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The San Pedro Sun

San Pedro Pirates F.C advance to PLB 2019-2020 Opening Season Semifinals
For their last match in the regular series of the Premiere League of Belize (PLB) 2019-2020 Opening Season, San Pedro Pirates F.C hosted Wagiya Sporting Club at the Ambergris Stadium in San Pedro Town on Saturday, November 9th. Despite a 2-2 draw against Wagiya, the island team still managed to claim one of the conveted spaces in the PLB semifinals. For the first round of the semifinals, San Pedro Pirates F.C will be travelling to Belmopan City to go against Belmopan Bandits on Sunday, November 17th. The match is scheduled to begin at 4PM at the Isidoro Beaton Stadium in Belmopan City. Anyone interested in accompanying the Pirates as a fan can contact 608-6396.

HCMR and Ramon’s Dive Shop guides assist turtle in distress
On Friday, November 8th Hol Chan Marine Reserve (HCMR) was able to save a distressed sea turtle found South of San Pedro Town by Ramon’s Village Resort Dive Shop tour guides, the turtle had air accumulated in its intestines. Said air was removed with the assistance of HCMR, and the turtle was released into the water. HCMR Marine Biologist Kirah Forman-Castillo shared with The San Pedro Sun that it is a common affliction among turtles to build up air inside them that cause difficulty breathing and swimming down. Therefore, it has to be removed using a syringe. “The turtle was seen in distress so the guides from Ramon’s contacted us and brought the turtle to their dive shop, where we assisted by removing the air accumulated in its intestines and showed the guides how to do it. It’s common among turtles. However, we don’t really know what are the causes as we do not have a laboratory here to do x-rays and the necessary lab work,” she said.

Legends F.C. conquers Copa San Pedro 2019
A new Copa San Pedro Champion was crowned on Sunday, November 10th at the Ambergris Stadium. Legends F.C. claimed the coveted sporting title after overcoming Captain G’s F.C, who went into the pitch with a three-goal disadvantage in the aggregate score board. Captain G’s needed to score at least four goals in order to grab the championship and its first attempt was successful at minute 19 when they scored against Legends. The top three teams of the tournament were then called for their awards. The third place team, San Pedrito Scorpions was awarded with their trophy, followed by the sub-champions Captain G’s, who collected their second place prize. Taking the top prize and becoming the 2019 Copa San Pedro Champions was Legends, who happily accepted their trophy. All teams received cash prizes as well.

Gustavo Lizarraga Jr. drowns on Ambergris Caye
On Friday, November 8th, 25-year-old Gustavo Lizarraga Jr., a Belizean laborer of San Pedro Town, drowned while fishing. The Police Department's official report states that around 12PM, Lizarraga Jr., along with his cousin went south of San Pedro Town en-route to the Barrier Reef area, which is approximately one and half miles east of the shore to fish. They were without life jackets. Reports are that while onboard a green Emotion brand kayak about 45 minutes into their fishing trip, water started to get into the kayak, which caused it to sink. Both men began swimming towards shore, but Lizarraga mentioned that he couldn’t make it, and so he stayed by the kayak, while his cousin swam towards the shore to seek assistance.

Ambergris Today

Belize Port Authority Charges Boat Captain And Operators In Water-Taxi Explosion
On May 5, 2019 Yamiri Jasmine Guy and Kimberly Melissa Guy lost their lives and several other passengers sustained various injuries on board a water-taxi owned by San Pedro Jets Xpress, being operated by Ocean Ferry Belize which exploded. The Belize Port Authority conducted investigations and has levied charges against the boat captain and both water-taxi operators. According to reports the Belize Port Authority has conducted an inquiry into the explosion on board the water taxi. The inquiry was conducted by the Belize Port Authority and include statements obtained by the police, from key witnesses and experts, and other evidence gathered in the course of the inquiry.

Various Belizean Sources

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Police Theme Song Competition
Get involved and maybe you can end up winning the cash prize. Calling all Belizeans who are interested in developing & producing the Belize Police Department's new "Theme Song. $2000 Cash Prize!

