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Today's Belize News: February 5, 2020 #540411
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The San Pedro Sun

Palapa Bar and Grill hosts final Jerry Jeff Walker concert in Belize
After more than 20 years in San Pedro, renowned musician and icon, Jerry Jeff Walker played his final concert at Palapa Bar and Grill on Friday, January 31st. Palapa closed its doors at 7pm for the private concert, which ended promptly at 9pm. The space was packed with excited fans who enjoyed every moment of Walker’s performance. He gave a charming and intimate performance, cracking jokes with the audience and encouraging them to sing along and dance. He played through his classics and even a few covers to the eager crowd.

Ambergris Today

PIC OF THE WEEK - How About That Sunset! WOW!
Do you want to be like Melissa Raskin? There is only one way to enjoy a sunset like this - COME TO BELIZE! She shares with us a gorgeous sunset captured during her visit to San Pedro, Ambergris Caye. We envy her (in a good day), eventhough we live here. LOL!

Belize Issues Travel Advisory To Residents
The Ministry of Health continues to closely monitor the evolving novel Coronavirus (2019-nCov) outbreak, particularly with the changing dynamics of the infection. The public is thus reminded that information in reference to this can change and any such change for the Belize context would be communicated through the official channels of communication of the Ministry of Health.

Various Belizean Sources


Mr. Omar Mitchell sworn in as Contractor General
It has been announced from Belize House that His Excellency, Sir Colville Young, Governor General of Belize swore in Mr. Omar Mitchell, as Contractor General for a period of three years.

Ministry of Works Embarks on Climate Vulnerability Reduction Program
The Government of Belize, through the Ministry of Works, and in partnership with the Inter-American Development Bank has embarked on the Climate Vulnerability Reduction Program (BL-L1028). The main objective is to reduce climate-related vulnerabilities through investment activities in the downtown Belize City area. Belize City often suffers from flooding because of its low elevation and its proximity to the sea, resulting in damage to buildings and human suffering. Flooding worsens during heavy rainfall events such as tropical storms and hurricanes. This program will alleviate the effects of flooding and improve the drainage system between the canals, the Haulover Creek, Caribbean Sea and feeder drains.

Belize Cancer Society - San Ignacio Branch Unicomer Blood Drive
The Unicomer Blood Drive is happening this Friday at Courts Belize. From 8:00am to 5:00pm

Please Don't Feed the Crocodiles!
Last night we saved a beautiful dog from being ambushed by a crocodile. After chasing off the croc, I leapt onto shore to find the dog's owner or home, to get him away from the water's edge at least for the night. While Chris sat waiting for me, he looked into the water to find a pile of chicken feet, chicken scraps, and various other meat bones sunken at bottom of the bank next to the road. We nearly witnessed a situation that we use as an example of why feeding is so dangerous.

Belize Hotel Association participated in the 38th edition of the Caribbean Travel Marketplace
The Belize Hotel Association participated in the 38th edition of the Caribbean Travel Marketplace that was held on the island of Bahamas at the Baha Mar’s Grand Hyatt Convention Center on January 22 and 23. Caribbean Travel Marketplace gathers hotel and destination representatives, wholesalers and tour operators, online travel agencies, Meetings, Conventions and Exhibitions (MICE) planners and members of the media through an eventful program of appointment-based business meetings, allowing for attendees to maximize their stay with a series of slotted business generating opportunities.

BHA Promoting Belize at 2020 Edition of The New York Times Travel Show
The Belize Hotel Association, represented by Vice President Ms. Barbara Hall and Treasurer Rudy Gonzalez, attended the 2020 edition of the New York Times Travel Show, held at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York on January 24, 25, and 26. The New York Times Travel Show attracts more than 35,000 attendees with over 700 exhibitors from more than 175 countries, making it the largest travel trade and consumer show in North America. The show connects hotels, destinations and tourism providers with thousands of qualified, ready-to-book consumers and travel trade/agents.

Ministry of Health Update No. 3 – Novel Coronavirus (2019 – nCoV)
The Ministry of Health today, February 4th, had a national surveillance meeting with all the regional surveillance teams to provide an update on the global and regional situations of the Novel Coronavirus (2019 - nCoV). This information has evolved and is being adapted to guide the response in Belize. Several presentations were done including Preparedness Measures, Screening at Ports of Entry, Lab Screening, and Risk Communication. Regional teams had an opportunity to discuss challenges and gaps in their response plans as well as to establish specific actions and communication channels approved by the National Surveillance Team.

Changes in the Pump Price of Fuel Effective February 5, 2020
The Ministry of Finance announces that on February 5, 2020, the pump price of two fuel products will change. The prices for regular gasoline and kerosene will register decreased as follows: Regular gasoline will decrease by 55 cents from $ 10.28 to $ 9.73 per gallon; Kerosene will decrease by 41 cents from $7.77 to $7.36 per gallon.

Paint N Splash
See you this week at from 2-4pm Thursday to paint “Amongst The Best” .

CommUNITY Yoga * Donation Based
Join your community for yoga Thursday nights to relax and unwind, stretch, move, breathe and find a peaceful state of mind. Use this time to take care of yourself, so that you can better take care of others in your life. Show up, slow down and feel good in your body, mind and soul. This all-levels class is donation based (pay what you can) and open to ALL, from beginner to experienced practitioner! Beginning February 13, CommUNITY Yoga will be held every Thursday night from 6:00-7:00 p.m. at Hope Haven Children's Home and Community Center.

