First Prediction: It will a busy 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season
The 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season could be as busy as the previous season. This is what experts are predicting. The season begins on June 1 and Colorado State University is predicting a slightly higher than normal hurricane season. A total of 14 named storms, seven hurricanes and three major hurricanes are expected this season. Though …
Southside Police Commander wants to introduce farming in schools
The Commander has also met with representatives from the Ministry of Agriculture to replicate a farming project he had piloted in Belmopan with a number of schools. That was a success and on Wednesday Gillett says he believes it can work for Belize City and he is close to obtaining funding for the project. …
LPG prices increase
Last night we told you that the cost of power will be going up in the next few months after Belize Electricity Limited made an application to the Public Utilities Commission for an increase. Tonight we can report that yet another necessary item will see a hike. This one takes effect at midnight. Liquid petroleum …
Fire official confirms DJ Jago’s car was torched
Police are investigating an arson that left a 2002 Four Runner, belonging to 28 year old Justin ‘DJ Jago’ Williams, destroyed. Williams told Love News yesterday that he has no idea who would want to torch his vehicle as he does not have any problems with anyone. Today police confirmed that two men were seen …
Flamboyant Street fire leaves father and son homeless
Forty three year old Joseph Gabourel and his seventeen year old son were left homeless yesterday after a fire destroyed all their belongings. It happened around 2:30 yesterday morning on Flamboyant Street in Belize City. Hipolito Novelo has the story. A fire broke out at around 2:13 yesterday morning at a residence on Flamboyant Street, …
Cancer: The fifth cause of death in Belize
In 2017, cancer was the fifth cause of death in Belize. Some of the common forms of cancer are breast, cervical, colon, and prostate cancer. Cancer occurs in the body when cells deviate from its normal way of forming and start to reproduce abnormally. Dr. Javier Zuniga, Regional Health Manager for Central Health Region explains. …
CEOs ride for Cancer
This Saturday the CEO in the various government ministries will be participating in a worthy cause as they ride to raise funds for cancer. The ride will commence from mile 24 on the George Price Highway and end at the Agriculture Show Grounds in Belmopan. Love News found out more about the race from CEO …
ISF police recover stolen items
Over the long Easter break, police officers of the Intermediate Southern Formation conducted several house searches which yielded several items. Officers recovered jewelries, laptops, tablets, and other types of electronics. If you have been a victim of robbery or burglary in that jurisdiction you are asking to visit the Independence Police Station to claim what …
Police still seek Kendis Flowers’s killer
The murder of Ghost Town Gang General, 27 year old Kendis Flowers was one of the six murders recorded during the most violent weekend in March. He was fatally shot while he was on Mahogany Street in Belize City. Following the weekend’s multiple fatalities, Government quickly announced crime fighting measures. Flowers’s family, however, still believe …
Kendis Flowers’ family is not convinced police are innocent
While the Police Department have gone on record to say that a surveillance video they obtained after the murder exonerates a particular police officer who had been named, Flowers’ family insists a cover-up is in play by the department. The family also requested to view the video, and according to reports, they have seen it. …
Future Shock shines at 2018 Basketball Campeche Cup
The members the Future Shock basketball team was awarded today for their exemplary performance at the 2018 Basketball Campeche Cup Championship games that took place last week in Mexico. The team was recognized and highly praised for their win by the National Sports Council of Belize in a short ceremony today that was followed by lunch. Their Coach, Clinton “Pulu” Lightburn says that since the team came together, they have not lost a single game and he couldn’t be more proud.
Fire in Eldridgeville leaves family homeless
The National Fire Service is also investigating a fire which occurred in Southern Belize. On Monday evening a fire gutted a 16 by 18 wooden structure in Eldridgeville, Toledo District. A cause for the fire has not been established as explained by Station Manager, Oren Smith.
Orin Smith, Station Manager, National Fire Service: “It was a 16 by 18 wooden structure Bungalo, no one was at home at the time of the incident. The investigation for that particular fire is still presently ongoing so I have no information as to the cause of that fire. Understanding a family of four father, mother and children.”
Police operations yield results
Two separate operations conducted by the police yielded drugs and ammunition. The operations were conducted yesterday in Independence Village, Stann Creek district, and in the Los Lagos Community, Belize District. In Independence Village police found one 9mm Smith and Wesson pistol, one magazine containing two rounds of ammunition, and one hundred and sixty two point one grams of marijuana.
