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The San Pedro Sun

Two detained following armed robbery at Wayo’s Beach Bar and Grill
Police have detained two persons in connection with the armed robbery at the popular Wayo’s Beach Bar and Grill on Friday, May 25th. According to reports, two masked dark skinned men surprised patrons and staff at gun point around 11:20PM, demanding money. During the hold-up, 26-year-old bartender Osner Campos was injured from a gunshot ricochet to the back of his head. Immediately after the thieves left with an undisclosed amount of cash, Campos was taken to the Dr. Otto Rodriguez San Pedro Polyclinic II. He was later airlifted to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital in Belize City where he was listed in a stable condition. Campos recovered quickly, and by Monday, May 28th, he was released from the hospital.

The Island Academy graduates 11
The 2017-2018 school year is coming to an end and The Island Academy (TIA) is the first educational institution to hold its graduation ceremony in San Pedro Town on Friday, May 26th. The school celebrated its 23rd commencement exercise, with a total of 11 students graduating; Gabriella Knox-Alexander, Ayissa Alpuche, Noah Beaumont, Elyssa Crampton, Angela Duran, Kimberly Houghton, Xavier Graham, Collin Romsa, Hector Salazar, Calliope Sirman and Mackenzie Turley. Students, families, friends and invited guests gathered at the TIA Campus to celebrate the graduate’s academic achievements. At 10AM, the graduates proudly marched into the sound of the customary Pomp and Circumstance.

SPRCS girls and Holy Cross boys represent Belize Rural South at Belize District football finals
The National Sports Council of Belize along with the San Pedro Sports Committee held its primary school football competition Zone 5 elimination (Belize Rural South) at the Ambergris Stadium in San Pedro Town on Tuesday, May 22nd. Participating schools were San Pedro Roman Catholic School (SPRCS), Ambergris Caye Elementary School (ACES), New Horizon Seventh Day Adventist School (NHSDAS), Holy Cross Anglican School (HCAS) and Caye Caulker Roman Catholic School (CCRCS). After a long afternoon of intense matches, the SPRCS girls and HCAS boys were declared the winners and will have the honor of representing Zone 5 at the Belize District Finals. The San Pedro Sun joins the community in congratulating SPRCS girls and HCAS boys for being the champions of Zone 5 and wishes them the best in the Belize District finals to be held in Belize City sometime in the beginning of the month of June 2018.

Ambergris Today

San Pedro Hosts 40th National Lions Club Convention
The San Pedro Lions Club was the host club for the 40th Annual Convention that was carried out from Friday, May 25 to Sunday, May 27, 2018, on La Isla Bonita, San Pedro. Under the theme “Lions promoting peace, we continue serving”, the San Pedro Lions Club, San Estevan Lions Club, Belmopan Lions Club and Belize City Lions Club all convened at the San Pedro Lions Den on Friday, May 25, 2018 for the opening ceremonies. The Lions convention was dedicated to Lion Carlos Santos, a member of the Lions Club since 1977, he is one of the two surviving members of the Belmopan Lions Club. He has served as President of the club and Governor and Zone Chairman of Belize Lions Zone 59 for two terms and in various other capacities within the zone.

Misc Belizean Sources

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Audubon gets some training
Congratulations to our eleven (11) field staff who successfully completed the Special Constable Training held at the Police Training Academy in Belmopan! The Special Constable certification training was facilitated by the Forest Department on May 14th through May 25th, in partnership with the Police Department as part of Capacity Building for Protected Areas Rangers. The certification will strengthen BAS' enforcement efforts as we continue to mitigate illegal activity in our co-managed protected areas.

We Got Net (W.G.N.)
A young man from British Honduras, Ludwig Lightburn walked into Madison Square Garden and stood up to a goliath in the boxing world, the number 2 lightweight contender Ralph Dupas. While the Garden felt each solid blow, and the fight was one of the first televised, they could only be heard by a few radios in the Central American nation. Neighbors gathered around and listened as Lightburn punched his way to victory. It was 1955, almost 3 decades later video would kill the radio stars and television would reach British Honduras. Just like your fathers the Baymen, valiant and bold, Arthur and Marie Hoare had no idea that their business idea would change the landscape forever. They weren’t looking for timber, but the rooftop antennas connected to the tube would not only bring entertainment, but their Channel 9 would provide a compass for thousands to follow and would change lives and culture for Belizeans to this day.

