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The San Pedro Sun
Suspect in Brandon Humes murder hands himself over to police
A male person handed himself into San Pedro Police in connection to the murder of 18-year-old Brandon Humes, who was shot to death on Thursday, May 2nd. The suspect, who was of interest to police, walked into the San Pedro Police Station shortly after 2PM on Monday, May 6th along with his attorney, and after an interrogation session, was placed under custody.After confined to a holding cell for a short while, the detainee was handcuffed and escorted out of the police station. Officer in Charge of the Coastal Executive Unit (Ambergris Caye and Caye Caulker) Superintendent Reymundo Reyes briefly stated that the suspect was under arrest, but did not say where he was being taken.
With a 6-1 victory over BDF, the San Pedro Pirates FC are in the PLB Finals!
On Saturday, May 4th the San Pedro Pirates F.C made history, advancing to the Premiere League of Belize’s (PLB) finals for the first time. During the second round of the PLB 2019 Closing Season semifinal playoffs at the Ambergris stadium in San Pedro Town, the island team soundly defeated The Belize Defense Force (BDF) 6-1.
San Pedro Pirates manager Tony Maldonado told The San Pedro Sun that they are excited to be heading into the PLB finals and have high hopes of winning the championship.
Construction Officially Underway At Tropic Air’s New $1Million Caye Caulker Terminal
Tropic Air announces that construction has officially begun on its new Caye Caulker Terminal.
To be built over ten months and at a cost of BZ$1 Million, the new 1600 square foot air conditioned terminal will feature state of the art amenities for passengers and cargo.
Digi Belize and MOE launch Digital Education Project at SPHS
The Ministry of Education (MOE) along with Digi Belize and Microsoft have launched a new pilot Digital Education Project, geared towards creating a digital learning platform for secondary schools in Belize. As part of the program, 32 (first form) students and 11 teachers from San Pedro High School (SPHS) received free laptops on Thursday, May 2nd.
The Microsoft Education Project will allow the country’s education system to thrive, keeping up with global advancement. Teachers from participating schools have all been trained in using the laptops and will conduct in-house training for their students. With the advancement of global technology, digital learning has evolved and is now being adapted in the classrooms, allowing teachers and students to unlock limitless learning opportunities.
Construction Underway At Tropic Air's New $1Million Caye Caulker Terminal
On Monday, May 6, 2019, Tropic Air announced that construction has officially begun on its new Caye Caulker Terminal. To be built over ten months and at a cost of BZ$1 Million, the new 1600 square foot air conditioned terminal will feature state of the art amenities for passengers and cargo.
Ambergris Caye One Of 7 Best Luxury Fishing Destinations For 2019 By FishingBooker
FishingBooker, the world's largest website for booking fishing charters, just announced the 7 best luxury fishing destinations for 2019, and Ambergris Caye is one of them. The list was created based on a number of factors such as user reviews, access to quality fishing, overall aesthetic of a place, and vicinity to luxury resorts, exclusive restaurants, and other lavish activities.
Costa Maya Festival Reignited With Newly Appointed Committee
As the San Pedro International Costa Maya Festival celebrates its 27th anniversary in 2019, its newly appointed committee states that this year it brings an exuberant four-day event, from July 26 to July 28, that will cater to all ages, under the theme: Costa Maya Festival: Reignited!
“We can proudly state that we are accomplishing this milestone because of our people and the business sector,” commented the new committee in a press release. “We plan to have this four-night event and feature international and national entertainment from artistic folklore to heart pounding music celebrations. We will reinstate the “Noche San Pedrana” as a street affair and commemorate it through a huge block party to introduce the delegates and have the preliminaries for the pageant. This will take place on Saturday, July 20, 2019.”
Misc Belizean Sources
Open Mike Night on Caye Caulker
May 18th, Central Park, 7pm. Mark your calendars peeps!
BWS Notice for Customers in Caye Caulker: Planned Interruption for May 7, 8, & 9 2019
Duration: 11:00 PM - 5:00 AM.
Area to be affected: entire Caye Caulker
Belize Pelagic Central 2019
Pelagic Central coming up in about 10 days. Reserve your spot today. May 17th.
Kyeana Francisco is our Young Belizean Entrepreneur!
Kyeana has been styling hair from the age of 15 years old. She started off being great friends with a hairstylist, whom she used to help at the shop by just cleaning after. Gradually, Kyeana also referred to as Dollish learned the technique of installing weave and her passion from hair styling bloomed.
She considers herself as the lace connoisseur, creates her own lace front wigs from money earned from hair styling and allowances that she saved. Wig and weave installation, hair styling and recently added make-up styling are the services she offer. Presently, Kyeana does not have a store front but conducts business from her home, or at her clients’ residents upon request. She also travels country wide also upon request to showcase her talent. Kyeana hopes to open her own hair and make-up salon early next year.
RESTRICTIONS OF THE SALE OF LIQUOR ON REFERENDUM DAY
The San Pedro Liquor Licensing Board hereby informs
all Liquor License Holders and the general public to take
notice of Section 28 of the Representation of the People’s Act, which provides that every person who is the holder of any liquor license authorizing the sale of liquor in any premises maintained solely for that purpose shall take all necessary steps to cause such premises to be closed to the public on Referendum Day, Wednesday, May 8th, 2019, between the hours of 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
A breach of this section by any person is an offence and a fine not exceeding two thousand dollars ($2,000).
