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The San Pedro Sun

No arrests regarding landing of suspected drug plane in Orange Walk District
Police are still investigating another case of a suspected drug plane that was found on Tuesday, February 19th southeast of Blue Creek Village in the Orange Walk District. Authorities speculate that the single-engine illegal aircraft landed sometime on Monday night, February 18th, and after the cargo was unloaded was set on fire. The remnants of the aircraft were reportedly found by Mennonite farmers, who immediately called the police. According to the police report states that three aircraft seats, three fifty liter containers and 12 containers of aviation fuel was found in the area. No arrests have been made.

Oceana in Belize hosts ‘Fish School’ a training workshop for the media
Belize’s marine ecosystem is one of the most valuable resources the country has and to better report on it and find out its contributions to the national economy and the challenges it faces, Oceana in Belize organized a one-day training workshop for the local media on Saturday, February 23rd in Belize City. Held under the title ‘Fish School,’ the workshop was facilitated by Margot Stiles, Marine Scientist and Chief of Strategy and Philip Chou, Senior Advisor, Science and Strategy, both from the Oceana international team.

William Godoy is a free man: murder charges withdrawn
After being imprisoned for over a year for the murder of Alfredo Cowo, 33-year-old San Pedro resident William Godoy was set free from prison on Wednesday, February 27th after murder charges were withdrawn. At the court hearing inside the in San Pedro Town courtroom, the magistrate stated that no substantial evidence was provided to conclude that Godoy was Cowo’s murderer. Godoy told The San Pedro Sun that he is glad to be out of jail after being incarcerated for over 13 months. “It feels so good to be out and I am happy to be back with my family. It is really sad that I was kept in prison all these past months unjustifiably,” he said. Godoy has always maintained his innocence.

Copa San Pedro 2019 continues in San Pedro
Five intense matches were held in the seventh week of Copa San Pedro 2019’s Closing Season at the Ambergris Stadium in San Pedro Town. After seven weeks of action, the current standings have Los Catrachos F.C and Legends F.C at the top of the chart with 18 points each, followed by Caye Caulker Islanders F.C with 14 points and Fambo boys F.C with 13 points. The Copa San Pedro 2019 Closing Season heads to its eighth week of action this weekend starting on Thursday, February 28th at 7PM.

ACES celebrate Career Day
In an effort to familiarize students with the many professions available on the island, Ambergris Caye Elementary School (ACES) observed Career Day on Friday, February 22nd. The school’s management invited several islanders to visit the school and share with its students’ information on their professions. They happily did so, encouraging them to pursue their dreams when they finally discover their visions for their future.

Ambergris Today

Hol Chan Marine Reserve Installs Pontoon Station
The Hol Chan Marine Reserve is all about taking care of the marine life at the Hol Chan Channel and has been working ardously in looking for ways to have the reserve under proper monitor for 24-hours. With this in mind they permanently installed a pontoon boat as a Ranger Station at the Hol Chan Channel on Tuesday, February 26, 2019.

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January 2019 External Trade & Consumer Price Index
For the month of January 2019, the Statistical Institute of Belize reported that, on average, Belizean households experienced a decrease of 0.2 percent in the cost of regularly purchased goods and services when compared to January 2018. It was observed that higher prices for home rentals, healthcare and Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) were overshadowed by a sharp drop in intemational airfares and fuel prices. The All-Items Consumer Price Index (CPI), which summarizes all categories of consumer goods and services, stood at 104.8 in January 2019, a slight decrease from 105.0 in January 2018. During the month of November 2018, For the month of January 2019, Belize imported goods valuing $161.8 million. This represented a 12.3 percent or $17.7 million increase from the same month in 2018, when imports totalled $144.1 million.

Paint N Splash
See you this week at from 2-4pm Thursday. This week will be using a sponge painting technique to do our background!

Marine Station placed at Hol Chan Channel
After months and months of planning Marine Station #1 was placed at the Hol Chan Channel yesterday Feb 26th. The purpose of the fixed station is to aid ease of access into the Reserve and function as check in point for all vessels entering the Reserve. It will also allow the Rangers to focus on their core function, enforcement of the rules and regulations of the Reserve, enforcement of the fisheries regulations, and provide for 24hr monitoring of the area to improve management.

FAMILY POOL DAY in COROZAL
Saturday, March 9th is FAMILY POOL DAY at Escuela Secundaria Tecnica Mexico (ESTM) in San Roman, Corozal. Karaoke Competition and Pool Party.

