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The San Pedro Sun

Island’s incinerator still awaits installation
In July 2018, two months after the incinerator arrived on the island, the San Pedro Town Council (SPTC) told The San Pedro Sun that it was going to build a facility near a five-acre property south of the island. This building would house the incinerator and a freezer for the morgue. However, no plans have been forthcoming for the building of this facility, and in the meantime, the polyclinic continues to dispose of their biomedical waste by either burying it or burning it in the open.

San Pedro Invaders crushed by Verdes Rebels 8-0
Week five of the National Amateur Women’s League (NAWL) Closing Season 2019 saw yet another devastating loss for the San Pedro Invaders. The island team was defeated in a home game at the Ambergris Stadium against Verdes Rebels on Saturday, March 9th. This latest match, which ended in an 8-0 score, leaves the Invaders at the bottom of the tournament standing, with only two points overall. For their next match, San Pedro Invaders will be traveling to Corozal Town to face Corozal Scorpions on Sunday, March 17th. The game is scheduled to begin at 4PM at the Ricalde Stadium.

Island Preschoolers host Art Exhibition in San Pedro Town
As part of Child Stimulation Month activities, island preschoolers organized an art exhibit under this year’s theme: “Hug me, Listen to me, Read with me, Help me Grow!” at the San Pedro House of Culture (SPHC) from Wednesday, March 13th to Thursday, March 14th. Participants included the San Pedro Preschool, ABC Preschool, Isla Bonita Preschool, San Pedro Shining Stars Preschool, Brighter Tomorrow Preschool, Holy Cross Preschool and Little Angel’s Preschool.

Health authorities on high alert after reported cases of Measles in the region
Recent reports of Measles cases in the region have prompted Belizean health authorities to heighten surveillance on any signs of the highly contagious disease. The Ministry of Health (MOH) raised the alarm after informed of a positive case of Measles in nearby Guatemala, apparently imported to that country from Europe. On Ambergris Caye, the situation is being monitored as well, and islanders are advised that if they are not fully immunized or are not sure of their immunity status, to visit the Dr. Otto Rodriguez San Pedro Polyclinic II to get the Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR) vaccine for safe and life-long protection against the disease.

Belize rejects being placed on EU list of non-cooperative jurisdiction for tax purposes
The announcement was made on Tuesday, March 12th, in Brussels, Belgium, identifying Belize as failing to meet agreed tax good governance standards. The Government of Belize (GOB) was quick to respond via an official statement, rejecting the designation of Belize on the said list. GOB raised concerns about the questionable and inaccurate conclusions drawn in respect of its obligation to work with its global partners in establishing a modern and fair international tax framework.

Ambergris Today

Stabbing And Chopping Incident At Caye Caulker
Caye Caulker Police are investigating a stabbing and chopping incident where two males received injuries during an altercation with another male individual. According to reports on Thursday, March 14, 2019 at about 6:00 p.m., police visited the Caye Caulker Polyclinic where they found Julian ‘Tito’ Rosado suffering from several chop wounds and a severed middle finger and Lahji Rosado with stab wounds.

Plans Ongoing To Connect Caye Caulker To Mainland Electrical Grid
Belize Electricity Limited has completed the Caye Caulker Feasibility Study to confirm the economic and social benefits, and the environmental impact of installing a submarine cable to connect Caye Caulker to the national electricity grid. This means that the company is interested in improving its services to the growing island.

Misc Belizean Sources


La Isla Carinosa Academy BBQ Fundraiser
LICA fundraiser! Kindly support our school and children. March 16th, Central Park Caye Caulker

Happy Agriculture Day!
In commemoration of Agriculture Day, we feature our Fulbright Scholar Bruce Hicks, who is partnering with University of Belize, Central Farm UBCF to enhance agricultural production across Belize!

Boeing 737 Max 8's
Many of the airlines flying to Belize use Boeing 737 Max 8's. Flights in and out of Belize are being disrupted as all these aircraft are now grounded. If you are flying in the next couple of days, then I would advise you to check with your airline.

Full transcript of the Prime Minister's Budget Speech for the Fiscal Year 2019/2020
Madam Speaker, I rise to present to this Honourable House and to the nation my Administration’s Budget for the Fiscal Year 2019/20. This is our twelfth National Budget, each one conscientiously crafted, sometimes in difficult circumstances, to increase investment and propel development. This while always ensuring that necessary fiscal risk-taking does not balloon into irresponsible fiscal excess. We have sought to maintain essential stability even as we pushed boundaries in our crusade for national betterment. In the end, then, we have never deteriorated into adventurism, And balance and equilibrium have ultimately been our watchwords.

Mr. Roger Martinez passes away
RIP Roger. It was always nice to eat your delicious food in Caye Caulker!!!

