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Today's Belize News: March 19, 2019 #535446
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The San Pedro Sun

Fire in San Pablo Area
The San Pedro Fire Department were quick to respond to a call this morning around 11AM in the San Pablo Area of town. Reports are an electrical fire from a faulty fan was extinguished by the residents at home. Fortunately, the damages were minimal.

Ambergris Today

Belikin Beer opening retail store in town
Did you know who is moving into town? Belikin Beer is opening shop soon. Can’t wait to check it out.

RefugiArte: The Refugee Crisis Illustrated By Latin American Artists
The San Pedro House of Culture along with The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) hosted the inauguration of the RefuiARTe Photo Exhibition. The exhibition illustrates the Refugee Crisis as portrayed by several Latin American artists including two from Belize. The RefuigARTe exhibition was first launched in December 2018 at Santa Elena to sensitize to the people of Belize about refugees. For people to become more compassionate to their peers that come from a refugee background.

Arts Exhibit And Sports Day Fun - Child Stimulation Month
Child Stimulation Month is in full swing and pre-schools on the island are busy with activties for their students. They have had many activites including hug days, Show and Tell, Story Times, Arts with Grandparents and much, much more. The San Pedro House of Culture held its first ever Pre-School Arts Exhibition on March 13 & 14. Beautiful arts made by pre-schoolers from different schools were on display. Schools also head a fun Sports Day which included awesome games where parents, students and teachers all participated. Here are a few pictures for your entertainment.

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2019 Spring Equinox Event at Marco Gonzalez
Many people are not aware that an archaeological site is on Ambergris Caye. While there are plenty on the "island", Marco Gonzales stands out. Settled as early as the Preclassic, the site was still occupied well into the Postclassic. This Sunday March 24th, Marco Gonzales hosts a spring equinox celebration. So if you are on Ambergris Caye, come on out. Even if you're not, come out for the day or weekend and visit a very important coastal trading site for the Ancient Maya.

ROGER MARTINEZ Funeral Service Wednesday
It deeply saddened us to announce the death of ROGER MARTINEZ also known as "Rog", who was born on January 18th, 1972 and passed away on March 14th, 2019. His funeral will be held on Wednesday, March 20th, 2019 at 1:00 p.m in Caye Caulker. Paulino's Funeral Service takes this opportunity to send condolences to his family and friends of ROGER MARTINEZ. Rest In Peace ROG. You can view the funeral service live right here on Paulino's funeral Service page at 12:55 p.m.

LAUNCH OF A PUBLIC FINANCE MANAGEMENT PROJECT
The Government of Belize and the European Union have launched a project aimed at improving the Public Finance Management (PFM) system in Belize. The project commenced on March 6th, 2019 and will run for 36 months until February 2022. This technical assistance project is funded by the European Union under the 11th European Development Fund for a total budget of Euro 1.1 million (BZD $ 2.5 million). The aim of this project is to assist the Government of Belize, in implementing PFM reforms in core areas where performance has not strengthened significantly as pointed out in the latest Public Expenditure and Financial Transparency Assessment (PEFA).

Presentation of Credentials
This morning at the Belize House, the Governor General of Belize, H.E. Sir Colville Young, received letters of credence from ambassadors and a high commissioner accredited to Belize. The group included H.E. Mr. Viktor Koronelli, Ambassador of the Russian Federation; H.E. Mr. Ezekiel Sabor, Ambassador of the Republic of Argentina; H.E. Mr. Iván Medveczky, Ambassador of the Republic of Hungary; and H.E. Mr. Anton Ojala, High Commissioner of New Zealand. The ambassadors and high commissioner conveyed on behalf of their respective countries well wishes to the Government and people of Belize and their commitment to ensuring continued peaceful and prosperous diplomatic relations with Belize.

PHAST in Corozal
Today the Belize Red Cross, Corozal Branch went to Methodist School to teach them about what PHAST means. PHAST stands for “Participatory Hygiene and Sanitation Transformation”. The approach is a participatory learning methodology that seeks to empower communities to improve hygiene behaviors, reduce diarrhoeal disease and encourage effective community management of water and sanitation services.

CEMJC Pioneers participating in the cleanup of Corozal Bay
In conjunction with the Ministry of Health and The Belize Red Cross

Exciting day in Orange Walk for the US Embassy!
We handed over dictionaries and books to the Orange Walk district schools, and Acting Deputy Chief of Mission Debbie Lingwood read to the students of the Chan Pine Ridge Government School. Special thanks to the District Education Officer Carla Alvarez and Principal Victor Padron for your warm welcome! Thank you to ALL the students who sang, danced, and joined us for this #ChildStimulationMonth event!

8th Traveling Caribbean Film Showcase
The 8th Traveling Caribbean Film Showcase is in Belize from Thursday March 14th to Thursday, March 28th, 2019. It opened on Thursday, March 14th in Belmopan at UB's Jaguar Auditorium with a tribute screening of Rigoberto Lopez's film FORBIDDEN FLIGHTS in honor of the well known Cuban filmmaker and founder of the Traveling Caribbean Film Showcase who passed away on Jan. 23rd this year. The BELIZE EDITION is screening 15 films (4 feature length fiction films and 11 documentaries) from 9 countries (Belize, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Guadeloupe, Haiti, Jamaica, Netherlands, Puerto Rico and Trinidad & Tobago). The films all speak to the social, historic and cultural realties of Caribbean island and mainland countries. Entrance is free. Schools wishing to request a screening can contact [email protected] for more information.

2nd Belize National Research Conference
Hosted by Institute for Social & Cultural Research. Apr 3 at 8 AM – Apr 4 at 6 PM, University of Belize. Annual conference highlighting scholarly papers under the 2019 theme "Belize’s Security: Strengths, Opportunities and Threats". The conference is designed to promote research in Belize in the areas of economics, scientific, social and technological development, and topics that may contribute to policy formulation and Belize's overall development.

