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San Pablo Catholic Church fully renovated
Catholics living south of San Pedro will be pleased to know that they have a refurbished church in the San Pablo Sub-division. The church building was last cared for in 2015 when it got a good cleaning and a new coat of paint inside the room of worship.
Island resident Rebecca Coutant publishes a book about Ambergris Caye
The island is abuzz about the recent book, “Fifty Big Experiences on Ambergris Caye, Belize,” published by island resident Rebecca Coutant. Inspired by Coutant’s favorite places, food, drinks, day trips, and volunteer opportunities, it is a handy guide when visiting Ambergris Caye, from a unique islander’s perspective.
Letter to the Editor: Garbage is killing our Crocodiles
Woke up yesterday morning to see this beautiful creature with this on her back. People pick up your garbage! Remember when San Pedro was a simple fishing village and people took pride in their surroundings.
Marisa Murphy-Guerrero wins Unleash Your Fitness Masters 35+ challenge in Guatemala
In an amazing feat of fitness and determination, Marisa Murphy-Guerrero of CrossFit San Pedro Town managed to claim the top spot in the Masters 35+ Category at Unleash Your Fitness (UYF).
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Nayobie Rivero to be crowned 2020 Miss Teen Mundial Belize during fashion show on November 30th
All is set for Nayobie’s Hope for Children Project’s annual fashion fundraiser to be held at Diamond Lodge in San Pedro Town on Saturday, November 30th. This year’s fashion show theme is “Painting of Hope” and is inspired by every dream and desire to make the world a brighter, better place.
Belize’s Jalyssa Arthurs wins Miss CentroAmerica 2019
For the first time a Belizean beauty ambassador, 19-year-old Jalyssa Arthurs has captured the title of Miss CentroAmerica. The beauty pageant, held on Monday, November 25th at the José De La Cruz Mena Theater in the city of León, Nicaragua, saw the participation of delegates from El Salvador, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Honduras, Costa Rica, and Honduras.
Belize U-18 Female Volleyball Team takes silver in Central America Volleyball Tournament
The national U-18 Female Volleyball team returned to Belize on Monday, November 25th as the sub-champions of the 13th edition of the Central American Female Volleyball Tournament held in Costa Rica November 19th - 23rd.
Changes in Pump Price of Fuel Products
The price for premium gasoline, regular gasoline and kerosene will register decreases as follows: Premium gasoline will decrease by 4 cents from $10.78 to $10.74 per gallon; Regular gasoline will decrease by 2 cents from $10.07 to $10.05 per gallon; Kerosene will decrease by 18 cents from $ 7.53 to $ 7.35 per gallon. The price for diesel will remain unchanged at $9.90 per gallon.
Belize To Implement Digital Government Transformation
The Central Information Technology Office (CITO), in collaboration with the Office of the Prime Minister and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), conducted a workshop on Thursday, November 28, 2019, with senior public sector officials, municipalities and private sector entities to discuss the implementation of the E-Government Policy, Strategy and Work Plan and to engage stakeholders as a means of sharing ideas and gathering requirements for the formulation of the E-Government Roadmap.
Simone Biles Presented Key To San Pedro Town, Belize
Simone Biles, world-renowned Olympic gymnast and gold medalist, was presented with a symbolic key to San Pedro Town by Mayor Daniel Guerrero at a short ceremony that took place at Pineapples Restaurant, Ramon’s Village on Wednesday, November 27, 2019. Mayor Guerrero mentioned that islanders are honored in having Biles visit San Pedro, Ambergris Caye as she keeps her native Belizean family and home at heart wherever she travels.The athlete said that her favorite destination would always be Belize as she holds dual citizenship through her mother, Nellie Cayetano Biles.
Belize Coast Guard Promotes Sanpedrana Alma Pinelo To Lieutenant Commander
The Belize Coast Guard is celebrating its 14th anniversary and the 10th Recruitment Exercise and Changing of Command Ceremony took place on Wednesday, November 27, 2019. The event took place at the Belize Coast Guard Headquarters, 4.5 miles George Price Highway, Belize City. Taking command of the Belize Coast Guard was Captain Elton Bennet and our very own Sanpedrana Alma Pinelo was promoted to Lieutenant Commander.
