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The San Pedro Sun

Stunning Gabriela Varela in her costume at Reina Hispanoamericana!!
The Mayan Empire dominated our land and all central America during its classico period. Its culture vibrates even through its piramades and history. A culture where your gods were of importance during your everyday life. Tonight we show the most important God in the Mayan world - kinich ahau (God of the sun). Its value and importance reflects in the fact of life in power and strength. The power of the rays of light that gives abundance to the crops and their people.

The Island Academy’s Robotic Team heading to the USA after winning first ever LEGO National Competition
The first-ever LEGO robotics competition took place on Saturday, January 25th in Belize City and saw ten teams comprising of participants ages 9-16 from across the country. Ambergris Caye was represented by The Island’s Academy (TIA) team- Island Innovators and placed first. Island Innovators are now preparing to compete and represent Belize in Houston, Texas USA in the world championship to held in April of this year.

SCA students conduct beach clean-up in northern Ambergris Caye
A large portion of the Mexico Rocks Marine Reserve beachside in northern Ambergris Caye was cleared of a large amount of garbage on Saturday, January 25th during a clean-up conducted by a group of students from Belize City’s Saint Catherine Academy (SCA) and volunteers from San Pedro Town. The group of students, who are Oceana’s wavemakers, were welcomed on the island by fellow schoolmate, island environmentalist, and activist Carina Paz. Along with the help of Martin John (MJ) Leslie, Paz facilitated a very successful clean-up campaign.

SPTC supports traditional dredging along Hol Chan Marine Reserve near Secret Beach
Following several reports of illegal dredging within the Hol Chan Marine Reserve near the Secret Beach area of Ambergris Caye, the Mining Unit in the Ministry of Natural Resources has launched an investigation to deter the unauthorized activity. The dredging consists of artisanal and small-scale dredging and is allegedly being done by several property owners, who are taking the sand from the seabed via boats to use as landfill. However, dredging can only be approved by the Mining Unit, and even though The San Pedro Town Council (SPTC) has been granting permission, they have no authority to grant dredging permits.

San Pedro Tiger Sharks fall short against Belize Hurricanes
The National Elite Basketball League (NEBL) had all eight teams playing games on Friday, January 24th and Saturday, January 25th across the country. The San Pedro Tiger Sharks (current NEBL champions) opened the season on January 18th with a big win, but on Friday, the island team could not keep the momentum going and fell short against Belize Hurricanes 85-77 at the Belize City Civic Center. The San Pedro Tiger Sharks will travel to the Toledo District, where they will face the Punta Gorda Panthers at 9PM.

Ministry of Health takes steps to monitor coronavirus
The Ministry of Health (MOH) is following up with local and international health organizations for information pertaining to the new coronavirus (2019 n-CoV). As of press time, MOH advises that prevention is key and to practice good hygiene.

Chef Jennie Staines takes the win at ninth annual cook-off

Ambergris Today

Follow Instructions
- By Seleni Perez - This is an advice of love to the youth who feels discouraged and misunderstood. Life is harsh, and at times can be unfair, but do not allow the negativity that surrounds you get to you and consume you. Not everyone who talks to you is your friend and not everyone who call themselves friend truly cares about your wellbeing. Yet, you have people in your life that truly care for you and indeed look for your wellbeing. These are individuals who go through sleepless nights worrying for you, but it is sad to mention, you might not even realize this. We are so absorbed in our lives that we have them go unnoticed and simply take them for granted.

Belize’s Ministry Of Health Update No. 1 On Novel Coronavirus
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.

Various Belizean Sources

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Miss Gabriela Varela at the Miss Hispanoamericana pageant in Bolivia
Mayor Daniel Guerrero, the San Pedro Town Council and Staff would like to congratulate the beautiful Miss Gabriela Varela for already doing a job well done in representing Belize in the Miss Hispanoamericana pageant taking place in Bolivia. We want to wish her the best of luck on the finals which will take place on February 8, 2020. San Pedro is so proud of what you have already accomplished! Keep on having fun and good luck!

Advancing the Business Momentum Between Belize and Mexico
On January 29, 2020, the Embassy of Belize in Mexico and the Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (BELTRAIDE), a statutory body under the Ministry of Economic Development, Petroleum, Investment, Trade and Commerce of the Government of Belize (GOB), hosted a one-day seminar focused on advancing the business momentum between both countries. The core objective of the seminar was to enable greater knowledge sharing and dialogue in advancing strategic investment partnerships in Belize, while promoting enterprise development through increased Belizean exports within Mexico.

Minister of Agriculture to Embark on a National School Garden Tour
The Minister of Agriculture Senator the Hon. Godwin Hulse will embark on a National School Garden Tour from February through March 2020. The tour will allow the Minister to get a first-hand impression of the operations and standards of the school gardens. Over the past years, the Ministry of Agriculture has been supporting school garden programs by providing training for teachers and students on the operation of gardens, technical assistance and inputs as well as additional support.

