes of crime personnel and the forensic department dug out the area and retrieved from the area the decomposed body of a person."

Mayflower “Trouble-Man” Witzil Remanded
Police have charged 19 year old Mayflower Street resident Christopher Witzil with 3 counts of attempted murder. This is in connection with the Sunday night's Mopan Street shooting where 3 persons were shot including a woman and a minor. Police told us about Witzil's charges. ASP Alejandro Cowo, Head of CIB: "For the shooting of Tariq Myles, Natisha Tillett and Derrick Pineda on yesterday date police arrested and charged Mr. Christopher Witzil for 3 counts of attempted murder."

Police Try to Figure Out Island Shooting
Last night we told you about the execution style shooting in San Pedro on Tuesday night. A hooded, masked gunman dressed in full camouflage shot 26 Year old Guillermo Salazar in his back as he arrived at his home in the San Pedrito area. Police say his wife was along with him at the time: ASP Alejandro Cowo, Head of CIB: "San Pedro Police visited the San Pedro polyclinic where they observed Mr. Guillermo Salazar with apparent gunshot wounds to his back and to the front of his stomach area. He was admitted there in a critical condition. He was flown to Belize City and he is in a critical condition at the KHMH. What we understand is that Mr. Salazar was walking on the San Pedrito road with his wife when about to approach his yard, a male person came out from the nearby area and fired several shots at his direction causing the above mentioned injuries."

Cops Seeking High Profile Suspect
The police are also asking for the public's assistance in looking for a high profile suspect, named Kevin Bodden. He is 5 foot 6 inches tall, dark skinned with low cut hair and brown eyes. If you have seen him or know of his whereabouts you are asked to immediately contact the police at 911, or the nearest police station, or if you want to remain anonymous, call Crimestoppers at 0-800-922-TIPS.

Get-Tough Crime Laws Has Provision For Witness Protection
Last night, we showed you the Crime Control and Criminal Justice Amendment Bill, which was passed by the Senate on Tuesday Night. These were included as part of a raft of new touch anti - crime legislation. Tonight, we take look at 3 more amendments which fall under the Police's National Crime Fighting Strategy 2018-2020. The first is the Protection of Witnesses Act of 2018. Regularly, we report on criminal trials that fall apart because of witnesses who refuse to cooperate, fearing for their own lives.

Sol. Gen. Wants Business Senator To Retract His Harsh Words
That huge raft of legislation comes out of the Attorney General's ministry - but at Tuesday's Senate meeting, the business Senator Mark Lizarraga openly questioned the function and productivity of the AG's Ministry. He suggested that their allocation in the budget was not justified, and AG Michael Peyrefitte took offense and asserted that he owes the employees of this ministry an apology for dismissing their hard work. Well, the Sol Gen, whose office falls under the Attorney General's Ministry, agrees with his boss. Here's how he explained why he wants the Senator to recant those comments:

PUP’s May Day Petition
We also asked the Solicitor General about the latest developments with the PUP's election petition. You'll remember that the Opposition is challenging the results of the municipal elections in San Pedro Town. They've filed a petition pointing to what they see as major discrepancies which, they say, should cancel the UDP victory in that town. The Sol. Gen told us that the case is set tentatively for a date in May:

GDP Grew in Fourth Quarter
Yesterday, the Statistical Institute of Belize presented its most recent statistics on the performance of Belize's economic sector. The most anticipated figure is the GDP - which tells us how well or poorly the economy is doing across all sectors. And for the last three months of 2017, all sectors showed improvement over the previous year. Jefte Ochaeta told the press more:... Jefte Ochaeta, Statistician 1 - SIB: "For the period of October - December for the year 2017 which is the 4th quarter of the 2017 year. The gross domestic product increased by 2.8% meaning that the economy produced a total of 695.8 million dollars which is an increase of 19.2 million dollars."

