Today's Belize News: December 21, 2018 - 12/21/18 11:54 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
Belize Media engages with Guatemalans on the territorial dispute
A group of Belizean journalists concluded a visit to Guatemala City, Guatemala on Wednesday, December 19th. The purpose of their trip to the country was to determine the Guatemalans’ sentiment and gather opinions from officials ahead of the upcoming referendum in Belize on whether to take the Guatemalan territorial claim to the International Court of Justice (ICJ). The three- day media tour started on Sunday, December 16th, and included meetings with former politicians, the general public, Guatemala’s Tribunal Supremo Electoral (TSE) (Elections and Boundaries) and members of private institutions, the business and judiciary sector.
Images of Ambergris Caye by Tony Rath
A new collection of images, spanning 20 years and focused on Ambergris Caye, have been put together in a stunning new book titled ‘Images of Ambergris Caye.’ Photographed by Tony Rath and produced via Cubola Productions, the new book captures island life through the eyes of one of Belize’s best photographers. The grand unveiling was held on Wednesday, December 19th at the Parham Plaza Hotel in downtown San Pedro Town, Ambergris Caye. Cubola declares it “an exquisite visual journey, a lasting testimony to the beauty and diversity of [a] special Belizean island.” Featuring island faces, idyllic beach shots, aerial views of the blues of the waters off the reef, wildlife, lifestyle shots, and classic island life photos, the details are marvelous. Island lovers will agree that while it is hard to define just what makes Ambergris Caye so attractive to many, this book gives you an idea!
U-15 and U-17 Male and Female Teams compete in 5-A-Side Football Tournament
Many island residents enjoyed the 5-A-Side Football Tournament held at the Angel Nuńez Auditorium on Sunday, December 16th. San Pedro Town Council organized the football tournament along with San Pedro High School teachers and the Island Citizen Sporting Club and saw the participation of various male, female and under-17 and Under 15 teams competing for the championship. In the female category, the championship went to Caye Caulker Strikers, while the male category champions were E & L Warriors. The champions in the U-15 male category were the San Pedro Sea Wolves, and Terror Squad became the champions in the U-17 male category.
Choking loggerhead turtle rescued from pufferfish
It was supposed to be just an ordinary evening out on the water, sailing aboard the Felicity on a sunset cruise. However, as tour guide Carlos Soto found out, always expect the unexpected! About 400 feet away from the main Hol Chan Marine Reserve he and Captain Horace Bladen noticed splashing and a struggle in the waters ahead. Fearing that someone was drowning, they drew closer, but their keel would not let them get close. It was close enough, however, that they realized it was a loggerhead turtle in distress. Soto thought the turtle was choking on a piece of plastic, but to everyone’s surprise, when the culprit was finally removed from the loggerhead’s windpipe, it was a pufferfish. “We were surprised, but also glad it wasn’t plastic,” said Soto. “The rangers did a great job of removing the fish from the friendly loggerhead, and we’re glad that he will continue to greet our visitors for years to come.”
Santa Claus is Coming to Town (San Pedro Lions Den!)
Bring out the children for a day of Christmas cheer! Sunday December 23rd, 4PM at the SP Lion's Den. Tickets available.
Speaker of the House of Representatives of Belize Meets with the President of the Central American Parliament
On Saturday, December 15th, 2018, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Belize City, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Honourable Laura Tucker Longsworth, met with the President of the Central American Parliament (PARLACEN), Honourable Irma Amaya, who was in Belize attending the SICA Meeting. The aim of the meeting was to commence a dialogue between both parliaments in an effort to establish an inter-parliamentary relation in areas relating to politics, economics, environment, education and culture.
Golf cart rentals using up public parking areas
The already congested Barrier Reef Drive, in the heart of San Pedro Town, is getting worse with the addition of golf cart rentals relocating to the busy street. Residents are unhappy with the rental companies that are using the public parking area to keep their golf cart fleet. They believe that public parking areas should not be overwhelmed by these businesses, and instead keep their rental fleet in their garages from where the vehicles can be delivered to their clients. The local authorities from The San Pedro Town Council have not commented on the issue, even though they held a meeting with golf cart rental companies in 2017 to address traffic-related issues.
