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Today's Belize News: February 19, 2020 #540686
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Specials and Events

Last night's TV news on Channel 7, Channel 5, LOVETV, PGTV, Reef TV, KREM, and CTV 3. Also with the most recent Open Your Eyes, Belize Now, Talk Ah Di Town, and other specials.


The San Pedro Sun

Papo Alamilla Art Exhibition at Belizean Arts
Belizean Arts, in collaboration with the extremely talented Eduardo “Papo” Alamilla, held an art from February 14th through the 16th. People had the opportunity to visit Belizean Arts and browse Papo’s latest works. He was not present at the exhibition but his art spoke for itself. Milton Chan who is Papo’s nephew (and an artist himself), shared the goal of the exhibition with The San Pedro Sun. He said his uncle wanted to showcase his interpretation of the Belizean lifestyle. He did this by painting what he sees daily and what he grew up with. There were paintings showing off gorgeous marine life, the lush jungles, and scenes of San Pedro in its early days.

San Pedro Pirates record 2-1 victory over BDF
On Sunday, February 16th, the San Pedro Pirates landed a 2-1 win over the BDF Football Club at the MCC Grounds in Belize City. The island boys broke their winless streak and are now among the top five teams in the Premier League of Belize’s (PLB) standings, while BDF slides to last place. Week 7 of the closing season continues this weekend and San Pedro Pirates will be hosting the Belmopan Bandits on Saturday, February 22nd starting at 7:30PM at the Ambergris Stadium.

Another big home win for the San Pedro Tiger Sharks!
With a 93-56 blowout over Dangriga Dream Ballers, San Pedro Tiger Sharks once again defended their home turf and are 4-1 in the 2020 season of the National Elite Basketball League (NEBL). The defending champions will fight for the top spot against 4-1 Belize City Defenders, who along with Orange Walk Running Rebels emerged victorious during the fifth week of basketball action. Friday, February 21 at 8:45 PM – Belize City Defenders vs. San Pedro Tiger Sharks at the Belize Civic Center

Various Belizean Sources

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Boca del Rio Beach rehabilitation project
As part of the San Pedro Town Council’s Beach Reclamation Project, the SPTC introduces Phase 1 to the general public which will take effect on Monday, March 15th, 2020. PHASE 1 of the project will include new traffic regulations for Boca del Rio Drive between the sections from Sand Piper Street and Spider Lily Street. A portion of the beach has been reserved for ONE-WAY golf cart traffic passage and parallel parking for one golf cart on the east side of the street.

Corozal Community Public Meeting by the Belize Police Department
Important Corozal Community Public Meeting by the Belize Police Department will be held this Friday, February 21st, 2020 at 6:00 P.M. at the Corozal Town Hall on 1st Street South. The Belize Police Department and the Commissioner of Police Mr. Chester Williams invite all members of our Corozal Community to this very important meeting.

U.S. Citizens: Passport and Notary Services in San Pedro!
Message to U.S. Citizens: Passport and Notary Services in San Pedro! Representatives from U.S. Embassy Belmopan will be offering passport renewal and notary services in San Pedro, Belize. Date: Tuesday, February 27th, 2020 Place: Blue Water Grill, Sunbreeze Hotel, San Pedro Town Time: 10:30 am to Noon We will provide the following passport services on a first-come, first-served basis.

2020 Chocolate Festival of Belize
14th annual Chocolate festival of Belize, kicking off with Wine and Chocolate Friday May 22nd followed by Taste of Toledo street fair Saturday May 23rd.

Belmopan Humane Society Cleanup & Paint Party
The Belmopan Humane Society is having a Cleanup and Paint party this Saturday. Anyone wanting to help them out is welcome, and appreciated.

Belize Raptor Center Music for the Birds 2 Benefit
The Belize Raptor Center's Music for the Birds 2 benefit is Sunday at 3:00pm at The Bluffs. Come out and enjoy an afternoon full of music with Captain Coconut and the Sand Crab Blues Band Featuring Mr. Downchild on harmonica plus special surprise guest. This is a Band of world class musicians that you'll be kicking yourself if you miss ~ mark my words, this is 100% worth the trip! $20 cover per person and ALL proceeds go towards the Raptor Centers none releasable Common Black Hawk, Zion's, new enclosure building. Additionally there will be auction items and a door prize raffle! It will be a fun filled afternoon all the while supporting the Belize Raptor Center.

Corozal Graffiti Festival 2020
Our final post highlighting the incredible skills of the main attraction- graffiti artists from Belize, Mexico and Cuba at Corozal Graffiti Festival 2020. This year's theme was "Ancient Chactemal" as we honoured our ancestors. We graciously thank all of the graffiti artists who participated; simply for the joy of creating art! In order, beginning from the south end of Miami Beach, each artwork has the artist's name/tag name, you are kindly invited to follow their work on facebook. Mark the date for the last Sunday in January, (Sunday, January 31) for Corozal Graffiti Festival 2021!!

Corozal Town Historical Walk FEb. 24
Join us for a day of celebration as we mark our 8th anniversary with tours of the Corozal Town Historical Walk. We are delighted to partner with Corozal Junior College's 2nd year Tourism students who are excited about giving you a tour! Tours begin at 9am.

February 2020's Art in the Park
Wonderful turn out for February 2020's edition of Art in the Park! Thanking all of our artists, artisans, culinary artists and singers who came together once again, offering our beloved community a place to congregate with family and friends. A gracious thank you to this month's sponsor - Serenity Sands Bed & Breakfast for supporting this community initiative. See you all on March 14th for the next edition of Art in the Park!

