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The San Pedro Sun

Wolfe’s Woofer: Overheard
“Good morning,” I said. “Good morning to you,” said the older tourist. He and his wife were taking seats at the table in front of me on the deck at seaside restaurant. “What are you two talking about?” his wife asked, cupping her hand behind her ear. “He said ‘good morning’ Peggy,” the man said loudly. To me he said, “Please excuse her. She’s hard of hearing.” “You need to speak up,” she said.

Doctor Love: Marriage and Gossip
Dear Doctor Love, I have been married to my husband for forty-five years and I’ve always known he has flings with other women. We’ve talked about it and agree that we stopped being lovers long ago, but we are still very good friends. We have a comfortable life and neither of us wishes to leave. He’s always discrete and I am free to pursue my own interests. We’ve settled into a “don’t ask—don’t tell” understanding and we are both happy with that.

Ambergris Today

Belize Hosts 5th Annual Multinational Security Cooperation Conference In San Pedro
On Friday, October 18, 2019, The Ministry of National Security (Defence) hosted the 5th Annual Multinational Security Cooperation Conference at the Grand Caribe Belize Suites & Residences in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye. The main objective of the conference was to share Belize’s national security strategic vision, accomplishments and requirements with its allies and partners. The cooperation dialogue emphasized security and military partnership in the areas of capacity building, leadership and management, as well as institutional strengthening for the Belize Defence Force, the Belize Coast Guard and the Joint Intelligence Operations Centre.

Close Encounters At Sea (Survival Stories) Pt.3
In the 1970's and 1980's the San Pedro's Caribena Fishing Cooperative was the leading producer of lobster in Belize. In the early 1970's Gonzalo "Chalo" Valdez Sr. and his crew of four were returning from a fishing trip down south with their vessel, La Luisa, with a full load of 600 pounds of frozen lobster tails. They were crossing from Glover's Reef heading to the channel "quebrado" that is in front of San Pedro. These were all sea experts and seasoned fishermen but in rough weather and ten feet waves even the professionals can be put to test. Three rolling waves caught the Luisa just 200 hundred feet from the channel. The first forced them to swerve sideways.

Various Belizean Sources

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Ambergris Caye winners for this year's BTB National Tourism Awards
Mayor Daniel Guerrero and the San Pedro Town Council would like to congratulate all the winners for this year's BTB National Tourism Awards. Congratulations to Grand Caribe on their win for Top Performing Hotel of the Year. Congratulations to the San Pedro Tour Guide Association on their win for the Tour Guide Association of the Year. Congratulations to Mrs. Kelly McDermott Kanabar on her win for this year's Minister's Award. Also, we would like to congratulate the nominees and everyone in the Tourism industry for their every day work and keeping alive the industry.

Statement From The Ministry of National Security On Suspect Drug Plane Landings
“On a daily basis there are members of the security forces of Belize deployed to intercept planes attempting to land illegally in Belize. These planes are suspected to have drugs on board destined for the North American market. Belize does not yet have military radar tracking capability. In the time being Belize relies on an external regional network that generates tracking information as soon as suspect planes leave South America. “These aircraft must offload their cargo somewhere in Central America or Mexico after which it is transported overland to the North. Once information of a suspect plane tracking its way towards Belize is received, our security forces deploy to as many possible landing sites as our human resources allow.

Annual BTB Conference focused on Cultural Immersion
Tourism Industry stakeholders and international marketing experts converged at the Biltmore Plaza Hotel on Friday, Oct 18 to discuss a wide-range of issues important to the local industry as part of this year’s BTB annual Tourism Conference which saw a record attendance of over 200 participants. The conference evolved from the BTB’s strategic plan on equipping stakeholders with pertinent and relevant information for the industry’s enhancement. The one-day conference was held under the theme: Destination Marketing & the Impact on our Belize Market.

GOB Signs Contract with Taiwanese Firm for the Upgrading of the Corozal/Sarteneja Road
The Government of Belize (GOB) today signed a contract with Taiwanese firm, Overseas Engineering and Construction Company Limited S.A. (OECC), for the upgrade of the Corozal/Sarteneja Road. The contract signing follows the signing of a loan agreement between the Government of Belize and the Export-Import Bank of the Republic of China (Taiwan) (EXIM Bank) for a sum of US$50M on September 9th, 2019 for the road project. OECC has extensive road construction experience in the Caribbean and Central American regions.

Partial Remission of Land Tax Arrears Programme 2019/2020

The Government of Belize Hosts the Belize -Taiwan Agriculture Investment Mission
The Government of Belize, through the Ministry with responsibility for Investment, Trade and Commerce, along with the Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (BELTRAIDE), continues its partnership with the Republic of China (Taiwan) through the second investment mission under the theme, “The Belize Agricultural Investment Mission”. The Mission, which includes delegates visiting from both Taiwan and the Taiwanese Community in North America, is scheduled to take place from October 20th to 26th and commenced with a handing over of funds ceremony on Friday, October 11th, 2019 at the Belize Training & Employment Centre (BTEC). The first investment mission under the theme, “The Belize Tourism Investment Mission” was successfully executed in June 2019.

