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Special Olympics Torch arrives in San Pedro
On Monday, December 13th the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) was held in San Pedro Town, bringing the Special Olympics Belize torch to the island. The torch had been carried around the country by members of the Belize Police Department in an effort to bring awareness to children with disabilities participating in the Belize Special Olympics every year. The activity also serves as an opportunity to raise funds for the annual event.
Mayor Daniel Guerrero, along with staff from The San Pedro Town Council joined the San Pedro Police Formation, members of the San Pedro Lions Club, students from primary and secondary schools along with members of the island’s Child Advisory Board in the parade. To the beat of a marching band, they marched with the torch through the main streets of downtown San Pedro.
The Caribbean Coconut Cup Hockey Championship
The Caribbean Coconut Cup Hockey Tournament took place this past weekend on Friday, November 30 to Saturday, December 1, 2018 at the San Pedro High School Auditorium.
It was a fun and exciting experience for many as they cheered on Belize's local team, San Pedro Buccaneers and Canada's finest, Canada's Tropical Knights.
Here are some pictures for your enjoyment.
Special Olympics Torch Parade In San Pedro
The Annual Law Enforcement Torch Run for the Special Olympics made it to San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize, on Sunday, December 2, 2018. This torch is paraded around the country by the police and other law enforcement officers in an effort to garner special attention to children with disabilities and the Belize Special Olympics, raising funds for the same organization.
The torch was paraded through the streets of San Pedro on Monday, December 3, 2018, carried by Mayor Daniel Guerrero and escorted by members of the San Pedro Police Department, San Pedro Lions Club, and students of San Pedro High School, San Pedro RC School, the San Pedro Child Advisory Board and Isla Bonita/SPHS Marching Band.
Misc Belizean Sources
Commencement Order - New Registers of Electors
The Elections and Boundaries Department is pleased to inform the public that pursuant to Section 9 of Representation of the People Act, the New Registers of Electors prepared as a result of the 2018 Re-registration of Electors Exercise (2nd July 2018 to 30th September, 2018) come into force effective 30th November, 2018 by virtue of a Commencement Order published in the Gazette.
The public is further informed that upon the coming into force of the New Registers of Electors, the old registers of electors shall stand repealed.
Ministry of Human Development Hosts Conference to Strengthen Social Protection System
The Ministry of Human Development, Social Transformation and Poverty Alleviation is hosting a Social Protection Conference entitled “From Flaws to Floors” from December 3rd to 7th, 2018. The conference comprises three events over the course of five days: “From Flaws to Floors” is the first in a series of conferences planned for 2018-2019 to increase the knowledge of national and civil society partners on key areas of social protection and explore a vision and path towards the development of a comprehensive and sustainable social protection floor for Belize.
Belize's Wonder Women! Michelle Ashanti Williams
For the month of December we are proud to announce that Michelle Ashanti Williams is our Belize Wonder Woman! Ms. Williams is an experienced yoga teacher trained in many forms of yoga like traditional Hatha, Trauma Informed, Children’s and Restorative Yoga. She credits Yoga, Mindfulness, Therapy and other forms of wellness for her ongoing recovery from depression and anxiety.
Michelle is also the proud founder of ROC - Rhythm of Change Belize (ROC), a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and implementing activities that bring forth individual, social and environmental changes in Belize. It promotes peace-building in order to create better communities in Belize. Her accomplishments where recently showcased in a documentary titled, “The Power of Yoga.”
AH MUZEN CAB
Ah Muzen Cab is the representation of Bees and Honey.
Banyan Bay Market Dec. 8
The Market is designed to bring business entities, local vendors and artisans under one roof, offering their goods and services to the San Pedro Community, at bargain prices. Shop for organic items, fresh baked breads, meats, scrumptious pizzas, local fine art, exotic sushi specials and many more... Held twice a month or every two weeks, the Market is seeing a rising trend in its visitors and vendors wanting to participate. We look forward to seeing you all for our high season Market Days! Join us bi-monthly from 10am to 1pm!
Preparation for Corozal Tree Lighting Ceremony
A group of Corozalenos are heading out to the Central Park Tuesday evening/night at 6:00 pm, to assist the Corozal Town Council, in setting up the decorations in preparation for the Tree Lighting Ceremony on Saturday Night.
Please join us in this community effort. See you there!
ANNUAL LAW ENFORCEMENT TORCH RUN FOR SPECIAL OLYMPICS BELIZE
On Monday, December 3, 2018, Mayor Daniel Guerrero along with some participating schools: Ambergris Caye Elementary School, San Pedro R.C. School and the San Pedro High School, paraded the streets in town with the Special Olympics Torch that arrived in San Pedro on Sunday, December 2, 2018. The Annual Torch Run is spearheaded by the San Pedro Police Formation.
