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Belize prepares to ban single-use plastic and Styrofoam products by April 2019
Belize is preparing to completely ban single-use plastic and Styrofoam items by April 22, 2019, to reduce the environmental damage caused by plastic pollution. The Government of Belize (GOB) has taken this environmentally friendly path after taking note of the alarming increase in pollution and garbage caused by non-biodegradable items like plastic bags and Styrofoam food containers. This move is welcomed across Belize, including Ambergris Caye, where the eradication of plastics is strongly supported, particularly about food utensils and shopping bags that are a main source of pollution in both terrestrial and coastal environments.

Maya Island Air airplane experiences a flat tire upon landing at Corozal airport
On Wednesday, February 6th, a Maya Island Air Cessna plane reportedly experienced a flat tire while taxiing on the Corozal Municipal Airport in Corozal Town. According to reports from the airline, ground personnel pushed the aircraft off the runway by hand to avoid obstructing the airstrip. No one was inside the aircraft, and nobody on the ground was hurt. A press release provided by Maya Island Air indicated that the aircraft did not run off the runway as previously reported. The release explained that a Ferry flight 2M4021, from San Pedro Town to Corozal Town, experienced a flat tire while on the runway. It is not certain whether it was caused by debris on the runway. The tire was replaced by Maya engineers and the plane was returned to service.

San Pedro Cancer Society elects new board
A new board of directors was elected for the San Pedro Cancer Society (SPCS) to continue the good work of the organization for 2019. The new board members include Pamela Zetina as President, Miguel Perez as Vice-President, Wendy Portillo as Secretary, Undina Graniel as Assistant Secretary, and Claudia Miranda as Treasurer. The election of the new officers took place during a meeting in December 2018 and was officiated by outgoing President, Delsie Graniel. Newly elected president Zetina is honored to have the opportunity to serve in this capacity. She shared with The San Pedro Sun that she feels privileged to continue helping her community as the head of such an important organization.

Football teams bring intensity to the fourth week of Copa San Pedro 2019
Five intense matches were held during the fourth week of Copa San Pedro's Closing Season 2019 at the Ambergris Stadium in San Pedro Town. The first set of matches were held on Thursday, January 31st, starting at 7PM with Los Catrachos F.C demolishing Island Sharks F.C with 13-1 score. In the next match, Fambo Boys F.C defeated G Strikers F.C 2-0. The following day, the tournament saw two matches ending in a draw. The first match featured Vince Assassins and Captain G F.C, which ended 1-1. Ambergris Hopes F.C and Terror Squad's match ended in a 2-2 draw. The last match of the weekend was on Sunday, February 3rd saw Caye Caulker Islanders F.C winning 4-3 against Genesis F.C at 5PM. Copa San Pedro Closing Season's week five begins on Thursday, February 7th at 7PM. T

Ambergris Today

The First Industry Of San Pedro, Ambergris Caye
Before you begin reading, pause a moment and make wild guess. What was the first industry that that the early settlers and founders of San Pedro were engaged in? I will take you back to 1890 or about 130 years ago. At that time the villagers were living with the corn which they planted and the fish which they caught near the shores. Lots of corn tortillas and plenty of fish was an excellent supply of carbs and protein and by no means can we consider this underprivileged. This same dish accompanied by a fine sauce and some healthy veggies on the side will cost you $40BZE at any of the fine restaurants in San Pedro. Back to 1890 - At that time, some businessmen came to the island. They were in the business of cutting and exporting logwood to European markets. Logwood was a large tree that grew wildly in the forests of Belize and neighboring Mexico, especially the Yucatan peninsula, and it was valuable as a very hardwood and also for its dye. Logwood was also called bloodwood. These businessmen were looking for the Mestizo men because they had heard that they were excellent bushmen and quite adroit with the machete and axe.

San Pedro Has Two New DAN Instructors
Did you know that Belize has the longest continuous barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere? It's 185 miles (298km) long!! No wonder thousands of divers splash into these warm, clear waters every year. Here's what Divers Alert Network - (DAN) is doing to help these divers stay safe: This winter, DAN Staff flew to Ambergris Caye to visit with DAN Business members and hold DAN Safety Seminars for all local dive professionals. Marty McCafferty, EMT-P, DMT and DAN Medic at HQ in Durham, NC and Laura Johnson from DAN World gave various dive medical and diving safety presentations at the seminars.

