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The San Pedro Sun

Fatal stabbing in Caye Caulker leaves one dead and one injured
The Marin family in the village of Caye Caulker is grieving the tragic death of 17-year-old Isaac Marin. He was stabbed to death while he slept sometime after 1AM on Tuesday, October 22nd, by his mentally-challenged cousin, Jaymie Marin. According to reports, his brother 25-year-old Carlos Marin tried to intervene but was injured. While Carlos was stabilized and transported to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital in Belize City, his brother died undergoing treatment at the Caye Caulker Polyclinic.

2019 BTB Tourism Awards celebrates Belize’s Travel and Hospitality Industry
The contribution and importance of the tourism industry in Belize was recognized during the 17th annual Belize Tourism Board (BTB) National Tourism Awards. Held on Saturday, October 19th at Caribbean Motors in Belize City, the event saw guests and stakeholders from different parts of the country applauding the winners of the night. The tourism mecca of Belize, Ambergris Caye, was well represented, winning three awards overall. For the second consecutive year, San Pedro Tourist Guide Association (SPTGA) was victorious with the Tour Guide Association of the Year award over 17 associations across the country.

30 years of service: Belize Mission Project is back!
Well-known dental specialists and volunteers of the Belize Mission Project from the USA are back on Ambergris Caye! For the past 30 years, this annual dental program has been providing free dental work to island residents and Belizeans across the country. The team comprised of dentists, physicians, volunteers, laboratory technicians, and other medical professionals began offering their services on Monday, October 21st at the Lions Den in San Pedro Town and will do so until Friday, November 1st. Services offered include cavity fillings, cleanings, restorative dentistry, partial dentistry, among others.

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”.

Ambergris Today

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.

Hondurans Busted For Fishing In Belizean Waters
During the early morning hours of Friday, October 18, 2019 the Belize Coast Guard detained two Honduran Nationals who were caught fishing in Belizean waters. These men were then handed over to the rangers of the Southern Environmental Association, who formally arrested the detained men.

Various Belizean Sources

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Caye Caulker has survived several Category 5 hurricanes but will it survive the current building boom?
This morning beginning at 8:00 a.m., my concrete home which has survived a category 4 hurricane and countless tropical storms began vibrating crazily from strong ground tremors. Concrete walls were shaking like rag dolls while picture frames on the walls rattled. This morning beginning at 8:00 a.m., my concrete home which has survived a category 4 hurricane and countless tropical storms began vibrating crazily from strong ground tremors. Concrete walls were shaking like rag dolls while picture frames on the walls rattled. The vibrations were so strong I feared the foundations of my home would soon begin to crack and crumble.

Murder of Isaac Marin on Caye Caulker
We have confirmed that Isaac Marin,17 was asleep in his home when he was attacked by his cousin Jamie Marin who has been suffering from mental illness. Issac's brother Carlos Marin walked in on the scene and tried to defuse the situation but to no avail as Jamie was uncontrollable which led to Carlos being hospitalized at KHMH.

REMINDER - COROAZAL $5 BAG SALE - BAHAMAS RELIEF FUNDRAISER
REMINDER - $5 BAG SALE - BAHAMAS RELIEF FUNDRAISER Thursday, October 23rd. sponsored by the Belize Red Cross, Corozal Branch located at the Catherine Kelly Center on Santa Rita Hill. Time 9:00 a.m. to Noon. Directions: From the main highway go up the Santa Rita Hill heading towards the Corozal Hospital. Take your first right lane after the Santa Rita roundabout. First building to your right.

2019 Belize Birding Festival was a Success
The Belize Tourism Industry Association in partnership with the Belize Audubon Society and the Belize Hotel Association hosted its 2nd Annual Belize Birding Festival at the San Ignacio Resort Hotel this October 19 and 20. The Festival provided an opportunity for international and local birders to participate in birding tours, sit on presentations from renowned guest speakers, engage in bird identification workshops, and attend exhibition booths displayed by hoteliers, tour operators, birding clubs, and non-profit organizations. This year’s Belize Birding Festival was a two-day activity-filled event which took advantage of the bird migration taking place in Belize during this peak season.

