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The San Pedro Sun

Belmopan Bandits fall 1-0 to San Pedro Pirates
In the 13th week of the 2018-2019 regular Season of the Premiere League of Belize (PLB), the San Pedro Pirates claimed victory over current champions Belmopan Bandits on Saturday, November 10th. With their 1-0 score victory, puts the Pirates are now in second place the tournament standings, with 19 points total. For their last match of the regular season of the PLB, the San Pedro Pirates will be playing a home match against Wagiya F.C on Saturday, November 24th. The match is scheduled to begin at 7:30PM at the Ambergris Stadium. All islanders are invited to come out and support the island team.

IX Meeting of the Belize-Mexico Mixed Commission on Technical and Scientific Cooperation
Delegations from the Governments of Belize and Mexico met on Tuesday, November 6, 2018, for the IX Meeting of the Belize-Mexico Mixed Commission on Technical and Scientific Cooperation. The Meeting was held within the framework of the Basic Agreement for Technical and Scientific Cooperation between Mexico and Belize signed in Mexico City on November 23, 1995. The Meeting evaluated the results of the VIII Scientific and Technical Mixed Commission program from 2014 in which there was a 50% completion rate of implementation. It also approved a subsequent work program for the next two years consisting of 10 activities under the three pillars of Agriculture, Geography and Economy.

Belize Enters Agreement with the Human Trafficking Institute to Enhance the Capacity of Belize’s Specialized Human Trafficking Unit
On Thursday, October 25, 2018, The Belize Police Department and the Human Trafficking Institute entered into an agreement to partner in building the capacity of Belize’s Specialized Human Trafficking Unit that was formed earlier this year. This agreement was signed by the Commissioner of Police Allen Whylie, in Washington, D.C. Upon signing the agreement, Commissioner Whylie said. “I am very pleased to be here to sign this memorandum of understanding, which will see the resources and the assets of the Human Trafficking Institute and the Belize Police Department working together in terms of improving our efforts on the issue of slavery and human trafficking.”

Ambergris Today

Belize To Enhance Capacity Of Human Trafficking Unit
The agreement provides for office space for members of the specialized unit, as well as staff of the Institute, who will provide ongoing technical investigative assistance in trafficking in persons (TIP) cases. The space will also serve as a secure and private location for interviewing TIP victims and witnesses, collecting evidence, and planning operations. In addition, the agreement helps ensure the specialized unit has the essential tools and resources it needs to carry out proactive human trafficking investigations, including a designated vehicle to aid the specialized unit in its care for TIP victims and investigation and prosecution of TIP cases.

American Retiree Found Dead On North Ambergris Caye
On Thursday, November 8, 2018, at about 10:28 p.m., San Pedro Police visited Sapphire Beach Resort, approximately 10 miles north of San Pedro Town. Upon arrival, police found the motionless body of, Larry Alan Pfrifer, 60-year-old, retired American lying face up on a sofa in the living room. Police also observed blood coming out from his nose and mouth. Initial investigations revealed that at 9:45 p.m., on Thursday, a security officer was conducting his routine patrol around the compound of the resort when he discovered the deceased lying in the sofa motionless. No signs of violence were observed on the body. The body was transported to Belize City awaiting a post-mortem examination.

Misc Belizean Sources


Dance and Reggae Wrap 13th Belize Int’l Film Fest
Mexican films and shorts dominated the winners of the 13th Belize Intl. Film Festival on Sunday in a brisk closing ceremony punctuated by pulsing reggae music performances by the likes of Ras Indio & Boss Lady, Ernestine Carballo and Jah Art. The event was broadcast live on local television station, Channel 5. “Guerrero,” Ludovic Bonleux’s harrowing documentary about the disappearance of 43 students and the protests that paralyzed the Mexican state, won best film in the festival’s Collective Memories section. “You wouldn’t know it, but it’s a feel-good musical,” quipped juror Dan Mirvish, co-founder of Slamdance, who presented the award.

New Ambassador of Republic of China (Taiwan) Presents Credentials to the Governor General of Belize
H. E. Remus Li-Kuo Chen presented his Letters of Credence as the new ambassador of the Republic of China (Taiwan) to H.E. Sir Colville Young, Governor General of Belize. The Ambassador conveyed his country’s greetings and well-wishes to the Governor General and people of Belize. He expressed on behalf of his country their gratitude for the invaluable support and friendship shown by Belize to Taiwan on international issues. The Ambassador said that it is the hope of his government to continue to enhance ties of cooperation and goodwill with Belize. The Governor General graciously received the credentials of H.E. Chen and expressed his hope for continued cooperation and a strong bilateral relationship between the two countries.

Belize Enters Agreement with the Human Trafficking Institute to Enhance the Capacity of Belize’s Specialized Human Trafficking Unit
This four-year agreement outlines a shared financing structure between the Belize Police Department and the Institute for the office space and designated vehicle. The Belize Police Department and the Institute will share the costs of the vehicle throughout the four years of the agreement; the Police will assume increasing responsibility for funding the costs of the office space. The signing of this agreement signifies the commitment of the Belize Police Department and the Government of Belize in the fight against the scourge of trafficking in persons.

