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The San Pedro Sun

BELTRAIDE Completes Business Development Training at the Kolbe Foundation- Belize Central Prison
The Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (BELTRAIDE) through its technical units; the Belize Training and Employment Centre (BTEC) and the Small Business Development Centre Belize (SBDCBelize) conducted its third round of Business Development Trainings with the Kolbe Foundation- Belize Central Prison. The Business Development Training programme, which ran from May 7th – June 5th, had two components: soft skills and business development skills. BTEC led sessions on positive attitude and communication skills and SBDCBelize delivered sessions on business including topics such as: entrepreneurship lab, business model development, introduction to book-keeping, marketing your business and costing and pricing.

Ministry of Agriculture Hosts Workshop for Sheep Farmers
The Ministry of Agriculture Livestock Unit, through the Genetic Improvement in Sheep and Goat Project, hosted a one-day workshop on the June 12, 2019 at the Central Farm Livestock Unit. The workshop was based on the “Operation of Sheep Farmers” Association, Registration of Certified Breeding Sheep, Traceability and Trading System. A total of 35 sheep farmers from the Cayo District attended the training.

Silverio Cal and Melvin Montesino reported missing in San Pedro
The San Pedro Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in locating two island residents’ 27-year-old Silverio Cal and 26-year-old Melvin Montesino, who has been missing since Thursday, June 13th. According to the official police report, Cal and Montesino both departed from their homes in town en-route to the northern coast of Ambergris Caye on Thursday, June 13th and have not been heard from or seen since. Two days of searches have been conducted by family members and police officers in the area where they were last seen. On Friday, June 14th, during a frantic search, Police officers reported that they found a motorcycle helmet and a mirror, suspected to be from a motorcycle, on the northern beach.

U.S. Embassy Belize Hands Over New Building to Machaca Forestry Department
The U.S. Embassy handed over a new building valued at $973,000 USD ($1,946,000 BZD) to the Machaca Forestry Department of the Toledo District on June 13, 2019. The project was led by the Embassy’s Security Cooperation Office and funded by the U.S. Department of Defense Humanitarian Assistance Program (HAP) through the U.S. Southern Command.

Ambergris Today

Sargassum Task Force Update On Impact Of Sargassum
Over the last ten months, the Sargassum Task Force (STF), a public-private committee, has worked diligently to strategize possible mitigation and adaptation measures to address the impact of Sargassum on the top four impacted tourist destinations, namely, San Pedro, Caye Caulker, Hopkins and Placencia. In late 2018, Cabinet approved a set of relief support mechanisms, including a hotel tax relief for 4 months for accommodation situated on the beach front, duty exemption facility for machinery and equipment imported to support clean-up efforts and containment of the Sargassum, as well as a BZ$1.5 million to support municipalities for beach clean-up.

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CALL FOR APPLICATIONS IS NOW OPEN
OAS Scholarships are available for Master's and Doctoral studies in Brazil. Benefits include full tuition waiver, living and settlement expenses, and free Portuguese classes. Portuguese proficiency is not required to apply. This program is offered by the Organization of American States (OAS) and Grupo Coimbra de Universidades Brasileiras, with the support of Ministério das Relações Exteriores & PAHO-WHO. Application deadline August 7, 2019.

Mr. Christopher Nesbitt from the Maya Mountain Research Farm was one of the fifteen winners of the Commonwealth Innovation Awards
Maya Mountain Research Farm’s primary innovations include the use of tropical staple food trees in the agroforestry system, the application of biochar from crop residues to premium cultivars of cacao, turmeric, vanilla, and timber with cooperative family labour as the economic driver. Congratulations, Mr. Nesbitt!

Congratulations to Spokenword501 Group of Belize
An Embassy and produce this book "Poetic Narcotics", keep up the great job, I am proud of each of you. When Belizean voices synchronize to echo and pen our reality, identity, challenges, woes and dreams, we get a masterpiece like “Poetic Narcotics.” This is a publication birthed by talented individuals answering the magnetic pull, a need to express life in lyrics. “Poetic Narcotics” is nothing short of quenching a high that is both natural and painfully real. It is a beckoning, an invitation and an art piece that is can only be labelled as priceless.