How Lovely is this Couple? Happy 65th Anniversary to don Lucito and Angelita Guerrero! Ambergris Today and the community of San Pedro extend warm and cheerful greeting to don Lucito and dońa Angelita Guerrero as they celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary today, December 20, 2018. Pillars of the community and members of the founding families of Ambergris Caye, this lovely couple is truly admirable, to say the least. We extend them warm wishing and blessing during the holidays and many more beautiful years together. Don Lucio is 88 years old and dońa Angelita is 83 years old. They have six children, 2 girls and 4 boys, 16 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren, WOW!
Misc Belizean Sources
A Taste of Corozal Christmas
Colcha is excited to share with you the launch of A taste of Corozal Christmas Competition at our Christmas Bram 2018. Registration is free with attractive cash and trophy prizes! Sunday, December 23, 2018 at 7 PM – 8:30 PM, Corozal Central Park.
Power outage 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. on Friday, December 21
To affect portion of Placencia Peninsula from Miller’s Landing to Placencia Lagoon Estate and surrounding areas. BEL to reconfigure voltage regulator in the area.
El Festival del Pueblo San Lazaro
This little Maya girl of 5 years from San Lazaro spoke in Spanish, English and Yucatec Maya. Introduce her self,counted and told the importance of speaking different languages. She presented at El Festival del Pueblo San Lazaro.
Rumpopo on Caye Caulker
The last orders of rumpopo will be for this Sunday. Comment below to place ur orders now!
The Hol Chan Marine Reserve (HCMR) is inviting applications for the Post of Marine Reserve Ranger
This is an exciting career opportunity to become part of a professional cadre of Reserve Rangers tasked with ensuring the protection of our natural assets and marine life within the Hol Chan Marine Reserve.
Happy 65th Anniversary Don Lucito & Angelita Guerrero!
Mayor Daniel Guerrero, the San Pedro Town Council and Staff would like to wish a Happy 65th Wedding Anniversary to Mr. Lucito and Mrs. Angelita Guerrero. May God keep blessing you with lots more happiness together.
ACES: This has been a pretty bad week for wildlife calls
Saturday was interrupted with kids stoning a croc who was just trying to sunbathe and warm up after the cold spell. Sunday saw construction workers from a large resort macheting and stoning a raccoon in the lagoon next to a seawall. The disgusting bastards then stood around watching the poor critter drown as he succumbed to his wounds. Monday was relatively quiet, but Tuesday we were alerted to kids trying to catch the croc by the bridge. When we arrived a tourist struggling with a dangerous lack of common sense was there with her camera on a tripod, she informed us there’s a large croc in the pond and that the very young kids with her were splashing around in the shallows trying to catch a small croc for her to take a picture of!!!! Yesterday was another report of kids stoning a different croc while he basked in the sun. This morning a lovely couple called us after confiscating a small furrowed wood turtle from children who were dropping and throwing rocks at the poor creature, cracking its shell. But the highlight of this disappointingly miserable week would be the discovery of a decapitated croc found at secret beach, drifting towards shore with her head and tail macheted clean off.
Paradise Theater playing this weekend:
First Man, Halloween, Christmas Vacation, El Royale, Elf, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. *At 7pm on screen 2 each night we will be playing a different classic Christmas movie .. as per requests in the inbox .. Please note First Man starts at 6:50 and Halloween 9:05*
PC Cucul Killed, Was It An Old Vendetta?
The Punta Gorda community is in a state of shock tonight after 34 year old police officer Modesto Cucul was murdered about two miles from the San Antonio Police Station. His body lay sprawled on the road side next to his pickup, with clear signs of a gunshot to the face and midsection. Meanwhile his wife, 35 year old common law Anlavidia Cal of Maya Mopan Village, Stann Creek, is at the hospital suffering from a gunshot wound. We are told that Cal, who is the sole witness to Cucul's execution style murder, is currently listed in a stable condition at the Punta Gorda Town Hospital.
