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The San Pedro Sun

BEL submits Full Tariff Review Proceeding Application to the PUC for 2020 to 2024
Belize Electricity Limited (BEL) has submitted an application to the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) under the Full Tariff Review Proceeding (FTRP) for the Full Tariff Period (FTP) starting July 1, 2020 and ending on June 30, 2024 (FTP 2020/2024). The FTRP is a review and subsequent determination by the PUC of the Regulated Values, Mean Electricity Rate (MER), Tariffs, Rates, Charges and Fees applicable for the FTP 2020/2024.

Belize to improve the quality and gender equity in schools with IDB support
The Prime Minister of Belize, Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow, and Country Representative of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), Dr. Cassandra T. Rogers, signed an agreement on January 27, 2020, to implement a US$10 million loan to improve the quality and gender equity of education at the primary and secondary levels in the country. The agreement between the IDB and the Government of Belize (GOB) launches the second phase of the Education Quality Improvement Program (EQIP II), with special focus on innovation in Science Technology Engineering Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) education, and that will expand the learning of scientific, digital and problem-solving skills.

Ambergris Today

Lova Boy Signs New Deal, Releases Post Acquittal Single FUNERAL
After nearly two years in custody facing life in prison without the possibility of parole, and additional life sentence plus 31 years, recording artist Daniel “Lova Boy” Cacho was found not guilty and acquitted of all charges in a jury trial in Compton California, USA.After being acquitted Lova Boy wasted no time in coming back to the recording studio by signing a new deal with West Lake Studios in Hollywood California. West Lake Studios is legendry in the recording industry for producing and voicing numerous multi-platinum artists most notably, Michael Jackson.

IDB Loans US$10Million To Belize To Improve Quality And Gender Equity In Schools
Belize City. January 28th, 2020. The Prime Minister of Belize, Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow, and Country Representative of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), Dr. Cassandra T. Rogers, signed an agreement on January 27, 2020, to implement a US$10 million loan to improve the quality and gender equity of education at the primary and secondary levels in the country.

Various Belizean Sources

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Paul Nabor PG Day Fishing Classic
Feb. 1, leave Garbutt's Marine 6am.

Belize Guilt Trip Sweepstakes – Win A Trip To Belize
Now is your chance to take a holiday. The Belize Tourism Board is offering a ‘Belize Guilt Trip’ sweepstakes. You can win a trip to Belize! What makes the sweepstakes even better is that your co-worker can win a trip as well so there is no need to feel guilty that you are going on holiday and they aren’t. The Belize Tourism Board is here to fix that and give you the break that you need. Many studies show time away from the desk, brings many benefits, both physically and psychological and in the long run makes you more productive! This is your chance to take a break.

Practice good hygiene to prevent the spread of viruses
The Ministry of Health Belize encourages all to practice good hygiene to prevent the spread of viruses.

World Water Day "Water and Climate Change" Poster Competition 2020
The World Water Day (WWD) Committee is seeking creative and educational posters depicting the linkage between water and climate change in Belize. Requirements: Only primary school students can participate (Standard 4-6) The poster must not be less than 23 inches by 29 inches in size. • The design must be original. (The poster must be created, drawn or painted by freehand) All submissions must have a name, address and contact number. A type written explanation (no more than 200 words) must be submitted along with the poster.

BEL submits Full Tariff Review Proceeding Application to the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) for 2020 to 2024
Belize Electricity Limited (BEL) has submitted an application to the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) under the Full Tariff Review Proceeding (FTRP) for the Full Tariff Period (FTP) starting July 1, 2020 and ending on June 30, 2024 (FTP 2020/2024). The FTRP is a review and subsequent determination by the PUC of the Regulated Values. Mean Electricity Rate (MER). Tariffs. Rates. Charges and Fees applicable for the FTP 2020/2024. The submission represents BEL, best forecasts over the FTP. While the current forecasts project increasing costs and a Mean Electricity Rate (MER) of 30.4533 on average over the FTP 2020/2024, the Company's intention is to maintain the nirrent rates to customers up to December 31, 2020.

The Peace Corps Belize needs a cashier
Peace Corps Belize seeks qualified candidates to fill a Cashier Vacancy. To apply, please follow the application process indicated. Deadline to apply is February 14th, 2020.

