City Administrator Candice Miller suspended for one month
Before he demitted office earlier this year, former Belize City mayor Darrell Bradley signed a 4-year contract with city administrator Candice Miller, saddling the incoming city administration with Miller for four years, one year beyond the legal life of the new city council.
Notwithstanding Miller’s “good fortune” in landing such a contract, late word out of City Hall tonight is that she has been suspended for dereliction of her fiduciary duties to the newly elected People’s United Party (PUP)-controlled Belize City Council.
71-year-old woman robbed, kidnapped and left tied up to a tree 13 miles from home
Easter Monday night was absolute terror for 71-year-old Judith Classen, an American citizen who lives alone in Cotton Tree. Two bandits invaded her home, grabbed her laptop computer, tied her up, and dumped her into the trunk of her vehicle.
The bandits then drove the vehicle to Mahogany Heights, 13 miles away. When they got there, they took her out of the trunk of the vehicle, tied her to a tree, and then drove away.
The vehicle has not been recovered.
Relentless Rottweiler attacks boy, 3; he may lose his right ear
Three-year-old Jake Brown is lucky to be alive after he was attacked by a Rottweiler guard dog despite the efforts of his father, Darren Brown, to shield him. The dog attacked from all angles, biting the boy on his ears, on his back, and on his head and arms.
The doctor who is treating Jake at the Western Regional Hospital fears that he will lose his right ear.
In an interview with our colleagues at Plus TV News, Darren Brown said the incident occurred at about 6:30 Tuesday evening at Mae Gordon Park, near the University of Belize entrance, in Belmopan. Brown said that he and his son were walking in the park when he saw the dog trotting towards them. He said the dog suddenly went into attack mode, and the target was his son.
Fuel, butane gaan up, electricity gwine up!
A release today from Government’s Press Office said that there will be another significant increase in the cost of butane tomorrow, Friday, April 6.
A rise in the price of LPG (butane, propane) is never good news, especially a steep rise. The price hike is a direct blow to the stomach, a higher cost for the preparation of food, so it is never implemented without a considerable amount of grumbling.
The price hike is almost always initiated by the importers of LPG, and everyone knows the effect it will have on the economy.
Easter murder – George Hyde, 37, found chopped to death
Easter Sunday morning brought devastation to Alvin Hyde and his family, who reside in Belmopan. His son, George, 37, a farmer of Buena Vista, was found dead on his verandah in the peaceful village at about 8:00 that morning. He had been chopped in the head, face, neck, and upper body.
Information we’ve received is that people passing by the house saw him motionless on the verandah and called police. Police investigations into the vicious murder led to a man from the village who has been detained for questioning.
Senators tackle the 2018-2019 budget in debate
The debate in the lower chamber on the government appropriation bill and a number of other bills, continued in the upper house of parliament today, where senators from across the political divide, and the social partners, deliberated before passing the measures into law.
Following some stinging presentations on the government budget by known Senate heavy-hitters such as Opposition PUP senator, Eamon Courtenay, and business community senator, Mark Lizarraga, the NGO senator, Osmany Salas, excoriated it.
Senator Salas took the government to task for its position on crime, and the absence of any meaningful program in the budget to fight it.
A joyful Easter, as Belizean Justin Williams becomes the 90th Holy Saturday Cross Country Champion
Born in the USA to Belizean parents, 28-year-old Justin Williams has been visiting his ancestral homeland, the Jewel from his teenage years and participating in our local races, including a few Cross Country’s. He was the last Belizean Cross Country champion, in 2015, after which Guatemala’s Alejandro Padilla captured the garland back-to-back in 2016 and 2017. (Padilla did not come to defend his crown.) So, after a hectic few hours of blistering pace and many early breaks in the 90th Holy Saturday Cross Country Classic on March 31, there slowly developed a feeling of hope and guarded optimism across the land, as reports indicated that the lone Belizean rider that had successfully broken away from the lead group around Mile 35 on the return journey, had actually sustained and even opened his lead to two and a half minutes going into Hattieville. Would the garland come back home?
Belize Beach Volleyball referee attends 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia
The Belize Volleyball Association (BVA) 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.
It is a very big honor for Belize to have one of its referees nominated for such a prestigious world level event.