Corozal House of Culture Hosts "Arte con Voz de Mujer" Exhibit with the Sculptures, Carvings and Paintings of Vilma Romero
The National Institute of Culture and History, through the Museum of Belize and the Corozal House of Culture, cordially invites you to the launch of ‘Arte con Voz de Mujer’ Exhibit. We are delighted to honour the life’s work of multi genre visual artist Mrs. Vilma Romero. The solo exhibit will showcase sculptures, wood carvings and paintings from her private collection. The display will incorporate works from the 1950’s through to current day. Vilma Romero has several sculptures on permanent public display throughout the country of Belize including Isiah Mortar, the bust of Santiago Ricalde, the bust of Antonio Soberanis and the book worm sculpture at the Leo Bradley Library. At age 80 Vilma continues to create. We look forward to your joining us on Friday, 15th March at 7pm in honour of our Belizean Icon.

Team NICH Wins 2019 La Ruta Maya River Challenge!
The National Institute of Culture and History (NICH) takes this opportunity to congratulate all 61 teams that took part and completed the demanding race. We further applaud the members of our 2019 La Ruta Maya Belize River Challenge Team; Efrain, Felix and Hener Cruz for their dedication, skills and talents. The Cruz brothers have once again made us very proud. They serve as role models to us, reinforcing that with proper focus, dedication and teamwork, victory is attainable.

The Great Stars of Russian Ballet
Soloists of the Marinsky, Mikhailvosky and Bolshoi all performing on one stage, featuring Alexander Volchkov, First Dancer of the Bolshoi Ballet of Moscow. One day ONLY! Sunday March 31st. Two Shows: 6PM and 8:30PM. ONLY at The Bliss Center for the Performing Arts. Get your tickets at the Bliss NOW!

Channel 7

Mason Lawyer Points At Prison
It was a full day in the Belmopan Supreme Court today as the murder trial of Danny Mason and his 4 co-accused continued. The court session set-up was quite the same with Justice Antionette Moore presiding over today's session and DPP Cheryl-Lynn Vidal prosecuting. The only new information coming out of today's session is that Attorney Rachel Montejo will join Attorney Herbert Panton as the other defense attorney. Now, 4 witnesses testified. It started around 11:00 with one witness and continued into the afternoon session with 3 more. Courtney Weatherburne was in Belmopan and gives us an overview of today's proceedings. "Its 3:00 pm and we are here at the Belmopan Supreme court. It's day 4 in the murder trial of Danny Mason and his 4 alleged accomplices. Now over the past couple days, including today's session we have heard from about 10 prosecution witnesses who have shed light on a number of key details including the kidnapping of Pastors David Dodd and Pastor Wright, and the discovery of Pastor Llewellyn Lucas's head in the pan of Mason's truck".

PUP’s Marconi Got Mauled
Tonight, the PUP's standard bearer for Belize Rural North, Marconi Leal can hardly speak - after he was beaten down on Saturday evening in his home village of Sandhill.  It all started with a few choice insults from a UDP political rival.  That rival is Damion Garbutt - who had once challenged and lost to Leal in a contest for village council chairman.   Well, on Saturday, at Fa's Supermarket in the village, Garbutt reportedly threw a few words at Leal, who responded the way a public figure never should: with anger and with blows.  After that, Garbutt punched him to the ground, and other men jumped in. Leal had to be taken to the hospital, badly beaten and missing a few teeth.

Cops Found 50 Pounds of Cocaine Lying on the Beach
Turning to news out of San Pedro Town, police made a major cocaine bust.  They found 52 pounds of cocaine just lying on the beach on Northern Ambergris Caye - an area famous for its wet drops and cocaine-related killings.  Yesterday afternoon, San Pedro Police and officers of the Gang Suppression Unit went to an area 2 miles north of Boca Del Rio Park, where they found a white crocus sack on the beach with 24 packages inside. Those packages, seen here, were opened, and the officers found they suspect to be cocaine. Police Commissioner Chester Williams discussed the discovery with the media at press briefing today, and he told us that samples have been sent for testing to confirm it the substance is cocaine:

The Mystery of the Los Lagos Skull
And from that suspected cocaine discovery, we move on to last week's discovery of a human skull in the Los Lagos Community. As we told you, on Friday, some of the employees from Bacab were clearing an area close to the eco park that had just been burnt due to a bush fire. They came across the skull, and they called police to turn it over.  At today's press briefing, police said that it a post-mortem is pending, and they are hoping for some answers, which will inform them on what leads to pursue: No other body parts were found in this area.

Cops Don’t Charge Alleged Killer
Toledo resident, Luis Cabrera Jr's alleged killer is out on bail tonight. He is Alexander Ruiz. Ruiz was only charged in relation to the fatal accident that happened after the bar stabbing. Ruiz's passenger, William Garcia was killed in that collision. Police could not say why Ruiz hasn't been charged for Cabrera's murder. Here is more from today's press briefing:

The Rage Of The Ruiz Family
Now Cabrera's family is demanding an explanation from police as to why Ruiz wasn't charged with their loved one's murder. Cabrera's sister expressed the family's discontent today.

Senior Citizen Killed In Traffic Accident
A 63 year old father of 3 was run over and killed last night. The victim is Pablo Hernandez. Hernandez was riding to his Forest Drive home when the driver of this Honda CR-V hit him and drove off, leaving Hernandez for dead at the entrance of Caribbean Chicken. We spoke to an employee of the establishment as well as Hernandez's cousin about this hit and run. Voice of Caribbean Chicken Employee: "Well basically what my boss says that he heard a slam on the roadside and he never think it was something like an accident as someone getting hit but he says after a while he saw the police coming around by the entrance and they were surprised to know it was a fatal accident, that someone loss his life and that is basically it, so he said he heard the slam, saw the vehicle driving off hard and that was it."

