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The San Pedro Sun

Boat rally against Cayo Rosario development held prior to public meeting
Many of the supporters at the rally were fly fishing tour guides who have traditionally used the area for many years. Over 25 boats anchored on the leeward side of Cayo Rosario, the sounds of the Belizean National Anthem filling the air as more boats arrived. Soon thereafter, the gathering began their rallying cry: ‘We do not agree! No over the water structures, respect Belize’s marine protected areas!” Handwritten billboards blasted similar messages: ‘Build on your island, not on the sea, leave something for future Belize and me!” Even a few children joined in the protest to protect their future, their colorful banners proclaiming, ‘My future is not for sale,’ and ‘I will be the voice that will change the world.’

Boat rally against Cayo Rosario development held prior to public meeting
Hoping to send a strong message against development on Cayo Rosario, a small island within the Hol Chan Marine Reserve Zone IV on the northwest coast of Ambergris Caye, a large crowd of island residents convened in front of the caye on Sunday, May 13th in a peaceful protest. Boats lined up at Cayo Rosario The event was spearheaded by active members of the island community who are opposing the tourism project that will include 40 over-the-water structures at the southern tip of Cayo Rosario. This part of the project is considered a threat to the future of some of the most important fishing flats around the island that supports the fly fishing industry. As such, a public meeting has been scheduled for Tuesday, May 15th, starting at 5:30PM inside the San Pedro Lions Den. The public is invited to come out and discuss the next step on this sensitive matter.

Business owner Lamont Lipka shot and killed in San Pedro
Police have launched an investigation into the murder of 49-year-old businessman Lamont “Monty” Edward Lipka, American national of Texas, U.S.A., who was shot and killed at his place of business, Tropicana Bar & Grill located on Coconut Drive south of San Pedro Town on Sunday, May 13th. Lipka was apparently shot six times, with injuries to the face, the right side of the neck and to the back of the neck. According to residents in the area, around 9:30PM they heard several gunshots, however by the time they came outside they found Lipka’s lifeless body inside of his restaurant. “I was inside my house when I heard the gunshots I quickly came outside. When we came outside we saw the employees and guests of the restaurant running outside,” said a resident of the area. “Until afterward we noticed the body of Lipka lying inside his restaurant.” The resident further stated that they have no clue as to who could have done this to Lipka as he was a very calm person.

Ambergris Today

Belize Brewing Company Partners With Heineken
Belize Brewing Company enters partnership with leading International Brewer - Belize Brewing Company Limited (BBCo) announced on Friday, May 11, 2018, that it has taken Heineken International B.V. (HEINKEN) as a minority stake partner. This is a strategic relationship which provides BBCo with a strong international partner (the second largest brewer in the world), access to global procurement, international best practices, and greater potential growth in the CARICOM and beyond. HEINEKEN, a publicly traded company, is first and foremost a brewer... A brewer in which the Heineken Family owns majority voting rights, which makes it a Family Company who shares similar corporate values as BBCo.

Shooting at Tropicana Restaurant Leaves Manager Dead
Another shooting in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize has left one man dead in what appears to be an execution-style homicide given the reports from the San Pedro Police. The incident took place around 9:30p.m. at Tropicana Restaurant and Bar located on Coconut Drive south of San Pedro Town. The restaurant manager Lamont Edward Lipka has been reported as victim of the crime. Initial investigation reveal that about 9:20p.m. Lamont Edward Lipka was standing inside the restaurant at the cash register with his back facing the side door when a dark brown complexion male person approached him and fired two shots. It is reported that Lamont fell to the floor at which time the male person then fired five more shot at his face and then ran unto Coconut Drive, escaping in a southern direction.

Misc Belizean Sources

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Caye Caulker Meeting: Road Access to Properties South of Airstrip
Public Notice: Meeting. Topic: Road Access to Properties South of Airstrip. Where: CCVC. Date: Tuesday, May 22nd. Time: 6:30 PM.

Pedicures and Manicures!
The Ocean Academy Cosmetology students want to invite you to the OA campus Tuesday May 15th, 1:30-3:00pm for an amazing experience. $15 each, or $25 for a combo mani-pedi. The girls have been trained by Sharon Tillett of ITVET and this practical experience is part of their certification requirements. Thank you for your support!. Call 226-0321 or just show up 1:30-3:00 tomorrow.

BDF to Improve Security and Efficiency at the Benque/ Melchor Crossing
The Ministry of National Security hereby informs the public that starting today May 14th, the BDF Light Engineers will be undertaking a project to improve the security and efficiency at the Benque Viejo del Carmen / Melchor Border Crossing. The Light Engineers will be working in conjunction with the Border Management Agency to improve the fences and gates to ensure better control at that official crossing point.

Men at Work Art Exhibit in Corozal
Friday June 8th, 7pm Corozal House of Culture

San Pedro Election Protest
PUP supporters outside Belize City Courthouse as court hearing takes place between the San Pedro United Democratic Party (UDP) and the San Pedro Peoples United Party (PUP) at the Supreme Court.