The Commonwealth Games take place every four years and are the second largest world level Games, second only to the Olympics. The event comprises 18 sports and seven para-sports, with Beach Volleyball making its Commonwealth Games debut this year.
Hopkins Scramble – Saturday, April 7, & March results
The Belize Amateur Golf Association (BAGA) held its March 2018 monthly tournament at Roaring River Golf Course on Saturday, the 17th. The course was dry and firm, making the course play short. In fact, the course played so short that Paul Martin, the long drive winner, almost got a hole-in-one with his long drive shot. The prevailing dry conditions of late May make for interesting golf when golfers may have to contend with chasms of scorched earth. Congratulations to Sam Mathias and Kev Miller, the winners of the Gross and Net categories, respectively.
Cricket Update from the BNCA
Greetings once again from the Belize National Cricket Association (BNCA)!
There were no games played over the Easter weekend in the BNCA Sir Barry Bowen Harrison Parks Cricket Competition 2018, but we had some interesting matches on March 24 & 25.
In Rancho Delores, Western Eagles had a big win over Easy Does It on Saturday, March 24. It was a great game to watch, very close, and was almost a tie breaker! But the Eagles came out victorious; congrats, Western Eagles! Big Up to Casper Smith of Western Eagles; he was the Man of the Match!
Editorial: IC of J: yes or no?
The Republic of Guatemala is expected, despite a recent attempt in their courts to block it, to have a national referendum next week Sunday, April 15, 2018, to decide whether to submit their claim to Belizean territory to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) for arbitration. If the Guatemalans vote “yes” to the ICJ, pressure will come on Belize to do likewise, that is, accept ICJ arbitration, when Belize holds its own national referendum on the matter later this year or early next year.
At this newspaper, we have never considered ourselves experts on what is now referred to as the Guatemala/Belize differendum. You should know that good Belizean friends of ours immediately opposed the ICJ option from the time it emerged with the Special Agreement in late 2008. The newspaper’s humble opinion has been and remains, however, that Belizeans cannot reject the ICJ option out of hand. It will be difficult for Amandala to avoid declaring itself in favor or not in favor of ICJ arbitration once a national referendum is to be held.
I must be the first to confess that there is much that I do not like about the United States but will also be the first to confess that there is much I love about it. The Americans have managed to build a First World superpower in a relatively short period of time in their short 200-plus years of existence. They have done this through innovation, hard work and a vision of where they wanted to be in the future. Their leadership had their eyes on global influence and they did everything to push their national interest to achieve that. The US has always, and that’s even before this current administration’s public pronouncement, placed American interests first. Those who have not seen this are blind. While there may be those who disagree with this, I will save that conversation for another time.
Howard A. Frankson’s advice on protecting our reefs
George Orwell in his classic novel 1984, described a totalitarian society in which innovation was discouraged, initiative was discarded and only the strictest, word-for-word interpretation of the law was allowed to prescribe life, liberty, and the pursuit of prosperity for subjects of the State, and only if you were an approved, designated Citizen.
It is an unfortunate reality that young, untested democracies often adopt Orwellian interpretations of laws that in their spirit are intended to promote and advance the universal goals of the people that can only be achieved through initiative and innovation.
Laws on Belize’s books that are intended to protect our coral reefs from coral bleaching due in part to global warming, from reef degradation due to overfishing and tourist activity and trophy collecting carried on by well-meaning but insensitive reef explorers, should not be interpreted to mean that ALL activity on the reef is detrimental.
Before all hell broke loose at BTL
In his address at the close of the debate on the 2017-2018 budget at the House of Representatives in Belmopan, PM Barrow declared that the business, BTL, is protected by the Constitution of Belize, meaning that members of the next government, be they UDP or PUP, will have a stiff wind in their faces if they want to privatize it again. We’ll really have to sleep with our own eyes on this one, to make sure that it is really so.
The PUP, 1989-1993/1998-2008, had followed the Thatcher/Reagan wave, and privatized telephone, water, and electricity. The privatization of water was a near immediate failure. The buyers called it the equivalent of “puss eena beg” and our government was “forced” to take it back.
