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Ambergris Today

Think Twice Before You Act
We are very fortunate to live in a nation that enables us to freedom of expression. However, many times we are not wise enough when we exercise our rights. A message can be sent across but the way we do impacts the way the receiver reacts. They will either appreciate it or they will withdraw and get angry. Many times we want to speak out our minds because we want the world to see things through our eyes. But we fail to understand that not all the time people will perceive things the way we do. Although we might think we are right it is important for us to respect the thoughts others have. Whenever we are in a position where we think that our opinion is needed we should ask ourselves: “Will this be constructive to the other?”; “Am I speaking out of love or anger?” and “Would I like others to share their thought of the given matter?"

Various Belizean Sources

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Presentation of Credentials
Today, August 12th, two ambassadors presented their credentials and a high commissioner paid a courtesy visit to the Governor General H.E. Sir Colville Young at the Belize House in Belmopan. The High Commissioner of India to Belize H.E. Mr. Manpreet Vohra and his family paid a courtesy visit to the Governor General as he has been newly appointed to serve in Belize. Presenting their letters of credence were H.E. Mr. Nguyen Hoai Duong of Vietnam and H.E. Mr. Valentin Petrov Modev of Bulgaria. The Governor General graciously welcomed the ambassadors and offered his best regards to them during their tenure in Belize. The ambassadors both thanked the Governor General for welcoming them and conveyed on behalf of their respective country the intentions of strengthening diplomatic relations with Belize.

Corozal International Youth Day 2019
Mayor Rigo Vellos and the Corozal Town Council take this time to wish all our young people in Belize and across the globe a blessed day. This morning Ceremonies at the Corozal Central Park was hosted by the Department of Youth Services along with the Corozal Town Council, Education Department, NEMO, Oceana, Scouts, Police Youth Cadets, BDF Youth Cadets and Rotaract along with the participation of the CCC Dance Group. We want to express a heartfelt thank you to all those person who made this event a great success.

th Annual BTIA Orange Walk Chapter Tourism Expo
Its all happening once again in Orange Walk Town, the 5th Annual BTIA Orange Walk Chapter Tourism Expo on August 24th at the Central Park from 10am- 10pm. Don't Miss out!

FFB Elite Interdistrict Competitions
Corozal Football Association takes this opportunity to invite all its fans to Saturday, August 17th, 2019 starting at 9:00 a.m. at the Ricalde Stadium. Come and witness our very own Corozal All Stars District Selection as they play against: Females- Belmopan Male- Stann Creek Save the date and time, you are invited.

The 2019 National Song Competition Winners are…
The 2019 National Song Competition was held on Saturday, August 10, 2019. This annual event is celebrating the fourth year of touring the municipalities of the country of Belize after the competition's first 5 years were held in Belize City. This year Corozal Town was the host of the competition at the Andres Campos Civic Center and Mayor Rigoberto Vellos chose, by random lotto pick from the remaining municipalities, Orange Walk to be the host municipality of the 2020 National Song Competition. This year’s winning contestants in the Junior’s Carnival Category are Mr. Amiri “Prince” Gentle from Toledo won first place with his song “The Patriots”. Zeana “ZAE!” Myers of Corozal placed second with her submission “Celebrate With Mih”.

BWS and BWSWU signs new Collective Bargaining Agreement
The Board and Management of BWS and the Executives of the BWSWU proudly announce the finalisation of our new collective bargaining agreement which was successfully renegotiated and made effective November 1, 2018. BWS’ Management and the BWS Workers Union Executives, recognizing the importance of a motivated workforce and fair work practices, improved on the previous agreement. Negotiators on both sides worked cooperatively and tirelessly to complete the revision. This new agreement has been reviewed and endorsed by the Labour Commissioner, Ms. Anne Marie Thompson. The Agreement was officially signed on August 12th, 2019 at 11:00am in the presence of the Labour Commissioner.

Junior Ranger Summer Camp
The one week Junior Ranger Summer Camp has concluded with the certification of ten children. Parents joined the event held at Las Cuevas Research Station. The children demonstrated what they learnt and took an oath to protect the wild animals and plants. So far 22 children are now Chiquibul Junior Rangers. This program is supported by the British High Commission in Belize and BECOL.

