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The San Pedro Sun

2nd Annual Raise Me Up Masquerade Party a success!
Island residents brought the glam at Raise Me Up 2nd Annual Masquerade Party, held at Mahogany Bay Resort and Beach Club south of San Pedro Town on Saturday, May 19th. For a $90 admission fee, attendees got to enjoy a variety of entertainment, casino games, prizes, delicious food, drinks and fun live auction. Promptly at 6PM elegantly dressed and masked guests began arriving at the venue. Ushers escorted them to their choice of table or the casino area while plying them with delicious appetizers. The casino area featured a variety of fun games, including Poker, Roulette, and Blackjack. A cash bar kept the drinks flowing.

CARILEC Elects Belize Electricity Limited’s CEO as New Chairman at Annual General Meeting in Barbados
The regional association of electric utilities, Caribbean Electric Utility Services Corporation (CARILEC) held its 29th Annual General Meeting in Barbados on Tuesday, May 22, 2018. At the meeting, Belize Electricity Limited’s Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Jeffrey Locke was elected as Chairman of the Board of Directors for the period 2018 – 2020 after serving as Vice Chairman for the past two years. He succeeds Mr. Colin Cover, Chief Executive Officer of Grenada Electricity Services Limited. Elected as Vice Chair was Mr. Eddington Powell, President and Chief Executive Officer of Fortis TCI.

San Pedro observes Hands across the Sand
Ambergris Caye residents joined thousands of Belizeans on Saturday, May 19th for the annual ‘Hands across the Sand’ in an effort to highlight the issues that threaten Belize’s marine natural resources. The event is organized by Oceana in Belize and encourages Belizeans at home and abroad to love Belize and to protect its unique marine wealth for future generations to come. The demonstration in San Pedro included attendees from schools, tour companies and even tourists visiting the island. Many believed that the chain of joining hands across the country, and across the entire world, should never be interrupted as it is important to continue raising the awareness for the protection of the environment. A few even expressed hope that in future events, members of the local authorities can join this movement and make it a priority in their agendas.

Caribbean Fisheries Ministers endorse protocol for securing small-scale fisheries
Fisheries Ministers who recently attended the 12th Regular Meeting of the Ministerial Council of the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM), held in Montserrat on Friday, 18 May 2018, endorsed a newly drafted protocol on Securing Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries in the region. CRFM Executive Director, Milton Haughton, noted that small-scale fisheries are the mainstay of the fisheries industry, both in the region and around the globe. He said that small-scale fisheries accounts for more than 95% of fisheries in CARICOM and are vital for food security and employment, particularly in coastal communities. Globally, it accounts for 90% of all the fisheries produced, Haughton said.

San Pedro Tiger Sharks out of the 2018 NEBL championship
For the first time in the National Elite Basketball League’s (NEBL) five-year-history, the San Pedro Tiger Sharks will not be contesting the big prize. The island team was after being eliminated by the Digicell Belize City Defenders on Saturday, May 19th in the last game of the semi-finals. The Tiger Sharks gave their best shot on the court, dominating most of the match, however, it was not enough to overcome their opponent, who stole the crucial victory by a tight 78-74. The other semi-finals match took place on Monday, May 21st, between Smart Belize Hurricanes and Dangriga Dream Ballers. The game ended with a 60-54 win in favour of the Hurricanes, who will now face the Digicell Belize City Defenders at the finals. Game one of the finals between Defenders and Hurricanes will be on Friday, May 25th at the Belize City Civic Centre starting at 9PM. The championship match will then take place on Friday, June 1st at the same venue and at the same time.

Ambergris Today

San Pedro RC Church To Hold Father Child Fishing Tournament
The San Pedro Roman Catholic Church would like to invite all fathers to a Father and Child Fishing Tournament this Father's day. Fishing tournament will be on Saturday - Sunday (June 16-17, 2018) and it will consist of two categories: From Dock and From Boat. If you have any questions, you can contact the Parish Office at 624-4215. Please note that the smallest fish should be within the legal size allowed. God bless you all!

Ambassador Of Belize To Guatemala Talks Territorial Dispute With Island Students
With the upcoming National Referendum in 2019, people want to know more about the Belize-Guatemala territorial dispute and the country heading to the International Court of Justice (ICJ). With this in mind, the board of directors of San Pedro High invited the Ambassador of Belize to Guatemala, His Excellency Alexis Rosado to address the student body of San Pedro High School and San Pedro Junior College on Tuesday, May 22, 2018. At the beginning of the presentation a video was shown to the audience entitled “Why the ICJ”. It explained, in brief, what the dispute and what the International Court of Justice is about. Chairman of the Board of Directors of SPHS, Mr. Andre Perez then briefly introduced H.E. Alexis Rosado after which Mr. Rosado took the podium to explain how is it we got to where we are in regard to the territorial dispute and explaining how the ICJ works.

Misc Belizean Sources

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BTB Love Belize Sea Challenge Winners
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.

Power outages scheduled on Friday, May 25 from 6:00 a.m. to 6:45 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. to affect: entire Toledo District and entire Placencia Peninsula
Independence, Maya King, Santa Cruz, Georgetown, San Pablo, San Roman, Santa Rosa, Maya Mopan, Red Bank, Cow Pen, and surrounding areas. BEL to conduct climbing inspections and replace transmission poles in the area.

Cayo Cancer Society Gala 2018
It's that time of the year again. We are preparing for our 5th Annual Gala. June 23rd, 2018 starting 7pm at the Bedran Hall, San Ignacio Hotel. Live Music by Electro Sounds. $65 per person entitles you to dinner, dance, pictures by professional photographer and door prizes. Inbox if you wish to purchase. All proceeds go to continue helping Cancer Patients in every way possible.

