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Miss Universe Belize 2018 Contestants tour Ambergris Caye
The Miss Universe Belize 2018 pageant will see the 11 girls competing in three segments: introduction, swimsuit and evening gown. Thereafter, only the top five girls will advance to question and answer segment. The questions are created based on the biography each girl submitted at the beginning of the competition. The top the three girls will then move to a final question and answer round, which will determine who the next Miss Universe Belize 2018 will be. In addition to competing in the Miss Universe pageant, the new Miss Universe Belize will also have the opportunity to travel around Belize working with different charities and will take part in a media tour both in the country and the United States. She will further receive a scholarship to The University of Belize. Belize was last represented at the Miss Universe pageant in 2016 by the vivacious Rebecca Rath.

Strengthening Belize’s Oil Spill Response Capabilities
To discuss Belize’s National Oil Spill Contingency Plan, representatives from various Government and Non-Governmental Organizations, Private Sector, and Academia associated with Disaster Risk Management and Oil Spill Response, engaged in a meeting at the Radisson Fort George Hotel & Marina in Belize City from Wednesday, August 8th to 10th. The Department of the Environment (DOE) within the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Fisheries, and Environment & Sustainable Development, and Immigration (MAFFESDI) commenced implementation of the Consultancy to Update and Align the National Oil Spill Contingency Plan of Belize (NOSCP) to meet international standards in August of last year.

Ambergris Today

Pic Of The Week - 2nd Annual Grand Caribe Deep Sea Classic
Grand Caribe Belize was the host of the 2nd Annual Deep Sea Classic Fishing Tournament, where a total of 29 registered boats participated on the three day event from August 10 to the 12. The tournament has quickly become an island favorite due to its $50,000, plus, in cash prizes that includes a $17,000 first prize payout. The winners for the 2nd Annual Deep Sea Classic Fishing Tournament 2018 are:

Fishermen Caught With Out-Of-Season Conch On Long Caye, Lighthouse Reef Atoll
On August 9th and 10th, 2018 a joint enforcement operation with Belize Audubon Society, Belize Coast Guard, Belize Fisheries Department, and Belize Police Department resulted in seven (7) fishermen found in possession of 614 market-cleaned conchs. These men will be charged for Possession of Conch during the Closed Season. Their fishing vessel and its subsequent equipment have since been confiscated.

Misc Belizean Sources


Aeromexico announces new flight to Belize
Aeromexico, Mexico’s global airline, today announced the start of a seasonal twice a week nonstop flight to Belize starting on November 17th to April 28th making it the first major Mexican commercial airline to offer such service to the country of Belize. Aeromexico’s flight 67 will be on Saturdays and Sundays. It will depart Mexico at 8:30 am and will arrive at the Phillip S. W. Goldson International Airport at 10:30 am. It will depart Belize at 12:00 and arrive in Mexico at 2:25 pm. “Mexico is a fast growing market for Belize and therefore we welcome Aeromexico’s new flight as it will highly facilitate the movement of people between both neighboring countries. Belize is a country of countless attributes. Its cultural and natural wealth is virtually unmatched. Its indigenous lineage and multiple ethnic groups, excellent cuisine and friendly people, and the many historical attractions, festivals and natural wonders all makes Belize a perfect Destination, which Mexicans will surely enjoy,” said Mrs. Karen Bevans, BTB’s Director of Tourism.

The winners for the 2nd Annual Deep Sea Classic Fishing Tournament 2018
DAY 3! What an exciting weekend! Another successful tournament! Congratulations to the crew from Noh Worry Bout Notin and all the others who participated! We look forward to having you join us again next year! Its gonna be bigger, better and more exciting! The winners for the 2nd Annual Deep Sea Classic Fishing Tournament 2018 are: 1st Place - Nuh Worry Bout Notin. 2nd Place - Knotty Pirate. 3rd Place - As You Wish (Tarpon Caye Lodge). 4th Place - Trophy Hunter. 5th Place - Seaductress. Great job guys!

Power outage scheduled from 8:00am to 12:00midday on Thursday, August 16 to affect entire Placencia Peninsula
Including Placencia Village and surrounding areas, Plantation, Forest Lagoon Estate, Coconut Walk Drive, Poinciana Drive, Maya Beach, Cocoplum Development, Surfside Development, Seine Bight, and portion of Independence Village which includes Noralez Area, Malacate and Savannah Road. BEL to relocate high voltage power lines and remove hazardous vegetation in the area.

Congratulations to the Chief! Rene Villanueva, we are so proud of you! Huge congrats to all the awardees and scholarship recipients! Keep making Belize proud and keep strengthening the ties between our two countries! Veteran Belizean broadcaster Dr. Rene Villanueva accepted the Distinguished Person of the Year Award on Saturday at a Gala hosted by the United Belizeans of Northern Illinois (UBNI). Celebrating their 8th Annual Awards and Scholarship Gala at the Holiday Inn Convention Center in Gurnee, Illinois, the non-profit 40- member organization toasted three awardees and thirteen scholarship recipients.

Maureen Navarrete: Young Belizean Entrepreneur for August!
For the month of August, we are excited to feature Maureen Navarrete as our Young Belizean Entrepreneur! Maureen comes from a family of talented artists and seamstresses. She learned a lot from her grandmother, who was adopted as a child, by one of Belize's top designers and seamstresses, the Haylock sisters. She grew up to love designing and sewing. Maureen did not only become a very good seamstress but a fashion designer, who creates eye catching trends. Maureen's unique designs have given her opportunities to participate in various fashion shows throughout Belize over the past years. She is well known for her resort wears, bridal gowns, bouquets and baby attires.