In celebration of World NGO Day, we take a look at Fajina Archaeology Outreach
This Fajina is a community outreach organization run by archaeologists who feel a great responsibility to give back and support the communities in which they work. Many of the first projects of Fajina Archaeology Outreach are centered on communities in central Belize, near the archaeological site of Xunantunich, Belize. Future projects will serve more communities and continue to spread the impact that archaeology and community can build together.

San Joaquin Heritage Sign RibbonCutting Ceremony
We are headed off to San Joaquin village, Corozal this Sunday, March 3, 2019. Join us as we unveil the San Joaquin Heritage signs at 1:30 P.M. at the football field.

Ambergris Caye Elementary School Gala 2019
It's that time again! Ambergris Caye Elementary School (A.C.E.S.) will be hosting the Annual Gala this year at Palapa Bar and Grill, on March 9th, 2019 at 5:30 pm. This year's auction will have bigger and better art items, raffles, adventures and travels to offer. Tickets for the "Taste of Belize" dinner, offering selections from several local restaurants are $75.00 per person, or you can host a table for 10 for $750.00. All proceeds will go directly to Ambergris Caye Elementary School. Spaces are limited and are going fast! It is anticipated that there will be no tickets available at the door. Please Contact Denice Ryan at 626-3172 or to reserve your table or seats.

Attorney General’s Response to a Video Shared on Vibes Media
The Attorney General’s Ministry condemns the actions taken by Vibes Media to diminish the valiant efforts of the Government of Belize to improve the service and work done at the Vital Statistics Unit and to mislead the people of Belize. The Government wishes to inform the people of Belize that the video shared on Vibes Media on February 27, 2019 existed prior to steps being taken by the Government to improve the quality of work of the Unit by placing the Unit under the control and governance of the Attorney General’s Ministry. Furthermore, in an effort to better the work and service at the Unit to the people of Belize, the Government has already taken the necessary corrective actions to terminate those involved in such misconduct.

BELTRAIDE Launches its First Female Entrepreneurship Program
The Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (BELTRAIDE) through support from the Regional Center of Promotion for MSME (CENPROMYPE) and funds from US State Department, is launching a project in Belize entitled the “Female Entrepreneurship Program” (FEP). The Program, which is a first of its kind for Belize, is designed exclusively for women with the goal of improving and strengthening their leadership and business skills. The FEP was developed to promote entrepreneurship education and training by: • Transferring tools and practical instruments to implement innovative processes that cab increase market penetration and sales. • Facilitating access to entrepreneurial training opportunities with a gender focus, and • Strengthening the leadership, self-esteem, autonomy and economic empowerment of women.

REINTRODUCING BelizeINVEST
BelizeINVEST is a Unit of the Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (BELTRAIDE), which is a statutory body of the Government of Belize under the Ministry with responsibility for Investment, Trade and Commerce. BelizeINVEST provides tailored services to local and foreign investors, as well as industry stakeholders with investment and economic development interests in Belize. OUR OBJECTIVES: BelizeINVEST’s role is to foster investor confidence for future translation into prosperous establishments and propagation of socio-economic benefits in Belize...

BTIA San Pedro Meeting
Thanks to all our BTIA San Pedro members and stakeholders for attending a productive meeting held last night, February 27th at El Divino Restaurant. President Melanie Paz and Chairlady Tamara Sniffin extend their gratitude for your support and commitment.

Elizabeth, "Betty" Rousseau, Passes away
Our news blog is asking our community to please join the family and friends of Mr. Gary Hakes in this moment. May "Betty" rest in everlasting peace. Message from Gary: "We are going to do a Memorial Celebration of Life for my sweetheart Elizabeth, "Betty" Rousseau, 4:00 p.m., tomorrow Thursday, February 28th, at Rainbow Beach in front of the Tortuga Restaurant. We will be spreading her ashes in the Corozal Bay that has been such a wonderful backdrop of our life here in Belize. Please come and celebrate her beautiful spirit with us. All her expat and local friends that have been family to us, we look forward to sharing this celebration of life".

John Martinez passes away
We extend our sincere condolences to the family of the late John Martinez of San Narciso Village, Corozal.

"CARA DE PEK & CHAPASHOW" at the Princess Hotel & Casino
Start your month of March with a Laugh Out Loud weekend with "CARA DE PEK & CHAPASHOW" at the Princess Hotel & Casino Free Zone, Corozal. It's a double comedy affair on Friday, March 1st and Saturday, March 2nd starting at 10:00 p.m. Belize Time. Get some full belly laughs this weekend and enjoy our safe and friendly atmosphere.

