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SPHS hosts candlelight vigil to honor fire victims
The San Pedro High School (SPHS) hosted a candlelight vigil on Tuesday, June 12th in honour of one of their students, Allan Nuñez, who died in a tragic fire earlier that day. The fire gutted Allan’s family residence in the Escalante Sub-division and sadly also took the lives of his mother Clara Bacab Nuñez, his little sister 6-year-old Mia Nuñez, and cousin, 16-year-old Shirley Bacab. They remained trapped inside the burning structure while the father David Nuñez, and older brother, 16-year-old Samir Nuñez, managed to escape the inferno with severe injuries. At the vigil at the high school auditorium, fellow students, teachers, staff and islanders remembered the Nuñez and Bacab family with songs and emotional speeches.

International Day of Yoga planned in San Pedro
The first International Day of Yoga (aka IYD, World Yoga Day) was celebrated in Belize City on June 21, 2015, after the United Nations approved the resolution of India’s Prime Minister, the Hon. Narendra Modi, establishing an annual international day of yoga. The High Commissioner of India to Belize HE Sujan R. Chinoy tasked Mr. Arun Hotchanandani, Hon. Consul General of India in Belize, with establishing a committee to organize the first International Day of Yoga in Belize. Michelle Ashanti Williams, the owner of Om Shanti in Belize City and Founder/Chairperson of Rhythm of Change, Belize, was appointed country coordinator.

Miss Universe Belize 2018 candidates revealed
The Miss Universe Belize beauty pageant has returned to the country, and the 11 delegates from across the country who will be competing for the crown have been revealed. The new Miss Universe Belize will get the opportunity to represent the country at 67th Annual Miss Universe Pageant. The 11 girls that will be competing for the title of Miss Universe Belize 2018 are Christalyn Castillo, Ashley Reid, Kiah Pastor, Alicia Banner, Jenelli Frazer, Jessica Flores, Kayla Awe, Kelsey Tillet, Nicole Hamilton, Selena Urias and Shante Morgan.

Ambergris Today

BTB Delegates Attend Experience Latin America 2018
Belize is receiving tremendous attention and representation at Experience Latin America (ela), Europe’s only travel show dedicated to Latin America. This exclusive event connects key European buyers with exclusive exhibitors from Latin America. The three day event is taking place in London, UK from the 11 to 13 June 2018 and is being attended by BTB’s Chairman, Mr. Einer Gomez, BTB’s Director of Tourism Mrs. Karen Bevans and Caroline Parkin, Account Manager, Brighter Group, Marketing and Representation. This year with Belize’s sponsorship through the Belize Tourism Board, a Belizean menu is being highlighted at the ela Fiesta where delegates and exhibitors alike will have an opportunity to savor Belizean cuisine such as Fish Panades, Belizean BBQ skewers, plantain, mini burrito, ceviche and mango cocktail to name a few. The menu will also share some fun facts about some Belizean food.

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Assad Shoman New Book in Belmopan
Come Listen. Come Talk. Come Purchase. "Guatemala’s Claim to Belize The Definitive History " by Assad Shoman. FOR ONLY $30.00! The book will be presented at the National Heritage Library, Belmopan, on Wednesday June 20, 2018 at 6:00pm.

Helping Hands Summer School
Good opportunity for kids in and around Belmopan! July 2nd-31st.

The Young Professionals Programme (YPP) 2018 EXAMS – APPLICATION PERIOD IS OPEN!
Applications will be accepted through 9 August 2018.

MEXICAN AUTHORITIES TO CONDUCT INSPECTIONS ON COMMERCIAL FREIGHT AND PASSENGER VEHICLES ENTERING MEXICO
The Ministry of Transport advises the Belizean public that from Wednesday, June 13 to Friday, June 15, 2018, checking inspections will be carried out by Mexico’s Secretariat of Communications and Transportation to promote the registration of Belizean commercial vehicles entering Mexico. These operations will take place close to Subteniente López on Route 186 (Escarcega- Chetumal highway) off Chetumal. The inspections are intended to encourage Belizean drivers to register and to comply with requirements which are in line with the standard international procedure and in accordance with a Memorandum of Understanding on International Motor Carrier, Passenger and Freight Transportation signed between the governments of Belize and Mexico on October 25, 2017.

Ministry of Finance Comments on Recent Increases in Pump Prices for Fuel
In view of certain reports circulating publicly, the Ministry of Finance wishes to restate the facts about recent increases in the pump price for fuel. The increases are due exclusively to the global acquisition costs for fuel, which have skyrocketed in recent months. While Government taxes are a necessary and significant component in what is passed on to the consumer, those taxes have not increased since April 2017, and therefore, have not affected the recent spike in pump prices that Belize has been experiencing. Rather, there are factors beyond the Government’s control, and which set world oil prices, that are to blame. Thus almost all countries, including the USA, have been impacted by rising fuel prices.