Stephanie is 'One to Watch'
Congratulations, Steph! She was celebrated by Women in Tourism for her achievements in the tourism industry. Well deserved recognition. "WOW she is #unbelizeable meet our “One to Watch” Woman in Tourism Stephanie Elena. Stephanie grew up moving from one destination to another as a result of her father’s profession. By the age of 20, Stephanie had lived in 11 different destinations where she was able to experience the culture and uniqueness of various communities, which subsequently fostered her interest for tourism and travel. She is fluent in Spanish and English, with a good understanding of French as well. She graduated with a dual Bachelor’s Degree majoring in International Business and a Minor in Marketing from the University of Indianapolis (USA) and Galen University (Belize). Since 2013, she has been working for the San Ignacio Resort Hotel, an award-winning luxury boutique hotel in Western Belize, and is currently the lead for their Marketing and Public Relations endeavors.

FCD announces Chiquibul Park Ranger posts
Screening and selection is rigorous. Females are encouraged to apply. Call or write us at 823-2657, [email protected] to get details and application forms.

U Ko'olel Cab
Colel Cab, "Owner of the Earth" or "Mother earth" , mentioned in the story of the creation of the "Chilam Balam de Chumayel". it's probably another one of her titles . It is also known ki'ichpan ko'olel "Beautiful grandmother" or " Beautiful woman" . U Ko'olel Cab,Grandmother,Guadalupe,any feminine principles of universe,(gann 1888,Thompson 1933,Villa Rojas 19450. Due to the syncretism some call Virgen de Guadalupe Ki'ichpan ko'olel .

World's 7th Largest Ship Makes Golden Voyage to Belize
MSC Meraviglia, the 7th largest cruise ship in the world, made its golden voyage to Belize today carrying nearly 4,500 guests (at double occupancy) on board. MSC Meraviglia, is owned and operated by MSC Cruises and entered service in June 2017. It is the world’s 7th largest ship. It was built at the Chantiers de l'Atlantique shipyard in St. Nazaire, France by STX France. MSC Meraviglia was MSC Cruises first ship in the innovative Meraviglia class of next-generation ships, designed to be able to call in most of the world’s international cruise ports. The ship initially operated in the western Mediterranean and has also cruised in Northern Europe as of summer 2019.

Caye Caulker Form 2 Students visit GIS Expo and Belize Museum
Today form 2 students traveled to Belize City to attend the GIS Expo and to visit the Museum of Belize. Thank you to Ms Fallon Santon, coordinator of the GIS event (Geographic Information System) and thank you to Mrs Liz Usher OA Belizean Studies teacher.

Changes in the Pump Price of Fuel Effective November 14, 2019
The Ministry of Finance announces that on November 14, 2019, the pump price of two fuel products will change. The price for kerosene will register an increase and diesel will register a decrease as follows: Kerosene will increase by 11 cents from $ 7.42 to $ 7.53 per gallon; Diesel will decrease by 19 cents from $10.09 to $9.90 per gallon. The prices for premium and regular gasoline will remain unchanged at $10.78 and $10.07 per gallon, respectively.

Belize-IAEA Country Program Framework Signing
Today, November 13, 2019, Belize and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) entered into the 2019-2023 Country Program Framework (CPF) which provides the strategic structure for cooperation between IAEA and Belize for the next four years. The CPF focuses on radiation safety, food and agriculture, human health, water and the environment, and energy. The newly signed CPF replaces the 2010-2015 chapter, which yielded various successful cooperation projects in Belize, such as: 1. The development of a phytosanitary infrastructure to establish and maintain a fruit fly free area in collaboration with the Belize Agricultural Health Authority (BAHA).

US Embassy Public Auction Sale
U.S. Embassy Belize invites you to its Annual Auction Sale happening on Saturday, November 23, 2019.

Channel 7

Nuevo Juda - Searching For The Diplomatic Solution Difficult
Last night, we brought you extensive coverage of the latest conflict in the Belize/Guatemala territorial dispute. The Belizean, Jorge Emiliano Espat, is a land-owner on the western edge of Benque Viejo Town, and he owns several properties right next to the border between Belize and Guatemala. That location is known as the Barrio El Juda area.He says that whenever there are elections in Melchor, politicians there try to muster support by using land-ownership as the lure. He says that these politicians encourage the Guatemalan voters to pursue parcels of land near the border on their side. Eventually, these voters then encroach on Belizean territory; in this case, right onto Espat's land. And int doesn't stop until the Belizean authorities step in and remove them.

