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2019 Reef Fest Puppet Show entertains island children
Many island children from various schools across the island enjoyed a fun Puppet Show at the Lions Den in San Pedro Town on Monday, May 13th. The Puppet Show is a yearly activity held during Hol Chan Marine Reserve Reef Fest, aimed at educating younger children in a fun manner on the importance of the protecting and preserving both the environment and marine life.

PLB Finals begin: San Pedro Pirates F.C lose 1-0 against Belmopan Bandits
For the first round of the Premier League of Belize's (PLB) 2019 Closing Season Finals, the San Pedro Pirates travelled to Belmopan City to face the Belmopan Bandits on Saturday, May 11th. The intense match saw both teams fighting for the advantage in the first of the two crucial games. At the end of game time, it was a 1-0 victory for Belmopan Bandits.

Wyndham Debuts Trademark Collection in Latin America with Opening of Costa Blu Beach Resort
Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, the world's largest hotel franchising company with approximately 9,200 hotels across more than 80 countries, announced the arrival of its Trademark Collection® by Wyndham soft-brand to Latin America and the Caribbean with the addition of the Costa Blu Beach Resort in Belize. Located seven miles north of San Pedro Town on the scenic Ambergris Caye, the exclusive, 38-suite, adults-only beach-front resort is located in one of the region's most sought after vacation destinations and is just offshore of the Belize Barrier Reef, the second largest barrier reef in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The resort is owned by Sandy Point Group and will be managed by Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, making it the company's 26th managed property in the region.

Reef Fest 2019 Coastal Cleanup a success, says Hol Chan Marine Reserve
As part of the Hol Chan Marine Reserve Reef Fest 2019, a massive coastal cleanup activity was held around San Pedro Town on Saturday, May 11th. The clean-up is a yearly activity that serves to continue raising awareness about keeping the environment clean and to stop the single use of plastic. At 8AM a large crowd of participants gathered at the Hol Chan Marine Reserve Dock located at the end of Caribe�a Street. Participants separated into groups and tackled different areas of the island. Some headed to the north side of the island and began cleaning the beach side, while others tackled the lagoon.

Ambergris Today

Yello Directory Covergirl Model Madison Shares Phonebooks
Yello and Digi telephone book cover girl Madison Edwards had some fun this past Saturday, May, 11, 2019, handing out the books to passersby at Central Park, San Pedro Town, Belize. She joined the Yello team from Belize City who came to town to give away the new 2019 directories to customers. Madison was chosen to grace the cover of the book because of her activism for a cleaner, safer and better environment/coral reef. Yello and Digi's theme for the book this year was "Yello goes Green" and is full of useful information on green products and way we all can protect the environment we live on.

Sargassum Flow Expected Worse Than Last Year
According to the monthly reports of the Optical Oceanography Laboratory of the School of Marine Sciences of the University of South Florida, intended to provide an overview of the current flowering condition and the probability of future flowering of sargassum for the Caribbean Sea, the conditions for this 2019, are greater than those of last year for the uptake of these marine algae. In the report for the month of January the extension of flowering in 2019 is still significantly greater than in most of the years from 2011 to 2018 for the Caribbean and the Central West Atlantic. For this reason, they point out that this 2019 is likely to be another important flowering year and for which, the corresponding measures must be taken to address said overflow.

Misc Belizean Sources


Information business session on pro-development initiatives
His worship, Mayor Daniel Guerrero, the San Pedro Town Council and BELTRAIDE invites you to an information business session showcasing a series of pro-development initiatives titled under the "Competitiveness Month." Friday, May 17, 2019. 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon. San Pedro Town Council Conference Room.

Rainbow Town Neighbourhood Watch Group Fundraiser in Corozal
The newly formed and vibrant Rainbow Town Neighbourhood Watch Group will be having a BIG BBQ Sale on Monday, May 27th at Rainbow Beach & Park. Monies raised will be used to acquire and install neighbourhood watch caution signs in that particular neighbourhood. NOTE: Monday, May 27th will be a public and bank holiday.

International Museum Day activities in Corozal
"Date change for International Museum Day activities here at the House of Culture. We are looking forward to engaging with students and community members on Thursday! Learn how to count and how to greet people in Yucatec Maya! Friday is Teacher's Day; no school as teachers will be on a well deserved outing". Courtesy Corozal House of Culture.

Corozal Football Association Under 10 and Under 13 FINALS
This Sunday, May 19th at our popular Ricalde Stadium. It is going to be sizzling football action. Let's support these super talented football warriors. It all starts at 10:00 a.m.