Exodus Water Taxi
New water taxi timetable (starting Tuesday 22nd October 2019). New Water Taxi (San Pedro - Sarteneja - Corozal) starting Tuesday 22nd October. Exodus Water Taxi Prices:

Caye Caulker Volunteer Fire Service Training
Volunteer Service Training is set for Wednesday, October 23rd, 2019

Caye Caulker Village Council update
The Children's park now have lights so you can take your children to the park in the evenings. They are automated so it turns on/off automatically. Our staff is doing an excellent job in keeping the children's park maintained. We have commence working on the streets in Bahia and will continue to do so later in this week. We ask for your patience as the little rain have done major damages to our streets.

Corozal Football Association Week 7 Schedule
It all happens at the Carolina Football Field, Sunday, October 27th, 2019 starting at 9:00 a.m. sharp.

Job Opening at BEL
A vacancy exists for the post of Manager, Finance in the Finance Department of Belize Electricity Limited.

Citizen Science Program aimed at protecting scarlet macaws
With support from Adventure Travel Conservation Fund, World Nomads and the British Embassy in Belize, FCD has launched a Citizen Science Program aimed at protecting scarlet macaws. If you are interested in volunteering for the 2020 season, contact us at [email protected]

Oceana's Annual General Meeting 2019
Belizeans from across the country came out in waves to the Saint Catherine Academy Auditorium in Belize City to participate in Oceana’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) of its dedicated volunteers, our “Wavemakers”. Over four hundred Wavemakers from Corozal, Orange Walk, Belize, Cayo, Stann Creek and Toledo districts, as well as from Caye Caulker and Ambergris Caye attended this year’s event. During the AGM, several Wavemakers were awarded certificates of appreciation for their sensational, above and beyond support for Oceana’s campaigns and initiatives over the past year. Among the awardees were Nancy Aguilar from Corozal; Phinehas Sylvania from Orange Walk; Larsha Pascascio from the Belize District; Charlotte Jones from Caye Caulker; the Sacred Heart College Interact Club from San Ignacio; Russel Murray Jr. from Stann Creek and Royoko Kimura from Toledo. Oceana was also proud to recognize Mrs. Yvetter Sanker Riverol as the National Wavemaker of the year.

Channel 7

US Federal Agent: Mason Says Saldivar Framing Him
The murder trial of William "Danny" Mason, Ashton Vanegas, Keron Fernandez, Terrence Fernandez, and Ernest Castillo finally resumed today in Belmopan before Justice Antoinette Moore. It had been on pause for several weeks while the court waited to hear from a witness who was an employee of the US Embassy. The court had to go through the diplomatic channels to get that written statement which was tendered into evidence this morning. The witness, who is a US Federal Agent, says that Belize police contacted him to assist with a US national who was the victim of a crime in Belize. That was David Dodd - who has testified via Skype that he accompanied Pastor Lucas and another man to Mason's Intelco Hill Home on the day that Pastor Lue was decapitated.

Another Empty Narco Jet, Another Mystery
Tonight Belizeans all over are shaking their heads with a weary nod - like, "another drug plane!?" Yup, that's right. Early on Sunday morning, another narco-jet was found abandoned on a road in Blue Creek. No drugs, no passengers, just the jet. It's the 7th drug plane to land this year, and about the 20th since 2018 - and its appearance has so many Belizeans saying, it's just too much, too often, too out of control. And that's why the Commissioner of police held a press conference today in Belmopan. Cherisse Halsall reports: Before Dawn on Sunday another plane, this time a Hawker Siddeley 125, was abandoned in the Blue Creek area of Orange Walk.

UDP's Tracy Defies Expectation, Seeks First Deputy Seat
Tonight, there is a an interesting wrinkle in the UDP power matrix. Tracy Taegar Panton surprised many this morning at 8:00 when she went to the UDP headquarters to submit her name as a candidate for First Deputy Leader. She did so - by her account - as an unaligned candidate - tethered to neither Patrick Faber nor John Saldivar - who are the two aspirants for leader. If it is indeed a solo move, it is a big one; after all Taegar-Panton just entered electoral politics as a UDP in 2015; her roots are PUP, with whom she worked for over a decade.

66 Year Old Murdered By Relatives
Five are dead after another weekend of too many traumatic deaths and shooting incidents. We start with the weekend's only murder. The victim was 66 year old Paul Castillo - who was viciously chopped to death inside his small home on south Street in Corozal Town. Today, two Belize City men were taken to Corozal Magistrate's court for the murder, and one of the suspects is a relative. On Friday night, 47 year old Earl Bowden, a plumber from Buttonwood Bay and 38 year old Norman Justo Castillo a tour guide from Belama were socializing with his relative, Paul Castillo when things suddenly took a turn. They beat and chopped up the senior citizen, leaving him dead in his underwear on his bed. >

Man Knocked Down On Way To Store
A trip to the store turned fatal for a 54 year old Hattieville man. He was riding his bicycle to the store when he was knocked down and killed at mile 17 on the Western Highway. The victim is Balveno Fermin. His son was one of the first responders. Courtney Weatherburne spoke to him today. Here's here story. This morning Louis Bowen took us to the scene where his father, Balbino Fermin died Fermin's slippers and t-shirt still thrown on the side of the road.

