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International law experts, diplomats, and foreign press encourage Belize to head to the ICJ
In April of 2019, Belizeans will have the opportunity to decide if the International Court of Justice (ICJ) will settle the Guatemalan territorial claim by voting in a nationwide referendum. Taking the dispute to the ICJ is strongly supported by international law experts, diplomats and even members of the international press. To better inform the Belizean public on the process, The San Pedro Sun was part of a delegation of Belizean media houses who traveled to the ICJ located at The Hague, Netherlands from November 25th to the 30th. After a week of discussions with scholars of the ICJ process, they all encouraged Belizeans to take advantage of this opportunity and to trust the ICJ.
‘Belize Navidad!’- Ramon’s Village wins 2018 San Pedro Holiday Boat Parade
The ‘Belize Navidad’ vessel, sponsored by Ramon’s Village Resort, was the top prize winner at this year’s Holiday Lighted Boat Parade. The festive event was held on Saturday, December 8th, with 12 boats lighting the windward coast of San Pedro Town. Hundreds of spectators came out to the beach to admire the lighted boats between the parade route from Wayo’s Beach Bar to Crazy Canucks Beach Bar. The event ended at Sandbar, where an award ceremony handed out over $10,000 in giveaways.
U.S. Presidential Determination with Respect to Foreign Government Efforts to Combat Trafficking in Persons
President Trump on November 29 granted a partial waiver to Belize from U.S. foreign assistance restrictions for those countries rated as Tier 3 in the U.S. 2018 Trafficking in Persons Report.
Per the U.S. Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) of 2000, as amended, the Department of State reports on and ranks the efforts of foreign governments to combat human trafficking in an annual Trafficking in Persons Report. Those nations rated as Tier 3 are subject to specific foreign assistance restrictions unless the President waives those restrictions. Of the 22 countries ranked Tier 3 in the 2018 Trafficking in Persons Report, five countries, including Belize, received either full or partial waivers.
Belizean Selected For Top Position On The Commonwealth Youth Council
It looked like the participants of this year's Holiday Boat Parade bought out all the Christmas lights in town. The boats were all lit up with colorful lights and cheerful with music, song and dance! The Holiday Boat Parade boasted 11 boat entries, double that of last year. That meant double the light, double the fun, double the Christmas cheer at this year's annual event.
Ramon's Village pulled out all the stops once again and secured the big win with two boat entries. Their Belize Navidad with Santa Claus, Christmas trees, snowmen and reindeers took first place and their second boat took fourth place with a Nativity Scene. Fun Boats like ACES's 'Merry Crocmas' won Best Charity Boat while Kids in Action boat entertained with Sponge Bob Square Pants and Patrick Star. They took the prize for Best Small Boat.
More Christmas Lights Than Ever At Holiday Boat Parade
Young Belizean – Jordan Craig – now serves on the prestigious Commonwealth Youth Council for the period 2018 to 2020. The Commonwealth Youth Council (CYC) is the official voice of the young people across all Commonwealth Nations. The Council’s ail is to further advance the your development agenda by integrating young people into the development work of the Commonwealth at national, regional and Pan-commonwealth levels. It also provides a sustainable platform for unified engagement with decision makers and youth-led development initiatives.
Misc Belizean Sources
Speaker of the House of Representatives of Belize attends
the 36th Session of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly
Cotonou, Benin. December 10, 2018. The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Honourable Laura Tucker- Longsworth led Belize’s delegation to the 36th Session of the Africa Caribbean Pacific – European Union (ACP-EU) Joint Parliamentary Assembly, following the 52nd Session of the ACP Parliamentary Assembly.
From 28th to 30th November 2018, the Honourable Madam Speaker participated in the 52nd Session of the ACP Parliamentary Assembly. During the meeting of the Committee on Political Affairs, Madam Speaker relayed an update on the Belize-Guatemala process and the latest developments on Belize’s preparations towards its referendum in April 2019.
Corozal Tree Lighting
Mayor Rigo Vellos and the Corozal Town Council extend their most sincere gratitude to all those persons who made the Tree Lighting a great success. Thank you Corozal!!! Together we make things happen!!!!
Sacred Heart Interact Club Delivers Toys
The Sacred Heart College Interact Club delivered the toys they collected to the kids in Calla Creek yesterday. There were a lot of smiles. Thanks, Interact, for making their Christmas a little brighter!
Help 200 children of Toledo attend Bioblitz
Since 2015, Ya'axche Conservation Trust has held its annual BioBlitz event for students and teachers of the Toledo district. This event focuses on raising conservation awareness through participation in biodiversity monitoring techniques. Events in the past have included teaching students to identify birds, mammals, and fresh water invertebrates, tree identification, camera trapping, and distinguishing features by microscope. Ya'axche hopes to reach 200 students at this year's Bioblitz event.
