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Belizean Wavemakers Gather for Oceana’s 2018 Annual General Meeting
On Saturday October 20th, 2018, Belizeans from across the country came out in waves to the George Price Center in Belmopan to participate in Oceana’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) of its dedicated volunteers, our “Wavemakers”. Over two hundred and fifty Wavemakers from Corozal, Orange Walk, the Belize District, San Pedro, San Ignacio, Belmopan, Dangriga, Hopkins and Toledo attended this year’s event. During the meeting, several Wavemakers were awarded certificates of appreciation for their sensational above and beyond support for Oceana’s campaigns and initiatives over the past year. Among them were Kariel Slusher from the Belize District...

Tropic Air announces new San Ignacio to Placencia flight
Tropic Air announced today that beginning January 1, 2019, they will commence a new, one time weekly, seasonal, non-stop flight between San Ignacio and Placencia. “Today, we are celebrating linking San Ignacio and Placencia by air”, said John Greif III, President of Tropic Air. “For some time, our partners have been requesting this new flight to avoid the long drive south for tourists on rainforest and reef itineraries. We are happy to work with them to make it a reality, and to do our part to promote the growth of tourism in Belize”.

6-1, San Pedro Pirates win first home match of the season
During the tenth week of the 2018-2019 season of the Premiere League of Belize (PLB), the San Pedro Pirates finally managed to claim a home victory against Altitude Assassins on Saturday, October 20th. The island boys delivered a rousing 6-1 victory at the Ambergris Stadium. In a dominant display, the San Pedro Pirates netted their first goal mere minutes into the match, courtesy of Jesse Smith. After solid crosses and passes no other goal was in sight, with the first half coming to an end with Pirates leading 1-0. For their next match, the San Pedro Pirates will be travelling to Belize City to go against Belize Defense Force on Sunday, October 28th. The match is scheduled to start at 4PM at the MCC Grounds. For more information on how to accompany the Pirates as a fan, you can contact 623-0772.

Keller Williams Kids Can Quantum Leap seminar hosted in San Pedro Town
On Saturday, October 20th Keller Williams Kids Can (KWKC) held its Quantum Leap (QL): A World Changer Mindset international session at the Banyan Bay Conference Room from 9AM to 4PM. The 21 young people over the age of 18 attended the empowerment which aimed to inspire big thinking, model wealth, building and instilling a passion for generous giving. The session was facilitated by Macarena Rose of Belize Inland and Island Properties, Diane Griffin of Griffin Properties Michigan and Kate Corrigan from Keller Williams Real Estate.

Belize hosts CIX Ordinary Meeting of the Central American Council of Tourism Ministers and XIII Ordinary Meeting of the Central American Tourism Promotion Agency
President of the Pro-Tempore of the Central American System for Tourism Integration, Honourable Manuel Heredia and a joint team from the Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Belize Tourism Board hosted over 40 participants from the Central America and the Dominican Republic at a series of technical meetings leading up to the Ministerial Meetings of Tourism Ministers of the Central American Integration System (SICA) held at the Grand Caribe conference room on Wednesday, October 17th.

Ambergris Today

Belize Among Lonely Planet’s Top Ten “Best In Travel For 2019"
The Belize Tourism Board welcomes Lonely Planet’s recent announcement of Belize being included in its top ten world countries list as “Best in Travel for 2019”. Lonely Planet is a leading travel media company and the world’s number one travel guidebook brand, providing both inspiring and trustworthy information for every kind of traveller since 1973.

Matachica Awarded Third Place In Conde Nast Traveler Awards
Matachica Places Third Amongst Top 10 Resorts in Central America in the 2018 Conde Nast Traveler Readers' Choice Awards Ambergris Caye, Belize, October 2018 – Secluded beachfront getaway, Matachica, is honored to announce that they have placed third amongst the top ten resorts in Central America in the 2018 Conde Nast Traveler Readers' Choice Awards. The awards are the longest-running recognition of excellence in the travel industry, surveying travelers around the globe on every aspect of their experiences.

Ms. Abigail Parham Is Oceana’s 2018 Wavemaker Of The Year
On Saturday October 20th, 2018, Belizeans from across the country came out in waves to the George Price Center in Belmopan to participate in Oceana’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) of its dedicated volunteers, our “Wavemakers”. Over two hundred and fifty Wavemakers from Corozal, Orange Walk, the Belize District, San Pedro, San Ignacio, Belmopan, Dangriga, Hopkins and Toledo attended this year’s event. Ms. Abigail Parham has a degree in Natural Resources Management and a Master’s in Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Development. For the last 10 years, Parham has passed on her passion for the environment to her students at Indepence Junior College, emphasizing the importance of natural resources and sustainability.

