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The San Pedro Sun

San Pedro’s Iris Salguero to represent Belize at Miss America Latina del Mundo 2018
Beautiful Miss Iris Salguero has been designated to represent Belize at the Miss America Latina del Mundo 2018 beauty pageant. Originally from San Pedro Town, Ambergris Caye, Salguero is no stranger to pageantry, having represented Belize locally and internationally. The stunning Sanpedrana will compete amongst contestants from the Caribbean, North, Central and South America in a series of activities leading up to the pageant to be held at the Gran Teatro Bavaro, inside the Barcelo Bavaro Grand Resort in Punta Cana, the Dominican Republic on Saturday, September 29th. Salguero has been in the pageantry spotlight for the past four years, and has held four consecutive pageant titles, which include Miss San Pedro 2015, Miss World Belize 2016, Miss Earth Belize 2017 and now Belize’s Miss America Latina del Mundo 2018.

Sun Country Airlines from Minneapolis USA to start direct flights to Belize in December
The Central American/ Caribbean nation of Belize is fast becoming one of the most visited destinations in the region. The newest international airline to announce flights to Belize is Sun Country Airlines out of Minneapolis Minnesota, in the United States of America (USA). On Wednesday, September 5th, Sun Country confirmed via a press release that it will start its services to the Jewel on December 22, 2018.

September celebrations begins in San Pedro with flag raising ceremony
Saturday, September 1st marked the beginning of the many patriotic celebrations Belizeans will witness across the country this month. At 6AM on Saturday, all municipalities across Belize hosted a flag raising ceremony, welcoming the September celebrations that will lead up to Independence Day on September 21st. In San Pedro Town, activities took place outside The San Pedro Town Council offices, where island residents, along with local authorities and young cadets, pay tribute to the Belizean flag. Later in the evening, the island selected its 55th beauty ambassador, Chelsea Muñoz, as Miss San Pedro 2018-2019.

2018 Copa San Pedro regular season end draws near
After eight weeks of the Copa San Pedro, leading the scoreboard is Young Strikers with 16 points in the male category, while Ambergris Combined Force and Island Warriors led the female category with 12 points each. Eight matches were played during the seventh week of the tournament at the Ambergris Stadium in San Pedro Town. The first set of matches were played on Thursday, August 30th where Young Strikers defeated Legends F.C with a 4-1 score at 7 PM. In the next match, Los Catrachos F.C dominated 5-2 against G-Strikers. On Friday, August 31st, the tournament saw Peacemakers coming out victorious with a 4-3 score over Ambergris Hopes. At 9 PM, Boca Bombers won Talal F.C with a 2-4 point score. 2018 Copa San Pedro Football Tournament continues this weekend at the Ambergris Stadium, starting on Thursday, September 6th with Genesis FC versus Warriors at 7 PM and San Mateo going against Talal F.C at 9 PM. The following day, Sandy Point will take on San Pedro Pirates U17 at 7 PM, and Peacemaker versus Young Strikers.

Ambergris Today

First-Ever Nonstop Flights From Minneapolis/St. Paul To Belize Via Sun Country Airlines
The Belize Tourism Board is celebrating a new partnership with Sun Country Airlines, which announced on Wednesday, 5 September 2018, the first-ever seasonal nonstop service from Minneapolis/St. Paul to Belize, marking the 10th U.S. City to offer nonstop service to the Central American nation. Sun Country will operate roundtrip flights once weekly on Saturdays between Minneapolis/St. Paul (MSP) and Phillip S.W. Goldson International Airport in Belize City (BZE). Service will be offered from December 22, 2018 to April 20, 2018. Check suncountry.com for full flight schedule, including departure and arrival times.

Belize City Southside Declared In State Of Emergency Due To Crime
The Government of Belize has declared a state of public emergency for two south side Belize City communities where underlying tensions and killings due to gang violence have demanded the police to step up its presence. In March of this year the level of criminal activity in the Southside of Belize City deemed it necessary for Belize Defense Force (BDF) personnel to be brought out to assist the police in special areas. Recent shootings and violence over the weekend has caused police to re-look the situation and decided it’s absolutely necessary to put two areas (Mayflower Areas and George Street) out of the five special areas in state of emergency.

