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The San Pedro Sun

Copa San Pedro 2019 Closing Season heads to Semifinals
After several intense weekends of football action at the Ambergris Stadium in San Pedro Town, only four teams have managed to make it to the semifinals. The teams that are still contenders in the run for Copa San Pedro 2019 Closing Season championship are Los Catrachos F.C, Legends F.C, Fambo Boys F.C, and Caye Caulker Islanders F.C. Copa San Pedro 2019 Closing Season Semifinals begins this weekend on Thursday, April 4th starting at 7PM. The first round will begin with Los Catrachos F.C taking on Fambo Boys F.C and Caye Caulker Islanders F.C going up against Legends F.C. The second round of the semifinals playoffs will be played on Sunday, April 7th starting at 5PM with Legends F.C versus Caye Caulker Islanders F.C and Fambo Boys F.C facing Los Catrachos F.C. All islanders are invited to come out and support the island teams in their football tournament. Food and drinks will be on sale during all games.

Digi Belize Opens new store in San Pedro Town
Digi Belize held a ceremony to officially open their new store in San Pedro Town on Saturday, March 30th. The new Digi Store is located on Coconut Drive inside Wings Plaza. The event saw a large crowd of guests, Digi representatives, and island residents. The ceremony began shortly after 9AM with the singing of the National Anthem followed by a short prayer delivered by Pastor Clive Welsh. Mistress of Ceremony Janine Salazar then invited Digi Customer Service Lead Ricardo Acosta to deliver the welcome address. He officially welcomed everyone to the grand opening and thanked them for their presence.

Aggravated burglary reported at northern Ambergris Caye beach resort
San Pedro Police are investigating an aggravated burglary which occurred after 1AM on April 2nd at a beach resort some ten miles north of San Pedro Town. The assailants are alleged to be four Hispanic males, who overpowered the security guard, gained access into one of the units where two Canadian Nationals (male and female) were staying. After tying them up, the culprits proceeded to ransack the unit, taking an undisclosed amount of cash among other valuables. The four assailants also took a golf cart and a motorcycle, which were later recovered by police. It is believed that the culprits may have left the island early in the morning.

SPHS celebrates Science Fair 2019!
San Pedro High School (SPHS) students showcased their knowledge during their annual Science Fair at the Angel Nuñez Auditorium on Friday, March 29th. The school’s auditorium was filled with several project booths that focused on this year’s theme: “Reinventing the future by reducing, reusing and recycling.” The 2019 Science Fair officially opened with a recycling fashion show. Afterwards attendees visited the various booths where students explained their experiments, research, observations and conclusions of their project to the spectators. The projects focused on various ways on how different things can be recycled and reused.

Tropic Air Wins The Travelers’ Choice Airlines Award in the Specialty & Leisure Category in Latin America
Tropic Air announces that it has been recognized with the Travelers’ Choice Award in the Specialty and Leisure Category in Latin America in the 2019 TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice awards for Airlines. This is the first time any airline in Belize has won any award from TripAdvisor. "This award validates the hard work and dedication of the 360 Tropic Air employees who have exceeded our guests' expectations throughout their entire travel experience with us," said John Greif III, President of Tropic Air. "We are honoured by this award and its recognition is cherished. It makes us strive to continue the work of enhancing, investing in, and improving the experience for all our customers,” said Steve Schulte, CEO of Tropic Air.

Ambergris Today

New Digi Store Opens In San Pedro
Digi Belize officially inaugurated its New Digi Store on Saturday, March 30, 2019. The New Digi Store is located at the Wing's Building on Coconut Drive. Island residents enjoyed awesome deals and Top Up at the new store during the inauguration. Be sure to drop by and check out their new office as they are currently having awesome promotions on phones and much more.

Ramon’s Village Celebrates Einer Gomez’s 25 Years Of Service
In the spring of 1987, Richard Headrick, purchased Ramon’s Reef Resort. Ramon Nuñez was already on site welcoming guests and running the hotel. Richard had plans to expand the hotel over the next several years and knew Ramon would need help. He also recognized right away that Ramon’s true gift was in dealing with the guests. So a bargain was struck. Ramon would remain as General Manager and his responsibility would be to hug the ladies and kiss the babies. Richard would find someone to work with Ramon and handle the daily operations. Well that was easier said than done. After several years and several attempts, Ramon’s niece Aida Nuñez came along. We thought she might be the one and then she decided to get married and move to the UK. At her recommendation an interview was arranged with a young man named Einer Gomez.

