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The San Pedro Sun
San Pedro Pirates draw 1-1 against Verdes F.C
In the eighth week of the Premiere League of Belize (PLB) 2019 Closing Season, the San Pedro Pirates faced San Ignacio’s Verdes F.C at the Ambergris Stadium in San Pedro Town on Saturday, March 2nd. It was a tight match which saw both teams drawing. Despite not winning, the San Pedro Pirates remain in the first place position of the PLB rankings for the second consecutive week. For their next match, the San Pedro Pirates will travel to Punta Gorda Town, Toledo District to go up against Freedom Fighters on Sunday, March 10th. The game is scheduled to begin at 4PM at the Victor Sanchez Union Field. Anyone interested in accompanying the Pirates as a fan can contact 608-6396.
San Pedro Tiger Sharks lose first home game against Dangriga Dream Ballers
Despite having played an offensive game that saw the strength of the San Pedro Tiger Sharks, the Dangriga Dream Ballers managed to keep an eight-point lead to seal an 86-78 victory over the island team. Held on Saturday, March 2nd at the San Pedro High School (SPHS) Auditorium, the game marked the first home game for the Tiger Sharks, and was their opportunity to climb back to first place in the National Elite Basketball League (NEBL) Tournament, having lost it to Dangriga. The re-match did not go well for the island boys, and after this loss, they remain in second place with the Dangriga team leading the current NEBL’s standings. The San Pedro Tiger Sharks will take a break this weekend, but the NEBL tournament continues with the games on Friday begin at 9PM, and on Saturday at 8:30PM.
SPHC host ‘El Gran Carnaval de San Pedro’ exhibit
The San Pedro House of Culture (SPHC) opened their Carnaval Photography Exhibition on Friday, March 1st. The annual display showcases the traditional “El Gran Carnaval de San Pedro (The Great Carnival of San Pedro)” which traditionally takes place three days before Lent.
Prior to the exhibition, a Carnaval fashion show was held showcasing the history of El Gran Carnaval and what attendees should expect to see during the festive days. Mistress and Master of Ceremony were Julia Martinez and SPHC President Guillermo ‘Mito’ Paz, who gave a brief history of each comparsa before they stepped on the runway.
Carnaval 2019 Day Three - Colorful Carnaval
Carnaval 2019 ended with a bang as the two comparsas group gave it their all and danced their hearts out! Dona Flora's Group theme was "Colorful Carnaval" and they wore brightly colored costumes and head pieces and were in full carnival spirit! The Barbies without fail shook what their momma gave them. They were in high spirits singing and dancing and having so much fun entertaining their audience. It was a great way to end this year's Carnaval... Here are pics of the last day of Carnaval ...enjoy!
Belize’s Prevail Combat Club Win MMA Matches In Chetumal
Youths from Prevail Combat Club win exhibition MMA Matches in Chetumal Two young Belizeans from the youth MMA program at Prevail Combat Club participated and won Exhibition MMA matches in Chetumal, Q. Roo, on Saturday, Mar 2, 2019. The event was labeled as the 1st Annual Contact Sports Festival. In the First Match Jared Ramos, 15 defeated Jonathan Hernandez, 17 years old training with PEP Chetumal. In the 2nd Match Trenton "K-City" Hulse 13 years old, defeated Johan Rivero, 15 years old also from PEP chetumal. Congratulations to Jonathan and Trenton!
Misc Belizean Sources
National Heroes and Benefactors Day
National Heroes and Benefactors Day (previously known as Baron Bliss Day) is a public and bank holiday in Belize celebrated on March 9. This year, the holiday will be given on Monday March 11, 2019 giving us Belizeans a three day holiday of fun in the sun!
The Weekend is full of cultural traditions and festivities, with the main commemorative event being the wreath laying ceremony at the Baron Bliss Grave. Other highlights of the weekend include the annual harbor regatta which is a sporting event consisting of sailboat races and the annual Kite festival, where families, children, young and old, get together to create and build fun kites in all shapes sizes and colors to decorate the sky! The Ruta Maya Challenge is also traditionally held on this weekend, and it consists of a four day canoe race, the longest of its kind in Central America.
CARNAVAL FIESTA! 2019
Family Pool Day at Escuela Secundaria Técnica México
Saturday, March 9th, 10am-4pm ESTM Pool.
