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The San Pedro Sun

San Pedro Pirates take a tight win against Belmopan Bandits
Semi-pro football saw one of the best matches so far on Saturday, February 22nd where the San Pedro Pirates fiercely defended their turf and claimed a well-deserved 3-2 victory over Belmopan Bandits Football Club. With this win, San Pedro Pirates climb to fourth place in the current 2019-2020 Closing Season of the Premier League of Belize. The team will now prepare to face the Wagiya Football Club of Dangriga Town, Stann Creek at another home game at the Ambergris Stadium on Saturday, February 29th starting at 7:30PM.

Armando Villanueva remanded for Boca Del Rio Arson
31-year-old Armando Villanueva, construction worker of San Mateo Area in San Pedro Town was arraigned on Tuesday, February 25th after being charged for the crime of Arson. The incident reportedly occurred on the night of Saturday, February 22nd at the beach park in Boca del Rio. Villanueva was denied bail and has been remanded to the Belize Central Prison until his next court date set for May 29, 2020.

ACES hosts Career Day
Ambergris Caye Elementary School (ACES) hosted its annual Career Day on Friday, February 21st, and The San Pedro Sun was invited to participate and learn more. Principal Amanda Burgos said that every year, they interpret Career Day differently. This year, the students from each level chose a career as a class and presented it. They were placed in groups and had to research and present different aspects of their chosen career field. For example, one lower division class acted as a fully functional hospital, complete with hospital security, nurses, doctors, and pharmacists. Each class was extremely involved and eager to do their presentations.

San Pedro House of Culture opens El Gran Carnaval de San Pedro photo exhibit
On the eve of the traditional ‘El Gran Carnaval de San Pedro,’ a photography exhibition was held at the San Pedro House of Culture (SPHC) on Friday, February 21st. The annual event featured past carnival images dating back to the 1950s, and 1960s, flanked by images of the most recent years’ pictures. The exhibit brought back old memories of the traditional festivities, which continues to be appreciated by Belizeans and tourists visiting the island.

Ambergris Today

Carnaval Day Two: Los Barbies Got Coronavirus
Day two of El Gran Carnaval de San Pedro was full of laughter, color and fun! The comparsas never fail to impress this year once more as two comparsa groups hit the streets of San Pedro and danced the night away. Dona Flora’s Group hit the streets with bright and colorful costumes as “Carnavalistas” dancing and singing for all to enjoy. And of course Los Barbies made their appearance with their fun and crazy costumes “Coronavirus” made it to carnival and Dr, Tusa was present to help them out.

CARICOM Heads Of Government Discuss Coronavirus And Other Important Regional Issues
Minister of Foreign Affairs Hon. Wilfred Elrington represented Belize at the 31st Intersessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community held in Barbados on February 18-19, 2020. CARICOM Heads of Government reviewed the state of play of the implementation of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy. In that context they exchanged views with regional private sector representatives on the opportunities and challenges for business and investment in the region.

Various Belizean Sources

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Nurse Natalie Palen passes away
Mayor Daniel Guerrero, the San Pedro Town Council and Staff would like to extend its deepest condolences to the Palen and Hancock friends and family on the sadly passing of Nurse Natalie Palen. Nurse Natalie was very dear to the community of San Pedro Town and we will be forever grateful for her unconditional service to our community. May her family and friends find the strength in each other to overcome this great loss. San Pedro Town will definitely miss her. May her soul rest in peace.

RTH PROGRAM 2020
On Friday, February 21st, 2020, over 20 participants received their certificate of completion from the Return to Happiness Program (RTH Program) which was carried out by UNICEF, the Ministry of Local Government and the San Pedro Town Council. The RTH Program is a three-day training course that capacitates individuals to assist children, from age ranges 5-12, with psychosocial problems, which are usually caused by traumatic experiences, i.e. fires, natural disasters, etc.

