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Belize’s Position on the Outbreak of E. coli Infections Linked to Romaine Lettuce
Based on a health alert from the United States Centre for Disease Control regarding an outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli O0157:H7 (E. coli O157:H7) associated with romaine lettuce, BAHA and the Ministry of Health advise consumers not to eat any romaine lettuce. Retailers and restaurants should not serve or sell any imported from the U.S.A. and Canada until more information becomes available.
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San Pedro's 34th Township Anniversary
Don't miss out on the 5% discount on Trade License renewal....tomorrow only!
It's back! Take advantage of this promotion! In honor of San Pedro's 34th Township Anniversary, the San Pedro Town Council is offering a 5% discount on Trade License fees for 2019. Please be reminded that you must fill out a renewal form prior to paying your 2019 fee.
Food Handler's Class on Caye Caulker
For those interested in getting a food handlers permit or want to renew yours; a class will be held on December 6 2018.
For more info contact 6104707.
Children's Comparsa Workshop in Corozal
Comparsa training for children December 17 - 19th! We invite children ages 8 - 13 to get creative and have fun with our Belizean folklore theme. The workshop will prepare children in presenting at the Juan Carnaval event in early March 2019. Message, call 422-0071 or visit the House of Culture to register. The workshop is free.
Corozal Christmas Bram 2018
December 23rd, 5pm at Corozal Central Park. Put together with lots of love this event builds on the tradition of celebrating and “bramming” throughout communities in Belize but especially those of the Kriol(Creole) villages.
In the past revelers would traverse the streets during Christmas going from house to house singing and dancing in the street. One of the other interesting aspects of the celebration was the pulsating rhythms of traditional Brokdong music. Instruments would include the jawbone of an ass(donkey), fork and grater, the Gombay drum, mouth organ and the accordion to name a few. Synonymous with Brokdong music is the call and response songs narrating stories of the past in oftentimes in a fun and satirical fashion.
Water outage in parts of Santa Elena Wednesday
Belize Water Services informs its customers in parts of Santa Elena and surrounding areas that there will be an interruption in the water supply, Wednesday, November 28, 2018, starting at 1:00pm. The areas to be affected are Santa Elena Town and Esperanza.
This interruption is necessary for the installation of new culvert crossing. Due to the upgrades, customers may experience low pressure and/or discoloration when water is restored.
Residents of these or nearby areas are advised that water supply should return to normal by 11:00pm.
Government of the Republic of China (Taiwan) Continues to Contribute to the Infrastructure Development of Belize
Today in Belize City, His Excellency Remus Li-Kuo Chen, Ambassador of the Republic of China (Taiwan) to Belize, presented a bilateral cooperation grant to the Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow, Prime Minister and Minister of Finance and Economic Development of Belize. The grant is in the sum of US$4 million.
The grant is for the year 2018 under the Bilateral Cooperation Program between the two countries. The purpose of the grant is to assist the overall development of Belize, particularly in the development of transportation infrastructure.
Belizean buses will soon return to their old routes in Chetumal en route to the New Market "Lázaro Cárdenas" transporting Belizeans to Chetumal
Belize and Chetumal municipality authorities are in discussion to see how to reactivate the enroute to chetumal with the Belizean buses that was removed from them on the last administration and relocated them at the New Market. According to the information provided by the the New Market merchants, their sales would increase if Belizeans returns to the site. Since the removal of the buses coming from Belize, they had a dicreased on there sales when visitors purchased their products in restaurants, lunch shops, clothing and footwear, among other inputs. As that said, the possibility is already being analyzed in the City Council of Othon P. Blanco, who are in the best disposition to help with the economic reactivation of the commercial sector and what lies better with this decision to recover that place of the Belizean buses.
The FCD Youth Environmental Group and Todos Por Un Mundo Verde members met in Poptun, Peten
To strengthen youth environmental actions. This initiative was possible through the British High Commission Office in Belize.
The Creole Brukdong Festival
Dec 14 at 5 PM – Dec 16 at 8 PM,
Hosted by Belize Music Agency. Produced by
CREOLE BRUKWDOWN MOVEMENT.
A Three day Festival,
1st Opening Night (The Tacari Gala) Fri. 14 Dec.
2nd The Sea Food Sare Night Sat 15. Dec.
3rd The Bol up Night Sun. 15 Dec.