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CCC Senior Valentine Fair
CCC's Senior Valentine Fair in Corozal Central Park, with music, games, and fundraiser food and beverages, all to support CCC education

Closing Date of Regularization Process for Accommodation Facilities
The Department of the Environment (DOE) has been collaborating with the Belize Tourism Board (BTB) for the past two years in ensuring that existing and new hotel facilities are compliant with the environmental laws of Belize. In an effort to streamline the Environmental Clearance process, the DOE made modifications to its processing requirements, including a tailored Environmental Checklist, and even adjusted the processing and monitoring fees, given the large volume of facilities undergoing this regularization process. These modifications were made to enhance efficiency.

Submission Period Open for Public to Submit Information in relation to Gillnets
The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment, Sustainable Development and Immigration advises that it is accepting submissions from the public relating to the use of gillnets in Belize's waters. The purpose of conducting this information gathering is to obtain wide stakeholder input pertaining to current gillnet usage so as to inform the consideration of socio-economic and environmental impacts in relation to fisher folk, the fisheries resources, and marine ecosystems. The information obtained through this form will be compiled and utilized by the Gillnet Taskforce, with the aid of an independent consultant, to supplement the conduct of an in-depth assessment of the benefits, risks, threats and impacts of gillnets. The findings will be relayed back to stakeholders through consultations once analyses have been completed.

Royal Caribbean Sports Bar Karaoke Lounge Opening New location in San Pedro
Opening On Its New Location On Pescador Drive Across The Street OF War Paint. Feb 14 at 6 PM - Feb 15 at 2 PM

Monthly Weather Summary, January 2019
Monthly weather summaries are prepared by the climate section of the National Meteorological Service (NMS) of Belize. The NMS of Belize maintains a network of over 25 weather stations that are situated primarily in the agricultural regions of the country. Temperature and rainfall are read at 9 am each morning and the rainfall total read at this time represents the accumulated rainfall for the previous day. January falls within the cool transition period between the rainy season and the dry season for Belize. This transition period typically lasts for about two to three months from December to about mid February or early March when the dry season sets in. January is typically cool over the country and can be somewhat wet at times. The main rainfall producers during this month are cold fronts, prefrontal troughs and shear lines.

Vacancy for Supervisor, San Pedro Transfer Station

Belize Represented at Consultation for Disaster Risk Reduction Actors in Guyana
NEMO's Central Region Coordinator (with responsibility for Cayo and Belize Districts), Al Westby, is among a team of Belizeans currently attending a consultation for Disaster Risk Reduction Actors in Guyana. The consultation seeks to develop a Protocol for the Integrated Protection of Children and Adolescents in Disaster Situations. This Protocol will support emergency units to ensure that the needs of children and adolescents are met in emergency response strategies and programs.

Belize Hands Over the Presidency of the Central American Commission on Environment and Development (CCAD) to Guatemala
The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment, Sustainable Development and Immigration, in collaboration with the Central American Commission on Environment and Development (CCAD), had the honour of holding the Pro Tempore Presidency for the period July to December 2018. During this time, Belize achieved several accomplishments aimed at further coordinating the regional network, strengthening the regional environmental agenda, and establishing mechanisms for improved collaboration among member countries. During Belize's Presidency, the Ministry led the review and update of the 18-month CCAD work plan as a roadmap for institutional work, the strengthening of the agendas of technical committees and other regional technical work platforms were also promoted, and the signing of two non-reimbursable financing agreements with the Central American Bank for Economic Integration (CABEI) was completed.

The Ministry of Investment, Trade & Commerce Conducts Site Tours of DPA Companies in the Stann Creek District
The Honorable Minister, Tracy Taegar-Panton, along with a delegation from the Ministry of Investment, Trade and Commerce, including the Belize Bureau of Standards (BBS) and the Investment Policy and Compliance Unit (IPCU), conducted its first series of site tours of several companies in the Stann Creek District. The companies that were visited are mainly agro-processors and farms that supply citrus and fruits for the export market. The main objective of the site visit was to get a better appreciation of the investments on the ground and afforded exporters/investors a chance to share any challenges that they are facing in doing business in Belize. The delegation was especially interested in the concerns investors had on the possible effects of the newly legislated Designated Processing Areas (DPA) Act which was passed into law on December 22nd, 2018 as a replacement of Belize's Export Processing Zone (EPZ) Act to seek compliance with the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the European Union's Code of Conduct for Harmful Tax Practices.

NEMO Toledo Emergency Award Luncheon & Annual Review Meeting
Minister of Transport and National Emergency Management, Hon. Edmond Castro, was Keynote Speaker at the NEMO Toledo District Emergency Award Ceremony and Luncheon, yesterday, February 6, 2019. The award luncheon was held to recognize exemplary performance by individuals, departments and organizations throughout 2018. The Disaster Risk Reduction Partnership Award went to Humana - People to People Belize; Emergency Worker of the Year was Rashida Guzman of the Department of Human Services; the Team Spirit Award went to the Department of Human Services; Outstanding Village Emergency Committee of the Year was Blue Creek; Lyle Williams of the Ministry of Health received the Disaster Risk Reduction Lifetime Service Award; and the Emergency Operations Center Outstanding Service Award went to Giovanni Ramirez.

