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The San Pedro Sun

Special Agreement signed between Belize and Guatemala to be challenged at Supreme Court
In 2008, at the urgency of the Organization of American States, Belize and Guatemala signed a Special Agreement (compromis) to settle the long-standing territorial dispute between both countries at the International Court of Justice (ICJ). In the agreement, Belize committed to settle the matter at the ICJ after the participation of Belizeans in a national referendum set for April 10, 2019. However, the government never consulted Belizeans prior to signing the Agreement, and the definition of the Belize-Guatemala territorial dispute in such document has since then been the subject of much criticism. The Special Agreement has garnered so much attention that attorneys in Belize are preparing to challenge it at the Supreme Court, to question its legality, validity and constitutionality.

Inspector Basil Reyes is the new deputy of the Coastal Executive Unit
Inspector Basil Delbert Reyes is the new Deputy of the Belize Police Department’s Coastal Executive Unit, in charge of Ambergris Caye and Caye Caulker. Deputy Reyes, who took over from Assistant Superintendent Dehanne Augustine, comes to the island with 22 years of experience and is looking forward to work along with the community, particularly with the youth on both cayes. Originally from Belize City, Reyes had previously served in the Coastal Executive Unit in the capacity of sergeant at the San Pedro Police Station between 2009 and 2012. From 2012 until recently, he was posted at Precinct 2 Region 1 south side of Belize City.

Fisheries traceability increases sustainable profits
Traceability for sustainable fisheries is the new marketing catch-phrase for the National Fishermen’s Cooperative, which has now implemented the use of TALLY software from ThisFish to give buyers complete knowledge of the origin of their seafood. The Fisheries Department and The Nature Conservancy have partnered with the Coop to use this digital system to monitor the harvest of lobster, conch and other fish to avoid overfishing, and ensure the maturity of the product that is harvested. The three partners introduced the new system to the media with a tour of the Cooperative’s processing plant in Belize City on Friday morning, February 8.

Four San Pedro girls drafted to Belize’s U-16 Female National Team
On Monday, February 11th, the Football Federation of Belize (FFB) issued the names of the players that will form Belize’s Under-16 Female National Team to participate in the upcoming Unión Centro Americana de Fútbol (UNCAF-Central American Football Union) U-16 Girls championship to be held in April 2019. Among the young players selected are San Pedro’s Dennisa Mairena, Tanya Teul, Normalee Gomez and Babee Lopez.

Ambergris Today

BWS Purchases Consolidated Water Belize Limited
Belize Water Services Limited (BWS) has reached an agreement with Consolidated Water Company Ltd. (CWCO), Cayman, to purchase its Belize subsidiary, Consolidated Water (Belize) Ltd. (CWBL) for US$7 million, with the closing of the transaction on Wednesday, February 13, 2019. This purchase is being funded as part of a Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) loan of US$8.5 million which also includes additional water system improvements and expansion.

Margaritaville Resort Belize Announces Environmental Protection Plan
Earlier this month, The Ambergris Grand Limited (“TAG”) announced a partnership with Margaretville Holdings to bring a new Margaritaville condo resort to Belize, offering travelers and owners a fresh take on an authentic Belizean experience. TAG shared additional details on the development, including the company’s environmental protection plan for the project, which is located adjacent to the Bacalar Chico Marine Reserve.

Misc Belizean Sources

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VIRTUAL CURRENCY (CRYPTOCURRENCY)
he International Financial Services Commission (“the IFSC”) is concerned that numerous promoters of virtual currencies such as cryptocurrencies and cryptocurrency exchanges may be holding themselves out as authorised by the IFSC to provide, carry on, transact, or offer trading services in virtual currencies in or from within Belize. As most promoters and operators of virtual currency trading platforms, who may be unlawfully presenting themselves as authorised by the IFSC to carry on these activities, may not be a Belize entity and/or do not have a physical presence in Belize, it would be difficult to verify their authenticity or credibility. Therefore, IFSC advises the public to act with extreme caution and understand the substantial risks they take on if they choose to invest in virtual currencies and in dealing with cryptocurrency exchanges.