Belize Tourism Board Holds its National Belize Tourism Awards
The Belize Hotel Association was pleased to witness our members receiving awards at the National Belize Tourism Board Awards. With over 200 people attending, it was a glorious night filled with laughter, celebration, and encouragement. Belize’s Wealth at The National Tourism Awards Gala Event was unquestionably one of the most glamorous and tasteful night of the year, held at Caribbean Motors on Saturday night October 19, 2019, the gala was hosted by Ms. Indira Craig & Mr. John Palacio. With top-of-the-line musical entertainment and dinner prepared by Belize’s well-known Chef, Sean Kuylen, guests arrived from all regions of Belize, including honoured guests, Mr. Manuel Heredia Jr. (Minister of Tourism & Civil Aviation), Hon. Patrick Faber (Minister of Education, Youth, Sports & Culture), Deputy Prime Minister Dean Barrow and wife Mrs. Kim Simplis Barrow, Special Envoy for Women and Children.

Changes in Prices of Fuel Products
The Ministry of Finance announces that effective October 23, 2019, pump prices of three fuel products will change. The prices for Premium Gasoline and Diesel will register increases while Regular Gasoline will register a decrease as follows: Premium Gasoline will increase by 38 cents from $10.59 to $10.97 per gallon; Regular Gasoline will decrease by 22 cents from $10.27 to $10.05 per gallon; and Diesel will increase by 8 cents from $10.01 to $10.09 per gallon. The price for Kerosene will remain unchanged at $7.42 per gallon.

Corozal Family Fun Day
The Child Advisory Board along with the Corozal Town Council cordially invites everyone to the Family Fun Day to be held on Saturday, 16th November, 2019. Support our young people as they promote this healthy and wholesome family event.

BTB at the FCCA Cruise Conference
In San Juan, Puerto Rico.

ALL ARCHAEOLOGICAL RESERVES CAVES ARE PRESENTLY CLOSED TODAY
ALL ARCHAEOLOGICAL RESERVES CAVES ARE PRESENTLY CLOSED AS A FLASH FLOOD PRECAUTION. HEAVY RAIN CONTINUES ANOTHER UPDATE WILL BE PROVIDED AT 8AM.

Sip & Support: a Domestic Violence Awareness Benefit Day
Join us at Wayo's on Thursday, October 24, for Domestic Violence Awareness Day, supporting The Empower through Love Project, in collaboration with Mpulse Studio. We will have purple drink specials and purple ribbons for you to wear to show awareness of this epidemic that 1 in 3 women endure. Proceeds will support The Empower through Love Project, an organization, in collaboration with Hope Haven, that teaches our teens how to Live Outside of Violence through Empowerment. Let's come together to promote awareness and learn about community programs that are available to offer women and teens the support they need to get help and heal from unhealthy relationships.

Channel 7

Mentally Ill Man Kills 17 Year Old Cousin
A young man was killed at "I and I Bar" on Caye Caulker last night. And while that may have you thinking that he died in some drunken brawl, in fact, 17 year old Issac Marin was sleeping in his bed. He was the son of the bar's proprietor, and how he was killed is among one of the worst tragedies that could befall a family: the killer was his mentally ill cousin. Here is that story from Caye Caulker.

City Man's Found Dead At Vista Del Mar
A man was shot and killed and his body thrown on the Vista Del Mar Boulevard in Ladyville in what is believed to be a gang related killing. The victim is 27 year old Belama Resident Brandon Bennett. Last night around 8:00, a man spotted Bennett's body on the Vista Del Mar Boulevard in a pool of blood and alerted the police. Bennett had been shot in the head. We do not have much information at this time regarding what Bennett was doing in Ladyville and what the motive for his murder is, but we found out a bit more about his character. He had participated in Diane Finnegan's apprenticeship program and we spoke with her via phone today about Bennett.

Hugo Patt and Tracy Taegar Panton Will Face Off for First Deputy
Tonight, things are a lot more interesting in the UDP race for executive posts. That's after Corozal North's Hugo Patt submitted his name for First Deputy Leader. As expected, that puts him on a collision course with Tracy Taegar Panton who put in her name yesterday. Patt will declare his support for John Saldivar and is part of his unofficial slate. And, sources tell us, Taegar-Panton was supposed to be a part of that too, the candidate for second deputy. But, Taegar Panton scrapped that script when she jumped out yesterday and submitted her name for first deputy. So, now, she and Patt will face off for that post and the party's 460 delegates who will make the choice in February of 2020. But, Taegar Panton is likely going into an executive headwind, because, as we reported yesterday, the powerful hands in the background which are shaping the new executive are with Hugo Patt, not her.