Corozal Town Council repair drains and culverts
Mayor Rigo Vellos and the Corozal Town Council continue to do meaningful accomplishments in the Area of drains and Culverts. Restoring culverts and drains left abandoned and neglected has had a significant impact for many of our residents.

Vacancy at BEL
A vacancy exists for the post of Generation Planning Engineer in the Planning Division (Belize City) of Belize Electricity Limited.

Moonlight, Music, and the Maya
The Cayo Rotary club is having their Moonlight, Music, and Maya fundraiser at Cahal Pech! Saturday, March 16th, starting at 8:00pm. The event will have food, music, and dancing. Have a wonderully unique time while supporting a local community service project. "The Rotary Club of San Ignacio is sponsoring a fundraiser for our local service projects with a night at Cahal Pech, the Maya Archaeological Reserve, in San Ignacio. Dinner and dancing will be accompanied by a variety of musical entertainment and the moon at this amazing Maya site. Tickets are $100 and available from Rotarians and local stores."

BTB in Mexico City

Birds of Belize Exhibit at the Museum of Belize
Guess what? The Museum of Belize is celebrating its 17th anniversary this month! As part of the celebration, we have teamed up with Belize Audubon Society to present a brand new bird exhibit, and some lucky students have gotten a sneak peek! Birds of Belize will officially open to the public on Friday February 15th, 2019!

Channel 7

Lawless Cop Shooter Surrenders
We begin tonight's news with a breaking story. Just a short while ago two men were shot at a grocery story. We're told it is the Chinese shop across from Mirab on the Northern highway. Reliable reports say a Father and son, both Chinese nationals were shot. Up to date information says they are at the hospital getting treatment. Our team is on the scene and we'll have more information as the news continues. But, back to the regular news... Last night, you saw the shocking video of how police chased down a gunman on motorbike. He jumped off the bike, and bolted down a much trafficked street in the early afternoon, all the while firing at police. He grazed one officer in the shoulder and escaped - while police held his passenger on the pavement. It was a crazy and dangerous scene as police fired back - terrifying passers-by, as more than a dozen shots rang out. Fortunately, only one car window was shattered.

No Charge Yet for Driver Who Ran Over Teacher
On Monday, we told you about the accident which claimed the life of 23 year-old Marlena Mortis, a teacher from Belize City. At around 6:00 on Monday morning, she was attempting to cross the Philip Goldson Highway between miles 2 and 3, near DK Supermarket. She was climbing over the barriers and then dodging oncoming traffic to get to the other side, but she ended up in the path of a driver heading towards Belize City. She was hit and died on the spot form her injuries. At today's police press briefing, the media asked police if they have charged the driver. Here's what ASP Alejandro Cowo had to say.

Hungarian Human Trafficker Arrested in Belize
A Hungarian fugitive was whisked out of the country today. 52-year-old Gabor Zsolnai was wanted in Hungary for Human Trafficking, Living off the earnings of prostitution and Drug Trafficking, amongst other charges. An Interpol "red notice" was issued for his arrest in December 2018. A press release says a joint investigation was conducted between, INTERPOL Belize and Belize Immigration officials, who found Zaslnai. They have not said where they found him. Nonetheless, today, INTERPOL Belize escorted Zsolnai to the Phillip Goldson International Airport, where he was handed over to INTERPOL Hungary.

Opposition Leader Lashes FM for Nepotism
Today, Leader of the Opposition John Briceno joined the Public Service Union called out Foreign Minister Wilfred Elrington for nepotism. As we have reported, Paulette Elrington - who is the Foreign Minister's daughter - made a request for leave to go study law, with full pay and all her allowances. If approved, she would reportedly be earning just under 192 thousand dollars per year - her current salary as Foreign Officer at the Permanent Mission of Belize in New York City. Today in Orange Walk, the Leader of the Opposition said it is a typical case of nepotism:

Educ. Min. Says Scholarship for Sharon and Jackie on the Level
And while two more scholarship grants which have come to our attention might not be filed under the heading of nepotism, there may be some cries of favoritism. Documents sent to 7News show that two senior public officers who are also active in the labour movement have received forty thousand dollar scholarship grants to pursue specialized studies. On January 11, 2019, Sharon Frazer and Jacqueline Willoughby both received letters from the Education department saying that they had received the grants.- approved by Minister Patrick Faber.

