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The San Pedro Sun

Public Advisory on Illegal Peddling of Medicines
The Ministry of Health alerts the public on the identification of products that are being sold as medicines but not officially recognized and registered by the Ministry of Health. Two recent inspections resulted in the identification and subsequent confiscation of these types of products and other related supplies from peddlers/street vendors. The Ministry advises that peddling of medicines is illegal. The products being sold by the street vendors pose a health risk as these may be falsified, substandard and/or unregistered medicines that are sold by non-professionals. The public is encouraged to visit only licensed pharmacies that have registered pharmacists providing pharmaceutical service to the community.

Belize and UK scientists join forces to tackle marine litter
UK scientists have been working with Belizean partners to tackle litter in the ocean by collecting data to reveal the extent and type of items present in the environment. Belizean scientists are joining scientists from the Commonwealth Litter Programme (CLiP) to monitor litter on Belize beaches and analyse their findings in their new marine litter laboratory. Laboratory training has been delivered to nine trainees and the laboratory will be donated from CLiP to the Department of Environment in Belmopan, once the work is completed. The laboratory will help to build capacity and CLiP's long-term legacy in marine litter for Belize in support of the country's actions on single use plastics.

Ministry of Agriculture Hosts Training Workshop on Nutrition and Breeding Management of Sheep
The Ministry of Agriculture Livestock Unit, through the Genetic Improvement in Sheep and Goat Project, hosted on Thursday, May 30th, a one-day theoretical and practical training on Nutrition and Breeding Management of sheep. The training was held at Yo Creek Agriculture Station in the Orange Walk District. The workshop covered topics on supplemental feeding and nutrition, pasture establishment and management, forage utilization, and vaccination methods. A total of 25 farmers from the districts of Corozal, Orange Walk and Cayo attended the training.

The Island Academy graduates eight
During a graduation ceremony on Friday, May 31st eight students proudly received their Primary School certificates from The Island Academy (TIA). Graduates Bryan Camal, Ryan Camal, Nicholas Lausen, Malik Jones, Madison Edwards, Annie Nu�ez, Elizabeth Sanchez and Louke Van Noord officially completed their eight years of primary school education and are now prepared to head to high school. Even a sudden downpour could not dampen the spirits of the happy bunch, who celebrated their milestone with family, friends and fellow schoolmates. The end-of-year ceremony highlights the achievements of all students at TIA, honoring top scorers in a variety of subjects as well as for their citizenry, extra-curricular activities and improvements.

Gaby Nu�ez & Bryton Codd win 3rd Lazy Lizard beach volleyball championship
San Pedro's own Gaby Nu�ez and Bryton Codd won the third annual Sun Splash beach volleyball tournament sponsored by Landshark Lager and the Lazy Lizard, and hosted by the Belize Volleyball Association, while Kelsey Balderamos and Clara "Nandi" Sabal won the Female competition at the Split on Caye Caulker over the weekend. In the championship finals on Sunday afternoon, Gaby and Bryton won the $1,500 1st prize 14-21, 26-14,15-11 against Francis Hauze and Mike Jenkins, who took home the $ 1,000-second prize.

Enlisted BDF Soldiers Benefit from Adjustment in Pay
The Ministry of National Security (MNS) is pleased to announce that an exercise is now completed which addresses an anomaly in the yearly salary increments for all serving enlisted men and women in the Belize Defence Force (BDF), Regular and Volunteer elements. The adjustment in salary will result in a small pay raise for all Warrant Officers, Non-Commissioned Officers, and Privates of the BDF and takes effect on June 1st, 2019.

Ambergris Today

Eight Island Academy Graduates Celebrate End Of School Year
For the first time ever, the Sir Barry Bowen Cup was presented to two graduating students and one alumni of The Island Academy during their graduation ceremony on Friday, May 31, 2019. The graduating class consisted of eight students. Madison Edwards, Louke Van Noord, Nicholas Lausen, Bryan Camal, Ryan Camal, Malik Jones, Annie Nu�ez and Elizabeth Sanchez received their primary school certificates of graduation from The Island Academy. The graduating class of 2019 received their diplomas and awards for high mark, including other top students from Infant to Standard 5 classes.

Misc Belizean Sources


Music and Dance Summer Camp Hosted by Step By Step Tutoring Center
Monday, July 1, 2019 at 9 AM, Step By Step Tutoring Center, Corner of Estrella and Avenida Mangle Street, Caye Caulker. 3 weeks of fun - learning new instruments, playing wonderful melodies and expressing yourself through dance.

Applications being accepted for Miss Chiquitita 2019-2020
Ages 6-7 years.