Belizean Completes Ph.D In Genetics At Duke University
After 5 years of scientific research, Keisha Melodi McSweeney has achieved the highest academic degree, a Doctorate of Philosophy in Genetics and Genomics. On Monday, August 21, 2018, Dr. McSweeney successfully defended her dissertation entitled "Microelectrode array modeling of genetic neurological disorders in the era of next generation sequencing" to a panel of six accomplished and celebrated scientists at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. Dr. McSweeney completed her thesis research in the lab of pioneering human geneticist, Dr. David Goldstein. In his introduction of Dr. McSweeney’s dissertation, Dr. Goldstein remarked that her courage to undertake functional biology in neuroscience, in a genetics lab, shifted the direction of the research in the group from finding mutations that cause diseases, to working out how those mutations cause disease.

Re-Registration Of Electors Exercise Until September 2018
The Elections and Boundaries Department is pleased to present an update to the public on the ongoing 2018 Re-registration of Electors Exercise. The public is hereby reminded that all the Registration Centers which were utilized during the period 2nd July 2018 to 31st August 2018 are now closed. All applications for re-registration are now being accepted at the Elections and Boundaries Registration Offices countrywide. The opening hours are Mondays to Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The location of the Registration Offices can be found on the Department’s website at www.elections.gov.bz.

Misc Belizean Sources

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Anniversary of Reef Radio
Celebremos este Sabado el aniversario de Reef Radio gosando nuevamente de la buena musica de Los Crackers .lugar en la vieja cancha de foot ball saca chispa

BELTRAIDE Signs Memorandum of Cooperation with National Bank of Belize
On September 5th, 2018, the Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (BELTRAIDE) and the National Bank of Belize Ltd (NBB). signed a Memorandum of Cooperation geared towards providing efficient and seamless services to Micro, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (MSMEs) in business development facilitation. Likewise, the Government’s leading economic development agency and main financial bank agreed to exchange information and data so as to actively support and promote the productive sector credit programs currently offered and managed by the NBB.

Sun Country Airlines non-stop flights Minneapolis to Belize
Congratulations on the new airline coming to our lovely Jewel! We are excited to welcome Sun Country Airlines' new non-stop flights from Minneapolis to Belize. The services begin on Saturday December 22, 2018, so those looking for a tropical holiday vacation now have one more option available to paradise!

A few tips on how to safely Coexist with Crocodiles!
From ACES....

Paint N Splash
See you this week at from 2-4pm Thursday to paint "Waterfall Island".

Cut-Off Date for Re-Registration of Electors Exercise
The public is hereby advised that the 2018 Re-registration of Electors Exercise will conclude on Sunday, 30th September 2018. During the month of September 2018, applications will be accepted at the Elections and Boundaries Registration Offices Mondays to Saturdays, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Effective 1st October 2018, applications will be accepted at the Registration Offices during normal working hours. During this period, every applicant seeking registration shall provide proof of date of birth and citizenship upon application as the Department will no longer be mandated to verify such information with the Vital Statistics Unit and/or Immigration Department.

World Suicide Prevention Day in Belize City
Today the Ministry of Health, Mental Health unit and PAHO Belize conducted a small but powerful activity in commemoration of World Suicide Prevention Day in Belize City. We raised our Suicide Prevention Day flag in Battlefield Park under the theme, "Working together to prevent Suicide." We encourage everyone to continue the discussion on Suicide and getting help; not only today but, at every opportunity. There is help. Seek us out at the Mental Health Unit in your region or at the Ministry of Health office in Belmopan. 828-4462 or [email protected]

Waterspout was seen on Wednesday in Corozal
Nearly gone pick up my baby from front street Methodist school. Wah big rass tornado over d sea.

Corozal - Vacancies exist for Driver/Salesman and Pump
Attendant/Yard Maintenance at Kuylen's Gas Service. For further information kindly call our office at telephone number 422-0330.

GOB's Controlled Pump Prices (Belize City) Effective Date: 6th of September 2018
Regular fuel going up 5 cents per gallon.

