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The San Pedro Sun

Island students demonstrate patriotism during Children’s Rally 2018
Hundreds of island students gathered at the Angel Nunez Auditorium in San Pedro Town for the Annual Children’s Rally, held on Friday, September 14th. The rally is part of the September Celebrations activities held countrywide, with the purpose of promoting patriotism among Belizean children. Under this year’s theme: “Belize Da Fi Wi- Now & Forever, 8867”, attendees got to enjoy musical performances, poems, dramas, as well as inspirational speeches from special invited guests. The Children’s Rally began at 9AM with a musical rendition of the National Anthem by the San Pedro Roman Catholic School, followed by the National Prayer delivered by New Horizon Seventh Day Adventist School. Master & Mistress of Ceremonies, Jorge Aldana and Ninel Pacheco then officially welcomed everyone to the event, and invited Karissa Vasquez to the podium to deliver the Welcome Remarks.

BELTRAIDE Welcomes Dr. Leroy Almendarez as its New Executive Director
The Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (BELTRAIDE) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Leroy Almendarez as the organization’s new Executive Director. Dr. Almendarez will officially assume this new role on September 17th, 2018. Dr. Almendarez joins BELTRAIDE after serving as an Assistant Professor at the University of Belize’s Faculty of Management and Social Sciences (FMSS), where he taught International Business, Socioeconomic Development, and Small Business Management.

Ambergris Today

Chamber Of Commerce Statement On Crime Situation In Belize
The Belize Chamber of Commerce issued a release commending those members of law enforcement involved in the interception of the drug plane and its cargo over this past weekend. The release stated that good work as such must be highly commended in hopes that the interceptions continue and are followed by rapid convictions which will quickly become the norm instead of the noteworthy exception. The release stated inregards to the crime problem continuing to plague ordinary citizens and directly impacting our economy, the BCCI comments as follows: in 2000, Belize’s intentional homicide (murder) rate was 16.6 per 100,000 persons. In 2002, that number spiked to 33.2 and has remained at that level or higher since then. This has earned Belize a spot on the top-ten list of countries with the highest murder rates in the world.

1st Ever Central American & Mexican Independence Parade
On Saturday, Septmeber 15, 2018, Island Residents enjoyed for the first time ever a Central American and Mexican Independence Day Parade. It was a short yet jovial parade that started off at Central Park and ended at the Hon. Louside Sylvestre Sports Complex. Mayor Daniel Guerrero and Island Beauty Ambassdors led the parade followed by flag bearers and dancers moving gracoiusly to the music of the marching band. Happy Independence Day to Mexico and Central America.

Misc Belizean Sources

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HON. EDMOND CASTRO GUEST OF HONOUR AT SALVADORAN INDEPENDENCE CELEBRATION
On Sunday, September 16th, in Maskall Village in the Belize District, members of the Salvadoran community in Belize gathered to celebrate their country’s 197th Anniversary of Independence, which was September 15th. Attendees came from communities around the country, such as Valley of Peace in Cayo and Bella Vista in Toledo. Maskall Village has a sizeable and productive Salvadoran community, the Naggo Bank Farmers’ Cooperative, being responsible for more than $2 million sales in agricultural produce annually. The first group of Salvadorans arrived in Maskall as early as 1975. Since then, they have played an important role in the life and economy of that village and the country of Belize.

Corozal Jouvert 2018
Jouvert 2018 is here! The September Celebrations Committee and the Corozal Town Council invites you!


On Thursday, September 13th, 18 Belizeans were recognized for their service and contributions to Belize at the annual Tribute to Belizean Patriots Award Ceremony held at the Bliss Center for Performing Arts. Mrs. Clare Moody and Mr. Francis "Cisco" Woods received the highest honour of the night, The Order of Distinction, while the other honourees were bestowed the Meritorious Service Award.

Corozal Battle of the Bands
Battle of the Bands Tuesday, September 18th at 7:00 p.m. infront of the Corozal Town Hall Building.

Rafael A. Guerra passes away
The Institute of Archaeology wishes to express its condolences to our colleague Rafael A. Guerra and to his family in the passing of his father, Jose M. Guerra, aka Polin Guerra. Funeral services for Mr Guerra will be held on Wednesday September 19, 2018 at Saint Ignatius Church in Santa Elena at 2 p.m and interment will follow at Carmen Memorial Cemetery. A wake will be held on Tuesday 18 September 2018 at the Guerra residence at 10 Mabel Pitts St, Santa Elena.

Hanal Pixan
Come and celebrate this beautiful Maya tradition Hanal Pixan. Maya tradition of "food for the souls" Authentic Maya Cuisine, Corozal Town Saturday October 27 @7pm

Corozal Fut Seven Association
We give you the results and standings after the semi finals. We also give you the schedule for the Finals which will be played in the 29 of September. Be sure to reach out as we will have lots to eat and drink for the entire family.

13th Rotary Wine & Cheese Party
The Rotary Club of Belmopan's 13th annual Wine and Cheese Party will be on Saturday, October 6th. The proceeds go towards the Belize Children's Project, which helps children get much needed orthopedic surgeries. Have fun and support a great cause at the same time.