Our Youth: Our Future
The Department of Youth Services (DYS) and our local CARICOM Youth Ambassadors, join with the rest of the community in firstly expressing heartfelt condolences to the grieving families who have recently lost loved ones due to gun violence. We place on record our condemnation of these senseless killings. Simply put, the murder of our young people is the literal killing of our future as a nation. The recent cold-blooded murder of two youth, both of whom had bright, promising futures, is a tragedy on many levels. Our collective shock at these senseless murders is only a fraction of the tremendous loss to the families of these two youth and the country as a whole.

2019 Oceana Love Fair
At Corozal Central Park. A short Ceremony was done at 11am. Students from across Corozal came out to learn more about the different booths around central park. This years event is to continue recycling plastic and start using byodygredable products.

Corozal Town Council Acquired 2 Transport Trucks
Mayor Rigo Vellos and the Corozal Town Council investing in the safety of our people. The Council has acquired 2 transport trucks to serve the traffic department and be able to conduct their duties in a more efficient manner. Despite the challenges, your Corozal Town Council is investing its resources to the safeguarding of our people. An additional 3 motorcycles will be added to enhance the mobility and visibility of our transport officers especially in our school zones.

LOVE AFFAIR
Corozal Wood House Bistro Presents - LOVE AFFAIR - Saturday, February 16th - Music by Deejay Roger from 8:00 P.M. to 2:00 A.M. No Cover! Come and Enjoy. Love is in the air at the Wood House this weekend.

A fatal home invasion and burglary at the OASIS retirement community
Located just about 1 mile on the Consejo Road, Corozal claims the life of a female American retiree and leaves her male companion in a state of total shock. Scenes of Crime Police investigators are currently processing the crime scene. The body of the victim currently lies at the Orange Walk Northern Regional Hospital.

BWS buys Consolidated Water Belize
Belize Water Services Limited (BWS) has reached an agreement with Consolidated Water Company Ltd (CWCO), Cayman, to purchase its Belize subsidiary, Consolidated Water (Belize) Limited (CWBL) for US$7 million, with the closing of the transaction expected to be completed today, Wednesday, February 13, 2019. This purchase is being funded as part of a Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) loan of US$8.5 million which also includes additional water system improvements and expansion. The Government of Belize has assisted by providing the loan guarantee, obtaining a CDB grant of US$205,000, and assisting with facilitating the transaction.

Public Lecture: THE FAILURE OF SUPPRESSION
Let the process of change start through education and information. Friday February 22, 2019 © 6pm Bliss Centre For The Performing Arts. Dr. Herbert Gayle & Belizean Research Team

Omolewa Osain Live in Concert
For your information and attendance. I know the two ladies in this concert can sing so it should be good. Feb. 16th.

French Kiss at Sunset
If you don't know what our Bar & Restaurant looks like, check it out!

To ICJ or Not to ICJ, This is the Question… by Tony Rath
I am a nature photographer first, and a photojournalist second. I have attended some ICJ meetings, listened to radio and TV segments about the ICJ, read numerous reports, talked to knowledgeable and not so knowledgeable friends. But most importantly, I have lived in Belize for nearly 40 years as a naturalized Belizean. And through all the talks, readings, meetings and discussions, there has been one question that I have not been able to come to terms with, nor has anyone else been able to answer when it comes to a yes or no vote on going to the ICJ. First a little background to set up the question. George Price was a great leader with the exceptional quality of convincing people to follow him. He, as the Father of our Country, along with others, persuaded us that we could make our own decisions, build our own country, let our culture flourish without being shackled to the British.

NSUB Peace March
The National Student Union of Belize is having a Peace March on Monday, February 18th, in Belmopan. It'll start at UB, and end at the steps of the National Assembly building.

BTB TAKE A SHOT PHOTOGRAPHY CONTEST
Calling all our local culinary & birding photographers! The “Take a Shot” Photography Sweepstake (the “Contest”) is sponsored by the Belize Tourism Board (“Sponsor”). The categories for entries are: (1) Culinary and (2) Birding (the “Categories”). Each participant must enter a minimum of 10 photos and each entry must comply with the “Take a Shot”Photography Sweepstake Guidelines and Requirements. PRIZE: There will be two winners. First place – $2,000 BZD. Second place – $1,000 BZD. ELIGIBILITY: The “Take a Shot” Photography Sweepstake contest is only open to all local photographers.

