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The San Pedro Sun

BCCI and NEMO hold workshop on natural disasters for San Pedro business community
Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) organized an educational session with members of the San Pedro business community regarding natural disasters. In collaboration with the National Emergency Organization (NEMO), the two-part workshop was held on Wednesday, April 18th at the Sunbreeze Hotel. The presentations focused on preparing the business sector in damage assessment, needs analysis and emergency operations management while garnering feedback and concerns from the specific sectors. A handful of managerial personnel from different business establishments on the island attended the workshop. Welcoming everyone was Keisha Reyes Membership Programs Officer at BCCI. She thanked everyone for attending and then allowed the presenters to start the workshop. Initiating the session was NEMO Central Regional Coordinator, Al Westby, who explained the need to have a plan of action when dealing with natural disasters, such as hurricanes.

Lawmakers talk Sound Policy for Better Law
Belizean law enforcement officials from all branches of government discussed “Sound Policy for Better Law” at a law-making forum hosted by the Attorney General’s Ministry, in collaboration with the Impact Justice Project of Canada, at the Best Western Biltmore Plaza Hotel in Belize City on Thursday and Friday, April 19th and 20th. Professor Velma Newton of the Impact Justice project congratulated the Belize government on its four years of participation in the project, drafting model legislation, improving legal professionalism and the liberal public legal education, expanding and establishing legal aid mechanisms, and training. The project has trained close to 2,000 persons across the region, including five from Belize, since 2014.

SPHS athletes win 4 Gold Medals at NSSSA track & field championships
The San Pedro High School athletes won 4 Gold medals at the National Secondary Schools Sports Association (NSSSA) track and field championships, hosted by Ladyville Technical High School at the Marion Jones Stadium in Belize City last Friday and Saturday, April 20-21. SPHS was part of the Northern Zone, which tallied 24 medals: 6 gold, 7 silver and 11 bronze. San Pedro High’s Ernest Arzu of won Gold in the Senior 400 meters in 53:03 seconds, while Anglican Cathedral College’s Linden Wade took the silver in 53.45secs, and CCC’s Canaan Smith claimed the bronze in 54.71secs. San Pedro High’s Yahir Sandoval hurled the shot 9.94 meters to win Gold in the Junior shot put. Sacred Heart College’s Brion Young threw 9.49m for silver, and St. Ignatius High’s Jaheid Armstrong threw 9.31m for bronze. Sandoval also threw 30.30 meters to win Gold in the Junior discus, while CCC’s Martin Morales threw 28.42m for silver, and TCC’s Danique Neal threw 25.66m for bronze.

Ambergris Today

Hol Chan Reef Week 2018
Hol Chan Marine Reserve is celebrating its 13th Annual Reef Week from Monday, May 7, 2018 to Sunday, May 13, 2018. A week filled with fun activities aimed to educate on preservation and conservation of our beautiful reef. Here is a calendar of events that will be taking place throughout the week, be sure to be a part of this wonderful celebration.

The Belize Cancer Society Of California Donate To The San Pedro Cancer Society
The Belize Cancer Society of California paid the San Pedro Cancer Society a visit on Tuesday, April 24, 2018. The Belize Cancer Society of California is a group in the United States led by President Arlette Pilgrim and they hold fundraising, awareness and outreach for Belizeans from California. Throughout the years Arlette and her group have helped the San Pedro Cancer Society by securing wigs, prosthetic breasts and information for cancer patients. This trip, Arlette surprised the SP Cancer Society with a "smokalyzer" which can detect the amount of carbon monoxide in people’s breath. The donation also included bras that can fit a prosthetic breast in it along with lymphedema sleeves for patient who have had mastectomies. Also there were comfy shoes for patients to let them know there's people thinking of them and willing to help them throughout their battle with cancer.

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March 2018 External Trade & Consumer Price Index
Consumer Prices Down 0.6% in March 2018. For the month of March 2018, the Statistical Institute of Belize reported that the All-Items Consumer Price Index (CPI) stood at 104.5, a decrease from 105.1 in March 2017 (see Figure 1). The average Belizean household, therefore, experienced an overall drop of 0.6 percent in the cost of regularly purchased goods and services. For the first three months of the year 2018, the country saw a year-todate inflation rate of negative 0.1 percent, when compared to the same three-month period of last year.
IMPORTS DOWN 3.9%, DOMESTIC EXPORTS DOWN 18.5% IN MARCH 2018. During the month of March 2018, Belize’s imported goods were valued at $148.9 million, down by 3.9 percent or $6.1 million from the more than $155 million imported in March of 2017. The third month of the year saw decreased imports across most of the commodity categories, most significantly in the importation of ‘Manufactured Goods’, ‘Machinery and Transport Equipment’ and ‘Chemical Products’. Importation of ‘Manufactured Goods’ recorded the largest drop for the month, falling by 29 percent or $6.6 million, from $22.9 million in March 2017 to $16.3 million in March 2018, with goods such as cement, metal doors and carton boxes being among the reduced items.

