Today's Belize News: February 4, 2020
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The San Pedro Sun
Prime Minister Barrow Receives OAS Secretary-General
This morning the Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow and Minister of Foreign Affairs Hon. Wilfred Elrington received H.E. Luis Almagro, Secretary-General of the Organization of American States (OAS), at the Laing Building in Belize City.
The Prime Minister and the Secretary-General took the opportunity to discuss hemispheric and regional issues as well as bilateral relations with Guatemala. The Secretary-General presented an update of the work of the OAS Office in the Adjacency Zone especially in the areas of promoting a culture of peace and conducting verifications.
Establishment of Diplomatic Relations between Belize and Rwanda
he 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.
Free Eye Exams By BelizeKids.Org At The Lions Den
BelizeKids.org is a non-profit organization focused on helping kids in Belize. Currently they are only on our beautiful island of Ambergris Caye but plan to expand to help kids throughout the country. Doctors are back on the island and are offering free eye exams in collaboration with the Belize Council for the Visually Impaired (BCVI).
The Destructive Nature Of Gillnets Strikes Again
On Friday, January 31, 2019, the Belize Coast Guard busted three fishermen in the Manatee Bar Mouth area who were in possession of illegal gillnets and fisheries products.
These fishermen, one Belizean and two Guatemalans with naturalization documents, were also operating with expired fisherfolk licenses.
They were in possession of a variety of nets, three of which exceeded the legal limit of 1,000 feet per net. Also found in their position were 9 barrels and several coolers of varied marine product, including shark meat. The total marine product is estimated to be worth over $40,000.
Tropic Air Accepts Delivery Of A Beech 1900D Aircraft
Tropic Air announces that on Friday, January 31st, it accepted delivery if its first Beech 1900D aircraft. The 1900D is a modern, twin engine, 19 passenger, regional airliner. It arrived at the the Philip Goldson International Airport in Belize City at 4:15pm after a ferry flight from the USA. The airliner is to enter revenue service shortly on Tropic Air's main international routes from Belize City to Cancun, Roatan and Flores.
"The 1900D is a world class airliner. It is fast, pressurized, spacious, and has a stand-up cabin with glass cockpit," said John Greif III, President of Tropic Air. "This is a significant investment for Tropic Air, and we are excited to be the first in Belize and in Central America to fly it in passenger service."
Various Belizean Sources
South Ambergris Caye Neighbourhood Watch Meeting
We hope you are enjoying yourselves either on the island or in your other home town. The February general meeting of the members will be held at Someplace South Cafebar this month. Come a little early and enjoy dinner before the meeting.
San Pedro JPs & CSC Meeting
Attention San Pedro Justices of the Peace & Commissioners of the Supreme Court! Our first meeting of the New Year will be on Wednesday, February 5th at 7PM at San Pedro High School in Room 1G. Things to discuss include the AGM, new passport procedures and more. Please make every effort to attend. For more info contact Clive Welsh at 605-6123.
Mr. Gonzalo Valdez Sr. passes away
Mayor Daniel Guerrero, the San Pedro Town Council and Staff would like to extend its sincere condolences to the Valdez friends and family on the passing of Mr. Gonzalo Valdez Sr.
We hope his friends and family find the strength in each other to over come this great loss. May his soul rest in peace.
Closure of the Manatee Bridge
The Ministry of Works informs the public that the Manatee Bridge at Mile 15 on the Manatee Road (Coastal Road) is closed to vehicular traffic, effective immediately until February 7th, to enable urgent repairs to be carried out on the bridge.
All motorists are advised to use the Hummingbird Highway for access to the southern districts during this period.
The Ministry of Works regrets the inconvenience caused by the closure of the bridge.
Partial Remission of LAND TAX ARREARS Programme (2019/2020) Continues
HOBBS BEERS can be purchased at the following quick stop places
Among the Classic Maya (A.D. 250-850), painting was the primary expressive aesthetic medium.
Fresco paintings on exterior and interior walls of Maya buildings was very common- the renowned murals of Bonampak (Chiapas, Mexico) are the only large scale survivors of this pan-Maya tradition.