Committee recommends Belize Barrier Reed removed from the List of World Heritage sites in Danger
The significant progress made by the State Party towards achieving the DSOCR is commendable, particularly the enactment of a moratorium on oil exploration and other petroleum operations within the entire maritime zone of Belize, whereby Indicator 3 of the DSOCR, related to protection of the property from possible oil operations, has been fully met and exceeded.

MIF & BELTRAIDE, through SBDCBelize, are providing trainings in June
For the following locations: Dangriga, Placencia, Punta Gorda; and we encourage Entrepreneurs and Small Business Owners to take part. Please note there is LIMITED AVAILABILITY. To REGISTER please call BELTRAIDE's Headquarters at 822-3737.

6th Annual Climate Outlook Forum May 30
The National Meteorological Service is hosting it's 6th Annual Climate Outlook Forum (NCOF-6), George Price Center for Peace and Development, City of Belmopan. Contact the office for information and confirm your space.

POWER OUTAGE SCHEDULED
Power outage scheduled for entire Corozal and Orange Walk Districts on Sunday, June 3 from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. Necessary for BEL to conduct urgent repairs to circuit switcher at the Buena Vista Substation.

San Pedro Water Outage today beginning 1:30pm
Belize Water Services informs customers in San Pedro that there will be an interruption in the water supply on Tuesday, May 28, 2018 starting at 1:30pm. The areas to be affected is from Pedro’s Inn going North including San Pedrito, San Mateo, Downtown Area, Beach Front and San Juan Area. This interruption is necessary for repairs to a broken water main. Residents are advised that water will be restored by 5:00pm.

BTB Scholarship Opportunities for 2018
The Belize Tourism Board is offering scholarship opportunities to interested applicants for Tourism Programs commencing August 2018 for Full-time Students for the following degrees.

Channel 7

Santander Selling Sugar On Local Market Without Permit
The Santander Sugar Group in the Valley of Peace area in the Cayo District is in serious trouble with the Ministry of Trade tonight after the export company started selling sugar domestically. The company has EPZ status meaning they get certain exemptions on the clear understanding that they can only export. But, they've been doing more than that. This is a photo of Santander's Plantation White sugar being sold at a store in Orange Walk. It's presence on the local market has infuriated cane farmers - who are already going through a difficult year with historic lows in sugar prices. Now they say they are facing competition in a market from a company not licensed to sell locally. Here's what Fred Ortega of the Belize sugar Cane Farmers Association told CTV-3 in Orange Walk:..

Two Weeks For CJ To Decide On PUP Election Petition
The PUP wants the court to throw out the UDP's victory in San Pedro in the March Municipal Elections. Well, today, Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamain listened to submissions from the attorneys for all the litigants as to why he should or should not uphold the petition. Tonight, the case is in his hands for a decision that should arrive in about 2 weeks' time. The PUP 7 Municipal Slate from San Pedro alleges that there is a discrepancy over the total number of ballots from polling station #37 in the island town. They say that 275 ballots are not accounted for, and that those could have drastically affected the outcome of the elections, since Incumbent Mayor Daniel Guerrero and his team won by only a small margin.

The Quest For Truth: Eamon Vs. Tamai
So, as you've heard, a significant element in the PUP's complaint against the San Pedro Municipal Election results is the manner in which Chief Elections Officer Josephine Tamai handled the San Pedro ballots after they were transferred to her from the public officers who oversaw the polling in the island town. You'll remember attorney Eamon Courtenay saying that Tamai violated the law when she unsealed the ballots. They are supposed to remain under lock and key after they are sealed, and are only to be touched by an order of the court.

