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The San Pedro Sun

San Pedro honors 220th Battle of St. George’s Caye with a new beauty ambassador and a patriotic parade
San Pedranos celebrated the 220 th anniversary of the Battle of Saint George’s Caye on Monday, September 10 th with the official coronation of the recently elected Miss San Pedro Chelsea Muñoz and a uniform parade. Despite inclement weather threatening to dampen the celebration, islanders proceeded with the program of events, starting at 10AM with an official ceremony at the Central Park. Under a light rain, a multitude of students and citizens witnessed the official coronation of Muñoz as the new Miss San Pedro 2018-2019. Following the coronation, Mayor Daniel Guerrero delivered a few remarks reminding residents of the importance of the holiday. He cited this year’s national celebration theme ‘Belize Da Fi Wi-Now and Forever, 8867,’ and mentioned that thanks to the Battle of St. George’s Caye, which took place on the 10 th of September 1798, Belizeans today have a country. Guerrero invited everyone to continue the legacy of our Forefathers, the Baymen, who over 200 years ago fought for the freedom of what is now Belize, from the invaders of the Spanish empire.

Carnival Road March 2018 brings together thousands of Belizeans
Despite the recent spike in crime in Belize City, thousands of patriotic and carnival revelers came out on Saturday, September 8 th to enjoy the annual Carnival Road March 2018. The anticipated event is part of the September Celebrations and features a grand parade with creative and elaborate patriotic costumes. Carnival participants had been in the festive mood since early on Saturday, as they took part in the morning jouvert hours before the carnival parade. The road march started from the Central American Boulevard at the entrance of the city shortly after 1PM. Thousands of spectators, including some from Ambergris Caye, lined up along the parade route to witness hundreds of dancers make their way under high heat and humidity to Princess Margaret Drive and into the Marion Jones Sports Complex.

U.S. Embassy Energy Forum
On September 6, the U.S. Embassy hosted an Energy Forum “Spotlight on Belize’s Electricity Sector” in Belize City. The forum was an ideal opportunity for government and private sector representatives from both countries to learn each other’s priorities, explore items of mutual interest, and highlight areas for development in the electricity sector. Chargé Gilges stated the U.S. government’s commitment to ensure the energy security of the United States, our partners, and our allies by supporting the diversification of energy sources and supplies, noting that “a strong and prosperous Central America and Caribbean region also strengthens U.S. national security.” Minister Mena emphasized that the ideas presented at the forum were not only “inspirational but aspirational” as “energy systems are integral to all parts of modern life.”

San Pedro graduates new fly fishing and tour guides
On Thursday, September 6th a group of island residents, including commercial fishermen, were recognized with certificates for completing a three-month course in tour guide and fly-fishing training. During a special ceremony held inside the The San Pedro Town Council conference room, Mayor Daniel Guerrero, along with Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation Honourable Manuel Heredia Jr., Director of Tourism at Belize Tourism Board, Karen Bevans, Miguel Alamilla representing Hol Chan and president of the San Pedro Tour Guide Association, Philip ‘Billy’ Leslie, were on hand to congratulate the new tour guides and wish them well in their new venture.

Ambergris Today

New Restaurant Pays Tribute To Belize's Fishermen
Opening this past weekend in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize is the island's newest themed restaurant that pays tribute to Belize's fishermen/anglers, as well as delivering a delicious menu highlighted by seafood dishes. Anglers Restaurant Bar is the brainchild of Sanpedrano, island resident Giovanni Marin who has been an entrepreneur on the island for quite some time now. His restaurant picks on his love of the sea and growing up in a family full of fishermen and tourist guides. Anglers Restaurant Bar is located on the corner of Angel Coral and Tarpon Street (Back Street) on the second floor across from A & R store. The restaurant is a family oriented establishment that serves food and offers drink specials on special occasions. It has large, flat-screen tv’s throughout the establishment for patrons to enjoy viewings of sports and special events; special sporting events will call for their large projected screen and invited DJs.