Police Command wants to take care of their own
Since he took over Command of Southside Belize City, Senior Superintendent Howell Gillett has been making his rounds enlisting the support of various sectors of the community to boost policing efforts to address the crime situation. In an interview with the media on Wednesday, the Commander said these efforts have been quote, “extremely successful”. Among those he has met with are representatives of Scotia Bank, and other partners. And while his focus is to address crime in the City, Commander Gillett says he is also focused on improving the working conditions of his officers.
Robbed, kidnapped and left tied to a tree
A US national was robbed, abducted and left tied to a tree on Monday night. 71 year old Judith Classen is still recuperating from a terrifying experience after two men broke into her home in Cotton Tree Village, Cayo District. The men stolen her vehicle and laptop and after tying her up, abducted her and left her tied to a tree in Mahogany Heights, along the George Price Highway. She was found by residents of the area and taken to the police station to file a report. Inspector Wilfred Ferrufino says police are looking for two persons of interest.
Big Bust at Northern Border
Last night, Corozal Police intercepted two vehicles returning from Chetumal at the northern border and conducted searches on them, which led to the discovery of drugs. At this morning’s Police press briefing Inspector Wilfred Ferrufino shared the details.
Inspector Wilfred Ferrufino, C.I.B, Belize City: “Last night on Wednesday the 4th Police from Corozal or Corozal Police visited the northern border where they intercepted two vehicles. One a Kia Manty this is a car, the two occupants one Kenyon Lewis and Philmore King. The vehicle was searched and from that search it resulted in 15 parcels of what was suspected to be cannabis, that would be somewhere around 13.5 lbs.”
PUP calling for full disclosure of Civic’s contract
The People’s United Party is calling on the Chamber of Commerce and the Unions to join in the call for full disclosure of the recent agreement signed for the management of the Civic as well as the financials for Belize Infrastructure Limited. They claim that Financial Secretary Joe Waight has confirmed that contrary to what was said at the official signing ceremony last month, there is no guarantee agreement between the Government of Belize and Apex Belize Ltd.
What is Phillipa Cadle doing with 131.543 acres of land?
Last week, the Guardian Newspaper published our headline article titled, “Johnny Briceno and family own more land than most Belizeans,” under the article we published, two documents bearing the name of Phillipa Cadle. One of them was as a person certifying signatures as a justice of the peace and the other was as a person under who’s name along with Jaime Briceno and Neri Ramirez a parcel of land at Millers Bight was transferred.
Since our publication, it has come to our attention that the very Phillipa Cadle has had quite a significant amount of land which she has held, all while Johnny Briceno was minister of Natural Resources.
Marking bullets to curb crime
Several measures are being taken by the Government of Belize through the Ministry of National Security and the Police Department to address the recurrent crime situation which is plaguing the city and nation at this time. Everything from enacting new legislation to administrative policy is being considered at this time. Pursuant to this, on Wednesday, April 4, 2018, Sr. Superintendent of Police Howell Gillet met with a number of authorized and licensed gun dealers in Belize. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss some of the issues related to the purchase and sale of ammunition to licensed gun holders. It is intended that in the near future ammunition will be serialized to make it easier for law enforcement personnel to identify and track the source of these ammunition. It is a widely known fact that criminals source their ammunition from legitimate gun license holders as it is easier to get it this way.
Phillip Willoughby takes up the post of NEMO Operations Officer
Former Belize City Councilor Phillip Willoughby will be taking up the post of Operations Officer with the National Emergency Management Organization. Willoughby has been involved with NEMO since 2006 when he was first elected as a councilor and has extensive knowledge and experience in the area of disaster and emergency management.
Willoughby says that he is happy and grateful for the opportunity to continue serving the country and people of Belize in this new capacity. His appointment takes effect immediately.
Wanted American may be in Belize
The public is being asked for help in locating Raymond “RJ” McLeod, a former U.S. Marine who is wanted for murder. It is believed that he may be using the aliases of Matt or Mateo, and is believed to be on the run in Central America or Mexico. “His last reported location was in Guatemala in March 2017, but he has also been spotted in Belize and in Mexico,” said Steve Jurman, U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force Commander.
On June 10, 2016, San Diego police officers responded to a 911 call of a woman not breathing in an apartment in the block of Mission Gorge Road in San Diego. The woman, later identified as 30-year old Krystal Mitchell from Phoenix, Arizona, was pronounced dead at the scene by medics.