The Mason Muddle Becoming Clearer
Last night, we told you about the latest developments in the murder trial without a jury for William "Danny" Mason, Ashton Vanegas, Keron Fernandez, Terrence Fernandez, and Ernest Castillo. After many months of extensive witness testimony, and a few unavoidable delays, the trial is set to conclude at the end of this week. At its conclusion, Justice Antoinette Moore will deliberate and decided whether these men are innocent or guilty of the 2016 beheading murder of Pastor Llewellyn Lucas. The very last pieces of evidence were entered today when the court recalled the scenes-of-crime technician who was assigned to carry out the necessary forensic work for this case.

Bert Vasquez Back To Court of Appeal
And while that happened in Belmopan Supreme Court, the Court of Appeal held a preliminary hearing for Bert Vasquez in Belize City. He's appealing his conviction for forcible abduction and aggravated assault of an indecent nature that got him a 10 year sentence.

Activist Says Health Regs Leave Belizean With Inferior Pharmaceuticals
The Food and Drugs Regulations of 2017 had a meaningful effect on the pharmaceutical industry in Belize - affecting everything from the brands of drugs that can be imported, down to where you can find it in your favorite pharmacy. The new regime of standards for the local pharmaceutical industry is designed to create a safer, standardized supply of pharmaceuticals, but it has created significant market and supply shifts. That's caused monetary losses for big suppliers and confusion for consumers who cannot find the drugs they want in the regular brand names, or from the manufacturers they trust.

The Settlement Of the Phillip Golden Highway, An Area of Concern
The Phillip Goldson highway between the airport and Belize City has undergone a 20+ million dollar overhaul - but a part of it is already sinking. Well, the engineers call it settlement, and it's a standard feature of that highway between miles three and four. Yesterday in Belmopan, we asked the CEO in the Ministry of Works about the problem which the opposition raised in the house three weeks ago. HE said they knew there would be settlement, but they didn't expect it would happen so quickly:

Man Gets off Cosme Murder Charge
He was accused last year of the stabbing murder of 44-year-old Samuel Elias Zelada Cosme, but tonight 33-year-old Relnard Ferguson out free after spending months on remand. You may remember the case from last year. Cosme, a Honduran national, a husband and a father of 3, was found dead early on the morning of July 23rd. The cops discovered his body, which was lying next to his Ford Ranger pick-up truck at mile 5 and a half on the Philip Goldson Highway.

17 Years For Murder Downgraded to Manslaughter
And while that accused man walks, 25-year-old Stephan Jenkins who has been on remand for the murder of Dennis Williams has been sentenced to 17 years in jail for the lesser charge of manslaughter. 54-year-old Dennis Williams was the casualty of an armed robbery, which happened on November 8th, 2012. He was on the job when 4 men, including Jenkins, stormed the poultry enterprise's compound on Vernon Street. They were attempting to rob the business place, and in the process, Williams was shot and killed.

Shooting Victim Disappears, Alleged Shooter Gets Off
He was charged with use of deadly means of harm, but when the victim and main witness failed to show up, 27 year old Hugh Phillip Thomas aka "Angel" didn't even need a lawyer to got off yesterday. In March of 2014, it was alleged that Thomas shot Hortence Lynch who was 17 years old at the time. She was at a basketball court with two men when she heard a gunshot and the men beside her dashed.

AG Wants To be UDP Chairman
And, in an update to a story we ran in our top segment, the race for the leadership in the UDP continues to take shape at this hour. Reliable reports to our newsroom are that Attorney General, Michael Peyrefitte will send in his application for the post of Party Chairman tomorrow.

The Book of Benjy Has Many Lessons
Mental illness isn't on the list of the most comfortable and widely discussed topics in Belize. But Kathy Esquivel wrote an entire novel centered on this topic among other pressing social issues. Esquivel is a founding member of the Mental Health Association and the wife of former Prime Minister of Belize Manuel Esquivel.