Are You a Plastics Game Changer?
PACT has a cool little competition where you could win some of their eco-friendly prizes. Just let them know how you've left single-use plastics behind. This Campaign is only open to legal residents of Belize, who are 18 years of age or older as of the date of entry and is void where prohibited by law. Employees of the Protected Areas Conservation Trust, its affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising and promotion agencies, and suppliers, (collectively the “Employees”), and immediate family members and/or those living in the same household of Employees are not eligible to participate in the Campaign. The Campaign is subject to all applicable local laws and regulations.

SHENSEA LIVE IN CONCERT @ VICTOR GALVEZ STADIUM IN CAYO FEB 29

National Agriculture and Trade Show 2020
The National Agriculture and Trade Show (NATS) Committee under the auspices of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, The Environment, Sustainable Development and Immigration hereby informs the public that the National Agriculture and Trade Show will be held on May 1, 2 and 3, 2020 under the theme: Innovations in Technology – Driving a Climate Resilient and Competitive Agriculture and Food Sector. This will be the 50th anniversary of this prestigious event at the National Agriculture and Trade Showgrounds.

Ministry of Health says Airport is screening for Coronavirus
The National Surveillance Team of the Ministry of Health continues to monitor all epidemiological information and surveillance activities in relation to the novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV). The Ministry has met with airport authorities and relevant stakeholders to review the screening methods and processes to be implemented in the event of any suspected case. To date, this region, including Belize, has no confirmed cases of 2019-nCoV. This week, the Ministry has been engaged in ongoing discussions with the Caribbean Public Health Agency as well as the regional and country offices of the Pan American Health Organization to keep everyone abreast of the regional response.

BDF Day
3 more days and it's BDF Day. We will be waiting for you. See you there.

Southern Workers Union Receives Certification as Trade Union
The Ministry of Labour, Local Government and Rural Development along with the Chairman of the Tripartite Body, Mr. Gabriel Martinez, and other members of the Tripartite Body are very pleased to congratulate the Southern Workers Union on becoming the first trade union for 2020. The Southern Workers Union is now certified as a bargaining agent for employees of the Dangriga Town Council. The union is comprised of 33 members and is led by President Mr. Glen Lewis. The members spoke about the lengthy process of getting to this point and expressed their gratitude and happiness to now be able to help the workers of the Dangriga Town Council.

Little Free Library in Corozal Opens Feb. 1
Corozal will be having their first “ My Little Free Library”. Join the Rotaract Club of Corozal on Saturday for the grand opening! The idea of “bring a book, leave a book” is not only to inspire readers but to also build community. If you know me, you know books have always been a big part of my life. I’m beyond excited to share something I love with you all and hope we can all share the love for books together.

Consejo Road clean up Saturday, February 1st
We have a scheduled Consejo Road clean up starting at 6:00 a.m. Saturday, February 1st, 2020. We thank residents from Consejo Village, Consejo Landing, Mayan Seaside, Smuggler's Den, Consejo Shores who will be assisting with this cleanup. We ask that all residents of Consejo who wish to participate to help on this clean up to bring water, garbage bags, and gloves. We will have residents who are assisting with their pickup trucks and trailers to transport the garbage to the dump. After this clean up at the earliest convenience, the road will be graded by a private grader hired and paid by Land Developers and residents of Consejo who have been kind to donate towards this effort.

Vacancy Announcement for Security Officer at the British High Commission
The British High Commission is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce. Vacancy Announcement for a Security Officer at the British High Commission in Belmopan. Closing date for submitting applications is 14 February 2020. Late applications will not be considered and only short listed candidates will be contacted. Applications will only be accepted online.

Belize Raptor Center annual Music for the Birds fundraiser
The Belize Raptor Center is having their annual Music for the Birds fundraiser, and this time, it's at The Bluffs. The Sand Crabs Blues Band will be performing during the event. It''ll be held on Sunday, February 23rd, and the fun starts at 3:00pm. They'll have some silent auctions too.

Cruise Stakeholders Networking Session
You are invited! The Cruise Stakeholders Networking Session is set for February 10th at 6 p.m. For more info, check out the flyer below. Sign up here: https://forms.gle/NVDbUjABsEDHinkp9

DEXTA DAPS IN BELIZE CITY FEB. 1

Channel 7

Murder Victim's Last Word Was "Ma!"ť
A 24-year-old man was murdered last night on Cumberbatch Street,  and Delbert Alvarez was likely off his turf when he was targeted.  Alvarez who is known to hang out Majestic Alley, last night Alvarez was in Lake Independence, at his girlfriend's house.  He left to make a weed run - and never came back.  And today Cherisse Halsall Alvarez's his final steps and spoke to his family to try and understand the shock and horror they are experiencing at the loss of their brother and son. Last night 24-year old Delbert Alvarez left his girlfriend's house to buy weed, he was in an unfamiliar neighbourhood and probably thought that no one would even give him a second look as he rode through the area.