'Executive Summary' of the first cycle of review of the existing anti-corruption legal framework of Belize
iew of the legal and institutional framework of Belize in the context of implementation of the United Nations Convention against Corruption Belize is a sovereign parliamentary constitutional monarchy with Queen Elizabeth II as its titular head, represented by the Governor General. Belize became an independent State on 21 September 1981. The legal system is derived from English common law and statutes. The Belize Constitution (Constitution) is the supreme law of Belize and any law that is inconsistent with the Constitution shall be void to the extent of the inconsistency (art. 2). The Caribbean Court of Justice serves as Belize’s final appellate court for civil and criminal matters.Belize acceded to the United Nations Convention against Corruption on 12 December 2016. With regard to the incorporation of international law into domestic law, Belize follows a strictly dualist approach. All of the provisions of the Convention have not yet been incorporated into municipal law.
POSTPONED FOR THE 2ND TIME: Lecture Series on the ICJ Referendum & ICJ in Corozal
Lecture Series on the ICJ Referendum & ICJ scheduled for Monday, December 10th at St. Francis Xavier R.C. School Auditorium in Corozal has been postponed for the second time.
Panelists were a no show and the audience at around 8:00 p.m. were around 14 people.
Our questions to the ICJ panelists would have been:- "Who are the Spanish to English/English to Spanish translators in this entire ICJ process? What are their qualifications and what are their nationalities?"
The U.S. Embassy is seeking eligible and qualified applicants for Supervisory Human Resources Specialist
his position is being advertised with the experience for education substitution option. Based on qualifications, applicants need only apply for one of the two available vacancies, Belmopan-2018-18 or Belmopan-2018-18-S. Please review the qualifications requirements for each vacancy before applying.
2018 is a very special year for us at Ya'axché Conservation Trust and our partners in conservation – celebrating 20 years!
In 1998, Fauna & Flora International (FFI) started working with the Ya’axché Conservation Trust (Ya’axché) – then a small, newly formed community organisation – to protect this important area. Our partnership began with the purchase of two vital parcels of land at the heart of the Maya Golden Landscape. These sites were connected to areas already under protection, but were threatened with conversion to citrus and shrimp farms.
Purchasing these plots laid the foundations of our conservation efforts across the landscape, none of which would have been possible without the generosity and foresight of the Arcadia Fund – a charitable fund of Lisbet Rausing & Peter Baldwin – who partnered with FFI in 1998 to establish the Halcyon Land & Sea Fund to protect places of exceptional conservation value in perpetuity.
AH BOLON TZACAB
Ah Bolon Tzacab means "The leaf-Nose" it represents agriculture,Vegetation and regeneration . Also spelled as Ah Bolon Dz'acab .
A MAYA CROSS IN A VILLAGE IN ORANGE WALK AND LOS ELEGIDOS DE DIOS BY ALFONSO ROJAS
LOS ELEGIDOS DE DIOS(Etnografia de los Mayas de Quintana Roo) by Alfonso Rojas. A very interesting reading from the Yucatec Maya rebels in Quintana Roo(Mex). When the Maya where losing the Maya Social War(Caste War) against the Hispanics . A miracle happen , Crosses appeared and spoke to the Maya giving them hope to continue figthing . These crosses come from the "divine" voice of "hahal ku," the true Maya god of the Masewal . God chose the Masewal and the followers of the cross became known as Cruzoob Maya . After they form the Maya state of Chan Santa Cruz which lasted until the 1901.
Local Belizean Artistic talents at their best at our Annual Cayo Art Festival
Lots of photos!
Working Woman Missing After Fight With Boyfriend, Family Desperate For Answers
Tonight there are serious concerns for a 23 year old working woman from Belize City - who's gone missing without a trace.
Anisha Young went to her staff Christmas party on Saturday - and hasn't been seen or heard from since: she hasn't come home, and she didn't show up for work today. She's never done anything like that before - and her cousin told us why the family is so terribly concerned tonight:
Sheree Salgado, Anisha's cousin:
"The last we have heard about Anisha was Saturday when she went to her work Christmas party. After she left the Christmas party around 1am, she went to Sit and Sip. She had an argument with her boyfriend and people claimed that she went in a taxi and that was the last and around 9pm last night..."
Jealousy and Drinking Led To Vicious Chopping Death
A Guatemalan farm caretaker was hacked to death in Cristo Rey Village in Cayo. Dima Gregorio was at the farm when his brother in law, Filiberto Itche and his wife got into argument. Gregorio stepped in as peacemaker and Itche chopped him to his hands, head and back. Courtney Weatherburne has the story.
Courtney Weatherburne reporting:
A blot of Dimas Gregorio's dark dried blood marks the spot where he took his final breaths.
Gregorio was chopped to death on Friday night at the San Pablo farm in Cristo Rey, Cayo.
