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Today's Belize News: February 27, 2020

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Today's Belize News: February 27, 2020 - 02/27/20 12:19 PM


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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

San Pedro Tiger Sharks defeated by Belize City’s Digi Defenders, fall to second seed
The National Elite Basketball League (NEBL) is mid-way through its regular season after hosting a series of games during its seventh week. The San Pedro Tiger Sharks and Belize City’s Digi Defenders were both tied at 4-1 for the first place spot in the competition. During the match on Friday, February 21st, The San Pedro Tiger Sharks fought hard for a win, but fell short against Belize City’s Digi Defenders 101-88.

Changes in the Pump Price of Fuel Products
The Ministry of Finance announces that effective Wednesday, February 26, 2020, the pump price of two fuel products will change.

Ministry of Health Advisory No. 4 – Update on COVID-19
The Ministry of Health continues to monitor the global situation in relation to COVID-19, which has now spread to 34 countries outside of mainland China. The World Health Organization and Center for Disease Control have reported a decrease in the number of cases in mainland China.

Ambergris Today

Carnaval Day Three: Las Barbies - Sei Sei Bei Parranda!
Carnaval 2020 ended with a bang as the two comparsas group gave it their all and danced their hearts out and paint revelers were out in the park having much fun painting and dancing! Dona Flora's Group theme was "Las Sirenitas" and they wore brightly colored costumes and head pieces and gracefully danced in full carnival spirit! Los Barbies without fail shook what their momma gave them as they danced to a fun Garifuna beat – Sei Sei Bei! They were in high spirits singing and dancing and having so much fun entertaining their audience.

Ministry Of Health Continues To Monitor Global Situation On COVID-19
The Belize Ministry of Health continues to monitor the global situation in relation to COVID-19, which has now spread to 34 countries outside of mainland China. The World Health Organization and Center for Disease Control have reported a decrease in the number of cases in mainland China, particularly in Wuhan Province; however, it is anticipated that the number of cases outside of China will continue to rise.

Various Belizean Sources

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The Book ‘Spirit Fire Light’ by Sean TaegarLaunched
‘Spirit Fire Light’ by Sean Taegar was launched on Saturday February 22nd 2020. Copies of ‘Spirit Fire Light’ are available at the Image Factory Shop in Belize City, Amazon or directly from Sean, you can call 628-1561.

Cost of Production Survey Design and Business Modelling for Small Farmer Public-Private Partnership for Value Chain Workshop
The Ministry of Agriculture in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) hosted a one-day workshop on Cost of Production Survey Design and Business Modelling for Small Farmers under the project “Sub-regional Capacity building in Sustainable Food Systems and Value Chain Development”. The training sessions focused on developing financial cost of production models surveys for small, medium, and large tilapia farms. These sessions also aimed to support and improve technical and financial advisory to farmers.

San Pedro Carnaval
Carnaval 2020 in San Pedro opened with a spectacular show and block party as the San Pedro Town Council hosted its annual Carnaval Fiesta Block Party at the Central Park! The street was decorated with booths that sold delicious food, from snacks to our Belizean favorite rice and beans. There were also booths that had refreshing drinks to compliment your savory snack. The kids favorite were the large and colorful bouncy houses which definitely captured the kids attention. The children also lined up and anxiously waited for their turn to get their face painted by local artist AJ Torres. Kids enjoyed the masterpieces on their face as they excitedly smiled with a butterfly or a dinosaur on their face.

San Pedro Power Outage Feb. 28
Power outage 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. on Friday, February 28 to affect portion of San Pedro Town, Ambergris Caye: entire Coconut Drive, Seagrape Drive and portion of Escalante Subdivision. BEL to relocate power lines in the area.

The location of the linguistics Maya groups around the 1500s
Languages like Yucatec Maya,Itza Maya and Mopan Maya are very similar. They are from the Yucatecan branch.

Cabax bu'ul
Cabax Bu'ul is a well known dish between the Yucatec Maya (Máasewal) elders of Northern Belize. This Cabax Bu'ul is from the Maya village of Patchakan Corozal.

Paint N Splash
See you this week at from 2-4pm Thursday to paint “Crab Time”.

2020 CARICOM Art Competition
Calling all artists to submit their artwork for this year's CARICOM Art Competition!

New River: Public Information Session
he public is hereby invited to a Public Information Session at the Gala Lounge on Friday, March 6th, 2020 starting at 6:00 pm in Orange Walk Town. The Department of the Environment (DOE) along with key stakeholders will present on the current conditions of the New River, update on the work that has and will continue to be conducted by the DOE and other partners. Additionally, there will be a presentation on the results of studies conducted to understand the river dynamics in order to plan and strategize on efforts to restore the ecosystem health of the New River.