I am a Maya teacher in my village. One of the things I teach is about our culture and traditions. Having been in the cultural field and a cultural enthusiast for decades, I now firmly believe that RELIGION is the most destructive force on our Maya culture in my lifetime. Understand that I come from a family that valued our traditions and was proud of our culture. My grandfather taught my father, he taught me and my siblings, and we have tried to teach our children. It is a much more difficult task today than it was when I was a boy. But what does Maya culture mean? Our Tradition & Culture teaches our children Survival, Respect, Dignity, Appreciation, Love and Togetherness. Maya culture is taught to us by our parents and elders, and it takes many years to fully understand our traditions. They include our attitude to our world, our village, the rain forest, our family, our community. It is our food, our marimba music and dance, our traditional dress and our celebrations. We have traditions for birth, marriage, raising children, looking after our elders and death. We have special ceremonies that ask our God for help and thank Him when he provides it.

Caye Caulker Water Outage
BWS Notice: Planned water interruption to the entire Caye Caulker from 6pm August 14th until 6am August 15.

Robotics challenge in Mexico City
Youths from Ocean Academy and Belize High School head to the robotics challenge in Mexico City.

National Championship Regatta BIZ18
September 8 – September 9 Sep 8 at 1 PM to Sep 9 at 4 PM. Caye Caulker, Belize. Hosted by Belize Sailing Association (BzSA)

Motorcade through the streets of Belize City! Congratulations!!!
Organized by Ministry of Education, Youth, Sports and Culture and National Sports Council of Belize.

SMART Health Facility Project – Town Hall Meetings
he Ministry of Health and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), with sponsorship from the Department of International Development (DFID) of the United Kingdom, are hosting town hall meetings at various locations across the country in order to obtain feedback from the public with regards to the retrofitting of various health facilities. The retrofitting of these facilities is a part of the PAHO/DFID SMART Hospital Project that is presently ongoing in various Caribbean countries and is being implemented independently in various countries in the Latin America and the Caribbean.

Air Quality Monitoring Training
The Department of the Environment (DOE) is entrusted with the protection of Belize’s environment from all sources of pollution, land, water, air and noise. As Belize develops, the risk/threat of air pollution increases. Being mindful of this, the DOE has been implementing various activities to reduce these threats and has recently contracted a consultant to strengthen the capacity of Belize’s air quality monitoring capabilities. The consultant will review and interpret air quality dataset from Belize, prepare a national air quality monitoring programme, and train government, nongovernment, tertiary level educators, and private sector personnel on air quality monitoring principles.

GOB's Controlled Pump Prices (Belize City)
Effective Date: 14th August 2018

Common Alerting Protocol Jump Start Workshop Commences
inister of National Emergency Management Hon Edmond Castro delivered the keynote address at Official Opening Ceremonies for the Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) Jump-Start Workshop, which started this morning, August 13, at the Radisson Fort George Hotel in Belize City. In his address, Hon Castro emphasized the importance of providing timely and accurate information to our people, particularly those who are most vulnerable to the effects of disasters. He thanked everyone attending the workshop, including those from government departments, non-government agencies and the media, saying they all have a key role to play in disaster management and risk reduction.

Corozal BirdWatch Today
Join Us! Mangrove Park, 7:15am. August 14th.

CONCACAF UNDER 15: Dominica loses its final game to Belize in overtime.
In its fourth and final game of the 2018 Girls U-15 Concacaf champion tournament at the IMG grounds in Bradenton, Florida, Dominica went down 2-1 to Belize in overtime. The Dominicans started the game with high energy and in the 24th minute, Alanna Finn flipped a short pass to Starr Humphreys to score the game’s first goal and to put the Dominicans ahead. The Dominican defense played an excellent game causing the Belize strikers to being trapped outside on numerous occasions. In the 26th minute, the Belizeans almost equalized after a free kick hit the Dominican goal cross bar and was cleared out of danger. But the Belizean strikers kept knocking at the door of the Nature Island’s goal. Their hard work paid off for in the 36th minute they banged one in from the right flank outside the penalty box.

Belmopan Day Celebrations
Sunday was International Youth Day and Belmopan Day, and the DYS celebrated both with their information booth. Happy 48th anniversary, Belmopan! "Happy International Youth Day! The Department of Youth Services continued #youthday celebrations at Belmopan Day by giving out prizes and information on all of our units, as well as the World Youth Conference 2017 that we hosted. Thanks to everyone who visited our booth today! We enjoyed meeting all of you"

FCD’s researchers met with Guatemalan and Mexican conservationists
To outline a long term regional strategy to conserve and manage scarlet macaws.

Chiquibul Junior Ranger Summer Camp
A first of its kind!!! If you have a son or daughter keen on the ranger program, this is the opportunity. Write us at [email protected] for further information. Spaces are very limited.

Amazing achievements of 4 UB interns who have worked with Ya’axché over the last 7 weeks
Monica and Amilcar took up the challenge of censusing 1249 trees in two permanent sample plots in the Bladen Nature Reserve. They worked closely with Ya’axché’s research and monitoring rangers to measure and map the location of every single tree. Also critically important was their assistance with organizing and storing the data for future censuses. The data they collected helps us understand, among other things, how tree species diversity and distribution in Belize’s “crown jewel” are changing over time. Carrie was instrumental in collating information on farmer extension support in order to develop a database that facilitates the creation of farmer profiles under the Community Outreach and Livelihoods program. The creation of this database assists Ya’axché in monitoring our impact and management effectiveness under this program.

