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The San Pedro Sun

San Pedro Pirates in the 1st place position on PLB charts after 2-1 win against Belmopan Bandits
The San Pedro Pirates F.C made history this weekend at the Ambergris Stadium in San Pedro Town, after defeating the Belmopan Bandits and claiming the first place position in the Premiere League of Belize 2019 Closing Season chart standings. The island team fought hard for their victory and managed to defeat the Belmopan Bandits with a 2-1 point score. This is the first time San Pedro Pirates F.C makes it to the first place position in the PLB charts. San Pedro Pirates Manager Tony Maldonado told The San Pedro Sun that they are happy with how much they have accomplished this season, and they look forward to continue giving their best.

Ambergris Today

Pic of the Week: The Early Bird Catches The Fish
San Pedro gets up early; even before the sunrise. This goes especially for our fishermen and tour guides who get ready for the day's adventures out at sea. In this picture of the week, Captain Daniel Nuńez of Tanisha Ecological Tours casts the perfect net as he searches for sardines before a day of fishing.

Belize Ministry Of Health Implements Smart Health Facilities Initiative
Eleven hospitals and health centers and a laboratory in Belize will be retrofitted to make them safer, “green” and able to continue operating during emergencies and disasters as part of the Smart Health Facilities Project, a Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) initiative, financed by the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (UKaid) and the European Union. The Matron Roberts, Cleopatra White, Independece II and Isabel Palma I polyclinics, as well as the San Ignacio community hospital and the Palm Center were selected to form part of the initiative, following an assessment of country priorities and the facilities’ vulnerability to disaster risks.

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Belize attends the II Mixed Commission between Central American and the European Union
Chief Executive Officer of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Patrick Andrews, represented Belize in the Political Dialogue of the II Mixed Commission between Central America and the European Union (EU), held on February 22, 2019, in Brussels, Belgium. The bi-regional political dialogue discussed themes of mutual priority to both regions, including regional integration, climate change, migration, and citizen security. Belize took this opportunity to stress the major challenges it faces arising from BREXIT and climate change. Belize further urged the EU to continue working with the Central American region to help address the urgent challenges caused by climate change and to continue cooperating in the multilateral forum on the matter. The meeting concluded with the adoption of a Joint Communication.

Extension of Registration Offices Opening Hours
The Elections and Boundaries Department hereby notifies the public that effective 1st March 2019, all registration offices countrywide will be opened as follows: Mondays to Fridays from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. (1st to 8th March 2019) Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (2nd and 9th March 2019) This is to facilitate persons who are qualified to register and have not yet registered, and wish to vote in the upcoming Referendum on 10th April 2019. Please be reminded in order to vote in this referendum, you must register to vote no later than 12th March 2019. Persons desirous of being registered are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity.

Belize Receives Financial Support for National Consultations on the Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
The Government of Belize, through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, has prioritized the preparation of its National Report on the International Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD). In this regard, the Ministry will embark on a national public consultation with relevant stakeholders. Today, the Ministry received financial support from the Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan) to assist with the execution of the national public consultations. This includes support for the development of collateral materials and public presentations to stakeholders as well as other logistical costs. Receiving the donation on behalf of the Government of Belize was Hon. Wilfred Elrington, Minister of Foreign Affairs, from H.E. Remus Li-Kuo Chen, Ambassador of the Republic of China (Taiwan) to Belize.

Increase in “Pink Eye” cases in Neighboring Quintana Roo
he Ministry of Health has been notified of an increase in the number of Conjunctivitis cases (more commonly known as “Pink eye”) in Mexico, particularly in Yucatan and Quintana Roo. According to the National Epidemiological Surveillance System of the Ministry of Health of Mexico, since the start of this year up to February 5th, 2019, Yucatan and Quintana Roo have recorded double the cases at this same time compared to last year. While at this time, the Ministry is not seeing an increase, persons are advised to monitor the situation, especially in the northern districts; keep updated through Ministry of Health advisories; and to continue proper hand-washing etiquette, which includes washing hands often with soap and clean running water to reduce the spread of this infection and any other contagious illness.

Belize to Launch its First National Trade Policy
Following Cabinet’s approval of Belize’s first National Trade Policy (NTP) in November 2018, the Directorate General for Foreign Trade (DGFT) in the Ministry of Investment, Trade and Commerce announces the official launch of the National Trade Policy to be held at 9:00 a.m. on February 28th, 2019 at the Queen’s Room of the Ramada Belize City Princess Hotel and Casino. The DGFT with technical assistance from the Commonwealth Secretariat, and in collaboration with public, private and civil society partners have developed the National Trade Policy which is structured around four main pillars: institutional capacity strengthening; enhancement of supply and productive capabilities; increased market access and entry; and trade facilitation.

CHAN CHEN COMMUNITY CLEAN-UP
Let's Slam Dunk the Junk. Let's stop the litter and toss your garbage in a trash can. Events happening in Corozal. CHAN CHEN COMMUNITY CLEAN-UP. Date: Sunday, March 31st, 2019. Time: 9:00 a.m. Meeting Place: Chan Chen Community Center. Sponsor: Belize Red Cross Corozal Branch.

