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Caye International Bank Named Best Offshore Private Bank in Latin America for 2019
After Caye International Bank was named the Most Outstanding Offshore Bank in Central America in 2018, Wealth and Finance International has now ranked it as the Best Offshore Private Bank in Latin America in 2019 for the first time. This new award highlights this innovative financial institution's exceptional performance in the competitive Latin American marketplace. Wealth and Finance International made the decision based on the bank's consistently excellent approach to the services and products it provides.
2019 PLB Opening Season first round comes to an end: San Pedro Pirates draw 2-2 against Wagiya Sporting Club
For their last match in the first round of Premiere League of Belize (PLB) 2019 Opening Season, the San Pedro Pirates traveled to Dangriga Town, Stann Creek District to face Wagiya Sporting Club. A strongly defended match saw both teams pushing for victory, but they had to settle for a 2-2 draw. For their first match in the second round of PLB’s 2019 Opening Season, San Pedro Pirates will be playing against Belmopan Bandits on Saturday, September 21st. The match is scheduled to begin at 8PM at the Isidoro Beaton Stadium in Belmopan City. Any person that is interested in accompanying the Pirates as a fan can call 608-6396 for more information.
2019 Kids in Action continue to learn about the environment and ecosystems of Ambergris Caye
Every Saturday for the past month, 2019 Kids in Action (KIA) have been participating in educational trips, learning the importance of protecting and preserving the environment and marine life of Ambergris Caye. On Saturday, September 14th, the KIA children had the opportunity to explore and learn about the Mexico Rocks Marine Reserve, located inside the Hol Chan Marine Reserve. At 1PM KIA members met at Belize Diving Adventures Dive Shop for a short briefing with their instructor Brittney Garbutt, and after that headed on a boat to Mexico Rocks Marine Reserve.
Caye Caulker Stingrays capture basketball championship on Ambergris Caye
After weeks of a local basketball tournament action, the Caye Caulker Stingrays have emerged victorious, taking home the coveted first-place trophy and $2,500 cash prize after defeating Ambergris Caye’s Jaguar’s Temple Team on Sunday, September 15th. The tournament, organized by the San Pedro Basketball Association (SPBA), saw seven teams competing against each other every weekend since May at the Angel Nuñez Auditorium. The participating teams included Jaguar’s Temple Club, Caye Caulker Stingrays, Truck Stop Ballerz, Premiumside, Tuff E Nuff, Dorado Boy’s, and Tropic Air Hot Start.
Various Belizean Sources
Signs obstructing view of traffic must be removed
Due to many accidents happening because of these signs, the San Pedro Town Council and the San Pedro Traffic Department are forced to take action to further avoid or prevent any more accidents from occurring.
Effective immediately, the San Pedro Town Council and the San Pedro Traffic Department hereby advises anyone that owns a sign that is on public property which is obstructing the view of ondgoing traffic will be removed and can be picked up at the SPTC Barracks in the San Pablo area.
Paint N Splash
See you this week at from 2-4pm Thursday to paint a rendition of this gorgeous painting done my Daniel Tzul!
Presentation of Credentials
oday, September 18th, two ambassadors and a high commissioner presented their credentials to the Governor General H.E. Sir Colville Young at the Belize House in Belmopan.
H.E. Mr. Yang Hyung II, Ambassador of the Republic of South Korea; H.E. Mr. Cosmas Cheppy Tripraksoso Wartono, Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia; and H.E. Dr. Ngosa Simbyakula, SC, High Commissioner of the Republic of Zambia to Belize; all presented their letters of credence to the Governor General. They each expressed on behalf of their respective countries well wishes to Belize on the 38th anniversary of the country’s independence. They each conveyed their countries’ intentions to continue to strengthen diplomatic relations with Belize.
MASTER DEGREE PROGRAMME IN FISHERIES SCIENCE
STUDY IN SOUTH KOREA.
Majors: Aquaculture Technology; Fisheries Resource Management; Fisheries Social Science
Sugar City Carnival 2019 Parade Lineup
Caye Caulker Village Council update
This week the Caye Caulker Village Council put out some additional signs.We ask the community to please adhere to the signs. We ask specifically for the taxis to stop cluttering the baggage pick up area of the water taxi, if you can't comply out traffic officer will be force to fine you. A few stop signs were also put out. Our head foreman,Tigga, is busy touching up the streets before this weekends parade. Josanie Joseph and Steven Arnold were awarded employees of the month for their outstanding performances. Fumigation of homes was also carried out for the Bahia Area.