ICJ Forum at the Lions Den March 21
Are you prepared to make an informed decision on April 10th? Learn more about the ICJ Referendum at this free public forum on March 21st. We are proud to sponsor a public forum on the ICJ Referendum with a host of expert opinions on both sides of this historic decision. Please join us for a very informative evening!

Delivery of Voter’s Identification Cards to Villages
The Elections and Boundaries Department hereby notifies electors that Elections and Boundaries personnel will be distributing Identification Cards in the below-listed villages for those persons whose applications were accepted in the months of JULY and AUGUST, 2018 and subsequently approved at revision court. Furthermore, Elections and Boundaries Registration Offices will also be opened countrywide to facilitate the issuance of Identification Cards on the 16th, 23rd, and 30th, March and on April 6, 2019, between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Mrs Vilma Romero Exhibit
She is an amazing woman that has contributed so much and inspires all future female artists. Mrs Vilma Romero. Arte con Voz de Mujer exhibit.

Belize Band Fest 2019 Most Popular Band Voting

Pool Day at Escuela Secundaria Tecnica Mexico School grounds
Saturday and Sunday

Please join us for a fun afternoon of Bingo called by our very own Teamous Newberne! DATE: WEDNESDAY, MARCH 27. TIME: 2:00 TO 4:00 PM. PLACE: JAM ROCK. There will be cash prizes, as well as other great prizes. 100% of the funds we raise goes to CAP! Hope to see you there!

Inspiring Belizean women blazing trails!
Chargé d'Affaires, a. i. Keith Gilges and the Embassy's Michelle Carrasco were honored to share the stage for a picture. Congrats to Amb Carlos Quesnel and his team for putting on this great event! Special thanks to key speakers Amb. Joy Grant, Governor of the Central Bank of Belize, CEO Sharon Young, Min. Labour, Local Government & Rural Development, and Cynthia Yacab Williams, Executive Director of the The National Women's Commission for her role as moderator.

Channel 7

PUP Asks Chief Justice For Injunction Against ICJ Referendum
The ICJ Referendum is only 26 days away - but today the PUP asked the Supreme Court to stop the government from going ahead with the referendum. Eamon Courtenay's law firm filed the claim last week Wednesday, and Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin heard their application today.   It is built on the legal opinion of attorneys: Anthony Sylvestre, Richard "Dickie" Bradley, and Kareem Musa. They argue that the 2008 Special Agreement is not in conformity with Belize's constitution.  They say that the Government signed this agreement transferring authority to the ICJ to change Belize's borders, if they should decide that Guatemala is entitled to any of Belize's territory. The argument is that Government should have taken this to the House of Representatives and the Senate, since changing Belize's borders means amending the Belize constitution. PUP area reps Michael Espat, Oscar Requeña, Rodwell Ferguson, Julius Espat and Cordel Hyde, are named as the claimants in the legal challenge.

Bahamian's Escape From Extradition
Last night, we told you about the appeal that the Bahamians, Rohn Knowles and Kelvin Leach, filed in the Court of Appeal. They were trying to block the Government from carrying out extradition proceedings against them, on behalf of the US Government. Well, the news coming out of the Appeal Court tonight is major: they were successful. They will not be extradited to the US to face trial for allegation of securities fraud. The Court of Appeal has ruled that whatever evidence the US has against them was obtained unlawfully. As we told you, their attorneys, Eamon Courtenay and Leslie Mendez argued yesterday that the US Government violated Belize's Interception of Communications Act, because they did not have authority from the Supreme Court to conduct telephone surveillance against Knowles and Leach.

Police Puzzle Over Skull
Tonight, police are puzzling over the discovery of a human skull in a field between Los Lagos and Bacab - off he Northern Highway.   It was found this afternoon when some Bacab workers were clearing an area after a bushfire.  The skull was on the ground and was not buried.   Not much about it is known tonight - but the police scenes of crime team have taken it for a post mortem to be conducted on Monday.  That  may reveal some clues on whether it is a male or female skull and how long ago it was deposited there.  No other body parts were found.

PM Barrow's 12th Budget is Big On Infrastructure
Today was budget day in Belmopan - which is always the most important day on he parliamentary calendar because it's when government introduces the revenue and appropriations bill - which is what gives the government its power to tax and spend.   But, it also gives the ruling party an opportunity showcase its development projects and boast and beam about what it has done and what it promises to do.  Jules Vasquez reports on this morning's presentation: In his 12th budget presentation - Prime Minister didn't quite reach for the stars. 

