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The San Pedro Sun

2019-2020 Queen Conch Season officially opens; know the fishing rules
Tuesday, October 1st, officially marked the beginning of the 2019-2020 fishing season of the Queen Conch (Strombus Gigas). The season closed on April 30th, and after six months, fishermen across the country are once again allowed to harvest one of the most significant sources of revenue in the fishing industry. Conch is a staple across Belize, prepared in dishes like ceviche, soups, and fritters among others. This seafood generates millions of dollars for Belize, and the season usually runs for approximately seven months or until the conch quota set for that period has been met, whichever comes first.

Government of Belize Establishes Diplomatic Relations with the Republic of Serbia
The Governments of Belize and the Republic of Serbia have established diplomatic relations at the ministerial level. The signing took place in New York on September 24, 2019. Signing on behalf of the Government of Belize was Minister of Foreign Affairs Hon. Wilfred Elrington, and on behalf Serbia was H.E. Ivica Dacic, First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia. Accompanying Minister Elrington was Mr. Patrick Andrews, Chief Executive Officer; Ms. Ayesha Borland, Director of International Affairs (Policy); and Mrs. Orla Kantun-Coleman, Director of International Affairs (Cooperation).

7th draw of the season for the San Pedro Pirates against Altitude FC
In the ninth week of the 2019 Opening Season Premiere League of Belize (PLB), the San Pedro Pirates once again landed a draw. On Saturday, September 28th the San Pedro Pirates hosted Altitude F.C in an intense match at the Ambergris Stadium in San Pedro Town. With a final score of 1-1, the game marked the seventh draw for the island team for this PLB season.

Ambergris Today

Oceana Belize National Coastal And Riverways Cleanup
Hundreds of Belizean wavemakers participate in country-wide effort to remove debris and garbage from waterways and coastline On Saturday, September28, 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 river ways in Orange Walk and San Ignacio.

Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanisms Holds High-Level Fisheries Meetings In Belize
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 convened the Ninth Special Meeting of its Ministerial Council, the chief decision-making arm of the inter-governmental CARICOM agency. A priority item on the agenda of the CRFM meeting is a regional plan of action to combat Illegal Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing.

Various Belizean Sources

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Caye Caulker Transport Dept. Safe Driving Guidelines
Signs inside the traffic department. Please note: The maximum allowable speed on Caye Caulker is 10 mph.

Corozal vs. Stann Creek
Football Action continues - Corozal Football Association invites all fans to come out and support our Females U17 Team this Saturday, October 5th, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. at the Ricalde Stadium. Free Entrance for all.

Belize Water Services Notice to Shareholders: Dividend Cheques
BWS advises its shareholders who reside in the districts and have not yet received their dividend cheque for 2019, that these will be available for pick up commencing October 1st, 2019 at our branch offices in your district during normal working hours. Each shareholder is asked to please bring along a valid identification when picking up their cheque.

The Belize City House of Culture and Downtown Rejuvenation Project's new Logo
As the Downtown Rejuvenation Project works its way towards May of 2020, our projected month for the implementation of our Eco-Museum in downtown, we would like to introduce to you our new Eco-museum logo. The logo consists of architectural symbols, and it has been designed for clarity and simplicity and to express confidence and a blend of modernity with the historic nature of our Eco-museum. This logo will be seen throughout our Eco-museum on interpretive signs and other collateral material.

International Archaeology Day Anti Looting and Graffiti Poster Competition
October is here and we all know what that means; International Archaeology Day is approaching!!! To celebrate International Archaeology Day, the Institute of Archaeology is hosting an Anti Looting and Graffiti Poster Competition.

PACT COMMITS $1.15 MILLION INVESTMENT IN BELIZE’S MARINE RESERVE NETWORK
The Protected Areas Conservation Trust (PACT) continues to be the premier donor to Belize’s National Protected Areas System. Today, PACT continued the roll out of its Conservation Investment Strategy with another investment, this time in multiple Marine Protected Areas under the management of the Belize Fisheries Department. A brief signing ceremony was held to award the $1.15 Million Dollar conservation investment. This investment is expected to support the Fisheries Department in improving management effectiveness of five Marine Reserves across the Belize Barrier Reef System. Specifically, it will result in improved infrastructure and management presence at the Bacalar Chico Marine Reserve, Caye Caulker Marine Reserve, South Water Caye Marine Reserve, Sapodilla Cayes Marine Reserve and Glovers Reef Marine Reserve.

