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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

Belize and Honduras Sign Air Transport Services Agreement
The Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation is pleased to inform the general public that on February 28, 2020, in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Hon. Manuel Heredia, Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation of Belize, and Ms. Nicole Marder, Secretary of State in the Office of Tourism of the Republic of Honduras, signed the Air Transport Services Agreement between the Government of Belize and the Government of the Republic of Honduras.

President of the Senate Represents Belize at FOPREL Meeting
The President of the Senate, Honourable Darrell Bradley, recently attended the 38th Ordinary Meeting of Presiding Officers of National Parliaments of Central America and the Caribbean Basin (FOPREL) that was held in the Chamber of the Mexican Senate in Mexico City.

PAHO facilitates visits to three health facilities as part of the tender process for the DFID-funded “smart hospitals” retrofitting works
On 26th – 27th February, the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) facilitated visits to three (3) health facilities in Belize as part of the Smart Health Care Facilities in the Caribbean Project financed by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) in partnership with the Ministry of Health.

Ambergris Today

Belize And Honduras Sign Air Transport Services Agreement
The Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation is pleased to inform the general public that on Friday, February 28, 2020, in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Hon. Manuel Heredia, Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation of Belize, and Ms. Nicole Marder, Secretary of State in the Office of Tourism of the Republic of Honduras, signed the Air Transport Services Agreement Between the Government of Belize and the Government of the Republic of Honduras. This agreement comes to formalize the existing commercial and economic relationship between the two countries and is expected to boost regional air connectivity, facilitate international air travel, and gain access to other key aviation markets.

Various Belizean Sources

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Ms. Elvira Villanueva
In Honor of International Women's week, we are featuring all the influential women who have made a difference on the island with their time invested within the community. Today we feature yet another well known and respected woman, Ms. Elvira Villanueva. Ms. Elivira has learned firsthand that when it comes to running a long-lasting business, the key to success is adaptation, hard work and a good team. She is The founder of the Caye Caulker Bakery and has been catering to customers for more than 27 years. She was also recognized by the US embassy of Belize for her hard work and dedication to her business keeping the community and tourists happy with all her delicious baking.

Product Sustainability Fair 2020
The Belize Bureau of Standards invites you to our "Product Sustainability Fair" in commemoration of World Consumer Rights Day 2020 being celebrated under the theme, "The Sustainable Consumer." Come learn about different environmental and sustainable initiatives being undertaken within our country.

Belize Electricity Limited commences clean-up of Caye Caulker Power Station compound
Belize Electricity Limited (BEL) advises customers in Caye Caulker that the remediation of the power station compound commenced on Saturday, February 29, 2020 and will continue into next week. The remediation efforts are focused on reducing the risk of land and water contamination, and improving the appearance of the compound. Materials removed during the clean-up will be transported off the island for proper disposal.

First hand experience of Yucatec Maya gastronomy
Shortly after 1:00 p.m. on Monday 2nd March, 2020 students of CJC visited the home of Maya elder Faustino Yam to get first hand experience of Yucatec Maya gastronomy. Students interacted and learnt about the method and procedures of cooking certain types of typical dishes. It was fun while they tasted some of them, like e.g. Chokoj Sakan and Pirix P'aak. With the help one of his sister Mrs Eladia Uh students learnt about the cooking of Tok Sel which is Lima beans known as iib and ground pepita seed.

Corozal represented at the Street Art Festival
Corozal was well represented with some of our visual artists at this past Saturday's annual Street Art Festival in the City. Artists Kim Griffith, Cherie Burson, Hassan Raheem, Christie Carrillo, Alberto Lopez, Eric Vargas and Beverly Orio, were out on display and selling while CSAM artists Carlos Carrillo and Jahvier Tuisone were out creating a cultural mural on Channel 7 News wall. We thank Miss Karen Vernon of the Institute of Creative Arts for the kind invitation!

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

CARNAVAL DAY 2 - COMPARSAS FUN!
Lots of photos!

Hope Haven Event
Attention ladies!!! The amazing team from Believers World Outreach is back in town to host an afternoon to pamper the hard working ladies of our community! The event is set for Saturday, March 7th 2020, from 1pm to 4pm at Hope Haven - Belize. Send us a message if you would like to attend!

MoU signed between MFFESD and the Coalition for Sustainable Fisheries
In December 2019, Cabinet approved measures from the Ministry of Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment and Sustainable Development (MFFESD) to control the use of gill nets in Belize’s maritime waters. In line with Cabinet’s decision, the Ministry of Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment and Sustainable Development recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Coalition for Sustainable Fisheries, a registered local non-government organization representing Belize’s commercial fishermen, sports fishers, game fishers and conservation organizations, and who are also funding the livelihoods transition programme.

San Pedro Tiger Sharks vs Corozal Bay Ballers Exhibition Game
You don't want to miss out on this EXHIBITION Basketball Match this Saturday! San Pedro Tiger Sharks vs Corozal Bay Ballers Saturday, March 7th at the Corozal Civic Center Gate opens at 8:00 - Game starts at 9:00 Entrance fee Adults: $5 - Children $1 Children Gate prizes and giveaways.

Corozal Police Formation weekly Cadet meeting
On Monday, March 2nd, 2020, Community Policing Officers, attached to our Corozal Police Formation, conducted their weekly Cadet meeting in Caledonia Village, Corozal. In attendance were (27) Cadets who participated in foot drills and took individual pictures for their Cadet identification card. If your child would like to join the Corozal Cadets, please contact the Corozal Community Policing Unit.

