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Today's Belize News: February 24, 2020

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Today's Belize News: February 24, 2020 - 02/24/20 12:38 PM


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Specials and Events

Last night's TV news on Channel 7, Channel 5, LOVETV, PGTV, Reef TV, KREM, and CTV 3. Also with the most recent Open Your Eyes, Belize Now, Talk Ah Di Town, and other specials.


The San Pedro Sun

Wolfe’s Woofer: Coincidence
“I’ll have a beer,” I told the bartender. Since I had to stay overnight in Belize City, I had treated myself to the Ramada Princess Hotel so I could lose some money in their casino. My noon flight back to Ambergris Caye was two hours away and I was thirsty. When a man took the […]

Hon. Omar Figueroa Sworn-in as Substantive Minister for Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment and Sustainable Development
Dr. Hon. Omar Figueroa was sworn-in by the Governor General H.E. Sir Colville Young on Thursday, February 20th as the substantive Minister for Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment and Sustainable Development.

Doctor Love: Sister in Law
"If the divorce is nasty, your sister may not be very amused if the two of you get together. Are you prepared for the battles ahead should you partner with your bother-in-law and your sister becomes your adversary? How will family gatherings be approached?"

Belize is one of the First Countries to Support New Global Alliance “30by30”
The 30by30 initiative is a call to action for at least a 30% target of the global ocean to be under protected status as marine protected areas by the year 2030. This call was first made by the Government of the United Kingdom at the United Nations General Assembly last year, at which Belize was represented by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Honourable Wilfred Elrington.

Action movie to be filmed in San Pedro Town
The first Belizean action feature film is set to be produced in San Pedro Town by three Belizean filmmakers. Titled ‘Machiste’s Gold’, the film is expected to be a high-end production, highlighting Belizean talent, and shaped by the services of an international filming crew that will see the end product compatible with international standards.

Belize is removed from the EU List of Harmful Preferential Tax Regimes
The Government of Belize has been informed that the recent amendments to both the Income and Business Tax Act and Tax Administrative and Procedure Act on December 23rd have been positively assessed and the ECOFIN Council has agreed to remove Belize from the EU list of harmful preferential tax regimes (Annex II).

Belizean attorney Lisa Shoman selected as a judge to the Caribbean Community Administrative Tribunal
One of Belize’s senior and top attorneys, Lisa Shoman was selected to be a judge of the independent regional judicial tribunal, Caribbean Community Administrative Tribunal (CCAT).

Various Belizean Sources

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Illegal road near Riverside
The village of Riversdale calls for an immediate removal of a road that was layed on top of black creek north of the village . No consultation with the village you blocked and entire creek that’s at some places are 100 ft in width and over 25 feet in depth with a huge lagoon that opens up. Home to so many different species of land and marine creatures.

FAKE COVID-19 NEWS According to DIrector of Health Services
Director of Health Services for Belize Doctor Marvin Manzanero has said that there are no suspect cases of COVID-19 and there are absolutely no cases of the virus. But that has not stopped a fear campaign of fake news. So far 82 persons have shared a post from a Facebook group claiming there are COVID-19 cases in Belize. The post was made by a profile account with the name Daniel Sukpen with friends in Africa and none in Belize. The "suck pen" individual has also turned off commenting on the post.

First National Spanish Spelling Bee for High Schools
The first ever National Spanish Spelling Bee for High Schools was held at Sacred Heart College Auditorium on 21st February, 2020. The idea originated was few years ago as an inter school competition at Our Lady of Guadalupe High School in Belmopan. Last year, a committee was formed and the contest was held comprising 7 high schools in the Cayo District and 1 from the Belize District. This year, the committee ventured to take the initiative to the national level. A total of 15 high schools participated, including schools from Corozal, Belize, Cayo, Stann Creek and Toledo Districts. Students from 1st and 2nd Form competed and at the end of a very rigid competition, Jimena Aguilar from Sacred Heart College emerged as the winner. Beverly Blanco from Mount Carmel High School placed second and Karla Vasquez from Belmopan Methodist High School placed third.

Pueblo Nuevo Ferry closed until Tuesday
Ministry of Works has announced that our Pueblo Nuevo Ferry will need further repairs and therefore, it will re-open on Tuesday, February 25th.

2nd biobarda is almost finished in Cayo
Thanks, Rotary!

2020 DJ Championship
The 2020 DJ Championship will be in Belmopan on the 27th, and at the CAYO Welcome Center on March 7th. Wonder if there will be a La Ruta Maya Theme?

BFREE BZ needs Summer volunteers
BFREE is now accepting applications for summer volunteer field assistants! There are two and three-week options available in June and July. Volunteers will receive training through hands-on field-methods with professional visiting scientists and researchers as well as learn from BFREE staff how a biological research station runs.