NEMO ADVISORY #1 - TUESDAY 1ST OCTOBER, 2019 as at 5:00 p.m. MONITORING AREA OF LOW PRESSURE IN THE CENTRAL CARIBBEAN
The National Meteorological Services of Belize and the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) hereby informs the general public that a broad area of low pressure is located over the northwestern Caribbean Sea. The area continues to produce disorganized showers and thunderstorms. Any development of this system is expected to be slow to occur as it moves to the west-northwest near the Yucatan peninsula in a couple of days, and over the southern Gulf of Mexico by Friday.

Belize Manatee Tour-Guide and Boat Captains CERTIFICATE WORKSHOP 2019
Date: OCTOBER 9, 2019. Time: 7:00 pm. Venue: Chan's Meeting Room on Caye Caulker

Free eye exams today at the San Pedro Lions Club
Belize Council for the Visually Impaired (BCVI) will be at the Lions Den tomorrow, Wednesday 2nd October. Free eye exams, no appointment needed, first come first serve. 8AM - 2:30PM.

Necropsy Results of Dolphin Carcass Found in Corozal Bay
On September 12th, 2019, our partners in conservation, the Sarteneja Alliance for Conservation and Development (SACD), responded to a call of a dead dolphin calf on the shores of Cerros Sands Resort, near Copper Bank Village, Corozal District. SACD arranged for a necropsy to be conducted on the dolphin by a certified veterinarian, which resulted in the determination of the cause of death to be “internal bleeding due to muscle bruises in the chest area as a result of ‘blunt trauma’”. Our SACD partners determined that the contamination of the New River was not associated with the death of this dolphin as was previously speculated by members of the public; however, various tissue samples were taken to conduct histology and toxicology analysis for determination of any toxicity build-up.

Government of Belize Establishes Diplomatic Relations with the Republic of Serbia
The Governments of Belize and the Republic of Serbia have established diplomatic relations at the ministerial level. The signing took place in New York on September 24, 2019. Signing on behalf of the Government of Belize was Minister of Foreign Affairs Hon. Wilfred Elrington, and on behalf Serbia was H.E. Ivica Dacic, First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia. Accompanying Minister Elrington was Mr. Patrick Andrews, Chief Executive Officer; Ms. Ayesha Borland, Director of International Affairs (Policy); and Mrs. Orla Kantun-Coleman, Director of International Affairs (Cooperation).

Football Action at the Calcutta Football Field - CFA Opening Season Youth Tournament 2019-2020
Week 4- Schedule. Sunday, October 6th, 2019 starting at 9:00 a.m. Come one, come all! It all happens at the Carolina Football Field.

PARTNERS FOR MEDICAL RELIEF SURGICAL MISSION
Ear, Nose & Throat Plastic Surgery. SCREENING date Saturday, October 5th. SURGERIES date Sunday & Monday, October 6th & 7th. LOCATION: Corozal Community Hospital

Making Bordeaux Mix for fungicide
In the Vaca plateau technicians train farmers to do their Bordeaux Mix which is a fungicide to control mildew and other fungus on vegetable crops.

Channel 7

PSU Ready to Move From Hilltop, But Wants Some Compensation
Last night we told you how the Public Service Union has been given 30 days to vacate its national headquarters on the famed hilltop in Belmopan. The attorney for the company who now owns the property wrote to the union saying that it has until October 30th to clear out - or they will go to court to take out an eviction notice. That attorney is Steve Perrera and he writes for Simplex, the mystery company that bought the property from the Belmopan City council late last year. In his letter, Perrera refers to a remark the union president, Gerald Henry made to the media - saying that the union plans to vacate. Well, today Henry told PLUS TV he never said that - and added that they don't plan to vacate until they are compensated for what he says is their equitable interest in the property:...