Did you know that Border Pass has already been resumed to go to Corozal and has an area extension to visit?
According to the new modifications now this Border Pass is not only for the Chetumaleños, but any citizen of Quintana Roo can travel, who requested the procedure in the offices of the consulate in Chetumal. In addition, they will be able to walk in all the Belizean territory, since previously they could only know Corozal; with a pass that has a cost of 20 Belizean dollars per year and the validity is one, two or three years. The honorary council of Belize in Quintana Roo, Luis Gilberto Montero Maldonado, mentioned that now they seek to extend the period of stay of the tourists of Quintana Roo in Belize, that is to say to go from three to five days.

Benque Fiesta 2018
The 2018 Benque Fiesta dates are set, and the main schedule is out. It'll be the long weekend starting on Friday, July 13th as it starts with the Seniorita Flor de la Feria pageant. The parade is on Sunday, and the Benque Viejo Marching Band will be in it.

Upgrade to the road to the El Pilar
The Institute of Archaeology in collaboration with the Hon. Dr. Omar Figueroa, are working towards an upgrade of the road to the El Pilar Archaeological Reserve. This upgrade will afford visitors from all over a smoother way to visit this impressive archaeological site in western Belize.

Pathways to Complexity: A View from the Maya Lowlands
Edited by M. Kathryn Brown and George Bey III, looks at new archaeological data to shed light on the origins of Maya civilization and the rise of Classic Maya culture. Various Maya scholars contribute their own arguments of the development of social, religious and economic complexity hundreds of years earlier than was previously believed. This volume is now available at the Institute of Archaeology for your research needs.

TWENTY-NINE BELIZEANS ACCEPTED FOR SCHOLARSHIPS IN TAIWAN FOR 2018
The Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan) is pleased to announce that this year 29 Belizean students have been awarded scholarships respectively by the TaiwanICDF (Taiwan International Cooperation and Development Fund) Scholarship Program and the Taiwan Scholarship Program. Both scholarship programs provide every scholarship recipient a round trip economy class ticket, accommodations, tuition fees, credit fees, insurance, textbook costs, and a monthly allowance from US$400 to US$950 depending on what subject is pursued. The scholarships will last for a maximum of 5 years for recipients of certain courses.

International Day of Yoga
Ak'bol is hosting the International Day of Yoga for San Pedro this Sunday June 17th @9-11am FREE event worldwide to promote Yoga practice. The ambassador of India is a yogi and has created this national holiday. There is a set protocol created by the ambassador and master teachers from India which includes a brief lecture about history and benefits and a specific sequence of 20 postures, a little breath work leading to meditation and a couple chants... We will be punctual because it is suppose to start the same time around the world.

Dia de San Pedro June 28-30
Upcoming event....Mark your calendars....More details coming soon!

VACANCIES FOR TEACHING POSITIONS AT THE CHUNOX ST. VIATOR VOCATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL
1. Agriculture Teacher (Full-Time) 2. Information Technology (Full-Time) 3. Chemistry/Biology Teacher (Part-Time) September-November 2018 Minimum qualification required is a Bachelor's Degree in the subject area. Renumeration will be in accordance with Salary scales approved by the Ministry of Education. Send letter of application and resume, with two (2) recent letters of recommendation and two (2) certified copies of the following documents:

Schedule for the RUSSIA WORLD CUP 2018
We know Belizeans love soccer, especiall WORLD CUP Soccer. Here is the Schedule for the RUSSIA WORLD CUP 2018 starting tomorrow Thursday, June 14th, 2018 at 8:30 p.m.. Stay tuned to your local cable provider for local time zone.

Belize Tourism Board - Tourism Performance Indicators for May 2018

Two power outages scheduled for Caye Caulker on Friday, June 15
From 8:00am to 12 noon to affect the area from the power station to the airstrip and from 1:00pm to 3:00pm to affect the area from the power station to The Split. BEL to remove hazardous vegetation growing into power lines.

Paradise Theater playing this weekend
7 Days in Entebbe, Acrimony, Gnome Alone, Death Wish