Mr. Nemo is now Phillip Willoughby
Readers of this newspaper will recall our very first issue and it’s headline captioned “MUSA FLEES MITCH.” In that issue we covered the aftermath of the CATASTROPHIC Hurricane Mitch. Although the hurricane did not strike Belize directly, we still felt the wrath of its outer bands that produced TROPICAL STORM FORCE winds and a lot of rainfall in certain parts of the country causing havoc and destruction, which caused many persons to have been displaced. The job of assisting those persons affected by the storm was to be done by NEMO. However like with all other things involving a PUP Administration, there was mass confusion, miscommunication, mismanagement and hustling, that caused people extreme and unnecessary hardships. One of the things we remember quite clearly, was when a journalist asked a lady who was affected by the hurricane, whether she had been visited by NEMO, her immediate response was “NO SAH ME NO SEE MR. NEMO AT ALL.”.
Belize economy shows growth in last quarter of 2017
The Statistical Institute of Belize is reporting that for the three months of October to December 2017, the total level of economic activity in the country of Belize increased by 2.8 percent. The Institute estimates that the total value of goods and services produced during this period was $695.8 million, an increase of $19.1 million from $676.7 million produced in the fourth quarter of 2016. All three sectors of the economy recorded increases with the secondary sector experiencing the highest rate of growth at 5.1 percent, followed by the tertiary sector at 3.1 percent. The primary sector was almost unchanged during the period, growing by a marginal 0.1 percent.
BEL requests price increase after 5 years
Belize Electricity Limited announced on Wednesday April 4 that they have submitted to the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) for a rate increase. The submission is being made under the Annual tariff Period July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019. The request is being made as a result of increases in the cost of power purchased from power producers.
BEL, in a press release stated that, “During the 2016 – 2017 rate review period, actual cost of power was $3.8 million higher than the Reference Cost of Power approved by the PUC.” The company says it financed this last year but notes that this year the cost will go up to $4.8 million higher than what was approved by the PUC for 2017-2018. With that the company is asking for a 7.1% increase in the Mean Electricity Rate to $0.3954 per kilowatt hour from $0.3692 per kilowatt hour.
BSI prepares for falling sugar prices
The third estimated cane payment has been issued to cane farmers and the numbers are much lower than last year’s, but this is no surprise to BSI representatives whose stakeholders have been bracing for the drop, particularly because of the loss of the EU preferential prices. Each year, cane estimates are issued on a monthly basis during the crop season to present revisions on the sugar market. The first issued estimates reflected a US $355/ per ton on the EU market but now stands at an estimated US $332.50/ per ton, a difference of US $22.50.
BTL holds off on GST implementation
BTL, which is Government owned and controlled on behalf of the people of Belize, will be absorbing the new GST cost for all their internet related services. They are doing so by offering BTL customers special promotional rates to keep your telecommunication bill at the same amount.
During the March 9, Budget speech, for the 2018-2019 Budget, Prime Minister Dean Barrow announced, “GST is to apply to the purchase of data services by telecom clients.”
This change took effect on April 1, which means that all BTL customers who buy 4GLTE data for their cellular phones, or those who have high speed internet at their homes or business places, are now taxable. When the BTL promotion on these services end, customers will be required to pay the 12.5 General Sales Tax to the Government of Belize.
Fishy business in Caribbean Shores
Area representative for Caribbean Shores, Karim Musa has done absolutely nothing in the area in the 2 and a half years since being elected to that office. And it is not because he does not have any resources, the reality is that every month almost 7 thousand dollars is allotted to each constituency for the establishment of an office as well as to assist constituents in their needs. This however seems to mean nothing to Musa, the only time you see him around is Easter time.
This year was no exception, he loaded up a pickup truck full of poopsies (very very very small fish), and drove around the constituency offering the people fish in bags. One person we spoke to explained that the fish were so small they could not even be gutted, much less scraped. She opted to feed the neighborhood cats with it.
More community outreach by Sr. Spt. Howell Gillett
On Wednesday, March 28, 2018, 22 young people from the St. Martin’s de Porres area were taken on a visit to the Belize Central Prison in Hattieville to get a firsthand account of the life of an inmate. According to Senior Superintendent Howell Gillett, O.C., Eastern Division South, this was done with the intent of dissuading the children and their peers from wanting to participate in crimes that could land them in prison. “The presentations made by the inmates were real and serve as a deterrent.”
In one of the presentations, the children learnt that the liberty of the inmate is restricted and small cells are shared with many others. They also learnt that the use of electronic devices, such as phones, tablets, and game consoles, are prohibited.
KHMH Reactivates its Specialists Clinics
The Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital has had structural problems which led to the deactivation of several parts of the hospital. A structural review of the KHMH Authority physical plant was commissioned following an incident in which debris fell from the ceiling. A preliminary assessment identified and inspected multiple areas in the hospital and a press release was issued stating that the structural problems affected the functioning of the hospital in the Operating Theater, Central Sterilization Unit, Imaging Department, Specialist Clinics, Pharmacy, and Dietary Services.