Police Find Loaded Weapon in Gang Ridden Area
And police have been busy in that area as well - after two murders in two days. This morning an operation in the Police street/Ordonez street area resulted in the seizure of a loaded 38 pistol and the arrest of 20 year old, Adrian Sanchez. Tonight, Sanchez is in jail after he pleaded guilty to keeping firearm and ammunition without a gun license.

Working Man's Alleged Killer Gets Off
Frank Neal was killed almost 7 years ago; the 36 year old working man had gone to buy evening - time Johnny Cakes when he was gunned down. Today, Paul Smith who has been on remand since 2013, was sent home when the DPP's office entered a nolle pros motion.

Drug Planes Dropping Like Flies
It would appear that the entire northern triangle region comprising Belize, Guatemala and southeastern Mexico have become one big clandestine airfield for drug plane landings. And, this week, the planes have been falling like flies! There were four between Saturday and Monday: One in Belize, 2 in Mexico and one in Guatemala. And, there one more last night. While this one was rumored to be headed for Blue Creek, that didn't happen. Whether through deterrence or evasion, it went instead for Mahauhual - which is 90 miles north of Chetumal.

No Coronavirus in Belize
There's no Coronavirus in Belize. Tonight we can confirm that the region, including Belize, has no confirmed case of the novel Coronavirus.  Still, surveillance activities in relation to the virus continue.  Yesterday, the Ministry of Health held a meeting with airport authorities to review screening methods to be implemented in the event of any suspected case.

PC Mendoza Again
Sworn to protect and serve but yesterday 22 year old Police Constable was arrested for another criminal offence. He's the same cop charged last month for the theft of three firearms from the Precinct Three formation in Belize City.  Well, now, PC Mendoza is accused of an armed robbery in Cayo. It is alleged that on December 5th he was one of the culprits who used a gun to rob 32 year old Peter Loewen.

Cops Find Stolen Pickup
Last night we told you about a carjacking that took place on the Santa Rosa Road near Xunantunich. It involved a makeshift roadblock and masked men who opened fire on 43-year-old Elias Sanchez Guitterez.  That barrage of bullets caused Guitterez to flee from his vehicle, a Black four-door 1987 Toyota Pickup, which was then stolen along with a cellphone and several other Items. 

Cable TV Goes Dark In Dangriga
In terms of Cable television, Dangriga has gone dark for the past week or more. That's right, Dangriga Cable Vision has lost its cable feed from CBC cable in Belize City - leaving thousands of subscribers without cable television. The problem as we understand it is that BTL has cut CBC's fiber optic line to Dangriga because the company has what we are told are sizable arrears going back over many years.

Colombia's VP Visits
Colombia's Vice President, Marta Lucia Ramirez, visited Belize today.  The independent media was not told of the visit, nor were we invited, and only this footage - without any information has been released tonight. So we saw that Ramirez met with Prime Minister Dean Barrow, Foreign Minister Wilfred Elrington, and the Speaker of the House, Laura Longsworth.

Bio-Based Vs. Bio Degradable
Last week we told you that The Phase-out of Single Use-Plastics had been signed into law. And the transition process seems to be steamrolling ahead. And, this morning The Belize Bureau of standards held a technical workshop on biodegradable and compostable materials in an effort to strengthen understanding, interpretation and application of the proposed standards for these products in Belize. We caught up with C.E.O Percival Cho to discuss temporary and projected definitions of Biodegradability for Belize.

New Drought To Threaten New River
In November we told you that the New River was regaining its health as conditions along its banks had seen marked improvement.  Now, predictions from the regional climate change centre are claiming that the region is set to experience an even more severe drought than last year. We asked C.E.O Cho what measures are being employed to maintain the health of the New River. Percival Cho - CEO, Department of the Environment: "We have received from predictions from the regional climate change centre that Belize and several other countries are very likely going to experience severe drought for an extended period of time, that is predicted to be longer than last year.

Do Rote's Ramblings Reveal Anything About Alison?
Today on Facebook we saw an odd recording of the alleged boyfriend of a missing American tourist 48 year old Alison MacKenzie.  Earlier this month, she went on a tour with her boyfriend Page Rote and 13 others on Raggamuffin Tours.  She was last seen on Friday 17th., January - and intensive searches have found nothing.  And now there's this facebook recording from another American female tourist visiting Belize - Hedda Strickland.  She was at Maya Beach Hotel Bistro in Placencia having a drink.  Beside her at the bar was Page Rote.