BHA at the 16th Annual Chicago Travel & Adventure Show
The Belize Hotel Association, represented by President Teodoro Tejada and Director Sherry Constantino attended the 16th Annual Chicago Travel and Adventure Show, on February 8 and 9, 2020 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Chicago. The BHA booth, which was conveniently located near one of the main theaters, remained constantly busy throughout the two-day exhibition. Many of the visitors to our booth had a friend, a neighbor, a co-worker or other family members who were from Belize and were therefore seeking more information about all the amazing activities and recommendations on places to stay.

Cabinet Announces New UDP Senator
The Prime Minister will advise the Governor General that Ms. Payal Ghanwani, Attorney-at-Law, be appointed as the new senator for the United Democratic Party. This is consequent to Senator Steve Duncan who, for personal reasons, recently resigned as senator.

Ministry of Health Clarifies Rumored Case of COVID-19 in Dangriga
The Ministry of Health hereby clarifies the rumors circulating on social media of a ‘suspected case of Coronavirus COVID-19 in Dangriga Town.’ Belize remains free of any case of COVID-19 (formerly known as novel coronavirus) and there is no suspected case at this time in the country. As part of our routine investigation, three Belizeans were investigated based on specific epidemiological information shared upon re-entry into Belize and they are being checked on by the Health Department on a daily basis. One of the individuals was swabbed and the laboratory test was positive for a specific strain of the common flu viruses (rhinovirus) that is currently in circulation in Belize.

Belize is removed from the EU List of Harmful Preferential Tax Regimes
The Economic and Financial Affairs Council (ECOFIN) of the European Union released the results of its recently concluded meeting held in Brussels on February 18, 2020. The Government of Belize has been informed that the recent amendments to both the Income and Business Tax Act and Tax Administrative and Procedure Act on December 23rd have been positively assessed and the ECOFIN Council has agreed to remove Belize from the EU list of harmful preferential tax regimes (Annex II). This is a significant outcome as Belize is now deemed to be compliant with all the recent regulatory changes set out by the EU over the last two years. For many months the Ministry of Finance has been working closely with the European Union to meet its requirements regarding both economic substance and its assessment as harmful preferential tax regime.

Office the Prime Minister Announces Changes to the Cabinet
Cabinet at its meeting today, February 18th, announced that the Prime Minister will advise the Governor General that: (a) The Attorney General Senator Hon. Michael Peyrefitte be appointed as the substantive Minister of National Security to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of the Hon. John Saldivar as Minister of National Security. The Minister of State for the Ministry of National Security, the Hon. Elodio Aragon Jr. be responsible for the supervision of the Ministry’s day-to-day management.

Leader of the Opposition Responds to PM
Dear Prime Minister: I refer to your letter dated the 17th February 2020. Most of your letter was, as usual, full of personal attacks and big words which by now I would have thought you would have realized impresses no one but the person you see in the mirror. Your response for a man who holds the office of Prime Minister is a disservice to the people of Belize. In your letter, you deliberately sought to paint a picture that is divorced from reality. Let me remind you of historical facts rather than fantasy. First, the People's United Party did not support your 21 Supplementary Appropriation Bills. They were passed with the votes of the Government side only.

KOKO KING OUTDOOR CINEMA MOVIES FOR THIS WEEK
ADULT WEDNESDAYS: A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (Rated PG) - Based on the true story of a real-life friendship between Fred Rogers and journalist Lloyd Vogel. Actors: Tom Hanks, Matthew Rhys, Chris Cooper. FAMILY FRIDAYS: JUMANJI 2: THE NEXT LEVEL (Rated PG-13) - In Jumanji: The Next Level, the gang is back but the game has changed. As they return to rescue one of their own, the players will have to brave parts unknown from arid deserts to snowy mountains, to escape the world's most dangerous game. Free snacks for the kids!

Cleanup and Paint party hosted by Belmopan Humane Society
The Belmopan Humane Society is having a Cleanup and Paint party this Saturday. Anyone wanting to help them out is welcome, and appreciated. Volunteers needed to spruce up the Belmopan Humane Society food and beverages available. Donations toward paint, food and beverages appreciated.

Caye Caulker Water Outage Today
Belize Water Services informs its customers in Caye Caulker that there will be low pressure in the water supply which will affect the entire Caye Caulker distribution system as follows: • Wednesday, February 19, 2020 from 11:00 pm to Thursday, February 20, 2020 at 5:00 am This low pressure is necessary to build storage after repairing the leak and to accommodate planned maintenance of the Water Treatment Plant. Customers may experience discoloration when water is restored.

HUAY POOP
Huay poop or Uay poop: black butcher bird in whose body is the spirit of Kakasbal. He falls on his victims and takes them away forever. This being of the Mayab we refer to the Huay Poop, a sorcerer who on certain nights takes the form of a horrible and gigantic black bird, but there are also many more who claim that this evil creature is one more the transmutations of the Genius of Evil, the "Kakasbal".

Channel 7

Saldivar's Pop-Up Interview Fail
Finally today, embattled UDP area rep John Saldivar appeared for an extended media interview.  He chose to do so on the LOVE FM Morning Show - and we'll have highlights of that shortly. But, while Saldivar was on air for over two hours fielding all questions from the hosts and callers, the wider media was gathering outside.  Every media house saw his appearance as the first opportunity in months to ask their questions - questions which are burning hotter than ever after the revelation of text messages last week.

Saldivar Speaks Boldly
So, while he wouldn't answer our questions, as we said, Saldivar did speak at length on the Morning Show -  in a no holds barred interview that covered the entire scandal ending in his double resignation as party leader and cabinet minister.   The politician who has gone from a powerful minister to an area representative without portfolio clearly is not throwing in the towel.  Saldivar spoke like a man eager to get his story out - and he made clear that he's in the mix of whatever the future holds for the UDP. 

