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Presentation of Belize’s National Report under Third Cycle of the Universal Periodic Review
On November 12, 2018 a delegation headed by the Chief Executive Officer in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, H.E. Patrick Andrews, presented Belize’s national report under the Third Cycle of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) to the Human Rights Council. In his opening remarks, CEO Andrews updated the Council on the advancements made in the implementation of recommendations received from the second UPR. Recommendations covered rights such as equality and non-discrimination, right to an adequate standard of living, health, education, efforts being made to reduce prolonged pre-trial detention, improvements to Belize’s national human rights framework, and progress in the advancement of women. The notable progress made in implementing many of these recommendations was welcomed by states and Belize was encouraged to keep up its progress in promoting, protecting and ensuring the full range of human rights of all.

Ambergris Today

Aeromexico Begins Direct Flight From Mexico City To Belize
Aeromexico, Mexico’s global airline, is now the first international air carrier to offer a direct non-stop flight service from Mexico City to Belize. The Belize Tourism Board (BTB) and senior officials from the airline held a brief ceremony on Saturday, November 17th to mark the inaugural flight to Belize, which will be available on Saturday and Sundays until April 28th, 2019. After more than 11 years serving the region, Aeromexico has now become the only airline in Mexico to have a presence in all Central American countries including Honduras, Costa Rica, Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Panama, and Belize. This is also the first time that there has ever been an air connection between Belize and Mexico. The new route is operated with Embraer 190 airplanes with 99 passenger seats, including 11 in Premier Class, Aeromexico’s Business Class cabin.

San Pedro High School Celebrates Belize's Rich Cultures
On Friday, November 16, 2018, San Pedro High School held a fun and educational Cultural Day Exhibit. Students and teachers dressed up in all our different ethinic groups found in Belize. Display booths were decorated with items such as food as well with other traditional items. Students work ardously the entire week to set up the perfect display loaded with information as well as fun dances and skits. Here are some pictures of the cultural groups.

Misc Belizean Sources


Annual San Pedro Holiday Boat Parade
It's starting to feel a lot like Christmas! The countdown to the annual San Pedro Holiday Boat Parade has begun. Boat captains are encouraged to register today. Registration is FREE and you could win from the prize pool of $10,000! Register your boat now by emailing [email protected]!

Presentation of Belize’s National Report under Third Cycle of the Universal Periodic Review
On November 12, 2018 a delegation headed by the Chief Executive Officer in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, H.E. Patrick Andrews, presented Belize’s national report under the Third Cycle of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) to the Human Rights Council. In his opening remarks, CEO Andrews updated the Council on the advancements made in the implementation of recommendations received from the second UPR. Recommendations covered rights such as equality and non-discrimination, right to an adequate standard of living, health, education, efforts being made to reduce prolonged pre-trial detention, improvements to Belize’s national human rights framework, and progress in the advancement of women.

Greetings from the San Pedro Town Council. This week, all across the world, our children are being celebrated under the theme: “2018: Children are taking over and turning the world Blue.” Their participation in the decision making process and the changes affected by our children are paramount for the healthy development of our communities. At the San Pedro Town Council, we want our children to take the lead in our local initiatives. We want to work hand-in-hand to build a world where our children can be in school, be safe from harm and can fulfill their full potential in becoming productive humans. Since 2014, the town council has been fully committed to the Sustainable Child Friendly Municipality initiative. This innovative approach empowers our children to become fully engaged, share ideas and give their input in the way we conduct our business at the council. To demonstrate our full fledge commitment, the San Pedro Town Council has developed a Strategy and Action Plan aligned with the National Children’s Agenda. This will ensure that we do our small share in our global responsibility to fulfill Goal 11 of the Sustainable Development Goals aimed at making our towns, cities and communities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable for our children.

Water outage in Lord’s Bank Wednesday
Belize Water Services informs customers in Lord’s Bank that there will be an interruption in the water supply on Wednesday, November 21, 2018, starting at 1:00pm. The area to be affected is all areas located south of Lord’s Bank Road from the Kingdom Hall compound to Green Estates. This interruption is necessary for the installation of a new water main. Due to the upgrade, customers may experience discoloration in the water supply when water is fully restored. Customers are being advised that water is expected to be fully restored by 5:00pm.

Water outage along the Philip Goldson Highway on Wednesday
Belize Water Services informs customers along the Philip Goldson Highway that there will be an interruption in the water supply on Wednesday, November 22, 2018, starting at 1:00pm. The area to be affected is from Haulover Bridge to San Cas Plaza including Belama Phase 1-4 and Bella Vista on the Philip Goldson Highway. This interruption is necessary for the installation of a new water main. Due to the upgrade, customers may experience discoloration in the water supply when water is fully restored. Customers are being advised that water is expected to be fully restored by 6:00pm

The Belize City House of Culture and Downtown Rejuvenation Project
Works continue at our Cockburn Lane and Human Development site on Albert Street.