Belize exports for February down 11.6%
A report from the Statistical Institute of Belize (SIB), dated March 28, 2018, shows that Belize’s domestic exports for the month of February were down 11.6% when compared to domestic exports in February last year, 2017. SIB statistics for the last six years show that domestic exports in February have been trending downward, with a steep drop recorded in February 2016.
In February 2015, Belize’s domestic exports valued BZ$57.9 million, while domestic exports recorded for February 2016 were BZ$29.6 million, a 49 % drop. The fall is even steeper when we compare this year with exports in February 2013. In February 2013 Belize’s domestic exports valued BZ$63.4million, while our domestic exports for the month this year value only BZ$22.8million, a BZ$40.6million drop, or 64%.
Mindfulness: A way to transform the collective mind-state and make Belize a much better place
The vexing social decay that is spreading across Belize has become an increasing cause for alarm and indeed, deep concern about the future well-being of our nation. Such state of affairs gives even more compelling reasons for needing, as the theme of this Lions’ conference states, “Many hands, One Heart, All eyes” in service to others, and as the Lions Club continues to distinguish itself in doing.
So much evidence continues to stare at us through reports in the mainstream and social media each day. Criminal activities and all forms of abuse and violence continue to endanger individuals, families and communities.
Mayor Wagner: Joe Bradley’s food and drinks bill of $6,361 is “gross abuse”
In his early days on the job as Belize City Mayor, Bernard Wagner has encountered a $6,361 problem that he inherited from the previous United Democratic Party (UDP) City Council led by his predecessor, Mayor Darrell Bradley.
It would have been perfectly legitimate if this bill was for the benefit of Belize City residents, but it was not. The bill was racked up by Mayor Bradley’s father, Joseph “Joe” Bradley, who was eating and drinking at the Belize City Council’s expense, in what Mayor Wagner told Amandala was “a gross abuse by Mayor Bradley.”
CCJ upholds Gregory August’s murder conviction
The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) handed down a ruling on an appeal brought by convicted murderer Gregory August, who was convicted in November 2012, for the 2009 stabbing murder of Alvin Rowland, 73, who was stabbed nine times at his Sunset Park home.
August had appealed his murder conviction and the constitutionality of the consequent life sentence. The appeal was spearheaded by the London-based group The Death Penalty Project, and was argued at the CCJ by attorney Eamon Courtenay, S.C.
In its ruling, the CCJ dismissed August’s appeal and affirmed his Supreme Court conviction for Rowland’s murder.
CCJ rules GOB doesn’t have to compensate CLICO policyholders who lost money when the company closed down
The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) handed down a judgment in an appeal brought by 54 Belizeans who sued the Government of Belize for 4 million dollars they claim they lost when the Colonial Life Insurance Company (CLICO) went belly-up. The Belizean litigants contended that the government allowed CLICO to continue carrying on its business of life insurance, although it was not in full compliance with the Insurance Act.
The lawsuit was against Alma Gomez, the Supervisor of Insurance; the Prime Minister of Belize, Dean Barrow, as Minister of Finance; and the Attorney General of Belize. Having lost at the Supreme Court in 2014, the litigants appealed their case to the Belize Court of Appeal, where they had reportedly secured a partial victory. Eventually the case was appealed at the CCJ and was argued via teleconference in January.
Fabio Paredez, 46, loses the battle for his life after surviving 3+ days
Fabio Paredez, 46, a well-known upholstery shop owner of Belize City, lost the battle for his life after he was shot multiple times at about 10:00 Saturday night on Kelly Street by one of two gunmen who rode up on bicycles and shot him in the leg — causing damage to one of his major blood vessels.
Paredez was rushed in a critical condition to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital, where doctors tried to save him. His condition took a turn for the worse, however, and he died at about 6:30 this morning in the hospital while receiving treatment.
