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Today's Belize News: April 19, 2018 #529972
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The San Pedro Sun

Belize Red Cross hosts swimming rescue training on Ambergris Caye
On Tuesday, April 11th, the Belize Red Cross trained residents of San Pedro Town as rescue swimmers. The training was facilitated by Jared Storer, who is a firefighter, emergency medical technician and water rescue diver from the state of Washington, U.S.A. and volunteered for a week with Hummingbird Medical Resource. The day began with classroom training and some on-land practical such as a focal point to determine the location of a possible victim, and a “rope throw” to help someone who may just need a “tow” back to a boat. In the afternoon, it was an in-water portion endurance which consisted of a “duck dive” down seven feet to retrieve an object in the pool, lap swimming, and treading water. Using rescue tubes students practiced saving simulated unconscious and conscious swimmers. The rescue swimmer training ended with a final exercise, which was taking an “unconscious” victim out of the water with the use of a backboard.

Assault survivor Carrie Tripodi undergoes surgery; seeks financial support
After she was badly beaten by Russel Casimiro, Carrie Tripodi is seeking financial support to pay her hospital bills. An online crowdfunding site has set a goal of $75,000 USD, to help her with living expenses and doctor check-ups as she recovers from emergency surgery at the St. Anthony’s Hospital in Lakewood, Colorado, U.S.A. On Wednesday, April 11th after several days of severe headaches and dizziness, Tripodi was sent with a friend to Colorado for further medical assistance. After a computerized tomography (CT) scan at St. Anthony’s Hospital it was detected that she had five life-threating fractures. Tripodi did not have insurance or funds, but due to the severity of her injuries, surgery was immediately performed to save her life.

Oxygen concentrator donated to Dr. Otto Rodriguez San Pedro Polyclinic II
On Tuesday, April 17th, Rosita Ayuso donated an oxygen concentrator in memory of her late husband Ralf Sturmberg to the Dr. Otto Rodriguez San Pedro Polyclinic II. The donation was made via the San Pedro Lions Club, represented by Lion Melanie Paz, and was gratefully received by clinic administrator Eric Najarro. Before passing away on Wednesday, April 5th, Sturmberg had relied on the machine. “We decided to donate it to the polyclinic in memory of my husband,” said Ayuso. “We wanted to make sure that it is put to good use,” Najarro assured that the machine will be valued at the clinic, and he thanked Ayuso for the kind donation.

Ambergris Today

BTB Scholarship Opportunities For 2018
The Belize Tourism Board is offering scholarship opportunities to interested applicants for Tourism Programs commencing August 2018 for Full - time Students for the several degrees. Application deadline for BTB Scholarships is Friday, June 29th, 2018 and application forms can be obtained by contacting BTB at [email protected] Completed application forms can be submitted to [email protected]

San Pedro Lions Club To Host National Convention
The San Pedro Lions Club is inviting the general public to its National Convention which will take place from Friday, May 25 to Sunday, May 27, 2018, in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye. Lions Club from San Pedro, San Estevan, Belmopan and Belize City all come together to celebrate in a three day event where there will be lots of fun activities taking place at the San Pedro Lions Den.

Misc Belizean Sources

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BELIZE'S "TRADITION" CYCLING MAGAZINE 2018!
Belizean Legends sports stories graced the table of contents of the 2018 popular Belize Cycling Federation magazine called the, "Tradition"! A most big thanks and heartfelt appreciation to Belizean cycling ambassador, Yvonne Robinson, and "Tradition" magazine's, Eugene Trench. This was a colorful, historic, entertaining, and eclectic issue of the 2018 publication of the "Tradition" honoring the great Belizean cycling pastime and tradition called, the "Holy Saturday Belize Cross Country"!

Belize regulator IFSC warns against BTC Home Mining
Belize financial regulator IFSC has issued a Warning Notice regarding a company called BTC Home Mining. The entity is not licensed under the IFSC Act to provide, carry on, transact, or hold himself out as providing, carrying on, or transacting any of the international financial services as set out in the Schedule of the IFSC Act in or from within Belize. BTC Home Mining however is using a fraudulent license № IFSC № 60/324/TS/17 & 2209811820.

