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The San Pedro Sun

Jankunu Productionz presents ‘Belize Rewind’ in San Pedro Town
Island residents and visitors are invited to attend Jankunu Productionz ‘Belize Rewind’ show to be held at the Paradise Theatre in San Pedro Town on Friday, April 12th. Belize Rewind is a Belizean historical and cultural immersion, depicting Belize from settlement to independence via live on-stage acting, singing, dancing and poetry. It is engaging, entertaining and interactive, and a total cultural experience. Belize Rewind tells the dynamic story of Belize from settlement to independence, through some of the pivotal points in history that shaped and defined Belize as a people and a nation. Dance, acting and song bring to life Belize’s progression from a logwood settlement and revered Maya stronghold that resisted Spanish attempts at colonization, to a British colony and eventually to independence.

GOB Expands Marine Protected Areas in Biodiverse Offshore Waters
On Wednesday, April 3rd, the Government of Belize (GOB) approved “The Expansion of Fisheries Replenishment (No-Take) Zones,” which will increase the total area of Belize’s protected waters from 4.5 percent to 11.6 %, according to Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS). In this expansion, Belize also establishes its first protected area within its Exclusive Economic Zone, known as the Corona Reef, due to its extensive coral reef complex. The expansion is in the deep-sea area of Belize, with depths ranging from 200 to 3000 meters, which includes some of the most underrepresented habitats in the current marine protected areas (MPAs) system of Belize.

Letter to the Editor: No Belizean Culture
Dear Editor, I just visited San Pedro in January 2019, and I was very disappointed that there is no Belizean identity! The music is American! Most food is American, except the BBQ we found along the road, which was delicious. The new huge development by “Marriott Autograph” is being built on the backs of the Belize men that are using their strength alone to raise this monstrosity. This should be an idyllic island.

Island mechanic dies in fatal motorcycle accident
28-year-old Samuel Pasqual, a mechanic from San Pedro Town died early this morning April 4th, in a motorcycle accident on Seagrape Drive. Pasqual suffered severe head injuries after colliding with a cement pillar on the right hand side of the road. It is alleged that he died on the spot.

Ambergris Today

Fatal Motorcycle Accident On Sea Grape Drive
A road traffic accident which occurred on Thursday, April 4, 2019, has claimed the life of 28-year-old, Samuel Pasqual, Guatemalan mechanic of San Pedro Town. According to reports Pasqual was riding his motorcycle going in a southerly direction when he lost control of his cycle and collided into a cement pillar on the right side of the road causing him severe head injuries.

Misc Belizean Sources

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CEO Caucus Cancer Ride 2019
The CEO Caucus Ride is gearing up for its 4th annual fundraiser to be held on May 18th, 2019. The event has so far raised more than $250,000 over the past 3 years and the 2019 target has once again been set at $50,000. Proceeds from the 2019 CEO Caucus Ride will benefit the Dangriga Cancer Center. Persons wishing to contribute to the initiative can do so via bank deposit at Government Savings Bank branches at the Treasury countrywide, account number “C80 CEO Caucus Cancer Initiative”. Cheques can also be made out in the account name and be given to any CEO.

FCD and BDF personnel fly over the Chiquibul Forest
Last week PACT, along with Friends for Conservation and Development - FCD Belize and Belize Defence Force (BDF) personnel, conducted a flight over the Chiquibul Forest as part of a recently approved PACT Conservation Investment Program. The main objective of the overflight was to monitor encroachments along the western flank of the Chiquibul and Vaca areas. Observed during the overflight were evidence of agricultural encroachment and human settlement within the CF. The information gathered will be used to compare human footprint over a time gradient, evaluate the effectiveness of conservation interventions and help to devise future enforcement strategies in the CF.

COROZAL FUNDRAISING BBQ - Saturday, April 6th, 2019 at the Miami Beach Round House
Pickup your delicious plate from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Funds to benefit a little girl who is facing the battle with Turner Syndrome. Only $8 a plate.

BTB ANNOUNCES WINNERS OF ITS FIRST TAKE A SHOT PHOTOGRAPHY SWEEPSTAKE
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." Kay Westby is originally from Minnesota in the U.S. who made Belize her home some 35 years ago. She is a nature lover and has been taken pictures during her daily early morning walks and kayaking trips in her home village of Placencia. Nicole Wade is a 23-year-old tour guide and nature photographer. She is originally from the Village of Crooked Tree, with a passion for wildlife and nature.