Taiwan - Belize Friendship Fair
Saturday June 22, 10:30-4:30

Caye Caulker R.C. School gets a new playground!
The children, Principal, Teachers, staff and parents of Caye Caulker R.C. School would like to send out a big thank you to Miss Debora Rigney, Mr. Scott Rigney and their group of Barn Raisers of Indiana for this beautiful play ground, Lawn chairs and laptops that they donated to our School. Thank you to Mr. Russel Lansworth and Eujenia Heredia for the troubles of getting these out of port and shipped here to Caye Caulker. A Big Thank you to the Caye Caulker Village Council for paying the barge freight to get it here.

A beautiful day in San Antonio Cayo 2019
Was a day of cultural splendor as the maya yucatec culture of the north of Belize merged with the maya yucatec of the west of Belize to create a day of cultural pride, beauty and memorable experiences. The audience were blown away by the various dance pieces of the dynamic cultural group, Jats'uts O'ok'ot of Xaibe village, Corozal District and the presentation of the ancient maya ballgame, The Pok ta pok by the world Championship team EK Balam. A big thank you to Jats'uts O'ok'ot for opening the event with the singing of the Belize national anthem in maya and English. Thank you Professor Delmir Tzib. Timoteo Mèex. Genara Cano. Adan Palomo. Genaro Acosta and the dancers of Jats'uts O'ok'ot and all the parents for your support and commitment to successful experiences. Thanks to NICH Belize and Mr Victor Camal at Camal bus lines. Thanks to our deligent bus driver Mr Luis Moh and our conductor for safe traveling.

Belize to Improve Solid Waste Management with Support of IDB and Japan
Grant of US$500,000 will boost the country’s capabilities to manage solid waste in touristic areas and rural villages. The Prime Minister of Belize, Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow, and Country Representative of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), Dr. Cassandra T. Rogers, as well as IDB Executive Director Toshiyuki Yasui as witness of honor, today signed an agreement to implement a non-reimbursable Technical Cooperation (grant) to improve solid waste management in Belize by promoting the reduction and recovery of municipal solid waste generation and contributing to the expansion of coverage of municipal solid waste management to rural areas.

5th Annual Succotz Archaeology and Culture Fair
clock Sunday, July 7, 2019 at 10 AM – 5 PM. San Jose Succotz, Cayo

Channel 7

Woman Security Guard Murdered, But No Robbery Attempt, Was Talbott Targeted?
Another security guard has been shot and killed - the second in 8 days, and this time it's a woman. 40 year old Cerberus security guard Marcia Talbott also known as "Coco" was on duty at the Bowen and Bowen Crystal Bottling Company in Ladyville. Early Sunday morning gunmen crept up near the compound and opened fire on the security booth, hitting Talbott twice to the head and striking 45 year old Bermudian Landing resident Mansa Baptist to the back. Talbott was killed instantly and Baptist is at the hospital. Courtney Weatherburne has more on this ruthless attack and the It might have seemed like an ordinary day at Bowen and Bowen's Crsytal Bottling Company in Ladyville but really, there is nothing normal about coming to work and finding out that one of the security guards was shot and killed on the compound while the other is hospitalized. Security guards Marcia Talbott and Mansa Baptist were on duty on Saturday night and at around 4:00 Sunday morning, gunmen pounced on them - shooting Talbott to the head, killing her and hitting Baptist to the back.