Chester In Chile
Last week Commissioner Of Police Chester Williams attended the 88th Interpol General Assembly in Santiago Chile. Yesterday he gave the press a brief recap of that trip including a word or two about how he's doing after the car accident that he was involved in while there. Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police: "The conference basically involved the discussion of global law enforcement issues as well as strategies that are being developed through Interpol to be able to address the phenomena of crime worldwide..."

Top Tourism Peeps
The Belize Tourism Board held its 17th National Tourism Awards Gala Event on Saturday night, here in Belize City. Here are some of the winners: Martin Ack was judged the Tour Guide of the Year, while Shakira McGregor won for the front Line Personnel of the Year; Belize City's Street Art Festival won as best Major Festival and Event of the Year, while the the Hotel of the Year, was the The Lodge at Jaguar Reef, and the best Small Accommodation of the Year was Blue Marlin Beach Resort, while The Grove House Restaurant at Sleeping Giant won the Restaurant of the year.

Fuel Price Changes
And finally tonight we have the list of the new gas price you will pay starting tomorrow. The Ministry of Finance sent a release saying that pump prices of three fuel products will change at midnight.

Channel 5

A Pair of Brothers is Stabbed by Mentally Ill Cousin; Minor Dies
A Caye Caulker was stabbed to death and his brother injured in a violent stabbing incident after midnight on Monday. Police are calling the incident a stabbing death because the [...]

Brandon Bennett is Killed and Dumped Near Vista del Mar
Even before the stabbing death in Caye Caulker, a Belize City man, well-known to the law, was found dead at the entrance of Vista del Mar on the Phillip Goldson [...]

Bracko Bats for Big Pharma
Former President Geovanni Brackett of the Citizens Organized for Liberty through Action, COLA, has gone the solo route as an independent activist and this morning he invited the media to [...]

Brackett Takes Aim at Ministry of Health
Brackett referenced a memorandum that was issued in April 2017 giving formal notice for the purchase of pharmaceuticals from designated N.H.I. providers.  He openly questions whether there have been studies [...]

“My Position is Grassroots” – Geovanni Brackett
So what informs Brackett’s decision to come out against the Ministry of Health which regulates and oversees the procurement and retail of pharmaceuticals across the country?  While it can be [...]

Shortage of Anti-Retroviral Meds Reported
While there are reports that only generic meds are being imported,  there are also concerns growing among persons living with HIV/AIDS as reports suggest that the anti-retroviral medication have depleted [...]

Still No Answer from M.O.H. over HIV/AIDS Meds Shortage
Director of CNET+ Diego Grajalez says that he has written to the Ministry of Health and the National AIDS Commission to ascertain what is the issue with the procurement of [...]

Mason’s Trial Winds Down; Attorney Ready for Closing
William “Danny” Mason, Ashton Vanegas, Kieron Fernandez, Terrence Fernandez, and Ernest Castillo were back in the Belmopan Supreme Court today as the trial continued.  As we reported on Monday, the [...]

Bhrea Bowen Asks Court of Appeal to Increase Compensation
In July 2018, Supreme Court Justice Shona Griffith ruled in favour of Bhrea Bowen who successfully sued the Gang Suppression Unit for violating her constitutional rights.  In July 2012, Bowen who [...]

No Attorney Wants to Represent Bert Vasquez
The infamous Bert Vasquez appeared in the Court of Appeal this afternoon. Vasquez, who remains incarcerated on sex charges, appeared unrepresented to appeal a 2018 conviction for forcible abduction and [...]

Ignatius Williams is Sentenced to 2 Years for Attempted Murder
Ignatius Williams, a notorious figure of the Saint Martin’s de Porres area, was convicted late on Monday in the Supreme Court for the stabbing of a Field Service Technician of [...]

Former Murder Suspect is Busted with Unlicensed Firearm
Tonight, a former murder suspect is on remand at the Belize Central Prison after he was nabbed in Ladyville in possession of an unlicensed firearm. Thirty-one-year-old Michael Edward Pook was [...]

Toddler Drowns in Well in Santa Cruz Village
Three-year-old Oscar Bonilla drowned when he fell into a well in Santa Cruz Village over the weekend.  The toddler was last seen playing with another child when his mother went [...]

Outrage in Hope Creek; Disagreement on Water Board Composition
There is outrage in Hope Creek in southern Belize where villagers are not sitting down to allow the area representation to impose who sits on the water board.  The village [...]