Will Police Charge Driver?
Police told us what they have so far on this fatal accident. Here is more. ACP Joseph Myvette - Head, NCIB
"Last night, sometime around 7 p.m., Belmopan Police was called to an area on the Hummingbird Highway inside Belmopan City limits, where upon arrival, they observed the apparent lifeless body of a Hispanic male, later identified as Pablo Hernandez, 63 years Guatemalan of a Las Flores address. Initial investigation reveal that Mr. Hernandez was riding his bicycle northbound, when he was apparently knocked down by a vehicle from behind. The vehicle did not stopped, and [it] was later intercepted by Hattieville police. So, that vehicle is now impounded, and 1 person is in custody pending this investigation."

Bartender Killed In Toledo Hit and Run
There has been another traffic fatality on the Southern Highway near Punta Gorda. This time the victim is a 20 year old.  Adriano Choco from Hicatee Village had just left a bar when he was run over by a hit and run drive.r The owner of the bar says he was there, but he wasn't drinking. Here's why she told PGTV:.. Reporter: "Was this young man visiting your bar?" Rosaria Pop - Bar Owner, 3 IN 1: "Well, he visited my bar earlier but he sat with my mother in law, talking with my little brother in law sitting in the kitchen. He didn't have any alcohol."

Police Look For Hit and Run Driver
So while he was not a regular patron at the bar - what do police have on this hit and run driver?  Here's what they told us today: ACP Joseph Myvette - Head, NCIB: "On Saturday sometime around 11 PM, Punta Gorda police receive information of a fatal traffic accident in Hicatee Village in the Toledo district on the Southern Highway where upon arrival, police observed the lifeless body of a male person later identified as Adriano Choco, 21 years of Hicatee Village. The investigation has shown that Choco has just exited a bar in the area and was walking on the highway when he was knocked down...."

Eligio Family Being Hunted?
2 weeks ago, we told you about the frightening home invasion in Ladyville which left 35 year-old Jeffrey Eligio, injured with a gunshot to the stomach. Masked gunmen barged into his home, shot him, and they then threatened his common-law wife, and 3 of their children. It was an unexplained incident, and his common-law wife told us then that they don't know why he was targeted specifically. Well, on last Thursday night, the Eligio Family came under fire from gunmen, and this time, Eligio's 70 year-old mother, was the one got injured. 

Who Was “Vato”?
Orange Walk police have finally identified that man from that northern town who was found injured by chop wounds.  As we reported, at around 9 p.m., residents of Guyana Street saw a man they know only as "Vato" walking with a shirt over his head. He suddenly collapsed, and so, they called for police. Well, cops told us today, that the victim is actually a resident from Caledonia Village: ACP Joseph Myvette - Head, NCIB: "Last time we spoke about John Doe not being identified. He has since been identified as Samuel Sanches, 33 of Caledonia Village address and police has since arrested and charge Jose Franco Rivera, 55 years Salvadorian national with the crime of dangerous harm."

Pupa Curly Brings The Beat Back
Pupa Curly has been a trailblazer in Belizean reggae and dancehall music since the late 80's.  When his song, "Crack is a Killa" burst unto the scene in 1988, it was a sensation.  And more the 30 years later, Curly is still producing music that's conscious with a danceable, contemporary flavour. The Belizean American based in LA told us what - after almost a decade away from music, he had to come back with a new single, called "Money" which was released on Friday: The new single "Money" is available on youtube and all streaming platforms.

Vivisecting Visciannie: Bar Assoc. Will Have Public Forum
As we reported, the Bar Association of Belize has gotten the legal opinion on the Belize/Guatemala territorial dispute from regional international law expert, Professor Stephen Vasciannie. But that came out from March first. And three weeks later, the Bar Association will be hosting a public forum to present that Legal Opinion. In a release sent out today it states that forum is "to discuss the legal issues raised in the Opinion with a view to furthering the national education campaign on the territorial dispute. Professor Stephen Vasciannie will be participating via skype". The public forum will be held on this Friday, March 22nd , at the Bliss from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

House of Horrors?
It didn't make it into a very packed newscast on Friday night, but at the start of Friday's House Meeting, the Speaker of the House had a cautionary tale about security of the parliament.  We've always taken it for granted but she said the other day - they had a scare which has forced them to implement new procedures: The new press passes - only policy  will go into effect at the next house meeting, which is the Budget Debate on March 25th and 26th. 

Drinker Drowned
A 62 year-old man from Duck Run Village, located near Spanish Lookout in the Cayo District, drowned this weekend under unexplained circumstances.  Alvaro Molina went out with his brother on Friday night to look for his nephew who was fishing in the River that passes near their village. But, instead, they the brothers started drinking, and for a brief moment, Molina slipped away - never to be seen alive again. Sometime later, they found his lifeless body in the river.  Here's more from police: ACP Joseph Myvette - Head, NCIB: "On Friday night, sometime after 11 p.m., San Ignacio Police was called to the Belize River in the Duck Run area, in an area known as "Mennonite Beach"...