Belize Coast Guard Commandant Visits Chetumal Mexico Naval Zone
On the backdrop of increased Narco-Trafficking along the Belize – Mexico Border, the Commandant of the Belize Coast Guard Captain Elton Bennet visited the Headquarters of the 11th Naval Zone in Chetumal, Mexico. The Belize Coast Guard and the Mexican Navy share a long-standing special relationship that is founded on mutual respect and shared interest, “..and I have come to honour that tradition.” stated Captain Bennett during his visit. During the visit Captain Bennett had the opportunity to discuss some of the main threats facing Belize’s northern border region in the Rio Hondo and adjacent Caribbean Sea. “Narco-Trafficking, particularly by air, is currently the main concern for the Ministry of National Security, and we are grateful for the continued support of the Mexican military.” Bennett said.

Advancing the Business Momentum Between Belize and Mexico
On January 29, 2020, the Embassy of Belize in Mexico and the Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (BELTRAIDE), a statutory body under the Ministry of Economic Development, Petroleum, Investment, Trade and Commerce of the Government of Belize (GOB), hosted a one (1) day seminar focused on advancing the business momentum between both countries. The core objective of the seminar was to enable greater knowledge sharing and dialogue in advancing strategic investment partnerships in Belize, while promoting enterprise development through increased Belizean exports within Mexico.

The BTB and BAS collaborate to enhance tourist facilities at the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary
The Belize Tourism Board (BTB) has partnered once again with the Belize Audubon Society (BAS) to enhance and improve the visitor experience in tourism areas throughout Belize. The CBWS is the world's first jaguar preserve (Est. 1986) and according to BAS statistics it welcomed approximately 10,400 visitors in 2018. The sanctuary ranks fifth out of twelve sites to visit in Belize. Visits to the sanctuary continue to increase due to a growing birdwatching niche market and many adventure activities including camping, river rafting, walking trails and hiking, among others. The sanctuary also serves as the main entrance to Victoria Peak, the highest mountainous peak in the country.

THE BELIZE CITY SWING BRIDGE: SHOULD WE RETIRE THE OLD PATRIOT?
I was reading Albert Vaughan's post yesterday about the Swing Bridge and it had me thinking. I see the Old Bridge similar to a public servant, they serve the people, some for a few years and some for many; however, like many public servants, if you serve long enough, you get to retire with a pension. That is your reward for your years of service. The Old Swing Bridge has been serving British Hondurans, Belizeans and countless tourists for 98 or 97 years depending when you started to count (installed in 1922 and became operational in 1923). Two to three years from now, she will become 100 years old. If she was a human, she would be suffering from a bad case of arthritis and osteoporosis. Even farmers that have mules, horses and donkeys that have served them for many years, put their beast of burden out to pasture after a while.

Update No. 2 – Novel Coronavirus (2019 – nCoV)
The National Surveillance Team of the Ministry of Health is aware that the Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO) has declared that the novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) epidemic is now a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC). The Ministry will be following the developments in this regard so that the relevant changes in terms of response will be mirrored on the ground as they evolve. The Caribbean region still remains at low risk and the declaration of the PHEIC does not mean that there are any changes in terms of travel bans or restrictions. The Ministry of Health continues ongoing discussions with CARPHA and PAHO regional and country offices to keep everyone abreast of the regional response. The Ministry and its partners are monitoring all epidemiological information and surveillance activities in relation to 2019-nCoV.

Establishment of Diplomatic Relations between Belize and Rwanda
The Governments of Belize and the Republic of Rwanda have established diplomatic relations at the ambassadorial level. The signing of the joint communique establishing diplomatic relations took place in New York on January 22, 2020. Signing on behalf of the Government of Belize was Her Excellency Lois M. Young, Permanent Representative of Belize to the United Nations. Her Excellency Valentine Rugwabiza, the Permanent Representative of the Republic of Rwanda to the United Nations, signed on behalf of her country.

Vice President of Colombia Visits Belize
The Vice President of Colombia, H.E. Marta Lucia Ramirez, along with an official delegation visited Belize on January 29, 2020. The purpose of the Vice President’s visit was to strengthen the bilateral relations between Belize and Colombia especially in the areas of trade, investment and commerce. The Vice President met with the Prime Minister Rt. Hon Dean Barrow, the Minister of Foreign Affairs Hon. Wilfred Elrington, and Speaker of the House of Representatives Hon. Laura Longsworth. Members of her delegation also met with the Executive Director of Beltraide, Dr. Leroy Almendarez.