PG tackles Gulf Weed problem
Sargassum or Golf Weed is becoming more and more a problem in coastal communities. Every year around this time, tons and tons of the seaweed wash up on shore and communities have to contend with either leaving it where it lands or clearing it. For Punta Gorda, the decision was simple, it had to be cleared up to avoid the stench and the possible health hazard that it poses.
With that, Punta Gorda Mayor, Ashton Mckenzie gathered a group made up of a number of volunteers. On his Facebook page Mayor Mckenzie posted this: “where hands are many, burden is light. Beach Clean Up. It is indeed a pleasure to be engaged in such an initiative. Big respect to our partners Department of Youth Services. Community Policing Unit. BoneVille Community Church. Oceana. Residents of Punta Gorda Town.”
Self-Sustainable Revenue Generation Program reaches Caye Caulker and Punta Negra Villages
As a part of BTB’s effort to achieve the goals of the National Sustainable Tourism Master Plan and to enhance the tourism experience of visitors to Belize, they have recently embarked on a self-sustainable revenue generation program to develop the leisure product in Caye Caulker and Punta Negra. The beaches in these locations have been enhanced to encourage relaxation as well as family-forward activities while still giving the businesses in these areas the opportunity to generate funds. Furthermore, this product development has created additional activities for tour operators to add to their itineraries.
PUP’s pointless petition
Now that the PUP has filed their election petition in court, certain things won’t be discussed here, regarding the case. However, what we will discuss is what they are trying to achieve through claim number 189 of 2018. Over this weekend we had a chance to speak with a few persons who were in the counting room in San Pedro during the counting process. The persons are from both sides of the political spectrum. According to what we gathered there are no ballots missing. What we do understand is that the ELECTION AND BOUNDARIES COMMISSION introduced a new system of reconciliation of ballots for the recent Municipal Elections.
Woman from San Ignacio recognized by the United States Embassy
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 on, March 28, 2018 at the 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.
Belizean Youth Ambassadors in Washington
Nine lucky Belizean students, along with a mentor, Golda Mejia, were selected as a team of Youth Ambassadors to travel to different parts of the United States of America to participate in a three-week long leadership program. The Youth Ambassadors Program is a U.S. Department of State sponsored, youth exchange, designed to strengthen the leadership skills of young people from Central America and the United States. This multi-national exchange also builds bonds of friendship and understanding between people of Central America, the Dominican Republic, and people of the United States.
Critical after being shot in San Pedro
An act of gun violence in San Pedro has left Guillermo Salazar in a critical condition at the KHMH. The shooting incident happened around 10:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 27, 2018 in the San Pedrito Area in San Pedro. Salazar was walking with his wife on San Pedrito Road when a male person, who was dressed in camouflage clothing with a hood over his head and a rag over his mouth, came out of some bushes and fired several shots in his direction. Salazar was shot to the right hand as well as to the left side of his back with the bullet exiting through his lower chest area.
Anthony Reyes on remand for the murder of Emmerson Anderson
Over the Easter weekend, police were able to arrest and charge the man they believe is responsible for the March 28, 2018 murder of Emmerson Anderson. Anderson, a 44-year-old resident of Belize City, was shot and killed on Ebony Street.
As a result of police investigation, police arrested and charged Anthony Lloyd Reyes, a 20-year-old barber of Mayflower Street, Belize City. Reyes was charged with murder and was read that charge when he was arraigned before Chief Magistrate Sharon Fraser on Tuesday, April 3, 2018. Because it is an indictable offense, no plea was taken and no bail was offered. As a result, he was remanded into custody at the Belize Central Prison until May 30, 2018.
BDF woman granted bail after insulting a police officer
A Woman Belize Defence Force soldier was before the court on Wednesday, April 4, 2018 to answer to charges of obstructing a police and using insulting words. She is 25-year-old Sarita Gonguez, a BDF soldier of a Belize City address. Gonguez was arraigned before Chief Magistrate Sharon Fraser where she pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The allegations are that on Friday, March 30, 2018 while on Curl Thompson Street, she obstructed WPC Tamara Longsworth in the execution of her duties as well as used obscene words toward her. The officer and other officers of the GSU were conducting patrols on the Jane Usher Boulevard when WPC Longsworth’s attention was drawn to two women arguing. The officer approached them and that is when a woman she had known for the last 10 years turned around and insulted her.