Caye Caulker Town Hall on the Referendum and the ICJ
Dec. 17th, Central Park, 7pm
Two Teaching Vacancies at Escuela Secundaria Tecnica Mexico (ESTM)
COROZAL ROTARY CLUB RAFFLE TICKET SALES
A reminder, the members of the Rotary Club of Corozal are selling Raffle tickets to support our projects. The most important project is the Scholarships awarded to students that could not afford to go to high school without assistance. We are reaching out to everyone to please support your local Rotary Club by purchasing a ticket or two.
ICJ Lecture Series at SHC
Assad Shoman and other experts will be at the Sacred Heart College auditorium today, December 4th, at 7:30pm, to inform the general public about the upcoming referendum for the ICJ. All are invited to attend, learn about the issue, and ask any questions they might have.
FCD celebrated its 19th Annual General Meeting yesterday
We remain thankful for all the support from funders, sponsors, members and friends for helping us achieve conservation success for the 2017-2018 period.
Pandemodium Steel Band Christmas Concert
It is going to be Pandemodium at the Bliss on 13th December as steel band music entertains starting at 7pm. Kids $10 and adults $15.00. Two adults pay only $20.00.
MAYA CODEX OF MEXICO
Grolier Codex (sometimes referred to as the Sáenz Codex or the Maya Codex of Mexico) is a pre-Columbian Maya codex that first came to light in the 1970s. Its authenticity has since been disputed, although recent scholarship tends to support the view that it's a genuine old document. In 2018, a team of scientists from Mexico's National Institute for Archeology and History publicized the conclusion of a series of chemical tests that had found the ink used on the Codex to be pre-Columbian, dating the document to the period between 1021 and 1154 CE. This would make it the oldest surviving Maya codex. The Codex is believed to have been created by a scribe during the "difficult times" when both Chichen Itza and Tula were falling into decline .
'INNO’ON - LA OH club'
The 'INNO’ON - LA OH club' held a social gathering for the members at the Mae Gordon park. This gathering was filled with laughter, cheerfulness, enjoyment and simply being connected with each other through team building games. Not to forget, delicious Maya food was also enjoyed with warm cacao.
Nothing could be more excited than the fun games among the members even though some did not want to be soaked in water. It was just fun being among these young, vibrant and aspired set of individuals with such a rich and diverse ancestry of a Mopan, K'ekchi and Yucatec Maya.
We look forward to more excitement this coming year, this is just the beginning!
Fashion Fusion 2018 Fashion Show
Saturday, December 15, 2018 at 6 PM – 10 PM, Belize City Civic Center.
Fashion Fusion is a grand fashion show extravaganza which showcases the next generation of Belizean fashion designers, invited international fashion designers, models, makeup artists, hair stylists, talent and more.
This is a grand fashion show where professionals from the fashion, modeling and entertainment industry come together to bring you an amazing world class Fashion Show like no other.
This collaborative effort is to help raise awareness about our growing fashion, modeling and talent industry in Belize. This is an event to put Belizean fashion designers, models, makeup artists, hair stylists and talent on the international map to be seen.
Belize let's show them what we got!
Innocent Man Murdered A Block From Biggest Police Station
There are 2 separate and unrelated murders in Belize City to report tonight, and they both happened today, within 15 hours of each other.
We start our newscast tonight with the the broad daylight killing of 44 year-old Arthur Flowers. It happened this afternoon, sometime after 3:00, at the corner of HandySide and Queen Streets. Sources tell 7News that Flowers, who is known in the area as a car wash man known as Tazz, was at the corner of the street with his bucket. The shooter had reportedly been on Handyside Street for a short time, and it is believed that he was looking for gang affiliates, since this street is considered to be part of Majestic Alley turf.
Drug Plane Had Huge Cocaine Haul
Tonight, much more is known about that aborted drug plane landing which happened in northern Belize on Friday morning.
First of all, the jet had over three thousand pounds of cocaine on board, Mexican newspaper reports say. That's a value well into the tens of millions of dollars.
Police foiled the landing in Belize, and then the Hawker 700 jet requested permission to land in Chetumal. After landing, eyewitness reported that they say the pilot run off with a piece of luggage and abandoned the plane.
Today, police told us how they foiled it and who else got caught up in the outlaw behavior by the narco's allies here in Belize.
Man Who Survived Losing A Limb is Murdered
In our headline story, we told you about the daylight murder which took place late this afternoon, in Downtown Belize City. Well, at around 1:00 this morning, a killer executed 48 year-old Francis Gill at his home in the Coral Grove area of Belize City.
You may remember Gill, since he was featured in our newscast 2 years ago, as the amputee who was persevering even after he lost a leg in an incident in 2014. In that aftermath of that stroke of misfortune, Gill had become an advocate for persons struggling from disability. But, that positive influence is gone tonight, after a shooter waylaid him at his apartment on Barracuda Street, and killed him before he could exit his vehicle.