Paradise Theater playing this weekend
Creed II, Robin Hood, The Possession of Hannah Grace, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

Channel 7

American Senior Citizen Killed In Consejo Home Invasion
Tonight, police are looking for a man who broke into the home of an American couple in Corozal and killed a 74 year old woman, while injuring her 81 year old husband. It's a home invasion turned murder -in a retirement community where residents would never expect such a thing. Jules Vasquez reports:... Jules Vasquez reporting: The OASIS, it's an expatriate housing community, at mile one on the Consejo road - basically one mile out of Corozal town. It's actually a retirement community, home to mostly Canadians and Americans - who come here generally for the winter months.

Violent Burglars on The Prowl in Spanish Lookout
So, while Corozal police are trying to solve that aggravated burglary turned murder ion the Consejo road, Cayo cops must also investigate another another armed home invasion, which also happened last night. This one took place in Spanish Lookout and today, police told us that, 5 thieves tied up a husband and wife, and then ransacked their home for valuables and cash:

Triple Collision In Ladyville, Victim Flung To Pavement
There was a very serious three vehicle collision at the airport junction this evening. At around 5:00, a loaded sand truck, and two small SUV's collided at the entrance of Sky Gas station. A Jeep Cherokee was sandwiched in the middle of the two other vehicles and took the worst of the damages - getting completely crushed at the rear.

Two Charged For Gun Heist
Police have arrested and charged 2 men for the burglary at the Victor L Bryant gun store on Chetumal Boulevard in Belize City. Thieves broke in on Tuesday morning and cleaned out the gun warehouse, making off with a huge cache of weapons, including rifles, shotguns and handguns, and several thousand live rounds of ammunition. But, in just a few hour, sharp police work led the cops to retrieve 18 of those stolen weapons and 4,900 live rounds of ammunition, which were stashed at different hiding spots around the city.

Investigating The Inspector
A police Inspector is under investigation after a constable alleged that the senior officer assaulted him and burst his head. Constable Marko Hinds alleges that the Inspector - who commands a specialized unit - pulled up at a police checkpoint in the city, and the constable did not salute him. That and the constable's informal tone in addressing the senior officer seems to have incensed the Inspector - and it is alleged that he slammed the constable into the police mobile and burst his head.

Police Have Lead In Dwayne's Murder
At the beginning of the week, we told you about the Orange Walk murder of 20 year-old Dwayne Cummings-Avila. The UB student was a rising star with a bright future in basketball, but on last Saturday night, someone gunned him down while he was walking home from a game. He was well-loved by residents of Orange Walk and by his peers, colleagues and teachers at the University of Belize. And, by all appearances, he was a model young man who stayed away from the streets.

Funeral For A Slain Student Athlete
The funeral for Dwayne Cummings was held today in Orange Walk Town - where family, friends, fans, and townspeople came out to celebrate the life of the exceptional young man. Today, the Department of Youth Services sent out a release, quote "condemning these senseless killings" and calling it, quote, "the literal killing of our future as a nation." We note that the last three murders reported countrywide: Masaki Yanai, Dwayne Cummings and now, Elizabeth Rousseau were all innocent victims who lived outside of the usual locus of gang related crime.

Wesley Lower Robbed Again
The staff at Wesley Lower School on Albert Street in Belize City have reached their wit's end with burglars who keep breaking into the school and stealing essential educational items. Last night, someone pried open the burglar bar door of the principal's office, and cleaned it out of everything valuable that they could find. Today, one of the teachers told us off-camera that these thieves are affecting the students' education:

Marie Sharps Surprising New Sauce Supports Domestic Peace
Marie Sharp has done it again. She's launched a brand new hot sauce - but this one is pineapple based - that's right pineapple - pepper! It will be on shelves as early as tomorrow - so you can try it this weekend - but the surprising sauce blend isn't the only story here. Sharp partnered with the US Embassy to raise awareness of domestic violence and raise funds to help Haven House. And the special sauce is the face of this effort.