US EMBASSY EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY!
The U.S. Embassy is seeking eligible and qualified applicants for the following position: Purchasing Agent. Closing date: August 20, 2019. To view and apply for this vacancy announcement, please visit the ERA site at: https://erajobs.state.gov/

ONCE INCARCERATED DOCTOR NEW PRESIDENT OF GUATEMALA!
In a dismal 40% voter turnout, Guatemalans elected a surgeon, Dr Alejandro Giammattei, who was arrested, charged and incarcerated for extrajudicial murders while he was director of the prison system in Guatemala. 7 inmates were slaughtered in the 2006 crimes for which the President elect was ultimately acquitted. Giammattei suffers from multiple sclerosis and walks with crutches due to his disability. The hardline right winger promises to bring back the death penalty and is anti LGBT. Human rights activists are extremely concerned especially given the doctor’s history with alleged human rights violations. This is Giammattei’s 4th time running for President which gives life to the old saying if at first you don’t succeed try, try, try again. That persistence and iron will has finally paid off with a landslide trouncing of his opponent Sandra Torres, who was born in Belize. The President elect won 59% to Torres 41%.

Maya Beliefs about the afterlife
The Maya had several forms of ancestor worship. They built figures containing ashes of the dead and brought them food on festival days. Alternatively, a temple could be built over an urn. Before Spanish influence, there may not have been a common idea of the afterlife. The Yucatec Maya believed that there were different routes after death. The Maya believe that the soul is bound to the body at birth. Only death or sickness can part the body and soul, with death being the permanent parting. To them, there is an afterlife that the soul reaches after death. In that, deceased ancestors can still contact their descendants, answering advice when they are asked. This contact can be used at certain times in the season, or when certain family matters pertain to the ancestors.

Chaak the Lord of rain from the Northern Maya of Belize
Chaac also spelled as Chaak or Chaahk is the patron of rain for the Yucatec Maya. Chaac manifestate through rain to bless the land for the crops to grow . Chaac has a four-fold aspect, with each aspect representing the cardinal directions and colors. The Yucatec Maya (Máasewal) of Belize do a ritual for the rain, the Yucatec Maya called it Chʼa Cháak a ceremony to ask rain centers on a ceremonial banquet for Chaac. A traditional Maya altar is made from all natural materials. It includes four boys (one for each cardinal point) acting and chanting as frogs. while the H-men(Maya Priest) do the blessing and prayers . This tradition of Ch'a Cháak have survive to our days in communities of Northern Belize like San Jose and San Pablo in the Orange walk district.

Channel 7

Broad daylight Murder Close to Police Checkpoint
There was a broad daylight murder in Belize City this afternoon, and it's made even more shocking because it occurred within a few feet of a permanent and well known police check point. The victim is Stephan Mcclaren, a young man from the same general area - who may have just been in the wrong place at the wrong time We spoke to the young man's family who are grieving in confusion and hoping for justice for a life taken too soon. Cherisse Halsall reports.

PM Barrow May Leave In a Few Months
The UDP has confirmed the date for its National Convention. Its National Party Council met on Saturday and confirmed that Sunday February 9th, 2020 will be the day when the party selects a new leader. As has been widely reported, current deputy Patrick Faber and John Saldivar will be vying for the posts. But while it is a party matter, it is also of wider national significance because it likely means that party leader and Prime Minister Dean Barrow will be stepping down earlier than expected. Sources suggest that he could exit office and hand over the reigns to the new leader - and presumptive Prime Minister - within a month of the national convention - that would be the first week of March 2020.

Another Drug Plane Found In South
Police found the burnt remains of another drug plane on Belizean soil. This one was discovered yesterday morning on the outskirts of Monkey River Village, which is located on the north-eastern coast of the Toledo District. This one was burnt up on a newly-built clandestine airstrip. At a press briefing this morning, the Head of the National Criminal Investigations Branch told us that investigators are currently combing the area looking for clues: ACP Joseph Myvette - Head, NCIB: "On Sunday morning, shortly after 5 a.m., based on information received, Independence Police visited an area west of Monkey River Village, where upon arrival, a burnt twin-engine aircraft remains was found on a newly constructed airstrip. The entire area was searched, and nothing further was found. Police officers are still on the scene conducting investigations at this point."

Alberto Ara Denies Unnatural Act
Before we start our next story, we'll warn you that it's not for children. So, if you have them around, do ask them to take a TV timeout. At the start of July we told you about the case of 39 year old Alberto Ara from Ontario village. His father, 80 year old Miguel Ara allegedly caught him having sex with one of his pigs. The elder Ara made a complaint - and asked for court action because it had happened before. Alberto Ara - who has been charged for a quadruple murder before - went on the run - and wasn't caught until this weekend.