Worries Over Missing Men in San Pedro
Two San Pedro men are missing and their families fear the worst. On Thursday night, 27-year-old Silverio Cal and 26-year-old Melvin Montesino, went to the north of the island on a motorbike and haven't been seen since. Now, you probably know that Northern Ambergris Caye has been the scene of countless murders and bodies found - and that's why the families are gravely concerned tonight. Police told us what they know so far: ASP Alejandro Cowo- OC CIB: "Aida Montecino, of a San Pedro address, visited the San Pedro Police Station and she reported that she had not seen her son since Wednesday the 13th of June. His name is Melvin Alexander Montecino, 26 years of a Sea Star Street in San Pedro. He is of Hispanic descent, medium built, about 5 feet 8 inches in height. What we understand is that on Thursday at about 9 pm he was at his address along with other friends when he received a call and thereafter departed from that location along with another friend on board of a motorcycle..."

Guate With Guns At Border
Over the weekend, police caught a Guatemalan at the Benque border with quite a stash of guns and weapons. Romeo Cardona Zapata is from El Chal Peten, but on Saturday he was in the parking lot on the Belize side of the border in a Toyota Hilux with some big guns stashed. Police told us more: Supt. Hilberto Romero, Acting Head, National Crimes Investigation Branch: "On Saturday the 15th of June 2019 around 2 pm police conducted a search on Romero Cardona Zapata, Guatemalan national, at the parking lot by the Benque border where police found on him a 9 mm pistol. A further search inside a Hilux pickup, police discovered a 12 gauge shot gun along with an assortment of ammunition for the 9 mm pistol and the shotgun. Romero Cardona Zapata has since been charged for the 2 counts of unlicensed firearm and 2 counts of possession of unlicensed ammunition."

Police Beating Victim Back To Court
On last week Thursday's news, we told you about the case of 31 year-old Michael Hulse. He's the Belize City resident from the Buttonwood Bay Area who claims that on last week Tuesday morning, a team of GSU officers barged into his home to search for illegal drugs and firearms, but ended up putting a beatdown on him, which landed him in the hospital. Police say that they found cocaine, and suspected methamphetamines in house, but he was alleging that they planted it there, in attempt to justify the brutality. Well, on last week Friday, he was arraigned before Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford on 2 counts of drug trafficking. Police say that they found 5.6 grams of cocaine and 52 tablets of methamphetamine inside his house.

Dean Bruce, 6 Years Later, Still Fighting Extradition
He's been fighting his extradition to the US for almost 6 years now, and today, Belizean Deon Bruce went to the Court of Appeal to make another major attempt to stop the proceedings against him. As we told you, the US Government wants him extradited to face trial for the murder of Aron Carter and attempted murder against Aaron Rodgers. They say that on July 28th, 2010, he allegedly opened fire on both on both men. The incident happened in Chicago, Illinois, when Bruce and Carter allegedly got into a disagreement, which ended when Bruce pulled a firearm from the trunk of his vehicle, and fired at Carter and Rodgers. Rodgers escaped with his life, but Carter passed away from gunshot injuries.

Victorious Guat Presidential Ticket Has Strong Belizean Family Ties
Presidential elections were held yesterday in Guatemala and a team with strong ties to Belize won the first round of voting. Sandra Torres - who is Narda Garcia's sister - got 25% of the vote, along with her Vice Presidential Candidate former Foreign Minister Carlos Raul Morales, who has a Belizean wife. They are the candidates for the National Unity of Hope, UNE party. But that's just the first round of voting, now the top two candidates will have to square off in a runoff election in August. The challenge now for Torres - who is a center-left candidate - will be to fend off the candidates to the right of center - who will likely form an alliance against her.

Crashed Into A Culvert And Died
There were two fatal accidents in the north this weekend - and both happened on those well-paved new roads connecting villages in the Corozal and Orange Walk Districts. The first happened on Friday night between the villages of Trinidad and August Pine Ridge where 33 year old Casiano Mendoza crashed into a culvert and smashed his Ford pickup. He was rushed to the Northern Regional Hospital - but died shortly after.

Village Footballer Killed On High Speed Road Through Village
And while that happened in the OPRange Walk District on Friday night - last night at around 8:30 there was another fatal, this one in San Narciso village. Footballer Yancy Ek was riding on the highway that runs through the village to San Victor when he was hit by George Kawich - his own uncle - who was driving a Ford Escape. Police told us more:...