NICH meeting with Creative and Cultural Stakeholders
"The Institute of Creative Arts - NICH would like to invite all stakeholders from the Creative and Cultural Industries to a meeting with President of NICH and all Directors on May 15th at the Bliss Centre. Kindly contact the Bliss Centre at 227-2110 for more information".

Power outage scheduled from 8:00am to 11:00am on Thursday, May 16 to affect portion of San Pedro, Ambergris Caye
Including: Almond Street, Barracuda Street, Basil Jones Street, Beach Front, Bermuda Beach, Blue Dolphin, Buena Vista Area, Boca Del Rio, Bonefish Street, Bright Waters Street, Canary Cove area, Coco Beach Area, Deer Street, Habaneros Area, Iguana Street, Indigo Street, Jewfish Street, Lagoon Street, Laguna Street, Mangrove Drive, Middle Street, Pescador Drive, San Juan Area, Sandpiper Street, Seagull Street, Seaweed Street, Spider Lily Street, Lina Point, Mata Grande, Mata Villas, Mexico Rocks Subdivision, North Ambergris, Nunez Subdivision, Playa Blanca, Punta Arena Street, San Feliz Area Tres Cocos and San Mateo Subdivision. BEL to install utility pole and energize new power lines for customers in the area.

New traffic signs installed in San Marcos
We received complaints from residents in the area, that driver's were speeding putting children at risk. The traffic dept is clamping down on reckless drivers and any driver who drives in a way that puts others at risk can expect a ticket.

Cabinet Appoints agents for ICJ and approves Maritime Areas Act amendmen
Cabinet at its meeting today, Tuesday, May 14th, 2019 approved that the Maritime Areas Act, 1992 be taken to the National Assembly for amendment. Additionally, Cabinet approved that the amendments be tabled at the next sitting of the House of Representatives scheduled for Monday, May 20th, 2019, and submitted to the Senate the following day. Cabinet further approved the appointments of Ambassador Assad Shoman as Agent of the Belize Government and of Ambassador H.E Alexis Rosado as Co-Agent.

Gang Resistance Education And Training Program
On Tuesday May 14th 2019, Community Policing Officers from the Corozal Police Formation visited Church of Christ Primary School and conducted the Gang Resistance Education And Training Program (G.R.E.A.T) lectures to the students of Standard V .

Taiwan Supports the Belize Music Month
The Government of Belize, through the Office of the Music Ambassador, is pleased to announce that the Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan) will be one of the proud sponsors of the 4th Annual Belize Music Month. The Office of the Music Ambassador is the government entity whose sole function is to grow the Music industry. In partnership with the Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan) and other friends, the Office of the Music Ambassador plans to expand the scale of this year's Music Month, in order to continue to celebrate the immeasurable contributions Belizean musicians and artists make to Belize's economy and social development.

The Department of Youth Services and the National Sports Council of the Ministry of Education, in collaboration with the Embassy of Republic of China (Taiwan), will be hosting a 2K and 5K track race to commemorate thirty years of diplomatic ties and strong friendship between Belize and Taiwan. The Fun Run will be held on Saturday, 1st June, 2019 in Belize City at Memorial Park, commencing at 6:00 a.m. Registration will begin from 5:30 a.m. All families, Primary, High School and University students are invited to come out and engage in some friendly competition while getting the chance to win attractive prizes such as computers, tablets and cell phones. The event is sponsored by the Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan).

Corozal Mayor visits Mayor of Chetumal
On Monday, May 13th our Corozal Town Mayor, His Lordship, Rigo Vellos paid a courtesy visit to the Mayor of Oth�n P. Blanco, His Excellency, Othoniel Segovia Martinez of Chetumal, Mexico. The discussion involved strengthening the close ties between the two neighbouring communities. Efforts will now be focused towards renewing relations which existed some time ago. Present at the meeting was the Town Administrator, Claudet Grinage and Councilor in charge of Tourism Affairs, Hilberto Clarke, as well as Belize's Consul in Quintana Roo, Mexico, Dr. Luis Gilberto Montero Maldonado.

The San Pedro Tour Operators Association, participating in Hol Chan Reef Week
We showcased our new Coral Reef Nursery.

Channel 7

Assad, The Agent
Belizeans took the first step towards the ICJ when they voted "yes" last Wednesday - and on Monday - Parliament will take the critical second step when it repeals two sections of the Maritime Areas Act. The act was crafted in 1992 when Belize and Guatemala were negotiating. It declared a territorial sea of 12 miles along all the coast, but proposed a concession in the south from the Sarstoon River to Ranguana Caye, where Belize only claimed three miles of territorial sea. That was an area only reserved to negotiate a sea boundary with Guatemala. But, now that we're going to the ICJ - any possibility of negotiations is over - and before Belize lodges its case at the ICJ - it will now formally reclaim all its territorial waters.