Briceno Blasts Budget
But, opposition leader John Briceno isn't waiting those 10 days to tear into it.  He said the budget is flat and uninspired:... Hon. John Briceno - Leader of the Opposition: "We know what's going on with all of these projects, that is why more and more people are referring to this government as the kick back government. In effect this is a kick back budget, there's nothing for the productive sector, there is nothing for our ordinary citizens of this country. When you think about it, this government has spent approximately 11 billion dollars and ask yourself, are we better off today? Has poverty gone down? Has crime gone down? Has unemployment gone down? Has productivity gone up? By all the metrics that you take, this is a government that has failed the Belizean people. This budget is an empty budget that was presented today to the Belizean people."

PUP Does Not Support Loans For Highway Mega Projects
And, two of those major infrastructural projects went to the house today.  That's the 36 million US dollar CDB loan for the Coastal Highway project and the 20 million US dollar loan for phase 2 of the Caracol Road project.  The Opposition Leader said it's too much money to spend on roads when there are so many other needs: Hon. John Briceno - Leader of the Opposition: "They are saying that this amount right now is just covering 64% of this portion of the road. So they have to borrow another 36%, that 36% Madam Speaker is another 11,250,000 US dollars that has to be borrowed yet. There are so many other pressing needs in this country Madam Speaker. Look at our small farmers, we need to be able to assist them Madam Speaker..."

Maya's Actually Pleased About Progress in Customary Land Rights Case
The Government of Belize and the Indigenous Maya of Southern Belize are finally starting o see eye to eye on how to implement Maya Customary land tenure in Toledo.
You'll remember that up until about 4 or 5 months ago, the Mayan claimants were complaining bitterly to the public and to the judges of the Caribbean Court of Justice that years after the 2015 consent order was finalized, the Government and its Maya Land Rights Commission have done very little to implement the judgement. Well, the tone was very different today in a teleconference hearing with the CCJ, which is overseeing the process of making Maya land rights a real thing that is respected at the Lands Department. The Maya went to court today to tell the judges that finally, measurable progress has been made, since they last reported to the court.

Verris Vindicated
A man got off a murder charge today. Verris Ventura was facing a murder charge in relation to the May 2018 killing of Jason Sutherland. Well, Ventura got off that murder charge when he appeared today before Senior Magistrate Tricia Pitts Anderson. She told him that the charge against him has been withdrawn on a directive from the office of the Director of Public Prosecution due to insufficient evidence. Sutherland was shot and killed inside his yard. Reports are that the gunman went to Sutherland pretending to buy weed from him. When Sutherland got the marijuana, the gunman took out his firearm and shot him several times in his abdomen and back. Ventura was not represented in court today. 

The Plastic Phase Out Countdown Begins
Last week we told you about the Draft Environmental Protection Regulation. Well today, the Department of the Environment heard comments and answered questions from the main stakeholders who will be affected by the phase out action plan. The consultation was held at the Radisson this morning and we dropped by to find out more about the regulation and what it means for manufacturers and consumers. Maxine Monsanto - Environmental Officer, Environmental Law and Policy Unit: "Today is a national consultation with stakeholder on the draft Environmental Protection Pollution from plastics regulation 2019. The objective today is honestly a two-way flow consultation..."

Adjusting IBC Regs To Keep Up with the EU
As we've been reporting this week, Belize has been blacklisted by the European Union for its offshore banking regulations.  These same regulations had been approved by the EU in January - but now, local industry insiders are saying - the Europeans have shifted the goalposts.  So today, two pieces of legislation amending the International Business Companies At and he International Financial Services Commission Act had to be rushed through he house.  The Prime Minister explained why in his budget presentation: Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow - Prime Minister: "The European Union's Code of Conduct Group found that Belize's IBC regimes still contained harmful tax features. They demanded, under pain of being "black-listed", more action on the part of Belize..."

Putting Women's Contributions In Perspective
Everyday should be women's day: that's the idea that inspired the Mexican Cultural Institute to host a talk on the empowerment of women in their professional development. Here is more from the event. Women's month continues with more activities next week.

CITCO Rebrands
If you've passed by the Downtown Commercial Center recently, you would have noticed that the renovation works on it are moving apace, and it is expected that the Belize City Council will be able to move in and utilize the new building in a few weeks. And to match the new color scheme of the Commercial Center, the Council is engaging in a rebranding effort. They want to remove the PUDP party colors out of the image of the council. The City Administrator granted an interview to the press and she discussed the Commercial Center, and this rebranding at City Hall:

Legendary Historian and Educator J. Alexander Won't Vote in Referendum
Noted educator and historian, the 89 year old J. Alexander Bennet will not be able to vote in the April 10th referendum. The cutoff date for registration passed earlier this week - and after months of being unable to find his records at the Vital Stats unit - the news his family did get was not good - and they chose not to re-register him.  Here's why:

Channel 5

Interim Injunction of the April Referendum; Chief Justice Sets Hearing for April First
The courtroom of Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin was overflowing this morning with attorneys and claimants. Five parliamentarians and a deputy party leader of the P.U.P. are asking the court to [...]