Football Action - Ricalde Stadium - Sunday, February 9th
All day event - The Corozal Football Association, The Football Federation of Belize and Club Leones Negros de Chetumal invites you to a day full of football. Come and witness International friendly games starting at 9:00 am sharp at the Ricalde Stadium, this Sunday, February 9th, 2020. Entrance: $5.00 Support our friendly relationship with Club Leones Negros de Chetumal.

Corozal Basketball Association - This Thursday matchups

Year for Love
The Fountain of Youth Foundation is teaming up with Project XYZ Entertainment to have a fundraising event at the CAYO Welcome Center on Valentine's night. The fun starts at 6:00pm.

Very successful clean-up campaign in Santa Familia
We would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Santa Familia Cadets that came out this past Sunday for a clean up campaign ! We want to big up our Police officer Rudy Melendez, Lovinia Humes,Karen Humes and Dalia Heaton for joining us as well! You guys did a great job!

National Spanish Spelling Bee
The 1st National Spanish Spelling Bee is coming to Sacred Heart College on Friday the 21st.

Channel 7

Anticlimax In Utah; No Lev Dermen
Belizeans have been waiting to hear what explosive details will come out of a Salt Lake City courtroom about a UDP minister, but, it didn't happen today. Jacob Kingston - who allegedly exchanged text messages with National Security Minister John Saldivar on behalf of Lev Dermen - did not take the stand today. The day was spent with other witnesses, including a video-taped deposition from an Irish oil and gas trader. Not exactly exciting stuff, and there was no mention of Belize or any Belizean personalities.

Dermen Damocles Sword Is Damaging The UDP
So, with Kingston's testimony still pending, the political anxiety over this big reveal continues to build, and, for the UDP, the timing couldn't be worse. Just as the Dermen payoff scandal is about to erupt, the UDP is preparing to bust open the biggest political pinata in its 47 year history. We're talking about the party's first ever leadership convention which takes place on Sunday. And, today, the media caught up with aspirant for leader, Patrick Faber at the ITVET building. He said the Dermen Damocles sword is damaging his party's political prospects:

Faber Throws Shade On Colleagues Who Saw A Diplomat In Dermen
And while Faber is careful not to try and tie any of his cabinet colleagues directly to Dermen, he makes it clear that he is not the guy who recommended him for any type of diplomatic post. The media asked today what any Cabinet member could have seen in the Armenian investor to nominate him as an honorary consul: Reporter: "What did your government see in Lev Dermen, what would he have been able to offer your government that your government felt that he could have been given a diplomatic position in the United States?"

Ministry and BNTU Work Out Differences At Marathon Meeting
We'll have more political talk with Faber later, but first to the news that affects everyone with a child in school. Today's opportunity to speak with the Deputy Prime Minister came after an extended 5-hour meeting that he and other senior staffers of the Ministry of Education held with the Belize National Teachers Union. As we showed you yesterday, the union was very close to taking industrial action against the Ministry. That's because they strongly disagreed with several amendments that the Ministry wanted to make to the education rules.

The Union's Take
So, since the Deputy Prime Minister thinks it went well, we wondered what the BNTU's takeaway from the meeting was. When they exited the meeting, we asked them about Faber's assertions that a breakthrough had occurred, and here's how the President SENATOR Elena Smith answered that one: Elena Smith, National President, B.N.T.U.: "Well indeed we did make some progress on some of the matters that we raised and there are other matters that we need to work together to fully ventilate those and come to agreement on those areas."

Meighan Brothers TOP Jail For Gang Membership
Tonight, some of the city's most well known street figures are in jail. They are the Meighan brothers, 27 year old Ellis, 26 year old Tyrone, and 23 year old Shaquile. All three were taken to court today and charged with "being the member of a gang", namely the "Banak Street Clique" and the Ghost Town Crips. They all pleaded not guilty, but were remanded to prison because of the nature of the offence.

Arrests For Concepcion Killings
Last night we told you about the northern village of Concepcion's tragic and brutal weekend, two men in their 30's fatally stabbed in unrelated incidents. Tonight, we can confirm that two men have been charged with the Concepcion village murders. 35-year-old Diego Correa of Libertad Village for the murder of Juan David Mendez, and 20-year-old Jesus Monteroso of Paraiso Village for the murder of Daniel Cano.

Caribbean Free Of Coronavirus
Tonight we can report that the Central American and Caribbean regions have no case of novel Coronavirus. That said, the death toll in the global health emergency continues to rise with the second confirmed fatality, outside of mainland China, confirmed yesterday in Hong Kong. The Ministry of Health, in an effort to guide Belize's national response, had a surveillance meeting with all the regional surveillance teams to provide an update on the global and regional situations. Officials are also actively following up on all rumoured cases including the two recent cases in Corozal that came back negative for the Novel Coronavirus.

