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The San Pedro Sun

Unveiling of the Architectural Design of the Proposed Ministry of Foreign Affairs Headquarters Building in Belmopan
On Monday, October 8th, 2018, the comprehensive architectural drawings for the construction of the headquarters building of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which will be located in Belmopan, were unveiled. The drawings were unveiled to the Minister and staff of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Ambassador and staff of the Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan). The drawings call for a two-level, 20,000 gross square footage, modern and sustainable facility. The design makes use of the natural landscape for outdoor amenities to serve the staff and enhance the architectural designs of nearby buildings. The building will be constructed to be fully-accessible and will have the ability for future expansion in its structural design.

100,000 square feet of retail space: Mirab inaugurates mega department store
Thousands of shoppers from Belize City and surrounding areas witnessed the grand opening of the new Mirab Department Store on the Philip Goldson Highway on Wednesday, October 10th. The new store, which was relocated from the Fort Street Area of Belize City, is considered Belize’s first high-end shopping center, offering 100,000 plus square feet of space that accommodates some new additions to its different departments, including the upcoming Ashley Furniture Home Store. Management said that shoppers can now obtain anything they need, at reasonable prices, while eliminating the need to travel across the border or shop online.

Mayor Guerrero and Minister Heredia disapprove of Cayo Rosario development
Both leaders of the local authority voiced their disapproval of the project, adding to the controversial discussion. The project as approved by the National Environmental Appraisal Committee (NEAC), which calls for 54 over-the-water structures, 50 more partially over-the-water and land and the dredging of 55,000 cubic meters of sand for land creation from within the extension of the Hol Chan Marine Reserve. The project is not only considered a threat to the delicate marine ecosystem in the area, but to the livelihood of many that make a living in the fly fishing industry.

Ambergris Today

Andre Perez Endorsed For PUP Belize Rural South
Mr. Andre Perez was endorsed as the Standard Bearer for the P U P Belize Rural South (BRS) on Saturday, October 13, 2018, in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye. It was such a huge successful convention by local standards that one of the guest speakers remarked that he felt that he was in the victory rally for San Pedro and Caye Caulker. A successful convention is measured by the message, the entertainment, the unity and the numbers attracted to the event. Such was BRS convention for the PUP.

Misc Belizean Sources

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Mars Caribbean Gardens Belizean Restaurant coming to Corozal
Hello friends, Mars Caribbean Gardens Belizean Restaurant is coming soon, #10 Corner of Corozo and Mahogany Street, Halls Layout, Corozal Town!! Thanks!!

Mud Bogger was held in Orange Walk this past Sunday
Click here for the winner.

La Fiesta del Pueblo 2018
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Dia del Mestizaje in Corozal on Saturday
The Corozal Town Council will be hosting Dia del Mestizaje on Saturday, November 3rd, 2018. The venue and further details will be available in the next few days.

International Archaeology Day, Corozal House of Culture
If you are in the area of Corozal Town on Friday October 19, come and check us out!

Marco Gonzales Maya site on Ambergris Caye
Most people visit Ambergris Caye in Belize and enjoy the beaches, the nightlife, the great food and the diving. What many people don't know, however, is that the island was once home to the ancient Maya, and yes, they left their mark. The site of Marco Gonzales, 8km south of San Pedro Town, was once a very important trading post for the Maya of the region. The site was occupied for about 2100 years but was abandoned most likely to the rising sea level and mangrove encroachment of the area.

SDGS capacity building in Bolivia
Kenny Chan, Maya Yucatec from San Jose Succotz, is representing at this SDGS capacity building being held in Bolivia.

Annual Responsible Tour Guide & Tour Operators Seminar 2018
Its that time of the year again..."Responsible Tour Operator & Tour Guide Seminar 2018-2019" Contact us early to schedule your date and time!!! Be informed and be responsible!!! Hol Chan Marine Reserve is conducting its annual "Responsible Tour Guide & Tour Operators Sessions" for the year 2018-2019. These sessions serve to inform the guides on the rules and regulations of the marine reserve and as well as to collect feedback from the tour guides and tour operators.

Artist Toolkit Sensitization Session
EXPORTBelize, unit of BELTRAIDE, in collaboration with the Music Industry Association of Belize (MIAB) would like to invite artists/musicians to an Artist Toolkit sensitization on October 25th, 2018 at the San Ignacio/Santa Elena House of Culture. The session will provide participants with relevant information (contracts, visa requirements, promotional documents) every artists needs to know in order to perform at a professional level in local and international markets. To register contact Ms. Nicole Zetina at nicole@belizeinvest.org.bz or call 822-3737.

