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Today's Belize News: February 12, 2020 #540538
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The San Pedro Sun

Amidst controversy and fraud allegations, John Saldivar is elected leader of the United Democratic Party
Minister of National Security, Honourable John Saldivar was elected leader of the United Democratic Party (UDP) on Sunday, February 9th at a leadership convention held at the Belize City Civic Center. Saldivar’s slate also grabbed the contested posts of First and Second Deputy Party Leader via Honourable Hugo Patt and Honourable Beverly Williams. Saldivar will replace Prime Minister Right Honourable Dean Barrow, who is stepping down as leader of the UDP which he has led for over 21 years.

Jacob Kingston says UDP leader-elect John Saldivar received monies from accused fraudster Lev Dermen
According to a report from News 5 Live, Kingston told the court that United Democratic Party (UDP) Leader-elect, Honourable John Saldivar was said to have received money from Lev Dermen in 2012. Kingston’s testimony indicates that Dermen gave Saldivar ‘stacks of cash’ of $10,000US during a trip to Belize in 2012.

Commissioner’s Country Tour reveals a 30% decrease in major crime in San Pedro Town
During the 2020 Commissioner's Country Tour, ComPol Chester Williams reported that in 2019, major crime in San Pedro Town decreased by over 30%. The meeting unveiled plans to keep improving the services of the police department, clarified the laws regarding liquor licenses, and saw the presence of Crime Stoppers Belize.

2020 Taipei Lantern Festival “Together We Glow” – Embassy of Belize, Taiwan hosts Press Conference
The Embassy of Belize to the Republic of China (Taiwan) hosted a Press Conference today to unveil lanterns depicting elements of Belize's Maya-Mestizo Heritage: the Lamanai Mask Temple, Deer Dance Festival, and Marimba.

Belize Signs Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons
On February 6, 2020, the Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Belize to the United Nations, H.E. Lois M. Young, acting on behalf of the Government of Belize, signed the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

Ambergris Today

Belize Working To Legislate Cybercrime And Electronic Evidence
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.

Various Belizean Sources

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KOKO KING OUTDOOR CINEMA
ADULT WEDNESDAYS - JOKER (RATED R): In Gotham City, mentally troubled comedian Arthur Fleck is disregarded and mistreated by society. He then embarks on a downward spiral of revolution and bloody crime. FAMILY FRIDAYS - THE ADDAMS FAMILY (RATED PG): The eccentrically macabre family moves to a bland suburb where Wednesday Addams' friendship with the daughter of a hostile and conformist local reality show host exacerbates conflict between the families. FREE SNACKS & JUICE FOR KIDS!! MOVIES START AT 7PM.

Calling Belize Tour Guides
Great opportunity for tour guides. Learn the edible, useful and medicinal plants of Belize in this one-time-only workshop with Dr. Rosita Arvigo. It takes place just outside of San Ignacio, Cayo District. lize with Dr Rosita Arvigo, DN. Saturday, March 18th is the date

Happy International Day of Women & Girls in Science!
Ya’axché joins the United Nations in celebrating the great scientific achievements and continuous contributions of women and girls in Belize and all over the world. Science Director Elizabeth Dorgay leads Ya’axché's Science program with passion and dedication. She oversees biodiversity research and monitoring; and leads the first native bee inventory in southern Belize. The work of her team helps to make science based decisions for improved management of the Maya Golden Landscape.

BHA attended the 50th Edition of Vakantiebuers, Utrecht
The Belize Hotel Association, represented by Director, Sandra van Noord, attended the 50th Edition of the Vakantiebeurs Show, held at the Jaarbeurs, Utrecht, Netherlands from January 15 to 19, 2020. The Vakantiebeurs is the largest and major leisure and tourism event in the Netherlands visited by over 100,000 persons seeking information and making plans for their next vacations. The show constituted of travel agencies, theaters, and cultural associations from across the world who gathered to present their countries and market their traveling agencies.

BHA Participated in the 17th Annual Placencia Sidewalk Arts & Music Festival
On February 8 and 9, 2020, the Belize Hotel Association represented by Vice-President Barbara Hall and Membership & Marketing Executive, Penny Bonilla participated in the 17th Annual Sidewalk Arts & Music Festival. The festivities began at 10:00 a.m. along the 4,000-foot-long central sidewalk which was filled with a total of 61 booths ranging from paintings, crafts, photographs, vendors, clothing, stained-glass, wood carving, sculptures, NGO’s, and homemade jewelry. Local cuisine, live cultural music, and poetry readings were also available to depict the best of the Belizean art and culture.

BHA Hosts Networking Event in Caye Caulker
The Belize Hotel Association hosted a networking event at Island Magic Beach Resort in Caye Caulker on Tuesday, February 4, 2020, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Over thirty guests attended the mixer, including Members and Non-Members. BHA’s Allied Members were also present showcasing their product and services and each had tabletop displays of brochures, products, and giveaways. The Board of Directors and Office team, connected and mingled with the guests over light refreshments and meeting one-to-one with other hoteliers and tour operators. Before the event, the Board of Directors held their monthly Board meeting, discussing several plans and projects that were in the conduit for the 2020 year to market and promote our members and also discussion of issues affecting the industry.

Paint N Splash
See you this week at from 2-4pm Thursday to paint this gorgeous “Floral Turtle”.

Hon. Hugo Patt Sworn in as Deputy Prime Minister
The Governor General of Belize H.E. Sir Colville Young today swore in Hon. Hugo Patt as Deputy Prime Minister. Hon. Hugo Patt has been serving as the Minister of Natural Resources since June 2018 and has represented Corozal North in the National Assembly since 2012.

Second Annual Corozal Coconut Fest 2020
Corozal Belize Tourism Industry Association (BTIA) to host the Second Annual Corozal Coconut Fest 2020. It’s going to be a 2 days event. The first day will be the grand Re-enactment of the Maya Wedding at the Santa Rita Archaeological Wedding site on Friday, March 27th from 7:00 p.m. and the second day, Saturday , March 28th will be the main event of our Coconut Beach Festival commencing at 9:00 a.m.

Education and Enforcement exercise in Corozal
OnTuesday, an Education and Enforcement exercise is underway in the Corozal District as Municipal Traffic Wardens distribute fliers with road safety messages to road users. The MTW are also encouraging drivers to do the right thing when using the road system focusing on “asking” drivers and passengers of vehicles to wear seat belts at all times, once they are in a vehicle. This is to promote safety because of the importance of saving and protecting lives from road traffic crashes.

Caye Caulker Lobster Fest Dates
June 26-28

Belize Hosts First Mesoamerica Project Executive Commissioners Meeting
Belize hosted the First Meeting of the Executive Commission of the Mesoamerica Integration and Development Project under its Co-Presidency Pro-tempore of the Mesoamerica Integration and Development Project. During the meeting, Presidential Commissioners of the Project received Belize’s Work Plan and Calendar of Activities of its Co-Pro-Tempore Presidency. Mexico serves as a Permanent Pro-tempore Presidency of the Project.

