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Today's Belize News: February 20, 2019 #534972
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The San Pedro Sun

Former Mexican government official, accused of illegal entry and money laundering, released from San Pedro police custody
Gonzalo Abelardo Herrera Castilla, a former Mexican government official who served in the Ministry of Public Management in the Mexican State of Quintana Roo, was released from San Pedro police custody after being detained for illegal entry and suspected money laundering. Castilla, who served during the government of ex-governor Roberto Borge Angulo from 2012-2016, had apparently been living on the island for over two years, and is wanted by Mexican authorities for the offense of ‘Illicit use of Power.’ Castilla had been formally arrested by San Pedro police on Saturday, February, 16th, and after being trialled for the mentioned offenses, he was to be transported to Belize City for deportation on Tuesday, February 19th. However, at the last hour, charges were allegedly dismissed and he was released from police custody.

Belize-based Catholic priest Father Oliver Smalls named in list of child sexual offenders
The name of well-known Roman Catholic Priest Father Oliver Smalls Jr., of the Diocese of Belize City-Belmopan, is on a ‘credible’ list of clergymen who have allegedly committed sexual abuse against minors. This list was published by the Catholic Diocese of Richmond, Virginia USA, as they intensify their efforts to assist survivors of abuse. In a letter published on February 13th by Bishop Barry Knestout of the Richmond parish, he offered deep gratitude and apologies to the victims and survivors.

Wolfe’s Woofer: Experience
“Mario, that guy getting off the boat looks a lot like Alex Gutierrez, doesn’t he?” “He sure does,” Mario said. “A whole lot. Wait a minute—that is Alex.” He stood up and yelled, “Oi! Alex!” Alex joined us at our beachside table where we were drinking our morning coffee. “Look at you, all dressed up,” Mario said. “Where you going? Wedding or a funeral?” “This is my business clothes,” Alex said.

Doctor Love: Silver Out-Foxed
Dear Doctor Love, My fifty-seven year old wife just filed for divorce and I am floored. I don’t beat her or cheat on her. She has had an easy life of raising our two children and being provided for in every respect. We should be able to sit and relax for the rest of our lives. Instead she wants to become this modern couple who learns to sail and do yoga and goes on trips to Mexico or Belize and such. This isn’t a new thing for her. It’s been brewing since the kids left home.

Ambergris Today

Belizean Priest Accused Of Sexual Abuse In USA
Father Oliver Joseph Smalls resident priest of Orange Walk Town, is one of forty-two clergymen who have “a credible and substantiated allegation of sexual abuse” against a child. The Catholic Diocese of Richmond, Virginia, USA published a list where Father Smalls was included. Since the allegations came to light, the Catholic Diocese of Belize and Bishop Lawrence Nicasio have removed Father Smalls from the ministry and is no longer allowed to serve in Belize.

Belize Hosts Press Conference For The 2019 Taipei Lantern Festival “Twinkle Taipei”
The Embassy of Belize to the Republic of China (Taiwan) hosted a press conference on Wednesday, February 13, 2019, to unveil lanterns depicting the Great Blue Hole as well as an array of species of marine life found in the Belize Barrier Reef.

Belizean Priest Accused Of Sexual Abuse In USA
On Thursday, February 14, 2019, the U.S. Embassy hosted the launch of Marie Sharp's brand new "Pure Love" pineapple habanero pepper sauce that aspires to combat gender-based violence. The proceeds of the sale of "Pure Love" will go to Haven House - a non-profit domestic violence shelter--directly benefiting victims of gender-based violence and empowering them to take control and positively transform their lives.

Misc Belizean Sources

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Minister Comments On Coco Solo Island Eviction
In our last newscast, we reported on the developments of a case involving a group of fishermen who were allegedly squatting on a sandbar in southern Belize. The area, located 16 miles southeast of Placencia and north of the Sapodilla Cayes, is known to locals as Coco Solo Island. The Belize Coast Guard claims that the land mass was being illegally occupied by a family which has since been served with an eviction notice. Amid conflicting reports, Vice Commandant of the Belize Coast Guard Captain Elton Bennett indicated that the area had only been initially inhabited as a fishing camp until permanent structures began surfacing over the last 3 to 5 years.

Paint N Splash
See you this week at from 2-4pm Thursday to paint “A Dock Of A Day”.

PAHO Director, Dr. Carissa F. Ettienne is on an official visit to Belize this week
Dr. Carissa F. Etienne, Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and Regional Director for the Americas of the World Health Organization (WHO), is on an official visit to Belize this week. Yesterday she met with management staff and several technical advisors of the Ministry of Health. While several health topics were discussed including non-communicable diseases, road traffic accidents, and the SMART facility projects, she expressed concern about dengue, measles, and diphtheria that is threatening the region at present.

Ministry of Labour, Local Government and Rural Development Holds Technical Meeting with Labour and Employment Officers
The Ministry of Labour, Local Government and Rural Development held a technical meeting with all Labour and Employment Officers today, February 18th. The meeting began with an opening remark by Dr. Senator Hon. Carla Barnett, Minister of State in the Ministry, who expressed her full support for the work of the Labour Department and also welcomed the new Labour Commissioner, Ms. Ann Marie Thompson.

National Climate Change Office Conducts Greenhouse Gas Mitigation Assessment
The National Climate Change Office through the Fourth National Communication Project will be conducting a Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Mitigation Assessment and Stakeholder Workshop. The workshop will be held on Wednesday, February 20, 2019, at the George Price Centre, Belmopan. The main objective of the assessment is to conduct a national-level assessment of the impacts of various technologies and practices that affect GHG emissions and will be targeting sectors such as energy, forestry, agriculture, transport, industry, and waste.

Ministry of Works Signs Contract for Rehabilitation of Portion of the George Price Highway
A contract was signed between the Government of Belize and Imer Hernandez Development Company Ltd in the amount of BZ$19,012,935.90 for the rehabilitation of 16.580 km of the George Price Highway, commencing at Blackman Eddy Village and ending at the roundabout in Santa Elena, Cayo District. The scope of the works includes horizontal and vertical realignment of the roadway to meet international safety standards as well as the upgrading of drainage to improve climate resilience on the road. Also included are the placement of major culverts at key locations, clearing of the road reserve, the removal of any remnant structures, obstructions, construction of safety barriers, sidewalks, pedestrian crossings, bus stops, runoff channels, as well as the marking of road center and edge line markings.

Rules for San Pedro Carnaval
Hey everyone! Carnaval is all about having fun, but we also have to make it safe for all. Here are the rules for the painters and for the traffic. Take note of the times and make adjustments to your schedules. We thank you in advance for your cooperation and understanding. ...