Extension for Issuance of Fishing Licenses
The Belize Fisheries Department hereby reminds the public that it will cease the issuance/renewal of fisher folk and vessel licenses for the year 2018 on April 30, 2018. This is an extension of the March 31, 2018 deadline stated in the announcement of the opening of the renewal process in January. Furthermore, fishers are advised that they must be in compliance with the following:...

NEMO DISASTER MANAGEMENT EDUACTION IN BELIZE DISTRICT PRIMARY SCHOOLS
This past Friday, April 13, 2018, an educational presentation on Disaster Management was made to upper division students at the Pancotto Primary School in the village of Sand Hill, Belize District. The presentation focused on the role and responsibilities of the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) and what members of the public can do to assist and to preserve their own life and property, that of their family and other members of their community in the face of potential disaster. At the end of the presentation, students were quizzed on what they had learned, and prizes were awarded to those who answered correctly. It is hoped that the students will share the knowledge and information imparted to them.

COROZAL COMMUNITY COLLEGE VICTORY MOTORCADE AND PRESENTATION
The Corozal Community College invites you to be a part of its Victory motorcade and presentation on Friday, April 20th, 2018. Everyone is invited to come and celebrate with the 4-peat marching band champions. The motorcade will leave from CCC's back gate on College Road at 4:30 p.m on Friday, April 20. At 5:00 p.m, the #CHAMPS will leave from the "Round House" at Miami Beach en-route to Ricalde Stadium where the winning field show will be performed. DON'T MISS IT!

MOVIE NIGHT in COROZAL
A great MOVIE NIGHT for the entire family on projector and BIG SCREEN being sponsored by Justice for Babies. Come out to Coronation Park, across from the Corozal House of Culture, this Friday April 20th beginning at 6:00 p.m. Free Entrance. Snacks will be on Sale. All proceeds to go to support Justice For Babies. This is a noble cause.

Congratulations to Stephen Whyte! Belize’s The Hubert H Humphrey Fellowship Program Fellowship Program 2017-2018 participant!
Yesterday, Stephen received a certificate for his first Professional Affiliation at the end of the year ceremony at Vanderbilt University. While at the University he took courses at the master level in Education Administration & Policies. Which includes Politics of Policymaking, International K-12 Education Policy, Research and Design Data Analysis, Literacy Assessment and Professional Development, Special Education in Mathematics and Academic Writing & Speaking.

Ya'axché Conservation Trust looking for seeds
We are interested in purchasing seeds/clippings for the following plants: Banak, Breadfruit, Cashew, Cedar, Cocoplum, Cortez, Inga edulis, Kinep, Lychee, Mahogany, Mamey Apple, Pacai, Ramon, Salmwood, Star Apple, Suriname Cherry, Sapodilla and Yellow Ginger Kindly contact Brenda via email ([email protected]) or call 722-0108.

SBDC Workshop: Introduction to Accounting and Bookkeeping Workshop
This course is designed for individuals who need to understand basic accounting and bookkeeping. It is ideal for individuals who are accountable for public funds but are not accounting experts! Presented by: Mr. Jorge Gentle, Business Adviser, SBDCBelize, Beltraide. Location: Beltraide Conference Room, 14 Orchid Garden Street, Belmopan. Workshop Date: April 26th, 2018, Time: 9am to 3pm. Cost: $60.00 Includes lunch and refreshments.

Alexia's Medical Fund
Two years ago my beautiful daughter Alexia Nicole's life was turned upside down. A regular trip to the doctor's office turned out to be life changing day for her and our family. She had been complaining about pain in her knee for a while and being she was only 13 everyone ruled it out as "growing pains." Luckily a very good family doctor decided to take a better look and to our horror we found out she had a tumor in her knee that was so large it was already eating out the lining of her knee cap. We were told that given the size it could be cancerous and there was a possibility she may loose her leg.

IOM Launches a Migration Information Center and MigrantApp
The United Nations Agency for Migration (IOM) launched two of its most innovative solutions to provide information to migrants in Belize; the Migration Information Center, in collaboration with the Child Development Foundation, and the MigrantApp, the first regional application to provide free and reliable information to migrants to promote regular and safe migration in Mesoamerica. The Migration Information Center provides information and referral services to migrants on a variety of migratory procedures, and raise awareness in key communities about the risks of irregular migration and trafficking in persons. The Information Hub will be located at the Child Development Foundation Offices at 13th Garbutt Creek Street, Belmopan, Belize. This is the 27th Information Hub that will be opened by IOM in the Mesoamerica region.

