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The San Pedro Sun

Renowned British filmmaker Richard Foster found stabbed to death in Belmopan
Foster, a renowned British filmmaker residing in Belize, was reported missing on Tuesday, August 7th, after his wife Carol could not get in touch with him from the United States. A check on his residence at Mile 28 ½ by the George Price Highway revealed Foster’s home open and ransacked, his vehicle and two guns missing, and Foster nowhere to be found. He was found dead later that same day in the Capital City with what appears to be multiple stab wounds and head injuries. After police suspected that Foster had been abducted, his Toyota Hilux was found in a bushy area at Mahogany Heights. According to a police report, they then received information about a body that was found in the Rivera Area of Belmopan. After the scene was processed, the lifeless body was identified as Richard Foster’s. His body was observed with multiple stab wounds and head injuries. The body was transported to the Western Regional Hospital, where Foster was pronounced dead on arrival.

SAMOA pathway midterm review meeting underway in San Pedro Town
A regional preparatory meeting to review what is known as the SAMOA pathway officially started on Monday, August 6th in San Pedro Town. SAMOA which means, ‘Small Island Developing States Accelerated Modalities of Action’, is a ten-year-program adopted in 2014 in the Independent State of Samoa, located in the Pacific Ocean. The regional preparatory meeting currently taking place at the Mahogany Bay Village south of San Pedro Town ends on Thursday, August 9th, and aims at assessing and providing an opportunity for Caribbean countries to evaluate progress achieved in its implementation towards sustainable development.

Ambergris Today

National Geographic British Filmmaker Reported Missing In Belize
British national and nature documentary filmmaker, Richard Foster, 74, has been reported missing as of today, Tuesday, August 2, 2018. His family is concerned after his wife could not make contact with him from the United States where she is currently staying. According to Police reports, Glen McFadzean of La Democracia village told police that this morning, Foster’s wife called him and asked him to check on Richard since he has been trying to call him but to no avail. McFadzean went to Foster’s home at mile 28 ½ George Price highway and found it open and ransacked.

Preventing Childhood Obesity In Belize
Current efforts of the Belize Cancer Society has led to a partnership with the Office of the Special Envoy for Women and Children to highlight the prevalence of obesity within our child population in Belize. With its inception in 2017,The Healthy Caribbean Coalition's (HCC's) Civil Society Action Plan 2017-2021: Preventing Childhood Obesity in the Caribbean has been geared towards the recognition and response to non-communicable diseases with its main focus being the consistent rise in cases of obesity within children.

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GoFundMe: Justice and support for the Fosters
To help and contribute to a fund for Justice and Support for the Fosters, CLICK here

FREE HEARING TESTS TOMORROW AT LICA, CAYE CAULKER
Ear testing specialist will be on Caye Caulker at La Isla Carinosa Academy on Thursday, 9th August 2018 @ 3pm. Message or contact me at 668-7512 to make appointment or simply bring your child to the school for FREE HEARING TEST.

Paint N Splash
See you this week at from 2-4pm Thursday to paint this majestic View.

Crime Stoppers Reward: Richard Foster
On August 7th 2018, filmmaker Richard Foster was at his home near the Belize Zoo (Democracia) when it is suspected burglars broke in, robbed him and then abducted him. His body was later discovered with multiple stab wounds in the Rivera area in the City of Belmopan. A $1,000 reward is being offered for information that leads to the arrest and charge of the person(s) responsible for the murder of Richard Foster. Please use the anonymous Crimestoppers hotline to report any information. These calls are answered by Miami Dade detectives in Florida. 0-800-922-8477 or 0-800-922-TIPS

Ministry of Agriculture Imports Second Batch of New Bloodline of Breeding Sheep from the United States
The Ministry of Agriculture hereby informs livestock producers that the Ministry has received their second batch of imported sheep. A total of 15 Barbados Black Belly Sheep and 6 Katahdin Sheep were imported from the United States of America. Thus far, a total of 66 sheep have been imported as breeding stock at Central Farm Livestock Section in the Cayo District. The breeding stocks will be incorporated in the National Sheep and Goat Breeding Center’s program to consistently provide certified breeding animals to sheep breeders. This will play a vital role in the diversity of bloodline to improve the genetics of sheep in Belize and to establish a Breeding Stock Certification program.

Ministry of Agriculture Concludes its Regional Summer Camp for Youths Engaged in Agriculture
The Ministry of Agriculture in collaboration with the Belmopan Police Department concluded their two-week regional summer camp for Youths Engaged in Agriculture. The summer camp which started on July 23rd concluded on August 4th with a “kid rodeo” at the National Agriculture and Trade Showgrounds in Belmopan. The camp had participants from the Cayo and Belize Districts. The objective of the camp was to make agriculture more appealing to the youths, recognizing it as a vital career, especially with an ageing population of farmers. The camp also served as a means of keeping youths engaged in positive activities, reducing incidences of crime committed by youths.

