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Oceana Announces Belize’s 2018 Ocean Hero Award Winners
On Saturday, October 27th, 2018, Oceana in Belize was proud to recognize two Belizeans for their invaluable contributions to ocean conservation. The 2018 Oceana Ocean Heroes are Captain Earl David Jr. and Michael J. Heusner. David Jr. has lived and worked in what is now the South Water Caye Marine Reserve all his life. As a seaman, captain and fisherman, he has advocated for the sustainable use and development of Belize’s marine resources. David Jr. has also supported scientific research of coral reefs, mangroves and sea grasses through his technical and logistical assistance to the Smithsonian Institution’s field operations at Carrie Bow Caye.

Caribbean Development Bank Approves $8.7Mil US To Improve Water Supply For Ambergris Caye
Constant water shortage on Ambergris Caye is no news, island residents have gotten somewhat accustomed to experiencing low water pressure throughout the entire year especially during Easter Break. Maintenance work is always an excuse by the water company to explain the low water pressure or intermittent interruptions. And then there is the blame game back and forth from the water supplier and water distributing company, regardless to all these there now seems to be a silver lining on the horizon as Caribbean Development Bank has approved funding of US$8.7 million to the Belize Water Services (BWS), to improve the supply of potable water on Ambergris Caye. The CDB says Belize Water Services will use the approved funding to acquire the reverse osmosis plant on Ambergris Caye, which is currently owned and operated by a private supplier. The funds will also support the expansion of water and sewerage systems on the island, with consideration to the possible future effects of climate change.

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Dia de los Angelitos
The Benque HoC is honoring Kaylene Mai this Thursday, at 7:00pm, for Dia de los Angelitos. "Celebrating our cultural heritage at our Benque House of Culture this Thursday November 1st, 2018."

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BTL COROZAL TOWER
The Digicell expansion and progress has reached Corozal in many ways. Today we visited the 150 feet high service tower recently installed in the Finca Solana area. We were unofficially told that the operations should soon integrate all Digicell cellular/mobile users between Corozal Town and Consejo Shores, including immediate surrounding rural areas, in the working system now. This is pretty good news for users in these areas, as you will no longer "be out of the service area" anymore :-) This comes a long way, according to files from Greg Gill ( and BTL website) telephone services started under the Colonial government with magneto, the magneto crank phone, which was used in Belize from 1902 to 1962. In that first year, a magneto telephone linked Belize City with Consejo Village in Corozal. In 1908, Belize City got its first magneto exchange with 150 lines, with connection to the district towns. In 1911, a submarine cable connected Consejo Village with Chetumal.

Rainbow Grill on Caye Caulker reopens November 6
ALMOST OPEN!! HERE YOU GO!

Oceana 2018 Ocean Hero Award Winners
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.

2018 San Pedro Holiday Boat Parade
Yahoo! Yahoo! The Holiday Boat Parade is coming!!!!!! This year's traditional Holiday Boat Parade is scheduled for Saturday, December 8 at 6:00PM. Come be a part of this annual tradition, and watch as boats light up the coast of Ambergris Caye, Belize! Leaving from Wayo's Beach Bar​, the parade route is along the coast of Ambergris Caye to Crazy Canucks Beach Bar​ and back! Make sure to join us for the Awards Ceremony to see who wins the $10,000 in CASH PRIZES! Will your favorite boat win? Come find out for yourself at Sandbar San Pedro​ after the parade completes the route!

BAHA Food Safety Laboratory Accreditation
The Belize Agricultural Health Authority (BAHA) is pleased to announce accreditation of its Food Safety Laboratory, the Central Investigation Laboratory (CIL), to ISO/IEC 17025:2005, international standard for Competence of Testing Laboratories. This recognition was conferred by the Jamaica National Agency for Accreditation (JANAAC) effective August 17, 2018. With this achievement we are proud to offer greater assurance to our customers in the quality of our testing services. Our success in this endeavor is a measure of BAHA’s commitment to quality infrastructure and customer satisfaction. Be assured that BAHA and its staff will continue its pursuit of excellence with its ongoing efforts to improve the quality and scope of its laboratory testing services. We remain faithfully committed to fulfilling our mandate to the people of Belize, local producers, exporters, importers, trading partners and collaborators.

REDD+ Readiness Project in Belize
The Government of Belize with the assistance of the World Bank is implementing the project entitled “Reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+) Readiness Project in Belize” with Grant funding from the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility “FCPF” and has appointed the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment, Sustainable Development and Immigration (MAFFESDI) for the overall implementation of the Project with the fiduciary support provided by the Protected Areas Conservation Trust (PACT). The Government of Belize intends to apply part of the proceeds of the grant to payments under the contract for this Consultancy.