Special Investigative Team Assigned to Investigate Allegations of Misconduct within the Belize Defence Force
The Ministry of National Security informs the public that the Belize Defence Force (BDF) is currently conducting investigations into the alleged misconduct of extortion, maltreatment, sexual assault and sexual advances at Training Company. The Ministry, and by extension the Belize Defence Force, has a zero-tolerance policy, particularly as it pertains to these types of misconduct. The BDF views every single case of sexual assault as a failure to manage and enforce the standard procedures that are in place to protect the recruits that were in training. This matter will be investigated thoroughly and will be dealt with accordingly.

Job Openings at the Statistical Institute of Belize
The Statistical Institute of Belize is currently recruiting to fill positions for interviewers, field supervisors, drivers, editor-coders, administrative assistants, and IT Technicians. On February 3rd and 4th, the Institute will be conducting interviews at the Cayo Welcome Center in San Ignacio Town from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30p.m. To apply, bring along a copy of your diploma, social security card, and bank account information.

2020 Belize Tertiary Options and Opportunity Education Expo
The 2020 Belize Tertiary Options and Opportunity Education Expo is next Wednesday, February 5th. It'll be held at the University of Belize's gymnasium. Students are invited to the event, where they can find out about educational programs and scholarships.

G-Flow Road Race Sunday in Cayo
The G-Flow Road Race is Sunday morning.

BELIZE CITY SOFTBALL ASSOCIATION PRESIDENT DISTRIBUTES EQUIPMENT TO SCHOOLS!!!
Today as part of their Primary School Equipment Grant Programme, Soft Ball Association President Shane Williams, handed over a full set of softball and baseball gears to the Muslim Community Primary School. Mr Williams thanked teacher Cherimae Jones who lobbied on behalf of the school and committed to ensuring the students are properly trained.

Belizean Máasewal cuisine - Waajilbu’ul
Between the Yucatec Maya (Máasewal) of Belize this food is known as Waajilbu’ul (Pan de frijol) . Have heard others call it Oni Waaj . This picture is from a Maya Máasewal family of Yo Chen (Corozal) . If you know another name please let us know .

Inno'on - La oh Membership Recruitment
Wanna be apart our club? Here’s the perfect opportunity! We are looking for new members to join us this semester !!!

Channel 7

Hon. Saldivar Named As Bribe Recipient; He Denies It, Says No Proof
The preliminaries are over and the first witness in the Lev Dermen trial was called today in a Federal Courthouse in Salt Lake City, Utah. The prosecution's first witness was an executive who did business with Washakie Renewable Energy - the company at the center of the half a billion dollar tax fraud case.  Her testimony had no connection to any payments made to any minister in Belize.  The man who's supposed to have a whole lot to say about that is former Washakie CEO, Jacob Kingston and he is expected to take the stand on Monday.    As you may recall, court documents says he will "testify that a government official from Belize was routinely paid $25,000 cash a month by Dermen and that when Dermen could not make the payment himself he would ask Kingston to make the payment on his behalf."

Coronavirus Case Of Interest In Corozal
The World Health Organization today declared the novel Coronavirus epidemic as a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. So what does it mean for us here in Belize? Well, the Ministry of Health says Belize is monitoring a case of interest in the Corozal District but our health officials maintain there is still no cause for panic.  Belize still has no case confirmed and a release says there aren't any developments to warrant worry.   The National Surveillance Team of the Ministry of Health informed that it will be following the developments so that the relevant changes in response is mirrored.

Cop Purses Robbers, Gets Shot At
A cop on a motorcycle had to dodge live fire yesterday afternoon - as he was trialing a suspect vehicle. 47-year old police constable William Woodye dodged the bullets, but lost control of his cycle, crashed into a parked vehicle, and fell to the pavement. And today, the head of CIB, Superintendent Alejandro Cowo told us that the car, a black or blue vehicle, from which shots were fired was a getaway car escaping a robbery: Alejandro Cowo - Supt. OC, CIB: "Yesterday just about 2 pm police constable William Woodaye was on his motorcycle on Mapp street en route to North Front Street when he observed a vehicle passing beside him a suddenly he heard what appeared to be a gunshot..."

It Started With a Robbery
And the robbery from which that getaway car was escaping happened on Nurse Seay street. It happened at 2:00 pm when 42-year-old Lynden flowers were at work at the Happy Home Builder. Flowers says she opened the door for a woman who had been knocking. The woman entered accompanied by an armed man. They demanded money and when Flowers told them that there was no cash in the office she was tied to a chair with plastic straps and robbed of her personal belongings.

No Information About Threat On Ernesto Williams
On Monday we brought you the story of the chilling ambush and execution of club owner Ernesto Williams which occurred on Friday night at the corner of Orange Street and Taylor's Alley. And today Superintendent Cowo told us that police have no knowledge of any prior threat to Willam's life. Alejandro Cowo - Supt. OC, CIB: "Over the past days' several persons have been detained especially from the Pregnant Alley area they have been questioned and they were released as there is not enough evidence to charge anybody at this time there captured.