Dart Tournament in Corozal
Jahmundo cordially invites you to its second Dart Tournament starting Saturday, 15th September @ 5:00 p.m. (Luck of the Draw) and Sunday, 16th September @ 10:00 a.m. (singles/doubles/mix doubles). We are having visitors from all over Belize. Come and meet The Belizean Dart Association and our loyal group of dart players. Registration fee $10 singles & $20 doubles. Food & beverages will be available. For more information you can contact us through our FB, phone or email. Make it a date. And once you are here we can see Canelo's fight and have some cold beers

VACANCIES FOR TEACHERS - Chunox St. Viator Vocational High School, Corozal
Accepting application from suitable qualified persons for the following posts: 1. Agriculture Teacher (Full-Time) 2. Chemistry/Biology Teacher (Part-Time) September- November 2018

Bayvin Aldana Crowned Queen of the West
Congratulations, Ms. Aldana! She's the 2018 Queen of the West. "Our Queen of the West 2018-2019 Miss Bayvin Aldana. We wish her all the best through out her reign and a graceful journey."

7th Annual Adopt a Village Success
The Rotaract Club of San Ignacio has concluded their 7th annual Adopt a Village Project, and with help from The Office Gurus, they provided 37 students with a backpack and school supplies. Thanks, Rotaract and TOG! "On Sunday, September 2nd, our club conducted our 7th annual Adopt A Village Project. The project aims at providing basic education to the children in the villages of Yalbac and La Gracia. We were able to provide 37 children with a school bag filled with basic school supplies and tuition for this school year. A big THANK YOU to The Office Gurus Belize for their generous donation, we wouldn't be able to complete it without their assistance. Also to our club prospects who led this project, Melanie Navarette and Brandon Savala, we would like to congratulate you both on a job well done! We are proud of you both!"

Training on use of organic fertilizers
FCD field staff from the Vaca Forest Reserve trained Toledo farmers in the Maya Mountain North Forest Reserve on production of organic fertilizers. This exchange was made possible through the GEF SGP.

Motown Memories 2
Sept 6 & 7, Bliss Centre, 8pm. Limited tickets still available... Don't miss out.

Opening Ceremony of RefugiARTe
Sept 7, 7-9pm, San Ignacio / Santa Elena House of Culture

Channel 7

Southside State of Emergency
Tonight, for the first time in decades, certain areas of Southside Belize City are under a state of emergency. Two large areas have been designated as "public emergency zones." These are the turf of the George Street and Banak Street gangs. Their recent round of warfare resulted in the weekend's spate of killings in the city. And now, the state has responded decisively - with an unprecedented move - basically to declare the warzones special areas where police have special powers to arrest and detain without charges. It's a huge and historic event - and today the acting Commissioner Chester Williams led a press conference to explain why it has been necessitated:

Shakedi’s Slaying Started It All
So, acting Commissioner Williams has laid down the law, "not anymore" he says. And the index event that set this whole chain of events into motion is a murder on Friday evening in Belize City. Until then, gang tensions in the city had been simmering, but after Friday afternoon, those tensions erupted into all out warfare. Williams discussed how Shakedi Baizar's murder marked that pivotal tipping point:.. Jules Vasquez reporting: On Friday afternoon, Shakedi Baizar was killed on Magazine Road. He had just gone to the Matron Roberts Clinic - which is in the territory of the Banak Street gang. And that's why this the 23 year old with a George Street connection was targeted for death as he walked and read his prescription:

State of Emergency Threatened From March
Now, you may ask how exactly did we get here? Belize has not been under a state of emergency since 2007 - and that one wasn't very serious - it was in preparation for a hurricane - and it was never really activated. The last state of emergency to contain crime was activated in 1981 - with the Heads of Agreement riots - which were a very serious time of unrest and upheaval. Thankfully, we're nowhere near that right now. But, the plans to declare these "public emergency zones" first came up in March of this year. That's when two innocent women were killed in a retaliatory murder - and it came after a four year old was killed earlier that month.

Detained Can Know Their Charge in 7 Days
And, being proactive in this case means rounding up persons who police believe to be in gangs. While proving gang membership in court will be another matter, the cops say they know who they want to take off the street - we asked what will happen to them next since the regular legal process has been suspended for those picked up under the state of emergency: DCP Chester Williams, AG. Commissioner: "We know who our targets are and those are the persons we are going after. I know for a fact that during our operations this morning we may have picked up some people who would not be gang members and so what we will be doing will be going through our list and will be sifting those persons out and we will be releasing them. But those persons who are a part of what we intend to do, they will be kept in custody."

