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The San Pedro Sun

Police investigation into the double murder of Dr. Gary Swank and islander Mario Graniel stalls; main suspect believed dead
The last murders registered on Ambergris Caye occurred on June 23, 2019, involving local tour guide Mario Graniel and an American National Dr. Gary Paul Swank, while on a fly-fishing trip off the north-west coast of the island. The shocking double murder threatened the tourism industry, prompting the Belize Police Department to establish a special security unit on the island. Initial investigations led to the custody of several suspects, but no one was ever charged. Seven months after, the latest update provided by police indicates that the investigation has come to a halt after the main suspect is believed to have been killed in Guatemala.

Belizekids.org conducts eye exams in San Pedro Town
Island children and adults benefited from free eye exams from the 3rd to the 7th of February at the San Pedro Lions Den, courtesy of American specialists attached to BelizeKids.org. The week-long eye examinations provide patients with information about their need for glasses or of any potential eye diseases. The non-profit organization has been offering its services since May 2017 by highly skilled professionals out of Stanford University in California, USA. The eye test sessions have been conducted periodically throughout the year as volunteer ophthalmologists donate their services. The ophthalmologists not only provide examinations to inform patients about their need for glasses but can also detect health conditions in the eye such as cataracts, glaucoma, retinopathy, and diabetic complications among others.

San Pedro Town holds 9th Annual Cancer Walk
In commemoration of World Cancer Awareness Day, the San Pedro Cancer Society held its ninth annual candlelight awareness walk on Tuesday, February 4th. This year saw a large number of islanders representing the local business community, the education sector, and even visitors, who met at the Central Park at 6PM to join the solidarity walk.The group left the Central Park heading north on Barrier Reef Drive and onto Pescador Drive. Headed by the San Pedro Traffic Department, they circled the San Juan roundabout and marched back to Central Park where the walk ended. Many of the participants wore t-shirts with images of their beloved ones, who had lost the battle against this disease.

Chief Justice says PM Dean Barrow illegally spent $1.5 billion
The United Democratic Party government, under the leadership of Prime Minister Right Honourable Dean Barrow, has been found responsible for unconstitutionally spending $1.5 billion. This decision was delivered on Friday, January 31st at the Supreme Court by Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin, highlighting that Barrow, Minister of Finance, spent the funds without parliamentary approval, which is a violation of the Constitution of Belize and the Finance and Audit Reform Act.

After School Hockey Program being held at San Pedro Roman Catholic School
The San Pedro Roman Catholic School has quietly been the location for an unorthodox pickup game of hockey. Played on concrete rather than on ice, two games are held every Thursday where kids play at 3:30pm and the adults take over at 4:30pm. After the bell, students participating run to the court and sweep it off, a precursor to the game that organizer Justin Lambert insists on. Mr. Lambert is a business owner and organizes the game with a team of other business owners on the island. It started off as games played just for fun amongst friends.

Ambergris Today

Ambergris Caye In 3rd Place As “Must Visit Places In The World”
The Dispatch Travelogue is an Indian media group and has placed Ambergris Caye as one of its “Must Visit Places in the World” ranking it number three out of a hundred places.

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.

Various Belizean Sources

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CPR & Emergency First Response Trainers
For those wishing to conduct CPR and/or First Response Training to stakeholders, kindly see requirements and more information below.

RF&G Up & Down River Challenge
The RF&G Up & Down River Challenge is this Saturday. It starts at Mahogany Hall Luxury Boutique Resort, and goes to the Hawkesworth. Let them know if you're interested in having a team.

Cannon installation at Government House
An awesome sight to behold. Looking at these cannons sent shivers down my - um, well timbers. The exhibition not yet completed, but will be by tomorrow. Closer inspection of these beasts revealed that none were made by the British. British cannons had an emblem on them, these don't. British pirates hardly if ever sunk the ships they plundered and the reason for that is because a ship loaded with gold at the bottom of the Caribbean sea does nothing for them - aargh! They were not always interested in gold, they also took the cannons. Although there are no marks on any of these, I suspect these are Spanish.

Salsa Dance Class in Corozal
Salsa Dance Classes in Corozal Town. Join in. Corozal professional salsa dancers Mrs. Irma and Don Jose will be conducting dance sessions for a worthy cause, tomorrow Friday, February 7th, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. Contact us for directions at 639 6697.