Let's Slam Dunk the Junk
Let's stop the litter and toss your garbage in a trash can. Events happening in Corozal. COROZAL BEACH CLEAN-UP. Everyone is invited to come out and help. Date: Sunday, March 17th. 2019. Time: 9:00 a.m. Meeting Place: Gazebo Shed (Round House) Miami Beach. Sponsor: Belize Red Cross Corozal Branch.

Corozal -COMMUNITY CLEAN UP DAY!
Let's stop the litter and toss your garbage in a trash can. Events happening in Corozal -COMMUNITY CLEAN UP DAY! Date: Sunday, March 3rd, 2019. Time: 9:00 a.m. Meeting Place: Skeleton Park. Sponsor: Belize Red Cross Corozal Branch.

ATHLETIC PARADE
ATHLETIC PARADE spearheaded by our Corozal youth organization U Empower will be held on Sunday, March 3rd 2019 at 2:00 p.m. starting at the Central Park. Calling on all athletes to join us this coming Sunday on a parade dedicated to our youth atletism. It is time for our talent to shine. Come join us and let's take a stand for all our Corozal athletes! U E M P O W E R

BWS NOTICE: Corozal
Low water pressure to the entire Corozal system from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Wednesday February 27th, 2019.

Public Service Union (PSU) Corozal Branch Annual General Meeting
All Branch Members are Invited to Attend on Thursday, February 28th from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. TOPIC DISCUSSION from 3:00 p.m. until. Venue: Corozal PSU Headquarters in Santa Rita, Corozal.

Land Registry Department EXPRESS REGISTRATION SERVICE on certain transactions
"The Ministry of Natural Resources, through the Land Registry Department, has introduced an Express Registration Service to facilitate the expedition of certain transactions for specific reasons. Please see the flyer below for more information".

Las Cuevas and Chiquibul Birding
Just heading out of La Milpa after a very successful trip. Now let's focus on the future. Here is your chance for another great birding trip. Some seats have been pre booked, so only 9 seats available. Off to the land of Scarlet Macaws...

2nd Belize National Research Conference
Annual conference highlighting scholarly papers under the 2019 theme "Belize’s Security: Strengths, Opportunities and Threats". The conference is designed to promote research in Belize in the areas of economics, scientific, social and technological development, and topics that may contribute to policy formulation and Belize's overall development. Apr 3 at 8 AM – Apr 4, University of Belize. Hosted by Institute for Social & Cultural Research.

SanPedro: The river is a NO WAKE ZONE !!
Guides , boaters , and especially jet skiers!! By order of Belize Port Authorities and San Pedro Town Council the river is a NO WAKE ZONE !! Please GO SLOW especially beside our newly renovated Boca Del Río beach and park !! RESPECT! GO SLOW !!!

Royal Caribbean Sports Bar Karaoke Lounge Opening Its New Location On Pescador Drive
Friday, March 1, 2019 at 6 PM – 2 AM, Across The Street OF War Paint.

The Placencia Breeze, March 2019
What’s Inside: Entertainment Guide ... pg. 3 16th Annual Placencia Sidewalk Art Fest One of the Best Yet Thanks to More Artists and Improvements ... pg. 5,14,28-29 Miniature Golf Opening Early April ... pg.7 Peninsula Speed Bumps Receive Facelift ... pg. 9 Where in the World is the Breeze? … pg. 5 Young Runners for Life Kick Off 2019 in Record Numbers … pg. 12 From the Fire Heart: The Moringa Movement in Placencia ... pg. 13 March is for Macaws … pg. 19 SandWatch Continues in Peninsula Primary Schools … pg. 20 Famous Hawksbill Turtle Finds Home at the Pointe … pg. 20 Placencia BTIA Membership Directory ... pgs. 15 & 18 Croc Corner: Which is Easier to Train? A Crocodile or a Dog? ... pg. 21 Placencia Peninsula Guide ... pgs. 22-23 Have You Heard About the Deadly New Disease Attacking Corals Right Now? ... pg. 24 FoH Distributes Educational Materials to Students in Southern Belize ... pg. 26 Rotary Club of Placencia Updates … pg. 27 Fragments of Hope Billboards Erected at Laughingbird and Moho ... pg. 30

Channel 7

Burn Victim Returns Home With a Bounce In His Step
It was one of the most remarkable stories we reported last year: 21 year old Grayson Cadle was burnt up in his Mopan Street home by a butane explosion. He was left in a bad way - second and third degree burns to most of his body and in critical condition. Within days, he was flown to a Burn Centre in the US, and 7 months later, Grayson returned to Belize on Saturday - and 7News was at the airport to greet him. Here's what we saw: When Grayson Cadle was wheeled out of the arrival hall at the PGIA, that seemed about right for a man recovering from second and third degree burns to 75% of his body.