COROZAL CANDLE LIGHT VIGIL TO BE HELD IN HONOUR OF OUR BEFALLEN BROTHER & SOLDIER, "MAJOR ADRAN RAMIREZ"
Date: Wednesday, March 4th, 2020. Time: 5:00 P.M. Place: Assemble at Corozal Central Park. Procession will leave from in-front of the Xavier School/Central Park on 4th Avenue at 5:00 p.m. sharp to the Ramirez Home where the vigil will be held. ALL COROZALEÑOS, RELATIVES & FRIENDS are cordially invited to show their gratitude and respect for our fallen soldier and brother. Kindly dress in colourful clothing and bring along candle or veladora. PROCESSION ROUTE: Depart from Central Park (4th Avenue) - Turn right into 1st Street South to meet 7th Avenue - Continue on to Santa Rita Road - Turn in-front of the Noguera's residence and back down Santa Rita Road to Marage Street. Rest in Peace Brother Adran Ramirez. THANK YOU FOR SERVING OUR COUNTRY WITH HONOUR.

OPEN DOOR Day at Belize Wildlife & Referral Clinic - BWRC
The Belize Wildlife & Referral Clinic is having their 1st Open Door Day on Saturday the 21st. You can see how the BWRC works.

Refurbishing Joseph Andrews Park
Work has begun at the Joseph Andrews Park in Santa Elena. Just the initial stage! We keep working!

OCEANA: BELIZEAN FISHERS COULD BENEFIT FROM BZ$2.5 MILLION TRANSITION PROCESS IF GILLNET BAN IS DECISIVE AND MEANINGFUL
Since 2009, Oceana has been supporting the call of Belizean fishers to have a form of fishing called gillnetting banned in Belizean waters. In December 2019, the Barrow administration took the historic step of declaring this gear inherently destructive. Since then, Oceana has been engaged with the Prime Minister, the Minister and Ministry of Fisheries to identify our role in the reasonable transition of Belizean users of this gear to alternate means of fishing. At present, the total offer of transitional support to Belizean fishers has increased to 2.5 million Belize dollars, one million Belize dollars of which has been raised by Oceana. To this end, Oceana has shared a draft agreement that repeats the same clauses contained in the 2011 contract signed between the Government of Belize and Oceana when trawling was banned.

Channel 7

Funeral For a Fallen Soldier
The first of the BDF four has been buried. He is Corporal Yassir Mendez, from Douglas village. On Thursday morning at 2:00, he flew out of Price Barracks with two Majors - the most senior pilots in the airwing - and one other corporal. They were part a successful narco plane bust, but a few hours later, all four were dead, at the bottom of the Western Lagoon - and no one knew. The Huey chopper they were in had taken a nose dive into the Lagoon, just north of Gales Point Manatee in the Belize District. Their bodies would not be found until more than 24 hours later. It is the worst mass fatality in the BDF's history, and this is a sombre week of funerals amidst so many unanswered questions. The services started this morning in Douglas, in Orange Walk North.

Military Father Learned of Son's Death on Facebook
As you saw in our story, Corporal Yassir Mendez's father is a retired Sargeant Major. He was in the BDF for 22 years and he told CTV-3 news today that - in his professional opinion - there were multiple breakdowns. First in communication because just like Corporal Reinaldo Choco's mother, he learned of his son's demise on Facebook: Reporter: "How did the family find out about this tragedy?" Sgt. Mjr. Marcello Mendez- Yassir's Father "I find it on Facebook because nobody came and told me your son dead. I find it on Facebook, I was at Caye Caulker..."

BDF and Ministry Commit to Long Term Support For Families
And while that critical breakdown in communication already happened, what can the BDF and the government do for these servicemen who died while on a dangerous mission? In our interview with the Chief of Defence Staff Admiral John Borland yesterday, he said that caring for the families in the immediate and long term has to be the highest priority:...

Military Father Asks Who Greenlighted The Mission, The Answer?
Yesterday, we also asked Borland the same question that Corporal Yassir Mendez's father asked today. As you just saw, that retired Sergeant Major asked who gave the mission the green light? It's an issue because the pilots flew into low or no visibility without night vision capability, when a strong, gusty front had blown into Belize just the night before. So, who made the call for the mission to proceed? That's what we asked Borland yesterday:

Admiral Borland Insists On Accountability
That's among the first priorities in the multi-agency, multi prong investigation which Admiral Borland commands. He says that the end objective is to determine what went wrong, and - as it may be - who is responsible:

Borland Says He Can Investigate His Own Colleagues
But is Admiral Borland independent enough to lay blame where it should be laid? After all, he works in the same Curl Thompson building with many of the Ministry and military brass who may have given the order, or consented to it being given. We asked him yesterday about his independence:.. Admiral John Borland- Chief of Defense Staff: "I'm a professional. I have an extensive background as a military man, as a leader, as a commander. My civilian leadership looks to me in times like these and this is where I prove myself. So while I am a responsible to coordinate all these investigations, I am not conducting the interviews, I am directing, I am leading, I am supporting, I share my experience, I share my knowledge."

COVID-19 Coming To Belize, Inevitably
The latest figures from the World Health Organization are that there have been over 90,000 reported cases globally of the Coronavirus or COVID-19 as it is now called. From those reported cases, there are just over 3100 confirmed deaths. So, the international community is keeping a close eye on this emerging epidemic, that is slowly making its way over to the Americas. There have been confirmed cases of the disease in neighboring countries such as Mexico, the US, Canada, Brazil, and Ecuador. There have even been confirmed cases in Caribbean nations of the Dominican Republic and Saint Barts.

