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CRFM convenes high-level Fisheries meetings in Belize
Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) - Ministerial Fisheries delegations from countries across the Caribbean and Central America will converge in Belize this week for high-level talks aimed at solidifying partnerships at the political level, as well as setting our priority areas for attention and mutual cooperation.
On Tuesday, 1 October 2019, the CRFM will convene the Ninth Special Meeting of its Ministerial Council, the chief decision-making arm of the inter-governmental CARICOM agency.
CONCACAF sanctions Football Federation of Belize for forfeiting game against French Guiana
The Football Federation of Belize (FFB) has been sanctioned by the CONCACAF’s disciplinary committee for forfeiting a game against French Guiana in South America. The international match was part of the CONCACAF Nations League and was to take place on September 5, 2019. By forfeiting, Belize’s national football team (Jaguars) lost three points in the tournament, and FFB cannot count with the US$50,000 they were to receive for their next international match against St. Kitts and Nevis set for October 13, 2019.
Shooting At Daddy Rock Night Club In San Pedro
A shooting incident that occurred shortly after midnight on Monday, September 30, 2019 inside Daddy Rock Night Club has left one person injured and San Pedro Police have one suspect in custody.
According to San Pedro Police they received information about a shooting at Daddy Rock Night Club on Barrier Reef Drive sometime around 12:30 a.m. where Glenford Alexx Dominguez, 45-year-old, Belizean Bartender of San Pablo Area was seen suffering from a gunshot wound to the left shoulder which penetrated and exited his body.
Know Your Worth
- by Seleni Perez - Have you ever felt worthless? Do yo feel like an incomplete person thought to be the black sheep of the flock, and as much as you try to fit in all you do is fall out? You are not alone; we all have that point in life where we feel misunderstood or odd amongst our peers. But that’s okay! You don’t have to be too hard on yourself to be liked or get the approval through the standards of others. Don’t allow the opinions of others define you.
At this instant if I would tell you that I have never felt left out I would be lying. The truth is that at many points in my life I have tried fitting in.
US Air Force Delivers Four Ambulances And A Fire Truck To Belize
On Saturday, September 28, 2019, the United States Air Force C5 GALAXY landed at the Phillip Goldson International Airport of Belize with a huge delivery of four ambulances and one fire truck to Belize.
BERT Belize, Rotary Club of Belize Sunrise and Southern Emergency Services Belize received a special donation of 4 ambulances and a fire truck courtesy the USAF through the kind generosity of Alberta Health Services, Alberta Honda, The City of Calgary, Calgary Firefighters Association, and Edmonton Riverview Rotary Club.
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United States Air Force C5 GALAXY with huge delivery of 4 ambulances and 1 fire truck to Belize
On September 28th BERT Belize, Rotary Club of Belize Sunrise and Southern Emergency Services Belize received a special donation of 4 ambulances and a fire truck courtesy the USAF through the kind generosity of Alberta Health Services, Alberta Honda, The City of Calgary, Calgary Firefighters Association, and Edmonton Riverview Rotary Club
21st September - Independence Day Official Ceremony - Belmopan
Do you have a valid San Pedro Trade License?
Trade License Holders that still owe and are operating without a valid Trade License please visit our offices at your earliest to avoid any penalties or legal action.
The Green Cross
The Green Cross also known as the Maya Cross or la Cruz Vestida is a common symbol still found in many Yucatec Maya house altars in Northern Belize. The Maya Cross is known to have pre-Hispanic origins representing the tree of life which is the ceiba.
Note: The Cross is a symbol found in different cultures and each with a different meaning . So it is not sole a Christian symbol . The Spanish at their arrival were surprised to see the symbol between the Maya .
Saga Spooktacular Halloween Fundraiser
It's that time of year again. Saga's Spooktacular event is our biggest fundraiser of the year. This year we are celebrating 20 years of serving the community, so let's make it the biggest event ever.
Sunday, November 3, 2019 at 11 AM – 4 PM at Crazy Canucks Beach Bar.
Conch Season Opens Today
It’s time to rejoice Conch Season on Tuesday October 1st, 2019. It marks the beginning of the 2019- 2020 fishing season of the Queen Conch (Strombus Gigas). The Conch Seasons will be closed on June 30th, 2020.
Conch is a mollusk that lives in a beautifully vibrant pink shell in the shallow waters of the Caribbean Sea. Get all the fresh, tasty conch that your heart desires from October to June while the season is open.