Representing and Marketing BELIZE at the KA T'O' OXOK Festival
@ Chetumal, Quintana Roo
Save the Seas Belize
On September 14th, Oceana Belize partnered with Save the Seas Belize, Department of Youth Services and the SJCJC GECO Club to clean-up coastal areas in Belize City.
Click to check out the stats from last weekend's successful cleanup effort!
60 Million In Cocaine - Vaporized!
Today saw the end of a saga that began at an illegal airstrip on the Coastal road. On the 9th of September just after midnight police lay in wait as a drug plane carrying 41 bales with 1,210 parcels of cocaine landed, and two vehicles arrived to pick up the incoming narco-cargo.
Police opened fire and a shootout ensued. Eventually 8 foreigners were arrested and charged, and the cocaine was confiscated and rushed to the Raccoon Street station for secure storage.
This morning, 9 days later, it was unpacked and taken to a secret location for destruction. Cherisse Halsall reports from the road.
Reynaldo Verde's Attorney Disputes Charges
Belize's Deputy Tax Service Director, 46 year old Reynaldo Verde remains in a federal holding facility in the USA. The FBI says he is facing charges for his alleged interference with commerce by means of extortion and attempted extortion.
But, up until now, no one knew for sure what he was detained for. Tonight though, more is known after we spoke to his Florida based attorney, Tyler Trumbach.
Trumbach confirmed that Verde is at the Northern Neck Regional Jail in Warsaw, Virginia - and is being held for a month before transfer to the southern District of Florida where he will be tried. The charges stem from an allegation made by principals of a real estate development in Corozal called Punta Allegre.
Corporal Complains Of Clash With Castro's
Minister of State Edmond Castro and his cyclist son Jahfari Castro are the subject of public controversy again tonight. This time, a police Corporal has made a report accusing father and son of assaulting him and cursing him out.
It happened on Sunday - near the end of the Leslie's Cycling criterium - which is held in downtown Belize City on Albert and Regent Streets. According to reports, Jahfari got a flat tyre late in the race. Under those circumstances, the rider has to re-enter the race and try to chase down the other riders - virtually assuring a poor finish.
Seems Castro was unhappy with the on the spot ruling by cycling officials and he protested it by sitting on his bike in the middle of Regent Street while the other riders were approaching and whizzing past.
Suspects Held For Adamir
Two suspects have reportedly been detained for the murder of 19 year old Adamir Choc. 7 News was told by a reliable source that one of the suspects gave a confession earlier today. We'll see how this develops in the next few days.
Teenager Tumbles From Pan To Pavement To Death
19-year-old Joeshee Chan died this morning when he fell from the pan of a pick up truck.
It happened at about 8:00 this morning. 22-year-old Alexi Chavaria was driving a black 1999 Ford Ranger pickup, towing a trailer on the Philip Goldson Highway, from the direction of Libertad Village towards Orange Walk. He was accompanied by Chan who was seated in the pan of the pick up.
Family Says Shooting Victim Needs Blood
Last night, we shared breaking news about the city shooting of 31-year-old Joseph Rowland. Tonight, we have a few more details.
It happened at around 6:30 when Rowland, a mechanic from Pelican Street, and 40-year-old Slade Small were standing in front of Rowland's home. Small went there to pick up a generator that Rowland had only just finished repairing for him. While the two were discussing the generator and its repairs, a vehicle drove past Rowland's residence, and a man then shoved a gun out the window and opened fire on the two of them. Only Rowland was injured, and the bullet injured him to the right buttocks.
High Speed Takedown For Hacksaw Blade Shoplifter
Today a shoplifter got much more than he bargained for when he took a box of hacksaw blades from Benny's Hardware on the Northern Highway.
A businessman saw that the shoplifter was running from a security guard and sprang into action - what happened next looks like it came out of an episode of the television show Cops. Jules Vasquez reviewed the security video:
Keep your eye on the black pickup truck as it drives through the roundabout in the left lane.