A Small Fire at Civic
The Belize City Civic Center's fire response mechanism was tested early this morning when a small blaze broke out at the multi-million dollar facility at around 1:00 am. The Fire department, whose Cleghorn Street headquarters is a stone's throw away, dispatched a team of firefighters who quickly put it out. Today, police told us that the fire did no structural damage to the building: ASP Alejandro Cowo - OC, CIB Belize City: "This morning, just before 1, police were called to the Civic Center, where upon arrival, they met personnel from the Fire Department, and police observed a small room - a storage room - on the first floor of the Civic Center, which old drums and other materials inside of it..."

Caribbean Economic Growth: Improves, but Trails Developed Nations
Are Caribbean economies thriving? And if not, what can be done to improve performance? That was the underlying theme at this year's annual Caribbean Development Bank news conference in Barbados. Now, there are some bright spots in some Caribbean countries including Belize, while there are the many shortfalls and challenges. Our Courtney Weatherburne is in Barbados for the event and here is a snippet of the topics discussed including GDP growth, the projections for 2019 and Belize's region-leading increase in tourist arrivals.

Coastal Road, Helluva Highway
Now Belize has benefited significantly from many CDB funded infrastructure projects, and one that Belizeans are especially looking forward to is the upgrading of the Coastal Road. The project will transform the dreadful dirt road into a proper highway. The Director of projects at CDB, Daniel Best told Courtney more about the project and all the fancy features the new Coastal Highway will have. Daniel Best, Director of Projects - CDB: "The project was approved by our board of directors. We are quite excited for that. The feasibility study is completed, the designs have been completed as well and so road works would start at the end of 2019..."

CDB Wants Safer Roads in Belize
Still on the topic of road infrastructure, the CDB has approved another road safety project for Belize at a cost of USD 5.9 million dollars. You may remember the 6 year road safety project that focused on making the western corridor from Belize to Belmopan safer for drivers. It has significantly reduced the number of fatal accidents on that road, and Director Best discusses the success of the first project and highlights the importance of the second road safety project. Daniel Best, Director of Projects - CDB: "So the second road safety project has now been approved. Unfortunately, as it relates to road fatalities and serious injuries, Belize leads all member countries. This is something that we identified and we are determine that we are going to focus on with all interventions in the country..."

CDB Keeps Hope Alive for Troubled Community Center
And one CDB funded project that has veered off track is the Lake Independence Resource Center. Ground was broken in 2016 and the project should have been completed in 2018 but the contractor had major cash flow issues, and it still hasn't been completed. Well, the Project Director says the CDB has not given up on the project and is doing all it can to ensure it is completed soon. Daniel Best, Director of Projects - CDB: "So with that project we are pleased to report is approximately 95% completed. We have liaise close with the ministry of finance. We have to ensure that contributions is provided to the workers..."

It Ain't Easy Doing Business in the Caribbean
And that stalled Lake I Resource Center may be a victim of just the kind of "SNAFU" common to so many government systems in Belize. And those types of difficulties, where there are no predictable outcomes from government processes, are part of the reason Belize cannot move up on an important index. It's called "The Ease of Doing Business" - compiled annually by the World Bank - and Belize has been stuck at around 120 and falling for many years now. Today at the Press Conference, the CDB's Director of Economics said it is a region wide problem:

Opp. Leader Says Protect Potato Farmers
For the last two nights, we've been reporting on the plight of the potato farmer sin Orange Walk south. They have thousands of pounds of potatoes but have no market to take it to - because cheap Mexican potatoes are still on the shelves. Today, Opposition Leader John Briceno said Government and the public has to put local produce first:.. Hon. John Briceno- PUP Leader: "The Ministry of Agriculture has, and if they don't have they are being negligent in their duties..."

Border Hostility: Melchoreno Shot at Customs
Right now, police are are looking for this man. He's Anibal Avila, a Guatemalan National who reportedly lives in Suchitan, Melchor, and according to police, he attempted to cross over into Belize from the Benque Border at around 2:30 this morning. When he was refused by customs officials, he reportedly pulled out a weapon and fired several bullets at the Customs Department's office at the Border. Police told us told they intend to bring criminal charges against him for the incident, as soon as they can locate him: ACP Joseph Myvette - Head, NCIB: "This morning, sometime around 2:30 a.m., customs officials at the Belize Western Boarder reported that around and about the same time, 2 Hispanic males approach the customs building..."