Corozal Student Dies From Dengue
A 21 year old student from Corozal reportedly died from Dengue on Sunday morning. Ruggeri Tzul was a Corozal Junior College student. Two days prior to his death a private clinic did a blood test which confirmed a positive diagnosis of Dengue.He may be the 5th person to die from Dengue in Belize so far this year. CTV-3 news spoke to Tzul's father about the dramatic chain of events that saw his son quickly sicken and die. Here's his interview, translated from Spanish:

The City And The Crow
As we've been reporting for the past two nights - the City Council's assets are being crowfooted by former city administrator Candice Miller. The council owes her almost half a million dollars after the court found that it wrongfully terminated her multi-year contract. Her attorney, Magali Perdomo moved swiftly to apply for an order of execution of the court's judgment. And the city says that she moved too swiftly, and that it was an act of bad faith since it intends to appeal the judgement of Supreme Court justice Courtney Abel. Today, we asked the Deputy Mayor what it's like working under the crow's foot:...

Father Bill, Big Bridge and the Bill
We also asked Deputy Mayor Arnold about the Swing Bridge repairs contract awarded to Bill Lindo - father of City Administrator Stephanie Lindo. At first it was a contract award for twenty thousand dollars to do minor repair work - but when they got under the bridge, they found a whole lot more that needed to be fixed. Now, works have been underway since August and are slated to continue for two more weeks. Today, we asked the Deputy Mayor if hiring the city administrator's father for a contract of indeterminate cost and duration is an arm's length transaction:

Garcia For Lopez Murder
On Monday's news, we told you about the murder of the 41-year-old Ladyville resident, Lee Lopez, better known as "Gambino". Reports from Lopez's neighborhood were that he was killed by his close friend, a man who was often at his home, and someone who Lopez regularly offered whatever aid he could.Well, this morning, police arrested and charged pair of Ladyville residents, 27-year-old Jason Garcia, and a 17-year-old minor, jointly for murder. They arraigned today before Senior Magistrate Tricia Pitts-Anderson. She remanded them to the Belize Central Prison until January 10th, 2020.

Drugs Destroyed on San Pedro
Today, there was no convoy of speeding police vehicles carrying loads of drugs to their location out west to be destroyed. This time, for the first time, upwards of 100 kilos of illegal items went up in flames on La Isla Bonita. It was an above ground burning on San Pedro - an island town known for the easy access and availability of drugs. The press office spoke with Supt. Chris Noble from the Coastal Executive Unit of the Police Department about today's drug destruction.Supt. Christopher Noble, Coastal Executive Officer:"First and foremost, it's the first ever being done on the island and it is something that whilst it's the first, it will definitely not be the last or logistical arrangements were made based on what has been in our exhibit room. Applications were made, and accepted and we are here today to get rid of, so to speak, what are concluded cases that were cases before the court and what is property that has been found and has been lingering over a period of time."

Man Struggles With Major Injures After Accident
33 year old Ernesto Lewis is lucky to be alive tonight after he was seriously injured last night near Ontario Village on the George Price Highway. Lewis, was driving a Nissan Altima heading toward Belmopan, when he crashed into a Freightliner truck near mile 55. A comment from his mother states that he sustained Broken bones, bruises, and that he is in tremendous pain.

Fisherfolk Feisty About Keeping Gillnets
Today protestors assembled in Dangriga's Alejo Beni park to oppose the proposed ban on Gillnets. The group was led by Belize Fishers Cooperative Association who are holding firm with gillnets. They told Cheriss Halsall that getting rid of those nets will take food out of their families' mouths:As you may have heard a lot of the criticism today was against NGO's like OCEANA who - those fishers feel - are pursuing a big business agenda which disenfranchises the fishers.

Park Renovation Attracts Bi-Partisan Support
The Fred Westby Park is an odd little slice of land between Albert and Albert Street west in Belize City.But, in a city starved for green recreational areas this little strip is a breath of fresh air in the congested downtown area. And - thanks to two corporate sponsors in the area - the park has gotten a major upgrade.

Police Going For Facial Recognition Cameras
And while the city takes care of green spaces - the police want to cover every other part of the city. BTL and the police department have teamed up for a matrix of security cameras to cover the city.And while that's expected, what you might not have known is that the police are also looking to add facial recognition features:..Reporter:"We see a new camera being installed at corner of King and Albert Streets. We are told this camera will work with facial recognition. Is this a new level of surveillance you are trying to put on the society?"