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Belize among Lonely Plant top ten “Best in Travel for 2019"
The Belize Tourism Board welcomes Lonely Planet’s recent announcement of Belize being included in its top ten world countries list as “Best in Travel for 2019”. In reference to Belize, Lonely Plant wrote: “Its Caribbean coast is fringed by the world’s second-largest barrier reef; its interior is riddled with some of the most extensive and accessible cave systems in Central America; and its people are an exotic mix of Maya, Mestizo, Garifuna, Creole, Mennonite and expats. Yet many travellers struggle to place Belize on the map. However, the tide is turning. The government is moving to fully protect its unique marine environment, new eco-resorts are taking advantage of the country’s stunning cayes and jungle hideaways, and travellers are discovering a slice of Central America that’s relatively untouristed, safe and tantalisingly easy to reach. Get here before the inevitable crowds do.”

SICA Council of Foreign Ministers Meets in Belize
Belize hosted the 75th Meeting of the Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Central American Integration System (SICA) under its Presidency Pro Tempore of SICA on October 23, 2018. Foreign Ministers received and approved reports among other things, on the internal administration and on matters relating to the budget as well as an update on the advancement of the work of the General Secretariat thus far. Featuring prominently in the discussions were the political dialogue on migration and the region’s progress towards a coordinated approach to the global climate change talks of the COP 24.

2018 Breast Cancer & Diabetes 5K Walk/Run in San Pedro
Due to poor sign up, the Cancer & Diabetes Awareness 5K & 10K walk|run has been postponed to next week Saturday, November 3rd, 2018. We apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause. We invite all fitness groups, gyms, crossfit boxes, students and EVERYONE to sign up by Thursday, November 1st, 2018. Let's make this a grand event and help out the San Pedro Cancer Society.

Belize Open Week (BOW)
The Trust for the Americas and the Department for Effective Public Management of the Organization of American States (OAS) and the Caribbean Open Institute are partnering with Government and Civil Society of Belize to invite you to Belize Open Week (BOW) & Developing the Caribbean (DevCa) with the support of the Embassy of the United States of America in Belize. Belize Open Week (BOW) is a unique multi-stakeholder opportunity to learn about Open Government and to participate in co-creation processes. During the different activities, participants will be exposed to cutting-edge knowledge in open government, practical open data experiences, a hackathon, and an opportunity to engage in co-creation dialogues. At the end of the week, participants would have acquired the tools and knowledge required for the undertaking of their own open government initiatives.

Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative fellows return home
Our four Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative - YLAI fellows experience has come to an end. They will arrive in Belize today. Safe travels and welcome home! Amazing experience. Learned a lot, made new friends and family all over Latin America and the Caribbean. It's now time to head home.

"Above and below the Maya forest" by Annabel Ford"
This article by Dr Anabel Ford and Sherman Horn is now available. (Cost of $30us!! to read)Summary: Reports of lost cities in the Maya forest began with the remarkable pictorial folios that Stephens and Catherwood produced from their journeys in the 1830s (1) and that inspired the Carnegie Institution of Washington's expeditions in the early 20th century (2). This research focused on major architecture: the grandest temples, plazas, tombs, and palaces built for Maya aristocrats. The singular attention paid to rulers illuminated Maya politics and religion but left a major lacuna in knowledge of the populace. To fill this gap, later fieldwork mapped the humble housemounds to interpret settlement patterns at the detailed site scale (3–5). On page 1355 of this issue, Canuto et al. (6) use a remote sensing method called light detection and ranging (lidar) to examine regional-scale settlement patterns and implications for sustainability in the Maya forest. Their conclusions support extensive settlement densities, as has been expected, and suggest substantial land modifications that affect assessments of sustainability.

Mr Ray & Mrs Kim donate health supplies to the CCVC
The Caye Caulker Village Council would like to give a huge thank you to Mr Ray & Mrs Kim for the donation of health supplies donated to the CCVC. God Bless! We thank you for your generosity to our little island.

Tropic Air announced today that beginning January 1, 2019, they will commence a new, one time weekly, seasonal, non-stop flight between San Ignacio and Placencia.