Belize Archaeology Symposium 2018
June 27-29, San Ignacio

KAN’S RENEWED PERSPECTIVE ON JAGUARS
Livestock farmers, who are engaged in a jaguar mitigation project with Ya’axché, are realizing that humans and jaguars can coexist. This is the story of Abraham Kan – a cattle farmer from Aguacate village in Toledo, southern Belize. Livestock farmers, who are engaged in a jaguar mitigation project with Ya’axché, are realizing that humans and jaguars can coexist. Below the foothills of Aguacate village in Toledo, southern Belize, nestles a cattle ranch owned by small scale farmer Abraham Kan. Before sunrise, Kan along with his two dogs sets out on a routine mission to check-up on his cattle. He rallies his cattle with a whistle, and they gather to enjoy the molasses and salt supplement he provides. One morning in 2014, as Kan gathered his cattle and began doing a headcount, he realized one cow was missing. He followed up with another whistle but it was futile. Kan became worried that his cow was injured and decided to set out in search of it. Near the outer edge of his cattle pasture, in the forested area of his land, his cow lay dead. Due to visible marks and the condition of the body, he strongly believed that a jaguar was responsible for the death of his cow. He set out to track the elusive jaguar but with no success. In the following years, he came across cat tracks but there were no further attacks on his livestock. The experience left him with more questions than answers and made him more determined to find out what led to the death of the cow.

Children from Yucatec Maya descent from San Jose,Orange walk dancing the Óok'ostaj Pool(Hoghead dance)
The Óok'ostaj Pool or U Pool K'ek'een "La cabeza del Cochino" has its origins in Prehispanic Maya times and was a ceremony done to thank nature which was consider as fundament of life and the provider of all our needs.Before it was done with birds and wild animals got by hunting but today it is done with domestic animals especially with the pig head. To know more of this Maya dance which is still perform in Northern Belize check this link.

Poling the boat
The instructor says it is important that the guys learn to pole the boat as that is the main part of what the guide does. The guys have been spending a few days practicing this skill...not at as fun as catching the fish but just as important.

Channel 7

A Mother Recounts The Heartache That Never Ends
Was the San Pedro fire tragedy a case of arson or was it an accident? The Fire department hasn’t confirmed the cause tonight, but while they investigate, a family has been shattered by loss. 4 persons – a mother, her two kids and her niece were incinerated in the blaze. Tonight, Courtney Weatherburne has a heart-wrenching interview with Clarita Nunez’s mother. Here is her story. The flames cast a ghastly orange glow over the early morning sky as fire fighters tried to tame the blaze. San Pedro residents helplessly stood by and watched - wincing in terror, knowing that a mother, her two kids and her niece were trapped inside and nothing more could be done to save them. 36 year old Clarita Nunez, her 6 year old adopted daughter Natasha Mia Nunez; her 14 year-old son, Allan Nunez; and her niece, 15 year-old Sherlett Bacab were all killed in the inferno – their remains gathered and carried away. Nunez’s husband David Nunez and their son 16 year old Samir Nunez were the only two who escaped. They jumped out of the second floor window. It is one of the most heartbreaking house fires in memory.

4 Week Old Shot By Pellet Gun Recovering
The mother of 4 week old shooting victim Dashawn Dwehene is speaking out tonight. 18 year old Tyreeka Welch says contrary to what police reported, her son’s father did not deliberately point and shoot at their baby boy. She says it was an accident and that all they want to do now is move on and take care of their baby. Courtney Weatherburne has the story. For many, pellet guns are harmless. They’re sport rifles used for hunting and target practice Even kids can use them. But when that pellet strikes the tender skin of a newborn – it’s not so harmless then. That is what happened to 4 week old Dashawn Dwehene. His 18 year old mother explained that on Saturday she was walking with her baby and her boyfriend, Lincoln Dwehene when he got the pellet gun to protect them from a snake:

Shot By Cops, 13 Year Old Hobbles Into Court
A 13 year old boy accused of pulling a gun on police was arraigned today.  The teenager had to hop into court with a cast on the leg where police shot him 10 days ago.   The boy was taken to the family court where he was read three criminal charges: one, for kept firearm without a gun license, another for, kept ammunitions without a gun license and one count of aggravated assault upon a police officer.   He pleaded not guilty and was remanded into custody at the Belize Youth Hostel located at Mile 21 on the George Price Highway. A police officer from the GSU says the minor pulled a loaded 38 pistol on him on June third - and he had to shoot the 13 year old in the foot to subdue him.  The boy’s father claims the gun was planted.  The child has been in the hospital under police guard since the shooting.

Nurse Killed in Northern Highway Fatality
There are reports that a woman was killed in a traffic accident on the Phillip Goldson highway this evening.   It happened sometime around 4:00 near at about mile 37 close to Rhaburn Ridge when this blue Chevy Tracker with Orange Walk license plates lost control and flipped.  Police found it in the bushes with the top crushed - and one female passenger was dead.  She is reported to be from Corozal.  We have received confirmation that it is Leimi Ewan, a surgical nurse at the Northern Regional Hospital. We’ll have details on this tomorrow.

