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SPHS celebrates Founder’s Day 2018
As is customary, San Pedro High School (SPHS) celebrated its Founder’s Day with an assembly on Wednesday, December 5th. The occasion commemorated the key individuals who helped establish the high school in 1971, while also celebrating Former Principal of SPHS, Rafael Angel Nuńez’ birthday. The fun assembly took place at Angel Nuńez Auditorium, with students from First to Fourth Form, teachers, and invited guests in attendance.
The Founder’s Day Assembly began promptly at 9AM with the singing of the National Anthem followed by the school song. SPHS student Nayobie Rivero then delivered the welcome address. Master of Ceremonies Alex Nuńez gave a brief history of SPHS, and introduced the invited guests that played a significant role in founding SPHS. They included Celi McCorkle, Martha Guerrero, Martha Leslie, Gustavo Ellis, Ilsa Salazar, and former President of SPHS, Rafael Angel Nuńez and his wife Ligia.
2018’s Above-average Hurricane Season comes to a close
The 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season closed on Friday, November 30th, sparing Belize from any major storms. Classified as an above-average season, there were 15 named storms, eight hurricanes, and two major hurricanes. While Belize fared well, the United States of America, Mexico, and some Caribbean countries sustained more than USD$33.3 billion in damages.
The two strongest storms of the season were Hurricanes Florence and Michael, with winds of 140 and 155 mph and a minimum central pressure of 939 and 919 millibars, respectively. According to the National Meteorological Service of Belize (NMSB), “The major factor that supported the above-normal activity in the North Atlantic was the presence of above-normal Sea Surface Temperatures. In the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico, the normal condition was supported by strong vertical wind shear. This makes conditions less conducive for tropical cyclone development.”
Educational series on Referendum day and ICJ hosted in San Pedro Town
April 10th, 2019 approaches as the day when Belizeans will vote “Yes or No” to take the Guatemalan’s territorial claim to Belize at the International Court of Justice (ICJ). Many educational sessions have been hosted across the country to educate Belizeans about this dispute and help them make an informed decision on Referendum day. In San Pedro Town, the ‘ICJ Be Informed’ session was hosted at the Angel Nuńez Auditorium on Thursday, November 29th. The presentations were facilitated by the Ambassador of Belize to Guatemala, Alexis Rosado, and former Belizean politician and author of the six-chapter book, ‘Guatemala’s claim to Belize: The Definitive History,’ Assad Shoman.
SPHS Girls advanced to the semifinals of Belize’s U-17 Inter-District Football Tournament
The U-17 San Pedro High School (SPHS) girls managed to claim victory in the quarterfinals of the Inter-District Football Tournament this past weekend. Many crucial matches took place in the U-17 and U-15 category from Saturday, December 1st to Sunday, December 2nd. With their win, the SPHS U-17 Girls advance to semifinals of the tournament. Unfortunately, despite much effort by the island’s male teams, they were unable to claim victory and thus are out of the tournament. The SPHS Girls travelled to Independence Village in the Stann Creek District to face the San Juan Scorpions on Saturday, December 1st. The match began promptly at 2PM at the Michael Ashcroft Stadium, with both teams showing strong offense. At the end of regulation time, the match was at a 2-2 draw. After moving to the penalty round, the island team managed to edge out the home team and claimed a 5-6 victory. The other female teams advancing to the semifinals are Calcutta Strikers, Black-Man Eddy’s Revolution and Vibe Alive International.
Belizean teachers could expand their capacities in United States
For the first time in Belize, largest designated US Department of State Exchange Visitor Program for teachers, Participate, is recruiting teachers from Belize to work in schools in United States for 3 to 5 years and expand their professional capacities in the next school year, beginning in August 2019. Participate’s Teacher Latin-American Recruitment Coordinator, Ronald Ramírez said “teaching abroad offers great insight for teachers around the world: “Besides the experience of working in US, Participate provides personal and professional growth and development with educational resources to become a stronger teacher, expand technological skills and have a wider perspective of global education”. Recruit process is open for next school year.
US Donates $2Mil 3D Laser For Climate Change Monitoring
In keeping with efforts to strengthen the region's capacity to mitigate the impact of natural disasters, the United States Government delivered a US $2 million Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) System to the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (5Cs) for use throughout the Eastern and Southern Caribbean. This initiative is part of the U.S. Agency for International Development's (USAID) three-year Climate Change Adaptation Project (CCAP) implemented in partnership with the Belize-based organization.