Belize and Panama sign agreement
Today, the Government of Belize and the Republic of Panama signed a Cooperation Agreement geared towards strengthening the relationship between the two countries. The agreement, signed in Belmopan signed at the Laing Building in Belize City, is aimed at promoting and deepening the mutually beneficial cooperation by […]
Authorities confiscate drugs and ammo at Mexican border
A large border smuggling operation consisting of suspected cannabis and ammunition making its way into Belize, was snuffed and halted at the Mexican Border on Wednesday night by officials and led to the subsequent arrest of four Hattieville residents. The drugs, a total of 39 parcels, were […]
US Embassy recognize two outstanding Belizean women
The United States Embassy in Belize recently recognized two outstanding Belizean women for their contributions to and advocacy aimed at empowering young women and girls in their respective communities. Staff officer, Rhea Rogers, was selected as the U.S. Department of State’s International Woman of Courage and Anna […]
UNDP helps UB academics seek end to Male violence
Social workers, educators, law enforcement officials and justice department workers joined the academics at the University of Belize in a two-day brain-storming session to work out a way forward for effective intervention to brake and end young male violence in Belize. “Understanding Masculinities and Male Violence in Belize”was the subject […]
Special Envoy comes down on San Pedro Police
Special Envoy for Women and Children, Kim Simplis-Barrow, has condemned the manner in which the San Pedro Police handled the brutal home invasion involving Carrie Tripodi and her ex-boyfriend Russel Casimiro on the night of April 1. Barrow issued a statement late yesterday saying she was concerned […]
Yes, it has reached this far!
Dear Editor: I must first publicly offer my condolences to the Guerrero family. While I am too young to remember the family when they were living in PG, the way they have conducted themselves indicate that they were grounded and are hardworking, entrepreneurial, upstanding citizens of Belize. They exemplify the […]
Expanding Export Opportunities for Belize’s Music Industry
In early 2014, Linda Schmid, an Independent Trade and Development Consultant prepared a Workplan and Roadmap for the music sector here in Belize under a CDB- funded – Cartfund Project: “Strengthening & Capacity Building of the Belize Coalition of Service Providers (BCSP)”. The workplan was designed to assist the Music […]
CEO’S ride for cancer
The Caucus of Chief Executive Officers of the Government of Belize, is holding its annual ride and fund raiser on April 7, under the 2018 theme “In it to End it”. This year’s ride will highlight childhood cancer, with tall the proceeds from the event going to […]
Ladyville Police embarrass scofflaw bus operators
The enforcement of traffic laws and Department of Transport regulations caused some embarrassment for the operators of shuttle bus services to Ladyville and Burrell Boom on Tuesday, April 4, when some operators were found to be not in compliance with the terms of their road […]
No deterrent against gender-based violence in Belize
When a man terrorizes an ex-lover by forcing entry into her home, demanding her personal phone and beating her repeatedly – hard enough to cause her to be visibly bruised and requiring bandaging/stitches – the penalty ought not to be equal to that meted out […]
Guatemalans challenging referendum, will Belizeans be next?
Citizens in Guatemala have mounted a legal challenge against its upcoming referendum to take the territorial dispute with Belize to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) and Belizeans may be getting ready to mount a challenge of their own. Minister of Foreign Affairs, Wilfred Elrington […]
Single mother and teen daughters gifted new house
Two organizations and their staff members came together to build a house for a single mother and her two teen daughters. The Belize Electricity Limited (BEL) and Hand in Hand Ministries joined forces for the sixth consecutive year under the “Building for Change” program to […]
US $11,000 reward offered for murderous fugitive
San Diego, California police are offering a US $11,000 reward for information leading to the capture of a former U.S. Marine accused of murdering his girlfriend in 2016. The fugitive is believed to be hiding in Central America, living between Belize and Mexico. U.S. authorities […]
Man breaks into ex-girlfriend’s home, assaults her
An American woman living in San Pedro reported to police that on Easter Monday, her ex-common-law-busband broke into her home and assaulted, for which he has been arrested and charged. According to Carrie Tripodi, 30, around 12:15 a.m. on Monday, her ex-boyfriend, Russel Casimiro, 40, […]
Former customs broker murdered, stuffed in sofa, left on farm
Former customs broker, Eleazar Chan, 42, became one of the Easter holidays’ murder victims when his decomposed corpse was discovered cased inside a red sofa in an open cane field in the Corozal district on Easter Sunday morning. Chan, a resident of Louiseville village along […]
Man known to police hacked to death in Buena Vista, Cayo
Another man was killed in the Cayo district over the Easter holidays – this time in Buena Vista village near Spanish Lookout, by machete wounds – and he had a history of run-ins with the law and also had a number of altercations with other […]
Young man goes to repair motorcycle; found murdered
A young resident of Teakettle village, Cayo was found murdered and buried one day after he went missing, just before the Easter holidays. The family of Dristen Reyes, 20, reported him missing on Holy Thursday after he left his house in the village the day […]
Proposed legislation introduced last week in the House of Representatives has set out long jail sentences for gang leaders and gang members who break the law, and lighter sentences for anyone who intentionally hides a gang member or offers him sanctuary from the law. Sentences can run anywhere from 3 […]
Cost of living skyrockets!