Fuel Prices Changing Again
New prices for premium gasoline and diesel take effect at midnight. Premium gasoline will increase by thirty-eight cents and goes up ten dollars ninety-seven cents per gallon. Diesel will go [...]

Bev for 2nd Deputy Party Leader of the U.D.P.
On Monday, Tracy Taegar Panton, the area rep for the Albert Division in Belize City announced she is seeking the post of first deputy leader of the U.D.P. when convention [...]

Second Annual Belize Birding Festival
More than two hundred people gathered in San Ignacio over the weekend to talk about birds in Belize. This is the second time the birding community has come together for [...]

CEBO Comes to Belize
A CARICOM initiative to get youths involved in business is taking place in Belize City. This week, a group of thirty youths will be participating in the programme named Creativity [...]

Belize Wins Gold in U-13 Volleyball at CODICADER Games
On Monday evening, Belize’s U-thirteen Volleyball Team returned with gold from the CODICADER Games in Costa Rica.  The first place win is a big deal for the Belize team as [...]

Amandala

Son and friend remanded for father’s murder
Paul Anthony Castillo, 66, a self-employed newspaper salesman of 5th Street South, Corozal Town, was socializing in his house on Saturday night with his son and his son’s friend, who came to visit him from Belize City, but something went terribly wrong. Castillo got into an argument with the two men, and inexplicably, according to police, they beat and savagely chopped Castillo in his house.

DPP loses Calaney Flowers’ appeal
he Director of Public Prosecutions’ appeal of the acquittal of Calaney Flowers for murder and attempted murder came up as the Court of Appeal opened this morning. In a noticeable departure from the tradition, the court heard oral submissions from the Crown, represented by Senior Crown Counsel, Sheiniza Smith, before it heard from attorney Anthony Sylvestre, who represented Calaney Flowers.

Another drug plane lands …
Drug planes originating from South America have been landing in Belize with alarming frequency. Yesterday, Sunday, another jet landed in the Blue Creek area of the Orange Walk District and by the time authorities found out about it, the crew and plane’s cargo were long gone. Unlike the most recent drug plane that had crash-landed and was found broken in two, there were no seats on this jet, which suggests that the plane may have had a full load of cocaine that was carted away before the arrival of Belize security forces.

Belize wins GOLD in Volleyball at 2019 U-13 CODICADER Games in Costa Rica
Reports coming out of Costa Rica, where the 2019 U-13 CODICADER Games concluded yesterday, are that Belize won Gold in volleyball, but had to settle for 4th place in football, after playing consecutive draw games in the finals and third place matches, losing both games in penalty shootouts. Belize was also 4th overall in Athletics. Congratulations to our GOLD medal winners in volleyball, and respect also to our gallant youngsters in football and athletics!

At William Mason beheading trial, court gets written statement from US federal agent
The murder trial of William Danny Mason and his four co-accused, Ashton Vanegas, Terrence and Keiron Fernandez, and Ernest Henry Castillo continued today in the Belmopan Supreme Court of Justice Antoinette Moore. The accused men are being tried for the July 2016 beheading murder of Dangriga Pastor Llewellyn Lucas, whose head was found in a bucket in the back of a pickup owned by Mason.

Alyson Giselle Courtenay called to the Belize Bar
The Supreme Court of Chief Justice, Hon. Kenneth Benjamin, convened this morning to hear the application of Alyson Giselle Courtenay, the latest member of the Courtenay family to be called to the Belize Bar to practice law. The application was steered through the formal court process by the father of the applicant, attorney Eamon Courtenay, S.C., and his wife, Denise Courtenay, who also spoke on her daughter’s behalf.

Pirates drop Verdes, Bandits back on top at Week 11 of PLB Opening Season
It was an eventful weekend of football in the Premier League of Belize (PLB) 2019-2020 Opening Season, where Week 11 games saw Bandits SC regaining the top spot in the standings after their 2-0 victory over BDF; while Verdes FC fell back to second place following their 2-1 loss to defending champions San Pedro Pirates; cellar dwelling newcomers Freedom Fighters Valley Pride FC finally grabbed their first PLB victory, a 3-2 win over Placencia Assassins; and Wagiya FC kept their playoff hopes alive with a shocking 6-0 shelling of Altitude FC. There were 3 games played on Saturday night, October 19, and only 1 on Sunday.