31 More Vehicles For Police
There are a few constants in law enforcement: the "police are always investigating," or "the police investigation continues"; the gunman is usually unidentified and the bad guys always "make good their escape", andone more, the police are always on mobile patrol. Butnot as often as they would like to be. Fact is, keeping a crime ridden society requires a lot of vehicular resources. Last year, the police got an influx of new pickups and this year agin, they've gotten 31 more Wingle pickups.

Man Stable After Shot To Head
Tonight, 41 year-old Mark Anthony Clarke, a resident of Fredrick's Alley in Belize City, is recovering from gunshot injuries he suffered last night in an attempt on his life. We told you about it at the end of news last night: At around 7:20 p.m., he was standing in front of Two Star Shop on New Road - which is not far from his home. That's when a vehicle drove up, and a gunman jumped out and went after him: ASP Alejandro Cowo - OC, CIB Belize City: "Last night, just after 7:30, police visited the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital, where they observed Mr Mark Anthony Clarke, a 41 year-old Belizean from Frederick Alley. He was seen with apparent gunshot wounds to the body..."

The Plane Is a Crop Duster
A video of a plane circling over Orange Walk today quickly went viral. The plane is seen circling and dipping very low and then coming back up again. Now this happened in broad daylight this afternoon, but in the current climate where drug planes use Belizean roads as runways - it seemed to be a possibility that it could be a drug plane. But this isn't so. We checked with the experts who said it is a crop duster doing fertilizing or seeding. We are told it is a Piper Pawnee - which is an agricultural aircraft.

FFB Reboots Public Image
It's been about 14 months now that Sergio Chuc, and his executive at the Football Federation of Belize has been running the sport in Belize. During that time, we've not heard of a single bit of the strife and controversy that used to plague the FFB under the previous two presidents Chuc and his executive say that erasing the negative public image that the FFB has been tainted with is only incidental - what they want is to see football in Belize improve from the grassroots to the semi-pro level, to the National Team level.

US Man Pleads Guilty To Bogus Fundraising Scheme For Airport in Belize
In May of 2018, we told you about 48 year old US Investment Fund Manager Brent Borland after he was charged in the US with multiple counts of securities fraud. The US Department of Justice accused him of tricking investors to front 21.9 million dollars in bridge financing for an International Airport project in Placencia. Well, yesterday, Borland pleaded guilty to running the multi million dollar fraud where "he falsely told dozens of investors their money was being used to build an international airport in Belize." the U.S. Department of Justice said. According to the Reuters news service, he pleaded to one count each of securities fraud, wire fraud and conspiracy before a U.S. District Judge in Manhattan. The fraud counts each carry a maximum 20-year prison term.

Another Chopping Out West
Tonight, a man from Unitedville Village in the Cayo District is in a critical condition after he was chopped by an assailant last night. Best reports to the press are that he was buying food at a vendor in the village when he got into some sort of confrontation with a man. That incident escalated when the man pulled a machete and attacked him with it. Police shared more with us today: ACP Joseph Myvette - Head, NCIB: "Last night, shortly before 9 p.m., San Ignacio responded to responded to a chopping incident in Unitedville Village, where upon arrival, they learnt that one Michael Smith was at a shop buying when he obviously had a confrontation with someone who inflicted a chop wound to him..."

Did Underworld Currents Lead To Corozal Shooting?
And from that chopping in Cayo, we report now on a shooting which happened in Corozal Town. 28 year-old Charles Itza, a resident of the Venezuela site in Corozal Town, was shot in the right foot by an assailant at around 9:00 on Tuesday night. Police told us what they know about this incident: ACP Joseph Myvettte - Head, NCIB: "On Tuesday last, sometime around 8:45 p.m., Charles Itza reported that while riding his bicycle on the Santa Rita Road, he was attacked by a masked male person, who fire shots towards his direction..."

