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The San Pedro Sun

Rabies Advisory from BAHA
The Belize Agricultural Health Authority (BAHA) informs the public, particularly cattle producers, that paralytic rabies continues to affect cattle in the Cayo, Orange Walk and Belize Districts. The disease is known to be transmitted by the vampire bat. Therefore, humans, domestic animals and wildlife are susceptible and at risk, especially in the known outbreak areas. Prevention and control measures are being implemented throughout the affected districts, in close collaboration with the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Agriculture and the Belize Livestock Producers Association. These measures also require assistance from the public:

Samantha J performs on Ambergris Caye
Jamaican model and singer-songwriter Samantha J was live in concert for the first time in the country, at the Angel Nuñez Auditorium in San Pedro Town on Saturday, June 2nd. The concert featured various performances and music by the best DJ’s in the country. Around 10PM, spectators started to arrive at the auditorium to enjoy the concert. The party featured Tagg International, Alfrain Supal, DJ Smallz, Paper Trail Sounds and performances by Dian Songs, Banz and Ceecee and Prince Amir. The various DJ’s brought the latest summer tunes, including hip-hop, reggae, pop, and dancehall which entertained the crowd. Bartenders kept the cocktails and ice cold beers flowing, adding to the festive atmosphere.

Stakeholders Unite to Stop Destructive Development within Hol Chan Marine Reserve
In response to the recent public meeting and the resulting outcry against over-the-water development in the Hol Chan Marine Reserve, the Ambergris Caye Citizens for Sustainable Development (ACCSD) has reassembled. The ACCSD is not a group against development. Their mission is to promote sustainable development; to protect and enhance our natural resources without compromising the livelihood of this and future generations. The near-term goal: To contest and reverse the National Environmental Advisory Committee (NEAC) decision to allow the building of 50+ over-the-water structures around Cayo Rosario on the west side of Ambergris Caye. This, in addition to over 55,000 cubic meters of dredging of the protected flats and proposed underwater pipeline, all in the Hol Chan Marine Reserve, should never be allowed. The ACCSD strongly urges the Board of NEAC, as well as the developers to reconsider building over public and protected waters. Legal steps are also being taken – our marine reserve and public lands are for the people of Belize, not for private gain.

Ambergris Today

San Pedro Unites For Guatemala, Over $10K Pledged
El Volcan de Fuego eruptionin Guatemala on Sunday, June 3, 2018, has resulted in 86 deaths and at least 300 injuries, 2,000 missing persons so far, including the evacuation of many neighboring residents. Without any hesitation island residents of Ambergris Caye, Beilze united in the spirit of humanity to assist, in any way possible, our neighbors in Guatemala. On Monday, June 4, 2018, Island Warriors Football Team, spearheaded a dollar drive and collection of canned foods and clothing at the Hon. Louis Sylvestre Football Field. The group had a tremendous turnout of support having collected $1,158 in the dollar drive and three truckloads of clothing in just one night. Their fundraising efforts continued on Tuesday, June 5, 2018 and the entire community of San Pedro united for a grand radiothon and food/clothing drive on Wednesday, June 6, 2018.

Stakeholders Unite To Stop Destructive Development Within Hol Chan Marine Reserve
The near-term goal: To contest and reverse the National Environmental Advisory Committee (NEAC) decision to allow the building of 50+ over-the-water structures around Cayo Rosario on the west side of Ambergris Caye. This, in addition to over 55,000 cubic meters of dredging of the protected flats and proposed underwater pipeline, all in the Hol Chan Marine Reserve, should never be allowed.

Misc Belizean Sources


Miss Lobster Fest 2018 Contestants
The Caye Caulker Lobster Fest Committee is proud to present the contestants vying for the title of Miss Lobster Fest 2018/2019.

Placencia Breeze June 2018
What’s Inside: Splash Dive Center Shares Expert Methods for Finding Whale Sharks ... pg. 3; Obituary: Clarence "Dada" Lopez ... pg. 3; Reggae Taking Primetime at Lobsterfest ... pg. 5; Chocolate Fest Reveals Concerns for Local Chocolate Economy ... pg. 6; CRC to Welcome International Conservation Experts ... pg. 6; Seine Bight Reservoir to Transform into Museum ... pg. 7; Donations Driving More Coral Restoration Projects ... pg. 9; Filming to Begin for "Pirates of Placencia II: Revenge" ... pg. 10; Lobsterfest Scoop on T-shirts, Fishing Tournament and Raffle ... pg. 11; Minimalism Wins in 2018 Lobsterfest Art Competition... pg. 14; Fishing and Diving for the Blue Reef Adventure ... pg. 19; Young Runners for Life Second Race Results In; Preparations Begin for Battle Cancer Run/Walk ... pg. 21; Longtime Placencia Hotelier Transitioning to Farm Life ... pg. 25; Rotary to Award Secondary and Tertiary Level Scholarships ... pg. 26; PHS Updates ... pg. 27; Bikers Meet in the Middle ... pg. 29

Training in fly-fishing
Helping fishers to improve their livelihood, and improve the status of the MPA through better compliance. Hol Chan is assisting 13 commercial fishermen with training in fly-fishing. The guys have just completed the tour guide training course and now they are learning a new skill. The training is being given by long time commercial fisher turned fly fisher Mr. Omar Arceo.