Exports Were Down in February
The news is not so encouraging for exports in February of this year. The total value of Belize's domestic exports went down by $3 million dollars compared to the February 2017 total. Statistician Tifanny Vasquez told us why: Tiffany Vasquez, Statistician 2 - SIB: "This overall decline was predominantly the result of decreased exports for 3 of Belize's major commodities sugar, banana and marine products. Nevertheless, the first two months of the year saw notable export gains from citrus products and crude petroleum. Exports of sugar fell by 7.5 million to 6.1 million. This was due entirely to the timing of shipment of bulk sugar. While in January - February 2017 period included a bulk shipment of significant value. The first shipment of bulk sugar for the year 2018 of an even greater value is scheduled for March."

Negative Inflation in February
The Statistical Institute of Belize also had the latest figures on the Consumer Price Index. That measures the cost of all items in the average shopping basket and determines whether prices were going up or down. They found that in February of 2018, prices were trending down. Here's more: Jacqueline Sabal, Statistician 2 - SIB: "The national increasing rate for the month of February 2018 was at -0.5%. Meaning that on average, prices were 0.5% lower than they were than in February of 2017. The food and non-alcoholic beverages category decreased by 0.4%."

Parlaying Volleyball Skills Into School
Briercrest College and Seminary, it's in Canada and that's where two young Belizean volleyball players will be studying for the next couple years. Bryton Codd and Karym Coleman were recruited by the school's volleyball coach. They both got full scholarships to study at the school and play on their team. It's a big break for Codd and Coleman who have been working towards this goal for some time. We found out more about how this opportunity came about. Mark Usher, President, PROTO Foundation: "Both were playing for Belize in a competition in Panama and a coach from Canada the same school in Canada they were doing scouting at the event and they saw Bryton and so they got in touch with Bryton and they asked Bryton do you have an opposite, they call it opposite in volleyball, opposite means someone with similar skills and he automatically said yes there is Karym Coleman also."

Outstanding Women Recognized
Last night, 20 outstanding women from diverse backgrounds were recognized for their noteworthy contributions to their communities, organizations and country. Among the Outstanding women recognized were Kathy" Esquivel, Rhea Rogers, Dorothy Menzies, Virginia Echols, Carla Banner and Nurse Emiliana Osorio. The event was organized by the Office of the Special Envoy for Women and Children and the Women's Department. The U.S. Embassy Belmopan recognized Staff Officer Rhea Rogers as the U.S. Department of State International Woman of Courage award nominee for Belize and Anna Silva as the Embassy's Woman of the Year 2018. They chose Anna Silva as Woman of the Year for her "lifelong commitment to empower women and girls, inspiring accomplishments, and notable contributions to her community."

The Man Called “Juniour” Is Acting PM
The Prime Minister is traveling for his Easter Break. His office today confirmed that he left today on personal leave. The PM returns on Tuesday, and in his absence, we have a new acting Prime Minister. Manuel Heredia, the Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation, will act as PM since Deputy Prime Minister Patrick Faber is presently on leave.

Easter Plans to Stay Home
And while the PM is headed to the US, where will you go for Easter - and will you just take the break relaxing at home with family? Today, Sahar Vasquez hit the streets and found that many are doing just that, chilling like an Easter Bunny who's already laid its eggs. Interviewee 1: "We are going to the beach. We will be relaxing with the air and everything. We have many plans." Sahar Vasquez: "Where are you going to?" Interviewee 1: "I live in Sarteneja and we are going to our beautiful seaside."

Police Crime Prevention Tips
And while some might be staying home, many are traveling - which can be an opportunity for burglars looking for vulnerable homes. Today, police stressed some simple security measures that you can take to secure your property from Easter burglars:...

Good Friday Fish Finders, 2018
Holy week - as it's called - is one of the biggest selling times for fishermen. As a part of to religious tradition, fish seekers turn out in heavy numbers to get their fresh fish for Good Friday. This morning we stopped by the Conch Shell Bay Fish to get a feel for what's in supply and demand. The price today was around $10 a pound. Some vendors went as low as $8 a pound. The regular price is 3.50 per pound. Cross Country Calls The Smart, Not The Swift And while fish is what's cooking on Good Friday, come Holy Saturday, bicycle tires will be sizzling on the George Price Highway. Over 100 riders will race from the City to Cayo and back in the Holy Saturday Cross Country Classic, a race rich in both history and prizes. Kwame Scott told us what to expect in to 90th riding of Belize's biggest sporting event:…

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Wrong man killed in Belize City shooting
Shots rang out once again in Belize City and one bullet found its mark on a man who police believe was not the intended target. The homicide took place shortly before eight o’clock last night. 44-year-old Emmerson Anderson was gambling and socializing with some friends inside the yard of a long barracks on Ebony Street, …

PM leaves the country for Easter Vacation
Prime Minister Dean Barrow left the country today on personal leave. He is expected to return after the Easter vacation on Tuesday April 3. Since the Deputy Prime Minister Patrick Faber is on leave, Tourism Minister, Manuel Heredia will act as Prime Minister.