ICJ or no ICJ! Information at SPHS Nov 27
Let’s get informed !!!

Adopt-a-bear Children's Holiday gift
Tis' the season to be generous! Adopt-a-bear and make a child's holiday one to remember. Bears available at Sandbar San Pedro, Marbucks Coffee House, The Truck Stop, Mahogany Bay Village, Crazy Canucks Beach Bar and Palapa Bar and Grill! Stop by and make a child’s Christmas dreams come true! Sandbar tree is up today and all other trees should be up by Friday!

Assistance with Corozal Christmas Light Display
Every end of year in Corozal Town, the Town Council does a beautiful Christmas display in the Central Park. This year, there was a change in administration, and there has been a problem to come up with the finances to replace some of the lights needed. As a result, there is a request seeking assistance from the general public. At this time, 80 sets of rope lights are needed and the cost for each set is $25.00. If you are in a position to make a donation towards this goal, please contact Councillor Dilan Cassanova at the Corozal Town Council.

21st Annual National Darts Tournament
Congratulations to Team Caye Caulker for winning the 21st Annual National Darts Tournament sponsored by Guinness.

ATLIB 2018 Basketball Regionals
The ATLIB basketball regionals will be Tuesday and Friday, and will be held at the SHJC auditorium. Wednesday: Scorpions vs. Jaguars. Friday: Scorpions vs. Eagles.

Garifuna Settlement Day Celebrations
Cultural celebrations at the Cayo Welcome Center

TreeTuesday: Balam Tree
On this #TreeTuesday we are highlighting the balam tree (Theobroma bicolor)! This relative of cacao (Theobroma cacao) is known as balam, or pataxte in Kekchi. It is believed to have originated in the Amazonian regions of Peru, Colombia, and Ecuador. The tree grows to a height of 3-8 meters in the open, or 25-30 meters under a forest canopy. It has a similar form to T. cacao but with a smaller crown and fewer branches. The gray trunk becomes rougher with age. Balam pods are similar in shape to cacao pods but can be differentiated by the rough texture between the ribs; the pattern on the pod is said to resemble a jaguar pelt which gives the tree its common name.

Channel 7

Two Killed Over Long Weekend
The Garifuna Settlement Day weekend was celebratory in Southern Belize, but, the criminals didn't take a break, and there were many incidents of lawlessness countrywide. We start our extended newscast tonight with our story on the broad daylight murder which happened in Belmopan yesterday, on Garifuna Settlement Day. Just after midday, Belmopan police found a car parked in the Salvapan area of the Capital City. When they searched it, they found the body of 23 year-old Jermaine Sanker, a resident of Corozal, slumped over the vehicle's steering wheel on the driver's side. He had one gunshot to the left side of the face.

Sanker’s Salvapan Stay Shrouded In Secrecy
Salvapan residents don't have any information about Jermaine Sanker either. When we spoke to the resident who was at home when Sanker was shot in front her house, she said she just saw the vehicle parked there for about 5 minutes and then she heard gunshots. By the time she ran out, the shooter had already run off. Voice of: Theodora Westby, Resident: "I saw the car park there. I was here in the chair because I had fever and the door was locked and so when I heard the car arrive there, I was sitting there and I looked through the window."

Executed At Krooman’s Corner
But about 14 hours before the Belmopan murder of Jermaine Sanker on Garifuna Settlement Day, there was another gun killing in Belize City. The victim in that incident was 20 year-old Eric Staine, a barber who lives on North Front Street. At around 10:30 p.m., city cops had to respond to shots being fired at the corner of the George Price Highway and Krooman Road. When they arrived, they found Staine on the ground with multiple gunshots to various parts of his body. They rushed him to the KHMH as bleeding profusely and slipping in and out of consciousness, and about half hour later, he succumbed injuries while receiving emergency care.

Man Shot At Much Targeted Home
2 hours before the murder of Eric Staine, police were called to respond to a shooting which happened not far from this murder scene on Neal Penn Road. At around, 8:15 on Sunday night, 18 year-old Stephan Tablada was about to enter his house when about 6 or so gunshots rang out. He told police that he saw who the shooter was while the gunman and his accomplice were trying to speed off on a motorcycle. He later realized that one of the gunshots had hit him in the right calf.

American Misjudged Road, Washed Off Into Rolling Waters
70 year old American Jack Turner is lucky to be alive after his vehicle was washed off the road in Buena Vista, Cayo last night. Turner was trying to cross a flooded area on the road in his Jeep Liberty. But it seems he misjudged and his jeep capsized and fell into the creek. Residents rushed to his aid and rescued him before he drowned. Today we spoke to the Buena Vista chairman about the incident.