Daddy Dean isn’t Going Anywhere, Anytime Soon
If you watched the news on Friday, you might have seen our Jules Vasquez asking Prime Minister Dean Barrow about a mysterious special meeting he'd had on Wednesday with a majority of Cabinet Ministers. The contingent notably did not include aspirants for leader Patrick Faber and John Saldivar. We knew there was something major afoot, but, in our interview, the PM didn't let on too much - he would only say it was about next Tuesday's Cabinet meeting - which we now know, will be a game-changer.
We have learned that last Wednesday's gathering was pivotal, because it was all about how long Prime Minister Dean Barrow will remain at the helm before stepping aside and handing over to a successor. 7News has learned from multiple sources that 15 Cabinet ministers have asked the PM to stick around as long as possible, and that could mean right up to the date when he calls the 2020 election and dissolves parliament.
Guatemalan Executed out West, Police have no Clear Answers
A Guatemalan man was shot dead over the weekend. Yesterday afternoon, police found his body about 50 meters within Belize, near Suchitan, Melchor. The victim is 26 year old Jairo Alfaro. He had no identification cards on him but our information is that his common law wife identified him. Today at the press briefing, police said they don't have much background on Alfaro.
ACP Joseph Myvett, Head, NCIB:
"Benque police was called to an area north of Benque Viejo Town along the Belize Guatemala border which would be somewhere in the area of the Xunantunich Mayan site which is across the Mopan river, where upon arrival the lifeless body of a Hispanic male was seen in some bushes..."
8 Miles Couple Survives Shooting at their Home
So, while Cayo cops try to piece together that western border murder case, Belize City police are investigating the strange shooting of a middle-aged man and woman.
It happened at around 2 o'clock on Sunday morning at their 8 miles home. 48 year-old Vilma Robinson and 38 year-old Erick McLarly were asleep inside their home when a gunman sprayed their house with a barrage of bullets. Both Robinson and McLarly were injured to their legs, and they had to be rushed to the KHMH for emergency medical treatment.
Ontario Hilltop Home Invader Charged
A man has been charged for the brazen early morning Ontario home invasion. He is Glenford Patterson. As we have reported, an American woman was at home with her kids on Wednesday morning when robbers broke in, held them hostage, assaulted her and her son and then stabbed one of the caretakers. Police gave us an update today.
ACP Joseph Myvett, Head, NCIB:
"In relation to the aggravated burglary which has occurred earlier last week in Ontario Village, police have since arrested and charged one Glenford Patterson, 26 year old for the laborer of Ontario village for the crime of aggravated burglary, Attempt Murder, Use Of Deadly Means of Harm and Dangerous Harm."
Police Charge Man for Salvapan Murder
Police have also charged a Belmopan resident for Jermain Sanker's murder. He is 27 year old Elquine Hernandez. As we have reported, Sanker was parked outside a Panama street home when a man shot him dead. Here is more from police.
ACP Joseph Myvett, Head, NCIB:
"Police have since arrested and charged one Elquine Hernandez, 27 years Belizean laborer of a Belmopan address for the crime of murder."
"Has this resulted in a motive being unraveled?"
ACP Joseph Myvett, Head, NCIB:
"Not at this time, we are still working on the investigation."
No More Holiday for Mount Carmel Kids, Classes Resumed Today
Classes resumed today at Mount Carmel Primary School in Benque. As we showed you on Friday, the teachers took to the streets to protest because three of them had not been paid for their services. Well, that is all being resolved. According to the principal, Ana Pech who has been teaching at the school for 29 years will be paid for the last two months and she will keep her job at the school for now. As it relates to Roberto Valencia, he will be paid or the three months he worked as a replacement teacher.
Progress for the PSU: Their Land to be Restored
And just as the Mount Carmel school teachers have started to iron out their salary issues, things are shaping up pretty well for the PSU and their hilltop property. As we told you last week, the PSU met with the Prime Minster and the PM assured them that they will get back their land. The PSU sent out a press release last week stating "The meeting with the PM was amicable and the PSU is pleased to announce that progress has been made." It continues by saying "an agreed position was tabled by the Prime Minister which proposes the acquisition and transfer of the property by the Government of Belize from Simplex Design LTD. Thereafter, the Government of Belize and the Public Service Union shall agree on a methodology for the legal transfer to the PSU."
Robbers Stab “Bullet” for Money
The last time we heard about taxi-driver Roy "Bullet" Craig was in January. He was charged with sexual assault after police caught him with a 16 year-old boy in a hotel room. Well, early this morning after 1:00, he was the one who was assaulted in his Partridge Street apartment. He reported that he was asleep when he was awakened by noise. 3 men then approached him and demanded money.