Innovation +Tourism Talk
Meet Kristen Bonner, Senior Destination Marketing Executive | Latin America at TripAdvisor, one of our guest speakers for the upcoming Innovation +Tourism Talk. Register now at [email protected] or call 227-1144.

Responsible Tour guide & Tour Operator Seminar 2018-2019
Congrats to all these shops (White Sands, Ramon's, Divers, Chuck & Robbie's, Suya Tours, Island Dream, Coral Divers, Cayo Espanto, Sea Star Belize, Scuba Daze, CJ Reef Shack, Belize Parasail, Blue Heaven, Belize Ocean Divers, Action Divers, Magical Adventures, Belize Diamond Adventures, No worries Tours, El Gato Tours, Felicity Sailings) that have participated in the second round of the Responsible Tour guide & Tour Operator Seminar 2018-2019!!! If you haven't yet book your dates with us!!!

Dia De Los Muertos — in San Ignacio, Belize
You are all invited!

Channel 7

PM is Back, But His Back, Not Quite Yet
One month after returning from back surgery, Prime Minister Dean Barrow returned to the public spotlight today. He hosted a press conference at the Radisson today - covering a broad range of subjects from the ICJ Education campaign to the legalization of marijuana. But, the first thing he spoke about was his health - where he said, he's fully back at the helm of the state - albeit with a little pain:...

PM Won’t Postpone ICJ Date
And he covered a lot of business - the kind of housekeeping work you'd have to put in put in if you left your home for a month. His most emphatic statements were on the possibility of postponing the ICJ referendum - and legalizing marijuana - both subjects which the leader of the opposition brought to the fore last week. Here's why the PM said he won't even consider postponing the April 2019, referendum. Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow, Prime Minister: "The ICJ Referendum date is April 10, 2019 and we have no intention of changing that date. Apart from his public statements...:

Belize, Pressing For The Protocol, Guatemala Ignoring
And while there is no good reason to postpone - the government has good reason to press Guatemala to live up to its commitment and sign unto a Sarstooon Protocol. Because they have not done so - there is great and enduring anxiety within Belize that we have effectively ceded our southern boundary. The Prime Minister outlined the persistence the Belizean diplomatic effort and the intransigence of the Guatemalans:... Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow, Prime Minister: "Belize continues to press and to press not only the Guatemalans directly, but the international community. Perhaps later on he can give you the markers that show how consistently we get declarations from international organizations including the ACP, Commonwealth Secretariat, CARICOM.."

Shoman Sidelining Wilfred?
And while that encounter was not reported to the press - or, apparently, the Prime Minister - as you heard earlier, the public face of the "Yes To The ICJ" campaign may be changing from Foreign Minister Wilfred Elrington to Assad Shoman. The PM said his role was un-defined so far, but, as we understand it, Shoman would become the point man on the state's campaign for get a yes vote. We asked the Prime Minister if he is sidelining his Foreign Minister:... Jules Vasquez, reporter: "Foreign Minister beside you has been a lightning rod for controversy in his public statements. Is this an attempt to have the good Mr. Elrington as it were, stepped away from the microphone and insert another more moderate voice?"

PM Says LOO Went Looney With “Legalize It”
And, last week, that same Cabinet viciously attacked the leader of the opposition for floating the idea that he would support full legalization, taxation and exportation of marijuana. Today, the PM called it a "looney tunes" idea: Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow, Prime Minister: "But the one thing we will not do, is legalize Marijuana." "You know the Leader of the Opposition, in trying for political advantage, too often goes off the deep end." "But this latest googly of his has to be one of his most fantastical ever. To propose legalizing marijuana in Belize, especially for an export market, is patently bizarre in the circumstances. Indeed, it is downright dangerous since it would certainly provoke one response I can immediately think of and which would surely destroy us. So, my Government pours scorn on the notion."

Hemp Law Coming Quickly
But, the PM did concede that hemp is quote, "a perfectly sound alternative to the Leader of the Opposition's lunatic notion of an internationally illegal marijuana industry." End quote. The Attorney General is drafting the necessary legislation - and he told us where's he's at with that today,. Hon. Michael Peyrefitte, Attorney General: "It's already legal to grow hemp. We have to create regulations. The minister of agriculture along with the minister of health, because we have to make sure that it's really hemp. As you know legal hemp is 0.3% THC content..."

PM: Chetumal Free Zone A Non Starter
Turning to another matter about which the opposition has raised a great alarm, the Prime Minister also discussed the possibility of a so-called Free Zone in Chetumal. The opposition has said it's a death-knell for the Corozal Free Zone and could result in the loss of thousands of jobs in the north. Today, the PM said keep calm and read the fine print - there's not going to be any real Free Zone in Chetumal:... Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow, Prime Minister: "The alarm is that Chetumal will become even more of a magnet for Belizeans, we will hemorrhage Belize dollars and our local merchants will be mightily squeezed."

