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The San Pedro Sun

Hol Chan investigating fish kill on lagoon side of San Pedro

SPHS Senior Prom 2018 held under an “Enchanted Forest”
San Pedro High School’s (SPHS) Class of 2018 senior student held their annual Prom Night on Friday, June 1st. Under an “Enchanted Forest” theme, the SPHS auditorium was beautifully decorated. Miss Teen International Petite Earth 2016 Vivian Noralez and Miss San Pedro 2017 Virginia Vasquez greeted the graduates at the grand red carpet, which attracted hundreds of spectators. Before the night came to an end, the highly anticipated honor of SPHS Prom King and Queen 2018 went to Danny Magana and Yakzari James.

Twin-Towns Partner with Forest Department to Begin Urban Green-Space Initiative
In celebrating 25 years of biodiversity, the Forest Department continued its sustainable cities initiative by donating and pledging 1,000 trees to the San Ignacio Town Council. During the Biodiversity Celebrations ceremony on May 31st, 2018 in the twin-towns of San Ignacio and Santa Elena, the Mayor, His Lordship Earl Trapp, signed the partnership agreement with the Forest Department to build greener spaces within the municipality by 2020. In his address, Mayor Trapp stressed the importance of building more sustainable municipalities and pinpointed this and several on-going sustainable cities initiatives that have taken shape over the last three years. He indicated that these smart, eco-friendly initiatives, such as the restoration of riverine areas, the establishment of ecological parks, home-gardening food projects...

Belize weathermen prepare for rains and hurricanes
With the start of the 2018 Hurricane Season on June 1st, interested officials from several government and on-government agencies joined farming stakeholders to hear the National Meteorological Service of Belize present its seasonal outlook for the next six months of the rainy/hurricane season and long 12-month forecast of possible drought when the rainy season is over. The interested parties gathered at the 6th National Climate Outlook Forum at the George Price Center in Belmopan on Wednesday, May 30th to plan how best to use this weather information to their advantage, while emergency response agencies sought to plan how to mitigate the effects of natural weather events. Chief Executive Officer Ruth Meighan of the Ministry of Transport and National Emergency Management welcomed the participants to the Forum and Minister of National Emergency Management Hon. Edmond Castro delivered the opening remarks.

Ambergris Today

Coral Reef Ed-Ventures Summer Camp Is Back!!
The 19th annual Coral Reef Ed-Ventures Summer Camp is returning to Ambergris Caye on Monday, June 25th. The free, fun and educational camp is a collaboration between students from Smith College in Massachusetts, USA and the local Hol Chan Marine Reserve. The camp includes two programs that work to promote the conservation of the Belize Barrier Reef and teach island children about the coral and marine ecosystems. The 2018 Coral-Ed team is composed of Dana Vera, Emiline Koopman, Liz Nagy, Katherine Akey, Aidan Coffin Ness, and Carla Schwartz who are all looking forward for another exciting and successful summer. The first program, REEF Program, is geared towards students ages 12 and up and is scheduled for June 25th through June 29th. Campers will meet Monday through Friday from 4pm to 6pm at the San Pedro High School. The camp focus is mapping to find the impact of plastic pollution, erosion, and activism in the community. There will be field trips to the beach, mangroves, and reef as a part of mapping expeditions.

Jamaican Model/Singer - Samantha J Enjoying San Pedro
This past weekend Jamaican model and singer-songwriter Samantha J was in Belize for the first time. Her live concert took place on Saturday, June 2, 2018 at the Angel Nunez Auditorium. Upon her arrival at La Isla Bonita, Samantha J was greeted by many followers and she gladly stopped for a pic or two and she also enjoyed parasailing in our beautiful island. Samantha J loved Belize so much she promised on social media that she will be back!

Misc Belizean Sources


Ride Across Belize
Join us as we ride to save lives... It's that time of the year! SSB's staff initiative, Ride Across Belize is back!! Contact us to sign up

*BOHEMIAN DREAMS* - Miss Lobster Fest Gala 2018
Monday, June 11th. Rainbow Restaurant // Meet & Greet with the contestants vying for this year's Miss Lobster Fest 2018 // Seating starts at 6:30 p.m. // Gala starts 7 p.m. // Tickets are now available for purchase at Rainbow Hotel or with me - $75 per person. Menu will be provided. *NOTE: Funds for this event goes directly towards the contestants' pageant expenses and prizes.*

