Scotia Bank Belize sold to Ashcroft company
On Monday, June 22, Scotia Bank Belize (SBL) made the announcement that they sold their licensed Belize banking operations to Caribbean Investment Holdings Limited (CIHL) – the parent company of the Belize Bank Limited, owned by Lord Michael Ashcroft.
Caribbean Investment Holdings (CIHL) posted their agreement to acquire Scotia Bank Belize, which priced the acquisition at an initial US$30.5 million, which includes the expected shareholders’ equity at US$28.5 million and a premium of US$1.5 million. CIHL may be required to pay an additional US$4.5 million in the event that the shareholders’ equity of SBL exceeds US$28.5 million.
Mario Aguirre found guilty of killing Marcelino Chan
The murder trial of Mario Aguirre, 29, a mechanic of San Roman, Orange Walk District, who was charged for the stabbing death on March 4, 2017, of Marcelino Chan, 54, a farmer of San Roman who was a father of 11 children, came to a conclusion yesterday in the Northern Session of the Supreme Court.
Justice Herbert Lord was the judge in the trial without a jury, and he found Aguirre guilty.
Aguirre’s murder trial began in January and concluded yesterday. After reviewing the evidence and submissions from the defense and the prosecution, Justice Lord ruled that Aguirre was guilty.
Dr. Omar Figueroa drops out of UDP leadership race
The crowded field of contenders for the post of United Democratic Party leader has decreased by one aspirant. Over the weekend, it was reported that Dr. Omar Figueroa, the Cayo North area representative who was recently promoted to a full ministerial post in the Dean Barrow-led cabinet, has withdrawn from the UDP leadership race.
We were not able, however, to get an official confirmation of Figueroa’s withdrawal from the UDP Secretariat. When we called today, we were told that there was no one in the office who could confirm that Dr. Figueroa had dropped out of the leadership race. All of our attempts to reach the UDP chairman, Michael Peyrefitte, or the party’s deputy chairman, Alberto August, were similarly futile.
Belize Police Association elects first female president, Sergeant Jane Usher
The Belize Police Association (BPA) held elections for its new executive, and for the first time in the history of the organization, a woman has emerged as the holder of the top post. Woman Police Sergeant Jane Usher swept out longtime president of the BPA, Corporal Eldon Arzu, and his team.
Corporal Arzu has been at the helm of the BPA for six terms, but during the last term, which just ended, he and Commissioner of Police Chester Williams got into a squabble which ended up in the Supreme Court after Arzu was stripped of his salary because he had failed to honor a transfer to the Police Department’s headquarters in Belmopan.
GOB requests a deferral on the Super Bond
The Government of Belize is scrambling to meet its financial obligations as the country’s economy continues to contract as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The extent of the financial crisis is made clearly evident by the government’s request for interest capitalization on the infamous Super Bond.
Last Wednesday, the government issued a statement seeking consent of the holders of the U.S. Dollar Bonds to defer and capitalize interest due in August to 2021. If agreed upon, the interest due will be added to the principal.
Interdicted police constable hangs himself at home
The body of Constable Herman Milan, 27, of the San Ignacio police, who was put on interdiction from his duties since last October 2019, was found hanging in his room by family members at about 2:30 this morning, in San Ignacio.
Police took down the body, and took it to the San Ignacio Hospital. Foul play is not suspected, and police declared his death to have been a suicide. His body will undergo a post-mortem exam to certify the cause of his death.
Abandoned newborn baby eaten by dogs
A newborn baby who was discarded in some bushes in San Roman was eaten by dogs.
A man who came across the gruesome scene at about 10:00 yesterday morning managed to chase away the animals and rescued what was left of the infant —the legs and a hand. He immediately called police, and the body parts of the infant were rushed to the National Forensic Sciences Services for investigation, and they determined that the remains belonged to a female child.
Esau Ramirez wanted for the stabbing of his family
Rebecca Muñoz, 39, and her two children were stabbed in their house last night in San Jose, and police are looking for Esau Ramirez Lopez, 44, the common-law husband of Muñoz, for questioning.