BELTRAIDE Attends the Outsourcing World Summit 2.0 in Orlando Florida
The Outsourcing World Summit 2.0 held in Orlando Florida from February 16th-19th, 2020, is one of the world’s largest outsourcing events that aims to address and educate key industry players on essential issues and activities that affect the outsourcing sector in the present day. Our team at BelizeINVEST, a unit of BELTRAIDE, attended the event with an objective to foster increased investment awareness and economic development in Belize’s Offshore Outsourcing Sector.

Ladies Rugby team
Here come the Girls. Belize has it's first ever Ladies Rugby team. Want to join? Become part of something important. Send us a message. That's all it takes. All are welcome, and it's free to get fit.

Ya’axché is looking for a Wildlife Conflict Officer
Vacancy deadline to submit an application is Friday, 28th of February 2020. Ya’axché is looking for a Wildlife Conflict Officer for the implementation of important aspects of Ya’axché’s wildlife conflict program. Visit our website to learn more about this job opportunity and how to apply.

International Congress of at Risk
To'one Masehualo'on NGO from Corozal proudly representing the Belize Yucatec Maya at The International Congress of at Risk languages 2020 in Mexico City.

Cultural day at the Maya village of Patchakan
Congratulations to the school ,teachers ,children ,parents and the NGO To'one Masehualo'on for promoting our beautiful Maya Culture of Northern Belize .

Corozal Junior College tours Corozal House of Culture
The Corozal House of Culture is committed to the preservation and promotion of our tangible heritage. We were delighted to partner with 2nd year tourism students of the Corozal Junior College in celebration of our 8th anniversary! The students were terrific tour guides for the day, instilling knowledge on Corozal's historical landmarks. Tourism students also had an impromptu visit by tour guide Andre Novelo who engaged with them in regards to what it takes to be a professional tour guide here in Belize. Thank you to students and educators of St. Paul's, Corozal Nazarene, Corozal Methodist, St. Francis Xavier schools and community members for your kind participation!

NTUCB Defends National Student Union of Belize
The National Trade Union Congress of Belize (NTUCB) has received very credible reports from some of the members of the National Student Union of Belize (NSUB), that they are being targeted for leaving classes last week Thursday to engage in participatory democracy by attending our National Demonstration for Good Governance. The NTUCB condemns, in the highest possible manner, the actions of some individuals at the University of Belize. We do not seek to bring to disrepute our National University. We refuse to believe that the one institution who should be promoting freedom of thought and freedom of expression could be acting contrary to its own principles!

Ministry of Health Advisory No. 4 - Update on COVID-19
The Ministry of Health continues to monitor the global situation in relation to COVID-19, which has now spread to 34 countries outside of mainland China. The World Health Organization and Center for Disease Control have reported a decrease in the number of cases in mainland China, particularly in Wuhan Province; however, it is anticipated that the number of cases outside of China will continue to rise.

Government of Belize Breaks Ground for Sixth Road Project
The Government of Belize through the Ministry of Works held a groundbreaking ceremony for its Sixth Road Project yesterday, February 24, 2020, in La Democracia Village, Belize District. Under the project, approximately 58.04km (36.2 miles) of the Coastal Highway will be upgraded. The Coastal Highway Project will include the construction and paving of the entire 58km of road and the rehabilitation and reconstruction of 10 bridges across various creeks and rivers along the highway. The construction works will generally follow the existing road alignment and will only deviate in areas where improvement to the horizontal alignment is required for safety.

Changes in the Pump Price of Fuel Products
The Ministry of Finance announces that effective Wednesday, February 26, 2020, the pump price of two fuel products will change. The price for premium gasoline and kerosene will register decreases as follows: Premium gasoline will decrease by 59 cents from $10.99 to $10.40 per gallon; Kerosene will decrease by 74 cents from $7.36 to $6.62 per gallon.

Corozal Senior's Fair
Saturday Feb. 29, Corozal Central Park from 6pm-9pm.

International Day of Forests
The Belize Forest Department will be celebrating the International Day of Forests with a three day event in Belmopan, happening at The George Price Centre for Peace and Development March 18th and 19th, and George Brown Field on the 20th.