Man Arraigned For Fatal Accident
Police today told the press that they detained the driver of the SUV that hit and fatally injured Balveno Fermin. Here is the commander of National Crimes Investigation, ACP Jospeh Myvette: "What the police know so far is that Fermin was eastbound toward Hativille when he was knocked down behind off his bicycle by a black SUV type vehicle that was coming in the same direction. That driver has since been detained pending the investigation into this fatal traffic accident."

Car - Truck Collision Leads To Road Death
There was also a fatal accident in Pomona village on Friday night where an 80 year old man lost his life. The victim was also riding a bicycle. Late Friday evening, Nigerian Samuel King crashed into a black Toyota driven by 54 year old John Castillo. They collided at mile 11 on the Hummingbird Highway. ."

Another Stann Creek Fatal
And yet another fatal traffic accident in the Dangriga area but this one is a hit and run. And, again, the victim was riding a bicycle. On Friday night 62 year old Fidel Padilla was knocked down by an unknown vehicle between miles 3 and 4 on the Stann Creek Valley Road. Today Police told us that they are seeking the public's help with any information regarding this accident and Padilla's death.

Toddler Falls In Well, Drowns
And while the weekend was filled with fatal accidents and several shootings, the village of Santa Cruz saw a different but perhaps more devastating tragedy. A 3-year-old child drowned at the bottom of a well in at his home in Santa Cruz, Stann Creek. His mother had just lost sight of him for a few moments as she prepared the midday meal. She called the police to report her son missing. That's when they visited the home. They told us what they found when they got there.

Robber Terrorized Business, Got Nothing Except Charged
It didn't make the news last week - but there was a scary - and hapless - armed robbery attempt at Matus Travels on Barrack Rd. It was all captured on camera, when, around 5:00, a suspicious man walked into the travel agency asking about boat tickets for Caye Caulker. The owner tried to show him out, the the traveler turned robber took out what appeared to be a pistol and demanded money.

Calaney Walked Out of Appeals Court Free Again
Turning now from crime To Court News, Calaney Flowers was back in the court of appeal today. She's the woman who had been acquitted of her former boyfriend's murder in March of 2017. In 2012, Lyndon Morrison died when he was hit from behind as he and his new girlfriend were traveling on his motorcycle on Freetown Road in Belize City. Flowers was the person driving the car that hit Morrison and his girlfriend, Sochyl Sosa. In one of his final judgements, Justice John Gonzalez acquitted her after a full trial. The DPP's office has been determined to appeal that acquittal and matter came up today at the Court of Appeal.

Denfield Was First of Four To Get Shot in Bze District
Turning back now to crime - there were four shooting in the city and Ladyville this weekend - luckily none of them fatal. On Friday night at around 10:40pm, 30 year old Denfield Tasher was shot to the left lower back. It happened in the area of Lows supermarket, Ladyville and that's where police found Tasher lying on the street suffering from the gunshot. They shared details from Tasher's report earlier today.

Medwood Survived Shooting
There was another shooting on Friday night. This one happened around 9:30 when a game of chance was interrupted by a sound of a bullet slicing through the air. 21 year old Tyrique Medwood and another man were playing dice when an assailant approached them and fired a shot in their direction injuring Medwood. The gunman then ran in the direction of Sittee Street. Police provided more details.

Buller Shot On Jasmine Street
ACP Myvette also shared a few details about another shooting which happened on Saturday night on Jasmine Street - also in the city. According to the cops, the victim, 26-year-old Kevin Buller, was riding his bicycle, minding his own business, when he heard a gunshot: "On Saturday shortly after 9:30pm, police responded to an information of a shooting incident on Jasmine Street in Belize City where they met and spoke to one Kevin Buller..."

CODICADER Gold For Belize Boys Int Costa Rica
If you were on the Phillip Goldson Highway between 5:30 and 6:00 this evening, you'd have definitely noticed the very loud and proud motorcade making its way from Ladyville to Belize City. That's because the boys from U-13 Volleyball Team went to Costa Rica to compete in this year's Codicader Games, and they made history by winning gold. It's a big win for Team Belize, and their coaches and parents were excited to greet them at the international airport this evening when they returned.

Mega-Contract Signed For Corozal/Sarteneja Road
It was take 5 years and 50 million US dollars to pave the 27 miles of road between Corozal and Sarteneja. The Government today officially signed the contract with the Taiwanese firm named Overseas Engineering and Construction Company Limited. We were at the contract signing in Belmopan today and the minister told us more:

Talking Trade and Agriculture With Taiwan
While those papers were signed in Belmopan for the Taiwanese funded Corozal/Sarteneja road, the Ministry of Investment and Trade hope to get the Taiwanese government to invest in the agriculture sector as well. There was a ceremony at the Biltmore to welcome 10 delegates from Taiwan and North America for this year's second investment mission. They will be staying for a week to tour the country, take in all the agricultural business opportunities and hopefully invest.

