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The San Pedro Sun

ICJ education campaign hosted in San Pedro ahead of the April national referendum
Former Ambassador and Minister of Foreign Affairs Assad Shoman and Jordan Craig from the Citizens for the Defence of Sovereignty held an informational session with islanders regarding the Guatemalan claim to Belize ahead of the national referendum on whether to take the issue to the International Court of Justice (ICJ). Themed ‘Ya Da Fi We Belize,’ the presentation took place at the Central Park on Wednesday, March 27th, and explained why Belizeans should consider taking the matter to the ICJ, and most importantly, the assertion that Belize will have a stronger case over Guatemala if the dispute is taken before the court.

Marco Gonzalez Archeological Site Celebrates Spring Equinox
Well over 175 people gathered at the Marco Gonzalez Archeological Reserve Site to celebrate the Spring Equinox on the morning of Saturday, March 24th. Making the five-plus mile drive south of San Pedro Town, families, friends, residents and tourists alike walked the quarter-mile boardwalk to the Main Plaza of the site where the ceremony and festivities were held. The event, coordinated by the Board of Directors for the Belizean non-profit Marco Gonzalez Maya Site Ambergris Caye LTD, was complete with a Maya blessing ceremony, costumed individuals, Mestizo dancers, interactive exhibits, refreshments and more.

More golf carts arrive on the island
Another batch of brand-new golf carts (18) was seen arriving on the island on Tuesday, March 26th inside shipping containers. With the ongoing issue of traffic on the island, residents are increasingly concerned that these additional golf carts are an unnecessary addition to the saturation of motor vehicles on the island. The golf carts are allegedly for a rental company in town, which contradicts what Mayor Daniel Guerrero stated in November 2017. According to the Mayor, no more golf cart rental companies would be allowed to increase their fleet.

2019 Child Stimulation Month culminates with Preschool Expo in San Pedro
The island preschoolers culminated their Child Stimulation Month activities with a Preschool Expo under this year’s theme: “Hug me, Listen to me, Read with me, Help me Grow!” at the Central Park in San Pedro Town on Thursday, March 27th. The event saw a large crowd of island residents and students enjoying fun-filled activities. The Preschool Expo 2019 began shortly after 9am with a short ceremony. After that, children along with their parents had the chance to enjoy a variety of fun. There were options to paint, color, play games, read books and even dress up as a favorite superhero or princess.

Ambergris Today

Ministry Of Labor Offers On-Line Job Recruitment Services
The Ministry of Labor, Local Government and Rural Development has recently established a Labor 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 Labor Market. The implementation of the system was as a result of collaborative efforts with the Ministry of Human Development.

Misc Belizean Sources


Sub-grantees of The Trust for the Americas project on Open Data and Open Governance
Congratulations to the eight sub-grantees of The Trust for the Americas project on Open Data and Open Governance – University of Belize Technocrats, Belize High School, Corozal Junior College (Official), Ya'axché Conservation Trust, The Belize Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Belize Audio Visual Industry Association (BAVIA), Child Development Fund, and Wildlife Conservation Society. All the sub-grantees received US$5,000 each in seed funding to design local solutions to improve government service delivery.

Jankunu Productionz presents "Belize Rewind"
Belize Rewind, the play about the history of Belize, is coming to San Pedro on Friday, April 12th. Jankunu Productions will be performing the musical at the Paradise Theatre.

Submission of Information/Data Relating to the Use of and/or Elimination of Gillnets
There is still time to add your voice! The Government of Belize has extended its submission period for the public to present information relating to gillnets. There is power in speaking up and the destructive nature of gillnets is an issue we cannot ignore. If we fish sustainably, we can always fish!

Visiting the CJC Business Expo 2019
The CJC Business Expo was Friday at the CCC Compound. This Business expo is held every year, for public to come out and enjoy each informational booth. This event is organized by the different classes of CCC and CJC each. But, each they come up with differnt Business and Science booth inforamtion. It has to be original and the must creativity.

Christafari in San Pedro
Announcing the well-known Christian Reggae Band, Christafari, will be coming to San Pedro for a FREE concert on April 1 at Sacachipsa, starting at 7:30pm.

Xavier Primary School cultural day
Friday, Xavier Primary School held their cultural day.

Nazarene School Playground Installation
What a glorious day for a celebration. The Rotary Club of Corozal hosted members of several Canadian Rotary Clubs, schools and Foundations that donated playground equipment to the Corozal area. The play equipment was shipped to Belize and reassembled on site by teachers, Rotarians, and young students. The students paid for their way here and gave up vacation time to work hard sweating in the Belize sun. As Rotarians, we are called to service and in Corozal, we find that a focus on the children is paramount to the future of Belize. As you know play is a vital part of the health and wellbeing of children. This playground gives them a safe area to burn up excess energy. The dusty yard at the Nazarene schools was transformed into a wonderful play area for the children in just a few days. We have one more playground being installed. Watch here for the update.

