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The San Pedro Sun

Guatemalans to vote on taking Belize territorial dispute to the ICJ
More than seven million Guatemalan citizens are expected to come out to the polls on Sunday, April 15th to cast their vote on whether the centennial territorial dispute between Belize and Guatemala should be resolved at the International Court of Justice (ICJ). An educational campaign in Guatemala significantly intensified to the point that Guatemalan President, Jimmy Morales toured his country in an effort to encourage Guatemalans to come out and vote. The Guatemalan government seeks to recover over 12,000 kilometers from Belize, which accounts for more than half of the country, via an ICJ ruling.

San Pedro Pirates F.C PLB road comes to an end
The San Pedro Pirates F.C suffered another loss against Freedom Fighters at the Victor Sanchez Union Filed in Punta Gorda Town on Sunday, April 8th. It was a crucial match for the island team as they had to win in order to advance to the playoffs of the Premiere League of Belize (PLB) Closing Season. With this loss, the Pirates are no longer in the running to make the playoffs, even if they win their last match of the season. For the last game of the season, the San Pedro Pirates will be traveling to Dangriga Town, Stann Creek District to face Wagiya F.C on Sunday, April 15th. The match is scheduled to start at 4PM at Carl Ramos Stadium. For more information on how to accompany the Pirates as a fan, you may contact 629-6770.

Butane gas prices go up AGAIN
For the second time this year, the price of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) has gone up. On Friday, April 6th, the cost of a 100-pound cylinder of LPG – also known as butane or propane gas – went up $10 across the country, including Ambergris Caye. However, island residents are aware that prices on the Cayes are higher than those on the mainland due to the cost of shipping. This new increase is expected to have a financial impact on the gastronomy industry, as the cost of food preparation will come at a higher cost. According to the Belize Bureau of Standards (BBS), the $10 increase in LPG prices in Belize are due to the increasing cost of LPG in the international market, initiated by importers.

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

Ambergris Today

Hon. Pablo Marin Minister Of Health Concludes Working Visit To Taiwan
On an invitation from the Government of the Republic of China (Taiwan), the Minister of Health Hon. Pablo Marin paid a working visit to Taiwan from April 2nd to 6th, 2018. While in Taiwan, Minister Marin engaged in fruitful meetings and discussions with Minister of Health and Welfare, Hon. Shih-chung Chen, and other key personnel in the Ministry of Health and Welfare.

Queen Elizabeth II Recognizes Belizean Volunteer With Commonwealth Points Of Light Award
On Thursday, April 12, 2018, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, recognized Elsia Pop, of Belize as the 51st Commonwealth Point of Light in honor of her exceptional voluntary service preserving Mayan cultural heritage. In the lead-up to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London on 19-20 April, Her Majesty the Queen - as Head of the Commonwealth - is thanking inspirational volunteers across the 53 Commonwealth nations for the difference they are making in their communities and beyond.

WMO Hurricane Committee Reviews Devastating 2017 Season- Retires Names
The Hurricane Committee retired the hurricane names Harvey, Maria, Irma and Nate after the death and destruction they caused. Three exceptionally destructive hurricanes occurred in rapid succession in the North Atlantic in late August and September. The World Meteorological Organization’s Hurricane Committee met in Martinique, France, from 9 to 13 April to review the devastating 2017 Atlantic hurricane season and to discuss regional coordination and operational planning to protect lives and property in the forthcoming one. The Hurricane Committee retired the names Harvey, Irma, Maria and Nate from its list of rotating names. They will be replaced by Harold, Idalia, Margot and Nigel.

Misc Belizean Sources

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2018 Hopkins Mangu Fest (mango in Garifuna)
Hopkins Village, located on the southern coast, is the mango capital of Belize, boasting over twenty varieties. The mangos have names such as blue, Julie, Harry, #11, thunder shock, white, ballet, black, common, belly full, apple, and well, one can go on and on recalling the many names and describing their favorites. On June 2nd and 3rd, the friendliest village in Belize celebrates the beginning of mango season with a free two-day family-friendly festival that showcases unique culinary delights and Hopkins’ culture, music, and community spirit. This year, the morning begins at 6am with Floyd Arana’s dory fishing contest. There are many prizes, such as most fish, most weight, biggest barracuda, and more. The unique twist? A 20% qualifier is added to each category for those that include fisherfolk under 15 years old.

FAMILY NIGHT at KoKo King
Happy Family' and 'Jumanji - Welcome to the Jungle' are the 2018 movies on show. Kids meals, popcorn and toasted marshmallows all available.

Corozal Bay Regatta
If you missed the Baron Bliss this is your chance to see Corozal's sailors compete. Sailors are coming in from Caye Calker, San Pedro, Belize City- just to name a few! Join us for a great weekend at the water's edge and show your support for these brave kids! There will be wonderful prizes for raffle ticket winners also!

Corozal - Special Olympics Fun Run 2018 at Central Park
We start off at the Central Park at 6:00 a.m. Please bring along a green shirt if possible. Snacks and drinks will be provided after. Saturday April 14th, 2018. Join the Special Olympics movement, a united community that fosters Active Inclusion and Participation of all regardless of their abilities. Come along bring your running shoes and be a part of this special event. It is a good time to meet and greet your fellow community members.

The installation of the hieroplyphic panels on Structure A9 at Xunantunich is complete
These replicas looks amazingly like the real panels, which will be moved and housed inside the visitor center at the site.

Welcome back to Belize, Youth Ambassadors!
Our Youth Ambassadors came back home to Belize today!

Minister of Health Concludes Working Visit to Taiwan Republic of China (Taiwan)
On an invitation from the Government of the Republic of China (Taiwan), the Minister of Health Hon. Pablo Marin paid a working visit to Taiwan from April 2nd to 6th, 2018. While in Taiwan, Minister Marin engaged in fruitful meetings and discussions with Minister of Health and Welfare, Hon. Shih-chung Chen, and other key personnel in the Ministry of Health and Welfare. The Ministers discussed ways in which Taiwan and Belize can continue to collaborate on fostering the health and wellness of the peoples of both countries. Among the topics discussed were Belize’s model Health Information System (BHIS), which other countries, including Taiwan, can learn from as is happening in the Caribbean Region. The Ministers also conversed about Belize’s continued and unwavering support for Taiwan’s participation in the World Health Organization’s World Health Assembly. During the discussions, Minister Marin also made a request for scholarships for medical specialists.

Launch of Country Level Engagement and Assistance to Reduce Child Labour (CLEAR II) Project
The Ministry of Labour, Local Government and Rural Development along with Winrock International hosted a launch ceremony for the Country Level Engagement and Assistance to Reduce Child Labour (CLEAR II) Project today, April 12th, 2018 at Best Western Plus Belize Biltmore Plaza in Belize City. Country Level Engagement and Assistance to Reduce Child Labour II (CLEAR II) is a global, four-year, United States Department of Labour (USDOL)-funded project that provides technical assistance to support a global reduction in child labour. Belize has been identified among six (6) other countries to partner with CLEAR II. The Ministry of Labour, Local Government and Rural Development will be implementing CLEAR II to support the reduction of child labour in Belize in collaboration with Winrock International and partners Lawyers without Borders and Verité.

BIL Issues Statement on Belize Civic Center Management Contract
Belize Infrastructure Limited (BIL) dispels any notion that the Belize Civic Center Management Contract is in any legal breach of the laws of Belize. BIL takes this opportunity to respond to the baseless assertions in certain media quarters with respect to the Belize Civic Center Management Contract signed on March 19th 2018 with Apex Event Services – Belize, Ltd. BIL ensured full legal review and approval from the Office of the Solicitor General prior to final contract signing.

Welcome back, Caye Caulker youth ambassadors!

CAYE CAULKER MUNICIPAL AIRSTRIP PROJECT MOVING BRISKLY FORWARD
The renovation of the Caye Caulker Municipal Airport has picked up momentum and is moving briskly to meet its completion date by mid-June of this year. Substantial work has already been done to the airport with the focus being the expansion of the airstrips' shoulders and the laying of thousands of yards of geogrid to provide greater earth stability. Over 10,000 cubic yards of landfill material has been transported to the construction site. Greater work is scheduled for the coming weeks. The next phase of work will include works on the airstrip shoulders which will assist with the preparation of the runway for the installation of hot mix.