Transport Officers Caught Smuggling
A shadow of shame is hanging over the Transport Department tonight after officers were caught smuggling contraband beer this weekend in a transport cruiser.
It happened on Sunday afternoon at Tower Hill Village by the Guinea Grass Junction. A joint customs and police patrol had specific information that this Toyota Four Runner was moving contraband. They stopped and searched the cruiser and found 14 cases of Modelo canned beer. Three transport officers were inside: two from the city and one from Sandhill. They were detained and taken to the Orange Walk Customs office where they were given the option to settle or fight the charges in court.
Implementing Fingerprint System Causes Huge Lines At Airport
Things went very crazy at the Phillip Goldson International Airport on Saturday. The Immigration Department used that day, December first to implement a fingerprinting system for arriving international passengers - and it caused huge lines, enormous delays and many missed local connections.
The problem? This fingerprinting slowed down the process and there were 17 flights arriving on Saturday. That's right, 17! And that left visitors arriving in the country to spend two to as many as four hours in line.
Living In The Lidar Era
The 5 C's Center, known as the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre today launched a 2 million US dollar LiDAR System. It's cutting edge technology and we found out more at the launching today:..
Jules Vasquez- Reporter:
"How does it feel to know that the 5C's is now on par with NOA and NASA in terms of having this technology available at its disposal?"
Dr. Leonard Nurse- Chairman, 5C's:
"Well, it is a singular honour for the 5C's, I believe, to be able to acquire this technology. There are many developed countries that do not own or have this technology themselves. So, to be able to pull this off, I think we owe a debt of gratitude to the executive director Dr. Kenrick Leslie because he is the one who almost single handedly, with his skills and know-how relating to Lidar technology, he is the one who piloted this process and saw it through from start to finish."
Teen Drowns In Bze. Rural
A teenager drowned today in the Ladyville area. It happened this morning - and police told us more:...
Insp. Wilfredo Ferrufino - CIB:
"So far what we have is that this morning sometime around 11:50 am Ladyville police were called out to an area in the Lake Garden area of Ladyville. They had received a report that while swimming an individual went under the water and did not resurface. Checks were made in a pond in that area and with the assistance of police a body was retrieved; that of 16 year old Lionel Bennett. That is all the information that we have at this point."
Two Men Lose Life In Fatal Collision
And two men were killed this weekend in a fatal accident up north. It happened near the contraband hotspot of San Victor. Police told us more:..
ACP Joseph Myvette - Head, NCIB:
"Yes there was a fatal traffic accident in San Victor Village on Saturday. Corozal police responded to San Victor Village shortly after 7 pm on Saturday where, upon arrival, they observed a red Toyota van being driven by one Jose Coc, 27 years of San Narciso Village. Coc reported that, whilst enroute to San Narciso Village, a motorcycle coming from the opposite direction swerved into his lane causing a head on collision..."
Double Shooting in San Ignacio
And, two men were shot in San Ignacio this weekend. Police said it happened on Sunday morning at 3:35 AM:..
ACP Joseph Myvette - Head, NCIB:
"On yesterday's date sometime around 3:35 am, San Ignacio Police responded to an area on Hudson Street San Ignacio town where upon arrival they met one Christopher Hudson of a Belize City address with what appeared to be gunshot injuries to his right hand and his right side..."
Reinforcing The Social Safety Net
This week, the Ministry of Human Development, Social Transformation, and Poverty Alleviation is hosting a conference on social protection called "From Flaws to Floors". The Ministry is seeking to provide better, more stable aid to poor and less fortunate citizens of the country.
Readily available examples of the Government already doing this include the Boost Program, and the Food Pantry program. Social Protection is defined as a series of pro-poor policies, both public and private, which are aimed at preventing, reducing and eliminating the vulnerabilities to poverty and deprivation.
But Government's pro-poor programs are not enough. And so, GOB is partnering with UNICEF, the International Labour Organization (ILO), the World Bank, and Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI), to find out best practices in other parts of the world, and what technical advice that these organizations can provide on the topic.
More Bulletproof Vests For Cops
Today the Commissioner of police handed out another 100 + bulletproof vests. It's a program coming out of the Association of Caribbean Commissioners of Police which asked the county of Miami Dade for a donation of used vests. They gave gave Belize 200 last year, and 500 this year. The Compol says each officer will be responsible for his or her one:..
Allen Whylie - Commissioner of Police:
"I think approximately at least over 100 as the officer said receives vests. Today 500 was received. The emphasis as I had indicated last week was on the operational units, the front line officers, the first responders and then we will also be doing the same thing in each districts. In each districts there are a quick response team that are the first to respond for any call for assistance in terms of major incidents and then we will also be looking at the relief personnel's who would ordinarily be the first responders in terms of preventative patrols."