Unveiling of The municipal Surveillance Security Camera System in Corozal
Mayor Rigoberto Vellos and The Corozal Town Council led a brief ceremony at the Corozal Town Hall this morning to unveil features of the town's first security surveillance system. Invited guests were Javier Francisco Gutierrez (Belize View), and Officer in Charge & Inspector of the Corozal Police Formation, Denis Lopez. The Corozal Town Council partnered with Belize View, a local Belizean company coming out from the Cayo District, that specializes in security, surveillance cameras, and IT. Belize View donated 12 cameras to the town council at a cost of $25,000.00.

The schedule for the 2020 Belize National Research Conference (BNRC) is out
Are you interested in the latest research in Belize? Here is the list of presentations and posters to be featured at the Belize National Research Conference! The 2020 BNRC will take place on March 25 and 26, 2020 at the San Ignacio Resort Hotel, in San Ignacio, Cayo, Belize.

The 2020 La Ruta Maya Belize River Challenge is just over a week away
The New Sensation Band will be performing on Thursday night for the big LRM Kick-off Party. They'll have fireworks. Check out the line up of artists and DJs and make sure join in on the celebrations as we cheer on the paddlers!

There's a Naked and Afraid episode in Belize, and it's being shown on Sunday
The 7th episode of Naked & Afraid we helped produce here in Belize will air on Sunday at 9PM (Belize) on Discovery Channel! It's veteran survivalist Kim Kelly vs. the deep jungle of Toledo. Will Kim make it 21 days naked and alone?

Hon. Dr Omar Figueroa Emerging as UDP Leader Elect?
Channel 7 is reporting that in yesterday’s meeting almost all of cabinet threw its support behind Hon. Dr Omar Figueroa as the consensus candidate for UDP party leader elect. This comes after last week’s meeting with 31 UDP Representatives & their delegates in which 21 representatives asked both recent leader elect John Saldivar and his defeated opponent Patrick Faber to step aside to make way for a new person to emerge that would heal and unite the party after a divisive national convention.

Channel 7

Dion Over DOE In Court
Just over a year ago, the name Dion Zabaneh and his contentious hold on parcel 4670 in the Buttonwood Bay Area was in the news almost nightly. The story climaxed exactly 13 months ago on January 25th when Zabaneh had a fiery showdown with the GSU and compliance officers from the Department of the Environment who went to the property to enforce a stop order. That showdown and the entire ordeal landed 43 year old Zabaneh and his mother, 77 year old Primrose Gabourel before the Magistrate's Court on a slew of environmental charges including several counts of failing to comply with environmental regulations, and assault in the course of an officer's duty.

Nephew Charged For Uncle's Murder
Two teenagers have been charged for the murder of 43 year old Shane Budran - and one of them is his nephew. Today 19 year old's, Raheem Budran and Kareem Eagan Jr were taken to court and charged with the murder of Shane Budran. Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford remanded them until April 30. Police say that on Friday night around 10:30 on Wagner's Lane Shane was standing in front of the house where he lived with his nephew Raheem.

Primary School Stabbing On Street
A 13 year old primary school student was stabbed this morning while walking to church with his class - and the alleged culprit is one of his classmates at St. John's Anglican Primary School. It happened at around 10:00 not far from the school on Mex Avenue when one of the schoolchildren was being reprimanded by the teacher for walking in the middle of the road.

Grandmother Was Pinned To Fence By Out of Control Van
45-year-old Gertrude Gregorio and her 3-year-old granddaughter Nayelli are lucky to be alive after a car hit Gregorio while the two were walking home from the store. Cherisse Halsall visited the injured woman this morning and heard her story: These are the remains of the fence in Belize City's Martin's area that 45-year-old Gertrude Gregorio found herself pinned to. That's after a van swung the corner at a high speed, hitting Gregorio and leaving her her three-year-old granddaughter under the vehicle, miraculously unharmed.

Briceno has Coastal Concerns
Two days ago we showed you the groundbreaking for the commencement of the 130 million dollar Coastal Road Project. We diligently asked the funders from the Caribbean Development Bank and the United Kingdom Caribbean Infrastructure Partnership Fund if they really had no issue with controversial contractor Imer Hernandez. He is one of the two parties in the consortium that got the two lots of the contract which add vip to 132 million dollars. Both the principals of the CDB an the UKCIF told us they had no objection and that the consortium had met all their standards.