Cordel Hyde: FM Elrington Signed Compromis without Permission
Deputy Party Leader Anthony Mahler and parliamentarians Michael Espat, Oscar Requeña, Rodwell Ferguson, Julius Espat and Cordel Hyde are bringing the claim against the Prime Minister, the Minister of Foreign [...]

Depending on International Funding, while Spending on Unnecessary Projects
The P.U.P.’s Cordel Hyde was also critical of the financing of the education campaign. He says the government has gone hat in hand to the international community, while it spent [...]

Flip Flopping over Position on I.C.J. Referendum
Attorney Lisa Shoman appeared on behalf of the government today in the case brought by the P.U.P.  Shoman has been a party supporter having served as Ambassador, Senator and Minister [...]

Ron Knowles and Kelvin Leach Beat Extradition Request
Before parliamentarians appeared in the Supreme Court, over at the Court of Appeal, a major decision was handed down. The court ruled in favour of Bahamian nationals Ron Knowles and [...]

The 2019/2020 National Budget is Unveiled in Parliament
The budget for the new financial year that begins on April first, was read today by Prime Minister Dean Barrow in the House of representatives where a number of seats [...]

Increased Cost of Living Continues to Affect Recurrent Expenditure
Government’s wage bill continues to be the single largest budget item as far as its recurrent expenditure, surpassing the cost of goods and services by as much as one hundred [...]

PM and John Briceño Mutual on Recent EU Blacklisting
The Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition don’t often see eye-to-eye on national issues, but the recent blacklisting of Belize by the European Union has both political leaders [...]

John Briceño on P.U.P. Legal Challenge
While five P.U.P. area representatives were in Supreme Court this morning as claimants in the legal challenge brought about by the opposition, Party Leader John Briceño was in Belmopan for [...]

Looking at the Mess at Vital Stats
Attorney General Michael Peyrefitte cried foul a few weeks ago when footage of a well-known U.D.P. operative behind a desk at the Vital Statistics Department surfaced on Vibes Media.  The [...]

Progress in Maya Land Tenure Policy
It’s been three years since the Caribbean Court of Justice handed down a decision against the government in favour of communal land rights of the Maya people in thirty-eight indigenous [...]

How Will the Indigenous Maya Communities in the South Vote on April 10th?
The Maya people in the south have been engaged for twenty years in the process of litigation as it relates to their communal land rights. So when it comes to [...]

Accused Murderer Freed
A charge of murder was withdrawn today against twenty-four-year-old Verris Ventura of Belize City at the instructions of the Office of the D.P.P.  He was accused of the May third, [...]

D.O.E. Hosts Plastic Ban Legislation Consultation
Last year the government announced that it wants to reduce plastic and Styrofoam pollution through the phasing out of single-use plastic shopping bags and Styrofoam as well as plastic food [...]

CARICOM Issues a Strong Statement against Canada; Does Not Recognize Juan Guaido
CARICOM today issued a very strong and rare statement against the Government of Canada. It says that Canada’s Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau attempted to create a direct link between self-proclaimed [...]

CitCo Ready to Move to New Headquarters but Furnishings are Still Outstanding
A few weeks ago, we showed you the newly renovated downtown commercial centre which will house City Hall. At the time, Mayor Bernard said the council was facing challenges in [...]

CitCo Unveils a New Look
The City Council today also had a soft launch of the new brand for the council. Those changes to the brand are reflected in the colour schemes use throughout the [...]

New Security Protocols Implemented at Assembly Building
An alleged bomb threat on Independence Hill recently has prompted strict security measures to be implemented for persons entering the National Assembly Building.  The new protocols extend to members of [...]

Mexican Embassy Hosts Women’s Empowerment Session
All month long there have been several events across the country to celebrate women’s contributions to society and history. Today, the Mexican Embassy held an empowerment session at the Mexican [...]


Deadly bar argument leaves 2 dead
Around 6 o’clock last night, a young man’s life was tragically ended when an argument in a bar ended with him being stabbed in the neck with a broken bottle. In a turn of events, however, his alleged killer fled on a motorcycle with a friend who had been in the bar, but then crashed his motorcycle, critically injuring himself and killing his friend. The tragic chain of events began in Punta Gorda Town when the murder victim, Luis Cabrera, 18, who resides in the town, got into an altercation in the bar with Alexander Ruiz, 37, of Trio Village in the Toledo District, who was also drinking in the bar.

