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The San Pedro Sun

Belize Mission Dental Project returns to San Pedro Town
A team of dental specialists and volunteers are in Belize providing free dental services. The Belize Mission Project is a yearly program from the United States of America (USA) that has been coming to the country for the past 27 years. The team of American dental caregivers arrived in San Pedro Town on Friday, October 19th and began their services on Monday, October 22nd. They plan to offerer dental work to patients at the San Pedro Lions Den on Barrier Drive through Friday, November 2nd. In San Pedro Town, the group is comprised of dentists, physicians, volunteers, laboratory technicians, and other medical professionals. While spearheaded by Dr. Frank Whipps, the island group is led by Gordon Gates. He spoke to The San Pedro Sun about their activities on the island. “We are providing all types of services, including cavity fillings, cleanings, restorative dentistry, partial dentistry and complete dentures as well,” he said. “We also have clinics taking place in areas of the country like Dangriga Town and Corozal Town.” Gates says they are happy to be back in Belize providing their services to the people who take advantage of it.

G.R.E.A.T. Instructor Training Closing Ceremony
38 police officers – 23 from Belize and 15 from El Salvador – became new Gang Resistance Education and Training (G.R.E.A.T.) Instructors. The G.R.E.A.T. program is one of the many tools the United States is supporting in Belize, and the Central American region, to improve citizen security, decrease impunity, and prevent crime. U.S. Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Keith Gilges commended the new instructors, stating “You are taking on an incredibly important role as educators and mentors. To break the cycle of crime, there is no substitute for reaching children before they are lured into a gang or tempted by some other dangerous activity.” He also underscored the U.S. Embassy’s partnership with the Belize Police Department and other organizations that seek to prevent youth from joining gangs. Deputy Commissioner of Police Chester Williams also attended the ceremony.

San Pedro’s First-ever MMA Tournament is a knockout!
Hundreds of fight fanatics gathered at the Honourable Louis Sylvestre Sporting Complex for the first ever Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) Tournament in San Pedro Town on Saturday, October 20th. The event was organized by Martin Dawson and his Pit Fighters training school, along with Primmates Chetumal training school, and Chetumal Xtreme Cage League. There were nine different matches featuring fighters from Belize facing Mexican fighters. The event began shortly after 9PM, with Belize’s Raheem Lambey going against Sergio Acuna of Mexico. After two rounds of grappling, it was a victory for Belize’s Lambey. The next match, saw Belize’s Allen Cawich being defeated by Mexico’s Jaime Avila in a Jujitsu fight.

Ambergris Caye shines at BTB 2018 National Tourism Awards
The tourism mecca of Belize, Ambergris Caye, was well represented at the 16th annual Belize Tourism Board (BTB) National Tourism Awards. Held on Saturday, October 20th at Caribbean Motors in Belize City, the event saw invited guests and stakeholders from different parts of the country applauding the winners of the night. This year Ambergris Caye nabbed four of the evening’s prizes, starting with the Hospitality Award of year, which went to the Belize Chocolate Company. Chris Beaumont, owner of Belize Chocolate Company, says he and his wife Josephine started their business 11 years ago. The Tour Guide Association of the year went to San Pedro Tour Guide Association and president of the association Phillip ‘Billy’ Leslie graciously accepted the award. Cayo Espanto, a private island, won Small Accommodation of the year. Manager of the resort Rosita Ayuso credited the hard work of the entire staff, who try their best to provide guests with an unforgettable experience at Cayo Espanto. Taking Top Performing Hotel of the year was Grand Caribe Resort, a condominium resort located north of San Pedro. The luxury property opened in 2010 and comprises of 76 condominium units ranging from one bedroom to five-bedroom villas.

Ambergris Today

Ambergris Caye Elementary School Celebrates School’s Growth
On Wednesday, October 24, 2018, Ambergris Caye Elementary held a New Phase and Growth Ceremony at the school’s compound. In a short, yet meaningful, ceremony the school proudly celebrated its achievements and presented the latest addition to the school. Principal Amanda Burgos welcomed those in attendance and invited Minister Manuel Heredia Jr., Mayor Daniel Guerrero and Education Officer Odelia Caliz for the ribbon cutting and then led everyone to a tour of the school. The school has come a long way, they began with 24 students and five teachers and now host 106 students and 11 teachers including administrators. ACES proudly boasts that they have a special education program, where students are screened for their disability (physical or learning) and are placed in normal classes. ACES currently has seven teachers enrolled on a special education class from the University of Wisconsin.

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Pill's Barber Shop new location, Corozal

Yesterday, 38 police officers – 23 from Belize and 15 from El Salvador – became new Gang Resistance Education and Training (G.R.E.A.T.) Instructors
The G.R.E.A.T. program is one of the many tools the United States is supporting in Belize, and the Central American region, to improve citizen security, decrease impunity, and prevent crime. U.S. Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Keith Gilges commended the new instructors, stating “You are taking on an incredibly important role as educators and mentors. To break the cycle of crime, there is no substitute for reaching children before they are lured into a gang or tempted by some other dangerous activity.” He also underscored the U.S. Embassy’s partnership with the Belize Police Department and other organizations that seek to prevent youth from joining gangs. Deputy Commissioner of Police Chester Williams also attended the ceremony.