Power outage 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Friday, February 7 to affect entire Caye Caulker
BEL crew to install a transformer and conduct system upgrades to the Caye Caulker distribution system in preparation for connection of a new generation unit.

CCBTIA meets with Commissioner of Police
This morning the CCBTIA attended a gathering as the Member of the Citizens Advisory Committee to meet with Commissioner of Police on his official visit to Caye Caulker. Besides general safety and security, discussions also included the Palapa Beach Gardens area, collaboration with private sector and the community, training of more tourist police for Caye Caulker, immigration and the importance of open dialogue. The need for new island headquarters and police housing was also on the agenda. The meeting was followed by an inspection of the new police barracks which is still under construction.

COMPOL Chester Williams visits Caye Caulker Village & San Pedro Town
COMPOL Chester Williams, along with ACPs Marco Vidal, Aaron Guzman & Alden Dawson, started off the 2020 Commissioner's Country Tour in Caye Caulker Village & San Pedro Town. COMPOL Williams in a continuous effort in improving the BDP & finding the time to visit, listen to his officers, uses this country tour strategy to address issues, concerns & welfare of the Police Officers. COMPOL Williams also meets with members of the communities/organizations & emphasize on public relations through Community Policing.

COMPOL Chester Williams visits San Pedro Island
COMPOL Chester Williams, along with ACPs Marco Vidal, Alden Dawson, Aaron Guzman, held a town meeting with residents & students of San Pedro Island. COMPOL Williams shares with the gathering his 2020 strategies in addressing crime/violence reduction, public relations & community policing.

La Ruta Maya notice on the passig of Richard Harrison
The Belikin La Ruta Maya Belize River Challenge extends condolences to the Harrison family on the passing of Mr. Richard Harrison. Richard Harrison along with his brother Orlando founded and organized the La Ruta Maya Belize River Challenge for many years. Richard was also a writer and activist and up until the time of his passing was advocating for cleaner water through the Clean Water Alliance Project. We will keep you posted on funeral arrangements as we get them. May he rest in peace.

The ARt of Clay: Pottery Workshop
Crafters is having another art class! Join us and create your very own plant pot with red clay here in San Ignacio, Cayo! Snacks and drinks will be provided. Sunday, February 16, 2020 at 2 PM.

Belize Tertiary Opportunities Educational Expo

2020 Spanish Lookout Expo
Friday, March 6, 2020 at 9 AM – 5 PM. Spanish Lookout Buy & Sell. Entrance is Free This is a business and family event. No alcohol or the use of obscenity will be permitted at the expo. .

Belize's Wonder Women! Monique Usher
Monique has spent much of her young life as a business-oriented person. From the age of sixteen, she worked in her family’s business. She earned a bachelor’s degree in management from the University of Belize (UB). In late 2012, she started her own small online Facebook business “Aueronne”. Through an internship program with UB, she joined the Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (BELTRAIDE) in 2013 serving as the marketing and public relations officer. As the Marketing & Public Relations Officer, Monique assisted in the positive positioning of the organization locally, regionally and internationally. She also contributed to publications such as the Invest Belize Magazine.

Paradise Theater playing this weekend
Midway, Jojo Rabbit, Arctic Dogs, 21 Bridges

Channel 7

Kingston Calls Ralph Fonseca's Name, Saldivar Lives To Fight Another Day
Finally today, on the witness stand in a Utah federal courtroom - Jacob Kingston started detailing his business and political contacts in Belize - all facilitated by Lev Dermen. But, the name he dropped is not what you might expect. This evening, in the last few minutes of testimony for the day, Kingston said he traveled to Belize several times with Lev Dermen to explore possible involvement with a gambling businesses - both online and physical casino operations. They were also looking into investments for a fuel depot and the reconstruction of a port. He said those discussions included Ralph Fonseca, described by Kingston as "Belize's Minister of Finance,". Kingston added that he had also met Fonseca at a meeting in Miami.