Women Cops Got to Supreme Court to Protect Hairstyles
Attorney Anthony Sylvester is taking up the case of the women police officers who were brought up on charges for their hairstyles. They all wear their hair natural, some of them in cornrows and braids - but the police senior command said the style contravenes Section 7 of the Police Standing Orders. So they were charged for willfully disobeying a lawful command - but the disciplinary action was suspended after they lawyered up. Suspended but not cancelled, and now, they have lawyered up again to challenge the action in the Supreme Court. Sylvestre told us more:

One More City Shooting
In our last segment we told you about three city shootings. And here now are the details on the fourth. 23 year old Justin Marin is lucky to be alive after he was targeted in a drive by shooting in the area of the Love park in Belize City. Marin was walking on Albert Hoy Street heading toward the junction with Julis Soberanis street when he heard the roar of a vehicle engine behind him.

Woman Won Fantasy Five
And, finally tonight, there a Fantasy Five winner went to collect her winnings today from the October 19th draw. Mayra Carolina Solis picked up the winning prize of $397,000 dollars. She spoke off camera about what she plans to do with it:

Channel 5

Di Plane Land; Yes, Di Plane Land…
In the wake of another suspected drug plane landing, the Ministry of National Security says it does not have the resources to track or intercept planes entering the airspace. On [...]

An Elderly Man is Butchered to Death in Corozal; His Son and Another Are Arraigned for his Murder
A sixty-six-year-old man, who lived alone, was hacked to death in the wee hours of Saturday inside his home in Corozal Town. It was a horrible murder that started after [...]

D.P.P.’s Application to Appeal Calaney Flowers’ Acquittal Dismissed
The Court of Appeals this morning handed down a ruling in favour of Calaney Flowers, who in 2017, was acquitted of the murder of her ex-boyfriend Lyndon Morrison. The application for [...]

Will the D.P.P. Pursue Case Against Calaney Flowers?
So, is this matter over for Calaney Flowers? Her attorney, Anthony Sylvestre, says that the Office of the Director of Public Prosecution has a time frame of forty-two days to [...]

P.U.P.’s Cases of Alleged Voter Registration Fraud Dismissed
In the lower courts, Chief Magistrate Sharon Frazer this morning dismissed an application brought by the P.U.P.’s Standard Bearer for Belize Rural North, Marconi Leal, against a registered voter in [...]

P.U.P.’s Michel Chebat says Witnesses’ Testimonies were not Enough
Marconi Leal was represented by attorney Michel Chebat, who says that the challenge he faced, was the fact that magistrates do not allow for the registering officers to be cross-examined. [...]

Tracy Panton for U.D.P. Deputy Leader
While in the U.D.P., Albert Area Representative and Minister of State in the Ministry of Investment, Trade, Commerce and Economic Development, Tracy Taegar-Panton is running for Deputy Party Leader of [...]

Fatal Accident Claims Life of Well-Known Hattieville Handyman
Balbino Fermin, better known as “Balo” of Hattieville, was knocked down and killed over the weekend. “Balo” was riding his bike when a truck hit him from behind; he died [...]

An Elderly Cyclist Knocked Down and Killed in Pomona
Two persons also perished in the south in traffic accidents. An elderly man lost his life on Friday night in the Stann Creek District when he was knocked down off [...]

Fidel Padilla is Killed in Hit & Run
While investigators were processing the scene of the previous accident, a report of a hit and run incident was also made to Dangriga police where they observed the lifeless body [...]

Akeem Trapp is Freed of Murder Charge
In the Supreme Court, Akeem Trapp walked free of the murder of Ian Adolphus Junior, which occurred February twenty-sixth, 2015 on Gill Street in Belize City.  Adolphus Junior was shot [...]

Stephan Jenkins Gets 17 Years for Manslaughter Guilty Plea; Co-Accused Awaiting Trial
After spending almost seven years in jail, today twenty-six-year-old Stephan Jenkins pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of manslaughter of fifty-four-year old Dennis Williams. On November eighth, 2012, Williams was [...]

U.S. Federal Agent Testifies in Writing in Mason Murder Trial
Last Tuesday, following several weeks of cooperating closely with the U.S. State Department in Washington, the Belmopan Supreme Court received a written witness testimony from a U.S. Federal Agent who [...]

Women Police Officer Fighting Ban on Dreadlocks
Earlier in the year, the Belize Police Department began to enforce the department’s Standard Orders regarding hairstyle and consequently banned dreadlocks. Six women police officers were accused of willfully disobeying a [...]

Friday Night’s Shooting Victim Injured in Right Leg
While there were no murders in Belize City, police are investigating a shooting that occurred on Friday night. It happened at around nine-thirty at the corner of Sarstoon and Ebony [...]

Kevin Buller Shot in Belize City
Twenty-six-year-old Kevin Buller was also shot on Saturday night in Belize City. He was riding his bicycle on Jasmine Street when the shooter pounced on him from the rear and [...]

Shooting in Ladyville Leaves 1 Hospitalized
A shooting on Friday night in Ladyville has left one man hospitalized. Police say that sometime around ten-thirty that night, Denfield Tasher, was on the corner of Parakeet and Tapnachick [...]