Ministry of Natural Resources Receives Donation from the Republic of China (Taiwan)
Today, August 8, 2018, the Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan), through its Ambassador to Belize H.E. Charles Liu, donated US$105,000 to the Government of Belize through the Ministry of Natural Resources. In a brief ceremony held at the Office of the Prime Minister in Belize City, Minister of Natural Resources Hon. Hugo Patt received the donation. The Minister shared his gratitude on behalf of the Government of Belize while reiterating how the funds will play a major role in upgrading the existing Landfolio Information System of the Ministry. Hon. Patt stated that the donation will contribute to the Ministry’s efforts to improve the efficiency of administering land transactions and enabling improved service delivery to the public.

Vacancy for an Individual Consultant
The REDD+ Readiness Project in Belize is looking for an experienced and eligible International Consultant for Legal and Institutional Framework for REDD+ Implementation in Belize. Interested consultants must express their interest by August 18, 2018. For further information please see attached pictures.

Closure of the Justice of the Peace Verification Process
The Attorney General’s Ministry hereby informs the public that the Justice of the Peace (JP) verification process has now ended. Applications for verification will no longer be accepted. Those who did not submit documents during the process have thereby relinquished their title of Justice of Peace and can no longer perform the duties of a JP. Persons who have submitted their documents but are still awaiting a response are informed that they will receive their response by the end of this month. The finalized list of Justices of the Peace will also be made public at that time.

Deputy Director General of Technical Cooperation of the International Atomic Energy Agency Visits Belize
On Sunday, August 5th, 2018, the Deputy Director General of Technical Cooperation of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Mr. Dazhu Yang, and the Section Head of Technical Cooperation for Latin America and the Caribbean, Mr. Saul Perez Pijuan, arrived in Belize for a working visit. The aim of the visit was to strengthen technical cooperation with Belize as well enhance regional cooperation for Belize through its partnership with IAEA. The IAEA is an international organization that seeks to accelerate and enlarge the contribution of atomic energy to peace, health, and prosperity throughout the world and to inhibit its use for any military purpose, including nuclear weapons.

Belmopan area oower outage scheduled for 6:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 12
Power outage scheduled for 6:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 12 to affect entire Belmopan, Armenia and Mile 31 to 50 George Price Hwy including La Democracia, Mahogany Heights, Frank’s Eddy, St. Matthew’s, Cotton Tree, Valley of Peace, Roaring Creek, Camalote, Teakettle, Arizona, Ontario, Buena Vista, Blackman Eddy, Buena Vista, San Marcos, Santa Teresita, Selena and Los Tambos. BEL to conduct maintenance and testing of equipment at the Belmopan Substation, replace transmission structures and utility poles, energize underground cables, and relocate a transformer.

Cayo Hosting National Song Competition
The 2018 National Song Competition will be held at the Santa Elena Sporting Complex on Saturday, August 18th. "The twin towns of San Ignacio and Santa Elena is proud to be the host of this year's National Song Competition which will be held at the Santa Elena Sporting Complex on August 18th, 2018. You are all invited to come witness Belizean singers from all over the country compete for big cash prizes! Entrance is free so make it a date and hope to see you there as it all starts at 8p.m. sharp!"

Two Cayo Police Officers Receive SHJC Scholarships
Sacred Heart Junior College awarded 2 San Ignacio police, WPC Standford and PC Reid, scholarships for their Associates degrees. The scholarships come out of the new partnership between the Community Policing Team and SHJC. Education is the key. "Two officers from the San Ignacio Police Formation WPC Standford and PC Reid were recipients of a full scholarship sponsored by Sacred Heart Junior college to attend that prestigious institution.

Motmot Heritage Educational Camp Finishes
The Motmot Heritage Educational Camp finished. Thanks to everyone that helped with this amazing Summer camp! "Last day of Motmot Heritage Educational Camp. Today the kids had a cooking session where the learn how to make bollos. We concluded the day with a presentations of the origin of corn and importance of corn. Thank you to all that assisted for a successful event."

BTB Scholarships
Today The Belize Tourism Board in conjunction with the Belize Hotel Association distributed numerous scholarships to assist parents & kids in the Tourism Sector. The Belize Tourism Board’s scholars are as follows: Leanna Duncan – Tourism Scholarship for the Associate Program at St. John’s College Junior College, Belize City. Jinelle Novelo – Tourism Scholarship for the Bachelor Program at the University of Belize, Belize City. Alma Urbina – Jean Shaw Scholarship for the Bachelor Program at the University of Belize, Belize City ...

