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Today's Belize News: October 12, 2018

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Today's Belize News: October 12, 2018 - 10/12/18 12:26 PM


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The San Pedro Sun

Shooting in Boca Del Río Area
San Pedro police are investigating a shooting in the Boca Del Río Area that has allegedly left one male person dead. Unconfirmed reports indicate that the deceased was shot to death by the beach while socializing at a popular bar. An update will be provided as official information becomes available.

RCGO wins softball marathon; seasonal tournament opens
On Sunday, October 7th the final softball marathon game concluded at the Honourable Louis Sylvestre Sporting Complex. Taking the victory was Team RCGO over Quality Reef. Immediately after, the seasonal San Pedro Co-Ed Softball Tournament, organized by The San Pedro Town Council, began with the participation of six teams: San Pedro High School (SPHS), Beer League, Extreme, Rusties, Quality Reef and RCGO. In the upcoming weeks, these teams will do their best to stay on top of their game and win the championship. Games continue on Sunday, October 14th, starting at 9:30AM, with SPHS taking on Extreme, followed by Rusties against Quality Reef. The last game of the day will be between RCGO and Beer League. All softball fans are invited to come out and support the tournament and their favorite teams.

San Pedro Pirates lose 3-1 against Freedom Fighters
Week nine of the 2018-2019 Opening Season of the Premiere League of Belize (PLB) saw yet another loss for the San Pedro Pirates Football Club. The island team lost in a home game at the Ambergris Stadium against Punta Gorda Town’s Freedom Fighters F.C. This latest match, which ended in a 3-1 score, leaves the Pirates with the same 10 points and in the sixth position in the overall tournament standings. For their next match, the San Pedro Pirates will be playing another home match against Altitude Assassins F.C on Saturday, October 20th. The game is scheduled to start at 7:30PM at the Ambergris Stadium in San Pedro Town. All islanders are invited to come out and support the island team. Food and drinks will be on sale during the game.

Rotary Club of Ambergris Caye once again brings magic to the island
The Rotary Club of Ambergris Caye (RCAC) brought magic to the island’s children with the third annual ‘Intermagia Magic Show,’ on Saturday, October 6th. Hundreds of parents took their children for an evening of enchantment at the Angel Nuñez Auditorium, with two children’s show at 1PM and 6PM. The magicians entertaining the crowd hailed from Argentina, Costa Rica, Honduras, Guatemala, and Mexico. The show began after RCAC President Paul DuVille welcomed and thanked everyone in attendance. The event serves as a fundraiser for the many projects the club plans for the island. The main beneficiary from this event is the Dr. Otto Rodriguez San Pedro Polyclinic II, which continues to receive donations from the Rotarians on the island.

Mixed Martial Arts and Self-Defense course hosted at Kidtopia
Many island children learned some Mix Martial Arts (MMA) and self-defense techniques at Kidtopia San Pedro on Saturday, October 6th. The session was facilitated by MMA trainer Martin Dawson of Dawson’s Pit Fighters Training School, who taught the children basic fighting techniques to better prepare them in a vulnerable situation. The training session was held at the playground area inside Kidtopia San Pedro from 2PM to 4PM. Dawson began with some warm-ups and stretching’s such as jumping, sit-ups, and crunches, after which the participants were shown a variety of defensive moves based on hypothetical scenarios. The seminar ended with the children trying out the different techniques with the assistance of the instructor.

Misc Belizean Sources

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Justice Sir Manuel Sosa Honoured by UWI
President of the Court of Appeal of Belize, Justice Sir Manuel Sosa, was among seventy alumni of the University of the West Indies (UWI) who were honoured on the occasion of the University’s 70th anniversary of service and leadership across the region. The honour was conferred on the recipients at an official ceremony held on Wednesday, October 10th, at the UWI Cave Hill Campus in Barbados. The honour was conferred on the “University’s most outstanding alumni, who have excelled in their fields of endeavour”. Sir Manuel was unable to attend the ceremony but has stated: “I am most grateful to my beloved alma mater, though much humbled that she should consider me fit to be in this select gro

4th Annual Belize Diabetes 26 miles Fun Run
The 4th Annual Belize Diabetes 26 miles Fun Run will be held on Sunday October 14, 2018: The Run kicks off at the Belmopan Market Square in route to Palacios Mountain Retreat at 5:00 am with a momentous 26 miles walkathon; followed by a Marathon at 6:00 am and a 26 miles one mile Relay at 7:00am. The Fun Run is a meaningful twenty-six (26) miles run to create an awareness about the danger caused by Diabetes. The Run was designed to create community awareness about the danger caused by Diabetes Complication in an effort to contribute to the prevention, reversal or elimination of this deadly disease which is a leading killer of Belizeans and people across the globe. All Diabetes Run participants will stop at Mile 29 and await all runners and together as one big family run to the finish line at Palacios Retreat located at Mile 30, St. Margaret’s Village located on the Hummingbird Highway The Run comes to an end with all day swimming, dancing, interactive booth displays and presentations illustrating care and preventative measures of Diabetes Highlighting Nutrition and Exercise.