BTB LOVE BELIZE SEA CHALLENGE 2018
From Punta Gorda to Corozal. 190 wearing miles and 5 grueling days kayak challenge. Kayak Lovers don’t forget to sign up for this amazing adventure that takes place May 17th-21st, 2018.

BEL Vacancy
A vacancy exists at Belize Electricity Limited for the post of Superintendent, System Expansion in the Planning & Engineering Department.

For the month of May, we are excited to feature Mr. Gabriel Pop as our Exceptional Belizean!
Gabriel Pop is a farmer and a friend to hundreds of cacao farmers across Southern Belize. We are proud to call Gabriel our 2016 Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative - YLAI participant! As the founding Executive Director of Na’Lu’um Cacao Institute, he works alongside his fellow Maya farmers, encouraging them to increase the production and quality of their organic cacao in harmony with the natural environment and empowering farmers to improve their livelihoods through meaningful market access. During his 12 years of work in the cacao industry, Gabriel has excelled as a leader and as a father of three boys.

Traditional Yucatec Maya Drink
A very delicious drink with white pumpkin based on Maya Como X To'op. U kaaba le ukuula' XEEK.. This drink is a mescla of rice, cinnamon, sugar and sugar sugar and a little milk to give you that unique touch. This picture is from nojoch mak faustino yam in his house in the corozal district.

Notice to all Justices of the Peace
The Attorney General’s Ministry informs that all Justices of the Peace, including Senior Justices of the Peace, must contact the Ministry to verify their JP status before July 31, 2018. This exercise is being carried out in preparation for the upcoming re-registration process by the Elections and Boundaries Department. All Justices of the Peace are required to provide some form of proof of their status. Kindly note that the JP certificate can be used as proof of status. Each person must also provide their contact information to the Ministry.

Government of Belize and Caribbean Development Bank Launch Capacity Building Programmes in Belize
The Government of Belize in collaboration with the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) launched a series of capacity building programmes today, May 14th, in Belmopan. The aim is to further strengthen the human resource capacity and competence of public officers at the technical, middle and senior management levels in the areas of Public Policy Analysis and Management and Project Cycle Management. The capacity building programmes are critical to the implementation of the Government’s Capital Investment Programmes (PSIP), monitoring and evaluation, and in particular the implementation of the Growth and Sustainable Development Strategy (GSDS).

Presentation of Credentials
Three ambassadors presented their Letters of Credence today, May 14th, to the Governor General of Belize H.E. Sir Colville Young at the Belize House in Belmopan. H.E. Dr. Franz Josef Kuglitsch, Ambassador of the Republic of Austria; H.E. Mrs. Zana Rudi, Ambassador of the Republic of Kosovo; and H.E. Mr. Leszek Bialy, Ambassador of the Republic of Poland; all presented their credentials to the Governor General. They each conveyed on behalf of their respective countries well wishes to the Government and people of Belize and their commitment to ensuring continued peaceful and prosperous diplomatic relations with Belize.

Belize Represented at 37th Session of ECLAC
Hon. Erwin Contreras, Minister for Economic Development, Petroleum, Investment, Trade and Commerce, represented Belize for the 37th Session of the Economic Commission of Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) from May 7th-11th, 2018 in Havana, Cuba. The group of countries at the meeting approved 18 resolutions focused on leaving no person behind in pursuit of the United Nations (UN) 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The group also reaffirmed a commitment to prioritize the needs of the Caribbean in the UN Framework.

Community Workers Day in San Pedro
Last week we had some visitors from the San Pedro R.C. School. It was community workers day and the students were all dressed as police officers, doctors, firefighters, nurses and even town council workers, to name a few. As part of their visit, they brought some goodies for each worker of the town council and they mentioned they were really grateful to our traffic wardens that conduct the school crossing patrol every morning and at lunch time. THANK YOU ALL FOR THE GOODIES AND FOR THE VISIT!

Hands Across the Sand this Saturday
Join us as we stand in solidarity and say YES to renewable energy. Sarteneja - Saturday, May 19th - 12:00 Noon - Parque Del Almendro. Corozal Town - Saturday May 19th - 12:00 Noon - Round House, Miami Beach.

Power outage scheduled for portion Cayo District from 6:00am to 2:00pm on Tuesday, May 15
Portion San Ignacio Town including Trench Town, 23rd Street, Trespuntas Road, Maya Vista Area, Rostow Lane, Collins Boulevard, Awe Street, Teodoso Ochoa Street, 6th Street, 9th Street, 11th Street, 18th Street, Santiago Juan Layout and all areas along Bullet Tree Road including Bullet Tree, Paslow Falls and areas along Santa Familia Road, including Santa Familia. BEL to replace utility poles, install new switch and lightning arresters and conduct line clearing in the area.