Why Did the GSU Shoot Dean Cain?
And while the police want to blanket the city with surveillance, their ambitions in the village of Burrell Boom are not that great. But they do want to keep the village safe and tranquil, which seems to be in jeopardy after a recent murder and retaliatory shooting - supposedly over the weed trade. So, on Friday, the police stormed unto the property of a well-known figure who lives in the village, shot his pitbull and shot the caretaker who lives in the back of the yard. Today we asked the commissioner if the shooting of Dean Cain was justified:

COMPOL Wants to "Root Out"ť Gang Members
We also asked the commissioner about the continuing prosecutions of gang members. Recently, a trio of those who admitted to gang membership were sent to jail - when in the past they were simply being fined. Williams says he welcomes this because he is trying to, quote, "root them out of society":Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police:"We are going after those who are hell-bent about trying to create havoc within the society and we can prove by way of investigation that the activities that they are engaged in is that of a gang member, so that when we present the case before the court we will be able to get a conviction."

Six Months For Shooting At Cop Enough?
And, while he didn't confess to being a gang member, Kyle Chaplin did confess yesterday to shooting at four police officers. He got six months for it. We asked Commissioner Williams what he thought of the penalty:Reporter:"Kyle Chaplin confessed or told the court he is guilty of firing upon 4 police offiers and he got 4 concurrent sentences of 6 months, so he will serve 6 months in prison. Are you satisfied with that sentence?"

Woman and Son Held Up In Residential Area
In other police news, a woman and her 19 year old son were held up last night around 8:00 on Chetumal Street. Vanessa Borges reported that she had just gotten home and was with her son inside their Nissan Rogue SUV, when a man pulled open the driver's side door and pointed what appeared to be a firearm at her 19 year old son and told them to hand over what they have. The robber then took her purse containing cash and personal documents. Police are investigating.

Comedian White Yardie in Belize
If you are a comedy fan, you most certainly have come across one of White Yardie's hilarious videos on youtube or social media. White Yardie is a British Jamaican comedian who is in Belize for the first time to put on a show on Friday night. He arrived today and we met with him this afternoon. He told us how his online comedic fame took his career to another level.

GIS And "The Science of Where"ť
Today was observed as World GIS Day, and here in Belize, Total Business Solutions Limited, one of the local leaders in graphical information systems, hosted its annual GIS expo. Students from primary, secondary, and vocational schools from all over the country traveled to the Princess Ramada Hotel in Belize City to learn about how the Government and major players in the country's industries are using the technology to improve the way they do business.If you're not familiar with the term GIS, but if you own a smartphone, you're already using it. If you have the GPS activated, you can share your current location with other persons, and the phone can give you driving directions.

The Son of Samuel Comes Home
The Belize National Anthem, "Land of the Free", as Belizeans, we all know it - or should know it - by heart. And even though we have it memorized by heart, the composer, Samuel Alfred Haynes Sr., is not as well-known as the anthem itself.But history remembers Haynes as a patriot, a nationalist, a solider, a fighter for civil rights, and a music composer. Born in Belize in 1899, he moved to the US, and while there, he became a major player in the Marcus Garvey's UNIA Movement.He left a great and diverse legacy, and this week, his son, Ronald Haynes, made his first visit to Belize. This evening, he was hosted by the management of the center in the Lake I area which bears his fathers name: the Samuel Haynes Institute of Excellence, on Mahogany Street in Belize City.

Anglican's Celebrate Cathedral Restoration
And in another story with historical resonance, we today spoke to the Bishop of the Anglican Church Phillip Wright about the restoration of the Anglican Cathedral. As we told you last week, the first phase has been completed which renewed the corroding roof, repaired extensive crumbling brickwork, rotting and peeling windows and doors, corroded gates, and supplied interior accent paint decor.Today - in the shadow of St. John's - the Bishop told us they are proud:

Cops Holding Crime Down in Gang Area
So far on the news tonight you've heard a lot from Commissioner Chester Williams. We caught him at a police meet and greet in Belize City with the commander of Eastern Division. They were in the gang hotspots of Precinct 1 and 2 where they said crime is down:

The Rise of "Silly Murders"ť?
And while the community waits for the re-activation of the police cadets, for the senior command, the focus right now is on bringing down last year's total murder count by 10%. We say focus, but it's more like a fixation for the commissioner who discussed their crime strategy today:

SUV in San Pablo Sailed Into Lamppost
And there surely was a silly accident today on the Phillip Goldson highway passing through the village of San Pablo in the Orange Walk District. As this security video shows, an SUV coming at high speed rammed head on into a lamppost and fence post. The vehicle was southbound and snapped the lamppost. The impact happened right in near the community centre at a wide curve where drivers must slow down as they approach a speed bump.It looked serious, but seconds later, the footage shows the driver clambering out of the SUV, and walking.