Tourist Drowns While Snorkeling
63-year-old Sandra Corbin Keiser, an American National of Texas drowned today off the course of Rendezvous Caye, in the Stann Creek District.
She had been on a mid morning snorkeling tour along with about a dozen other tourists when she suddenly complained that she had swallowed water. She was taken out of the water; however moments later she was seen foaming from her mouth and fell unconscious. CPR was administered but she was unresponsive. The body of Sandra Corbin Keiser was transported to the KHMH where she was pronounced dead on arrival.
The Chronicle of the Many-Faced Flag
3 weeks ago, we took you to the launch of the fully standardized Belize National Flag. The idea is to - once and for all - settle the colours and all the design details of the flag - so that all these flags with yellow men can come out of circulation.
But just what do we know about how and why the flag has evolved to what it is today? Well, NICH has been digging into the historical archives of Belize, the Caribbean, and the UK to track how exactly it has changed over the last 200 years. Nigel Encalada, the Director of the Institute of Social and Cultural Research, hosted a public lecture on the flag last night at the Bliss Center for the Performing Arts.
Taiwanese Troupe Tours
They are a very famous dance group in Taiwan and have toured all over the world but this is the first time in Belize: The Diabolo Dance Theatre troupe is here for a special one night only show at the Bliss. Now, Diabolo which is spelled D-I-A_B-O-L-O is a toy, sort of like a yo-yo - and the dancers masterfully juggle and do all kinds of impressive moves with the diabolo but with a classy and refined finish. The show started at 7:00 but we stopped by for rehearsals this afternoon and here is a snippet of the show.
The Price Century
On Saturday, Belizeans will celebrate the 38th anniversary of our country's Independence. And, if he was still alive, National Hero George Price, the man credited with leading the country to our Independence, would have celebrated birthday number 100 earlier this year.
So, in observance of his importance as the Father of the Nation, the student body of Saint John's College, his alma mater, has created an art exhibit to pay its respects. They've put together photographs and texts from some of his most well-known speeches. Also, over 200 students each took the same photograph of Price's likeness, and they've put their personal artistic touch on it, which has now been organized into one big mural.
Papa San "Preacha-man"
Jamaican dancehall gospel artist Papa San is in Belize! He arrived this morning and is getting ready for his big concert on Friday night. This afternoon Papa San told us more about the visions for this grand celebration.
A teacher may have started his September celebrations a little too soon! Last night at around 6:30 security at St. Andrews school in San Ignacio heard rustling in one of the classrooms. Expecting to find burglars on the prowl, instead they found this guy, a teacher, sprawled out on the floor.
Collective Gone Again!
The Garifuna Collective has started the third leg of its world tour - in time for the release of its new album, ABAN, which came out three days ago.
Last month the band performed at prestigious festivals in North and South America, from the Calgary Folk Fest, to a performance in Bogota on the main stage of Colombia Al Parque, the largest free outdoor festival in Colombia.
Drug Destruction, 41 Bales of Cocaine Go Up In Smoke
As much as sixty million dollars worth of cocaine went up in billowing smoke today. The drugs contained in more than forty parcels were ceased by the police in one [...]
Businessman Mike Menjivar Shares Encounter with Police
Meanwhile, Mike Menjivar says that he was unaware of what was happening in front of him. In fact, he was on his way to Melchor De Mencos when his vehicle [...]
Persons Detained for the Murder of Adamir Choc
Investigations into the murdered young woman from the San Martin area of Belmopan, Adamir Choc, have produced a possible break in the case. There is word that three persons are [...]
Drive-by Shooting Leaves One Man Injured
Thirty-one-year-old Joseph Rowland was shot in the buttocks last night. It happened at Rowland’s residence on Pelican Street, Belize City. Police say that Rowland was with a customer for whom [...]
Caught on Video: Suspected Robber Pursued and Captured
An alleged robber or would-be robber is detained. It all played out in the streets of the city and captured on video. The incident is said to have happened this [...]
Cop Claims He Was Assaulted by Minister Castro and His Son
There is an allegation tonight against a minister and his son by a police corporal. The corporal, Christopher Smith, who believes he was doing his duty, allegedly came under attack [...]