Painting on cloth and paper was central to Classic Maya artistic ventures. However, most of this legacy has been lost due to social and natural environmental factors which contributed to its destruction. The primary surviving example of Classic Maya painting is pictorial polychrome pottery; it survived because of its durability and the protection of the tombs it was buried in.
UDP Claims Unity Amidst Contention and Controversy Of Convention
International scandal may be biting at the heels of the UDP's John Saldivar, but, that's not stopping the UDP from going headlong into its February 9th leadership convention.
That's the message coming out of the party's National Party Council meeting on Saturday morning at its national headquarters. 7News was there and here's what the vibe was like:
The UDP National Party Council meeting ended at 11:30 - it had lasted about an hour.
The party brass filed out, they seemed amiable - and the mood light, there were no visible or palpable tensions. And the message was unity:
BNTU Won' t Take "Any More Excuses"
And while that fuse is burning for Saldivar in Utah, another is burning in Belize for the other leadership candidate, Patrick Faber. As we've been reporting - the Teachers Union is not happy with the Ministry of Education for changes it wants to make to the Education Rules. The Union has already taken a poll of its members asking if they want to take industrial action. And tomorrow they meet with the Minister of Education. Today, at a press conference held by the National Trade Union Congress of Belize, we asked what was the result of that poll:
"Are you able to say what came out of the poll that the teachers nationally took, the union took on whether it should proceed with industrial action?"
NTUCB With BNTU Against GOB
Today the Trade Union Congress held a press conference to discuss UNCAC, and the government's failures. But, it also used the opportunity to make government know that it has the teachers union's back:
Marvin Mora - President NTUCB:
"I find it absolutely ridiculous that they are being pushed around and not given the chance to sit down in earnest and make some meaningful suggestions as to how else these issues at hand can be addressed. For us at the congress, it was clear but we cannot allow our sister union to stand on its own in regards to this matter. We're asking again, the Minister of Education to pay heed to the call of the union."
NUTCB Wants Political Will On UNCAC, or Else
And while that fire is burning on Patrick Faber's lawn, the labour agitation and disgruntlement also extends to the office of Attorney General Mike Peyrefitte. Today the NTUCB press conference was about UNCAC - the United Nation Convention Against Corruption - and what the Unions feel is government's lack of will to implement it. President of the NTUCB Marvin Mora says there are implications for stringing them along:
Marvin Mora - President NTUCB:
"And the implications of a government who has failed to act in the implementation of those recommendations to ensure that the passage of the UNCAC is full and complete in our country... "
Two Killings in Concepcion
It was a tragic and brutal weekend for the northern village of Concepcion, two men in their 30's fatally stabbed in unrelated incidents.
Cherisse Halsall travelled to the Corozal district to find out about 37-year-old Juan David Mendez and 34-year-old Daniel Cano. We start with Mendez, who after a hard day of work was looking forward to sharing a few beers with his brother.
The first of the killings happened on Saturday night. Daniel and Juan David Mendez were heading home when they met with a friend near their neighborhood store.
Questions Around Can' s Killing In Concepcion
The Cano family in Concepcion also wants justice for their brother, Daniel. He met his death at the house of a neighbour and friend. Now, we examine the series of events that led to his fatal stabbing.
And Shortly after the break of day, the village of Concepcion saw bloodshed once again. Antonio Andersen could never have believed that the actions of his visiting nephew would turn his yard into a murder scene.
Antonio Anderson - Friend of the deceased:
"Well we were socializing at my house we were good we were having a good moment and we were drinking a couple of beers and he was there, right, ok when the young man got there who is my nephew right, he arrived with his car..."
Police have suspects in custody for both cases and are expected to bring charges shortly.
Bus With Medical Students Flips
There was a scary accident on the Philip Goldson Highway this morning which ended with a bus full of medical students overturned on the shoulder of the road.