Public Health observes Global Handwashing Week
The Ministry of Health, through its Public Health Department, in collaboration with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) is observing Global Hand Washing Week in Belize from the 15th to 19th October 2018. This initiative is in commemoration of Global Hand Washing Day which was observed on Monday, 15th October worldwide under the theme, “Clean Hands - a recipe for health”. The day is set aside to motivate and mobilize communities to improve hand washing techniques and habits. As a part of the celebration, the Public Health Department intervention seeks to increase food handlers’ awareness of the importance of handwashing with soap (liquid) as a key factor in disease prevention.

Champions League Corozal South West
Champions League Corozal South West 2018 Sponsored by Doctor Angel Campos & Rudi Morales All villages and teams are invited to participate!

Belize Diabetes Association Walkathon in Corozal
Wednesday, November 14th.

Urban Birdwatch in Benque
Benque, see you Saturday at 6.00am. Plan on getting Mississippi Kite and Alder's Flycatcher.

3rd Annual Black, White & Yellow Gala & Awards Ceremony
celebrated the rich Garifuna culture at the National Garifuna Council's 3rd Annual Black, White & Yellow Gala & Awards Ceremony in Dangriga. Congratulations to the National Garifuna Council and the 15 outstanding awardees from across Belize who preserve the beautiful Garifuna culture for future generations!

Bilateral Air Transport Agreement between the United States and Belize
Today, U.S. Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Keith Gilges and Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation Manuel Heredia signed the first bilateral Air Transport Agreement between the United States and Belize. Minister of Foreign Affairs Wilfred Elrington, U.S. Acting Deputy Chief of Mission Deborah Lingwood, Chief Executive Officer for the Ministry of National Security George Lovell, and Director of Civil Aviation Lindsay Garbutt, among many other representatives from the Government of Belize, the U.S. Embassy, and the tourism and aviation sectors attended the ceremony.

For the month of October, we are excited to feature Shaquille Young as our Young Belizean Entrepreneur!
Belmopan’s very own Shaquille Young, is a 25-year-old Tattoo and Visual Artist. In his teenage years he dreamt of becoming an Architect and focused all his energy being best at what he does. He graduated first in his class at the Belmopan Comprehensive School and then moved on to obtain an Associate’s Degree in Architecture at the University of Belize. College being a place of finding one’s self is exactly where he discovered what he truly is passionate about; Art in the form of Tattooing. This passion would allow him to express himself and share his views to the world.

Channel 7

Son of Assistant Commissioner Murdered, Had Underworld Connections
A man was killed on Saturday night on the feeder road connecting Mahogany Heights and La Democracia Village. The victim is 33 year old Noel Leal Jr. - the son of Assistant Commissioner of Police, Noel Sr. But, unlike his father, Noel Jr. wasn't a lawman, in fact he was accused of being a lawbreaker. Courtney Weatherburne has more on his mysterious murder:... Noel Leal Jr. was killed on Saturday night - his body left inside this blue Volkswagen on the feeder road near Mahogany Heights. Police arrived on scene at 2:00 Sunday morning.

Two Guatemalan Cops Held Without Bail
Tonight, two Guatemalan police officers are at the Belize Central Prison - on remand until December 11th. The pair were caught in the Benque Free Zone on Saturday afternoon in a Hilux pickup. The problem is they had a 9 millimeter submachine gun with two loaded magazines. Police told us that they had to charge the pair for a prohibited firearm:... ASP Alejandro Cowo - OC, CIB: "On Saturday 13th October, 2018, just after 2pm, Benque Viejo police received information of a Guatemalan vehicle beige in color exiting from the Benque Viejo Free Zone..."

Port Strike Countdown Coming To A Head
On this Friday, October 19th, the 21-days strike notice that the Christian Workers Union gave to the Port of Belize expires. At this time, it is still uncertain whether the stevedores and the CWU still intend to go ahead with their industrial action, but both sides have agreed to meet tomorrow. The dispute centers around a disagreement on the number of hours of work that the stevedores engage in on a regular basis. They often exceed the 15 hours of labour per day that the law stipulates.

49 Year Old Shot By Teenager
Tonight two Belize City men - both over the age of 35 - are in critical condition after they were shot by teenagers in separate incidents the long weekend. The first happened on Monday afternoon when 49 year old Elroy Saldano was on Haulze Street in the St. Martin's area. He was riding his bike when a young man came up from behind and shot him in the back. Saldano survived but is very critical tonight. Police told us more:...