Channel 7

“With Friends Like These”...Teenager Killed at a Bar Near Salvapan Home
A 19 year old was killed in Salvapan this weekend. Franklin Tut was out at a bar on Saturday night when another teenager who he thought was a friend cut his throat. It was a gruesome end for a young man. Courtney Weatherburne went looking for answers this weekend. Here's her story. Rosa Tut and her son Franklin would normally sit here and talk. Now she sits alone on her veranda, wishing he was there. Franklin was killed last night at Mary’s bar in Salvapan – right up the street from his home. He had just spoken to his mom a few minutes before. Rosa Tut - Mother: "I told him don’t go anywhere but I saw he was all dressed up and once he is all dressed up it means he is going out but no, he still went. I was just laying down when I see the other little boy came and said they stab Franklin."

Hope Creek Construction Worker Murdered on the Job
A Hope Creek construction worker also died a gruesome death over the weekend. 27 year old Marcos Sanches was drinking at an after work get together with co-workers. But that later led to him being bludgeoned to death. Courtney Weatherburne has the story. It doesn’t look like anyone could get a good night’s rest out here but Marcos Sanches made the best of it for the sake of his job. He and his fellow construction workers were building this house off the Hopkins Road. But his camp site became the spot where he took his last breath. He was killed sometime between Friday night and early Saturday morning. According to information, Sanches, his co-workers and their contractor were all hanging out at the site on Friday night. But things went terribly wrong when everyone went home – leaving Sanches and another co-worker alone:

Police on the Look-out for Construction Site Slayer
And police confirmed the details of the Hopkins murder and included that Sanches was also chopped to the neck. Police are also looking for a named suspect. ACP Joseph Myvett - Head, NCIB: "Initial police investigation revealed that the deceased was in the company of another male person on a construction site where they apparently had some misunderstanding where upon the deceased suffered these injuries." Daniel Ortiz: "Is this person the main suspect?" ACP Joseph Myvett: "Yes this is a main suspect and he has been named."

Ronnie Blades Took a Blade to the Neck in Belmopan
And back to Belmopan, hours before Franklin Tut’s throat was slashed, 32 year old Ronnie Daly was stabbed to the neck on Roseapple Street in Belmopan. Information is that Daly was with two other guys in a vehicle when a man called out to him. When Daly went to greet him, the man stabbed him in his neck. Here is more from police. ACP Joseph Myvett - Head, NCIB: "Shortly before 7:00 PM on Saturday the 11th of August Belmopan police was called to the Western Regional Hospital where they observed the lifeless body of a male person later identified as Ronnie Daly 32 years of Cotton Tree village with an apparent stab wound on the right side of this neck..."

Justice for Slain British Film Maker Richard Foster
Last week Friday, you heard Deputy Police Commissioner Chester Williams say that police investigators were hot on the trail of the men who they believe brutally killed the 74 year-old British Filmmaker, Richard Foster. Well police have charged 3 men for his murder. There is also a fourth man who is facing burglary charges for breaking into Foster’s home. We will tell you all about him a little later. But first, here’s what police had to say this afternoon at their bi-weekly press conference about the 3 men who they believe were Foster’s attackers: ACP Joseph Myvette - Head, NCIB: "The Richard Foster’s murder police has since arrested and charged Andrew Clarke 31 years and Derwin Jones 26 years both for the crime of murder and abetment to murder. There's one more person in custody on Edmond Pascacio who will be charged later today in respect to that same murder."

Killer Ex-Boyfriend Noewillin Williams Charged for Murder
Also, our headline story for last week Friday’s newscast was the fatal stabbing of 33 year-old Roxanne Pop. She was killed by her ex-common-law husband in what appears to be a fit of jealous rage, and tonight, he’s at the Belize Central Prison. As we told you, he’s 44 year-old Noewelin Williams, a construction worker from Sand Hill Village, and he was arraigned today before Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford. Again, since he is charged with murder, no plea was taken from him, and he was remanded to the Belize Central Prison until October 22nd. As we reported, at around 7 p.m. on last week Tuesday, Pop and Williams were at the Boulevard Plaza on Central American Boulevard. They had just ordered food, and Pop’s family says that this was not a couple’s outing. Williams invited her out to have a conversation, in which he was attempting to convince her to get back with him.