A PG Protest Over Streets
One of the most annoying things is driving on a bumpy pot-hole ridden road. Well, you can find many of those streets all over the country, but it seems PG residents really have it bad and have had enough. This morning at 10:00 PG residents protested by driving around in their vehicles. We have a clip of a disgruntled PG resident.The UDP PG town council put up a post with pictures on facebook showing that they are fixing the streets.

A Break on Diesel Prices
And in gas price news, effective tomorrow, Kerosene will increase by 11 cents from $ 7.42 to $ 7.53 per gallon while Diesel will decrease sharply by 19 cents from $10.09 to $9.90 per gallon. The prices for premium and regular gasoline will remain unchanged at $10.78 and $10.07 per gallon, respectively.

Channel 5

Retired B.D.F. Soldier Myron Martinez Succumbs After Weekend Collision
Retired Belize Defense Force soldier Myron Martinez passed away at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital this afternoon, following a road traffic accident on the Phillip Goldson Highway in the early [...]

Two Suspects Charged for the Murder of Bambino
Police have cracked a recent murder that occurred in Ladyville, Belize District. . Twenty-seven-year-old Jason Garcia and a teenage minor appeared before Magistrate Tricia Pitts-Anderson this morning where they were [...]

Fishermen Meet in Dangriga to Support Gillnet Usage
There are two sides to the use of gillnets. In some quarters the use of the fishing gear is said to be harmful and dangerous but among others, the traditional [...]

One Man Injured in Accident on ‘S Curve’
Ernesto Lewis, better known as ‘Caddy’, was involved in a serious RTA on Tuesday night. His Nissan Altima car was totaled as an eighteen-wheeler crushed it at the Dead Man’s [...]

Another Case of Alleged Police Brutality in Belize City
A News Five team was doing its job at the Mahogany Street police station today when our crew came under attack. It happened when a witness was giving an interview [...]

C.J.C. Celebrates Students’ Outstanding Performance on CAPE Exams
On Tuesday, the names of this year’s brilliant students were released. We start with Liyan Moralez and Randel Pate; both are at the University of the West Indies Saint Augustine [...]

The Top Scorers for the 2019 CSEC Exams
On November twenty-ninth in Independence Village in the south, Moralez and pate will be honoured along with some four hundred plus students including those who sat the CSEC. Edward P. [...]

Edward P. Yorke Fields Top Students for Second Consecutive Year
As we said, all three female students were enrolled at the Edward P. Yorke High School in Belize City. The administration at the school is ecstatic because this is the [...]

No Conclusive Findings in B.T.L. G.S.T. Audit as Yet
An audit by the General Sales Tax Department of B.T.L.’s accounts is yet to be concluded and there is no way of knowing when it will be.  A throve of leaked [...]

Fuel Prices Changing at the Pump
At midnight, there will be another change in the price of fuels.  Kerosene will increase by eleven cents and will sell at seven dollars and fifty-three cents per gallon. Diesel [...]

BELPO Sounds Off on the State of the Macal River
The Belize Institute of Environmental Law and Policy wants answers on the Macal River in the west. BELPO sent out a release this morning to say that they have serious [...]

Police Destroys over 100 Kilo of Drugs on San Pedro
Today San Pedro police destroyed over one hundred kilos of various drugs on Ambergris Caye. The drugs, according to San Pedro police, have accumulated over a couple years. This is [...]

ComPol Williams Explains GSU Raid in Boom
An operation mounted by the Gang Suppression Unit in Burrell Boom Village resulted in one person being shot with a non-lethal round as he attempted to flee from police.  Dean [...]

Meet & Greet on South Street
This afternoon in the vicinity of South Street, officers from the Belize Police Department went door to door meeting with residents of the area.  They were in full force as [...]

What’s Up with the Police Lawsuit Involving the ComPol?
The case involving President of the Police Association Corporal Eldon Arzu will proceed in the Supreme Court in February 2020, but does he have a strong case to present to [...]