Misc Belizean Sources
The Placencia Breeze December 2018
What’s Inside: Weh di goaan? Placencia Peninsula Happenings ... pg. 2 Put on Your Dancing Shoes for Placencia Mistletoe Ball! ... pg. 3 Belize Ocean Club Under New Management … pg. 7 From the Fire Hearth: Give the Gift of Locally Made Treats … pg. 9 New Year’s Eve: Ring in 2019 in Placencia! … pg. 11 For Fragments of Hope, Monique Lamb is the Real Miss Scuba International … pg. 12 Third Lionfish Roundup Brings in a 243 Count … pg 12 Eleven Complete Coral Bleaching Training … pg. 12 FoH Attends Conference in San Andres … pg. 12 MnM's Got a New Look … pg. 13 Placencia BTIA Membership Directory ... pgs. 15 & 18 Placencia Peninsula Map ... pg. 16-17 BZ$20,000 Raised for Humane Society at Mad Hatter's Tea Party & Auction … pg. 19 Croc Corner: Not Just the Crocs … pg. 20 Brice is Back! But not really … pg. 21 Rotary Club Updates … pg. 24 Placencia Makes Conde Nast Traveller 2019 Gold List … pg. 25 Fragments of Hope Holds Fifth AGM … pg. 26 Beat Plastic Pollution! … pg. 26 People's Coalition Pushes Golf Cart Sa See Less
FREE EYE EXAM by BelizeKids.Org for Adults & Children in San Pedro
Date: Monday, December 10 to
Friday, December 14, 2018
Time: 8:30am- 4:30pm
Place: Belize Vision Clinic @ Lions Den.
*Bring along Social Security Card or other I.D.
*Bring your sunglasses to use after eye exam.
LXVIII ORDINARY MEETING OF THE SECURITY COMMISSION OF CENTRAL AMERICA
December 6, 2018. In the capacity as the President Pro Tempore of the Central American Integration System (SICA), Belize hosted the LXVIII Regular Meeting of the Central American Security Commission. The event had participation of the delegations from Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama and the Dominican Republic as well as, the General Secretariat of SICA, as the Technical and Administrative Secretariat of the Commission.
Discussions focused on regional security matters such as the phenomenon of criminal gangs, trafficking in persons, the Five-Year Plan for the Prevention of Violence against Women (2019-2023), and the institutional strengthening of the General Secretariat, Directorate of Democratic Security.
Caye Caulker Christmas Parade 2018
Caye Caulker Christmas Parade 2018
Date Friday, December 14.
Everyone is invited to join the parade. Dress your carts and light up the night!
Come join the fun!!
FCD River Cleanup
December 8, 8am at the Benque Entrance to San Jose Succotz
Corozal Tree Lighting Ceremony this Saturday 8th December 2018
A lot will be happening at the opening - food, cakes, chocolates, plants, gift items, etc.
A Night in Paris
We will be hosting our first Paint Party at our New Studio this Friday Dec 7th! Come in your best Parisian attire. Price will be $50. This includes class, 1 glass of wine and light bites.
The Ultimate Belize Bucket List available for sale
This book became available for sale yesterday.
Note, it will be on Amazon shortly but for right now, travelers to Belize can use the above link to get the book.
Belize Hosts Meeting of the Council of Ministers of Health of Central America and Dominican Republic
Belize is hosting the 49th Ordinary Meeting of the Council of Ministers of Health of Central America and the Dominican Republic (COMISCA) December 6th and 7th, at The Placencia Hotel and Resort, in Placencia village.
Topics to be discussed include Executive Report of the Secretariat for COMISCA for second Semester 2018; advancements in the process of Health Regulations within the framework of SICA; proposed Health Agenda for Central America and Dominican Republic; presentation of Regional Strategic Plan for the Prevention of Adolescent Pregnancy in the region; Strategic Plan for Health Promotion, 2019-2025, among other important topics.
Commercial Fisher Folk License Renewal 2019
The Belize Fisheries Department hereby informs the public that it will commence the renewal of fisher folk licenses on January 3rd 2019. A grace period for renewals will be in place until January 31st, 2019.
Fishers are advised to bring along all pertinent documents upon renewal to facilitate the process.
Magil's delivery truck attempted robbery
An unofficial report has been made to this news shack that earlier today, a Magil's delivery truck was shot and hit several times in an attempted robbery. The report states that Corozal Police were unable to respond at the time of the shooting, due to lack of a mobile patrol.
BTIA’s 33rd Annual General Meeting is over and we now have a new leader
Congratulations to Melanie Paz from San Pedro, Ambergris Caye for being elected as the new President, and to Stewart Krohn for being re-elected as our 2nd Vice President.
Here is an excerpt from parting President Osmany Salas made today:
“It is a bittersweet day for me because today marks my last day on the National Board. Actually, the moment we elect our new President, the current President – my very good friend and colleague, Raineldo Guerrero – becomes the Immediate Past President, and I am effectively retired. I’m too young to retire! Something doesn’t sound right here! I thank you, Rey, for finishing up my term as President so that I could focus on other endeavours, including helping to organize the NGO community in order that we could be more effective in delivering on our sustainable human development objectives.
3 Cayo Rotarians Receive Paul Harris Fellow Award
Congratulations, Delsiemae, Bart, and Brendan! They all received the Paul Harris Fellow Award for their commitment to helping the Cayo community.
"Three people from the Cayo area were honored with the prestigious Paul Harris Fellowship awards by District Governor Jose Antonio Interiano Torre. Paul Harris started Rotary in 1905 and the fellowships acknowledge people who serve their community in the spirit of Rotary's founding principles. Delsiemae Vernon was celebrated for her longstanding service to the Cayo community, Brendan O'Donoghue, a San Ignacio Rotarian was honored for his service to our club, and Bart Mickler received a stone in his existing Paul Harris pin recognizing his long service to our club and the Cayo community."