Belizean born pioneering jazz musician (bassist and tuba player) Robert "Bob" Ysaguirre (1897 to 1982) came to the United States in 1920, and like many Belizean immigrants at that time, settled in New Orleans. In the early days of jazz in New Orleans after WWI he played tuba (bass brass) in Armand Piron's New Orleans Orchestra. As a young man he played tuba in military-style brass bands in British Honduras. In the mid 1920s, he moved to New York City (Manhattan), joined by his widowed mother and sister, who came to the U.S. in 1924. In the early 1930s Ysaguirre played bass in Don Redman's Orchestra. He also played with such jazz notables as Louis Armstrong, Coleman Hawkins and Cab Calloway. Below is a 1971 photo of Ysaguirre.

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DFC AREA GET READY! The San Pedro Town Council will be having its Community Clean-Up Day in the DFC Area on Saturday, June 9th. Meeting place will be at W&W Convenience Store at 6:00 a.m. EVERYONE IS INVITED! *Gloves, bags and refreshments will be provided. *Residents of DFC are asked to clean up your property and take out any garbage for the trucks to dispose of it.

Roy Hale in Concert
Pier 366 Seafood House, San Pedro, Ambergris Caye Invites - If you happen to be in the area drop by and enjoy our music and food. June 19th, 23rd, 25th at 5:00 P.M. Country Singer/Songwriter, Roy Hale, originally from Arkansas will be performing LIVE on 3 occasions at our beachfront Seafood House. Come dine in style at Pier 366 while being serenaded by Hale's traditional country songs! You don't want to miss this!

Power outage scheduled for portion of Belize City on Saturday, June 9 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Affecting Mapp Street, Freetown Road, Kelly Street, Wilson Street, Simon Lamb Street, Saint Joseph Street, Baymen Avenue, Princess Margaret Drive, portion Newtown Barracks, Calle al Mar, 2nd Street, 9th Street, 14th Street and 3rd Street. BEL to replace a utility pole on St. Joseph Street and replace power distribution equipment on Simon Lamb Street.

BELIZE FISHING REPORT: Weeks of May 21st - May 27th, 2018
Beautiful weather this week yielded lots of bonefish. The water temperature is going up, so the larger bonefish (five pounders) have headed into deeper water, but there is plenty of bonefish around. Dan, a beginner, managed to land twelve bonefish during his one day of fishing with Captain Michael while the other anglers had great days as well.

Vacancy, Camera Operator
The National Channel based in Red Creek is actively looking for a Camera Operator with editing skills, responsible for recording and editing proprietary footage (video,audio & graphics)

Maya profesor Mario Baltazarat San Pablo Community School
Today Maya profesor Mario Baltazar Colli Colli sharing his knowledge on the Maya language to the children and Parents in San Pablo Community School . Mario Baltazar Colli Colli is a profesor of Instituto Intercultural Maya de Quintana Roo and he came to teach Maya for the first time in the 2016 in Belize . Even that most of the children in San Pablo today speak Spanish and English they continue to use alot of Yucatec Maya words while speaking spanish . This words where inherited by their Grandparents who where Maya speakers . Maaya K-Moots(Our Maya roots) .

The Belize Agricultural Health Authority (BAHA) informs the public, particularly cattle producers, that paralytic rabies continues to affect cattle in the Cayo, Orange Walk and Belize Districts. The disease is known to be transmitted by the vampire bat. Therefore, humans, domestic animals and wildlife are susceptible and at risk, especially in the known outbreak areas. Prevention and control measures are being implemented throughout the affected districts, in close collaboration with the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Agriculture and the Belize Livestock Producers Association. These measures also require assistance from the public:

International Day of Yoga 2018 Corozal Town
A fun morning celebrating the benefits of yoga Including a beginners level yoga practice that is fun. Sunday, June 17 at 9 AM - 11 AM, Round House Corozal Town

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Digital Marketing Summi
Friday, July 13 at 8 AM - 4 PM, Belize Biltmore Plaza 3½ Miles Northern Highway, Belize City. The Belize Tourism Board’s (BTB) Digital Marketing Summit is a hub of inspiration and insights by some of the top professional marketers in their respective fields. As tourism digital marketers today, we face more challenges and greater marketing demands than ever before. The reality is to “do more with less, utilizing new technologies,” this is no small feat, indeed. To succeed, we must rethink our marketing strategies and avoid the hurdles that impede such progress. As tourism marketers, there are numerous avenues to utilize for greater qualitative and quantitative measurement of progress and success.

Graduation from the Gang Resistance Education and Training (G.R.E.A.T.) Program
On Thursday May 31, 815 students from 13 elementary schools in the San Ignacio area graduated from the Gang Resistance Education and Training (G.R.E.A.T.) Program. Acting Deputy Chief of Mission Ms. Debbie Lingwood and local manager of Catholic Schools Ms. Lavern Martinez were the guest speakers at the ceremony at the Sacred Heart Auditorium in San Ignacio. Ms. Lingwood highlighted G.R.E.A.T.’s positive impact on the lives of children, their families, and their communities and commended the Belize Police Department and the Ministry of Education for their efforts to expand G.R.E.A.T. to as many schools as possible. Across Central America, the goal of the G.R.E.A.T. program is to improve citizen security, combat gang-related crime and violence, and prevent vulnerable youth from falling victim to gangs or engaging in gang activities.