Family Pool Day at Escuela Secundaria Técnica México (ESTM) Pool Grounds. Karaoke competition, pollo brujo, dip, hot dogs, and lots to eat and drink. Entrance fee: Adults $3, Children $2.
FCD Environmental Youth Group Emergency Meeting
Our Acting President of the FCD Environmental Youth Group is calling an Emergency Meeting this Saturday March 9, 2019 from 9:00am to 12:00pm. All youth members are asked to please confirm and those who are interested in joining please contact us through our Facebook page. Transportation will be provided for those in Bullet Tree and San Ignacio. Venue will be confirmed later.
Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Keith Gilges and the Embassy representatives recently traveled to the Chiquibul
We visited the Caracol Archaeological Park, the Chiquibul National Park and the Chiquibul Forest Reserve.
Dr. Allan Moore and Nich Belize colleagues, as well as Dr. Chase of University of Nevada - Las Vegas, warmly welcomed us at the Caracol Archaeological Reserve, Belize and expertly guided us through Caracol—the most extensive Maya site known in Belize. We appreciated the beautiful, expansive view from the top of Caana—the highest temple, which rises over 140 feet above the jungle floor.
At the Las Cuevas Research Station, Rafael Manzanero and Derric Chan of the
Friends for Conservation and Development - FCD Belize emphasized the vital importance of the Chiquibul National Park and its Forest Reserve as Belize’s major source of fresh water, clean air, wildlife reserve, and critical place for research and education. The FCD representatives highlighted their efforts, challenges, and success stories in balancing biodiversity protection while contributing to sustainable development and regional security and cooperation in the Chiquibul.
COMPARSAS DAY 1
CARNAVAL PAINTING AND COMPARSAS 2019 - DAY 2
PAINTING AND COMPARSAS DAY 3
Belize Birding for Conservation Tour
Attention bird lovers! This is an amazing opportunity to bird with the BEST! You're in for a ONCE IN A LIFETIME experience while supporting conservation work in Belize. Here is your opportunity to bird Belize and support our conservation work. Our Annual Birding for Conservation Tour is from August 4-13, 2019. All proceeds go directly to our Hawk Watch and Raptor Certification Program.
We visit many premier birding locations and have a chance to see nearly 300 species, targeting Yucatan endemics and many other gems found in Belize.
Paint N Splash
See you this week at from 2-4pm Thursday. This week we will be learning how to paint an underwater scene from a photograph.
Reef Week Movie Night, "Shark Tale"
Reef Week 2019
Caye Caulker BTIA Presents MOVIE NIGHT.
We will be showing Shark Tale
Date: Friday, March 8, 2019
Venue: Vega Inn & Gardens
Time: 6:30 pm
SEE YOU THERE!
Corozal Town Council Easter Bash
Easter Sunday flyer, mark your calendars. EASTER BASH - April 21st. Pin it on your diary. More details will be available as the date approaches.
Corozal District Reef Week Poster Competition!
Charge D' Affaires Of The Embassy Of Qatar Visits NICH President Sapna Budhrani
At 9:00 AM an exploratory meeting was held between Mr. Tariq Al-Othman, Charge de Affaires of the Embassy of Qatar in El Salvador and Sapna Budhrani, President of the National Institute of Culture and History (NICH).
The purpose of the meeting was to initiate and discuss ways of developing a diplomatic relationship between both countries reinforced by culture. After the meeting, NICH provided a guided tour of the Museum of Belize and Ms. Budhrani presented Mr. Al-Othman with a small gift of appreciation for the visit.
PUP File Action to Block ICJ Referendum
The PUP has filed a lawsuit in the Supreme Court trying to stop ICJ Referendum from going ahead on April 10th.
Their claim is based partially on the legal opinion from the attorneys: Anthony Sylvestre, Richard "Dickie" Bradley and Kareem Musa. They argue that the 2008 Special Agreement has not paved a clear path to the ICJ because the Government has made a major misstep.
These attorneys say that if the ICJ rules that Guatemala should get some of Belize's territory, the ruling could not be brought into effect to re-define Belize's borders without a constitutional amendment.
GAF Trails Security Minister Up Sarstoon
And from that ICJ matter at the Supreme Court to ground zero for this territorial dispute which is the Sarstoon River - Belize's southern boundary. National Security Minister John Saldivar went up that river on Friday to tour BDF outposts along the river. It's a part of a routine national tour of all security facilities and outposts. But the Sarstoon is the only part of Belize's sovereign territory where Guatemalan armed forces shadows Belizean military as they go about their duties. So did they also follow Sadivar, who was in a fleet of Coast Guard and BDF vessels? That's what we asked him today when we met him at another event:
British Base For Belize?
