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The San Pedro Sun

Sandbar and Nook take top prizes at 2019 San Pedro Lobster Festival!
After nine days of lobster crawl parties at various participating businesses on the island, the 2019 San Pedro Lobster Festival culminated with the highly anticipated Block Party on Saturday, June 21st at the Central Park. San Pedro’s Lobster Fest Block Party saw hundreds of residents and visitors enjoy an evening of fabulous music by Pannerifix Steel Band, Dennis Wolfe Jr., the Gilharry 7 Band and DJ Debbie. Beautifully decorated booths offered some of the best of lobster-themed dishes and drinks, and several local restaurants even competed in the annual food and drink competition.

Police have detained one person in connection with the death of Mario Graniel and Dr. Gary Swank
Police investigation into the shooting death of 53-year-old island tour guide Mario Graniel and American tourist Dr. Gary Swank has led to the detention of a prime suspect, believed to have played a main role in the double murder. The San Pedro Sun also confirmed that other persons have been detained at the San Pedro Police Station for questioning regarding this crime.

Minister of National Security Visits Taiwan
The Minister of National Security Hon. John Saldivar arrived in Taiwan on Monday, June 24th for a five-day trip to celebrate the 30th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Belize and the Republic of China (Taiwan). During his trip, Minister Saldivar will meet with Mr. David Lee, head of Taiwan's National Security Council; Mr. Yen De-faand, Defense Minister; and Miguel Tsao, Vice Foreign Minister. He will also visit Taiwan's Ocean Affairs Council, Coast Guard Administration, the military's top research institution, National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology, and a number of military facilities as well as local shipbuilders, to gain a deeper understanding of Taiwan's latest developments in related national security fields.

Commissioner of Police visits San Pedro Town and provides updates on murder of Mario Graniel and Dr. Gary Swank
The senseless murder of well-known island tour guide Mario Nestor Graniel Jr. and American tourist Dr. Gary Paul Swank has prompted the formation of a special police team to investigate the crime that occurred on Sunday, June 23rd during a fly-fishing trip at sea. Commissioner of Police (ComPol) Chester Williams visited San Pedro Town on Tuesday, June 25th, and met with the investigative team. After a closed-door meeting, he told The San Pedro Sun that a male suspect has been identified and police are currently searching for this person on the island as well as on the mainland.

After a controversial election, Caye Caulker has a new Village Council
Caye Caulker Village has a new Chairperson, Seleny Villanueva-Pott, along with six newly elected councilors. Pott takes over from Enelda Rosado after being elected on Sunday, June 23rd during the Village Council election. With this victory, Villanueva-Pott becomes the third woman to run the village. She will head the island’s local government alongside Miguel Neal, Lilia Marin, Jorge Delcid, Alejandro Carrasco, Kimberly Sutherland, and Danny Reynolds. Their term officially begins once they are sworn in by a Justice of the Peace.

Belize co-champions coral reef action for Commonwealth Blue Charter
Champion’ countries of the Commonwealth Blue Charter are laying the groundwork for joint action and robust, innovative strategies to tackle the world’s most pressing ocean issues. Belize is one of 12 countries which has stepped forward to lead nine ‘action groups’ under the Blue Charter – a commitment made by the 53 Commonwealth member states to work together to solve ocean-related problems. Co-championing the area of coral reef protection and restoration along with Australia and Mauritius, key government officials from Belize joined a four-day programme in London, which concluded today.

Ministry of Agriculture Hosts Closing Ceremony for Train-the-Trainers Workshop on Climate-Smart Agriculture
The Minister of Agriculture Senator Hon. Godwin Hulse and UNDP Country Office Resident Representative a.i. Mr. Aldo Garcia issued Certificates of Completion to forty-four participants of a five-day Train-the-Trainers workshop on Climate-Smart Agriculture. The closing ceremony was held at the Administrative and Technical Conference Room, National Agriculture and Trade Showground Belmopan. The objective of the training was to strengthen the capacity of Extension and Cooperative Officers from the Ministry of Agriculture, lead farmers and high school teachers. The sessions consisted of theory and practical, centered on the use and implementation of Climate Smart Agriculture and Farmer Field School methodology approach.