Channel 7

Concerns Deepen About Choice Bank
For months, we’ve been reporting on the problems at Choice Bank - an offshore bank in Belize City.  In early April, the Bank told customers that it’s in a liquidity crisis, and it suspended all withdrawals from deposit accounts with the Bank.   This has caused profound concern amongst the bank’s deposit holders - who are mostly foreign or expatriate.   But, one of those international clients is not just concerned, she’s panicked!  Anja Schoneveld has filed a sworn affidavit alleging that Choice Bank pans to wind down operations by the end of this month.  Schoneveld is asking the court for an injunction to, quote, “prevent the dissipation of funds…”.

Police and Politician Respond To Downtown Crime
If you’ve been following the the evening news within the last 6 days, you’ll know that they’ve been 3 successful armed robberies, and 2 failed attempts in or near the Downtown area of Belize City. Last week Thursday, Hofius was hit, and a few hours later, the Nacho World restaurant was the next target that same afternoon. Then, there are the failed attempts at a food vendor on Albert Street the Friday before, and ML Collections, right next door to Mirage Store - which happened yesterday. Then on Monday night, armed thieves held up Spoonaz Cafe, right across the Swing Bridge, on North Front Street.

Police Strongly Reject Assertion that Police Planted Gun on 13 Year Old
Another topic that the press asked Williams about is the shooting of the 13 year-old boy over the weekend. You’ll remember officers of the Gang Suppression Unit say that he pulled a weapon on them after they chased him down, and in order to disarm him, they shot him in the foot. His dad has spoken to the press to dispute the police account, saying that his child is innocent. He has since made the media rounds, alleging that police planted the gun on the boy. Williams told the press this evening, that this is the furthest thing from the truth: DCP Chester Williams - OC, Operations: "On the day in question police received a tip that a child was carrying a firearm ..."

Belize Abstains on OAS Venezuela Vote
When it comes to the United States and Venezuela, Belize is walking a tightrope between empire and ally.  That became apparent yesterday in Washington DC when the OAS General Assembly passed a resolution proposed by the US to call an extraordinary assembly to vote on suspending Venezuela from the 34-member group.   19 member states, led by the US voted in favor, four against and 11 abstaining, including Belize. Here is video of the vote at the fourth plenary session: The 11 countries that abstained include CARICOM members Surinam, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Trinidad and Tobago, Belize, Antigua and Barbuda, Grenada, and Haiti.

Judge Deliberates Fate of Alleged Killer
A 29 year old is awaiting the Judge’s decision to learn if he’ll go to jail for the murder of 31 year old Moses Coc - which happened on San Pedro in 2014.   The trial started 8 days ago and hinges to a great extent on the testimony of Jeronimo Ack, who was bar hopping with Coc on the night of his murder. He said they called it a night and split up which is when he heard his friend scream for help.  He says he saw a dark skin male person hitting Coc in his head with a stick. Prosecutor, Shanice Lovell presented a caution statement which the accused gave to police.  In that, Moody claims that he was approached by two men who tried to steal his bicycle.

Helping Guatemala “No Matta What”
Tonight, the death toll from the volcanic eruption in Guatemala has risen to 77 - while nearly 200 are still missing.  More than 1 million people were affected by the volcano and  presently 3,319 of those are in shelters.  Countries and organizations are coming together to assist Guatemala by donating money and supplies to those in need.  Belize is one among the many but our Red Cross can only give money as they don't have space to store supplies. But, one Belizean didn’t feel like money was enough, she wanted to give more. We met her today and heard more about her generous gesture. Volcano Fuego has always been an active volcano that would occasionally gush out lava, but on Sunday the volcano did justice to its fiery name. Fuego had its worst eruption in more than a century, turning villages into ash and women, men, and children buried in it.

Belizean in Texas Caught Trafficking In “Meth”
A Belizean living illegally Texas has been arrested and charged for attempting to traffic 2 pounds of the highly addictive drug, “Crystal Meth”. The Virginia Pilot Newspaper posted an article on it’s online news webpage yesterday reporting that Fiorman Eric Gillett, a Belizean living illegally in Houston, pleaded guilty yesterday to 1 count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamines. He is scheduled to be sentenced later this year by the US District Court in Norfolk, Virginia.  According to the Pilot Newspaper, Gillett was on the radar of the Drug Enforcement Administration as far back as February 2017. His alleged trafficking activities were picked up by the DEA, with the help of a confidential informant who reportedly bought drugs from him regularly.

No Simple Solution For Santander Situation
Earlier in the news, you saw the Albert Division’s Area Representative, Tracy Panton, out on Albert Street assuring business owners and residents living in the downtown area that the cops will be taking action to stop the recent spate of armed robberies.  We also asked for an update as the Minister of State in the Ministry of Trade and Investment Promotion about the situation with Santander, who illegally sold sugar on the local market.  The 3 cane farming associations from the north are calling for the Government to hand them the maximum fine under the law as a penalty for the violation. These farmer associations have also insisted that the Government’s EPZ committee should reject Santander’s application for a waiver to sell white and brown sugar on the local market. 

