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The San Pedro Sun

Changes in the Pump Price of Premium Gasoline Effective January 22, 2020
The Ministry of Finance announces that effective Wednesday, January 22, 2020, the pump price for Premium Gasoline will increase by 27 cents from $10.72 to $10.99 per gallon.

San Pedro Pirates F.C. draws with Altitude F.C.
The San Pedro Pirates football team hosted Altitude Football Club on Saturday, January 18th at Ambergris Stadium for their first game of the 2020 closing season. It was an evenly-paced match, and neither team could best each other, resulting in a 1-1 draw. San Pedro Pirates are now preparing to travel to San Ignacio, Cayo, where they will face defending champions Verdes at 4PM on Sunday, January 16th. Meanwhile, Altitude will host Wagiya in Independence Village, Stann Creek, and BDF F.C. will host Belmopan Bandits at the MCC Grounds in Belize City.

Ambergris Today

Illegal Harvesting Of Nassau Grouper
A joint operation between the Belize Fisheries Department and Dangriga Police on January 20th, 2020 in the Dangriga area resulted in the confiscation over 400 pounds of Nassau Grouper, including fillet and whole fish. The Department hereby reminds the PUBLIC that in accordance with the Fisheries Regulation Statutory Instrument No. 49 of 2009: a. No person shall take from the waters of Belize, buy, sell or have in possession any Nassau Grouper between the 1st December and the 31st March inclusive in any year.

Various Belizean Sources

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Paint N Splash
See you this week at from 2-4pm Thursday. Our regular paint party at Crazy Canucks will be at our Town Studio.

Salty Anchor Marina Bar Grand Opening in San Pedro!
Wednesday, January 29, 2020 at 12 PM – 5 PM, Salty Anchor Marina Bar on 3rd Street in San Pedrito, San Pedro. Live performance by Kelly McGuire. Complimentary Boat Shuttle Service! Leaving from Sunset Pier near the International Water Taxi.....

BTB at FITUR 2020 in Madrid, Spain
FITUR is the first appointment of the year for the world’s tourism professionals and the leading trade fair for inbound and outbound markets in Latin America. FITUR offers: a unique forum for promoting brands, presenting new products, learning about the latest trends and filling your agenda with new contacts and opportunities.

Boca del Rio drive closed Thursday morning
The public is advised that Thursday the 23rd, Boca del Rio drive will be closed for vehicle traffic from Blue Tang to the High school, from 6.00AM, no vehicle's will be allowed to pass. Thanks for your co-operation.

THE WATERFRONT DEVELOPMENT OF THE YARBOROUGH GREEN
AND A SHORT SUMMARY REPORT ON THE DOWNTOWN REJUVENATION PROJECT'S STATUS AND ACHIEVEMENTS. Let me start off with a little reminiscing. Yesterday, I took a walk out by the Yarborough Football Field to take the photos I am using for this post. As I stood at the point where the field met with the property of Wesley College, I looked at the Sea. The sea was very calm and dark. It looked as if someone had placed a sheet of ice over it which was quite the opposite of how that part of the sea is most of the time. In the distance, I could see a lonely cruise ship. I wondered about all of the fun those passengers must have been having on board.

Mrs. Carmen Carillo
In the past months, I have been collaborating with a very admirable person from San Jose Nuevo Palmar. Mrs. Carmen Carillo is the very proud grandaughter of Maximo Perez, the last alcalde of San Jose Yalbac. For decades she has been an activist, educator, writer and poet, who has advocated for community and Maya history and identity. Her drive, commitment, and stories attract much attention, particularly, because they (the stories) celebrate "Mayanness" in the Belizean context.

Your Invitation to Corozal's Graffiti Festival 2020!
The National Institute of Culture and History (NICH), through the Museum of Belize and the Corozal House of Culture, is delighted to extend a kind invitation to attend our signature Corozal event: "Corozal Graffiti Festival 2020". This year’s graffiti theme will be “Ancient Chactemal” offering our community an array of talent honouring our ancestors. We are very pleased to have an international cultural exchange with 17 graffiti artists from Belize, Mexico, El Salvador, and Cuba. Although graffiti art is the main attraction, there will be many forms of live art happening, including body painting, special effects makeup, portraiture, painting, resin work, pyrography, barber designs, henna designs and more. Our cultural museums will be showcased along with organizations promoting their cause. Free art activities for all ages, sailboat rides, music by the mighty Caribbean Roots Band.