It happened sometime before 10 a.m near mile 7. This bus was transporting medical students to the Ladyville campus of the Columbus Central University School of Medicine. It is unclear what happened, but the driver lost control of the bus. It then swerved off to the side, then in the nearby bushes, where It ended up overturned. Although the accident was no doubt a scary experience, all of the passengers escaped serious harm.
Bust Stop Beat Up
A man was beaten up at a bus stop on Saturday morning, and it was caught on security camera.
Emory Gonzalez was waiting at the bus stop in front of old Belize at mile 5 on the Western Highway when three men pulled up in a car, and beat him mercilessly. It only lasted for a few seconds before they jumped back in their car and sped off.
Police told us they know who did it:
Sup. Alejandro Cowo- OC CIB:
"Police are investigating this matter. I believe that Mr. Gonzalez was readmitted at the hospital this morning. We have interviewed him for a very short time. But what we have gathered so far is that he was in the company of another female, of a female person..."
Man Claims Cops Tortured Him With Hot Water
On week Friday's news, we told you about the allegation of police abuse by the Belize City family of Francis Nolberto. According to them, he was detained by police, and while he was in their custody, an officer threw hot water on him and scalded his face and chest.
He was allegedly picked up by police for questioning on Friday about a stolen cellular phone, and while he was at Mahogany Street Station, an officer maliciously threw the scalding hot water on him.
It's a disturbing allegation of abuse, and this morning, we got a chance to speak with Nolberto who has since been released from custody without charge.
Mans Says Cops Beat Him For No Reason
And tonight, there is another complaint of abuse of police authority coming from a family living on the Belize City's Southside.
This time, the alleged victim is Oliver Sutherland, a resident of Collet Canal, which is near to the Conch Shell Bay area. He and his family say that for a number of years now, police teams have visited their homes to conduct searches for illegal drugs and weapons. They say they have always shown respect for these officers, and that they have never tried to obstruct them from doing their jobs.
According to Sutherland's family, however, on Saturday morning at around 8:00, a team of police officers from 2 special units barged into their homes and put a beatdown on him.
Khris Gentle Drowned, Family Says
Tonight, the Belize City family of 26-year-old Khris Gentle continues to mourn his untimely passing at sea. All indications at this time are that he drowned while he was fishing.
The last time his family saw him alive was on last week Tuesday when he left the city on a fishing trip to Augustine Bogue Island. According to relatives, the Conch Shell Bay resident was recently hired as a fisherman, and although he left with his boss, he asked to stay a few days longer. That employer returned ahead of him, it wasn't until Thursday that his family became concerned and reported him missing to police.
Law enforcement authorities began searching areas near his employer's fishing camp, and on Sunday, his decomposed body was discovered near Banister Caye.
Police Say No Foul Play in Gentle Death
And, this afternoon Police told us they have reached pretty much the same conclusion, that it was not foul play:
Sup. Alejandro Cowo- OC CIB:
"What we know is that Mr. Gentle was reported missing last week by family members and that he had went fishing along with others and he was left behind in the island. Apparently he went fishing and that is when family members went on the following day and found that he was not on the island and they began to do a search of the area. It was until Saturday morning that his body was discovered."
Masked, Armed Robbers At Reimer's Belmopan
And, going now to Belmopan - Reimer's Feed Mill on Forest Drive, was targeted by armed burglars again - but this time, the security guard was ready.
It happened at around 2:00 on Saturday morning when 27 year old guard Eleuterio Reyes had to "lick shot" to drive off three masked men - who weren't afraid to fire back. Police told us more:
Sr. Supt. Hilberto Romero- NCIB:
"On Sunday the 2nd day of February 2020 Eleuterio Cruz, security guard at Reimers Feed Miller in Belmopan reported that he was alerted by his dog to a particular area. Open making checks he observed three masked male persons in the compound at which point he drew his issued 9 mm pistol and asked the persons to freeze..."