Corozal Town Council child friendly initiatives
As a Child Friendly Municipality, Mayor Rigo Vellos and the Corozal Town Council has dedicated its efforts to support child friendly initiatives. This Council has given the Children Advisory Board its full support in all its ventures and will continue to support their plans in the best interest of our children and community. They are the future of this jewel.

BTIA Belmopan Meet and Greet Business Mixer
Inviting all our BTIA Belmopan members! Don't miss out!

Bi-National Clean-up Campaign in Arenal
Today a Bi-National Clean-up Campaign took place in the villages of Arenal-Belize Side and Arenal Guatemala Side. The Clean-up Campaign was organized by Todos por un Mundo Verder of Guatemala, supported by the Friends for Conservation and Development Environmental Youth Group, Caracol-JADE, Benque Volunteers Youth Group, the Guatemalan Military and residents of both villages. Participants had lots of fun while playing and doing icebreakers before the clean-up. This activity is being sponsored by the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives and Supported by FCD

Ascenthium Playing The Bluff
Ascenthium will be playing at The Bluff this Saturday. It's their first fundraiser for their trip to the Wacken Open Air Central America rock competition, which will be held in Panama. "We're at The Bluff On Saturday hosting our first fundraiser for W.O.A's Central American heat. The band will be jamming and Ascenthium merchandise will be on sale. Come out and help Belize's Metal Battle candidate get to Panama. The Winner of the Preliminaries will represent the region in Germany! Metalheads of Belize, we need your help to start out on the Road To Wacken!"

Volunteers at one of several base camps in Chiquibul used for scarlet macaw survey
We are grateful to all volunteers for their support during the survey. Results coming up.

Corozal Sustainable Future Initiative (CSFI)
The Corozal House of Culture is pleased to invite you to our 7th Anniversary event this Friday February 22, 2019. The event will be showcasing the amazing work carried out by the non-governmental organization; Corozal Sustainable Future Initiative (CSFI). Their work in protection & conservation with key ecosystems in Northern Belize crosses many cultures including Maya, Mennonite, Mestizo and Creole. Please join us for a wonderful day of conservation in Corozal beginning at 9am.

Sixteen farmers have recently harvested 2,187 pounds of cacao beans from Belize's first agroforestry concession
Since establishing the agroforestry concession within the Maya Mountain North Forest Reserve in 2014, Ya’axché has been providing material, equipment, technical and field support to the 31-member farming group – the Trio Farmers Cacao Growers Association. This year, it is projected that the farmers will be harvesting 90,000 pounds of cacao beans from the 936-acre agroforestry concession. Additionally, we are exploring opportunities on how to add value to the cacao being harvested within the forest reserve.

SAC MUYAL
It is the story of a warrior who sought in the forest his beloved who had been stolen by Sac Muyal . On the way he found a snake that told him what he should do to find the girl. Then it was a woman who indicated what he had to do. Later a deer showed him the way he should follow . So did the eagle and the beetle, this is how he arrives at a cave where he finds all those who previously helped him. Each one told him to do something different to get the girl back, but he simply blurred his vision, he ignored them all and woke up like a dream with his beloved in his arms and away from the Sac Muyal who had stolen her.

Attorney General’s Response to the Protest at the Vital Statistics Unit
On February 18, 2019, the People’s United Party (PUP) launched a protest against the Vital Statistics Unit in Belize City in an effort to decry and minimalize the efforts of the Government of Belize to improve the Unit. The Government does not deny that the Vital Statistics Unit is in need of reforms. On the contrary, the Government recognizes and has taken an intentional executive level decision to place much emphasis, effort and focus on the improvement of the Unit. Recently, valiant efforts were made to restructure and streamline the Unit, some of which includes, removing the Unit out from under the auspices of the Supreme Court and bringing it under the Attorney General’s Ministry for management and control...

Variation of Cut-Off Date for Registration
The Elections and Boundaries Department hereby notifies the public that the cut-off date for accepting applications for registration of persons who wish to vote in the 10th April, 2019 referendum has been varied from 10th March to 12th MARCH, 2019. This change in date has become necessary due to the computation of time. Section 55 (b) of the Interpretation Act states: “if the last day of the period is a Saturday, Sunday or public holiday the period shall include the next following day, not being a public holiday”.

Training courses for tourism service providers
Very pleased to receive at the Embassy Mr. John M. Burgos, Executive Director of Belize Tourism Industry Association (BTIA), with whom we are collaborating to start soon with training courses for tourism service providers in Belize, within the framework of the agreement we signed few months ago.

2019 International Costa Maya Festival
Mark down the dates! August 1-4

Ko’one’ex k k’iinbesik u k’iinil maayaj (Let's go to celebrate Maya day)
March 24th, Blue Creek Village

The Huay Chivo
The Huay Chivo one of the legends from the Yucatec Maya people . The Huay Chivo is a sorcerer who transformed into a goat to harm or do mischievous .

Don't forget to try K's Diner today - grand opening!!! First Southern food diner on the island
Energy Galore... Amazingly Beautiful Day in San Pedro!... Busy FUN... and mark your Calendar for K's Diner Opening on Wednesday, Feb. 20th - #11 Coconut Drive... just S of the Tropic Terminal... Excited... Friends from Winnipeg coming in on Monday... You Gotta Check out Belize - Ambergris Caye - San Pedro Town and GET Out of the COLD!

Channel 7

Police Burn All Those "Found Property"ť Drugs
We report on countless cases of "found property" where police confiscate drugs that were stashed or hidden in abandoned lots and houses. So what really happens to these drugs? Well they are eventually destroyed. We have shown you several drug destructions by fire. One of the more notable ones is the burning of 1, 225 pounds of cocaine that was found in a drug plane in September 2018. Today's destruction didn't quite match that amount and scale but 7news still made it out to an undisclosed location in Western Belize. Courtney Weatherburne has the story.

Man Killed On Way To Pick Up Girlfriend
Tonight, the Lord family from Lords Bank Village is mourning the killing of their loved-one who died after he was shot in Belize City just before midnight last night. He's Roy Gilbert Lord, a 31 year-old father of 2, and at around 11:35 p.m. last night, he left his girlfriend's home on New Road to pick her up from Tropicana Casino, where she works. He was on foot, and when he arrived on Wilson Street, which is where Tropicana is located, he was approached a gunman rolled up on him and opened fire, hitting the 31 year old multiple times in the head, chest and back. Police were the first to respond and rushed him to the KHMH, but he succumbed to his injuries a short while after.

DOE Dragged Dion Z Back To Court, For Nothing
He cursed and insulted an Environmental Officer in front of a camera for the whole world to see, but the Department of Environment still can't get its case against Dion Zabaneh right. Today, the Department dragged 43 year old Zabaneh and his 76 year old mother back to court to, again, be charged for a slew of environmental offences. But, But before the charges could be read to them, the DOE's legal consul, told them and their attorney, Emil Arguelles, that his Department "messed",up because the charges were improperly lodged.