Ambergris Today

San Pedro Lobster Fest 2019 A Huge Success!
San Pedro celebrated its 13th Lobster Festival on Saturday, June 22, 2019, with record-breaking attendance. After only a week from the opening of the lobster season, restaurants from around the island gathered at Central Park to showcase their best lobster dish and best drink.

Things Heat Up At Caye Caulker Village Council Elections
The first round of village council elections were held on Sunday, June 23 in Belize. In Caye Caulker, four slates contested the elections for Chairman and councilors, along with a few independent candidates. The campaign leading up to Election Day was vigorous with accusations of negative campaigning by one slate, replete with fake social media profiles and personal attacks on the candidates.

Minister Of National Security Visits Taiwan
The Minister of National Security Hon. John Saldivar arrived in Taiwan on Monday, June 24th for a five-day trip to celebrate the 30th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Belize and the Republic of China (Taiwan).

No Measles In Belize As Compared To The Region
According to The Ministry of Health of Belize as of 1 January to 18 June, 2019, a total of 1,722 cases of measles have been reported in 13 countries of the Region of the Americas: Argentina (5 cases), the Bahamas (1 case), Brazil (122 cases), Canada (65 cases), Chile (4 cases), Colombia (125 cases), Costa Rica (10 cases), Cuba (1 case), the United States of America (1,044 cases), Mexico (2 cases), Peru (2 cases), Uruguay (9 cases) and the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela (332 cases). No fatal cases have been reported in the same period.

San Pedro Lobster Fest 2019 A Huge Success!
San Pedro celebrated its 13th Lobster Festival on Saturday, June 22, 2019, with record-breaking attendance. After only a week from the opening of the lobster season, restaurants from around the island gathered at Central Park to showcase their best lobster dish and best drink. The aroma of great food was in the air luring many to this year’s Lobsterfest. It was definitely the place to find the best lobster dishes from the best restaurants in town. With no time to waste, and as the crowd got bigger, judges sampled all the decadent lobster servings and refreshing drinks. Pleasing the judges pallets the most, Sandbar Beachfront Hostel & Restaurant and Nook Restaurant & Cocktail Bartique were awarded with Best Lobster dish and Best Drink of the evening, respectively.

Various Belizean Sources


Justice of the Peace Training Session
The San Pedro Association of Justice of the Peace (JP) and Commissioner of the Supreme Court is confirming a JP Training Session with three trainers; a retired Superintendent of Police, Female Officer and National President on Sunday, July 7th from 8AM-12 noon at the San Pedro Town Council Conference Room. All JPs are invited, pending JPs, interested in becoming JPs. Space is limited and sign up required with $25. fee for materials. See Ana Ico at The Palms or Clive Welsh at Christian Lighthouse Reef Radio. Let’s get better equipped to serve with “the pen, which is mightier than the sword.”

San Pedro Pirates get big check!
Mayor Daniel Guerrero presents a cheque of $2,000 to San Pedro Pirates F.C. for winning the Championship of the 2019 PLB Closing Season and for all their efforts in promoting sportsmanship and sports in our community.

Minister of National Security Visits Taiwan
The Minister of National Security Hon. John Saldivar arrived in Taiwan on Monday, June 24th for a five-day trip to celebrate the 30th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Belize and the Republic of China (Taiwan). During his trip, Minister Saldivar will meet with Mr. David Lee, head of Taiwan's National Security Council; Mr. Yen De-faand, Defense Minister; and Miguel Tsao, Vice Foreign Minister. He will also visit Taiwan's Ocean Affairs Council, Coast Guard Administration, the military's top research institution, National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology, and a number of military facilities as well as local shipbuilders, to gain a deeper understanding of Taiwan's latest developments in related national security fields.