Students of the Universidad Intercultural Maya de Quintana Roo teaching Maya to students and Parents of San Pablo Comnunity Schoo
San Pablo village was permanently settle in 1915 by Mayeros(Maya people who spoke Yucatec Maya). Today we can still find many elders who speak Maya in the village but with no programs to preserve the language it could be lost in a near future in San Pablo . Ko'one'ex Kanik Maaya t'aan(Let's Learn Maya/Vamos a aprender Maya )

DJ Champion National Tour
The Belize DJ National Tour is coming through Cayo next weekend. They'll be in Belmopan, at the Wing Stop, on Thursday, the Boulevard in Benque on Friday, and Thirsty Thursday's on Saturday. DJ Wicked Vybz, who represented Cayo, will be performing. "Watch the dates and Mark them down Benque when we touch Boulevard it should be pure shellingz"

Belize's Wonder Women! Pauline Soberanis Tillett
We are proud to announce that for the month of June, Pauline Soberanis Tillett is our Belize Wonder Woman. “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.”- Mahatma Gandhi. These words have continuously inspired Pauline to work tirelessly to better her community. Pauline works with the Love Foundation Belize and co-hosts PLUSTV BELIZE Morning Show alongside Fem Cruz. She enjoys working in her community, assisting those who are less fortunate. In her role at the Love Foundation, she oversees the recruitment of children for an after-school program that provides homework assistance, health and fitness education, and exposure to media and arts. Through her work with the Love Foundation, she has developed a relationship with the Rotary Club of Belmopan, helping young adults provide academic assistance to children on Saturdays at the Belmopan Public Library. Pauline is also the Vice-Chair for Women Empowering Families and an announcer on Love FM - News and Music Power.

Foreign Minister Elrington Attends Ministerial Meetings of the ACP Council and Joint ACP-EU Council in Togo
The Hon. Wilfred Elrington led Belize’s delegation to the 43rd Session of the Joint Council of Ministers of the African, Caribbean, and Pacific Group of States (ACP) and the European Union (EU) in Lomé, Togo. The ACP-EU Joint Council of Ministers was preceded by the 107th Session of the ACP Council of Ministers, held from May 28th to 29th, 2018, and a Special Session of ACP Council on May 27th, 2018, at which Ministers debated the future direction of the ACP and the evolution of its partnership with the EU.

100 Professionals Trained in Suicide Prevention
The YouthRise Project in the Ministry of Human Development, Social Transformation and Poverty Alleviation in collaboration with Galen University have trained some 100 social workers, educators, counsellors, administrators and youth workers in suicide prevention. The training took place between May 24th and June 1st in Belize, Cayo, and Stann Creek Districts. The training was facilitated by Dr. Guy Ilagan, Assistant Professor of Counsellor Education at The Citadel College in Charleston, South Carolina; Dr. Jill Ilagan, Clinical Psychologist and Adjunct Professor at The Citadel’s Psychology – Clinical Counselling Program; and Kendra Hoyt, Lecturer and Life Coach at Galen University.

Fuego Volcano Víctims Relief Efforts
Radio-a-thon at Reef Radio, Wednesday June 6th. Let us all come together to help our neighboring brothers and sisters in Guatemala that need any form of assistance after the tragedy that affected them. Any form of donation counts, clothes, canned goods - as they have lost everything. Today it is them, tomorrow it could be us.

Planned water interruption to San Andres Village, Corozal from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Tuesday, June 5th, 2018.

Corozal Methodist School Annual June Fair
"Come one and all to Corozal Methodist School's Annual June Fair; it’s a family affair so bring out the entire family and have fun. Special attractions include stage presentations, prepared especially for the fathers. Succulent turkey dinner, tacos prepared Mexican style, patties, smoothies, soft drink, and games galore. It promises to be grand. Make it a date" Date: Friday, June 15th at the Corozal Methodist School Grounds on 1st Avenue beginning at 11:00 A.M.

Belize Manatee Awareness & Protection Workshop for Tour Operator Managers, Tour Guides & Boat Captains
June 8th, 8:30 to 4:30pm, ITVET Training Room

Channel 7

Mayor’s Driver Commits Suicide Escaping Cops
Tonight the Dangriga Town Council - and the town itself is in shock - after the Mayor's driver killed himself in front of police. Now suicide don't usually make news - but this one is exceptional. Serrano was being pursued by police. This afternoon, they went to the Town Hall to take him into custody. He was going to be charged for unlawful carnal knowledge of two under-aged girls. But when they got there and told him of their intentions he jumped in the mayor's vehicle and sped off. They followed him to his home in the new site area where he dashed up the steps with police in pursuit. And that's where, reportedly right in front of the police he took out his firearm and shot himself once in the head - and died on the spot - right at the top of his stairs.