Ombudsman Sworn-In for New Term in Office
In a brief ceremony held today, April 25th, at the Belize House in Belmopan, Mr. Lionel Arzu was sworn-in for a new term as Ombudsman. This marks Mr. Lionel Arzu’s fourth term as Ombudsman. Mr. Arzu was accompanied at the ceremony by his family.

Breakfast meeting with the Grieving Mothers at the Coast Guard Base
This morning Hon. John Saldivar, Hon. Tracey Panton, CEO George Lovell, Commissioner of Police Allen Whylie, Admiral John Borland and other Senior Officers of the Police High Command, had a breakfast meeting with the Grieving Mothers at the Coast Guard Base in Belize City.

Mother's and Father's Day Dinner and Dance on Caye Caulker
May 26th, Central Park. Hosted by the Caye Caulker Village Council

Diego y Frida Una Sonrisa a Mitad del Camino Exhibit Launch
The Diego y Frida Una Sonrisa a Mitad del Camino Exhibit Launch is today at the SISE House of Culture. It starts at 6:00pm.

Improving water resource management in Belize!
Department of Rural Development to improve water well drilling standards in Belize. Throughout the week, Terry trained 30 drillers from around the country on best practices for drilling water wells. Better drilling practices are a first step to better preserving and protecting and limited groundwater resources in Belize. We are proud to have supported Terry’s work and the Government of Belize’s efforts to protect their finite water supply.

GREAT (Gang Resistance Education and Training) program
Last week we visited the Belize Central Prison and promised them that we would introduce the GREAT (Gang Resistance Education and Training) program. Today we are delivering on that promise and for the next 12 weeks officers from Region One will be working deligently with these 31 young boys from the Wagner’s Youth Facility of the Belize Central Prison. This is the first time in history that the GREAT program is being introduced to the prison but we believe it will help in the reform process. Next we will go into the different neighborhoods and admister to kids who did not make it through the education system.

Welcomeing students from Belmopan’s National 4-H Youth Development Center
Belizean youth, embrace Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math #STEAM! To celebrate #EarthDay, we welcomed students from Belmopan’s National 4-H Youth Development Center. American diplomats and our Belizean colleagues took the students on a STEAM tour of the Embassy, explaining the science and technology behind our IT, air conditioning, and water treatment systems, xeriscaping, our solar panels, and various art pieces around the Embassy. Thanks for visiting us! We hope you learned something new and had fun!

Ismael Chacon at The Botanero
The Botanero is pleased to present Ismael Chacon this Friday and Saturday from 8 P.M. To 8 p.m. There we go!!!

Work is currently being undertaken at the Xunantunich Archaeological Reserve
On the south side of El Castillo, to enhance access to the structure making it safer for all visitors.

“Diego Y Frida Una Sonrisa A Mitad Del Camino” Photograhic Exhibit
SISE House of Culture Invites you to “Diego Y Frida Una Sonrisa A Mitad Del Camino” Photograhic Exhibit Opening on Thursday, April 26 at 6 PM.

THE MAYA OF SAN JOSE (ORANGE WALK)
The Village of San Jose is said to have been founded around 1915 but it may be older . Populated mainly by people of Yucatec Maya descent who came because of the Caste War. Many of the settlers of San Jose originally came from San Estevan and moved back and forth between the two. In 1888 Victoriano Chuc baptized a daughter who was born in San Jose. The earliest references to two of these villages, San Pablo and San Jose, are found in the baptismal records of the La Immaculada Parish in Orange Walk Town and date to the 1880s. The earliest baptismal references which list San Pablo and San Jose as the children's place of birth occur in 1887 and 1886 respectively. Descendants of both these families, Juchim and Navarette, still reside in these villages. In the village today you may still find Maya speakers especially elders most youths speak mostly spanish and english and many residence still have ancient Maya surnames like Aban,Patt(Pat),Chuc,Mesh(Meex),Pott(Poot),Huchím(Juchim),Cowo(Couoh),Uh,Yah,Itza and others.

Statement on Recent Spate of Illegal Airplane Landings
The Ministry of National Security along with its regional partners, including the United States, Mexico, and Central American neighbour's rely on information from each other, and the available radar capabilities, to keep informed of any airplane tracking towards Belize and the region. Despite these efforts, there has been a spate of illegal airplane landings in the country as the aircraft manage to avoid detection from the available regional radars. The local law enforcement response is based primarily on initial tracking information and intelligence provided by regional partners. In the case of illegally flown airplanes, that information changes by the time the plane enters Belize’s airspace.