Police Say Driver Was Pulled Out Unconscious
Now, police and first responders were on high alert last night - because the initial report said Turner was traveling with two other people who were missing. Very luckily that was wrong information which Turner confirmed when he regained consciousness. Police told us more about this: ACP Joseph Myvette - Head, NCIB: "Yesterday, evening, sometime around 6:30 p.m., police were called to an area on the Buena Vista Spanish Lookout Road, where they were informed that a vehicle being driven by one Jack Turner was trying to cross a flooded area on the road..."

Gun-Hungry Thieves Hunting At UB Campus
A trio of insistent robbers tried to get a gun from a security guard yesterday in Belize City. They did so at the University of Belize West Landivar Campus. Police told us that they went to the security office but got nothing:.. Insp. Wilfredo Ferrufino - CIB: "On the 19th of November, around 3 a.m., police responded to a burglary at the UB Campus. This would be in the West Landivar campus. Upon arrival, they spoke to the security guard who indicated that at around 3 a.m..."

17 Year Old Robber and Proprietor Shot
On Friday we told you about the robber who was shot when he tried to jack a grocery store in Unitedville village. Well, he wasn't the only one who was shot at Ying Long Shop - the proprietor also got hit to the foot. But not before he shot the robber to the back of the neck. Here's more:... ACP Joseph Myvette - Head, NCIB: "On Friday, the 16th of November, sometime after 1:30 p.m. San Ignacio Police was called to Ying Long Shop in Unitedville Village, where upon arrival, it was reported to them that sometime around 1 p.m., 3 armed male persons had entered the store in an attempt to rob those that were in the store..."

A Major Air Link With Belize’s Northern Neighbor
The second largest city in the western hemisphere now has a direct flight to Belize. We're not talking about New York or LA; we're talking about Mexico City. Aeromexico's twice weekly flight to Belize City was inaugurated on Saturday morning and 7news was at the PGIA to see it arrive: It may have been the maiden flight, but the Embraer 190 Aeromexico Jet came with a fair number of passengers and executives to mark the moment of Mexico's first air link to Belize:

PGAI Full to Capacity - Where Will New Airlift Fit?
And, with this new flight, the Phillip Goldson International Airport is literally full to capacity. In fact, when Sun Country Airlines starts flying to Belize next year they will have to borrow space from another carrier. On Saturday we asked Tourism Minister Heredia - who is also the Civil Aviation Minister - what's the plan for future airlift - and seems kind of dicey:.. Hon. Manuel Heredia, Min. of Tourism: "The only problem that I have at this point is that I have been looking around at the expansion of the terminal of the airport and if we continue to bring airlines at the pace that we are going, then we will have to take a pause, or we will have to hold on for a while until we increase..."

Is Placencia Airport Active?
So, with all those known licensing issues about the PGIA - what are we to make of recent activity at the Placencia Airport in Riversdale? Commercial jets have been landing there recently and we asked Herredia about it:.. Jules Vasquez, reporter: "Recently the Placencia airport at Riversdale was activated for a SICA meeting. It raised some eyebrows, because you have a number of jets from Tag Airlines flying with people to attend this COMISCA meeting in Placencia. Was that authorized? What is the authority on that? How does that work?"

Robbers Target Businessman, He Pulls Gun
And from the talk of airports, we turn back to other incidents of crime which happened over the weekend. On Sunday night, a Belize City based Chinese businessman and his employee were held up outside his store by armed robbers. The businessman pulled his licensed weapon fired at their assailants, but he ended up injuring his employee inside. It happened at around 9:00 on Sunday night at Tommy's wholesale on Central American Boulevard. The owner, Xi Lee, and his workman, Chester Humes were wrapping up business when 2 robbers grabbed hold of Humes.

Two Men Electrocuted When Trimming Trees
2 men from the Cayo District are in a critical condition at the KHMH tonight after they got electrocuted by one of the BEL high tension wires in Roaring Creek Village. William Escobar and Mandeo Umaña were trying to clear away trees on a compound near the Westar Gas Station, and one of those felled trees pulled down the high-tension wire, which electrocuted them. Police told us more: ACP Joseph Myvette - Head, NCIB: "On Saturday, police were called to an area in Roaring Creek, near the Westar Gas Station, where it was reported that 2 persons, namely William Escobar, 20 years, and Mandeo Umana were cutting trees inside the compound when one of those trees fell on the high tension wire in the area, which caused both of them to be electrocuted.

Camalote Woman Run Over By Hit And Run Driver
A 58 year old woman is at the KHMH after she was run over in Camalote last night. It was a hit and run. Carol Orellano was heading home after visiting her aunt when a vehicle hit her near the primary school. Her cousin told us more about what happened. Shelly Matute, cousin: "She was here. She came to look for my mom, because my mom is her aunt. On her way going back, we didn't even know what happened, it's when we see the vehicles stopping out there we came out. When I ran out there I saw someone on their face..."