Gang Rivalry Hotspot Flares Into Murder
In the past few weeks we have reported on a a number of shootings in the area between Ebony Street and Conch Shell Bay - where rival groups - that live right across the street from each other - are feuding. While shots have been firing, fortunately, life was spared. That was until last night, when a city man was gunned down. 23 year old Lyndon Baldwin was shot and killed as he hung out with friends in a yard at the corner of Youth for the Future Drive and Ebony street.

Man Kills Wife, Claims Accident
A man killed his wife this morning in Big Falls, Toledo. But he says it was an accident. Resort owner 48 year old Andrew Caliz - who you've seen on this newscast before - told police that this morning at 4:30, he and his common law wife, 31 year old Noehemy Duarte Caceres were getting ready to make a trip to Belize City. Caliz say he took his licensed .380 pistol out of a drawer and slipped it into the waist of his pants. But, for some reason, the gun was already cranked and it accidentally went off. The single shot hit Caceres to her right upper shoulder, right near her neck.

Man Found Dead On Corozal Seawall
A man was found dead on the seawall in Corozal Town - but police say no foul play is suspected. When 46 year old Alberto Lara didn't show up to his Ranchito village home last night his family started a search. They found his bike near the seawall and found that he was seen at two different restaurants up to early last night. But, apart from his bike - they found nothing last night - until this morning. His brother Roque explains what he saw:... "At 5:15 we went and we searched all the seaside. I found him. He was face down. But because he was my brother I could have recognized him from his back. My next brother called the police and gave him the information while I stayed with the body."

Mason's New Attorney Called to Bar
Yesterday, we told you about Dexter Todd, the new attorney for William Danny Mason imported from Guyana. Well, with the assistance of fellow attorney Hubert Elrington he was called to the Bar today at the Belize City Supreme Court before Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin. When it was finished, Todd told the press that he just wants justice for his client: Dexter Todd, Danny Mason Attorney: "Some people have the misguided notion that once you are a defence counsel there are certain challenges and old tricks that you bring. I can tell you, this is not one attorney that does that. I am for fairness, to ensure that my client is given fair opportunity."

Attorney Todd's Presence Makes For Reset of Mason Trial
After being called to the Bar in Belize City, Todd, headed straight to Belmopan for a hearing in front of Justice Antoinette Moore. The judge wants to resume the trial as soon as possible, and she called all the defense attorneys representing the 5 accused for a report, and to get their input on the best possible date to continue with this case. Daniel Ortiz in Belmopan for that hearing, and here's his report on the day's events: The last time these 5 defendants went before Justice Antoinette Moore for their murder trial, their previous attorney,

Men Remanded For Allegedly Being In a Gang
New anti-gang legislation was passed last year to make it a crime to be a member of a gang. But, it hasn't been used too often. It was used today, though, against four men who are alleged members of the warring Peace In The Village and "Bacalands" gangs - which are based in the St. Martin's area. 24 year old Akeem Augustine, 21 year old Ulide Allen, 25 year old Kevin Cacho and 23 year old Jeffrey Buller were charged for being members of a gang that engages in criminal activity. Augustine and Allen were charged with being members of PIV, while Cacho and Buller were charged with being members of Bacaland Crips.

Red-Handed Zane
An alleged burglar was caught red handed in the Vista Del Mar area. On the morning of May 9th, Police responded to a burglary in progress at mile 8 on the northern highway. When they got there, they saw Zane Pott riding out of Dennis Johnson's yard with a bag in his hand and a knapsack on his back. The police stopped him at mile 5 and found a bunch of stolen times in the bags.

City Shooting Preceded Murder
At the top of the news, we told you about last night's murder in Belize City. Well, there was another city shooting which proceeded that. It happened around 7:00, and, luckily, the victim survived. 22 year old Christian McDonald along and Alvin Usher were hanging out in a yard at the corner of Central American Boulevard and Jane Usher Boulevard when a man crept up from behind and shot at them.

Corozal Customs Contemplating Charges For Boat
Customs has taken possession of a boat in Corozal and is assessing it for documentation and, possibly, illegal entry. It's called the Paulito and Customs suspects that it may have entered Belizean waters at Ramonal, Mexico - which is an illegal and unauthorized border crossing on the Rio Hondo.