Simplex Will Sue PSU, Here's Why
As we told you last night, The Public Service Union has taken the fight for their Hilltop Headquarters to the Supreme Court in front of Justice Courtney Abel. But, their suit suffered an early setback when one of the key defendants, Simplex Design got the judge to agree that the matter against them should be struck out. That's key, because Simplex has the title for the Hilltop Property. Today, Simplex's attorney Steve Perera discussed the significance of his client being struck out, and his pending countersuit against the PSU:

Andre's Appeal Pending
We also asked Perera about his client Andre Vega. In July of 2019 Justice Abel ordered the former land minster Gaspar Vega's son to pay the government 400 thousand dollars - that's how much he had been compensated for land he bought in a dubious transaction. In that case, the Justice Courtney Abel said, quote, "This court has come to the conclusion that Andre Vega has been unduly enriched by receiving the $400,000 from the Government, and that this enrichment was gained at the Government's expense." He ruled that Vega must return the entire sum back to the Government of Belize. But, Vega hasn't paid. Today, his attorney said he's waiting on the appeal:

Faber Confident About Convention
And, going back now to politics, Patrick Faber and John Saldivar only have four more days to campaign before the big leadership convention. And today, Faber lost almost an entire day negotiating a truce with the teachers union. After that 5 hour session, he told the press he's cool about the current status of his campaign: Hon. Patrick Faber, UDP Deputy Part Leader: "I'm very comfortable at where we are now. I have managed to meet those delegates who, I believe, are going to support me and in fact some of those who are not..."

Faber: Shyne Who?
And while the UDP is trying to publicly de-escalate tensions - Faber went at it last week, by making a post which seemed to be directed at Shyne Barrow. Faber's post was against the Associated Belize Press Facebook page which is a UDP political smut page masquerading as a media outlet.

Faber Humble About Past Failings
And while he played it off today, one of the criticisms that Shyne Barrow has publicly made against Patrick Faber is that he is petty and vindictive. That's what his detractors in the UDP say behind his back. So, what does Faber think about those labels of his leadership style and personality? The media challenged him on that one. Here's his response: Reporter: "The biggest criticism from your political detractor is that you're petty and vindictive. I think anyone who has come out against Patrick Faber in writing or orally has said that. How do you respond to persons who describe either your leadership style or your personality as such?"

BNTU Says Slow Down On Equal Opportunities Bill
And turning quickly back to the news on the BNTU, yesterday they sent out a press release expressing concern about the tone of the conversations over the National AIDS Commission's Equal Opportunities Bill. Their press release says quote, "The Union is gravely concerned over the fast pace at which presentations and consultations have been carried out regarding the recently released draft of the Equal Opportunities Bill.

A Rare BTV "Big Up"ť For The Coast Guard
On Friday we told you that the Coast Guard had made a major bust of illegal gillnets and fisheries products. Three fishermen, one Belizean and two Guatemalans were found with the assortment of nets and marine products valued in excess of $40,000. Well, tonight the Coast Guard is receiving a rare round of congratulations from the Belize Territorial Volunteers with a release today that stated: "W? at the BTV salute the ??l?z? ????t Guard f?r ? ??b w?ll d?n?."

Cleaning City Canals For weather Readiness
Belize City's very silted canals are getting a clean. It's a Climate Vulnerability Reduction Program, spearheaded by the Ministry of Works, in partnership with the IDB. This program is designed to alleviate the effects of flooding and improve the drainage system between the canals, the Haulover Creek, Caribbean Sea and feeder drains.

Guinea Grass Contraband
Orange Walk Cops made a sizable contraband bust on Friday. It happened in an area north of Guinea Grass Village where a white Toyota Four Runner loaded with contraband goods was seen abandoned. Police and Customs opened by the vehicle and towed it away to be secured in Orange Walk Town. The abandoned vehicle's insurance sticker is jointly registered to two Guinea Grass residents. It was choc full of contraband sodas, beers and beans.

The Region's Best Youth Table Tennis Players Converge on Belize
The Belize Table Tennis Association is currently hosting the Central American U15 and U18 Table Tennis Central American Championships at the Belize Mexico Arena near Marion Jones. Our news team was there for day one and we spoke to the young competitors.: The competition started today at 9:00 at the Mexico Sports Center with the team competition in all categories. We spoke to the event Organizer Arturo Arturo "Tux" Vasquez and he told us that the sport is eager to push its youngest players.

Belizean Art Through Cuban Eyes
On Friday night Belize and Cuba celebrated 25 years of diplomatic relations. The Museum of Belize commemorated that bond by exhibiting the works of the artists known as Lito and Falco, creative comrades born of both nations. Cherisse Halsall spent her Friday night checking out the exhibition. Here's her story. Last Friday a duo of artists, Cuban and Belizean came together to celebrate 25 years of relations between the two countries. And what they brought the Belizean audience was a series of symbols that transcend the visual and delve into the psychological. We spoke to the Cuban, Illustrator Alejandro "Falco" Chan, and he told us that images can often convey as much meaning as words.

Belize and Cuba, 25 Years of Solidarity
And while Belize and Cuba celebrated their cultural ties, one speech from the exhibitions opening - ceremony highlighted the Cuban influence on humanitarian development in Belize. As an artists who has exhibited in Cuba many times, Yasser Musa put the 25 years in historical and cultural context: Yasser Musa, Solidarity Movement: "Tonight I am in a reflective mood. I am thinking about that powerful statement Che Guevara made in defence of Belize's right to self-determination, he spoke about this in 1961 years before we were even a self-governing society..."

New Contractor General Sworn In
The important office of Contractor General has been long vacant and the post long empty, but, finally, today the new Contractor General was sworn in by the Governor General. He is Engineer Omar Mitchell whose appointment was supported by both sides of the parliament.