One Dead At Pier One
Pier One Bar and Grill, the popular night club inside the BTL Park, was the scene of a murder on Friday night.
The victim is 20 year-old Asher Saunders, a resident of Bagdad Street in Belize City, and he's no stranger to police. Reports to 7News are that sometime just before midnight, Saunders was socializing at the bar with others when a fight broke out. The police officers working at the bar attempted to break up the fight between 2 rival gang groups. While the officers were doing that, someone from the crowd pulled out a handgun and shot Saunders to the head.
This caused widespread panic in the club and in the park, as everyone fled the area looking for cover. Police rushed Saunders to the KHMH where he died about 15 minutes later.
Man Knocked Down Near Home
A man was knocked down and killed near his St. Matthews home. It happened on Saturday morning after 8:00. The victim is 26 year old Wilford Robinson. He was heading to a friend's house when he was hit. We spoke to his sister about the accident and she says contrary to reports, Wilford was not mentally challenged and he did not deliberately walk unto the heavily trafficked road to get run over.
Shanel Robinson, Sister:
"My brother was crossing our gate going across the street when the vehicle overtook the bus and hit him. What we want to put out there is that nothing was wrong with my brother, nothing doesn't go like that where they said that he mentally challenged, nothing like that happened. He was already across the road when the vehicle hit him."
Police Not Sure On Charges For St, Matthews Fatal
Now as you heard, the family wants the driver, Ian Rhaburn to be charged but the police are still gathering information on this case to decide if they will press charges. Here's more:
ASP Alejandro Cowo, OC-CIB:
"On Friday the 7th of December 2018 at about 9:41 am, Mr. Ian Rhaburn, a Belizean business man of Belize City, reported that he was driving from the direction of Roaring Creek towards Belize City driving a rental SUV when approaching St. Matthews Village, a male person ran from the left hand side of the road ran towards his direction causing him to hit the male person..."
Border Activists Push The Envelope on Illegal Border Crossings
There's a group of Belizean border activists in Orange Walk who are challenging Belize's most basic immigration laws. They don't believe that they should have to stamp in and stamp out at Immigration when they're leaving or entering the country. And, also apparently, they don't believe that their movements in and out of the country should be confined to approved border crossings.
They put their resolve on the line this weekend when they decided to cross from Santa Cruz Village in Orange Walk to Botes, Mexico - which is not an approved border crossing. In fact, right now it is an area of intensive patrols by the Coast Guard, police, and Customs to cut down on Christmas contraband.
Pilot Reported Dead, Family Reports Him Dead Two Months Later
Two months ago, the media received credible information that Tropic Air pilot Milo Paz had died in Panama while doing private charter work. His boss at Tropic John Greif confirmed that he had heard the same and that Paz was on leave at the time.
But, we never found any news or police reports from Panama to confirm that - and, now, there's a new wrinkle in the story: his wife reported him missing on Friday in San Pedro. AND SHE TOO TOLD POLICE THAT SHE'd heard he was dead, but had no confirmation.
Now, how do you report an allegedly dead man missing? And is it all just for insurance? That's what we asked police today:...
Police Finding It Hard To Bring Charges In Woman's Murder
A 25 year old woman was killed in Santa Elena on Thursday night. Brenda Castellanos was hanging out with her friend 35 year old Jennis August when two gunmen fired indiscriminately on the yard. August was shot to the chest and the mother of a two year old died on the way to the hospital. Today, police told us that they know who did it but cannot get statements to make an arrest..
ASP Alejandro Cowo, CIB - Eastern Division:
"Police have detained several persons who they have questioned, however, because of a lack of evidence. They had to be released. What we understand from the investigator is that several persons have been interviewed, however, they are very reluctant to cooperate with the investigators."
One Man Charged For Raping American Woman
Ladyville Police have arrested a man for raping a 49 year old American woman in that village. ASP Cowo went over the details of the report - and disclosed the name of the alleged rapist:..
ASP Alejandro Cowo:
"She reported that about 9am, she was leaving her house on board of her Wingle pickup when she noticed a male person of dark complexion with a machete, standing beside her. A struggle ensued between them where the male person knocked her down and allegedly had sexual intercourse against her will and thereafter made away with eight thousand two hundred dollars Belize currency that she had in her possession."
No Blood Sample Extracted in Head-On Collision
And while that American woman's alleged rapist has been arrested - 85 year old American John Thomas died before he could see charges for the man that rammed head on into his van.
The accident happened in Louisville Village, Corozal on Saturday 1st December when 44 year old Martin Carillo was driving a Dodge Calibre that rammed into Thomas's van. The elderly man died 5 days later. Drunk driving was suspected to be the culprit, but today police told us they will never know:...
Two Killers Plead Down To Manslaughter
Tonight, 25 year-old Clive Geban, and 21 year-old Roberto Rodriguez are at the Belize Central Prison awaiting sentencing, after they pleaded guilty to manslaughter. They were charged with murder for the January 2013 killing of 61 year-old Ervin Morales, which happened at his home in Maskall Village.