Happy World Turtle Day Belize!
Learn about the Hawskbill Turtle from some turtely cool facts

Hands Across the Sand 2018
On Saturday, May 19th at noon, Belizeans around the country joined hands on beaches, across bridges, in conference rooms, along sea walls and in other public areas to celebrate Belize’s historic decision to implement an indefinite offshore oil moratorium to safeguard its natural resources. The event is also a unique platform to promote clean energy alternatives to fossil fuels. Every year, patriotic Belizeans and nature lovers from across all sectors of society join hands to promote a clean energy future across the world and to end our dependence on fossil fuels in world-wide solidarity events. Belize was one of 117 countries to organize Hands Across the Sand events world-wide. This year saw the participation of hundreds of residents from Orange Walk town, Dangriga, Belize City, Placencia, Corozal Town, San Ignacio, Hopkins, Sarteneja, Punta Gorda, Caye Caulker, San Pedro and Belmopan.

Jimenez Family Fundraiser
Please donate if you can... On the evening of Saturday, May 19, a terrible fire destroyed the home of Amin and Sandra Jimenez. Their house and cherished personal possessions were destroyed, leaving nothing but charred wood and ashes. Next door, Fidel and Dalinda, Amin's parents', house suffered significant fire, smoke and water damage. They their daughter Fidellie and grandson Zane lost furniture, and no longer have a place to live. They have lived in this house for 20 years and raised 4 children and grandchildren in it.

Paint N Splash
See you this week at from 2-4pm Thursday. Come paint this "Beautiful Bonefish" part two of the Grand Slam series! In hopes to spread awareness to help protect Cayo Rosario we are painting this "Beautiful Bonefish" Belize is one of the most famous destinations for saltwater fly fishing - and for the beautiful bonefish. We were the first country to protect the "Grand Slam" - the permit, bonefish and tarpon and now we must protect their habitat AND our reef from destructive development. Join us this week and be sure to take a picture of your painting and caption it " "Protect Cayo Rosario"

Ministry of Agriculture Hosts Educational Tours of the NATS Small Scale Garden
Today, May 23rd, a total of 18 students from the Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, USA, visited the National Agriculture and Trade Showgrounds (NATS) Small Scale Garden. The purpose of the tour was to demonstrate how to lead a change in an agriculture environment. On Thursday, May 24, 2018, the Ministry of Agriculture will be touring the NATS Small Scale Garden with six schools from the northern and southern areas of Belize. It is expected that 60 students and 30 adults will participate in the tour.

Capacity Building for the Ministry of Agriculture Extension and Cooperative Staff
The Ministry of Agriculture in collaboration with the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture hosted a training workshop for its Extension and Cooperative Officers today, May 23rd, in Belmopan. The objective of the training was to build capacity in the use of different extension group methods. The one-day training involved participatory and adult learning training approach to ensure active participation of trainees. The facilitator for the training was specialist Dr. Juan Caliva Esquivel.

Summer Art Wave
Yes, summer is near ...and the House of Culture has activities for you!

Caye Caulker Lobsterfest Schedule of Events

CARILEC elects Belize Electricity Limited’s CEO as new Chairman at Annual General Meeting in Barbados
The regional association of electric utilities, Caribbean Electric Utility Services Corporation (CARILEC) held its 29th Annual General Meeting in Barbados on Tuesday, May 22, 2018. At the meeting, Belize Electricity Limited's Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Jeffrey Locke was elected as Chairman of the Board of Directors for the period 2018 — 2020 after serving as Vice Chairman for the past two years. Fie succeeds Mr. Colin Cover, Chief Executive Officer of Grenada Electricity Services Limited. Elected as Vice Chair was Mr. Eddington Powell, President and Chief Executive Officer of Fortis TCI. Mr. Locke has over 30 years of experience in the energy industry and continues to lead the successful transformation of BEL since June 2011. "CARILEC has a rich history of enabling utilities in the region to network and serve the people of the Caribbean better." said Mr. Locke as he accepted his appointment. "We will be rolling out our new Strategic Plan to support our members as they expand their services to customers and transform from electric utilities to energy service providers."

Jetz Mek
People from Yucatec Maya descent in Corozal performing the Jetz Mek also known as the Maya Baptism . This Jet Mek was done by Maya elders Felicita Cantun and Faustino Yam to a Baby boy for the symposium this weekend. El Pueblo Maya de Corozal y Orange Walk se levanta .

Channel 7

Young City Resident Found Dead In Corozal
Last night, Belize City resident Jose Zelaya Jr was reported missing in Corozal, and tonight his family has confirmed that he was found dead in a cane field near Calcutta Village this evening. He is believed to have been murdered.   Zelaya was from Belize City - but his father lives in Corozal.  He was expecting to see his son on Sunday - but he says the young man was kidnapped before he could get to him: Jose Zelaya Sr. - Son Found Dead: "Information right now that I the received is all pointing to them kidnap my son Sunday at Corozal here. I could live with the fact that my son missing three days now..."

