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The San Pedro Sun

NEMO’S 2019 Hurricane season precautionary notice
The Office of National Emergency Management takes this opportunity to urge the public, government line ministries, NEMO national and district emergency committees, its partners and the private sector to continue fine tune your preparations for natural hazards. The period of lull is over; the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea are showing signs of activity. All are strongly advised to convene your emergency committee meetings and identify the logistics needed to make your plan work.

Hol Chan Marine Reserve management discusses 2019-2024 management plan with tourism stakeholders
On Tuesday, August 20th, the management of the Hol Chan Marine Reserve (HCMR) held a consultation with tourism stakeholders and presented a management plan for the reserve intended to start this year and run through 2024. Held at the San Pedro Lions Den, the consultation discussed policies, protection strategies for the reserve, and saw many attendees voicing their opinions and concerns over some of the aspects of the new management proposal. The presentations delivered by board members of Hol Chan pointed out that the reserve is now 25 times bigger than its original size when it was established in 1987. The HCMR now covers an area of 103,058 acres. The expansion includes zones such as Shark Ray Alley, snorkel and dive sites, mangrove wetland areas on the lagoonside, along with shoals that include flats or bajos.

Ambergris Today

Silence Is Wisdom
Have you ever said something you wish you could take back, but it was too late by the time you thought of it? As I talk to many youths and people both young and old, I am amazed how they choose to express themselves in ways that can be hurtful to others. Countless of times we have had the urge to express our point of view or say how we feel, but we do so without considering possible consequences. We do not think before we act, or in this case talk!

Belize's First Cruise Tourism Conference
More than 100 local tourism stakeholders converged at the Radisson Fort George Hotel & Marina on Friday, August 23, 2019, to participate in a one-day Cruise Conference to discuss new trends and key issues pertaining to the cruise industry. Organized by the Belize Tourism Board (BTB), the conference is designed to foster a better understanding of the inner workings of the cruise industry and help Belizean stakeholders improve their cruise tourism business through networking opportunities. As the Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation, Hon. Manuel Heredia Jr., said in his welcome address: "This growth is greatly attributed to the continuous partnership with the Cruise Line executives, who have supported the economic development of our destination."

Various Belizean Sources


Belize Weekly Weather Outlook Aug 26- Sep 2, 2019
Drought conditions will persist during this week across Belize. Dorian's WNW track over the extreme NE Caribbean during the next 48-72 hours will not dramatically influence the weather over Belize. It will induce a N to NE'ly over the NW Caribbean as it moves north of eastern Cuba, which could generate some refreshing coastal showers in Belize.

GET READY FOR EXPO BELIZE MARKET PLACE 2019! September 14th & 15th @ Marion Jones Stadium in Belize City!

Applications for the position of Foreign Service Officer (FSO) are now being accepted from U.S. citizens by the Department of State
One of the first steps in becoming an FSO is to take the Foreign Service Officer Test (FSOT), which is administered worldwide at various locations, including Belize. The FSOT, which only U.S. citizens are eligible to take, will be offered this year in Belize at the U.S. Embassy in Belmopan on Tuesday, October 1st and Wednesday, October 2nd, 2019. The registration deadline for candidates intending to test overseas is September 25, 2019.

This sacred Drink is known as Sakab which is being shared among the Maya during the ritual of Ch'a Cháak in San Jose (Orange Walk). The Sakab is one of the drinks offered to Yuum Chaak in a Luuch(jicara).

Caye Caulker Pizza & Prints for Paws
Join us this Sunday to help us with "Funding for Fussels"!! We have more than $1,700 in Raffle Prizes donated by our awesome Caye Caulker business community!!! In addition, a portion of the proceeds from Art Print & Coffee purchases at Aria Kat Art, and Pizza purchases at Pizza Al Taglio will be donated to the Caye Caulker Humane Society! Sunday, September 1, 2019 at 12 PM – 6 PM. Bring your family and enjoy Pizza, Coffee and Art, and support the Caye Caulker Humane Society! Leashed pets are also invited! Where: The Split, Caye Caulker between Aria Kat Art – Gallery, Boutique & Coffee Bar and Pizza Al Taglio

Workers Struggles: The Americas
Workers at the Southern Regional Hospital in Dangriga, Belize held a protest in front of the facility on August 23 to demand that the national government resolve problems that have plagued the hospital and its community for years. These include the lack of medications and equipment, job stress for personnel, a dysfunctional morgue, and poor working conditions and sanitation. The Southern Workers Union (SWU), which called the protest, also accused the hospital of poor medical care and incorrect diagnoses, resulting in preventable deaths. The SWU also claims that because the southern region is neglected by the central government, the area does not receive adequate resources.

