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The San Pedro Sun

San Pedro Invaders trailing behind at the 2019 NAWL Closing Season
Week eight of the 2019 Closing Season of the National Amateur League (NAWL) saw yet another loss for the San Pedro Invaders. The island team was defeated in an away game at the Ricalde Stadium in Corozal Town against Corozal Scorpions on Sunday, March 31st. This latest match, which ended in a 4-1 score, leaves the island girls in the fifth position in the tournament standing, with only five points overall.

BTB hosts annual Media Mixer
The Belize Tourism Board (BTB) shared its 2018 accomplishments and insights with the Belizean media on Friday, March 29th during their annual Media Mixer at the Biltmore Plaza Hotel in Belize City. The event started at 5:30PM inside the Tapir Room and saw members of the media and the BTB mingling and discussing how best to continue working together during 2019 while strengthening their relationship. Opening the floor and officiating the event was host BTB's, Raphael Martinez. He held an interactive session in which some of the participants won fabulous prizes. Afterward, there was a formal presentation in which some of the members from the BTB presented on the achievements the organization has recently accomplished.

With the aim to promote reading to island children, a Little Free Library was installed in the DFC Area ittle Free Library in San Pedro Town on Friday, March 29th. Little Free Libraries are small wooden boxes set up in public spaces used to encourage children to read and share their favorite books with their community. It operates under the honor system that you take a book, and you leave a book, this way the content of the boxes is constantly changing.

San Pedro Pirates win 2-1 against Altitude Assassins
The San Pedro Pirates F.C managed to nab yet another victory during the 11th week of the Premiere League of Belize (PLB) Closing Season 2019. With this 2-1 victory against Altitude Assassins, the island team remains at the top of the PLB chart with 23 points overall. The match began shortly after 7PM at the Ambergris Stadium in San Pedro Town on Saturday, March 30th. Determined to win, Altitude Assassins scored their first goal at minute three of the game courtesy Anthony Linarez. With the early scoring, the pressure grew for the Pirates, as island residents demanded a goal. But a strong defense from the opposite team prevented the Pirates from netting a goal, and the first half came to an end with Altitude Assassins leading 1-0.

Ambergris Today

Northern Belize Affected By Burning Dumpsite In Mexico
The past several days have been tough for residents of Northern Belize, primarily villagers in the Corozal District as heavy smoke has been reaching the area and causing many to be affected health wise. Ministry of Health Issued an advisory on the 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.

BTB Announces Winners Of Its First Take A Shot Photography Sweepstake
On Wednesday, April 3, 2019, The Belize Tourism Board (BTB) announced the winners of its first Take a Shot Photography Sweepstake held from February 15 to March 15, 2019, which focused on Culinary and Birding categories. First place went to Kay Westby, who was awarded a $2,000 cash prize plus a Nikon School Online course on "Beyond the Fundamentals of Photography". Second place went to Nicole Wade, a resident of Orange Walk, who received a $1,000 prize and a Nikon School Online course on "Exploring Dynamic Landscape Photography."

SPHS Science Fair All About Reducing, Reusing And Recycling!
San Pedro High School held its annual science fair on Friday, March 29, 2019 at the R. Angel Nunez Auditorium under the theme "Reinventing the future by reducing, reusing and recycling". Students prepared for several months finding just the right project to bring awareness on pollution and to find ways on how to reduce it. Students in second, third and fourth form displayed their projects in various booths where judges Kristin Marin, Armando Moralez, Roberto Canche and Martin Alegria had a tough decision to make to find winners for the fair.

Misc Belizean Sources


Knitting a closer community in San Pedro
Exciting news! The San Pedro BTIA is putting together an island-wide neighborhood watch committee! This group will work with each of the island neighborhoods to assist in setting up your neighborhood watch. The first step is get the word out. Please fill out the short (less than 1 minute) survey below and share with others on social media, what'sapp, text, etc. - everyone that lives on the island of Ambergris Caye is asked to respond.

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, Caribe�a 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.

Nice weather all week provided plenty of opportunities and produced several "firsts" on a fly. Conditions were excellent for sight casting both from the boat and wading. Good weather helped produce some nice permit on the fly.

CEO Caucus Cancer Ride
SAVE THE DATE ... May 18th, 2019 ... annual CEO Caucus Cancer Ride! It's that time of the year, when we come out, support and raise funds for Cancer Society!