36 Year Old Shot By 18 Year Old
7 hours later, another older man would be shot by a teenager. 36 year old Kevin Thomas was at a corner store buying something when a teenager came up from behind and shot him in the head and abdomen. Thomas fell to the ground, while the teenaged gunman dashed off. But, not before a special constable pulled his licensed weapon and shot the youth. Police told us more: Insp. Wilfred Ferrufino CIB: "What police understand is that Mr. Thomas was buying at the Chinese store at the corner of Yarborough Road and East Collet Canal when a gunman approached him and fired several shots. When the suspected shooter was leaving the scene..."

City Man Plunges Into OW River
A Belize City man drove off a bridge in San Antonio Orange Walk and plunged to his death in the river. Police told us it happened on Saturday night:... ASP Alejandro Cowo- OC, CIB: "On Saturday the 13th of October 2018 at about 11:30 pm, acting upon information received, Orange Walk police visited San Antonio Village at the main entrance of the village where the San Antonio Bridge is located. Villagers informed the police that they heard a loud bang and when they came out to inquire what was happening, they saw a vehicle submerging into the river. Police and civilians from the village went to the river and were able to take out a person that was inside of the river. By the time the man was pulled out he had already died. That male person was later identified as Francis Paquil of a Belize City address."

German Woman Raped By Two Men On Motorbike
A 44 year old German resident of the Cayo District hitched a ride with a man on a motorcycle and says he and one of his associates raped her. It happened at a construction site in the Cayo District on Friday night. Police told us more: ASP Alejandro Cowo- OC, CIB: "She reported that on Friday, just after 10 pm, she asked for a ride from a male person and she jumped on a motorcycle from San Ignacio and made her way to Belmopan. There were two sets of riders on separate motorcycles. Whilst they were coming to San Ignacio they stopped by Teakettle in an area where allegedly two male persons had sex against her will..."

Fire on Western Avenue
There was a fire this weekend, which destroyed one of Jamie Bernardez's two homes on Western Avenue in Belize City. His 2 cousins were staying in the house which burnt down, and their belongings, along with some of his, were destroyed on Saturday. They are puzzled as to what started it. We'll show you his interview, which he granted to us late this evening, but we start first to the comments from police at today's press conference. Here's what they had to say about what they saw when they arrived on the scene:

Missing Mom
On Thursday night, October 11th, Margaret James left her two sons with 69 year old Ivette Roaches - and said she would be back in a day. But she hasn't returned, and no one - including her sons - know where she is. Police told us more: Insp. Wilfredo Ferrufino - CIB: "On the 13th of the October a 69 year old domestic of Turton Lane, Belize City reported to police that on Thursday the 11th of October Ms. Margaret James, we don't have her age or any particulars..."

Teenaged Minor Runs Off With Older Man
And while that is a missing mother in the city, a mother in August Pine Ridge is missing her 14 year old daughter. She told police that an older male, a 27 year old told their family he was interested in the child:... ASP Alejandro Cowo - OC, CIB: "The family members are reporting that a gentleman had approached them telling that he is interested in the daughter. However, because of her age they were against of her having a relationship. Nonetheless, the minor left from the house from the 24th, and has not been seen..."

Woman Found Dead, Nude In Pool
A 49 year old American woman was found dead, afloat in a pool on Saturday night in the Consejo area of Corozal. Claire Elizabeth Rigdon had been drinking with her husband, Robley Smith Rigdon. He fell asleep and when he woke up at around 8:00 he found her nude in the pool where she had apparently drowned. Police told us more:... ASP Alejandro Cowo - OC, CIB: "On Saturday, October 13th, 2018, just after 9p.m., Corozal police visited six miles Consejo Road, the residence of Mr. Robley Rigdon and upon arrival inside of the residence, they observed the naked body of a female who was identified as Claire Elizabeth Rigdon. Initial information that the police received is that earlier in the day both of them were socializing and Mr. Rigdon went to sleep and upon waking up he went looking for his wife and could not find her..."

Rogue Robbers At Gentleman’s Bar
It's called the Gentleman's Bar - but robbers who targeted the after hours spot in Belmopan - were most ungentlemanly. Police say they struck the owner over the head:... ASP Alejandro Cowo - OC, CIB: "On Saturday just before 11:30PM, the owner of the establishment Mr. Wong, 59 years old naturalize Belizean was outside of his bar when he was approached by 2 male persons who came on motorcycle. One of the male persons began to fire shots and thereafter approached him and hit him on his head where he fell unconscious..."