Misc Belizean Sources

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San Pedro Power Outage April 4
Power outage scheduled from 6:00am to 1:00pm on Thursday, April 4 to affect Pescador Drive, Angel Coral Street, Ambergris Street, Caribeña Street, Nurse Shark Street, Pelican Street, Buccaneer Street, Tarpon Street, Almond Street, portion Black Coral Street, San Pedrito including Crocodile Street, Gutten Street, Tropic Wave Street, Glitter Street and Water Lane Street; DFC Area including Mar de Tumbo Drive, Sea Grape Drive, Villa Drive, Escalante Subdivision and Mosquito Coast. BEL to replace utility poles and relocate power lines in the area.

BTIA General Membership Meeting
Caye Caulker BTIA & BTIA Invite you to a General Membership Meeting, April 5, at Vega Inn on Caye Caulker. 6:30pm-10pm.

Dallas Vacationers seek Travel and Adventures in Belize
The Belize Hotel Association, represented by our 2nd Vice President Barbara Hall and Board Director Sherry Constantino attended another of the Travel and Adventures Show series, last weekend. This was the first time that the BHA was promoting our members at the Dallas Travel and Adventure Show, that took place on March 30 and 31, at the Dallas Market Hall in Dallas Texas. This show was chosen by the BHA because of the non-stop flight available from Dallas to Belize, and easy connectivity is always a big factor for travelers.

LOST PUPPY:
In the Banana Beach area south of San Pedro Town. Please call 607-1621 if you have information.

Pancake Brunch with the Easter Bunny in San Pedro
Mark your calendar for this super fun family event at the Lions Club! Saturday April 10, 8am-2pm.

Paint N Splash
See you this week at from 2-4pm Thursday to paint “Senior Turtle”.

Ministry of Health Issues Advisory on Severe Smoke Affecting Northern Communities
The Ministry of Health has been alerted of severe smoke affecting the communities of San Narciso, Louisville, San Victor, Santa Clara, San Roman, Cristo Rey and Concepcion in the Corozal District for the past three weeks. An Investigation into the matter revealed that the disturbance is being created by smoke drifting into Belize from a burning dumpsite in Mexico. In an effort to get control of the burning, the Ministry of Health has made a formal report to the Subdirectory of Environment in Chetumal to have the matter addressed.

Open letter to resident representative ad interim UNDP
We at the Belize PEACE Movement (BPM) trust that your organisation, tasked with providing technical support toward ensuring that adequate awareness and preparedness for the national referendum is realised, remains abreast of all that is transpiring concerning the impending referendum scheduled for April 10, 2019. This correspondence serves as the BPM’s official complaint regarding reports we have received from across the country of personnel dressed in the decal of the UNDP, interviewing citizens as to their likely vote.

Bullet Tree River Clean-up
The FCD Environmental Youth Group teamed up with the Positive Environmental Group to do a river clean up in Bullet Tree. A big thanks to all that helped make the river a nicer place. Betta No Lita! "FCD Environmental Youth Group joined forces with the Positive Environmental Group (PEG) in a river cleanup which was carried out at Bullet Tree Falls. The river cleanup was a success and we want to thank PEG for inviting us."

2nd Belize National Research Conference
April 3,4. Jaguar Auditorium University of Belize Belmopan Campus.

Channel 7

Father Rescues All But One From River Drowning
On Friday we told you about the toddler who got swept away in the river after the dory his family was in capsized. It happened on Friday morning in Esperanza Village in the Cayo district. The baby, 2 year old Mark Landero, was responding well over the weekend but this morning things took a turn for the worse. He died at the KHMH. But his father, David Landero believes that the KHMH is to blame for his son's death. Courtney Weatherburne reports. Today the waters of the Macal river in Esperanza Village looked calm and inviting but on Friday morning, there was a strong current that capsized a dorey with a family in it. David Landero, his wife and about 8 other relatives including his kids were heading to his grandmother's funeral on the other side of the river when they went overboard.

