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The San Pedro Sun

Accused of running over a jaguar, Belizean pilot Efrain Guerrero released from detention in Mexico
Islander and pilot Efrain Guerrero has been released from a Chetumal City jail in Quintana Roo, Mexico. On Monday, April 15th, he was accused of ‘poaching’, after he allegedly hit a jaguar with his vehicle while driving with his family from Cancun. The accusation has been refuted by Guerrero’s family, particularly his pregnant wife Tanisha Morales, who was traveling with him at the time of the incident. She explained that around 9PM, a jaguar, a protected species in Mexico, suddenly leaped onto the highway in front of them and Guerrero tried to manoeuvre out of the way.

U.S. Embassy Belmopan Celebrates Ms. Sharon Matola—the Embassy’s “Woman of the Year 2019”
Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. of the U.S. Embassy Mr. Keith Gilges hosted an official ceremony and reception yesterday to recognize and honor the Embassy’s “Woman of the Year 2019” Ms. Sharon Matola. The event featured remarks by Chargé Gilges, Minister of State for the Ministry of Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment, and Sustainable Development Hon. Omar Figueroa, the Co-Founder of the Belize Center for Environmental Studies Ms. Lou Nicolait, and the Founding Director of the Belize Zoo and the Embassy’s “Woman of the Year” 2019 Ms. Sharon Matola.

New Belikin Store opens in San Pedro Town
Belikin Beer opened a new store on #10 Coconut Drive, right across Tropic Air's Terminal in San Pedro Town on Friday, April 5th. The new store offers awesome Belikin souvenirs such as hats, dominos, calendars, bottle cap, openers, glasses, T-shirt, mugs, green-eco bags and much more! While shopping, you can even enjoy a cold, authentic, ‘Beer of Belize’, the ever-tasty Belikin beer. Let the friendly Joey Eiley, Odalie Duran, and Victor Villamil attendants show you the store and pour you an icy beer.

Misc Belizean Sources

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Manatee killed
Beware as your boat speeds in our waters. This occurred off the coast of Placencia.

Benque Sawdust tapestries
Chargé D’Affaires, a.i. Keith Gilges was amazed by the beautiful, intricate sawdust tapestries in Benque on Good Friday

Happy Birthday to Nojoch Chiich Anselma Yam who today she is 104 years old
This Maya elder from Patchakan Village Corozal is like a book of knowledge on our Yucatec Maya traditions of northern Belize .

Marcus Canul New River Circuit Canoe Race
Get your act together. It all starts at 8:00 am on Earth Day 2019. This Monday, April 22. Viva Marcos Canul !!!

The Reporter

James Bus Line Introduces Ticket System
James Bus Line, one of the biggest operators in the country, based in Punta Gorda, announced on April 17th that it has implemented a ticketing system, the first in more than a decade. Commuters travelling south will now be able to purchase tickets at either the Belize City terminal or the Belmopan terminal.

Guatemalan Cyclists Sweep 1st, 2nd & 3rd Place In Cross Country Race
Guatemalan Julio Padilla has won the 91st running of the Belize Cross Country Cycling Classic. He was followed by two other Guatemalans for 2nd and 3rd, an American in 4th and Belizean Giovanni Lovell to round out the top 5 in 5th. place. Those results are unofficial and we will update with official information once it is received.

The Holy Saturday Race Is Off To A Great Start
A brilliant sunrise blanketed the BTL Park this morning as the cyclists arrived for the most grueling race in Belize. At exactly 5.50am this morning a field of 105 Pro-Cyclist are off to the greatest race in Belize, the 91st. annual cycle race of 144.8 miles (233Km) to San Ignacio Town and back to Belize City is predicted to be dynamic and a fast race that includes 88 Belizeans, 5 Mexicans, 8 Americans and 3 Guatemalans.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

ComPol issues warning as first accident of Easter weekend reported
Reports reaching our newsroom are that there was a fatal road traffic accident minutes ago. It occurred near mile 31 on the George Price Highway. Further details are at this time unknown.

Belize hosts 91st Cross Country Classic
Belize hosted its 91st annual Cross Country Cycling Classic today and saw 3 Guatemalans take home the top three prizes amid tumultuous cross-border relations ahead of a historic and controversial referendum on an age-old territorial claim. This year’s race will surely be remembered given the high tension and intense national spotlight on this issue but the race, now known internationally, has a long and rich history from humble beginnings.