Miss Hispanoamericana 2018
October 11 2018 from Bolivia. Im honored to be representing my country and I am grateful with the love and support from many. I am looking forward in representing BELIZE with everything in my part to make our jewel be known. Miss Hispanoamericana Belize 2018

Happy International Day of the Girl!
This year's theme is "With Her: A Skilled GirlForce." UN Secretary-General António Guterres said as we celebrate the International Day of the Girl, let us recommit to supporting every girl to develop her skills, enter the workforce on equal terms and reach her full potential. This day highlights and addresses the needs and challenges girls face, while promoting girls’ empowerment and the fulfillment of their human rights. Celebrate the potential of girls around the world, and highlight the threats, discrimination, and issues facing their well-being.

ICJ Information Education Secession
if you are in San Pedro, UniBAM and EYBM is having its second session on the International Court of Justice on the 13th of October for L.G.B.T.I Belizeans. Do share the session if your in San Pedro and tell a friend.

Urban Birdwatch in San Pedro
Gotta love our feathered friends! Be sure to join the Urban Birdwatch in San Pedro, Sunday, October 14th! Meet us at Central Park at 6AM...you know the early bird always gets the worm!

CHETUMAL: THE NEW FREE ZONE?
Plans are in the pipeline to turn neighbouring Chetumal to a Mexican Free Zone. "In a press conference led by López Obrador and Joaquín González, the president-elect announced that as of January 1, 2019 he will start the free zone program in the entire northern border of the country; "From January 1, the value added tax will fall from 16 to 8%, the same will reduce the income tax, fuel prices will be homologated, gas will cost the same, gasoline will be the same as costs in the United States (USA) and will increase the minimum wage to double."

Rocktober Halloween Social at Wayo's
Get ready for a Spooktacular evening! Live Music, Costume Contest, Drink Specials & More! Wednesday, October 31, 2018 at 7 PM – 11:30 PM, Wayo's Beach Bar, Beachfront Boca Del Rio

Official release from Mary Hill School, October 11th, 2018 on school incident
"Dear Parents and Guardians:- This is an official statement regarding an incident that happened today October 11, 2018 at our school. This is also being posted to clarify many rumors that are circulating on social media about this incident. At approximately 8:45 a.m a man came into the compound through one of the small gates and approached one of our employees. He asked a series of questions regarding our school and principal. No information was given to him by the employee and he was directed to the principal. He proceeded to the office to speak to the principal. He spoke with the principal and asked for monetary help. He presented a passport to show his identity which is when the principal took advantage and took a picture of the passport. When he did not get information or monetary help, he started to get aggressive.

BEL apologizes to customers for the delay in delivery of printed bills in October
To check your account balance, send a text to 235 with “Balance (your account number)”: or call toll free: 0-800-235-2273.

Belizean Christmas Vol 2
The 2nd annual Belizean Christmas concert is on Friday, December 7th. Mervin Budram and Alida Sharp will be performing many Christmas hits, including songs they've written. It's all happening at the George Price Centre in Belmopan. "Belizean Christmas promises to be a magical Caribbean Christmas experience filled with music, warmth and Christmas cheer. “BELIZEAN CHRISTMAS Vol 2” will be the perfect place to gather with your friends, family and loved ones. This family oriented Christmas event is scheduled for Friday, December 7th at 7pm at The George Price Center!!"

Intro to Bird Identification
PG get ready. November 11-13 is your time to go birding! Limited spaces so don't wait last minute to book your spot. One of our stops will be at the Belize Raptor Watch to watch the spectacular raptor migration as the leaders explain this natural phenomenon. See you soon...

October Big Day results—more than 6,000 species in one day!
Here's a summary of October Big Day 2018. Some cool stuff around the world! On 6 October, more than 17,000 birders around the world went birding together for the first October Big Day. Reporting from 146 countries, they tallied 6,136 species of birds: more than half of the world’s birds in a single day. eBirders added 21,149 pictures to their lists, photographing 2,356 species in these 24 hours. This is a new height for a single day of October birding.