BelizeON's New Electronic Ticketing Service Brings Belize’s Events Online
Belize’s first multi-vendor, e-commerce marketplace, BelizeON.bz today launched the ticket sales for the first event in Belize to go entirely paperless for event access. Leo Matura, Owner of Mind & Me Music; the record label hosting the event "Lost at Tzatenaha," said of this new-to-Belize method of purchasing tickets, “Progressive music entails progressive movement on all platforms.” Event Manager Melanie Codd, the Mind & Me marketing team and the BelizeON developers worked as a team to ensure a seamless buying experience. Event-goers will be able to purchase their event passes online and download them to their smartphones for code scanning at the venue entrance.

Music for the Birds fundraiser
Come out and support the Belize Raptor Center on February 23rd. Proceeds from their Music for the Birds fundraiser are going to be used to build an ambassador enclosure. Great auction and raffle items to bid on or win, all for a very worthy cause!

Impressive yacht anchored in front of Ramon’s Village
Luxurious lifestyles visiting Ambergris Caye.

Candlelight Vigil, Stand Up Against Child Abuse
This Sunday there will be a candlelight vigil against child abuse. It'll start at the Macal River Park at 2:00pm.

Cleaning up the Mopan & Macal Rivers
FCD continues to support communities along the Mopan-Macal Rivers in their approach to reduce and remove garbage pollution which is a serious threat that affects the Watersheds. This approach is being led by community leaders who form part of the Binational Watershed Alliance. Activities were made possible with the support of the British High Commission in Belize and El Consejo Indigena Centro Americano.

Message to U.S. Citizens: Passport and Notary Services in Punta Gorda!
Representatives from U.S. Embassy Belmopan will be offering passport renewal and notary services in Punta Gorda. Date: Tuesday, February 18th, 2020. Place: Boneville Café, #4 Front Street, Punta Gorda . Time: 10:30 am to Noon. We will provide the following passport services on a first-come, first-served basis. Please bring the items listed.

Dr. Elizabeth Graham receives the Society of American Archaeology Award
Congratulations are in order to Dr. Elizabeth Graham, of the UCL Institute of Archaeology on receiving the Society for American Archaeology (SAA) Award for Excellence in Latin American and Caribbean Archaeology. This award is presented annually to an individual who has made a lasting and significant contribution to the practice of archaeology and/or to the construction of archaeological knowledge in Latin America or the Caribbean. Dr. Liz Graham research focuses on Maya of Pre Columbian and early colonial Mesoamerica. Her work at Lamanai Archaeological Reserve has centered on lesser known periods of transition, such as the years of the Maya collapse, during which time Lamanai's population continued to thrive, and the transition to the colonial period. Her work on the coast reflects her interest in the environmental impact of human populations in these environments, particularly with regard to resource exploitation and the mitigation of the effects of rising sea levels.

NICH and Cultural Stakeholders Launch Belize Living Heritage Website
Today, the National Institute of Culture and History (NICH), through the Institute for Social and Cultural Research, in partnership with cultural stakeholders launched the Belize Living Heritage Website. The website is an online portal dedicated to promoting the cultural skills, traditions, and knowledge that are transmitted, continuously practiced and safeguarded in communities across Belize. The website highlights the community-based work that has been done in safeguarding Belize’s living heritage, provides access to the published inventory of Belize’s living heritage, acts as a repository for educational resources that have been developed by NICH and community partners, and provides the opportunity to grow the inventory through an information-gathering feature.

Channel 7

Kingston Testifies Saldivar Texted About and Collected 50K USD
Today in a Salt Lake City Courtroom, Jacob Kingston said he sent $50,000 US dollars to John Saldivar in Miami.  That is the most explosive allegation coming out of Utah where, this morning, testimony turned to Belize.
It started in early 2014, when Kingston and Lev Dermen travelled to Belize and Dermen promised to pay for John Saldivar's re-election campaign.  Kingston said there was a meeting between three of them where Saldivar said he and three or four members of his party all needed financial help getting reelected and wanted cash.  Now, very importantly, prosecutors didn't ask for any names of those party members.  But, the meeting ended with Dermen agreeing to pay for the campaigns, Kingston said. 

Inside Scoop: PM Moves Against Saldivar
So that's what he said he would do, but what will he really do, or what must he now do? In studio with us tonight to analyze all that is our news director Jules Vasquez - who's been in Belmopan all day, circling the Cabinet meeting and trying to get the download on what's next for the Barrow administration and the UDP. Jules, what's next?

UDP First Deputy Takes Executive Post More Powerful Than Party Leader, Saldivar
So, if John Saldivar will be forced to step down as Party Leader - who will take his place.  Well, the first Deputy is Hugo Patt from Corozal north. The unassuming Minister of Lands was sworn in as Deputy Prime Minister today. Before all the late evening decision were made, we asked him, "what if": Jules Vasquez: "We know that the UDP right now, is in a fluid state. The power relationship can change very suddenly and surprisingly. It's an odd situation you find yourself in, where you have more political power than the party leader John Saldivar. As the deputy Prime Minister, you're the second in charge of the country."

UDP "Election Predictor" Sees Clear Skies Ahead, Despite Storm and Scandal
And, all the extreme decisions now being taken are being made because the UDP is aware that with all that has been said about him with Danny Mason, and now with Lev Dermen, John Saldivar is politically untenable.   Today, when UDP Ministers left the Cabinet, we asked them about the grim political prospect of him leading them into the next general election later this year: Jules Vasquez: "Since you are the election predictor, what do you predict for the next big one coming up this year?"

Tracey Circumspect About Following John
Minister of State Tracey Taegar Panton who was crushed on Sunday in the race to beat Saldivar's Deputy Hugo Patt, was a lot more circumspect about Saldivar's Leadership: Jules Vasquez
"From a political perspective, are you able to go into the next election being led by John Saldivar?" Hon. Tracy Taegar-Panton - UDP Area Rep: "I don't think that is for me to comment on." Jules Vasquez: "He's your party leader Tracy."

Deputy Patt's Support For Leader Saldivar Cautious
Now, before he took the oath as Deputy Leader, we did ask Hugo Patt how he felt about his party leader John Saldivar leading them into the next election.  He was cautiously supportive in his remarks Reporter: "Your party leader, the new party leader however, remains under fire. How do you feel as a member of that slate and as someone who's prepared to work with him closely?" Hon. Hugo Patt - Deputy Party Leader: "As I indicated, it is of concern what is happening, I will have to admit but I think that John will provide a press conference tomorrow and if there are any questions that might arise, then I think that is the occasion for us to answer that."

Scotiabank Drops Da Bomb On the UDP, Finnegan Seh No Sah
And amidst all this political upheaval - a letter emerged today that Scotiabank sent to UDP's Mesop Area Rep Michael Finnegan.  It informs him that the bank is closing his divisional account.  Here's what he said about it today:"

Boots Says Bank asked Him for Job Letter
They also shut down the account for Anthony Boots Martinez in Port Loyola.  He told us he thinks he was the first to get the call: But the whole bank business is really only of marginal interest tonight. The big news is that Prime Minister Dean Barrow is moving on John Saldivar at the cabinet level.