GOB Budgets Money For Covid-19 Response
Also in today's press conference, the Ministry of Health Professionals also outlined what their national response to the coronavirus will look like over the next 6 to 12 months. According to the Minister of Health, the Government has approved a budget of almost a million dollars to fund their effort. Here's what he had to say on that topic: Hon. Pablo Marin- Minister of Health: "Today we had cabinet meeting and the Prime Minister agreed for a budget right now for the situation with the virus of nearly $900 thousand, nearly a million. We have already been spending money from the Ministry of Health."

Fatal Accident In Armenia Claims Cargo Truck Driver's Life
A 31-year-old truck driver was killed in a fatal traffic accident on the outskirts of Armenia village this morning when a 6 wheel cargo truck sideswiped an 18 wheeler. It happened at about 6:30 between mile 47 and 48 on the Hummingbird Highway. Jose Quinonez, a driver for Vega and Sons Co., was headed south along with two sidemen when, approaching a curve, he lost control of the loaded 6 wheel cargo truck and slammed into a green international goods truck in the other lane driven by 23-year-old Nathan Gomez.

Three City Shootings In Two Hours, One Dead, One Critical, One Stable
There were three shootings in Southside of Belize City between 4:00 and 6:00 pm, and one man is dead, while two others are injured. The first was a Belize City barber who was shot inside his shop on Zericote Street this evening. It happened around 4:15 just as 52-year-old John Crawford was finishing up with a client. He dusted that man off and then turned to ask who was next. That's when a waiting customer stood up and shouted "me" while pulling out a gun and firing at Crawford.

Lawless Gunman Shot Straight Into a Dollar Van, Killing One Injuring Four
And the senseless violence started yesterday evening in the Martin's area. Last night we told you that three people were shot and one of them killed in a dollar van that was driving along Mahogany street. Tonight we can tell you that an 8-month old baby was also injured by the shattered glass during the incident. It's a terrifying story for those that use public transport. Cherisse Halsall reports. Yesterday a dollar van was targeted and one man was killed while two other persons were shot, and an 8-month-old baby grazed by the broken glass from a shattered window.

Family Burnt Out
Tonight, a single mother from Belize City and her 3 children are spending their second night homeless. That's after their house in the Jane Usher Boulevard area burnt down completely. It happened sometime after 11:00 yesterday morning. According to Sheree Westby, she was called while she was at work, and she was informed that her home was ablaze. When she arrived, there was nothing that could be done to save her belongings and those of her children. When she spoke with us yesterday, she was still in shock that she had lost everything.

Stevedores Strike Continues
Tonight, the stevedores strike at the Port of Belize continues as CWU';s Mose Hyde says that the community needs to be engaged in waterfront workers struggle. As we told you, the 150 stevedores walked off the job yesterday, fearing that ASR/BSI is going to take its sugar loading business to the Big Creek Port. But, Port CEO Arturo Vasquez says that's not happening right and claims he has yet to receive a letter from the union. Here's an update on the strike and the CEO's response.

Major Unions Come Out Against GOB
And while the Port of Belize is in trouble with the Christian Workers Union, GOB is in trouble with ALL unions it seems. Today, a flood of release came out from the Energy Workers Union, the Communication Workers Union, the Belize Workers Union, and the Christian workers union, all in solidarity with the NTUCB. The NTUCB put out a position yesterday saying, quote, "in consideration of the recent episodes of poor governance, the NTUCB has reached the conclusion that as a country we can no longer afford inaction by our designated leaders. Inaction will come at a cost which we will not be able to bear. We have also come to the realization that a paradigm shift is very urgent for better transparency and accountability when governing the country's affairs."

Cops Charged For Extortion, No Interdiction
Police didn't send out a release on it, but 3 police officers were arraigned in the San Ignacio Magistrate's Court for the crime of extortion. They've been identified to us as Special Constable Albert Reynolds, Special Constable Eusterio Coc, and Corporal Lanza. The details of the accusation have not been shared with us, but we are told that the complainant said that the incident happened on the Branch Mouth Road where the cops shook him down.

Man Pleads Guilty To Grievous Harm Of Ex
Conroy Roches is out on bail after pleading guilty to grievous harm committed against his estranged common-law wife, 35-year-old Sherema Graham. Justice Marilyn Williams will sentence Roches on March 20. Graham was viciously attacked by Roches sometime between 8:30 and 9:00 on April 24, 2015. The couple had been separated for three months when Roches gained access to the home under the pretense of bringing an item for their son. Once inside he allegedly began to verbally harass Graham about being seen with another man. Graham then asked him to leave, but he refused. She went to her room to get her cellphone intending to call the police but had only placed her hand on the device and turned around when Roches knocked her unconscious.

BDF Senior Command Divided?
Going back now to our headline story and all that has been report about the Airwing four - who went down in a BDF helicopter on Thursday morning - it has created a lot of infighting in the ranks of BDF, and a lot of it has gone public. It seems messages have been taken out of the Commander's internal BDF chat and sent all over the place via Whatsapp. IT's a major breakdown in discipline and respect, and we asked the Defence Chief of Staff about its implications and consequences yesterday:...

CEO Enriquez Didn't Resign
We also asked Borland about the rumour that Ministry of National Security Felix Enriquez had abruptly resigned or been forced to do so. He said it was baseless:

2.5 Million For Gillnet Transition
Oceana has sweetened the pot on gillnets raising the benefit payment that would be given to Belizean fishers during the transition process of a decisive and meaningful ban on gillnets from $1 Million to 2.5 Million. This comes after the Barrow Administration's December 2019 declaration against gillnets as inherently destructive. Oceana's 2.5 million in transitional support would be used to buy gillnetting licenses from Belizean fishers via in cash, monthly payments made directly to fishers through the Belize Credit Union League, which would complement the supplemental income training opportunities program.