Buh-Bye Murder Charge; Men Walk Free
Today two men walked free from a murder charge. 26 year old Jed Burgess and 23 year old Micah Tillett were acquitted of the shooting death of 21 year old Jamal Neal. This is after Supreme Court Justice Marilyn Williams upheld submissions from their attorneys. Richard "Dickie" Bradley, attorney for Burgess, and Senior Counsel Ellis Arnold, representing Tillett, argued that Senior Crown Counsel prosecutor Sheneiza Smith presented insufficient evidence of her case which she closed today.
Duo Charged for Lord’s Bank Aggravated Burglary
A man and a teenager were charged with aggravated burglary today before Magistrate Emerson Banner. He is 28 year old Glenford Diego and the boy is 16 years old boy. They pleaded not guilty to the charge. They were remanded into custody until January 28, 2019.
The incident happened on November 23rd at the Lord's Bank home of former Fire Chief Henry Baizar. His wife, Carolyn Baizar, reported to the police that as she was coming out of her front door, a masked man came running from behind the house with an object in his hand that resembled a firearm.
No Sisterly Love: Woman Charged for Big Sis Death
On Friday we told you about Isela Cano, the 23 year old San Juan villager charged for killing her big sister, 27 year old Keidi Yesenia Ramirez. Today, Cano went to court in Independence charged for manslaughter. The women's parents - who were initially detained - were released on Friday without charge. This after caution statements showed that Cano and her parents had tied Keidi Ramirez to her bed. Cano is the one who allegedly gagged her sister - which it is believed led to her death. Police are still investigating the post mortem results which show that Ramirez had damage to her pancreas consistent with a traumatic blow or blows.
No Sign of Orange Walk Elderly Woman
An elderly Orange Walk woman is missing and her family is very worried for her safety. 68 year-old Marta Gonzalez travelled to the Stann Creek District to conduct business and hasn't returned home.
Her 37 year-old son told police that she left home in San Felipe Village last week Friday to sell cheese in Dangriga, but up until today, they haven't heard anything from her.
Blame it on the Alcohol: Man Walks into Oncoming Traffic
Tonight, Jeronimo Valle, a 59 year-old Salvadoran continues to recover from minor injuries he suffered yesterday evening. This is after he was knocked down in Belmopan.
Police say that the reports they received suggests that Valle was under the influence of alcohol, and he was staggering, while walking on Costa Rica Street Extension. Somehow, Valle walked right in front of an oncoming vehicle which ran him over, and continued along the way, as if nothing happened.
“Leave me in Peace” Fisherman Fed Up with Police Harassment
Last week, 56 year-old Mark Terry, a fisherman from Belize City, visited our 7News office to complain about what he describes as police harassment. He says that several decades ago, he left Belize to live in California, but has been back home for many years now.
And according to Terry, he's being harassed by police who he believes are wrongly profiling him as a criminal. He says that he's been going fishing at Rock Park for several months, and that's when the sustained police intimidation started. That's until several days ago, when he had an escalated confrontation with a police officer over a borrowed machete that he was trying to return to its owner.
Columbia River Reserve: Conservation Area for Cannabis Cultivation?
Cannabis cultivation continues in the Columbia Forest Reserve in Punta Gorda. If you remember our exclusive feature on the countrywide weed plantation destruction, this area is a prime location to plant weed because it is hidden and remote. Well, the BDF and Punta Gorda quick response team were still able to find a weed field. The team were on a 5 day operation in the area which started last week Tuesday and ended on Saturday. They found the plantation on Thursday. There were 2000 mature plants averaging 5ft in height.
Police Confiscate Cannabis Up North
While that was down south, on Friday up north, police found more weed in a plantain field in Xaibe Village, Corozal. They found 11 pounds of weed and they were labeled as found property.
Also on Friday in Corozal, police found 2 pounds of weed in a plastic bag in the Dominguez Layout area. The drugs were also labeled as found property.
Jules Vasquez on Special Reporting tour in Hague, Netherlands
A contingent of 9 Belizean Journalists are in the Hague, Netherlands. It's a media tour to the seat of the International Court of Justice - and our News Director Jules Vasquez is there. He tells us what it's about:..
Tomorrow, the delegation is scheduled to visit the Peace Palace which is the headquarters for the ICJ. Today was spent speaking to senior diplomats and international lawyers who have appeared before the ICJ. None of them wished to appear on camera, or to speak on the record - not wishing to appear to be taking sides, or to offend Guatemala.
