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The San Pedro Sun

San Pedro observes Dia de Los Finados
Island residents celebrated their dearly departed at the San Pedro House of Culture’s (SPHC) El Dia de Los Finados/Muertos celebration (Day of the Dead) on Saturday, November 2nd. This tradition is practiced annually among the Mestizo, Maya and Garifuna cultures in Belize, and is usually observed over two days, November 1st and 2nd. It is also a tradition in many Latin American countries. The exhibit displayed framed photos of loved ones that have passed on, and families observed each one and shared stories about their departed loved ones. Some family members even went in matching T-shirts with their loved ones’ picture on it. There were seven different altars on display, representing the Maya Hanal Pixan, Garinagu, Aztecs, Los Angelitos (little Souls), La Anima Sola (The Forsaken Soul), and the Christian Altar.

San Pedro Pirates win 3-1 against BDF
For the 13th week of the Premiere League of Belize (PLB) 2019 Opening Season, the San Pedro Pirates travelled to Belize City to face the Belize Defense Force (BDF) on Sunday, November 3rd. The match saw the island team taking the win with a 3-1 score and retaining their third place position on the PLB charts with 22 points. For their last match of the regular series of the PLB 2019 Opening Season, the San Pedro Pirates will be playing at home against Wagiya Sporting Club. The match is scheduled to start at 7:30PM inside the Ambergris Stadium in San Pedro Town. ALL islanders are invited to come out and support the island team in their last home match in the PLB regular series.

Belize signs loan agreement with IDB to strengthen tax administration
The Prime Minister of Belize, Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow and Country Representative of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), Dr. Cassandra T. Rogers signed a loan agreement on November 1st in the amount of US$14 million to strengthen tax administration in Belize. The financing will support the Government of Belize in its ongoing efforts to modernize, restructure and integrate its Tax Administration.

Ambergris Today

Belize Signs $14 Mil Loan Agreement With IDB To Strengthen Tax Administration
The Prime Minister of Belize, Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow and Country Representative of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), Dr. Cassandra T. Rogers signed a loan agreement on Friday, November 1, 2019, in the amount of US$14 million to strengthen tax administration in Belize. The project will strengthen tax administration governance, improve operational processes through the modernization of technological infrastructure with the aim of maximizing government revenue generating potential.

Belize Tourism Board Releases Mid-Year Insight Into Tourism Performance
The Belize Tourism Board (BTB) is pleased to announce the release of its first Travel & Tourism Mid-Year Performance Statistics Report. The report is the first digitally interactive publication produced by the BTB in an effort to provide the Tourism Industry with a snap-shot of tourism trends occurring over the first six months of the year. The publication is in lieu of the annual Tourism Digest that is produced at the conclusion of the calendar year and contains an overview of arrival trends in the overnight and cruise sectors respectively.

Various Belizean Sources

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South Ambergris Caye Neighborhood Cleanup Day Nov. 9
Hello everyone! If you are on the island, come help out with our quarterly neighborhood clean up day. We will meet at the patrol station next to Miramar Villas at 7:00 am. We will split into teams to cover the area from Victoria House all the way down to the tip of the island. Many hands make for light work! Our teams usually get it done in two hours :-). Someplace South Cafebar will provide a coffee or water to anyone working the pick up. Thank you!

Belize's Wonder Women! Karen Vernon
We are proud to announce that for the month of November, Karen Vernon is our Belize Wonder Woman. Karen has always been involved in the promotion, preservation, and development of the arts in Belize. At the age of five, she started dancing with the Bob Reneau School of Dance and continued dancing for many years. For the past 10 years, Karen has been serving tirelessly as the Theater Director at the Bliss Center for Performing Arts. Karen is a superb leader with national and regional impact. She not only manages the day-to-day operations of the Bliss Center, but also leads four signature annual events: Street Art Festival, Belize International Jazz Festival, Francis Reneau Concert Series, and Dance X BZ. This year, the Belize Tourism Board recognized the Street Art Festival as Belize’s Major Festival & Event of the Year!

Happy Birthday to Blue Water Grill in San Pedro
This past Saturday we celebrated 18 years of Blue Water Grill (or as we like to call it Mrs. Kelly’s first born), we gathered around and reminisced on good times but mostly the not so good times. It was very special and well y’all know how we all feel!!