Rivalries In UDP Caribbean Shores
Since last week Wednesday when Caribbean Shores voters said an emphatic "yes" to the ICJ, there's been exhilaration in the UDP - fueling all kinds of fantasies of re-taking that division for the red. And, suddenly, a seat that has a duly endorsed standard bearer in Darrell Bradley is up for grabs. Santino Castillo - who was the last UDP elected Rep in Caribbean Shores has already publicly expressed his interest, and solid reports say former city Councilor, Leila Peyrefitte is also very interested.

Disappointment for Ascenthium
The last time we told you about the Belizean rock and metal band, Ascenthium was 3 weeks ago. That's when they flew out of country for Panama to participate in the first round of the 2019 Wacken Open Air Festival. They were trying to qualify for a trip to Wacken, Germany, for a shot a being the judged as the best metal band around the world for this year in the biggest global event for the genre of music. In order to do that, they had to compete against bands from Central America, and on April 27th, they took on 6 other bands from the competing countries who participated.

What Next On Road To ICJ?
So, as we told you at the tops of the newscast, the Government of Belize is getting very ready to go to the ICJ by repealing sections of the the Maritime Areas act and appointing Assad Shoman its Agent at the Hague. And while they're moving fast to lodge the case at the ICJ, things will slow down once the case is lodged. The timeline is that the Guatemalans have one year to file what is known as their memorial, and then the Belize side has another year to file its counter memorial. In March, Judge Stephen Schwebel - who is a former president of the court explained the process to us at his home in Vermont:..

Taiwan Supports Music Month
The Taiwanese Embassy is now supporting the 4th Annual Belize Music Month. The funds, an undisclosed figure, will be used by the Office of the Music Ambassador to expand the scale of this year's Music Month. A release says that a series of events have been planned all across the country that will culminate with 3 days of concerts and feature the most spectacular performances by 70 of Belize's top Musicians and 30 DJs at the Marion Jones Stadium in Belize City, from May 23- 25, 2019.

Channel 5

Home Invasion in Belmopan
Police in Belmopan are investigating a home invasion which occurred this morning. Four men entered a property and attacked the security guard who was also robbed. The men escaped in grey car when the manager arrived. According to reports, the assailants fired shots at the manager. One of the men was reportedly arrested in Roaring Creek Village while the others managed to elude police.

Police have charged a 20 year old for the death of 19 year old Ana Villanueva
Zena Armstrong was charged for the crime of manslaughter. The teenage woman was visiting with a friend on Fourth Street North when another teen, with whom she had conflict, passed by with her baby and threatened to harm Villanueva. The accused, returned minutes later after which a fight ensued. A knife was then introduced in the fight and used to stab Villanueva once to the chest.

In Toledo, a Woman is Killed by Her Common-law Husband
The mother of a two-year-old child was fatally shot down south; she is the second woman in twenty-four hours whose life has been cut short in violence. This morning, a [...]

Lindon Baldwin is Murdered on Ebony Street
At around seven-thirty this morning, the lifeless body of Lindon Baldwin was found at a yard on Ebony Street in Belize City. Baldwin was there on Monday night in the [...]

Father of 2 Drowns in Corozal Town
There was a third loss of life up north. A construction worker drowned in Corozal Town sometime between Monday and Tuesday. The father of two packed his tool bag and [...]

1 Freed; 4 Get Reduced Charges in Blue Creek Drug Plane Trial
The sensational trial of five persons, two Mexican nationals and three Belizeans, accused with drug trafficking and the illegal landing of a drug plane in the Orange Walk District in [...]

Cabinet Approves Amendment to Maritime Areas Act
In an update to the referendum�A sitting of the House of Representatives will be held on Monday, May twentieth, to amend the Maritime Areas Act of 1992. �That decision was [...]

Accused Murderers William 'Danny' Mason et al Return to Court with News Attorneys
The infamous William 'Danny' Mason and his associates were back before Supreme Court Justice Antoinette Moore in Belmopan today. �This time, Mason went in armed with a new attorney, Dexter [...]

'Danny' Mason et al Still Facing Charges for the Kidnapping of Mennonite Couple
William 'Danny' Mason et al are also facing kidnapping charges. They stand accused of kidnapping Mennonite businessman Lloyd Thiessen and his wife in May 2016. The Thiessens reportedly handed over [...]

Guyanese Attorney Dexter Todd Called to the Bar in Order to Represent Mason
As we told you, Guyanese attorney, Dexter Todd, had to be called to the bar in order for him to practice law in Belize and represent William 'Danny' Mason. The [...]

4 Belize City Men are Charged for Alleged Gang Involvement
The police department is once again cracking down on individuals believed to be involved in gang activity.� This morning in the courtroom of Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford, four alleged gang [...]

