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#529726 - 04/06/18 06:09 AM Today's Belize News: April 6, 2018  
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Last night's TV news on Channel 7, Channel 5, LOVETV, PGTV, West Vision (Cayo) and CTV 3. Also with the most recent Open Your Eyes, and other specials


The San Pedro Sun

San Mateo resident's throat slashed north of San Pedro Town
The lifeless body of 22-year-old Lee Roy Haylock was found by police in an abandoned lot after midnight on Friday, April 6th north of San Pedro Town. Haylock, a maintenance worker of the San Mateo subdivision, was observed laying on the ground with what appeared to be cut wounds to the throat. The San Pedro Police were called to the area around 12:30AM, after residents reported noises originating from the abandoned lot. According to the police report, when officers arrived to the area ,they observed Haylock's body face down with cut wounds to the throat. In the immediate area officers retrieved a small knife stained with blood, which is suspected to be the murder weapon.

BNTU protests against crime and violence in Belize; GOB not pleased
Due to an increase of crime and violence in the country, that has unjustly claimed the life of several women and children, the Belize National Teachers Union (BNTU) held a protest rally through the main streets of Belmopan City on Friday, March 23rd. The aim of the protest was to stand in solidarity with citizens that have lost a loved one as well as to submit a list of demands from the Government of Belize (GOB) that will hopefully help reduce these issues. At 8AM, teachers from across the country gathered at Belmopan City and peacefully marched through the main streets of the Capital. With the majority of teachers wearing their symbolic green shirts and carrying posters, they made their way to the Belmopan Civic Center. At the center, attendees were addressed by many speakers. Special Envoy for Families and Children, Kim Simplis Barrow was among the speakers who thanked the BNTU for standing up against crime.

San Pedro Tour Operators host first meeting of the year
The San Pedro Tour Operators Association (SPTOA) hosted their first meeting of the year on Monday, March 26th at the Sunbreeze Hotel Conference Room. At the gathering, attendees were addressed by guest speaker Valentine Rosado who spoke about the importance of leadership, membership and enforcement from governmental authorities to protect the marine resources. The meeting also included an open dialogue in which the SPTOA called on individuals and businesses on the island to deter from engaging in illegal activities, such as providing excursions or other services without a proper tour operator’s license. Rosado welcomed everyone that attended the gathering starting his presentation shortly after 7PM. He explained the need to improve the credibility and proven leadership of the Association in the community.

San Pedro celebrates Easter with beach parties galore
San Pedro once again saw lots of parties along its beaches during this year’s festivities. Thousands of residents and visitors arrived by air and water taxi to the island ready for some major fun. Under the hot sun during the day and in the cool of the night, revelers had the time of their lives enjoying the refreshing waters, food and drinks, contests and the best in music by local and international deejays. After 24 hours without alcohol in observation of ‘Dry Friday’, midnight brought Jaguars Temple Nightclub’s third edition of Easter Glow Madness. There were many giveaways, including glow gear, as well a light show and excellent music by DJ Debbie, DJ Smallz, DJ Fast and Aktion 1 Sounds.

Horse Shoe tournament held at Corona del Mar
The team consisting of Le Roi Hyde and Kenny Hernandez won the top prize at the first Horse Shoe Tournament held at Corona del Mar Beach Hotel on Sunday, April 1st. Organized by Horse Shoe aficionado Frank Edwards in collaboration with the San Pedro Sports Committee, the event saw several teams joining the competition which started shortly after midday. Each team consisted of two players, who competed hard to earn a spot in the championship match. For hours participating teams battled to stay on top of their games, but in the end, only one team could win the coveted first place. After several heated rounds, only four teams remained. The team of Edwards and Ivan Staines managed to clinch to fourth place prize, while the team of Timothy Okos and Carlos Vasquez snatched the third place prize.