Friends Tried To Help Accident Victim
When CTV3 spoke to one of Ek's friends, he said that Ek and his buddies had been hanging out and drinking and then Ek left. He was knocked down about 15 minutes later. His friends rushed to his aid but Ek died shortly after. Here's what a friend said in Spanish: Eder Patt, Friend: "We realized what happened and we heard the bang of the accident and we went there and he was all broken up, and we saw himand we picked him up. The police nor the ambulance came so we took him in the Chairman's pick up and then he died when we were leaving Libertad Village, he grabbed my hand and told me I am going and then he died."

Four Gunmen Stormed In
There was an armed robbery at a grocery store in St, Margaret's village on Saturday evening at 5:00. Four armed men stormed into Ping An store and demanded everything from the owner and his staffers. Police have more:... Supt. Hilberto Romero: "On Saturday 15th June, 2019 around 3:40pm there was a robbery at Ping An Shop in St. Margaret's Village where 2 armed males persons entered the establishment, stole an assortment of items including cash, cell phones and a nine millimeter pistol. The proprietor reported that the male persons entered, demanded the items and then they left. We are presently looking for two suspects at this time and the investigation is ongoing."

Supreme Meats Victimized
In Belize City a meat shop was targeted on Friday night. It happened at Supreme Meats on Cemetery Road where two males, one with a knife and one with a gun held up the owners and stole everything they could get their hands on. Police told us it's two minors who did it:... ASP Alejandro Cowo- OC CIB: "Friday just after 7pm police responded to a robbery at that location, where upon arrival one of thje employee reported to the police that whilst he was cleaning inside of the business, 2 minors entered the establishment and held them at gun point stealing from them 2 cellular phones and a small amount of cash. Based on that report police arrested 2 minors yesterday for the crime of robbery. One is 15 and one is 16 years old."

Special Constable Claims Carjacking and Kidnapping
Police aren't quite sure what to make of the report from a special constable who says he was carjacked and kidnapped while he was driving a rental car. Jacinto Luna says that on Saturday at 3:00 am - two men dressed up like police stopped him own Princess Margaret drive and then went about with criminal intent. Here's moire:... ASP Alejandro Cowo- OC CIB: "At about 3 in the morning he was driving a rented vehicle along the Princess Margaret Drive when he was stopped by a vehicle and 2 male persons alighted the vehicle..."

Common Law Wife Stabbed While Trying to Separate
A 36 year old woman was stabbed in a domestic dispute this weekend. Police told us why they are taking it seriously:... ASP Alejandro Cowo- OC CIB: "On Sunday 16th June, 2019 just before 6am, police visited 28 Guadalupe Street where they observed Orlette Sanchez with an apparent stab wound to the right side of her chest. She mentioned that while she was inside of her house along with other family members, a dispute ensued between her and her common-law husband and as a result she felt a stabbing injury to her chest and thereafter realize that she was bleeding..."

PUP Blasts SSB Increase
Next month, on July 15th, all working Belizeans - and their employers - will start paying more into the Social Security fund. The government and social partner -approved increase is designed to prevent the impending collapse of the country's social security fund, which is operating at a burgeoning annual deficit. Well, the PUP has had time to digest that news, and they say that the ruling UDP Government is to blame for the struggles that SSB is facing at this time. In a press release from today, the Opposition Party starts throwing punches early when it says, quote, "The news that Belizeans will have to pay double to bail out Social Security because of UDP incompetence is an affront to every Belizean..."

Belize Best Flavors Take on The Caribbean
Right now, 5 Belizean culinary experts are preparing to compete in this year's Taste of the Caribbean. It's a regional competition in which the Caribbean's best chefs and culinary teams go up against each other to see who's the best of the best in the kitchen. It also serves a great marketing tool for each competing country to put their best dishes on display. This year, with the support of the Belize Tourism Board, the team of 5 Belizeans competing are Team manager, Rob Pronk, Senior Chef Sean Kuylen, Senior Chef Evan Longsworth, Junior Chef Rojel Lisbey, Pastry Chef Maria Urbina, and Bartender Mark Jacobs. The tournament will be held from June 22nd to the 25th in Miami, Florida.

