C.G.A. Fighting to Save Plant World Nursery from Receivership
There is mounting trouble in the citrus industry in the south. Already facing a significant decline in production, down to three million boxes, the news tonight is that the Citrus [...]
Citrus Greening Takes Toll on Industry
Citrus production will see a sharp decline of almost seven hundred thousand boxes of oranges this year, down from three point two million in 2017. That downturn is being attributed [...]
How Nursery Can Still Save Citrus
Despite its financial woes, all is not doom and gloom in the citrus industry. There is optimism to report from the Plant World Nursery project. C.E.O. Anderson believes that once [...]
Trio Including Belizeans Held for Out-of-Season Lobster in Guatemala
We regularly report on nationals of Guatemala and Honduras caught in Belizean waters with illegally captured produce, but rarely in the other direction. But according to Guatemalan media reports, on [...]
No More ‘Southside’ – Police Regions Now Numbered
What’s in a name? Just ask the Belize Police Department. They say they want to help to eliminate the stigma associated with what’s known as the “south side” and they [...]
Guat F.M. Says Voter Turnout Performed Well
Guatemala’s Minister of Foreign Affairs on Monday further discussed her country’s participation in Sunday’s referendum. As has been widely noted, about twenty-seven percent of the population voted in the referendum [...]
Ex-Belize F.M. Not Impressed
Senior attorney Lisa Shoman, who has served as Minister of Foreign Affairs under Said Musa’s administration and has been an ambassador to the United States and permanent representative to the [...]
City Admin Plans Lawsuit over Suspension
City Administrator Candice Miller, we understand, is preparing to file suit against the Belize City Council, challenging her suspension from her duties. Miller was sent home on April fifth on [...]
Calling the Next Miss Belize Universe
The Miss Universe Organization is searching for the next Belizean beauty ambassador to participate in the 2018 Miss Universe Pageant. A team from the U.S., dubbed Miss Universe Belize Organization, [...]
New Organization, New Opportunities for Pageant
It is well known that the pageant has been mired in scandals. It took almost a decade before the ban was lifted from Belize, allowing a delegate in the international [...]
Vigil Continues for Hit and Run Victim Cristian “Swanka” Charles
It’s been four days since twenty-six-year-old Christian Charles was knocked down and left for dead near the Burrell Boom Bridge in rural Belize District. Swanka, as he is affectionately known, [...]
Accused Killer of Panamanian Diplomat in 2014 Awaits Fate
Now twenty-three years of age, he was only a teenager when he was accused of killing a Panamanian diplomat in what he called self-defense. The murder trial of Wilser Echevarria [...]
Teen Owns Up to Stolen Fishing Rods
A Honduran teenager from the Belama area admitted to handling two stolen fishing rods belonging to a Customs officer. According to Rudolph Williams, someone broke into his parked red Jeep [...]
Teacher’s Vehicle Shot Up in Belmopan
Belmopan police are investigating a shooting incident that occurred on Friday morning on Macaw Avenue. Around twelve-fifteen a.m., Ysela Logan says she was awoken by the sound of gunshots just [...]
Police Forced to Shoot Valley of Peace Man During Operation
A criminal and an internal investigation is ongoing following a shooting incident in Valley of Peace, Cayo where a police officer shot a resident. According to police, officers were conducting [...]
Extent of Guatemalan Claim a Matter for I.C.J., Guat Foreign Minister Proposes
Exactly what does Guatemala claim of Belize? We’ve all heard the differing stories – the whole of Belize’s eight thousand plus square miles of territory; or only that portion south [...]
It’s Time to Separate Bilateral Relations from Claim Issue
With Belize’s referendum date not set, and a potential trip to The Hague still a few years away, Belize and Guatemala must continue to co-exist as neighbors and tackle important [...]
Referendum Finances Not Yet Confirmed
With a budget for the 2018 fiscal calendar in place, one that does not include allocations for a public education campaign ahead of the pending referendum, just how much is [...]