Congratulations to Dr. Heather McKillop and Dr. E. Cory Sills on being awarded a National Science Foundation grant for research in southern Belize
Here is their announcement.: Dr. Heather McKillop of Louisiana State University and Dr. E. Cory Sills of The University of Texas at Tyler (LSU PhD Geog 2013, MA Anth 2007) have been awarded a 3 year NSF grant from the Archaeology Program entitled “Labor organization in a traditional complex society” (Aug 1/18-July 31/21). Along with undergraduate and graduate students, the interdisciplinary research will investigate how staple goods and resources are produced and distributed in complex economies, in particular by examining how food staples are produced for marketplace trade. The researchers will examine what factors make small enterprises successful, including the organization and composition of labor and the identification of markets, as well as factors that contribute to failure.

Channel 7

Belize Beats #1
Tonight, Belize’s Women’s National Volleyball team could be on the verge of something major in the Twentieth Central American Volleyball Championship. The team shocked the world last night at the Civic in what has to be the upset of the century: They beat the #1 ranked women’s team in the region, Costa Rica.  This catapulted them to second place in the tournament standings. This morning, President Allan Sharp was still riding an adrenaline high as he tried to put the historic victory into context:… Jules Vasquez: "What was the feeling last night?" Allan Sharp - President, BVA: "Well extreme emotion, I actually had to go back and sit down - I felt weak but basically because of the high emotion. I mean no team in Central America had beaten Costa Rica since 1999 and they've only lost once since 1991 and that was to Honduras in 1997 and may I say by the same coach that's coaching us. In fact in this particular tournament since 1991 they have not lost, so the win was a very big win."

Famous Filmmaker Found Dead
Everyone’s worst fear was confirmed last night when police found 74 year old British filmmaker Richard Foster’s body in the Rivera Area of Belmopan.  As we reported, the caretaker for Foster’s property went to the house early yesterday morning - and Foster was missing. The place had been trashed and Foster’s two guns plus his Toyota pickup were gone.   Not too long after police got a call that his truck was found in the bushes in Mahogany Heights. Then, all hope was lost last night when his body was found. Courtney Weatherburne has the story of a quiet legend who was ruthlessly murdered: From Richard Foster’s ransacked Savanna Guest House To his grey Toyota truck that police found yesterday morning in the bushes in Mahogany Heights.

NCFC: Listen To Your Children
Many are still in disbelief that 7 year old Antwone Marin took his own life. His family and the Seine Bight community are also trying to come to terms with it. While police are still investigating this case, so far, based on the post mortem and other information – it is being treated as a suicide. But why would he do it? Well, the National Committee for Families and Children weighed in on this topic. They addressed the fact that there can be a number of reasons that can lead a child to commit suicide. The statement says, quote, “Hurt’ is not only physical, it can be psychological as our children are exposed to trauma-inducing abuses and experiences and can also suffer from mental illness and depression.”

What’s The San Pedro Solution
Relief supplies have been coming in for the 87 San Pedranos who lost everything in the weekend’s big block fire in the Boca Del Rio Area. And while NEMO has given them food, hygiene kits, bedding, mattresses, and a portable stove, and a temporary shelter, what about the rebuilding of their own homes? Well, that’s where their fellow islanders come in. The villagers of San Pedro are very community minded, and are known to come up big in times of disaster. We caught up with Area Rep. Manuel Heredia Jr., this morning, and he shared more details about how the community of San Pedro will assist the victims:

Area Rep: Restraint For Cayo Rosario
The press also asked Heredia about a proposed development that has been approved for Cayo Rosario. That’s a 10-acre island off the northwest coast of San Pedro.  According to island environmentalists, and tourist industry stakeholders, this type of development will destroy the rich natural habitat of the wildlife that call Cayo Rosario home. They also point to the dredging that needs to be done to install more than 80 over-the-water structures, which the developer has proposed for the Caye. The bottom line is that there are residents of San Pedro who don’t want this project to proceed any further and opponents have organized themselves into a group call the Ambergris Caye Citizens for Sustainable Development.

Armpits Everywhere Rejoice
As of tomorrow, you can go and re-register without sleeves.   Today the Chairman of the Election and Boundaries Commission Doug Singh told us that the Chief Elections Officer has sent an email directive to staff at all re-registration centers saying that anyone can re-register in a sleeveless top.  That includes camisole tops, tank tops and undershirts.   We spoke to the Prime Minister who said he was not aware of the policy - which he strongly opposes.  Just like Singh, he says re-registration should be made as simple and accessible as possible for all.  