Missing Teen Found Drowned
The body found in Benque yesterday evening has been identified as 18 year old Rudy Morales. But according to the post mortem, he drowned, he wasn't killed. The results don't show any sign of foul play. We spoke to the family in the Kontiki area of San Ignacio this morning. Nehemias Canto, Brother in law: "He went Saturday night at a fair in Benque and from there he went missing. We didn't see him this whole weekend." Reporter: "We understand the family began looking for him ?"

Mechanic Hid Hydro in Gas Tank
Last night around 11:40, It was no April Fool's bust when police found 45 pounds of weed in a Calcutta Mechanic's vehicle. The accused drug trafficker is 40 year old Joel Recinos and the vehicle was parked at his house. Police searched his Ford- 150 truck and found 20 parcels of weed stuffed inside the gas tank. Recinos was charged with drug trafficking. He pled not guilty in court today and was granted bail of $25,000 dollars.

Watchman Critical After Run Over By Bus
A man is in critical condition tonight, after he was knocked down by a bus in Corozal today - near to the Santa Elena border. He is a 49 year old watchman from Paraiso Village, Jose Eliseo Cortez. According to reports, Cortez was heading to Corozal from the border and was about a mile out of Corozal Town, when he was hit by a Silva's bus. Reports say the Silva's bus was headed in the same direction and it tried to overtake Cortez but ended up hitting him. Her survived the impact, but suffered major injury and is at the KHMH tonight in critical condition. We'll have an update on this tomorrow.

Charged for His Cousin's Murder
A 21 year old has been charged for the murder of his 19 year old cousin. It's that case we told you about last night in Sandhill where Leslie accused Gibson of plotting against him, and lashed his cousin across the head with a two by four. Gibson retaliated by stabbing Leslie in the chest, and the knife went right into his heart. He died on the spot. Police said self defence could be a possibility so they sent the file to the DPP. That office advised them to charge Gibson for murder. He was arraigned and remanded today as he covered his face. The cousins grew up close together and lived on the same extended family property in sandhill. They are the sons of two brothers, and, now, one is dead, the other in jail.

Cops Use Drone to Bust Human Smuggling Operation
Orange Walk Police used a drone camera to bust an apparent human trafficking operation yesterday afternoon. It happened on a sugar road between the BSI Factory and Chan Pine Ridge. At around 2:30, police got a call that illegal aliens were seen moving in the area. The police coralled a drone camera from BSI to scan the area. That led them to a pair of SUV's parked in the bush. One of the vehicle owned by someone suspected to be a human trafficker from Santa Cruz village. When police searched the bushes, they found 8 men and 3 women who said they were Cubans.

Attorney Faces Death Threats for Doing Her Job
Last night, we took you to the Supreme Court for an injunction hearing in the case from the PUP. They are trying to delay the ICJ Referendum, which is scheduled for next week Wednesday. The Government and, indeed, the entire nation, have been preparing for this referendum for months now, but if the PUP is successful tomorrow, Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin could order the Government to postpone it until further notice. That's if he is convinced that the PUP parliamentarians who take issue with the 2008 Special Agreement have a legitimate case.

A Mighty Weighty Matter Before CJ
But, beyond these unfortunate death threats, tomorrow is a pivotal day in the case that the PUP have brought to challenge the 2008 Special Agreement to go to the ICJ. The judge has weighty legal arguments to consider before he decides whether or not he will grant the injunction and stop the referendum. Yesterday's case ended about an hour before the start of the news, and so, we were not able to closely examine a few of those arguments that the two sides made in the injunction hearing. Here now is Shoman explaining what are some of the legal issues that the Chief Justice is currently reviewing:

Judge Schwebel Studies the Case for Guatemala
And while you've heard the legal arguments before the Supreme Court, we turn now to the arguments that Guatemala may make before the ICJ - if the case goes there. Last week in Vermont, Jules Vasquez asked Judge Stephen Schwebel the former president of the court, about three arguments which the Guatemalans may use to lay claim to all or a part of Belizean territory:.. On September 15, 1821, what was known as the Captaincy-General of Guatemala - comprised of modern day Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Costa Rica - declared independence from Spain. It became the United Provinces of Central America in 1823. Guatemala, with the largest population was the dominant force within the republic.