The Mexican Spin On Drug Planes
Earlier you heard Deputy Commissioner of Police Chester Williams boasting about Belize police being better than the Mexicans because they forced a loaded drug jet to land in Chetumal.
Well, here's what the Mexicans say. Weekend newspapers all indicated that the aircraft was to land and leave its cargo in Belize - and The Sol Quintana Roo newspaper even went as far as declaring that the Zetas are [quote] "The masters and owners of Belize". The report further states that the Zetas are the ones who have landed nearly a dozen planes throughout mostly northern Belize, over the past months.
Taz is Executed in the Old Capital
While the city streets were quiet over the weekend, today two persons were murdered in a span of fourteen hours. The latest murder victim was executed this afternoon just two [...]
A Couple Is Ambushed in Deadly Shooting: Francis Gill is Shot and Killed
Hours earlier, a Belize City couple was ambushed as they returned to their apartment on Coral Grove after midnight. A gun man, who waylaid them, opened fire instantly killing Francis [...]
Belize Authorities Investigate Aborted Plane Landing
New details surfaced over the weekend regarding the drug plane which attempted to land in Belize early on Friday morning. Approximately one thousand five hundred kilos of cocaine were confiscated [...]
Leader of the Opposition Weighs In on Suspected Drug Plane Landings
When we caught up with Leader of the Opposition John Briceño, we asked him for comment on the recent landings of suspected drug planes in the north. Briceño says we [...]
2 Men Perish in Traffic Accident in Northern Belize
Two men lost their lives over the weekend as a result of a road traffic accident. They are twenty-nine-year-old Jose Bacab of San Pablo Village and thirty-six-year-old Samuel Gonzalez of [...]
Shooting in San Ignacio Town Leaves 2 Men Injured
There were two shootings over the weekend. Two men were hospitalized early on Sunday morning after shots were fired on Hudson Street in San Ignacio Town. It happened at around [...]
Canadian Man Shot, Beaten, Tied and Robbed
A seventy-one-year-old Canadian man was shot, beaten and tied up over the weekend. Pierre Blais was entering his Toyota Eco car at his residence in Hope Creek Village, Stann Creek, [...]
Dianne Finnegan is the New U.D.P. Standard Bearer for Lake I
Activist Dianne Finnegan and wife of Minister Michael Finnegan of the Mesopotamia Division, was elected U.D.P. standard bearer for Lake Independence. While small in numbers for the sprawling constituency, Sunday’s [...]
Ramon Witz is Back in Cayo South for the U.D.P.
There was also a new U.D.P. standard bearer elected in the Cayo South division, but actually he’s a former area rep. Three persons contested to be the caretaker for that [...]
Boots Martinez: Barrow to Take U.D.P. into 4th Term in Government
Minister Anthony ‘Boots’ Martinez confirmed today that he was among a group of U.D.P. politicians who held a meeting with PM Dean Barrow prior to last Tuesday’s cabinet meeting. The [...]
Johnny B: PM Staying On Signals No Confidence in U.D.P. Party Leader Hopefuls
So while that the leadership bid is an internal U.D.P. matter, today we asked Leader of the Opposition what he makes of the PM’s decision to demit office until his [...]
Who Will Replace PM Barrow as Leader of the U.D.P.?
In early November, Martinez came out in support of Attorney General Michael Peyrefitte, who was considered the dark horse who would have gone head to head against DPM Patrick Faber [...]
John Briceño Says G.O.B. Needs to Address Human Trafficking
Last week we reported on the US Government’s decision to cut non-humanitarian aid and non-trade assistance to Belize. United States President Donald Trump issued a Presidential Memorandum which listed Belize [...]
Eugene Reneau Freed of Rape Charge
A former BWS employee walked from a rape charge today after more than four years awaiting trial. Fifty-six-year-old Eugene Reneau was accused of raping a twenty-seven-year-old woman in March 2014 [...]
AFP Journalist on Settling Territorial Disputes at the I.C.J.
The AFP, or the Agence France-Presse, is an international news agency with over fifteen hundred journalists contributing to its twenty-four-hour news coverage from across the globe. The AFP has one [...]
Weed in the Netherlands
Another question the journalists sought answers for was about the liberal use of marijuana in the Netherlands. It was not so common in The Hague; in fact, it was hardly [...]
Establishing a Comprehensive Social Protection System in Belize
A five-day conference kicked off today in Belize City. Policy makers are attempting to strengthen what is in place to eliminate poverty among the various pockets of the vulnerable populations. [...]
CCCCC launches its LiDar System
The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre, through the U.S. AID-funded Climate Change Adaptation Programme, launched its Light Detection and Ranging system today in Belize City. The system, known as LiDAR [...]