Cultural Revival 2018, San Narciso RC School
"A True Belizean Blend"

COUNTRYWIDE FUN RUN 2018
* This Saturday, April 14 * Corozal Central Park * Opening ceremony/registration at 6:00 a.m * Stretches/warm-ups and FUN RUN * Route map attached * Snacks and drinks at event end. Join the Special Olympics movement - A unified community that fosters active inclusion and participation of ALL, regardless of their abilities.

Earth Day 2018
The University of Belize is having their annual Earth Day on Thursday, April 26th. There's always a lot to see and do, and to learn about. They'll announce the winners of the competitions, and there will be giveaways. Miss Deb's will be there too. Coolest thing of all: it'll be a plastic free event.

Team Belize at this year's International Living Retirement Show
Left to right, Mrs. Jacqueline Locke (Registrar of Hotels and Director of Business Development) Ms. Shauma Hall (Licensing Officer ) & Ms. Althea Sebastian (Travel Trade Officer)

Festival of Cultures & Fashion Show
San Pedro House of Culture & Foreva Fancy Boutique invites you to celebrate Belize's cultural diversity at the 1st annual Festival of Cultures & Fashion Show on la Isla Bonita. Come enjoy the sights, sounds and tastes of Belize as we bring all Belizean cultures for a fun day of celebration on the beach! On Sunday Apr 22nd at 9am-6pm. Fashion Show starts at 5pm. On the beach infront of Sandbar.

Paradise Theater playing this weekend:
12 Strong, Den of Thieves, Maze Runner: The Death Cure, Fifty Shades Freed. *Note there are no 7pm movies on friday as the church has has even scheduled. The 9pm Movies WILL be shown on Friday* **NOTE Maze Runner Starts at 6:50pm** Saturday and Sunday

Memorial Park Market Day!
Saturday, April 28 at 11 AM - 2 PM, Memorial Park in Belize City. We have partnered with Oceana Belize to launch this next Market Day as PLASTIC-FREE! We are PSYCHED for the next edition with lots of new local offerings including a flowers, organic vegetables, organic cold-pressed juices, baked goods, gluten-free baked goods, all natural soaps, puppies (Come meet & Pet & Adopt!!), plants, artisanal clay pots, and MORE. It's a BYOB event- BRING YOUR OWN BAG! But if you forget, don't fret, we will have biodegradable bags for your purchases. Come shop local and get to know your neighbourhood farmer, baker, florist, humane society and more!

Channel 7

Another Woman Murdered; Downs Downed By Gunman
Another woman was murdered in Belize City last night. And like the last three killings, this one was no accident.  Mother of two, Marcia Downs was targeted by a gunman who shot her straight in the forehead.   Daniel Ortiz went looking for answers in another confounding killing:… 37 year-old Marcia Downs was fatally shot right here at her grandmother’s house on Handyside Street. Police say that she was gunned down at the gate, while residents tell us that it happened on the verandah. What is certain at this time is that the gunman’s bullet caught her in the forehead, an injury which claimed her life while she was getting emergency care.

Police Finally Fess Up About Coro Prisoners’ Escape
A trio of prisoners sawed their way out of the Corozal holding cell just before 6:00 on Wednesday morning - and police didn’t say a thing about it until today at the weekly press briefing. As we reported, Marvin Pec, Johny Matus and Austin Sutherland used some type of bladed device to cut the cell bars, and squeeze out, right from under the watching eye of a surveillance camera - which nobody was watching. They escaped a jail house full of police officers, and today, more than 24 hours later, police finally circulated their photos and spoke about the embarrassing circumstances of their escape: Wilfredo Ferrufino - Inspector, CIB: "On Wednesday, April 2018 the police officers at the Corozal police station were preparing to ferry prisoners from Corozal to the Kolbe Foundation. This was sometime around 4:50 AM and in that process they discovered that 3 metal bars for the cell door were cut and 3 prisoners had escaped.

Belizean Charged With Rape; Says It Was Consensual
Today, police arraigned the man accused of raping a Canadian woman in his Belize City apartment one week ago.  46 year old Derrick Gabb of an apartment on Faber's Road was charged with rape when he appeared today before Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford. No plea was taken because, and the prosecutor objected to bail, saying that the police have a strong case and because of that Gabb might not appear in court if granted bail.   But Gabb's attorney, Herbert Panton submitted that the prosecution has nothing close to a strong case. He also submitted that there is video footage of the entire event - which has been described as an orgy in today’s Guardian newspaper. 

GSU Found A Shotgun
The GSU used intelligence yesterday to collect a big gun in Hattieville.  Their information led them to a bushy lot where they found a 12 gauge combat, or tactical shotgun, wrapped in a black shirt.  The gun was loaded with 5 cartridges and the serial number had been filed off.  The firearm and cartridges were labelled as found property as no one was found in the immediate area. Combat shotguns are typically used for military or law enforcement purposes.

George Street Stoned GSU Mobile
There was a a commotion on George Street just a few minutes ago.  7NEws has confirmed with the acting Commander of the GSU, Sergeant Sam Bonilla that his officers did use non lethal ribber bullets to suppress three men who had been stoning at their vehicle.   As we understand it the GSU were in a private vehicle and picked up one of their officers in the area - which is a gang stronghold.  Driving out, some persons started stoning at the vehicle.  The police got out, and used the guns with rubber bullets and shot three men.   The men have been detained and the police are going to make a complaint against them.

US Embassy Representative Speaks On Narcotics Report
Earlier this week we showed you the 2018 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report from the US State Department.  Belize is designated as one of 22 Major Drug-Transit Countries, along with all other Central American Nations - and three Caribbean nations. Now that’s pretty much standard for that report - in which Belize has been included for decades.  But, it also notes, quote, “Belize’s drug control efforts are hampered by the same challenges faced by the rest of the country’s security sector – corruption, insufficient investigative capacity, an ineffective judicial sector, and a lack of political will.” Corruption? And a lack of political will?  That’s strong stuff and today we had a chance to ask the US Embassy’s Acting Deputy Chief of Mission what’s behind that:..

Decreasing Child Labour Violations In The Agro Industries
We met Deputy Chief Lingwood at an event about child labour in Belize - which stems from another report from a US agency - the US Bureau on International Labour Affairs which - in September of last year - listed Belize as a country that made minimal advancement in eliminating child labour.  All other countries in Central America were judged to have done better.  And so, today, the Ministry of Labour, Local Government and Rural Development along with a US funded international consultant, launched the Country Level Engagement and Assistance to Reduce Child Labour Project at the Biltmore.  Labour Minister Hugo Patt spoke about the fact that child labour is used in Belize’s big agro industries:..

Phasing Out Cane Cutters In Sugar Industry?
And according to the Minister of Agriculture, the future for sugar is the elimination of child labour for sure, but to go along with that, the industry must also minimize adult labour.  Godwin Hulse today told us that Santander is having great success with mechanized cane farming, and there’s much to be said for that model:… Hon. Godwin Hulse - Minister of Agriculture: "If you take a parallel out of Santander, they came on the scene, they don't have small farmers to deal with, they are dealing with a couple big farmers but their yields are fantastic and that is because they have put in what is required. I think this will happen in north as well and I think the associations have understood clearly that there is no point in trying to fight the factory, they're in it together, it is one team and government act as a facilitator."

BIL GM Says Civic Controversy Is Politicking
A week ago, we told you how the PUP was calling out the Government and Belize Infrastructure Limited on the management contract with Apex Belize Limited for the Civic Center. The commercial arrangement with the private company and the Government is set up to try to ensure that the Government and taxpayers don’t pay a cent to keep the facility open. What the Government and BIL did is that the experts were tasked to find out how much it would cost to run the facility for 1 year. That was determined to be about 850 thousand dollars, and so, the commercial arrangement between the Government and Apex agreed that Apex must manage the facility, and raise the revenue required to cover that entire bill to keep the lights on, and the Civic open for business.