Visit of Parliamentarians to the UK Parliament
A group of parliamentarians, headed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Honourable Laura Tucker Longsworth, is visiting Westminster (Parliament of the United Kingdom), London, from the 23rd to 25th October 2018. The Belize delegation is comprised of Honourable Laura Tucker Longsworth, Speaker of the House of Representatives; Honourable Lee Mark Chang, President of the Senate; Honourable Dr. Omar Figueroa, Deputy Speaker and Minister of State in the Ministry of Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment and Sustainable Development; Honourable Beverly Williams, Minister of State in the Ministry of Immigration; Honourable Jose Mai, Opposition Member for Orange Walk South; and Mr. Eddie Webster, Clerk to the National Assembly.

Minister of Transport and National Emergency Management Hon Edmond Castro and Minister of Works Hon Rene Montero are in Panama City, Panama, where they are attending the Regional Policy Dialogue (2018) on Transportation Systems Resilience to Climate Change. Earlier today, Hon Edmond Castro made a presentation on Recovering Transportation Services after Disasters. He outlined systems and procedures in Belize to ensure safe and orderly restoration of Road, Sea and Air Transportation in the aftermath of a disaster. He also spoke about ongoing efforts spearheaded by the Government of Belize to upgrade the nationwide transportation network and other mitigation measures to minimize the impact of disasters on Belize’s transportation system.

>Minister of Health Tours KHMH
Minister of Health, Hon. Pablo Marin on the invitation of the CEO of Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital, Ms. Michelle Hoare did a walk through today of some of the major infastructural improvements done to the hospital since a few services were temporarily interrupted some months ago. The Minister was especially pleased to see the improvements done at the Operating theatre suites. He pledged to continue working along with the management of the hospital to identify and complete other repairs and upgrades.

San Pedro Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
SAVE THE DATE for our Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. Saturday, December 1st, 2018! See you there!

Sarteneja FC and Calcutta Strikers play in Corozal Saturday
Attention all footbal fans in Corozal. Exciting and Nail Biting First Division Football Action between Sarteneja FC and Calcutta Strikers will be held this Saturday, October 27th at 6:00 p.m. at the Ricalde Stadium in Corozal Town. Come and cheer for your favourite team. It is going to be live football action as both teams are favourite to win! Don't Miss It.


National Mural Competition
The Department of Youth Services is having a National Mural Competition. They have 3 prizes. If you have a team that wants to create a mural, let them know this week. Cayo has some of the best murals, and we could always use more. "Do you like painting murals? Have you ever wanted to be a part of creating one in your area? Our Department is hosting a National Peace Mural Competition! Create a group of 5 young persons who would like to create a mural depicting peace, and call us at 207-0773 to register your group for this event. The deadline to apply is Friday, October 26th!"

CentroAmerica Innovation + Tourism Talk
Want to know more about tourism in the tech world? Check out the details below and don't forget to RSVP!

Paradise Theater playing this weekend:
Incredibles 2, Mile 22, Juliet Naked, Black Klansman

"Noche Macabra" in Benque
The annual folklore story telling night "Noche Macabra" with the supernatural experience from our community members from far and near, make it a date and be there!

Big Garbage Cleanup Project Nov. 9-12 in San Pedro
Help us get his message out and share, share, share!!! Save three hours of your time between November 9th through 12th to help make Isla Bonita #1 Again.

Channel 7

Postpone The ICJ Referendum? Briceno thinks So!
The ICJ referendum set for April 10, 2019 is five and a half months away - that's only 168 days from now, and, tonight, the Leader of the Opposition is warning that it might have to be postponed. John Briceno says government has wasted time - and now it is too far behind in the public education campaign, and the compilation of the case. He's saying Government is not ready - and it should be thinking about a postponement: Hon. John Briceno, Leader of the Opposition: "I've been calling them out saying that the educational campaign has not been robust enough. They've set the date since April this year. The minister is talking looking about ramping up. They had ample time to be able to do that. We are calling them out because whilst the foreign minister is saying oh we have the same lawyers that the PUP had..."

Briceno Goes On Listening Tour, Bristles At Suggestion He Is Under Attack
And while we will seek an official response from government - Briceno is himself getting ready by going on a countrywide "listening tour" tomorrow. He plans to visit all 31 constituencies to hear what PUP supporters want their party's position on the ICJ to be. This is after heavy blowback from the PUP southern caucus which has staked out and made its own position public 0 in advance of the party. We asked Briceno if he's being forced into this national tour to protect his leadership from attack:...

Pablo From Corozal Bay Will Say Yes
So, while the Opposition Leader goes on his listening tour, another Northern politician, the UDP's Health Minister Pablo Marin says that he made up his mind to vote yes. We caught up with him at another event, and he told us that the hope is that his constituents in Corozal Bay will soon start to benefit directly from the ICJ education campaign: Reporter: "Are you pro-ICJ?" Hon. Pablo Marin, Minister of Health: "I think I have to say it. I see my friend in the back saying no. But I look at it in the way that if you have your house, your land, definitely you have that boundary all around.."

