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The San Pedro Sun

Unregulated dredging 10 miles north Ambergris Caye
A concerned resident has reliably informed The San Pedro Sun of unregulated dredging happening now approximately 10 miles north Ambergris Caye. According to the eyewitness report, an unidentified group of men arrived at a beach with a backhoe digging up sand, loading it onto trucks and then driving away. The area where this is happening is a known turtle nesting site and as such, Hol Chan Marine Reserve has been contacted. They indicated that this incident has been taking place for close to a week and they have been unable to identify who is responsible.

Caye Caulker Police Officers and residents awarded for quick response in gas station robbery
Five police officers from the Caye Caulker Police Formation and two island residents were awarded on Friday, August 31st for their quick response to a robbery in process at the Bridge Marina gas station in Caye Caulker Village. The five officers were John Sanchez, Anibal Castellanos, Arthur Young, Shamika Garcia, and Parcino Mckin. Arkel Johnson and Javier Novelo were the island residents who helped. Joining the short award ceremony was Eastern Police Division Commander, Robert Mariano, Deputy Commander of the Belize Defence Force, Javier Castellanos and Chairwoman of Caye Caulker Village, Enelda Rosado. Deputy Commander Castellanos stated the various officers and residents were awarded for their hard work in the community, as well as for their quick response to the gas station robbery. “It is good to highlight and show some appreciation for the hard work the officers and residents are doing in the village,” he stated.

Fish Aggregating Device found near Ambergris Caye
A large yellow, buoy-like object was found floating near the shores of Ambergris Caye on Saturday, September 1st by local tour operators. The device turned out to be a Fish Aggregating Device (FAD), which is a human-made object used to attract open ocean fish such as marlin, tuna, mahi-mahi and other types of fish. The huge device was first taken to the Hol Chan Marine Reserve in an attempt to discern where it came from. Afterwards, it was taken to Captain Shark’s boatyard south of San Pedro Town where it will be analyzed for possible repairs and then taken back out into the open sea. However, it is suspected that it was anchored near one of the Caribbean nations in the Eastern Caribbean. According to Elito Arceo, a successful businessman and tour operator on the island, these type of devices are usually placed out at sea in front of Ambergris Caye.

San Pedro Pirates trailing behind at the 2018 PLB Opening Season
Week five of the 2018-2019 Opening Season of the Premiere League of Belize (PLB) saw yet another loss for the San Pedro Pirates Football Club. The island team was defeated in a home game at the Ambergris Stadium against Verdes Football Club on Saturday, September 1st. This latest match, which ended in a 2-1 score, puts the Pirates in the seventh position in the tournament standing, with only three points overall. The current standings of the PLB have Belmopan Bandits at the top of the chart with 13 points, followed by Verdes F.C with 12 points, and Police United F.C & Wagiya F.C with nine points each. Following the top three teams is Altitude Assassins F.C with six points, Belize Defense Force with four points and San Pedro Pirates F.C with three points. The Freedom Fighters F.C. are yet to make it on the chart.

Ambergris Today

Kim Simplis Secures Grant For HIV/AIDS Campaign In Southern Belize
Spouses of CARICOM Leaders Action Network (SCLAN) gets Grant Funding from Gilead Sciences Inc The Spouses of CARICOM Leaders Action Network (SCLAN) is pleased to announce the receipt of grant funding from Gilead Sciences Inc. for initiatives under the theme "Transforming Lives through Innovation: Implementation of high-impact prevention programs for adolescents, young men and women".

Misc Belizean Sources


UK Donates Funds to Support Public Awareness Campaign on ICJ Referendum
On Wednesday, September 5th 2018, the United Kingdom (UK) contributed 1.3 million Belize Dollars to the Public Awareness and Preparedness Campaign to support the referendum on whether or not to refer Guatemala’s territorial, insular, and maritime claim to the International Court of Justice (ICJ). The funds will be administered by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The project was launched in August 2018 with support from the United States Embassy in Belize and will continue until the referendum takes place on April 10th 2019. The additional funding from the UK will assist in ensuring that the population of Belize has access to all the information it needs on the history of Guatemala’s claim to Belizean territory, the background of the Special Agreement, and how the ICJ functions. There will also be activities to enhance the registration of voters. The project is an inclusive, multi-level initiative, involving engagement from various civil society organizations, educational institutions, and the public, as well as support and training from international experts.