Since the start of 2018, the cost of living has been steadily climbing in Belize, with the new fiscal year ushering in a number of price increases on Internet services, gas, butane and electricity with more increases to goods and services expected to follow. Increases […]
GOB gets tough on guns and crime
In the spate of recent criminal activity, the robbers have often targeted and captured the victims’, businesses’ and/or security guards’ licensed firearms, making the removal of these guns from the street a top priority for the Police Department in their fight to reduce gun violence. […]
City Administrator suspended from CitCo
Belize City Administrator, Candice Miller, has been suspended from the Belize City Council for a month as a result of an ongoing investigation into discrepancies regarding certain financial transactions carried out by the previous Council. According to reports and documents shown to the Reporter, Miller was suspended, in part, for […]
Southside Commander tackles crime with help
Since taking over as Commander of South-side Belize city, Sr. Supt. Howell Gillett has been busy at work implementing a number of community-based initiatives geared at curbing the crime situation, which recently peaked. Among these efforts, are plans for a gun amnesty and a new […]
Tornado of trouble for Belize’s ‘Lova Boy’
Punta Rock sensation and self-proclaimed ‘Prince of Belize’, Daniell “Lova Boy” Cacho, known for hit songs such as “Tornado” and “You da wife” is in big trouble in the state of California, USA, facing two charges of rape and kidnapping of a minor. Cacho was […]
Breaking Belize News
Delivery truck hijacked, Belize city gang reportedly involved
Breaking Belize News has been reliably informed that this afternoon, police responded to a report […]
Near fatal accident reported up north
This evening there was a near fatal road traffic accident reported in northern Belize. Around […]
UB launches innovative Bachelors in Agriculture and other new programs
The University of Belize (UB) will be adding four new courses to its list of […]
Kids from Southside Belize City visit farms in Maskall
Today, Commander of Eastern Division South, Sr. Supt. Howell Gillett and his staff took 25 […]
Santa Elena boy reported missing
This morning, 17-year-old Francisco Elenterio Requena Jr., of Hillview area, Santa Elena town was reported […]
Minister of National Security tours Southside Police Precincts
Yesterday, John Saldivar, Minister of National Security toured South-side Belize City Police Precincts. The purpose […]
After Easter bukut; fuel, butane, electricity and Internet prices all going up!
On March 26, just as Belizeans planned to travel to different destinations for their Easter […]
Belizean born CNN journalist receives prestigious White House award
Evan Perez is a Belizean born journalist who made his way up the industry in […]
Phillip Willoughby defends Joe Bradley’s $6,000 ‘food and drinks’ spree
It dominated social media yesterday when news broke that Belize City Council Administrator, Candice Miller, […]
PUP calls for full disclosure of Civic management contract with APEX
The Opposition, People’s United Party (PUP) issued a release yesterday saying that they have confirmed […]
Girls wreck dorm at Youth Hostel
According to reports, on Wednesday night, some girls from the Youth Hostel locked up one […]
Attempted arson on Antelope Street?
Around 3:10 am yesterday, police responded to a house fire on Antelope Street Extension, Belize City where they […]
Popular DJ’s vehicle set on fire
Popular DJ, Justin Scott Williams,28, reported to police that around 12:35 am yesterday, his 4 door Toyota […]
House destroyed by fire in Belize City
On Wednesday, April 4, around 2:40 am, police responded to reports of a house fire on […]
Early morning murder in San Pedro town
An early morning stabbing in San Pedro town has left one man mortally wounded. He […]
ACES – protecting the threatened American Crocodile through education
Since its establishment in 2006, the American Crocodile Education Sanctuary (ACES) has focused on educating communities about the conservation of crocodiles in Belize. Founded by Vince and Cherie Rose in Punta Gorda, Belize, ACES has spent numerous years protecting crocodiles from people, and people from crocodiles.