No Motive In Murder
And, following up another of the five murders between Friday and Tuesday, last Night told you how 24-year-old Delbert Alvarez was killed on a weed run. His family believes that he was targeted for being a strange face in an unfamiliar neighbourhood. And today Superintendent Cowo told us that while Alvarez was known to police he was not known to be involved in that areas feuds. Alejandro Cowo - Supt. OC, CIB: "For the past days in Belize City there was the shooting of Delbert Alvarez which occurred on Tuesday night just before 9 pm at a house located on Cumberbatch street..."

Suspects Detained For Michael Murder
And looking now to another of the recent spree of murders, it was the Monday morning murder that shocked the city. Ronald Micheal was helping a friend clear her yard in the Lake Independence area when he was gunned down and killed. As we told you that area is ridden with gang hostilities between rival groups, and Michael may have been straying from his turf - and that put him in the line of hostile fire. This morning the cops told us that several persons have been detained in connection with this case.

Citco Big Bond Almost Ready
The Belize City's 6 Million dollar Municipal Bond has been in the offing since the middle of last year. But, after many months of fine tuning, it is still in gestation. Today at a media breakfast followed by a sort of, state-of-the-city press. conference, the Mayor told the press it is almost there: Bernard Wagner - Belize City Mayor: "It is just the final draft that is being prepared. When that is completed they will send it to me, the City Administrator and our team will go through it and ensure that all the necessary disclosures are there and after that we go to print, we do a press conference and we launch it.

City Plans To Go On Street Repair Campaign
And while that was the number one issue, the mayor also spoke about the condition of the city's streets.  Now, the former council spent tens of millions of dollars on concrete paving these streets - but - in quite a few areas across the city, the concrete is unravelling - and it's not pretty.  Today, the Mayor discussed this civil works calamity and said his council is prioritizing street repair:

The Sticky Issue Of The Tar Truck
And, we have seen about a dozen tender requests for the paving of city streets.  It's nothing fancy, basic chip and seal - and - aware of the fact that many works contracts are used for political profiteering - we asked why the council doesn't just do it using its own tar truck.   That seemed to prompt some on the spot soul searching:

Mayor Calls Apollo Street an IDB Disaster
But, not tar truck can help on Apollo Street which lies between Belama Phases three and Four.  That is a crater-filled disaster.  And the real shame is that the IDB funded Flood Mitigation Infrastructure Project had recently paved it!  But, it's in a shambles now - and the Mayor and his works Councillor laid the blame at the feet of the IDB and the Ministry of Works:

Swing Bridge Brittle
And moving from that bad street to the oldest bridge in the city, - the mayor says the Belize City swing bridge is in perilous condition.  Now, we've reported lots on the repairs to the bridge's pedestrian walkway, but that was just cosmetic.  Underneath, the bridge's structure is in a STATE.  The mayor and his works councillor discussed it today: Bernard Wagner - Belize City Mayor: "That bridge is in a dire straits of disrepair. It needs urgent attention. Again, we believe at the Council that has to be a collaborative effort from the Council and Central Government and other NGO's and IDB..."

Justice For Jahvis
20-year-old Jahvis Wagner lost his life to gunfire on the eve of Garifuna settlement day. Wagner family and friends say that there had been threats against his life, those threats should have kept him out of Dangriga. But the young man who was dancing shortly before his death could not have been kept away from the celebrations that led to his demise. And Jahvis was the third Wagner to meet his end within the year his stepfather Edwin Felix Nasario was killed in the parking lot of the Southern Regional Hospital in July.

Did Vaccine Cause Andriel's Death?
At the top of the week, we brought you the story of a mother whose newborn baby died under questionable circumstances. On Saturday, Andriel Augustine - who was born in November of 2019 died at a private clinic. His doctor said he had a very high fever and came there with no pulse. The family told police that his health went downhill the day after a vaccination and a high fever. Today police shared the results of the infant's postmortem:

"Extortion, Maltreatment, Sexual Assault And Sexual Advances" At Bdf Recruit Training
106 new BDF soldiers - 6 of them women - will have their formal passing out tomorrow at Price Barracks in Ladyville.  But, they will do so under a cloud - because varied and vile sexual improprieties are alleged to have occurred during their basic training.  And, the allegation is that it came down form the senior personell who was in charge of the training and the female recruits.  A press release this evening says the BDF is currently investigating, quote "alleged misconduct of extortion, maltreatment, sexual assault and sexual advances at Training Company.The BDF views every single case of sexual assault as a failure to manage and enforce the standard procedures that are in place to protect the recruits that were in training.