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Channel 5

Corporal Yassir Mendez is buried with military honours
Corporal Yassir Mendez joined the Belize Defence Force as a member of Intake fifty-three in 2010. He was posted to the air wing in 2011. He served there up to [...]

Ret’d Capt. Comments on Tragic Helicopter Crash
The families of the fallen officers have made public their disappointment that they learnt of the demise of their loved ones on social media and not from the B.D.F. command. [...]

What Caused the Helicopter to Crash?
According to the Ministry of National Security, Commandant of the Belize Coast Guard Captain Elton Bennett is the lead investigator, under command of Chief of Defence Staff, Admiral John Borland, [...]

Families of Deceased Soldiers Learn of Crash on Social Media
As you have heard, the families of the deceased soldiers have complained that the Belize Defence Force failed to notify them that the men had gone missing even though there [...]

Murder on Iguana Street
There was mayhem in the City this afternoon as a number of shootings took place in the south side. At news time, it is known that one person was killed [...]

Cargo Truck Overturns Near Armenia, One Fatality is Reported
There was traffic fatality early this morning on the Hummingbird Highway. It happened when a delivery truck transporting dry goods and food items, collided with a pickup truck and overturned [...]

Julian Cho remains without a principal; an inspection reveals a list of deficiencies
An investigation is ongoing at the Julian Cho High School in Punta Gorda where more than two million dollars were awarded in contracts to teachers by the then Principal Simeon [...]

Unions press for independent investigation into BDF helicopter crash
The calls for an independent investigation into the demise of four officers from the B.D.F. continue to mount. The Belize Energy Workers Union has issued a statement expressing support for [...]

The Belize Progressive Party presses GOB for a thorough investigation
Earlier today, the Belize Progressive Party extended condolences to the families of Defense Force Airmen Adran Ramirez, Radford Baizer, Yassir Mendez, and Reinaldo Choc. B.P.P. is appealing to the Prime [...]

Guatemalan Robbers Target Tourists at El Pilar
There was a robbery of tourists at El Pilar Site over the weekend. The visitors were along with their tour guides when they were targeted. They report that four men, [...]

A Fourth Shooting in the City
And this news, police are currently at the scene of a fourth shooting today. A few minutes ago, gunfire exploded on Ebony Street.  

Stevedores Standing Strong Against P.B.L.
Stevedores entered a second day of protest today. Since Monday they have been outside the Port of Belize on Ceasar Ridge Road protesting the likelihood that locally produced raw sugar [...]

Port of Belize says it will Hold CWU Accountable
Chief Executive officer for the Port of Belize Limited Arturo Vasquez wrote to C.W.U. President, Evan Mose Hyde. In the letter, Vasquez tells Hyde that Gang Number Two has refused [...]

Philip Willoughby Supports Stevedores
As the stevedores continued their strike, making a presence today was Philip Willoughby. Willoughby is the U.D.P.’s Standard Bearer for Port Loyola and he says he went there to gather [...]

MOH Rolls Out Plan for COVID-19 Eventuality
As the corona virus continues to spread across the globe, the Ministry of Health held another press conference this afternoon in Belmopan where it introduced a plan of action to [...]

Screening Travelers at Points of Entry is a Waste of Resources – DHS Manzanero
Director of Health Services, Doctor Marvin Manzanero, also outlined collaborative efforts between the Ministry of Health and other government agencies, including the Belize Airports Authority and the Ministry of Tourism.  [...]

Is KHMH Prepared for COVID-19?
So how is the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital preparing for the possibility of an outbreak?  According to Chief Epidemiologist, Doctor Russell Manzanero, who met with K.H.M.H. personnel earlier today, referrals [...]

Will Upcoming UDP Leadership Convention be Contested?
The U.D.P. had called on its supporters to come out on Thursday when the House meets in Belmopan. That event has now been called off as funerals take place for [...]

Patrick Faber’s Leadership Candidacy Still Up in the Air
Collet Area Representative and former deputy party leader Patrick Faber is still a force to be reckoned with, despite falling to John Saldivar at the previous convention on February ninth. [...]

Amandala

4 BDF soldiers die in helicopter crash
In the aftermath of the deaths of four soldiers from the fledgling BDF Air Wing, which occurred when the Belize Defence Force (BDF) U1-H1 helicopter in which they were traveling crashed in the waters of Western Lagoon, near Gales Point, Manatee, the Ministry of National Security is facing more questions than it can answer. In fact, this helicopter crash is mysterious from several angles. Adding to the mystery of the downed helicopter, which was said to have been dispatched to provide air assistance during the interception of a drug plane that landed in the area of Gales Point Manatee in the pre-dawn hours of Thursday, is the fact that it apparently went down, without the knowledge of those who had coordinated the interception of a drug jet plane, from which 70 bales, or 2 tons, of cocaine were removed.

Stevedores face “dread times”
This morning, the stevedore members of the Christian Workers Union (CWU), in a bid to get the attention of the receivership of the Port of Belize Limited, (PBL), embarked on a peaceful protest at the Port of Belize Ltd. compound on Caesar Ridge Road. The CWU issued a press release this morning under the caption: “CWU draws the line with PBL”. The release said, “Today Christian Workers Union (CWU) Members are protesting to indicate the complete failure of the receivership at the Port of Belize Ltd. (PBL), failure compounded by gross discourtesy, and disrespect.”