Picture of Maya children of Patchakan(Corozal) dancing
Patchakan in Yucatec Maya means "Behind the savannah." During the Caste war many Maya rebels belonging to the Cruzoob Maya group of Chan Santa Cruz settle in Patchakan. It’s believe that the village of Patchakan was already populated with Maya people since 1780 which would making it one of the oldest villages in Corozal.
Thanks to all our members and stakeholders who made an effort to attend our 33rd Annual General Meeting.
We also welcome our new 2019-2020 BTIA President, Melanie Paz. Congrats to our new Executive Board Members as well.
A special thank you to our Past President Mr. Raineldo Guerrero and Senator Osmany Salas for their contribution to the association. Congratulations Melanie Paz!
Belize Bank Asks Government To Settle Universal Debt With Treasury Bills
The Belize Bank is asking the Supreme Court to issue an enforcement order against the government, compelling it to pay the almost 100 million dollar award for the Universal Health Services debt. This is after the Parliament voted against paying the debt from the Consolidated Revenue Fund in August.
That sent the Bank back to the Court, where a cluster of local and British attorneys spent the last two days before Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin arguing that Government must pay - and if not not from the Consolidated Revenue Fund - then, alternatively, with Treasury Notes - which does not require parliamentary approval.
Responding for the government side was high profile British Queen's Counsel, Ben Juratowitch - who has previously appeared at the ICJ for Belize.
After two days of arguments - the Bank's lead attorney Eamon Courtenay said he hopes the government can be forced to honour the debt.
No Charges Yet For Woman Who Allegedly Shot Man In Groin
Tanice Mejia is still in police custody after she allegedly shot her boyfriend, Bart Lucas in the groin. It happened yesterday morning at Mejia's home at the corner of Vernon Street and Magazine Road. Mejia and Lucas got into an argument and she allegedly shot him with what is reported to be an unlicensed 9mm pistol. Police found the injured Lucas walking on Vernon street and took him to the hospital. Mejia fled the scene and was later picked up by police. Police say the DPP will determine whether charges will be brought against Mejia.
Insp. Wilfredo Ferrufino - CIB:
"Police responded to someone being shot or someone with gunshot injuries on Vernon street. As a result police arrived on the scene and found Bartolomeu Lucas 32 year old resident of Brides Alley suffering from what appeared to be injuries to the groin area..."
Suspects in "Tazzy"ť Murder Released
In other police news, the cops have no significant leads in the murder of car wash man Arthur "Tazzy" Flowers. The 3 persons they detained were not much help and they haven't established a clear motive as yet. Here is more from the Police press briefing.
Insp. Wilfredo Ferrufino - CIB:
"The investigation yielded the detention of several persons and a vehicle and the matter is being investigated at this time."
"So no update on those 3 persons or the vehicle impounded?"
Insp. Wilfredo Ferrufino:
"The vehicle is still in police custody and the investigation is still ongoing."
Francis Gill Murder Still A Mystery
Police haven't made any major headway in Francis Gill's murder either. It happened early Monday morning. Gill and his wife had just arrived at an apartment complex on the Northside and were about to get out of their car when a waiting gunman fired at them, fatally hitting Gill. Here is the update from police.
Insp. Wilfredo Ferrufino - CIB:
"In regards to Mr. Gill murder we had several persons detained all of which were interviewed and it is not yielding any arrests in that investigation. The investigation continues."
"Still no motive has been established?"
Department of Immigration Suspends Fingerprint Scans
Over 20 flights are scheduled to land at the PGIA this Saturday - and the Director of the Immigration Department, Diana Locke, says that if there are long lines again, don't blame her staff. That's because the Department has suspended the fingerprint scans, at Cabinet's behest.
That directive came down on Tuesday ordering the Department to stop fingerprint scans for visitors at all border stations - including the Benque Viejo and Santa Elena borders. From the Immigration Department's perspective, cancelling the scans is opening up to a security breach - but for the decision makers in Belmopan - it's about avoiding another embarrassment like the one that played out at PGIA last Saturday when lines zig-zagged all along the airside of the airport and visitors had to queue up for two hours or more.
Paumen and Modiri, The Legal Tangle Thickens
Neighbors and enemies Bradley Paumen and Michael Modiri were back in the Supreme court today. Modiri is trying to collect on a $300,000 dollar judgement that the court awarded him against Paumen. You may recall that these neighbors are landlocked, and Paumen was running his million-dollar cruise tourism operation, Dark Night through Modiri's land.
In 2014, Modiri sued and Justice Shona Griffith awarded him $300,000 which she ordered Paumen and his tour company to pay. That was in 2016, and Paumen hasn't paid anything.
So, earlier this year, Modiri initiated enforcement proceedings against him in the Supreme Court. But, still, no payment - as the legal wrangling over corporate configurations continued in the Supreme Court today.
Today's session ended with both sides claiming modest victories when they left the courtroom:
LiDAR Scan For Belizean Seas
On Monday, we told you how the Caribbean Community Climate Change Center - or 5 C's - headquartered in Belmopan - has acquired a 2 million-US- dollar LiDAR system for use in Belize and other CARICOM nations.
That's short for Light Detection and Ranging, and its cutting-edge technology that even developed nations don't own. It allows experts to make topographic and hydrographic surveys, which basically means that they will be able to precisely map out land masses, and the depths of large bodies of water. The hope is that the 5 C's will be able to provide this service to the CARICOM nations at a fraction of the price it would cost to get it done by other international experts.