Mar's Caribbean Gardens Restaurant in Corozal Grand Opening November 16th
New Corozal location.

Belize Diabetes Association Corozal fundraiser
Participate or sponsor as our town, villages, schools, organizations, businesses and individuals walk on November 14, 2018 to give Diabetes a voice in Corozal. It is not just a fundraiser, it is a day of awareness for our loved ones. You can now start placing your Tee Shirt orders with the winning design by ESTM student Angel Gutierrez with this years' World Diabetes Day theme "The Family and Diabetes". All sizes S,M.L.XL. XXL also available. Stop by the office, email, text, call, or leave a message if no answer at 624-4476.

Children’s Week in San Pedro
Children’s week is celebrated from the 18th to 24th of November The international theme this year is “2018 - children are taking over and turning the world blue.” If you are live a community member of Ambergris Caye, you are good reader, have time and love children, we need your help. We want you to read a story for our pre-school students on Children’s Day!

Water outage in Dangriga Wednesday
Belize Water Services informs its customers in parts of Dangriga that there will be an interruption in the water supply Wednesday, November 14, 2018, starting at 1:00pm. The areas to be affected are 1st New Site, 2nd New Site, and Monument Site. This interruption is necessary for the installation of a new water main. Due to the upgrade, customers may experience low water pressure and/or discoloration when water is restored. Residents of these or nearby areas are advised that water supply should return to normal by 6:00pm.

The Cebada Caves Cordoned off
The Cebada Caves are known to be the third set of caves in the Chiquibul Cave System. Karst Management Unit staff have cordoned the area to prevent any impacts inside the Cave.

K'inich Ahua
K'inich Ahua also known as K'in Ahua is the representation of the Sun . In Yucatec Maya K'inich Ahua can be translated to "Lord of the sun" .

Monthly Weather Summary, October 2018
Monthly weather summaries are prepared by the climate section of the National Meteorological Service of Belize. The NMS of Belize maintains a network of over 25 weather stations that are situated primarily in the agricultural regions of the country. Temperature and rainfall are read at 9 am each morning and the rainfall total read at this time represents the accumulated rainfall for the previous day. October is typically the wettest month for the country of Belize. Systems that usually affect the country during this month include tropical waves and Tropical Upper Tropospheric Troughs (TUTTs). On occasions a tropical cyclone may affect the country during October. Cold fronts often affect the country during this month as well.

"The Ultimate Belize Bucket List" by Larry Waight
The Ultimate Belize Bucket List - The New Travel "Bible" for Belize: Until a decade ago, there were very few international flights into Belize, and much of the country was a remote wilderness only visited by the most intrepid travelers. Today, a lot has changed, and Belize has risen to become the fastest-growing vacation destination in Central America visited by British royalty and Hollywood celebrities. In response to this growing surge in tourism, lifelong Belize resident and travel professional Larry Waight has just published The Ultimate Belize Bucket List. Containing over 100 tips from a true insider, The Ultimate Belize Bucket List serves as an all-in-one "travel bible" for anyone considering visiting the country. Unlike other guidebooks that are written by authors who visit Belize for a couple of days every few years, The Ultimate Belize Bucket List is authored by a man who was born and raised in Belize with over 20 years of experience in the travel industry.

Belmopan City Council Statement on Public Service Union Headquarters
The Belmopan City Council (BCC) takes this opportunity to clarify statements made by the Belize Public Service Union (PSU) as it relates to their headquarters in Belmopan. The building used for the PSU headquarters is situated on Parcel No. 6061 owned by the BCC and was first leased to the PSU in 2001 for a term of 20 years at the rate of $500 per month. Subsequent to the signing of that agreement, a new lease was signed in 2003 for a term of 20 years with a monthly rental in the amount of $500 with an option to purchase upon completion of the contract. All payments made over the course of the lease would then be applied to the purchase of the property if the Union chose to exercise their option to purchase.

Road repair in San Pedro
The San Pedro Town Council is currently conducting repairs on a section of the road on Coconut Drive, directly in front of Carlo & Ernies Runway Bar. We apologize for the inconvenience that this my cause. We kindly ask to take this matter into consideration on your daily commute. Also, you are welcome to use the west road from San Pedrito leading to the San Pablo area.

Delivering wheelchairs w/Kenny & Alfred
While other members of the Club worked on prepping for the Governor's dinner these three Rotarians, Kenny Vanjani, Julio C. Dominguez and Alfred Hambsch drove from village to village delivering wheelchairs to local men, women, and children that would not be mobile without the chair. This service to our community is one that warms the heart and makes all we do worthwhile.

Changes in the ecosystem of lagoon between Progresso and Chunox Villages
I wish to raise some attention of the environmentalists and conservationists into this operation. For years I have been flying back and forth between Corozal and Ambergris Caye. This is the first time that I am noticing that something really unusual is happening to this inland lagoon system. Vegetation around has change, the color of what once was a beautiful lagoon has change to a milky color and I see that parts of lagoon is beginning to dry up. Can the dredging, land reclamation that is happening next to it a possible cause? If so, who is monitoring this operation and who is documenting the notable changes in the ecosystem of this lagoon? It is one of the lagoons between Progresso and Chunox Villages and can be found on the Pueblo Nuevo Ferry - Progresso Village road.