Expansion of Fisheries Replenishment (No-Take) Zones
Cabinet approved a joint proposal from the Ministry of Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment and Sustainable Development, and the Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation, to increase the area of fisheries replenishment zones in Belize's waters in order to protect important fish spawning sites and to further ensure the sustainability of the fisheries sector. Replenishment zones (also referred to as no-take areas) are a globally recognized fisheries management tool used to protect habitats where important biological functions occur, such as spawning, in order to safeguard the reproductive capacity of fish species.

Neutral discussion about the ICJ Referendum on Caye Caulker
Please join us and His Excellency F. Daniel Gutierez Ambassador of Belize to the United States of America & Permanent Representative to the Organization of American States on April 4th at 7 p.m for a neutral discussion about the ICJ Referendum at the Community Centre.

Grand Caribe Birdathon on April 13th
Grand Caribe is all set!!! Are you ready? You can use Google Earth to create an accurate map of your Birdathon circle. Here is one made for Grand Caribe in San Pedro. The north end is Grand Caribe and their south end is around Mahogany Bay. They are doing their Birdathon on April 13th and have also reinforced their team with a Caye Caulker contingent. Looks like they will tear this thing down. How is your lodge and team looking?

Belize Tourism Board's UK luxury FAM

Belize Rewind in San Pedro
Phenomenal Entertainment Belize Rewind, the first of many productions to come, tells the story of Belize from settlement to independence via original songs, beautiful dance, creative poetry and intense drama with just the right touch of comedy. The cast is instrumental in bringing the play to life.

Ya'axch� Conservation Trust receives grant
We are grateful for receiving a small grant from The Trust for the Americas through an Open Government Ecosystem Belize initiative. The seed funding of US $5,000 is to support the pillars of Open Government and foster citizen participation and public accountability in our jewel. We will be utilizing the funds to improve crop production yields using climate-smart agricultural practices within the Maya Golden Landscape. We congratulate other organizations that were successful in securing seed funding.

The Nukux Tat and the Yucatec Maya in Belize
Nukux Tat also known as the Tata Duende is a goblin . The Tata Duende is a famous legend common to the Yucatec Maya(Maya Mestizo) culture . In Yucatec Maya is known as 'Nukux Tat' , The name Tata is a maya word meaning "grandfather" or "Old" and Duende is spanish for"Goblin" also known as "el Dueno del monte" considered as a powerful spirit that protects animals and the jungle. Many Yucatec Maya ask permission to the Nukux Tat before entering the Bush or before entering to hunt.

The Market | Half Marathon Party
Saturday, April 6, 2019 at 8 AM - 2 PM, Banyan Bay Suites. We have pushed our Market from March 30th to April 6th to coincide with Alaia Foundation's 1st Half Marathon & 10K Fun Run. Join the fun and cheer on your fave runner!

Government of Belize and the Republic of China (Taiwan) sign Agreement for the Urban Resilience and Disaster Prevention Project
Yesterday, Tuesday, April 2nd, 2019, Dr. Hon. Omar Figueroa, Minister with responsibility for Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment and Sustainable Development (MFFESD) in cooperation with the Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan) held an Agreement Signing Ceremony for the project entitled "Belize Urban Resilience and Disaster Prevention Project". The agreement is for the implementation of a three-year program aimed at strengthening overall flood preparedness and prevention through enhanced technical capabilities in the application of technology (e.g. GIS and Remote Sensing), applying advanced monitoring techniques to develop a flood early warning system and delivering training courses relevant to this activity; implementing controls in flood-prone areas through improved structural measures; and raising awareness and knowledge of disaster prevention and preparedness to those at risk.

Registration of Importers of Biodegradable Single-use Plastics
Any persons or companies who are importing or planning to import biodegradable single-use "plastic" food containers, utensils and grocery bags are being asked to contact the Department of the Environment (DOE) by April 12, 2019. The DOE is in the process of establishing a registry for the importers of biodegradable single-use items that are alternatives to the plastic items that have been targeted for the national phase-out. This registry is necessary to ensure that importers will meet the legal standards being established for biodegradable items.