Body Found in Dangriga, Could It Be Derrick Ramirez?
And while Cayo police get ready to prosecute Alberto Ara for the allegations of unnatural crime, investigators from Dangriga are trying to determine the identity of a man, whose body was found off the coast of Dangriga Town. The body was found early this morning in an advanced state of decomposition, and already there are speculations about the possible identity of the person. That's because there is a well known missing person in Dangriga who went missing at sea. But, at this morning's press brief, police would not get into speculation. They shared what little information they had at the time:

Island Watchman Shot Co-worker
And while Dangriga investigators puzzle over the identity of that deceased man, cops from Belize City are getting ready to arraign a Salvadoran watchman for allegedly shooting his co-worker on their job site. It happened on Saturday night at around 10:00 at Middle Long Caye, which is located off the coast of the Belize District. 46-year-old Jose Cortez shot hat appeared tone an intruder, but it turned out to be his co worker. At today's press briefing, police briefly shared Mendoza's account about how he was shot by his co-worker:

Cop Carried on Relationship With Child
A police constable is in serious trouble tonight after being accused of carrying on in an unlawful sexual relationship with a 13-year-old girl. Last Friday, the minor went to police with a social worker and reported to police that over the past 5 months, she's been having intercourse with Constable Herman Milian, who is attached to the San Ignacio Police Station. She is not 16 years-old, and therefore she cannot legally consent. So, police have since charged Milian with 8 counts of unlawful sexual intercourse. The head of the National Criminal Investigations Branch briefly discussed the case with the press today:

The Media And The National Assembly Meet
The press and the National Assembly have never had what would be called a healthy, open relationship. It's a functional arrangement, but one that is tinged with wariness on the part of the media. And that's because the press is in the house at the pleasure of the speaker - not in its own right - and we can be ejected at the speaker's say-so. Today, an effort was made the by Clerk of the National Assembly to bridge that divide. He called a meeting at the NEMO conference room in Belmopan. He set the agenda and allowed us to capture it. Here's what it was about:

Media And The Environment
And, in other media news, this weekend Belizean media professionals attended a workshop on coastal management and the reef. Earth Journalism Network, an international organization that trains journalists from dozens of developing countries, hosted the training in collaboration with OCEANA and Healthy Reefs. It began on Saturday at the Radisson and ended on Sunday with a field trip to Goff's Caye, Sargeant's Caye and Swallow Caye. Healthy Reefs for Healthy People's country coordinator Nicole Craig spoke to us about the topics discussed at the workshop and the significance of it.

BWS and Union Reach Agreement
BWS and Belize Water Services Workers Union signed a new Collective Bargaining Agreement today with the endorsement of Labour Commissioner, Anne Marie Thompson. It was successfully renegotiated and is effective retroactive to November 1, 2018. A release says BWS' Management and the BWS Workers Union improved on the previous agreement. ffer their congratulations for a job well done.

New Conservative President In Guatemala
Guatemala Presidential elections were held yesterday. Although it seemed in June's run-off that Sandra Torres would be the front runner, in the end Alejandro Giammattei, a conservative, defeated her soundly. He got more than 58 percent of the vote, while Torres, a centrist won only 42 percent. Sandra Torres, a former Guatemalan first lady, has Belizean family, most prominently Narda Garcia of Corozal, while her vice presidential running mate, Carlos Raul Morales is married to a Belizean. Turnout for this election was abyssmal, with only 45% turnout, meaning that more than half of the registered voters staying home,

United By Pride
"United by Pride, Bound for Equality, Together building Belize.": that was the theme for this year's Pride Festival. It was held at the ITVET on Saturday as part of pride week. Members of the LGBT community and the general public gathered to support LGBT entrepreneurs and organizations and to celebrate their achievements in their fight for human rights. Here is a snapshot from the event. Just to note, the protesters outside ITVET told us their picketing had nothing to do with the Pride event.

Youth Day, Forward To the Future
The Department of Youth services, in honor of International Youth day, today hosted an open day at all of its youth centers countrywide. The theme for this year's International youth day is "Transforming Education." It's fitting as the department highlights the ways in which they are using technology to do just that. The occasion was highlighted by the roll out of the Department's official website and the Belize Youth directory app. Renata Samuels, Communications Officer, Department of Youth services: "So the department of youth services is the central hub and the central agency for young people. We create an ensuring, enabling, and empowering environment so young people can be able to strive and go out into the world of work and just go out into life and be productive citizens of Belize."

ID For Man Impaled on Machete
Last week, we told you about the body of an unknown man which was discovered last Thursday. As we told you, the cops found him with a machete injury to the leg, and they believe that the blade hit a major blood vessel, and caused him to bleed out and die. But, police believed that this injury was self-inflicted. They suspect that he impaled himself with the machete, and so it is being treated as a case of sudden death. Police told us today that they've since identified the deceased: ACP Joseph Myvette - Head, NCIB: "In relation to the person that was found dead last week in St. Margarets, his identity has been determined to be that of Erlin Rafael Carrillas, a 25-year-old Guatemalan national. At this point in time, no post-mortem has yet been conducted, but that is scheduled to be conducted tomorrow."

