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The San Pedro Sun

Three men charged for Caribeña Fuels gas station robbery
San Pedro Police have charged Zimmer Perez, Jair Brown, and Arrie Gentle for the Saturday, May 19th robbery at Caribeña Fuels Gas Station, south of San Pedro Town. According to reports, the assailants attacked the pump attendants with knives, stealing their waist bags containing money from the day’s sale. Police were alerted and soon arrested two of the thieves while they were trying to escape. The third person was apprehended hours after. Witnesses reported that one of the pump attendants was stabbed to the neck and rushed to the Dr. Otto Rodriguez San Pedro Polyclinic II, but the official police report did not confirm that detail. On Tuesday, May 22nd, all three men were arraigned at the San Pedro Magistrate Court and charged with robbery.

Ambergris Today

San Pedro Joins Oceana’s Hand Across The Sand Event
On Saturday, May 18, 2018, Oceana was in charge of organizing the Hands Across the Sand event in Belize and it was successfully held in all the districts around the country including San Pedro, Dangriga, Corozal, Punta Gorda, Belmopan, Orange Walk, San Ignacio, Caye Caulker, Belize City and Placencia. The event had participants holding hands by the shore at the San Pedro Central Park as a sign of solidarity against offshore oil drilling and sending the message to government that they do not support any of it, as it will jeopardize one of the country’s most important natural resources and industries. Oceana Belize continues to be a strong advocate and a voice for the people of Belize to send this strong message against offshore oil drilling in the country.

Misc Belizean Sources

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Prime Minister Departs Country for Medical Consultations
Prime Minister, Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow departed the country today, May 22, 2018 for Miami. He will continue medical consultations for his back ailment. The Prime Minister is scheduled to return to Belize on May 30, 2018. During the Prime Minister’s absence, Hon. Patrick Faber, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sports, will act as Prime Minister of Belize.

Mr. Florencio Sansores passes away
Mayor Daniel Guerrero, the San Pedro Town Council and Staff would like to extend its sincere condolences to the Sansores friends and family on the passing of Mr. Florencio Sansores. May the family find the strength in each other to overcome this great loss. San Pedro has lost another pioneer in the fishing industry. Sail on Mr. Sansores...

Kayakers crossing the grand finish line at Corozal
Yesterday, the kayakers crossed the grand finish line at Corozal. These shots capture what seem to be the "we made it" expressions. They finished what they started, all 218 miles over 5 grueling days.

BTB Love Belize Sea Kayak Challenge
Teams Koop Sheet Metal and Team NICH were both represented at the BTB Love Belize Sea Kayak Challenge, with Henner Cruz proudly representing Team NICH.

Climate-Smart Agriculture Opportunities Workshop
The Ministry of Agriculture in partnership with the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) with funding from the World Bank, is currently hosting a workshop on Climate-Smart Agriculture Opportunities at the Ministry of Agriculture Showgrounds Conference Room in Belmopan. The main objectives of the workshop are to share the results of the Cost-Benefit Analysis for priority Caribbean-Smart Agriculture (CSA) practices and to build an investment portfolio for the agriculture sector in the face of climate change. The portfolio will be used as a planning and programming tool by various stakeholders involved in CSA in Belize.

Belize Launches Comprehensive National Transportation Master Plan
As part of its commitment to deliver a well-organized, sustainable, and climate-resilient transportation sector, the Government of Belize, with the support of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) officially launched today, May 22nd, Belize’s first ever Comprehensive National Transportation Master Plan (CNTMP). The overall objective of the CNTMP is to serve as Belize’s preeminent reference document on transportation. It will aid in facilitating strategic sector planning and more efficient and effective transport of people and freight within the country, and between Belize and its main trading partners. The launch event, held at the Belize Biltmore Plaza, was attended by key representatives in the public and private sector as well as civil society.

National Climate Change Youth Video Competition 2018
The National Climate Change Office (NCCO), which is part of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment, and Sustainable Development, has launched the 2018 National Climate Change Youth Video Competition. This competition is linked to the 2018 ‘Global Youth Video Competition’ being organized by the United Nations Climate Change. The top two videos for the national competition will be submitted to the UN Climate Change as Belize’s submission to the global competition. The Global Youth Video Competition will culminate with two participants being selected as winners to attend the Conference of Parties (COP 24) in Katowice, Poland, in December 2018.