Centroamérica Innovation & Tourism Talk 2019
A successful day learning tips and tricks about marketing for the promotion of tourist destinations.
Discover an extensive range of services and information under one roof. Entry is FREE and this event is open to all!.
"Bridging the gaps to AGE Equality".
CATA, BTIA & BTB "Central America Tourism & Innovation Talk."
The one-day innovation talk held today by CATA, in collaboration with BTIA and BTB, is the second of its kind held in Belize. It is part of CATA’s effort to further strengthen the image of Central America - integrated and united with the necessary strength to face international competition to attract European tourists to the destinations of the countries that make up CATA, of which Belize is an active member.
National Coastal and Riverways Cleanup
On Saturday, September 28th, 2019, more than 1,500 of Oceana’s wavemakers and volunteers participated in the 29th annual nation-wide cleanup led by the Belize Scouts Association and supported by other organizations and schools to remove trash and debris from river banks, waterways and beaches. Wavemakers, armed with biodegradable garbage bags and gloves, removed trash from coastal areas of Belize City, Punta Gorda, Independence, Hopkins, Corozal, and along riverways in Orange Walk and San Ignacio.
Most commonly collected items were plastic bags, Styrofoam products, straws, bottle caps, plastic utensils and alumimum wrappers – to name a few, including a number of unusual items such as a deceased juvenile hawksbill turtle and even balls of hair.
TEAM BELIZE XVIII Central American U-21 Men’s Volleyball Championship!!!
#2 Tyrell Lucario - Libero
#3 Kevin Cortez - Setter
#4 Ernest Broaster - Outside Hitter
#5 Ethan Dawson - Opposite
#6 Thomas Garbutt - Outside Hitter
#7 Joel Creary - Middle Blocker
#9 Eugen Benguche - Outside Hitter
#11 Gavin Taylor - Middle Blocker
#12 Kerwin Castillo - Middle Blocker
#13 Kaelen Ingram - Opposite
#14 Xander Bennett - Outside Hitter
#16 Ryan Arnold - Setter
Narco-Jet Crash Lands in Northern Belize
Another mystery narco-plane crash landed this morning in Blue Creek, Orange Walk, near the border with Mexico. Except, this time it's a narco-JET - one of those fancy corporate ones, a Gulf-stream G2 valued at about $6 million US dollars.
But, this is not a clear-cut case like the early September Coastal Road drug bust where police caught the foreign traffickers red handed with over 2,900 pounds of cocaine. In this case, their intel was off and by the time police got on the scene, all they found were two snapped halves of the jet lying on the side of the road; No drugs, no passengers. All the seats were also in-tact which implies that it could have been human cargo on the plane. Police have done tests on the jet and are looking at all angles. Today at the press briefing at police headquarters in Belmopan, Commissioner Chester Williams discussed the information they have so far.
House Party Ends in Murder
A house party on Coney drive ended early Saturday morning with one man murdered and another shot. Jebran Wagner was killed in front of his girlfriend and two others at the Northside party. Tonight, questions remain as to the reason he may have been targeted - because his stepfather was executed just two months ago. Cherisse Halsall reports:
They called him the life of the party, and indeed 21 year old Jebran Wagner, known as Suku was living it up at a party on Coney Drive on Saturday night.
He was only taking a break to catch the air with his girlfriend when two men entered the yard they were standing in, and fired 8 shots at Wagner killing him.
Police Looking At Possible Connection to Step-father's Murder
So what do police know about this murder?
At today's press briefing the cops shared more details, and they named the other man who was shot.
ACP Joseph Myvett, Head, National Crimes Investigation Branch:
"Saturday morning early police were called to an area on Coney Drive, where upon arrival they were informed of a shooting incident. They visited the K.H.M.H. where they saw Jebran Wagner, 21 years being attended to. And also along with him was Richard Leslie who also had gunshot injuries..."
Man Survives Being Shot Second Time in Seven Months
On Friday night at around 8:25, 42 year old Mark Clarke was shot three times - 7 months after he had been shot in the head. And, both shootings happened in the same area! The good news is that he survived, but the bad news is that he's being hunted because of a gang vendetta against his son. Here's more.
This surveillance video shows Mark Clarke Clarke sitting in front of a building on New Road where he always hangs out - when a gunman on bicycle pulls up from behind a moving car and casually fires as many as 7 shots at close range.
PSU Gets 30 Days Notice To Leave Hilltop HQ
The Public Service Union of Belize has been given a month to vacate its Hilltop national headquarters. A letter sent on Thursday from the attorney for Simplex Design Company - which bought the property from the Belmopan City Council in late 2018. The letter tells the Union that it has until October 31st to move out.