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SAN PEDRO MUNICIPAL CHILDREN'S FAIR 2019
On Friday, November 29, 2019, the San Pedro Town Council held its 2019 Municipal Children's Fair at the Central Park to conclude its activities of Universal Children's Month and also it was a part of our 35th Township Anniversary celebration.
Mistress of Ceremony and VP of the CAB, Miss Ninel Pacheco was full of energy as she welcomed students of New Horizon S.D.A. School to perform the National Anthem which was then followed by a student of Isla Bonita Elementary School, who offered everyone with a prayer.
Opening the event was Mayor Daniel Guerrero who offered the welcome address, where he wished everyone a happy universal children's month.
SIMONE BILES RECEIVES KEY TO SAN PEDRO TOWN
On Wednesday, November 27, 2019, in a short ceremony at Pineapples Restaurant inside Ramon's Village Resort, Olympic Gold Medalist, Simone Biles, was presented with a symbolic to the Town of San Pedro..
In the short ceremony, Mayor Daniel Guerrero presented Simone with a plaque and a key which read: "THE KEY TO SAN PEDRO TOWN Presented to SIMONE BILES to express our deep appreciation for your extraordinary accomplishments, unwavering motivation and enduring commitment and love for Belize, Belizean people and Belize culture. Presented on the 27th of November, 2019.'"
Belize to accelerate digital government transformation with support from the Inter-American Development Bank
The Central Information Technology Office (CITO), in collaboration with the Office of the Prime Minister and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), conducted a workshop today with senior public sector officials, municipalities and private sector entities to discuss the implementation of the E-Government Policy, Strategy and Work Plan and to engage stakeholders as a means of sharing ideas and gathering requirements for the formulation of the E-Government Roadmap.
In 2015, the Government of Belize endorsed the National E-Government Policy, Strategy and Action Plan in an effort to leverage the power of information and communications technology (ICT) as a driver of economic and social development, and improving the lives of citizens.
The Ministry of Tourism & Civil Aviation Comments on Recent Road Traffic Accidents
In the last 24 hours, there have been two separate road traffic accidents on our major highways that have claimed the lives of several Belizeans and visitors. The Ministry of Tourism & Civil Aviation extends their sincere condolences to the families, friends and relatives affected by these two tragedies.
The Ministry urges all drivers to be safe, to exercise caution while driving, avoid using your mobile devices, obey all road traffic signs and speed limits, ensure that all passengers are wearing seatbelts, and not to drive tired or intoxicated.
Belize Coast Guard 14th Anniversary Ceremony, November 27, 2019
On November 27, 2019, a special ceremony was held at the Belize Coast Guard Headquarters to mark the Coast Guard's 14th Anniversary, Recruit Intake 10 Graduation, Change of Command and Appointment of Chief of Defence Staff.
United Airlines Star Wars plane in Belize
Today... from a Galaxy Far Far Away (actually, from Belize’s Philip S. W. Goldson International Airport)... United shows up with their gorgeous Star Wars livery
Corozal Municipal Bazaar
This Christmas season, the Corozal Town Council cordially invites all Small Businesses, Entrepreneurs, Business Houses and the General Public who would like to join us for our monthly Municipal Bazaar to join us Saturday, 30th November, 2019. Want to promote your small business or produce or simply want to have your garage sale? Come out and take advantage of this great business opportunity. Lets support our local business and contribute to our economy. Together we can!!!!
New "Corozal Town" Sign going up
This morning the ministry of tourism were installing a newly “Welcome To Corozal Town” map sign infront of the old Social Security office. This map sign was installed for tourists, and local tourists traveling to Corozal town, use this map as a Guidance around town. This map specifics areas where you can visit while visiting Corozal Town. I’m glad that a newly Welcome sign To Corozal was added for people to use.
Metal Haven 2019
They got some great pictures at the 2019 Metal Haven concert which was held in Benque.