A PG Pyromaniac?
Right now, police investigators from Punta Gorda Town are trying to get to the bottom of 2 separate vehicle fires which were intentionally set by mischievous arsonists. The vehicle owners parked their vehicles at their home, believing that their property was safe. Bu they were awakened to find their vehicles being destroyed by fire. A third vehicle owner in PG would have suffered the same fate, but fortunately, his dogs woke him up in time to put out the material which was lit on fire and placed near to his vehicle's tire, by someone who was trying to set it ablaze. Assistant Police Commissioner Joseph Myvette, the Head of the National Criminal Investigations Branch told us more about the incident at today's press briefing:

Japanese Father and Son Shot
As we told you at the top of the news - two men were shot this evening at about 6:20. It happened within Belize City limits in the Buttonwood Bay Area at mile 2 on the Phillip Goldson Highway - across from Mirab,. Early indications are that two men were shot - but it was not in a grocery store as we were originally told - it happened at a residence - and the men are Japanese, not Chinese. The men are father and Son, and unconfirmed reports say the son has died, while his father is critical. We'll have the full story for you on tomorrow's news.

Opp. Leader Says Bze Ambassador Misspoke
Opposition Leader John Briceno today weighed in on the Venezuela issue. It's a complicated one - and tonight Belize's Foreign Minister Wilfred Elrington is with his CARICOM counterparts in Montevideo, Uruguay trying to find a peaceful way forward for Venezuela. It's a diplomatic tightrope, with the suffering of the Venezuelan people on one side, and the imperial ambitions of the US on the other. Belize's Ambassador to the OAS, Danny Guttierez has been trying to walk that tightrope - and today the opposition leader scolded him for mis-speaking in a recent address:

Still Looking for Driver in Fatal Hit and Run
On Tuesday, we told you how police were finally able to identify a hit-and-run victim who was died after he was knocked down very early on money morning between 78 and 79 on the Philip Goldson Highway. 61 year-old Carlos Galvan, a Mexican Belizean from Xaibe Village in the Corozal district, was riding a bicycle on the road, when he was hit from behind by a vehicle. The impact caused him to suffer serious head and bodily injuries, and he died where he fell. Police didn't know who he was until the following day when he family learned about his death on the evening news. They've been trying to find the person who knocked him down, and today, the head of the National Criminal Investigations Branch told us that they still need the public's help to solve the case:

Finnegan Says Mesop Voters Will Say Yes to ICJ
Turning now to the ICJ, we've already told you how the UDP has voted unanimously for a "yes" while the PUP has made a declaration telling Belizeans to vote "NO". So, how does that translate on the ground? Is any campaigning for either position really being done? With only weeks to go before the April 10th referendum, we asked one senior UDP Representative:... Jules Vasquez- Reporter: "Are the divisional representatives or caretakers or standard bearers, are they mobilizing people towards a yes?"

Finnegan Has Funds for Education
Finnegan's political office is in our area - and today, once again, we saw a long line outside his office. Now, if he is really retiring next year, why is he still holding political clinics? Finnegan told us he has services to deliver to his voters right up until the very end of his term: Hon. Michael Finnegan- UDP Mesopotamia: "Yes, although I am retired, I will continue or I have continued to work for the people on a daily basis. I continue to go at my office on Thursday. I was on a three-week holiday three weeks ago and I was back at the office today and I will continue to go to the office and I will work out my term as representative for the people..."

Japan Donates Trash Compactor to OW City Council
Yesterday, you saw the Non resident Japanese Ambassador handing over a grant for a preschool in the Belize River Valley. Today, he was in Orange Walk for to hand over $168,000 dollars in Grant funding to the Orange Walk Town council for a trash compactor. The Mayor said it will be very useful:

Channel 5

Breaking News: 2 Chinese Nationals Shot to the Chest & Rushed to the K.H.M.H.
Just before news time, a shooting took place at a private property on Park Avenue in Belize City.� Our news team reports that a father and son were injured by [...]

Cousins Ulide and Clifton Allen to be Charged for Coney Drive Shootout
A pair of cousins is behind bars tonight for a wild shootout on the heavily trafficked Coney Drive in Belize City. On Wednesday afternoon, twenty-one-year-old Ulide Allen beat a hasty [...]

Guatemalan Anibal Avila is Wanted for Overnight Shooting at Western Border
Guatemalan national Anibal Avila is wanted by Belizean authorities, following an incident at the western border this morning during which he reportedly opened fire in the direction of the customs [...]

3 Vehicles Torched in PG in Apparent Arsons
A string of automotive fires in Punta Gorda on Wednesday morning has residents on edge and investigators working diligently to crack these most recent cases of arson.� Vehicles belonging to [...]

Parcel 4670 is Crown Land, Not Property of Primrose Gabourel
The case of Dion Zabaneh continues to play out in the news. He is the businessman, who along with his mother, Primrose Gabourel, was taken to court for offenses relating [...]