Free dental exams at Smile Center
The San Pedro Smile Center Clinic, located at the Holy Cross Anglican School in San Mateo, will be offering free dental exams and treatments April 8th through the10th from 8:30AM to 3PM Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. The clinic is open to all Belizean children at no cost and must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Government of Belize Explains the Supreme Court’s Ruling on the International Court of Justice Referendum
On April 3, 2019, the Chief Justice Hon. Kenneth Benjamin delivered his ruling on the injunction case on the referendum planned for April 10, 2019 brought before the Supreme Court of Belize by the Opposition Party. The Opposition had asked the Supreme Court to stop the referendum because they contend that there are serious issues to be tried. The main points presented to the Court by the Opposition were: I. A substantive point, that the 2008 Special Agreement was illegally and unconstitutionally approved; and II. A technical point, that the Writ of Referendum (formal written order) was not done properly as per the Referendum Act.

Destination Belize 20th Edition Magazine (Rhythms)
Immerse in the authentic cultural adventures of Belize in the 20th edition of Destination Belize. The photo of the Half Moon Caye Natural Monument located on Lighthouse Reef Atoll, highlights the Rhythms of Belize – intoxicating and transformative, leading you to your own favorite corner of Belize.

Belize's Wonder Women! Renee Wentz
Renée selflessly serves Belize through teaching self-defense and counseling battered and abused women. She is a naturalized Belizean and has been working in Belize’s tertiary educational system since 2004. Since 2011, Ms. Wentz has been the counselor for the University of Belize, serving students at the Belize City and Toledo campuses. Renee is the creator and sole instructor at S.H.E. Thing Self-Defense and Personal Safety for Women and Girlsand Personal Safety for Women and Girls, the only empowerment self-defense program in the country. Currently, she is training a former student to be her assistant. Renee teaches throughout the entire country, including the cayes.

Annual Ariel Rosado Fundraising Ride
The 2019 Ariel Rosado Fundraising Ride will be on Saturday, May 11th. It goes from Galen to Belize. "Annual Fundraising Ride from Galen University in Central Farm to Belize City, with stops in Belmopan, Cheers and Hattieville."

Paradise Theater playing this weekend
Escape Room, Glass, Welcome to Marwen, Dragon, the Hidden World

Sandy Hunter Library hosting “El Pilar and the Forest Garden Exhibit”
The Heroes of the Maya Forest.

2nd Annual Liberty Children's Home Kids' Easter Break
Caliente Restaurant is proud and happy to partner with the Liberty Children's Home once again to provide a day of fun in the sun for children in need. We are asking our loyal customers to please support a great organization that is helping to promote health and happiness to our country's future generation. Anyone who is interested can help by donating non-perishable food items, beach toys, clothing, etc. Any contribution, big or small, is greatly appreciated. Please drop off your donation at Caliente Restaurant. Thank you to everyone for your support in making this a great day for the kids!

Channel 7

Referendum on April 10th? Government Says It Has A Chance
It's only 6 days to April 10th. And everyone wants to know what will happen with the referendum - will it go through, or will it be postponed? Tonight, there are still no clear or easy answers - but there is new information. First, for the background: yesterday, the Chief Justice stunned the government when he granted the PUP an injunction against the ICJ referendum. It looked like a slam dunk for the opposition, but as you saw yesterday, Prime Minister Dean Barrow quickly called a press conference to say he's determined to see it happen - one way or the other - while respecting the court.

Experienced Swimmer Drowns In Double Head
A 38 year old father of 1 drowned in Double Head Cabbage yesterday afternoon. Percival Flowers Jr. is a well known swimmer and athlete in the village but one dive in the river cost him his life. Courtney Weatherburne has the story of a fatal freak accident. Courtney Weatherburne reporting: It is still a shock to family and friends that Percival Flowers Jr. drowned yesterday afternoon. Kimberly Flowers, Sister: "Well like they said you know the best swimmer in the world drown, no one could ever believe it but that is it." Flowers was known as one of the best swimmers and divers in Double Head Cabbage. He was also an experienced fisherman but something went terribly wrong when he and his friends went for an afternoon dip in the river.