Two Alleged Murderers Get Free 7 Years Later
After 7 years on remand, two men are free of murder charges tonight. 35 year old Ashton Anderson and 25 year old Christopher Sosa were freed of the charge today when a nolle pros was entered by Crown Counsel Killeru Awich before Justice Colin Williams. The pair had been accused of the home invasion murder of 53 year old taxi driver Romel Palacio Sr. But there was no witness to testify since neither of the two eye witnesses wanted to come to court to testify.

Robber Ran Right Into Cops
Police were quick to catch a man red-handed after a jewelry store robbery. He is Delroy Chaplin. After Chaplin allegedly robbed Pacheco's jewelry on Friday at noon, he ran directly into the path of the police mobile responding to the robbery in progress. Here's how it went: ASP Alejandro Cowo: "There was a robbery report made by Britney Myers, who is an employee at the Pacheco's Jewelry shop located at #66 East Colet Canal. She reported that while she was inside the business establishment two male persons entered the business establishment, one of them armed with a firearm who pointed the firearm at her and demanded to hand over the jewelries that were inside the showing-glass inside of the business establishment..."

Euphrates Robber Got Big Bucks
And while that was Friday afternoon on East Canal, there was another robbery nearby: it happened on Saturday night on Euphrates Avenue. The thief, who is suspected to be a minor, ran off with $2,500 dollars. Police told us more. ASP Alejandro Cowo - OC, CIB: "Nassim Amed, a Bangladesh national, business owner of United Groceries and Laundry Mart, reported that sometime after 7:15 he was inside of his business establishment when four male persons entered the business establishment. One of them was armed with a firearm and demanded that he hand over the money that he had inside of the establishment..."

He Drowned By Bridgefoot
It was quite a scene on Saturday night when police and coast guard pulled a body out of the river at the Swing Bridge. Police told us why they believe there was no foul play. ASP Alejandro Cowo- OC, CIB: "Police responded to a body seen floating by the river on the Swing Bridge. As a result police requested the assistance of the Belize Coast Guard where the body of a male person was retrieved from the river who was identified as Manuel Mendoza; other particulars are unknown at this time..."

Mother Picked Up Marijuana Package, Cops Were Waiting
What might have seemed like a mother and her kids out on an innocent BPMS package pick up was really a drug run. Police - who had advance intelligence - caught a woman with 4 pounds of weed in a package right as she walked out of the courier service BPMS next door to us on Dean street. That happened on Friday evening at about 5:30. Police gave us more details. ASP Alejandro Cowo - OC, CIB: "Just after 5 pm, acting upon information received, police observed a female exiting the BPMS office located on Dean Street. At the time she was in the possession of a black bag on her hand. Police intercepted her and conducted a search on the bag which led to the discovery of three parcels containing suspected cannabis. This female was identified as Billie Jane Pitts, a 45 year school warden of a Belize City address. The drugs were weighed in her presence and it amounted to 1,950 grams. She was then arrested and charged for the offence of drug trafficking. The drugs came from the Corozal district."

Mystery Range Rover Still Missing
On Friday night we told you about the heavily tinted 1995 Range Rover that was stolen from outside the police compound in Orange Walk. As we reported, the ominous looking SUV seemed to have been abandoned on a street in the Louisiana area of Orange Walk. Police impounded it and found that it had two different Stann Creek license plates, an insurance sticker for a vehicle with another Vin Number, amd a San Ignacio license sticker. Very suspect, and now it's nowhere to be found. Police gave us an update:

PM Boasts About Economy
Turning back now to today's press conference, the Prime Minister opened up with a 35 minute update - which was like a mini- state of the nation address. He boasted about the relatively strong economic growth for the first half of this year - which has shown 3.4% GDP growth, the strongest since 2015. He says tourism is the driver:... Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow, Prime Minister: "Of course, the biggest driver of this dramatically improved economic performance and trajectory, is tourism. Overnight arrivals this year have been up every single month over the corresponding month for 2017..."

Coastal and Caracol Roads Coming
And while that would be a very big boon for sugar, infrastructure is also expected to get a very big boost with the paving of the Coastal and Caracol Roads: Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow, Prime Minister: "The huge Coastal Road project is now concluding its feasibility study and moves to design stage before going out to construction. And for Caracol, that other mega million piece of infrastructure, the design is done; the supervision consultants just about chosen; and the selection of the construction contractor and start of the physical works will happen no later than the end of this year."

