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The San Pedro Sun

Costa Maya 2018 Presents Miss Belize – Marcia Moody!
It’s official: Marcia Melanie Moody is Belize’s representative for the Reina de la Costa Maya Pageant 2018! Born and raised in San Ignacio, Cayo District, the 23-year-old Belizean beauty holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Primary Education. She enjoys playing football, swimming and fishing, dancing and pageantry. She is no stranger to the stage, as she most recently placed as first runner-up in the 2016 Miss Universe Belize. She has also participated in Queen of the West (winning in 2012), Queen of the Bay (2012 – 3rd runner-up) and Miss West Indies Belize (2015).

Kids in Action 2018 Youth Scuba Summer Camp is a go!
The Kids in Action Youth Scuba Summer Camp officially started on Monday, July 16th, with an orientation session held at the San Pedro High School. The annual two-week summer program is organized by the San Pedro Tour Operators Association (SPTOA) in collaboration with the San Pedro Tour Guide Association (SPTGA). Organizers met with parents and handed out the Open Water Manuals to the 20 participants of this year. Composed of adults and children, the group also met the dive instructors who will train them in open water diving.

Ambergris Today

Belize Holds First Marine Litter Campaign
During the months of May and June, 2018, CZMAI partnered with Oceana and WWF for its first ever national Marine Litter Campaign. This campaign was the result of a two-phase workshop attended by CZMAI staff; phase one of the workshops was entitled “Major Aspects of Coastal Environment Management” and was held in Kingston, Jamaica in October of 2017. Phase I focused on the following: the global issue of marine litter and plastic pollution and the threats it posed to CARICOM countries, international agreements such as the London Protocol and the London Convention, and sampling methodologies for both micro and macro marine litter.

Freak Storm In Guatemala Damages Tropic Aircraft
On Tuesday, July 17, 2018, late in the evening around 5:30p.m., one of Tropic Air Belize’s aircraft, a 7 seat GA8 Airvan, was damaged during a freak storm while it was parked for the night at the International Airport Mundo Maya in Flores (Peten), Guatemala. According to reports, thankfully all passengers and crew had already disembarked the plane when sudden gusts of winds and rain set on the international airport, causing the aircraft to flip.

Residents Of San Pedro Are Angry About Cayo Rosario
With this, an official letter of objection on the Cayo Rosario Project was delivered yesterday, July 17, 2018, to San Pedro Town Mayor Daniel Guerrero at the San Pedro Town Council. The letter (posted below) was jointly signed by Belize Tourism Industry Association, WWF, Oceana, Belize Institute of Environment law and Policy and the Belize Audubon Society stating, “We write to inform that we stand with the guides, businesses and people of Ambergris Caye who say no to dredging and no to over-the-water structures in the Hol Chan Marine Reserve.”

Misc Belizean Sources

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Attorney General Hon. Michael Peyrefitte Attends 2nd EU-CELAC Ministerial Meeting
Attorney General Hon. Michael Peyrefitte led Belize’s delegation to the 2nd European Union (EU) – Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) Foreign Ministers Meeting, which met from 16-17 July 2018 in Brussels, Belgium. The Foreign Ministers of both regions came together to discuss their bi-regional relations under the theme “Building Bridges and Strengthening Our Partnership to Face Global Challenges.” Ministers exchanged views concerning strengthening cooperation in global forums, the implementation of the 2030 Agenda, and inclusive and sustainable economies, trade, investment, and productivity.

COASTAL ZONE MANAGEMENT AUTHORITY AND INSTITUTE (CZMAI) IN PARTNERSHIP WITH OCEANA AND THE WORLD WILDLIFE FUND (WWF) CARRIES OUT BELIZE’S FIRST MARINE LITTER CAMPAIGN
During the months of May and June, 2018, CZMAI partnered with Oceana and WWF for its first ever national Marine Litter Campaign. This campaign was the result of a two-phase workshop attended by CZMAI staff; phase one of the workshops was entitled “Major Aspects of Coastal Environment Management” and was held in Kingston, Jamaica in October of 2017. Phase I focused on the following: the global issue of marine litter and plastic pollution and the threats it posed to CARICOM countries, international agreements such as the London Protocol and the London Convention, and sampling methodologies for both micro and macro marine litter. Participants were tasked with carrying out a sampling event in their home countries and to produce a report on the results; this report was to be presented at the second phase of the workshop. The second phase of the workshop entitled “Major aspects of Coastal Environment Management Phase II” was held in Coquimbo, Chile in March 2018.