A Registry For Sex Offenders
Belize now has a database of registered sex offenders, and with it, the Ministry of National Security will be able to track persons convicted of sexual offenses. It was made possible through an amendment to the Criminal Code, which the parliament passed back in 2014. 4 years later, Government's Belize Crime Observatory is teaming up with UNDP and USAID to make this a reality. The Belize Sex Offenders Registry was developed under a project titled, Evidence based Information Management on Citizen Security in Central America, or InfoSegura for short. The project is funded by USAID and UNDP, and the authorities say that it was specifically designed to improve the quality of information for policy makers in Central American and the Dominican Republic.

Settlement Day In ‘Griga Was Reflective
Garifuna Settlement Day was observed yesterday all over the country - but the largest celebrations were held in the south. Dangriga - the town which is home to the largest number of Gariganu - was - as per tradition - the base for the official ceremonies where the state pays homage to the Garifuna's history and their contribution to so many spheres of Belizean culture and daily life. UDP Area Rep Frank Mena gave an impassioned address about his people persevering through adversity:..

San Pedro UDP Town Council and UDP Area Rep Have Water Ferry Beef
And while that was Dangriga Town, in San Pedro Town there's a dispute between the area rep and the Town Board. Actually there are probably quite a few disputes - even though both the area rep and the the town council are UDP. One dispute which was brought to our attention is a battle for control of the Municipal Pier. That's in the heart of the town where the water ferry service San Pedro Belize Express has its terminal. It's a huge operation - with a massive number of tourists passing through monthly - but our reports said they weren't paying rent to the Town Council for the pier. And, that's because the area rep and the mayor have a dispute over another PUP business interest who uses the pier.

Four Term Rep Will Face A Challenge
And in more proof of the beef with the town council, it looks like Herredia - who is a four term representative - may actually face a convention challenge from Gary Greif, who is a town councilor. Heredia told us it's an annoyance more than anything else:... Jules Vasquez, reporter: "It's convention season in the UDP. You are facing a contested convention. Are you concerned?" Hon. Manuel Heredia, Min. of Tourism: "Jules, you have to be concerned for anything. I hear that I am being challenged..."

BDF Solider Killed In Motorbike Collision
There were 2 fatal traffic accidents in Southern Belize over the long weekend. The first one happened on Friday night at around 7:00 between miles 91 and 92 on the Southern Highway. 35 year-old BDF solder Ruben Sho was riding his motorcycle, heading into Punta Gorda Town when he slammed head-on into a red Ford Ranger pickup. Police told us more today: ACP Joseph Myvette - Head, NCIB: "The first was reported in the Toledo District, which is on Friday, the 16th of November, sometime around 7 p.m. police was called to an area between miles 91 and 92 on the Southern Highway. Upon arrival, they saw a motorcycle..."

Bus With No Lights Causes Fatal Collision
Then on Saturday evening, at around 6:00, Pedro Shol, a resident of the Stann Creek Valley Road, was on his way home when he rear-ended a park bus that was sitting in his lane with no lights. Police say that the driver of the bus has been detained pending investigation for this accident: ACP Joseph Myvette - Head, NCIB: "On Saturday, the 17th of November, sometime around 6:40 p.m., Dangriga Police responded to an information of a fatal traffic accident between miles 10 and a half and 11 on the Stann Creek Valley Road, where upon arrival, a white passenger bus was seen northbound on the highway..."

UB President Says Security Will Have To Step Up
As we told you earlier, a security guard at the University of Belize's West Landivar campus was held up by armed robbers. Now, this is very concerning for the University and today president Clement Sankat told us they have to heighten the security at this campus as well as others. According to Sankat's information, 4 robbers entered the campus from the back - eluding the security guard stationed at the entrance. The men then held up the other security guard who was in the office. According to the police, the men were looking for guns but only made off with the guards personal items, not before assaulting the guard.

Minor Shot In Belmopan, Has Tall Tales About Circumstances
So, while the police continue to investigate this burglary at the UB Campus in Belize City, Belmopan cops don't know what to make of a shooting a 16 year-old minor. He showed up at the Western Regional Hospital yesterday evening at around 6:00 with a gunshot injury to the left calf, and multiple stories about how it happened.

15 Year old Raped At Uncle's House, After Socializing
So, while that 16 year-old boy remains under police guard for this mysterious shooting, Capital Cops are trying to get to the bottom of an alleged rape of 15 year-old girl. This weekend, she and her mother went to the Roaring Creek Police station to report to that she was socializing at a home in Camalote Village, and feeling ill, she went to lie down on one of the bedrooms. She reported that a man followed her into the room, and forced her to have intercourse against her will. Here's a bit more from the police spokesperson today:

Cab Driver Brutally Assaults, Attacks Minor
And, another man accused of an act of sexual violence against an underaged female was taken to court today. Thirty year old Tyrone Young, a taxi driver from Holy Emmanuel Street was accused of assaulting and robbing a 16 year old girl. The teenager - who is from Turneffe Island says that she was on West Canal Street when she caught Young's taxi and asked him to take her to Cran Street.

