Chinese Association Hosts ICJ Education
On Sunday the Belize Chinese Association held its first consultation and history lesson about Guatemala’s unfounded claim on Belize. They were treated to a history of Belize that brought them up to speed on the April 10 referendum. The consultation took place at the Princess Ramada Cinema for about 145 Chinese as well as Taiwanese …
Taxi man is stabbed and recovers in Guatemala before filing report
A taxi operator, Walter Lopez says he was robbed and stabbed by a group of men last week. Lopez told police that his ordeal began when he was working in Benque Viejo Town, Cayo District, where he picked up three men; but Lopez made the report five days after he was attacked. ACP Joseph Myvett …
Man is electrocuted and dies in Benque
Police report that one man has died after being electrocuted while doing some welding. It happened in Benque Viejo Town on Sunday morning while 31-year-old William Vasquez was doing some work. ACP Joseph Myvett: “Sometime around 10:45 AM Police was called to an area in Benque Viejo known as Chial where they observed the body …
NTUCB discusses SSB’s proposal
For some time now, Belize’s Social Security Board has been proposing an increase in benefits and contributions. Last year, the National Trade Union Congress of Belize, NTUCB’s under the leadership of Floyd Neal, stated that the union was in support of SSB’s bid for contributions to increase. Love News asked the current president of the …
Where does the NTUCB stands on ICJ?
The debate on whether or not to take the Belize/Guatemala issue to the International Court of Justice, ICJ, has the country divided. The Government has declared a yes position on the matter while the People’s United Party, PUP, after wavering for some time, finally arrived at a no-vote. Organizations like the Belize Peace Movement and …
Consultations on sexual offense legislation concludes
The Belize Women against Violence in collaboration with the Building People Movement has concluded their final public consultation on a sexual offenses draft legislation. The last consultation was held in Corozal Town where they heard from community members and representatives of organizations and groups that work in the area. The organization is being assisted with …
Squatters also causing a problem for BEWU
A few weeks ago we brought the issue of the squatters in Belama Phase Four and their dilemma of having their homes broken down and having to relocate. In our initial stories, we told you that the large plot of land belongs to Fen Lan Company. Tonight, however, there is a development as we have …
TOP POLICE BRASS ADDRESS VIOLENCE & MURDERS in TOLEDO
Over the past few months there have been a growing number of violent incidents in the south of Belize, ranging from fights to chopping and shooting incidents. A family was brutally hammered during a robbery in Independence Village last week and one person is still in a coma. On Sunday, 2 persons were shot in …
Police Update Status of Recent Major Crimes
73 year old Thomas Shannon. US National who resides in Hopkins Village sustained a stab wound after he became the victim of a home invasion on Saturday night. Two Belize City residents, 20 year old Karil Sanchez from a Flamboyant Street and 23 year old Steve Crawford from Jane Usher Boulevard were found with his …
Edward Conorquie dies days after he was found severely injured in southern Belize
Belize City resident Edward Conorquie died this afternoon after being shot several times in southern Belize. Police report that the 22-year-old was found on Sunday morning on the outskirts of Independence Village, severely wounded. ACP Joseph Myvett, Head of the National Crimes Investigation Branch says they are yet to find out how he got to …
Pink eye on the increase in Quintana Roo
Today, the Ministry of Health (MoH) issued a press release advising Belizeans on increased cases of conjunctivitis (pink eye) recorded in the Yucatan and Quintana Roo areas of Mexico. Quintana Roo is the state that borders Belize.
The National Epidemiological Surveillance System of the Ministry of Health of Mexico reported that since the start of 2019, there has been a much higher number of cases of pink eye compared to this same time last year.
Councilor Micah Goodin stripped of his portfolio
Less than two months after taking office at the Belize City Council, Councilor Micah Goodin made public accusations about, and criticisms of, Mayor Bernard Wagner on social media.
Now, less than one year since that initial outburst, Councilor Goodin has again exploded in an uncontrollable outburst at City Hall. This time, City Administrator, Stephanie Lindo-Garbutt, was on the receiving end of Councilor Goodin’s tirade.