Saldivar Ramps Up Campaign for U.D.P. Leadership with the "Youth Brigade"
If you'll recall last year, the race for the leadership of the U.D.P. was in full swing with hopefuls John Saldivar and Patrick Faber actively campaigning within the party. They [...]

The Taiwan Belize It-Friendship Run 2019
The Embassy of Republic of China is partnering with the Department of Youth Services and the National Sports Council to host a two-K and five-K Track Race to commemorate thirty [...]

Belize City Man Says Police Shot Him in the Groin
Fifty-two-year-old Belize City resident Vince Martinez says he was shot by police. It happened on Sunday, May twelfth at his house on Far West Street. According to Martinez, he was [...]

Vince Martinez Plans to Sue the Police Department
According to Martinez, he was first taken to Precinct One and later allowed to visit the K.H.M.H for treatment. He says that he has reported the matter to the Professional [...]

Knowing How to Deal with an Oil Spill
Representatives from sixteen Caribbean countries met today in Belize City as part of a four-day training working on oil spill. The training which was organized by the Regional Marine Pollution [...]

Developing an Individual Child Tracking System in Belize
The annual early childhood development conference of the Ministry of Education concluded today in San Ignacio. A team of experts have been looking at the implementation of a child tracking [...]


Mother's Day stabbing murder in Corozal
Ana Villanueva, 19, a resident of Corozal Town and the 2017 Valedic-torian for Ladyville Technical High School, was stabbed in her chest during an altercation with another girl, and died almost immediately. The girl who stabbed her has been detained, pending charges of murder. She is also 19 years old. The incident occurred at about 11:30 last night at a Mother's Day event that was held at a house on 4th Street North and 10th Avenue, in the town. Police said that on their arrival at the house, they saw Villanueva lying on the road not far from the house where she had been socializing, with a stab wound in her chest.

Alleged robber shot dead on Albert Street
An alleged robber was shot and killed on Albert Street, Belize City, at about 9:30 yesterday morning, Mothers' Day, and his accomplice was arrested. He has been identified as Shemar Nunez, 23, an unemployed resident of the Pickstock Street Hutment who was a member of the notorious George Street gang in Belize City. Police said that the proceeds from the robbery were recovered from the robber's accomplice, who is a minor, who has been detained pending arraignment for charges of aggravated robbery and possession of stolen goods.

4 adults and 3 minors charged with burglary
Seven persons - four of them adults and 3 of them minors - were charged with burglary when they appeared today before Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford. The adults were Wilfred Garbutt, 35, aka "Chronic"; Kevin Bodden, 26; Eric Tillett, 26; and Tarique Allen, 19. They pleaded not guilty to the charge and were denied bail. They were remanded until July 5. The minors were one boy, 12, another boy, 14, and a girl, 15 years old. They were offered bail of $4,000 each, which they met.

Policeman allegedly stole large quantity of rosewood from Santa Theresa villagers
A group of Maya villagers from Santa Theresa Village in the Toledo District came forward this morning with a disturbing allegation that a policeman, along with a contractor who is said to be well-connected to the ruling United Democratic Party, went to their village yesterday and stole a large quantity of rosewood. The villagers, including their alcalde, told Wil Maheia of PGTV their story. Pablo Max, the chairperson of a Santa Theresa community- based enterprise which deals with forestry products; Mateao Salam, the first alcalde from Santa Theresa; and Jose Thomas, Santa Theresa deputy alcalde, told Maheia that they are concerned that a police officer went to their area and stole their rosewood.

Denzel Flowers, 27, shot to death on Central American Boulevard
Denzel Flowers, 27, a mechanic of Jane Usher Boulevard, Belize City, was shot multiple times by an unknown gunman at about 7:15 Saturday evening while he was standing in front of a store on Central American Boulevard. He died almost immediately, and the shooter escaped. Police have detained three men in connection with the incident. Reliable information to us is that Flowers was standing in front of T & R Grocery Store and Fast Food when he was shot in the chest, head and both arms.

The Economic Development Council aspires for exponential growth in Belize
The Economic Development council partnered with the Complete Caribbean partnership organization to host a one-day workshop, designed to improve Belize's economy through technology and innovation. Complete Caribbean is sponsored by institutions such as the Inter-American Development Bank, United Kingdom Aid Direct, the Government of Canada as well as the Caribbean Development Bank and seeks to foster economic growth throughout thirteen Caribbean territories.