FCD Holds 19th AGM in San Ignacio
Friends of Conservation and Development held its nineteenth annual general meeting on Sunday in San Ignacio Town. The AGM, which was held at the San Ignacio Hotel Resort, was well [...]
The Weekend in Sports
Good evening, I’m James Adderley and this is Sports Monday. [Highlights of the weekend sporting activities....]
Canadian national shot at home during robbery
Two men were shot in separate incidents. The first happened on December first when retired Canadian National Pierre Blais was shot outside his home. Police say they believe he was a victim of robbery. ACP Joseph Myvett: “They reported to the Police that sometime around 7:30 AM on the said date that whilst he was …
Credit Union League gets $850,000 US for climate resilient project
The Belize Credit Union League Ltd. (BCUL) has signed a project with the Inter-American Development Bank Lab (IDB Lab – formerly the Multilateral Investment Fund) to boost climate resilience of farmers and fisherfolk through the green microfinance in Belize. Under the Caribbean EcoMicro Program, BCUL and three of its credit union affiliates – St. Francis …
Man is murdered in front of wife; she escapes with injuries
One man is dead following an early morning shooting in Belize City. Francis Gill and his wife were targeted as they arrived in the compound of an apartment complex on Barracuda Street. Shots were fired and Gill was fatally wounded. His wife, Betzy Gill was injured. Inspector Wilfredo Ferrufino of the Crimes Investigation Branch provided …
GOB takes steps to strengthen its social protection system
Social protection is an essential component of public policy and the government is seeking to strengthen its social protection system to help those who have fallen on hard times or lift persons out of poverty. In this regard, a five-day workshop is being held geared towards accomplishing this end. Mark Antrobus, the Social Planner at …
Belize Audio Visual Industry Association ready to represent the A/V Industry
The Belize Audio Visual Industry Association (BAVIA) had been dormant for some time but it reemerged in 2017. A year later, BAVIA held its annual general meeting on Saturday. BAVIA represents people who work in the audio visual industry. Love News spoke to BAVIA’s President, Tareek Young about what BAVIA hoped to gain for the …
Boots Martinez Supports Dianne Finnegan in Lake I
The Minister of Human Development, Social Transformation and Poverty Alleviation, Anthony ‘Boots’ Martinez using his skill as an analyst, also gave his opinion on the Finnegan win for UDP Lake I. Honorable Anthony Boots Martinez: “I am the Minister responsible for women and children and so I am so excited for Miss Finnegan. I welcome her …
Dianne Finnegan will Represent UDP in Lake I
The United Democratic Party (UDP) held a convention in the Lake Independence Constituency yesterday. 4 Candidates, Samuel Cutkelvin, Jason Edwards, Dianne Finnegan, and Cecil Jenkins competed in the convention. The polls at the Sadie Vernon High School opened at 9 and closed at 5 p.m. on Sunday. At approximately six p.m. UDP Chairman Alberto August …
Police officers receive bullet proof vests in time for Christmas Anti-crime campaign
The first group of police officers received their bullet proof vests today in Belize City, just as the department commences its Christmas Anti-crime campaign. The vests are part of a donation of five hundred that was made to the Belize Police Department by the Miami Dade Police Department in the US. Commissioner of Police, Allen …
Belize Police thwart drug plane landing in northern Belize
A series of events last Friday in Northern Belize has prompted police to investigate what appears to have been an attempt to land an aircraft. In a first report, police found portable fluorescent lights along the San Estevan/Progresso Road, then police came under fire and finally one man reported he was intercepted by armed men, …
Two men die in motorcycle incidents in Corozal District
Two men have died in a motorcycle accident that happened in the Corozal District on Saturday night. Police say 36 year old Samuel Gonzalez of San Juan Village, was driving a motorcycle along with Jose Bacab when they collided into a van that was driven by 27-year-old Jose Coc. ACP Myvett provided more information. ACP …
Plane Destined for Belize makes emergency Landing
Another flight also with some relation to Belize is also in the news tonight. A plane in Honduras made an emergency landing shortly after take-off from the Toncontin Airport in Honduras. The plane which has been identified as a Piper PA 31 Cheyenne took off from Tegucigalpa around 9:16 this morning.
Car Washer Murdered
About 3:30 this afternoon a man was shot and killed at the corner of Handy Side and Queen Streets. People on the scene said his name is Arthur Flowers. The man washes cars by trade. And he was at the corner when residents in the area say when a vehicle had idled nearby on Handy Side Street. A man got out and the car drove a short distance ahead and waited for him.
Man who protected his brother in fight, found guilty of manslaughter
Forty-six-year-old Phil Staine, who was found not guilty of murder but guilty of manslaughter will be sentenced on the thirteenth of December. Staine was convicted of the fatal stabbing of 23-year-old Denver Villafranco, a BDF volunteer who passed away on January 17, 2015. Today Justice Adolph Lucas set the date for sentencing after he heard pleas for mitigation from Staine, his sister Tanisha Jones and his attorney, Bryan Neal.