2018 International Conference on Family Planning (ICFP)
The organizers of the 2018 ICFP are seeking youth leaders aged 18 to 25 years old to be keynote speakers, media makers and moderators for sessions at the 2018 International Conference on Family Planning (ICFP). Young people who are selected will have conference registration and travel costs covered, and will play an essential role in providing a youth perspective and voice to the program. In the spirit of using digital communications to spread the word about family planning, the 2018 ICFP will be accepting applications for youth speakers through video submissions. This format was used for the 2013 and 2016 conference and was very successful. All youth applicants must complete their own video submission, but may seek assistance from local organizations or other resources. At least one professional reference should be provided in support of the candidate’s qualifications.

Direct Assistance Grant Scheme (DAGS) Sensitization Session
Caribbean Export Development Agency (CEDA), with the assistance of Beltraide, under the 11th EDF will be carrying out their Direct Assistance Grant Scheme Program (DAGS) and hosted a sensitization session on April 25, 2018 at the Radisson Fort George Hotel & Marina from 8:30 am – 3:30pm. The purpose of the session was to educate private sector stakeholders and business support organizations (BSOs) on the details of the program such as the application & evaluation process, completion to the diagnostic tool, and the reimbursement process.

CSME Information Booklet- Directorate General for Foreign Trade
Get the latest information on the CARICOM Single Market and Economy here! Learn about regional trade and movement of people, investment opportunities, the current status of implementation in Belize, and much more!

Images from my visit to Caye Caulker and Belize
Daily Images of life in Belize. Photographs by Lozano

Las Mujeres Flores by Eunice Adorno
Photographic Exhibition at the Corozal House of Culture, Wednesday May 9.

Belmopan Cancer Walk 2018
The Belize Cancer Society of Belmopan is having their annual Cancer Walk on Saturday, May 12th. They have some nice looking t-shirts this year. "Belmopan Cancer Society BMP branch annual Cancer walk from Camalote Village to Belmopan. Bus leaves DFC parking lot at 5:15 a.m. Sharp!"

Placencia Regatta and Hands Across the Sand
In addition to sponsoring our regatta they are also hosting this years Hands Across the Sand in Placencia on the beach Next to Tipsy Tuna. If you're in Placencia or on the peninsula come to Placencia Beach next to Tipsy Tuna and be apart of Hands Across The Sands. Saturday May 19th Noon. Mark your calendars the people of Belize won a moratorium against drilling off shore so this year we celebrate that sending an International message that Belize Said NO. Hands Across the Sand which is an international coordinated day of peaceful action to say YES to clean energy and NO to seismic air gun blasting, offshore / nearshore drilling and filthy fossil fuels.

Hands Across the Sand 2018
Hands Across the Sand 2018 is coming to your community! This year, we hold hands in celebration of Belize's leadership in passing legislation that enshrines a moratorium on offshore oil! Find the nearest location on the flyer and join fellow Belizeans in silent solidarity in saying YES to renewable energy!

Wayúum
The name of this fruit in Yucatec Maya is Wayúum . It is a favorite fruit among our Maya of Corozal and Orange walk .

Chuhukil T'uuk
Dulce de cocoyol we call it in Maya as Chuhukil T'uuk .

Channel 7

Police Ministry Addresses The Drug Plane Problem
A drug plane landed on the San Estevan/Progresso Road yesterday morning - and that's where it remains tonight, on the shoulder of the road. But, 7News has learned tonight that preparations are being made to fly it from there to a secure location. As we told you it is a Hawker Siddeley 225 jet, which local pilots are not qualified to fly. But, the police department did find a qualified pilot in the PG area, and we are told he went to the site today to assess the aircraft. If all goes as planned, he is expected to fly it out of there early tomorrow. We'll wait and see.

Cabinet: Still No Date For ICJ
We also asked Minister Aragon about Guatemala's yes vote on the ICJ. The cabinet held its regular meeting on Tuesday and according to the minister no decision on a referendum date for Belize has been made, but he believes before any of that happens Belizeans need to be educated on the true nature of the territorial dispute: Hon. Elodio Aragon Jr., Minister of State in Ministry of National Security: "That is an ongoing topic. I don't think we have gotten to the stage where we'll come out and things like that. I think everybody will have to look at it. I do think personally that there's a need for an educational campaign. I think that there is a lot that people need to know. I don't think the public out there has all the information..."