Ascenthium: Road to Wacken
Ascenthium's getting ready for their trip to Panama, and they're Road to Wacken concert is just 2 weeks away. They'll be performing at the Civic Center in Belize City on Friday, April 12th. They'll have a couple of surprise opening bands.

Poster competition with Oceana
During Reef Week 2019, Oceana Belize partnered with Turneffe Atoll Sustainability Association to host a poster competition targeting mainly students ages 10-16. Congratulations to our two first place winners: Jiselle Babb from Mary Hill RC School and Anyon Muñoz from Sarteneja La Inmaculada RC School! The two first place winners were chosen, one from the fishing communities and one from the rest of the Corozal district. Special thanks to the Department of Youth Services who donated school supplies to the initiative.

Channel 7

Griga Fisherman Executed in Home - Killers Came From City
A Dangriga fisherman was executed last night inside his home. 49 year old Carlos Reyes and his worker were at his house when gunmen entered the house and shot them - killing Reyes. Reyes' relatives were a few houses down when the shooting happened. Courtney Weatherburne has more. Yesterday evening at 6:15, the quiet of Dangriga Town was shattered by gunshots.As the police processed the scene, a crowd gathered and curiously looked on from a distance. Those gunshots came from Carlos Reyes's Citron Street house, he was shot and killed inside. Reyes was along with his worker when a gunman pounced on them.

Cops Say Teenagers Killed Frutos
3 male minors and 1 man, 22 year old Christian Pineda were arraigned today for Kevin Frutos's murder.  They were taken to the Belmopan Supreme court and 7news was there to capture them as they exited court.   But because they are minors, two of them aged 17, and one of them 16,  we can't show their faces.  Now, Frutos went missing on Friday March 22nd. It is believed he was killed that same night, and his body dumped near the George Price Boulevard in Belmopan. We spoke to Frutos's brother who was at court when the accused killers were taken to court. He was surprisingly calm and even said he forgave them. Here is that interview.

Another Man On Motorbike Killed
Another motorcycle rider has been killed in a traffic accident.  19 year old Luis Enrique Cruz becomes the fourth person to be killed while driving a motorbike in less than a week.   It happened yesterday evening at a few minutes before 7:00.  The teenager collided into an oncoming mid sized SUV on Loma Luz Boulevard in Santa Elena town almost on front of La Pasadita Bar.   59 year old Eric Flowers was driving that SUV when he says Cruz lost control of his Li Fan motorbike and rammed into the side of the SUV.

Toddler Drowns When Dorey Capsizes
A three year old was rushed to the KHMH today after a terrible mishap in the Mopan river.  It happened when his family was crossing the river in Esperanza Village.  Reports say that David Landero and his wife Amy Cunil were crossing the river with three  children in the dorey when it sank.  They quickly grabbed two of the kids - but a third - a three year old - was swept away in the currents.   Someone on the river bank pulled him out and tried to administer CPR - but without any success.

Former ICJ President Explains Court's Inner Workings
Tonight we have part two of our interview with former president of the ICJ, Judge Stephen Schwebel. We asked him about the inner workings of this unique court where 15 judges all give their input into final decisions. It the Belize - Guatemala dispute does go to court, it will take as many as 5 years before a judgment is rendered. And two years of that would be spent presenting oral arguments and written submissions. Judge Schwebel has led that process and explained it to Jules Vasquez: Judge Stephen Schwebel served 19 years on the ICJ, three of them as president.

Police Make Contraband Bust in San Victor, Smugglers' Paradise
San Victor Village in the Corozal District is one of the top contraband hotspots in the country, and that was proven today in an early morning raid when police conducted a major operation and came up with a huge bust of beers and soda's.   Between 5:00 and 7:30 am, Corozal and Orange Walk police searched a residence and found 128 cases of Suprerior, Tecate and Dos Equis beers, along with two cases of large coke, and a 15 horsepower outboard motor.   In the search of an abandoned home, they found a 16 gauge shotgun and 16 guage  cartridges.   One well known smuggler is detained pending investigation for uncustomed goods, whilst the shotgun and cartridges were labeled as found property.

One Week of No Classes At Holy Angels
There were no classes again today at Holy Angels Primary School in Pomona. Instead the teachers and parents stood by the roadside most of the day asking for donations. Viewers will remember that the classrooms at this school are in deplorable conditions - there are rats, bats, termites and holes in the floorboards. We passed them on the road today and found out how it was going. The teachers say they are doing their part.  Rose Avila - Teacher" "What we're doing is that we are trying to do our part to try to assist in helping to repair our school..."