Women & Ports
The Women in Maritime Association, Caribbean, known as WiMAC is a fledgling organization that was launched only 3 years ago. But in that short time, it has gathered women from countries all over the Caribbean who either have a leading role within the maritime sector, or those who have careers in the industry, committed to increasing the performance, participation and contribution of their female colleagues. They are in Belize for their 2nd Annual conference, and they're being hosted by the Belize Port Authority, which is also one of their members. It's a 4-day event that the participants have set aside to discuss their shared challenges of gender inequality in the sector, and how they can hope to achieve better balance.

He Stole From The Acting COMPOL
He was charged with stealing from the Acting Commissioner of Police, Edward Broaster, and today Twenty-nine year old Lloyd Lewis pleaded guilty quick, fast and hurry. Lewis was charged with the theft of an electrical door panel from Broaster, and Magistrate Khadeem Palmer fined him $500 after he pleaded guilty to the charge. He was given until January 13, 2019 to pay.

Spend A Night Like The Homeless
On Wednesday, we told you about World Mental Health Day, which was observed under the theme, "Young People and Mental Health in a Changing World". The focus this year was on the changes that youths face such as depression and suicidal thoughts. But, the face of mental health in Belize, which most people ignore, are the homeless. They are often the victims of poor mental health. So, the Resource Center, which attempts to cater to them, decided to put Belizeans into their shoes, to experience the hardship that they go through on a daily basis.

NEMO Activated In Case Of Floods
If you watched tonight's weather report, you'll know that an area of low pressure is passing over southern Belize. This low pressure system was expected to gain a bit more strength before making landfall, but now that it is already making contact with land, it cannot develop any further. While that is good news, it also means that a lot of rain will fall, or has fallen on the south. That's why the National Emergency Management Organization offices countrywide are on alert in the case of flash floods:

Medina Murder Update
In Friday's news, we told you how an Orange Walk man handed himself into police custody so that he could be questioned about last week Thursday's broad daylight execution of 21 year-old Jose Medina. Medina was gunned down in broad daylight as he walked a bicycle along with his girlfriend, Lucia Luna. And although it was brazen attack carried out where witnesses could have seen what happened, police aren't having much luck solving it. Today, they told us that the suspect who handed himself in has been questioned and released, and that Lucia Luna isn't cooperating fully with their investigation:

Trapp Murder Update
And, similarly, another murder investigation isn't coming up with much in San Pedro. 21 year old Julian Trapp was killed on Thursday night, at La Choza Bar. His brother was also shot - but could not identify the shooter: ASP Alejandro Cowo - OC, CIB: "Police are still investigating that matter. It is a challenge since it was night time when the incident happened and from where the suspected gun man came from it was from a bushy area. The other person that was along with the deceased who is Mr. Armando - he has been interviewed, however, there is nothing much that we have gathered from him."

Channel 5

Noel Leal Jr. Executed in Mahogany Heights Community
The son of Assistant Commissioner of Police, Noel Leal Junior, was executed and his Ladyville house ransacked likely by his killer over the weekend. Leal Junior was shot once to [...]

Gunman Shoots Raffle-man; Special Constable Shoots Alleged Gunman
Tonight, Kevin Thomas, a popular raffle man, is fighting to stay alive at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital having undergone various rounds of surgery. Thomas was shot multiple times on [...]

Who Shot Elroy Saldano on Haulze Street?
Prior to the shooting of Kevin Thomas, there was another act of gun violence over the extended weekend. Around one-thirty on Monday afternoon, in the vicinity of Belize Water Services [...]

Guatemalan Cops Busted with Uzi in Benque Free Zone
A pair of Guatemalan lawmen is in hot water for having crossed over into Belizean territory over the weekend with a concealed weapon inside their vehicle.  Police officers Juan Garcia [...]

P.U.P. Leader Explains Why Meeting with Southern Caucus was Cancelled
Turning to political news…In August, the People’s United Party’s Southern Caucus announced that it will vote against taking the Belize/Guatemala dispute for resolution to the International Court of Justice. The [...]

Opposition Leader to Embark in I.C.J. Referendum Listening Tour
As of next week, P.U.P. Leader John Briceño will embark on a nationwide ‘listening’ tour. It’s his way of getting to know how the party’s standard bearers, area representatives, and [...]