Beggars Turned Macheteros
And in other news out of the Cayo District, police are looking for 2 men who chopped a man simply because they begged him for money, and he refused them. It happened on Saturday morning, when 28 year Levi Gonzalez was socializing in the Riviera area of Belmopan. He told police that they begged him, and as soon as he refused, one of them pulled out a machete and chopped him for no reason. Police discussed the case today:

From Putrid “Pisshouse” to Civil Cell Block
At the end of January, Police Corporal Darrell Tutsi Usher made national headlines when he posted pictures of the abominable conditions at the eastern division police station's cell block. It's the country's largest police station - and inside was nothing nice! Well, less than two months later, those repulsive conditions are just a fast fading memory. That's because the police senior command put in major work and money to refurbish the place known as pisshouse. As we found out today, you can't call it that anymore:

Trouble Man Chops on Caye Caulker
And finally tonight, there was one more chopping, but this one happened on the island of Caye Caulker on Thursday evening. The Brothers, Lee and Julian Rosado, was allegedly chopped by a man who has reportedly caused a lot of trouble for Caye Caulker residents. Police told us today that this man is facing multiple charges, including attempted murder for his latest dispute with the brothers:

Channel 5

Shooting in Belize City
An elderly man in his early sixties was shot while in Belize City tonight. We are told that the incident occurred on Partridge Street during a power outage. The man received a gunshot wound to the abdomen and was rushed to the KHMh where he remains in a critical condition.

23 Kilos of Suspected Cocaine Found In Ambergris Caye
A significant drug discovery was made on La Isla Bonita on Sunday morning. Twenty-three kilos of suspected cocaine were found two miles north of the Boca Del Rio Park, which [...]

Fellow Trounces Marconi Leal in Fist Fight in Rural North
An exchange of blows over the weekend in Sandhill Village has left an aspiring politician recovering from injuries he received to the face and other parts of the body.  People’s [...]

One person detained for stolen monies that belong to Institute of Archaeology
There’s a report of a robbery in the west where an undisclosed amount of money is missing from the Institute of Archaeology. From what we have gathered, an employee reportedly [...]

Alexander Ruiz charged for William Garcia’s death in motorcycle accident; no charges yet for murder of Luis Cabrera
Tonight police say that Alexander Ruiz is out on bail for the accident that claimed William Garcia’s life last Wednesday night – but Ruiz is also the alleged killer who [...]

John Doe in OW is identified; one man charged for his attack
Over a week ago a man was badly beaten and left for dead in Orange Walk Town. At the time police didn’t know who he was because he didn’t have [...]

Queen Street Police Detention Centre Renovated
Commissioner of Police Chester Williams and the police department came under fire in January when pictures surfaced on social media of the horrible and filthy state of the detention centre. [...]

Nectali Ico Says Vital Stats Lost His Information
The Elections and Boundaries Department will be distributing voters I.D. cards in more than one hundred and sixty villages countrywide. The I.D.s distributed will be for persons whose applications were [...]

PUP Leader Slams Vital Stats
Also speaking on the issue was Opposition Leader, John Briceño, who on Friday, during the Sitting of the House of Representatives, criticized severely the Vital Statistics Unit. Briceño questioned the [...]

Tony Rath on ICJ ‘Propaganda’
With twenty-three days to go until the I.C.J. referendum on April tenth, it is expected that opposing campaigns will ramp up their efforts to sway people to vote a particular [...]

Valentino Shal Calls Out CDS for Its Funding
Like Tony Rath, Consultant Valentino Shal is also undecided. Shal, after reading the legal opinions, believes that Belize has a strong case but there are still risks. On Open Your [...]

ICJ Referendum Campaign: More Confusion than Education?
Joining Tony Rath and Valentino Shal on Open Your Eyes was former Marketing Manager Trudy Joseph Swaso who has been very vocal on the topic on social media. Also an [...]

Belize Peace Movements Wants Teachers to Monitor ICJ Referendum
The Belize Peace Movement is a strong proponent of the “No to the I.C.J.” taking its campaign as much as possible across the country. So when it was not invited [...]

Caracol Road Expenditure is Questioned by Opposition
For the umpteenth time, the government is seeking funding for the Caracol Road. During Friday’s budget presentation, Prime Minister Barrow sought money for the Caracol Road in western Belize. This [...]

What’s the Cost of the Soon-to-be-built Coastal Road
Like the Caracol Road, the opposition is also wary of the cost and funding of the Coastal Road.  At the end of October 2018, P.M. Barrow informed the nation via [...]

PM Defends Cost of Building Coastal Road
Notwithstanding objections from the other side of the house, Prime Minister Barrow explained the source of funding, as well as the process of arriving at the estimated cost of building [...]

62-year-old drowns in Belize River
A sixty-two-year-old market vendor out west drowned in the Belize River on Friday night sometime after eleven.  of Duck Run Village and his brother went in search of his nephew [...]

One man dies in accident on southern highway
On the heels of a fatal traffic accident on Wednesday night, another person has lost his life on the Southern Highway.  Police say Adrian Choco was knocked down and killed [...]

Fatal RTA on Hummingbird Highway claims one life
Another person lost his life over the weekend, this time it was on the Hummingbird Highway. Police say that a senior citizen was knocked down within Belmopan City limits on [...]

A chopping in Belmopan has left one man hospitalized
And keeping the news in Belmopan – one man received a large chop wound to the head after two persons attacked him over the weekend. Police were called out to [...]

Woman shot two weeks after attempt on son’s life
An elderly woman was shot inside her house on Thursday night just after ten. The incident happened on Marage Road in Ladyville near Compassion Lane. Margaret Elijio and her family [...]

Two persons chopped up in Caye Caulker; one man charged
One man remains hospitalized following a vicious chopping incident in Caye Caulker last Thursday. Police say two persons were attacked by a man who claims to be mentally ill – [...]

Belize’s 2019 Conch Season in Danger of Premature Closure
In Belize, like elsewhere in the Caribbean, the queen conch is under threat due to over fishing. If you are a seafood lover, you will know that the queen conch [...]

Belizean Artist Music Featured on Fox PPV
American Professional boxer, Mikey Garcia, was defeated over the weekend by Errol “The Truth” Spence Junior in an I.B.F. World Welterweight Championship fight in the US. The news tonight is [...]