Urban Garden in downtown Belize City
Yesterday the Downtown Rejuvenation Project, Anglican Cathedral College and Ministry of Agriculture completed the training of thirty one students and six members from the community in Horticulture. The establishment of an Urban Garden in downtown is a part of the Downtown Rejuvenation Project and its main purpose is to build capacity within the marginalized community of South Side Belize and it involve people working with plants to produce food. Urban Gardens or City farms are usually community-run gardens which aim to improve community relationships and offer an awareness of agriculture and farming to people who live in urbanized areas.

Fish attracting devices and beach traps Consultation
The San Pedro Tourist Guide Association invites all members of these associations to a very important consultation on October 18th 2018 at the San Pedro High school conference room at 7pm on Fish attracting devices and beach traps!!! HOL CHAN BELIZE FISHERIES DEPARTMENT, DEPARTMENT OF THE ENVIRONMENT, COASTAL ZONE CZMAI, SAN PEDRO TOURIST GUIDE ASSOCIATION, AMBERGRIS FISHING ASSOCIATION, SAN PEDRO TOUR OPERATORS ASSOCIATION

Sandy Bradshaw and Friends Concert
SANDY BRADSHAW AND FRIENDS ' LOVE CONCERT OCTOBER 20th 2018 -7:30 p.m. At the BLISS CENTRE FOR PERFORMING ARTS-GET YOUR TICKETS NOW AT LA FASHIONS BOUTIQUE BELIZE ITY CYS MUSIC STORE BLISS CENTRE FOR PERFORMING ARTS. Enjoy a lovely evening with your significant other you can purchase a ticket to the Sandy Bradshaw and friends concert! I promise you will enjoy it. She has great lyrics that you can enjoy.

Channel 7

The Return Of “Rambo-town”
There was a broad daylight murder in Orange Walk Town this morning. Jose Medina, who was lying low in the town, was shot and killed a stone’s throw away from the house he moved to a few weeks ago. 
His girlfriend, Lucia Luna, who got injured in Medina’s street execution, is currently hospitalized in a critical condition. Residents say that Medina knew that he had a target on his back, and that he did what he could protect himself. But, at around 11:00 this morning, a shooter ambushed him right at the alley that leads to his house. 7News travelled to Orange Walk Town to try to find out what was behind this latest killing, and Daniel Ortiz tries to connect the dots in a dizzying succession of gang murders in that town. Here’s that story:

Man Survives Butane Explosion With Burns
Tonight a 65 year old resident of San Isidro village in the Toledo District is admitted to the Southern Regional Hospital with burns to his face and hand.  He should be home by tonight, but, the truth is, he is lucky to be alive after he survived an LPG explosion that completely destroyed his Ford van.   Around 6:00 yesterday, Jose Tomas Rosales was filling up his taxi van with butane when the tank inside the van exploded.  Police told us more: Insp. Wilfredo Ferrufino - CIB: "The 10th of October, Bella Vista police were called to San Isidro Village in the Stann Creek District. They had received information of an explosion at the butane gas depot, Garcia's Butane Gas Depot. On arrival they spoke to persons out there and they gathered that Jose Tomas Rosales, 65 year old taxi driver was at the gas depot putting butane in his 2004 Ford 350 van and whilst doing that he lighted a cigarette and that caused the fumes to spark..."

Fire Dept. Says Not So Sure of Cigarette Fire Starter
But the Fire Department isn’t so sure that he was smoking.  Today, operations officer Benesford Matura said they are still investigating:… Benesford Matura - Operation Officer, BNFS: "Apparently while filling the van, there was a flash, a leak somewhere with the butane and it flashed and caused the butane tank that was placed at the rear inside the van, behind the last seat to explode. The only person that got injured was the said owner and driver Mr. Rosales. He got burns basically to the upper body, face, two arms and his chest area."

BNTU Swinging For Stevedores
The utility workers came out yesterday saying they support the stevedores in their industrial dispute with the port of Belize.  And, now, the Belize National Teachers Union has done the same.   The BNTU sent out a release today saying “we at the BNTU fully understand…the frustration of stevedores…the BNTU stands firm in its continued support of our brothers and sisters of the CWU and wish them well on the road to finding a resolution to the current impasse….the BNTU…is prepared to take the necessary…action to ensure their negotiations conclude in a timely manner. We will not sit idly by and watch our brothers continue to be disadvantaged..”

