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The San Pedro Sun

Ministry of Human Development Hosts 3rd Social Protection Conference
The Ministry of Human Development, Social Transformation and Poverty Alleviation, in collaboration with the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) and UNICEF, is hosting the third in a series of social protection conferences on May 20-21, 2019 in Belize City. The two-day meeting focuses on “Social Protection Response in Emergencies” and will explore how the social protection system can be best used to support the poor and those most vulnerable in times of disasters and emergencies.

Champions! San Pedro Pirates FC win 2019 PLB Closing Season Championship
It only took two years and four seasons for amateur football club San Pedro Pirates to make history, becoming the Premier League of Belize’s (PLB) 2019 Closing Season Champions! On Saturday, May 18th the island team defeated the Belmopan Bandits during the second round of the championship finals at the Ambergris Stadium in San Pedro Town. Two goals landed by Facundo Garnier and Mailson Moura within 10 minutes in the late second-half of the game gave the Pirates a 2-0 advantage, and ultimately, the 2-1 aggregate championship score.

Ambergris Today

San Pedro Pirates Win First Premier League Football Championship
For the first time in years San Pedro has finally come out victorious in the Premier League Football Championship. With a loss against Bandits last week, San Pedro Pirates fans flooded the Ambergris Stadium to cheer on the home team at this past weekend’s game. It was in the second half of the game that Facundo Garnier scored the first goal for the San Pedro Pirates in the 66 minute of the game. Ten minutes later, Facundo Garnier centered a corner kick which Nelson Mora headed into the goal to give the Pirates the two to zero advantage, securing them their victory.

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Caye Caulker Humane Society Saturday Clinics
Saturday Clinic! We are open every Saturday morning from 9 - 11 for vaccinations, flea and tick prevention, wound care, wellness checks, etc. Have questions or concerns about your pet? Come see us.

Presentation of Credentials
Three ambassadors and a high commissioner accredited to Belize presented their letters of credence to the Governor General of Belize H.E. Sir Colville Young this morning at the Belize House. H.E. Mr. Marino Berigüete, Ambassador of the Dominican Republic; H.E. Mr. Anders Kompass, Ambassador of Sweden; H.E. Mr. Jason Hall, High Commissioner of Jamaica; and H.E. Mr. Jean-Franҫois Charpentier, Ambassador of France, all expressed their honour to be representing their respective countries in Belize.

Contributions for Orlindo “Jonesy” Jones funeral expenses
Please note that a donation box has been placed at the cashier at the SPTC for contribution towards Orlindo “Jonesy” Jones funeral expenses.

BWS Notice for Customers in Caye Caulker: Planned Low Water Pressure for Thursday, May 23, 2019
Duration: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM Area to be affected: The entire Caye Caulker Distribution System

BTB Northern Border Chocolate Event

POPOL VUH: CREATION OF HUMANS
"Here is the new creation, made of mud and earth. It doesn't look very good. It keeps crumbing and softening. It looks lopsided and twisted. It only speaks nonsense. It cannot multiply. So Heart-of-Sky lets it dissolved away. Now Heart-of-Sky plans again. Our Grandfather and Our Grandmother are summoned. They are the most wise spirits...

Happy World Bee Day!
Within the Maya Golden Landscape, Ya'axché is working with 18 beekeepers to raise the important pollinators. The farmers are provided with training, materials and technical field support through Ya'axché's apiculture program. Honey produced by the amazing bees and recently harvested by our farmers is in London; the honey will be on display at the World Bee Day event on May 21st 2019 from 6:30-8:30pm. If you are around do drop by the Conway Hall (Conway Hall Ethical Society, 25 Red Lion Square) to see and perhaps sample 100% pure honey – a proud product of Belize! You can register for the free event at https://bit.ly/2Qf1vdj.

"Un Jarocho en Aprietos"
Super show of the jaibita this Saturday may 25th. Two Presentations 7 PM AND 9 pm at banana beach resort. Pre-sale tickets for only $ 25. Buy your ticket on radio arrecife, banana beach resort and the botanero. See you there!!!!

Victory Parade this morning for the San Pedro Pirates
Island residents are reminded that a victory parade will be held for the San Pedro Pirates F.C on Tuesday, May 21st, starting at Central Park in downtown San Pedro at 5:30PM. Don’t miss it!

CEO Caucus Cancer Ride Committee THANKS YOU FOR SUPPORTING THE 2019 CEO CAUCUS CANCER INITIATIVE
The CEO Caucus of the Government of Belize thanks all riders, professional cyclists, children, public officers, donors and partners for participating and supporting the 2019 CEO Caucus Cancer Initiative. This year’s initiative, which was launched in April, was celebrated under the theme “Stronger Together” and raised $73,000.00 to support efforts to combat cancer. The initiative culminated in the awareness ride on Saturday, May 18th and saw the participation of 170 riders, including children.