International Day of Forests celebrated with tree planting ceremony at UB Belmopan Campus
The Ministry of Forestry celebrated the International Day of Forests with a tree planting ceremony today in Belmopan. Minister Omar Figueroa and staff from the Forestry Department gathered at U.B. [...]

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

The Reporter

Humane Conditions At The Old ‘[#%!] House’ Now – Newly Renovated
Today was a big day not only for the Police, but for the community as the newly renovated Queen Street detention area was officially opened. Viewers will recall the terrible scenes of filth and horrific photos which were leaked recently, causing somewhat of a public outcry. Well, the infamous ‘[#%!] house’ is no more, as media personnel and invited guests found out this afternoon.

Volleyball 2019 In Belize Is Getting Real Competitive
This past weekend tournaments was a display of improvements in the sport of Volleyball in Belize, and a display of ‘Stepping Up To Another Level’. Here Are The Results Of Sundays Tournaments Kelsey Balderamos and Sherika Burton defeated Ayah Safa and Mya Musa to win Belize Volleyball Association’s 2019 Female Beach Volleyball Tour Stop #1 held at Marion Jones Sports Complex in Belize City, Belize on March 17, 2019.

Police Move Apprx. 25 Kilos Of Cocaine To Safe Location
This morning March 18th., Police transported the suspected cocaine found in San Pedro yesterday to Belize City. As you can see in the background of this brief amateur video, a pickup pulled into the water-taxi parking lot, and under heavy security loaded up the 20 parcels, amounting to 23.85 Kilos.

Alexander Ruiz, charged of Manslaughter by Negligence
The Reporter has confirmed that Alexander Ruiz, 37, was arraigned this morning in the PG Magistrate’s Court on charges of Manslaughter by Negligence, Causing Death by Careless Conduct and Driving Without Due Care and Attention.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Vegan resort in Corozal gets international recognition
Vegan News, an international publication published a travel writing piece this week featuring Serenity Retreats Belize, […]

Truck knocks down BEL posts in Santa Elena leaving live electrical wires on ground and scaring neighbors
Live electrical wires are currently on the ground on Peter August, Lily and Orchid Streets in […]

Senate Select Committee Chairman speaks about pending report
The Senate Special Select Committee is hoping to have a final draft of its report […]

Belize Peace Movement requests that BNTU be added as monitor for referendum
The Belize Peace Movement (BPM) today sent a letter to Chief Elections officer, Josephine Tamai […]

ICJ Fair coming to Santa Elena Town
Belizeans are gearing up to participate in a historic national referendum to decide whether or […]

Belize and the ICJ: What When Why and How
By Assad Shoman, A column by Citizens for the Defence of Sovereignty (CDS)] The International Court of Justice, ICJ, was established as the legal organ of the United Nations after World War II in 1945, and the UN Charter states (Art. 94): “If any party to a case fails to perform the obligations incumbent upon it under a judgement rendered by the Court […]

GOB and European Union launch project to improve public finance management in Belize
The Government of Belize and the European Union have launched a project aimed at improving […]

Belize to improve sustainable production of shrimp with Caribbean support
The Compete Caribbean Facility and the Belize Shrimp Growers Association are partnering to improve sustainable […]

Ambassadors and a High Commissioner present credentials to Governor General
This morning, the Governor General of Belize, Colville Young received letters of credence from ambassadors […]

Man killed in fatal traffic accident
A traffic accident claimed the life of a man last night. According to reports, Pablo […]

Over $10,000 cash stolen from NICH park manager
Reports to BBN is that the home of a park manager from Benque Viejo del […]

Fair weather to continue
The 24-hour forecast is for mostly fair weather to continue. Sunny skies with some cloudy […]

Martin Galvez, Former Mayor of San Ignacio/Santa Elena Passes Away
The United Democratic Party (UDP) is today mourning the death of former mayor of San […]


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Asylum Seekers have little coverage in Belize
Belize was placed on the European Union List of Non-Cooperative Jurisdictions for Tax Purposes. The appearance on the blacklist was one of the instances that the Prime Minister went at great lengths to discuss and explain to parliament why, in his opinion, we did not deserve that international black eye. Prime Minister Barrow tabled amendments …

Cyber Security for a Modern Belize
Cyberspace is vulnerable to risks that are both physical and as well from cyber threats and hazards. Theft of information and money along with the disruption or destruction that threaten the delivery of essential services by sophisticated cyber actors and nation-states are very real. That’s why it’s important for the Government to develop strategies and …

Commissioner of Police Tours and listens to Precincts
Commissioner of Police Chester Williams has committed to visit each district, precinct and police formation across the country. Today he visited the rural areas in the Belize District. Williams told us that hearing from the officers who work in the specific areas are important to devising and implementing proper strategy that will be tailored to …

Castro asks PUP to Please Keep Leal as his Opponent
Benevolent, nonjudgmental and kind are probably not the words you’d associate with any politician, especially if that candidate happened to be your opponent in the next General Elections. But after reviewing the incident involving Marconi Leal, the Area Representative for Belize Rural North Edmond Castro was sympathetic to the man who he alleged had once …

Leader of the Opposition says we each owe 10K
Perhaps the budget should have been the most discussed topic at the Sitting of the House. As part of the road rehabilitation project, a US $36,576,000 loan was tabled to rehabilitate from La Democracia Village to the Hummingbird Highway at Mile 9. There was also a US $5,941,000 and US $20 million secured from the …

Blogs

Marco Gonzalez Maya Site on the Southern End of Ambergris Caye
Marco Gonzalez Reserve is the only official Maya site on Ambergris Caye. The location is relatively remote – 5 miles south of San Pedro town and set back deep into the mangroved lagoon. It was “discovered” just 35 years ago – in 1984 – when a young local man, Marco Gonzalez, led two visiting archaeologists back to the hidden site. The area was made a national reserve in 2011 but is one of many Maya settlements on the island. One has been excavated in the middle of San Pedro town. There is another, a former trading post, in the Bacalar Chico Reserve on the north part of the island. It was the Maya who dug the channel between Mexico and Ambergris Caye hundreds of years ago.