2018 Miss East Indian Belize Pageant
Miss East Indian Belize Pageant coming next weekend!! Congratulations to the Corozal Organization of East Indian Cultural Heritage for showcasing East Indian culture and traditions.

Last week Taiwan's Foreign Minister, Jaushieh Wu, and his wife, Madam Wu, visited Belize
The Belize City House of Culture and Downtown Rejuvenation Project and the ICDF Belize Office took the opportunity to take Madam Wu on a short downtown tour of the heritage sites under renovation and those to be renovated in the coming months. The tour included the newly renovated Yarborough Basketball Court, St John's Cathedral, Government House and Court House.

PUBLIC AND BANK HOLIDAYS 2019

Contestants of the Miss San Pedro Pageant officially sashed
The Miss San Pedro Pageant is set for Saturday, September 1, 2018 - an event you don’t want to miss! Contestants: Daisy Martinez, Janelie Aban , Faith Noel, Chelsea Munoz and Seleny Borges

Movie Night with sharks in San Pedro! (Feat. a guest speaker!)
Sounds like a very fun and educational night thanks to MarAlliance & The Truck Stop! Wednesday, July 25 at 7 PM - 9 PM at The Truck Stop. For this special edition of Movie Night, we're partnering with MarAlliance, a marine wildlife conservation organization whose heart is with sharks, rays and turtles. We're screening the Blue Planet episode “The Open Ocean” and offer you an exciting night of facts & fun! The episode showcases the skills of some of the most charismatic hunters found on the planet. PLUS! One of MarAlliance’s top marine biologists will be answering any questions you have about these enigmatic species who so desperately need your support to survive in Belize and the rest of Central-America. The MarAlliance team will also bring their “Wheel of Fortune” to test your shark knowledge, and they'll be raffling off cool, sharky prizes! Come and join us, and show your support to the ocean and its marine wildlife! And don't forget to show up early to order dinner and pick your favorite seat!

BBQ Fundraiser on Caye Caulker to Benefit Dalinda Jimenez
Happening THIS Saturday.

Corozal Red Cross Clothing Sale
The Red Cross is having a clothing sale tomorrow, Thursday, July 19th at the Red Cross Branch on Santa Rita Road from 9:00 a.m. to 12 noon. (See E-Flyer Below). The proceeds will go towards our Community First Aid Warden Program and our homeless and shut-in feeding program. Please support this great cause!

Succotz Archaeology and Culture Fair 2018
The Fajina Project is having their 4th annual Succotz Archaeology and Culture Fair this Sunday, July 22nd, at the Succotz R. C. Primary school. The fun starts at 11:00am. There will be food and fun, along with many cultural and educational booths. Last year's fair was great! "Its that time of the year! We are glad to present our 4th annual archaeology and culture fair at San Jose Succotz, Cayo, Belize! Come meet researchers from Xunantunich Archaeological Reserve and other sites and participate in Archaeology Olympics! Sunday July 22 starting at 11 am!"

Taste of Belize Agenda
As part of the Signature event, throughout the daytime events and night time events the audience and guests will be able to sample and purchase some of finest culinary treats that will be served up by Belize’s finest vendors across multiple booths. Tasty local food delights will be served up to suit every palate and will be sure to offer the audience an opportunity to sample dishes from across the culinary spectrum in Belize in one setting. Live entertainment in the night session from the Pan tempers steel Band.

September Celebrations Theme Chosen!
The National Celebration Commission is excited to announce the winning theme for the 2018 September Celebrations. The competition was open to all Belizeans living at home or abroad. Persons were encouraged to enter the competition with multiple entries which should not be more than ten (10) words. The winner receives a cash prize of $1000 and a Special Invitation to the Official Ceremonies during September. This year there were 196 themes submitted by 70 contestants. The winning theme of the 2018 September Celebrations, in commemoration of the 220th Anniversary of the Battle of St. George’s Caye and the 37th Anniversary of Belize’s Independence, was submitted by Corozal resident Fernanda Tun.