Man Killed in His Own Neighborhood, Possibly for Boledo Winnings
This afternoon, a swarm of police mobiles flooded the Lakeview and Mayflower Street area after a fatal shooting inside the gang stronghold. The victim was 34-year-old Carlton Moreira - a plumber and lifetime resident of the area. Around 1:15 Moriera was walking down the alley to his home on Lakeview Street when he was fatally shot.  By all appearances, it is another case of an innocent man who stayed away from trouble being targeted. Sahar Vasquez was on the scene and found out from his wife that the 34-year-old may have been killed for after he came up big on a boledo win: This morning Angela Heinz woke up a happily married woman but she had no idea that before nightfall, she would be a widow and her two children would be fatherless. She spoke to us off camera:

Man Stabbed, Then Crashed, Police Can’t Say What Did Him In
And there is another violent death in the city to report - but police can’t say if the victim was stabbed to death, or if he died in an accident.   8 miles resident Rudolph Kelly Jr. also known “Tuna” died last night. When we spoke to the family this evening they said they had more questions than answers - and police say they have to do their investigation before they rule it a murder or an accidental death.  All we know was that police found Kelly in a crashed car last night around 9:00 on Central American Boulevard. Courtney Weatherburne has the story.

Woman Corporal Charged For Stabbing Constable Husband
Last night, we told you about Police Constable Hector Esquivel who had to be rushed to the San Ignacio Community Hospital after being stabbed by a woman corporal over the holiday weekend. Well tonight, we can report that the female officer who allegedly attacked him is his common-law wife, Corporal Audrey Moody. Sources tell 7News that she was formally arrested and charged today with 1 count of dangerous harm. She was arraigned before Magistrate La Donna John and reportedly remanded until May 31st. On Sunday, the couple was at home in the Cayo District, when they had a violent domestic dispute. That’s when Corporal Moody allegedly stabbed Constable Esquivel, and he had to be rushed to the San Ignacio Community Hospital in a critical condition.

George Street Figure Charged For Killing Cabbie
Last night, we gave you extensive coverage of all the murders that happened over the holiday weekend. Well, the cops say that they have solved one of them, and the suspect is on remand tonight.   He is Nicoli Rhys, a known George Street figure, and he has been charged with the murder of 31 year-old Luis Carlos Moh, the taxi man who was lured to his death near to the mile 8 community on the George Price Highway. Just before noon today, Rhys was rushed over to the Belize City Magistrate’s Court, and arraigned before Chief Magistrate Sharon Frazer. He was read a single charge of murder, and he was remanded to the Belize Central Prison until July 27.  As we reported, on Monday night at around 10:00, Moh and his 17 year-old common-law wife were inside his Toyota Camry taxi, when he received a phone call to take a man to the mile 8 community.

20 Year Old Roaring Creek Resident Still Missing
At the top of the news we told you about 22 year old murder victim, Jose Zelaya - who we reported missing last night.  Well, there are also grave concerns tonight for a 20 year old - who is missing in the west.   There’s still no sign of the Roaring Creek resident, Oswald Arnold.  When we spoke Arnold’s mother this evening she says they extended the search to “Young Gial road” near Dream Valley Resort, but it turned up nothing. Police say they continue to search as well.  As we told you, Arnold left home on Thursday evening around 5:00 to go with friends to the river. He never returned but all his friends did. His family fears he was killed and his body thrown in the Iguana Creek.  We will keep following this case.

GIS As An Affordable Tool
GIS, or Geographic Information Systems is technology used all over the world to track and collect important spatial data that assists in planning and development. Over the years Belize has taken steps to integrate GIS into different fields and today we found out at the 7th Belize ESRI user conference that the technology has made a big difference and promises to continue to do so. Loretta Palacio - TBSL, Managing Director: “What we are trying to achieve this year is to bring more leaders, more business people to understand the role of this technology and national development. This technology is important for National development, it goes across all industries and is used by countries for National Development and so when we are looking at flooding, when we are looking at emergency management, border issues, economic issues, bridges transportation systems it is all in a GIS so we are looking at agriculture...

First Charged For Murder, Pott Pleads Down In Re-Trial
24 year-old Abimael Pott, who was accused of murder for the 2011 killing of 19 year-old Shamir Gonzalez, has pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of manslaughter in the court room of Justice Colin Williams. It was the deadly school-yard brawl which played out on the compound of the Louisiana Government school in Orange Walk Town.  Gonzalez, a student at the school, was killed when he was bludgeoned to the back of the neck with a metal pipe. Pott, who was 17 years-old at the time, had intervened in the fight on behalf of his brother. In May 2014, he was convicted of murder and sentenced to life imprisonment.

Charged For Stolen Goods From Scene of Arson/Murder
Last night, we showed you what police had to say about their investigation of the arson murder in Belmopan. The owner of the property, Bruce Davidson remains missing, and his house and Mahindra pick-up was discovered torched.  Charred human remains were found on his property, and police believe but need DNA to confirm that this victim may be Davidson himself. As we told you, the cops found some of his belongings at a house in Roaring Creek Village, and the intention was to charge the residents there with handling stolen goods. Police confirmed today that they have arrested and charged Stephanie Cruz, Ealsine Gentle, and a 17 year-old minor for the stolen goods. They were arraigned yesterday in the Belmopan Magistrate’s Court, and they have been remanded to the Belize Central Prison. Police are still looking for David Cruz, who they also intend to charge with handling stolen goods.

Belizeans Feeling The Price Pinch At The Pump
Oil prices are going up the world over - and in Belize where fuel was already very expensive, the prices are now stratospheric! Prices went up at midnight - and the increase sees premium going up by 31 cents per gallon, regular by 21 cents per gallon, and diesel by three cents per gallon.   These increases are the result in rising acquisition costs, but government says it cannot reduce its tax take to give consumers a break.  Government said it is working with the importers to try to lessen the impact of the increases, but, just like GOB, PUMA has to get its pound of flesh as well.