Otoxha Villagers Want To Clear Border
Otoxha villager in the Toledo District refuse to let the Guatemalans who are pressing into their lands get off easily.  Residents are doing all they can to protect their land but they need the BDF’s support. We have been reporting extensively on the situation in that southern village and as we told you the BDF were deployed in the area.  But, residents say they now want to take it a step further and clear the land at the border line so it is visible to everyone. Last week several village leaders met to discuss this issue and the way forward. Here is a snippet courtesy PGTV.

7 Pounds of Weed In PIV Turf
This morning a joint police operation including the K9 unit found some pounds of weed in a gang controlled area. They searched on an abandoned lot between Oleander and Flamboyant Street and came upon found seven and a quarter (7.25) pounds of cannabis. They also found three .38 rounds. No one was present at the time of the searched so the items were labelled and deposited as found property.

Family Hauled In For Son’s Weed
Four men were arrested and charged for drug trafficking in a home search today. Three of the men are Ramclams, 55 year old father Dion, and his 20 and 25 year old sons Dedri and Deshawn, along with another relative, and 68 year old British National John Issac. They were all in their home on Bachelors Avenue in the West Landivar area when the GSU and K9 unit searched the home and found 72 grams of cannabis.  They appeared unrepresented in court today in front of Magistrate Michelle Trapp.  20-year-old Dedri Ramclam chose to plead not guilty to drug trafficking but guilty to the lesser charge of marijuana possession.

Re-assessing The Reef
Today the Central American Commission on Environment and Development met at the Radisson. The main focus was to discuss the work they have done to safeguard the reef and also what more can be done. Here’s more from the meeting. Salvador Nieto - Executive Secretary, Central American Commission on Environment & Development: "We are here since yesterday in a two day meeting regarding the Mesoamerican Reef. We are part of a Mesoamerican initiative for reef rescue and we are discussing the works we have been doing in the last years and also the plans for future years in the reef rescue initiative."

Hon. Tracy Not Worried About The Evil of Two Lessers
In less than 2 weeks, voters from the Albert Division will decide who they want as their PUP standard bearer. The choice will be between Senator Paul Thompson, who’s the current caretaker, and his challenger and Senate colleague, Valerie Woods. There is quite bit of political jostling taking place between the two camps, but on June 17, one of them will emerge victorious. So, who does the current area representative, Tracy Panton want to face in the next election?  It’s interesting because Panton has history with both PUP aspirants, since they all worked together at one time in the first term of the Musa Administration post 1998.   But, she said, that it doesn’t matter who wins, she’s confident that she will be able to deliver the Albert Division back to the UDP:

PUP Focussed on Crime
At the top of the newscast, we spoke about the rash of armed robberies in the downtown area of Belize City.  You saw the Deputy Commissioner of Police and the Albert Area Representative, Tracey Taegar Panton.  She was there because there’s also a political dimension to brazen crime when it is visited on the heart of the city’s commercial center.   Yesterday also, Opposition Leader John Briceno spoke about the crime wave.  Here’s what he had to say on the recent spike in murders, armed robberies, and home invasions that have dominated the news: Hon. John Briceno - Leader of the Opposition: "According to the latest reports, 79 murders have been committed to date. Increasing levels of crime has not only been confined to the ongoing gang violence but now include the killing of innocent children, of women and now we can add to the list of horrific crimes..."

PUP Says Gas Tax Is Too High
And another topic Briceno spent quite a bit of his prepared remarks on is the country’s economy and the rising cost of living. Of course, Briceño had only words of condemnation for the Barrow Government about the sluggish growth in the economy, and the soaring price of fuel. He acknowledged that world fuel prices are high, but from his perspective, the Government’s portion of it for tax purposes is abusive, and needs to be decreased. Here are his comments on those issues: Hon. John Briceno - Leader of the Opposition
"We keep waiting to hear that our economy is growing yet the reports coming out of the statistical institute of Belize continues to be the same - little or no growth. SIB reports confirm a reduction in revenue from exports an increase in imports. Our trade deficit continues to grow at the same time the cost of fuel.."

The Prime Minister and The Press
And, finishing up on politics, we’ve been digging into our archives again - and we’ve come up with some interesting contrasts in the PM’s perspective on the press.  10 years ago, he loved us, and nowadays, he’s taking shots at the press, regularly.  As Jules Vasquez reports, it’s a familiar trajectory: Hon. Dean Barrow - Prime Minister (February 8, 2008): “By resolving never to run from issues never to run from the press, never to blame the press but to man up if in fact there are things that go wrong." But, 10 years and a month later, he was doing just that, blaming the press:

Channel 5

Hugo Patt for U.D.P. Leader and P.M.?
He served as Acting Prime Minister twice in the first half of April while Prime Minister Dean Barrow was out on medical leave. But could Minister of Labour, Local Government [...]

Change of Heart over Border Fence in the West
The start of construction of a perimeter fence by the Belize Defence Force at the western border triggered an uproar by taxi drivers from Guatemala who claimed they were being [...]