Dr. Ludwig Palacio's 'Audacity' Included in Belize's National Art Collection
On Friday May 11, 2018, Ms. Sapna Budhrani, Interim President of the National Institute of Culture and History (NICH), graciously accepted a work of art from Dr Ludwig Palacio which will become a part of the Belize National Art Collection. Dr. Palacio is a Veterinary Doctor, writer, poet, sculptor, painter, appropriate technologist, craftsman and published author. He enjoys teaching young people to develop their artistic talents and has a keen eye for beauty and creativity. Palacio’s early influences are rooted in his Garifuna culture, a combination of African and Native Amerindian. He only took his talents seriously in the year 2000 when he produced his first wood sculpture: The Statue of Unity. At that time, he cemented himself in his true passion painting, carving and sculpting of abstract art.

National Institute of Culture and History Honors Mr. Timothy Bardalez with Community Heritage Leadership Award
On Friday, May 11th, 2018 Deputy Prime Minister, the Minister of Education, Youth, Sports and Culture, the Hon. Patrick Faber visited the home of Mr. Timothy Bardalez in Forest Home, Toledo District, where he presented Mr. Bardalez with the Community Heritage Leadership Award on behalf of the Ministry of Culture and The National Institute of Culture and History (NICH). Deputy Prime Minister Faber was also joined by the Interim President of NICH and by the Director of the Institute of Social and Cultural Research (ISCR) of NICH. Mr. Bardalez, who is now 83 years old, has spent much of his life in dedicated service to Belize. Over his life Mr. Tim, as he is affectionately known, was responsible for helping to establish schools in Toledo such as Laguna Government School, Adventist Primary School, and Midway Primary School. He also taught in Mafredi, Forest Home Methodist School, Cattle Landing and Fairview R.C. School.

Corozal Wavemakers
Corozal Wavemakers led by Corozal field representative, Ryan Rivera meet to strengthen team work, communication and leadership skills as they continue to make waves for conservation in their community. Kudos to you guys! Awesome meeting where we got to strengthen team work, communication and leadership as we make waves of changes for conservation. Thank you wave makers. Thank you to Nekeisha Lima from Department of Youth Services, Nissa Waldman and Mrs. Debra Wilkes from House of Culture for collaborating with us and making this happen.

Channel 7

American Businessman Killed In San Pedro
It's Belize's number one tourist destination - but due to the drug trade, San Pedro has become all too familiar with murders. Usually, those murders happen in the San Mateo or San Pedrito slums, at the back of the island - far away from the tourist centers. But last night was very different. 49 year old American businessman Lamont Lipka was executed in the heart of town - at the restaurant he owned. Tonight, police are looking at a number of leads - and Sahar Vasquez found an island community shaken by the murder:... Usually, in the mornings at Tropicana everything is neat and clean but this morning it wasn't because last night chaos unfolded at the popular eatery.

Tensions at Benque Border When BDF Build Fence
Those crossing the Benque Border to Melchor over the weekend, may have noticed a couple BDF officers standing in front of the Adjacency Zone next to a mound of sand and cement blocks. The Government of Belize plans on doing some upgrade works in that area - sounds simple right? Well - not so fast - nothing is ever simple at the Benque Border. In order to get this project done, those Guatemalan cab drivers who operate in that area have to leave and find another spot to pick up passengers. Information is that when the BDF light engineering company arrived, some of the cab drivers did not leave peacefully. Our news team traveled out west today to see what was the situation on the ground. Courtney Weatherburne has more. It wasn't work as per usual for these Guatemalan Benque Border cab drivers. They would normally operate freely in front of the Adjacency Zone office which is on the Belize side of the border. They would park their taxi's in this lot near the office and ferry Belizeans crossing the border to Melchor - it has been happening for years. But it seems that won't be happening anymore, after the BDF cordoned off this area. The taxi drivers are now forced to just hang back and look on.

Charged for Monge Murder
One man has been charged for the murder of 23 year old Las Flores resident Luis Monge. He was fatally stabbed early last week Friday morning near La Cabana club when he tried to run down a chain snatcher. Police caught the suspect at the scene and charged him on Saturday. He is 35 year old Richard Hyde, a Butcher of Camalote Village. Police told us more today: ACP Joseph Myvette - Head, NCIB: "Police was in the area early Friday morning some time shortly after 3, when the police observed a struggle between 3 persons. Upon the police's approaching the area where the struggle was going on, 2 of the persons fell during the struggle and the third person attempted to run away but was caught up with by the police, whom they had a brief struggle as well in an attempt to escape."

Demetrio Pott Passed, Charges Upgraded
Caledonia resident Demetrio Pott died this weekend. The father of five had been in an accident - and then gotten beaten up in Trial Farm on April 27 - which was 15 days before his death. On Thursday, three men, Carlos Westby, Deltran Perez, and Leodigario Chan were charged for causing him dangerous harm. Well now, their charge has been upgraded. Police told us more:.. ACP Joseph Myvette - Head, NCIB: "In relation to that matter of Demetrio Pott, police has since arrested the 3 persons who were previously arrested: Carlos Westby, Deltran Perez, and Leodigario Chan have since been arrested for the crime of manslaughter."