Danny Mason, Still Waiting For Mystery Witness To Appear
The murder trial for William "Danny" Mason, Ashton Vanegas, Keiron Fernandez, Terrence Fernandez, and Ernest Castillo continued today in Belmopan, after just over 2 weeks of recess. And in that time, Justice Antoinette Moore and the Marshall assigned to her court have been doing their very best to assist Mason in getting access to his final witness. As we told you, he wants to call a US Embassy employee to testify in his defense. The difficulty is that this US Embassy employee is currently not in Belize. To get access to him, the Supreme Court has to go through the official, government to government channels, by making a formal request via a diplomatic note.

Man Dies 6 Weeks After Being Shot By Teen
44 year old Brindel Munnings died today in the living room of his Belize City home - 44 days after he was shot. His wife left him about 3:00 this morning sitting on the couch in their living room. When she awoke at around 6:00 she found him unresponsive. The family says that Munnings had barely been eating in the last few days and that he didn't have enough body weight to recover from his injuries. On Sunday August 18th Munnings was shot a few yards from his home, in an alley near the Inspiration Center.

Former City Administrator and City Hall Square Off In Court
The Mayor of Belize City, Bernard Wagner is expected to take the stand tomorrow in the Supreme Court in a case brought by former City administrator Candice Miller. It's a high stakes battle before Justice Courtney Abel; she's suing the council for just about half a million dollars for the wrongful termination of her employment contract, and the council is countersuing her for a million dollars for dereliction of duty which they claim left them liable for a million dollar default judgement. That default judgement from Belize Waste control was one of the grounds for her dismissal - and it dominated cross examinations today.

NEMO Says Watch Out For Weather System
NEMO and the MET office are r closely monitoring a weather system out in the northwestern Caribbean Sea. - and you should be paying it some attention too. It is broad area of low pressure which continues to produce disorganized showers and thunder stormß. Any development of this system is expected to be slow while it is moving to the west-northwest, near the Yucatan Peninsula. It is expected to reach in that general vicinity in 2 days, and then over the southern Gulf of Mexico by Friday. It only has a 10% chance for development during that time, and currently, it poses no threat to Belize.

Elderly Man Thrown Off Bike and Robbed Leaving Credit Union
Money comes and goes but no one expects to be robbed of it as you get it in your hand. That's what happened to a man this morning around 11:00. Lewis Tillett - who is described in a report as an elderly man - had just exited the St. John's Credit Union on Basra Street and was riding his bicycle when a man approached him, threw him off his bike and stole the $2,000 he had just withdrawn from his credit union account.

Cooler Heads Prevail At KHMH
Last week we told you about the explosive demand from the KHMH workers union. They demanded the immediate removal of Medical Chief of Staff, Dr. Beatriz Thompson. They claimed she was with wi be removed within a week! And that demand letter was sent a week ago withholding overtime payments and playing favorites with those payments. The union said it would apply for a notice of industrial action as of last week - but it seems cooler heads have prevailed.

Reckless Driver Found Guilty of Causing Two Men's Deaths
Tonight, 28 year-ole Eaton Belisle, a bus driver from St. Paul's Bank Village, is on remand at the Belize Central Prison. He's there awaiting a sentencing hearing after he was convicted of 2 counts of manslaughter by negligence in the courtroom of Justice Colin Williams. The incident happened on the evening of August 14th, 2015. Belisle was driving a white Mercedes, and he was heading home. When he arrived at an area between miles 6 and 7 on the Philip Goldson Highway, he was attempting to overtake 2 vehicles in front of him. But, he ended up in the lane of a white pick-up truck coming from the opposite direction.

Talking CARICOM Agriculture
CARICOM and the The Council for Trade and Economic Development are hosting five days of meetings to address issues of Agriculture and fisheries in the region. These meetings include sessions that foster open dialogue with the private sector and policy makers from the different member states to look at what the region has done, assess where we are, and make recommendations about the way forward. Belize's CEO of Agriculture told us what the sessions are about: Jose Alpuche, C.E.O., Ministry of Agriculture: "This morning we had a session with the private sector actually looking at the business climate..."