On January 19th, 2013, both Geban and Rodriguez went to Morales' house to rob him. When they didn't find him there, they hid under his bed and waited for him to come home. As soon as he entered, they attacked him with a machete and a knife. He suffered 19 separate wounds, including those to the back of the head, the left shoulder, the hand and both elbows.
More Mora for NTUCB
This weekend, the National Trade Union Congress of Belize held its 52nd Annual General Meeting at the ITVET in Corozal Town.
Delegates from all 10 member unions participated in the AGM, where a new Executive Council was elected for the NTUCB for a 2-year term. Marvin Mora, from the Belize Energy Workers Union has been re-elected as the President..."
Madam Speaker In Benin
Speaker of the house, Laura Tucker- Longsworth, recently attended the 36th Session of the African Caribbean Pacific - European Union (ACP-EU) Joint Parliamentary Assembly in Cotonou, Benin.
According to an official release, during the November 28th to 30th meeting, she updated the Assmebly on the Belize-Guatemala process along with the latest developments on Belize's preparations for its referendum in April 2019.
The Belize Pitch, in A Glossy
Invest Belize: it's the Ministry of Trade and Investment Promotion's premier magazine which they use to court foreign investors. The magazine is produced annually, and today, BELTRAIDE and the Ministry launched the 6th volume under the theme, "Our Green Economy, Your Trade Opportunity".
We stopped by the unveiling ceremony today, and spoke with the Minister and the new Executive Director about this particular theme, and about the companies they highlighted in this edition as examples of the green economy at work:
Gung Ho For Galen
Today's launch of Invest Belize also gave the Small Business Development Center, an arm of BELTRAIDE, an opportunity to officially hand over a $30,000 Galen University scholarship to a raffle winner.
The raffle was held 10 days ago at the SBDC's Entrepreneurship Convention, and today, we spoke with the scholarship donors as well as the recipients:
Illegal Logger Gets Big Fine
30 year-old Walter Salazar, a farmer of Armenia Village, is facing an eleven thousand-dollar fine after he pleaded guilty to illegally harvesting mahogany Trees for timber.
Last week Thursday, police intercepted a white truck at the junction of Fabers Road and the George Price Highway. Salazar was driving, and when the cops searched the truck, they found 153 pieces of Mahogany lumber, which amounted to just over 1700 board feet.
Maimed In Margaret's
A man lost a part of his hand in a chopping that happened in St, Margaret's Village. 42 YEAR OLD FARMER JOSE ICAL was ambushed by three men after leaving a villager bar on Sunday night. Police told us more:.
ASP Alejandro Cowo:
"Jose Ical was socializing at Cynthia's Bar when he had a dispute whilst leaving the bar with three male persons; one of them attacked him and chopped him causing that injury to him..."
Ghost Town Cop Shooter
Mayflower Street is a gang controlled area and one famous for skirmishes and exchanges of gunfire with police. There was one more this weekend. The CIB Officer Commanding says police responded to the sound of shots being fired and ended up being fired upon:
ASP Alejandro Cowo:
"Last night police responded to shot being fired in the Mayflower area. As a result they have a patrol that is located there. They went into the alley on foot and while they were canvassing the area where an alley is located, police observed a male person running away from them..."
Robber Grabbed Deposit Bag
There was a robbery at Benny's around closing time on Friday. Police told us how a gunman got off with nearly five thousand dollars in a deposit bag:...
ASP Alejandro Cowo :
"On Friday, the 7th of December at about 4:35 pm, Mr. Nathaniel Perera, a Belizean cashier of Benny's Bargain Center, located at No. 54 Freetown Road; he reported that he was standing in front of the business place when he was approached by a male person who came from the direction of Freetown riding a bicycle, who questioned him if the business place was still open..."
No Answers For Burnt Vehicle
And, finally in police news tonight, the cops have no clue as to who burned manager Lisa Stanford's vehicle and why. As we reported on Friday, her vehicle was stolen from in front of the former Chateau restaurant on Thursday night. It turned up the next morning burned near Hattieivlle. We asked the police why:...
ASP Alejandro Cowo
"The vehicle was found about 8 in the morning at the Butcher Burns Road between Hattieville area extensively damaged by fire. The vehicle is valued at $45,000 Belize currency."
"Any suspects or suspected motive?"
ASP Alejandro Cowo, OC-CIB:
"No suspects we have at this moment."
Miss World and Ms. Jalyssa
And, finally, tonightâ€¦The 2018 Miss World Pageant was held in Sanya, China this weekend. It was the 68th edition of the pageant, and at end, Vanessa Ponce De Leon, the Mexican delegate, was chosen as the winner.