City Man Shot Up In Independence
A Belize City man is in very critical condition tonight after he was was shot multiple times this weekend. On Sunday morning at 5:00 am, Edward Conorquie turned up at the Independence Clinic with what appeared to be three gunshot wounds to the head. A taxi-man found the 22 year old thrown on the side of the road a short time before that. Police believe that someone shot him multiple times on Saturday night and then threw him on the road - left for dead. But, somehow he survived and is at the KHMH tonight, clinging to life. The head of National Crimes Investigation told us more:

Two Men Shot in San Pedro, Colombia
And that was only one of four reported shootings in the south this weekend. Two men were shot in the Toledo District - and one of the men's nephew may be a suspect. It happened early this morning when Eulalio Chiac and Orlando Choc were shot after a confrontation in San Pedro Columbia. Police told us more:.. ACP Joseph Myvette- Head of NCIB: "Earlier in the night of Sunday, whilst at a function of San Pedro Colombia, he had a confrontation with a family member of his. Later on, whilst he was going towards his home in an isolated area.."

Brave Cop Chases Two PG Gunmen
And there was another act of violence in the south - this one in Punta Gorda, but the gunmen were nabbed by a fearless police officer. Just before 11:00 this morning two armed men pulled up in front of a woman's home on Queen Street in that southern town. One of them attempted to shoot at the house, but his gun snapped - while the other did fire three shots at the house. That alerted a police constable who was on motorcycle patrol. He set chase after the men - and one of them dropped his weapon. Police told us more:...

Imposter Cops Plea
24 year-old Dorian Blair and 41 year-old Barrington Slusher, two men who were caught pretending to be police officers, are spending their first night of a 1-year prison sentence. These two men have pleaded guilty to the offense of pretense of an officer. The incident occurred back on April 19th, 2017 at Public's Supermarket at mile 2 on the George Price Highway. At around 4:30 that day, the security guard spotted 2 men dressed in police uniforms standing on at the front entrance of the supermarket, and they appeared to be on some sort of official security detail. The security guard alerted the real police - who immediately searched them and detained them for impersonating a police officer.

Councillor Micah's Response To Being Stripped of Portfolios
On Friday, the entire City Council came out unified - basically to throw their fellow councillor Micah Goodin under the City Hall bus. Goodin was stripped of his portfolios by the mayor for a testy exchange with the City Administrator. Well, Goodin responded yesterday with an emotional Facebook post. It says, quote, "A black barefoot boy from Majestic Alley was to never rise up and fight for the poor and marginalized people of Belize City. The bigger heads loved me on the campaign trail because the common people could have identified with my struggle...

Customs Catches More Contraband Caught On The Hondo
On Friday, Customs and the Coast Guard made another sizeable seizure on the Rio Hondo. They are focusing operations in the area across form Obregon Mexico - which is a contraband hot spot. On Friday, they intercepted two vessels coming across loaded with contraband. The contraband was on two small boats with 15 horsepower engines. When customs showed up - the smugglers scrambled and one of the boats sunk. The other was abandoned and the customs officers recovered 43 sacks of lime, 50 cases big soft drinks, 21 cases assorted beer, 3 sacks Bola Roja flour, three cases of Cana Real rum and one boat and engine 15 horsepower engine.

Saddening Loss In Santa Elena Fire
A quiet Saturday afternoon turned into a fiery frenzy as Santa Elena resident Gregorio Thomas August scrambled out of his burning house. August was home alone when the fire started in his daughter's room. He and his family lost everything but they say if it weren't for a structure blocking the entrance o their yard, they could have at least salvaged some of their belongings. Courtney Weatherburne has more. Passersby looked on in shock as the gloomy grey smoke blanketed the Santa Elena Sky. The blaze started in the wooden bedroom in this house and spread quickly. Fortunately, the homeowner got out in time.

Gungulung House Fire Was Arson
Today's press briefing with Orin Smith gave us an opportunity to question him about several fires that made the news in the last 3 weeks. You'll remember week Monday's blaze in the Gungulung Area of Belize City which left a family of 12 homeless. At around 1 a.m., Luwiena Garnett, her common-law husband, her children, her mother, and her grand children all woke up to their 2 homes off Holy Emmanuel Street burning. They were all very fortunate to escape unharmed, but they suspected that some malicious person intentionally set their homes ablaze.

No Clear Cause For Mahogany Fire
We also asked police about last week Thursday night's fire in Belize City, which resulted in the Zelaya family home on Mahogany Street being completely destroyed. At around 6:00 p.m., 18 year-old Crystal Zelaya left home, and when she returned about 30 minutes later, the structure was ablaze. This family has been enduring extreme distress after 21 year-old Marcos Zelaya, her brother, survived a shooting 3 weeks ago. We asked the Fire Department if the fire was a case of arson, and here's how Orin Smith answered that one:

Getting Legal Reform For Revenge Porn
Last week, we told you about the high school student whose life was turned upside down after someone began circulating a video of her performing oral sex in her school uniform. It focuses national attention on an issue that is increasingly plaguing society. Belizean women and girls are being exposed by persons engaging in what is called revenge porn. Well, Audrey Matura has started a movement called SASEA, or Stand Against Sexual Abuse and Exploitation. She and other concerned citizens want to discourage the public from continuing the embarrassment of these exposed women by publicly circulating private images and videos.

