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BEL hosts public consultation for the ESIA Report for Caye Caulker connection to the National Electricity Grid
On Thursday, March 21st a public consultation was held for Belize Electricity Limited’s (BEL) Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) Report regarding the interconnection of Caye Caulker to the national electricity grid. Over 90 residents attended the session conducted by the Department of Environment (DOE) at the Caye Caulker Roman Catholic Primary School. Since 2016, BEL has been engaging with DOE, the community, environmental and non-governmental organizations to ensure their involvement in the plan.

NEBL rolls into its eleventh week; San Pedro Tiger Sharks defeat Mirage/Smart Hurricanes
Five games took place around the country in the National Elite Basketball League (NEBL) tournament, from Thursday, March 21st to Saturday, March 23rd. The San Pedro Tiger Sharks took on the Mirage/Smart Hurricanes, landing an 80-75 victory. Despite this win, the island team remains in fifth place with a total of 12 points, and with playoffs approaching, their next games are crucial. Prior to the Tiger Sharks’ game, on Thursday, March 21st, Verdes travelled to the Capital City of Belmopan to face Team Bandits.

SPHS Sharks win NSSSA softball sub-champs
The San Pedro High School Sharks won the sub-championship at the National Secondary Schools Sports Association’s (NSSSA) softball championships, hosted by the Independence High School over the weekend. The Sharks qualified for the nationals by winning the Northern regionals, and in Game One Friday afternoon, Sueny Vasquez allowed no hits, struck out 7 batters, but walked 7 as she led the SPHS girls to a 3-1 win against the 2-times defending champions – the Edward P. Yorke High School girls.

San Pedro Invaders lose 7-0 against Orange Walk Gladiators
For the seventh week of the National Amateur Women’s League Tournament (NAWL) Closing Season 2019, the San Pedro Invaders hosted the Orange Walk Gladiators at the Ambergris Stadium in San Pedro Town on Saturday, March 23rd. The island team fought hard for the home victory, but at the end of the match, it was a clear victory for the visiting team with a 7-0 score point.

Holiday Hotel to host Masquerade Ball Fundraiser
The Masquerade ball is back! Under the theme: “A Journey Under the Sea,” this year’s Masquerade Fundraiser will be held at the San Pedro Holiday Hotel on Saturday, April 6th. Proceeds for this event will benefit Hope Haven Children’s Shelter & SHINE Community Center and American Crocodile Education Sanctuary (ACES). For a $65 admission fee, attendees will receive a welcome drink, a stack of game chips, access to the dessert table and passed hors d’oeuvres throughout the night.

Caye Caulker Men recovering from chopping attack
A Caye Caulker resident, 48-year-old Lahji Rosado, continues medical care in Belize City after he and his brother 69-year-old Julian Rosado were severely chopped and stabbed on Thursday, March 14th. Both were rushed to Belize City’s Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH), where Lahji’s injuries were observed to be worse than Julian’s. The following day, Julian was discharged, but his brother remains hospitalized. The alleged assailant, 30-year-old Ephrain Pook was captured by police and charged with two counts of Attempted Murder, Use of Deadly Means of Harm, Maim, and Dangerous Harm.

San Pedro’s athletes top the 7th annual English Caye Channel Swim Challenge
Twelve swimmers participated in the 7th annual English Caye Channel Swim Challenge held on Sunday, March 17th. The 1.6-mile swim aims to raise awareness of conservation issues in conjunction with Reef Week 2019. It is also an opportunity to showcase the swimming talent in Belize. San Pedro’s athletes did exceptionally well this year, with Brandon Santos, Jordan Santos and Kian Ancona Trejo placing first, second and third respectively.

San Pedro Town Public Library hosts storybook movie day
As part of Child Stimulation Month, San Pedro Town Public Library (SPTL) hosted a movie day for island preschoolers on Thursday, March 21st and Friday, March 22nd. Under this year’s theme: “Hug me, Listen to me, Read with me, Help me Grow!” the youngsters have participated in a host of fun-filled activities with the objective to bring awareness of the importance of early childhood development and education at the preschool level.

Ambergris Today

Pre-School Teachers Host Early Childhood Expo
Child Stimulation Month is coming to an end and teachers and students from all across have been busy carrying out fun activities throughout the month of March. Today, Wednesday, 27 March 2019, Pre-School teachers participated in an Early Childhood Expo which was held at the San Pedro Central Park. There were different booth from Reading Stations, Arts and Crafts, Music and so much more. Students, teachers and parents enjoyed fun games and activities throughout the day. Here are a few pictures for your viewing pleasure.