Regular Fuel Price Goes Down
If you're buying regular fuel or kerosene wait until after midnight. That's because prices are going down quite a bit. Regular gasoline will decrease by 55 cents from $ 10.28 to $ 9.73 per gallon; Kerosene will decrease by 41 cents from $7.77 to $7.36 per gallon. The prices for premium gasoline and diesel will remain unchanged at $10.99 and $10.29 per gallon.

Launch of Second Road Safety Project
This afternoon the Ministers of Transport and Economic Development along with their respective C.E.O's received six fully equipped highway patrol vehicles from Belize Diesel and Equipment Co. Ltd. The vehicles were purchased as a part of the Second Road Safety Project and upon receiving them, Minister Castro, who recently had the first-hand experience with a road traffic accident, said that he, unlike the driver in front of him, never took his eyes off the road.

Tropic's New Aircraft For Regional Routes
Tropic Air has stepped up the airline game, big time. On Friday, it received its first Beech 1900D aircraft. The, twin engine, 19 passenger, will be a regional airliner with a pressurized, spacious stand-up cabin. The aircraft can fly from Belize City to Cancun in as little as 50 minutes and has a crew of two. A similar flight in a Cessna Caravan takes an hour longer.

A Jaguar In The Not So Wild
And we leave you tonight with this jaguar that was spotted in the wild - or not so wild - on the edges of Bacab Eco Park in the Belize District. It was just sauntering around and seemed of no danger to anyone.

Re: Today's Belize News: February 5, 2020 [Re: Marty] #540412
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Channel 5

M.O.E. Meets with B.N.T.U. and Progress is Recorded
Tonight, there is a sigh of relief among the Ministry of Education and the Belize National Teachers Unions and temperatures are cooling down.  Deputy Prime Minister Patrick Faber took a [...]

DPM Faber Optimistic about Way Forward with Teachers Union
Deputy Prime Minister Patrick Faber who was flanked by Chief Education Officer, Doctor Carol Babb, at the meeting also felt confident that the meeting had a positive outcome, despite not [...]

The Latest on Lev Dermen and Miami Meetings involving “Ex President of Belize”
News Five’s Hipolito Novelo is in Salt Lake City, Utah covering the trial of accused fraudster Lev Dermen.  It’s a huge tax fraud case involving over a billion dollars, involving [...]

Faber Takes on Lev Dermen Allegations
As the Lev Dermen trial continues in Utah, on the home front, the effects of the scandal is rippling across all strata of Belizean society, rocking the United Democratic Party [...]

Scandal after Scandal Rocks U.D.P. Administration
The scandal-ridden U.D.P. is gearing up for a leadership convention this weekend after which it will also prepare for general elections.  Amid the Lev Dermen scandal, as well as the [...]

Changes at the Gas Pumps
At midnight, there will be some relief for consumers as the prices for regular gasoline and kerosene will go down at the pumps. Regular gasoline will decrease by fifty-five cents [...]

T-Minus Five Days to U.D.P. Leadership Convention
The countdown to the February ninth U.D.P. leadership convention is down to the last five days and Deputy Prime Minister Patrick Faber is facing political opponent John Saldivar in a [...]

U.D.P. Delegates Share Concerns with DPM Faber
Faber’s vote seeking activities commenced with the launch of his leadership campaign in September of last year.  Since then he has been canvassing delegates in all six districts and was [...]

Faber Says He’s Passionate, Not Petty and Vindictive
His many detractors describe him as petty and vindictive, personal and professional attributes that don’t cast Patrick Faber in the best light.  While those criticisms are widely held, some published [...]

Faber is Says Accountability is Necessary for UNCAC Implementation
The National Trade Union Congress of Belize has given government an ultimatum by when it has to show progress in the implementation of the United Nations Convention Against Corruption, UNCAC.  [...]

Paraiso Resident Charged for Murder of Daniel Cano
Two men have been charged for separate murders that occurred in the north over the weekend. Police have charged Jesus Monteroso for the murder of Daniel Cano. The sales clerk [...]

Another Murder Suspect is Charged
Corozal police have charged a Libertad resident for the stabbing murder of Juan David Mendez. The accused is Diego Onorio Correa, who is believed to have stabbed Mendez once to [...]

Supreme Court Strikes Out P.S.U. Land Case Against Simplex Design Limited
Justice Courtney Abel has made a determination in a case brought by the Public Service against the Belmopan City Council, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Simplex Design Limited.  In [...]

P.S.U.’s Eviction from Hilltop Property Inevitable?
According to Estevan Perera, the Registered Land Act gives two opportunities for the court to set aside a land title—when the title was issued in error or if it was [...]

What is Simplex’s Plans for the Prime Belmopan Property?
It is widely speculated that Simplex Design Limited, which is registered to an address on Santa Rita Road in Corozal Town, is a shell company with no true intention to [...]

Land Compensation Case Against Andre Vega Goes to the Court of Appeal
Estevan Perera is also the attorney for Andre Vega, son of former Lands Minister Gaspar Vega. In July of 2019, the government took the younger Vega to court to recover [...]

M.O.H. Hosts Meeting with Local Partners to Talk Coronavirus Plans
The Ministry of Health continues to prepare and put in prevention or containment plans in the event that the corona virus reaches Belize. The number of deaths has increased and [...]