Billionaire's Mega Yacht Wrecked Part Of Lighthouse Reef
Yesterday we showed you how a billionaire's mega-yacht wrecked the reef. That's because major damage was caused to the Lighthouse Reef Atoll area after a luxury yacht belonging to American billionaire hedge funder Daniel Loeb threw its anchor right unto it. The 75-foot chain of the "Samadhi's" anchor was seen to break off pieces of the reef as it tracked along.   And after that the Samadhi just rolled out, leaving the costly, irreparable damage in its wake.  Fortunately divers were able to get the footage before it left.

Alleged Killer Arraigned
Police have charged Arianna Jones' boyfriend, 23-year-old Jahvan Moody with her murder. As we reported, Moody allegedly stabbed American national Jones to death and then covered her body with a mattress. As you saw in the story, Jones's neighbours heard screams coming from her apartment in the hours that preceded her death.  And today Moody was arraigned in Belmopan's magistrate court for the crime of murder. We spoke to his Attorney Hurl Hamilton and he told  PLUS TV that Moody is denying the allegations:

Patt is Proud
As we showed you earlier, Hugo Patt was sworn in as Deputy Prime Minister today.  He was elected first deputy on Sunday - and won that post by the largest margin of any person elected to the executive.   Today, at Belize House in Belmopan, before Governor General Sir Colville Young, he took the oath of office as Deputy PM - which, we should note is really not required - but more of a show ceremony.   Except Hugo Patt is no show-man.  He's an unassuming rural representative who told us he is proud:

Tracey Says Convention Defeat Was A Tough Lesson
Tracey Taegar Panton is the candidate for first deputy who lost to Patt - by the widest margin in the convention.  Speaking outside cabinet today, She told us that it was a tough defeat, but a lesson.: Jules Vasquez
"On Sunday, understandably you looked like your dog or your best friend had died. You looked like you need some consolation." Hon. Tracy Taegar-Panton - UDP Area Rep: "Listen, nobody enters a race to lose, you enter a race to win. That was not going to be the case on Sunday for various reasons. I understood that I was climbing a steep hill but I was intent to ensure that we maintain some democracy and some integrity in the process..."

Teenager Dies in Motorbike Accident
18-year-old Edwin Rodriguez lost his life in a motorcycle accident on Friday. It happened when the teenager from St. Margaret's village collided with another motorcycle rider who was driving in the opposite direction.  That rider, 40-year-old Angel Espinoza survived the collision but Rodriguez was not so lucky. The boy died from his injuries after being transported to the KHMH, and today we spoke to his father who told us that after Edwin was hurt they couldn't do anything for him, nothing but pray.  

The Vegas Strip! Khalid, John and Dermen
Tonight, things continue to move fast in the UDP.  First, there is an emergency Cabinet meeting set for 10 AM tomorrow in Belize City.  7News has confirmed from multiple sources that the Prime Minister will strip John Saldivar of his National Security portfolio at that meeting.  It is unclear who could get that ministry - but Patrick Faber is not out of considerations - but it is too early to tell.  Faber could be in for an upgrade we are told - as now the whole leadership picture in the UDP is in flux.   And, as we told you earlier, amidst all this furor over Kingston and Saldivar a picture finally emerged of Saldivar Dermen and and four other men, among them Belmopan Mayor Khalid Belisle and Las Vegas businessman Ramon Desage.

CDB President Considers Region Wide Contraction
How did the economies of the Caribbean nations perform in 2019? That was the subject today at the Caribbean Development Bank's annual news conference. Every year, the CDB invites journalists from all of the bank's borrowing member countries to its headquarters in Barbados. It's an opportunity for the Bank to discuss trends that they've noticed emerging over the last few months within the economies of the region. They often what recommendations they would make to either improve on the gains or turn things around financially for the struggling member state. One of the important take-aways from today's news conference is that collectively, the region's economies only grew by 1% last year, which is less than the 1.6% growth in 2018.

Does Crime Cause Economic Contraction?
Today's conference ran for 80 minutes. The Bank's most senior executive presented snapshots of each country, the challenges they are facing, and how the respective governments are trying to manage external debts while trying to recover from natural disasters such as those destructive hurricanes that have devastated the island nations over the past 2 years. But, apart from natural disasters, the Caribbean is also struggling with high crime rates. Earlier this month, we told you how Belize, in particular, was ranked by insightcrime.org as the 6th deadliest country within Latin America and the Caribbean, with a murder rate of 33.5 per 100,000.

A Post Modern Website For Pre-Modern Knowledge
Viewers may know about the Institute of Social and Cultural Research. That's the unit within the National Institute of Culture and History that labors diligently to preserve important elements of Belize's cultural heritage. They are the local historians who document and carry out social, cultural and anthropological research about important elements of the Belizean identity.  They are now looking to refine their methods of preservation with the launch of a new online presence called the Belize Living Heritage Website. It is contemplated as an electronic library of all the traditional teachings of the different ethnicities that make up the Belizean society. For several months now, the researchers have been documenting volumes of cultural heritage that were previously passed down only through word of mouth from one generation to the next.

A Last Shot Of The State of Things
And, before we go, just a recap of all we've reported on night of the situation in the Barrow Administration, the ruling UDP and the Utah Courtroom. Let's start in Salt Lake where today in the Federal court building Jacob Kingston said he sent $50,000 US dollars to John Saldivar in Miami. This was based on an agreement arrived at in early 2014, when Kingston and Lev Dermen travelled to Belize and Dermen promised to pay for John Saldivar's re-election campaign.  They went to a February 11, 2014 text exchange that Kingston had with Saldivar to follow up on that meeting.

Kingston says Saldivar Received Packs of Cash from Dermen
Less than 24 hours after John Saldivar was elected leader of the UDP, his name was called in a Utah courtroom. Today, in his third day on the witness stand, Jacob Kingston testified that he witnessed Lev Dermen give John Saldivar large amounts of cash in "packs" that totaled $10,000 each. Kingston added that Dermen kept these packs in a bag and the handoff was made during a meeting at the home of a Turkish business associate who had also been involved in the meetings with Saldivar. Kingston said he met Saldivar on a trip to Belize with Dermen either in late 2013 or in 2014. He told the court he didn't know "which minister" Salvidar was, and added, quote, "I didn't know what benefit he (Saldivar) was going to get," end quote, from the money or his relationship with Dermen.

UDP Says Empathically, Saldivar For Leader!
So, there it is, Kingston has said John Saldivar received quote, "packs" of cash, in ten thousand dollar disbursements from Lev Dermen. 27 hours ago, we asked John Saldivar if he wasn't concerned about this very same type of revelation: Jules Vasquez- Reporter: "Do you look to Utah next week with anxiety?" Hon. John Saldivar- UDP Party Leader: "If I looked towards, I looked everyday with anxiety." Jules Vasquez: "Utah, Utah." Hon. John Saldivar "No, not at all. I know there is nothing that is going to come from that that is going to affect me in any negative way. I've always maintained my innocence."