"Here you have it! Our METAL HAVEN BASH 2019 photos! For those that couldn't make it we hope you make it to our 10th anniversary this coming 2020.we thank every single one that came out to support us not only from our community but from all over the country(Central America)! for that you have our outmost respect!
US EMbassy needs Janitorial Supervisor
The U.S. Embassy is seeking eligible and qualified applicants for the following position:
Extended closing date: December 4, 2019
Paradise Theater playing this weekend
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,
Ready or Not.
*Note Once Upon A Time in Hollywood starts at 6:50 and Ready or Not plays at 9:30*
Another Fatal, 10th Accident Victim In 40 Hours
We start the news tonight with another traffic fatality - the tenth since Wednesday afternoon. This morning just before 6:00 a hispanic male was knocked down off his bicycle on the Southern Highway near Santa Cruz Village between miles 24 and 25. Police told us the driver of the vehicle that struck the man has been detained.
ACP Joseph Myvett, Head, National Crime Investigation Branch:
"There is not much details yet, other than to say that Police responded to information of a road traffic accident shortly before 6am this morning between miles 21 and 22 on the Southern Highway which would be in the vicinity of Santa Cruz Village..."
Police Will Try To Make Roads Safer
And while that is the story for this morning's fatal accident, Wednesday's Western Highway horror is burrowed in everyone's mind. 7 persons were killed - making it the worst multiple road fatality in memory. There was also another traffic fatality yesterday afternoon where another tourist was killed, we will have more details on that accident later, but first, to Commissioner of Police Chester Williams' commitment to increased highway patrols and education on road safety.
Grandmother Killed In Tyre Blowout
And while police will do their best to create more safety on the roads, as we noted at the top of the news - there have been 10 traffic deaths in 40 hours, spread across four accidents on the northern, western and southern highways.
And, tonight, a US family is mourning after their 77 year old matriarch died on the Phillip Goldson Highway.
As we told you, it happened at 3:30. Tour guide Henry Gillette was driving a Ford Freestyle Van with a family of 7 American cruise tourists, ranging in age from a pair of 10 year old twins to a 79 year old grandfather.
Head On Collision, One Tourist Family's Loss
And while that was Thursday's death of a tourist, one Wednesday - as we've told you, it was 7 dead, 4 Belizeans and three tourists. Tonight, the news is filtering out to international - especially US - news outlets and we have a clearer picture of the Americans who were killed, and injured in that head on collision.
In total, 13 American tourists were returning from a day of cave tubing in the Dodge van driven by Errol Belisle.
Among the tourists were the Armijo family husband and wife Adrian Armijo jr. and Sara Armijo would lose their lives in the crash, but among the injured are their son, David, daughter and son-in-law, Bianca and Eric, niece, Maribel Navarro and her boyfriend Tecno Panyarath.
Compol Says Police Need Accident Response Plan
And while the fact of 7 dead in one accident is hard to recover from, there are lingering questions about whether maybe one more life could have been saved on the road if the ambulances weren't getting blocked on the highway by drivers who refused to pull over.
Commissioner of Police Chester Williams acknowledged the chaos and road blockage in the aftermath of the Western Highway accident and also proposed the development of an accident response plan..
Eduardo Wade Will Be Buried With Police Honours
But, no response plan could have saved former Assistant Commissioner of Police, Eduardo Wade. He was in the tiny SUV that crashed head on into the van - and died on impact.
Today, the current commissioner reflected on his former commander:
Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police:
"I must say and express our deepest condolences to the Wade family as well as the family of all those who perished in the unfortunate traffic fatalities on our highways..."
One Year Old Recovers From Gunshot Wound
On Monday we told you about the Sunday night shooting that left a 16 year old critical and a one year old child shot to the hand. 16 year old Chanteuse Martinez remains in intensive care but Baby Melanie was released from the KHMH on Wednesday. Cherisse Halsall caught up with the family today to find out how they are re-adjusting to relative normalcy after such a brutal attack.
Baby Melanie is at home and while the bullet is still in her hand, she seems to be in the absolute best of spirits. We spoke to her mom today. And she recounted the shock and horror that she experienced when her home was targeted and her baby was shot.