Mike P, UDP's Super Minister?
And while Saldivar is trying to clear his name - he's been replaced in Cabinet.   It was rumored a week ago and confirmed today: Michael Peyrefitte is the new Minister of National Security -  taking Saldivar's place after he resigned under pressure last week.  That new portfolio for Peyrefitte is now combined with his existing portfolio of Attorney General -  making Peyrefitte the government's head of all security forces and the chief legal officer - a double serving of powerful portfolios not jointly held since Dean Barrow did so in the 90's.   But Peyrefitte won't be handling it alone.  A release from the Office of the Prime Minister say the Minister of State for the Ministry of National Security, Elodio Aragon Jr. be responsible for the supervision of the Ministry's day-to-day management. 

New Face For The Senate
And there are also changes in the senate lineup.  And this one introduces a new face.   Attorney Payal Ghanwani, will be appointed as the new UDP senator, taking the place of Steve Duncan - who resigned immediately after the UDP convention.  It is somewhat of a surprise because Ghanwani is not well known in UDP circles, but is a talented new face.

Ashcroft Edges Into Redistricting Suit
Last night, we told you about the Supreme Court application from Michael Ashcroft to join in the redistricting lawsuit that the Belize Peace Movement brought against the Government of Belize.
The Peace Movement is seeking to trigger a redistricting exercise because Belize's 31 electoral constituencies are not proportional - some are way too big, other way too small.  The effect of this is that a vote in the Fort George division in Belize City, for example, carries more weight than a vote in Belmopan or Stann Creek West.  That's not what the constitution dictates and the Peace Movement says that it undermines the spirit of true democracy and equal representation. 

Teachers will Join NTUCB March
Last night, we told you how National Trade Union Congress of Belize and its 10 member unions announced that on Thursday, they are going to protest in Belize City against corruption and in the name of good governance.  Well, the Belize National Trade Union has out a memo to the Ministry of Education, and the management of schools countrywide informing them that they will be participating. The memo is dated February 18th, and it is directed to the Minister of Education; the Ministry of Education officials; and Boards of Managements, managers and principals of primary, secondary and tertiary schools.

Seine Byte Barracks Up In Smoke
30 people are homeless after a long barracks burnt down today in Seine Byte village.   The long barracks which had 14 low income units caught on fire at around 2:15 this afternoon.   Villagers rushed to put out the flames creating a bucket brigade to assist the fire truck.  In the thick of the crowd was Village vice Chairman Kirwin Ramirez. We spoke to him by phone and he told us that the destruction of the 14 rooms has left a number of villagers homeless. Kirwin Ramirez - Vice Chairman, Seine Bight Village: "I was coming from Placencia when I saw a little bit of smoke in the air. I ran over there as fast as I could and we started to use bucket and we started to break the pipe to see in the fire was gonna out and we ran over there we have a lot of young people that were around at that time and everybody getting buckets and trying to out the fire and stuff and so I was trying my best and my people were trying their best to out the fire..."

The Boots Challenge
Campaign finance reform is one of the hot button issues right now - we're hearing it almost nightly from the opposition and the social partners.  But, here at 7News we've been trying to push our head behind the red and blue curtains to get to the mystery of politicians money for many years now.   Jules Vasquez has a short history of broken bank dates and introduces the Boots Challenge: A politician's bank account, it's the stuff of a journalist's dreams - and once upon a time, back in October of 2008, I got to see one:

UDP Personality: Thursday Protest is Cause for Anxiety
And while that's our faint stab at campaign finance reform - the social partners seems much more serious about it.  The NTUCB has included it as the very first demand in its six point list of demands.   They will take that message to the city streets on Thursday and we asked one UDP senior personality if this heightened pressure is a cause for anxiety:

UDP Will Have a Convention
And while the ruling UDP tries to remain in control of the political timeline - the movements by social partners could create some discomfort in Belmopan.  That would accelerate the timeline for finding a new leader, and, quietly, we are told Patrick Faber has been canvassing support of colleagues he has alienated in the past. Yesterday, Tracey Taegar Panton told us Faber called her - and so did Boots Martinez.  He says the UDP has got go through a new convention process:..

Three Alleged Killers Free and Clear
And, turning now from politics.to court news, 3 accused killers are free of charges after many years on remand.   For just over 7 years, 30-year-old Cassian Bennett/Gentle, 33-year-old Jermaine "Horse" Garnett, and 43-year-old Kenneth Barrow have all been jointly charged for the 2012 murder of 19-year-old Raheem Requena. But tonight, all 3 men are home free because the DPP's Office has decided to discontinue its prosecution against them. Viewers may remember the tragic and senseless murder of Raheem Requena. On the night of December 19th, 2012. The 4th form student who was attended Excelsior High School, was riding his bicycle on Kut Avenue. He was on the way to his grandmother's house when a gunman ambushed him and shot him 8 times.

Restore Belize Streamlining All Anti-crime Initiatives
As viewers are aware, crime continues to be a major challenge for successive government administrations to address in a meaningful way. Last year's murder rate caused Belize be ranked as the 6th deadliest country in Latin American and the Caribbean. But, things go in cycles.  You'll have noticed the over the years, violent crime spikes. Then, there is a period of uneasy calm, before the nation is jolted back to reality with yet another crime wave.  And no matter which color is at the helm in Belmopan, they are only able to take short-term measures against this complex problem. 

The Real Deal Tells Cops To Keep It Real
Last week we told you how Dijon Dawson's Grandma, Carolette "Real Deal" Gideon, started an impassioned campaign to ensure that the 8-year-old boy got all the help he needed after he was knocked down while crossing the road.  Those efforts resulted in her case being taken on by attorney Steve Perrera who invoked the underutilized "no fault' clause to get the driver's insurance company to pay up to five thousand dollars worth of Dijon's medical bills.  It seemed that The Real Deal's story would have ended there but, this afternoon there is an update in the case.  Wanting justice, Carolette's lawyer advised her to visit the DPP's office to follow up on criminal charges.