Belize Team Gets A Goal, Needed More
In last week Thursday's news, we told you how Belize's National Football Team, the Jaguars, were preparing to take on the Puerto Rican National Team for the third match of the CONCACAF Nations League Tournament. That game happened on Friday night at the Isidoro Beaton Stadium, and it was a must-win for Belize. The Jaguars managed to clutch a 1-nil victory with the only goal coming from Belize's Denmark Casey in the 31st minute of the match.

They Played It Perfectly in Peini
WE LEAVE YOU WITH FOOTAGE OF THE YURUMEI OR RE-ENACTMENT FROM Punta Gorda courtesy NICH. It was history and celebration all wrapped in one…we leave you with that - AND YOU CAN join me back here tomorrow.

Channel 5

Corozal Resident Shot and Killed in Salvapan
Four persons lost their lives to gun violence and road traffic accidents over the extended weekend. There was also a string of robberies and shootings across the Old Capital and [...]

Belize City Barber Shot and Killed on Nineteenth Weekend
Twenty-one-year-old Eric Staine was shot and killed on Sunday night in the vicinity of Krooman Road near the George Price Highway.  The young barber lost his life in a hail [...]

Belize City Minor Shot in Belmopan
Police say a sixteen-year-old boy suffering from gunshot injuries is hospitalized at the Western Regional Hospital in Belmopan. The minor has shared conflicting reports about what led to his injuries [...]

Belize City Resident Survives Shooting
A Belize City man was shot on Sunday night sometime around eight-fifteen.  Stephan Tablada was hit with a single bullet to the right calf as he entered his home on [...]

A Foiled Robbery in the City; Businessman Shoots at Robbers
An attempted robbery at Tommy’s Wholesale on Central American Boulevard in Belize City has left one man injured. On Sunday night, sometime just before nine-thirty, police were called out to [...]

B.D.F. Soldier Killed in Road Traffic Accident in the South
Two persons also lost their lives in separate traffic accidents over the extended weekend. On Friday night, around seven o’clock, between miles ninety-one and ninety-two on the Southern Highway, a [...]

Motorcyclist Perishes in RTA on Stann Creek Valley Road
Another motorcyclist lost his life on Saturday shortly before six p.m. around mile ten and a half on the Stann Creek Valley Road.  The victim has been identified as thirty-three-year-old [...]

American National Rescued on Flooded Buena Vista Road
An American national is lucky to be alive tonight. Jack Turner was saved by police and rescue teams after rushing waters swept him off the Buena Vista Road in Spanish [...]

Camalote Woman Hospitalized Following Hit and Run
Thirty-five-year-old Carol Orellana was knocked down in Camalote Village and up to news time, she remains hospitalized recovering at the Western Regional Hospital in Belmopan. Earlier today at its weekly [...]

Cabinet Discussed Sanctuary Belize Multimillion-Dollar Scam
In 2017, a multimillion dollar investment was supposed to give way to a world-class tourism development in Belize, but the Puerto Azul project turned out to be nothing more than [...]

Former Prime Minister Weighs in on Sanctuary Bay Scam
…and while we wait to hear from Prime Minister Barrow, former Prime Minister Said Musa has weighed in on the matter. Musa, who is also a seasoned attorney, has been [...]

AeroMexico Touches Down in Belize
An AeroMexico E-one-ninety airplane touched down at the Philip Goldson International Airport on Saturday, becoming the first direct non-stop flight from Mexico City to Belize.  AeroMexico is Mexico’s global airline [...]

Aircraft for Wealthy Guats Land at Marco Caruso’s Airstrip
Earlier in the month, eyebrows were raised after two aircrafts landed at the privately owned, Marco Caruso’s airstrip on the Placencia peninsula. It so happens that the planes were for [...]

Heredia to Gary: Creep, Don’t Run
The United Democratic Party is in the middle of its convention season with dates and candidates having been established for eleven divisions prior to the Port Loyola Convention on November [...]

Minister Heredia and S.P. Town Council at Odds over Payment Pier Fee
Gary Grief is not the only person who Minister Manuel Heredia Junior is not seeing eye-to-eye with.  There is presently a disagreement with the San Pedro Town Council over the [...]

A National Parenting Guide is Launched on Children’s Day
A parent’s comprehensive guide to raising children, it’s a publication that was launched earlier today to coincide with Universal Children’s Day.  The Government of Belize, the National Committee for Families [...]

Sex Offenders Registry Cometh
For years now, there have been talks about compiling and maintaining a sex offenders registry. An official move from the government was taken back in 2014 when the National Assembly [...]

15-year-old Raped; 1 Person Detained
A fifteen-year-old girl reported to police that she was raped. Sometime after four-thirty on Saturday evening, the girl and her mother visited the Roaring Creek Police Station where the minor [...]