Otoxha Villagers Ask Alcaldes to Ask B.D.F. to Help Clear Border
There have been increasing reports of incursions into Belizean territory by Guatemalan farmers, loggers and poachers along both the western and southern borders. In the case of the west, Friends [...]

Chairman of Otoxha Says Why Wait to Clear Border?
The villagers say they are concerned about not being able to defend themselves from possible attacks, although they have made it clear that the Guatemalans are not welcome to farm [...]

Belizean Caught in Drug Trafficking Scheme by D.E.A.
Forty-eight-year-old Fiorman Erick Gillett, a Belizean based in Houston, Texas, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to one count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, also known as crystal meth. Gillett, also known [...]

Santander Faces Fine for EPZ Violations
Santander will be fined – that’s what Minister Tracy Panton said today. For the past two weeks and the last time we spoke with Panton, it wasn’t clear if the [...]

Trade Minister Responds to CARICOM Sugar Call
And on the topic of sugar, Panton responded to statements made by Leader of the Opposition, John Briceño. On Tuesday, Briceño said G.O.B. should be doing more to export all [...]

Tracey Panton Says She Will Win in Albert
The P.U.P. convention for the Albert Division is heating up, but the U.D.P. Area Rep Tracy Panton says she is not fazed and will deliver the Albert for the U.D.P. [...]

Cops, Parents of Accused Minor Spar over Found Gun
Was thirteen-year-old Elwin Pitter armed with a handgun as police say he was when they fired at him on Saturday evening?  Deputy Commissioner of Police Chester Williams says that the [...]

Police Digging Deep into Downtown Robberies
Over the past few weeks, we’ve reported on several armed robberies on businesses in the downtown area. In less than a week, two businesses on Albert Street, including Hofius, were [...]

Albert Rep Plans Meeting with Constituents on Crime Issue
As we showed you earlier, Area Representative for Albert Division Tracy Panton was out and about today in the downtown area, accompanied by the Belize Police Department. Panton says that [...]

“The Alberts” Will Be Safe Zone
So, what are Police doing about the growing number of robberies on businesses in the downtown area? Deputy Commissioner of Police Chester Williams says that they will enact “Operation Safe [...]

Edward Bowen is Charged for Teen’s Rape at Mango Fest
A Hopkins’ resident is tonight out on a five thousand-dollar bail having been accused of raping a seventeen-year-old student at the Mango Fest held over the weekend in that southern [...]

Judgment Reserved in San Pedro Beating Murder Trial
San Pedro resident Jermaine Moody awaits his fate after Supreme Court Justice Adolph Lucas reserved his judgment in a judge-only trial on a murder charge. The twenty-nine-year-old from San Pedrito [...]

UNICEF Empowers Local Partners on Child Abuse
Child abuse comes in many forms; it can be limited to one incident or it can be a series of events that occur many times. In Belize, many organizations have [...]

TIDE is National Winner for Energy Globe Awards
The Toledo Institute for Development and Environment (TIDE) was awarded the National Energy Globe Award for its Community Researchers’ Programme and has qualified to compete in World Energy Globe Award. [...]

At O.A.S., Tide of Sympathy for Guatemala
They may be occasionally irascible neighbors, but they are neighbors nonetheless. And in the aftermath of the devastation caused by the volcano “El Fuego” in the municipality of Antigua, Guatemala, [...]

Belizeans Spared Wrath of Volcano Disaster
Ambassador Alexis Rosado, Belize’s diplomatic representative in Guatemala, also extended sympathies to families who have suffered losses in the wake of the volcanic disaster in the central highlands of Guatemala.  [...]

O.A.S. Vote Defeated to Suspend Venezuela, Elrington Calls for Compromise
A topic of intense discussion at the general assembly of the Organization of American States was the U.S. government’s call to suspend Venezuela. The Americans are supported by Argentina, Brazil, [...]

P.U.P. Meets with S.S.B. over Contributions Plan
The Social Security Board continues to seek support for an increase in voluntary contributions by employees, which may potentially allow for an increase in benefits as well. Thirty-seven years after [...]


Opposition Leader Calls On GOB To Keep Insisting On Guatemala On Agreement
In light of the age-old territorial, insular and maritime dispute between Belize and neighbouring country Guatemala, we have reported on numerous cases involving confrontations along the Sarstoon River as members of the Guatemalan Armed Forces have remained determined on just about every occasion to outrightly deny Belizeans access to freely traverse the Sarstoon. Though major international meetings have been held in an effort to formulate a protocol so as assist in minimizing those conflicts, today no such protocol has been formally established.