Sports Director Says YellowMan Asked To Be Fired
Last night on the news, you heard Brian Yellowman Audinett - the former Facility Night Auditor at the National Sports Council who was fired earlier this week.
His letter of termination said he was fired for abandoning his work post; but he says he was fired at the instruction of the minister of sports Patrick Faber because Yellowman supports John Saldivar.
Today we asked the man who fired him - Sports Director Ian Jones. He told us why he wrote the letter of termination:
SSB Pushes For Occupational Safety Bill
Since 2014, the idea of a safer workplace for all Belizean employees materialized in the form of a draft piece of legislation known as the OSH, or Occupational Safety and Health Bill.
This bill was specifically designed by the Barrow Government to set minimum standards for best-practices in the work environment. In its original form, however, the nation's employers disagree with its implementation. They asserted that it placed too heavy a burden on them to create that safe working environment.
So, recognizing the pushback against the bill, it was never passed it into law, even though it was tabled in the House. Since then, the Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the National Trade Union Congress of Belize have formed a committee to closely examine the bill, and try to arrive at a final position on it.
Police Investigating SSB Fraudsters
So, while the SSB would like to reduce the burden of avoidable work-related injuries on the Social Security Fund, they're also trying to get rid of instances of Social Security fraud. These are instances where persons have used trickery to trigger benefit payouts that they don't deserve.
Reducing and removing instances of fraud was one of their major talking points last month as to why they are hoping that the public will embrace the implementation of biometrics, as a more secure form of identification.
Here's what the CEO had to say about what SSB employees believed to be a blatant case of identity theft:
Police Failed To Follow Standing Orders, Leading To Detainee's Suicide
The Commissioner also spoke about the detainee who apparently committed suicide in custody.
39 year old Jose Lorenzo Espinoza allegedly committed Suicide inside Queen Street Cell block on Wednesday.
He allegedly did it with a pair of shoelaces when he was alone in a cell. The standing orders for all detained persons clearly state that shoelaces should be taken away from all detainees.
Police Continue to Look For Mapp Caye Missing Men
Mapp Caye: it seems like it has become one of the most famous Cayes in Belize but unfortunately, for all the wrong reasons. Since January, 10 men and a boy have disappeared after going out to the Caye - 6 of them have turned up dead - while the rest are presumed or feared dead. Now the Caye may not be as mystifying as the Bermuda Triangle but it certainly raises serious concerns for those who go fishing in the area.
And there are legitimate concerns for the most recent case: 3 men who went fishing at Mapp Caye one week ago and disappeared. They are 22 year old Sheldon Gibson, 21 year old Elijah Usher, and 14 year old Kevin Roches. Today Commissioner Williams says the police and coast guard are still searching for them:
Belize's Brightest Young Minds Honoured
Almost 400 students were recognized today at the CXC National Awards Ceremony at The Omar Longsworth Auditorium in Independence Village for the 25th CXC National Awards.
These students are well worthy of recognition having achieved excellence in a long list of CSEC or CAPE exams.
The Chairperson for the CXC National Committee of Belize Dr. Sharmayne Saunders told us how important these achievements are in a student's academic life.
Jules Vs. Bill: the Battle Of Big Bridge
The Swing Bridge in downtown Belize City closed for repairs in August, and since then - its caused quite an inconvenience to pedestrians who have to dart through traffic to cross the bridge - because the western walkway has been closed for repairs.
Finally, today that was opened and then they closed the eastern walkway! And that's where Jules pounced on the man the mayor called the contractor and a certified engineer Bill Lindo.
Brave Cops Honoured
As much as it is tempting and easy to criticize and label all police officers as bad cops - it is unfair for those cops who are dedicated and passionate about their career. And Commissioner of Police Chester Williams recognized 4 of them for their stellar work and bravery on the job. The award ceremony was held at the Queen Street Police Station today. We spoke to the Commissioner Williams as well as Corporal Briceno Chub who put his life on the line to apprehend an armed fleeing suspect.
Rapid AIDS Testing A Reality
Sunday is World Aids Day, observed under the theme "Communities make the difference."
All over the world health activists will be spearheading various activities to highlight the day and generate HIV and AIDS awareness while downplaying stigma.