Mexico calls for Mesoamerican countries to unite to influence coffee prices
The Mexican Government proposed the creation of a body that would participate in and influence the process of setting the international price of coffee at the 17th Summit of the Tuxtla Mechanism, held from 21 to 23 August. “In a complex international context, it is our responsibility to strengthen the region in order to promote sustainable development, create opportunities for our more than 233 million citizens and foster an authentic integration that connects us in our shared geography, history and culture, in addition to our challenges and opportunities," Villalobos says, on behalf of President López Obrador.

Gail Hudson named 2020 Nevada Teacher of the Year
Aug. 26 marked a very special day for Gail Hudson. The fifth-grade teacher at Hummel Elementary was selected as the 2020 Nevada Teacher of the Year. Ms. Hudson is a national board-certified teacher who has been in the classroom for over three decades. The educator immigrated to the United States from Belize when it was known as British Honduras. The elementary school teacher says she takes pride in helping students who come from out of the country, adjust to cultural differences in the classroom.

Central America: Dengue Outbreak Information Bulletin no. 1
According to the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), in the first 30 epidemiological weeks of 2019 in the Americas Region, there were 2,052,914 dengue cases (12,268 classified as severe), including 740 deaths. The number of cases reported is higher than the annual totals reported in the last two years (2017 and 2018). In 2018, there were 560,586 reported cases of dengue and 336 deaths. PAHO has warned that this latest cycle of dengue outbreak in the region is of particularly concern because children under the age of 15 are among the most affected. Additionally, the deadliest of the four serotypes of the virus, DEN-2 is the one currently affected children and adolescents. The ten countries most affected by dengue (highest incidence) are currently: Nicaragua, Brazil, Honduras, Belize, Colombia, El Salvador, Paraguay, Guatemala, Mexico and Venezuela. The number of cases reported is higher than the previous years but lower than annual totals during the 2015-2016 epidemic cycle.

Mayors Sign the Belize National Spatial Data Infrastructure (BNSDI) Data Sharing Memorandum of Understanding
Mayors from across the country gathered at the Belize Police Training Academy in Belmopan on August 22, 2019, to sign the Belize National Spatial Data Infrastructure (BNSDI) data sharing Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). Through this agreement, spatial data will be shared and readily accessible on the BNSDI Geoportal to Local Government Authorities to support informed decision making in parcel/tax mapping, property management, permit tracking, flood mitigation and emergency management.

Minister of Foreign Affairs Heads Delegation to Seventeenth Summit of the Tuxtla Mechanism
A delegation headed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hon. Wilfred Elrington, participated in the XVII Summit of the Tuxtla Mechanism for Dialogue and Cooperation held on 23rd August, 2019 in San Pedro Sula, Honduras. The Political Declaration adopted by the Heads of Government and States reaffirmed the importance of this regional space for dialogue and cooperation between the countries of Central America, the Dominican Republic, Colombia and Mexico. An important component of the Tuxtla Mechanism is the Mesoamerica Integration and Development Project, through which member countries work to foster cooperation efforts and leverage international resources that contribute to promoting sustainable development for the benefit of the 226 million inhabitants of member countries.

Corozal Town Council Municipal Bazaar
Don´t miss this Friday, its the Municipal Bazaar. Come and take advantage of the Back to School deals on home and school items. Register now and take part in this growing event.

New River Quest 2019 Edition postponed
Due to the present unhealthy nature of the New River, it's with a heavy heart the Volunteers of the NRQ Race Committee informs the general public that the New River Quest 2019 Edition has been postponed until further notice. The decision was made as to avoid putting our paddlers' health at risk. We hope to use the NRQ as a medium that builds awareness and as an educational event to showcase and highlight the importance of a healthy and clean river.