Over 2,600 Golden Citizens Benefit from BEL’s Golden Citizen Program
We recognize the contributions of our elders and honor them through BEL's Golden Citizen Program.

Community Park Enhancement Project
For the Children is spearheading a park revitalization for the park next to the Santa Elena Library this Saturday and Sunday, March 2nd and 3rd. They are asking for help from the community. They'll be painting and cleaning the park. "In collaboration with the SISE Town Council, the Santa Elena Library, St. Ignatius High School, artists, the business community and youth volunteer groups from the twin towns, we will be commencing work to enhance the park and children's playground located adjacent to the Santa Elena library. Come join us to lend a hand with the painting and to learn more about the project!

BWS acknowledges Succotz customers complaints

The National Institute of Culture and History (NICH) Mourns the Passing of Mrs. Alice Craig
The Minister of Education, Youth, Sport and Culture, through the National Institute of Culture and History (NICH) mourns the passing of a stalwart of local culture, Mrs. Alice Craig, affectionately known, as “Ms. Meg” or “Meggy”. Mrs. Craig was an exceptional woman; she was a true patriot, a collector, a historian, and unsung hero. Mrs. Craig would often visit the Museum of Belize where she would sit with staff, share good jokes and stories, speak to school children visiting for that day, but most importantly, she would check on her Collection on Display. Her valuable collection brought her much joy and she was always eager to explain what an object was, or how, and why she collected it.

Channel 7

Mayor Has The Goods on Goodin
Last week Thursday and Friday, the big news was about PUP City Councillor Micah Goodin - how he sternly scolded the City Administrator - and then got into a shoving match with her handlers. That was Thursday - and by Friday, the Mayor appeared with all his councillors to say that Gooding had been stripped of his portfolios. The mayor added that it was, quote, "unfortunate" that he could not fire Goodin. Gooding fired back on Sunday - with a facebook post, saying, quote, "We campaigned on putting people first but life has only improved for a few special Belizeans.Those that have been awarded private contracts and prestigious positions.

Is Contract to Paint City Hall an Inside Deal
We also asked the mayor about an issue that's in the background, but could become controversial. 7News has received credible information that a business outfit directly related to one of the city councillors is being considered to receive a contract to paint two council structures, including city hall. The contract was not put out to tender and the business is not registered. Today, the mayor said he signed no contract but wouldn't deny that there is a proposal out there:...

City Hikes License Plate Fee Forty Percent
We also asked the mayor to comment on an increase in the fee for a license plate, which the council has announced. The fee is going up from $25 to $35 dollars - that's a 40% increase in one fell swoop. The mayor said the council had no choice:.. Jules Vasquez, reporter: "Is the licenses for vehicle, the fees are going up from $25 to $35 I understand it." Bernard Wagner, Mayor - Belize City: "The supplier took up his cost of importing. Those items went up and he passed it on us and obviously we can't absorb that as a council. Again, the supplier is a contract that was signed by the previous council and we have to continue live with it."

PG Infant Critical after Electrical Fire
Tonight, an 18-month-old baby clinging to life at the KHMH after she suffered an accident at her Punta Gorda home which caused her to come in contact with fire. Police say that at around 5:30 p.m. yesterday, 25 year-old Aaronie Gamboa took her 18-month daughter, Vela Usher, to the Punta Gorda Town Community Hospital. She was suffering from severe burn injuries to her body. Gamboa told the authorities that an electrical outlet in a bedroom in the house caused a fire, which spread to a curtain.

No Love for Valentine, Charged for Daylight Shooting
Keeping it in Punta Gorda, On Monday we told you how a brave police officer in Punta Gorda, Constable Marcos Choc chased down a gunman, recovered the loaded weapon, and arrested the shooter. He chased down two men, but today only one was charged. He is 24 year old Albert Valentine and he is from Punta Gorda Town. He has been charged for aggravated assault, kept firearm without a gun license, kept ammunition without a gun license, and discharged firearm in public. Police haven't said why the other suspect - who they named as Adwan Usher hasn't been charged.

A Good Day for Godoy, Free 13 Months Later
He was probably wrongly imprisoned in the first place, and after one year and one month in jail, San Pedro resident William Godoy is free tonight. On January 19 of 2018, he was charged for the murder of Alfredo Cowo. And today, the charges were simply withdrawn. According to the San Pedro Sun, the magistrate stated that no substantial evidence was provided to conclude that Godoy was Cowo's murderer. Godoy told The Sun that he is glad to be free after being incarcerated for over 13 months.