Work being done on North Children's Park
The Caye Caulker Village Council would like to ask all parents to please refrain from taking your children to the North Children's Park as we are currently revamping and upgrading the play area, we kindly as your co operation to avoid any accidents. Thank you!

BTB Love Belize Sea Challenge
Congratulations to the First Place Male Winners and Overall BTB Love Belize Sea Challenge BCG Belize Coast Guard Champions for completing in 35 hours 59 minutes 14 seconds. Special thanks to our Corozal Town Council, Belize Port Authority, Belize Coast Guard and our Corozal Police Department for rendering great services.

Annual Marimba Dance
SanIgnacio, May 25th from 5pm-10pm.

Channel 7

Mother of 9 Killed On Walk To The Corner Store
It's been a devastating long weekend - with 5, and possibly 6 weekend murders to report, as well as other shootings and traumatic deaths. They're all tragedies, and all profoundly sad - and one of the saddest has to be the loss of 40-year-old Michelle Anderson - a mother of nine who was randomly shot while buying a few items to make Sunday dinner for her family. Anderson and 30-year-old Nelson Lopez were in June's Meat store when a man came in and fired several shots. She was fatally shot in the chest, while Lopez was shot to the thigh. Anderson's family is left shattered by the untimely and unexpected death of their loved one. Sahar Vasquez stopped by and found that she was just in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Police Say Mother’s Murder Has No Clear Motive
The murder has left many that knew Anderson bewildered as she was not involved in any suspicious activity. And it seems the police are also puzzled by the incident. Today they said they're still looking for answers: ASP Alejandro Cowo, OC-CIB Belize City: "What police gathered so far is that both persons the female and the male person were inside of Junes Meat Shop which is located at the Finnegan Market. While Ms. Michelle was doing her shopping inside of the meat market a male person came by and fired several shots at her direction and also hitting Mr. Nelson who was beside her attending to her inside of the shop."

Sawed Off Shotgun Killed Ruta Maya Paddler
And from violence in Belize City to more bloodshed in Cayo - a man was slain in front of Blue Angels Night Club after 1:00 Monday morning. 28 year old Kyne Gentle was with his friends buying food in front of the club when a man just walked up to Gentle and shot him with a sawed off shotgun. Now Gentle is well known in the sporting community so why would anyone want this athlete dead? There just aren't any clear answers to this question. Courtney Weatherburne has more. Courtney Weatherburne, reporting: Nothing brought more pride and joy to the Gentle family than to see Kyne in the PACT team canoe getting ready for La Ruta Maya 2018. He is the man in the middle - excited to get paddling.

No Motive For Kyne Killing
And police don't have much answers in this case either. Although they say Gentle is known to police, they haven't come up with a motive as yet. ACP Joseph Myvette - Head, NCIB: "Police were called to a nightclub on Hudson Street in San Ignacio, based on information that shots were fired. Upon the police arrival, a male person was seen lying on the steps of the nightclub apparently dead with two gunshot injuries; one to the head and one to the abdomen area. Based on the police's investigation, whilst the deceased was at the foot of the steps he was approached by a lone gunman wearing a black cap who fired the two shots after him before making good his escape."

Pool Player Par Excellence Robbed and Killed
Our next murder story brings us back to Belize City - where another sportsman was killed. Juan Angel Vargas made his name as a master pool player, while he made his money as a hotdog vendor in Belize City. But he won't be playing any more pool or selling hotdogs. Around 4:00 on Sunday morning Vargas was preyed upon by robbers outside his home on Tigris Street. Sahar Vasquez found out more about the pool playing master, cut down by a petty thief: Juan Angel Vargas won this trophy two weeks ago when he crushed the competition in the Belize District Singles Pool competition. He won the rest of these trophies in his 20 years of competing in pool tournaments all around Belize. It would be an understatement to say he was a good pool player. The game came naturally to him.

Police Say Killer Ambushed Vargas
As we told you, Police believe that the motive for Vargas's death was robbery. All the money he had on him was gone when they arrived. They believe his killer trailed him home: ASP Alejandro Cowo, OC-CIB Belize City "He was approached by a male person who fired at his direction hitting him to the back of his head causing the fatal injuries. Police in the area responded and as a result, this matter is under investigation." "During the investigation police have uncovered that his wallet and other personal items were gone." "What we understand is that when he finished his sales and packed up he was followed until he reached to his home on Tigris Street."