Caye Caulker Municipal Airport Is Back In Action
Residents fo Caye Caulker are the happiest with the inauguration and reopening of the Caye Caulker Municipal Airport that took place this past weekend, Friday, September 7, 2018 after almost a year of it being closed for repairs. After a long wait, Caye Caulker residents were pleased with the announcement of the opening of the island’s airport once again. The airport is now nw of the latest, most modern municipal airports in the country. Substantial work was done to the runway’s shoulders and the laying of thousands of yards of geogrip to provide greater earth stability. Over 24,000 cubic yards of filling material was also spread and compacted.

San Pedro Celebrates The 220th Battle Of St George’s Caye
Chelsea Munoz was officially crowned San Pedro 2018 on Monday, September 10, 2018. The rain did not dampen the mood of the school children came out to parade. Outgoing Miss San Pedro 2017, Virgina Vasquez handed over the crown, band, cape and scepter to our new Miss San Pedro Chelsea Munoz in a brief ceremony that took place at Central Park at 10am. Chelsea was joined on stage by the other four Miss San Pedro contestants. They then led the parade around town followed by Minister Manuel Heredia, Mayor Daniel Guerrero the San Pedro Town Council Staff. After the parade, it was fun in the sun as the Town Council held a Beach Party at Central Park with plenty of music, food. Happy 220th Battle of St. George’s Caye Belize - Hip, Hip, Hurray!

Misc Belizean Sources

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CARIBBEAN BROADCASTING UNION WELCOMES NEW MEMBERS FROM GUYANA AND BELIZE
The Caribbean Broadcasting Union (CBU) has welcomed two (2) new members to its ranks. The Guyana National Broadcasting Authority and the Belize Press Office joined the regional body’s membership which spans twenty-one countries and territories in the Dutch, English, French and Spanish Caribbean. The Authority, which regulates Guyanese television, radio and cable services, came on board as an associate member. The Belize Press Office also joined as an associate member. The BPO produces weekly television news magazines as part of its responsibility for media relations and information dissemination for the government of Belize.

Public Town Hall on the ICJ
Come ask your burning questions! All Belizeans are invited to the 3rd in a series of town hall sessions on the taking the Guatemalan Dispute to the International Court of Justice. Representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as well as the Referendum Unit, will be responding directly to your questions and concerns. Don't miss this opportunity to have your voice be heard. Tuesday, September 18 at 8:30 PM – 10 PM, UWI Open Campus, Princess Magared Drive, Belize City, Belize.

Energy Forum “Spotlight on Belize’s Electricity Sector” in Belize City
On September 6, the U.S. Embassy hosted an Energy Forum “Spotlight on Belize’s Electricity Sector” in Belize City. The forum was an ideal opportunity for government and private sector representatives from both countries to learn each other’s priorities, explore items of mutual interest, and highlight areas for development in the electricity sector. Chargé Gilges stated the U.S. government’s commitment to ensure the energy security of the United States, our partners, and our allies by supporting the diversification of energy sources and supplies, noting that “a strong and prosperous Central America and Caribbean region also strengthens U.S. national security.” Minister Mena emphasized that the ideas presented at the forum were not only “inspirational but aspirational” as “energy systems are integral to all parts of modern life.”

For the month of September, we are excited to feature Crystal Jean Lopez as our Young Belizean Entrepreneur!
Crystal spent her first five years on the island of Tobacco Caye where she was inspired to paint and draw. She painted her first mural along with another colleague for the Belize Coalition and OCEANA Make a Wave Foundation. After finishing school in 2016, her talent in painting became a means of income for her and her then three year-old child. Since then, she has worked on countless murals and commissioned paintings, and she has volunteered her talents for children and worthy causes. In 2017, the Dangriga Town Council honored her as an outstanding woman in art. At the beginning of this year, Crystal officially registered her business. She is the proud owner of Crystal Creations.