Did Marcus Frazier Foresee His Murder
Tonight, Belize City police are keeping a close eye on the Fabers Road area after an explosion of violence yesterday left 2 men dead, and 3 others hospitalized in 3 separate incidents, which all occurred within a half-a-mile radius, and within 5 hours. Police believe at this time, that none of the incidents directly connected to each other, but they do believe that the underlying cause is an ongoing dispute between 2 rival groups of young men living along the Fabers Road. We start first with the killing of 24 year-old Marcus Fraizer. Yesterday, he ended up getting fatally stabbed after he and his companion, 22 year-old Kyle Saunders, allegedly attempted to jump a rival at the Tan Liang Chinese Shop.

First A Knife Murder, Then A Gun Murder
Several hours later, police had to return to the same area in Fabers Road for a gun murder. 40 year-old Eugene Wallace, an employee of Zitro, had recently left from work, and he went to his favorite hang-out spot beside the R&I Chinese Shop. Several of the young men from the area have sort of adopted it as their place to socialize. It should have been an ordinary evening, but, 2 gun pulled up on motorcycle and immediately opened fire on a group of young men. Wallace, and 22 year-old Zachary Knox were among those socializing, and they were hit multiple times to the body.

Murder Victim's Brother Says He Was Not Into Gunplay
We also spoke with Wallace's youngest brother off-camera, and he told us what the family knows about his killing. He said that Wallace stayed away from the gun violence which claimed his life last night: Voice of: Jeffrey Robinson - Brother of the Deceased: "Eugene is just full of life. He is always open and willing to help anybody. He always comes with a different vibe when he comes around, full of joy. Eugene wasn't into anything much, no lot of violence. He goes from home to work, and he comes back home. The Chinese shop where the entire incident happened, it's just one of those evenings where he decided to stop off before coming home. In that case, he never did reach home."

Teenager Shot In Spate of Violence
Yesterday's youngest victim of violence in the same Fabers Road area was 15 year-old Emory Williams. At around 5:30 p.m., he was at his home on Rio Grande Crescent, when someone went shouting for him in front of his house. As soon as he came out to see who it was, a gunman opened fire and shot him. Here's more from police on this case: ASP Alejandro Cowo - OC, CIB Belize City: "Sometime in the evening, at about 5:30, again, police visited the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital, where they, where observed Emory Williams, 15 years-old, with an apparent gunshot wound to the body. What police gathered so far, is that at about 5:20, Emory Williams was inside his residence on Rio Grande Crescent, when someone was calling out..."

Speedbump Sends Man On Motorcycle Flying
And while gun violence is an all too familiar theme in the news - recently, motorcycle accidents have been emerging as another leading cause of traumatic deaths. And there was another fatal accident on San Pedro early this morning. Police told us about the death of 28 year old Guatemalan Samuel Pasqual who hit a speedbump and careened into a cement pillar. Police told us more:... ASP Alejandro Cowo - OC, CIB Belize City: "This morning at about 2 a.m., San Pedro police visited the polyclinic where they observed Samuel Pascual Lopez, 28 years Guatemalan with severe body injuries.

Police Still Looking For Resort Robbers
And keeping it on San Pedro, Island cops have made no arrests in an aggravated burglary, which happened at the Sapphire Beach Resort early on Tuesday morning. It's a high end resort 10 miles north of the town, and armed men targeted the place - but it only had two guests, a Canadian couple. Police told us more:... ASP Alejandro Cowo - OC, CIB Belize City: "On Tuesday, the 2nd of April, 2019, just after 1:30 in the morning, San Pedro police visited Sapphire Resort, located 10 miles north of San Pedro Town. Upon Arrival at the said location, they conducted and inspection of the area, where they observed Mr. Oani Augustine, 29 year-old Belizean security guard, inside of an unfinished house, handcuffed to the back..."

Atlantic Bank Speaks Up
After months of silence, and taking major blows from the US Federal trade Commission - Atlantic International Bank's Acting Chairman today sent out a release that is a kind of like a white flag of surrender. The release refers to the Federal Trade Commission's suit in Maryland targeting all the players the Sanctuary Belize real estate scam. Teh release says, quote, TheFTC, for reasons unknown, also named Atlantic International as a defendant. Although the US Federal Trade Commission did not claim that AIBL was involved in any of the alleged telemarketing violations it asserted that AIBL: had somehow aided and facilitated the wrongdoing by offering the bank's services to prospective purchasers of lots in the development.