Stench Grossing Out Garden City
Residents living near north-western Belmopan have been suffering for some time now from what the Department of Environment is calling air pollution. That's because there has been a foul smell that's been coming from that area, and the suspicion is that it is being caused by wastewater generated by one of the companies in Belmopan. The DOE says that multiple industries which generate this type of wastewater are in close proximity to each other, and they aren't yet sure which company is the culprit. Nevertheless, it is negatively affecting the quality of air that the residents of this side of the city are breathing in, and the DOE is collaborating with the Public Health Department to come up with a solution to the issue.

Channel 5

American Couple Targeted; Wife is Fatally Stabbed
Corozal police, with assistance from the Major Crimes Unit, are investigating a horrifying home invasion turned murder. The home of retired American couple Elizabeth Rousseau and Gary Hakes was broken [...]

The International Backlash following Murder of American Citizen
The murder of American citizen Elizabeth Rousseau and the attack on her husband Gary Hakes adds to the list of foreigners who have fallen victims to major crimes in the [...]

2 Men Are Charged for Gun Heist at Victor L. Bryant
Twenty-one-year-old Randy Chambers made headlines in December 2015, when he was walloped by a trio of officers as he was walking through his family yard on Police Street Extension.  The [...]

Phillip Gallaty’s License to Sell Firearms is Up in the Air
Commissioner of Police Chester Williams has also written to proprietor Phillip Gallaty in respect of the burglary, particularly since the security of the building from which the trove of weapons [...]

A Brazen Attempt of the Life of Mark Anthony Clark
A Belize City resident of Frederick’s Alley was the intended target of a murder attempt last evening when someone inside a vehicle took aim at him with a firearm as [...]

Home Invasion in Spanish Lookout Nets Thieves an Undisclosed Sum of Cash
There was also a home invasion in the Mennonite community of Spanish Lookout on Wednesday night where a couple was bound and their home rummage by thieves.  Cornelius Peters reported [...]

Chopping in Unitedville Leaves Michael Smith Seriously Injured
There was a vicious chopping incident that occurred in Unitedville on Wednesday night where Michael Smith, a resident of that community, was reportedly attacked by a pair of men.  The [...]

U.S. National Pleads Guilty to Multi-Million Dollars Scam including Belize
On Wednesday, forty-eight-year-old American national, Brent Borland, pleaded guilty to running a multimillion dollar scam and using Belize to do so. He pleaded guilty to one count of securities fraud, [...]

BWS Acquires Consolidated Water Ltd. for $7 Million U.S.
The ink has dried on an agreement to purchase Consolidated Water (Belize), the sole water utility on Ambergris Caye.  The company has been bought by Belize Water Services Limited with [...]

Water Shortage on La Isla Bonita Should be a Thing of the Past
Belize Water Services is presently undertaking works to upgrade the supply for San Pedro by expanding the existing storage capacity.  In July 2018, the company began the construction of an [...]

DYS Condemns Killing of UB Students
The Department of Youth Services condemns the killing of UB students Masaki Yanai and Dwayne Cummings. In a release issued today, the DYS says that it joins with the CARICOM [...]

F.O.B.’s Pier Has Been Repaired
Last November, B.D.F. soldier Private Fidel Williams lost an eye when he tripped and fell on the pier at the Forward Operating Base located at the mouth of the Sarstoon [...]

ComPol Williams Says Operation Safe Zone is Working
Between April and May of last year a string of robberies in the downtown area targeted vendors and businesses and left city residents feeling unsafe to shop. Those incidents, which [...]

Marie Sharp’s Pure Love Pepper Sauce Spreads Love to Domestic Violence Survivors
Belize’s most famous entrepreneur Marie Sharp has teamed up with the U.S. Embassy in Belize to raise funds for victims of domestic violence. Sharp has crafted a new pepper sauce [...]

Fishermen Speak in Favor of Gillnet Ban
The government has begun accepting submissions from the public relating to the use of gillnets in Belize’s waters. As we have been reporting, environmentalist groups have called on the government [...]

A New Fleet of Vehicles in the Fight against Crime
With thirty-one new Wingle pickups added to its existing convoy of vehicles, will the presence of more police officers in the streets of the country make the Belizean citizenry feel [...]

A Horrible Accident in Ladyville
There was an accident on the Philip Goldson Highway in Ladyville just in front of North Gas Station near the junction to the international airport. The amateur video footage we [...]