Cops Find Almost Two Pounds of Weed Stashed In City House
Tonight, 26 year-old Mark Smith, 46 year-old Sherman Fitzgibbon, and 27 year-old Kimberly Arnold are out on bail after they were taken to court for allegedly being in possession of a sizable quantity of weed.  At around 5:45 this morning, police searched a house at #41 Victoria Street.  In the yard, they found a white plastic bucket stuffed with 695 grams - or just over 1 and a half pounds - of weed.  The cops charged all three for drug trafficking.

SIB Says GDP Grew in Fourth Quarter
Earlier this week, the Statistical Institute of Belize released their latest assessment on how the country's economy is performing. They say that in the last quarter of 2018, Belize's gross domestic product increased by 1.3% when compared to the same time period of 2017. The SIB says that for the last 3 months of 2018, the stand-out performance of the banana and livestock industries allowed for that 1.3% growth in the economy. At a press conference on Wednesday, Statistician Jacqueline Sabal discussed the bottomline in these and the other industries which also contributed to that growth in the 4th quarter. Here's what she had to say:

High Hopes for U-17 Team
Tonight, Belize's Under 17 National Football Team is finishing up their travel to Tampa, Florida. In 3 days, they will be competing in the qualifier rounds of the CONCACAF U-17 championships. The team has been training for over a year now, and they believe that team Belize has a fair chance of advancing to the the next round of the tournament. 7News met the team at the airport this morning, and here's what the FFB's Technical Development Director had to say about the preparation of these talented young footballers over the past few months:

Real Russian Ballet in Belize
Russian Ballet is the pinnacle of creative dance - and this weekend it's coming to Belize. The show features legitimate, international prima ballerinas, and it's a once in a lifetime opportunity for any fan of dance to see masters oof their craft perform for very affordable prices. We learned more today:.. Tickets are $30 for general - which is upstairs, $60 for reserved and $110 for premium.

Senator's Scattershot Allegation Shows Somebody's Lying In Senate Chamber
Yesterday in the Senate, Labour Senator Elena Smith caused a commotion when she threw a scattershot  allegation that has all sides "clearing shoal" tonight.  .  She was talking about cyberbullying and referred to the case where a teacher from Orange Walk was forced to resign after nude pictures of her were circulated.  She lamented that one of her own senate colleagues was accused of "sharing the pictures with the public and making rude comments about that teacher."  So, who was she referring to?  Well, she didn't get specific, and tonight all 14 senators are saying "it wasn't me!"

Channel 5

The Great Stars of Russian Ballet to Perform in Belize
Here’s something for this weekend. The Bliss Center for the Performing Arts is preparing to put on a show like no other. On Sunday three world-renowned ballet performers will put on a unique show at the Bliss. Principal dancer Alexander Volchkov of Russia will lead the group in what is expected to be an extraordinary performance. Communications Officer at the National Institute of Culture and History Neil Hall told us more.


Barrow’s last stand
Prime Minister, Dean O. Barrow will stop at nothing to get the “yes” to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) vote that he has been desperately and relentlessly seeking to ensure. Just when many Belizeans are getting tired of the coercive ads and the repetitive babble of an ICJ one-sided education campaign, the Prime Minister pulled off what appears to be his final “yes” ICJ pitch when he engaged a former retired ICJ judge to provide an opinion on the Guatemalan claim that would paper over the deficiencies of the government’s national education campaign and make Belizeans feel less fearful about putting the fate of the country in the hands of a panel of foreign ICJ judges.

Atlantic International Bank Limited (AIBL) goes belly up
This week, Belize got the disquieting news of the closure of another bank, Atlantic International Bank Limited (AIBL). Last year, the doors of Choice Bank, another offshore bank, were closed, and now, just several months later, the troubled AIBL has gone belly up. AIBL, fortunately, is not related to one of Belize’s biggest banks, Atlantic Bank Limited.

Jordan Lorenzo, 22, murdered in Gungulung
At about 6:00 yesterday morning, Wednesday, a brazen gunman or gunmen crossed a “London Bridge” in the Gungulung area in Lake Independence and went into a house, where they opened fire on two young men who were sleeping. After the barrage of gunshots interrupted the peaceful Wednesday morning, two men were seen, by neighbors who were alarmed by the gunshots, walking back on the “London Bridge” to M&M Street, from the direction of the house. The men then disappeared from the scene.

2 shot in Dangriga tonight; 1 dead and 1 critical
At about 8:00 tonight, two men who were walking on Riverside Street in Dangriga were shot. One died immediately on the scene, and the other is in a critical condition in the Southern Regional Hospital. Police are on the scene trying to establish the identities of the victims. The motive for the shooting is not known.

PM Barrow shuts door in the face of diaspora Belizeans
The private member’s bill, sponsored by the area representative for Caribbean Shores, Hon. Kareem Musa, (PUP) that would have amended the Representation of the People’s Act and allowed for diaspora Belizeans to vote in the ICJ referendum, forgoing the two month-residency requirement, was dead on arrival when it was introduced on the floor of the House shortly before midnight on Tuesday night. The Bill made it onto the order paper for Tuesday’s business at the House of Representatives meeting when the budget debate was in its second and final day, but it was voted down by the members of the government side, following a division during which parliamentarians voted individually.