Changes in the Pump Price of Fuel Effective November 5, 2019
The Ministry of Finance announces that on November 5, 2019, the pump price of two fuel products will change. The price for premium gasoline will register a decrease and regular gasoline will register an increase as follows: Premium gasoline will decrease by 19 cents from $10.97 to $10.78 per gallon; Regular gasoline will increase by 2 cents from $10.05 to $10.07 per gallon. The prices for kerosene and diesel will remain unchanged at $7.42 and $10.09 per gallon, respectively.

Caye Caulker Football Marathon
This Sunday was the close of the U13 football marathon. The Caye Caulker Village Council sponsored the tournament and is greatful to Councilor Miguel Neal who spear headed the marathon with assistance from Ms Vanina Sosa, Mrs.Enelda Rosado and Ms Gabrielle Pariente. The tournament had 5 teams Fantasy Jr(1st place), E. Arias (2nd Place), Extreme Warriors, Caye Strikers, Super Hero and Rainbow. The Caye Caulker Village Council is grateful to the parents, children, and coaches Mr. Sanjay Pitts, Mr. Edgar Arias, Mr.Carlos Macu who took on two teams, Mr. Austin Lopez and Mr. Gustavo Castro for coaching these young children of our community. We thank any supporting team and fans of the children. Special mention to Gisel Alvarado the most valuable player of the season and Aniki Palacio who showed sportsmanship. He was older than the set age but he committed to assist with preparation of the field the entire season.

BTIA Annual General Meeting
Save the date for our 34th Annual General Meeting.

Informative session on Cervical Cancer in Corozal
The Corozal Town Council cordially invites the public to an informative session on Cervical Cancer to be held at the Corozal Town Hall this Friday 8th November starting at 9:30 am. This initiative is geared to create awareness for women.

Cruise Agents Fam Trip
The BTB Cruise Department is hosting our first ever familiarization trip for Cruise travel agents. We invited five (5) agents from across the United States to Belize to explore and immerse themselves in the wonders of our country. This opportunity will allow for the cruise agents to gain first-hand experience of what cruisers encounter while in Belize and it creates a matchmaking opportunity with local tour operators.

NOTICE TO ALL HOTELIERS AND TOUR GUIDES
6:00AM TUESDAY 5 NOVEMBER 2019: THE ATM RESERVE REMAINS CLOSED. THE BARTON CREEK RESERVE IS OPEN PLEASE EXERCISE CAUTION AT THE RIVER CROSSING. THE XUNANTUNICH AND NOHOCH CHEEN RESERVES ARE OPEN. PLEASE CONTINUE TO EXERCISE CAUTION AND THE IA WILL PROVIDE UPDATE ON ANY CHANGES IN RIVER LEVEL THAT CAN LEAD TO CLOSUR.E

BELIZE CITY COUNCIL WATER DISCONNECTED FOR NONPAYMENT!!!
The water has been disconnected at City Hall for nonpayment. The cash strapped City Council has being having difficulty in meeting its expenses. Included in those expenses is a huge fuel bill at a specific fuel station that is now refusing to extend any further credit to the council. Couple those expenses along with salaries, which they are already having problems to meet along with that almost one and a half million dollars owed for two court judgements the City Council is in dyer straights.

Channel 7

Cigarette Importer Rebels at The Western Free Zone
The situation at the Benque Viejo Free Zone was tense today. Reliable reports say that one of the big tobacco importers rebelled against a new charge being put on tobacco imports. He had his workers padlock the gate to the zone, and locked out the CEO in the process. When the Zone staff broke the lock, the importer reportedly put back another lock - and then parked a towhead behind the gate to block entry into the zone What's the issue? Well the new CEO of the zone has proposed a surcharge, reportedly 50 cents US on each case of Chinese cigarettes coming into the zone.

Saldivar Showed Muscle, Money and Machinery at Leadership Launch
A big political show traveled from Belmopan to Belize City on Sunday. It was the formal launch of John Saldivar's candidacy for the UDP leadership convention in February of 2020 - and he pulled out all the stops. Jules Vasquez was there and here's his recap: With an imposing image of Saldivar plus 17 area reps or standard bearers welcoming supporters to the Civic, the message was clear: dominance. We are told there were as many as 20 buses mobilized and the area was festooned with all types of signage, giving Sunday's launch the air of a national convention.