Contingency Planning Workshop for Small Accommodations | Caye Caulker Accommodations only

National Institute of Culture and History (NICH) Congratulates Miss East Indian Culture Belize 2018, Iriana Leiva, on her Achievement at the Miss Divali Nagar Queen Pageant in Trinidad & Tobago
The National Institute of Culture and History (NICH) takes this opportunity to congratulate Ms. Iriana Leiva on her accomplishment of placing as 2nd Runner Up and winning Best Hair Style at the Miss Divali Nagar Queen Pageant in Trinidad & Tobago. We also congratulate the Corozal Organization of East Indian Cultural Heritage (COEICH) on the wonderful showcase of culture and pageantry that was displayed during the Miss East Indian Cultural Pageant 2018 held earlier this year. Ms. Leiva displayed the knowledge, talent and abilities which earned her this year’s crown and the right to represent Belize in the Multinational Miss Divali Queen Pageant. As a part of her responsibilities as Miss East Indian Culture Belize, she travelled to Trinidad and Tobago to represent Belize in the “Divali Nagar Queen Pageant”.

Channel 7

Teachers Union and Educ. Minister Meet
Last week Wednesday, we took you to Belmopan where 1300 teachers and supporters demonstrated. They were flexing to show the Government and the Ministry of Education that they were serious about their concerns, such as teacher hardship allowances, Proposal 22, and commuting allowance for teachers. On that same day, the Deputy Prime Minister announced that he was willing to meet with the union's leadership to start de-escalating tensions. The BNTU said on the following day that they would take him up on his offer, and they met this afternoon at the Marion Jones Sporting Complex. Those closed door talks lasted for several hours, and when they exited, the two sides were measured and careful in their comments, a distinction from the hardline they were taking just days earlier.

Sinister Criminal Forces Moving on Coastal
Two weeks ago police made a bust of a thousand pounds of cocaine on a runway off the Coastal Road. It was waiting to be transferred - most likely to an aircraft that circled but never landed. So, the Coastal Road and its environs are known to be used by drug traffickers. And that was reinforced yesterday at midday when a two man police patrol came upon a small army of outlaws. They were northbound from Dangriga. The Head of National crimes Investigation told the media what happened next:...

Big Fuss Over Sarteneja Plane, Nothing Illicit Proven
And while police can't say if that group was getting ready for a plane to land, the fact is, all of Belize is on the lookout for narco-planes. That may be why some alarm was raised this weekend when a Cessna 150 was spotted in the seaside village of Sarteneja, Corozal. The single engine aircraft was around for 6 hours, but police could not make an intercept. Assistant Commissioner Myvett explained:

Man Run Over While Trying To Cross Road
A man was killed in a road accident in Belize City today. 56 year old cab driver, Arturo Orlando Requena was knocked down as he tried to cross the Phillip Goldson highway. It happened within City limits, right between the Matalon Building and Easy Inn. Police explained that he was trying to get the attention of a relative who he had dropped at Easy Inn:... ASP Alejandro Cowo- OC, CIB: "Sometime after 11 in the morning police visited 2.5 miles on the Phillip Goldson Highway, almost in front of Easy Inn Hotel, where they observed a male person lying on the ground with severe injuries to the body. The male person was transported to the Karl Huesner Memorial Hospital where he died shortly afterwards. He was identified as Mr. Arturo Orlando Requena, a 56 year old taxi driver..."

B-Ball Player Still Unconscious After Accident
And, tonight there are prayers for a well-known basketball player who crashed early on Friday morning. Police say Raul Roches is unconscious after ramming into a wall on his motorbike. ACP Myvett told us more:.. ACP Joseph Myvette- Head of NCIB: "On Friday San Ignacio police responded to information of a traffic accident sometime around 2:40 am where they saw a dark skinned male person on a motorcycle in an unconscious state on the ground. Initial investigations revealed that one Raul Roches of Ontario Village was travelling East, across the Hawksworth bridge, when he seemingly lost control of the motorbike and crashed into the wall of the highway superstore that was on the other side of the bridge, causing him to go unconscious..."

Belmopan Citco Sells PSU Land, PSU Says It Shall Not Be Moved
Tonight, the PSU's long standing hilltop headquarters in Belmopan is no longer theirs. The City council sold the land to a company called Simplex Design Limited. I went to their press conference today to find out how it got to this point and what the PSU is prepared to do get back their land. Here is that story. It's not much to look at - just an old, ramshackle building, but to the Public Service Union members It's their treasured hilltop home and it has been so for almost 20 years. It's home to the Belmopan Sports Council as well, they just recently expanded their storage area. But all that changed in early October when the City Council sold the hilltop property for $400,000 to a newly registered company Simplex Design LTD. The owner of the company is Corozal resident Xin Ni.