Cabbie Killed By Mystery Caller
Earlier in the news, we told you about 2 of the weekend murders in the Belize City, and another in San Ignacio, but before the long weekend was over, another killing was reported. This one happened last night at Mile 8 on the George Price Highway - and again the victim was a taxi-man, one of the most high risk occupations in the country. It's an all - too - familiar story, Belize City cabbie Luis Moh was killed by gunmen who pretended to be legitimate customers. Daniel Ortiz has his story: Felipe Moh - Father of the Deceased: "He works hard for a little bit of money. I don't know what will happen, but why those guys that are doing this targets poor people, people that are working hard. What would the ministers do if this happens to one of their sons or daughters?"

Police Comment On the Murders Of Working People
So, that's 4 victims killed, and, according to best information, they were all working people - not gangsters. So, again, the worrying trend is resurfacing that innocent people continue to be victims of gun violence. We brought it up with police, and here's what they had to say at today's bi-weekly press conference: ASP Alejandro Cowo - CIB OC: "It is of great concern for us as we knew that this was a trend in the past and it had actually come to a pause for many years but as of recent we have seen that this is reoccurring again. So, it is something that we are really looking to see if we can put a stop because the three victims that were involved in this shooting incident are all law abiding citizens."

Man Likely Killed And Then Home Burnt Down in Hopkins
There's another traumatic death over the weekend which happened in Hopkins Village - and this one also looks like murder - but police can't say for sure yet. This community on the coast of the Stann Creek District is known for its natural beauty and for it's easygoing way of life, but, early on Sunday morning, that peace was disturbed by a three building fire, followed by the discovery of charred human remains. Police say that they found a 2-storey house completely destroyed, and it's tenant, George Magaña, missing.

Fire Dept. Confirms Arson
The Fire Department today confirmed that someone set the fire. Orin Smith - Station Officer, National Fire Service: "The Dangriga branch of the National Fire Service received and responded to structural fire in the village of Hopkins, Stann Creek District. On arrival on the scene 2 of 3 structures was seen engulf with flames. All 3 structures were on the same property. The structure at the farthest point from the first 2 that was on fire was undamaged by the fire. Preliminary investigation revealed that the fire originated in the 2nd structure, that 2nd is a 20 by 30 wooden structure elevated approximately 4 feet off ground approximately 4 feet from the front structure. During the mop-up phase of fire extinguishing, the lifeless body of an unidentified person was also discovered. The cause of the fire is classified as incendiary. Person or persons responsible are unknown at this time."

Bruce Davidson’s Burnt Pickup And The Clues It Yields
So that's the second case of murder and arson in a week. In the arson murder case in Belmopan from last week, the cops confirmed what we reported on Friday: that they had made some major headway in the investigation of Bruce Davidson. As we told you, police found Davidson's vehicle, a Mahindra Pickup, burnt on the outskirts of Belmopan. They also recovered some of Davidson's personal belongings, including a phone system, at a house in Roaring Creek Village. Here's what the Head of the National Criminal Investigations Branch had to say about the case today:

20 Year Old Roaring Creek Resident Missing, Feared Dead
Tonight a Roaring Creek mother is desperate to find her son. 20 year old Oswald Arnold left his home on Thursday the 17th after 5:00 in the evening. His mother, Rosita Orellana says Arnold told her that he was going to the river with friends and he would be back on Friday. He never returned. Although it is hard for Orellana to accept, she says she has lost all hope in finding her son alive. Here is what she had to say. Rosita Orellana- Mother: "He came home and told me that he was going to the river with some of his friends but he did not come back." Courtney Weatherburne- Reporter: "Does he normally go out with his friends to the river?"

W/Cpl Stabs Male PC in Domestic Dispute
While police were very forthcoming about their investigation into all these cases, they were very brief in their discussing 2 cases involving their very own. The first one happened on Sunday in the Cayo District. Reports are Police Constable Hector Esquivel was at home with a woman Corporal, when they had some sort of disagreement. During the incident, the Corporal allegedly stabbed PC Esquivel, and he had to be rushed to the San Ignacio Community Hospital, reportedly in a critical condition. We asked about the case today, but the cops were tight lipped:

Cpl’s Wife Takes Gun, Grazes 12 Year Old
In another case of a police involved in a domestic dispute, leading to the injury of a family member, this morning at 4:45 in Mahogany Heights, a police Corporal was socializing with his wife when they got into a nasty argument. She reportedly got a hold of his service 9mm pistol, and she fired it in the house. That bullet reportedly grazed the leg of a 12 year-old child. We asked police about it, but they did not want to comment, saying only that it will be dealt with "internally".