Belize Fishing Report: Sept. 5 - Sept. 15th, 2018
No need to describe our bone-fishing other than just fantastic. Here are the many anglers who found success! Cristina, Mary, Judith, Tia, Marlo, Rae Ann, Elizabeth, Linda, Sher, Phoenix, Lindsay, Lisa, Kelly, Jenny, Joanne, Tammy, Karen, Deborah and Alicia. Also, congrats to Micaela and Sam, Bobbie and Chris.

Water outage today in San Pedro
Belize Water Services informs its customers in San Pedro that there will be an interruption in the water supply, today, September 18, 2018, starting at 1:00pm. The entire San Pedro Distribution System will be affected. This interruption is necessary for the installation of new District Metering Zones. Due to the upgrades, customers may experience low water pressure and/or discoloration when water is restored. Residents of these or nearby areas are advised that water supply should return to normal by 6:00pm. If they experience water supply problems after that time, they should immediately call BWS' hotline at 0-800-CALL-BWS (0-800-225-5297) to report it.

Photoshoot Escape
This event will be held at the Belize Boutique Resort & Spa @belizeboutiqueresortspa in Belize which promises to offer many outstanding locations for shooting photos and videos with some of the best models, photographers, and professionals in the industry. This Model and Photography Weekend Getaway has limited spaces for only 6 Photographers, 12 Models, 3 Videographers, 3 Makeup Artists, 3 Hair Stylists and 3 Boutiques for 2.5 days of fun while working. This is an excellent opportunity for models, photographers, makeup artists and hair stylists to shoot, network, build portfolios, gain experience, get professional instruction, support each other, gain market exposure and build lasting careers while having lots of fun.

Night Out for the Birds!
Saturday 27th October is our annual fundraiser at Corkers Restaurant in Belmopan! Tickets are $50 and all proceeds go directly to BBR. A fun filled night, ncluding silent auction, raffle, door prize, food, cash bar, quiz and music! We look forward to seeing you.

Channel 7

Girl Escapes Abductor in A White Car
Tonight, Belize City police are telling parents to be on high alert - after a man with a machete snatched a teenaged girl on Saturday afternoon - and took her in his car. It happened in the Martin's area - behind the Complex building. The very good news is that she got away - but the kidnapping has exposed the fact that there is a dangerous kidnapper on the loose - and he appears to be working in coordination with at least one other person. Jules Vasquez has more:... This is believed to be the car in which a kidnapper trapped a 15 year old girl. She was walking here on Holy Emmanuel Street heading to LA Croix Boulevard - when she was pushed into the car:

Teenager Flees Rapist
And there is also another disturbing report of sexual violence - this one in the Corozal District. It happened last night in San Andres Village - which is on the outskirts of Corozal Town. A man attempted to rape a 17 year old girl as he pushed her off her bike. Police told us more:.. ACP Joseph Myvett, Head, National Crimes Investigation Branch: "Last night shortly after 7:30p.m., police responded to a report of an attempted rape in San Andres Village in the vicinity of the Rudolph Wade Auditorium where upon arrival a seventeen-year-old minor who was at the time accompanied by a six-year-old riding a bicycle in that area was pushed off her bicycle by a Hispanic male person..."

Cops Catch Robbers Feeling Home Invasion
Alert police nabbed a trio of home invaders on Sunday in Belize City. The men had just tied up the 5 Chinese residents of a home above a restaurant on Caesar Ridge Road on the Yabra area. But they missed resident #6. He was in the restroom when the home invaders came in, and bolted out to call the police. There was a fixed checkpoint - and an MIT patrol - and they sprung into action - catching the armed men as they were running out of the property. Here's what happened next:.. This was the scene at Fantaxia Restaurant yesterday afternoon as police loaded the three suspects into the back of their mobile. Onlookers know the three men very well.

The Passing of a Political Titan
And, turning now from crime, we go to politics - where a titan has passed. Dean Russell Lindo died at his Belize City home after 3:00 today. He'd just turned 86 and had been ailing with a number of health issues. Lindo was the first leader of the UDP - and is widely considered to be one of the most important political figures in Belizean history. Today, from Havana Cuba where he is recovering from back surgery, his nephew, namesake and former law partner, Prime Minister Dean Barrow spoke about Lindo - who he called a towering figure in Belizean politics:…

Corozal Constable Caught On Camera, Drunk And Shirtless
A policeman is under national scrutiny tonight after a video of him went viral on Facebook this weekend. PC Borland, attached to the Corozal formation is seen on the video coming to consciousness drunk and shirtless outside A & R in the Corozal Free Zone. Today, the Head of National Crimes Investigation commented on it: ACP Joseph Myvett, Head, National Crimes Investigation Branch "There was some information circulating on the social media with a police officer who was identified as PC Borland who was dressed only in police trousers. As a result he was detained and taken to the Corozal police station where he was served with a disciplinary charges for which he will make an appearance tomorrow."

Wild Fight At Club/Dar Leaves Three Injured
And from a drunken cop to a wild brawl at a night club - police are looking for someone to charge after a melee erupted at Pier One Bar and Grill in Belize City. At 1:00 am - someone was rolling with their cell phone camera when all hell broke loose at the night spot - which is in BTL Park. Police told us that three persons ended up getting stabbed:... ASP Alejandro Cowo, O.C., C.I.B., Belize City: "Police visited the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital where they observed a group of persons. Several of them had apparent injuries to the body. Some of them refused to seek medical attention, however the doctor attended to three persons who were admitted. This was as a result of a fight that broke out at Pier One where several persons were injured..."