The budget debate that never was
Belize politicians and elected area representatives are a strange bunch. Every year they gather in the chambers of the National Assembly under the premise that they will debate the government appropriation bill (the budget). But they never debate the figures presented in the budget by the Prime Minister. After spending the better part of 12 hours tuned in to the “budget debate,” I signed off, not knowing much more than when I started the assignment to cover the budget debate. Now I need a copy of the budget book to help me make sense of it.

Corozal F.A. Youth Tournaments update
nother successful weekend! This week marks our seventh week of the ongoing Youth U-Tournaments at the Ricalde Stadium, hosted by the Corozal Football Association (CFA) under the auspices of the Football Federation of Belize (FFB). It has been seven productive weeks, all teams/clubs giving their utmost best and looking forward to be the champions of the tournament. We are grateful to the Corozal community for its continued support to football.

Mayor Belize City Dominoes Tournament Week 2 results
Here are the results from Week Two of the Tournament, which took place on Sunday, March 24, at Long Island Bar. All teams participated, and all games concluded with the winners reaching 3000 points. The results are as follows: Outlaws (3000) over River Side (2916); Back Yard (3075) over Truckers (2539); House Bottom (3024) over Ground Fighters (2454); Grabs (3018) over Third World (1997); Dirty Rebels (3018) over Another World (2989); and Mopan Street (3000) over Mango Tree (2298).

Nissan Arana (Elite), Kaya Cattouse (Female) and Shayle Paredes (Junior) are winners of the 38th Belmopan Cycling Classic
It was an all-Belizean field of 100 riders that took part in the 38thh Belmopan Cycling Classic on Sunday, March 24 – 71 Elite/Masters, 5 Females, and 24 in the Junior/Youth category. The Elite/Masters race went from Belmopan to Belize City and back, for 100 miles, and some 47 of the 71 starters completed the race, 42 of them inside the 30-minute limit after the winner. All 5 Females finished their 60-mile ride from Belmopan to Gracie Rock and back; and 20 of the 24 Juniors completed the same 60-mile journey as the Females.

Belmopan Invaders are FFB National Beach Soccer Champions 2019
The Football Federation of Belize’s (FFB) National Beach Soccer Championship 2019 was held yesterday in Hopkins Village, where the third place and championship finals were followed by the issuing of trophies and awards. In the 3rd Place match, Seine Bight Christ Warriors won, 4-2, over Dangriga Beach Soccer. Kenyon Martinez (5’, 26’ & 28’) and Devin Guzman (29’) did the scoring for Seine Bight, while Kareem Haylock (13’) and Carlos Bent (23’) tallied for Dangriga.

Editorial: (You need to) get over your problem, Minister
The Deputy Prime Minister, who is the Minister of Education, Youth, Sports and Culture, in his hour- and-a-half long presentation on the 2019-2020 budget to the House of Representatives, dedicated the first half hour of his time to countering the presentations of two former ministers of education from the Opposition in the House, Honorable Cordel Hyde and Honorable Said Musa. Those two representatives had spent considerable time pointing out what they saw as weaknesses in the 2019-2020 budget, and the Deputy Prime Minister felt they deserved some correction.
Dear Editor, The United Nations has decreed that “no country’s borders shall be altered by war” and “a people have a right to self-determination”. Guatemala knows this and realizes that the world will not accept an invasion of Belize. The only way for Guatemala to get a piece of Belize is through the ICJ, and our leaders look like they wish to help in this matter. The tables have turned and now the ICJ is better for Guatemala than for us.

Romel Cuello on banning single-use plastics
Dear Editor, As a large importer of disposable items in Belize, my business enterprise is being affected by the decision of GOB to ban single-use plastics in the country. I can only imagine how the owners of the factories that produce these items in Belize feel. GOB will also feel the heavy loss in duties and taxes. Plastics are an integral part of society. Why? Because they are very useful and very cheap. As in everything else, every action has a reaction. Plenty usage begets plenty waste.

20 years of misinformation
Dear Editor, Those who pushed for the deal to build the dams on the Macal River, three politicians and a senator, have no shame as to what their actions have cost the people along the Macal and Belize Rivers. The water in the Macal River is polluted and people shouldn’t drink it or swim in it. Many of the fish in the river have high levels of mercury which affects the central nervous system and is most dangerous to children and pregnant women. There is still no workable dam break early warning system.