Ministry of Human Development Hosts 3rd Social Protection Conference
The Ministry of Human Development, Social Transformation and Poverty Alleviation, in collaboration with the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) and UNICEF, is hosting the third in a series of social protection conferences on May 20-21, 2019 in Belize City. The two-day meeting focuses on “Social Protection Response in Emergencies” and will explore how the social protection system can be best used to support the poor and those most vulnerable in times of disasters and emergencies. The poor are the most severely impacted by disasters and climatic events. Households which fail to fully recover after such stress can fall into poverty traps, increasing their risk of food insecurity and their need for further social assistance.

Agro Expo 2019 – El Salvador
In its continued efforts to foster trade and investment between El Salvador and Belize, the Embassy of Belize in El Salvador, represented by Ms. Margaret Juan, Charge’ de Affairs, organized participation for the Belize Trade and Investment Development Service, BELTRAIDE, at the Agro Expo 2019. It is one of the largest agricultural trade shows in the Central American region held on May 15 – 19, 2019 in San Salvador, El Salvador. The event served as a platform for over 200 exhibitors, including agro producers and agro processors, to engage in establishing strategic partnerships for trade and investment between both countries.

Belize Macaws Take 3rd Place
Super proud of the Belize Macaws (national rugby 7s team), who took third place in the Central American Rugby 7s tournament held in San Salvador last Saturday. They took on the Central American Champions in their first overseas encounter, and eventually walked away with two wins out of four games against other Guatemalan and El Salvadoran national 7s teams. Pictured here is the team with Belizean Ambassador to El Salvador, Margaret Juan) and Captain Raheem Cummings presenting pendant Belize flags to the Catpains of the other teams - we were the only ones to do this. Our guys also presented small gifts to all the officials - again, only we. So, they put Belize on the Central American map and I am SUPER SUPER PROUD!

Vistro Comes to Cayo
Vistro, the app that allows you to contact restaurants and order food, is now being used in Cayo. Currently, Erva's, D'Vine Cravings, and SweetTeez are on it, and surely many more will join soon. Looks like it's easy to use, and it has good reviews.

BTB's Annual Digital Marketing Summit
It's that time of the year to mark your calendars for BTB's annual Digital Marketing Summit! The fifth annual all-day event will take place on July 19, with both local and international expert presenters gracing the stage. Stay tuned later on for more details.

Music Monthfest
Music Month is in full swing, and as an honored sponsor, the BTB encourages everyone to partake in these musical activities all month long.

Chemical Diversion and Precursor Chemical Investigations Course
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration conducted a Chemical Diversion and Precursor Chemical Investigations Course from April 29 – May 10, 2019. The two-week advanced training provided the regulatory framework and investigative and operational procedures for dealing with pharmaceutical diversion and chemical precursor proliferation, ultimately promoting citizen security in Belize. Eighteen police officers from the Criminal Investigation Branch, Special Patrol Unit, Anti-Narcotics Unit, Mobile Interdiction Team, and Prosecution Branch attended the training, along with two Ministry of Health officials and three National Forensic Science Services officials.

ASTOUNDING WILDLIFE FOOTAGE FROM MAYA MOUNTAIN NORTH FOREST RESERVE
Since 2014, 31 farmers have been growing cacao in Belize's first agroforestry concession with support from Ya'axché Conservation Trust and as of March 2019, over 9,000 pounds of wet cacao beans have been harvested. We wanted to verify whether growing cacao, a sustainable farming practice, is supporting wildlife. Ya’axché's team deployed field cameras to allow us to observe and record the presence of wildlife in and around the reserve. We excitedly share some of our photos captured by camera traps deployed in the Maya Mountain North Forest Reserve.

Caye Caulker Lobster Fest
Caye Caulker Lobster Fest is around the corner. Don't forget to secure your rooms!! It will be a fun weekend - Live performance with Pandemonium Steel Band and Marlyn Vansen on Friday night. Travellers Liquors Ltd Bartending Competition & POWDER PARTY will be in full effect! For the first time in Belize, Dj Scratch Master for Saturday Night - Music all weekend with Youth Connection Band - Julian Blue Wave Pacheco - Khris Alexander Rosado - Justin Jago Williams - K-Mix Evolution - Evolution Sounds - Kori Odyssey Dawson - powered by #cayecaulker #1 sound system Blue Wave Sounds - Caye Caulker - Thanks to all our sponsors!!

The 2019 sea turtle nesting season has begun
Real estate signs and survey posts line the last isolated, the last nesting location with the highest density of loggerhead and green turtle nesting beach in Ambergris Caye, in Belize. It takes 20 years for hatchlings to return. What will happen to this beach? The people that own this land are aware of the turtle nesting and in fact that is why they are planning to build their homes there. Providing info to assist owners with being sensitive to the turtles would be super. Certainly hope at least setbacks are maintained and owners are educated about outdoor lighting during nesting season.

BIJF 2019 Welcome Jam Session
Join us for the BIJF 2019 Welcome Jam Session. Mexican Institute, Wednesday, June 5th 7:30pm. Featuring Omolewa Osain, Sincopa Jazz and Morena Son.