Another Sarstoon Showdown
On Friday's news, we showed you the latest confrontation between the Belize Territorial Volunteers and the Guatemalan armed forces at the mouth of the Sarstoon River. Wil Maheia and his crew were preparing for last Saturday's Sarstoon Eco-Challenge. That involved planting a Belizean flag on the Sarstoon Island, which is a big no-no for the Guatemalans, who claim it as part of their territory. The eco challenge features kayaking racers paddling all the way from Barranco Village to the mouth of the Sarstoon. Once there, the racers make a lap around Sarstoon Island, venturing close to the river border between Belize and Guatemala, and they finish back at the Barranco pier.

Young Entrepreneurs Get Chance to Learn In the US
4 Belizean entrepreneurs are already packing to leave on Wednesday for a 5 week fellowship program in the US. They were chosen as participants in this year's US Embassy sponsored Young Leaders of the America's Initiative. The program gives these young entrepreneurs the singular networking experience that will help them take their business to the next level. The US Embassy hosted a special lunch for the successful applicants today at the Chief of Mission Residence in Belmopan. 7News was there. Here is more about the program. We also spoke to the participants about their businesses and how impactful this opportunity will be for them.

NICH External Auditor Frowns At Internal Auditor
Tonight we have some breaking news from the NICH external audit. As we have reported, the internal auditor, Roberto Matus raised many concerns about the financial goings-on at NICH during his review. Cabinet put the President on Administrative leave pending the review by external auditor, Chartered Accountant Mark Hulse, from the accounting firm of Baker Tilly Hulse. 7News has received the draft conclusion sent to the board - and it is not kind to Matus. It says, quote, "In our opinion sufficient due diligence was not applied by the internal auditor in establishing reasonableness and completeness of occurrences and transaction.

Deon Bruce Still Fighting
Belizean Deon Bruce has been sitting in jail since January 2014, when the then Chief Magistrate, Ann Marie Smith, ordered that he should be extradited to Chicago to face grand jury charges of murder and attempted murder. US Law enforcement say that in July 2010 he gunned down and killed Americans Aaron Carter and Bryan Rodgers, but ever since extradition proceedings were brought against him, he's been fighting it in the Supreme Court. So far, he's been on a losing streak, and the Supreme Court has already refused to overturn the Chief Magistrate's decision. He got good news today, however, when Justice Michelle Arana ruled that he can go to the Court of Appeal, and appeal her ruling against him.

Expo Numbers Down Again
The ITVET was swarming with people scavenging for the best deals at this year's Expo Belize Market Place. Over 13,000 people attended this weekend. But if you look at the numbers, it is down from last year's 14,000 people - which was also down from the year before. Regardless of the turnout, the Belize Chamber of Commerce is quite happy with the event. In their release it states "The 22nd Anniversary of the Expo Belize Market Place was indeed a landmark event which had the participation of 110 companies utilizing 189 booths." The release continues by saying "this year we made history in having the participation of the youngest exhibitor ever Ms. Jaelynn Crawford who debuted her company Craftastic J." The release ends by saying "The BCCI is continuously grateful for the support it receives from the Business Community, especially its members and sponsors."

The Complications of Car Insurance in Chetumal
Going to Chetumal got a whole lot more complicated in the past few weeks. That's because the Mexican authorities are now enforcing regulations which state that all private vehicles must have Mexican insurance in order to drive legally in Chetumal or anywhere in Mexico. That insurance is now available on the Mexican side for a little more than a dollar an hour, sold at $12.50 for half day, or 25 dollars for a day. The Mayor of Orange Walk Kevin Bernard has put out his own announcement on it:..

KHMH @ 23
Since May, KHMH, the country's national referral hospital, has been going through a transitional phase after part of its ceiling fell in, and exposed that the roof over a third of the hospital's building was structurally compromised. During that time, the hospital had to go into what it referred to as "emergency mode", where some of its non-emergency services had to be suspended until further notice, while contractors worked to repair the structural defects. Well today, the hospital's administration announced that those repairs are almost nearing completion, and most of the suspended services has resumed. That's just in time for the hospital's 23rd anniversary, and we stopped by to speak with the CEO about the happy co-incidence. Here's what she had to tell us:

A Book By SMART to Make Kids Smarter
Education stakeholders continue to be concerned about the performance of the country's primary school students on the PSE. This year's results show that half of the over 7,000 test takers got an "E" in mathematics, and and a third got and "E" in English. An "E" means that the test takers got an inadequate grade, somewhere around 50%. Today, the telecommunications company, Smart, joined those who want to help children to develop better reading habits. They commissioned a children's book called "Do the Smart Thing", and 3 school teachers produced short stories to be featured in it. They're all positive and fun stories aimed at captivating these young people, in a time where electronic distractions are everywhere.

Man Hit By Stray Bullet
A man was shot by a stray bullet this weekend. Last night at 7:00 29 year old Darryl Berry was riding his bicycle on Fabers Road when he was shot twice to the foot. Police told us it was a stray bullet from another argument unrelated to the victim:.. ASP Alejandro Cowo, O.C., C.I.B., Belize City: "On Sunday 16th September, just after 7pm, Mr. Darryl Berry, twenty-nine-year-old of Hunters Lane, was riding his bicycle heading from Faber's Road towards the George Price Highway, just before the Puma Gas station when he was approached by a short dark-skinned male person who fired several shots at his direction injuring him to the right knee and the left leg. He was treated and then he was discharged the same night..."