And while Guatemalan encroachments unto Belize territory - both terrestrial and maritime - remain a security threat, there's an X factor, and that's the British. For many years before independence, they had a fixed security presence. And, according to the left leaning newspaper out of the UK, The Morning Star, the British are talking about setting up a military base in Belize.
Late last year, British Defiance Secretary Gavin Williamson told the Sunday Telegraph that he and was looking for new opportunities to expand Britain's "presence" in the Caribbean. The discussions for a location centered on Guyana and Montserrat.
Frowns All Around on Football Fracas
We also asked Saldivar - to put on his hat as a sports team owner - about the ugly football fracas that happened at Isidoro Beaton Stadium two nights ago. That's the home field for his Belmopan Bandits and on Monday night the University of Belize and Galen University football teams were playing a match for the ATLIB tournament when a fight broke out. Off duty police officers pulled their weapons to and one of them fired warning shots to defuse the situation.
One of the players happens to be on Saldivar's Bandits and he discussed it today as did the Police Commissioner:...
Hon. Saldivar: Cus's Gotta Go
b>We also asked Saldivar to put on his hat as area representative for Belmopan. There's a tense situation that's been playing out in Maya Mopan with squatter Nicholasa Cus. RECONDEV says she squatting on their lands and has resisted all notices to move.
But, she claims to have been there for 12 years and has invested so much in the land. She is being backed up by the Belmopan PUP committee.
Today the UDP Rep Saldivar says he sympathizes, but she has to go:...
Cops Rewarded and Recognized
Lately, we've been hearing a lot about brave deeds done by police in the line of duty. Whether it was one cop chasing down a gunman and his accomplice in PG, or 10 cops pursuing those 6 border robbers who were using an assault rifle - the police have been doing outstanding work - even as lawlessness always seems to be on the rise. Today 15 of those cops were recognized and rewarded for their bravery and commitment. 7News was at the Queen Street station for the ceremony:..
Good Cops/Bad Cops
And so it is with the police department it seems that it's often one shot of bravery, and two shots of bribery, or some unscrupulous type of behaviour.
That's what it was in Ladyville on Monday when it was discovered that 6 police officers had allegedly raided a bag of shirts - which had been taken off a bus. The 6 officers, 5 males and one female were held in the Ladyville detention cell for 24 hours and then released.
Williams says some type of disciplinary action will be exacted:...
Inspector Assault Being Dealt With Internally
And while Williams is determined to charge those cops, he's not so eager to see charges brought against a police Inspector. That officer is accused of assaulting a constable. It allegedly happened in public when the constable allegedly failed to salute the senior officer and spoke to him disrespectfully.
The case has been lingering for weeks - and while reports to us say that constable asked for court action, the COMPOL says otherwise:..
Police Association Takes COMPOL to Court
And while Compol Williams wants the police to resolve that one internally, he may have to resolve a dispute with the police association in open court. That body has filed for judicial review of. Statutory Instrument which Williams signed in January. It amends the police association rules by limiting any chairman to two terms only. That would put current chairman Eldon Arzu over the limit. The association doesn't like the SI and is seeking judicial review. Today, Compol Williams made it clear he was not happy with Chairman Arzu:..
Chester Williams- Police Commissioner:
"In order to see how we can strike a balance, we'll serve as the present for two years and then you come back into core policing that you can continue to develop yourself. I see that being the reason for the instrument and I had no issue with it..."
Zebra Crossing For Crooked Tree
Viewers may remember the tragic story of 20 year-old Alma Flores, a resident of Crooked Tree Village. In August of 2017, she was killed in a traffic accident at the junction between the Phillip Goldson Highway and the Crooked Tree Road, which is located at mile 31.
The residents of the village don't want to see any more pedestrians get knocked down while crossing the highway. So, more than a year and a half later, they've finally convinced the Government to put a crosswalk to allow pedestrians to safely walk safely from one side of the road to the other.
It's one of those zebra crossings. The villagers were hoping for a pedestrian ramp, but still, they're say they will be satisfied with that for now.
Today, they invited us out to the crossing.