Cayo Nurses Walk-a-thon
There's a Nurses Walk-a-thon Wednesday morning. It starts at 7:00am at the Cayo Welcome Center. The Ministry of Health in partnership with the Nurses and Midwives Council, Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital Authority, Belize Medical Associates, Belize Healthcare Partners Limited and La Loma Luz Hospital will be doing countrywide Nurses Walk-a-thon in commemoration for the start of Belize calendar of activities for 2020, International Year of the Nurse and Midwife. Support the Nursing Profession in our community.

CPR/First Aid Training in Santa Elena
CAYO CPR/ FIRST AID PLUS, will be conducting CPR/First Aid Training in Santa Elena Cayo on Friday 6th March.

Wildlife Protections Discussed
A stakeholder session was held with farmers in the Vaca Forest Reserve at the field farm school aimed at informing them of hunting rules and regulations that protects wildlife. Farmers were also informed of a community conservation agreement being sought. This effort to reduce illegal wildlife trafficking is supported by the US Fish and Wildlife Service.

Channel 7

Checking the Interpol Database for Levon
Can the police department properly and professionally investigate its former minister, John Saldivar? There are many doubters - and they point to the fact that in 2013 the police department told Foreign Affairs that they did a background check on Levon Termendzhyan, as Lev Dermen was known in Belize, and found nothing to suggest he had any international criminal activities. The man who signed off on that memo was Assistant Commissioner Marco Vidal. He was the head of Special Branch at the time and is now also the person in charge of the Saldivar investigation.

Reports: Cabinet's Consensus Choice is Omar Figueroa
Cabinet met today in Belmopan and reports reaching us are that Cayo North's Omar Figueroa has emerged as the consensus choice to take over leadership of the party. We are told that the minister of Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment and Sustainable Development received pledges of support from a majority of Cabinet members.

Cops Looking For Elderly Canadian's Killer
Last night we told you that an elderly Canadian national was found dead and foul play was suspected. Tonight, Police says 78-year-old Canadian James Slemp was murdered and his Guatemalan neighbour is the prime suspect - in, of all things, a dispute over tools. Today Commissioner of Police Chester Williams told us that, that neighbour has abandoned his property and likely fled the country. Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police: "From what I have been briefed is that the Canadian, 78 year old - he had lived in Hopkins, I guess a retired and he had some feud with a Guatemalan neighbor..."

Kareem Eagan Wanted For Questioning Re: Murder
On Friday night 43-year-old Shane Budran was gunned down near his yard on Wagner's Lane. Last night we reported that the notorious street figure was allegedly killed by a relative, but today a police department wanted poster says Kareem Egan Jr. is wanted for questioning in Budran's murder.

Confessed Gang Members Wanted For Committal
This afternoon, the police department also released 3 wanted posters for young men from Belize City who have been either been accused or convicted of being members of a criminal gang in the Magistrate's Court. The wanted men have been identified as 22-year-old Ulide Allen, a resident of Antelope Street, 26 year-old Tevin James Cacho a resident of Jones Street, and 20-year-old Kelvin Gongora, a resident of Sibun Street.

Cops Caught Contraband Coming Down From North
Orange Walk Police are reporting that they were able to bust a major contraband move on the Yo Creek Road. The culprits, who are unknown at this time, tried to smuggle in an entire pickup truck filled with contraband beers. At around 9:00 on Sunday night, officers from the Orange Walk Quick Response Team were on patrol on the Yo Creek Road. That's when they spotted a grey Ford Ranger pickup which was speeding down the road toward the direction of the Town.

Alleged Arsonist in Custody of Pedro Police
Tonight, 31-year-old Armando Villanueva, a resident of the San Mateo area of San Pedro, is in police custody, and preparations are being made for his transfer to the Belize Central Prison. That's because police have accused him of intentionally lighting a fire at the Boca Del Rio Park, which did major damage to several storerooms managed by the San Pedro Town Council.