How much savings exactly? Well, at this time, the United Kingdom's Government Hydrographic Office is currently in Belize, and they will be using their own LiDAR equipment to perform surveys of half of Belize's territorial waters over the next 35 to 40 days.
Were Bone Really Found on Northern Ambergris?
Police say that a scattering of bones was found on northern Ambergris Caye. But it remains unclear if they are human bones or not. Police say samples need to be sent for testing to confirm.
Insp. Wilfredo Ferrufino - CIB:
"Well, the only information that I have at this point is that somewhere 13 miles north of the coast of San Pedro. Police discovered what appears to be bones, those have been retained and they will be forwarded for testing."
"Has it been confirmed if those bones are human remains?"
Major Fine for Trouble-Man Mejia
Tonight, 23 year-old Ladyville trouble-man Jesse Mejia is at the Belize Central Prison serving time and he must come up with $6,000 for court fines, or he will spend 3 years in jail. That's after he pleaded guilty to firearms offenses in front of Magistrate Emerson Banner today.
The incident dates back to July of last year, when Elward McKay was shot while riding his bicycle.
Police say that Mejia was the shooter, and they set chase after him while he was attempting to flee the crime scene on a beach cruiser. They reported that as soon as he saw them, he threw a silver object into a nearby drain. They detained him, and retrieved a loaded .38 revolver. They charged him with keeping unlicensed firearm, and keeping unlicensed ammunition for the gun.
Prison For Driver The Caused Coye's Granddaughter's Death
30 years to life: that's how long Olivia Culbreath will be in prison after she killed 6 people in a February 2014 accident in LA. Among the victims was former PUP Minister Joe Coye's granddaughter Kristen Young.
Culbreath was so drunk that she was driving east down the freeways westbound lane and she slammed into a vehicle - killing the family of 4 in that vehicle as well as her older sister Maya and her close friend, Young; both were in the vehicle with her. Here is KTLA 5 's report on today's sentencing.
Is Low Self-Esteem Linked To Domestic Abuse?
Building Self- Esteem: that was the theme of today's 16 DAYS OF ACTIVISM lecture at the Leo Bradley Library. But the presenter also covered how self-esteem affects people in abusive relationships. Here's more:
Elena Carballo - Senior Library Assistant:
"This morning were having a lecture aimed at building self-esteem with some domestic violence tips. We're trying to correlate - we have a lot of domestic violence going on and we think that probably it's because a lot of us don't have self-esteem or enough self-esteem to be able to walk out of certain situations. So our main focus is to try to give tips, I won't say educate, just help people to realize that I'm valuable and if I think highly of myself, I will not allow anybody to come in and take advantage of me."
BTIA elects New President
The Belize Tourism Industry Association held it's 33rd Annual General Meeting today at the Biltmore. And, as it does at every AGM, the executive updated members country-wide on what the association has been doing to push for progress within the industry.
We spoke with the Executive Director about some of the highlights from this year's AGM:
John Burgos - Executive Director, BTIA:
"Two main purpose that we're going to be serving today at the annual general meeting. First of all we are going to highlight all the good work we have been doing over the last 12 months, to show members the benefit that we are trying to increase for them. You know as membership association you expect to receive certain benefits and we have been expanding the number of benefits over the last 2 to 3 years.
The Placencia Is The Place For Health Ministers
Central America's Ministers of Health are joining Belize's Health Minister at his favourite Placencia Resort - the one where he got married - for the 49th Meeting of COMISCA - which is the Council of Ministers of Health of Central America and the Dominican Republic.
The Ministers are at The Placencia Hotel and Resort, in Placencia discussing the proposed Health Agenda for Central America and the Dominican Republic - and the Regional Strategic Plan for the Prevention of Adolescent Pregnancy in the region, among other policy documents.
Health Minister Pablo Marin is chairing the meeting, and at the closing tomorrow, Belize will officially transfer Presidency Pro-Temp to Guatemala.
Robbery In Santa Rita
There was another armed robbery in Corozal. It happened yesterday evening around 6:00 at a store in Santa Rita called "Fry Store." A small name, but the robbers made off with big bucks. Police have more:
Insp. Wilfredo Ferrufino - CIB:
"There was a robbery in Corozal, in Santa Rita on the 5th of December. Sometime around 6pm two male individuals entered the store, this would be Fry Store in Santa Rita village Corozal. They were armed at the time and only the store owner and his wife were at the establishment and they robbed the establishment of 2 thousand dollars in different denominations and they made good their escape. Police are actively seeking two suspects in regards to this robbery."
Robbers Made A Bee Line For Cash
And, in another armed robbery in the north, an employee of Bee Line employee was held up and jacked in his vehicle. It happened just outside San Jose Village - and the robbers got a huge stash of cash:
Insp. Wilfredo Ferrufino - CIB:
"Edison Kayes a 27 year old collecting agent for B-Line reported that he was on the Phillip Goldson Highway and he was exiting San Jose village heading in the direction of Orange Walk. He was driving his vehicle and another vehicle passed him and stopped immediately in front of him causing him to stop his vehicle. Two armed individuals exited that vehicle..."