Illegal Harvesting of Nassau Grouper (Epinephelus striatus)
A joint operation between the Belize Fisheries Department and Dangriga Police on January 20th, 2020 in the Dangriga area resulted in the confiscation over 400 pounds of Nassau Grouper, including fillet and whole fish. The Department hereby reminds the PUBLIC that in accordance with the Fisheries Regulation Statutory Instrument No. 49 of 2009: a. No person shall take from the waters of Belize, buy, sell or have in possession any Nassau Grouper between the 1st December and the 31st March inclusive in any year.

Termination of Belize’s Consul General of New York
The Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow met with Mr. Herman Longsworth, former Minister of State in the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture, following the findings from the Auditor General’s report on the National Sports Council. After discussion with Mr. Longsworth, the Prime Minister decided to terminate his appointment as Consul General of New York. Mr. Longsworth’s termination will become effective February 21st, 2020, to allow him time to wrap up the affairs at the Consulate and hand over.

Kelly McGuire's Annual Birthday Bash 2020
In San Pedro, Ambergris Caye. Here is the show schedule beginning January 27th and ending February 9th.

Corozal Child Advisory Board - Logo competition deadline extended to Friday, 14th February!
Be sure to submit your unique and creative designs. Winner will receive a $50.00 cash prize!

BTB Sponsoring Guardian Softball team
The Guardian Softball team which is comprised of mainly youths from the Southside of Belize City has been in existence for the past 12 years. The BTB, in support of youth and sports, handed over a sponsorship cheque to the manager of the team as the 2020 softball season gets set to commence on January 24th

The wild cats of Belize
Jaguar - Báalam - Chak Mo'ol, Puma - Koj(Koh), Jaguarandi - Ek' Much' - Kaab koj (Kaab Koh), Ocelot - Sak Xikin , Margay - Cholul - chul ya.

Schools visit U Chan Muul Yaax K'aax Maya museum
17 January 2020 Hands and minds making education more empathetic and tolerant! We express our sincere gratitude to the educational institutions: Nazarence High School N.H.S (Belize City) Belize High School of Agriculture B.H.S.A. ( San Lazaro/Trinidad, Orange Walk Districts) San Lazaro R.C. School (San Lazaro village) and U Chan Muul Yaax K'aax Maya museum who joined hands and nurtured young minds. Students and staff, parents and guardians left their classrooms and busy streets from urban Belize city enroute to visit the monumental Lamanai Archeoligical Site, where professional tour guides instructed them. Leaving Lamanai they were ready to visit BHSA, there the school's Mayan ball players Belize I'binkaan was eagerly waiting for a match! BHSA vs NHS! Ball rolling flashes suprises laughter educational experiences. The students embraced the exciting moments.

Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Mexico City Officially Opens Registration for Two Scholarships to Belizean Students
The Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Mexico City takes this opportunity to inform Belizean students that they have officially opened registration for two scholarships: Darmasiswa Scholarship 2020/2021 and Indonesian Art and Culture Scholarship 2020 to students from Belize.

Channel 7

Drug Jet Lands in Remote OW District - Cops Look for the Drugs
Another drug plane landed in Belize early this morning - this one in the remote reaches of the Orange Walk District between Crooked Tree and Shipyard. But, this time, the Gulfstream G2 was not burnt - pictures show it looking quite smart above the jungle airstrip. And, while the jet is intact, additionally police believe the drug cargo which it was carrying is still in the country. Today, the commissioner explained that the landing site is remote and hard to reach:...

She Puncher Her Son's Teacher
Chaos erupted at Salvation Army Primary school yesterday when a parent punched a teacher in the mouth. The standard two teacher, Britney Tompson, told police that the parent kicked her when she fell to the floor and would have continued to beat her if the principal hadn't intervened. And today in court 27-Year-old Vailine Martinez pleaded guilty to the charge of wounding in the court of Magistrate Khadeem Palmer. Martinez visited our studio shortly after her hearing. She told us that her outburst was in response to the second alleged beating her son had received at the hands of his teacher.