Ambergris Today

Free Eye Exams By BelizeKids.Org At The Lions Den
BelizeKids.org is a non-profit organization focused on helping kids in Belize. Currently they are only on our beautiful island of Ambergris Caye but plan to expand to help kids throughout the country. Doctors are back on the island and are offering free eye exams in collaboration with the Belize Council for the Visually Impaired (BCVI). Free Eye Exams by BelizeKids.OrgFree eye exam! Doctors from Stanford Date: Sunday, April 8 to Thursday, April 12, 2018 Time: 8:30am- 4:00pm Place: Belize Vision Clinic @ Lions Den Bring along Social Security Card or other I.D. Bring your sunglasses to use after eye exam

Lova Boy Arrested In Los Angeles For Kidnap And Rape
Belizean Punta Rock artist, Daniel Cacho most famously known as ‘Lova Boy’ is in prison in the United States after being accused of kidnap and rape of an underage girl. Daniel Cacho was charged with two counts of rape of a minor and two counts of kidnapping. Lova Boy is being held without bail in a Los Angeles detention center. Lova Boy was arrested by Los Angeles County Sheriffs on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 and made a court appearance on Wednesday, April 4, 2018 before being sent back to jail.

Higher Light Bills Coming For Belizeans
Belizeans keeping getting bad news; first the tax implementation on internet data and now higher electricity rates! On a press release dated Wednesday, April 4, 2018, The Belize Electricity Limited announced that it has made its submission to the Public Utilities Commission requesting a change in electricity rates for the Annual Tariff Perios July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019. This request for a change in electricity rate is a result of increase in the cost of power purchased from power producers.

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Mr. Ralf Strumberg passes away
Mayor Daniel Guerrero, the San Pedro Town Council and Staff would like to extend its sincere condolences to the friends and family of Mr. Ralf Strumberg. We hope you find the strength in loved ones to overcome this loss. May his soul rest in peace.

Caye Caulker Village Council Notice on Sargassum
At this moment, our island is invaded by sargassum sea weed and there is little that can be done by our CCVC workers. The Caye Caulker Village Council, is asking all residents, hotels and business owners to assist the CCVC to overcome this problem by collecting it into piles on a section of the beach area which will later be picked up tomorrow and monday to be disposed of by the CCVC workers. The sargassum will be taken to the Sports Complex Area in Bahia to be used as landfill for our project. There are however some other uses for this sargassum: it can be used as landfill, with time it turns into a material that can be used as a natural fertilizer!

NEW CONTROLLED PRICE OF LIQUEFIED PETROLEUM GAS (LPG)
The Supplies Control Unit (SCU) in the Ministry of Investment, Trade, and Commerce is hereby informing the general public that effective Friday, April 6th, 2018 there will be a new controlled price for the sale of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG). The new controlled prices per 100 lbs. cylinder of LPG by locations are shown below.

Corozal Police make large marijuana bust at northern border
About 9pm on Wednesday, April 4 2018, Corozal Police intercepted 2 vehicles at the Northern Border. The vehicle were heading back into Belize from Chetumal, Quintana Roo. Searches were conducted on both vehicles. Found inside the spare wheel of a white Ford Escape SUV driven at the time by BLANCANEAUX MAUDEL and accompanied by MICHELLE BENGUCHE, were 24 parcels of suspected cannabis amounted to 20.4 kilos. Also found in the vehicle were twenty eight 380 Aguila rounds of ammunition. Inside the spare wheel of a Kia Car were 6.1 kilos of suspected cannabis. The Kia was driven at the time by KENYON LEWIS accompanied BY PHYLMORE KING. All four persons are presently detained at the Corozal Police Station pending charges.

Earth Day 2018
University of Belize, Belmopan Campus. April 26, 9am-4pm

Tza-ten-a-ha by yasser musa
Holding a bamboo stick, 79 year old Jorge Verde, took his own stage, a small room with a big mural, overlooking the green blue waters of Sarteneja. He stood ready, in front of forty members of the history club of St. John’s College. And for thirty-five minutes he masterfully sanctioned the spirit of charm, charisma and passion. He danced with words, giving a gripping narrative of his people who in the mid-19th century fled blood and fire from the Caste War raging to the north near Tulum, Mexico. Earlier that morning, before the sun broke, we journeyed by bus from the swamp of Landivar in Belize City three hours north, though cane fields, past San Estevan, through sorghum, past little Belize, then Chunox, until we navigated a rough road shadowing the Shipstern Conservation Area toward the north-east coast.

CEO Caucus Cancer Awareness Ride 2018: “In It to End It”
he public is informed that the third annual CEO Caucus Cancer Ride will take place on Saturday, April 7th, 2018. This year’s theme is “In it to End it”. The Ride will spotlight childhood cancer and the proceeds will be donated to the Dangriga Cancer Centre. The Ride’s route is from Mile 25 on the George Price Highway to the National Agriculture and Trade Show Grounds in Belmopan. Participants are asked to arrive at the starting point at 6:00 a.m., where registration and an opening ceremony will take place. The ride will commence at 6:30 a.m.