Assad Joining The ICJ Fray
And that ICJ campaign may have a new leader soon. Reports reaching 7News say that historian and former foreign minister Assad Shoman will be activated to lead the "Yes" campaign - which has been faltering in the public. PUP Leader Briceno says he knows about it, and supports it:... Jules Vasquez - Reporter: "Would the PUP support if it is indeed going to happen that Assado Shoman, former PUP Minister, be brought in as a point person on the ICJ-yes campaign?"

BPP Says Special Agreement Wording Dooms ICJ Vote
And, on the outside of this discussion right now is the Belize Progressive Party. They have asked to be a part of the public education campaign, but say they have been ignored. Their position is no to the ICJ - but not because it's wrong to go to the court, not at all. They say they problem is the special agreement signed in 2008, which set the stage for the ICJ. That does not contemplate the possibility of paying Guatemala monetary damages for Great Britain's failure to fulfill the terms of the 1859 treaty. Here's how leader Patrick Rogers put it at a press conference today:...

They Cut Hon. Rodwell’s Brakes!
Last night, Stann Creek west Representative and PUP Deputy Leader Rodwell Ferguson had a scary situation unfold on him. He was driving home from a constituency consultation on the ICJ vote in Independence village - when his brakes failed. His party leader told us more:... John Briceno - Leader of the PUP: "He is having consultations in his constituency and had a meeting in Independence. When he left he said that right after he got to the first bump he realized that there is a trouble with his brakes. By the time he got to the second bump, still in the village, he realized that he has no breaks. So, that is when he slowed down and went very slowly all the way home..."

Sacred Heart Students Back At School, Finally
There is some good news from Sacred Heart Primary School in Dangriga tonight. Classes finally resumed today after the principal installed ten portable bathrooms. This is just a temporary solution until the toilets are elevated, the septic tank replaced and new pipelines installed. After the engineer met with the principal and teachers he had proposed those measures as the permanent solution. So as you can see from these pictures, the upgrades have already begun. When we spoke to principal Huelett today she said that the project should be completed in about a week and classes will resume as per normal during construction.

Cops Ready To Arrest For Felina’s Murder
Police say they expect to make an arrest for the murder of of Felina James shortly, possibly before the end of the week. The 36 year old mother of two was found in the bushes off the Coastal Road last Thursday - one week after she went missing. Police have since found what they believe are parts of a her car at a chop shop in southern Belize. She was last seen in the north - in the area of Sarteneja.

Wounded Murder Suspect Limps Into Court
18 year old Shadron Gillett limped backwards into court, on crutches and with a cast around his foot today. The teenager is charged for the October 15th murder of 36 year old Kevin Thomas. A special constable shot him in the foot - allegedly as he ran from the scene where Thomas had been shot multiple times, including one to the head. Gillett allegedly dropped a firearm as he ran. So, as soon as he got out of the hospital, he was sent to court today before Chief Magistrate, Sharon Fraser, where he was also charged with aggravated assault and kept firearm and ammunition without a gun license. No plea was taken and he was remanded until December 20th.

KHMH, Back to Full Functionality and Showing Off
Yesterday, the KHMH announced that it's fully back to 100% functionality - 7 months after a structural failure. You'll remember that in mid-March, the hospital went into emergency mode after the roof started falling over their X-Ray area. An assessment was done, and it was determined that over a third of the hospital's roof had weaknesses that made it dangerous for patients and staff alike. So, the hospital administration had to make the hard choice to reduce its some of its services significantly to accommodate the structural repairs. Those repairs took several months to complete. But today, the Administration invited the press in to see the major improvements that were made since the construction has concluded.

Willoughby Only Has One King, Not Boots
Last night, UDP Port Loyola Representative Boots Martinez raised eyebrows all across Belize when he declared himself the King of Port Loyola. He did that in response to comments he says he heard UDP aspirant for Port Phillip Willoughby make. Willoughby allegedly told supporters that when he wins the divisional convention next month - government's goods and services will be funneled through him. So, Martinez came out to make it clear he alone is the area rep until 2020 - and he controls the government resources in Port. It's an ugly inter-party tussle - and today when we met up with Willoughby, it was clear he did not want to make it worse:...

