Today's Belize News: October 16, 2018 - 10/16/18 11:12 AM
Last night's TV news on Channel 7, Channel 5, LOVETV, PGTV, and CTV 3. Also with the most recent Open Your Eyes, and other specials
The “Bliss” to Undergo Renovations
The National Institute of Culture and History is pleased to announce that The Bliss Center for the Performing Arts has been earmarked for primary renovations to the roof and upgrades to the Air Conditioning system. The Bliss Institute is a theatre, museum and gallery in the cultural center of Belize City named after Belize’s most known benefactor Baron Henry Edward Ernest Victor Bliss. The original construction on the Southern Foreshore of Belize City started in 1953 and finished one year later. The architectural design was done in what was then considered a modernist international style. The building consisted of a library, an auditorium, an exhibition area and reading rooms. The gallery for the auditorium resembled the prow of a ship.
Misc Belizean Sources
Invest 94L Heading Our Way
Looks like more wet weather coming our way. INVEST 94L No indication of rotation, but with multiple ITCZ swellups like this, and if it moves northwards, then the Coriolis effect can cut in and cause a cyclonic storm to form. This is close to us, so will not be a Tropical Storm on Belize, but it could follow MICHAEL in a similar way, if it gets into the Gulf.
Regional Fisheries Ministers Approve Climate Change Protocol
A Protocol on Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Management in Fisheries and Aquaculture was approved for CARICOM States during a recent high-level meeting of the Ministerial Council of the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM). At the 8th Special Meeting of the CRFM Ministerial Council held in Barbados last Thursday, during the Caribbean Week of Agriculture, the ministers approved the protocol to the Caribbean Community Common Fisheries Policy (CCCFP), which promotes cooperation and collaboration among Caribbean people, fishers and governments in conserving, managing, and sustainably using fisheries and related ecosystems, as well as improving the welfare and livelihood of fisherfolk in the region.
MAN SHOT NEAR BWS OFFICE
There are confirmed reports that a man was shot moments ago near the BWS main office in Belize City. He has been identified by family members as Elroy Saldano. Sources say he has been rushed to the KHMH in critical condition, and we are told that he has gone into surgery. We’ll provide more information as we get it.
ANOTHER MISSING CHILD – Shamily Danielly Tillett, 14,
Jasmine Alert has issued a missing person’s notice for a minor from August Pine Ridge in the Orange Walk District. Shamily Danielly Tillett, 14, was last seen in the village on September 24 when she told family members at home she was leaving to go to the internet cafe. The notice from JA also calls the name of a man from the same community who family think may be with her.
Caribe 2018 Cycle Race RESULTS – Dominican Republic – Men’s Elite
1st. Place Michael Stanislas of Martinique (France) 2nd. Place Arias Perez Carlos of Cuba 3rd. Place Augusto Sanchez of the Dominican Republic. 16th. Place Giovanni Lovell of Belize 27th. Place Robert Liam Stewart of Belize Under 23 Category 11th. Place Kieon Rabateau of Belize
Man killed in Yabra
A man was shot dead in Belize City tonight. BBN is aware of his identity but will wait for his family to be informed before disclosing that information.
Belize participates in 18th Caribbean Cycling Championship
On Saturday, the Belize Cycling Federation sent out a national selection to compete at the Caribbean Cycling Championships in the Dominican Republic. In the women’s category, Kaya Cattouse and Alicia Thompson were sent to represent the country.
Moist weather to continue
A relatively moist easterly airflow will continue to dominate our weather. Cloudy skies with some showers, and a few thunderstorms are expected today. The wind will blow from the East to Northeast at 10 to 20 knots.
Man shot again in Belize City
A man was shot minutes ago on Belize City’s southside. He has been identified as Elroy Saldano. According to reports he was somewhere near Belize Water Services when he was shot.
Tropical disturbance being closely monitored
The National Hurricane Center is monitoring a tropical disturbance in the Atlantic. Showers and thunderstorms associated with a broad area of low pressure located just offshore of northeastern Honduras continue to show some signs of organization.