Explorers to Dive the Depths of the Blue Hole
The Blue Hole - even if you've never been there, chances are you know what it is. It remains one of the main attractions of Belize's marine protected areas - simply put, it is magnificent and it continues to draw much interest both scientifically and for tourism. But the upcoming expedition organized by some of the top explorers in the world will take you deep inside it like never before. In a week's time, the Discovery Channel will broadcast a trip to the very bottom of the hole, 407 feet down, in two submarines. The lead explorers are Sir Richard Branson and Fabien Cousteau. This afternoon, we spoke to the men in charge of the expedition.
More Road Works Thanks to Taiwan
Belize collected eight million dollars from our friends in the Republic of China (Taiwan) today as part of the countries' bilateral cooperation program. It is intended to assist the development of transportation infrastructure. A GOB press release states that the funds will be used for its ongoing work on rehabilitating the Philip Goldson Highway between Belize City and Haulover Bridge; rehabilitation of the Hummingbird Highway, and upgrading of streets and drains in Southside of Belize City. Prime Minister Dean Barrow received the grant from the Taiwanese ambassador to Belize, His Excellency Remus Li-Kuo Chen.
Missing Fishermen Return Home Safely
There was both joy and relief for the families of thirteen fishermen on Saturday morning. The fishermen had set sail fifteen days ago from Copper Bank and during that time, [...]
Socializing in Melchor, Guatemalan Man Ends Up Dead in Belize
While the fishermen are safe and sound, a Guatemalan national was shot and killed in the Cayo District over the weekend. On Sunday afternoon, twenty-six-year-old Jairo Alfaro was found in [...]
A Sleeping Couple Awoken By Gunshots Inside Their Bedroom
A couple is lucky to be alive tonight after narrowly escaping with their lives when a hail of bullets was fired into their home in the early hours of Sunday [...]
2 Men Acquitted of 2013 Murder
Two men are enjoying their freedom tonight after spending five years behind bars for murder. Twenty-three-year-old Micah Tillett and twenty-five-year-old Jed Burgess were acquitted of the 2013 murder of twenty-one-year-old [...]
Belize City Resident Charged with Drug Trafficking
In the lower courts, twenty-nine-year-old Aaron Lindo was arraigned for the crime of drug trafficking. Lindo, who was unrepresented, appeared before Magistrate Emmerson Banner and pleaded not guilty to trafficking [...]
Demystifying the I.C.J. Overview
A pool of Belizean journalists is in The Hague, Netherlands for one week. The group representing seven media houses and the Government Press Office includes our Marleni Cuellar. They arrived [...]
Former High Commissioner for Belize to UK Speaks Out Against UDP Christmas Cheer
Former High Commissioner for Belize to UK, Kamela Palma is speaking out against the Christmas Cheer by the U.D.P. Administration. Palma has been living in Punta Gorda since she vacated [...]
A Suspect is Arrested and Charged for the Salvapan Murder of Jermain Sanker
At their press briefing today, police also provided updates in respect of a string of violent activities in the west and south. Jermain Sanker, a resident of Corozal, lost his [...]
Isela Cano is Charged for the Death of Keidi Ramirez in San Juan
The tragedy involving Honduran national Keidi Ramirez has resulted in the arraignment of her sister who has been charged with manslaughter. The twenty-six-year-old resident of San Juan Village was found [...]
Glenford Patterson is Charged with Ontario Home Invasion
Fifty-five-year-old Simeon Alvaro Perez was brutally attacked and stabbed as many as twelve times during a home invasion last Wednesday. The caretaker had just arrived at work at the DeYoung [...]
U.D.P. Ministers Want PM to Stay a Bit Longer
There is political intrigue to report tonight and it has to do with the retirement of Prime Minister Dean Barrow. For some time it had been known that the PM [...]
Denny Grijalva Victorious in U.D.P. OW Central Convention
The battle among three candidates to represent the Orange Walk Central constituency for the United Democratic Party ended on Sunday evening with incumbent Denny Grijalva defeating Yvette Liu Torres and [...]
Tacos Lovers Rejoice at Tacos Fest 2018
Orange Walk Town is known for its tacos and tacos lovers from across the country can attest that the tacos of ‘Shuga City’ are the best. This is why Dillon [...]
An Elderly Cheese Vendor Goes Missing En Route to Dangriga
Tonight, the family of an elderly woman from San Felipe Village in the Orange Walk District continues a desperate search for their loved one whom they reported missing on Sunday. [...]