The villagers told us that they're hoping that motorists will drive more carefully through the area:
On Monday's newscast, we told you about the very strange case of Tanesia Payne, the resident of Flamboyant Street who was charged with grievous harm and use of deadly means of harm. Her ex-common-law husband reported to police that she had him beaten up and then he was stabbed by 2 men. But it turns out, the elaborate tale was a false allegation.
Her ex-common-law husband, Richard Ellis, reported to police on that on February 28th, he went to Payne's house, located at 2 B Flamboyant Street. He said that while he was there, he was beaten and stabbed multiple times by two persons who came out of a room.
No Manslaughter For Myers
An appeal 40 year-old Elario Elijio, who was acquitted of manslaughter, has been discontinued by the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.
Eligio was charged with manslaughter for the death of 52 year-old John Myers, who is also known as "John Lamb". Myers died on February 27th, 2012, after a man punched him in the face, in front of a Chinese shop on Mahogany Street in Belize City. He fell and struck the back of his head on the ground; the blow killed him instantly. Police investigated the case, and they eventually charged Elijio with manslaughter for Myers' death.
A Summit To Share Data
Today at the Radisson, it was all about networking on data use and data sharing. The Belize Association of Planners hosted a summit entitled Improving the Data Ecosystem for Governance Decision Making in Belize. SIB personnel, Urban developers and GIS consultants among other stakeholders presented at the event. Here is more about how impactful this collaboration will be for residents.
Carolyn Trench-Sandiford, President, Belize Association of Planners:
"I think one of the challenges we face is development takes place, it is dynamic, it takes place over time but it often takes place in sectors so different people are doing different things on their own and we are not collaborating..."
New Style of Police Booth
As policing strategies change, vehicle checkpoints are becoming an increasingly common presence across Belize City. It's bad news for police who often have to base their operations beneath ragged tents - with no restroom. There have been isolated efforts to upgrade with the sponsorship of small wooden huts - but the one we saw today on Central American Boulevard near Faber's Road, is the best yet.
It was sponsored and donated to police by the Young family - who saw the police languishing in their area and sought to help by making a major difference:...
And while private sponsors are helping police upgrade the VCP booths, the Ministry of National Security is the one paying for the major rehabilitation at the Queen Street police station. As we've reported, police corporal Darrell tutsi Usher blew the whistle on his own department when he was detained there pending a criminal investigation. The pictures he posted on Facebook showed detestable un-hygenic conditions.
That seems to have lit the fire under the police top brass which shelled out big bucks for works which started a two weeks ago. Today, Compol Williams said that the work which is happening now had nothing to do with the Facebook post - he already had it planned:..
86 Year Old Accident Victim Dies
86 Year old Accident victim Gudelia Estevez died early this morning at her Ebony Street home. About 2 weeks ago, Estevez was taking her 8 year old grandson Nicolai Tun to his school St. Ignatius. As they were crossing the intersection of Amara Avenue and Dean Street, driver Martin Reyes knocked them down in his pickup truck. We spoke to Estevez's granddaughter about her sudden death.
Pook Brothers Cleared, Years Later
The brothers: 30 year-old Michael Pook, 29 year-old Ryan Pook, and 26 year-old Adrian Pook, all charged for murder, are free men tonight after their attorneys convinced Justice Colin Williams to grant a stay of proceedings against them.
Up until last month, when they were granted bail, The Pook brothers had been on remand at the prison for 7 years and 9 months. They were charged with the May 2011 murder of the taxi driver, Errol "Lighter" Ferguson, which occurred near the complex building on Mahogany Street.
A City of Culture
Culture in the Park: it is a city council initiative where artists and musicians can express themselves and show off their talent to the public. It opened today at the Battlefield park and Mayor Bernard Wagner told us what's the bigger idea.
It continues tomorrow at 8am and ends at 3:00.
P.U.P. Files Legal Challenge of 2008 Compromise
The People’s United Party filed two weighty claims this week. First, the Special Agreement. This morning papers were delivered at the Supreme Court in which the P.U.P. is seeking a [...]
Did the Senate Really Validate Special Agreement in 2016?
While some argue that the Special Agreement is legit because it went to the Senate, Bradley and the legal team are of the view that Foreign Minister Elrington did not [...]
‘Dickie’ Bradley Explains Injunction to Postpone I.C.J. Referendum
The claimants in this case are parliamentarians: Rodwell Ferguson, Mike Espat, Oscar Requeńa, Julius Espat and Cordel Hyde, as well as Anthony Mahler. The filing of the claim and its [...]