Star Black Played and Sprayed By Cops
A taxi man who was cheated out of his fare by two GSU officers has decided to report the incident. He allegedly got pepper sprayed for his trouble. Now Gerald Jones also known as Star Black is speaking out about the cruel way in which it was demonstrated to him that reports cannot be made against officers. Gerald Lennox Jones, Victim of Police Brutality: "On Sunday after the convention I went back to the Mahogany street taxi union which, where i'm a member as the vice president of the taxi union and two officers approached my car and told me they wanted a taxi. So after they get in the vehicle, the back seat I drove off."

What's Causing Passport Backlogs?
There's a backlog at the Immigration Department in processing passports, and it's causing lots of headaches and heartaches for folks who can't get their travel documents "to time." Yesterday we asked the Minister of State for Immigration Beverly Williams what's causing it, and what's the solution:... Beverly Williams - Minister of State for Immigration: "Indeed I will acknowledge that there is a backlog in the system of passports..."

Santander's Sugar Season Starts In the West
In May of last year, the Santander Sugar Group got into trouble with the Ministry of Trade after pictures emerged showing that their plantation white sugar, was being sold on the domestic market. That caused an uproar from cane farmers in the north, who complained bitterly that they should not be facing competition on the local market from a company that is not licensed to sell its sugar to Belizean consumers. Since then, the company has apologized, and they were handed the maximum punishment that the Export Processing Zone Committee could order against them for the violation of the EPZ regulations.

No CDB Response On Problems At Lake Independence Resource Center
For years now we've been reporting on the significant problems with the construction of the Lake Independence Resource Center, a youth facility that will also be a Multipurpose Center. Ground was broken in April of 2016 for the 4.6 million dollar facility, and almost four years later, we still haven't seen an official opening.

Sean Taegar's Epic Poem
Belize's Literary canon is growing, and on Saturday an epic poem was added to the texts when poet Sean Taegar launched his self-published debut book Spirit, Fire, Light. Here is that story.

Murder Mistrial in West
In 2017, Santa Elena resident Errol Smith was charged with manslaughter for allegedly beating 38-year-old Marlon Peters, his friend, and co-worker, to death. Well, his trial concluded yesterday, and the jury hearing his case couldn't come to a unanimous decision. That has caused a mistrial to be declared in his case. The incident happened on July 14th, 2017 in Santa Elena Town. Both men left their workplace at the Ministry of Works in Cayo.

Is Darrell the UDP's Moses?
Last night, we showed you a part of our interview with President of the Senate, darrell Bradley. The former Belize City Mayor took the weekend to come up with a draft campaign finance legislation. Here's more of our interview with him where he says this kind of reform is the most urgent thing needed in Belizean politics, more urgent than a party leader:

COVID-19's Spread
The Ministry of Health continues to monitor the global outbreak of COVID-19, formerly novel coronavirus, which has now spread to 34 countries outside mainland China. And while the World Health Organization has reported a decrease in the number of cases in mainland China, a rise in the number of cases outside of China is anticipated.

Footballer Convicted For Firearm Offence
San Ignacio football player Wendell Trapp - who plays for Verdes Football Club - has pleaded guilty to discharging a firearm in public. It happened on Sunday night in downtown San Ignacio where Trapp was captured on multiple security cameras firing an unlicensed weapon.

Channel 5

The Horrific Murder of a Canadian National in Hopkins
A horrific murder occurred in the south.  The body of a Canadian national was removed from a creek after he went missing for three days. James Slemp lived a quiet [...]

Eamon Sounds Off on Coastal Road Contract and Imer Hernandez
The Coastal Road Project was formally launched on Monday with a groundbreaking ceremony in La Democracia Village.  At a cost of a hundred and thirty million Belize dollars, the stretch [...]

Is MLAT Still Necessary for John Saldivar Probe?
Commissioner of Police Chester Williams is tasked with carrying out a criminal investigation into former Minister of National Security John Saldivar in the wake of the Lev Dermen scandal.  A [...]

How Can Belize Use MLAT in Investigating John Saldivar?
In requesting privileged information under MLAT, attorney Eamon Courtenay says that assurances are given by both countries on how the information would be used during an investigation, particularly if there [...]

