Today's Belize News: May 2, 2019 - 05/02/19 11:53 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
San Pedro Tiger Sharks one game away from NEBL finals
San Pedro Tiger Sharks are just one game away from the 2019 National Elite Basketball League (NEBL) Tournament’s finals, after defeating Dangriga Dream Ballers on Friday, April 26th. As the playoffs began over the weekend, the island team was able to strike first in the best-of-three semi-final games. On Saturday, May 4th, they will have the opportunity to seal their ticket to the 2019 NEBL’s championship as they face Dangriga Dream Ballers for the second time in a home game that will take place inside the Civic Centre in Belize City.
Burning Of Garbage Is Prohibited
The Department of the Environment (DOE) has been receiving increased reports of the burning of household garbage in both urban and rural areas. This prevalent but harmful practice greatly reduces the air quality for residents and threatens life and property from fires, especially around this time of the year due to the dry season.
Misc Belizean Sources
Paint N Splash
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New River Quest Registration is now Open
Take advantage of the Early Bird Registration! Early Registration starts at $35, Rate increases on June 1st.
Clean up mission this morning along the Consejo Road
While most of us took a day off and headed to our emerald green bay to celebrate our Labour Day Holiday, a couple of residents who have made Corozal their adopted home were on a clean up mission this morning along the Consejo Road, in an area, that is just a few hundred feet from the Corozal dumpsite. A total of two pick up truck loads were removed and taken to the dump site. Sue Paoletti was the organizer and plans to have a few more of these clean ups before the month's end. Thanks to everyone who came out to help under this scorching hot sun. This media blog is asking the general public to please use the dumpsite allocated for this purpose and not to create clandestine dumpsites.
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1962 NORTHERN MAYA HISTORY OF BELIZE
After the Maya Social war (Caste war) many Yucatec Maya rebels became Cane farmers in Belize . The Maya milperos and Cane cutters own no land. All the land was own by the company and the Mayero peasants where simply cane cutters . Before the events of 1963 when 80 arm men stop the tractors from working and they telegram George Price asking for land . This happen in 1962 .
House destroyed by fire in Burrell Boom
A house was destroyed by fire this afternoon. It happened in Burrell Boom Village in rural Belize. There are no reports of any injuries.
Women Abducted by Three Men
Two women were victims of an abduction which occurred last night. According to police, the women were inside a silver Toyota land cruiser, parked in front of a residence when they approached by three men. One of the men was armed. The men ordered the women to the back of the vehicle, got into the car and drove off. The women were tied up and abandoned in some bushes near Armenia Village along the Hummingbird Highway. The criminals got away with the vehicle valued $70, 000, a gold necklace valued $1,200, a Guess watch valued $500, one Ralph Lauren purse valued $800, along with other personal items. The women managed to break free and were later found by police.
Shooting in Belize City
Police in Belize City are investigating a shooting incident which occurred last night. Ryan Smith was with some friends socializing in a yard on Dolphin Street when he reportedly heard the sound of gunshots. No one was injured.
Bizarre Abduction At Gun Point, At New Residential Area
The Reporter has confirmed a bizarre incident last night. Sources tell us that two women were abducted last night from a residence in Sunset Park area along with a vehicle, by two men with guns.
Lionel Messi scores twice as Barcelona thrashes Liverpool in European Champions League semifinals
Argentine playmaker, Lionel Messi, took his total number of goals for Barcelona F.C. to 600 in fine style, scoring twice to leave last year’s beaten finalists Liverpool F.C. in a deep hole to climb out of after the first leg of the Union of European Football Association (UEFA) Champions League at the Nou Camp, Barcelona, Spain.
Police find pistol at a cemetery
Yesterday Belize City police conducted a search of the Lord Ridge Cemetery. There they discovered a .38 caliber pistol along with five live rounds of .38 ammunition.
Dolphin Street shooting leaves no victims
Just before midnight shots rang out on Belize City’s southside. Dolphin Street resident, Ryan Ian Smith, told police that he was socializing inside his yard at the time of the shooting.
Women abducted and robbed
Belmopan police are investigating a case of abduction. It occured sometime around 8:00 p.m. last night. Cinthia Ulloa, 28, reported that she was inside a Toyota Land Cruiser with her friend, Kristie Mejia, near mile 8 of the George Price Highway.
Lords Bank resident attempted to rob gas station with pellet gun
Authorities have detained a resident of Lords Bank, Belize District for attempting to conduct a robbery last night. Police report revealed that Mark Patnett attempted to rob Tomza Gas Station.
Degron Joseph “jacked” CitCo money at Michael Finnegan Market
20-year-old Degron Joseph has been charged for the theft of $930. The money is proceeds of the Belize City Council (CitCo) that was collected from vendors at the Michael Finnegan Market on West Collet Canal.
Cop is arraigned for harm upon his 20-year-old girlfriend
Another law enforcement officer is before the court for a domestic dispute. 25-year-old Leon Bradley of Gardenia Village, Belize District, was charged with harm and arraigned before Magistrate Emmerson Banner. He pleaded not guilty and was set bail of $500.