Southern Caucus Called In to Leader’s Office
On Tuesday you saw the PUP Southern Caucus, and members of the Western Caucus forge out on their own - ahead of their party - to meet with the anti-ICJ Peace Movement.   When we asked them about whether it would displease their party leader - they clearly said that he was “ok” with it: Hon. Oscar Requena, Toledo West: "The party met and we had extensive discussions. Coming out of our national executive meeting the decision was made that we are going to vote our conscience. I think it is important that we lay that on the table, because the party leader has gone on record to say that we are all entitled to our own individual positions and we are making that out. As leaders we need to speak to other leaders in this country who I believe shares common interest, common issues and I think that is what we are doing today."

Decoding That Special Gift to City Hall
A Chinese businesswoman in Belmopan has had her special gift to the Belize City Council returned.  It was an envelope stuffed with fifty $50 dollar bills - nicely left on the city administrator’s desk on Tuesday.   The “gift” was reportedly from Liu Nan, the owner of Office Station an stationery and office supplies business in Belmopan.   The City Administrator Stephanie Garbutt handed the envelope over to the Mayor who wrote to Nan yesterday saying, quote, “this was not the first time you have attempted to leave a gift for her. The first incident she returned and asked that it not be offered again.  Additionally I have received reports that you stuffed a one hundred dollar not in the hands of our Park Manager after he received the garbage bags that we purchased from you.”

Mayor’s Meet on Hopkins Beach
The Mayor was not in the city to address the press today. He was in Hopkins village at a Mayor’s Association retreat.  They were there to learn about an review the child friendly initiative - which is to make municipal governance more inclusive. Minister of State for Local Government Dr. Carla Barnett told the government press office more:… Hon. Dr. Carla Barnett - Minister of State, Local Government: "Well the mayor's retreat is aimed at looking at the implementation of the sustainable and child friendly municipalities’ initiative; it's been an implementation since 2014. Several of the municipalities have been implementing projects and programs under this initiative. They've all established their child advisory board which seeks to involve the children in the design and implementation of projects."

Cops Mum On Bobby Garcia Murder Investigation
On last night’s news, we told you about the two male minors, ages 14 and 15, who have been arrested and charged for the weekend's strange murder of 19 year-old Bobby Garcia, a resident of San Ignacio Town. Our sources told us that the investigators got what is believed to be the murder weapon, and they recorded  a caution statement from one of the minors who confessed to the killing, saying that he participated in it as part of an initiation ritual to join an emo cult.  It is a matter of intense public interest, more so because the Cahal Pech Archaeological Site was used to kill this teenager, and so the press tried to get additional information out of police. But, today the police spokesperson didn’t say much:

Mile 8 Housebreaker Caught on Camera
35 year-old Mario Zelaya, a wood carver of a Raccoon Street Extension address in Belize City, was taken to court for breaking into a man’s home at mile 8 an a half on the George Price Highway. The incident occurred on October 8 at the home of 34 year old Manuel Castillo in  Sunset Park on the Western Highway - and it was caught on camera.   Castillo left his house along with his wife and their two children around 7:20 a.m., to go to Belize City. His house is equipped with two surveillance cameras that he and his wife can monitor via their cell phones. He said that at about 12:30 p.m., his wife called him and told him that she noticed that one of the cameras was pointed in the wrong direction. As you can see, it is barely capturing the image of the alleged housebreaker.

16 Yr. Sentence Whittled Down to 8 Months
Tonight, 26 year-old Oscar Maldonado, and 32 year-old Jewel Palma are at the Belize Central Prison serving out the rest their prison sentence for the 2009 killing of the Taiwanese businessman, Tsong Min Liou. Their sentence of 16 years was whittled down to 8 months by Justice Colin Williams on Friday.   Both men were charged with murder for Liou’s death, but they both pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of manslaughter.  Arriving to this sentence Justice Collin Williams said he took into consideration that they had pleaded guilty and saved the court time, that several character witnesses had testified on their behalf and that Maldonado was a minor when he committed the offence.

Riding For Prostate Health And Awareness
It’s Cancer Awareness month - and this weekend the focus is on prostate cancer in men.   That’s the object of the cancer ride - which is in its third year. Organizer Heather Reneau told us more:… Heather Reneau - Senior Administrator, BCS: "We have our prostate cancer awareness ride which coming up this weekend, it's called our cancer challenge and it takes place this Saturday leaving Drums of our Fathers in Dangriga and we go to San Ignacio, the Macal River Park and then we leave from the Benque border the following morning at 6 AM and we come to Belize. So yes it's a staggering journey but this ride was actually created to mimic what a person goes through when battling cancer..."