Richard Harrison Crushed To Death In Freak Accident
Tonight many in the twin towns and indeed the nation are mourning the loss of 55 -year-old Richard Harrison. The Former PUP Standard bearer for Cayo North, former owner of B-H orange juice, and co-founder of the La Ruta Maya Race, died today in a road traffic accident between miles 56 and 57 on the George Price Highway. Harrison was traveling westbound to Belmopan when his SUV was crushed by the cargo of a flatbed truck that was coming from the opposite direction. The flatbed was full of lumber, and it seems that when it whipped around the curve, the lumber slid off, directly unto Harrison's vehicle. He was crushed and trapped inside the vehicle and succumbed to severe head and body injuries by the time emergency personnel were able to extract him. PLUS TV spoke to an eyewitness who wished to appear off camera.

Retired Cop Mark Flowers Still Fighting To Clear His Name
In July of 2016, Superintendent of Police, Mark Flowers, was charged for unlawful sexual intercourse with a 14 year old girl - who had also been impregnated. He emphatically denied the allegation in a round of media interviews, but Flowers was stripped of his command of the GSU, and remanded to prison. Since that time, he was placed on interdiction, he had a stroke, he retired, and most importantly, a paternity test on the teenager's newborn child established that he was not the father. But the charges against him have not gone anywhere.

Deputy Compol Segura On Trial For Traffic Death
Also appearing in the Belmopan Courtroom today was Deputy Commissioner of Police, Mike Segura. His trial for various traffic offences resulting from the death of a 54 year-old woman, and the serious injury of her taxi driver, started today before Justice Cumberbatch.

Small Drug Plane Lands in Monkey River
Another drug plane landed in Belize last night - and, just like the last one, it was in the south. The plane, identified to us as a Piper Navajo with the Panther conversion was found near Monkey River, like so many others, burnt to nothing, with its cargo gone.

Hola COLA, Sayonara Shawn!
He's the COLA Captain who took over from General Giovanni - but it seems Shawn Saldano wasn't long for the job. He took over the Presidency in June of 2019, but has resigned abruptly. A pre-dawn release from COLA says Saldano was only an interim president who has stepped down, quote, "due to unforeseen obligations and circumstances."

Gramma Real Deal
Last night you saw the cops remove a woman from the Channel 7 building to take her to the police station. She came to our office seeking an interview about her 8 year old grandson who had been knocked down. You saw the cops took her away before the interview could be concluded. Well this morning we tracked her down to find out how the boy is doing. Cherisse Halsall has more: Yesterday we brought you the story of Carolette Gideon a concerned grandmother who came to Channel 7 to have her voice heard over an accident involving her 8 year old grandson Dijon Dawson. We caught up with her this morning and she told us what went down yesterday after the cops took her away.

They Shot Customs Building
Police are investigating a disturbing incident that happened last night at the Western border. 7News has confirmed that the customs building was shot - reportedly form the Guatemalan side of the border. The bullet penetrated the customs area, but fortunately no one was around at the time. Reliable reports tell us that around 10:30 last night, a man trying to cross from Guatemala into Belize was turned back because he claimed to have nationality but his documents looked suspicious.

Robbers Couldn't Run Away
Tonight, Corozal Police are getting ready to charge 2 men who were caught while trying to flee from the grocery store they had just robbed. Just after midday yesterday, two armed, masked culprits barged into Henry's Store, which is located on College Road in Corozal Town. They held up the cashier and snatched about two thousand dollars in cash. The two men then ran out the entrance of the store and tried to escape on separate bicycles. But, the cops responded immediately and were able to detain the robbers and recover some of the stolen money.

Was Brian Murdered?
You may remember 36-year-old Brian Harris. He's the Belize City resident who police found suffering from multiple gunshot injuries on a picado road off Mile 17 and a half on the George Price Highway. That was six weeks ago, and police believed that he survived an entire night with those injuries before he was discovered and rushed to the KHMH for medical treatment. He clung to life for 6 weeks until he passed away on Sunday, January 26th. In that time, he was released from the hospital - but he had been paralysed. And, he had to be re-admitted with complications, which is when he died.

Henry Harris Home After Nolle Pros
26-year-old Henry Harris, aka "Alkaline", has been on remand for just over 3 years while awaiting trial for murder. But tonight, he's home free because the DPP's Office had decided to discontinue their prosecution against him. Harris was charged with murder and attempted murder for the 2017 shooting of the two brothers: 44-year-old Clinton "Hog" Frazer, and 36-year-old Nelson Michael Frazer. As we reported, on the night of January 22nd, the Frazer brothers were handing out with several friends near the Conch Shell Bay Fish Market.