Pedro Police Caught Robbers Quickly
This weekend, San Pedro police were ready when robbers struck at Caribena Fuels Gas Station, at the corner of Blake Street and Sea Grape Drive. That's right around the corner from the Tropicana Restaurant where Lamont Lipka was killed one week earlier. Around 7:15 two men approached the two gas station attendants with knives and stole their waist bags with a total of $1,900 in cash from the days sales. But, police were on active patrol in the area and sprang into action. Two patrols were able to corner the culprits within minutes, and they got back the money bags and found the knives used.

Woman Dead, Hit and Run Driver Caught
So far tonight, we've already told you about five murders, and one missing man who is feared dead. But there were still two more traumatic deaths - both involved women killed in separate hit and run accidents. The first happened on Friday night at 7:30 between miles 45 and 46 on the George Price Highway. 30 year old Silvia ZAVALA from Belmopan was driving a motorbike from Cotton Tree Village to Belmopan and was hit from behind by a taxi, and violently flung unto the side of the road - where she was found dead. The taxi fled the scene but Belmopan police, moving with their characteristic swiftness caught up with the man they believe to be the driver in just 24 hours.

Another Woman Killed In Hit And Run
The other woman killed in a it and run accident was 37 year old Rosita Requena - who was knocked down by a hit and run driver between miles 9 and 10 on the Southern Highway near of Silk Grass Village. It happened at 9:30 on Sunday morning where she was seen dead on the roadside with multiple head and body injuries. Requena lived in Silk Grass. There are also reports of another weekend accident on the southern highway. Unofficial reports say that it happened near DEEP RIVER area when the driver of a Ford Ranger pick up lost control and several of his passengers were injured.

Paul Thompson Says His Opponent & Fellow Senator Represents Special Interests
Last week the news was all about Senator Valerie Woods - who surprised political observers when she decided to contest the convention for the Albert Division. That has caused some internal disquiet in the PUP - since Paul Thompson - an ally of the Cordel Hyde power base in the city - now has to face an unexpected and unwelcomed challenge. Un-welcomed because these things do cost money - and there's no abundance of that in the Hyde base. But, when we met Thompson campaigning today, he told his challenger and fellow PUP Senator to bring it on:… Hon. Paul Thompson - PUP Caretaker, Albert: "I have been in the Albert Division now for 23 years working politically and was born and raised in Albert as well but politically I have been here for 23 years and I have never seen Miss Valerie Smith on the ground working politically..."

Mentally Ill Mother Missing, Family Asking for Help
Mother of two, Belize City resident Sharon Ferguson has been missing since last week Tuesday and her family is in extremely worried. Ferguson suffers from a mental illness called Dissociative Personality Disorder and has gone missing before, but never for this long. Her husband came by our studio to ask for the public's help in locating her. You can call Bennett at 663-7056 or 628-5090 if you know anything about her whereabouts. A reward of $100 is being offered to anyone who has any information about her.

Cops and Kids Ziplining
So far tonight you've heard about all the bad news police have to investigated, but there are also great community initiatives. On Sunday the Eastern Division Southside Commander, Sr. Superintendent Howell Gillett and staff took 30 young people between 8 and 15 from neighborhoods all across the city for a special adventure above the forest canopy. They went to Franks Eddy Village to do zip lining - just like the tourists. Police say they hope to, quote, "keep young people positive by taking them out of their usual environment to experience other possibilities. This…will help these young people by opening their minds to a life other than the status quo." End quote.

Capital Cops Playing Sports With Kids
In another care of pro-active community policing, On Saturday the Belmopan formation along with Officers from the Community Policing Unit held a sports day filled with activities for 115 cadets from various areas. Those areas include Belmopan, Camalote, Valley of Peace, Roaring Creek, Cotton Tree, St Mathews and Armenia.. The main purpose of the event was to promote physical fitness and a healthy lifestyle, and, also, to bring the kids from all these communities together.