Danny Mason & Co To Court for Kidnapping
Danny Mason and his former employees turned accomplices were back at the supreme Court in Belmopan today. Mason and three of them have been found guilty of murder, but, now, Mason, Keiron Fernandez, Ashton Vanegas, and Ernest Castillo, and Mason's farmhand, Ryan Rhaburn must stand trial for kidnapping. That is another criminal trial and it will be heard before a new judge, because Justice Antoinette Moore has been transferred to Dangriga. They are accused of kidnapping Canadian Lloyd Friessen and his wife Rosie. Friessen, who was a major grain producer operating out of Spanish Lookout, claims that Mason conned him out of 300 thousand dollars, and then lured him and his wife to Mason's Intelco Hill home.

After Audit Accusation, Honorary Consul Herman Fired
The Prime Minister's office this evening confirmed reports which started circulating yesterday: former UDP Area Rep for Albert and Minister of state Herman Longsworth has been fired as Belize's Consul General of New York. A release says the termination follows a meeting between Longsworth and the Prime Minister to discuss the findings from the Auditor General's report on the National Sports Council. As we told you the 160 page audit on the National Sports Council uncovered a number of serious infractions - one of them involving Longsworth, who was responsible for the sports portfolio from 2012 to 2015.

Police Looking Into Audit
And while the Prime Minister has acted swiftly to terminate Longsworth - who - it is widely believed - was given that cushy diplomatic posting as a political reward for stepping aside for Tracey Taegar Panton in 2015 - what about the allegation of the embezzlement of almost half a million dollars by a Sports council staffer - a senior pay clerk - during the period under review? Will the police take action? That's what we asked the COMPOL today:...

FBI Helping to Find Alison
US tourist Alison Mackenzie has now been missing for almost 5 days - and, tonight, there is only faint hope her survival. MacKenzie and her boyfriend were on a three-day cruise with Ragamuffin tours. On Friday night they had stopped to camp for an overnight at Rendezvous Caye when she mysteriously disappeared. Since then, the tour company, the Belize Coast Guard, and The Police Department have launched widespread searches to find her. And today, Commissioner of Police Chester Williams told us that the FBI has offered to assist in the search.

Environmental Charges Dropped Against Dion's Mom
43 year old developer Dion Zabaneh and his 76 year old mother Primrose Gabourel have been in court for months - but, tonight, all charges against her have been dropped. It happened in Magistrate's court today where the DEO dropped the charges. We asked the DOe's Legal Counsel Jeavon Hulse about it: Jeavon Hulse, Legal Counsel, DOE: "Today the prosecution called its last witness and we close our case. After that the attorneys for Mr. Zabaneh raised a no case submission and we agreed on dates when we would submit a response."

Police Plan to Pay Pedro
Last night we spoke to the proprietor of Pedro's Inn on San Pedro, Peter Lawrence. He discussed the $117,000 dollar balance that the police department had for him for the accommodation of police officers at his hotel since June of last year. Initially, the COMPOL had said he was taken aback by the bill - and would not be paying all that. Today, though, speaking at the Training Academy in Belmopan, he took a softer stance:..

San Pedro OC Confident of Payment
We also spoke to Superintendent Chris Noble. He is the officer in charge of San Pedro - and is Lawrence's main point of contact. He and the hotel owner have a good relationship - so much so that Lawrence has agreed as of last week - to give him three rooms for free. Noble says they are working it out: Supt. Chris Noble, OC, San Pedro: "As to the bill, it was inherited, it was prior to me going on the island and some cheques were made and we will definitely work on getting Mr. Lawrence what is due him..."

Countdown To Plastic Ban Goes 6, 9, 12
Dust off the fabric shopping bags and pull out your Tupperware and trusty water bottle, Belize is going Green! But don't panic, it's going to be a gradual transition. That said, manufacturers of single-use styrofoam and plastic products have less than 6 months to cease production, distributors of these products have 9 months to clear their shelves of inventory, and in 12 months time, you won't be able to possess single-use products above certain quantities.