BTB Scholarship Opportunities For 2019
The Belize Tourism Board is once again offering scholarship opportunities under its scholarship program. Interested applicants for Tourism Programs commencing August 2019 for Full - time Students for the following degrees:

Weak El Nińo Conditions Could Prolong Caribbean Drought Situation
According to The Barbados-based Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology (CIMH), weak El Nińo conditions are forecasted to persist, chances of drought continuation and recurrent dry spells during this transition period between the dry and wet season are increased. El Nińo, which is associated with a band of warm ocean water that develops in the central and east-central equatorial Pacific, is described as one of the most important weather-producing phenomena on earth.

“Dimelo” Music Video By El Criminal Ft. Nes-T
It is without a doubt there is a lot of local talent in San Pedro, especially when it comes to the music area. Today we are proud to share with you the latest music video by local Sanpedranos and brothers Guillermo and Nestor Rivero.

Misc Belizean Sources

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Wildtracks Emergency Appeal
Please help us raise the US$1,500 for immediate emergency costs - replacing the manatee water pump and operational costs associated with emergency care for Sandy, the newest orphaned manatee calf. All donations will be very much appreciated! The Wildtracks Team - both manatee and monkey crews, have pulled together to give Sandy 24 hour care during her critical first days - and she's responding well. She is gradually increasing her milk intake and is starting to ill out as the extra fluids address her dehydration.

Ministry of Labour Offers On-line Job Recruitment Services
The Ministry of Labour, Local Government and Rural Development has recently established a Labour Market Information System, for the proper management of the regime for the free movement of skills within Belize. This activity is an integral component of an efficient Labour Market. The implementation of the system was as a result of collaborative efforts with the Ministry of Human Development. The Labour Management Information System will expertly match vacancies with suitable and available candidates in real time and in a way that is more efficient and inclusive.

Ministry of Investment, Trade and Commerce on Boledo Lottery Agents Concerns
The Lotteries Committee and the ministry with responsibility for Investment, Trade and Commerce, in response to media sources circulating a complaint from a purported Lottery Agent, would like to share the information below: The Lotteries Committee and Government of Belize awarded, through a competitive tender process, an exclusive ten-year lotteries license to Brads Gaming Company Limited located on #2 Farmers Market, Belize City, Belize on April 16th, 2010. The main objectives were to increase the efficiency in which the lottery is administered and operated, and to work towards the elimination of unregulated and illegal sale of lottery. The license granted is to promote, hold and conduct the Government Lotteries, namely, “Boledo Lottery”, “Jackpot Lottery” and “Ordinary Lottery”.

International Court of Justice President answers tough questions
Summary of Former ICJ President Judge Stephen Schwebel's opinion of 2019

Statement by the Rt. Hon. Dean O. Barrow, Prime Minister
Press Conference on the ICJ Referendum

Belize Signs CARIFORUM-UK Economic Partnership Agreement to Preserve Trade Interest with the UK
Last week, CEO of the Ministry of Investment, Trade and Commerce, Mr. Duane Belisle, along with the Directorate General for Foreign Trade (DGFT), joined eight other CARIFORUM Countries along with the UK’s Minister for Trade Policy, Mr. George Hollingbery, in signing the CARIFORUM-UK Economic Partnership Agreement. The Economic Partnership Agreement with the United Kingdom preserves existing preferential trade terms and safeguards current and future trade flow between the countries of the region and the UK. The Agreement lays out a framework that eliminates barriers and tariffs on goods exported to the UK. Subsequently, the Caribbean states will continue to gradually cut import tariffs on most of the region’s imports from the UK.

Submission Period Extended for Public to Submit Information in Relation to Gillnets
The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment, Sustainable Development and Immigration advises the public that it is extending the period for submissions relating to the use of gillnets in Belize’s waters to April 26th, 2019. The purpose of this information-gathering exercise is to obtain wide stakeholder views and input pertaining to current gillnet usage, which will inform the consideration of socio-economic and environmental impacts in relation to fisher folk, the fisheries resources, and marine ecosystems. The information obtained through this form will be compiled and utilized by the Gillnet Taskforce, with the aid of an independent consultant, to supplement the execution of an in-depth assessment of the benefits, risks, threats and impacts of gillnets.