Replicating part of the Santa Rita Murals
CSAM's lead artist Miss Vianay Bautista has been commissioned by the Ministry of Tourism and the Corozal Local Tourism Committee to replicate a portion of the Santa Rita Murals. The replica work is located by the corner of 2nd St. North and 4th Ave. In honour of our descendants.
Basketball Marathon May 12
@Angel Nunez Auditorium in San Pedro
Sharon Matola Named Woman of the Year 2019
The U.S. Embassy selected Ms. Matola as our 'Woman of the Year 2019' for her tireless dedication and steadfast commitment to conserve and preserve Belize’s natural heritage through zealous advocacy and education. As Chargé Gilges highlighted, “Not only is Sharon a truly outstanding woman and an exemplary role model to Belizean youth, but also Sharon’s herculean efforts and a lifelong dedication to conserving and preserving nature make her an ideal person to celebrate now, on the eve of Earth Day.” Minister Figueroa emphasized Sharon’s immense, positive impact across Belize and stated that Sharon is, in fact, a “Woman of the Year” every year.
BWS Notice for Customers in Placencia: Emergency ongoing Low Water Pressure for today, May 6, 2019 due to failure of well pump
Duration: Monday, May 6, 2019 at 11:00pm to Tuesday, May 7, 2019 at 12:00 noon
Areas being affected: entire Placencia and Seine Bight
Belize Water Services (BWS) Internship Program
Belize Water Services (BWS) has an Internship Program for university graduates which provides interns with relevant job experiences and create well-rounded leaders.
We are currently looking for four (4) interns to train at the Lab, Water Treatment Plants and Pumping Stations to ensure that safe and clean water is delivered to the community as follows:
Romance Travel Forum
Belize is being represented at the romance travel forum in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, where attendees are meeting with top-sellers dedicated to destination wedding groups, honeymoons and other romantic milestones celebrated with travel.
BTB & Belize Police Dept. Safety and Security Meeting
The Belize Tourism Board of Directors today met with Belize’s Commissioner of Police Mr. Chester Williams and members of his department, to discuss collaborative measures for safety and security in the travel and tourism sector of our Jewel.
ATM and Barton Creek Archaeological Reserves Reopen
All other reserves are open as well.
The new look of the Monument in the Maya village of Cristo Rey Coroza
Very Good work and a good way to honor the village Maya Roots. You can still find many Yucatec Maya speakers in the village.
Reef Fest 2019 Lionfish Tournament
gather your teams...lets see who will be the top Lionfish slayer!!!!!
Two Girls Die In Water Taxi Explosion
If you're going to the Cayes, hopping on a water taxi is second nature - most of us don't even think for a second about the safety risks on the large, fast vessels.
But, tonight, that sense of safety has been profoundly shaken - and a family is in the depths of grief and loss, after two little girls were killed when the water taxi they were on had an explosion.
It happened yesterday afternoon at the Ocean Ferry Water Taxi right at the Swing Bridge in Belize City. 7News has been following this tory since then and Daniel Ortiz has been putting it all together. Here's his story:...
PM Optimistic About ICJ
Wednesday is the ICJ Referendum Day - and voters, activists and political operators are getting ready to cast what may be the most important vote of their lives.
And while the public campaigning veers between fear-mongering and hope-hungering - the Prime Minister today told us that, overall, he's optimistic:
Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow, Prime Minister:
"I am certainly cautiously optimistic. I think that Belizeans get what time it is that there is no alternative, that the fearmongering can be effective, but that in the end even if you conceived that you're taking a bit of a chance - it's not much of a chance when you look at it and see what it is that the court is obliged to do and I think that in the end will win out and the vote will be yes. That's my optimistic point of view."
Political Muscle And the Referendum
The PM held an impromptu press briefing after an appearance on the LOVE FM morning show. He spoke extensively about Wednesday's vote - including the role that political parties like his one will play in getting the vote out. He concedes that though the politicization of this important national vote is lamentable, it is also necessary to get the vote out:...
Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow, Prime Minister:
"It's a pity that it has had to come down to this. This whole business started as a national effort, a national decision to negotiate the special agreement and agree on a referendum to determine whether to go to the ICJ..."
PM Implores Voters Not To Make It a Referendum On UDP
And while the financing is not as fat as it might be in an election where political control is at stake - if you go by two opinion polls - one online and one by phone - it would suggest that the government side has effectively built the case for a yes.
The online poll sponsored by IDEALABS is named the "ICJ Referendum Real Time Poll" and it went live about a week ago. So far, of the 1443 votes, 64% have voted yes, and 36% have voted no. And while online polling is not considered to be highly reliable because of variances in internet access, it does tell a story.
Statistician Martin Aldana also conducted a randomized telephone poll in March where he spoke to 1,300 respondents across the country.
GOB Plans To Real Maritime Areas If Vote Is Yes
And if it does get "sorted out" to the Government's satisfaction with a "yes" vote, then what happens next? The PM says they would move very quickly to a House Meeting:..
Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow, Prime Minister:
"If we get a yes vote, the country gets a yes vote, we go to the national assembly within a week, week and a half to amend the maritime areas act and then we lodge our notification, if I can call it that, with the ICJ. Then time starts to run as I understand it long stretches of time in terms of the Guatemalans memorializing their case..."