COBEC Comes Through For College Kids
COBEC, the Consortium for Belize Educational Cooperation has been around for more than three decades. And for al those decades its been allowing Belizean students to attend certain US colleges while paying tuition fees at discounted rates.

Corona Case of Interest
Tonight, 7News has received credible reports that the Ministry of Health has been alerted to a coronavirus case of interest at the northern border. We are told that a team is responding now to go and investigate that case of what we are told is a Belizean being held at the northern border now - with a recent travel history to China, who is displaying flu like symptoms. We are told the persons is quarantined pending investigations. We'll keep following this very closely.

Tino In Prison
He was charged with murder for the shooting death of a 17-year-old teenager, but tonight 30-year-old Timothy Thurton, aka "Timo", is at the Belize Central Prison Tonight awaiting sentencing. That's after he pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of manslaughter. The young man he admitted to gunning down is Brandon Bradley, a resident of Lords Bank Village. On the night of April 26, 2017, Bradley was in the company of his brother at an unnamed shop a short distance from his house. At around 10:00 he rode off on his bicycle to go home, but he never made it. While he was on the way, a gunman ambushed and shot him several times to the chest.

A House Is Not A Home Without A Permit
Many people ignore it, but it's the law: if you have any kind of plans to build any homes or buildings, make any additions to your home, or if you're conducting any demolition, you must get a permit from the Central Building Authority. That's the Government agency that polices all forms of construction from small residential projects, all the way up to large-scale development projects. In the past, you would have had to go to their Belmopan office to apply for building permits. But, their offices have now been decentralized, as a result of the 2017 amendment to the Building Act.

Restore Belize Making Mediation Meaningful
Restore Belize in partnership with the Ministry of Human Development, is currently hosting a workshop with Belize City community workers on Capacity Building in Conflict Mediation. The 19 participants include Belize City Community Police Officers and NGO's working with youth in conflict. Today we visited the workshop where Restore Belize Communications officer, Anna Banner Guy, told us that all community workers need to be armed with conflict mediation skills.

Cops Reviewing Surveillance Video
As we told you last night, there was an armed robbery on Tuesday at La Popular Bakery, on Cemetery Road in Belize City. Today Police discussed whether surveillance cameras will be of any use in catching the suspects: Supt. Alejandro Cowo - OC, CIB Belize City: "On Tuesday, the 4th of February, just before 8 p.m., police responded to a robbery report at La Popular Bakery, located on the George Price Highway, where they spoke to one of the workers..."

OCEANA Says Gillnet Ban Must Be Decisive
Oceana is once again calling for a ban on gillnets, but this time the NGO says the ban must be decisive and of meaningful longevity. In December of 2019 GOB declared gillnets destructive, however, the proposed ban has no defined term. And, in a press release today Oceana stated that proposing a ban with no defined term, means that GOB is not only passing on Oceana's offer to provide one million dollars to support Belizean fishers as they transition away from gillnets...

50K For UB Steel
The University of Belize has received a 50,000 Dollar Donation from the Belize Bank. The money is supposed to go directly into the advancement of musicians at the University and on the wider scale will feed the Belizean music culture. The donation will fund a University Steel Band, known as "UB Steel".

Channel 5

Suspected Drug Plane Lands in Monkey River Area
A suspected drug plane landed in the Monkey River area sometime late Wednesday night and early this morning. By the time authorities arrived on the scene, the passengers were gone [...]

Ruta Maya Founder, Richard Harrison, Perishes in RTA Near Ontario
Well-known businessman, Richard Harrison perished in a traffic accident this afternoon. He was travelling in his SUV when pieces of lumber from a flatbed truck landed on his vehicle. The [...]

U.D.P. Leadership Convention to Limited Media Access on Feb. 9th
The executive of the United Democratic Party, following a meeting of its National Party Council last Saturday, has decided to limit access to the local media in covering the upcoming [...]

U.D.P. Chairman Says Media Invited for Counting of Ballots
According to August, at the conclusion of the vote, the media will be invited to witness the counting of ballots, as well as the party leader’s address and the leader-elect’s [...]

Jacob Kingston Testifies on Lev Dermen’s Introduction to Belize
Jacob Kingston continued with his testimony in the Salt Lake court at today’s sitting. Kingston’s testimony is highly anticipated and is critical for the prosecution if it is to seal [...]