Taegar-Panton: it’s about market penetration not access
The leader of the Opposition John Briceno proposed that the Government of Belize should do more to ensure that there is market access for Belize’s sugar on the CARICOM market. Today, Minister of State Tracy Taegar-Panton set the record straight. Taegar-Panton said that accessing CARICOM’s market is not an issue. Tracy Taegar-Panton – Minister of …

Guatemalan’s application to become Belize put on hold
And then there are the Guatemalans who enter Belize legally and become part of the social fabric here at home. It has been happening since Belize attained independence. Most of them made the decision to renounce their Guatemalan citizenship in order to become Belizeans. But for years, that process has not been legitimate as pointed …

“Beat Plastic Pollution”
In recent times great awareness has been drawn to protecting the environment. However, one challenge to this is plastics, which is used repeatedly from bagging groceries, to drinking juices out of plastic bottles and let’s not forget the take-out food which is served up in foam plates. While the United Nations has been observing World …

Will Santander be allowed to sell its sugar on the local market?
The three cane farmers associations, namely the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association, the Progressive Sugar Cane Producers Association and the Corozal Sugar Cane Producers Association have written to the Export Processing Zone Committee (EPZ) requesting that Santander not be allowed to sell its sugar on the local market, which will seriously affect their sales. Today, …

Mission team in Belize to provide free clinic
Hope Missions 360 operates out of Atlanta Georgia in the USA and their mission is to serve underprivileged and vulnerable individuals around the world by providing medical services. Last year, Hope Missions 360 was in Jamaica and now the mission team is here in Belize offering their services free of charge. Love News was at …

Dolores Balderamos Garcia says Belize Rural Central needs solid representation
It is convention season for the People’s United Party and while some standard bearers have been set in place in several divisions, none has officially been elected in the Belize Rural Central Division. Longtime PUP member Rene Skeen has submitted his application and so has Dolores Balderamos Garcia, a senior woman in politics and in …

The importance of women in politics and in the PUP
When Thea Garcia Ramirez resigned from the PUP’s Northern Caucus last month, her letter to the Party Leader spoke of issues affecting women in politics. She wrote quote, “The experience of having been one of but a few women sitting here reminds me that we are still a very long way from our constitutionally mandated …

Belizean in the US pleads guilty to drug offences
Belizean forty eight year old Fiorman Erick Gillett was busted trafficking meth in the United States of America. He pled guilty to trafficking two pounds of crystal methamphetamine. Gillett was caught after a DEA agent went under cover. According to reports, law enforcements in the US were monitoring him since February 2017. An online news …

Opposition Leader says economy not growing
PUP Leader John Briceno says the economy is not getting any better. During Briceno’s press briefing yesterday, it was pointed out that export remains significantly low when compared to imports. The country’s trade deficit continues to grow, said Briceno. He added that the cost of living has increased significantly that is negatively affected the purchasing …

PUP addresses Guatemalans’ illegal incursions into Belize
The Sarstoon River is not the only location in Belize that we have seen Guatemalans illegally entering the country. Along the western border, evidence of Guatemalans’ incursions and illegal clearing of Belize’s fertile land have been documented on many occasions. Recently Friends for Conservation and Development (FCD) discovered large clearings of land in the Chiquibul …

PUP Leader disappointment that there is no Sarstoon Protocal
In April the People’s United Party called on the Government of Belize to regularize its position in the Sarstoon by the re-establishment and enforcement of Belizean sovereignty and territorial integrity. In the past the …

BPD needs to be retrained, retooled and refocused, says PUP Leader
The murder statistics is up to more than seventy since the start of the year. We have now entered the sixth month and the People’s United Party says that the crime problem in Belize is not being addressed properly …

Police & Area Rep meet with businesses affected by crime
Today, the Police Department held its weekly meet and greet in the downtown area of Belize City. This meet and greet was a very timely one given the recent spike in crime which has occurred in that area. Chester Williams, Deputy Commissioner of Police and Tracy Taegar-Panton, the Area Representative for Albert, were a part of today’s event …

Hugo Patt for UDP Leader?
Yesterday Cabinet met and we are told that it got very interesting, particularly as it relates to the UDP’s internal party politics. Love News has confirmed with a source within Cabinet that two time UDP area representative, Hugo Patt, was singled out by one of the most senior UDP ministers as a possible candidate to lead …

Firearms stolen from security company
Lately, a number of business establishments have been held up with firearms. There is a report that more firearms are now on the streets due to a recent theft at a security company. At today’s meet and greet, Chester Williams, Deputy Commissioner of Police …


A 17 year old female minor reported to Police that she was raped by a known male person. The Belizean Student told Hopkins Police that about 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, while she was at the Hopkins Mango Fest, she was raped by 22 year old Edward Bowen. A medical examination conducted on the minor certifi...

Plus News understands that there was another robbery attempt on an Albert Street business sometime yesterday evening. While information are still scanty we understand that robbers dressed in security uniforms parked their bikes outside M and L Collection, which is adjacent to Mirange Store, and att...

A Belizean who grew up in the Cayo District and entered the USA illegally several years ago was arrested in Norfolk, Arkansas for conspiracy to distribute an illegal drug known as crystal methamphetamine or Crystal Meth. According to ‘The Virgian- Pilot’ 48 year old Belizean Erick Gillett was busted...

Jermaine Moody court date adjourned
The murder trial of 29-year-old Jermaine Moody, a SA Pedro resident concluded late yesterday evening before Justice Adolph Lucas in the Supreme Court and a decision is yet to be handed down. Moody is accused of killing 31-year-old Moses Coc on San Pedro on September 13, 2014 during a beating inciden...

Another female candidate has applied to run under the People’s United Party’s banner. But, this female is no stranger to the Party or to Politics. Dolores Balderamos Garcia has seen her fair share of the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of Politics during her tenure as Area Representative for Belize Rura...