Muñoz, a domestic of San Jose, suffered stab wounds in her left breast and right elbow, while her daughter, Dianna Nyayeli Muñoz, 19, a student, received stab wounds in her abdomen, which ruptured her intestines. She was also stabbed in her right arm. Rebecca Muñoz’s son with Esau, Jose Adrian Ramirez, 15, was stabbed in the center of the back.
Gas Tomza robbers remanded
On Wednesday afternoon, two robbers who were trying to escape after robbing Gas Tomza gas depot, located at Mile 4 ½ on the George Price Highway, were caught by police who were on patrol in the area of Fabers Road, near its junction with the highway.
Police say that while on patrol on the George Price Highway, they were alerted about the robbery at the Gas Tomza depot and that the robbers escaped in a blue car. Police, when they saw a blue car speeding towards Belize City, set chase and fired shots, forcing the driver of the car to stop.
Orange Walk cab driver robbed, escapes death
A cab driver, Vicente Flavio, 55, of Orange Walk Town, is alive and unhurt after he escaped from two bandits who tried to kidnap him. The firearm that one of the bandits used to hold him up and rob him misfired when the bandit tried to shoot him, and both thieves ran away after stealing his wallet and car keys.
Flavio then went to the police and made a report.
The incident occurred at about 10:00 this morning. Flavio told police that he was at the taxi stand on Queen Victoria Street when two men came up to him and requested that he take them to Trial Farm.
Editorial: Four UDP men want to lead nation
The two major political parties in Belize, the United Democratic Party (UDP) and the People’s United Party (PUP), would like persons who are not members to keep their distance from their internal affairs, especially when they are going about selecting a new leader. The UDP is at this time about to select a new leader, and the fact is that what the UDP does is everybody’s business here, and in some instances what they do has implications in the greater world.
In a healthy democracy people who aspire for leadership are stripped and searched, figuratively; they are scrutinized for their integrity, their personal conduct over the years, their achievements and their failures, their stated goals and their methods of achieving them.
UDP to hold 2nd leadership convention July 12
General elections are scheduled to be held in November, but the COVID-19 pandemic has delayed the selection of a new leader for the governing United Democratic Party (UDP). The UDP’s second leadership convention was initially scheduled to take place in April, before the pandemic struck.
Reports now are that the UDP will hold their leadership convention on Sunday, July 12, at the ITVET compound in Belize City, where delegates will choose one person from the crowded field of aspirants to lead the party into the 2020 general elections.
Police address the use of face masks by criminals
Criminals are now taking advantage of the mandatory wearing of face masks to hide their identities while they commit crimes. A number of robberies have been committed by robbers who enter establishments with masks but initially appear to pose no threat because they appear to be customers. It is now difficult to distinguish robbers from law-abiding citizens going to the store for legitimate purposes.
To address the situation, Commissioner of Police Chester Williams has ordered business owners to place signs on their businesses ordering customers to remove their sunshades and face masks before they enter the businesses.
FFB clears the air
Football Federation of Belize (FFB) General Secretary, Earl Jones was the man on the spot yesterday morning at the Marion Jones Sports Complex conference room, where he ably fielded questions from media personnel on aspects of the financial affairs of the FFB and its handling of district association elections, which have now been completed, and which determine the delegates that will cast their votes in the upcoming FFB executive elections, set for July 4. (Premier League of Belize elections are reportedly set for this Saturday, June 20.)
Pulu and O.J. big-up 16-year-old scholar athlete Kendall Morgan of Wesley College
With the easing of restrictions in the State of Emergency, a number of schools will be free to conduct graduation ceremonies that had previously been on hold. Among the bright young students who will be on center stage at their respective commencement exercises is one Kendall Morgan, a sixteen-year-old female student of Wesley College, who holds the distinction of not only being the top student academically, but also the best student athlete of her school; causing legendary basketballer and sports activist Clinton “Pulu” Lightburn to dub her G.O.A.T. at this stage of her young career. And politician O.J. Elrington also had a few words for the second consecutive recipient of the academic scholarship he has been awarding for the past 20 years to the most outstanding student athlete at his alma mater.