A Belizean Perspective on the Effects of Novel Coronavirus in China
The death toll due to the novel corona virus continues to climb; it is reported that more than five hundred and fifty persons have died since the outbreak in Wuhan, [...]

Attorney Explains Ashcroft’s Addition to Legal Challenge
As we reported on Wednesday, Lord Michael Ashcroft has formally applied to join a lawsuit against the Government of Belize that was brought by the Belize Peace Movement.   Ashcroft’s application [...]

What if the Court Rules in Favor of Redistricting?
We asked Marshalleck about the odds of conducting a redistricting exercise ahead of the upcoming general elections given what appears to be a stringent timeline.  He says that should the [...]

Shooting at the Belize-Guatemala Border
Unconfirmed reports are that several gunshots were fired around at the Belize-Guatemala border around ten o’clock on Wednesday night. Photos circulated of shattered glasses caused by the shooting. Reports are [...]

Police Detain Robbers Who Jacked Henry’s Supermarket
On Wednesday afternoon, just after twelve-thirty, a pair of robbers walked into Henry’s Supermarket on College Road in Corozal Town and held up the proprietor at gunpoint. The men got [...]

Police Detain One for La Popular Robbery; Looking for Another
Police have detained one person and looking for another in connection with the robbery of La Popular Bakery on Cemetery Road in Belize City. Just before eight on Tuesday night, [...]

Steel Pans for the U.B., the Belize Bank Grants a Generous Donation
The University of Belize has received a generous donation to start up the “UB Steel.”  The donation of fifty thousand dollars was made by the Belize Bank at the end [...]

OCEANA – “Ban on Gillnets must be decisive”
Last December, the government made a surprise decision that drew criticism from many quarters when it declared that in respect of gillnets, there would be a control and eventual phase [...]

2 Men Charged with Murder For Separate Killings in Corozal
On Tuesday, we reported that two men were charged for separate killings that happened in Concepcion Village in the Corozal District.  Today, Senior Superintendent of Police Hilberto Romero shared details [...]

Update on Shooting Death of Brian Harris
Police say that the death of Brian Harris is now being investigated as a murder. As we reported almost two weeks ago, Harris passed away after being in and out [...]

Mediation Training for Community Workers Who Come in Contact with Youths in Conflict
A weeklong event in Belize City is sharpening the skills of police officers and others who deal with persons, particularly youth, involved in crime.  Restore Belize has organized a training [...]

An International Capacity Building Training to Address Online Chid Exploitation
Representatives from various institutions including Human Services, the Police Department and members from the Judiciary, including judges and prosecutors have been engaged in a three-day workshop on the online exploitation [...]

There is Need for Cybercrime Legislation
ICMEC is based in Alexandria, Virginia in the U.S.A. According to data available, most of the abuse starts at home; twenty-five percent of the abuses are committed by someone in [...]

A Building Series Workshop Wraps Up in Belize City
About two months ago we showed you the start of a series of workshops called the ‘Municipal Building Unit Awareness Workshop Series.’  The Ministry of Housing, along with its partners, [...]

Amandala

Fatal accident near Ontario
We have received reports of a traffic accident near Ontario Village, Cayo District. According to the report, some lumber fell from a truck and onto a black SUV. A male person was trapped inside motionless.

Richard Harrison was the victim of fatal RTA
Update: A businessman and former PUP standard bearer for Cayo North, Richard Harrison, was the victim of the fatal accident on the George Price Highway reported earlier. We will have more details in tomorrow’s newspaper.

Another drug plane lands in Southern Belize
There are reports of another drug plane that landed sometime early this morning in Monkey River in Southern Belize. According to information, when found, the plane was already burnt.

The Reporter

Businessman Richard Harrison Dies In Freak Accident
The Reporter has been able to confirm that the man who died in the freak accident in Ontario in the Cayo District is businessman Richard Harrison. Harrison was well known for his prior ownership of the Big H brand, as well as for the Ruta Maya race, a stint in politics and for being an outspoken activist. He was killed when a truck carrying lumber smashed into his SUV on the George Price Highway.