Sands, Hands, Saving Seas
Every year countries promote clean energy with solidarity events. And On Saturday Belize was one of 117 countries to conduct a Hands Across the Sand Event. Belizeans from twelve municipalities in the country joined hands on beaches, bridges, sea walls, and other public areas to promote clean energy and alternatives to fossil fuels and also to celebrate Belize's historic decision to implement offshore oil moratorium. Vice President of Oceana Janelle Chanona said, quote, "this decision by the Belizeans, Government and people therefore makes Belize a global leader not just in coral reef protection but most importantly of the people who depend on them."

Fire Dept Puts Out Fire
On Sunday morning at 11:30, the fire department responded to a blaze at a home in the Buttonwood Bay area. They say the residential fire was on the lower flat:.. Police reports say a cell phone charger may have been involved in the fire.

PM Gone Away To See About Bad Back
Last week the Prime Minister spoke about his bad back - he said he is weighing the possibility of surgery. Well, he left the country today, for Miami where he will continue medical consultations for his back. He returns next week Wednesday, May 30, 2018. During the Prime Minister's absence, Patrick Faber, will act as Prime Minister.

Hon. Boots Says UDP Wants Gilroy
Earlier we told you about the upcoming Albert convention which is contested. But, over the weekend, an uncontested convention, known as an endorsement, was held in Port Loyola for Gilroy Usher - who's been in there since 2012. His opponent says he wants Usher to stay right there:.. Reporter: "Would you have prefer to see a convention?" Hon. Anthony Martinez: "Put it this way, I wanted Mr. Usher. We need Mr. Usher, because he can't win. He didn't come close. The man says you don't mess with anything that doesn't need fix. Mr. Usher got beaten 2 times, so why should I happy for anybody come? Anybody else comes maybe the result could be different. I am happy. I was an advocate and I was the type of person who were saying to people that they were chancing Mr. Usher. We need him, because it's him we can beat."

Channel 5

Cabbie’s Last Fare Leads to Murder
The extended Commonwealth Holiday weekend was an exceptionally violent and bloody one across the country, with murders, disappearances and road traffic accidents being reported as early as Saturday morning.  The [...]

Hot dog Vendor Cruelly Ambushed Outside Home, then Robbed
A hot dog vendor of Belize City was robbed and shot dead in front of his home on Sunday morning. Forty-four-year-old Honduran businessman Juan Angel Vargas, who had lived in [...]

In Cayo, Execution Outside Blue Angels Night Club
A resident of Santa Elena was killed in the early hours of Monday morning outside a night club in San Ignacio. Contrary to speculations that Kyne Gentle was partying at [...]

Fire in Hopkins Guest House May Cover Apparent Murder
There is yet another murder case, similar to that in Belmopan last Tuesday in which it is believed that a British national was killed and then his house set on [...]

Mom Michelle Anderson Caught in Shooting at Market
Tonight, the Conch Shell Bay community is mourning the death of Michelle Anderson, a staple at the nearby fish market whose job was to scrape and clean the day’s catch.  [...]

Hit and Run Claims Silvia Zavala on George Price Highway
A mother of three was knocked off her motorcycle and killed on Friday night as she made her way home from work near Cotton Tree Village. Silvia Zavala was on [...]

Was Mom Run Over or Murdered in Silk Grass?
There is also a report of a fatal traffic accident in Silk Grass Village, Stann Creek District. Police say officers responded to an RTA between miles nine and ten on [...]

Police Uncover Items Stolen from Bruce Davidson
A trio of Roaring Creek men is in police custody tonight pending charges of handling stolen goods, after being found in possession of a number of items belonging to Bruce [...]

Where is Oswald Arnold?
A twenty-year-old young man from Roaring Creek Village is missing tonight and his family fears the worst. Oswald Arnold was last seen alive around five o’clock on Thursday evening and [...]

Mom with ‘Split Personality’ Now Missing for a Week
Tonight a family is worried as their mother and partner has been missing for a week. The last anyone saw of Sharon Ferguson, she had left her home following an [...]

Bail for Accused Robber at Courts – in Magistrate’s Court
A Belize City man accused of robbing his former workplace was given the opportunity to be out on bail in a surprise decision in the Magistrate’s Court. But he is [...]

G.S.T. Warns Against ‘Impersonators’
It’s not exactly a glamorous profession, but the Department of General Sales Tax is reporting tonight that there are people out there impersonating officers of the department. All G.S.T. officers [...]