Snake eyes in 1st leg of Women's League Semifinals:
he highly anticipated football playoffs in the National Amateur Women's League 2018-2019 Closing Season is living up to all expectations, as both semifinal 1st leg games ended deadlocked at 1-1 over the weekend. Despite early regular season lopsided scores in some games, we couldn't ask for a more competitive scenario in the best-of-two games semifinals. Consider this: South Group rivals Rumberas, from Independence Village, and defending champions Jewel Fury Bandits, from Belmopan, have drawn both times they met in regular season (1-1 and 2-2), both ending the double round-robin with undefeated records.

The Big Dance! Pirates host Bandits in 2nd leg of PLB Championship final on Saturday in San Pedro
Opening season champions, Bandits Sport FC will represent Belize in the CONCACAF Champions League tournament later this year, regardless of what happens on Saturday night in San Pedro; but the San Pedro Pirates FC will challenge the Bandits for the Premier League of Belize (PLB) 2018-2019 Closing Season championship in game 2 of their home-and-way series at the Ambergris Stadium on Saturday night. In game 1 of the finals series this past Saturday night at the Isidoro Beaton Stadium, the defending champions held serve with a 1-nil victory over the Pirates.

Cricket Corner - BDF leading in Zone Two; Bandits lost first game; Easy Does It creeping up
Hello, all cricket enthusiasts! It's a pleasure once again to have you all informed of our so wonderful sport - CRICKET. Under the auspices of the Belize National Cricket Association (BNCA), the Harrison Parks 2019 Cricket Competition continued over the weekend. Thanks for the sponsorship of Bowen and Bowen. It was such a lovely day for playing cricket. Fans and spectators had a fun filled day. Some teams were joyous, while others were heartbroken; but that's the way the game goes. We win some; we lose some.

Editorial: Get serious about BELIZE, UDP
No Belizean leader or political party ever had such an easy run. PM Barrow and the UDP came to power in 2008 after the PUP government of 2003-2008 imploded. The PUP, to an extent, has remained imploded. That party, during its 1998-2008 reign, had allowed some of its elements to handle the national treasury as if they were running their personal finances, and the people rose up against them. The PUP seems unable to come to grips with its failures: they want to point only to their successes. The PUP's failure to accept its failures put the UDP on easy street. They have won every election since 2008, an unprecedented run in recent years. The UDP has enjoyed every minute of their eleven years and odd days in power, and a great part of their enjoyment seems to come from rubbing salt in the wounds of the PUP. It is true that the UDP had, and has had tough times when they were out of office, and it seems that politicians in particular are heavy on revenge. Okay, but what do the rest of us have to do with that?

Nothing lasts forever
Dear Editor, The petrodollar is a system where oil is sold in United States (US) dollars exclusively. In 1944, as a consequence of the Bretton Woods Conference, the US dollar, backed by gold, became the world reserve currency. Prior to that, it was the British Pound. In 1971, US president Richard Nixon unilaterally cancelled the international convertibility of US dollars to gold. From 1972 to 1974, the US made a series of agreements with Saudi Arabia, which led to them selling oil in US dollars only.

From Clinton Canul in Corozal
Dear Editor, We, the citizens of Belize, expected to hear from politicians in the period leading up to the coming general elections that the constitution of this country will be reformed, and included in this reform will be the cancelation of the Belize Tourism Board, which is paid for through the People's Consolidated Funds.

Don't do it, John Carr
I guess Brother John Carr railed about government wikidnis one time too many and somebody challenged him to stop talking, to get in the ring and do something about it. A man has to be very careful about the friends he keeps. Some friends protect you from evil. Remember how Toad of Toad Hall gheh the sense (Wind in the Willows). It was good, firm friends who made him get over his swell head. Some friends egg you on to get into the ring. They are nowhere around when they carry you out on a stretcher, your face all puffed up from being pummeled with various hooks, uppercuts, jabs, and straight crosses. I'll have to ask around and find out who the instigator is. Of course John Carr is frustrated with all the shitn'nis in government. All of us are. And well, he's got credentials. Successful businessman, to the bone Belizean after being born in America, always has a solution to offer on the nation's many problems, yes, he's got the credentials.

Two detainees escape from Independence Police Detention Block
Gregory Flowers, 26, and Clinton Coleman, 36, both of Independence who were detained at the holding cell at the Independence Police, pending investigation, one for theft and the other for burglary, escaped out of the cell block by damaging the locks on the cell door. The breakout occurred at about 6:45 Tuesday evening. When checks were made for the detainees, the police found the cell empty.

Juan G. Marin, Jr., receives Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering
On May 11, 2019, graduation ceremonies were held at Barnhill Arena at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville AR. Out of 4,500 graduates for the Spring 2019 ceremony, Juan G. Marin, Jr., the eldest grandchild of the Hon. Florencio Marin, Sr., received his Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering.