Recession Deepens: Another Quarter of GDP Contraction
The recession in Belize's economy is deepening. At an SIB press conference this morning, the GDP for the 4th quarter of the year was disclosed. According to the experts, the country's GDP performance in this last quarter was down. Here's more from Statistician 2 Jacqueline Sabal, on how last year's extended drought contributed to the economic downturn: Jacqueline Sabal - Statistician II: "If we look at what each sector contributed to the total GDP in the 4th quarter of 2019, the sector with the largest contribution was the tertiary sector, which accounted for over 60% of production. The secondary sector accounted for roughly 10.2%, while the primary sector, 8.3%, and the remaining, 14.8 % are in taxes."

Recession But No Stagflation
And according to the Statistical Institute, the consumer prices in Belize were up by 0.2% in January 2020, when compared with January 2019. That's a marginal increase in inflation, but when measured over the last 5 years, the total of those small increases all add up to a cumulative 2.2% increase. Here's how Statistician II Melvin Perez put the increase into perspective, as well as his analysis on which necessities Belizeans had to pay more for and why:

Census 2020 Coming Along
Almost a year ago, we told you how the Statistical Institute of Belize planned to carry out a census in 2020. The SIB wants to find out just how much the country's population has grown in the last 10 years. They've been diligently making their preparations to get it done. And, according to the Deputy Director-General of the institute, there are only a few steps left before you can start seeing the field officers going from house to house, countrywide, to conduct the activity. At a SIB press conference this morning, she shared a few more details with the press on how it will work, and

Nurses March For Recognition
The World Health Organization has designated 2020 as the year of the nurse and the midwife. That was done to recognize the vital role that these frontline medical staff play in the provision of healthcare in countries all around the world. According to the WHO, the world is in need of about 9 million more nurses and midwives in order to reach a higher standard of care and universal health coverage by 2030. The nurses of Belize say that they face the same shortage that the WHO has identified globally. But, to honor those who try their best to fill the void, nurses held a walk-a-thon this evening in Belize City, just before the start of the evening news.

PM's Plain Truths To NTUCB's List of Demands
And while the nurses marched today for their cause, the NUTCB marched on Thursday with a much angrier tone. And they met with the Prime Minister on Friday for just about three hours to discuss their list of demands. The meeting wasn't publicized, but we know all about it because the minutes have been circulated by Whatsapp. We've read most of the two thousand words of it and a few things jumped out. First, on the implementation of UNCAC, the PrimeMinister said that the UNDP has informed the Attorney General that the Government cannot proceed with implementation of the recommendations made until the full report is completed.

Frenchman Shot In PG
A 24-year-old French national was robbed and shot in the Dump Site area of PG today. It happened between 1:00 and 2:00 this afternoon when Sedric Foersson was walking through Water Hole Road near the area known as Dump when he was approached by two strangers.

Two Shot In City
And there was also a shooting in Belize City last night. It happened just before 8:00 when 35 year old Jason Rivers and 24 year old Raheem Vasquez were on Antelope Street. The target appears to have been Raheem.

Young Marketing Minds
This Morning Edward P. Yorke High School held its first annual business and Marketing Expo. We stopped in to check out the colourful and innovative booths and experience first hand what the students have learned about Marketing and Sales.

Glenford Grant Sentenced For Killing Father
Glenford Grant, a 37 year old schizophrenic who pleaded guilty to the murder of his father, 80 year old Clifton Grant, 80, was sentenced to 15 years today by Justice Colin Williams. Because he pleaded guilty, Justice Williams subtracted 5 years, a third of his sentence, which put the remainder at 10 years. Justice Williams added 1 year on the remaining sentence of 10 years because of the age of Grant's father which was a major aggravating factor.

The Santander Sugar Story
Last night, we showed you the information session that the senior Management of the Santander Sugar Group held with the media. They're trying to be more open with the general public about their 500 million dollar investment in Belize as the second sugar producer in the country. Their "Zafra" - or the beginning of their sugar cane harvest season - started last week Thursday, February 20th. It is expected to run for 130 days, and it will close sometime in June.

Why Not Just Google It?
Why not just "google it"? That's what some have been asking about Levon Termendzhyan - why didn't the police just google his name rather than go looking in their Interpol database. As we showed you last night, entering his name in the Interpol database produces no hits. But some gang ho "googlers" have come up with stuff like this, which says that a Levon Termendzhyan has been charged for multiple firearm offences dating back to 2003.

