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The San Pedro Sun

Team Belize are XX Central American Women Volleyball Sub-Champions!
The XX Central American Women Volleyball Tournament was held at the Civic Center in Belize City from Saturday, August 4th to Wednesday, August 8th. The Gold trophy (1st Place) went to Costa Rica, making it their 14thconsecutive title win by points, while Belize took Silver (2nd Place) and El Salvador placed third. The tournament saw the participation of Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama and Belize. The volleyball tournament began on Saturday, August 4th, at 3PM, with Costa Rica dominating over Panama and winning the three sets (25-19,25-23,25-15), followed by Nicaragua coming out victorious over Guatemala after winning three out of five sets (21-25, 21-25, 25-15, 25-22, 10-15). The day ended with Belize losing against El Salvador in a 3-2 point score (25-19, 22-25, 24-26, 25-11, 15-17).

Team RedHouse wins Tres Pescados Slam 2018; Organizers donate $25,000 for conservation
The 10th annual Tres Pescados Grand Slam Tournament saw the participation of 15 teams and 40 anglers from Thursday, August 2nd to Saturday, August 5th in San Pedro Town. The three-day fly-fishing tournament consisted of the best fishing teams from the United States of America, (USA) Belize, Canada, and Mexico. This year, with a total of 1,150 points, husband-wife duo John and Tina Winkler from Team RedHouse claimed the top prize. The tournament also raises for conservational organizations, and this year they set a record, raising $25,000 BZ, which will be shared between Yellow Dog Community and Conservation Foundation and Ambergris Caye’s Defend Cayo Rosario Campaign.

Ambergris Today

Ocean Hero Award 2018 - Call For Nominations!
Being an ocean hero can mean many things but mostly, it means deciding that you are ready to take action to help to protect our marine environment for people and creatures of today and for future generations. Oceana is pleased to announce nominations are now open for the 2018 Oceana Ocean Hero Award. This award recognizes and celebrates individuals who go above and beyond to ensure the protection of our oceans.

BTB And BHA Award Scholarships To Ten Belizean Students
Ten Belizean students received scholarship awards from the Belize Tourism Board (BTB) and the Belize Hotel Association (BHA) on Wednesday, August 8, 2018, during a joint award ceremony held at the Biltmore Plaza Hotel. This year’s BTB scholarship recipients include Leanna Duncan, who will pursue an Associate’s Degree at St. John’s College Junior College and Jinelle Novelo, who will pursue a Bachelor’s Degree at the University of Belize. This year’s Jean Shaw Scholarship award went to Alma Urbina, who will pursue a Bachelor’s Degree at the University of Belize.

Belize Takes Silver At The Central American Women’s Volleyball Championship
Costa Rica extended their 25 year reign of Central American women’s volleyball by winning the 20th Central American women’s volleyball championships at the new Civic Center in Belize City. Costa Rica won their 14th consecutive title by points, after they finished in a three-way tie with surprising teams of Belize and El Salvador: each with 4 wins, one loss at the conclusion of the tournament. When all game statistics had been calculated, Costa Rica won the gold, Belize claimed the silver, and El Salvador took home the bronze. Belize has pulled off the amazing feat of rising from seventh place at the last tournament to Central American sub-champion, even handing the reigning champion a 3-1 defeat!

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CONGRATULATIONS TEAM BELIZE
What a game match. Belize defeated Guatemala in five sets 25/23, 23/25, 20/25, 25/23 and 15/13 , to win the Silver Medal in the XX Central American Female Volleyball Tournament. "Although Belize and Costa Rica finished with the same win/loss record and were tied in points. The points per serving ratio had to be used as a tie breaker that is what gave Costa Rica the Gold Medal. This tournament was a great coming out party for Female Volleyball in Belize and things can only get better for Belize in volleyball. We will be inquiring of the Volleyball Association what are all the tie breakers used and in what order.they are used in determining, the medal positions in tournament play".

Meet Kyle Kadeem Zuniga!
Kyle has been selected to join our Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative - YLAI 2018 cohort! Kyle is a Developer, Creative Designer, and Marketer at BK Creative, a digital marketing firm in Belize. BK Creative’s mission is to provide professional, highly creative, and results-oriented digital solutions through various multimedia services to help organizations promote their brands and increase sales.

2018 Miss Independenc
Come out this August 25, 2018 to witness 2018 Miss Independence being held at the CCC Auditorium. It will commence at 6pm sharp. so don't miss this event. See you there.

Self-Defense Training Course in San Pedro
Are you between 18 and 30-years-old? Do you want to be prepared for an unexpected situation? Join Martin Dawson and the Rotaract Club of Ambergris Caye for a SELF-DEFENSE TRAINING COURSE.

Minister of National Security Meets with Senior Members of Belize Security Forces
The Honorable John Saldivar, Minister of National Security, met today, August 9th, at the Belize Coast Guard base in Belize City with senior members of the Belize Defence Force, Belize Coast Guard, and the Belize Police Department. The purpose of the meeting was to articulate the Ministry's position on the question to put forward for next year's Referendum, as well as to examine the National Defence Plan in preparation for the various outcomes of the Referendum vote.