There is a $2,000 reward for information regarding the murder of Gary Swank and Mario Graniel

BWS Notice for customers in San Pedro
Low Water Pressure for Wednesday, June 26, 2019 and Thursday, June 27, 2019. Duration: 12:00pm midnight to 5:00am Area to be affected: entire San Pedro Distribution System

We invite everyone to be a part of NOCHE SAN PEDRANA - A street affair! On this night, the delegates from the Central American countries and Mexico vying for the title of Miss Costa Maya 2019 will be presented with their official sash and they will be presenting themselves in their traditional costume, a dress by a designer of their country and lastly, a national gift - all of this will be judged and be a part of the Preliminary Competition. There will be entertainment by the San Pedro Dance Academy, El Criminal, Rompe Raja, the Pandemonium Steel Band and Caribbean Kings. Bar and Food Booths are available. Call 226-2180 to reserve yours today! There will be games for the kids, so bring the whole family and meet the lovely ladies of the Miss Costa Maya 2019 Pageant.

Channel 7

Murder of American Doctor Causing Cancellations
The murder of American Doctor, Gary Swank in the San Pedro Lagoon on Sunday is making headlines all across the US - and it's having a major negative impact on Belize's tourism industry.  From yesterday we've been receiving reports of cancellations and today those numbers are growing. The issue is not so much that a tourist was killed - sadly, that has happened before, but it's the place where it happened.  53 year old Dr. Swank was killed on the sea, returning from a day of fly fishing - which is one of Belize's prize attractions.  His tour guide Mario Graniel was the target, and Swank was a witness - so he was killed as a sort of collateral damage. That event has destroyed his family who arrived in Belize with him on Saturday - and now it's damaging the tourism industry.  We asked the Executive Director of the Belize Tourism Industry Association about the cancellations and the wider concerns of industry stakeholders:

Police Question Female Friend of Graniel As Possible Murder Mastermind
Those townspeople are also sure to press Commissioner Williams for answers in the investigation of this double murder.  We know that police are looking at a number of angles - but principally, the storyline has been that 53 year old Mario Graniel had a personal misunderstanding with one of the island's notorious figures.   Our sources say that the dispute may have been over a 25 year old woman - who, reports say, was friendly with both men.  We are told she has been detained by police - and was only allowed to attend the funeral yesterday with a police escort. They took her back into custody after the burial at the island graveyard. Police believe she may have played a central role in masterminding the killing.  As for the gunman who pulled up in a boat and shot Graniel and Swank, he is known to police, but reportedly still art large.   And now a two thousand dollar reward is being offered for any information regarding the murder of the two men.  If you have information, your can call CRIMESTOPPERS at 0800-922-tips.  

Griga Man Came To Visit Family In City, Targeted By Gunman
There was another killing in Belize City early this afternoon - and this time, the victim is a Dangriga resident who came to visit relatives in the city.  Just before 1:00, 33 year old Derrick Tracey and his girlfriend were visiting his sister Linda Tracey at her home, corner of Ebony and Sittee street when a gunman ran up to them and fired 5 shots at Tracey.   The gunman dashed off while Tracey slumped to the ground with multiple wounds to the chest and arms. He was rushed to the KHMH but was pronounced dead on arrival.  

Danny Mason Trial Adjourned Again
Tuesday July 9th : That's the date that Danny Mason's trial will resume. The case was adjourned again today but this time it was because Justice Antionette Moore was not feeling well. Justice Moore had a short discussion with the attorney's and the DPP to settle some details this afternoon and then, that was it; it was adjourned. We spoke to Kieron Fernandez Attorney, Bryan Neal as well as Mason's attorney Dextor Todd after the session. Here is what they had to say about today's adjournment and the case going forward. 