Hon. Elrington Says He was Misquoted On Invasion Line
One week ago, Foreign Minister Wilfred Elrington caught us all off guard when he said it was a possibility that Guatemala could invade Belize - if we vote no to the ICJ. Earlier this week when we asked Elrington's former colleague Carlos Raul Morales about it, he was very surprised and dismissed the possibility out of hand. Well, today Elrington responded to Morales's shock. He blamed the media for twisting his words. For context we first air Raul Morales's reaction:... Marleni Cuellar, Reporter: "In a recent interview he has said that there is a risk that Guatemala may invade Belize if we vote no."
Former Guat Congressman Asks Why Belize Signed Special Agreement
And while Elrington will not relent from the position that he was misquoted - another Guatemalan politician we spoke to questioned why Elrington signed the special agreement in the first place. Cesar Augusto del Aguila is a former Guatemalan Congressman, and now a practicing attorney and talk show host. When we told him all the misgivings Belizeans have about going to the ICJ - and the uncertainty of what Guatemala will claim - he asked why we signed the special agreement in the first place: Cesar Augusto del Aguila, Former Guatemalan Congressman: "I can't say exactly because I don't have all the relevant documents on hand. What I can say is that there is an issue that if we don't resolve it in this century it will have to be resolved in the next century..."
Elrington Dismisses Diputado's Perspective
Responding to that characterization today, Elrington said his comments are irrelevant: Hon. Wilfred Elrington: "The special agreement is simply and agreement entered into between the two countries to take the matter to the ICJ. That's a pre-requisite. The special agreement has nothing to do with the claim other than it authorizes the ICJ to hear the matter. Hs nothing to do with Belize's borders, where they are stated, where it is positioned - had nothing to do with it..."
Why Guatemala Wins With a "No"ť Vote
And while Elrington dismisses Aguila - he supports the comments made by Pablo Hurtado. He's the Executive Director of the Guatemalan Think Tank named "Asi Es". He confirmed what we've been reporting all week; that Guatemala is very happy with itself for voting yes to the ICJ - and very happy with the 26% turnout - since it was the largest turnout ever in a Guatemalan referendum. And, if Belize votes "no" in its referendum - it will be even better for them:..
Attorney Fighting Extradition
It's been about 10 months since we last reported on the extradition proceedings against attorney Andrew Bennett. The US Government has made an extradition request, and they want him to be sent to the District of Puerto Rico to stand trial for 7 counts of money laundering. The American authorities say that they have evidence that he took a backpack containing 250,000 dollars from one of their agents, who was posing as representative of a fictitious drug cartel with Colombian and Puerto Rican ties. They allegedly also have evidence of the conversations between Bennett and this agent about this money, in which it was made clear to Bennett that this organization was looking for a money laundering operation, and that Bennett allegedly offered to provide the service.
Too Many Missing
Anisha Young, Iverson Neal, Benson Butler, Greg Dillon, Milo Paz, Ruby Portillo and her baby, Gerardo Vasquez. These are just a few of the people that have gone missing over the past couple months. Just gone without a trace and the cases continue to mount. Today at the bi-weekly press conference the police addressed this concerning increase in missing person reports. ASP Alejandro Cowo advised the public to report to the police as soon as they realize their loved one is missing. ASP Alejandro Cowo, CIB - Eastern Division: "It is of paramount importance for the police that whenever there is a missing person, where any loved one is missing, that you do not need to wait for any time to report the matter to the police. There is no immediate time or specific time for you to report a missing person. That can be done five, ten minutes after you have not seen the person, and we encourage that the best time for you to report is as soon as you are aware of it and do not wait..."
Anisha, 11 Days And Nothing
Now, one of the more puzzling missing cases is Anisha Young. It has now been 11 days since she has gone missing and no significant leads have materialized. Police told us more today. ASP Alejandro Cowo, CIB - Eastern Division: "We received a lead yesterday. We were in the vicinity of the old Northern Highway by the Maskall road where we did an extensive search in the area, but it lead to nothing. Any little lead that we get, we are following it up." Reporter: "Is there is any report or any sign that there is hope of finding her with any life?"