Alfonso Mario Ayuso Sentenced to 6 Months for Sexual Assault Conviction
Shopkeeper Alfonso Mario Ayuso, who was found guilty of sexual assault against a female minor, was sentenced to six months behind bars.  Prior to his sentencing, Ayuso begged the court [...]

Armed Robbery at J & A Store in San Ignacio
There was a robbery in San Ignacio on Tuesday afternoon just before one. Police say that two men entered J & A Store on Flaming Avenue and held up the [...]

GIS Expo: “Embracing Digital Transformation”
For those not inclined towards technology, digital transformation means that technology will be used to better serve customers. Now, in education the customers are the students so today as many [...]

UB’s 12th Annual Marketing Expo a Success!
UB’s marketing Expo took place in Belize City today. The expo provides an avenue for enterprising entrepreneurs to turn ideas and concepts into business opportunities. Hundreds gathered for the event [...]

2 Resident Businesses Adopt the Fred Westby Park in the Alberts
The Fred Westby Park, located in the Albert Division, Belize City, has been spruced up with support from two corporate citizens in the division. For decades families have converged at [...]

The Reporter

In Our New Global-Village, Google’s YouTube & U.S Law By Effect Is Global
In a SIGN-OF-TIMES, of the new digital age of our global-village, the fastest growing digital video platform in the world ‘YouTube’ issued a notice today that affects everyone who have or will upload a video to YouTube.

2 Men Charged For The Murder Of Lee Lopez
Police have confirmed that two men have been charged for the murder of Lee Lopez, the Ladyville handyman who was stabbed on Sunday.

Driver Survives Infamous ‘Dead-Mans-Curve’ On Hwy.
A man was seriously injured in a road traffic accident which occurred on Tuesday night (November 12th.) at approximately 7:30pm. He has been identified as Ernesto Lewis, 33.

3 Detained For Tuesday’s Armed Robbery In San Ignacio
Three persons have been detained for questioning following an armed robbery in San Ignacio on Tuesday. According to reports, around 12:45pm...

LOVE FM

TBSL changing the way students learn
Total Business Solution Limited engaged the youths today on using the Geographic Information System (GIS) in school. They held their 7th GIS Day Expo showcasing devices used in gathering geographic data.

Punta Gorda residents tired of road filled with pot holes
A protest took place this morning in Punta Gorda Town. Toledo Correspondent Paul Mahung has the been following the event and filed the following report.

Man critically injured in car accident
A road traffic incident has left a Cayo resident critical. Just after seven o’clock last night a collision occurred between a trailer truck and a sedan.

Mayor Wagner comments on Candice Miller Case
The crow footing of the Belize City Council’s assets continued yesterday by a court bailiff who has been action on an order of a writ of execution. The execution has to do with the three hundred and seventy-eight thousand dollars plus seventy thousand for legal fees granted to Candice Miller.

Lets talk about issues in Belize with Mayor Wagner
In recent days, reports circulated that the Belize City Council had no water supply due to disconnection for non-payment. The council had issued a release denying that report.

Silly Crimes says COMPOL
Unconventional – that is the word used by the Police Commissioner Chester Williams to describe the recent murders. In what is becoming a rare occurrence, the Police Commissioner gave the media an interview after a long wait on the south side as he conducted his meet and greet session which we will tell you about later.

Tackling financial crimes in Belize
A training that looks at standards to operate by when it comes to money laundering and financial crimes continued today in Belize City. Belize’s Financial Intelligence Unit is the chair of the National Anti-Money Laundering Committee and is the host for the training of the Financial Action Task Force.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Andre Vega to launch appeal of decision on Haulover land purchase next week
Next week, the Court of Appeal is to get its first look at the case […]

Oceana and Belize Coalition for Sustainable Fisheries commit over $2 Million to transition from gillnet use in Belize
Oceana and the Belize Coalition for Sustainable Fisheries have committed via written letters of intent to […]

Police defend effort to smash gangs
For the last few months, police have rousted members of various gangs City-wide simply for […]

Police winning war against crime in City and country, says ComPol
Entering a traditional time of increase in crime, especially major crimes in Belize, the Police […]

Diesel price to see decrease
Today the Ministry of Finance announced that effective midnight the pump price of two fuel […]

One-hundred new Belizeans sworn-in
Yesterday, a hundred people from various nations became nationalized Belizeans. They were sworn-in at the […]

Minor detained for stabbing incident in Santa Elena
BBN has confirmed that a 14-year-old minor of Santa Elena, Cayo is detained pending investigation […]