Corozal Ceremony of the Battle of St. George's Caye
Everyone is invited on Monday 10th September to the official ceremony of the Battle of St. George's Caye in-front of the Corozal Town Hall at 10:00 a.m. followed by a Citizens Parade through the principal streets of Corozal Town. Monday September 10th is a public and bank holiday.

Power outages Sunday in Corozal
Heads Up - Two Power outages 6:00 a.m. to 6:10 a.m. and 5:20 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, September 9th to affect entire COROZAL and Orange Walk Districts,. BEL to facilitate maintenance works by Cenace at Xul-Ha, Mexico. Via text message.

Weekend Celebration at Miami Beach!
Meet us at the Round House. It's a weekend Celebration at Miami Beach! Everyone is invited this 9th and 10th September. September 9th at Round House - Free Dance - Music by Dynamics of Belize Band - Fireworks at midnight. September 10th - Beach Party after the parade at Miami Beach.

Cockburn Lane property being cleared in Belize City
The clearing of our Cockburn Lane property has commenced. This is the first phase before the construction of a new building that will be built at this site.

San Ignacio/Santa Elena House of Culture Hosts UNHCR Art Exhibition
The National Institute of Culture and History (NICH) though the Museum of Belize’s San Ignacio/Santa Elena House of Culture, and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) cordially invite you to the opening of a photographic exhibition entitled "RefugiARTe", on Friday, September 7th, at 7:00 pm. The exhibition consists of illustrations from artists in Latin America, depicting refugees and their many challenges. The exhibit also contains work from an artist in Belize, whose parents are refugees. Kindly note that the exhibition will be running for one month at the San Ignacio & Santa Elena House of Culture (NICH). This is a joint venture between NICH and the UNHCR, in celebration of World Refugee Day.

Trio Farmers Cacao Growers Association Training
In addition to training the Trio Farmers Cacao Growers Association (TFCGA) on farming cacao, we are also teaching the group how to lead. Over a training workshop, facilitated by Ya’axché staff, their strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (SWOT) were identified. The farmers enjoyed utilizing the SWOT tool. This is one session in a series of leadership training workshops aimed at strengthening the TFCGA. This important capacity building workshop was funded by the GEF-Small Grants Programme.

Spouses of CARICOM Leaders Action Network (SCLAN) gets Grant Funding from Gilead Sciences Inc
The Spouses of CARICOM Leaders Action Network (SCLAN) is pleased to announce the receipt of grant funding from Gilead Sciences Inc. for initiatives under the theme “Transforming Lives through Innovation: Implementation of high-impact prevention programs for adolescents, young men and women”. The Grant will facilitate the establishment of the SCLAN Secretariat that will be housed in Belize, and two demonstration projects in Belize and Guyana. The Secretariat will be tasked with the oversight of projects, resource mobilization, information sharing and coordination of the Network’s activities across the region.

Belize Represented at MOU Signing between FOPREL and SICA
The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Laura Tucker Longsworth, was in El Salvador for the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Forum of Presiding Officers of Parliaments of Central America and the Caribbean Basin (FOPREL) and the Central American Integration System (SICA). The objective of the MOU is for the two regional institutions to join efforts in advancing institutional frameworks in the areas of social/economic integration and climate change among other issues.

US Embassy Issues Security Alert for US Citizens Living in Belize
Security Alert — U.S. Embassy Belmopan, Belize. Location: Southside Belize City, Belize. Event: On September 0th, Belize's Governor General declared a state of emergency for areas of Southside Belize City. The state of emergency is effect for the next thirty days. Police and Belize Defense Force will enforce check points throughout the south side and have increased authorities to detain individuals. Actions to Take: • Exercise increased caution in Southside Belize City. • Monitor local media for updates. • Avoid crowds. • Follow all instructions of Belize authorities. • Keep a low profile. • Notify friends and family of your safety. • Be aware of your surroundings. • Be vigilant when visiting banks or ATMs. • Use caution when walking or driving at night. • Do not physically resist any robbery attempt

How sargassum is tainting the waters close to shore on Ambergris Caye
It's accumulation has caused some dead zones as dead juvenile fish continue to be spotted along the beaches. Hoping we don't start seeing larger marine animals dying like in Florida. Already the smell of Hydrogen sulfide is a nuisance for residents.