No Easy Road For Cop With Crack
And in tonight's final tale of woe from the north, the Corozal cop caught with crack cocaine at his San Narciso home won't get off so easily. As we told you, he pleaded not guilty in court and was granted bail but he has more punishment to serve. Here is more from police on this case.
Insp. Wilfredo Ferrufino - CIB:
"Corozal police executed a search warrant at a residence in San Narciso village present at the time was Arsenio Yah, 48 year old PC attached to Corozal police with him at the residence at the time were three other family members..."
Belize Bank’s Attorney Warns ‘Heavens Will Fall’ If G.O.B. Does Not Honour Debt
Belize Bank’s Attorney, Senior Counsel Eamon Courtenay today warned the Government that the ‘heavens will fall’ if it does not honour the multimillion-dollar UHS debt which goes back to 2004. [...]
G.O.B. Rejects Belize Bank’s Settlement Offer
The original 2004 UHS loan agreement was for thirty-three point five million dollars, but more than a decade after, the debt is believed to have ballooned to over one hundred [...]
Bradley Paumen and Michael Modiri are Back in Court
Businessmen Michael Modiri and Bradley Paumen have been locked in a protracted legal battle on both the criminal and civil ends after a business deal turned sour a few years [...]
How Will Compensation be Determined in Paumen/Modiri Dispute?
Bradley Paumen gained widespread media attention in February 2016, when it was discovered that a contract had been placed on Modiri’s life during a land dispute involving access to Paumen’s [...]
Who Will Be Charged for Domestic Violence Shooting on Vernon Street?
Thirty-two-year-old Bride’s Alley resident, Bartholomew Lucas remains hospitalized at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital, recovering from a gunshot wound to the groin. The injury was inflicted by his common-law-wife, Tanice [...]
Still No Motive for Francis Gill’s Murder
Two murders were recorded on Monday in the city, within fourteen hours of each other. The first was an organized attack on Francis and Betsy Gill before two a.m. as [...]
Arthur “Taz” Flowers was the Intended Target, but Why?
By three p.m., shots rang out yet again this time at the corner of Handyside and Queen Streets. Well-known car washer, Arthur Flowers was executed, shot to the right temple [...]
Police Constable Busted with Crack Cocaine
A police constable attached to the Corozal Town Police Station has been disciplinary charged and placed on interdiction after he was busted with crack cocaine. On Tuesday, San Narciso resident [...]
$650K for Christmas Cheer Programme
Prime Minister Dean Barrow has made it quite clear that he makes no apology for the distribution of what has become the yearly Christmas Cheer. U.D.P. Area Representatives are given [...]
Teachers to be Paid Using SmartStream System Soon
Earlier in the year, it was announced that the government will begin making moves to incorporate the over five thousand teachers into the SmartStream payroll system. The Ministry of Finance [...]
Over 12 Grand Stolen in Highway Robbery
An employee of Bee Line Company was robbed of over twelve thousand dollars, the proceeds from November’s collections in the area. The highway robbery occurred in the vicinity of San [...]
Skeletal Remains Found on Northern Coast of San Pedro
Skeletal remains have been found thirteen miles north of the island of San Pedro. During its weekly press brief today, police say that the bones recovered from a bushy area [...]
B.T.I.A. Elects Melanie Paz as its New President
Tourism continues as a top contributor to economic growth. New commercial airlines are flying to Belize from major US cities and hoteliers and restaurant owners are experiencing a boom. The [...]
Miss Universe Belize Jenelli Fraser in Thailand
Miss Universe Belize, Jenelli Fraser has been making waves in Thailand which plays host to the 2018 international beauty pageant. The twenty-eight-year-old Belizean beauty ambassador arrived in Thailand last week [...]
Merit Maker: An Easily Adaptable Drowning Prevention Strategy
In the following story we take you to Thailand. The south-east Asian country is known for its tropical beaches and world famous islands like Phuket; it’s elaborate Buddah Temples and [...]
Salvation Army’s Annual Christmas Party
Hundreds of happy faces were at the Holy Redeemer Parish Hall in Belize City today. The occasion was the annual Christmas Party hosted by the Salvation Army. Before proceeding to [...]
26 Anniversary of Giving Back with Gimme 5
Great Belize Production/Channel Five is celebrating its twenty-seventh anniversary this year and since its inception, the company has been working with the business community to give back to our faithful [...]
Healthy Living: Autism Awareness Seminar
It’s disabilities week in Belize. There are a lot of initiatives that are ongoing to help the public and parents of children with disabilities to understand the complexities of being [...]