MINISTER OF NATIONAL SECURITY VISITS LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS ON SOUTH SIDE BELIZE CITY
OC Howell Gillett says, " Eastern Police Division South was pleasantly surprised by the visit of Minister of National Security Hon. John Saldivar and CEO Felix Enriquez. Both leaders were briefed on the current situation in the City and all the efforts being employed to keep crime at a manageable level. After the briefing, both leaders visited the police officers and BDF soldiers at all the different posts, foot patrols and checkpoints. The troops warmly welcomed the team which included Commissioner of Police Mr Allen Whylie, Deputy Commissioner Mr Chester Williams, myself and other senior officers from the south side. This, in our view, is a motivator for the men and women who toil on a daily basis to keep our residents safe."

Come join us in Corozal at the Scotia Bank Car Show
We will be showcasing our selection of powerful, dependable and trustworthy vehicles such as: The Jac T6, Sunray, Suzuki Outboard Motors, Hino Supply Trucks and utility trucks. Location: 1st Avenue, Corozal along the Bay. Date: Saturday April, 7th 2018. Time : 9:00 am to 2:00 pm

Let us "Reminisce" for a while with poet Glenn Blease in the way it use to be in the old days
I Remember when, Belize was so Peaceful and Beautiful Back then, I am hoping you too could help me Remember them-When.... Tablada with no Gun, just a Baton, used to keep the Law and order... Like Pupa Curley in his song Remember, I too Love those days then, When.. Rice and Beans, Chicken and Salad used to be the Sunday Dinner, not a Ramen Noodle, Do you Remember those days then? When... There were Palace, Majestic, Eden, Bel Rio Cinemas, no Computers or Cellulars Do you Remember those days then Belize? When... Reporter, Amandala Belize Times used to be the leading Newspapers, not El Diario nor La Prensas- Do you Remember those Days then Belize? When..

Profession Development and Wellness Workshop at the SISE House of Culture
The National Institute of Culture and History (NICH) through the Museum of Belize and The San Ignacio - Santa Elena House of Culture in collaboration with Wellness Outreach alliance and Peace Corps Volunteer Joshua Fuller invites the general public to a Professional Development & Wellness Workshop happening at the San Ignacio - Santa Elena House of Culture on Saturday April 7th. The sessions will focus on understanding and initiating a Holistic approach to wellness, creating a new awareness of self and our surroundings, and creating growth in our individual lives.

Channel 7

Butane Going Up - Was There a Pre-Election Political Pact?
The political pundits said butane prices would go up right after the municipal election - and so it has.  One month after the March 7th election, the price of butane, or LPG, has gone up by almost 10%. The new prices go into effect tomorrow - and they show the price of a hundred pound cylinder going up by 10 dollars per hundred pound cylinder across the country - that’s up to 114 dollars in Belize City to 119 dollars in Punta Gorda.   This increase comes three months after the last price hike in January, 2018.  At the time, LPG importers were so unhappy with the price set by the Supplies Control Unit that they threatened to go on strike and started limiting the supply of LPG.  But an emergency meeting was held between the importers and the political brass where they hammered out, quote, “a successful agreement with the importers of LPG…the supply of LPG to Belize will remain uninterrupted…

Smuggled Weed In Spare Tyres
Last night at the Northern border, Corozal police made a major drugs and ammunition bust. The cops intercepted around 26.5 kilos of marijuana, and a parcel of 380 bullets which were being smuggled into Belize. The cops got information on the criminal operation and at around 9:00, a group of officers intercepted two vehicles returning to Belize from Chetumal. The officers searched the vehicles and found a total of 25 parcels of weed - weighing a total of 59 pounds and a separate parcel with 28 live rounds of 380 ammunition.  The occupants of the 2 vehicles were later identified as Blancaneaux Maudel, Michelle Benguche, Kenyon Lewis, and Phylmore King. At today’s bi-weekly police press conference, Inspector Wilfredo Ferrufino, shared a few more details on the case, including the interesting way in which the drugs were concealed inside spare tires:

Girls Gone Wild At Youth Hostel
It was like ‘girls gone wild’ at the youth hostel last night. A group of about 10 girls went rogue and trashed the place. The report is that around 8:30, the girls locked up the relieving officer in one of the rooms and then ransacked and damaged all the items in one of the dorms in the female section: the sofa set, flat screen TV, DVD player, Laptop, computer monitors, ironing boards, ceiling fan, among a number of other items were all destroyed by the time the Chief Supervisor Anthony Lino came to the dorm. The girls reportedly destroyed over $12,000 in equipment. Our information is that the girls were also hostile to the the BDF cadet who came over to control the situation. Authorities did not comment today. We will keep following this story.