Inside the Squatting Situation in Belmopan
On Tuesday night, we shared the story about the squatters who have brazenly settled in a reserved piece of land in Belmopan. They were given fourteen days to move out [...]
Operation ACT Moves into Majestic-Jungle Area
Tensions are high in the Majestic Alley-Jungle area. A spate of shootings and murders associated with the gangs in those areas has led to an increased hostility. Now, Police say [...]
Meet and Greet Back on Jane Usher Boulevard
Today, cops were visiting residents in the Jane Usher Boulevard area in their meet and greet sessions. Things have been relatively calm in this area since more boots were put [...]
Southside police Command improves working environment for officers
The Command of the Southside Belize City police is delivering on its promise to provide proper shelter in the form of police booths to officers stationed in different areas throughout that division. The first to receive one of these booths are those officers assigned at the corner West Canal and Rocky Road. And their need …
Friendly basketball competition held at CIVIC
The first sporting event at the Belize City Civic Center since its completion took place today. This was a friendly basketball competition between a few participating Belize City High Schools. Minister of Education, Patrick Faber explained why it was important that the first event at the Civic was for the youths. Patrick Faber, Deputy Prime …
More business owners team up with BPD
There are additional incentives being procured by the Southside Commander from the business community in Belize City. Walter Campos of Dibary Group of Companies signed an agreement with Senior Superintendent Howell Gillet today which will see the police Officer of the Month from April to December receive a gift certificate. Senior Superintendent Howell Gillett:“Dibary contacted us …
Police to extend GREAT Program to inmates
Commander Gillett has also established a working relationship with the Wagner’s Youth Facility at the Belize Central Prison. Today he addressed the inmates on a number of things including conflict resolution, anger management, bullying and gang violence. According to the Commander, the department will extend its work with the inmates by introducing the Gang Resistance …
Community/Police relationship healing?
And what of the relationship between the police and residents in these areas of focus? As the public may recall, following the spate of shootings on the weekend of March 17 in which Kendis Flowers was gunned down, uncertainty covered the City. Residents of Mayflower Street in particular were at odds with police and expressed …
Dr. Candice Pitts vs Gilroy Usher for Port Loyola?
It is convention season for the People’s United Party and some members have begun to apply to contest conventions for several divisions. In Belize City we noted that the recently elected councilor, Dr. Candice Pitts is making a move in the Port Loyola Division. Dr. Pitts has begun her campaign to run in that division …
Who will replace Gaspar Vega in OW North for the UDP?
Orange Walk North Area representative, Gaspar Vega previously announced that he would not seek re-election. It is not expected that he will contest the next general elections and word is that at least two men, Dr. Homero Novelo and Ravell Gonzalez are considering replacing Vega for the UDP. PUP Leader John Briceno says it does …
Arthur Saldivar wants back in the PUP
We also asked the Party Leader about Arthur Saldivar. He was ousted from the People’s United Party in 2014 but, it seems that Saldivar wants back in. In an interview with the media last week, Saldivar announced that he will run in Belmopan and presumably under the blue banner. Reporter: Arthur Saldivar who just came …
CEMO prepares for the hurricane season
With the start of the hurricane season less than two months away, the Belize City Council is holding several workshops for its City Emergency Management Organization (CEMO). On February 7, CEMO held its 6th annual symposium; however, that was under the previous administration. Love News caught up with Councilor Michael Noralez, who is in charge …
BTL and BCWU sign CBA
Today, Belize Telemedia Limited (BTL) and the Belize Communication Workers Union (BCWU) signed a Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA). Love News was there and spoke with Stephen Yarwood, President of the BCWU who said overall the union is happy with the outcome of the CBA. Stephen Yarwood, President BCWU: “This year one of the things that …
Police interventions extended to Majestic Alley and Jungle crews
Another area of focus for the Department is the tensions that have risen between the Majestic Alley and Jungle crews. These are located in Region 2 division of the City and according to DCP Williams, it is something that the Department is taking very seriously. DCP Chester Williams, Operations Commander: “I will tell you that …
Mayor Kevin Bernard for Orange Walk East?