An Update on F.F.B. Projects
Today, the Football Federation of Belize hosted the media in a roundtable discussion inside the conference room at the Marion Jones Sporting Complex in Belize City. The purpose was to [...]

FIFA’s Forward Fund 2.0
FIFA is also making available to the country access to twelve million dollars over the next four years, from 2019 to 2022, to assist the federation with these projects. That [...]

A National Amateur Beach Soccer League
You may not have heard of it, but a beach soccer competition will begin momentarily and will be hosted primarily in the south and north of the country. It’s part [...]

Renewed Focus on Women’s Football
The Federation is also promoting the inclusion of women in the sport. It’s a big push being made by FIFA across the globe and Belize is no exception. With the [...]

Healthy Living: Life with Epilepsy
World Epilepsy Day was celebrated on February eleventh. Epilepsy is a neurological disorder that causes unprovoked, recurrent seizures. While it is common enough for you to have heard about it, [...]

LOVE FM

30 Brand New Rides for the Cops
Thirty vehicles valued at 1.3 million dollars have been purchased by the Ministry of National Security for the Belize Police Department. The vehicles were handed over to the department in a ceremony where the top brass and Minister John Saldivar spoke of how the vehicles would be disbursed to formations across the country. Commissioner of …

Will San Pedranos get lower Water Rates?
The Government of Belize has provided the loan guarantee, obtaining a CDB grant of US $205,000, and assisting with facilitating the transaction. BWS intends in the future to install more lines to the south of San Pedro Town; improve access to San Mateo; install an underwater crossing to have a main to supply that and …

Duo goes to court for burglarizing Victor L Bryant
20-year-old, Selvin Linarez and 21-year-old, Randy Chambers were before Senior Magistrate, Tricia Pitts-Anderson in the Belize City Magistrate’s Court where they pled not guilty to charges laid against them. The two were jointly charged for the burglary of Victor L Bryant warehouse on Chetumal Boulevard on Tuesday, February 12. They were additionally charged with six …

Belama Phase 4 land, Who is Lu Tsun-Tieh?
The Belama Phase Four land issue has taken an unusual turn. A letter from an attorney was sent to the media to make it clear that the man who everyone spoke of as the alleged owner of the land Alex Chang is not the owner. The letter from a purported attorney Brandon Usher, is saying Chang …

The Reporter

Woman Injured In Traffic Accident
Reports are that a woman was injured in a traffic accident on the Philip Godson Highway sometime after 5:00 this evening. The mishap occurred at North Gas Station near Sky Supermarket and involved a dump truck and a white SUV.

American National Die After Mysterious Corozal Home Invasion
An american is dead another is in the hospital after a home invasion that happened in sleepy quiet Corozal Town. Reports to the REPORTER are that a husband and wife were stabbed at their home last night after a burglar gained entry into their house in Corozal Town around 9 p.m.

More Shooting In The City As Police Clamp Down Even Harder
The victim of last night’s shooting on New Road is Mark Anthony Clarke, 41, of Fredrick Alley. Clarke was shot to the back of head and left upper shoulder shortly after 7:00 pm while standing in front of Two Star Shop at #129 New Road.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

3 vehicles involved in road traffic accident
Shortly after 6 pm, three vehicles including a truck were involved in a road traffic accident […]

Erectile Dysfunction on Valentine day: The hard truths
One of the realities, like it or not, about the intimate nature of Valentine’s Day, is […]

Shopking in Belize City robbed at gunpoint
Police are investigating a robbery that occurred yesterday morning at Shopking Shopping Center in Belize City. […]

Dwayne Cummings laid to rest
Today a funeral ceremony is being held for athlete and student, Dwayne Cummings. The event […]

National Student Union of Belize invites students for Peace March
Dear secondary and tertiary institutions; This coming Monday the 18th of February, 2019, the University of Belize (Belmopan campus) is holding a peace march starting at the parking lot of our central campus at 2pm. […]

Marie Sharp and US Embassy launch ‘Pure Love’ Pepper Sauce
The United States Embassy in Belize in collaboration with Marie Sharp is launching a new […]