Man Stabbed In Domestic Dispute
Also last night, a woman stabbed her common law husband after he allegedly punched her. At 9:00 last night, 29 year old Randy Quilter got in a fight with his 23 year old common law Jasnique Brakeman - and it ended with two stab wounds to his back. Police told us more:... ASP Alejandro Cowo, O.C., C.I.B., Belize City: "Randy Quilter, twenty nine year old stevedore of that address, was engaged in a domestic dispute with his common law wife resulting in he receiving two stab wounds to the left side of his back. He is presently admitted at this moment at the KHMH."

Cops Speak On Pellet Gun Used In Robbery
Two Belize City minors were arraigned in Belmopan court today. This is after they were caught with the proceeds from a robbery last week Thursday in the Capital City. As we reported, the boys, one 15, the other 16 years old held up Taisan store on Garza Street with a pellet gun. They snatched $600 and took off. Today we asked police if they went to Belmopan with robbery on their mind:.. ACP Joseph Myvett, Head, National Crimes Investigation Branch "Quick police into this investigation led to the detention of two 16 year old minors from Belize City who have since been arrested and charged for the crime of robbery. Some monies were recovered along with liquors, cigarettes and a handgun which is a pellet gun that was suspected to have been used in the commission of the crime."

Man Shot Woman Because of Earlier Argument
And, in another update to a crime story from last week, as we told you 24 year-old Wayne Welch was charged last week Friday for shooting 23 year old Dawn Parchue. Today police discussed why he allegedly did it. ASP Alejandro Cowo: "Like we had mentioned earlier she was involved in a dispute at a establishment in the Mahogany Street area with some people and as she left from the establishment that is at a distance that she was shot several times."

Man Remanded For Alleged Pistol Whipping
A Belize City man is remanded after he allegedly pistol whipped another man. Glenford Barrera, a librarian, reported to the police that around 9:30 p.m. on September 13, he was standing at the corner of Rocky Road and West Canal Street when he was approached by Christopher Hyde who pointed a 9 millimeter pistol at him and demanded money. Barrera said he refused to give Hyde money and Hyde pistol whipped him on the left side of his face and left. Barrera's injury to his face was classified as harm.

Major Crime Down Month to Month
And, despite all this crime news, the Ministry of National security says major crime is down. National security Minister John Saldivar had his monthly meeting today with the senior members of Security Forces, which includes the Belize Police Department, the Belize Defense Force and the Belize Coast Guard. They say that in the month of August major crimes, countrywide, fell by twenty-seven percent (27%) compared to July. One hundred (100) major crimes were reported in August compared to one hundred thirty-seven (137) in July.

Play Di Pan, Man!
And, crime was not the concern yesterday at the BTL Park for the NICH Pan Yaad concert. It played from 2:30 to 6:30 and was live on Channel 7. We leave you tonight with highlites - and join me back here tomorrow…

Channel 5

Bar Brawl at Pier One Bar Captured on Camera
A shocking bar brawl at Pier One Bar was captured on film. The video shows a group of men violently attacking each other in the wee hours of Saturday morning. [...]

Domestic Dispute Leads Wife to Stab Husband
A domestic dispute on Sunday night led to a near-fatal stabbing. Belize City resident twenty-nine-year-old Rhandy Quilter is at the K.H.M.H recuperating after he was stabbed by his common-law wife [...]

3 Men are Nabbed in a Foiled Home Invasion at Fantaxia Restaurant
There was a brazen home invasion at a popular restaurant in the Yabra area. On Sunday afternoon, the proprietors of Fantaxia Restaurant located on Queen Charlotte Street in Belize City [...]

Female Minor Claims She was Abducted and Taken to Homeland Memorial Park
A report was made to the Police over the weekend of the abduction of a minor. On Saturday sometime after three p.m., a fifteen-year-old girl reported that she was walking [...]

Group of Mexicans Detained by Belize City Police Released
Five Mexican nationals, who were detained on Thursday evening at a boutique, were released on Saturday afternoon. After being held for almost three days, forty-seven-year-old attorney Reymundo Choc, his wife [...]

The K.H.M.H. at 23!
The Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital turned twenty-three on Saturday. The authority at the national referral hospital, which has endured good and bad times, held a brief ceremony to acknowledge the [...]

The P.U.P. Response to BCCI’s Statements on UHS Loan & State of Emergency
The People’s United Party today reacted to a statement by the Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry in respect of the U.H.S. loan motion which was taken to House, but [...]

N.T.U.C.B. Calls Out CitCo for ‘Union Busting’
The National Trade Union Congress of Belize is calling out the Belize City Council for Union Busting. The umbrella union wrote to Mayor Bernard Wagner warning that it will not [...]

An Attempted Rape in Corozal
Police also reported today on an attempted rape in Corozal. A Hispanic man is in custody tonight pending charges of assault of a female minor in San Andres, Corozal. On [...]