Peace Movement to collaborate with PUP to deliver a ‘NO Vote’ for May 8 referendum
“Today, me and P.U.P. da friend!” exclaimed member of the Belize PEACE Movement and political leader of the Belize Progressive Party Patrick Rogers, speaking to Breaking Belize News at the conclusion of a meeting with Leader of the Opposition People’s United Party John Briceño Tuesday evening at his headquarters on the Philip Goldson Highway.
Future events Happening In May in Corozal
Maryhill's Grand Annual Maypole Fair 2019. Sunday, May 12, 2019. Alan British Honduras/Belize Stamp Collection. One Day Exhibit inside The Corozal House of Culture. On, Friday, May 3, 2019. From 9am to 3pm. Basic FIRST AID/CPR COURSE Friday, May 10, 2019. Location: Catherine Kelly Center, Santa Rita. Please Join us for our First Corozal District Sustainability Conference. Saturday, May 11, 2019. Corozal House of Culture. 10am-1pm. Mother's Day Celebration is being organized by Corozal Town Council. Sunday, May 12, 2019, at Mothers Park at 3:00PM.
Mysterious 1,500 year old skeleton of a Mayan queen is discovered in an underground Guatemalan pyramid alongside a sacrificed HUMAN CHILD
- The complete skeleton of a Mayan queen from 1,500-years-ago has been discovered in a pyramid hidden in the Guatemalan jungle. Excavation of the three pyramids in the complex also unearthed a child's decapitated skull buried in a deep well. Archaeologists suggest a deeper tomb in the pyramid where the queen was found may also contain the body of her husband. The discoveries will be shown in the first episode of a new National Geographic documentary that starts this Sunday May 5.
TOO MUCH SUN
The Caribbean region promotes itself to the world as the paradise of sun, sand and turquoise blue seas but extreme drought conditions in the past eight months or so have pushed people in the region to ironically complain about too much sun. Even before 2018 hurricane season had petered out around October, regional weather experts had pointed to the presence of an El Nino dry season that has led to drought conditions in countries from Suriname and Guyana on South America’s northern coast to as far as Belize in Central America. Belize is a member of the CARICOM bloc of nations. The drought has caused severe water shortages in many countries, forcing authorities to provide potable water by trucks and tankers to bring relief. Bush and grass fires have broken out daily with fire services officials in Suriname and Guyana especially complaining of attending to up to 30 incidents daily.
Quintana Roo’s sargassum nightmare is back but without funds for it
A huge tide of sargassum has once again invaded shores of the Caribbean, including some of Mexico’s most popular beaches. But despite the magnitude of the problem, the federal government has not allocated the funding that has been requested to deal with it. According to the Cancún sargassum monitoring network, 30 countries, territories and protectorates are forecast to receive massive amounts of sargassum, including Mexico, the United States, Cuba, Honduras, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Belize, Colombia, Panama, Haiti, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Jamaica and the Bahamas among others. So far in Mexico, the beaches of the Riviera Maya in Quintana Roo have been the hardest hit, including Playa del Carmen, Tulum, Cozumel, Puerto Morelos the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve, Othón P. Blanco and Bacalar.
15,000 Wild Jaguars Left, Humans Must Work Together Across Borders to Protect
In early April the mutilated body of a jaguar was discovered in Mexico's Yaxchilán Natural Monument. Researchers investigating the death quickly concluded that the animal, which had been tracked in neighboring Guatemala since 2015, had crossed the border and fallen prey to wildlife traffickers, who may have taken its head for sale on the black market. Deaths like this, when a jaguar crosses the border from a protected area into a different country, may have something to do with the big cats' plummeting populations, experts worry. Today the wide-ranging jaguar (Panthera onca), which once lived throughout South America and north into the U.S., is considered a threatened species. Conservation groups estimate there are only 15,000 wild jaguars left, mostly due to poaching and deforestation.
FTC shuts down largest real estate scam ever
The word “sanctuary” brings to mind comforting places – an oasis, a nature preserve, a port in a storm. That’s probably why it was chosen as part of the name of a luxury real estate development that turned out to be anything but any of those places. In November, a federal district court granted the FTC’s request to shut down a massive real estate investment scam called Sanctuary Belize that took in over $100 million. Located in the Central American country of Belize, it was also marketed under other names, including Sanctuary Bay and The Reserve. The umbrella organization was Sanctuary Belize Enterprise or SBE and it was the largest real estate scam the FTC has ever busted. Promoters advertised through commercials and infomercials on Fox News and Bloomberg news, as well as through seminars.
Southwest Offering Flights Starting at $49 Around the U.S. and $71 to the Caribbean
Southwest Airlines is back with another flash sale, - $141 flights from Houston to Belize City.
Detecting Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease
A coral disease that was first documented in Florida is now being reported in some parts of the Caribbean. A new guide from MPAConnect seeks to help Caribbean marine natural resource managers who are responsible for priority coral reef marine protected areas to be on the alert for this disease and to detect whether it is occurring on their coral reefs. Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease spreads rapidly and affects some of the slowest-growing and longest-lived reef-building corals, including the iconic brain corals, star corals and pillar corals. Scientists are uncertain about the cause of the disease, but it appears to be water-borne and can be spread by contact.