Zika Clean-up campaign in San Narciso

BWS Notice for customers in parts of San Pedro: Planned interruption for Wednesday, June 5, 2019
Duration: 1:00pm to 5:00pm Areas to be affected: San Mateo and Boca del Rio areas.

Mango Festivities
Photos by BTB

Belize's Wonder Women! Dina Halsall
For the month of June, we are proud to announce that Dina Halsall is our Belize Wonder Woman! Dina along with Ascenthium Band is bringing awareness through music to a fundamental issue such as Mental Health. At the age of 25 she is the only professional female bassist in the country of Belize. Dina came up with the idea to organize a mental health Awareness tour of Belizean High schools and tertiary institutions. The music written and performed are based of Mental Health struggles that some of the members faced and overcame. The band is touring the country with a clinical mental health counselor and highlighting the importance of opening up the dialogue around mental Health Awareness.

Contract Signed for Development of Paslow Building site
Today, the Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation through the Belize City House of Culture and Downtown Rejuvenation Project is please to inform the General Public that it has signed a contract with Eric Martinez and Son Construction and Design Ltd. for the construction of a new ferroconcrete building, which will be constructed at the site once occupied by the Paslow Building. A new two-story building will be constructed at Lot 977 located at the corner of Queen and North Front Streets. The new building is one of five structures in downtown the Belize City House of Culture and Downtown Rejuvenation Project is currently investing in. The new building is designed to host a Tourist Welcome Center and vendor booths on the first floor with offices and a Caf� on the second.

Ma'alob K'iin Belize
The Masewal Movement between the Yucatec Maya of Belize shows us new ways of expressing our Maya identity . As our surroundings are changing our youths find new ways to express their culture. Belizean Metal band Hanal Pixan present us the album U K'aayo'ob K'uyo'ob release through Polyversum Records from Brazil.

Sailing Vessel Shamballa under tow
The 40 feet Catamaran ran aground on the 30th May 2019 in the Sapodilla Caye Marine Reserve. The marine casualty investigation team has completed its initial asessment and the vessel is now being towed to port.

Paint N Splash
See you this week at from 2-4pm Thursday to paint "Just Swimmingly".

New GOB's Controlled Pump Prices
"The Ministry of Finance announces that effective Tuesday, June 4, 2019, the pump price for Premium Gasoline will increase by 24 cents from $11.30 to $11.54 per gallon. At the same time, the pump price for Diesel Oil will decrease by 21 cents from $10.46 to $10.25 per gallon. These price changes reflect current demand and supply conditions of crude oil in the international petroleum market and the availability of refining capacity in the countries from which the refined fuel is being supplied to Belize.

BDF Soldiers Participate in Military Exercises in Louisiana, U.S.A.
Twenty soldiers of the Belize Defence Force (BDF) Volunteer Element departed the country on Thursday, May 30th, to participate in military exercises at the Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk, Louisiana, U.S.A., along with the 256th Infantry Brigade Combat Team of the Louisiana National Guard. The main purpose of the training exercise is to validate Combat Teams readiness for deployment. The soldiers will be trained in Wide Area Security, Combat Arm Maneuver and in Conduct of Offensive, Defensive and Stability Operations.

Deputy Prime Minister Attends Inauguration Ceremony of the New Salvadoran President
The Hon. Patrick Faber, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education, Youth, Sports and Culture was in El Salvador over the past weekend where he attended the inauguration ceremony for the new Salvadoran President, H.E. Mr. Nayib Bukele. The ceremony took place on June 1, 2019. Upon his arrival, Hon. Faber spoke to the national and international press congratulating El Salvador on their elections. He also welcomed the continued excellent bilateral relations between the two nations.

Renovated Labour and Delivery Unit at KHMH
This morning, Minister of Health, Hon. Pablo Marin was honored to be a part of the official reopening of the newly renovated Labour and Delivery Unit at Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital Authority (KHMHA.) According to the CEO, KHMHA, Ms. Michelle Hoare, completed floor plans, renovations and refurbishings started approximately seven months ago. Total cost for the complete renovation which includes two operating theatres, extensive medical gas support equipment and furniture was approximately $140,000. Fifty percent of that total coast was supported through the Minister of Health, Hon. Pablo Marin. Managers of the Labour and Delivery Unit expressed sincere appreciation for the upgrade. Service within the unit was only interrupted today for the official ribbon cutting and tour.

Changes in the Pump Price of Premium Gasoline and Diesel Oil
The Ministry of Finance announces that effective Tuesday, June 4, 2019, the pump price for Premium Gasoline will increase by 24 cents from $11.30 to $11.54 per gallon. At the same time, the pump price for Diesel Oil will decrease by 21 cents from $10.46 to $10.25 per gallon. These price changes reflect current demand and supply conditions of crude oil in the international petroleum market and the availability of refining capacity in the countries from which the refined fuel is being supplied to Belize. The Government of Belize is monitoring the price movements and supply conditions closely and will work with the fuel industry to safeguard the pump prices paid by Belizean consumers.