No happy hour for Independence Cop, Officer Moreira busted with Contraband Beer
A police constable was caught with contraband beers near the western border yesterday. At around 6:30 p.m., Benque officers received information that a white pick-up truck was on the move. So, the officers set up an operation to intercept the vehicle in Succotz village. They did, and that’s when they realized that Constable Godfrey Moreira, an officer attached to the Intermediate Southern Formation in Independence, was the driver. They searched the vehicle and found 15 cases of contraband beers: 3 cases of Modelo, 3 cases of Tecate, 3 cases of Dorado, and 6 cases of Brava. The cops believe that he had only just left Arenal. Arenal is that village in the Cayo District that is famous for sitting on the Belize/Guatemala border.  The officer, the vehicle and the beers were all escorted to the Benque Police Station, and the case was handed over to the Customs Department. Today, when we brought up the case with police at their press conference, they were brief:

Eugene Henderson Passes Two Months After Bullet Blast to the Head
On June 9th, 22 year old Eugene Henderson Jr. was shot to the head at his aunt’s Roaring Creek home. Miraculously, he survived. He fought hard to try to stay alive but he had no more left in him. Henderson died on Friday night after 9:00. It was devastating for his family because they really believed he would have recovered. This morning we spoke to his mom about how it has been these past 2 months and about the shock of his death. Sherilee Twist - Mother: "Well from the day he was in the ICU, we visit him every day and see him there. He was in an induced coma. He was like just there and we visit him, talk with him. I go there every day I sing with him and I pray, I pray and pray until they said okay they will move him to the surgical ward and that is when we started to see progress in him because the doctor was telling us that is it a 50/50 chance that maybe he will regain consciousness or maybe he won’t regain consciousness..."

Full Force Ahead: Cyclist Brandon Cattouse Vindicated
Cyclist Brandon Cattouse was in hot water a few months ago when his urine sample tested positive for a banned substance known as EPO. The sample was collected after this year’s Valentine Classic. Cattouse was suspended by the Cycling Federation on the order of the National Anti-Doping Organization (NADO) and the matter went to arbitration under Panama-based attorney Alberto Yelmo Bravo. Well, the result of the case is back and Cattouse is in the clear, so to speak. That’s because the doping control officer who administered the test, Dr. Michael Pitts, stored the sample in his refrigerator at home for four days before sending it to the UCLA lab in California. That result, Bravo ruled, goes against international standards for storing such samples. So Cattouse and his attorney Hector Guerra of Marine Parade Chambers take it as full vindication as Brandon maintains that he is drug-free. They held a press conference this afternoon and 7 News was there.

More Bloody Beef Between Friends
At the top of the newscast, we told you about the weekend’s stabbing murders. Well, there was another stabbing last night but this time in Maskall Village. Fortunately, the victim survived, and is expected to make a full recovery. He’s 20 year-old Maskall resident Samuel Torres. Police say that his friend attacked him. Apparently they had a disagreement that turned turned violent: ASP Alejandro Cowo - OC, CIB Belize City: "Last night 10:50, police visited the KHMH where they observed one Samuel Torres, a 20 year old Belizean of Maskall Village suffering from two apparent stab wounds to the left side of his chest. He was upgraded to a stable condition, he's still there and what police has gathered so far is that some time about 8 in the night he was walking on Kiskidee Street in the Maskall Village where he was met by a friend that he knows where an exchange of words began and as a result a fight ensued between them where the friend unfortunately stabbed him twice to the left side of this chest."

Man Dies After Hit and Run
Police are also investigating a hit-and-run in Corozal that claimed the life of a  Xaibe villager. Last night, the cops were called out to an area between miles 74 and 75 of the Philip Goldson Highway, and that’s when they found the body of a man and a damaged bicycle.  Investigators don’t have much details about the case as yet, and today, they shared what they’ve been able to establish so far: ACP Joseph Myvette - Head, NCIB: "On yesterday’s date around 9 PM Corozal police visited an area between mile 74 and 75 on the Phillip Goldson Highway where they observed the body of a male hispanic person on the side of the highway with several cut wounds and severe damages to his head. Upon inspection of the scene a bicycle was found some 40 feet away from the body. The body has since been identified today as that of Vehelio Mena of Xaibe village - no other particulars for him as yet. Police are conducting an investigation into this matter, we are following several leads but so far no arrest has been made."

Tourist Terrorized By Knife Toting Thief 41 year-old Canadian Christina Pott is very fortunate to be alive after a burglar broke into her room and stabbed her 4 times.Pott was staying at a resort on San Pedro. It is not certain at this time if her attacker was attempting to steal her belongings, but she woke up to this knife wielding assailant who was standing in the bedroom beside her. Here’s what police had to say today about the incident today: ASP Alejandro Cowo - OC, CIB Belize City: "The aggravated burglary happened on Sunday the 12th of August sometime after 4:30 PM. San Pedro Police responded to Mora Laguna Resort which is located about a mile off San Pedro, the north side and upon arrival they met a female by the name of Christina Adrianna Pott; 41 years old Canadian domestic, she was observed with 4 apparent stab wounds to the body. She was taken to the Polyclinic where she was admitted and she was just discharged this morning and her injuries were classified as grievous harm..."

Armed Guatemalan Caught in Caracol
A Guatemalan national was caught by law enforcement in the Caracol Archaeological Reserve over the weekend. It was in a part of the forest reserve that often attracts illegal activities that the conservationists try to prevent, and he caught the attention of the rangers who spotted him because he was armed with a loaded rifle.  Police told us more today about the detention of 27 year-old Jaime Calderon: ACP Joseph Myvette - Head, NCIB: "On Saturday the 11th of August, first rangers handed over to San Ignacio police one Jaime Calderon, 27 years Guatemalan and our investigation revealed that Calderon was inside Belize's territory in the Caracol area and at the time was armed with a 22 rifle which was loaded with 5 rounds of ammunition..."