Willoughby Praying For Boots
And while he searches for that way - to her Philloughby's supporters tell it - the best ACE in his hand is the fact that Boots Martinez is supporting his opponent Michael Peyrefitte. Martinez - who won the division by a margin of almost 1500 with 74% of the votes in 2008, merely squeaked by with 48% of the vote and by a margin of 76 ballots in 2015. That's a rapid hemorrhaging of support, and we asked Willoughby if this unpopularity plays into his hands:... Jules Vasquez - Reporter: "Do you feel that at this point Mr. Martinez is a liability for the UDP in Port Loyola?"

Cabinet Called His Weed Plan simplistic, Briceno Calls Cabinet Retrograde
Last night you heard the executive slapdown that Cabinet put on the PUP Leader John Briceno for floating the idea that marijuana should be fully legalized, farmed, taxed and exported. A Cabinet release called it simplistic, ignorant and downright dangerous. Today Briceno said they're simply resisting an idea whose time has come:.. Reporter: "You have seen the government's scolding, or slap down it might be called. What is your response to what the government said?"

Health Minister On Why Legalizing It Is A Bad Idea
So, while Briceno is getting some brimstone and fire for marijuana legalization, Health Minister Pablo Marin is holding his party's line by calling the PUP Leader's plan misconceived. Here's how Marin explained why he thinks that Belize should not fully legalize weed: Reporter: "The Leader of the Opposition had called for legalization and cabinet believes that was irresponsible. Where do you stand as Minister of Health and as a member of cabinet?"

Hwy Collision Leaves Three Men Scattered Across Pavement
There was an accident at mile three and a half on the George Price Highway about half an hour ago. It was a collision between a motorcycle and bicycle where three persons were injured - after they were flung to the pavement. Not much is known at this time - but from what we saw on the scene, all three men were taken in an ambulance - and appeared to have mostly abrasions and fractures. We note that the area before the Coast Guard cutoff is very dark and it's possible the men on the bike were double riding. We hope to have more on this tomorrow.

El Salvador Cops Train in Belize
38 police officers did great in the GREAT program. A graduation ceremony was held today at the Radisson to celebrate their achievement. Among them were 15 officers from El Salvador. Here is more about the program and how it positively impacts youth. The GREAT program has been ongoing in Belize since 2011. Since then 219 officers have been trained.

BHS Students Going to OAS
20 students from Belize High School are heading to Washington DC at the end of November. They were chosen as international ambassadors for their Model OAS program. Today a special ceremony was held to recognize these students. We dropped by to find out more about this opportunity. This is the 4th year BHS is participating in this program. The school along with parents will fund the trip while the OAS facilitates access to the White House and conference venues throughout the one week stay in Washington.

Destination Belize, Year 20
Since 1995, the Belize Tourism Industry Association has been producing Destination Belize. You'll know it as the country's signature magazine which the BTIA uses to promote Belize as a premier tourist destination to the international community. It's distributed at trade shows all over the world, and you'll find a copy in just about every decent hotel room across Belize. For the previous 19 editions, the BTIA outsourced the magazine's production, but for #20, they produced it in-house. The theme of this year's edition of Destination Belize is "Find Our Roots and Feel Your Rhythms." The BTIA held its launch at the Raddison Hotel, and here's what the President and the Chief Editor had to say about the 9-month production process:

Bze. Parliamentarians In UK
A group of Belizean parliamentarians are in the UK, visiting the cradle of Parliamentary Democracy in the Commonwealth, the Westminster Palace. The delegation includes House Speaker, Laura Tucker Longsworth, President of the Senate, Lee Mark Chang, and Representatives, the UDP's Dr. Omar Figueroa, who is the Deputy Speaker, Beverly Williams, and the PUP's Jose Mai, and Clerk to the National Assembly, Eddie Webster, Apart from visiting the Parliament, they have also met with representatives of Tate and Lyle Sugars - which is owned by ASR.

Belizeans Win TT Gold in Mexico
So, while those Belizean parliamentarians are in the UK, a delegation of 13 Belizean table tennis athletes, 2 coaches, and 2 chaperones travelled to Merida, Mexico to participate in the Merida Junior Circuit Table Tennis Championships. That tournament was held from Saturday, October 20th to Monday, October 22nd, and athletes competing against them were from Mexico, Guatemala and Cuba. There were the different categories of U-11 all the way up to U-18. At the conclusion of the 4 days of competition Belize walked away with several medals.