Samuel Trapp Busted for Attempted Robbery
A travel agency in Belize City was the scene of a brazen robbery attempt.  Police say that twenty-four-year-old Samuel Trapp entered Matus Travel & Tour Services on Barrack Road on [...]

Belize Hosts Taiwanese Agriculture Trade Mission
In June, a Taiwanese delegation came to Belize to look into investment opportunities in the Tourism industry.   Today, the Government, through the Ministry of Investment, Trade and Commerce, along with [...]

Ministry of Agriculture Sees the Potential in the Trade Mission
C.E.O. in the Ministry of Agriculture Jose Alpuche also weighed in on the trade mission. Alpuche told the press that apart from attracting new investments and opening new markets, this [...]

G.O.B. Signs Contract for Upgrading Corozal/Sarteneja Road
A contract with Taiwanese firm Overseas Engineering and Construction Company Limited for the upgrade of the Corozal/Sarteneja Road was signed today by the Government of Belize.  The brief ceremony follows [...]

James Adderly with the Sporting Events of the Weekend
Good evening, I’m James Adderly and this is Sports Monday. [Highlights of the weekend sporting events...]

The Reporter

Body Found On U.S-Mexico Border May Be Belizean
A body of a male person was found in the Rio Grand river, which forms part of the U.S – Mexico border. The river is also known as the Rio Bravo by Mexicans. The body is believed to be a Belizean because of the identity documents found on him.

Child Drowns In Well
Police are investigating the death of a child in the community of Santa Cruz in the Stann Creek district. Acting on information received around 1:00pm Saturday, Police visited a home in Santa Cruz where they saw the body of Oscar Jadiel Sandoval Bonilla, 3.

City Men Detained In Corozal Murder
Two men, one a plumber from Buttonwood Bay and the other a tour guide from Belama Phase 2 in Belize City, have been detained for questioning in a vicious murder which occurred early this morning in Corozal Town.

LOVE FM

Three year old drowns in well
A three year old tragically lost his life after he fell and drowned in a well. The incident occurred in Santa Cruz, Stann Creek District after his mother turned her attention away for about twenty minutes.

Calany Flowers walks away from charges and is a free woman
Calaney Flowers has been freed once again by the courts after the Director of Public Prosecutions appealed the not-guilty judgement handed down in 2017. The case which is over seven years old began unfolding on August 28, 2012 when Flowers drove her car on Freetown Road, hitting her ex-boyfriend and his girlfriend off a motorcycle.

Two minors involved in strange case of rape
Love News has received reports of a rape incident that occurred last night in the rural parts of the Stann Creek District. Correspondent Harry Arzu is on the ground gathering additional details.

Man is knocked off bicycle in the West
The third traffic accident happened just outside Hattieville, Belize District. Another man was knocked off his bicycle.

PUP suffers another lose in the voters’ list case
The People’s United Party (PUP) lost another round in court after they sought to challenge some names on the voters’ list for the Belize Rural North division. The matter was filed in court on behalf of the PUP’s Standard Bearer, Marconi Leal.

Tracy Panton runs for UDP Deputy Party Leader
Minister of Investment, Trade and Commerce, Tracy Taegar Panton, has stated that she will be running for the position of First Deputy Party Leader for the United Democratic Party. Taegar has decided to run for the position when the party calls its National Convention in February 2020.

Two men killed in traffic accidents in the south
Three fatal road traffic accidents occurred over this past weekend. The first two were both in the Stann Creek District, on Friday night.

Taiwanese Stakeholders seek investment opportunities in Belize
Taiwanese stakeholders are looking to invest in Belize’s agriculture sector. Today, the Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (BELTRAIDE) launched its Agriculture investment mission. The mission aims to provide investors with the proper data about the investment opportunities in Belize’s agriculture sector.

Another suspected drug plane lands in the north
The Ministry of National Security issued a statement yesterday which outlined that issues the police face when dealing with suspected drug planes. The statement attributed majority of the issues to lack of resources.

Man allegedly chopped by son
An elderly man was beaten and killed inside his home over the weekend. Police’s quick response has led to the arrest of two men suspected to be the killers in this incident. Unconfirmed reports suggest that one of the men arrested is Castillo’s son.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Man shot and killed in Ladyville last night
A man was shot and killed in Ladyville, Belize District last night. He has been […]

Governor General on official visit to Japan
Belize’s Governor-General, Colville Young left Belize on Saturday, October 19, 2019 to travel to Japan, […]

Mexican authorities increase presence at border with Belize due to increase narco-jet landings
Local media houses in Chetumal, Quintana Roo are reporting that the Guardia Nacional (Mexican military) […]

Government signs contract with Taiwanese firm for upgrading of Corozal/ Sarteneja road
The Government of Belize (GOB) today signed a contract with Taiwanese firm, Overseas Engineering and Construction […]

Court dismisses DPP’s appeal in Calaney Flowers case
After seven years of legal battles, Calaney Flowers, who was accused of the murder of […]

Former Dangriga Mayor passes away
Former Mayor of Dangriga Town, Simeon Noralez, better known as “Sex” has passed away. During […]

Oceana hosts 2019 Annual General Meeting and honors ‘wavemakers’
Belizeans from across the country gathered at the Saint Catherine Academy Auditorium in Belize City […]