The letter notes that the union has announced on air that it is moving - but, the attorney adds, quote, "(you) have since failed to do so in a timely manner". So the letter is basically telling to get gone, quickly. If they don't, the attorney, Steve Perrera tells Union President Gerald Henry that he will take out an eviction order.
Fighting The Phantom Menace, In Court
On Friday's news, we showed you what Deputy Prime Minister Patrick Faber had to say about his colleague, Lee Mark Chang, who has been put on blast for allegations of facilitating voter registration fraud.
As we told you, the practice known, as "phantom voters", happens when voters register in an electoral division where they don't really live. Voters get added to that division's voter's list by registering in mass numbers at what is known as safe houses. Once they get on that list, getting them removed is darn near impossible. That's because the Representation of the People's Act is very strict about disenfranchising an elector.
Elections and Boundaries Says A Clean List is Everybody's Business
And in other news about the allegations of voter registration fraud, the Elections and Boundaries Department sent out a press release late last week Friday.
Their statement says, quote, "The Representation of the People Act clearly outlines the process and steps that are required to be taken prior to any individual becoming a registered elector. As such, the department operates strictly within the rule of law."
Their statement goes on to explain that the registering officer has to conduct investigations into the facts set out in each application.
Farmer Chopped Up After Argument
A farmer was viciously chopped to death in Pomona village. On Sunday night at 7:00, 42 year old Angelica Chacon reported that her 32 year old common law, Domingo Miguel Mathias was missing. He went to his farm about 3/4 mile outside Pomona earlier that day - and didn't return.
Here worst fears were confirmed just before midnight when a search party found him dead - chopped up in a corn field.
ACP Joseph Myvett, Head, National Crimes Investigation Branch:
"The search party went back and sometime shortly before mid-night his body was discovered near his corn field with chop wounds and motionless..."
San Pedro Bar Argument Leads to Shooting Inside Club
Tonight, a San Pedro tour guide is facing firearms charges after he allegedly shot a man in the shoulder early this morning. It happened at 12:30 am Daddy Rocks Disco on Barrier Reef Drive San Pedro Town - when Javier Romero, allegedly confronted bartender Glenford Dominguez about a misunderstanding Dominguez had with Romero's brother.
That turned into pushing and shoving and then Romero pulled out a 380 pistol and shot Dominguez in the shoulder. Police told us more:
Cops Dismissed After Vasquez Death
The police officers who were on duty and in charge of the cell block in early June at the time of Nestor Vasquez Jr's barbaric beat down while in custody at the Queen Street police station have been dismissed. Today at the police press briefing Commissioner Chester Williams discussed the decision and process behind the dismissal.
Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police:
"In respect to the officers who were placed on disciplinary charges and subsequently interdicted from duty in respect to the death of Mr. Vasquez Jr., at Queen Street Police Station cellblock, the tribunal in that matter has been heard and the officers in question were all found guilty and the adjudicator has since recommended their dismissal..."
COMPOL Explains Cops Who Roughed Up Female Child
Last week you heard from the parents of the female youth hostel escapee who was detained by police. The humiliating detention was caught on camera - 3 officers including a female police had to get involved - the teenager was punched and her hair was pulled. NCFC also weighed in but police say they did not use too much force.
Making Tourism Market-Smarter
Over the last few months, we've been showing you how the stakeholders in the tourism industry have been making big efforts to become technologically savvy.
The local business owners want to ensure that travelers from around the world can at least consider Belize as an attractive option for their next vacation. And so, they've been working to create an online presence, so that their enterprises can be easily found by potential customers.
But, in a world where consumers are over-exposed to digital advertisements, the Belize Tourism Industry Association wants its members to make the smartest use of their marketing strategies.
Accused Murderer Free After 7 Years on Remand
He's been on remand for 7 years awaiting trial, but tonight the 28-year-old accused murderer, Kenyon Dominguez is home free. That's after he was acquitted today in the courtroom of Justice Colin Williams.
Dominguez was the man who the police charged for the murder of 24-year-old Keith Lewis. At around 6 p.m. on June 11, 2012, Lewis and 3 other men were socializing on Roches Street in Belize City. That's when a gunman approached from the direction of McKoy Boulevard. He fired a barrage of gunshots at the group and escaped quickly from the scene. Lewis' other 3 companions reacted fast enough, and they managed to escape the shooting without any injury.