92 Year Old Punched In Mouth During Burglary
A 92 year old woman was punched in the mouth by a burglar. It happened in Belize City yesterday afternoon in the foreshore area. At 1:20, Marie Gardener was inside her house when a thief broke in through the back door. Police told us what happened next:.. Insp. Wilfredo Ferrufino - CIB: "On Saturday sometime around 1:30pm police visited Foreshore resident - they found Miss Marie Gardiner, a 92-year-old with an injury to her mouth. She was taken to the hospital and admitted for treatment..."

Bad Luck At Good Fortune Restaurant
A Chinese Restaurant on the Northside was targeted this weekend. It happened on Saturday night at Good Fortune Restaurant and Store on Blue Marlin Drive. Two men walked in, pulled out a gun and held up the shopowner and a customer. Police told us more:.. Insp. Wilfredo Ferrufino - CIB: "On Saturday sometime around 7:45 p.m., police responded to a robbery at Good Fortune at Blue Marlin Drive. Upon arrival, police spoke to the owner and the proprietor at the time..."

"Ms. Meg", An Understated Legend
Tonight, we note the passing of Meg Craig, another of George Price's sisters, properly known as Alice Margaret Craig. The 98 year old died peacefully at home this morning. Though not nearly as famous as "Ms. Jane", Meg Craig's contribution to Belize's culture as a collector of living history, and a naturalist, is certainly unmatched. She had a museum's worth of history in her home - and, in her passing, it is like we have lost not one library, but many. She was a founding director of the Belize Audubon Society, and was also a member of the Cockscomb and Education Committees.

Dr. Gayle Illuminates Connection Between "Bad-Man"ť & Mothers
Jamaican anthropologist of social violence Dr. Herbert Gayle held his public lecture on Friday night at the Bliss Center. The theme was The Failure of Suppression, Why and How Violence Reduction Makes Dollars and Sense. In his two and a half hours, he covered everything about violence, including the crucial mother-son bond that when it isn't there, often spawns gangsters:.. Dr. Herbert Gayle, Violence anthropologist: "First characteristic of a gang member: is an absent father and mother he has a bad relationship with. Do you think I'm joking? Call any NGO that works with gangs. Ask them for you to talk with 10 and see how many of them have a good relationship with their mother..."

LABOUR AND EMPLOYMENT
Back in December of last year, we told you about the initiative of the Ministry of Human Development, Social Transportation and Poverty Alleviation. They want to ensure that the Government is doing its best to look after the poor and less fortunate citizens of the country. They first introduced us to the concept of social protection, where Government administrations introduce pro-poor policies and programs aimed at preventing, reducing and eliminating the vulnerabilities that less fortunate Belizeans face due to poverty and deprivation.

Fish School For Journalists
OCEANA hosted a one day media training on Saturday called Fish school. The focus was on Belize's marine ecosystem and how journalists can effectively report on topics relating to the marine environment. OCEANA Vice President Janelle Chanona told us more

IOM and Media
Also on Saturday at the Radisson, journalists attended a certification ceremony for another training they had attended in January. This training was hosted by the United Nations International Organization for Migration. We spoke to a representative about this collaboration with the media and how it fits into their plan to develop a national migration policy.

PUP Says PM Contemptuous
Last week the Prime Minister took a swipe at a Supreme Court judge. Today the opposition said he should be cited for contempt of court. A release from the PUP says, quote, "Prime Minister Dean Barrow took the "bully pulpit" of last week's Business Forum to launch a scandalous and contemptible attack against a sitting Justice of the Supreme Court. The People's United Party regards the Prime Minister's assault on Justice Abel as deliberately designed to interfere with cases actually before the Judge, to intimidate the wider Judiciary, to scandalize the Court and ultimately undermine the rule of law.

A Cabbie Stabbing
A Benque Viejo cab driver was stabbed 8 days ago. It happened on the night of 17th. February after he had picked up three passengers. Police told us how he was stabbed so that they could rob him of a few hundred dollars:.. ACP Joseph Myvette- Head of NCIB: "On the 17th of February, sometime around 8:30 pm, whilst he was doing taxi services within Benque Viejo Town and whilst in the area of the bus terminal, he stopped his vehicle for one passenger, one male Hispanic passenger who got in and then requested that he be taken to a specific area..."

Skull is Of An Adult Male
Today, police also told us more about the skull which was found last week Friday in the Port compound: Insp. Wilfred Ferrufino, CIB: "On Friday, sometime around 8:15 am, CIB personnel were called out to the Belize Port Authority compound. There they were shown what appeared to be a human skull and some other bones. It was discovered by the maintenance worker. The area was canvassed, and the bones were retrieved. They are now in the National Forensic Lab and they will be tested."

Belize Gets Busted in FIBA Tourney
On Sunday night Belize had the chance to gain one of the two shots in the FIBa tournament which was played in Belize. One of those tops spots would have meant advancing to the next round. Belize came very close against Cuba on Saturday night - within two points of pulling off an unbelievable upset. They were one game winning shot away form making history.

Celebrating Street Art
And, we close tonight with highlites of Saturday's street art festival on Albert and Regent Street.