Buena Vista resident chopped to death
George Hyde, a 36 year-old resident of Buena Vista, was chopped to death at a friend’s house on Easter Sunday. It is believed that he was killed by a man with whom he had past conflicts. 4 persons are now detained, and are being investigated for his murder.
Police say that on Sunday, April 1, at around 8 p.m., they visited a house in Buena Vista Village, where they found Hyde’s lifeless body on the verandah. He had suffered chop wounds to the neck, the left shoulder and the face. His body was transported to the San Ignacio Community Hospital, where it currently awaits a post mortem.
Domestic dispute leads to discovery of illegal drugs
A Belmopan woman called for police assistance over a domestic dispute with her common-law husband and that led to that man being charged not only for harm but also for the possession of an illegal drug after he was discovered to have illegal drugs on his person. On Tuesday, April 3, 2018, Monica Flores, a housewife of a Belmopan address, reported that while returning from Botes, Mexico, she and her common-law husband Omar Mejia got involved in an altercation.
Evyn Ardon is remanded for the murder of Manuel Canales
Manuel Canales, the 40-year-old victim of a stabbing incident, was a naturalized Belizean who lived on Antelope Street Extension and worked in construction. He met his untimely death on Friday, March 30, 2018, Good Friday, after being stabbed to the stomach on Thursday, March 29, 2018. Canales was receiving treatment for his wounds at the KHMH when he succumbed to his injuries.
1 thousand dollars for hitting woman in the face
On Monday, April 2, 2018, police formally arrested and charged Russell Casimiro, a 40-year-old dive master, for wounding. He was charged based on a complaint made by Carrie Tripodi, a 30-year-old American bar manager of a San Pedro address and Casimiro’s estranged girlfriend.
On the day of his arrest, Tripodi reported that while at home at about 12:15 a.m., she was getting ready to go to bed when Casimiro knocked on her door and instructed her to open the door. She refused and Casimiro climbed up the side of her house and broke into the balcony and entered the house through an unlocked door.
Franz Hamilton remanded to prison for sexual abuse
Franz Hamilton, a 58-year-old Belize City laborer, is back behind bars after the alleged victim of his sexual case has accused him of harassing her over the case. Hamilton appeared unrepresented before Chief Magistrate Sharon Fraser at his arraignment on Tuesday, April 3, 2018 where he was read a single charge of attempted suppression of evidence.
The allegations against Hamilton are that on Thursday, March 29, 2018, he attempted to instill fear into his victim by telling her that it appears she won’t live long enough to testify. According to him, he did not say anything like that to her and pleaded not guilty to the charge. Hamilton was denied bail and remanded to prison until May 22, 2018.
Corozal man killed and left in a sofa
Eleazar Chan, a 42 year-old resident of Louisville Village in the Corozal District, was found dead at a gruesome crime scene outside of the neighboring village of San Pedro. His assailants murdered him, and then hid his body inside a sofa.
Police say that on Easter Sunday, April 1, they were called to an area on a cane road just outside of San Pedro. In between 2 cane fields, they found a sofa, and within the sofa, the cops found Chan’s body wrapped inside his favorite hammock, and garbage bags for good measure. An-onsite post mortem examination revealed that he died of blunt force trauma to the face and asphyxiation.
Killed because of stolen horses
The decomposing body of 21 year-old Dristen Justin Reyes, a resident of Teakettle Village, was found buried in a shallow grave near a farm in Camalote Village. He was last seen alive on Wednesday, and it is believed that he was killed and his body was dumped on Holy Thursday. He was supposed to celebrate his birthday with his family, but he went missing before that could happen.
On that same Thursday last week, family members had made a report to police that Reyes had gone missing.
Police say that on Friday, March 30, 2018, officers accompanied by villagers from Teakettle Village finally found him in the roaring river area of Camalote. His decomposing body was located about 500 yards off a feeder road.
Workman kills former boss on Holy Thursday
Manuel Canales, a 40 year-old Naturalized Belizean living in Belize City, did not live to enjoy the Easter vacation like he and his family had planned. Canales was stabbed to death by a man identified as a former workman of his.
Police say that on the night of Holy Thursday, March 29, they had to visit the KHMH following a report that a man was injured in a stabbing on the street. When the officers arrived, they found Canales suffering from a stab wound to the stomach area.
Justin Williams captures 90th Annual Cross Country Cycling Classic
The Cycling Federation of Belize sponsored its 90th Edition of the Annual Holy Saturday Cross Country Cycling Classic on Saturday 31st March, 2018.