Vascianne Says No Play on Uti Possidetis
And the Belize Bar Association's International Law expert Stephen Vascianne had also touched on this principle of international law called "uti possidetis." He did it in his 42 page legal opinion and he went over it when he addressed a public forum held by the bar association. That was two weeks ago - and he spoke to the gather via Skype from Jamaica. Here's what he said:... Stephen Vascianne, International Law Expert: "You can have a treaty which has a provision that fails and yet still you retained boundary arrangements that are set out in the treaty..."

Fire Leaves Family Homeless
Tonight, a family of 5 from San Antonio Village in the Toledo District is homeless after their house burned down completely. It happened at around 5:00 this evening, and our colleagues from PGTV were on the scene shortly after the blaze was discovered. The homeowner told them in an interview that he, his wife, 2 children, and his grandfather lost everything:

Police Find Grenade
Reports at this hour are that police have found a grenade in Benque Viejo. It was found this evening, on the banks of the Mopan River. Police teams - acting on intelligence dug into a hole under a rock, where they found a black plastic bag with a grenade hidden inside. The BDF bomb expert was called to assess it. Police believe that grenades can be acquired in Melchor form underground sources.

Competition Between Bus Companies Turning Criminal?
On this newscast, we've told you multiple times about what we call the bus wars. That's where the competition for customers is so fierce on the road, that bus drivers from rival companies end up racing to try and scoop up as many passengers as they can, to steal commuters from their rivals. All this creates for dangerous driving practices, putting commuters at risk. But, one bus owner says that a rival company recently took it to a new level. Bert Ramos of Ramos Bus Company runs the Ladyville route every day, and he says that on last Saturday, criminals attacked his bus driver, and put a beatdown on him, while he was on the job .

ComPol Tours Police Force
Police Commissioner Chester Williams is wrapping up his Tour of police stations and facilities all across the country, where he inspected the specialized units, sections, branches and headquarters. Williams used the tour to familiarize himself with the assets and facilities that the department has at hand. The ComPol and his senior command team also heard from the rank and file about their concerns.

Caye Crooks Hold Up Resort
Two tourists and the watchman were held up at a resort on the north end of Ambergris Caye early this morning. It happened at Sapphire Beach Resort around 1:30 am, where four hispanic men first held up the security guard, Uwanie Augustine. They blindfolded him and took the keys to the resort. They then entered a room where two Canadians were guests. They were tied up and the men went through their belongings searching for cash. They left -stealing a motorbike and a golf cart, along with some cash.

Channel 5

A Dozen Guatemalan Men Detained in Belize
According to reports, twelve Guatemalan men were detained by the Belize Coast Guard on Friday afternoon. It happened in Moho River, Toledo District. We understand that the men were detained with a large amount of cash in US dollars and Quetzales. The men were escorted to the Punta Gord Police Station where the monies counted in their presence. It reportedly amounted to more than forty thousand US dollars and more than two thousand Quetzales. The men were also found with eleven mobile phones. The Belize Police Department has yet to release details of the men's arrest.

Police Investigate Death of Sandhill Villager
Police are investigating the death of nineteen-year-old Malcolm Leslie who was pronounced dead on arrival on Saturday afternoon. Police report that at around two o'clock, James Gibson was on his verandah when "he was allegedly approached by Malcolm and an argument ensued between the two of them". According to police, Leslie allegedly "lashed James across his face with a piece of wood". "As a result of James allegedly stabbed Malcolm", police say. Gibson was detained by police shortly after.

Revisiting Sarstoon Island Ahead of I.C.J. Referendum
News Five’s reporters have been deployed to various border communities to test the pulse of Belizeans as we prepare for that historic vote on April tenth which will decide if [...]

Jalacte and the I.C.J. Vote – Out of Sight, Out of Mind?
Next stop: Jalacte, a bordering community of some eight hundred residents. The experience there is much different. People from both sides of the border cross unimpeded; there is no immigration [...]

James Gibson is Arraigned for His Cousin’s Murder in Sand Hill
Twenty-one-year-old James Emmanuel Gibson was today arraigned in the courtroom of Senior Magistrate Tricia Pitts-Anderson for the weekend stabbing murder of his cousin, Malcolm Emmanuel. The customer care representative was [...]

Family Mourns Death of Rudy Morales
The Morales family of San Ignacio is grieving the untimely death of one of their own. The nineteen-year-old went missing over the weekend and on Monday afternoon; the family’s worst [...]