The Bold Plan to Transform Belize’s Transportation Sector
Belize’s commuters are already experiencing the growing pains of the infrastructure work taking place across the country. But there is a lot more to come, as in the next two [...]

Garifuna Council Re-Elects Executive at Annual Convention
The National Garifuna Council held its thirty-fourth annual convention in Dangriga Town, Stann Creek District this weekend and elected its new executive. Sandra Miranda was re-elected as President, Vice President, [...]

Fire Scorches Buttonwood Bay House
Earlier in the newscast, we told you about the inferno down south in Hopkins on Sunday morning in which the charred remains of a man were found. That was just [...]

Electrical Fault Claims Home of Caye Caulker Family
The third fire occurred on Saturday night on Caye Caulker. A family of six remains homeless tonight after the wooden structure they called home was completely destroyed by an electrical [...]

New Football Champion and Nail-Biting Basketball Playoffs on Sports Tuesday
Good evening, I’m James Adderley and this is Sports Monday.   [Highlights of the weekend sporting activities…]

CTV3

CNTMP Launched In Belize
Today the Government of Belize launched its first Comprehensive National Transportation Master Plan (CNTMP) as part of its pledge to deliver a well-organized, sustainable and climate-resilient transportation sector. The aim of the CNTMP is to serve as Belize’s leading reference document on transportation which will assist in facilitating strategic sector planning and more efficient and effective transport of people and freight within the country, as well as between Belize and its main trading partners.

PM Travels Abroad
Last week Prime Minister, Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow announced during his press conference that his health condition regarding his back ailment has aggravated… meaning that he is now required to conduct a surgery or receive stem cell treatment. While the PM has been battling with this ailment for quite some time now and has travelled away from the country on several occasions to consult with doctors, today the PM travelled to Miami for another medical consultation.

Be On Alert For Wanna Be GST Officers
Today the Department of General Sales Tax (DGST) issued a public notice alerting that the department has received reports of an individual or individuals who are deceiving the public by pretending to be GST officers. The department emphasized that when interacting with registered persons, all GST officers must present a GST identification card and further added that if individuals suspect that someone might be an imposter, they can feel free to call the office for confirmation.

LOVE FM

Oswald Arnold still missing; family fears the worse
The search continues for twenty-year-old Oswald Arnold who went missing on Thursday. Arnold told his family he was going fishing with some friends, he has not returned. Over the last few days his family and authorities have been searching for him and as the days go by, their hopes of finding him alive are dwindling. …

Kyne Gentle fatally shot
A twenty-eight-year-old’s night out turned deadly on Sunday morning. Kyne Gentle was at Blue Angels nightclub in San Ignacio Town when his life was abruptly ended. He was fatally shot in the head and abdomen while he was outside the popular establishment. The murder happened at around 12:45 on Sunday morning. Assistant Commissioner of Police, …

Police have not yet identified charred remains
Police have not yet determined whose charred remains were found in the wreckage of a fire which engulfed four wooden houses on the Old Banana Bank Road last Tuesday. However, the owner, Bruce Davidson is still missing. Nevertheless, police are making some progress in the case, ACP Joseph Myvette, Head of the National Crime Investigation …

Human remains found
Charred humans remains were found at the scene of a house fire in Hopkins Village. Authorities in the village responded to the fire at around four o’clock on Sunday and after the fire was extinguished, it was discovered that someone had died inside. Hipolito Novelo reports. Voice of Business Owner: “At 3:45 I was alerted …

Recent murders reveal a grisly familiar pattern, says police
With the escalated violence over the weekend, the Belize Police Department is increasing preventative methods. Five persons were killed over the extended weekend, with four being gun-related. Police have also noticed a very familiar and alarming trend. Three of the murder victims have been classified as “law-abiding citizens”, leaving investigators to believe that innocent people …

Police officer reportedly stabbed
A police constable was stabbed by another police officer. The incident happened in the jurisdiction of San Ignacio Police over the weekend. This morning at the bi-weekly police press briefing, Assistant Commissioner of Police, Joseph Myvette was asked about the incident.