Teenager Charged For Robbing Fruit Vendor
Police have charged the 18 year old Coney Drive fruit vendor robber. He is Jane Usher Boulevard resident Luis Beaton. He has been charged with attempted robbery, aggravated assault and kept firearm without a gun license. He pleaded not guilty when he appeared today before Magistrate Emmerson Banner. He was remanded into custody until October 16th. The daring hold up happened on Monday morning around 10:00. The fruit shop owner 48 year old Carlos Ortiz was at his stall when two men came to buy a banana. They left but then returned complaining that the banana was rotten. Ortiz sensed that something was up and got his knife and hid it behind his back.

Apartment Invaders
There was a ruthless apartment invasion on the Northside of Belize City yesterday evening.  At around 4:30, 42 year old Cuban Rosa Zorilla heard a knock at her apartment door, and  when she opened it, saw two men with bandanas  over their faces armed with a millimeter pistol.  They barged in, punched her in the face and helped themselves to several pieces of jewelry and a laptop computer.   They then burglarized two other apartments stealing cell phones and cash.  Police haven’t made any arrests.

Oil Spill, What If?
Much has rightly been made of the fact that Government has legislated a moratorium on off-shore oil exploration. But, what if there’s an spill in Belizean waters from imported oil and fuels.  And what would the response be if there is a spill at the terrestrial oil exploration sites? Those were some of the questions that experts were considering today.  
They’re trying to finalize a National Oil Spill Contingency Plan, which would update the country’s current response mechanism. 

Director Shuffle In Vital Stats
It’s known as the office with the longest, most frustrating lines - but the Vital Statistics Office in Belize City was on lockdown today. A sign posted outside says, quote, “the system is being serviced,” which is not what we heard. 7News has confirmed that the Director, Patricia Hinkson was given her letter of termination after 5:00 pm yesterday. She was a contract officer who had just signed her contract a few months ago. But, according to our sources, the political directorate wasn’t happy with the timeliness of how re-registration documents were being processed, amongst other problems, evidence by the inordinate lines. So, quite suddenly, Hinkson was sent home.

Boots Blasé On Building
Since May, we’ve been reporting on The Lake Independence Resource Center, a youth facility that will also be a multipurpose building. The 4.66 million dollar building is part of the wider Youth and Community Transformation Project funded by the CDB.  But when we visited today, construction seemed to be going at a snail’s pace, with only a handful of workers on site.  We note that progress had been made, but it is unlikely that it will be ready for this month - which is when it was scheduled for completion.  We asked the Minister about it yesterday, and he seemed unconcerned:…

Cousin Gives Hon. Heredia Grief
Manuel Heredia Jr., the Belize Rural South Area Representative, was first elected to office back in 2003. That’s 15-year run, and now, his cousin, Gary Greif, a sitting Town Councillor who was re-elected to office in the March 7 municipal elections, wants to unseat him. 7News has confirmed that Greif’s application to run in a UDP convention against Heredia was approved.  The party now has to set a date for the voters of San Pedro and Caye Caulker to decide which of these two candidates should be their UDP standard bearer for the 2020 General elections.

Bradley, A Commonwealth Observer In Zimbabwe
And while Herredia is focussing on elections in Belize - his UDP colleague, Darrell Bradley was far afield - observing July 30th. elections in Zimbabwe.  Bradley was called up as part of a Commonwealth Observer Mission that went to witness the first election in that country after Robert Mugabe was made to step down earlier this year.   Post-Mugabe Zimbabwe is trying to get out of a state of international isolation so they asked the Commonwealth Observers to come in.  Bradley told us what he saw:.. Darrell Bradley, UDP Caretaker: "The people of Zimbabwe really came out in mass to really want to signal a new direction or a new change. It was very interesting, it was a new experience for me and I think this is something that the commonwealth really brings a lot of experience to at the end of the day we were able to observe quite a bit..."

Tourism Teaches
Belize Tourism industry continues to grow, and both the BTB and the Belize Hotel Association want to ensure that highly trained individuals are being groomed to take over leading positions in the industry in the years to come.  That’s why both organizations have selected 10 promising young Belizeans to sponsor the continuation of their education. The award ceremonies for these scholarships were held today and here’s what the BTB rep. had to say about the deserving scholars who they are funding this year:

How Did Belize Get Good?
Right now, the Belize Women’s National Volleyball Team is warming up at the Civic Center, about to  play the most important game of their lives.  That’s because they’re playing for gold. That spot opened up because Costa Rica just beat El Salvador, which was the only undefeated team. So now, it’s a three way scramble for gold between Belize, Costa Rica and El Salvador.   It’s a great and historic opportunity, but we asked, how did Team Belize get here?  Our program had so long been the doormat of the region, regularly losing in straight, sometimes scoreless sets.  We asked the president of the Association:..