Belize's own Jalyssa Arthurs was also a contestant in the pageant, and she made a great showing on behalf of the country. Here's how she introduced herself to the world's populations which were tuned in:
8 Belizeans Arrested for ‘Illegal Entry,’ but Later Released
Things got chaotic on Sunday evening in Santa Cruz Village in the Orange Walk District. Santa Cruz is an illegal port of entry which leads to the popular Mexican village [...]
Murder at Pier One; Asher Saunders is Executed
Police are tonight looking for the gunman responsible for the murder of Asher Saunders. The twenty-year-old Bagdad Street resident was sitting at the bar of the Pier One night club [...]
Guatemalan Man Chopped to Death by “Friend”
A Guatemalan man was viciously chopped to death on Friday night in a western village. Police believe that Guatemalan Filiberto Itche attacked and killed Dimas Choc in a fit of [...]
Still No Charges for Brenda Castellanos Murder
Police have been unable to charge any suspects for the murder of Brenda Castellanos. The twenty-five-year-old mother was mortally wounded last Thursday as she stood inside a yard on Bishop [...]
Where is Anisha Young?
The family of Anisha “Annie” Young is desperately looking for her. The young woman, who is an employee of Voyse International went missing on Saturday night. She attended her staff [...]
St. Mathews Villager Knocked Down and Killed
Two persons lost their lives in traffic mishaps. On Friday morning, a Belize City businessman driving from Roaring Creek to Belize City knocked down and killed a person who was [...]
John Thomas Perishes 4 Days after Accident in Louisville
Meanwhile, in Louisville a man perished four days after he was involved in a traffic accident in that northern village. Sometime last week, John Thomas was one of two victims [...]
2 Months Later, Milo Paz is Reported Missing
Two months after the Paz family in San Pedro Town received information that forty-nine-year-old Jose Milo Paz had perished, on Friday; his wife Ermijines Paz filed a missing person’s report [...]
A Shootout in Mayflower
There was a shootout between police and a man in the Mayflower area, Belize City on Sunday night. According to reports, a barrage of bullets echoed in the distance and [...]
Adam Meighan Charged for Rape of U.S. National
There are a few more details about the rape and robbery of a forty-nine-year old U.S. national in Ladyville. The victim, who is a student, reported to police that on [...]
The Caribbean Must be Counted at COP24
Every year, the world comes together to attend the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. It is the largest gathering of international climate [...]
Maim in Saint Margaret’s Village; Jose Ical Loses Left Hand
Also on the crime blotter…There was a chopping incident in Saint Margaret’s Village on the Hummingbird Highway. Jose Ical was maimed and his left hand amputated above the wrist following [...]
Robber Escapes with Almost $5000 from Benny’s Bargain Center
Twenty-two-year-old Nathaniel Perera, the cashier at Benny’s Bargain Center on Freetown Road reported to police that he was robbed of over four thousand seven hundred dollars on Friday. Around four-thirty [...]
Meet Gimme 5’s Grand Prize Winner
This month Great Belize Productions/Channel Five marked its twenty-seventh anniversary of broadcast. In a time honored tradition, we celebrated our milestone the way we have from the very first year [...]
Miss Universe Belize Reveals National Costume in International Pageant
Miss Universe Belize, Jenelli Fraser, appeared on stage this morning in Bankok, Thailand where the national costume competition of Miss Universe took place. Fraser wore a stunning ensemble designed by [...]
Belize Bank Spreads Xmas Cheer with Stella Maris Students
One hundred and three students from Stella Maris School were filled with joy today as Belize Bank Limited threw its tenth annual Christmas party for the children. The purpose is [...]
The Sixth Edition of INVEST Belize Magazine is Launched
The sixth edition of BELTRADE’s Investment magazine was launched this morning with the theme, “Our Green Economy, Your Trade Opportunity.” As the name suggests, the magazine is geared towards sustainable [...]
James Adderley with the Weekend in Sports
Good evening, I’m James Adderley and this is Sports Monday. [Highlights of the weekend sporting activities...]