The Ministry of Human Development, Social Transformation and Poverty Alleviation (MHDSTPA) has teamed up with U-Report Belize to get input from youths (13-29) on what poverty means to them. The results of the survey will be utilized in the Multidimensional Poverty Workshop to be hosted by the MHDSTPA in June 2019. The objective is to understand poverty and identifying the factors needed to improve household standard of living minimizing poverty in Belize. Interested youths can participate in two ways�

Sizzling Football Action in Corozal
Sunday Edition continues with the Under 10 - Under 13. These games never disappoint. Please support these kids and their teams. It has been a wonderful journey for all of them. Bless them.

Tune In Today or be there Live! Thursday April 4th! Primary School Volleyball Finals! You don't want to miss it! Only on The National Channel.. Join volleyball fans from across the country as the top school teams from each district compete in the 2019 National Primary School Volleyball Tournament in Belize City. Catch all the action, this Thursday- April 4th, Live on TNC10. Exclusively on Central TV & Internet.

Channel 7

CJ Grants PUP Injunction Against April 10th Referendum
Tonight, the ICJ referendum is in limbo - and no one can say for sure whether it will or won't happen as scheduled on April 10th - which is next week Wednesday.  This is after an earth shattering decision this evening by Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin.  He granted the PUP an injunction restraining Government form going ahead with the referendum.  But, still, that doesn't mean it won't happen - and, at this hour, there are more questions than answers.   And we'll address all of it for you tonight, to try and get some clarity if you should get ready to vote "yes" or "no" next week.  

Counsel For GOB Says It's Only a Postponement
On the other side, lead Attorney for the Government, Lisa Shoman said the PUP has only successfully managed to get the referendum postponed, and nothing else as yet.  Speaking on the judge's ruling, she also asserted that the PUP had no success with their main legal arguments. Here's how she explained why: Lisa Shoman, SC - Attorney For GOB: "I'm a bit disappointed. Of course, I want first of all to emphasize that we succeeded on the first ground. That is the Chief Justice said that there is no serious issue to be tried..."

PM Says Lost A Battle, But Not the War, Pushes Forward to April 10th
And while the lawyers for both sides have a clinical perspective - and even the government attorney have sort of accepted a postponement of the referendum, not so for the Prime Minister!   This evening at an emergency press conference, hastily called after the earth shattering judgement, the Prime Minister said he was floored at hearing the judgement, but is determined to somehow still have it on April 10th.  Here's his plan:

Is Referendum Vote Without A Count Tenable?
So, as you heard the Prime Minister explain, now that the Government is restrained by the injunction, they are already making counter-maneuvers to possibly get around it and push on with the ICJ referendum next week, as planned. Here are attorneys for both sides speaking on that approach:  Lisa Shoman, SC - Attorney For GOB: "We are asking for 2 things at this point, applying to the court for a variation. And we've indicated that the variation would be, since nobody know's whether it's yes or no, let's go ahead with our referendum on April 10th, but the Chief Elections Officer wouldn't certify the results..."

Was The Writ Wrong?
And the PUP successfully argued to the Chief Justice that the Prime Minister didn't properly follow the law when he sent the Writ to the Governor General for a signature.  A technical defect in the writ of referendum was what ultimately convinced the Chief Justice to grant the injunction.  Today, the Prime Minister said he followed the advice of the Chief Elections Officer: Jules Vasquez: "Sir if you could speak on the alleged procedural effect that you brought the writ under - I'm not expert in it but what we heard in court, 2-1D - when it is being argued..."

High Court Hail Mary?: PM Thinks Judge Can Pull Thru With A Decision By Tuesday
So now, only the Chief Justice can determine if there will be a referendum on April 10th.  He's having a hearing on Monday April 8th, and if he gives a judgement by the 9th - and it favors the government - then the injunction will be lifted, and the referendum will go through.  That's a lot of if's - and today the Prime Minister said he has confidence in the CJ: Jules Vasquez: "Are you disappointed - we know you've been very outspoken about the performance of the bench but are you disappointed that the judge in the balance of interest would stop this huge locomotive which is called the ICJ referendum, which has been going down the mountain for so many years."