III Meeting of the Belize-Guatemala Joint Commission
The III Meeting of the Belize-Guatemala Joint Commission was held today, August 9th, under the auspices of the Organization of American States (OAS), headed by the Commissioners of both countries, the Ambassador of Belize in Guatemala, H.E. Alexis Rosado; the Ambassador of Guatemala to Belize, H.E. George de La Roche; with the accompaniment of Mr. Manuel Washington Abdala, Special Representative of the Secretary General of the OAS for Belize- Guatemala matters. As agreed in the last meeting of the Joint Commission held on May 9, 2018, in Guatemala City, Guatemala, significant progress was made leading to the implementation of three of the Bilateral Agreements signed between both countries, on the Movement of Students, Harmonization of Operating Hours and Sustainable Tourism, in which the Parties shared the actions carried out in the implementation of the aforementioned instruments.

Minister of National Security Visits Belize Defense Force Cadet Corps Annual Training Camp
Today, August 9th, Hon. John Saldivar, Minister of National Security, accompanied by the Commander of the Belize Defense Force, Brigadier General Steven Ortega, visited the site of the Belize Defense Force Cadet Corps annual training camp being held at the Kuxlin Ha Government School in Belmopan. The Cadet Corps summer camp is being attended by 273 young boys and girls between the ages of 10 to 17 years old and hail from every district in the country. The participants are separated into different groups for the camp: Toucan Company is representing the Corozal and Orange Walk Districts, Tapir Company represents the Belize District, Back Orchid represents the Cayo District, and Toledo and Stann Creek Districts are represented by Mahogany Company.

Government of Belize Congratulates the Belize National Women’s Volleyball Team
The Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow and the Government of Belize congratulate the Belize National Women’s Volleyball Team on winning the silver medal in the 20th Central American Women’s Volleyball Championship, which was held in Belize City from August 4th-8th, 2018. It is noted with great pride by the Government that the country offered overwhelming support to the team during the games and so commends the nation for uniting in this regard. The team’s victory is a true testament to the passion, hard work and dedication of each player, the Belize Volleyball Association, and everyone who played a key role in the team’s development and preparation for the event. The Government also congratulates the team on winning Best Spiker, Best Scorer, Best Opposite, and Best Setter.

Opening of a New Registration Office- Orange Walk North and Central Electoral Divisions
The Elections and Boundaries Department hereby notifies the public that a new Registration Office will be opened effective Monday, 3rd September 2018 for the Orange Walk North and Central Electoral Divisions. The office will be situated at No. 83 Otro Benque Road, Orange Walk Town. The current Registration Office at No. 1A Santa Ana Street will serve the Orange Walk East and South Electoral Divisions.

Movie night in San Pedro: Jurassic World
Movie night is back this Saturday, August 11, at the Central Park. See you there! Snacks on sale.

A terrific fourth day at the Conversational Yucatec Maya Language Lessons!
The T'oone Masehualo'on group has been doing a fantastic job instilling the Maya language with a strong, organized and effective curriculum.

Caribbean Culture and Lifestyle Fall 2018
The Fall 2018 issue of Caribbean Culture and Lifestyle is finished, and it's online now. They are referring to it as the Romance issue. Xunantunich gets a huge write up starting on page 20, and Mountain Pine Ridge on page 27. Rebecca Stirm has an article about fashion in Belize starting on page 34. Definitely worth a read. "The third issue of CC+L has been dubbed the Romance Issue. Get ready to fall in love with Belize as you learn about the secrets of capturing the perfect wedding photos from one of Belize’s top photographers and our esteemed team mate the famed, Leonardo Melendez. Read about a private island getaway in the south ideal for passionate romantic escapades. Find out why Belize is the perfect wedding and honeymoon destination according to the Belize Tourism Board."

PUBLIC AUCTION SALE: CHATTELS
By order of the Embassy of the United States of America, Licensed Auctioneer Noel Codd will sell the following chattels at Belmopan Civic Center, Bliss Parade, Belmopan, Cayo District on Saturday 18th August 2018 at 9:00 a.m. sharp. All items will be available for viewing on Thursday and Friday 16th & 17th August 2018 between the hours of 9:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Belmopan Civic Center, Bliss Parade, Belmopan City.

Paradise Theater playing this weekend:
Bad Samaritan, Deadpool 2, Measure Man, Avengers, Infinity War

Nominations open for the 2018 Oceana Ocean Hero Award
Oceana is pleased to announce nominations are now open for the 2018 Oceana Ocean Hero Award. This award recognizes and celebrates individuals who go above and beyond to ensure the protection of our oceans. Over the past seven years, Oceana in Belize has been proud to recognize several Belizeans for their contributions to the sustainable management and protection of our marine environment. Last year on Saturday, September 30th, Oceana recognized two Belizeans as Ocean Heroes 2017 for their selfless commitment to Belize’s marine environment, then eleven-year-old student and advocate, Madison Edwards (Madison Pearl) and career tour guide and conservation educator, Luz Hunter. Nominate your Ocean Hero today! Please include a brief summary of your reason(s) for nominating your candidate(s). Their impact can be local or national in scope. We will welcome the submission of nominees of all ages, although individuals nominating an Ocean Hero must be 13 years of age or older. After the nomination period, a group of finalists will be selected by a panel of local experts.