Amandala

Wagner’s Lane resident, Shane Budram, 43, shot dead
Last night, gunshots rang out on Wagner’s Lane shortly before midnight, claiming the life of Shane Budram, a longtime resident of the street.Budram, 43, was confirmed dead on arrival at the KHMH.

Shooting on Rio Bravo Crescent leaves 1 dead and 1 hospitalized
Two persons were shot on Rio Bravo Crescent last night. They have been identified as Ezekiel Usher and Joyce Edwards. Usher passed away while undergoing treatment. Edwards remains hospitalized in stable condition.

Over 10,000 march with the PUP
PUP bring out its biggest crowd in years. Marchers estimated to have exceeded 10,000.

The Reporter

Editorial: February 23rd. 2020
After reading the apology of sorts from former Minister of National Security, Mr. John Saldivar, this newspaper has concluded that Belizeans now have a serious responsibility to revamp or change completely the parliamentary system which we currently use to govern our country.

Why The U.D.P Needs Tracy?
The once mighty UDP has collapsed under its own weight of corruption, ineptitude and arrogance. The two men who so desperately wanted to lead the UDP have both fallen victim to the intrigues of Dean Barrow.

2 Separate Rape Incidents Reported Out West
Police are investigating two reports of rape from early in the weekend, one in Camalote and the other in Cotton Tree. The first report was received before midnight on Friday.

Saturday Night Shooting Leaves 1 Dead
Police are investigating the shooting of three persons in Belize City last night. Just after 10:00 cops were called to the KHMH where they saw Joyce Edwards, 61 and Ezekiel Usher, 33, and a third un-named person suffering from gunshot injuries.

Mike Peyrefitte Is New Minister of National Security
Attorney General, Senator Michael Peyrefitte, who was sworn in two Sundays ago as the UDP’s new Chairman, is also the country’s new Minister of National Security.

BDF Soldier Shot in Belize City
A Belize Defence Force (BDF) soldier who recently passed out during the January intake is hospitalized at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital after he was shot multiple times on Monday.

A HELL OF A MESS, SAYS BRICENO
PUP leader John Briceño on Friday weighed in on the situation with the United Democratic Party, currently unable to find a leader to replace Dean Barrow, who must demit office during or at the end of this term.

ACP Vidal To Head Investigation
Commissioner of Police Chester Williams told the media on Friday that he has appointed Assistant Commissioner of Police Marco Vidal to head the investigation into any allegations of corruption made against former Minister of Police John Saldivar during the ongoing trial of Lev Derman, accused fraudster.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

John Briceño hints at more lawsuits for Government; doubts senior policeman can investigate ex-boss Saldivar
In a post-rally press call, John Briceño, leader of the People’s United Party (PUP) said […]

People’s United Party floods Belize City with blue wave, demands the Government’s attention
If there was any doubt we are in political season, this past week has ended […]

Police Commissioner has full confidence in Marco Vidal’s ability to investigate Lev Dermen’s Belize connection
Police Commissioner Chester Williams said today that he has the highest confidence in Assistant Commissioner […]

PUP rally underway at Battlefield Park
With a crowd that would have been the envy of Antonio Soberanis and George Price […]

Estimated 10,000 turn out for PUP demonstration, party’s largest gathering in years
Supporters, standard bearers, Area Representatives, and former Government officials of the PUP are marching the […]

PUP takes it to the streets
The People’s United Party (PUP) is hosting a demonstration through the streets of Belize City […]

One sought in rape and domestic incident in Cotton Tree
A traumatized girlfriend says her partner insulted, threatened and then brutally assaulted her late on […]

One held in alleged rape of Camalote teenager
Police have detained one Camalote man pending investigation of alleged rape of a teenager on […]

Universal Hardware’s Family and Friends Day a huge success!
Universal Hardware’s 10th Annual Family and Friends Day was a major success. Over 2,000 people […]

Team “Core” takes the 2020 “Boom to the City” canoe race
Team “Core” took the first place spot in yesterday’s “Boom to the City” canoe race, […]

Blogs

North Caye Caulker: Two Places to Stay, Happy Destiny and Blu Zen Resort
While they are not on the beach – you can walk/golf cart ride down to Koko King Beach Club or take the boat to the village or…just hang out at your own pool and then read in your day bed and then…repeat. They are RIGHT behind the resort where I did stay called Blu Zen Resort that shocked me from the minute I walked off the boat onto their dock. Large and modern and sparkly new. Really really beautiful…take a look.