Butler Missing for 18 Days
The other missing person's case is of 53 year old Benson Butler. He left his 8 miles home on December 2nd to run some errands and hasn't been seen since. Police gave us what they have so far in this case. ASP Alejandro Cowo, CIB - Eastern Division: "If you recall Mr. Butler was always seen by the Shell Gas Station repairing tires on an old vehicle. So, we are urging the public if anybody has any assistance or information or have seen Mr. Butler, to kindly inform us, so that we can assist the family with these missing people's investigations."
Cops Says Iverson Neal Hiding, Not Missing?
And finally in the case of Iverson Neal, there are conflicting reports regarding his whereabouts and police are trying to sort through all of them. But police seem to be more optimistic about this case saying that they believe Neal is alive, hiding out somewhere. Here's more. ASP Alejandro Cowo, CIB - Eastern Division: "We spoke to the family members on Wednesday and they are coming with differentâ€¦everybody is coming with a different story and that is something that the police is looking at. We know that the last sighting of him was at El Rancho in the Belmopan area. We believe that he is still alive..."
PC Pandy's Tragic End
Today at the bi-weekly briefing, police gave their official statement on the San Antonio Road accident that claimed the life of PC Kenyon Pandy. Police confirmed that Pandy lost control of the vehicle and it flipped - killing him and injuring his passengers. Here is more. ACP Joseph Myvett, Head, National Crimes Investigation Branch: "Punta Gorda police responded to an information of a road traffic accident between miles 85 and 86 on the Southern Highway in the area of Dump. Upon police's arrival, a brown Toyota Corolla was observed on the left hand side of the road, in the bushes with extensive damage to its front portion. Initial investigations revealed that the vehicle which was being driven by Kenyon Pandy, 27, police officer attached to Belmopan police formation..."
Benque Shooting Victim Warned Police
There is no clear motive in the shooting of Benque resident Robert Galvez. Although Galvez recognized his attacker he could not say why the shooter would want him dead. Here's more from police. ACP Joseph Myvett, Head, National Crimes Investigation Branch: "Benque Viejo police responded to a shooting incident on Churchhill Street at the residence of Roberto Galvez, where upon arrival, they were informed that Mr. Galvez had received several gunshot injuries and has already been transported to the San Ignacio Community Hospital. Initial investigations revealed that sometime around 9:40 pm Mr. Galvez arrived at his home on his motorcycle where he was met by a Hispanic male person dressed in dark clothing who fired several shots towards his direction..."
A pair of robbers held up the Tomza Gas Station security guard in Ranchito Village. It happened yesterday evening after 6:00. Here is more. ACP Joseph Myvett, Head, National Crimes Investigation Branch: "Corozal police was called to the Tomza Gas Distribution in Ranchito Village, where upon arrival, they met one Ricardo Neal, 20 years watch man, who reported to police that some time around 6:15 pm he was approached by two Hispanic male persons..."
Which Is the Real Guatemalan Map?
As you've been seeing in the news since the start of the week - we interviewed a whole lot of folks over in Guatemala City earlier this week. But we couldn't get a single one of them to tell us what portion of Belizean territory the Guatemalans are actually going to claim, when they go to the International Court of Justice, and what is the official position on the map of Belize. Former Foreign Minister Carlos Raul Morales says Belize is included in the map of Guatemala with a dotted line as a matter of law. But according to former congressman Cesar Augusto del Aguila, The map of Guatemala does not contemplate the Belizean territory. Here's how he put it:
Economic Upliftment Projects In Guatemalan Border Communities
And while the official position on the map remains unclear, on the ground, efforts are being made to make good fences and good neighbors. The Guatemalan Consul in Benque Viejo told us about ongoing projects in border communities to promote economic wellbeing and discourage incursions into Belize: Edgar Chan, Guat. Consul General - Benque Viejo: "We have a program - through the Ministry of Agriculture - several projects are being done in various communities, first sustainable development projects..."