High Speed Driving Leads to Flipped Truck, No One Dead
5 people are fortunate to be alive after this Hummingbird Highway accident. It happened on Saturday night at around 10:30 in front of Motor Solutions and their surveillance camera captured the massive impact.
The Message to the UN Is About the Global; Climate Crisis
Foreign Minister Wilfred Elrington addressed the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly on Saturday. Much of his speech focussed on the many detrimental effects of climate change for the world and small national like Belize. He said we are facing a floral climate crisis:..
Permanent Rep. Young Speaks to CNN About Climate Calamities
Belize's Permanent Representative to the United Nations Lois Young was also discussing climate change this weekend. She did it with Becky Anderson on CNN International - here's that exchange:
New Fire Trucks And Ambulance
The Belize Emergency Response Team (BERT), the Southern Emergency Service, and the Corozal Branch of the National Fire Service are in possession of new ambulances and fire trucks, through the kind effort of the Rotary of Belize Sunrise.
These 4 ambulances and 1 fire truck arrived on Saturday from Canada, and it was a donation from Rotary Club of Edmonton Riverview, the Alberta Health Services, the Alberta Honda Dealership, and the Firefighters Association of Calgary.
Mexicans In the Wild
A joint law enforcement operation team caught two Mexicans with shotguns and ammunition in the August Pine Ridge Forest in Orange Walk on Saturday. They are Andrez Tapia Guarda and Noe Garcia Geronimo. They were seen riding a YAMAHA motor cycle on a dirt road in the middle of the jungle. Police told us more.
ACP Joseph Myvett, Head, National Crimes Investigation Branch:
"On Saturday morning, shortly before 5a.m, whilst Orange Wlak Police was in operation in an area south-west of Blue Creek Village in the Orange Walk district they came across a male person riding on a bike with a shot gun..."
Police Looking for Moneygram Robber
A pair of thieves stole $7,000 and a gun from Money Gram. It happened on Friday morning at their Central American Boulevard office. Police told us more about this brazen hold up.
ACP Joseph Myvett, Head, National Crimes Investigation Branch:
"Two dark complexion persons entered, one of whom was armed with a hand-gun and as a result he demanded money..."
Julius Explains Safe House Situation
PUP Cayo South Representative Julius Espat is in a cute position. A property he owns on Southern Foreshore in the Albert division - and which he rents to a UDP affiliated interest - sure has a lot of voters registered there - and we mean a lot for a non residential office space.
Kareem Discusses Phantom Voters
PUP Caribbean Shores rep, Kareem Musa also has some explaining to do. His UDP opponent Lee Mark Chang is accused of registering Deputy Police Commissioner Edward Broaster at his house. But Musa's side man known as Chicken Dread also has quite a few persons registered at his Caribbean shores home - almost two dozen. Musa explained the difference:
No Drugs Found on Business Type Jet that Crash Landed in Blue Creek
Just eleven days ago, a Beechcraft Super King Air Two Hundred landed on an illegal airstrip off the Coastal Road. Sixty million dollars worth of cocaine were confiscated from the [...]
Opposition Leader: G.O.B. Not Serious in Tracking Suspected Drug Planes
While police investigate this most recent jet landing, the Opposition Leader John Briceño says government is not taking the matter of taking these suspected drug planes as seriously as it [...]
Jebran “Sucu” Wagner is Fatally Shot at a Party on Coney Drive
There was a murder in the city over the weekend. Twenty-one-year-old Jebran Wagner, who lives on Majestic Alley, was fatally shot at a house party on Coney Drive. Originally from [...]
Farmer Chopped to Death; Family Speculates that Jealousy May be the Motive
There was another murder, but in southern Belize. A Guatemalan national was killed on his farm sometime on Sunday. The Pomona resident was found with massive chop wounds on his [...]
One Person Detained for Pomona Murder
Today, the Head of the National Crimes Investigation Branch ACP Joseph Myvett spoke with the media about the murder in the Stann Creek Valley. Police say that they are following [...]
Tribunal Concludes: Fate of 3 Cops in Nestor Vasquez’s Case Announced
The Commissioner of Police says that the cops, who were placed on interdiction in connection with the death of sixty-year-old Nestor Vasquez Junior, have been found guilty by a tribunal. [...]
Commissioner Says Crowd was Wrong; Police Acted with Restraint
There was outrage over the manner in which members of the Belize Police Department carried out the arrest of a teenage minor in Belize City last week. The incident involved [...]