Tourist Stable After Being Clubbed By Robbers
Last night we told you about the tourist who was beaten and robbed in Sarteneja, Corozal.   Well, tonight, more is known.  First off, the good news: he was transferred to the KHJMH and is in a stable condition.   Second, here's what happened: On Monday evening the 25 year old French tourist, named Gabriel Jacquet was visiting Sarteneja and tied his hammock in the Cancucito area near the sea.  No one was really paying him too much mind, except for the criminals who pounced on him while he was sleeping.   At 5:30 resident found him bleeding from head injuries. Jacquet - who lives in Mexico City - had been robbed.  Police are tying to finds who did it, while Jacquet is at at the KHMH in a stable condition.  We are told there was no police officer in the village when it happened, and no nurse. 

Bradley's Got a Brand New Bag
The senate met today in Belmopan and former Belize City Mayor and former Caribbean Shores Standard Bearer, Darrell Bradley took his seat as the new president of the senate for the first time. He read his oath, gave a statement and he was warmly welcomed and congratulated by all the senators. Here is an excerpt from his opening address. Hon. Darrell Bradley - Senate President: "Thank you for the privilege to serve as president of the senate. Know that I take up this post in humility, fully appreciating the solemnity of this office and the great importance of the legislature to a democratic process. I remember when I was a child; I use to watch proceedings of this national assembly broadcasted live on television. I was in awe of this assembly, having so much admiration and faith in the representatives and senators who spoke in this hollowed chamber..."

Very Light Sparring in Senate
But after Bradley's  introductory speech and all the niceties, it was down to business. Today the senators debated the amendment of the Customs and Excise Duties Act, the University of Belize act and the Tax and Administration procedure bill. Business Senator Mark Lizarraga kicked off the discussion with the Customs and Excise Duties Act, citing the benefits of decreasing tariffs but also highlighting a few shortfalls in the bill. Leader of Government Business Godwin Hulse also weighed in on the topic.

SIB: Unemployment At A Record Low
The Statistical Institute of Belize today presented the finding of the first Labour Force Survey for 2019.  Since 1992, it's been conducted bi-annually in April and September.  But, April 2019 saw the lowest unemployment numbers ever recorded in Belize with over eight thousand persons finding jobs.  Here's the rundown: Wendy Benavides - Statistician II: "You see at this rate has decreased from 9.4 percent in April 2018 to 7.6 percent in April 2019. This has been the lowest rate ever recorded. The drop in the level of unemployment was seen in all districts except Corozal and Orange Walk. The decline was as a result of more persons finding jobs combined with persons exiting the labour force. Cayo was the district with the highest unemployment at 9.8 percent, although it had the largest decline shifting from 13.6 percent last year, this fall was attributed to many persons leaving the labour force.

GDP Growth Strong In First Quarter
In other encouraging news for the economy, the GDP also showed strong froth in the first quarter.  This is a reflection of the overall economic activity and it increased by 5.2% over 2018.  And, Statistician Angelita Campbell explained what drove that growth: Angelita Campbell - Statistician II: "For the first quarter of 2019, Belize produce goods and services totalling 782 million dollars. This is an increase of 38.6 million dollars or 5.2 percent when compared to the same period of 2018. This was due to increases within the primary and the tertiary sectors. The agriculture, hunting and forestry industry increased by 12.3 percent or 9.5 million dollars, this was attributed mainly to an increase in banana production of 22.5 percent, sugar production went up by 16.4 percent and an increase of livestock production of 1.8 percent. Citrus production on the other hand declined by 6.3 percent, this was mainly due to a drop in the orange fruit delivered due to a late start in production period, coupled with shortage of workers in that industry.

