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Belizean Health Official Receives 2018 PAHO Award for Health Service Management and Leadership
Dr. Natalia Largaespada Beer, Technical Advisor for the Maternal and Child Health Unit of the Ministry of Health, was conferred with the 2018 Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Award for Health Service Management and Leadership at the 56th PAHO Directing Council Meeting in Washington, D.C. The Award Committee for the PAHO Award for Health Service Management and Leadership 2018 chose Dr. Beer from a group of eight nominees submitted from countries including Bolivia, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru, Venezuela and Belize. The committee highlighted that Dr. Beer has shown “considerable achievements in the area of Maternal and Child Health, having proven to be a strong supporter in the use of data for decision-making on policies and programs.” It was also mentioned that Dr. Beer’s work has contributed to the strengthening of evidence-based, and people and community-centered public health strategies to improve the lives of people in vulnerable areas of Belize.

IMF preliminary report says Belize’s economy is growing
Despite residents voicing their struggles in the current Belizean economy, a report published on Monday, September 24th by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) states that the country’s economy has grown by an estimated 5.4%. This growth was noted during the second quarter of 2018, showing a 1.4% increase in the Gross Domestic Product since last year. These results were announced following a visit by a Daniel Leigh, who led the IMF delegation to Belize from September 11th to the 20th. During their visit, the delegation met with Acting Prime Minister, Honourable Patrick Faber, Her Excellency Joy Grant, Governor of the Central Bank of Belize, Financial Secretary Joseph Waight, senior government officials, representatives of the opposition, the private sector and the public unions as well.

Team Fish On wins 20th annual Placencia BTIA Saltwater Marelco Yamaha Fishing Tournament
Belize Tourism Industry Association (BTIA) Placencia Chapter held their 20th annual Saltwater Marelco Yamaha Fishing Tournament in Placencia Village from Saturday, September 22nd to Sunday, September 23rd. A total of 11 teams participated in the two-day event, competing for some great cash prizes. Dwayne Flowers from Team Hammer won the prize for the ‘Largest Barracuda’ (14.21Lbs). The ‘Largest King Fish’ (20.21lbs) prize went to Jeremy from Team Bad Tide Too. The prize for the ‘Largest Jack’ went to Darnell Leslie from Team Fish Frenzy, who caught a 13.8 lbs. fish. Matt from Team Trifecta won the prize for the ‘Largest Extraordinary Fish,’ a 25.6 lbs. Wahoo. The prize for ‘Largest Fish caught by a Female Angler’ prize went to Polly Alford from Team Fish On, who caught a 12.4 lbs. Barracuda. Anderson Alford Jr. from Team Fish On won the prize of ‘Largest Barracuda caught by Junior Angler’, after catching a 12.4 lbs. one. The prize for ‘Largest Jack caught by a Junior Angler’ went to Erwin Leslie Jr. from Team Fish Frenzy, who caught a 10.2 lbs. fish.

Misc Belizean Sources


Ambergris Hope's Clinic and Belize Chamber Project NOTICE!
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27th Anniversary - National Coastal & Riverways Cleanup by Oceana Belize Corozal
In collaboration with the Scout Association of Belize, Corozal Branch. This news shack joined the group at the Round House on Miami Beach. The purpose of the clean up campaign is to collect data in regards to the type of trash picked up. The data sheets will be passed on to international agencies for further processing and analysis. Thanks to everyone who came out to help. We are so happy to see that the trash is becoming less and less in some of these areas. Let's keep up the great efforts Corozal of keeping our community clean. The cleanup up campaign was held countrywide today.

losing ceremony for the renovation of the Santa Cruz Primary Government School
The Santa Cruz Primary Government School in Orange Walk and the United States Embassy Security Cooperation Office conducted a closing ceremony for the renovation of the Santa Cruz Primary Government School. The work was completed by the Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force-Southern Command 18’s (SPMAGTF-SC 18) Logistics Combat Element over the course of four weeks. The renovation was funded by U.S. Southern Command’s Humanitarian Assistance Program (HAP) at a cost of approximately $15k USD. Improvements included replacement of a leaking roof, repairs to windows and doors, upgrades to the electrical system, installation of a new fence, and bathroom repairs.