Channel 7

Major Commercial Bank Warns About Phishing Scams
Tonight one of the commercial banks is speaking out against email “phishing” scams and warning its customers not to be fooled and defrauded.  Heritage Bank says that at least two of its customers have already had their accounts cleaned out after they clicked on links in bogus emails.  And once the money’s gone, there’s no way of getting it back!  Heritage says in the cases they know about, the money was cleaned out of a private account, and then wired all the way to Nigeria. Now, you may not know what e-mail phishing scams are, but for regular email users - they are all too common, popping up in your inbox almost daily - and one of the fraudsters’ favourite con games is pretending to be mailing you from a known bank.   Heritage Managing Director Steve Duncan explained today what you have to be on the lookout for:…

Almost 8 Years Later, Who Killed The Stuarts?
After waiting on remand at the Belize Central Prison over 7 and a half years, accused murderers Milton Maza and Eli Avila will finally stand trial tomorrow for the double murders of attorney Richard Stuart, and his wife Maria. Police say that back in October of 2010, these men brutally stabbed the couple to death at their home in West Landivar, Belize City.  One of them was a former employee of the Stuart’s.   The trial without jury was set to begin today, but due to a blackout, Justice Colin Williams had to adjourn it to tomorrow. Both men are being represented by 2 court-appointed attorneys, Leeroy Banner, and Oscar Selgado. Reports suggest that part of the delay for these men standing trial is that no attorney wanted to represent them - since they are accused of killing one of their colleagues. 

Notorious Chester Norales To Jail
Chester Norales has been making crime news from the mid-90’s, where he’s been both victim and accused.  And while his name has been called in some violent crimes, tonight he is in jail not for dangerous harm, or aggravated assault, but for sexual assault of a female minor.   The thirty-seven year old was sentenced to 4 years today by Magistrate Khadeem Palmer.  She also sentenced him to 2 months for using insulting words.  Magistrate Palmer noted that the maximum sentence for sexual assault is 5 years but she refrained from giving him that penalty because none of his previous convictions are for offences of a sexual nature. 

Wild, Wild, West Zone Slightly Exposed
The Benque Viejo Free Zone doesn’t get half as much of the attention that the more well established Corozal Free Zone does.  And we get the impression that’s just the way the smugglers like it out in the wild, wild, west, where there are consistent reports over the years of leakage of Zone products into the mainstream economy.   Police in the west proved at least one case of that when they made a fairly sized bust of contraband goods last night at 8:45.   That’s when the cops conducted a stop and search on a vehicle that had just left the Benque Viejo Free Zone.  Their search lead to the discovery of 6 cases of Modelo Especial along with 2 liters of  Black Label, 2 liters of Captain Morgan, and 2 more liters of other whisky brands, along with 33 cartons of Pine Blue and Gold Rich cigarettes - which are both Chinese brands.

Robbed Tortilla Factory With Toy Gun
Tonight a teenager is in custody after he allegedly robbed a tortilla factory with a toy gun.   The 17 year old and two others reportedly robbed Shorty’s tortilla factory on C Street - which is just off Baymen Avenue on the northside.   Police have not released details, but the minor was caught shortly after with a toy gun.  The youth may also be a suspect in the robbery of a nearby barber shop.  We’ll have more for you on this tomorrow.

Convicted Killer Pleads Guilty to Assaulting Journalist
He assaulted a journalist - and convicted murderer Byron James will spend time for it.   In February of last year, the 29 year-old James assaulted reporter Anita Nembhard while she was on the court beat. Well, today, James went before Chief Magistrate Sharon Frazer and admitted to the court that indeed he punched her on the nose.  The incident happened on the very same day that he was found guilty of the murder of 29 year-old Frank Vasquez. Nembhard was snapping photographs of defendants, as she and the other court reporters do everyday.

Security Summit Searches For Answers
For the last 4 months or so, John Saldivar and the Ministry of National Security have been canvassing civil society leaders to get their feedback on crime, citizen security, and how the government can work to make Belize a safer place to live.  A little over 3 months ago, this year’s murder rate was on track to meet or surpass the deadliest year in this country, but the spike in violent crime has leveled off. So, right now, things are relatively calm, but the National Security Ministry wants to find the key to keeping the relative state of peace.  They hosted the first ever National Citizen Security Summit today, where the public was invited to discuss crime, and propose solutions.