Bad News For The North, Global Sugar Prices Crashing
It's been about 7 months now that Belize's sugar industry has been operating without preferential access to the European market, which means competing on the same level playing field as the rest of the world. So now European beet sugar farmers compete head to head with Belize and the other African, Caribbean and Pacific countries. And the news tonight is that current world prices are already down by half of what they were just last year. We got a chance to speak with one of BSI/ASR's representatives about it at another event, and here's what she had to say:

KHMH, Still In “Emergency Mode”
In mid-March the KHMH went into emergency mode after the roof started falling over the X-Ray area. Since then, nothing much has changed - and the roof structure over a third of the hospital continues to be propped up by dozens of iron supports. A press release from the Hospital today says, quote, "our service capacity remains limited as we proceed to enact urgent structural strengthening measures to our facility. This has placed us in emergency mode for the past 7 weeks. During this time, we have postponed elective services and an abbreviated clinic schedule has been announced. We remind the public that we are not performing ANY private cases and that all payments for services at the KHMHA should only be made to cashiers inside the facility." End quote.

Southern Murder Trial Ends In “Nolle Pros”
Another murder trial has ended in a nolle-pros - leaving the alleged killer to walk free. This one happened today before Justice Hanomansingh in Dangriga Supreme Court. That's where 33 year old Orlando Ciedos got off the charge of murder against 21 year old Edilsar Juarez. The Crown was relying on a confession statement Ciedos had made to the police. But Ciedos told his attorney, Leeroy Banner that he gave the statement under duress because he was beaten by the police and Banner indicated to the court that he was going to challenge the statement.

PUP Gearing Up For A Showdown In Port
The PUP convention in Port Loyola is going to be held on May 20th - and the long-time PUP standard bearer Gilroy Usher isn't happy that he must face a challenge from a newcomer. Newly elected PUP city councillor Dr. Candice Pitts has made it official that she intends to challenge Usher. And here's why he isn't happy about the challenge: Usher went into Port Loyola in 2011 when his UDP Opponent Anthony Boots Martinez was at the height of his powers - and gradually built up support, coming within 71 votes of beating him in the 2015 General Election. And, in the 2018 Municipal Election, the PUP candidates won that area for the first time in more than a decade - taking about 20 percentage points off the UDP's turnout in the Municipal Election just three years earlier.

Farmers Able To Raise The Quality Of Cane
Earlier in the news, we told you how world sugar prices are currently down by as much as half of last year's prices. The world market is saturated with sugar, so the prices may dip lower as a result. But, those within the local sugar industry are trying to adapt to the stiff competition by improving their farming techniques, and reducing production costs. One such initiative is being led by BSI/ASR, and the Sugar Cane Production Committee, with funding from the American chocolate company, Hershey, through its Learn to Grow Program.

A Metamorphosis For At-Risk Males, Ages 10 - 14
Our next story is about a programme called "Metamorphosis - Building Resiliency in High Risk Male Children." It is designed by Restore Belize - and currently targeting 44 primary school boys between the ages of 10 and 14. The idea is to use a number of services to steer these high risk boys away from dropping out of school and joining gangs. They are currently in their third cohort - and - at a media breakfast this morning - Director Mary Vasquez explained how they gauge success:

Prisoner Recaptured Two Weeks Later
One of the prisoners who escaped from the Corozal police station holding cell 13 days ago has been recaptured. Yesterday morning Police found Nineteen year old Johny Matus right in his home village of San Narciso. He was taken to the Magistrate's Court where he was charged for escaping lawful custody and damage to property. In Court, the prosecution said that the metal bars damaged is the property of the Government of Belize and it cost $350. Matus will return to Court on May 3rd.

Grants For Trade Opportunities
We know about Beltraide's small and medium enterprise development programs and the entrepreneurial trainings but they partnered with Caribbean Export Development Agency to offer assistance to more large scale private sector companies. Caribbean Export offers what is called a Direct Assistance Grant Scheme (DAGS) which is a reimbursing grant. The agency has been offering this grant to companies all over the Caribbean for 10 years. There has been a few tweaks to the program over the years so today reps. from Beltraide and Caribbean Export held sort of a tutorial session for companies on how to apply for this grant. Here is more from today's session. Christopher Mcnair, Manager, Caribbean Export: "So we are doing two things today, the first thing is we are promoting what we call a direct assistance grant scheme (DAGS) and then the second thing we are doing which is the most important thing is that we are actually trying to teach companies how to apply to the program and how to navigate the difficult elements of the program."

Teenaged Wife Stabs Husband In Chest
Earlier this week we told you about a man who got run over by his ex in Belize rural. And, tonight the news is of a woman who stabbed her common law in the chest. Yesterday at noon in Sandhill, 19-year-old Renesha Alvarez had an argument with her common law 19-year-old Herman Solis and stabbed him to the upper left side of his chest - close to his heart. Police say Solis currently listed in a critical but stable condition.