Salvadorean "Terrorist"ť Caught in Bella Vista
On Monday we told you about an operation launched by the Special Branch Unit of the Police Department in Bella Vista Village. That operation lead to the capture of 25-year-old Franklin Manfredo Mendoza, a man wanted in Salvador for what is being termed "organized terrorism" And this afternoon Commissioner of Police Chester Williams told us that Mendoza was up to his old tricks in the northern village, organizing gangs. Jules Vasquez: "Sir I understand that you all caught a high profile Salvadorean in the village of Bella Vista earlier this week, what can you share about that?"

Man Critical After Shooting In Independence Village
And keeping it in the south - there was a shooting this morning in Independence Village - and the victim is critical tonight. It happened at about 6:30 when 37 year old Anthony Parks, was cooling out on his verandah with his common law wife.

Elden for Murder
22 year old Elden Flowers now faces a charge of murder as his alleged victim, Richard O'Neal, has died. You may recall that on 27th November, Belize City resident Richard O'Neil was kidnapped, taken to an area off the Boom - Hattieville road, shot, dumped on the roadside and left for dead. But, he somehow survived in a critical condition. Three weeks after O'Neil died. That death has now resulted in an upgrade of the charges on the alleged shooter Elden Flowers.

Turneffe Trust A Turn-Off For Some In Conservation Community
A press release from the Government Press Office yesterday announced the launch of a joint initiative to protect important mangrove ecosystems covering approximately 17,000 acres of national lands remaining on the Turneffe Atoll. It's an agreement signed between the Ministry of Natural Resources and the Turneffe Atoll Trust, where the lands will be held in trust for conservation for and on behalf of the beneficiaries which are the people and Government of Belize. Sounds good on paper, but it is some in the environmental community say it's a turn-off.

Council of Churches Considers Equal Opportunity
The Special Envoy for women and children, Kim Simplis Barrow, is doing her part to sensitize the public to the draft of the proposed Equal Opportunities Bill. We told you about the media breakfast she hosted in partnership with the National Aids commission yesterday. Today she met with the Belize Council of churches in an attempt to address their concerns. And, in a press release this afternoon the Belize Council Of Churches stated that while today's discussion resolved some concerns, their review of the draft bill is ongoing.

COMPOL Meets With 155 Senior Officers
The Commissioner of Police has been all over the news tonight. And that's because we caught him in Belmopan at the police turning academy. He was hosting his third all officers conference. That;That's when the COMPOL gathers his 155 senior officers and discusses with them the policing strategy going forward.

Top Cops Honoured
And, Williams also gave out awards to two top cops. Superintendent Chris Noble won the 2019 Crime Fighter Award for his work as the OC on San Pedro, and ACP Alden Dawson won the award as 2019's Most Outstanding Regional Commander.

Is Police Department Beset By Administrative Bloat?
And while those two cops won neat little appreciation plaques - we noticed today how full the training room was at the Police Academy. And, indeed, the number of senior officers has increase day about 30 since Williams took over. We asked if there are too many:

Chester the Taskmaster?
With all those brown uniforms in front of him, we asked Williams if he is the stern taskmaster of legend. He said the style of the meetings is cool, not confrontational:

Cuba, Belize and The Olympics
The Belize Olympic and Commonwealth Games Association and the Cuban Olympic Committee have signed a sports collaboration agreement. The agreement signed in Havana, Cuba on January 21 will contribute to the development of bilateral cooperation and exchanges based on mutual respect and equality and to the benefit the development of sports in both Belize and Cuba.

Frak Tragedy: Caller To WUB Dies On Air
Monday morning's WUB morning Vibes show will go down in Belizean broadcasting history as the first time that a call-in participant to a show dies while on air. Sixty-seven-year-old Keith Karranza Swift was a frequent caller to Mose Hyde's show. On Monday he called in to raise the issue of the Coronavirus that was recently discovered in China, and said that Belize health authorities should begin screening Asians coming into the country. His last words seem to have been used to ask Hyde if he could cut in to make a point.

Channel 5

A Suspected Drug Plane Lands in Rural Belize; Cargo Still in Country
Around midnight, villagers in the area of Crooked Tree Village, Belize District, say they heard a plane circling above. Hours later at around six o’clock this morning, police and B.D.F. [...]