Belize's Historical Railway System
We invite you to join us on Tuesday September 17th as we launch our annual educational exhibit - Belize's Historical Railway System! We encourage students and educators to engage in learning outside of the classroom as the exhibit will be on display through to June 2020.

Inauguration of the September Celebrations in Corozal
Sept. 1, 7pm in front of the Corozal Town Hall

Public Notice: Sarteneja Tour Guide Training
Professional Core Module (2nd Session) Start Date: Friday, 6th September 2019 Time: 8am Place: SACD's Conference Room All registered Tour guide please take along your notebooks, pens/pencils, and Water! Note* If you have decided not to sit the training because of any personal reason please let us know as soon as possible!

In a lengthy social media post, current Queen of the Bay, Jazmine Campos states " ** ENOUGH IS ENOUGH ️** I hope my story is heard and hopefully something is done about it. I’m not here to bash or bring down anyone. I’m here to speak not my side of the story but I’m here to state facts. With receipts and proof. One year ago I was a delegate vying for the title Queen of the Bay Corozal 2018-2019 ut little did I know that I was getting myself into trouble. From the very beginning I had a bad feeling about all this because I began to notice my treatment was different from the other delegates.

Corozal Animal Program Dance Party!
Tuesday September 10, 11am-4pm.

Are You a Belizean Traveller?
Hey, Belizean Travellers! Want to win a vacation package valued at $4,000? Don’t forget to submit your video before August 30 for a chance to win! No video skills required, just your passion for travel and Belize. For the full criteria, visit the Belizean Traveller Facebook page.

Major works by WASA Aug 28-30 in San Pedro
On the Wednesday 28th August WASA will be carrying out works on Pescador Drive from 8.00am until 3:00pm, Traffic will be diverted onto Caribena Street. On Thursday 29th August WASA will be working by the roundabout from 8:00am until 3:00pm, South Traffic will be diverted through San Juan while North Traffic will be diverted at the Fire Station. Finally on Friday 30th August WASA will be working on Glitter Street. No traffic will be able to use this street from 7:am until 4:00pm, Only local access will be allowed.

Land Reclamation In Belize Town
We all know that Belize City is at or below sea level. We have been building-up the City to stay one step ahead of climate change. As our mangrove islands are disappearing one by one, the City seems to be winning the battle for now at least. However, when did land reclamation started in the City? Governor Frederick Palgrave Barlee reports in December 1876 that the immigration debt has been paid and a steam dredger has been purchased for the improving the land in and around Belize Town. Then in 1877, the Government Gazette carries a notice that free mud is available from the dredger work for anyone who wishes to fill a lot in Belize Town. Note: During the installation of piles at the Paslow site, they had found portions of brain corals in the foundation mud and a viewer of our page had mentioned that they had found coral in their foundation on West Street. For a while I was wondering how those corals could have gotten on the mainland. Now I think we know the answer. It is my belief that it is around this time that the area we now know as Foreshore may have been reclaimed as well.

Ya'axché Nursery Seeling Sale
EcoTourism Belize will be participating at The Conservation Issue Launch + Eco-Marketplace Expo! The expo will be on August 28th, 2019 in Belize City, Biltmore Plaza from 11 am to 6 pm. Ya'axché’s Nursery will have seedlings for sale at our booth! Get your plants for as low as BZ $1.00 per seedling. The following plants are in stock and available for purchase: Balam, Bilimbi, Cacao Regular, Cashew, Cedar, Coffee American, Coffee Caturra, Coffee Local, Chinese Plum, Custard Apple, Inga, Kinep, Grafted Cacao, Jamaican Lime, Mahogany, Mango, Monkey Cap and Soursop.

Deadline to submit your application for the Development Officer Volunteer opportunity at Ya'axché is this Friday, August 30th
The Development Officer Volunteer is responsible for developing project concepts and financing ideas for programs at Ya’axché. Join our incredible team of passionate conservationists!