NTUCB Neutral on ICJ Referendum
Last night, we told you about the council of church's pro-ICJ position. As we noted, it was quite surprising to see that usually reticent group come forward with a progressive position on a controversial, divisive issue. And, while the Council of Churches does not court controversy - the National Trade Union Congress of Belize usually has no trouble playing that role. So why hasn't that frontline trade union umbrella group come forward with tis position? That's what we asked the President Marvin Mora today:

Church Takes on Cyber Bullying
And the Council of Churches didn't only go boldly ahead on the ICJ referendum, it staked out a position on many hot button social issues, namely gender based violence, and cyber- bullying. The statement says, quote, "we firmly believe that gender-based violence against men, women and children, has no place in our society." End quote. It urges churchgoers to challenge language that degrades women, identify and oppose gender harassment and violence in your community, among other measures.

Pizza Parlor Opens, Public Space Closes
Earlier we showed you our interview with the mayor. We met him at the opening of Moe's Pizza and Pasta By The Sea this evening. It is indeed by the sea because it is built on a part of what used to be a public space, Sandlighter's Promenade. Today, the mayor and the manager said that it's for the greater good:... George McNab, Manager: "I'd also like to thank all of the members of City Council who shared in our vision here at Moe's Pizza Pasta to really develop something that we hope will enrich the community. This is not just a restaurant for us, this is an establishment that we really believe will bring more activity back to our sea side."

Did CITCO Sanction Seawall Travesty
And Diab has been known to develop at least one of his other properties by creating sea frontage. In this case, he has signed a 13 year lease with the council - basically to take over a sidewalk, a public parking lot and the seawall. The council gets back the property with the structure after 13 years - or it can choose to renew. It's part of the council's vision to develop the seafront area. The mayor explained and took the tough questions:... Jules Vasquez, reporter: "What's the city's perspective of this from a business angle?" Bernard Wagner- Mayor, Belize City: "From a business angle we came in on a platform of ensuring that we create jobs. We can't hire everybody at the council, so certainly you want to develop partnerships with business owners. Risk-taker Mr. Haisam is certainly a risk-taker from the mere fact you would risk an opportunity here to build a facility..."

Constable Complaint Calls For Criminal Charges; ComPol Waffles
And we go now back to yesterday's police press briefing in Belmopan. It was all about crime in the south, but we still asked the commissioner about other police matters of pressing public interest. That includes the complaint made by Constable Marco Hinds against a senior officer. Hinds reported that the police inspector assaulted him and burst his head. And he requested court action. Well, Williams says both sides of the story have to be considered. He also re-iterated that he doesn't play 'favorite's' with his cops.

Chester Counts Cartridges; How Many Stolen Bullets Still on Streets?
In other crime news, Police are still hunting for more ammunition and weapons that were stolen in the VL Bryant Heist earlier this month. Commissioner Williams says police are doing all they can to recover the items. Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police: "Yes, I have received his response. I have further tasked Mr. Ramirez who is in charge of the Dangerous Goods Unit, to do a more extensive investigation that also involves customs. We want to be able to look at the customs entries for importation of firearms that Mr. Gallaty has done over the past year with a view to look at the patterns and see the quantities. With that we should be able to say how many firearms he had at his place and compare what we took away from him and what we have recovered after the burglary. Then we will know exactly how many firearms are left outstanding, if in fact any from the burglary that took place at his establishment."

UDP Messenger Caught on Camera in Vital Stats Vault
Attorney General Michael Peyrefitte recently spoke about PUP operatives who infiltrated the Vital Stats unit. But tonight there is cell phone video of a UDP secretariat messenger, Michael Flowers in a backroom at vital stats - suggesting that UDP operatives are also inside the office. The video aired on the PUP's VIBES TV this morning, and a release from the Attorney General's Ministry tonight lashes out at them. It says that the AG's office, quote, "condemns the actions taken by Vibes Media to diminish the...efforts of the Governmentto improve the serviceat the Vital Statistics Unit and to mislead the people of Belize." End quote.

Duo Remanded for La Popular Heist
Tonight, 27 year-old Gildon Rivers and 19 year-old Delwin Lopez are at the Belize Central Prison after being taken to court for allegedly robbing La Popular Bakery in Belize City. It happened on Monday. 2 men, one of them armed, barged into the bakery on Logwood Street, and robbed Jose Santana of $400 cash. They then targeted Mindy Cruz and stole her purse which contained $125.