Robber Claim Police Shot Him While Handcuffed
Last night we told you how police had shot one of two men who had allegedly robbed a Chinese grocery on Daly street in Belize City. Well, today, they were taken to court. 21 year old Kerun Miguel and 22 year old Jamar Neal hobbled into court; Miguel limping from the shot to the upper right leg, while Neal was seen with what he says is broken left jaw - allegedly delivered to him by police. The duo appeared before Magistrate Khadeen Palmer where they were read a single charge of robbery with a firearm. Both pleaded not guilty to the charge.

NCFC Condemns Sharing of Explicit Videos Featuring Minors
Tonight, the National Committee for Families and Children is condemning cyber bullying, quote, "which has resulted in the harmful and illegal circulation of sexually explicit video of a teenaged girl." The advocacy organization is referring to the student whom we told you about last night - a teenager who is the victim of what is known as revenge porn, after a video of her performing oral sex act in her uniform emerged on social media and messaging platforms this weekend. We have have since learned that she has not been suspended as we had originally reported - her guardian told 7News they made a family decision to keep her at home so that she would not have to face the backlash from the video at school.

Belize National Basketball Team Shoots For The Big Leagues
Belize is hosting an international basketball tournament this weekend. It's the second round of the FIBA World Cup Americas tournament. In the last tournament in July of last year, Belize faced its regional competitors, and this time, we are facing teams from the Caribbean - namely the Bahamas, Cuba and Antigua. Belize is fighting for one of four available spots to advance to the final rounds of the FIBA World Cup Americas which will begin in November, 2019. The stakes are high because the FIBA Americas bracket features the hemisphere's basketball powerhouses such as the USA, Canada, Argentina and Brazil.

Belize's Green House Gas Footprint
Water vapor, carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide: those are a few examples of greenhouse gases. You probably covered those in school but it's more than just a class topic, it is a very real threat. Increased emissions of these gases leads to global warming which causes many other climate complications. The National Climate Change Office is hosting a Greenhouse Gas Mitigation Assessment and Stakeholder Workshop to devise a national GHG mitigation strategy.

Caught With A Home-Made Gun
Today in court, a teenager was remanded for a firearm offence; the cops say he tried to slip away from them in traffic. It happened at around 8:50 last night when police on motorcycle patrol spotted a suspicious young man sitting on a red beach cruiser at the corner of West and Orange Streets. When they approached him, he darted through traffic on Orange Street contrary, going against the flow of traffic. Police still ran him down, searched him and found a home made firearm loaded with a single round tucked in his pants.

One More Day To Register For ICJ Vote
If you want to vote in the April 10th ICJ referendum, you have an extra two days to register. The Elections and Boundaries Department has announced that Tuesday March 12th, not Sunday March 10th is the cut-off date for accepting voter registration. The change - according to the department - is simply because the 10th is a Sunday, and Monday the 11th is a holiday. So the final day has to be the first work-day of the week, which is Tuesday, March 12th.

AG Scolds PUP For Vital Stats Protest
And referendum voter readiness - or a lack of it - is why the PUP says they protested yesterday against the Vital Statistics Unit. They say that their voters from all around the country, especially those the rural areas, have been punishing for months as they try in vain to get their important documents from Vital Stats office. Well, the Attorney General doesn't believe that their motives are so genuine. In fact, he speculates that they are trying to vilify Vital Stats to further their anti ICJ campaign.

PUP Say ICJ Special Agreement Insufficient To Change Borders
And while you have one additional day to get registered and be eligible to vote in the referendum, three local attorneys have produced a detailed legal opinion on the 2008 Special Agreement. They say it does not pave the way clearly for a path to the ICJ. PUP Parliamentarian Kareem Musa, the former PUP Legal Advisor, Anthony Sylvestre, and attorney Richard "Dickie" Bradley, a former PUP Minister, have done some very detailed research on the Special Agreement, and they are asserting that the Government has made a major misstep.

Big Bad Baby, The King Of New York
Today at the Madison Square Garden in New York, Belizean American, Jarrell "Big Baby" Miller faced off against the World Heavyweight Champion Anthony Joshua in a promotional press conference for the June first bout. Now these face-off's always have an element of drama, and a whole lot of hype, but in classic Big Baby style, Jarrell took that up another level when he commenced the proceedings with an unexpected shove - straight to the champ's chest - here's what happened:

Ludwig Lightburn Was First
And while Jarrell Miller is now on the world stage, becoming the first Belizean to fight for the world heavyweight title, he's not the first Belizean to be a world class boxer, and to fight at Madison Square Garden. That was Ludwig Lightning Lightburn, and he did it in the 1950's. Lightburn was a world class prizefighter - a light welterweight who was a top ranked title contender. In 2009, Jules Vasquez spoke with a few relatives to find out about one of the greatest Belizean sportsmen you may have never heard of:..

Channel 5

Roy Lord is Gunned Down on Wilson Street
There was a late night shooting in Belize City on Monday which claimed the life of a young man from Lord’s Bank Village.  Police are yet to determine whether the [...]

NCFC Weighs in on Cyber Bullying
The mass circulation of a video clip depicting an underage female student in her high school uniform engaged in a sexual act is repulsive.  Since its release over the weekend, [...]

The Allegation against Father Smalls is ‘Credible’ and ‘Substantiated’
The publication of a list of forty-two priests with ‘credible and substantiated’ allegation of sexual abuse against a child by the Richmond Diocese includes the name of Father Oliver Smalls. [...]

Up In Marijuana Smoke
All roads led west this morning as a convoy of police vehicles made its way to an undisclosed location where a huge haul of drugs was incinerated.  It’s part of [...]

2008 Special Agreement Between Belize and Guatemala ‘Invalid’
Ten years ago, on December eighth, 2008 the Foreign Ministers of Belize and Guatemala signed, at OAS headquarters, the Special Agreement between Guatemala and Belize to submit the territorial, insular [...]

Special Agreement Needs 2/3 Parliamentary Approval
According to Attorney Anthony Sylvestre, since the Special Agreement commits Belize to hold a referendum with the intention to settle the dispute at the I.C.J. which will rule on Belize’s [...]

Less than 2 Months for the I.C.J. Referendum
With fifty more days to go until the April tenth I.C.J. Referendum, government still has the opportunity to take the Special Agreement to the House.   Kareem Musa, Attorney “The [...]

P.U.P. Takes on Vital Stats Unit over ‘Incompetence’
If you have ever been to the Vital Statistics Unit, you probably have experienced the frustration that comes along with that visit. People from every single district have been complaining [...]

Tour Guide says Placencia Not Benefiting from Cruise Ship Tourism
At a recent press conference FECTAB President, Yhony Rosado raised concerns on two issues he says that Belize City tour guides would feel the negative effects of. According to Rosado, [...]

