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The San Pedro Sun

Authorities investigate coral destruction caused by luxury yacht Samadhi anchored at Lighthouse Reef Atoll
Tourism stakeholders and environmentalists are up in arms after a video surfaced on social media on Sunday, February 9th, depicting the alleged destruction of live corals by the anchor of luxury yacht Samadhi at Lighthouse Reef Atoll. The footage taken by local divers shows a length of chain wrapped around corals along a popular dive site known as the Aquarium. According to environmental authorities, to safeguard the said area, mooring points were installed, thus, there was no need to drop the anchor. The Department of the Environment (DOE) and the Belize Port Authority were made aware of the situation and are currently investigating the incident.

Ambergris Today

Belize's Maya-Mestizo Heritage Highlighted At 2020 Taipei Lantern Festival
The Embassy of Belize to the Republic of China (Taiwan) hosted a Press Conference on Friday, February 7, 2020, to unveil lanterns depicting elements of Belize's Maya-Mestizo Heritage: the Lamanai Mask Temple, Deer Dance Festival, and Marimba. For the second year in a row, Belize will be participating in the Taipei Lantern Festival on February 8-16, 2020 and the Taichung Lantern Festival on February 8-23, 2020. The lanterns on display in Taichung will be depicting the Great Blue Hole as well as an array of species of marine life found in the Belizean Barrier Reef.

John Saldivar Is The New Party Leader For The United Democratic Party
The United Democratic Party of Belize held its National Convention in Belize City at the Belize Civic Center on Sunday, February 9, 2020. A total of 570 UDP delegates were to cast their vote but only 569 did as one was absent due to illness. Coming out victorious was John Saldivar as new UDP Party leader with a total of 342 votes against Patrick Faber with 227 votes.

Government Of Belize Issues Travel Ban For Travelers Having Recently Visited China
The Government of Belize issued a press release on Saturday, February 8, 2020, stating that given the recent situations with travel history that have been documented upon arrival at the Philip S.W. Goldson International Airport and other points of entry, both the Ministries of Health and Immigration are hereby directing that all travelers who have been in China within 14 days immediately prior to arrival in Belize be denied entry.

John Saldivar Is The New Party Leader For The United Democratic Party
The United Democratic Party of Belize held its National Convention in Belize City at the Belize Civic Center on Sunday, February 9, 2020. A total of 570 UDP delegates were to cast their vote but only 569 did as one was absent due to illness. Coming out victorious was John Saldivar as new UDP Party leader with a total of 342 votes against Patrick Faber with 227 votes. The First Deputy Leader post was won by Hugo Patt with a total of 390 votes against Tracey Taegar-Panton with 177 votes.

Various Belizean Sources

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PUP says "Call the elections now"
Will it be John Vs. Johnny or Hugo Vs. Johny?

Many courses under the umbrella of the OAS Culture of Peace are coming to the Benque HoC
OAS Culture of Peace Program 2020 @ your Benque House of Culture, register to secure your spaces and learn more on details on how to apply!

BELIZE FISHING REPORT: FEBRUARY 2, 2020 THROUGH FEBRUARY 9, 2020
Last week fishing was mixed with an average bag of bonefish, a variety of Snapper species, and one large permit of 30 Lbs. Wind and cloud cover made conditions a bit tough at times.

BEL Prepares for Arrival of New Generation Unit for Caye Caulker
Belize Electricity Limited (BEL) advises customers in Caye Caulker that the new 1705kW capacity generation unit sourced from Panama in early Janualy, is now scheduled for commissioning on the island by Tuesday, February 18 following delays at ports in neighboring countries. The unit is currently at the port in Santo Tomas de Castilla, Guatemala, awaiting customs clearance before transportation by land to the Belize/Guatemala border at Benque Viejo, Cayo. It is expected that the unit will arrive in Belize by Wednesday, February 12 then taken to the Port of Belize for transshipment by sea to Caye Caulker.

Advisory Mission on Harmonization of Legislation on Cybercrime and Electronic Evidence
The Ministry of National Security, in collaboration with the Office of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, hosted the opening ceremony for the Advisory Mission on Harmonization of Legislation on Cybercrime and Electronic Evidence in Belize City, Belize. This mission is funded and supported by the European Union and the Council of Europe via the Global Action on Cybercrime Extended (GLACY+) Programme. The primary purpose of the mission is to facilitate a workshop to align Belize’s existing or draft legislation on cybercrime and electronic evidence with international standards.