AMIGOS ( Optometry Students from Pacific University in Oregon ) in Corozal
Mayor Rigo Vellos and the Corozal Town Council extend thier heartfelt appreciation to AMIGOS ( Optometry Students from Pacific University in Oregon ) and BCVI for their valuable contribution to the people of Corozal. Hundreds of Corozaleńos benefitted and received free eye examination and glasses from this initiative. Special mention to Mrs Sagrario Clarke and Mrs Judy Wilson for their valuable support.

Weekend Events taking place in Corozal Town
Busy week. Come out and enjoy! Corozal Flava me seh!!!

Beauty Bites Beast
Ellen Snortland will be showing her film "Beauty Bites Beast" at the Corozal Civic Center on *(Note Date Changed to) Sunday, March 31st from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Beauty Bites Beast flips ideas about female helplessness, as women and other at-risk folks undertake the transformative experience of learning verbal, emotional and physical empowerment based self-defense. How often can you say with certainty that a movie will save lives? This one already has!

Chan Chen Clean Up Campaign
RED CROSS SPONSORED - Chan Chen Clean Up Campaign - Sunday, March 31st at 9:00 a.m. Meet at the Chan Chen Community Center. Let's Keep Corozal Safe and Clean!

FCD EYG Installs Garbage Drums
The FCD Environmental Youth Group celebrated World Water Day with a river clean up, and they also installed garbage drums along the Mopan in Succotz. Thanks, FCD EYG! Hopefully the drums will be used, which will free them up to concentrate on other important community service projects. "Today FCD Environmental Youth Group while conducting a river cleanup camping along the Mopan River in commemoration of world water day they installed garbage drums. This is part of an MOU signed with the Village Council where FCD Environmental Youth Group adopted one mile of the river bank. The much needed drums where installed in key areas to alleviate the problem of improper garbage disposal by people who visit the Mopan River.

HERO’S WELCOME FOR OUR PROTECTORS
The Belize Protectors returned home triumphantly on Tuesday afternoon, March 26, to a wave of admirers and well wishers after winning the 120 mile Baker 2 Vegas Relay Competition in the United States. And the BTB, Proud Gold Sponsor of the team, was there to welcome them during a short ceremony held at the Queen Street Police Station compound following a vehicle parade through the principal streets of Belize City.

Paradise Theater playing this weekend
Bumblebee, Dog's Way Home, A Vigilante, Dragon, the Hidden World

BTB Scholarship Opportunities for 2019
The Belize Tourism Board is once again offering scholarship opportunities under its scholarship program. Interested applicants for full time Tourism Programs commencing August 2019 can apply for the following degrees:

Incident involving a school Bus on a school trip to Caracol from Paraiso Government School
The Institute of Archaeology (IA) can clarify that there was an incident involving a school Bus on a school trip to Caracol from Paraiso Government School. One of our officers was at Caracol and observed that one bus arrived at the site at approximately 11:30 am and requested assistance from the site personnel and tour guides at the site. Two vehicles went to retrieve the remaining passengers that were on the second bus and brought them to Caracol so they could still get to visit the site. The IA officer then made his way out where he encountered a school bus parked on the side of the road upon entering Guacamayo Bridge. Our Officer made a stop to inquire about the situation and spoke with the bus driver. The driver explained he encountered some mechanical issues and decided to park the bus on the side of the narrow road to make way for traffic.

BELIZE YUCATEC MAYA(MÁASEWAL) VS THE BRITISH
1788 - The Maya attack on woodcutters at the New River with Bows and Arows. 1790-1801 - The Maya continue attacking the logging camps 1802- Some troops where order to "be send up river to punish the Indians who are commiting depredations upon the mahogany workers . " 1839 - Maya were force back by the British . By 1839 some Maya had retreated into the forests around San Ignacio but they continue fighting . 1847- The Maya Social War (Caste War) starts in Southern Mexico . Many people migrated to Belize including Maya people. 1848- The last reported attack by Maya using Bows and Arrows in North Western Belize. 1849 - The Maya state of the cross Chan Santa Cruz was proclaim by a group of Yucatec Maya who became known as the Cruzoob Maya . 1860- The Maya living in Yalbac where joined by other Maya groups coming because of the Caste war conflict.