Battle of St George's Caye, Official Coronation of Miss San Pedro, and Uniform Parade in San Pedro
Sept 10th, 10am in Central Park

Movie Night at KoKo King
Family Friday Movie Night: Movies start at nightfall. THE STRAY (PG): The story of how a stray dog, Pluto, comes out of nowhere and impacts the Davis family, who are struggling in many ways. In just a short time, Pluto the Wonderdog manages to save a toddler, bring comfort and companionship to a hurting 9-year old boy, help restore a marriage, and repair a broken father-son relationship. Pluto is not only a guard dog - he is a guardian angel. AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR (PG13): The Avengers and their allies must be willing to sacrifice all in an attempt to defeat the powerful Thanos before his blitz of devastation and ruin puts an end to the universe.

New law risks arrival of Belizeans. Citizens who enter with private vehicles must cover a payment
More than 17,000 vehicles from Belize will stop crossing into Mexico every month, to avoid Civil Liability Insurance, which is required by the Mobility Law as of September 12. Luis Gilberto Montero Maldonado, Honorary Consul of Belize in Mexico, states that there are 17,280 vehicles, 576 a day, that will stop crossing through the Chactemal Tax Precinct; With this new provision, it is expected that there will be a decrease of 60% of the 28,800 that cross the month. Those Belizean citizens who enter with their private vehicles will be subject to the obligation to cover the payment of 250 pesos for the 12-hour stay and 500 pesos for the 24-hour stay on Mexican soil, to be insured in cases of automobile accidents.

Learn Self-Defense Techniques in Corozal
All women are invited to participate. Please contact Renee Wentz for more details. Need minimum of 10 women. Space is limited.

Power outage next Wednesday in Cayo
Power outage scheduled for Wednesday, September 12 from 5:00am to 8:00am to affect the portion of the Cayo District from Unitedville to Arenal including Benque Viejo, San Ignacio, Santa Elena, Georgeville, Duck Run 1 & 2, Billy White, Central Farm, Esperanza, San Miguel, Cristo Rey, San Antonio, Santa Cruz, Bullet Tree Falls, Branch Mouth, Santa Familia, Calla Creek, Corozalito, Succotz, and surrounding areas.

DJ Competition and Block Party 2018
The SISE Town Council is having the annual DJ Competition Friday. It starts at 7:00pm, and will be held at the Cayo Welcome Center. The block party on the eve of the Battle of St. George's Caye Day will be downtown, and in from of the Police Station. It'll start at 9:00pm. "Our traditional St George’s Caye Day Ceremony and fire works happening on 9th night at the admin building/police station including the after party with live entertainment from D X BAND at the same location. Bringing culture through Paranda music to the twin towns! The Eve of St George’s Caye Day!

Paradise Theater playing this weekend
Skyscraper, Next Gender, Superfly, Jurassic World. **As per your requests for the people that missed them .. We will play The little Mermaid (2018) on Friday at 7 and Oceans 8 on Friday at 9 both on screen 2 .. Friday ONLY .. Saturday and Sunday we will play the movies displayed on the poster**

Channel 7

Human Rights Questions About State of Emergency Proclamation
It’s been almost 48 hours since the Government issued a proclamation issuing a state of public emergency on the Southside of Belize City. The unprecedented Statutory Instrument came into force at midnight on Tuesday - and within hours police were searching homes and making mass arrests in two designated Zones on the Southside. 100 men were detained - and police estimated that 75 of them will be jailed for at least a month. They will not be arraigned or afforded any of the normal features of due process. Tonight, human rights advocates are pushing back. Attorney Audrey Matura Shepherd says that by declaring a state of public emergency Government used too powerful a provision of the constitution - and have not set any limits on those powers:…

Human Rights Commission Says GOB Pressed “Panic”
And while Matura says the state has not limited the blanket powers afforded to police - the Human Rights Commission says government pressed the panic button prematurely - and at a great risk to citizens rights and liberties.   Vice President Kevin Arthurs told us more via phone this evening: Kevin Arthur - VP, HRCB: "We are saying that this is surely a troubling state to have 7 murders but we have to less panicky approach, a less messy approach to getting this done because at the end of the day we have to know what we're giving up to get what we're doing. It's going to be difficult for us to look at the current circumstances..."