Trade Deficit Ballooning
In other news from the SIB, imports continue to climb ever higher while exports continue to slump forcing Belize's trade deficit to almost the half a billion dollar mark.   Statistician Tiffany Vasquez told the media which exports increased: Tiffany Vasquez - Statistician II: "For the periods January to May 2019, Belize's imports were valued at 771.8 million dollars. This was an increase of 2.6 percent or 19.5 million when compared to January to May 2018. Now if we turn our attention to import trends, it is very clear that imports have been trending up with an almost steady increase between years 2010 to 2015.

SIB: Despite What You've Observed, Inflation Is In your Imagination
And, while the trade imbalance grows, inflation is virtually nil - or at least that's what the numbers say.   Compared to May of 2018l, consumer prices declined by an almost imperceptible 0.01 percent. Don't believe it?  Well, the numbers don't lie - here's how the experts explained it: Jacqueline Sabal - Statistician II: "The inflation rate for the month of May 2019 stood at -0.01 percent, this means that the cost of regularly purchased goods and services which Belizean households purchase remains relatively unchanged in comparison to 2018. Food and non-alcoholic beverage increases by 0.5 percent when compared to May 2018. This increase was due a rise in prices of certain meat, fruit and vegetable prices..."

Blaze Burns Belmopan Boutique, Bucket Brigade to Rescue
A Belmopan boutique was gutted by a blaze last night. All the clothes and other products were all burnt to a crisp inside "Fashion and More", located at the far end of a building next to Wing Stop. According to residents, the fire burned for hours and several people including the manager of the complex had to chip in with buckets of water because the fire truck ran out. Then finally, the Spanish Lookout Fire department had to be called in to assist. Today the media spoke the manager of the building as well as another business owner who rents a space in the building. Here is what they had to say.

Community and Collaboration: Cuba + Belize
In January we told you about the group of Belizean artists, teachers and activists who travelled to Cuba. They were on a mission to foster a renewed spirit of solidarity and friendship with the island nation, through the exploration of culture, art, education, and community activism.
Among those Belizeans on the trip was the graphic artist Alex Quiroz, who is better known as "Lito". He got a chance to meet his Cuban kindred spirit, Alex "Falco" Chan, who specializes in contemporary graphic art, meant to provoke thought on controversial  social and political topics. That meeting in Cuba sparked the beginning of a collaboration between the 2 which spanned several months. They have put together an exhibition being called Ka'añaar to introduce to Belizeans to the power of art that delivers clear messages, using graphic designs that cut down on the clutter of traditional artistic styles. 

A Taste of Success at Taste of Caribbean
Last week we showed you Belize's foremost culinary experts preparing their dishes for the Taste of the Caribbean event in Miami.  They returned from that weeklong event with hardware today - medals of all colours, sadly, except gold.  They told the press what happened when we met them at the airport:.. This is the second time Belize has participated in the event.  

Daycare For Cops' Kids At Raccoon Street Station
Since he was appointed as Police Commissioner in January, Chester Williams has been making major attempts to improve the welfare of the hundreds of police men and women who make up the department.  This afternoon, another one of those initiatives came to fruition when the department opened its first police daycare center, at the Raccoon Street Police Headquarters in Belize City. It's being named the Marie Henry Day Care Center, in honor of Marie Henry, one of the first women officers to be recruited to the department back in the 1960's.  Instead of seeking babysitting services for their children outside, police officers will now be able to access an in-house day care facility, located right on the Raccoon Street Police compound. It's the first of its kind for the Department, and it was officially inaugurated during Police Week.

