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Last night's TV news on Channel 7, Channel 5, LOVETV, PGTV, Reef TV, KREM, and CTV 3. Also with the most recent Open Your Eyes, Belize Now, Talk Ah Di Town, and other specials.


The San Pedro Sun

Brand new backhoe donated to San Pedro Town Council to combat Sargassum
To combat the high influx of sargassum on Ambergris Caye, the Belize Tourism Board, Belize Rural South Area Representative Honorable Manuel Heredia Jr and the Government of Belize donated a backhoe to the San Pedro Town Council. The brand-new backhoe is estimated to have cost $150,000 and is expected to assist the SPTC in removing the tons of sargassum that accumulates on the shorelines of the island.

Police Report: Drug trafficking and kept unlicensed ammunition
On Monday, July 1st, nine adults were charged for drug trafficking and kept unlicensed ammunition in San Pedro Town, but they avoided going to jail after a minor pled guilty for the offense. The minor was later released, after meeting a $2,000 bail from the San Pedro Magistrate Court. According to the police report, a joint operation was conducted at 5:30AM on Monday, July 1st at the residence of 44-year-old fisherman Alexander Fitzgibbon Sr. and 29-year-old fisherman Lucio Salazar in the Boca del Rio Area.

SIB reports a 5.2% economy growth in the first quarter of 2019
On Wednesday, June 26th the Statistical Institute of Belize (SIB) released their latest figures in the consumer price index, external trade, 1st quarter 2019 gross domestic product, and the preliminary results for the April round of the 2019 Labor Force Survey. The report indicates that the economy has grown by 5.2% in the first quarter of 2019, due to the unemployment rate dropping to 7. 6% in April 2019. While Consumer Price was virtually unchanged in May 2019, imports went up, and exports decreased in May 2019.

No arrests in island double murder; prime murder suspect released
Despite having released prime murder suspect, Christian Espat for the death of island tour guide Mario Graniel and American Tourist Dr. Gary Swank, Commissioner of Police (ComPol) Chester Williams says that the investigation is producing results. Since Graniel and Swank were gunned down on June 23rd during a fly-fishing trip out at sea, Williams stated on Tuesday, July 2nd that the ongoing investigation is on the right track. He says that police have removed several weapons from the community and are still questioning people that may help them to apprehend and lay charges on the culprit(s).

Belizean-born MMA fighter Koby Jeffers wins light heavyweight title in Las Vegas
Belizean-born mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter Koby Jeffers is the new Tuff-N-Uff world amateur light heavyweight champion. On Saturday, June 29th, Jeffers competed against defending champion Billy Elekana in a three-round fight that was the main event of Tuff-N-Uff’s Pack the Mack card inside the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. During the first two rounds, Elekana had the upper hand over Jeffers. “I ate a few good punches,” said Jeffers. “I knew I would have to bully him to win the fight.” With 90 seconds remaining in the fight, Jeffers overcame Elekana and claimed a unanimous decision victory, improving to a 6-0 record.

Ministry of Agriculture and Belize Police Department Partner for 2019 Youths Engaged in Agriculture Summer Camp
The Ministry of Agriculture in collaboration with the Belize Police Department is once again hosting its two-week Youths Engaged in Agriculture (YEA) Summer Camp. The camp kicked off yesterday, July 1st, 2019, with an opening ceremony held at the National Agriculture and Trade Showgrounds in Belmopan. Guest speakers at the event were the Hon. Godwin Hulse, Minister of Agriculture; His Worship Khalid Belisle, Mayor of Belmopan; Mr. Andrew Harrison, Chief Agriculture Officer; and Mr. Linden Flowers, Senior Superintendent of Police.

ComPol Williams meets with SP BTIA to discuss collaborative ways to tackle crime on the island
The recent escalation of crime on Ambergris Caye has prompted the head of the Belize Police Department (ComPol Chester Williams) to dispatch additional personnel to ensure the security of island residents and tourists alike. After the recent double murder of a well-known tour guide and tourist, the San Pedro Chapter of the Belize Tourism Industry Association (SP BTIA) along with the Belize Hotel Association are urging the Government of Belize via its Ministry of National Security to increase the size, effectiveness and professionalism of policing in all major tourism destinations countrywide. The organizations are also asking for the eradication of the international drug trade that triggers Belize’s crime issues by applying a permanent campaign to attack corruption at all levels in government.

Ambergris Today

Fishermen Arrested For Illegal Possession Of Conch
On Wednesday, July 3, 2019, Fisheries Officers conducted a routine patrol southeast of Channel Caye where two fishermen were arrested for the possession of 874 conch during the closed season. One of the fishermen, Mr. Bartolo Jimenez pleaded guilty to the charges and was fined $500 and an additional penalty of $17,480 ($20 for each conch) as a result of court proceedings held on July 4, 2019. The vessel, engine and fishing gears were all forfeited to the Government of Belize.

SPTC Receives Backhoe Donation To Help Tackle Sargassum
The Belize Tourism Board, Hon. Manuel Heredia and the Government of Belize donated a brand new CAT Backhoe to the San Pedro Town Council. On site to receive the donation was Deputy Mayor Gabriel Nuñez, Councilor Severo Guerrero, Councilor Hector Alamilla and longtime employee and driver of the backhoe, Mr. William Stevens. The brand new CAT Backhoe was purchased at an estimated cost of $150,000 BZD and it was donated to the town of San Pedro to help aid in the cleanup of the sargassum along the beachside.

Belize’s Travel Advisory Ranking Not Changed Despite Double Murder
The island was shocked at the news of the double murder of Mario Graniel and Dr. Gary Swank and word in town is that many tourists have cancelled their fishing trips and even their entire trips to Belize. But according to the US Embassy in Belmopan, Belize’s travel advisory ranking has not gone up despite of the unfortunate incident. There are four levels of travel advisories for US citizens which include:Level 1: Exercise Normal PrecautionLevel 2: Exercise Increased CautionLevel 3: Reconsider TravelLevel 4: Do Not Travel

Various Belizean Sources

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SBDC Workshop: Business Plan Development
Presented by: Mrs. Lorraine Montejo, Business Adviser, SBDCBelize, Beltraide. Location: BTEC Building, ITVET Campus, Belize City. Workshop Date: July 11th, 2019. Time: 9am to 3pm. All executives and teams responsible for, and involved in, business plan delivery. The programme can be adjusted to suit the specific participants. The importance of planning should never be overlooked. For a business to be successful and profitable, the owners and the managing directors must have a clear understanding of the business' customers, strengths and competition. They must also have the foresight to plan for future expansion.