Attorney Says State of Emergency is Preventative Detention in Disguise
And following along that line, Audrey Matura says that this is just a backdoor for government to activate the controversial preventative detention - which was put on the legislative back burner 7 years ago.  That law was proposed in 2011 - and rejected in public consultations. She says government is now going to a constitutional extreme to do the same thing.   And, for proof of this, she points to the fact that the Carnival and Jou’vert route both go right through the heart of these areas demarcated as Public Emergency Zones.  She says if there really is a public emergency that meets the threshold for invoking a state of emergency - then there’s no way police should or would put regular citizens through these zones.  But they are, and she tells us what conclusion that leads her to:

Mayflower Resident Says Cops Pepper Sprayed Him
One city resident who lives right at the edge of Zone 2 is Lester Smith.  He resides on Mayflower Street, which is off Vernon Street. That was one of the first areas police hit at 3:00 AM on Wednesday morning.  He told us they broke down his door and then pepper sprayed him - and when he went to complain they threatened to arrest him:… Lester Smith - Complainant: "What happened is that I live at the end of the street and the policeman come and knock on my door on my house side; bang, bang, bang because I don't have no fence. They come to the house side, I get up but I was naked in my bed so I said to my young lady, put in your clothes babe because the policeman are at the house.

Has Chester Changed From Community Cop to Stormtrooper Commissioner
But, for all the hard talk and hype - we can say that life in zone #1 was cool and calm today. Out studio is a block away from the eastern boundary of that zone and we drove through multiple times today - and detected no heightened police presence - and life flowed along as normal, businesses were open and residents were going about their business unhindered. Jules Vasquez tells us what he saw on the streets today - and he outlines exactly what areas are classified as special emergency zones:.. Today, the junction of West and King Streets was calm as compared to yesterday when masked soldiers guarded this same corner. We only saw one police pickup on patrol in this so called “Public Emergency Zone”. This zone #1 has its north-western border here at the junction of East Collet Canal into Cemetery Road From there it runs straight down to Orange Street, where it has its northeast boundary at the corner with West Canal.

Battery of Big Guns Found in Cayo
San Ignacio police found a large trove of high powered weapons this afternoon.  AT 12:30, they  conducted a search in a bushy lot in the Shawville Area of San Ignacio.   They found one - M6 Carbine LWRC with 2 magazines loaded with forty-six 5.56 rounds, one Mossberg brand pump 12 gauge pump action shotgun along with three - 12 gauge cartridges, one Glock 17 - 9 mm pistol  along with a extended magazine with thirty one rounds, 1 Jericho brand 9 mm pistol  with a magazine loaded with twenty rounds and 1.2 kilos or 2.6 pounds of weed. All items were labeled and deposited as found property. And later this afternoon, Cayo cops searched a bushy area about 25 feet away from the side of Cristo Rey road and found eighty-seven 9mm rounds.

John Morris, NICH President For A Day, A Month…Who Knows?
Reports to 7News say that NICH President Sapnah Budhrani was this week placed on administrative leave.  As we’ve reported, that’s a Cabinet directive after an internal audit was leaked accusing her of mismanagement.   7News has learned that in the interim, the Director of the Institute of Archeology, Dr. John Morris has been appointed to act as interim President.  It isn’t known how long he will act, but Cabinet has stated that it wants an external auditor to assess the financial goings-on at NICH before it makes a final assessment.

Guinea Grass Family Claims Wrongdoing in Death At Cement Mixer
The family of Guinea Grass resident Jeffery Hernandez wants police to get to the bottom of their loved one’s death. As we told you, on Monday night, Jeffery Hernandez was cleaning a machine at his work place -AP Enterprise Cement block factory at mile four and a half on the George Price Highway. That is when someone turned on the machine. Hernandez was crushed inside. He died on the way to the hospital. What a terrible accident right? Well, the family doesn’t believe it was an accident at all. Here is the interview with Hernandez’s grandfather. Balbino Batun - Grandfather (Translated from Spanish): "The accident possibly happened about 10:00 at night and at 10:00 my nephew called his dad because he was the one of the sons who was working there and so the father called me that there was an accident. And so crying, the guy said that his cousin is trapped in the machine. So the police started to move and they said what the owner of the place was saying that it was an accident and Jeffery Hernandez fell inside the machine."