Making Public Disaster Alerts More Effective
At the start of the hurricane season, those “June to November” commercials and public advisories on disaster preparedness may get tiring and redundant. But NEMO Minister Edmond Castro and his team say there can never be too much information when it comes to protecting lives during emergencies. So today the National Met Office and US-AID among other partners launched what’s called the Common Alerting Protocol (CAP). It is a system that will get more information out to the public in a timelier manner. Here is more from the jump- start CAP workshop. Hon. Edmond Castro - NEMO Minister: "It is basically an alert system. It's a system that will enhance our ability to inform out people nationwide throughout the country especially the most vulnerable. Io I think it is about time that we here in Belize get on-board in this world alert system and we will be able to improve on what we already been doing in our country."

Barbering for a Better Life
15 boys from different areas of the Southside are training to be barbers. Sr. Supt. Howell Gillett teamed up with Belmopan barber Nicholas Ara from Z’s barbershop and Winston “Brick City” Harris. It is a weeklong training and we dropped by today at the Princess Hotel to find out how barbering can make a difference in the lives of these young men. Sr. Supt Howell Gillett - Southside Commander: "When we go around the different neighbourhoods we find out that part of the crime problem that currently exists in the city has to do with young people not being employed, meaning young people 13, 14 up to 20 doing nothing during the day and that itself breathes crime. So these young people will learn in this week how to do a haircut and they will go on, we will try to help them open their own business, to be self-employed. I believe it will help in some way with the crime situation.

Belize Girls Football Team Represent in Florida
10 days ago, the Belize national U-15 football team left for Bradenton, Florida. They competed in the CONCACAF Girls Championship tournament. That tournament ran from August 6th to the 11th, and while they were away, the Baby Jaguars played 4 matches.  In the first game against St. Kitts and Nevis, team Belize was defeated by St. Kitts and Nevis with a final score of 4 to 3. In the second game against Martinique, the U-15 girls lost by a bigger margin of 3-nil, but by the third game, they were able to make a strong showing, defeating the US Virgin Islands with a final score of 4 to zero.

Belize Honors Volleyball Girls For Silver Win
Today was a day of celebration for the National Women’s Volleyball Team. Last week they made Belize proud after a monumental upset against Costa Rica, followed by a nail-biting victory against Guatemala, ultimately securing second place in the Central American Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship – right on our home court at the Belize Civic Center. This afternoon, the National Sports Council and Government of Belize hosted a motorcade in their honor. Here is more from that celebration.

Red Card, Busted Lip
And while those women volleyballers have set an inspiring example, one male footballer showed himself as a bully and a brute when he punched a female referee. It happened yesterday in the Corozal District when Yuri Daniels was officiating a game between Concepción and San Antonio.   She issued a red card to player Darnel Mossiah.  He didn’t like it and assaulted her, leaving the ref with this ugly facial injury. The FFB today issued a release saying, quote, “The Football Federation of Belize and the President, Mr. Sergio Chuc, take this opportunity to express that the Federation will not tolerate or encourage violence against women.

A New Opening in the Skies
Aeromexico, Mexico’s global airline, has announced that that it will start making direct flights to Belize. The BTB says that Aeromexico is the first major commercial airline from out of Mexico to offer such a service to Belize. When the flights start on November 17, 2018, it will be available twice a week on Saturday’s and Sundays. That’s the tourism high season, and those twice-a-week flights will continue until April 28th of next year. Karen Bevans, the BTB’s Director of Tourism, told us via telephone today that since the service is new, Aeromexico and the BTB are doing a joint marketing effort to see if they can generate interest in regular tourist traffic out of Mexico.

Gratitude for Garden City
The City of Belmopan turned 48th this weekend. There was a big celebration on Saturday at the Mae Gordon Park. There were a number of booths for established business, car dealerships as well as up and coming businesses. And of course there was loads of entertainment, even a greasy pole competition.

Channel 5

Hope Creek Resident Bludgeoned to Death at Construction Site in Hopkins
It was a bloody weekend across the country, with four murders recorded in three districts. Two persons were killed in separate stabbing incidents in Belmopan, a man was bludgeoned to [...]

Cotton Tree Villager Fatally Stabbed in Belmopan
There were two murders in Belmopan on Saturday night. Both victims were stabbed to the neck and later succumbed at the Western Regional Hospital. The first fatal stabbing happened on [...]

Argument between Friends Results in Fatal Stabbing in Salvapan, Belmopan
A little less than five hours later, nineteen-year-old Franklin Tut became the second victim to be fatally stabbed in Belmopan on Saturday night. It happened sometime before midnight inside Mary’s [...]

Eugene Henderson Jr. Succumbs to Gunshot Injury 2 Months Later
He was shot two months ago and ever since then, Eugene Henderson Junior has been fighting for his life.  Henderson Junior was given a fifty percent chance of survival; he [...]

4 Arraigned in Connection with the Murder of Richard Foster
There is an update to the murder of Richard Foster. The seventy-four-year-old British filmmaker, who made Belize his home forty years ago, was taken from his home at the Savannah [...]

Xaibe Villager is Victim of Fatal Hit and Run
A man was knocked down and killed along the Philip Goldson Highway over the weekend. Police say it was a hit and run that claimed the life of Virgilio Mena [...]

Police Constable Busted with 15 Cases of Contraband Beers
A police constable is facing criminal and disciplinary charges after he was found with a stash of contraband beers. Benque Viejo Police were conducting a vehicular checkpoint around five on [...]

Guatemalan Caught Inside the Chiquibul with Unlicensed Firearm & Ammunition
A Guatemalan national has been charged for having unlicensed firearm and ammunition in his possession. Police say that forest rangers discovered the Guatemalan inside Belize’s territory somewhere near the Caracol [...]