FFB announces results of District Association elections
This is an election year in the 4-year cycle of the Football Federation of Belize (FFB), and for the past few months of this year, elections have been held for the seven (7) football district association executives. The Premier League of Belize (PLB) will hold its elections this coming Saturday, June 20. All those elected executives of the district associations and the PLB will then represent their respective bodies at the FFB Elective Congress set for July 4.
This morning, FFB communications director Yashmin Juan provided us with the results for all seven FFB district association elections and the dates elections were held. We noted that, in keeping with new FIFA mandate on female inclusion, all executives included at least one female member. Below are the lists of newly elected executive members:
Reparations for whom?
When African slavery was finally abolished, British, French, Spanish, Danish, South American and American slave owners received reparations. In effect, the act of issuing reparations to slave owners was a validation of the right for people to own property in the form of human beings. The slave owners, and not the slaves, became the cosseted beneficiaries of the public purse. But even before the slaves were freed, the practice of giving compensation to slave owners receiving compensation had existed. For instance, slave owners received compensation from the public purse when slaves ran away, when they died while working in the lead mines of Virginia, when they were executed for crimes, participated in slave rebellions, or joined the British side in the War of American Independence.
Alternative Vote better for Belize than quota for women
To preface, I will repeat that I think it doesn’t make sense for the homosexual agenda to include its story in the discussion about racism, and now let me say I think it also doesn’t make sense for people who are trying to advance women’s agenda to try and parallel gender with the black story. Women have been suppressed in some ways since Creation, and homosexuals have had a very hard time, but race is a different story, so let’s keep them separate.
Allow me a few more sentences to make my position more clear. It is argued that through the years women haven’t had the same amount of opportunities that men have had. No one can argue that point.
Alida and Dr. Kevin; Gertrude and Clifton …
One of the great blessings for our extended family had been the visit home of our daughter Alida for two weeks immediately after sitting her finals!
Due to the modern convenience of air travel she had arrived on a Wednesday and the whole family in the capital at the time, which included Jerome, Lloyd and Sonia, Safira and Emerson plus Linda and Ernesto with their two children, had sat down to a celebratory semi-buffet lunch; and I must say that it was the highest point of our lives for that year, even superseding the country’s Independence!
Exclusive: “Sorry is not enough”, Caribbean states say of British slavery apologies
British financial institutions that benefited from slavery such as Lloyd’s of London should go further than saying sorry for their role in the Atlantic slave trade and atone for their sins by funding Caribbean development, the region’s countries said.
More than 10 million Africans were shackled into the Atlantic slave trade by European nations between the 15th and 19th centuries. Those who survived the often brutal voyage, ended up toiling on plantations in the Americas.
Saharan Dust Plume in Belmopan
A Saharan Dust Plume made its way to the Garden City of Belmopan earlier this morning. US experts reported that the Dust would have made its way across the Caribbean as early as Wednesday. They reported that while it is a yearly phenomenon, this year is a unique one since the plumes are said to contain the highest concentration of particles in the past 50-60 years. Apart from providing spectacular sunrises and sunsets, lowering visibility and reducing air quality, the Saharan Dust can also trigger allergies. This image was shared courtesy of Dioni Marin Photography.
UNDP donates testing equipment
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), through the global founding project, handed over COVID 19 testing equipment and a ventilator to the Ministry of Health. Cayo correspondent Fem Cruz attended the handing-over ceremony and filed this report.
CitCo assists entrepreneurs
20 aspiring entrepreneurs are participating in the Belize City Council’s workshop for small business owners. These workshops have been ongoing from the beginning of the year to promote competition and self-sustainability.
Unicomer and Mabe donates to MOH
The Ministry of Health today received a donation of nineteen aero boxes. These are necessary to keep doctors safe while they tend to patients infected with covid-19.