Pedal by Pedal report of Pan-American holiday weekend races
t all started in Chetumal with a 3-Stage Tour on Saturday and Sunday, October 12 & 13. In the Masters Category, it was changed from age 50+ to 45 plus, so as to accommodate the many Mexican riders within that age group. Despite this, they were still to feel the wrath of the Belizean oldies but goodies. The first stage was a 5K Time Trial on Saturday morning at 7:00 a.m. in pouring rain, followed by a Circuit Race by the seaside on Saturday afternoon at 4:00 p.m., and finally, a Road Race Sunday morning at 7:30 a.m. At the end of the 3 stages, it was Roque Matus of Belize taking top honors.

Hogan plans to host Verdes FC vs L.A. Warriors match in Los Angeles next June
Appearing on Krem Radio’s Press Cadogan Sports Show on Sunday morning, October 13, Belizean football manager/promoter Charles Hogan, on a vacation home from Los Angeles where he presently resides, said that he has met with Verdes owner Ian Haylock, and is seriously working on plans to host Verdes FC in Los Angeles next June, when a Los Angeles Warriors selection will play a friendly against the Verdes team.

Editorial: Vacancies for area reps: only persons with capacity and character should apply
When present Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Senator Godwin Hulse, was a regular person, meaning he did not have the title, “honorable,” he taught us that in our governance system the vote of the person who sits in the Prime Minister’s office is not more weighty than that of any of the other 30 members in the House of Representatives (H of R). We interpreted that to mean that we cannot lay all the blame for failures on — or give all the credit/glory for successes to — the person who holds the highest office in the land.

GoB’s idea of pathway only knocks nothing to hell
When I was young I used to hear my dad say of things that were far from the best but better than nothing at all, “it knocks nothing to hell.” I am told that the MoW (Ministry of Works) is doing measurements on the side of this crazy road passing through Camalote and they are doing it to put in a concrete sidewalk. Yes, that knocks nothing to hell. I worry when I question the intelligence and/or integrity of others. I really don’t like it. The road passing through villages out here is a highway, not a city or town street.

From British Honduras to Belize: one family’s drama
I believe that anyone who pays attention to such things will agree that the greatest obstacle to genuinely good relations among the people of this country is racial prejudice, and that this has been so as far back as anyone can remember. It is ever present, although very subtle. Everyone is affected by it, either directly or indirectly, yet it is rarely acknowledged. The people who speak for us tell the world that there is no racial discrimination in the country, and the opinion of the rest of us is never even sought. “We don’t have that kind of thing here,” they assert.

PUP Legal Advisor’s comments on PM’s letter to Opposition Leader
Late yesterday evening, Thursday, the Government Press Office released a response from Prime Minister Dean Barrow to a letter that Opposition People’s United Party (PUP) leader, Hon. John Briceño, had written to him in his official capacity as PUP leader. Briceno told PM Barrow that the Joshua Perdomo loan write-off was legally indefensible and morally bankrupt and that if he does not reverse his decision, the PUP would begin legal proceedings to have the court set aside the write-off.

“Sleep it out” with the homeless
The Mental Health Association Welcome Resource Center, located on Tibruce Street, gives assistance and support to homeless people and those suffering from mental challenges, and is raising awareness about the struggles of these people, through the “sleep outdoor on the concrete, on cardboard” activity, which is in its second year. The “Sleep-out” was first scheduled for October 12, but due to the rains, it was postponed, and the new date that was set for the activity is Friday, November 8. The sleep-out will be held at the Memorial Park.

Ramon Flota, 29, remanded for murder of Samir Diaz, 32
Ramon Flota, 29, a laborer of San Lazaro, Orange Walk District, who was wanted for the heinous murder of fellow villager and farmer Hazid Samir Diaz, 32, was remanded until December 17 for murder when he was arraigned on the capital offense today before Senior Magistrate Patty Arana, of the Orange Walk Magistrate’s Court. Flota was accused of drinking with Diaz in the village, chopping and stabbing him to death, and then burying him in a shallow grave just on the outskirts of the village.