Tight Spot For PM Barrow in Saldivar Quandary
Of course, all this political jostling is really just fresh paint on a political trainwreck. And tonight, the damage is mounting for the UDP. Their new leader - elected yesterday was a former business associate of Danny Mason, and now he has been named in the trial of Lev Dermen - two men in jail one conceited of murder, the other facing up to 180 year in prison. That's the ominous cloud that hung over the UDP National convention yesterday - even though the red band merrily played on. 7News was at the even from before it started until after it finished and Jules Vasquez has the whole story:

Faber resigns As DPM, Patt to Be Named
And, tonight, that new leader John Saldivar is making international news. He is on the front page of the Salt Lake Tribune. The headline in the Utah newspaper asks, "was he on the take?" It also calls him the next premier of Belize, which is the wrong term; he stands to be the next Prime Minister. As you heard him say in his interview just now about when he expects the Prime Minister to step aside, he said they will be in discussions timed around the budget. The budget, we have learned, is scheduled to be presented on March 5th.

Cops: American Woman Killed By Belizean Boyfriend
31-year-old American Arana Jones was stabbed multiple times and, tonight, her 23 year old Belizean boyfriend has been charged for it. And while Jones' story is tragic, a close friend says she often wasn't careful enough enough with the company she kept. Cherisse Halsall has the story. This serene almost picturesque apartment block became a crime scene over the weekend. That's because this was the home of 31-year-old American national Arianna Iris Jones. Jones was murdered in the wee hours of Saturday morning.

Double Fatal on Southern Hwy
Two people were killed in a traffic accident on the Southern Highway this weekend. Sometime early on Saturday, 25-year-old Jose Cal was driving a pickup on the highway with passengers 46-year-old Evelyn Teul, 1-year-old Kylene Cal, 6-year-old Rashal Choco, and 75-year-old Marcus Teul. He also had two passengers in the pan of the pickup truck, who have been identified as 24-year-old Erlina Teul Cal, and 48-year-old Pashal Teul. This family was heading from their home village of Bella Vista in the direction of Indian Creek Village - when they ran off the road. At this time, police are investigating the possibility that Jose Cal fell asleep at the wheel, and in an area between miles 71 and 72. After that, everything went wrong.

Mother Turns in Dennis Lamb, Says She Hopes the Police Wolves Don't Get Him
Since November, Dennis Lamb has been wanted for robbery, burglary and escaping from police. But his Mother says police didn't show up to her house looking for him until January 20th. And since then, she said ti has been constant harassment. Today she told us she is turning her son is but doesn't want him brutalized:

Fire in St. Matthews
A home in St. Matthews Village was completely destroyed by fire yesterday. 33-year old Josue Urias Ambeliz was heading home from work when he was informed that his house was on fire. And, indeed he arrived to find the wooden and Zinc structure aflame. ACP Joseph Myvette - Head NCIB: "On yesterday's date, shortly after 5 pm, Roaring Creek police were called to St. Matthews Village at the home of one Jose Ambeliz, a Guatemalan national..."

Brothers Get Off Murder Charge
For over 2 and a half years, 26-year-old Sabelo Marroquin and his brother, 23-year-old Jose Marroquin, have been on remand for the island murder of 25-year-old Scott Charles. But tonight, they are no longer charged with that crime; that's because the DPP's Office has discontinued prosecution against them. On August 16th, 2017, Charles, a hard-working tour guide was inside his home, located in the Bay Side area of San Pedro Town. 2 gunmen knocked on his door, and when he opened it, they shot him multiple times. Those injuries claimed his life several hours later.

Columbus Medic University Goes On Offensive
A week ago, the Columbus Central University School of Medicine made the evening news after a bus carrying its medical students crashed on the Northern Highway. None of the students suffered any serious injuries, but tonight, the school's management is trying to put out a big public relations fire. That's after news emerged that they've been de-listed by the Medical Council in India.

How To Stop Cybercrimes
Viewers may remember the public outrage that was stirred exactly a year ago when a video went viral of a minor in her high school uniform engaging in a sex act. It was part of a disturbing trend that was starting to take form where females were being exposed and exploited in which is referred to as revenge porn. That incident sparked a conversation on how to successfully prosecute the person who maliciously leaks these types of videos. Since then, the government has partnered with civil society to come up with draft legislation to address such acts. The Government is now in possession of a draft cybercrime bill that it is trying to finalize. It is seeking the advice and expertise of the Council of Europe to make the bill as comprehensive as possible so that it can lead to the successful prosecution of cybercriminals.

Victimized By Robber, Exposed As Counterfeiter
27-year-old Darnell Puerto was robbed at the corner of Vernon and Mopan streets on Friday. Puerto was able to identify the robber as 19-year-old Kenyon Flores but while Flores was charged with robbery today, Darnell Puerto also received a charge, Not for robbery, but for possession of counterfeit US currency. twenty-nine twenty dollar bills to be exact.

BEL's Caye Caulker Coming
BEL is reporting tonight that it's new generator, which was to bolster its electrical grid for Caye Caulker is delayed due to the shipping process. A press release says that the generating unit, sourced from Panama is, quote, "currently at the port in Santo Tomas, Guatemala, awaiting Customs clearance before transportation by land to the Belize/Guatemala border at Benque Viejo, Cayo.

A Wreck on The Reef Caused By Billionaire's Super Yacht
There is major damage to the reef in the Lighthouse Reef Atoll area after a luxury yacht threw its anchor right unto the reef. This footage from OCEANA's Facebook page shows that the 200 foot yacht called Samadhi threw anchor directly unto the reef and a 75 foot chain is tracking along the reef.

12 Year Old Boy Shot In City
There was a shooting on Friday night in Belize City that has landed a 12-year-old boy in the hospital. He is a resident of the Belama Phase 1 area of the City. He was at the home with his family, and sometime after 11 o'clock that night, 2 gunmen barged in.

Dog Killed In City Shooting
No one was injured in another city shooting. A house on Faber's road was targeted and shot at yesterday.

Weekend Standoff at PGIA With Travelers of Chinese Descent
On Saturday an American Airlines flight from Los Angeles arrived carrying, among others, 12 persons of Chinese descent - two of them exhibiting symptoms consistent with a flu. That caused a scare which triggered widespread rumours about the arrival of the Coronavirus in Belize. And while the Ministry of Health announced late Saturday evening that they had cleared all passengers for entry, we are told that the Immigration Department - with some major executive backing - overruled decisions being made by the Ministry of Health.


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Breaking News: Emergency Cabinet Meeting Called for Wednesday
News Five has confirmed that an emergency cabinet meeting has been called for Wednesday morning. That meeting will be held at the Prime Minister’s Office at the Laing Building, in [...]