Should Assad Shoman Lead I.C.J. Referendum Campaign?
Foreign Affairs Minister, Wilfred Elrington, has come under heavy criticism for the nature of the ministry’s I.C.J. Referendum Campaign.   On April tenth, 2019 voters will head to the polls and [...]

U.D.P. Edmond Castro Speaks on I.C.J. Referendum
While there is a chorus for a ‘YES’ vote in line with the Prime Minister’s position, we did find today an elected representative who hasn’t made up his mind.  Whne [...]

P.U.P. Belize Rural South Standard Bearer Sworn In
The People’s United Part endorsed Andre Perez as the Standard Bearer for Belize Rural South.  On Saturday, party supporters of the Belize Rural South constituency gathered at the Saca Chispas [...]

Belize City Man Plunges Into River and Dies
There was loss of life due to an accident over the extended weekend. A fifty-three-year-old Belize City resident died after the Ford Ranger pickup truck he was driving plunged into [...]

Corozal Police Investigate Drowning of American Retiree
An American ex-pat died inside a swimming pool at her home on Saturday night in Consejo, Corozal District.  Forty-nine-year-old Claire Elizabeth Rigdon was found floating in the pool by her [...]

A German National is Raped and Robbed in Cayo District, One Man is Detained
Thirty-one-year-old Sharn Vanegas has been arrested and charged for the rape of a German national who reported to police that she was sexually assaulted by a pair of men with [...]

Main Witness Not Cooperating with Police in OW Murder Investigation
Orange Police are making some progress in the murder of twenty-one-year-old Jose “Duffy” Medina. He was fatally shot last week Thursday while he was on an alley off Mahogany Street [...]

Fire Destroys Home in the City
There was a fire in the city on Saturday night. The blaze destroyed a small, wooden home that was occupied by two persons. When fire officials arrived on the scene, [...]

Audubon’s Small Grants for Chunox Fisherfolk
In 2012, the Belize Audubon Society awarded the first of its small grants to fisherfolk to support income diversification in northern fishing villages like Chunox, Copper Bank and Sarteneja.  To [...]

A Visitor’s Centre is Installed at the Uxbenka Archaeological Site
In 2015, there was huge controversy when a section of a mound at the Uxbenka Archaeological Site was cleared by Rupert Myles, a resident of Santa Cruz Village. Because the [...]

WiMAC Conference Kicks Off In Belize City
A regional conference aimed at empowering women in the maritime sector began today in Belize City. Representatives of sixteen Caribbean nations are participating in the third annual Women in Maritime [...]

Danielly Tillett Still Missing from Home in August Pine Ridge
Fourteen-year-old Danielly Tillett left her home in August Pine Ridge en route to a nearby shop on September twenty-fourth and has not been seen by her mother since.  Despite communicating [...]

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

LOVE FM

Fire guts home
There was a fire in Belize City that occurred on Saturday. The home on Western Avenue was completely destroyed. Inspector Wilfredo Ferrufino told Love news that there was no electricity in the home at the time of the fire. Inspector Wilfredo Ferrufino: “There was a house fire on Western Ave. As a result Police visited …

Noel Leal jr. Murdered
The son of a Deputy Commissioner of Police has been murdered and his home burglarized on the night of his demise. Assistant Superintendent of Police, Alejandro Cowo says that his body was found at about two a.m. Sunday morning. ASP ALejandro Cowo: “Hattieville Police visited a road that leads from Mahogany Heights to La Democracia …

WiMAC: “Charting the Course for Generations of Women”
The numbers are low when it comes to women in the maritime sector. To address this concern, the Women in Maritime Association Caribbean (WiMAC) was established in April 2015, under the patronage of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), to advocate for more women to work in the maritime sector. WiMAC is holding its second annual …

Man finds wife dead in Swimming Pool
The Belize Police Department is also investigating the strange circumstances of how an American national living in Belize died over the weekend. The Officer in charge of the Crimes Investigative Branch, Alejandro Cowo, says that on Saturday night a man woke up and found his wife naked and dead in their swimming pool. ASP ALejandro …

Guatemalans arrested for illegal weapon
The Benque Free Zone sits quietly between Belize and Guatemala but on Saturday instead of a contraband bust, the police found an uzi submachine gun. The police told the media today that on Saturday after two in the afternoon in a beige vehicle with Guatemalan license plates was exiting the Benque Free Zone when officers …

Shot near BWSL
The third shooting victim for the weekend, Elroy Saldano was shot near the Belize Water Services Limited on Monday afternoon. Police say Saldano is at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital fighting for his life. Insp. Wilfredo Ferrufino: “On the 15th of October around 1:30 pm Police received information that there was a male person at …