Kid Pulls Gun on Cops, Father Disputes Police Account
A 13 year old boy is accused of pulling a gun on the GSU in Belize City this weekend - and the cops shot him in the legs to stop the teen from firing first. Police recovered the gun - and the child is in the hospital under police guard. It's a first - a young kid, pulling a gun on the cops - now, either society has passed another milestone on the road to ruin, or the cops have it wrong. The boy's father says it's the latter; he says his son did not have a firearm and the police used indiscriminate force. He spoke plainly and was happy to so, but we have to blur his face to protect the child's identity:...

Cops Say They Had To Shoot Child To Put Down Gun
So, as you've heard, the father of the 13 year-old is livid. He doesn't believe the police's explanation about why his son was shot, and why he's now facing firearms charges. But, police are sticking to their version of events. At today's press conference, Inspector Ferrufino detailed what the GSU officers have reported to their commander about this incident.

Constable With Cannabis
And from that police controversy, we turn now to another that's playing out in the Orange Walk District. A police constable has been implicated in what looks to be a major marijuana smuggling operation busted by a joint law enforcement team with Customs, BDF and Police. The team was in the area of Santa Cruz Village, a contraband hotspot which is the illegal crossing point between Botes and Belize. It was an anti-drug operation and cops caught the weed, the vehicle used to transport it, and the men, including the police officer, who were allegedly attempting to smuggle it down from the north.

Police Looking For Suspects in Uniformed Home Invasion
We also asked police about that disturbing robbery out out Ladyville where criminals dressed like police officers and pulled off a scary home invasion on a Taiwanese businessman. As we told you, on last Thursday night, 64 year-old Liang Gee Fong and his wife were at their residence on Topnachick Street, which is a short distance away from the Ladyville Police Station. 2 men went to his house dressed up like cops, and and told him that they intended to search his home for illegal weapons and firearms. That was just a ruse and as soon as he opened the door, they subdued him, and tied him and his wife up, inside their bed room.

Alleged Murderer Asks For Bail After 7 Years
On Friday we told you about the surprising number of persons now getting bail for murder. And tonight, newly appointed Supreme Court judge, Justice Colin Williams is pondering the fate of one more man who has made such an application. He is Matthew Moore - an alleged murderer - who has been remand for 7 years, since April of 2011. Moore is accused of the shooting murder of 29-year-old Andrew Moses in March of 2011. Moore applied for bail on Friday, asking the Supreme Court for bail so that he could be home with love ones as he awaits trial for murder.

Robbers Raid Courts Corozal
Last week, we told you about the spike in armed robberies in Belize City, and that disturbing home invasion in Ladyville by pretend police officers. Well, there is one more out of Corozal. It happened at the Courts Branch in Corozal on last week Friday. 2 men barged in with a firearm at around 4:00 that evening, and they robbed the place of almost 6,000 in sales. Today at the police press conference, the cops shared the details:

Mediation Matters
Playing the role as the mediator isn't an easy task but the labour department has to take up that responsibility in cases where employers and their workers can't settle difference on their own. So today the labour department started a week long workshop on the mediation process and it's importance in the workplace. We found out more at the Biltmore. Ivan Williams, Labour Commissioner: "Throughout the week we will be learning about the special role that the mediator plays and the dynamics of identifying conflicts, how they arrive, how to treat them in the workplace, because you know the labour department acts as a neutral third party that comes in instances where the parties cannot resolve their differences, which might lead to a trade dispute and then instead of the parties goes to strikes or lockout..."

Students Shine With Microsoft
Microsoft Word, Excel and Power point - these are all programs that some of us have learned to use in the workplace, while others learned about them in your high school IT classes. But a company called Sai Info- Tech offers a much more in depth training in these applications. They offer Microsoft office certification and 10 students sat the final practical exam today at the Radisson. The student with the highest score gets to represent Belize in the international competition in Orlando. We dropped by to find out how important such a certification is for the participants. Dr. Kiran Vanjani, Director, Sai Info-Tech "It is a matter of validating their skills everybody yes uses Microsoft programs on a daily basis but according to a survey, most of the users only use 10 percent of the features of the Microsoft office so we invest in buying the program but we don't use it to the full extent. The thing is the productivity is low, that is the result. So through this certification what is being achieved is that we know all the options correctly and we can do certain tasks in a given time frame so it is the practical exam students are taking right now is in Excel, last year we did it in PowerPoint, this year we did it in Excel."