Poverty Alleviation Project Phase 3 Coming
The Airport Link Road is already well under way. And, while that is for road infrastructure, the social infrastructure will also get a jolt with an infusion from the third Southside Poverty Alleviation Project. The Prime Minister says it will mean housing money for the southside:... Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow, Prime Minister: "The Southside Poverty Alleviation Project Phase 3 has been green-lighted, and monies are in hand for immediate commencement. There is 400 thousand for home construction for each of the qualifying Southside Constituencies. And there is an additional 300 thousand for each for education and social assistance. I repeat that the program is ready now, constituencies are already submitting their lists of beneficiaries and physical work starts imminently.

Arguing For No Appeal Of Section 53 Ruling
After several months of preparation and case management, the Court of Appeal has now started its deliberation on the appeal that the Government of Belize has brought against Caleb Orozco's victory in the Supreme Court in the Section 53 case. Back in August of 2016, Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin rendered a landmark judgment in Orozco's favor, making it legal for consenting adults to lawfully engage in same sex acts. Orozco was the first member of the local gay community to challenge the constitutionality of Section 53, pointing out that it violated his right to human dignity and privacy. The Churches pressed the Government to appeal the case, and the compromise between the state and this social partner was that the Government would bring a limited appeal, and that the Catholic Church would appeal the substantive ruling.

Fatal Accident Was Hit and Run
A man was killed in a hit and run in Alta Vista Village on the Hummingbird Highway. On Saturday night, David Cunil was heading home after drinking with some friends when he was run over and left to die on the road. Police told us more. ACP Joseph Myvette - Head of NCIB: "Sometime around 9 pm Dangriga police responded to reports of a body on the side of the Highway in Alta Vista Village where upon arrival they observed the body of a Hispanic male later identified as David Cunil, 45 years old of Alta Vista Village, with severe head and body injuries and apparently dead..."

The PM and The King
Turning now to politics, the hotly contested Port Loyola Convention is just days away. But, while the election is the thing, Boots Martinez is dominating the discussion after he last week declared to 7News that he is the King in Port Loyola. Today, the Prime Minister said Martinez was correct to assert that no matter who wins the convention, he remains the representative:

“Peyre” Cagey About Leadership Ambitions
Mike Peyrefitte feels the same way - and he kind of has to, after all he sees Martinez as his ticket to victory in the division. Martinez is pulling very hard to Peyrefitte - and today the aspiring candidate told us that when Boots called himself King - he was only speaking figuratively:... Reporter "I heard you have the keys to the kingdom as they say. With the endorsement from the current king." Michael Peyrefitte, U.D.P. Candidate, Port Loyola: "What kingdom and what king?"

PUP Usher Keeping Profile Up In Port
And while the UDP has it "turnt - up" in the Port right now, the PUP's standard bearer in the division is also clamoring for some attention. Today he teamed up the Belize City Council to clean up Port Loyola streets. It is an annual campaign and we dropped by to find out why it is important to keep it going. Gilroy Usher, PUP, Standard Bearer: "Well the cleanup campaign is necessary to promote civic pride in the community because while it is the city council that is charged with the responsibility for cleaning the neighborhood, we as citizens have to put interest in cleaning our neighborhood ourselves too, the city council can't do everything, they try but they can't be everywhere, so that is why we make our cleanup campaign an annual event where we take a strategic area in the division and come out and clean it up."

DOE Needs to Re-Centralize?
Last week we reported extensively on the stop order which the Department of the Environment took out against developer Haisam Diab, who is building a Pizza parlour on the seafront. Today we got a chance to ask the Minister of State in the Ministry of the Environment, Omar Figueroa about it. Now, granted he was out of the country on official business last week - but Figueroa said there's something generally wrong with the system of reporting to him:..

Will Gas Station Be Built Across From Princess?
And while the DOE has put the brakes on the seafront pizza parlour, it approved a gas station not far away - right across from the Princess where Putt Putt used to be. The last city council also approved it. But the Fire Department expressed its reservations - and, right now, that and a lack of buy in front the community are the only things stopping that project. Deputy Mayor Oscar Arnold told us more:.. Oscar Arnold, Deputy Mayor: "One of the principals of the project visited us and he laid out the plan for us on the table. We had a couple of meetings with him and he was doing some consultations with the residents in the area. We leanrt of the approval a little bit later on after the documents came to the fore. However there was a groudwell of support of the residents in that area that did not want it. They were suporting the fact that the fire department had quite a bit of problems with that project."