Saint Martin’s Credit Union donates brand new motorcycle to San Ignacio Police
Saint Martin’s Credit Union (SMCU) in San Ignacio, Cayo has donated a brand-new motorcycle to […]

Councilor Allan Pollard addresses youth at SJCJC
Belize City Councilor, Allan Pollard, is perhaps the youngest politician elected at the municipal level. […]

Tracy Panton for UDP Deputy Leader!
The race for leadership of the United Democratic Party is in full swing. With Collet’s […]

Candice Pitts banners stolen and damaged in Mesop
The race for the Mesopotamia constituency is being hotly contested by the PUP’s Dr. Candice […]

Bandits back in control with three weeks to playoffs
A first slip-up of the season for San Ignacio’s Verdes in controversial fashion could cost […]

New date set for 2nd Annual Sleep it Out fundraiser
The Welcome Resource Center, which assists the homeless population in Belize, has set a new date […]

Blogs

Then and Now Secret Beach
Secret beach is one of those places where you cannot stop progress. I am glad that I was able to enjoy the experience long before it turned commercial. I will never forget my first trip up there, by boat because there were no roads yet. When it finally opened up to travel by golf cart we used to go picnic and explore The Cave Beyond Secret Beach. Then growth started exploding like Christmas firecrackers. The area filled up fast with a bunch of great businesses that came together to create a unique and fun Caribbean chill-out experience. I, however, have had a hard time adjusting to the change. Living on a small island I believe it is important to be mindful and do personal growth work to help you weather all kinds of storms and growth. I have been practicing not creating my future based on my past and I recently realized that I am closer than ever to letting go with the right person and giving myself the Secret Beach tour through fresh eyes.

Just Another Day Grocery Shopping
HOW MANY STOPS DOES IT TAKE? Shopping for groceries is no small task here in San Pedro, and anyone who lives here as an expat can attest to this! It is not like going to Super Target for a one stop shop. We have learned which places to get the best bang for our buck, along with the best products when shopping for all of our necessities. Living north of the bridge, this excursion usually takes around 3 - 4 hours from start to finish, depending on if you hit “San Pedro” traffic in town, right when the kids get out for lunch at 11:30 and head back to school at 12:30. So you can either plan your grocery trip before or after, or if you don’t mind about a 5 min sidetrack due to “traffic”. Even getting ready to leave the house is a process. First, make your list, based on the stops you have to take. Then don’t forget the “Yeti” cooler for your cold products, along with another big bag to load up the groceries. As well as any cases of returnable bottles, such as Landshark, Belkin, or sodas! Also, don’t forget to load up your empty 5 gallon water jugs. Time to put all the empties on the cart and get ready for your grocery extravaganza!

A Day in Belize City – Museum
For tourists and locals who have only one day to look around Belize City, it may seem that the best bet is to explore what gastronomy the city has to offer. However, there is a charming national museum waiting for you to visit! Situated just a stone’s throw from the Belize Tourism Village, the Museum of Belize is safely tucked away on the compound of the Central Bank of Belize. Day tourists and locals alike are surprised to know that there is so much to see and learn behind the tall walls which guard both the museum and the city’s highest security location. 

The 17th National Tourism Awards 2019
Over the weekend on October 19, 2019 the Belize Tourism Board hosted their annual tourism awards. Experts in the tourism industry gathered at the Caribbean Motors Showroom for a night of recognition. The National Tourism awards are held annually, to acknowledge and award those in the tourism industry for excellent service in the hospitality and tourism industry. Belize has become an attractive destination. The organizations, properties and businesses in attendance at the awards are key players in making Belize the desirable destination it is today. In recognition of their hard work and dedication, the BTB used this night to celebrate and honour those in the industry.

3 Amazing Adventures You Can Do Only In Belize
Turquoise waters, exotic wildlife, pristine reef systems, abundant marine life, and rich Maya history make Belize a destination like no other. To experience the best of best try an activity that falls into each of Belize’s offerings. Here are our top recommendations on how you can experience the best of Belize, only in Belize!

Manatees In Belize
Manatees are some of the most unusual and interesting mammals in the world. There are 800 to 1000 individuals that call Belize home because its coastline is highly conducive to manatee life. These playful and gentle giants, often described as “Sea Cows,” live in shallow and warm waters. They have a very slow metabolism, so they spend half their day resting and the rest slowly swimming in search of food. The best areas to spot them would be: Northern Lagoon, located inside of the Corozal Bay Wildlife Sanctuary—Swallow Caye Wildlife Sanctuary located 7 miles from Belize City, and Galespoint Manatee Wildlife Sanctuary, located in the Southern Lagoon, just offshore from the southern part of the Belize District.

Commonly Asked Questions About The Maya
Many theories abound, some ludicrous and even contradictory, have been proposed. Some researchers suggest that the Maya were simple farmers, until people from ancient Greece arrived in Central America to “civilize” them. They believed that the knowledge of the Maya was imposed rather than intrinsic. However, these are only theories, and what is true is that heir development cannot be so easily explained. Most likely, it was a gradual process that combined a number of factors: ecological adaptation, diversity in time and space, unity of elite subcultures, competition, interaction, and ideology. Over time they learned to harness the diversity and resources of their environment. Villages became towns and towns gradually evolved into large city centers. They then divided inti independent chiefdoms, speaking one or more dialects.