Caught by Stray Bullet; Police Looking for Suspect
Police are looking for a suspect in a shooting on Sunday night in which a man was injured. Twenty-nine-year-old Darryl Berry it seems was at the wrong place at the [...]

Dean Bruce Continues Fight Against Extradition Order
Thirty-two-year-old Deon Bruce has been on remand since January 2014 on a committal warrant by then Chief Magistrate Anne Marie Smith who ordered his extradition to face criminal charges including [...]

3 Week Later, Wayne Welch is Charged for the Attempted Murder of Dawn Parchue
In late August, we reported on a shooting incident on Mahogany Street where Dawn Parchue had been shot multiple times to the body. The attempt made on her life was [...]

Pair of Minors from Saint Martin’s Arraigned for Belmopan Robbery
Going into the weekend, we reported on the brazen robbery in Belmopan in which two minors were involved; they were caught at the bus terminal with the loot and a [...]

Housekeeper Charged for Trafficking over 7 Pounds of Weed
A twenty-eight-year-old housekeeper of San Pedrito area of San Pedro has been arrested and charged for drug trafficking. According to the report, Dorla Morales was caught red-handed at the boat [...]

San Pedro Fisherman Missing Since September 10th
A twenty-three-year-old fisherman of a Pelican Street address in San Pedro is also missing.  Miguel Arroyo left home on September tenth en-route to a store and has not been seen [...]

A Giant in the U.D.P. Passes; Dean Lindo Dead at 86
Word has been received of the passing of Dean Lindo, one of the founders and a former leader of the United Democratic Party.  He died at his home in Buttonwood [...]

Do The SMART Thing! Book Launched
Telecom giant, SMART Belize launched its ‘Do The SMART Thing!’ book this morning. The book, which features two short stories for primary school students, was a joint venture between SMART [...]

Draft Results of External Audit at NICH
Last Friday, the deputy prime minister Patrick Faber said that the external audit at NICH would be completed by today. From what we know the draft audit found that the [...]

Thousands Converge at ITVET for Expo 2018
Over thirteen thousands persons walked through the gates of the ITVET compound on Freetown over the weekend for the annual expo put off by the Belize Chamber of Commerce and [...]

GAF Aggresses BTV during Eco Challenge
On Friday, we reported on the planned Sarstoon Island Eco Challenge.  BTV volunteers led by Wil Maheia, had gone to the area to install a flag when they were confronted [...]

The Weekend in Sports
Good evening, I’m James Adderley and this is Sports Monday.   [Highlights of the weekend sporting activities....]

LOVE FM

KHMH, 23 years later
The Karl Huesner Memorial Hospital is Belize’s national referral hospital. For the past twenty-three years, the institution has been saving lives and today it commemorated its anniversary with a short ceremony. Michelle Hoare has been with the institution since its inception on September 15, 1995, as a nurse manager and has risen through the ranks …

What caused the Pier 1 Brawl?
The BTL Park is one of the few child-friendly spaces in Belize City, assuming you count the Memorial Park and the Baron Bliss Lighthouse as such a space. But since the BTL Park was refurbished by the last City Council, the Pier One Bar was installed on site and it occasionally attracts a violent mix …

Shooter gets bystander instead of target
There was one shooting incident that occurred over the weekend. ASP Cowo says a gunman missed his target and the stray bullet hit Darrell Berry after seven o’clock on Sunday night. ASP ALejandro Cowo: “Just after 7pm Mr. Darrell Berry 29 year old Belizean of Hunters Lane was riding his bicycle heading from Faber’s Rd. towards …

Wife Stabs Husband
There was no body count in the country and it was, for the most part, a quiet weekend. But based on that last report on Pier One, the violence in Belize is not limited to gangs. Another stabbing incident occurred over the weekend and it occurred on Faber’s Road, inside the State of Emergency zone. …

Police Capture Attempted Rapist
There are two disturbing reports of attempted assaults on young women in the North and Central Belize. We start with the first incident in Corozal Town, where two minors, seventeen and six years old were on bicycles. And though witnesses were in the area, a man attacked one of the girls. The head of the …

Extradition Case to be Forwarded to Court of Appeal
When Belizeans face deportation, it is often a one-way trip never to return to the USA. But when Uncle Sam wants you, even if you don’t return, it means prolonged detention at the Belize Central Prison. That’s the story of Deon Bruce. He’s the Belizean that has been accused in the USA of the shooting …

Expo Belize Market Place 2018
Over the weekend, the Belize Chamber of Commerce held its annual signature trade show under the theme “Expo Belize Market Place: the place to connect, business, people and lives”. The trade show attracted almost two hundred businesses and thousands of visitors. It included both new and returning businesses. Home and Nature was one of the …

Maheia recounts encounter with GAF
Over the weekend, the Belize Territorial Volunteers held its third annual Eco Challenge. The race had a female category and male category and it left from Barranco en route to Sarstoon, but encountered some challenges along the way from the Guatemalan Armed Forces. Wil Maheia, the leader of the Belize Territorial Volunteers recounted the incident. …

Police Capture Fantasia Masked Men
Fantasia is a bar in the Yaborough area of Belize City. It was attacked by masked men who broke into the building and held up the employees. But ASP Alejandro Cowo says swift police work led to the arrest of the suspects on Sunday. ASP Alejandro Cowo: “ The same time the Expo was going …

UDP Founder Dean Lindo passes away
Dean Russell Lindo was born September 4th, 1932 and passed away earlier today at the age of 86. He graduated from New York University and Durham University in England and has practiced law since 1964. Lindo was one of the founders of the United Democratic Party (UDP) in 1973. He served as UDP leader from …

PlusTV

DPM explains what led to State of Emergency
40 alleged gang members are incarcerated at the Belize Central Prison as a result of the declared State of Emergency in South Side Belize City. The men are expected to be locked down for a period of no more than 30 days. Over 60 men who were in lockdown for the past 7 days were released after no cha...