The Reporter

Santino Says He Got The Nod For Caribbean Shores
According to Santino Castillo, who was Area Representative of Caribbean shores before he stepped down to make way for Darrel Bradley, his application to step back in the ring was submitted three months ago...

High-Speed Chase On Hwy. Belmopan Police Nab 1 Of 4 Robbers
Belmopan Police have detained one man following a brazen invasion at a property located on Mile 44 on the George Price Highway. According to reports, around 8:00am today the watchman at the property was held by four men in the security booth, then beaten and robbed.

Missing Man - Body Found In Corozal Bay
The Reporter has confirmed very preliminary information that the body of a man has been found in the sea at the south end of Corozal Bay.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

United States calling on United Nations members to take action against Venezuelan government
The United States has condemned the deteriorating social situation in Venezuela and is calling on [�]

Murder victim identified
Police have identified the murder victim found this morning as Lindon Baldwin, 22, from Belize City. [�]

Cabinet Agrees to Amend Maritime Areas Act and Appoints Agents for ICJ
At its meeting today, Cabinet approved that the Maritime Areas Act of 1992 be taken [�]

Taiwan donates $30,000 to Albert Care Center
The Albert Action Committee (AAC) in collaboration with Area Representative, Tracy Panton is seeking to [�]

Fun Run Marathon to be Held to Commemorate Belize and Taiwan Diplomatic Ties and Friendship
The Department of Youth Services and the National Sports Council of the Ministry of Education, [�]

Taiwan supports Music Month in Belize
The Government of Belize and the Office of the Music Ambassador informed today that the [�]

Husband says gun accidentally shot wife
Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of Honduran national, Francisca Noehemy Duarte Caceres, [�]

Corozal's Municipal Bazaar coming soon
The Corozal Town Council is hosting a Municipal Bazaar on Friday, May 31. The event [�]

Inland temperatures rise to 96 degrees
Warm, hazy and dry conditions are forecasted to continue today. Skies are expected to be [�]

Body found floating at sea
Around 5 this morning, the body of a man was retrieved from the sea in [�]

Young woman stabbed to death in Corozal Town
A woman is dead and another is detained by police after a stabbing in Corozal [�]

Dead body found in Belize City
Police have recovered a dead body near the corner of Youth for the Future Drive [�]

Police: Denzel Flowers gunned down five minutes after police search
Denzel Flowers, 27, was gunned down in Belize City shortly after 7:00 on Saturday night. He [�]

Police: Shooting death of Shemar Nunez justified
Belize City police have ruled that justifiable force was used in the shooting death of [�]


RAC-REMPEITIC hosts workshop on oil spill disaster
RAC-REMPEITIC - it is quite an acronym. Its role, however, is not so complicated. RAC-REMPEITIC stands for Regional Activity Centre/Regional Marine Pollution Emergency Information and Training Centre. The centre is currently hosting a four-day conference, focusing on how to respond in the event of an oil spill disaster. The conference is a very timely one �

Jose Lara found dead after drowning in Corozal Town
47-year-old Ranchito villager, Jose Lara, left his home to visit Corozal Town yesterday, but never returned. Surveillance footage showed him near a restaurant around 5 p.m. that evening, but his whereabouts after were unknown. Later in the night, his neighbor found his bicycle near the seaside at South End. His family immediately filed a police �

Lindon Baldwin killed near home
The corner of Ebony Street and Youth for the Future Drive is a prominent piece of real estate as it sits across from the Guardian Newspaper office and also adjacent to a well illuminated gas station. But none of that had any impact on Monday night's violence as a resident of Ebony Street was killed �

"Labour and You"
The Ministry of Labour is mandated to ensure that the rights of employees are adhered to by the employers and that their benefits are within the confines of the Labour Laws. With many still unaware of the role the Labour Department plays, the Ministry is hoping to change all that by hosting a conference which �

International Sourcesizz

How hurricanes are named
Prior to the 1950s, there was no uniform way to name hurricanes. Some used saints' names, others used longitude and latitude. In 1953, that all changed when the U.S. started using female names to identify storms. By 1979, the use of female and male names was adopted for storms in the northern Pacific Ocean, Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico.

Medfly detected in Southern Belize
Te Belize Agricultural Health Authority (BAHA) has issued a release informing that medflies have been detected in the following areas of the country: the Sapodilla Cayes, the dump in the Toledo District, and Hopkins Village in the Stann Creek District. As a result of the medflies detected, eradication activities such as fruit stripping, increase trapping, and chemical control has begun in those areas. The public is asked to refrain from taking fruits such as mango, cocoplum, and sea grapes, outside of those areas to prevent the spread of this pest.