Opposition Leader on Latest Drug Plane Landing
Opposition Leader John Briceńo spoke to News Five today about the drug plane. He says he is not surprised that yet another drug plane landed in Belize. Briceńo says that [...]

Firing Herman Longsworth is Not Enough, Says Opposition Leader
Belize’s Consul General in New York Herman Longsworth has been fired after an audit report into the finances of the National Sports Council revealed serious cash irregularities. Longsworth, who was [...]

Longsworth’s Termination Becomes Effective February 1st
A press release from the Government says that Longsworth termination will become effective February twenty first, 2020, to allow him time to wrap up the affairs at the Consulate and [...]

Search Efforts Called Off; F.B.I. to Join Investigation for Missing Woman
The Belize Coast Guard says that the chance of finding Alison Mackenzie alive is nil. They wrapped up their search mission on Tuesday evening, after they widened the search area. [...]

No Lawyer for Danny Mason in Kidnapping Case
Convicted murderer William ‘Danny’ Mason and four other men who carried out the beheading of Pastor Llewellyn Lucas, as well as the alleged abduction of David Dodd, await sentencing for [...]

Chester Seeks Financial Aid to Cover Hotel Bill
A staggering six-figure debt owed to Pedro’s Inn by the Belize Police Department remains unpaid and Commissioner of Police Chester Williams is turning to tourism stakeholders in San Pedro to [...]

ComPol Working with F.I.U. and D.P.P. on Auditor General’s Report
Former Minister of State Herman Longsworth Jr. has been terminated from his cushy appointment in New York as Consul General, following the Auditor General’s report on the finances of the [...]

Teachers Up in Arms; Will Industrial Action Be Taken Against M.O.E.?
President of the Belize National Teachers Union, Senator Elena Smith says that teachers are up in arms and are considering industrial action. The B.N.T.U. Council of Management circulated a memo [...]

B.N.T.U. President Comments on Julian Cho Financial Audit
Senator Smith also told News Five that she will be visiting Julian Cho Technical School in the south with the hopes of having a discussion with the administration. Those talks [...]

Early Morning Shooting in Mango Creek Leaves Anthony Parks Injured
This morning in Independence Village, thirty-seven-year-old Anthony Parks was shot multiple times by someone known to him.  Parks was sitting on his verandah when he heard someone call him by [...]

17,000 Acres of Turneffe Land is Set Aside in a Trust
The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment, Sustainable Development and Immigration and the Ministry of Natural Resources have signed over approximately seventeen thousand acres of national lands remaining on [...]

Turneffe Atoll Sustainability Association Concerned about Land Trust
The agreement states that Turneffe Atoll Trust must maintain properties as a nature conservation reserve for the protection of nationally significant species, groups of species, biotic communities and physical features [...]

P.U.P. Leader Says S.P.T.C. Cannot Issue Dredging License
Documents shared with News Five show illegal dredging activities being carried out within the Hol Chan Marine Reserve. As we reported on Tuesday, residents in the Secret Beach area have [...]

Dredgers Say They are Working to Obtain License for Artisanal Dredging
News Five understands that several small dredgers who have been conducting small scale operations in the area have been working with relevant authorities for permission to continue working the area.  [...]

Chris Noble and Alden Dawson are Awarded for Stellar Police Work
A pair of senior police officers was recognized by the Belize Department for their leadership effort in reducing crime in Belize City and San Pedro.  This morning, Christopher Noble and [...]

3rd Annual All Officers Conference Held in Belmopan
This morning at the Police Training Academy in Belmopan, senior officers from across the country gathered for an annual conference to address communication issues between management of the police department [...]

Police Command is Not Top Heavy says Chester Williams
Coming out of the conference was a question on the effectiveness of precinct policing, a model which is being employed in Belize City primarily.  According to ComPol Williams, while senior [...]

Tourist Robbed; Warns Others to be Aware
A tourist staying in Punta Gorda says that she has been robbed multiple times and authorities down there didn’t take her report seriously. DeeAnn Steiner of Utah in the U.S.A. [...]