New political party to be launched in Belize
In the next few weeks, a new political party will be unveiled in Belize. While the name has not yet been finalized as yet, leaked information suggests that it will be named, “The Will of the People.” Information to BBN is that former UDP Area Representative, Derek Aikman, will be the party leader and prime minister if this party is successful.
Belize City cop victim of hit and run
Police Constable, Wilbert Chi, was knocked down by a vehicle this morning in Belize City. According to reports, sometime around 5 a.m., he was on a motorcycle near the corner of Vernon Street and Central American Boulevard when a vehicle knocked him down from behind.
14 year old teen missing in Orange Walk
Jasmine Alert has issued a missing person’s notice for a minor who has been missing for 21 days. The minor, identified as Shanily Tillett, 14, was last seen at her home in August Pine Ridge Village, Orange Walk, on September 24. According to reports, she had indicated to her family that she was going to an internet cafe in the village.
House destroyed by fire
Police are investigating a fire that destroyed a home yesterday. Around 8:53 am yesterday, police went to Western Avenue, Belize City and saw a 2 bedroom wooden structure measuring approximately 15ft by 20ft completely engulfed in flames.
Authorities investigating murder in Mahogany Heights
Police are investigating the murder of the son of a senior police officer. This morning around 1:45, police went to an area near Mahogany Heights and La Democracia Village where they found the body of a man.
Uncle rapes minor in Corozal
Corozal police are investigating a report of rape in Concepcion Village. A 14-year-old minor accompanied by her mother reported that on October 13, 2018, about 6:30 a.m., her uncle raped her at a family residence in Concepcion Village.
American retiree found dead near a swimming pool in Corozal
Police are investigating the death of an American retiree in Corozal. Last night around 9:15, police went to the home of Robley Smith Rigdon Jr. on 6 miles Consejo Road, Corozal and found the body of a retired American woman.
German national raped and robbed
Police are investigating a report of rape in the Cayo District. A forty-four-year-old German woman told police that about 10 pm on October 12, she caught a ride on a motorcycle with a man after socializing.
Finding Luxury in Belize
Belize's rise in popularity has motivated developers and hoteliers to transform the once hiker’s haven into an ultra-luxe destination with new high-end resorts debuting projects over the next couple of years: Debuting as the first-ever Marriott International Autograph Collection property in the country, Alaia Belize is a boutique community resort and residential property opening in 2020. Inspired by Mayan architecture, Leonardo DiCaprio announced plans for a wellness-focused eco-resort on 104-acre island to debut late 2018. Scheduled to open in 2021, Four Seasons Caye Chapel will debut as a resort and residential community located on a private island around 16 miles from Belize City. Itz’ana Resort and Residences is a boutique property that opened in 2017 with deluxe suites and beachfront residences as well as exclusive amenities, such as negative-edge pool, Rum Room, jewel-box sized bar and more.
Gorgeous Weather, Clearing Beach and The Quarry: Holiday Weekend On Ambergris Caye
The past few days have been glorious. The air a bit crisper…the periwinkle clouds extra puffy and the sargasso gone! So…I took a bunch of pictures and this morning, visited an interesting spot on the Caye – The Quarry. Here are some photos from Sunday morning yoga at Ak’Bol Eco Resort (about 2 miles north, Ambergris Caye). Heavenly. Next…I’m heading north to the Quarry. This quarry was started a few years ago to build the road north – and has been going STRONG ever since. It is private land and you’ll see BIG trucks filled with rock and sand running north and south. They are coming from the Quarry – about 9 miles north.
Project shines light on turtle activity
Conservationists captured more than 250 green turtles as part of a research programme this year. The Bermuda Turtle Project team caught 259 green turtles and a hawksbill turtle in their efforts to monitor the population and find out about their behaviour. Environmental officers and biologists from Belize, Brazil, Colombia and the United States were involved in the project with the Bermuda Zoological Society and the Sea Turtle Conservancy. The BTP, which has been running since 1968, has that sea turtles arrive in Bermuda at a very young age and spend up to 20 years as juveniles on local seagrass flats and reefs.