Police Didn’t Cuff Teenaged Murder Suspect
Tonight an alleged teenaged killer is on the loose. As we reported on Friday, 18 year old Burns was charged with the murder of Carlton Moreira - which happened on Wednesday. On Thursday, police made it known that the teenager from the Mayflower area was wanted. By Friday morning they had him in custody, and by Friday afternoon, he was charged for Moreira's murder. But, somehow, he escaped. Police today told us how he just skipped through the station gates:... ASP Alejandro Cowo - OC, CIB Belize City: "Police arrested and charged Jordan Burns. However, it is very unfortunate that whilst he was being escorted to cell block he escaped from police custody and up to now he is at large."

Knocked Down And Left For Dead
A man was run over and killed on the Maskall road over the weekend. 42 year old Jermaine Rhaburn was heading home early Sunday morning around 5:00 when he was knocked down. He was left in the middle of the road bleeding out. Police don't have much information in this case neither does his family. Courtney Weatherburne has the story. Jermaine Rhaburn had been renting this Boston Village house for 2 years. But living next to his landlord, Brunelda Alvarado, was what made this place a home for Rhaburn. They shared a special bond.

King Vs. Sulph In Supreme Court
Tonight, former UDP Minister Mark King is back in the news for a slander lawsuit which he's brought against the grassroots activist, Moses Sulph. He's known for his outspoken stances against the government of the day, but Moses Sulph is being accused of going too far on Facebook when he came out swinging against Mark King and his company, Brints Security. This security company is one of several that King owns and manages, and among the contracts Brints has right now is one to provide security for the Magistrate's Court.

BWS Resists Lower Rate, Takes Regulator To Court
Belize Water Services Limited and its regulator, the Public Utilities Commission were also in court today. Both sides appeared in Justice Michelle Arana's courtroom for a hearing on the lower rate that the PUC ordered the utility to implement on April first - but instead BWS went to court asking for an injunction against the new rate, pending judicial review. That was to have started today but it could not - and the attorney for BWSL explained why:...

Bartender Shot In Back Of Head
There were a number of scary armed robberies this weekend. The first happened on Friday night at around 11:20 at Wayo's Bar in the Boca Del Rio of San Pedro Town. Two men stormed into the bar, and both were armed: one of them with a 9 millimeter pistol, and the other with a sawed off shotgun. The man with the shotgun stood guard at the entrance of the bar, while the man with the pistol demanded that the money in the cash register be poured into a bag. While the bartender was doing that, the robber fired a shot towards the bar, which ricocheted and hit 26 year old Osner Campos to the back of his head.

Quick Cops Catch Robbers, All Familiar Faces
The second significant robbery happened on Saturday afternoon in Belize City. Robbers held up a fast food restaurant on the southside - but police were quick to set chase and caught the robbers. ASP Alejandro Cowo - OC, CIB Belize City: "On Saturday just about 4:30pm, the Jollibees Restaurant was held up by 3 male persons. At present in the establishment was the manager of the restaurant Mr. Kumar, along with other Indian decent medical students who were having lunch at the time, when 3 male persons entered; one with a firearm and they held up the students along with the manager and the 2 employees that were inside of the restaurant. Stolen from them were assorted items being cell phones, cash and the cash register and other monies that the person had. Police quick response in the area led to the detention of 4 male persons who are presently detained and police are looking for charges to be levied against them sometime today."

Police Say Robbers Are Out, Advise Extreme Caution
And those are just two of the major robberies which occurred. Indeed there have been a rash of violent armed robberies in the past month and Cowo made it clear that you need to be very aware of your surroundings:... ASP Alejandro Cowo - OC, CIB Belize City: "There were a number of robberies that occurred within Belize City and it is a trend that they had being seeing that is developing for the past month or even at the beginning of the year..."

Alleged Murderer, Brandon Hughes Was One Of Three
Today, Cowo also discussed the murder charge against 18 year old Brandon Hughes. He is accused of the murder of businessman Oscar Rosado, Sr. Cowo said he is one of three men they hope to charge:.. Reporter: "Is he the suspect that you all had been looking for from that day and he'd been in hiding?" ASP Alejandro Cowo - OC, CIB Belize City: "Yes, he and another person. We are still looking for the other person."

Kelly Was Killed, No Accident
And a murder investigation has also been opened up in the case of Rudolph Kelly. The 52 year old died last week Tuesday night after an accident in which he was found behind the wheel with massive stab wounds to his arms. As we reported on Friday a post mortem showed that the stabbing, not the accident killed him. Police discussed what is now one more Belize City murder case:...