Rabinowitz Passes; Legacy Lives On
At the start of the news we told you about the murder of Richard Foster, the British Film-maker who’d called Belize home for 45 years, and made this country famous in his nature documentaries, going all the way back to the 80’s.  At that time, surely his path would have crossed with Alan Rabinowtiz, who set up the first jaguar reserve in the world back in the early 80’s. Rabinowtiz died on Sunday at 64 in a hospital in Manhattan.  But, 8 years ago, we interviewed him and asked him to go over the history of how that reserve was set up.  It’s a fascinating story as told to Jules Vasquez:…

Mayor Wagner with Muslim Leaders
You’ve seen former mayor Darrell Bradley all over the news these past two days.  But the current Mayor was making news in the UK.   He was a special guest at the Jalsa Salana Annual Convention of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community outside London.  Here’s what he told the gathering on Sunday:… We’ll have more on the Jalsa Salana event on Friday’s news.

Channel 5

British Filmmaker, Richard Foster, Found Stabbed to Death
Shockwaves were felt across the conservation and film industry communities after it was learned that the body of seventy-four-year-old Richard Foster was found on Tuesday night. The well known British [...]

Additional Details Emerge in the Tragic Story of Antwone Marin
The National Committee for Families and Children has issued a release on the tragic passing of young Antwone Marin who died by suicide inside his parents’ bedroom in Seine Bight [...]

Choice Bank Sues G.O.B.
There is a new development in respect of the defunct Choice Bank. The bank’s license was abruptly revoked on June twenty-ninth at the recommendation of the Central Bank of Belize [...]

Belize Beats Costa Rica in Regional Volleyball Tournament
For the first time in regional volleyball history, Belize defeated the number one seated team of Costa Rica in the twentieth Central American Games. And that win for Belize was [...]

Tourism Minister Speaks About Way Forward After San Pedro Fire
San Pedro has a population of twenty-seven thousand residents. The popular tourism destination has been growing by leaps and bounds and the tourism dollar contributes heavily to the economy. The [...]

Area Rep Says G.O.B. and Residents Culpable
But there is widespread criticism that these measures to improve the fire response on the island are only just now being put in place when Saturday’s devastating inferno was the [...]

Manuel Heredia’s Choice Words for Gary Greif
Tourism Minister Manuel Heredia was very confident today, bordering on arrogant, when he dismissed the challenge in his division, made official by the United Democratic Party this past Saturday. His [...]

Anthony “Boots” Martinez Supports Michael Peyrefitte for Port Loyola
Four-time area representative, Anthony ‘Boots’ Martinez will be retiring from electoral politics when his term comes to an end. Four persons have since decided to contest the U.D.P. convention in [...]

U.D.P. Green Lights Superman’s Candidacy for Port
Phillip Willoughby’s candidacy for U.D.P. standard bearer in Port Loyola has been formally accepted by the party’s nomination committee.  On Saturday the Central Executive of the United Democratic Party met [...]

M.O.H. C.E.O Confirms Shortage of Medical Materials
There is a shortage of medical supplies affecting public hospitals and clinics across the country. This was confirmed to News Five by the Chief Executive Officer in the Ministry of [...]

H1N1 Update: M.O.H. C.E.O. Says No New Confirmed Cases
We also asked Doctor Ramon Figueroa for an update on the cases of H-one N-one influenza. As we had reported, there have been five confirmed cases. Several other lab samples [...]

Meet the 7 Lucky BHA Scholarship Recipients
In time for the new academic year, the Belize Hotel Association is assisting parents to ease the burden of education costs. This morning, seven young students whose families work in [...]

B.T.B. Issues 3 Scholarships to Deserving Students
The event was a joint-award ceremony as this year’s B.T.B. scholarship recipients were also presented with certificates of acceptance into the programme. Leanna Duncan will pursue an Associate’s Degree at [...]

National Oil Spill Contingency Plan Almost Ready
A workshop with representatives from various government and non-government organizations, and private sector associated with Disaster Risk Management and Oil Spill Response started today in Belize City to validate the National Oil Spill Contingency [...]

Ministers Figueroa and Heredia Schedule Site Visit on Cayo Rosario
Environment Minister Doctor Omar Figueroa and Minister of Tourism, Manuel Heredia Junior will carry out an on-site inspection of the controversial Cayo Rosario next week. The caye, which is located [...]