Hon. Elrington Says Cabinet Shuffle Is About Improving Services
Last night, we told you how the Prime Minister has chosen Hugo Patt as his 4th Minister of Natural Resources in less than 3 years. Patt will replace Prime Minister Barrow as the former Minister of Natural Resources. The PM held the post only in name, and he left the day to day operations of the Ministry to Minister of State Dr. Carla Barnett, who’s also being reassigned to the Ministry of Labour, Local Government and Rural Development. Her sudden departure from that Ministry has some questioning the PM’s decision. Is he bowing to political pressure from within his Cabinet? We got a chance to ask about two of his Cabinet Ministers today about the reshuffle. We start first with Foreign Minister Wilfred Elrington, who said that the Government is trying to improve services at the Ministry of Natural Resources. We challenged him on that, and here’s how he responded:

Castro Says PM Prerogative Good Enough For Him
Next up is the NEMO and Transport Minister, Edmond Castro. He told us that he doesn’t think too much about the PM’s reassignment of the Natural Resources Ministry portfolio. From his perspective, the PM can reshuffle his Cabinet as many times as he sees fit: Hon. Edmond Castro - Cabinet Minister: "The prime minister is the prime minister and the prime minister he has that prerogative. If he wants to shuffle cabinet or he wants to shuffle me every 3 days or every 4 days that's his prerogative. So there's nothing wrong, unno di dig too deep into."

The Ministry That Resists Repair
And while his Ministers will reflexively defend decisions of their maximum leader - putting an elected representative back in charge of the Ministry of Natural Resources marks a sea-change for the Prime Minister.  Steadily - but with little success - since 2015 he’s been trying to remove the political taint from a ministry which in 2013 he famously described as a hotbed of corruption.  These are his remarks captured on cell phone camera in Los Angeles speaking to an audience of Belizean Americans:… Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow, Prime Minister: "I believe that the lands department unfortunately is another hot bed of corruption."

Will Wilfred’s Association Pay?
On Monday’s newscast, we told you how Justice Sonya Young awarded $260,000 in damages to the family of 5 year-old Brenae Timmons. She’s the toddler from Belize City who suffered severe brain injury in January of 2016 when the huge iron gate at the Samuel Haynes Institute fell on top of her. She continues to recover from that incident, but even months after several surgeries and rehabilitation, she may never truly get back to where she was before she was nearly crushed to death by the gate.  As we told you, the judge has ordered contractor Brian Espat, who installed the gate, and the Pickstock Development Association, which owns the property, to pay this money. The association’s Executive Director is Barbara Elrington, wife of Foreign Affairs Minister Wilfred Elrington.  The non-profit organization was set up to assist those needy residents in Elrington’s Pickstock constituency, and he told us today, that he doesn’t think the Association will be able to pay the Timmons family that quantum. He agrees however that Brenae and her family deserves that money. Here’s what he had to say when we asked him about the ruling against his wife’s association:

Civic and The Storm To Come
We spoke with Elrington when he joined NEMO Minister Edmond Castro on a tour of the Belize Civic Center - which is being reviewed for emergency purposes. It’s part of Castro’s tour and inspection of all of Belize City’s emergency facilities, in preparation for the Hurricane season.  At the end of the tour, Castro told the press that the intention of the Government is that, in the event of a hurricane or some other natural disaster, the Civic - which is built to withstand a category four hurricane -will be used to house security services as well as the KHMH’s most critical emergency services.: Hon. Edmond Castro: "The purpose of today's tour is a combination of NEMO and CEMO touring the civic center and some of the other possible sites for the EOC in case of emergency and shelters for the most vulnerable, in the hospital KHMH and other medical institutions, the police, the BDF, the coast guard and to see how best in the event of a category 3, 4 or 5 that we could take care of those people and be back quickly to respond to those who are in need."

Will CEMO Be Allowed Into Civic?
So, with all the national emergency services being housed at the CIVIC, will the Government allow the PUP City Council a bit of space to set up their Emergency Operating Center? You’ll remember that, last week, Mayor Bernard Wagner told the press that they’ve been having some difficulties getting a final written commitment permitting them to set up an emergency operation’s base at the CIVIC. When the media asked Castro about it, he gave a sort of non-committal response: Hon. Edmond Castro - NEMO Minister: "CEMO falls under NEMO and actually with 2 or 3 thousand people here we will have to have some kind of command center. It might not be the best suited for be used strictly for a EOC...”

NEMO Supporting Fire Affected Families
Today’s interview also gave us the opportunity to ask Castro about the 4 members of the Nuñez/Bacab family who perished in the San Pedro fire yesterday morning. While the island continues to come to terms with this quadruple tragedy, there are survivors who were left homeless. 2 houses, one of them a 2-storey structure, were completely destroyed. A third house received extensive fire damage, but it is still standing. NEMO Minister Edmond Castro told us what his ministry will be doing for the fire victims: Hon. Edmond Castro - NEMO Minister: "First of all I must give my condolences to the family for those people out in San Pedro and I will be brief, I will be getting my brief from the fire department as to what went good and what went wrong and see how we could best improve. Each time there is an emergency or fire we try to sit down and see how best we could and do a better job next time."