Making Customs Quicker
How long should it take to clear and release goods through customs when it arrives in a country? Well according to World Customs Organization experts, there is no standard time, it all depends on the cargo or shipment and the country's regulations. But the idea is to get the goods physically released in the most time efficient manner. That is why a workshop on what is called a time release study was held today at the Customs office. Here is more from the coordinators on how this study will help Belize. Today was day 1 of the workshop. It is a week-long training.

Good News For Belize Barrier Reef
It's rare to report really good news on the protection of Belize's natural wonders, but tonight even UNESCO has acknowledged that a moratorium on offshore drilling has made a huge difference. A draft decision has been taken to de list the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System as a World Heritage Site in Danger. The Final decision of the World Heritage Committee will be made at the end of June at UNESCO's 42nd meeting in Bahrain.

Quite A Contest In Corozal Bay
The PUP had a rare contested convention in Corozal Bay on Sunday. It was a five way race between Thea Garcia-Ramirez, Freddy Alex Ewens, Shamir Alpuche, Edwardo 'Dado' Torres 26 votes and, David 'Dido' Vega. In total, 2042 voters went out to the St. Francis Xavier Roman Catholic School in Corozal Town. And, at 7:00 pm, the Party Chairman announced the winner - who clinched the convention by a large margin:

No Confidence Vote Tabled At PSU
Last year, the Public Service Union was plunged into turmoil when the past President, Eldred Neal, was put on blast for a secret recording of him was released publicly in which he made prejudiced remarks about the Garifuna Members of the Public Service Union. The New president, Doreth Obermayer Cayetano, was elected after Neal's exit, and her leadership was to supposed to help the healing process within the Union, after that messy internal dispute. Well tonight, the sitting president is now caught up in turmoil of her own, after a no-confidence vote was tabled as a resolution during the Union's AGM on Saturday.

What’s Up In Otoxha?
Wil Maheia and the Territorial Volunteers were called out to Otoxha in southwestern Belize this weekend to see how the Guatemalans were making incursions into their territory. Here's what they found:

Channel 5

56 Regent Street Shared by U.D.P. Area Rep, P.U.P. Aspirant
Two weeks away from the Albert Division convention for the People’s United Party on June seventeenth, the campaign between Senators and People’s United Party’s aspirants Valerie Woods and Paul Thompson [...]

Paul Thompson Counts on Support from Albert Residents, Cordel Hyde
Paul Thompson is going head to head with fellow Senator Valerie Woods, who has prided herself as being born and raised in the division. But Thompson says he has been [...]

Corozal Bay P.U.P. Elects David “Dido” Vega
In other political news, David “Dido” Vega, former mayoral candidate for the P.U.P. in Corozal Town, was elected standard bearer for Corozal Bay on Sunday in the party’s first contested [...]

Death of Rudolph Kelly Now a Murder Investigation
When Rudolph Kelly perished following a violent collision on Central American Boulevard last Tuesday, speculations ran wide that he did not succumb to injuries received during the accident.  It was [...]

Carlos Panti Succumbs in Vehicle Flip on Western Highway
A tour guide and a father of three from the Cayo area perished in a road fatality over the weekend. Carlos Panti, who was well established in the tourism industry, [...]

Jermaine Rhaburn Dies after Apparent Hit-and-Run
A Sand Hill resident has also lost his life following a mishap along the Old Northern Highway over the weekend.  In the predawn hours of Sunday morning, Jermaine Rhaburn was [...]

Santander Sugar Faulted for Selling in Local Market
There is a developing story tonight in the sugar industry. Santander, the Spanish sugar miller located in the Valley of Peace area is reportedly selling sugar in the domestic market. [...]

Final Arguments for San Pedro Election Petition
The two municipal election slates from San Pedro Town, Ambergris Caye, continued their fight in the Supreme Court this morning. The People’s United Party’s Andre Perez and the United Democratic [...]

Mark King Takes on Moses Sulph over Facebook Comments
Mark King, former Lake Independence area rep, is suing activist Moses Sulph for defamation of his character and that of his business, following a post on social media. The case [...]