M.O.H. Advises Against Non-Urgent Travel; No Case of Virus in Belize.
Over the weekend, the Ministry of Health issued a release to advise against travel to countries where the novel virus is present.  They recommended that those who do not have [...]

Omar Mitchell is Sworn in as the New Contractor General
A new Contractor General finally took the oath today at Belize House in Belmopan. He is Omar Mitchell, an engineer by profession.  The appointment is for a period of three [...]

Road Safety Project II Donates 6 Highway Patrol Trucks
Last year, Belize received funds through a loan from the Caribbean Development Bank to execute the Second Road Safety Project.  You’ll recall that from 2013 to 2018, the first road [...]

Cuba Celebrates the Historic Anniversaries of Revolution and Relations with Belize
The Embassy of Cuba in Belize celebrated two historic events over the weekend: the anniversary of its revolution and the anniversary of relations with Belize. Education and health have been [...]

Changes at the Gas Pumps
At midnight, there will be some relief for consumers as the prices for regular gasoline and kerosene will go down at the pumps. Regular gasoline will decrease by fifty-five cents to sell at nine dollars and seventy three cents per gallon. Kerosene will also go down by forty-one cents and will retail at seven dollars and thirty-six cents per gallon. The prices for premium gasoline and diesel will remain at ten dollars ninety-nine cents and ten dollars twenty nine cents.


NTUCB to GOB: implement UNCAC, or else …!
In December 2016, Belize signed the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC) against a backdrop of pressure from the Belize National Teachers Union (BNTU) following their 11-day strike. That, however, was all that the Belize Government of Prime Minister Dean Barrow did, because there has not been any major push by the government to implement the UNCAC, as Belize government leaders continue in their embrace of corruption. That embrace of corruption may soon come to an end, because government will have to push through with the implementation of UNCAC, or it will face the wrath of the National Trade Union Congress of Belize (NTUCB), which issued an ultimatum today at a press briefing.

PM Barrow spent $1.3 billion unconstitutionally
After some delays in delivering his judgment, Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin ruled this morning that the United Democratic Party government, under the leadership of Prime Minister Dean Barrow, has spent $1.3 billion unconstitutionally. PM Barrow, as Minister of Finance, spent the money without parliamentary approval, and that was in violation of the Constitution of Belize and also in violation of the Finance and Audit Reform Act, the Chief Justice said in his ruling. The claimants in the civil lawsuit were two Opposition People’s United Party parliamentarians.

Police charge Adrian Swasey, 24, with murder
Kajoan Tony Roches, 23, a laborer of Mahogany Street, was killed at about 8:30 last night, Thursday, on Ebony Street. Police said that Roches was visiting a friend of his and they were standing in front of his friend’s yard on Ebony Street, near its junction with Magazine Road, when two men who were traveling on a motorcycle from Central American Boulevard to Magazine Road on Ebony Street, stopped a short distance away after passing Roches and his friend, and one of the two men came off the motorcycle and fired a barrage of shots at Roches, who was hit and died almost immediately.

Coronavirus deaths in China surpass that of SARS – 426
In 2003, the outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) claimed 349 lives in China. Last Friday, the Belize Ministry of Health issued a travel advisory for Chinese-Belizeans. “If you are in Belize, don’t travel to China, and if you are in China, don’t travel to Belize. If you travel to Belize, you will most likely be quarantined,” said a Ministry of Health press release. So far, no cases of coronavirus have been discovered in Belize.

Editorial: A coronavirus to worry about; a convention to watch
From the Hondo to the Sarstoon and from Half Moon Caye to Benque Viejo del Carmen, the two gripping stories right now are a coronavirus that is spreading in China and the upcoming United Democratic Party (UDP) convention to determine who will lead that party into the next general elections. Belizeans have not forgotten the painful, unending violence in our society, or the very difficult economic times, but just for a moment those have been pushed off center stage. There’s great concern in the world and in our country that the new strain of virus that recently appeared in Wuhan, China could blow up into a pandemic. The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the virus a global health emergency, mainly due to fear that the disease could overwhelm countries that don’t have very effective health services.

Khris Gentle, 26, missing at sea, found floating near Bannister Caye
Khris Gentle, 26, a fisherman of Cemetery Lane, on Tuesday, January 28, went to Austin Bogue Caye to fish with a friend of his. That friend returned to the city on Wednesday and told Gentle’s family that he had left Gentle fishing at the caye. When he returned on Thursday, January 30, however, Gentle was nowhere to be found. Police and the Coast Guard were called and the search began to find Gentle.

One man convicted for hospital attack; hung jury for the other
A jury of 5 women and 4 men deliberated for over 4 hours today in the court of Justice Colin Williams before it found John Burke, 35, guilty of dangerous harm. The jury’s verdict was unanimous. But in the case of Burke’s co-accused, Kareem Eagan, 37, the jury was unable to reach a verdict. Justice Williams deferred sentencing for Burke until Thursday, February 13.

Shane Bennett, 38, charged with the murder of Anthony Parks, 37
Shane Bennett, 38, who was on the run from police for allegedly shooting Anthony Parks, 37, a laborer of Independence, multiple times, was captured and charged with attempted murder. The shooting took place at about 6:30 Wednesday morning, January 22, at Parks’ house in Independence. Anthony Parks was admitted to the Southern Regional Hospital in a critical condition, but on Saturday, he died at the hospital.