Cannabis Cultivators Charged For 3 Inch Tree
Tonight, 2 cousins, 20 year-old Erwin Lanza, and 21 year-old Edward Ferguson, are facing huge fines after they pleaded guilty being in possession of a marijuana plant, and an illegal firearm. At around 7:30 yesterday morning, police executed a search at the cousins' home in Lords Bank. They found a .22 pistol and a three inch marijuana plant growing on the verandah. Police arrested and charged both of them with marijuana cultivation and keeping an unlicensed firearm. They were arraigned today before Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford, and both Lanza and Ferguson pleaded guilty to the marijuana cultivation charge.
Mentally Ill Man Gets Off
A man accused of sexually assaulting two minors walked away a free man today after he was found mentally unfit to stand trial. Towards the end of August 2018, 34 year old Daniel Howard of Mahogany Heights was accused of inappropriately touching two minors in a village on the George Price Highway. He was arraigned back in August and was remanded to prison without bail. At his arraignment, Howard's mental stability was called into question. As a result the magistrate ordered a psychiatric evaluation. The evaluation concluded that he was effectively unfit to stand trial. As a result his charges were dropped and he walked home a free man today after spending four months in prison.
The Salvation Army's War for Christmas Cheer
850 needy people received Christmas food hampers today thanks to The Salvation Army. These packages include many non-perishable food items and were handed over to different families at The Salvation Army's 3 Belize City locations. The care packages were made possible by donations from numerous businesses and the general public. We spoke with Major Joliker Leandre from The Salvation Army about the sharing event. Major Joliker Leandre, Commander, Salvation Army: "Well, as you would have noticed, we have kettles all over the place and persons go into various stores, drop in coins and checks and whatever they have. And that is the accumulation of everything; everyone's contribution made it possible today. We have started with distributions from the 6th of December and we are continuing until the 29th of December, so, after Christmas we'll still have distributions..."
Buh-Bye Butterball, Local Turkeys Only This Year
You may have already purchased your turkey for your family's Christmas dinner, but in the event that you haven't, Quality Poultry says that they have plenty of birds to supply the entire country's needs. They tracked last year's demand for turkey, and anticipating that the market will be just as busy if not more, they made sure produce more than last year. Today, the company's Belize City Branch manager told us that are only selling local turkey this year:
PC Modesto Cucul is Murdered Near Crique Jute
On November second, PC Osbourne Martinez was murdered in the line of duty in Belize City when robbers shot at him on Regent Street West. This morning, in southern Belize, [...]
Search along Old Northern Highway is Fruitless, Still No Signs of Annie
Another futile attempt at locating the remains of twenty-three-year-old Anisha Young, despite investigators following all leads forwarded to the C.I.B. office in Belize City. On Wednesday, officers combed an area [...]
Ivor Neal – Gone Without a Trace
There is also very little progress to report on the disappearance of Ivor “Iverson” Neal. The whereabouts of the KBH security guard is unknown since he was last seen a [...]
Benson Jerry Butler is Reported Missing
Fifty-three-year-old Benson Jerry Butler is also missing. The resident of West Lake Area of Western Paradise Village left home en route to Belize City to run some errands around eight [...]
Don’t Wait to Report a Missing Person!
There are at least seven other persons reported as missing across the country. In respect of an ostensible increase, the police department has come forward to inform the public that [...]
Failure to Pay Hotel Tax – Golden Tree is Shut Down Indefinitely
Golden Tree Hotel on Coney Drive, a popular getaway in Belize City, has been shut down by the Belize Tourism Board. Officials from B.T.B., accompanied by officers from the police [...]
A Different Approach to the Referendum Campaign in Guatemala
In the months before Guatemala’s referendum in April this year, a number of non-governmental agencies took the lead in a “YES” vote campaign. One private sector group, however, had to [...]
S.I.B. Releases November’s Economic Figures
The cost of living dipped marginally in November, as consumers prices went down by point zero two percent. That’s according to the Statistical Institute of Belize which has released the [...]
Andrew Bennett Goes Back Before the Chief Magistrate
Attorney Andrew Bennett was back before the lower court today where he is presently fighting an extradition request by the U.S. government. It is alleged that the lawyer participated in [...]