Channel 7

PM Swings For The Fences With Updated Opinion From Judge Schwebel
Last night we took you to the US state of Vermont to meet former President of the ICJ, Judge Stephen Schwebel. He's the co-author of what is considered to be the authoritative legal opinion on the Belize's - Guatemala territorial dispute which was produced in 2001. But, some have said that the opinion is 18 years old, and the international case law it relies upon could have evolved since then. And that's why the Prime Minister went back to Schwebel to get his updated perspective on the dispute.

What Would George Price Do?
And in making his appeal to voters, the PM referred to the fact that all three living Prime Ministers of Belize, himself, Said Musa and Manuel Esquivel support a yes vote. But what about that paragon of patriotism George Price? What would he have done? Well, the PM turned to a document that historian Assad Shoman dug out of the British archives to illustrate Price's feelings on the ICJ:.. Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow, Prime Minister: "National Hero and Father of the Nation George Price was just as certain before he died. Assad Shoman handed me a piece of evidence that he copied from the National Archives in England..."

"What If"ť the CJ Grants The PUP An Injunction?
Of course, all those plans for the "Yes" vote to win on April 10th. could go by the wayside if the PUP succeeds in its legal challenge to the referendum. Their arguments for an injunction staying the referendum will be heard before the Chief Justice on Monday. The press asked the PM "what if": Reporter: "If the court decides to grant the injunction being sought, would you abide by the court's decision and postponed the referendum?"

Lisa's Lawyering Fees
And, of course, appearing in court representing the government, will be former PUP Foreign Minister Lisa Shoman. Her support of the "Yes" campaign when her party is saying "No" - has earned her all kinds of criticism. Today the press asked the Prime Minister who's paying:.. Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow, Prime Minister: "Yes, we have retained Miss Shoman's law firm and of course we are paying her as we would pay any other lawyer. Quite frankly, given how much work she is doing and how much master of mistress of the brief, I personally feel we are not paying her enough, but let me not encourage her."

Help For Holy Angels
Turning now to other news, Education Minister Patrick Faber today said that government will try to help with the deplorable situation Holy Angels RC school in Pomona. As we showed you on Monday, the school is in an advanced state of decay - leading to rat and bat infestations - amongst other misfortunes. Because of this and the associated health risks, parents are keeping their children home. And while the fault lies with Catholic Management - ultimately, the buck stops at the state - which has to find a way to keep the school open. Today, Education Minister Patrick Faber told us what he plans to do:..

Bad News For Banking Sector - AIBL Winding Down
Atlantic International Bank is winding up its operations - and it has turned to the Central Bank to help it to make an orderly closure. It's a major event for the offshore banking sector, because Atlantic International had the biggest portfolio and the biggest staff amongst international or offshore banks. This comes after the bank was hit hard in November of 2018 when the Federal Trade Commission in the US named it in a civil complaint against a land scam operation, Sanctuary Belize.

City Man Critical After Gunshot To Chest
Tonight, 38 year-old Lawrence Simpson, a resident of Belize City, is hospitalized at the KHMH from a gunshot injury to the chest. He opened his door last night expecting to find a visitor; instead, he came face to face with a gunman who tried to kill him. Police say that he, his wife, and their children were at home, when someone shouted for him from the outside. He opened his backdoor to gunfire. This morning, police told us that his is currently in a critical condition at the KHMH.

Gungulung Murder Drug Related
Police also shared details about yesterday's early morning murder - the first in 3 weeks in Belize City. As we reported, sometime early in the morning, 22 year-old Jordan Lorenzo, a Dangriga resident, was shot and killed as he slept, while 17 year-old Rakeem Cruz, also from Dangriga was shot. The cops told us today that at this time, they have reason to suspect that Cruz and Lorenzo were gunned down in a drug transaction gone sideways:

Four Held For Frutos Murder
Police still have a number of men detained for the murder of San Ignacio resident, 26 year old Kevin Frutos. As we reported, he went missing last week Friday. He was last seen in the company of three men who he met while drinking at a Belmopan bar. Frutos - we should note - had just gotten paid that day. And police say robbery was the motive for his murder Here's more form today's press conference:..