Ministry of Human Development Seeks to Redefine Poverty
The Ministry of Human Development, Social Transformation and Poverty Alleviation is this week hosting its fourth event in the 2018-2019 Social Protection Conferences Series. The five-day conference is being held under the theme "Poverty: Dollars to Dimensions" and takes place in Belize City (June 3-4) and Belmopan (June 5-7). This latest conference aims to increase national understanding of poverty as an experience of multiple hardships that poor people face in their daily lives. It will also introduce the Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) and will seek to reach a national consensus on the purpose and structure of a national MPI for Belize, taking into consideration the dimensions and indicators that are best to characterize poverty in our local context.

BTIA: Paving the Road to Sustainable Development in Belize Symposium
The Belize Tourism Industry Association hosted a Symposium on Friday, May 31, 2019 to introduce the core components and objectives of its proposal submitted to the Summit Foundation for the funding of a Sustainable Tourism Programme for Belize that will promote sustainable tourism practices in Belize with the intent to assist in protecting and creating a sustainable use of the Mesoamerican Reef system. Since 2000, the MAR has remained a vulnerable environment being compromised by large-scale, irresponsible tourism development caused mainly by dredging, overfishing, deforestation, climate change, pollution, increased carbon footprint, etc. The Sustainable Tourism Programme, a three-year project ending December 2022 should focus on targeting ways in which the reduction of these negative impacts can be achieved.

FFB Elite Interdisctict Competitions this Saturday
Sport News - The Corozal Football Association invites all Corozale�os and all football fans to come out and support the District Selection as we play against Belmopan, this Saturday, June 8th, 2019 starting at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. at the Ricalde Stadium. Come and support our Corozal All Stars!! Entrance - Adults $3.00

Free Eye Screening in Corozal June 21
Everyone suffering with diabetes should have a complete dilated eye exam at least once a year. Diabetic retinopathy is the most common form of eye problems that affect people with diabetes, but other eye problems related to diabetes are common, such as glaucoma and cataracts. Early detection, timely treatment and proper follow-up can reduce the risk of severe vision loss.

A Collection of Joy in Corozal
Here is a wonderful initiative! A Collection of Joy. Let's help to brighten up someone's welfare. If you have unwanted items at home and in your business, please drop them off this Saturday, June 8th and next week Saturday, June 15th at our Central Park. The donations will sorted out and distributed to our Corozal most needy. Here is thanking you in advance. Blessings. Uempower Youth Group.

PACT Celebrates 23
Happy 23rd anniversary, PACT! The Protected Areas Conservation Trust is having activities this week to celebrate. They are also having a video competition.

Celebrate World Ocean's Day 2019 with OCEANA at Movie Night!
When: Thursday, June 6th, 2019. Time: 6:30 PM. Where: Governor General's Field, Belmopan. Join us for a special screening of "A Plastic Ocean" in this family-friendly fun event! This is a FREE event with complimentary popcorn available, plus giveaways from our partners and more! Miss Deb's will also be available for purchase.

Participate Learning has once again opened its recruitment process for the next school year in Belize until the end of June
So far, 45 Belizean teachers are active in the Belize United States teach abroad program and Participate Learning is accepting more. (Apply on their website) There are opportunities to teach Elementary (primary), Math (secondary) and Science (secondary) All positions are full-time and salaried, with competitive health benefits and professional development opportunities. As an additional benefit, in case the teacher recruited has a family, it is possible for the members to travel to the United States with all migratory arrangements accomplish and supported by the program to obtain the visa.

Case study report on Maya Mountain North Forest Reserve
We are very excited to share with you a case study report on our work within the Maya Mountain North Forest Reserve. Since 2014, Ya'axch� has been supporting the 31-member Trio Farmers Cacao Growers to grow cacao within the 936 acre agroforestry concession - a first for Belize! "The agroforestry concession is a new pathway forward for protecting natural spaces in Belize. It offers valuable land access to rural households in need, while also creating a regulated, climate-smart zone between PAs and nearby threats such as fire, agrochemicals, cattle and encroachment along boundaries." Thank you Meredith Beaton for putting together this fantastic report!

Channel 7

8 Week Old Boy Dead, Cause? Battered Child Syndrome
An 8 week old boy is dead - and baby Thevanne Banner's skull was cracked; the infant was the victim of Battered Child Syndrome. That is according to a post mortem which was just concluded. The post mortem says, quote, "at the conclusion the cause of death was certified as due to fracture to the head and back, multiple skull fracture, and head trauma consistent to Battered Child Syndrome." Today, Thevanne Banner's father, Troy Banner disputed that; he said the child died due to an adrenaline overdose at the hospital, and not from abuse:...