Charged For Killing Kajoan
And, in other crime news, a man has been charged for the murder of Kajoan Roches - who was killed on Thursday night in Belize City. The 21 year old was killed on Ebony Street as he hung out with friends. Today, police say the target was one of those friends and Kajoan was collateral damage:
Sup. Alejandro Cowo - OC CIB:
"Reference the fatal shooting of Kajoan Tony Roachez, which occurred on Thursday night, on Sunday police arrested and charged Adrian Claud Swasey, 22 years, for that shooting incident..."
Caye Caulker Man Accused of Shooting At Cop
And, police have arrested a man from Caye Caulker for shooting at a police officer last week Thursday.
It happened on Wednesday when a police on motorbike was pursuing a van that had just been in a robbery. That;That's when someone form inside the van fired a shot at the cop, who wasn't hit, but crashed don his motorbike. Police told us about their suspect:'
Simplex Makes Simple Exit From PSU Land Case
The Public Service Union's fight for their Hilltop Headquarters has landed in the Supreme Court in front of Justice Courtney Abel.
Viewers will remember the very public dispute that the PSU had with the Belmopan City Council after the council sold the property to the private company, Simplex Design Limited, in 2018. The PSU cried foul because according to them, this property had been the union's base of operations for almost 20 years. They say that they should have been given the first opportunity to buy because the 2001 lease agreement with the Belmopan City Council gave them what is known as "overriding interest" on the property.
He Won Almost Half A Mil
A man from San Felipe village, Orange Walk is almost half a million dollars richer, tonight. That's after he won Saturday's Fantasy Five jackpot of $424,000 dollars.
Ryan Manuel Padron today picked up the winning prize of $360,400 dollars - which is the figure after taxes. He spoke off-camera about how he picked the winning number:
Fantasy Five For The Kids
And besides that big cash prize, Fantasy 5 also gave a little something to Belize's favourite grassroots philanthropist. No other than Joel "Dara" Robinson. In the last few weeks, Dara has received marked support for his Feeding Program.
Sunday Morning City Shootings
Turning back now to crime news - there was a trio of shootings on Sunday morning in Belize City.
It started on Consuelo Street and then jumped over to the Jane Usher Boulevard. Police told us more:
Kicked Up At KHMH, Assailant Found Guilty
35-year-old John Burke is at awaiting a sentence from Justice Colin Williams after a jury of 5 women and 4 men found him guilty of dangerous harm for a beatdown inside the KHMH. That jury couldn't come to a decision on the guilt or innocence of his co-accused, 37-year-old Kareem Eagan.
The incident occurred between on the morning of August 1st, 2016 at the KHMH. The complainant, Mario Zelaya, testified in the trial that he was walking from the emergency section of the hospital. He said he was going into the corridor of the main entrance when he was attacked by Burke and Eagan. He said Burke punched him in his face, and when he fell to the floor, both men began to kick him.
Aragon And The Audit
And, finally tonight, some politics. On Saturday at the UDP National Party Council meeting, we got to ask former Minister of State Elodio Aragon about the Audi of the National Sports Council. It finds huge cases of fraud, wastage, and mismanagement. He said he asked for the audit when he took over:
Hon. Elodio Aragon - UDP OW East:
"In terms of that having been my ministry, I want you all to know that when I took over was right after that. It is actually us who called in for an audit and in terms of looking at the way forward..."
UDP's First Leaders' Convention - A Ballot Only For Ultra-Loyalists
And, we also got to ask Party Chairman Alberto August about the 570 delegates who will vote for the new leader of the UDP.
That's going to happen at Sunday's National Convention where only UDP's ultra loyalists who have been elected as delegates will get to pick the new leader.
August told us who comprises that select 570:
Alberto August - Chairman, UDP:
"Our party is 570 delegates of our party comprise several blocks within our party. The biggest voting bloc comes out of the constituency. Every constituency has 16 delegates, so if you times the 16 by 31, that is going to give you 496 delegates..."
Fraud Case Against Lev Dermen Continues, News Five Reporter in Salt Lake City
Reporter Hipolito Novelo is currently in snowy Salt Lake, Utah, where the case of Lev Dermen is taking place. The sitting was postponed this morning and resumed in the afternoon. [...]