Fishermen Busted with 874 Conch
On Wednesday, July 3, 2019, Fisheries Officers conducted a routine patrol southeast of Channel Caye where two fishermen were arrested for the possession of 874 conch during the closed season. One of the fishermen, Mr. Bartolo Jimenez pleaded guilty to the charges and was fined $500 and an additional penalty of $17,480 ($20 for each conch) as a result of court proceedings held on July 4, 2019. The vessel, engine and fishing gears were all forfeited to the Government of Belize.

CAT Backhoe donated to the San Pedro Town Council
BTB, Hon. Manuel Heredia and the Government of Belize donated a brand new CAT Backhoe to the San Pedro Town Council. On site to receive the donation was Deputy Mayor Gabriel Nuñez, Councilor Severo Guerrero, Councilor Hector Alamilla and long time employee and driver of the backhoe, Mr. William Stevens. The brand new CAT Backhoe was purchased at an estimated cost of $150,000 BZD and it was donated to the town of San Pedro to help aid in the clean up of the sargassum along the beachside.

International Day of Cooperatives 2019
The Cooperative Department under the auspices of the Ministry of Agriculture is today celebrating the 97th International Day of Cooperatives under the theme “Coops 4 Decent Work,” at the San Ignacio Welcome Center. The aim of the celebration is to increase awareness of cooperatives. The day highlights the complementary goals and objectives of the United Nations (UN) and the international cooperative movement in finding a resolution for the major problems addressed by the UN in strengthening and extending partnerships between the international cooperative movement and other actors.

Hon. Patrick Faber Attends the 43rd Session of the World Heritage Committee
The Hon. Patrick Faber, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education, Youth, Sports and Culture is in Baku, Azerbaijan attending the 43rd Session of the World Heritage Committee. Hon. Faber addressed the UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee and an international consortium of partners on the topic “The Importance of Strategic Vision in a Changing Climate”. Hon. Patrick Faber joins UNESCO World Heritage managers, global climate resilience experts and local community stakeholders as they discuss the scope, aim and expected deliverables of the climate change initiative which was launched in October 2018.

Belize Develops Cyber Security Strategy
A Cyber Security Workshop organized by the Ministry of National Security in collaboration with the Public Utilities Commission, the United Kingdom-based Global Partners Digital, and the Organization of American States is being held in Belize from July 4 – 5, 2019. The workshop is designed to further enhance the draft Cyber Security Strategy document and streamline the processes that inform the organizers’ efforts going forward. The workshop is expected to result in: i. clear roles and responsibilities defined ii. a concrete action plan Present at the event are representatives of public and private sector organizations and civil society, including the Central Information Technology Office, Central Bank of Belize, Belize Telemedia Limited, Belize Port Authority, and others.

Fishermen Arrested for Illegal Possession of Conch
On Wednesday, July 3, 2019, Fisheries Officers conducted a routine patrol southeast of Channel Caye where two fishermen were arrested for the possession of 874 conch during the closed season. One of the fishermen, Mr. Bartolo Jimenez pleaded guilty to the charges and was fined $500 and an additional penalty of $17,480 ($20 for each conch) as a result of court proceedings held on July 4, 2019. The vessel, engine and fishing gears were all forfeited to the Government of Belize. The Fisheries Department reminds fisher folks and the public that the conch season remains closed until September 30, 2019, in accordance with Regulation 6 (1) (a) of the Fisheries Regulations, Chapter 210 of the Subsidiary Laws of Belize Revised Edition 2003. The continued contribution to livelihoods and the national economy is dependent on the adherence to the laws designed to ensure its sustainability.

Changes in Pump Price of Fuel Products
The Ministry of Finance announces that effective July 5th, 2019, the pump prices of four fuel products will change. The prices for Premium Gasoline and Kerosene will register decreases as follows: Premium Gasoline will fall by 50 cents from $11.13 to $10.63 per gallon, and Kerosene will decrease by 27 cents from $7.72 to $7.45 per gallon. The prices for Regular Gasoline and Diesel Oil will increase as follows: Regular Gasoline will increase by 41 cents from $9.96 to $10.37 per gallon while Diesel Oil will increase by 17 cents from $9.79 to $9.96 per gallon.

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES NEAR YOU
Beltraide is encouraging you to sign up for their Employment Database and keep up with their employment opportunities updates.

QUEEN’S BIRTHDAY HONOURS 2019
The Office of the Governor-General announces that Her Majesty the Queen has been graciously pleased to make the following appointments to the MOST DISTINGUISHED ORDER OF SAINT MICHAEL AND SAINT GEORGE AND THE MOST EXCELLENT ORDER OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE on the occasion of BIRTHDAY HONOURS 2019 C.M.G. To be an Ordinary Companion of the Most Excellent Order of Saint Michael and Saint George: Ms Audrey Joy GRANT, for contribution to Public Services O.B.E. To be Ordinary Officer of the Civil Division of the Said Most Excellent Order of the British Empire: Alistair Mickenzie King, for contribution to Entrepreneurship Ms Lupita Quan, for contribution to Sport and Business

Course on Mercury effects in human health and the environment
Call for applications is open for the course on Mercury effects in human health and the environment. This course explores the different forms of mercury and its compounds with their respective sources, environmental distributions, toxicological aspects, and prevention measures. Deadline: July 7, 2019. The course will take place from July 17 to September 4, 2019.

Click for details on the Museum of Belize (NICH)'s 2019 Summer Arts Program!

Governor-General Leads Delegation to Taiwan
The Governor-General H.E. Sir Colville Young is heading a delegation this week, from 2nd to 5th July 2019, in Taiwan. The delegation called on President Tsai Ing-wen on Tuesday, 2nd July. While at the Presidential Palace, the Governor-General and President Tsai witnessed the signing of a bilateral agreement by Belize’s Attorney General Hon. Michael Peyrefitte and Taiwan’s Justice Minister Hon. Tsai Ching-Hsiang that would see the two countries cooperate on addressing matters of anti-corruption. Sir Colville and President Tsai spoke of the strong bonds of friendship and cooperation that has existed in the 30 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries and foresaw an unbreakable connection between Belize and Taiwan for many years to come. Sir Colville noted the importance of the bilateral agreement on anti-corruption for Belize, and Belize’s desire to learn from Taiwan’s good governance experience and practices. Accompanying the Governor General and Attorney General are the Financial Secretary, Joseph Waight and the Solicitor General, Elisa Montalvo.

Costa Maya TICKET OUTLETS UPDATE!
Tickets are now available all around San Pedro Town and in a district near you. Corozal, Orange Walk and Cayo fans you can get your tickets now!

BELIZE FISHING REPORT: JUNE 23, 2019 THROUGH JUNE 30, 2019
Good weather and wind conditions provided lots of opportunities on the flats. Calmer winds and more transparent water aided in the quest for big migratory Tarpon.