More Revelations from Utah Case on John Saldivar
At news time tonight, the government and the new leader of the U.D.P., John Saldivar have remained mum about the incriminating revelations coming out from a court in Utah in [...]

Another Photo Surfaces with Saldivar, Belmopan Mayor, Lev Dermen
Early this morning, a new photograph surfaced in the ongoing saga involving the new U.D.P. leader, John Saldivar.  Saldivar’s name has been ringing in the Salt Lake court where Lev [...]

U.D.P. Clarifies: Dean Barrow is Party Leader; John Saldivar is Party Leader-elect
There are two elected leaders of the U.D.P. following Sunday’s convention when John Saldivar took the oath as party leader.  Today, the party sent out a release asserting that Prime [...]

Hugo Patt Sworn in as New Deputy Prime Minister
After garnering the most votes from delegates during the National Party Convention on Sunday to become the new deputy leader of the U.D.P., Corozal North Area Representative and Minister of [...]

Hugo Patt: Public Outrage in Dermen/Saldivar Scandal is of Concern to U.D.P.
Ahead of Hugo Patt’s swearing-in this afternoon, we caught up with him following today’s cabinet meeting, the first gathering of the Barrow administration since the U.D.P. convention on Sunday.  We [...]

Will Patt Assume Leadership Sooner Rather Than Later?
Will the latest developments from Jacob Kingston’s testimony earlier today during which he provided the court with text messages of John Saldivar requesting fifty thousand U.S. dollars prompt an abrupt [...]

John McAfee’s Telling Video to John Saldivar
Remember John McAfee? He is the eccentric U.S. anti-virus software pioneer with a sordid history. Among other things, McAfee was a person of interest in the 2012 murder of his neighbor in [...]

Finnegan Responds to Viral Scotiabank Letter
Earlier today, a letter from the Scotiabank to Mesopotamia Area Representative Michael Finnegan went into wide circulation on social media, since the sixty-day notice concerned the termination of his constituency’s [...]

Port Loyola Constituency Account was also Terminated, Say Boots Martinez
According to Port Loyola Area Representative, Anthony ‘Boots’ Martinez, he, too, received a letter from Scotiabank late in 2019 informing him of the pending termination of his constituency account.  He [...]

Javan Moody is Charged with Murder; Claims that He is Being Framed
Javan Moody says that he is being framed for a murder he didn’t commit. Moody, as we reported on Monday, was arrested and charged for the killing of his girlfriend, [...]

Corporal Arzu Vs ComPol to proceed to trial
The case of Corporal Eldon Arzu versus Commissioner of Police will proceed to trial. This morning the matter was before the court, but was adjourned until May twelfth, in order [...]

Counterclaim Against P.S.U. Goes Before the Court
On Monday, the parties involved in the P.S.U. land claim were back before the courts. Last week, the Supreme Court ruled that Simplex Design Limited was the legitimate owner of [...]

Shooting on Euphrates Avenue, Belize City
There was a shooting incident this morning in Belize City. According to reports, multiple shots were fired on Euphrates Avenue just after ten o’clock. One report to News Five is [...]

D.O.E. and Port Authority Investigate Grounding at Long Caye
Officials from the Department of Environment, the Fisheries Department, the Belize Port Authority and the Belize Audubon Society today travelled to the site of a recent grounding on an aquarium [...]

Will Charges be Levied Against Negligent Party?
According to Ports Commissioner Merlene Bailey-Martinez, charges can be filed by both the Belize Port Authority and the Department of Environment in incidents like this, but the D.O.E. normally takes [...]

Council of Churches offers position on Equal Opportunities Bill
Last week, the Belize Council of Churches issued a press release to provide its position on the Equal Opportunities Bill. According to the Council of Churches, they are supportive of [...]

Tracy Disappointed from Sunday’s NPC Loss
Albert Area Representative Tracy Panton received the fewest number of votes in Sunday’s U.D.P. convention.  She had from the onset admitted to being at a disadvantage since only seventy-five percent [...]

Clear the Land Predicts Another U.D.P. Win in 2020
On Sunday, Belize Rural North Area Rep, Edmond ‘Clear the Land’ Castro predicted that John Saldivar would have defeated political opponent Patrick Faber handsomely to become the U.D.P.’s new party [...]

Influenza Patients on Cruise Ship at Harvest Caye Didn’t Disembark
The Ministry of Health says that a cruise ship that docked at Harvest Caye has been cleared. The ship was carrying three passengers who were exhibiting flu-like symptoms. Those passengers, [...]

Coronavirus is Now COVID-19; Belize Prepares
And in the Ministry’s preparation and prevention plans for the virus, Manzanero says that they are working with their partners to prepare because the way the virus has been spreading [...]

NICH Launches a Portal to Belize’s Cultural Heritage
Today, the National Institute of Culture and History (NICH), through the Institute for Social and Cultural Research, in partnership with cultural stakeholders released the Belize Living Heritage Website. The online [...]

Another Photo of Saldivar with Dermen, Kingston, and a Convicted Fraudster
The photo recently surfaced, showing Lev Dermen and Belizean officials. In the photo: L-R Mayor Khalid Belisle, Jacob Kingston, Ramon DeSage, Hon John Saldivar, Lev Dermen, and another unidentified man.

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Saldivar took stacks of US$10,000: court testimony
Yesterday was one of the most momentous days in the political career of Minister John Saldivar. That would have been hard to guess, however, from the way he sneaked into the Belize Civic Center from the rear entrance, and his continuing effort to avoid members of the media, who took up positions outside the Belize Civic Center at the front entrance, because the UDP, which was holding its national convention inside the facility, had banned the media from entering the grounds of the convention. Although Saldivar emerged as the newly elected leader of the ruling United Democratic Party (UDP), he could not hide from the torrent of evidence coming out of the Washakie fraud trial in Salt Lake City, Utah, today.

“Big Bad John” crushes Patrick!
The United Democratic Party (UDP) filled the Belize City Civic Center with its history-making national convention to elect a new leader and executive — an event from which the media was completely banned. The media was barred from entering the convention grounds (inside the Belize Civic Center) until the official convention business was finished. The UDP, however, allowed observers from the United States Embassy inside. When the results of the delegates’ voting were announced this afternoon, it became clear that Hon. Patrick Faber (Collet) and his team were demolished by Hon. John Saldivar (Belmopan) and his team, which won the day handily.

Patrick Faber resigns as Deputy Prime Minister
Yesterday at the United Democratic Party’s national convention, Deputy Prime Minister Patrick Faber and his team suffered a crushing defeat by National Security Minister John Saldivar and Team Saldivar. If the former UDP chairman, Alberto August, did not win the deputy chairman seat, it would have been a complete and total wipeout for Faber and his team. Notwithstanding Faber’s defeat, when Saldivar called him to the podium, Faber appeared magnanimous in defeat and pledged his support to the new UDP leader, Saldivar.