Over the years, ACES has become home to numerous ill and/or injured crocodiles, as well as problematic ones deemed too dangerous to be left in the wild. Permitted by the Belize Forest Department, the sanctuary provides a second chance at life for crocodiles whose only other option is death, keeping both the crocodiles and communities throughout Belize safe from dangerous, unwanted conflict.
12 Things to Know When You Cruise to Belize
Excited about your cruise to Belize? Well, you should be. Belize cruise port is a growing attraction among cruise-goers with over 200 ships now visiting this small Caribbean country yearly. With more than twice its population visiting the port, it’s evident that Belize is truly a special place. This small country, in fact, the second smallest in Central America, features a surprisingly unique combination of precious ecosystems. Starting from the second largest barrier reef in the world, to rainforest jungles, not forgetting some of the most important Mayan archeological sites.
To add to this, the country is uniquely half Caribbean and half Spanish. Bringing the diverse cultures of Kriols, Garifunas, Mayans and the Spanish people together in one place. Resulting in a beautiful culture that will have you enjoy the food, music, and practices of this diverse country even the more.
Junior the Belize Zoo jaguar loves 'Obsession' by Calvin Klein
Zoo keepers have discoverd that the Calvin Klein fragrance 'Obsession' turns largest wildcats into affectionate animals, as seen in the video from Belize Zoo where Junior the jaguar rubs and sniffs a log sprayed... A jaguar's favourite scent is Calvin Klein's fragrance 'Obsession for Men' according to scientists who say the big cats can't get enough of the alluring smell.
When sprayed near camera traps, the 'musky' scent makes wild jaguars want to hang around and rub themselves in it so much that scientists can observe them.
The use of Obsession has even led to the researchers being able to capture footage of jaguar's mating rituals, something rarely seen before the perfume was used.
Talk Ah Di Town April 5, 2018, 30min.
BARRACUDA fishing rig up!!!!!, 6.5min.
Business community's perspective on the General Revenue and Appropriation Bill 2018, 51min. on Open Your Eyes
World Health Day is commemorated on April 7th, 45min. on Open Your Eyes
VolleyBall National Team - Scholarship Recipiants, 29min. on Open Your Eyes
Belize 2018, 10min. Southtulsa Baptist
Healthy Living: Drinking Water Quality in Belize, 5min. Healthy Living" is a health & lifestyle Feature produced in Belize for News 5 Live on Channel 5. The feature has been a weekly feature in the local newscast since 2008.
Healthy Living: New Vegan Cafe in Belize, 5min.
Ruta Maya Belize River Challenge Documentary (2001), 11min. Another throwback from our video archive - this documentary covers the early days of the Ruta Maya Belize River Challenge, an intense 3.5 day paddle race through some of the most beautiful parts of Belize.
Once again the video quality doesn't hold up to today's standards, but we thought it would be interesting for race enthusiasts to look back and see how the Ruta Maya has evolved over the past two decades.
Maya Mike Launches hot sauce in Belize, 2.5min.
INT'L GROUP TRIP/// BELIZE CITY!, 17min. Who knew a weekend in Belize with 17 ppl will be this exciting! From private chefs, snorkeling, new people, private villas, and good vibes!
Old Belize - Belize City trip, 4min. Check out my family hanging out at Old Belize in Belize City, Belize. This place was a blast and a must-see if you're in Belize
Belize it 2018 - Tropic Air Flight, 5.5min. Fly from Belize City to San Pedro town on Tropic Air..
Feeding the sharks at Shark Ray Alley, Belize, 3min. Nurse sharks.
Morning Matters with AJay, 60min.
Morning Matters Chef Christain, 60min.
Belize National Quality Infrustructure EPA Video, 6.5min.
Belize Met Lab EPA Video, 6min.
Marina Bar, 1min.
Huge Tarpon in Belize! Watch the whole adventure!, 4.5min. Turneffe Flats, Belize
Manatee under water, 1/2min.
Double-crested Cormorants with throats vibrating to regulate temperature, 10sec. Long Caye, Belize
Blue-black Grassquit or Yoyo bird, 1/2min. El Pilar, Belize
Belmopan Bandits vs Belize City Defenders, 2hr43min.