If You Own It, Patent It
Saying that something is yours is very different from having that ownership on paper. That is why the Belize Intellectual Property Agency encourages entrepreneurs, artists among other inventors to patent their creations. Today Belipo hosted a one day workshop on the benefits of the Patent Cooperation Treaty. It was held at the Biltmore and we dropped by to find out more. Olabimpe Akinkuolie, Deputy Registrar, BELIPO: "The Patent Cooperation treaty is predominantly geared towards patent. So the moment you submit your application which can be done at the Belize Intellectual Property office or through the International Bureau in Geneva the process..."

Violent Volcanic Eruption In Guatemala
A violent volcanic eruption in southwestern Guatemala has killed at least 65 persons, and left 50+ wounded - while the death toll is expected to rise. It happened on Sunday at the "Volcan De Fuego" - which is near Antigua Guatemala, and about 25 miles from Guatemala City. The volcano spewed a river of lava and sent plumes of smoke, along with gas and ash billowing almost 6 miles into the air. Fast moving volcanic flows rolled into villages, killing people inside their homes. The town of El Rodeo is said to have been "buried". According to the Guatemalan Embassy in Belize, as many as 1.7 million people have been affected, while 3271 persons have been evacuated and treated, and 1,916 have been placed in shelters.

PUP Convention Season Results In Bitter Bickering
It's convention season in the PUP, and the hurt and hard feeling has led to some bitter and public bickering. First, on Friday night, the two camps in the Albert Division for Paul Thompson on one side, and Valerie Woods on the other got into a major dispute when vetting the list for the convention. There was the usual jostling over which names would stay on and which would go off, but Jermyn Galvez a member of the woods camp, concluded that candidate Paul Thompson had somehow threatened his life and put a hit on him. He went and made a police report saying as much and the party Chairman had to come and settle the matter. Both sides resolved the matter amicably the following day.

Remembering The Flower’s Bank 14
The 10th anniversary of the Flowers Bank Village Festival was held on Saturday, in the River Valley Village. Guest speaker Dr. Colin Young who is form down the river at Bermudian Landing spoke about the lessons of the Public Meeting where the so called Flowers Bank Negroes made their names: Colin Young, Guest Speaker: "14 people decide to vote yes in 1797. They change our world, our history, our country. As residents of Flowers Bank and as Belizeans let this be an important lesson that is we are powerful when we are organized, despite the size of our group. We owe it to the Flowers Bank 14 and the other 51 who voted yes..."

Training Suicide Stoppers
100 social workers, educators, counsellors, administrators, and youth workers have official been trained in suicide prevention. The trained took place between May 24th and June 1st in the the Belize, Cayo, and Stann Creek districts. Dr Guy Llagan Assistant professor and counsellor at the Citadel College in South Carolina along with Clinical Psychologist Dr Jill Llagan, and Galen University life coach Kendra Hoyt facilitated the training. The participants are now equipped with the knowledge to conduct and practice suicide assessments, respond and monitor youths at risk with intervention skills like safety and crisis response planning.

Post-Game Stabbing At Civic
There was a stabbing on the Compound of the newly opened CIVIC Center in Belize City on Friday night. Basketball fans were there for the Finals of the NEBL where the Hurricanes emerged as champions against the Defenders. Unfortunately, one of the fans was stabbed by another man in what appears to be a disagreement which turned into a fight. Police told us today that 20 year-old Tyrique Garbutt had to be rushed to the hospital with an injury to the chest and the upper right arm.

IS BTL Boycotting KREM? PUP Says So
KREM TV and Radio say the publicly owned BTL is refusing to advertise on their media. Now we know the government has also taken this position, but BTL is a. Publicly owned private company, which, so far has not issued a statement responding to the claim, but the PUP says "The PUP reminds the government and particularly Prime Minister Dean Barrow that he, through a decision made unilaterally, saddled the people of Belize with close to $600M in debt for BTL…The Kremandala organization, which maintains a significant share of the media market in Belize - more so than WAVE Radio & TV which continues to benefit from BTL ads, should be treated fairly."

Belize Football Played To Draw
Belize went to Barbados for an international Friendly on Sunday night. The game was broadcast here in Belize - and we saw a Belize team that certainly had its chances to score - but the game ended in a scoreless draw. Barbados is ranked 10 places higher than Belize.

Channel 5

Boy, 13, Shot after Allegedly Pulling Weapon on Police
There are two versions about the police shooting of a minor over the weekend.  The thirteen-year old remains hospitalized tonight after being shot multiple times on Saturday evening. The Pitter [...]