Firetrucks Past the Point Of Repair
You’ll also remember the frank conversation that the press had with the Station Officer Orin Smith about the adequacy of the Fire Department’s response to the deadly fire on San Pedro. Once again, the firefighters were put on blast for their performance, and the fact is that they ran out of water during a time when 3 houses were either on fire, or almost completely destroyed by the blaze. A bucket brigade had to do some of the heavy lifting after the fire truck left to try and find an open water source.  Now, to be clear, this is not the fire department’s fault; we live in a country where there is very poor planning and few to no fire hydrants in residential communities, or just about anywhere.  Truth is, a fire truck can only carry so much water; it can’t carry the whole sea.  In this case, the fire truck couldn’t pull water from the sea, they had to use a pool.  

From GSU Chokehold to Criminal Charge
Last night we showed you that viral video of a member of the GSU putting a man in a chokehold.  Well, that was 21 year old Ryan Rhaburn - and today he went to court charged for aggravated assault and threatening words upon PC Timothy Roaches.   Represented by attorney Arthur Saldivar, Rhaburn surprised the court when he pleaded not guilty to aggravated assault upon the officer but GUILTY to threatening words.  He is accused of telling PC Roaches were, “Yuh wah feel. Ah don mark yuh face. I wah kill yuh.” But after the facts were read to him in court, and Magistrate Trapp asked Rhaburn if he agreed with the facts, at this point, his attorney, Saldivar stood and said, based on the facts read out in court, he will advise his client to change his plea.

Homeless Shoplifter in Hopeless Situation
Two nights ago we showed you the vagrant who police chased down after he shoplifted at an Albert Street store. Well, yesterday, they took 44-year-old homeless man Denroy Ingram to court for stealing $22.80 in clothing from Juanita’s Outlet on Albert Street.   Ingram appeared before Magistrate, Khadeen Palmer and wasted no time in pleading guilty to theft.  Magistrate Palmer fined him $200 dollars, which he has to pay by August 30, 2018, or serve 2 months in prison.  If the homeless man is unable to pay - which seems likely - he will go back to jail, where he first served a stint in 2007, when he went to jail for theft and burglary.

Protecting The Protectors
Doctor checkups are something police officers seldom get the chance to do due to their busy and demanding schedules. And the perils of long, stressful hours are well known.   That’s why Southside Commander Senior Superintendent Howell Gillett decided to do something about it.  He worked out a partnership with Word of Work Ministries in the United States for a few doctors to come down to Belize and give Police officers a check-up - right at the station! Over 100 officers got a wellness check-up today. We stopped by to find out more about this initiative. Sr. Supt. Howell Gillett - Southside Commander: "What we are doing for them is all of us know that our officers are working long hours and it is hard for them to take the time to go to the hospital where they will have to wait in another line so we decided to partner with a group of Americans through the church word of work to bring a doctor here at the Racoon Street Police Station..."

Interconnection Forum in Belize
Caribbean Peering and Interconnection Forum: it was established 4 years ago and this year the forum is being held in Belize for the first time. Internet providers and managers from all over the Caribbean are attending the forum at the Radisson to talk about internet cost, access and efficiency so you, the consumers can benefit. We dropped by to find out more.

Mexicans Making Road Checks
If you drive regularly to Chetumal and other parts of Mexico, you’ll have to start obeying their traffic laws, or else, you could start facing penalties for it. This morning, Mexico’s Secretariat of Communications and Transportation began conducting vehicle inspections of any Belizean vehicles which passed by Route 182 near Subteniente Lopez, which is the main highway that takes you into Chetumal. These inspections are intended to encourage Belizean drivers to register and comply with the requirements of the October 2017 MOU signed between Belize and Mexico on International Motor Carrier, Passenger and Freight Transportation.  The Mexican authorities want Belizeans who frequently travel by road into their country to get the appropriate registration, license and vehicle insurance.

Alleged Cop Killer Will Stand Trial
He is accused of killing a policeman at the Raccoon Street Station and 47 year old Marcial Toledo will stand trial for the murder of 49 year old police constable Marvin Locke in the October session of the Supreme Court.   At the end of a preliminary inquiry today, the Chief Magistrate, Sharon Fraser, committed Toledo to trial.   In March of 2017, Toledo fatally stabbed Constable Locke in broad daylight at the Raccoon Street Police Station.  Toledo waited for Locke at the station, hugged Locke like a friend and then allegedly stabbed him several times in his chest and abdomen. Toledo was subdued by a police officer who struck on his head with a cement block. According to reports, Locke was having an affair with Toledo's common-law wife. Toledo was not represented by any attorney at the preliminary inquiry.