Another City Murder - The Second In Hours
As we told you earlier on in the news, there was another shooting about an hour ago in Belize City.  It happened near Dolphin street and Cemetery Road.  Well, it seems two men were shot, and unconfirmed reports say one of them has died.   One of them, a 19 year old was hit to his neck and pelvis, and is in stable condition.  The other  has reportedly passed away from one gunshot to the chest and another to the hand.  We’ll have more on this tomorrow.

Who Is the Coast Guard’s Fittest Female?
Running, swimming, lifting weights, crunches – for those fitness freaks these are just a few of the exercises that you may do every day. Well, they are also part of the Coast Guard’s daily routine – no missed days, no cheat days.  And today 4 teams of female coast guard officers got to show off their strength and endurance with all these exercises and much more when the Wonder Woman competition started.  We dropped by to see these powerful and ultra-fit women in  action. Elton Bennett - Belize Coast Guard Commander: Today we started our Wonder Woman competition, this the second year in a row. it's a three day even which two activities per day. This morning we started with the ghost ride fitness test, this afternoon we're doing swimming and running, it's a one mile ocean swim followed by a one mile run then the score is by average score..."

Senator Paul Thompson Cites Price and Hyde
Last night on the news, you heard PUP Albert aspirant Senator Paul Thompson’s strong talk for his opponent, fellow Senator Valerie Woods.   And while they are the two candidates, there’s another name that we’ve been hearing in political circles, and that’s Mark Espat, the former three term PUP Representative.  Back in 2003, he won by the largest margin of victory in the modern era in any division, and Paul Thompson was a main cog in his political machine.   Espat has retired from electoral politics and is now Prime Minister Dean Barrow’s Economic Ambassador. But the question now is whether Espat has a favoured horse in this convention race. That’s what we asked Thompson:

Police Move From Murder Scene to Community Meet and Greet
At the top of the news, we told you about the murder of Carlton Moreira near to the Mayflower Street in the Ghost Town gang’s territory.  Well, less than 2 hours after that, when the cops were still mobilizing to keep law and order in that area, they still had to go out on meet and greet sessions on George Street and surrounding areas. Two of the weekend murders happened in what is considered to be in or near to George Street territory, and so police were out assuring the residents of this area, that they will attempt to prevent street tensions from escalating further. We met the officer commanding Police Precinct 2 meeting with the community, and we asked how it was going. Here’s what he had to say:

Island Police Reward For Courage
And in another bit of positive police news, a handful of Island police officers were today awarded with a certificate and cash bonus for their bravery and quick response. The San Pedro officers are the ones who responded immediately to the robbery of Caribena gas station on Friday night - and caught the suspects as they were escaping. The also recovered $1,900 dollars in stolen cash.

A Painted Gun Hidden In The Cemetery
Police today found a painted gun on Partridge Street Extension by the cemetery. The cops saw a man lurking around in the cemetery area by a tomb. When he saw the mobile, he fled. When the police looked beside a tomb, they found a black plastic bag with a 9mm pistol painted green and brown. It contained 3 live 9mm rounds and was labelled as found property.

Barbadoses PM Threatens To Leave CCJ
In November of last year, you heard 2 UDP parliamentarians complain about the Caribbean Court of Justice, the final appeals court for Belize, Barbados, Dominica, and Guyana. Well, Freundel Stuart, the Prime Minister of Barbados who is seeking re-election, has promised that if his Democratic Labour Party wins tomorrow’s general elections, his country will be withdrawing from the CCJ as its final court. News out of of Barbados on Saturday quoted him speaking at a national meeting, where he said that Barbados was the first to join the court, and it could be the first to leave.  He  is quoted as saying, “I am not going to have Barbados disrespected by politicians wearing robes… I don't subscribe to disrespect and I think that the attitude coming from Port of Spain leaves much to be desired in terms of how it is treating Barbados…” The Jamaica Gleaner Newspaper has since written a scathing editorial piece pointing out that Prime Minister Stuart is going against his Party’s history, and his own support of Barbados joining the court, back in 2004, when he was in Opposition.

NTUCB Makes Statement Against Israeli Killings
The National Trade Union Congress of Belize has joined the chorus of voices out of Belize condemning the killing of 60 Palestinians at the hands of the Israeli military forces, who also injured over 2,000, four hundred and fifty of whom were hurt by live rounds fired upon them. A press release from the NTUCB says, quote, “The National Trade Union Congress of Belize… condemns the disproportionate and deadly Israeli suppression of Palestinian protests on the Gaza Strip boundary...

Channel 5

Murder in Mayflower: Did Sudden Riches Lead to Death of Carlton Moreira?
A father of two was gunned down in Belize City around one-fifteen this afternoon in the middle of a gang-ridden neighborhood. But the authorities and his family don’t have a [...]

Gangster Nicholi Rhys Charged with Murder of Taxi Man Luis Carlos Moh
Within hours of the murder of Luis Carlos Moh, taxi operator of the Kings’ Park area of Belize City at mile eight on the George Price Highway, police have made [...]

Final Appeal for Murdered Michelle Anderson; Family Seeks Help with Burial Expenses
While Belize City police are yet to make an arrest in the Monday morning execution of Michelle Anderson, the children of the slain fish cleaner are seeking public assistance in [...]

Rudolph Kelly Crashed on the Boulevard, but Was He Murdered Beforehand?
There was a fatal accident on Tuesday night at the intersections of Central American Boulevard and Mahogany Street.  Sometime before nine o’clock, Belize City police were called out to the [...]

Orange Walk’s Abimael Pott Takes Plea for Killing During Fight
He was originally charged, and subsequently convicted, of the murder of a teenager during a fight at a school in Orange Walk Town. However, he was ordered to stand trial [...]