Pott Family Angry With Attorney
This evening, we spoke to Pott's family at the morgue while his post mortem examination was being conducted. They had a lot to say about Marcel Cardona - who is the attorney for the accused. He claims that Pott's injuries are from the accident and that both he and his brother who was driving - were very drunk. Here's how the family responded to that:... Sahar Vasquez: "So the lawyer for the accused has said it was not the beating that killed Demetrio it was the accident. He also alleged that Mr. Demetrio and his brother were drunk. What is your response to that?" Brittney Molina, Niece of Deceased: "If it was because of the accident Mr. Cardona is saying he has evidence but we have evidence on Facebook that we also got so nothing about the accident makes sense when we look at those pictures. One was on the right side threw on the floor and my other uncle was behind the pick up on the floor..."

Child Injured By Broken Glass in Blvd. Shootout
A 6 year old child was injured in a shootout on Central American Boulevard on Saturday morning. It happened at the height of the morning on one of the busiest streets in the city. One 17 year old from the nearby Ghost Town area saw a rival gang figure across the street - and let off with a spray of bullets right into the morning traffic. The child was sitting in a parked van - and the information was that he had been shot to the glass. But doctors found it was the shattering glass of a side window that injured him. Police told us more:...

City Council Retains Discounts For Senior Citizens
In his March transition report, the Mayor of Belize City, Bernard Wagner said that property tax discounts had to stop. He said the council was losing too much revenue because of it. Well, turns out a lot of those discounts are for senior citizens - who get 25% off. So, after coming off as uncaring about the elderly, the council has had to tone down the rhetoric. A release today says, quote, "elderly Belizeans will be able to continue making their property tax payments without facing economic ruin. The property tax discounts of 25% to senior citizens of this city will not be interrupted. It shall remain in full effect. It only applies to the property where they reside and does not include vacant lots."

Big Bust In Benque
For the past two weeks, we've been telling you about busts of major quantities of marijuana coming down through the western corridor. Today, Police made another: this one at the Benque bus terminal. This afternoon around 3:20, police searched the bus and found 22 pounds of weed in a black traveling bag. No one claimed the bag so the cannabis was taken to the Benque Viejo Police Station where it was labeled as found property. As you can see the weed was bundled in shrink wrapped plastic bags.

Sandhill Slashing With Machete
Two Sandhill men were socializing this weekend - and then it got nasty. Around 11:00 on Friday, 28 year old Jude Moody and 26 year old Ivan Hyde had a dispute about a card game. And that's when Moody allegedly pulled out a machete. Police told us more: ASP Alejandro Cowo, OC - CIB Belize City: "Mr. Hyde was at the residence of a friend at 19 miles, Sand Hill Village. They were socializing when an argument ensued between a group of persons that were there present in that gathering and as a result, one of the male persons inflicted the chop wound to his neck. So far, police detained that male persons who was brought into custody and questioned and on yesterday's date, that male person was arrested and charged for the crime of Attempted Murder, Use of Deadly Means of Harm and Dangerous Harm."

Capital Cops Set Chase
On Saturday night in Belmopan three men - one of them masked and with a gun robbed Samsung Restaurant, on Nim Li Punit Street in Belmopan. Police told us they arrived shortly after and set chase but to no avail:.. ACP Joseph Myvette - Head, NCIB: "On Saturday, shortly after 9:50p.m., police responded to a robbery on Nim Li Punit Street in Belmopan. Upon their arrival, a white in color Ford Escape was seen leaving the area which was pursued by the police and the occupants fired upon the police and the police returned fire and a chase continued to ensue. The police later found the vehicle abandoned in an off road in Cotton Tree Village. The vehicle has since been impounded and the police investigation into this matter continues."

PUP Takes San Pedro Election Petition Before Chief Justice
2 and a half months ago, we told you about the election petition that the PUP had filed to up-end the municipal election results in San Pedro. Well, just after the start of news tonight, Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin adjourned the first day in the full hearing of this petition. As we reported, Incumbent Mayor Daniel Guerrero and the UDP 7 held unto their seats in the island town by a small margin. PUP's Mayoral Candidate Abner Andre Perez and the councillor candidates from the PUP 7 team say that there is a discrepancy of 275 ballots from polling station #37. Their party scrutineers cross-checked the numbers they had, and when they compared it with the figures from Elections and Boundaries officials on March 7, they came to the conclusion that these 275 ballots were not properly accounted for.