Channel 5

Breaking News: Murder in PG
There is breaking news from the south: just minutes ago, there was a shooting in Punta Gorda. One person is reportedly dead and another injured. We’ll have more on this [...]

A Rally in Support of Cyber Bullying Laws and Teen Victim of Indecent Exposure
The disturbing issue of cyber bullying is finally taking centre stage.  Online bullying is not new, but given two well-known recent cases, it is now taking a sense of urgency, [...]

Is the PM in Contempt of Court When He Targeted a Sitting Judge?
Prime Minister Dean Barrow’s statement aimed at Justice Courtenay Abel at last week’s business forum, has been met with dismay. The People’s United Party is first to publicly interpret it [...]

Micah Responds to Being Benched from CitCo
Councilor Micah Goodin has been benched from his responsibilities with the Belize City Council, following an altercation during which he dressed down City Administrator Stephanie Lindo-Garbutt, before leaving City Hall [...]

Fire Wipes Out the August Family in Santa Elena
A fire completely destroyed a family home in Santa Elena on Saturday.  The house, located at number seven George Price Highway, just before the Hawksworth Bridge, quickly burnt to the [...]

Mayor Trapp Says Structure Had to be Demolished; the Property Belongs to the Council
Just now you heard the August family complain that the structure built in the alleyway impeded the fire-fighters’ access to the burning house. It could have been worst had the [...]

Shooting in Peini in Broad Day
There was a daring mid-morning attack on a residence in Punta Gorda Town earlier today where two men on bicycles opened fire on a home on Queen Street.  Police are [...]

Double Shooting in San Pedro, Columbia Overnight
Hours before that shooting, a pair of men, both residents of San Pedro, Columbia, received gunshot injuries just after midnight, following an altercation during an event in that southern village.  [...]

Cause of Fire at B.A.L. Still Undetermined; Fire Officials Face ‘Challenges’
Almost a month ago, the processing plant at the Belize Aquaculture Limited near Placencia caught fire. The inferno created a menacing black, thick cloud of smoke which could have been [...]

News Five Reporters Take Top Prizes in Competition by the International Organization of Migration
News Five’s Andrea Polanco and Duane Moody clinched the first and second prizes in a competition by the International Organization of Migration. The results were released over the weekend by [...]

An Electrician is Electrocuted in Benque Viejo
An electrician lost his life on Sunday morning when he was shocked to death while welding.  William Vasquez accidentally made contact with a high voltage wire and was electrocuted.  According [...]

Belizean Busted in Burbank for Stealing Batteries
A Belizean woman was arrested by Burbank Police in the U.S. for stealing car batteries. Twenty-seven-year-old Julie Perez and twenty-eight-year-old Long Beach resident Devontie Banner were both arrested for allegedly [...]

Fake Cops Get 1 Year behind Bars
Two alleged fake cops were today convicted in the lower court for a charge of false pretence of an officer. Forty-one-year-old Barrington Slusher was charged along with thirty-four-year-old Dorian Blair; [...]

Edward Conorquie Shot and Left for Dead in Mango Creek
Twenty-two-year-old Edward Conorquie remains hospitalized at the K.H.M.H., following an incident over the weekend during which he was shot multiple times near the outskirts of Independence Village, in the south.  [...]

2 Separate Shootings Reported in Belize City
There were two unrelated shooting incidents in the Old Capital over the weekend.  Nelson Gillett reported to police on Friday night that he was accosted by someone he knew.  That [...]

Good Fortune is Robbed at Gunpoint over the Weekend
A pair of armed thieves made off with almost one thousand dollars in various denominations after robbing Good Fortune at gunpoint.  The proprietor of the establishment in the Coney Drive [...]

Scout Association of Belize to Get New HQ
Ground was broken today for a new headquarters for the Scout Association of Belize. The Taiwanese Embassy in Belize handed over a cheque of two hundred thousand Belize dollars that [...]

67-Year-Old Man Needs Your Help
Belize City resident, Wilmore Joseph needs your help. The sixty-seven-year-old man is suffering from several health complications which you would find in many men around his age in Belize. But [...]

B.A.S. Founding Member ‘Meg’ Craig Passes
Founding member of the Belize Audubon Society Alice Margaret Craig passed away this morning.  Craig, who is also the sister of the late George Cadle Price, played a critical role [...]

Are You for a Phase-out Ban of Gillnets?
OCEANA Belize is encouraging individuals, companies and other stakeholders to offer opinions and data relating to the socio-economic and environmental impacts of gillnets. Several groups are calling for the ban [...]

Belizean Journalists Attend ‘Fish School’
Over the weekend, the local media participated in a one-day training workshop entitled “Fish School.” Organized and funded by OCEANA Belize, the training was facilitated by Margot Stiles, Marine Scientist [...]

The Role of Labour in Social Protection
A two-day conference on Social Protection opened today in Belize City. The conference is the second in a four-part series between the Ministry of Human Development and a number of [...]

Collaboration is Key to Help Expand Options for Poor and Vulnerable
Minister of Labour Carla Barnett, along with the World Bank and UNICEF, explains how the different parties involved can collaborate to eliminate the economic vulnerabilities of poverty and deprivation.    [...]