The Reporter

Big Winner Of FANTASY 5 Gets $397K
For several weeks many Belizeans watched as the Fantasy5 Lottery game steadily climbed from $200,000.00 to $300,000.00 and then almost $400,000.00, as more and more people began noticing that there were no winners for several months, since July 11th.

LOVE FM

Oceana discusses their campaign at AGM
Oceana Belize has been a prominent organization in regards to sustainable living and being ecofriendly. Their mandate is to protect one of Belize’s biggest resources: the Caribbean Sea.

17-year-old boy killed by his own cousin
A Caye Caulker family is reeling from a tragic stabbing incident that left one of their own dead and another hospitalized. Last night, sometime around 11 o’clock, 17-year-old Isaac Marin was sleeping in his home on Luciano Reyes Street when his mentally ill cousin reportedly came into the room and stabbed him.

Governor General takes a trip to Japan
The Governor-General H.E. Sir Colville Young left Belize on Saturday on a trip to Japan. He joined heads of state at the invitation of Japan to witness the enthronement ceremony of a new Japanese Emperor today.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Government announces change in gas prices
The Ministry of Finance announced that effective midnight, pump prices of three fuel products will change. […]

Alarm raised on difficulties of accessing pharmaceutical products
Belize’s Ministry of Health’s regulations for importing pharmaceutical products have proven too onerous, according to […]

Police investigating murder in Ladyville
Police are investigating the murder of a Ladyville resident that occurred last night. Around 7:43 […]

Two persons stabbed in Caye Caulker, one dead
Police are investigating a stabbing incident that occurred last night in Caye Caulker. According to […]

Businessman robbed at gunpoint in Orange Walk
Businessman Efrain Amaya of Carmelita Village, Orange Walk reported to police that on Monday, October […]

Taiwan brings new trade opportunities to Belize
The Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Taiwan […]

Ministry of Health celebrates Dental Health Week 2019
The Ministry of Health is commemorating Dental Health Week 2019 from October 20 to 26. […]

Hondurans busted for fishing in Belizean waters
Southern Environmental Association (SEA) issued a report today informing that on October 18, the Belize […]

Remembering Leela Vernon, a National Hero
Today, the Queen of Bruckdown, Leela Vernon MBE, would have celebrated her 69th birthday. However, […]

Mother of 5 wins Fantasy 5
A lucky mother of 5 won the grand prize of $397,000 in Fantasy 5. Mayra […]

3-year-old falls into well and drowns
On Saturday, a 3-year-old child from Santa Cruz Village fell into a well and drowned. […]

“Mason claims he’s being framed by John Saldivar,” says US Agent
There is more controversy emerging from the sensational murder trial of William “Danny” Mason, as […]

Blogs

The Most BEAUTIFUL Late October Day
Yesterday I woke up…it was like most other October Mondays. I checked the National Hurricane Center to see if anything new had popped up on the radar – it IS that time of year in the Western Caribbean and Central America. I slathered up with bug spray and took the dogs for a walk – mornings have been buggy up north. We headed to town with a bunch of errands to run deciding that we’d stop into Lily’s Treasure Chest for lunch. It IS the beginning of conch season and their conch ceviche is unparalleled in my opinion – simple perfection.

Discovering Shades of Blue with Maya’s Blue Hole Tour
The Great Blue Hole has become a famous dive site, both locally and worldwide. It is now ranked as number one on The Discovery list of “The 10 most amazing places on Earth. Measuring 1,000 feet across and approximately 43 miles from Belize City, this stunning aquatic phenomenon has a maximum depth of approximately 450 ft. The tour with Maya encompasses mecca scenic views of the Barrier Reef, Shark Ray Alley, Turneffe Atoll, the Ocean Freighter Wreck and the Lighthouse Reef, a historical reminder of pirates and the colonial years. Get a chance to soak up a bird’s eye view of the jewel as a co-pilot or a window sitter and watch in awe as the different shades of turquoise blue mists the eyes and turns in a deep navy.