4 Armed Robbers Target San Pedro Resort
There are reports of an aggravated burglary at a resort on northern Ambergris Caye. News Five has received information that four armed, masked men targeted the Sapphire Resort located nine [...]

A Major Drug Bust in Corozal
A well-known mechanic from Corozal is in big trouble with the law tonight after he was busted with over forty-five pounds of cannabis. Police are reporting that on Monday night [...]

Man in Critical Condition after Collision with Bus
A man is in the K.H.M.H. in a critical condition tonight after he was involved in a road traffic accident. According to reports, forty-nine-year-old Jose Cortez of Paraiso village was [...]

Fire in San Antonio, Toledo Leaves Family Homeless
A resident of San Antonio, Toledo and his family are tonight homeless, following a fire earlier today which destroyed a pair of structures in the village.  Wallace Coy was returning [...]

WPCs Must Keep Hair above Shoulder
The Belize Police Department is enforcing a regulation in the Standing Orders which has some women police officers up in arms. The department is implementing its code of ethics outlined [...]

ComPol Williams: “Don’t Agree with Rule? Seek Employment Elsewhere”
News Five understands that at least one woman police officer has sought legal advice and is considering challenging the matter in court. Commissioner Williams says that anyone who does not [...]

Gian Gandhi said Possibility of Territorial ‘Adjustment’ by the I.C.J. Cannot Be Ruled Out
Eight days from now the public will vote either YES or NO to determine Belize’s next step to address Guatemala’s claim over the country. As the day nears, opposing camps [...]

Seaweed Farming: A Sustainable, Alternative Source of Income
With the help of Turneffe Atoll Sustainability Association, the Fisheries Department and the Nature Conservancy, a group of fishers are exploring the economic benefits of seaweed farming.  About a dozen [...]

Muffles College High School Fails to Reinstate Female Teacher, Ignoring TSC’s Ruling
Muffles College High School in Orange Walk Town has yet to reinstate the female teacher who was placed on administrative leave, despite the ruling of the Teaching Services Commission. The [...]

N.G.O. Community and Senators Step Up for Lisa Shoman
Cyber bullying and threat of violence are not limited to the viral release of pornographic material on social media.  It has also taken root online in the buildup towards the [...]

Murders Down for 1st Quarter of 2019
Since the beginning of the year to the end of March, there have been thirty-one murders recorded across the country. According to the Ministry of National Security, the Belize Police [...]

Police Department to Crack Down on Public Drinking
The police department is focusing more on preventing deaths caused by excessive drinking. But for the department to be successful in its endeavour, the root causes must be addressed. ComPol [...]

ComPol Chester Williams Concludes National Tour
The Commissioner today concluded a national tour with an event at the Police Training Academy in Belmopan City. The event included an inspection of law enforcement units and a presentation [...]

Belize Gets Ready for REDD+
Forests still cover about thirty percent of the world’s land area, but they are disappearing at an alarming rate. And because deforestation causes almost twenty percent of global emissions, the preservation [...]

ComPol Williams Concludes National Tour
Commissioner of Police Chester Williams today concluded a national tour with an event at the Police Training Academy in Belmopan City. The event included an inspection of law enforcement units and a presentation session and open discussion with Williams. According to the department, the Commissioner's tour is a "national strategy of familiarization, information sharing on the way forward of the BPD".

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D-Day for Belize: Wednesday at 2:00 p.m.
Battlefield Park on the Regent Street side was packed with supporters of the Opposition People’s United Party (PUP) as five parliamentarians and a standard bearer began to walk toward the Supreme Court. They were soon joined by other executive members of the party as they made their way to the courtroom of Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin. Following three hours of submissions before the Chief Justice from the two sides, the claimants and the government attorneys, the Chief Justice thanked both sides for their submissions and announced that he would hand down his decision on Wednesday at 2:00 p.m.

Cousin kills cousin in Sandhill
An argument between two teenage cousins led to death in Sandhill. Malcolm Leslie, 19, a laborer of Sandhill, was stabbed twice in his chest by James Emmanuel Gibson, 18, after he, Gibson, was hit by Leslie with a piece of wood in his face, causing a wound over his eyes. Leslie was rushed to the hospital, but died shortly after. Gibson was also taken to the hospital, where he was treated and later released. Gibson has since been detained pending investigation.