Gapi Vega, Call It A Comeback?
And the larger crowd followed their divisional leaders: we mean the standard bearers and area reps who have declared their support for Saldivar. As you saw, that included a very prominent Gaspar Vega. The Orange Walk North Representative was said to have been retiring from electoral politics. He hasn't been to a house meeting in many months, and has receded into the political shadows. But, he re-emerged on Sunday - reportedly as a financier and a Saldivar supporter. We asked Saldivar if the tarnished figure would make a comeback under his leadership of the UDP - and he was vague about Vega:

Pro-Saldivar - Shyne, Sista Band Dean B.?
And, while both Vega and Saldivar were non committal, there was no need for hedging about two other Saldivar supporters: Shyne and Denise "Sista B" Barrow. That's Party Leader Dean Barrow's younger sister and his eldest son, and both were prominently in support of Saldivar - we asked Saldivar what conclusions we can draw from that: Reporter: "You had Shyne Barrow doing the opening address and you had Sista B here as well. They were obviously not at Faber's event. Is this indicative of the fact that the prime minister's son and his sister are here. Can we then conclude that the prime minister supports...."

What Will Happen In Months to Come?
And while Saldivar may seem to be comfortably carrying the momentum right now - we are reminded that, in politics, three months are an eternity, and many things can change. AND, while we saw thousands there on Sunday - ultimately, the decision on who will be the leader will be made by a small number of persons: 560 national delegates. Patrick Faber and John Saldivar squared off in May of 2016 for the post of Deputy Leader - and Faber got the support of a majority of those delegates.

Vaca Volumes, Water Rushes Into Succotz
There was some heavy flooding in San Jose Succotz early this morning around 5:00. And it happened after the Vaca Dam had to be opened and warning of flash floods were issued. A public notice from BECOL this morning said quote, "the Vaca Dam spillway became active this morning and some flash flooding maybe possible down stream. Residents in the area are asked to be on the alert." For the villagers not even their church was safe - and parishioners had to rush to protect the instruments.

A House Murder in Boom
Tonight, residents of the Burrel Boom Village in the Belize District are distressed after one of their own was ruthlessly gunned down and killed within the community. Burrell Boom doesn't regularly make the news for these types of crimes. But, reports to police are that last night, sometime before 9:00, 27-year-old Aaron Baptist was socializing with Lindell Willams inside Willam's home. Someone used that opportunity fire as many as 10 times into the home. When police arrived, Baptist had already passed away form his injuries. So, what's behind the in house execution? Well, that's what we asked the Head Of National Crimes Investigation, Assistant Commissioner Myvette in Belmopan today:

Murder Followed By Shooting
Several hours after Baptist shot and killed, another villager, Kyle Pinkard, also came under attack by unknown gunmen. Fortunately, he survived the attempt on his life, but he was injured by a gunshot to the hip. Some residents believe that the two shooting incidents for these men are connected. They also live on the same street in the village - and are known to ply the same trade. Police say he gunman shouted threats before he shot.

Shooting Victim Succumbs
Last week, we told you that 25 year old Adam Joseph had been shot on Thursday night in front of the Civic Center. It happened at about 9:45 on Central American Boulevard when an unknown gunman came at Joseph from behind and fired a shot at him. He was transferred to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital where the last word was that he was stable. But, this weekend things took a turn for the worse and on Saturday night, he succumbed to his injuries.

Shady Business At Shanti
After a 9 hour search, an unauthorized money changer in Corozal was shut down last week by a task force comprising of personnel from the police department, FIU, and Belize Tax Services. It was a well known exchange hub - where those who are headed over the border to Chetumal can make a quick stop to exchange currency. Of course, it also handles much larger transactions. The problem, however, was that Shanti's Tour had no authorization to perform the service. Now, this is kind of a joke, since the dozens of money changers at the border also do not have a license.

Bicycle Rider Fatally Knocked Down
A San Jose villager was killed in a hit and run last night around 8:00. It happened between miles 61 and 62 on the Phillip Goldson Highway. 40 year old Jose Sanker was riding his bicycle towards Orange Walk when someone rammed into him from behind. Police gave us more details. ACP Joseph Myvette, Head NCIB: "Sometime after 8:00pm police were called to an area between miles 61 and 62 on the Philip Goldson highway in San Jose village in Orange Walk district..."