ECOTOURISM BELIZE’S OCTOBER BIG DAY
Team EcoTourism Belize recorded 94 bird species in southern Belize on October Big Day – a global, one-day birding event. At our 15,441 acre private protected area, Golden Stream Corridor Preserve, the team saw the Great Antshrike. It is a bird that prefers dense vegetation and is infrequently seen. Read more about this one-day birding expedition.

Belize Defence Force Senior Officers Conference
Commander of the Belize Defence Force (BDF) Brigadier General Steven Ortega and the senior officers of the BDF today gathered at the Log Cabin in San Ignacio for their annual strategic planning conference. The aim of the conference is to highlight the accomplishments and review the tactical and operational challenges faced by the armed forces in achieving their objectives and to discuss and develop ideas and strategies to overcome them. The conference also seeks to identify key issues that are faced by officers and soldiers within the ranks of the BDF and issue guidance and incentives for the future.

Update on Negotiations between the CWU and Port of Belize Ltd.
On Tuesday, October 23rd, 2018 the Ministry of Labour, Local Government and Rural Development received a letter addressed to Minister Hon. Dr. Carla Barnett from the President of the Christian Workers Union (CWU), Mr. Evan Mose Hyde, informing of the progress that has been made in the ongoing negotiations between the CWU and the Port of Belize Ltd. (PBL) and the explicit withdrawal of the notice of industrial action which had been served on September 28, 2018. The Ministry formally responded today, October 25th, expressing satisfaction that the negotiations are now proceeding positively, and that progress has been made in several areas of the negotiation. In its letter, the Ministry informed that, in the circumstance, there is no need to refer the matter to the Essential Services Tribunal. The Ministry further informed of its intention to withdraw as an observer to the negotiations with immediate effect.

Restoration of the shoreline at the Boca del Rio park
The San Pedro Town Council kindly advises the general public to take precaution at the Boca del Rio Park as heavy machinery are working on the restoration of the shoreline at the Boca del Rio park. Also, the SPTC along with Canary Cove and Gaby's Construction will be working on the Boca del Rio Park facelift; with works commencing on Friday, October 26, 2018. We ask the public for their cooperation while works are being conducted.

Wavemaker AGM 2018
Oceana Belize had their Wavemaker AGM at the George Price Centre this last weekend. Congratulations to all the awardees. "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; the Department of Youth Services (DYS) and the Health Education and Community Participation Bureau (HECOPAB) from Corozal; the Ocean Academy Wavemakers Club from Caye Caulker; Arren Andrews and Whitney Majano of the Stann Creek District, and the Department of Youth Services (DYS) in Punta Gorda. Oceana was also proud to present a national award when we recognized Ms. Abigail Parham of Stann Creek District as the 2018 Wavemaker of the year. Ms. Abigail Parham has a degree in Natural Resources Management and a Master’s in Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Development...

Red Ribbon Week
Our Lady of Guadalupe Roman Catholic High School in Belmopan is celebrating Red Ribbon Week with the theme " Staying drug free to create a safer Belize for you and me." We enjoyed being part of the door decorating competition showcasing the students creativity and their take of the consequences drugs bring about. Kudos in creating awareness for the future of tomorrow!

Honored to contribute the first set of books to Belize’s first Little Free Library!
Congratulations to Special Envoy for Women and Children and all the partners who made this big initiative possible. “Between the pages of a book, is where you’ll find yourself.” –Mrs. Kim Simplis Barrow

Our brothers and sister of To'one Masehualo'on were today at Romantica FM with Miss Terry promoting Hanal Pixan!
The showcase will be this Saturday as the House of Culture collaborates with T'oone Masehualoon in raising awareness and ensuring the preservation of this ancient Maya tradition. Please join us at the Corozal Town Central Park October 27th beginning at 7pm where you can immerse yourself in the Maya culture!

Channel 7

Another Drug Plane Burned In the North - Cargo Gone!
This morning, news went out all across the country that yet another drug plane had landed in Northern Belize. The King Air 200 was found before a few miles northeast of Progresso Village in the Corozal District - on fire and abandoned.   The persons who landed the aircraft also destroyed it, and fled the scene before law enforcement could arrive.  They probably also got away with the drug cargo. Here’s what it looked like on the ground: ACP Joseph Myvette - Head, NCIB: “On today’s date, shortly after 4 a.m., Corozal Police was called to an area on the Progresso Copper Bank road, which is located some 3 miles northeast of Progresso Village, where upon arrival, sometime around 4:30 a.m., they observed the remains of a burnt twin engine aircraft still on fire. Investigators are on the ground as we speak, conducting investigations, as well as conducting searches within the entire area. No other item has been found so far, aside from the remains of the burnt aircraft.”