U.D.P’s Convention: New Media Rules, You Can Come In After The Results
The United Democratic Party will be holding its much anticipated Leadership Convention this Sunday, February 9th at the Belize Civic Center where Party Leader Aspirants John Saldivar and Patrick Faber will face off for the golden title. What is interesting about Sunday’s convention is that for the first time in history, the media will be banned from covering the event.

Mystery Plane #5 – Suspected Drug Plane Landing In Southern Belize
This morning February 6th. Belize Defense Force personnel and the Police are on the scene of another crispy plane (burnt to a crisp), which can remove all evidence of the presence of illicit drugs. The plane is near Monkey River Town, an area that is not too far from another recent suspected drug plane, which was found on January 26th.

LOVE FM

Businessman loses life in road traffic accident
A well known businessman from San Ignacio Town lost his life this afternoon in a road traffic incident on the George Price Highway. 56-year-old Richard Harrison, whose family is known for their Big H Enterprise was traveling west when he encountered trouble on the highway.

Retried BDF captain wants thorough investigations into sexual misconduct allegations
Retired captain, Derricia Castillo-Salazar, who recently created a petition to open investigations into alleged sexual misconduct within the Belize Defense Force, has written an open letter to Brigadier General, Stephen Ortega.

Police capture robbers in Corozal
Quick police response in Corozal led to the capture of a pair of suspected robbers. According to Senior Superintendent, Hilberto Romero, the men fired at police as they were attempting to flee.

Jacob Kingston testifies in US court
The Lev Dermen trial has wrapped up for this week and will reconvene on Monday. Jacob Kingston, the key witness in the Dermen trial took the stand again today where he outlined the start of his business relationship with Dermen and how the fraudulent oil scheme got started.

Media Blocked from UDP convention
In the 2019 Press Freedom Index, Belize was listed as a country with noticeable problems when it comes to freedom of the press. When reporters, journalists or the media are blocked from covering issues of national importance, it is described as anti-democracy which is exactly what is happening as independent media houses will not have access to UDP’s Leadership Convention slated for Sunday, February 9 at the Belize Civic Centre.

Opposition Party still uncertain as to how they will move forward on the CJ’s ruling
PUP Parliamentarians and their legal counsel met today to discuss the way forward as it relates to the recent ruling by the Chief Justice on the PetroCaribe monies. The Chief Justice has ordered that the constitution be amended to facilitate multiple supplementary budgets that were never taken to the House of Representatives for approval as is required by the Finance and Audit Reform Act; subsequently, deeming the spending of over one billion dollars illegal.

Liquor Licensing Board require establishments to have emergency exits
Establishments in Punta Gorda that wish to acquire a liquor license are now required to have emergency exits. The Liquor Licensing Board has provided a window for applicants to have their exits installed.

Conflict Mediation Workshop
A five-day workshop with community workers from Belize City is ongoing through the Youth & Community Transformation Project (YCT). YCT is a comprehensive social intervention, which response to the challenges facing vulnerable groups, particularly at-risk youths on Southside Belize City.

Oceana continues the fight against gillnets
The recent newscasts have been swamped with politics, corruption and crime. In doing their part, Oceana Belize is making sure that the fight against gillnets is not forgotten.

Municipal Building Unit Awareness Workshop series
There was a Municipal Building Unit Awareness Workshop series to highlight the processes needed to get approval to Build in Belize. Throughout the country, there are nine building units who are a representation of the Central Building Authority at the Municipal level. The building’s units came about after the amendment of the Building Act in 2017. According to the Deputy Mayor of CITCO, Oscar Arnold, several Governmental Organizations were lobbying for the transition process to grant permits within the Municipalities.

Education Expo held at UB
An expo catering to tertiary level students took place today in Belmopan. It was well attended, and our Cayo Correspondent, Fem Cruz, got the details.

Legal minds, Law Enforcement and others team up to fight cyber crimes and sexual exploitation
From the surface, it may not seem like Belize is affected by the sexual exploitation of children in cyberspace. The reality is that we are and the reality is that this sort of crime is transnational.