Before the official start, there is a ceremonial ride through the city called a lead - out - it’s a slow cruise through some of our principal streets where the fans get to view their favourite riders at warm-up speeds.
The official start numbers reveal that there are 101 riders starting, this included 87 Belizeans, which included 10 junior riders riding in their first ever cross country, 14 foreigners which included 8 Mexicans, 5 Americans and one Jamaican - notably, no Guatemalan riders showed up.
At a few minutes past 6:00 at Leslie’s Imports they’re off. The riders then made their way to Columbus Park in San Ignacio Town and then back to Belize City where the race concluded at the BTL Park on Newtown Barracks.
Belize Beach Volleyball International Referee Attends Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia
The Belize Volleyball Association is pleased to announce that Mr. Martin Swasey, Beach Volleyball International Referee has been nominated by the FIVB as one of the officials at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games to be held from April 4-15 in Australia.
Participating Beach Volleyball Referees are chosen by the FIVB, the international governing body, from among the commonwealth countries. It is a very big honor for Belize to have one of its referees nominated for such a prestigious world level event.
Belize participates in 21st Commonwealth Games
The Commonwealth Games is the second largest multi-sport games apart from the Olympics and is commonly referred to as “The friendly Games.” Belize is among the 71 nations and territories of the British Commonwealth that are competing in the 21st Commonwealth Games which are taking place in Gold Coast, Australia. The games started on Wednesday, April 4 and began with the official Opening Ceremony with cyclist Alicia Thompson bearing the flag of Belize.
Events that the Belizean competitors will be taking part in, include cycling, track and field (athletics), table tennis, and triathlon. The participants had a 17-hour flight before they made their way to Gold Coast. There, the Belizean table tennis players will be competing against those from Nigeria, who rank between 6th and 7th on the world stage of table tennis.
Belize Rural Softball competition to commence 2018 season on April 8 in Lord’s Bank
The Belize Rural Softball Association is pleased to announce that the 2018 Softball season will commence on Sunday 8th April, at Lord’s Bank with the Traditional Showcase Marathon.
The marathon competition will commence at 9:00 am. Registration will take place before the commencement of the marathon.
Wagiya FC white wash the Police United FC in Premier League Football competition
The Premier League of Belize Closing Season competition continued over the Easter weekend with three games played.
On Sunday 1st April, at the Carl Ramos Stadium in Dangriga Town, Wagiya won its second game in as many weeks when it blanked the Police United FC by the score of 2-0.
The first goal of the game was scored by Jonard Castillo in the 35th minute of play to give his team a 1-0 lead. The lead was further increased when Shanty Castillo scored the 2nd goal of the game in the 65th minute of play to give his team the 2-0 victory.
Meanwhile, out at the Ambergris Stadium in San Pedro Town, the national defending champions, Verdes FC blanked the San Pedro Pirates FC by the score of 1-0.
Celebrating Easter in Benque
For the folks of Benque Viejo del Carmen, Easter brings forth both colorful and serious tones and it is shown publicly. Group elaboration of sawdust tapestries began as from 1:00 a.m Friday under night lanterns; on the streets at various locations by the Centennial Park. By mid-day the spectacular and colorful tapestry results became evident as teams of Benqueños made their final touches. Motorists and pedestrians have customarily showed their greatest respect for this type of street artistry.
Artists also came out to perform the “Passion of the Christ” later on Friday at the John Paul Sixth Form at Chapel Hill. At the tertiary level institution, Jimmy Leslie played a leading role as Pontius Pilate. Jose Blas undertook the special role as Jesus, where he was led down the Juanito Gongora Street and then ‘crucified’ at the Mount Carmel Church.
DJ Jago’s 4-runner set on fire
Popular Dj, Justin ‘Jago’ Williams is irate after his vehicle, a black Toyota 4-runner was torched on Tuesday night, April 3. Williams says that he and his girlfriend were awaken from their sleep at their Bachelor’s Avenue apartment by the smell of smoke. When they made inquiries it was his vehicle which had been set ablaze.
Jago, one of the most easy-going individuals at Wave Radio, says he is unaware as to any reason why his vehicle would be set on fire. A reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of the person or persons responsible.
We eating ‘Guana’ out of season!
In the weeks and days leading to and after the Easter Holidays many Belizeans take great pride in posting pictures of them eating Iguanas and their delicious eggs. Facebook is littered with persons posting the delicious stew of meat and eggs accompanied with decadent coconut rice. When we see these we can’t help but to water at the mouth imagining enjoying a plate of the tasty food. While no one can fault someone for eating the reptile, Iguanas in Belize are protected under law, especially during their breeding season.