Official Report on PC Pandy’s Fatal RTA
Today police gave the official report on the accident that claimed the life of one of their own, twenty-seven-year-old Police Constable Kenyon Pandy. Pandy is the first officer to perish [...]
Hitchhiker Hubert Taylor Charged with Murder
Good Samaritan Marcus Ack was driving his vehicle when he stopped and picked up a man whom he recognized. That hitchhiker turned around and stabbed Ack to death. Police have [...]
7 Expended Shells Recovered from Shooting Scene in Benque
A Benque Viejo resident is luckily to be alive after he was shot four times to the body and head on Tuesday night. Roberto Galvez was ambushed as he returned [...]
Robbers Strike in Ranchito Village
With Christmas around the corner, criminals are on the loose. At around six-forty-five on Wednesday night, robbers who were not wearing masks held up a man at a gas depot [...]
Woman Robbed of Her Purse in Ladyville
Another robbery took place in Lord’s Bank and the victim is a female resident. According to the victim, she was walking along with a family member when she came under [...]
B.F.F. Booted From Gillnet Task Force, Replaced with B.C.F.A.
Social partner senators Mark Lizarraga and Osmany Salas have written a letter to Fisheries Administrator Beverly Wade, demanding an immediate moratorium on the issuance of permits for the use of [...]
B.F.F. Concerned Over Composition of TASA Board
The Belize Federation of Fishers was also booted from the Turneffe Atoll Sustainability Association Board and, according to Nigel Martinez; it was because they were asking the right questions. The [...]
B.F.F. Claps Back at B.C.F.A.
The Belize Federation of Fishers has been very vocal regarding several developments in the fishing industry. When the B.F.F. first called out the Gillnet Task Force for not carrying out [...]
Light and Peace Blocked from Competing in the NEBL
Hundreds of Belize City youths have received some sort of professional training by the Light and Peace Basketball Foundation. The foundation, for more than a decade, has been hosting basketball [...]
Where to Get Your Ham for the Christmas
It is the time of the year when families are looking forward for the traditional Christmas meal: ham, turkey and the trimmings. Even if your meal doesn’t include the bird, [...]
850 Families Benefit from Salvation Army’s Hamper Programme
The Salvation Army’s Christmas programme started with the yearly Kettle Appeal. Earlier this month, the organization hosted a party for deserving children in the city. Today, they topped it off. [...]
Salvation Army Distributes Xmas Hampers
The Salvation Army hosted its annual Christmas party for youths in Belize City a few weeks ago. Today the Salvation Army gave out food hampers at its headquarters on Regent Street in Belize City. Love news spoke to Salvation Army’s Regional Commander Major Joliker Leandre, Regional Commander about the initiative at this time of year. …
Police Officer Murdered, wife shot
Two officers have lost their lives over the past few days. On Tuesday Police Constable Kenyon Pandy, who was attached to the Belmopan Police Formation, was killed in a road traffic accident. Just before 12 this afternoon, a police officer was murdered. The officer, Marcus Cucul and his wife were shot. It is unclear if …
53-year-old man goes missing; family and police call on public for help
And as police address the matter of missing persons, there is a new report. 53-year-old Benson Butler has been reported missing and police seek the public’s assistance in locating him. ASP Alejandro Cowo Head of CIB, Belize City: “Mr. Marlon Kissling a Belizean truck driver of 28 West Lake reported that the 2nd of December …
Coast Guards assist in promoting sustainable fishing
The Fishing Industry is an essential part of the Belize’s economy and there are fishing regulations in place to sustain the industry. In this regard, various patrols take place on a regular basis at sea to ensure that fishermen are in compliance. Captain Elton Bennett, the Vice Commandant of the Belize Coast Guard shared the …
Police believe Iverson Neal may still be alive
23 year old Iverson Neal is among the list of people who have been reported missing and remain missing. Neal was last seen a week ago near El Rancho located in the outskirts of Belmopan City. Police said that they have maintained communication with the family and are too following on leads. ASP Alejandro Cowo …
CRC Ambassadors donate hampers to 10 families