Cops Don’t Know Much About Human Smuggling Bust
On last night’s news, we told you how the Immigration Department and the Anti-Trafficking in Person Council busted a human smuggling operation in the San Ignacio area. On Tuesday night, at around 9:00, immigration officers pulled over a van near Clarissa Falls, and they found a Belizean driver with 15 Hondurans inside. Among the Hondurans, there were 7 adults and 8 children who entered Belize illegally through the Benque Viejo border. They had not been processed or stamped at that crossing, and they were allegedly being smuggled to the Northern Border, and from there, unto the USA. Today, we tried to get a bit more details out of the police spokesperson at the bi-weekly press conference, but he told us that this is in the jurisdiction of the Immigration Department:

Dean Nembhard Shot; Recovering Slowly
Police were more forthcoming about their investigation into the shooting of 22 year-old Dean Nembhard which happened on Tuesday evening at around 4:30. As we told you, Nembhard was shot while he was on Holy Emmanuel Street in the St. Martin’s Area. That’s the dividing line between 2 rival gangs. We asked police if his shooting signals the restart of gang-related crime, and here’s what he had to say: Wilfredo Ferrufino - Inspector, CIB: "On Tuesday the 10th sometime around 4:00 PM Mr. Dean Nembhard, 21 year old was walking on said site. He heard several shots and as a result he realized he was shot. He was taken to the KHMH and police investigation has revealed so far that he was walking on the street and unknown gunman opened fire and caused 2 gunshot wounds to his abdominal area. One person was detained for that and he is being questioned, the investigation is ongoing."

SSB Still Wants Contributions To Increase
Will the Social Security Board increase the contribution that workers and employers make - while also increasing the benefits you get? That’s a consultation that started out in early 2017, and today we got an update on whether - 16 months later - it is still a live issue.  The GM of Corporate Customer Relation Services had answers: Jules Vasquez
"Is that project to review and perhaps revise the contribution scheme still live? Where are we going with that?" Chandra Nisbet Cansino - GM, Corporate Customer Relations, SSB
"The contribution reform process, yes we've completed the stages of preliminary consultations and so we've met with the general public, we've met with the business stakeholders and we've met with the worker groups and the worker representatives to present a proposal."

Finally, A Women’s Football League
For decades, the Football Federation of Belize has lagged behind in the development of women’s football. But today an encouraging announcement was made that The National Amateur Women’s League will be fully funded by the FFB.  Now, the big boys underwriting the girls league sounds like a night out on the town more than it does a sustainable long term plan.  But, there is such a plan.  We learned more at today’s press conference:… Cruz Gamez - Vice President, FFB: "The federation is now embarking on a very ambitious project for women's football from the grassroots up to the elite players and we hope to get the entire community involved with this. We want to as well have the best players in the country and this is the reason why we will begin our process from grassroots up to elite. When we say elite, it will be the national amateur women's league. We expect that we will have the best players in this league and hopefully in the near future we can then have a professional women's league in Belize."

ART….
And from women’s football, to art about the female form.  In her very first solo exhibit, the artist Minita Concha has captured women in their many splendored shapes.  She told us more today at the Image Factory:… The show opens tomorrow at the Image Factory and admission is free.

Disbursing the Ride Across Belize Funds
In June of 2017, the Ride Across Belize volunteers rode from Corozal To Punta Gorda to raise funds for two charities.   Today, the funds they generated were handed over to two organizations for specific projects. The first was the Ministry of Agriculture’s urban farming project. Minister of Agriculture Godwin Hulse told us how the money will be used:.. Applications are still being accepted for projects requesting funding from this year’s ride.

Dowellson Charged For Stabbing A Man
20 year-old Dowellson Blair, a construction worker from Ladyville, is facing a dangerous harm charged for after for stabbing a man on last week Thursday. The victim is Ladyville resident Douglas Bowen, and up until Monday, he was at the KHMH in an induced coma. Police shared a few details of the case at their press conference today: Blair was arraigned yesterday before Magistrate Michelle Trapp on a single charge of dangerous harm. In court, he claims that he was acting in self-defense.

Armed Robbery On Douglas Jones
There was a robbery on Douglas Jones Street on Tuesday night at around 8:00. A Chinese businessman and his common-law wife were robbed by armed thieves who stole a pricey smart phone and $1,5000 in cash and coins. The cops told us more about the incident today: Unfortunately, a neighbor of the Chinese business owners went over to their house the same time that the robbery was taking place, and she was also held up at gunpoint and robbed of her iPhone, valued at $2,200.

Hon. Patt’s 4 Days As Prime Minister
Hugo Patt was Prime Minister for about four days last week while the Prime Minister was away consulting with doctors about his ailing back.  It was a surprising move since, as a two term Representative, Patt is a juniour Minister.   Reports say the PM may have to travel again this weekend and we asked Patt if he would be ready again: No travel plans have as yet been announced for the PM

Channel 5

Channel Five’s Marcia Downs, 37, Shot Dead at Home
The relentless cycle of gun violence has left us devastated here at Great Belize Productions Channel Five. Today, we mourn the death of one of our own, Marcia Downs. A [...]

Marcia’s Partner Alleges She Was Targeted by Gang Rivals
While the family states they fear for the safety of their loved ones, late this evening News Five spoke one-on-one with Marcia’s boyfriend, who has his own conclusions about the [...]

Romel Berges Cleaned Up for San Pedro Land
The family of Government Minister Rene Montero, according to documents, got more than three million dollars in compensation and interest for lands taken by a former administration almost two decades [...]

U.S. Pledges to Help Belize Fix Drug-Smeared Reputation
All of Central America including Belize has been listed in the 2018 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report of the U.S. State Department, published this week. These and other countries have [...]

Corruption a Concern; the Good Must Help Isolate the Bad
The primary finding of the I.N.C.S.R. states, “Belize’s drug control efforts are hampered by the same challenges faced by the rest of the country’s security sector – corruption, insufficient investigative [...]

Hugo Patt Didn’t Mind Being P.M. for 4 Days
Over the past weekend, Corozal North area representative Hugo Patt held the top seat in the land as Prime Minister Dean Barrow travelled to the U.S. for medical consultations. The [...]

No Takeoffs from Municipal Airstrip as Imer Hernandez-Designed Runway Needs Repairs
If you are planning to travel from the Belize City municipal airstrip this weekend, you will likely have to make new plans. There is word tonight that the airstrip will [...]

Burglars Hack Their Way Out of Corozal Detention Cell
A manhunt is ongoing by the police department for three prisoners who escaped from the holding cell at the Corozal Police Station on Wednesday. According to the police, just before [...]

Chinese Family Suffers Home Break-In
On Tuesday night, a Chinese family was assaulted during a home invasion on the north side of Belize City. Zing Zhou was inside their Douglas Jones Street house with his [...]

Dean Nembhard a Gunman’s Target in Lake
There was a shooting in the Gungulung area of Belize City, off Holy Emmanuel Street, where twenty-one-year-old Dean Nembhard was targeted by a gunman. Sometime around four o’clock on Tuesday [...]

Accused in Canadian Rape Case Out on Bail
A Fabers’ Road resident has been arraigned on a charge of rape in relation to a report by a visiting Canadian national. Forty-six year old Derrick Gabb was read the [...]

“Hard Rock’s” Accused Killer to be Tried for Murder
Andrew Ian Bennett, also known as “DJ Hard Rock”, was gunned down on Commonwealth Day, May twenty-fourth, 2017 near his home on Central American Boulevard. A few weeks later, police [...]

Mayor, Councilors, Staff Got Extra for Board Memberships
News Five has received information of additional spending concerns by the former Belize City Council. According to information available, members of the Belize District Liquor Licensing and Trade Licensing Board [...]

BIL to Finally Publish Civic Center Contract
As soon as Monday, you can see the management contract for the Belize Civic Center. It will be found on the website of Belize Infrastructure Limited (BIL), www.bil.gov.bz, which will [...]

Citrus Revamps after Diminishing Production
Belize’s citrus industry has been on the decline. Productivity has diminished significantly over the past years. This reduced production is consistent with global trends with global citrus producers in decline. [...]