A Solider’s Solemn Funeral
Belizean born US soldier, Adrienne Barrillas was buried in Belize on Tuesday with a full US military honours. It made for quite an unusual scene at St. Joseph’s Church where she had also gone to school as a child.  Her casket also arrived in Belize with a full US Army escort. In late September, 22 year old Barrillas died under still unknown circumstances at a US military base in Seoul, South Korea where she was stationed. The report from the US military only said that she was found unresponsive and that her death was being investigated by the army’s Criminal Investigation Command.  Barillas had arrived in South Korea in 2017, as a water treatment specialist.  In a brief military career, she had earned the Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal and Army Service Ribbon. 

A Camp For Cleaning The Environment
In July, we told you about the “1st No-plastic, No- styrofoam Kids Summer Camp, 2018” held in Bullet Tree Falls, Cayo.  Fifty children between the ages of 5 and 16  participated. To show the community what they did, one week ago, they mounted an exhibit at the NICH House of Culture in San Ignacio Town. Here’s what it looked like:  

Channel 5

Gang War Intensifies as Another Gang Member Gunned Down in OW
Orange Police and the Orange Walk community are grappling with an escalating, internal gang war.  Another Back-A-Town Gang associate was gunned down in broad daylight this morning.  Twenty-one-year-old Jose “Duffy” [...]

Confirmation: Milo Paz Dies in Panama Plane Crash
The Paz family in San Pedro Town has received confirmation of the death of forty-nine-year-old Jose Milo Paz.  The veteran pilot and aviation pioneer died in a plane wreck in [...]

Elderly Man Injured in Butane Explosion in the South
An elderly man is recovered at the Southern Regional Hospital following an explosion in San Isidro Village in the Stann Creek District.  On Wednesday evening around six-twenty, Bella Vista Police [...]

Was Explosion Caused by Cigarette?
Independence Fire Department personnel responded to the explosion, which occurred approximately nine miles away from the station. On arrival, they spotted the thirteen-seater van completely destroyed by fire, but they [...]

Who’s Liable for Explosion?
While Morales is lucky to be alive, the situation could have turned fatal. The incident has brought into focus the need for safety measures to be exercised at butane gas [...]

2 Minors Remanded Until December for San Ignacio Murder
Two minors are behind bars tonight for the murder of San Ignacio teenager Bobby Garcia. Charges of murder and conspiracy to commit murder were levied on the under-aged high school [...]

Belama Resident Charged for Shooting of Thomas Ferguson
A twenty-six-year-old Belama resident was charged for the attempted murder of Thomas Ferguson. The nineteen-year-old Arlington Drive was targeted last Friday while talking to a friend a short distance from [...]

CitCo Gives Back $2,500 ‘Gift’
The Belize City Council says that today it returned the two-thousand five hundred dollars in cash that was left on the desk of City Administrator Stephanie Garbutt. Deputy Mayor Oscar [...]

B.N.T.U. Stands in Solidarity with Stevedores
Preparations are underway for another round of discussions in the days ahead, as the twenty-one day notice given to Port of Belize Limited inches closer towards expiration.  The impasse between [...]

UWI Honors Justice Manuel Sosa
President of the Court of Appeal of Belize, Justice Manuel Sosa, was among seventy alumni of the University of the West Indies who were honoured at the University’s seventieth anniversary [...]

Meet the Winners of the Belize District Fr. Ganey Quiz Competition
Two Belize City students will be moving on to the National Father Marion Ganey Quiz competition, which takes place on November twenty-third in Cayo.  The duo beat other students from [...]

Lifeguard Trainees Prepare to Become Instructors in First Aid and Rescue
A five-day course on lifeguard training is winding down at the Young Women’s Christian Association in Belize City. Taking part are women from the police department and the Belize Coastguard. [...]

Regional Utility Regulators Meet in Belize
The sixteenth annual conference of the Organization of Caribbean Utility Regulators is being hosted by the Public Utilities Commission here in Belize City.  Across the region, stakeholders in telecommunications, information [...]

Regulators Encourages Monetizing Development and Use of Mobile Apps
In respect of information and communications technology, there has been a shift toward the use of mobile applications such as Whatsapp and Snapchat.  According to Riviere-Smith, regulators are encouraging teen [...]

Regional Leaders to Meet to Talk Climate Change and Health
On Tuesday we reported on the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change one point five Report.  It spelled out a serious warning for the Caribbean and the rest of the [...]

Thunderstorm in Northern and Central Belize
There was thunderstorm activity on Wednesday night over central and northern Belize, while other parts of the country experienced winds of about thirty miles per hour and heavy rainfall. The [...]