Wellness Parks
Additional Wellness Parks coming soon through the kind financial assistance of the Republic of China (Taiwan). Today an additional $30,000 Belize dollars was officially handed over to the Minister of Health, Hon. Pablo Marin to assist in the creation of Wellness Parks to be created in the capital City of Belmopan and San Ignacio Town.

Carnival 2018 Photos
Carnival in Belize City

Wildtracks Newsbrief
Our most recent newsletter has just gone live! Welcome to Wildtracks in September! August has been busy, with howler monkey releases and post-release monitoring ongoing in Fireburn, and manatees on soft release in the lagoon. There is still time, however, to enjoy the tequila sunrises and tropical night skies, the roars of the howler monkeys as they stake their claims to their territories and the casual chatter of the Wildtracks Team as they work to prepare the animals in rehabilitation for life back in the wild.

Updates on the 2018 Re-registration of Electors Exercise
The Elections and Boundaries Department is pleased to present another update to the public on the ongoing 2018 Re-registration of Electors Exercise. An update is hereby provided as follows for the period 3rd to 8th September, 2018. During the period a total of nine hundred and fifty-one (951) applications were accepted, therefore the total number of applications received as of 8th September, 2018 is one hundred twenty-two thousand, four hundred and forty-seven (122,447). This figure indicates a drastic decrease in the number of persons applying to be registered.

San Pedro Independence Eve BLOCK Party!
Let us all bring in Belize's Independence on Thursday, September 20th at the Hon. Louis Sylvestre Sports Complex starting at 7:00 p.m. Come enjoy the music from Caribbean Roots Band and from San Pedro's very own DJ's - DJ Debbie, Deejay Dev, Dj Bigz, Dj Hypastatic, Dj Patron and Jamir. Also, don't miss the 21 Gun Salute, the Flag Raising Ceremony and a spectacular Fireworks display at midnight.

Hamilton Youth Poets Poetry Weekend
The Hamilton Youth Poets are visiting Cayo at the end of the month, and there will be 3 fun events. A Poetry Face Off will be on Friday, September 28th at the Soul Project. On Saturday, a Write-a-thon will be held in the morning at Hode's, and a book launch in the evening at the Soul Project.

Channel 7

Senior Cop Sidelined Pending Drug Plane Investigation
The big news this weekend was the bust of a drug plane in northwestern Belize with over a thousand pounds of cocaine on board - but the huge news tonight is that a senior cop - the officer commanding Orange Walk is being investigated for involvement with the drug plane landings. Superintendent David Chi - who has been in charge in Orange Walk going on three years was sent home today. An official police release says, quote, "Chi has been relieved of his command…and placed on administrative leave pending the investigation into his possible involvement in the illegal landing of this aircraft."

Over 1K Lbs of 'Caine on Drug Plane
This evening's police statement says, quote, "information has surfaced the possible involvement of police officers in the illegal plane landing…in northern Belize on September 9th." And indeed, there was; tonight a police constable is detained along with three others who were caught along with a plane that carried over 500 kilos of drugs. That was the biggest event of the weekend: bigger than carnival or tenth. And that's because after 10 months of regular drug plane landings in Belize - finally(!) the police caught one. It happened on Sunday night - and Jules Vasquez has the full story: On Monday at 11:15, a convoy of police pickups blocked off New Road and pulled into the Queen Street station

Was There Another Plane?
Now, in spite of this very large bust that happened on Sunday night, there are persistent reports that another plane landed in the Blue Creek area 24 hours later on Monday night. The press asked the police about it:... Reporter: "I've received information that there was another aircraft landing in Blue Creek around 7:30pm, can this be confirmed?" DCP Chester Williams: "We have received information that a plane was flying low, yes. And we deployed to the area and the plane never did touch down. It took off."