Shrimp Industry Fights On
Two weeks ago, we reported that the Belize Aquaculture Limited terminated one hundred employees. The shrimp farm in the south reported that it was experiencing tough financial times because a [...]

Plan to Reduce Child Labour Unveiled but Will It Change Culture?
According to the International Labour Organization, “child labour” is often defined as work that deprives children of their childhood, their potential and their dignity, and that is harmful to physical [...]

School Kids Must Be Protected says U.S.
The Department of Labour’s 2017 report on the worst forms of child labour found that Belize has made strides in preventing child labour through such programs as the BOOST conditional [...]

Ride Across Belize Makes Donations
The Social Security Board’s Ride Across Belize initiative handed over thirty-five thousand dollars today. It’s the fourteenth year of the ride where monies are raised for charitable causes. The Urban [...]

Putting the “Community” in Policing
Over fifty police officers attended a “community policing” sensitization workshop. The event was organized by the U.S. Embassy of Belize and hosted by the Belize Police Department. The officers learnt [...]

Art that Celebrates Women
A new exhibition opens at the Image Factory on Friday. Artist Minita Concha gave the media an early tour to show off her pieces that that celebrate women in an [...]

Big Dreams for Returning Youth Ambassadors
Washington D.C. and the states of Alabama and Idaho in the United States are as far apart culturally and politically as they are geographically. So it made for a very [...]

Healthy Living: Why Your Weight Scale May Be Lying to You
The advancement of science and technology has improved the understanding of our body’s composition.  It also helps define the markers as to what truly makes us fit and healthy. Many [...]

LOVE FM

Social Security giving away 52 scholarships
The Social Security Board will be awarding fifty-two scholarships to students for the upcoming school year in September. Chandra Nisbet-Cansino, General Manager/Corporate Customer Relation Services shared more about the scholarships. Chandra Nisbet-Cansino, General Manager/Corporate Customer Relation Services:“We are offering 52 scholarships and they range from the high school scholarships, Sixth form , Votec and this …

Come see ‘Gloria’ at The Image Factory
Twenty-six-year-old Belizean Artist Minita Concha is putting on an exhibition she entitled ‘Gloria’. This is Concha’s first solo exhibit, showcasing about twenty-five inspirational artworks. This is also the first exhibit for the Women’s Art Collective (BWAC) in a show titled Radical. Concha spoke about her drive to create her paintings. The exhibit opens tomorrow at …

Nine enthusiastic youths return to Belize after touring the USA
Today, nine youth ambassadors returned to Belize after spending three weeks in the United States of America. Alexis Guy, one of the youth ambassadors gave an overview of their trip. Alexis Guy – Youth Ambassador: “The trip was basically to give young students like us who are now Belizean Youth Ambassadors exposure of the United States, …

Country Level Engagement and Assistance to Reduce Child Labor launch
The “Country Level Engagement and Assistance to Reduce (CLEAR) Child Labor II Project in Belize” was launched today. Minister of Labour, Local Government and Rural Development, Hugo Patt was the keynote speaker. In addressing those assembled, he noted that Belize has made some strides in combating child labor, however, he recognized that there is more …

Video contradicting allegation of the rape of a Canadian woman surfaces
One man has been charged with rape. A thirty year old Canadian woman told police that she and her husband were socializing with some friends on the night of April 5 and sometime after she fell asleep. She added that she later woke up to find a man raping her. The accused, forty-six year old …

Mother of two shot to the head in the Old Capital
The brief calm from gun related murders was shattered last night in Belize City when 37-year-old Marcia Downs was fatally shot once in her head, just outside her house on Handy Side Street. This morning police said that their investigation is in its preliminary phase but have detained one person in connection with Downs homicide. …

Will Social Security contribution reform still take place?
In 2017, the Social Security Board started public consultations countrywide to discuss the possibility of increasing employee’s contribution and benefits to the scheme. The last time employees saw an increase in their contributions was in 2001. Love News spoke with Chandra Nisbet-Cansino, General Manager/Corporate Customer Relation Services,who gave us an update on the initiative. Chandra …

Three escape from police cell in Corozal
Police are looking for three men who escaped from police custody in Corozal Town early on Wednesday morning. Inspector Wilfred Ferrufino of the Crimes Investigation Branch in Belize City told the media today that the men escaped by cutting the iron bars of the cell they were being held in. Inspector Wilfred Ferrufino, Belize Police …

Police detain one man for Nembhard shooting
Belize City Police are still investigating the motive behind the attack on 21 year old Dean Nembhard who was shot on the afternoon of March tenth. As we reported before, Nembhard, a resident of Belize City was walking in the area of Cet Site shortly after four o’clock when a man fired at him. Today …

Police make arrests in burglary case
Police have also detained at least three persons in connection to a report of aggravated burglary that happened on March 10 at the 360 Chinese Saloon on Douglas Jones Street. Inspector Wilfred Ferrufino provided the details. Inspector Wilfred Ferrufino, Belize Police Department:“Mr. Douglas Bowen a 33 year old resident of Ladyville was taken to the …

Ride Across Belize for two good causes
Belize’s citrus exports increased during the first two months of this year when compared to the same period last year. According to the Statistical Institute of Belize, citrus exports value increased by one point eight million dollars. This is due largely to the increased of orange concentrate exports, coupled with strong sales of grapefruit concentrate and grapefruit oil. …

O’ sweet, sweet sugar
The shrimp industry continues to be negatively affected by the Early Mortality Syndrome. It is a disease that affects shrimps and in Belize, the entire industry. It was first detected in 2009 in China before spreading throughout the world. It has been affecting the aquaculture industry in Belize for the past three years and stakeholders are having a rough time effectively eliminating the disease. So how is the Government dealing with this debilitating effect? Minister of Agriculture, Godwin Hulse, explained. …

It is not a ‘Government Guarantee’, it is a “Compensation Mechanism’
The Belize Infrastructure Limited (BIL) fire off a release dismissing claims that the Belize Civic Center Management Contract is in any legal breach of the laws of Belize. In the release, BIL states that the claims are baseless and politically motivated. The Belize Civic Center Management Contract was awarded to Apex Event Services – Belize Limited which is owned and operated by Chad Eckert. Before signing the contract BIL says that it ensured full legal review and approval from the Office of the Solicitor General. …

Shrimp Industry expected to bounce back
With World Sugar Prices declining and without a preferential market, Belize is left to compete with other sugar-exporting countries in an already harsh world market. While the manufacturing of sugar is done by BSI/ASR, it is cane farmers who grow the cane. The industry affects over six thousand cane farmers and by extension their families. …

A big boost for citrus industry in the horizon
For the past fourteen years, the staff of the Social Security Board has been carrying out its Ride Across Belize fundraiser in an effort to support charitable causes. The 2017 Ride Across Belize initiative was held to support Adopt a Child with Disability Program and Urban Schools Gardening Program. A total of thirty-five thousand dollars was raised and this morning the funds were distributed to the recipients. General Manager for Corporate Customer Relations Services, Chandra Nisbet-Cansino, spoke to the media. …


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Bernard Wagner Busted writing checks to himself
Street works in Belize City have come to a complete halt and lines of people looking for handouts at City Hall is now the norm. On Wednesday April 11 we passed the Belize City Council’s offices on North Front Street and noted hundreds of people lined up outside of City Hall with the expectation that they would be given a 10 dollar handout, classic PUP modus operandi. And as the lines get longer, street works are non-existent. Work on those streets that were being paved before the Municipal Elections came to an abrupt end such as the work on paving Racoon Street, a major artery. It is now a potholed ridden street with no timeframe being given as to when the work will commence again.

Fuel discounts and more for Police officers
Officer Commanding South Side Belize City, Sr. Superintendent of Police Howell Gillett announced on Tuesday April 10th that he is in the process of negotiating countrywide discounts on fuel at all UNO services stations. Gillett stated that the deal is not yet finalized but at the end of it officers would stand to benefit from a discount of between 6 and 10% on fuel. Additionally he has signed a deal in which Brothers Habet has agreed to give all officers posted in the South Side of the City to receive a 15% discount on purchase at that store. “It’s a way of telling officers we are looking out for you and when we do all that we could do for our officers then we will demand more of them,” stated Gillett. He noted that the high command is helping officers to help themselves and in turn the officers must help the community. He added that at this point the high command is doing the very best to equip and incentivize officers and that there are many more things to come on board.