The Belize PEACE Movement’s response to the PM’s press conference
Dear Editor, The Belize PEACE Movement issues the following statement in response to the PM’s press conference earlier today. It is not lost on the Movement that the PM is big on “optics” and today’s press conference was, among other things, apparently concocted in an attempt to influence precisely that. Today’s show was essentially an affront to Belizeans everywhere. In keeping with his government’s patent arrogance, it was revealed to be nothing more than a last ditch effort to attempt to regain the considerable support they have lost as a result of Belizeans becoming better informed due to gaining a greater expanse of information, albeit not due to any effort put forth by the Referendum Unit.

Was the 1859 Treaty valid?
In doing my research on the 1859 treaty I made some observations that would challenge the validity of the 1859 treaty as follows: 1. 1n 1492, Columbus discovered the New World and claimed it for Spain, and in 1493, Pope Alexander VI proclaimed in the Papal Bull that Spain had exclusive rights to colonize the western hemisphere, which includes Central America. Spain thereby had sovereignty over Belize since 1493. 2. There was no such thing as “no man’s land” or “vacant land” (terra nullius) between Mexico and Guatemala that the British occupied, claimed and owned. Britain recognized and accepted the sovereignty of Spain over Belize and consequently, in the 1783 Treaty of Versailles and the 1786 Convention of London, Spain granted Britain usufruct rights to cut logwood between the Hondo and Sibun Rivers.

Follow the money to the ICJ
I want history to forever record my stance on the issue of whether Belize should vote on Referendum Day to submit its claim to the ICJ as we near the 10th April deadline and as we see all the propaganda being spewed and the money rolling out. I have learnt that it is always good to follow the money and it’s always good to check who the people are either paying the money, running after the money or hiding the money. Money has lots of power, more power than a vote, because money can buy a vote, it can buy people’s conscience, people’s integrity and people’s grandma (as the saying goes).

The night the NAYs had it
It must be the first time in the history of Belize that the Nays had it in the House of Representatives. The final score was 17 NAYs (UDP) and 11 AYEs (PUP). It would not have happened if the Speaker of the House was compliant, was like the pastor in the Senate. The Prime Minister and his deputy squirmed, but not all the latter’s piety nor the former’s wit, could save them from facing the Rules of the House. The NAYs had it, and no amount of power can make them “lure back…cancel half a line…nor all (their) tears wash out a word “ of how they voted that fateful night they turned their backs on the rights of Belizeans living abroad.

The ICJ decision is destroying Belize
Belize City, March 25, 2019– Belizeans are supposed to vote April 10, 2019 in a referendum on the question – “Do you agree that any legal claim of Guatemala against Belize relating to land and insular territories and to any maritime areas pertaining to these territories should be submitted to the International Court of Justice for final settlement and that it determine finally the boundaries of the respective territories and areas of the Parties?” YES or NO? This is the most important decision that Belizeans will make in our short history as a nation-state. Why? Guatemala has, or is going to claim either all of Belize’s territory, or at least 53% of the country – from the Sibun River in the middle of the country to the Sarstoon River in the South, if a majority of Belizean citizens vote yes to submit the claim to the ICJ.

UB student, 26, missing since Friday, found decomposing
The search for University of Belize student Kevin Frutos, 26, of Bullet Tree, Cayo District, who was reported missing since 9:30 Friday night, came to a sad conclusion this morning. Police told us that they were called to an area on George Price Boulevard, near Our Lady of Guadalupe High School in Belmopan, where they found a body buried in a shallow grave. Police said the body was in a state of decomposition and it appeared that there had been attempts to burn it.

Imports Up 6.8% in February 2019
Latest statistics released by the Statistical Institute of Belize (SIB) say that Belize imported nearly $146 million worth of goods in February 2019, an increase of $9.2 million (6.8%) over the $136.8 million worth of goods we imported in February 2018. The SIB reported that “minerals and lubricants”, because of greater importation of diesel and kerosene,”surged by almost $9 million, from $17.5 million in February 2018 to $26.5 million in February 2019.” The report states that imports in the category, Manufactured Goods, went up “by $3.9 million, from $17.4 million to $21.3 million, with increased purchases of corrugated steel rods, steel structures and tires”, the category, Chemical Products, saw an increase in imports “by $3.9 million, from $10.6 million in February 2018 to $14.5 million in February 2019...

Josue Ortiz, Bella Williams’ accused killer, pleads guilty to manslaughter
Josue Ortiz, a resident of Belmopan who has been on remand for the murder of Bella Regina Williams, 34, pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of manslaughter in the Supreme Court before Justice Antoinette Moore. Mitigation pleas will be made on his behalf by his attorney, after which he will be sentenced. Ortiz told the Supreme Court during his trial that on the night of July 24, 2016, he was socializing – dancing and drinking — at the La Cabana nightclub in Belmopan, along with a woman known to him as Gina.