Three Students Murdered: UB Take Stock
Frutos joins Dwayne Cummings and Masaki Yanai as the 3 UB students who have been killed in the last 6 weeks. It is a major concern for the University, and so, the history club students hosted a safety and security forum this afternoon at the Belmopan Jaguar auditorium. Of course you can't talk about safety and security without the police so the students invited Commissioner Chester Williams to give the keynote address and also to listen to students and give feedback as to how their concerns can be addressed. Here is more from the event.

Minors Committed Arson?
Last night, we told you about the distress of the Belize City businesswoman, Marta Ramirez. She'd been operating her snack shop at the corner of La Croix Boulevard and Balan Street for 9 years. But when she closed up on Tuesday evening, she returned several hours later to she found it burning. As you will remember, she was sure that someone set the fire, and today police confirmed that they are on the verge of making an arrest for arson. Here's the spokesperson had to say at today's press briefing:

Tour Guides, Taking a Lick
Last week, we took you to the Fort Street Tourism Village for the latest complaints coming from the local tour operators. According to the government, last year, the tourism sector hit a milestone with over a million cruise visitors. But that boon in business is not trickling down to the local tour operators who sell their tours outside the gates of the Tourism Village. They say that it's been worsening for several years now, and according to them, the big tour companies have stifled their business ventures, even resorting to propaganda and scare tactics.

Feeding Program For Schools
"Empty crocus bag cyaah stand up" - we all know that old creole wisdom- and that;s why the Ministry of Education is funding feeding programs in certain areas including Dangriga and the Southside of Belize City. But, they can't feed everyone, but feeding school children is - and feeding them well - is a major priority. And now the Ministries of Health and Education have come up with the "National Menus for Schoolfeeding Programs." It's a list of menus top offer schools instruction on what to prepare and how to do it most nutritionally. It was launched today with much fanfare at the Marion Jones Stadium - and here's what we heard:..

Has Belize Researched Guatemala Enough?
Going back now to the Yes to the ICJ Press conference that the Prime Minister hosted today, we had some questions for the presenters. One of the biggest fears we've heard from those in the public is that Guatemala may have a hidden card up its sleeve. Ambassador Alexis Rosado should know. He has done years of research on the issue - dating back to 1997 when he was at the British High commission in the UK.

Why Then Would Guate Go to Court?
So, if Guatemala has no cards hidden up its sleeve, and if Belize has such an airtight case, then, why are they going to court at all? After all, no one goes to court to lose, do they? That's what we asked today:... Reporter: "There is concern in the public that there is no way these people are going to court with manifestly as you all claimed no prospect of success. They must have a secret weapon or some document of some type that has been lost to history which Belize is unaware of which would sink the Belize case irrevocably."

And If We Vote No?
But, despite all those assurances, there's a good section of the population, maybe even a majority that still doesn't trust - and plan to vote no on April 10th. Former Foreign Minister Lisa Shoman says that if you vote "no" - she feels the issue will one day come right back to the ICJ - while the Prime Minister says that Belize could experience major fallout amongst its diplomatic friends:

Senate Debates Budget
Turning now to the senate, today the senators got their turn to discuss and respond to the presentation of 2019/2020 budget. We start off with Business senator Mark Lizarraga who had a lot to say about what he calls a "no consultation, tax and spend budget." Here is a snippet of his comments. Lizarraga also went into detail about the inconsistencies in the budget. Here is an excerpt of that section of his speech.

Channel 5

AIBL Folds after Eighteen Years in Offshore Banking Sector
There are new details tonight in respect of the crisis at the Atlantic International Bank Limited.  We can confirm that AIBL has started a voluntary winding up and representatives from [...]

PM Barrow Introduces a New Legal Opinion by Former I.C.J. President
Prime Minister Dean Barrow presented the latest legal opinion on the Belize/Guatemala territorial dispute.  It comes on the heels of another put forward recently by the Bar Association which commissioned [...]

Judge Stephen Schwebel Weighs in on the Belize/Guatemala Claim
While it can be argued that Judge Schwebel is essentially rehashing what has been posited in the 2001 legal opinion, PM Barrow went on to say that it is Schwebel’s [...]

“We are subjects to the rule of law” – PM on Pending Supreme Court Decision
On Monday, Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin will preside over a constitutional challenge brought by the People’s United Party.  The legality of the Special Agreement between Belize and Guatemala, signed in [...]