2 Men Critical at K.H.M.H. after They Were Electrocuted
Two men were electrocuted while they were cutting trees in Roaring Creek. According to police, the two persons were working near the Westar Gas Station when they received life threatening [...]

Security Guard Robbed at UB West Landivar Campus
On Monday, November nineteenth, three men, one of whom was armed, robbed the security guard posted at the University of Belize compound on Chancellor Avenue in Belize City.  The men [...]

17-year-old Belize City Resident Charged for Unitedville Robbery
On Friday, we reported on a robbery at Yi Long store in Unitedville.  Today, police say that they have arrested and charged a seventeen-year-old from Belize City for the crime. [...]

Guns Stolen from a House in Valley of Peace
There are two more guns on the street after burglars made off with a nine-millimetre pistol and one hundred live rounds of the same caliber as well as a twelve [...]

2 Armed Men Hold up Tacos Vendor in O.W.
On Sunday afternoon, two men attempted to rob a tacos vendor in Orange Walk Town.  One of the robbers was armed with a handgun, but quick response from the police [...]

Sportscasters James Adderley with the Weekend Stats
Good evening, I’m James Adderley and this is Sports Monday.  


Another 95 Neals Pen Road Shooting
In September, brothers, 35-year-old Jermaine Garbutt and 45-year-old Everal Neal were shot to the knee and leg socializing outside their house at 95 Neal Pen Road. Their assailant was on a motorcycle. That shooting, the police suspected was a spillover from a stabbing incident at the Pier One Bar in BTL Park where their nephew …

Minor shot twice but has several stories
The country is celebrating Children’s Day today but one Belize City kid found himself in police guard while suffering from two gunshot wounds. The Head of the National Crimes Investigation Branch, Joseph Myvett says the 16-year-old minor could not keep a straight story as to where he was, or who he was with when he …

Three injured in weekend robberies
A series of robberies was reported over the long holiday weekend. Two of them resulted in persons sustaining gunshot injuries. Reporter Dalila Ical reports. Wilfredo Ferrufino: “One man has been released from the Hospital into Police custody as Officers investigate the robbery of Ye long Store in United Ville Village. Assistant Commissioner of Police Joseph …

12 people homeless following house fire in Dangriga
Fire officials are investigating the cause of a fire that has destroyed two homes and displaced twelve people in Dangriga, Stann Creek District. Reporter Dalila Ical and Stann Creek Correspondent, Harry Arzu joined forces to gather the details. Dalilah Ical: “Shortly after 1 o’clock on Saturday morning a fire broke out in Dangriga and destroyed …

Children’s Day
Today is International Children’s Day which was established by the United Nations over fifty years ago in the hopes of making the world a better place for children. Additionally, twenty-nine years ago to date the Convention on the Rights of the Child was adopted by the UN General Assembly. Denise Robateau, Early Childhood Development and …

NCFC launches parenting guide
This morning the National Committee for Families and Children, NCFC launched the national parenting guide entitled The Art of Parenting. The launch took took place at the Best Western Plus Belize Biltmore Plaza in Belize City. Love News was there and spoke with Diana Pook, Civic Education Coordinator at the Ministry of Human Development who …

Elderly woman knocked down; driver flees the scene
An elderly woman is hospitalized with severe injuries after she was hit by a vehicle in Camalote Village, Cayo District. Correspondent Fem Cruz has the story. Fem Cruz Correspondent: A hit and run traffic incident last night just after 7 o’clock almost in front of the Good Start Preschool in Camelotte Village left 58 year …

Retired Colonel George Lovell addresses police officers’ transfers
Senior officials in the Belize Police Department sought to transfer several officers from the Orange Walk Police Formation following the massive drug bust in September. In that bust, two officers, including the commander for the area, Superintendent David Chi and Police Constable Norman Anthony were arrested in connection with the incident. This was met with …

Young Barber Murdered
There were a few attempted robberies over the weekend where guns were involved. But there were two men who lost their life in incidents that the police have yet to find motives. The first victim was a 21-year-old man whom was well liked. The police say Eric Staine died five minutes after he was shot. …

Belize will soon get a DNA lab
At the top of our newscast we told you of the registry of sex offenders that was promised six years and still has not had a promising lift off. In that very same interview done in October 2012, there was talk of a DNA lab. Retired Colonel George Lovell noted, quote, “”The second of that …

Aeromexico makes inaugural landing in Belize
The first direct flight from Mexico City to Belize landed at the Philip Goldson International Airport on Saturday morning. The first arrival marks the start of the airline’s seasonal twice a week nonstop flight to Belize. Aeromexico’s flight 67 will be on Saturdays and Sundays, departing Mexico at 8:30 am and arriving at the Phillip S. W. Goldson International Airport at 10:30 am.