Financial Secretary says ICJ Funds are being disbursed properly
On September 5th, the United Kingdom donated 1.3 million dollars to the Public Awareness and Preparedness Campaign to support the referendum on whether or not to refer Guatemala’s territorial, insular, and maritime claim to the International Court of Justice (ICJ). The United Nations Development Program and US Government donated $500,000 as well. Finance Secretary Joseph …
Fuel Dip just enough to give Hope at Xmas
It’s not quite Christmas but we are usually given a treat at the pump with a dip in the price of fuel. This year is no different and you may have noticed that change which became effective today. Kerosene dipped by 55 cents and is now $8.15; diesel went down 41 cents to $10.75; regular …
Salvation Army Spreads Joy
The Salvation Army is hosting an annual Christmas party for youths in Belize City. The nonprofit group has teamed up with the Belize City Council for the event. Love news spoke to Deputy Mayor Oscar Arnold and Salvation Army Major Joliker Leandre, Regional Commander about the initiative at this time of year. Major Jolicker Leandre: …
Belize Bank holds out hope to get its money from GOB
The Belize Bank Limited has still not been able to collect over $90 million dollars which was a judgment made by the Trinidad based Caribbean Court of Justice, CCJ, against the Government of Belize in the Universal Health Services matter. The CCJ made the judgment but left it up to parliament to enforce it, however, …
Modiri and Paumen in court again
Businessmen, Bradley Paumen and Michael Modiri have been up and down at the courts concerning several matters from criminal to civil. Once again, they were back in court today. In July, Modiri was seeking the court’s assistance in collecting three hundred thousand dollars in damages, a judgment the court had passed earlier for Paumen’s encroaching …
BTIA holds Annual General Meeting; New President elected
The Belize Tourism Industry Association, BTIA, held its annual general meeting today in Belize City. Executive director John Burgos spoke about some of the key elements of today’s meeting and the BTIA’s achievements over the past year. Executive director John Burgos: “The two main achievements that we are proud of is that we were able …
Man injured after vehicle crashed into his cycle
A man was knocked off his motorcycle on the Spanish Lookout Road Wednesday morning. Cayo correspondent Fem Cruz spoke the daughter Blackman Eddy resident Francisco Morales who was seriously injured. FEM CRUZ: Love News understand that Morales was knocked down off his motorcycle while on his way to Spanish Lookout. Laura Moralez the daughter of …
Robbers target grocery store in Corozal
In another robbery, this time on December 5th, two men robbed a store in the Santa Rita area in Corozal Town. Inspector Ferrufino says the men made off with a couple thousand dollars. Insp. Wilfredo Ferrufino: “Two male individuals entered the store, this would be Fries Store in Santa Rita Village Corozal, they were armed …
Collecting agent stopped and robbed but escaped unharmed
A collecting agent, an employee of Beeline Company was robbed of over twelve thousand dollars on Monday. That is what he has reported to police, who have launched an investigation into the incident. Inspector Wilfredo Ferrufino provided details of what happened. Insp. Wilfredo Ferrufino: “Edison Cayes a 27 year old collecting agent for Beeline reported …
Monsignor RC School Valley of Peace facing Closure
Layoffs and closures hurt at any time of year but it is most painful at Christmas time which is an occasion that families need extra not less financial opportunities. The Monsignor RC School Valley of Peace has an enrollment of 30 students. 20 students attend the morning session and 10 in the afternoon. Judith Melgar, …
Police Officer busted with drugs inside his house
Police officer Arcenio Yah faces criminal and disciplinary charges after his fellow officers found suspected cocaine in his house Tuesday. Shortly after midday police, on the strength of a warrant, searched the home of Yah and found the suspected drug. Inspector Wilfredo Ferrufino provided details of the search...
Finger Printing System at the Philip Goldson International Airport affects tourism sector
On Saturday, December 1st the Immigration Department began implementation of a new fingerprinting system for passengers arriving at the Philip Goldson International Airport. The process triggered a huge delay especially since there were over fifteen flights arriving to Belize on that day...
Domestic violence persistent in Lucas/Mejia relationship says Police
Thirty-two-year-old Bartholomew Lucas is recovering from gunshot wounds to his groin area after reportedly being shot by his common-law-wife thirty-three-year-old Tanice Mejia on Wednesday morning. She is now in police custody and police continue to investigate the incident...
US delivers Half a Million in equipment to CCCCC
On the third of December, the United States Government handed over approximately US $500,000 in equipment, including a state-of-art server; computer workstations; relevant software, and other equipment, to the Belize-based Caribbean Community Climate Change Center (5Cs)...
Man attacks wife with machete because of size 11 slippers
Forty-eight-year-old Elwin Pollard, a resident of 3609 North Creek Road Extension, pleaded guilty to a charge of wounding when he appeared today before Magistrate Emerson Banner. Pollard was fined $150. He was given until January 31, 2019, to pay. If he defaults on payment he will serve 6 weeks...
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US Government continues to support Caribbean in managing impacts of natural disasters
In keeping with efforts to strengthen the region’s capacity to mitigate the impact of natural disasters, the […]
Pantone’s Color of the Year is MADE For Belize – 2019 is About “Living Coral”
Belize – home of the second longest barrier reef in the world, brilliant golden sunrises over the Caribbean Sea and fiery sunsets over the lagoon – probably invented the 2019 Pantone color of the year.
Good-bye 2018’s Ultra Violet – not my favorite color by a long shot – and HELLO warm breezed, tropical sunshine and one of the best colors in the world. (Here are last year’s photos of Ultra-Violet in Belize)
It’s impossible NOT to ask the question though (and it was the first thing that Jeff asked when I told him the new color selection): Is ithis selection to celebrate the last year of “Living Coral”?
Certainly not, pessimist!
Can’t we just bask in the glow of Living Coral in Belize?