Plan for customary Maya land rights needs more work
The issue of Maya customary land rights remains before the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) which three years ago ordered the Government of Belize to create an effective mechanism to identify and protect Maya lands in accordance with Maya traditional governance. Both parties agreed that a work plan is needed but the appellants, Maya Leaders …

Belize’s economy grew by 1.2% in 2017
Latest figures from the Statistical Institute of Belize reveal that for the fourth quarter of 2017, Belize’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) increased by 2.8 percent. The fourth quarter saw Belize’s total value of goods and services produced at six hundred and ninety-five point eight million dollars, which is an increase of nineteen point one million …

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Belize Aquaculture Limited lays off 100 employees, citing disease and high cost of operating
Belize Aquaculture Limited (BAL) which has its operations at Mile 4 on the Placencia Road, in the Stann Creek District, was forced to make redundant 100 employees. The company cited the high cost of operations and the onset of disease at its shrimp farm. The company made the announcement via a Ministry of Labor press release last Friday, March 23. Although the company promised to rehire the affected workers at a later date, it remains to be seen if this will happen. The Ministry of Labor press release said: “The Belize Aquaculture 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.”

Mayflower Street/Ghost Town and GSU rumble
The weekend of Saturday, March 17, was the bloodiest weekend so far for the year. In Belize City alone, five persons died from gunshot injuries, and a sixth murder was reported in the Orange Walk District. Notable among the murders in Belize City was that of the Ghost Town gang leader Kendis Flowers, 26, who was laid to rest on Sunday. Reports are that gunshots were heard during and after the funeral ceremonies. When Flowers’ family members and friends and affiliates returned to Mayflower Street for a repast, all hell broke loose when the police’s Gang Suppression Unit (GSU) showed up and attempted to make an arrest. The presence of the GSU triggered outrage from Flowers’ family members, mostly the female members of the family, who were in a yard at #5 Mayflower Street.

Barrow jacks up fuel prices for Easter
As the long Easter holiday weekend approaches and record numbers of Belizeans prepare to take to the nation’s highways, the government of Prime Minister Dean Barrow has decided to cash in with a uniform increase in all fuel prices. At midnight, the new fuel prices came into effect. The price of premium gasoline shot up by fifteen cents, from $11.24 to 11.39. The price of regular gasoline got the biggest increase of forty-three cents. The new price for regular gasoline is now $10.61, up from the previous price of $10.18.

Mario Guerrero, 64, murdered in Sunset Park
Well-known businessman, Mario Guerrero, 64, a cruise tour operator and owner of the Manta Ray boats, died after he was beaten in his home on Sunday. Guerrero was hit in the back of the head with a heavy frying pan, and when he fell forward, he was beaten on his head with a stool, which broke during the attack. It is believed that after Guerrero was beaten, he was robbed. The two men who assaulted him, reportedly stole his phone and his vehicle keys. Surveillance video shows the men trying to steal the vehicle, but they were unsuccessful, so they ran out of the yard on foot. Nothing was stolen from the house. Information to us is that Guerrero had a lot of money in his pocket, but a friend who went to the scene said his pockets had been turned out.

Jury acquits Hilberto Perez, 50, of manslaughter
Hilberto Perez, 50, a businessman of Perez Road, Ladyville, was found not guilty of a charge of manslaughter today in the court of Madam Justice Marilyn Williams. The jury of 9 women deliberated for almost 4 hours before arriving at a unanimous verdict. The charge against Perez was for shooting Daniel Trapp in the left side of his chest with a pellet gun. The incident occurred around 1:15 p.m. on May 9, 2015 at Perez’s residence. Trapp, according to the evidence that was presented at the trial, went to Perez’s yard and climbed up his mango tree to steal mangoes.