Mexican Fraudsters Got Off One Charge, Then Faced Another
We've reported heavily on the Mexicans who are alleged bank card fraudsters, allegedly withdrawing tens of thousands of dollars from Atlantic Bank ATM's across the country. Well, when 26 year old Belen Hernandez and 31 year old Lionel Rodriguez went before Corozal Magistrate Patricia Arana yesterday for theft, the police weren't ready. Their attorney Leslie Hamilton demanded disclosure and lead investigators Inspector Wilfred Ferrufino was forced to tell the Court that thirteen weeks after arrest, they had no evidence to provide. With that said, the Magistrate dismissed the two charges against each.

Cops Honoured For Hard Work
Today police officers from the Eastern Precinct gathered at the Bliss Center to see several officers honoured with awards for hard work. We spoke to a few of the winners and Minister Aragon who said that awards like these are an important morale boost for officers. Hon. Elodio Aragon Jr., Minister of State- Home Affairs: "I think it goes a long way because many times people work and are not rewarded. We want to build their confidence and self-esteem that what they are doing is the right thing. We have to recognize and appreciate and honour them. The best way we can do that is to honour them publicly and recognizing them for the good work they have done. It is very important for a department like the police department."

Minister Met With Mothers
In other police news, the Minister of National Security met today with the One Struggle group. As we've reported, the group is comprised of many violence survivors and family members of those who lost someone to gun violence. Today fifteen of the mothers from the group had a breakfast meeting with Saldivar, his cabinet colleague Tracey Panton, CEO George Lovell, Commissioner of Police Allen Whylie, and other senior officers to discuss ways to effectively reach out to those who are living in violence.

PSU Met With OAS To Talk Corruption
And while Saldivar met with the mothers, yesterday Executive members of the Public Service Union and the National Trade Union Congress of Belize met with a visiting team from the Organization of American States Technical Secretariat for The Implementation of the Inter-American Convention Against Corruption. The Unions made a joint presentation to the team on recommendations made to the Government of Belize in 2008 by the OAS on the Issues of Government Hiring and filling of vacancies in the Public Service; training, remuneration and probity of Public Officers, Open Vote and Contract Workers.

Channel 5

National Security Says Belize Missed Info for Drug Plane Landing
It has been thirty-six hours since the latest alleged drug plane landed in the north of Belize, on the San Estevan-Progresso Road. Late this evening, the Ministry of National Security [...]

Junior Minister Elodio Aragon Says We Will Do Better
This evening, National Security top brass, from northern area representative, former senior cop and Minister of State Elodio Aragon Junior to Commissioner of Police Allen Whylie issued statements on the [...]

Landing Was Illegal, says ComPol, but Police Still Investigating
The Commissioner of Police was also asked this afternoon about the suspected drug plane. While Minister of State Aragon was more forthcoming, ComPol Allen Whylie would only confirm that it [...]

Questions Remain on Plane Landing
The suspected drug plane left abandoned on the Progresso/San Estevan Road on Tuesday morning, remained there up until this afternoon. A team from the Belize Defence Force was on the [...]

Friend of Murder Victim Patrick Crossdale Fears for Own Life
Investigators in Dangriga are still probing the shocking, mid-morning execution of Jamaican national Patrick Crossdale.  The fifty-five-year-old was shot and killed on Tuesday as he rode his motorcycle from his [...]

Prime Minister, Opposition Leader Face to Face in City
A meeting was held this morning in Belize City between P.U.P. leader John Briceño and Prime Minister Dean Barrow.  The rare encounter was at the invitation of the P.M.  Though [...]

Fine for Convicted Belizean Fisherman in Guatemala
Belizean fisherman Iginio Canto Bacab remains behind bars in a detention facility in Livingston, Guatemala, awaiting monies to pay his fines for illegal possessions of lobster and conch out of [...]

Karl Heusner Still in ‘Emergency’ Mode
The Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital Authority remains in emergency mode according to the hospital’s board. Since mid-March, the national referral hospital had to limit services due to structural damage to [...]

Cycling Federation Elections Postponed; Team Heads to Mexico
There has been an interesting turn of events within the cycling community, ahead of what would have been elections for a new executive of the Cycling Federation of Belize this [...]

Ombudsman Sworn in for Fourth Term
Lionel Arzu from Punta Gorda starts his fourth term as Ombudsman today. Having renewed his contract with the government, Arzu took the oath this morning at Belize House in Belmopan. [...]

RESTORE Belize Discusses ‘Metamorphosis’ of City Youth
In the past five years, with funding from UNICEF and other U.N. agencies, the Taiwanese and U.S. Embassies and others, the RESTORE Belize program has undertaken a long-term project called [...]

Anti-Crime Organization Plans for Citizen Security
A key part of today’s discussion was the seeming lack of coordination between public and private sector in addressing the crime and youth issues in Belize City and elsewhere. Many [...]