Soft Drink Ban Coming Along
2 and a half weeks ago, when the Ministry of Health announced that the Government would subsidize hemodialysis treatments for 88 Belizeans suffering from kidney failure, Minister Pablo Marin called for a ban on soft drinks in schools countrywide. The premise is that right now children are being given access to unhealthy food and sugary drinks, which is helping to promote unhealthy eating habits which lead to chronic lifestyle diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, heart problems and even kidney failure. You'll remember that Deputy Prime Minister Patrick Faber, who is the Minister of Education, was very receptive to the idea. Today, we asked Marin if any progress has been made on this proposed ban. Here's what he had to say:

Teenager Missing Since Saturday
Police say this teenager, Katherine, Gisell Contreras from Dean Street is missing. The 15-year-old, Honduran Student hasn't been seen since last week Saturday, October 20th. Her mother - who only reported it today - said that on Saturday she went to the store and when she came back Katherine was gone. Katherine is about 5 feet 4 inches tall, has long black hair and weighs about 120 pounds. If seen kindly contact the nearest Police Station or contact Domestic Violence unit Hotline 0800-2929-688.

Channel 5

John Briceño Says G.O.B.’s Response is ‘So Wrong’
The buzz this week has been about the legalization of marijuana as proposed by the Leader of the Opposition John Briceño.  Briceño suggested that Belize should follow countries like Canada, [...]

Opposition Leader Says Belize Can Benefit if Medic al Marijuana is Legalized
The use of marijuana for medicinal purposes is garnering increased acceptance and according to Briceño, investors are looking to Caribbean countries where they can build resorts that cater to medical [...]

Health Minister Speaks on Possibility of Legalizing Medical Marijuana
According to research, usage of marijuana can ease pain, nausea/vomiting, hot flashes, loss of appetite, anxiety, insomnia which are symptoms of breast cancer causes. The idea of legalizing marijuana for [...]

B.P.P. Said ‘Legalize It’ from Years Ago
But today, the Belize Progressive Party said they’ve been championing to legalize marijuana long before Briceño announced his proposal.  The B.P.P. said that while they welcome the Opposition Leader’s support, [...]

Politician’s Brakes Hose Intentionally Cut; Political Sabotage?
The P.U.P.’s area representative for Stann Creek West, Rodwell Ferguson, says his life was in danger on Tuesday night when he lost control his vehicle as he headed home.  He [...]

Classes resume at Sacred Heart Primary
Students are back in school today at Sacred Heart Primary in Dangriga. They were out of classes for over a week after the public health department shut down the school [...]

Ministry of National Security Leads Excursions Up Sarstoon River
Traversing the Sarstoon River has been a daring feat for any civilian wishing to visit the southernmost reaches of the country.  That’s because the Guatemalan Armed Forces have kept a [...]

Ministry Says Sarstoon Trip Is Not to Sway Voter Opinion
The scheduled trips are coincidentally or deliberately planned very close to the 2019 I.C.J. referendum which is just about five months away. The presence of the GAF at the Sarstoon [...]

A 19-year-old Faces Murder Charge Following “Scrub Board’s” Death
Nineteen-year-old Stephan Bowen is facing a charge of murder, following the death of Elroy ‘Scrub Board’ Saldano who was shot while riding a bicycle in the vicinity of Belize Water [...]

Bert Vasquez Appears Before the Court of Appeal Unrepresented
Convicted inmate Bert Vasquez has been extended a final lifeline in an attempt to appeal a guilty verdict handed down by the Supreme Court in July 2017.  This morning, he [...]

Grieving Mother Blames Southern Regional for Death of Jayeisha Parchue
The circumstances surrounding the death of twenty-year-old Jayeisha Parchue at the hands of doctors in Dangriga earlier this month continue to ripple across Belizean society.  The incident which resulted in [...]

Health Minister: “It Is Normal for the Family to Blame the Hospital”
So while Marsha Romero is taking legal action, today, we asked Health Minister Pablo Marin about the allegations of malpractice and neglect at the Southern Regional Hospital. According to Marin, [...]

$1.6 Million Renovation at K.H.M.H. Completed
On Tuesday, the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital Authority announced that the nation’s referral hospital was back to one hundred percent. Essential services provided by the hospital were suspended for months [...]

B.P.P. Weighs In on I.C.J. with their Research Findings
At a press conference today, the Belize Progressive Party maintained a ‘NO position to taking the territorial dispute to the I.C.J.  According to the B.P.P., they have done significant research [...]

Corozal Bay Area Rep., Pablo Marin, Is Pro-I.C.J.
But Minister of Health and the U.D.P.’s Corozal Bay area representative, Pablo Marin, says he is pro-I.C.J.   Marin joins a list of U.D.P. cabinet ministers and politicians who have gone [...]

B.P.P. in Solidarity with B.N.T.U.
The B.P.P. also said today that it is in solidarity with the Belize National Teachers Union and the Christian Workers Union. Party Leader Patrick Rogers says that the B.P.P. will [...]