Closure For Family of Swallow Caye Five
And after that event at 4:00 - Commissioner Williams went to San Pedro for tonight's town meeting - which is underway right now.  Williams is the featured speaker at the San Pedro High School where he's trying to continue wary townspeople that Sunday's double murder was an outlier, and not indicative of a new pattern in criminal activity. But while all the attention is focussed on San Pedro because of the international news coverage, we aren't taking our eyes off the Swallow Caye 5.  That's the five men who were found dead at sea, 23 year-old Travis Cooke, 49 year-old Ernest Willis, 40 year-old Winston Santos, 21 year-old Jemar Martinez, and 19 year-old Alysson Jones, were all discovered between Thursday night and Saturday afternoon. All 5 men were had been shot to the head.  For their families who have lost so many - they told us on Sunday that they are at least grateful to have closure:

Family Found The Body, Coast Guard, Police Took Hours to Respond
But, the family is not happy with police.  First, for linking Jemar Martinez to an 4 year old facebook picture - and suggesting that he was boosting about the proceeds of drug money, and, second, for saying they found the bodies when it is the family which found many of them - especially the last two.  Here's what an uncle told us off camera on Sunday:.. Again, that interview conducted on Sunday at the Eternal Garden Cemetery where the bodies were buried. We'll keep following the story.

New Belizeans By The Bushelful
Dozens of new citizens were sworn in today at the Gorge Price Center in Belmopan.  
The Director of the Passports Department welcomed them: Arturo Tux Vasquez from the chamber of commerce was there as a member of the nationality scrutinizing team.

Channel 5

Derrick Tracey is Gunned Down on Sittee Street
The murder count continues to ratchet up even as police continue investigations to crack a slew of murders in the past days including that of a highly respected doctor from [...]

Police Make Arrests in San Pedro’s Double Murder
We can report tonight that investigators have made significant progress into the double murder of tour guide Mario Graniel and prominent US Doctor Gary Swank. Reports from the island of [...]

ComPol Meets with Tourism Stakeholders
Tonight, Commissioner of Police Chester Williams will be meeting with stakeholders in the tourism industry in San Pedro following the double murder at sea and the disappearance of two men. [...]

Murder Trial of Pastor Llewellyn Lucas Adjourned, Again
Alleged murderers William “Danny” Mason, Ashton Vanegas, Terrence Fernandez, Keiron Fernandez, and Ernest Castillo were back in court this afternoon. The men appeared before Belmopan’s Supreme Court Justice Antoinette Moore [...]

Attorneys for Accused Murderers to Raise Preliminary Issues
One of those counsels is Attorney Bryan Neal, who is representing Keiron Fernandez. According to Neal, after meeting with his colleagues, it has been decided that the defense will make [...]

B.T.L. Owes Millions of Dollars in GST
We take a break from crime and go to Belmopan where the Senate today dealt with an amendment to the Tax Laws which was passed and place criminal liability against [...]

Senators Debate Tax Administration and Procedure Bill (2019)
The Upper House met this morning in the Capital. A bill which seeks to merge the Income Tax and General Sales Tax departments into the Belize Tax Service Department was [...]

Social Partners Express Concerns over Amalgamation of Government Departments
Through the successful passage of this bill, the Belize Tax Service Department is also expected to provide for tax procedures and civil and criminal penalties for persons found to be [...]

U.D.P. Senators Respond to Concerns
Responding to the concerns raised by the senators were U.D.P. Senators Michael Peyrefitte and Stephen Duncan. Peyrefitte and Duncan asserted that in order for businesses to avoid penalties, businesses need [...]

Darrell Bradley Takes Post as Senator President
Two new senators were sworn in today. It was Darrell Bradley’s first day as President of the Senate. He was appointed to the post after Lee Mark Chang stepped aside [...]

A Blaze in the Capital Wipes Out Fashion & More
A fire on Tuesday evening gutted a store at a shopping complex in Belmopan. The cause of the blaze is under investigation, but a few days ago, electrical issues plagued [...]

SIB Releases New Quarterly Statistics
On the economic front, there is positive news coming from the Statistical Institute of Belize in respect of the labour force. Figures show a drop in the unemployment rate from [...]

Team Belize Returns with Wins from the Taste of the Caribbean
It has been taking place since 1993 and has become one of the leading culinary competitions in the Caribbean region. In the past two consecutive years, Belize has been fielding [...]