The High Cost of Crime to Children
A primary finding of the Metamorphosis Project is that it is important to understand how childhood experiences have a long-term impact on child development, even into adulthood. The trauma of [...]

1 Pleads Guilty for Bag of Weed
Four men were charged but one, twenty-eight-year-old Adam Estell of Sittee Street, pleaded guilty to possession of half a pound of marijuana. A police search of Estell’s residence on Wednesday [...]

Exports and Prices Take Tumble in First Quarter
External trade has contracted in the first quarter of 2018, according to the Statistical Institute of Belize. Belize sold nearly twenty-five million dollars less goods for January to March of [...]

B.S.I. Tests Sugar Cane Quality
The third payment for sugar is looking lower than anticipated, according to industry sources. But today millers up north are finding ways to boost efficiency. American Sugar Refinery and the [...]

Awards for Top Police Officers
Today the Belize Police Department held an award ceremony to recognize the top performing officers and civilian staff of the Eastern Police Division. The event is used to reward those [...]

BELTRAIDE Promotes Caribbean Export Program to Businesses
Between 2011 and 2016, some five point eight million Euros were given out to two hundred and eighty-two companies in the region through a programme called the Direct Assistance Grant. [...]

Kraal Road Gets Resource Center
A new facility was inaugurated this morning in the Port Loyola community in Belize City.  It was funded by the OPEC Fund for International Development, OFID whose Vienna based Director, [...]

LOVE FM

BSI demonstrates the “Sweet Sampling” process
The Belize Sugar Industry held a Pre-Harvest Sugar Cane Quality Testing Program Demonstration for the media in Orange Walk this morning. The demonstration highlighted the “Sweet Sampling for Sweeter Returns” project, which monitors sugar cane quality.The program came about after farmers questioned BSI as to how they improved their sugar cane quality. The questions arose …

Police Officers awarded for outstanding performance
This afternoon the Police Department recognized ninety-seven men and women in uniform. The award ceremony took place at the Bliss Institute for the Performing Arts. Commissioner of Police Allen Whylie, Ambassador Charles Liu of the Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan) and Elodio Aragon Jr. Minister of State in the Ministry of Natural Security …

Foreign Affairs Minister speaks on Sarstoon Protocol
The Guatemalan Government believes that Sarstoon River and Sarstoon Island is theirs. They have a military base at the mouth of the river and just recently Belize’s Government established its own military base in the area. The area has seen confrontations mainly between Guatemalan Armed Forces and Belizeans. Several Guatemalans have been caught fishing illegally …

A ‘yes’ vote must be secured, says Minister Elrington
Will Belizeans vote ‘yes’ to take Guatemala’s claim to the International Court of Justice? We won’t have a definitive answer until a referendum is held and that will not happen this year. It is expected to be held after the re-registration exercise is fully completed. The general sentiment is that Belizeans do not want to …

Allen Whylie remains as Commissioner of Police
Earlier this month, rumor had it that Commissioner of Police, Allen Whylie was on his way out and his Deputy, Chester Williams will succeed him. The persistent rumors forced Williams to publicly deny the reports. However, today we asked the Former Minister of Home Affairs, Wilfred Elrington about it. Minister Elrington said that putting Williams …

Will GOB respect a ‘no to the ICJ’ result?
It is expected that Belize will hold its ICJ referendum sometime in 2019 or later. While the Government wants to secure a ‘yes’ vote, the general public’s feeling is that Belizeans are against taking the matter to the ICJ. If a ‘no’ vote is achieved, former Guatemalan Foreign Affairs Minister, Carlos Raul Morales had advised …

Outsiders causing problems for villagers
Vice-Chairperson of Barranco Village Council, Beatrice Mariano was in Belmopan yesterday. Mariano was part of the group that met with representatives from the Forestry Department over logging concessions. Mariano said villagers are faced with a number of problems, including the roads that are in a deplorable condition. Beatrice Mariano, Vice Chairperson, Barranco Village: “It’s pretty …

The successes of the Metamorphosis Programme
This morning journalists were invited by Restore Belize to a briefing where lessons learnt from the Metamorphosis programme were shared. The objectives of Metamorphosis Programme are to strengthen communities in Southside Belize City by fostering resiliency in young people and to provide adults with the knowledge and skills they need to be effective parents.Director of …

P.L.O.W. has new building
P.L.O.W., the Port Loyola Organization for Women, inaugurated its new facility today. PLOW has been in existence for several years, helping women in the Port Loyola Community empower themselves. Over the years, PLOW has tried to find a headquarters of its own and, after moving from one location to the other, and after much dialogue …

DC Sugar production can help minimize impact of lowering global sugar prices
BSI has begun production of Direct Consumption Sugar at the start of the 2017/2018 sugar crop. Production continues and as stated by Avilez, its production is seen by the company as the way to go under the current strains being faced by the industry. Given the lowering global market prices, which does impact the payments …

Suspected drug planes avoiding radar detection, says Ministry
The Ministry of National Security is working with Mexico and the United States, sharing information that can assist the government to keep informed of any airplane tracking towards Belize and the region. This comes after three suspected drug plane landings in the north. The airplanes which have landed under the cover of night have managed to avoid detection from regional radars.