Jordiel Petillo, 23, charged for firing at cop on Mapp Street
At about 1:30 Wednesday afternoon last week, Constable William Woodeye was riding his police-issued motorcycle from Freetown Road to North Front Street, and was on Mapp Street, when a vehicle overtook him and someone from inside the vehicle fired at him, causing Woodeye to lose control of his motorcycle and slam into the back of a parked vehicle that was on the right side of the street. Woodeye fell off his motorcycle and onto the pavement. As a result, he suffered minor injuries and complained of pain in the chest and shoulder.

Minister of National Security, John Saldivar, was a no-show at BDF passing-out parade
Today was a big day for the Belize Defence Force (BDF), which is celebrating its 42nd anniversary and is also passing out Recruit Intake #65, at Price Barracks, the headquarters of the force. Price Barracks was the center of a flurry of activities as the BDF men and women made preparations for the big event. A large tent was set up facing the Sir Colville Young Parade Square, on which the BDF band and soldiers decked out in uniform and holding semi-automatic rifles were standing at ease.

Defenders and Tiger Sharks tied for top spot in NEBL standings
The National Elite Basketball League (NEBL) bounced into Week 3 of its 2020 season this past weekend with all 8 teams playing; every weekend, there are 4 games on the schedule. All scores, standings, schedule and player stats can be found on our website at All games can also be followed live online on our webpage by clicking on the game at the top of the website. When fans click on the game, the live stats for that game will be accessible.

Table Tennis – U15-U18 Central American Championships begin tomorrow, Tuesday, at Mexico Sports Center
The U-15-U18 Central American Table Tennis Championships are set to kick-off tomorrow, Tuesday, February 4, at the Mexico Sports Center at 9:00 a.m. with the Team Competition in all categories. There is no cover charge for these games, and we invite everyone to attend and support this event.

C-Ray D. Banner Saturday Race results – January 25, 2020
The prizes for this week’s Saturday Race were spiked, thanks to our generous sponsors – David Banner, Sr., Freetown Drug Store, John Olivera and Cattouse Trucking. As we do every Saturday, the cyclists congregated in front of Data Pro on the Boom-Hattieville Road. Approximately 32 cyclists in various categories took the start line at 6:30 a.m. Race 1 saw the Elites, Women, Juniors, 30+, 40+ and 50+ categories race towards the Hattieville roundabout and then down the George Price Highway to the Mile-8 roundabout and return to Data Pro, for a total of 38 miles.

From The Publisher
If you would like to refresh your memory, beloved, or if you are just a callow youth who knows not of our ancestors’ history on the slavery voyages centuries ago, Steven Spielberg’s movie, Amistad, does a good job of reminding us of exactly what our African ancestors experienced/suffered on the way from freedom in West Africa, through kidnapping, jungle trekking with chains bolted around our necks, “warehousing” in inhumane coastal forts, transportation across the Atlantic Ocean naked and shackled upon and next to each other in the dark holds of sailing ships, to the perhaps ultimate indignity of the auction block in various parts of the Americas.

GoB taking millions to push foreign agenda
In a recent column, I said my opinion was that this Equal Opportunities Bill should have been done piecemeal, and this opinion of mine grows stronger, the more I think on it. The people behind the Bill must think very highly of themselves to believe that you can create a Bill to cover so many areas in a short time. Hmm, we have to consider that the architects here might welcome scattering our energies because that’s the best scene to sneak in other agendas. The teachers of Belize will not be moved, and we, all of us, should not allow ourselves to agree to anything without giving it a good going over.

An “unwanted” pregnancy: abortion is proposed
Jerome had confided to Mama afterwards that on Holy Thursday night when he had been eating some fruit at the bar of the hotel at which he had been staying along with the Havers family, his eye had strayed over the room and noticed Nurse Duncan sitting at a table nearby, her back towards him. Since she worked in his department, he had decided to greet her on his way out to arrange rental of a speedboat to travel in our direction the next day; but, as he was about to do so, she had been joined by Dr. Francis coming in from the outside. Jerome had put the meeting off for another time and circled the dining room to an exit.

WHO outlines steps to save 7 million lives from cancer
The World Health Organization (WHO) today spells out the need to step up cancer services in low and middle-income countries. WHO warns that, if current trends continue, the world will see a 60% increase in cancer cases over the next two decades. The greatest increase (an estimated 81%) in new cases will occur in low- and middle-income countries, where survival rates are currently lowest. This is largely because these countries have focused limited health resources on combating infectious diseases and improving maternal and child health, while health systems do not havea the capacity to adequately prevent, screen, diagnose and treat people with cancer.

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3 Brothers Remanded To Prison For Being In A Gang
Police have arrested and charged brothers Ellis Meighan, 27, Shaquille Meighan, 23 and Tyrone Meighan, 26 for Being the Member of a Gang.

2 Men Arrested/Charged For Separate Murders In Concepcion
esus Monteroso, 20, Belizean of Paraiso Village, Corozal District has been charged for the murder of Daniel Cano, 34, which occurred after midnight on Sunday in Concepcion, Corozal.


BNTU and MOE come to terms on amendments
The tensions between the Ministry of Education and the Belize National Teachers’ Union (BNTU) have eased somewhat following a meeting earlier today. The two parties were able to compromise on some of the issues that led the union threatening to strike.