Senator Val & “Those PUP Men”
The Albert PUP convention is only a few days away - and it is among the most hotly contested political contests of the PUP convention season.  That’s partially because two blue Senators are facing off, but also because it’s one of the only contests that pits a female newcomer candidate, Valerie Woods against a male veteran, Paul Thompson.  The sexual politics are inescapable, and Woods told us they are a defining factor in this contest:… Hon. Valerie Woods, PUP Aspirant - Albert: "See it for what it is, the boys club, they don't want this woman to come in their turf, I the bring it and I the bring it hard."

Channel 5

Breaking: A Fatal RTA near Rhaburn’s Ridge Claims the Life of a Female Motorist.
Shortly after four o’clock this afternoon, there was a deadly traffic accident near Rhaburn Ridge on the Phillip Goldson Highway. Police can only confirm at this point that one person [...]

San Pedranos Gather to Mourn the Loss of 4 Persons in a Deadly Overnight House Fire
The death of four family members in a horrible fire in San Pedro is being felt throughout the tightly knit community in San Pedro. A mother, her two children and [...]

Why is the Prime Tourism Island without Adequate Equipment and Services to Fight Fires?
As the family grieves their sudden loss, sharp questions arise as to the state of essential services on the island. The fire trucks were not able to tackle the inferno [...]

Minister Sedi Elrington Says Latest Cabinet Reshuffle is to Ensure Expediency at Lands Department
Tuesday’s announcement of yet another reshuffling of ministerial portfolios prompted by a sudden change in the top layer in the Ministry of Natural Resources is being met with serious concerns.  [...]

‘Clear the Land’ Castro Says Decision to Reassign Dr. Carla Barnett was PM’s Prerogative
Minister Edmond Castro, himself a fairly new minister, when asked to weigh in on the latest round of ministerial musical chairs, told the media that the prime minister has the [...]

Petrocaribe Program Comes to an End, Belize’s Agreement with Venezuela Remains Intact
A report in the Antigua Observer is causing shivers in some parts of the Caribbean.  The report states that the island has received word that the largesse of the Petrocaribe [...]

Government Explains Why Fuel Prices Won’t Be Going Down Anytime Soon
And while on the issue of fuel, the Ministry of Finance says it will not be possible, at least not soon, to consider a decrease in taxes connected to fuel [...]

Baby Dashawn Dwehene is Released from K.H.M.H. after Being Shot by His Father in Gales Point
Baby Dashawn Dwehene from Gales Point Manatee was discharged today from the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital where he had been recovering from a gunshot wound to the back. Over the [...]

Brenae’s Injury Compensation, Can the Quarter Million Dollar Award be Paid?
On Monday, Justice Sonya Young handed down a decision in favor of five-year-old Brenae Timmons.  As a toddler, she suffered severe brain injury when an iron gate fell on her [...]

Pickstock Area Rep Says Samuel Haynes Institute May Be in Danger of Closing Down
The Pickstock Development Association provides services to residents of the Pickstock and Lake Independence communities, primarily through after school initiatives, gardening and coffin-making. Elrington says that as many as a [...]

A Trade License Standoff between CitCo and Apex over the Business of the Civic Center
The Civic Center has been in use since officially opening its doors on April thirtieth.  The largest and most expensive public building in the country is being run by a [...]

Gilroy Usher Sr. Responds to Boots’ Vicious Jabs
The P.U.P. standard bearer for Port Loyola, Gilroy Usher Senior, has responded to statements made about him by Minister Anthony Boots Martinez.  In a brief statement, Usher Senior says that [...]

A Toddler Drowns Inside a Pit in Southern Belize
A young girl lost her life in Bella Vista Village in the Toledo District to drowning on Tuesday afternoon. Three-year-old Abigail Elizabeth Lopez Umania was found lifeless in a well [...]

Civic Center is Green Lighted by NEMO for Emergency Operations during Natural Disasters
Sporting and other activities have already been put off at the Civic Center in Belize City where sport aficionados have been enjoying the comfort of the multipurpose facility. Today, the [...]

5 Female Inmates are Certified Yogis
Today, five women in prison were officially certified as yoga instructors after two years of intensive classes conducted by non-profit yoga organization Rhythm of Change. There are thirty-seven women incarcerated [...]

Annual Taiwanese Scholarship Recipients are Announced
Twenty-nine Belizeans have been awarded full scholarships to pursue studies in Taiwan. The Taiwan International Cooperation and Development Fund Scholarship Programme and the Taiwan Scholarship Programme are providing recipients with [...]

Annual Internet Forum Draws Regional Networks Operators to Belize
Today, the first day of the fourth annual Caribbean Peering and Interconnection Forum kicked off in Belize City. The regional event, that is coordinated by the Caribbean Network Operators Group, [...]