Six Days in Lockdown and No Charge, Detainees Fed Up
But first….two sections of Southside Belize are about to enter their second week of being under a state of emergency. And tonight scores of men from the George Street and Banak Street areas are still held in police custody. Today, on our way to the police press conference at the Queen Street station, we had to pass in front of the holding cell - and the men in there pleaded for our attention. Jules Vasquez tells us what he heard from them:.. This was the sound of the eruptive fury and frustration for the George Street men detained since last week here at the Queen Street station. We only got in a few words with them - but they noted said they hadn't yet been told what they were being held for. Last week the Deputy Commissioner said they would be told after 7 days:

Almost Half A Mil USD Taken in Free Zone Heist
We've reported from time to time on the robust tobacco trade at the Western Free zone near the Benque Viejo Border. Container fulls of Chinese cigarettes are imported every month into the zone - and then smuggled into Guatemala. It's an illicit trade and the sales are often in cash - US dollars, which are impossible to bank. So, the companies who deal with this trade are stuck with large sums of cash. And this weekend, well - prepared, organized criminals used their arc welder and torched their way into the offices of Kortobacco Ltd. and stole almost half a million US dollars from a deposit room. Police told us what they know so far: Jospeh Myvette- OC, HNCIB: "On Sunday the 19th of September shortly after 4:30 am Benque Viejo police was called on to the Western Free Zone, the Core Tobacco Company, where upon arrival they observed that the metal door for the building was torched off..."

Benque Cab Driver Caught Laundering Cash
In what may be a situation related to that cash based tobacco trade - a Taxicab from Benque Viejo was caught in Sandhill on Friday. Two men were heading north with large amounts of US dollars concealed in their car - they had a total of $66,000 US currency, $705 Belize currency and 15 quetzales.. Police told us more:... ASP Alejandro Cowo- OC, CIB: "Police intercepted a vehicle driven at the time by Mr. Walter Jonathan Hercules, a 35 year old Belizean businessman of #10 Old Bank Road in Benque Viejo. This happened while police were conducting a check point at the Sand Hill police station on the Phillip Goldson Highway. They intercepted this vehicle that at the time was driven by Walter Jonathan Hercules and was accompanied by Mr. David Cruz..."

A Murder Despite State of Emergency
The 10th of September holiday weekend in Belize City was a lot more peaceful than the preceding weekend, when 6 murders occurred in 30 hours. But, still, a 24 year-old man was murdered and it has the appearance of another gang-related murder. He's Anthony McDonald, who lived on Guerrero Street in the Port Loyola area, but he was killed on Baldwin Drive, which is just off Neal Penn Road. Street sources say that he was affiliated and very friendly with members of Southside Gang, but several months ago, he moved in with his girlfriend who lives on Raccoon Street Extension. At around 8:50 p.m., on Saturday night, he was walking Baldwin Drive, and he was approaching and Neal Penn Road, a short distance from where his girlfriend lives.

Businessman Critical After Lovely Lane Shooting
And while McDonald was clearly the intended target of that execution, tonight, 43 year-old Jing Hui We, a Chinese Belizean from Mahogany Street is clinging to life after a gunman fired at his employee and missed. It happened at around 12:20 yesterday afternoon on Lovely Lane - a gang affiliated area, when the 10th of September parade was finishing. The victim, who is also known by his customers as "Ivan", was in his pick-up doing rounds, and he was leaving Lovely Lane after making a delivery at a shop on that street. While they were passing a bushy empty lot, a shooter took aim at his employee, Rogelio Selgado, and opened fire.

Kendis Killer on the Run
A high profile suspect escaped from police custody. He is 25 year old Kevin Bodden. But let's begin the story from his detention. After 6 months of searching, police finally caught him on Sunday. Bodden was charged with murder, attempted murder, use of deadly means of harm and wounding in connection to the mid-march killing of Ghost Town gang boss Kendis Flowers. But the joy of capturing him was short lived when he slipped away from police yesterday morning. Police told us more about this major slip up. ASP Alejandro Cowo, OC, CIB: "I know Sunday Mr. Kevin Bodden who was wanted for the murder of Kendis Flowers which occurred in March was detained and charged. However early Monday morning he escaped from the cell block from precinct 3."