Channel 5

This is Why Interpol Belize Missed Lev Dermen
The police command has been under scrutiny ever since it was revealed that an Interpol check did not turn up anything on the shady background of accused fraudster Lev Dermen, [...]

Chester Defends Vidal
Leading the investigation against John Saldivar is Assistant Commissioner of Police Marco Vidal. There are those in the public that are questioning the department’s ability to properly investigate the former [...]

John Saldivar Will be Brought in for Interrogation
According to Commissioner Chester Williams, the disgraced former minister, John Saldivar, will be brought in for questioning at some point in time during the investigation. Contrary to what he had [...]

Opposition Leader John Briceño Writes to Caribbean Development Bank & United Kingdom
The Leader of the Opposition, John Briceño has written to the British High Commissioner in Belize as well as to the Caribbean Development Bank in Barbados. The United Kingdom and [...]

PM Meets with N.T.U.C.B.
Last Thursday, the National Trade Union Congress of Belize took to the streets to protest corruption and to bring pressure on a number of demands they are making on government.  [...]

Two Men Shot on Antelope Street Extension
There was a shooting on Antelope Street in Belize City on Tuesday night. Two persons were injured and fortunately for them, it did not turn out to be fatal. One [...]

An Economic Downturn in the Last Quarter of 2019
The Statistical Institute of Belize has presented grim news on the economy which shows that the recession it hard. For the first time in almost a decade, the economy contracted [...]

An Update on the Upcoming Population & Housing Census
A census exercise, estimated to cost the government somewhere around seven to eight million dollars, is to commence on May twelfth and conclude sometime in November of this year.  In [...]

Census Based on Complex IT Infrastructure
A team from the Guyana Bureau of Statistics is currently in Belize observing the process, which will include mapping areas and real time information being updated into the system.  But [...]

Police Seek Guatemalan National for James Slemp’s Murder
In other news, seventy-nine-year-old Canadian national James Slemp was brutally murdered in Hopkins Village. His was partially decapitated body was found in a creek on Monday, three days after he [...]

Police Charge 2 Persons for Shane Budram’s Murder
Two persons have been charged for the murder of forty-three-year-old Shane Budram. They are nineteen-year-old Raheem Budram and Kareem Eagan Junior. Shane was fatally shot during an altercation on Wagner’s [...]

A Closer Look at Riversdale’s Black Creek
Today, News Five went south to follow up the issue of a road being built in a creek in Riversdale.  Residents of that southern community, located off the Placencia peninsula, [...]

Three Gang Members Wanted by Police
Police are looking for three Belize City men for their affiliation with gangs. They are Kelvin Gongora, Ulide Allen, and Tevin James Cacho. The trio is wanted on the strength [...]

Ashton Stevens is Found Safe
Fifteen-year-old Ashton Stevens has been found. The teenager was located safe and sound on Tuesday night, following his disappearance on Monday. As we had reported, Stevens went missing from the [...]

Health Regions Prepare Isolation Areas in the Event of COVID-19
The number of cases of COVID-19 continues to rise and in this region, Brazil is reporting its first case.  In its latest advisory, the Ministry of Health reports that the [...]

Surveillance System Remains Fully Activated
The Ministry of Health is recommending against non-essential travel to China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, South Korea, Iran, Italy and Japan, where the virus has been spreading.  In the meantime, Doctor [...]

EP Yorke Students Featured in Business Expo
Budding entrepreneurs displayed their business innovations at a student expo today in Belize City. The students from the Edward P. Yorke High School tested their business acumen in not only [...]

Alex Sanker Honors Kobe in Downtown LA
Well-known Belizean artist Alex Sanker is attracting media attention in the United States where he was featured earlier today on ABC 7’s Eyewitness News in downtown Los Angeles doing what [...]

K.H.M.H. Nurses Participate in Walk-a-thon
At some point in your life, whether as a baby or an adult, you’ve come in contact with a nurse or midwife. These persons play a vital role in providing [...]

Amandala

Two remanded for Shane Budram murder
Raheem Budram, 19, and Kareem Eagon, Jr., 19, both appeared before Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford this afternoon and were read a single charge of murder for the unlawful death of Shane Budram, which occurred Friday, February 21.

Two shot on Antelope Street Extension last night
There was a shooting incident on Antelope Street Extension which sent two men to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital Emergency Room, last night.