The Mestizo: Origin, Culture And Belief System
Universally the term for Mestizo is Ladino, which means a Spanish speaking white person in Central America (according to the Oxford Dictionary). In some countries, people refer to this group as Ladinos. In Belize, scholars and people in general, use the term Mestizos. Today, the Mestizos, persons of Spanish and Mayan descent, are found in the Northern districts of Orange Walk and Corozal. They are also found in the towns of San Ignacio and Benque Viejo del Carmen, and on the islands of San Pedro and Caye Caulker. Mestizos are predominantly Catholic. They speak Spanish, but like most Belizeans, they understand and speak both Creole and English. Some also speak Maya dialects.

Conch Fritters Recipe
Conch meat is very popular in Belize, where it is usually made as a stew, soup, ceviche or as an appetizer in the form of fritters. These delicacies can be enjoyed as a first course meal at local, seaside restaurants, as finger food at a party, or as a quick snack when on-the-go. If you’re a foodie, you’ll be sure to enjoy our cooking guide to creating these tasty Conch Fritters: Blend conch, vegetables and seasoning in food processor. Combine flour and baking powder, add eggs and water then fold conch mixture into flour batter. Add additional water if mixture is too dry. Drop mixture, one tablespoon at a time, into hot oil and fry until golden brown on both sides.

International Sourcesizz

A British actor left Hollywood to fight ISIS. Now he’s marooned in Belize. It’s quite a story
SAN IGNACIO, BELIZE — It sounded like death made airborne in those brutal days in Raqqa. Bullets screamed across the ruined streets in swarms thicker than flies on roadkill. Machine guns rattled. And the rocket-propelled grenades. Those were the worst. They hammered down with awful concussive thuds, smashing cinder block into choking clouds of powder For days in that sweltering October of 2017, Michael Enright crouched in an apartment building turned battle station, staring into the maw of the last Islamic State stronghold in Syria. Enright was the most unlikely of soldiers, pinned down there alongside his Kurdish and expat militia brothers, dodging bullets, blasting away with his Kalashnikov rifle, wondering whether these might be his last moments on earth. “It felt like the devil himself was breathing fire on me,” Enright says.

UC Professor Helps Track Jaguars
The University of Cincinnati is helping to track the notoriously secretive jaguar in the Central American country of Belize. Jaguars are so elusive and difficult to follow that they are nicknamed "shadow cat." However, UC associate professor of geology and anthropology Brooke Crowley was able to analyze jaguar droppings shipped to her lab to assist in the effort. The jaguar droppings were collected in the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve in Belize and, along with researchers from the American Museum of Natural History and the City University of New York, Crowley and her partners have found that jaguar scat provides isotopic signatures similar to those found in the undigested bones of prey to track the animal's movements.

Food, football, diplomatic ties take center field at Copa America Taiwan
he Copa America Taiwan and Latin Food Festival returned over the weekend (Oct. 19-20) for a vibrant celebration of the island's warm relations and exchanges with its Latin American allies, seeing the participation of students, entrepreneurs, and foreign dignitaries alike. Taking place on the campus of New Taipei's Fu Jen Catholic University campus, this was the festival's sixth consecutive year, according to organizer Fernando Ramos. Contributing to the international array of flavors, which ranged from Mexican enchiladas to milky, rice-based horchata, were vendors from nine different countries. During the opening ceremony, Ramos introduced the dignitaries at the event. The ambassador of Taiwan's longtime ally Belize, Diane Haylock, said in her remarks that, "We never think of all of the things that make up diplomacy," adding that, "Just as much as political diplomacy is important, so is economic diplomacy and, particularly, cultural diplomacy, and football is a very important activity in the life of the people of [Latin America] generally."

Caribbean nurses honor assembly speaker
The Bronx, Manhattan and Westchester Chapter of the Caribbean American Nurses’ Association, Inc. (CANA) on Saturday, Oct. 12 honored New York State Assembly Carl Heastie and Jamaican-born the Rev. Audrey Bailey, priest-in-charge at St. Francis and St. Martha’s Episcopal Church in White Plains, NY, with the Community Service Award. The nurses also honored Dr. Illouise Murillo-Tucker, the Belizean-born director of nursing for the Behavioral Health Department at Woodhull Medical and Mental Health Hospital, with the National Service Award. Dr. Murillo-Tucker is also CANA vice president.

Belize Central: A Model for Central American Prisons
Belize Central Prison is the only prison in a small Central American nation. This past February, I had the chance to visit this correctional facility as part of ongoing research into key criminal justice-related issues in Central and South America. What I realized is that Belize Central Prison should be the model for prison management throughout Central America based on its success in real prison rehabilitation that prepares inmates for life after incarceration. What Makes Belize Central Prison Different? Since the faith-based initiative called the Kolbe Foundation took over in 2002, Belize Central Prison has been transformed. This transformation has resulted in a drop of recidivism to only 10 percent. In comparison, the Bureau of Justice Statistics reported rates of recidivism as high as 83 percent in the United States, and recidivism rates in Mexico have been reported as high as 80 to 90 percent.