Protecting Women and Children In A Disaster
We met Arnold at an event organized for the City Emergency Management Organization by UNICEF. It's a SHELTER MANAGEMENT WORKSHOP focussing on the often overlooked needs of women and children in a disaster. Arnold told us more:..,

The Mayor and The Maximum Leader
And in another story about the City Council, today, the Prime Minister gave us details of the meeting he had with Mayor Bernard Wagner 10 days ago. As we told you on Friday, the Mayor went to see the Prime Minister after a visit to Krooman Lagoon. The Mayor wants to relocate the residents living in that wetland, aka SWAMP. The PM shared with us his response:…

Channel 5

PM Barrow Reports on His Health After Back Surgery in Cuba
Prime Minister Dean Barrow hosted an extended press conference today, following an equally lengthy hiatus from the public eye since his return from medical treatment in Havana last month.  This [...]

Did John Saldivar Jump the Gun on Sarstoon Excursion?
Perhaps the most striking of his many responses during the subsequent question and answer session is the fact that Cabinet has not discussed or sanctioned a series of proposed excursions [...]

To Guatemala, “Sign the Damn Protocol”
Still on the Sarstoon…the establishment of a protocol between Belize and Guatemala to govern the movement of people along the Sarstoon River is long in the making.  In 2015, representatives [...]

PM Calls Proposed Marijuana Legalization Looney Tunes
The proposed legalization of marijuana by Opposition Leader John Briceño has elicited responses from all corners.  Government has come out strongly against the idea, blasting Briceño for suggesting that a [...]

Hemp Hemp Hooray, an Alternative to Marijuana Legalization?
While all is not lost in the legalization debate, PM Barrow says that the Ministry of Agriculture is looking into the possibility of establishing a hemp industry for the export [...]

I.C.J. Referendum Date is Final. It Will Not Be Postponed!
The date for eligible voters to determine whether the territorial dispute between Belize and Guatemala should go before the I.C.J. is fixed.  The referendum will be held on April tenth, [...]

How the I.C.J. Education Awareness Campaign is Funded
Is government’s education awareness campaign already running out of cash?  With pledges for financial assistance from a number of countries, including Mexico, the United Kingdom and Turkey, funding for the [...]

PM Barrow Says Chetumal Will Not Become a Free Zone
There has been a great deal of concern from business owners in the north who are fearful that a pending change of economic activity in neighboring Mexico will adversely affect [...]

A New Master Plan for the Corozal Free Zone
The PM says that there is a new master plan for the Commercial Free Zone in Corozal which will be rolled out in the coming months to revamp economic activity [...]

On the Road to Economic Recovery
Government will be spending millions of dollars on infrastructural projects across the country, including ninety million dollars on the Caracol Road. Tourism is the main driver of the economy and [...]

Partial Appeal to Section Fifty-Three Ruling Heard….
The Court of Appeal has reserved its decision in the matter of Attorney General versus Caleb Orozco. Up until six o’clock, the court heard arguments in government’s appeal to part [...]

…Court of Appeal Reserves Decision
After the hearing concluded late this evening, Solicitor General Nigel Hawke spoke to the media, explaining that there are fundamental and public issues present in the case that should be [...]

2 Accused Killers Freed
Two men charged with murder were freed by Supreme Court Justice Colin Williams today. They are twenty-five-year-old Christopher Sosa and thirty-five-year-old Ashton Anderson. Both men had been charged for the [...]

CitCo’s Missing Heavy-Duty Equipment Mysteriously Appears
A third missing piece of heavy-duty equipment that the Belize City Council was searching for has been returned. The John Deere tractor which was purchased for fifty-four thousand dollars was [...]

Impounded Vehicle Goes Missing from OW Police
Police are investigating the mysterious disappearance of an impounded SUV from under the noses of the officers attached to the Orange Walk Police Station. According to ACP Joseph Myvett, last [...]

Dangriga Resident is Shot by Police
A criminal and internal investigation is ongoing in Dangriga following the police shooting of a gunman on Saturday morning. Thirty-nine-year-old John Elijio was shot to the right leg around four [...]

San Pedro Man Drowns in the Haulover Creek near the Swing Bridge
The body of a San Pedro resident was fished out of the Haulover Creek near the Swing Bridge. It is believed that Manuel Mendoza drowned sometime and his body spotted [...]

Fatal Hit & Run in the South; 1 Man Detained
One person is detained pending further investigation into a fatal hit and run incident in the south. Alta Vista villager, forty-four-year-old David Cunil was discovered dead on the Southern Highway [...]

Delroy Chaplin Charged for Armed Robbery at Pacheco’s Jewellery Store
There were two robberies over the weekend in Belize City for which two persons have been detained; one has since been arrested and charged. The first occurred on Friday during [...]

Minor Detained Following Robbery at Belize City Store
On Saturday night, United Grocery and Laundromat on Euphrates Avenue was targeted by thieves. According to the Bangladeshi owner, four robbers, one armed with a firearm escaped with five hundred [...]