PUP Says “Legalize It”, BDF Says “Burn Baby, Burn”
And while law enforcement may never be able to stop those airborne cocaine cargos - they are using their own air capabilities to snuff out another illicit drug, marijuana. Yes, our next story is about weed, and PUP party leader John Briceno may frown when he sees it - because it’s about destroying the same weed  plant that he wants to legalize, tax and export.   But, the current national security directive is to detect and destroy marijuana plantations.   That’s exactly what Belize’s Joint Intelligence Operations Center along with their squad did in Punta Gorda earlier this month. It is part of an annual countrywide weed field destruction operation called “Operation Caracol”. The team started out in the south in the Columbia Forest Reserve where they burnt thousands of marijuana plants. 7News’ Courtney Weatherburne and cameraman Codie Noralez tagged along to get an exclusive look at this operation - enhanced now with helicopter support.

Faber Says GOB Is Looking at Marijuana By-Products
So, while the BDF continues to expend major resources and manpower to eradicate marijuana, the PUP says it’s a waste and one that should stop.  In a statement earlier this week, Party Leader John Briceno proposed full legalization of marijuana - and turning it into an export industry.   Today, the Deputy Prime Minister said that the government is considering the development of an industry for a marijuana by product, industrial hemp:… Hon. Patrick Faber - Deputy Prime Minister: "But there are areas that I think are useful, if you would sit and think about them, we might be able to get things going indeed, if  it is he's genuine about trying to advance our economy as a result of some kind of trade or similar trading in marijuana..."

Finding Felina’s Killers
Tonight police are close to making an arrest in the strange murder of Felina James. She went missing 2 weeks ago - and turned up dead in an area off the Coastal Road a week later.  Someone slashed her throat, and a post-mortem confirmed that she died from a chop wound to the back of the neck. A few days before her body was discovered, the cops found several of her personal ID’s in Belmopan. Since then, the investigators have had a tough time trying to piece together her last moments alive. But, they got a tip earlier this week that her red Kia Sorento was at a chop shop in the Stann Creek District. The cops responded, and they did find remnants of such a vehicle, but because there was not much of it remaining, they cannot yet confirm that it is indeed James’ vehicle. 

US Woman’s Body Sent To The States for Second Post-Mortem
Another recent case that is also causing some difficulty for police is that of 49 year-old Claire Elizabeth Rigdon-Wallace. Two weeks ago, the body of this American national was found floating in a pool in the Consejo area of Corozal.  Her husband, Robley Rigdon, told cops that they had been drinking, and fell asleep. When he woke up, he found her nude in the pool, where it appears that she had drowned.  Police aren’t so sure after seeing trauma wounds on the body, and so they called in the FBI to assist in the investigation. Today, police told us that her body has been flown back to the US, where a second post-mortem will be conducted to confirm her cause of death:

Three Months Later, Cops Closing In On Lamont’s Killer
And while that is not established as a murder or wrongful death - police are closing in on the murderer in the case of another American, Lamont Lipka.   Lipka, the owner of Tropicana Restaurant and Bar in San Pedro Town was killed on May 13th in San Pedro Town.   The 49 year-old Texas native was killed inside his business place by a gunman who had no regard for the fact that there were many eyewitnesses around.  At the time of the attack, customers enjoying their evening meal and drinks, but the gunman went right up to Lipka, who was standing behind the cash register, and that assailant shot him 7 times, fatally injuring him. Today, 5 months later, police announced that they have the weapon which was used to gun him down. Here’s what the head of CIB in Belize City had to say about this latest development in their investigations:

Teenager Lucky To Be Alive After Motorbike Accident
A 16 year old girl is lucky to be alive after last night’s motorcycle accident. As we told you, it happened after 6:00 at mile three and a half on the western highway, before the Coast Guard junction. The teenaged 8 miles resident Asheria Bethran was on the back of a motorcycle with her friend. He was going to give her a ride home after he got from work. But he had to head into the city to get money for gas first and that is when they collided into a man on a bicycle. The motorcycle slid across the highway pinning her under it. The skin on her arm and leg was badly peeled. Bethran got up and the other men were thrown on the road and bush. Here is her account.