Fisherman fined $3,000 for one bullet
Shane Morgan, 42, a fisherman of 6785 Western Avenue who was charged with keeping ammunition without a gun license after he was found with one live 9-millimeter round, pleaded guilty to the charge when he appeared today before Senior Magistrate Tricia Pitts Anderson. Because Morgan saved the court time by pleading guilty and it was his first offence, Senior Magistrate Anderson invoked a proviso and spared him a custodial sentence. She fined him $3,000 and she gave him until November 30 to pay.

Hermelindo Ical, 30, chopped to death in Armenia
A volunteer soldier of the Belize Defence Force, Hermelindo Ical , 30, also a farmer of Armenia, was found at about 6:30 this morning lying on the roadside in some bushes not far from his house. He had been chopped in the head and body. His body was then taken to the morgue at the Western Regional Hospital. Ical was found by a man who was walking on the road in the area and called police.

Popular radio and television personality Rosalie Staines, passed away
Rosalie Staines, the host of the radio and television talk show Open Paki, has died. Staines, who has been battling a debilitating illness for some time reportedly passed away at her sister’s Los Angeles home. Staines was active in many spears of Belizean life and was regarded by many as a social activist. Facebook is flooded with many pictures of Staines in her many roles as she was full of life and energy.

Hardcore politics: the dying breed of Belizean politicians
As I watched the budget debate in the House this week, I was struck by the behavior of some of our mostly male-dominated, elected leaders, ironically being corralled by a lone female House Speaker trying to keep their behavior in check. On the UDP side, some of these hardcore politicians appeared polished, while others not so much, which made me wonder why a leader would choose to have some of the latter on his ticket as representatives of his government?

BDF grabs 2-1 road win over Verdes; joins wild scramble to top-4 PLB Closing Season playoffs
With their home team, BDF FC in last place at the end of Week 8 in the Premier League of Belize (PLB) 2018-2019 Closing Season, Belize City football fans had all but given up hope of seeing any playoff action this season; but, after 3 straight victories, which included against defending champion Bandits Sport and sub-champion Verdes FC, BDF FC is now poised at Week 11 for a real run at a possible playoff spot. Indeed, with just 3 weeks remaining in the regular season, the top-4 playoff spots are very much “up for grabs” among 7 of the 8 PLB teams.

NEBL reg. season winding down as teams try to squinge into playoff contention
The National Elite Basketball League (NEBL) hosted three games over the past weekend along with the All Star Night on Saturday. Three weeks remain in the NEBL regular season, after which only 4 teams will advance to the playoffs. Below are the standings, where teams are ranked based on the points they have accumulated so far. The variation in standings is due to the fact that all teams have not played the same number of games.

Women’s League scoring race tight at Week 8 of Closing Season
Two weeks remain in the regular season of the National Amateur Women’s League (NAWL) 2018-2019 Closing Season, and 3 teams from each group are already guaranteed a playoff spot, with only 1 spot in each group not settled yet (See team standings below); but where the race is hot is for the Goal Scoring Title, and it has become a “two horse” race between Gladiators’ Kaite Jones and Jewel Fury’s Fatima Romero. In fact, considering that the competition is different in the two groups, there should probably be a scoring champion award for each group. (See scoring leaders table below.)

Editorial: Caracol Road should be scaled down
If we judged the financial health of Belize by the streets in the cities and towns that tourists are encouraged to walk on, and the places that they are encouraged to visit, we would say that our country belongs in the category occupied by the well-off and rich. Albert Street and Seashore Drive in Belize City, and Burns Avenue in San Ignacio Town, are scenic and in spots prosperous. San Pedro, Placencia, and the Island Resorts, are places only the wealthy, or people who were born there, can afford. A lot of regular folk live in Caye Caulker and Hopkins, but these are places where the property values are beyond the pockets of most Belizeans.

What yes KNOW and no BELIEVE
Belizeans who are going to vote NO in the referendum on April 10, if the government or the court don’t postpone it, believe, are of the conviction, that if Belize says YES to the Special Agreement we are going to lose either land or rights, or both. They have their reasons for their arguments, how they arrived at their conclusion. This is how they rest, and that is that we are going to regret forever and ever, giving the green light for the judges at the International Court of Justice to consider our border and sovereignty. Belizeans who are going to vote YES in the referendum on April 10, if it is on April 10, KNOW that Guatemala will get a diplomatic victory over Belize if we vote NO. What they KNOW is that a NO vote will give Guatemala a boost over us.