Daniel Cano is Knifed to Death in Concepcion
There were two stabbing deaths over the weekend and both happened in the same village up north. Death came for Daniel Cano as he was hanging out and having a [...]
Murder in Concepcion, Corozal
The village which lies along the Philip Goldson Highway is not known for violence so when a second body was discovered over the weekend, it sent the community in shock. [...]
Alleged Killer is Charged; Kajoan Tony Roches was Not Intended Target
Police have arrested and charged one man for the shooting murder of Kajoan Tony Roches. Today, Adrian Claude Swasey appeared before the court where he was charged with a single [...]
Multiple Shootings in the City; Fortunately, No Fatalities
There was a string of shootings in the city on Sunday. The shootings all happened in a small area and police say that at least two of the incidents may [...]
3 on 1 Beat Down; Police Looking for the Perps!
Forty-one-year-old Emory Gonzalez was brutally attacked by three men while he and a woman waited at the entrance of Old Belize on the George Price Highway. The attack happened over [...]
Classes Delayed at Trial Farm Gov’t School Where Student Attacked Teacher
The start of classes at Trial Farm Government School in Orange Walk District was delayed for two hours this morning as teachers met with Ministry of Education officials. The meeting [...]
N.T.U.C.B. Comments on Lev Dermen and UNCAC
The trade unions are galvanizing and this time they are taking aim at government on a number of issues that are pertinent to their respective organizations. Today, the Christian Workers [...]
Trade Union Congress Gives G.O.B. Ultimatum on UNCAC
Attorney General Michael Peyrefitte, when last he gave an update on the implementation of the United Nations Convention Against Corruption in December of last year, reported that the UN had [...]
N.T.U.C.B. President Says Despite its Position, It Must Act Responsibly
While the N.T.U.C.B. has given government until the end of the month to prove itself, the congress says it is equally mindful of the adverse effects that its actions may [...]
N.T.U.C.B. Also Gat Teechaz’s Bak
Standing in solidarity with B.N.T.U. and the plight of its membership, the National Trade Union Congress of Belize committed to having the teachers’ backs as they continue to grapple with [...]
Strong Words from B.N.T.U. to M.O.E.
B.N.T.U. President Elena Smith was also present at this afternoon’s press conference which was held at its headquarters here in Belize City. Aside from the full support that the teachers [...]
Stevedores Affected by Drought, Sugar Loading Threatens Livelihoods
The Christian Workers Union also met today in a lengthy session with Minister of State Tracy Panton to discuss issues several that are affecting waterfront workers at the Port of [...]
Cabinet to be Apprised of Stevedore Concerns
News Five also spoke with Junior Minister Panton who says she will register those concerns with cabinet colleagues, including Minister of Finance, Prime Minister Dean Barrow. Tracy Panton, Minister [...]
B.C.C.I. Issues Release on Petrocaribe Ruling
The Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry has issued a statement on the unprecedented ruling on Friday, in which Chief Justice Kenneth struck down the Petrocaribe Loans Act and declared [...]
Former B.D.F. Captain Shares her Personal Story
Since our first story aired about the allegations of assault, extortion and abuse at the B.D.F., the Ministry of National Security has assigned a team to investigate the reports. As [...]
Retired B.D.F. Captain Calls for H.R.C.B. to Investigate Abuse Allegations
Castillo says that she believes it has never been the B.D.F.’s priority to address the issue, but she calls on other women who have experienced the abuse to come forward [...]
Retired B.D.F. Major Calls for Proper Investigation
And on the topic of the B.D.F., today we spoke with a former major in the B.D.F. Oscar Mira is retired from the force, but when the news broke, he [...]
The Body of Khris Gentle is Discovered; Postmortem Says He Drowned
A post-mortem conducted today on the body of Khris Gentle shows that he died from asphyxia due to drowning. Gentle’s body was discovered on Saturday morning sometime just before seven-thirty. [...]
Anthony Parks Succumbs; Will Shane Bennett be Charged for Murder?
Anthony Parks has died as a result of gunshot injuries he sustained on January twenty-second. As we reported last month, Parks was shot multiple times and police had arrested and [...]