DPM says desperate times call for desperate measures
As we have reported, there have been several concerns, particularly from lawyers defending the alleged gangsters, as well as human rights activists over the State of Emergency. Minister Faber was asked what are his thoughts about the concerns expressed. Hon. Patrick Faber, Deputy Prime Minister: Wha...

What happens after 30 days incarcerated?
As we said, 40 alleged gangsters are currently incarcerated and will be locked up for at least a month. So, what happens after their time is up and they are released from prison? According to ACP Chester Williams, it does not end there. Williams says that Police will be doing further investigations...

Documents already drafted for more emergency zones in City if needed
Documents have been drafted for the entire south side Belize City in case a state of emergency needs to be declared in other parts of the City, says Chester Williams. That was his response to a question of potential gang outburst in other parts of the City. According to Williams, it’s simply a strok...

Fleeing gang members will be detained
Gang Members who make attempts to escape the Emergency area by fleeing to other parts of the country will be detained wherever they are found. According to Chester Williams, regulations under the state of Emergency allows for those persons to be treated just as if they were detained in the Emergenc...

DPM says Belize’s location key to nation’s drug trafficking problem
With the recent arrest and charge of two police men, a Belizean civilian, and two Mexicans in connection to the landing of a drug plane in the north, there has been much discourse regarding Belize’s fight against the drug trafficking trade. Several planes have been landed in recent months; some burn...

The Reporter

BARRISTER AND FORMER UDP LEADER DEAN LINDO PASSES AWAY
The Reporter Newspaper expresses condolences to the family of Dean Russell Lindo, SC, attorney and former leader of the United Democratic Party. Friends say Lindo passed away quietly at his home in Belize City today.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Expo 2018 declared huge success!
The 22nd Anniversary of the Expo Belize Market Place was held over the weekend in […]

Three men busted in aggravated burglary of neighborhood restaurant
Belize City police have charged Trevor Guy, Tyrone Guy and Leon Westby with aggravated burglary. […]

Woman allegedly stabs husband after dispute escalates to violence
Police have not yet made any arrests in a domestic dispute which escalated into a […]

Former politician, Dean Lindo passes
Dean Lindo, one of the founders of the United Democratic Party (UDP) has passed away. […]

Belize Chocolate Company wins silver at International Chocolate Awards
Belize Chocolate Company located on Barrier Reef drive in San Pedro represented Belize well recently, […]

Numerous Belizeans presented Tribute to Belizean Patriots award
On Thursday, September 13, eighteen Belizeans were recognized for their service and contributions to Belize […]

NTUCB calls out City Council for union busting
Today, the National Trade Union Congress of Belize (NTUCB) issued a statement calling out the […]

Ministry of National Security Notes Decrease in Major Crimes
A press release from the Ministry of National Security is indicating that major crimes in […]

Re-Registration figures show dismal interest from electorate
The Elections and Boundaries Department today issued an update on the ongoing 2018 Re-registration of […]

PUP lashes out at Chamber’s press release on UHS Matter
The People’s United Party (PUP) today issued a statement saying that it views with “consternation” the release by […]

Rojel Felipe Patt arrested for possession of drugs and gun
Rojel Felipe Patt, 32, a Belizean Ferryman of Chunox Village was arrested yesterday morning around 4 on Chunox […]

Three fishermen arrested for burglarizing home in Belize City
Yesterday afternoon around 2:35, police arrested three fishermen for burglarizing a home in Belize City. According to reports, […]

House destroyed by fire in Seine Bight Village
Authorities in Seine Bight, Stann Creek District are investigating a fire that destroyed a house in that […]

PG grocery store robbed at gunpoint last night
Police in Punta Gorda (PG) are investigating an armed robbery that occurred last night. According to reports, […]

Common-law wife stabs husband in Belize City
Police in Belize City are investigating a stabbing incident that left one man injured last night. According […]

NEMO Minister attends Salvadoran Independence celebration in Maskall
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Guatemalan court orders for anti-corruption chief’s return
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Venezuela gets $5 billion credit line from China
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Blogs

Belize Chocolate Company wins Silver at the International Chocolate Awards
The International Chocolate Awards founded in 2012 is an independent competition recognizing excellence in fine chocolate making. As the World’s only fully independent international fine chocolate competition, their aim is to support companies producing fine chocolate. By helping these markets to grow and develop, they also aim to support the farmers that grow fine cacao. The 2018 Americas competition saw a record number of entries from North and Latin America and the Caribbean with over 800 products entered by 130 chocolate companies from 16 different countries. Belize Chocolate Company, established in 2007, is a family owned bean to bar craft chocolate manufacturer based on Ambergris Caye. They process organic, direct trade cacao beans from small family farms in the Toledo district of Belize. Owners Chris and Jo Beaumont would like to thank all their customers for their continued support and look forward to producing more award winning Belizean chocolate.