Survived Many Attempts On His Life, But Big Ben Got Killed On a Sunday
He'd been shot up three times over 15 years - surviving gunshots wounds to almost every part of his body. But, yesterday morning, 36 year old Alvin Cumberbatch known as "Big Ben" couldn't escape death again - this time the gunman shot him in the face. He was gunned down yesterday morning in Pregnant Alley - a known gang area where he'd been shot before. A Sunday morning stop at Pregnant Alley on Cemetery Road made Alvin Cumberbatch a target. A gunman shot and killed him as he stood in the alley - not too far from his house.

Four Men, Three Guns in Griga Robbery
On Friday, Commissioner Chester Williams said that police were working to crack down and contain a spike in armed robberies of businesses. But, by Saturday night - ruthless criminals had struck again, this time in Dangriga. It happened at a Supermarket on the edge of town, one and a half miles on George Price drive. Four men - one with a shotgun - two with handguns stormed into the store. Surveillance video captured the entire, terrifying ordeal - which happened at night under very bright lights that make it look like daytime. Police told us more:...

Robbers Go After Sunny Side
And another business was robbed - this one in Belize City on Friday night at around 7:00. Two robbers held up the owners of the well-known Sunny Side bakery on Racecourse street and stole over $2,000. Police say they believe robbers have been monitoring the bakery for some time. ASP Alejandro Cowo: "Mr. Elon Pitterson, 57 years old of number 63 Racecourse Street was inside his businesses place Sunny's Bakery located at number 63 Racecourse Street along with his wife, when two male persons entered the establishment and held them up at gun point. As a result, the two male persons stole about two thousand two hundred dollars in cash from them. One of them was armed with a pistol and thereafter made good their escape."

Car Crashed Into Culvert
A car crashed into a culvert and flipped last night - fortunately no one was seriously hurt. It happened last night at 11:30 at mile three on the Stann Creek Valley Road. The car was traveling to Dangriga Town from Sarawee Village when the 35 year old driver, taxi man Vinson Hill allegedly lost control of the car which and slammed into the culvert. His passenger, 38 year old Nicole Gary broke her leg, and 33 year old Deshawn White sustained injuries to the chest and back. The driver, Hill sustained injuries to both legs, chest and back.

Barrelled Into Boiton's
And, while they were spared major injury so were the persons in a car that came racing across the Hawkesworth Bridge this morning. Police didn't give details, but security video form a nearby store shows the car losing control coming off the bridge and crashed into the fence of Boiton's Bar B Que. Again,. No one was seriously hurt.

The Minister of Health Says
On Thursday, Belize City Mayor Bernard Wagner vented a serious complaint against the Government. Wagner said that the Ministry of Health was playing politics with a donation of exercise equipment that should have gone to the Belize City Council. Instead, they ended up at the Marion Jones Sporting Complex. As we told you, the donation was supposed to be part of a collaboration between the Mayors Association and the Ministry to encourage healthy living in all the municipalities around the country. But, to hear it told from Mayor Wagner, the Government passed him over for the donation, which they would have placed in public parks under the Council's control.

Pablo And Angel, UDP Frenemies?
Turning now to other news out of the Health Ministry, viewers will remember that 2 weeks ago, the Office of the Prime Minister announced that Dr. Angel Campos was no longer the Minister of State in the Ministry of Health. Effective on May 21st, he was reassigned as Minister of State in the Ministry of Human Development, Social Transformation and Poverty Alleviation. Persistent reports out of the Ministry of Health were that Campos and Marin did not part ways on good terms. Information to 7News was that these 2 UDP Area Representatives from Corozal did not get along well, and that allegedly, Marin as the senior minister gave strict orders that Campos was not to interact or give instruction to any of the Ministry's technical advisors.

Hon. Pablo Will Sue Brints
And while that's his response on his current colleague, what does he have to say about allegations of corruption coming from a company owned by his former UDP colleague? 2 weeks ago, Brints, which is owned by Mark King, the Former UDP Minister of State, made a Facebook post basically alleging that they qualified to get the contract to provide security at the KHMH. But they weren't awarded it because they were allegedly being obliged to pay inducements. Brints says that these requests came from the decision makers of both the hospital and the Ministry. KHMH CEO, Michelle Hoare, told us that she couldn't comment when we asked her directly and so, we then asked the Minister about it.