After Grim Tragedy, Great Days for Grayson
On Monday, we showed you our interview with burn survivor Grayson Cadle. We went to the airport on Saturday to welcome him home. He had been at the Doctors Hospital in Augusta Georgia for about 7 months. Well, today Courtney Weatherburne met with Grayson to see how these couple days back home have been for him. It seems he couldn't be more content. Here is that story. This morning Grayson Cadle was in his zone blasting his beats and hanging out with his mom at their Flamboyant Street apartment. This is pretty much how it has been since Grayson returned to Belize on Saturday.

Drones Zone in on Marine Protected Areas
On last night's news, we told you about the 3-day regional workshop that the Wildlife Conservation Society is hosting in Belize. As we told you, the 10 marine protected areas of Belize are being policed using what are being called Spatial Monitoring and Reporting Tools - or "SMART" for short. The conservationists are also making use of drones while patrolling the marine protected areas to discourage illegal fishing activities. They invited us out to Goff's Caye this afternoon for a field demonstration of these drones in action, and we spoke to the Country-manager about the trip. Here's what she told us:

A Break on Light Bills for senior Citizens
Today in San Ignacio, BEL welcomed 810 new members to its Golden Citizens program. The program offers 2,665 consumers over the age of 65 with a credit of up to 60 kilowatt hours on their monthly electricity bills. And Cayo has the second most Golden Citizens, behind Belize City. So, 20 of the program recipients form Cayo were invited to this morning's ceremony where they received special gifts. 7News was there:..

Women Cops Climb Ranks
The police department is getting more women involved in leadership positions. Commissioner Chester Williams says that in the recent reshuffling of police officers, several female officers have taken up a commander's post or are long standing commanders in their jurisdiction. Williams says these women are recognized for their contributions to the force.

Decades of Suppression Stupidity
And maybe those ascending women commander will soften the police approach to crime suppression, which - in the words of one former Commissioner - usually just means rolling out with more brute force and ignorance. In line with that, tonight, we continue our coverage of social violence anthropologist, Dr. Herbert Gayle's lecture which he delivered on Friday night at the Bliss Center. Tonight, we feature his comments on crime suppression strategies by police, which was the main theme of his presentation. He said that in Jamaica, like Belize, crime suppression has been the main strategy for decades - without success:

Mayor Sees City Coastline as Cash Cow
And going back now to our conversation with the mayor - we asked him for his philosophical perspective on developments along the waterfront. Belize is a city with lots of coastline, and the area from the Baron Bliss Lighthouse to the BTL Park is used as public space to enjoy the seafront. But the Mayor says he would want to see a lot more of it utilized:... Jules Vasquez, reporter: "Is this something that you all might be looking at as a means of revenue generation, monetizing the public spaces that the city controls along the sea?"

Channel 5

Understanding the Spate of Gun Violence in Peini
As the families of Oscar Humes and Kevin Moro prepare to lay their loved ones to rest, residents of Punta Gorda are still reeling from Monday night’s double murder. The [...]

Albert Valentine is Charged for PG Shooting Incident
As we said, Punta Gorda police are yet to make an arrest in a double homicide that has rocked the southern community, but they have been able to make progress [...]

A Vigil to Remember Slain Best Friends Kevin Moro and Oscar Humes
The Moro and Humes families of Punta Gorda Town continue to grieve the loss of their loved ones.  In the wake of the tragedy they have organized a candlelight vigil [...]

Baby Vela Usher is Badly Burned during Electrical Fire
Aside from the spate of violence there was another unfortunate incident in Punta Gorda where a baby was injured. Eighteen-month-old Vela Usher was transported to Belize City and is hospitalized [...]

Expat stabbed and robbed; two charged!
Also in the south, an American national was attacked and robbed inside his home in Hopkins on Saturday.  Seventy-three-year-old Thomas Shannon reported that two armed men broke into his home, [...]

Mayor Bernard Hopes Councilor Goodin Does Soul Searching
PUP Belize City Councillor, Micah Goodin remains without a portfolio tonight. After being benched following an altercation with City Administrator Stephanie Lindo-Garbutt, Councillor Goodin took to Facebook to respond to [...]

Moe’s Pizzeria Attracts Criticisms Over Fenced Seaside Space
In October 2018, the Department of Environment issued a stop order to businessman Hiasam Diab for a construction that had commenced along Sand Lighter’s Promenade, next to the Ramada Princess [...]

License Plates Fee to Increase
The Belize City Council will increase the cost of new license plates for vehicles. The new price will be thirty-five dollars and it’s scheduled to take effect on March fifteenth. [...]

Compol says internal investigation is still ongoing
On Tuesday, Commissioner Chester Williams was asked about the status of the investigation into interdicted Corporal Darrell Tutsie Usher. If you’ll recall, he has been on interdiction because he was [...]