Regardless of a ‘No’ Vote, Belizean Voters are Still Patriotic
The Prime Minister’s campaign has been to promote a ‘yes’ vote come April tenth. It is also the position of former foreign minister Lisa Shoman, who shared the stage with [...]

Senate Approves Barrow’s 2019/2020 Budget
Following its passage in the House of Representatives, the budget for 2019/2020 went to the Senate floor today. Debate in the upper house started with a robust statement from private [...]

Did a Parliamentarian Share Teacher’s Nude Pics?
Earlier in the year a female teacher at Muffle College High School in Orange Walk Town was asked to resign after nude pictures of her were circulated. The teacher resisted [...]

Senators Clash over B.T.L.’s Investments
During his budget presentation, Private Sector Senate Mark Lizarraga touched on Belize Telemedia Limited and Belize Electricity Limited, both companies nationalized by the government.  Senator Lizarraga reminded the government of [...]

2 Detained for City Murder
Police say two persons are detained and being questioned about the murder of twenty-two-year-old Jordan Lorenzo and the shooting of minor, Rakeem Cruz. The two Dangriga residents were inside a [...]

Several Detained for UB Student’s Murder
On Wednesday we reported on the gruesome killing of U.B. Student Kevin Frutos. The twenty-six-year-old went missing on Friday and his body was discovered in a shallow grave around eight-thirty [...]

Shooting Victim in City is Critical
A Belize City man is in the hospital in a critical condition after he was shot inside his home on Pelican Street in Belize City on Wednesday night. Police say [...]

2 Brothers in O.W are Charged with Attempted Murder
Police say that they have charged two brothers for attempted murder in Orange Walk. The incident happened on Saturday, February twenty-third when the Diaz brothers entered a man’s property where [...]

Students Stage an Impromptu Protest in Support of Terminated Teachers
Over a hundred students from the Bishop Martin High School staged an impromptu protest this morning as the situation at the high school continues to deteriorate. Four teachers, whose employment [...]

Who’s Responsible for Mess at Bishop Martin High School?
Four teachers, namely: Avid Briceńo, Manuel Tzul, Emil Quetzal and Carmen Trejo were issued with letters from the Board asking them to leave the school compound immediately on Wednesday. According [...]

M.O.E. says “Infrastructure and Maintenance” are Commitments of the Catholic Management
On Wednesday we shared the good news that Holy Angels is getting some help. The school still needs more support to get things in order. And as you heard, the [...]

Investigation Update into Accidents
As many as six persons died over the weekend in separate traffic accidents across the country. Police are preparing to charge two persons in respect of the couple that killed [...]

Thieves Clean Out Small Business and Then Set it on Fire
Thieves wiped out a small business and then set it on fire in the early hours of Wednesday morning. Marta’s Snack Shop was located on the corner of Lacroix and [...]

Small Tour Guides Ramp Up the Pressure against Big Tour Operators
Small tour guides are ramping up their protest at the lack of jobs even though, the B.T.B. continues to report significant increases in tourist arrivals. Today at the ITVET Compound [...]

Fight over Woman Leads to Stabbing in Seine Bight
A dispute over a woman led to bloodshed in Seine Bight on Tuesday. Police say that a couple was walking when they came under attack by a man. The perpetrator [...]

National Menu for School Feeding Programmes is Launched
The Ministries of Education and Health say that they want to see more healthy meals in the schools across Belize. As a part of the initiative, a national menu for [...]

UB Holds Safety and Security Forum
UB President Clement Sankat, today issued a statement on the murder of business students, Kevin Frutos. The twenty-six-year-old from Bullet Tree was found along the George Price Boulevard in Belmopan [...]

The Reporter

Bus With School Children Runs Off Road In Cayo
According to Police sources, a Morales Bus carrying students on a class trip experienced some failure in its brake system on the Caracol Road and ran off the road. Because two buses were travelling together, the other bus went to drop off passengers and is expected to return for the children.

Frutos’s Family Gets Strange Phone Call Similar To Anny Young’s Family
The Reporter has been able to confirm that a body was found a short while ago on the George Price Boulevard near Our Lady of Guadalupe High School. Multiple sources have claimed that the body has been positively identified as that of Kevin Frutos, missing UB student.