2018-2019 budget debate ends Friday night
On the other side of the House, some Opposition PUP members tried to keep the debate focused on the analysis of the figures and what they mean. The Opposition members lambasted the Barrow government for its lack of emphasis on the people, and more than once the price of kerosene was used as an example of the government’s lack of sensitivity, due to the heavy tax placed on this commodity. The member for Corozal North, Hon. Pablo Marin, who is also Minister of Health, took some flak for the condition of the roof of the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital, which led to the main referral hospital having to trim its functions in some areas. Marin explained that the roof was impacted by the seismic effect of the 7.8 earthquake which hit the Caribbean region in January.

Foreigners outnumber Belizeans; American Jadine Riley – 29th Women Cross Country Champion
Six Belizeans, six Americans and one Mexican took off from Columbus Park in San Ignacio yesterday morning in the 29th running of the Women Cross Country Cycling Classic, where the defending champion was Belizean Alicia Thompson, in a race that had seen Belizean women taking the garland in the last 8 consecutive years, since 2010. That string of Belizean winners was broken, as American Jadine Riley rode in alone to take the garland. Only one of the 13 starters (American rider Joan Hanscom of Amy D Foundation) failed to complete the 73-mile journey in bright sunshine to BTL Park in Belize City.

Beach Football National Team delegation travelling today
The Football Federation of Belize (FFB) is proud to present the National “A” Beach Football Team. The Team has been in preparation for the past 4 weeks in Hopkins Village. The team will be participating in the COPA CENTROAMERICANA DE FUTBOL PLAYA in El Salvador. The delegation leaves Belize at 5:00 a.m. on Tuesday, March 27.

Mayor’s 8-Ball Tournament in Cayo – Luis Usher, Champ!!!
The single-player 8-Ball Tournament in Cayo, being sponsored by Mayor Earl Trapp, Jr., concluded on Sunday, March 25, at CK Sports Bar. The first round of the tournament started with twenty-two players being placed in two groups of eleven playing a single round-robin format. At the second round, it was down to the top ten players, as five players from each group advanced; and then to the top four players. The top four who clashed were Erwin Woodye (seeded #2) vs Luis Usher (seeded #3), and David Fernandez (seeded #1) vs Johnny Betancourt (seeded #4).

E.P. Yorke girls and San Pedro High boys are NSSSA high school softball champions 2018
The four zone champions of female and male high school softball converged at the People’s Stadium in Orange Walk Town over the weekend, where the New Hope High School hosted the National Secondary Schools Sports Association (NSSSA) softball championships. The tournament followed a simple knockout format, with the losers on Friday playing for third place on Saturday, while Friday’s winners played for the championship on Saturday.

Editorial: Disrespect, and reaction to disrespect
A Sunday evening, March 25, confrontation between armed members of the Gang Suppression Unit (GSU) and the Mayflower/Banak community could have become a bloodbath. It is a small miracle that it did not. Seven members of the GSU marched into the Sandra Uter yard on Mayflower Street which was the center of the post-funeral mourning for Kendis Flowers, Sandra Uter’s grandson and a leader of the Ghost Town Crips. The GSU had come to apprehend an individual they believed had fired shots into the air during Kendis’ funeral by way of a gun salute to the young deceased. When one of the GSU aggressively grabbed that individual, the Mayflower/Banak community reacted violently in his defense.

From The Publisher
I felt I had to produce a column for Easter Week, one reason being that, through the years and decades, the Easter column has always been a favorite of mine. That is because writers write in order to be read, and what happens at Easter is that Belizeans take their newspapers along with them when they leave, mostly on Holy Thursday, for their vacation destinations. The Easter newspaper is read more thoroughly than other newspapers because most readers have almost four days of leisure before they begin returning home on Easter Monday. When Belizeans have nothing to do during those four days, they will read. So, you are advised to be good when you write for Easter. It is ten weeks or so since I have written a column, whereas I have continued to produce most of the Amandala editorials. Early in September last year I had set myself a six month schedule leading up to the March 7 national municipal elections.