Missing Teen Returns Home
Danielly Tillett is back and safe at home. The fourteen-year-old girl left her home in August Pine Ridge and had not been seen or heard from since September twenty-fourth. There’s [...]

Health Professionals from SICA Discuss Issues of Vector Control in the Region
Health personnel from SICA countries, including the Dominican Republic, are here in Belize. At this first meeting, the technocrats are discussing issues of vector control in the region and will [...]

B.T.I.A. Launches 20th Edition of Destination Belize
The Belize Tourism Industry Association launched the twentieth edition of the Destination Belize magazine. The publication’s theme ‘Find our Roots, Feel (Y)our Rhythms’ celebrates Belize’s cultural heritage. The covers were [...]

38 Law Enforcement Officers Graduate as GREAT Instructors
Since it started in 2011 in Belize, over two hundred officers have completed the GREAT programme of the police department which is turning things around for at risk youths.  The [...]


Leaders’ perspectives on the ICJ
Earlier this week, we told you that Leader of the Opposition, John Briceno and his plans to do a tour of the divisions to hear the residents’ views on the ICJ. Briceno briefed us on his approach. John Briceno – Leader of the Opposition: “Well tomorrow we will start the tour, I am going to go …

BHS’ students will visit the OAS
A delegate of twenty students from the Belize High School, BHS, will get an opportunity to travel to Washington DC, where they will visit the headquarters of Organization of American States (OAS). There they will participate in a program known as the model OAS. This afternoon, BHS held an induction ceremony for their twenty ambassador, …

Rogers: “BPP stands in solidarity with the unions”
This morning the Belize Progressive Party, BPP, held a press conference, where the party’s leader, Patrick Rogers, emphatically stated their solidarity with the unions. Rogers said that the unions are receiving so much opposition from the authorities without the realization that the unions are the ones that help to build political parties and as such …

Members of the House are visiting Westminister Parliament
The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Laura Tucker-Longsworth and a group of parliamentarians are experiencing another parliament, the Westminster Parliament in London. The Belize delegation has met with representatives of Tate and Lyle Sugars, toured the Thames Refinery, and participated in other activities. The parliamentarians have also been hosted by the Chair of All-Party …

Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs met in Belize
Earlier this year, Belize took over the Pro-Tem Presidency of SICA, the Central American Integrated System as such several SICA meetings have been conducted in Belize. Yesterday, was another such meeting where the Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs of SICA met at the Best Western Plus Biltmore Plaza. (VO STARTS) During the meeting, Foreign …

Teens visit the prison to learn a lesson
There are quite a few convicted young men under the age of 18 who wake up every day to life in the Belize Central Prison. The Belize Police Department and the Kolbe Foundation joined together to take some kids on a tour of the prison and Love News joined them. Jose Sanchez: “Kids who didn’t …

Castro attended regional meeting on transportation system
Minister of Transport and National Emergency Management Edmond Castro got the opportunity to address a gathering at the Regional Policy Dialogue (2018) on Transportation Systems Resilience to Climate Change, which took place in Panama. Castro and Minister of Works, Rene Montero traveled to Panama for the two-day meeting. In his address, Castro spoke of the …

Elroy Saldano was shot last week Monday afternoon at 1:30 pm on Hauzle Street which is adjacent to the Belize Water Services Limited in Belize City. The shooting incident is believed to have been captured by BWSL’s three cameras which point exactly on the area where Saldano was shot. According to his aunt he has …

Programs at the Prison’s Wagners Youth Facility
The Wagners Youth Facility is segregated from the general population of the inmates. The prison has various programs including rehabilitation for all inmates and William Dawson, the director of that facility says there have been good results from the programs designed for the minors that are housed at Wagners. William Dawson Director Wagner’s youth Facility:

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The Reporter has confirmed that FBI investigators who were in the country working on the year old double murders of Canadian Francesca Matus and American Drew Devoursney, have been asked to assist local Police with the investigation into the death of American Claire Rigdon.

On October 9th, former Belize City Mayor turned pageant director Zenaida Moya caught the nation by surprise when she introduced the reigning Miss Scuba Belize, Joswanie Hall during media rounds. Four days after, on October 13th, there were no media rounds, just an announcement on the organization’s Facebook page that Hall had stepped down and had been replaced by a new Miss Scuba Belize, Monique Lamb.