After 1 year and 2 months, no Senate Report on the Immigration Department hearing
On September 30, 2016, the Senate approved a motion for a Senate Select Committee to conduct an impartial, independent investigation into the findings of the Auditor General’s Report on the Immigration and Nationality Department for the period 2011 to 2013. The period of the Auditor General’s Report also covers the Won Kim passport scandal and Elvin Penner, who was the Minister of State in the Immigration Department at the time of that scandal, was one of the persons called to testify at the Senate hearings.

19-year-old stabbed to death in San Pedro
The body of a 19-year-old man was found last night in San Pedro at around 11 o’clock, making this the second murder for the island for 2019. Police say that they were alerted to a murder on Blake Street, and when they arrived, they found the body of Horace Cadle, Jr., with stab wounds in the right side of the chest and the left side of the neck. Cadle was dressed in a grey T-shirt and red and grey knee-length pants.

Andrew Willoughby gets 18 years for murder of boy, 11
Andrew Willoughby, 38, who was convicted of the murder of Daniel Matura, 11, was sentenced to life imprisonment today by Madam Justice Marilyn Williams. She told him that he would be eligible for parole in 25 years, and after she took into consideration the time he has spent on remand, which commenced on May 23, 2012, she made a deduction from his sentence, which was reduced to 18 years. Before she decided on the sentence, Justice Williams heard pleas for mitigation from four character witnesses, and also Willoughby and his attorney, Leeroy Banner.
The United States Department of State has released its 2018 Human Rights Report, and some 22 pages of the report cover human rights issues in Belize. The report highlights unlawful killings by security officers; allegations of corruption on the part of government officials and crimes involving violence directed against LGBTI persons; as well as trafficking in persons and child labor. In Section 1 of the report, which deals with Freedom from Arbitrary Deprivation of Life and Other Unlawful or Politically Motivated Killings, an extra-judicial killing in Punta Gorda involving a police officer was mentioned

Creating a home for women in need
Thistle Farms, in Tennessee, is a home for women who are survivors of human trafficking, prostitution, and addiction. It has helped many women, and its sister communities around the world have helped even more. Now, a similar home for women coming out of prison is coming to Belize and will be called Aunty’s Place. The establishment of Aunty’s Place is still in the works, and the founder of Thistle Farms, Becca Stevens, is currently in Belize, working with Virginia Echols, host of “Moments of Inspiration” on KREM Radio. They have already visited the prison and today they held a workshop to move forward with the idea. In its inception, Aunty’s Place will be located in Hattieville and will cater to four women.

91st Baron Bliss Harbour Regatta
On Sunday, March 10, Belize City Harbour was the venue of the 91st Baron Bliss Regatta under the patronage of Governor General His Excellency Sir Colville Young. Principal Race Officer was Captain (N) Elton Bennett, and Signal Officer Lt (jg) Hernandez of the Belize Coast Guard. Safety and Course Management was also by Belize Coast Guard. The weather provided a steady 22kt wind from the south east. The usual traditional course is set at the shallower northern edge of the harbor, and the waves spawned in the deeper part of the harbor were arriving white-capped and rolling.

Cricket Corner
Hello, my so humble readers of my cricket column! No games were played last weekend. The games continue this Saturday and Sunday. It’s going to be a fun filled weekend. Best of luck to all. For this weekend, the scheduled games are as follows:

Week 5 results; National Women’s League 1st round ends
Week 5 games this past weekend completed the 1st round of competition in the Football Federation of Belize’s (FFB) National Amateur Women’s League (NAWL) 2018-2019 Closing Season. There are 12 teams in the NAWL, 6 in each group, North (N) and South (S); and after the 2nd round is completed, the top 4 teams from each group will go on to knockout quarterfinal series. Four of the six Week 5 games were played on Saturday, and two on Sunday.

Verdes bombs Police, re-takes standings lead at Week 9 of PLB 2018-2019 Closing Season
It was the anticipated “game of the week” when 2nd place Verdes FC hosted 4th ranked Police United FC at the Norman Broaster Stadium on Sunday, but it turned out to be a one-sided affair, as the short-staffed (due to suspensions and injuries) Police United squad was trashed, 5-nil, by Verdes, who are now back on top in the standings. (See standings below.) In a most competitive PLB Closing Season, Verdes last led the standings back in Week 5, after which the lead changed to Bandits in Week 6, and then to San Pedro Pirates for consecutive Weeks 7 and 8.