The Government’s blast from the past
Despite the megabucks being spent by our Government and our disingenuous” friends” to brainwash and railroad the electorate to vote “Yes to the ICJ,” the most recent polls still indicate that the overwhelming majority of voters will vote “No” in the April 10 referendum. Nonetheless, logic indicates that our adversaries will continue to do all in their power to ensure that a “Yes” vote prevails in the upcoming referendum. At the local level, political fortunes and aspirations for national hegemony are at stake and on the international plane, superpower foreign policy objectives. Also, there is strong evidence to suggest that the financial interests of important multinational companies committed to the unbridled harvesting of our valuable natural resources in the disputed area are on the line.

Kyle Murillo, 31, arraigned for abducting ex-girlfriend
Kyle Murillo, 31, a maintenance worker of Louise Bevans Street who allegedly abducted his ex-girlfriend, was charged with unlawful imprisonment and harm when he appeared today before Magistrate Christina Perera. Murillo pleaded not guilty to unlawful imprisonment. He wanted to plead guilty to harm, but he was not satisfied with the facts of the case that were presented, so Magistrate Perera entered an equivocal plea of not guilty. Murillo was offered bail of $4,000 and his case was adjourned until May 10.

Leevon Lewis, 43, dies after being hit by cousin in Mile 8 Community
According to police, Leevon Lewis, 43, of Belize City, was hit on his temple by his cousin during an argument at about 11:30 yesterday morning, and he fell backwards and hit his head on the edge of a parked vehicle’s tailgate as a result. Lewis then fell to the ground and became motionless. He was rushed to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital, where he was declared dead on arrival. The cousin who hit him has since handed in himself to police.

Luis Cruz, 19, dies in motorcycle accident
Just a few days after the sixth person was killed in separate motorcycle collisions, another life was lost in yet another motorcycle collision. This time the life taken was that of Luis Enrique Cruz, 19, a San Ignacio student. Reliable information to us is that about 6:30 last evening, Cruz was traveling on his motorcycle on Loma Luz Boulevard when he lost control of the bike, which slammed into the left side of a vehicle that was coming from the opposite direction, causing him to fall off the motorbike.

Walter Loyo, 28, succumbs after fighting for his life after collision
Walter Loyo, 28, who was involved in a motorcycle collision at Mile 8 on the George Price Highway, in which he suffered massive head and body injuries, died this morning at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital after fighting for his life for about eight days at the Intensive Care Unit at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital. Police said that at about 2:30 Sunday afternoon, March 24, Loyo and his fiancée, Zinnia Ayala, 20, were traveling on a motorcycle on the George Price Highway, from Hattieville to Belize City...

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Network of NGO’s denounce bullying
The Belize Network of NGOs (BNN) issued a statement condemning the threats of violence against […]

Grenade found in Benque Viejo
Reports to our newsroom indicate that this afternoon around 4, authorities were conducting operations and […]

National Security Minister applauds Police Department for decrease in crime
Today, the Minister of National Security, John Saldivar extended congratulations to the Commissioner of Police, […]

Post mortem confirms that Rudy Moralez died of drowning
The body of Rudy Moralez was retrieved yesterday afternoon from the Mopan River in Benque […]

COMPOL wraps up countrywide tour
Today, Commissioner of Police (COMPOL), Chester Williams wrapped up his countrywide tour of the Belize […]

Corozal mechanic detained for drug trafficking
A Corozal mechanic has been detained pending charges of drug trafficking. Around 11:40 last night, […]

Senators denounce threats of violence against Attorney Lisa Shoman
By Social Sector Senators: We, the Social Sector Senators, wish to make a pointed call for respect and tolerance for all in Belize irrespective of their personal positions on any matter, and do hereby strongly condemn any threats of violence against Attorney Lisa Shoman. […]

Latest ICJ forum to Honor “The Flowers Bank 14”
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, despite the pending court case which may or may not postpone […]