The Reporter

San Pedro police have detained a Belizean-American for questioning in relation to the discovery of the body of Caye Caulker resident Christopher Meighan, 21, in a room at the Hotel Central Park yesterday afternoon. Meighan was discovered in the room just after 11:18 a.m on September 28th, between two beds with what has been described as a large cut wound to the throat, to his left abdomen and another to the left foot just hours after he had entered the hotel room in the company of two men.

Sources have confirmed that human body parts have indeed been found in the river behind Teakettle. There were reports of sightings by villagers yesterday and we are told the search continued early this morning. Police are reportedly headed to the scene to verify. We’ll have more details as we get them.

Police in Corozal are reporting the arrest of two suspects, one of whom was found in possession of a homemade firearm, in relation to two robberies in which businesses were targeted by armed individuals within days of each other. In the first instance, on September 26th at about 7:15 p.m. Aqua Fina Purified Water on ”G” Street in South Corozal Town was robbed of an undisclosed amount of cash by two individuas.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Parliament debates Newco settlement
Yesterday during a sitting of the National Assembly, members of parliament debated a bill to settle a US $6 million debt owed to NEWCO Ltd. over a failed concession agreement to develop and operate the Philip Goldson International Airport. The matter originated under the previous People’s United Party (PUP) administration in 2000 when the then Said Musa administration hired Lufthansa Consulting to advise and provide a feasibility study on the development of the airport. […]

Orange Walk man arrested for drug trafficking
Pascual Pineda, 55, a resident of Orange Walk Town was arrested yesterday for the crime of drug trafficking. According to reports, Pineda was driving in his white pick-up truck in Santa Cruza Village, Orange Walk when he was stopped by police. […]

Police arrest Belize City man in Caye Caulker for ammo and gun without license
Police in Caye Caulker have arrested a man from Belize City for having ammunition and a gun without a license. According to reports, authorities responded to a robbery at Caye Caulker Fuels in Caye Caulker Village, and upon arrival, they saw a police officer struggling with Daniel Hughes, 19, a Belizean fisherman of a Belize City address. […]

Mali Apple Bar in PG robbed at gunpoint
Police in PG are investigating an armed robbery at Mali Apple Bar that occurred last night. According to reports, authorities were called to the scene around 9:30 PM, and upon arrival, the manager of the establishment reported that two armed men entered the bar and robbed him of $500. […]

Man critically injured after being hit by truck in San Isidro, Toledo
A man from San Isidro, Toledo was critically injured in a traffic accident a short while ago. According to reports, the man was knocked down by a truck while walking on the road. The man received head injuries and a broken foot. […]

Santa Elena man dies in fatal traffic accident
Oscar Javier Coc, 32, a resident of Santa Elena Town in Cayo died on a fatal traffic accident this morning around 12:15 AM. According to police, they visited the San Ignacio Poly-Clinic this morning around 12:15 where they observed Coc with head and body injuries. […]

More details surface on the murder of man found inside San Pedro Hotel
Police have issued an official report on the murder of the man that was found inside a hotel in San Pedro. According to authorities, they responded to a report at the Central Park Hotel in San Pedro Town around 11:18 AM yesterday, and upon arrival, they observed the lifeless body of a male person with a large cut wound to the throat area, apparent stab wound to the left lower abdomen, and stab wound to the left foot. […]

Three men arrested for armed robbery in Corozal
Police in Corozal have arrested three men for robbing the establishment of Hai Quing Li at gunpoint. Today, Zandon Myers, 23, and Nigel Gonzales, 18, both of San Andres Village, and Michael Franklin, 18, of Chula Vista, Corozal were arrested and charged for the crime of robbery. The three men robbed Li’s Grocery Store on September 27th, 2018. […]

Man who sexually assaulted minor in Church bathroom arrested
Police in Belize City have arrested Bensford Bennett, 27, for sexually assaulting a minor last week. According to reports, the female minor, 12, and her mom were attending a church service when she told her mom she was going to use the bathroom. Inside the bathroom, she was sexually assaulted by Bennett. […]

Man escapes shooters in Orange Walk
Orange Walk police are investigating a shooting incident which occurred shortly after midnight this morning. Information to BBN is that two armed men on a motorcycle pulled up to a man in the Backatown area of Orange Walk and opened fire. However, the target was able to escape by running into a nearby yard. […]


Friday Recap: Chic New Look at Red Ginger & Sargasso Clean-Up
Yesterday I ran a bunch of errands and took some pictures in town. First on my list was: Stop by Red Ginger Restaurant at the Phoenix Resort. They re-opened yesterday after a few weeks closed and are sporting a COMPLETELY new lookI’d been watching the updates on Instagram and saw the installation of Cle Tiles (I’ve been obsessed about these terracotta gorgeous tiles for a few years now)… And on a less fresh, airy and beautiful note. Sargasso. The word that we’d rather not speak…can’t be ignored any longer. Earlier this week, the San Pedro Town Council declared an emergency. And called on town residents to mobilize – 2 days of concentrated work along our coast. Dirty HARD work. The sargasso was not helping. Overnight even MORE had come in.