Belizean accused of Cancun robberies captured in Mexico
Amado Gonzalez, 47, a Belizean living in Cancun, Mexico, whom Mexican police accuse of being the leader of a gang of robbers that was robbing people at gas stations in Chetumal, Cancun, and Bacalar, has been captured and is now in the custody of the Mexican police. The details of the arrest were not revealed. According to the Mexican media (online newspaper reports), Mexican authorities, after investigating many armed robberies at hotels, gas stations, pharmacies, and convenience stores in Chetumal and in Cancun, had identified the Belizean as the leader of the bandits and had issued a warrant for his arrest.

The Reporter

Bus Association Angry Over Foreign Runs
The Belize Bus Association is up in arms over revelations from two leaked letters that surfaced last week showing that Minister of Transport Edmond Castro approved bus runs into Belize for two foreign bus companies, a Guatemalan and a Mexican company, which the association says is detrimental to Belizean bus operators.

Editorial – March 29th, 2019
For decades Guatemala has been resisting the idea of going to the ICJ to test her territorial claim against Belize. When she finally relented, she wanted to submit her claim under a protocol known as ex aequo et bono,which would allow her to introduce the question of compensation for Britain’s alleged failure to help build a dirt road to the sea.

Police have issued alerts to formation commanders to ask them to be on the lookout for two men from Belize City, wanted for questioning in Thursday night’s shooting in Dangriga which left one man dead and another in critical condition. Sources say that Police were alerted by the sound of gunshots on South Riverside Street just after 6:00pm.

4 People Charged For The Murder Of Kevin Frutos
The Reporter has been able to confirm that four persons have been charged in Belmopan for the murder of UB student Kevin Frutos, 26. Frutos’ body was found Wednesday morning in a shallow grave off the George Price Boulevard. His throat had been cut and sources say an attempt had been made to burn his body. We’ll have names and pictures of those charged as soon as that information is released.

Morgue Malfunction Causes Public Outrage
A bereaved family from Seine Bight Village, Stann Creek, whose grief was doubled when their loved one’s remains reportedly started to decompose at the Southern Regional Hospital Morgue before they received it for burial, is in the process of filing a complaint with the Ministry of Health while contemplating other action.

Orchid Bay Investors Claim Development is a SCAM
The Reporter was contacted this week by disgruntled investors who claim they were scammed out of money by a company marketing a real estate development in northern Belize. The unhappy investors believe the development is another Sanctuary Bay case of fraud, however, the developers have assured the Reporter that all its business is in order and has no knowledge of the complaints against the company.

Esperanza Family Escapes Tragedy
A family which lives on the West bank of the river in Esperanza Village in the Cayo District narrowly escaped unthinkable tragedy this morning when their three year old son, Mark David Landero, 3, almost died during what should have been a routine crossing of the river in their canoe.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

The Time for Action is Now!
By The National Student Union of Belize: To the students and people of Belize, I am writing to you on behalf of the students of this country that are down trodden, the ones that are voiceless, the ones that are faceless, the ones that are deliberately forgotten and set aside for selfish and unworthy reasons, and certainly the ones that are shouting for help from across the Maya Mountains […]

Belize & the International Community – The Cost of Saying No to ICJ
By Delroy Cuthkelvin: In his most recent Press Conference on the ICJ Referendum, Prime Minister Right Honorable Dean Barrow defended the rights of Belizean citizens to say No to the ICJ and asserted that doing so would NOT […]

Man 21, and 3 minors charged for murder of Kevin Frutos
Four young men were today charged for the brutal murder of promising UB student, Kevin Frutos. […]

2 Guatemalans busted with illegal firearm in Benque Viejo
Police have arrested and charged two Guatemalan nationals for the crime of kept unlicensed firearm and […]

Police seize contraband and illegal firearm in Orange Walk
This morning, officers conducted a joint police operation and seized (128) cases of can beers, (2) […]

NO to Government Issues and Corruption; YES to a Peaceful Solution of the Guatemalan Dispute
By Andre Pitts: We are now only a few days away from the historic ICJ Referendum in which Belizean will have the honor – and the stress – of participating in. As is the case with all other matters of national significance […]

Teen loses life in motorcycle accident
A 19-year-old Luis Cruz, a resident of San Ignacio town, lost his life last night […]

Dangriga police investigating shooting that left one dead, one critical
Police in Dangriga are investigating the murder of Belizean fisherman, Carlos Reyes. Around 6:15 last […]

Business Senator not impressed with BTL’s profits
Business Senator Mark Lizarraga, condemned the Government of Belize (GOB) this week for the nationalization […]

PM Barrow Defends Patriotism of Belizeans who Vote No to ICJ
By Delroy Cuthkelvin: Prime Minister Right Honorable Dean Barrow’s leadership on the ICJ matter has been outstanding and conducive to national unity in the midst of a debate that, by its very nature, tends to be divisive. Such was the case once again at his press conference yesterday. […]