KHMH - When Will Normalcy Resume?
As we told you on Tuesday, things are slowly starting to normalize at the KHMH. The clinics have re-opened - and the hospital admissions office is scheduling consultations for those patients who had pending appointments. But a lot still needs to be done to restore all services and the final report from a team of Mexican engineers will assist in moving forward. Today Health CEO. Dr. Ramon Figueroa gave us an update on the engineer’s assessment and what the Ministry of Health is doing to help the KHMH. Dr. Ramon Figueroa - CEO, Ministry of Health
"The Mexicans did come and they promised to submit a complete report. We got a preliminary feedback on what they thought was being done there and I have been told today the report should be coming in either today or tomorrow. To be frank with you with the feedback that I've gotten there is nothing different from what was already..."

Crazy Cotton Tree Kidnapping
Belmopan police are investigating a home invasion turned kidnapping which happened on the night of Easter Monday in Cotton Tree village.  A 71 year-old American retiree, who’s been living in Cotton Tree for the last 11 years, was tied up, and thrown in the back of her own vehicle, after 2 men broke into her house to burglarize it.  The brazen thieves then drove her to Mahogany Heights, where they left her after tying her to a tree. This morning, the cops shared a bit more details with the press:

Lova Boy’s Last Stand
As we told you last night, the popular Punta Rock artist Lova Boy, legally known as Daniel Cacho is being held in a Los Angeles jail without bail on a felony charge. Reports say he is charged for two counts of rape of a minor and two counts of kidnapping.   Cacho was arrested on  April 14th in Los Angeles and appeared yesterday in the Compton Courthouse.   It is not the first time Cacho has faced such charges. In 2012, a report emerged that he’d had inappropriate sexual contact with a 13 year old minor.  At the time, Lova Boy strenuously defended himself:

Belize City Admin. Suspended
Belize City Admin. Candice Miller has been suspended with full pay.  Reports say she got her letter from the Mayor Bernard Wagner today - one month after he took office.  According to reports, the issue is a $6361.00 dollar payment issued to Joe Bradley to pay for food and liquor at a Chinese restaurant just across from City Hall on North Front Street.  Mayor Wagner has said that he will not pay it because there is no documentation to back it up.  Well, it turns out the payment was authorized by the former Mayor Darrell Bradley and City Administrator Miller and the cheque was prepared and signed by the former mayor. 

Chopping Looks Like Murder, Police Say “Death” Investigation
Police say George Hyde’s case is being treated as a death investigation; they are not calling it murder at this point. He is the Buena Vista resident that was chopped to death on Sunday morning. Apparently he was socializing at a friend’s house in the village when he was attacked and left for dead. Information is that he was involved with the woman who lived at the house and that may have fueled the deadly confrontation. Police haven’t confirmed this motive as yet but they say they have already released the 3 men who they had detained. They continue to investigate.

Guns Off The Street
Police have taken two guns out of circulation. Last night around  10:00, a resident of Southside Belize City gave Deputy Commissioner Chester Williams a 9mm Taurus Pistol loaded with 7 hollow point rounds. The firearm will be sent for ballistic testing. And this morning around  4:00 Independence police conducted an Anti-Drug Operation. They found (1) 9mm Smith and Wesson pistol with 2 rounds of ammunition, and 162.1 grams of cannabis in  the Cemetery and Trench Town Area respectively. All items were labelled and deposited as found property.

Fire On Flamboyant Guts Bungalow
Yesterday morning at about  2:40 am 43-year-old Joseph Gabrouel woke up by the smell of smoke in his home on Flamboyant Street. Upon checking he saw smoke coming from one of the rooms in the three-room bungalow. Gabrouel escaped unharmed but lost all his belongings. Station Officer Orin Smith told us more. Orin Smith - National Fire Service, Station Officer: “On arrival, a twenty by thirty plycem structure was seen engulfed in flames. The fire was later extinguished by fire personnel. The investigation revealed the fire originated in a room on the southwest of the structure."