Things got so heated that the councilor had to be physically restrained and put out of City Hall. The incident reportedly occurred on Wednesday.
Fake cops sentenced to 1 year
Two men, Dorian Blair, 24, and Barrington Slusher, 41, who posed as police officers, changed their plea from not guilty to guilty of a charge of pretense of an officer when they appeared today for trial before Senior Magistrate Tricia Pitts Anderson.
They were each sentenced to 1 year imprisonment.
92-year-old woman punched in face during burglary
An elderly woman was injured during a burglary of her home in the Southern Foreshore area of Belize City. The injury was not fatal, and the woman has already been treated and released from the hospital.
According to police, Marie Gardiner, 92, was home around 1:30 p.m. when a man who had gained entry into her home punched her in the face, injuring her mouth.
While police were unable to say how the man was able to enter her home, unconfirmed media reports are that he broke the back door.
Activist Audrey Matura stages solidarity demonstration for Wesley College student
Attorney and community activist, Audrey Matura held a solidarity demonstration in front of Wesley College this afternoon in support of a female student who had become a victim of cyber-bullying when a video of her dressed in her school uniform and engaged in a sexual act went viral when it was posted on Facebook.
In a statement to the media, Matura said the demonstration has three components. “We are launching a petition to the government to ensure that issues of pornography are dealt with legislatively, socially and through institution.
We gave our all; respect to Cuba and Bahamas!
Belize came one 3-point shot away, and two chances to make it, from securing a 1-point victory over powerhouse Cuba in the FIBA World Cup qualifying quadrangular on Saturday night at the Civic Center in Belize City. Cuba’s outstanding center Javier Justiz was sidelined for almost the last three quarters, but with a superlative effort from Jasiel Rivero, Cuba still managed an 82-80 victory over Belize. Cuba walked away with the championship trophy after demolishing Antigua last night, while Belize fought gamely, but fell to second place Bahamas in last night’s final game of the weekend quadrangular.
Women Bandits setting football record at Week 4 of NAWL
With 4 weeks of competition completed in the National Amateur Women’s League (NAWL) 2019 tournament, Jewel Fury Bandits, as the Belmopan based women team is now called, has set a record that is not likely to be broken anytime soon; and they are not finished yet. At Week 4 of the competition in the South Group, Jewel Fury Bandits have not given up a single goal yet, while they have amassed a massive total of 45 goals so far in the competition. They are the only team from either group with a perfect 4 and 0 record. (See standings below.) Two North teams are also undefeated, but Black Orchid and Verdes have each drawn a game, against each other; while in the South, Rumberas are also undefeated with one draw, but they face Jewel Fury Bandits for the first time this coming weekend.
National Beach Soccer Week 3 results, standings
Placencia Village was the venue for 3 competitive games in Week 3 of the Football Federation of Belize’s (FFB) first National Beach Soccer League 2019 competition.
In game 1 at 11:00 a.m., Dangriga Beach Soccer maintained its undefeated streak, as they prevailed, 6-4, over Hopkins Ibayani. Shaking the net for Dangriga Beach Soccer were Raymond Ramos (3’ & 30’), Evan Mariano (15’, 18’ & 31’) and Ramon Olmedo (22’); while Hopkins Ibayani goals were by Wayne Ford (4’), Devanny Tillett (19’ & 29’) and Deshann Nunez (24’).
Bandits’ first loss; San Pedro Pirates take standings lead at Week 7 of PLB Closing Season
The first round is completed, and at Week 7 of the Premier League of Belize (PLB) 2018-2019 Closing Season, defending champion Bandits Sport has suffered its first loss, and the team that delivered that blow, San Pedro Pirates FC have taken over the standings lead. (See standings below.)
It was a low scoring and fiercely competitive weekend in PLB action, with identical 2-1 and 1-nil scores on Saturday and Sunday.