Live and Let Live campaign fights against discrimination
The Live and Let Live Campaign is an opportunity for persons who have faced discrimination to tell their stories. This campaign is in an effort to fight against discrimination.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

British High Commission mourns passing of Richard Harrison
The British High Commission issued a statement saying that it is extremely sad at the news […]

CARICOM congratulates Grenada on 46th Independence Anniversary
The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) extended congratulations to the Government and People of Grenada on the […]

PUP joins in mourning death of Richard Harrison
The People’s United Party (PUP) joins friends, family and Belizeans in mourning the untimely passing […]

The UDP cause is greater than its leaders
The views expressed in this article are those of the writer and not necessarily those of Breaking Belize News. […]

The tale of the tape for Faber versus Saldivar
As is wide knowledge, National Security Minister John Saldivar is taking on current Deputy Prime […]

Belize mourns loss of businessman Richard Harrison
The Belikin La Ruta Maya Belize River Challenge issued a statement extending condolences to the […]

Driver says lumber strap dislodged and burst causing accident
Police have issued an official report regarding the accident that claimed the life of Belizean […]

Former BDF captain writes Commander about sex charges
Former Belize Defence Force (BDF) Captain Derricia Castillo-Salazar, who has been speaking out in the wake […]

Tourism growth exceeds country’s expectations: Belize Tourism Board says “no need to fear”
As pointed out by an article published by Travelpulse.com, Belize’s tourism sector has been growing […]

Belize City Council signs Memorandum of Understanding with Jamaican University
Today Belize City Mayor Bernard Wagner and Councilor with responsibility for Youth and Sports, Micah […]

Ammunition found near burnt plane
Authorities this morning processed the scene of a burnt aircraft suspected to have been used […]

Belize to make cultural debut at Taiwanese Lantern Festival
For the first time ever, Belize will be featured at two cultural […]

Reggae legend Bob Marley would have been 75 today
“One love, one heart, let’s get together and feel alright… ” The Reggae legend, Bob […]

“We must protect our people,” says UDP chairman
United Democratic Party (UDP) Chairman Alberto August explained today that the decision to keep the […]

Another suspected drug plane lands in Southern Belize
Reports to Breaking Belize News is that a suspected narco plane landed sometime this morning […]

Chester Williams clarifies accusations of police promotions mixed in with UDP leadership campaign
Commissioner of Police, Chester Williams issued a statement today clarifying statements being shared on social […]

Blogs

Top 3 Most Private Destinations in Belize
Belize is an entirely beautiful country that has over 239 miles of coastline with 200+ islands or cayes. The most popular cayes are Caye Caulker, Ambergris Caye, and Tobacco Caye. However, Belize has a number of private islands that sometimes accommodate celebrities, and can only be accessed by a private boat or helicopter. Here are three of the most exclusive destinations in Belize:

Experience The Beautiful Island Of Caye Caulker In Belize
Caye Caulker is nothing but cool, cool Caribbean through and through. It’s easy to get there in under an hour. The eclectic mix of islanders are easy going and friendly and the vibe is “make yourself at home”! No one wears shoes and everything is readily available from tours to food and everything in between…just ask. You’ll see golf carts and bicycles whizzing around, vendors of fruit, arts, and crafts, shrimp on a stick, coconuts, you name it. On the sea, there are parasailers, snorkelers, fisherfolk, locals, tourists, bustling, and content.

Xunantunich Maya Site in Cayo, Belize
In the Maya language, Xunantunich means “maiden of the rock” or “stone woman.” The Xu is pronounced like shoe. It is situated on the Western or George Price Highway, 80 miles west of Belize City, across the river from the village of San Jose Soccotz. It can be reached by ferry daily between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. This site is less than 1.5 kilometers (1 mile) from some lovely rapids of the Mopan River and provides an impressive view of the entire river valley. Xunantunich consists of six plazas surrounded by more than 26 temples and palaces. The top of El Castillo sits on a limestone cavern and affords a panoramic view of the entire expanse of the ruin and the surrounding jungle.

Enjoy The Sidewalk Arts And Music Festival In Placencia Belize
Belize is a wonderful mix of culture, and you can experience every wonderful part of that mix at the Sidewalk Arts and Music Festival in Placencia. This vibrant festival celebrates everything uniquely Belizean. If you want to experience the colors, taste, and music that make up the beautiful quilt of Belizean culture, you can’t miss this event. The festival has become a yearly tradition in Belize, turning the quaint seaside village of Placencia into a vibrant, lively center of music, color, food, dance and fun for all ages. Artists, craftspeople, musicians, chefs, jewelry makers and all types of artisans descend on this beautiful village to transform it with color, taste, and sound.