Is Gapi In or Out in OW North?
The United Democratic Party is yet to name a new candidate to fill the void in the Orange Walk North constituency, following the abrupt resignation of Standard Bearer Homero Novelo [...]
U.D.P. Chairman Responds to Criticism Following Crude Remarks
Outspoken U.D.P. Chairman Alberto August is under fire for what many believe was an insensitive remark made following the murder of nineteen-year-old Adamir Choc. The comment came in a recent [...]
An Update on I.C.J. Developments
Things have been fairly quiet since the historic decision, following a referendum on May eighth, to proceed to the International Court of Justice to settle the longstanding territorial dispute between [...]
Tourist Dies During Snorkeling Tour at Rendezvous Caye
A snorkeling tour goes wrong at Rendezvous Caye this morning as an elderly tourist lost her life. According to reports, thirteen tourists were on a snorkeling trip at the caye [...]
#[email protected] Exhibit Launched
At Saint John’s College Art Center this afternoon, an exhibit was launched to honour the father of the nation, George Price. Price led the country to Independence and would have [...]
Increased Mercury Levels in the Macal River; Fish Not Safe for Consumption
The New River up north is contaminated and is having negative effects on the population, though there are signs that the river is recovering. In the west, increased levels of [...]
Belizeans to Enjoy 2 Days Off for the Independence Celebration
There is clarity as to the holidays in observance of Independence Day. Government has announced that Saturday, September twenty-first is a public and bank holiday. Independence Day is normally observed [...]
Over 1,900 Clinical Confirmed Cases of Dengue in Belize
The number of confirmed dengue cases in the region continues to grow and in Belize, since the start of the year, there are currently one thousand nine hundred plus clinically [...]
A Multi-Stakeholder Approach to Address Dengue
But with the rains starting and school in session, the Ministry of Health is in discussion with other ministries and stakeholders to ensure that the population that is being affected [...]
National Financial Inclusion Strategy Launched
A four-year plan on financial inclusion for the country was launched earlier this week with support from the World Bank Group. The plan defines and identifies opportunities so that persons [...]
Citrus Industry to be Affected by Devastating Drought
In July, News Five reported on the constant decline in production in the citrus industry. Several factors such as a citrus disease and less investment influenced the decline and tonight drought [...]
Effective Microorganisms Can Help Heal the New River
As the Department of the Environment continues to implement measures and monitor the progress of the New River for over a week, there is information emerging about one measure that [...]
Security Camera Footage Shows Chase Of Shoplifters At Benny’s
These days everything is on camera, and especially the shopping malls and main stores like Benny’s, in-fact even the streets and roads and parking lots are covered with 24/7 security cameras. So it’s very likely that if you go and shoplift at these stores, – “IT WILL BE ON CAMERA !”
Tourist Died While Snorkeling At Rendezvous Caye
The Reporter has confirmed the identity of the tourist who drowned while snorkeling off Rendezvous Caye this morning. Police were called out to the Tourist Village just before 1:00pm today where they were told that around 11:15am Texas resident Sandra Corbin Keiser, 63, complained that she had swallowed water while on a tour with twelve other tourists.
Police destroy over 1,300 kilograms of cocaine
Over one thousand two hundred parcels of cocaine were destroyed today by the police. Members of the different media houses tagged along as witnesses. Love News Reporter Courtney Menzies was part of that group, and has the details of the drug destruction.
Vehicle with businessman stopped and searched
While the destruction of the drugs went without incident there was a instance on the way to the undisclosed location where tensions escalated. A white Dodge Ram pickup truck was aggressively trying to overtake the police vehicles. In order to ensure the safety of everyone involved, the vehicle was promptly stopped and searched. It was …
NARCIE assists children with disabilities to learn
Every child deserves the opportunity to learn and grow in life. However, the ability to do so can be a challenge for a child with some form of disability. Nevertheless, the Ministry of Education has made room for children with disabilities as explained by Erlett Thomas, the Manager of the National Resource Centre for Inclusive …
More troubles at the Southern Regional Hospital?