Sarstoon Situation Worrying
And while the House would - in the event of a yes vote - repeal the Maritime Areas Act - what about the Sarstoon. It remains a flashpoint for conflict between the Guatemalan military and Belizean civilians trying to access the river which forms Belize's sovereign boundary. The Guatemalans have constantly blocked civilians, and have menaced the Belizean military as well.
The Prime Minster says he has spoken to the Guatemalan President, the US Southern Command and the OAS about this:
PM: Morales’ Map Making A “Mindgame"
And "messing with our minds" is also the term the Prime Minister used to describe President Jimmy's little Geography Lesson one month ago. That's the episode when he went into a classroom in Guatemalan school children and told them that the correct way to draw the map of their country is by including Belize.
The PM said - in his opinion - there's only one way to stop that:..
"Teaching the children that it is wrong how you draw the map - that you should include Belize. As a government how do you all see this. This upsets a lot of us as Belizeans and what is your message to us?"
Driver Blinded By Smoke Killed In Crash
A father of 3 was killed in an accident on Saturday evening. 37 year old Charles Usher the III was driving to Boom to pick up his fiancÃ© when apparently there was some mechanical failure and Usher's vehicle flipped and ended up on the side of the road. Courtney Weatherburne has more.
Charles Usher the III was the head of security at Dream Valley Resort in Teakettle.
He lived here at the entrance of the resort. On his days off, he and his father would work together on his farm - it was their bonding time.
Murder Suspect Turns Himself Into Police
18 year old Yabra resident Brandon Humes was executed on San Pedro last week - shot as many as 9 times in a stranger's apartment. And, today, a high profile Chinese businessman with a number of enterprises on the island, turned himself into San Pedro police in the presence of his attorney, Nazira Myles.
But, he has not been charged for murder. He was taken away from the station in handcuffs in a police patrol pickup.
We'll keep following the case to see if he is charged tomorrow.
Referendum Day Raffle By Politician?
UDP Freetown Candidate OJ Elrington has created a firestorm of controversy with a Referendum Day Raffle that he sent out this weekend. The raffle offers cash as the first prize, along with other items such as appliances and trips, and would be held hourly.
Well, even in a very cynical political system - that's taking it too far - and both the PUP and the NGO called Citizens for Defense of Sovereignty have come raining down on Elrington.
The PUP calls it, quote, "a blatant attempt to bribe Belizeans to vote YES to the ICJan outrageous, (and) shameless actThe attempt by the UDP to reduce the sacred voting rights of our people to a raffle, cannot be countenanced." End quote.
COMPOL In Court Against Police Assoc. President
10 days ago, we told you how the Caribbean Federation of Police Welfare Associations criticized Commissioner Chester Williams for a dictatorial style of conflict engagement, demonstrated in his handling of Corporal Eldon Arzu, the embattled president of the Belize Police Association.
From the Commissioner's perspective, he's looking after the rank and file police officers who pay dues to the Belize Police Association. There has been a pending request from the Office of the Commissioner, before Williams was appointed, for Arzu to present an audit of the finances of the Association.
“Federicos” Want AIBL Compensation for Sanctuary Scam Victims
Last week we told you how UDP Senator Aldo Salazar - was held back for questioning by the Federal Trade Commission - while traveling through the US on official business - as part of a high level delegation returning from Taiwan.
It's part of the FTC's probe into Atlantic International Bank where Salazar did work as an attorney - and it has far reaching effects on Belize's Offshore banking Sector. It's already forced AIBL to wind up its operations - and the Prime Minister said today that he's been talking to the Americans to try and work out a settlement:...
Criminals On Cristo Rey Road
A man was shot and robbed on Friday morning on the Cristo Rey road out west. Fortunately, he survived the attack. Police told us more.
ACP Joseph Myvett, Head, National Crimes Investigation Branch:
"San Ignacio police responded to information of a robbery on the Cristo Rey road where upon arrival they met one Takeem Maskal, 23 years with apparent gunshot wound to his left lower abdomen. He reported to them that while he visited a farm on the Cristo Rey road in order to make a purchase he had stopped at the security gate and while ther..."
Pretend Cop Terrorizes Sarteneja Family
A Sarteneja family's home was burglarized by a pretend cop. But police have already charged a man in this case. The report is that Leomir Santoja and his family were at home when a man arrived at their doorstep at 2 am on Thursday May 2nd. He said he was a cop and the family let him inside and that's when he and others raided their home. Police told us more about this case.
ACP Joseph Myvett, Head, National Crimes Investigation Branch:
"One Leomir Santoja reported to police that on the 2nd of May sometime around 2 am while he and his family were at home in Sarteneja village he heard a knock on his door and upon making checks one person dressed in black clothing..."
Another Domestic Stabbing In Belmopan
Police are looking for a man after he stabbed his common law wife to the chest. It happened on Saturday on Sarstoon Street in Belmopan. Head of National Crimes Investigation Branch Joseph Myvett told us more at today's press briefing.
Yo Creek’s Ek’ Balam World Champs At Mayan Ball Game
They may be from a small village in the Orange Walk District, but the Ek' Balam team are some world-beaters. For the second time in a row, they've won the Pok-Ta-Pok World Cup Championship.
The team returned to Orange Walk on Sunday with a triumphant victory parade. This year, they had a young team, but still beat 11 other teams. Here's how they did it:
An Audit of Energy Efficiency
Just talk about an audit and most Micro, Small and Medium businesses would run away, but today, they learned about another kind of audit - the kind that could save them money. It's called an energy audit and we found out more today at a two-day Energy Auditing Management Training Course:
The workshop ends tomorrow.