Follow Cupid to Belize, the Romance Capital of the Caribbean
There’s a place designed for lovers that has no equal and it’s just a couple of hours by plane from the U.S.A and Canada.: Belize. Everyone speaks romance. Your dollar stretches further than a bridal garter. And since Belize’s network of resorts is committed to your privacy, you two don’t have to see another soul once you check into your accommodations. Whether you decide to book an accommodation in a treehouse, within a forest or on the beach, Belize resorts cater to so many couples, lodgings are designed with love in mind. Luxury digs are roomy, beautifully appointed with tropical furnishings and feature modern bathrooms.

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Ambergris Caye: 3/100 Must Visit Places in the World
Ambergris Caye is the largest island in Belize, and the main destination for travellers to this western Caribbean nation. San Pedro Town is the only town on the island. Ambergris Caye has been the hub of the areas maritime trade for centuries. Fishing, coconuts, and chicle were historic means of islanders support, but the last thirty years have led to a large growth in both the dive and scuba trade, and ecotourism. The rich variety of things to do in San Pedro Town makes Ambergris Caye the gateway to travel in this beautiful country.

Marie Sharp's Smokin' Marie Hot Sauce Review
Great review of Smokin' Marie's, one of the best hot sauces ever. Most all of her sauces are reviewed on that site. He hasn't done the 2nd best hot sauce, Marie's Green Habanero, yet.

Videos

  • Live From Salt Lake City; Jacob Kingston Testifies in Lev Dermen Trial, 13min.

  • Belize 2019 and Engagement, 4min.

  • Scuba Diving Belize - Turneffe Atoll, 10min. Diving Turneffe Atoll from the Carnival Cruise Ship

  • Campeonato Centroamericano Infantil y Juvenil, Belice 2020 DAY 3 Morning, 2hr59min.

  • Campeonato Centroamericano Infantil y Juvenil, Belice 2020 DAY 3 Afternoon, 4hr41min.

  • Channel 5 Obituaries - DARREL LAURIE, 1.5min.

  • Winners of the BDF Dog Show,26 min. Today we got to meet the winners of the BDF Dog Show. Our four-legged friends joined us on set as winner of the showcase that took place on Saturday at the BDF Day 2020. We met the winners of the smallest and biggest dog competition winners. We also met the winner of the "fastest eater" competition. The participants talked about their dog care regime and plans for future showcase.

  • School Counsellors Association Awareness Week, 33min. This week is designated as School Counsellors Association Awareness Week. The theme for the celebration is: "School Counselling: Helping Students Navigate A Changing World." We talked with a panel of school counsellors about the work they are doing in schools and how important it is to support the mental health of students.

  • Executive Director of EU-LAC Foundation - Update, 35min. Former European Union Ambassador to Belize and current Executive Director of EU-LAC Foundation, Paola Amadei, was our guests to talk about the EU-LAC Foundation. The entity seeks to promote partnership and dialogue between the regions to achieve strategic and mutually beneficial objectives. She gave us an overview of the foundation and how Belize benefits from its membership.

  • eGovernment in Belize: Empowering Government and People (Episode #1), 25min. Check out the first episode of the Economic Development Council's e-Governance Miniseries - eGovernment in Belize.

  • San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize 2020, 7min.

  • Belize Road Trip | Driving from Belmopan to Placencia, 16min. Here is a cool video we made of our drive from Belmopan City to Placencia. It was an awesome day to go to the Placencia Beach. Below you will find a layout of fun places to stop by and visit.

  • HRH Queen Elizabeth visit to San Ignacio Belize, 4min. Queen Elizabeth has visited Belize twice: in October, 1985 and again in February, 1994. During her 1994 visit Queen Elizabeth and her husband, Prince Phillip, the Duke of Edinburgh, were guests of honour at a luncheon hosted at the San Ignacio Resort Hotel. To commemorate that occasion, we have put together a DVD highlighting our treasured memories of our time with the royals.

  • “WE MESSED UP”- BORDER CROSSING, Chetumal, Mexico to Caye Caulker, Belize, 7min. Our experience and step by step guide to crossing the international border from Chetumal to Caye Caulker by boat and sea.

  • Scuba Diving Belize - Turneffe Atoll, 9min. Diving Turneffe Atoll from the Carnival Cruise Ship - Dive 2.