San Antonio Women Group Preserving Mayan Culture
In San Antonio Village, Cayo, a women’s group exists which aims at empowering women and preserving the Yucatec Mayan culture by teaching visitors how to make handmade tortillas and pottery. [...]

Miss Universe Belize Jenelli Fraser on KTLA 5
Earlier today, Miss Universe Belize, Jenelli Fraser made an appearance on the KTLA Five News.  The recently crowned beauty ambassador will be representing the Jewel in the 2018 Miss Universe [...]

Healthy Living: Mental Health Fundraiser
A unique fundraiser is taking place this weekend. In this instance about a hundred persons are camping out at the Memorial Park throughout the night to experience what it is [...]

LOVE FM

San Ignacio Fire Station in deplorable condition
Social media, particularly, Facebook is the go-to platform to bring issues to light. Yesterday, the Area Representative for Cayo Northeast, Orlando Habet, posted pictures of what is supposedly the fire station for the twin towns of San Ignacio and Santa Elena, Cayo District. The pictures show broken plumbing, crumbling walls, deteriorating concrete and an environment …

Belize celebrates International Day of the Girl
International Day of the Girl – it is an observance declared by the United Nations with the aim to have the world remember, recognize and strive towards the empowerment of girls and their rights. In Belize, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), particularly the United Nations Sexual and Reproductive Health Unit along with the Special …

MISS SCUBA BELIZE TO REPRESENT THE JEWEL IN MALAYSIA
Belize is looking to take part in the Miss Scuba International pageant. It is new to Belize and is being led by former Mayor, Zenaida Moya. Sitnah Blease: “Several young Belizean women are currently preparing to represent Belize on the national level of pageantry in countries such as the Philippines, Bolivia or Thailand. The recent …

BELIZE CELEBRATES MENTAL HEALTH DAY
Today, October 10th, the Ministry of Health joins the international community to observe World Mental Health Day under the theme Young People and Mental Health in a Changing World. In Belize, youths accounted for 15% of the total consultations for mental health services over the last 10 years and anxiety accounted for 55% of those …

The Reporter

EVERYBODY HURTS SOMETIMES
By Mike Rudon Jr. – When your day is long…and the night, the night is yours alone. When you’re sure you’ve had enough of this life, well hang on! Don’t let yourself go, because everybody cries. And everybody hurts sometimes! – REM Today, of all days, I decided to write about depression. It’s not an easy thing to write about. It’s not an easy thing to describe. I’ve written a lot of these articles. But this may be the hardest yet – and that’s because I’ve written stuff, both personal and political which has been pretty incendiary and deep and raw – all that good stuff.

MURDER IN THE STREET IN ORANGE WALK
There has been confirmation from Police sources that the man murdered in Orange Walk this morning was well known gang figure Jose ‘Duffy’ Medina. According to reports, just after 11:00 am Medina was walking with a female when a gunman came up behind them and fired several shots.

MAYOR BERNARD WAGNER – SHOWS EXAMPLE TO MITIGATE CORRUPTION
Belize City Mayor Bernard Wagner has returned a ‘gift’ of $2500 left on the desk of City Administrator Stephanie Garbutt on Tuesday by the owner of Office Station, a business located in Belmopan. The money, in $50 bills stuffed in an envelope, was returned with a letter explaining that this Council will not accept such gifts, and asking that ‘Ms. Nan’ not do it again.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

BNTU supports the Christian Worker’s Union in their fight
The Belize National Teachers’ UnionB(BNTU) issued a statement today informing that they support the Christian Worker’s […]

BCCI Commends Anti-Corruption Action of Belize City Mayor
The Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry (“BCCI”) issued a statement this afternoon commending the […]

Cayman Island utility company trying to recover money stuck in Belize
Cayman Island-registered utility company, Consolidated Water, is reported to be considering selling its operations in […]

University of West Indies honors Justice Manuel Sosa
President of the Court of Appeal of Belize, Justice Manuel Sosa, was among seventy alumni of […]

Orange Walk murder victim identified
BBN has confirmed the identity of the man that was murdered in Orange Walk this […]

One dead in Orange Walk shooting
A shooting in Orange Walk has left one man dead and a woman injured. According […]

San Pedro woman dies in fatal traffic accident in North Carolina
A Belizean woman lost her life in the United States on Sunday. She has since been […]

Mayor Bernard Wagner refuses suspected bribery
At a time when the Belizean citizenry continues to demonstrate a distrust for public offices, Belize […]

Jermaine Matura, 26, jailed for shooting eyewitness in murder case
Belize City police have charged Jermaine Matura, 26, in connection with the shooting of Thomas Ferguson […]