Threats of Violence Against Attorney Lisa Shoman
Former parliamentarian, diplomat and current attorney Senior Counsel Lisa Shoman has been the target of […]

Corozal villagers may have to consider relocating temporarily
The Ministry of Health (MOH) has reached out to Mexican authorities asking them to address the […]

Have you gotten your new ID?
The Elections and Boundaries Department informs electors of the final phase for the issuance of […]

The ICJ Fever: Countdown to historic referendum
With only 8 more days to Belize’s historic national referendum, the public awareness and education […]

Foreign Affairs Minister to host presentation on ICJ at Ambergris Caye
Belize’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Wilfred Elrington, is hosting a presentation on whether or not to […]

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Late March 2019

Caye Caulker Belize Travel Guide: What to See, Do, Costs, & Ways to Save
There's plenty to see and do in Belize. Destinations like Placencia, San Ignacio, and Hopkins Village are thriving hubs of culture and activity that only become even more lively as tourists pour in for the vacation winter season. But if you're looking for something more off the beaten path, Caye Caulker offers everything you could want and more. Which is to say, Caye Caulker offers a whole lot less than its more popular and populated contemporaries. Caye Caulker is little more than an island located off the coast of Belize property right in the Caribbean Sea. Underneath is a complex network of underseas caves. The Caye itself is four miles long at its widest point, and the single settlement constitutes only a mile in width.

International Sourcesizz

These eco-shoes are made with sargassum seaweed and plastic bottles
Guanajuato company has developed a sole using seaweed, while it uses PET plastic for the upper part of the shoe. In Quintana Roo, sargassum seaweed is a curse, but for a Guanajuato inventor it has the potential to become environmentally friendly footwear. A new line of eco-shoes — made with recycled plastic and sargassum — has been designed by the firm Renovare, which had already spent several years experimenting with PET plastic. Renovare founder Jorge Castro Ramos told the newspaper El Financiero that it took the company five years of trial and error to reach the stage where it could obtain clothing-grade textile fibers out of recycled plastic bottles.

Bodies of Divers Found at the Bottom of Belize’s Great Blue Hole
The Great Blue Hole, a giant ocean sinkhole off the coast of Belize, is a beautiful and mysterious sight. Now, researchers working on an expedition of the sinkhole have released the first 3D maps of its interior and a minidocumentary on their submarine trip, including how they found mysterious marks and the bodies of long-lost divers at the bottom of the chasm. “Anything that fell into the hole decomposed until that process used up all of the oxygen below 290 feet,” Bergman told Newsweek. “That means that below the hydrogen sulfide (H2S), there’s no oxygen and anything that falls down there now is preserved.”

Videos

  • The Business Perspective on Love, 112min.

  • There's something a bit,,, (odd),,, with this toad I came across, 2min. Missing feet,, that's right! Also it's front left foot only had 2 toes,, it didn't show in the video though. Maybe some kind of deformity, or it survived something crazy!

  • Ladies Night at Pedros Inn - San Pedro, Belize, 3.5min. Hey Everyone, I am taking you to Ladies Night at Pedro's Inn on Ambergris Caye. Every Wednesday, crowds of people pile into Pedro's for late night drinks and dancing.

  • Belize bonefish, 3min. Nice little Belize bonefish on a 6 weight Moonlit Fly fishing Nirvana Glass rod. These fish are so much fun!

  • Here is a throwback from Belize, 21min.

  • Jankunu Productionz presents "Belize Rewind" | San Pedro we’re coming!!!!!!!!!!, 1min.

  • The 'ICJ Referendum' is just 8 days away!, 60min. On 10-4-19, our host, Andre Pitts, was joined by High Comissioner Perla Perdomo, and Ambassador Oliver Del Cid. The panelists will be responding to many questions that have been asked, and will simply the expert Legal Opinions.

  • Dolphins, 1min. Joined by Dolphins while diving Belize

  • Barton Creek Cave Belize, 15min. We were fortunate to stay at Mike's place at the Barton Creek cave Reserve in Belize. It was hot outside but we were able to cool off by diving into the water. The zip lines were awesome! We totally recommend a visit if you are in Belize!

  • Diving The Big Blue Hole in Belize, 14min. Diving the Big Blue Hole on a guided trip! Not a lot of fish but lots of cool formations and some sharks! Went down to 138 ft!