Channel 7

11 Year Old Shot, Clings to Life, Left Paralysed
It was a terrible, traumatic weekend in Belize. Nationally, 7 males were shot - including an 11 year old, 2 males were killed, a 70 year old was stabbed in his home, and a 15 year old was killed in a hit and run. Very rough - most so for the families of these victims. We begin tonight with one mother who is praying very hard that her 11 year old son makes it after he was shot in the left cheek. Kyron Green was running an errand for his mom when he became collateral damage in a war between adults. Daniel Ortiz has his story:...

PUDP Bipartisanship
But switching gears to national matters now... If you were expecting a reckoning or a showdown in the House of Representatives todaywell, you were wrong. It turned out to be the shortest house meeting we can remember attending. Convened for the sole purpose of repealing the Maritime Areas Act - it was over in less than an hour, and there wasn't one sharp exchange; it was the rarest display of the true spirit of bi-partisanship on a national issue. Opposition Leader John Briceno set the tone by declaring to the house that the will of the electorate had been heard:...

House Meeting Heaven
So Briceno made it official: the PUP fully supports the repeal of the maritime areas act; they are also withdrawing their claim before the court, and the party will show full support of and involvement with the official mission to the ICJ. And no one on the other side of the floor said anything to dispute that. Indeed, a remarkable day, and we asked the Prime Minister about it when it was finished:

PM Wants to Talk to Guatemala Before ICJ Provisional Measures
And while today may indeed be one for the books - there is some serious business to take care of, and that's on the Sarstoon - the river that marks Belize's southern boundary. As you heard, the opposition leader stressed that Guatemala's aggressive military tactics on the Sarstoon must stop - either through an accord with the Guatemalans, or through provisional measures from the International Court of Justice. The Prime Minister repeated what he said 11 days ago, that he would prefer to work it out with the Guatemalans:

Should Belize Go for Dialogue or Court Action
But while the government and the opposition leader seem to be on the same page with this one - Belize's Agent at the ICJ, Assad Shoman holds a slightly different position. Last week he told us that he doesn't have much confidence in the Guatemalans - and it might not be wise to first ask them to take measures on the river - when Belize may end up eventually having to ask the Court to do the same:

Will Repeal of MAA Ruffle Guatemalans?
And while the Prime Minister is hoping that the regional big brothers of the USA and the OAS can prevail upon Guatemala for non-aggression in the Sarstoon - will the repeal of the Maritime Areas Act cause some friction with the Guats? When it becomes law later this week - it will see Belize reclaiming its full 12 miles of territorial waters. It's a return to the position that prevailed before 1992 when Belize passed the Maritime Areas Act - as a good faith gesture during negotiations at the time. But now, all negotiations have ended - and, as you heard the Prime Minister say - Belize is now re-claiming its full territorial waters before filing its case at the ICJ.

PM Won't Go For Snap Election
And while only time will tell how that one will go down - tonight, one more important step on the road to the ICJ has been made - and, politically, it's a plus for the UDP - which is in in the driver's seat as Belize embarks on the most important national quest since independence in 1981. Indeed, after the May 8th referendum's "yes" vote - many in the UDP are "feeling themselves" - but the PM stressed today that would be a fooling feeling if anyone thinks he should call a snap election:.. Jules Vasquez- Reporter: "The UDP feels prime after the referendum outcome, the position they campaigned for was indicated. Is there any chance of an earlier election that planned?"

Man Executed At Home, Third Sibling to Die
A father of two was executed at his Teakettle home on Friday night around midnight. 34 year old Clifford Matute was home alone when two gunmen pounced on him and shot him with a shotgun. His family knows the pain of losing a loved one all too well, Matute is the 3rd sibling to be murdered. I spoke to his aunt who was like a mother to him. Here is that story. Residents found Clifford Matute's shirtless bloody body thrown in his back yard -He was shot and killed on Friday night.

Killed By Men On Motorbike
At today's press briefing, police provided more insight into the Teakettle killing. They say that the men on the motorbike called out for Matute and when he came out onto his verandah they shot him. They say Matute may have known his killers. Here is more. ACP Joseph Myvett, Head, National Crimes Investigation Branch: "What we know so far is that sometime just before midnight, two persons arrived on a motorcycle at the resident of Clifford Matute where one of them called out for him and as he approached his veranda he was apparently fired upon by that person. He received several gunshot injuries. So far police are seeking 2 persons who we believe can assist in this investigation."

Killed Close To Home
And from that murder in Teakettle Village, we turn back to Belize City for Saturday night's murder of Tyrick Francis. Around 9:00 that night, the 20 year old was walking on Fabers Road Extension, along with Deon Smith. They were a short distance from Francis's home on Holy Emmanuel Street, and while they were passing near Krooman Road, an unknown gunman jumped out of the nearby bushes, and opened fire on the pair. Francis was the only one injured; he was shot in the chest, the left side of his neck, and both forearms. Police were quick to respond, and rushed him to the KHMH. But, he died shortly after while undergoing treatment.

Teenager Shot in Belama
One shooting victim who is lucky to be alive tonight is 18 year-old William Lewis, a resident of Belama Phase 2. On Friday night, at around 10:00, the teenager was hanging out with a few friends. They were sitting down right across from his house on Peter Ashdown Street. They were socializing, when they saw a strange man emerge from Lewis's backyard. It was a gunman trying to catch them off-guard, and he immediately pulled out his weapon and started firing shots at the group. He chased several of the men down, and in the aftermath of the wild spray of bullets, Lewis was injured to the lower back, and the left buttocks, while Raheem Staine was grazed.