ICF Next Culinary Press Trip
The BTB hosted a Culinary Press Trip from June 19th-23rd, 2019, where journalists from North America experienced the diverse flavours of our Belizean cuisine. They visited Western Belize and San Pedro and enjoyed activities such as tortilla and chocolate making demonstrations. The culmination of the trip was at the San Pedro Lobster Fest where the group sampled a variety of platters. They expressed their appreciation of Belize not only for our culinary diversity, but also for the beauty and hospitality of our Jewel.

Paradise Theater playing this weekend
The theater is closed this weekend .. we are doing some quick projector maintenance and looking for an a/c upgrade, to come in the near future. We’re Sorry for any inconvenience. We will be back the following week .. SEE YOU THEN!

International Costa Maya Festival Pageant Night
Pageant Night will be exciting! Come and find out WHO will take the crown and be Reina de la Costa Maya 2019! We will have performances by Marlyn Vansen, Alma Caribeña and more! Get your SEASON PASSES at any of our outlets!

Leaders work on Anti-Corruption strategy
Today Deputy Mayor Ian Cal along with other Mayors of the Country and Administrators attended a workshop for municipal leaders to Design and implement an institutional Anti-Corruption strategy. This comes from the efforts of the Attorney Generals Ministry Strengthening national systems for implementation of UNCAC ( United Nations Convention against corruption ) in Belize. Presentations was made by the United Nations office on Drugs and crime.

CC Sailing Club welcomes Coast Guard Cadets
Caye caulker sailing club welcomes the coast guard cadets a brief session was given by 2 of our sailors Cody Bucknor, sneijder Tec and mr Harvey leader for the cadets.

Monthly Weather Summary, June 2019
The month of June marks the official beginning of the Atlantic Basin Hurricane Season. In Belize it is also the first full month of the rainy season which usually starts around mid-May. June is climatologically the wettest month of the year at the airport and also at many of the weather stations across the country. Weather systems that typically produce rain during this month include tropical waves, Tropical Upper Tropospheric Troughs (TUTTs) and very rarely tropical cyclones. June 2019 started off relatively moist and unstable. The main feature was a surface low pressure system that had moved across Central America and entered the bay of Campeche. Meanwhile the upper levels were moist and divergent. This supported cloudy skies on the 1st.

Channel 7

Major Out of Season Conch Bust Points to Honduras
Last night we had preliminary details about a major bust of out of season conch in the waters of southern Belize. Tonight we can confirm that on Wednesday, two men - Belizean fishers - were caught Southeast of Channel Caye - which is near Placencia. They had 874 conch - stuffed in sacks. Now, the conch season closed at the end of April, so this is all very illegal. Yesterday, they were hauled to Independence Magistrate's Court and one of the fishermen, Bartolo Jimenez pleaded guilty and was fined $500 dollars and slapped with an additional penalty of $17,480 dollars, which breaks down to $20 dollars per conch.

BTL Launches Flagship Education Program
Public relations - wise, it's been a tough week for BTL - first, the controversy over unpaid GST arrears, and, then, the high profile CEO abruptly resigned. But, undaunted, the company last night forged ahead with one of its most ambitious community oriented programs. It's called DigiLearn - a flagship education initiative which has created a Digital Learning platform for students at the secondary school level. The program incorporates the use of individual laptops, tablets, learning software, and a 500 meg internet connection for selected schools. Here's more about it from the launch event last night at the Biltmore:..

Police Have Gang Suspect In Felix Murder
Police have not made any arrests in one of the most sensational murders the city has seen. On Wednesday night, the Felix brothers, Maurice and Emory were at a pool hall on Baymen Avenue when two gunmen went in and executed them, firing more than a dozen rounds at the brothers. At least one of the weapons had an extended clip and police recovered 17 nine millimeter expended shells from the scene. Both men's bodies were riddled with bullets. Emory Felix - who was found dead on Baymen Avenue is believed to have jumped over the verandah from the second floor establishment to escape the shooter. But, reports say, another shooter was waiting at the bottom of the stairs. While he finished off the 33 year old Emory, the other shooter launched across the pool table upstairs to kill 34 year old Maurice Felix.

FFB's Fruits From The Roots
Over the past few months, we told you about how the new administration of the Football Federation of Belize has been focusing trying to improve the level of play in Belize. They want our national teams to start seeing greater successes in international football tournaments. And so, they're focusing on developing the nation's footballers from very young. That's why they're putting major resources into their grassroots football program, which seeks to bring proper instruction in the sport to all the primary school children countrywide. This past week, the FFB and a FIFA instructor out of Guatemala have been working with coaches to get them ready to guide the youth footballers of Belize the right way.

Bowen and Bowen and Blood
In terms of murders, accidents and deaths, June and July have been terrible. And when the number of traumatic incidents spike - so does the need for blood. But who is putting all that blood back? Today, Bowen and Bowen started a blood donor drive at its Coca Cola factory in Ladyville. John Palacio says the company hopes to get as much blood as it can from its 1200 employees:

Looking For Labetalol?
As we've been reporting for the last many months, there's a new strict regime governing importation of pharmaceuticals. And, because of that, many drugs that used to be available cannot be sourced anymore with the required paperwork - even though the drugs are legit. That's what one of our colleagues found with his blood pressure medicine of choice, Labetalol. George Tillett - who has high blood pressure - took to Facebook to, quote, "expressserious concern because for the first time I can't get my medication I have been using all these years for over a month now and the substitute medication is not working properly." End quote.

Lloyd Leslie Pleads Guilty to Gang Membership
Police have successfully prosecuted another Belize City man for his gang membership. He's 26 year-old Lloyd Leslie, and he has pleaded guilty being member a group that associates with the George Street Gang. Police say that they carried out an investigation, which began on April 2, 2019. During that time, they conducted surveillance on Leslie, which led them to believe that he is part os a clique of persons who call their gang group "Through the Park", which is located between Dolphin and Currasow Streets. The officers say that their surveillance of Leslie allowed them to spot parts of "Through the Park's" turf which had gang graffiti. They say that they also viewed a Facebook account from Leslie which had photographs post of him and other known gang members. They say that they also have video footage which shows Leslie socializing with other gang members.

Pipersburgh and Robateau Plea to Have Their Sentences Reduced
In November of 2016, the Court of Appeal scrapped mandatory life sentences for persons convicted of murder. Since then, all convicted murders have been going back before the Supreme Court for a new sentence. The latest convicts to go for a new sentence are Leslie Pipersburgh and Patrick Robateau. They were found guilty of the 2002 murders of 2 KBH security guards, Kevin Alvarez and Fidel Mai, which happened when they were carrying out an armed robbery of Bowen and Bowen's Slaughterhouse Road Compound in Belize City. They went before Justice Colin Williams today, and they were both allowed an opportunity to make a mitigation plea.