IFSC warns of Virtual Currency (Cryptocurrency) exchanges
The International Financial Services Commission (“the IFSC”) today issued a statement saying that it is […]

Unitedville chopping victim in critical condition
Michael Wallace, the 18-year-old Unitedville resident who was chopped to the head at a bus […]

Ankle monitors coming to Belize?
The Ministry of National Security, in an effort to curb rampant gang violence, is considering […]

Big Baby’s local manager asks for Belize’s support in upcoming title fight
Belizean-American Jarrell Miller is about to make history as the first Belizean to fight for […]

American national killed in home invasion
An American national was killed last night in a home invasion in Corozal. According to […]

Department of Youth services condemn senseless killings
The Department of Youth Services (DYS), today, issued a statement condemning the senseless murders of two […]

Guyana gearing up for its big match with Belize
Guyana’s head coach of their national men’s football team, Michael Johnson, told the media in his country […]

American fund manager pleads guilty to Belize airport scam
An American fund manager from New York, Brent Borland, 48, plead guilty on Wednesday to […]

Blogs

Kiss Your Lobster Goodbye
With the end of lobster season here, I can’t help but find it a tad ironic that Valentine’s Day marks the final day for lobster love. It’s no wonder that sappy poetry and professions of undying love come to mind when this bittersweet time of year comes around. “So long my tasty morsel, my plate is empty without you!” For the lucky lobster the closed season coincides with their reproductive season, how apropos! Maybe we should we send them off with champagne and romantic music? This is a critical time for populations to recuperate strengthen and recover, so we say, “Go forth and multiply young longostas”!

Belize Cruise Excursions: What To See and Do When You Arrive in Belize
Going on a cruise can feel like a dinner of tapas. Each stop gives you a small taste of the surrounding culture and nature. But there's far too much variety in Belize to enjoy with a single bite. Cruise ship passengers sometimes fall so in love with the country that they almost miss their boat! But whatever aspect of Belize you want to explore, you can count on Belizing.com to help you make the most of your time. We partner with independent contractors to provide our customers with the most efficient and high-value tours and excursions around. Read on to learn more about the options available to you.

Lots of Love and Three Belize Books
Happy Valentines everyone. Today on this annual celebration of love, I bring you three great Belize books. Why not treat yourself or someone you love to a little bit of Belize. Sketches from the Heart of a Texas Artist – The Love Necklace Edition by Margaret Elizabeth Hulse. I have met the Texas – Belize Author Margaret in person and commissioned her to do a Belize map for me. She is one of many who came here fell in love and forged a strong bond with the country and its people. I’m glad I get to see her again as I just found out she is back on Ambergris Caye till May. I admire those geographically located people who swing between extended periods in two great places.

SeaDreams Treehouse-Caye Caulker
The SeaDreams Treehouse located at the Split, near the Lazy Lizard. This picturesque spot is a great place to relax in a hammock and enjoy a cocktail while taking in the stunning view of the reef. And when they say “Treehouse”, they aren’t kidding! This quaint hotel actually surrounds a magnificent Banyan tree. Once you enter the trunk of the treehouse, you find yourself heading up a set of stairs to the little bar. Make sure to order one of their fun specialty drinks -- I had the nummy watermelon martini. Head up another set of stairs to the top of the treehouse, where you are greeted with a couple of hammocks, and a few chairs on this little deck. The views from the deck offer the reef to the east and as you peer north just over the Lazy Lizard, you can enjoy the hustle and bustle. It’s a great place to people watch, listen to the fun music, or just chill with conversation.

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Los Angeles Travel and Adventure Show
Let us help you explore endless vacation possibilities in Belize - Accommodations to fit your budget- Diving, Snorkeling, Fishing, Cave-tubing, Ziplining, Jungle Tours, Nature Hikes, Waterfall rappelling and so much more! Visit us at booth 545 at the LA Travel and Adventure Show this weekend, February 16 and 17, at the Los Angeles Convention Center. We look forward to seeing you there!