Channel 7

Man Murdered In Front of Family, Daughter Shot
A man was killed in front of his family last night - and his 12 year old daughter was also shot. It happened in a quiet residential corner of Santa Elena at the home of the Flores family. 35 year old Nelson Flores - who is known to sell marijuana - was targeted by a masked man in black who stormed into his house after 9:00 last night. Cherisse Halsall went west to speak to his terrified wife.

Two Die in Spanish Lookout Accident
There was a fatal accident in the Spanish lookout area which left a police corporal and his passenger dead, and 2 others recovering from injuries. It happened on Center Road in Spanish lookout just down the hill from Universal Hardware. Pook lost control of his vehicle and veered into the path of an oncoming Dodge Ram. That caused a massive collision with the much larger pickup, which sent the Geo flipping off the road. Police told us more today:

From the Dr. Pitts' Disappointment to A New Senatorial Appointment
Two weeks ago, the PUP made an abortive attempt to appoint Dr. Candice Pitts as a PUP Senator to replace Valerie Woods. They found out - after sending the letter of recommendation for appointment - that Pitts cannot be a Senator and an elected Belize City Councillor at the same time. And so, the PUP is now fixing the error, after pretending that it never happened. In a press release sent today, the PUP said that Opposition Leader John Briceno returned to work full-time after taking 3-weeks' sick leave to recover from his very serious traffic accident on August second.

Southern Regional Morgue Back On Line
The morgue at the Southern Regional Hospital was re-opened today. This is after it went down at the start of this month - just two months after it had been repaired in June. But, despite their inability so far to find a long term fix, the honchoes at the ministry of health were in Dangriga today profiling and proud, happier than the town undertaker that the unit was working again.

Gideon Charged For Stabbing and Robbing Grandma
Last week Wednesday 23 year old Henry Gideon allegedly attacked his own 64 year old grandmother, robbing her of a bosom purse and stabbing her repeatedly. He was living in her house, she thought he was sleeping beside her - but when she awoke and called to him for help, she didn't know that it was her own grandson who was allegedly behind the knife. He went on the run and Police caught him near the border on Saturday.

Teenager Charged For Killing Elderly Mexican Woman
Police have also made an arrest for a heinous crime committed against another elderly woman. Tonight, 19-year-old Derry Bennett, a resident of Camalote Village, is at the Belize Central Prison after he was taken to court for the murder of Ofelia Hernandez Cruz. You'll remember her as the 69-year-old Mexican who was killed at her home in the remote area of the Salt Creek Road in Sandhill Village. On Sunday, August 13th, she was at the house where she and her common-law husband live. Her husband went out on an errand and she was home alone when her neighbors heard the sounds of screams coming from the property.

Abducted Girl Ran To Bank to Escape Captor
A 15 year old girl who had been abducted in Cayo was rescued in - of all places - a bank on Friday, the Belize Bank in downtown Belize City, to be exact. Bank staff called the police around 4:00, three hours after a man - who she worked for over the summer abducted her in Cayo. Police told us more:... ACP Joseph Myvett: "On Friday, Belize City police visited a business on Regent Street where they met and spoke with a 15-year-old female minor..."

Public Consult on New River Was Robust
On Friday's news, we told you about the public consultation that the Department of Environment was hosting for the residents of Orange Walk to discuss the very worrisome state of the New River. Currently, it is very polluted, and both citizens and scientists alike are concerned about the public health and environmental impacts it can have, given that fish and other marine animals that call it home are dying in mass numbers. So, after the urgency of the situation was made publicly clear, the DOE decided that they wanted to talk to the people of the Orange Walk District face to face, to assure them that they are taking action to reverse the current state of the river.

OW Community Called Out DOE
So, that was the DOE's presentation to the residents who showed up on Friday night, and more than 2 hours later, the officials opened the floor for questions or comments from the attendees. And, immediately, the residents made it clear that they were not satisfied with the answers that the environmental authorities had for them on the New River pollution. Here are a few excerpts from that 80-minute exchange between the two sides:

Cougar Sighted Prowling in a Ladyville Backyard
Yesterday in the Lake Gardens area of Ladyville, a homeowner looked out her window and saw an intruding animal. But it wasn't a raccoon, or a squirrel, or event a rat: she saw a full grown mountain lion claiming down a tree in her back yard! That's the right the mature wildcat, which is also called "Puma" locally, had perched himself up in a tree, and was coming down without much worries. But, it's a big worry for area residents who say the cat already took a dog in the area some months ago. And, now, they've called the Forestry and Wildlife Department to come in and get the big cat out of there. Forestry says they first need to see if it's still in the area so they will set up camera traps to see if it comes around again. Those should be set up this week. We'll keep following the story.