Today, the Convention on the Rights of the Child, CRC, Ambassador, an armed of the National Committee for Families and Children, NCFC, in collaboration with the Ministry of Human Development helped put smiles on ten families’ faces by donating hampers to help make their Christmas brighter. Love news spoke with Michael Fritz, the Public Relations …
Coast Guards were treated to a Christmas Luncheon
Belize is a transit country for narco trafficking, money laundering, and human trafficking. Thirteen years ago, the Belize Coast Guard added its strength to the security forces and since then, it has been patrolling the rivers and sea to help curb crime. Today, the Belize Coast Guard held its annual Christmas luncheon and the organization …
PC Pandy lost control of vehicle says police
At the police press briefing in Belize City on Thursday, the death of Constable Kenyon Pandy was addressed. Police are saying that information gathered indicate that Police Constable Kenyon Pandy lost control of the vehicle he was driving, leading to his demise. As has been reported, 27-year-old PC Pandy was driving a brown Toyota corolla …
Police continue to look for Anisha Young
ASP Cowo said investigators also continue their search for Anisha Young who remains missing. ASP Cowo says that their latest lead took them to the Maskall Village area but officers found nothing there. ASP Alejandro Cowo Head of CIB, Belize City: “We are still working on that, we received a lead yesterday and we were …
Senators join call for ban of gillnet fishing
There is another pressing issue facing another important but often misunderstood fisheries sector. The managing of Belize’s natural resources is sometimes seen as a conservation versus a need for employment along with local consumption and export. This has led to discussions on banning the use of gillnets, a divisive measure in the NGO community with …
THE MONSTER INSIDE
By: Mike Rudon Jr. You want brutal honesty. People don’t like drunks. That is the truth. And I don’t blame them. Hell – I don’t like drunks either. I’ve lost some pretty decent people who couldn’t handle me under the influence. Sober, I’m a hell of a guy. High, I’m barely bearable. Drunk, I’m an idiot. It’s as simple as that. A few people tolerate us. A few people pity us. A few people openly scorn us. But nobody likes us. There’s nothing to like.
POLICE OFFICER AMBUSHED AND KILLED IN TOLEDO
This morning at approximately 10am a police office assigned to the Belmopan Police Station was ambushed and killed near the village of Crique Jute in the Toledo district. Sources say that the Policeman’s wife was also injured by gunfire, but her condition is unknown at this time. The Officer has been identified as Modesto Cucul, who was acquitted of murder charges in 2014 and re-enlisted in the Department.
Belizean travel book becomes #1 best seller in Canada
When you want to explore one of the top destinations in the world, Belize is a […]
Corozal minor charged for drug trafficking
A minor from Corozal has been charged for drug trafficking. On Tuesday, December 18, 2018, police […]
New report finds that white-lipped peccaries have been eliminated from 87 % of their historical range
A new study done by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), El Colegio de Frontera Sur, Washington […]
Armed thieves rob gas attendant in Ranchito
Police are investigating a robbery report in Ranchito, Corozal. Last night, a gas attendant told police […]
2 men charged for cannabis cultivation and unlicensed gun
Police have detained and charged two men for cannabis cultivation and an unlicensed gun. According […]
Taiwanese Embassy donates $20,000 for new Hillview Park in Santa Elena
On December 12, the Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan) donated $20,000 to Cayo Central […]
Cold front expected today
The National Meteorological service is reporting thata cold front is expected to cross Belize later today. […]
Guatemala gives anti-corruption researchers 72 hours to leave country
Today, in an official Gazette from the Guatemalan government, it was confirmed by that country’s Immigration […]
Tony Rath’s Photo Book of Ambergris Caye Launches on One Gorgeous Day
Yesterday, the recent cold front* broke and the weather was absolutely GLORIOUS. Breezy, cool in the shade, hot in the sun, sparkling blue perfection. It all made perfect sense. Because Tony Rath – Belize’s premier photographer – was in town. To unveil, with Cubola Publishing, his new photo book of Ambergris Caye. ALL AMBERGRIS CAYE looking absolutely gorgeous.