Was Steve Duncan’s Senatorial Appointment in Contravention of Domestic Banks & Financial Institutions Act?
Three weeks ago, Steve Duncan stepped down as a government appointed senator after serving at least four years on the upper chamber. At the time of announcing his replacement, the [...]

Exploring the Revised Passport Application Process
On most days, from Mondays to Fridays, long lines form at the Immigration Department in Belmopan by first time applicants for a passport or others seeking renewals. The process can [...]

Fuel Prices Dip at the Pumps
There is a change in the prices of fuel tonight that brings good news for consumers.  The price for premium gasoline will go down by fifty-nine cents and will be [...]

Comprehensive, Practical Campaign Finance Laws Needed in Belize
The John Saldivar Scandal has brought sharp focus to the issue of campaign financing. With everyone talking about this, President of the Senate, Darrell Bradley says he has produced draft [...]

Darrell Bradley Drafts Up Campaign Financing Legislation
Bradley’s draft is patterned along U.S. legislation, but incorporates laws in other countries. It contemplates that foreign nationals should be prohibited from financing campaigns in other jurisdictions. Bradley says that [...]

Senate President Disappointed in Saldivar Scandal
Unlike a number of U.D.P. cabinet ministers and supporters, the President of the Senate says he is disappointed at what has come up in the Saldivar scandal. Bradley says right [...]

Darrell Bradley: System of Gov’t is Broken, Never Trust Politicians
Darrell Bradley recognizes that the current climate is rife with cynicism due to the corruption. Bradley says the system of government is broken and needs fixing because there are no [...]

Darrell Bradley on Stomping Out Corruption
We also asked Darrell Bradley to comment on the mammoth anti-corruption protest organized by the opposition party. Bradley says it is a function of democracy, which is required to stomp [...]

N.T.U.C.B. Supports National Student Union of Belize
The National Trade Union Congress of Belize has come out in support of the National Student Union of Belize.  The student union on Thursday joined the N.T.U.C.B. in its anti-corruption [...]

Omar Figueroa is U.D.P. Leader-elect?
Cabinet met today in Belmopan. One member who was not around the table was Patrick Faber, who is travelling overseas. According to the reports, the new Minster of Fisheries, Omar [...]

Santander Begins Harvest
There are two sugar producing companies in Belize, A.S.R./B.S.I. in the north and then there is the Santander Sugar Group which has its operations located near Valley of Peace in [...]

Santander Plans to Increase Sugar Production to 100 Metric Tons
Santander Sugar Group plans to work with farmers in the area to increase its sugar production. The company exports its sugar through the Big Creek Port and for this harvest [...]

Keeping Santander’s Workers Safe
Seven hundred and fifty persons are employed by Santander Sugar Group.  Twenty-year-old Guatemalan National, Francisco Andres Antonio Sebastian, was an employee of Santander until he was crushed to death. It [...]

Santander C.E.O. Explains Why Company Is Prohibited from Selling Sugar Locally
In 2018, Santander Sugar was busted for selling sugar in the local market after it was granted an Export Processing Zone to produce sugar for export only. The violation resulted in a [...]

Kareem Eagan Wanted for the Murder of Shane Budram
Belize City police are looking for another person of interest to assist with their investigation into the murder of forty-three-year-old Shane Budram who was shot and killed on Friday night [...]

Santander Speaks on Employee’s Drowning
Last week Monday we told you about the twenty-seven-year-old Roy Grinage who drowned while he was swimming across the Belize River. Grinage, a resident of Saint Matthews Village, was returning [...]

Police Ketch Taxi to Raid PIV then Pepper Spray Cab Driver
There is a bizarre case of police brutality reaching our news desk tonight, where a cab driver reported that on Sunday evening, following the P.U.P. protest a pair of officers [...]

‘Star Black’ is in Fear of His Life
According to Jones, his life is under threat following the incident on Sunday because the young men in the neighborhood believe that he had a hand in the police raid.  [...]