Arthur Saldivar still owes Melonie Coye $200 G’s
Arthur Saldivar owes his former client, Melonie Coye, $200,000, which he refuses to pay. He must be spending the money he took from her without her permission on designer ostrich shoes. Readers will remember that in 2014, when he was attempting to run for the PUP in Belize Rural North, Melonie Coye, a long-time client of his, accused him of taking a little more than 904 thousand dollars. This was money that she and her family fought tooth and nail to get the Financial Intelligence Unit to return, after their conviction for money laundering was overturned at the Court of Appeal. Saldivar was one of their lead attorneys for the entire ordeal.

$2.4M available for funding projects against corruption
The U.S. Embassy in Belmopan announces a notice of funding opportunity (NOFO) to strengthen civil society and civil servant capacity through partnership. Persons seeking more information and eligibility requirements are asked to visit www.grants.gov and search for “Belmopan.” All grant proposals must be submitted on the grants.gov website by June 4th, 2018. Depending on the availability of funds and quality of proposals, the U.S. Embassy intends to issue between three and five awards in an amount not to exceed $1,261,666 USD in total funding. Each award will be for an amount between $200,000 and $400,000. Project periods should not exceed two years, and the anticipated start date for successful proposals is September 28th, 2018.

Belize and Guatemala host Garifuna Cultural Event
A two-day event, from April 8th to 9th, was held in Guatemala City. There, Belize and Guatemala, together, held “The Belizean and Guatemalan Garifuna Culture as an Expression of Social Cohesion, Intercultural Dialogue and Promotion of Peace.” The aim of the event was to promote intercultural dialogue and a culture of peace. The event consisted of both cultural and academic presentations which were meant to showcase the historical coexistence of the communities living on the borders of Livingston and Puerto Barrios, Izabal, Guatemala, and the Toledo and Stann Creek Districts of Belize.

Rape allegations- actually a Sex Orgy
A 30-year-old Canadian national residing in Belize City reported that on Wednesday, April 4, 2018, she fell asleep while socializing with her boyfriend and others at her apartment. She later woke up to find one of the men that she was socializing with having sexual intercourse with her against her will. Since the allegation was made, police have identified one individual they were looking for. He turned himself in to police and in so doing provided officers with a cellphone video recording which contradicts what the Canadian woman was claiming. The video shows the woman along with her partner engaged in drug use as well as sexual intercourse.

How to deal with the ‘Barbarians’
Last week when Mayor Bernard Wagner announced, that he would be holding weekly Wednesday clinics at City Hall, he perhaps did not anticipate the size of the crowd that would show up. This week’s clinic was the first clinic to occur after he made the official announcement. The plan for these clinics according to Wagner was to assist the people who he referred to as the “Barbarians at the gates.” Hundreds of people lined up outside of City Hall waiting their turn to get inside to get their share of the “financial assistance,” being given out by the Mayor. We say financial assistance rather loosely because what was happening was just PUP Supporters lining up to get a handout. These people were out there doing the same thing they have done every week at Said Musa’s office. They line up and get a little handout.

BEL says BELCOGEN overcharging for electricity
Belize Electricity Limited and Belize Co-Generation Energy Limited (Belcogen) are in a commercial dispute over the rates that the nation’s electricity company is paying for the power to the ASR/BSI company for the national electricity grid. That dispute has landed in court, which will determine if Belcogen is justified in the bill it has given BEL. Readers are aware that Belcogen is the sister company to the Belize Sugar Industries Limited (BSI), which is also owned by American Sugar Refineries (ASR). It produces energy from bagasse, which is a bi-product of the sugar production. Belcogen and BEL have a power purchase agreement which dates all the way back to 2007, and in this arrangement, BEL purchases some of that power that Belcogen produces, and that power becomes a part of the national grid, which you the readers, make use of in your homes and offices.

Two-year Cooperation Agreement signed between Belize and Panama
On Friday, April 6, 2018, the Governments of Belize and the Republic of Panama signed a two-year Cooperation Agreement. That agreement is aimed at upholding and extending the mutually beneficial collaboration between the two countries. The signing of the agreement is a major advancement in the bilateral agenda between the two countries as it establishes the necessary legal framework for cooperation. Areas for cooperation set out in the agreement include health, trade, tourism, education, and culture.

Bernard Wagner writing checks to himself
He’s not in the council as the head for a month and already Bernard Wagner is doing what many consider to be scandalous. On Friday April 6th, Mayor Wagner did an extensive interview with Jules Vasquez in which he admitted to supporting the age old system of patronage established by the PUP. He admitted to being frustrated by the Wednesday clinics he’s re-established at the council and called those who come for help barbarians. Here is the transcript of the conversation: Bernard Wagner: “You will have the occasional individuals who want a little assistance. That is what a council is for.” Jules Vasquez: “On those Wednesdays I have received reports that you have to make out a cheque to yourself to give people assistance. It’s irregular.” Bernard Wagner: “It’s irregular, but it’s for the people and we are all about the people.

New executive for Belize History Association
On Saturday April 7, 2018, the Belize History Association (BHA) elected its 2018-2020 Executive Board at its General Membership Meeting in Belmopan City. This resulted in the new appointment of two junior members, Ms. Mariela Coc and Ms. Karla Pinelo, who are tasked to lead the active involvement of youths in the organization. Other members on the board were re-elected to their position to advance the BHA programs. The elected Executive Members are as follows: Chair - Dr. Abigail McKay; Vice Chair - Ms. Ifasina Efunyemi; Senior Members - Ms. Myrna Manzanarez and Mr. Jose Perera. Junior Members - Ms. Mariela Coc and Ms. Karla Pinelo

Boston Village receiving Water
Hon. Edmond Castro, Minister of Transport and NEMO as well as the area representative for Belize Rural North, is happy to share the news that the villagers of Boston Village will be receiving water services. This is being done through the collaborative efforts of the Social Investment Fund (SIF), Belize Water Services (BWS), and the Government of Belize through the minister. The three entities met and worked out an arrangement for the people of the Old Northern Highway at Boston Village to receive potable water. Consultations with the residents of Boston will begin on Saturday, April 15 starting at 2:00 p.m. Implementation of the project will follow these consultations.

CEO Caucus Cancer Awareness Ride 2018: “In It to End It”
The third annual CEO Caucus Cancer Ride took place on Saturday, April 7th, 2018. This year’s theme was “In it to End it” and highlighted childhood cancer with proceeds being donated to the Dangriga Cancer Centre. The Ride’s route was from Mile 25 on the George Price Highway to the National Agriculture and Trade Show Grounds in Belmopan and began at 6:00 a.m. with registration and an opening ceremony. The Belize Coast Guard and Belize Defence Force provided buses and a truck to transport riders and bicycles from Belize City to the starting point. NEMO and the Department of Environment also provided a truck and bus, this time to transport riders and bicycles from Belmopan to Mile 25.

What about the City Adminsitrator?
The PUP APOLOGISTS have been trying to explain away, that what is presently being done to the City Administrator has nothing to do with politics. However, Mayor Wagner rubbished their argument with one response to the following question that was asked of him by Jules Vasquez. “Can you move forward with her?” The Mayor’s response was, and we are quoting him verbatim: “The reality of it- we’ve got to be real in this business; people might say it is political victimization. The fact of the matter is that the past mayor when he undertook to give the contract to the city administrator with a term passing the life of this administration he clearly put her under significant scrutiny. It is sad, it is a sad situation; I definitely won’t put any of my city administrators in that position...”

Farmers of the Year 2018
The Ministry of Agriculture and the National Agriculture and Trade Show Committee informs the public that this year’s winners for farmers of the year 2018 in the following categories are as follows:- 1. Male farmer of the year is Mr. Baltazar Campos of Carmelita Village in the Orange Walk District 2. Female farmer of the year is Ms. Lorena Peralta of La Gracia Village in the Cayo District 3. Junior farmer of the year is Mr. Freddy Orellana of Bomba Village in the Belize District.