Police Hosts a Community Awareness Fair
This week, a series of activities are taking place to highlight the work of the police department. One of the initiatives that builds relations with the public is community policing; [...]

Police Week Activities
Police Week began on Sunday with a church service at the Divine Mercy Church in Belize City. There were several other activities organized across the country, but later this week, [...]

Marie Henry Daycare Center Inaugurated at Raccoon Street HQ
Retired police officer Marie Henry was among the first women to join the Belize Police Force back in the early sixties.  Today, her outstanding career as a woman in law [...]

The National Primary School Basketball Championships
Budding basketball athletes from all the districts converged in Belize City today. They represent the cream of the crop at their age and in their schools. Having made their mark [...]

An International Friendly Basketball Match at the Civic Centre
Also touching down in Belize today was the college division-three basketball team from Westminster College in Pennsylvania, U.S.A. headed by Kevin Siroki. Siroki, you will recall, is a former coach [...]

A Celebrity/Entertainers Basketball Show Down
The international friendly match will be preceded by a celebrity basketball game also at the Belize City Civic Centre. Local radio and TV personalities as well as well-known athletes will [...]

L.G.B.T.I. Community Speaks on Challenges Faced in Belize
The U.S. Embassy held its annual Pride Month commemorative event today in Belmopan. It joins the rest of the world this month to celebrate Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex [...]

No More Rainbow Flag at U.S. Embassy; L.G.B.T.I. Community Still Being Supported
In our past coverage of the L.G.B.T.I. event at the U.S. Embassy, you may have seen the symbolic raising of the rainbow flag; but that didn’t happen this year. Visiting [...]

The Reporter

Robbery – Murder Of Elderly Man In Hattieville
The Reporter has confirmed that there was a robbery and murder a short while ago at a shop located in the New Site area of Hattieville. The victim has been identified by family members as Carlton Wade.

Large Fire In Belmopan Burning At Fashion n’ More Store
A fire has burnt for several hours in Belmopan at the popular Fashion n’ More Store. The Belmopan Fire Department is at the scene fighting the blaze, however, the fire truck has ran out of water and has made a trip to get water and has returned to the scene, but persons there say it will not be enough to extinguish the flame.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Thousands of Mexican troops deployed to borders
Belizeans traveling to Chetumal this week should notice a spike in military presence after Mexico […]

Man drowns on weekend swimming trip
Jaime Cayetano is dead and police suspect his death was caused by drowning. According to […]

Leaving no man behind’, National testing day 2019
The National AIDS Commission (NAC) and its partners in the national HIV response are coming […]

Over 100 students from San Ignacio graduate from GREAT program
Today, Regional Commander of Community Policing, Cpl. Jason Jones delivered certificates of completion for the […]


Man gunned down in broad daylight
33-year-old, Derrick Tracy of a Dangriga address, was killed in Belize City this afternoon as he stood in the yard where his sister, Linda Tracy lives. Derrick was in the company of his girlfriend, Valerie August just before one o’clock this afternoon, visiting his sister on Sittee Street, when a gunman dressed in a red …

Imports up 1.9 %, Exports down 35.6%
The total value of imports for the first five months of 2019 stood at seven hundred and seventy-one point eight million dollars. Meanwhile, the total imports for the month of May were valued at one hundred and sixty-nine point four million dollars, this was an increase of 1.9% or $3.1 million from imports for May …

“Economy Grows 5.2%”
The Gross Domestic Product, GDP, which is the main benchmark of the country’s economic growth, for the first quarter stood at 5.2% when compared to the same period of 2018. The goods and services produced for the first quarter total $782 million; showing an increase of $38.6 million when compared to the same period last …

Police Department caters to children of their officers
Commissioner of Police, Chester Williams, is fulfilling another one of his promises today by way of a daycare for the children of police officers. The initiative has been well received by the officers who already signed up their children to attend the Marie Henry Day-Care which is named after one of the first female police …