Belize U-17 Girls Stun in Barbados
Belize's female Under 17 team has advanced to the Concacaf Women's Under-17 Championship. This is after they finished atop their group in last week's 2019 Concacaf Women's Under-17 Championship Qualifying. They join Honduras, Cayman Islands, and Guyana who also qualified. The Belize team won their final game against Saint Kits and Nevis four goals to three.

Woman Says She Lost a Baby Due To Beating From Ex
A 23 year old woman says she lost her baby after being badly beaten by her ex, 29 year old Miguel Martinez. Stephanie Arzu claims that she was taking her oldest child to visit her ex but he flew into a jealous rage and beat her badly. This afternoon she filed a restraining order against Martinez. Off camera, she shared her account of what she alleges happened to her on Thursday:

Man Shot After Dispute Between Families
A 53 year old was shot in the Belama Phase 4 area on Saturday night. It happened around 7:15 when 53-year-old, Jaime Williams, was shot to the leg, while his companion 21-year-old, Elizabeth Williams was grazed. Police say it all started with a dispute between two families: Supt. Alejandro Cowo, O.C., C.I.B., Belize City "What we understand is that Mr. Williams was inside of his yard along with other friends socializing when someone approached him and fired shots at their direction, causing him to receive a gunshot injury to his body.

Stabbed in Face By Mentally Ill Man
And on Saturday night in Belize City - a man was stabbed in the face near the Pound Yard bridge. Police say the perpetrator is a mentally unstable person:... Supt. Alejandro Cowo, O.C., C.I.B., Belize City: "On the same Saturday, just after 9p.m., police visited the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital where they observed Mr. Horace Carlton Lord, 58 years old, with an apparent injury to his face. What police gathered so far is that Mr. Lord was walking on Cemetery road when he was attacked by a person and as a result an injury was inflicted to his face. He was likewise treated and discharged on that same evening."

No Foul Play to Michael Hyde
Police say no foul play was involved in the death of Michael Hyde. The 32 year old was found floating in the water near the Turneffe Atoll last week Thursday. The St. Martin's resident had been a watchman in the area. Police discussed the inconclusive post mortem in greater depth.

44 Year Old Brindell Shot By Teen
And, finally tonight, police have charged a teenager for shooting 44 year old Brindell Munnings. It happened off Police Street near the Inspiration Center one week ago. Police say the 17 year old and the older man had a dispute:... Supt. Alejandro Cowo: "Reference the shooting of Brindell Munnings, police arrested and charged a minor for the crime of attempted murder..."

Channel 5

Accused Drug Trafficker Executed in Own Home
A Santa Elena man was ambushed and executed on Sunday night inside his house. He is Nelson Flores, who is no stranger to the law and has two drug convictions. [...]

Two Men, Including Police Corporal, Perish in Road Traffic Accident
A corporal and his cousin perished in a horrible traffic accident over the weekend in the west leaving their families to grieve. Corporal Lenard Puc was driving a Geo Prizm; [...]

Shish is Wanted for Alleged Abduction of Teenage Minor
Police are tonight looking for a suspect who reportedly abducted a teenage minor from San Ignacio on Friday and brought her to Belize City against her will.  The fifteen-year-old girl [...]

Henry Gideon Charged for Knife Attack on His Grandmother
Twenty-three-year-old Henry Gideon has been arrested and charged following an incident in Trinidad Village, Orange Walk, where he viciously attacked his grandmother.  Fernanda Garcia suffered multiple injuries inflicted on her [...]

Horace Lord is Attacked by Knife-wielding man on Cemetery Road
A fifty-nine-year-old Belize City resident was attacked on Saturday night as he walked along Cemetery Road.  Horace Lord reported to police that he was assaulted by someone who cut him [...]