Peddlers and Pharmaceuticals
The press also took the opportunity to ask the Minister of Health about last week's revelation that the Drug Inspectorate Unit found street peddlers selling bogus pharmaceutical products. A ministry press release announcing the discovery said these are bogus drugs that don't meet standards and could harm you. In today's interview with Marin, he told the press that the Ministry personnel will be increasing its surveillance to try and detect other peddlers of illegal or fake medication. Here's how he explained why:

PSU Has A New President
A new executive for the Public Service Union was elected this weekend in Dangriga. President Doreth Obermayer was soundly defeated by a margin of almost three to one by Gerald Henry who is the new president. Jacqueline Willoughby is the new second Vice President, while Trisha Perez was elected Secretary General, and Felipe Ramclam and Philip Tate were elected councillors.

Home Shot Up In Ladyville
A Lord's Bank family is lucky to be alive after last night's terrifying shooting incident. It happened around 9:50. The family says it seems like two gunmen crept up from behind their Hollywood area home and opened fire. 4 persons were awake inside the house at the time, including a retired police officer 57 year old Ezzart Anthony. One of the relatives we spoke to says she was in the kitchen braiding her nieces' hair when the bullets pierced the walls - if it weren't for a pot on top of the stove, she would have been struck in her back. Here is more from the family. Felicia Robinson, Resident: "I was inside when I heard the first set of shots. When I look to the room I saw the glasses spill. the first shot hit the louvers and then there was a second amount of shots. I would say about 6 shots."

Butane Delivery Men Robbed
Two butane gas delivery men were held up on a run on Friday morning around 11 in Hattieville. The two armed robbers stole cash and a phone from them. Police told us more today. ASP Alejandro Cowo: "Mr. Tyrique Arana, 19 years-old Belizean of Paradise Area, was delivering butane gas in the old Hattieville area. Whilst delivering gas, along with his co-assistant, they were held up at gun-point by two male persons who robbed them of one hundred and fifty dollars and a cell-phone. Therefore, the two male persons made good their escape within the bushes in that area."

Shamballa "Under Tow"�
She ran aground on the reef on Thursday night, and tonight, the Sailing Vessel Shamballa under tow. The 40 foot Catamaran ran aground on the 30th May in the Sapodilla Caye Marine Reserve. A release from the Coast Guards say The marine casualty investigation team has completed its initial assessment and the vessel is now being towed to port.

KHMH, Best Place To Have A Baby?
The Karl Heusner Memorial, Belize's national referral hospital, made a major investment last year to fix their roof after an extended period of reduced services. In October, they re-opened at full capacity, and this morning, the hospital's staff was a celebratory mood once again, after they unveiled the newly refurbished Labour and Delivery Unit. By the hospital's count, approximately 2,000 babies are born there annually, and in a very short while, all new mothers will have a higher level of comfort and patient care with this 140 thousand-dollar upgrade. The press was invited to see what improvements were made, 7News was the hospital this morning for the unveiling ceremony. We spoke with the authorities about the investment, and we asked why their new unit is better equipped to handle emergencies that can happen during child birth. Here's what they had to say:

New Building At Paslow Site
The historic Paslow building burned down in September of 2002 and since then - there's just been an empty lot at the foot of the swing bridge, mostly used for parking. Well now, as part of the Downtown Rejuvenation Project a new building is going up at that location. The Ministry of Tourism signed a contract with Eric Martinez and Son Construction and Design Ltd. for the construction of a new ferroconcrete building. It's a two-storey and it will host a Tourist Welcome Center and vendor booths on the first floor with offices and a Café on the second.

Diesel Down
Fuel Prices have been unstable for the last few months, going up, down, and then up again. Tonight, the Government is reporting that pump prices are changing once again. As of midnight, Premium gasoline will increase by 24 cents, going from $11.30 per gallon to $11.54 per gallon. At the same time, prices for Diesel oil will decrease by 21 cents from $10.46 to $10.25 per gallon.

Shyne Says Slavery Days
On Friday you saw our exclusive interview with Shyne Barrow. The aspiring UDP politician discussed what happened on the morning of May 11th when Bradley Roe hit him in the face. But what prompted the assault? We heard it was hard talk. Shyne gave his version:... Shyne Barrow- UDP Std. Bearer: "He came up to me and started hurling explicit at me and I walked out of the establishment. The entire video shows him following me out of the establishment and then shows me stopping and saying, you know, 'What is his problem.' And he continued to hurl explicit and I said, 'Listen this is not the slavery days..."

Deputy Faber to Salvador For Bukele
Deputy Prime Minister Patrick Faber, was in El Salvador over the past weekend where he attended the inauguration for the new Salvadoran President, Nayib Bukele. Faber welcomed the continued excellent bilateral relations between the two nations. Bukele is the first president of that country to not come from the two major political parties.

Pablo Playing His Cards Close
So, while Faber made that state appearance, who does Corozal Bay Rep Pablo Marin support, out of the two candidates who have expressed interest in the leadership of his party? He told us today that he is still observing both Patrick Faber and John Saldivar to make up his mind: Reporter: "From your two colleagues who have expressed interest in leadership of the UDP, are you prepared to reveal who you would want to support?"