School Warden Caught Red-Handed with Over 3lbs of Weed
A school warden is in big trouble with the law after she was found in possession of approximately four point three pounds of weed. Forty-four-year-old Billie Jean Pitts was arrested [...]

Notorious Couple Charged for Drug Trafficking in Dangriga
There was also a sizable drug bust in Dangriga, for which a couple has been charged for trafficking.  Last Thursday, police conducted a search at the home of Andrew Garcia [...]

Peyrefitte Defends the Port Loyola Monarch
Attorney General Mike Peyrefitte is one of four United Democratic Party candidates contesting Sunday’s convention in Port Loyola.  He enjoys the full support of Area Representative Anthony ‘Boots’ Martinez who [...]

P.U.P. Standard Bearer for the Port Ready to Take On U.D.P. Candidate
Former City Councillor Phillip Willoughby and former Deputy Mayor Dean Samuels also have their hats in the ring as does one A.C. Castillo for the November fourth convention.  Today, P.U.P. [...]

Suspected Arson in Belmopan
There was a fire at the home of Damian Burns in Belmopan on Sunday night and all indications are that the blaze was deliberately set. Burns reported to police that [...]

LOVE FM

CitCo & businesses collaborate to boost the economy
The Belize City Council embarked on an initiative with local businesses with the aim of boosting the economy via consumer satisfaction and business sales. The event was on Saturday in downtown Belize City. Love News stopped by and spoke with Hubert Pipersburgh, the Economic Development Manager at Belize City Council. Hubert Pipers burgh Economic Development Manger …

Section 53 argued in Court of Appeal
In August 2016, the Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin struck down Section 53 of the Criminal Code, thereby, legalizing same-sex relationship between consenting adults. The case was appealed by the Government of Belize and the Roman Catholic Church. However, the church eventually withdrew its appeal, leaving only the Government of Belize to pursue its appeal. Today, …

Police investigate: cannabis bust, robbery and drowning
The police department was very busy over the weekend, but not with murders. Officers have responded to two robberies in Belize City. The first happened at Pacheco’s Jewelry Shop at 66 East Collet Canal. According to ASP Alejandro Cowo, the officer in charge of CIB for Belize City, the employee of the store Britney Myers …

Homeless Man Drowns
A man drowned over the weekend in Belize City. The police say that they don’t believe it was caused by foul play. Assistant Superintendent of Police, Alejandro Cowo says the homeless man, Manuel Mendoza was an alcoholic. ASP Alejandro Cowo: “Police responded to a body seen floating by the river on the Swing Bridge, as …

School Warden Busted with Marijuana outside BPMS
On Friday after 5 p.m. a school warden, Billie Jean Pitts was busted with 4.3 pounds of marijuana. The police say the Belize City school warden was busted as she exited a courier service. ASP Alejandro Cowo: “Police observe a female exiting the DPMS office located on Dean St. At the time she was in …

Man knocked down and killed on Highway
45-year old David Cunil left work at 5 p.m. on Saturday, but instead of going home, the Dangriga resident went out to socialize with friends. And at 9 p.m. he was walking on the highway when police say Cunil was hit by a vehicle. ACP Joseph Myvette: “Dangriga Police respond to reports of a body …

Police Shoot Suspect who had Loaded Weapon
A man on a bicycle was shot by police during a stop and frisk session at 4 am on Saturday morning in Dangriga Town. Assistant Commissioner of Police Joseph Myvett says he was riding with a loaded weapon. ACP Joseph Myvette: “Dangriga Police was on mobile patrol when they observed a dark skin male person …

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Dangriga man shot by police and busted with unlicensed pistol
A Dangriga man was shot over the weekend and his shooter has been confirmed as […]

Tenant burns down home after dispute with landlord
A dispute between a landlord and his female tenant reportedly escalated to a case of arson […]

Orange Walk police investigating strange vehicle case
Orange Walk police are investigating an unusual case. On October 23, officers found a black […]

BAHA Food Safety Laboratory receives accreditation
The Belize Agricultural Health Authority (BAHA) today announced the accreditation of its Food Safety Laboratory, […]

15-year-old minor and man in a parked vehicle in cane field claim attempted kidnapping
Corozal police are investigating an unusual case which they have since classified as an attempted […]

Man found dead in river near swing bridge, an alcoholic says police
Over the weekend, social media went abuzz with reports of a body found in the […]

Alta Vista villager killed in hit and run
Alta Vista villager, David Cunil, 44, is dead after an evening socializing with friends. According […]

Minor detained for robbery at United Grocery and Laundromat
Belize City cops have detained a minor in connection with an armed robbery in the […]