Deputy PM At UNESCO Meeting
Deputy Prime Minister Patrick Faber is currently away in Azerbaijan - which is in Eastern Europe. He's there for the 43rd Session of the UNESCO's World Heritage Committee. He had an opportunity to address the committee and an international gathering of parters on "The importance of Strategic Vision in a Changing Climate". The Deputy PM joined UNESCO World Heritage managers, global climate resilience experts, and local community stakeholders in the discussion about the scope, aim, and expected results of the climate change initiative which was launched in October 2018.

New CCJ Judge Sworn In
There's a new judge on the Caribbean Court of Justice. He's the Trinidadian jurist, Peter Jamar, and he was officially sworn in yesterday by the President of Trinidad and Tobago. He previously served as a judge of the Appeal Court of Trinidad and Tobago and is highly qualified with judgments that have been cited with approval by judges of both the CCJ and the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council.

"Puppy" Training Basketball's Big Dogs Of The Future
He's one of the most popular basketball players in Belize - and even now that he's retired from the NEBL, Darwin Puppy Leslie is keeping the fire burning with his annual basketball camp. We visit don the last day of the one week camp and found the kids in full form:..

Welcome Resource Center Passes The Six Year Mark
Today, the "Welcome Resource Center" on Vernon Street in Belize City, celebrated its sixth anniversary. The Center serves mentally ill persons and vagrants giving them a sense of structure and inclusion. Administrator Joyce Ellis says they only got to six years which major corporate and community support:

8 Hopefuls For Miss Belize Universe
Jenelli Frazer's reign as Miss Universe Belize is coming to a close, and 8 Belizean women from different parts of the country are already cued up to take her place. They will participate in the Miss Universe Belize Pageant, which takes place on September 6th at the Belize City Civic Center. Even though that's a few months away, the coordinators of the pageant decided that the country needs to get to know who the contestants are. So, they held a big reveal this evening at the Bliss Center for the Performing Arts.

Channel 5

Rochus Schreiber Breaks Silence on B.T.L.’s G.S.T. Woes
B.T.L.’s tax dilemma is very much a topic of interest, despite the company’s position that it is up to speed with its monthly G.S.T. payments.  Since we broke the story [...]

Schreiber to Step Down as B.T.L. C.E.O. after 2 Years in Office
As for his unforeseen notice of departure, Schreiber was also careful in his response, thanking B.T.L.’s board of directors for the chance to turn the company around and steer it [...]

Will There Be Justice for Felix Brothers Murders?
The killer of the Felix brothers remains on the loose tonight. Maurice and Emory Felix, well known street figures, were gunned down on Wednesday night at a club on Baymen [...]

Investigation Continues into Shooting in Hattieville
Police are still gathering information in the near fatal shooting of Ozen Rhaburn of Hattieville. An attempt was made on the life of Rhaburn on Thursday morning, but fortunately, he [...]

Sinaloa Drug Operator Allegedly Had Belizean Passport
A Sinaloa Drug operator was gunned on Thursday in Chetumal, Mexico. It’s making news in Belize because Juan Ulises Galvan Carmona, who goes by the drug alias “El Buda,” possessed [...]

Belizean Fishermen Busted with Serious Haul of Illegally Harvested Conch
A pair of Belizean fishermen was busted in the southern waters off the coast of Placencia with a massive haul of out-of-season conch.  According to the Fisheries Department, a team [...]

Fisheries and Coast Guard Working Together at Sea
The conch season was closed earlier than usual this year.  Notwithstanding its premature closure, the Fisheries Department has been working closely with its maritime counterparts to enforce all laws at [...]

2 Belize City Men Are Arrested: Residents Allege Police Brutality
Chilling video images of the police pepper spraying a pair of men in the south side of the Belize City have been circulating on social media.  The video shows police [...]

M.O.E. Holds Back on Extending First Term 2019
The Ministry of Education has decided to stave off its decision to close all primary and high schools for Christmas break on December twentieth, following a letter from the Belize [...]

Digi Learn is Coming to a School Near You
A new educational initiative spearheaded by the Ministry of Education and B.T.L., known as Digi Learn, will be rolled out across the country in the weeks ahead. The program sees [...]

Businessman Takes Squatters to Court Over Belama Phase 4 Land
Businessman, Alex Chang, through his attorney Brandon Usher of Williams Law Firm, has commenced legal action against eight families. Those eight families, Chang contends, are illegally occupying his one point [...]

Attorney says Contract was Proposed to Squatters
According to Usher, the land in question; Parcel 1999, was privately acquired in 1991 and has remained in private hands.  The owner, he says, is Lu Tsu-Tieh.  In order to [...]

Meet the Delegates for Miss Universe Belize 2019
At the Bliss this afternoon, eight delegates who made the cut to compete to represent Belize at Miss Universe Pageant were introduced and News Five was there. The line-up of [...]

Jenelli Fraser is Ready to Represent Belize in La Reina de la Costa Maya
Miss Universe Belize 2018, Jenelli Fraser, will be gracing the international stage once again, this time as the Belizean delegate for the La Reina de la Costa Maya pageant set [...]

Welcome Resource Center Celebrates 6th Anniversary
The Welcome Resource Center is an N.G.O. that assists the mentally ill, as well as the homeless population in Belize. The center, which is located in Belize City, offers its [...]

Fire Destroys House in Dangriga Leaving Family Homeless
A house in Dangriga was destroyed by fire early this morning. The fire broke out at a residence on the George Price Boulevard. Firefighters responded quickly but were unable to [...]

Bowen & Bowen Hosts a Blood Drive!
We’ve reported before about the shortage of blood at the Blood Bank where earlier this year the shortage has put elective surgeries on hold. Now, there has always been a [...]

UNIBAM Director Meets with Commissioner of Police
On Sunday, June thirtieth, the final day of Pride Month, police officer Ralph Gillett was put in a chokehold while being a victim of homophobic insults. Gillett was arrested after [...]

WPC’s Hand Seriously Injured By Fellow Police Officers
After the brawl, several witnesses went to the Caye Caulker Police station to file a statement of what they saw. They, however, were turned away and prohibited to enter the [...]

CARIFESTA Draws Near; is Belize Prepared?
The Caribbean Festival of Arts is held biennially across member CARICOM states and this year, the event will be held in Trinidad and Tobago. Hundreds of persons in the creative [...]

Securing Funding to Attend CARIFESTA 2019
According to Greg Vernon, with support from the National Institute of Culture and History, they are now trying to source funding for airfares and lodging for the contingent that will [...]