The Ministry of Health celebrated today with an awareness fair and free HIV Testing at the DIGI Park. We found out more about the process of rapid testing offered to those who opt to know their status.
A Full Day Of Wellness
The 2019 Belize International Yoga Festival will be held this weekend at Om Shanti Belize: Yoga, Spa and Wellness Center. It's a Yoga festival and a fundraiser for the self care foundation Rhythm of Change.
Michelle Willams, the Festivals founder, told us why it's a local event with international significance and participation.
7 Persons Dead in Horrific Road Traffic Accident
It has been a deadly twenty-four hours on the country’s major thoroughfares where three separate road traffic accidents have claimed as many as nine lives. Seven persons are confirmed dead [...]
A Ranchito Resident Dies in Hit & Run in San Joaquin Village
In San Joaquin Village in Corozal District less than three hours later, a fifty-three-year-old resident of Ranchito was knocked down and killed by a motorist who failed to stop and [...]
A Female Tourist Dies in Another RTA near Carmelita
Another tourist has died in another road traffic accident that happened around three thirty this afternoon in the outskirts of Carmelita Village in Orange Walk District. We understand that the [...]
Another Dead Prisoner at Queen Street Police Station
Another dead prisoner is being recorded from inside the walls of the Queen Street Police Station and the Police Department is conducting an investigation into what happened. Police confirmed today [...]
Will Others be Charged for Zheng Liu’s Murder?
On Tuesday, Joseph Vaccaro, a resident of Neal Pen Road, was arraigned in the Belize City Magistrate’s Court for the murder of well-known businessman Zheng Liu. Liu was executed near [...]
Persons Sought for Attempt Made on Richard O’Neil’s Life
Richard O’Neil remains in critical condition at the K.H.M.H. following an attempt on his life on Wednesday. In the wee hours of that morning, O’Neil says that he was kidnapped [...]
A Neighbourhood Dispute Led to Shooting of Minor
It has not been a good week for minors, three of whom have been victims of gun violence in less than twenty-four hours. The youngest, a one-year-old baby was asleep [...]
Armed Burglary Accessed Belama House via Haulover Creek
At the weekly police press brief held today in Belize City, Superintendent Alejandro Cowo also shared official details on a home invasion in the Belama Phase One area of Belize [...]
Change in Fuel Prices
Changes in pump prices for regular, premium and kerosene took effect today. Premium gasoline decreased by four cents, from ten dollars and seventy-eight cents, to ten dollars and seventy-four cents [...]
Minister of Education Weighs in on Pine Street Preschool Debacle
The situation at Pine Street Preschool in Collet, where two teachers have been removed for failure to qualify themselves in order to renew their teaching licenses, was addressed by Minister [...]
Preschool Students are Relocated to Zoe Ministries
In the absence of a valid license, both teachers were asked to refrain from administering lessons. Also in question is the proprietorship of the building that houses the preschool. According [...]
Minister of Education Won’t Intervene in Julian Cho Debacle
Education Minister Patrick Faber also weighed in on the situation at Julian Cho Technical High School in Toledo where the secondary institution has remained without a principal since November nineteenth. [...]
No Political Hanky-Panky at Julian Cho, Says DPM Faber
As for political and racial undertones, DPM Faber says he is staying far away from the situation, aside from the acknowledging that the institution primarily serves the Maya population in [...]
The Emergence of the Seaweed Farming Industry
A grant initiative valued at two hundred thousand dollars was launched on Wednesday. The Belize Seaweed Mariculture Project is a joint initiative between the Belize Trade and Investment Development Service, BELTRAIDE, [...]
BAHA Conducts TR4 Prevention Exercise at Entry Points
Back in August we reported about the alert in the banana industry in the south. The Belize Agricultural Health Authority had announced the detection of suspected Fusarium Wilt of bananas [...]
Plantings Importation Prohibited to Prevent Exposure to TR4
Another measure that BAHA has taken is to prohibit the importation of plantains. According to Garcia, this is a critical part of making sure that the disease doesn’t get into [...]