More Money, More Problems For Cable
As we've been reporting for months, the landscape of the cable television industry is changing. First, came an increase in the monthly price, and then came the removal of popular channels like STARZ and Showtime. It's part of a new reality where Cable has to become copyright compliant, and quickly. Government signed all the major intellectual property agreements last year, and copyright compliance has come to your television set. But, this big and expensive change comes at a time when internet streaming of everything from NETFLIX to youtube, to thousands of pirated channels that are being offered cheaply to consumers.

Armenia Villager Caught With Logs
An Armenia villager was charged after he was caught with an assortment of unlicensed lumber. 30 year old Walter Leonel Salazar was busted on Monday night around 6:25 at a Hattieville check point. Police searched the cargo truck and found 2000 board feet of assorted lumber, Salmwood and Mahogany, none of which Salazar had a license for. When he appeared today before Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford he pled not guilty to the charge of possession of forest produce. He was offered a bail of $2,000, which he met. If convicted Salazar is liable to pay a fine that would amount to 3 times the value of the lumber. Salazar said he was only hired to do the delivery.

Honest Car Thief fined Not Confined
Alleged Car thief Jaleel Goodger dogged jail time when Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford fined him $2,000 for stealing a woman's vehicle in June 2017. In court, three witnesses testified against him and he changed his not guilty plea to guilty and begged the court for leniency. His story is that his boss set him up to steal the vehicle. The evidence against Goodger was strong given that the jacking was all caught on surveillance camera. But Senior Magistrate Ford took into consideration that Goodger took responsibility for the crime and handed him a non-custodial sentence. He has to pay $2,000 plus a $5.00 cost of court fine by August 5, 2019, in default, 1 year imprisonment.

20 Left Homeless In San Roman
There was a fire in san Roman village in the Stann Creek District on Sunday which reportedly left 20 people homeless. It is believed to be an arson caused by a family dispute. It affected three structures - police told us more: ACP Joseph Myvette - Head of NCIB: "On Monday morning, shortly after midnight, Independence police responded to a house fire in San Roman Village in the Stann Creek District where upon arrival one Juan Cucul, the owner of the three thatch houses, reported that shortly after 11 p.m..."

San Antonio Fire Suspicious
Police also gave us additional details on a fire in San Antonio village which we reported on earlier this week. It happened on the evening of April second, and left a family of five homeless.. Police told us what they know. ACP Joseph Myvette - Head of NCIB: "So far we know that the contents and his entire home was destroyed by fire. At this point in time the police do not know whether or not arson is the cause."

Silva Bus Driver Not Charged
And police also had an update on the Silva bus accident which happened at mile 90 on Tuesday near the Santa Elena border in Corozal. A bus ran into a man on motorbike. The bus driver claims he was overtaking the motorbike, when he veered back into his lane. Police told us they have not yet made a decision on whether they will bring charges:...

Channel 5

Eamon Courtenay Says Timelines Need to be Set for Legal Proceedings
There is still a number of questions as to what will happen next week Wednesday, on April tenth, following the granting of an interim injunction. Twenty-four hours after the ruling, [...]

Will Court of Appeal Hear Injunction Case this Weekend?
There are two hearings at play. One is before the Chief Justice and the other is before the Court of Appeal where as we said, the government is attempting to [...]

Eamon Courtenay: “We live in a country where we have a constitution”
Aside from filing an injunction forthwith, government is also seeking a variation of the Chief Justice’s decision which would essentially allow for the referendum to be held on April tenth [...]

Government Prepares Itself for Worst Case Scenario
All things considered, government is already looking at the worst case scenario which simply means that the referendum may very well be held in June, after the issue has been [...]

Leaked Memo from Chief Elections Officer on Referendum
With all that is taking place or about to take place in the courts; soon after the pronouncements of the Prime Minister establishing his time line for legal challenges of [...]

HBO and Cable Operators’ Association Sign 5 Licensing Agreements
Cable operators in Belize will now be able to legally provide thirty programming channels such as HBO, MAX, Lifetime and SyFy. This comes after the signing of licensing agreements between [...]

Eugene Wallace is Murdered on Faber’s Road Extension
In less than twelve hours, there were two shootings and a stabbing that left a total of two persons dead and three others injured. It all occurred within a two [...]