Cops Have Not Closed Case On Cement Mixer Death
And police aren’t completely ruling out the family’s view on Hernandez’s case. Today at the press briefing police said they have gotten such reports and are looking into them. ASP Alejandro Cowo - OC, CIB: "What police gathered so far is that the night before, Mr. Hernandez was cleaning the machine when the machine started and he was inside. Persons who were in the area heard him scream for help and one of his co-workers arrived and cut off the machine, that is when they noticed he was inside the machine between the blade and the metal of the cement mixer. With the assistance of the fire department and BERT Ambulance and he was able to be taken out of the mixer and he was transported to the hospital where he died later on."

Questions Around Alford Death
And to another questionable case of accidental death, there are also conflicting reports in Georgeville resident Daniel Alford’s shooting. As we told you, Alford’s body was found near his home on the Mountain Pine Ridge road on Monday evening. Police had said that Alford and a couple kids went hunting in the area, he slipped and his shotgun went off hitting him in the stomach. But some relatives say that Alford didn’t have a gun on him. Police say they are looking into all sides in this case. ACP Joseph Myvette - Head, NCIB: "On Monday the 3rd of September shortly after 6:00 PM, San Ignacio police received a 911 call that someone was shot on the Pine Ridge Road in Georgeville Village. As a result the police visited the San Ignacio community hospital where they observed one Daniel Alford, 42 years security guard with apparent gunshot injuries to the abdomen.

Mysterious Mortar Ammo On Barge
Caye Caulker residents were on edge when police found a live mortar ammunition on the island on Friday. Police told us more about this find. ACP Joseph Myvette - Head, NCIB: "On Friday the 31st of August sometime around 9:30 AM, police was called to a dredge north of Caye Caulker village where upon arrival they were pointed to an area on the dredge which resulted in them discovering a 60mm mortar live ammunition. As a result the BDF experts were called who came in and inspected the ammunition before it was brought in by the BDF pending investigation. Initial investigation into that matter is that on Thursday, 30th of August shortly after 5:30 PM, the workers on the dredge had left for the day and sometime later that evening the watchman arrived and upon his arrival; a small white boat was seen leaving the area. So then the discovery was not made until the following day which was Friday the 31st of August."

History Re-Enacted: Another Miskito King in Belize
It’s one of the cornerstones of the history of Belize City: in the 1800’s, three Miskito Indian Kings were crowned at St. John’s Cathedral.   It was a strategy by the British - which had some measure control over the Mosquito Coast in Honduras and Nicaragua - to use the Church of England to legitimize their faithful subjects - who were also fierce and loyal warriors. It is the syncretism of pre-colonial statecraft and monarchical religion - and it had a 21st century replay at the St, John’s Cathedral on Sunday. Here’s what happened:..

Caleb Calls Nazarene Short Hair Situation “Institutional Intimidation”
It seems everyone has an opinion on the Nazarene High School hair cut situation. Well, among them is UNIBAM Executive Director Caleb Orozco. His organization sent out a release today saying that the schools “act of institutional intimidation has declared war on young people and is designed to promote systemic control, inequity and inequality”. He says it goes against the student’s constitutional rights and strips them of their freedom of expression. Here is how he put it.

Let The ICJ Education Campaign Begin
And we met Caleb Orozco at the first ICJ education campaign facilitators training. It was held at Caribbean Tires conference room. Ambassador of Belize to Guatemala Alexis Rosado told us more about this training and how it ties into the ongoing campaign that was officially launched in 2013. Alexi Rosado - Ambassador of Belize to Guatemala: "Today we are holding a little workshop to go over all the history and all the facts about the whole claim of Guatemala against Belize and how we have been trying to deal with it over the years, for two and a half generations they say, or more depending on where you start the problem. The fact that many efforts have been made and what we're trying to do is to make sure that everybody has the information necessary in order to be able to go out and help to the extent possible with the awareness."