Advice for parents from Dwight Brown
Dear Editor, Considering everything that has been happening in our little country Belize, I began searching for an answer but I couldn’t find any. Then this question came to my mind. What makes a good parent? I came up with a few examples as I observed my own parents and parents in my surroundings. First of all, I believe that being a good parent requires selflessness — for example, giving up of time, opportunities, money, and even sleep, just to name a few.

The other Bernard’s tough job
Bernard Wagner just picked up the toughest job in Belize. He is now the Mayor of Belize City and the government of the day is from the other party. That other party is notorious for being bad-minded. The last Mayor of Belize City who belonged to a party that didn’t control the national treasury was Ms. Zenaida Moya. This was between 2006 and 2009. For a little more accuracy, Ms. Zenaida, a UDP, started her reign under the PUP and somewhere near midterm/a little past midterm, the government changed and the party she belonged to took charge.

Saldivar must go!!!
I started by saying I was not going to weigh in on this issue. The distasteful attack of Senator Elena Smith in the usual misogynistic style by the “Honourable” Minister of National Security on his Facebook page and the subsequent comments he has endorsed, jerked me out of my slumber and back to reality for several reasons, some cited above and for the following. I found the trend most distasteful and reeking so of bullying that I too took to Facebook and posted my position along with pictures and news article to give the good Minister the evidence needed to support the basis upon which the Senator stated her disagreement with his re-appointment to said post.

CSSPAR’s Gibson suggests way forward if there’s a negative outcome on the ICJ referendum
The Coordinator of the CSSPAR (Center for Strategic Studies, Policy Analysis and Research), Ambassador David Gibson, presented a paper to the students and faculty of UB, at the Jaguar Auditorium, on Thursday, 22nd March, 2018, for the purpose of highlighting Belize’s need to be ready for the next step in the event the referendum for going to the ICJ comes out negative. The CSSPAR believes the next step is an “internationalization strategy” with the objective of mobilizing UNGA (United Nations General Assembly) member state support for an ICJ advisory opinion, a “declaration on the validity of the treaty.”

National disgrace
As far as we know, the Belizean people showed little concern about the weak performance of those athletes Belize sent to the 2016 Olympic Games last month in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. A few weeks before the games, this newspaper had tried to motivate the public to investigate and condemn the injustice perpetrated upon our best athlete, the sprinter Kaina Martinez, by the local sports power structure. Disgrace in regional and international sports events weakens our morale and national dignity as a young nation-state. That is why sports matters have always concerned us at this newspaper. Many years ago, when Belize was still the colony of British Honduras, during the time when we began to think of self-rule and agitate for same, there was a Belizean who fought with great honor in Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Eva Middleton, activist and manager for BAPDA, dies
Well-known activist for the Belize Association of People with Diverse Abilities (BAPDA), Eva Narcisa Middleton, 65, died Saturday morning at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital, where she was hospitalized after she suffered a massive stroke about two weeks ago. Information to us is that her condition had been improving, and she was to have been released, but things took a turn for the worse and she passed away. Eva Middleton, who was born in Punta Gorda, was a career teacher, a Girl-Guide leader, and one of the founders of the NGO, Breast is Best. She was active in the church, and in her community in Lake Independence, Belize City.

Alfred Seguro, 64, missing 6 days and counting
Alfred Seguro, 64, of Biscayne, has been missing for 6 days and counting, and search parties are trying to find him. So far the effort has been fruitless. The Seguro family said that he left home Thursday morning, March 22, and has not returned. They became worried when he did not return home at least on Friday, because he is a man who does not stay away from home in that manner. If he would stay out, he would return early the next day, they said.

PUP challenge validity of the San Pedro Town Board election in Supreme Court petition
The March 7, 2018 municipal elections have come and gone and those elected in the municipalities across the country are busy at work trying to fulfil the pledges they made to the voters who elected them. In San Pedro, however, the Town Board that was sworn in on March 13 is being challenged in a Supreme Court election petition filed by the Opposition People’s United Party. The PUP filed their election petition on Thursday, March 22. On election night, when the results were being announced, the PUP slate in San Pedro was announced as the winner. Something happened, however, when a recount of the ballots was ordered and the incumbent United Democratic Party emerged as the winner and were subsequently sworn in office.