In Orange Walk, Mayor Kevin Bernard has begun his campaign to run against the UDP’s Elodio Aragon Junior. But before he reaches that stage, he will need to defeat one of his own. Orange Walk Town Councillor, Josue Carballo also his eyes on Orange Walk East and today we asked PUP Leader John Briceno about …
Belize City divisions renamed, Police wants to eliminate stigma
It has been over three weeks that the Belize Police Department re-strategized its operations in what was formerly known as Southside Belize City. We say formerly because, as of today, the Belize Police Department has renamed that area and the Eastern Division Region 1, the Northside has been renamed to Region 2 and the rural …
PUP Leader says ‘yes’ to the ICJ
On Sunday one point eight million citizens in Guatemala voted in favor of taking their claim on Belize to the International Court of Justice. That one point eight million represents ninety-six percent approval rate out of the total number of citizens who participated, which is one point nine million. That figure represents twenty-six percent of …
Southside police Command improves working environment for officers
The Command of the Southside Belize City police is delivering on its promise to provide proper shelter in the form of police booths to officers stationed in different areas throughout that division. The first to receive one of these booths are those officers assigned at the corner West Canal and Rocky Road. And their need for the new space was urgent since last Sunday’s change in weather ripped the tent the teams used as shelter …
Friendly basketball competition held at CIVIC
The first sporting event at the Belize City Civic Center since its completion took place today. This was a friendly basketball competition between a few participating Belize City High Schools. Minister of Education, Patrick Faber explained why it was important that the first event at the Civic was for the youths.
More business owners team up with BPD
There are additional incentives being procured by the Southside Commander from the business community in Belize City. Walter Campos of Dibary Group of Companies signed an agreement with Senior Superintendent Howell Gillet today which will see the police Officer of the Month from April to December receive a gift certificate.
Police to extend GREAT Program to inmates
Commander Gillett has also established a working relationship with the Wagner’s Youth Facility at the Belize Central Prison. Today he addressed the inmates on a number of things including conflict resolution, anger management, bullying and gang violence. According to the Commander, the department will extend its work with the inmates by introducing the Gang Resistance Education and Training (GREAT) program in the facility.
Breaking Belize News
Belize Airport Authority shares updates on Caye Caulker Airstrip
The Belize Airport Authority (BAA), the local body responsible for the security, maintenance, and expansion […]
Police renames Southside to Eastern Division Region 1
Today, Howell Gillett, Commander of Southside, Belize City informed the media that the Belize Police […]
Chester Williams to be new commissioner of police
BBN has been reliably informed of yet another major shakeup in the Belize Police Department. […]
Valley of Peace resident shot by police
Cayo police are investigating an incident in which a Valley of Peace villager was shot […]
Orange Walk businesswoman robbed last night
Police are investigating the robbery of a businesswoman from Orange Walk. Francis Yvonne Reynoso, 37, […]
Gwen Lizarraga teachers stage sit-out
About 25 teachers from the Gwen Lizarraga highschool staged a sit-out on Tuesday morning as […]
Extension of issuance for fishing licenses
The Belize Fisheries Department is reminding the public that it will cease the issuance/renewal of […]
Belize Bird Rescue Center – BBN’s organization of the week
The Belize Bird Rescue Center is a non-governmental organization founded in 2004 and has been […]
Patrick Faber says if Belizeans vote NO to ICJ; that is final
On Sunday, Guatemala held its national referendum in which about 26% of their voting population […]
United Kingdom congratulates Guatemala; encourages Belize to conduct referendum
The United Kingdom has congratulated Guatemala for holding its national referendum and is encouraging Belize […]
Southwest Airlines allegedly loses prosthetic foot destined for elderly Belizean woman
A woman from Florida, USA is angry at Southwest Airlines and demanding a complementary round-trip […]
CNBC highlights Belize as top Central American travel destination
Globally renowned news organization CNBC, in a recently published travel writing article, named Belize as […]
NEMO teaching disaster preparation to primary schools
By BBN Staff:On Friday, April 13, an educational presentation on Disaster Management was made to upper division students […]
Dude…Where’s My Sargasso? The Beach Clears…For Now
Sunday and early Monday morning a strange weather pattern swept parts of the US – snow storms, a blizzard (!!!!), heavy rain and strong winds. A strange mid-April cold front that reached all the way to Belize.