Teenager Killed In Hit And Run
A 15 year old boy was killed in Hope Creek village in a hit and run accident sometime last night. It happened in front of the Belize Citrus Growers Association where Marvin Morales's body was found in a drain early this morning - beside his mangled bicycle. Police believe he was run over and left for dead from last night. ACP Joseph Myvett, Head, National Crimes Investigation Branch: "In relation to the third incident, this morning sometime around 5am Dangriga police were called to an area between nine and ten on the Stann Creek Valley Road where they observed the body of a Hispanic male later identified as Marvin Morales..."

Senior Citizen Stabbed Up
A 70 year old man from Carmelita village was stabbed at his home last night. It happened at around 8:00 when the senior citizen was standing in his doorway. He was saved by a pastor who found him bleeding out on the side of a dirt road. Police told us more:... ACP Joseph Myvett, Head, National Crimes Investigation Branch "What we know so far is that shortly after 8p.m., neighbours were called to the area of Mr. Chuc's home where he was seen with those stab wounds and apparently assisted in transporting him to the Northern Regional Hospital. He has since been transferred to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital where he remains in a critical condition. So far, we do not have any credible leads and we are seeking the public's assistance in trying to solve this matter."

Central Bank Officials Meet With FTC in DC
The Governor of the Central Bank, Joy Grant and Belize's Economic Ambassador, Mark Espat have been in Washington DC from last week. They are meeting with the Federal Trade Commission on the thorny issue of Sanctuary Belize. The FTC shut down Sanctuary Belize in November of last year, calling it "the largest overseas real estate investment scam (it) has ever targeted." The FTC also brought the hammer down on Sanctuary Belize's bank, which is Atlantic International Bank - an offshore bank in Belize. That was a deathblow - and it forced the bank to close down.

GOB CEO's Raise Cash For Cancer
How long does it take a CEO to travel 24 miles? Wellit depends on whether they're driving a 2018 or a 2019 SUV. We jest, but the 4th annual ride of the CEO Caucus on Saturday was no joke. It's a very serious fundraiser funding national efforts to combat cancer - and they weren't cruising in air conditioned SUV's; these CEO's were grinding out the 24 miles on the hot pavement from the mile 24 Solid Waste Management Landfill to the National Agriculture Showgrounds in Belmopan. With the support of 170 riders, they did it under the theme"Stronger Together" and raised $73,000.00 to support efforts to combat cancer.

Alleged Killers To Court
A week ago, 23 year-old Lyndon Baldwin was shot and killed at a home at the corner of Ebony Street and Youth for the Future Drive. Tonight, the men who police believe were responsible for his murder are at the Belize Central Prison. They are 31 year-old Shawn Gibson, a labourer of Maxboro, 18 year-old Denver Bevans, 22 year-old Joshua Gillett, and a 17 year-old male minor. The cops think that Gibson was the gunman, and so he was charged with murder. Bevans, Gibson and the 17 year-old were charged with conspiracy to commit murder. At today's police press briefing, the cops discussed what allowed them to crack the case, and bring criminal charges:

Man Shot on Baymen
And while police have made arrests in this case, they have all those incidents of violence from this weekend to investigate, including the shooting of 30 year-old Ronald Michael. On Sunday morning, at around 3:40, the cops encountered the Lovely Lane resident at the KHMH with a gunshot injury to the right arm. They spoke to his 24 year-old common-law wife, and she told police that about 3:35 a.m., they were walking on Baymen Avenue, and when they arrived at the speed bump in front of GSCOM, a gunman emerged from a bushy lot, and shot Michael.

A Retaliation Shooting
And police believe that this Michael's shooting, resulted in direct retaliation about 18 hours later. At around 10:00 p.m. that same Sunday, 27 year-old Jamal Palacio, a resident of Pelican Street in Belize City, and 30 year-old Justin Stuart, a park ranger from Belmopan, and Kent Troy were in front of Palacio's house. That's when men rode up on motorcycle, and one of them pulled out weapon and fired on both of them. Palacio was injured to the left thumb, but Stuart suffered the worse injury of the two. 2 of the bullets injured him to the abdomen.

UDP Snaps Convention in Carishores - Advantage Leila?
The UDP's National Party Council met on Saturday and agreed to hold a snap convention in Caribbean shores on June 30th. Deadline for the submission of names is May 31st. For those just starting up their campaigns like Santiago Castillo Jr and Lee Mark Chan, 6 weeks is hardly enough time to get a campaign going. We asked the Party Leader if the tight timing is designed to give the edge to Leila Peyrefitte - who's already been working in the division:...

Darrell Bradley, The Long Way Home
And so while there will be a convention - what about the present standard bearer, Darrell Bradley? He's being muscled out according to his loyalists, but the PM said, there is a technical defect with his standard bearer post: We have reached out to Bradley for comment, but gotten no response.