Alejandro Lauriano charged for shooting deaths of two women
Alejandro Lauriano, 19, an electrician of 6831 Aloe Vera Street, was arraigned on 2 counts of murder today by Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford. Lauriano was remanded into custody until May 30. The charges are for the deaths of Teresita Flowers, 64, and Delcia Blanco, 17, Flowers and Blanco were shot around 7 p.m. on March 18 while they were at Flowers’ residence, located at 7642 Tibruce Street. Police reported that two persons entered the house and began shooting. Blanco was shot in her forehead, while Flowers was shot in the left side of her back and the left side of her buttocks.

The Reporter

Man shot dead while socialising
Police have another murder on their hands to solve. It occurred around 7:30 on Wednesday night at the corner of Ebony and Sibun Streets in Belize City. Police saw the victim, Emmerson Anderson, 44, of Ebony Street suffering from a gunshot wound to the abdomen, when […]

Car washer dies of gunshot wounds
Car washer, Favio Paredes, 42, who was shot in both legs on Saturday morning on the north side of Belize City, died on Wednesday from the wounds. Paredes, who resided on Berkeley Street on the south side of the city, was reportedly socialising with friends […]

Traffic accident in Orange Walk leaves men injured
A traffic accident on the Otro Benque Road, Orange Walk around 9:40 p.m., Wednesday night has left a man injured. Police say that when they arrived at the scene, they observed a badly damaged Lifan brand motorcycle off the road and a Lincoln Zephyr car […]

Save lives by adhering to traffic safety rules during Easter Holidays, advises Transport Department
The nation’s highways and access roads are busy thoroughfares during the Easter holidays and the Department of Transport urges motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians to save lives by adhering to traffic safety tips. When on the road, drivers should only overtake other vehicles if the road […]

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Senate approves tough anti-gang laws
The Senate, this week, approved the Crime Control and Criminal Justice Amendment Bill, which introduces […]

PM Barrow departs country on personal leave
The Office of the Prime Minister informs that PM Barrow departed the country today, Thursday, […]

U.S. Embassy recognizes Outstanding Belizean Women
The United States Embassy in Belmopan recognized Staff Officer, Rhea Rogers, as the U.S. Department […]

Allen Felix hands himself in to police
Mario Guerrero, 64, was killed at his home in Sunset Park, in the mile 8 […]

What happened to Jamaal Humes?
Jamaal Humes was reported missing in December, 2017. Several search parties were organized in an […]

Rudolph Bell found dead at sea
The body of Rudolph Eric Bell, 60, was found at sea but recovered and brought […]

Exports and imports take a dive in February
Belize earned less revenue from imports but spent slightly less money on exports for the […]

Delford Slusher walks free
Yesterday, Delford Slusher, 35, went home a free man. Slusher had been on remand for […]

SIB releases last quarter GDP estimates
Belize’s economy grew by 2.8 percent for the last quarter of 2017, according to the […]

Man shot dead on Ebony Street
Police have released an official report on a shooting incident which claimed the life of […]

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 […]

Blogs

What to Expect from Easter on Ambergris Caye: 2018
Today is Holy Thursday and the beginning of the holiday shut-down around Belize. We are in the midst of the holiest week – leading up to the holiest day – in the Christian calendar. It’s a huge celebration around the world. Religion aside, it’s also a vacation week for lots of the world’s kids. And a long weekend for many. Belize, in the British tradition, makes it a REALLY long respite from work. Thursday is often a half day, Good Friday, a national holiday…as is Holy Saturday and Easter Monday. And if you do go to work, hourly employees are compensated for it. According to Belize Labour Laws, you get 1.5x pay to work on Easter Saturday and 2x pay on Good Friday and Easter Monday.