Saldivar Stoic About Leadership Convention
Today’s Citizen Security Summit gave us an opportunity to discuss a little bit of politics with John Saldivar. As viewers are aware, he has aspirations of being the leader of the UDP, and it is well known that he intends to challenge Patrick Faber in the leadership convention.  On Monday, we spoke with Faber about the leadership convention, and his campaign, and today the press asked Saldivar if he’s actively canvassing for support. He said that much like his Cabinet colleague, the party’s delegates will decide whether they want him for leader based on his performance as a cabinet minister.  He explained why he isn’t pushing just yet for that leadership convention, for which a specific date hasn’t been announced:

Not A Good Year For Long Weekend Warriors
The list of public and bank holidays for 2019 has been released and those who love extra long weekends won't be too happy with what they see.  First off, New Year’s Day falls on a Tuesday, so that means New Year’s Eve is on a regular working Monday.   The year’s first long weekend comes two months later, when Monday March 11th will be observed as National Heroes and Benefactors day - since the 9th of March falls on a Saturday.   Easter falls from April 19 to the 22nd which is the longest weekend of the year.   Labour Day will be observed mid-week on Wednesday May first.   Sovereign’s Day, also known as Commonwealth day - falls on Friday May 24th - but it will be observed on Monday May 27th, so that even those who work Saturday’s can get the benefit of the long weekend.

Tropic Air Plane Does “Poppa-lick”
A freak storm in Flores, Peten, Guatemala on Tuesday night damaged an Airvan belonging to Tropic Air. As this picture shows, the 7 seater plane was completely flipped over. The strong hurricane-like winds left the airvan in a halfway “popalick” with its wheels in the air. A press release from Tropic Air stated that the Airvan was parked for the night at the Mundo Maya International Airport in Santa Elena Flores Peten. No one was inside and no one was hurt.

Columbia Coming Through
Beltraide has teamed up with the South American country of Columbia to provide entrepreneurship training for various stakeholders in Belize, including universities and centers like YWCA. But it’s not just a general training, the technical coordinator is focusing on specific methodologies that these stakeholders can use in their work. Here is more from the training. Jorge Gentle - Business Advisor, SBDC: “Today we are being visited by a consultant from APC Columbia under a project EDEM, the Presidential Agency of Cooperation from Columbia and basically what he is presenting is 9 best practices or methodologies from Columbia with the objective of presenting these to stakeholders of the Belizean Entrepreneur Ecosystem. Our objective is to get commitment from these stakeholders for the transfer of these methodologies, it is a two day workshop..."

Traffic Officer Caught Trafficking
As a traffic enforcement officer, he’s supposed to issue tickets for traffic violation, but what happens when the officer is the one violating by trafficking? Sounds like a word game, but that’s just what police say happened this evening.  A city traffic officer is being held at the Raccoon Street station at this hour pending drug trafficking charges as two knapsacks full of weed are being weighed.   According to early reports, police searched him on the western highway NEAR THE ST. MARTIN’S AREA and looked inside two bags - both were stuffed with neatly bundled plastic bags containing what looks and smells like cannabis. We’ll know more about his charges and the weight of the weed tomorrow.

Commendations From Courts
Last night, we told you about Belize Bank’s scholarship awards ceremony. Well today, Courts held theirs at the Belize Chamber of Commerce office. 13 students got full high school scholarships. It is part of their “Dare to Dream” program and we were there to speak with the recipients. Here’s more. Grisel Carballo - Public Relations Officer, UNICOMER Belize: “The Courts “Dare to Dream” scholarship program of course it is a yearly program that we have at UNICOMER and Courts and our ads were out since the ending of May, June was the deadline, on June 30th and we received over 60 applications from students all over thecountry.We had 25 interviews and we took it down to 13students."

Saldivar’s Slate Telling
Earlier on in the news, we showed you our interview with John Saldivar, where he discussed his aspirations for the UDP leadership.  Well, he’s also put out what would be his choice for dream team of UDP politicians to contest the 2020 General Elections.  For Corozal, he wants to see Pablo Marin for Corozal Bay, Hugo Patt for Corozal North, Dr Angel Campos for Corozal Southwest and Tony Herrera for Corozal South East.  In Orange Walk, he wants to see Elodio Aragon run for the East, Guadalupe Magana Dyck for the South, Homero Romero for the North, and Evan Williams for Central.  For Stann Creek and Toledo, Saldivar wants to see Frank “Pawa” Mena run for Dangriga, Ivan Williams for Stann Creek West, Macario Coy for Toledo West, and Dennis Garbutt for Toledo East.