Salvadoran Fugitive Busted in Bella Vista
A Salvadoran national wanted in his home country for participating in criminal activity described as domestic terrorism, was nabbed in Belize earlier this week.  Police caught up with the fugitive [...]

Jamaica PM Says He is Not Engaging in a Policy to Divide CARICOM
Belize’s Foreign Minister Wilfred Elrington is among a group of ministers from seven other countries meeting with the U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo who is in Kingston, Jamaica. The [...]

Amandala

Another suspected drug plane lands
This morning another suspected drug plane landed in the Belize District. Police are currently investigating.

The Reporter

A New Contractor General For Belize
Amid all the scandals in the government, and the airwaves abuzz with numerous comments about construction contracts being awarded to contractors with poor work history and ‘shoddy workmanship!.’ The Prime minister has appointed a new contractor general.

New Radar System For Civil Aviation & National Security
The Government of Belize will be investing twelve million dollars on a new radar system to improve civil aviation services in Belize as well as the country’s national security.

Man Shot Multiple Times In Independence Village
A man was shot multiple times in Independence Village, Stann Creek earlier this morning, and his attacker is believed to be a man with whom he has had a long-standing dispute.

Another Drug Plane ??? – Deep in Belize’s Territory
The Reporter has confirmed with Police sources that a suspicious plane landed somewhere between Guinea Grass Village and Crooked Tree this morning. Police sources are combing the area and we will have an update as the information becomes available.

Dean Noh Di Play ! Longsworth Out: Who Next ?
The Reporter has been able to confirm that former UDP Minister Herman Longsworth has been removed from his posting as Honorary Consul to New York. Details at this point are scarce, but indications are that he has been given until the end of the month to wrap up his affairs.

LOVE FM

Assisting at-risk youths through sports
Representatives of Trailhead International, through Sagebrush Church in San Pedro, are partnering with the San Pedro Sporting Committee to target at-risk children on Ambergris Caye through sporting activities. Our island correspondent has the details in the following report.

William Mason and associates back in court
While William Danny Mason and his associates have all been found guilty for the murder of Pastor Llewellyn Lucas, they still have the charge of kidnapping to answer to in court. All the men, except Terrence Fernandez, returned to court this morning.

BDF soldier says he did not beat his step son
A Belize Defence Force soldier who was in court on Monday for allegedly harming his stepson has stepped forward to clear his name and give his side of the story. Kenneth Arzu says he has been reading the comments on social media and the various news reports and has become concerned at the misinformation.

Police will pay their debt to Pedro’s Inn
Commissioner of Police, Chester Williams says come hell or high water, the one hundred and seventeen-thousand-dollar bill at Pedro’s Inn in San Pedro Town will be paid. ComPol spoke of his plans to speak with the tourism stakeholders on the island but does not know how much money they will donate, if any at all.

Police investigating auditor general reports
At the last Sitting of the House of Representatives, the Prime Minister briefly discussed the Auditor General Reports that showed missing monies from both the National Sports Council and the Julian Cho Technical High School in the Toledo District. According to the Prime Minister, those reports have been passed on the police department to be investigated.

Officers on the alert for drug-crimes in the South
Shane Bennett, the accused man in the shooting of Anthony Parks, has a long list of criminal charges. According to the Commissioner of Police, he is a big figure in the drug world.

Herman Longsworth has been recalled from New York
Amid the allegations of corruption at the National Sports Council, the former Minister of State in the Ministry of Sports, Herman Longsworth has been recalled home. Longsworth had left the political arena when he gave up his run in the Albert Division for the United Democratic Party. It is suspected that he was coerced out of Albert with the promise of a cushy job in New York.

Man killed in drug-related shooting
A man from Independence Village, Stann Creek District was shot this morning just before seven o’clock. 37-year-old Anthony Parks received four gunshot wounds to the right shoulder, the abdomen, the left side of his thigh and in the back.

FBI to assist in search of Alison MacKenzie
The search has been called off for American national, Allison MacKenzie. It has been almost five days since the Belize Coast Guard began their search for the 43-year-old Arizonian woman.

PG residents want a venue change for PG day
As residents from Punta Gorda prepare to celebrate this year’s Punta Gorda Day there are concerns over the venue where the event will be held. Toledo Correspondent, Paul Mahung gathered the details and filed this report.