Shooting In Gungulong Area – 1 Dead, 1 Critical
There are reports that two men were shot earlier this morning in the Gungulong area of Belize City. He has been identified only as a resident of Dangriga.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Another young man loses his life in motorcycle accident
Luis Cruz lost his life tonight in a traffic accident in Santa Elena town, Cayo. […]

Motorcycle driver involved in yet another deadly traffic accident
A short while ago a motorcycle and a vehicle was involved in a traffic accident […]

UB mourns the loss of another student
The University of Belize (UB) is mourning its third student for this year that lost […]

2 men shot in Dangriga
Reports reaching our news desk are that two men were shot minutes ago in Dangriga Town. […]

Ministry of Labour establishes On-line Job Recruitment Services
The Ministry of Labour, Local Government and Rural Development recently established a Labour Market Information […]

SIB: Cost of living showed very minimal increase in February
Rising costs of select food items, international airfares, and butane, averaged out against decreasing costs in fuel […]

Conservation in activities in Belize vital to save Nassau grouper from extinction
The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has listed the Nassau grouper, a commercially valuable reef […]

Verdes qualify for basketball playoffs; 3 spots up for grabs
The Verdes Basketball team is the first to officially seal a spot in the 2019 National Elite […]

Two brothers charged for chopping incident in Northern Belize
Police have arrested and charged brothers Ignacio and Pablo Diaz with the offenses of attempted […]

Police say murder of Kevin Frutos was result of robbery
Police today provided an update into the murder investigation of San Ignacio resident, Kevin Frutos. […]

LOVE FM

MURDER: two Dangriga males shot in the Gungulung Area of Belize City
Residents of the Gungulung area of Belize City behind St. Martin De Porres woke up to the sounds of gunshots this morning. About 6:45 a.m. the CET site section of the Gungulung was reeling from the latest spate of gun violence. A shooter or shooter went over the London bridge or pallets to find their …

Consumer Price Index up 0.1 Percent for 2018 Fourth Quarter
The Consumer Price Index (CPI) is one section that is of particular interest to the public. The CPI is up 0.1 percent mainly due to a 0.8 percent increase in the “all other categories of goods and services” section and a 0.3 percent increase in the “food and non-alcoholic beverages” section of the statistics. However, …

Man who Bashed woman in head pleads guilty to manslaughter
In news from the courts, twenty three year old Josue Ortiz pleaded guilty to manslaughter for the death of Bella Regina Williams before Justice Antoinette Moore in Belmopan Magistrate’s Court. The sentencing has been deferred until April 15, 2019 where mitigation pleas will be heard on his behalf. In the matter, Ortiz was represented by …

Brothers arrested for Attempted Murder and Security Guard busted for his weapon
Officers responded to a fire at the corner of La Croix Boulevard and Balan Street in Belize City on March twenty seven. A green Zinc structure measuring 15 feet by 8 feet was engulfed in flames. The police say that at 9 p.m. on the twenty six 46 year old Martha Ramirez, a food …

Blogs

Gorgeous March Weather – Boca Del Rio, San Pedro
Ok…so I’m kinda stuck on repeat right now but I seriously can. not. get. over. it. This late March weather is glorious. Glorious for fly fishing, for diving, for swimming, for being in Belize. Sunny, warm and mild breezes – not the March Blow we usually get. Earlier this week, I set out to visit some of the bars along the stretch of beach just north of town, Boca Del Rio. This once sleepy residential neighbor is now filled with them and I barely scratched the surface.

San Pedro vs. Caye Caulker: How to choose your ideal Belize beach spot
You can’t go wrong with the cayes of Belize (pronounced “keys”), but you can potentially go wrong when choosing between San Pedro and Caye Caulker. They’re both super popular destinations for American beach-goers, but they have distinctly different vibes. To be completely honest, my husband Billy came up with the idea to create a quiz that helps people choose where to go. But these five questions will easily help you decide whether San Pedro or Caye Caulker is a better fit. They both have beautiful beaches, rum drinks as far as the eye can see, and easy access to snorkeling (an absolute must do if you go to Belize). San Pedro is slightly closer to Hol Chan and Shark Ray Alley, but Caye Caulker is probably only another 10 minutes away. I won’t go into too much detail on snorkeling in this post, because I assume if you’re reading this you’re either my parents or pretty far into your Belize research.