Another Accused Killer Goes Home
Another murder that had occurred on the south-side of Belize City will see its accused walk away with a nolle pros. Crown Counsel Sheneiza Smith entered the nolle pros today for the murder of 44 year old Emerson Anderson. In March of 2018, a gun man barged into a group of friends on Ebony Street and opened fire.

Mentally Ill Mother of Five Missing
Tonight a Punta Gorda Town family is seeking your to find their mother, sister and daughter. Just about 9 days ago, 40 year old Kimberly Wade disappeared from their family home in the Dump area of the southern town. Kimberly is a mother to five children. She reportedly suffers from depression and may have wondered off with the desire to visit her youngest child removed from her care due to mental illness. Her sister who lives in the Lake Independence Area of Belize City dropped by our studios today asking us to air the story in the hope that someone may see her, recognize her and have information to offer.

Loverboy Is Free and Back In Studio
Daniel Cacho, known to the world as the Punta Rock artists Love Boy has had some well documented legal troubles.  In April of 2018, he charged in Los Angeles with two counts rape of a minor and two counts of kidnapping and sent to jail to await trial.  He got off the charges in September of 2019, and today the details of his acquittal are known with a video release from Lova Boy's camp.  Here's his attorney:

Parplegic Welch Guilty of Holdup At Dit's
The paraplegic, Aspinal Welch was back in court today. And this evening he was found guilty of deadly harm with intent to commit grievous harm. That's after a jury of 6 men and 3 women came to a 7 - 2 verdict. With that, he was taken off to jail.  Welch is accused of pointing a revolver at Nelson Young. Young says that on November 21st 2012,  he had just finished having lunch with friends at Dit's restaurant when he was accosted by Welch.

Kareem's Rules For Campaign Finance
All the news recently has been about which UDP Minister accepted twenty five thousand US dollars monthly from Lev Dermen, the Armenian accused of defrauding the US government of almost half a billion dollars. 

Facebook Fatigue For UDP Leadership Aspirants?
And, in other political news, the UDP race for leader is red hot and burning up on Facebook. Tonight, both candidates for leader Patrick Faber and John Saldivar seem to be showing signs of what can only be called Facebook fatigue. This evening Saldivar responded to some full contact trolling by Rhenae Nunez with a children's nursery rhyme usually heard in kindergarten playgrounds. Meanwhile his opponent Patrick Faber attempted a full force takedown of Shyne Barrow - who he believes is behind the facebook tolling page, Associated Belize Press.

CITCO Reigning In The Village
The Belize City Council Will be relocating the Fort George Tourism Zone Gateway currently located at the foot of the downtown Swing Bridge and immediately in front of the Ocean Ferry Water Taxi Terminal on North Front Street. It will be moved down the street closer to the Ministry of Education building.

Channel 5

String of Sexual Allegations against Top B.D.F. Officers
The B.D.F. is investigating some its own tonight on the heels of explosive allegations.  Those under investigation are senior officers who stand accused of sexual assault and abuse of authority [...]

Delbert Alvarez is Executed on Cumberbatch Street
There was a murder in the city before nine o’clock on Tuesday night.  Delbert Alvarez was shot and killed on Cumberbatch Street, not far from his house. The victim’s family [...]

Was a Police Officer Targeted by Gunman?
A cop on motorcycle is fortunate to have escaped gunshots this afternoon. He was riding in the area of Mapp Street, Belize City, where neighbours say they heard gunshots from [...]

Who Killed Denroy Nicholas in Peini?
Police have still not been able to crack the murder of Denroy Nicolas in Punta Gorda.  Nicholas was shot and killed as he exited his mother’s house to go into [...]

Patrick Faber Takes on Convicted Criminal
The U.D.P.’s leadership race is getting tense and the party appears to be hopelessly fractured.  Scheduled for February ninth, John Saldivar and Patrick Faber will go head-to-head to become the [...]

P.S.U. Defends Jumoke Castro, P.S.U. Tells FinSec: “Your Actions Were Unlawful and Borders on Being Abusive”
Jumoke Castro, son of U.D.P. Minister Edmond Castro, failed to explain his December 2019 Facebook vile comments that attracted widespread condemnation and disgust.  Castro attacked Plus TV’s Sashta Wade with [...]