Man charged for robbing Pacheco’s Jewelry Shop
Belize City police have charged, Delroy Rodrick Chaplin, 32, for robbing Pacheco’s Jewelry Shop in Belize […]

Illegal drugs being transported via legal courier services?
Belize’s courier service business establishments have come under heightened scrutiny after a woman was busted […]

Blogs

What Happens When You Goose a Ghost?
If it were not for the fact that I had friends visiting from California, I could have easily given Halloween a pass this year. I had already missed one of the many parties at Crazy Canucks but enjoyed seeing pictures on Facebook. A few friends had asked me to pop by Sandy Toes Halloween Bash, and I wanted to, but I knew if I did I would be a goner fast and ready to mummify with TV in bed. Which is exactly what I did while I waited to go to the annual – naked and afraid Honduras was on. My friends messaged me after their dinner with Daniel and Elodia of Tanisha Tours and Hurricanes Ceviche Bar around 10:00 pm that they were on their way to town. I quickly donned the makeshift zebra costume, a tye-dye jumpsuit that I had scored at Coco’s Loco beach bar Sip and Swap and walked over to the party.

Why You Should Visit Corozal, Belize this year
Corozal district in Belize. The population of Corozal Town according to the 2010 census data was 9,871. Corozal was a private estate before becoming a town in the year 1840. Things to Do in Corozal: Corozal Town is a quiet and one of a kind place located in Northern Belize, built along the shoreline of beautiful Corozal Bay. It offers visitors a quiet and relaxed atmosphere. It is a thriving community with many shops and restaurants, and convenient services for tourists.

What Do You need to know When you travel to Mexico?
When you arrive in Mexico as a tourist how long can you stay? As a tourist, you will enter Mexico on a Visitors Permit (FMM) this permit will typically grant you a maximum 180 days which cannot be renewed in Mexico, you must leave the country before it expires. If by chance you overstay your permit, you will be required to report to INM immigration at the airport and pay a fine before you leave. How long do you need to stay out of the country before reentry on a new FMM? At this time there is no law specifying how long you must stay out of Mexico before re-entry, but since so many foreigners living in Mexico are using this loophole to avoid applying for residence, it could change. Some foreigners living in Mexico who frequently leave and return on an FMM report being questioned by the INM officers and receiving less time on their FMM.

What know about Day Of The Death (Dia De Los Muertos)
The Day of the Dead (El Día de los Muertos in Spanish) is a Mexican and Mexican-American celebration of dead ancestors which occurs on November 1 and November 2, coinciding with the similar Roman Catholic celebrations of All Saints Day and All Souls Day. While it is primarily viewed as a Mexican holiday, it is also celebrated in communities in the United States with large populations of Mexican-Americans, and to a lesser extent elsewhere in Latin America. Despite the morbid subject matter, this holiday is celebrated joyfully, and though it occurs at the same time as Halloween, All Saints Day, and All Souls Day, the mood of The Day of the Dead is much lighter, with the emphasis on celebrating and honoring the lives of the deceased, rather than fearing evil or malevolent spirits.

Bird Watching with The Lodge at Chaa Creek
Our driver, Dennis, parked the van and helped us with our luggage. He guided us to the front desk where we met Ms. Lydia and Christopher. Christopher had brought out a neat presentation of four glasses of sorrel juice and mint-infused wet towels that were rolled on a wooden display tray. Each of us got to taste the sweet notes of the juice and feel the iciness of the towels as it rejuvenated our energy after the fifteen-minute car ride from San Ignacio Town. Refreshed, we were guided to our cabins where we were going to stay for the night. On the way there, we were also shown the different buildings and amenities that the surrounding area had. This would include their signature saltwater pool, the conference room/temporary bar, and their restaurant and dining area. The premises was lovely.

Purchasing Foreclosed Properties in Belize
Interested in purchasing Foreclosed Properties? Here is some info on what to consider when buying foreclosed properties: With a country consisting of 6 districts with great potential, Belize has a wide range of available foreclosed properties. Most of our land is reclaimed and the pre-owned buildings or unfinished structures have access to utilities. Hence, as our tourism industry grows, so does the demand for business investment from retirees and foreign investors. Therefore, foreclosed properties have been an increasingly popular option for those choosing to invest in Belize. Foreclosed properties are usually handled by auctioneers or through financial institutions like ourselves. As interest is expressed in a property, potential buyers can visit and assess the property. Bidding on the properties is welcomed and negotiations can be made. However, it depends on the auctioneer, financial institution and the value of the land/structure.