COVID-19 Story in Dangriga Bogus
A rumoured case of COVID-19 in Dangriga Town, is just that, a rumour. And this afternoon the Ministry of Health made the clarification that Belize remains free of COVID19 formerly known as novel Coronavirus. Three Belizeans who had recently re-entered the country were indeed checked on by the Health Department.

EU Removes Belize From List
After months of special house sittings and shuttle diplomacy between Brussels and Belmopan, the European Union has removed Belize from the EU List of Harmful Preferential Tax Regimes.  


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Channel 5

John Saldivar Opens Up on the Talk Show Circuit
In his first media appearance since being stripped of the spot of leader elect of the U.D.P. and resigning from Cabinet, last Thursday, Belmopan Area Representative John Saldivar today spoke [...]

To John Saldivar – How Did That Money Get into Belize?
In the Utah court, Jacob Kingston testified that he saw Dermen hand bundles of cash to Saldivar during a visit to Belize. This morning, Saldivar admitted to accepting monies from [...]

Mike Peyrefitte is New National Security Minister
There’s a new political boss at the Ministry of National Security where Attorney General Michael Peyrefitte has been appointed as its substantive minister. As you know, Peyrefitte is also a [...]

The Supreme Court Allows Lord Ashcroft to Join Redistricting Challenge
The Supreme Court this afternoon, granted the application put forth on Monday by Senior Counsel, Andrew Marshalleck, on behalf of Lord Michael Ashcroft.  Ashcroft will now be included as an [...]

G.O.B. is Prepared to Go the Distance in Redistricting Challenge
Minister Peyrefitte also spoke about the Supreme Court decision to grant Lord Michael Ashcroft’s application to join the Belize Peace Movement in its legal challenge to have the Government of [...]

What’s John Saldivar’s Political Future with U.D.P.?
A planned event for this weekend in the Belmopan constituency has been postponed. And Saldivar is no longer in cabinet and is neither the newly elected leader of the United [...]

Saldivar Remains Circumspect on Campaign Explanation
In John Saldivar’s attempt at explaining why he chose to lie about receiving the monies from Dermen, he stopped short of divulging the details of that Cabinet meeting on January [...]

G.O.B. to Appeal Supreme Court Ruling on Petrocaribe Challenge
Prime Minister Barrow, in a terse response to a letter written by Opposition Leader John Briceño, has indicated that government will appeal the decision of the Supreme Court where Chief [...]

Opposition Leader to Prime Minister: “The ugly truth is that yuh name stink dah road”
There has been a back and forth between PM Barrow and the Leader of the Opposition. The last salvo today came from John Briceño in response to Monday’s letter from [...]

AG Peyrefitte: “N.T.U.C.B. March is Not Necessary”
The National Trade Union Congress of Belize, as well as the People’s United Party, is holding separate demonstrations in Belize City in the days ahead.  The N.T.U.C.B. will be mobilizing [...]

N.T.U.C.B. Gets Permission to Protest on Thursday
The N.T.U.C.B. has made six demands for the government to meet before the general elections are called. One of those demands is an immediate launch of an independent investigation into [...]

B.D.F. Soldier Survives Shooting; Was It a Case of Mistaken Identity?
Turning to crime, Wayne Perry was days away from starting his career as a soldier in the Belize Defence Force. But on Monday afternoon, he was shot multiple times as [...]

Fire Destroys Three Structures in Hattieville
There was a fire around two-thirty this afternoon in Hattieville. The blaze destroyed three small wooden structures. Fire officials managed to contain the blaze before it spread to nearby homes.  [...]

Fire Destroys Home in Seine Bight
There was another fire earlier today, this time in Seine Bight village in southern Belize and as many as twelve persons were displaced.  Reports are that a fire broke out [...]

Filling the Void in the Public Health Sector for Affordable Eye Care
Over the weekend, a visiting team from U.S. treated hundreds in need of eye care. Now, the Belize Council for the Visually Impaired has been filling the void in the [...]

MOH Says Case of COVID-19 in Dangriga is Fake News!
The Ministry of Health says that the reports circulating on Facebook about a suspected case of COVID-19 in Belize is not true. Today, the ministry clarified the rumors of a [...]

Restoring Citizen Security
RESTORE Belize today unveiled its blue print to deal with crime and violence and restore citizen security. According to the organization, the plan was devised after consultations with the relevant [...]

Amandala

Barrow in trouble!
General elections are scheduled for later this year, and the National Trade Union Congress of Belize (NTUCB) is now embarking on a pre-election agenda aimed at tackling corruption in order to ensure more transparency in governance. Seated at the head table were the National President of the Belize National Teachers Union (BNTU), Senator Elena Smith; NTUCB president, Marvin Mora; and Southern Christian Workers Union executive, Hubert Enriquez. Apart from the trade union leaders at the head table, all members of the NTUCB were present for today’s launch.

CWU, PSU call for investigation of Saldivar and Belisle
The Dean Barrow-led government and United Democratic Party have come under sustained fire for the scandal that emerged from the Salt Lake City, Utah, trial of the alleged fraudster, Lev Dermen, whom the former Minister of National Security, John Saldivar, had recommended for Belize consular and ambassadorial postings and who holds a Belizean nationality certificate for which the Auditor General was unable to locate the file. Prime Minister Barrow, whose government was swept into power in 2008 on an anti-corruption and transparency platform, has been shaken by this internationally embarrassing scandal.