Belize’s basketball challenge – FIBA World Cup quadrangular this weekend at the Civic
This weekend at the Belize Civic Center, our Belize National Basketball Team will attempt to reach the highest level it has ever been – the Round of 16 in the FIBA World Cup Tournament for the Americas. To accomplish that, Belize will have to emerge as one of the top two teams from this weekend’s international quadrangular which starts on Friday evening, with two games being played each night – Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Participating national teams will be from Antigua & Barbuda, Belize, Bahamas, and Cuba.
How the “South” votes should be a concern
When asked what Guatemala is claiming, Foreign Minister Wilfred Elrington and former Foreign Minister, Dr. Assad Shoman, and the entire ICJ team, reply that it is the entire country of Belize. When Belizeans go to vote in the referendum to determine if we are for the Special Agreement, or not for it, we will not know the end game because that has not been specified. If we agree (to support the Special Agreement), we will be consenting to defend against any and all legal claims that Guatemala might have/believes it has on Belizean territory; if we want to know what Guatemala is claiming, we have to go to court.
For Elrington and Shoman, and the entire ICJ team, it is absolutely essential strategy that they put forward to the public that the Guatemalan claim will be for all of Belize.
“With the safe open, even the most honest will steal.”
“The PUP thief……… fu give we” were the words an elder gentleman directed to me while discussing politics when I was but a young lad of about 18, about to start casting my vote, and he was trying to convince me that the party was doing good and I thought they were “too thief”.
This was before Belize attained Independence.
A theoretical analysis: Why we MUST vote NO …
As I further scrutinize the Joint Statement, I noticed that while Belize and Guatemala were “strengthening the bonds of mutual cooperation,” apparently a disturbing revelation suddenly emerged: “Guatemala and Belize, as two sovereign States, have not yet signed a treaty between them finally establishing their land and maritime boundaries and that such a treaty is one element of the expected outcome of the negotiations.” May I ask what the other elements are? Also alluded to at the bottom of the Joint Statement is “existing reference monuments” on which the “execution and implementation will be based.” Where do these “monuments” exist? Where on paper can we find them? Or are they shrouded in mystery? They seem important!
Joe Bradley clobbered by local Guardian
Label me gullible, but I really thought Wave’s Joe Bradley was on to something, a scoop to blow the Belize Peace Movement out of the water, when he told his co-host Alfonso that he had seen a certain young lady lawyer from Nigeria, preaching in a church in Belize. Belize has a growing Nigerian population, and we definitely wouldn’t put it past Mr. Brackett, “the tire burner in front of the Guat Embassy,” to pull one to put a brake on Sedi and Assad and all their company.
You’ve seen the lady in the video, the one where she gives a warning to Belizeans about the ICJ. It seems that just about everybody in Nigeria is fed up with that court after it decided in favor of Cameroon in a case between them.
Human skull found near Port of Belize compound
he skull and some bones of an unknown person were found by a maintenance worker while cleaning inside the Port of Belize compound at about 8:30 this morning.
Police said that the maintenance worker for Port Authority was cleaning the compound when he saw the human remains. The skull and bones were found at the edge of the fence, not far from a bathroom.
PM Barrow blasts Supreme Court Justice Courtenay Abel
The Supreme Court of Belize and its justices are creations of the Belize Constitution and function as part of the judiciary, one of the three branches of government. The office of the Prime Minister, likewise, is also a creation of the Constitution and functions as the executive branch of government, of which the prime minister is its head.
Thirdly, there is the legislative branch, which has responsibility for making the laws for the good governance of Belize.
Edward Conorquie, 22, shot and left on roadside in Independence
Edward Conorquie, 22, of Vernon Street, who was in Independence attending a social event on Saturday night, is in a critical condition in the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH)’s Intensive Care Unit, suffering from gunshot wounds in his head and back.
Conorquie was found lying on the roadside not far from the Punta Negra road’s junction with the Southern Highway at about 4:00 Sunday morning by some persons traveling on the road. They rushed him to the Independence Polyclinic, where he was given initial treatment, and police were called. He then was rushed to the KHMH for further treatment.