Monkey River Fishermen Say No to Gillnets
The topic of gillnets is one that we have covered extensively on the news. As you know, the fishing gear has sharply divided sectors of the fishing industry and conservation [...]

Was the B.F.F. Forcibly Removed from TASA's Board of Execs?
The Belize Federation of Fisheries is at odds again with the Turneffe Atoll Sustainability Association. The B.F.F. fired off a press release on Wednesday to call out TASA's board for [...]

B.F.F. Claims that TASA Shouldn't Be Awarded Grant Funds
The B.F.F. fired off a press release on Wednesday about monies TASA received from PACT because it feels that TASA's board doesn't have the right composition and should not have [...]

Small Fire at Civic is Quickly Contained by Firefighters
A fire erupted inside a storeroom at the Civic Center shortly after midnight on Thursday.� When police responded to the scene, they met personnel from the fire department in the [...]

Charges for Driver who Knocked Down Marilena Mortis Still Pending
Primary school teacher Marilena Mortis was knocked down and killed on Monday morning, as she attempted to cross the busy Phillip Goldson Highway near DK Supermarket. The mother of two [...]

A Public Appeal to Identify Driver in Deadly Hit & Run Up North
Sixty-one-year-old Carlos Galvan, a resident of Xaibe Village, Corozal District, lost his life in the wee early hours of Monday morning during a hit and run incident.� The accident happened [...]

Opposition Leader Says Belize's O.A.S. Ambassador Misspoke
Tonight political and economic tensions continue to grow in Venezuela. According to online reports, Venezuelan soldiers have blocked a crossing with trucks and shipping tankers ahead of an aid delivery [...]

John Brice�o Opposes Request Made by Paulette Elrington
Opposition Leader John Brice�o also joined the Public Service Union in condemning a request for advice for a recommendation made on behalf of Paulette Elrington, the daughter of Foreign Minister [...]

Opposition Leader Says Small Farmers Should Be Protected
Opposition Leader, John Brice�o, also weighed in on the concerns raised by potato farmers in San Carlos Village. Farmers have complained that they cannot sell their locally grown, red potatoes [...]

Agriculture C.E.O. Says Farms Must Produce Quality, Consistency
On Wednesday, C.E.O. in the Ministry of Agriculture, Jose Alpuche, told News Five the ministry is attempting a new approach to assist farmers. Alpuche says they are finding ways to [...]

OWTC to Purchase New Garbage Compactor Truck
The Orange Walk Town Council is getting a new garbage compactor truck courtesy of the Japanese Government. The cost for the truck is more than one hundred and sixty thousand [...]

A New School Building for Bishop Martin High School
Bishop Martin High School was also a recipient of a financial grant from the Japan Embassy through the Grassroots and Human Security Programme. In 2017, the Japanese Embassy and the [...]

Healthy Living: Cervical Cancer Treatment
In 2014, we featured the Belize Family Life Association for the work they were doing in detecting and treating cervical cancer in women. It was a novel step of introducing [...]

Shooting in Belize City
Just before news time, a shooting took place at a private property on Park Avenue in Belize City. Our news team reports that a father and son were injured by armed robbers and rushed to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital. The victims are Chinese nationals, who were shot on the chest and taken to the hospital by first responders.

Robbery Turns Fatal
19 year old Masaki Yanaai was shot dead earlier tonight. He and his 53 year old father, Takayuki Yanaai were ambushed by two men. The father and son had just arrived at their home on Park Avenue, Buttonwood Bay, when the assailants pounced on the unsuspecting father. The son attempted to assist but both Japanese men where shot multiple times and the son died at the KHMH.

Fatal Traffic Accident in San Isidro
Reports emerging from the Toledo District are that a fatal traffic accident occurred tonight in San Isidro Village. We understand that one man lost his life.


Leader of Opposition denounces Paullette Elrington's request for salaries while on leave
On Wednesday the Public Service Union condemned the request of Paulette Elrington to continue receiving allowances for housing, furniture, child's education and others, even though she will be on study leave. Paulette, the daughter of Foreign Affairs Minister, Wilfred Elrington, is currently employed in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs but is on study leave. Leader �

After Reward posted, Cop Shooter Surrenders but doesn't collect the Bounty
Ulide Allen, the 21 year old man that ran a very fast sprint through the Transparent BPO's yard from Coney Drive in Belize City yesterday, became the subject of a very short manhunt that started with 500 dollars being offered by the COMPOL, Chester Williams. Private donors raised that amount to 2,000 throughout the night �

TASA says BFF is Inaccurate regarding Board Composition and Status
The Executive Director of TASA, Valdemar Andrade says that the Belize Federation of Fishers is misinformed. Not only is TASA in good standing, the BFF continues to be a stakeholder on the board of TASA and was not ejected as it had asserted. Andrade told Love News that the BFF had attended 90 percent of �

Case File sent to DPP for accident that killed Marlena Mortis
Monday morning's tragic accident that claimed the life of a teacher, 23 year old Marlena Mortis in Belize City is not a footmark in the history of the highway. Mortis had attempted to cross the highway between miles 2 and three, near DK Supermarket. The Ministry of Works has two crossings, one near the roundabout �

Anibal the Assassin Avila - Guatemalan Shoots at Customs
There was a cross border shooting incident that occurred in the early morning hours. Customs Officials at the Benque Viejo border with Melchor, Guatemala called the police at 2:30 this morning to report that after denying entry to a Guatemalan National, Anibal Avila, who had been arrested before for gun and ammunition, the man went �

The Reporter

Japanese National Killed During Robbery
A terrible robbery of 2 Japanese nationals occurred just outside their home near Creative Tiles on the Phillip Goldson Highway. The victims have been identified as Japanese nationals Takayuki Yanaai, 53, and his son Masaki Yanaai, 19. Yanaai and his family had just reached their home on Park Avenue in Buttonwood Bay.

Early Morning Fire At The Civic Center
An early morning at the new CIVIC CENTER which has been one of the pride of Belize for its modern sporting facilities and word class arena was quickly extinguished by the local fire department.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

One dead; one injured in home invasion
An Asian family fell victim to a home invasion tonight that claimed the life of a [�]

Court throws out case against Dion Zabaneh
The case brought against Dion Zabaneh by the Department of the Environment (DOE) because of [�]

Understanding ICJ jurisdiction in relation to Belize-Guatemala territorial dispute
Belizeans countrywide are counting down to Decision day 2019, when Belizeans will vote in favor of [�]

Man chopped near Lords Bank
Our newsroom has received information about a chopping incident. We understand that it occurred minutes ago [�]

NEMO Toledo hosts Emergency Award luncheon
Minister of Transport and National Emergency Management, Edmond Castro was the keynote Speaker at the NEMO [�]

Belize represented at Consultation for Disaster Risk Reduction Actors in Guyana
NEMO's Central Region Coordinator (with responsibility for Cayo and Belize Districts), Al Westby, is among a [�]

Public invited to submit information in relation to Gillnets use
The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment, Sustainable Development, and Immigration advises that it is [�]

Two Asian nationals shot on northside Belize City
Our newsroom has received reliable information about a shooting in Belize City. Two Asian business [�]

Guatemalan man shoots up Customs office at Western border
A Guatemalan man who was refused entry into Belize is in deep trouble. After Customs Officials [�]

Margaritaville Holdings announces new condo resort on Ambergris Caye
Margaritaville Holdings, the global lifestyle brand synonymous with fun and escapism, today announced a new condo [�]

Councilor Goodin writes to ComPol for increased police patrol for evening students
Belize City Councilor with responsibility for Youth and Sports, Micah Goodin, today wrote to Commissioner of [�]

Belize~ Remittances to Guatemala
By Richard Harrison: In 2017, Belize sent out US$200 million in remittances�.and received US$90 million. Of the US$200 million sent out�.US$125 million was sent to Guatemala. This is around US$312 per Belize citizen per year. [�]

15-year-old student missing in Orange Walk
Aura Villela of Trial Farm Village, Orange Walk reported to police that yesterday around 4:30 pm, her [�]

Common law wife allegedly stabs husband in Saint Matthew's
Police are investigating a stabbing incident that occurred last night in Saint Matthew's Village, Cayo [�]

Young male manatee found dead in Placencia
On February 5, 2019, the Southern Environmental Association (SEA) received reports of a dead manatee [�]

Reward offered for culprit who shot police officer
The Belize Police Department with the assistance of business owners is offering a $2,000 reward for anyone [�]

Crisis in Venezuela continues as Venezuela's military blocks bridge to halt US humanitarian aid
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Countdown to Decision Day 2019! Yes or No to the ICJ?
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Bob Marley would have been 74 years old today
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Belize was once the home of the Maya Indians. Historians believe these Maya disappeared around 1,000 years ago but some of their ancestors remain. The Kekchi and Mopan Mayas in the south, and the Northern Maya who have a Yucatec heritage. Belize also has a strong history of British and African cultures dating from the colonial period. This has led to a Belizean Creole culture. Many Central American based backgrounds from Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador, as well as the Spanish, have created a mix with Mayan Indians that is known as Mestizo. There is also a Garifuna culture that has African roots, mostly in southern Belize. Out in Cayo, Belize, you'll find generations of German-based Mennonites who have made their way over from Europe and then North America, to make Belize home. You'll also find a strong population of Chinese, Arab, and East Indian cultures here, too.