Library Is A Shilling
The Leo Bradley Library celebrated it's 25th anniversary today.  Now, in terms of social currency, a library in 2020, is not what it was 25 years ago - but Cherisse Halsall found that it's still relevant.  And she went into the archive to make the point:

Knocked Down and Killed Bra'anlee
85-year-old Miguel Sam was killed on Tuesday morning in a fatal accident. It happened in Toledo's Indian Creek Village. Sr. Superintendent Hilberto Romero told us that Sam succumbed to several head and body injuries he sustained during the accident. Sr. Supt. Hilberto Romero: "On Tuesday the 29th day of January 2020 around 11:30 am police responded to a fatal road traffic accident at Indian Creek village in the toledo district upon their arrival Gulliermo Cus 71 years old said he was driving his Mazda pickup..."

City And The Fourth Estate
As we showed you earlier, Belize City Mayor Bernard Wagner and his council had an extended, impromptu press conference today. We say impromptu because it wasn't really planned. It came out of a media breakfast which was organized to iron out the sometimes bumpy relations between the press and Mayor Bernard's council. This culminate din a short lived media boycott of the council in September of last year.

Mayor Says "Definitely Maybe" To Posting City Business Online
And that frank exchange led to another encouraging concession by the mayor.  Our News Director Jules Vasquez brushed him to publish the minutes of council meetings online, as well as contracts and other matters of public interest.  Here's how that exchange went:

Mentally Ill Man Gets 10 Years For Killing Valdez
15 years for a guilty plea on a lesser charge of manslaughter was the sentence handed down to Gilberto Chanek, but he will serve only 10 years. Justice Colin Williams issued the sentence after considering all details in the matter, including two impact statements from family members of Valdez read by Crown Counsel Riis Cattouse. The Justice also took into consideration the mitigating factors that included Chanek's established mental illness, his record of no previous conviction and that a motive for the act was never established. Justice Williams directed that Chanek be treated via a drug rehabilitation program while he is in prison and mandated that fully participates in any psychiatric program in prison.

Channel 5

Independent Investigation into Allegations Against B.D.F.; Victim Speaks Out
The Ministry of National Security has launched an investigation into a number of allegations against members of the Belize Defence Force. On Wednesday night, we broke the story about mounting [...]

Day Four of Lev Dermen’s Fraud Case
An article today in the Salt Lake Tribute directly links Minister John Saldivar to bribes from Lev Dermen and former business partner Jacob Kingston.  The allegation is made by Kingston, [...]

Minister John Saldivar Continues to Deny Allegations
Late this evening, Minister John Saldivar issued a press statement denying the article in the Salt Lake Tribune.  He says that the article suggests that Jacob Kingston will testify that [...]

All Hell Breaking Loose; Shyne Hits Back at Faber
All hell is breaking loose in an internal war in the U.D.P. which is ten days away from a convention to settle leadership. On Wednesday, DPM Faber, who is vying [...]

Everal Gray is Charged for Murder of Jahvin Wagner
Turning to crime, police provided updates today to a number of murders under investigation. Police say that Belize City resident Everal Gray is the gunman that executed Jahvin Wagner back [...]

Delbert Alvarez’s Murder Not Gang Related
Why was Delbert Alvarez killed? It remains a mystery for the family and the police, who have been on the ground trying to crack the case. Alvarez was gunned down [...]

Still No Arrests in Murder of Ernesto Williams
Ernesto Williams, the proprietor of Sky Deck on Baymen Avenue, Belize City, was executed on January twenty-fourth as he left a friend’s residence on Orange Street. Surveillance footage in the [...]

Is Gang War in Martin’s Motive for Murder of Ronald Michael?
Is ongoing gang war in the Saint Martin’s area of Belize City the motive behind the January twenty-seventh murder of Ronald Michael? Police say that it is one of the [...]

Former U.D.P. City Council Operated on $800K Net Deficit, says Bernard Wagner
The Belize City Council today hosted the media for a breakfast meeting as a way to mend relations. We’ll tell you how that went later on in the newscast but [...]

Former City Administrator Receiving Monthly Installments from Belize CitCo
Mayor Bernard Wagner also spoke about the council’s legal battle with former City Administrator Candice Miller who is now employed at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital. Before the People’s United [...]

Fatal Accident in Indian Creek Village
In southern Belize, there was a fatal road traffic accident in Indian Creek Village. Police say a notice of intended prosecution has been issued to Guillermo Cus and blood samples [...]

Still No Arrests or Motive for PG Murder
Over the weekend, there were two murders in southern Belize for which police say that investigation is ongoing, despite no arrests being made. In the first instance in Punta Gorda, [...]

No Progress in Dangriga Murder Investigation
But there has been little progress in the murder of Darrel Laurie. The father of two and owner of the popular Hide & Seek in the Bushes Bar and Chill [...]

Shooter in Mapp Street Incident Linked to Robbery on Nursey Street
As we had reported on Wednesday, a shot was fired at Police Constable William Woodeye on Mapp Street in Belize City. Fortunately, he wasn’t hit, but Woodeye lost control of [...]