Mexico and Belize host 1st activities of IX Technical and Scientific Cooperation Programme 2019-2020
The Belize Bureau of Standards and the Statistical Institute of Belize are the first two […]

Belizeans can travel without a passport to Chetumal and Bacalar for Easter week
Belizeans planning to travel to Chetumal and Bacalar in Mexico can now enjoy easier access […]

John Mencias is new CEO of BEL
The Central Bank of Belize needs a new Chairman of the Board, after the previous […]

2-year-old rushed to hospital after canoe capsizes in river
A two-year-old was rushed to the San Ignacio community hospital this morning after the canoe […]

Stars of the Russian Ballet coming to Belize
Belize is one of a select few countries in the region that will get […]

Preliminary inquiry for man charged for murder/rape of 17 old month baby to begin in May
Everal Martinez, 22, one year on from the first emergence of a case that […]

Carlos Reyes succumbs to gunshot injuries in Dangriga
Sometime around 7 last night, there was a shooting in Dangriga, Stann Creek. Carlos […]


4 charged for murder of UB student
Three University of Belize (UB) students have been murdered in 2019. Masaki Yanai was killed while coming to aid his father who was being robbed in the family yard in Belize City. Dwayne Cummings was killed in Orange Walk Town after a basketball game. Sadly, the body of a student was found on Wednesday morning. 26 …

Audubon Launches 2nd Edition of historical Cockscomb Book
The Belize Audubon Society manages seven protected areas across the country. Approximately 20 miles on the Southern Highway, the roads open up to pristine mountainous views. At the base of the mountains after you take a trek for several miles past Maya Center Village and the Tiger Fern Waterfall and trails, the story of the …

Veteran says they took his dog after they abused him
An American citizen and veteran who is currently living in the Toledo District is alleging he was abused by the authorities. Guillermo Ortiz says he was detained by the police and was incarcerated for two weeks at the Belize Central Prison without being charged. Ortiz says he has employed the services of an attorney and …

Another person perishes in motorcycle accident
There were six road fatal traffic accidents reported last week. Unfortunately, another person has fallen victim to a motorcycle accident. On Thursday night in Santa Elena, Luis Enrique Cruz was riding his red Li Fan motorcycle on Loma Luz Boulevard when the fatality occurred. The police say that at 6:00 p.m., 59 year old Eric Flowers …

Neighbor Breaks Neighbor’s Jaw over Loud Music
The police department in Cayo raided a farm in Succotz Village. At 6:35 a.m., on Thursday, police visited the farm and found 20 year old Bryant Nolberto Ramirez, a Guatemalan farmer of Bario Fayabun, Melchor De Mencos, Guatemala and 18 year old Libny Janeth Saquic Aldana, another Guatemalan national. The officers found a 16 gauge …


A Taste of Nature: Gaïa Riverlodge serves up fresh eats
Every meal we ate at Gaïa during our three-night stay was full of flavor and bright with fresh vegetables and fruits. From a platter of fresh fruit to start off breakfast, with a side of gorgeous, fresh-squeezed orange juice, to some of the crunchiest, tastiest sautéed vegetables accompanying our meats and starches, we were in foodie heaven. Being in the Cayo District, where fruits and vegetables grow in abundance, it’s no surprise that every meal at Gaïa is literally farm to table! We certainly savored every bite.

Spring has Sprung at Marco Gonzalez Maya Site
Nothing like a ritual of bringing in the new spring season to pull you out of the winter doldrums. And here on San Pedro we got to collect as a community and indulge fully in a refreshing ceremony filled with incense burning, dancing, anointing with water and prayers offered by an authentic Yucatan priest. The weather lately couldn’t have been more perfect leaving the grounds of the Marco Gonzalez Archaeological Reserve prime for the trekking of so many visitors at one time. The most rustic and beautiful raised walking trail was made from remains of an old nearby dock donated after the last hurricane blew through. Signage strategically placed along the trail to notify visitors of different flora, both dangerous and healing as well as some history of the dig site and of course artifacts and ancient building sites that are being excavated. For a history buff like me, well, I was in heaven!

The Heron's Rest
If you are looking for a quaint little get away here on Ambergris Caye, the Heron’s Rest just might be your spot. It is tucked in on the Lagoon side of the Caye, just a couple miles north of the bridge. Diane, the owner of this gem, invites you into her home away from home to make you feel oh so comfortable. Her attention to detail is meticulous. She has thought of everything. Once you arrive, you are greeted with 2 hammocks floating in the wind overlooking the beautiful gardens.

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"Belize’s Woodrow West was also up to the task in CNLQ, making 20 saves on top of 13 clearances in 381 minutes of action. " There is no question that 2019-20 Concacaf Nations League Qualifying delivered a number of exceptional single game performances, but there were a certain number of players who excelled over the course of the four matches.