Más Mas Camps
Pretty much all night you’ve been hearing the pounding soca music in the background of the news - it’s coming from Titans Mas Band - which is headquartered right down the street from us.   And the clamour of soca music can be heard all over the city during this week - as bands all over are preparing their Mas Camps to be judged. Here’s what we saw, and felt, last night:… Tonight is the last night of Mas Camp visits, so join us tomorrow for highlights of that.

Bucks From The Brits For ICJ Campaign
Yesterday evening in Belize City the British Government donated 1.3 million Belize Dollars to the ICJ Public Awareness Campaign. Here are comments at the handing over:… The awareness campaign is budgeted at 8.5 million Belize dollars, so with contributions from the US and UK now totalling 2 million dollars, Belize is about 20 to 25% there.

Channel 5

State of Emergency Affects the Elderly and the Innocent
The magnitude of the sweeping measures imposed under the state of public emergency in two zones of the city, is already causing disquiet in the affected neighbourhoods.   In less than [...]

George Street Residents Not Happy with State of Emergency
In the George Street area, the new realities under the state of public emergency is also causing havoc. Residents say they are left exposed to the brute force used by [...]

Human Rights Commission of Belize Concerned Over State of Emergency
In October 2011, Prime Minister Dean Barrow introduced, but retracted a bill on preventative detention due to public outcry.  It was seen as too draconian a measure and at the [...]

Other legal tools available to address crime says Attorney Kevin Arthurs
The Human Rights Commission of Belize says it is looking at the legal foundation of the public emergency and monitoring the measures being taken on the ground.  While Attorney Arthurs [...]

Does the “State of Public Emergency” Measure Infringe on Human Rights?
You’ve heard residents and advocates of human rights express concern about the hard-line approach to tackle crime in the Old Capital.  The argument is that human rights are being suspended [...]

B.P.D. Says There Will Be Maximum Security on Carnival Day
And if you have concerns about the annual Carnival Road March taking place on Saturday, the police say that you should have no fear. As you may have noticed, the [...]

The P.U.P.’s Long-term Plan for the Youths of Southside Belize City
The Leader of the Opposition, John Briceño, on Wednesday, criticized the government’s decision to declare a state of public emergency in two gang areas of south side Belize City. Briceño [...]

Opposition Leader Says This is Not About Politics
The People’s United Party is calling on the government to create a bi-partisan commission to tackle crime. Both Briceño and Belize City Mayor Bernard Wagner say that G.O.B. has refused [...]

U.S. Embassy Issues Security Alert to U.S. Citizen Living in Belize
The U.S. embassy has issued a warning to its nationals advising that checkpoints are in place throughout the south side and that there is an increase in personnel to detain [...]

$1.3 Million Grant for Referendum Campaign
In other news…The British Government has given over a million dollars towards the I.C.J. public awareness and preparedness campaign.  On Wednesday, British High Commissioner Peter Hughes handed over five hundred [...]

Re-registration Cut Off Date is September 30th
The cut-off date for re-registration is on Sunday, September thirtieth. According to Chief Elections Officer, Josephine Tamai, although the re-registration centres have been closed due to the resumption of classes, [...]

A Mortar is Retrieved from a Dredge Near Caye Caulker
An explosive round was retrieved from a dredge last Friday, but the police department did not comment on the discovery until today.  The mortar was found on a vessel north [...]

Investigators Looking Into the Death of Jeffrey Hernandez
Belize City Police are investigating the death of twenty-one-year-old Jeffrey Hernandez. The football player of Guinea Grass Village was mangled by a cement mixer on Monday night. He was cleaning [...]

Police Continue to Investigate Shooting Death of Georgeville Resident
Was the shooting death of Daniel Alford Senior an accident or did someone fatally injure the Georgeville resident?  It’s a puzzling situation that investigators are still attempting to unravel since [...]

CitCo’s Third Piece of Equipment Still Missing
Still missing from the Belize City Council’s Works Department is the John Deere tractor which was purchased for fifty-four thousand dollars. As we reported in August, an internal audit into [...]

Kevan Jenkins No Longer CitCo’s Traffic Manager
Kevan Jenkins is no longer the Traffic Manager for Belize City. Jenkins who held the position for more than ten years was transferred to the Sanitation Department which he will [...]