New Italian Coach for Nat'l Team
The Football Federation of Belize is reporting tonight that they've hired a new head coach for the National Football team. He's Vicenzo Alberto Annese, and his appointment takes effect today. He's an Italian Association football manager, and a former player who has a UEFA Pro license. This allows him to coach football at the highest levels, and he has experience coaching in youth Italian academies and clubs. He also has international experience as a head coach for senior teams.

Teenaged Shanice Missing
A teenaged girl from Belize City has been missing for 5 days now. Her family and police are concerned - and tonight, they are asking for your help: Police say Shaniece Ramirez does not have a history of running away.

Kim Barrow the Beggar?
The Government of Taiwan has again come to the rescue of the Inspiration Center. The Center caters to children with special needs, but keeping it funded has been a challenge, and shortfalls are a chronic problem. Found Kim Barrow says she has had to master the art of begging to keep the center going for the children it serves:... A press release simply says that it was, quote, "a very generous monetary donation."

Solid Plan For Solid Waste
The IDB and the government of Japan have chipped in to giver Belize half a million US dollars to, quote, "boost the country's capabilities to manage solid waste in touristic areas and rural villages." Prime Minister Dean Barrow, and Country Representative for the IDB Dr. Cassandra Rogers today signed an agreement for a grant to improve solid waste management in Belize by promoting the reduction and recovery of municipal solid waste generation and contributing to the expansion of coverage of municipal solid waste management to rural areas.

Channel 5

A Deadly Father’s Day Attack on B&B Compound in Ladyville
Father’s Day for the Talbert family in Doublehead Cabbage was shattered on Sunday morning when they were informed of a tragic incident involving their loved one who was at work [...]

Father of two dies in road collision
A father of two was fatally injured in a road traffic accident on Father’s Day in the north. Police say Yancy Ek was riding his bike in San Narciso Village [...]

Road Traffic Accident in O.W. Claims Life of One Man
Thirty-three-year-old Casiano Mendoza of August Pine Ridge died as a result of a road traffic accident. He was behind the wheel of a white car which was observed in a [...]

Belize City Woman Allegedly Stabbed by Common-Law-Husband
Belize City Police are investigating a stabbing incident that left thirty-six-year-old Orlette Sanchez hospitalized. On Sunday morning, before six o’clock, officers were called out to Sanchez’s residence on Guadalupe Street [...]

PUP Alleges Political Corruption at S.S.B.
In fourteen days, the new social security contribution and pension scheme is set to take effect. The People’s United Party, however, is not happy about it. Cabinet has approved the [...]

A Special Constable is Kidnapped and Carjacked
An employee of the Belize City Council was abducted at gunpoint on Saturday morning by a pair of thieves dressed in camouflage and later released in an area along the [...]

2 Men Go Missing on North Side Ambergris Caye
Worries are mounting over the sudden disappearance of two men on northern Ambergris Caye. Twenty-seven-year-old Silverio Cal and twenty-six-year-old Melvin Montesino have not been seen or heard from since last [...]

No Lead in Recent Kidnapping of Businessman
Corozal police continue their investigations into the kidnapping of fifty-year-old Kiran Kumar Solanri. The businessman of Palmar Village in Orange Walk was robbed at gunpoint on Thursday morning as he [...]

Guatemalan Man Busted With Firearms & Ammunition at Western Border
A Guatemalan man is in police custody facing firearm charges. His name is Romeo Cardona Zepata who, on Saturday afternoon, was spotted in the parking lot on Belize’s side of [...]

Sandra Torres Ahead in Guatemala’s Presidential Elections
Sandra Torres, Guatemala’s former first lady, is leading in the Guatemalan elections, following the release of partial results today. Torres, who has ties to Belize, successfully won the first round [...]