A flyer from the Forestry Department highlights the game meat and when it is out of season to consume it. For iguanas it is February 1st to June 30th, smack dab in the middle of the breeding season and smack dab in the middle of Easter. So, the next time your taste buds are tantalized by a yearning for iguana and their eggs, remember, it has a season when it is illegal to consume.
1 dead 1 injured in separate road traffic accidents during long weekend
On Saturday, March 31, 2018 at 5:45 p.m., police observed the lifeless body of a male person between miles 28 and 29 on the Phillip Goldson Highway. That body was lying face down with a helmet still on its head. Near the body, the officers noticed a silver motorcycle with minor damages to it.
The deceased was later identified as Endhir Guerra, a 46-year-old Belizean truck driver of Orange Walk Town. Initial investigation revealed that Guerra had left his workplace at Bowen and Bowen Ltd. in Ladyville sometime after 3:00 a.m. on March 30, 2018 when he lost control of his motorcycle and was thrown off. The accident resulted in him sustaining injuries to the neck. He died on the scene and his body was found in an advanced state of decomposition.
In these modern times in the Belizean household, a noncompliant child is often corrected by ordering a short “time-out” followed by “The Talk” to reflect on some misbehavior and hopefully decide not to repeat it.
However, with the onset of the young person’s adolescence, parental correction can literally take a harder turn as they may take away privileges or personal belongings to penalize an infraction.
So the parent decrees: “You’re grounded!” “I’ll have your smartphone for a week!” “No driving the car until further notice!”
At an age when independence is more prized by the adolescent, temporary loss of that freedom can feel like losing the breath of life, injurious that way. It socially and emotionally hurts. For this reason, parents can treat deprivation of freedom as the strongest punishment they have in their arsenal of influence, to rely on when all other efforts of persuasion and correction fail to convince.
Words of Life With Pastor Barry Fraser
We need to encourage our youth who are striving to be good members of society and useful participants in Church. I cannot think of any better advice than that given by the Missionary Paul to his son in the Gospel, young Pastor Timothy, found in First Timothy, chapter 4, from verse 12.
“Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity. Devote yourself to public reading of scripture, to exhortation, to teaching. Do not neglect the gift you have. Practice these things, immerse yourselves in them, so that all may see your progress.”
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Moses Sulph running for CWU Presidency
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Independence police recover stolen items
Over the weekend, the Intermediate Southern Formation conducted an operation and several house searches which […]
ACSEAL~Access to Legal Education in the Caribbean
ACSEAL (The Association of Caribbean Students for Equal Access to the Legal Profession), in its thrust to highlight the unfair admission policies administered by the Law Schools throughout CARICOM […]
Butane prices going up tomorrow!
The Government of Belize has recently increased the cost of fuel, introduced new taxes on data […]
South-side Commander meets with Director of Scotiabank
This week, Police South-side Commander, Howell Gillett continued on his rounds with the business community […]
Domestic abuse – A manifesto for Carrie Tripodi too
The views expressed in this article are those of the writer and not necessarily those of Breaking Belize […]
Belize~The Economic development of Belize City
The views expressed in this article are those of the writer and not necessarily those of Breaking Belize […]
Four Belizeans busted with 57 pounds of weed and ammo
Last night around 9:00, Corozal Police intercepted two vehicles at the northern border, heading back […]
Lova Boy accused of kidnap and rape
Belizean entertainer, Lova Boy, whose real name is Daniel Cacho, is behind bars in the […]
A murderous March – 17 people, including 4 females murdered
A total 17 murders were recorded last month in Belize. Twelve of the murders were […]
Philip Willoughby is new NEMO operations officer
The National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) announced today that its new operations officer is former […]
Belizeans could be looking at higher ‘light bills’
At a time when the cost of living continues to rise, Belizeans could be looking […]
Rhea Rogers is US Embassy’sWoman of the Month
Rhea Rogers is the United States Embassy’s Belize Wonder Woman of the month and the […]
Honduran fishermen caught in Belizean waters
On Monday, April 2, 2018, three Honduran nationals were caught fishing illegally in Belizean waters. Mario […]
Trying New Things: Over the Water at Secret Beach and Live Comedy
Perhaps it is the new theme for my website. Writing a 3-5 times a week about new businesses and new events on Ambergris Caye….
There is so much building, so many new ventures…just SO MUCH GOING ON.
SO here is my second installment of the week. Let’s call it “Keepin’ Current on the Caye”.
Today’s webisode includes live professional comedy AND a new over-the-water bar! Let’s get started…
Earlier this week I got to explore a new bar and restaurant JUST south of Secret Beach on the West Side of Ambergris Caye.