Canadian Woman Stabbed by Hotel Room Intruder
A Canadian woman was stabbed four times on Sunday around four-thirty p.m. in San Pedro. According to police, Christina Pott was asleep inside a hotel room on the north end [...]

Argument Ends with Stabbing in Maskall
An argument between two friends on Sunday night in Maskall Village has left one man hospitalized. Police say that sometime before eleven o’clock, Samuel Torres was walking in the village [...]

NEMO Minister Says Help for San Pedro Fire Victims Continues to Trickle In
Victims of the August fifth inferno which decimated ten homes in San Pedro, leaving eighty-seven residents displaced, are preparing to commence the rebuilding process.  It is expected that persons who [...]

Brandon Cattouse Is Ready to Ride Again
Popular Belizean athlete Brandon Cattouse, an elite rider, is free to participate in all sanctioned events hosted by the Belize Cycling Federation after his suspension was lifted on Friday.  The [...]

NADO’s Urine Sample – A Gross Departure from International Standards
Attorney Hector Guerra outlines the personal circumstances and experiences that Cattouse faced in light of the suspension.  According to Guerra, the steps that were taken by the National Anti Doping [...]

NADO Has Nada for an Office and Sample Storage
According to Guerra, NADO, which is represented by former Director of Health Services, Doctor Michael Pitts, is short of basic resources for storing specimen collected from athletes.  The operation of [...]

Teachers Learn New Strategies for Students to Learn How to Read and Write
The Ministry of Education is hosting a four-day literacy training for teachers from underperforming schools in Belize City, Stann Creek and Toledo.  The purpose of the workshop is to equip [...]

MoE to Include Families in Literacy Campaign
Doctor Rose Bradley was also asked why students are still struggling with reading and writing in the primary school classrooms. She says that a number of factors are at play, [...]

NEMO Introduces New Common Alerting Protocol
The importance of providing timely and accurate information, particularly to those most vulnerable to the effects of disasters, is not lost on the National Emergency Management Organization.  Earlier today, government [...]

Female Volleyball Team Celebrates Win in Style
The National Women’s Volleyball Selection is still riding the crest of a stellar performance at this year’s Regional Volleyball Championships.  Earlier today, the girl’s, their coaching staff and their fans [...]

A Female Referee is Viciously Attacked On-field by a Football Player
A female referee was physically assaulted by a football player on Sunday evening in the Corozal District where she was officiating a match between San Antonio and Concepcion Village.  According [...]

An Update in Sporting Activities across the Country
Good evening, I’m James Adderley and this is Sports Monday.   [Highlights of the weekend sporting activities...]


Police found with contraband beer
The police had made quick breaks in the Foster case in the west and some daylight robberies in Belize City. And though we may commend the department for the quick response, some police officers don’t respect the law. Yesterday, the police were stationed at a checkpoint in Succotz Village in the Cayo District. According to …

Bowen & Bowen funded $94K in scholarships
Bowen and Bowen handed out twenty-one scholarships at its fourth annual awards ceremony. The twenty-one awards included ten secondary level scholarships, ten tertiary level scholarships, and one vocational level scholarship. The recipients were selected from among Bowen and Bowen employees’ children. Michael Bowen, the Chief Executive Officer, addressed the students and their parents at the …

Motorcade honoring Belize Female Volleyball Team
A celebratory motorcade went through the streets of Belize this afternoon as Belizeans came out to support our Female Volleyball team for their exemplary efforts and performance at the championship games played at the Belize Civic Center from August 4th to the 8th. Celebrating their big win, the motorcade started at the Marion Jones Stadium …

Guatemalan found in the Chiquibul
The Chiquibul remains the one significant place Guatemalan poachers go to mine gold, steal parrots for trade and clear land for farming. On Saturday, August 11th, Forest Rangers from the Chiquibul National Park handed over twenty-seven year old Guatemalan National, Jaime Calderon to the San Ignacio police department. Calderon was found armed in the National …

Eugene Henderson dies after fatal gunshot wound to the head
An attempt was made on the life of a Roaring Creek villager on June 9th. Twenty-three year old, Eugene Henderson was shot to the head and had been fighting for his life; however, he succumbed to his injuries on August 10th. ACP Joseph Myvett explained that Henderson’s assailant, Rudolph Welcome will face new charges. ACP …

Belmopan Day ended tragically
Belmopan Day ended tragically for Ronnie Daly Blades who attended the celebration with friends. After leaving the celebration, Blades was confronted by someone who inflicted a stab wound to the right side of his neck. Blades was rushed to the Western Regional Hospital, where he succumbed to his injury while undergoing treatment. ACP Joseph Myvette …

Cyclist Cattouse Vindicated
In February Brandon Cattouse participated in the three day Valentine’s Classic Tour in which he won second place. He gave the standard urine sample for doping which was administered by Dr. Michael Pitts, who is the sole volunteer representative of NADO. When the results came back to Belize in April, the samples were reported to …

Men charged for the death of Richard Foster
The murder of Emmy winning filmmaker Richard Foster has saddened friends and family in Belize and the UK. Over the weekend three men were detained and charged with Foster’s murder. It was a callous act of violence on the dual citizen. Assistant Commissioner of Police Joseph Myvett explained the motive for Foster’s murder at a …