Talking Sunshine at Poco Locos Food Court and Growing Solar Power in Belize Schools
I am starting with the last excitement first and working my way back to the big event. We recently received a great benefit from the Kenyon College Belize School solar installation project on Ambergris Caye – interested people are making contact. Dan Shifley, owner, and contractor at Dogwood Solar found me and reached out. He was coming here on a family vacation and wanted to know more about Solar in Belize, the electric company and, the volunteer-driven solar panel installations. At my request, he also gave a link to where to help the high school get quality educational materials. Doug Karl’s (one of the volunteers) recommendation was – “Solar Electricity handbook 2017 addition: A Simple Practical Guide to Solar Energy.” He recommended it because it is appropriate for use at a high school level with some algebra, some practical, etc.

International Sourcesizz

Caribbean Guide to Wellness & Rejuvenation
In honor of 2018 being the year of Rejuvenation, Belize has been featured in the esteemed digital publication "Caribbean Guide to Wellness & Rejuvenation"! Check out all the sections Belize is in.

Videos

  • A family of three received the keys to a new house in Burrell Boom Village on March 28, 2018, 1min. Belize Electricity Limited, partners with Hand in Hand Ministries for the 6th year to support the “Building for Change” program.

  • Girl’s of Columbia Village, Belize, 6.5min. Listen to Maya Mike interview the girls of Columbia Village, Belize. Learn about their favorite things to do.

  • Mikey Garcia Reveals Details From His Trip To Belize, 7min.

  • Caribbean Beach Drumming Experience, 8min.

  • San Pedro River Gondola Ride | Columbia Village, Belize, 4.5min. Follow Maya Mike & Benji Bliss on their journey 2 miles upriver to the MMRF Maya Mountain Research Farm base camp

  • Tour MMRF Basecamp Belize, 4min. Maya Mike visits Irena at the Maya Mountain Research Farm | 2 Miles upriver Columbia Village, Belize

  • Voyage au Belize, 2min. Josiane et Michel sont partis à la découverte du Bélize. Petit pays d'Amérique Centrale encore méconnu, le Bélize est une magnifique destination à la culture archéologique très riche. La flore y est luxuriante et les voyageurs y découvrent la plus belle barrière de corail du monde.

  • What SWIMMING with WHALE SHARKS is like! BELIZE vs. OSLOB, 4.5min. If you've ever wanted to swim with Whale Sharks in their natural habitat, here is a little taste of what it's like and what's involved. I love this planet and I am all about the beauty it contains, so making sure we are keeping eco tourism in mind when crossing things like this off our bucketlist, is very important. You've probably heard of swimming with the whale sharks in Oslob, Philippines but here are my reasons why you should go somewhere like Belize instead.

  • Biking Belize (Episode 48), 5.5min. 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.

  • Curious Eel in Belize, 20sec. Seeing a free-swimming moray eel became the norm while diving in Belize. I had only seen one or two free-swimming throughout my diving career previous to this trip so it was a strange experience. As we swam by the morays den it would come out toward us and often even follow us.

  • ts Hot Cross Bun time, the expert from Orange Walk town explains how to make it , 6min. While for many, Easter is about Easter baskets, swimming and traveling with the family; a popular Easter tradition which has been passed down from generation to generation includes eating hot cross bun which is basically the main menu for Good Friday in households across the country. The art and skill of making these cross buns however, is not one which many of us can say we have the privilege to have. In one kitchen here in Orange Walk Town however, hot cross bun is the specialty. So, for those who are eager to learn how to make the Good Friday bun we invite you to join us as we revisit Miss Betty Lopez and her hot cross bun.

  • YWCA Water safety, 35min. on Open Your Eyes

  • The Hopkins International Paranda FolkArt & Music Festival, 31min. on Open Your Eyes

  • Spiritual Reflection - Significance of the Easter, 25min. on Open Your Eyes

  • The 90th Annual Cross Country Classic, 35min. on Open Your Eyes

  • Channel 5 Daily Obituaries, 4min.

  • Santi Tire Service, 1min. Professional tire repair service. Located in Cattle Landing village.

  • Belize-2016 Fagin Family Adventure, 9min.

  • Joshua & Kayla Belize Wedding Film, 12min. by Jose Luis Zapata

  • Belize 2017, 21min. This is some footage of my Study abroad trip to Belize in June 2017.

  • Belize Tobacco Caye, 2min.

  • Belmopan Bandits SC vs Freedom Fighters FC, 2hr47min.