PUP PO'd With Lisa
Lisa Shoman will remain government's lead counsel in this case - which has earned her the ire of her party, the PUP.  Today, her former colleague in the Senate, who's now arguing across the table from her, says Shoman has made her decision: Eamon Courtenay, SC - Attorney for the Claimants: "It seems to me, very clear. She has made common cause with the UDP. She is now working with the UDP. She's now being paid by the UDP. She is for the UDP. There are consequences for your decisions and your actions. That's all I am going to say about Miss Shoman."

PM Will Stay The Course With Shoman As Lead Lawyer
But, despite the slings and arrows from her former colleagues, Shoman is undaunted, and with everything now moving full speed ahead to Monday's hearing, the Prime Minister says she will continue to lead the charge: Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow - Prime Minister: "If there is anybody else who can come in and get up to speed on the double - we would clearly look at that because this is of such an earth shattering importance that the more hands on deck, the better.."

PUP Leader Says Not Time to Gloat
And while the UDP Leader is firm about Shoman's leadership of the case, her party leader Briceño was vague about the implications for her.    But, he was more forthcoming about the favorable outcome of this injunction hearing. He said that he will not gloat: John Briceño - Leader of the Opposition: "Certainly, I don't think it is time to gloat. We're standing up for the Belizean people. But I want to make 3 basic points. 1 is about legality, certainty, and respect. Legality, we've been saying from the beginning that this whole process that the UDP has taken is illegal, Secondly, there must be certainty in what we are doing..."

Honey Bunches of Weevils?
A 27 year old mother of 4 has been charged with harm for attacking a Chinese grocer in Tai Kong store in Cayo. But there is one heck of a back story to it.  I all happened on Monday in San Ignacio at Tai Kong Store on Joe Andrews Drive.   As you can see in the cell phone video that she captured, Khandie Young went to the store to buy a box of Honey Bunches of Oats. She returned shortly after because she found weevils crawling inside and all over the cereal bag. Young demanded that the store owner replace the box of cereal and be reimbursed the $20 she had to pay for a cab to go back to the store.

Compol Mum On US Cash Returned to Guats
On Monday, we told you about the issue in PG where the coast guard arrested 15 Guatemalans entering the Toledo District. They had 40 thousand US dollars and 11 cell phones.  The Coast Guard handed them over to police, and the cops released them with the money.;Today, the Commissioner inaccurately stated that it was dealt with at the police briefing and didn't want to go any further: Chester Williams - Commissioner of Police: "I believe that matter was dealt with at the press conference on Monday, the matter is still being looked at this time."

CEO Says 40K USD Was Legit
Today, the CEO in the Ministry of National Security was more forthcoming.  He said the police concluded that the men were on legitimate business so the 40 thousand US dollars in cash was returned to them: Felix Enriquez - CEO, Ministry of National Security: "It is concerning, I heard of it, we were actually in a planning session on Saturday when we got the for the defense side, it was the coast guard that discovered them and naturally the coast guard handed them over to the police..."

Crime Down In First Quarter of 2019
Today Commissioner of Police Chester Williams met with all commanders from formations countrywide. They gathered at the Belmopan Training Academy for another edition of the Computer Statistics Briefing COMSTAT. The commanders discussed the crime figures for the first quarter of the year and how they will bolster their collective response to crime. Now as it relates to the number so far, Commissioner Chester Williams says it's not that bad but there is definitely more work to be done. Chester Williams - Commissioner of Police: "I can say from the first quarter our figures are looking quite well, yes it is not where we want it to be and as the commissioner I demand a lot from my people..."

The Mysterious Death of a WPC
Woman Police Constable Sherlett Andrews died in the hospital last week Thursday under questionable circumstances.  The 47 year old was definitely ill, but what made her so?  She claimed it was insecticide they sprayed in the mold and insect filled Magistrate's court cell.  Today, the Commissioner of Police addressed the issue of her untimely passing: Chester Williams - Commissioner of Police: "The matter with Ms. Andrews, her death is a great loss to us. I knew her personally and she had been at the courts for quite some time. I just want you to understand that the cell that is being spoken of is not the cell at the police station but at the magistrate court..."

Grenade Type Not Known
Compol Williams also discussed yesterday's discovery of a grenade in Benque Viejo by the riverside.  He said nothing is known conclusively at this time: Chester Williams - Commissioner of Police: "There was a joint operations in Benque between elements of the special patrol unit and mobile interdiction team and the team went an conducted a search at the water pump area and that search yielded one live grenade. the BDF bomb expert was called in who went and retrieved the grenade and it is currently being held by the BDF and we expect to see what is the origin as well as what is the capability of that device."