Constable Mark Rodriguez, 38, survives traffic accident in Camalote
Constable Mark Rodriguez, 38, of San Ignacio police, is presently in the Western Regional Hospital, suffering from serious injuries to his head and arm, after a traffic accident that occurred at about 9:30 Friday night on the George Price Highway in Camalote, Cayo District.
Reports to us are that the policeman, who was alone in his car, was driving from San Ignacio to Belmopan to be with his wife, who had been admitted at the Western Regional Hospital to undergo an emergency operation.
Man Escapes Police – Tries To Break Into House Of Police Commissioner
Police are on the hunt for a suspect who escaped from Police custody in the village of Seine Bight, he then tried to break into a house, not realizing that the house belongs to the Commissioner of Police Chester Williams.
According to reports, the man escaped from a Police pickup in which he was being transported, and tried to enter the house, which was locked.
Breaking Belize News
Fire in Punta Gorda, child reportedly injured
A house in Punta Gorda, Toledo was affected by fire tonight. A woman and a child were reported to be inside the house at the time […]
Candle light vigil being held in wake of double murder in Punta Gorda
In the wake of the double murder of Kevin Moro and Oscar Humes, a candle light […]
Team NICH takes Guinness 2019 Belize River Canoe Challenge
The National Institute of Culture and History’s (NICH) team took first place in the Guinness 2019 Belize […]
Government invites Opposition, NGO’s to monitor ICJ referendum
The Elections and Boundaries Department today informed the public that in accordance with Statutory Instrument No. […]
Prices of Diesel and Kerosene go up at midnight
The Ministry of Finance announced that at midnight, the pump price for diesel oil will increase […]
Commissioner of Police to host meeting in Punta Gorda following surge in crime
In light of the recent increase of violent crime in Punta Gorda, Toledo, the Commissioner of […]
Vital Statistics inform that their system is down
The Management of the Vital Statistics Unit informs today that their system is down. The Unit […]
Belize welcomes ICJ’s Advisory Opinion on Chagos Archipelago
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs today issued a statement saying that it welcomes the findings of […]
Shooting victim passes away
After fighting for his life for more than 24 hours, a shooting victim has passed away. He […]
NICH mourns the passing of Alice Craig
The Minister of Education, Youth, Sport and Culture, through the National Institute of Culture and History […]
Police: Two persons shot in San Pedro Columbia, Toledo
Police have released information on an early morning shooting in Punta Gorda, Toledo that happened yesterday. […]
Punta Gorda shooter captured by police
Yesterday at around 10:45 a.m., a police officer was on patrol on Queen Street in Punta […]
Armed robbery in Belize City
On Saturday around 7:45 p.m. police responded to a robbery at Blue Marlin’s on Coney Drive […]
Police: Unable to determine motive in Independence shooting incident
On Sunday around 5 a.m. police in Independence, Stann Creek were called to the polyclinic. There, they […]
Armed robbery in Toledo
On Saturday around 8:55 p.m. there was a robbery in Eldridgeville, Toledo. Two armed robbers entered […]
Taxi driver stabbed in Benque Viejo, Cayo
On Friday there was a stabbing incident reported in Benque Viejo, Cayo. Walter Lopez, 37, visited […]
Fire in Santa Elena, Cayo; Police and fire officials investigating
On Saturday at around 3:30 p.m. San Ignacio police reported to the calls of a fire […]
Taiwan and Governor General congratulate Scout Association of Belize for new Headquarters project
The Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan) announced today that in collaboration with Colville Young, […]
Man electrocuted in Benque Viejo Town
On Sunday around 10:45 a.m., police in Benque Viejo responded to calls of a body found […]
Human remains found in Belize City sent for forensic test
On Friday around 8:15 a.m. police were called to the Port Authority compound in Belize City. […]
Choose your adventure at Iguana Juan’s
With several weekly and monthly events, Iguana Juan’s Restaurant and Bar on Back Street welcomes you to enjoy food, drinks, yoga, music, a combination of it all, and more!