Residents in Punta Gorda protest deteriorating street conditions
This morning, mover 20 vehicle owners protested via drive through to express their discontent with […]

Mother devastated after special needs child taken away, falls and breaks teeth while in state custody
A woman from Stann Creek’s Valley community is devastated and desperate after she claims that […]

Two charged for murder of Lee Lopez
Police have charged two people in connection with the murder of Lee Lopez, 41. They […]

Belizean student Angie Matute to receive regional CSEC award in Grenada
The Ministry of Education, yesterday issued a release extending congratulations to all students that excelled […]

Evo Morales: “I will return soon with more strength”
Former President of Bolivia, Evo Morales, landed in Mexico yesterday after being granted political asylum […]

Two teens escape from Marla’s House of Hope
Police are seeking the public’s assistance in locating two teenage girls who escaped from Marla’s […]

Trial for Eldon Arzu judicial review set for next February
An internal feud in the Belize Police Department is set to spill over into next […]

Man injured in road traffic accident in Ontario, Cayo
Last night BBN reported of a collision that occurred on the George Price Highway in […]

Blogs

Get Married in Belize
Exotic landscapes and thrilling adventures have made Belize a sought-after location for a destination wedding. Picture saying “I do” against a beautiful blue backdrop, with your feet deep in the sand. Or perhaps you’re saying it while standing at the top of a Maya temple overlooking an expanse of green, or next to a waterfall deep inside a rainforest. These are all possible settings when getting married in Belize. But it’s not just the spectacular scenery that will make you want to tie the knot here. As the only Central American country where English is the official language, planning your wedding abroad is a whole lot easier. As a less crowded and less populated destination than its neighbors, you can choose from a variety of secluded spots–including an island all to yourself. And you won’t have to worry about your family and friends traveling far, as Belize is just a two to three-hour flight from major airports in North America.

The Photographer’s Paradise
You’re not as enthused about your feed as you used to be. How many times will you take the same picture of your pets? Why not snapshot extraordinary Jabiru storks, gorgeous Keel-billed toucans or Magnificent Frigate birds in a place where they needn’t be caged? The blue-crowned mot-mot, scarlet macaw and red-footed booby, back-dropped forever by emerald foliage, are sure to attract bird-enthusiasts to your work. Indeed, like so many seagulls on a crystal beach-which, you could also photograph-they will flock. Dive into the water off the crystal beaches, then, and take photos of the largest barrier reef in the western hemisphere. This collection of thriving coral and other, more mobile, sea life are excellent focuses for your work. Indeed, even the locals are entranced by their beauty.

International Sourcesizz

Netflix Will Premiere An Exciting Series About The Mayan Civilization
As Netflix ramps up its repertoire of original series, a new show about the Mayan Civilization was announced. It will arrive in 2021. The new project, called Maya and the Three, has been described as an animated series. The show's writer will be Jorge R. Gutiérrex, director of the 2014 animated feature The Book of Life. Screenwriter of Elena of Avalor, Silvia Cárdenas Olivas, and Moana's animator, Jeff Ranjo will be joining him. In a Variety magazine interview, the director gave some general insights as to the show's plot. It will all be about a warrior princess who's looking for three mythical fighters, these will in turn help her save the world from the gods and humankind. Gutiérrez intends the series to be "like a Mexican Lord of the Rings, but with comedy."

Healthy mangroves help coral reef fisheries under climate stress
Healthy mangroves can help fight the consequences of climate change on coral reef fisheries, according to a University of Queensland-led study. UQ's Professor Peter Mumby said corals have been bleached and reefs have lost their structural complexity as a major consequence of warming seas. "Many people are worried that -- due to climate change -- reef fishery yields could halve if coral reefs flatten, losing the hiding places that support thousands of fish," he said. "When a young fish arrives at a degraded reef it has nowhere to hide and is easily targeted by predators.

Heat and humidity of Belize jungle tests Angus green berets
Angus-based Royal Marines have left behind the plummeting mercury of the county to test their combat and survival skills in the humidity of a Central America jungle. Zulu Company of Arbroath’s 45 Commando have been contending with the sticky climes of Belize, where heavy rain has added to the training challenge faced by the elite unit. They took over the mantle of Lead Commando Group from 40 Commando earlier this year, a role which puts them at high readiness to deploy anywhere in the world. New kit and cutting-edge technology has been utilised in the jungle deployment following acclimatisation at Price Barracks, the base of the Belize Defence Force and home of British Army Training Support Unit Belize (BATSUB), located just outside Belize City.