Van explodes at gas station after driver lights cigarette
A taxi man is lucky to be alive after his van exploded at a gas […]

Blogs

The New Mirabs Department Store: WOW in Belize City
My alarm went off at 4:45am and then again at 4:50am. I do NOT get out of bed this early for just anything. But yesterday was something I’ve been looking forward to for a while. ESPECIALLY since I got a sneak preview less than one month ago and WAS NOT ALLOWED TO TAKE PHOTOS INSIDE!!! I knew that inside and out there is NOTHING like the new 100,000 square foot Mirabs Department Store anywhere in Belize. From the staff locker rooms to the restrooms to the date palms and the landscaping to the cushy chairs placed everywhere around the store – usually for the boyfriend whose shopping stamina is very low – this new store is gorgeous and so thoughtful. The details, big and small, are perfection. So rather than continue to talk…let me show you. From my 5:15am golf cart ride on, yesterday was a beauty.

International Sourcesizz

The 3 Easiest Places To Retire Overseas
One of the first questions to ask yourself when considering the idea of retiring to another country is: How local do you want to go? “Going local” means living among and like the locals, shopping where they shop, eating what they eat, and speaking whatever language they speak. The biggest and best known of the cayes offshore from mainland Belize is home to the biggest American expat community in the Caribbean. Life on Ambergris is all about the sun, the sand, and the sea, and the U.S. expats and retirees who’ve chosen to base themselves here couldn’t be more welcoming of like-minded beach-loving expats who make their way to this island to join them. You could show up on Ambergris any given morning and make a dozen expat friends in time for happy hour that afternoon.

10 Tips and Things to Know When Visiting Belize on a Cruise
The cruise port in Belize City is a nice jumping off point for cruisers eager to explore this interesting country. Belize is a hot spot for snorkeling and diving, with the Mesoamerican Reef and famous Blue Hole just off its coast. Inland, you can spend a day in the lush rainforests or venturing into the underworld of a majestic cave system. So, if you arrive to Belize on your cruise, you have several activities and highlights that you can put on your list to experience. Here are some things to check out and a few tips to help when you cruise to Belize.

7 Gorgeous Islands in the Caribbean That You Can Rent Out Completely
If solitude is your paradise, you might want to book a vacation to one of these dreamy private atolls—for as little as $200 per night. Gladden Island, Belize: Talk about the ultimate romantic getaway. This ultra-secluded speck of land is built for two with all of the amenities of a luxury resort. Situated in the Belize Barrier Reef System, Gladden Island is surrounded by sweeping views of aqua seas and perched on the edge of one of the most picturesque parts of the reef. Spend your days exploring the wildest parts of the waters on dive and snorkeling trips. Back at home, your personal concierge can schedule spa treatments and local meals prepared by celebrated guest chefs.

The Maya Sites: “Hidden Treasures of the Rain Forest”
Christian Schoen, the author was born in Freiburg, Germany. Traveling has always been a special experience for him. The passionate traveler and biologist refers to getting to know other cultures as “its lifeblood”. On numerous trips through southern Mexico, the highlands of Chiapas and the hot and humid jungles of Guatemala the globetrotter dipped deep into the ancient culture of the Maya. After publishing the highly successful blog project “Amazing Temples and Pyramids”, he decided to additionally publish his travel experiences in this book called: The Maya Sites: “Hidden Treasures of the Rain Forest”. This a very helpful book for those planning a trip, if you’re fascinated by the ancient Maya culture or trying to learn more about it, you definitely have to acquire this book. It features 90 color photos, 14 sketched maps and many more illustrations.

Why Are Most Caribbean Governments Dragging Their Hineys On A $500 Billion Industry?
As per usual, most Caribbean governments are lagging behind the 8th ball when it comes to the multi-billion-dollar industry of marijuana – a herb that easily grown in the region and has for many decades now. The snail like movement in some nations and the non-movement in most others, come as Vivien Azer, the only pot analyst from a major Wall Street research house, claimed this week that that the market could be one day worth $500 billion. This as debt in 12 out of 19 Caribbean nations remains above 60 percent of GDP according to the Caribbean Development Bank. That debt mark of above 60 percent currently suffered by the 12 Caribbean countries puts them beyond the danger sign for developed countries as set by the International Monetary Fund.