It’s called Blue Bayou Bar & Restaurant and it first came to my attention as the first over-the-water structure on the West Side of the island.
Western Belize Cultural Tours
Belize, considered a melting pot of cultures, has an array of different traditions and customs that represent the beautiful diversity found within our Jewel. Visitors to the former British Honduras are swayed by this unique assortment and luckily for travelers of the Cayo District, our Belize luxury resort offers 3 educational, hands-on and fun-filled Belize cultural tours that will allow travellers to get a glimpse of some of Belize’s best.
Former Nobleboro Man Admits to Defrauding Investors of $1 Million-Plus
Million plus fraudster would remain at large for almost 12 years, living for several years in the beach resort of Placencia, Belize, on the Caribbean Sea in Central America. A former Nobleboro man who defrauded local investors of more than $1 million, then sold his business and home, divorced his second wife, and moved to the Caribbean, was sentenced to 18 months in prison Wednesday, Aug. 9, more than 12 years after his disappearance.
2018 Atlantic hurricane season will be slightly above-average, researchers say
The Atlantic hurricane season will be slightly above-average this year, Colorado State University (CSU) hurricane researchers predicted Thursday. The researchers cited a "relatively low likelihood of significant El Niño" conditions as a main factor.
In total, the team believes there will be 14 named storms. Hurricane researchers predict seven of the storms will become hurricanes and three will reach "major hurricane strength with sustained winds of 111 miles per hour or greater."
How to spot untrustworthy resources on the Maya
Since the ancient Maya have been added to the Key Stage 2 national curriculum for History (non-European Study) in the UK, there’s been a ‘mushrooming’ of online resources covering the topic, most of which are downright awful!
After the recent flawed news story about a teenager finding a Maya site, I thought it an apt moment to let both teachers who are teaching the Maya and the general public know what they need to be looking out for to confirm a resource’s unreliability.
Here are 10 tell-tale signs that expose unknowledgeable sources
Swimming with Sharks and Stingrays in Belize, 2.5min.
Antelope Falls, Belize, 1min. hiking Antelope Falls in Belize, crazy awesome.
ZIMM and Florida A&M University COPPS Medical Mission Trip | Belize, 5min. Some students from Florida A&M University COPPS Program got a chance to partner with Zion Medical Minister to participate on a medical mission to help those in underserved communities in Belize manage their diabetes. Watch as the students talk about their experience.
Junior buddy Belize Jaguar experience, 2min.
Ambergris Caye Parasailing & Jet Ski Adventure, 6min. Watch as Ger and Sean enjoy a parasailing and a thrilling Jet Ski Adventure. Explore some of the adventures Ambergris Caye Belize - San Pedro have to offer.
Patricia Ramirez Splash Dive Center, 8min. Sean & Ger have a one on one with Patricia Ramirez, who mentions some of the challenges and what keeps her motivated in the Dive Industry specifically in Belize and Placencia
Laughing Bird Snorkeling Experience, 8min. Wondering what Southern Belize has to offer? Visit Laughing Bird Caye where you can snorkel and explore the many marine life Belize has to offer! Travel like local and meet cool folks like "Ras Mary"
Drumming by the local music group D Maroons, 1/2min.
BSI ASR WEEKLY CROP REVIEW 2018 WEEK - 16, 3min.
Morning Matters with Drummer Dan, 60min.
Channel 5 Daily Obituaries, 4min.
Need help in figuring who the person on the bike, 1/2min. he has been stealing in our neighborhood... that bike and cooler is stolen goods. He lives in Boca del Rio or San Mateo Area... we are eager to capture him and show him some much needed community love!
Belize in 2 Minutes, 2min. First Presbyterian Midland
This is Belize: Cave tubing Part 1, 12min. An amazing experience cave tubing with friends in Belize after a fun day exploring the rainforest.
This is Belize: Cave tubing Part 2, 12min. An amazing experience cave tubing with friends in Belize after a fun day exploring the rainforest.
Scuba Highlights Belize 2018, 5min. Scuba diving highlights from a March 2018 trip to Ambergris Caye, Belize. Shot at Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Shark Ray Alley.
Belize Diving 2018, 12min. Diving the reefs of Ambergris Caye, Belize 2018.
Nurse Sharks at Shark Ray Alley, Belize, 1min.
Belize Shark Attack Scuba, 5min.
Tubing in St. Herman’s Cave, Belize, 1.5min. Drive inland to the Blue Hole National Park in Belize. Then journey to a cave.