Mother's & Father's Day Dinner and Dance on Caye Caulker
May 20th, Central Park. Save the date!

St. Francis Xavier Grand Easter Season Parish Fair
Saturday, April 28th. Food Sale from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the St. Francis Parish School. The Fair continues at 4:00 p.m. at the SFXP School Grounds.

Corozal Bay Sailing Club 8th Annual Regatta
Corozal Bay Sailing Club hosted their 8thAnnual Regatta over the weekend of the 14th and 15 April at Jam Rock Café on the beautiful sea front of Corozal Town. Excitement was high with the commencement of the first races on Saturday at 11.30 under a very firm breeze gusting to 15 knots. The Optimists started first in these challenging conditions, the wind constantly building and eventually forcing most of the competitors to retire to the calmer setting of the beach. The Optimist competitors range in age from 10 to 15 years and by the end of the day Adya and Peter were the only sailors to complete 3 of the races over the 1.6 mile course. A mighty congratulations to all the children who challenged themselves to take part and the Corozal Bay Sailing club and their supporters who provided full safety coverage. Bravado was of course running high with the laser class sailors who consisted of 6 young men aged 14 to 18. The wind continued to build over the afternoon with gusts of over 20 knots recorded which caused the retirement of 2 lasers out of the 6 that started.

Made In Belize Expo
The Belize Chamber of Commerce & Industry -Do you have a product that is made locally? Well, this expo is for you! On June 16th, 2018 the BCCI is hosting its first "Made In Belize Expo" that will be held in the City of Belmopan at the Agricultural Show Grounds. This expo will consist of products from all over the country that is Made in Belize. If you would like to be a part of the expo call us 223-5335 or email [email protected]

BBIA Night of Literature
Happy Book Week! The BBIA has their events planned for this Friday. During the day, they'll be at the Cayo Welcome Center, and at night, the Wildfire Artzmosphere will have poetry and readings. "Join ArtZmosphere in celebrating Literary Greatness, the powers of the written word the 2018 Literary Prize winners. Featuring Poetry, Flash Fiction, 2 Short Plays. lot's of fun and enlightment! Join us in expressing our desires end violence in our communities thru the powers of peace making and creative expressions. Admission is Free."

BELIZE FISHING REPORT: Weeks of Apr. 9th thru Apr. 15th, 2018
The bonefish continue to impress anglers with their strength and speed. Bonefish are the seventh fastest fish in the sea and can reach speeds of up to forty-two miles per hour. Once an angler experiences the tug of a bonefish, they will quickly realize that for its size there is nothing stronger in the sea. Come and experience it yourself - Belize is waiting!

Water Interruption in Camalote and surrounding areas
Belize Water Services hereby informs customers in Camalote and surrounding areas, that there will be an interruption in the water supply, today, Thursday, April 19, 2018, starting at 1:00pm. The areas to be affected are Camalote, Roaring Creek A, Roaring Creek B, and Roaring Creek C. This interruption is necessary for the installation of a new water main. Due to the upgrade, customers may experience low water pressure and/or discoloration when water is restored. Residents in these areas are being advised that water supply should return to normal by 5:00pm today. If they experience water supply problems after that time, they should immediately call BWS' hotline at 0-800-CALL-BWS (0-800-225-5297) to report it.

Water Interruption in Placencia
Belize Water Services informs its customers in parts of Placencia that there will be an interruption in the water supply today, Thursday, April 19, 2018 starting at 1:00pm. The area to be affected is Placencia South. This interruption is necessary for the installation of a new water main. Due to the upgrade, customers may experience low water pressure and/or discoloration when water is restored. Residents of these or nearby areas are advised that water supply should return to normal by 5:00pm. If they experience water supply problems after that time, they should immediately call BWS’ hotline at 0-800-CALL-BWS (0-800-225-5297) to report it.