PAHO Hosts Regional Meeting in Belize
The Pan American Health Organization kicked off its country and sub-regional managers meeting in Belize City today. The meeting brings together health directors from Central America, Cuba, Mexico and the [...]

Meet Team Belize for the Upcoming FIBA Qualifier
The 2019 season of the National Elite Basketball League has been postponed for this week in anticipation of the regional FIBA qualifying tournament, which will be held from February twenty-second [...]

C.E.O. Gentle says Philip Goldson Highway is Being Upgraded to Meet International Standards
Earlier this month, a woman lost her life jumping the barriers in the middle of the Philip Goldson Highway. The pedestrian, Marlena Mortis, was knocked down and killed as she [...]

2 Charged for Kum Hua Robbery
Two men have been charged for the robbery at Kum Hua Store in Belize City. Kerun Miguel and Jamar Neal appeared in court before Magistrate Khadeen Palmer today where they [...]

Charges Withdrawn Again from Primrose Gabourel & Dion Zabaneh
Seventy-six-year-old Primrose Gabourel and her son forty-three-year-old Dion Zabaneh were back in court today after the Department of Environment brought charges once again for failure to adhere to stop orders [...]

Street Art Festival 2019 Takes Place This Weekend
The ninth edition of Street Art Festival takes place this weekend in downtown Belize City.  The festival is the premier event of the National Institute of Culture and History, through [...]

LOVE FM

Kareem Musa: Special Agreement needs to be ratified by National Assembly
The debate on whether or not to take Guatemala’s unfounded claim to Belize to the International Court of Justice, ICJ, has the country divided. Last month, Cabinet officially announced that it is supporting a yes vote to the upcoming ICJ referendum, since it believes that the ICJ is the only solution. Meanwhile, there are others …

Despite disability, DJ Jaelen performed exceptionally well
The twin town leg of the second annual Belikin Belize DJ Championship was held in San Ignacio last week Saturday. DJ Iconic (VO SHYNE DEEJAYS ) emerged victorious after competing against three other deejays. Love news spoke with Music Ambassador, Shyne Barrow, about the competition. Shyne Barrow Music Ambassador: “So you have four DJ’s and …

A rally for Wesley Student who was victimized by video
Over the weekend, two videos of sexual acts between male and females were leaked on social media. While the woman shown one video was offered much sympathy and support, the minor, for the most part, had been left to deal with the harsh consequences of school discipline coupled with public scrutiny and domestic tension. There …

PAHO holds annual managers’ meeting in Belize
The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) is hosting its annual managers’ meeting where health leaders are discussing the achievements, as well as the challenges which are being faced by the health sectors within the region. At the meeting, Dr. Francis Morey, the Deputy Director of Health Service for the Ministry of Health, spoke about the …

Faber welcomes the challenge from the Opposition in Collet
Area Representative for Collet, Patrick Faber, is getting a new opponent under the People’s United Party. A few weeks ago, we told you of City Councillor, Oscar Arnold, who has his eyes on the division for the next general election. Faber has never expressed concerns over any political opposition even when his UDP colleague, John …

Belizeans Car Jacked in Mexico
Places like Cancun, Playa Del Carmen and Tulum are popular destinations for visitors to Mexico. But there are other places outside Quintana Roo that Belizeans tend to travel. A group of 5 Belizean car dealers were returning from the USA towing vehicles when they were assaulted by carjackers who injured Ceasar Quiroz who was the …

Mexicans busted with cash and other offences
A joint team of CIB, SB, QRT and Customs Personnel conducted an operation on Saturday on Ambergris Caye which led to the apprehension of (MEXICAN ARRESTS VO) two Mexican nationals, 40 year old Manuel Villanueva and fifty year old Gonzalo Albelardo Herrera Castilla. Castilla, a Mexican Businessman from Chetumal, Quintana Roo was fined $1500 Belize …

Lords Bank resident Roy Lord is gunned down in Belize City
There was a murder on the north side of Belize City just before midnight. 31-year-old, Roy Lord was on his way to pick up his girlfriend from her workplace on Newtown Barracks when he was killed by an armed male who approached him on Wilson Street. The New Road resident was hit to the left …

Attorney General says PUP threw a cheap shot at Vital Stats
On Monday the People’s United Party (PUP) launched a protest against the Vital Statistics Unit in Belize City. A few minutes ago, the Attorney General’s sent a response regarding the PUP’s actions. It noted that the Government does not deny that the Vital Statistics Unit is in need of reform. The A.G. said the Unit …

New Labour Commissioner welcomed to the fold
The new Labour Commissioner, Ann Marie Thompson, was welcomed to the fold of the Ministry of Labour yesterday during a meeting of labour and employment officers. The meeting was focused on engaging the department’s officers in a technical meeting to look at a way forward with more efficiency and improved services. Chief Executive Officer, Sharon …

New Labour Commissioner welcomed to the fold
The new Labour Commissioner, Ann Marie Thompson, was welcomed to the fold of the Ministry of Labour yesterday during a meeting of labour and employment officers. The meeting was focused on engaging the department’s officers in a technical meeting to look at a way forward with more efficiency and improved services...

Negative impacts of Gillnets in Belize
In recent weeks, when we hear the word “gillnet”, we tend to associate it with our fishermen, sustainable fishing, and the Belize Fisheries Department. But exactly: what is gillnet and why are we having a debate about it? Love News traveled to Placencia where we spoke with Grayson Sierra, a Members of the Placencia Sports …

Minister of Trade responds to FECTAB’s concerns
The Republic of China (Taiwan) latest contribution came in the form of sixty thousand US dollars earmarked for trade development. It was an initiative that both Belize and the Republic of China (Taiwan) found satisfactory; the Federation of Cruise Tourism Association of Belize, FECTAB, however, is not too pleased as they feel excluded as they …

Thief gets shot and got 44 dollars in Coins
A daring heist on Daly Street in Belize City resulted in many shots being fired and a suspect getting an injury in the leg. But the police say that the thief didn’t get much. After getting shot, one of the suspect had about forty four dollars in coins from the store which is located near …

Pyromaniac on the loose in PG?
Three vehicles were torched in the Toledo District on the sixth of February. The vehicles were the property of Christon Foster, Patrick Avila and Burlington Jones and the police labeled the incidents as arson. Could it be the work of a pyromaniac? Assistant Commissioner of Police Joseph Myvett says that one more vehicle was burnt …

Deputy PM says Political Elements in Bar while former UWI Professor drafts ICJ Opinion
Stephen Vasciannie is a Jamaican law professor and politician who had served as a diplomat as well as a Deputy Solicitor-General and principal of the Norman Manley Law School. Vasciannie proffered his services to the Bar Association of Belize several weeks ago to pen a legal opinion on Belize’s territorial dispute with Guatemala. His position …