LICU clarifies reports of missing mony
Yesterday we told you of rumblings within La Inmaculada Credit Union (LICU) in Orange Walk and reports of missing monies. We were able to confirm that the General Manager, Yadeli Urbina, has resigned giving two months’...

Another day, another drug plane
Members of Belize’s security forces are presently posted in the area of Rhaburn Ridge on the Philip Goldson Highway, guarding an aircraft that landed illegally last night. Authorities suspect that the Gulfstream executive jet brought...

Teacher harmed at the workplace
Whoever thought that being at school was a safe space may just have to rethink that notion. Yesterday a teacher of the Salvation Army was assaulted by a parent, resulting in the teacher losing teeth.

Moving into the 21st century
A series of workshops are being held in the Stann Creek District to help students learn strategies to start their own businesses through the use of the internet. Correspondent Harry Arzu told us more about...

BNTU President comments on Julian Cho fiasco
The President of the BNTU will be taking a trip to Punta Gorda to look into the recent Auditor General’s reports implicating the Principal and teachers at Julian Cho Technical High School of questionable transactions....

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Government terminates Herman Longsworth’s appointment as Consul General of New York
The Government informed that Prime Minister Dean Barrow met with Herman Longsworth, former Minister of […]

Indonesian Embassy in Mexico opens registration for two scholarships
The Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Mexico City has informed Belizean students that […]

Mexican Cultural Institute to host Chaya! Dinner with the Maya
The Mexican Cultural Institute – Belize, Museum of Belize, Institute of Archaeology, and the National […]

Dennis Lamb wanted by police
Police are seeking public assistance in locating Dennis Lamb, 19, of Holy Emmanuel Street in […]

Police seek help identifying elderly woman
The Belize Police Department is seeking the assistance of the public in identifying an elderly […]

Media attends press meeting with Equal Opportunities Bill Steering Committee
On Tuesday, the Anti-Discrimination Steering Committee hosted a press conference with various media houses, including […]

Turneffe Land Trust established to protect national mangrove ecosystems
The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment, Sustainable Development and Immigration and the Ministry […]

Belize agrees with Cuba on sporting collaboration
With 226 Summer Olympic medals in 20 appearances and 78 gold, the third most in […]

Police seek one man in Stann Creek shooting
Police are looking for one man in connection with a shooting incident that happened in […]

Another suspected narco-plane lands in Belize
BBN has received reports that another suspected narco-plane landed in the area between Crooked Tree […]

Researchers in England may have found next big weapon to fight most cancers
A new scientific discovery about the human immune system is being looked at internationally as […]

Man shot in Stann Creek
A man was reportedly shot in Mango Creek Village in the Stann Creek District this […]

Fisheries authorities confiscate over 400 pounds of Nassau Grouper
Fisheries authorities in Belize have confiscated over 400 pounds of nassau grouper including fillet and […]

Blogs

Rooftop Restaurant Muna Is An Elevated Dining Experience In Placencia Belize
Placencia is known for its casual, friendly beach bars. When you’re in the mood for a more elevated dining experience, head to the Muna rooftop restaurant for a meal that will send your spirits soaring. Make the most of your beach vacation by dining at one of Placencia‘s most exciting new restaurants. Located at the Ellysian resort, Muna is a dining experience that will be a highlight of your Belize vacation.

Single-use Plastic Ban in Belize
It’s official! The government of Belize announced that effective January 15th, 2020 the phase-out plan to ban single-use plastics in Belize is officially under legislation. The purpose of these regulations is to carry out Cabinet’s decision to reduce plastic and styrofoam pollution through the phasing out of single-use plastics, including shopping bags, styrofoam and plastic food utensils. This decision was made as a necessary pollution control measure to protect the terrestrial and marine environment from harmful plastic contamination.