Police Questioned Patchakan Photogs
Recently, with the scare of attempted child abductions, the public has been on high alert for any kind of suspicious behavior from adults who they don’t recognize. That’s probably why residents of Patchakan Village in the Corozal District took no chance when they saw 2 Caucasian men taking pictures of the village primary school. They immediately alerted police, who responded to find the men right where they were reported to be. Today, the Head of the National Criminal Investigations Branch told us that they were able to confirm that these 2 men were legitimate members of a humanitarian mission, and not a couple of child predators on the prowl:

Faber and Boots Almost Duked It Out
Port Loyola is buzzing with political activity right now - and that’s because there’s going to be a hotly contested convention in a little over a week.  As we’ve reported, it’s a fierce, four way race between Phillip Willoughby, Mike Peyrefitte, Dean Samuels and AC Shane Castillo.   The major friction right now is between Willoughby and the four term representative Anthony Boots Martinez.  Martinez made a major declaration defending his turf two days ago - after he felt that Willoughby was taking him lightly. The tension started to bubble over from last Saturday, when Willoughby was campaigning with Patrick Faber - and Martinez came along.  That’s when Faber admits he and Boots had some hard words:..

Mayor Wades Into Krooman Lagoon Looking For Housing Stock
Faber did know more about something happening in his own back yard - which is the Krooman Lagoon, a water cachment area, wetland and nature reserve in the Collet Division.   Now, when we say nature reserve, you may think of waterfalls and rolling hills; but, don’t get it twisted; Krooman looks like a swamp, and very low income housing is thrown up all around it.  Earlier this week the Mayor Bernard Wagner took some Engineers from the UK into the area to find ways of providing affordable housing for city residents.   According to the council’s Facebook page, they plan to map the area “to design and present a plan to their investment board in London.” Big plans, but the area rep today told us, not so fast:…

Auditor General Looks Into Sports Council
And he’s also been minister of sports since 2015, and the auditor general has now completed an audit of a portion of that time at the sports council where - we are told - multiple, troubling irregularities with management of public founds were found. Now, we don’t have the audit just yet - but Faber acknowledged its existence, while denying responsibility:… Jules Vasquez: "However we understand now there is the auditor general that has done an audit of activities at the sports council and as come up with some troubling findings. Is this and the board has that report - is this something that you are apprised of and what is your take on it?"

Searching For Clues To Missing Gerardo
For 5 weeks now, 17 year-old Gerardo Vasquez, a resident of Ontario Village in the Cayo District, has been missing.  Police say that the search for him has been downscaled to the point where they respond to tips they receive about his whereabouts. But, there is one big unresolved question, which could confirm whether or not he is still alive. As we told you, shortly after he went missing, the cops made the disturbing discovery of 2 severed legs in two separate locations. The first was found near the Warrie Head Bridge in Teakettle, and the second leg, was found in the Chia Maya area on the Dream Valley Resort road in Camalote. There is a chance that these dismembered limbs may be his, but the police still have to send for DNA tests to be done.

Little Libraries for Young Readers
In the digital age, libraries are about as popular as flip phones.  But, now, a new initiative to put books in the hands of children hopes to make the idea of a library more accessible.   It’s called the “Little Free Library” - an initiative spearheaded by Kim Barrow, the special envoy for women and children.   The idea is to put little enclosed shelves with free books all around Belize.  We found out more at the launch this morning at St. John’s Cathedral:.. The locations for the other 8 little libraries haven’t yet been announced.

Making Mountains Out of Macaroni
And while the Little Library is on the church grounds on Regent Street - across town, at ITVET, UB’s Macaroni bridge makers spent all day completing their designs. We are talking about the engineering students who compete every year at the Macaroni Structural Competition in Chetumal. We dropped by to see how their designs were coming along. Tomorrow the students get to test their bridge designs. 3 of the top teams with the best designs will compete in the competition on November 14th to the 16th. But when they get over in Chetumal they have to start from scratch. They have 12 hours to complete the design, then they are judged and the winners are announced. UB’s team won 1st place in 2016 so we hope they get anther win this year.

Regional Fisheries Authorities Meet in Belize
Right now, representatives of the fisheries authorities of the SICA member countries are in Belize to discuss important transboundary issues pertaining to fisheries, since the Central American nations all share same oceans which make up their territorial waters.  It’s well known that illegal fishing takes place at the borders between the countries. So, in order to combat this and to address other challenges threatening the fisheries industries of the SICA member states, a technical committee was formed to pool resources and share knowledge of enforcement best practices.  That Committee is called OSPESCA, and 7News stopped by to speak with the representatives for day 1 of their technical meeting. Here’s what they told us about the topics they intend to discuss:

PUP Want To Postpone, Faber Wants to Proceed with ICJ Referendum
We also got Faber to comment on the Leader of the Opposition’s suggestion that Government should consider postponing the date for the ICJ referendum. It’s set for April 10th, 2019, but Briceno says there is too much to be done in terms of public education and preparation of the case for the ICJ. Faber says government can’t continue to kick the can down the road:… Jules Vasquez
"He's calling for a postponement of the referendum." Hon. Patrick Faber - Deputy Prime Minister: "Well I don't know how that can help the situation, I think all Belizeans know and maybe it is a sign that he's slow in the game because we all knew..."