Compol says more women are in leadership positions under his admin!
For a long time the top brass of the Belize Police Department was viewed as an all boys club. Across the world there is a hyper-masculine culture that plays out [...]

Grayson Cadle: The Story of A Burn Survivor
In 2018 a butane gas explosion rocked the Mopan and Mahogany Streets neighbourhood in Belize City when a faulty butane cylinder exploded in an apartment building. Three persons were injured [...]

NTUCB, BCCI Support SSB Contribution Reform
It has been two years since the Social Security Board embarked in a consultation process to seek support for the adjustment of the Board’s contribution and pension scheme. The S.S.B. [...]

Legal Changes Made to SSB ‘s Submission Period for Benefit Claims
Legal changes have also been made to the submission period for sickness and injury benefit claims. According to Doctor Young, the submission period has been extended from four days to [...]

SSB Card Won’t Expire
Over the next ten years, the S.S.B. would have been renewing almost four hundred thousand cards and as you can imagine, this takes a lot of money and staff time. [...]

Belize City Commercial Center Nears Completion
As the Belize City Commercial Centre nears completion, Mayor Bernard Wagner has been left with the task of sourcing funds to furnish the huge structure. According to Wagner, the previous [...]

DYS launches Youth Mainstreaming Strategy
The Belize National Youth Mainstreaming Strategy Framework Consultation kicked off today in Belize City. It’s a big name for a strategy that seeks a coordinated government approach to enable equity [...]

Technology Solutions for Marine Protected Areas
A regional forum hosted by the Wildlife Conservation Society, involving representatives from ten countries across the Caribbean, concluded today in Belize City.  The purpose of the workshop was for the [...]

WCS Forum Concludes in Belize City
Using the Spatial Monitoring and Reporting Tool, SMART, participants demonstrated solutions to combat illegal, unreported and unregulated fisheries using drones.  They also discussed commonalities of Marine Protected Areas compliance gaps, [...]

LOVE FM

Trauma Awareness and Stress Management Conference for the Cops
Galen University held a workshop on stress management and trauma awareness at the San Ignacio Resort in San Ignacio. The target group comprises of people who have perhaps one of the most stressful jobs other than health care workers and that is the police. Over 30 police officers went to class today and received the …

Elsa Ico is missing from San Ignacio
The Ico family is hoping for the safe return of their loved one Elsa Ico who went missing a week ago. Love News spoke with her brother, Nectali Ico, who said that her sister is believed to be with an older man. Brother of Missing Girl: “It has already been a week and then I …

Cuba and Belize sign MOU
Cuba and Belize have long enjoyed a fruitful relationship resulting in hundreds of Belizean going to study in Cuba and Cuban doctors coming to work in Belize. The two countries are further strengthening their relations via a signed memorandum of understanding which will see more opportunities in Cuba for Belizeans. Ministry of Health, Pablo Marin, …

Cabinet gives the nod for cyber bullying legislation
In yesterday’s Cabinet meeting, a paper was tabled and unanimously supported to work against those who engage in cyber-bullying. Deputy Prime Minister, Patrick Faber, told Love News that the Attorney General can now move full steam ahead with legislation. Honorable Deputy Prime Minister Patrick Faber: “Yesterday in Cabinet there was a Cabinet paper tabled by …

Has Belize surpassed the civil war benchmark?
Has Belize surpassed the civil war benchmark? That is what Dr Herbert Gayle has said in his forum last week. In 2018, there was a total of one hundred and forty-three murders, which reflects a thirty-five point nine murder rate per one hundred thousand. Last week, Dr. Herbert Gayle, Jamaican social violence anthropologist, explained that …

Church says yes to ICJ
The Belize Council of Churches has joined several organizations in Belize on a yes-vote for the ICJ. The Government has also declared a yes-position and so has the former Foreign Minsiters of Belize with the exception of Eamon Courtenay. The Churches’ declaration issued yesterday has created anger in some sectors as was expressed especially on …

Are BNTU and MOE closer to a solution?
The Belize National Teachers Union (BNTU) and the Ministry of Education are no longer at an impasse when it comes to the hardship allowances, Proposal 22 and commuting allowance for teachers. Since bucking heads in the latter part of 2018, the two parties have had a series of meetings in an effort to resolve and …

BEL awards its Golden Citizens
Belize Electricity Limited (BEL) hosted a luncheon for 20 of 810 Belizeans who were selected to be part of their Golden Citizens Program. Every month BEL puts a credit to their account of up to 60 kilowatt hours and the utility company also waives fees for related services offered to senior citizens. The luncheon was …