Small Hive Beetle Threatening Honey Industry in Belize
The small hive beetle, Aethina tumida, a scavenger and parasite of honey bee colonies has been reported in northern Belize. The authorities believe that the incursion of the small hive beetle into northern Belize is due to the illegal trade of Honey Bee products, equipment and materials. Both adult and larval beetles feed on larvae, pollen, …

Taiwan Belize It fair celebrates 30 years of friendship
The Taiwan Belize It Friendship Fair, which was sponsored by the Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan) and organized by Love FM, was held this past weekend. The fair, which was filled with fun, food, and, of course, friendship, proved to be a success and a fine celebration of the strong diplomatic relationship between …

Police Blotter: robbery suspect arrested and Postmortem results of murder victims conducted
On June 23 Mario Graniel, a well-known tour guide from San Pedro Town was with US National Doctor Gary Paul Swank on a skiff behind Ambergris Caye when they were murdered by assailants who shot at them from a passing vessel. A postmortem examination was conducted on the bodies of both men on June 24. …

Woman Shot outside Kraal Road Home
About two dozen shots were fired at a home Kraal Road at 8:30 p.m. on Monday night. Minutes before the shooting, children and adults were socializing outside the bungalow. When the gunman fled the area, one woman, 49 years old was shot outside her door. Love News was on the scene and spoke to relatives …

Maya Mountain Research Farm wins international award
Outstanding innovators were recognized as a part of the Commonwealth Seventieth anniversary. Christopher Nesbitt was among the innovators who were awarded by the Duke of Sussex, Prince Harry. Nesbitt hard work and persistence for some three decades earned him this award. Approximately, thirty years ago Nisbett bought a piece of land in San Pedro Columbia …

Safeguarding the health of tourists
Belize is a part of a project dubbed “Regional Tourism Health Information, Monitoring and Response System”. The project seeks to strengthen Belize’s current tourism-based surveillance system. In October 2016, the Ministries of Health and Tourism, and the Belize Tourism Board launched the project in an effort to improve the health and well-being of visitors to …


Police week is happening right now
Today, the Corozal Police Branch are having Police Week, to inform the public about the safety uses of guns, investigating, Youth Cadets information booths, Oceana booth, Belize Diabetes Association Corozal Diabetes booth and more are out there right now giving out positive information. They will be showing their booths in front of the police station today, until 2pm. Come out and Support this event. And, be informed about this event.


  • EYES OF THE EXPLORER: HOPKINS, 3min. See Belize through the eyes of chef and traveler Nyesha Arrington in episode 3 of our 4-part video series, sponsored by the Belize Tourism Board. Meet up with the women that are preserving Belize’s culinary traditions on this laid-back stretch of southeastern coast. Tour Marie Sharp’s famous hot sauce facility that’s been cranking out the heat for 30+ years, then learn about Garifuna cuisine at Palmento Grove, starting with the crack of a fresh coconut and ending with a rich fish curry.

  • Harrison Roches a true example or a passionate contributor to our Belizean Football, 5.5min.

  • Male Dobson Fly, 13sec.

  • Public meeting in San Pedro with Commissioner of Police following double murder on the island, 34min.

  • Public meeting with Commissioner of Police on crime issue on the island., 15min.

  • San Pedro Community Meeting Addressing Crime on Island, 2hr13min.

  • Barton Creek Belize Cave Tours, 2min.

  • CAVE TUBING IN BELIZE: Adventuring Through the Mayan Underworld, 6.5min. The Mayan culture is strong in Belize. The Maya underworld is an incredible maze of underground rivers created by natural events.

  • SNORKELING WITH SHARKS, RAYS, AND TURTLES | Ambergris Caye, Belize, 3min. We snorkled with so many sharks It was unreal.

  • Belize 2016, 20min.

  • Sports Talk Show, 60min.

  • Special Sitting of The Senate | National Assembly Chamber | Belmopan City, 2hr30min.