Kyla Young, 17, murdered in the city
Kyla Young, 17, of Freetown Road, lost her life at about 9:00 last night while she was playing cards with two others in a yard on Glynn Street. The card game was interrupted when a gunman entered the yard and opened fire on the group. A man who was socializing with the group tried to escape, but was shot in his shoulder. As the persons in the yard scattered for cover, the shooter escaped out of the yard and disappeared.

Barrow’s letter is disgraceful and disgusting, says Opposition Leader Briceño
Today, Prime Minister Dean Barrow penned a reply to a letter sent to him by the Leader of the Opposition People’s United Party (PUP), Hon. John Briceño, on Friday, February 14, 2020, which said, “As you are aware, on the 31st January 2020 the Hon. Chief Justice ruled that all the Supplementary Appropriations Acts which you told to the National Assembly, covering the period 2004 -2018 were unconstitutional. This confirmed the view long held by the People’s United Party that the profligate spending under your leadership was illegal and most likely corrupt.

Two murders in Hattieville
Two men were killed in Hattieville over the weekend. At about 9:30 on Saturday morning, Ronnie Anderson, 25, was riding his bicycle on a back road in the New Site area of Hattieville when a man rode up behind him and shot him several times in the head and back. Anderson died almost immediately. Police went to the scene of the shooting, but the shooter could not be found. Presently, the motive for the murder is not known. Ronnie Anderson was a popular basketball player.

Cop arraigned for firearm and ammo
Police Constable Darwin Hernandez, who is from Corozal but is stationed in Belize City , has been arrested and charged with keeping a firearm and ammunition without a gun license and handling stolen goods, after the gun found with him was found to be stolen. He was arraigned at the Corozal Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday and was remanded until March 25. Magistrate’s Court cannot consider bail for firearm offences until after 3 months. However they can hire the services of an attorney who can apply for Supreme Court Bail for his release.

Brother stabs brother
Two brothers, Kurston and Kirk Howard of Fabers Road, were admitted to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital in a serious but stable condition after they stabbed each other. The incident occurred at about 9:30 Saturday night at a house on Fabers Road, where the brothers were drinking. They later got into an argument which escalated, and, police say, Kirk took out a knife and stabbed Kurson, and a struggle ensued between them, during which Kurson was able to take away the knife from Kirk, then he stabbed him in the abdomen.

Roy Grinage, 29, drowns while swimming across the Belize River
Roy Grinage, 29, an employee of Santander who was a tractor operator of St. Matthews, Cayo District, drowned while swimming across the Belize River at about 12:30 Saturday afternoon to go home after work. ACP Joseph Myvett said that while swimming across the river, Grinage suffered problems, causing him to go under, and he began to struggle, but he disappeared underwater.

Fugitive Rodwell Arzu remanded for murder
The search for Rodwell Arzu, 38, a mechanic of Independence, Stann Creek District, who was wanted for the murder of his common-law wife, Geraldine Flowers, 43, of Dangriga, has ended. Arzu was captured in Puerto Cortes, Honduras. The announcement was made today by Senior Superintendent Hilberto Romero.

Cop and brother, released on bail for firearm and ammo
Constable Darwin Hernandez, 28, a police officer from Corozal who, jointly with his brother, Rony Hernandez, 34, a construction worker of Altamira, Corozal Town , was arraigned at the Corozal Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday, on charges of keeping a firearm and ammunition without a gun license and keeping stolen goods. They were remanded until April 21, 2020.

Editorial: VIP insistence on campaign financing laws, vindicated!
We can never know how far the political party, VIP (Vision Inspired by the People), would have gone in electoral politics if Belize had laws to control how political parties and their candidates get financing for elections, but it is for sure that the party would have done better at the polls had such laws existed, even though it is very unlikely they would have won, because of the great advantage the two major parties — PUP (People’s United Party) and UDP (United Democratic Party), enjoy through our First Past The Post (FPTP) electoral system. The VIP was spot-on when it demanded and gave no quarter about the necessity for campaign financing laws in Belize.

Main suspect in San Pedro Lagoon murders killed in Guatemala
The main suspect in the double murder of San Pedrano, Mario Graniel, Jr., 53, a tour guide of San Pedro, and American doctor, Gary Paul Swank, a tourist visiting San Pedro, which occurred in the San Pedro Lagoon at about 11:00 Sunday morning on June 23, 2019, has been killed in Guatemala. The announcement was made on Tuesday by Police Commissioner Chester Williams. Williams said that an ongoing investigation into the shocking double murder led to a man in Benque Viejo who was suspected of being the killer, but as they were about to move in on him, the suspect went on the run.

Disgraced John Saldivar apologizes to Cabinet and to the general public for his “poor judgment.”
Five days after he won the United Democratic Party (UDP) race for leadership of the party (a post —as party leader— from which he would resign in less than 72 hours), the disgraced Belmopan area representative who resigned from Cabinet yesterday, Thursday, issued a lengthy press statement late this evening, in which he admitted to accepting “campaign contributions” from Lev Dermen, but claimed to have done nothing wrong. In the wake of the emergence of text messages that were exchanged between John Saldivar and Jacob Kingston, a convicted fraudster who is testifying in the trial of Lev Dermen in a US district court in Salt Lake City, Utah, Saldivar is now advancing the claim that the text messages that were shown to the jury hearing the fraud case were manufactured.

Deputy Police Commissioner Miguel Segura acquitted of manslaughter by negligence
Deputy Commissioner of Police, Miguel Segura, knocked down and killed Yolanda Consuelo Valencia, in the early morning hours of August 16, 2014, on the George Price Highway near Mile 71. The 55-year-old Valencia was travelling as a passenger in a taxi when a government-owned Nissan Pathfinder that was being driven by Segura slammed into the taxi, killing Valencia on the spot.