B.W.S. Challenges Decision of P.U.C. on Water Rates
A third case before the Supreme Court today dealt with an unprecedented move. Belize Water Services Limited is suing the Public Utilities Commission over its decision in an interim review [...]

Bartender Survives Ricocheting Bullet During Armed Robbery
Twenty-six-year-old Osner Campos, a bartender of San Pedro, is lucky to have escaped with his life on Friday night when an armed robbery at Wayo’s Bar resulted in a discharge [...]

Thieves Couldn’t Get Away from Police after Jolly Bees Robbery
A trio of thieves was busted over the weekend after holding up a restaurant on Euphrates Avenue.  An Indian manager inside Jolly Bees and several of his patrons, all medical [...]

Teen Brandon Hughes Sent to Jail in Murder of Oscar Rosado Sr.
Eighteen-year-old Brandon Hughes is on remand at the Belize Central Prison after being arraigned of Friday for the murder of businessman Oscar Rosado Sr.  Hughes was one of three men [...]

“Armed, Dangerous” Jordan Burns Sought by Police
There’s an all-points bulletin for the capture of Jordan Burns who escaped from police custody on Friday, after being charged for the murder of Carlton Moreira in the Mayflower Street [...]

Barrier Reef Has Shot at Coming Off Endangered World Heritage Site List
Belize’s world-famous Barrier Reef Reserve System could be headed off the list of World Heritage Sites in Danger. This is after the World Heritage Committee found that the series of [...]

The End of Evangelical Holiness Academy in Cayo
A private school in the west is closing its doors due to a number of factors after twenty years of providing education to students of Santa Familia and surrounding communities.  [...]

Protest on High Cost of Living Fizzles
The Belize Leaders for Social Justice were only able to attract a minimum number of protesters to their widely advertised march from Constitution Park to Battlefield Park on Saturday morning. [...]

Swing Bridge Gets New Coat of Paint
The Belize City Council on Saturday collaborated with eleven students from Wesley Junior College to give the historic Belize City Swing Bridge a facelift. The bridge got a fresh coat [...]

Motor Stolen from Belcan Bridge
In related news, the City Council has confirmed information to our newsroom which suggests that the motor for the BelCan Bridge is missing. There were previous reports that parts for [...]

Basketball Final Tops Sports Monday
Good evening, I’m James Adderley and this is Sports Monday.   [Highlights of the weekend sporting activities…]

LOVE FM

Demonstration against high cost of living sees poor turnout
Belize Leaders for Social Justice held a demonstration against the continued increase in the cost of living. Member Moses Sulph announced the event last week but, on Saturday morning, the group did not receive the support it had hoped for. The turnout was very poor. Besides the police officers who oversaw the demonstration, about ten …

Medical students robbed at restaurant in Belize City
Another robbery happened on Saturday in Belize City where medical students and the employees of a restaurant were robbed. ASP Cowo shared details of the incident. ASP Alejandro Cowo: “On Saturday just about 4:30PM Jolly Bees restaurant was held up by three male persons. Present inside of the establishment was the manager of the restaurant …

David “Dido” Vega crushes opponents in PUP Convention
On Sunday the People’s United Party held a convention to elect its Standard Bearer for the Corozal Bay Division. Five persons namely, Thea Garcia-Ramirez, Freddy Alex Ewens, Shamir Alpuche, Edwardo ‘Dado’ Torres, and David ‘Dido’ Vega contested the convention. When polls closed at 5 o’clock and the counting began, it became clear that Vega was …

NTUCB supports increase of SSB contributions
While the BCCI and the PUP are concerned with the increase in the cost of living, the National Trade Union Congress of Belize is supporting the SSB’s bid for contributions to increase. In a letter dated May 23, NTUCB President Floyd Neal writes to the CEO of SSB, Dr. Colin Young quote, “NTUCB hopes the …

Santander warned about selling sugar on local market
Love News has confirmed that Santander Sugar has not been given the green light to sell sugar on the local market. Minister of Investment Tracey Taegar Panton told us that the company has been warned because Santander’s sugar has been found on the local market. Minister Panton told Love News that the Government has strongly …