Marie Sharp's Culinary Class
If you are in the San Ignacio area while visiting this amazing country, Belize Happy Adventures has a "must do" for you -- the Marie Sharp's Tourist Center and Culinary class, conveniently located right in the heart of town at the Rainforest Inn. This quaint little spot looks very unassuming, but the food, the people and the experience is fantastic! Upon arriving at the Inn, you are greeted by the chef and his assistant -- who, in our case, happened to be the granddaughter of Marie Sharp herself! They walked us through the menu for the night, which, appropriately, featured Belize's most traditional and beloved dish -- Chicken with Rice and Beans! That was not all however. Our meal consisted of 3 delicious courses. The first course was a fry jack appetizer served up with fresh local honey. The second course was the traditional stewed chicken with homemade potato salad, rice and beans and a vegetable medley. Lastly, the bread pudding for dessert fully satisfied our sweet tooth.

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Belize foodie guide: where locals eat and drink
Some call Belize a melting pot of cuisines, but those who live there prefer to call it a fruit bowl, choosing the best bits of each to create their own. Nudged between Mexico and Guatemala, and influenced by significant immigration from seven different cultures - among them China, Taiwan, India and Indonesia - it's no surprise that the food landscape in Belize is as varied as its geographical terrain. There are no food franchises in the country (fried chicken is the closest you'll come to fast-food) so locals steer themselves instead to roadside shacks in hues of bubble-gum pink, burnt orange and deep turquoise serving made-to-order tamales and salbutes.

Looking for something fun to do during the weekend? Mark your calendar! The Placencia Sidewalk Art and Music Festival will be taking place on February 9th and 10th. This year marks the 16th year of celebration for this artistic festival hosted by the Belize Tourism Industry Association (BTIA). This vibrant creative scene depicts the culture of locals in this Peninsula. As a matter of fact, people from all over the world come to this narrow street to be a part of this festival. This quaint fisherman's village comes alive as artists and local craftsmen line the sidewalk of Placencia to showcase their work. Vibrant painting showcasing tropical and local community scenes, handmade jewelry, intricate wood work and other local crafts make the sidewalk a colorful promenade. That's not all, don't miss out on the Ixcacao Maya Belizean chocolate making demonstration. Whether shopping, browsing or just going on a stroll, the Placencia Sidewalk Art and Music Festival will for sure leave you entertained for the day.

Aquatica Submarines Completes Historic Expedition to the Blue Hole of Belize
The new year has brought a time for reflection as Aquatica Submarines celebrates a highly successful expedition to the Blue Hole of Belize. Spending almost three weeks onsite from November 27th - December 13th, 2018, the team was able to safely conduct over 20 dives into the Blue Hole taking a variety of people down to experience its splendor. The world was able to share in this experience through a two-hour live broadcast from the Blue Hole on The Discovery Channel that featured Sir Richard Branson, Fabien Cousteau and Aquatica's Chief Pilot, Erika Bergman. The team also supported the production of a forthcoming documentary featuring the Expedition by INE Entertainment, to be released in late spring 2019.

Caribbean has becomer much drier, says climate change group
The Barbados-based Caribbean Climate Outlook Forum (CariCOF) says since December last year, many parts of the Caribbean have become drier. "Major concerns exist in the southern Caribbean, including from northern Guyana to Barbados and west to the ABC Islands (Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao) for short-term drought that can impact small rivers, streams and ponds, by the end of April 2019," CariCOF in its February issue of the Caribbean Drought Bulletin, released here on Tuesday. It said that significant concerns also exist over long-term drought that can impact large rivers and reservoirs, and groundwater by the end of May 2019, in parts of the eastern Caribbean, Jamaica, Hispaniola and southern French Guiana.


  • ViLLaGe ArT, 1min. Walking through this neighbourhood in Corozal Town, the once forsaken fence and crumbling empty lot, is now sprouted by these murals bringing joy to our community. Kindly share our short but sweet video.

  • Belize Snorkel, 3min. Compilation of my Belize snorkeling trips to Hol Chan Marine Reserve, Shark Ray Alley, and Mexico Rocks

  • My son and I zip lining in Belize with Flighthouse Zipline, 8.5min.

  • Chabil Mar: An Award Winning Belize Luxury Resort in Placencia Belize, 3min. Full-Service On-Site Amenities - Restaurant, Bar/Lounge, Concierge, 400 Ft. of Caribbean Beach, Private Pier, Two Infinity Pools, Roaming Butler Services