Patrick Faber is confident recent scandals wont affect the party
We are five days away from the United Democratic Party’s convention. Those vying for the party leader position are Minister of National Security, John Saldivar and Deputy Prime Minister, Patrick Faber. As it stands now there are allegations of corruption cast against Saldivar and some are saying that Faber too was involved. Faber responded today that he has never received any campaign funding from any associate and is also a supporter of Campaign Financing Legislation.

World Cancer Day 2020
World Cancer Day is being observed today. It is an international day marked to raise awareness of cancer and to encourage preventative measures, early detection, and treatment.

Family claims police brutality
A man is claiming police harassment, and while that is not exactly something new, this story comes with a twist – his girlfriend and one-year-old son were detained for almost 24 hours. Randy O’Neal told us today that he has been battling this harassment for years, but he got enough of it after his family was taken in, reportedly for no reason.

Pastors in the South oppose EOB Bill
Opposition on the Equal Opportunities Bill continues in various parts of the country. The most recent opposition comes from the south as a group of church pastors who held a press conference attended by over eighty pastors from twenty denominations in the south. Toledo Correspondent Paul Mahung has the story.

Simplex wants PSU to vacate Hilltop
Simplex Design Company Limited are the legal owners of the Hilltop property in Belmopan and they are seeking to get the Public Service Union to vacate the land. The Hilltop land has housed the union’s headquarters for many years but the Belmopan City Council sold the property to Simplex after the union failed to keep up with their lease.

Patrick Faber speaks politics, corruption, change and the upcoming convention
Deputy Prime Minister, Patrick Faber has been on a countrywide tour in recent months as he prepares for the upcoming UDP leadership convention. Faber made an appearance on The Morning Show today where he spoke on several topics ranging from politics to issues of national concern.

Two Indian medical schools delisted in Belize
There are reports that two medical schools in Belize are being delisted due to several irregularities including lack of staff and facilities including a proper laboratory. These two schools are Columbus Central University based in Ladyville and Washington University of Health Sciences in San Pedro Town, Ambergris Caye. In speaking with the Minister of Education, Patrick Faber, he indicated that he has heard these rumors but no official report has been made.

Man pleads guilty for stabbing in the South
Also, in the south, a man pleaded guilty for a stabbing incident that occurred in March 2017 in rural Stann Creek. Here is Harry Arzu with that report.

Teachers and Education Ministry reach compromise on hot button issues
There has been another issue that the BNTU had brought up last week and that has to do with the CPD hours or the continued professional development Hours. These hours have to do with extra investments that teachers are required to take in developing their skills and specialty.

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Tensions ease between Education Ministry and Teachers’ Union; “progress” on issues reported
On Monday, president of the Belize National Teachers’ Union (BNTU), Senator Elena Smith, was representing […]

National Surveillance Team gives update on novel coronavirus
The Ministry of Health today hosted a national surveillance meeting with all the regional surveillance teams […]

Medical schools downplay Medical Council de-listing
The tandem of Columbus Central University and Washington University of Health Sciences insist their recent delisting […]

Indian Embassy in Mexico confirms investigation of delisted medical schools
Journalist-activist, Geovannie Brackett, did not take kindly to being accused, without evidence, of masterminding along with […]

Ministry of Works embarks on Climate Vulnerability Reduction Program
The Government of Belize, through the Ministry of Works, and in partnership with the Inter-American Development […]

Trade Union Congress moves to pressure Government on anti-corruption measures
At its recent annual general meeting, the National Trade Union Congress of Belize (NTUCB) passed four […]

Text messages with Belize Minister to be presented as Jacob Kingston testimony begins
Reports from Salt Lake City, Utah, say the man who directly fingered accused Lev Dermen […]

Prices of regular gas and kerosene get decrease
The Ministry of Finance announced that effective midnight, the pump price of two fuel products […]

Death Announcement: Nelly Beatriz Hegar nee Espat
It is with great sorrow that we announce the untimely passing of our Beloved Mother, Nelly Beatriz Hegar […]

Libertad man charged for Corozal stabbing murder
Police have formally charged one man for the stabbing death of Juan Mendez, which occurred […]

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

Police find crack cocaine in San Pedro
Authorities conducting patrol around noon yesterday searched an empty lot in the San Pedrito area […]

Patrick Faber: “All will be well in the UDP”
The United Democratic Party (UDP) is preparing to host its national convention on Sunday, February […]

Paraiso resident charged for murder
Paraiso resident, Jesus Monteroso, was charged today for the crime of murder. Monteroso is being […]

Territorial Volunteers thank Belize Coast Guard for efforts in illegal gillnet bust
Today, the Belize Territorial Volunteers (BTV) issued a statement thanking the Belize Coast Guard (BCG) […]

Caye Caulker resident charged for shooting at police officer
Authorities have charged Joleel Petillo, 24, a Caye Caulker resident for shooting at a police […]

Motorcycle and vehicle collide on Coney Drive in Belize City
Medical personnel are currently on the scene of a traffic accident that took place in […]

Student attacks teacher with pencil in Trial Farm
Education authorities in Orange Walk are addressing an issue that occurred last week at the […]

Authorities say Khris Gentle drowned
Authorities have determined that Khris Gentle, the Belizean fisherman found dead over the weekend, drowned. […]

Police investigate attempted robbery at Reimers Feed Mill in Belmopan
Authorities are investigating an attempted robbery that occurred on Sunday at Reimers Feed Mill in […]

Found bullets cost City man four months jail
Ronald Armstrong, 20, one of two persons charged with possession of ammunition without a gun license, […]

One of two convicted for hospital attack
There was a vicious beating dished out to Mario Zelaya at the Karl Heusner Memorial […]


Top 5 Best Gift Items from Belize
Longing to take back a piece of Belize with you to your loved ones, but don’t know what? These are my personal top 5 best gift items from Belize that will be sure to leave a lasting impression.  Adorn your feelings with the best local gifts Belize has to offer. Whether you’re into fashion, food or natural products, these gift items are sure to melt or ignite anyone’s heart. 