Mayan breakthrough: How ‘longest underwater cave system in world' was discovered in Mexico
MAYAN archaeologists hit the jackpot after discovering two cave systems were linked to create one huge underwater passage more than 216 miles long, which a historian has claimed is the longest in the world. The Mayans were a civilisation known for their architecture, mathematics and astronomical beliefs, who date back to as far as 2000BC, with many of their impressive constructions still standing in the jungles of southeast Mexico, Guatemala, Belize and western parts of Honduras. Last year, the Gran Acuifero Maya (GAM) project made a breakthrough after months of exploring a maze of underwater channels in the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico. Near the beach resort of Tulum, the group found that the cave system known as Sac Actun, once measured at 163 miles, and connected with the 52 miles long Dos Ojos system.

Cool travel gear - TSA-Approved Wearable Leatherman Tool
The Leatherman brand is known for creating multifunctional tools that include a knife and other handy items, such as a Phillips or flathead screwdriver, pliers or scissors. But that knife, well, it always gets in the way for clearing airport security and sometimes slows you down at international border entries. I have several of them, so I am regularly disappointed when I cannot carry my MacGyver do-it-all contraption with me on flights. So when Leatherman introduced its new Tread tool, I was very intrigued.

Videos

  • Tecuani and Duende is Belize's first animation movie, 25min. Tecuani and Duende is Belize's first animation movie. It promotes our local folklore while also teaching conservation lessons. We caught up with the creators about the upcoming premiere of the short. We also previewed the music video for its theme song. On set: - Theodore Spain- Director/Music Video Producer, Tecuani and Duende. Lee Mcloughin - Executive Director, Tecuani and Duende.

  • Musical - Justin "J.Cas" Castillo new music video release, 48min. Musical guest was Justin "J.Cas" Castillo. He is one half of the group Kadence. He brought along his new video and talked with us about the future of his music.

  • Grace Flava With A Beat - Jerk Seafood Medley, 26min. Grace Flava With A Beat returned with a mix of seafood for your weekend delights. Chef Duane prepared a recipe of Jerk Seafood Medley with Grace Coconut Rice. Grace Kennedy Belize Ltd is debuting a new Jerk product and will be having a jerk competition to engage customers. We talked about this and the upcoming one year anniversary of Belize City Council's Super Sale initiative.

  • TRAVEL WITH MOON BELIZE 2019, 3min. A clip highlighting my favorite moments around Belize while updating my fourth edition of Moon Belize guidebook for Moon Travel Guides

  • Soca Mode Video by Belizean Singer / Song Writer Melonie Gillett, 3min. Melonie Gillett Won the Belize International Film Festival Music Video Award for best music video for SOCA MODE which was filmed at Belize Boutique Resort And Spa!!!

  • Garifuna cultural experience in Hopkins village, Belize, 4min.

  • Jolie Pollard, Entrepreneur, 3min. She's a bold entrepreneur from Placencia who has created her own line of products geared at styling and caring for Curly and Coily hair. And, Jolie Pollard may be riding the swells of a popular trend at just the right time. One look around any public space in Belize lately will tell you that women and girls have embraced their natural hair. Cherspoke to Pollard about her own hair journey and how she came to create and market a natural solution for natural hair.

  • Channel 5 Obituaries - RORY LEO HOLLAND, 2.5min.

  • BTB National Tourism Awards 2019, 3.5hr.

  • BTB National Tourism Awards 2019 2, 1hr.

  • The Caye Caulker children fun drive is having their annual tombola and toy drive, 6min. Bring your kids out for an afternoon of fun and games.

  • Business Hour 21st 0ct 2019, 1hr42min.

  • Bunch of frigate bird’s flying in Corozal Bay, 2min.

  • The Mighty Avengers Premiere, 1min. The National Channel is premiering The Mighty Avengers on Friday, November 1st, at the San Ignacio Resort Hotel. It's all about Cayo's classic football team. "Come experience the legendary story of 'The Mighty Avengers', Cayo's legendary football team, on November 1st, at the San Ignacio Hotel, Bedran Hall. Tickets can be purchased at Central TV & Internet Belize San Ignacio, Benque and Belmopan offices. General Admission tickets are $10.00. VIP tickets are $20.00."

  • Belize Sports 2019, 8min. One of Millwoods Christian School's service trips to Belize in 2019.

  • Belize Aquaponics 2019, 7min. Millwoods Christian School's service trip to Belize in spring 2019, where our team built an aquaponics system for a school in Northern Belize.

  • Tackle Box with Jessica, 4min. Nice easy dive on our first day in Belize! Lots of curious sharks and grouper, and tons of reef fish

  • Arelee Parham wins Miss East Indian 2019 in Belize, 3min. This video clip captures the moment when Toledo's Arelee Parham won Miss East Indian in Corozal, Belize on August 3rd, 2019. Arelee is now representing Belize in the International Miss Divali Nagar Queen pageant on October 25th in Trinidad and Tobago.

  • Acción Deportiva, 54min.