Flood waters drag vehicle off the road; driver survives
A 70-year-old, American tourist made it out alive this weekend after his vehicle was dragged off the road by flood waters in western Belize. Jack Turner was driving his vehicle on the Buena Vista/Spanish Lookout Road when he was forced off the road as he attempted to cross a flooded area. Eyewitness Marvin Esquivel spoke with Love News.

Murderer waited for victim to emerge from building
The second murder did not occur in the dead of night, but in broad daylight. The execution of a man originally from Corozal shocked residents of Belmopan. The police say Jermain Sanker’s assailant waited for him to leave a home to gun him down. Pauline Tillett Reports.

Teen Raped in Camalote Village
On Saturday, a minor was hanging out with her uncle and another man in Camalote Village. But what should have been a social and safe day for the girl ended with a brutal rape. The police questioned both the girl’s uncle and the man who is accused of raping her.

2 Men Electrocuted in Accident

Belize Reports to Human Rights Council
A delegation headed by the Chief Executive Officer in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, H.E. Patrick Andrews, presented Belize’s national report under the Third Cycle of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) to the Human Rights Council on November 12.

The Reporter

Two Persons Missing after Vehicle Slips off Flooded Culvert
Police now say that, contrary to their initial report, only one person was inside the vehicle that slipped off the flooded culvert crossing in the Buena Vista area of Cayo on Monday night. Investigators say that the American man who was rescued, Jack Moore, told them that he was the only one in the vehicle when it went under the water

There are reports that two masked men attempted to rob a Coast Guard officer, identified as Lee Busano, at knife-point near the Belmopan market about half an hour ago. The Officer reportedly managed to fight off both men and they ran off into the nearby bushes. We’ll keep following this story to see if a formal Police report is filed.

The Lauterpacht Report Part V
By: Harry Lawrence. For reasons that we shall set out, these arguments (by Guatemala) do not establish that Guatemala possesses at the present time any title to any part of the territory of Belize. In particular we take the view that even if every one, but the last of the elements in the Guatemalan arguments just set out were correct, Guatemala’s case would still founder on the rock of a rule well understood in international law and recently clearly stated by the iCJ in the Libya/Chad case, namely that a boundary, once established by treaty, possesses a life of its own, independent of the fate of the treaty. In these circumstances we have considered carefully the extent to which we would enter into the substance of all the Guatemalan arguments as hitherto advanced.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Teachers announce demonstration tomorrow in Benque Viejo
Teachers from Mount Carmel Primary School have planned a demonstration to be held tomorrow in Benque […]

Belize City minor detained for robbery at store in Unitedville, Cayo
Police have arrested and charged a 17-year-old minor for a robbery that occurred on November […]

National report on Belize presented to Human Rights Council
On November 12, a delegation headed by the Chief Executive Officer in the Ministry of […]

Fun activities in San Ignacio and Santa Elena this week
Looking for fun activities to participate in or attend this week in the Twin Towns […]


A taste of home at Island Buzz Café and Grill
Located at Fairdale Plaza on Coconut Drive, the café offers a cozy, friendly ambiance with a side of classic breakfast plates and lunch sandwiches, and of course, freshly brewed cup of Java. Island Buzz serves up good old ‘as close to home as possible’ cooking! Sausage, eggs and cheese biscuits, yum! Let’s not forget the gravy. Or a classic pancake breakfast with crispy bacon on the side. Their home-cooked beans were a home run for me – slow cooked to perfection. Breakfast at Island Buzz is a delight! Lunch options range from meatball subs to grilled Paninis and even a chef’s salad if you’re seeking healthier options. Pair any of these plates with fresh, natural juices or some locally roasted Caye Coffee.

I got paraded walking to Madison’s
Although it was a holiday I still did some morning work as I woke up to 75 emails and more video editing work. Still feeling shell-shocked from the large four day Ambergris Caye Clean Up Campaign, please click through and watch video footage if you have not seen it. Directors cut and disturbing bonus footage at the end of the article. I will be adding a supply list to my site shortly for those who want to help. We have a long road ahead of us to get all the garbage gone. I decided the best thing to do instead of crawling back into bed depressed over trash and sleeping the day away was to get outside. It turned out to be the best decision ever, as I was walking to my friend Madison’s place on the beach, I got paraded on front street. It lifted spirits, and I took a short video and a few pictures to share with you.

Beautiful Maria And Her New Fruit Stand
Maria has been a part of my life in San Pedro since I arrived here over 12 years ago. Whether I saw her every day (I lived across the street from her fruit stand for quite a while) or just every few months now that I’m on the other end of the island, she is always warm and smiling. Happy to see me. Maria’s fruit stand moved earlier this year – from just south of town across from the Yacht Club to her new locale – at the entrance to the Escalante/DFC area. And this is the first time I saw it…and her…since the move. Maria’s is so great for fresh juices and salsa but then I spotted this GORGEOUS guacamole!