One Robber Caught In Premium Wines Jacking
Going back now to Friday's big story - police have charged one man for the big money armed robbery at the Premium Wine and Spirits liquor store in King's park. As we reported, three men - wearing no masks - got off with over fifty thousand dollars. Police told us that they slipped into the store when a legitimate customer was buzzed in:... ACP Alejandro Cowo- OC, CIB: "While they were inside of the establishment along with other costumers, three male persons entered the establishment and held them out at gun point. During the robbery, one of the male persons pointed the firearm at the costumers and the persons working there. They went away with three cell phones and a total amount of $57,000 worth of cash in Belize dollars..."

A Chopping In Camalote
A man was attacked on a restroom run outside his Camalote home. It happened on Thursday night around 10:00. The victim is resident Daniel Sotz. Here is what police had to say about this case. ACP Joseph Myvett, Head, NCIB: "Police responded to the residence of Daniel Sotz in Camalote Village where he was found with multiple stab wounds. He was then transported to the Western Regional Hospital in a critical condition but he has since been stabilized and a statement has since been recorded from him."

Machete May Have Caused Corozal Lightning Strike
A 65 year old Corozal woman was apparently struck by lightning. Delia Aguilar didn't survive the strike. It happened on Sunday morning around 10:30. Aguilar was doing some yard work with her machete at her Ranchito village home when she was struck. Her daughter went to the back yard only to find her mother's dead body. The machete and wet conditions may have acted as conductors for the lightning strike.a

CWU Versus The City
On last week Wednesday's newscast, we told you about the dispute between the Belize City Council and its cemetery staff. These are the city employees who dig and build graves at the Eternal Garden Memorial Cemetery. Last week Wednesday, the cemetery staff refused to work because the Council denied their request for subsistence, which they think they are entitled to. When the press brought up the topic to Mayor Bernard Wagner, he insisted that the issue was resolved, and that the Cemetery staff would get their subsistence whenever they are entitled to it. Well, the Christian Workers Union, which represents the 12 of the 13 Cemetery staff being affected, says that the Council's handling of this dispute is a classic example of the strained relationship that the union and the City continue to have.

Re-Reg Numbers Dip Even Further
The Elections and Boundaries Department has released its latest voters re-registration stats, and the figures say that there was a major fall in the number of Belizeans who applied. From September 3rd to September 8th, which was the first time during the exercise that the Department moved back to their regular offices, only 951 Belizeans went to re-register. Those fewer than a thousand applications, brings the total number of re-registered voters to one hundred twenty-two thousand, four hundred and forty-seven (122,447).

Will Belize Go Digital?
Many have gotten rid of those old analog television sets and replaced them with the flat screen HD TV's. While Belizeans have made the switch individually, there hasn't been a national transition. The broadcast standard stipulated by the Belize Broadcasting Authority is still analog. Nonetheless, representatives from Belize's telecommunications sector were still very much involved in this year's 4th Regional Coordination meeting. It was held at the Biltmore and this is the first time Belize is hosting the meeting. We stopped by to find out more.

A Very Special Constable
The long weekend was for the tenth festivities, but what made it memorable was that police finally caught one of those drug planes. And more than that, at least two police officers have been implicated: Constable Norman Anthony was acting suspiciously near the scene, while Orange Walk Commander Superintendent David Chi has been placed on administrative leave pending, quote, "the investigation into his possible involvement in the illegal landing of this aircraft." And on the periphery of all this is another far less noted development. Last week, when Chester Williams was acting Compol, police detained a special constable, who was a prominent member of the Orange Walk Quick Response Team, or QRT. He wasn't charged, but he was removed from the QRT.