A Writ of Habeas Corpus for Dion Bruce
Dion Bruce, wanted by the United States government for a murder he reportedly committed in Chicago in July 2010, continues to fight an extradition request, despite being locked up at [...]

Saint Margaret’s Ping An Shop Targeted by Armed Thieves
An armed robbery in Saint Margaret’s Village in Cayo has police searching for two men. The robbery was captured by security cameras which show the duo barging into Ping An [...]

Late Night Belize City Vendors Given Curfew
Late night food vendors in Belize City are being shut down at midnight on the south side and by two a.m. on the north side. From what we are told, [...]

Taiwan Embassy gives to Inspiration Center
The Embassy of the Republic of China – Taiwan has teamed up with the Inspiration Center to sponsor a number of projects this year. These projects will provide community-based rehabilitation, [...]

Belize Signs Grant for Solid Waste Improvement
A grant of five hundred thousand U.S. dollars to improve Belize’s capabilities in managing solid waste has been signed by the government and I.D.B. Country Representative Doctor Cassandra Rogers. The [...]

Traps to control the Small Hive Beetle in Belize
OIRSA has partnered with the Ministry of Education to combat an invasive pest in the north. Beekeepers in Corozal and Orange Walk will get much needed help in the form [...]

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

The Reporter

Two Security Guards Shot; One Dead, One Critical
Sister of the murder victim, Ethel Garcia Talbert, told the Reporter today that they have not received much information from the Police or from Bowen and Bowen, where Marcia Talbert had been working for a year. Garcia Talbert says the family has also heard about the threats the victim allegedly received, but only since the murder.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Bail confiscated from accused gunman in 2018 shooting incident B
It is traditionally part of bail conditions that one must attend all court dates until […]

Dr. Candice Pitts hosts successful tournament in Mesop
Dr Candice Pitts, the PUP aspirant for Mesopotamia, along with young leaders from the division, […]

Student missing for 12 days now
A Belize City student has been missing for the last 12 days. She is Shanice […]

Man, 31, charged with trafficking crack cocaine and crystal meth
Accused drug trafficker Michael Hulse, 31, pleaded not guilty to two counts of drug trafficking […]

Two minors sent to jail for armed robbery of a meat shop
A fifteen-year-old boy and a sixteen-year-old boy are on their way to the Belize Central […]

Two men missing in San Pedro Town
On Saturday a San Pedro woman visited the San Pedro Police Station to report her […]

Woman stabbed to the chest on Father’s Day
As the country celebrated Father’s Day on Sunday, a woman was the victim of domestic […]

Armed robbery inside Corozal Freezone
Last week Thursday there was a robbery at the Corozal Freezone. Orange Walk businessman Kiran […]

Guatemalan busted with weapons at western border
A Guatemalan national was busted with weapons at Belize’s western border. He is Romero Cardona […]

Armed men rob shop in St Margaret’s Village
Police are investigating a robbery in Western Belize. It occurred on Saturday afternoon at Ping […]

PUP slams GOB for Social Security increases
The People’s United Party (PUP) criticized the Government of Belize (GOB) for the recent increase […]

UB honors over 1,000 students in June Commencement Exercise
The University of Belize honored 1,145 graduates in its June Commencement Exercise held on Saturday, […]

Public service week kicks off with health fair for public servants
Today, the Ministry of Public Service began its commemoration of Public Service Week with a […]

Davina Sosa, 12, is top PSE scorer in Santa Elena Town; Also valedictorian of her school
Meet Davina Sosa, 12, from Santa Elena Town, Cayo. Sosa is the only top performer […]

Sandra Torres wins first round of Guatemala elections; poor turnout among voters in U.S.
Sandra Torres of the National Unity of Hope party (UNE) and Alejandro Giammatei of the Vamos […]

Social Security to “name and shame” lagging contributors
In the wake of the embarrassment of the Belmopan City Council being found out for lagging […]

Three men to face trial for the murder of Paul Jex
A pair of brothers and their friend from San Pedro Town will have to stand […]