Channel 5

Maritime Areas Amendment Bill Receives Unanimous Yea Vote
Preparations for Belize to take its case before the International Court of Justice, in respect of the unfounded Guatemalan claim, continue to be made, following a historic referendum on May [...]

P.U.P. Formally Withdraws Legal Challenge of Special Agreement
Opposition Leader John Briceño, the only member of the People’s United Party to address the amendment in the house today, spoke on the P.U.P.’s willingness to work with the Barrow [...]

How Much Will Government Pay Assad Shoman?
Ambassador Assad Shoman continues to be a key figure in Belize’s move towards resolving the age-old territorial dispute with Guatemala at the International Court of Justice.  He is one of [...]

Clifford Matute is Executed in Teakettle Village
Turning to other news….it was an exceptionally violent weekend across the country. We start the crime news with a homicide in the west.  Thirty-four-year-old Clifford Anthony Matute was murdered after [...]

Tyrick Francis is Ambushed and Killed on Fabers Road, Belize City
The second murder for the weekend occurred in the Old Capital on Faber’s Road Extension. Tyrick Francis was shot and killed as he was walking home. It is believed that [...]

Minor Perishes in Hit & Run Incident in the South
A minor was knocked down and killed overnight on the Hummingbird Highway and his body discovered at dawn today. Fifteen-year-old Marvin Morales left his aunt’s house in Pomona on bicycle [...]

4 Men, including a Minor, are Arraigned for Lindon Baldwin’s Murder
Less than a week after the shooting death of Lindon Baldwin on Ebony Street, police arrested and charged four persons, including a minor, for the crime. This afternoon, Shawn Gibson [...]

11-Year-Old Shooting Victim Critical in K.H.M.H.
Tonight, an eleven-year-old student is in a critical condition at the hospital after he was caught in a hail of bullets intended for another person. Kyron Green was inside a [...]

2 Men Injured in Belama Shooting
Within hours of the shooting on North Creek, gun violence erupted in Belama. Just after ten p.m., a group of men were socializing on Peter Ashton Street in Belama Phase [...]

2 Shootings on Sunday; Lovely Lane Resident is Targeted by Gunman
There was further gun violence on Sunday and police believe that the two shootings that span both south and north side Belize City are related.  It started early when Ronald [...]

2 Shot, 1 Critical in Pelican Street Shooting
By ten-thirty that night, shots rang out on Pelican Street Extension and two persons were injured. Three men were standing on the street corner in front of the home of [...]

Elderly Watchman is Stabbed Multiple Times in Carmelita
An elderly man from Carmelita Village, Orange Walk is in critical condition at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital after he was stabbed multiple times to the chest and abdomen. On [...]

The U.D.P. Race in Caribbean Shores, 6 Weeks to go!
A heated political race within the United Democratic Party to select a standard bearer for Caribbean Shores is underway, as three candidates have since signed up to contest an upcoming [...]

FTC Still Pursuing Settlement with AIBL over Sanctuary Belize Scheme
A settlement between Atlantic International Bank Limited and the Federal Trade Commission is still being pursued as a consequence of the Sanctuary Belize debacle which resulted in foreign investors losing [...]

Fire Destroys Popular DVD Store in Ladyville
A fire over the weekend destroyed a popular DVD store in Ladyville. The fire reportedly broke out in the wee hours of Sunday morning. Albert Flowers of A and J [...]

Escaped Prisoner, Lincoln Bejerano, Back in Prison after 2.5 Years
Lincoln Bejerano escaped from police custody in Belmopan in October of 2016, but tonight we can report that after two and a half years on the lam, he is back [...]

UNCTAD Hosts Trade Facilitation Workshop in Belize
The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, the Directorate of Foreign Trade and the Customs and Excise Department kicked off a series of workshops under the Empowerment Programme for [...]

C.E.O. Caucus Ride Raises 70K for Cancer!
The C.E.O. Caucus Ride 2019 surpassed its goal of fifty thousand dollars to combat cancer. For a fourth consecutive year, one hundred and seventy riders, including C.E.O.s and other partners, [...]

Budding Belizean Cyclists to Train with Mexican Professional
Budding cyclists Christian Avila of Belmopan and Jyven Gonzales of San Ignacio are being given the opportunity to travel to Mexico and train. The two young cyclists have been chosen [...]

Sports Stats with James Adderley
Good evening, I’m James Adderley and this is Sports Monday   [Highlights of the weekend in sports...]

The Reporter

A Happy Day & Good Results For A Worthy Cause
Early Saturday morning a stream of approximately 300 cycling enthusiast, including youngsters, pro-cyclists and little girls on their pretty bicycles joined the CEO’s from many government ministry’s for a pleasant early morning ride of 25 miles...