Channel 7

Belize Women Volleyballers Make History
Tonight, Belizeans everywhere are riding high after our volleyball women made this nation's collective heart swell with pride. They beat Guatemala in a dramatic game, to finish out the Central American Women's Volleyball Championship with silver medals. But before that heart could swell with pride, it almost burst with anxiety - after Belize dropped the second and third sets - meaning they had to win the fourth and fifth if they wanted to defeat Guatemala in front of a very loud and very full house at the Civic. Talk about drama! Jules Vasquez picks it up in the final points of the decisive 5th set with Belize trailing:...

Belizean Girl Youngest to Score in FIFA Tournament
And in other inspiring sports news, 11 year old Khalydia Velasquez has become the youngest player to score in an official sanctioned FIFA international tournament. The Dangriga resident today scored one of four goals for the Belize Baby Jaguars when they beat the Virgin Islands four to nil in to CONCACAF Girls Championship currently being held in Bradenton, Florida. The baby Jaguars have dropped two games and won one, and are currently in third place. Ophelia Casimiro has scored 4 goals.

Brazen Mango Creek Robbers Put Guns To Shopkeeper’s Head
A trio of robbers pounced on an Independence village Chinese grocer. Yesterday morning around 7:00, store owner Su Juan Zhen had just opened Lukee store when three men barged in, one of them pointing a gun at her head. It was all caught on surveillance camera. She put up no resistance, and the armed robber then cooly stepped over the counter and helped himself to the contents of the cash register while the other thief came with a bag and helped himself to a few on the counter goodies. All this while Zhen helplessly stood by-fearing for her life. The men then ran off. Today at the weekly press briefing, police told us more.

Suspect Held In Foster Case
Police have a person detained for Richard Foster's murder. That's good news but investigators still need to strengthen their case. Today at the bi weekly press briefing, the Head of National Crimes Investigation started by outlining what we already know: The Savannah Guest House caretaker Glen Mcfadzen called the police when he showed up at the place Tuesday morning to find Foster missing and the house ransacked. Not too long after, Foster's grey pickup truck was found in the bushes in Mahogany Heights. There was blood in the back passenger seat. Then later that same Tuesday night after 7:00, his body turned up in the Rivera Area of Belmopan.

PUP Demands Answers For Vital Stats
The PUP says that the Vital Stats office was close yesterday, quote, "due to serious internal conflicts rooted in corruption." A release adds, quote, "Several key personnel within the Unit have reportedly been terminated and as a result, the Unit is unable to carry out basic functions." It continues, quote, "we in the PUP cannot accept that during this Re-registration Exercise, an important organization such as the Vital Statistics Unit is not providing this essential service…"

Special Police Ops Scrapes Seine Byte Clean
On Monday we told you about 21 year old Kadeem Augustine who had been shot in the jaw in Seine Byte. At the time, police said there was some beef between rival youths. Sounds like the start of gang activity - and that's why police launched a major pre-dawn operation in the village today. Between 3:00 and 10:00 this morning, the GSU, the MIT, the SPU and the K9 unit searched six Seine Bight homes. They detained 13 males ranging in age from 16 to 30 years old for the shooting.

Hit and Run Death In Cayo
A 65 year old man was left on the Cahal Pech road for dead after he was knocked down. It happened last night around 11:45. But police weren't called to the scene until around 6:00 this morning - that is when they found Edelmo Constancia thrown on the road. Police don't have much to go on in this hit and run case. ACP Joseph Myvett, Head, NCIB: "San Ignacio police was called to the Cahal Pech road where upon arrival a male Hispanic person was seen lying motionless on the road. Initial investigation revealed that shortly after 11:45 pm last night a loud impact was heard and it is sometime this morning when a passerby was walking down that he observed the body on the road..."

Cops Arrest Apartment Invader, Quickly
Last night we told you about an apartment invasion that happened on Campos Avenue in the West Landivar area of Belize City. Two men with bandanas over their faces armed with a 9 millimeter pistol, knocked, and when a tenant opened the door, they barged in, punched her in the face and helped themselves to several pieces of jewelry and a laptop computer. What we didn't know is that police were quick to make an arrest: ASP Alejandro Cowo- OC, CIB, Belize City: "Police quick response to the report led to the detention of a person known as Frank Smith. He was detained somewhere in the jungle area. Police conducted a search on him and they found several items that were later identified as property of Miss Rosa Zorilla. Not all the items that have been reported missing so far have been recovered by police."

Cops Catching Up With The Ring Of Robbers
Cowo also discussed the arrest of 18 year old Luis Beaton - the man who robbed Coney Drive fruit vendor Forty-eight year old Carlos Ortiz on Monday. Cowo said they believe Beaton is part of a ring of robbers who are terrorizing businesses and vendors on the northside: ASP Alejandro Cowo- OC, CIB, Belize City: "Reference the attempt robbery of Mr. Carlos Ortiz, the fruit vendor on Coney Drive, police managed to detain a suspect minutes later on board a bus while he was travelling on Central American Boulevard. His name was learnt to be Luis Miguel Beaton. Based on the investigation, police have arrested and charged him for three offences: one for aggravated assault, one for attempt robbery and one for kept unlicensed firearm."