Caye Caulker Resident Charged for Shooting at Cop on Mapp Street
Police have arrested and charged one man for firing shots at a Police Constable. In last week’s news we reported on how PC William Woodye narrowly escaped a hail of [...]
Bus with University Students Overturns on Philip Goldson Highway
There was a minor road traffic accident around ten this morning. A school bus driven by Lucas Navarro was carrying medical students from Columbus Central University School of Medicine when [...]
Burglary at Reimer’s Feed Mill in Belmopan
A security guard at Reimer’s Feed Mill in Belmopan reported to police that three men attempted to break into the business. The watchman told police that in the early hours [...]
James Adderly & the Weekend Sporting News
Good evening, I’m James Adderly and this is Sports Monday. [Highlights of the weekend sporting activities....]
Bus carrying medical students overturns
We have received reports of an accident near Mile 7 on the Philip Goldson Highway. A bus carrying medical students overturned.
R.T.A At Mile 7 On The Northern Hwy.
The Reporter has learned of a road traffic accident near mile 7 on the Phillip Goldson Highway that resulted in an overturned bus. We understand that the bus was transporting medical students ...
Ahmadiyya Basketball league 2020
The Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at community in Belize kicked off its 6th annual Ahmadiyya Basketball league on Sunday. The Basketball league has participation from various teams across the country. It engages youths not only in local basketball tournaments but also in basketball camps, friendly games, and international games. According to Rodvern Lino, Commissioner of the league, this will be a three-month tournament that will end in cash giveaways and trophies.
Jalsa Salana in Belize
The Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at community in Belize hosted its sixth annual Convention also known as the “Jalsa Salana”. The Jalsa Salana is the formal, annual gathering of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. Its primary purpose is to enable every sincere individual to personally experience religious benefits. The meeting promoted mutual introduction amongst all, and it will strengthen the fraternal ties within their community. The Vice President of the USA Ahmadiyya Community, Azhar Ahmad, explained the main goal they planned to achieve.
BDF Day 2020
A branch of the National Security Force, the Belize Defense Force (BDF), celebrated its forty-second anniversary on Saturday, February 1. This day highlights a day in the life of a BDF soldier. Its purpose is to acknowledge all the efforts that the soldiers have done to protect our country. There were activities for the entire family, as well as military displays, and more. The event commenced at 8am through to 6pm. Love News attended the event and spoke to Lieutenant Coronel Anthony Velasquez, the coordinator of the event. He mentioned the different activities that the BDF organize every year for the public.
John Saldevar and Patrick Faber gearing up for convention
The UDP headquarters on Youth for the Future Drive was the venue for its final National Party Council meeting leading up to their convention on February 9. Love News stood outside the headquarters awaiting several officials in the hope of getting answers to multiple national issues brewing in Belize.
Who will be UDP’s next party Leader?
The United Democratic Party (UDP) is six days away from electing a new leader and executive member. The race has been gaining momentum and has gotten nasty with a few UDP Standard Bearers launching attacks on the leader candidates. The party held its National Party Council meeting on Saturday where one member of the party noted to our newsroom that the meeting was eerily calm considering the recent mud slingings that have occurred via social media.
Will NTUCB members strike?
Tonight the talks of a strike by the unions continue and now it is not just the teachers union talking but the mothership, NTUCB, has joined hands. A press conference was held this afternoon in Belize City to talk about corruption, campaign funding, disrespect by the Government to the unions and unmet needs from the Ministry of Education.
BNTU needs more time to review Equal Opportunities Bill
The Belize National Teachers’ Union (BNTU) needs more time to review and analyze the Equal Opportunities Bill. In a release issued today, the union is telling the government to slow down.
Illegal bust by the BCG and Fisheries
A joint bust in collaboration with the Belize Coast Guard (BCG) and Belize Fisheries Department has netted some 6-10 barrels of shark, gill nets and 3 fishermen of Stann Creek who were found in violation of a number of offenses. 60-year-old Ricardo Parham, 48-year-old Jose Martinez, and 63-year-old Guatemalan national, Moises Carrillo were brought to the Magistrate’s Court this afternoon just after three o’clock to be arraigned on a total of 8 Fisheries offenses.