“Call elections now!” PUP tells Barrow
Long before daybreak yesterday, Sunday morning, Opposition People’s United Party (PUP) supporters from the farthest corners of Belize began boarding buses that would transport them to Belize City for a mammoth protest against corruption in the Dean Barrow-led United Democratic Party government. The Barrow government has been buffeted by major scandal after major scandal, but the straw that appeared to have broken the proverbial camel’s back came unexpectedly out of a fraud and money laundering trial in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Deadly shooting on Rio Bravo Crescent
At about 9:00 Saturday night, Ezekiel Usher, 33, of Rio Bravo Crescent, Belize City, was talking to a friend, of his in front of a house on the street where he lives, in Port Loyola, when two men rode up on a motorcycle and one of them fired at him. Usher was struck in the head and body. One of the bullets that were fired, however, strayed and struck a woman, Joyce Edwards Ramclam, 61, of Punta Gorda.

UB demands apology from students who joined NTUCB protest
Thousands of Belizeans joined the National Trade Union Congress of Belize’s (NTUCB) protest march and rally against government corruption, and as the main guest speaker, Evan “Mose” Hyde, was about to deliver his address, a group of students who had walked out of the University of Belize (UB) arrived at the Memorial Park, where the anti-corruption rally was being held.

6 homeless after Raleigh Street fire
Six persons are now homeless on Raleigh Street, in the Lake Independence area, after their timber house and all their possessions were destroyed by fire at about 5:30 Saturday evening. Luckily, no one was hurt. The grandmother of the family was seen trying to save a bag of possessions, but the bag began to burn and she was forced to leave it, and it was consumed by the fire.

Shane Budram, 43, shot dead on Wagners’s Lane
The sound of gunfire is nothing new to the residents of Wagner’s Lane, the short street that runs north to south between South Street and Berkley Street. Over the years, since the proliferation of gun violence, there have been several murders on “Jump Street,” as Wagner’s Lane has become known to street folks, but none of the murders have had such a devastating effect on the stretch of street as the murder of Shane Budram last Friday night, because Budram grew up on “Jump Street” and was respected and loved, despite his shortcomings.

Canadian James Slemp, 79, murdered in Hopkins
The search for James Slemp, 79, a Canadian national who was reported missing on Friday, came to a sad conclusion this morning. He was found dead, floating in a lagoon not far from his house on the Hopkins Road.

Suspected double killer captured in armed robbery
A suspect wanted in two murders has been captured. Kenroy Gamboa, 20, an unemployed Dangriga resident, was captured after the armed robbery of 128 Store in Orange Town at about 7:30 on Wednesday night. When he was captured, police said, he was found with a homemade shotgun, three shotgun cartridges, phone cards, money and cell phones believed to have been stolen from the store. He has been charged initially with keeping unlicensed ammunition.

Luis “Wiz” Carter guilty of murder
In a judgment given today, Justice Colin Williams found Luis Manuel Carter, 37, aka “Wiz”, guilty of the murder of Dwayne Hyde, 30. Carter’s sentence has been reserved for Friday, February 28. Hyde, who resided in San Pedro Town, Ambergris Caye, was shot in the right side of his body about 12:30 a.m. on July 13, 2016.

Editorial: The UDP didn’t increase the nation’s wealth
Data on our economy compiled by the Statistical Institute of Belize (SIB) shows that our productive sector has shrunk immensely over the past decade of United Democratic Party (UDP) rule. In 2012, the value of our merchandize exports was $678.6 million, and in 2019 it was only $411.8 million, down about 40%. While our exports have been falling, our imports, in contrast, have been rising steadily. Our gross imports increased by almost $300 million, from $1.68 billion in 2012 to $1.97 billion in 2019.

About laws, leadership, and “checks and balances”
The tyrannical, “gringo” managing director, the late Robert “Bob” Phillips, after crossing paths a few times with “I and I”, and despite my known blood and philosophical links with Amandala, had decided to offer me the post of general manager of the multi-million dollar shrimp farm, Nova Ladyville. The out-going Ladyville general manger, the late Juan Dorado, a Belizean from Orange Walk, was being transferred to spearhead the development of the expansion shrimp farm down south, where he became general manager for Nova Toledo.

From The Publisher
The evidence is strong, to the point of being overwhelming, that Hon. John Saldivar, over a period of more than a quarter century, used sports to establish and consolidate himself politically in the capital city of Belmopan, and its surrounds. Our sources have told us that John Saldivar was a student at the Belize Technical College in Belize City during the middle 1980s, and that he had a decent enough basketball game. That is as much as I know of his personal sports life.