Two Men Shot In Gas Station Robbery
There was a robbery, followed by an abduction and a shooting yesterday morning at CD's Gas Station on the Burrell Boom road. Police told us today that 42 year old security guard Andres Gomez and an 18 year old neighbor were held up by 3 armed, masked men. ASP Cowo told us more: ASP Alejandro Cowo- OC CIB: "Just after passing the Burrell Boom Bridge, police arrived and observed a blue in colour four door car on the road side. At about 10 ft. away from the car a male person came out from the bushes. Police observed him as having bruises to the face and also two apparent gunshot wounds on both feet. Also, at about 100 ft. away from the vehicle police managed to find a next person by the name of Dennis Bartley who was suffering from 3 apparent gunshot wounds; one to the stomach, one to the right leg and one to the left hand..."

Atlantic International Rejects FTC Finding, Says No Wrongdoing
Atlantic International Bank says it did nothing wrong. The Offshore Bank has been named in a civil compliant from the Federal Trade Commission in the United States. Last week, the FTC asked a Federal District Court to shut down a real estate scam called Sanctuary Belize. The FTC says Atlantic International, assisted and facilitated in the Telemarketing Sales Rules violations (for Sanctuary Belize)…and that the offshore bank knew, or reasonably should have known, that its acts in furtherance of its unlawful coordination with Sanctuary Belize… substantially affect the United States."

Arizona Woman Sues Sanctuary Belize
And today a local attorney took a suit against Sanctuary Belize to the Supreme Court of Belize. Steve Perrera is suing Sanctuary's related company the Sitee River Wildlife Preserve on behalf of a client from Arizona. Coleen Strom says she invested fifty thousand dollars in Sanctuary and got scammed. Perrera told us why they were in court today: Steve Perrera - Attorney for Land Scam Victims: "It's a claim for the return of funds that she has paid to developers in the development commonly referred to as the Belize reserve which is owned by Sittee River wildlife reserve. Today what has transpired is that the matter was adjourned to give the defendants an opportunity and time to provide us with information as to what's occurring on the larger scale in the US and what's the situation on the ground with respect to the development."

Lawyers Could Suffer in AIB Account Freeze
And while that is the story of just one Sanctuary Belize investor - there are as many as three thousand others who have invested much more money. Perrera also sued on behalf of another client last year. His client won - but has not gotten paid and has had to go to court to seek enforcement. And while that is only a small part of the fallout from Sanctuary Belize - another is that the US accounts of Atlantic International Bank have been frozen. Perrera says that could affect local attorneys who use AIBL for escrow accounts:..

A Fierce Fight in Freetown
Last week all the political buzz was about the UDP convention in Port Loyola. This week's Freetown convention was much more understated - but there was still a lot at stake. 7News was there and we kept the political pulse through the course of the day into night:.. Its convention season for the UDP and the flag was hoisted high at the ITVET on Sunday. The mood was much more relaxed than the previous weekend's Port Loyola convention. We didn't see any lines to vote. Dr. Carla Barnett was appeared to be in a hectic work-mode. Freddy Cantiliano was hustling votes at the gate and even running them down. While OJ Elrington was mugging for photos with supporters. A sharp contrast and a luxury likely afforded because Lee Mark Chang was pounding the pavement for him. Along with the Deputy Prime Minister was also visibly working: Both candidates had strong visibility of supporters on the ground - but numerically, Elrington had more people in his shirts:

Can Carla Survive In Senate?
So now that Dr. Barnett says she will not offer herself for political office again, will she be pushed out of the senate? That upper house is often seen as grooming for upcoming politicians, a stage for them to sharpen their public profile. We asked Faber if he will push for OJ Elrington to take her seat:

Choice Bank Sues Central Bank
The news in the past few days has been all about Atlantic International Bank. But, in June it was about another international Bank. Choice Bank had its license revoked by the Central Bank - and a receiver was also appointed. Now, choice is suing the Central Bank. The case management was held today before justice Courtney Abel in the Supreme Court. Their attorney Eamon Courtenay told us what came out of this preliminary hearing:.. Eamon Courtenay- Choice Bank Attorney: "This was the Choice Bank claim against the Government of Belize and the Central Bank, in which the Central Bank applied to stay the proceedings, because they've said that we had appealed to the Appeal Board and that we should await the outcome of the Appeal Board's decision..."

COMPOL Turns To US For Help with Human Traffic
Belize continues to try to get out of that "Tier 3" human trafficking status. Last week, Police Commissioner Allen Whylie was in Washington DC, where he signed an agreement for the Belize Police Department and the Human Trafficking Institute. The Institute will train the officers who make up the department's Specialized Human Trafficking Unit, which was formed earlier this year. A press release from the Government says that the agreement provides for office space for this specialized unit, and the staff of the Human Trafficking Institute, which will provide ongoing, technical investigative assistance in trafficking in persons cases.

Taiwan Has New Ambassador
Belize has a New Taiwanese Ambassador. He's Remus Li-Kuo Chen, and he will succeed the former ambassador, Charles Liu, whose term in Belize ended rather abruptly last month. The new ambassador presented his credentials to Governor General Sir Colville Young. At the ceremony, he discussed his country's gratitude to Belize for its support and friendship on international issues, and he added that his government hopes to continue to enhance ties of cooperation and goodwill with Belize.