Lev Dermen Trial Underway in Utah
The trial of Lev Dermen in Utah is attracting attention in many countries, including Belize, because one witness has named a local government official and says he has text messages [...]

The Lives of the Young Men at Wagner’s Youth Facility
A group of at-risk young men and women headed to the Wagner’s Facility for a firsthand experience of life behind prison walls. There they heard from the teenaged inmates on [...]

Paul Smith is Freed of Murder Charge
After being in prison since 2013, Paul Smith walked today from the charge of murder.  Smith was accused of the April 2013 murder of Frank Neal, but in the court [...]

CJ Benjamin Stalls on Petrocaribe Ruling
Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin is yet to render a decision where a claim against the Government of Belize, in respect of the Petrocaribe fund, is concerned.  That judgment was to [...]

Consumer Price Index for December 2019
There was a slight increase in consumer prices in the month of December 2019 when compared to December 2018.  The All-Items Consumer Price Index rose slightly by point two percent [...]

Another Severe Drought May Affect New River in 2020
A more severe drought has been forecasted for 2020 and it is expected that the extended dry weather may once again have adverse effects on the New River.  In light [...]

Corozal Town Council to Get 2 Garbage Trucks
The Corozal Town Council’s garbage collecting woes will soon come to an end. The council will soon acquire two garbage trucks, courtesy of the Japan Embassy. The official grant contract [...]

Julio Chub Receives Disney Conservation Hero Award
Belize’s very own Julio Chub was awarded the 2019 Disney Conservation Hero award. Chub is the Liaison Officer of Ya’axché Conservation Trust and is regarded as a community-oriented conservation hero [...]

D.O.E. and Bureau of Standards Take on Biodegradability
The Department of the Environment, in partnership with the Belize Bureau of Standards, is hosting a seminar to establish a collective benchmark for use of the term biodegradable in respect [...]

Belize on Right Track to Biodegradability
With thirty years of industrial experience in plastics and packaging, Kelvin Okamoto, C.E.O. of Gen3Bio, was invited as a guest speaker to address the issue of biodegradability.  He commented favourably [...]

Southern Workers Union Receives Certification as Trade Union
The Southern Workers Union has received its trade union certification. The S.W.U. is now certified as a bargaining agent for employees of the Dangriga Town Council. The union is made [...]

Agric Show is May 1st, 2nd & 3rd, 2020
The National Agriculture and Trade Show will be held on May first, second and third of this year.  The annual event will be celebrating its fiftieth anniversary this year with [...]

M.O.H. Reviews Screening Methods at Airport
The Ministry of Health has issued a release outlining the steps taken to monitor all epidemiological information and surveillance activities in relation to the coronavirus. Officials have since met with [...]

Amandala

Murder in Lake Independence last night
Gunshots rang out last night in the Lake Independence area sometime before 9:00 p.m. When police arrived at 28 Cumberbatch Street, they found a man who was later identified as Delbert Alvarez lying on the verandah of the concrete bungalow house suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.

The Reporter

The World On Alert ! Corona-virus: Belize Has Policy For Visitors
The whole world must be on alert to deal with the spread of coronavirus, the World Health Organization has said as it urged countries to prepare. There are now 7,183 confirmed cases of viral pneumonia caused by the virus and 170 deaths, all of them in China.

Minister Patrick Faber Rebuffs FACEBOOK Post-Counter Post
The race for leader of the United Democratic Party continues to heat up. Reacting to a concerted attack from a pseudo-media Facebook page entitled Associated Belize Press, Deputy Prime Minister Patrick Faber posted on his own page today.

Cop On Motorcycle Shot At: Crash & Injured
There are reports that a Police officer was just injured on Mapp Street in Belize City. Eyewitnesses say that the officer on a motorcycle appeared to be following an SUV with Corozal license plates.

PSA: AGRI-SHOW Will Be All About Innovation & Technology
This years Agricultural Show will be all about utilizing new Innovations and Technology to enhance productivity, quality and food safety, so says the National Agricultural Trade Show Committee.

Delbert Alvarez Shot & Killed At His Home
A man was murdered last night on Cumberbatch Street in Belize City. According to reports, Police were called to a green bungalow house where they found the body of a man identified as Delbert Alvarez...

LOVE FM

Avoiding last years New River Crisis
And while the Coronavirus remains thousands of miles away tonight, there is an all too familiar problem looming over Belize. Today, the Caribbean Climate Outlook Forum issued a weather forecast alerting us of an even more severe drought than what we had in 2019.