Three Women learn to light up their Village with Climate Smart Tech
Reusable and clean energy are two of the focal points of every national discussion on 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.
DRUG PLANE ABORTED LANDING IN BELIZE – MEXICAN LAWMEN FIND 1.5 TON OF COCAINE
Mexican media is reporting that they have confiscated over a ton and a half of cocaine after a drug plane aborted its landing in Belize on Friday. Based on information received, local authorities were deployed to the Progresso Road early Friday where they saw lights placed on both sides of the road.
Breaking Belize News
Police issue official report on afternoon murder
Police have just issued an official report on the murder of Tazzy formally known as Authur […]
FCD hosts 19th Annual General Meeting
Friends for Conservation and Development (FCD), a non-governmental conservation membership organization held its 19th Annual General […]
Guatemalan authorities order investigation for possible link between Christian pastor and drug peddler
Christians may recognize the name, Cash Luna. That is because Carlos Enrique Luna Arango is a […]
“Tazzy” killed near Majestic Alley in Belize City
About two hours ago there was yet another murder on Belize City’s north side. This […]
Ministry of National security issues statement on drug plane that landed in Chetumal
Belize’s Ministry of National Security has issued a statement on the drug plane that was […]
Plane destined for Belize makes emergency landing in Honduras
This morning, a plane destined for Belize had to make an emergency landing in Tegucigalpa, […]
Belize’s National Rugby team launched
The first official national rugby team of Belize was launched on November 9, 2018, at […]
Man chopped with a machete while leaving bar in Pomona
Just before 5 a.m. on December 1st, there was a chopping incident at a bar […]
2 dead in horrific traffic accident in San Victor, Corozal
Just before 8 p.m. on the night of December 1st, there was a fatal road […]
Ministry of Human Development hosts conference to strengthen Social Protection System
The Ministry of Human Development, Social Transformation and Poverty Alleviation is hosting a Social Protection […]
Belize Credit Union League partners with the IDB Lab and Global Affairs Canada to pilot Green Microfinance project
The Belize Credit Union League Ltd. (BCUL) has signed a project with the Inter-American Development […]
Fair weather to continue
The 24-hour forecast is for mostly fair and dry weather to continue. Sunny skies with […]
Two masked men ambush and shoot Canadian man in Southern Belize
On Saturday a Canadian national was the victim of gun violence in Belize. He has […]
Art Exhibit launched at John Paul II Junior College in Benque
John Paul II Junior College (JPIIJC) opened its second annual art exhibition on Friday, November […]
Belize~ Why did PM Barrow decide to stay until 2020?
The views expressed in this article are those of the writer and not necessarily those of Breaking Belize […]
Drug plane with over a ton of cocaine destined for Belize lands in Mexico
Our newsroom has received confirmed reports that a drug plane destined for offloading in Belize […]
Francis Gill, 47, ambushed and killed in Belize City
Belize City resident, Francis Gill, 47, is the country’s latest murder victim. At 1:30 am […]
Real Estate In Placencia: Find Your Own Beach Paradise
It took just one trip for my husband and I to commit to living in Belize. Specifically the idyllic little village of Placencia. It sits at the tip of a peninsula and we were sold as soon as we began the drive down this 19-mile spit of land.
At the start of the peninsula is Maya Beach, an area that looks like Florida way back before development, with thatch roofs, simple wood homes on the beach, palm trees, and hand-painted signs.
The water here is vivid blue, the beaches white sand. The palms sway in the breeze. And with the Caribbean to one side of the peninsula and a tranquil lagoon on the other, it offers waterfront property and vistas on both sides.
Along with Maya Beach there are only two other small villages on the peninsula. The other two are the Garifuna village of Seine Bight, and Placencia itself, at the southern tip.
Flying over the Great Blue Hole
At 9:00 A.M sharp, Miss Eden Cruz from Belize Concierge greeted us at the Tropic Air office at the airport. She introduced us to 3 Japanese guests who would be accompanying us on the tour. She gave us a short briefing about the Blue Hole and the tour we were about to embark on. The aerial tour to the Blue Hole takes 1 hour roundtrip. You fly east from Belize City to Lighthouse reef where the Blue Hole is located. When we were all comfortably seated, the pilot moved the plane unto the runway. I glanced over at Luis and we both had the biggest smiles on our faces. The plane took off and we were greeted with a new perspective of Belize City. I did not realize that the city was that big. A few minutes into the plane ride, the pilot pointed to a heart shaped island off the coast of Belize City. I definitely saw the heart shape. Here’s a picture. Can you see it?