Stay Fit On Vacation
Have you ever gone on vacation only to get back feeling as if you need a vacation from your vacation? Of course it is great to go somewhere and just check out and lay on a beach all day, but if staying health conscious and active is what drives you to take that coveted PTO time, look no further than the jungles of Belize. ‘Fitcations’ (yes, that’s a real term) have become more and more popular this year among travelers that want to stay in shape while still on vacation. With no shortage of fitness and health conscious options, Ka’ana offers a wellness experience that is both physically challenging and ridiculously relaxing. From fresh squeezed juices and homemade smoothies to locally sourced meats and farm-to-table vegetables, every meal boasts flavorful ingredients while still promoting healthy eating. And guests can tour our two-acre organic garden while learning all about sustainable agriculture from our head gardener, Abi.

Solo Travel in Belize – What You Need to Know
While Belize is widely known as a romantic getaway destination for weddings and honeymoons, it also has a lot to offer for solo travelers. Located just a short flight away from the United States or Canada, Belize is a tropical paradise where you can enjoy hiking through tropical jungles, scuba diving on the Northern Hemisphere’s largest reef, and exploring mysterious ancient Maya cities built thousands of years ago. If you‘re interested in doing some solo traveling in Belize, here’s what you need to know:

TheDay of the Dead
Although The Day of the Dead (also known as El Dia de Los Muertos or Los Finados) is most prominently celebrated in Mexico in early November, it is also very popular in many villages and towns in Belize. This is due to the fact that the tradition of celebrating the life and death of lost loved ones dates back to the ancient Maya, an indigenous culture of Belize and Mexico. What makes this event unique? On the Day of the Dead, Maya and Mestizo communities across Belize unanimously get together to commemorate the life and death of their ancestors. This is done at people’s homes by decorating small tables as alters and including water, flowers, fruits, candles and portraits of their deceased. Families also make sure to have delicious traditional Belizean foods such as tamales, Bollos, Caldo de Gallina local, Chirmole and Ishpasha Atole. As for favorite alcoholic drinks, rum and tequila seem to be the popular choices.

International Sourcesizz

Allen Coral Atlas tracks changes in the world’s reefs from space via satellite
Even after death, the philanthropic initiatives from Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen just keep on coming. Today the Paul G. Allen Philanthropies and its consortium of partners unveiled the Allen Coral Atlas, a database of satellite imagery and environmental data aimed at mapping and monitoring the world’s coral reefs in unprecedented detail. The foundation of the atlas is a global mosaic of satellite imagery, acquired starting last year by Planet’s constellation of Earth-imaging satellites. The images document coral reefs at a resolution of 4 meters (13 feet) per pixel. The atlas’ first detailed geomorphic and benthic maps focus on Mo’orea in French Polynesia, Lighthouse Reef in Belize, West Hawaii Island, Karimunjawa in Indonesia, and Heron Island on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. And there’s much, much more to come.

Researchers find cacao originated 1,500 years earlier than previously thought
The study, published online today in Nature Ecology & Evolution, suggests that cacao — the plant from which chocolate is made — was domesticated, or grown by people for food, around 1,500 years earlier than previously thought. In addition, the researchers found cacao was originally domesticated in South America, rather than in Central America. Archaeological evidence of cacao’s use, dating back to 3,900 years ago, previously planted the idea that the cacao tree was first domesticated in Central America. But genetic evidence showing that the highest diversity of the cacao tree and related species is actually found in equatorial South America-where cacao is important to contemporary Indigenous groups-led the UBC team and their colleagues to search for evidence of the plant at an archaeological site in the region. “This new study shows us that people in the upper reaches of the Amazon basin, extending up into the foothills of the Andes in southeastern Ecuador, were harvesting and consuming cacao that appears to be a close relative of the type of cacao later used in Mexico — and they were doing this 1,500 years earlier,” said Michael Blake, study co-author and professor in the UBC department of anthropology.

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  • Belize Experience, 3min. This is my definition of paradise. A tropical fantasy that is Belize. Caye Caulker is a backpackers paradise and Coco Plum Island Resort is the perfect couples getaway.

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  • Oceana 2018 Ocean Hero - Captain Earl David Jr., 8min.

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  • History of Cave Archaeology in Belize (full version), 20min. Here is a brief snap interview with Logan McNatt, one of the Pioneers of Cave Archaeology and Exploration in the Country, and I must say it was a pleasure. Moving around in the BAAS 2018 had left me itching for a shot of excitement, as may happen among scholars who get excited over a new find, as the shards of the past seldom offer up condolences for you time. The scene has become something with a life of its own I suppose, many just holding on for the famed after bash at Hodes Restaurant. It cost me $30 to attend for 3 days, which includes a ticket to the after party where food and drinks where served, but perhaps it left the intellectual part of my mind hanging somewhere in limbo.

  • Cave tubing in Belize City!, 11min.