Multipurpose Center Contractor Going Broke?
In April of 2016, ground was broken for a 4.6 million dollar youth facility in the Lake I Community. The pitch was that the facility - which is right off the new, sinking Lake I Boulevard - and at the border of Gungulung would provide a safe space for youths to engage in sports, arts and culture, literacy and life skills programs. It was a glowing beacon of promise - that was to be finished by September of 2016! Well, we're lucky if it is finished for September 2018! And that's because the contractor, Wood Brick and Stone Company seems to have chronic liquidity problems. It can't pay suppliers and can't even pay its 25 workers.

CDB Schooling GOB
The CDB is also involved in a more hopeful project. It's called Public Policy Analysis and Management and Project Cycle Management. I know…those terms probably just fly over your head. But, they do mean something to public service officers whose work has everything to do with proper analysis and management. So the CDB hosted a training session for public officers in Belmopan today. Here is more from the training. This is the second round of training sessions, the 1st phase was done online.

JP, show Your Stripes!
Justices of the Peace will play a key role in the upcoming re-registration exercise. And that's probably why the Attorney General is cracking the whip on this body which operates with little oversight. The AG's Ministry says that all Justices of the Peace, including Senior Justices of the Peace, must contact the Ministry to verify their JP status before July 31, 2018. Those who don't will no longer be able to use their JP title - simple as that. JP's - and there are hundreds of them - can either visit the office of the Attorney General in Belmopan or contact the office via email at [email protected]

Channel 5

Belize’s Security Initiative at Western Border Irks Guatemala
Tensions flared up at the western border over the weekend when authorities sought to clear the area to allow for the discharge of construction material.  Government has decided to upgrade [...]

Taxis, Students Need Not Fear
Amid the chaos that ensued at the border on Sunday, the Guatemalan media also reported that students from neighboring Melchor who commute to Benque Viejo daily to attend school, would [...]

“Monty” Taken Out in San Pedro Restaurant
An American businessman was murdered in cold blood inside his restaurant in San Pedro Town on Sunday night.  Lamont Lipka of Texas, U.S.A was inside his bar and grill on [...]

Manslaughter Charges after O.W. Beating Victim Dies
More than two weeks after Demetrio Pott and his brother were badly beaten following a traffic accident in Trial Farm, Orange Walk on April twenty-seventh.  The forty-seven-year-old succumbed to his [...]

Charges for Accused Killer of Luis Monge
Richard Hyde is tonight in big trouble with the law after he was charged on Saturday and arraigned today for the murder of Luis Monge, who was killed on Friday [...]

Minor Charged for Shooting a Vehicle; Injuring 6-Year-Old
A seventeen-year-old minor from Mayflower Street in Belize City was remanded today following a shooting incident on Saturday morning, in which a minor was injured. According to police, just before [...]

San Pedro Election Petition to Court; Elections Chiefs Make Major Admissions
A first of its kind election petition was heard in the courtroom of Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin today between the slates of the two major political parties, who contested the [...]

U.D.P. Says P.U.P. Witnesses Did Themselves No Favors
Representing the United Democratic Party seven, Estevan Perrera believes the case is going better for their side than for the P.U.P.’s and that the other side has not done enough [...]

U.D.P. Chairman Calls Case ‘Waste of Time’
At this morning’s break, U.D.P. Party Chairman Alberto August offered his guarded view of the proceedings. He felt the other side did not look good, but it was still too [...]

Protestor Calls for Justice
The occasion of the court case brought a handful of protestors from the island in blue shirts to the Battlefield Park. Like their political fellows they believe they were given [...]

Registry Clerks Caught Forging ID Papers
Former registry employees Alvan Alvarez and Benedict Pascascio are tonight without jobs having been charged for forgery at the Registry of the Supreme Court. The two clerks are accused of [...]

Robbers Get Away with Attack on Restaurant in Belmopan
Just before ten p.m. on Saturday, a robbery at a restaurant in Belmopan led to a vehicle chase involving police and the robbers. That pursuit quickly escalated to a shootout, [...]

1 Charged in Sand Hill Stabbing
Jude Joseph Moody of Sand Hill Village was arraigned for attempted murder, use of deadly means of harm and dangerous harm before Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford following a chopping incident [...]

Iginio Canto Released, But Still Faces Investigation for Out of Season Lobster
Corozal fisherman Iginio Canto Bacab is tonight at home with his family in Caledonia, after being held in detention in Livingston, Guatemala for illegally harvesting lobster in its waters.  Canto [...]

Ladyville Family of 9 Loses Home to Fire
Fires have been erupting everywhere; this weekend there were three fires in the Belize District.  In Ladyville on Friday afternoon, a fire swept through a wooden house where a family [...]

Another Ladyville Home Ablaze over Weekend
Less than twenty-four hours later, there was yet another fire in Ladyville, also on Manta Ray Boulevard for which a family of two has been displaced. A single mother and [...]

Abandoned House Afire in Western Paradise
The third fire occurred in the Eight Miles Community on the George Price Highway. What residents say was an abandoned wooden house, made from pimenta sticks, went up in flames [...]