ComPol explains video of officers firing shots in St Martin’s
Many times, wrongdoings by police officers are documented by camera phones, and the police department has to answer to the public for the actions committed. Such was the case this past weekend when a video of officers firing shots in the St Martin’s area of Belize City.
Sahara Dust enters Belize
Across the country Belizeans are experiencing the effects of a phenomena known as the Sahara Dust. A plume of dust from the Sahara Desert in north-central African has made its way across the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea.
MOH ensures safety measures are in place for repatriates
The repatriates must endure a lengthy process before they are able to enter the country. Even after they are approved, they must undergo preventative measures while on their flight until they arrive in the hotel rooms.
Central Bank ensures protection for Scotiabank’s customer
The Central Bank of Belize is ensuring that the process of acquisition of shares from Scotiabank by the Caribbean Investment Holdings Limited goes smoothly. According to a press release from Central Bank, both parties have made assurances that Scotiabank’s customers and employees will be protected.
Breaking Belize News
Persons quarantined to be released after receiving 2nd negative swab
Today, the Director of Health Services informed that a further 58 samples were tested and […]
Corozal police find gun and ammo
Today, Corozal police conducted searches in San Andres Village, Corozal and found a .22 revolver […]
Ventilators do not kill people, Manzanero explains
Today, Dr. Marvin Manzanero, Director of Health Services addressed the use of ventilators for COVID-19 […]
Ministry of Health: “Returning to a pre-COVID-19 normal is unlikely without a vaccine,”
The COVID-19 pandemic, in a matter of seven months, has affected over 9.3 million people […]
National Meteorological Service issues advisory on the Saharan dust plume
Today, the National Meteorological Service issued an advisory on the Saharan dust plume. The thick […]
Neighbouring countries reeling from COVID-19, should Belize be concerned?
The COVID-19 pandemic is intensifying in both Mexico and Guatemala, Belize’s closest neighbouring countries, which […]
“There is no second wave of COVID-19,” says Director of Health Services
Belize’s number of confirmed COVID-19 cases has increased to 23; however, the Director of Health […]
CARICOM Institutions Collaborate on CXC Green Engineering Student Webinars
The Caribbean Examinations Council® (CXC, the Energy Unit of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat and the […]
Memorial service and funeral being held today for Hubert Pipersburgh
The family of Hubert Pipersburgh is currently holding a memorial service and funeral at the […]
City Council trains 20 entrepreneurs in the art of operating small businesses
There’s no right way or wrong way to operate a small business, as both successes […]
Courts Belize supports Ministry of Health in the fight against COVID-19
Today, Courts Belize made a donation of 19 Aeroboxes to the Ministry of Health (MOH) […]
IDB approves loan to support Belize’s vulnerable population affected by COVID-19
The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) informed that it has approved a loan of US $12 […]
Tropical Storm Dolly forms over North Atlantic
The National Hurricane Center has informed that Tropical Storm Dolly has formed over the north […]
Testing continues for COVID-19 as Belize monitors 4 active cases
The Ministry of Health continues to conduct testing as it monitors 4 active cases of […]
Powerful earthquake shakes Mexico
Minutes ago, a powerful 7.7 magnitude earthquake shook Mexico. At this time, there are no […]
Saharan dust plume arrives in Belize
A plume of dust from the Sahara Desert in north-central Africa arrived in Belize and […]
Internal investigation underway over alleged theft during police raid
Police Commissioner Chester Williams says he has ordered an internal investigation into a complaint that has […]
Bullet Tree Falls shopkeeper robbed and wounded
San Ignacio Police is on the trail of four armed men who robbed and assaulted 49-year-old […]
Fishing for fish – or drugs?
What were five law enforcement officers and seven civilians doing at three a.m. in the morning […]
Eldon Arzu: Ex-Police Association prez challenges election results in court
Deposed from the role he held for many years, Corporal of Police Eldon Arzu appears […]
Secret Beach, Ambergris Caye. Monday. Borders Closed
Secret Beach is the most tourist-ed spot on Ambergris Caye. Endless blue clear water. And at the right time of the year, rows and rows of chairs filled with visitors to our island. Jet skis, tubes shaped like flamingos and champagne flutes, pina coladas served in whole pineapples, loud music…people, people, people.