Cops Looking For Arsonist
Cowo also had an update on the apparent arson that started a massive fire in San Pedro. He says no one has been detained but they are collecting statements: Reporter: "There were threats made to the home owner prior to the incident. Where is police in terms of that investigation of that fire in Boca del Rio?" ASP Alejandro Cowo: "Well, that investigation is still underway. Yes, after consulting and speaking with the fire-department personnel, they were the ones that advice the police, indeed it was a case of arson. The type of incendiary or the accelerant or what-so-ever was used, it was up to them to determine what type it was..."

A Gun Range For Ballistics
The National Forensic Science Service has received an $85 thousand-US-dollar donation from the United Nations Regional Center for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean. That organization, also known as UNLIREC for short, has provided Belizean law enforcement with training and equipment to counter the country's illegal firearms problem for the past 10 years. They've been trying to assist the National Forensic Science Service to improve its capacity to assist in the prosecution of gun crimes. This time around, UNLIREC has gifted the Forensic Science Service with brand new weapons firing range.

Choice Bank Says GOB Gave It No Choice, No Voice
Government has another lawsuit on its hands. This time it's Choice Bank - which had its license revoked by the Central Bank at the end of June. Well, the Bank has retained the law firm of Courtney Coye LLP - and a 164 page suit names the Minister of Finance, the Central Bank, and The Attorney General as respondents. Basically, Choice says that it had a Repayment Plan to return all its depositors' money, but - it claims that the Central Bank acted unilaterally in revoking the license and appointing a liquidator.

US Leans on Belize For Help With Nicaragua
Our Central American neighbor, Nicaragua has been in turmoil for months. 350 persons have died in an uprising against President Daniel Ortega and his Sandinista party. And now the United States wants Belize - as pro-tem president of SICA to help resolve the crisis. Yesterday, U.S. Senior Advisor for Central America Ambassador Todd Robinson met with Prime Minister Dean Barrow and Foreign Minister Wilfred Elrington. According to a statement from the US Embassy, they discussed, quote, "common concerns over the breakdown of law and order in Nicaragua and other regional security issues." Ambassador Robinson is gathering support for an OAS working group to promote a peaceful resolution of the ongoing crisis in Nicaragua.

Confidence Building In Real Time
In other news about our Central American neighbors, the Belize-Guatemala Joint Commission met today in Guatemala City. The meeting was headed by the Commissioners of both countries: Belize Ambassador Alexis Rosado, and Guatemalan Ambassador George de La Roche. They were accompanied by a Special Representative for the OAS Secretary General. In the last meeting, the two sides committed to make progress in implementing the bilateral agreements signed back in 2014, specifically the agreements focused on the movement of students, harmonizing the operating hours for border crossings, and Sustainable Tourism.

Quo Vadis, Boots? Et Tu, Elodio?
And keeping it on the ICJ referendum, the press got a chance to ask 2 UDP parliamentarians about their personal views on whether or not Belize should go to the ICJ to settle Guatemala's claim over the country. Here's what Elodio Aragon Jr., the Orange Walk East Area Rep., had to say today when he was asked for his opinion today: Hon. Elodio Aragon: "Going to the ICJ is not a political issue. This is not a UDP/PUP stuff. I believe this is a nationalist issue and I think every Belizean must educate themselves, must become informed so that they are able to do an educated decision when the time comes. I know we are going to referendum 10th April next year and so I ask every Belizean to be educated on this matter. .."

A National Security Secret
And on the subject of the referendum….the Security Minister also had high level talks about it today. A release says John Saldivar met with senior members of the BDF, the Belize Coast Guard, and the Police Department at the Coast Guard base. A Government release says that the the Ministry's position was articulated on the question put forward for the referendum - but, conveniently, does not say what that position is. The meeting also examined the National Defence Plan, in preparation for various outcomes on the referendum vote. The Ministry of National Security said that it is fully aware that any decision from the Belize people in next year's Referendum will have an impact on the armed forces.

BSI To Cane Famers, Trust Us
We've been reporting on the rift in the sugar industry. Some cane farmers are concerned that ASR/BSI has given them a false bill of sale - by claiming 11 million dollars in ocean freight costs, when a payment note uses the term FAS which means "Free Alongside Ship". Some farmers take that to mean there should be no Ocean Freight charges. BSI told CTV-3 it's all a big mix-up - and one they find regrettable: BSI Rep.: "We are extremely appalled really by some of the assertions being made that we are "stealing" from the farmers. It is sad to know that terminologies we are using in documentation for farmers is being used to cause confusion into thinking that BSI is "stealing" from the farmers. That is the farthest thing away from the truth."

SATIIM Not Happy
Last week, you heard the latest back and forth between the Maya of Southern Belize and the Barrow Government about how far along the Government currently is in the implementation of Maya Customary Land rights as ordered by the Caribbean Court of Justice. The Maya say that the Government lack the political will to make Maya customary land rights a real thing. Meanwhile, the Government continues to insist that for an undertaking as important as this, it takes as long as it takes to get it right, because they do not want to have to address potentially unintended consequences due to a rush to please the Maya.

Channel 5

Belize Makes Volleyball History Winning Silver Medal in Central American Championship
The national volleyball team scored a huge upset this week that brought both pride and glory to the nation. The force behind the team is the incredible Lupita Quan, who [...]

Update on Baby Jaguars at CONCACAF Girls Championship
In football news, the Belize National Under-fifteen Female Selection is presently in Bradenton, Florida where it is representing the Jewel in the CONCACAF Girls Championship.  The Baby Jaguars recorded their [...]