Another Concepcion resident stabbed to death
The second murder victim’s body was found hours after he had been killed. 37-year-old Juan David Mendez was stabbed not too far from where Daniel Cano was murdered.
Emory Gonzalez brutal attack
41-year-old Emory Gonzalez was physically assaulted by three men at the entrance of Old Belize on the George Price Highway on Saturday morning. The Belize Police Department has since set up strategic checkpoints in an attempt to detain the three assaulters. According to Senior Superintendent Alejandro Cowo, the men have already been identified via the surveillance footage and are being sought by the Police.
Breaking Belize News
Fishermen plead guilty for sharks and gill nets
Three fishermen – two Belizeans and a Guatemalan – owe significant fines to the court after […]
CWU meets with Trade Minister on stevedores
The Christian Workers’ Union (CWU) met today with Minister of State of Trade, Investment and Commerce, […]
Caye Caulker woman found safe
The family of Caye Caulker resident, Maria Elena Chun, 46, informed BBN that Chun has […]
Bowen & Bowen pledges support for Liberty Children’s Home
Liberty Children’s Home expressed their gratitude to the Bowen & Bowen Group (B&B) of companies […]
Manatee Bridge closed for urgent repairs
The Ministry of Works informed today that the Manatee bridge at mile 15 on the […]
Belize among CARICOM nations to speak on Brexit
The United Kingdom’s (UK)’s departure from the European Union (EU), the decision widely known as […]
Belize People’s Front has serious concerns about the Equal Opportunities Bill
Political Third Party, the Belize People’s Front (BPF), has voiced serious concerns about the proposed […]
Bus carrying medical students overturns
This morning, a bus that was transporting foreign medical students overturned near mile 7 on […]
Belize medical team interact with over 5000 international travelers over the weekend
As the world and Belize’s Ministry of Health continues to monitor the cases of novel […]
Chamber applauds upholding of rule of law; urges government to address corruption
The Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) issued a statement today commending the decision […]
Bus turns over on highway
Earlier today, a bus reportedly carrying medical students ran off of the road on the […]
Caye Caulker woman reported missing
The family of Maria Ellena Chun, 46, is asking the public’s assistance in finding her. […]
Tropic Air receives new Beech 1900D Aircraft
Tropic Air announced that on Friday, January 31, it accepted delivery of its first Beech […]
Premier league leaders, Verdes and Bandits, slip up in week 4
After dominant performances last week, the leaders of the Premier League of Belize (PLB) standings […]
La Ruta Maya Belize River Challenge 2020
La Ruta Maya is an annual event that takes over the entire country’s attention for four exhilarating days. This year it falls on March 06 2020- March 09, 2020. It is a marathon canoe race that runs West to East along the Old Belize River.
Comprised of four legs, the marathon begins with an approximate 50-mile stretch to Banana Bank, a 60-mile journey to Double Head Cabbage, followed by two shorter dashes to Burrell Boom and finally to the finish line at Belize City. The entire journey is some 170 plus miles of grueling physical aptitude that is a feat to admire.
3 Best Hotels in Downtown San Pedro
San Pedro Town is Ambergris Caye’s hotspot for the best entertainment, diverse restaurants, and fabulous hotels. Downtown San Pedro is definitely a tourist favourite; you can walk around the town and enjoy the sunshine and cool sea breeze. Or rent a golf cart for you and your friends to get around the island. Downtown San Pedro is very easy to navigate, especially if your hotel is in the area. Here are a few of the best hotels you can find in downtown San Pedro:
The Cayo District In Belize Is All About Eco Adventures
The Cayo District covers about 2,000 acres in the western part of Belize. If you’re in the mood for dense, green jungle, fast-moving rivers, majestic waterfalls, green mountains, sacred caves, Maya ruins, and verdant hillsides, you will be swept away by Cayo.