Hemp to the Future?
Regularly on the news, we tell you about big weed busts throughout the country. But at the same time, weed's non - intoxicating cousin hemp is being encouraged as legitimate agro business. That's what the Prime Minister announced in his Independence day address - and it raises the the question: could there ever be a commercial marijuana industry in Belize? Officials at CARICOM's Agricultural planners Forum are exploring a cost benefit analysis of our options. This afternoon's meeting included a session titled "The Business of Cannabis and Implications for Caribbean Agriculture." We spoke to C.E.O. Alpuche and a Program manager from CARICOM's secretariat and they shared their views on the commercial opportunities that may one day become an option.

No Water In Toledo's Second Biggest Village
The second biggest village in the Toledo district, San Antonio was without water today. And the PUP area representative, Oscar Requena says it's the product of chronic meddling in the water board by the ruling UDP. We spoke to Requena in Toledo today via telephone where he said the Ministry of Rural Development is to blame for thousands of residents waking up to no water:...

Why Did The Dolphin Die?
A dead dolphin was seen floating in the Corozal Bay On September 2nd. It was later extracted from the water for closer inspection. At the time the Sarteneja Alliance for Conservation and Development arranged for a necropsy to be conducted on the dolphin by a certified veterinarian. Today the DOE in a press release revealed the mammal's cause of death to be "internal bleeding due to muscle bruises in the chest area as a result of 'blunt trauma'". The necropsy also determined that the contamination of the New River was not associated with the death of this dolphin

Training Trainers At DYS
Today 15 entrepreneurs participated in day 1 of a 5-day "train the trainers" session at the Department of Youth Services. A consultant from the CARICOM based Creativity for Employment and Business Opportunities agency (CEBO) is in Belize for the entire month to facilitate the training. We stopped by to find out more about the discussion topics and why it is important to empower youth through entrepreneurship. Aida Escobar, Communications Officer, Department of Youth Services: "So about 5 years ago CEBO reached out to our department of youth services, they reached out to all the youth services..."

Putting Elders At the Front Ah Di Line
Today was observed worldwide as the international day of older persons. This year, the emphasis is on the theme 'Journey to Age Equality'. That means giving older persons equal access to accessing certain services. But equal is not identical for persons with special needs - and that's the rations behind the Front Ah Di Line Campaign - which was launched today.

PACT Invests in Marine Network
Today PACT committed a 1.5 Million dollar investment into Belize's Marine Reserve Network. A signing ceremony was held in Belmopan to celebrate the investment that was made to benefit multiple marine protected areas under the management of the fisheries department.

Philo Wants To Solve Port's Land Problems
Phillip Willoughby is the UDP Standard Bearer for Port Loyola. In January, he invited residents of the Port to come to him if they need to get their land papers straightened out. Now, if you know anything about bureaucracy in Belize, you'll know that getting land documents is even worse than trying to get a new birth certificate. Well, Willoughby has the solution, at least for his constituents.

Walking For Sickle Cell
Many Belizeans are living with sickle cell disease. It is hardest for children as the symptoms are severe and can lead to death. It is a serious illness and PG resident Rockel Romero continues to raise awareness through various community activities and through her sickle cell association facebook page. On Saturday Romero organized a walk in Punta Gorda town.

Channel 5

Parole for Reynaldo Verde?
The fate of Reynaldo Verde will be determined on Wednesday. The Deputy Director of the Belize Tax Service remains behind bars in the U.S. on charges of interference with commerce by [...]

Still No Statement from Final Witness for William “Danny” Mason
The murder trial of William “Danny” Mason and four other accused men continued to face a hitch today in the Belmopan Supreme Court. That is because the court has been [...]

6 Weeks After He was Shot, Brindel Munnings Jr. Dies
Almost a month and a half after he was targeted on Police Street in the Saint Martin De Porres area of Belize City, forty-four-year-old Brindel Munnings Junior passed away at [...]

P.S.U. Recognizes Legality of the Hill Top Purchase but is Still Not Ready to Move
The Public Service Union says it won’t be moving though it recognizes the purchase of Hill Top by Simplex Design Company Limited as legal.  In November of 2018, the P.S.U. [...]

C.E.O. Alpuche Supports Training for Cops to Deal with Troubled Minors
Today, the C.E.O. in the Ministry of Human Development, Judith Alpuche, acknowledged the need for more collaborative work with the police when it comes to detaining minors. Speaking about the [...]