Defenders ousts Tiger Sharks to sit atop NEBL standings
San Pedro Tiger Sharks’ big man Martevuius Adams must at times feel like Gulliver among the Lilliputians. He is the biggest player in the league, and he takes a pounding, a ton of abuse, usually without complaint. Tonight, his frustration finally boiled over and, after a hard shove of an opposing player and pointed words to the referee in the fourth quarter, he was gone. And with his ejection, so did whatever chances the defending champions had of winning the game and remaining in first place, also exit.

Did FFB President Sergio Chuc fire Competitions Director Idemuei (Nolbert) Moss for speaking out against corruption?
The following “MEMO” on the Football Federation of Belize letterhead, with its logo attached, appeared on the FFB’s Facebook web page a couple days ago. The memo was not signed by any FFB official, although it described the replacement of one of its highest technical officers, who has recently spoken out strongly, via email text, on irregularities connected to the holding of congresses by the FFB’s district branch associations.

Verdes leads standings at end of 1st round in PLB Closing Season
Defending champions, Verdes FC remains undefeated at Week 7 to end the first round of the double round-robin regular season in the Premier League of Belize (PLB) 2019-2020 Closing Season. Verdes posted another victory over the weekend, while their closest challenger for the Concacaf League berth, Bandits Sport suffered their second loss of the young season.

That young lady needs to get her head screwed on right
It must be the jaw dropper of the year, Miss Mikaela Spielberg, the adopted daughter of famed movie maker Steven Spielberg and his wife, announcing that she was going to make pornographic movies because she “got really tired of not being able to capitalize on [her] body, and, frankly,… got really tired of being told to hate [her] body.”

An emergency appendectomy …
As a result of soreness at Gertrude’s disloyalty, and shame for her part in their suspension, Jewel had displayed a troubled and sober appearance for several weeks; and being so different from her usual focused and energetic demeanour, it had been noticed by her colleagues and the staff in general, most of whom had reacted with sympathetic gentleness, for she was well-liked.

Feds move to seize homes and businesses from polygamous Kingston Group as fraud defendants plead guilty
The owners of Washakie Renewable Energy pleaded guilty to charges Thursday in what the government has called a $511 million biofuel fraud, and the pleas could have repercussions for The Polygamous Sect to which they belong. Jacob O. Kingston, the company’s CEO, pleaded guilty Thursday to 41 charges including money laundering, fraud, conspiracy and witness tampering and obstruction of justice, according to a court docket. His brother, and the chief financial officer, Isaiah E. Kingston pleaded guilty to 17 counts.

The Reporter

NEMO & U.N International Office Review Readiness
The Minister of National Emergency Management, Edmond Castro, met last week with representatives of the United Nations (UN) International Office for Migration (IOM).

New Trump Administration Rules: A Surprise To Many Caribbean Green Card Holders
Many Belizeans and other Caribbean Island immigrants who live legally in the United States are often unconcerned about problems with deportation, but the Trump Administration has made and are implementing new rules/laws that can keep many ‘law-abiding hard-working’ permanent residents up at night.

The Last Days
The universal hallmark of every corrupt regime is a steadfast refusal to go quietly into the sunset. The reason for that is quite simple and that is that the perks of elected office...

Shooting On Antelope Street, Last Night
A shooting incident occurred on Antelope Street Extension last night around 7:30 p.m.

Legal Arrows From The PUP Camp Continues
Attorney Arthur Saldivar today wrote the Governor of the Central Bank, Joy Grant, inquiring about Steve Duncan’s role as Senator and Managing Director of the Heritage Bank. His post and letter are below:

LOVE FM

Belmopan residents displeased with changes to post office
Customers from the Belmopan post office are displeased with the changes being made at the post office without their knowledge. Cayo correspondent Fem Cruz spoke to one of the clients.

EP Yorke students have marketing expo
Edward P Yorke today held a marketing expo engaging both students and various organizations. Reporter Courtney Menzies visited the expo and brought back this report.

Glendford Grant sentenced to fifteen years for killing his father
37-year-old Glendford Grant was sentenced to fifteen years in prison for killing his father back in 2010. Grant who suffers from schizophrenia appeared before Justice Colin Williams for the murder of his 80-year-old father, Clifton Grant at his King’s Park home.

Two teenagers charged for Shane Budram’s murder
Two teenagers were charged in relation to the murder of 43-year-old Shane Budram, including his own nephew.

Men shot on Antelope Street extension
35-year-old Jason Rivers and 24-year-old Raheem Vasquez were shot last night on Antelope Street Extension just after seven o’clock. Vasquez was reportedly riding his bicycle when a male suspect came from behind and opened fire in his direction.