Faber: Corporal Punishment is not condone
Fifteen days ago we told you of the 8-year-old child who suffered eye injuries, allegedly at the hands of his teacher. The mother spoke to our newsroom and was enraged, saying that the medical bill was going up as the child had been in pain since and still cannot see clearly from one of his …

Department of Youth Services launches “Youth Mainstreaming”
Many young people in Belize have fallen victims to gun violence, others have joined gangs while others find themselves jobless. There have been several initiatives designed to attract young people and draw them away from crime. The latest initiative is “Belize Youth Mainstreaming Strategy Consultation brought out by the Department of Youth Services. Aida Escobar …

Consumer Prices down 0.2%
The Statistical Institute of Belize released its latest figures for January, which shows a decrease of zero point two percent in the prices of goods when compared to January 2018. The All-items Consumer Price Index went down from 105.0 in January 2018 to 104.8 in January 2019. The category that recorded the highest increase in inflation rate was House, Water, Electricity, Gas and other Fuels with an overall increase of one point nine percent ...

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

BFLA emphasizing women’s health for Women’s Month
The Belize Family Life Association (BFLA), in commemoration of Women’s Month, being celebrated in March, is encouraging […]

Cost of living was down in January, says SIB
The Statistical Institute of Belize (SIB) released its first set of reports referencing 2019 today, showing that […]

Exports start 2019 off with a bang
According to the latest trade figures released by the Statistical Institute of Belize (SIB), the country’s exports […]

Scientists learn more about extinct animal through fossil found in Belize
Scientists say they have learned more about the extinct giant ground sloth through a fossilized tooth […]

Albert Valentine charged for aggravated assault
Albert Valentine was charged yesterday for ‘aggravated assault’, ‘kept firearm without a gun license’, ‘kept […]

Taiwan and Belize extend Sheep and Goat Project for 1 more year
The Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan) today announced that it has extended the […]

Lionel Castillo charged for unlicensed firearm
Lionel Castillo has been charged for possession of an unlicensed firearm. According to police reports, […]

BK Volleyball Foundation opens a new chapter for sports in Belize
If the 2018 performance of the National Women’s Volleyball team showed anything, it showed that […]

Ladyville teen reported missing, family pleads for help
The family of Michael Ack,18, is seeking the public’s assistance in locating him. Ack was […]

Belmopan police find gun and ammo
Yesterday, Belmopan police were conducting an operation and when cops searched under a culvert on the […]

Lisel Alamilla speaks on crime escalation in Punta Gorda
The views expressed in this article are those of the writer and not necessarily those of Breaking Belize […]

Two men remanded in connection with shooting incident
Mark August, 21, and Avery Bain, 18, were charged yesterday with ‘abetment to murder’, ‘conspiracy […]

Men jailed for aggravated burglary in Hopkins, Stann Creek
Two men have been remanded to prison until March 30 after they were charged with […]

Accused murderer walks free
Accused murderer, Orlando Salazar, 27, has been acquitted of all charges and is now a free […]

Council of Churches says “Yes” to the ICJ
The Belize Council of Churches (BCC) has publicly endorsed taking the territorial dispute with Guatemala […]

Pastor Louis Wade lashes back at Council of Churches
In a bombshell release issued yesterday, the Belize Council of Churches informed the Belizean public […]

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Ancient extinct sloth tooth in Belize tells story of creature's last year
Some 27,000 years ago in central Belize, a giant sloth was thirsty. The region was arid, not like today's steamy jungle. The Last Glacial Maximum had locked up much of Earth's moisture in polar ice caps and glaciers. Water tables in the area were low. The sloth, a beast that stood up to 4 meters tall, eventually found water -- in a deep sinkhole with steep walls down to the water. That is where it took its final drink. In 2014, divers found some of the sloth's remains -- parts of a tooth, humerus and femur -- while searching for ancient Maya artifacts in the pool, in Cara Blanca, Belize. Though partially fossilized, the tooth still held enough unaltered tissue for stable carbon and oxygen isotope analysis, which provided clues to what the sloth ate in the last year of its life. This, in turn, revealed much about the local climate and environment of the region at the time. The findings, reported in the journal Science Advances, will aid the study of similar fossils in the future, the researchers said.

Guyana, Belize clash to be staged at Leonora
The Guyana Football Federation [GFF] has confirmed that the pivotal must-win clash with Belize in the CONCACAF Nations League on March 23rd, will be staged at the National Track and Field Centre, Leonora from 18:30hrs. “Due to the significance of the match, serious efforts were made to have the use of the National Stadium, Providence. However, these did not find the kind of favour that the federation was hoping for and, as a result, we will host at the National Track and Field Centre, Leonora,” GFF Competitions Director Ian Alves stated in the release…..