Marcus Frazier is Stabbed to Death after He Attacks a Man
The other loss of life was as a result of a stabbing as early as nine o’clock on Wednesday morning. A young man was killed during a violent confrontation at [...]

Minor is Shot off Faber’s Road Extension
A shooting that occurred three hours earlier is believed to have triggered the murder of Eugene Wallace. It happened on Rio Grande Crescent in proximity of the Wallace murder scene [...]

Another Motorcyclists Perishes
A large number of deaths have been as a result of motorcycle collisions in the past week; at least eight persons perished on major highways, including the death of two [...]

Accident Victim Recovering at K.H.M.H. after He was Knocked Down by Bus
There’s another victim of a traffic accident. Paraiso villager Jose Cortez is recovering at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital after he was knocked off his motorcycle by a bus driven [...]

Official Details on Home Invasion at Sapphire Resort
On Tuesday around one-thirty a.m., two Canadian guests at Sapphire Resort located nine and a half miles north of Ambergris Caye were targeted by thieves. Joseph and Marilyn Troiano were [...]

Eamon Courtenay Admonishes Lisa for Representing G.O.B.
Due to the volume of news on Wednesday, we didn’t cover the following matter, which involves attorney Lisa Shoman.  Her future of attorney as a member of the People’s United [...]

To Whom Does Lisa Shoman Belong?
While the Leader of the Opposition is prepared to respect Shoman’s decision, she says she has not relinquished membership in the People’s United Party.  According to Shoman, the matter of [...]

Local Bus Operators Have Had Enough with Guatemalan, Mexican Bus Companies in Belize
Today, local bus and taxi operators met in Belize City to discuss what they say is a continued economic threat by foreign bus companies. The operators say that Mexican and [...]

Hattieville Resident to Stand Trial for Murder of Missing Man
Alaine Garcia, a mechanic of Hattieville, went missing and was believed to be dead but his body was never found. In May of 2018, a Hattieville resident Albert Emmanuel Jones [...]

Sanjay Pilgrim is Acquitted of the Murder of his Friend
After two weeks in trial, the case against undertaker Sanjay Pilgrim, accused of the stabbing murder of his friend, Carrington Bodden, concluded before Justice Colin Williams. Bodden was killed in [...]

Was San Antonio Fire a Case of Arson?
Meanwhile, police are investigating another house fire; this time in San Antonio Village, Toledo District.  A wooden and thatch structure, the home of Wallace Coy, was destroyed by fire. As [...]

A Family is Homeless After Fire Guts 3 Houses in San Roman, Stann Creek
A family from San Roman, Stann Creek remains without a roof over their heads after the place they once called home went up in flames on Monday. Three thatch houses [...]

Special Olympics Fun Run to Be Held
The Special Olympics annual fun run is scheduled to take place this coming Saturday. The event will be held countrywide to “foster active infusion and participation of all regardless of [...]

Primary School Countrywide Participate in National Volleyball Championship
Ten primary school teams today competed in the 2019 National Primary School Volleyball Championship Games. Hosted by the National Sports Council, the games were held in two locations; the Civic [...]

Healthy Living: Behind the Scenes at K.H.M.H. Lab
They work behind the scenes playing a crucial role in our diagnosis and care. Most often once we see blood sample drawn, we give little thought to it until we [...]

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Stabbing reported on Belize City’s northside
There was a stabbing incident minutes ago on Belize City’s northside. Police confirmed to BBN […]

Court of Appeal gets ICJ referendum injunction case
The Court of Appeal will be hearing the urgent matter of overturning an interim injunction granted […]

Argentinian entrepreneur wanted for tax evasion believed to have fled to Belize
News outlets in Argentina are reporting that a man wanted by the country’s authorities for tax […]

Kudos to the Supreme Court of Judicature! Bravo!
By: Dr. Gerald Zuniga: This is historic and the message is clear. The due process and our Constitution must be respected. That is the message that the Supreme Court is sending and will continue to send. That is the message that the Judiciary Body is sending to the Executive and Legislative Bodies and that no one is above the Constitution of the land […]

No. Guatemala has not taken the Sarstoon
The views expressed in this article are those of the writer and not necessarily those of Breaking Belize […]

Police comments on Corozal road traffic accident
On Tuesday at around 10 a.m. Corozal police responded to a report of a road […]