Leos Club Gives Back to Our Lady of the Way School
The Leos Club, a junior arm of the Lions Club, handed over twenty-six arm chairs to Our Lady of the Way R.C. School in Ladyville. The Leos, who are students [...]

Mas Camp Day 2: Revellers Ready for Carnival Road March 2018
It is the countdown to Saturday’s Carnival road march that starts at on Central American Boulevard at its junction with Neal Pen Road into Vernon Street on to Youth for [...]

Healthy Living: Preventing Emergencies on Carnival Day
One of the busiest days of the year for emergency medical response teams is carnival day which is this Saturday. In tonight’s Healthy Living, we find out why and what [...]


Anyone can be pulled into the police dragnet by stepping into the Zones
The zone encompasses the corner of Orange Street and West Canal to Racecourse Street by its corner with East Collet Canal and the corner of Vernon Street and Central American Boulevard to South Creek and onto Fairweather Street. Anyone can be caught in the dragnet by passing through the zone. Audrey Matura-Shepherd says the public …

Voices on the Street give mixed opinions on State of Emergency
Love News hit the pavement on Albert Street in downtown Belize City and asked pedestrians for their opinions on the state of emergency. Voice 1: “Police them are putting out a lot of effort to keep down the crime and I guess that is a good thing the strategy that they came up with.” Jose …

Man loses his life after being shot to the abdomen
Forty-two year old, Daniel Alford, a resident of San Ignacio, lost his life Monday evening after receiving a gunshot wound to his abdomen, while on Pine Ridge Road in Georgeville Village. Assistant Commissioner of Police, Joseph Myvett explained how the incident unfolded. ACP Joseph Myvette: “Initial Police investigation reveal that Mr. Alford was somewhere on …

Leo Club donates chairs to Our Lady of the Way RC School
With its aim of providing young people with the opportunity for development and contribution, today members of the Leo’s Club, donated twenty six chairs to a school they considered most in need. At the handing over ceremony this afternoon, Our Lady of the Way RC School in Ladyville, was the recipient of the gift. Membership …

UNDP playing a pivotal role in ICJ campaign
The United Kingdom has donated 1.3 million dollars towards the Public Awareness and Preparedness Campaign. It is a substantial amount of money which represents only 15% of the cost of the ICJ campaign that has a grand total of $8.5 million dollars. The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is playing a pivotal role in the …

Gateway Youth Center gets evaluated by the Ministry of Education
The Ministry of Education has conducted an evaluation of Gateway Youth Center. The institution aims to provide a productive future for school dropouts. Supervisor of Secondary Schools in the Ministry of Education, Leticia Eck explained why Gateway was chosen. Leticia Eck Supervisor of Secondary Schools, Ministry of Education: “Gateway really was a preliminary exercise and …

Man loses his life after being caught in cement mixer
Twenty one year old Jeffery Hernandez lost his life on Monday night when he got caught in a cement mixer while cleaning it. Hernandez, a worker of AP Cement Block Factory on mile four and a half on the George Price Highway, was observed with severe chop wounds to his abdomen. Assistant Superintendent of Police, …

Police finds a sixty millimeter live ammunition in Caye Caulker
Last Friday, Caye Caulker police formation received reports of a sixty millimeter live ammunition that was discovered in a dredge north of the island. Today, Assistant Commissioner of Police, Joseph Myvett updated the media on the results of their investigation. ACP Joseph Myvette: “As a result the BDF experts were called who came in an …

Rose Anderson is being recognized by PAHO for her contribution to healthcare
Rose Anderson is being recognized by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) for her contribution to healthcare. (VO STARTS) Anderson works as a Health Coordinator for the Health Education and Community Participation Bureau (HECOPAB) and she is attached to the Western Regional Hospital. As a part of her duties, she trains community health workers as …

Basic Human Rights were lost with the State of Emergency
A statutory instrument (S.I.) was signed that declared a State of Emergency in two portions on the south side of Belize City. The powers granted to the police means that they can detain people for seven days without cause or legal representation and as much as 30 days throughout the period. According to well-known Attorney, …

Human Rights Commission weighs in on City Emergency
The Human Rights Commission of Belize (HRCB) has also weighed in on the issue of the state of emergency. Attorney Kevin Arthurs of the HRCB told Love News via phone that he wanted to assure the public that the commission is on the side of law abiding citizens and support any initiatives that allow for criminals to be brought to justice.