CBC's 2018 reno's and the Sargassum invasion!!!!
This was a wild three weeks at CBC....we closed down, did a whirlwind rehab of several projects....meanwhile experiencing the absolute worst sargassum landing that anyone in the village had ever seen. It was truly a natural disaster and it was a difficult couple weeks. We were SO fortunate and grateful that the day before we reopened, the village was able to get the sargassum under control, and we had a reasonable beach for our guests. Sargassum season is "supposed" to be over - but it has continued to be a nuisance around the entire Caribbean. It has been coming in off and on for several months, quite unpredictably. It is scary how much came in - but the village has A LOT to be proud of, as the entire village came together for a clean up and made it happen with such limited resources. Here is a great (and disturbing!) video one resident took from a couple weeks ago: Please note, the normal amount of sargassum, while unpredictable, doesn't have to change your plans to travel here and CERTAINLY doesn't need to ruin your trip.

Experiential Travel: Why Belize is a Trendsetter
It used to be that the big thing for travelers was to hop on a plane to someplace remote, and then spend a week under an umbrella drinking cocktails without ever leaving the resort compound. Today’s travelers, however, seek more transformative experiences while abroad. We’re not making this up: travel news authority Skift conducted a deep dive into experience-based tourism, and found that over half of travelers are placing increased emphasis on transformative travel. Significantly, Skift also found that individuals have myriad definitions of what “transformative” can mean.

Countdown To Belize’s Independence Day – And The Celebrations Are Underway!
How time flies! Could it really already be thirty-seven years since Belize shrugged off the fetters of colonialism, embraced change, and confidently strode into the United Nations as an independent, sovereign nation founded on the hopes, aspirations, ambition and, yes, love of her people? For many Belizeans the memories are still fresh and the excitement surrounding that long awaited day very much alive – as seen in the enthusiasm already rippling throughout Belize this month.

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A Simple Life
Mennonites living in Belize exist apart from the government, with limited technology and surrounded by farmable land. When Mennonites began moving to Belize in the late 1950s, they did so for the same reason their ancestors have migrated for centuries: to live in line with their religious beliefs, including the separation of church and state, pacifism and sustainability, without interference. That means apart from the government, with limited technology and surrounded by farmable land. Mennonites, a traditionally sectarian Christian denomination, trace their roots to the Anabaptist wing of the Protestant Reformation. Today they number approximately one million worldwide, with most living in parts of the developing world, including Paraguay, India and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Those in Belize, called Old Colony Mennonites, descend from the settlers of Chortitza, the earliest Mennonite colony in Russia. Their ancestors moved from the Netherlands and what is now Poland to Russia in the 1780s, then to Canada in the 1870s, Mexico in the 1920s and, a few decades later, Belize.

7 Under-the-Radar Artists From Central America You Should Listen To
On September 15, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Honduras, Costa Rica, and El Salvador celebrated their independence from Spain, while Panama and Belize hold their own independence festivities on November 28 and September 21, respectively. It’s a time for reflection and pride in Central America, as the region uses the occasion to uplift the individual histories and rich, abundant cultures that have been born out of each of their communities. While this is an opportunity to look back, it should also be a chance to revel in the traditions that are still being created today, particularly in music. In every corner of Central America, artists continue drawing inspiration from their home countries as they carve out new spaces for themselves. In Panama, a new generation of rappers churn out songs rooted in the country’s plena tradition, while in Belize, a cadre of DJs are hoisting up an innovative electronic scene. Remezcla explored the sounds being masterminded by Central Americans across the globe and rounded up some of the acts making splashes in underground scenes everywhere.

Top 5 Best Wellness Vacations to Bucketlist Right Now
Sure vacations are essential for mental health, but they don’t have to be just about exploring a city or sitting on the sand. Wellness retreats — health for the whole body — are growing in popularity as work breaks, which is a testament not only to our growing fervor for fitness, but also a change in our travel interests. So say goodbye to the traditional vacation! Here are five hotspots we’ve found for a way more holistic holiday: Go Fishing and Photographing in Belize. Professional photographer and outdoor journalist, Jess McGlothlin is your guide for Belize Fly Fishing & Photography, an immersive cultural tour at El Pescador Resort, a world-class fly fishing lodge on Ambergris Cay. You’ll fish for bonefish, permit, and tarpon and explore Copal Tree Lodge, an organic farm and 12,000-acre nature reserve, where you’ll enjoy local food, culture and jungle adventures.

Music Ambassador Shyne Barrow Meets with Directors of Cuban Institute for Music and Agency for Rap
Belize’s Music Ambassador Shyne Barrow met with representatives of the Cuban Institute for Music and the Cuban Agency for Rap while on a personal visit to Cuba. In discussions with Directors Eileen Tegent Melendez and Ruben Marin Manning, Ambassador Barrow found that the Cuban government, through the parent Institute for Music, supports and provides space for the Agency for Rap. The Agency’s work includes symposiums for networking and exchanges with other artists from the region, building awareness about Cuban rap abroad, competitions, as well as social programmes and community outreach activities. Ambassador Barrow’s objectives were to create a link and to learn more about how the Cuban government encourages and develops artists of all genres.