Police Station in San Pedro Columbia Inhospitable
The police station in San Pedro Columbia is inhospitable. This is according to Toledo West Area Representative, Oscar Requeña, and the pictures he showed parliamentarians on Friday during the Sitting [...]
Toledo West Roads Are Difficult to Traverse
Area Representative for Toledo West Oscar Requeña also spoke on the state of public roads in his constituency. It’s a topic that Requeña speaks on during the adjournment of every [...]
Cordel Hyde Wants GOB to Take Control of Boledo Franchise
And while Oscar Requeña demanded that the Government repair the deplorable roads in his constituency, Lake I Area Rep., Cordel Hyde, is demanding that the government re-take control of boledo. [...]
Export Processing Zone Act to be Repealed, Replaced
On Friday, the Government introduced a bill to repeal and replace the Export Processing Zone Act. The revised act seeks to facilitate investment, production of value-adding enterprises and ensure compliance [...]
Aquatica Submarine to Conduct Blue Hole Expedition
Aquatica Submarines has teamed up with businessman and philanthropist Richard Branson, documentary filmmaker and ocean conservationist Fabien Costeau and the Roatan Institute of Deep Sea Exploration to do an expedition to the [...]
UWI Hosts Panel Discussion on Gender Based Violence
The annual sixteen days of activism was launched in Belize City last Friday, under the theme, “#HearMeToo – End Violence against Women and Girls!” As part of the global campaign, [...]
Gender-based Violence – A Cultural Issue that Needs to be Changed
According to Jane Bennett, the issue of gender-based violence is cultural, a bad behaviour, that needs to be changed and will take a village to change. Jane Bennett, Head, [...]
Sporting Activities over the Weekend with James Adderley
Good evening, I’m James Adderley and this is Sports Monday. [Highlights of the weekend sporting activities...]
Southern Village goes Solar
Reusable and clean energy are some of the discussion topics when speaking about climate science and adaptation to climate change. Rather than use carbon-based fuels which emit greenhouse gases, solar energy provides a clean alternative with a minimal environmental footprint. Residents from the south in Santa Elena Village are making the leap to solar. A …
LOVE News Reports on ICJ at the Hague in the Netherlands
A team of journalists from Belize are embarking on a US Embassy sponsored education about the International Court of Justice (ICJ). The group of journalists are at The Hague in the Netherlands. LOVE News very own Renee Trujillo is there and has sent this report. Rene Trujillo: “After twelve hours of flight and an estimated …
Son reports his Mom is missing
There were two persons reported missing over the weekend. However, only one of them has been recovered safe and sound. A fourteen-year-old minor was reported missing from November 23rd. His father, a resident of Yo Creek Village was very concerned but the youth has returned home safely. That same day another missing report was made, …
Couple shot while asleep
A couple was shot while asleep in their home at the 8 Miles community on Sunday. 48-year-old Vilma Robinson is recovering at home but her companion 38-year-old Erick McLarly remains hospitalized in stable condition. The couple was asleep in their home when someone crept up behind the house and fired several shots. At least five …
Police Arrest Belmopan Resident for Murder
The Police Department has also made a break in the November 19th murder of a Corozal resident who was killed in Belmopan. Jermain Sanker had walked out of a home at 1 Panama Street and got into a car in the Salvapan area, when he was shot as he sat in the driver’s seat. Assistant …
Toledo roads a “crisis” situation says PUP Toledo West Representative
At last Friday’s House Meeting, PUP Toledo West Area Representative Oscar Requena also rose to address a matter he described as a “crisis”. That concerns roads, which the Area Representative says are impassable. Using exhibits of several swamped roads, like that of the Blue Creek Road which connects over ten villages, Requena asked government to …
Several home invasion style burglaries plague communities
There were two other home invasion style assaults. Taxi Driver Roy “Bullet” Craig is back in the news but this time the 76-year-old finds himself a victim and not the accused. Craig was stabbed at least two times by one of three men who barged into his house on Sunday morning. There is no official police …
8th Annual Tacos Fest held in Orange Walk
Taco and meat lovers converged in Orange Walk Town on Sunday for the eight annual Tacos Festival. The Festival sees some fifty tacos vendors pool at the Banquitas House of Culture to sell a variety of tacos, including beef, pork, and the ever popular chicken tacos. Robert Usher, one of the organizer, says this year …
Two men acquitted of Murder
Two men were acquitted of murder today. 26-year-old Jed Burgess and 23-year-old Micah Tillett were accused of killing 21-year-old Jamal Neal, but they were acquitted of the charge today by Justice Marilyn Williams. Neal, a resident of Banak Street, was gunned down in the evening of September 13, 2013. Two men drove by on a …
Cruz emerged victorious as UDP Standard Bearer for O.W. Central Constituency
Denni Grijalva came to worldwide infamy in 2013 when heavy equipment from his business De-Mar’s Stone Company, demolished large portions of the central pyramid for limestone to fill roads in Douglas Village with gravel. The dust on Nohmul has settled and his political career has risen from the rubble. Grijalva is the new UDP Standard …
PUP Deputy Party Leader says government should take back Boledo
Following the adjournment of the Sitting of the House of Representatives on Friday, Cordel Hyde, PUP Area Representative for Lake Independence, addressed the matter of the monopoly on Boledo. The contract is currently held by Brads, and Hyde says that since it is soon up for renewal, the government should take it back into its hands.