Sharon Ferguson Sighted in City, but Looks in a Bad Way
Sharon Ferguson has been reported missing as of Tuesday afternoon although she has not been seen by her family since last week. But there have been several sightings since our [...]

Missing Jose Zelaya Found Dead in Calcutta, Corozal
The body of twenty-two-year-old Jose Zelaya was found in a cane field in Calcutta this earlier today, after reportedly attending a beach party in the Corozal District.  Zelaya was a [...]

Diaspora Belizeans Shut Out of Re-Registration over Residency
Chief Elections Officer Josephine Tamai appeared on this morning’s Open Your Eyes to discuss the upcoming re-registration process. The first and only re-registration of voters took place in 1997 and [...]

Guat-Belizeans Will Be Registered – but Immigration to Check Certificates
The express concern of those seizing on the re-registration process as a means of “cleaning up” the voters’ list is the presence of many persons of Guatemalan descent who claim [...]

Region One Commander Says Keep Calm on Murder Spate
Over the past week, several people have been murdered. Now, it is nothing new for Belize City, really, but for many these killings are worrying because most of the victims [...]

Bringing “Street Law” to the Youth
As Belizeans, we all play an important role in the framework of education and the development of our young people and adult learners. That’s the mission of a pilot group [...]

Cruel Hike in Gas Prices Coming Tonight
For a third time this month gas prices are seeing yet another increase at the fuel pumps.  Premium gasoline has gone up by thirty-one cents, from eleven dollars and thirty-six [...]

Belize’s Fire Chief Travels to U.S.
Fire Chief Ted Smith is presently away in the United States where he has visited with a pair of Belizean firemen studying in Virginia.  Patrick Parks and Johnny Cardenas are [...]

Celebrating Oil Moratorium – “Hands Across the Sand”
Over the weekend, on May nineteenth at noon, persons from communities and organizations across the country joined hands on beaches, across bridges, in conference rooms and along seawalls and other [...]

The ESRI User Conference Applies Science to Location
Every two years there is a gathering of Belizeans and international participants making use of geographic information systems technology under the aegis of its world-leading provider, ESRI, and its chief [...]

Honoring the “Flowers Bank Fourteen”
Next Friday, June first, marks not only the start of the hurricane season but an important milestone in Belizean history. On that date in 1797, the vote of twelve free [...]

Police Install New Booth on Barrack Road
Senior Superintendent Howell Gillett was on hand this afternoon to receive a brand new police booth on the north side. We met Gillett on Barrack Road where the police booth [...]

Defending the Community Policing Strategy
Earlier in the newscast, you heard Commander Howell Gillett speak briefly about the crime in the city.  While he has been on the Southside for less than three months, there [...]

Police Meet and Greet George Street Residents
This evening, officers attached to Precinct Two in Belize City took to the streets to meet with residents in the areas of Euphrates and Amara Avenues, as well as nearby [...]

LOVE FM

Family’s house dismantled
Tonight a family in Maya Mopan in Belmopan is without a house. The building which they called home for years was dismantled by Belmopan authorities. Mario Ayala, his wife, Ana Teck and their children are the latest family to be forcibly removed from a piece of land they have been living on for years. The …

Police take children from Region One zip lining in Cayo
As we mentioned, the Commander continues to promote community policing in Belize City. The most recent event to promote this was on Sunday when the Commander and other officers took thirty young people from the Region One division on a fun filled trip in the Cayo District.

Vinnie Garbutt sentenced to 18 years for the manslaughter of Kayla Burgess in 2014
Four years after 24 year old Kayla Burgess was killed, today the man responsible for her death was sentenced to prison. Vincent Garbutt, better known as Vinnie, was sentenced to eighteen years, but not for murder. He was sentenced for the crime of manslaughter. Burgess was killed on March 20, 2014. Her family who lives …

Introducing Street Law in schools
Today, St. Ignatius High School, Delille Academy, Mopan Technical High School, and Independence High School held a Street Law Belize Introductory/Consultation Forum at the Cayo Center for Employment Training. The program will also implement legal literacy programs with a focus on support of economic law and development activities, including law impacting small businesses, the created …

Who killed Carlton Moreira?
The latest murder in Belize City occurred just after one o’clock this afternoon. 34-year-old Carlton Moreira was shot and killed in the back alley of the Mayflower area. Police arrived shortly after and sealed off the crime scene. After the news of his death broke, family and friends gathered in shock and disbelief. His common-law-wife, …

Teacher seeks financial assistance for heart surgery
A school teacher of Buena Vista Government School, Imay Violeta Quiterio is seeking the public’s assistance. Quiterio, a mother of six, has been diagnosed with a serious heart disease that requires her to undergo surgery. She told us about her condition. Again, numbers to get in contact with Quiterio are 601-4030/666-4072.