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Notorious Felix brothers executed
Janet Felix, the mother of Emory Felix, 33, and Maurice Felix, 34, was lying down in bed last night at her home on Sanker Street, watching the evening news, when one of her daughters went to her and told her, “Ma, you better get dressed, because dem boy dem get shot, and it noh sound like it’s alright.” That’s how she got the news, Felix said in an interview this morning. Shortly after she got that piece of information, Felix rushed to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital, but her sons had not yet been taken there.

Jermaine Balthazar Flores, 44, found murdered in Frank’s Eddy
Jermaine Balthazar Flores, 44, an unemployed man of Dangriga who was popularly known as “Namu”, was found dead on the roadside in Frank’s Eddy at about 6:00 this morning. A man who was going to work saw the body and called police. Police said that they found Flores’s body beside a quilt about 300 feet into the Franks Eddy Road, from the George Price Highway. They said he had what appeared to be a gunshot wound in his head, and his hands and feet were tied with electrical wire.

Bestiality in Ontario; man on the run after raping piglet
Albert Ara, 40, of Ontario Village, Cayo District, is being sought by police after his father reported that he caught him having sex with a pig. Miguel Ara, an 81-year-old farmer who raises pigs on his farm, said he saw his son lurking around the pig pen on Monday night, but did not think anything about it. The farmer said he was awakened at about 4:30 Tuesday morning by a noise coming from the pen, and he took his light and went to see what was happening.

PUP demands accountability from government for BTL finances
“Something is very wrong in our nation, and that something is the UDP government under the leadership of Dean Barrow,” Leader of the Opposition, Hon. John Briceño declared this morning at his Belize City office, after he welcomed and thanked the media for attending a press conference. Hon. Briceño went on to cite government corruption and incompetence, saying, “We can certainly indict this entire administration for this rise in barbarism we see in Belize today.”

Team BIZ – Hardwick to represent BzSA this summer
16-year-old Trent Hardwick will be representing Belize in Gdynia, Poland where he will compete in his second Youth World Sailing Championship. Competing in the Laser Radial, he will face 56 other sailors from around the world in this prestigious event. Hardwick was selected from the World Sailing Emerging Nations Program to attend this 2019 Youth World Sailing Championship based on specific criteria. He will attend a Performance Clinic from July 8-12 to be held at the Polish National Sailing Center, and then compete in the Championship event from July 13-20, 2019.

Bank charges, or “business tax”?
n October 2016, the Central Bank of Belize announced the implementation of a new APSSS system that would facilitate a quicker means of processing banking transactions. This Automated Payment and Security Settlement System (APSSS) was implemented to connect all local banks and allow customers to make electronic payments anywhere in Belize, between various local banks. The system features Electronic Funds Transfers (ETF’s), Instant Funds Transfers (IFT’s), Real-time Gross Settlements (RTGS’s) and so forth.

Belize Ambassador to the UN sounds ominous warning about climate change
Belize’s permanent representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Lois Young,has taken an activist position in speaking up on behalf of small nation-states whose contribution to the global phenomenon described by scientists as global warming, is minimal. In an opinion article published in the Financial Times about the dismissive approach being adopted by of some of the large nation states, Ambassador Young called on them to step aside and stop blocking the UN efforts to contain global warming.

Smart Mundialito weekend results; reg. season ends Saturday
The 12-team single round-robin in the Smart 13 & Under Mundialito 2018-2019 Closing Season has one more week of games to complete regular season, after which the top 8 teams will advance to the quarterfinal playoffs. It was a wet weekend, but the Mundialito games continued at the MCC Grounds on Saturday, June 29. In game 1, Fladen Carter struck twice, to give Brown Bombers the 2-nil win over Sampson Academy. In game 2, Warriors FC won by default (3-0) over Belize United.

No longer 2 Belize City teams in NALC Inter-District Finals
The wheels have been turning fast in the football machine these past couple days, and this evening we learned that it will not be two Belize City teams in the home-and-away finals of the National Amateur League Championship (NALC) 2019 inter-district tournament, as there had been a major turn of events in the final moments of Sunday’s semifinal 2nd leg match at the MCC Grounds between Club Atletico from Belmopan and Belize City’s Barrack Road FC. Their previous outing at the Isidoro Beaton Stadium was a 1-1 draw, so the winner on Sunday at the MCC would move on to the finals against Caesar Ridge FC.

U-15 & U-17 Male and Female football games in Orange Walk
Here are the results of games played today at People’s Stadium in the FFB Inter-District U-15 and U-17 Male and Female competitions. The games were between district selections from Orange Walk and Belize District. In U-15 Female, Orange Walk shut out Belize, 5-0, with 2 goals from Josefin Reyes and 1 each from Katherine Caal, Kristie Jones and Maileen Mendoza. In U-17 Female, Orange Walk won, 5-3, over Belize. Shaking the net for Orange Walk were Kaite Jones (2), Geidy Andrades, Abby Sanchez and Anahie Blanco; while for Belize it was Jahiah Williams (2) and Alleyah Herbert.

Editorial: This impotence on violent crime is destroying us
The UDP, which has been in office since 2008, and the PUP, which was in office from 1998 to 2008, are aware of the huge problem we face with violence in our country. These two political parties that have formed governments in Belize (they are jointly called PUDP) have at times, as the murder totals and murder rate for the country climbed, accused each other of being impotent on crime. This finger pointing couldn’t go on forever, and the one that is presently in opposition, the PUP, has tacked to where they are calling for a bi-partisan approach to dealing with the problem. Disappointingly, their calls have fallen on deaf ears, thus far. It might be concluded that the UDP government is either delusional, thinks it has the problem under control, or it is overly political, will not admit that it needs help to contain it.

Henry V. Young, Sr., vs Neri Briceño
Dear Editor, Long Distance Advisors Commentary Why are there still Belizeans who do not believe in the ability to compete on an equal footing with the white establishment? In a recent article in The Reporter by Mr. Neri Briceño, he chastised the Government for repossessing our utilities; emphasizing that in the past, governments were not able to manage these facilities. I am sure Mr. Briceño is aware of the disastrous trickle-down economics which was introduced to small economies when they were coerced to sell their utilities to foreign conglomerates. Well, Sir, can I inform you that Belize is one of the few countries which has recovered from that disaster.

Swing Bridge a damn disgrace – where are our priorities?
Dear Editor, Eight years ago I complained in a letter to the Amandala newspaper about the deplorable condition the Swing Bridge was in. it is now time for me to provide an update. Without getting into pros and cons of the aesthetics, historic or cultural value of the monstrosity which is being erected at the roundabout at the intersection of Craig Street and Marine Parade on Northside Belize City and not knowing the reason for this decision, I will take the liberty of assuming that it is intended to enhance our city’s touristic attributes.