BBQ Fundraiser for the Corozal Sailing Club
Corozal on February 28TH, 2020 infront of Frank’s Meat Shop. There will be a BBQ sale commencing at 10am. All funds goes towards the Corozal Bay Sailing Club. BBQ for will have available $8 chicken 10$ Pork. There will be Pre-sale on hats and t-shirts $20. Also, there will be a 50/ 50 Drawing. We will also have available Baked goods for sale. For more information about the fundraising pm Brenna Norman, Sandy & Rick Allen, Jessica Beckles or Susan Belize for pre sale tickets.

Corozal Town Council Monthly Bazaar
The Corozal Town Council will be hosting its monthly Bazaar this Friday, 14th February 2020. An invitation is extended to all entrepreneurs, business houses and our local vendors to join us to promote and support this venture to help in boosting our local economy. We invite the general public to come out and support this great initiative and take advantage of the great deals and specials on this day. We want to thank everyone who have been working with us and always welcome new business partners to the team.

Art Auction at Serenity Sands
You are cordially invited to an art and silent auction being held at Serenity Sands on Friday, February 14th. What a great way to find the perfect gift for your sweetheart and take part in all the fun. We will also be there to renew CAP (Corozal Animal Program) memberships or sign up new folks, so bring a friend. We sincerely appreciate your interest and support. Together we are making a difference.

Sarteneja Alliance hosts troop of scouts from Corozal District
On Saturday 9th February, the Sarteneja Alliance for Conservation and Development - Belize were very pleased to host a troop of scouts from Corozal District. Whilst learning the important skill of survival fishing using hand-lines, we felt it was equally important that these young men and women learnt about conservation efforts being made in Corozal Bay Wildlife Sanctuary (CBWS). By educating these adventurous young men and women about conservation and protected species found in CBWS, we hope to inspire the next generation of citizens to continue to protect this beautiful country.

The SHPS PTA is having a BBQ fundraiser this Saturday
SHPS PTA is having a fundraising BBQ drive to assist the school this coming Saturday, $8.00 a plate of BBQ Chicken, Baked beans, coleslaw and flour tortilla. Contact any teacher/PTA member, pick up can be done starting 11am at the corner entrance of the welcome center.

Refurbishing Joseph Andrew's Park in Santa Elena Town
Next Tuesday night, the SISE Town Council will be meeting at Joseph Andrews' Park to discuss the refurbishing.

American Society of Travel Advisor Houston Chapter Tradeshow

BTB’s Cruise Stakeholder Networking Session

Gateway Trust Retreat Center Annual Open Day
The Gateway trust retreat center annual open day on February 9th 2020 was a great success. The perfect expression of connectivity and reverence to mother earth was the opening activity of The ritual of gratitude and acknowledgement to the Cardinal points, performed by To'one Masehualo'on NGO spiritual leader Mr Faustino Yam and Mr Andy Chuc. It was a day to experience joyfulness in brotherhood with fun times singing to live music and beautiful voices. There was an endless array of delicious treats and also some raffle prizes. The special activities for this year's event was Reiki healing sessions and a bird watching tour lead by expert birder Mr Raul Mansanilla.

Channel 5

John Saldivar is the New U.D.P. Party Leader
It is a fast moving news day with numerous developments with serious implications, but first, John Saldivar has emerged as the favourite to lead the United Democratic Party.  Of the [...]

John Saldivar’s First Interview Since Forever, Despite Limitations
Embattled area representative turned party leader elect, John Saldivar, has artfully dodged the media in the weeks leading up to Sunday’s convention by absenting himself from public events hosted by [...]

Saldivar Not Worried About Kingston’s Testimony
When asked if he was anxious about the testimony of Jacob Kingston whose sworn statement from the dock resumed today in the Utah courtroom, Saldivar essentially said that he was [...]