Selena Urias to represent Belize in Miss International 2019
23-year-old, Selena Urias was appointed as Miss International Belize 2019. The gorgeous lady will be flying to Japan to represent her country at Miss International 2019. Beauty queen will be carrying Belize's flag for the first time since 2012 at the Miss International stage. Selena is a fitness and travel enthusiast.

Teen Injured During Central America Vacation Fights To Recover In South Florida Hospital
Nine days ago Austin Leintz and his friends posed for a picture on the beach in San Pedro, Belize. The group was on vacation from Colorado and just beginning what they hoped would be a memorable, fun-filled vacation. Little did 19-year-old Austin know that it would be memorable for a much different reason. In fact, just minutes after that picture was taken, Austin would suffer a severe head injury when he fell from a golf cart. Austin suffered a fractured skull, brain bleeding and swelling along with numerous cuts, scrapes and bruises.

Consolidated Water grows revenue, net income
Consolidated Water increased total first quarter revenues by 17% and gross profit by 13% compared to the same period last year. Higher manufacturing and retail revenues were partially offset by marginally lower bulk and services revenues. The decrease in bulk revenues was due to lower rates that came into effect in February for water supplied from the company's Red Gate and North Sound plants. The net income attributable to shareholders increased to $6.2 million or $0.41 per diluted share, based on improved operating income and gains from the sale of discontinued operations in Belize.

Fire Creek Resources and Government of Belize to sign PSA to develop onshore oil and gas resources
FCRL Belize Ltd. (FCB) is pleased to announce the approval of its Production Sharing Agreement (PSA) application by the Government of Belize Ministry of Economic Development, Petroleum, Investment, Trade and Commerce. "This PSA is a significant step for a Calgary-based company. It showcases the world-class skills and experience that we have in Canada and that we can take outside of our borders to work with other nation states," says FCB President and CEO Dean Casorso. "We appreciate Government of Belize's decision to allow us this opportunity to apply our patented technology and experience as we look forward to commence production from discovered oil and gas resources in Belize. We sincerely thank the Government of Belize for positively considering our proposal."


  • JennD-Belize, 5min. Digital Storytelling Project.

  • Day in the Life of a Doctor | Travel Vlog to Belize!, 11min.

  • Honeymoon in Ambergris Caye, Belize, 2.5min.

  • Diving Trip at the Great Blue Hole in Belize, 3.5min. I was with Huracan Diving Lodge which is only 30mins boat ride from the great blue hole. Fantastic location and amazing staffs.

  • 4th Annual CEO Caucus Cancer Ride 2019, 2min.

  • You Better Belize It Baby!!, 3.5min. This trip was in one word, incredible. I feel so grateful to have experienced such an amazing place in the world with the people I love most. From island hopping to cave exploring to diving the barrier reef to seeing the ruins at Xunantunich this trip was nothing short of amazing and unlike anywhere else I have ever been.

  • Belize Aggressor lll Scuba Diving May 2019, 22min. Sandy Slope, Hat Caye Wall, Painted Wall, Julies Jungle, Blue Hole, Island Tour, Half Moon Caye Wall, Hat Caye Wall, Eagle Ray Wall, Long Caye Wall, Quebrada, Aquarium, Amberhead South.

  • Carnival Breeze Day 4 in Belize!, 31min. This is day 4 of our cruise on the Carnival Breeze. Today we were in Beautiful Belize. We took a Carnival sponsored tour with Calypso Train Tours. It was a wonderful, informative tour and our guide was not only knowledgeable but funny! We all had a great time.

  • Belize VLOG Lower Dover Field Station, 8min.

  • Cave Tubing, ATV, and Zipline in Belize at Jaguar Paw, 5min. On our recent trip aboard Liberty of the Seas we took the Jaguar Paw ATV Ultimate Thrill tour, come along on our adventure!

  • Corozal, Belize- Drone footage, 1min.

  • San Pedro, Belize- New Development, Drone footage, 2.5min. Our Island of San Pedro is growing everyday. Here's a sneak peak of some future projects in the making.

  • Belize vs Guadeloupe | Highlights | 2019 Concacaf Beach Soccer Championship, 1min.

  • Short video which explains the Sargassum problem, 7min. Sargassum explained by George Buckley, Harvard University Extinction School. Here are the cause of Sargassum bloom and what we need to do.

  • 2019 CARSI Small Grants Question and Answer session U.S. Embassy Belize, 40min.