18-year-old charged for murder escapes police custody
Police are once again on a man hunt for eighteen year old Jordan Burns. The teenager was detained last Thursday and charged by Friday with the murder of Carlton Moreira, who was killed in an alley between Lakeview and Mayflower Street on Wednesday afternoon. Burns remains at large and police are asking the public for …

BSWL’s legal challenge against PUC’s decision proceeds in court
Also in court today before Justice Michelle Arana is a case brought against the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) by Belize Water Services Limited, (BWSL). As we have reported, BWSL is challenging the PUC’s decision to reduce the water rate. That reduced water rate was supposed to have been in effect this past April but, with …

PUP concern about increasing cost of living
The People’s United Party joins the Belize Chamber of Commerce Industry in calling on the government to redesign its fuel tax strategy and decrease the excise duties on fuel. The increase of fuel affects daily activities and with the increase of data, cable, and electricity, PUP Chairman, Henry Charles Usher, says that it is time …

Chief Justice hears closing argument in Election Petition case
Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin heard closing arguments today in a case brought against the San Pedro Town Council by the People’s United Party. It is the first election petition filed in Belize’s history as the PUP is challenging the results of the March 7 municipal elections in San Pedro Town. Essentially, the PUP has asked …

Mark King’s lawsuit against Moses Sulph proceeds in court
Mark King’s lawsuit against Moses Sulph will proceed. A case management conference was held in the courtroom of Supreme Court Justice Sonya Young. Sulph made comments on his Facebook page regarding King’s company, Brints Security. Sulph boldly stated that King’s company was taking advantage of its employees by not paying Social Security contributions, a claim …

PUP to discuss national issues
Tomorrow the People’s United Party will convene a national executive meeting to discuss issues of national concerns. When we spoke to PUP Chairman, Henry Charles Usher on Sunday, he told us that the Executive will discuss matters such as the re-registration exercise and Arthur Saldivar’s application to run for the PUP in Belmopan …

Family homeless after house collapse
A father and his five children are now homeless after their home which was located in the Mayflower area collapsed yesterday. Love news spoke with the father who said it all happened just as he was preparing a meal for them. Victim of Collapsed House: “I was providing some food for my kids on the table you know when suddenly I heard a little screech and all we could have done my son and I was to take to the ground. We tried to run out but same time you can’t run out because everything is coming crumbling down …

Rudolph Kelly death now a murder investigation
Police have now upgraded their investigation surrounding the death of Rudolph Kelly Jr. to a homicide investigation. ASP Cowo says the post mortem showed that he died from wounds he sustained before he collided into a lamppost on the night of Tuesday May 22. ASP Alejandro Cowo: “A post mortem examination was conducted on the body of Mr. Rudolph Kelly and at the conclusion of the post mortem the doctor certified …

Robberies on the rise
The Belize Police Department says that they have noted an increase in robberies within the Belize District. ASP Alejandro Cowo, Head of the Crimes Investigation Branch in Belize City says the department has noted the upward trend since the start of the year and today he advised the public and the business community to remain vigilant.

Bartender shot in the head during robbery on San Pedro Ambergris Caye
Police continue to seek two men for an armed robbery that resulted in one man being shot in the head at Wayo’s Bar in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye. The incident happened on Friday. ASP Alejandro Cowo told the media more about the incident. ASP Alejandro Cowo: “Friday night just after 11, police were called to the San Pedro Polyclinic where they observed Mr. Osner Campos with a gunshot to the back of his head. What police gathered so far, Mr. Campos was working at Wayo’s Bar …

Belize Customs & Excise prepares for Time Release Study
The World Customs organization is holding a one week workshop in Belize which will prepare participants for a time release study that will be conducted soon. Jonelle McKenzie has the story. Belize Custom & Excise Department technical officers and other stakeholders are participating in a one week workshop which is being facilitated by the World …

Cancer Walk a success
The annual cancer walk was held in the Belize District on Saturday morning. The event saw participants walk a little over nine miles, from Ladyville to Belize City. The event this year was well attended and the Belize Cancer Society also received several generous donations towards its work. Here’s a look at how it went. …