Jacob Kingston Testifies that Lev Dermen Gave John Saldivar Stacks of Cash
We will have more from the convention and the resignation of Patrick Faber as Deputy Prime Minister of United Democratic Party coming up.  But we go to Hipolito Novelo who [...]

How Will Jacob Kingston’s Testimony Affect the U.D.P.?
A dark cloud had been hanging over Sunday’s convention because of Jacob Kingston’s testimony. How this revelation will affect the U.D.P. is not known as the U.D.P. goes into gear [...]

Patrick Faber Concedes Defeat at NPC
This afternoon, shortly after three o’clock, Patrick Faber took to his social media account where he posted on his Facebook page a letter of resignation.  So Faber stepped down as [...]

PM Barrow’s Final Keynote Address at NPC
With the election of a new leader, Prime Minister Dean Barrow will be demitting office, as when, a date is not known.  In his final address before a massive gathering [...]

PM Addresses U.D.P. Unity Post Convention
While bidding farewell to the legions of U.D.P. supporters in the bleachers, the outgoing party leader reminded them that they are in good hands with his successor.  He also took [...]

P.U.P. Says: Fire John Saldivar, Call Elections Now
This morning, the People’s United Party issued its release on the convention results. It makes the point that new Leader of the United Democratic Party was elected with only three [...]

American Woman Murdered; Boyfriend Charged with Murder
Now to a murder, a woman was brutally killed in San Ignacio, Cayo over the weekend.  Javan Moody, a man she has been dating for a few months, has been [...]

Minor Shot in Belize City
A twelve-year-old-boy was shot on Friday night in Belize City. Police say that the minor was inside his home with family members when a man walked up and fired shots [...]

Shooting on Fabers Road; No One Injured
There was another shooting in the city, fortunately no one was injured, but a dog was killed. It happened around ten-fifteen on Saturday night. Police were called out to Fabers [...]

Fatal Accident Claims 2 Lives
A fatal accident in the south claimed two lives on Saturday morning just after six. Police say that Jose Cal, the driver of the pickup truck, may have fallen asleep [...]

G.O.B. Bans Travellers Who Recently Visited China
A number of countries have imposed a travel ban and over the weekend, Belize did the same putting in place a travel ban for travellers who recently visited China, was [...]

Group of Chinese Nationals Screened, Cleared at P.G.I.A.
So on Saturday, a News Five team camped outside the arrival section of the Philip Goldson International Airport after reports surfaced that a group of travellers from China arrived onboard [...]

Fire Destroys Home in Saint Matthews Village
Fire destroyed a home in Saint Matthews Village over the weekend. Police say that a wooden home and all its contents, valued at a total of twenty-thousand dollars, were wiped [...]

Anchor Grounded on Reef near Long Caye
News spread like wildfire on Sunday evening on social media as images surfaced of an anchor grounded near Long Caye in the Lighthouse Reef Atoll.  The area is known as [...]

Samadhi Vessel is Tracked to Honduras
Today, we did a search on the location of the vessel. According to the information, the Samadhi yacht, which was built back in 2006, is registered to the Cayman Island. [...]

A Workshop to Strengthen Cybercrime Legislation in Belize
Cybercrime relates to offenses committed on the internet or on social media platforms on a number of issues. In the country at this time, are representatives of a Cybercrime Programme [...]

The Weekend Sporting Stats
Good evening, I’m James Adderly and this is Sports Monday.   [Highlights of the weekend sporting activities...]

Amandala

Police charge boyfriend for murder of American woman
This morning, police formally arrested and charged Javan Moody for the murder of Ariana Jones Bejerano. It is expected that Moody will be arraigned on the murder charge in the San Ignacio Magistrate’s Court.

UDP Leader elect, John Saldivar got stacks of cash from Lev Dermen, Jacob Kingston testified
A report from Channel 5 News on the fraud trial in Salt Lake City, Utah, says that Lev Dermen gave Minister of National Security, John Saldivar stacks of cash, according to testimony in court this morning from Jacob Kingston.

Patrick Faber resign as Deputy Prime Minister
Dear Prime Minister: Thank you for the honor and privilege of having me serve as your Deputy Prime Minister for the last three and a half years. Please accept my resignation from this post.