Did a Big Developer in Riversdale Block a Creek in the Community?
Residents in Riversdale say that a big developer is causing problems in the community. They are calling for the immediate removal of a road that they say was laid on [...]

Riversdale Creek is Critical to the Fishing Industry in the South
Fox says that cutting off the creek may cripple the livelihoods of Riversdale fishermen. He reports that two creeks are being affected, but one of those creeks serves as spawning [...]

Dylan is Hospitalized!
Last week, we went to Steadfast Village along the Stann Creek Valley Road to share Dylan Ysaguirre’s story with you. She’s a tour guide who has fallen ill with a [...]

Amandala

Raheem Budram will be charged for the murder of Shane Budram, police confirm
ASP Alejandro Cowo confirmed to Amandala this afternoon that Raheem Budram will be charged later today for the murder of Shane Budram, his uncle.

The Reporter

Price Of ‘Premium Gas’ and ‘Kerosine’ Take A Nice Dive Tonight
The price for premium gasoline and kerosene will register decreases as follows: Premium gasoline will decrease by 59 cents from $10.99 to $10.40 per gallon; Kerosene will decrease by 74 cents from $7.36 to $6.62 per gallon.

Santander Group Makes Offer To Cayo Farmers
The Santander group is inviting more Cayo farmers to plant sugar cane. The company said “Santander will come in and clear land and plant cane, and level the land so that it would be suitable for mechanical harvesting”.

Hopkins Police Looking For Person Of Interest: For Murder Of Canadian Retiree
Hopkins Police are seeking one suspect for questioning into the suspicious death of retired Canadian National James Slemp,79, whose body was found early Monday morning on his property in Hopkins Village.

Latest CoronaVirus Data From W.H.O & Belize’s MOH
The World Health Organization has said the world should do more to prepare for a possible coronavirus pandemic. W.H.O said it was too early to call the outbreak a pandemic but countries should be “in a phase of preparedness”.

Youth Ambassadors join the fight against cyberbullying
The nine youth ambassadors who recently returned from Washington, USA are now working on an advocacy campaign for cyberbullying. Cayo correspondent, Fem Cruz has the details.

LOVE FM

MOH says you can have Covid-19 and not know
For weeks since the discovery of the novel coronavirus, health officials have been screening for symptoms at border points around the world. In a new recent development, however, it has been found that you could have the novel virus and have no symptons.

Attorney questions Stephen Duncan’s resignation and post at Heritage Bank
Attorney Arthur Saldivar has sent a letter to the Governor of the Central Bank, Joy Grant querying the status of former Senator Stephen Duncan. Duncan was appointed a UDP Senator four years ago while he held the post of Managing Director of Heritage Bank Limited.

Senior Counsel says that British and the CDB are aiding and abetting the Barrow administration
As noted, yesterday’s ceremonial launch of the Sixth Road Project has representation from the British and the CDB who are investing in this project. The problem is that the entire project may just be illegal and did not go through the proper channels as legally required.

A look into how the Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty (MLAT) works
When the Lev Derman and John Saldivar scandal began unfolding the People’s United Party had called on the Prime Minister to activate the Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty (MLAT) that Belize shares with the United States. Under this treaty, Belize has the ability to access the evidence from the court in Salt Lake City, Utah where Dermen is currently on trial for money laundering among other crimes against the US.

President of the Senate says the Campaign Financing Legislation has to happen now
In the last few weeks, the buzz words in Belize are ‘campaign financing legislation’. The lobbying for this comes after it was discovered that former Minister of National Security, John Saldivar had received tens of thousands of dollars from Armenian national, Lev Dermen. When asked how much money he received, Saldivar said he was not keeping track and he does not recall.

G.R.E.A.T. C.U.P 2020
Saturday morning was the launch of the Eastern Division, Gang resistance education and training (G.R.E.A.T) cup 2020 at the Wilton Cumber Batch field. It is a seven-week football marathon that aims to engage children in recreational activities.