BAHA Conducts TR4 Containment Simulation on Banana Farm
So, as you heard just now, BAHA is testing their readiness in the event the disease is detected at the border points or on a farm in the country. Moving [...]
36 Teachers to Pursue Masters Degrees in Special Ed.
A group of thirty-six educators has embarked upon a master’s program in special education. Through the University of the West Indies, the Government of Belize is covering roughly sixty percent [...]
Belize’s Abbie Godoy is the 2020 Rhode Scholarship Recipient
On Tuesday, Abbie Godoy was named as the recipient of the prestigious 2020 Commonwealth Caribbean Rhodes Scholarship. The twenty-year-old Belizean activist will pursue her graduate studies at the University of [...]
Belize Accelerates Digital Government Transformation
Another Tourist Dies in Separate Road Traffic Accident
A red Ford van carrying a family of American tourists on Thursday afternoon flipped several times on the Philip Goldson Highway in the Orange Walk District. Seventy-seven-year-old Carolyn Moxley Gillis, [...]
Man Knocked Down and Killed on Southern Highway
A second fatal traffic accident was recorded on Thursday, this time in the south. Police were called out to Santa Cruz Village in the Stann Creek District where they saw [...]
More Highway Patrol to be Implemented
The number of deaths associated with recent road traffic accidents is alarming. Commissioner of Police Chester Williams says that the police department will be working diligently to enforce highway laws [...]
Police Department to Give Edwardo Wade Official Funeral
Sixty-seven-year-old retired police officer Edwardo Wade was among the seven persons who perished in the horrific traffic accident on Wednesday afternoon. Wade was inside a red SUV which was being [...]
Gross Negligence Suspected in Death of Jose Espinosa
An internal investigation is underway into the death of Jose Espinosa. He was found dead in a holding cell at the Queen Street Police Station on Wednesday evening. Espinosa reportedly [...]
Minor Charged with 3 Counts of Attempted Murder
On Sunday, November twenty-fourth, a gunman sprayed the Martin’s residence on Antelope Street Extension with bullets. That same shooter shot one-year-old Melanie Martinez who was asleep in the house and twenty-three-year-old Mervin [...]
Family of 3 Displaced by Fire on Arlington Drive
A family of three was displaced following a fire this afternoon on Arlington Drive in Belize City. Charles Castillo believes that his mentally-ill brother is responsible. The National Fire Service [...]
Who Torched House on Ordonez Street?
There was another fire earlier this week that gutted a wooden house off Ordonez Street in Belize City. Mauricio Garay reported to police that his newly built house did not [...]
S.S.B. Spends Millions in Employment Injury; is OSH Bill the Solution?
Millions of dollars are expended annually for employment injury by the Social Security Board. It gives rise to the need for the passage of the Occupational Safety and Health Bill, [...]
BAHA Tests Out its Containment Plans for TR4
In Thursday night’s newscast we showed you a part of BAHA’s plans to keep the deadly banana and plantain disease out of Belize. The preparation, as we reported, includes surveillance [...]
OIRSA Weighs In on Belize’s TR4 Prevention Strategies
BAHA’s efforts are not being done in isolation. It is part of a regional readiness effort, because if it gets into one of the countries the chances of it spreading [...]
EntreCon 2019: Engage, Exchange, Empower
Today at the Biltmore, the Belize Trade and Investment Development Services, BELTRAIDE, through its Small Business Development Center hosted the fifth annual Entrepreneurship Convention. It featured keynote remarks from the [...]
Police Officers Recognized for Exceptional Performance
Four police officers were today recognized for their exceptional work in fighting crime. They are CIB officer Corporal Cassandra O’Brien, P.C. Lennox Castillo, P.C. Frederic Frazier and Corporal Brizenio Chub. [...]
World AIDS Day 2019: Communities Make the Difference
World AIDS Day is held each year on December first. It is an opportunity to celebrate and support global efforts to prevent new HIV infections, increase HIV awareness and knowledge, [...]
Healthy Living: HIV over 50
December first is World AIDS Day, activities will be held across the country, offering free testing and education on HIV prevention. Over the years, there have been targeted messages for [...]