Ariana Bejerano, 31, murdered in her home
A 31-year-old American woman was murdered in her apartment in San Ignacio. American national Ariana Iris Jones Bejerano was found lying face-down on the floor of her apartment in pools of her blood. She had been stabbed multiple times in the chest and abdomen, and a mattress had been thrown on top of her. Her boyfriend, Jovan Moody, 23, a Ladyville resident, told police that at about 6:00 Saturday morning, he went to see Ariana at her apartment and on entering, he saw the bloody scene, and Bejerano’s nude body. He then immediately informed the police.

Father and daughter die in Southern Highway accident
A traffic accident which occurred between Miles 71 and 72 on the Southern Highway at about 6:20 this morning, claimed the lives of Erlina Teul Cal, 24, a domestic of Bella Vista, Toledo District, and her father, Pashal Teul, 48, a farmer of Bella Vista. They were thrown out of the pickup pan of the Ford Ranger in which they were riding when the driver, Cal’s husband, Jose Cal, lost control of the pickup, which flipped and landed on its right side.

Elena Reina, victim of Flamboyant Street fire, dies one month after severe burns
Elena Reina, 36, suffered severe burns to her body while sleeping on a bed in a house that was engulfed in flames during a fire that destroyed two houses on Flamboyant Street on Thursday, January 9. Reina, a mother of three children, was rushed to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital, where she was admitted in a critical condition and was given a slim chance of survival. She then slipped into a coma.

Lord Michael Ashcroft submits application to join re-districting case
The Belize Peace Movement, the Belize Progressive Party and Vision Inspired by the People have all teamed up and brought a lawsuit against the Government of Belize for its failure to conduct re-districting as is required by the Constitution of Belize. The lawsuit may have another claimant, because Lord Michael Ashcroft has filed an application asking to be allowed to join the redistricting lawsuit as an interested party. The disparity in the size of the constituencies makes redistricting a necessary exercise to bring the 31 constituencies as near as possible in size with each other.

Lockhart Bevans, 51, beaten severely after gambling bout
Lockhart Bevans, 51, a Belize City laborer, was beaten severely in his back, arms, head and body. Information to us is that Bevans was gambling with about 7 men, and he won most of their money. The men then became angry and attacked Bevans, beating him severely —punching, kicking and stomping him. They then took the money he had won away. Bevans’ attackers took him to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital, where they abandoned him.

Man with counterfeit money robbed, then busted with counterfeit cash
On February 7, Darnell Puerto made a report to the police that on the same day, while he was going to visit his girlfriend at her house at the corner of Vernon Street and Mopan Street, he was held up at gunpoint and was robbed of $1,500, two gold chains and a Samsung cellular phone. Puerto said that the money and other items amounted to $7,750 in total value. He identified the robber as Kenyon Flores, 19.

Boy, 16, charged for La Popular Bakery robbery
A 16-year-old boy has been charged with aggravated robbery, pending arraignment at the Belize City Magistrate’s Court. La Popular Bakery, located on Cemetery Road in front of the busy First Stop Taxi Stand, with a bus stop near it, was held up and robbed at about 7:30 Wednesday night by two thieves who got away with an undisclosed amount of money. The thieves escaped in a getaway vehicle.

Editorial: Betraying the people is a very bad thing
Since past behavior is a good gauge of what one will do in the future, it is a near given that when the United Democratic Party (UDP) is booted from office, which will happen at some time, late into election night they will be hollering about how dishonest, corrupt the People’s United Party (PUP) is. The UDP came to power in 2008 hollering about the dishonesty of the PUP, and they have never stopped. The UDP screams about dishonesty but is itself very dishonest, and the members know it. Most members of the UDP openly acknowledge that there are crooks in Cabinet. The UDP once said of itself that it was above corruption, but now it says that corruption will always be with us, and that they are corrupt because we, the humble people, are corrupt.

From the Publisher
Two beautiful young ladies who were students at St. John’s College Sixth Form visited us a couple times when the highly controversial baby UBAD, a black-conscious organization, opened its office at #45 Hyde’s Lane in Belize City in March/April of 1969. One of the young ladies was named Florence, and she was darker-skinned than the other young lady, whose name was Maxine. The light-skinned Maxine had a major problem dealing with UBAD’s blanket description of all complexions of Belizeans as “Black,” and it may be that wherever she is, more than a half century later, this may still be a problem for her, as it is for most Belizeans of mixed European and African descent.

Saldivar traveled to Miami to pick up $50,000, Jacob Kingston testified
Jacob Kingston is continuing his testimony in the Lev Dermen trial in Salt Lake City, Utah. Today marks the 4th day of Kingston’s testimony and once more, damning information has emerged involving the newly elected United Democratic Party leader, Minister John Saldivar. Information coming out of the trial is that Minister Saldivar had told Lev Dermen in 2014 that he needed money for a re-election campaign for him and three or four of his colleagues, whose names were not mentioned.

Prime Minister Dean Barrow call emergency cabinet meeting tomorrow
Prime Minister Dean Barrow has called an emergency cabinet meeting for tomorrow, Wednesday. The meeting will be held in Belize City. There are speculations in the air tonight that the cabinet will discuss the way forward for the Barrow Government, in the wake of allegations of impropriety made against Minister of National Security, John Saldivar. The allegations were made in court testimonies over the last two days, in US federal district court, in Salt Lake City, Utah.

The search for my father was long and hard, but now it is over
On December 22, 1969, my mother, Marilyn Young, gave birth to me at Belize City Hospital in Belize City. Marilyn’s cousin was the great boat builder, Simeone Young. I was the second of what would be seven children that my mother would give birth to. My birth certificate has a blank space with a line through it where my father should have been listed. Starting at a young age, I would often ask my mother about my father. She would ignore me at first. If I asked too often, she would throw things at me and tell me to shut up. My deepest desire was to know my identity and who brought me into this world.

Bandits blast Wagiya, take over standings lead at Week 5 of PLB Closing Season
On the scoresheet totals of goals scored for and against, it looks like Belmopan’s Bandits Sport are in a class by themselves, with a whopping 21 goals scored versus only 1 given up, for a goal difference of +20, in 4 games played so far in the Premier League of Belize (PLB) 2019-2020 Closing Season. But they enjoy only a 1-point lead in the standings over their closest rival, defending champions, Verdes FC, who have only scored 5 goals so far and given up 3, for a mere +2 goal difference.

Primary basketball reg. season ends; quarterfinals on Wednesday
The regular competition of the Belize City Primary Schools Basketball Tournament 2019-2020 ended today with 5 games scheduled, 3 male (M) and 2 female (F), at Swift Hall Gym. Quarterfinals in the male category will take place on Wednesday.

Defenders and Tiger Sharks remain atop NEBL standings
The National Elite Basketball League (NEBL) hosted 4 games this weekend, as team standings are slowly stretching out to differentiate between the teams that are contenders and the few that are pretenders. All scores, standings, schedule and player stats can be found on our website at neblbelize.com. 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.