BTB By Boat with Senators
The Belize Territorial Volunteers has recently been acting as chaperones to persons interested in taking trips to Belize's southernmost borders, especially through the disputed Sarstoon River, which the Guatemalan Armed Forces have been enforcing control over. Yesterday, the border activist organization took a contingent of Belizeans, including Senators Osmany Salas and Mark Lizarraga to the border marker known as Gracias A Dios via the Sarstoon River. The BTV reports that the BDF stationed at the Forward Operating Base at the mouth of the river was very kind and welcoming, but that friendly greeting was not forthcoming from the Guatemalan military, right across the river on the Guatemalan side.

Another Traffic Fatality
At the top of the news we told you about a 56 year old who was knocked down and killed in Belize City. Well, this evening at 6:20, there was another traffic fatality - but this one in the Toledo District. A man was knocked down and died on the spot near San Marcus village, which is close to Punta Gorda. We'll have more on this tomorrow.

Channel 5

P.S.U. Headquarters is Sold Off to Asian Businessman by Belmopan CitCo
The Public Service Union is confirming that its headquarters and land in Belmopan have been secretly sold off on the cheap and the union is not taking it quietly. The [...]

Cooler Heads Prevail! B.N.T.U. and Minister of Education Meet
The Belize National Teachers Union, five days after marching on Belmopan in protest of the Ministry of Education, has met with Deputy Prime Minister Patrick Faber and cooler heads seem [...]

Will Teachers’ Pay Get Docked After Demonstration?
Will protesting teachers be docked a day’s pay for last Wednesday’s demonstration?  Senator Elena Smith told the media that it is their hope that the respective managements will not deduct [...]

Patrick Faber Points Finger at Media for Ministry/B.N.T.U. Miscommunication
Interestingly, the Minister of Education blamed the media for, (Quote) “stirring the mud between the union and government.” (Unquote)  Faber also says that the meeting was amicable and cordial.  Both [...]

American National Sues over “Sanctuary Belize” Multimillion-Dollar Scam
On November eighth, the Federal Trade Commission revealed that a multimillion-dollar real estate scam had been operating in Belize for fifteen years. The scam was swiftly shutdown by the F.T.C., [...]

Scammed Investors Won Case against Sittee River Wildlife Reserve
The case brought against Sittee River Wildlife Reserve by Colleen Strom over the Sanctuary Bay scam was not the first and might certainly not be the last. Previous to Strom’s [...]

Central Bank of Belize Looking Into the Scam
The U.S. indictment named several persons and companies as it relates to a civil complaint lodged against Sanctuary Belize, Andris Pukke and other associates including Atlantic International Bank Limited.  It’s [...]

OJ Elrington Secures U.D.P. Nomination in Freetown Division
The ITVET compound on Freetown Road in Belize City was the venue for yet another round of convention under the U.D.P. banner.   Three candidates Fredy Cantillano, Doctor Carla Barnett and [...]

Francis Fonseca Posts about U.D.P. Convention in Freetown
Since 2003, Francis Fonseca has been the undefeated area representative for Freetown Division, winning that division even at a time when the People’s United Party was unpopular. Fonseca posted a [...]

Dr. Carla Barnett Quitting Politics after Sunday’s Defeat
According to Doctor Carla Barnett, the results of Sunday’s convention mark the end of her political path. While she is leaving politics, Barnett hopes that other women would run for [...]

What’s Dr. Barnett’s Future within the U.D.P.?
Barnett first entered politics in 2015 when she was endorsed as the U.D.P. candidate for Freetown, but she was bested by Francis Fonseca in the last General Elections.  Barnett was [...]

U.D.P. and P.U.P. Hold Simultaneous Conventions in Separate Divisions
In other political news….the U.D.P. also held a convention in the Stann Creek West Division. Labour Commissioner Ivan Williams emerged victorious with one thousand two hundred and twelve votes. He [...]

Choice Bank’s Lawsuit against G.O.B. Moves Forward in Court
Earlier this year, Choice Bank Limited launched a lawsuit against the Minister of Finance as the first defendant, Central Bank, and the Attorney General as the second and third defendant. [...]

High-Powered Rifle and Ammo Seized; Police Looking for 1 Suspect
Did police foil yet another drug operation on the Coastal Road? Over the weekend, police spotted and pursued a number of persons traveling in a SUV near White Ridge on [...]

A Suspected Drug Plane or a Legit Aircraft in Sarteneja?
At today’s press briefing, police say they can’t say if a plane flying up north was involved in any illicit activity because there is no evidence to support that.  The [...]

Taxi Operator Perishes in RTA
There was a fatal road traffic accident in the city today. Fifty-six-year-old taxi operator, Arthur Requeña was knocked down on the Philip Goldson Highway in front of the Easy Inn [...]

Thieves Hit Cayo Primary School Six Times in One Year
St. Matthew’s Government School in the Cayo District has been preyed upon by thieves more times this year than it has ever been since opening its doors to the children [...]