Police: Fire in San Roman, Southern Belize was suspected arson
Police today commented on a fire that left 20 persons homeless at the start of […]

Deceased motorcyclist identified as Guatemalan national
Shortly after 2 a.m., San Pedro police visited the polyclinic where they observed Samuel Pascual Lopez, 28. […]

GSU deployed to Fabers Road after Eugene Wallace murder
Sometime around 8 p.m. last night, Belize City police visited the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital. There, they […]

16 Caribbean Chambers of Commerce Form Network Chamber
Executive Directors from sixteen (16) Chambers of Commerce across the Caribbean region gathered at the Accra Beach […]

Police say DPP will determine charges in fatal Fabers Road stabbing
Shortly after 9 a.m. yesterday, police visited the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital. There, they observed […]

Police say teen shooting was drug related
Sometime around 5 p.m., Belize City police visited the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital. There […]

San Pedro Police investigating aggravated burglary at Sapphire Beach Resort
Police in San Pedro Town are investigating a case of aggravated burglary. Sometime after midnight […]

Man,40, released from murder charge
The Supreme Court has ordered accused Sanjay Pilgrim, 40, released after finding there was […]

Albert Jones faces trial for murder of Alaine Garcia
Hattieville mechanic Alaine Garcia has been missing and presumed dead since February of 2018 […]

Mother who beat son taken to court
A Belize City mother is accused of harming her son, 9, after a beating.On […]

San Pedro man dies in fatal motorcycle accident
A 28-year-old mechanic from San Pedro Town lost his life this morning in a […]

Belize and Taiwan sign Agreement for the Urban Resilience and Disaster Prevention Project
On Tuesday, April 2, 2019, Omar Figueroa, Minister with responsibility for Fisheries, Forestry, […]

Professor from Galen University knocked down
This morning there was yet another road traffic accident. This one happened in Santa Elena, Cayo […]

Is Lisa Shoman finished with the PUP?
Has former Senator, Minister of Foreign Affairs and party stalwart Lisa Shoman, representing, in this case, the […]

Why were 12 Guatemalans with large amount of cash released?
Last week, BBN reported that Belizean authorities busted 12 Guatemalan nationals inside a vessel with a […]

LOVE FM

Police investigate fires and Robbery of tourists
The Police Department on Ambergris Caye is investigating a home invasion styled aggravated burglary. The incident could have an impact on the island’s thriving tourism industry as it affects a key stakeholder, the tourists. The police say that Sapphire Beach Resort which is located some miles north of San Pedro Town was the scene of …

5 injured, 2 dead from Fabers Road incidents
A kill zone is an area that is entirely covered by direct and effective fire. While the Faber’s Road extension area can’t be described as one, a small area that surrounds a neighborhood primary school resulted in shooting and stabbing injuries to 5 individuals. Love News examined the causes of the midweek violence that resulted …

San Pedro Man dies in Island Cycle Accident
Traffic accidents aren’t confined to the highways of the country, nor are they confined to the cities. There was a rare fatal traffic accident on Ambergris Caye. This morning at two a.m. Samuel Pascual Lopez lost his life. ASP Alejandro Cowo explained how the tragic incident unfolded.

National Security and Compol comment on the 15 Guatemalan and the 49K US
Last week Friday, the Belize Coast Guard caught fifteen Guatemalan Nationals in four boats in southern Belize along Moho Creek. The Coastguard uncovered 3 bundles of US currency with 49 thousand US dollars and smaller denominations of Guatemalan quetzals. Typically when more than 10 thousand Belize dollars enter the country, the Financial Intelligence Unit must …

Murder CompStat shows dip in gang areas.
Winning. That’s how the Commissioner of Police Chester Williams described the murder rate when comparing the statistics to the same quarter in previous years. Of the 31 murders so far, a shift had occurred in the suspected reasons as less were gang related. The Compol held a computer statistical or CompStat or meeting with regional …

Grenade found in a plastic bag under a rock
Police officers in Benque Viejo Del Carmen found a grenade late yesterday evening. It is unclear what the circumstances are that the grenade was found. But we are informed that it was found under a rock in a black plastic bag. Commissioner Williams say the BDF is examining the grenade to determine its type and …