Thanksgiving Belizean Style!
Thanksgiving traditions have circled the globe and though it is not officially a holiday in Belize, the small country does celebrate Thanksgiving! It is very similar to the US and is also celebrated in November. Thanksgiving is a special time for family and friends who come together to give thanks to the blessings bestowed upon them and to share an elegant, tasty meal. Like Americans and Canadians, Belizeans cook up a storm on this day. The most iconic part of the traditional Thanksgiving feast is the turkey and ham which is why you’d often hear a Belizean say, “Turkey Dinner” and not Thanksgiving Dinner. While the classic rice and beans is a part of this meal, Belizeans incorporate their own twist to the dish by substituting marshmallow sweet potatoes, vegetables, and pumpkin pie..

Belize International Tiki Festival 2019
Belizes 1st Rum and Distilled Cane Festival showcasing Caribbean and Latin American Rums will take place at Ramada Belize City Princess Hotel, 24 October– 26 October. Mr. Emir Sosa, bartender of the year in Belize, with his common passion and love for mixology and the urge to contribute to his beloved country Belize, initiates a new technique that would elevate the standards of presenting elaborate cocktails to the fast-growing tourism industry.  

International Sourcesizz

National Guard increased along Mexico, Belize border
Approximately 100 elements of the National Guard were deployed along the banks of the Rio Hondo after authorities there discovered another abandoned plane believed used in a recent drug run. Approximately 100 elements of the National Guard were deployed along the banks of the Rio Hondo after authorities there discovered another abandoned plane believed used in a recent drug run. The small plane, which they say has a load capacity of 1.5 tons, was discovered Sunday about four kilometers from La Unión along the Belize border with Mexico. Authorities reported the discovery of the already unloaded plane, which they believe landed during the early morning hours undetected.

Taiwan Brings New Trade Opportunities to Belize
Entrusted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Taiwan, the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) is pleased to announce the participation of 10 Taiwanese enterprises in the Expo Taiwan 2019 (Belize), November 1-3 at Caribbean Motors 3.5 Miles Philip Goldson Highway in Belize City. 2019 marks the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between Taiwan and Belize. To celebrate this great landmark, we will offer visitors a three-day tasting of Taiwan Bubble Tea, sponsored by Sunjuice Co. Ltd., the leading supplier in the food service industry. Sunjuice Co. Ltd. is devoted to maintaining the quality and stability of their products, and committed to staying on trend with market research.

New initiative to stamp out illness for travelers
On Monday, the CDC announced it would help screen patients for certain illnesses in the countries of Belize, Guatemala and the Dominican Republic if those patients present with certain symptoms such as fever, diarrhea and joint pain or body aches. The CDC hopes to get more information as to exactly how prevalent those diseases are and where they are occurring so healthcare providers can focus how they treat those patients and prevent other people from getting sick.

Burn victim, physical therapist at Shriners Hospitals for Children develop enduring bond
When Michelle was 9 years old, her face, hands and upper body were gravely burned in a kitchen accident at her home on San Pedro Island in Belize. Her father’s boss quickly arranged for Michelle to be flown to Shriners Hospitals for Children in Boston, where she spent seven months undergoing countless surgeries and extensive skin grafts. Those dark weeks and months were foggy, but there’s one thing Michelle remembers clearly: all the love and care she received from her physical therapist, Lori Turgeon. The pair quickly formed a lasting bond.

Videos

  • Travel to Belize, 6min. A travel vlog to Belize

  • Caye Caulker murder, 2min. It was a shocking news on caye Caulker when we heard of a stabbing incident that caused one injury and one fatality at the Marin's Residence on Luciano Reyes Street. 17 year old Issac Marin was killed by his cousin Jamie Marin who suffers mental illness. Carlos Marin, brother of the deceased was critically injured and rushed to the KHMH.

  • KTV Latino season 4 episode 3, 2hr18min.

  • Police LinkUp Oct. 22, 2019, 64min.

  • The 2020 Belize Writers Conference, 2min. Come to Belize and take your writing career to the next level! April 25 - 30, 2020.

  • TURNEFFE FLATS FLY FISHING LODGE, 18min. Turneffe Island in Northern Belize. This island is mostly secluded and very expensive.

  • Stephanie M. Jones Post Keynote Address Media Interviews at Belize Tourism Board Annual Tourism Conference, 2.5min.

  • La Isla Bonia feat Brevi, 5min. Shot in San Pedro Belize

  • DECREASE OF BELIZEAN VISITORS TO CHETUMAL CAUSES ECONOMIC IMBALANCE, 4min.

  • Scuba Belize, 4min.