Alfonso Takes A Plea
In news about another accident:... On Christmas Eve in 2016, media personality Alfonso Noble knocked down and killed Gilbert Myers who was riding a bicycle at mile three on the Phillip Goldson Highway. Today in the Supreme court he pleaded guilty to causing death by careless conduct. He was fined $6,000 dollars but with a third of that discounted for his guilty plea saving the court's time. He spoke with the press after and said it has been difficult carrying the weight of this:

Woman Makes Please for Paraplegic Husband in Jail
In 2017, Aspinal Welch was shot and the injury left him a paraplegic. Now, the 29 year old Welch is facing a charge for an armed robbery in 20912, in which he was also shot. But, because he's been getting to court late, he was remanded in September by the order of Justice Marilyn Williams. Now, he's been on remand for over a month - and his health has taken a downturn. Today his wife made a tearful plea for his release:..

Port Authority Wrapping Up Report On Water Taxi Explosion
Last week, we showed you our interviews with 2 of the victims of the boat explosion that happened near the Swing Bridge in Belize City, back in May of this year. You'll remember that 2 little girls, 10-year-old Yamiri Yasmin Guy, and her sister, 8-year-old Kimberly Melissa Guy, lost their lives in the blast. 8 tourists were also severely injured. Well, Roselia Catch, the mother of the two girls, and American Tourist Joseph Lee from Indiana have complained to us. They say that they still don't know how or why this tragic accident happened because the Belize Port Authority has still hasn't released its final report into the investigation.

Pounds of Weed in Belmopan
Police busted two Belmopan residents with about 52 pounds of weed on Saturday morning. Both were arrested and charged. Police told us more. ACP Joseph Myvette, Head NCIB: "On the 2nd of November sometime after 8:00am in the morning Belmopan police conducted a search at the home..."

Held Up A Furniture Store
Also in Belmopan on Saturday evening, two armed thieves held up Madison Furniture Store. But it seems a passerby who had a licensed gun saw what was happening and fired at the culprits apparently hitting one of them. Police later found the stolen items and a blood stained t shirt on Haulover Street. Police told us more. ACP Joseph Myvette, Head NCIB: "On Saturday evening shortly before 5:00pm Police were called to the Madison Furniture store on constitution drive in Belmopan where it was reported to them..."

Man's House Burns Day After Gun Arrest
Bruce Reneau was arrested on Friday morning for possession of an unlicensed firearm and by that evening, his house was in danger of burning to the ground. Police say that they have not ruled out arson as the cause of the fire. ACP Joseph Myvette, Head NCIB: "On the first of November sometime around 10am police conducted a search at Bruce Reneau's home on Iguana street..."

Reporting on Refugees
This weekend, Belizean journalists gathered at the Biltmore for a training on how to cover stories about refugees while protecting the refugees right to anonymity and safety. The training was hosted by United Nations High Commission for Refugees and the facilitators discussed national and international refugee laws and tips on how to protect the identity of refugees who are being threatened by gangs in their home countries among other topics. They also addressed the common misconceptions of refugees. Our reporters participated and they spoke with the lead presenter about the importance of this training.

Talking Climate Change
Climate Change experts from the Caribbean, Central America, and Mexico are in Belize for a regional seminar to discuss how nature can help to mitigate the effects of this global problem. Climate change is no longer just a concept that only scientists are studying. It is a real issue and this year's drought, with the tens of millions of dollars in losses to Belizean farmers, is a vivid example of how climate change can have major negative impacts right here at home. So, these experts who have congregated in Belize are examining natural remedies for the effects of climate change.

Powering El Progresso, Cayo
Many of us take electricity for granted. For instance, we flick the light switch on without a thought and sometimes probably don't bother to take off the light or fan when we leave the room. Well, El Progresso villagers out west never had that luxury. They had been without electricity for decades, that is until Friday when they finally got hooked up to the grid. Here is more from the celebratory ceremony.

CITCO's Slow Work On Swing Bridge
Three more weeks, that's how long it will take before the Belize City Council re-opens the western pedestrian crosswalk on the swing bridge. A rare release from the council says that the bridge has, quote, "serious structural issues" and when they pulled up the walkway, they found, major deterioration throughout and urgent repairs became more extensive.

Compton's Contribution
And finally, tonight, we note the passing of Compton Fairweather, a noted record producer, and super patriot. The 88 year old died this morning of bronchial pneumonia at Belize Medical Associates. Fairweather was a passionate student fo the Guatemalan claims and an advocate of going to the ICJ.