Briceno’s Mixed Reaction To State of Emergency
This afternoon the leader of the opposition held a press conference at his office to comment on the southside "public emergency zones". Not surprisingly, he wasn't impressed, but, then again, he kinda was. We start with the not so impressed part: Hon. Johnny Briceno - Opposition Leader: "The fact that the government has taken the drastic step to declare a state of public emergency on the South Side of Belize City is a clear admission of their inability to handle the crime situation. Indeed, the Acting Commissioner stated in this morning's press conference that the situation is getting out of control..."

Mayor Says Cemetery Staff Situation Was Just a Misunderstanding
The PUP Leader did appear alongside his Belize City Mayor - who was never consulted on the state of emergency for select areas in his city. That gave the media the opportunity to ask him about the council's Cemetery Staff who are represented by the Christian Workers Union. This morning they refused to proceed to the Eternal Gardens Memorial Cemetery after the Council declined their request for food and subsistence. That would have meant no funerals could be held without the staff there. The mayor said it was quickly resolved:..

Mayor Says Kevon Moving On To Sanitation
We also asked the Mayor about the imminent transfer of long time Traffic Manager for the City Kevon Jenkins. Jenkins has been Traffic Manager for over 10 years - and rose up through the ranks of the Traffic Department over 23 years. But, now, quite suddenly, he's being moved over to the Sanitation Department - to be the manager there. The mayor said it is all part of an internal restructuring:..

Explaining Marilyn’s Departure
As we told you last week, the City Council's Director of Finance Marilyn Ordonez resigned. That's the second senior employee to leave the City Council since they were elected in March. City Administrator Candice Miller was fired in May but Deputy Mayor Oscar Arnold says Ordonez's resignation is a whole other matter. Arnold says Ordonez resigned on her own free will and according to him, it had nothing to do with any office tensions between Ordonez and the Mayor, or anyone else for that matter. Ordonez was a valued member of the team. Here is how he out it. Oscar Arnold, Deputy Mayor Belize City Council: "The Director of Finance was also the acting City Admin. for a few months then we had a City Admin that was appointed and so the Director of Finance Mrs. Ordonez went on leave for a couple weeks and then when she came back she had a sit down with Mayor Wagner and basically she handed in her resignation for no other reason than her personal reason so I wish her all the best."

Sept 10 Is World Suicide Prevention Day
September 10th is a big day for Belizeans but it is also an important day for the mental health unit. World Suicide Prevention Day is celebrated on the 10th and to make sure it doesn't get overshadowed by all the September festivities, a special flag raising ceremony was held today at the Battlefield Park. Head of the Mental Health Unit, Eleanor Bennett told us more about this observance and updated us on the latest suicide statistics. Eleanor Bennett, Head of Mental Health Unit: "It is very important for us to observe World Suicide Prevention day, now of course at the Ministry of Health our job is to preserve life and promote heath and we are very concerned when people don't want to live so suicide is a particular area of concern for us so we have a lot of activities geared towards the prevention of suicide so we are taking this opportunity on World Suicide Prevention Day to raise a flag..."

Underwoods Got Off Bogus Bullet Charge
Brother Alex and Austin Underwood were arrested in October of last year for a single round of ammunition. We reported at the time what the family told us, that it was a bogus charge - and today that was proven in court when the prosecution was forced to withdraw the case on instruction from the Chief Magistrate, Sharon Fraser. At a case management conference two weeks ago with Chief Magistrate Fraser, the Underwood's attorney, Dickie Bradley, submitted that there was not sufficient evidence to warrant a conviction and today the Chief Magistrate instructed that the charge be withdrawn. The issue was that four members of the police's special assignment team searched the family yard without any of the residents being present.

Still No Word On The Real Carnival King and Queen
As we told you last night, the Carnival King and Queen results are being audited. There were some discrepancies in the scoring and the wrong winners were announced. Well, last night on our Mas Camp prowl we caught up with Vice President of the Belize Carnival Associations Patrick Thompson. We asked him about it but he didn't want to get into too much detail since the audit is ongoing. He just discussed the competition criteria. Patrick Thompson- V. P, Belize Carnival Association: "To speak on that, I cannot say much on that but at this moment they are still doing the auditing of the score and like what NICH said whenever that is through then we will know what the final result is."