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

PM Barrow: Agent Assad will be paid as an Ambassador
The Cabinet has appointed Former Foreign Minister, Assad Shoman, as Belize’s Agent at the International […]

Teenager dies in traffic accident
A 15-year-old minor lost his life in a road traffic accident on the Stann Creek Valley […]

Police: Dispute may have caused shooting incident
Authorities are investigating another shooting incident that occurred on Friday night. Around 10:30 p.m., police […]

Police seeks public assistance to solve stabbing incident
Police is seeking the public’s assistance in seeking the person who stabbed 70-year-old Pedro Chuc. […]

Lincoln Bejerano captured in Guatemala after 3 years on the run
On Friday, BBN reported that Belizean authorities had detained Lincoln Bejerano who was on the […]

Police: Minor in critical condition
Authorities are still seeking persons of interest for a shooting incident that occurred on Friday […]

Police: Clifford Matute was at home when he was murdered
Authorities are investigating the murder of Teakettle resident, Clifford Matute,34 that occurred on Saturday. Police […]

Mexican Cultural Institute to host art showcase
The Embassy of Mexico in Belize, in partnership with the Belize District Education Center & […]

Belizeans in Illinois share love with Sarteneja Nazarene School
The group, United Belizeans of Northern Illinois (UBNI), shared some love with Sarteneja Nazarene School during […]

Ministry of Human Development hosts 3rd Social Protection Conference
The Ministry of Human Development, Social Transformation and Poverty Alleviation, in collaboration with the National […]

Man murdered in Belize City
Authorities are investigating the murder of Belize City resident Tyrique Francis that occurred on Saturday […]

Short debate on amending Maritime Areas Act
The second reading of the Maritime Areas Act and debate is complete in the House of […]

Warm weather to continue
Warm and mostly dry conditions are forecast for today. Skies are expected to be partly […]

John Saldivar congratulates San Pedro Pirates – awaits Clash of the Brigands Part 2
Owner of the Belmopan Bandits Sporting Club, John Saldivar, on Sunday issued his congratulations to […]

Amended Maritime Areas Act strips provisions for negotiations
In opening this morning’s special meeting of the House of Representatives, Prime Minister Dean Barrow clarified […]

Shooting in Belize City leaves 2 men injured
Authorities are investigating another shooting incident that occurred last night in Belize City. According to […]

70-year-old man stabbed multiple times
A 70-year-old man is recovering at the KHMH from multiple stab wounds. According to reports, […]

Police investigate shooting incident in Belize City
Authorities are investigating a shooting incident that occurred around 3:30 am yesterday. According to reports, […]

Body found in Belize City
Last night, authorities responded to reports of a body that was found in an apartment […]

LOVE FM

Ocean Ferry gets New Engines for Boats-post accident
Ocean Ferry Water Taxi made headlines two weeks ago, but not in a positive way. There was an explosion aboard Water Jets International boat that they were chartering. This incident took the lives of two little girls and injured their parents as well as several other tourists. Love News recently spoke with the director of …

UNCTAD holds training in Belize
In December 2013, members of the World Trade Organization, WTO, completed negotiations on the Trade Facilitation Agreement. Four years later, in 2017, the Trade Facilitation Agreement was ratified by members of WTO and Belize embarked on implementing the Trade Facilitation Agreement. In this regard, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, UNCTAD, is in …

Tyrick Francis 2nd brother to be killed in one year
A little over a year ago on Sunday March 11, 2018 Tyrique Francis was walking on Jones Street, heading home when a man on a bicycle fired several shots at him. The forensic team recovered six expended shells at the scene and Francis was lucky to walk away with only a gunshot injury to his …

Two men, Palacio and Stuart shot in front of City home
Sunday night two men were shot as they were socializing in front of one of their homes on the south side of Belize City. Belmopan resident Justin Stuart was standing in front of Jamal Palacio’s on Pelican Street Extension when a gunman fired at them. The police did not say specifically what was the motive …

William Lewis and friend shot in front of home
The violence was amped up over the weekend in Belize City. Just before ten o’clock on Friday night, 18-year-old, William Nicodemus Lewis was shot to the back, the left side of his derriere while 23-year-old, Raheem Staine bore abrasions to his left hand, right wrist and left calf. Love News spoke to Lewis’ mother who …

Blogs

5 SNORKELLING DESTINATIONS YOU NEED TO VISIT IN 2019
AFTER Antartica, Melbourne, Finland, India, and Dubai, your wanderlusting soul must be itching for the next destination to scratch off your bucket list. But in the spirit of packing lighter, how about jetting off to one of our recommended snorkelling spots where you can show off your new Vilebrequin shorts? It might be on the other end of the world, but a vacation to Belize will make all your Instagram followers green with envy. Its year-round tropical climate is ideal for an all-day snorkelling fest. Take a day trip to the Hol Chan Marine Reserve (near the Ambergris Caye) and swim alongside sharks and stingrays, or travel to the Great Blue Hole, one of the world’s most iconic underwater sinkholes, for a tranquil soak in dark blue waters.

Everything You Need to Know about Placencia, Belize
Placencia is a charming little seaside town found at the tip of a peninsula off the coast of mainland Belize.It’s fast becoming Belize‘s most desirable location as it fronts the gorgeous Caribbean Sea to the east and a resplendent freshwater lagoon, full of wildlife and with a view of the gorgeous Maya mountain chain, to the west. The Placencia Peninsula, a 16-mile spit of land that parallels the mainland, offers scenery of vivid blue waters and pure white sandy beaches. Often referred to as the “caye you can drive to”, Placencia is equipped with the same beauty and activity of the other Belize islands at a more relaxed pace. The palm tree lined beaches are nothing less than exquisite.