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New Ulm couple's Belize resort featured on "Price is Right"
Tim and Kristi Loose weren't looking to buy a tropical resort on an island in Belize. Still, Tim was looking for something to keep him busy after retiring from Bolton & Menk in Mankato. Through his engineering work at Bolton, Tim knew longtime Mankato commercial developer Curt Fisher, who owns the Blue Tang Inn in Belize and who sells real estate in the Central American country. So when the St. George’s Caye Resort came up for sale, Fisher, along with April Femrite who works in the Mankato office of Fisher real estate, brokered a deal with Loose, who bought the resort in July of last year. "I would have never done something so crazy without Curt and April mentoring me," Loose said. "Curt knows all the ins and outs down there."

Aquatica Foundation Launched Ahead of Aquatica Submarines Belize Blue Hole Expedition
Aquatica Submarines, currently planning a historic voyage to the bottom of the Belize Blue Hole, has announced the launch of a brand new conservation initiative, the Aquatica Foundation. President and CEO of Aquatica, Harvey Flemming, has formed the new organisation to bring together global experts and take actions towards three primary ocean imperatives: Exploration, Restoration and Education. The not-for-profit organisation is supporting the Aquatica’s Blue Hole Belize 2018 Expedition in concert with the expedition partner NGOs: Ocean Unite, Oceanic Global, Oceana, The Fabien Cousteau Ocean Learning Center, and Belize Audubon Society. As founder, Mr Flemming will also be taking on the role as the Managing Director of the foundation.

Floating trash piles
“Cruise ships are businesses and operate to make a profit. They do this ‘on the backs’ of ports. Ports build cruise terminals and infrastructure, usually recouping only a small percentage of their investment. In addition, local merchants receive only a percentage of passenger spending. Cruise ships hold back as their commission 50 per cent or more of what passengers spend on shore excursions. In addition, they charge hefty fees to stores promoted onboard as ‘preferred’ shopping outlets, and may also expect payment of commissions from stores not promoted. A recent study in Belize found that while cruise passengers account for 75-80 per cent of the country’s foreign visitors, they account for only ten per cent of employment in the hospitality sector.

Where is brewing Oscar heading in the central Atlantic?
An area of disturbed weather over the central Atlantic Ocean may become the basin’s next named system before passing close to Bermuda with rough surf next week. A cluster of showers and thunderstorms located roughly 950 miles east-northeast of the Leeward Islands is the feature of interest. This system will be within favorable conditions for subtropical or tropical development later Friday and this weekend, according to AccuWeather Hurricane Expert Dan Kottlowski. Warm water and relatively low wind shear in the system’s environment are both conducive to strengthening.


  • Belize Audubon Society Tackles Fishing Pressures with Copper Bank Fisherfolk, 6min. Last week we showed you how the Chunox beneficiaries of the Belize Audubon Society’s small grants programme are using their grants to improve their standard of living and to reduce fishing pressures. Since 2012, BAS has been working with fisherfolk in Chunox, Copper Bank and Sarteneja in Corozal. In these communities, more than fifty-percent of the populations rely on fishing – and conservationists want to provide families with other opportunities so that they don’t have to rely one hundred percent on these resources. So, tonight we take you to Copper Bank Village where several fishers and their families are using their grants to diversify their income.

  • The Leader of the Belize Progressive Party, Patrick Rogers, says that his party stands in solidarity with the unions, 2.5min.

  • Belize Rainforest Reserve 10 October 2018, 1min. Overview of Belize Rainforest Reserve and the start of road construction.

  • Ranguana, Belize, 2min. Drone footage

  • LFD Farming Belize, 8min.

  • Channel 5 Obituaries, 2.5min.

  • Love Entertainment October 24th,2018, 2hr11min.

  • ICJ Expert from Mexico, 5min. Last Friday, media personnel from Belize had an opportunity to sit and chat with an ICJ Expert from Mexico. Our Belize Now team was also present for the session. Here’s what they learned.

  • Travel Belize | Lamanai, 1min. Drone footage

  • Belize: The Split at Caye Caulker, 3min.

  • Belize lobster, 1min.

  • Birding in Belize: Birding at San Ignacio Resort Hotel, 4min. For our third episode of A Day in a Birder's Life series, we went birding with San Ignacio Resort Hotel, in San Ignacio Town. This luxury resort is known as “the only jungle in town” and its 17-acres of private jungle property make it a prime location for bird watching in Belize.

  • Sports Talk Show, 2hr.

  • Meet our Big Garbage Cleanup Project mascot Captain Conch, 2min. Thanks to everyone who participated in the creation of his theme song, Keep Isla Bonita Bonita. Help us get his message out and share, share, share!!! Save three hours of your time between November 9th through 12th to help make Isla Bonita #1 Again.