Channel 5

#TheWayForward, John Saldivar Launches Leadership Bid
The man, who wants to replace Dean Barrow as leader for the U.D.P. and ultimately as Prime Minister, launched his bid on Sunday.  John Saldivar from Belmopan bussed in supporters [...]

Saldivar Boasts Support of 23 U.D.P. Standard Bearers Including Vega and Finnegan
The next leader of the United Democratic Party will be chosen by five hundred and sixty delegates. Of that figure, four hundred and ninety-six delegates are chosen from all thirty-one [...]

Minister Saldivar Responds to Mason’s Allegations
John Saldivar has had his share of controversies as well as allegations made against him, the latest coming out from the ‘Mason Murder Trial’. Mason along with Ashton Vanegas, Kieron Fernandez, [...]

Burrell Boom Village Councillor is Gunned Down Inside a House
A father of one, Aaron Baptist was gunned down inside a music studio early on Sunday night in Burrell Boom. Another person was inside the building, but the spray of [...]

1 Man Injured in a Second Shooting in Boom
Within hours of the murder of Aaron Baptist, shots rang out once again in Burrell Boom, adjacent to where Baptist lived in the village. Kyle Pinkard was shot and is [...]

Halloween Shooting Victim Adam Joseph Succumbs to Gunshot Injuries
Two days after his shooting, Belize City resident Adam Joseph succumbed at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital; he is the second person to lose his life over the weekend to [...]

A Protest Fizzles at the Border in the West
Earlier today Belize police were called out to the Benque Free Zone where reports say that a protest was taking place. Three police vehicles, with one carrying riot gears, arrived [...]

San Jose Village Resident Killed in Hit & Run; Witness Chases Down Suspect, but Driver Escapes
There was a hit and run on Sunday night in San Jose Village, Orange Walk. It left a forty-year-old constructor worker dead on the George Price Highway. Jose Antonio Sanker [...]

Police Asking for Public’s Help to Solve Fatal Accident
Police say that they need the public’s help to solve this fatal traffic accident that claimed the life of forty-year-old Sanker. Today police shared the official details about the accident [...]

Alfonso Noble Pleads Guilty to Knocking Down and Killing Gilbert Meyers Jr.
Forty-two-year-old Alfonso Noble, the editor of Guardian Newspaper, today appeared in the Supreme Courtroom of Justice Colin Williams and pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of causing death by careless [...]

Alfonso Noble Breaks Silence on Details of Fatal Accident
The accident occurred on Christmas Eve of 2016 as Noble drove his pickup truck on the George Price Highway heading home. There were allegations that he was under the influence [...]

Wife of Wheelchair-bound Inmate Appeals to the Judiciary
Twenty-nine-year-old Aspinal Welch, who is otherwise known in the streets of Belize City as “Robbery”, is wheelchair-bound.  Paralysis after being shot three years ago has led to a gradual deterioration [...]

Severe Case of Bed Sore for “Robbery”
In describing Welch’s situation, his common-law wife explained that she reached out to Kolbe C.E.O. Virgilio Murillo after having received a medical certificate from a doctor at the K.H.M.H.   When [...]

Illicit Casa de Cambio Raided; Big Sums of Cash Found in Various Currencies
Police say that last week Thursday, a joint team of cops, FIU and Belize Tax Service personnel conducted a joint operation at a store called Almacen Shanti in Corozal Town. [...]

1 Man Injured in Lizarraga Avenue Shooting
Earlier in the newscast we told you about Adam Joseph who was shot on Halloween night. He lived for four days following that shooting, but died over the weekend. That [...]

45+ Families Affected by Flash Flood in Benque
A flash flood has displaced close to fifty families in the west. NEMO personnel have been on the ground since early this morning to help affected families. Reporter Andrea Polanco [...]

50 Pounds of Weed in Pan!
Police conducted a search at a home in Belmopan where they found over fifty pounds of weed. The search happened sometime after eight on Saturday morning. ACP Joseph Myvett says [...]

Madison Furniture Robbed; Thief is Shot and Injured, but not Apprehended
There was armed robbery at Madison Furniture store on Constitution Drive in Belmopan on Saturday evening. Police say that it happened just before five that evening. Two armed men walked [...]

CAJO Conference a Success
The sixth Biennial Conference of CAJO came to a successful conclusion on Saturday in Belize City. About one hundred and fifty members of the judiciary from the wider Caribbean took [...]