Horseback Riding to Xunantunich Maya Ruin in Belize
Disconnect from the world for a bit and become one with nature. Mount on a beautiful horse and trot through the storybook jungles of Belize, gentle Mopan River and arrive at your destination, the Maya ceremonial Center of Xunantunich. Saddle up as you go on a slow-paced and relaxing ride through the jungle trails. Witness the gorgeous wildlife and countryside of Belize: tropical birds, fragrant wild orchids, beautiful butterflies, flamboyant trees, pungent spices, and secluded waterfalls. Learn about the history of the ancient Mayan empire as your experienced tour guide takes you to see the fascinating Xunantunich Maya Ruin and towering El Castillo pyramid.

Top 6 Water Activities in Belize
Belize is the perfect playground for an aquatic, adventurous spirit. Belize’s year-round warm the Caribbean Sea is a water-lovers heaven on earth. Discover some of the top water activities to do in Belize.  Belize has the second largest Barrier Reef outlined with hundreds of islands and cayes. It also has luscious rainforests with rivers and underwater Maya cave systems. Without a doubt, it is a country rich in vitamin sea and water sports. Here is a listing of the top 6 water activities to do in Belize.

Hopkins or Placencia: Which Belize Destination is Right for You?
If you’re planning a trip to Belize, should you head for Placencia or Hopkins? Both locations make ideal base locations for your favorite Belize adventures. Both give you access to beautiful beaches, the Belize Barrier Reef, Maya ruins and nature excursions. In both Placencia and Hopkins, you can find lodging options that range from low-priced motels to family-run guesthouses to full-service resorts. Which one is right for you? That depends on the type of getaway you prefer.

Snorkeling the Hol Chan Marine Reserve in Belize
We didn’t really have any expectations or even a real idea of what we would see, all we knew was that we were not going to miss out on snorkeling the second largest barrier reef in the world … AGAIN! Last year, we only stayed in Caye Caulker for two nights, underestimating how great snorkeling the barrier reef is, we opted to skip it and do the ATM cave on the mainland instead. However, after hearing so many backpackers rave about the Hol Chan Marine Reserve, we regretted not going snorkeling. So when we somehow found ourselves back in Caye Caulker last week, we knew what we had to do!

International Sourcesizz

2020 Atlantic hurricane season: List of tropical cyclone names
On Saturday, it will be exactly 100 days from the start of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season. It is never too early to begin preparing: Last year, the first named storm of the season formed ahead of the June 1 start date. The National Hurricane Center has the lists of names for the 2020 through the 2024 seasons.

Concacaf Under-20 Championship
Belize clinched their first points of the qualifiers when they blanked Saint Martin 4-0 in the other game of the group. Wilfredo Galvez put them ahead in the 21st minute, a lead which held until the half-time whistle. Belize then dominated the second half with Alwin Zelaya doubling his side's advantage in the 68th, Jesse August adding a third in the 76th before Ian Pou put the finishing touches on in the 90th minute.

Videos

  • PUP’s supporters gather at the Battlefield Park in Belize City.…, 40min.

  • PUP Demonstration, 2hr13min.

  • PUP National Demonstration Against Corruption from…, 2hr13min.

  • PUP DEMONSTRATION, 51min.

  • San Pedro Carnival Video, 2min.

  • San Pedro Carnival Video, 7min.

  • Carnaval Painting Day 1 just starting, 4min. Come out and have fun!

  • El Gran Carnaval de San Pedro- Comparsas Dance Presentations!, 1min.

  • Belize July 2018, 17min.

  • BÉLIZE 2020, 20min.

  • Snorkeling in Belize, 4min. This was our first day of snorkeling in Belize. I was very nervous because the last time I went snorkeling, I almost drowned. It went sooo much better this time thanks to the guides at Hamanasi Adventure and Dive Resort.

  • West Valley Community College Biodiversity Tour, 12min.

  • Belize 2018, 13min. What an amazing scuba diving and adventure travel trip this was for all. Here is a video you're welcome to share with family and friends sampling the great experiences and dives we had while on our adventure in Ambergris Key, Belize Nov. 2018

  • Swimming with Sharks in Belize, 3min. We caught a Snorkel tour to Hol Chan and Shark Ray Alley right of the dock at our VRBO in Ambergris Caye, Belize. The Barrier Reef is the second largest in the world and makes for great diving and snorkeling.

  • Placencia, Belize Feb 2020, 7.5min. Sailing catamaran in Placencia Belize Feb. 2020. Attending Sailors Jamboree 2020 (organized by Polish Yacht Club Chicago) .

  • Belize Dive trip 2020 4K, 31min. Dive trip on the Belize Aggressor IV January 4th to 11th 2020.

  • Boom to City 2020: NICH team: Efrain, Alex, Felix Cruz, 1min.
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