Ex-Policeman Charged for Burning Household Goods
A former police officer is in trouble with the law again after apparently setting afire goods belonging to a Belize City woman last week. Six years ago the then-police constable, [...]

Pastor Held for Wounding Minors
Men and women of God are not usually known for violence, but a pastor of the Burrell Boom area is tonight charged with wounding and harm against two minors. The [...]

School Managers Say No Docking Salaries
Teachers’ salaries for March twenty-second will not be docked. That’s the word coming out of the Belize Association for General Managers of pre and primary schools. In a release issued [...]

The Best of Weekend Sports
Good evening, I’m James Adderley and this is Sports Monday.   [Highlights of the weekend sporting activities…]

LOVE FM

San Pedro PUP supporters protest in favor of legal challenge to elections results
While the trial was ongoing, a handful of PUP supporters were in front of the Supreme Court Building protesting the elections results. Persons like Santos Acosta believe that the elections results in San Pedro Town do not reflect the political will of the San Pedro community, an assertion which the UDP and its Chairman Alberto …

BDF light engineers to make border crossing more secure
Over the weekend Guatemalan media began reporting an increased presence of BDF soldiers along the western border. Red Informativa, in particular, reported that BDF soldiers and police officers began forcibly removing Guatemalan vendors from in front of the OAS office in the adjacency zone. That area is called “no man’s land” because neither Belize nor …

RET Belize molding future leaders
RET International is a humanitarian organization which has been in existence since 2005 and its headquarters is located in Geneva, Switzerland. The organization has been working in Belize since October 2015, with funding from the US State Department. RET Belize is involved in working with young people through building their leadership skills. For the past eight …

US National gunned down in San Pedro restaurant
Was the murder of Lamont Lipka a hit? That is what police are investigating after the 49-year-old Texan was gunned down on Sunday night on San Pedro Ambergris Caye; another homicide on a growing list on the island. Police say a lone gunman walked into the establishment and fired several times at Lipka shortly after …

SMART Mundialito in its 7th year
On Saturday the annual Smart Mundialito kicked off in Belize City. It’s a sporting event that the telephone giant has been sponsoring for years and one which has seen the participation of children from across the country and different social and economic background. Besides awarding them with trophies and medals for their athletic abilities, the …

Chopping incident lands Jude Moody behind bars
An argument on Friday night has landed one man behind bars after he allegedly attacked and chopped another with a machete. According to police, officers found 26-year-old Ivan Hyde hospitalized at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital. He had been chopped to the left side of his neck after he got into an argument with another …

Robbery leads to car chase; suspects escape
A robbery in Belmopan led to a vehicle chase and shootout between Police and the perpetrators on Saturday. Head of the National Crimes Investigation Branch, Joseph Myvett briefed the media on the incident. ACP Joseph Myvette: “On Saturday shortly after 9:50 pm Police responded to a robbery on Nim Li Punit St. in Belmopan. Upon their …

Chief Justice hears legal challenge to San Pedro Town elections results
The PUP’s legal challenge to the March 7 elections results in San Pedro Town is being heard by the Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin. We say “is” because while the trial began this morning, it is still underway with the cross-examination of Catherine Cumberbatch who was the returning officer for that municipality for the elections. The …

Combating Crime through arts
No one has been safe from the recent spike in crime. Many parents have wept over the loss of their children and children have wept over the loss of their parents. Therefore, there has been an urgency to come up with solutions to the problem. Joseph Stamp Romero, Founder of (Youth Advocacy through Arts) YATA, …

Youths return from conference ready to implement new knowledge
Kyle Miller, Youth Empowerment Coordinator at the Department of Youth Services and Councilor Allan Pollard represented Belize at the Caribbean Youth Conference held late last month in St. Lucia. Now that he is back from his trip, Miller told Love News that he is looking forward to implementing an action plan which was drafted at …

6-year-old injured in Saturday morning shooting
A six year old boy was injured in a shooting incident that happened on Saturday morning in Belize City. The child identified as Lemar Orellano, was reportedly in a “dalla’” van along with his mother and other passengers when shots rang out at the corner of Vernon Street and Central American Boulevard …

Police charge one man with the murder of Luis Monge
Thirty five year old Richard Hyde has been charged for the murder of Luis Monge. Hyde is accused of fatally stabbing Monge on Friday morning at La Cabana Night Club in Belmopan. According to reports, it all happened after Monge attempted to retrieve a gold chain that had been stolen from a …

Three men charged with the manslaughter of Demetrio Pott
Demetrio Pott, the man who was beaten in late April, died on Saturday. Last week police formally arrested and charged three men for that incident. Carlos Westby, Deltran Perez, and Leodigario Chan were …

PlusTV

Man stabbed and killed in Belmopan
A young man was murdered in Belmopan early this morning outside the La Cabana night Club. 23 year old Luis Monge was stabbed when he got into a scuffle trying to assist a woman whose belongings were snatched by a man. The young lady was reportedly leaving the La Cabana night club in Belmopan when he...