Why Bay Voters Said No to ICJ
But what Marin has to watch even more closely than those leadership candidates is his own seat. In the ICJ referendum, the majority of voters there said no to the ICJ. We asked Marin if that outcome means that he's losing ground politically in Corozal Bay. Here's how he answered that one: Hon. Pablo Marin - Area Rep., Corozal Bay: "I went various times to the media, and I explained to the people of Corozal, and I said, this is my take. I do believe that we supposed to go to the ICJ to finish all this claim from Guatemala..."

Gordon's Fate At Court
52 year-old Luis Gordon, who is currently serving a 5-year prison sentence for grievous harm, pleaded guilty to use of deadly means of harm today before Justice Colin Williams. He was charged with attempted murder against Roberto Gilharry, but of facing a full trial for that, he chose to plead guilty to the lesser charge. Gilharry, who is Gordon's brother-in-law, reported to police that they had a misunderstanding back on September 6, 2013 at a home on Amara Avenue. Gilharry told police that this disagreement escalated when Gordon struck him on the head with a shovel and a piece of stick, and then chopped him on his shoulder with a machete.

Channel 5

Big Ben is Murdered in Pregnant Alley
There was a murder in Belize City on Sunday morning in an area off Cemetery Road known as Taylor's Alley.� Just before nine-thirty a.m., gunfire erupted and despite attempting to [...]

3 Men Arrested for Armed Robbery in Dangriga; 4th Suspect at Large
Three men have been arrested in connection with a brazen armed robbery which police say they committed, with a fourth accomplice, in Dangriga Town. On Saturday night, four men, three [...]

Sunny Side Bakery Robbed of over $2,000!
One of the oldest and most well-known Belizean bakeries was robbed on Friday night. Police say that two armed men walked into Sunny Side Bakery on Racecourse Street in Belize [...]

Robbers Target Butane Delivery Truck in Hattieville
Two armed robbers held up two butane delivery-men in Hattieville on Friday. Salesman Tyrique Arana and his co-worker were out delivering gas around ten-thirty that morning when they were approached [...]

2-Month-Old Baby Dies from Battered Child Syndrome in Camalote
Police are investigating the death of a two-month-old baby. On Saturday, a man in Camalote village took his son Thevane Banner to the Western Regional Hospital. There he told doctors [...]

3 Persons Injured in Road Traffic Accident
Three persons received varying degrees of injuries this morning when the taxi they were in overturned on mile three along the Stann Creek Valley Road. It happened shortly after eleven [...]

Price for Premium Gas to Increase, while Diesel Cost Decreases
As of midnight tonight, the pump price for premium gasoline will increase. The new price will be eleven dollars and fifty-four cents, an increase of twenty-four cents and six cents [...]

Miscommunication over Exercise Equipment; Health Minister Sets the Record Straight
Health Minister Pablo Marin has taken offense to comments made by Belize City Mayor Bernard Wagner on the distribution of exercise equipment, donated to his ministry from the Taiwanese Government. [...]

Pablo Marin: "What has Mayor Bernard Wagner Done to Improve Health?"
So, did Mayor Bernard Wagner jump the gun? Minister Pablo Marin says that he will honour his commitment and provide a second set of exercise machines to Belize City. But [...]

Health Minister: Dr. Angel Campos Asked to Change Ministry
It took effect last week Tuesday, Doctor Angel Campos is Junior Minister for Health no more; in fact, he is now the Minister of State in the Ministry of Human [...]

Minister Pablo Marin Suing Brints Security Ltd. Employees
Minister of Health Pablo Marin is taking legal action against several employees of Brints Security Limited for defamation of character. News Five understands that the suit stems from a social [...]

Cocaine Testing Kit Found in Pharmacy; Police Investigating
Last week, the Ministry of Health issued a warning about medicines that are not officially recognized and registered by the ministry. The ministry, through its ongoing monitoring, detected that there [...]

Has Corozal Bay Voters Lost Confidence in Pablo Marin?
On May eighth, an overwhelming majority of Belizeans took the decision to take the Belize Guatemala dispute to the International Court of Justice for final resolution. In Corozal Bay, however, [...]

Pablo Marin for Deputy Party Leader of the U.D.P.?
While we had the opportunity, we also asked Health Minister Pablo Marin about who he will be supporting for the leadership convention for the United Democratic Party, whenever it is [...]

Gerald Henry is Elected as New President of the P.S.U.
Gerald Henry is the new president of the Public Service Union. �He defeated former president Dareth Obermayer by more than one hundred and thirty votes. �The P.S.U. held its ninety-seventh [...]