As we reported on Monday, BTL abruptly ended all media advertisements with Kremandala several weeks ago, which includes KREM Radio, KREM TV and the AMANDALA Newspaper. On Monday the People’s United Party (PUP) piped in and called on the Government to immediately rescind the advertisement ban imposed...

Last night our News Cast was filled with comments from Opposition Leader John Briceno’s who held a Press Conference yesterday. We would like to take you back to that Conference tonight in order to address other matters he spoke about. Last night we reported on Briceno’s response to his Party’s reje...

Increasing rumors suggest that former UDP Mayo Zenaida Moya is interested in running for the People’s United Party. This seems likely since the PUP have been facing questions about the Party’s ability to meet the 30% threshold for women candidates. Doubts arose after defeated...

Guatemala’s dispute to Belizean territorial integrity automatically puts them under Section 29.3 of the Belize Constitution which sates, “No person shall be entitled…to be a citizen of Belize or be granted citizenship of Belize if such person shows any allegiance to or is a...

Earlier in our news cast we reported that there has been increasing reports of robberies on Albert Street. In an effort to build the security confidence of Business owners on Albert Street the Belize Police Department hosted a meet at greet today with Businesses located in the area. The meet and greet was led by ACP Chester Williams and Area Rep for the Albert Division Hon. Tracy Panton. Williams tells us more...

Villagers of Otoxa in the Toledo District are volunteering their time and resources to clean their borderline, but they want BDF escorts. The villagers held a community meeting to address the recent Guatemalan incursion near their community. According to one outspoken ...

Yesterday, 20 officers from Eastern Division Region One graduated from a four week course in Effective Writing and Speaking for Modern Day Policing. According to Eastern Division Region One Commander Howell Gillet, the training is the brain child of a meeting held between the Ministry of National Security and key stake holders...

The People’s United Party Leader Johnny Briceno is calling on the Government of Belize to immediately decrease taxes on fuel. Briceno held a press conference...

Three minors from the Village of Roaring Creek attempted to steal horses in the Rivera Area of Belmopan on Sunday. Their plans were foiled when community members attempted to catch them. Paul Lopez files this report from the Rivera Community...

There have been increasing reports of robberies across the country. The latest victim is 63 year old Jeremy Alexander Spooner, owner of SPOONAZ Café on North Front Street Belize City. Spooner told Police that three around 10:50 p.m., while closing his business establishment he was approached by a male person wearing a brown Security Guard...

Last week we reported to you that Santander packaged sugar was found in stores in the Orange Walk and Corozal districts. The discovery caused quite an alarm for the sugar cane farmers and sugar cane producers in Belize who say they are already going through a difficult year with historic lows in sug...

We have been reporting on the increased encroachment by Guatemalan in Belizean territory. Several weeks ago reports out of the Chiquibul reserve indicated that Guatemalan citizens were farming in the area. Last week further reports of Guatemalan encroachment in Belizean territory came out of Souther..

Hundreds of Belizean citizens took to social media over the past 3 days to show support and solidarity to Guatemala’s Volcano Eruption victims. Reports are that over 60 people perished, while more than 3,000 people have been left homeless since Sunday. The Belize Red Cross is one among the many orga...

According to information published this week by the Ministry of Health, Belize has averaged about 2 suicides per month over the past 5 years. In an effort to decrease those numbers, 100 social workers, educators, counselors, administrators and youth workers received training in suicide prevention. T...

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Belize Audubon Society announced closure for Victoria Peak Trail 2018 season
Today, the Belize Audubon Society announced the closing of the Victoria Peak Trail for the 2018 […]

17-year old minor raped in Hopkins Village
On June 2, 2018, at around 5 p.m., a 17-year-old minor reported to Hopkins police that […]

Rabies Advisory Issued for Cayo, Orange Walk, and Belize Districts
The Belize Agricultural Health Authority (BAHA) today informed the public, particularly cattle producers, that paralytic rabies […]

Belize Times editor submits resignation
He returned to the Belize Times as editor in August 2016, but today BBN can confirm […]

Over 15,000 Belizean children have completed GREAT training
On Thursday May 31, over 800 students from 13 primary schools in the Cayo district […]

Belize to celebrate International Yoga Day
This year on June 17th, Belize will be celebrating, for the fourth consecutive year, the […]

BTL responds to criticism of politically targeting Kremandala
Belize Telemedia Limited (BTL) issued a release today responding to criticism for reportedly pulling ads […]

The Latest News Stories on Belize, Central America & The Caribbean. Belizean charged with distributing Meth in USA
According to The Virginian Pilot, a Belizean man was charged yesterday for distributing crystal methamphetamine in Arkansas, United States of America (USA). […]

Belize among destinations Saving the Planet
Yesterday was celebrated internationally as World Environment Day. An article from the Telegraph recently cited […]

TIDE wins National Energy Globe Award
Toledo Institute for Development and Environment (TIDE) yesterday announced that they won the National Energy […]

Political Revolution without Economic Revolution= More fail
By Charles Leslie Jr: BELIZE NEEDS A POLITICAL + ECONOMIC REVOLUTION. “Any kind of action, such as handouts, charity, that relieves people’s stress a little bit, without changing the political and economic system, changes nothing over the long run. Belize’s reality as it is today is a testament to that fact.” […]