7 Reasons to Vacation in Belize
Belize is the most sparsely populated country in Central America with just 387,000 residents. However, it still offers a wide range of diverse environments, from the dense forests on the western side of the country to the stunning beaches on the east coast. Just offshore, divers and snorkelers will love exploring the massive Belize Barrier Reef, which hosts a variety of marine life and picturesque islands.

What Happens When You Arrive at BZE
First and foremost, unless you are a complete stranger to air travel you know your arrival at the BZE International Airport may not be on time. Let’s hope it is…. But if not, DO NOT fret about making your next flight to San Pedro/Caye Caulker. Why? Because there will always be another one waiting in the wings! The great thing about taking either Tropic Air or Maya Island Air is that they are very used to dealing with delays, are aware if incoming flights are late, and will work their customer service magic to get you on the soonest flight out. So stay calm; the only sweating you should be doing is enjoying the heat as you walk off the plane!

International Sourcesizz

Boling shares entrepreneurship expertise with colleagues in Belize
At a recent workshop in Belize, University of North Georgia (UNG) faculty member Dr. Ruben Boling shared some of his insight and experience on how to start a university entrepreneurship program. Boling, director of UNG's Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation that he started in 2016, addressed a Consortium for Belize Educational Cooperation (COBEC) Café event ahead of COBEC's winter meeting in February.

CARICOM issues statement on revised EU blacklist of members of the community
On March 12, 2019, the European Union (EU) issued a revised list of countries purportedly not adhering to tax good governance, which included five members of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Trinidad and Tobago and Bermuda. Seven other members of the community have been placed on a monitoring list having made commitments to undertake reforms by December 2019 and are making efforts in that regard. These are Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, St Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Anguilla, British Virgin Islands and the Cayman Islands.

UK signs trade continuity agreement with Caribbean countries
UK businesses and consumers will benefit from a trade continuity agreement maintaining current arrangements with countries in the Caribbean soon after Britain leaves the EU. Trade policy minister George Hollingbery signed the UK-CARIFORUM Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) Friday, March 22, with ministers and representatives from Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, St Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia and St Vincent and the Grenadines. The news has been welcomed by businesses and business groups including the West Indies Rum and Spirits Producers Association (WIRSPA), one of the oldest private sector trade associations in the Caribbean. WIRSPA represents some brands well-known to UK consumers including Appleton, Angostura and Mount Gay Rum.

Videos

  • BZE Rural South PUP Standard Bearer response to the Budget, 3min.

  • Moving Abroad Talks With Michelle An Expat Living in Belize,

  • White-tailed Deer prancing, .5min. A White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus) prancing in front of our field camera

  • ules Goes To Montana Searching For ICJ Answers, 8min.

  • The Prime Minister's Press Conference, 1hr44min.

  • Swimming with nurse sharks in Belize, 2min.

  • Shark Ray Alley Ambergris Caye Belize, 3.5min. Above and below the water perspective of Shark Ray Alley. Wow!

  • Snorkeling in Belize!, 2.5min. In this video we snorkel Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Shark Ray Alley with Serious Adventures off the coast of Ambergris Caye in Belize.

  • Caye Caulker, Belize - Mar. 2019 - Diving the Great Blue Hole, 8min. Belize is fantastic! I’m not sure where its been on our radar but we will be back! It’s easy to get to, the people are incredibly friendly, the Barrier Reef is stunning and the food is amazing!

  • Hol Chan Marine Reserve Ambergris Caye Belize, 11min. Diving Hol Chan with my daughter. Sting Rays, Eagle Rays, Moray Eels, Nurse Shark, Spiney Lobster, and about a million fish. Great Dive! Away from the surface chop and snorkelers.

  • Traveling to BELIZE with my best friend, 14min. For spring break 2019 I traveled to Belize with 18 students from the University of Iowa along with 2 professors. 21 of us traveled to Belize as part of the international entrepreneurship and culture course offered at Iowa. While we were there we were partnered up with micro-entrepreneurs in San Pedro Columbia, Belize and we helped them with various tasks ranging from marketing to business expansion.

  • VIEWS FROM BELIZE, 7min.

  • Belize vs El Salvador | U-17 International Friendly | Isidoro Beaton Stadium, Belmopan City, 2hr.

  • Senior Steppers performing at the Outstanding Women’s Awards!, 3min.

  • Outstanding Women’s Awards, we are honoring our U.S. Embassy Woman of the Year 2019 awardee Ms. Sharon Matola!, 7min.