Man murdered in “dalla van”
Gregory Martinez, 26, of Police Street, was working in a garage on Police Street along with his uncle and nephew when a gunman came up and fired at them. Martinez’s uncle was struck, but his nephew escaped unhurt. Martinez sprinted for safety through the yard of his grandmother and across an open lot and jumped into a “dollar van” that was heading from La Croix Boulevard out towards Central American Boulevard. The determined shooter, however, rode his bicycle through a side street and intercepted the van, in front of the Ministry of Education building and fired again at Martinez, wounding him in the head and body. The killer then rode away.

3 shot, 2 dead in San Ignacio shooting
Three persons were shot in San Ignacio last night, and two are dead. Shawn Kevin Vasquez, 32, a security guard, was shot in the center of the chest, under the left arm, and in his jaw. He died almost immediately. Marva Rivera, 32, a cashier, was shot in the right breast, right shoulder, the center of the throat, and the right side of the jaw. She died shortly after her arrival at the San Ignacio Community Hospital.

Unwanted visitor fell out of ceiling at the KHMH
An unwelcome guest came to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital, but made his entrance by falling into the Emergency Ward through the ceiling. Luckily, the raccoon was in good spirits and did not bite anyone. He was chased out of the ward and captured by the attendants and taken elsewhere. The raccoon made his visit to the hospital at about 11:00 Friday morning. Andre Miguel told the media that he was in the ward taking care of his mother, who was sleeping, when he heard sounds coming from the ceiling.

Luis Carter, 37, gets 30 years for murder
Luis Carter, 37, aka “Wiz”, who was convicted last Friday of the murder of Dwayne Hyde, 30, was sentenced to 30 years in prison today by Justice Colin Williams. The sentence, stipulated Justice Williams, is to take effect from July, 2016, when Carter was incarcerated. Before he decided on the sentence, Justice Williams heard a plea for mitigation from one character witness. Hyde was shot at his home in San Pedro Town on July 13, 2016. Carter accosted him just outside his house and shot him in the abdomen.

Guatemala cattle rancher busted in Chiquibul
A joint patrol consisting of police and soldiers of the Belize Defence Force and rangers from the FCD that was conducting their operation in the Chiquibul forest from their base in the Cebada Conservation Post, has captured a Guatemala farmer, Jose Ruben Vega Suchite, 36, who came over to the Belize side of the border with his cattle. Suchite has been charged with illegal entry into Belize, pending arraignment in the San Ignacio Magistrate’s Court.

Youth, 18, detained on allegation of assaulting a girl, 10
An 18-year-old has been detained pending the conclusion of an investigation of indecent assault of a female minor after the mother of a 10-year-old girl found him coming out of her daughter’s room and saw her daughter sleeping, with her blanket drawn away, her nightgown lifted and her underpants drawn down. The young man told the mother that he went into the room to look for marijuana, and then escaped, but police found him and arrested him.

Carl Reneau, 30, not guilty of the murder of Jaheem Mahler, 15
Carl Reneau, 30, charged with the murder of Jaheem Mahler, 15, was acquitted of the charge today by Justice Colin Williams in a trial that was without a jury. Mahler, a resident of Iguana Street Extension, was shot and killed about 8:30 p.m. on January 17, 2017. He was walking on Iguana Street Extension when his assailant shot him multiple times in the body. The Crown, represented by Senior Crown Counsel Shanice Lovell, had relied on the testimony of its main witness, Leonette Neal.

Fire destroys house in Gungulung; arson not suspected
A house and its contents were completely destroyed by fire in the Gungulung area of Lake Independence, last night, Thursday, leaving Edgar Richards, 54, and his wife homeless. Luckily, no one was injured, and no other houses in the area were damaged. Anthony Mortis, Station Supervisor at the Belize National Fire Service, said that they found that the fire was caused by an electrical overload due to an illegal connection to a lamppost. He said that the fire began in the living room and that there was no evidence of arson. Mortis, warns members of the public not to steal electrical power from the lampposts, because of the great danger it poses.

Editorial: The price Belize pays in this war on drugs —getting steeper
The news on Friday that four top soldiers of the Belize Defence Force (BDF) (Belize’s Air Force, essentially) had been found dead in a lagoon north of Gales Point Manatee, has Belize reeling. In the wee hours of Thursday the soldiers had gone on a mission with others to intercept a plane that was suspected of transporting cocaine from South America, and the next day the wreckage of their helicopter and their lifeless bodies were found. Two pilots and two corporals perished in the ill-fated operation. BDF Commander, Brig. General Steven Ortega, told the media that the deceased were Major Adran Ramirez, the commanding officer of the BDF Air-Wing, who had been flying for about fifteen years...

From The Publisher
The people at KREM Radio do not take lightly the continued support for their food fund raisers which come from the Belizean people. We are very grateful. KREM Radio has been struggling to survive for a long time. We need to examine the media landscape in Belize closely, because I think it is a sensational landscape, sensational because of its proliferation of institutions over the last three decades, and because the players include such gigantic personalities as Lord Michael Ashcroft, the Prime Minister and the ruling party, the leaders of the Evangelical faiths in Belize, the national radio monopoly, and others who are fronting for just whom we can’t be sure of.