3 Men Detained Following Early Morning Robbery in Mango Creek
Robbers jacked a store in Mango Creek, Independence on Wednesday and unknown to them; surveillance camera captured the armed burglary which lasted for just over a minute but likely felt [...]

1 Man Detained for Murder of Richard Foster
One man has been detained for the fatal stabbing of seventy-four-year-old British filmmaker Richard Foster. Foster’s body was found a day after he was kidnapped from his home at Savanna [...]

Vital Statistics Unit in Belize City Abruptly Closed; Several Persons Terminated
The offices of the Vital Statistics Unit in the city abruptly closed on Wednesday, interrupting the flow of services to persons applying for birth certificates and the registering of other [...]

Attorney General Responds to Choice Bank’s Lawsuit
The Government of Belize is headed to court, following a lawsuit that has since been filed by the now-shuttered Choice Bank Limited.  In an application submitted to the Supreme Court [...]

Clemente Constancia Killed in Hit & Run in San Ignacio
A San Ignacio resident was killed in a fatal road traffic accident on the Cahal Pech Road on Wednesday night. Clemente Constancia was found dead on the side of the [...]

Home Invasion at Apartment Complex in West Landivar; Woman Injured
On Tuesday afternoon around five-thirty, there was a home invasion at an apartment complex on Campus Avenue in the north side of Belize City. Armed burglars gained access to the [...]

Minor and Luis Miguel Beaton Charged for Recent Robberies
Earlier this week we reported about the attempted robbery of Carlos Ortiz at his fruit shop on Coney Drive for which a man was detained. That suspect, Luis Miguel Beaton, [...]

No Suspect Detained as Yet in San Pedro Arson
Police have yet to detain a suspect in the San Pedro fire that has since been determined to be a case of arson. Several statements have been recorded as the [...]

Elodio Aragon Jr. is Pro-ICJ
We are less than a year away from deciding whether or not the take the Belize/Guatemala Dispute to the International Court of Justice for resolution. On April tenth, 2019, the [...]

Peyrefitte for Port!!
Mike Peyrefitte’s candidacy for standard bearer in Port Loyola has been formally accepted by the United Democratic Party.  He is the second applicant to offer himself in a bid to [...]

Attorney General Takes on SATIIM on Maya Lands Registry
Late this afternoon, the Sarstoon Temash Institute for Indigenous Management, SATIIM, issued a release critical of the government for being noticeably quiet on the issue of the Maya Lands Registry, [...]

National Forensic Science Service gets Containerized Test Fire Range
An eighty-thousand-dollar Containerized Test Fire Range was today handed over to the National Forensic Science Service. The donation comes courtesy of the United Nations Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament, and [...]

U.S. Senior Advisor Meets with Prime Minister Barrow
The U.S. Senior Advisor for Central America, Todd Robinson, met with Prime Minister Dean Barrow and Foreign Minister Wilfred Elrington on Wednesday to discuss the crisis in Nicaragua, among other [...]

Hawksbill Hatchlings Released in Gales Point
Between late June and August, hatchlings, the young turtles that just emerged from their shell, are released. It is not very easy to schedule a release because it cannot be predicted [...]

Healthy Living Looks at the Condition of Deep Vein Thrombosis
This common health problem usually sees an increase in the summertime when the days are hotter. It’s also common in pregnant women and women who use oral contraceptives and affects [...]

LOVE FM

Man arrested for attempting to rob a fruit stand
And one person who may be close to the Kolbe Week celebration is Luis Miguel Beaton. Beaton was arrested after he was found on a bus traveling on Central American Boulevard earlier in the week following the attempted robbery of a fruit and vegetable stall on Coney Drive in Belize City. Assistant Superintendent of Police …

Kolbe week in Belize
The Central Prison in Hattieville houses 1,226 inmates. 485 of the inmates are remanded and are awaiting trial. In some cases, the slow moving court system has people on trial from 4 to 7 years for murder. And Kolbe’s staff has to discipline, feed and provide a structured living environment for them and those who …

Containerized Test Fire Range donated to National Forensic Science Service
The United Nations Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNLIREC) is responsible to reduce the amount of weapons and armed violence in the region, while assisting nations to achieve guarantee citizen security. UNLIREC has worked with the Belize Police Department, the Belize Defence Force, and the Prosecution Branch …

Prison CEO Details Improvements to Central Prison
In its darker years, it was called the Hattieville Ramada, a place of violence where inmates were killed and body parts were hacked in cells. That scary place has been transformed. The Belize Central Prison has been managed for over a decade and a half by the Kolbe Foundation. The foundation is named after Saint …

International Youth Day: “Safe Places for Youth”
August twelfth is being celebrated as International Youth day under the theme “Safe Places for Youth”. However, the Department of Youth Services is holding an early celebration on Friday. Love News spoke with Renata Samuels, the Communications Officer for the Department of Youth Services who said the department simply wants the youths to enjoy themselves. …

Belize beats Guatemala and receives silver medal in 20th Central American Volleyball Championship
It’s not the end of the Guatemalan claim, and it’s not a war we just won, but victory was never so sweet for Belize last night. Thousands of Belizeans, some standing, some sitting, all shouting, packed the Belize Civic Center for an international showdown. Belize with about 300,000 people in population and Guatemala’s 16 million …