Guatemala goes to Referendum on Belize on April 15
Jimmy Morales, President of Guatemala, has been on a campaign throughout Guatemala. During that tour, the President used that time to educate his people of the nearing referendum, to be held on Sunday, April 15. Just over the weekend, President Morales was in Peten, Guatemala where he appeared as a guest on a TV show. That media appearance soon turned sour after the president seemed to become annoyed with the line of questioning. The reporter asked what the Government of Guatemala would be prepared to do should Belize not hold a referendum. The president answered “But if you know the answer, why don’t you tell it to them. You keep interrupting me”. After insisting that she did not intend to interrupt him, rather than to ask the necessary questions, the president responded that “This is my message to the people of Guatemala.

IOM and Galen University sign Capacity Building Cooperation
The United Nations Migration Agency (IOM) and Galen University signed a cooperation agreement on Friday, April 6th, 2018. The cooperation exists to build the capacities of state institutions, civil society organizations, international missions, academia, and the private sector. These facets will be integral in the development of the National Migration and Development Policy for Belize, being supported by IOM. The program will use a bi-modal approach to engage students in presence based workshops, as well as virtual webinars facilitated by IOM technical experts. This will allow participants to learn the main concepts and materials as well as how to apply them in the field.

Minister of National Security tours Southside Belize City Police Precincts
In an unannounced visit, the Hon. John Saldivar, Minister of National Security, toured Southside Belize City Police Precincts on April 5, 2018. The purpose of visit was to get a first-hand look of the operations being carried out by the police department in the city and to salute the men and women who patrol the city streets every night to ensure the citizens’ security. Accompanying the minister were Chief Executive Officer, Felix Enriquez, the Commissioner of Police, Allen Whylie, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Clyde Chester Williams, Southside Commander, Sr. Supt. Howell Gillett, and other senior officials of the Belize Police Department.

Mose is new CWU President, says he’s not interested in party politics
Evan “Mose” Hyde, the host of KREM’s morning television show, has won an election for the Presidency of the Christian Workers Union (CWU). He now takes over leadership of the union from the past president, Dale Trujeque, who stepped down due to personal reasons. His entry into the elections for the post came as a surprise, for many, and he has readily admitted that he decided to offer himself as a candidate very late. Hyde told the press that he agreed to run after being encouraged by his long-time friend, Deon Pitter, who is a stevedore and a member of the union. Though he did not have much time to campaign to the general membership of the CWU, he won by wide margins. He topped the poles with 328 votes, defeating Wilmore Staine, a returning candidate from last year, who got 72 votes, and Moses Sulph, who only got 39 votes.

One Struggle now in the schools
Shortly after 1 p.m. on Tuesday April 11, Aspinal Welch arrived in a vehicle to the Swift Hall at the St. Martin’s Parish in Lake Independence. He waited patiently on the passenger’s side of the vehicle as the wheels of his wheelchair were placed on the device and taken over to him. He climbed on and wheeled himself to the inside of the auditorium and waited a few minutes after which Shaphan Domingo arrived. The process was repeated and he too wheeled himself into the auditorium. The two young men were there as part of the Police Department’s outreach program where school aged children are given the opportunity to hear and see firsthand the effects of crime and violence.

Guatemala goes to referendum on Belize
Back in May 2015 Belize agreed to allow Guatemala to proceed with its referendum asking whether the people of Guatemala wish to submit the issue of the Belize/Guatemala Territorial Dispute to the International Court of Justice (ICJ). On Sunday, April 15, 2018, that referendum will be held. The question the Guatemalan Voters will be asked is, “Do you agree that any legal claim of Guatemala against Belize relating to land and insular territories and to any maritime areas pertaining to these territories should be submitted to the International Court of Justice for final settlement and that it determines finally the boundaries of the respective territories and areas of the parties?” Here in Belize we have not set a date for our referendum on the matter, when the same question will be asked of the Belizean Voters. We’ve only been told that our referendum will be held sometime after the Re-registration which occurs this year.

Cane Farmers honored with roundabout in Orange Walk
In dedication to their hard work, Hon. Elodio Aragon Jr., Minister of State in the Ministry of National Security and Orange Walk East Area Rep., is recognizing the cane farmers of Belize. Minister Aragon has said, “I recognize our cane farmers who have dedicated their lives to work hard the cane fields of Orange Walk, under the sun to provide food to their families. I know that working under the sun is no easy task; therefore I have to show my respect to our cane farmers.”

Youths prepared for the job market in Santa Elena Town
Twenty-seven youths from the Twin towns of San Ignacio and Santa Elena have successfully completed Cohort one of a Life Skills Program. The Self-Esteem, Conflict Resolution, Anger Management, Independent Living Skills—called SCAIS--is a program within the Adaptive Life Skills component of the Youth RISE Project being implemented in San Ignacio and Santa Elena and Dangriga Town through the Ministry of Human Development, Social Transformation and Poverty Alleviation.

Shelter Management and Tsunami Preparedness Workshop for Public Officers
Public Officers from many Government Offices within Belize City were asked to be part of a training workshop held on Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at the ITVET Compound. There, NEMO representatives held interactive sessions with the officers. The day-long training covered shelter management and first aid but focused on tsunami preparedness, an appropriate topic given the recent tsunami scare the country faced some months ago. Al Westby, Central Regional Coordinator, NEMO, commented that while it might not be known, trainings of this sort happen throughout the year.

Ecumenical Student is granted bail for unlawful sexual intercourse
fter almost 3-months on remand, Dangriga resident Hezron Ellis, 21-year-old student, is out on bail after he was accused of having sexual intercourse with a minor. Ellis’s bail application was heard before Supreme Court Judge Justice Marilyn Williams on Friday, April 6. Ellis was first arraigned in December 2018 and was denied bail and remanded to the Belize Central Prison but on his latest court date, there was no objection to bail by the DPP’s office. As a result, he was offered bail in the sum of $5,000 plus one surety of the same which he was able to meet.

Anke Doehm advised to appear in the June session of the Supreme Court
Anke Doehm and her husband, 56-year-old John David Doehm (now deceased), were jointly charged with the offense of child neglect in the death of their adopted daughter. Their daughter, 13-year-old Fay Lin Cannon, died under questionable circumstances in July 2017 in San Pedro. In October 2017, months after securing Supreme Court bail, John Doehm took his own life after inhaling nitrogen while inside Room #523 at the Hotel Princess and Casino. In December 2017 after receiving disclosure in the matter, the case Anke Doehm was set for PI but it was not until about a month ago that the case underwent the PI and was sent up to the Supreme Court for trial for child cruelty against 13-year-old Cannon.

Armando Trapp shot in San Pedro
On Sunday April 8, 2018 at 7:50 p.m., police visited the San Pedro Poly Clinic where they saw Armando Trapp, a 25-year-old Belizean construction worker of DFC Area, San Pedro Town, suffering from several apparent gunshot wounds to his body. Initial investigations revealed that about 7:30 p.m., Trapp went downstairs of his residence for his bicycle and whilst there, he was approached by a male person who fired several gunshots in his direction causing his injuries. Trapp was transported to the San Pedro Poly Clinic and later to the K.H.M.H. where he was admitted in a stable condition. One person has been detained but no arrests have yet been made. Police are investigating.

Robbery in Belmopan leads to the arrest of Shane Harris
About 1:15 p.m. on April 6, 2018, police responded to a report of a robbery in progress on Zennia Street in the Cohune Walk Area in Belmopan. Upon arrival, the officers saw a white two-door cargo truck parked in front of Carrie Four Store. Initial investigations revealed that Luis Sutherland, a 70-year-old Belizean driver of Belize City, was inside the truck when he was approached by a male person who demanded that he open the door. Sutherland refused and the male person drew a black firearm and once again demanded Sutherland to open the door.

Canadian national raped in Belize City
A 30-year-old Canadian national residing in Belize City reported that on Wednesday, April 4, 2018, she fell asleep while socializing with her boyfriend and others at her apartment. She later woke up to find one of the men that she was socializing with having sexual intercourse with her against her will. Police are investigating but so far no one has been arrested.