Michelle Brown and Kenrick Longsworth Appear in Court
This morning, a pair of high-profile inmates on remand at the Belize Central Prison were transported to Belize City where they were set to appear before the courts.  Twenty-seven-year-old Kenrick [...]

Anthony Reyes is Freed of Murder Charge
Also in the Supreme Court, the prosecution entered a nolle prosequi for lack of evidence in the murder case against Anthony Reyes rendering him a free man on Wednesday. He [...]

Colombia’s Vice President Visits Belize
Colombia’s Vice President Marta Lucia Ramirez was in Belize on Wednesday. The Vice President arrived with an official delegation as a way to strengthen the bilateral relations between Belize and [...]

Belize National Library Service Celebrates 25th Anniversary
The Belize National Library Service celebrated its twenty-fifth anniversary with all day activities in Belize City. We stopped in at the festivities where students were hosted for lunch and educational [...]

Mayor Wagner Updates on Municipal Bond
Belize City Mayor Bernard Wagner is preparing to launch a bond and prospectus. The City Council’s plan is to increase revenue by selling bonds. Wagner says that the limit of [...]

Belize City Council to Focus on Streets
Mayor Wagner says that going forward the Belize City Council will focus on fixing and rehabilitating the condition of streets that have been obstructing the good quality of life of [...]

Mayor Bernard Promises to Make Himself More Accessible to the Media
Members from several media houses today attended a breakfast meeting hosted by the Belize City Council. The purpose of the gathering was for the council to restore relations with the [...]

Meet the Belize City Defenders of the 2020 NEBL Season
In tonight’s newscast, we feature another Belize City team competing in the 2020 season of the National Elite Basketball League. Like other teams across the league, the Belize City Defenders [...]

Jalsa Salana Comes Up on February 1st
The sixth annual convention hosted by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at in Belize will be held this Saturday at the ITVET here in Belize City.  Otherwise known as the Jalsa Salana, [...]

Ahmadiyya Basketball League Kicks off 6th Year
The sixth year of the Ahmadiyya Basketball League also gets underway on February second and it will run for the next three months.  The association will feature forty teams competing [...]

Healthy Living: What You Need to Know About the *New* Coronavirus
Today, the World Health Organization declared the new coronavirus outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. This type of declaration is a rare designation used only for the worst [...]

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The media and Belize City Mayor, Bernard Wagner, had working breakfast
Belize City Mayor Bernard Wagner and several City Councilors had a working breakfast this morning at City Hall. Following the breakfast, members of the media engaged the Mayor and his Councilors with questions and a wide range of issues, from street repairs to the municipal bond; Mayor Wagner said the Council would release the prospectus very shortly.

Murder on Mahogany Street
There was a shooting incident a short while ago on Mahogany Street. The victim has been identified as Tony Roches.

The Reporter

U.S Media Covering The Lev Dermen Case: Kingston Says Saldivar Received Money
The name of Minister John Saldivar has been called by the foreign media covering the trial of Lev Dermen and others accused of perpetrating a $500M fraud.

LOVE FM

Saldivar in hot water again
Minister John Saldivar is back in the headlines tonight after a US newspaper has fingered him as the Belize Government Minister who received cash bribes from Lev Dermen. The article is dated today and indicates that a list of witnesses has been provided to the jurors including Jacob Kingston and three of his relatives who were all partners with Dermen in an oil scheme that stole half-billion dollars from the US Government. The article notes, quote, “Jacob Kingston also is expected to testify about how he and Dermen bribed a Belize security minister named John Saldivar.

CitCo states that swing bridge has to be a collaborative effort
The last we heard of the Swing Bridge was that the father of the City Manager who has no engineering certification was doing repairs on the bridge. William Bill Lindo went on record to say he is not certified and that the repairs would cost more than estimated and will take longer than initially proposed.

BDF recruit files complaint of Sexual Assault against one of her senior officers
A Belize Defence Force recruit has reportedly lodged a complaint against a senior officer on the grounds of sexual assault and the abuse of authority. Love News understands that the matter is under investigation and that no charges have been filed as yet against the accused persons.

No Coronavirus in Belize says MOH
The Ministry of Health has confirmed that there are no confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Belize or the region. Despite this fact, Dr. Marvin Manzanero, Director of Health Services assured Love News that all complaints are taken seriously and are immediately investigated.

Prospectus for municipal bond to be announced next week
Back in December, the Mayor of Belize city, Bernard Wagner, stated that the City Council was planning to float a municipal bond. According to him, more than 6.5 million dollars are committed in bonds.

CitCo and the media mend ties
Last year, a rift between the local media and the Belize City Council ended in a quasi-boycott of Citco events. To give some context, several media houses had been constantly contacting Citco for interviews on various topics, but specifically about the municipal bond.