Domestic dispute results in shots being fired
Twenty-one-year old Mario Fino is behind bars tonight after he reportedly shot his father and fired at police officers. Last night, Belize City police responded to a report of a domestic dispute in the Kings Park area. When they got there they encountered an infuriated Mario Fino who had in his possession a pellet rifle. …

Taxi-man lured to his death
A taxi man was shot and killed last night in the 8 Miles Community on the George Price Highway. The latest victim of gun violence has been identified as taxi man, Luis Carlos Moh of Belize City. Assistant Superintendent of Police Alejandro Cowo told the media this morning that Moh’s body was discovered at around …

Government announces major improvements in Transport Sector
There are considerable improvements ahead in Belize’s transport sector. That was announced today by the Government as it launched the Comprehensive National Transportation Master Plan, CNTMP. The plan speaks to establishing a more efficient and effective transport system on land, air and water. It includes policy reform recommendations that will be developed over the next …

8867 Belize Peace Project promotes “NO” vote to the ICJ
As Belize moves towards the national referendum in April of next year, a new group has begun its campaign against taking the Belize/Guatemala Territorial and Maritime dispute to the International Court of Justice. They are the 8867 Belize Peace Project and according to President Robert Lopez, they are launching a peace campaign across the country …

National Fire Service quick response saves house
On Sunday, a fire broke-out at a house located in Buttonwood Bay area of Belize City. However, the structure sustained minimal damage thanks to the quick response of the National Fire Service, the Station Manager, Oren Smith, shared with the media the details of the incident. …

Shop visit ends tragically
For the most part, the Michael Finnegan Market was closed yesterday; however, a couple businesses were opened, trying to take advantage of the holiday customers. One of those businesses, Jun Shop was the scene of a fatal shooting. 40-year-old Michelle Anderson went to make a purchase, oblivious to the fact that her life was in danger …

The Reporter

Accident at Corner of Mahogany St. and Blvd.
An accident happened about a half hour ago at corner Central American Boulevard and Mahogany Street in Belize City. The driver, who is yet unidentified, is being given medical attention. We will follow up on this accident.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Beware of imposters acting as GST officers
The Department of General Sales Tax (DGST) today informed the public that the office is aware […]

National Climate Change Youth Video Competition 2018
The National Climate Change Office (NCCO), which is part of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, […]

Canadian advertising firm wins award for Belizean travel promotion
A Canadian advertising firm recently won a Silver Award at the annual Obie Awards held by […]

Nicolas Maduro wins Venezuelan elections; US impose sanctions
On Sunday, Venezuela, which has experienced months of civil unrest and a humanitarian crisis, held its […]

Cloudiness and showers expected as weather disturbance draws near
The National Hurricane Center has issued an update on the disturbance located just east of […]

PM Barrow departs country on medical leave
Deputy Prime Minister Patrick Faber is holding over for Prime Minister Dean Barrow, who left the […]

Woman suffering from depression reported missing
The police are requesting assistance from the public in locating Sharnell Sambula. Sambula is 29 years […]

PUP holds more endorsement conventions; announces first contested convention
Over the weekend, the People’s United Party (PUP) held an endorsement convention for Jose Abelardo […]

National Garifuna Council elects new Executive
The National Garifuna Council (NGC) held its 34th annual convention in Dangriga town, Stann Creek on […]

3 men charged with armed robbery in San Pedro Town
Yesterday, police charged Zimmer Joel Perez, Arrie Kareem Gentle, and Jair Vincent Brown for 2 counts […]

Disturbance near Belize given a moderate chance of development
Today, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) is reporting a 40 percent chance of development for a low-pressure system as it moves into the Gulf of Mexico […]

Blogs

The First ever BTB held there fist annaul Love Sea Kayak Challenge
Imagine paddling along the coast of the entire country, just because you love Belize? This year, Love FM and Belize Tourism Board partnered Be lize first ever Love Sea Kayak Challenge that was held from May 17-21st. Kayakers paddled 218miles along the Belize's coast, that started from Punta Gorda to Corozal. ON Monday May 21st 2018, Corozalenos gathered at Rainbow bwach to witness the First Annual Love Sea Kayak Challenge. It commenced shortly after 1pm with gillhary playing during the event. Kids and adults swam on the water as they enjoyed the day at the Beach. Congratulations to the First Place Male Winners and Overall BTB Love Belize Sea Challenge Champions for completing the race in 35 hours 59 minutes 14 seconds. Congratulations to Third Place Male Winners BDF Breaking Waves for completing the BTB Love Belize Sea Challenge in 41 hours 45 minutes and 04 seconds.