Government introduces new tax bill
In the Sitting of the House of Representatives on Friday, the government introduced an amendment to the General Sales Tax. The amendment seeks to block tour operators from collecting monies the CCJ ordered the government to return to operators in October. That judgement was made when David Gegg of Cruise Solutions Limited took the Government to court to have tour services to cruise lines be declared zero rated. Cruise Solutions won the case and the Government was ordered to pay back over half a million dollars in taxes, a payment PM Barrow says he now wants to have blocked with the new bill.
Guatemalan National murdered 50 yards into Belize
Police are investigating the murder of a man whose body was discovered near Xunantunich about 50 yards from Melchor, Guatemala. Police visited the scene where they discovered the body of a man with gunshot wounds to the back of his neck and to the right, upper chest.
Arrest made for home invasion
Last week four masked and armed thieves had broken into the home of a thirty-six-year-old American woman and her two children in Ontario Village. During the home invasion, she was hit with a gun and her caretaker fifty-five-year-old Teakettle resident, Simeon Alvaro was beaten and stabbed.
Mount Carmel Primary School returns to normalcy
Last week, we brought you the story of the teachers of Mount Carmel Primary School in Benque Viejo Del Carmen Town, Cayo District, who took to the streets to protest the policies of the Ministry of Education.
Belizean stabbed and killed in Los Angeles, USA
21-year-old Belizean Rakeem Francis was stabbed and killed in Los Angeles, USA on Thanksgiving Day. L.A. police were called around 7:15 last Thursday night in an alley behind an apartment complex in Baldwin Hills, where Francis lived. Witnesses reported hearing an argument and a loud scream before Francis was found.
Fishermen reunited with families
Eleven fishermen, who were reported missing at sea, have been found alive and in good health in the vicinity of Turneffe Atoll. The Belize Coast Guard was deployed last week Thursday and it was not until Saturday they came across the vessel, Nayadia.
Roy ‘Bullet’ Craig stabbed
Taxi-man Roy ‘Bullet’ Craig, 77, is currently at the KHMH in stable condition after three men allegedly entered his home early Sunday morning and stabbed him. Craig went to the Mahogany Police Substation at 1:30am Sunday and told Police that three men entered his home by breaking the front door frame. He says the men demanded money, and when he told them he didn’t have any they stabbed him with a sharp object on his arm and back before leaving.
BELIZEAN JOURNALISTS AT THE HAGUE
As part of a special two-part project organized by the US Embassy, eight Belizean journalists and a cameraman are in Amsterdam, Netherlands to report back home on the role of the International Court of Justice (ICJ). The objective of the assignment dubbed, “From Fear to Facts; Demystifying the ICJ” is for us to get a better understanding of how the ICJ works, what types of disputes it presides over, how disputes are settled, and who are the parties that can come before the Court.
PUMA GAS STATION BURGLARY EARLY THIS MORNING
There are reports of an alleged burglary at the Puma Service Station located at the corner of the George Price Highway and Faber’s Road. It is not yet known what was taken, but Scenes of Crime personnel are on site.
Breaking Belize News
GOB borrows US $7 million more for George Price highway rehabilitation
During last Friday’s sitting of the House of representatives, the government introduced a motion to […]
Sixteen days of activism against Gender Based Violence launched
The Office of the Special Envoy for Women and Children, Kim Simplis Barrow, in collaboration […]
Belize and the ICJ procedures
On April 10, 2019, Belizeans will go to the polls to vote in favor of or […]
Taiwan grants Belize $8 million for infrastructure projects
Today in Belize City, His Excellency Remus Li-Kuo Chen, Ambassador of the Republic of China (Taiwan) […]
United Kingdom university planning to pay £200 million toward reparations
The Jamaican Gleaner is reporting that the University of the West Indies (UWI) will be […]
Belize’s Caribbean Tire to open outlet in Chetumal, Quintana Roo!