Another Suspected Drug Plane Makes Wet Drop in the North
Just before news time last Thursday, our newsroom received reports of a suspected drug plane being tracked by local authorities heading north. Despite checks made in Corozal and Orange Walk, [...]

Courts Corozal Sacked by Thieves for $5,000
Just before news time on Friday, there was an armed robbery at a popular business establishment.  Police are looking for two persons of interest in connection with the brazen robbery [...]

4, including Police Man, Caught in Heavy Weed Bust
A sizeable drug bust over the weekend has resulted in the arrest of a police officer in the Orange Walk District.  Twenty-two-year-old Braiden Robateau is assigned to the San Ignacio [...]

In Dangriga, Man Ends Life after Pursuit by Cops
It is our policy not to report on suicides, however, an incident this afternoon in Dangriga has left the community in shock.  Maurrice Serrano, identified as the driver for Mayor [...]

A First-hand Account of Surviving Deadly Guatemala Volcano Eruption
As many as sixty-two persons have lost their lives since the eruption of the Fuego volcano in El Rodeo Village near Antigua, Guatemala on Sunday.  A river of lava discharged [...]

Authorities Say Nearly 2 million Affected; Aid Requests Coming
According to reports from Guatemala’s Institute of Forensic Sciences, volcanic ash has already blanketed a twelve-mile radius and winds could carry the dark gray cloud even farther.  Authorities have called [...]

Opposition Calls On Belizeans to Help
The death toll continues to rise from Sunday’s eruption of Volcan de Fuego near Antigua, Guatemala, with more than sixty persons confirmed dead and many more feared lost under the [...]

Albert Getting Hot; Police Called in to Calm Voting Dispute
Earlier we heard about the P.U.P. statement on the deadly volcano that erupted in Guatemala killing as many as sixty persons so far. But the party has been going through [...]

Gov’t Hails Step Toward De-Listing Barrier Reef
A final decision is pending but after nine years, Belize’s Barrier Reef could no longer be listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Danger. A preliminary decision by the [...]

Taiwanese Businessman Gets Home Invaded
A pair of thieves dressed as police officers got away with a serious amount of cash during a home invasion in Ladyville on Thursday night.  Taiwanese businessman Laing Gee Fong [...]

City Youth Stabbed Outside Civic Center
Since opening its doors to the public several weeks ago, the Belize City Center has been the venue of choice for various sporting and other entertainment activities.  The facility has [...]

Another Application of Bail for Murder
Could yet another accused murderer be out on bail by the end of this week? In the last fifteen months, no less than ten men accused of murder that have [...]

Altercation Leads City Men to Court
A city resident is accused of harm and damage to property following an altercation with his neighbor. It is not clear what led to the dispute between thirty-seven-year-old Jose Guzman [...]

Managing International Patent Cooperation
The Belize Intellectual Property Office hosted a seminar on the Patent Cooperation Treaty.  Belize acceded to the treaty in June 2000 and today, two intellectual property rights experts, including a [...]

Got an Invention? Get it Patented!
And on the topic of patents, BELIPO says that only a few Belizeans file applications for patents. According to the Deputy Registrar, if you have an invention, you can go [...]

HRCU Provides Grants to Deserving Youngsters
As any parent will tell you, it’s never too early to start thinking about back to school even with the current school year in its final weeks. Costs of education [...]

A Training in Mediation and Conciliation
The Ministry of Labour invited the International Labour Organisation to train about thirty persons in mediation and conciliation for this week. The training workshop which opened this morning includes senior [...]

Labour Reaches Out to Unions, Business
Labour Commissioner Ivan Williams tells us that his office believes that the mediation and conciliation training will be useful to ongoing and future labour dialogue. He says he believes that [...]

The Championship of Microsoft Excel
It’s perhaps the most recognized and used suite of software in the world, but how well do you really know Microsoft Office – Word, Excel, PowerPoint and the like? A [...]

Jaguars Held by Barbados; Tridents to Visit Belize in August
The national selection football team, the Belize Jaguars, is heading back home after playing a friendly match on Sunday in Barbados against that country’s national team, known as the Tridents. [...]

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


Police Finds Courts' Robbery Escape Vehicle, Seeks Suspects
Corozal Police are searching for at least three suspects who planned and executed a daring robbery of the Courts Belize store employees and a customer in Corozal Town on Friday June 1st evening. Around 4:15pm, two men barged into the Courts merchandise store located at the far south end of 5th Avenue, and threatened the employees with their firearms while demanding money. Reports are that one customer who was inside was assaulted during the robbery. This morning the Police provided an update on the case.