National Trade Policy of Belize Public Consultations
The Government of Belize through the Directorate General of Foreign Trade is engaged in creating a coherent and effective trade policy, following the development and approval of a National Trade [...]

Public Input Needed for Trade Policy
The public is invited to attend these important meetings and participate in the process through which government is soliciting collective inputs that would inform the National Trade Policy.   Terrence [...]

Belize City – a Child Friendly Municipality in the Making
The Sustainable and Child Friendly Municipality Initiative was introduced back in 2014 to ensure that children feel safe, are provided with the amenities they need, and are healthy and well-informed. [...]

LOVE FM

Friend remembers Richard Foster
But who is Richard Foster and why is his passing such a tragedy for the environmental community? Foster had made friends everywhere as a conservationist. The staff of the Belize Zoo consider him part of their family. Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO’s) across the country, whether terrestrial or sea, such as Oceana Belize are mourning his loss. …

Jose Mai speaks on the discrepancies of ASR-BSI
The sugar cane industry has seen its fair share of challenges as world prices for refined white sugar has been plummeting for years. This time cane farmers are alleging they are losing-out on money because of discrepancies in the calculation of expenses by the miller at American Sugar Refinery’s Belize Sugar Industries. Sitnah Blease reports. …

Emmy winning British National Murdered
A well-known filmmaker who had made Belize his home since the 70’s has been found murdered. The senseless murder of Richard Foster started with a home invasion at mile 28 on the George Price Highway. He remained missing for hours but the trail continued west to Mahogany Heights and then to the Capital, Belmopan where …

Heredia discusses measures to prevent another disaster
Over the weekend, San Pedro experienced a fire which destroyed ten structures and left over eighty residents homeless. San Pedro is a popular tourist destination and more fires like the one experienced on Saturday can have a negative impact on the tourism industry. Area representative and Minister of Tourism, Manuel Heredia said that it is …

National Oil Spill Contingency Plan
The oil moratorium was passed into law preventing offshore oil exploration in the sea in October, 2017. This was welcoming news for World Wildlife Foundation, Oceana Belize and other members of the Belize Coalition to Save Our Natural Heritage. Oil spills are not only caused by oil exploration and disaster also tends to happen during …

What will happen to the Cayo Rosario project?
There is also another issue that island residents and environmentalists are facing. The Government of Belize has approved dredging at Cayo Rosario, which many are opposed to since it is located within the Hol Chan Marine Reserve. Love News spoke with Area Representative and Tourism Minister Manuel Heredia, who said that he intends to examine …

BTB & BHA awarded $30K in scholarships
For ten students their road to further their education got a little bit easier as they received scholarships from the Belize Tourism Board and the Belize Hotel Association. Herbert Haylock is the Director of Quality Assurance and Industry Standard, at the BTB. Johnelle Mckenzie: For ten students their road to further their education got a …

Ammunition and Firearm found in Corozal
On August 7th at eleven forty-five a.m., a search of an abandoned parcel of land on William Schofield Street in Corozal Town, led police to discover a homemade firearm and live rounds of ammunition inside the chamber of the weapon. No one was found in the area at the time and the police labelled the …

Burglary in Belize City
A Belizean woman told the cops she was robbed. Forty-two year old Rosa Zorilla told Police she was inside her apartment when there was a knock on the door. She said when she opened the door, she was greeted by two armed men, who had bandanas over their faces. The men hit Zorilla on her …

NCFC and One Strggle speaks on suicide of 7 year old
Two organizations that work with families have spoken out on the death of seven year old Antwone Marin from Seine Bight Village in the Stann Creek District. The National Committee for Families and Children (NCFC) and One Struggle have both expressed their sympathy to the child’s family. Statements from both organizations speak of Article 19 …

Taiwan donates money to the Ministry of Natural Resources
The Government of China on Taiwan has donated one hundred and five thousand US dollars to the Ministry of Natural Resources. The funds will be used to upgrade the existing Landfolio Information System of the Ministry …

PlusTV

Richard Foster murdered; body found in Belmopan
The body of Richard Foster was found in the Rivera area of Belmopan. It is believed that Foster was first kidnapped and then murdered. British National, 63 year old Richard Foster of twenty eight and a half mile on the George Price Highway, had been reported missing after his home was checked by G...

Police continue investigation into death of 7 year old
Police are still investigating the surprising and tragic death of a 7 year old child. Police are investigating Antwone Marin’s death as a “Death Investigation” though preliminary indications are that the child took his own life. He was found hanging from a wire in a bedroom and the post mortem sh...