Caribbean Tires, a Belizean automotive company, is broadening its horizon and entering new markets. Mexican […]
Police issue official report on murder near Belize/Guatemala Border
Today, Belmopan police issued an official report on the death of Guatemalan national, Jairo Alfaro, […]
Man charged for murder in Belmopan
Today Belmopan police arrested and charged, Elquine Hernandez, 27, with the murder of Jermain Sanker. […]
Roy “Bullet” Craig, stabbed at home
At the start of this year, career taxi man, Roy Craig, 76, known to many […]
Authorities discover weed field in Columbia Forest Reserve, Toledo
It never made the news, but the Belize Defence Force and Punta Gorda Police recently […]
Shrimp truck crashes, bystanders steal shrimp boxes amidst tragedy!
Yesterday, a truck carrying shrimp for export careened off the Hummingbird Highway in Southern Belize. The […]
Jairo Alfaro, 26, shot and killed near western border
In Western Belize, authorities are investigating a case of murder. Just before 4 o’clock yesterday […]
10 interesting facts about the ICJ that you might not know
The principal judicial organ of the United Nations, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) settles […]
Placencia is a charming little seaside town found at the tip of a peninsula off the coast of mainland Belize.It’s fast becoming Belize‘s most desirable location as it fronts the gorgeous Caribbean Sea to the east and a resplendent freshwater lagoon, full of wildlife and with a view of the gorgeous Maya mountain chain, to the west.
The Placencia Peninsula, a 16-mile spit of land that parallels the mainland, offers scenery of vivid blue waters and pure white sandy beaches.
Often referred to as the “caye you can drive to”, Placencia is equipped with the same beauty and activity of the other Belize islands at a more relaxed pace. The palm tree lined beaches are nothing less than exquisite.
Top 10 Things to do in Placencia Village, Belize!
Whether you are on a quick vacation or you live here full time, it is great to remind yourself of all the unusual and unique things that bring people back again and again to Placencia. It is a very special place - remote and exotic, yet you will feel right at home, warmly welcomed, in this artistic and funky little village....
Before you do ANYTHING else in the Village....
1.) Walk the "loop" of the village. You can't get lost - follow the loop starting either on the main street or the sidewalk, takes about 30 minutes if you don't stop anywhere (but you will!) This loop allows you to see the whole village and get a feel for the tour booths, shops, restaurants, and bars that draw you in. As you are walking around, check out the local woodworking, have a coffee at Above Grounds (looks like a treehouse)...
Belize Bird Rescue - Avian Rescue and Rehabilitation Center
Belize Bird Rescue is a rehabilitation centre for birds in Belize. It was established in 2004 by Nikki Buxton and Jerry Larder. It started primarily as a facility for parrot rescue and rehabilitation but has expanded over the years to cater to all indigenous species of birds in Belize such as raptors, owls, water birds, and passerines. The organization is registered as an NGO and is situated on a privately owned 50 acre reserve, most of which is used to support avian rehabilitation. Nikki and Jerry are also the owner of Rock Farm Guest House.
Our time at Belize Bird Rescue was like no other. We got to see another point of view of a day in a birder’s life. Nikki and Jerry both have a passion for taking care of Belize’s birds, especially those that have been injured or handicapped.
ADO BUS FROM CANCUN TO BELIZE CITY
Belize is located just south of Mexico’s famed Yucatan Peninsula, so many travelers are interested in information on how to get from Cancún to Belize City or vice versa.
The cheapest option by far is to take the bus. The ADO Bus company operates the sole Cancún-Belize City route with an express service that operates each way twice per day.
From the main bus terminal in Cancún, the bus leaves at either 7:30 AM or 10:15 PM. The busstops at Playa del Carmen, Tulum, and then Bacalar before crossing the border into Belize. The bus also makes brief stops in Corozal Town and Orange Walk Town before arriving at the central bus terminal in Belize City. Transit time is approximately eight hours.
Going back, the bus departs Belize City at 11:00 AM and 7:30 PM with the same stops along the way, arriving at the Cancún airport approximately eight and a half hours later. To board the bus in Belize City, the fare is BZ$19, but you will need to pay the rest of the fare (roughly $40 USD) upon arrival in Cancún.