Did Suspected Drug Plane Refuel in Belize?
On Friday morning Belizeans were awoken by the news that another drug plane had landed in the North of the Jewel. Since the report was never corroborated by authorities it was swept under the rug and simply remained as a rumour. That is until Saturday morning when reports coming from Mexican media ‘Linea de Fuego Chetumal’ revealed that on the evening of Thursday May 31st, 2018 a drug plane believed to be from Columbia, unloaded a significant amount of drugs in the Rio Hondo River between the communities of La Union and Revolución, both located within the Othón P. Blanco municipality.

Minister Elrington Represents Belize In Joint Council Of Ministers
Hon. Wilfred Elrington led a Belizean delegation to the 43rd session of the Joint Council of Minister of the African, Caribbean, and Pacific Group of States (ACP) and the European Union (EU) in Lomé, Togo, consisting of Ambassador of Belize to the EU, H.E, Dylan Vernon, Director of International Affairs; Ayesha Borland and First Secretary at the Mission of Belize to the EU, Raineldo Urbina.

CSCPA Lashes Out At Santander
The release of white sugar in the local market by the multinational Spanish company, Santander, has thrown the local sugar industry into a frenzy. Since we broke the news of the presence of Santander sugar on the local market a few weeks ago, the concern for local producers has only intensified as the industry now anticipates a decision from the EPZ committee whether Santander will be given a waiver to source thirty percent of all local consumption. Last week the three associations issued a joint letter to the committee asking that a waiver not be granted to Santander based on the negative financial impacts it would cause to the already struggling local sugar industry.


COURTS in Corozal robbed
Police in Corozal Town are investigating an armed robbery which occurred at the Corozal Branch of COURTS Belize. The robbery happened on Friday when two persons barged into the business and held up the cashier. Inspector Wilfredo Ferrufino shared the details. Inspector Wilfredo Ferrufino, CIB, Belize City: “Two male person entered the establishment, one was …

Fake cops rob Taiwanese national
Ladyville police are investigating a home invasion which occurred last week Thursday in Ladyville Village. Taiwanese National Liang Gee Fong told police that two persons dressed in police uniform presented themselves at his front door and informed him that they were there to conduct a house search. Fong let the fake cops in and as …

Police officers and others caught wit 24 lbs of weed
A police officer attached to the San Ignacio Formation and three other persons were caught in possession of six parcels of marijuana, amounting to more than twenty four pounds. According to Inspector Wilfredo Ferrufino, on Saturday afternoon authorities received information of a possible drug transaction. A joint operation involving Orange Walk Police, BDF Soldiers and …

Basketball fan stabbed at Civic
On Friday basketball fans flocked to the Civic to witness the National Elite Basketball League (NEBL) basketball finals between SMART Belize Hurricanes and Digicell Belize City Defenders. One of those fans was 20 year old Tarique Garbutt. Unfortunately for Garbutt, he got into an altercation with someone who stabbed him. Inspector Wilfredo Ferrufino gave more …

Police officer shoots 13 year old boy who was armed
Investigators are waiting to charge a Belize City teenager with firearm offenses. The thirteen-year-old boy is currently admitted to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital after being shot to the legs by police officers on Saturday evening. He was shot because police say, that the thirteen-year-old pointed a .38 chrome special revolver at officers who were …

Canadian delegation mets with Minister of Transport
Minister of Transport and National Emergency Management, Edmond Castro, along with a team of officials including Minister of State in the Ministry of Public Service, Energy and Public Utilities, Frank Mena; Chief Executive Officer in the Ministry of Transport and National Emergency Management, Ruth Meighan; and Belize’s Ports Commissioner, Merlene Bailey-Martinez met with a Canadian …

Where do children learn how to be bullies ?
Do the Right Thing Pedestrian Crossing School Safety Program has recently completed its tour in schools in the Cayo District, where they shared safety tips with children and teachers. Adilee McKoy of Do the Right Thing Pedestrian Crossing School Safety Program told Love News that Belize has become a violent society where even the children …

Ministry of Labour holds workshop on mediation
A workshop on labour mediation began today. The event is organized by the Ministry of Labour in collaboration with the International Labour Organization. The participants include representatives from the National Trade Union Congress of Belize, employers and labour officers. Labour Commissioner, Ivan Williams spoke with Love News. Ivan Williams, Commissioner of Labour: “It is one …

CCJ dismisses claim brought by Belize Bank against GOB
On Friday, the Caribbean Court of Justice delivered a judgment in the last two of three post judgment applications between the Belize Bank Limited and the Attorney General of Belize, all of which were heard on March 14, 2018. The CCJ gave its decision on the Bank’s application for enforcement orders against the Minister of …