BDF and Coast Guard face-off in Wonder Woman Challenge
The Belize Defence Force and the Belize Coast Guard females are facing off in the third annual Wonder Woman Challenge 2018. A total of thirty-two women are competing in this grueling event, which is organized by the Belize Coast Guard. Love News spoke with Lieutenant Alma Pinelo about the competition. Love News also spoke with …

Preventing corruption in public procurement
At the request of Belize, a workshop focused on the prevention of corruption in public procurement continued today in Teakettle Village. The training is part of the Strengthening National Systems for UNCAC Implementation project. Legal Expert for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Cristina Ritter, spoke to Love News. The workshop continues tomorrow. …

Workshop sensitize government workers to WTO regulations
The World Trade Organization (WTO) is responsible for regulating trade arrangements amongst countries. A three-day workshop is being held at the Radisson Fort George to sensitize technical officers from various government departments to the rules and regulations of the WTO. Love News spoke with Denise Swan Murillo, Trade Economist, at the Ministry of Foreign Trade. …

Police Department receives second police booth donation
The Police Department continues to follow through with its commitment to improving the working conditions of police officers who are attached to the Region One division in Belize City. Officer Commanding the division, Sr. Superintendent Howell Gillett has engaged in several meetings with the business sector to obtain their support in funding these improvements. One …

Major Crimes down in Eastern Division Region One
Major Crimes in the Eastern Division has dipped according to Senior Superintendent Howell Gillett, commander of Region One in Belize City. The Commander has been at the helm of incorporating community policing as a key part of addressing the violence in the region since his installation as Commander. …

Man dies in traffic incident
A fatal traffic incident which took place last night has claimed one life. 52-year-old Rudolph Kelly, of an 8 Miles address, was involved in a road traffic accident on Central American Blvd in Belize City, at the Mahogany roundabout. …

The Reporter

Man shot on Cemetery Road
Reliable information reaching the Reporter indicates that a man was shot a few minutes ago in Belize City. The incident, we are told, happened near Atlantic Bank on Cemetery Road in the Collet area and the person was shot in the right side of the […]

Police find body of Belize City man in Corozal
Police have discovered the remains of a Belize City man who went missing in Calcutta village, Corozal. Relatives of Jose Zelaya, 22, have confirmed with the Reporter that the remains are those of Zelaya, who left his house on Mahogany Street on Monday, May 21st. […]

Man shot to death near Mayflower Street
Unofficial reports are that a man was shot a few minutes ago in Belize City. Sources close to the Reporter indicate that the shooting happened in an alley that leads off Mayflower Street. The victim died at the scene of a gunshot wound to the […]

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

BEL CEO new Chairman of CARILEC
CARILEC Elects Belize Electricity Limited’s CEO as New Chairman at Annual General Meeting in Barbados Chief […]

Plumber murdered today in Belize City
Police officially charged 27-year-old Nicoli Rhys, of George street Belize city, for the murder of 31-year-old […]

Belize City man charged with murder of slain taxi driver
Police officially charged 27-year-old Nicoli Rhys, of George street Belize city, for the murder of 31-year-old […]

Students tour Agric show grounds
Today,18 students from the Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, USA, visited the National […]

Agriculture Ministry’s Extension and Cooperative Staff receive training
The Ministry of Agriculture in collaboration with the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture hosted a […]

Gas prices rise again!
The Belize Bureau of Standards (BBS) has issued a release with new increases in gas prices […]

Potential tropical storm Alberto brewing in Gulf coast
The National Hurricane Center today increased the formation chance from 40 to 60% over the next […]

Mexican trade mission coming to Belize
The Embassy of Mexico and PROMEXICO (the Mexican Trade and Investment Agency) are organizing a trade […]

Man dies in fatal traffic accident
Belize city police are investigating a traffic accident that claimed one man’s life last night around […]

Climate-Smart agriculture opportunities workshop held in Belmopan
The Ministry of Agriculture in partnership with the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) and funding […]

Belize launches Comprehensive National Transportation Master Plan
The Government of Belize, with the support of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) officially launched Belize’s […]


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Mek Wi Kuk/Let’s Cook with Belize Food Tours!
Two years ago, brother and sister duo Dora and Felipe Paz started a unique venture that quickly became a must-do activity on Ambergris Caye. Belize Food Tours took the best of Belize: food and vibrant Belizean personalities, and converted it into a fun tour that takes guests on a culinary adventure. Now they’ve taken a step further, adding a cooking segment to their repertoire, inviting guests to try their hand at recreating some tasty Belizean favorites. “Yuh Belizean Kitchen” is located on Barrier Reef Drive, directly across from Fido’s Courtyard and in the same space as Maxi’s. The cheerfully decorated space has ample seating to take full advantage of cooking demonstrations, and for the inaugural first class, we were thrilled to make a delicious sweet potato pudding (pound), ceviche and the tres amigos de maiz (three friends of corn): panades, garnaches, and salbutes.

San Pedro Scenes: A Day of Errands
I’ll cut to the chase. I spend a couple hours a day running errands around San Pedro. Mostly for Cayo Frances Farm & Fly but everyday life requires many stops a day. Yesterday I checked on our busted golf cart (don’t even ask), we bought fish, meat, vegetables and ate lunch. I first went to pick up Jeff – who was doing shopping for his camp. It was the first time in ages that I was early enough to see the veg and fruit market on Back of Back Street. (I LOVE Backa Back Street) We headed back to San Pedrito to buy fish filet. I spotted two HUGH horse conch shells. Unlike the queen conch, these have no season but the meat is a bit…tougher. Locally it is called MYMULA.

Fun Things to Do in Belize: A First Timers Guide
Belize is a tropical paradise nestled small but glittering between its larger neighbors Mexico and Guatemala. For such a tiny country Belize is incredibly diverse, offering something of fascination to almost any sort of traveler. A Mystical history; deep-rooted religion; a warm and vibrant native culture; stunning ancient architecture; the list goes on and on . . . And of course––most famously––the vivid tropical climate, shuddering with life both above and below the ocean’s surface. Wildlife; trekking; snorkeling; diving; sailing; climbing; caving . . . there is enough crammed into this tiny little place to thoroughly exhaust any sort of holiday of any sort of length. Put Belize on your radar!