Big Bucks For Big Divisions?
So, as Belize gets ready for Referendum Wednesday - we all have to bear in mind that this is not an election - and the voting will not be tallied on a constituency basis. What do we mean by that? Well in a regular political election - whichever party wins 16 of the 31 constituencies has a majority of the seats in parliament and forms the government. Well, this is nothing like that. It's similar in that you will vote in one of 31 constituencies countrywide - but it doesn't really matter whether the "yes" or the "no" vote got the majority in your division. Those "yes" and "no" votes have to be tabulated by the Elections and Boundaries office as part of the total number of votes cast nationally.
Explosion Claims Lives of 2 Girls, Injures 14 Persons
There was a deadly explosion at the Ocean Ferry Water Taxi terminal on Sunday afternoon in Belize City. The vessel was loaded with thirty-four passengers about to take-off to Caye [...]
Fuel Leak is Suspected Cause of Deadly Boat Explosion
An investigation led by the National Fire Service is ongoing and efforts are being made to determine the cause of the massive explosion that killed Kimberly and Jamiri Guy. The [...]
Should Boats Have Been Inspected Prior to Departure?
Their seats at the rear of the vessel, a location where most passengers find the boat ride to be smoother, placed Interiano and his family in grave danger. While investigators [...]
Protocols by Hospitals & EMTs When Dealing with “Mass Casualty”
The emergency situation in the immediate aftermath of the explosion was dealt with precision. First responders were on the scene soon after, the siblings as well as the injured persons [...]
PM Barrow Confirms U.D.P. Senator’s Questioning by U.S. Authorities
U.D.P. Senator Aldo Salazar was questioned by U.S. authorities last week. Senator Salazar was part of a delegation which included Senate President Lee Mark Chang when he was pulled aside [...]
PM Barrow says U.D.P. Ready for Referendum Day
Turning to an issue that has been in the headline for months…In just two days, the nation will make a very important and historic decision on whether or not submit [...]
Machakilha – No Road and No Access to Bare Essentials
On Friday, we showed you the grueling journey of five primary school students from Machakilha Village, who left their homes in the dead of night and walked six miles to [...]
PM Raising Funds for U.D.P.’s Mobilization Efforts on May 8th
Back to the I.C.J…..The U.D.P. and the P.U.P. have begun ramping out their individual campaigns to mobilize voters for Wednesday’s referendum. But the mobilization of tens of thousands of re-registered [...]
What Will the Voter Turnout Be on Referendum Day?
The Prime Minister also spoke of the expected voter turnout on May eight. When Guatemala held its I.C.J. referendum in April 2018, a little over two million voters participated out [...]
Barrow says International Law Trumps Domestic Law
The Prime Minister also spoke of the P.U.P.’s challenge of the 2008 Special Agreement. While the Chief Justice has ruled that the Special Agreement is not a serious issue to [...]
PM Comments on Latest Sarstoon Island Incident
In the south, Sarstoon Island and River have been an irritant since Guatemala has been exercising authority in the area. The latest incident in which a Belizean flag was removed [...]
Referendum Raffle is Unlawful, Immoral and Unethical
Still on the matter of the I.C.J., over the weekend, raffles were announced in several constituencies by U.D.P. standard bearers to get a YES vote. The raffles were announced for [...]
Judicial Review Granted But Cpl. Eldon Arzu Must Report to Work in Belmopan
The courtroom of Justice Shona Griffith was packed to capacity this morning. Officers of all ranks were present for the commencement of a legal claim involving Commissioner of Police Chester [...]
Corporals Leonard Nunez & Hallet King to Stand Trial for Manslaughter of Hilberto Sotz
Also in the Supreme Court, a pair of cops, Corporals Leonard Nunez and Hallet King, will be facing trial for the manslaughter death of Hilberto Sotz. The young man was [...]
3 Homes Destroyed in Apparent Case of Arson
A house fire on Antelope Street this afternoon has left twelve persons homeless. The blaze is said to have been an act of arson, following a dispute in the early [...]
Another Woman is Stabbed by Common-law Husband in Belmopan
Another Belmopan woman has been stabbed by her common-law husband in the capital. Katherine Anthony remains in a stable condition at the Western Regional Hospital after she was stabbed to [...]
Home Invasion in Sarteneja; 1 Man Charged
Up north in Corozal, one person has been charged in connection with a home invasion in Sarteneja. Noel Samuels has been arrested and charged with aggravated burglary and handling stolen [...]
Robbery/Shooting in Cristo Rey
Takeem Maskall is recovering from a gunshot wound to the abdomen, which he sustained on Thursday morning during an armed robbery in Cristo Rey Village in the Cayo District. He [...]
ComPol Williams: Peaceful Weekend
Over nine hundred plus officers sat the Police Department’s promotional exams this Saturday; a little less than half were from Belize City alone. And while the results of that test [...]
The Youth Innovation Challenge 2019
The 2019 Education Showcase for the Ministry of Education is focusing primarily on financial literacy of students. It is believed that the concept, taught at a very young age, can [...]
Financial Literacy to Make Social Changes
The Youth Innovation Challenge is being done in partnership with various stakeholders including Central Bank of Belize, the Credit Union League and community mentors who work along with the schools. [...]