Dear John Saldivar – they keep falling out of the sky
The drug planes just keep falling out of the sky over Belize … and it is happening in an unprecedented number in the history of this country. I could surmise that we have never seen this phenomenon in Belize and it is incredible that not one of the occupants of these “suspected” narco-planes is ever caught and worse yet, the cargo is never found, in, or near, the aircraft. It is as if it is a well-coordinated exercise with local support and foreign agents and assets. Law enforcement authorities are absolutely clueless or helpless in bringing a stop to this criminality.

Brodies North commits to Belizean literature
Mr. Henry Young, a three-time area representative for the UDP (Port Loyola: 1984-1998) and two-time minister of government, loves to share the sea breeze and his hospitality at Big Bird’s Isle with his friends and guests, largely for camaraderie, but also to push agendas, some very tikilish, to forward our nation. I do get the honor sometimes, yes, humble me, and on my most recent visit, on Thursday last, while I enjoyed the invigorating sea breeze, which he doesn’t own but has access to, and cold Belikin and a super delicious fish burger, on the house, he told me about his latest initiative.

Chapter 31- More Jewel and Jerome …
On Sonia’s return to duty at the hospital in April, it appeared as if a benign administration confined her work schedule to the daytime hours, a cause for comment among her colleagues, led by Gertrude Atkins, of course, who attributed this to favouritism, declaring that she bet that if anybody else had tried a “stunt” like Sonia’s she would have been turned out a mile-a-minute; but that from long ago it could be seen that the powers-that-be showed preference to her. It had been quiet Miss Jewel who had responded to this accusation with the calm comment that maybe this had been because of her outstanding efficiency and willingness, marking the adoption on her part of a more visibly protective role towards Sonia.

China, Russia to defy US sanctions over support to Venezuela
The Russian government rejected on Monday the U.S. threats to impose new sanctions against several Russian companies for their cooperation with Venezuela in the oil sector. Last week, the United States special representative for Venezuela, Elliott Abrams, warned Russia that its support for Venezuela will cost them economically, as Washington is looking to sanction them.

The Reporter

Stephen Duncan Resign From Senate: Effective Immediately
The Reporter has confirmed that Stephen Duncan has resigned his position as a UDP Senator, effective immediately.

Belizean Honored by Historic Appointment
A Belizean has been chosen to be a member of an historic and prestigious Caribbean Tribunal. The Regional Judicial and Legal Services Commission has announced the appointments of Mr. Patterson K. H. Cheltenham QC, Ms. Lisa M. Shoman SC, Mrs. Dancia Penn OBE, QC, Mr. J. Emile Ferdinand QC, and Mr. Westmin R. A. James, as Members of the newly established Caribbean Community Administrative Tribunal (“CCAT”).

Tough Break For Finnegan, Scotia Bank Says, ‘Protecting It’s Reputation’
The Reporter has confirmed that Scotiabank Belize Limited is in the process of closing accounts held at its institution in the name of senior U.D.P. Minister Michael Finnegan and the U.D.P. Mesopotamia office.

OHHHH! Those Darn Photos, They Always Show Up
Late last week, a picture surfaced which showed known Belmopan affiliates of Minister John Saldivar, Mayor Khalid Belisle, Douglas Grant and Jason Neal along with Lev Dermen and Jacob Kingston posing on the tarmac of the PGIA beside a private jet.

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Family of five homeless
A family of five is homeless after their home was destroyed by fire. There is a possibility that this may have been an act of arson. Stann Creek Correspondent Harry Arzu has the details.

Lisa Shoman to sit on CCAT tribunal
Attorney-at-law, Lisa Shoman, is broadening her horizons as she will sit on the Caribbean Community Administrative Tribunal (CCAT), established by CARICOM. She will be sworn in at the CXC headquarters in Barbados on Monday, February 17.

Scotiabank looks to close accounts of several UDP divisions
A letter from Scotiabank dated January 20, 2020, and addressed to Minister Michael Finnegan, the Area Representative for Mesopotamia came to our attention today. In the letter, Scotiabank is asking Finnegan to withdraw the monies he has in the account as the bank would no longer be able to service his account.

Javan Moody arraigned for murder of Ariana Jones
23-year-old Javan Moody was arraigned today in court for the murder of his girlfriend, 31-year-old Ariana Jones. Cayo Correspondent Pauline Soberanis Tillett has the details of what transpired in court today.

Belize Living Heritage
Today, the National Institute for Culture and History (NICH) launched its Belize Living Heritage website. It was developed by the Institute for Social and Cultural Research (ISCR) and designed to spread awareness of Belize’s heritage.

Kingston testifies that John Saldivar requested fifty thousand dollars
Just when you think things couldn't get any worse for the Barrow administration and the United Democratic Party text messages emerged as evidence today in Utah. According to the Salt Lake Tribune publication, a series of text messages were presented as evidence showing that John Saldivar requested as much as fifty thousand dollars on one occasion from Lev Dermen.

Was there fair play in the UDP Convention?
Today’s Cabinet meeting got underway at ten o’clock this morning in Belmopan. Of course, the press wouldn’t be doing its job if we didn’t at least try to find out what was discussed and decided.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Emergency Cabinet meeting called for tomorrow; Is John Saldivar’s fate on the line?
Breaking Belize News (BBN) has been reliably informed that Prime Minister Dean Barrow has scheduled an […]

Regional rivalries go to Defenders, Tigersharks, Griga and Verdes
Four exciting regional rivalry games played out in the National Elite Basketball League at the […]

The lesson of the ‘Celtic Tiger’ for Belizean politics
While this weekend Belizeans were closely watching the drama at the Belize Civic Center, half […]

Public Service Union, Belmopan CitCo in arbitration: Simplex wants rent for Hilltop
On Monday in the courtroom of Justice Courtney Abel, the case of the Public Service […]

Former cop jailed for unlicensed firearm and ammunition
Interdicted police officer, Carlisle Bol, was on Monday sent to Central Prison for concurrent terms […]

UDP: Dean is still our leader
Prime Minister Dean Barrow continues to lead the United Democratic Party despite Sunday’s leadership convention, […]

Is the Association of Concerned Belizeans (ACB) back?
Is the Association of Concerned Belizeans, commonly referred to as ACB, back for real? […]

Kingston claims Dermen offered Saldivar funds for political campaigns, moneys were to be collected in Miami
Jacob Kingston, testifying in the Washakie Renewable Energy-Lev Dermen trial ongoing in Salt Lake City, […]

UDP postpones press conference initially scheduled for tomorrow
The United Democratic Party (UDP) had initially invited the media for a press conference to […]

Hugo Patt sworn in as Deputy Prime Minister
On Sunday, Hugo Patt emerged victorious along with Team Saldivar at the leadership convention of […]

Jacob Kingston: John Saldivar and friends needed cash for campaign
In a Utah Court today, Jacob Kingston, an associate of the international fraudster, Lev Dermen […]

Gun and ammo found in abandoned house on the George Price Highway
Authorities conducted a search yesterday morning at an abandoned house at mile 4 ½ on […]