Gorgeous pics and new stuff to do in Placencia, Belize!
The weather has been awesome lately! April and May for the last few years have been great months weather-wise in Belize, very little rain, and since it is still technically high season-ish, everything is open! So I'm just going to sprinkle in a bunch of recent pics while you catch up on some Placencia happenings.... One of the the things I have heard again and again that Placencia is missing....is a wine bar....and....now one is opening! Right near Above Grounds, "The Little Wine Bar" is a welcome addition to what the village offers :)

Belize in June
On the vacation calendar, June is an odd month. Too early for school vacations and too late for springtime festivities like Easter and Carnival, June is sometimes a bit of a misfit. But precisely because it occurs during the "low" travel season, June is one of the best months to visit Belize. June is a bit of a transition month in Belize as the country is moving into its "green" season. Belize receives roughly eight inches of rain in June, but most of that falls overnight or in brief downbursts during the hottest part of the day. Visitors to Belize can easily wait out the brief afternoon showers to enjoy a full day's worth of exploring and traveling in the country. Expect daytime highs of 86F and nighttime lows of 78F. Water temperatures are likewise comfortably warm, making June an excellent time to enjoy swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving, and other water sports.

7 Belize Barrier Reef Facts Every Scuba Diver Should Know About
With hundreds of islands and thousands of dive sites, it's no wonder that the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Belize Barrier Reef is a world-class scuba diving destination. belize barrier reef If you are coming to Belize for a fabulous scuba diving vacation, here are seven important facts you should know: It's Really Big: The Belize Barrier Reef is part of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System, the second-biggest barrier reef in the world after the Great Barrier Reef of Australia. The Belize Barrier Reef forms approximately 35% of the total north-south length of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System but 80% of its total area.

6 Musts When Visiting Belize!
Although Belize is a small country, it has a lot of things to do and see, making it impossible to see them all in one go. If you're coming to Belize, here are six activities you shouldn't miss:

Belize Whale Shark Diving & Snorkeling
Whale sharks are truly amazing animals. Weighing in around 10 tons and measuring as long as 40 feet (12 meters), whale sharks are the largest non-mammalian animals in the world. Whale sharks are sharks, not whales, but they got their name for their enormous size. Like many giant creatures in the oceans, whale sharks feed exclusively on tiny plankton and krill, and they have no teeth as such, just a complex filter organism that strains out their food from the water. Because of this, they pose little danger to humans. Whale sharks circumnavigate the planet every year, traveling more than 30,000 miles (48,000 kilometers) as they follow the tides and currents. Whale sharks often cruise a deep depths, sometimes more than 5,000 feet (1.5 km) below the surface AND can filter over 1,500 gallons (5,600 liters) of water per hour when they feed.

Culture in Belize
Many people come to Belize for the great weather, amazingly beautiful natural areas, and exciting adventure options without realizing that the country is home to a unique blend of different cultures and peoples. Belize is a true melting pot society, one where people of different backgrounds, cultures, ethnicities, and languages all live harmoniously side-by-side. The first Europeans to visit Belize were the Spanish, who were only partially successful at subduing the Maya, the descendants of the advanced culture that built the pyramids, temples, and palaces that still dot the landscape of Belize. By the 18th century, however, the British had come to dominate Belize, bringing in enslaved Africans as loggers and workers on their plantations. Today, their descendants are known as the Creole (or Kriol), who speak a unique dialect of English.

The Amazing Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Shark Ray Alley
The Belize Barrier Reef is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the second-largest barrier reef in the world after Australia's Great Barrier Reef. Composed of hundreds of beautiful islands and lovely atolls, the Belize Barrier Reef is a mecca for snorkelers and divers due to the clarity of the water and the incredible eco-diversity of marine life that call the reef home. One of the top diving and snorkeling sites in Belize is the Hol Chan Marine Reserve. A protected national park, the Hol Chan Marine Reserve gets its name from the Mayan term for "little channel." This is because the reserve is located on a natural cut in the reef (known as a quebrada) that allows marine life to transit between the inner and outer portion of the reef.

Best Beaches in Belize
Simply put, Belize has been blessed by a bounty of beautiful beaches. Belize enjoys more than 200 miles (380 kilometers) of beaches along its Caribbean coast, ensuring a more than ample supply of white sandy beaches for both locals and tourists to enjoy. In addition, Belize has more than 200 offshore islands located on the Belize Barrier Reef, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the second-largest coral reef system in the world. In Belize, islands are known as cayes (pronounced "keys"), and most are located within just a few miles of the mainland. Belize's largest island is the popular tourist destination of Ambergris Caye. Measuring 25 miles (40 km) long by one mile (1.6 km) across, Ambergris Caye is home to some 15,000 people. Other popular tourist destinations include Caye Caulker, Tobacco Caye, and Lighthouse Reef Atoll. Many of Belize's islands lie inside protected marine environents and are uninhabited except for scientific monitoring stations.

The Top Luxury Hotels in Belize
Here I am including a list of what I consider the best luxury hotels and resorts in Belize right now. Each place has something unique to offer, whether they are a hip boutique hotel with all the modern comforts and world-class amenities or a rustic Eco-haven in the middle of the jungle. If you think that I’m only mentioning the resorts below because they offer upscale full service or have an exclusive clientele, you’re mistaken. These properties have been hand selected because they offer spectacular views, exquisite food, the best tour guides and staff, and have a rich ambiance rated “5 Star” in my books. I also recommend that if you want to have the best Belize trip possible, spending a few days in the jungle before heading to the beach is optimal. Below I will feature resorts in (1) Ambergris Caye and Caye Caulker, (2) Western Belize, (3) the Southern Coast of Belize, (4) Southern Belize, and lastly, (5) Northern Belize, which is the least popular destination. The most popular luxury travel destinations are San Pedro, which is in Ambergris Caye, and San Ignacio, which is in Western Belize.