Civilian attacks police and is shot in Corozal
At 1:25 p.m. on Sunday, April 8, 2018, police received reports of domestic violence taking place in San Andres Village, Corozal District. Acting upon that information, they visited the Dominguez residence where they were informed that there was no such report. Whilst there Alejandro Dominguez, a 25-year-old man who was apparently under the influence of alcohol, attacked the police with a machete. As a result, the police fired a warning shot in the air but Dominguez continued advancing towards them. The police then fired a shot at Dominguez which caught him to the right knee. He was transported to the Corozal Community Hospital where he was admitted in a stable condition. Police investigations continue.

Four charged for drug bust at Northern Border
At about 9 p.m. on Wednesday, April 4, 2018, Corozal police intercepted 2 vehicles at the Northern border. The passengers in the vehicles were travelling from Chetumal to Belize when they were intercepted. Searches were conducted in both vehicles that led to the discovery of multiple parcels of cannabis. In the spare tire of the first vehicle, a Ford Escape, police found 24 parcels of suspected cannabis which amounted to 20.4 kilos. Police also found 28 rounds of 380 Aguila brand of ammunition. This vehicle was being driven by Blancaneaux Maudel who was accompanied by Michelle Benguche.

Herman Reyes pleads guilty to possession of marijuana
Herman Casian Reyes, a 54-year-old laborer of a Lacroix Boulevard address, is out on bail for the offense of drug trafficking. After spending one night in lockdown, Reyes was arraigned before Chief Magistrate Sharon Fraser where he was read a single charge of possession of a controlled drug with the intent to supply another person or persons. According to police, the bust occurred on Thursday, April 5, 2018 at Reyes’s residence. Police attached to the Special Patrol Unit executed a search. In a chest of drawers, they found a black plastic bag containing a green leafy substance suspected to be cannabis.

Leeroy Haylock killed in San Pedro
Police have one person detained for questioning in the murder of 22 year-old Leeroy Haylock, also known as “Brian”, or “Fraud”. He was found stabbed to death on San Pedro, in an area known as “Tres Cocos”, which is several miles north of the island’s downtown area. The cops say that at around 12:30 a.m. on Friday, April 16, they responded to reports of noise coming from an abandoned lot near the seaside. Islanders say that this location is a place where couples often go for some privacy, since it is a beachfront area, with a clear view of the island’s coast.

Unlawful Sexual Intercourse in Seine Bight
On Tuesday, April 3, 2018, a 14-year-old Belizean student of Seine Bight Village reported to police, in the presence of a social worker, that she had sexual intercourse with a male person of Seine Bight Village. She admitted that it happened on two separate occasions, once in August 2017 and again on December 25, 2017 at his residence in Seine Bight Village. A medical examination was conducted where medical officer confirmed that the female minor was carnally known and is 17-weeks pregnant. Police investigations continue.

Belize at COCABA U-15 Championship in El Salvador
The Belize Basketball Federation is being represented at the 2018 COCABA U-15 Championship in San Salvador, El Salvador, from April 11-15, 2018. The U- 15 team, which is made up of twelve players and 3 officials, left the country on Tuesday 10th April for the games. The team is scheduled to play its first game against Panama on Wednesday. The players on the team are: Franklin Andrews (Sacred Heart College), Marquest Arnold (Wesley College), Leroy Betson (St. Ignatius Primary School), Kyle Castillo (St. Ignatius Primary School), Trevaun Gamboa (Nazarene High School), Jaylen Faber (St. John’s College), Jalil Jex (Corozal Community College), Kimo Jolly (Mount Carmel High School), Izid Lopez (St. John’s College), Nikao Martinez (Florida, USA), Isaiah Pascual (Orange Walk Technical High School) and Charles Zabaneh (Stann Creek Ecumenical College).

City youth shoot hoops, not guns
In the Police Department’s Sprite Eastern Division Youth Basketball Cup Tournament 2018, 150 young men decided to shoot hoops, not guns, and play positive basketball games. The games exist as a positive outlet of intervention through sports to dissuade youths from committing acts of crime and violence. The participants of the tournament ranged from 16 to 40 who made up 13 basketball teams from different high risk communities of Belize City. The games were played at the Buttonwood Bay basketball court on Saturday, April 7. In the 1st game, Complex Admirals, who scored 89 points, competed against Park Ballarz, who scored 73 points. Brothers Akeem Baptist & Raheem Baptist top scored with 24 points each. The second game saw Freetown Hitters competing against 3rd World Avengers with Freetown Hitters winning by default.

Griga Dream Ballers is new leader in Pepsi Elite Basketball League competition
The Pepsi Elite Basketball League competition resumed after the Easter break last weekend with three games on the schedule. On Saturday 7th April, at the Sacred Heart College Auditorium in San Ignacio Town, the visiting Dangriga Dream Ballers eliminated the host team Verdes from any playoffs hope by the score of ho scored 21 points, 2 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals70-68. The top scorers for the Dangriga Dream Ballers were Edgar Mitchell with 12 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists and a steal; Daniel Conorquie with 11 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals and Tahj Wells with 10 points, 5 rebounds and 1 steal and Devis Guzman who also scored 10 points to go along with his 9 rebounds. For the Verdes team, the top scorers were Isaiah Thomas with 27 points, 8 rebounds and a steal and Darnell Oden who scored 13 points and 8 rebounds.

Central Christian School girls and Salvation Army School boys win the Belize City Primary Schools softball competition
The Belize City Primary Schools Softball Competition came to an end on Monday 9th April, 2018, at Rogers Stadium in Belize City. In the girls’ championship game played, Central Christian School defeated St. John’s Primary School by the score of 8-1. The winning pitcher was Yasmin Weir and the losing pitcher was Joyce Brown.

Unitedville Rebels United to defend Cayo Softball title
The 2018 Cayo Softball Association Senior Women’s Competition commenced on Sunday 8th April, at the Raymond Garbutt Softball Field in Roaring Creek Village with three games on the schedule. In the third and final game of the day, the defending champions Unitedville Rebels United opened its defence of its title when it edged out the perennial champions Roaring Creek Grace Kennedy by the score of 9-8.

Verdes FC and Belmopan Bandits SC play to a draw
The Premier League of Belize Closing Season Tournament continued over the weekend with four games on the schedule. On Sunday 8th April, at the Norman Broaster Stadium in San Ignacio Town, the defending champions Verdes FC and the league’s leading Belmopan Bandits SC played to a 1-1 draw. The defending champions Verdes FC was the first to make it onto the scoreboard when Krisean Lopez scored his team’s only goal of the game in the 2nd minute of play to give his team a 1-0 lead. The visiting Belmopan Bandits SC was able to tie the score at 1-1 when Rony Flores scored the equalising goal in the 25th minute of play. The defence for both teams played up to expectations as nobody gave up anything else for the rest of the game.

Straight Like That 3
Xavier Dominguez and Robert met by chance on Cericote Street in the Louisiana Area of Orange Walk Town last Friday and started to chat. Dominguez is a long –time UDP supporter from the days of Nacho Vega. This is what I was told of that conversation. “Burt,” said Dominguez, “looks like a Trump/ Clinton thing caught us on March 7. We thought we were going to win, but we lost badly. Did you notice how all the former East representatives and candidates ganged up on the campaign trail to try bring down Aragon? Check it out: The PUP had Dave Burgos, Marco Tulio, and Long- sleeve Carballo campaigning for them in our area. Even Landy was out there for the PUP. After all the things “el gandido” has said about the PUP in the past...

Woman critical following Accident on the Northern Highway
At about 3:30 p.m. on April 6, 2018, police responded to a report of a road traffic accident between miles 50 and 51 on the Phillip Goldson Highway. Upon arrival at the scene, they observed an extensively damaged grey Chevrolet Tracker flipped over. Victoria Garcia, a 33-year-old Belizean domestic of a Progresso, Cayo District address was seen suffering from a cut wound to her forehead, abrasion to the left side of her face, and in an unconscious state. Carlos Arturo Sabtos, a 21-year-old Belizean laborer of the same address, complained of pain to his lower back.