Foul Play Led to Car Fire
Yesterday a little after  midnight Belizean DJ Justin Williams parked his car in the parking lot of his apartment on University Drive. Shortly after Williams went inside the complex he was alerted that his vehicle was on fire and it seems that the blaze may have been the result of foul play.  Police investigation so far has revealed that two men of dark complexions were seen riding a motorcycle. One person reportedly got off and went towards the vehicle and ran back to the motorcycle before the fire started.  Today station officer Smith said that they did receive reports of accelerant found nearby.

Elridgeville Blaze
On Easter Monday at around 4:00 pm, a family of four in the Eldridgeville in the Toledo District lost their home to a fire. No one was at home at the time but the house was completely destroyed. Orin Smith - National Fire Service-Station Officer
“The Punta Gorda branch of the National Fire Service was notified of a structural fire which occurred on the 2nd of April around 4pm in the village of Elridge. It was 16x18 wooden structure and bungalow. No one was at home at the time of the incident.

PM’s Wife Critical of Island Cops
On Tuesday night we told you about San Pedro resident 30 year old Carrie Tripodi who was beaten by her ex boyfriend 40 year old Russel Casimero.  He pleaded guilty and was released with a fine and probation.  Now, cases of domestic abuse in Belize are widespread and appalling in their numbers - but most victims stay away from the limelight - but in this case, her story has been raging on facebook, and picking up social steam. Today that drew some strong words for police from the Special Envoy for Women and Children, Kim Barrow.  A release sent from her office blames police for losing the medico legal report explaining the extent of Tripodi’s injury -  denying the magistrate was not granted a fair opportunity to asses the extent of the damage Casimiro caused.

PUP Says Civic Centre “Guarantee” Shady
The PUP have made it no secret that they do not support the construction of the Belize Civic Center, which is the most expensive public building in Belize’s history, at a total price tag of just under 33 million dollars. Well today, they sent out a release criticizing what they say is a violation of the Finance and Audit Reform Act because of the Center. It is directly connected to the operational cost of running the facility. At the March 19 announcement of the new managers of the Civic, Christy Mastry, the General Manager of BIL, said that the Government was backing 1-year operation of the Civic with a total of $850,000 dollars. That's just in case Chad Eckert and Apex Belize is unable to generate enough revenue to cover the cost keeping the facility open.

“Future Shock” Basketball Team Present For Honours
This afternoon, the National Sports Council held a ceremony to recognize a group of young men from Belize City who have been on an amazing winning streak for basketball tournaments in Belize and Mexico at the U-15 level. They’re the Belize Future Shock Basketball Team, headed by basketball legend Clinton “Pulu” Lightburn. He’s put together a team of young men from troubled neighborhoods who have been diligently practicing. They currently have a 40-0 record, beating all the teams they’ve faced so far, and the latest tournament they won is the Campeche Cup in western Mexico.

Riding For Cancer
Saturday is World Health Day and the Ministry of Health is planning a CEO caucus ride. Now the ride is usually to raise awareness about cancer but this year, the message goes beyond cancer. Health CEO Figueroa told us more. Dr. Ramon Figueroa - CEO, Ministry of Health: “It is a day that was selected by the World Health Organization. A day to promote and remind all countries and police makers about the overall goal of Universal Health coverage.” “So on Saturday April 7th it is going to be a day where globally people are reminded of this commitment to drive towards universal health coverage the theme is actually universal health coverage everyone, everywhere is entitled to get the necessary health care without incurring financial disaster.”

Commonwealth Team Ready
Last night we showed you a few amateur interviews with the young Belizean athletes at the Commonwealth Games in Australia. The team is participating in Track and field, cycling, table tennis among other disciplines. One day into the competition, here is another update on how the games have been going so far for a few of the athletes. They spoke to Chief Of Mission Giovanni Alamilla The games continue into the weekend.

Independence Items Found
Over the Easter Weekend homeowners in the Independence area were victim to a few burglaries. As a result, police stepped up efforts to recover the items and find the perpetrators. They found several laptops, tablets, jewelry, and other items. They also arrested Independence residents 19-year-old Selvin Linarez and 25-year-old Gregory Flowers for burglary and handling stolen goods. If you were a victim to any of the burglaries the commanding officer for the Independence Southern Formation is asking that you visit the Independence Police Station during work hours to claim stolen items.