Elena Smith’s second bid for BNTU presidency uncontested
Current President of the Belize National Teacher’s Union (BNTU), Senator Elena Smith, will serve a second term as the union has announced that her bid will be uncontested at the upcoming national convention to be held on April 24. Smith told Breaking Belize News that she was “surprised and humbled” by the announcement, adding that she feels the gesture validates the work she has done during her first tenure.

Guatemalans take top 3 spots in the 2019 cross country classic
With only 18 days to Belize’s historic national referendum on whether or not to take Guatemala’s claim on Belize’s territory to the International Court of Justice (ICJ), Guatemala is taking home the Garland and each of the race’s top 3 spots. Sweeping many station prizes from Belize City to San Ignacio and back, the Guatemalans led the peloton with an almost 4-minute gap on the highways of Belize.

Belize’s ranking on World Press Freedom Index hits five-year low
This year, Belize’s ranking on the World Press Freedom Index (WPFI), hit its lowest point since 2015. The WPFI, which is prepared by Reporters Without Borders (RSF for its acronym in French), measures the media freedom situation based on an evaluation of pluralism, independence of the media, quality of legislative framework and safety of journalists in each country and region.

Twin Towns Easter fair comes alive
The San Ignacio and Santa Elena Easter fair comes alive today. Belizeans across the country woke up early to view the highly anticipated Holy Saturday Cross Country Cycling Classic. After the peloton of cyclists arrive in San Ignacio and turn back to Belize City, many will head to the fair to enjoy the mechanical rides, live band, food and drinks.

Home invasion in Bradley’s Bank, Santa Elena
Reports to our newsroom indicate that there was a home invasion in the Bradley’s Bank area of Santa Elena town last night. Two armed masked men entered a home and stole a significant amount of cash around 7:00 last night.

Godwin Buckley, prominent JP in Santa Elena passes away
Godwin Buckley, a senior Justice of the Peace, former councilor of the San Ignacio and Santa Elena Town Board, and a former sergeant of the Belize Defence Force has passed away. Buckley passed away around 3am at his Santa Elena home on George Price Highway.

International Sourcesizz

Belize Keeps Up Strong Tourism Growth in 2019
Belize’s surging growth in 2018 has continued into the new year. After one of the fastest growth rates in tourist arrivals of any Caribbean destination last year, Belize has seen a 6.3 percent increase in the first quarter, according to new data from the Belize Tourism Board. That represents a total of 158,290 stayover arrivals in the first three months of 2019. The tourism surge has come as Belize has welcomed a host of new flight routes from North America, while its hotel sector continues to see a boom.

Videos

  • Easter Saturday in Corozal, 3min.

  • Cross country classic 2019, 20min.

  • Cross country 2019 pt 3, 11min.

  • Cross country classic 2019 pt 5, 2.5hr.

  • THE BOYS FROM BELIZE, 7min. Flyfish Ambergris Cay in a gale

  • Bruzas in Belize 2019, 5min.

  • Sunset 2019 San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize, 2min.

  • Drag racing in Spanish Lookout, Belize, 1min. A drag race was held in Spanish Lookout, the country's most modern Mennonite community.

  • 91st Annual Holy Saturday Cross Country Classic, 7hr.

  • Cross country 2019- Guatemalan leads two pelotons on their way back to Belize City, 3min. After going around the La Loma Luz Blvd, across the Santa Elena Bridge, into the new street by Hodes, around the clock and over the Hawkesworth Bridge two pelotons exit San Ignacio and pass through Sta. Elena on their way to Belize city still led by the Guatemalan Padilla ( who took the garland).

  • Belize 91st Cross Country Cycle Race 2019 enters Santa Elena, 2.5min. The race was led by a Guatemalan race in this the 91st edition of the Belize Cross Country cycle competition as it enters by the Santa Elena roundabout and into the La Loma Luz Boulevard.

  • Start Of Holy Saturday Race 2019 Belize, 2min.

  • PLB | Verdes vs Wagiya | Norman Broaster Stadium, San Ignacio, 2hr.