Things You Don’t Need in Belize
Let the packing process begin. When travelling to other destinations, there’s always the question of “What to take?” And many times, you take too much. With that said, there’s a lot of checklists with the necessities you should bring along with you but we’ve decided to switch it up; our Belize luxury resort has prepared a short list highlighting the items you don’t need in Belize—save the extra space to take back some souvenirs.

International Sourcesizz

Antigua-Barbuda makes historic report on Rastafarians to OAS
Sir Ronald Sanders, Antigua and Barbuda ambassador to the United States and the Organization of American States (OAS), in an address to the Permanent Council of the OAS on Monday morning, informed the OAS that Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne has apologised to the Rastafarian community for decades of discrimination against them. Sanders also informed the Council of other measures that the government has taken or intends to take to enhance the rights of Rastafarians, who are a minority group in Antigua and Barbuda.

Wiley College students help out in Belize as part of new missions program
Wiley College students and staff have just returned from a mission trip to Belize where they helped by serving at local schools and churches as part of a new ministry program the college started to help students realize their calling in the field of ministry. "We are here in Belize City, Belize," Wiley College Rev. Tabitha Rankin said on Thursday. "We have nine students, a combination of recent graduates and current students, along with representatives from Wiley College and the First United Methodist Church in Marshall, as part of our new Leadership Pathways Internship Program." The program allows students to travel internationally for internships, on scholarship, as they perform different roles in ministry. Students also receive two college credit hours as part of the program.

Belize's 2016-17 Sovereign Debt Restructuring - Third Time Lucky?
This paper examines the causes, processes, and outcomes of Belize’s 2016–17 sovereign debt restructuring—its third episode in last 10 years. As was the case in the earlier two restructurings, in 2006–07 and in 2012–13, the 2016–17 debt restructuring was executed through collaborative engagement with creditors outside an IMF-supported program. While providing liquidity relief and partially addressing long-term debt sustainability concerns, the restructuring will need to be underpinned by ambitious fiscal consolidation and growth-enhancing structural reforms to secure durable gains.

Videos

  • Recommendations towards improving Belize's Public Transportation sector, 1min. The Economic Development Council provides a brief overview of the recommendations towards improving Belize's Public Transportation sector within the Comprehensive National Master Plan (CNTMP) of Belize.

  • Belize-Guatemala territorial referendum, 7min. Last month, Guatemala made a decision to take the Belize-Guatemala territorial dispute to the International Court of Justice, Belizeans will soon have the same opportunity. With the referendum ahead, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is leading a public awareness campaign to ensure that Belizeans are aware of all relevant issues before casting a vote.

  • Belize’s Ambassador to the United States, 5min. While our team was in Washington D.C. earlier this month, they got a chance to speak to Belize’s Ambassador to the United States on the work of Belize’s Embassy.

  • Belize 25th Wedding Anniversary Trip 2018, 22min. San Pedro Ambergris Caye

  • Old Belize museum train tour, 8min.

  • Video on San Pedro, Belize History, A Walk Down Memory Lane, 8min. To celebrate International Museum Day, the San Pedro House of Culture produced a video that illustrates a historical timeline of the development of San Pedro Town. The video also highlights photographs of founding families, the fishing industry, tourism, and the various traditions and celebrations practiced by the people of San Pedro Town, as well as the work done by the House of Culture on the island. Enjoy!

  • Spring Break 2k18, 5.5min. Trip to Belize

  • Belize, 15min.

  • Belize: Lamanai Mayan Temples, 5min. Stunning visit to the Lamanai Archaeological Reserve in Belize! Featuring music by Cusco, watch us hike through the jungle and climb the sacred Mayan temples. Breathtaking views, ancient wonders...and habanero peppers. You really couldn't ask for more.

  • BTB Love Belize Sea Challenge 2018 Corozal, 5min. 5 days of kayaking from the most Southern town to the most Northern town of Belize. The BTB Love Belize Sea Challenge goes down in the history of Belize for first ever one of a kind event to be held.

  • Diving Belize,May,2018, 17min. Marine Conservation Program.

  • Belize 2018, 6.5min. Shot on a GoPro Hero 4 off of The Belize Aggressor and at Hamanasi Resort.

  • Police Check Point May 22, 60min.

  • Mito Paz, Ella Békési, and Errol Gentle were in the morning show of Reef TV, San Pedro this morning, They talked about the work of San Pedro House of Culture. If you missed it this morning, have a look at the video. They appear 15 mins in. Enjoy!