Is Belize A Safe Place For An Expat To Live?
If you spend more time and dig deeper into the statistics related to crime in Belize you will find that Belize City screws the numbers for the entire country. Belize is very small, having 330,000 residents in the country, so in averaging numbers one location can have a major impact. The majority of murders occur in Belize City, where there are gangs. And the border with Guatemala tends to be risky, because in general Guatemala is a country of high violence and crime. But the areas IL recommends are safe. Petty theft has always been a problem in Belize, as it is in most poor countries. But violent crime against expats is highly unusual. We advise that any travelers be cautious and not where flashy jewelry, or leave their phones and computers in areas where they are easy to steal.

Coming to San Pedro, Ambergris Caye or Placencia - but you are Vegan - Vegetarian - Low Carb? Here's where to go for special dietary needs!
I think that 8+ years ago, this blog would have been pretty unthinkable in places like Placencia, maybe not so much in Ambergris Caye, but definitely elsewhere in the country. There really are not things like Vegan, Vegetarian, or Low Carb in the local Belize culture...the national dish is chicken, rice, and beans, and tortillas/carbs with meat protein are everywhere. You couldn't even order a soup with these restrictions as the soups are all usually bone-broth based, and then additionally are served with rice, so not a win there for either party. Many guests tell us when they have tried to order vegan at some local spots it has not translated well (veggies may be cooked in butter, etc). It is no secret that the restaurant and food options have exploded in Belize, and there have been many North Americans who have moved to Belize to start businesses that have brought more of the North American diet trends down.

You Better Belize It: Four Days in Caye Caulker, Belize
If you wish Tulum, Mexico was what it was 10-15 years ago, you may want to consider Caye Caulker in Belize for your next Caribbean vacation. While planning a recent girls trip with seven of my friends, we were considering Mexico simply for the ease of getting there. It’s a non-stop, 3.5 hour flight to Cancun from New York and with endless all-inclusive opportunities, it’s great for groups. But when vacation time in New York City jobs is limited, why go somewhere you’ve been before!? That’s when we discovered Belize. A friend who recently visited had stressed how cheap it is there and there’s nothing a bunch of struggling NYC 20-somethings like more than a cheap vacation!

Visiting Belize in May? Do not miss the Chocolate Festival
Long before chocolate was a sweet treat eaten across the world, the ancient Maya living in what is now Belize were experts in crafting chocolate drinks and dishes. Today, one of the most exciting festivals in the country is the big Chocolate Festival held every year in and around the town of Punta Gorda in Belize’s southern Toledo District. In 2019, the Chocolate Festival will be held from May 24-26. For the past decade, the Chocolate Festival has been a popular showcase of all things chocolate, including unusual products like chocolate soap and chocolate beer. Attendees can try more conventional recipes as well as sample the delicious organic chocolate varieties that grow throughout the Toledo District. Locals farms also open their doors to visitors, making the festival the perfect time to explore the natural beauty of the region.

Why Americans Should Travel to Belize Right Now
For Americans who want to escape the rigors of the daily grind in favor of somewhere a little more laid-back and fun, Belize is an excellent option. Whether you are planning on visiting for a month, a week, or just a few days, there is no shortage of things to do there. If you love spending time on the water, you are sure to enjoy the Belize Barrier Reef. This natural wonder is the second longest of its kind in the world and is home to thousands of unique and interesting aquatic species. Its beauty makes it the perfect place to go snorkeling or scuba diving. To see even more of Belize’s native wildlife, a trip into the jungle or one of the country’s many nature preserves is always a good idea. There, you will be able to see howler monkeys, tapirs, scarlet macaws, toucans, and other exotic animals in their natural environment.

Birding Adventures Today: How to develop a bug for birding
Officially known as the sport of bird watching but commonly known as “birding” to enthusiasts, the art of finding, watching, and recording birds in the wild is one of the fastest-growing hobbies on the planet. And, as experienced birders will tell you, once you start spotting, it’s really easy to “catch the bug” and become highly enthusiastic about this unique pastime. There are lots of benefits to birding. Many people are drawn to the hobby because it involves getting out of the house and enjoying some quality time outdoors in nature. And because birds flourish in more pristine environments, the hobby of birding can take you to some of the most beautiful and unspoiled parts of the world. Secondly, bird spotting usually requires using binoculars.

Belize – The Best Adventure Jungle Holiday Destination
Don’t let anybody tell you that you will have to go to the Amazon to hang out in a primitive jungle. There’s a closer jungle and it is in Belize, just a short plane ride from major U.S. and Canada cities. It’s lush. And filled with all manner of things to see and do. Skeptical? Don’t be. Belize is home to so many species of exotic birds, wildlife (plus a jaguar preserve), flora and fauna that you’ll immediately realize how serious Belize is about protecting all aspects of nature.

The Best Family Vacation in Belize
According to the American Psychological Association’s journal, both adults and kids benefit from visiting other cultures. It’s not just that all family members step outside their comfort zones, eat different foods and are exposed to different languages, but traveling abroad is linked to creativity, too. Travel to another society and tests prove it’s easier to solve puzzles outside familiar surroundings because “everything looks different” so brains work in creative ways. The longer a family stays, the more creativity each member exhibits. Pair this prospect with a visit to Belize and you’ll set your children’s imaginations on fire.