But things have changed dramatically in the last three months. I don’t need to tell YOU that.
So I thought I’d head over and take some pictures of Secret Beach on a Monday during a State of Emergency due to a Global Pandemic. Definitely a first. The road isn’t the only thing pitted…someone has been holding target practice on the road side signs.
4 Incredible Natural Monuments in Belize
From inland wonders to offshore marvels, here’s four incredible natural monuments to discover in Belize. Welcome to Belize: where hidden gems hide in plain sight at one of the earth’s last truly wild places. Standing in awe of these natural pillars is one of the few experiences that leave us feeling rooted – fully connected to the world and its intricacies. On your next visit to Belize, be sure to add these four must-see wonders!
Half Moon Caye,
The Great Blue Hole,
Actun Tunichil Muknal, &
Victoria Peak Natural Monument.
How COVID-19 has affected Real Estate in Belize
While Belize’s real estate and housing market has been booming for the last year or so, travel trends amidst the COVID-19 pandemic have quickly shifted to “space and privacy”. According to Walter Zephirin, the managing director of 7th Heaven Properties, demand has seemingly “surged”, largely due to Belize’s low infection rate of COVID-19. Here’s how house hunting in Belize has changed, thanks to insight and statistics from the New York Times.
Five Awesome Experiences on Ambergris Caye (other than Diving or Snorkeling)
Just a few miles off the coast of Belize is Ambergris Caye – it’s 40 km long and less than 2 km wide. It’s one of Belize’s most popular islands, primarily drawing visitors that are interested in diving or snorkeling Belize’s reef, which is the second-largest barrier reef in the world. However, what tourists also find when they visit Ambergris Caye is that there are plenty of things to do other than diving or snorkeling. Below I will list 5 of these experiences.
Explore San Pedro Town,
Great Blue Hole Fly Over Tour,
Enjoy San Pedro’s Food Scene,
Go on a Sunset Cruise, &
Visit Secret Beach.
NY Times: Eating Thai Fruit Demands Serious Effort but Delivers Sublime Reward
Fruits familiar to us. Many delicious species in Thailand, “the Great Power nation of fruit,” require laborious peeling and careful chewing. Then there’s the sticky fingers and occasional disappointment.
Powerful earthquake shakes southern, central Mexico near Huatulco resort
A powerful earthquake centered near the resort of Huatulco in southern Mexico swayed buildings Tuesday in Mexico City and sent thousands into the streets.
Seismic alarms sounded midmorning with enough warning for residents to exit buildings. Power was knocked out to some areas, but there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.
Helicopters flew over downtown Mexico City and police patrols sounded their sirens.
A 7.5 MAGNITUDE EARTHQUAKE WAS REGISTERED IN OAXACA, STRONG IN MEXICO CITY
A few moments ago there was an earthquake that was felt in Mexico City, with an epicenter in Oaxaca and of 7.5 magnitude, according to preliminary information. Reports assure that the duration of the quake was approximately one minute.
So far, no reports of serious damage in Mexico City.
Official sources confirm the presence of the head of government at C5 and security reviews are being carried out by air and by ground in Mexico City.
Moody’s predicts up to 50% drop in tourism
ouristic dependent countries are “significantly exposed” to the coronavirus-induced decline in tourism, and countries such as The Bahamas will face the greatest pressure on their economies as a result, according to Moody’s Investor Service.
In a June 22 report, Moody’s said The Bahamas, Maldives, St Vincent and the Grenadines are “highly vulnerable to a severe slump in tourism”, and due to large fiscal deficits, and higher debt burdens, these countries and others will have limited fiscal space to absorb the shock.
The tourism industry to be one of the most severely impacted sectors globally as a result of the pandemic with only gradual recovery in 2021.