Squatters Problem at Belize/Guatemala Border Re-emerges
A 2004 squatters’ problem on the Belize/Guatemala border is re-emerging. There is word that Guatemalan families have begun clearing lands in that area. More than ten years ago, about thirty [...]

FM Elrington Addresses the UN: Gives Update on Belize/Guatemala Dispute
The General Debate at the United Nations started on September twenty-fourth and has now concluded. On Saturday, Foreign Minister, Wilfred Elrington addressed the assembly; at the end of his statement, [...]

Years Later: Where is the Senate Inquiry Report?
Between 2016 and 2017 the Senate Special Select Committee met for more than forty sessions over the course of thirteen months to carry out its investigation into the Auditor General’s [...]

Chairman Says PAC Remains Non-Functional
Julius Espat is also the Chair of the Public Accounts Committee, PAC. The PAC is tasked at looking at government spending and holding public officers and politicians responsible According to [...]

4 Years Later Camalote Villagers Waiting for CJ’s Judgment on Land Dispute
The Cotton Tree Village Council took the Government of Belize to court almost four years ago. The case revolves around two hundred and fifty-four parcels of lots that had been [...]

Land Consultations Scheduled for Port Loyola Residents
In Belize City, residents in the Port Loyola Constituency will be allowed to have their land woes addressed.  U.D.P. Standard Bearer for Port Loyola, Phillip Willoughby has arranged for a land consultation [...]

Kenyon Dominguez is Freed after 7 Years on Remand for Murder
After serving seven years on remand, twenty-eight-year-old Kenyon Dominguez walked free from the Supreme Court on Monday for gunning down Keith Lewis on July eleventh on Miller Street, behind the [...]

Agreement Reached; Impasse Broken between K.H.M.H.A. and Workers Union
The K.H.M.H.A. Board and the K.H.M.H. Workers Union have come to an agreement. The parties were at an impasse over several issues including the union’s demand for the removal of [...]

The Production of Hemp under Consideration in CARICOM
The production of hemp is under consideration in a number of Caribbean countries due to its economic potentials.  It is one of the more interesting topics on the agenda of [...]

What are the Implications of Hemp Production in the Region?
The paper presentation will also look at the implications as it relates to food security since countries may embark on converting land traditional used for food production to cultivate cannabis [...]

“Front ah di line” – a New Campaign for Older Persons
The National Council on Ageing wants older persons, persons with disabilities, pregnant women and women with young children to have more access to essential services. To do this, the council [...]

An Expo for Older Persons
As you heard just now, the National Council on Ageing launched a campaign to increase accessibility to basic services for overlooked groups including older persons and persons with disability. As [...]

San Antonio Villagers without Portable Water
Villagers in San Antonio in the Toledo District have been without water for two days. Area Representative for Toledo West Oscar Requeña says that the village’s water woes is a well [...]

PACT Awards over $1 Million to be Invested in 5 MPAS
Today the Protected Areas Conservation Trust made its singular largest investment in marine protected areas in Belize. As a part of its conservation investment strategy, PACT awarded over one million [...]

CARICOM Ministers and Officials Meet in Belize on the Way Forward for the Agricultural Industry in the Region
As you heard, a week of working sessions, including ministerial discussions and stakeholder engagement in respect of agriculture in the region, is taking place in Belize at the Biltmore Plaza. [...]

NEMO Monitors Weather in Northwestern Caribbean Sea
The National Emergency Management Organization, NEMO is keeping a close watch on a broad area of low pressure that is currently located over the northwester Caribbean Sea. In an advisory [...]

The C.R.F.M. Meets in Belize: Illegal, Unreported & Unregulated Fishing Threatens Industry
Back to the regional meetings, members of the ministerial Council of the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism met today at the Biltmore Plaza. C.R.F.M. is discussing a cadre of issues affecting [...]

The Seafood Trade in the Caribbean: Meeting Market Requirements
But where is the region in terms of accessing markets for its fishery products? Trade in fish and seafood is one of the largest areas of agriculture commodity globally; over [...]

Police on Road Safety for Motorists
There has been persistent loss of life due traffic accidents since the start of the year, but fortunately a crash on the Hummingbird Highway in Belmopan left five persons nursing [...]