Accident on Highway
There was an accident on the George Price Highway early this morning. The Minister for the National Emergency Management Organization, Edmond Castro says his ministry assisted by clearing the highway. Edmond Castro, NEMO Minister: “What I could tell you is that there was an accident between mile 20 and 21 this morning on the George …

Murder in Hopkins Village
We move from the Capital to the south where, twenty-eight year old Marcus Sanchez, a resident of Hope Creek Village in the Stann Creek District was found dead by Dangriga police on Saturday morning. ACP Joseph Myvett explains the severity of Sanchez’s wounds, the murder weapon, and what police believed to have transpired. ACP Joseph …

A Common Alert Protocol for National Emergency Situations
During times of national emergencies, Belize faces danger from hurricanes, tsunamis and earthquakes. These are some of the threats we face and in areas where houses are built close to each other, fire is also a hazard. We come a long way from pre independence days when information was shared at Battlefield Park in Belize City by word of mouth...


Woman stabbed to death by her children’s father
A 33 year old Punta Gorda woman was stabbed to death by the father of her three children in Belize City last night. According to reports, sometime around 7 o’clock last night, 33 year old Roxanna Pop was along with her ex-common law husband Nowellin Williams in front of Boulevard Plaza on Cent...

Daylight robbery; suspects caught
Gas stations across the country continue to be prime targets for robberies. At about 12:30 this afternoon, two men, one armed with what appeared to be a hand gun, pulled off a brazen daylight robbery at the Puma Gas Station located at mile 2 ½ on the George Price Highway. As seen in the surveillance...

Two detained for counterfeit bills
Two men were detained in Camalote Village yesterday for being in possession of counterfeit 100 dollar bills. According to 22 year old Delmi Cruz, cashier at La Posada bar located in Young Bank Road Camalote, sometime around 11 a.m., a male person walked into the establishment and ordered two beers a...

Citco awaiting the return of one more equipment
As we reported on Tuesday, two of three unaccounted Belize City Council equipment were delivered back to the council that day. The third piece of equipment is reportedly in United Ville being repaired. An email out lining the details of the day the two equipment were delivered back to the Council ha...

Accident in front of Income Tax Belmopan
A 21 year old Belmopan delivery man was knocked down in front of the Income Tax Department yesterday morning. Reports are that 21 year old Lizburn Marin was driving his Lifan motorcycle on Trinity Boulevard in the direction of the Ring Road when he decided to overtake a white pickup truck. While Mar...

PM out on personal leave
Today, Prime Minster Dean Barrow left the country once more, but this time he is on personal leave. In his absence, Hon. Hugo Patt, Minister of Natural Resources, will act as Prime Minister. Prime Minister Barrow will return to Belize on Tuesday, August 14....

Arrest expected shortly in Richard Foster murder
Investigators are making progress in the Richard Foster murder case. Deputy Commander Chester Williams told the media today that the department assigned a chief investigator to the investigation. He added that an arrest is expected to be made as early as this weekend. Chester Williams, Deputy Commis...

Corozal Quality Poultry burglarized
A metal safe containing over five thoudand dollars was stolen from Corozal Quality Poultry and Chicken Express sometime between last night and this morning. According to Manager Ingrid Vega, the business establishment was properly secured at 5:00 pm yesterday after concluding business for the day. Upon opening the store around 8 o’clock this morning...

Belmopan enforcing crime prevention measures
The Belmopan Police Department will be enforcing several crime preventative measures within the capital city and surrounding villages. Today, Plus News was informed by O.C of Belmopan, Superintendent Harry Jemotth, that effective today, the Belmopan Police Department will be cracking down on loitering, public drinking and possession of a machete or a dagger...

Jennylee Cruz is Queen of the Bay Belmopan
Jenny- Lee Cruz from Roaring Creek Village is the new Queen of the Bay Belmopan. Five worthy contestants vied for the Queen of the Bay Belmopan title inside the Belmopan Civic Center last night. At the end of the night, Queen of the Bay Roaring Creek contestant Jenny-Lee Cruz came out on top...

Over two hundred and seventy children from across the country are in attendance at the 2018 Belize Defense Force Volunteer Battalion summer camp. The camp began on Saturday august 4th and it is being held at the Xuchlin Ha Primary School in Maya Mopan, Belmopan...

Nothing New In New Orleans
Deputy Commander Chester Williams was among the number of High Ranking delegates that went to the ‘Cure for Crime’ Workshop in New Orleans two weeks ago. Today, the media asked Williams to briefly share something shared in the workshop that Belize could possibly implement. In response, Williams indicated that there was nothing new taught...

The Reporter

A squabble over a bicycle on Saturday night in Belmopan ended when Franklin Tut, 19, was stabbed in the neck with a broken bottle. He died shortly after. The altercation happened at Mary’s Bar in Salvapan just after 11:30pm. Tut’s killer, allegedly another youth, is on the run from Police but has been identified by witnesses. We’ll have the full story in this Friday’s edition of the Reporter.