ICJ Hearings Are Complex, Lengthy, Involved
And while Faber is confident that Government can put everything together in time for April - the fact is, preparing and presenting a case for the ICJ takes a huge amount of resources.  It’s not like going to the CCJ - not even close. Last week in Mexico City - we asked ICJ veteran Professor Carlos Bernal what is involved in presenting a case at the ICJ:…

The PUP Leader is Listening But Can He Hear Objections to his Chief of Staff?
But, listening is free - both at the ICJ, and on the road where PUP Leader John Briceno is tonight.   As we told you last night, he’s gone on a tour to hear from party supporters in all 31 constituencies how they feel about the ICJ - before his party comes up with a final position.   And the man who will be sitting at his right hand during this tour is his chief of staff Stuart Leslie.  Leslie is the former head of government’s referendum unit - and a staunch advocate of going to the ICJ.  This - and his proximity to the leader - has generated resentment in some quarters of the party - and we asked Briceno yesterday - how he manages that:..

Another Armed Assault At TKO Farms
A Cayo man had very scary encounter yesterday when he came in contact with 4 armed masked men who assaulted him at his worksite at the TKO Farms in Teakettle Village. Manuel Gomez was doing his chores yesterday near the gate when he was accosted by these armed individuals demanding that he open the gate of the farm. It’s a strange incident with more questions than answers, and today, police shared some of the details with us: ACP Joseph Myvette - Head, NCIB: “Police responded yesterday morning, sometime around 9 a.m. to the TKO farms in the Teakettle Village area, where it was reported to them by one Manuel Gomez that while he was outside of the gate..."

Family Loses All In Patchakan Arson
And turning back to the north, on Monday night, police and fire authorities had to respond to a fire at the Matura Family home on the Xaibe Village Road.  The original owners are deceased, and it was left in the care of a family member. No one was there on Monday,  when it was burglarized and set on fire.  A family member told CTV-3 that they lost every single thing:.. Jennie Matura says the value was more sentimental than material.   Today, police told us that someone intentionally lit the 5-bedroom concrete house on fire:

Kelvin’s Tale Still Being Told
2 nights ago, we told you about the arraignment of 19 year-old Kelvin Gongora. He’s youth who was caught on camera at the Mahogany Street restaurant known as Tastee, as he attempted gun down an unsuspecting customer who was at the establishment. Fortunately, the gun jammed, and the would-be victim unknowingly escaped what would have been an execution attempt on his life. At today’s press conference, police discussed the criminal charge brought against him due to surveillance video: ASP Alejandro Cowo - OC, CIB Belize City: “Reference a video that was circulating on the social media on the weekend, police conducted an investigation whereby the footage was retrieved by police..."

Bowen’s Charge Will be Upgraded To Murder
Police also discussed the case of 19 year-old Stephan Bowen, who they initially charged with attempted murder, dangerous harm and use of deadly means of harm, for the shooting of 49 year-old Elroy Saldano, 10 days ago. You’ll remember that after Bowen was arraigned and remanded, Saldano passed away, which meant that the charges against him were expected to be upgraded to murder. Police told us today that the process of doing so has already begun, and very shortly, Bowen will be arraigned on the capital offense:

GOB Has Praise For Port & CWU
And, finally, tonight….the Ministry of Labour has sent out a press release to note the positive outcome in the labour dispute between the CWU and the Port of Belize. The Government press release says that on Tuesday, Labour Minister of State Dr. Carla Barnett received a letter from the CWU President informing her of the progress made in the negotiations for a collective bargaining agreement. She also noted the CWU’s explicit withdrawal of the 21-day notice of industrial action. The Ministry formally responded today, expressing satisfaction that the negotiations are now proceeding positively, and that progress has been made in key areas of the negotiations that were previously the cause for dispute.

Channel 5

Suspected Drug Plan Landing in Progresso Village, Orange Walk
A clandestine plane landing took place early this morning in northern Belize. The suspected drug plane landed on the Progresso Road and was discovered by a villager around four this [...]

Are Charred Remains the Vestiges of Felina James’ Kia Sorento?
The badly decomposed body of Felina James was discovered a week ago in an area just off the Coastal Road.  The mother of two was found chopped to death and [...]

A Farm Worker is Assaulted On Teakettle Ranch by Four Armed Men
There has been another incident at TKO Farms in Teakettle, Cayo.  This time, a farmhand was assaulted on Wednesday morning by a group of four masked men who were armed [...]

Kelvin Gongora is Caught on Tape Attempting to Shoot Restaurant Patron
Nineteen-year-old Kelvin Gongora has been arrested and charged for attempting to discharge a firearm inside a Chinese fast-food restaurant on Mahogany Street last Friday.  The Mopan Street resident was caught [...]

The Possibility of Producing Industrial Hemp
The suggestion by Opposition Leader, John Briceño, to legalize marijuana has received major backlash from the government, but gained support in other quarters. Briceño suggests that it is time for [...]

Is Marijuana a Gate-Way Drug?
Deputy Prime Minister Patrick Faber has weighed in on the debate. Faber reiterated Cabinet’s position, saying that Briceño’s suggestion to legalize marijuana is a haphazard notion that can affect Belize [...]