Ministry of National Security Notes Decrease in Major Crimes
The Honorable John Saldivar, Minister of National Security, met today, September 17th, in this month’s meeting with the senior members of Belize’s Security Forces, which includes the Belize Police Department, the Belize Defense Force and the Belize Coast Guard. The meeting is one of the Minister’s monthly meetings held with the security forces. Present at these meetings are all the Officers Commanding from Police Precincts countrywide. In his remarks, the Minister congratulated the men and women for their recent successful capture of the drug plane in the north and for the great work done in the month of August. Of note is that in the month of August major crimes, countrywide, fell by twenty-seven percent (27%) compared to July. One hundred (100) major crimes were reported in August compared to one hundred thirty-seven (137) for the July period.

Update on the 2018 Re-registration of Electors Exercise
The Elections and Boundaries Department is pleased to present an update to the public on the ongoing 2018 Re-registration of Electors Exercise. An update is hereby provided for the period 9th to 15th September 2018. During the period a total of Nine Hundred Forty-Three (943) applications were accepted; therefore, the total number of applications received as of 15th September 2018 is One Hundred Twenty-Three Thousand, Three Hundred Ninety (123,390). The public is hereby reminded that applications for Re-registration continue to be 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.

Videos

  • Sarstoon Eco Challenge Report 2018, 5.5min.

  • Belize 2015-2017, 28min.

  • I love Howlers, 1min. There are two troops around the property. One of 7 and one of 5. And then there is a lone male who separated from the group I think this year as he is newly wandering around. Here the two big ones came together by the house. We don't bug them or feed them but they will come all the way down the trees or onto the house to drink water from the guttering. Excuse the crying Common black hawk. I was wearing our training shirt and he was wondering why I was ignoring him lol

  • State of Emergency - Preventing Crime Human Development Perspective, 47min. Fermin Olivera - Social Worker / Juvenile Justice Advocate

  • Social Security Board - Direct Deposit Update, 22min. Chandra Cansino - General Manager, Corperate Customer Relations Service

  • Drone view of Corozal Town, 1min.

  • Ramoras, 1min. Ramoras in Belize trying to catch a ride with a diver.

  • My Life: Summer 2018 Special Belize Edition, 16min. Video diary of Belize vacation

  • Little Jr Miss Belize Talent, 3.5min.

  • Tender Ride from Belize port to the Carnival Breeze - Part I, 16min.

  • Tender Ride from Belize port to the Carnival Breeze - Part II, 12min.

  • Sleeping Giant Rainforest Lodge | Belize, 7min. While I was on vacation in Belize, I made it down to the Sleeping Giant Rainforest Lodge and fell in love!

  • Caye Caulker Snorkeling Trip with Go Belize Mario Adventures, 6min. Epic Caye Caulker Day Trip from San Ignacio town. This tour takes you to the Caye Caulker marine reserve with stops at Coral Gardens, Shark Ray Alley, Tarpon Sanctuary, and Sea Horse Reserve. All snorkeling gear is provided by Mario Tours. We started our day at 5:30am in San Ignacio town, with enough time to have breakfast in Belize City and board the 9am boat with San Pedro Belize Express Water Taxi. If you come by rental car to Belize City, they have a huge 24 hour parking lot for your convenience. By 10 am we were in Caye Caulker, and by 10:30 am we were on the boat with Mario and his crew of professional guides.

  • Our Trip to Belize! San Pedro + Belize City, 3.5min. Cave tubing, snorkeling, golf karting (yes, it's now a thing), walking through the jungle, eating termites to prove I could survive the jungle.

  • Best Belize Islands | CAYE CAULKER, 7.5min. Caye Caulker holds a special place in our hearts. We have visited this place over and over again and absolutely love it. I hope you enjoy it as much as us!

  • Work Out (Steel Pan) by Miss & Ketch #Panerrifix Belize, 3min.

  • Further evidence of the destructive nature of gill nets, Rescued a turtle today ( we called him Crush). Saw him floating tied up and unable to swim, After cutting off the net from his fin we realized it needed some sort of medical attention, tried getting in contact with the Hol-Chan marine reserve for assistance and others that could help this turtle but no response, they said it would take 10 minutes to get there after waiting more than 2 hours for help and realized how much distress the turtle was in, we continued to called and called but no one answered (juli was furious). I had already given up and decided to let him back out into the sea knowing we could not do anything more for it. When the marine rangers finally showed up I had already set it free but it couldn’t swim so we pointed it out to the direction

  • MYRNA MANZANNARES & BELIZEAN KRIOLE!, 48min. The legendary black Belizean woman, Myrna Manzanares, has transcended Belizean social work, poetry and struggle from the Los Angeles Belizean diaspora community to her repatriation back to Belize in the mid 80s to continue her never ending work of giving to people and country with all her being and sincerity. Her dynamic work in the Belizean community in Los Angeles has compiled volumes in terms of her contribution to Belizean organization in the diaspora, and her relentless 'open packie' and outspoken way of telling it like it is. Myrna was a force to be reckon with as an organizer in the Belizean diaspora in the 1980s, and transfer her knowledge as an expatriate Belizean national to Belize to further her quest for black identity, and to become an instrumental figure in the "Belize Creole Council" in Belize.