A drive through the district takes you to the twin towns of San Ignacio and Santa Elena. Belize’s only suspension bridge, the Hawksworth Bridge, spans both towns across the Macal River. Both are alive with street markets, restaurants and a growing number of businesses that cater to eco-tourism and adventure travel. If your vacation dreams include any type of adventure excursion, you should make San Ignacio your first stop.
The district is enormously scenic. The largely untouched forests are alive with colorful birds and exotic wildlife. As you continue traveling west through the district, you reach acres of cultivated farmland.
Bird Nerds Rejoice: The Top Five Birding Destinations For 2020
If you love birds, we suggest you start the next decade on a high note by flying to one of the top birdwatching destinations in 2020. We’ve scoured the globe—from the Subantarctic Islands of New Zealand to the subtropical rainforests of Brazil—to identify the most exciting birding destinations to visit this year. From the Pacific Ocean to the Caribbean Sea: Our next selection is the (vastly underrated) Central American nation of Belize. This lush tropical oasis is a haven not only for snowbirds of the human variety, but their winged counterparts as well—though most of Belize’s 618 species of birds call the nation home all year-round (only 20% are migrants.) And, frankly, we can’t blame them.
Spring break getaways for family fun
While summer vacation stretches on seemingly forever, spring break is compressed, usually into one week or less. The challenge is on: How do you and your family make the most of this limited window of time to relax, discover, let loose or learn? Here’s a range of ideas to help you plan.
Caribbean on a shoestring. With direct flights from Atlanta clocking in at about three hours, a resort stay on Ambergris Caye, Belize, is closer than you might think. And it might be more affordable than you expect, too. Kid-friendly activities and tours abound, and family accommodations range from hotels with multiple pools to eco-friendly villas. San Pedro on Ambergris Caye is a short, inexpensive flight or water taxi ride from Belize City. Here you’ll find lots of resorts and hotels to choose from.
Britain uses vast swathes of one of the world’s most biodiverse countries for military training — and pays nothing
UK troops are conducting live-fire military exercises in one of the world’s most biodiverse countries which contains “critically endangered” species and rare archaeological sites. They are also authorised to conduct exercises in at least one protected forest area.
Belize, which is roughly the size of Wales, receives no payment for hosting these operations that involve thousands of British soldiers each year.
An environmental audit carried out by the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) shows that nearly 380,000 of Belize’s 2.3 million hectares are now available to the British army for jungle warfare training.
Whale shark off Ambergris Caye, 1/2min.
Caye Caulker, underwater world in Belize, 4min. Instead of climbing, we went underwater this time! Snorkling in the second biggest coral reef of the world is pure magic. Meeting sharks, sting and tiger rays, giant turtles, manatees, barracuda, and tons of colourful fish frolicking around in the beautiful reef.
San Pedro, Ambergris Caye , Belize. Snorkelling with friends, 30min. A bunch of new friends, go snorkelling on the reef off Ambergris Caye, Belize, and see a lot of fish.
Channel 5 Obituaries - IAN THEODORE SKEEN, 1.5min.
Stone Kraab Grill & Bar - Breadfruit Recipe, 26min. Tim August - Owner, Stone Kraab Grill & Bar
Supreme Court Ruling on Petrocaribe Funds Part 1, 30min. Eamon Courtenay - Senior Council / Attorney for People 's United Party
Supreme Court Ruling on Petrocaribe Funds Part 2, 24min. Eamon Courtenay - Senior Council / Attorney for People 's United Party
Belize Mek We Go visited some Cayo caves recently, 13min. Belize has one of the most extensive cave system. Check out Ger and Sean as they explore the pathway to the mythical land of the Maya, Xibalba. Get ready to learn more about the Maya heritage in Belize.
Overwater Bungalows in Belize, 13min. Overwater bungalows in Belize at the Thatch Caye Resort!
Belize deep sea fishing, 2.5min. Deep dropping over at turneffe atoll nice productive day
Xunantunich Mayan Ruins - Belize, 3.5min.
Accion Deportiva, 55min.