Global sugar prices continue to spiral downward
Sugar Price continue to fall on the global market and there is not telling whether the trend will continue in the months ahead. Last year prices stood around 21 cents US per pound. In 2016, prices were in the range of 22 to 24 cents US per pound. Presently, the price has dipped to 11 cents per pound on the global market. Olivia Avilez, Cane Farmer Relations at BSI spoke on the impacts this has on Belize’s sugar industry and what measures are being taken.

Sugar Cane varieties and their role in sugar quality
There are other factors at play when it comes to sugar cane quality. One of those is sugar cane varieties. Presently, farmers manage a few of these, but a majority is growing one particular type of sugar cane. While this is considered a good variety, being able to endure weather changes for the most part, it is posing some challenges. BSI on the other hand has been growing another variety that has helped it to top the results of the quality testing. Regel Cal, Cane Farmer Relation Officer explains.

Goods & Services decreased by 0.6%
The Statistical Institute of Belize is reporting that the average Belizean household experienced an overall drop of 0.6 percent in the cost of regularly purchased goods and services. For the first three months of 2018, the country saw a year-to-date inflation rate of negative 0.1 percent, when compared to the same three-month period last year. The Transport category recorded a five percent decrease for the month of March and this is attributed to a sharp decline in international airfares.

Unions meet with the OAS
The Executive members of the Public Service Union and the National Trade Union Congress of Belize met with a visiting team from the Organization of American States. The meeting was a part of the Follow-Up Mechanism for the Implementation of the Inter-American Convention Against Corruption.

The work to reduce plastic and Styrofoam pollution moves forward
On March 20, Cabinet approved a proposal to reduce plastic and Styrofoam pollution. The proposal is to phase out single-use plastic shopping bags and Styrofoam and plastic food utensils by April 22, 2019. When the government made the announcement via a press release, it stated that these items quote, “are thrown away where they can …

Still no detection of whooping cough in Belize
The Ministry of Health continues to monitor the potential spread of pertussis, a bacterial infection most commonly known as whooping cough, in the country. Earlier this month, the Ministry was notified that a tourist who had been diagnosed with the disease had travelled to Belize in the third week of March. An investigation was immediately …

Management Plan of the Belize River Watershed in final phase
The Faculty of Science and Technology at the University of Belize is in the last phase of a project to develop a Management Plan for the Belize River Watershed. The University of Belize in collaboration with the World Wildlife Fund embarked on this project last year. Love News spoke with Josue Ake, Lecturer at the …

Barranco villagers protest against injustice
Today, villagers of Barranco staged a protest in front of the National Assembly in Belmopan. They were protesting the fact that outsiders were granted licenses to conduct logging in their village, while the villagers were denied. Love News spoke with Beatrice Mariano, Vice-Chairperson of Barranco Village Council just before the members of the village met …

The Department of the Environment tackles medical waste
The Department of the Environment today held a national consultation to address medical waste in Belize. Martin Alegria, Chief Environmental Officer says the department has hired three consultants to look at Belize’s current position in three areas concerning medical waste management. The aim is for Belize to manage medical waste more efficiently and minimize secondary …

PlusTV

Briceno Denies PM’s Land Scam Allegations
During the March 2018 budget debate, Prime Minister Dean Barrow accused Opposition Leader Johnny Briceno of unlawfully acquiring huge acres of land while the People’s United Party was in government. Briceno was accused by P.M Barrow of enriching himself and his family. The Prime Minister went on fu...

Man Missing at Sea
The search for a man missing at sea is still on going. Reports are that yesterday Lionel Velasquez was headed to work at Turneffe Islands from Belize City on a boat when he went missing. According to passengers on the boat, 45 minutes before they reached the island, they heard Velasquez shout and th...

High School teen Reports unlawful sex with School Security Guard
A High School Security Guard has been arrested and charged for having unlawful sexual intercourse with a 14 year old student. Reports are that yesterday, a 14 year old female minor, accompanied by her father told Police that while at her High School in Belize City, on the 9th of April around 3:30pm ...