Barrow silent on court judgment of unconstitutional spending of 1.3 billion
The Leader of the Opposition (PUP), Hon. John Briceño, and the chairman of the Public Accounts Committee, PUP area representative, Julius Espat, succeeded in a lawsuit against Prime Minister Dean Barrow, Financial Secretary Joseph Waight and the Attorney General of Belize regarding the government’s spending of funds without parliamentary approval. In his judgment, Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin ruled that the government had spent $1.3 billion unconstitutionally without the approval of Parliament.

Top 2 teams face off Friday at Civic for #1 spot as Defenders host Tiger Sharks
The National Elite Basketball League (NEBL) bounced into its fifth weekend with 3 games on the schedule. 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. On Saturday night, the defending champions, San Pedro Tiger Sharks hosted Griga Dream Ballers, who are coming off their first win of the season.

Extreme are champions of 2019 San Pedro Town Council Co-ed Softball Tournament
The championship finals of the San Pedro Town Council Co-ed Softball Tournament 2019, which began on November 10, 2019, were played yesterday, Sunday, at the Hon. Louis “Cuz” Sylvester Sports Complex in San Pedro. One of the 5 participating teams, Beer League, did not make the playoffs. The Finals involved a two-game series, while the third place consolation match was played in the interval between the two Finals games. In the championship Match 1, Extreme defeated RCGO, 13-7. Winning pitcher was Christian Logan; and the losing pitcher was Konrad Gonzalez.

Altitude tied with Bandits at top of PLB Closing Season Week 6 standings
In a low scoring weekend of football in Week 6 of the Premier League of Belize (PLB) 2019-2020 Closing Season, Altitude FC of Independence Village emerged as co-standings leader, tied at 10 points with Bandits Sport, 1 point ahead of defending champion, Verdes FC. (See standings below.) Despite only scoring 6 goals in 6 games played so far, Altitude is still undefeated, having drawn 4 times and racked up its second victory yesterday against fellow Mid-South team, Placencia Assassins FC. All three Week 6 games this past weekend were played yesterday afternoon, Sunday.

A noh deh wid no republican system
KREM Radio’s JC Arzu, and Ms. Sandra Coye, I’ve heard them trumpet the virtues of the republican system over the Queen’s parliamentary democracy one time too many, so I have to put a few stones in their path, to slow them down before dehn tek dehn head like big king fish an we can’t reel them in on regular fishing line. I would love the republican system, if I da mi di president. Parliamentary democracy is like a ship – you can mutiny and take it over. You can stop a ship any time. The republican system is like a plane – the pilot has total control over you. When you’re in a plane, you hold on to your seat until the pilot decides to put down his wheels and land. I don’t want anyone to have so much control over my life.

Trouble in the surgical ward …
Things had calmed down during the first part of the following year, with Gertrude’s forced absence from all extra-curricular activity, and the seeming turning over of a new leaf. Sonia and Jewel had kept to a regular routine of work and caring for Emerson, who thrived well and celebrated his first birthday with a cake I had baked and sent as a present from his other godfather and our family, and Jerome’s opening a bank account in his name with a generous deposit.

AFRICAN AND INDIAN STUDIES
32 years ago, on February 9, 1969, a group of Black British Hondurans came together, sincerely and spontaneously, and formed an organization called the Untied Black Association for Development (UBAD). On February 10, 2001, the same UBAD process which gave birth to Amandala the newspaper (1969) and KREM the radio (1989), will formally institute the Library of African and Indian Studies. Now this library seems like a small and simple thing to us sufferers from daily economic pressure, but the opening of the Library of African and Indian Studies is a sinister and alarming thing for the white supremacists amongst us who wear their various and deceptive guises.

For many years there have been wars in different forms
For many years there have been wars in different forms. We humans have been trying to find a way of bettering our living conditions, but there has always been another power above us that oppresses and exterminates our activists for human rights. It is assumed and well-published in documents elaborated by the Secretariat of the United Nations, including the World Bank system, that by 2030 all the needs of the suffering people of the world will be addressed.

Wants information on Don Richardson, American expat
Dear Editor, How can I find out if someone I know in Belize, an American expat, had died? I am told that he recently died. His name is Don Richardson. Can you or anyone send any information that you or they might have, to me?

The Reporter

New Appointments For National Security Were Done Today
The Attorney General Senator Hon. Michael Peyrefitte be appointed as the substantive Minister of National Security to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of the Hon. John Saldivar as Minister of National Security.

Ashcroft Allowed To Join Case: B.P.M Challenge For Re-districting
Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin ruled a short while ago that Lord Michael Ashcroft’s application to join the claimants – the Belize Peace Movement – in the Re-districting case against the Elections and Boundaries Department has been allowed.

A Political Letter-Writing War: Briceno Pen’s Another Letter To The PM
The Leader of the Opposition, John Briceno, has responded to the Prime Minister with a letter of his own this afternoon. While not so eloquent, the letter makes mention of the Supplementary Appropriation Bill and Petro-Caribe Loans Act, claiming that the PM is doing the nation a disservice.

LOVE FM

Parties continue to lobby for the Equal Opportunities Bill
The lobbying for the Equal Opportunities Bill (EOB) continues following countrywide consultations held earlier this year. The Bill is still receiving opposition from various groups including the Churches. Appearing on the BCCI segment of The Morning Show today were Attorney/Consultant Richard Brathwaite and CEO Judith Alpuche.

John Saldivar is in support of Campaign Financing laws
On the heels of being accused of corruption and bribery, John Saldivar says that he has no issue with campaign financing legislation. He did note, however, that unless the public is willing to see the Government fund the political campaigns, then further thought should be given on this legislation.