BTIA Concerned about situation in Belize
The Belize Tourism Industry Association (BTIA) has ten chapters and 400 members across the country. The State of Emergency had roused the US Embassy to advise American citizens in Belize to exercise caution and to avoid parts of Belize City. But the crime situation is bound to have some effect, particularly when googling Belize...

Carnival Route passes through Emergency Zone
Saturday’s Carnival route takes revelers and the public along the Central American Boulevard to the corner of Vernon Street, a significant area that is part of the State of Emergency zone where the police have broad sweeping powers. The Co-Chair of the National Celebrations Commission and Acting Prime Minister of Belize is Patrick Faber.

CitCo says September bram will be hype
Many Belizeans are looking forward to the September tenth celebrations, which is scheduled to take place during the long weekend. The activities include the official tenth ceremony, the parade, and the September bram. Hubert Pipersburgh, Communications Manager for the Belize City Council told us that the venue for the bram is the Battlefield Park and sufficient security will be on site.

PAHO recognizes Rose Anderson
Rose Anderson is being recognized by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) for her contribution to healthcare. Anderson works as a Health Coordinator for the Health Education and Community Participation Bureau (HECOPAB) and she is attached to the Western Regional Hospital. As a part of her duties, she trains community health workers as well as make visits to rural communities on a regular basis to discuss various health issues in order to help improve the lives of the residents.

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Laura Tucker-Longsworth, recently traveled to El Salvador for the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between The Forum of Presiding Officers of Parliaments of Central America and the Caribbean Basin (FOPREL) and the Central American Integration System (SICA). The objective of the MOU is to foster capacity building between the two regional institutions in the areas of social and economic integration and climate change among other issues.

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Police sources are reporting that they have caught up to known Mayflower gang figure Christopher Witzil in Placencia, and he is currently detained. Witzil was charged with three counts of attempted murder for a March shooting on Mopan Street which left three persons, including a women and a minor, injured. It is believe that he was heading for sanctuary to escape the Police dragnet in the city.


Speaker Of The House Signs MOU With FOPREL And SICA
Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Laura Tucker Longsworth, travelled to El Salvador to participate in the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Forum of Presiding Officers of Parliaments of Central America and the Caribbean Basin (FOPREL) and the Central American Integration System (SICA). The aim of the MOU is for both regional institutions to join efforts in advancing institutional frameworks in the fields of social/economic integration and climate change among other issues.

New International Flight Headed To Belize
There's a new international flight headed to Belize, this time coming from Minneapolis, Minnesota located 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.

224 Farmers Graduate From Farmers Field School
This afternoon a special graduation ceremony was held for 224 cane farmers who participated in the Sugar Industry Research and Development Institute’s “Farmer Field School” programme. If you’re wondering how school and cane field go together, well SIRDI has developed a programme where cane farmers can sign up for courses that teach best practices on the cane field. The objective of the programme is to create a sustainable sugar industry in northern Belize.

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Police say man that died in cement mixer was accidental
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Police confirm live mortar found in Caye Caulker
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Weak tropical wave passes through Belize
Belize’s National Meteorological Service today reported that moist conditions will continue due to a weak tropical […]

Police: Conflicting statements in shooting death of Daniel Alford
Police are still investigating the mysterious death of Georgeville resident, Daniel Alford. Alford was reportedly on […]

FFB going all in for game against Bahamas
The Football Federation of Belize is putting all its efforts behind the upcoming match against the […]

San Ignacio/Santa Elena House of Culture hosts UNHCR art exhibition
The National Institute of Culture and History (NICH) though the Museum of Belize’s San Ignacio/Santa Elena […]

Belize represented at MOU Signing between FOPREL and SICA
Speaker of the House of Representatives, Laura Tucker Longsworth, was in El Salvador for the […]

South Carolina man busted with weed in Belize
An American national has been busted with weed in Belize. He is South Carolina resident, […]

UK donates over $1 million to support ICJ public awareness campaign
On Wednesday, September 5, the United Kingdom (UK) contributed BZE $1.3 million to the Public […]

Belize~ The Southside needs long-term commitment
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