APSU professor experiences pandemic up close in Belize
On a sweaty afternoon in early March, Dr. Harold Young, Austin Peay State University assistant professor of political science, found himself dumped by a taxi on a street in Chetumal, Mexico, near that country’s southern border with Belize. Despite being only a few miles from the Caribbean Sea, the humid, sub-tropical breeze provided little relief as Young, exhausted from his long journey, walked toward the border, dragging his suitcases behind him. Belize had closed its borders to foreigners because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but Young had a passport from that country.
“There’s a river border, and I walked across it on a bridge, three-quarters of a mile, to the Belizean outpost,” he said. “It was completely deserted. It’s 3 p.m. in the afternoon, and there’s literally nobody.”
The Journal of Mesoamerican Studies
Check out the latest issue of Mexicon (https://mexicon.de) where we have an article on a molded-carved ceramic production mold from Actun Xtuyul, a small rock shelter near Pacbitun, Belize.
Tuesday's "Ask the Experts", min. Dr. Marvin Manzanero, Director of Health Services, on Ask the Experts.
Belizean Dreamer Reacts to DACA Ruling, 1.5min. And some good news, last week Thursday the Supreme Court of the United States ruled to continue Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), allowing young people to apply for and get authorization to work and/or go to college in the US. They are called ‘dreamers’ and were taken to the US as undocumented children, such as Belizean Denae Joseph.
Experience Travel With Katie and Allie Featuring Belize, 18min. Join us as we talk to Deborah with Belize's Tourist Board. We will be discussing all of the things that Belize has to offer visitors.
Bird Island :: Extraordinary Private Island in Belize, 4min. In February 2020, my boyfriend took me on a once in a lifetime trip to stay at Bird Island in Belize! We had an absolutely EXTRAORDINARY time with some of our closest friends. Bird Island is an private island in Belize and it was absolutely stunning and mind-blowing. Fred, the owner, and his family are so welcoming and helpful. We relaxed in the privacy of the island which had many hammocks, games, stocked kitchen, movies, snorkeling and canon equipment, and so much more. We went on excursions such as fishing in the open sea. We saw bio-luminescence in the waters at night.
Belize Shark Ray Alley, 2min. Our experience in Belize snokeling Shark Ray Alley
Adventure Bound for Warm Waters of Belize, 7min. Visit the cayes and splash in the Caribbean Sea. Swim, snorkel and dive with sharks, manatees, stingrays and lots of other sea life; explore deep into the famous Blue Hole; or just relax on a deserted island or sailboat ride.
Flooded Dirt Road Driving in Belize, 2min. Leah and children ask me what you want for your father day. I said,"to visit friends in Blue Creek." Something else I wanted to do! Is to capture a crocodile since the flooding makes them come out from the river. That the next video, you see how close and dangerous these floods are in Belize.
Charge D' Affairs US Embassy to Belize - Update, 34min.
Mental Health Association, 26min.
State of the Economy - COVID-19 Update, 70min.
Path Light International - E Conference Summer Training, 28min.
Musical Guest - PUPA CURLY - Artist, 20min.
Happy Public Service Day to All Public Officers!, 4.5min. MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF PUBLIC SERVICE PAYS TRIBUTE TO PUBLIC OFFICERS ON PUBLIC SERVICE DAY.
Sailing in Belize - Part 1, 20min. The Adventure of a Lifetime
Sailing in Belize - Part 2, 20min.
Sailing in Belize - Part 3, 20min.
Sailing in Belize - Part 4, 14min.
Belizean Soca queen performing LIVE in Seaview restaurant in San Pedro Belize, 2min.
Peeling coconut with teeth in San Pedro Town Belize, 2.5min. Teeth coconut husking in Belize.
Cruising Corozal Town, Belize, 2.5min. Short drive through Corozal Town
Flag Monument in Belize City, 11min.
Scuba Shack Belize 2020 Highlights, 3min. Scuba Shack divers had the opportunity to visit Belize in late February/early March 2020. This short video courtesy of Joel Toohey gives us a little glimpse into the diving.
Remembering the lives of Mario Graniel and Dr. Gary Swank, .5min. Murdered a year ago on the north-west coast of Ambergris Caye, while on a fly fishing trip.