The Reporter

Patrick Faber Resigns As Deputy Prime Minister
Patrick Faber has resigned as Deputy Prime Minister. At approximately 3pm this afternoon, via Facebook, he posted – “Thank you for the honor and privilege of having me serve as your Deputy Prime Minister for the last three and a half years. Please accept my resignation from this post.

LOVE FM

Santa Cruz villagers propose to boycott the Water board
Santa Cruz Villagers of Stann Creek District are not satisfied about the new water board executive appointed by the Government and are threatening to protest. Stann Creek correspondent, Harry Arzu spoke to the village chairman about their demands.

One house burns down while another is shot at
A fire erupted at a house in St Matthews Village, Cayo District yesterday. As of today, a cause has still not been ascertained and Assistant Commissioner of Police, Joseph Myvett, stated that there is no indication of arson.

Noise in the quiet Neighborhood
Shots rang out in the quiet neighborhood of Belama Phase One on Friday night just after eleven o’clock. Two dark complexion male persons kicked open the back door and fired several shots. Three persons were present at the home during the invasion, a minor, his mother 44-year-old Edalia Cordon, and his grandmother 84-year-old Helen Lord. The minor was the only person who was shot and received an injury to the right foot. The male persons fled the scene making a good escape via the river. Love News spoke to the neighbor who initiated the 911 call when the incident occurred.

Medical Schools say false reports led to them being delisted by the Medical Council of India
The Columbus Central University School of Medicine and the Washington University of Health and Science have been delisted by the Medical Council of India. According to the university owners the matter has to do with false reports, such as not having adequate facilities to teach medicine.

Special Olympics hold annual general meeting
The Special Olympics in Belize is not heard of very often, but they are an important organization for the special needs children when it comes to sports. On Saturday they held their annual general meeting, where they reviewed their past year and talked about the future of the organization.

Government Minister says he works hard for his money and not for stones
For decades voters have seen elected officials amass assets during their term in office. It is a complaint often made but never fully confronted and addressed. We met up with one elected official yesterday during UDP’s convention and asked him about the multiple properties he has acquired in the last ten years.

Man is victim of hit and run accident
A man was knocked down and left on the roadside in Belmopan. Cayo Correspondent Fem Cruz has the story.

Prime Minister’s final remarks to the party and its supporters
As we noted earlier, yesterday marked the end of the Dean Barrow era. Barrow came into power with a blaze of glory back in 2008 – yesterday, however, it could be described as a puff of smoke.

Father and his daughter dead after road accident in Southern Belize
A road traffic incident occurred in southern Belize and claimed the lives of two persons on Saturday. Toledo Correspondent Paul Mahung spoke to the driver who gave his account of what happened.

John Saldivar wins the race for UDP Leader
A new party leader for the UDP; a new executive and the resignation of the Deputy Prime Minister. There is a lot on the political front to share with you in tonight’s newscast as the United Democratic Party closed off the Dean Barrow era yesterday.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

“Delisting means nothing,” says Columbus Central University of Medicine
Today, the owners of Columbus Central University of Medicine and the Washington University of Health Sciences, […]

Two dead in Southern Highway traffic accident
Sometime around 6 o’clock on Saturday morning there was a fatal road traffic accident on […]

Police share details in murder of American national
During a police press conference today in Belmopan, investigators commented on the murder of American […]

BEL prepares for the arrival of New Generation Unit for Caye Caulker
Belize Electricity Limited (BEL) informed today that the new 1705kW capacity generation unit sourced from Panama […]

PUP calls on Prime Minister to fire John Saldivar
The People’s United Party (PUP) issued a statement today saying that just one day after […]

International Space Station to orbit over Belize tonight
Today, the International Space Station (ISS), a habitable artificial satellite in low-Earth orbit, will be […]

“I was there when Levon gave him ( Saldivar) money,” Kingston testifies
A report published in The Salt Lake Tribune just minutes ago summarized the testimony of […]

5th annual cocktails for the manatees set for this Friday
Clear Water Aquarium Marine Research Institute is hosting the 5th annual Cocktails for the Manatees […]

New relaxed passport application process now in effect
The changes made to the application process for a Belizean passport, which were passed by […]

Deputy Prime Minister of Belize resigns
Deputy Prime Minister of Belize, Patrick Faber has just issued a statement informing of his […]