Man killed in Accident
A Belize City resident who headed north for the three day weekend passed away in an incident in San Antonio Village, Orange Walk District. On Saturday night Francisco Paquil was driving his vehicle when it hit the San Antonio Bridge and plunged into the Rio Hondo River. The case was mentioned this morning in the …

Raffle man shot
Kevin Thomas is known as the raffle man. He went about Belize City selling raffles for a living. Thomas was brutally shot several times on Monday night. The police told Love News that they do not have a motive for Thomas’ shooting but they have captured their suspect. Jose Sanchez: “Steven’s shop across the Yabra …

Will Chetumal Free Zone negatively impact Corozal Free Zone?
Earlier this month at a press conference, the president-elect Lopez Obrador revealed that Chetumal, Quintana Roo will be turned into a Mexican Free Zone. Such a move spells trouble for the Corozal Free Zone as the Mexicans are looking at doubling minimum wage, cutting taxes by fifty percent and having equivalent fuel prices as the …

Woman raped by bikers
A woman has reported to the police that she was raped twice by two different men. Assistant Superintendent of Police, Alejandro Cowo says the incident allegedly occurred on Friday after 10 p.m. when she met a group of bikers. ASP ALejandro Cowo: “She asked for a ride from a male person and she jumped on …

Andre Perez is new Standard Bearer for Belize Rural South
Andre Perez is the new Standard Bearer for Belize Rural South. (VO STARTS) Perez was endorsed at a convention held at the Saca Chispas field on San Pedro, Ambergris Caye on Saturday. The new BRS Executive Committee, with representation from both San Pedro and Caye Caulker...

USA and Belize sign Open Skies Agreement
Today the U.S. Chargé d’Affaires, Keith Gilges and Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation Manuel Heredia signed the first bilateral Air Transport Agreement between the United States and Belize. The Open Skies Agreement will expand the already strong commercial and economic ties by enabling greater air travel and commerce between the two countries.

The Reporter

BILL THE BARBARIAN
On Sunday October 7th, 2018 somebody sent Bill to do a hatchet job on Mayor Bernard Wagner. Bill did not speak from the heart on Sunday, he spoke from a prepared script causing Ya Ya to ask him “who wrote that Bill?” On Sunday Bill accused Mayor Wagner of working for the big people and not the small people; the PUP after all, he said, has made a conscious decision to go back to its social justice roots.

MANIAC IN CUSTODY FOR UNSPEAKABLE CRIME
A man is in custody after he allegedly raped his 5 year old step-daughter last night. This morning the mother reported to Police that she left the child home sleeping to go buy food because her husband was out drinking with friends.

ARREST MADE IN MULTIPLE RAPE CRIMES
Teakettle resident Sharn Evan Vanegas, 31, was today charged for the rape of a German national on Friday night. The woman told Police that after she caught a ride home on a motorcycle with a man she didn’t know, she was taken to a construction site in Teakettle where she was raped by another man.

TWO MEN SHOT IN THE YARBOROUGH AREA LAST NIGHT
Two men are currently at the KHMH suffering from gunshot injuries. Just after 8:00pm last night Kevin Thomas, 36, was in front of Steven’s Shop in the Yarborough area when a gunman walked up and shot him in the head. A Special Constable who was in the store shouted at the gunman, who allegedly pointed the weapon at him. That’s when the SC fired shots and the gunman fell to to ground, but got up and escaped, leaving

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Police make no progress in murder of Julian Trapp, 21
Police have not yet made any progress in the shooting death of Julian Trapp, 21. On […]

Public Health observes Global handwashing week
The Ministry of Health, through its Public Health Department, in collaboration with the Pan American Health […]

Police seeking one man in case of armed robbery
In Western Belize, police are seeking one man in connection with an armed robbery. The […]

Suspect in murder of Jose Medina absconds country
In an interview with the media, today police shared an update on investigations into the […]

Teen 14, runs away with man 27?
Shamily Danielly Tillett, 14, a resident of August Pine Ridge village has been missing for the last […]

Men who allegedly raped German woman to be charged today
Police have reportedly made progress in the case of a forty-four-year-old German woman who was raped by two […]

Police: Driver lost control of his vehicle and fell into the river
Police have officially commented on a tragic road traffic accident which claimed the life of one man […]