Editorial: Looking at environmental aspects of Stake Bank Project during REEF WEEK
The Oceana website says the objective of Reef Week, an annual celebration of all things marine started by the organization in 2013, is “to raise awareness of the pivotal role the Barrier Reef plays in Belizean lives and livelihood.” The Stake Bank Project is of substantial concern in relation to the reef. Our observation is that this project will need special monitoring by the authorities, for the protection of the environment and the good of all involved. Most Belizeans have welcomed the Stake Bank project because it will inject a sizable amount of capital into our economy, the estimates ranging from US$50 million to US$82 million when all the phases of the project are complete.

Citizens Defense of Sovereignty – who are they and who pays them?
Are they operating legally? And within the law? So it is rather interesting that there is a non-governmental organization that has as its sole focus the yes-ICJ vote. This NGO is named Citizens Defense of Sovereignty and is headed by Assad Shoman, who has literally been on an all-out campaign to convince voters to vote yes come Referendum Day on 10th April, 2019. Now it is absolutely fascinating to me that an NGO would be formed to do this because it does not fall within any of the definitions and purposes of an NGO.

About the Father of Guatemala
Historians who are not nice – there are a few of those bigoted bums – introduce Rafael Carrera, the Father of Guatemala, as an illiterate pig farmer. When I was a boy there were no “credentials” for a fisherman, but my mother didn’t buy into that. My maternal grandfather died when I was a baby in my mother’s arms, so most everything I know about him is what my mother told me. She said he was a fisherman, a farmer, and a scholar. My mother had an uncle who was a fisherman too. I can’t give myself any props for having the utmost respect for fisherfolk. The thanks go to the way I was brought up. I’ve been a full-time fisherman a few years in my life too.

Shining some light on the number of Belizeans in the United States
We are living in an era in which immigrants in the United States are being cast as violent criminals, refugees as terrorists, and the border as being in desperate need of a wall. The administration in Washington has painted a grim picture of immigrants and the mantra of American immigration is no longer “Give me, your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.” President Trump and his Republican allies are proposing immigration changes that are in direct contradiction to bedrock principles of the American immigration system.

Supreme Court responds to public criticism of judge by PM Barrow
Two weeks ago, as he addressed the Business Forum in Belize City, Prime Minister Dean Barrow unleashed a series of comments that were critical of Supreme Court Justice Courtenay Abel, which prompted the Opposition, the People’s United Party, to describe him in a Belize Times headline as being “in contempt of court.” Today, from the Supreme Court, the Chief Justice issued a press release on the matter.

EU lists Belize as “non-cooperative jurisdiction for tax purposes”
At a meeting of the European Union economy and finance ministers held on Tuesday, Belize was among 9 other countries that were placed on the list of countries listed as “non-cooperative jurisdictions for tax purposes.” Belize had failed to meet the agreed good governance standards. The other countries on the EU list are Aruba, Barbados, Bermuda, Dominica, Fiji, Marshall Islands, Oman, United Arab Emirates, and Vanuatu. The countries on the list had up to the end of December last year to comply with the EU taxation stipulations and their domestic laws were monitored to ensure compliance, an EU press release said on Tuesday.

John Bennett, 38, dies in accident on George Price Highway
John Bennett, 38, died in a traffic accident that occurred around 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 10, between Miles 6 and 7 on the George Price Highway. When police arrived on the scene, they saw Bennett’s body with multiple injuries on it and a red motorcycle not too far away. A Ford Explorer and the person who had been driving it, Anthony Grant, age unknown, were in the middle of the road.

Daniel Myvett, 27, beats murder charge
Daniel Myvett, 27, charged with the murder of Nigerian security guard Kimaru Olungandudu, walked out of the court of Justice Colin Williams a free man today when Justice Williams granted a permanent stay of execution for his case. Based on submissions that were made by Myvett’s attorney, Leeroy Banner, Justice Williams had ordered that the Crown provide submissions as to why there was a delay in the retrial of Myvett. Justice Williams, in his ruling, said that there was non-compliance by the Crown with the order of the court, and that the criminal procedure rules give a timeline for retrials and the timeline for Myvett’s retrial had long since elapsed.

The Reporter

Supreme Court Grants PUP Leave to Challenge ICJ Referendum
=The Supreme Court of Belize today granted the PUP leave to challenge the holding of the ICJ Referendum on April 10th […]

Missing Boat Found Near Mapp Caye
Friday, March 15, 2019 Two months ago the family of Evan Neal, 43, along with Police and Coast Guard personnel launched an extensive search at sea for him and another […]

Explosive Testimony Links Mason et al To Lucas Beheading
The trial of the decade – the Mason murder trial – got underway on Tuesday, and by the close of today, had seen eight persons take the witness stand for […]

EDITORIAL – March 15th. 2019
By Mr. Henry Lawrence – Guatemala’s revised Constitution of 1951 claimed the whole of Belize as her 23rd Province, and even though she professed that she wanted to settle the […]