Let’s do it. Summer mamey fruit
iTravel Belize, but Sometimes iTravel Chicago
I GREW UP WITH WGN-TV, WATCHING CHICAGO NEWS, CHEERING ON THE CHICAGO CUBS AND ENJOYING MOVIES FILMED IN THE WINDY CITY. MY DAD HAS GREAT STORIES OF HIS VISIT AND I HAVE MANY BELIZEAN FRIENDS LIVING THERE NOW. WHY HADN’T I VISITED ANY EARLIER? I DON’T KNOW, JUST BEEN BUSY TRAVELING BELIZE I GUESS.
Hello Chicago! I have always wanted to visit you but thanks to United Airlines, I finally made it. The airline has been connecting Belize to the Windy City via connections in Houston and since 2014 offering seasonal direct flights, but only on Saturdays. This year United’s DAILY service to Chicago commences December 19, 2018 and runs through to March 16, 2019.
Sun Country Airlines is another major U.S. carrier to fly non-stop to Belize
Starting on Saturday, December 22, 2018, and continuing throughout the winter season until April 20, 2019, Sun Country Airlines will fly non-stop between Minneapolis/St. Paul (airport code: MSP) to the Philip S.W. Goldson International Airport in Belize City (airport code: BZE).
Flying time between Minneapolis and Belize City is just four hours and 25 minutes, giving residents of Minnesota and the Upper Midwest an easy way to escape the winter blues and enjoy a vacation in sunny, tropical Belize. The new Sun Country Airlines flight will operate solely on Saturdays, departing from Minneapolis at 7:05 a.m. and arriving in Belize City at 11:30 a.m. Flights departing Belize City will depart at 12:30 p.m. and arrive back in Minneapolis at 4:55 p.m. The new Belize City flight is part of Sun Country’s expansion into providing new routes to top vacation destinations in the Caribbean.
The 19 Best Places to Go in 2019
Belize featured in Conde Nast Traveler's 'Best Places to Travel in 2019' list! Just down the Caribbean coast from the Yucatan with a fraction of the tourism, this Central American country on the world’s second largest living coral reef has been buzzing with new openings that are transforming this one-time backpacker haven into a luxury destination. Much of the activity has been focused in the southern town of Placencia, a laid-back fishing village with a new air strip and the world’s narrowest main street. In the last year Itz’ana Resort and Residences, a Hemingway-inspired retreat with 50+ cottages and suites finished in boho-chic decor and vintage finds by fashion-pack favorite Samuel Amoia, and the offshore Gladden Private Island, a rustic-luxe, 3,000-foot, two-bedroom villa, have joined Francis Ford Coppola’s pioneering Turtle Inn.
Belize delegation visits Australia’s Great Barrier Reef in effort to bolster expertise in World Heritage Conservation
A high-level delegation from Belize visited Australia’s Great Barrier Reef from November 26 to 30, 2018, to exchange best practices on leveraging their reef’s iconic World Heritage status, to protect their fragile ecosystems from climate impacts and secure sustainable livelihoods, jobs and income for local communities.
The visit follows a series of landmark conservation actions that led to the removal of the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System from the List of World Heritage in Danger earlier this year.
As the world’s most extensive coral reef ecosystem, the Great Barrier Reef is a globally outstanding and significant entity. It was inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1981 and covers an area larger than Italy. The Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System is one of the most pristine reef ecosystems in the Western Hemisphere and was referred to as “the most remarkable reef in the West Indies” by Charles Darwin. It was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1996.
The Best Caribbean Beaches For 2019: The Ultimate List
One of my favorite destinations in the world is the Caribbean with its warm waters, sandy shores, and great cocktails. With so much destruction during Hurricane's Irma and Maria over a year ago, I am thrilled to report most of the best beaches and waterfront hotels are back in action with quite a few of them better than before. The perfect retreat for millions of tourists worldwide, the Caribbean not only offers up an amazing escape from cold winter climates but also creates memories to last for a lifetime. Some of my finest memories include floating in the bathtub-warm waters of Aruba, sailing in the British Virgin Islands, deep sea fishing in Nicaragua and countless others. I have become a bit of a beach aficionado having personally visited most of these beaches and am excited to present my favorites for 2019.
Hopkins Bay Beach:
Enjoy the feeling of seclusion on your own patch of perfect beach, while being close to all the happenings of the local village. Take a kayak out to see the sunset over Victoria's Peak, one of the highest mountains in Belize.
Richard Branson dived 124 meters into the world's second-biggest sinkhole and made an unprecedented discovery
Located about 70 kilometers off the coast of Belize City, the Great Blue Hole is the world's deepest underwater sinkhole, after the Dragon Hole in China.
As well as being a sizeable sinkhole, the structure is situated right in the center of the world's second-largest coral reef, the Belize Barrier Reef, and is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Made famous by a 1971 documentary with marine researcher Jacques Cousteau, the Great Blue Hole has been a popular spot for recreational divers ever since, but not much was known about the origins of the mysterious place.
However, entrepreneur and philanthropist Richard Branson joined a team of scientists and divers to change that.
Q&A with Fabien Cousteau - star of Into the Blue Hole on DSTV Discovery Channel
Fabien Cousteau, the grandson of Jacques-Yves Cousteau, is known for his study of sharks and from 2000-2002, he was an Explorer-at-Large for National Geographic and collaborated on a TV special aimed at changing public conceptions about sharks called, Attack of the Mystery Shark.