Titans Win Again
The hype and revelry of Carnival Road March 2018 has come and gone. But while the road ready onlookers have great memories to walk away with, the winners of the road march have their title and cash prizes. In the junior category, 1st place went to Collet Royal. They got $7,000, Black Pearl came in 2nd place. They walked away with $5,000 and Soca Massive came in 3rd and took home $3,000. Now in the senior category: Titans topped all the bands and got $10,000, second place went to Soca Moca, they walked away with $6,000 and third place went to Mother Nature. The band got $4,000 cash prize. In a NICH release it states "This year's Carnival was a vibrant display of color and merriment for the many carnival bands, floats, impromptu revelers and on-lookers." Most importantly, it passed without any major crime. Tomorrow, we'll show you what the juveey looked like.

Tenth Speakers Lament Crime, Boots Buckles In Street
And while the Carnival had the swing, the "thing" was really the tenth. At the official ceremony, municipal and national leaders could not avoid current affairs and crime: After the official ceremony, we saw the parade, and we can tell you, it was one of the weakest and smallest we've ever seen. But, still, the tireless Port Loyola Representative Boots Martinez added some spectacle and colour to an otherwise unremarkable event. Martinez has not missed a tenth parade in more than a decade.

Channel 5

Supt. David Chi & PC Norman Anthony Suspended for Huge Cocaine Bust
Police have confirmed late this afternoon that a senior officer has been placed on a five-day administrative leave beginning today pending further investigation into a huge cocaine bust over the [...]

A Major Drug Bust in the North; 26 Bales of Cocaine, a Daring Shootout and 2 Policemen Implicated
The suspension of Chi and Anthony follows a fourteen-million-dollar drug bust on Sunday.  A small aircraft originating from Venezuela was confiscated by police in the Tres Leguas area, Blue Creek [...]

Ministry of National Security Commends Civilian Vigilance for Spotting Drug Planes
Chief Executive Officer George Lovell, of the Ministry of National Security, says that the illegal landing of aircrafts in northern Belize prompted the police department to ramp up anti-drug operations [...]

ComPol Categorically Denies Any Relation to Norman Anthony
Is Commissioner of Police Allen Whylie related to disgraced Police Constable Norman Anthony?  It’s a claim that he categorically refuted during a press conference earlier today, admitting that while the [...]

Was Social Media Whistleblower Spot-on In His Charge of Police Involvement in Drug Activity?
While police were busy in Belize City securing the seizure of the bales of cocaine and detaining the quartet believed to be involved in the landing and offloading of the [...]

Major Heist: US$406,000 Stolen from Kortobacco Belize Ltd.
A major heist took place in the wee hours of Sunday morning at the Benque Free Zone at the Western Border. Masked men targeted Kortobacco Belize Limited and stole more [...]

Anthony McDonald is Gunned Down in Belize City
The carnival road march went off without bloodshed, but around nine on Saturday night, a Crooked Tree resident was shot and killed on Baldwin Drive. Twenty-four-year-old Anthony McDonald was wounded [...]

Wanted City Resident is Charged for the Murder of Kendis Flowers, but Escapes
In mid-March of this year, reputed Mayflower Gang Leader Kendis Flowers was executed, shot once to the eye on Mahogany Street, not too far from where he lived on Mayflower [...]

Benque Residents Charged for Money Laundering US$65,000
The Police Department may have intercepted yet another illegal drug activity on Friday. Word to News Five is that the department received a tip on the movement of two Benque [...]

Rape Allegation in Corozal
A twenty-six-year-old Corozal resident was allegedly raped by a friend of her husband. The woman claims that on Saturday night, she was socializing with her family and went to bed [...]

1 Charged, 2 Others Sought in Robbery at Premium Wines
There is an update to the brazen robbery of Premium Wines on Newtown Barracks last Friday.  More than fifty-four thousand dollars in cash were stolen from the business by three [...]

Stabbed While Heading to the Bathroom; Daniel Sotz Recovering
Two persons were detained and then released following a stabbing incident in Camalote Village over the weekend.  The victim Daniel Sotz was injured when he was attacked and stabbed multiple [...]

Man Clings to Life after Near Fatal Shooting on Lovely Lane
A Belizean Chinese national is tonight clinging to life at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital following a shooting on Lovely Lane after the citizen’s parade on Monday. It is believed [...]