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World’s 10 Best Islands for Snorkeling
Want to snorkel with whale sharks, sea turtles or humpback whales? Or maybe float above underwater statues, like Christ the Abyss? We’ve updated our list of the 10 best islands around the globe for underwater adventures. Grab a mask and dive in to the best snorkeling in the world. The best snorkel reefs start shallow, and few are shallower than Glovers Reef Atoll. At low tide, coral heads pop from the sea, visible to beachgoers at the private-island Off the Wall Dive Center and Resort. Don a mask and jump in to witness the rainbow of reds, yellows and purples of the hard and soft corals, and thriving marine life. You don’t need to cover much ground to encounter diversity. Here, the best tactic is to hover above a patch of reef and check out the hundreds of species, from blenny fish, each only 3 inches long, to toadfish, a pancake-flat, whiskered bottom-dweller that betrays its hiding spots when emitting a loud croak.

Massive Sargassum Seaweed Bloom is Choking The Caribbean — Climate Change a Likely Culprit
Belize is no exception to this natural phenomenon. A great article to read to understand a bit more about this prevalent occurrence taking place along our Belize coastline, in particular the cayes and penninsula. "Massive Sargassum Seaweed Bloom is Choking the Caribbean".

Belize must act to escape cycle of defaults – IMF staff
Research from the International Monetary Fund labels parts of Belize’s latest debt restructuring as “interesting innovations”, but the researchers believe the country will remain in a cycle of debt and default unless efforts to reduce the stock of public debt are made. In a paper analysing Belize’s latest debt restructuring efforts, Tamon Asonuma, Michael Papaioannou, Eriko Togo and Bert van Selm compare action taken in 2016 with the country’s two previous debt restructuring efforts.

40s & Shorties Follows Former Bad Boy Rapper Shyne to Belize for Summer 2018
Running through the streets as the artist once did. 40s & Shorties recently unveiled its Summer 2018 collection, enlisting former Bad Boy rapper Shyne to not only star in the lookbook display but follow him around his home country of Belize. The lifestyle label got a snapshot of Shyne’s childhood upbringing, as the once-troubled artist guided the crew around the island, revisiting the street he previously lived on, while also touring the resource center he helped initiate.

Videos

  • Chicken Drop, 1min. called the Chicken Drop. You gotta see it to believe that it's real.

  • Loggerhead turtles, 1min. From above or from below, the views in #Belize never disappoint. This gorgeous video of Loggerhead turtles was taken at dive site of Halfmoon Wall.

  • International Museum Day! San Ignacio & Santa Elena House of Culture, 6min.

  • A taste of the South; featuring Cacao, 28min. on Open Your Eyes

  • Overview of the Crime Bill part 2, 23min. on Open Your Eyes

  • Overview of the Crime Bill, 31min. on Open Your Eyes

  • Grace's "Flava With a Beat" features 'Bakbana' from Suriname!, 28min. on Open Your Eyes

  • News5 Obituaries, 2min.

  • Presbyterian Day School, 7min. The Presbyterian Day School (PDS) is just a few miles from the border of Mexico, yet it's impact is felt all over Belize. Adam Dekleine, Kaitlyn Frye, Kendra Nydam, Hayden Veurink and Mark Volkers traveled to Corozal, Belize to help tell the story of the large impact of this small school. amateur teaserrrrrrrr sndbbbbbbbb huge [#%!] killer ass best killer [#%!] best killer swing killer pussy legs wildcat killer ride killer rub pussy cute teen best janna clone exact cum inside massage

  • The Belize Garden Club - Home Gardening/Herbs, 21min. on Open Your Eyes

  • Institute of Creative Arts - Festival of arts 2018, 29min. on Open Your Eyes

  • National Re-Registration Exercise Process,35 min. on Open Your Eyes

  • Belize Territorial Volunteers Wil Mehia Rise & Shine Mr Carlos Santos, 2hr.

  • Six Murders and 2 hit and runs. No GOB Response 23rd May, Rise & Shine, 2hr.

  • Interview with CARILEC Chairman Jeffrey Locke May 22 2018, 2.5min.

  • Taste of the Caye, 1min. Come see what we are dishing up at The Blue Casita’s next Taste of the Caye event happening Friday, May 25 at 4p.m. Save the date!

  • Aerial View of the "Twin Towns" - San Ignacio & Santa Elena, Belize, 3min. Belizing.com has a short video of Cayo, taken with a drone, from in front of the market. Very well done. Looks like Broaster Stadium makes up a fifth of downtown. "Aerial view of San Ignacio & Santa Elena Towns, also known as the 'Twin Towns.'"

  • Elizabeth Higgins’ 1000th Jump. Blue Hole, Belize 2018, 7min.

  • Belize Blue Hole And Stalactite_getting in, 2min.

  • Can You Belize It?, 17min. Ever wanted to be taken to a tropical paradise? Join us as we leave the van for 3 nights to explore the incredible Belizean islands of Ambergris Caye and Caye Caulker. There are no cars on this small slice of heaven and they are famous for their ~ GO SLOW ~ attitude.

  • Sports Talk Show May 23, 47min.

  • World Turtle Day, 2min. World Turtle Day is an annual observance to foster appreciation of, and protection for, turtles. Half of all turtle species are now threatened with extinction. Turtles are more endangered than birds, fish, or amphibians. If we do nothing, many of the planet's turtles will become extinct within the next few decades.


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