Commissioner of Police Weighs In on Rights and Responsibilities of Children
And since that video has gone viral on Facebook, a number of persons and organizations have weighed in on what appears to be use of excessive force on a child. [...]
Marconi Leal Challenging Registration of 72 Voters
The People’s United Party is challenging the registration of a long list of voters. Last week, leaked lists of several divisions showed the addresses of some houses with mass registration [...]
P.U.P. Area Rep, Councillor Explain Voter’s List Criticism
The new voter’s lists also show several persons living at fifty-three Kelly Street/ Freetown Road. The address is the home of Belize City P.U.P. councilor Deltrude Hilton. The documents show [...]
John Briceño: “We need to strengthen democracy in this country”
The trove of documents showing apparent voter padding raises the question if the countrywide re-registration exercise fulfilled its purpose which was to clean the voters list. The problem, evidently, still [...]
Opposition Leader Blames Elections and Boundaries Department
The Elections and Boundaries Department says that registering officers shall conduct investigations into the facts set out in each application. If the registering officer is not satisfied then the elector [...]
One Man Injured in Night Club Shooting in San Pedro
There was a shooting in the early hours of this morning at a night club in San Pedro Town. Police say that the incident started with a fight and left [...]
A Home Invasion in King’s Park
There was a scary home invasion in the neighbourhood of King’s Park, Belize City. The aggravated burglary occurred around seven-fifteen on September twenty-seventh at the corner of Nursey and Saint [...]
Another Attempt on the Life of Mark Clarke
Back in February of this year, forty-two-year-old Marl Clarke was shot to the head near Pitts Alley on north side Belize City. He survived the incident, but no one had [...]
Mexicans Busted with Firearms in the North
Two armed Mexican nationals were picked up near the border over the weekend. Police say both men had firearms and are now in police detention awaiting charges. At today’s press [...]
Robbers Target Moneygram/I.C.B.
A Moneygram outlet at the I.C.B. office on Central American Boulevard in Belize City was robbed on Friday morning after eleven. Two armed men held up the security and made [...]
P.U.P. Holds National Party Council Meeting
On Saturday the People’s United Party’s National Party Council gathered at Memorial Park in Belize City. The party celebrated its sixty-ninth anniversary during its National Party Council and passed several [...]
Julius Espat Reappointed as Deputy Party Leader for the P.U.P.
One the resolutions passed on Saturday was the re-appointment of Julius Espat as the Deputy Party Leader for the west. Espat resigned from the post in July 2018. He was [...]
P.S.U. is Issued Eviction Notice
Last November, the Public Service Union learnt that its Belmopan Hilltop headquarters had been sold from under their feet by the Belmopan City Council. It was acquired by a Chinese [...]
Dr. Colin Young Leaving S.S.B.
Doctor Colin Young has decided to move on from the Social Security Board. He took the post of Chief Executive Officer in January 2017, but less than three years after [...]
Innovation + Tourism Talk: Learning Tips to Expand & Grow Industry
A number of high profile strategists are taking part in Innovation and Tourism Talk, an event organized by the Belize Tourism and Industry Association. Stakeholders involved in tourism are getting [...]
Highlights of the Weekend in Sports
Good evening, I’m James Adderly and this is Sports Monday [Highlights of weekend sporting activities...]
Hijack & Piracy On The Highway – Busitos Robbery
An unusual type of robbery took place this afternoon on the western highway.
One of the vans that run passengers from Belmopan to villages out west was hijacked and passengers were robbed at gunpoint.
Drug Jet Crash Land In Blue Creek, Orange Walk
Authorities are currently investigating circumstances involving a drug jet which crashed landed early this morning in Blue Creek, Orange Walk District. No one was found in the area.
Man Found Hacked to Death in Pomona
A man from Pomona Village, Stann Creek district was reportedly found chopped to death late last night.
Domingo Miguel Mathias, 32, was reportedly found on a farm off of the Stann Creek Valley Road with chop wounds to the left side of the neck and right hand.
Man Injured in Traffic Accident in Corozal
Reports are that a man was injured sometime after 5:00 this evening when he lost control of a motorcycle he was driving near the entrance of Corozal Town.
Man chopped to death in Pomona Village
The second murder to occur over the weekend was in Pomona Village, Stann Creek District. 32-year-old Domingo Mathias was chopped to death on Sunday night and dumped in a field.