After circling the Blue Hole, we were taken to a shipwreck south of the Blue Hole. A rusty cargo ship was on the reef. The waves were hitting it. It was an interesting view. However, I could not help but think of the corals that were damaged when the ship found its resting place. Yet, the submerged parts of the ship is probably home to various aquatic animals today.
Explorer Series: Andee Moh, Tour Guide
“When visiting Belize, expect the unexpected,” says tour guide Andee Moh. Born and raised here in the Cayo District, Andee has been exploring the vast landscape of Belize ever since he was a child and has learned that anything goes when it comes to nature. And his experience has not gone unnoticed. In 2018 he was nominated by the Belize Tourism Board as “Tour Guide of the Year” among 7 other tour guides throughout all of Belize. We are so proud to have him on our team.
We sat down with the explorer to find out what inspires and keeps him going on the job.
The things that I enjoy the most as a tour guide are meeting guests on a daily basis, being able to share my culture and most importantly seeing different places; places that a lot of Belizeans have not seen or are not able to see on an everyday basis. I personally feel that as a tour guide, I have a very important role to be an ambassador for Belize and for the beauty and treasure that we call home.
What It’s Really Like To Dive The Great Blue Hole of Belize
Rated by French marine biologist Jacques Cousteau as one of his top 10 dive spots on the planet, people from around the world continue to visit Belize in order to dive the Great Blue Hole.
Sometimes known as the Blue Hole of Belize, the Blue Hole gets its name from its naturally dark blue waters. Surrounded by the lighter-colored waters of Lighthouse Reef approximately 43 miles (70 km) from Belize City, the Belize Blue Hole is perfectly circular in shape, measuring 984 feet (300 meters) across and 354 feet (108 meters) deep. Formed by the rising waters of the last Ice Age some 15,000 years ago, the Belize Blue Hole is a giant sinkhole filled with gothic wonder and magnificent stalactites.
Once little known except by local fishermen, today the Belize Blue Hole is considered the gold standard of diving in the country. Off limits except to experienced divers with at least two dozen dives under their belt, the Belize Blue Hole is completely unlike any other dive site in the country. Whereas other dive spots are known for being “color” dives replete with a kaleidoscope of fish species and exotic fauna, the Belize Blue Hole is known as a “dark” dive.
Nature in Belize
Perhaps the greatest attraction in Belize is the country’s pristine nature. Belize is predominately a rural country that is just a bit smaller than the state of Vermont but with less than 400,000 residents. Just a short flight away from the United States and Canada, Belize is an English-speaking country where travelers can explore rainforests, jungles, mountains, waterfalls, caves, caverns, rivers, islands, and the largest coral reef system in the northern hemisphere.
Half of Belize’s territory is composed of dense rainforest, 80% of which is protected by law as a national park, wilderness sanctuary, or conservation area. Much of the rainforest has never been explored, and these pristine landscapes are home to a dizzying array of wildlife, including jaguars, armadillos, tapirs, giant iguanas, crocodiles, monkeys, and ocelots. The rainforests of Belize are also home to hundreds of different bird species.
The Amazing Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Shark Ray Alley
One of the top diving and snorkeling sites in Belize is the Hol Chan Marine Reserve. A protected national park, the Hol Chan Marine Reserve gets its name from the Mayan term for “little channel.” This is because the reserve is located on a natural cut in the reef (known as a quebrada) that allows marine life to transit between the inner and outer portion of the reef.
Measuring just 75 feet (23 meters) across and 30 feet (nine meters) deep, this natural passageway in the reef sees an astonishing diversity of marine animals, including sharks and rays that feed on fish transiting the area. The total area of the reserve is approximately three square miles (8 square kilometers) divided into four zones:
The Hol Chan Marine Reserve is located approximately four miles (6.4 km) south of Ambergris Caye, the largest island in Belize. Because it is easily reachable from San Pedro (the capital of Ambergris Caye), it makes for a popular day trip. A number of private operators operate out of San Pedro and provide guided dive and snorkel trips to the reserve.
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.
In the United States, all four of the nation’s biggest airlines now fly to Belize, making it easy to find affordable tickets. Southwest, United, Delta, and American Airlines now fly non-stop to Belize from more than a dozen major cities.
Canadians, too, can now find affordable airfare to Belize. Both WestJet and Air Canada now fly non-stop to Belize from Toronto and Calgary.
Note: All international flights into Belize land at the Philip Goldson Airport (code: BZE).
Getting to Belize From Europe
Due to Belize’s location in Central America, there are no non-stop flights to the country from Europe. The good news, however, is that it is now easier than ever for people in Europe to enjoy an unforgettable vacation in Belize.
As a former British colony, Belize has always been a popular destination for Britons. American Airlines now offers direct flights to Belize that depart from London’s Heathrow Airport and make a stop in Miami, Florida before continuing on to Belize. Flights to Belize depart four times per week from Heathrow and have only a short layover in Miami before continuing directly to Belize City.