Preserving forests in Belize – Chocolate that doesn’t cost the earth
Cacao agroforestry farms... Many of us will enjoy tucking into some chocolate over the festive period. But how many of us will think about where it has come from? Cacao farming in forest systems – known as agroforestry – can be a sustainable option for producing the raw material that feeds our chocolate obsession. Fauna & Flora International’s long-standing partner in Belize, Ya’axché Conservation Trust, works with over 80 small-scale cacao farmers within the Maya Golden Landscape, a patchwork of community and private lands and protected areas, to adopt climate-smart agroforestry. In these farming systems, cacao is planted, along with spices, fruits and tubers, beneath wild trees. This practice allows cacao to be cultivated within the forest and enables degraded, treeless areas to be rehabilitated under the farming system. With trees providing much-needed shelter for shade-loving cacao, well-managed agroforestry farms can be productive for more than 25 years.
Belize charts sustainable, trade-led course for its fisheries
Belize is looking to diversify its fish catch to include red snappers and groupers, and not just lobsters and conchs, after holding its First National Stakeholder Workshop on Ocean-based Sectors in Belize City on 28–29 November. The central American country is tackling the challenge of guaranteeing food security and jobs in its essential seafood and fisheries sectors while maintaining the integrity of its marine environment. The workshop, supported by UNCTAD and the United Nations Division of Oceans Affairs and the Law of the Sea (DOALOS) in cooperation with the Commonwealth, gathered together about 25 stakeholders from state authorities, the private sector, and regional intergovernmental organizations to map out a strategy for two ocean-based sectors: The sustainable use of species of finfish (not shellfish) from the sea, and Seafood production that adds value to meet demand for processed goods.
Scarlet macaws stalked by wildlife traffickers in Guatemala
Travel the pathways of what was once the Mayan world, and you’ll see images of the scarlet macaw, appearing at bus stations and on advertisements for hundreds of tour operators. But for this emblematic species, its own pathways for moving and surviving seem to be closing. The last corridor for the scarlet macaw in Latin America crosses Guatemala, Belize and Mexico. It’s here that this species is fighting against the continued loss of habitat caused by forest fires, the expansion of farming and the appearance of new human settlements. And on top of all that, it faces an ongoing siege by the wildlife traffickers who target its young. Environmental organizations consulted by Mongabay in the three countries estimate there are fewer than 1,000 scarlet macaws remaining in this corridor. However, it’s believed that a greater number are kept as pets, bought on the black market. Even some high-ranking officials have been found in possession of the birds.
Peccary’s disappearance foreboding for other Mesoamerican wildlife
The white-lipped peccary (Tayassu pecari), a hairy, pig-like mammal that once lived throughout the forests of Central and South America, now only skitters around in 13 percent of its former range, according to a report released in November 2018. More than two-thirds of white-lipped peccary populations are on the decline, said scientists who met to discuss the future of the species in an August 2016 meeting in Belize City, Belize. That’s concerning, they warn, because peccaries are sensitive to hunting and deforestation. Thus, their disappearance could be a harbinger of the future loss of other wildlife. “No species represents the plight of the forests like the white-lipped peccary, which is now teetering at the edge of existence due to habitat loss and hunting,” Jeremy Radachowsky, an ecologist who directs the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Mesoamerica program and participated in the assessment, said in a statement. “We need to take immediate action to save Mesoamerica’s last wild places and their incredible wildlife.”
25 Ancient Places That The World Clearly Neglected (And We're Thankful For)
Evidence of ancient civilizations lie in countries all over the world and can be a humbling reminder of how even the most powerful empires can come to an end. There are a lot of sites around the world that offer visitors a unique peek into the past and one is often left to wonder what kind of people built the architectural marvels that have withstood the test of time? One of the most popular attractions in Guatemala, Tikal lies just two hours away from the border of Belize. Tikal is home to a majestic Mayan site, home to one of the largest archaeological sites and urban centers of the pre-Columbian Maya civilization. Tikal is an ancient village that still has the ruins of a number of architectural structures that showcase the customs and culture of the time. Among some of the ruins are pyramids, palaces, residences, administrative buildings, platforms, temples, and towers that reach over 70 meters high. The entire ancient village of Tikal was designated a UNESCO world heritage site. (cahalpech)