Choc Chopped and Killed During Domestic Dispute
At almost the same time as the BTL Park murder, at minutes to midnight, in the western section of the country, another murder occurred. Cayo police responded to a murder on a farm in Cristo Rey Village in the Cayo District. When officers arrived at the scene, they found Dimas Gregorio Choc lying face up …
Belize Bank hosts tenth annual Christmas Party for children
Today, the Belize Bank Limited held a Christmas party for 103 students from Stella Maris School. This year marks the tenth annual Christmas party hosted by the bank. Love news stopped by and spoke with Denise Godfrey, the Senior Marketing Officer at Belize Bank Limited, who said that they are happy to serve the students …
Murder in BTL Park
Another murder for 2018 was recorded in Belize City on Friday night. The incident did not occur in a gang affiliated area, but on the entertainment strip. It was only a matter of time until someone lost their life at the BTL Park at a bar which sells alcohol. Violent incidents had occurred at the …
16 Days of Activism ends with pledge-a-thon
There were several activities held in commemoration of the 16-days of activism and today being the final day Ret International held a pledge-a-thon at the Battlefield Park. Love news spoke with Malenie Barnes, Country Director for Ret International, who said that the pledge-a-thon was to invite person to become responders to end gender-based violence and …
Woman raped and robbed weeks after previous assault
A woman who had allegedly been assaulted 5 weeks ago, has reported to the police that since that incident, she had been robbed and raped. Alejandro Cowo, the Officer in Charge of C.I.B., for Belize City says the culprit allegedly stole eight thousand dollars. ASP Alejandro Cowo: “A 49 year old American student who resides …
Man loses an arm while socializing
One man was maimed while socializing in Saint Margaret’s Village, Cayo District. Correspondent Fem Cruz reports. Fem Cruz: “Based on a telephone call received Sunday morning of a chopping incident Love News visited the Western Regional Hospital General Ward in Belmopan and saw 42 year old Jose Ical Belizean farmer of St. Margarett Village with …
Police say suspect targeted a man but killed and shot two women
Two women were socializing with family members and their children in a yard on Bishop Martin Street just after seven o’clock last week Thursday night when a gunman, dressed in black, emerged from behind the yard, fired multiple shots at the group. 25-year-old, Brenda Castellanos passed away during surgery at the Western Regional Hospital while …
UDP hosts Convention in Toledo
The United Democratic Party held a convention to elect a standard bearer for Toledo East. Correspondent Paul Mahung has the results. Paul Mahung Toledo Correspondent: “A convention for Toledo East UDP Standard Bearer was held yesterday in Punta Gorda. Voting polls opened at 9am and closed at 5 pm. It was followed by the counting …
Pilot Milo Paz Reported Missing Two Months After Last Seen
The family of Pilot Jose Aljemiro Paz, better known as “Milo” has officially reported him missing. Police say that on Friday morning Paz’ wife, 46-year-old Ermijines Paz, a Belizean Businesswoman made the report. Milo Paz had left his home on October third and never returned. News of Paz’s demise surfaced days later in which it …
Ahmadiyya Basketball League captures gold in Copa Gatorade Bacalar Tournament
Yesterday, the Ahmadiyya Basketball League returned from Chetumal where both their teams captured gold in the Copa Gatorade Bacalar Tournament. Love news spoke with Naveed Mangla, the President of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at, Belize, who said it was their second time participating in the competition. Naveed Mangla, the President of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at, Belize: “So …
When a Croc Attacks
But another resident from the West almost lost a limb. But this time the culprit was a crocodile and the victim still has a crocodile tooth stuck in his knee to prove it. Cayo Correspondent Fem Cruz reports...
Sugar Crop Season Opening While World Market Prices Crawl
The opening of sugar cane crop 2018/19 is set for Thursday. American Sugar Refineries, the owner of Belize Sugar Industries is monitoring the crop as the world price per ton continues to drop and some preferential markets begin to dry up. Love News spoke to William Neal, ASR/BSI’s Government Affairs and Communications Officer...
Group of Belizeans held by police on Bellizean soil for illegal entry
A group of Belizeans were arrested on Sunday afternoon in Santa Cruz, Orange Walk for illegal entry to Belize. One of those men was Giovanni De La Fuente, a member of the Northern Territorial Volunteers. Word got out and soon after their arrest, social media was abuzz with the report. Today we spoke with De la Fuente who said that while they were detained, they were never charged...
6th Volume of INVEST BELIZE
The Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (BELTRAIDE) launch the 6th Volume of the Invest Belize Magazine under the theme “Our Green Economy, Your Trade Opportunity”. Love news spoke to Minister of Trade Tracy Panton and Beltraide’s Executive Director Dr. Leroy Almendarez about the significance of the Invest Belize magazine to the tourism product as well as a mean to attract capital investment in Belize...
IN THE COURTS: Men plead guilty to manslaughter, while villager busted for mahogany
Two men, 25-year-old Clive Geban and 21-year-old Roberto Rodriguez, who were charged with the murder of 61-year-old Ervin Morales, pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of manslaughter when they appeared today before Justice Colin Williams. Their sentences have been deferred until December 18 in order for them to prepare pleas for mitigation...
Jordan Craig appointed to Commonwealth Youth Council
A young Belizean has been selected to be part of the Commonwealth Youth Council (CYC) for the period 2018 to 2020. The Commonwealth Youth Council’s aim is to further advance the youth development agenda by integrating young people into the development work of the Commonwealth at national, regional, and Pan-Commonwealth levels...
MISSING YOUNG WOMAN, FAMILY SEEKS PUBLIC’S HELP
Family and friends of Anisha ‘Anny’ Young are asking anyone with information on her whereabouts to please call 602-7154. Young was last seen at a private function on Saturday night and hasn’t been seen since.