Court of Appeal denies Bert Vasquez’ request to enter new evidence
On Friday in the Court of Appeal, incarcerated sex offender Bert Vasquez was denied the opportunity […]

Man must leave his hometown as part of conditions for bail
It appears the insular village of Crooked Tree in the Belize District is not big enough […]

LOVE FM

Free Zone Businessman robbed at gunpoint
A businessman who was about to conduct transactions at the Corozal Free Zone was robbed at gunpoint. Fifty year old Kiran Kumar Solanri was headed to the free zone at the border with Mexico when he was apprehended and robbed at 4:40 p.m. on last week Thursday evening. Sr. Superintendent Hilberto Romero (Acting) Head NCIB: …

Guatemalan National busted at border with guns and ammunition
Every few months, the police make checks at the Benque border with Guatemala and find Guatemalan nationals daring enough to bring weapons and ammunition over the border. Senior Superintendent Hilberto Romero, the Acting Head of the National Crimes Investigation Branch said that on Saturday at two they searched a Guatemalan National at the border parking …

Two San Pedro men missing
Police may have reasons to believe that two men of Ambergris Caye were killed. Correspondent Jorge Aldana has the story to two men, Melvin Montecino and Silverio Cal, who were reported missing and yet to be located. George Aldana – Reporter: “Authorities in San Pedro Caye are investigating a possible double murder after they found …

Two men die in separate Road Traffic Accidents
Two men died over the weekend, not as a result of gun play or foul play, but from accidents. The police say that Cassian Mendoza died on Friday in Orange Walk when he crashed and in Corozal, Yancy Eck was killed after he was knocked off his bicycle by a Ford Escape driven by Jorge …

Spousal Stabbing and suspect not caught
Domestic violence is a closed door issue that many women face but do not speak of to their families. Sometimes the abuser never gets prosecuted because it would mean sending a parent to prison. It is one of the issues that the Commissioner of Police indicated he intends the department to pursue to a greater …

Ping An Robbery Suspects Caught on Camera
Moving from the coast to the west. Criminal activity in the Cayo District continues as a shop was robbed at gunpoint. On Saturday afternoon, Ping An Shop in St. Margaret’s Village was robbed at 3:40 p.m. Senior Super Hilberto Romero says two men committed the crime. Sr. Superintendent Hilberto Romero (Acting) Head NCIB: “There …

Team Belize will compete in this year’s Taste of the Caribbean
Team Belize will once again be competing in the Taste of the Caribbean Competition being held in Miami, Florida. The competition lasts from June 22 to June 25 and the chefs who make up the team have sacrificed their Sundays to practice as much as possible before the competition starts. The media was invited to …

Supreme Meats robbed of cash
Shops in the districts are not the only victims of robbery. Lately, just about every type of businesses have been robbed including hot dog vendors and small food shacks. On Friday night a meat shop, Supreme Meats was burglarized. ASP Alejandro Cowo, the Officer in Charge of CIB for Belize City says they caught the …

Two Security Guards Shot, one killed. Was it a Hit?
41-year-old, Marcia Talbert and Manza Baptist reported to work as security guards and only had a few hours left before they were to go home. They didn’t make it home as planned, however, as one of them was killed and the other hospitalized. Here is the story. Jose Sanchez: “Two security guards were ambushed and …

Special Constable says he was Kidnapped in Rental Vehicle by Cops and released on Highway
A man who rented a vehicle for three days says he was intercepted by police on Princess Margaret Drive and ended up a victim on the Hummingbird Highway. On Saturday, Jacinto Luna, a special constable attached to the Belize City Council alleged that he was stopped by men in police uniform who bound and kidnapped …

Blogs

Buy MY GUIDE BOOK – 50 BIG Experiences on Ambergris Caye on Amazon NOW!
For the last few months, I’ve been working on a book. After 8 years of blogging about Belize, over 12 years living on Ambergris Caye and almost 2000 posts on my blog, SanPedroScoop.com, it STILL took me four months to put it together…but here it is! The guide book I would LOVE to have when visiting Ambergris Caye. 50 BIG Experiences that you can have on Ambergris Caye and all the reasons why I love them. Food, drinks, shopping, day trips…all stuff I LOVE to do and reasons why I think you will love it too. PLUS, a bonus DIY fly fishing section by Jeff Spiegel of Cayo Frances Farm and Fly. AND a bonus 9 for Caye Caulker – for a REQUIRED day trip to my other favorite island. There are maps, there are pictures.