St. Martin’s Credit Union nets $1.3 million in profits
St. Martin’s Credit Union held its 69th Annual General Meeting at the Sacred Heart College Auditorium in San Ignacio Town on Friday. At the meeting, the over five hundred members who attended learnt that the credit union net profit for its fiscal year which ended March 31 amounted to one point three million dollars. As …

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Barranco loggers and GOB come to terms
The villagers of Barranco and the Government of Belize have met and come to an […]

Global price of oil falls
Oil prices on the global market fell on Monday after reports that Russia and Saudi […]

NatGeo to feature Belize in upcoming publication on scuba diving
National Geographic is compiling a guidebook on the world’s 50 best dive travel destinations and […]

Free nephrology clinic at La Loma Luz Hospital
A capacity building project for the prevention and control of chronic renal failure in Belize […]

Double murder still unsolved-one year after
As the month of May draws to a close, a month away from mid-year, Belize […]

“Swing bridge” gets facelift by Belize City Council and WJC students
On Saturday, the Belize City Council in collaboration with students from the Wesley Junior College […]

David Dido Vega wins convention for Corozal Bay
David Dido Vega is the new standard bearer of the People’s United Party (PUP) in […]

Blogs

Five Reasons to Head to Hopkins, Belize for June’s MANGO FESTIVAL
Hopkins is a beach town in Southern Belize (population 1500ish) that has really held on to its roots as a Garifuna Village. Well maybe that’s the wrong way to say it…it hasn’t held onto anything. It is a tiny Garifuna Village. A friendly place on a long strip of beach that will have you thinking about buying a shack on the Caribbean sea, quitting your job and relocating. A few years ago, I went to the village’s rejuvenated Mango-Fest and it was fantastic. Let me see if I can convince you to join me in Hopkins this year for Mango Festival.

International Sourcesizz

Ambergris Caye is Getting a High-End Bump With New Resorts Opening
All eyes are on Belize this year. This may have a lot to do with the fact that Leonardo DiCaprio’s eco-resort Blackadore Caye, on an 104-acre island just west of Ambergris Caye, is expected to launch later in 2018, complete with a hotel and 36 luxury villas available to buy. But that’s not all that’s happening in the Central American country with raved-about Caribbean beaches, Mayan ruins tangled in jungle, and the world’s second biggest reef after the great barrier reef. “High-net-worth buyers see that Belize is developing, and they see the opportunities to get invested before the prices become outrageous,” said Debbie Wade, broker at Sancas Realty, an affiliate of Christie’s International Real Estate. Ms. Wade reports growing interest among high-net-worth owners keen to buy a second home in Ambergris Caye, the most exclusive part of Belize.

Region urged to brace for wetter than usual period of rain
“Except in the Guianas, rainfall totals are forecast to be lower than usual or similar to the usual; a number of short dry spells is expected, along with fewer wet spells than usual. The latter may reduce the potential for flooding and associated hazards in Belize and in the islands. Nevertheless, there is a concern for flash flooding from extreme wet spells in any area,” the CIMH said with regards to the June to August period this year. “Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada and north-western Puerto Rico were particularly wet. Drought is not a primary concern at this time. This was one of the coolest season in recent years in the east of the region.”

Barbados Will Remain With CCJ, New PM Says
Barbados will be sticking with the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ). The assurance has come from Prime Minister Mia Mottley who said the CCJ represents “one of the best examples of Independence” in a court across the entire globe. She made her government’s position clear following a threat by former prime minister Freundel Stuart that if his Democratic Labour Party (DLP) won the May 24 general elections, Barbados would no longer make the CCJ its final appellate court.

Videos

  • Ambassador Mendez on the Belize-Guatemala border issue, 3.5min. Before attaining his position at the Organization of American States, Ambassador Mendez had been involved in discussions regarding the Belize-Guatemala border issue for at least 16 years. We asked the Ambassador for his personal views on taking the issue to the International Court of Justice. Here’s what he had to say…

  • Restore Belize teamed up with the Walls Down project on Saturday, May 19th, to host a community event in the Port Loyola area, min. Our team stopped by earlier in the day to find out more. The Walls Down team hopes to branch out into more communities in the City.