International Sourcesizz

Belize Is Hosting The First-Ever Nationwide Game Of Hide & Seek
Remember as a kid when a good game of Hide & Seek involved playing at a friend’s big house? Well, one country just upped the ante on the classic childhood game. Belize just announced they’ll be hosting their version of Hide & Seek that won’t just take place in one stunning part of the country, but rather across the entire nation. The Belize Tourism Board is randomly selecting five participants to partake in a weeklong game from November 12 to 18 that will span the entire Belizean countryside, marking the first-ever nationwide game of Hide & Seek.

Belize speaks for Taiwan's participation in U.N.
Belize, one of Taiwan's 17 formal diplomatic allies, voiced support on Saturday, the fifth day of the general assembly of the United Nations, for Taiwan to participate in the U.N. system. Speaking in the week-long debate session of the U.N. assembly held in New York, Wilfred Elrington, Belize's foreign minister, reiterated his country's plea on behalf of the 23 million people of Taiwan for a new approach to including the island in the U.N. system.

61K Hidden Structures Reveal 'Unimaginable' Mayans
Mayan civilization was no mere collection of city states using slash-and-burn farming—that we learned earlier this year. Now archaeologists are looking under the hood of an airborne survey that revealed a formidable civilization double the size of medieval England at its peak 1,200 years ago, Ars Technica reports. The survey, which used LIDAR (Light Detection And Ranging) to peek beneath the jungle foliage, revealed some 61,000 buildings, draining canals, fortresses, and roads across roughly 828 square miles. What archaeologists are saying about those details in Science: Population: About 7 million to 11 million people populated the central Maya Lowlands—an area including some of Belize, Guatemala, and Yucatan—between 650 and 800 CE, the Late Classic Period.

This major discovery upends long-held theories about the Maya civilization
In the autumn of 1929, Anne Morrow Lindbergh and her husband Charles flew across the Yucatán Peninsula. With Charles at the controls, Anne snapped photographs of the jungles just below. She wrote in her journal of Maya structures obscured by large humps of vegetation. A bright stone wall peeked through the leaves, “unspeakably alone and majestic and desolate — the mark of a great civilization gone." Nearly a century later, surveyors once again took flight over the ancient Maya empire, and mapped the Guatemala forests with lasers. The 2016 survey, whose first results were published this week in the journal Science, comprises a dozen plots covering 830 square miles, an area larger than the island of Maui. It is the largest such survey of the Maya region, ever. The study authors describe the results as a revelation. “It’s like putting glasses on when your eyesight is blurry,” said study author Mary Jane Acuña, director of El Tintal Archaeological Project in Guatemala.


  • Bandits SC vs BDF FC, 1hr42min.

  • Saturday's view in Corozal, 6min.

  • A beetle larva found in a guava log, 10sec.

  • Carnival Cruise 2018 Day 5 Belize Sunrise, 8.5min. We arrived off shore of Belize City where we encountered a truly amazing sunrise. We then hopped on a tender to tour the city.

  • Belize Minister for Foreign Affairs Addresses General Debate 73rd Session, 20min. Tthe current year marks the thirty-seventh anniversary of the country’s independence, said that Belizeans have now enjoyed almost four uninterrupted decades of freedom, peace and democracy in a sovereign independent nation. During that period, the country’s leaders succeeded in making modest gains in sustainable development, notwithstanding a poisoned colonial legacy. Acknowledging the United Nations role in the country’s journey to independence, he remembered Assembly resolution 1514, and subsequent resolutions which mandated the British to grant Belize independence.

  • Scuba Diving Belize 2015, 8.5min.

  • BELIZE'S SECRET BEACH, 17min. I recently traveled with one of my girlfriends to Belize for the first time. I went ziplining, cavetubing, attended my first carnival, and fell in love with a secret beach.