Man’s Hand Chopped Off in Machete Altercation
A man’s hand was chopped off by one of three men while he was heading home from a bar Saturday night.
The Reporter understands that shortly before midnight on Saturday night Jose Ical, 42, a farmer of St. Margaret’s Village was walking home along with Lionel Bustillos...
Breaking Belize News
Police: Witnesses not cooperating in shooting of two women in Santa Elena, Cayo
Last Thursday night,police visited Santa Elena, Cayo where they saw two females with gunshot wounds to […]
Police: Love triangle leads to fatal chopping in Cristo Rey
On Friday, just before midnight, San Ignacio police visited Cristo Rey, Cayo at a farm where […]
Young woman from Belize City missing
The family of Anisha “Anny” Young is concerned about her whereabouts. According to reports, Young was […]
House Speaker attends 36th Session of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly
Speaker of the House of Representatives, Laura Tucker- Longsworth led Belize’s delegation to the 36th […]
Dennis Garbutt wins UDP Toledo East Convention
Yesterday, the United Democratic Party (UDP) hosted a convention to elect a standard bearer in […]
Cold front affecting Belize
Today, the National Meteorological Center (NMC) informed that a cold front is affecting Belize. According to […]
Jenelli Fraser represents Belize at Ms. Universe 2018
Belizean beauty ambassador, Jenelli Fraser is in Bangkok,Thailand where she is representing Belize at the 2018 […]
Belize~ Paying its own way to Hell
Whenever a person offers up his own resources to finance initiatives that are against his own best interest…he can be said to be paying his own way to hell […]
‘Rock the Boat’ in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize.
On our first day back from our trip to New Orleans Rose and I received a really lovely invitation to be part of an event that we have been watchers of since its inception. The San Pedro Holiday Lighted Boat Parade. Only one answer. ” Yes please”.
So yesterday evening Rose, our friend Frank and myself got to the dock at Ramon’s Village Resort by 16.50 hours to meet the crew and our fellow seafarers.
From our great vantage point we able to quite close to the rest of the boats.
‘The World is My Oyster’ away from San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize.
I know, I know. It’s been a while since I last produced an edition. A long while.
I’ve actually sat down to write something a few times. In fact each time we’ve been on holiday this year – London, Nashville and Cartagena- or family or friends have come to stay with us I’ve knocked a few paragraphs out but then lost the drive to finish what I started.
Well, Rose and I have just got back from a trip to New Orleans and I think the virtually exclusive diet of omega 3 ( more later) has had a substantial effect upon my energy levels. And appears – how long this may last I have no idea – to have instilled a degree of discipline into me again.
Anyway, back to our little trip away from San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize.
“Tell It Like It Is “ when away from San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize.
Now where were we ? Oh yes, I left you all after Rose and I had enjoyed a shucking good day two in New Orleans.
Day three proved to be just as enjoyable. No, that’s not true. It was more enjoyable.
I’d already made arrangements for our Thanksgiving Day evening entertainment so we decided that during the daytime we’d have a leisurely walk around and take in the sights, sounds and smells.
What Is Glover’s Reef Atoll? And Why Is It So Special?
Across all of the world’s oceans ranging from the storm-tossed waters of the Southern Ocean to the frigid northern regions of the Atlantic Ocean, you will not find a single atoll outside of the Pacific Ocean. Yet just a few miles offshore from Belize lie three atolls, the only true exceptions to the rule. And the crown jewel of these three iconoclastic atolls is Glover’s Reef.
What is an atoll? In regions where coral grows, it sometimes grows in a ring shape around a seamount or volcano. If the volcano or seamount begins to erode and slips beneath the surface of the water, a lagoon forms in the interior, the definition of a true atoll.
Glover’s Reef is one such atoll located approximately 22 miles (35 km) offshore from mainland Belize. Glover’s Atoll is part of a protected marine reserve called the Gladden Spit and Silk Cayes Marine Reserve (GSSCMR), one of the most beautiful and eco-diverse regions of the reef.
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.
Belize’s Great Blue Hole Is Mysterious and Thrilling
When Jacques Cousteau arrived at the Great Blue Hole in Belize in 1971, he declared it to be one of the top five most interesting dive sites in the world. The Great Blue Hole is a circle of dark blue water located inside Lighthouse Reef just a few miles offshore from mainland Belize. Underneath the water lies a huge cave formation complete with stalactites, stalagmites, and tunnels.
Unlike most dive sites in Belize where the main attraction is the colorful fish and delicate coral, the Great Blue Hole is sparsely inhabited by just a few marauding sharks. The attraction of the diving the Great Blue Hole is the chance to explore a mysterious and gothic underworld. The Great Blue Hole was originally a limestone cave that formed on dry land millions of years ago. But when the glaciers began to melt some 150,000 years ago, the cave became submerged.