Cop escapes unharmed from city shooting
Yesterday we reported to you that Police Constable William Woodeye who was shot at on Mapp Street Belize City. The Police Officer was not shot but while avoiding the gunshots he collided into another vehicle and fell off his motorcycle. Today, Superintendent Alejandro Cowo, confirmed that the incident was in connection with a robbery that occurred on Nurse Seay Street.

John Saldivar named in Dermen scandal
Earlier we told you about an article in the Salt Lake Tribune that named John Saldivar as the minister who was receiving bribes from Lev Dermen. Saldivar has responded via a press release in which he maintains innocence.

Working together to address narco-trafficking
Captain Elton Bennett was in Chetumal, Quintana Roo yesterday on an official visit to the 11th Naval Zone of the Mexican Navy. During his visit, Captain Bennett met with his counterpart to discuss narco-trafficking and other threats facing the northern border region.

Screening tourists at our airports as a preventative measure
The Novel strain of the Coronavirus continues to be the discussion among health officials in the Caribbean region. Today members of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) met in Belize City with local officials to discuss the Coronavirus situation. Love News met up with the Director of Health Services, Dr. Marvin Manzanero, who told us that the meeting serves as an update on the pandemic

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Fisherman reported missing
Authorities are asking the public to be on the lookout for Khris Gentle, 26, a […]

Man targeted in Ebony Street shooting becomes latest murder victim
The country’s latest homicide victim is Tony Roaches, 21. Roaches was in the vicinity of […]

One injured in Ebony Street shooting in Belize City
Minutes ago a man was shot in Belize City. Details are limited at this time […]

John Saldivar: ‘PUP media houses attempting to smear my name’
Earlier today, various media houses in Belize referred to an article in the Salt Lake […]

Police say no foul play in death of 2-month-old baby
On Tuesday we reported that a 2-month-old child died after being vaccinated. Melissa Castillo, the mother […]

Jahvin Wagner’s alleged killer charged
Everal Alexander Gray, 35, has been charged with murder. It is believed that he gunned down […]

World Health Organization declares Coronavirus a global health emergency
The World Health Organization (WHO) today declared the novel coronavirus a global health emergency. The […]

Ex-employee charged with stealing company money and lying about it
A former driver for a Ladyville construction company is accused of reportedly stealing his employer’s […]

Deadly surprise attack draws 15-year prison sentence
San Pedro Town resident Gilberto Chanek pleaded guilty to manslaughter and was today handed a sentence […]

Novel coronavirus update: Ministry of Health monitoring ‘case of interest’ in Corozal
The National Surveillance Team of the Ministry of Health issued a statement saying that it […]

Belize City man jailed for unlicensed firearm and ammunition
Adrian Sanchez, 20, a construction worker of Police Street, will serve a concurrent sentence of twelve […]

Crown will not proceed with murder trial of Anthony Reyes
A nolle prosequi, indicating that the Crown will not proceed with trial, was entered Wednesday for […]

“Light bill going up, just not yet,” says BEL
Belize Electricity Limited (BEL), in its recent projections submitted to the Public Utilities Commission (PUC), […]

BBN Salutes first Man of Steel
Last year’s celebration of International Men’s Day brought with it the revelation that many Belizeans […]

Duo rob Happy Home Builder in Belize City
Authorities are investigating a report of a robbery that occurred around 2:00 p.m. yesterday. Lynden […]

Police officer crashes cycle after being fired at
Authorities are investigating an accident that occurred around 2:10 p.m. yesterday. Police constable William Woodey […]

Blogs

10 Super Bowl LIV Parties on Ambergris Caye
Several Super Bowl LIV parties on Ambergris Caye are happening island-wide, and I try to list as many as I can however it is often last-minute that promotions go up. Just like last year, it is quite possible a few bars will still submit info and late notice parties will get added to the list. Even if you are not a football fan, pick a party or two if you are feeling social. It is always fun watching people get excited and cheer at the TV.

Belize Scuba Diving – Learn How to Scuba Dive in Belize
While you can go diving without being certified, it may be best to seek certification. Fortunately, gaining certification as a diver means that you are set for life as it never expires. If you want to fully enjoy what Belize has to offer and you want to become certified as a diver, you will want to enroll in an “open water” diving course. Open water is a term used to describe any body of water that is not confined, such as an ocean or lake. Before you can set out into the deep, you will first need to confirm that you are physically fit to dive and sign some documents. While there are multiple diving schools, such as PADI and SSI, their curricula are similar enough to not be a problem. Most courses are finished in only 3 or 4 days.

Top New Hotels and Tourism Openings in Belize – January 2020
Placencia is taking the top spot for the newest openings in Belize! Between the end of 2019 and the first month of 2020, Placencia has seen 4 new openings that should not be missed! Developed by the owner of Coconut Carts, Terry Beck has created what is set to be the most convenient ferry on the island, taking guests from downtown San Pedro to Secret Beach by boat. Guests staying south of the bridge in San Pedro no longer has to make the 45-50 minute golf cart ride to visit Secret Beach, they can jump on the coconut ferry and take the easy-breezy route. Below has the hours of operation and schedule.