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Go to Belize for the beaches but stay for the culture, nature, and history
BELIZE IS WELL known for its lush jungles, crystal-clear Caribbean water, and pale-sand beaches. But travelers are now beginning to discover the country’s many other charms, as well. Belize beckons with its rich blend of cultures, caves, wildlife sanctuaries, fascinating Mayan relics, and incredible historical destinations. You just have to make the effort to get to them. Even then, the effort isn’t too great as most places you’ll want to visit are accessible by bus within a couple of hours.

Have wildlife documentaries spoilt the safari experience?
In a world where TV makes animal A-listers available for our viewing pleasure, reality can disappoint – so how do we manage expectations? Oh please. Not another hyena! Briefly, the cluster of vehicles raised your hopes. But now, as your safari guide pulls over to watch the scavenger tucking into an impala carcass, you lower your camera and sink back down with a sigh. Disappointed? Surely you should be delighted. Here you are in the African bush, with this animal so close you can count its whiskers. It’s a thrilling moment, a privilege. And yet, over the noisy crunching of bone, you’re silently cursing your misfortune.

TEENS: Discovering the joys of traveling
Traveling is something that I have always found fascinating but never thought was possible. That was until June 2019, when I and a group of others went to Belize for an educational trip. Before that, I had never been out of the country, let alone out of the Midwest. The trip I went on gave me so many new experiences, like flying on an airplane and snorkeling. A few years ago, the idea of traveling seemed unrealistic to me and something that would never be possible until the opportunity showed up at my school.

British High Commission Belmopan seeks 2020/2021 project proposal bids
The British High Commission (BHC) in Belmopan is now accepting project proposals for the 2020/2021 financial year (April 2020-March 2021). This year the BHC is seeking to support projects in Belize that focus on the following themes: Environment / Conservation - relating to climate change, eliminating single use plastics, maritime, tackling illegal wildlife Human rights - in particular to promoting girls’ education, LGBT rights, preventing sexual violence, reducing Modern Slavery, Freedom of Religion or Belief Security & Justice - in particular strengthening the capacity of the criminal justice system and law enforcement, improved access to justice and protection of rights for all citizens Economic and sustainable growth – relating to better business environments in key sectors

‘Colonial legacy’ of British army lives on in Belize
THE British army is using one of the world’s most biodiverse countries as a military training ground and paying nothing for it, it was revealed yesterday. An audit by the Ministry of Defence (MoD), unearthed by Declassified UK, shows that soldiers are free to rehearse jungle warfare across a sixth of Belize, including in protected forests. The Central American country, roughly the size of Wales, is home to critically endangered species and ancient Mayan ruins. Shockingly, the British army does not pay a penny to the former colony for use of the land.


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  • Highlights of the Adolescent & Youth Forum held on January 28, 2020, 2.5min. Oceana is proud to have been a partner of the Adolescent and Youth Forum held by the Spouses of CARICOM Leaders Action Network -SCLAN and the Special Envoy Belize. As an advocacy organization, we know that at its heart, advocacy is about making sure that people, especially society’s most vulnerable, have a voice and a participatory role in arriving at decisions that impact their lives. Our individual voices and actions may seem small, but collectively, they’re powerful! Kudos to all those who stood up and spoke out. We salute your courage and bravery!

  • Snorkeling with sharks in Belize, 5min.

  • Veggies With a Slice Of Life, min. Part 2 of Malkia's in-depth conversation with Dr. Nathaniel Stampley and Carolyn Stampley, American couple who recently received their permanent resident status since retiring to Belize in 2017. They share their vegan journey and a slice of life in Belize. Both are pastors of People of the Book International Ministries in Ladyville, Belize. T

  • Channel 5 Daily Obituaries - NELLY BEATRIZ HEGAR NEE ESPAT, 1.5min.

  • Despierta Belice for Tuesday, February 4th,2020, 2hr.

  • 6 new highway patrol vehicles were handed over today, 6.5min. Minister of Transport, Hon Edmond Castro, delivered the Main Address at the Official Handing over ceremony held today in front of NEMO Building, Belmopan City from 2pm. Road safety investment is worth saving lives from road traffic crashes

  • Global Social Impace House - BELIZE 2020, 3min.

  • Ak'Bol Resort San Pedro Belize, 3min. Ak'Bol Resort is located on Ambergris Caye in Belize. This oceanfront resort has stunning views of the Caribbean Sea and the second largest barrier reef in the world. The property include a large over-the-water covered yoga studio. The lush tropical gardens and quiet atmosphere make this the perfect place to relax. The beachfront bar and restaurant is a favorite for locals, expats, and visitors.

  • eGovernment in Belize: Empowering Government and People, 21min. Government to Business: This video highlights how the Government of Belize is seeking to become more efficient in its interactions and communications with Businesses through the use of digital technology and process re-engineering.

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