Ek Balam is the Regional Champion of Pok-Ta-Pok
And to another story of positive news…We have been following the progress of the Ek Balam team from northern Belize. The team, in a relatively short time, has been bringing [...]
Sports Recap with James Adderley
Good evening, I’m James Adderley and this is Sports Monday. [Highlights of the weekend in sports....]
Fire Service Say The Cause Of Sunday’s Explosion Could Be Fuel Leak
Officials from the Fire Service have blamed Sunday’s boat explosion at the foot of the Swing Bridge on fuel leakage that built up prior to the ignition being turned on.
The 45-foot ferry belonged to a Mexican company, San Pedro Water Jet International, and was chartered by Ocean Ferry to take the trip to San Pedro with a quick stop in Caye Caulker.
Accused Child Killer Walks
The mother of a seven year-old boy who was shot dead in Belize City is stunned by the outcome of the Court case she counted on to seek justice for her son’s unwarranted killing; but she is redirecting that hope through another channel to save more mothers from having to endure the same anguish she now bears.
Boat Explosion Kills 2 Children – Official List Of Injured, Part 2
The Reporter has received the names of the two little girls who were killed in this evening’s boat explosion.
They are Jamiri Guy, 10, and Kimberly Guy, 8. Their mother, Rosalie Catch, 27, of Xaibe Village, suffered burns to her left elbow and right calf. She is receiving treatment at the KHMH along with the girls’ father, Jaime Interiano of Progresso Village, Corozal,.
Weekend News Alerts & News Report – May 5th. 2019
The Ek’ Balam Pok Ra Pok team from Yo Creek, Orange Walk are now two-time back-to-back World Champions of the ancestral Mayan ball game Pok Ta Pok. The Reporter has confirmed that a man was shot and robbed moments ago on the Cristo Rey road in the Cayo District. Police are investigating a sudden death in San Ignacio...
Breaking Belize News
PUP condemns Government’s referendum corruption
The People’s United Party (PUP) issued a statement today condemning the referendum corruption by the […]
Cops to be tried in June for manslaughter of Hilberto Sotz
Police Corporal Leonard Nunez and Police Constable Hallet King are to be tried for manslaughter […]
“Joint efforts needed to prevent future explosions,” says Fire Department
Following a tragic explosion that claimed the life of two little girls and injured several […]
PM Barrow: The time to resolve the unfounded Guatemala territorial dispute is now!
Prime Minister Dean Barrow issued a recorded statement to Belizeans today encouraging everyone to participate […]
Citizens for Defense of Sovereignty denounces Referendum raffle
Citizens for the Defense of Sovereignty (CDS) issued a statement today denouncing the issuing of […]
PUP Leader: On Wednesday, Take a stand for Belize!
On Wednesday, May 8, 2019, Belizeans will go to the polls to vote whether or […]
“Gas leak caused the fatal explosion,” says Fire Department
According to the Belize Fire Service, a gas leak was responsible for the explosion at […]
Belize Peace Movement warns against “chemically tainted” ballots
Warning that Belizeans cannot take any chance with an administration he describes as “hell-bent” on […]
Special Envoy extends condolences to family of children that died in boat explosion
Special Envoy for Women and Children, Kim Simplis Barrow issued a statement today extending condolences […]
Will PM Barrow step down before the 2020 General elections?
This morning on the Love FM Morning Show, PM Barrow’s discussion was predominantly on the […]
PM Barrow: Belize’s case at ICJ is unassailable
This morning on the Love FM Morning Show, PM Barrow asserted that Belize should vote […]
PM Barrow: ICJ campaign ought not to have been political
This morning on the Love FM Morning Show, Prime Minister of Belize, Dean Barrow said […]
PM Barrow extends condolences to family of children who died in boat explosion
This morning on the Love TV Morning Show, PM Barrow extended condolences to the family […]
Tropic Air’s new Caye Caulker terminal in the making
Tropic Air announced today that construction has commenced for its new Caye Caulker terminal. To […]
Trade Ministers mark passing of Sir Alister McIntyre
Last week, trade ministers of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) honored the late Sir Alister McIntyre, former […]
Experts call for Caribbean to make its voice heard on global Internet governance
The Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU) is joining up with the non-profit American Registry for Internet […]
Decisive Game 3s for Verdes, Dangriga in NEBL playoffs
Fans of basketball in Belize got some at times gritty but always thrilling action in […]
Domestic Dispute, another common law wife stabbed
Domestic abuse continues to be an issue for our country. A woman in Belmopan, survived an attempt on her life. The man who stabbed her was her common law husband. This is the second incident in less than two weeks in the Capital during which a man has stabbed and attempted to kill his common …
Fire Service says a fuel leak is at the center of the Boat Explosion Investigation
As the incident occurred, the Fire Department deployed two trucks on the scene. Though there was no fire, the fire service assisted the paramedic from BERT with a triage to attend to the victims. When the injured were taken to the hospitals, the Fire Department then deployed its resources into investigative mode. Berisford Matura, the …
Ocean Ferry had rented Water Jet boat for the day of the Accident
We also had a chance to speak to Charles Young, the Director of Ocean Ferry. He was on Caye Caulker when the incident happened but immediately returned to the City on Sunday. Young says that his group of investors had just assumed control of Ocean Ferry in March, 2019 and had just rented the water …
Fire leaves twelve persons homeless
A dozen persons have been displaced after a fire broke out at their homes on Antelope Street Extension in Belize City. The fire department responded to the call, but by the time firefighters arrived, the structure was completely engulfed in flames. Now, here is the twist to the story: Chavanie Vega who lived at one …
Man shot along the Cristo Rey Road
Last week a man was shot during a robbery in Cayo. It happened along the Cristo Rey Road. ACP Joseph Myvette, the Head of National Crimes Investigation Branch says Takeem Maskall was shot to the abdomen and he survived the incident. ACP Joseph Myvett – Head National Crimes Investigation Branch: “There was a robbery …
Two Girls Killed During Boat Explosion in Belize City Harbor
Two girls, 8-year-old, Kimberly Guy and 10-year-old, Jamiri Guy, died on Sunday afternoon due to an explosion on a boat they had boarded to take them home to Caye Caulker. The girls were in the company of their parents and another sibling when the incident occurred at the foot of the Swing Bridge in Belize …
Police say over a dozen injured and 2 killed in Boat Accident
Today the scene took on formality from the joint response team. The Belize Port Authority assumed control of the vessel and took it for further investigation. At today’s press briefing the police tallied the numbers and confirmed that there were fourteen individuals injured and two who passed away as a result of the explosion …
CONSTRUCTION OFFICIALLY UNDERWAY AT TROPIC AIR’S NEW $1MILLION CAYE CAULKER TERMINAL
Tropic Air announces that construction has officially begun on its new Caye Caulker Terminal.