Coastal Road upgrading project; on the go
The Coastal Road upgrading project was officially launched yesterday in La Democracia Village. Representatives from the Government of Belize, British High Commission, Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) and the Department for international development were present for the groundbreaking event.

NTUCB condemns victimizing of students at UB
The National Trade Union Congress of Belize (NTUCB) has received reports that some of the members of the National Student Union of Belize are being targeted for leaving classes last Thursday to attend the NTUCB’s demonstration on corruption. The NTUCB stated in a press release that they condemn, in the highest possible manner, the action of some individuals at UB.

Teen boy may have run away due to abuse
A 15-year-old boy is missing and his family is hoping for his safe return. Ashton Stevens was last seen playing basketball at the Rockville Boot Camp yesterday around 4:30pm.

Santander Sugar Group opens its sugar cane season
The Santander Sugar Group based in the Cayo District declared its sugarcane crop season opened on February 20 and will close in June, giving the season 130 days. Today, the media was given a comprehensive look at the company, ranging from their infrastructure to their goals for this crop season.

NEMO inspects Hurricane Shelters
Personnel from the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) inspected hurricane shelters in western Belize today. Cayo Correspondent Fem Cruz has more details.

Santander comments on the death of Roy Grinage
Ten days ago, 29-year-old Roy Grinage lost his life when he drowned in the Belize River. Grinage was an employee at the Santander Sugar Group and was on his way to work when the incident...

Three men wanted for gang affiliation
Police have issued wanted posters for three men believed to be members of a gang. The men are 20-year-old Kelvin Gongora, 22-year-old Ulide Allen and 26-year-old Tevin James Cacho.

Farmers participate in food workshop
Farmers of the Cayo District were engaged in a one-day food workshop hosted by the Ministry of Food and Agriculture. Cayo Correspondent Fem Cruz spoke with the coordinators of the event who explained what makes...

Moody skips court date, now he’s in prison
30-year-old Jude Moody was remanded to prison today after pleading guilty to dangerous harm. Justice Marilyn Williams remanded Moody and deferred sentencing to March 5.

Men sentenced to life imprisonment, hoping for a fixed sentence
Mitigation pleas were heard this morning for 24-year-old Darrell Grant and Louis Gillett. The two men were convicted and are serving life sentences for two separate murders stemming back to 2003 and 2008. Both men...

Kerosene and premium gasoline decrease
The Ministry of Finance announces that effective midnight tonight the pump prices of two fuel products will be adjusted. Premium gasoline will decrease by 59 cents taking the gallon price from $10.99 to $10.40.

Youth Ambassadors join the fight against cyberbullying
The nine youth ambassadors who recently returned from Washington, USA are now working on an advocacy campaign for cyberbullying. Cayo correspondent, Fem Cruz has the details.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

NTUCB stands in solidarity with National Student Union
The National Trade Union Congress of Belize (NTUCB) issued a statement today affirming its support […]

Ministry of Health issues update on novel coronavirus (COVID-19)
Today, the Ministry of Health (MOH) issued an update regarding the global situation on the […]

Steep decline in premium gasoline and kerosene prices
Premium gasoline and kerosene will see a steep decline in prices beginning tomorrow, Wednesday, February […]

Santander Sugar starts harvest season
Santander Sugar Group has begun its harvest season, about a month after Belize Sugar Industries/American […]

Youths leading the development of power-lifting sport in Belize with first national competition
Power-lifting is a well-established sport around the world and even in the region; however, it […]

Ten days until 2020 La Ruta Maya Belize River Challenge
There are 10 days left until one of the biggest events on Belize’s social calendar, […]

CARICOM tackles regional issues at heads of government meeting
Bridgetown, Barbados last week hosted the 31st inter-sessional meeting of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) heads of […]

Blogs

Best Events And Festivals To Attend In Belize
Throughout the year Belize hosts several events and festivals that are anticipated by many. Each year they only get bigger and better, making it the perfect opportunity for you to visit and experience Belizean and the Caribbean culture. The best part of this is the amount of different foods you get to try and the people you get to meet. To make it easier for you, below we have a list of events and festivals, and the foods you must try!