Noel Leal Jr. killed and his home raided
In a press conference today Assistant Superintendent of Police, Alejandro Cowo, provided an update on Sunday’s murder […]

Jasmine alert issued in San Pablo, Orange Walk
Today, the San Pablo Village Council in Orange Walk issued a message urging all parents of San […]

Flood alert issued for Southern Belize
Today, the National Meteorological Service of Belize (NMS) issued a flood alert over flood-prone and low lying […]

Belize National Team falls to Montserrat
Belize’s national football team fell to Montserrat over the weekend in the CONCACAF Nations League […]

Hundreds of Honduran migrants en route to US
Hundreds of Honduran migrants have begun their caravan journey to the United […]

Last night’s murder victim identified as Kevin Ferguson
Last night we reported that there was a shooting death in the old capital. Today […]

Tropical disturbance to affect Belize today
The National Hurricane Center (NHC) is monitoring a well-defined low-pressure system located near the north-western […]

Blogs

From One Plan to Many
My Canadian friend Heather is here for 11 days (technically 12 but since she is on a 10 am Tropic flight later this week, we are counting 11). She arrived last Saturday and other than working on San Mateo area stuff, a few walks and lots of couch time we had absolutely no plans. The universe stepped in and decided that we were shorting ourselves on social activities and presented us with a few options that we absolutely could not refuse. Over the course of the last 9 days, we found ourselves enjoying 2.5 days and one night with our friends at Playa De Sala. A luxurious South Ambergris Caye 5 room boutique hotel with one of the best bars on the island. We also scored a ride on a 24h Xsite glamping trip that took us to Goff’s Caye (featured image above) for 24 h.

Bird Watching with Black Rock Lodge
For our second episode of A Day in a Birder's Life series, we got to go birding with Black Rock Lodge. Black Rock Lodge is an eco-lodge located about six miles away from San Ignacio Town. According to eBird, Black Rock Lodge is listed as the #1 birding hotspot in Belize with around 318 bird species. Nestled within a lush tropical forest, accompanied by the majestic Macal River, Black Rock Lodge also offers great amenities for both local and international travelers. Not only do visitors get to go birding, but you can also take advantage of the lodge’s other on-site activities such as hiking and river tubing. So if you need a break from the busy life of modern civilization, then this place is perfect for you. On our way to the lodge, we got the opportunity to witness beautiful sceneries one after the other. We were so impressed by Mother Nature’s work that we even stopped half-way through our journey to admire the waterfalls in the distant cliffs off the traffic barriers at the edge of the road.

Belize’s Great Blue Hole Is Mysterious and Thrilling
When Jacques Cousteau arrived at the Great Blue Hole in Belize in 1971, he declared it to be one of the top five most interesting dive sites in the world. The Great Blue Hole is a circle of dark blue water located inside Lighthouse Reef just a few miles offshore from mainland Belize. Underneath the water lies a huge cave formation complete with stalactites, stalagmites, and tunnels. Unlike most dive sites in Belize where the main attraction is the colorful fish and delicate coral, the Great Blue Hole is sparsely inhabited by just a few marauding sharks. The attraction of the diving the Great Blue Hole is the chance to explore a mysterious and gothic underworld. The Great Blue Hole was originally a limestone cave that formed on dry land millions of years ago. But when the glaciers began to melt some 150,000 years ago, the cave became submerged.

10 things to pack when traveling to Belize
Belize is a fascinating country and is Mother Nature’s best kept secret snuggled between Guatemala and Mexico and bordered by the Caribbean Sea, this is as tropical as it gets! Let us walk through this list of Must-Packs for your upcoming vacation in tropical paradise! Travel Documents – These are the most important things you need to pack before leaving for your Adventure in Belize. Passport, driver’s license, plane tickets and travel itinerary (if you have one) should all be tucked away in a secure and easily accessible area, such as your carryon or purse pocket. Bug Spray – This is a must when packing for Belize, remember, you are visiting the tropics and there is a high chance of bug bites. Pack a bug spray or cream and let’s be of the safe side. If you forget to pack it, don’t worry, most convenient stores around the country sells bug spray.

Flock to Belize for the First Annual Birding Festival
On October 27, 2018, Belize will hold its very first Birding Festival. Birdwatching clubs, birding enthusiasts, nature societies, and others interested in learning more about the incredible diversity and beauty of avian species in Belize are warmly encouraged to attend this year’s Birding Festival in Belmopan. The Birding Festival is jointly organized by the Belize Tourism Industry Association, Belize Audobon Society, Belize Hotel Association, and Belize Tourism Board in an effort to raise awareness for the nearly 600 feathered species that are found in Belize. The Birding Festival will start with a three-hour birdwatch expedition in the streets of Belmopan followed by a keynote address from Dr. Oliver Komar, the author of the Peterson Field Guide to Birds of Northern Central America.