The Beers of Belize
Something about the hot sun and balmy weather in Belize makes this jewel of a country the perfect place to enjoy a cold brew.
And yes, while imported beers from around the region are available, no visit to the country should be considered complete without sampling some of the beers of Belize.
There is only one domestic brewery in Belize: Belikin Beer, which is based in Belize City and uses the iconic Temple of the Masonry Altars from the ancient Maya site of Altun Ha as its logo. Indeed, “Belikin” is the Maya term for the Belize River which provides all of the water for the brewery.
Altun Ha – An Iconic Ancient Maya City in Belize
There are plenty of much larger ancient Maya sites in Belize, but there’s no more iconic display of that advanced civilization’s prowess than Altun Ha. Despite being located just 31 miles (49 km) outside of Belize City, Altun Ha was only rediscovered in the 1950s.
During its heyday over 1,000 years ago, Altun Ha was home to more than 10,000 people and covered approximately 25 square miles (65 square km). Only a fraction of the city has been excavated, but visitors today can explore the ceremonial center which includes two big squares (plazas) containing 13 impressive temples and buildings.
Belize: Best Places to Travel in January
January is not often thought of as a popular month for traveling. Many folks are recovering from the holidays, and it can be difficult to bring children without having them miss any school.
But if you do have some free time in January, it is the perfect month to visit Belize. The big Christmas crowds have all faded away, airlines are offering competitive prices, and Belize will be enjoying long, sunny days with delightfully warm temperatures.
Daytime temperatures average around 81 degrees Fahrenheit (27 degrees Celsius) in January, and the month falls during the height of the dry season, meaning that you’re nearly guaranteed to enjoy fantastic weather when you visit Belize in January.
The great weather makes it easy to enjoy popular activities.
Cave Tubing at Nohoch Che’en Caves Branch Archaeological Reserve
Nohoch Che’en, which is also commonly known as Caves Branch or Jaguar Paw Outpost. This experience is hands down one of the top things to do in Belize. Why?
Because this caving adventure is truly amazing – it’s a relaxing and exciting experience where you can enjoy drifting down the Caves Branch River and learn about the historical value of the cave system to the ancient Maya. You get the best of both adventure and education whilst tubing! It was actually my first time cave tubing at Nohoch Che’en Cave and, to be honest, I had a great time! The drive to the site took us approximately 1 hour from San Ignacio Town. Our guide parked the vehicle and led us to the information center where we were given our river tubes, life jackets, helmets, and headlamps. After getting our geared, we set off for our twenty-minute hike to the entrance of our first cave.
Guatemala’s Uphill Battle Against Corruption
Guatemala’s history over the last century has been one of the most troubled, as well as most heavily influenced by foreign interventions, in all of Central America. During the first half of the 20th century, two revolutions over the span of a decade ended the military dictatorship of Jorge Ubico and Federico Ponce in 1944, and, in 1954, the presidency of Jacobo Arbenz. Later on, between 1960 and 1996, the country underwent a violent internal conflict, marked by a succession of military coups. The most notable dictator during this period was General Efrain Rios Montt, whose year in power was particularly violent for the country’s indigenous communities.
Over these troubled decades, multinational companies, particularly the United Fruit Company, played a determinant role in Guatemala’s national economic and political sectors. Today, Guatemala is the most populous country in Central America, Mexico’s southern doorstep and one of the region’s most important export economies, yet it still struggles with a government that is plagued by graft, corruption and impunity.
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Trip to Belize (2018), 5min. Travelling through Belize, visiting Caye Caulker, San Ignacio and the ATM cave.
Ya’axché's BioBlitz, 1.25min. Yearly, Ya’axché hosts over 100 primary school students from the communities within the Maya Golden Landscape, southern Belize. Ya’axché’s BioBlitz event focuses on a number of trees, birds, mammals and freshwater bugs that are found easily in the surroundings of the Golden Stream Corridor Preserve. Students, teachers and parents participating in learning activities value the rare opportunity.
Water Buffalo Meat, 20min.
Belize - National Costume - Miss Universe 2018, .5min.
Belize Honeymoon @ Yok -ha resort, 34min. Great time! We loved every second!
Shark Feeding Belize 2018, 2min.
Catch and Cook Trigger Fish, 10min. The best way to enjoy a Sunday, going fishing and eating fresh fish you can't beat that.
Holiday Boat Parade, San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, 20min.
Sun Kissed by Paradise, 26min. Follow Sean and Ger on another adventure as they fly to Punta Gorda with Tropic Air for some fishing and snorkeling.
The Western Heat Dance company displaying their Artistic Dancing Talents at the Cayo Art Festival, 10min.
Benque Viejo Marching band performing at this year's Cayo Art Festival!, 10min.