Quality and Cost of Internet are Discussed at CarPIF
Quality and cost of internet in the region are also among the topics being discussed at CarPIF this year. While there have been significant strides made in these two areas [...]

LOVE FM

Belizean caught in US immigration raid
Belizeans were among a group of persons who were detained in an immigration raid on Sunday in Texas, USA. Online reports say that Border Patrol agents, working in collaboration with the Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and Mission Police Department, identified a suspected stash house operating out of a residence in Mission, Texas. A total of …

NCFC says gun violence against children appears to be increasing in a disturbing trend
The National Committee for Families and Children (NCFC) says that Gun violence against children whether intentional or accidental appears to be increasing in a disturbing trend. The NCFC’s latest statement comes after a four month old baby boy was accidentally shot by his father with a pellet gun at their home in Gales Point Village. …

GOB says it cannot reduce fuel tax
Pump prices for fuel have increased several times in the past few weeks and the Government says it cannot control factors which contribute to those increases. The Government says that the main contributing factor, global acquisition costs for fuel, has increased rapidly in the past few months. Several entities such as the Belize Chamber of …

International finance expert has advice to grow Belize’s economy
The Government of Belize said that if it reduces fuel tax by two dollars it would translate to a loss of seventy million dollars in revenue. This, according to the government, has the potential to completely de-fund the Judiciary, and the Ministries of Human Development, Agriculture, Transport and NEMO, and Works. It says that public …

CarPIF held in Belize City
acilatThe Caribbean Peering and Interconnection Forum (CarPif) was held today in Belize City. It’s a first-of-its kind event for the region to specifically address the interconnection challenges and opportunities in the Caribbean. The unique forum provides participants with regional as well as global insights on how the Caribbean can maximize the opportunities that can be …

Mexican officials to inspect vehicles entering Mexico
Starting today and for the rest of the week, Mexican officials will be carrying out inspections of passenger and commercial vehicles which enter Mexico through Belize. The inspection will take place at the Subteniente López on Route 186 in Chetumal. Press and Legal Affairs Officer for the Mexican Embassy Hugo Juarez Carrillo says that the …

Toddler drowns in Bella Vista Village
A three year old girl drowned in Bella Vista Village in the Toledo District at around 1 o’clock yesterday. Abigail Elizabeth Lopez Umania was found dead in a pit about three feet deep and filled with water. The discovery was made by the mother, 24 year old Rosa Cisneros. The girl was taken to the …

Brhea Bowen launches constitutional challenge
Brhea Bowen is suing the Belize Police Department for emotional distress. In 2012, when she was a teenager, she was detained by police officers after a search was conducted at her home. She was not present at the time of the search but was still detained after police found a firearm. She was detained for …

Who will be the next leader of the UDP?
Prime Minister Patrick Faber and Minister of National Security, John Saldivar, last month a third name was thrown out when Hugo Patt entered the conversation. Yesterday the media asked Belize Rural North area representative, Edmond Castro and Port Loyola area representative Anthony Martinez who they will be supporting for the position. Edmond Castro – Belize …

The Reporter

Serious traffic accident reported on Philip Goldson highway
A serious traffic accident occurred this evening on the George Price highway and it has reportedly left one person serious injured. The accident occurred near mile 39 and information reaching the Reporter is that the vehicle, reportedly a blue Chevy Tracker, careened off the highway […]

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Twenty-nine Belizeans awarded scholarships to Taiwan
Today, the Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan) in Belize announced that 29 Belizeans have […]

3-year-old infant drowns in Bella Vista, Toledo
Police in Toledo are investigating the drowning of a three-year-old infant. According to reports, Rosa Cisneros,24, a […]

Ministry of Transport advises Belizeans on checking inspections to be done in Mexico
The Ministry of Transport is advising Belizeans that from Wednesday, June 13 to Friday June […]

Venezuela suspends Petrocaribe initiative with Belize
International media outlets are reporting that there are dark days ahead for countries benefitting from […]

Our Circle Launches new projects to strengthen LGBT community
Our Circle, an LGBT advocacy group based in Belize, is launching two new projects aimed […]

National Committee of Families and Children issues statement on 4-month-old shot by father
The National Committee for Families and Children (NCFC) is calling on parents and the society to […]

Blogs

Where to Find the Best Beaches in Belize
Belize is well-known for its famous Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, second only to the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. For decades adventurous scuba divers and anglers have vacationed in Belize, in pursuit of their favorite marine sports. But this tiny country also has some fine beaches. But they aren’t always obvious to the first-time tourist. Fortunately, the majority of Belize’s beaches are public and accessible. The 60-foot strip of beachfront adjoining the Caribbean Sea is usually public property. Some exceptional beaches are hidden, hard to reach, or located on remote cayes. The small, remote cayes tend to be protected parks or privately owned. You’ll need a boat to find them. Amongst the four regions described below, you’ll likely find a beach to meet your expectations. So here’s a quick overview of the best beach regions, and beaches, of Belize…