Special Envoy meets with Caribbean United Nations Population Fund to discuss technical assistance
On Thursday, February 6, Special Envoy for Women and Children, Kim Simplis Barrow met with […]

UDP NATIONAL CONVENTION: In first media scrum in months, Saldivar dismisses Dermen case
As he had promised a few days ago, John Saldivar faced the press Sunday evening […]

PUP: John Saldivar is bad for Belize
The People’s United Party (PUP) issued a statement this morning calling on the new UDP […]

What is the 2019 Novel coronavirus?
There have been many articles explaining the statistics surrounding the rapid spread of the 2019 […]

Javan Moody charged for murder of American girlfriend Ariana Jones
Ladyville resident, Javan Moody, 23, has been arrested and charged for the murder of American […]

Mayor Bernard Wagner meets Jamaican mayors and students
A delegation from the Belize City Council led by Mayor Bernard Wagner is in Kingston, […]

Blogs

Belizean Smiles: Sherlette Belisle
A veteran in the kitchen, it seems everyone knows Ms. Sherlette. If you haven’t tasted her cooking, then you have probably seen her dancing during San Pedro’s Carnaval or Independence Day Parades. Sherlette ia a beloved community member and also a great chef. For over twenty years, Sherlette has delighted visitors and locals with her tasty cuisine. Today, she holds the position of Deputy Chef at Rain Restaurant and Rooftop Terrace, and is in charge of the most important meal of the day, breakfast!

Belize’s Annual Chocolate Festival 2020
Are you a chocolate lover? Yes? Well, this is the perfect event for you to experience! Come and indulge your taste buds in a magnitude of rich chocolate flavors at this year’s Chocolate (Cacao) Festival. This is a family-friendly event that we know you and your family and friends will enjoy immensely. Experience the indigenous cultures of Belize and learn about the processes used to make these amazing chocolate dishes. This year’s festival will be held on May 23rd and May 24th in the beautiful town of Punta Gorda. For the past thirteen years, this event has been consistently well-attended and has become a popular favorite over the years – making it one of the best festivals in Belize.

Belize Airport Authority Closure Of Placencia (PLJ) Airstrip
Keep in mind that the airstrip in Placencia (PLJ) will be temporarily closed for the period of May 1 to September 30, 2020. According to the Belize Airports Authority (BAA) this closure will be done to facilitate a revamp of the runway. Revamping, lengthening, widening and the installing of runway lighting will all be done. In addition to flight, you can also get to Placencia by road transfer. The drive is roughly three hours on the scenic Humming Bird Highway from Belize City. Many tour operators and hotels offer transfer services to and from Placencia with pick up and drop offs at your desired location.

Curious Corozal in Belize
Corozal is the northern-most district and the gateway to southern Mexico. Shoppers that flock to the border town of Chetumal, tourists on their way to catch flights in Cancun, Belizeans and foreigners alike passes through. Consequently, quaint Corozal is often ignored, even though it has a lot to offer. The name derives from the fruits of the special Corozo palm, the ‘zal’ part meaning ‘place of’, hence, place of Corozo. Corozal is clean and quiet, with a sense of a sleepy seaside town of yesteryear, but it has its attractions. Corozal is the hub of Mestizo culture. It was Corozal that first received the Mexicans who were fleeing the Caste War in Yucatan. Visit the Museo de la Cultura Maya.

International Sourcesizz

Was Belize’s next potential premier on the take?
Lev Aslan Dermen, who is on trial in a Utah-based biofuels fraud, paid bundles of cash to the Belize security minister, a former co-defendant testified Monday. In Jacob Kingston’s third day on the witness stand, he told a federal jury that he and Dermen, also known as Levon Termendzhyan, traveled to Belize in 2013 with plans to build a casino there. The casino never came to fruition. Kingston testified he saw Dermen meet with John Saldivar, the Central American country’s security minister.

Children’s Museum Employee Researches Crocodiles In Belize
Sara Horwitz, the research coordinator at the Children’s Museum in West Hartford, recently returned from a month-long trip to Belize, where she joined the Crocodile Research Coalition to research crocodiles. Horwitz worked with Dr. Marisa Tellez, the coalition’s executive director and founder, to further understand the crocodile, an experience she is bringing back to West Hartford through the museum’s new animal research club. The club, designed for students in first grade through fifth grade, begins on Feb. 26.