Their delicious Reggae Brunch is offered every Saturday, from 11AM – 2PM. With the smooth grooves of Melody Man Escobar playing in the background, you can indulge in a fabulous island brunch, which comes with a variety of tasty options. Iguana Juan’s is located on Back Street (Angel Coral St), next to Superbuy and of course you can find them on social media.
Pilates and a Latte In a Surprising Location on North Ambergris Caye
Yesterday I went to Pilates in a grand space – a huge space with a lagoon view that I had no idea was even there. Located at about 4 miles north – JUST as the paved road ends, across the street from Belizean Shores Resort and my new favorite baked good-ery.
I texted the number – found out that it was fine for beginners and I only need bring ME. $20bzd for the class but free for my first time. Can’t beat that. PLUS, I so wanted to look inside this mysterious palapa. Perhaps you’ve seen it – it’s fairly hard to miss when you drive by.
Holy beautiful. A towering ceiling, doors that fold out to a pretty awesome lagoon view, a smooth polished wood…the perfect party spot.
OH! And a basketball half court.
No Rush Adventure
If you want the perfect “chill” day, grab a few friends, head down to the Melt restaurant dock in downtown San Pedro, and set sail on the No Rush catamaran! This wonderful boat has a crew that attends to your every need and Captain Steve ensures a safe, relaxing, and enjoyable day on the water.
Every time on the No Rush is magical and different. On our Belize Happy Adventure, we sailed north and enjoyed some amazing snorkeling, fresh ceviche, and enough rum punch and beer to keep us happy. We enjoyed nummy fresh fish, chicken, and a sweet potato lunch, which was served to us right on board.
Melody Man & Small World Band!
This Thursday head up to Bernie's Back for the smooth reggae sounds of Melody Man & Small World Band!
Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 7 PM – 11 PM.
Stop by for dinner and drinks with the show!
You wont be disappointed!
SEE YOU THURSDAY NIGHT!
Hosted by BERNIE's BACK Bar & Restaurant
Kurt Riley Heads To Belize On Magnum Xplosion Club Tour
The legendary DJ Kurt Riley of Jamaica will headline the upcoming Magnum Xplosion Club Tour that will be taking place next month in Belize.
The tour, which kicks off on March 6, will see Riley making stops in Belmopan, Belize City and San Pedro. The Magnum Xplosion Club Tour is the most recently added element to the Magnum Xplosion series, which has ignited thousands across the region with feverish performances from soca and dancehall’s biggest names.
Last year, Bunji Garlin, Ding Dong, Aidonia, Shenseea, Busy Signal and I-Octane took to Magnum Xplosion stage to deliver explosive performances, as Magnum continues to extend its magnetic energy regionally.
EU Demands Belize Remove Harmful Tax Regimes
The European Union Code of Conduct Group (Business Taxation) has warned the Government of Belize that the jurisdiction will be placed on the EU's blacklist of non-cooperative territories unless it commits to amend or abolish certain tax rules considered "harmful."
In a letter to Prime Minister Dean Barrow, dated February 1, 2019, the Code of Conduct Group said that it has identified the introduction of a new preferential tax measure, namely the exemption of foreign income, as harmful under the Code Group's criteria for assessing potentially harmful tax regimes.
The letter points out that while the general income tax rate in Belize is 25 percent, international business companies and firms operating in a Designated Processing Area (DPA) are taxed at a special rate of three percent up to BZD3m (USD1.46m) and at the rate of 1.75 percent above this amount.
His Invisible Footprint: A Conversation With Peter Kjellerup
We ended up in Belize, where we now have a house. Mandy and I are involved with programs related to the Waterkeeper Alliance in Belize, originated by its founder, Robert Kennedy, Jr. Now that the Waterkeeper Alliance is in place, Mandy and I are trying to get the government to preserve the bays and to protect mangroves and manatees.
We are also working to preserve a 22,000-acre parcel of land that is nestled in the Maya Mountains and contiguous with several key nature reserves. Twenty-thousand of those acres is virgin rainforest, and the rest has been poorly farmed in citrus and coconuts. We are looking to rehabilitate that smaller piece and introduce native cacao as well, so that local farmers can model a more sustainable way of making a living. We believe that the impact we can have in Belize is enormous.