Belizean-American Journalist On Tracking Down Trump
US President Donald Trump is now into his second year in office, and we’d say there aren’t too many Belizeans who have met him.  But CNN Justice Correspondent and Belizean born and educated Evan Perez just might - when he receives the Merriman Smith Award at the White House Correspondents Association Dinner at the end of this month. Trump blew off the event last year - but he might be there this time. Perez is posted at CNN’s Washington Bureau and via phone yesterday we asked him what its like covering the Trump Administration:..

BNE New Boss
Belize Natural Energy has gone through changes with its depleting oil field, and now they have a new boss. Marlowe Neal is the new Chief Executive Officer, and succeeds Dr. Gilbert ‘Gilly’ Canton who is leaving BNE to pursue other opportunities in the energy industry. Marlowe was Assistant General Manager (Chief Risk Officer) with the Development Finance Corporation and has held leadership roles in the public and private sectors.

Channel 5

Butane Gas Going Up by $10
There is no reprieve for consumers as prices for essential goods keep going up. Fuel went up just before the Easter and your light bill is likely to go up [...]

American Suffers Home Invasion in Cotton Tree, Found Tied Up in Mahogany Heights
A horrible home invasion took place in Cotton Tree, Cayo District. The victim is an elderly U.S. national who moved to the village more than a decade ago. While Judith [...]

Police Name Kevin Bodden as Suspect in Kendis Flowers Murder
A wanted poster was issued today by the Belize Police Department for twenty-five-year-old Kevin Bodden. According to police, he is the prime suspect in the murder of Ghost Town boss, [...]

Double Vehicle Bust of kilos of Marijuana at Northern Border
There have been a number of anti-drug operations around the country. Up north at about nine p.m. on Wednesday, Corozal police were tipped about two vehicles at the border heading [...]

Hattieville Suspects Reversed Flow of Controlled Substances
All four detainees are residents of Hattieville, Belize District, but police say that they are not known as drug peddlers. In this case, the cannabis is coming from Mexico because [...]

Fire Destroys Poor Man’s Home
There were two house fires in Belize City in the early hours of Wednesday morning. Around two-thirty that morning on Flamboyant Street, a fire broke inside the home of a [...]

Fin Sec Says No Gov’t Guarantee for Civic
The Government’s chief financial officer has confirmed that there is no such thing. So what did General Manager of Belize Infrastructure Limited, Christy Mastry, intend to convey when she said [...]

City Administrator Candice Miller Suspended as Crooked Deals Emerge
Tonight, the Belize City Council has confirmed that City Administrator, Candice Miller has been sent home on suspension. Miller will be at home for one month after being accused of [...]

Sedi Says Nothing Wrong with Voters’ List or Guats Turned Belizeans Voting in Referendum
In July, more than one hundred and ninety-thousand registered voters will take part in an exercise first established in 1997. It has been postponed twice due to both financial issues [...]

The Plans to Fight Crime and Crack Down
Also aiding to G.O.B.’s crime fight is a series of bills first introduced in the House during the Budget presentation and passed by the Senate last week. The new Protection [...]

Eldridgeville Family Home Burns
Aside from the two house fires in the city, there was another blaze, but this time in Punta Gorda.  A small family home was completely destroyed around four on Monday [...]

Popular DJ’s Vehicle Burnt; Suspected Arsonists Seen
….and from house fires to a vehicle fire. Sometime after twelve-thirty on Wednesday morning, fire-fighters were called out to the parking lot of an apartment complex on University Drive, Belize [...]

More Illegal Fishers in mid-South
Three Honduran fishers are behind bars tonight after they were charged for fishing illegally within a marine protected area. Southern Environmental Association and Belize Coast Guard were on a joint [...]

B.S.I. Cuts Estimate for Sugar Prices Due to Slumping Market
The 2017-2018 sugar cane season is winding down and targets are close to being met. But the worry for cane farmers tonight is whether they will see any profits. ASR/BSI [...]

Belize Seeks New Markets as E.U. Maintains Contract
While prices for their sugar are out of the farmers’ and ASR/B.S.I.’s control, Belize still retains a working relationship with Tate and Lyle of the United Kingdom, which continues to [...]