Then in 2003-2006, he produced the documentary, Mind of a Demon, that aired on CBS. With the help of a large crew, Fabien created a 14-foot, 1,200-pound, lifelike shark submarine called “Troy” that enabled him to immerse 6 himself inside the shark world, providing viewers with a rare view of the mysterious and often misunderstood creatures.
IN MEXICO FOUND AN AMAZING CEREMONIAL CENTER OF THE ANCIENT MAYA
The ceremonial center of the ancient Maya discovered by scientists in the state of Yucatan in Southeast Mexico. About the new opening of the National Institute of anthropology and history said Wednesday the Agency Quadratin, reports UNN.
The age of the center, found in a cave in the municipality of Valladolid, presumably, is not less than 2,3 thousand years. On its territory there were three buildings, constructed well before the Spanish colonization, as well as several burials. Scientists believe that they may rest members of the nobility of the Maya.
Better education on CCJ role needed: Chief justice
In the wake of the referendum defeats in Grenada and Antigua and Barbuda in adopting the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) as the region’s final court of appeal, the court’s chief justice has admitted that more still needs to be done to educate the public about the role of the court.
“I’m not worried about the referendum results in Antigua and Grenada; but what it tells us, we need more educational work,” said Justice Adrian Saunders in delivering the Maxwell Haywood Memorial Lecture Friday night at Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn.
“So, if we don’t do that (educational work), who’s going to do it?” Justice Saunders asked. “So, if we’re going to advance, we need to know how we’re going to make our country more independent.”
Romaine Hemmings: Teaching in the U.S. with Participate, 4min. Participate partners with schools and districts to provide leading-edge technology, comprehensive frameworks and support services. These programs and services impact student outcomes by improving teacher practice through collaborative learning.
Miss Universe Jenelli Fraser models a design by a Thai fashion designer, 15sec.
The Office Gurus Locations in Belize, 1min. With offices in San Ignacio and Belmopan, our Guru locations showcase our vibrant culture and passion.
Sailing & Exploring Placencia Belize, 21min. In this episode we show the real cruising lifestyle while sailing and exploring Placencia, Belize. We wander the sleepy streets of Placencia, grab some coffee and breakfast, and check out the grocery store and veggie stands so that Desiree has a game plan for re-provisioning. Jordan finds a leak in the raw water pump on our 25 HP Beta Marine, and attempts to fix it.
Wildlife Ambassador Program Belize, 7.5min. Thanks to support from WWF and PACT BWRC launched the Wildlife Ambassador Program in late 2018 with the aim to get more community members and law enforcement officers involved in wildlife rescue, and humane human-wildlife conflict resolution.
WAP’s Mission is to improve wildlife conflict response and reduce poaching, trafficking and trade by providing law enforcement and community with relevant tools and information.
The Vision is a country where people treat wildlife with respect and dignity, with minimal human-wildlife conflict.
Night Dive Belize 2018, 12min.
Night Four of Gimme 5!!, 1hr45min.
Channel 5 Obituaries, 2min.
International Anti-Corruption Day - United National Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC), 32min. International Anti-Corruption Day is celebrated on December 9th. Belize is a signatory to the United National Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC) and has been in the process of implementing strategies and policies to reduce opportunities for corruption. We spoke with the President of the Public Service Union, Doreth Obermayer Cayetano, about how the public service can be engage in anti-corruption efforts.
Caribbean Community Climate Change Center (CCCCC), 32min. Dr. Ulric Trotz is the Deputy Director and Science Advisor of The Caribbean Community Climate Change Center (CCCCC). He was our guest to discuss the LiDAR system and how its technology contributes to the scientific study of our region and to understanding of climate change issues.
The Belize Bank Limited is partnering with MasterCard to introduce new card products, 32min. The Belize Bank Limited is partnering with MasterCard to introduce new card products that use the contact less technology. Representatives of the Bank and MasterCard were our guests to explain how this will increase the efficiency of banking and enhance the buying experience of customers. On our couch:
Martin Marshalleck - The Belize Bank.
Eliza Reyes - The Belize Bank.
Juan Zavala - MasterCard Representative.
Lecture Series On The ICJ & Referendum, min.
At Independence Village, Mango Creek.
A Review of the Hamanasi Adventure Dive Resort in Belize, 9min. In this review of the Hamanasi Resort you will take a tour of the amenities the resort has to offer including fine dining, the pool and beach, a beach villa and the main building. Adventures offered at Hamanasi include scuba diving, snorkeling. paddle boarding. kayaking, and hiking. Tours include canoeing through the Rain Forest, exploring the Mayan Ruins, Hiking in the Jungle or just relax on your private veranda. This resort in Belize is the perfect escape for the active couple or the couple looking for quiet relaxation!
Robin's Kitchen San Pedro Belize, 2min.
BELIZE IN 1975, 10min. The early days of tranquility. Enjoy... If you are younger than 43 you were not alive when this video was taken. You could say it was before your time. A little earlier the name British Honduras had just changed to Belize. Belmopan was completed and Tropical Storm Greta hit Belize with about four feet of water in the City.