Lion’s Club raises awareness about cancer
The Lion’s Club of Belmopan is bringing more awareness to cancer by hosting a forum for the community. Cayo Correspondent Fem Cruz has this story.

Ashcroft as a claimant in the redistricting case
Lord Michael Ashcroft is now legally dubbed one of the claimants in the redistricting case that was originally brought about by the Belize Peace Movement (BPM). The Chief Justice ruled on the application this afternoon in Belize City. Representing Ashcroft was Attorney Andrew Marshalleck.

No Coronavirus in Dangriga, Family of three self-isolated
Tonight there are reports of a suspected case of the COVID-19 in Dangriga. Love News has received multiple calls in this regard but we have verified that they are not true. The Ministry of Health, however, had indicated that they are presently monitoring a family of three since their return to Belize from China on February twelve

Saldivar, despite scandals and lies, continues to seek victory in the next general election
John Saldivar – he is the UDP member who will go down in history for having retained the seat of Party Leader for less than 72 hours. Allegations of corruption have been written in Belize’s history annals against Saldivar which subsequently led to his resignation as a Government Minister.

PM makes changes to Cabinet
Five days ago we reported that the new Minister of National Security would be the Attorney General, Michael Peyrefitte. Earlier today the Government of Belize confirmed this report saying that Peyrefitte who is also a UDP Senator is filling the vacancy created by John Saldivar when he resigned from Cabinet.

Minister Boots proclaims innocence in the allegations made by the so-called ACB
Yesterday, Minister Tracy Panton issued a statement denying having received any campaign monies from Saldivar or by extension, Lev Dermen. Today we bring you a byte from Minister Anthony Boots Martinez who says he too did not receive any money.

Three men walk free from the murder of Raheem Requena
Keshawn Gentle, Kenneth Barrow and Jermaine Garnette walked free from a murder charge after being on remand for seven years. They appeared before Justice Marilyn Williams in the Supreme Court this morning.

Belize taken off EU list of harmful preferential tax regimes
Belize has officially been removed from the European Union’s list of harmful preferential tax regimes. This is a result of the recent amendments to both the Income and Business Tax Act and the Tax Administrative and Procedure Act.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

One man murdered in Corozal Town shooting
A man was murdered minutes ago in northern Belize. He hasn’t yet been identified. Information […]

Belizean Coast Guard officer to train at Taiwanese Naval Academy
Belize Coast Guard Officer Cadet, Tyler Reyes, has been accepted into the Republic of China […]

John Saldivar focused on securing Belmopan stronghold for the UDP
This morning, Former UDP Leader-elect and Minister of National Security, John Saldivar appeared on The […]

San Ignacio man reported missing
Robert Nunez, 24, of San Ignacio Town has been reported missing by his mother. He […]

John Saldivar: “I took a certain strategy to win the convention”
Former Minister of National Security, John Saldivar, told hosts on Love FM’s morning show today […]

Ashcroft joins redistricting case
Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin has agreed to join Michael Ashcroft to the Belize PEACE Movement’s […]

Saldivar says he’s “Waiting for my party to decide way forward”
This morning, former Minister of National Security and UDP Leader elect, John Saldivar appeared on […]

Belize is removed from the EU List of Harmful Preferential Tax Regimes
The Economic and Financial Affairs Council (ECOFIN) of the European Union released the results of […]

Ministry of Health clarifies rumored case of COVID-19 in Dangriga
The Ministry of Health issued a statement a short while ago clarifying the rumors circulating […]

Payal Ghanwani appointed UDP Senator
A release from the Government of Belize says that Prime Minister Dean Barrow will advise […]

Decision this afternoon on joining of Lord Ashcroft to redistricting case
Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin is to decide this afternoon whether Michael Ashcroft will be joined […]

Opposition Leader hits back at Prime Minister: “The ugly truth is that ‘yuh name stink dah road.”
Belize’s most powerful men are at each other’s throats after Prime Minister Dean Barrow refused to […]

Corozal police find ammunition
Authorities conducting searches in San Andres, Corozal found a plastic bag with a box with […]

BDF soldier shot in Belize City
Authorities are investigating a shooting incident that occurred around 2:44 yesterday afternoon. Wayne Perry, 18, […]

Ella Baron awarded Environmental Conservation Award from Belize Audubon Society
Every year, the Belize Audubon Society (BAS) honors deserving Belizeans with the James A. Waight […]

Blogs

Paint or Be Painted: Carnaval In San Pedro Starts this Weekend
Mardi Gras or Carnival, the holiday is celebrated around the world. The festivus of eating, drinking and naughtiness before the beginning of Lent. Different places do different things…we all know about the celebration in New Orleans or in Rio (Brazil attracts 70% of its tourists during this week alone!) but in San Pedro, it’s been going on for decades and it is totally unique. Carnaval is at the top of this list. This is a festival that’s been held for decades – before San Pedro had tourists. Get covered in paint with local kids, dance in the park, drink Belikin beers on a dock and then take a dip in ocean. Everyone is involved. Even our traffic guys.

Belikin Stores around Belize
Belikin stores can be found in the Philip Goldson Int’l Airport. If you’re a little thirsty when you land then you can pick up a refreshingly cold Belikin beer or stout at the store. The other store is located in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye across from Tropic Air’s terminal so you can stop by and look through all their various products or just get a cold beer to kick start your trip. Let’s not forget the most important ones of all: Belikin beer and Belikin stout! At different times of the year, they offer seasonal flavors like the Verano beer, sorrel stout, chocolate stout, and black & tan.