Deputy Prime Minister Says He Doesn’t Support A Change in Referendum Date
Opposition Leader John Briceño is embarking on a country-wide visit which he has dubbed as a ‘listening tour.’  His first stop is in Dangriga tonight which forms part of the [...]

Campaign Season Heats Up in Port Loyola
The U.D.P. is starting conventions around the country, prior to the election of a new leader.  Deputy Prime Minister Patrick Faber says he has been on the campaign trail – [...]

DPM Faber 100% Behind Willoughby for Port
DPM Faber isn’t the only one rallying behind Willoughby; he also has the support of Faber’s opponent John Saldivar.  Faber and Saldivar haven’t been known to agree on many things, [...]

The “Crackhead” Comment Read Across the Country
On Tuesday night, a post appeared on the Facebook of DPM Patrick Faber. The status was posted at nine-twenty-eight p.m. and read “Crackheads say and do the darnest of things!” [...]

American Missionaries Mistaken for Child Abductors in Patchakan
A pair of missionaries, both of whom are American nationals, raised the suspicion of villagers when they were observed taking pictures near the primary school in Patchakan earlier this week.  [...]

Fire in Patchakan Destroys 5 Bedroom Home, Arson is Suspected
Corozal police are also investigating what appears to be a case of arson in Patchakan, where a five bedroom structure went up in flames on Monday night.  According to ACP [...]

F.B.I. Joins Investigation into Claire Rigdon’s Death in Corozal District
Detectives from the Federal Bureau of Investigation have joined the Belize Police Department in probing the death of forty-nine-year-old Claire Elizabeth Rigdon.  The lifeless body of the American national was [...]

Police Resort to DNA Sample for Possible Identity of Severed Limbs in Ontario
Seventeen-year-old Gerardo Vasquez remains missing from Ontario Village, despite the belief that he may be dead.  The teenager was last seen on September twenty-fifth.  Since then, there has been an [...]

Will CitCo Build in the Krooman Lagoon?
According to a recent post on the Belize City Council’s Facebook page, Mayor Bernard Wagner along with Councilor Albert Vaughn and City Council personnel did a walk-through visit of Gungulung [...]

Sports Council Audit Reveals Troubling Financial Issues
At the end of September, we reported on an ongoing audit at the National Sports Council that was sanctioned by Minister Patrick Faber and the Ministry of Sports. We were [...]

The Little Free Library is in Belize
Belize is the latest country to join the world wide movement of spreading the joy of reading through the Little Free Library. It is a “take a book, return a [...]

RET International Observes ‘Orange the World’
Twenty-fifth of every month is being used to highlight and raise awareness of gender-based violence. The campaign to “orange” the world was started by the United Nations to end violence [...]

A Successful Fire Drill at UB Belmopan
There have been devastating fires this year that resulted in the loss of lives. In the capital this morning, students and staff were evacuated from the University of Belize Campus. [...]

Healthy Living: Life on Dialysis
Recently, there’s been much talk about government’s decision to expand the National Dialysis Programme.  Tonight in Healthy Living, we take a deeper look at the challenges faced by those who [...]

LOVE FM

Free library hopes to turn kids into avid readers
Many children have become lost in the wonders of technology as such they are failing to make reading a priority. In an effort to spark children’s interest in reading, there was the launch of the Little Free Library. Many dignitaries and students were on hand to witness the launch, which may prove to be very …

FBI will conduct investigation into death of American Woman
A case of an American citizen who died in Belize two weeks ago is likely to turn into a murder investigation. Robely Smith Rigdon claimed he and his wife were hanging out at their new home around four on a Sunday evening. He claimed he fell asleep, woke up around 8 p.m. and found his …

School Mistook Missionaries for Predators
Over the past few years there have been numerous reports of children being kidnapped by strangers driving white vans and cars with tinted windows. Recently a British national was detained for attempting to kidnap a boy in Belmopan. The fear of Caucasian foreigners near children has reached across the country in cities and towns, and …

Police believe burnt vehicle in Stann Creek Could belong to Murder Victim
Felina James, the mother of two who disappeared and was found slain on the Coastal Highway, is gone but will not be forgotten. The murder case which has investigators looking for clues in Belize City, Belmopan, Sarteneja and the Coastal Highway has added one more part of the country to investigate, which is Dangriga. Assistant …

Police making progress in Murder Cases
US National (LAMONT LIPKA VO) Lamont Lipka was shot and killed in May on Ambergris Caye. The investigation is still ongoing. And the police now say that shortly after Lipka’s murder, several persons were detained. The questioning has led to a firearm being recovered. Ballistic testing on the firearm at the forensic lab in relation …

Police will use DNA to see if body parts belong to missing male
17 year old Gerardo Vasquez is still considered missing. The teen from Ontario Village, Cayo District was last seen on September 25 by his mother and since then there has been speculation that body parts that turned up in Teakettle Village may have been his. The police have found two legs; one by the river …