GLADDEN SPIT & SILK CAYE MARINE RESERVE
Just a few miles offshore of the Belizean mainland lies the vast archipelago of the Belize Barrier Reef, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the largest coral barrier reef system in the Western Hemisphere. Located on the outer edge of this reef is the Gladden Spit and Silk Cayes MarineReserve (GSSCMR), a protected conservation area that is ideal for enjoying snorkeling and scuba diving.
The GSSCMR measures over 25,000 acres (10,500 ha) in size and is located approximately 22 miles (36 km) due east of the Placencia Peninsula in southeastern Belize. Managed by the Southern Environmental Association, a local NGO, this area is one of the healthiest and vibrant marine ecosystems on the Belize Barrier Reef.
Gladden Spit is a small strip of uninhabited land that lies at the southernmost tip of a sunken atoll (a coral structure that formed around dry land but is now underwater).
CAVE DIVING IN BELIZE
People come from all over the world to scuba dive and snorkel in the crystal clear Caribbean waters of Belize. But some experienced divers who want a more challenging experience come to Belize in order to participate in cave diving or exploring submerged caves.
Only recommended for the very experienced divers, cave diving has always attracted adventure travelers. According to Ben Popik, a native of Brooklyn who moved to Belize eight years ago, cave diving offers thrills that can be found in no other sport. To enter some of Belize’s most popular diving caves, divers must negotiate narrow tunnels that go down more than 75 feet before opening up into spectacular underwater caverns that have only just begun to be explored and charted.
Belize’s geology is responsible for the abundant presence of caves across its territory. Much of Belize is built upon a layer of limestone, which is semi-porous to water, which eventually causes many caves to flood. The ancient Maya, which once dominated Belize, used caves and caverns both as natural cisterns to store freshwater as well as for religious ceremonies and believed that caves were gateways to the underworld of the gods.
UM Students Explore Food Insecurity and Delinquency in Belize
A team of University of Mississippi students and faculty recently traveled to Belize to learn more about the correlation between food insecurity and delinquency.
Under the leadership of Linda Keena, interim chair of legal studies, and Martha Bass, associate professor of health, exercise science, and recreation management, graduate students from the Department of Legal Studies went to the Central American nation to study the relationship between food insecurity and delinquency in youth.
Previous research indicated that delinquent behaviors are used as a coping strategy to increase household resources such as food.
Caribbean Farmers Prepare for Coconut Boom
Coconuts are a longtime staple of Caribbean cuisine, and practically an emblem of the region’s climate and culture. But a new international initiative is shifting coconut’s image to an icon for business process innovation, wealth generation and sustainable livelihoods.
In the last four years, the Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI) has been implementing a major regional project, working alongside the International Trade Center and stakeholders along the coconut value chain to transition the region’s small-scale operations to enterprise-level profitability in the global coconut industry.
Central America 2018, 10min. A beautiful journey through Mexico/Guatemala/Honduras/Belize..
Diving Belize, 26min.
Ambergris Caye Belize, 2min.
GEF Small Grants Programme on 25 years working with communities around the world to combat , min. Congratulations to the GEF Small Grants Programme on 25 years working with communities around the world to combat the most critical environmental problems!
The GEF Small Grants Programme has and continues to support the work of Ya'axché Conservation Trust and farmers in the Maya Golden Landscape to adopt climate smart farming practices.
Check out their new 25th anniversary video;
Ya'axché Conservation Trust is featured at minute 5:40. FoH section at minute 13 but all stories are great Belizean stories!
Óok'ostaj pool being perform in the Maya village of Cristo Rey Corozal, 1/2min.
Open Your Eyes 10th Anniversary Celebration, 2hr52min. Live performances by Superfuria Band, Nello Player, Max Revenue, Kyo D' Assassin and Cocono Bai.
Get married in The Great Blue Hole, 2.5min. With all the excitement with the exploring of one of the largest submerged sinkholes in the world, The Great Blue Hole, by businessman/philanthropist Sir Richard Branson, explorer Fabien Cousteau, grandson of Jacques Cousteau and other team members, Confetti is delighted to have been one of the first to plan and coordinate a once in a lifetime wedding there! We still get chills reminiscing the most stunning views we will ever get a chance to see!
Small Grants Programme Belize, 25 years of building future of shared visions, 20min.
Acción Deportiva, 60min.
Belizean Stew Pumpkin, 5min. Pumpkins are considered to be a superfood. Pumpkin pies are not really consumed in Belize, but they are stewed. Stew pumpkin is very easy to make, but packed with sweetness.