Make Your Trip To Belize Memorable With A Monkey River Tour
Monkey River is one of the principal rivers in southern Belize. It is an inland waterway that stretches from Placencia to the aptly named Monkey River Village. The best way to take this tour is to arrange a boat excursion from Placencia Village. A knowledgeable local guide can guide you through the most scenic areas of the river and point out plants and wildlife. The river ride is wonderfully scenic. You’ll pass through mangroves and stretches of rainforest densely populated with colorful birds and exotic wildlife. Watch out for turtles, egrets, toucans, macaws, and even jaguars. You’ll definitely see and hear the black howler monkeys that hang around the trees and the shoreline. Black howler monkeys are the loudest mammal, and you’ll hear them from miles away. Howler monkeys are endangered in other parts of the world, but in Belize, they have a safe home.

International Sourcesizz


Did you know that there was going to be an International AA convention in San Pedro this year? Probably not...because it's an anonymous group. But very cool... The first Annual Meeting in Paradise is supported by the local home groups in San Pedro. It is bilingual (English and Spanish) and welcomes attendees from many nations. We invite you to enjoy the place we call home less than a quarter mile from the Belize Barrier Reef, with our great fishing, diving, snorkeling, parasailing and more. You will have the opportunity to meet those that pioneered AA here, along with those that continue to carry the message today. Check out our website for more information, registration, and lodging and excursion recommendations. We look forward to meeting you in La Isla Bonita!!

Videos

  • The University of Belize's Pharmacy Department, 14min. Did you know that aspirin is the laboratory equivalent of Willow Bark? When we think of traditional and western medicines we rarely see a connection and expect the two to be at odds. The University of Belize's Pharmacy Department is looking to do research on traditional medicines and local remedies to prove or disprove their utility. The Department will be hosting an expo to showcase these remedies and explore how western medicines can be informed by traditional practices. Our guests worked on organizing the expo and talked with us about the objectives. On our couch: Shantel Andrews - Student, University of Belize. Alexandra Smith - Student/Vice President, UB Pharmacy Club. Christiana Pitterson - Student, University of Belize.

  • Economic implications of corruption, 68min. In the wake of the recent revelations of the Lev Dermen case we invited Senator for Business, Mark Lizarraga, to discuss the economic implications of corruption. His position is that elected representatives should prioritize focus on improving the quality of life and empowering citizens to reduce dependency on handouts and political clinics.

  • Candlelight vigil in Cayo Sunday evening, 2min. Mary Robinson made a short video of the Candlelight Vigil on Sunday evening.

  • Dept. of Youth Services in Santa Elena, 20sec. Hey guys, here’s a video showcasing our office in Santa Elena, Cayo District. Feel free to stop by and visit our friendly youth officers there anytime!

  • Hope for Life 2nd annual Benefit Concert, 1.5min. Hope for Life is having their 2nd annual Benefit Concert on Friday the 28th at the AGRIC showgrounds. They have a huge lineup for the event. From the World Culture Band to 501 Genesis to Mervin Budram, and many more.

  • Plongée au / Diving BELIZE 2020 / Vol au dess(o)us de la mer des Caraïbes, 23min. Caye Caulker, Hol Chan Marine Reserve, Great Blue Hole. this is a 20ish minutes film, sort of an immersion during a 1 week diving trip. I dove with Blue Wave Diving, the Frenchie's and Belize diving services. Snorkeling with Carlos

  • Deep drop fishing at Belize atoll, 1.5min. Deep dropping for queen snappers and champagne snappers also Jacks and grouper.

  • Belize: 5 atracoes imperdiveis, 5min. Melhores momentos da nossa viagem a Belize, America Central. Neste video mostramos 5 atracoes imperdiveis nesse país incrivel: 1 - Caye Caulker; 2 - Great Blue Hole; 3 - Half Moon Caye; 4 - Hol Chan Marine Reserve; 5 - San Pedro, La Isla Bonita.

  • Belize Whale Shark Diving & Snorkeling, 1min. In the month of March, April, May and June, Whale Sharks are observed at the Gladden Split by divers and snorkelers.

  • Hol Chan Marine Reserve snorkelling , Belize Feb 2020, 3min. A half day snorkelling trip to the Hol Chan Marine reserve, including the shark and ray alley.

  • Better Belize It, 13min. 2019-12 Awesome Christmas holidays in Belize with Caroline

  • Indigenous People Workshop at the Corozal Coconut Hut, 17min. The public is advised to attend 2020, Indigenous People Workshop at the Corozal Coconut Hut. Giving credit for the group of TO’ONE MASEHUALOON NGO for the interview. And presenter Ivan Cetzal from Universidad Intercultural de Mexico. February 21ST, 2020. From 10AM to 2PM. An information interview with Mr. Roy Rodriguez about the indigenous people about the upcoming event this Saturday.

  • Ambergris Caye Cobblestone clouds over cobblestone streets, 15sec.

  • Channel 5 Obituaries - STEPHEN JOSEPH BISHOP, 1.5min.

  • Foodie Tour - Fuzed Bistro & Lounge Ltd (San Ignacio), 24min. Chef Minor from Fuzed was on OYE to show off his cooking skills.

  • BELIZE 2019, 3min.

  • Dr Ash Walker Belize Mission Rise and Shine show, 5.5min. Dr Walker just recently returned from Belize for a dental mission trip with Global Outreach based out of Amarillo Texas. Dr. Walker was part of a large delegation that rendered care to children in Santa Familia in the Cayo District of Belize. It was an honor to give back to those most in need!

  • A Christmas Celebration In Belize, 6min. In a small village along the northern border between Belize and Mexico, residents of Santa Cruz gathered to celebrate the Christmas holiday. Led by children, villagers walked and sang through town to symbolize the journey taken by Jesus' family before his birth. The kids are an important part of this event since not only do they learn how to continue the tradition, but they also create a more warming, innocent atmosphere.


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