Drought predicted to continue impacting Belize
For several months, Belize has been experiencing short-term drought, which heavily impacted the agriculture industry. According to the National Meteorological Service of Belize, data indicates that short-term drought is likely to continue affecting the Cayo District and portions of the south, near Savannah, through December 2019.
Rotary Club of Belize Sunrise donates ambulances and fire truck
The Southern Emergency Services (SES) and Belize Emergency Response Team (BERT) received 2 ambulances each to add to their line-up. The donation was made possible by the Rotary Club of Belize Sunrise and the City of Calgary, Canada.....
Belize hosts 12th Regional Agricultural Planner’s Forum
Belize is hosting this year’s 12th Regional Agricultural Planner’s Forum. The forum began today at the Belize Biltmore Plaza and is a two-day event. It will be followed by various meetings, later this week, with different stakeholders in the agricultural sector of the Caribbean.
Officers involved in death of Nestor Vasquez relieved
Among a number of topics the Commissioner of Police discussed today, he gave an update regarding the officers who were involved in the death of Nestor Vasquez Jr.
Shooting on San Pedro leaves one injured
A shooting incident in San Pedro has left one man hospitalized. The incident is said to stem from issues the victim's brother had with the shooter.
ComPol comments on viral video of girl resisting arrest
Commissioner of Police, Chester Williams, has finally commented on the video that went viral, showing police officers restraining a female minor who was resisting arrest. The ComPol said that while many condemned the officers in question, he believes they were showing restraint.
Man fatally shot on Coney Drive
The second victim to gun violence this weekend was not as fortunate as Mark Clarke. 21-year-old Jebran Bernard Wagner, also known as “Sucu,” was inside a yard when a gunman opened fire in his direction.
Belize City man escapes shooting with a flesh wound
From the political arena we move onto the crime scenes of the weekend. This past weekend was a clear indication that Belize is still plagued by gun violence.
Human Trafficking or Drug Trafficking?
Was it drugs or a case of human trafficking? That is the question tonight as investigators are trying to determine what brought a Gulfstream executive jet to Blue Creek, Orange Walk.
After three years, construction of promised new schools will finally commence. Back in January 2016, the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) and the Ministry of Education announced that 35 new schools were expected to be built around the country.
New Details Concerning Detention Of Reynaldo Verde
Earlier today, GOB stated that they have received additional information on the detention of Reynaldo Verde, the Deputy Director of the Belize Tax Services Department. According to them, these details came in the form of US Court Documents regarding the charges levied against Verde.
Faber Comments On Viral Video
For the past couple days, Love News has been reporting on the circumstances that led to a video of a 15-year-old girl who was beaten and detained by police officers. The video went viral on Wednesday, and since then, we have learnt that she was a resident of San Pedro.
Business Robbed In Broad Daylight
The MoneyGram located on the Central American Boulevard was robbed in broad daylight today. The incident occurred sometime after 11am. Reports are that two men entered the establishment, posing as customers.
Breaking Belize News
Lois Young discusses “climate refugees” and call to action on climate change
Ambassador Lois Young, Belize’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations and Chair of the Alliance […]
ComPol: Officers exercised restraint in arresting teen
Days ago, a video of police officers trying to arrest a teen went viral on […]
Man shot in San Pedro
Just before 3 a.m. today, San Pedro police visited a night club on Main Street. […]
Mexicans busted with shotguns near Blue Creek
Two Mexican nationals have been charged with firearm related offences. They are Noe Garcia and […]
ICB robbers caught on camera?
Just before midday on Friday, two men entered the Insurance Corporation of Belize (ICB) office […]
Police: No suspect or motive in Friday night shooting
Police have no motive or suspects in Friday night’s shooting of Mark Clarke, 42. Clarke […]
Chester Williams: No drugs, only plane in Blue Creek
Sometime around 4 o’clock this morning a suspected narco carrying aircraft landed in Blue Creek, […]
Passenger van robbed
Reports to BBN is that three armed culprits robbed passengers traveling in a passenger van. […]
Oceana partners with Scouts for 29th Annual International river and coastal clean up
By BBN Staff : On Saturday, September 28, 2019, more than 1,500 of Oceana’s wavemakers and volunteers participated […]
Police officers to be dismissed following death of Net Vasquez Jr
Nestor Vasquez Jr. was beaten to death back in June by another cellmate while detained […]
DIGI/BECOL Basketball Tournament Scores & Schedule
The views expressed in this article are those of the writer and not necessarily those of Breaking Belize […]
DigiLearn donate laptops to St. Catherine Academy students
Digicell Belize continues with its DigiLearn initiative. On September 27, the DigiLearn project distributed brand new […]
Bandits, Verdes keep up pace in Premier League
Belmopan Bandits and Verdes FC move closer to securing playoff slots with just six weeks […]
Suspected drug Jet crash lands in Belize
Reports are that a suspected drug jet crash landed early this morning at Blue Creek, Orange Walk […]
Woman chops woman in Placencia
Information reaching our newsroom is that there was a domestic dispute between two women in […]
History of Belize
Belize is a small, independent country (not an island) nestled between the borders of Mexico and Guatemala and the shallow shorelines of the Caribbean Sea. Tiny English-speaking Belize was once known as British Honduras, a colony mainly known for Mahogany and Sugar production. “British Honduras” became the country of Belize, gaining its political Independence in 1981 – peacefully, and democratically. Belize is now a promising developing nation and a jewel of a tourist destination.