Armed Burglars Strike CDS Gas Again
Armed, masked burglars hit C.D.S. Gas twice in one month and police blame a ring of thieves targeting the Ladyville and surrounding villages. The gas station on Burrell Boom road [...]

No Response from 9-1-1 Line for CDS Gas Burglary Call
Owner of the C.D.S. Gas, Stephen Bisset, says he also believes the robbers are the same ones who robbed the gas station a month ago. Bisset, who is out of [...]

18 Year Old Charged for Pen Road Shooting
An eighteen-year-old Belize City resident has been arrested and charged for the attempt made on the life of Damien Leslie, which occurred last Wednesday on Neal Pen Road in Belize [...]

Gillnets Confiscated from within the Turneffe Atoll Marine Reserve
Over the weekend, five gillnets were removed from the Turneffe Atoll Marine Reserve, located some twenty miles off the coast of Belize.  Recently, a report circulated that illegal gillnets were [...]

More Enforcement Needed to Address Gillnets in Belizean Waters
The use of gillnets have been a perennial issue and Cabinet has formed a task force with relevant partners to address the sustainability of fishing practices in Belize and the [...]

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


Traffic accident leaves man unconscious
A traffic incident on the Hawksworth Bridge in San Ignacio Town, Cayo District has left one person in an unconscious state. The media learnt more about this incident at today’s press brief. ACP Joseph Myvette: “Initial Investigation revealed that one Rowell Roches of Ontario Village was traveling eastbound across the Hawksworth bridge when he seemingly …

“To Southside with Love”
Earlier this year, the ongoing crime on the southside of Belize City led the Government of Belize to declare a Public State of Emergency for two areas. Last Saturday, there was a different type of intervention to address the crime situation this time it came from the church. The Belmopan Nazarene Church partnered with the …

Women’s Empowerment Training
A Women’s Empowerment and Leadership Session was held this morning at the Belize City Council in commemoration of Global Entrepreneurship Week. The participants were able to hear inspiring speeches about how to make it in business. Love News stopped by and spoke with Councillor Javier Castellanos, with responsibility for Economic Development, Small Business, Trade and …

MOE Allegedly Committed to working with Union
A few minutes later, Minister of Education Patrick Faber spoke to the media. He seemed to have put some of the blame on the media for the bruised relationship with the BNTU. Blame aside, Faber says the ministry and the union have both committed to solving the issues. Minister of Education Patrick Faber: “The meetings …

Traffic accident sends man to the hospital
It was a year ago that four men died in two separate traffic incidents, which occurred on St. Margaret’s bridge. These incidents had spurred urgency in getting the bridge upgraded. Those upgrades, however, proved useless on Saturday night as it was the scene of another fatal incident. The media asked police officials for a report. …

BNTU cautiously optimistic about negotiations with Ministry of Education
The Belize National Teachers Union (BNTU) and the Ministry of Education have made very little progress so far in ironing out their differences but following today’s meeting there just may be a positive way forward. Teams from both the BNTU and the Education Ministry, led by their leaders President Elena Smith and Minister of Education …

Another plane landed in the north
We have seen a good number of drug planes landed in Belize for this year. Unfortunately majority was only discovered long after its contents were removed. Recently, via a joint operation, authorities had managed to seize some drugs in the north and more recently a silver Toyota Prado was discovered with over four hundred kilos …

4 Families evicted and homes demolished in Ladyville
Several families were affected by the removal of their home and business structures in Ladyville Village, Belize District over the weekend. The over five make-shift wooden structures were placed there by squatters who had already been ordered by the court to relocate. Love News went looking for the details. Jose Sanchez: “70 year old Jose …

Light & Peace Foundation holds out hope to play semi-pro basketball
Over the past ten years, Light and Peace Foundation has been helping to mold and develop youths by keeping them positively engaged in basketball. They are now ready to take their game to the next level by having these youths play semi-pro basketball by joining the National Elite Basketball League. Love news spoke with Troy …

Police confiscated a vehicle and weapons on Coastal Road
Police were in hot pursuit of a vehicle and its passengers on the Coastal Road yesterday at around midday. It was another case of no one being arrested or charged but weapons were confiscated. Assistant Commissioner of Police, Joseph Myvett explained what transpired. ACP Joseph Myvett: “Police were conducting patrols on the Coastal Road and …

16 calls and no police response to robbery turned shooting incident
Long after closing hours, extreme violence was brought upon two men who were at the CDS Gas Station on the Boom Road. The gas station closes at 6 p.m. but at 3:30 a.m. Sunday morning, the watchman Andres Gomez was performing his duties on site. He was not alone, as a neighbor from a home at an adjacent property, Daniel Tillett was keeping him company.

Pen Cayetano Exhibit
All things Garifuna are celebrated in the month of November. However, it’s also the quality of this particularly Belizean artist that makes him stand out to the Embassy of Mexico. The embassy refers to Pen Cayetano as one of the quote “most representative artists of the last quarter of the century in Belize.”