Business Meets Pleasure: Visit This Belize Overwater Coworking Space
As more and more people work remotely, destinations are adapting accordingly. Yesterday Belize’s Tourism Board announced the opening of the country’s first-ever overwater bungalow coworking space on Tobacco Caye. A tiny private island ten miles off the coast of Belize, this destination is the perfect Caribbean getaway where you can also get work done — an ideal spot for entrepreneurs, freelancers and digital nomads. I spoke to Karen Bevans, the director of tourism for the Belize Tourism Board to find out more about Tobacco Caye and how it blends business and leisure, also known as “Belizesure” on the island. Read on to learn about the features of the co-working space, activities on the island and also the competition where you could win an all-expenses-paid, five-day trip for two to Belize.

Climate change helped destroy these four ancient civilisations
Ignorant, malign and evil. This is some of the unapologetically harsh criticism directed at climate change deniers by Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. Her point is as simple as it is blunt: “Climate change undermines the enjoyment of the full range of human rights – from the right to life, to food, to shelter and to health. It is an injustice that the people who have contributed least to the causes of the problem suffer the worst impacts of climate change.” The Mayan civilization in Mesoamerica lasted for some 3,000 years. Their empire was spread throughout the Yucatan Peninsula and modern-day Guatemala, Belize, parts of Mexico, and western Honduras and El Salvador. Agriculture was the cornerstone of Mayan civilization, with great cities being built as the population grew.


  • Understanding the unique needs of children with autism and developmental disorders, 33min.

  • The Lodge at Chaa Creek - Annual Eco-Kids Summer Camp 2019, 21min.

  • The 3rd Annual Light Our Hearts Rally - Theme is " I Am the Missing Peace.", 24min.

  • Thoughts on the Belize Guatemala territorial claim, 50min.

  • Mirage/Smart Belize Hurricanes and the San Pedro Tiger Sharks, 24min.

  • The Ministry of Health - preventing and screening for Tuberculosis, 29min.

  • The Department of Environment education campaign - phase out of plastic & Styrofoam, 42min.

  • Members of 501 Spokenword - group poetic views on the Belize Guatemala territorial claim, 40min.

  • Grace Flava With A Beat - Carib Beer Battered Conch Fritters, 30min.

  • The Young Women's Association (YWCA) - Update / Boxing throwback video, 35min.

  • 2019 Outstanding Women Awardees, 23min.

  • Belize Agricultural Health Authority (BAHA) - threats to our Agriculture industry, 30min.

  • The Belize Peace Movement (BPM) their plans following the ICJ vote on April 10th, 40min.

  • Belize Guatemala territorial claim - Representatives of the Referendum Unit, 72min.

  • Understanding the neuroscience of happiness, 41min.

  • The Belize City Council (BCC) is preparing for another Super Sale Saturday, 28min.

  • The government has an open call to gather information on the use of gillnets for policy research, 42min.

  • On Let's Talk John Mencias, is joined by former Foreign Minister, Lisa Shoman, 69min. They will be discussing the various Legal Opinions on the Belize/Guatemala Dispute, particurlarly the two most recent ones published this year.

  • Christ Chapel Bible Church in Belize, 8min.

  • You Better Belize It, 20min. You Better Belize It, I spent my winter vacation traveling to Belize Ambergris Caye Grand Caribe Resort for the warmer climate and blue waters of the Caribbean Sea. At last, I have to say goodbye, this is my last day in paradise.

  • Belizesure, 1.5min. The Belize Tourism Board hit a home run with this video. They even coined a new term for it, 'Belizesure,' and used an over the water cabin on Tobacco Caye as a makeshift office. The BTB is also giving away a trip to Belize to go along with the video. Well played, BTB, well played. "Introducing Belizesure: the mix between business, leisure, and Belize! Want to win your own Belizesure experience in Belize? Enter here:"

  • A Jaguar Lunged at Me!!! (BELIZE ZOO VLOG), 14min.

  • Belize snorkeling with sharks and spear fishing, 5.5min.

  • Belize sanpedro snorkeling and spear fishing, 7min.

  • *FAMILY TRIP TO BELIZE*SWIMMING WITH SHARKS*, 3min. I had the best time taking a trip down to Palencia Belize with my family for a week long trip. We went on the monkey river boat tour and snorkeling with the sharks one day.

  • Wildlife Watching On The Belize River, 2.5min. This river excursion was awesome. We saw many different types of wildlife. We loved being on the river, in the jungle.

  • PRIVATE ISLAND IN BELIZE (PERFECT GETAWAY), 2.5min. We went on a boat tour to a PRIVATE island off the coast of Placencia, Belize. Arrived at a perfect and undeveloped island and spent the day soaking the sun, snorkeling, chilling in hammocks and just having a great time with friends.

  • Belize 2016, 7min. Our 2016 trip to Belize is what spurred the travel bug and got us on the road. This is where it all began for us.