Move Over Sundance, There’s a New Film Fest Kid in Town
The 2018 Annual Belize International Film Festival will be rolling from November 8 – 11 this year, showcasing an eclectic assortment of films, highlighting a vibrant arts scene, and proving once again that Belize is more than just a pretty face. What? You don’t associate Belize with films? Well, what was Aspen associated with before Sundance? Or Venice, Berlin and Toronto before their film festivals? Skiing, a bunch of canals, a wall that came down and… well, whatever that fine Canadian city was known for before hosting one of the world’s premier film festivals. But they all do have certain things in common for holding great film festivals – natural beauty, rich cultures, vibrant local art scenes, and creative people determined to put together a film festival.

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Nursing students make impact in Belize
A dozen recently returned from a life-changing experience in Belize. Led by Whitson-Hester School of Nursing professor Melissa Geist, the seniors got a first-hand look at healthcare in a third-world country during a week-long visit in August. “It is life-changing,” Geist said. “It impacts the way they approach nursing.” The group stayed in Agucate, a village consisting of approximately 400 people. There, they worked with the certified community health worker to do wellness checks and restock the village’s health outpost. “We brought a lot of donated items,” Geist said.

Under the skin: The fascinating lives of botflies
Old Blue Eyes may not have been thinking of botflies when he crooned, “And each time I do just the thought of you/Makes me stop before I begin/’Cause I’ve got you under my skin,” but the sentiment could just as easily apply to Western travelers returning from countries such as Belize and Bolivia with uninvited guests squirming happily under their epidermis. Many may wish they had eschewed the fantastical sights of the rainforests of South America and boarded a plane to a less exotic destination when what seemed like a simple mosquito bite begins showing signs of life. Indeed, reports of travelers who have picked up botflies abound in news reports from around the world. Botfly infections, a form of myiasis, or fly parasitization, typically first present as an irritated lump like a bug bite, and indeed, most botflies picked up by humans are in fact deposited on their skin by mosquitoes and other blood-suckers. In a behavior known as phoresy, female botflies dragoon mosquitoes into their bizarre reproductive cycle, gluing eggs to them and setting them free to seek a host.

Videos

  • Expansion of Belize Hemodialysis program, 4.5min.

  • La Fiesta del Pueblo 2018, 1min.

  • A San Pedro Walk around, 1min. street views , autumn in Belize.

  • Belize Adventure Part 6 - Last days in the Cayes, 8min. See how amazing this country is to explore.

  • Did you know that in the year of Belize's independence, there was a state of emergency?, 20min. In this interview, Stewart Krohn interviews Assad Shoman and Odinga Lumumba in 1988 about the 1981 Heads of Agreement Riots.

  • Have you had your fry jacks in Belize yet?, 1/2min. Whatever you're craving, put it in a Fry Jack.

  • Gang Culture - Revisiting the Herbert Gayle Study, 37min. Selma Jones - Social Researcher

  • Belie Hospice & Palliative Care Foundation, 24min. Frederico Gianelli - Chaplain. Dr. Ramon Yacab - MD, Vice President. Marilyn Dawson Aspinall MSN - President.

  • St Martins Credit Union - Credit Union Day, 18min. Lindbergh Smith - Belize Credit Union League. Jackie Taibo - Belize Credit Union League. Camile Cal - Officer in Charge, Benque Branch, SMCU.

  • Grace Flava with a Beat - Grace Tropical Cou Cou Lobster recipe, 27min. Grace Flava with a Beat returned with a Grace Tropical Cou Cou Lobster recipe. On set: Duane Lizama - Resident Chef, Melonie Coc - Sr. Brand Manager, Grace Kennedy Belize Ltd.

  • Sketching Skills - Benjamin Martinez, 27min. Fun Friday on OYE continued with a live art session. Steve Mossiah created this painting done with spray paint and fire. Benjamin Martinez is on a one month visit to Belize. He showcased his sketching skills by creating the likeness of our host. On set: Steve Mossiah- Artist, Benjamin Martinez - Artist.

  • Belize 2018 Movie, 33min.

  • Tribal drumming Belize 2018, 1min.

  • Accion Deportiva, 60min.

  • Police Check Point, 60min.