Belize’s landmass is small, about the size of the state of Massachusetts, USA. However, its diversity is staggering, both in terrain, ethnicity, and culture. Belize boasts the largest Barrier Reef in this hemisphere, pristine coral islands, rainforest, jungle, wildlife, and varying food and customs throughout the country.
Shark Ray Alley
Once a common area for fishermen to clean their catch of the day, Shark Ray Alley is now a popular snorkeling site teeming with nurse sharks, rays and marine life. Located inside Hol Chan Marine Park, the country’s first established marine reserve, spanning roughly three square miles, this is a perfect half-day activity for all ages.
A short 15-minute boat ride south of San Pedro or 30 minutes North of Caye Caulker; Hol Chan is very accessible. Upon arrival, you are in for a warm welcome! A frenzy of sharks and rays surround the boat and seagull’s flock above, all awaiting a special treat from the tour guide…not to worry it is just bait!
Cozumel service providers protest coral reef closures
Nearly 500 Cozumel families will lose their only source of income.
Tourism service providers have protested the decision to close some of the reefs around the island of Cozumel due to the presence of a disease that destroys coral.
The Natural Protected Areas Commission (Conanp) announced this week that it will restrict access to much of the Cozumel Reefs National Marine Park beginning on October 7 because 40% of coral is affected by white band disease, an ailment that destroys the tissue of Caribbean acroporid coral.
Bronx Community College students’ Mayan find
When Nicaela Cartagena enrolled at Bronx Community College (BCC), she hoped to become a nurse.
That all changed after a visit to a Maya excavation site in Belize with other BCC students and a chemistry professor from the college. Working together, Cartagena, her fellow students and Professor Sheldon Skaggs were part of the discovery of a rare ancient Maya vase, assembled from marble shards they helped find in a burial plot at Pacbitun, Belize. The artifact provides intriguing details about the politics, commerce and power struggles that played out among pre-Colombian rulers in what today is Central America and Mexico.
Underwater manatee chatter may aid in their conservation
Listening in on manatee conversations could help restore populations of this endangered marine mammal. Each manatee has its own voice: their calls can be traced back to specific individuals, offering a way to estimate how many of them are present in a particular habitat in a given time. Researchers from the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) and the Universidad Tecnologica de Panama, (UTP) propose a new method for detecting these calls from underwater recordings.
Although hard to sight, manatees often communicate with one another underwater, emitting whistles, squeaks and chirps to attract mates, warn their neighbors of danger or stay in touch with their offspring. With this in mind, researchers turned to sound.
BTIA, BTB and CATA “Central America Innovation + Tourism Talk”, 27min. BTIA and BTB hosting the Centro America Innovation Talk at the Radisson Fort George Hotel.
Zelasnie Sarah Tun nee Moralez graduates from Medical School, 1min. Today marks a milestone for one of San Narciso R.C School past student whom graduated from the university of San Carlos as medical surgeon known as Zelasnie Sarah Tun nee Moralez. Let this be an inspiration for more of our students to aim high. God bless our school, teachers, Students and parents. Thanks also to her past teachers who had played a great role in her educational life.
Belize’s Forensic Science Service Looks at Improving Forensic Services, 3.5min. The installation of a forensic lab is still pending, notwithstanding, the first annual Belize forensic science symposium was held this week and the purpose of the event was threefold. The National Forensic Science Department sought to start the discussion on priority areas related to forensics in Belize among key stakeholders.
Belize Adventures, 7min. Playground Dive Shop Belize dive trip 2019. Following Santiago into the swim thru with sharks.
Shark Adventure Belize, 2min.