Several apartments invaded and robbed by armed men
An apartment complex on Campos Avenue in Belize City saw several apartments burglarized; and in one of those cases, someone was at home at the time of the invasion. On Tuesday August 7th, sometime around 4:30 p.m., 42 year old Rosa Zorilla , a Cuban national, was inside her apartment, number 7. S...

San Pedro Area Rep promises new firefighting equipment once again
In the aftermath of San Pedro’s tragic weekend fire which destroyed a total of 10 homes, over 80 persons were left displaced. Those families have since been provided with food, shelter and clothing from various entities, including N.E.M.O, NGO’s and business owners. San Pedro’s area representative, ...

Heredia’s cousin will challenge him at UDP convention
A two-time UDP Councilor and cousin to Minister Manuel Heredia Junior will be challenging the UDP’s Belize Rural South seat in an upcoming UDP Convention. Councillor Gary Grief, the younger cousin of Minister Heredia, received a call from the party’s chairman on Saturday, informing him that his appl...

Dangriga man accused of rape of 13 year old
3 year-old Kreshawn Franzua was arraigned on Tuesday on a charge of rape. The complaint against Franzua was made since June 20th, but he was only located in Dangriga on Monday of this week. According to a report made teo police by a 13 year old Belize City resident and her mother, they were both as...

Woman accused of trying to run over teen
31 year-old Jinay Dellon was charged and arraigned for Aggravated Assault after she allegedly tried to run over a teenager with her car. The 17 year-old, accompanied by her mother, reported that at around 4:30 p.m. on August 5, she was walking on Gill Street with a female friend, when Dellon was dr...

San Pedro Area Rep updates on Cayo Rosario project
Proposed over- water developments at Cayo Rosario in San Pedro have been met with a lot of opposition from tourism stake holders, fishermen and several San Pedro residents. Those opposed to the development do so mainly because it falls within the Hol-Chan Reserve.

Belize beats Costa Rica at Volleyball
The 20th Central American Female Volleyball Tournament is being hosted in Belize and the Belize National team is already breaking records. Last night, the Belize National Female Volleyball team broke Costa Rica’s 15 year winning streak. No Central American team was able to defeat the Costa Rican female volleyball team for over 15 years, until Belize did the unthinkable inside the Belize Civic Centre last night.

BTB Scholarships awarded
The Belize Tourism Board and the Belize Hotel Association held a joint press conference today to give away 7 scholarships to deserving students. 14 awards have been issued by the Belize Tourism Board, since the fund was established in 2011. According to Ted Tejeda, the President of the Belize Hotel Association, over eight thousand dollars were contributed by members of the association to make the 7 scholarships possible.

Small oil leak reported near Port Honduras Marine Reserve
On August 4th, 2018 in the latter part of the day, TIDE says it was informed that there was an oil-like substance seen in the Barracuda Range area of the Port Honduras Marine Reserve (PHMR). The incident report was made to TIDE by a concerned tour-guide of Punta Gorda.

Deputy Director General of Technical Cooperation of the International Atomic Energy Agency Visits Belize
The Deputy Director General of Technical Cooperation of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Mr. Dazhu Yang, and the Section Head of Technical Cooperation for Latin America and the Caribbean, Mr. Saul Perez Pijuan, arrived in Belize for a working visit on Sunday, August 5th.

Ministry of Natural Resources Receives Donation from Taiwan
GOB received a donation of one hundred and five thousand US dollars today from the Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan). The donation was handed over by Taiwan’s Ambassador to Belize, H.E. Charles Liu, to Belize’s Minister of Natural Resources, Hon. Hugo Patt.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Agriculture summer camp for children wraps up
The Ministry of Agriculture in collaboration with the Belmopan Police Department concluded their two-week regional summer […]

Belize gets second batch of imported sheep from US
The Ministry of Agriculture today informed livestock producers that the Ministry has received a second batch of […]

NCFC issues statement on alleged suicide of a child
The National Committee for Families and Children (NCFC) today issued a statement joining the Seine […]

Taiwan donates $210,000 to Belize’s Ministry of Natural Resources
Today, the Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan), through its Ambassador to Belize H.E. […]

The Belize Zoo mourns the loss of Richard Foster
The Belize Zoo and Tropical Education Center (TBZ) issued a statement today saying that it […]

Reward offered to locate murderer/s of Richard Foster
Crime stoppers Belize has issued a reward bulletin for $1000 for anyone who can lead […]

Zoologist instrumental in establishing Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary dies
Zoologist, Alan Rabinowitz died on August 5 at a Manhattan Hospital in the United States […]