U.N.H.C.R. Holds Media Training
Belize is traditionally known to open its doors to refugees, in particular those from Central America countries who come here seeking a better life. Some resettle for economic reasons and [...]

Bruce Reneau’s Home Goes Up in Flames After He was Busted with .38 Revolver
On Friday morning, Belize City police visited the home of Bruce Reneau where they conducted a search of the property.  During the raid, they discovered three live rounds of ammunition, [...]

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

Flooding is being reported in Western Belize
Images posted on social media show several areas along the border in Benque and San Jose Succotz Village flooded.

The Reporter

Hit-&-Run In Orange Walk District
A man is dead after he was knocked down last night in San Jose, Orange Walk District. Police believe that the man identified as Jose Antonio Sanker, 40, was riding his bicycle near the entrance of San Jose when he was hit by a vehicle which collided into the rear of his bicycle.

Owner Of Money Exchange Establishment In Corozal Detained
The Proprietor of Almacen Shanti in Corozal Town has been detained by Police pending charges of operating a Casa De Cambio without a valid permit. Last week Thursday a joint team of Police Officers, F.I.U. and Income Tax personnel conducted an all-day raid of the business establishment, resulting in the discovery of US$60,000.

Flash Flood In Some Western Villages & Roads
The Reporter has confirmed that NEMO mobilized this morning around 3:30am. after receiving a call from residents of San Jose Succotz informing them of flash flooding in the village. We were told by an official from NEMO that there is at least two feet of water on the road between San Jose Succotz and Benque, and the flooding has been more serious in Benque, with at least 20 families affected.

Police Avert Revenge Warfare In The City, After Gun Battle In Boom
Last night at approximately 10pm. (Sunday November 3rd.). The Reporter received reports that there were at least ten gun-shots heard in Burrell Boom Village. We later learnt that 1 man was pronounced dead at the scene and another was injured.

LOVE FM

Village in the Cayo district gains access to electricity years later
Approximately 250 families in Seven Miles El Progresso Village, Cayo District, now have access to electricity after the government installed power lines to run through the village.

Man killed in hit and run in Orange Walk
40-year-old Jose Sanker is dead following a hit and run in San Jose Village, Orange Walk District. Sanker was reportedly on his way home on a bicycle when he was hit by a vehicle.

300 Cayo residents affected by flash flood
An estimated three hundred residents of Benque Viejo Del Carmen Town, Cayo District, were affected by a massive flash flood. Low-lying areas were especially affected, as well as the road between San Jose Succotz and Benque and the low-lying bridge in San Ignacio.

Furniture store in Belmopan robbed at gunpoint
Police are looking into a robbery that occurred on Saturday, November 2 in Belmopan, Cayo District. Correspondent Fem Cruz was at the robbery scene shortly after and filed the following report.

Illegal casa de cambio shut down by police in Corozal
More than six hundred and twenty thousand dollars were found during a major joint operation on Thursday, October 31 in Corozal Town. The total amount is the sum of various currencies and denominations found including one point six million pesos.

Man fatally shot in Burrell Boom Village
A man was killed last night in Burrell Boom Village, Belize District. He was inside a house with another man when an unknown gunman shot at them and fatally hitting 27-year-old Aaron Baptist.

Maya community celebrate embrace their culture
Maya community in the Toledo District celebrate their first Catholic Family Festival.

Fuel Prices fluctuate
Fuel prices will adjust once again at midnight tonight. Regular fuel will increase by 2 cents from $10.05 to $10.07 per gallon.

Imprisoned man in need of Medical care
A man who is currently imprisoned is in need of medical attention and according to the family, officials are denying him that right. Family members of Aspinal Welch spoke to the media today explaining their dilemma.