Teenager hospitalised after traffic incident
A teenager is in the hospital after he was involved in a road traffic incident. Cayo Correspondent Fem Cruz told us more.

Why a 9-year-old?
Tonight, a pervert is on the loose. A 9-year-old girl is traumatized after she was verbally harassed on a community bus on Friday evening and her father is behind bars for defending her honor. Whilst on the bus she was sitting beside one of her neighbors who kept slipping rude remarks her way, telling her she is sexy among other statements. The child went home and informed her parents. Love News spoke to the mother this evening who is upset that her child was harassed, and her husband is detained by police.

24-year-old man is fatally shot
The seventh murder for 2020 occurred last night around 8:30. 24-year-old Delbert Alvarez was fatally shot on Cumberbatch Street in Belize City. Reporter Courtney Menzies has the story.

First Nolle prosequi for the year
A Nolle prosequi for a murder charge occurred this morning in the courtroom of Justice Marilyn Williams. The accused gunman Paul Smith who was charged for the murder of Frank Neal walked free this morning. Frank Neal was gunned down near an alley at the corner of Cairo and Glenn Street in the Southside of Belize City.

A man dies after being hit by a vehicle
A man was knocked off his bicycle and killed today in Southern Belize. Toledo Correspondent Paul Mahung has the details.

Precautionary measures against the novel coronavirus.
Health officials in Belize are stepping up the country’s precautionary measures against the novel coronavirus. Ministry of Health personnel met with airport authorities and relevant agencies, placing them on alert should they suspect any incoming traveler of showing symptoms of the virus. Airport officials were directed to review their screening methods and processes.

Belize underway to phasing out single-use plastics
Belize is well on its way to phasing out Styrofoam and plastics and moving into the use of biodegradable products. Supporting the legislation for environmental protection that came into force on January 15, 2020, are members of the private sector and environmental stakeholders.

Southern Workers Union is certified as trade union
The Southern Workers Union is now a certified trade union. In a press release, the Minister of Labor, Local Government and Rural Development, along with the Tripartite Body, congratulated the union.

SIB Statistics 2019
The Statistical Institute of Belize’s latest figures on consumer prices shows that, for the month of December 2019, the national inflation rate stood at 0.2 percent . The All-Items Consumer Price Index (CPI) rose slightly in comparison to the same month last year, from 105.0 in December 2018 to 105.2 in December 2019.

Time ticks as Lev Dermen Trial continues
The trial for Lev Dermen continued today in the US District Court. According to the Salt Lake Tribune, opening arguments were to being this afternoon but there was a delay in jury selection from a...

Cop injured in Belize City
There was a brief scare this afternoon when reports came in that a police officer had been shot on Mapp Street, Belize City. Tonight there are still various versions of what really transpired this afternoon...

Teenager charged for stealing a horse
A teenager was taken to court yesterday after being caught red-handed with a stolen horse. 18-year-old Antonio Adolphus Flowers pleaded guilty to handling stolen goods. He appeared before Senior Magistrate Tricia Pitts-Anderson and explained that...

Agriculture show is underway
The National Agriculture and Trade Show (NATS) Committee is making preparations for its 50th National Agriculture and Trade Show. This year’s theme is Innovations in Technology- Driving a Climate Resilient and Competitive Agriculture and Food Sector....

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Restaurant shooter guilty of use of deadly means of harm
On the eve of his 30th birthday tomorrow, Thursday, Aspinall Welch, Junior, was convicted by majority […]

“Belize closed 2019 with higher consumer prices,” says Statistical Institute
The latest data from the Statistical Institute of Belize (SIB) says that consumer prices at […]

Exports and imports up at the end of 2019, new data shows
The Statistical Institue of Belize’s (SIB)’s latest External Trade Bulletin (ETB), shows that Belize ended […]

Ministry of Health: This region, including Belize has no confirmed case of novel coronavirus
The National Surveillance Team of the Ministry of Health continues to monitor all epidemiological information […]

Drug plane found in Peten bears same registration number as drug plane in 2018 Belize landing
Picture of Jet found in Peten: Noti Impacto Peten On Monday, BBN reported that authorities […]

Julio Chub receives Disney Conservation Hero Award
The Disney Conservation Fund announced today that Julio Chub, the Community Liaison Officer of Ya’axché […]

DPM Faber fires back at fellow UDP detractors as race for leadership heats up
The national convention for the United Democratic Party is only days away and as speculated, […]

Southern Workers Union certified as trade union in Dangriga
The Ministry of Labour, Local Government and Rural Development along with the Chairman of the Tripartite […]