By Jordan Craig – A column by Citizens for the Defense of Sovereignty (CDS) Victory is awaiting Belize at the ICJ. For decades, we endured futile negotiations and resisted the […]

Belize Not Paying Petro-Caribe Loan
Belize is unable to service its debt to Venezuela, believed to be close to half a billion dollars, by way of the now defunct PetroCaribe program due to international sanctions […]

Accused Drug Traffickers Secure Bail
This week two men who were busted by Police with a knapsack loaded with cocaine at the Ranchito Municipal Airstrip in Corozal have been able to secure Supreme Court bail […]

For Love…Not Just a Living
Sliced bread is for many the quickest, easiest means to breakfast or supper because they are readily available at most shops and supermarkets; but people who prefer the more traditional […]

Stabbing In Belize City – Chadwick Tingling In Hospital
There are reports that a man identified as Chadwick Tingling was stabbed a short while ago on Frederick Street in Belize City. Multiple sources say he was stabbed in the […]

Elderly Woman Shot In Ladyville
Police are investigating a shooting in Ladyville which has left an elderly woman, 70, with a gunshot wound to the shoulder. According to reports Margaret Elijio was at home on […]

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Body of man found in the river near ‘Mennonite beach’ in Spanish Lookout
The body of a man was found a short while ago in the river near ‘Mennonite […]

Police: A woman was shot in Ladyville last night
Police are investigating a shooting incident that occurred last night in Ladyville, Belize. Around 10:20 last […]

Elections and Boundaries inform of ID delivery to Villages
The Elections and Boundaries Department hereby is notifying electors that Elections and Boundaries personnel will be […]

2019-2020 budget avoids new taxes, P.M. hails economic rebound
Prime Minister Dean Barrow and his Government colleagues were incautiously celebratory mood this morning in Belmopan, as […]

Traffic accident claims life of 1 man; several others injured
A man lost his life as a result of a traffic accident that occurred last night on […]

2 men stabbed in Caye Caulker
Police are investigating a stabbing incident that occurred last night. According to reports, police were called […]

Leader of the Opposition calls Budget “empty”
The General Revenue and Appropriation Bill 2019 will be more fully debated on Monday, March 25th and […]

San Pedro House of Culture to display ‘ RefugiARTe ’ Exhibition
The National Institute of Culture and History (NICH), through the Museum of Belize and the San Pedro […]

National Assembly to adopt a security policy
At the start of this morning’s meeting of the House of Representatives in Belmopan, Speaker of the […]

Parliament to approve loan motions for Caracol Road, Coastal Highway and Road Safety Project
In addition to the first and second reading of the General Revenue and Appropriation Bill due later […]

“No independent investigation into Mason is not a good look for GOB,” says BNTU
The Belize National Teachers Union (BNTU) said this week that the Government of Belize’s failure to […]

ComPol commits to daycare center to support female officers
Following up on a list of recommendations given to the department by their female police officers, […]

“Police doing good job of tracking drug planes,” says ComPol
Commissioner of Police (ComPol) Chester Williams said this week that police have scaled up their efforts […]

Man stabbed in Belize City
A man remains hospitalized after he was stabbed on Belize City’s northside. He has since been […]

Woman, 70, shot in Ladyville
Last night a woman was shot in Ladyville, Belize. She has been identified as Margaret Elijio, […]

PUC and Speednet appeal over license fees
The Court of Appeal has reserved judgment in an appeal this week from the Public […]

Six men acquitted of gun charges
Two years ago on January ninth, six occupants of a taxi – five adult males […]


Belize among regional sugar producers disenfranchised on the CARICOM market
The movement of sugar in the CARICOM market continues to disenfranchise regional sugar producers. That is what a press release issued today by the Sugar Association of the Caribbean, SAC, is saying. SAC says that the CARICOM Single Market and Economy, CSME, is quote, “simply not working for the regional sugar industry when the need …

Belize City Council is re-branding its look as it prepares to move into new home
The Belize City Council is rebranding their look, ranging from their offices to their uniforms. Today the council unveiled its new brand at the recently renovated Commercial Centre in Belize City. City Administrator, Stephany Lindo Garbutt, says the new city hall is not quite ready to house the Council staff but as the work continues, …

The PM’s Budget
Prime Minister Dean Barrow presented his budget during today’s presentation in parliament. This budget, according to Barrow, is at one point three billion dollars larger than it was when he first came to power eleven years ago. Jose Sanchez: “The Prime Minister wrote his budget for 2019, 2020 and he feels the economy is doing …