  • His Excellency Nestor Mendez, min. You’ve probably heard the name Nestor Mendez called several times over the years in connection with Belize’s foreign affairs. He’s been a devoted and successful career diplomat, representing Belize in various capacities in different countries. His Excellency Nestor Mendez currently holds the second highest position at the Organization of American States, the largest regional organization in the world. But who is Ambassador Mendez? We had a sit-down with him recently to find out.

  • Belize Butterfly Farm at Chaa Creek, 1/2min.The butterfly farm, established in the 1980s, continues to be immensely popular with visitors of all ages and interests. To see the cobalt blue, mesmerising giant butterflies emerge from their chrysalis stage is an unforgettable sight that never fails to delight adults and children alike. What looks like a pale green dewdrop changes into a voracious caterpillar before morphing into its pupa stage, looking like something out of a science fiction movie before…ta da! One of the world’s most beautiful butterflies emerges.

  • Trip to Belize May 2018, 25min. This video is about my family trip to Belize in May 2018

  • Belize Caye Fest 1988, 65min. "1st Annual Belize Caye Fest" May 30, 1988, @ Jackie Robinson Stadium, Los Angeles, produced by: Caye Records & Seabreeze Records. Hosted by David Buddan, Sharlene, Ras Khatuce, Performing artists included: BABYLON WARRIORS, PUPA CURLY, ANTHONY RICHARDS, DELLS & DI SENSATIONS, MICHAEL WAGNER, ITAL ROOTS, EUGEREUI, DOMINATORS, SUPER OZZIE & LYRIC BAN, SUGAR DADDY

  • BELIZE -10 DAYS OF ADVENTURE PARADISE, 8.5min. Five days inland and 5 days on an island.

  • Snorkeling around the Silk Cayes, Belize - 2018, 1min.

  • 2018 Hurricane Season - Caribbean Community Climate Change Center, 37min.

  • National Garifuna Council - Elections and Strategy, 24min.

  • Ted-Ed's Student Voice Platform, 5min. What can the brilliant students of this nation teach us about the current state of affairs of our society? This graduation season, students all over the world are celebrating what they've learned, but let's take a moment to celebrate what those students have taught us.

  • Discuss Increase in Cable, Fuel, Electricity Rise & Shine 28 May 2018, min. 90

  • Morning Matters with Dalla, 64min.

  • Manager Communications and Government Relations, Jackie Marshall- Clarke, chatting with the newly appointed Chairman of CARILEC Jeffrey Locke of Belize, 2.5min.

  • Creatures of the Night Walk at Chaa Creek, 1/2min. For years our naturalist guides have been introducing guests to this fascinating nighttime world, and the response has been overwhelmingly positive, with a typical comment being, “I had no idea…” And this wow factor is one of the reasons why Chaa Creek’s naturalist guides enjoy showing guests this side of jungle life. People of all ages quickly become fascinated as guides point out owls, howler monkeys, surprisingly gentle Tarantulas, cleverly camouflaged patoos, armadillos, kinkajous (otherwise known as “night monkeys”) and, if you’re lucky, evidence of – and even the occasional glimpse of – ocelots, jaguarondis and other cats.

  • Prince Harry Arrival to Belize at PGIA, 17min.

  • Exploring Belize, 8min.

  • Belize Adventure, 4.5min. Locations featured (Mainland): Ka'ana Resort and Spa, Xunantunich Ruins, Big Rock Falls, Thousand Foot Falls, Mike's Place at Barton Creek Cave Locations featured (Ambergris Caye / San Pedro): Xanadu Island Resort, Hol Chan Marine Reserve, Mexico Rocks, Coconut Cafe, Truck Stop, Island Dream Tours

  • Belize Botanic Gardens @ DuPlooy's, 5.5min. Eli Ochoa, The Plant Medicine Nurse took Klayton up to The Belize Botanic Gardens a few weeks ago in the legendary "Big Blue" to check out some of the local plants and fruit trees of Belize. Mrs. Judy DuPlooy has transformed the BBG into one of the most incredible places in Belize, full of tropical fruit trees, Savana lands, and much more. This is the day we recorded Episode #1 of The Grassfed Podcast, which can be found on this channel as well.