Belize City youth tour Maskall farms
On Friday, April 6, Commander of Eastern Division South, Sr. Spt. Howell Gillett, and staff took 25 children from various neighborhoods on the Southside of Belize City on a tour to different farms in Maskall Village, Belize District. The purpose of the trip was to open the minds of the young men and women to see that there are many alternatives to crime. The participants saw the production of sweet peppers, tomatoes, and watermelon. They also saw the cheese making process. Minister Edmond Castro and his Maskall Clear the Land Committee had the pleasure of hosting and catering for Sr. Spt. Gillett and his guests.

3 separate house fires destroy three homes
After receiving information of a house fire on Flamboyant Street on Wednesday, April 4, 2018, police visited the location. Upon arrival, they observed an unpainted 30’ x 40’ bungalow house, made from plycem and cement, completely destroyed by fire. The fire was already extinguished by fire personnel. Police spoke to Joseph Gabourel, a 43-year-old Belizean maintenance worker of a Flamboyant Street address who stated that while he was sleeping in his room, he was awakened by the smell of smoke. Upon making checks, he saw smoke coming from the room on the western part of the house. The house and its contents were destroyed and were valued at $30,000.00. Police investigations continue.

Seven Illegal Immigrants in Court
An Immigration sweep at nightclubs led to the detention of 14 women from Fox’s, Eruption, Long Island, and Dream Like City nightclubs. These fourteen women were all undocumented waitresses and bargirls from Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador. Of the 14 women, 7 appeared in court on Tuesday, April 10 and while the Immigration officers were unable to prove that the women worked at the bars, they were charged with the offenses of illegal immigration of failure to comply with the conditions of a visitor’s permit.

Pen Cayetano Wins Lifetime Achievement Award
Delvin Cayetano, known affectionately as “Pen”, is a Belizean painter but is known so much more for his accomplishments in the Punta Rock genre. He has even been accredited for the creation of Punta Rock, the traditional Punta rhythm of the Garinagu people. The genre was created in 1978 by Cayetano and remains the traditional music that developed among the Garinagu people of Belize, Guatemala, and Honduras. Pen has made another great achievement for himself. Quite recently, he won the 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award. This award was given at the Garifuna Music Award Show, an esteemed and celebrated event held in Bronx, New York. The show was held on April 8 at the Bronx Music Heritage Center.

Words of Life With Pastor Barry Fraser
In Ephesians 4:29-32, the apostle Paul writes: “Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them. And do not grieve God’s Holy Spirit by the way you live…. Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of malicious behavior. Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.”

The Ship has sailed
As the audacity and magnitude of the land scandal perpetuated by two former PUP Ministers of Natural Resources is bared with each passing day, people in my town are venturing myriad of motives behind these atrocious and despicable deeds. They say that only an unhinged person would have done such contemptible acts in granting miles of prime land to an American and a Guatemalan citizen for pittances. There must have been an ulterior motive. Some people have suggested that the grants at the Miller’s Bight Estates, Progresso, San Pedro, and Sarteneja, are for future land speculation to be parceled out and sold to Orangewalkeños, Corozaleños and San Pedranos as house lots which will rake in millions to the beneficiaries of Briceño’s and Marin’s largesse and recklessness with our national patrimony. Others have said that both former Cabinet Ministers were privy to reports of possible oil deposits in these areas and were thinking Billions instead of millions.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Dr. Alain Gonzalez fired from KHMH after 10 years on the job with no warning and no notice!
Former UDP Belize City Councilor, Dr. Alaine Gonzalez, was fired last week from the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital […]

Guatemala congressman confuses Belize with Brazil – Tells Guatemalan Congress that ‘Brazil es Nuestro’
A video of Guatemala Congressman Estuardo Galdámez speaking to Congress about the Belize/Guatemala territorial dispute […]

“Tourism sector to break more records,” says BTB
The Belize Tourism Board (BTB) at the release of its latest tourist arrival statistics this […]

Police issues report on woman that was killed in Belize City last night
Last night around 8:20, Belize City police visited the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital and saw Marcia Melisa Downs,37, […]

Gunmen rob and terrorize family in Ladyville
Shortly before 9 last night, a family of 3 in Ladyville Village reported to authorities that […]

Mark Gentle charged for drug trafficking
Yesterday morning around 8, San Ignacio Police were on a mobile patrol within Santa Elena Town […]

Guest Service Professional Certification training to be held in Belize City
The Radisson Fort George Hotel and Marina in Belize City is hosting a Guest Service […]

Country Level Engagement and Assistance to Reduce Child Labour (CLEAR II) Project launched
The Ministry of Labour, Local Government and Rural Development along with Winrock International hosted a […]

Belize Infrastructure Limited issues statement on civic center contract
Belize Infrastructure Limited (BIL) issued a statement today saying that it dispels any notion that […]

Thirteen girls charged for damage to Youth Hostel
Last week, BBN reported that some girls had wrecked a dorm at the Youth Hostel. […]

Southside officers get new law books
Yesterday, Attorney General Micheal Peyrefitte donated a total of $5,000 worth of current editions of […]

Another woman, Marcia Downs, murdered in Belize City
Our newsroom has confirmed that Marcia Downs died last night while receiving medical treatment at […]

Blogs

Spring Mystery Fruit on Ambergris Caye: Mamey
Early spring sees green plums…and then green mango, sapodilla, star apples, custard apples and now…MAMEY. Say it MAH-may. A fruit that almost looks like a dirty too-evenly shaped potato. A fruit SO beautiful on the inside has very little “curb appeal”. The mamey fruit is the Pouteria Sapota and native to this area – Cuba and Central America. A gorgeous big dark green leaved tree that grows on the Belize mainland. We have the red mamey but there are also yellow mameys. I’ve only run into those ONCE. On the island of Guanaja (one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever visited MINUS the killer sand flies)… They called it Cannonball Fruit.

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Caribbean Rum and Beer Festival
We would like your help in choosing the host country for the 2019 Caribbean Rum & Beer Festiva. Tell us the reason for your country of choice and get a chance to be a guest at the 2019 Festival.

8 Groundbreaking Garifuna Figures You Should Know
Garifuna is both a language (a dialect) and a group of people. The Garinagu – the plural form of Garifuna – are indigenous, mixed-race descendants of West African, Island Carib, and Arawak people. In 1635, escaped and shipwrecked Africans found refuge on the island of Saint Vincent and intermarried with the Island Caribs and the Arawaks, resulting in the Garifuna people. The Garinagu resisted European control and in 1796, they fled to Roatán, one of the bay islands off the coast of Honduras. Eventually, they settled on the shores of Honduras on April 12, 1797. In 1832, during the republic revolt in Honduras, several Garinagu left for other Central American countries – settling in Belize on November 19 and in Guatemala on November 26. These dates mark each country’s Garifuna Settlement Day. As we celebrate Settlement Day in Honduras, we’re looking at eight heroic and inspiring Garinagu – all of whom have fought for us and our culture.

¿Belice o Belize? ¿Cómo estarían los beliceños si fueran guatemaltecos?
Cuando niño todos los mapas impresos de Guatemala traían incluido a Belice, con c. Y en un rótulo claramente visible se leía :“Belice es nuestro”. El Congreso aprobó de manera inconstitucional llevar a consulta popular un acuerdo que ni es definitivo ni provee solución a nuestro conflicto territorial con Belize, con z, producto de un conflicto entre imperios que data del año 1588 cuando Inglaterra derrotó a la “Armada Invencible” de Felipe II de España. Y en los subsecuentes siglos dentro del conflicto por los territorios españoles en América los intereses coloniales de Inglaterra se vieron afectados por el nacimiento de una nueva potencia, los Estados Unidos de América, lo que al final de cuentas representa el meollo del asunto, la seguridad estratégica de la potencia.

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  • Guatemalan Referendum - Where do we go from Here?, 58min. on Open Your Eyes

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  • Rosewood Estate - San Pedro, Belize, 1.5min.

  • Expedition Divers - Beauty of Giant Cave on DPV Dive in Belize, 3min. We've been coming back to Belize for several years now, and it was yet again a fantastic trip enjoying the magnificent caves together with our good buddy and godfather of Giant Cave, Chip, and his awesome crew at Belize Diving Services.

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