P.U.P., PAC Chairman File Suit against Finance Minister Dean Barrow
In 2015, Prime Minister Dean Barrow was forced to pass the Petrocaribe Loans Act retroactively. This was after it was pointed out that the hundreds of millions of dollars that [...]
P.U.P. Seeks Permanent Injunction against Current and Future Minister of Finance
Espat explains says that the claim is seeking a permanent injunction restraining PM Barrow as Minister of Finance and second defendant Financial Secretary Joseph Waight from authorizing the allocation and [...]
Accident Victim Gudiela Estevez Succumbs 2 Weeks Later
Now to a traffic fatality…eighty-seven-year-old Gudiela Estevez passed away this morning, exactly two weeks after she and her grandson, eight-year-old Nikolai Tun, were knocked down at the corner of King [...]
Pook Brothers Are Released from Prison
After languishing behind bars awaiting a verdict for more than three years, a trio of siblings got their freedom today. The Pook brothers: Michael, Ryan and Adrian, walked out of [...]
Manuel Pacheco Committed to Stand Trial for Murder
Well-known businessman, Manuel Pacheco of Pacheco’s Jewelry, will have to stand trial at the April session of the Supreme Court for murder. That was the outcome of his Preliminary Inquiry [...]
Police Association President Vs Commissioner of Police
There are internal issues brewing at the Belize Police Department. Commissioner of Police Chester Williams is bucking heads with the President of the Police Association. This is because President, Corporal [...]
Police Association to Take ComPol to Court
But is there some hanky-panky going on with the dues collected by the police association? Police officers have reportedly been asking for accountability and that hasn’t been forthcoming. Today, Commissioner [...]
B.P.D. Working to Root Out Rogue Cops
Some two weeks ago, the top cops were singing the praises of officers who are going above and beyond the call of duty even when their lives are at risk. [...]
Ladyville Cops to Face Disciplinary Charges over Stolen T-Shirts
Police officers attached to the Ladyville formation are being accused of stealing t-shirts. Yes, you heard right—t-shirts. According to reports, cops seized a bag of t-shirts that was on a [...]
Belize City Council Accomplishments, 1 Year after Taking Office
This Friday will make the first anniversary since P.U.P. Mayor Bernard Wagner and his team took office at the Belize City Council. While the mayor has met many challenges, today, [...]
Mayor Wagner: More Infrastructure and Social Programmes to be Rolled Out
Going into its second year and with a budget reflecting his commitments, Mayor Wagner says that residents can expect more infrastructure works as well as social programmes being rolled out. [...]
Minister of National Security Visits Sarstoon; GAF Showed Up but Didn’t Create Any Trouble
Last week Minister of National Security John Saldivar went on a tour in the south to inspect security facilities. On Friday, the tour kicked off with a visit to Barranco [...]
New Police Booth on Boulevard
Today, the Belize Police Department inaugurated a new police booth on Central American Boulevard in Belize City. The booth was donated by the Young family of Way Printing Company. This [...]
Cops Recognized for Bravery in the Line of Duty
The Police Department took time today to honour a set of brave officers who risked their lives to get their jobs done. The officers were rewarded for their work in [...]
Minister John Saldivar Weighs In on Shooting at Football Match
On Monday night, a fight broke out at Isidoro Beaton Stadium in Belmopan. It happened during a football match between Galen University and the University of Belize. When the fight [...]
ComPol Says Firing Shots at Football Game was Regrettable – but Students are Responsible
Commissioner of Police Chester Williams also commented on the matter. He says that while it is regrettable that a firearm was used, he believes that the officers may have responded [...]
San Jose Succotz Residents Concerned over Extremely High Water Bills
Discrepancies in water bills have more than two dozen families in San Jose Succotz in Cayo irate. Residents say that their most recent bills from Belize Water Service are extremely [...]
Improving the Data Ecosystem for Governance Decision Making in Belize
A one-day summit dedicated to enhancing governance accountability was held today in Belize City. Stakeholders from the private and public sectors were engaged in discussions on the many aspects of [...]
Squatters & Supporters Rumble With Police In Belmopan
On Friday, tempers flared in Belmopan after Recondev sent heavy equipment to break down the home of a woman from Maya Mopan who was squatting illegally on a piece of land.