Another suspected drug plane torched after landing
The roads near Progresso Village in the north has become one of the areas used as clandestine airstrips. A plane landed in the early hours this morning and after the pilot and possible cargo were removed, the plane was torched. The Head of the National Crimes Investigation Branch, Joseph Myvett says after four a.m., the …

Sex Predator flees to Guatemala during Court Recess
An accused sex offender ditched his court date and is reportedly back home in Guatemala. 40-year-old Abraham Lopez had sexual intercourse with an 11-year-old minor in October, 2013. He had received bail but when the case finally started on Monday, Lopez disappeared during a recess. The mother of the victim told Love News that she …

Thirty-eight officers graduated from the GREAT program
The Gang Resistance Education and Training Instructors, GREAT program graduation exercise saw a total of thirty-eight police officers graduated. Twenty-three of these officers were from Belize while fifteen were from El Salvador. At yesterday’s graduation ceremony, U.S. Chargé d’Affaires, Keith Gilges praised the new instructors, stating “You are taking on an incredibly important role as …

The Reporter

B.C.C CHIDES GOVERNMENT ABOUT ANTI-CORRUPTION LEGISLATION
The Belize Chamber of Commerce has lashed out at government for what it says is “a clear lack of interest in strengthening and enforcing existing anti-corruption instruments.” In a letter to AG Michael Peyrefitte this week, the Chamber pointed out that there is a general lack of incentive from Government to encourage the prompt implementation of the UNCAC framework.

ANOTHER MYSTERIOUS PLANE LANDS IN BELIZE, THEN SET ON FIRE
Ministry of National Security sources say that the landing of this last plane caught them completely unawares, and they received no intelligence prior, as they did with the September 9th landing which they were able to intercept. Police officers are allegedly still at the scene of this landing, allegedly somewhere near the Pueblo Viejo Ferry road in Progresso.

Blogs

Gorgeous HOT Weather, Sad Dogs, Losers and A Hospital?
Jeff is out of town and when I’m not busy taking semi-staged, sad dog pictures to forward him… Subject: Dad, My Days are Empty Without You – Frannie Subject: When Are You Coming Home Dad? -Elsie I’ve been out and about running ERRANDS. Food and hardware shopping for the camp…blogging and writing projects for me…what seems like a constant food supply for the pets and just home stuff. But hold up! Life’s not all easy breezy. In fact, things I took for granted all my life require some extra effort on Ambergris Caye. Water? We collect it in a cistern. And at the camp, we make it from sea water. Gas for cooking? It doesn’t just come from a pipe in your wall…you need to load a HEAVY tank in the golf cart and get a propane refill in town and then reconnect it.

International Sourcesizz

The 19 Best Places To Travel In 2019
What’s on your travel wish list for 2019? We tapped into some of the world’s top travel experts to find out where they want to go next. From a colorful beach town in Belize that is slowly becoming discovered to an unexpected European country with a vibrant new arts scene, here are the most exciting places to travel in 2019. When you think of Belize, you think of the cays or the inland eco resorts. But further sound on the mainland is Placencia, a cute waterfront fishing village with bright houses and buildings that is slowly being discovered. It's also home to Itz’ana, the first luxury resort in the area. The owner collects Mayan artifacts, and this is his second independent hotel in Belize (the first was Ka’ana in San Ignacio). At Itz’ana, the lobby is designed to feel like you’re in a guest house, not a hotel. In addition to the stunning rooms in the main property, there are also villas with private plunge pools.

Take a trip to the depths of the world's biggest underwater sinkhole
In 1971, underwater explorer and ocean conservationist Jacques Cousteau parked his ship in the middle of Lighthouse Reef, some 40 miles off the coast of Belize, to dive what would become one of the world's premiere scuba destinations: The Great Blue Hole. Now, some 47 years after his father's famed expedition, Fabien Cousteau is returning to the site with the latest and greatest in survey equipment to further explore the mysteries of the world's largest under sea sinkhole. And he's bringing Richard Branson along for the ride. At 300 meters (984 ft.) across and around 125 meters (410 ft.) deep, the Blue Hole is the largest natural formation of its kind. You could easily fit a pair of Boeing 747's into the space with plenty of room to spare, so its little surprise that the Blue Hole has been named a UNESCO World Heritage site. But for as prominent as the Blue Hole is, the area has yet to be fully surveyed. And that's where Cousteau, Branson and the folks the Aquatica Foundation come in. Later this year, the team plans to launch the Blue Hole Belize 2018 Expedition, a mission to explore the full depths of the Blue Hole using piloted submersibles.