Fire leaves a family of twelve homeless
An early morning fire engulfed and destroyed a home in the Gungulung area in Belize City, displacing a family of twelve. Owners, Kirk Davis and Luwina Garnett told us that the entire family woke up just in time to save their lives. Unfortunately, however, they were unable to save their personal belongings. Kirk Davis: “We …

The effects of AOEI on the financial institutions
In 2017, the Automatic Exchange of Information Law was passed making it mandatory for financial institutions to submit information to the Income Tax Department on accounts owned by residents of countries with which Belize signed a declaration. The first submission was made last year and will continue annually. Love News spoke with Kareem Patnett, Tax …

Wesley receives donation to help secure the school
Wesley Lower School has had several break-ins which have set the school back tremendously and hinder the students learning. Hon. Tracy Taegar-Panton, the Area Representative for Albert, came to the school aid by garnering assistance from the business community and today a sizeable donation was made to the school to purchase surveillance cameras in the …


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Fr. Oliver Smalls, Jr., removed from duties in Belize
The Roman Catholic Bishop of Belize, Most Rev. Lawrence Sydney Nicasio, issued a press release today, Monday, February 18, dropping a bombshell, saying that “Fr. Oliver Smalls, Jr., of the Diocese of Belize City-Belmopan, has been named by the Diocese of Richmond in Virginia (USA) as one of the priests who have ‘credible allegations of sexual abuse of minors.’” “On February 13, 2019 the Diocese of Richmond in Virginia (USA) released the names of priests who have credible allegations of sexual abuse of minors. Fr. Oliver Smalls, Jr. of the Diocese of Belize City-Belmopan was named as one of the abusers,” the Roman Catholic Chancery Office press release said.

PUP leads protest against Vital Statistics office
With the International Court of Justice referendum just around the corner on April 10, public attention is once more focused on the Vital Statistics Unit, which is the office where citizens go to get birth certificates and other documents necessary to complete the re-registration process in order for them to get re-registered so that they can vote in the upcoming referendum. This afternoon, the Leader of the Opposition, People’s United Party, Hon. John Briceńo, along with other PUP area representatives and standard bearers, descended on the Vital Statistics Unit at its new address on Queen Street.

Fire destroys 2 houses in Gungulung
Two timber houses belonging to Kirk Davis and his family were completely destroyed by fire in the Gungulung area in Lake Independence at about 1:30 this morning, and as a result, 9 persons have lost all their possessions and are homeless. Luckily, no one was injured. Houses owners Kirk Davis and his common-law wife, Lowena Garnett, told us that they were sleeping in their bedroom, when at about 1:30, they were awakened by heat and smoke, and looked out to see what was happening, and that was when they saw the lower flat of the house burning.

House collapses on Marigold Lane
A timber house located on Marigold Lane in the Lake Independence area, owned by Nevin Flowers and his family, collapsed at about 6:00 this morning. Luckily, the three persons who were in the house escaped unhurt. Flowers, his girlfriend and his mother were in the house when they heard a loud creak, and the house rocked backwards, then the back portion of the house collapsed.

Wesley School on Albert Street burglarized again
Wesley School, located on Albert Street, was once again burglarized. The break-in occurred sometime last night in the principal’s office, but due to a school activity that was conducted today, a check could not be concluded to ascertain all that was stolen. When the principal and her staff went to the school this morning, she found that her office had been broken into and ransacked.

SHJC gets 10 new classrooms
Sacred Heart Junior College (SHJC), home to about 568 students, has added ten new much needed classrooms to its campus. The school recognized the need for the new classrooms after finding it difficult to house all students in the 7 classrooms they previously had, and having to resort to accommodating additional students in classrooms which belonged to their high school division. At SHJC’s inception in 1999, the school only had 90 students, and was only a night school. In 2014, they started providing classes during the day, and the demand for those day classes have increased greatly, so the classrooms will be utilized fully.

NEBL takes a break for upcoming National Team games at the Civic
Two games were played this past weekend, which saw the top 4 teams already jostling for playoff positioning and tie-breakers, as the competition starts to heat up in the NEBL, making every game more crucial than the other. Friday night saw the battle of the two city teams clashing for bragging rights, but more importantly, for a huge win in a very tight race for a playoff spot. The game was very close from tip-off, as Mirage Smart Belize Hurricanes was able to grab a marginal 18–17 lead at the end of the first quarter, which they gave up by intermission, with Belize City Defenders entering the second half with a 36–34 advantage.

4 teams, 2 in each group, still undefeated at Week 3 of National Women’s League 2019
It was another exciting week of women football, as Week 3 games were played across the country over the weekend, 3 each on Saturday and Sunday, in the National Amateur Women’s League 2018-2019 Closing Season. In the North Group, Belize District’s Black Orchid and Cayo’s Verdes Rebels are still undefeated, while the South Group leaders, Belmopan’s Jewel Fury and Rumberas of Independence are also still without a loss. Incidentally, not only are Jewel Fury undefeated, but they are yet to concede a single goal.

Gamboa gift + Sagastume save = 1-nil road win for San Pedro over BDF in PLB Week 6
A miscue by BDF goalkeeper Tevin Gamboa, and a penalty stop by San Pedro goalkeeper Selvin Sagastume combined to secure a 1-nil win for visiting San Pedro Pirates FC over BDF FC at the MCC Grounds yesterday; allowing the Pirates to maintain 2nd place in the standings (tied at 12 pts with Bandits Sport) at Week 6 of the Premier League of Belize (PLB) 2018-2019 Closing Season.

3rd Annual City Boys Grassroots Tournament starts Saturday
The City Boys Football Club is currently hosting its 3rd Annual Grassroots 10 & Under Football Tournament 2019. This year’s tournament will consist of 8 teams – Warriors FC, St. John Vianney, Belize United FC, City Boys Jr., Ladyville Rising Stars, Carlston Elite, Reality Youths, and Poor & Famous.

Belize can’t gloat about her democracy
Our neighbor to the west and south, Guatemala, tried democracy and if we are to judge by recent developments in that country, they don’t like the taste of it. In the 1950s, when Guatemala had set up a government that was trying to correct the imbalances created in an economy dominated by the banana industry, there was collusion between some Guatemalan politicians and American interests and the progressive government was toppled. Later, as a direct result of the coup that replaced the progressive government, Guatemala would sink into a terrible and tragic war, from 1960 to 1996, that would see 200,000 Guatemalans, mostly Maya, dead or disappeared by their military.