AG to EU
And while Saldivar is not putting Mike Peyreffite on his dream team, the Attorney General is presently trying to earn his points on the road, so to speak.  He’s presently attending a two day forum in Brussels, Belguim, the 2nd European Union - Community of Latin American and Caribbean States Foreign Ministers Meeting under the theme "Building Bridges to Strengthen our Partnership to Face Global Challenges." This amidst the uncertainty in the international arena and a growing tendency towards radical nationalism.  Peyrefitte is joined by Belize’s ambassador to the EU, Dylan Vernon.

Belize’s Ballers
The Belize Basketball Federation today presented the team that will represent Belize at this weekend’s FIBA Americup Qualifiers for the COCABA region, which is Central America.  The three day tournament will be held at the Civic Center in Belize City from Friday to Sunday and the team says they are ready to defend their home court. We found out more about the tournament and the Belizean roster at a press conference earlier today.  Tickets are available at the Belize Civic Centre at $60 for court-side seats, $40 for VIP and $20 for general admission.

Home Invasion on Pitter Street
Police are reporting a home invasion in Belize City. 58 year old Salvadoran, Vilma Ramirez of a Pitter Street address, was at home with her husband Elias Ramirez when two persons forced their way into their house. One of the men was wielding a fire arm and the other had a knife. The men tied up the couple before helping themselves to an assortment of items. Police say the men made off with 2 cell phones, one gold watch and a silver ring. Police continue investigating.

Students Go Regional For Robotics
Belize High School and Ocean Academy in Caye Caulker will represent Belize in the FIRST Global challenge in Mexico. It is a robotics competition where the students will compete against a number of kids from all over the world. It’s a major competition and the kids from the robotics club at Belize High School have been preparing to participate in this event. In a release sent today it says “In this first attempt….Our Belizean students will network and build relationships with high school students of different backgrounds, languages, religions, and customs.” The competition is set for August 15-18,2018.

Channel 5

Belizean Businessman Busted with AK-47 Rifles in Melchor de Mencos
A Belizean businessman was busted with an AK-47, ammunition, drugs and thousands of dollars in different currencies in Melchor de Mencos, Guatemala. Thirty-three-year-old Francisco Javier de la Ho Duarte along [...]

Home Invasion on Pitter Street
A couple endured a terrifying home invasion on Tuesday night on Pitter Street in Belize City. Fifty-eight-year-old Salvadoran national Vilma Ramirez and her husband Elias Ramirez were held up by [...]

Belmopan Car Dealer Caught with Contraband Goods
Thirty-one-year-old Ryan Lopez was caught with a cache of uncustomed goods on Tuesday night. At around eight-forty-five, police in Benque Viejo del Carmen intercepted Lopez who was driving a Suzuki [...]

A Million-Dollar Aircraft of the Tropic Air Fleet is Damaged at the Peten Airport
A Tropic Air seven-seater was toppled over by a freak storm at the Mundo Maya Airport in Flores, Peten, Guatemala on Tuesday evening.  The aircraft, a GA-eight Airvan, was parked [...]

John Saldivar Describes U.D.P. Dream Team for 2020
Since the beginning of the week, Minister of National Security and aspiring U.D.P. party leader, John Saldivar has been putting together an unofficial slate of the best possible combination of [...]

“My Work Will Show for Itself” – John Saldivar on Leadership Bid
While his fantasy league of standard bearers may not reflect his aspiration to someday lead the U.D.P., Saldivar says that his bid for leadership has been steady and will allow [...]

National Citizen Security Summit Tackles Public Safety, Crime and Violence
One of the biggest challenges facing the country has to do with citizen’s security which is being affected by a range of criminal activity; from petty incidents to a network [...]

7 Years Later, Accused Murderers of Richard and Maria Stuart Go On Trial
Almost eight years ago, attorney Richard Stuart and his wife Maria were brutally stabbed to death at their home on Graduate Crescent in West Landivar.  The criminal trial against the [...]