Orange Walk residents demand full commitment from the DOE to rescue the New River
An estimated five hundred persons came out on Friday night for the first public consultation on the state of the New River in Orange Walk Town. Now, we have been [...]

Concerned Orange Walk residents start a petition to save the New River
Following the public meeting with the Department of the Environment, Friends of the New River, a non-profit organization, started a petition seeking signatures to press the Department of the Environment [...]

US places Belize on drug transit list
Belize is among four Caribbean countries placed on a list of drug transit or illicit drug producing countries.  President Donald Trump in his Presidential Determination on Major Drug Transit or [...]

Derry Bennett is Charged for Murder of Elderly Sand Hill Woman
Police have cracked the murder of an elderly woman.  Eighteen-year-old Derry Bennett, a resident of Camalote Village, has been remanded for the murder of sixty-nine-year-old Ofelia Cruz, who was bludgeoned [...]

Gunshots in Belama Phase Four Leave Two Persons Injured
There was a shooting incident in the Belama Phase Four neighborhood on Saturday night which left Jaime Williams injured.  It is believed that an argument between two families earlier that [...]

People’s United Party Appoints New Senators
Opposition Leader John Briceño has returned to office following a road traffic accident that he was involved in three weeks ago. Upon his return, Briceño met with the party’s leader [...]

Environmental Consultant says water bodies across Belize are ill
The New River is not the only water body in Belize that is severely ill. Doctor Ed Boles, an environmental educator and consultant who was one of the presenters at [...]

The deteriorating health of the Macal River prompts residents to take action
Also in the west, there are environmental concerns by residents living along the Macal River. The concerns prompted a public meeting among residents and other stakeholders on the night of [...]

A Familiarization Tour of Three Protected Areas with TIDE
The Toledo District is rich with natural resources; it is home to pristine rainforests, mountains, an extensive cave network, rivers, offshore cayes and much more. It is also where TIDE, [...]

Mountain Lion takes a stroll in Ladyville
There was a rare sighting of a Mountain Lion, also known as a Puma in Ladyville Village on Sunday. The sighting happened between four and four thirty on Sunday afternoon [...]

Morgue at Southern Regional Hospital Fully Functional
The morgue at the Southern Regional Hospital in Dangriga is finally up and running after weeks of being non-operational. Earlier in August, residents in Dangriga and the surrounding communities were [...]

D.H.S. Addresses Fake Facebook Post
The Ministry of Health has responded to a social media post in which someone duplicated its Facebook page and posted a fake release on critical of Chinese establishments.  This evening, [...]

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

The Reporter

Man and Daughter Shot In Santa Elena
The Reporter has confirmed that a man identified as Nelson Flores was shot and killed in his home in Santa Elena last night.


Belize’s football team returns from Honduras with gold
Belize’s football stars are back home after making us proud over the last week. The teams brought home gold. Reporter Courtney Menzies reports. Belize U15 team made the country proud as they came back from the CODICADER tournament held in Tegucigalpa Honduras with gold medals around their necks. The team fought their hardest during the …

Drought Severely Impacting Belize
The northern region of Belize has been experiencing a drought over the past few months. Many citizens are concerned as they highly depend on the rain for various purposes. Love News reporter Naim Borges reached out the people of Orange Walk and filed this report. Many citizens are being affected by the drought in the …

Man stabbed in the face
A 58-year-old man was reportedly stabbed in the face on Saturday evening, near the Pound Yard Bridge in Belize City. His attacker is believed to be a mentally ill person. Superintendent Alejandro Cowo said that the suspect is still at large. Supt.Alejandro Cowo, Head of Crimes Investigation Branch: “Just after 9 pm police visited the …

Minor charged for shooting 44-year-old man
Last Sunday, 44-year-old, Brindel Munnings, also known as Brambles, was shot around 11pm in an alley near his Police Street home. Munnings survived the attack, and police say they have his alleged shooter in custody. Supt.Alejandro Cowo, Head of Crimes Investigation Branch: “Police arrested and charged a minor for the crime of attempted murder, use …