World Intellectual Property Organization holds PCT’s seminar
Belize is a signatory to the Patent Cooperation Treaty, (PCT) which gives opportunities to inventors who would like to register their inventions worldwide. The World Intellectual Property Organization in collaboration with the Belize Intellectual Property Office held a workshop on the PCT at the Best Western Plus Biltmore Plaza. Love News spoke with Olabimpe Akinkuolie …

BNTU responds to COLA’s concerns
Last week, Citizens Organized for Liberty through Action, COLA, expressed that teachers are being deceived. Via press release, COLA President Geovanni Brackett said that the Government has begun a process to use the Smart Stream System to pay teachers …

BNTU supports SSB’s proposal for increase of contributions
The Social Security Board is coming to the end of its consultations with regards to its proposal to increase benefits to the fund. Representatives from the SSB have met with several organizations including the Belize National Teachers Union (BNTU). Senator Elena Smith, outlined the BNTU’s position …

PUP calls on GOB to assist Guatemala
The People’s United Party has called on the Government of Belize to put aside their differences and to offer assistance to Guatemala. Our neighbouring country has been devastated by the most violent volcano eruption in more than a century that killed over 25 people …


Fish Factory vessel flying Belizean Flag arrested and seized
Another International Ship flying the Belize Flag is under investigation for illegal fishing. The Damanzaihao is considered to be the world’s largest fish factory vessel in the world, capable of processing 547,000 tons of fish per year. Environmental Agents from Peru boarded the Damanzaihao ...

Orange Walk Hit and Run
An Orange Walk man is dead after a fatal hit on run on the San Estevan Road. Reports are that, 51 year old Melito Macario Medina was walking home on the San Estevan Road between 6pm and 7pm last night when he was hit from behind by an unknown vehicle. When police arrived on the scene of the incident...

M.O.H SHUTS DOWN 4 PHARMACIES, more to follow
The Ministry of Health has closed down four pharmacies in the Cayo and Stan Creek District and many more are expected to be shut down. According to reports, the Ministry of Health has been conducting inspections throughout the country. During inspections they found four pharmacies operating without ...

Belmopan City Council struggles to meet end of month payroll?
Plusnews has been reliably informed that workers at Belmopan City council have not received their end of month payment as yet as of today, June 1st. We have been told that workers were expecting their end of month salaries on Wednesday but that did not happen. It appears that Belmopan City Council ...

No confidence vote for PSU President
The Public Service Union might be ready for yet another leader. Last year, past President Eldred Neal was removed from his position after a secret recording of him was leaked in which me made derogatory statements about Garifuna Members of the Public Service. Doreth Obermayer Cayetano was elected in...

Shaquille Martinez remanded for Arson
22 year old Shaquille Martinez, aka “Grind”, broke the conditions of his bail and ended up back in court today. This time, there was no bail and he is in prison awaiting his next court appearance. Today, Martinez appeared in court on the charge of Arson. That is because he tried to burn down his ex ...

Bulgarian National accused of Credit Card theft gets bail
A Bulgarian National who has been accused of Credit Card theft from a Caye Caulker resident, was granted bail today. Despite arguments that 41 year old Vasil Stoyanov Kadalov is a flight risk since he has no ties to Belize, Supreme Court Judge Colin Williams granted bail to the foreigner in sum of $...

Belize City Librarian Robbed
A Librarian was robbed of his Cuban links chain and Gucci wallet. Reports are that a lone gunman walked into the Lake Independence Library in Belize City about 10:30 am yesterday morning and demanded that 38 year old Bernard Louis Timmon hand over his personal belongings. As a...

Courts Corozal Robbed
Plusnews has confirmed that there was an armed robbery in Corozal this afternoon. The business targeted was courts when armed robbers entered. Details are still sketchy at this time but as soon as we have more information, we will share that with you but we understand that it...