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. More than 500 species of birds have been recorded in Belize, including keel-billed toucans, endangered jabiru storks (the largest flying bird in the western hemisphere), tiny hummingbirds, enormous harpy eagles, and a kaleidoscope of brightly colored birds like parrots, egrets, woodpeckers, herons, hawks, and warblers.

ADO Bus from Cancun to Belize City
Belize is located just south of Mexico’s famed Yucatan Peninsula, so many travelers are interested in information on how to get from Cancún to Belize City or vice versa. The cheapest option by far is to take the bus. The ADO Bus company operates the sole Cancún-Belize City route with an express service that operates each way twice per day. From the main bus terminal in Cancún, the bus leaves at either 7:30 AM or 10:15 PM. The busstops at Playa del Carmen, Tulum, and then Bacalar before crossing the border into Belize. The bus also makes brief stops in Corozal Town and Orange Walk Town before arriving at the central bus terminal in Belize City. Transit time is approximately eight hours. Going back, the bus departs Belize City at 11:00 AM and 7:30 PM with the same stops along the way, arriving at the Cancún airport approximately eight and a half hours later. To board the bus in Belize City, the fare is BZ$19, but you will need to pay the rest of the fare (roughly $40 USD) upon arrival in Cancún.

Belize’s Biggest Cultural Event – The Costa Maya Festival
Originally a regional celebration of Maya culture in 1992, the International Costa Maya Festival has become the biggest cultural event of the year in Belize. Held every August in San Pedro, the capital of Ambergris Caye, the Costa Maya Festival is a multi-day event featuring a beauty pageant, live music from some of the region’s top acts, and plenty of dancing, food, art, and games. The first day of the festival begins with a beauty pageant to select the Miss Costa Maya International. Women from Belize, Guatemala, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras and other countries with Maya populations compete to win this prestigious event. In the evening, there is a grand opening where government officials, foreign diplomats, and dignitaries formally announce the beginning of the event. The weekend is a time of lobster cookouts, rides and games, football (soccer) marathons, and parades during the daytime. As evening falls on Saturday, Noche International (International Night) begins with top bands from the Latino world taking to the stage to keep the party going until dawn.

More Than Just A Pretty Face, Belize Can Carry A Tune – All Around The World
As The Highpoint Of Music Month In Belize Approaches, We Want To Share Some Very Exciting News That Was Just Released. We also feel it’s only fair to say a few words about this other aspect of Belize that not everyone is aware of… Belize got rhythm! And Blues, and Roots and Soul and Punta and Brukdown and Calypso and Paranda and Punta Rock and traditional Maya and Belize City Hip Hop and… Even the scofflaw songbird king of Texas, Jerry Jeff Walker, has for years been Ambergris Caye’s resident singer/songwriter, Cyndi Lauper has been seen at Chaa Creek, and did Madonna really write “Isla Bonita” as a paean to Ambergris Caye?

International Sourcesizz

Dave and Mary Spellings’ Palapa Pineapple taking shape in Belize
They inflated a giant balloon and built a house over it! Interior construction is underway for Dave & Mary Spellings’ Monolithic Dome home — the Palapa Pineapple — in Belize. Dave Spellings said he got the idea about 25 years ago when he visited Ivan Sheinbaum’s Xanadu Resort on Ambergris Caye in Belize. “I wanted a smaller, more unique shape, with one room on top of the other. I squeezed the dome into the shape it’s in.” The result is a tall, prolate ellipsoid shaped monolithic dome with multiple windows that create a unique “pineapple” look. It is five levels tall and features a rooftop patio overlooking the ocean. Dave and Mary planned to build the home on Caye Caulker, Belize, after discovering the island years earlier. “We turned it into ‘our island’ when we found a property on the north side,” he said.

Subtropical Storm Andrea, season's 1st named storm, forms southwest of Bermuda
The National Hurricane Center (NHC) on Monday said that the first named storm of the 2019 Atlantic season had formed hundreds of miles southwest of Bermuda. It was given the name Andrea and classified a subtropical storm by the NHC. AccuWeather meteorologists have been monitoring the low pressure system, which has largely existed as an area of showers and thunderstorms, since last week. On Monday, it moved to the north of the Bahamas as it gathered strength, prompting the NHC to send the aircraft to examine the storm.

Misreading the story of climate change and the Maya
Maya communities’ ability to adapt their resource conservation practices played a crucial role in allowing them to survive for as long as they did. Many people believe that the ancient Maya civilization ended when it mysteriously “collapsed”. And it is true that the Maya faced many climate change challenges, including extreme droughts that ultimately contributed to the breakdown of their large Classic Period city-states. However, the Maya did not disappear: Over 6 million Maya people live mainly in Eastern Mesoamerica today. What’s more, based on my own research in the Northern Yucatan Peninsula and work by my colleagues throughout the broader Maya region, I believe Maya communities’ ability to adapt their resource conservation practices played a crucial role in allowing them to survive for as long as they did. Instead of focusing on the final stages of Classic Maya civilization, society can learn from the practices that enabled it to survive for nearly 700 years as we consider the effects of climate change today.