The Reporter

Basra Street Robbery Caught On Security Camera
The Belize Police Department is asking the public’s assistance in identifying a man who robbed another man on a bicycle this afternoon on Basra Street.

Simplex vs Public Service Union HQ – Still In Limbo
The Public Service Union (P.S.U.) has told the Reporter it intends to stand its ground at its headquarters on Hilltop in Belmopan despite an eviction notice from Simplex Designs via its attorney.

Belizean Releases First Single in the US
A Belizean who lives in Los Angeles, California gave Belizeans a song with a catchy rhythm and lyrics they could enjoy for Independence Day while sending very subtle advice to stand up to bullies. Otty Trujillo’s first single – a Belizean Brukdong song titled “Push A Back” has reportedly already been received well and is now a hit among the Belizeans living in LA.

LOVE FM

Conch season reopens
The annual conch season in Belize runs from October 1st to June 30th and was declared opened by the Fisheries Department. For coastal fishing communities, it is a main source of revenue and as such, it is considered a big day in their fishing calendar.

NCA Launches Front Ah Di Line Campaign
The Front Ah Di Line campaign, which was launched today, seeks to ensure that specific persons are given special considerations in day to day activities. The campaign was launched by National Council of Ageing and aims to improve the lives of older persons, persons with disabilities, pregnant women and parents with infants.

PSU told to vacate Hilltop headquarters
The Public Service Union has until the end of this month to vacate their Hilltop National Headquarters. Simplex Design Company Limited, the company which bought the hilltop property from the Belmopan City Council last year, has written to PSU through their attorney, Steven Perrera from Esteven Perrera & Company.

Man robbed outside of Credit Union
Earlier this afternoon, a man on a bicycle was robbed while coming out of St John's Credit Union on Bastra Street. (VIDEO ROBBERY VO) A nearby surveillance camera caught the entire incident.

Tropic Air to add bigger planes for international flights
One of Belize’s pioneers in the civil aviation industry is Tropic Air Limited. This week, the company announced that they are investing in a larger type of aircraft that will allow them to better serve their international routes.

Busito Passengers robbed in broad daylight
Passengers of a busito in Cayo were robbed yesterday afternoon. Our Cayo Correspondent told us more. No water in San Antonio, Toledo
Residents of San Antonio Village, Toledo District are stuck living without water for the past two days. They are unable to complete their day to day tasks.

No water in San Antonio, Toledo
Residents of San Antonio Village, Toledo District are stuck living without water for the past two days. They are unable to complete their day to day tasks.

Agriculture Census ending soon
Farmers are being urged to register themselves as the Agriculture Census that is being executed by the Ministry of Agriculture is coming to an end. The Agriculture Census is a count of all the farmers and farm activities in Belize.

CARICOM holds youth empowerment workshop
The CARICOM program dubbed “Creativity for Employment and Business Opportunity” is equipping young people across the Caribbean with tools to make it in the business world.

Port Loyola residents can query land issues in the near future
Belize City residents living in Port Loyola will have their opportunity to query any land issue they may be faced with in the upcoming two weeks. Standard Bearer for the area, Philip Willoughby, told us today that members of the Lands Department in Belmopan will be journeying to the YMCA on Faber’s Road in order to answer all concerns.

NEMO Monitoring Area Of Low Pressure
The National Meteorological Services of Belize and the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) are currently monitoring a broad area of low pressure that is located over the northwestern Caribbean Sea.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Autopsy conducted on dolphin carcass found in Corozal Bay
On September 12, 2019, the Sarteneja Alliance for Conservation and Development (SACD), responded to a […]

NEMO monitors low pressure area in Central Caribbean
The National Meteorological Service of Belize and the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) today informed that […]

Hobbs Brewery launches 2020 calendar
The calendar has turned to October, but over the weekend on the Placencia Peninsula, a […]

Conch season officially opens
Today, October 1st marks the opening of the conch season 2019-2020. As such, the Fisheries […]

National Council on Aging launches “Front-ah-di-line” campaign
The National Council on Aging (NCA), today, launched a new campaign today called “Front ah […]

“Ministry of Human Development on board with getting police more training,” says CEO
In the aftermath of the now-viral video showing police forcefully detaining a minor that had […]