On The Subject of Security
NICH, UB, Galen and the University of the West Indies organized the 2nd annual Belize National Research Conference. It was held this morning at the UB Jaguar auditorium in Belmopan. The main topic was security and the keynote speaker was Ministry of National Security  CEO Felix Enriquez. We found out more. Nigel Encalada - Director, ISCR: "This year's topic is Belize's security, opportunities and strengths and threats. It is one of the strategies as I have said earlier, we are working on to aid the development of the country..."

Society Shuns Special Needs Kids
Frequently on the news, we tell you about the good work that the faculty and staff at Stella Maris School do to educate special needs children living with disabilities. They prepare them for life as an adult, focusing on education, but also on preparing them live as comfortably as they possibly can with special needs in mainstream society.
But, the staff at Stella Maris says that the sad reality is after these children with disabilities graduate and move on to become young adults, the Belizean society fails them, turns their backs on them.

Sanjay Acquitted For Murder
A man was acquitted of murder today. Forty year old undertaker Sanjay Pilgrim, who was charged with the murder of 45 year old Carrington Bodden was acquitted today by Justice Colin Williams in a trial without jury.  Justice Williams ruled that 3 confession statements Pilgrim gave to the police were not admissible as evidence and with that the Crown, represented by Senior Crown Counsel Shanice Lovell, closed its case.  Justice Williams said that he was not persuaded that any of the confessions were given voluntarily.

The Comedy of Kruffy Air
The Rotary Club has teamed up with Belize's leading theater company, Jankunu Productionz to premier a hilarious play called "Kruffy Air."  You can guess from the name that it will be side-splitting laughs from beginning to end.  Sandra McKay told us why you need to see this play: Again, all the proceeds will got to a charitable cause.

Dealing With The Science Not Symptoms of Flooding
Flash floods ripped through Cayo in 2017, and the Mayor and Area Rep responded by asking the Taiwanese for technical help to figure out how to be more ready next time.  They set up a pilot program named "Construction of Flood Warning Capacity in Belize".  It studied Digital Elevation Models as well as Flood Potential Maps to get to the science, rather than the symptoms of flash floods.   Now, the project will bring in resources to design suitable infrastructure and an early warning system.  The Cooperation in Urban Resilience and Disaster Prevention Project was signed yesterday afternoon at the George Price Centre.

Channel 5

Referendum Train Stopped Dead in Its Tracks!!
There is a major upset for the government in respect of the I.C.J. referendum that was scheduled for next week Wednesday. In a packed courtroom, a ruling was handed down [...]

A "Strange" Request to Proceed with Referendum, Nonetheless
Last Wednesday, during the prime minister's press conference where he unveiled a revised legal opinion by former I.C.J. President Stephen Schwebel, attorney Lisa Shoman added her two cents to a [...]

PM Barrow Says He's Extremely Disappointed with Injunction
The monkey wrench that has been thrown into government's I.C.J. timetable has undoubtedly upset its plans to proceed with a referendum next Wednesday.� In fact, while it did not anticipate [...]

A New Plan is Hatched, PM Barrow Introduces another Legal Strategy
PM Barrow has outlined a three-pronged approach to tackling the latest obstacle in government's path to the I.C.J. referendum.� That impromptu plan of action includes an application for a reworking [...]

Worst Case Scenario - a Short-term Postponement of I.C.J. Referendum
The Court of Appeal is also an immediate first option in the wake of the Chief Justice's milestone decision; that application being signed before C.J. Benjamin could properly exit his [...]

PM Still Optimistic About Referendum Turnout Despite Massive Legal Blow
Government's high-speed train to the I.C.J. referendum has collided into an unforeseen blockade and there is no telling what impact, if any, that sudden crash will have on the momentum [...]

The Western Border Community Has its Say on the I.C.J. Referendum
Traversing the Sarstoon is a tense and perilous journey. The Guatemalan Armed Forces are there to impede Belizeans from freely travelling upstream so Belizeans require escort from the B.D.F. and [...]

C.E.O. Enriquez on Sarstoon Incident: "Why Are We Surprised?"
On Tuesday, we showed you the encounter between a News Five team on an excursion in the Sarstoon and members of the Guatemalan Armed Forces. While the Belizean vessel and [...]