5 Awesome And Cheap Backpacking Destinations in Belize
For many years, it was difficult and time-consuming to get to Belize. But now, all of the biggest airlines in North America fly to Belize, making it easy to find very affordable tickets.
If you’ve ever wanted to come to Belize and explore this magnificent country, here are five awesome and cheap backpacking destinations:
The “new” capital of the country, Belmopan is like no other city in Belize. Founded in 1970, Belmopan has a highly organized city plan, a magnificent parliament building that resembles an ancient Maya temple, and a lot of cool things to see and do.
The second-largest city in the country, San Ignacio is the gateway to the country’s west. San Ignacio is the perfect stopping point before heading out to visit ancient Maya ruins, national parks, or outdoor adventures like river canoeing, zip lining, and cave tubing.
Belmopan City – The Smallest Little Capital in the World
Tucked in a cute little corner of Central America and many times missed by most viewers of any map of the isthmus, Belize is famous for a few things….. its natural and lush rain forests, the largest cave system in Central America and of course the world renowned Great Blue Hole but what is amazing and something that most people do not know is that Belize owns one of the smallest capitals of the world!
Smack in the center of the country, Belmopan has a population of just around 20 thousand residents.
At the time and because of its location, many people worked in the city by day and went home to other towns by night. In many ways, this is still true today with the majority of the day population being workers from Belize City, San Ignacio and other areas.
The Hummingbird Highway in Belize
Belize is a spectacularly beautiful country, and there are few better ways to explore it than by enjoying a scenic drive along the Hummingbird Highway.
The Hummingbird Highway is a modern, paved, two-lane roadway that was inaugurated in 1994. The Hummingbird Highway measures approximately 53 miles (86 km) long and connects Belmopan, the national capital, to Dangriga on the southeastern coast. The Hummingbird Highway offers a panoramic view of all of the different landscapes in Belize. Starting in the west, the Hummingbird Highway passes through the northern part of the Maya Mountain range, crosses several scenic rivers, and passes through fragrant citrus orchards before ending just a short distance from the beach outside of Dangriga.
5 Interesting Caves to Explore in Belize
The unique geology of Belize means that there are hundreds, if not thousands, of caves across the country. Indeed, Belize has the highest concentration of caves in all of Central America. Many of these caves were used by the ancient Maya to conduct some of their most important religious ceremonies as the Maya believed that caves were a gateway to the world of the gods.
Here are five of the most interesting caves to explore in Belize:
Fascinating Facts About the Lost City of Xunantunich
Thousands of years ago, the Maya empire stretched from Mexico in the north down to El Salvador in the south. They built enormous stone cities in the middle of the jungle, only to abandon them around the year 900 AD for reasons still unknown to modern archeologists. One of the largest Maya cities ever built, now called Xunantunich, was lost for centuries until it was discovered by accident when a villager in Belize came across a ghost of an ancient Maya maiden in the 1890s.
6 Great Reasons to Treat Your Family to a Belize Vacation
What’s more gut-wrenching than bundling your kids into boots, coats, mittens and hats to send them off to school in winter than hearing your child plead: “Mom, how come we can’t go on vacation like Bobby’s family? He got to pack a bathing suit and sunscreen and it’s freezing outside!” Of course, you could beat Bobby’s family to the Caribbean by planning your own warm and sunny adventure—-a holiday that’s probably badly needed by every family member. Where to go? To the family vacation capital of the western hemisphere, Belize. Need reasons? These six are just the tip of the iceberg—-make that the top of the palm tree!
‘If not now when’ – Prime Minister Rowley of CSME
Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Heads of Government were challenged to move the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) forward by Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Dr. the Honourable Keith Rowley.
Speaking this morning at the start of their 18th Special Meeting which is focused on the CSME at the Hilton Hotel in Port of Spain, the host Prime Minster posed the question, “if not now, when; if not us, who?”
The two-day meeting is looking at increasing the rate of implementation of the CSME and making sure the benefits are available for Community nationals. The meeting is being chaired by the current chairman of CARICOM, the Prime Minister of Jamaica, the Most Honourable Andrew Holness.
CCCCC and governments of Belize and Italy break ground for multi-purpose facility
The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC), in collaboration with the governments of Belize and Italy, held a ground breaking ceremony for the construction of a community multi-purpose emergency centre (CMEC) in San Ignacio, Belize, on Wednesday, November 28, 2018.
The project “Reducing the Carbon Footprint of San Ignacio and Five Surrounding Villages in the Cayo District” is being implemented as a collaborative effort by the government of Belize and the CCCCC with financial support from the government of Italy. Approximately 25,000 residents in San Ignacio and surrounding villages are expected to benefit directly from the project at completion.