Aspiring UDP Leader John Saldivar to launch campaign
The race for UDP Leadership continues with standard bearers and area representatives pledging their support […]

British army corporal arrested for allegedly spending army money on flights for family in Belize and abusing army access
Corporal (Cpl) Audrey Urbina,32, is being accused of fraudulently spending 17,000 Euros of army money on […]

Business Insider: Cocaine piles up in Belize as drug production rises in Columbia
A report from Business Insider published on September 27, 2019 is stating that cocaine is […]

New District Association of Village Councils for Belize district
On September 29, 2019, Biscayne Village Chairman Alphius Gillett emerged as the new President of […]

Nigerian authorities raid Lagos ‘baby factory’
Authorities in Nigeria have freed 19 pregnant women from a place described as ‘baby factories’ […]

Sucu killed for stolen boat engine?
Jebran Wagner better known as ‘Sucu’ was gunned down over the weekend while at a […]

Blogs

11th Annual  Blue Water Classic Fishing Tournament
Calling all anglers! The 11th Annual  Blue Water Classic Fishing Tournament is soon here! Mark your calendars for October 12 and 13th for one of the most exciting tournaments yet! The Blue Water Classic fishing tournament has been the longest-runningtournament forThe Belize Game Fishing Association. It remains a popular tournament for avid anglers both locally and regionally. Last year the tournament had 23 boats compete, with6 boats making their journey over from Honduras,Omoa, Puerto Cortes and Roatan.

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SUSPECTED DRUG TRANSPORT GULFSTREAM CRASHES INTO PIECES
An unregistered Gulfstream II private jet, suspected of carrying drugs, has crashed near the boarder area of Belize. According to Noticaribe the aircraft crashed into an open field next to a dirt road in Blue Creek, around the Orange Walk district. As a result of the impact, the aircraft split into two pieces. Emergency services attending the aircraft found no signs of anyone around, let alone any personal belongings or cargo inside the aircraft. Authorities now suspect the aircraft was being used to traffic drugs or other prohibited substances/items.

Drought warning as wet season ends
Weather watchers’ concerns over a lingering drought in Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean have been heightened as the region races to the end of the wet season. The region’s premier weather research institute, the Barbados-based Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology (CIMH), said that while there is less concern over short-term drought, there remains much concern over long-term drought as the end of the year approaches. The wet season runs from May/June to November/December, with the dry season for the other half-year. In its latest Caribbean Drought Bulletin released here, the CIMH said that the drought situation is of even more concern given that the wet season is also coming to an end.

Owensboro man arrested in Belize is now back in Daviess Co.
An Owensboro man arrested in Belize last month is back in Daviess County. Lad Ottofy faces two counts of sexual abuse, one count of sodomy, and one count of rape. Ottofy was indicted in March on those charges. Ottofy is accused of sexually abusing several juveniles between November 2017 and December 2018. Prosecutors claim the 60-year-old man had sex with someone under the age of 12.

Concern Still Persists Over Long Term Drought In The Caribbean
The Barbados-based Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology said today that while there is less concern over short term drought, there remains much concern over long term dry conditions as the end of the year approaches. In its latest Caribbean Drought Bulletin, the institute said that the drought situation is of even more concern given that the wet season is also coming to an end. “This enhances concerns related to water availability moving into the dry season.

Abandoned plane found in two along Belize, Quintana Roo border
An abandoned aircraft was found crashed Monday morning along the Belize, Quintana Roo border, authorities have said. The plane, a Gulstream G-5 aircraft, was discovered collapsed on a clandestine runway in an open field next to a dirt road in Blue Creek. The impact of the crash caused the aircraft to split in two. According to Belize police, no people or cargo were found on board the plane. It is speculated that the plane was carrying drugs or other prohibited merchandise, but had to deviate from its route due to the presence of authorities in Petén, Guatemala.

Corporal, 32, 'used army as her own personal free travel agency as she blew £17,000 flying family and friends on jollies and holidays'
A soldier employed to arrange official Army travel fraudulently spent £17,000 of MoD money on flights for her family and friends to enjoy 'jollies and holidays', a court martial heard today. Corporal Audrey Urbina, 32, is accused of abusing her Army access so she could have 'her own personal free travel agency' to fly 'where she liked'. Over a period of 17 months, Cpl Urbina allegedly booked dozens of flights for her close family and friends to glamorous destinations including New York, Belize, Guatemala City, Miami and Frankfurt.