To be built over ten months and at a cost of BZ$1 Million, the new 1600 square foot air conditioned terminal will feature state of the art amenities for passengers and cargo.
“Caye Caulker is one of the pillars of tourism in Belize and a key driver of economic growth,” John Greif III, President said. “We see enormous growth in tourism to the island, and this new terminal represents a step forward, and a big investment, in the level of comfort for our passengers and visitors to La Isla Cariñosa”
Ambergris Caye named as one of the Best Luxury Fishing Destinations for 2019
There is some good fishing to be done on Ambergris Caye. We know that and so does FishingBooker, the world’s largest website for booking fishing charters, as they recently named Ambergris Caye among the 7 Best Luxury Fishing Destinations for 2019. What an honor!
“Ambergris Caye boasts picture-perfect vistas and amazing weather year round. Private snorkeling tours will take visitors around the reef to see manatees, turtles, and Nurse Sharks. The accommodations on the island is a big part of what makes this place so indulgent..."
The Absolute Best Things to Do in Caye Caulker
If you’re looking for that idyllic island vacation where shoes are optional, locals are friendly and relaxation is the ultimate way of life, look no further than Caye Caulker. This tiny slice of paradise off the coast of mainland Belize is only 4 miles long and has been gaining popularity over the years for its laidback vibes, vibrant turquoise water and awesome nightlife — and after just a few days soaking in the island culture I honestly never wanted to leave. For such a small island, there are plenty of things to do in Caye Caulker that will keep you busy during your stay, so read on for all the best places to eat, drink, shop and play.
Caye Caulker is truly one of those places that is big enough to keep you entertained, yet small enough that you’re sure to run into the same locals and visitors throughout your stay, making for an intimate feel that few destinations offer these days. I can see why people choose to return here over and over again.
Tips for Solo Travellers Visiting Belize
Whether you’re a seasoned pro at solo traveling or are heading out into the world for the first time by yourself, one of the best places to visit is Belize.
Many solo visitors like to visit Belize outside of the major holidays like Christmas and Easter. If you come during the “off season,” you can save on lodgings, and airfare is often cheaper as well. Some of the best months to visit when it’s less crowded are January, February, and after Easter.
And don’t worry about meeting people or making friends! Belize is world-famous for its friendly locals. Belize is still far enough off the beaten path that it feels like a small town. And with everyone speaking English, you’ll never have any problems striking up a conversation.
The Rainforests of Belize
More than half of Belize’s mainland consists of dense tropical rainforests, much of it explored. A sizeable percentage of the rainforests of Belize are under government protection in the form of a national park, wilderness sanctuary, or animal refuge.
The rainforests of Belize are highly diverse ecosystems home to a wide range of plant, bird, and animal species. Indigenous wildlife in Belize includes five species of big cats (including jaguars, the sacred animal of the ancient Maya), armadillos, tapirs, monkeys, and crocodiles. In addition, more than 4000 species of tropical flowers are found in the rainforests of Belize, including more than 250 types of orchids.
10 things to pack when traveling to Belize
Belize is a fascinating country and is Mother Nature’s best kept secret snuggled between Guatemala and Mexico and bordered by the Caribbean Sea, this is as tropical as it gets! Let us walk through this list of Must-Packs for your upcoming vacation in tropical paradise!
Travel Documents – These are the most important things you need to pack before leaving for your Adventure in Belize. Passport, driver’s license, plane tickets and travel itinerary (if you have one) should all be tucked away in a secure and easily accessible area, such as your carryon or purse pocket.
All the Lobster You Care to Eat This Summer in Belize
Is it wrong to plan a vacation to Belize just to binge on all the fresh-caught lobster you can eat? Let’s hope not!
Many people head to Belize starting in June to celebrate the opening of the lobster fishing season. Coastal towns and islands kick off the season with multi-day festivals featuring live music, games, and culinary competitions featuring local chefs battling to create the tastiest lobster-themed dishes.