Dion Zabaneh wins case against DoE
44-year-old Dion Zabaneh walked free from all charges made against him in court by the Department of Environment (DOE) and is now filing for compensation on the land. Zabaneh and his 77-year-old mother Primrose Gabourel were making developments on a piece of property on Sea Shore Drive in Belize City

Elderly man charged for drug trafficking
A 63-year-old disabled man, Onofro Myvett is lucky to be out of police lock-up after being dragged to court on a single charge of drug trafficking.

Elderly Canadian man found dead
The body of an elderly Canadian man was found yesterday morning in southern Belize. 79-year-old James Slemp, who lives on the Hopkins Road in Stann Creek, was first reported missing on Friday night by his friend, Thomas Pou.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Consumer prices were up slightly at the start of 2020
Belizeans paid an average of 20 cents more for goods and services in January 2020, […]

Belize’s economy declined by almost 3 percent at the end of 2019
The Statistical Institute of Belize’s (SIB) latest Gross Domestic Product (GDP) report, said that Belize’s […]

Exports start off 2020 with a huge decline, imports barely affected
Belize’s export revenue started off the year 2020 with a major decline while imports saw […]

Government of Belize announces public information session regarding the New River
Today, the Government of Belize, via the Department of the Environment (DOE) announced that there […]

Belizean painter Alex Sanker honor late Kobe Bryant with painting in LA
Belizean artist, Alex Sanker, traveled to the United States to honor fallen basketball mega-star, Kobe […]

Omar Figueroa emerges as possible UDP leader
Omar Figueroa, who was recently appointed as Minister of Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment and Sustainable Development […]

Man charged for murder of reputed gang boss
Kareem Eagon Jr. has been charged with the murder of Shane Casey Budram. On Friday night […]

Tilapia farmers attend one day workshop
Yesterday, tilapia farmers across the country participated in a one day workshop hosted by the Ministry […]

New York Times lists Belize as a “must visit” travel destination for spring break
As tourists from the United States look for places to travel to this Spring Break, […]

NEMO minister meets team from United Nations International Office for Migration
On February 20, Minister of National Emergency Management, Edmond Castro, met with country representatives from the […]

Teachers enrolled in Participate Learning become Global Educators
Participate Learning is a cultural education exchange program that brings together teachers from around the […]

Blogs

Another Perfect February Day But A Cold Front’s Coming
Here is what I love most about living on Ambergris Caye… That I can walk for 5 minutes on the beach (you are never more than a few minutes from the beach no matter where you are on the island) – and things are better. The ocean makes everything better. But one quick thing…before I get to the glorious weather…a “cold front” is coming in. Cold front meaning STRONG north wind and a dip in temperatures. From the low 80s to the low 70s. Here’s a screenshot from Windfinder.com (Ambergris Caye).

Top Canoeing Experiences in Western Belize
Water adventures are a great way for everyone to have some fun and explore the beautiful waters of Western Belize up close. Take an exhilarating journey and see some of the amazing wonders that Cayo has to offer; you might even spot a pre historic dinosaur!

International year of the Nurses and midwife, Walk-A-Thon was held in Corozal
The Ministry of Health in partnership with the Nurses and Midwives Council, Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital Authority, Belize Medical Associates, Belize Healthcare Partners Limited and La Loma Luz Hospital did a countrywide Nurses Walk-a-thon in commemoration for the start of Belize calendar of activities for 2020, International Year of the Nurses and Midwife. Support the Nursing Profession in our community.

San Pedro Or Caye Caulker: Which Belize Island Is Right For You?
Ambergris Caye is an island in the northeastern part of Belize. With its own municipal airport, it’s easily reachable by local airlines from Belize City, Hopkins, Corozal, Placencia, and other towns. Ambergris Caye is a large island with beaches, world-class resorts, and many tourist amenities. Caye Caulker has gorgeous beaches, quirky stores, outstanding seafood and a good selection of places to eat, drink and party. As a favorite among backpackers, divers, and eco-travelers, Caye Caulker has a mix of beach hotels and friendly, low-cost options including hostels. You’re likely to see young travelers, cost-conscious families and solo travelers here.

La Ruta Maya Belize River Challenge 2020
La Ruta Maya is an annual event that takes over the entire country’s attention for four exhilarating days. This year it falls on March 06, 2020- March 09, 2020. It is a marathon canoe race that runs West to East along the Old Belize River. Meaning “The Maya Route” in Spanish, the race follows the very same ancient trading route the Maya, and later Baymen used to transport goods for trade. It begins at the Hawkesworth Bridge in San Igancio and ends at the river mouth of the Belize City harbor. Conceptualized by the Harrison brothers and founded in 1998, it was originally intended to be a marketing event for the launching of their family-owned purified water company.