Belize to Host FIBA AmeriCup 2021 COCABA Championship Qualifiers
The Belize National Basketball Team was formally introduced this afternoon at the Marion Jones Sporting Complex, ahead of the 2021 COCABA Championship to be played in Belize City this weekend.  [...]

The Roster Revealed: Team Belize is Here!!
According to Head Coach Milton Palacio, the opportunity to lead the selection is a proud moment since it allows him to help the younger athletes to build their legacy representing [...]

SICA Members Discuss Way Forward Under Belize’s Presidency
Two weeks ago, Belize took over the Pro-Temp Presidency of the Central American Integrated System for the next six months. Between now and December, Belize plans to advance issues of [...]

Baby Grayson Reneau Gets Life Saving Surgery in Cayman Islands
Grayson Reneau is a baby boy who was born with a heart murmur and was expected to outgrow the condition.  He didn’t and in a subsequent doctor visit, he was [...]

Meet the 13 Lucky Recipients of Courts’ Dare to Dream Scholarship
A group of deserving young persons from all over the country can breathe easier tonight, having secured scholarships to go on to high schools in the coming academic year. The [...]

Colombian Consultant Shares Best Practices to Grow Belizean Businesses
A consultant from Presidential Agency for International Cooperation of Colombia began a two-day workshop in Belize on how to grow businesses. Yeison Laiton of the Entrepreneurship and Business Development for [...]

Entrepreneurship Workshop to Foster Economic Development in Toledo
While day-one is focusing on creating a network between counterpart agencies in both countries, day-two will see Laiton travel south to Punta Gorda. Toledo is the poorest district in Belize [...]

CZMAI, OCEANA and WWF Hold First Marine Litter Campaign
During the months of May and June, Belize’s first Marine Litter Campaign was launched by the Coastal Zone Management Authority and Institute in conjunction with OCEANA and the World Wildlife [...]

LOVE FM

Ministry of National Security seeks public’s input in addressing crime and national security matters
Belize is world renowned for the Barrier Reef and Blue Hole. However, the darker side of that coin is that Belize infamous for consistently ranking amongst the countries with the highest murder per capita on the planet. It’s a dubious crown for a country that refers to itself as “The Jewel”. But with a murder …

Deputy Commissioner of Police says Belize is ahead in addressing crimes issues
Last week Deputy Commissioner of Police Chester Williams attended the three-day INTERPOL Americas Regional Conference in Uruguay. The conference saw the participation of police chiefs and other senior law enforcement officials from the Americas who looked at organized crime and terrorism issues that currently affect the region. DCP Williams told Love News today that Belize …

Avila and Maza on trial for the murder of Richard and Maria Stuart
The trial of Eli Lopez Avila and Milton Maza charged with the murder of attorney Richard Stuart and his wife Maria Stuart was to commence today before Justice Colin Williams. However, it was adjourned until tomorrow due to some technical difficulties. In 2010, the Stuarts were viciously stabbed to death at their home located in …

Another Home Invasion
Aggravated assaults are not the only kinds of crimes that can cause long-term emotional distress to its victims. When aggravated burglary occurs, more commonly known as home invasions, entire families are victims and cannot trust the walls they expected to keep them safe. Last night the Ramirez family in Belize City became the latest victim …

Storm destroys million dollar plane
A Tropic Air Belize 7 seater was parked at the Flores, Petén Guatemala airport for the night on July 17, when a freak storm poured over the area. Not only was the plane damaged, it completely flipped over. Love News Spoke to Tropic Air’s President John Greif who says the plane was completely destroyed. John …

Belmopan resident caught smuggling goods from the Free Zone at the Western Border
A resident of Belmopan was busted with a large stash of contraband items on Tuesday. Police officers of the Benque Viejo Police Formation stopped and searched a vehicle that had left the Free Zone at the Western Border shortly before nine o’clock in the night. The vehicle was driven by 31-year-old Ryan Lopez, a car …

No leads into how islander was stabbed
The stolen safes were not the only crime that recently occurred on La Isla Bonita. The police department is still investigating the circumstances surrounding the stabbing of 26-year-old Adrian Suarez. The construction worker and resident of San Pedro, Ambergris Caye was injured in his chest on July tenth. Officers had detained his common-law wife but …