Why UDP fears postponing referendum
Most parents are good teachers and teachers are all great, but history is the most fabulous teacher of all. You get burned by a match once and no one ever has to tell you what hot is. You eat a lot of chicharón and nobody has to tell you that you will burp until you are sick. Don’t eat a lot of beans. If you are lactose-intolerant, ditto with staying away from too much cow milk. If you are around company, looks directed your way might make you feel unloved, unwanted. Pastors go to Bible school and when they come out they act like they are very smart. In fact, the Bible and other religious books contain a lot of important historical lessons.

Marcia Lopez, 22, dies after injuries from monstrous three-vehicle Ladyville collision
At about 5:30 yesterday evening, Marcia Lopez, 22, a resident of San Pablo, Orange Walk District, who was a mother of 2 toddlers, 6 months and 2 years old, was standing in front of the North Gas Station, located on the Philip Goldson Highway near Mile 9 in Ladyville, waiting to get a bus to go home, when she was knocked down and crushed under a loaded sand truck, which was one of three vehicles that were involved in a collision that occurred in front of the gas station.

Robert Brown, 37, charged with murder in alleged love triangle, committed to Supreme Court trial
Robert Brown, 37, a heavy-duty equipment operator from Mitchell Estate, Ladyville, who was charged with the murder of Gavin Palmerston, 41, was committed to stand trial in the April session of the Supreme Court, commencing April 2, after a preliminary inquiry was held today by Magistrate Emerson Banner. Brown, who was represented by attorney Kareem Musa, had agreed to paper committal.

Bare-faced piracy right in front of Belize City
Five fishermen from Copperbank, Corozal District, were held up and robbed at gunpoint by two pirates, one of whom was armed, and an assortment of the seafood the fishermen had caught, worth about $3,200, was stolen. The two thieves then drove away in a speedboat. Lloyd Flores, one of the five fishermen, told police that at about 1:30 yesterday afternoon, Thursday, they were sailing from Belize City back to Copperbank, when about a mile from Belize City, which is almost right in front of the harbor, a white speedboat, in which two men were traveling, drove up to their boat.

Trial date set for Danny Mason and 4 others for beheading murder of Pastor Llewelyn Lucas
In July 2016, the shocking murder of Dangriga pastor Llewellyn Lucas made national and regional headline news when his head was found in the back of a pickup truck in Belmopan. Five men would later be charged for Lucas’ murder, but William “Danny” Mason, a man with a number of political connections in the governing United Democratic Party, was fingered as the mastermind behind the disturbing murder. After more than two years since the accused men were charged with the murder, the Belmopan Supreme Court today set a trial date for the Crown to proceed with its case. Justice Antoinette Moore will be sitting without a jury on March 12 to hear the case against Danny Mason, Terrence Fernandez, Keiron Fernandez, Ashton Vanegas, and Ernest Castillo.

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Bishop Wright ‘Highlights The Role Of The Church’
President of the Belize Council of Churches, Bishop Philip Wright has said that if any credible allegation of sexual abuse against a member of clergy turns out to be true, it would be outrageous, and would impact the Church tremendously because of the role that the Church plays in our society.

Public Witness Drugs Destroyed By Lawmen VIA Social Media
Today, the media and anyone with a social media link was able to witness the work being done by our law enforcement professionals to distroy the tons of drugs seized in the past few months.

Roy Gilbert Lord – Shot On Wilson St. Dies At K.H.M.H
Details have emerged in the murder of Roy Gilbert Lord, 31. Preliminary investigations reveal that Lord had just left a home on New Road at 11:45pm and was on Wilson Street heading toward the Tropicana Casino when he was approached by a gunman who shot him three times.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Police Department destroys large amount of drugs
The Belize Police Department today destroyed a large quantity of drugs at an undisclosed location in […]

GOB: Vast improvements made at Vital Statistics
On February 18, the People’s United Party (PUP) staged a protest against the Vital Statistics Unit […]

2018 exports second lowest in 15 years
Belize’s export revenues for the year 2018 amounted to just under $399 million, making it […]

Cut-off date for re-registration amended
The Elections and Boundaries Department notifies the public that the cut-off date for accepting applications […]

National Student Union of Belize thanks students
On behalf of the National Student Union of Belize, the History Club and the Music/Art Club of the University of Belize, we would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all those who made the peace march possible […]

Authorities searching for 4 suspects after home invasion in Camalote
There was a home invasion this morning in Camalote Village, Cayo. According to reports, the […]

“Civic” to host pre-qualifying tournament for FIBA Americup 2021
The Belize National Basketball Team returns to action this weekend as hosts to one of […]

National Climate Change Office conducts Greenhouse Gas Mitigation Assessment
The National Climate Change Office through the Fourth National Communication Project will be conducting a […]

Rene Montero, Minister of Works: Hernandez won the contract because he was the most qualified
Yesterday, the Government of Belize and Imer Hernandez Development Limited signed a $19 million contract for phase […]

Galen has an “Affordable & Stress-Free” Financial Aid Plan that’s Right for You!
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Fire leaves a dozen homeless
A fire on Holy Emmanuel Street (often referred to as “Gungulung”) in Belize City has […]

Ministry of Labour, Local Government and Rural Development holds Technical meeting with Labour and Employment Officers
The Ministry of Labour, Local Government and Rural Development held a technical meeting with all […]

Man killed while walking on Belize City’s northside
Just before midnight, there was a shooting on the north side of Belize City. The […]

Police investigating rape of 2 teenage girls
Police are investigating the rape of two minors. The first incident occurred on Valentine’s Day. […]

Father Smalls proclaims his innocence
Father Oliver Smalls Jr, who stands accused of sexual abuse of a minor in the US […]

Blogs

Fire hearth cooking – a Belizean love affair!
There is just something about food cooked over an open flame that makes it ten times better for me. Maybe it’s the cultural significance, knowing that our grandmothers and great-grandmothers labored outside on the fogon (fire hearths) to provide delicious meals for their families? Or maybe it’s that unique smoky taste that can only be achieved from cooking on an open fire? Whatever it may be, fogon cooking has a special place in the hearts (and stomachs) of Belizeans. From our coconut rice and beans to our soups, it’s always better when it’s cooked this way!

You have to see it to Belize it! It’s un-Belize-able!
When I think of Belize, the one thing that comes to mind is the famous Blue Hole and people swimming with the nurse sharks. Little did I know that there’s more than meets the eye. If Maldives has atolls, Belize has “cayes” which consists of over 200 islands. It is a land of mountains, tropical jungles, Mayan ruins and has the second largest barrier reef in the world next to Australia. Since our resort was located in the town of San Pedro, we had to board a small plane operated by Tropic Air which is a small 20-seater twin engine. The flight time is 15 minutes so be ready with your camera because the aerial view of the island is breathtaking!