Videos

  • Danny Michel Ocean Academy Fund (School visit 2020), 10min. Join Danny for a visit & ceremony at the Ocean Academy School in Belize. Thanks to all who attended his Jan 31 concert and helped raise $26,602.52 (putting his fund well over $100,000.00 since it began). Hear from the kids themselves & see your donation in action. Endless thanks to everyone who helped, volunteered & contributed.

  • Scuba Diving San Pedro Belize, 12min.

  • Belize: Lobbying for crocodiles, 7min. US-born Marisa Tellez has always been fascinated by crocodiles, and is a leading researcher on the animals in Belize. She wants to spread the message that crocodiles are not monsters but vulnerable creatures deserving of protection.

  • The work at Yarborough "B" continues with the football field, 1min.

  • Anti Looting Campaign in Placencia, 1min. The first of its kind for the year !!! BUY ART NOT ANTIQUITY

  • The Belize Table Tennis Association - U15&U18 Central American Championships, 18min. The Belize Table Tennis Association is hosting the U15&U18 Central American Championships. We spoke with officials about the games and their plans to broaden the sport in this region.

  • Travelers Cocktails - strawberry infused drinks, 11min. Travellers Cocktails got us ready for Valentine's weekend by making three drinks that you can prepare for your partner. Jordan Ramclam prepared strawberry infused drinks to set the mood for your celebrations. He also spoke to us about their plans to embark on a campaign to promote responsibly drinking. In the near future they will be hosting conferences to share behavioral change information to reduce accidents caused by alcohol.

  • Grace Flava With a Beat - stuffed sweet potatoes, ackee and pork chops, 21min. The Grace Flava With A Beat kitchen was filled with the smell of stuffed sweet potatoes, ackee and pork chops. Chef Duane made the meal and Grace Brand Assistant, Emerson Acosta, gave us the details of the Valentine's baking competition.

  • Dwight "Prophit" Brown introduce latest video - Portside, 25min. Fun Friday began with a performance from musical guest Dwight "Prophit" Brown. He also introduced his latest video - Portside.

  • Scouts Month 2020, 18min. February is designated as Scouts Month. We invited the Scouts Association of Belize to talk about the activities planned for this commemoration. To date there are over 600 new members and so the spirit of the association continues to grow. They recruit from the ages of 7 to 21. You can also be an adult volunteer.

  • Growing knowledge of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus, 18min. Keeping us updated and prepared OYE invited Dr. Fernando Cuellar, Internist at the Belize Medical Associates to educate us about the growing knowledge of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus.

  • The Business Hour..., 1hr36min.

  • Luxury Yacht ctuck on reef leaves, 5min. A luxury yacht that was anchored on the Belize Barrier Reef, at one of the country’s prime dive destinations, has absconded. Jorge Aldana has the details in the following report.

  • Passport application procedures have undergone changes, 7min. The Department of Nationality and Passports has undergone a few changes in the passport application process, which are in effect as of February this year. We sat down with the Director of that Department who explained the application process. Contact the Ministry at phone number 828-4554 or 828-4561.

  • Satelite ISIS passes over Corozal Bay, 1min. Earlier tonight, at around 6:44PM, the Satelite ISIS passed over Corozal Bay. Here is a clip of when it passed over the Bay.

  • Explorando BELIZE - Dia 4 - de PLACENCIA hacia PUNTA GORDA, 7min. Paseando por el sur de Belize cerca de la frontera con Guatemala.

  • Bangladesh Association of Belize 2020 picnic at Jaguar Paw Cave Tubing and Jungle Zip-line!!, 14min.

  • Danger to the Belize Barrier Reef, 5min. A luxury yacht that was anchored on the Belize Barrier Reef, at one of the country's prime dive destinations, has absconded.

  • Preachaman Mike Belize Garifuna drums, 3.5min. The Preachaman Mike demonstrates Belize Garifuna Cultural drums that he hand crafted.

  • Acción Deportiva, 60min.