Orange Walk Big Day 2018
District Big Day covering 6 key birding areas for the district. Sunday, April 29 at 12 AM, Orange Walk District

1st annual Festival of Cultures & Fashion Show!
Come sample the diverse cultural foods of Belize at the 1st annual Festival of Cultures & Fashion Show! Your culinary journey would be incomplete without sampling the flavors and traditions of some of Belize's most diverse cultures: Maya, Mestizo, Creole, East Indian, Garifuna, Lebanese and Chinese; all of which are represented at the Festival of Cultures.

Channel 7

Belizean Fisherman In Guatemalan Custody
A Belizean fisherman remains in the custody of the Guatemalan authorities tonight after he was captured with 2 Guatemalans in the southern waters of Toledo. They were taken into the custody of Guatemalan law enforcement after allegedly being busted with large quantities of lobster, which is currently not to be fished in the closed season. The Guatemalan Newspaper, Prensa Libre, reported that on early yesterday, the Guatemalan naval unit, which is posted at the mouth of the Sarstoon River, intercepted a boat in off the coast of Toledo. It is unclear where exactly the vessel was intercepted, but the Prensa Libre indicates that it was an area north of Punta Gorda.

City Administrator Suing City Hall For Unlawful Suspension
City Manager Candice Miller was suspended two weeks ago and now she is suing her employer at City Hall. Miller's Attorney Magali Perdomo wrote the mayor last week advising him that he the suspension did not follow proper procedure and denied Miller natural justice. The letter explains that the mayor never specified in his letter of suspension what was the specific "misconduct" or "neglect" she was being suspended for - it just referred to "authorizing payment for expenses incurred by an employee while not engaged in the business of the council."

Operation ACT Re-Deploys to Contain Crime on Northside
Operation ACT rolled out in Southside Belize City at the end of October - and it's still going. But, now the Commander of Operations, Deputy Commissioner Chester Williams is making a major shift: he's deploying some resources to the northside. This is after two murders happened there between last week Wednesday and Sunday. Today Williams told the press about the re-deployment:... DCP Chester Williams, Commander of Operations:` "We have observed over the past couple of weeks that majority of the shootings were occurring in region 2 and we can no longer continue to see region 2 operating on its own and we have now dovetailed their operations into ours with some strength..."

Can Chester Create A Lasting Peace Between Northside Rivals?
Of course the background to all this is that there has been an ongoing rivalry between Jungle and Majestic Alley for years - resulting in the loss of many lives. Now, through mediation, Williams hopes to create a lasting peace. While they're hoping that this works, the cops will be installing cameras to monitor the movement of the different gang members:... DCP Chester Williams, Commander of Operations:` "We have been doing interventions and mediation with the Majestic Alley and Jungle crowd but I will tell you that right now tensions are really high and the fact that there have been recent death within the area, have allowed those who would be able to make the peace process more easily are not really cooperating at this time. It is not something that we'll be giving up on. We will continue working with them and I'm sure that we'll be able to broker something between them to be able to have the 2 areas not be in conflict with each other..."

Imagine There’s No Southside/Northside
In our interview with Deputy Commissioner Williams - you surely heard that he's now referring to the different eastern parts of the city as regions now. For decades, the two land blocks that make up Belize City have simply been referred to as the Northside and the Southside. But, now, the police have re-named them: Eastern Division South, which covers the Southside of the city, is now known as Eastern Division Region 1. Eastern Division North, which covers the Northside of the city, is now known as Eastern Division Region 2. The Rural Eastern Division is now called Eastern Division Region 3.

Man Is Critical After Hit And Run
At around 3:00 on Sunday morning, twenty-six-year-old Christian Charles was the victim of a hit and run. Charles was walking home after a night out, near the Burrell Boom bridge when he was hit by a vehicle, and left for dead on the road. A driver heading to the village saw him three hours later. He was rushed to the KHMH where he now lies in critical condition with life-threatening injuries. We spoke to a family member today; they want to know who did this to their loved one.

Bus Conductors Accused Of Assaulting Woman With Bat
A pair of brothers, 24 year-old Lamont Russell, and 20 year-old Leshawn Russell, are out on bail tonight after a woman claims that she was assaulted by one of them with a baseball bat. Another complainant claims that they ganged up on him and beat him up. The incident happened on Sunday, April 15 in Bermudian Landing Village. Sadie Hyde told police that she was in her yard when Lamont allegedly struck her to the side of the head with an aluminum baseball bat. Her son, George Hyde, told police that when he stopped by a nearby shop, he was assaulted by the brothers.