International Sourcesizz

Caribbean academic says PetroCaribe deterred focus on renewables
A leading Caribbean academic says that while Venezuela's PetroCaribe initiative helped participating Caribbean Community (Caricom) countries get through a difficult patch, it also deterred investments in renewable energy. In 2005, Caracas developed an oil alliance with many Caribbean states to purchase oil on conditions of preferential payment. Eight years later, PetroCaribe agreed links with the Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas (ALBA) to go beyond oil and promote economic cooperation. “I think the record is clear: PetroCaribe reduced a lot of its members to debt-laden countries,” Professor Emeritus Anthony Bryan said, adding that by 2015, more than one-third of the external debt of Caricom members of PetroCaribe was owed to Venezuela.

Lionfish invasion in the Gulf of Mexico expected to worsen as the climate changes
Scientists battling coral reef deaths caused by warming ocean waters 100 miles off the coast of Galveston might now have another climate change problem to fight in coming decades: a proliferation of zebra-striped lionfish. Lionfish — brought to the U.S. from their Indo-Pacific home to stock aquariums and later dumped by owners unable to care for the constantly hungry vertebrate — have no known North American predators to stop their spread. As a result, they’ve been decimating reef populations from New York to Florida since the 1980s, arriving at the Gulf of Mexico’s Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary in 2011. And a recent study published in the Wilderness & Environmental Medicine journal suggests that venomous creatures like lionfish will become more prevalent as the oceans warm. ”They are the cockroaches of the sea,” said Michelle Johnston, a sanctuary research biologist. “They reproduce every four days and every four days they can release up to 50,000 eggs. Plus, nothing really eats them, they have venomous spines and the native fish are terrified of them.”


  • The Work of Glovers Reef Research Station, 4min. The opportunities to conduct research in Belize have been growing and if you ask about marine research, you’ll find out that those opportunities are endless. From mangroves to fin-fish, turtle and coral research, Belize has been recognized as an ideal location for these kinds of scientific work. In southern Belize, about forty-five kilometers off the coast; the Glover’s Reef Research Station carries out big research programmes and has been doing so since the mid nineteen nineties. The station aims to encourage long-term conservation and management of Belize’s barrier reef and has wider application to other coral reefs and marine protected areas in the region and rest of the world. On Wednesday, News Five took a trip out to the Glover’s reef Research Station to find out more. Andrea Polanco reports.

  • UNSERE MEGA VILLA IN BELIZE / South Water Caye, Hopkins, Villa Verano, 20min. Heute zeigen wir euch unsere Villa in Belize und besuchen die South Water Caye und Hopkins.

  • Snorkel Small Island of Belize, 7min.

  • Belize - Xunantunich und Cahal Pech bei San Ignacio, 2min. Die dritte Station auf dem Belize Trip: San Ignacio. Abgesehen von der Stadt selbst könnt ihr von hier aus super Ausflüge nach Xunantunich, Cahal Pech und der ATM Cave machen. Leider darf man in der Cave nicht mehr mit Kamera rein, deswegen haben wir hiervon keine Aufnahmen

  • Garifuna Settlement Day in Punta Gorda, Belize 19 November 2018, 40min. 6:00am Yurumei. Garifuna Settlement Day. Re-enactment of the arrival of the first Garinagu to the shores of Belize.

  • Jarrell Miller vs Bogdan Dinu Full Fight, 20min. Jarrell Miller vs Bogdan Dinu incase you missed it

  • Channel 5 Obituaries, 2.5min.

  • Department of Environment - Phasing out of Plastics / Styrofoam Food Containers & Utensils, 28min.

  • The Ms. Universe pageant takes place on December 16th in Thailand, 17min. The Ms. Universe pageant takes place on December 16th in Thailand where beauty ambassadors from across the world will be vying for the coveted title. Today we took some time to chat with Jenelli Fraser, Ms. Universe Belize, about how she is preparing to take this journey to represent the jewel.

  • Universal Children's Day - Child Advisory Body Belmopan, 23min. he international community celebrates today as Universal Children's Day. It is a day to reflect on our responsibilities to children as the youngest citizens and the future of our nation. She were joined by members of the Child Advisory Body Belmopan to talk about an inspirational video they have produced to advocate for the rights of children. On our couch: Solé Meighan - Member, Child Advisory Body Belmopan. Kaithlinn Cabañas - Member, Child Advisory Body Belmopan. Zalika Henderson - Member, Child Advisory Body Belmopan.

  • Woody and a Reef Shark in Belize, 2.5min.

  • Kokumba Beach Belize, 8.5min.

  • Spotted eagle ray Belize, 1min.

  • ICJ Lecture | Live From University of Belize Auditorium | MFA Referendum Belize, 2.5hr.

  • Bird with head tumor!!!, 1/2min. Poor crow had a head tumor!!