Min. Of National Security & Compol, Comment About Ballgame Firearm Incident
On Monday night students from Galen and the University of Belize who were playing football at the Isidoro Beaton Stadium in Belmopan engaged in an all-out brawl. That led to off duty Police Officers pulling weapons and one of them firing his weapon.
Police Dept. Improving Resources For In The Field Officers
Police this morning officially opened a brand new 14′ X 12′ Police Booth, equipped with bathroom facilities and cameras, on Central American Blvd.
Man Found Motionless In Front Of Pickwick – Near Casino’s
A man was found motionless on the sidewalk in front of the Pickwick compound on Newtown Barracks at 1:00am this morning March 6th. and according to reports, the man is Steven Calbert Murillo, 42, had gone to pick up his common-law-wife at a club nearby.
Breaking Belize News
School teacher awarded prestigious sports instructor scholarship
Career school teacher Wayne Casimiro, known for his outstanding contribution to physical education and sports in […]
Household Budget Survey wrapping up, says SIB
The Statistical Institute of Belize (SIB) is preparing to close the data collection section of the ongoing […]
Belize~ The Status Quo Elite, ICJ and bad mind
The views expressed in this article are those of the writer and not necessarily those of Breaking Belize News. This […]
Person cured of HIV, still no viable cure for mass production
The recent news that someone was cured of HIV in London, still does not mean that […]
Belize’s House of Senate Is Not Sovereign
The views expressed in this article are those of the writer and not necessarily those of Breaking Belize News. […]
U.S. Embassy’s Chargé d’Affaires visits Chiquibul
United States Embassy of Belize’s Chargé d’Affaires, Keith Gilges and Embassy representatives last week traveled to […]
Belizean and Guatemalan youths join hands in conservation
On March 3, members of Belize’s Friends for Conservation and Development Youth Environmental Group (FCD YEG) […]
Baptist Pre-School commemorates Culture Day 2019
Belize is a melting pot of cultures and every year, school children from pre, primary, secondary […]
PUP mounts challenge to Special Agreement in court
The People’s United Party (PUP) announced today that is has filed a legal challenge of the 2008 […]
Moody’s gives Belize B3 rating, says outlook stable
Moody’s Investor Services, in its latest report on Belize, affirmed a B3 rating, which according to […]
Summit on “Improving the Data Ecosystem for Governance Decision Making in Belize”
The Belize Association of Planners, BAP, in collaboration with the Research Triangle International hosted a summit on “Improving the Data Ecosystem for Governance Decision Making in Belize”. Carolyn Trench-Sandiford, the President of Belize Association of Planners told the media that the project allows for an exchange of data and collaboration among key stakeholders to promote …
Police Association takes Commissioner of Police to court
The Police Association is taking the Commissioner of Police Chester Williams to court. Corporal Eldon Arzu, the president of the Police Association is seeking judicial review of the decision of made by the Commissioner to amend the Police Association rules. That change stipulates that quote, “no member of the police department shall serve as chairman …
Refurbishing of holding cells at the Queen Street Police Station almost complete
In late January, pictures of the unsanitary conditions of the holding cells at the Queen Street police station flooded social media. They were taken by Corporal Darrel Usher who was detained along with his brother and kept in the cell for some forty hours on accusations of assault. But somehow he kept his cellular phone …
86-year-old woman dies days after being hit by truck
86-year-old, Gudelia Estevez, passed away early this morning at her home in Belize City, twelve days after she was hit by a vehicle. The grandmother and her 8-year-old, grandson, Nikolai Tun, were knocked down as she was taking him to St. Ignatius Primary School just after eight o’clock on the morning of February 22. It …
Police top brass say officer commended for braking student brawl at football match
The Minister of National Security John Saldivar has confirmed that the man who pulled out a firearm and fired shots during a brawl at the Isidoro Beaton Stadium in Belmopan were off duty police officers. It happened on Monday night during a football match between students of Galen University and the University of Belize. A …
Mayor Bernard Wagner reflects on first year in office
It has been one year since the People’s United Party, PUP, garnered sufficient votes to unseat United Democratic Party, UDP, from City Hall, breaking the UDP’s winning streak. Mayor Bernard Wagner told Love News that one of their major accomplishments in their first year is the repairing of streets. Bernard Wagner Mayor of Belize: “Stand …
15 police officers awarded for bravery in line of duty
It was all good and positive news from the police today as they inaugurated a much needed police booth in the Port Loyola Area in Belize City and, in a separate event, the high command recognized the outstanding work of police officers. The police booth, located along Central American Boulevard is a twelve by fourteen …
Carnaval in San Pedro and Court in Belize City
Oy yesterday was a long, long long long day. An early morning golf cart ride to town, 1.5 hour water taxi to Belize City for a 10:30am court date. It is the very first stage in the Cayo Rosario matter. And I’ll leave it at that.