Live Grenade Found in Benque
A joint operation between officers attached to the Special Patrols Unit and the Mobile Interdiction Team led to the discovery of a grenade in Benque Viejo del Carmen. On Tuesday, [...]

Who Authorized the Release of 12 Guatemalans and Vessel?
Twelve Guatemalan nationals were found with over fifty thousand U.S. dollars in cash in the southern waters of Belize last Friday.� The men and their vessel were in the Moho [...]

Murder Stats & More for First Quarter of 2019
The number of murders in the first quarter of the year has gone down by a significant percentage. Commissioner of Police Chester Williams provided the breakdown today in Belmopan. So [...]

Security Cameras to Help in Crime Fighting Strategy
Today, the Police Department convened its national COMSTAT; it's a forum where commanders from across the country would provide a report card on the operations, including crime stats from their [...]

Churchgoers Protest Detention of Pastor in Bella Vista
A church leader, who reportedly entered the country unlawfully, remains in the custody of the Immigration Department in Punta Gorda and this morning his flock traveled all the way from [...]

The 2nd Belize National Research Conference
The second Belize National Research Conference was hosted inside the Jaguar Building at the University of Belize, Belmopan. It is part of a strategy among tertiary level institutions and the [...]

Meet Perla and Shadow - the littlest jaguarundis at the Belize Zoo
How much do you know about the jaguarundi? These small cats are native to parts of North, Central and South America. They are not just commonly found in the forests [...]

G.O.B. Signs Belize Urban Resilience and Disaster Prevention Project
The Ministry of Environment is looking to implement a three-year project to build Belize's preparedness and response to extreme weather events. The project will look at flood preparedness and prevention [...]

The Reporter

Belize Enters A Chasm Of Uncertainty, ICJ Referendum Stayed By Chief Justice
At 2.15pm this afternoon in courtroom No. 1 the Chief Justice of Belize, Kenneth A. Benjamin entered the packed courtroom which was standing room only, with many members of the PUP, the media and other concerned Belizeans. The Chief Justice granted the claimants request for an injunction to the ICJ Referendum that is scheduled for April 10th.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Leaked memo from Chief Elections Officer informs staff to carry on with preparation for referendum despite injunction
Our newsroom is in possession of a leaked memo from Chief Elections Officer, Josephine Tamai, [�]

One dead, one hospitalized after stabbing
Sometime today Marcus Frazier, 24, and Kyle Saunders, 22, allegedly attacked a man at a [�]

Both sides find positives in court's injunction decision
Rarely have they been adversaries, but Senior Counsels Eamon Courtenay and Lisa Shoman both seemed [�]

Several people shot on Fabers Road, Belize City just now
There was a shooting in Belize City minutes ago. It reportedly occurred on Fabers Road. [�]

Girl, 16, goes missing from Transitional Girls Home
A 16-year-old girl who is a resident of the Transitional Girls Home is missing. Today, [�]

PUP calls on GOB to respect court ruling
The People's United Party (PUP) is calling on the Government of Belize (GOB) to respect [�]

Diver drowns in Double Head Cabbage
Reports to our newsroom are that a diver drowned around 5 this evening. The person [�]

Government expands Marine Protected Areas in Biodiverse Offshore Waters
The Government of Belize has approved "The Expansion of Fisheries Replenishment (No-Take) Zones," which will [�]

PM disappointed with ruling by CJ granting injunction against referendum
Prime Minister Dean Barrow held a press conference this evening following the landmark ruling by [�]

Calling Belizean filmmakers
The National Institute of Culture and History (NICH) is looking for Belizean-made short films to [�]

Esperanza infant traveling in capsized canoe passes away
On March 29, BBN broke the news of an incident in Esperanza village where two [�]

Man, 18, missing in Cayo
An 18-year-old is missing in Cayo and his family is asking the public for assistance [�]

"Bamboo Basti" passes through Belize on ride through 34 countries
Sebastian "Basti" Gutmann, a German environmentalist, is on a mission to ride around the world [�]

Government vehicle overturns and burns
A white pick up truck belonging to the Government of Belize and being used by [�]