Getting the sense
When I was a young man, een a mi prime, a time when there were moments when I thought that every gyal that I like mi like me, one Saturday evening I got on a bus to Dangriga and I sat down beside an extremely delightful-looking young lady and started to make conversation. I wasn’t drunk, I’d only had a couple or three beers, the last of which I had guzzled, glug, glug, glug, because the bus was about to leave and no respectable guy walks away from a half-full bottle of good suds. Whoa, the conversation was barely underway when I burped. I thought nothing of it, but she did not feel the same way. The girl recoiled, squeezed herself up against the window beside her as far as she could, away from me. Drunk or sober, I know when I get rebuff, so I made a quick apology and relocated to another seat a distance away.

Musings by the Curious Non-Conformist
With all that’s happening in the news and around us today, I thought it would be an opportune time to share a piece by a good friend of mine from SpokenWord501, Mr. Kyraan Gabourel. Of course, the written piece will be great, but nothing compares to watching Kyo D’Assassin pump his soul, passion and unequivocal vigour as he brings his pieces to life.

The Growth of Black Consciousness in Belize 1914–1919
The Background to the Riot II. White Racism and the Growth of Garveyism In Belize itself a similar disillusionment had come to pass in the minds of many who had suffered the privations of war, but in the homeland the growth of a black consciousness was a more insidious process brought about by the spread of Garveyism and the appearance of an Establishment racism unknown since the days of slavery. That there had been a certain racial tension between the Colony’s black Creole Labour Force and its white and off-white elite of officials, merchants and land owners since Emancipation was probably undeniable – witness the Labourer’s Riot of 1894 and the racial outbursts of Governor Wilson – but these antagonisms appeared to have subsided, if not actually disappeared, during the prosperous years from 1900 to 1914.

Mary Hickey y la historia de Bowen
De los seis hijos a quienes Mary Hickey había legado esclavos en 1826, solo se sabe que tres sobrevivieron más allá de la infancia: Sophia Searle, Matilda Caroline y Richard Manfield. El Dr. Bowen murió en 1833, a la edad de 83 años. Ese año, las “señoritas Bowen, Matilda y Sophia”, sus hijas, llegaron de Londres para solicitar el patrimonio de “la finada Mary Hickey, su madre”. En diciembre de 1840, sin embargo , ambas murieron, una semana aparte. Richard, al igual que su padre, aparentemente formó una unión con una mujer libre de color, Mary Elizabeth Hume, una de las mayores propietarias de tierra en el norte.

Big up, Gina Scott – the musicologist
It was raining almost the whole day Sunday, but the weather fortuitously cleared in time for The Belize School of Music’s EVENING OF PIANO MUSIC at the Bliss Institute this afternoon/evening. Director/Principal Teacher, Ms. Gina Scott, presented her annual season ending recital, and it was, as usual, very well received. Special thanks go to the parents and guardians of the students, the National Institute of Creative Arts (NICH), and Fultec Systems.

Access denied to Botes; a no-crossing point is being enforced
Belizeans can no longer visit their favorite shopping area and watering holes in the border town of Santiago Botes, in Mexico, located across the Rio Hondo River from Santa Cruz, Orange Walk District. The Gang Suppression Unit (GSU) is on an operation in the area today, turning back people and enforcing a no-crossing point to Botes. Police said that the operation will be carried out indefinitely. Residents from Belize who want to go to Botes must now go through Chetumal, Mexico, which is the official crossing point, then drive down to Botes, after which they must drive up back to Chetumal and back to Belize.

Contraband onions continue to plague local farmers
On Friday, June 28, the Belize Marketing Development Corporation (BMDC), along with the Ministry of Agriculture’s Extension Services, completed their annual Onion Availability Assessment in the three farming communities which produce onions. At the end of the exercise, which focused on onion farms in Maskall in the Belize District, and Little Belize and Neuland Settlement in the Corozal District, it was determined that there are sufficient onions to meet the demands of the local market. The assessment resulted in the confirmation that there are 130,000 pounds of yellow onions in the onion-producing communities, as well as in the community of San Carlos, in the Orange Walk District, said a BMDC press release.

Charles Bell, Jr., 23, a volunteer soldier, dies in hit-and-run
A hit-and-run collision occurred at about 7:30 Monday night on the George Price Highway near Running W Meats between Central Farm and Esperanza in the Cayo District, whereby a volunteer soldier who was driving a motorcycle was knocked down by a minivan that was traveling in the same direction he was going. The incident took the life of a soldier of the Belize Defence Force Volunteer Elements’ B Company Detachment — Charles Bell, Jr., 20, of Blackman Eddy in the Cayo District.

The Reporter

Man Fined For Being Gang Member
Police have arresred and charged Lloyd Leslie with being a member of a gang. Leslie pleaded guilty and was fined $3,500 due by March 3, 2020 or he will spend eight months in prison.

Tension Brews Over Belama Phase 4 House Lots
Tension is brewing again between some 22 households in the Belama Phase 4 area and Chinese businessman, Alex Chang, who claims to have legal rights (Power of Attorney) to the land the families live on. Today we received video footage of someone using a power saw to cut down a tree in one of the yards, presumably sent by Chang to do so.

Fire Leaves Family Homeless
A family is homeless as a result of a fire at #1519 George Price Drive in Dangriga this morning. We understand that the home owner, Jason Cacho Sr., was outside in his yard sometime around 7:30 when he noticed smoke coming from one of the rooms. Cacho tried and save his house and belongings but it was already too late.

Man Stabbed During Fight Over Bicycle
A man was stabbed last night over a bicycle in Belize City. Matthew Smith, 27, who resides on Plues Street, was on East Collet Canal near the Conch Shell Bay area around 6:45 pm, when he got into an argument with another man over Smith’s missing bicycle.

DOE Says It Has Not Approved Project Near Gales Point
By Marion Ali – The Department of the Environment (DOE) is planning to conduct site inspection of a project that is reportedly already taking place near Gales Point, Manatee Village in the Belize District that could have environmental impacts but for which no approval has been given as yet.

How SSB Reached the Point of Near Collapse
On July 1st, the first in a series of hikes to Social Security contributions to save the fund from total collapse, came into effect, affecting employers, employees and the bottom-lines of most every working person in the country. With many criticizing the protracted inaction of administrations past in addressing the eroding public fund, a number of issues affecting the board’s decision have come to light.

Tangled Web at BTL – Who is Lying?
Following reports last week that Belize Telemedia Ltd. owed upward of $29 Million in unpaid taxes to the General Sales Tax (GST) Department, BTL Chairman Nestor Vasquez told the Reporter this week that the company does not owe a “single penny” to GST and that an audit had been completed, proving so.

What Was Crown’s Killers After ?
A missing wallet, cellular phone and footwear, as well as evidence of damage to the front door of his home, are tell-tale signs that Neal Penn Road resident Errol Crown, 57, met his tragic end at the hands of someone who came to rob him.