A 25-year-old woman of Seine Bight Village, Stann Creek District, is listed as critical and has been diagnosed with dengue. The woman was taken into the Southern Regional Hospital at about two o’clock this morning after she was throwing up blood and running a high fever. Shortly after, she was told that they cannot care …
Eleven students travel to the US for the 2019 Youth Ambassador Program
The Love Foundation is capitalizing on an opportunity to work with Georgetown University, in Washington DC, United States. Yesterday, a delegation of eleven students and one mentor flew out as part of the Youth Ambassador Program. Executive Director of the Love Foundation, Deborah Sewell, explained that this opportunity will see the secondary students exposed to …
Breaking Belize News
Bonefish and Tarpon Trust to develop strategic plan for flats fisheries in Belize and Yucatan
The Bonefish and Tarpon Trust (BTT) is preparing a large-scale strategic plan to address the many growing threats to the flats fishery in Belize and Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula...
Taiwan’s allies make plea for its participation at the United Nations
While the Republic of China (Taiwan) lost another diplomatic ally this month, the remaining allies are petitioning the United Nations to allow Taiwan to participate in UN meetings...
Santa Elena woman is Belize’s latest murder victim
A 58 year old woman residing on Perez Street in Santa Elena is Belize’s latest […]
Police corporal accuses Castros of assault
A police officer alleges that he was assaulted in public by no less than a […]
2 Santa Elena residents injured in shooting; woman listed in critical condition
Authorities are investigating a shooting incident that occurred tonight on Perez Street in Santa Elena. […]
Two people shot in Santa Elena
Reports to BBN’s newsdesk is that a woman and another person were shot tonight in […]
Tyrone Thomas charged and remanded for keeping ammunition without a gun license
A home search by police on Central American Boulevard at the home of a Belize […]
Chamber of Commerce hopes to have final draft of OSH Bill before year’s end
The Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) says that it hopes to have a […]
2 Ambassador and 1 High Commissioner present credentials to Governor General
Today, two ambassadors and a high commissioner presented their credentials to Belize’s Governor General Sir […]
COMPOL conduct Meet and Greet in Hope Creek
Commissioner of Police, Chester Williams is in Hope Creek conducting a ‘Meet and Great’ along […]
Attorney Andrew Bennett: “There is not sufficient evidence for BDF soldier accused of killing partner”
Preliminary inquiries at the lower court are usually so conclusive that the defense often prefers […]
Storm activity surges as hurricane season peaks
There are a total of six named storms out right now as the Atlantic and […]
Authorities conduct special operation; intercept Belmopan businessman Mike Menjivar
Minutes ago, authorities conducted a special operation and intercepted Belmopan businessman, Mike Menjivar just at […]
Annual wreath ceremony for Rt. Hon. George Price to be held in Belize City tomorrow
Tomorrow marks the 8th anniversary of the passing of the Father of the Nation, the […]
Dengue cases continue to rise
The Office of the Director of Health Services today informed that dengue cases countrywide are now […]
Belize Youth Movement: Alberto August should retract and apologize for victim’s family
The Belize Youth Movement (BYM) issued a statement today expressing its discontent with the recent […]
United Women’s Group condemns remarks by UDP Chairman Alberto August
The United Women’s Group (UWG) issued a statement today condemning the remarks of UDP Chairman […]
Atlantic Bank introduces Chip and Contactless debit and credit cards
Atlantic Bank has recently launched chip and contactless Visa debit and credit cards. These cards feature an embedded […]
National Security Minister distances himself from UDP Chairman’s comments
Minister of National Security and United Democratic Party (UDP) Party Leader candidate, John Saldivar issued […]
Letter to the Editor: The Battle is not over
By David N Ruiz. Dear Editor:
The maxim “como llamarada de tusa” among the folks in Benque Viejo captures the essence of novelty. Indeed, when a dried corn husk is lit, it flares up and in a split second dies away […]
Do you know the Garifuna History?
One of the most exciting topics we have learned about revolves around the Garifuna people. The history begins almost 400 years ago, making it so vibrant, expansive, and impressive. Garifuna history is one filled with migration, intermarriage, and lots of culture. It is an integral part of Belize’s history.
The first bit of history regarding the Garifuna people states that ancestors migrated way before the arrival of the Europeans. The Arawak Indians migrated from Venezuela, Surinam, and Guyana - they settled in the Greater Antilles in the Caribbean.