ComPol and female officers at odds over hair regulations
Commissioner of Police, Chester Williams, and some female members of the Belize Police Department are [�]

Cabinet approves expansion of Fisheries Replenishment (No-Take) Zones
Yesterday, Cabinet approved a joint proposal from the Ministry of Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment and [�]

Mexican writer joins Belize for Book Week 2019
Mexican editor and writer, �scar Benassini, is in Belize joining in the celebration of Book [�]

Fire leaves 20 people homeless in Southern Belize
Our newsroom has received reports of a fire in southern Belize. It occurred in San [�]


Following this afternoon's decision from the Chief Justice, Prime Minister Dean Barrow held an impromptu press conference at 4:30 this evening on the stairs of the Laing Building. The PM said that he was disappointed in the decision but he says it was only the battle lost today not the war. He says the current �

What led to PC 831's Death? Was it toxins at the Courthouse?
Woman police constable number 831 Sharlettt Andrews passed away at the end of March, 2019. Andrews was stationed at the Courthouse in Belize City when she fell ill and was rushed to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital where she eventually passed away. Prior to her passing, Andrews complained about chemicals being sprayed in the cell �

Cubans and Salvadorans Illegaly Enter Belize
On April one at two thirty p.m. the police department in the Orange Walk District received a report about foreign nationals acting suspiciously and being transferred from one vehicle to the next in bush close to the Belize Sugar Industries along the Chan Pine Ridge Road. The police department sent a team of officers including �


Hopkins Belize Travel Guide
Belize City may technically be the capital of the Central American paradise, but Hopkins is arguably the nation's heart and soul. That's because its very character is synonymous with Belize's best qualities: a gregarious and laidback atmosphere, easy access to both the world's second largest barrier reef and a variety of different nature reserves, and a diverse mix of compelling and unique cultures. Sitting in the wake of both the Caribbean Sea and the Maya Mountains, Hopkins is the ideal place for setting off on adventures in Belize. There are no other settlements that offer as much access to as many of the most popular excursions in Belize. And despite being home to a modest reputation of roughly 1,500 people, that location has made Hopkins one of the most popular hubs of activity in the country for visitors.

International Sourcesizz

Southwest Seat Sale from now until Thursday, April 11th
Book by 4/11. 21-day advance purchase required. Nonrefundable. Seats, travel days, and markets limited. Blackout dates apply. Fares valid only on nonstop service, unless otherwise indicated. International travel valid 4/23/19 - 5/16/19 and 8/20/19 - 10/31/19. Points bookings do not include government fees from $5.60 per one-way flight.

McAfee says he won't pay $25 million judgment ordered over 2012 death of Belize man
John McAfee of anti-virus software fame has been found liable and ordered by a federal judge to pay $25 million in the wrongful death lawsuit filed by the estate of a Belize man. But McAfee has said he won't pay. "I have not responded to a single one of my 37 lawsuits in the past 11 years," McAfee said in his "formal response to the media" issued shortly after the judgment was announced. "They have all been frivolous, even though judges are required to decide for the plaintiff if I do not respond. I refuse to play the legal extortion game aimed at America's wealthy class." McAfee argued in his response issued on his Twitter page that "over $200 million" in judgments have been handed down against him in those 11 years but that he has no assets, is "unable to pay a single penny to any of them" and "it is a truly mute point."

Napa fifth grader aims to make a difference on humanitarian trip
Napa fifth grader Arabella Gerosa is headed to Belize next week but she's not going on the usual spring break kind of "vacation." Arabella, 10, and her father, Phil Gerosa, will travel to the Central American country to spend five days on a humanitarian mission to build a center for disadvantaged women, one that will also serve as a residence for girls who are rescued from sex trafficking. The father/daughter team decided to donate their time and efforts after going on a similar mission trip to Panama in 2016. "It was a real adventure," said Arabella. "I like that we helped people," she said.

Explorers Discover A Deathly Mystery At The Bottom Of The Great Blue Hole
The Great Blue Hole off the coast of Belize, an inky blue marine sinkhole surrounded by a coral atoll and crystal clear waters, is an explorer's paradise. The dream of exploring this geological oddity was recently realized by an expedition team made up of scientists, filmmakers, Richard Branson, and Fabien Cousteau, the grandson of French explorer Jacques Cousteau who first brought notoriety to the Blue Hole in the early 1970s. Along with many scientific insights and stunning photographs, the team also came across something particularly sinister at the bottom of the marine sinkhole: the bodies of long-lost divers. "Mostly it was quiet and dark down there," Erika Bergman, National Geographic Explorer and submarine pilot, told Newsweek. "We also encountered the resting place for two of the divers who've been lost in the hole. We notified the local authorities, and everyone agreed to leave them undisturbed. They are at peace."