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Belize~ Help for Guatemala Volcano victims
By Richard Harrison: Yesterday Volcan Fuego in Escuintla, Guatemala erupted sending lava flow and ashes for miles….the death toll and those affected continues to rise. Today a small group of Belizeans formed a committee to respond to the desire of many Belizeans to assist those affected […]

Fake cops rob BZ$10,000 from Taiwanese National in Ladyville
On May 31, 2018, police were called to the residence of Laing Gee Fong, 64, a […]

Man, 20, stabbed in Belize City while attending basketball finals
Tyrique Garbutt, 20, was stabbed on Friday, June 1st by an unknown individual while attending the […]

100 Professionals trained in Suicide Prevention
The YouthRise Project in the Ministry of Human Development, Social Transformation and Poverty Alleviation in collaboration […]

Mose Hyde – Is BTL the property of the UDP?
Last week, BBN reported (See story here: ) that Belize Telemedia Limited (BTL) pulled the plug on all […]

PUP extends solidarity to Guatemalans; urges Government to assist
The Opposition People’s United Party (PUP) today issued a release expressing its […]

Courts Corozal Branch robbed at gunpoint
On Friday, June 1st, 2018, Courts Corozal Branch was robbed at gunpoint. According to reports, […]

PUP condemns BTL’s advertising ban on Kremandala
Last week, BBN reported (Story here: Belize Telemedia Limited (BTL) pulled the plug on all […]

PUP announces contested convention in Orange Walk
The Opposition, People’s United Party has been hosting a series of endorsement and contested conventions […]

Pauline Soberanis Tillett chosen as this month’s Wonder Woman!
The United States Embassy in Belize features women across Belize on a monthly basis as […]

Earthquake shakes Guatemala after deadly volcano eruption
This morning, a 5.2 magnitude earthquake shook off the coast of Guatemala after a catastrophic […]

Showers headed our way
Cloudy skies with a few showers and thunderstorms are expected mainly over the south and […]

Death toll rises in Guatemala as a result of catastrophic volcano eruption
Guatemala’s Fuego Volcano located some 25 miles from Guatemala’s capital city erupted yesterday sending a river […]

International Sourcesizz

Powerful earthquake strikes Guatemala hours after devastating volcano eruption
The tremor struck around 105km (105,000 metres) south-west of Champerico, a port town popular with tourists on Guatemala's noth-west coast. The quake struck in the Pacific Ocean at a depth of 6.2 miles (10 km), according to US Geological Survey (USGS). There are no immediate reports of injures, damage to buildings or fatalities. No tsunami alerts have been issued by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre. No shaking has been felt in the capital of Guatemala, located in the north-west of the central American country. The earthquake comes just hours after The Fuego volcano spewed lava and ash into the air in Guatemala's most violent eruption in more than 100 years.

A global coral reef monitoring system is coming soon
Coral reef conservation efforts will soon get a major boost with a global monitoring system that will detect physical changes in coral cover at high resolution on a daily basis, enabling researchers, policy makers, and environmentalists to track severe bleaching events, reef dynamiting, and coastal development in near-real time. The satellite-based system — which is the product of a partnership between Paul G. Allen Philanthropies, Planet, Carnegie Institution of Science, University of Queensland, and the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology — will launch at five pilot sites this fall, before rolling out globally in 2020. “This system could be a game-changer for coral reef conservation,” Carnegie scientist Greg Asner, told Mongabay. “It will be the first large-scale monitoring system that can detect where reefs are changing thereby enabling direct action to mitigate losses.”


  • World No Tobacco Day 2018, 4.5min. On Thursday, May 31st, our Belize Now Team joined personnel from the Ministry of Health and the National Drug Abuse Control Council (NDACC) in Belize City for the observation of World No Tobacco Day 2018.

  • Belize’s National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan was launched on May 31st in San Ignacio Town, 5min. Our team was there to find out more about the plan.

  • Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System delisting, 6min. Last week, a draft decision was published on the World Heritage Center’s website notifying that the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System has now substantially met the indicators for delisting. Belize Now sat down with the Deputy Prime Minister Hon. Patrick Faber, who spoke about this newest accomplishment.

  • Belize, 6min.

  • Exploring Belize: Cave Hiking and Waterfalls, 10min. Today we hiked 2 miles through a cave system. We rock climbed over waterfalls on our way in, and jumped off of them on our way out. Jeannie and my hiking boots, sadly, did not survive the trip. RIP hiking boots, RIP.

  • BELIZE IT, 4min. A week in San Ignacio Belize staying at the lovely Ka'ana Resort and Victoria House Belize in Ambergris Caye.

  • News5 Daily Obituaries, 3min.

  • Anglicans Dioces of Belize - 50th Session of the Synod of the Anglican Diocese of Belize, 30min.

  • Fish Right Eat Right, 1min. Kicking off World Ocean's Week and Fisherfolk month by sharing a little about Fish Right Eat Right, a certification program which aims to to curb illegal fishing and promote best practices in fisheries by providing marketing incentives throughout the supply chain via the promotion of responsible seafood consumption! Let's continue to push for the sustainable development of #LifeBelowSea.