Drink History: ‘Hot’ Chocolate
Xocolatl, the drink’s ancient ancestor, was neither hot nor sweet. Evidence suggests chocolate was being used by pre-Olmec cultures as early as 1900 B.C., and we know for certain that their descendants, the Mayans of Mesoamerica, were using it by 200 A.D. Mesoamerica is the name used to describe the Mayan homeland, known today as the Central American countries of Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, and Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. The word “chocolate” is believed to come from the Mayan “xocolatl,” which means “bitter water.” There was no sugar in Central America at the time, so this was no sweet treat. To make xocolatl, the beans inside cocoa pods were harvested, dried, crushed, and combined with chili peppers and cold water. Some accounts state that cornmeal was used as well. The liquid was poured from one vessel to another until a frothy foam appeared on top.

Videos

  • Herd of white-lipped peccaries in the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary, 45sec. - how many piglets can you count?

  • San Pedro, Belize Beach, 3min. A quick video of my vacation to San Pedro, Belize. I also visited Secret Beach and went snorkeling, but those are in other posted videos. This is more of a overall view of the city of San Pedro and my accommodations at Ramon's Village Hotel. There is some drone footage mixed in as well showcasing where I stayed and the island. Please see my "Belize Playlist" link at the end of this video for more. Thanks!

  • Swimming with a sea turtle and sting rays in Belize!, 2.5min. This was a common spot for a Conch Fisherman and the sting rays ...

  • Belize Ferry, 21min. Belize Ferry, I spent my winter vacation traveling to Belize for the warmer climate and blue waters of the Caribbean Sea. To get to San Pedro, you will have to take a Ferry ride.

  • Belize It! Kelby and Lindsey's Honeymoon in Belize - April 2017, 5.5min.

  • Channel 5 Obituaries - Juana Alicia Alegria, 2min.

  • Channel 5 Obituaries - Gilbert Clinton Arnold, 3min.

  • The Belize Youth Challenge is holding a recruitment drive, 22min. The Belize Youth Challenge is holding a recruitment drive to find suitable youths to join their next intake. The program is geared towards male ages 14-17 and the deadline for applications is April 26th. Our guests talked to us about how the program is positively impacting at-risk youth. On set: Anthony Castillo - Commandant, Belize Youth Challenge. Cpt. Ivan Locario - 2nd in charge, Belize Youth Challenge.

  • How to improve your planning skills to increase your efficiency and productivity, 42min. Effective planning is critical to the success of any goal. We spoke with Carolyn Trench Sandiford about how to improve your planning skills to increase your efficiency and productivity.

  • The Department of Youth Services & Commonwealth Secretariat, 43min. The Department of Youth Services has partnered with the Commonwealth Secretariat in putting in place a strategy for youth mainstreaming in Belize. Youth mainstreaming is a coordinated all-of-government approach that will enable equitable, social, economic, political and ecological outcomes for young people. It translates to viewing young people as an asset to development and recognizing that they need different inputs and getting them involved at all aspects of society. Our guests talked to us about the consultations with youth agents.

  • Snorkel Shark Ray Alley Belize 2019, 8.5min.

  • Diving Hol Chan Belize 2019 UHD, 14min. Diving Hol Chan Marine Reserve in Belize ten minutes off Ambergris Caye in February, 2019.

  • , 21min. Curtis takes his family down to the Blue Bonefish Lodge in Belize to celebrate his wife's 50th birthday. Her birthday wish came true, catching her first Bonefish while Curtis lands a Grand Slam with a Tarpon, Bonefish, and Permit!

  • Diving the Great Blue Hole in Belize, 5min. Great video of diving the Blue Hole in Belize. Water temp was 81 degrees and according to my dive computer, we hit 151' on depth. Bottom time was roughly 8 minutes. We went with Amigos Del Mar. Top notch organization!

  • Belize 2019, 15min. the most incredible, life-changing experience of my life

  • Sports Talk Show, 58min.

  • Police Check Point, 51min.

  • Opossum in the wild!, 1/2min. Belize is blesssed with amazing wildlife! To get a unique insight into the interactions and behaviors of wildlife within wild places, our team set up field cameras. Here on our Wild Belize feature, an opossum seems like it wants to use our equipment. Or has it found its new friend? We anticipate an engaging discussion. This activity went on for some time.