Cuba and the Bahamas Advance in FIBA Qualifier
The National Basketball Team will not advance to the FIBA World Cup Games to be held in 2021. Former NBA player Milton Palacio was brought in to coach the national [...]

James Adderley and the Weekend in Sports
Good evening, I’m James Adderley and this is Sports Monday.   [Highlights of the weekend sporting activities...]

LOVE FM

AMERICAN BEATEN DURING HOME INVASION
Maria Gardener was not the only victim of a ome invasion. In southern Belize, an American National was stabbed inside his house during an aggravated burglary in Hopkins Village over the weekend. Dangriga correspondent Harry Arzu spoke to the victim, Thomas Shannon. Harry Arzu: “A US National who resides in Hopkins Village sustained a stab …

Toledo Villager Shot by Nephew
A man is at the Southern Regional Hospital after he was shot early this morning in the village of San Pedro, Columbia, Toledo. According to reports, 28 year old Eulalio Chiac was at the San Pedro Columbia bazaar on Sunday evening when his nephew allegedly threatened to kill him. Hours after, as Chiac walked home …

Groundbreaking for Scout Association of Belize’s new headquarters
A groundbreaking ceremony was held for the Scout Association of Belize’s new headquarters this afternoon. Love News Johnelle Mckenzie attended the ceremonies and filed this report. Johnelle Mckenzie: “Today the Scout Association of Belize held a ground break ceremony for its headquarters which will be named the Sir Colville N. Young building. Several dignitaries were …

Bol Brother Vs. Brother
A dispute in the west took biblical proportions on Saturday. Though their names may not be Cane or Abel, the dispute between the Bol brothers landed one of them in a hospital and the other awaiting arrest. Cayo correspondent Fem Cruz reports. Fem Cruz: “A chopping incident in Maya Mopan Belmopan late yesterday evening left …

ELRIDGEVILLE ROBBERS ESCAPE
A daring armed robbery took place in the south in Eldridgeville. Toledo Correspondent Paul Mahung indicated the police responded in due time, however the culprits escaped with a few hundred dollars. Paul Mahung: “An armed robbery was reported last night at a Chinese business in Elridgeville in Toledo. The incident happened shortly before 9PM at …

UN Law of the SEA, BELIZE AND THE ICJ
The cost of the ICJ Campaign borne by both Guatemala and Belize is in the millions of dollars. The referendum questions revolve around laws of the land and also laws of the sea. The United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), is the international agreement that defines the rights and responsibilities of …

Redemption and Recovery; Belize City’s Story
Assistance, as well as redemption, is the subject of our next story. Marcos Zelaya was shot 5 times several weeks ago as he was walking with family members including his father Jose Zelaya on Complex Drive in Belize City Streets. The Zelayas have had a checkered past with the city, but everyone deserves a chance at …

Cause of Mahogany Street Fire undetermined
Fire investigators are still unable to determine what caused a fire that had destroyed the Zelaya home in Belize City. Here is what Station Manager Orin SMith told the media about that incident. Orin Smith Station Manager, National Fire Service: “Investigation revealed that at least one individual had recently left the structure approximately for ten …

Senior Citizen Attacked in her Home
An elderly woman was viciously attacked in her own home over the weekend. The nonagenarian, 92 year old Maria Gardener was peacefully at her seaside home in the Southern Foreshore area of Belize City when the incident occurred on Saturday. At 1:20 p.m. Gardener was inside her house when someone broke through the back. The …

Anatomy of a City Robbery
A shop near Coney Drive in Belize City was robbed over the weekend. Though there were several cameras in and outside the establishment, and that did not deter the criminals. Love News examined the scene and brings you the anatomy of a typical robbery that you would hear about on our daily newscast. Jose Sanchez: …

The Reporter

More Shootings Down South, Another Murder & Another Shooting Victim
Another shooting has occurred in the deep south, Late this evening Feb. 25th. the tranquil and laid-back town of Punta Gorda was rocked by gun violence which has left 1 man dead and another with serious gun shot wounds.

The Mystery Of ‘Who Tried To Kill Edward Conorquie ?’
Early Sunday morning, Edward Conorquie’s battered body was found on the side of the road, near to the Independence junction. Today, he is in the KHMH in a very critical condition, and a closer examination has shown that he was shot multiple times to the head and body.

Mango-Creek Man – May Have Escaped From Murderous Captors
Edward Conorquie is now at the K.H.M.H in critical condition. Reports to this news org. indicate that he was allegedly in the company of other males in a vehicle when he jumped out and was shot in the process.