New P.S.U. Prez to Tackle Many Issues
Under his leadership, Henry says that the P.S.U. will focus its efforts on tackling several issues within the public service that are negatively impacting the lives of many public officers. [...]

A Newly Refurbished Labour and Delivery Unit at the K.H.M.H.
Today, a refurbished Labour and Delivery Unit at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital was officially launched and opened to the public. The planning process began about two years ago and [...]

Is a Non-Fatal Shooting a Warning to Ex-Cop in Ladyville?
One last thing from the police� investigators are looking into a shooting incident that happened in Ladyville. Shortly before ten o'clock on Sunday night, someone fired several shots at a [...]

Luis Gordon Gets Reduced Time for Chopping Brother-in-law in 2014
F ifty-two-year-old Luis Gordon was sentenced to seven years in prison after pleading guilty to use of deadly means of harm.� In 2014, Gordon was charged for the attempted murder [...]

BHS Hosts First Ever High School Hackathon
A hackathon was held at the Belize Elementary School auditorium this afternoon where six teams comprised of students from first to third forms participated.� They identified a number of national [...]

James Adderley and the Weekend Sporting Stats
Good evening I'm James Adderley and this is Sports Monday.   [Highlights of the weekend in sports....]

The Reporter

8 Week Old Baby Died From Head Fracture, Parents Questioned?
Police have released the results of the post-mortem examination on 8-week-old baby Thevane Banner who died over the weekend in Camalote. According to the examination, the cause of death was certified as due to fracture to the head and back, multiple skull fracture and head trauma consistent with Battered Child Syndrome.

Coast Guard Tows Catamaran After Rescue At Sea
On Thursday May 30th we reported that the Belize Coast Guard rescued two US Nationals from a 40 foot catamaran that had ran onto the Reef at the Sapodilla Caye Marine Reserve. According to the BCG, they received a distress call at 8:30 Thursday night and deployed a rescue team from Hunting Caye.

Vehicle Overturned Near Dangriga With Several Passengers
A taxi cab overturned just outside Dangriga in the Stan Creek, District and multiple persons are believed to have been injured in the accident which occurred earlier today (June 3rd.).

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Post mortem reveals that eight weeks old child died from 'battered child syndrome'
On June 1st, police visited the Western Regional Hospital (WRH). There, they saw an eight [�]

BDF soldiers participate in military exercises in Louisiana, USA
Twenty soldiers of the Belize Defence Force Volunteer Element departed the country on Thursday, May [�]

Police investigating armed robbery at Sonny's Bakery in Belize City
On Friday night there was an armed robbery in Belize City. It occurred at the [�]

Police investigating armed robbery in Hattieville
Hattieville police are investigating an armed robbery that occurred today. According to reports, sometime around [�]

Police comment on the murder of Alvin "Big Ben" Cumberbatch
Police today commented on the murder of Alvin "Big Ben" Cumberbatch that happened on Sunday. [�]

Authorities investigating shooting in Ladyville
Shortly after 9 o'clock last night, gunshots rang out in the Hollywood area of Ladyville. [�]

Deputy Prime Minister attends inauguration of new Salvadoran President
Deputy Prime Minister, Patrick Faber, was in El Salvador yesterday for the inauguration of the [�]

Ministry of Human Development hosting five-day conference on poverty
The Ministry of Human Development, Social Transformation and Poverty Alleviation is hosting a five-day conference this [�]

Premium going up, Diesel going down
Today the Government of Belize (GOB) announced its latest adjustment to the price of two [�]

Hurricane season to descend on San Pedro - winner takes it all in Game 5 of NEBL finals
Facing elimination and on the brink of the Atlantic Hurricane Season, the Smart Belize Hurricanes [�]


Family Home shot several times
Sunday night brought a downpour across half the country, including the Belize District. In the Hollywood area of Lords Bank, a former police officer was at home with his family, enjoying the cool night. But while the rain pelting the roof, there was a barrage of bullets that penetrated the walls. Love News went to �

Daring Dangriga Heist Caught on Camera
The police say three thousand dollars were stolen in a daring heist at Family City Imports in Dangriga. Customers and employees were caught off guard when the men ran in with guns blazing and held up the establishment on on Saturday night. The owner of the store, Ting Jiu Liu, told police that one of �

KHMH gets newly refurbished Labour and Delivery Unit
Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital, KHMH, is responsible for approximately one thousand five hundred deliveries for the year. In order to deliver continued quality care to its patients, it saw the need to upgrade its Labour and Delivery Unit where expecting mothers can deliver their babies in comfort. Michelle Cox-Hoare, the Chief Executive Officer of KHMH, �

Marin defends donation to Faber
The Mayor of Belize, Bernard Wagner, had expressed disappointment over being excluded from receiving exercise equipment. Wagner said that he was overlooked and the equipment went to the Deputy Prime Minister Patrick Faber who used them to outfit the Marion Jones Stadium. Today, Minister of Health, Pablo Marin, who was responsible for distributing the equipment �


Day Trips from San Ignacio Belize: Exploring the Ancient Maya Ruins at Xunantunich
Resting majestically atop a plateau overlooking the Mopan River and the Guatemalan countryside of Western Belize lies Xunantunich, one of the largest ancient Maya cities ever built. Today Xunantunich is Belize's most visited site, and the surrounding area of the Cayo District has become one of the most popular destinations in mainland Belize known for its multitude of Maya sites as well as its incredible caves, waterfalls, rivers and lush jungles. There are tons of adventure activities to be found which include hiking, kayaking, swimming, canoeing, zip-lining and of course exploring the incredible cave systems. You can easily spend a few days here with the highlight of your visit being a trip to Xunantunich.

A Guide to the Regions of Belize
Belize is a small country with endless adventure! With its lush and verdant rainforests, crystal clear waters, and surprisingly diverse terrain, we love to boast that we're among the world's last unspoiled travel destinations. Situated at the base of the Yucatan Peninsula in Central America, Belize borders Mexico to the North and Guatemala to the South and West, with the Caribbean Sea to the East. We have miles of virgin coast and over 65% of our country is blanketed in lush green forest, parts of which are still unexplored. This is a country with as many diverse geographical regions as there are cultures, languages and ethnic groups. To help you plan your trip, we've broken down the highlights of every region from the beaches in the east to the untamed jungles of the west.

Me Oh My Oh, Just Like The Bayou - Is Belize's Cuisine The Cajun Cooking of Latin America?
When one of the world's most well known newspapers, England's Daily Telegraph, put Belizean food in the same class as Cajun cuisine, our appetites for another helping of news was as sharp as a French Quarter waiter's attire. "Belizean food stands out in Latin American as much as Cajun food does in the United States. It's spicy, usually stewed, heavy on seafood, usually comes with beans and rice, and is often topped with Marie Sharp's famous hot sauce�. As a bonus that can only lead you to better food, there are no McDonald's, Burger Kings, Starbucks, or KFC's in the entire country.

A Brief Talk about The Rain in Corozal, Belize
Good night from Corozal Bay, Belize. Today, I will be discussing why is it important to have your equipment ready, while visiting Belize in a rainy season. The rainy season runs from June to November when annual Belize rainfall is highest. The early months of May and June when rainfall is just getting underway, are a good time to travel to Belize as you can escape the tourist rush and hotel rates tend to be lower. We are in the Tropics. Surprisingly, The day can go from a sunny day to a gloomy Rainy day. Sometimes it may rain at night or During the day. It all depends on the weather conditions. This past weekend, The weather in Corozal was quite overcast by lots of Rain, Lightning, and Rumbling of Thunder. I even saw lightning struck on the ground in some areas. But, This weather was caused by a low depression that developed over our area this past weekend.


  • Channel 5 Obituaries - FRANCISCA ARNOLD SALDIVAR, 1.5min.

  • Channel 5 Obituaries - DOROTHY MAJORIE BAILEY REYNAUD, 2min.

  • Lightning display over Spanish Lookout Sunday night, 10sec.

  • Feeding the Yellow-headed Parrots babies, 15sec. The best part of the day for the interns and volunteers. They all want to eat first.

  • MSME Enhancement Program Launch, 4.5min. Belize's first micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME) policy and strategy was developed in 2012, to support the development of a competitive sector. On Wednesday, May 29th, the first MSME Enhancement Program (MEP) was launched by the Government of Belize, through the Ministry of Investment, Trade and Commerce and its partners. The MEP is a program created to benefit MSMEs in Belize. The program is focused on reducing the cost of inputs by providing custom import duty waivers on packaging and labeling materials. We were present at the launch and found out more about the importance of this new program.

  • Cat Eyed Snake..., 7min. The longest I've ever seen!

  • NEMO Speaks on 2019 Hurricane Season, 3min. Saturday, June 1st marked the beginning of the 2019 Atlantic Hurricane season. Our Belize Now team spoke to key figures at the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) to find out what efforts are being made in preparation.

  • Dolphins, 1min. While diving in Belize we were joined by two dolphins.

  • 2019 Belize Adventure: Reef Snorkeling, 2.5min. Our final adventure of the 2019 Belize trip: snorkeling the great barrier reef.

  • BTIA: Paving the Road to Sustainable Tourism in Belize Symposium, 2hr15min.

  • Cave Tubing in Belize, 3min.

  • Acci�n Deportiva, 47min.