CWU Accuses CitCo of Union Busting
Last week, Belize City Mayor Bernard Wagner told the media that the dispute between the council and the cemetery staff who are a part of the Christian Workers’ Union was [...]

CWU President Says Members Need Representation
CWU President Evan ‘Mose’ Hyde says it is the duty of the union to represents its members during all disputes or at the request of the members. He says that [...]

Arson Reported in Crique Sarco Village
Punta Gorda police are investigating an arson which occurred over the weekend. It happened in the village of Crique Sarco at around three-thirty on Saturday evening. Police say that the [...]

Re-registration Update: 122,447 Applications Received So Far
An additional nine hundred and fifty-one re-registration applications were received by the Elections and Boundaries Office during the period September third to the eight. This is the lowest figure recorded [...]

220th Anniversary of the Battle of St. George’s Caye Commemorated
One of the highlights of the September Tenth Ceremony at Memorial Park was the coronation of Belmopan’s Jenny Lee Cruz as the national Queen of the Bay. This year, the crowning [...]

The Winners of the 2018 Carnival Road March
Saturday’s Carnival Road March featured ten bands, five in the senior and the remaining five in the junior category. It started at the corner of Neal Pen Road and Central [...]

James Adderley with the Update on Sporting Activities over the Weekend
Good evening, I’m James Adderley and this is Sports Monday.   [Highlights of weekend sporting activities....]

LOVE FM

Mexico Celebrates its Independence with a free concert
Belize is celebrating its independence on the 21st and its neighbor in the North, Mexico celebrates its independence day on September 16th. But in advance of that date, embassies around the world will celebrate on Thursday, September 13th. Love News spoke to Diego Sapien, the Cultural attaché for Mexico’s Embassy in Belize who says the …

Camalote villager stabbed late Thursday night
A Camalote Villager was gravely wounded and the police department is unable to explain why. According to Assistant Commissioner of Police Joseph Myvett, Daniel Sots was stabbed multiple during a violent episode last week Thursday night. ACP Joseph Myvette: “According to his account is that he had reached home shortly after 8pm on the said …

“Building Healthy Communities for Everyone”
“Building healthy communities for everyone” is the theme for Wellness Week. Dr. Jorge Polanco, the Non-Communicable Diseases Focal Point for PAHO said that wellness is key in promoting health. Dr Jorge Polanco NOn Communicable Diseases Focal Point: “Promoting wellness should be an underlying strategy. This was the original idea when it was born in the …

Manager and Customers of Premium Wines and Spirits held at gun point
Everald Sambula (VO STARTS) was charged with three counts of robbery when he appeared before Magistrate Emerson Banner. Police believe Banner is one of three men involved in robbing Premium Wines and Spirits located on Newton Barracks. Around ten thirty, last Friday forty-nine year old, Maria Price, the Manager of the establishment reported to police …

Belize celebrates 220th Anniversary of the Battle of St. George’s Caye
The September celebrations are taking place under the theme “Belize Da Fi Wi Now and Forever 8867”. Amidst the celebrations, lie Guatemala’s claim to our sovereignty. Some Belizeans are eager to resolve the matter; however, many question whether taking the matter to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) would be the best solution. During the …

Man shot while delivering on Lovely Lane
McDonald was not the only victim of violence over the long weekend. A man remains in critical condition after he was shot yesterday. Thirty five year old, Jing Wu, of Mahogany Street, Belize City was apparently making a delivery on Lovely Lane with a passenger, Rogelio Selgado, when he was shot. ASP. Alejandro Cowo indicated …

CitCo and CWU at odds over workers subsistence
The Christian Workers Union (WCU) and the Belize City Council remain at odds over the issue of subsistence. As we reported last week, the CWU has been trying to sit down with the Belize City Council to discuss subsistence for workers when they have to work outside city limits. Evan Mose Hyde Jr., the President …