Aragon says public must be informed on Belize Guatemala Issue
Earlier this year, Guatemala held a referendum where its citizens voted in favor of taking their country’s unfounded territorial claim on Belize to the International Court of Justice (ICJ). Belize has yet to hold a referendum to decide on the matter and it is a topic which has the country divided. Today, Elodio Aragon Jr, …

Man charged for robbery in Belize City
Thirty-four year old Frank Smith, a resident of Raccoon Street in Belize City was charged today with one count of aggravated burglary and one count of burglary after he and a partner in crime, broke into a string of apartments within the City. ASP Alejandro Cowo briefed the media of the situation. ASP Alejandro Cowo, …

Robbery the reason for Richard Foster’s murder
Police say robbery was the motive for the murder of British national, Richard Foster. As we reported, Foster’s body was found in the Rivera area of Belmopan on Tuesday night. Police also recovered Foster’s Hilux pickup truck. ACP Joseph Myvette provided the update. ACP Joseph Myvette, Belize Police Department:“Further examination also revealed that two firearms, …

Fatal Road Traffic Accident in Cayo
The lifeless body of sixty-five year old, Clemente Constantia, of Martin Galvez Street in San Ignacio was found on the Cahal Pech Road early this morning. His son, Ramiro told Love News his father was the victim of a hit and run. Son of Victim: “This morning at about 6:30 a friend of my mom …

Robbery in Mango Creek
The police department is also celebrating in its own way, a small victory. A viral video of three good for nothing thieves holding up a cashier made it online and it was being shared with the hopes that the community would be able to identify the culprits, especially since one of them had a visible tattoo on the side of his neck.

SATIIM questions Government’s progress or lack of progress on CCJ’s ruling
The International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples was observed today. This is in recognition of the first meeting of the United Nations Working Group on Indigenous Populations in Geneva in 1982. On the occasion of the day, the Sarstoon Temash Institute for Indigenous Management, SATIIM questions the Government of Belize on the progress or lack of progress made in meeting the ruling of the Caribbean Court of Justice.

US Advisor met with PM Barrow
U.S. Senior Advisor for Central America Ambassador Todd Robinson is on a regional trip to coordinate joint efforts to support the Organization of American States, OAS, to foster a peaceful and democratic outcome to the continuing crisis in Nicaragua as agreed upon in an OAS resolution adopted on August 2ND, 2018.

14 year old girl missing
Fourteen year old Alejandra Elizabeth Valiente is missing. Her mother Wendy Valiente reported her missing on August 9th, 2018. Valiente is a resident of Morning Glory Street in Belize City and she left home on August 8. Her mother believes Alejandra may have travelled to Punta Gorda Town.

Ministry of Agriculture imports sheep
The Ministry of Agriculture has received their second batch of imported sheep which include fifteen Barbados Back Belly Sheep and six Katahdin Sheep that were imported from the United States. A total of sixty-six sheep have been imported for the Central Livestock Section in Cayo to use as breeding stock.

PUP issues release on Vital Statistics
The offices at Vital Statistics were closed on Wednesday. Today the People’s United Party issued a release claiming the reason for the closure is because of internal conflict as a result of corruption. Over the last few weeks, some members of the PUP have questioned the efficiency of the department, especially given the ongoing re-registration exercise.

3 Persons Detained For Brazen Mango Creek Robbery
Lisa’s Store in Independence Village, Mango Creek was robbed last night. Robbers made off with an undisclosed amount of money. ACP Joseph Myvette briefed the media.

PlusTV

Elderly man victim of Hit and Run in San Ignacio
There was a fatal hit and run traffic accident today in San Ignacio. It claimed the life old a 65 year old man and happened sometime around 5:30 this morning on the Cahal Pech Road. The lifeless body of 65 year old Edelmo Constancia was found with vehicle tire skid marks on the body early this morni...

One detained in Richard Foster Murder case
The body of 63 year old Richard Foster was found in the Rivera area of Belmopan on Tuesday night. According to the post mortem examination, he was stabbed as many as ten times, his body left by the creek in the Rivera area of Belmopan. It is believed that Foster was first kidnapped from his home a...

Lisa’s Store in Mango Creek robbed
Robberies continue unabated across the nation of Belize. One of the latest businesses targeted is Lisa’s Store in Mango Creek village. The robbery happened early Wednesday morning, shortly after the store opened for business; it was caught on surveillance cameras and show the brazen operation that c...

Cane Farmers say they are overpaying ASR/BSI; BSI says not true
In the wake of the an extremely low second payment for the 2017-2018 sugar cane crop to cane farmers, the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association claims that they are paying an additional 11.5 million dollars for Ocean Freight which they have not agreed to pay. In late July, ASR informed cane farmers...

BSI responds to cane farmers’ allegations
We spoke via telephone to Cane Farmers’ Relations Manager at BSI, Olivia Avilez, concerning Mai’s claims against ASR/BSI. Here is here response. Olivia Avilez, Manager at BSI: Well certainly BSI is appalled, honestly by the allegations that are being made and assertions that BSI stealing or owes the...