The Notorious Brian Brown to Court For threatening His Sister?
He's a notorious figure, but, today, 41 year old Brian Brown was in court for threatening his sister. The purported gang leader was charged with threat to damage to property and using threatening words when he appeared today before Magistrate Michelle Trapp. He pleaded not guilty and was released on $3,000 bail, with his case adjourned until June 18. Brown's sister, Tracy Gillett claims that on Sunday, he threatened to damage her vehicle. She also reported that on the following day Brown met her at a local bank and threatened to kill her and her family.

Communication Workers Kumbaya With BTL Management
Collective Bargaining Agreements - that what unions sign with managements to govern their labour arrangements. Sounds simple enough - but these can take yeeaaars to hammer out - just ask the stevedores at the Port of Belize who've been waiting over a decade. And many times the CBA's are signed years after the date upon which they were supposed to expire. Indeed, finding common ground between management and a union is not an easy road - except, apparently at BTL where they've been doing a pretty decent job of keeping current. Four years after the last CBA was signed, BTL and the Belize Communication Workers Union were back at the table today signing a new one. The Chairman said it wasn't easy, but it was a study in the art of the possible:...

Tourism Numbers Soar, Hotel Occupancy Not So Much
Last week we told you about the truly incredible tourism numbers for the the first quarter of 2018. They showed overnight arrivals up by 22% on average for the first there months of the year. They seemed to good to be true to us - and so, today, we asked the President of the Belize Hotel Association if hoteliers have been experiencing a commensurate bump in occupancy rates. He agreed that there is not, but explained why that is:... Ted Tejada- President, Belize Hotel Assoc.: "The numbers that we are seeing are not room-night stays. They are arrivals in the country of Belize. Our hotels are showing a significant amount of increase. They are not showing the 22.5% increase as the numbers of what BTB is showing but many of that has to do with the fact that we have opened many other properties in the country of Belize. So the 22% had to be shared throughout the new properties that were actually added in the country of Belize. But every hotel has seen an increase in numbers..."

Manatee Slaughter?
Yesterday, Jamal Galvez along with a Port Authority Officer and an Oceana representative were patrolling the Belize river when they stumbled upon four dead manatees in the river between Manatee Lookout and the airport. We spoke to Galvez about it and he said in his many years of experience he has never seen so many dead manatees in the same spot. Jamal Galvez, Sea to Shore Alliance Program Coordinator: "It was very shocking to see that many manatees. I have seen more than one manatees die in the country but in different locations. I have never seen that quantity in one day. It was very shocking and we patrol that river on a weekly basis.

Police News
Yesterday morning between 12:00 and 1:00, a resident of Maxboro woke up to find intruders in his home. The 33 year old male, Sean Yorke and his girlfriend, Tarah Young saw two male intruders barging into his bedroom. One of them had a knife and attacked him while his girlfriend began screaming. That sent both men running out of the house without taking anything. Yorke received scratches and bruises but no serious injury.

Police Keeping Peace In Jane Usher Area
Crime on the Belize City Southside, now referred to as Eastern Division Region 1, has cooled off in the past few weeks, but the cops know that at any moment, the gang wars could flare up. So, they're keeping a close eye on the crime hotspots, to try to sustain the calm. That's why they were in the Jane Usher Boulevard area conducting their weekly meet and greet sessions this evening.

To Be Garinagu in Guatemala
For the past few days, we've been providing you with extensive coverage of our news team's trip to Guatemala City for Sunday's ICJ referendum. We spoke to plenty of people on the streets of this city of 3 million residents, but one group we haven't shown you yet are a group of Guatemalan Garinagu who have ties to Belize. We found them performing Garifuna music for a packed restaurant in the heart of one of Guatemala City's Commercial areas.

An App For Immigrants
Today the United Nations Agency for Migration launched a brand new groundbreaking app for migrants in Belize. It is called the Migrant app and it provides information on centres such as health, embassies, and consulates. We found out more today.


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Channel 5

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 [...]

LOVE FM

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 …

PlusTV

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 NewsPJ

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 […]

Blogs

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.

International Sourcesizz

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.

Videos

  • 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


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