Youth Issues MUST be a Political Priority
By Nefretery Marin. On Monday, Feb 18, the president of the History Club at the University of Belize, Ms. Aleesi Chun and her friends Sydellie Leslie, Jeremiah Chioc and Abbie Godoy, organized a peace march with the help of their student government.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Man killed in Punta Gorda, Toledo
Police are investigating a shooting that occurred tonight in Punta Gorda, Toledo. Reports to BBN is […]

PUP says PM is in contempt of court
The People’s United Party (PUP) today issued a statement calling out Belize’s Prime Minister Dean Barrow […]

Maritime Areas Act: the ‘PUDP’ bogey
By Aaron Humes: First introduced in 1992, the Maritime Areas Act continues to bedevil both major political parties a […]

Belize defeated by Bahamas, 86-72; eliminated from FIBA AmeriCup Pre-Qualifier Tournament
By Aaron Humes: The Belize National Basketball Team fought tonight’s opponents, The Bahamas, all the way but fatigue told […]

Extension of opening hours for Registration Offices
The Elections and Boundaries Department informs today that effective 1st March 2019, all registration offices countrywide […]

Increase in “Pink Eye” cases reported in Quintana Roo, Mexico
The Ministry of Health today informs that it is aware of an increase in the number […]

US Army Winged Warriors conduct training in Belize
The United States Army’s 1st Battalion 228th Aviation Regiment are in Belize conducting areial gunnery and […]

Police investigating shooting incident in Punta Gorda
Authorities are investigating a shooting incident that occurred this morning in Punta Gorda town. According to […]

Authorities demolish cement structure to give access to residents in Santa Elena
Earlier today, we reported on the challenge that the fire department had gaining entry to a […]

Santiago Castillo warehouse in Santa Elena burglarized
The Santiago Castillo warehouse in Santa Elena town was reportedly burglarized sometime last night. At this […]

Man shot in Independence
A man was shot in Independence, Stann Creek on Saturday. He has been identified as Edward […]

Man shot in San Pedro Colombia
A man is hospitalized after a shooting incident in San Pedro Columbia, Toledo Sometime around 2:00 […]

US issues sanctions on four Venezuelan governors aligned to Maduro
The United States today announced that it issued sanctioned against four Venezuelan governors aligned with Nicolas […]

Belize attends Mixed Commission between Central American and the European Union
Chief Executive Officer of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Patrick Andrews, represented Belize in the Political […]

Santa Elena residents concerned over house built on pathway
A fire destroyed a house and all its contents in Santa Elena town on Saturday, February […]

IDB $15 million loan will help struggling sugar industry
Between the loss of preferential markets in the United Kingdom for sugar exports and record lows […]

Belize Youth Movement endorses new youth leaders
On Sunday, February 24, the Belize Youth Movement (BYM), the Youth arm of the People’s United […]

Fair weather to continue
A moderate easterly airflow will prevail over Belize today. Sunny skies with some cloudy spells and […]

Blogs

Transportation Options in Belize (2019) Is there Uber? - What to Expect
Is there Uber in Belize? To break the news to you nicely, there are no Ubers in Belize; however, there are several transportation options and sometimes everything is close enough that you may not even need a car. But, if you really need some wheels (or wings), below are some Belize transportation services that are rather easy to access. There are several transportation options when it comes to getting around in Belize. Your options include: Private and Shared Shuttle, Private Shuttles, & Hotel/Resort Shuttles.

Tips for Visiting the Great Blue Hole in Belize
Few places in the world can compare to the Great Blue Hole in Belize. Easily one of the most beautiful places in the world, this submarine sinkhole in the Caribbean is a World Heritage Site of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization. Of course, for me, it’s all about the diving here. The Great Blue Hole in Belize has incredible natural beauty that makes it one of best scuba diving sites on the planet.

Belize is the Perfect Vacation Destination for Canadians
If you live in Canada and you’re looking for an all-inclusive vacation packed with sunshine, beauty and a spirit of adventure, you can get it all with Adventures in Belize. Whether you’re looking for the perfect honeymoon destination, family vacation, couple’s weekend, girls’ week or any other type of getaway, Adventures in Belize can do it all. Escape the northern cold and come bask in the warm, tropical sunshine. While you’re here, experience all the exotic beauty of Belize.

International Sourcesizz

Navigating The Future Of Caribbean Vacations
It's estimated that in 2017 Americans let more than 700 million vacation days slip through their fingers. Some believe those wasted opportunities led to more travel resolutions last year and this. If so, the additional self-promises will be matched by additional new luxe destinations in one of Americans' favorite fun spots, the Caribbean.

What Richard Branson, Fabien Cousteau, And Aquatica Submarines Found In Belize's Great Blue Hole
Jacques Cousteau made the Great Blue Hole famous in 1971 when he declared it to be one of the world's best diving sites. A part of the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Hole exists within the Lighthouse Reef approximately 40 miles offshore. Cousteau's grandson Fabien recently returned to the Hole with Sir Richard Branson and a team of explorers to capture many high-quality photos and videos of the Hole's enigmatic characteristics via a three-person Aquatica Submarine (the Stingray 500), a Roatan Institute of Deepsea Exploration Submarine (the Idabel), and sonar technology provided by Kongsberg Mesotoech. The expedition, with Aquatica's Chief Pilot and Oceanographer, Erika Bergman at the helm, was broadcast live on the Discovery Channel on December 2, 2018.