Solo Travel inBelize
Belize is perfect for solo travel. After traveling through Mexico and Guatemala, the distinctive Caribbean culture of Belize mesmerized me from the very first moment. After visiting Caye Caulker, I ventured out to more authentic secluded places such as Hopkins and Tobacco Caye. Belize and its unique people and lifestyle taught me a lot about myself. I made friends, learned about the Garinagu culture, and found out how to truly enjoy solitude and quietness. Traveling alone can be a life-changing experience, especially if you’re not too comfortable being by yourself. However, be conscientious that traveling alone doesn’t necessarily mean that you will be lonely. During your travels there are always tons of opportunities to meet other people — locals and international travelers. And whether you are male or female, I personally don’t think the experience is too different. Just be safe, have an open heart and a positive mind.

Spring Is Here And The Time Is Right For…Whale Sharks
And here in Belize, where the stunning Caribbean Coast is never more than 70 miles from the equally stunning Western frontier, planning a whale shark watching excursion from an inland eco-resort is not only possible, it makes a lot of sense. Definitely some of the most magnificent creatures to ever inhabit the Earth, Whale Sharks are the largest fish in the sea, measuring 41.5 feet (12.65 m) and weighing in at more than 47,000 lbs (21.5 metric tons), making them larger than the average school bus. Relatively unchanged over the last 60 million years, Rhincodon typus, to use the scientific Latin, is a true shark that is often mistaken for a whale due to its size and docile nature.

International Sourcesizz

BELIZE- GOVERNMENT CONDEMNS EU’S NEW TAX HAVEN LIST
The Belize government has described as “outrageous” the decision of the European Union to place the country on a new list of non-cooperative tax jurisdictions which the Europeans said was based on an “an intense process of analysis and dialogue steered by the Commission”. “So we are once again forced to eat injustice and perform the usual contortions to satisfy a new set of unconscionable dictates,” Prime Minister Dean Barrow has said. Earlier this week, the EU Finance Ministers said that based on the Commission’s screening, they had blacklisted a total of 15 countries including several Caribbean countries namely, Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Dominica and Aruba.

The Belizean Beast is Back
With five goals and 15 starts over the 2016 and 2017 seasons, Michael Salazar looked to be a rising star for Major League Soccer’s Montreal Impact FC. But, instead, the 26-year-old finds himself in the USL Championship with the Houston Dynamo affiliate trying to work his way back to his former self after a serious knee injury. “Honestly, last year was one of the hardest times in my career, “ Salazar explains. “I had a knee injury that kept me out for 8 months. This February was my first full practice session and I wasn’t sure if I would be able to play again.” “Coming to RGVFC is definitely a good starting point with a young group that I can help lead and also work my way back up to the first team, obviously depending on my performances. I’m definitely looking forward to the challenge and it’s just an exciting feeling to be back on the field again.”

Waterproof drones solve mapping and inspection in marine areas
As of this writing, a couple of Amphibious Talon units have been successfully operating during a 4 week expedition by a worldwide renowned British conservation institution. The location is on an undisclosed remote atoll in Belize, as part of a series of very important efforts for conservation & ecology and enforcement and control of illegal fishing activities over protected areas. The type of terrain offers little or no land to operate from, therefore only truly amphibious drones are usable. The drones have been successfully launched from both beaches or small boats and then landed autonomously landed on the water after each flight is completed.

Old playground equipment removed from Brown Park, travels thousands of miles to children in need
A major renovation project is going on right now at a Louisville park. Brown Park is getting a new pavilion, restrooms, and playground. The park is located in St. Matthews off of Kresge Way. "Because this playground equipment is old, it can't be added on to," St. Matthews Mayor Richard Tonini said. "The reality is the equipment was going to be destroyed." Instead of being destroyed, Ed Davis, president of E-Z construction had an idea. Davis’ company procured a contract for the park improvements. Davis and his wife recently came back from an immersion trip to Belize through Hand in Hand Ministries. Davis realized the opportunity to relocate Brown Park’s play equipment to the Fowler Community Center in Belize, where he volunteered.

Videos

  • BELIZE!!!!!!, 6min. Spring break trip to Belize!!!

  • English-Yucatec Maya with Faustino Yam, 2min. Many have ask us to do a video English-Maya. This are the body parts from Yucatec Maya-English with Aj Kaansaj Faustino Yam. Faustino Yam is a member of To'one Masehualo'on. Yucatec Maya simply known as Maya is still spoken in the villages of Corozal,Orange Walk and Cayo.

  • The territorial dispute to the ICJ - Tony Rath - Photographer/Blogger, 67min. There is less than a month left before Belizeans make the historic decision on whether or not to take the territorial dispute to the ICJ. While there are many who publicly declare a yes or no position, we wondered about those we have not yet made a decision. So today we spoke with a few who are still undecided. They shared their concerns and spoke of why they are struggling to make a decision. They talked about the ongoing campaigns and shared a few of their unresolved questions. On set: Tony Rath - Photographer/Blogger, Trudy Joseph Swaso - Marketing Manager, Valentino Shal - Consultant.

  • The Social Work profession - Linking the social programs and initiatives of duty-bearers, 24min. The Social Work profession is very instrumental in linking the social programs and initiatives of duty-bearers to the communities they are intended to serve. In preparation for World Social Work Day, which is celebrated on March 19th, we spoke with representatives of the Department of Human Development about the influential role of the social worker. This year's theme is: "Promoting the importance of Human Relationships." Our guests shared that for those in the field it is not simple a job but a vocation. On our couch: Ganesha Smith - Human Development Coordinator (HDC), Department of Human Services. Shanalee Buckley - Child Protection Officer, Department of Human Services.