Belize City {What to Do and See}
Belize is a popular Caribbean tourist destination and cruise stop – check out what to do in Belize City with our comprehensive guide! We visited Belize as the third stop in our recent Caribbean cruise – this is actually our second visit to Belize City and we would definitely go back a third time! On our first visit we did a zip line and cave tubing excursion (so cool!) and this time we visited Mayan ruins (absolutely incredible).

Belize: A True Melting Pot Society
When it comes to Belize, many people think of the offshore islands replete with palm trees or the incredible diversity of colorful wildlife on the mainland. But one of the best reasons to visit Belize on your vacation is to experience the different cultures in the country. Thanks to the long centuries of British rule, English is the official language of Belize, but don’t be surprised to hear a medley of different languages as you travel up and down the country, including Spanish, Mayan dialects, Garifuna, Plattdeutsch (an old-world dialect of German), Chinese, and Kriol. Many different ethnic groups have immigrated to the country over the past two centuries, adding their unique languages to the mix of tongues spoken in Belize.

San Pedro Town – The Colorful Capital of Ambergris Caye
San Pedro, Belize is perhaps the most famous location in the country due to it being featured in the hit 1986 Madonna song “La Isla Bonita” which was written about this lovely seaside town. Indeed, portions of the video for the song were filmed on location in San Pedro. Belize vacations are just not complete without a visit to San Pedro. Originally a small fishing village, it now has a year-round population of about 20,000 people but receives tens of thousands of visitors every year. San Pedro is located on the southern tip of Ambergris Caye, which makes it an excellent base of operations for activities like windsurfing, sea kayaking, kite surfing, fishing, snorkeling, sailing, and scuba diving on the reef.

Fundraiser For Corozal Animal Program
Please join us for a fun afternoon of Bingo called by our very own Teamous Newberne! DATE: WEDNESDAY, JUNE 26. TIME: 2 TO 4 PM. PLACE: TORTUGA RESTAURANT. There will be cash prizes, as well as other great prizes. 100% of the funds we raise goes to CAP! Hope to see you there!

International Sourcesizz

Caribbean Innovators Recognised At Commonwealth 70th Event
THE DUKE of Sussex presented prizes to innovators in international development at a garden party celebrating the Commonwealth’s 70th anniversary in London. Fifteen trailblazers won the Commonwealth Secretary-General’s Innovation for Sustainable Development Award, with winners attending a special ceremony on Friday (Jun 7). Amongst them were the CEO of Greening the Caribbean, Wayne Neale from St Lucia , and the director of Maya Mountain Research Farm in Belize, Christopher Nesbitt . They received their awards from Prince Harry, Commonwealth Youth Ambassador.

Videos

  • Going fishing..., 53min. With one foot in the Central American jungles and the other in the Caribbean Sea, Belize may be small but it's packed with adventure and culture.

  • Love FM Father's Day Special, 1hr40min.

  • Belize 2019 Dolphins, 1min. A pod of dolphins decides to investigate us on our second dive in Belize with Ambergris Dive Shop.

  • Channel 5 Obituaries - Hon. Frank A. Lizama, O.B.E., 1.5min.

  • 2019 September Celebrations Theme Competition, 6min. All Belizeans living at home, or abroad, are invited to submit their ideas for the 2019 September Celebrations Theme Competition commemoration of the 221st Anniversary of the Battle of St. George’s Caye and the 38th Anniversary of Belize’s Independence. Our Belize Now team spoke to previous theme winners to find out what inspired their entries.