Man gunned down on Saturday night, dies
While the police try to police themselves, the Ministry of National Security has been working on a strategy to keep Belize City crime free. Last week there was the declaration of a state of emergency in two areas of the city. Although measures are being put in place, it was not enough for a 24-year-old …

Cayo residents arrested and charged with money laundering
Thirty five year old, Walter Hercules and twenty five year old, David Cruz, both residents from Benque Viejo Del Carmen, in the Cayo District appeared in court today before Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford where they were charged after being arrested at a police check point in the Sand Hill Village last week Friday. Assistant Superintendent …

Kortobacco Limited robbed of over 406,000 US Dollars
Kortobacco Limited, a distributor of cigarettes, located inside the Western Free Zone was a victim of a major heist, when over four hundred six thousand dollars US dollars were stolen on Sunday. Assistant Commissioner of Police, Joseph Myvett, shared the details. ACP Joseph Myvette, National Crimes Investigation Branch: “According to police information the security guards …

Kortobacco
On Sunday 25-year-old Kevin Bodden was charged for the murder of Kendis Flowers who was shot and killed on March 17th. It appears somehow Bodden managed to escape from police at the Queen Street Station. Assistant Superintendent of Police, Alejandro Cowo said Bodden was being escorted to the bathroom when he managed to evade the officer …

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Authorities confirm police involvement in drug plane landing
Today, just following a press conference held by the Ministry of National Security regarding Sunday night’s […]

Re-registration numbers decrease drastically; all Belizeans encouraged to re-register
The Elections and Boundaries Department today issued another update on the ongoing 2018 Re-registration of […]

Taiwan donates $30,000 for Wellness parks
Today, Belize received another generous donation from the Republic of China (Taiwan). The Ministry of […]

U.S. Embassy hosts Energy Forum
On September 6, 2018 the United States Embassy hosted an energy forum, “Spotlight on Belize’s […]

Carnival road march champions announced
The Carnival Road March 2018 was held on Saturday September 8. This year’s Carnival was […]

Belize to be reviewed by Civil and Political Rights Committee
Belize is one of several countries, including Belarus, Bulgaria, Guinea and Sudan, being reviewed at […]

Authorities: Police presence will increase in Orange Walk
Today, the Ministry of National Security confirmed in a press conference that they will […]

Authorities: Drug plane bust was not due to leaked coordinates
This morning, the Ministry of National Security held a press conference in the old […]

COMPOL: Police officer arrested in drug plane bust not involved in Narco-Trafficking
This morning, the Ministry of National Security held a press conference in Belize City […]

Blogs

The 2018 Uniform Parade Through the HOT Streets of San Pedro
September 10th. The first national Holiday in a month that feels like one long holiday in Belize. Yesterday celebrates a small crew of Brits and their slaves ousting the pesky Spanish once and for all in 1798 – the Battle of St George’s Caye. Yesterday was the Uniform Parade. My phone told me it was 82 degrees. Add 100% humidity – it did start raining briefly – and about 18 degrees to that temperature. September is RED HOT. Umbrellas (for sun and rain) were handed out to the pageant queens – and the kids…all in their school uniforms roasted in the sun. It’s a September tradition and MAN. Do I love a parade.

Videos

  • Sea turtles at Naia Resort and Spa - Placencia, Belize, 1.5min. On the critically endangered list, the Hawksbill turtle is one of three turtle species found in Belize. The Naia team was privileged to catch a glimpse of a mature female laying her eggs on our beach.

  • Intro to [#%!] Talkshow, 2hr.

  • The lightening in corozal and rain yesterday, 3.5min.

  • House Hunters International - Going Big in Belize, 30min.

  • 2018 BELIZE CARNIVAL - Full Parade, 52min.

  • Belize September Festival Weekend - Nailah Blackman Performing Live, 15min. Nailah Black an performs all her hit songs at Belize September Festival Weekend in Belize; September 2018.

  • Belize Travel Diary 2017, 11min.

  • Police Check Point Talk Show, 60min.