Effective Hurricane Preparedness 2018
As we know, a hurricane is a massive storm system formed over warm waters that makes landfall. Hurricanes include potential threats such as powerful winds, heavy rainfall, flooding, rip currents, storm surges and inland landslides. In the Caribbean, hurricane season runs from June 1st to November 30th. Therefore, during that period of time, we are on extra alert. Back in 2016, Hurricane Earl did serious damage to Belize and its neighboring islands like San Pedro and Caye Caulker. Though we did our best to prepare, Mother Nature was in full control. Thus far, we have gotten word that the 2018 Hurricane Season should be average with 14 named storms, 7 of which should develop into hurricanes and 3 out of the 7 to be major hurricanes – CAT 3 +. With that said, let’s discuss effective hurricane preparedness with a few tips below.

Belize Diving
Belize is one of the top locations in the world for diving as the country has more than 200 miles of gorgeous coral reefs, sandy atolls, and tropical islands located in the Caribbean Sea. Indeed, a team from National Geographic is currently in Belize in order to shoot video and photographs for an upcoming guidebook on the top dive sites in the world. If you're interested in scuba diving in Belize, here are some of the top sites:

Common Languages Spoken in Belize
Belize is completely different than all of its neighbors in Central America because English is the official language of Belize. All government communiques, road signs, and official documents in the country are written in English, but in practice, most residents of Belize speak Kriol as their first language. In addition, most Belizeans are fluent in two or more languages. Sometimes spelled Creole, Kriol is much more than just a dialect of English. Although Kriol is relatively easy to parse when written, it can be difficult to understand for people who only speak standard English. However, most people in Belize can speak standard English and use it when communicating with visitors from other countries.

International Sourcesizz

El Salvador prosecutors order arrest of ex-president Funes
Prosecutors in El Salvador have ordered the arrests of former President Mauricio Funes and 30 members of his inner circle on a range of corruption charges for allegedly siphoning $351 million from public coffers, the Attorney General’s Office announced Friday. The 31 arrest orders include Funes’ private secretary, his long-time partner Ada Mitchelle Guzman Siguenza, his ex-wife Regina Canas and two of Funes’ sons. “In the government of Mauricio Funes there were serious and outrageous cases of corruption in which they extracted $351 million from public accounts,” said Salvadoran Attorney General Douglas Menendez.

Eight Caribbean beauties in NY beauty pageant
Eight Caribbean Community (CARICOM) beauties will compete for the 2018 Miss New York Continental Cultural Pageant crown at the George Wingate High School auditorium in Brooklyn on Jun. 23. According to Yvonne Peters, the Vincentian-born president and founder of the Brooklyn-based organizing group, Caribbean American Cultural Group, Inc., the contestants hail from Belize, Guyana, Jamaica, Haiti, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines. The contestants are: Reality Dopwell (Miss Belize); Breana Maxwell (Miss Jamaica); Shanah Forbes (Miss Jamaica); Jamela (Miss Guyana); Maya Grant (Miss Kingstown, St. Vincent); Kaiia Krysta Phillips (Miss Greggs, St. Vincent); Makeda Peters (Miss St Vincent & the Grenadines); and Kimberly Thomas (Miss Haiti).

Videos

  • Have you visited our best little zoo in the world?, 1min. Tapirs and jaguars and parrots, OH MY! Explore this month’s Curious Place, The Belize Zoo, and meet the amazing animals that call Belize home.

  • Exhibition game of Pok Ta Pok in San Antonio, Cayo, 1/4min.

  • High School Subsidy Program, 2min. The Ministry of Education, Youth, Sports and Culture has expanded its High School Subsidy Program to benefit more students from across the country. The Ministry is conducting a series of "Stepping Up" Ceremonies to distribute the subsidy certificates.

  • Belize Dive: Gladden Spit and Silk Cayes, 9.5min. Our dives on and in the amazing waters of Belize! Special thanks to SeaHorse Dive Shop in Placencia, Belize for our amazing experience!

  • Diving Belize: Day 1, 9.5min. Our first day on and in the waters of Belize.

  • Our vacation to Belize in 2017, 34min. Here's a summary of our Belize adventures in 2017. We can't wait to go back!

  • Time lapse of flight from Belize City to San Pedro, 1/2min.

  • Top Performers of the PSE 2018, 37min.

  • The Rotary Club of Belize partnering with PathLight International - Teacher Training Conferences, 22min.

  • Trip to Monkey Village Belize, 9min. Great trip to Monkey Village.

  • Belize Reef Shark encounter, 1min.

  • Whale shark Belize 2018, 1.5min. Snorkeling with seahorse dive shop