Dengue reaches highest number ever recorded in the Americas
DENGUE in the Americas has reached the highest number of cases ever recorded, with more than 2.7 million cases and 1,206 deaths so far this year, according to a new epidemiological update from the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO). The largest previous dengue epidemic was in 2015, but the number of cases registered until October this year is 13 per cent higher. Despite the increase in number of cases, the fatality rate, or proportion of deaths in dengue cases, was 26 per cent less in 2019, PAHO said in a release yesterday. The four dengue virus serotypes are present in the Americas and co-circulation of all four was reported in Brazil, Guatemala and Mexico in 2019. According to the release, simultaneous circulation of two or more types increases the occurrence of severe cases of dengue.

In addition to being a Magic Town, Bacalar is known for its exquisite cuisine
In Bacalar as in the rest of the state of Quintana Roo, there is a great influence of Yucatecan and Belizean cuisine. From Belize stands out the dish “rice and beans”, which has the particularity of being cooked with coconut oil. Xpelon tamales (a variety of beans) and Sotobichay or Brazo de Reina (queen’s arm) are also made with tamale dough mixed with chaya. Also, the stew known as Chocolomo is common in the area. On the Day of the Dead the “mucbilpollos”, tamales of the region that are baked are prepared and there are also dishes made from fish and shellfish, such as “Pan de cazón” and Tikin-xic fish. Grouper, Huachinango, lobster and sea snail are part of the seafood variety in the region.

Videos

  • Channel 5 Obituaries - EMILIA AMELI PUGA PERDOMO, 2min.

  • Joseph Andrews Park Refurbishment, 1.25min. The SISE TC has a video showing the planned refurbishments for Joseph Andrews park in Santa Elena. Looks great, and they have a lot planned. It'll be a safe environment for the entire family, with many different sports facilities. "Mayor Earl Trapp and the SISE Town Council presents the plan for the Newly Renovated and upgraded Josph Andrews Park located in Santa Elena. The park will be equipped with a synthetic 5 a side turf, volleyball and basketball facilities, recreational area for the children and parking. This project is scheduled to commence late December 2019 or early January. The development continues throughout our Municipality with Mayor Earl Trapp!"

  • Katelin & TJ Wedding at Las Terrazas Resort, 4min.

  • Belize, 3min.

  • Diving Belize - Turneffe Atolle, 10min. Diving the Turneffe Atolle in Belize at a dive location called Mini Elbow - Dive #1.

  • Landing at John Greif II Airport - San Pedro - Belize, 2.5min. Enjoy the view!!

  • Caye Coffee Commercial, 1/2min. A coffee that will take your memories back to the Islands of Belize or make you dream of going to this tropical paradise

  • Lamanai Mayan Ruins Tour, 4min. Lamanai archaeological site was once a major city of the Maya civilization, located in the north of Belize, in Orange Walk District. Lamanai Mayan Ruins tour features a riverboat ride, rain forest, monkeys, exotic birds, and other wildlife.

  • Diving on the Belize Barrier Reef, 4.5min. SCUBA diving on the Belize Barrier Reef near San Pedro & Caye Caulker. Various fish including sergeant major as well as nurse sharks and reef sharks.

  • Hol Chan Marine Reserve | Top Coral Reef Scuba Diving | Belize, Caribbean, 3.5min. I went diving in the Hol Chan Marine Reserve, located in Belize. A top site to dive, the reserve is protected from fishermen, leaving schools of fish to swim around the reef.

  • Harvest Caye to Belize City, 17min. Cruise visit to Harvest Caye, Belize and Belize City.

  • WE Sail to Belize | Part 1, 14min. This is a part 1 of a 3 series of our sailing adventures to Belize. We set sail from Puerto Aventuras in Mexico from the southern part of the Yucatan Peninsula. We had about a 200 nautical passage, that we split up over a 3 day period. We took advantage of the great winds and loved every minute of sailing. Our heading was directed south for our first atoll, called Chinchorro. We arrived just before sunset and had the whole place all on our own.

  • Belize torneo de pesca, 3.5min.

  • Island style {catch, clean and cook), 17min. it was and epic fishing trip all Island style guys

  • Sports Talk Show, 60min.