Belize’s tourism industry sees boost in European visitors
Belize has seen a significant boost of European travelers to the country over the first […]

Justice of the Peace verification process ends
The Attorney General’s Ministry informed today that the Justice of the Peace (JP) verification process has […]

SHJC awards scholarships to 2 police officers
Sacred Heart Junior College (SHJC) yesterday awarded scholarships to two police officers from the San […]

Team Belize beats Costa Rica in volleyball tournament; faces team Guatemala tonight
Belize is hosting the 20th edition of the Central American Women Volleyball Championship. Today, Team […]

East Point fire fighter donates clothing to children in Belize
International media outlets are reporting that a fire fighter from East Point, Georgia, traveled to […]

Boots endorses Peyrefitte for Port!
For the last several weeks all eyes have been focused on the Port Loyola constituency […]

Richard Foster found dead in Belmopan
Last night Belmopan Police found the body of Richard Foster,74, the British National that was reported […]

Blogs

2nd International Deep Sea Classic Fishing Tournament
In July 2017 the 1st International Deep Sea Classic Fishing Tournament was held at Grand Caribe and it was a big success. The 2nd annual deep sea classic is on track to be bigger and better. The prizes have increased substantially and more boats have entered. Last year all totaled $44,000 in cash and prizes were given away. This year there is over $50,000 in cash and prizes. That is going to make for an exciting finish line so grab your cameras and head on up to Grand Caribe to watch the weigh-in. This is a family friendly event and open to the public.

Going Slow in Caye Caulker, Part Two: Photos, Hotel and Food
Over this past weekend, I spent 24 hours on Caye Caulker. Just a few miles away, a 30 minute water taxi ride, our little sister island is smaller, less populated and less developed. The sand streets, the pastel wooden buildings and the sparkling blue sea make it the PERFECT weekend getaway for visitors from just about anywhere. Even for me. Coming from the next town over. With the perfect hotel in the perfect location, I had a perfect time. It’s nice to be on vacation!

Videos

  • Chetumal City Council started a fundraiser for the San Pedro fire victims, 11min.

  • Belize Mek We Go Bloopers Part II, 6min. While on the go...shooting the show we capture so many great funny moments & outakes that we wanted to share with our fans!

  • BTB Scholarship Awards Ceremony, 28min.

  • The Caye Caulker Airstrip is one step closer to its grand re-opening!!! (Aerial footage), 1min.

  • Hand Feeding Tarpon, 1/2min. Tarpons are large air-breathing fish which are protected species in Belize for sport fishing, catch and release. Tarpons grow to about 1.23 - 2.44 meters (4–8 ft) long and weigh 27 - 127 kilograms (60–280 lbs)

  • Belize vs Guatemala - XX Central American Women's VolleyBall Championship!, 72min. Last bit of the game and awards ceremony

  • Belize vs Guatemala - XX Central American Women's Volley Ball Championship Full Game, 4hr.

  • Children & Depression, 40min.

  • Safe Proofing Social Media, 18min.

  • Jada's Got Your Back project, 17min.

  • Zoning Ordinance Legislation, 40min.

  • The art of Performing, 36min.

  • Fidus Pro Dog Show - 2018 Fun Challenge, 30min.

  • El Salvador vs Costa Rica - XX Central American Women's VolleyBall Championship!, 2hr.

  • Panamá vs Nicaragua: XX Central American Women's VolleyBall Championship, 2hr.

  • Jungle Splash Waterfall Pontoon Tour, 4min. The Waterfall Adventure trip on the Jungle Gypsy pontoon boat on Lake Benque makes for an amazing day. Jungle Splash has a fun video showing all the fun. "If you are looking for an adventure, something off the beaten path and unique, with guaranteed laughter- this tour offers something for everyone! All ages and fitness levels Do not stop to think- just jump in! Come experience our Jungle pontoon waterfall adventure tour today! Board the Jungle gypsy and spend the day on this jungle cruise to secret waterfall!"

  • Dave & MC Belize Wedding Film, 26min. by Jose Luis Zapata

  • belize nurse shark 01, 1.5min. Diving in Belize with nurse sharks using paralenz dive camera.

  • Island Hopping in Belize! // Discovering a Sunken Ship // Snorkeling in Crystal Waters // Livingston, 5min. Island hopping in the Belize Cayes is one of the best ways to unwind from an adventure in Guatemala, while still having an epic adventure! Snorkeling in the crystal clear blue waters of Belize with many fishes and exploring a sunken ship was truly a highlight. Of course we stopped by the picturesque Livingston, Guatemala for some breakfast before we head out on this Belize day.