  • 50th Anniversary - Teachers of Edward P. Yorke High School, 36min. It was an education themed Fun Friday. We began our show with a conversation with teachers of Edward P. Yorke High School. This year marks the school's 50th anniversary and they have planned a year of activities to celebrate this milestone. Our guests talked about the history of the school as well as their vision for its future. On our couch: Ruth Reneau - Teacher, Edward P. Yorke High School. Melissa Bradley - Teacher, Edward P. Yorke High School. Renison Enriquez - Teacher, Edward P. Yorke High School.

  • Bruk It Down Jenny - Love Language, 28min. Bruk It Down Jenny was back this Friday with another talk about Love Language. Today we learnt about the ways to show love to those who have the "receiving gifts" love language. Jenny Lovell, Mental Health Therapist, explained that it is all about the thought behind the gift and the effort to use the gift as a symbol of love.

  • The BK Volleyball Foundation, 23min. The BK Volleyball Foundation has only existed for a year but is already showing muscle in helping to connect talented volleyball players with educational and professional opportunities to develop. We spoke with their representatives about what they have accomplished in the foundation's first year. We also met two of the new scholarship recipients who will embark on their studies as student athletes this year. On our couch: Bryton Codd - Student Athlete, Briercrest College (Masters in Management and Leadership). Francis Hauze - Student Athlete, Medicine Hat College (Bachelors in Visual Communication). Daril Avila - Student Athlete, Concordia University of Edmonton (Bachelors of Science in Environmental Science).

  • UNICEF Belize and partners - reduce the instances of Child Marriage and Early Union, 50min. UNICEF Belize and partners continue their advocacy work to reduce the instances of Child Marriage and Early Union. The partnership has produced a Roadmap that seeks to accelerate actions to end these practices that violate the rights of children and adolescents. There is a consultation process planned to allow key stakeholders to validate the strategies and actions. Representatives of the organization spoke with us about the local situation and how the roadmap will change the local reality. On our couch: Margaret Nicholas – Executive Director of NCFC, Dr. Susan Kasedde – UNICEF Representative Belize, Tisa Grant – Liaison Officer, UNFPA Belize.

  • NICH and the Film and Media Arts Unit, 24min. NICH and the Film and Media Arts Unit is doing an open call for submissions from local filmmakers. The call is open to films of any genres made by Belizeans telling local stories. Our guests talked about what they are looking for the International Film Festival and the CARIFESTA 2019. We also learned about the 8th Travelling Caribbean Film Showcase which comes to Belize from 14th-28th March. One of the feature films is set in Belize and focuses on the impact of the lion fish on the environment and local fishing industry. On set: Suzette Zayden - Director, Film and Media Arts Unit. Neil Hall - Marketing & Communication Officer, NICH.

  • Film: Beauty Bites Beast, 27min. We continue the women's month conversation with Renee Wentz, Self Defense Trainer, spoke with us about the film: Beauty Bites Beast. It is a film about what they call the missing link in the conversation about ending violence against women. The purpose of BEAUTY BITES BEAST is to give women and girls tools to defend themselves while an assault is taking place, rather than expecting others to rescue them. The movie premieres in Corozal on March 30th and in Belize on April 4th. Parts of the proceeds from the event will go towards supporting the work of Haven House.

  • The international committee dependency on our water sources, 32min. Without water life on earth would cease to exists. The international committee sets aside a special day to recognize our dependency on our water sources and the need to conserve use for future generations. Locally the World Water Day Committee has planned a series of activities to raise awareness and encourage sustainable practices. We spoke with representatives of the committee who explained the objectives of the weeklong commemoration. On our set: Tennielle Williams - Hydrologist, National Hydrological Service. Shanee Rhabrun - Environmental Technician, Department of Environment. Leshanti Jones - Public Relations Officer, Ministry of National Resources.

  • Recent constitutional challenge to the Special Agreement, 60min. Lisa Shoman, Former Foreign Affairs Minister, spoke on the recent constitutional challenge to the Special Agreement. She talked about the merits of the case and how its impact on the upcoming ICJ referendum.

  • Interview with Organizer Ms. Marley Ack- Goodin Belize Red Cross Corozal Branch, 2min. The Belize Red Cross, Corozal Red Corozal Branch organized a Zika Clean Up Campaign Yesterday morning at 9am at Rainbow Beach. CEMJC Pioneers participated in the cleanup of Corozal Bay in conjunction with the Ministry of Health and The Belize Red Cross, PACT, Adventist School and a group of youth Church all gathered at Maimi Beach where each group was separated in different cleanup areas along the beach. They clean up from Rainbow Beach down to Thunderbolt. And, from Thunderbolt to Maimi Beach. And, From Maimi Beach to in front of Maya Beach. If you would like to be part of the help group, kindly contact them at Marley Ack- Goodin

  • Win a trip to Cayo Frances Farm & Fly, 1/2min. Our House is Your House! Visit us on Instagram at the link below for details on how you can enter to win this 5 day/4 night stay for two people + 2 guided fishing trips at BOTE House Belize!

  • Caye Caulker, 2min. Wonder what it's like on Caye Caulker? Follow some trip participants as we enjoy our last day in Belize!

  • Documentary: Coral Reef in Belize, 3min. History of the coral reef and the lion fish in Belize

  • Waterfall Billy Barquedier Belize, 10min.

  • Belize Dusk, 3min.

  • Scuba diving trip to Long Caye, Belize, 4.5min. We stayed at Itza Resort and dove all along Lighthouse Reef including The Great Blue Hole

  • Acting Deputy Chief of Mission Debbie Lingwood reads to the Chan Pine Ridge School students!, 4min.

  • Cultural presentation by the Chan Pine Ridge Government School students!, 4min. Thank you for the warm welcome!


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