10 unmissable Belizean food experiences
Belize is a treat for food-obsessed travellers. Here’s our suggested tour for the taste buds.
Every mealtime is a special occasion in Belize. Bordered on the north by Mexico, to the south-west by Guatemala, and to the east by the Caribbean Sea, Belize’s hotchpotch of culinary influences – Garifuna, Creole, Indian, Mayan, European – makes for a fabulously varied menu. For the epi-curious, these ten experiences are not to be missed.
San Pedro in Ambergris Caye is one of Belize’s culinary hotspots, and the best way to get your bearings in Belizean cuisine is to take a food tour. Belize Food Tours offer a brilliant evening tour where you’ll feast on decadent fry jacks, mouthwatering salbutes and that Belizean home-cooked staple, rice and beans.
Why Belize should be next on your travel bucket list
For action-craving travellers, Belize offers a thrilling roster of adrenalin-spiking activities. Here’s why it should be your next big adventure.
At around the size of Wales, Belize is petite compared to its behemoth neighbours, bordered on the north by Mexico, to the south-west by Guatemala, and the east by the Caribbean Sea. But Belize’s unique geographical position makes it a perfectly petite destination for adventure-seeking travellers who want to pack a lot into their break, delivering beaches, rainforest and Mayan ruins all in close proximity.
The beach-based idylls of Placencia, Ambergris Caye and Caye Caulker offer water-loving adventure seekers world-class diving opportunities such as the Great Blue Hole and Shark Alley, alongside more serene pursuits such as kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding and sunset cruises.
Event celebrates independence of Latin American countries
In observance of nine Latin American countries gaining independence over time, the Campus Events + Entertainment Mexican American Culture Committee and Latino Studies hosted Celebración de Independencias, a free event with performances from local artists, food and activities representing different Latin cultures.
Flags of Belize, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico and Nicaragua lined the walls of the William C. Powers, Jr. Student Activity Center Ballroom. In the center of the room, the committee served tamales and pupusas, but there was a catch — students had to complete at least three diverse activities before grabbing any food. Those activities, one in each corner of the room, were Lotería, a game similar to bingo, Kahoot, face painting and a photo booth.
Channel 5 Daily Obituaries - WILBERT "GABBY" GARBUTT SR., 1min.
Belize Interlocking "Lego blocks", 5min. Belize Interlocking Pavers & Blocks. Cayo Tour Guide and dad who spends too much time playing video games Cruz E. Cambranes reviews the blocks you can use in your garden bed.
Police Chase suspect on bicycle after shoplifting at Benny's on the Phillip Goldson Highway, 2min.
Cumbia en Do¡ Guayabal Latin Band en Belice/Belize, 3min. Inicio de desfile Guayabal Latin band en la Isla San Pedro.
Flying to Belize from Miami, 18min. Belize is a former British Colony, the only English speaking Central American country, and a hidden gem of a tourism destination.
Placencia Belize, 5min. In this video I explore Placencia. Placencia is a chill spot 185 km or 115 miles from Belize City. I would say the beaches are better here compared to Caye Caulker and San Pedro. It was low season when I went so it didn't seem like much was going on. Placencia is becoming a hot spot for retires and expats.
Meet Jitka and Lina - Development Instructors in Belize, 11min. The Fighting Shoulder to Shoulder with The Poor program includes intensive training i St. Vincent at Richmond Vale Academy before traveling to Belize and carry out a six months service period with Humana People to People.
Cotton Tree Lodge : Belize, 2min. Exploring of the grounds of the Cotton Tree Lodge in Punta Gorda, Belize. Staying in a bungalow above the Moho River, a truly unique way to stay in the jungle!!
Fly Fishing Permit in Belize, 7min. Ken Tanaka is back on the water! This time fly fishing for Permit in Belize at Tarpon Caye Lodge.
This was my second time at Tarpon Caye Lodge and fly fishing in Belize. I can't say enough about this fishery. It is the best Permit fishery in the world without a doubt. Hundreds of shots per week. You can even see hundreds of Permit per day! If you're looking to land your first Permit on the fly than look no further. Tarpon Caye Lodge in Belize is your place!