  • Belize Spring Break 2019, 17min.

  • 2nd Belize National Research Conference, 60min. The 2nd Belize National Research Conference at the Jaguar Auditorium at the University of Belize. University of Belize in collaboration with partners will be hosting the Belize National Research Conference on 3-4th April at the Jaguar Auditorium in Belmopan. We previewed a few of the research that will be presented at the conference. Our guests shared their findings and how they feel their research will impact their fields. Today the researchers talked about the use of folklore to teach cultural and societal norms, promoting the use Creole as a formal language in modern Belize and understanding the relationship between math efficacy and math anxiety. On our couch:

  • Mark Lizarraga, Senator for the Private Sector, 63min. The Revenue Appropriation Bill 2019/2020 was debated in the House of Representative last week. Mark Lizarraga, Senator for the Private Sector, provided his commentary on the budget which he explains does not support economic growth nor does it support the long-term plan of the government outlined in their previous Horizon 2030 strategy.

  • The Coastal Zone Management Authority and Institute (CZMAI), 27min. The Coastal Zone Management Authority and Institute (CZMAI) is promoting sport fishing. They educated us about the two sport fishing legislation passed as well as their work to implement licensing options for fishers. They also spoke of the upcoming Easter Goff's Caye Excursion. The Beach Bonanza Pt. 1 takes place on April 7th and boards from the Radisson dock at 8:30 am. On our couch:

  • Richard "Dickie" Bradley, Attorney-at-Law, 72min. Richard "Dickie" Bradley, Attorney-at-Law, weighed in on the national conversation about taking the territorial claim to the ICJ. He shared his perspectives on the various legal opinions and why he believes the constitutional challenge is necessary.

  • University of Belize - Belize National Research Conference, 39min. University of Belize in collaboration with partners will be hosting the Belize National Research Conference on 3-4th April at the Jaguar Auditorium in Belmopan. We previewed a few of the research that will be presented at the conference. Our guests shared their findings and how they feel their research will impact their fields. Today the researchers talked about the use of folklore to teach cultural and societal norms, promoting the use Creole as a formal language in modern Belize and understanding the relationship between math efficacy and math anxiety. On our couch:

  • Here's a look at the burning area at 4 mile lagoon, 1min. I saw burning bush at four mile lagoon this morning. And. Main this thing is a problem. They shopuld do something about it. Send fire fighter or something. Now I have allergies because of this.

  • The Bottle Movie Trailer, 2.5min. The trailer for The Bottle is out! The moviewas filmed entirely in Belize, and mostly in Cayo. It's funny and dramatic, and you'll know most of the actors. Daniel Velazquez has another Belizean hit on his hands. "Belizean movie, shot and produced, local cast and crew."

  • Boa III - Crawl Cay (Belize Inselform), 21min. Heute gibt es mal etwas ganz besonderes unter den Boa Constrictor Imperatoren, n�mlich die Crawl Cays, eine Inselform die bei Belize liegt. Diese Tiere waren vor ein paar Jahren noch recht verbreitet, meist aus der Bonny, bzw. St�ckl Linie.

  • Birds in Belize 2019, 12min. Birds in Belize 2019, a record of birds 'captured' with my new Nikon Coolpix P1000 between Feb 1st and Mar 15th. Our trip started on Ambergris Caye. From there, we progressed to the Placencia area, then down to Punta Gorda and the Toledo District, then North. We spent a few enjoyable days at Belize Bird Rescue - BBR - where we saw an amazing array of parrots and other birds and met some bird enthusiasts, and spent our last week up in the San Ignacio area. We discovered that Spanish Lookout is a great place for birds, and that Green Hills Butterfly Ranch is also a haven for Hummingbirds, and other birds in the surrounding jungle!

  • Mayan Temple Ruins, Belize, 5min. Mi experiencia en. �Espero que se lo disfruten!