There are reports of an assault on a female referee at a football game on Sunday in Corozal. Yuri Daniels, a resident of San Andres was officiating a game between Concepcion and San Antonio when she was attacked and beaten by a player on the San Antonio team after she issued him a red card.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Department of Environment implements air quality monitoring training
The Department of Environment (DOE) is implementing various activities to reduce the threats to Belize’s environment. […]

SMART Health Facility Project – Town Hall Meetings
The Ministry of Health and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), with sponsorship from the Department […]

Woman referee assaulted during a football match
Belize’s National Football Team has issued a statement on the assault of a female referee […]

Friend stabs friend in Maskall village
A man remains hospitalized after he was stabbed by his friend over the weekend. Sometime after 8 […]

Woman stabbed during attempted burglary in San Pedro
San Pedro police are investigating a case of aggravated burglary which left a Canadian woman injured. […]

Hit and run victim dies in Corozal
Shortly after 9 o’clock last night a man died in an apparent case of hit and run. […]

Police-constable busted with 15 cases of contraband beers
Police Constable, Godfrey Moreira, is the latest police officer to be busted with contraband beers. […]

Shooting victim succumbs after two months in the hospital
Eugene Henderson, 23, has been fighting for his life since June 9th when he was shot in […]

Lake I and Port dominate CITCO summer basketball tournament
This weekend the Belize City Council held the championship games for its summer basketball tournament. […]

Reformed street figure killed in Garden City
Reformed street figure, Ronnie Daly, 32, was killed just before 7 o’clock on Saturday night. According to police, […]

Authorities confiscate large amount of conch
The Belize Audubon Society, the Belize Coast Guard, Belize Fisheries Department and the Belize Police […]

International Sourcesizz

UAE Ambassador attends Belize consulate opening
Ahmed Hatem Al Menhali, UAE Ambassador to Mexico, attended the inauguration ceremony of the Belize Consulate in Tijuana, at the invitation of Arturo Pérez Behr, Consul-General to Baja California. The ceremony was attended by members of the diplomatic corps accredited to Mexico.

Illegal fishing, harm to Amazon forest linked to tax havens - study
Scientists called on Monday for greater transparency over the use of tax havens by companies involved in activities that have harmed the world's oceans and the Amazon rainforest. In a study published in the journal Nature Ecology and Evolution, they said many firms involved in illegal fishing worldwide used tax havens to register their vessels, while investments in farming that has damaged the rainforest often flow via offshore accounts. Seventy percent of fishing vessels implicated in illegal, unreported and unregulated catches had been registered at some point in a tax haven, led by Belize and Panama, the scientists wrote in the journal.

Are you ready for the peak of the Atlantic hurricane season?
It’s now the peak of hurricane season in the Atlantic basin. Hurricane season officially begins June 1, and generally, the peak is from mid-August to the end of September. During this time, conditions are typically ideal for strong and quick-moving tropical storms, hurricanes and depressions, said AccuWeather Hurricane Expert Dan Kottlowski. Kottlowski said almost 80 percent of all tropical cyclones in the Atlantic basin form during this short time period. Two main factors are at play: a combination of low vertical wind shear and ocean water temperatures at their highest. “The warm water does two things: It creates the lower pressure and allows the atmosphere to be more unstable,” said Kottlowski. “You have a better chance for thunderstorms to develop coherently around any rotating feature.”


  • Twig & Pearl Botique, 22min. Rebecca Stirm

  • Grace Flava With a Beat - Baked Fish Jerk Tacos recipe, 24min. Chef Duane Lizama - Resident Chef

  • The Ice Cream Shoppe is known for their very creative ice cream flavors, 22min. Today we tried the newest in store. (Cookie Monster, Peanut Butter Jelly & Toast, Nutella Crack). Jebbiea Chaplin - Attendant, Ice Cream Shoppe. Afeini Lewis - Attendant, Ice Cream Shoppe.

  • Ghost Hunters International: The Crystal Maiden Belize & France, 53min.

  • Ghost Hunters International: Sacrificed Mayan Spirits Beliz, 54min.

  • Seine Bight Day 2018, 13min. Joelle Augustine - Membership Support, BTIA Shaquille Castillo Dj Boss

  • Belize National Female VolleyBall Team - Central American Championship, 30min. Shantell Arnold, Shrike Burton, Melissa Ramirez, Karen Quantity, Michele Solis, Tisha Solis

  • Parade for Volleyball Team, 9min.

  • Motorcade saying no to the ICJ!!, 1.5min.

  • Journey To The Barrier Reef, 4min. Exactly a year ago we traveled from Cuba to Belize. We were aimlessly roaming the streets of Ambergris Caye before we snorkeled our way to the Barrier Reef. The trip was not as smooth as we planned, but getting stuck in Mexico, riding on a tiny plane, dealing with a broken golf cart, and the having a whole day delay, definitely paid off. Here’s the video of our Journey.

  • Blue Hole, Half Moon Caye & Aquarium Belize, 3min.

  • The Sharks Of Belize, 2min. The sharks I saw in Belize from 11-25-2017 to 12-02-2017 with the Belize Aggressor IV.

  • Family Trip To Golden Stream Toledo, Belize, 3.5min. Golden Stream Village, a mix of Mopan and Kekchi lies along the Southern Highway not far from the Maya site of Nim Li Punit. The name of the village is taken from the crystal clear stream near the village. The river is well known for its natural pools north of the village. The Golden Stream gift shop is located at the cutoff to the pools. A group of women sell embroidery and carvings made of slate from the river.

  • Yoga Retreat To NAIA Resort, 5min. Yoga Retreat to PLACENCIA Belize. Fam trip retreat with yoga teachers. Exploring for future retreats.

  • GCSU Belize Study Abroad 2018, 5min.

  • Meet the Manatee Man, 1.5min. Jamal Galves has been rescuing manatees in Belize since he was 11 years old!