Rain a Setback for Sugar Crop
In the letter to farmers, ASR/B.S.I. makes a conservative estimate that one point two-eight million tons of cane will be milled and they will realize one hundred and thirty-three thousand, [...]

Honoring Campeche Champions Future Shock
Belize’s youth athletes continue to impress on the international stage. Tonight we feature a group of young ballers from the City, known as Future Shock. Their opponents in the recent [...]

Belize Athletes Take it Down Under
For the next eleven days in Gold Coast, Australia, the focus will be on sports as the members of the Commonwealth of Nations meet in friendly sporting combat. Belize is [...]

Police to Bring Green Gardening to South Side
Regional Commander of Eastern Division South, Howell Gillett has hit the ground running. Among the many initiatives he’s undertaking in the city, there is one with the Ministry of Agriculture [...]

Help Wanted for 8-Year-Old with Terrible Illness
An eight-year-old boy from Ladyville needs your help. Paul Leal has been sick for about a year. When he started throwing up blood clots, he was taken to doctors and [...]

Om Shanti Yoga Expands to Vegan Cafe
There’s a new place in town to have an array of vegan and vegetarian foods. Only one month since its opening, Om Shanti Cafe is an expansion of the well-known [...]

CTV3

BMHS Partners With OWTC To Carry Out Street Pavement Project
In mid-January of this year, the Orange Walk Town Council under its ‘Partnership with the People Program’ embarked on a project in collaboration with Muffles College High School to renovate the school’s principal street which runs from the entrance gate to the laboratory building located at the back of the school. Whilst the project was fully financed by the school’s administration, the Council provided the necessary labor to complete the job.

Butane Prices To Increase By Ten Dollars
Over the past few weeks Belizeans have been saddled with constant increases in the price of fuel which have driven most commercial fuels over the ten-dollar mark at the pumps. Of course we cannot forget the most recent blow to all Belizeans delivered by the 12.5% GST which was applied to data services on April 1st which drove prices for internet even higher, but if you think the bad news ends there then you might want to think again as today GOB announced yet another hike in the price of Butane, the second since the start of 2018.

Corozal Police Detains Four Persons In Drug Burst At Northern Border
Four persons are in very hot water tonight and in Police custody, after they were caught transporting suspected drugs and ammo across the northern border on Wednesday night. Shortly after 9pm, Corozal Police intercepted two vehicles which were heading into Belize from neighboring Chetumal, Quintana Roo. A White Ford Escape with Belmopan license plates C08416 was driven by Blancaneaux Maudel and with passenger Michelle Benguche.

Popular Belizean Artist Behind Bars
One of Belize’s most popular Punta Artist is tonight behind bars in the United States on rape and kidnapping charges. Thirty-six-year-old punta rock artist Daniel Cacho, known to all as “Lova Boy” was arrested and charged with two counts rape of a minor and two counts of kidnapping by Los Angeles County sheriffs on March fourteenth. Reports are that Cacho appeared in court yesterday and was remanded to an LA county prison without bail. Information is however that this is not the first time such allegations are made against the Punta Icon as back in 2012 he was accused of sexually molesting a female minor, thirteen years of age, dating back to when she was ten.

OWTC Continues To Invest On Street Infrastructure
The Orange Walk Town Council team is preparing to resume the infrastructural works that have been in the Council’s pipeline over the past three years. This includes the rehabilitation of over sixty heavily trafficked streets that have been completed across town. And while some of these streets located in different areas have received their first coat of paving over the past few months, the Council is preparing to finalize the job by applying the second and final coat of paving which include Cemetery Street, Liberty Avenue and Pineapple Street among others.

Guatemala Debuts "Good Bye Belize" Musical Theater Show
It is expected that in 10 days Guatemala will be holding their referendum to decide whether or not to take their claim over Belize to the International Court of Justice, and all indications are that the campaign for a yes vote is heating up. The Government of Guatemala led by President Jimmy Morales has become so self-invested in the process so much that President Morales, Foreign Minister Sandra Jovel and other ministers have engaged in a tour of rural areas, lobbying to residents to come out and vote in support of the referendum.


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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.

The Guardian

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.

Harsh Discipline
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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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 […]

Blogs

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.

International Sourcesizz

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. Beware! Here are 10 tell-tale signs that expose unknowledgeable sources

Videos

  • 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.


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