Carnival’s Happiest Campers
We spoke to Thompson at the first night of the Carnival Mas Camp visits. Only three camps were active last night - but they were hope. Codie Norales and Wilson Grinage made the rounds:... Our coverage of the Mas Camps continues tomorrow night.

Remember The Homeless
The September festivities haven't even started yet, but The Welcome Resource Center has their October events all planned out. The Welcome Center is a drop in center for the homeless, the elderly, the mentally ill and substance abusers. They go to the center from 9 in the morning to 3 in the afternoon to get food, take a shower and for recreational activities. Today at the World Suicide Prevention Day flag raising ceremony, the administrator Joyce Ellis told us about the 3 upcoming fundraising events that will go towards the center. Joyce Ellis, Administrator, Welcome Resource Center: "October 10th is World Mental Health Day so we have 3 major activities that the center and MHA is promoting for this year. Our first activity is the speech competition which include high schools so the competition will be for High school student and this year we will be having it at the Bliss so we are asking that all schools come out."

Sun Country Coming In From The Cold
There's a new international flight headed to Belize - and it's coming out of a place you might not expect, Minneapolis, Minnesota in the American upper midwest. The Belize Tourism Board has partnered with Sun Country Airlines to offer these first ever seasonal non-stop flights to Belize. Starting on December 22, 2018, Sun Country will operate roundtrip flights once weekly on Saturdays between Minneapolis/St. Paul and the PGIA.

Channel 5

State of Public Emergency Declared in Southside Belize City
Two gang infested areas in the south side of Belize City are under state of emergency following a murderous weekend in which six persons were killed mostly due to gang [...]

100 Persons Have Already Been Detained
As we said, over a hundred persons from both areas have since been detained and are in holding cells across the city. About seventy-five, including adults and minors, are expected [...]

Amendment to Gang Legislation Makes it Difficult for suspects to get bail
In recent times, there has been an increase in persons accused of murder, who go before the court, secure bail and get their release.  Minister of National Security John Saldivar [...]

Amendment to Gang Legislation Makes it Difficult for suspects to get bail
There have been mounting reports of police brutality and the abuse of power at the hands of the Gang Suppression Unit. There is concern that the declaration of a state [...]

“This is not the Answer’- PUP Leader
Three hours after the announcement of a state of public emergency for south side Belize City, the Opposition, People’s United Party reacted. Leader John Briceño hosted a press conference this [...]

Opposition Leader Says GOB’s ‘heavy-handedness’ is Not Working
Earlier this year in March, Prime Minister Dean Barrow called a rare weekend press conference after a bloodbath and ensued in south side Belize City. A number of steps were [...]

PUP Leader Wants ComPol Whylie Fired
The People’s United Party says it is ready to work with the government to effectively and efficiently address the gun violence in the Old Capital, but G.O.B. has repeatedly refused [...]

State of Emergency Sanctioned Months Ago says Minister Saldivar
One more issue covered in the morning’s press conference. Prime Minister Dean Barrow is convalescing in Cuba from a spinal surgery so it was left to the Acting Prime Minister [...]

Post-Mortem of Daniel Lopez and Francis Pollard concluded today
Six persons were murdered over the weekend in Belize City. The results of post-mortems conducted on two victims were released today.  Daniel Lopez, a delivery man, died from internal and external [...]

122 new complaints filed at the Ombudsman Office in 2017
The Ombudsman’s Office has issued its seventeenth annual report. The document covers the period of January first to December thirty-first, 2017. According to the document, one hundred and twenty-two new [...]

CITCO and CWU Buck Heads over Subsistence for Cemetery Staff
Employees who are a part of the Belize City Council’s cemetery staff refused to proceed to Eternal Gardens Memorial Cemetery today. The employees who are members of the Christian Workers [...]

Sun Country Airlines to start flying to Belize
With the reported number of visitors on an upward trend, another airline is starting flights to Belize for a four-month period.   Sun Country Airlines announced earlier today that it [...]

Jeffrey Hernandez’s Family Searching for Answers
The family of twenty-one-year-old Jeffrey Hernandez wants answers with regards to his horrible death. The Guinea Grass football player died on Monday night after falling inside a cement mixer and [...]