Videos

  • International Day of Older Persons, 5min. Today, October 1st, Belize joins countries across the globe in celebrating International Day of Older Persons under the theme, "The Journey to Age Equality." The 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) recognize that development will only be achievable if it is inclusive of all ages. Empowering older persons in all dimensions of development, including promoting their active participation in social, economic and political life, is one way to ensure their inclusiveness and reduce inequalities.

  • Scuba Diving in Belize, 3min. Diving at Ambergris Caye in Belize in September 2019 with Ramon's Village Resort.

  • Mural in Belize by Carol DeMoss at the Black Orchid Resort, 1min. Mural, Jungle mural, acrylic, Painting outside.

  • Regional Planners Forum, 31min. The 12th Regional Planners Forum and the 81st Special Meeting for Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) is taking place in Belize. Regional officials are in country to discuss and plan how to improve the agricultural industry. We spoke with representatives from the Caricom Secretariat and the Ministry of Agriculture about the important themes coming out of this sessions. Topics such as climate-smart agriculture, the use of innovative technology and exploring new fields such as medical marijuana and climate resistant crops are priority issues for discussion.

  • Conch Season opens, 5min. It's October 1st and Its finally the opening of the conch season and all fishermen have headed out to sea to catch their product for the day. Everyone is excited for this day to come as for the fishermen, this brings money to their pockets and various delicacy to our table. Here in Caye Caulker, conch fritters and ceviche are the number one delicacy you can find at the restaurant and it is also sold on the street by venders. Today We got a close look at how the fishermen work tirelessly to extract the conch out of their shells. The conch season lasts up until June 30th.

  • Fire victims on Caye Caulker get help, 25min. A check of $4,000.00 was donated by Holchan and Nemo for the fire victims. The CCVC acted as an administrative link to distribute the donation to all victims, who some of which came on camera and expressed their gratitude. We then spoke with the chairlady Seleny Villanueva - pott who commented on the donations recieved.

  • Improving the Quality of Life for All Belizeans!, 1min. Road development.

  • "Front Ah Di Line" Campaign, 1.25min. Today the National Council on Aging in collaboration with BAPDA and with sponsorship from Sagicor and BNE launched its "Front Ah Di Line" Campaign. The Campaign aims to promote priority services for older persons, persons with disabilities and other vulnerable groups.

  • Snorkeling the Belize Barrier Reef -Mexico Rocks, 23min. We made it to Belize in lovely Central America! And we have a ton of videos from our vacation to share with you! Join us as we snorkel the barrier reef, visit the Mayan temples and fill up at Lobsterfest! We started our trip in Ambergris Caye and ended it in San Ignacio, Belize. But first, we had to cross the border to Guatemala to see Tikal. No way we were gonna miss that amazing experience! Lucky for you, we got an immense amount of footage. We also learned a lot about coconuts at Captian Morgans Retreat, got to taste and experience the Garifuna culture, and got a wicked sunburn at Secret Beach.

  • Belize Minister of Agriculture, the Hon. Godwin Hulse, sympathises with The Bahamas, 2min. At the opening of t he two-day 12th Regional Agricultural Planners' Forum, Belize Minister of Agriculture, the Hon. Godwin Hulse, sympathises with The Bahamas

  • Belize Zoo - 2019 GFP, 4min. I visited the Belize Zoo as part of my masters program through Miami University. The zoo is a great place to see local species and learn about the unique animals.

  • Assassinos de Crocodilos - Selva do Belize, 13min. ​ Fomos até à selva do Belize para ver Crocodilos e descobrimos que eles estão a ser Mortos devido a descargas ilegais feitas por uma fábrica de açúcar... é muito triste ver o que a nossa poluição e desrespeito pelos outros ser vivos está afazer ao nosso lindo planeta.

  • Awesome boat ride up the Rio Grande River Belize, 2.5min. Video I made to highlight some of the work me and an intern did around a local river and nature trail. TIDE Private Protected Lands and the Rio Grande River