Dr. Omar Figueroa: it is all about striking a balance
Belize’s tourism sector has been soaring, creating more jobs and positively affecting Belize’s GDP. However, Belize’s tourism-driven economy can have a negative impact on the environment. Last month, the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System was removed from UNESCO World Heritage Centre List of World Heritage in Danger. The question remains whether or not the government …

The Reporter

MIDDAY BROWN-OUT / BLACK-OUT IN BELIZE
At 1.05pm this afternoon air-condition units and fans came to an abrupt halt, as Belize suffered another BROWN-OUT, It has been several months since the last Brown-Out or Black-Out , and Belize electricity Limited has been doing a fairly good job of keeping pace with electricity demands, which as you know goes up by several percentage points during the summer months when businesses and residential customers crank up their AC units to stay cool.

TACO VENDOR ROBBED AT GUNPOINT
There are reliable reports indicating that at around 10:30 this morning a Belizean taco vendor located on the Phillip Goldson Highway near its junction with Buttonwood Bay Boulevard was robbed.

TROPIC-AIR PLANE DAMAGED IN FLORES, PETEN
A small aircraft belonging to Tropic Air which was parked at the Mundo Maya International Airport in Flores, Peten was flipped over during a freak storm on Tuesday evening.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

‘No ICJ Coalition’ expanding its membership
Two more organizations have decided to support the ‘No ICJ Movement Coalition’, which is a […]

Belize City couple tied up in home invasion robbery
Police are currently investigating a home invasion that occurred last night around 10:30, at the Ramirez residence, […]

Belmopan car dealer busted for large cargo of contraband
A Belmopan car dealer was busted last night in Benque Viejo del Carmen, Cayo with an […]

Public and Bank Holidays 2019 announced
Today, the Government of Belize issued a list of public and bank holidays specified in […]

Attorney General attends 2nd EU-CELAC ministerial meeting
Belize’s Attorney General, Michael Peyrefitte led Belize’s delegation to the 2nd European Union (EU) – […]

Belize Film Commission hosts 4th Hollywood Luncheon
The Belize Film Commission, along with the National Institute of Culture and History, the Deputy […]

Two men charged for trying to sell crocodile meat
Two Belize city men were busted trying to sell crocodile meat to local Chinese businesses. […]

Israel Murillos charged for burglary at Portofino
On Monday, BBN reported a burglary which occurred at Portofino Resort in San Pedro on […]

Belize~ United We Stand!
The views expressed in this article are those of the writer and not necessarily those of Breaking Belize News. […]

Blogs

What Island Girls Do on Sundays
It was a gorgeous sunny Sunday and I was pretty sure Jenna would be up for a joyride. You may have seen the first half of the ride in my Iconic Islanders post. The second half led us to Boca Del Rio. Jenna’s pick was Wayo’s for a bite to eat. Although there was heavy sargasso surrounding us as you can see in the featured image above, we thankfully could not smell it. Splitting a shrimp quesadilla and enjoying the view was a perfect chilled out Sunday afternoon activity. Afterward, it was off to DandE’s for a sweet treat – my favorite Smoothie.

International Sourcesizz

Health City Heart Surgeon Gives Belizean Baby Normal Life
The delighted and relieved mother of baby Grayson Reneau from Belize described her experience with the medical experts at Health City Cayman Islands as “unbelievable” after they successfully performed a complex heart operation to give her child a normal life. Jamie Lord said her baby son, Grayson, was born with a heart murmur which he was expected to outgrow by two months, but when this did not occur specialists in Belize diagnosed him with Tetralogy of Fallot, a heart defect which requires surgical intervention.

No progress in abduction case
No further progress has been made in a parental child abduction case as lawyers wait to hear whether or not police and other officials in Belize will co-operate with Canadian authorities, special prosecutor Tony Bell told the court on Wednesday. He asked that the case be further adjourned until Oct. 3. On Jan. 6, 2014 the accused woman’s ex-husband told police his wife had taken their son and left the country. The following month she was charged with child abduction and a warrant was issued for her arrest. Police tracked the woman and child to Mexico, Guatemala and various parts of Belize, and the mother was the subject of various international Interpol alerts.