Guatemalans protest at the Benque Freezone
Just after twelve o’clock this afternoon police were called out to the western border to diffuse a situation that saw the Benque Free Zone temporarily closed off. Our news team was dispatched to the border where the riot squad and several police mobiles were seen waiting, in the event that tensions escalated.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Belize City Council repairs broken pipe line
Earlier today, the Guardian Newspaper and an unnamed pseudo media house reported that the Belize […]

Belize Water Services issues update on water interruption for Benque and Twin Towns
Earlier today, Belize Water Services (BwS) informed residents of an emergency water interruption affecting Benque Viejo, […]

Shooting in Belize City leaves man injured
Our newsroom has confirmed a shooting in Belize City. It occured minutes ago on Onleander […]

Paraplegic inmate with horrible bedsore pleads for medical attention
Relatives of an inmate on remand at the Belize Central Prison, Aspinal Welch, are pleading […]

Police officers share joyful times with former squad member
Dayton Lewis, former police constable enlisted in the Belize Police Department in squad number 81. […]

Double whammy for Bruce Reneau: busted with gun and home burnt down
At 10 o’clock on Friday morning police visited the home of Bruce Reneau on Iguana […]

Belmopan couple busted with weed
A couple was charged with intent to supply a controlled drug after they were busted […]

Price of premium goes down, regular gasoline inches up
The Ministry of Finance announced that at midnight tonight, the pump price of two fuel […]

Kyle Pinkard shot hours after Burrell Boom killing
Three hours after last night’s murder of Aaron Baptist in Burrell Boom, gun violence continued […]

Police: No motive for Aaron Baptist murder
Sometime before 8 o’clock last night a man was shot in Burrel Boom, Belize. He […]

Investopedia explains why Belize is considered a tax haven
As the European Union (EU) prepares to remove Belize from its blacklist for tax haven […]

EU to remove Belize from tax haven blacklist
According to Reuters, European Union finance ministers are set to remove the Central American country […]

Florida man arrested for 40 grams of cocaine found in package delivered from Belize
Authorities in Naples, Florida arrested Joseph Rahman for trafficking cocaine. According to NBC2, Rahman received […]

Cristo Rey Waterboard informs no water today due to loss of pipes
Today, the Chairman of the Cristo Rey Waterboard in Cayo, Alfredo Guerra, issued a statement […]

National Meteorological Service issues flood alert
This morning, the National Meteorological Service of Belize issued a flood alert for western Belize. […]

Flash flood reported in Benque Viejo del Carmen
BBN has received reports of flash floods in Succotz and Benque Viejo del Carmen. According […]

Blogs

Iguana love you!
In Belize, I liken the iguana to our cute but pesky squirrel. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and yes, I think iguanas are cute, even when they eat my flowers! And similarly, they have been and still are hunted and consumed by indigenous populations and remain a part of our cultural cuisine. Considered a delicacy, especially the developing eggs the female carries in March and April, the hunting season for iguanas is closed from February to June of each year as this is their breeding season. With poaching and over-hunting of the popular ‘Bamboo Chicken’, paired with the destruction of their natural habitat as development destroys their nesting sites, the green iguana is facing grave population loss in some areas.

SAGA’s 16th Annual Halloween Spooktacular: Nothing Better Than Dogs in Costume
I can’t say enough great things about SAGA. Yesterday was there BIG fundraiser of the year – if you missed it, I’m sure they would SO APPRECIATE a donation big or small on their website (they feed and medicate so many animals…they are ALWAYS short on funds). I stopped in to take some pictures and just ooohhhh…and ahhhh…over dogs in costume. Nothing cuter.

5 Perfect Days in Placencia
Placencia, a small coastal village in the South, is a popular vacation spot in Belize with access to both marine and jungle adventures. Situated on the Southernmost tip of a narrow, sandy peninsula, this quaint village offers laidback beach vacation options and off the beaten path adventures. Wondering how to spend your time on the peninsula? What makes this location special is that you can have access and enjoy a variety of adventures.

Christmas in Belize
Though our coconut palms don’t dress up quite as pretty as your traditional conifers on Christmas – the sun-soaked coast, sparkling blue waters, and famously friendly people make Belize an irresistible tropical escape for the holidays. With average temperatures ranging between 71°F (22°C) to 80°F (27°C) during December, it’s no surprise that visitors are ditching their snow boots for sandy flip flops. US News & World Report agrees in naming Belize #1 in Affordable Winter Vacations this year. Whether your wish list experience is naughty or nice, Belize is the perfect place to celebrate the festive season!

Belize Birding Festival 2019
The San Ignacio Resort Hotel was this year’s host for the 2019 Belize Birding Festival in which birders, hoteliers, NGOs and many more stakeholders were able to discuss the majestic creatures that fly the skies. The festival kicked off birder-style at 6AM with a birdwatching tour followed with a quick breakfast and some much-needed coffee overlooking the jungle at the Running W Restaurant, an experience we highly recommend for you to try out. Dining with the Birds is a delicious adventure in which you can enjoy breakfast prepared by our Executive Chef while looking out for the early morning visitors.