Suicide Prevention Flag flies high at Battlefield Park
A person dies every forty seconds by suicide which represents over eight hundred thousand deaths every year across the world. And there is up to twenty-five times that many who [...]

Day One of Carnival Mas Camp
Mas camps leading up to this year’s carnival road march got underway on Tuesday night.  Tensions are flaring up on the south side of the city, but revellers were energised [...]

Belize to take on Bahamas in Football Match
The Belize National Football Team is getting ready to take on the Bahamas on Friday night. The match is one of four in the CONCACAF’s nation’s league and according to [...]

LOVE FM

Mayor comments on issue with City Council and Christian Worker’s Union
As we mentioned earlier in our newscast, Mayor Wagner was seated at a press conference called by the Opposition. Since he was in the hot seat, we asked about the situation. Mayor of Belize Bernard Wagner: “To the best to my knowledge they had to go to the burial ground to do some sort of …

Belize observes World Suicide Prevention day with flag ceremony
World Suicide Prevention Day has been observed on September 10th since 2003. The Belize Mental Health Unit in the Ministry of Health joined the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) to commemorate the day for the past seven years. The Nursing Administrator for the Mental Unit, Nurse Eleanor Bennett said for the second year in a …

New Airline to make stop in Belize
A new airline will be making direct flights to the Jewel. The Belize Tourism Board said Sun Country Airlines will offer seasonal nonstop service from Minneapolis/Saint Paul to Belize, making it the tenth U.S. city to offer nonstop services to Belize. Roundtrip flights are scheduled for Saturdays starting December 22nd until April 20th next year. …

Acting Commissioner speaks on State of Emergency
Colonel Lovell said the Police Department should be able to put the situation under control without the inclusion of the other sister agencies. The Statutory Instrument signed by the Governor General affects two specific areas of Belize. The Acting Commissioner of Police, Chester Williams explained the series of events that led them to have evoked …

City Council and Christian Worker’s Union on Food and Subsistence
The Christian Workers Union (CWU) came to the defense of Belize City Cemetery workers after their employers, the Belize City Council refused to provide subsistence when they work outside of city limits. As a result, cemetery staff refused to proceed to the Eternal Gardens Memorial Cemetery on the highway, which led to an impromptu meeting …

Crime Control as a result of State of Emergency declared on Belize City’s Southside
So as it stands, there were two shooting incidents near the Magazine Road area last week. The catalyst for where we are today was last week Friday’s murder of Shadiki Baizar near the Matron Roberts clinic. That sparked a series of retaliation incidents between the George Street and Banak Street gangs. There are a hundred …

PUP speaks on the State of Emergency
The Peoples United Party responded to the declaration that has hit Banak Street, George Street and significant portions of the South Side of Belize City. Leader of the Opposition John Briceno was joined by Mayor of Belize City, Bernard Wagner who they feel had been disrespected. The Opposition believes that as the gatekeepers of Belize …

Problems continue to mount from Sargassum
The sargassum problem has far reaching effects since it also affects marine life, health of residents, and tourism. Reports are that thousands of fish have washed up on the beach front and can be seen floating in the Caribbean Sea near Ambergris Caye. Additionally, it is believed to be the cause of oxygen depletion in …

Ombudman’s Office received 122 complaints for 2017
The Ombudsman’s office is tasked to investigate complaints of wrongdoings, which may be derived from a governmental authority. In 2017, the Ombudsman’s office received one hundred and twenty-two complaints. Love News spoke with the Ombudsman, Lionel Arzu, who shared the types of complaints his office received during that period. Lionel Arzu Ombudsman of Belize: “From …

Cannon speaks on the ICJ
With the referendum approaching in April of two thousand nineteen, many are still unsure whether to vote yes or no, to take Belize to the ICJ. However, their uncertainty may be due to a lack of knowledge on the history of the Belizean-Guatemalan Dispute, or how important their choice is for the country. Knowledge and …

Westby charged after being sought for over eighteen months
Thirty year old Vildo Westby, a baker of Guinea Grass Village, who the police had been seeking for over 18 months, was charged with the murder of 44 year old Jose Ayuso when he appeared before Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford yesterday. Westby was remanded into custody until November 6. He was represented by attorney Dickie Bradley. The incident occurred in San Pedro Town, Ambergris Caye, on February 2, 2017.