But please note – if you ever go to court in Belize City, you will not be allowed in the court room without covered shoulders. I had to run across the street to buy a sweater.
Here are all my pictures from yesterday. Starting with Carnaval in San Pedro, the remains of Day 2…
My Eight Craziest Adventure Tours In Belize
Belize is full of adventure. Such a small country but you can be at the Second Largest Reef in the world on one day and then spelunking deep within a limestone cave the next.
There are so many different tours and trips that you can take on your trip to Belize – some more popular and some very customized and personal. Here is a list of some of the craziest adventure tours I’ve been on.
For such a chicken, I’m getting better and better at this stuff!
1. Rappelling The “Black Hole” Drop
2. Night Snorkeling
3. Natural Waterslide At Cockscomb Jaguar Preserve
4. Ziplining Belize’s Longest Zip Line and Waterfall Rappelling at Bocawina Park
5. Climbing to The Top of The Tallest Building at Lamanai and then Coming Down
6. The Belize Zoo
7. Diving or Snorkeling the Great Blue Hole
8. THE ATM CAVE
Besotted with Belize: Top reasons to visit the Central American gem
Despite its impressive Mayan ruins and inviting climate, bite-sized Belize has long been overshadowed by Mexico and Costa Rica for sun seekers looking for an affordable winter escape.
Recently, however, an influx of new hotels and airlines adding non-stop flights to Belize seem to be a clear signal that the country's status as an under-the-radar retreat won't last much longer. Now's the time to check out what this tropical haven has to offer before the buzz on Belize gets even bigger. Whether you're an amateur archaeologist, an animal lover, an adrenaline junkie or a sand-and-surf devotee, here are some of the top things to do in Belize.
Archaeologists Discover "Elixir Of Immortality" In Ancient Chinese Tomb
Bottoms up! Archaeologists in China have discovered a 2,000-year-old bronze pot that contains a yellow liquid once believed to be an “elixir of immortality.” Although, as the concoction was discovered in the tomb of a dead person, it’s presumably not very effective.
When the vessel was first unearthed back in October 2018, researchers assumed the yellowish liquid was an alcoholic drink as it had an "aroma of wine." However, further research showed that the 3.5 liters of liquid is actually made of potassium nitrate and alunite, just like the ancient recipes for the “immortality elixir” written about in an ancient Taoist text.
"It is the first time that mythical 'immortality medicines' have been found in China," Shi Jiazhen, head of the Institute of Cultural Relics and Archaeology in Luoyang, told Xinhua.
The 5 Best Beaches Of The World
Who doesn’t want a break from the mundane life and just vanish to a stunning and peaceful place amidst water, tiny and pretty marine animals? There is so much to explore in this ‘small’ world. Nature presents us ‘n’ number of beaches with azure water which are undoubtedly romantic as well as adventurous getaways.
Here we present before you a list of 5 top recommended beaches for marine lovers:-
Ambergris Caye, Belize:
Belize’s largest island, Ambergris Caye ranks pretty high when one thinks of luxurious beaches on Earth. You can witness blue aqua water till the horizon and tons of beautiful white sand spread over miles.
Cuello Mayan Ruins
Excavated by archaeologist Norman Hammond and his team from 1975 to the late 1980s, Cuello has become a conundrum for the scholastic community. When Hammond first published radiocarbon dates for the Cuello site, the discovery mired the fields of Mesoamerican Archaeology and Mayan Studies in a deep controversy: it was, according to the data, the oldest Mayan site excavated to date.
Many scholars were quick to dismiss the report as inaccurate, and several more were, at the very least, hesitant to accept the findings as valid. An alternative method of dating the site was also employed, which involved analyzing the ceramics found and placing the site within a distinct technological “phase” based on similar pottery found at other sites. This, however, only deepened the mystery of Cuello’s age, as the results from the relative dating of the ceramics were mixed. Debate over the approximate age of Cuello still persists, with estimates ranging from 2600 BC to 1200 BC.