6 Day Tours to Take from Belize City
Although Belize City is normally for those who are traveling for business, rest assured you will not be lacking your share of activities and sights to see if you are in the city. Since Belize is geographically small, day trips normally mean being on the road for just 2 hours or less. If you’re staying in Belize City Hotel, they can all easily arrange for a tour and pick you up and drop you back off right where you’re staying.  Here’s our top 5 recommended list of places to visit when in Belize City:

Spring Break in Belize
Belize is the ideal destination for Spring Break for a few reasons. First, they predominately speak English and considering one of the classes that you might have been slacking off in is Spanish; this might be enough for you to purchase a flight right away. Second, the water. Belizean waters are said to be the perfect spot for anglers and are among the most beautiful places in the world. At the top of the list of reasons for this is the Belize Barrier Reef. This 200-mile part of the Meso-American Reef has one of the most significant coral structures anywhere. This is perfect for fishing, scuba diving, snorkeling, you name it!

International Sourcesizz

No Divide And Rule Strategy In The Caribbean Says Pompeo
Mike Pompeo, on his first Caribbean visit as U.S. Secretary of State, yesterday insisted in Jamaica that “there’s no intent from the United States to divide CARICOM.” “… not yesterday, not today, not tomorrow,” he added when asked during a press conference alongside Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness in Kingston. The secretary of state’s response came on the heels of comments from Barbados Prime Minister and chair of the Caribbean Community, CARICOM, that the US it seems, is seeking to divide the region and the grouping. She was later supported by Trinidad and Tobago’s Prime Minister and leaders from Grenada and Antigua.

Videos

  • International Customs Day 2020, 20min. International Customs Day is celebrated on 26th January under the theme "Customs Fostering Sustainability for People, Prosperity and the Planet." We caught up with customs officials about the plans for this year. They will be holding an information fair this Friday to educate about the importance of their work. On our couch: Emelda Cocom - Senior Customs Officer. Lorin Frazer - Senior Customs Officer.

  • The Equal Opportunities Draft Bill has been presented to the country in nationwide consultations, 52min. The Equal Opportunities Draft Bill has been presented to the country in nationwide consultations. We invited the representatives to talk to us about the provisions of the bill and what it hopes to accomplish to fight discrimination. The deadline for the submission of your feedback is January 31st. On our couch: Judith Alpuche - Chief Executive Officer, Ministry of Human Development, Social Transformation & Poverty Alleviation, Rashad Brathwaite – Attorney at Law & Consultant.

  • Metropolitan Opera Singer - Tichina Vaughn, 20min. Tichina Vaughn is a Metropolitan Opera Singer in country to hold auditions for the upcoming production Porgy and Bess. They are looking for singers, dancers and persons interested in being a part of the production. Auditions takes place today at the Bliss Center for the Performing Arts beginning at 3:00 pm and ending at 7:00 pm.

  • What's Happening!, 3min. Don't spend your entire time locked away in a fancy resort; there are TONS of things to do all over Belize in the month of January! Check out Jaz' latest rundown of What's Happening!

  • Cocono Bwai ft. Joss Stone "Christmas in Belize", 4min. History & Culture of Belizean Bram in the month of December.

  • Belize rainforest adventures, 6.5min. Ian Anderson's Caves Branch Lodge and Sleeping Giant Rainforest Lodge.

  • Belize 2020, 5min. Pallotti High School Belize Mission Trip 2020.

  • San Pedro Belize sailfish, 3.5min. Nice catch and release sailfish.

  • Our Trip to Belize: Beaches & Dreams, Excursions & More!, 11min. Travel vlog from our Belize adventure! We spent 5 days here in early Dec. For our trip we stayed at Beaches and Dreams in Hopkins and did the following excursions: - Monkey River tour - Xunantunich Mayan ruins - Cave tubing - Inner blue hole - Actun Tunichil Muknal (ATM cave) - scuba diving

  • Mennonites in Belize | Spanish Lookout, 5min. Many people think of Spanish Lookout as a quiet, conservative Mennonite village. But in this video I hope to give you a brief look at the variety of churches, sports and things to see in Spanish Lookout. It is a self-governing community made up of 2 groups: the Kleine Gemeinde and the non-KG. The non-KG are sud-divided into a number of different church groups and beliefs. Both the KG and the non-KG work hard together to keep this community modern and prosperous. Most of the residents are members of the community but the labor force itself is made up mostly of Mestizos, Mayas, and Creoles. Some of these workers rent and live within the town. Social and economic barriers have been torn down as the community continually modernizes and progresses.