PUP demands answers on closure of Vital Statistics office
The Vital Statistics office in Belize City is under new leadership. Last night, channel 7 news reported that the vital statics office was on lock down yesterday with a sign at its front entrance that read, ‘the system is being serviced”. However, According to the media report, Director Patrici...

No arrests in San Pedro arson so far
Last weekend’s San Pedro inferno which left several houses damaged and over 80 persons displaced, was a confirmed case of arson. Today, Inspector Alejandro Cowo told the media that fire officials have confirmed that someone did set the first house on fire in the area. He added that a test is being d...

Choice bank suing GOB
Choice Bank is suing the Minister of Finance, the Central Bank and the Attorney General of Belize. On June 29th , the bank’s license was revoked at the recommendation of Central Bank to the Minister of Finance. Central Bank also allegedly appointed Cedric Flowers as liquidator in...

Frank Smith arrested and charged for Aggravated Burglary
One man has been arrested and charged for Tuesday’s burglary at an apartment complex on Campos Avenue in Belize City. Last night we told you that an apartment complex on Campos Avenue in Belize City saw several apartments burglarized; and in one of those cases, someone was at...

Two detained for north side vendor robberies
A minor and an eighteen year old were detained on the same Metro Bus by police for two separate robbery incidents. On Monday morning, two male persons attempted to rob the fruit vendor on Coney Drive at Anna Delia’s Food Shop. The robbery was foiled after the owner of the fruit stall boldly fought off the thieves.

Belize National Women’s Volleyball Team win silver
The Belize National Women’s Volleyball Team won the silver medal in the 20th Central American Women’s Volleyball Championship, which was held in Belize City from August 4th-8th, 2018. In last night’s game against Guatemala’s National Team, Team Belize won a nail biting five round match in front of a sold out Belize City Civic Center. Team Belize also won four awards during the official award ceremony.

One year anniversary of Maya Land Registry; still no progress
SATIIM issued a press release today indicating that GOB is dragging its feet when it comes to the Maya land registry. Last year, on August 9, 2017, International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples and the tenth anniversary of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, SATIIM launched the Maya Lands Registry of customary land usage and delineation.

3rd Meeting of the Belize-Guatemala Joint Commission
The 3rd Meeting of the Belize-Guatemala Joint Commission was held today, August 9th, under the auspices of the Organization of American States (OAS). The meeting was headed by the Commissioners of both countries, the Ambassador of Belize in Guatemala, H.E. Alexis Rosado; the Ambassador of Guatemala to Belize, H.E. George de La Roche; with the accompaniment of Mr. Manuel Washington Abdala, Special Representative of the Secretary General of the OAS for Belize- Guatemala matters.

Phillip Willoughby’s candidacy application accepted
Phillip Willoughby’s application for U.D.P. standard bearer in Port Loyola has been accepted by the party’s nomination committee. The central executive of the party met on Saturday where they approved Willoughby’s candidacy.

U.S. Senior Advisor for Central America Meets with PM on Nicaragua Crisis
On Wednesday August 8, 2018, U.S. Senior Advisor for Central America Ambassador Todd Robinson met with Prime Minister Rt. Honorable Dean Barrow and Foreign Minister Honorable Wilfred Elrington to discuss common concerns over the breakdown of law and order in Nicaragua and other regional security issues.

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Belize-Guatemala Joint Commission meets
The third Meeting of the Belize-Guatemala Joint Commission was held today, under the auspices of the […]

PUP condemns closure of Vital Statistics Unit
Today, the opposition, People’s United Party (PUP) issued a release condemning the closure of the Vital Statistics […]

National Security Minister visits BDF Cadet Corps annual Training Camp
Today, John Saldivar, Minister of National Security, accompanied by the Commander of the Belize Defense […]

New details surface on Richard Foster murder
Assistant Commissioner of Police, Joseph Myvett, today commented on investigations surrounding the death of naturalized […]

Frank Smith detained for aggravated burglary
Police have detained Frank Smith pending an investigation into an aggravated burglary on Campus Avenue […]

British High Commissioner issues statement on brutal murder of Richard Foster
Today, the British High Commissioner, Peter Hughes issued a recorded statement on the brutal murder […]

Hit and run victim found dead
A man was fatally knocked down out west but his body wasn’t found until this […]

Cashier robbed at gunpoint in Independence village
Independence police have detained three men in connection with an armed robbery yesterday. The cashier […]

Senior US-Central American Advisor meets with Prime Minister and Foreign Minister on Nicaraguan crisis
U.S. Senior Advisor for Central America, Ambassador Todd Robinson met with Prime Minister Dean Barrow and […]

Government of Belize congratulates the Belize National Women’s Volleyball Team; announces motorcade
Prime Minister, Dean Barrow and the Government of Belize congratulated the Belize National Women’s Volleyball […]

Belize wins silver in Central American women’s volleyball championships
With a stellar performance from the Belizean girls, the Belize volleyball team won silver at the 20th edition of the Central American Women Volleyball Championship. The championship games were held from August 4 to 8 at the Belize Civic center in Belize city.

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THE ANCIENT MAYA COSMOLOGY OF CONSERVATION
In the middle of the jungle in central Belize excavating an ancient Maya water temple, I’m at the edge of a sacred pool, praying to Chahk, the Maya rain god, for it not to rain. At least not until my team of archaeologists finishes excavating a ceremonial platform. For over 4,000 years, Maya families, commoner and wealthy, have relied on water from the skies. Without rain, crops are decimated, river trade ceases, and drinking supplies diminish. Extended dry seasons create a massive tinderbox where one lightning strike can destroy everything in a blazing inferno."