Guess How Much Aid The US Gave The Caribbean And Central America In 2017
Donald Trump has made a lot of noise recently about cutting off aid to Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador in light of a caravan of people from Central America walking to the US’ southern border. But how much aid exactly did the US give to the Caribbean and Central America in 2017? Here are the facts according to News Americas’ research in order of the countries receiving the most money and for what issues: $8,708,938 with 4,933,000 pledged and disbursed to fund Counter-narcotics Programs under the U.S. Southern Command.

Videos

  • Belize National Teachers Union - Hardship Update, 35min. President of the Belize National Teachers Union, Senator Elena Smith, spoke about the current work of the BNTU. She explained that they remain open to dialogue to review the schools that have been downgraded and removed from the hardship list. She reiterated that they are willing to compromise but simply require adequate consultations with those who will be affected by the changes. The BNTU is currently holding national consultations to consider next steps

  • Mondovela in Belize, 4min.

  • Freediving in Belize! | Sailing Lighthouse Reef Belize, 14min. While sailing and cruising Belize we go freediving at Halfmoon Caye wall in Lighthouse Reef, a great deep water freedive spot with great visibility and lots of life.

  • Healthy Eating - Options to help you change your diet, 47min. Many argue that a crucial challenge of eating healthy is the seemingly higher cost of healthy foods. Nutritionist, Doris Sutherland, helped us out by offering budget friendly options to help you change your diet. She spoke about how you can stretch your budget and improve your health. She shared many options to create a healthier meal plan. These included alternating vegetables and substituting steamed/grilled fish for fried chicken.

  • Child Development Foundation - Reminders for parents to protect children, 39min. 1 in every 5 child has been exposed to sexual abuse/assault. Diana Shaw, Founder of The Child Development Foundation gave timely reminders for parents to protect children. She talked about spotting "grooming behaviours" that make children vulnerable to predators. She explains that the first line of defense is to build children's capacity to identify predators and inappropriate behaviours.

  • Homemade Shea Butter products, 19min. Nzinga Waite introduced us to her homemade Shea Butter products. The New Jerusalem Shea Butter Products include fly repellents, hair serum, skin cream and skin fungus cream. The entrepreneur talked to us about how she got into this business.

  • The 'Hamma' Interview, 9min. A longtime Recording artist and DJ 'hamma' Kicks knowledge and shares his views on the music industry here in the west side of the 501...and talks about the nationwide struggle to put Belize on the map.

  • Garifuna drumming, 5.5min.

  • Caye Caulker: Health Center Meeting with the community at the CCRCS, 72min.

  • Channel 5 Obituaries, 2.5min.

  • The Belize Assembly for People with Diverse Abilities (BAPDA - Homebound Program, 32min. The Belize Assembly for People with Diverse Abilities (BAPDA) is fundraising to support their Homebound Program. Tomorrow they are asking all to donate to the "Dalla Fi Disability Drive". Wear the color maroon and make a donation to the organization that does work to support persons with diverse abilities. Our guest says they to be productive members of society. We spoke with their executives about the various programs and how they plan to use the funds raised. On set: Nicolette Forman - Secretary, BAPDA. Steve Myles - Vice President, BAPDA.

  • La Inmaculada Martial Arts Club - 23rd National Karate Cup, 40min. La Inmaculada Martial Arts Club is hosting the 23rd National Karate Cup. We spoke with their representatives about the tournament and how the discipline of Karate benefits children. The event takes place in Orange Walk on Saturday 27th October. On our couch: Sensei Leon Guild -Chief Instructor, La Inmaculada Martial Arts Club. Ronan Solis - Student, Red Dragon Martial Arts Club. Alexander Usher - Student, Red Dragon Martial Arts Club.

  • The Belize Diabetes Association - Awareness Activities, 31min. The Belize Diabetes Association will be coordinating their signature awareness activities in the month of November. Our guests spoke with us about how you can support these important fundraisers. The Diabetes Walk takes place on 3rd November and the Annual Ride on the 10th/11th of November. On set: Desiree Daniels - Executive Secretary, Belize Diabetes Association. William Dawson - Public Relations, Belize Diabetes Association.

  • Diving. Caye Caulker, Belize. 2015, 7min.

  • Caitlin plays with Chiqui the jaguar - Belize Zoo 2017, 1.5min. The Belize Zoo isn't your typical zoo. It's a rehabilitation centre for injured wildlife, a home for abandoned infant wildlife, a home for animals who might other wise be killed (jaguars), and an Education centre for Belizean's and tourists alike to learn about the native species in Belize. This is Chiqui the cub jaguar. We spent several days at the zoo, talking to staff and learning about each individual who called the zoo it's home. This jaguar was found struggling flowing down river with no parent in sight at just several weeks old. (If I do remember correctly.) Now he lives at the Zoo. It wouldn't be good for human or animal to release it to the wild after being raised by humans, so this one in particular is pretty tame as you can see.

  • Belize Day One Dives, min. I just did a quick edit of my first 3 dive day here in San Pedro with White Sands Diving.

  • Scuba diving Belize 2018, 10min.