If a cold beer on the beach and delicious lobster has whetted your appetite, here’s everything you need to know.
What is Lobsterfest?
Originally, the first Lobsterfest was held on the freewheeling island of Caye Caulker. For several days, the island is transformed into one big outdoor party where lobster is the theme.
Cahal Pech Maya Ruins – What You Need to Know Before You Visit
Located just across from the modern-day town of San Ignacio in western Belize, Cahal Pech is one of Belize’s most unusual ancient Maya sites.
The name “Cahal Pech” means “Place of the Ticks” in the local Maya dialect, but the original name for the site is unknown. Local Maya herders nicknamed the site Cahal Pech in the 1950s because much of the surrounding area was used for pasture.
Cahal Pech sits high above a bluff that overlooks San Ignacio Town and the Macal River, and the panoramic view from the site is one of the finest in the country. It is believed that Cahal Pech is one of the oldest Maya sites in the region, first built more than 3,200 years ago.
Why You Should Visit the Community Baboon Sanctuary
Belizeans put their own unique Caribbean spin on things, and so the Community Baboon Sanctuary (CBS) might be better described as a vast nature preserve that is home to black howler monkeys, known locally as “baboons”. Belize is home to many national parks and nature preserves, but what makes CBS such a special place is how it is operated. A genuinely community-run, grassroots commitment to keeping Belize wild and beautiful, CBS is the perfect place for visitors to get introduced to native fauna.
Measuring approximately 20 square miles of the Belize River Valley, CBS is much more than just a wildlife conservation area. Several indigenous Creole villages are located within the sanctuary and the entire community works to protect the forests and rivers. Years of grassroots conservation efforts have succeeded in attracting one of the largest Yucatan black howler monkey populations in the world.
INSIDE GANG TERRITORY IN HONDURAS:
‘Either They Kill Us or We Kill Them’
In one of the deadliest cities in the world, an embattled group of young men had little but their tiny patch of turf — and they would die to protect it. Journalists from The New York Times spent weeks recording their struggle.
Belizeans assert their rights over the Sarstoon on 1859 Treaty anniversary
By Wellington C Ramos - On Tuesday, April 30, the leader of the Belize People’s Front (BPF) Nancy Marin, party candidates and members, travelled to the Sarstoon River to assert their rights over Belize’s territory, which is currently being occupied by members of the Guatemalan Armed Forces (GAF). It was on that day in 1859 that the government of Guatemala signed a treaty with Great Britain, ceding this portion of Belize that was under their captaincy general jurisdiction of the Spanish governor from Peten when they were a colony of Spain.
From the Sibun River to the Sarstoon River, this area of land includes parts of the Belize and the Orange Walk Districts and the whole of the Districts of Cayo, Stann Creek and Toledo Districts. The other portion of Belize’s territory that is north of the Sibun River, which is parts of Orange Walk and the whole of Corozal District, was under the jurisdiction of the Spanish governor from the province of Quintana Roo in Mexico as part of the captaincy general of New Spain.
Yoga retreat proves to be just what I needed
While I am loving life in Kingston, I decided it was time for me to take a leap and go on a trip in April … the destination was a yoga retreat that Halifax yoga friends were running in Ambergris Caye, an island off the coast of Belize. My Haligonian friend “Chad” had signed up as well. I reckoned this holiday was going to be like hanging in Halifax but with a much less fog. What could go wrong? AKBOL is rustic and gorgeous, with the Caribbean Sea at your feet and coconut trees seemingly holding up the sky. There was a well-loved bar with an upstairs open-air dining room, across the street from a building with about 30 rooms and a unisex bathroom with salvaged conch shells for faucets. Instead of glass windows, the ceiling fans moved air through screens to offer respite from the heat. On the backside of the
Caribbean countries warned to conserve water as drought worsens
The Barbados-based Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology (CIMH) on Monday urged Caribbean countries to “closely monitor water resources and try to conserve as much as possible, at least until June/July” as the drought situation in the region worsens.
In its Caribbean Drought and Precipitation Monitoring Network Bulletin released here, CIMH said that there is concern for most of the Caribbean that the short term drought situation can impact agriculture, as well as the flow in small rivers and streams except in the vicinity of Cuba, the Bahamas, Jamaica and Cayman islands.
“For longer term drought that can impact groundwater, and large reservoirs and rivers, concerns also extend to Jamaica and Cayman Islands. Most of the Caribbean should therefore closely monitor water resources and try to conserve as much as possible, at least until June/July,” it said.
Quintana Roo divided into 9 zones in effort to remove sargassum
A plan to combat this year’s expected million tonnes of sargassum on the beaches of Quintana Roo is beginning to take shape.
The state government has announced emergency sargassum protocol that will divide the state into nine zones where efforts will be concentrated on preventing the seaweed from accumulating on beaches.
Environment Secretary Alfredo Arellano will head the initiative intended to keep the beaches clean and find a sustainable use for the collected plant matter.
The state has identified beachfront hotel owners and businesses that might be affected by the algae’s arrival, all of whom received a summary of the state’s plan, which outlines cooperation with business owners and residents to erect retention barriers and organize clean-up crews.