UDP leader-elect and PUP party leader to host conferences tomorrow
In light of the recent startling allegations made by Jacob Kingston, associate of international accused […]

National Security Minister; Belmopan Mayor photographed with accused international fraudsters
A picture surfaced today on social media showing Belize’s National Security Minister and Leader elect […]

Hopkins residents enjoy Calypso Rose video shoot for remake of ‘Watina’
Residents in Southern Belize are enjoying the shooting of the video for a […]

Blogs

A Visit to Our Island’s Green Iguana Sanctuary and A House That Is Art
An Easy Way To See Some BIG Green Iguanas right in San Pedro Town and…A House Straight out of Swiss Family Robinson! Here on Ambergris Caye, people see the green iguanas sunning in the mangroves when they are on a boat stopping at the gas station at the back side of town. It’s a frequent tour stop in the San Pedro lagoon. But now you can drive up in a golf cart or bike or even on foot. Head north on Back Street – until you get to the stop sign. (Hol Chan Marine Reserve Office will be on your right.) Go straight, thru the stop sign – the road is now a dirt road. Just around the bend and… Look for this gate… There were piles of fruit and even habaneros. Crazy to imagine…but iguanas LOVE hot peppers.

Cave Kayaking in Belize/ Nohoch Che’en Caves Branch
Cave tubing is the popular choice of activity done by tourists whenever they visit Belize, but few have experienced cave kayaking. It holds the advantage that you can use the kayaks to run the whole section of caves while with cave tubing the runs must be extremely short as this river (Caves Branch River) is too shallow to allow an unhampered float. The caves of Belize were sacred to the Mayans and Nohoch Cheʼen is one with exceptional Mayan artifacts inscribed into the cave formations along the river. 

How To Spend Three Fun Days In Punta Gorda, Belize
Punta Gorda, also known as “PG” or “Peini,” is the major town in the Toledo District of southern Belize. Even if you do not plan to spend time in Punta Gorda, it is a major hub for domestic flights and traffic to Belize’s many natural attractions and offshore cayes. Now if you are interested in seeing what the beautiful town of the Toledo District has to offer, keep reading for an unforgettable three-day weekend.

Why Belize is Open for Business, Vacation, and Retirement
His Excellency, Daniel Gutierrez, the Belize ambassador to the United States of America, joins us in studio for a candid conversation about his role as ambassador and how his office in Washington D.C. serves to promote Belize as a place to vacation but also as a place to retire and invest. Daniel is the younger brother of Javier, our show host, and it was quite an honor to have him in studio with us.

A Different Kind of Birding in Placencia Belize – Parrothead Beach Bash 2020
This kind of birding is raising money for children’s education in Belize and more specifically in Seine Bight. If you are not familiar, Seine Bight is a village on the Placencia Peninsula. It is north of Placencia town and just over a couple of miles south of Maya Beach. First off if you are a bit unsure, a Parrothead is a fan of the popular “tropical” musician Jimmy Buffet. Typical Parrothead fashion includes a Hawaiian shirt, khaki shorts, flip flops, and sunglasses. It is a “lifestyle” and one of the top activities is sipping margaritas on the beach often at sunset.

Renting a Car in Belize
Whether you’re in one of the six districts or at one of the main islands, there are always car rental companies to be found. After you land at the Philip Goldson Int’l Airport, there are three different car rental businesses outside of the airport. You can easily go over to one of them, check out their prices and the types of cars available, and take your pick. Bear in mind that you will come across others, both on the highway as you leave the airport, and there are definitely more businesses you can choose from as there are a couple on the highway when you are leaving the airport and many more in each district. Car rental businesses are easy to find – you just have to ask a local or check our good pal Google.

International Sourcesizz

Crocodiles in Belize: The fierce animals in need of protection
Crocodiles may have a fearsome reputation, but are worth protecting: They are threatened by pollution, illegal hunting and habitat loss. One organization is trying to provide a safe haven for injured animals. Project goal: The non-governmental organizationCrocodile Research Coalition (CRC) works in Belize to protect crocodiles and their habitats. They also raise awareness about peaceful coexistence between the animals and local communities.

Guatemalan Air Force Confiscates Drug Cartel’s Narco Jet – Watch Incredible Liftoff From Dirt Runway
Drug cartels have numerous methods to smuggle their illegal merchandise. Commercial vehicles, trains, boats, narco submarines, Los Pollos Hermanos batter buckets, and even medieval-style catapults. Another mode of transportation utilized by drug cartels are private narco jets, and we have a pretty impressive video as proof. The amazing part is that the pilot of the small Hawker Siddley 125 business jet landed the plane in the jungle on a narrow, dirt runway, at night, none-the-less. Local residents in Belize, about eight miles from the makeshift landing strip, heard the plane flying above their community around 11 at night.

Videos

  • Belmopan Humane Society, 7min. A small grassroots movement, the Belmopan Humane Society, has been quietly and steadily operating in Belmopan since 1998. The Belmopan Humane Society tells us their story of championing for animals and how we can help.

  • Pelican Reef Villas, 2,5 miles south of town on Ambergris Caye, 5min.

  • Moon Rise in Corozal, Belize, 1.5min. Amazing moon rise caught the day after the Supermoon.

  • Belize 360 injected, 7min. Driving in Belize City

  • Driving: Timelapse - San Estevan to Chunox - Orange Walk - Belize, 7min.

  • THE FARM INN BELIZE FROM THE AIR, 2min. The farm inn belize drone footage

  • On Corozal Bay Tuesday evening. Sunset view in Corozal, 1min.

  • Musical Guest - Ras Indio, 21min. Ras Indio has a new song out just in time for Valentine's Day. The single is called Man of My Words" and today he stopped by to share the video and talk about his latest projects.

  • National Anti-Doping Organization of Belize, 24min. Carlos Slusher is the Director of the National Anti-Doping Organization of Belize. Today we talked with us about how the organization functions and determines the testing procedures. He shared the information in an attempt to educate athletes to prepare themselves to participate fairly in national sporting events.

  • The National Trade Union Congress of Belize (NTUCB) - Update, 30min. The National Trade Union Congress of Belize (NTUCB) continues its advocacy for the implementation of the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC). Given all the national issues President, Marvin Mora, spoke with us about why the UNCAC is pivotal to government's commitment to anti-corruption and how they are pushing the cause for its aggressive implementation.

  • POLICE LINK UP, 65min.

  • Belize Rocks 2020, 5min. This video is about Belize River Lodge

  • Belize City Tour with Berth, 10min. Belize City Tour with Berth. We ride around Belize city with a tourguide named Beth. She is telling us the story of the city and describes the current state of the country. A retired soldier works here as a tour guide driver.

  • Belize 2020 Part 1 HD, 23min. Part 1 of our Jan 2020 trip to San Pedro Belize for jerry Jeff Walker's Camp Belize Week 2.

  • Belize 2019 - Unbelizeable, 3.5min. Diving the Blue Hole with Frenchies on Caye Caulker

  • Belize Living Heritage Website Introductory Video, 3min.


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