BELIZE CAYE CAULKER UNDERWATER, Manatee, 1min.
Innovation & Tourism Talk “The Digital Takeoff”, 35min.
Channel 5 Obituaries - ADRIANO UK "DANO", 2.5min.
The Belize National Forensic Service is an independent government department, 47min. The Belize National Forensic Service is an independent government department that supports the work of the Belize Police Department by providing forensic services to aid in investaigations. Their motto is providing "Justice through Science." They are hosting the first Annual Belize Forensic Science Symposium under the theme: "Building Solid Foundations through Partnerships." The symposium is scheduled for 25th-27th September and features international presenters. We spoke with representatives about the work they do and the objectives of the symposium.
Friends for Conservation and Development (FCD) - Chiquibul National Park Udate, 27min. We had a conversation with Raphael Manzanero, Executive Director of Friends for Conservation and Development (FCD), about FCD's work to protect the natural resources of the Chiquibul National Park. He gave an update on the challenges they are facing including the continued threat to the population of Scarlett Macaws.
The Belize Tourism Board - Travel Expo - Beltravex, 19min. The Belize Tourism Board closed off the show promoting the upcoming travel expo - Beltravex. The event takes place from 27th - 28th September at the Belize City Civic Center. We spoke with representatives about the details of the event.
Ministry of Health is celebrating World Pharmacist Week, 22min. This week the Ministry of Health is celebrating World Pharmacist Week under the theme, "Safe and Effective Medicines for All." We invited representatives of MOH to talk about the significance of the profession and the developments in the field.
Kolbe Foundation, Prison Update, 35min. The opportunity cost of an individual incarcerated is that he or she represents a loss of productivity elsewhere. As the national celebration month winds down we had a conversation about how society can support their rehabilitation upon release. Virgilio Murillo, CEO of Kolbe Foundation, was our guest to discuss latest developments at the institution and to share his perspective on how society can help prisoners reintegrate into society.
"Positive Persons Award", 17min. It is often expressed that there is too much negativity on social media. Ashton Coleman, Social Media Influencer and Talk Show host, is trying to change that and bring positive energy to his online platform. He is spearheading the "Positive Persons Award" to allow online viewers to nominate a worthy person of their community. We caught up with him to talk about the initiative and met the first awardee. He explains he intends to honor one recipient per month.
HelpAge International in celebrating International Day for Older Persons, 35min. HelpAge Belize in collaboration with its partner agencies joins the rest of the World and Affiliate Members of HelpAge International in celebrating International Day for Older Persons on October 1st. The 2019 International Day of Older Persons theme is "The Journey to Equality ". HelpAge Belize will be recognizing the contributions of older persons to commemorate the awareness day. Today representatives of the organization were our guests to discuss the health issue of HIV among the elderly.
The Statistical Institute of Belize (SIB) - 2020 Population Census, 42min. The Statistical Institute of Belize (SIB) continues to prepare for the 2020 Population Census. Representatives of SIB were our guests to share and update on the preparation process and share preliminary results from the Labour Force Survey.
Belizean creatives, 40min. In our spotlight feature we spoke to Belizean creatives about their latest projects. The trio are in country to film a music video and stopped by our show to talk about their experiences in the international scene. They shared their perspectives on how to take art to the international stage.
Belize Tourism Industry Association (BTIA) - Innovation Talk 2019, 27min. John Burgos, Executive Director of the Belize Tourism Industry Association (BTIA) shared all the details for the upcoming Innovation Talk 2019. The event is a collaboration between the BTIA and Belize Tourism Board to help the local industry use digital platforms to better market destination Belize. The highlight of the event will be presentations from experts from Google to share expertise about digital strategies.
World Maritime Day, 21min. World Maritime Day is celebrated on October 4th. This year theme focuses on empowering women in Martime. Statistics show that approximately 2% of women are employed in this field. The day is celebrated to encourage women to see themselves as equals being able to have productive careers in this field. They are doing competitions to raise awareness among students and so we talked with them about how interested persons can participate.
12th Regional Agricultural Planners Forum, September 30th, 2019, 2.5hr.
Belize, 7.5min. This is the first country I visited on my trip to Central America in November 2018. Enjoy the nature and landscape.
Ambulances, Fire Truck flown into Belize, 1min. U.S Airforce aircraft delivered four ambulances and a fire truck donated by Canada to #Belize on Saturday. The ambulances will be used to assist in national emergency efforts. We are honored to play our part to help keep Belizeans safe and secure in a crisis.