British Government donates $1.8 million to help with ICJ campaign
Today, the British High Commissioner Peter Hughes donated a substantial amount of money towards the ICJ education campaign. Hughes explained why donating to the process is particularly important to the UK and to Belize. Minister of Foreign Affairs, Wilfred Elrington expressed sincere gratitude to the High Commissioner on behalf of te Government of Belize.

Man dies after falling in a cement mixer
21-year-old Jeffrey Hernandez was killed on Monday night after he got caught in a cement mixer. Hernandez who was an employee of AP Enterprise Cement Block Factory at mile four and a half on the George Price Highway, was cleaning the inside of a heavy duty cement mixer when he got trapped inside the machine.

Masses of seaweed continue to invade coastal communities
Belize as well as many Caribbean countries like St. Lucia are being affected by the quantity and annoying smell of sargassum which has invaded our beaches, islands and coastal communities. San Pedro, Caye Caulker, Seine Bight and Placencia are victims of sargassum invasion. The sargassum’s build-up can be seen for miles on the beach front of these communities.

State of Emergency Declared in Belize City
Belize has consistently been listed as one of the top five countries in the world with the highest murder rate per capita, not to mention an appalling three percent murder conviction rate. Couple that with the tier three ranking designated by the US State Department’s Trafficking in Persons report which has Belize as one of only two, tier-three trafficking countries in the western hemisphere, a dismal reflection for a country of close to 350,000 residents that prides itself as the “jewel.”

The Reporter

HEAVY POLICE PRESENCE TO DETER GANG CRIME IN THE CITY
A declaration of emergency proclamation has been issued by the government, and there is now a larger than usual police presence and crime prevention effort has been activated in Belize City.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Cayo holds first ever West Fest!
The first ever West Fest, organized by the Cayo Chapter of the Belize Tourism Industry […]

Regular gas goes up again
The Belize Bureau of Standards (BBS) has just issued new gas prices that will kick […]

Cut-off date for re-registration of electors announced
The Elections and Boundaries Department today informed that the 2018 Re-registration of Electors Exercise will […]

September Celebrations to be celebrated with ‘State of Public Emergency’ due to crime
The crime situation in Belize has escalated and over the weekend, there were six murders […]

John Briceno holds press conference to comment on State of Emergency
Yesterday the Government of Belize (GoB) passed a statutory instrument indicating a state of emergency […]

Mayor Wagner transfers Traffic Manager Kevaughn Jenkins
Belize City Mayor, Bernard Wagner, today confirmed that there were some structural changes at City […]

US Embassy issues warning to citizens living in Belize
The United States Embassy in Belize today issued a security warning to all American citizens […]

Sun Country Airlines Announces New Nonstop Service to Belize
The Belize Tourism Board is celebrating a new partnership with Sun Country Airlines, which today […]

Ministry of Health raises suicide prevention flag
World Suicide Prevention Day is celebrated every year on September 10th. Today the Ministry of […]

State of Emergency declared on south-side neighborhoods
The Ministry of National Security, this morning at a press conference hosted at the Queen […]

George Street and Ghost Town declared as areas of public emergency
The Government of Belize has declared a state of public emergency for two south side […]

UN concerned over Guatemalan’s decision to terminate anti-corruption commission
The United Nations Secretary-General was yesterday informed of the decision taken by the Guatemalan President, […]

Ministry of National Security says drug plane story is ‘fake’
This morning, the Ministry of National Security issued a statement informing that it has confirmed […]

Hair, Hair – How We Fail our Boys
By Lisa Shoman: We already have a problem in Belize with keeping boys in High School. According to 2014 statistics, 27% of boys aged 13-16 do not attend school compared with 23% for girls […]

Blogs

Morning with Frannie: Sun, Sargasso and Super Special Sea Beans
Yesterday started with some heavy rains leaving puddles all over Ambergris Caye. By afternoon the sun was BLAZING and the sargasso (which has hit our shores with a vengeance over the past week) was fragrant. I decided to take Frannie Banannie out for a walk. Heading north on the road… The walking can be tough – the long grass filled with spiky burrs meets the smushy sargasso…but I found some excellent treasures.