We are accustomed to colder weather in January and February – a few days here and there of temps dipping in the 60s but APRIL? Just as temperatures were sky rocketing? So nutty. We had a bit of rain (the first water falling from the sky in almost 2 months), crazy strong winds that took down some trees on parts of the island…
But the north winds did something awesome. They blew much of the sargasso that has been plaguing our beaches out to sea.
Not ALL but most…
We've been busy at CBC, and the secret is out, we opened our 2nd hotel in Belize!
Although the staff at CBC have known about the new hotel for about 2 months now, we were only able to start talking about it in the last two weeks!! What a crazy 4 weeks it has been!!
The old Casitas Tres Cocos, about a mile north of the bridge, was a gorgeous, boutique hotel built with an amazing aesthetic eye....I remember the first time I saw it in early 2017, I was in awe and I had a bit of FOMO wanting to stay there! They had a super fun, cozy-but-yet-sexy swim up bar, and it all just had the right "feel" to it - that feeling that everything is just right, very comfortable and pleasing to the eye.
We were so fortunate it came on the market, and when we realized - hey, this place has the same feel as CBC, what an amazing sister resort this could be! We put a bid in, and wow, it all worked out!!!
What to Do in the Rainforest in Belize
WestJet Magazine, the in-flight publication of WestJet Airlines, recently recommended visiting the rainforest in Belize. WestJet currently offers non-stop service from Toronto to Belize. In an article published on March 15, 2017, WestJet magazine described some of the many exciting things to do in the rainforest in Belize.
If you are interested in exploring the rainforest in Belize, here are four things that WestJet magazine recommended that you include on your vacation:
The Perfect One Week Belize Itinerary
If you've only got one week to spend in the tropical paradise that is Belize, why not visit the best of both worlds? Our all-inclusive Belize vacation packages include time on both the pristine mainland as well as a sojourn to the fabulous offshore islands and Caribbean beaches.
Belize is a small country in Central America just 2-5 hours' flying time from major cities across the United States and Canada.
Visit Tikal from Belize
One of the most photographed sites on the planet, the soaring temples of Tikal in Guatemala were declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979. Believed to have once dominated much of the region during the heyday of the ancient Maya civilization, Tikal is one of the best-preserved and largest Maya city-states ever discovered.
Tikal is a Maya term meaning "City of Echoes," an apt name for this vast stone complex in the jungle that measures more than 21 square miles (55 square kilometers) in size. Most famous for its seven enormous temples, including Temple IV which rises more than 230 feet (70 meters) into the air, Tikal was once home to a population of more than 100,000 people. Other significant features include the "Mundo Perdido" (Lost World) ceremonial complex adjacent to the temples, ball courts, and enormous causeways.
Belize: A Senior-Friendly Travel Destination
No matter what your age, the urge to explore this amazing planet never disappears. But as we get older, traveling can present some unique challenges. At Caves Branch Jungle Lodge, we believe that traveling is beneficial for people of all ages. In fact, we don't think that you have to wait until you're retired to travel - all you need is a passport and a curiosity to explore the world!
As Rick Steves said, "Travel is the fountain of youth," and we heartily agree. We believe that you're never too old to travel, and if there's anything that will help keep you feeling and looking young (and young at heart!), it's traveling around the world.
Indeed, scientific studies have shown that traveling offers a number of health benefits for seniors. Exploring new cultures, meeting new people, and navigating new worlds helps keep the mind sharp, active, and engaged.