UDP sets April 5 as new leadership convention date
The United Democratic Party (UDP) held a National Party Council (NPC) meeting at its Youth for the Future Drive headquarters this morning to chart the way forward for the selection of a new party leader to replace the retiring, longtime leader Prime Minister Dean Barrow (Queen’s Square). From all accounts, the NPC meeting lasted only a few minutes before it was decided that April 5 will be the date for the party’s next national convention. Following the NPC meeting, the UDP candidates remained in a lengthy discussion about the state of their party. No one, however, would shed any light for the media on what was discussed at the meeting, which continued until the early afternoon, before hostilities broke out and the meeting ended.

Child Stimulation Month kicks off with kindergarten parade
The month of March has been designated as Child Stimulation Month, and this morning, pre-school children from all across Belize City took part in an annual parade that went through the streets and ended at the Memorial Park. The theme for this year’s Child Stimulation Month is “Hug Me, Listen to Me, Read with Me, Help Me Grow.” For the rest of this month a number of activities have been planned. The activities include a story- telling competition, and the Children’s Festival of the Arts, which takes place at the Belize Elementary Auditorium from March 16 to March 19.

“Fool di talk, but da no fool di listen!”
Senator Salazar, who chaired the public hearings of the Senate Select Committee on the Immigration and Nationality Department, has been very tardy in producing his report on the findings that were garnered from those hearings. Today, Senators Mark Lizarraga and Senator Elena Smith spoke to reporters about a draft report that Senator Salazar emailed to them yesterday, Thursday.

Saldivar questions Central Bank on Duncan
When the Lev Dermen scandal erupted and brought down John Saldivar as the newly elected United Democratic Party leader, Senator Steven Duncan, who has been a sitting senator since 2015, suddenly resigned from the Senate on February 11, 2020. There are questions about whether Duncan should have been appointed a senator in the first place, considering that at the time of his appointment, he held the position of managing director of Heritage Bank. Attorney Arthur Saldivar wrote to Central Bank governor, Joy Grant, on February 25, 2020, about the matter.

NEBL season one week shy of mid-way point
his coming weekend will be the mid-way point of this year’s NEBL season. At the halfway mark fans will be able to better decipher the quality of the teams, as everyone will be fixing their eyes on one of the four playoff spots. The deadline for teams to add players to their roster will be Tuesday, March 3, after which final rosters cannot be changed. Belmopan Bandits hosted the defending champs, San Pedro Tiger Sharks on Friday night at the Hilltop basketball court in Belmopan.

Goals scarce; 3 shutouts in Week 8 of PLB Closing Season
We are 1 game into the second round of the double round-robin tournament of the Premier League of Belize (PLB) 2019-2020 Closing Season, and the race to the 4-team semifinal playoffs is heating up, as 6 teams are still realistically still in the race. Only a miracle can help BDF FC, who have only 1 point from their 6 games played so far; so it seems that Belize District fans will be joining fans of the Orange Walk, Corozal and Toledo districts, who have no hopes of seeing PLB playoff action this year in their home stadiums.

Weekend Warriors Series Race #5 results & Overall Standings
Here are the winners from yesterday’s last race of the 5-race Series. “A&B” went from Rockville Junction to Caves Branch Bridge then back to Armenia Village, for 40 miles; whilst the “C” riders rode the same route but started from Democracia Junction, for 30 miles. The race started at 9:00 a.m.

D. Bradley hasn’t crossed his apology bridge
My younger brother, Ron, a physician who has lived in the USA for the last 40 plus years, remarked on one of his quarterly visits several years ago, that Darrell Bradley, then the mayor of Belize City, was the best mayor Belize City had ever had. The same day he said that, he accompanied me on a trip through the city and my old truck bounced in a bad hole in a street and we had a mechanical problem. Ah, Mr. Bradley hadn’t gotten around to cementing that street yet. One street that Bradley did cement was Seashore Drive in Buttonwood Bay, the street where my brother has his big American-money-built home, the street which the PM’s wife and her friends decorate like it’s Fifth Avenue in New York at Krismos time.

Musings by the Curious Nonconformist
Recently, it was announced that a brilliant Belizean young woman, Abbie Godoy, was granted a Rhodes scholarship to attend Oxford University. She hopes to pursue an MPhil in Development Studies. Abbie is a fiery Belizean youth, a lady riot, whom I first met as an Informed Teen Reporter of the National Committee For Families and Children as she and her team reported on the World Youth Conference that happened in Belize some years ago. I also know of two protests that Ms. Godoy has led — the first being successive climate change protests in front of the National Assembly building in Belmopan and the second, more recent protest being a walkout from classes at the University of Belize...

The Valentine’s Day fundraiser dance
Jewel, reflecting a continued radiance from the night before, when she had received many compliments about her appearance in Gertrude’s creation, had attended the Communion service at nine the following morning along with Sonia, Safira and Emerson, as had Jerome, Nigel, Lloyd and I. Although we had sat in different places, after the service we had all met together under the wide front porch of the church, Jewel next to me, when Jerome had come over to greet us and had mentioned that he had intended to spend the afternoon at our house but had changed his plan on receiving a request...

“The proof, the proof!”
The following is a very special and pleasant memory of a speech that was presented by Clinton Uh Luna at the first WAMI Conference that took place on 9th September, 2011. Some years after the so-called discovery of this place we call America by Christopher Columbus, he was followed by several Europeans from different kingdoms. Our native tribes were slaughtered; many were extinguished.

Ernesto Cardenal, Nicaraguan poet and priest, dies at 95
Ernesto Cardenal, the renowned poet and Roman Catholic cleric who became a symbol of revolutionary verse in Nicaragua and around Latin America, and whose suspension from the priesthood by St. John Paul II lasted over three decades, died Sunday. He was 95. Known for his trademark black beret and loose white peasant shirts, the author of works such as “Epigrams” and “Zero Hour” was one of the most important and honored poets in Nicaraguan history. Cardenal penned verse that went around the globe, and lived until his last days with a lucidity that inspired amazement and admiration in the literary world.