JOURNEY TO CROOKED TREE VILLAGE: AN AUTHENTIC SLICE OF BELIZE
It’s 11am when we leave Belize City. Hot air begins to fill the bus, save for the occasional breeze squeezing through a small window opening. It won’t slide farther; I’d tried. Sandwiched into a school bus-sized seat, duffel and tote bags on my lap and knees pressed into the back of the seat ahead, I’m feeling envious of my neighbor whose legs are dangling above the floor. He must be six or seven, I reckoned. The aisle is packed with his classmates. I can’t make out their conversations, but I can see them trying to peek out the windows, holding on to the seat backs and balancing their backpack-strapped bodies.

It's getting hard to keep up with all the new stuff opening up in Belize!
With two locations in Belize now, San Pedro and Placencia, our team has really had our eyes opened to how much new stuff happens and/or opens each season. There are a lot of very smart/hardworking locals, or people who come to Belize, with good intentions. They see unmet needs, and many of them are successful in filling these. While we wish every great new place would stick around forever - and many great ones do - we will try to keep you updated, on the very best experiences you can have while you are here!! So just in little Placencia - here's a taste of the already opened, or coming soon, new places to try. If you were here even last high season, you would have a ton of memorable new experiences...

Placencia Street Art Festival 2019
Every year, the small fishing village of Placencia comes alive as one of the world’s narrowest main street is turned into an interactive art and music festival venue. This 4,000 feet long street will become the host for painters, sculptors, musicians, poets, photographers and vendors from all over country. Artists and will display their masterpieces and handicrafts along the central sidewalk- and yes sidewalk and street are used interchangeably since this village’s central side doubles as the main street. This festival will showcase an extensive variety of displays, games, drinks, live music, and poetry readings, as this popular festival celebrates the very essence of Belize’s arts and culture. February 9th and 10th is sure to be a fulfilled weekend.

6 Things to Do in San Ignacio, Belize
Feed iguanas, shop for one-of-a-kind jewelry and learn about the traditional chocolate-making process in in San Ignacio. The perfect base to explore the nearby Maya sites, this small, friendly town in the Cayo District is also filled with sights worth discovering.

El Gran Carnaval de San Pedro
Ambergris Caye, the largest Caye in Belize, loves nothing more than to celebrate. Whether its beach parties at Easter, Lobsterfest in June or parades for Independence Day in September, there is always something fun going on. El Gran Carnaval which takes place every year the week before Lent is one of the local favorites. The history of Carnaval goes way back to 12th Century Europe when people took to the streets to celebrate with masks and eat and drink as much as they could before Lent. The tradition was brought by The European settlers to the Yucatan peninsula and eventually over time, to Northern Belize and the small village of San Pedro. Today, San Pedro is the only town in Belize, that continues to celebrate Carnaval. Over the years the celebration has changed somewhat, but many of the original traditions remain.

A Love for Animals and Traveling Kindly
Ka’ana and its team have always been passionate about the welfare of our local furry friends. From fostering dogs and cats to rescuing howler monkeys and aiding them back to health; our team will go to great lengths to protect these members of our community. So when we were approached by Kind Traveler, the first socially conscious “give and get” hotel booking platform, about joining their impressive roster of hotels it was a no brainer for us to say yes and to choose Cayo Animal Welfare Society (CAWS) as our charitable partner. Kind Traveler empowers travelers to not just book a hotel, but to be a force of good by having the booker additionally donate $10 or more to a charity that will benefit the health and wellness of individuals, animals and the environment nationally or within the area of the hotel they are staying in.

ADO BUS FROM CANCUN TO BELIZE CITY
Belize is located just south of Mexico’s famed Yucatan Peninsula, so many travelers are interested in information on how to get from Cancún to Belize City or vice versa. The cheapest option by far is to take the bus. The ADO Bus company operates the sole Cancún-Belize City route with an express service that operates each way twice per day. From the main bus terminal in Cancún, the bus leaves at either 7:30 AM or 10:15 PM. The busstops at Playa del Carmen, Tulum, and then Bacalar before crossing the border into Belize. The bus also makes brief stops in Corozal Town and Orange Walk Town before arriving at the central bus terminal in Belize City. Transit time is approximately eight hours. Going back, the bus departs Belize City at 11:00 AM and 7:30 PM with the same stops along the way, arriving at the Cancún airport approximately eight and a half hours later.

THE ATOLLS AND OUTER CAYES OF BELIZE
With over 450 islands on the outer part of the great Belize Barrier Reef, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the second-largest barrier reef in the world, this part of the reef is home to some of the best scuba diving and snorkeling sites on the planet. Atolls are ring-shaped coral formations that are located on the upper slopes of gigantic submarine volcanoes, many of which have islands in their interior. These formations and the dozens of islands strung along the outer portion of the Belize Barrier Reef are home to exclusive resorts and some of the most popular destinations in the country, including Glover’s Reef, the Turneffe Islands, and Lighthouse Reef.

Common Languages Spoken in Belize
Belize is completely different than all of its neighbors in Central America because English is the official language of Belize. All government communiques, road signs, and official documents in the country are written in English, but in practice, most residents of Belize speak Kriol as their first language. In addition, most Belizeans are fluent in two or more languages. Sometimes spelled Creole, Kriol is much more than just a dialect of English. Although Kriol is relatively easy to parse when written, it can be difficult to understand for people who only speak standard English. However, most people in Belize can speak standard English and use it when communicating with visitors from other countries.

I Drank for Three Days Straight and Got a Big Result
I was invited to do a 3-day juice cleanse a while back by Justin at Juice Dive. Being as my “well before new years” goal was to get my abs back, I decided there was no time like now to bite the bullet and do it. While I do not do it often, I am no stranger to cleansing and I know how my body tends to react. Even so, I asked Justin a few preliminary questions (below) so I knew a bit more about their cleanse and what I was doing. Megan and the Juice Dive staff were extremely helpful as well. It was mostly Megan that I dealt with during my cleanse and she checked up on me while delivering.

International Sourcesizz

48 CASOS DE CONJUNTIVITIS AL DÍA EN YUCATÁN
48 cases of conjunctivitis a day in Yucatan. Ouch! Look out, Belize, you next.

The Essential Food Experience to Have in Belize
The Metro has a nice article about culinary experiences in Belize. It focuses mostly on Cayo, where we've had 5 restaurants opening in a little over a month's time. Pop's is mentioned, as is the Guava Limb, and the Marie Sharp's Tourist Center, where the author participated in a cooking class. Chaa Creek got a great recommendation too. "Imagine a place that’s so immersed in nature that, as you fly into its international airport, all you can see are lush green forests. Imagine while hopping between one city to another on a commuter plane, the sea below you is so clear that you can actually spot a sting ray from the air. That was my experience of Belize, a central American country that considers itself part of the Caribbean.


3 great tiny hotel options to look on that list between Belize and Mexico. Casa Dos Lirios, Cayo Espanto Island Resort, Caribbean Beach Cabanas.