Editorial – Friday, July 5th. 2019
In the last three years rain has become a bigger danger from hurricanes than the strong winds. Windspeed is used by meteorologists to forecast the danger that a hurricane poses. But the rain factor which can cause flooding in areas far from the coast has now become an area of concern resulting from climate change.

Belize’s FM & Caricom Heads of States Meet In St. Lucia
The Caricom Heads of State are all attending the 40th. annual meeting on the eastern Caribbean island of Saint Lucia, which is this years host country. Belize’s Foreign Minister, Wilfred P Elrington is seen here in the introduction of the various country representatives at the opening ceremonies that was standing room only.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Attorney’s niece charged with burglarizing his home again
Criminal defense attorney, Senior Counsel Simeon Sampson’s nicece, Darlene Ramos, is accused of burglarizing his […]

Troy Hyde accused of bail violation after dodging drugs rap
Despite being released from a drug trafficking charge, 32-year-old Troy Hyde could still be headed […]

BTIA hosts bi-annual meeting
The Belize Tourism Industry Association (BTIA), an entity that represents over 100 tourism industry stakeholders, […]

Summer of volleyball as national teams represent Belize at home and abroad
The silver-medaling Under-23 women’s volleyball team and its patrons at the Belize Volleyball Association have […]

Convicted of murder, Pipersburgh and Robateau get another chance at their sentence
Their names are indelibly linked with one of the scariest episodes in the history of […]

Armed masked men hold up Belizean businessman and steal vehicle
A Belizean businessman was robbed of his vehicle last night on Bullet Tree Road, Cayo […]

“Belize could be affected by huge mass of sargassum headed for Mexico,” experts say
A mass of sargassum, estimated to be the size of Jamaica is headed for Mexico […]

Man stabbed over a bicycle
Police have detained one man for a stabbing incident yesterday that reportedly occurred over a […]

Deputy Prime Minister Faber in Azerbaijan for World Heritage Committee meeting
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education, Youth, Sports and Culture, Patrick Faber, is in […]

Belize~ The Sargassum Blessing
Belize, like many other Caribbean coastal areas, is being blessed with tons of sargassum, marine algae. While many view this as a problem, others can view it as an opportunity. The “problem” is because it piles up […]

Man to stand trial for killing ex-wife
Noewellin Williams, 44, will stand trial for the August 2018 stabbing death of his ex-wife […]

“Actun Chapat Cave not a sanctioned reserve,” says Institute of Archaeology
The Institute of Archaeology (IA) in the National Institute of Culture and History (NICH) has […]

Fishermen arrested for illegal possession of conch
Fisheries Officers conducted a routine patrol southeast of Channel Caye on Wednesday and arrested 2 […]

LOVE FM

Rochus Schreiber explains resignation from BTL
It was one week ago that the news of Rochus Schreiber’s resignation from BTL began surfacing. The speculations mounted after, especially in the absence of a statement or comment from Belize Telemedia Limited. Last night, however, Schreiber did not hesitate to speak on his departure, saying it was something embedded in his contract. Rochus Schreiber …

Digi partnering with MOE to make learn fun
The Ministry of Education with the assistance of Digi introduced a digital platform dubbed Digilearn to first form students from nine high schools across the country. The success of the pilot project was celebrated last night at the Best Western Belize Biltmore Plaza. The project will be gradually rolled out to the other high schools …

MOE teaching students to spend their money wisely
Financial Literacy is all about being able to make sound financial decisions about your money. The Ministry of Education is hoping to cultivate a culture of saving among students. In this regard, Financial Literacy was introduced as a part of the high school curriculum in 2014. Additionally, there is an annual challenge which high school …

Hand in Hand Ministries to host Family Fun Day
The Leadership Team of Hand in Hand Ministries is made up of women who were once recipients of homes in the past. Now they would like to give to others who find themselves where they once were without a roof over their heads. In this regard, the Leadership Team is having a fundraiser to raise …

Miss Universe delegates introduced
The date has already been set for the 2019 Miss Universe Belize pageant. Today marks the start of the journey for 8 beautiful ladies, as they were revealed to the press, and the public, earlier today. Love News reporter, Courtney Menzies, was there to meet them. Courtney Menzies: “Last year Jenelli Fraizer rocked the Miss …

Municipal Governments work on anti-corruption strategy
The Attorney General’s Ministry, in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, is hosting a two-day workshop which seeks to strengthen the state-run systems for the application of the United Nations Convention Against Corruption, UNCAC, in Belize. The workshop is focused on strengthening the capability of …

Two convicts will have to wait to know their fate
This morning Justice Colin Williams of the Supreme Court, heard mitigation plea for the two convicts, 42-year-old, Patrick Robateau and 42-year-old, Leslie Pipersburgh. The duo apologized for their actions which took the lives of two security guards, Kevin Alvarez and Fidel Mai. The duo held up and robbed the establishment in July 2002 at Bowen …

Belize Olympic Association to host Olympic Day
The Olympic encourages persons to be their best in sports and by extension, life. Additionally, there is also an Olympic Day which celebrates the Olympic movement. The Belize Olympic & Commonwealth Games Association is hosting a sporting day on July 7, in commemoration of Olympic Day. The event will be held at Digi Park …

Jermaine Flores found dead in Franks Eddy Village
The normal work day had not even begun when reports of a dead body began surfacing out of rural Cayo. With the reports came the gruesome image of a man’s fully clothed body lying in a pool of blood, faced down in the bushes. A few hours later, the man was identified as 44-year-old, Jermaine …

The notorious Felix Brothers are gunned down on Baymen Avenue
In the past month, Belize has seen a triple murder, a quintuple murder, a double murder on Ambergris Caye and now, the murder of the notorious siblings, Emory and Maurice Felix. The two were socializing on Baymen Avenue when they were targeted and killed. Love News Reporter, Courtney Menzies was on the scene moments after …

BNTU president meets with MOE over school year calendar
The Ministry of Education issued a brief statement yesterday stating that they will be revising the calendar for the upcoming school year which saw the Christmas holiday shortened for the teachers in pre and primary schools that are government and government aided. The calendar came with much opposition and a letter was fired off the …

July 4 marks CARICOM Day
Today is observed as CARICOM DAY with 2019 being its 45th anniverssary. It is a public holiday in Guyana and several other Caribbean nations, excluding Belize. Secretary General for CARICOM, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque delivered an address focusing on Caricom’s relations with the United Nations and how it is being used to the benefit of the …

Early morning shooting of Hattieville resident
A man was shot multiple times this morning in Hattieville Village, Belize District. The victim was reportedly sitting alone on the stairs of a friend’s house when a man approached him and engaged in casual conversation. A few minutes later the man reportedly pulled out a firearm and fired at the victim. The victim, Ozen …

Blogs

Made in Belize: Souvenirs for a lasting memory!
Traveling has become second nature to me – I am fascinated with going to new places and learning about new cultures. With each new place I visit, a lifetime memory is created, and I try to hallmark it by bringing back that perfect souvenir which will forever remind me of those days away from home. However, souvenir shopping isn’t always easy – deciding which tangible vacation memory to take home can be a challenge. I focus on two words: authentic and unique, and try to bring a souvenir that fits that definition. Even when traveling within my home country, I always want something ‘Made in Belize.’