Top Reasons to Visit Belize for Spring Break 2020
Forget about the chaotic and overcrowded shores of Miami Beach. Belize has them beat, and you have plenty of beaches to choose from when you're looking to plan your nighttime bonfire or mid-afternoon sunbathing spots. Caye Caulker knows how to throw a party, and the hub of activity is Lazy Lizard - a laid back spot known for its juicy burgers and cold and delicious drinks. Looking for something a little more laid back? The laid back beach of Placencia is the perfect destination. This chill little beach village hasn't lost its charm or personality despite its increased prominence over the past few years.

Placencia Airport Runway Closure
Thanks to a Tropic Air update, I just learned that the Belize Airports Authority (BAA) has informed Tropic that the runway at the Placencia airport will be getting a facelift in 2020 including repaving, lengthening, widening and the installing of runway lighting. This important airstrip maintenance and closure is scheduled from May 1st to September 30th. The BAA is working on procedures of getting a close alternate airstrip operational, and details will be forthcoming. Meanwhile, please note that all Tropic Air Placencia flight reservations during that time frame will be corrected to include the temporary service runway when it is official – Stay tuned. Due to all the changes, it is suggested to factor in an extra hour for travel times during this 5 month period.

Kelly McGuire Performs at the Opening of a ReBranded Bar in San Pedrito
Every year, about this time, Kelly McGuire, a popular singer songwriter from Texas, USA, rolls into San Pedro, Belize to celebrate his birthday on his very favorite tropical island. I met him over 10 years ago when he performed at the bar I was managing, the Tacklebox…it seems like many lifetimes ago. And I’ve seen him just about every year since. The infamous Captain Iguana’s Sports Bar has been substantially expanded and re-done. A HUGE dock space and marina have been built at the back – and there are new owners. And a new name – Salty Anchor.

A Day for the Kids in Belize
Stop by the Museum of Belize. With amazing exhibits on Belize’s rich history, your child is sure to leave with a wealth of knowledge. If your child is into creepy crawlers, be sure to stop at the Insect of Belize exhibit to see the vast majority of bugs found throughout the country. The Blue Morpho Butterfly is also on display as well as other moths and winged insects. Looking for more playtime? Then head on over to Nana’s Playland. This amazing playhouse is in walking distance from the pizza house. The playhouse has a huge ball-pit your kids will love to fall into and also a small rock climbing wall.

Videos

  • How to have the proper nutrition in your later years, 31min. Nutritionist Doris Sutherland was our guest to share important information on how to have the proper nutrition in your later years. One important tip she gave is to schedule your water intake as elderly people feel less thirsty and may forget to stay hydrated.

  • The Belize Protectors - Baker to Vegas 2020 competition, 29min. The Belize Protectors is preparing to defend their title at the Baker to Vegas 2020 competition. They are currently fundraising to cover the cost of their participation. We talked with the team about the experience and how you can help

  • Vice-Chancellor’s Forum - Demystifying the Coronavirus (2019n-CoV), min.

  • Belize Máasewal Cuisine - Waajilbu'ul, 2min. Between the Yucatec Maya (Máasewal) of Belize this food is known as Waajilbu’ul (Pan de frijol) . Have heard others call it Oni Waaj . This video is from a Maya Máasewal family of Yo Chen (Corozal) .

  • Ambergris Caye Diving Belize 2019, 15min.

  • Reducing use of plastics, 1/2min. Up to 34 billion plastic bottles become marine pollution, each year. Our oceans are drowning in plastic pollution, and beverage companies can help address this crisis. Just a 10% increase in the market share of beverages sold in refillable bottles in coastal countries could reduce PET bottle marine plastic pollution by 22%.

  • Recipient of the 2020 Commonwealth Caribbean Rhodes Scholarship, 58min. Abbie Godoy brought some inspiration for your Hump Day! She is the recipient of the 2020 Commonwealth Caribbean Rhodes Scholarship. She talked with us about the process and what she hopes to accomplish with the opportunity.

  • Belize spearfishing first time scuba diving (invasive species: lionfish), 1.5min. First time spearfishing.

  • Caye Caulker, Belize, 15min. A short video of 4 wonderful days on this beautiful island in Belize. Love this place!

  • Belize n The Dive Bar Music Festival n Wahoo Fishing Tournament, 6min. A weekend in San Pedro, Belize on Ambergris Caye was filled with Music and Fish. An exciting time for the locals to see all their favorite fishing teams bringing in the big ones plus another year of Music with the Gasoline Lollipops from Boulder, Colorado and many local bands as well.

  • Secret Beach in San Pedro, Belize, 10min.

  • Today at a Máasewal kitchen at the Maya Village of Yo Chen Corozal, 3min.