Drought affects regional sugar production
The Sugar Association of the Caribbean (SAC) is reporting that drought conditions are having an adverse effect on the majority of regional sugar producers. However, it is still optimistic that production of the current crop will be completed by the end of July. During the month of May, all Caribbean sugar producers were in production, with Belize topping the list with 23,628 tonnes, followed by Guyana with 15,178 tonnes, Jamaica with 10,198 tonnes and Barbados 5,673 tonnes.

The Great Barrier Reef Is Losing Its Ability to Recover from Bleaching Events
If you hadn’t heard, things aren’t looking too rosy for the world’s reefs. Warmer oceans have led to an uptick in global coral bleaching events, ocean acidification is decreasing the amount of free carbonate ions available to reef building species, and the billions of bits of plastic that coat reefs around the globe have led to an explosion of coral infections. These climate change-induced effects have taken a particularly devastating toll on the Great Barrier Reef off the east coast of Australia. At 1,400 miles long, the Great Barrier Reef is by far the largest in the world, but half of its coral has died in the past two years after unprecedented back-to-back bleaching events.

The Top 20 Islands to Live on in the Caribbean
We all dream of living in the Caribbean. We all think about waking up to the ocean, being in touch with the natural environment, of connecting with the region’s vibrant culture. Everybody dreams of doing it — but some actually do it. And they all do it for different reasons.

Videos

  • Impressively large adult Morelet's crocodile, 1/2min. "You're gonna need a bigger boat." This was the thought on everyone's mind after running into this impressively large adult Morelet's crocodile during our recent surveys in the Rio Bravo Conservation and Management area, where we also encountered a thriving population of adult Morelet's crocodiles. Clocking in at an estimated 10 feet minimum, this big boy is certainly the king of his domain. Always a thrill to see big animals like this crocodile, knowing that they've taken decades to reach such an impressive size!

  • Belize , 4min.

  • Belize Plane Segment, 6min.

  • Miami to Belize Baron Flight Vlog, 18min.

  • Dive trip to Belize and Ambergris Caye Island- Diving the Blue Hole and the Barrier Reef!, 5min.

  • Belize Aggressor III & Belize Aggressor IV, 2.5min. Belize is a wall diver's paradise. Sheer walls like Painted Wall, Half Moon Caye Wall and Quebrada are adorned with huge crimson gorgonians and giant orange elephant ear sponges.

  • Channel 5 Daily Obituaries, 2min.

  • National Issues - (Registration Process/ICJ/Eligibility Requirements for Voting), 54min.

  • Garifuna Collective - WOMEX Celebration / Upcoming Tour, 43min.

  • SJC / St. Martins De Pores Belize 2020 Initiative - The Clavius Project, 27min.

  • Miss San Pedro 2018-2019 contestants presented at official sashing ceremony, 16min.

  • NO TE CREO - PACIENCIA (BELICE 2018), 4min. No Te Creo performing Paciencia at the 2018 Metal Haven Acoustica show held at the Soul Project. A great song, and they perform it well live. No te Creo - Paciencia (Belice) Álbum: Tardes de invierno (2017) "Paciencia" from the first album "Tardes de Invierno"

  • BACKPACKING BELIZE - Caye Caulker, 4min. Spontaneous bus ticket to Belize... landed us on a boat to Caye Caulker

  • Placencia, Belize - Tropic / Maya Island Airstrip, 1min.

  • Crystal Cave "Mountain Cow Cave" - Belize, 6min. his caving experience in wonderland was an experience of a lifetime! Although the trip was extremely strenuous, it was definitely worth it! Not many are fit for the challenge to explore the wonders of the Crystal Cave; but, if you get the chance to go, do it!

  • A drive through San Pedro Belize, 13min. Welcome to a video tour of San Pedro as taken from a golf cart we nicknamed " The Bone Shaker " in July of 2018. We had a great time in Belize.

  • Belize 2018 Mango Fest 2018, 8min. The Belize 2018 Mango Fest was a mango-filled extravaganza! This exciting, family-friendly, two day event celebrated everything mango, ranging from mango-inspired dishes, jams and jellies, candies, and drinks. Local companies like Marie Sharp, Belize Marketing & Development Corporation & DML Bamboo Straw were there. There were plenty of competitions and games, live music, and dancing.

  • Belkize Travel Vlog, 5min.

  • Sports Talk Show, 2hr.

  • Kids In Action summer program, 2min.