“DUTTY FIRE WATER” MAKES COMPOL TARGET LIQUOR LICENSES
13 of the murders for 2019 are related to alcohol consumption. The Compol said that it’s time for the police officers to put an end to public drinking because it’s against the law. He said officers need to step up patrols of night clubs and discourage loitering but it seems that the Compol is about …

Blogs

Bacalar Chico & A Trip All the Way Around Magical Ambergris Caye
Here is the trip that we took almost all the way around the island. 20 miles up…and 20 miles back. And there is NO better way to get a sense of AMAZING Ambergris Caye. So much in one day. Here is our day – starting with meeting Panny at 9am at his dock in town. Panny Arceo is an amazing guide. AMAZING. His boat is small and comfortable – perfect for a group of 4. He was born and raised on these water and has 10,001 stories about fishing them as a child – he knows every single nook and cranny of this deceptively huge island. Since we are relatively familiar with the west side of the island, we headed up to the Bacalar Chico Ranger station – which is also the Maya site of San Juan. (#1 on the map)

How Living In Belize Differs From Vacationing In Belize
If Belize has always been a vacation spot for you, the thought of moving to “the Jewel” probably crossed your mind at least once. But vacationing in Belize and living in Belize are two different things. As long as you can reconcile the dream from the reality you can make a good life for yourself. Hundreds of thousands of people vacation in Belize every year. Many stay in resorts with all their needs catered to. Places with fancy restaurants, infinity pools, and all the amenities they desire. In keeping with those desires, many say they want to come back one day to live in Belize. It’s a natural reaction.

Lessons from Cayo: Can a friendship survive four days in the jungle?
After living here in Belize for a few years, many of our friends an family have visited and we are always looking for new places to explore. So when our friends from Illinois planned a return trip, we decided to explore the Cayo District. Only a few hours drive from crystal blue beaches of Placencia to the lush jungle, Maya ruins, and farmland of Cayo. Headed from Placencia, our first stop was Maya Sky waterfalls, thru Belmopan an into San Ignacio. Lots of great pictures, beautiful mountains, narrow roads, even more narrow bridges at times, but the perfect way to see all this country has to offer. Arriving late afternoon just in time to catch the end of the Saturday market, still giving them an idea of what a bustling market this is on an early Saturday morning.

International Sourcesizz

CSU 2019 Atlantic Hurricane Season Forecast: Slightly Below-Average
A slightly below-average Atlantic hurricane season is likely in 2019, said the hurricane forecasting team from Colorado State University (CSU) in their latest seasonal forecast issued April 4. Led by Dr. Phil Klotzbach, with coauthors Dr. Michael Bell and Jhordanne Jones, the CSU team called for an Atlantic hurricane season with 13 named storms, 5 hurricanes, 2 intense hurricanes, and an Accumulated Cyclone Energy (ACE) of 80. The long-term averages for the period 1981 - 2010 were 12 named storms, 6.5 hurricanes, 2 intense hurricanes, and an ACE of 92. The CSU outlook also predicted the odds of a major hurricane hitting the U.S. were about 48% (the long-term average is 52%). They gave a 28% chance for a major hurricane to hit the East Coast or Florida Peninsula (the long-term average is 31%), and a 28% chance for the Gulf Coast (the long-term average is 30%). The Caribbean was forecast to have a 39% chance of seeing at least one major hurricane (the long-term average is 42%).

Belize: Put the national interest first
By Sir Ronald Sanders. Narrow party-political ambitions frequently thwart the wider national interest in practically every country. The world is watching this play-out now as a public spectacle in Britain where the Brexit question continues to be deeply immersed in both personal political purposes and a struggle for the supremacy of one political party over another. At the end of it, Britain will be a much-diminished nation economically. It will also have little clout in the international community. But it is not in Britain alone that this tragedy of political ambition over wider national interest is being displayed. On April 3, seven days before a referendum is scheduled to be held in Belize to determine if the country should take its border dispute with Guatemala for final arbitration to the International Court of Justice (ICJ), the opposition political party, the Peoples’ Unity Party (PUP), obtained an injunction from the Chief Justice, Kenneth Benjamin, to stay it.

Videos

  • Group of youth voters from the Belmopan and Cayo - First participation in the electoral process, 54min. We invited a group of youth voters from the Belmopan and Cayo area to talk to us about their first participation in the electoral process. They are students of the University of Belize in the Faculty of Science and Technology. They shared their views on everything from the effectiveness of the campaign messaging, publications and signage and spoke of how it impacted their decisions for the ICJ Referendum on April 10th.