Villagers protest swearing in of new water board in Valley of Peace
Residents of the Valley of Peace community in the Cayo District are protesting the appointment of a new community water board in their community. This afternoon the members of the community held a meeting at the Valley of Peace community center, where a representative from the Ministry of Rural Deve...

Investigation into High Risk Nepalese citizens’ entry into country
Plus News has learned that there is an ongoing investigation in immigration into the processing of entry into the country for two Nepalese Citizens. We understand that an internal investigation has been launched since the 2 Nepalese citizens were granted entry to the country on Tuesday even though t...

Split in Immigration department causes concern
And while there is an investigation into what went wrong at airport immigration, concerns have been raised over another immigration matter. Back in March of this year, when debating amendments tot eh Immigration passport Act, The PUP had raised objections over GOB’s plan to separate the Immigration ...

Deputy Mayor Speaks on City Council Terminations
As we reported on Tuesday, a mass firing took place at the Belize City Council. Six persons were terminated, including former City Administration Candice Miller. Miller was placed on suspension in April after allegations of over spending were made against her. Among the six terminated employees are ...

28 Year old Dies on Shrimp Farm in the South
A 28 year old employee of a Shrimp farm died while on the Job. Plus news has received information that the young man was found on the farm gasping for air but he passed away a little later. Family members told us off camera that the young man was working at the time. They also told Plus News that Po...

Patrick Faber detained in the US?
Reports recently circulated that the Deputy Prime Minister of Belize was detained in the United States on his last visit. While Minister Patrick Faber did not deny the reports, he did not confirm either. The media pressed Faber on the matter yesterday. Here is how that went. Hon. Patrick Faber, Depu...

Bay Basketball Tournament
Belmopan Advocates for Youths, BAY, kicked off its 4th annual Basketball tournament on Saturday. The organization has been a leader in youth events throughout Belmopan, since 2012. This year’s BAY Basketball Tournament promises to engage youths in...

Belize City Deputy Mayor Blames Ex-Mayor for Miller’s Demise
As we reported earlier, Ex City Administrator Candice Miller, was among the 6 individuals terminated from the Belize City Council on Thursday. Miller’s strife with the new PUP City Council has been ongoing for weeks. First she was placed on termination after serious allegations of mismanagement and over spending was made against her...

Belmopan Cancer Society Walk
The Belmopan Cancer Society will be hosting its annual Cancer walk on Saturday. The walk attracts hundreds of supporters nationwide. It is a yearly event organized to raise funds for cancer treatment. This year’s Belmopan cancer walk will begin...

The Reporter

Robbery and shooting reported in San Pedro
An armed robbery and shooting happened last night in San Pedro. The incident occurred at Tropicana Restaurant on the southern portion of the town. People in the area reprted hearing five shots shortly after 10:00 p.m., and there is an unconfirmed report that someone was shot.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

New plant species found in Belize
A new plant specie, Alsobia baroniae, was recently identified in Belize and published in a […]

GOB and Caribbean Development Bank launch capacity building programs in Belize
The government of Belize in collaboration with the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) launched a series of […]

Three Orange Walk men face upgraded manslaughter charge
Last week, BBN reported on the brutal beat down of a man from Trial Farm […]

NICH honors Timothy Bardalez with Community Heritage Leadership Award
On Friday May 11, Minister of Education, Youth, Sports and Culture, Patrick Faber visited the […]

Three new ambassadors present credentials to Governor General
Today, three ambassadors presented their Letters of Credence to the Governor General of Belize, H.E. Sir […]

Restaurant manager shot and killed in San Pedro Town
San Pedro police are investigating the murder of a restaurant manager that happened last night. According […]

Belize City’s Steve Harvey passes away
His name is identical to that of American comedian, Steve Harvey, however, Belize’s Steve Harvey, was […]

Missing man found dead
This morning, a man’s body was found floating near Harvest Caye. Family and friends of Juan […]

“Kumbaya” at Belize City Hall, Council moves on united
Last Monday Belize City Councilor, Micah Goodin, expressed a loss of confidence in Mayor Bernard Wagner. […]

PUP double standards in selecting candidates?
The People’s United Party (PUP) is seeking to have all its Standard Bearers in place […]

Armed robbery and shooting in San Pedro Town
Reports reaching our newsroom are that there were an armed robbery and shooting last night at […]

BDF to improve Security and Efficiency at the Benque/ Melchor Border
Picture: La Red Informativa Posted: Monday, May 14, 2018. 8:35 a.m. CST. The Ministry of National Security has informed that effective today, the […]

Blogs

Boat Rally For Rosario Leads Up To Important Public Meeting on Tuesday, May 15th
Yesterday, local guides and concerned citizens met at the island to show unity: NO OVER THE WATER STRUCTURES AT CAYO ROSARIO. This all leads up to the public meeting tomorrow. 5:30pm at the Lions Den, May 15th. For EVERYONE. Families, guides, children, visitors, residents, lovers of our island.