The Reporter

Police believe that a gang of thieves operating out of Ladyville has been carrying out all the robberies in the area, including the latest at CDS Gas located in Burrell Boom. In the process of robbing the station three men abducted the security guard and another man who was with him, took them in the guard’s vehicle down the road to where a getaway vehicle waited, and shot both men where they sat to the rear of the vehicle.

The executives and members of the Public Service Union are up in arms today as they received confirmation that the Belmopan City Council sold their headquarters to a chineese owned company. The Public Service Union of Belize called an emergency meeting today in which it condemned the sale of its Hilltop headquarters by the Belmopan City Council. The Council transferred the property to Simplex Design Company Limited on October 10th for the sum of $400,000.

By: Nefretery Marin. Our once peaceful paradise has now become the country with the world’s highest murder rate per capita. The types of gruesome, cold murders and the frequency are only becoming worse. This while Belize is currently one of the few countries to still have the death penalty, by hanging, in our Constitution. While no executions have been carried out since 1985, Belize continues to support capital punishment. Belize has voted against all four U.N. General Assembly resolutions for a global moratorium on executions, most recently in 2012.

Police are reporting that six heavily armed men escaped detention yesterday after a high speed chase on the Coastal Road. Acting on information received of armed men on the Coastal Road, at around midday Sunday Dangriga Police responded and saw a dark tinted blue Ford Explorer which sped off.

Police are investigating another plane landing in Sarteneja today. Sources say that the plane landed at the airstrip in Sarteneja this morning and by the time Police and BDF responded it had already departed. No information has been released officially, but we’ll keep following this story in an attempt to get official confirmation.

The media spoke to Orson ‘Oj’ Elrington following the announcement that he had been victorious. Elrington received 630 votes, while Barnett got 470 votes and Cantillano got 53 votes.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Belmopan City Council responds to PSU statement
This evening, the Belmopan City Council (BCC) issued a release to clarify the statements made by […]

PUP condemns sale of PSU land in Belmopan
The People’s United Party (PUP) issued a release this afternoon stating that it condemns the actions […]

Francis Fonseca congratulates Orson Elrington on convention victory
This morning, Freetown area representative, Francis Fonseca extended congratulations to the newly elected United Democratic […]

Belize welcomes new Ambassador of Republic of China (Taiwan)
Today, H. E. Remus Li-Kuo Chen presented his Letters of Credence as the new ambassador of […]

Another accused murderer gets bail
Accused murderer, Jorge Vidal, 37, was granted bail on Friday before Justice Collin Williams in the […]

Belize enters agreement with the Human Trafficking Institute to enhance Specialized Human Trafficking Unit
On Thursday, October 25, the Belize Police department and the Human Trafficking Institute entered into an agreement […]

PSU calls out Belmopan City Council for “dishonorable act”
The Public Service Union (PSU) today fired off a statement announcing that it would hold a […]

High powered rifle and ammo found in vehicle; occupants escaped
Around midday yesterday, police received information about a vehicle on the coastal road with heavily armed […]


Labour: To Build A Maya Empire Part 1
People from all over the world visit the Maya area. Many come to Belize, Central America and they witness amazing when they enter the jungle and come face to face with history. Most noteworthy in these cities we find, temples, palaces, ball courts, intra-city roads, altars, stelae, barrios, and plaza groups. All built by the greatest ancient civilisation in the America’s. As we walk around these ancient cities, the likes of, Cahal Pech, Xunantunich and Altun Ha, its important to realise the human investment in these cities. After all, these infrastructural projects were not built by UFO’s. They did not just grow out of the earth by wish – they were built by hands. Built without the use of beasts of burden and managed with the power of religion, political management and in instances, by force.

Before there was man, there came light into the universe. Explosive, bright, unending light. It triggered the earth to bubble over and in many cases collapse, expand and recreate itself. We live in one of those recreated space and time of the existence of the very universe today. Time, that mystical, untouchable thing seems to lead all our human lives and it pulls, pushes and prods us into doing. Most of us obey. Some refuse to be led by the unseen. In early Europe, Asia, Africa, India, and the Mediterranean area, there were gods. There were gods everywhere. There were gods for many things we can imagine or tangibly see in our daily lives. A god for rain, sunlight, moon, agriculture, wind, love and all the great blessings and terrors man has witnessed. Then something happened in early Europe. Thought. There was a time when in early Europe gods were everywhere. Then thought came into “style”. Not that men were not thinking everywhere in the world, or in Europe, but Europe affected the America’s dramatically and tragically throughout history after 1492.

Tips for Solo Travellers Visiting Belize
Whether you’re a seasoned pro at solo traveling or are heading out into the world for the first time by yourself, one of the best places to visit is Belize. Many solo visitors like to visit Belize outside of the major holidays like Christmas and Easter. If you come during the “off season,” you can save on lodgings, and airfare is often cheaper as well. Some of the best months to visit when it’s less crowded are January, February, and after Easter. And don’t worry about meeting people or making friends! Belize is world-famous for its friendly locals. Belize is still far enough off the beaten path that it feels like a small town. And with everyone speaking English, you’ll never have any problems striking up a conversation. If you’re flying into Belize, you’ll land at the Philip Goldson Airport. It’s sometimes called the Belize City Airport, but it’s actually located about nine miles north of Belize City in a village called Ladyville.