The Yucatan Peninsula holds archaeological treasures yet to be discovered
The people who live in the Yucatan Peninsula, integrated by the Mexican states of Yucatan, Quintana Roo and Campeche, have the belief that the soil of the region is so flat that behind any mound or hill there is a great probability to find archaeological remains, and many times this is the case alright. The rural community of Dos Aguadas, which belongs to the municipality of José María Morelos, in the Maya zone of Quintana Roo, is a clear example of this situation, here most locals not only have to guard their land but they also have to protect what lies beneath the lush vegetation. Dos Aguadas is located very close to the so-called Punto Put, which is where the states of Campeche, Quintana Roo and Yucatán come together, which make up the Yucatan Peninsula along with Belize and Guatemala.

Videos

  • Reform measures at the Belize Central Prison, 38min. Virgilio Murillo, CEO of Kolbe Foundation, spoke with us about the reform measures at the Belize Central Prison. He says that rehabilitation is the primary focuses and so they have implemented various programs to help inmates work on their personal development. He spoke to us about his experience with the detainees of the recently concluded stare of public emergency and talked about the challenges they confront when attempting to transform the lives of this demographic.

  • World Mental Health Day 2018, 23min. How good is your mental health? October 10th is celebrated as World Mental Health Day 2018. This year the theme focuses on the vulnerability of youths: "Young People and Mental Health in a Changing World." Activities will be held nationwide and includes a high school speech competition. We spoke with representatives of the Ministry of Health and The Welcome Resource Center about how mental distress continues to be undetected and untreated. They shared that the work continues in bringing awareness to this cause and that it has become an important part of their national strategy to improve the services for this population. On set: Juliet Simmons - Counselor, Mental Health Unit. Joyce Ellis - Administrator, Welcome Resource Center.

  • The Global Leadership Summit Belize, 21min. The Global Leadership Summit Belize takes place on 2nd-3rd November at the Bliss Center for the Performing Arts. The event hopes to inspire, equip and transform leaders globally to harness the power of influence. The 2-day summit will help participants to improve their individual capacity to influence and impact in their spheres of life. We spoke with members of Global Leadership Summit Belize about the speakers and their experiences. On set: Kerm Thimbrel - Chairman, Global Leadership Summit Belize. Tessa Usher - Sr. Executive Member, Global Leadership Summit Belize.

  • , min. Mirab has a new department store and today it opened for business, offering a high-end shopping experience. The Mirab store relocated from the Fort Street area to the Philip Goldson Highway where its one hundred thousand plus square foot store boasts a number of new additions to its product lines and departments, including the Ashley Furniture Home Store. Mirab says that to accommodate more customers and make the shopping experience comfortable and easy, they have also introduced several features for shoppers to take advantage of. Reporter Andrea Polanco attended today’s opening and tells us more about the impact of the new store.

  • Mirab Opens Its New Mega Department Store, 5.5min. Mirab has a new department store and today it opened for business, offering a high-end shopping experience. The Mirab store relocated from the Fort Street area to the Philip Goldson Highway where its one hundred thousand plus square foot store boasts a number of new additions to its product lines and departments, including the Ashley Furniture Home Store. Mirab says that to accommodate more customers and make the shopping experience comfortable and easy, they have also introduced several features for shoppers to take advantage of. Reporter Andrea Polanco attended today’s opening and tells us more about the impact of the new store.

  • Elito Arceo and Billy Leslie and Miguel Alamilla representing ACCSD on Open Your Eyes talking about Defending Cayo Rosario., 2.5hr.

  • Belize Zoo tour, 21min. Hey guys, In this video my husband and I got to go the zoo here at Belize and it was so cool to see all the animals here. This zoo is so different then back in the states.

  • Belize City, BZ - On the bus, 8.5min. Cool place, great food, cheap transit. Headed towards Corozal. Recorded this back in June on my way back from Guatemala.

  • Miss Universe Belize Stops by KTLA., 5min. Jenelli Fraser will represent Belize at the Miss Universe Pageant taking place in Thailand. It will air live December 16th on FOX.

  • Belize 2018, 5.5min. Visit to Belize and Tikal, Guatemala. Highlights include: Cahal Pech, Caracol, Xunantunich, Rio Frio Cave, and Tikal.

  • Chicken drop San pedro belize, 4min.

  • Belize/Vacation/Paradise/Trip/2018, 9min. Had an amazing vacation in my own homeland Belize

  • Sailing Belize - Hatchet Caye, 3min. atamaran family cruise in Belize - After North Long Cocoa Island, nice mooring in Hatchet Caye : island visit, reef exploring, beach bar, pelicans and fishes...

  • San Pedro Belize Kayak Fishing (using human fish finder), 9min. this is the perfect way to end the day.

  • 1962: Francisco Sagastume Ortiz trying a thing, 3min.
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