High-quality jadeite tool discovered in underwater ancient salt works in Belize
Anthropologists discovered a tool made out of high-quality translucent jadeite with an intact rosewood handle at a site where the ancient Maya processed salt in Belize. The discovery of these high-quality materials -- jadeite and rosewood -- used as utilitarian tools, demonstrates that salt workers played an important role in the Classic Maya marketplace economy more than 1,000 years ago. "The salt workers were successful entrepreneurs who were able to obtain high-quality tools for their craft through the production and distribution of a basic biological necessity: salt. Salt was in demand for the Maya diet. We have discovered that it was also a storable form of wealth and an important preservative for fish and meat," said lead researcher and anthropologist Heather McKillop, who is the Thomas & Lillian Landrum Alumni Professor in the LSU Department of Geography & Anthropology.

Caribbean305 returns to Miami this summer
South Florida’s premier Caribbean culinary and cultural celebration, Caribbean305, returns to Miami on Saturday, June 22, 2019 at Mana Wynwood, a new location for the annual event. Featuring flavors from more than a dozen countries and territories, Caribbean305 spotlights award-winning chefs and mixologists from 14 destinations, such as the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bonaire, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Curaçao, Grenada, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, St. Lucia, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, and Turks and Caicos. The event will also feature cultural influences from Antigua and Barbuda, and the Dominican Republic.

Rocket man: LSU Mechanical Engineering alumnus Max Faget remembered 50 years after moon landing
Apollo 11 Astronaut Neil Armstrong is rightfully remembered for taking man's first steps on the moon nearly 50 years ago on June 20, 1969. Less well known, perhaps, is LSU Mechanical Engineering alumnus Maxime "Max" Faget, who designed the spacecraft responsible for that "giant leap for mankind." Born in Stann Creek, British Honduras (now Belize), in 1921, Faget was the son of American doctor Guy Henry Faget and the great-grandson of New Orleans doctor Jean Charles Faget. Guy Henry was famous for discovering the first effective treatment for leprosy using promin and also served as director of the United States Marine Hospital in Carville, La. Jean Charles is renowned for discovering the unique symptom of yellow fever, known as the Faget sign, which allowed early detection and quarantine. Unlike the men before him, however, Max took a different path in life.

Alone, They Stink. Together They Create Dark Chocolate’s Alluring Aroma
If there was ever a science experiment you’d want to participate in, it might be this one: sitting in a booth and inhaling the tangy, intense aromas of dark chocolates. But not just anyone gets to join this research. The people doing the sniffing were trained to detect subtle differences in scent, helping chemists uncover just which odor molecules are behind the distinctive smell of these rich treats. In a paper published last week in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, the researchers behind this endeavor reveal that dark chocolate’s aroma comes down to 25 molecules, in just the right concentrations — some of which you might find rather disgusting if you sniffed them on their own.

The Bakabs, the Yearbearers and the Gods of the Wayeb
This study investigates the identity of the gods involved in the Wayeb and New Year ceremonies of the Maya. It reviews the claim made by a number of researchers that the seating of Pop was the first day of the year and provides evidence that it was 1 Pop. It also reviews the evidence for Wayeb-New Year ceremonies in the Pre-Classic and Classic period.

Videos

  • Trash the dress photo shoot in Belize, 2min. Trash the dress session at Blue Hole National Park.

  • 2019 Belize Trip, 8min. A video from our 2019 Belize trip. We stayed at Turneffe Flats and had a BLAST!

  • Fish Out Of Water - Surviving The Jungle - Doc for British Army, 6min. This is a concept I wrote, directed and assisted on cam for. We went put to the jungles of Belize and lived there for a month making seperate bits of content for the army. One was a serious documentary and this was a more light hearted approach, taking my writer out to see how he would fair in the extreme conditions.

  • OCEANA IN BELIZE HOLDS HANDS IN THE EVENT IN COROZAL TOWN, 4min.

  • Belize 2019, 28min. Highlights from Ambergris Caye, January 2019.

  • Spring Break Vacation Caye Caulker, Belize!!, 15min. We went to Caye Caulker Belize for spring break! It's a small 5 mile island off the coast of Belize City

  • Shooting A Wedding In Belize!, 16min. 1st trip out of the country, and I had a blast!

  • Fishing trip in Southern Belize, 11min. Hand Line Fishing in Southern Belize. Fun Fishing trip with some friends. Visited Moho Caye and caught some snappers. Fun way to spend a sunday in Belize.

  • Tying a Bonefish Shrimp Fly, 5.5min. We are happy to present the first episode in our Belize Series! This multiple episode fly tying series covers a number of saltwater flies you can tie. In this episode, learn to tie the Bonefish Shrimp Fly with Al Ritt.

  • A look back at Reef Fest 2019!!!.....Our Reef, Our Life, Our Responsibility, 5min.