The Reporter

Man shot; crashes and dies before reaching KHMH
A man reportedly died after he was shot three times and crashed his vehicle while trying to drive to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH) to receive treatment. Unconfirmed but reliable information is that the incident happened around 11:30 Wednesday night. The victim, still unidentified, […]

Chopping spree ends in two men wounded
A man is hospitalized with chop wounds after he and another, whose injuries were not serious, got involved in an altercation which involved three other men. Police say that sometime around 10:55 a.m., today, they responded to a report of the chopping in Bella Vista […]

Revised fuel price list released; Regular and Diesel prices go up
The Belize Bureau of Standards (BBS), which yesterday announced that fuel prices would be increased effective midnight last night, recalled that announcement later in the evening and offered an apology “for any inconveniences caused”; but has announced again that fuel prices have gone up. In […]

Blogs

Marriott Partnership Announced and Southwest Airlines Seat Sale or is it?
An airfare sale is not always a sale or the cost of getting a cheap flight is being time flexible, like my incoming company. My friend’s daughter Sandra was willing to do a 19-hour layover in order to save big on her Belize flight – $319 Canadian return. As for the long layover, she worked Texas out with my cousin (her other “mother”) to do a short visit. Recently a beachside celebration was held in honor of the Marriott joining with Exotic Caye International Development (ECI) and the long-awaited revamp of Exotic Caye Beach Resort. I was unable to attend last minute however my Editor Shirlee went to the event and did the brief write up below about the new development. I was glad to read they are implementing cisterns to help minimize their effect on the already overstressed water system.

International Sourcesizz

Learn About Chocolate In The Jungles Of Belize
I’ve had—and loved—chocolate in most contexts. As bars, in layers of cakes, baked into cookies. Hot with floating marshmallows, cold with sprinkle toppings. A friend who shares my fondness for the flavor once gave me a trinket that sits on a windowsill at home. It reads: “Chocolate will get you through times of no men better than a man will get you through times of no chocolate.” This is an absolute truth. But, throughout my love affair with the melted to powdery, and rich to bitter delight, there was a way I had not experienced chocolate. A way I needed to experience it. A way I would. While staying in Placencia, a peninsula off the coast of Belize that cradles the Caribbean, I follow an aerial yoga session and lunch on the beach with a walk to the Naïa Spa for an afternoon appointment. The spa is tucked below jungle canopies. Stone pathways and small bridges snake over slender streams to the front doors of five detached treatment suites. Mine faces the lagoon and is equipped with a shower. It is needed, as I am about to be coated in chocolate.

Where Does The Caribbean Rank On Press Freedom?
Where does the Caribbean stand on press freedom? Here are the positions of the seven Caribbean nations surveyed – ranked here by News Americas from worst to best, according to the latest 2018 World Press Freedom Index from Reporters Without Borders, (RSW), which evaluates the level of press freedom in 180 countries each year. The Central American nation of Belize dropped from 41 last year to 47 this year on the global ranks. Reporters without borders say coverage of political developments and criminal cases in Belize is controversial because the media are extremely polarized and this often results in legal proceedings that are long and costly for media outlets. Cases of threats, intimidation, and harassment of journalists are occasionally reported while Internet access in this nation is among the slowest and costliest in the Caribbean, the report added.

Videos

  • Sailing from San Pedro Town: Belize 2013, 11min.

  • Discover Belize, 2.5min. Come explore the world's second largest barrier reef in beautiful Belize aboard the Belize Aggressor III and the Belize Aggressor IV!

  • Exploring Belize and Tikal, 4min.

  • Belize Aggressor 2 APRIL 7TH TO 14TH 2018, 17min. Great dive trip with group from Divers Cove and No Limits Scuba.

  • Baby Tapir Sneak Peek, 1min. The Belize Zoo has video of their new tapir calf. Talk about cute! National Tapir Day will be celebrated this Saturday at the Belize Zoo, and you can vote for the name of the new calf. "We are so excited to share this very special video with all our "watermelon" fans! Here is a sneak peak of the tapir calf with proud mama, Navidad. You can meet the whole tapir family in person this Saturday April 28th during National Tapir Day celebrations at the Zoo! There will plenty of games, animal encounters, and special surprises, including the big reveal for our naming poll for the tapir calf. It's going to be "mountain cow mania" at the Zoo from 10am-3pm! Special thanks to The Belize Tapir Project for collaborating on this awesome video."

  • Modelographers in Belize, 9min.

  • Maya Mike in Belize w/Lamanai Chocolate founder Roger Hale, 2min. Maya Mike surprises Roger with his new Belizean Barbacoa All Purpose Sauce. Watch his reaction to Belize's premier new brand,

  • Belize Rio Frio Cave - Xilbalba God of the Underworld & Mayan Bloodletting, 4min.

  • Sports Talk Show, 2hr.