Visiting San Pedro Ambergris Caye
San Pedro Town is in the south part of Ambergris Caye, in northern Belize. Its sandy streets are lined with wooden houses, seafood restaurants, and beach bars. Hol Chan Marine Reserve is a channel in an offshore reef. It features dive sites with parrotfish and moray eels, plus nurse sharks and stingrays at Shark Ray Alley. To the north, Bacalar Chico National Park protects wildlife and the Chac Balam Mayan ruins. This why I love visiting place's around Belize. Especially, San Pedro Ambergris Caye. This place has such friendly people. Lots to do on the island. Especially, when you visit New places in town. Here is my visit to San Pedro Ambergris Caye on July 1st, 2019.

International Sourcesizz

Scientists found a seaweed patch stretching from the Gulf of Mexico to Africa
Fertilizer runoff is likely fueling an explosion of seaweed in the Atlantic. There’s a mass of seaweed in the Atlantic Ocean that last year, at its peak, was so large it stretched all the way from the Gulf of Mexico to West Africa. It’s the biggest bloom of seaweed ever recorded, according to a new paper published in Science. And it’s likely another example of how human activity is radically changing the surface of the planet. The giant seaweed mass is both expansive and heavy, weighing a whopping 20 million tons last year. It’s comprised of a macroalgae species called sargassum, a brown seaweed that forms little bubbles that look a bit like grapes. Large volumes of it washing ashore can be a pain for beach tourism.

Another illegal plane found burning along border
Just 2 kilometers from the community of La Union in the town of Blue Creek, Belize, Belizean authorities found the charred remains of a Cessna plane. According to first reports, it is estimated that the aircraft was intentionally burned. Authorities of the neighboring country of Belize say they presume the aircraft was used for the transfer of drugs from a Central American country to Mexican soil and onward into the United States. Several hundred memebers of the National Guard have reinforced vigilance of the Ribera del Río Hondo, mainly in the area of La Unión to detect drug movements as well as illegal migrants.

Sargassum: The biggest seaweed bloom in the world
A floating mass of seaweed stretching from West Africa to the Gulf of Mexico is now the biggest seaweed bloom in the world, according to satellite observations. The algal explosion in the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea could signify a new normal, say US scientists. Deforestation and fertiliser use are among the factors thought to be driving the growth. The seaweed has inundated beaches, causing an environmental nuisance. As of June 2018, the Great Atlantic Sargassum Belt, as scientists call it, extended 8,850km (5,500 miles) and was made up of over 20 million tonnes of biomass. "The ocean's chemistry must have changed in order for the blooms to get so out of hand," said Dr Chuanmin Hu of the University of South Florida College of Marine Science, who led the study, published in Science.

Videos

  • USA Independence Day, 37min. ur neighbors to the north celebrates its Independence Day today. We took some time to reflect with Keith Gilges, Charge d' Affaires of the US Embassy to Belize, about the state of diplomatic relations with Belize. He shared his thoughts on how US influence and the work of the Embassy has contributed to Belize's development.

  • The Welcome Resource Center is celebrating its 6th Anniversary, 34min. The Welcome Resource Center is celebrating its 6th Anniversary. This is a great accomplishment for the NGO who operates with volunteers to offer a much needed service to support mental health patients. Our guests talked with us about the plans for the growth of the center and how you can support its mission. The theme for this year's reflection is:"The importance of Community and cooperate support in maintaining good Mental Health. If you want to support the center you can make a donation by contacting them at 202-2511 or [email protected] On set: Joyce Ellis J.P. - Administrator, Welcome Resource Center. Kathy Esquivel - Chair, Welcome Resource Center.

  • Galen University offers a Criminal Justice Program, 34min. Galen University offers a Criminal Justice Program that offers students the requisite training to take up professions in this field. We spoke with a few of these students about how the program has changed their perspective about crime prevention and response. They also talked about the Mock Trial Exercise recently held at the Supreme Court in Belmopan. On our couch: Lea Cambranes - Criminal Justice Student, Galen University. Bernard Pitts - Criminal Justice Student, Galen University. Jenelli Fraser - Criminal Justice Student, Galen University.

  • Jankunu Productionz in collaboration with Oliver Samuels presents "Frenemy", 30min. Jankunu Productionz in collaboration with Oliver Samuels presents "Frenemy" a comedy written and directed by Oliver Samuels. The shows takes place at the Bliss Center for the Performing Arts from 4th - 6th July. Sandra McKay, Co-Founder of Jankunu Productionz talked with us about comedy and Oliver's work in Belize to help develop the local talent.

  • Closing Press Conference for the 40th Regular Meeting of the Heads of Government of CARICOM, 45min.

  • Panel Discussion on CARICOM at Work, 1hr30min. CARICOM Panel Discussion with Ambassadors H.E David Comissiong (Barbados) and H.E Felix Gregoire (Dominica) along with Private Sector Representative, Mr. Gordon Charles. Moderated by Communications Head at CARICOM, Mr. Kendol Morgan.

  • Orange Walk Town Belize 360 VR Tour, 11min. Walking through various parts of Orange Walk Town Belize with a 360 VR camera.

  • The Toledo Institute for Development and Environment (TIDE) - Update, 25min. The Toledo Institute for Development and Environment (TIDE) made the trip from southern Belize to tell us about the cool programs they are coordinating for the summer. These include an art competition and an innovation challenge. Our guests talked with us about how you can engage you creative and artistic talents to champion a worthy cause. On our couch: Federico Caal - Education and Outreach Manager, TIDE. Celia Mahung - Executive Director, TIDE. Joe Villafranco - Development Director, TIDE.

  • Talk Ah Di Town July 4, 2019, 45min.

  • Belize Now July 5, 37min. In tonight’s headlines: Restore Belize celebrates the success of “I Am Belize” Scholarship Recipient, First Cohort of Female Entrepreneurship Program Graduates and we take a look at Rebuilding Belize’s Honey Industry. These stories and more on this week’s edition of Belize Now. Thanks for joining us on this Friday, July 5th, 2019!

  • Zipline Belize, 7min.

  • York High EF Tour to Belize, 10min.

  • The Bandits Show 3.0, 60min.


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