International Sourcesizz

Will La Niña Develop and Boost the 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season?
It’s too early to make a confident forecast of how the upcoming hurricane season will evolve, but the tea leaves now on the table suggest that 2020 could be the Atlantic’s fifth season in a row with above-average activity. The latest harbinger is a shift in seasonal computer forecast guidance, heralding the possibility that a La Niña event could emerge later this year. The mid-month model summary from the International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI) and the NOAA/NWS Climate Prediction Center (CPC), released on February 19, shows the odds of a La Niña event pushing above climatology by late summer. By the August-to-October period, the IRI/CPC probabilities include roughly a 35% chance of La Niña, a 20% chance of El Niño, and a 45% chance of neutral conditions.

New York Times “Spring Break: Where to Get the Biggest Bang for Your Buck”
If you are searching for a cost-effective spring break, there are two rules of thumb. Avoiding the hot spots like Miami, the Caribbean and popular European cities is crucial, and going all in with all-inclusive packages, a travel holy grail for families in search of getaways that don’t break the bank. We spoke to several experts to weigh in on money-saving tips and less obvious but equally compelling destinations.

MORE BASEBALL EQUIPMENT ARRIVES IN BELIZE
More than 2,800 pounds of baseball equipment and uniforms from Lexington County has arrived in Belize. “What a blessing,” Pastor Victor Hernandez wrote Sybil Jarrells of West Columbia, originator of the baseball program in Belize. “We will be able to outfit all of the 12 teams who asked to join our baseball ...

CREATIVE NEW PRODUCTS FROM RECYCLED OCEAN DEBRIS
Tlejourn sandals are not just shoes. The Trash Hero Pattani is a program in southern Thailand that has successfully established a sustainable business model while cleaning our oceans. The group collects waste materials washed onto beaches and recycle them into fabulous sandals and other reusable raw materials which are supplied to other manufacturers.

The Maya Hidden World's exhibit is moving to the Connecticut Science Center
Curated by the Science Museum of Minnesota the exhibit features over 200 objects from Belize. NICH staff condition and install all objects to ensure their safety and care.

Artist from Belize comes to LA to honor Kobe Bryant with his paintings
There was one man's stand in particular that stood out to people walking by as he painted. Only thing was that his paintings are not for sale to the public.

Videos

  • Belize 2020 Thatch Caye, 23min. Our trip to Belize in February 2020. We stayed at Thatch Caye and enjoyed paddle boarding, kayaking, snorkeling, sailing, and SCUBA diving.

  • Zip Line - Bocawina Rainforest, Hopkins, Belize, 3min.

  • Caribbean Sea Sunrise Belize, 13min.

  • Interim Technical Coordinator at the Belize Crime Observatory, 28min. Adele Ramos is the Interim Technical Coordinator at the Belize Crime Observatory. She talked with us about the types of data they collect and how it will be used to inform policy-makers about crime prevention strategies.

  • Hano's Coffee Shop, 19min. Here's another recipe to add to your vegan skills. Hano Lin taught us how to make a vegan pan fry bun. He will be hosting a fundraiser this Saturday at his Coffee Shop to support a worthy cause. You can pass by to support and get a taste of other options on his vegetarian menu. On set: Hano Lin - Hano's Coffee Shop. Vivian Lin - Asst. Hano's Coffee Shop.

  • The Belize Network of NGOs - Views & Position, 43min. The Belize Network of NGOs have taken a position on recent scandals plaguing the UDP. Today we spoke with Senator Osmany Salas about their recommendations for improving the political system and empowering Belizeans to participate in the governance process.

  • Interpol dynamics, 6.5min. Here is a video explainng how the Interpol works, its imperative for Belizeans to be knowledgeable on the matter. Comment down below what your understanding is of the Interpol dynamics.

  • Burning of Don Juan Carnaval!, 1min. See you next year for Carnaval 2021!

  • Don Juan got burn!, 5min.

  • Belize - Bird Watching - Happy Hour - Agouti - And Dinner, 21min.

  • Beauty Of Belize, 2.5min. In February of 2020 I went on a 7 day trip to San Pedro Belize with a few family members. We started off our trip going snorkeling in Ambergris Caye. Ambergris Caye Is rated one of the top best places to snorkel in the world. We also decided to check out Lamanai which holds ancient Mayan temples.

  • Sports Talk Show, 60min.
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