Radio drama encourages Belizean fishers to follow the rules
The smooth voice of DJ Armin Arana emanates from the radio on “Talking Fuego,” the call-in segment of “Punta Fuego,” as he greets a caller from the coastal village of Hopkins, Belize. This episode of the radio drama features the main character, Richie, arguing with his girlfriend, Shawna, who pressures him to bring in money to support her exorbitant spending habits. To get cash fast, Richie decides to fish illegally for out-of-season lobster — even though his father always told him to make an honest living. Callers dial in to the show to weigh in on what Richie should do.
Punta Fuego was developed by the NGO Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) Belize, in conjunction with the New York-based communications nonprofit PCI Media, to encourage fishers to respect fishing regulations. Belize is a small Central American country known for its rich coastal waters and reefs designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The show, named for a fictional fishing village, has been running since 2015 and is currently in its third season. It follows a strategy similar to another radio show by WCS and PCI that encourages people in Nigeria to protect critically endangered Cross River gorillas.
“Help Angelika”, A Fund Raising Campaign to Support a Philanthropist’s Medical Trip to Germany Launched
The fund raising campaign, “Help Angelika” to support Angelika’s medical trip to Germany has been kicked off. Angelika is a German lady living in Belize, and needs financial support towards health concerns. Every individual is invited and enjoined to take part in this program to help restore her health that has been deteriorating due to lack of funds to cater for her medical bills. “Help Angelika” fund raising became so important to raise money for a flight and ensures she can afford to stay for the period of treatment depending on the diagnosis and the required treatments.
Humans Are Speeding Extinction and Altering the Natural World at an ‘Unprecedented’ Pace
Humans are transforming Earth’s natural landscapes so dramatically that as many as one million plant and animal species are now at risk of extinction, posing a dire threat to ecosystems that people all over the world depend on for their survival, a sweeping new United Nations assessment has concluded.
The 1,500-page report, compiled by hundreds of international experts and based on thousands of scientific studies, is the most exhaustive look yet at the decline in biodiversity across the globe and the dangers that creates for human civilization. A summary of its findings, which was approved by representatives from the United States and 131 other countries, was released Monday in Paris. The full report is set to be published this year.
Know your Boobies!
We have three of the six. How many have you seen in Belize?
Boobies are seabirds in the genus Sula and they are close relatives of gannets. Boobies are excellent divers and plunge into the ocean for great heights at high speeds to feed on fish and squid. As well as excelling at diving they are excellent swimmers as well. Truly they are more at home on or in the water. However, they do spend time on land, gathering in groups to socialize, rest, mate or raise chicks. It is hear on land that they earned their name. The name Booby derives from the Spanish word "Bobo" which means "fool."
Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow on Love's Morning show, 2.5hr. PM Barrow on Referendum Day 2019
Diving in a cave with sharks - San Pedro, Belize, 2min.
Scuba Diving with Sharks in Belize (Scary Ocean Dive), 12min. In this episode, Paulina and I embark on the ultimate adventure to find sharks. Diving takes place in San Pedro Belize with Island Divers Belize.
CCC Marching Band Belize National Anthem, 2.5min.
Touring Belize City, 6min. Sight seeing in Belize
Rubber Balls in Mexico: A Long History and a Mayan Tradition, 2min. Did a Mayan rubber ball contain a human skull? And did it bounce? Ancient Mayans played a team sport where both sides try to propel a large rubber ball through a hoop using only their hips (no hands or feet). The game was known as poc-ta-poc. Losers didn't just hang their heads in shame. They lost them. Their severed heads were thrust on pikes for the cheering crowd to see. And in the museum, there is a stone carving that seems to show a human skull inside a poc-ta-poc ball. So historians wonder... Did Mayans really put skulls inside their poc-ta-poc balls?
The Long Road to P.S.E. in Southern Belize, 7min. Even before dawn this morning, students started their trek to sit part-two of the P.S.E. in southern Belize. There was not even a horse to ride, much less a vehicle to travel in. It was by foot that the primary school students from Machakilha set out to the P.S.E. centre in Corazon, another remote area of the Toledo District. Despite the challenges that they meet along the dark pathways, often times without a proper breakfast, they are determined to get an education to better themselves and help their families. This morning, the weather held so their journey lasted about two hours before they could get to the exam centre. It will take them just as long to get back home. In the following story, News Five’s Isani Cayetano and cameraman Kenroy Michael took the long journey with the young children. Here’s an inspiring story about endurance in the face of insurmountable odds.
EK BALAM TEAM FROM YO CREEK CROWNED CHAMPIONS OF THE POK TA POK MUNDIAL TOURNAMENT, 6.5min.
May 8th, 2019. Referendum Day for YOU to decide, .5min.
Prime Minister Rt. Hon Dean Barrow's Address on the ICJ Referendum, in Spanish, 12min.
Prime Minister Rt. Hon Dean Barrow's Address on the ICJ Referendum, 8.5min.
A Brief History of Belize's Migration Patterns and her Diaspora, 11min. Video takes a brief look at Belize's Migration Patterns and her Diaspora and the Diaspora's relationship with the Country and Government of Belize.
Belize People's Front Leader Nancy Marin says NO, 6min. Mrs. Nancy Marin, leader of the Belize People's Front explains why she will vote NO for the ICJ Referendum and why Belizeans should do likewise.
Some Close Races from National Track and Field 2019 in Corozal Belize, 9min. Heading from Punta Gorda to Corozal for the National Track and Field Event 2019 at Corozal Community College. I showcase some of the close races including 100 M, 200 M, 1500 M and 800 M.