Latest Lionfish invasion map
Hot off the press from Dr Pamela Schofield and Amy Benson of USGS, the very latest lionfish invasion map.

What Is the Great Blue Hole?
The Great Blue Hole, located off the coast of Belize, is one of the world's true natural wonders. Now we're finally learning more about what's inside this mysterious phenomenon: A high-profile mission of exploration featuring billionaire Richard Branson recently took a submarine down to its depths, creating a high-resolution 3D map.

CARIBBEAN TOURISM ORGANISATION SEES BRIGHT FUTURE FOR REGION IN 2019
The Caribbean Tourism Organisation was predicting a strong showing in 2019 for the region’s visitor arrival numbers, even as many countries are still recovering from the impact of the 2017 hurricane season. A picture of gradual recovery was how the CTO reflected on the Caribbean’s performance in terms of tourism last year in its latest report. Stopover arrivals in the region were actually down 2.3% in comparison to 2017. But the actual number of visitors, $29.9 million, came out as the second highest on record, beaten only by 2017’s record-breaking $30.6 million visitors.

Videos

  • Birding on Crooked Tree Lagoon at the crack of dawn, 40sec. such a wild, colorful scene.

  • First Baptist Neches Belize Mission Trip 2019, 10min.

  • Belize October 2018, 3min. Listen to the howler monkeys in the jungles of Belize plus a short 3-minute journey through the countryside.

  • The Year of the Pig: Chinese Community in Belize Celebrates its New Year, 3min. It’s the Year of the Earth Pig on the traditional Chinese calendar and over the weekend, the local Chinese community held a grand event at the SCA Compound to celebrate with Belizean friends. In attendance were representatives from various private and public stakeholders, including members of the Belize City Council, Deputy Prime Minister Patrick Faber and Governor General Sir Colville Young.

  • Belize is a fishing paradise (catch clean and cook SIWA), 20min. when i gone up the coast, i had all ready to carry with me Shane Meredith, hey i feel bad you could not gone fishing with me none the less hope you enjoy your stay here in Belize. it turn to be and awesome trip.

  • Belize snorkeling, 2.5min. Caye Caulker Hol Chan Marine Reserve Shark Alley Ragamuffin Tours.

  • Belize Fly Fishing 2018, 3.5min. Belize is an epic destination for those of us that love connecting with fish on the fly. We fished with Blue Horizon and stayed at Thatch Caye during this trip. This is a destination for all types of anglers. I had a blast with the guides of Blue Horizon and had a ton of fun doing a bit of DIY fly fishing on Thatch Caye as well. We also had the opportunity to test are still relatively new(at the time) El Ocho combo on bones and other random fish.

  • Belize en Mexico 2019, travelling from Amsterdam, 10min. Samenvatting van onze reis door Belize en Mexico in januari / februari 2019

  • Belize, 12min.

  • Wagiya SC vs Freedom Fighters FC, 2.5hr.

  • Marie Sharp special mission, 5min. Marie Sharp is a well-known household name in Belize and abroad thanks to her collection of tasty jams and delicious pepper sauces. On Thursday, February 14th, the company added one more pepper sauce to their line of products but this one has a special mission - to spread awareness on Gender-based Violence. Here’s more on the launch.

  • Students of Saint John's college immerse themselves into the Yucatec Maya (Máasewal) culture, 4min. In the Maya village of Patchakan Corozal. The Yucatec Maya group To'one Masehualo'on and Maya elders like Nojoch Mak Felipe Tzul and others recieved the students.

  • If you wondered how golf carts get transported between the split at Caye Caulker... here’s your answer, 10sec.

  • Advice to parents on how to begin a conversation with your children about sexuality, 52min. Aimee Jex, Professional Counselor, was our guest to give parents advice on how to begin a conversation with your children about sexuality.

  • How can anthropology contribute to Belize's development?, 33min. How can anthropology contribute to Belize's development? Galen University is leading that conversation with its celebration of World Anthropology Day. Our guests talked to us about the program and the activities they have planned to mark the awareness day. They explained that a better understanding of our country's anthropology is beneficial to development of policy. On our couch: Sherry Gibbs - Dean of Faculty of Arts & Science. Viandra Betancourt - Student, Galen University. Jessica Perez - Student, Galen University.

  • The Belize Men's Basketball National Team is hosting the FIBA World Cup qualifier tournament, 28min. The Belize Men's Basketball National Team is hosting the FIBA World Cup qualifier tournament. Teams from Bahamas, Antigua and Cuba will be in country for the three day tournament. We spoke with members of the national team about their preparations and expectations for the games. The games will be played on February 22nd-24th at the Belize Civic Center.

  • National Trade Policy Launch of Belize, 33min. In November 2018 Cabinet approved Belize's first ever National Trade Policy Launch of Belize's First National Trade Policy. We spoke with representatives of the Ministry of Investment, Trade & Commerce about the objectives of the policy. On our couch: Duane Belisle - CEO, Ministry of Investment, Trade & Commerce. Andy Sutherland - Director General, Directorate for Foreign Trade. Terrence Simfukwe - National Trade Advisor, Commonwealth Secretariat.

  • Lisa Shoman - The law and sexual cyber bullying, 39min. Activist and attorney-at-law, Lisa Shoman, spoke with us about the law and sexual cyber bullying. She explained that she is currently working on draft legislation to improve the laws to better protect victims.

  • The Belize School Counsellor Association, 25min. The Belize School Counsellor Association exists to support counsellors who are operating in schools to address the mental health issues of students. Our guests talked with us about the work of the BSCA and shared their experiences with handling crisis in schools. On our set: Samson Jacobs - Counsellor, Sadie Vernon High School. Caryl Brannon - President Elect, BSCA. Greta Jenkins - Counsellor, Excelsior High School.

  • 10-4-19, 60min. Tonight on 10-4-19 we explore previous matters before the ICJ that had similarities to Belize/Guatemala dispute. Panelists will also discuss what behavior can be expected from Guatemala after the ICJ delivers its binding ruling.

  • Roatan and Belize dive trip, 5min.

  • Aquasub in Belize Dive Haven Opening February 2019, 6min.

  • We truly love Scarlet Macaws (Ara macao), min. we thought we would feature them again for #wildBelize! Areas such as Bladen Nature Reserve and Maya Mountain North Forest Reserve, both co-managed by Ya’axché, are important to these big red birds. Scarlet macaws can be seen in flocks; they make quite a ruckus when feeding on fruits, nuts and seeds. Scarlet macaws are monogamous birds – an individual remains with one partner throughout its life. The hen lays two to three white eggs in a tree cavity. The eggs hatch after 28 days; and after a year or two the young scarlet macaws would leave their parents. Thousands of tourist come to Belize to see these stunning and elegant birds. Our rangers are doing their part in protecting the homes and feeding grounds of scarlet macaws.


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