How to Travel to Belize on a Budget
Belize is an amazing and exotic getaway destination, but the good news is that you don’t have to break the bank to travel to Belize. If you’ve been interested in visiting Belize but were worried about affordability, we’ve provided this handy guide for exploring this astonishingly beautiful country on a limited budget. If you skip expensive imported food like Oreo cookies or fancy restaurants, you can eat very well on a limited budget in Belize. Belize has a thriving roadside food culture where you can easily fill up for $5 or less on local favorites like fry jacks (a kind of puff pastry), rice and beans, tamales, tacos, and Caribbean-style chicken. There are also lots of mom and pop restaurants serving up delicious helpings of fresh-caught seafood and other savory treats.

Garifuna Music Showcased at Belize’s “Battle of the Drums”
This year, the Battle of the Drums will be held on the weekend of November 17-18, 2018. Troupes from around Belize as well as nearby Guatemala and Honduras will compete in five different genres of Garifuna drumming. Garifuna drumming is a traditional music style that blends traditional African instruments with indigenous Caribbean rhythms. Garifuna music is generally very high-energy and involves the tremendously skilled playing of handmade drums forged from local hardwoods and covered in animal skins. The Garifuna have been drumming for hundreds of years, and drumming is an integral part of their culture. The Battle of the Drums festival begins at 7:30 p.m. and will last all through the night as sweaty troupes of exhausted drummers are slowly winnowed down until the winners are declared. And for spectators who want even more, the Belize Garifuna Musical Festival will begin on November 18, 2018, at 6:00 a.m. immediately after the Battle of the Drums has concluded. The Garifuna Music festival will showcase a wide variety of modern Garifuna musical styles, including punta rock, punta, gunjei, paranda, and hungu hungu.

Cahal Pech Maya Ruins – What You Need to Know Before You Visit
Located just across from the modern-day town of San Ignacio in western Belize, Cahal Pech is one of Belize’s most unusual ancient Maya sites. The name “Cahal Pech” means “Place of the Ticks” in the local Maya dialect, but the original name for the site is unknown. Local Maya herders nicknamed the site Cahal Pech in the 1950s because much of the surrounding area was used for pasture. Cahal Pech sits high above a bluff that overlooks San Ignacio Town and the Macal River, and the panoramic view from the site is one of the finest in the country. It is believed that Cahal Pech is one of the oldest Maya sites in the region, first built more than 3,200 years ago.

Hiking in Belize – Great For Your Heart, Mind, and Body
Belize is just a short flight away from North America, but its exotic wildlife, unparalleled natural beauty, and thriving eco-system make it truly a world away. In Belize, the sound of birds and the perfume in the air from hundreds of flowering plant species are far more common than the hustle and bustle of modern life in the United States and Canada. That’s why Belize is one of the best places in the world to unplug, relax, and unwind. Although it may not sound glamorous, one of the most popular activities in Belize is hiking through the jungle. Far from any wireless internet signal, shopping mall, or noisy highway, the jungles are, instead, an oasis of natural beauty, color, and tranquility. Everywhere you look, you’ll spot incredible examples of nature at its finest, ranging from elusive jaguars to tiny frogs and insect that make the jungle thrum with energy.

What Is the Climate Like in Belize?
If you had to describe the climate of Belize in one sentence, you could say that it’s very similar to South Florida. Officially, Belize is a sub-tropical country that enjoys warm weather year-round, gentle trade wind breezes, and a mean humidity of around 83%. Unlike North America, Belize only has two seasons, often referred to as the “dry” season and the “green” season. The “dry” season is also the “high” season for tourists, roughly corresponding to winter in North America but featuring long stretches of sunny days and delightfully warm temperatures. The “green” season is the “low” season, roughly corresponding to summer in North America but without any significant elevation in temperatures.

International Sourcesizz

Islands and cities including Haiti and Belize could be flooded by water from melting ice sheets even if global warming targets are met, experts say
Islands and cities could be flooded with water from melted ice sheets - even if global warming targets are met, experts say. Glaciers in both Antarctica and Greenland may still defrost despite dramatic reductions in greenhouse gas emissions from transport and industry. Previously, in the Paris Agreement, 195 UN member states agreed to limit the rise in global average temperature to less than 2°C (3.6°F) - ideally 1.5°C (2.7°F) - above pre-industrial levels. But a new review of computer models, including those from the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), found warming above 1.5°C may still be 'catastrophic.'

Severe food insecurity plagues Latin America and the Caribbean
The Panorama of Food and Nutrition Security 2018, published last week, highlights the alarming rates of obesity and hunger across the wide spectrum of Caribbean and Latin American countries. The report, prepared jointly by the regional division of four UN agencies: FAO (Food and Agriculture Organisation), the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), and the World Food Programme (WFP), highlights that, in Latin America, 8.4 percent of women live in severe food insecurity, compared to 6.9 percent of men, while indigenous populations generally suffer greater food insecurity than non-indigenous people. In ten countries, children from the poorest 20 percent of households suffer three times more stunting than the richest 20 percent.

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