Mountain lion spotted in Ladyville
Pictures of a mountain lion were circulating on social media this weekend, as the photos showed the animal in a tree in a backyard in the Lake Gardens area of Ladyville Village, Belize District. When we visited the house, the residents declined an interview, but said that the mountain lion ran off into some bushes …

Teenager charge for the murder of elderly woman
Today an unemployed teenager, 18-year-old, Derry Bennett, was arraigned before Chief Magistrate Sharon Frazer for the murder of 69-year-old, Ofelia Hernandez Cruz, which occurred on August 13 in Sandhill Village, Belize District. Bennett was unrepresented when he appeared before Chief Magistrate Sharon Frazer. No plea was taken since the matter is indictable. At today’s press …

Department of Environment Meets with Public about the New River
he conditions of the Belize New River dominated our news last week as it is resulting in fish kill, a horrible stench in the north and health challenges for residents. On Friday night, the Department of the Environment held a public meeting to discuss the issue. According to DOE, they are aware of the situation …

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Lady Jaguars not so friendly to Turks and Caicos Islands in 9-0 win
Belize’s Lady Jaguars senior team dished out a hammering to the host Turks and Caicos Islands […]

U-17 women’s football team celebrations on hold as Tropical Storm Dorian races for Barbados
The U-17 female Jaguars must wait for their celebrations as Barbados is under warning tonight […]

Health Services encourages vaccination for Measles
The office of the Director of Health Services issued a statement today informing of a […]

Dr. Candice Pitts misses out on Senatorial appointment
Belize City Councilor Dr. Candice Pitts will not be appointed a Senator for the Opposition […]

Isabel G. Bennett and Dr. Louis Zabaneh appointed PUP Senators
Today, PUP Leader John Briceño announced that he is recommending the appointment of Ms. Isabel […]

Post mortem inconclusive for Michael Hyde
Last week the body of Michael Hyde was fished from the sea near Turneffe Atoll. […]

Police: Marijuana found at Santa Elena murder scene
San Ignacio police are seeking one man in connection with the murder of Nelson Flores. […]

Camalote resident charged for murder of Mexican national Ofelia Henandez Cruz
Derry Bennett, 18, of Camalote, Cayo District, has been charged for the murder of 69-year-old […]

Group Hug’s backpack drive assists 265 students
For the 5th consecutive year, Group Hug has fundraised and organized volunteers to procure, assemble, […]

Minor, 16, who escaped from hostel is believed to be in grave danger
The family of 16-year-old Jane Urbina is concerned about her whereabouts. Relatives contacted BBN in […]

Taiwan ICDF and IICA strengthen agricultural cooperation in the Caribbean
The Taiwan International Cooperation and Development Fund (Taiwan ICDF) and the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation […]

Traffic accident claims two lives; two others injured
A road traffic accident on Saturday evening claimed the life of two people and left […]

Father and daughter gunned down in Santa Elena, Cayo
Shortly before midnight last night, a gunman entered the home of Nelson Flores, ‘Quacky’ and […]


Low Season Closings: Ambergris Caye Businesses Closed in September & October
Low season, slow season, storm season, off-season – the time of the year where tourists from the north are getting back to school and work (after summer vacation). And the Caribbean is HOT and moist and most ripe for tropical storms. Tourism slows and many businesses on Ambergris Caye take the time to renovate and rejuvenate. To close for the slow season and take their own vacations. SO here is the list of those closing and those that will be open throughout the low season months. And please remember to NOT FREAK OUT! According to Tripadvisor, there are 195 Restaurants on Ambergris Caye.

Snorkeling and Scuba Diving in Placencia and The Southern Barrier Reef
Placencia is a lively area that’s popular with visitors from around the world. You can find beaches, dining, and shopping in the heart of Belize’s vacation area. Placencia has over 16 miles of unspoiled beachfront and it is a great place to start your Belize adventure. It’s also a great base for launching your explorations of the Belize Barrier Reef. The Placencia shoreline forms its own inner lagoon. Traveling through this lagoon to reach the Reef takes you through a seascape of small cayes, miniature atolls, and water-filled with rays, sea turtles and dolphins.