A New Wave of Spirits-Driven Travel
Tours, tastings and events that focus on gin, whiskey, bourbon and other spirits have multiplied, as have the distilleries themselves. Now, it’s not just bourbon, but gin, rye and even limoncello leading a new wave of spirits-driven travel. As with food, wine and beer, traveling to the source for booze has exploded alongside the boom in craft distilleries, up 26 percent from 2016 to 2017, according to the American Craft Spirits Association. Some hotels are adding distilleries. Copal Tree Lodge in southern Belize opened Copal Tree Distillery, powered by biomass and using resort-grown sugar cane, last year. This summer the resort, home to a 3,000-acre organic farm, plans to add rum-spicing and cocktail-making classes to its culinary lineup.

NOAA forecasters lower Atlantic hurricane season prediction
Conditions in the ocean and the atmosphere are conspiring to produce a less active Atlantic hurricane season than initially predicted in May, though NOAA and FEMA are raising caution as the season enters its peak months. “There are still more storms to come – the hurricane season is far from being over. We urge continued preparedness and vigilance,” said Gerry Bell, Ph.D., lead seasonal hurricane forecaster at NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center. Seasonal forecasters with NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center have increased the likelihood of a below-normal Atlantic hurricane season to 60 percent (up from 25 percent in May) in the updated outlook, issued today. The likelihood of a near-normal season is now at 30 percent, and the chance of an above-normal season has dropped from 35 percent to 10 percent.

Is there a relation between fewer Atlantic hurricanes and more Pacific typhoons?
Late summer and early autumn are the most active times for tropical cyclones across much of the world, but do more tropical systems in the Pacific Ocean lead to fewer hurricanes in the Atlantic Ocean? Tropical cyclones are referred to using different names depending on where they are in the world. Tropical cyclones in the Atlantic Ocean, Central Pacific Ocean or eastern Pacific Ocean are called hurricanes, while those in the western Pacific Ocean are called typhoons. Although they occur in different parts of the world, the number of hurricanes in the Atlantic Ocean and the number of typhoons in the western Pacific Ocean can be related. “The weather pattern that leads to an active season in one basin generally is less favorable for the other basin,” AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Jason Nicholls said. Two of the large-scale weather factors that can influence the number of tropical systems across the globe are El Nińo and La Nińa.

Videos

  • Cacao agroforest life with Eladio Pop of Belize, 3min. Come along for a tour of a biodiverse cacao forest, planted and managed for years by Eladio Pop and family of San Pedro Columbia, Punta Gorda, Belize.

  • Scuba Diving Belize INCREDIBLE, 3min. From turtles, nurse sharks, and reef sharks, to the blue hole, this scuba dive trip was one for the books!

  • Belize Beats Costa Rica in Regional Volleyball Tournament, 2.5min.

  • Turtle Hatchlings, 5min. On our last trip to Gales Point Village on July fourth for a turtle tagging, we visited the nests where Hawksbill turtles had laid eggs. Today we were invited back to the village to witness the release of the hatchlings. But as we found out, we were late to the turtles’ freedom party since most had already left the nest a few days ago. But we did see a few take their first journey into the ocean today. Reporter Andrea Polanco and cameraman Chris Mangar visited with the Gales Point Wildlife Sanctuary to learn more about the critical work to ensure the survival of the Hawksbill species.

  • ASR and LOW Sugar Prices to farmers Rise and Shine, 63min.

  • New Brain Association formed Rise & Shine, 56min.

  • San Pedro fire leaves 80 homeless Rise & Shine, 1.75hr.

  • Help the police identify these robbery suspects who stole from a store in Mango Creek., 1.5min.

  • A baby Rainforest Cat-eyed Snake (Leptodeira frenata) on my veranda last night - app 8-9 inches long, 1min. There seem to be a lot of babies around - removed one from the house 2 days ago and another from the bathroom at the offices this morning. Monkey River road

  • I Got The Voice Season 3!, 2hr.

  • Our team of volunteers in Belize helped a Hawksbill turtle nest on their island!, 3min. Hawksbill turtles are Critically Endangered are found mainly in tropical oceans and on coral reefs. They feed mainly on sponges but also eat sea anemones and jellyfish (and sadly plastic bags too). Thanks so much for team for helping the future generations of the turtles!

  • Shallow dive at Ambergris Caye Belize, 2.5min. Strong winds kept us inside the barrier reef, but a few rays of sun made it through to illuminate the corals, fish and a couple of rays.

  • Barton Creek Cave with Belize Caving Expeditions, 2.5min.

  • Cave Tubing with Belize Caving Expeditions, 3.5min.

  • Secret Beach in San Pedro // Belize, 2.5min.

  • Belize Documentary, 33min. Fairview Youth Group's trip to Belize in July 2018 and our partnership with Kuxlin Ha Government School and Pathlight International.

  • An excellent and informative video of the NABS Youth Educational Summit's activities and experiences, 6min.

  • Maya Heroes Day 2018, 1min. Special thanks for the voice Jose manuel Poot cahun