Institute of Mexico celebrates Women’s Month
The Institute of Mexico continues to celebrate women’s month. Today it held an open dialogue titled “women’s empowerment for their professional development. Invited guest speakers were Joy Grant, Governor of the Central Bank of Belize and Sharon Young, CEO in the Ministry of Labor, Local Government and Rural Development. We spoke with Ambassador of Mexico …

Amendments Made to Have Belize Removed from EU Blacklist
Belize was recently placed on the European Union List of Non-Cooperative Jurisdictions for Tax Purposes. The move came as a blow to the Barrow administration as the PM noted today at the Sitting of the House, his Government had made all the right steps towards meeting agreed upon good governance standards. Prime Minister Barrow brought …

Leader of the Opposition doesn’t like Lame Duck Budget
Leader of the Opposition John Briceno was quiet during the budget presentation. However, he stepped outside and spoke to the media about the PM who he referred to as delivering a lame duck presentation. Briceno chided the PM for the millions being spent close to 100 million in principal on roads, money he believes could …

Over 70 Million dollars to transform the Coastal Road
Going south usually means taking the George Price Highway to the Capital, Belmopan and then onto the scenic Hummingbird Highway. In addition to a pleasant drive, the view and clean air are added extras to soak in on the way south. This is in stark contrast with the Coastal Road which sits about mile thirty …

Millions to pave the Road to Caracol
The interest rate on the Coastal Road would be at 4.8 percent per anmum to be paid quarterly for the rehabilitation of 59 kilometers of road. But that was only one of two major roadworks announced. There was also a US $5,941,000 and US $20 million secured from the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development. …


Sweet Oranges are a Belizean Pride!
Along the Hummingbird Highway and through the Southern Highway, lies an area called the Stann Creek Valley. Nestled between breathtaking mountainous terrains, this patch of land is known to be the most fertile in the country. It is here that you find the heart of one of Belize’s main contributors to the agriculture industry, the citrus farms. Rows and rows of orange trees as far as the eye can see, dot the roadsides. The sweet scents emanating for the plantations attract a number of birds and even butterflies, making for a beautiful natural sight. During harvest season, you can see growers hard at work, picking ripe oranges by hand.

Driving To The South Tip of The Island – 25 Miles on Ambergris Caye
Don’t be fooled – Ambergris Caye is a big island. The largest in Belize. Over 25 miles long – and in spots – 3 or 4 miles wide. Yesterday, I went all the way to the south end of the island. A drive that I haven’t taken in YEARS! We left early – early for me. And headed out to drive 25 miles in the golf cart. From our home 7 miles north of San Pedro town (the Mexico Rocks area below) to 5 miles south – the southern tip of the island. The goal was to visit Ambergris Caye’s official Maya site – Marco Gonzalez. But we saw so much more…I decided to hold off a bit on the Maya site and show you my other pictures. 25 miles on Ambergris Caye. The road is in decent shape…so it is only the last mile or so that is rutted and bumpy. This end of the island has a very different…very beachy…feel. There are not many businesses once you get to the 3 mile south marker so fill up with gas and bring some water. Let’s go!


  • Belize Mangrove Paddleboarding Adventure, 4min.

  • LA Ruta Maya Belize River Challenge 2019, 8min. #Belizean Culture, One of the largest and most anticipated events that occurs annually in Belize for the 9th of March weekend, the canoe race starts at banana bank village in the Cayo District and ends in Belize city. The paddlers compete with each other to see who will be the first person to arrive in the old capital Belize City.

  • Belize Grand Caribe Tour, 20min. Belize Grand Caribe Tour, I spent my winter vacation traveling to Belize for the warmer climate and blue waters of the Caribbean Sea. Welcome to the Grand Caribe Resort. This is a tour of the resort.

  • Cruising Belize Bareboat Charter Sailing, 10min. Here is a more detailed look at our bareboat charter in Belize 2017. This was our second trip, first time with friends. We had some serious adverse weather conditions which required us to change our sail plan drastically. We laid up in Placencia Bay for two nights. After a rough sail to Hatchet Cay we ended up staying ashore the second night as they had availability. Our first night aboard, while moored at Hatchet was quit rough, to say the least. Great time with great friends! A true adventure resulting in some great stories. Big winds sailing the off season!

  • Ministry of Spring Bazaar event, 2.5min. Happened Friday at central Park in Corozal. Sorry about no music. They where selling food, snacks, cd's, clothing, bracelets, informational booths and more. Lots of people came out to attend this event in Corozal.

  • A Voyage to Belize: Wildlife, Reefs & Rivers, 24min. Belize & Guatemala on the National Geographic Quest Feb/March 2019. This was the last of 5 (short 5 day trips) By this time we had ironed out the kinks in the itinerary. Port main engine was down the entire season so we exploited the Southern Cayes of Belize and did not venture up to Lighthouse Reef.