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N.S. man found dead in Belize; police suspect foul play
A Nova Scotia man living in Belize has been found dead on his property. James (Jim) Slemp was reported missing on Friday after friends got worried he wasn't answering his phone. Police say the missing person case turned into something more serious and sinister. "The lifeless body of 79-year-old Canadian national, James Slemp, was discovered in a lagoon near his Hopkins Road farm three days after he went missing," Joseph Myvett, the head of the National Crimes Investigation Branch in Belize, said.

Top 10 Most Adventurous Caving Destinations In The World
Barton-Creek cavern is a natural cave that is known as both a tourist attraction and an archaeological site. The cave is situated in the Barton Creek region in Cayo District, Belize. It is a single-passage resurging stream cavern that has over 21,000 ft long giant passages that are covered by huge speleothems over a navigable stream. It is a cathedral-like cave that was used for human sacrifices and ceremonial purposes by the Maya. Fearless tourists can swim in the underground river.

Videos

  • Actividades de la Embajada de México y del Instituto Cultural 2019, 4.5min. We are pleased to share this video of some activities carried out by the Embassy of Mexico and the Mexican Cultural Institute in Belize during 2019. We will be working to strengthen ties between Mexico and this beautiful country.

  • Embamex_Belize_2019, part of the festivities in the video listed just above., 4min.

  • Snorkeling in Belize, 14min. The Savas family goes snorkeling in Belize with turtles, rays, and sharks!

  • KAYAK TO SECRET BEACH, 13min.

  • Exploring Xunantunich + Iguana Sanctuary, Belize, 8.5min. After leaving Caye Caulker, we set off south to San Ignacio. During my stay in this town I visited an Iguana Conservation Project where I was able to touch, hold and feed the Iguanas! I then went toward the Guatemalan border, hopped on a cable car ferry and explored the Maya site of Xunantunich. I found myself alone with only a few other tourists and was able to really enjoy and take in the views.

  • How to make a slingshot (The Belize Way), 11min.

  • Belize Xunantunich Ruins - Raw Footage, 3min. The famous Mayan Ruins of Xunantunich in Belize, raw footage without comentary...Take in the view!!

  • SNORKELING IN BELIZE | Swimming With Turtles, Dolphins, Sharks & Rays, 2.5min. Belize is magical! Spent the day soaking up the sun and snorkeling alongside turtles, sharks, rays and much more! The waters are crystal clear and Belize is home to the 2nd largest barrier reef in the world.

  • Views on PoliticalLeadership and Governance, 52min. Politician and attorney-at-law Darrell Bradley was our guest to share his candid views on political leadership and governance. He talked about his ideas of how to correct our electoral system and he also shared a few of the recommendations he is making for a proposed campaign financing law.

  • Son of A Father Men's Conference 2020, 28min. The Reformation team is organizing the a men's conference. Son of A Father Men's Conference 2020 takes place tonight. The focus is on reclaimining your identity as a man. We spoke to representatives of the team about the conference and what they hope to accomplish. On our couch: Pastor Martin Seca - Speaker, Men's Conference. Kerm Thimbrel - Speaker, Men's Conference. Garing Carballo - Organizer, Men's Conference.

  • San Pedro Carnaval, 6min.

  • Los Barbos, 3min.

  • Carnaval in San Pedro, 12min.

  • Dona Floras Group- Las Sirenitas, 2min.

  • Belize Passes Milestone Law to Safeguard Fisheries, 23min.

  • MAYAN style chocolate from SCRATCH in BELIZE!!, 7min. We spent a day making traditional Mayan style chocolate from SCRATCH in San Ignacio, Belize!! From stone grinding the organic beans to drinking original hot chocolate like the Ancient Maya used to drink.

  • Hamanasi - Exploring the Treehouse Are, 13min.

  • Maya style awesome Job and beautiful bus Silva's, 10sec. As soon as this bus is finished painted I believe recognition should be given to Silvas Bus Line from Benque