Neither Monsters, Nor Extraterrestrials: What They Found at the Bottom of the Great Blue Hole of Belize
The researchers observed that the hole is divided into three “layers”, each with different characteristics. The most superficial looks like the typical Caribbean waters, but then as the depth increases, the water stops being crystal clear. “It’s like going through clouds or smoke,” said Price.
In the deepest layer there is no light or oxygen, so they could observe species that had fallen there and had been preserved , in addition to the mysterious traces “In the hole itself there is not much life, because there is not much exchange of water, “Price said. However, they were able to observe some sharks . The mission also served to create a 3D map of the hole.
BPM calls on prime minister to back off from judiciary
In a recent statement to the media, the prime minister of Belize the Honorable Dean Oliver Barrow, called out and publicly excoriated Senior Justice Courtenay Abel for what he described as “ruling against the Government of Belize over and over and over again.”
The prime minister went on to state that the Senior Justice had on more than one occasion humiliated legal officers representing the government to the extent that those officers feel intimidated by him. According to the prime minister he has lodged a complaint with the chief justice against the senior justice Abel.
The Museum of Belize and the Belize Audubon Society - The Bird Taxidermy Exhibit, 24min. The Museum of Belize and the Belize Audubon Society have found a unique way to collaborate to promote bird watching locally. The Bird Taxidermy Exhibit is open now at the Museum. We spoke with the organizing team about the exhibit. We also talked to Dr. Stephen Zitzer, Taxidermist, about the process of immortalizing the birds for education and conservation work. On our couch:
Dr. Stephen Zitzer - Taxidermist.
Alexis Salazar - Director, Museum of Belize.
Dareece Chuc - Environmental Education and Communications. Director, BAS
The Ministry of Education - Child Stimulation Month, 28min. There are currently over 7000 children enrolled in preschools across the country. March is celebrated as Child Stimulation Month The Ministry of Education sets this time aside to focus on how important it is for children to learn via play activities. When these activities are developmentally appropriate they allow for children to learn important life skills and reach critical milestones in their development. We spoke with MOE representatives about the activities planned for this month. On set:
Lurleen Betson - Early Childhood Education Officer, QADS.
Nadera Ross - Early Childhood Education Officer - QADS.
The Ministry of Agriculture - Belize Agriculture Information Management Systems (BAIMS), 44min. There are quite a few developments happening in the agricultural sector.The Ministry of Agriculture is currently doing a census to map and inform the Belize Agriculture Information Management Systems (BAIMS). The intention is for it to function as a repository for data to inform decision-making in the sector. We spoke with MOA representatives about these developments. They shared that the key to growth in the sector is to improve quality and consistency of local products for international markets. On set:
Jose Alpuche - CEO, Ministry of Agriculture. Fisheries, Forestry and Environment.
Milagro Matus - Policy Analyst, Ministry of Agriculture.
BELIZE SUNSET, 4min.
International Womens Day 2019, 1min. International Womens Day is our moment to embrace change. Are you game to find innovative ways to advance gender equality?
Belize City Council Anniversary, 35min.
Update - John Briceno - Leader People's United Party, 40min.
Animal medical Center - Canine Distemper Outbreak, 22min.
2019 Belize Sailing, 40min.
The Burning of Don Juan Carnaval, 9min.
Caye Caulker (Belize), 6.5min. Caye Caulker with G-Adventures as part of the Mayan Sun trip. The three days included sailing and snorkeling in the Hol Chan Marine Reserve.
BELIZE Part 1: Hit the Ground Running, 5min. Part 1 of 6-part series about a winter vacation to the rainforest of Belize. Includes a visit to the Belize Zoo and arrival at Chaa Creek Macal River Camp.
Police Check Point, 60min.
Nocturnally active Gibnut (Cuniculus paca) – along with leaf-cutter ants!, .5min. Gibnuts, also known as Pacas, are ground-dwelling and herbivorous rodents who are, also somtimes, seen during the day. Pacas eat fallen fruits, leaves, buds and flowers.
They have large hind limbs, small fore arms, and cone-shaped bodies. We must mention that Gibnuts are also excellent swimmers and prefer to be near water. They can dive too – sometimes even submerged for 15 minutes when feeling threatened.
These important seed disperses are not allowed to be hunted from December to May. This helps with the survival of this game species.