Preparation underway for 2020 National Trade and Agriculture Show
The National Agriculture and Trade Show (NATS) Committee under the auspices of the Ministry of […]

Desperate mom pleads for daughter to return home
Belize City mom Jannine Harvey is making a desperate plea to her daughter 18-year-old, Reanna Willoughby, […]

Bandits stage highway robbery on Santa Rosa road
Authorities are investigating a report of a robbery that occurred around 9 a.m. yesterday. Elias […]

Drought warning issued, region urged to take it seriously
Another regional agency has warned the Caribbean to prepare for a long drought this year. The […]

Man shot on Cumberbatch Avenue last night passes away
Shortly before 9 o’clock last night we reported a shooting in the Lake Independence area […]

Blogs

Truck Stop’s AMAZING RACE 6: Could You Win?
I’m not even sure I could finish! The Truck Stop does a ridiculously island-comprehensive tricky gross job! Take a look. This is a long one – but it’s worth it. The clues are super fun, super clever. Even those who have lived in San Pedro all their lives might get tripped up! The Amazing Race is an American reality competition show in which typically eleven teams of two race around the world. Here in San Pedro Belize, The Truck Stop (the island center for all things clever and fun) hosts their own AMAZING RACE that sends teams of 3 or 4 all over the island with some incredibly smart clues. Clues that test how well you REALLY know Ambergris Caye with a bunch of

International Sourcesizz

Discovering gratitude, joy and a beautiful culture on Belize mission trip
Karine Duarte loves it when people ask her about the brown ring she wears from her mission trip to Belize. “I want people to ask about it, to become aware,” she says, of the culture of the Mayan people, how they live with very few material resources and how they have a peace of mind and joy not readily experienced in first world countries. Duarte, a junior, and nine other Caldwell University students and two chaperones spent Jan. 5-13 in the village of San Marcos repainting a school and murals, playing with the children and learning about the community.

How green is your hotel, really? The truth about eco-resorts
Sustainability has been the buzzword of the last few years, with more scrutiny today than ever on how we travel. While flying has been at the forefront of the public consciousness thanks to high profile campaigns from the likes of Greta Thunberg and Extinction Rebellion, hotel stays can be just as damaging to our environment. The good news? A huge number of ‘eco’ hotels, resorts and lodges are available, many springing up over the past years in response to growing demand from consumers.... , new data shows By BBN Staff: The Statistical Institue of Belize's (SIB)'s latest External Trade Bulletin (ETB), shows that Belize ended off 2019 with both export revenues and ...

This is how most Americans cure the winter blues
Half of Americans plan to escape to warm weather this winter, according to new research. A poll of 2,000 Americans found 35 percent typically travel to a warm vacation destination during the winter months as an attempt to escape the winter blues. People are escaping the brutal cold in search of more tropical weather for a little mood boost. A whopping 88 percent think traveling to a warm destination during the winter boosts their mood.

Sanctuary Belize Judge Chides Developers For Playing Dumb
The Maryland federal judge overseeing the trial of three men who purportedly ran a $140 million Belize-based real estate scam chewed out the accused developers on Wednesday for “feigning ignorance” about a nondisclosure agreement that undermines key evidence for the defense.

On the seventh day of trial over what the Federal Trade Commission called the largest overseas real estate investment scam it has ever targeted, U.S. District Judge Peter J. Messitte railed on the purported mastermind on the scam, Andris Pukke, and another former executive on the development, Peter Baker, for not being forthright about a secretive deal they cut with a...

Caribbean advised to prepare for long drought
The Barbados-based Caribbean Climate Outlook Forum CariCOF is warning that long-term drought is evolving throughout the Caribbean during the three-month period of February to April this year. In its latest Caribbean Climate Outlooks, published here on Tuesday, January 28, CariCOF warned that during the peak of the dry season, limited water availability will be caused by evolving or possible long-term drought throughout the Caribbean, except in French Guiana and the north-west Bahamas.

Corruption in Belize out of control
BY WELLINGTON C. RAMOS. In the 1970’s when Belize was still a British colony and I was a police officer, our country had a director of Public Prosecution Office, an audit department and a police department that worked hand in hand together on all matters of stealing as a government employee, bribes, corruption, extortion, forgery, fraud, uttering, conversion, embezzlement, and other crimes that government officials and civil servants committed. In those days most of the civil servants that were arrested, charged prosecuted and sent to prison for these crimes were employees from; the post office, customs and police departments. Since our independence in 1981, some of our civil servants are still committing these crimes boldly and nothing is being done to them because of their political affiliations with UDP or PUP.