The murder of a young Manchester couple is re-examined in BBC Radio 5 Live’s latest podcast, Paradise
The series re-examines the case of backpackers Chris Farmer and Peta Frampton, who went missing while travelling through Belize in Central America. The childhood sweethearts from Chorlton were found drowned on 8 July 1978. They were last been seen on a boat skippered by an American man, Silas Duane Boston, who sailed with his two young sons Vince, 13 and Russell, 12. Boston was the only suspect. Yet he wasn’t arrested for 38 years, despite his sons claiming they had witnessed their father murder the couple. He died in custody before he could be brought to justice.

Videos

  • Mexican Coast Guard ran on the reef in Xcalak Monday morning!, 40sec. ENCALLA LANCHA INTERCEPTORA DE LA SEMAR SOBRE BARRERA ARRECIFAL. Una lancha interceptora de la Secretaria de Marina Armada de México, encalló sobre la barrera arrecifal frente a la comunidad costera de Xcalak: Testigos manifestaron que aproximadamente a las 5 de la mańana de este lunes, la lancha se desplazada a cierta velocidad frente a la comunidad pesquera...

  • How to cook Barbacoa Braised Rump Roast, 1min. This foolproof, simple recipe will result in amazing melt-in-your mouth results for even the most beginner chef. The whole family will devour this dish!

  • Belize rainforest Howler monkeys, 40sec.

  • Nikki's Unique Hotels of Belize tour begins with Chaa Creek Lodge!, 5min.

  • Belize Altun Ha Mayan Ruins, 28min. I spent my winter vacation traveling to Belize for the warmer climate and blue waters of the Caribbean Sea. Altun Ha Mayan Ruins was filled with some interesting stories.

  • Snorkel Shark Ray Alley Belize 2019, 8.5min.

  • 9th edition of the Street Arts Festival 2019, 30min. It's the 9th edition of the Street Arts Festival 2019! Downtown Belize City will be buzzing with artists and artisans all showcasing the best of Belizean talent. The festival takes place on February 23rd beginning at 2:00pm. The special feature of this year's event will be the Pok-ta-pok game being played downtown in front of the Supreme Court. Reigning Mundo Maya champions, Ek' Balaam of Belize, will play the traditional Mayan sport with the game beginning at 5:00pm. On our couch: Karen Vernon - Bliss Theater Director, ICA. Neil Hall - Communication Officer, NICH. Kelvin Baizer - Depictions Paintings.

  • Better legislation and policies to support the protecting of children from sexual exploitation, 33min. Audrey Matura, attorney-at-law and activist, is sounding the alarm for better legislation and policies to support the protecting of children from sexual exploitation. We spoke with her about the recent cases and how she is supporting the cause.

  • The Belize Peace Movement presented their case for a No Vote at the upcoming ICJ Referendum, 41min. The Belize Peace Movement presented their case for a No Vote at the upcoming ICJ Referendum. BPM representatives discussed their issues with the balance in the ongoing public education campaign which they feel lack objectivity in presenting the facts. On our couch: Paco Smith - Belize Peace Movement, George Myvett - Belize Peace Movement.

  • Stacey's Handmade Crafts shared a few ideas for you to get started at home, 22min. Scrap-booking can be a great activity to explore your creativity while making fun memories. Stacey Amaya of Stacey's Handmade Crafts shared a few ideas for you to get started at home.

  • Grace - Flava With A Beat - Coconut Tuna Stew and Fish Dip recipe, 21min. GRACE Flava with A Beat returned with a Coconut Tuna Stew and Fish Dip recipe. On set: Duane Lizama - Resident Chef Alex Gordon - Marketing Assistant, Grace Kennedy Belize Ltd.

  • Jankunu Productionz is taking the Belize Rewind Show on the road, 26min. Jankunu Productionz is taking the Belize Rewind Show on the road. The first in a series of out districts shows will take place at tomorrow at the George Price Center. The show begins at 6:30 pm. We spoke with organizers about how they are hoping to spark a new appreciation for theatre. On our couch: Julie-Ann Ellis Bradley - Jankunu Productionz, Sandra Mckay - Jankunu Productionz.

  • For birding enthusiasts...the dry season is starting, .5min. ...and the waters are drying on the mainland (and on the island). But look at the birds in Crooked Tree - egrets and storks oh my! I need to get there!!! The water level in the Crooked Tree lagoon has begun to fall. This causes the fish in the lagoon to be more concentrated in smaller areas, this concentration of fish causes the waders and other waterbirds to congregate in large numbers to feed on the fish. Here is a video I shot this morning, Jabirus, Great Egrets, Wood Storks, American White Pelicans, Neotropic Comorants etc were all present. This is a must see for any birder or nature enthusiast.

  • Things to do in Belize, 5min.

  • Thatch Roof Repair in Belize | HOW TO, 1.5min.

  • Hol Chan Dive Belize 2019, 14min.

  • Belize 2019, 5min. Caye Caulker, San Ignacio and Hopkins.

  • Every now and then the wind direction changes and we take off on Runway 06 in San Pedro, 1/2min. This gives you a lovely view of the Belize Barrier Reef and shows you just how close it is to the island.

  • Digitization of the Ministry of Agriculture, 7min. One ministry that is already leading the way in innovation is the Ministry of Agriculture, which launched the Belize Agriculture Information Management System (BAIMS) last year.