Nature in Belize
Perhaps the greatest attraction in Belize is the country's pristine nature. Belize is predominately a rural country that is just a bit smaller than the state of Vermont but with less than 400,000 residents. Just a short flight away from the United States and Canada, Belize is an English-speaking country where travelers can explore rainforests, jungles, mountains, waterfalls, caves, caverns, rivers, islands, and the largest coral reef system in the northern hemisphere.
Belize’s Intriguing Cave Systems
Riddled with holes in the ground and caverns under the earth, Belize boasts one of the largest cave systems in Central America. Some might wonder as to how important caves are to Belize…here are a few of our favourites and we hope that you will find them as fascinating as we do- fascinating enough to plan a visit to one of them on your next trip to Belize! Caving was first introduced to Belizean tourism in the mid 90’s by Ian Anderson who, while exploring the area caves & rivers, thought to share the excitement of these new adventures with friends & visitors alike. The caving culture exploded into one of the Top Adventure activities for visitors to Belize and has become the bread & butter of many tour operators in the country. The caves of Belize offer a list of alluring adventures for the adrenaline junkies-looking for something different!
AMBERGRIS CAYE – A BELIZEAN DREAM
Warm turquoise waters, white sands, and rainbow-colored buildings welcome you to the tropical Belizean paradise that is Ambergris Caye. This 25-mile-long, 1-mile-wide island is just a 10 minute flight from Belize City and is well-worth a visit. The most efficient way to get to Ambergris Caye is a quick flight from Belize International Airport to San Pedro Airport on the island. There are two airline options, Tropic Air and Maya Island Air. Both have similar ratings and flight schedules. From the small San Pedro Airport, you can walk outside to a cab to your hotel. Note that there are a set number of cars allowed on the island, by permit only. To get around, you can easily walk or rent a golf cart or bike.
The northern and southern parts of the island are conjoined by a bridge. Most stay in San Pedro, the main part of the island (south of the bridge) which is also where the airport is located.
7 beautifully convincing reasons why Belize should be your next destination
Perched on the eastern coast of Central America, with beautiful Caribbean Sea shorelines to the east and dense lush jungle to the west, Belize’s is slowly rising through the ranks to become a must-see destination for independent travellers to this corner of the globe. Sparsely populated but friendly and welcoming with numerous hotels, restaurants and a reliable public transport system, it’s also becoming an increasingly easier place to visit. The scenery is also truly spectacular with thick tropical forests enveloping much of the country’s southern and western regions flanked by the imposing Maya Mountains and superb sandy beaches and a sublime tropical underworld just waiting to be explored! Our guest blogger and Belize fan Travasha from Lifeofasassystew.com gives us her reasons why this extraordinary country should be on everyone’s travel list…
Giant Guatemalan Land Grab
The Guatemalan government has claimed that 98 percent of all registered Guatemalans have voted for taking a long standing border dispute between Guatemala and Belize to the International Court of Justice (ICJ). There are just two things wrong with this whole voting process. First, there were many Guatemalans who were not registered to vote, and so they were not counted nor was their sentiment counted for what they thought of the decision. Second, the vast majority of registered voters actually stayed home and therefore did not vote. We know what their sentiments are—they see the whole border dispute as an attempt to grab Belize’s land and that it had nothing to do with settling a border dispute or with justice. Actually, the Guatemalan government had taken those who did vote and those who voted “yes” for taking the whole so-called border dispute to the ICJ as a mandate so that Guatemala can grab Belize land.
Professor Creates an Incredible Way to Learn Culture in Belize
Matthew DeYoung has been a college professor for the last six years. Last year, he saw the need for a new way to teach cultural intelligence and with the help and support of Grace Bible College he created BluDot Global, an organization committed to teaching cultural intelligence. De Young explains: "I think this trip says a lot about how special Grace Bible College is; Very few colleges or universities would have allowed me the freedom to follow this dream and build something this unique." When he approached Grace Bible College about moving to Belize and developing a trip that helped students develop their cultural intelligence they were amazingly supportive of the idea. Dr. Scott Shaw of Grace Bible College says that the college supports him. Dr. Shaw went on the first trip. He explained, "It was really a special experience that will allow students to have a really unique, life-changing experience."