Dispatches from the bottom of Belize's Blue Hole
A team of scientists -- including Virgin billionaire Richard Branson -- has returned from a groundbreaking mission to the bottom of Belize's Great Blue Hole with exciting findings. The Great Blue Hole is the world's largest sinkhole, measuring an incredible 300 meters (984 feet) across and roughly 125 meters (410 feet) deep. The team also included Fabien Cousteau, grandson of underwater explorer Jacques Cousteau -- who put the Blue Hole on the map back in 1971. The group embarked on their odyssey in December 2018, determined to discover the secrets at the bottom of the Blue Hole. Using two submarines, the expedition captured new images and footage inside the Blue Hole and created the first 3D map of its interior.

5 Belize activities for the ultimate adventurer
For those in search of adrenaline-pumping excursions that’ll have you in awe of your fearlessness for years to come, book a trip to Belize. This small Central American country is surprisingly easy to get to, with short direct flights from major U.S. cities offered daily to the Belize City airport. Filled with lush jungles, countless islands and protected wildlife sanctuaries, it’s home to a range of animals that include the tapir, howler monkeys and the elusive jaguar. Not to mention it’s a birders paradise, boasting over 600 species. In addition, it’s a country that offers travelers the opportunity to explore both natural and cultural wonders such as the Belize Barrier Reef and the ancient Maya civilization. While Belize offers ample coastline of palm-tree lined white sand beaches to relax on, it’s without a doubt an adventure’s heaven where activities such as cave tubing, spelunking down the sides of massive basins and zip lining through unchartered territory is common-place.

Local artist wants to build future for Belize family
Rob Wright was taking in a shoreline of the Caribbean Sea on his first trip to Belize when he spotted two boys fishing on a wharf. The pair didn’t have rods and instead relied on holding lines with hooked weeds. They were fishing, as they did every day, so their family could eat dinner. Wright suggested they visit him the next day and borrow his fishing rods. “I get up at about six the next morning, kinda half asleep, look down the stairs and there’s four eyes looking in,” he said. The next year Wright and his wife Tammy returned to Belize, and Wright went to see the boys, Ryan and Chris. It was Chris’s 11th birthday, and Wright offered to buy him fishing supplies. The boy proudly declined.

Coffeehouse tips help Belize Student Scholarship Fund
The Mission of the Month for February at the Mission Coffeehouse at First Lutheran Church is Belize Student Scholarship and Assistance Fund. The First Lutheran Church Mission Team serving in mission in Belize is initiating a Belize Student Scholarship and Assistance Fund. Its purpose is to provide educational assistance for the very poor students of Belize, Central America in the villages where we serve. Providing books, sewing supplies and other study materials, including tuition, will enable selected students to complete a course of study which may otherwise be unavailable to them.

What does it look like at the bottom of Belize's Blue Hole?
What does it look like at the bottom of Belize's Blue Hole?

Videos

  • Sea to Shore Alliance - manatee signature fundraiser, 32min. Sea to Shore Alliance will be having its signature fundraiser on 16th February at the Old Belize Pavilion. Cocktails for the Manatee is a Live and Silent Auction held to raise funds for the work of the organization. Jamaal Galvez shared the details of the event and talked with us about the new Adopt a Manatee program.

  • Ret'd General David Jones - Views on ICJ, 65min. Ret'd General David Jones spoke with us about the security implications of the national vote to the go the ICJ.

  • Dating Danger Zone, 2.5min. Do you know the warning signs of gender based violence in teen relationships? This public service announcement was produced by Oxa Productions for the Special Envoy for Women and Children in Belize.

  • Bei den Mennoniten in Little Belize, 3min.

  • Beautiful sea hares!, .25min.

  • Coatimundi baby and mom exploring in Belize, .5min.

  • Maya Center Belize, 8min. This is a short documentary I did for my History class.

  • Two awesome local artists, 7.5min. Alida Sharp - ‘If Yu Luv Ah’. Mervin Budram-MD - ‘Save the Children’

  • Combating Gender-Based Violence through Partnership!, 31min. The launch of ‘Pure Love’ Pineapple Habanero Pepper Sauce, a partnership between the U.S. Embassy and Marie Sharp’s Fine Food Ltd! Join us to END Gender-Based Violence!