Top 5 Overwater Bungalows in Belize
When many people think of an exciting or romantic place to stay, they think of overwater bungalows or water villas. And it goes without saying that often, the first location that comes into mind is Fiji, Tahiti, or the Maldives. But as you may know, getting there takes forever and you better be flushed with cash! So why needlessly take a trip around the world when you can stay at overwater bungalows in Belize! Yes, you read that right! Although Belize is mostly known for beach resorts and jungle lodges, the country also has a few hotels and resorts that offer an array of overwater bungalow suites and villas with spectacular views of the Caribbean Sea and the Belize Barrier Reef.

Truth Be Told About Crime in San Pedro and I Was a Bad Girl
Over the years, I have had a few things like a bike, and gas can disappear. The silver lining with the bike was that I bought a way cooler one. See my deluxe royal blue beach cruiser on Buying a Bike in Belize. Truthfully in almost 14 years on this island in about seven different locations, I have not had enough stolen to make me start looking elsewhere. It is worth noting I have had things taken from me in Canada as well, and it felt the same in both countries – not good. One couple I am friends with, leave stuff on their cart all the time and affirm regularly they never get stuff taken and so far so good. My other friend sometimes forgets to lock her golf cart, and she also confirms so far so good. Of course, I do not recommend either. On the other hand, I have also had friends complain of something as small as their cart rag (for wiping the seats) disappearing.

7 Fabulous Days of Diving!
If you are a scuba diver, then Ambergris Caye, Belize is the place for you! Located just minutes away from the 2nd largest reef in the world it boasts some of the best diving in the northern hemisphere. We know what it’s like to plan a trip around our passion for diving. Check out our suggested “get as much diving in as possible” 7-day diving itinerary:

Yappy Hour, a weekly benefit for Saga Humane Society
Every Tuesday, The Dog House Sports Lounge is thrilled to host Yappy Hour. From 3-close, dogs are not just allowed, they are encouraged. We have a special menu of gourmet hot dogs, dog themed cocktails and of course, homemade dog treats. Folks with their canine friends in tow receive happy hour pricing all night. Most importantly, we donate 10% of the proceeds of the event to our friends at Saga. See you Tuesdays!

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Cruising to Belize? Don’t Skip the Manatees!
he beauty of Belize is to be found in its natural environment. Whether hiking in the jungles to visit Mayan ruins or touring the mangroves to watch colorful birds, visitors are often enchanted by the diversity of plants and animals in this small country. For a special outing, take a trip to see the manatees in their natural habitat. Their graceful presence makes them a special conservation focus for the nation.

Top Five Things To Do In Dangriga
When you visit Belize, set aside time to visit vibrant, colorful Dangriga. Known as the cultural capital of Belize, Dangriga is the heart of Belize’s Garifuna culture. Discover a thriving town on the banks of the Stann Creek. Here are five amazing things to do in Dangriga.

Tropical Storm Dorian to intensify as it moves over the Caribbean
Tropical Storm Dorian passed over the Lesser Antilles early Tuesday morning, bringing heavy rainfall and gusty winds. Dorian will now set its sights on Puerto Rico and Hispaniola by midweek. The island group was put on alert for impacts ranging from strong winds and rough surf to localized flooding early this week. Numerous tropical storm watches and warnings were issued for these islands by the National Weather Service in advance of Dorian's arrival. The Government of Puerto Rico issued an order to freeze prices of basic necessities and orders to regulate profit margins on the sale and distribution of gasoline, liquefied gas, and diesel.


  • Drought Assessment in Sugarcane Areas in Northern Belize,1.5 min. A drone fly over of sugarcane areas in Northern Belize, impacted by the drought for 2019.

  • Baker Belize 2019, 9min.

  • Diving Belize 2019, 8min. This video is filmed at various dive sites of Belize and concludes with the Blue Hole, August 2019.

  • Ambergis Caye Belize, 6min. August 2019 vacation on Ambergis Caye, Belize, Diving and exploring San Pedro.

  • Belize Summer 2019, 5min.

  • The Muy'Ono Experience - Belize, 2.5min.

  • Accion Deportiva, 56min.