Woman claims Southwest Airlines lost her mother's prosthetic foot
A Florida woman is angry that she had to do some sole searching when she flew to visit her elderly mother.
Margaret Crawford is claiming that Southwest Airlines lost luggage containing her 97-year-old mother’s new prosthetic foot for almost two weeks, WFLA reported Tuesday.
Margaret Crawford flew from Tampa International Airport to Belize on March 30. After discovering that the luggage containing the prosthetic foot was lost, she remained in contact with Southwest Airlines. The airline called daily to update Crawford, she told the television station, but it wasn’t until she returned to Tampa that the luggage was found in Atlanta.
‘Black face’ play sparks fury in Belize during Guatemala referendum campaign
A play produced and performed in Guatemala about Belizeans, depicting them with “black face” masks – a racial epithet – has sparked fury and outrage on the part of Belizeans, who see the play as outdated, with some saying it masks an internal threat to Belize from the Guatemalan government and people, particularly during the period leading up to the Guatemalan referendum, held on April 15, 2018, on the Guatemala-Belize border dispute.
In the play itself, most, if not all actors, are dressed in black face masks and black body suits, depicting Belizeans as slow-witted, ignorant and unaware of their surroundings, as the play depicts the ceding of lands once thought to be rightfully owned by Guatemala to Belize, after the British government, the former colonial power of the territory of Belize, once named British Honduras, formally carved out Belize’s boundaries in the Wyke-Aycinena treaty of 1859.
The Best Day in Crystal Clear Blue Water - Snorkelling Hol Chan Marine Reserve, Belize, 1.5min. In December last year I spent a week on the small Caribbean island of Caye Caulker in Belize. The island is popular as a jumping off port for some of the best diving in the world, with access to the Great Blue Hole, Lighthouse Reef and the Hol Chan Marine Reserve. I'm not a diver, there is something about the thought of being under the water for a long time makes me feel uneasy. The best I can do is go snorkelling, and oh my, this place was perfect for it. Crystal clear blue water, nurse and reef sharks, sea turtles, stingrays and pleeeeenty of fish. What an experience!
Belize ~ On beautiful Harvest Caye, 3min.
Belize Trip (2018) - Week 1, 9min. Video of our Family trip to Belize in April 2018. We spent two weeks in the country. This is a video of the first week, which we spent in the Cayo district.
Guatemalan a referendum results / Way Forward, 18min. on Open Your Eyes
Reflections on Belize/Guatemala Relations and the Referendum Results, 58min. on Open Your Eyes
Leader Cast 2018, 24min. on Open Your Eyes
Belize Snorkeling, 7.5min. Photos from our recent snorkeling adventure in Belize, taken by our dive guide.
Belize 2018, 4.5min. Family Vacation to Caye Caulker, Belize in March 2018.
Snorkeling In Belize!, 4min. Snorkeling in Belize off the island of San Pedro So much fun! Spring 2018.
PAPO DE CRIANÇA - BANDA BELIZE (18/04/2018), 13min.
The Village of Crooked Tree Belize, 2min. A relaxing village just 32 miles from Belize City on the Northern Highway. It’s a center for migratory bird watching and Audubon maintains a visitor center. The lagoon offers fishing and all types of water sports. Crooked Tree is also known for it abundant supply of Cashew Trees and produces the best roasting cashew nuts in the world.
Belize Vlog, 21min. Here's my trip to Belize! This trip was truly stunning, and I couldn't have asked for a better group of people to go with. I hope this gives you all the chance to experience Belize through my eyes!
Belize 2018, 4.5min. Family vacation to Caye Caulker, Belize in March 2018.
Adventures in Belize - part 1, 8min.
Adventures in Belize - part 2, 8min.
Sports Talk Show, 2hr.
San Narciso(Corozal) Es la cuna de la cultura Maya, 2min. San Narciso RC school in the Corozal district teaching Maya(Yucatec Maya ) to students .
video courtesy of San Narciso RC school