Fatal traffic accident this morning on the Hummingbird Highway
A driver for German Vega’s Imports was killed this morning when the truck he was driving collided with another truck and overturned near Armenia on the Hummingbird Highway. He was identified as Jose Quiñonez. His passengers sustained minor injuries in the collision.

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Huge Investigation: Multiple Agencies Looking At BDF Helicopter Downing
Today the Prime Minister ordered that all the Belize flags on government and other public buildings be flown at half-staff, in honor of the 4 BDF soldiers who died from the downing of their helicopter just off the shore-line near the village of Gales-Point.

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Tourists robbed at El Pilar
On Friday afternoon just after one o’clock, tourists were robbed at the El Pilar archaeological site in Cayo District. Two Belizean tour guides along with two tourists were site seeing when they were approached by four Hispanic males.

Medication for HIV patients are free of cost
Patients with HIV/AIDS in Belize have one less thing to worry about, since the government funds their anti-retroviral medication. This is an issue we asked for clarity on from Director of Health Services, Doctor Marvin Manzanero.

DOE retracts approval for gas station
The Department of Environment (DOE) has retracted the permit given for the construction of a gas station on South Ring Road in Belmopan. The gas station set to be constructed in front of Our Lady of Guadalupe Primary School.

NSUB, BEWU, and BWU stand in solidarity with NTUCB
The National Student Union of Belize (NSUB) also stated in their press release that they stand in solidarity with the National Trade Union Congress of Belize (NTUCB) in regards to their list of demands to the Government.

Choco family not properly informed of the passing of Corporal Reynaldo Choco
While the Mendez family has laid Corporal Yassir Mendez to rest today, the family of Corporal Reynaldo Choco is preparing for his funeral tomorrow. Yesterday one family member expressed dissatisfaction at how the Belize Defence Force has handled the situation, particularly the notification of his ordeal.

Stevedores continue to protest
Stevedores out at the Port of Belize continue to protest on Caesar Ridge Road. The protest began yesterday morning, carried through last night and continues up to news time tonight. President of the Christian Workers Union, Evan Mose Hyde says that despite their protest they are yet to hear from BSI/ASR or from Santander Group.

PSU AND NSUB send their condolences to the fallen BDF soldiers
The Public Service Union (PSU) and the National Student Union of Belize (NSUB) have sent out their condolences to the families of the four fallen Belize Defence Force (BDF) soldiers. The PSU states that they are, quote, “not satisfied with the narrative surrounding the operation nor the untimely and fragmented report of the crash landing issued by the Minister and Ministry of National Security.”

Darrell Bradley attends FOPREL
The President of the Senate, Darrell Bradley, attended the 38th Ordinary Meeting of Presiding Officers of National Parliaments of Central America and the Caribbean Basin (FOPREL) that was held in the Chamber of the Mexican Senate in Mexico City.

Millions of dollars of owed to KHMH
A raccoon inside of Belize’s national hospital is not something residents see every day, and the incident last week definitely left many of them alarmed. Like many other animals, raccoons can carry diseases.

Preliminary report of the helicopter crash is due Thursday March 5th
The investigation continues into the circumstances leading to the deaths of the four BDF soldiers on Thursday, February 27. While a preliminary report is due Thursday, March 5, Admiral Borland says one of the key questions being asked is who gave the men the order to fly.

Ministry Of National Security Is Looking At Several Options In Assisting The Bereaved Families
The deaths of the four BDF soldiers have not only left a vacuum in their homes which they once led but it has stripped their wives and children of a portion of their income.

Parliamentarians To Meet On Thursday For The Budget Reading
Parliamentarians will be meeting in Belmopan on Thursday morning for the budget reading. There was a big rally in the making where the UDP Standard Bearers were gathering supporters to rally in solidarity with the...

Director Of Health Says The Corona-Virus Will Come Just Like Dengue, Influenza And Other Viruses
The threat of COVID-19 has become more real for Belize as Mexico has reported multiple cases and over 50 countries around the globe have reported several cases. In recent weeks several fake news has been...

Four persons injured in car accident
Four people were injured in a road traffic accident near the FFB Stadium in Belmopan yesterday around 5:30pm. Cayo Correspondent Fem Cruz was on the scene and filed this report.

Belize Peace Movement demands a full independent investigation into BDF tragedy
The Belize Peace Movement (BPM) is making demands to the Government for a full independent investigation into Thursday’s incident that claimed the lives of the four BDF soldiers.

Mayor of San Ignacio prepares for La Ruta Maya
Paddlers and fans of the annual La Ruta Maya River Challenge are gearing up for the weekend. The start of the race begins under the historic Hawksworth Bridge in San Ignacio Town, Cayo District.

Stevedores strike against Port of Belie Limited
A group of stevedores was in front of the Port of Belize Limited (PBL) protesting this morning. The protest revolves around reports that the Belize Sugar Industries (BSI) is collaborating with Santander Group and moving away from exporting sugar through PBL and will be exporting through Big Creek Port in Stann Creek District.

Double murder in San Ignacio
Residents of San Ignacio Town, Cayo District received a shock when two people were killed on Saturday night. The incident occurred at Tai Kong Supermarket as the employees were closing up shop.

SSB says pay up!
The Social Security Board has called out dozens of employers who have failed to pay in their contributions for their workers. A list was made public on social media earlier today showing the names of the companies owing money to SSB along with the amount owed.