  • Trade license laws and regulations, 40min. The Ministry of Labour, Local Government & Rural Development in collaboration with the Mayor's Association and the Economic Development Council is in the process of reforming trade license laws and regulations. The objective is to eliminate inequitable charges across municipalities. Our guests spoke to us about how they are working to standardize the way trade license are calculated nationally.

  • A motorcycle accident claimed the life of a man in the early morning hours in San Pedro, 45sec. According to reports Samuel Pasqual, 28-year-old mechanic, died from injuries he suffered from a traffic accident on Seagrape Drive around 2:00am, Thursday, April 4, 2019, when he lost control and crashed. We are told he received head and body injuries and died shortly after.

  • The Minister of Tourism in Mexico has moved the entire Ministry to Chetumal City, 4.5min. To strengthen tourism in the southernmost states of Mexico. Of interest is that he is willing to explore the possibility/idea to build a bridge linking Ambergris Caye with Mexico. Very interesting!

  • Meet Perla and Shadow – the littlest jaguarundis at the Belize Zoo, 5min. 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 of Belize, but there’s also a growing exhibit in captivity at the Belize Zoo. Today, we found out why many zoos around the world want two of the youngest jaguarundis born at the Belize Zoo. Reporter Andrea Polanco reports.

  • Filter of Hope - Belize, 3min. College of Charleston Cru - Spring Break 2019

  • National Primary School Volleyball Championships | at The Belize Civic Center, 2.5hr.

  • Quash playing with my ballys dog, 1/2min.

  • Tonight on Let's Talk our host, John Mencias, examines the very recent developments concerning the ICJ Referendum, 70min.

  • Channel 5 Obituaries - ROSALIE THERESE STAINES, 2.5min.

  • Talk Ah Di Town April 4, 2019, 50min.

  • Dancers at Mary Hill R. C. School, 5min. Golden performance. Thanks to all these amazing dancers. Thanks to all their coaches and their parents.

  • Let's all vote for our CCC Marching Band, .5min. Marching Band says they're ready to come back to get another win. Come see them and the other bands at the People's Stadium in Orange Walk Town on April 13. Vote to make Corozal Community College the most popular band by texting " 6 " to 22637 (Digi) OR 8946 (SMART) . Voting ends at midnight on Friday, April 12.

  • Over the last 3 years alone, BWS has designated a team to these areas and invested over $820K in infrastructure improvements, 4min. During this period, we have installed 15,000 feet of new mains, providing water to 180 new households. BWS’s investments have included the installation of larger watermain pipes and the upgrade and replacement of aged infrastructure in coordination with the Town Council’s street improvements. These BWS works have provided improved water supply and pressure in the area. BWS will continue to highlight it's upcoming works in other areas. Belize Water Services.... Delivering Water and more...

  • 2019 Miss Universe Belize, 3min.

  • Belize Rainforest Reserve March 2019, 1.5min.

  • Vliegen over de Blue Hole in Belize, 3min. Onze hoofdredactrice Marleen maakte een rondreis door Belize. Tijdens haar reis merkte ze dat bijna geen één reiziger het eiland Caye Caulker voor de kust van Belize kende. Al na vijf minuten op het eiland, besloot ze dat ze dat wilde veranderen. Dus maakte ze een mini-serie, met de leukste activiteiten op Caye Caulker.

  • Snorkelen in Caye Caulker, Belize, 4min. Tijdens haar rondreis door Belize, merkte onze hoofdredactrice Marleen dat bijna niemand die ze tegenkwam Caye Caulker kenden. Ze reisde af naar dit eiland voor de kust van Belize en werd verliefd. Ze besloot haar reis vast te leggen om andere reizigers te laten zien hóe relaxt Caye Caulker is. En maakte deze mini-serie.

  • EXPLORING THE MAYAN TEMPLE ( Altun-Ha in Belize!), 15min.

  • Belize District Spelling Bee Finals Apr. 4, 2019 Bird's Isle Belize City, 2hr. Belize District Spelling Bee Finals Apr. 4, 2019 Bird's Isle Belize City

  • Handline fishing still works., 1min. "When we fish sustainably, we can always fish!