International Sourcesizz

Diving UNESCO Heritage Sites
I like to think that the stereotype that divers are environmentally protective is generally true. I do accept that the level of environmental responsibility varies between nations, and some divers may not see the need for environmental responsibility. Back in the 1960s, there were few controls over pollution. Factories polluted our air and waters. Our garbage was burned putting toxic waste in the air or it was loaded on barges and dumped into the sea. Now, most of the world have controls in place. While the environmental movement started at different times in different nations, The United States really started moving forward in 1970, the students protesting against the Vietnam War, also started to protest about the environment. By 1972, laws were starting to be put in place. Today, we are still fighting our battles but things are much improved. “The Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System (BBRRS), inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996, is comprised of seven protected areas; Bacalar Chico National Park and Marine Reserve, Blue Hole Natural Monument, Half Moon Caye Natural Monument, South Water Caye Marine Reserve, Glover’s Reef Marine Reserve, Laughing Bird Caye National Park and Sapodilla Cayes Marine Reserve.”

Videos

  • QUEEN OF THE BAY 2018, 2hr42min.

  • San Pedro, Belize, Golf Cart Dash Cam, 3min.

  • On the way to Secret Beach, San Pedro Belize w/ the Cassidys, 1min.

  • Octopus in Belize, .5min.

  • Belize 2018, 7min.

  • Rise and Shine: Queen of the Bay Jenilee Cruz, IS National bank A real bank?, 2hr.

  • Rise and Shine: Mexican Ambassador visits, State of Emergency Southside, 58min.

  • White lipped peccaries at Fireburn, 1min. White lipped peccaries - waori or waree - are indicators of healthy forests - and thrive in Fireburn and the North East Corridor. This species, one of two found in the country, used to be found throughout Belize but has now disappeared from many tropical forest areas. At Fireburn, the releases of this year's endangered Yucatan black howler monkey troops are ongoing, with the post-release monitoring team busy in the field. They have been seeing hints of white lipped peccary - a whiff of peccary scent here, the signs of overturned earth there, the clacking of teeth in the distance, and fleeting glimpses of passing shadows in the forest undergrowth. The camera traps, however, give a much better idea of flow of peccaries using the area.

  • Corozal Town Council at this time, are currently working on a new drainage on 5th avenue in Coroza, .5min. This will help this area to have less problems when it rains. It will become more useful for pedestrians and vehicles to use the streets well.

  • 2018 Rainy Season Water Quality Monitoring, 1.5min. Last week the SACD's Community Researcher and field staff were challenged to complete the rainy season water quality monitoring of the Corozal Bay Wildlife Sanctuary. Despite the scattered showers, the team managed to sample 75 sites successfully within the Corozal Bay and the Bacalar Chico Marine Reserve. At each sampling site, the team collected temperature, salinity, dissolved oxygen, PH, and turbidity data. In addition, at some sites water samples were collected for further laboratory analysis to identified potential sources of contamination. Kudos to the community researchers and SACD Rangers for going the extra mile to complete the monitoring activity under the refreshing rain.

  • Diving in Belize, 2min. On our 1 month Belize sail we dove the famous Blue Hole, encountered the sheer drop of scattered with stalagmites, met Bullsharks on the way down and swam with dolphins on the anchorage of Tobaco Cay. Highlight was snorkeling with Manatees on an other anchorage.

  • Belize - From Hopkins | Tobacco Caye | Caye Caulker - the island dream, 3min. A first glimpse into our trip to Belize! Dive with sharks and stingrays. Get to know the Garifuna culture or just live the authentic island dream.

  • Première Nuit Mouvementée au Belize | Family Coste Saison 6,17 min.

  • Belize • 2017 • episode 5 • Great Blue Wild, 47min. The Belize Barrier Reef is the second-largest coral reef system in the world. Estimated to be nearly 4,000 years old, its waters are home to an immense marine ecosystem. Explore a deep blue wilderness brimming with rare, exotic fish, sea turtles, sharks, and huge green morays.

  • San Pedro, Belize, 3min.

  • Belize 2018, 8min.

  • Spending a week in Belize!, 7min. This was my vlog of what it was like living on a 1 mile by 5 mile island in belize!

  • Sports Talk Show, 2hr.