6 Things to Do in San Ignacio, Belize
Westjet Magazine loves Cayo. They recently ran another article, and this one focuses on some of the unique local sites found in the area. The Green Iguana Conservation Project is on the list, as is the market, Ajaw Chocolate, Kaj Expressions, Vivian's Cafe, and the new Capello's Art Gallery. A great list that can all be visited in one fun, artsy day.
"San Ignacio is a small, friendly town in the Cayo District and is the perfect base to explore the nearby Maya sites. It's also filled with sights worth discovering, including an iguana conservatory and a vibrant market."
Brenda Reid impromptu singing with beach band, Ambergris Caye, Belize, 3min. Pride & Joy - Stevie Ray Vaughn
Cave Kayaking Belize 2019, 14min.
Friends for Conservation and Development (FCD) - work in the Chiquibul National Park, 24min. Friends for Conservation and Development (FCD) continues to do important work in the Chiquibul National Park. Today they shared their work with the youths of Belize and Guatemala and talked about the Bi-National Youth Action Plan. On our couch:
Esther Sho - Program Director, FCD.
Abbie Godoy - Youth representative, FCD Environmental Youth Group.
Cindy Sagustume - Youth Representative, Todos Por Un Mundo Verde.
Attorneys Views on Agreement "Invalid.", 40min. A team of attorneys have come together to challenge the legality of the Special Agreement. They have published a joint legal opinion that calls the Agreement "Invalid." They were our guests to share the merits of their position. On our couch:
Kareem Musa - Attorney-at-Law.
Anthony Sylvestre - Attorney-at-Law.
Give Your Heart to A Child - The Ministry of Human Development, Social Transformation, 56min. The Ministry of Human Development, Social Transformation and Poverty Alleviation maintains that the family is the fundamental unit of society. A critical part of the work they do is to seek suitable families to become foster parents for children who are in the care of the state. The "Give Your Heart to A Child" campaign looks for foster parents to help reduce the number of children living in institutions. There are various ways you can foster a child and our guests spoke to us about the requirements and process for interested persons. On our set:
Elswith Chevez - Human Development Coordinator (CPSS), MHDSTPA.
Shaneica Pitzold - Children Services Officer, MHDSTPA.
The Elections and Boundaries Commission representatives - process for the upcoming ICJ Referendum, 72min. The Elections and Boundaries Commission representatives walked us through the electoral process for the upcoming ICJ Referendum. They shared that to date there is approximately 66% of registered voters who have completed the re-registration process to vote in the referendum. On our set:
Josephine Tamai - Chief Elections Officer, Elections and Boundaries Department.
Douglas Singh - Chairman, Elections and Boundaries Commission.
10-4-19, 75min. Tonight on 10-4-19 we feature another edition of Backyard Chats - as we hear directly from Belizeans across the country as they share what their concerns are.
Our panelists will attempt to address them.
Sarteneja Ferry, 1/2min. While Droning "Zip Line" locations for a client yesterday. I had a chance to drone the small ferry.
Protection work in the context of gang violence: Lily Bowman, Belize Red Cross, 3min.
Diving with Reef Sharks in Belize at Half Moon Caye, 3.5min. My son and I diving in Belize at Half Moon Caye. A reef shark decided to hang out with us.
Celebrate Belize!, 4min. 4 minutes of amazing photos Celebrating this singular Country
Aerial View of Beautiful Tobacco Caye Belize, 3min. Check out the wonderful island of Tobacco Caye in Belize off the coast of Dangriga a true honeymoon destination a gorgeous secluded spot! Perfect for snorkelling, diving and enjoying many cocktails in the islands two bars! 100% worth a visit!
Belize kite boarding, 1min.
Scuba Belize 2019, 7min.
Welcome to Belize:), 15min. Tag along with me on my adventure through Belize 2019!!!
The removal of derelict vehicles has begun in San Pedro, 1min.