International Sourcesizz

Sandy’s Garden ... Oh, Sugar
“Fairtrade sugar helps improve farmers’ harvests in Corozal,” read the label on the single-portion wrap of demerara sugar which I picked up in the café of a local garden centre recently. “Fairtrade white sugar helps rebuild a school roof in Louisville,” read another. A third told me that, “Fairtrade sugar helps disabled children play in San Andres.” Intrigued by the selection to be found in a single bowl of sugar wraps, I read the message on a fourth. “Fairtrade sugar helps save crops from pests in San Narciso.” My next dip into the bowl of sugar wraps found a label which told me that, “Fairtrade sugar helps keep children safe in San Victor.” And a sixth wrap assured me that, “Fairtrade sugar helps keep families safe in Xaibe.” And, by courtesy of the internet, I now know that I was just one label short of a full set, the missing one of which bears the message, “Fairtrade sugar helps build classrooms in San Estevan.”

Garifuna, the mixed race descendants of African slaves exiled by the British after revolts
The Garifuna or Garinagu are the descendants of West and Central Africa who intermingled with Island Carib, Arawak and European people. Before then, the Black Carib were inhabitants of the Caribbean island of Saint Vincent caused by the mixture of Island Caribs and black Africans which occurred in the 18th century. Black Caribs also reside in Dominica and Trinidad. The Garifuna are a result of the Black Caribs who spread throughout Central America, Honduras, Nicaragua, Guatemala and Belize. Their exodus came after they were exiled from the Lesser Antilles by the British colonial government after several attempts of rebellion. Those deemed as having less “African” attributes were allowed to stay.

Videos

  • 3rd Annual Music Week, 7min. The Office of the Music Ambassador is hosting the 3rd Annual Music Week on May 17th, 18th &19th. Our Belize Now team found out more about the upcoming event. Here’s more..

  • The official opening of the new and improved Belize City Civic Center., 4min.

  • Around the World Embassy Tour, 6min. Our Belize Now Team was recently in Washington, D.C. for the Around the World Embassy Tour where the Embassy of Belize held its annual open house. Here's a look at the action and festivities of that day...

  • The Sister Reef Project, 1.5min.

  • Explore Flowers Bank Museum, Belize River Valley, 1.5min.

  • Allie Ayers Slips Into Some Unique s In Belize | Uncovered | Sports Illustrated Sw, 2min.

  • SMART technology in the Maya Golden Landscape, 2min. We are utilizing SMART technology to improve compliance of protected area regulations in the Maya Golden Landscape. Our team has customized the software to collect, manage and analyze data for improved management of wild places. Check out the video produced by our colleagues at Wildlife Conservation Society! This 2 minute film highlights how the Spatial Monitoring and Reporting Tool (SMART) is revolutionising Belize's approach to protecting its globally important natural resources. From the Maya Mountains to Belize's World Heritage Reef rangers are working hard to ensure that our water, timber, fish, wildlife and natural beauty can continue to support the economy. SMART is an android based tool that improves patrol data collection and analysis to help managers make better decisions and be more effective in protectors

  • The Belizean Jungle is AWESOME!, 7min. I most absolutely loved glamping in the jungle of San Ignacio, in the Cayo District of western Belize, on the banks of the Macal River. Our rustic cabin on stilts were lit at sun down by our warm and nurturing staff! Complete with monkeys, spiders and scorpions to name a few!

  • Belize Full Trip - 360° VR 4K, 9min. Our compilation of Belize. Find the Secret Beach - Ambergris Caye, Maxin' and Relaxin' in Belize - Caye Caulker, Lightning! - Warning: Contains Flashes of Light, A Mayan Adventure - Xunantunich, Belize

  • CCS 2018 Belize Missions Trip, 20min.

  • Just Opened! Blue Bayou at Secret Beach - Ambergris Caye, Belize, 7min. , I am going to take you to the Secret Beach area on the pristine West Side of Ambergris Caye to see a new over the water bar and restaurant called Blue Bayou.

  • Diving Belize, 3min. April 2018 Long Caye, Lighthouse Reef Atoll Belize, Central America.

  • Belize 2018, 18min.

  • BELIZE TELEMEDIA LIMITED EMPLOYEE RECOGNITION DAY/FAMILY DAY PERFORMANCE 2018, 2min. THANKS TO THE HR TEAM WE WERE ABLE TO GRACEFULLY THANK THE BTL WORKERS FOR THEIR YEARS OF SERVICE AND HARD WORK 2018..GIVE THANKS..

  • The Morning Show Maya Day, 28min.A little history on Chactemal (Santa Rita), Corozal, Yucatec Maya and the Maya social war (Caste War)