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US Marines carry out refueling in Belize – Defense Blog
The United States Marine Corps (USMC) announced that the CH-53E Super Stallion helicopters with Special Land-Air Maritime Task Force – The Southern Command carried out the refueling of aerial fuel with a tactical tanker of multi-missions KC-130J of the Maritime Air Refueling Transport Squad234 over Belize, October 30, 2019. The task force carried out refueling operations with the Hercules KC-130J tanker with Squadron 234 of Air Fuel Air Transport, according to a recent press release from the service.

Researchers Discover A Previously Unknown Shark In The Middle Of The Ocean And Its Head Looks Really Weird
In Belize, Central America, researchers have discovered a new kind of shark. It’s the head in particular that raises questions. Sharks are one of the most interesting creatures to be swimming about in our oceans. There are hundreds of different species living in our waters although some, such as the great white, are a lot more dangerous than others. According to the WWF, this particular species of hammerhead shark was found in Central America, in the Belize Barrier Reef, the longest barrier reef in the northern hemisphere. It’s one of the 1400 counted animal species in the region.

Belizeans now need to demand lots and land distribution with a titled expedited process
BY WELLINGTON C. RAMOS. Belize is a country with a population of about 400,000 people. It is underpopulated and there is enough land in the 8,867 square miles, to give each Belizean a lot to build a home for his family and himself. Plus, almost every Belizean family own farmland which can be subdivided to give all their members a lot to build a house for themselves. Yet, there are hundreds of Belizeans at home and abroad, who are yearning to get a piece of lot to build their homes but cannot get a lot to do so.

Videos

  • Art In The Park November 16th, 1/2min. November is here! And, you know what that means? It's Art In The Park monthly event. This is an exciting event that will be held on November 16th, 2019, featuring music, dance, food, presentation and over 15 artists displaying and selling their original Art Work. The Art Show Begins at 5pm and music festivities begin at 7pm. Admissions are free and there will be fun for the entire family! To find out more about the event kindly contact the Page: https://www.facebook.com/CorozalArt/ Or, call them at Call 620-1572. Or, visit them at the Corozal House of Culture.

  • Flooding in area by Iglesia Al Calvario, 1min. NEMO is on the ground along with the Benque Mayor assessing the flooding situation.

  • DENBERG E COLEMAN HOUSE MUSEUM COMPLEX TELETHON, 1hr45min.

  • Orange Walk Town Belize Central America, 12min. A quick drive around Orange Walk Town.

  • Inauguration day at the Belize Wildlife & Referral Clinic - BWRC (2012), 10min. This video was taken on the official inauguration day of the BWRC and it started the story of Izzie the spider monkey rescued from the illegal pet trade on the day of our opening. Thanks to the private individual reporting this baby tied with a leash around it's neck in the sunny front yard of a poacher, amazing cooperation of Belize Forest Department Wildlife Program and BWRC's trained wildlife veterinary staff this patient was rescued in time. Fortunately the injured baby recovered and is now close to returning to the wild as an adult. In between were many hours of intensive care as well as orthopedic surgery for her broken humerus (we have a video for our veterinary interested viewers that shows that surgery and it's steps as well) and then years of rehabilitation.

  • INFRASTRUCTURE IN CRISTO REY, CAYO. No water for the next few days., 1min.

  • Road to Calla Creek Flooded, 15sec. Flash flooding reported in Calla Creek, Cayo

  • “CSME: What’s in it for me?” Public Town Hall. (November 4, 2019), 3hr.

  • The Business Hour..., 60min.

  • Representatives of CCBTIA elaborating on their training for workshops that focuses on customer service, 12min. Mr.Akhiel Badillo and Miss Celina Novelo spoke on the different work shops being offered to businesses and the general public. Their niche is to train business owners and employees on how to go about providing impeccable service to their clients.

  • Kinkajou - Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary, Belize, 1min.

  • U.S. Marines Conduct Aerial Refueling In Belize..., 2.5min. Tuesday 5th of November, 2019. The United States Marine Corps announced that CH-53E Super Stallion helicopters with Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground ...

  • Belize Howler Monkey Howls!, 17sec.

  • Accion Deportiva, 60min.

  • The Business Perspective on LoveFM, 60min.