PUP wants answers
Certain sectors of the public are not the only ones who have taken issue with the late orders from the Prime Minister for flags to be flown at half-mast or at the absence of an address to the nation. In a release from the People’s United Party, they are demanding that the men be buried with full military honors.

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Cpl. Yassir Mendez laid to rest
Cpl. Yassir Mendez was today laid to rest in his home town of Douglas, Orange […]

Oceana says Belizean fishers could benefit from $2.5 million transition process if gillnet ban is decisive
Since 2009, Oceana has been supporting the call of Belizean fishers to have a form […]

Belize City crime spike sees three shot in matter of hours, fatalities reported
Belize City has experienced a wave of violence with three shootings this evening, two of […]

Transparent BPO hires industry leader as President to support growth
Transparent BPO, a nearshore contact center and business process outsourcer, today announced the hiring of […]

Ministry of Health plans national defense against coronavirus
The Government has approved a budget of $900,000 to prepare for the potential arrival of […]

Tropic Air’s cave tubing tour finds the right balance between adventure and relaxation
Tropic Air, the company that brought you the adrenaline pumping Black Hole Drop and the […]

BPP calls on Government for full investigation into deaths of 4 soldiers and calls for state funeral
The Belize Progressive Party (BPP) issued a statement extending condolences to families and friends of […]

Enrique Martinez & Sons your #1 dealer for Air conditioners, AC Refrigeration and supplies
Enrique Martinez & Sons Limited is a household name in Belize for their wide selection […]

Gregory Martinez shot and killed in Belize City
Gregory Martinez, 23, was shot and killed yesterday afternoon in Belize City. Police reports indicate […]

Child Stimulation month kicks off with beautiful parades
The month of March is child stimulation month and around the country, educators and education […]

One dead; two injured in traffic accident on Hummingbird highway
This morning, a road traffic accident claimed the life of truck driver, Jose Quinonez. Quinonez […]

Kidney Association to hold annual kidney walk
The Kidney Association of Belize (KAB) is inviting al Belizeans to support kidney patients around […]

Belizean delegation completes working visit on municipal and urban development in Merida
An article posted this week in the Yucatan Times notes that a delegation from Belize […]

One dead in road traffic accident on the Humming Bird Highway this morning
One man, identified as Jose Quinonez, has been confirmed dead in a road traffic accident […]

KHMH makes proactive preparations for coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak
Over the weekend, there were two reported cases of the novel coronavirus strain (COVID-19) in […]

Delivery truck reportedly flips on Hummingbird Highway
BBN has received reports of an accident on the Hummingbird Highway in an area between […]

Blogs

San Pedro Should Have a Parade EVERY Monday
Yesterday, Monday morning, I headed into town with a long list of errands. ... I walked up to the next street and BAM…I ran RIGHT into a parade. What a fantastic way to start your week. SUPER cute kids – celebrating “Child Stimulation Month”. Tough name but good cause. And the kids, though HOT (this was about 1 mile into their trek) were so super cute. SO I took a bunch of pictures.

Top things to know about buying property in Belize
If you’re thinking about joining the growing number of retirees and expatriates who are buying property and settling in Belize, then there are a few things you need to know before taking the plunge. One of the reasons why it’s easy to become a property-owner in Belize is that there aren’t any big restrictions on buying and owning property in Belize for foreigners. You don’t need special permissions or waivers. You can hold a property title in Belize with the name of a U.S. company, your name or a trust.

Ministry Of Health: No Coronavirus In Belize
The Office of the Director of Health Services in Belize issued a statement about the coronavirus. The statement mainly addresses the way an outbreak can become complicated if proper procedures aren’t followed. Panic and fear are the main things to be avoided. Both are triggered by false information and exaggerated news. Many rumors get spread in such situations, which can further exacerbate panic and fear.

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Late-Night Talks Appear To Falter As Carnival Threatens To Pull Vessels Over Coronavirus Protocols
Jamaica is at risk of losing at least three ship calls this week as a “stand-off” over protocols between the Ministry of Health and Wellness and Carnival Cruise Limited deepened last night, with the cruise line threatening to bypass the country if the Government failed to soften its stance on safeguards against the deadly novel coronavirus, or COVID-19. Up to last night, ministry officials were locked in discussions with senior executives of the cruise line who warned of their intention if local authorities did not relent on the stringency of protocol demands.

Belize man sentenced to 18 years in federal prison for illegal re-entry, possession of firearm
On Friday, the U.S. District Court in Sioux City sentenced a Belize man, who was found in the country illegally with a loaded handgun and false identification documents in his possession, to 18 years in federal prison. Moses Anthon Francisco, 53, from Belize, was sentenced to 216 months of prison with no parole by United States District Court Chief Judge Leonard T. Strand. He must also serve a three-year supervise release term after his prison sentence is complete.

Videos

  • Maui Jim - Come Monday Live at The Truck Stop, San Pedro, Belize, 3min.

  • Maui Jim - A Pirate Looks at Forty, San Pedro, Belize, 3.5min.

  • Update on Belize's Response Plan to COVID-19, 54min.

  • The Belize Tourism Board put together a little video about the San Antonio Women's Group. Worth a watch, .5min.

  • Belize - East Channel, 3min. Scuba diving with Huracan Divers off Long Caye at the East Channel dive site.

  • Belize video 2019, 4min. A quick highlight to our trip to Bellize staying at Hopkins Resort in Hopkin, Belize as well as traveling to the City of San Ignacio to go see the the Pyramids of Xunantunich.

  • Xunantunich, Belize, 7.5min.


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