10 reasons why Belize is perfect for a single traveler & some ideas for your trip!
Why pick Belize as a single traveler - and tips on how to do it! 1.) Belize is very popular for adventurous, free spirits - it is not known for its luxurious all-inclusives - and although there is a lot that is romantic about Belize, this is not what it is best known for. Belize is known for being off the beaten path, full of adventure, the 2nd biggest reef in the world, Mayan ruins, cave tubing, and being a rustic paradise where you don't have to be fancy. Belize gets a LOT of single travelers because the adventures, while pretty sweet to experience with someone else, are not necessary to have with another, the way that an all inclusive on the beach would be. 2.) It is a destination for people to come when they are seeking out a place with more authentic, non-corporate experiences.

Belize Educational Programs: Butterflies on the Road 2018!
Throughout the years Chaa Creek has continually provided environmental education programs aiming to help conserve and preserve Belize’s natural environment. The month of May is known to be education month in Belize, so with that in mind and as part of our community outreach and educational programs, Chaa Creek’s Naturalist Guides set out on a journey to conduct the annual “Butterflies on the Road” program. Our guides gear up their vehicles with a power point presentation, living samples of every stage of the blue morpho butterfly and our signature blue morpho colouring books.

Fascinating Find in the Jungles of Belize: A Confederate Sugar Mill
When I went to visit Sittee River – the SLEEPY village just outside seafront Hopkins – I found an old sugar mill that was abandoned at the turn of the 20th century by Confederates who had left the US after they had lost the Civil War. Here is a slightly blurry map I could find of the area. I’ve driven along the Sittee River before and was dazzled by the lush green properties right along the river front. River, beach, jungle, cayes, mountains. Mango and breadfruit trees, bursting with flowers and wild life. It’s one of my dream retirement locales. So I called Julian, a taxi driver who is lovely and has given me rides before to take me on a short tour from Hopkins. And here is what I found.


  • Karla just did her dream tour, 1min. Fly along on this video of hers as she takes in the view with Tropic Air

  • National (HIV) Testing Day, 1.5min. The National AIDS Commission and its partners, hereby invites the general public to proudly commemorate the first annual National Testing Day (NTD) on Friday, June 29th, 2018; under the theme: “Achieving 90-90-90 by 2020”. This year the program will utilize the following eight testing sites: San Pedro Town (Central Park), Corozal Town (CCH Poly Clinic), Orange Walk Town (Central Park), Belmopan City (Police Station), San Ignacio Town (Welcome Center), Dangriga Town (Courts parking Lot), Punta Gorda Town (Central Park) and Belize City (Battlefield Park). Come out (JUNE 29th from 9am -3pm) and take advantage of FREE HIV tests, varying health services, info booths, games, and live HIV-themed art displays.

  • Hol Chan Marine Reserve Belize, 1min. Caveman Snorkeling Tour.

  • Scuba Diving Belize 2018, 20min. Long Caye, Lighthouse Reef.

  • National Institute of Culture and History crates being loaded for transportation, 2.5min. Loading crates on to the truck takes lots of patience ... and lots of hands to guide crates smooth and steady. next stop, St Paul, MN

  • Reviving the Maya Language, 2min. Students of the Instituto Intercultural Maya de Quintana Roo teaching Maya with games at San Narciso RC school. The school of San Narciso had already started with Yucatec Maya language and Dance Classes this year . They had a Maya cultural day this year also . The village of San Narciso still have many Yucatec Maya speakers.

  • Morning Matters At Pink Boutique, 58min.

  • Belize Olympic & Commonwealth Games Association - Olympic Day Run, 18min.

  • Ecology Project International Gwen Lizarraga Environmental Club, 23min.

  • Comprehensive National Transportation Master Plan (CNTMP), 45min.

  • "Veranda Tales," Early childhood development tips, “Veranda Tales” was an original series in the 1990’s which employed familiar faces to read to primary school-aged children. It’s part of our commitment to investing in creating children’s programs that are both entertaining and educational. So we want to promote reading to be fun, a way for parents and children to spend valuable time together and support their children’s early development. This new version of “Veranda Tales” will offer early childhood development tips to support parents.

  • Josh & Kristine Belize Wedding Film, 25min. by Jose Luis Zapata. Luxe Destination wedding in La Isla Bonita, Ambergris Caye Island, Belize.

  • Belize and Guatemala 2018, 23min. EF Ultimate Break trip to Belize and Guatemala, Spring of 2018

  • How far we'll go Belize, 3min. We stayed on a tiny island in Belize for a week and the whole time Moana was playing in our heads. So I took 20 some hours of footage and made this.

  • Presbyterian Day School- Cristo Rey, Belize, 7min.

  • Belize Vo-Tech: 2017 graduation ceremony - guest speaker conclusion, 5min.

  • Belize Vo-Tech: 2017 Seniors receive Diplomas, 2min.

  • Belize Vo-Tech: 2017 senior speeches, 16min.

  • Sports Talk Show June 6, 2hr.

  • The body parts in Maya, 2min.