Videos

  • Busride Punta Gorda,Toledo, Belize, 3.5min.

  • Turneffe Atoll January 28, 2020, 5min.

  • Illegal Fishing Camp at Crooked Tree, 1/2min. So when birding Limpkin Trail today at Crooked Tree, I stumbled on this. Is it legal for a fishing camp to be here, well within the Wildlife Sanctuary in an area established for tourism? Some guests staying at Bird's Eye View Lodge had to turn back and go birding elsewhere. Who is responsible in relocating them out to another area?

  • BZE-SPR- Tropic Air flight to Ambergris Caye, 5min. It has been verified by countless people that flying from Belize City to Ambergris Caye is good for your health and well being. Not only does it notably increase endorphin's with the fantastic view, it also brings the excitement of reconnecting with great people and meeting new ones.

  • Boyfriend proposes to his girlfriend with giant sand letters “MARRY ME?" on a beach, 2min. followed by popping the question mid air. Watch her reaction

  • Julio Chub - 2019 Disney Conservation Hero in Belize, 4min. Julio Chub is one of only 18 awarded recipients in 2019 globally by the Disney Conservation Fund. Julio is a Q’eqchi Maya, community-oriented conservation hero who has committed the past 2 decades of his life to conservation and community empowerment in southern Belize. Julio’s incredible work of bridging communities, inclusive of community-based groups, women, farmers and students, with conservation has contributed to Ya’axché’s vision of creating harmony between nature and human development for the benefit of both.

  • Channel 5 Obituaries - FRANCISCO GERALD PACHECO, 2min.

  • Channel 5 Obituaries - LOUISA VILMA RIVERO ROMERO, 2.5min.

  • Channel 5 Obituaries - ERNESTO MARTIN WILLIAMS, 2min.

  • The Mexican Embassy to Belize - Special exhibit Chaya!, 22min. The Mexican Embassy to Belize is closing the special exhibit Chaya! Dinner with the Maya. Our guests talked with us about the importance of this plant to the Mayas. on our couch: Dr. Anabel Ford - Curator, Cynthia Ellis Topsey – Belize Representative, Duke of Edinburgh's Award International.

  • The Belize Cancer Society (BCS) - World Cancer Day, 18min. The Belize Cancer Society (BCS) is gearing up for World Cancer Day. The day is celebrated on February 4th and this year they are hosting an Indian themed fundraiser. The Bollywood Dance and Silent Auction will be held on 1st February at the Ramada Hotel and Casino. our guests shared all the details of the event and updated us on the work of the BCS. On our couch: Ruth Jaramillo – President, Belize Cancer Society. Mala Vasquez- Rotarian. Richard Moody - Rotarian.

  • The Nationality and Passport Department - new passport application system, 32min. The Nationality and Passport Department is implementing a new passport application system. Representatives from the Department talked with us about the procedures and how they are working to professionalize the service. On our couch: Edmund Zuniga - Chief Executive Officer, Ministry of Immigration. Mario Arzu - Director, Nationality and Passports Department. Debra Baptist-Estrada - Director, Border Management and Immigration Services.

  • Overcoming Challenges With Mental Illness - audio book chronicles, 20min. Tiffany Simpson was our guest to talk to us about her latest book. We Did It: Overcoming Challenges With Mental Illness is an audio book that chronicles her challenges and accomplishments over the past twelve years. She shared her journey of becoming an entrepreneur and an advocate for children with special needs.

  • The Belize Bank - recently received investment grade rating, 23min. Filippo Alario, Deputy CEO and Chief Risk Officer at The Belize Bank talked with us about the recently received investment grade rating. He talked about the accomplishment and how the Bank is working to improve its services to customers.

  • The Department of the Environment (DOE) - grant agreement from the British Government, 32min. The Department of the Environment (DOE) is the beneficiary of a one year grant agreement from the British Government for the establishment of standards for biodegradable materials and the implementation of a National Certification Scheme for biodegradable products. These standards would also be extended to guiding the export industry on biodegradable packaging materials. We talked with the experts about the impact this will have on our move to eliminate single-use plastics.

  • Dolphin sighting- Belize, 15sec. Dolphin sighting off the coast of Belize while diving.

  • Drone 2020 Ambergris Caye Belize, 3min. Having some fun with an Evo drone island style.

  • Drone Shots of Hopeville Belize, 1.5min.

  • Sports Talk Show, 60min.