American Found Dead On Sailboat
Dangriga police are also investigating what appears to be another sudden death case involving an American. He's 70-year-old Malcolm Michael Junker, and he was found dead on his sailboat. Police told us why they don't suspect foul play: ACP Joseph Myvette - Head, NCIB: "Yesterday, based on reports received from the Coast Guard, police were informed that a white sailboat, with the name 'Breezy one', was found somewhere off the coast of Dangriga. And in that, a male person was found motionless. And also, a passport identifying that person as Michael Malcolm Junker, a 71-years old US national. As a result, the vessel and body were moved to Belize City, where at this point in time, a post-mortem is being conducted. No sign visible physical injury was observed on the body."

Bill and the Bridge
Last week we brought you the story of the vehicle that went head first into the Belize river. The Vehicle sailed past the the bridge, and drifted under it, but did not collide with it. And it's a good thing because the Belize City Council announced that. It's doing minor repairs on the swing bridge which is in very poor condition. The council says that they're making these repairs ahead of the increase in traffic expected for the upcoming September celebrations. Now, the release makes it clear, quote, "The support of Western Development Ltd. has been sought to do minor welding and raising of the bridge however no contractual agreements in regards to the maintenance of Swing bridge has been made." End quote.

The Song Of The Celebration Season Is...
Viewers know all about the National Song Competition. It's kind of like the unofficial start of the September Celebrations after an official theme is selected. Every year, the competition travels to a different part of the country, where fans get a preview of the next big carnival and patriotic song that will dominate next month's celebrations. Local musicians and artists compete amongst each other for bragging rights and thousands of dollars in cash prizes. On Saturday, this year's competition was held at the Andres Campos Civic Center in Corozal Town. And, after all the scores were tabulated winners were chosen from both the junior and senior categories. ie "Bastic" Jenkins from Belize City with his entry, "Party Never Done".

To Steal An Iphone
20 year old Iguana Street resident Vanny Thomas was charged with attempted robbery for trying to steal a woman's I-phone. He appeared today before Magistrate Emerson Banner. Thomas pleaded not guilty to the charge. The prosecutor corporal Carlos Poot, objected to bail on the ground that the offence has become prevalent. Thomas was unable to give a good reason why he should be granted bail, so Magistrate Banner upheld the objection and he remanded Thomas until September 12. The incident occurred on Saturday morning. The complainant, 30 year American national Dr. Diana Huynh, reported to the police that she was walking at the corner of Newtown Barracks and Eve Street when someone came from behind and grabbed her by her right shoulder and spun her around.

Channel 5

A Mid-afternoon Murder in the Old Capital, Stephon McLaren is Gunned Down
A single gunshot ended the life of a young father this afternoon.  Stephon McLaren and another unidentified individual were standing near the corners of New Road and Cleghorn Street and [...]

Body of Dangriga Native Found Headless
The body of Derrick Ramirez was found this morning. Ramirez, a native of Dangriga, had allegedly gone missing while at Cross Caye, north of Dangriga Town on Sunday, August fourth. [...]

American National Found Dead Onboard Sail Boat
The body of a U.S. national was found onboard a sailing vessel in southern Belize.  On Sunday, the Belize Coast Guard discovered the vessel near Colson Caye, some eighteen miles [...]

Police Man Charged with 8 Counts of Unlawful Sexual Intercourse
A cop in the west has been placed on interdiction after being slapped with eight counts of unlawful sexual intercourse with a thirteen-year-old girl. Police say that last week, the [...]

When Di Plane Land – it Burns
The remnants of a twin-engine aircraft were discovered in the Monkey River area. According to police, the burnt airplane was found on an illegal airstrip in a pine ridge area [...]

Drinking Led to Gun Violence on Long Middle Caye
Police say that two workers on Long Middle Caye were drinking when one shot the other. The incident happened in the early hours of Sunday morning when one of the [...]

Eleven Young Girls Flee from Princess Royal Youth Hostel
On Saturday night, eleven teenage girls absconded from the Princess Royal Youth Hostel and fled to various parts of the country.  It is not clear how they were able to [...]

The Challenges at Community Rehab Department
According to Williams, the department, which works under the Ministry of Human Development, does continuous training in an effort to build the capacity of its staff.  Among the challenges, she [...]

Ford Excursion Crashes into Benny’s Roundabout
An Orange Walk resident is recovering at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital tonight, following a road traffic accident near the roundabout on Chetumal Street on Saturday morning.  The extensively damaged [...]

Samayoa Brothers Refute Police’s Version of Placencia Hotel Fatal Stabbing
Police have yet to charge someone for the stabbing death of Santa Cruz resident, twenty-four-year-old Everaldo Samayoa. He was at the Placencia Hotel and Casino on August eighth along with [...]

No Arrests for Everaldo Samayoa’s Fatal Stabbing
According to Juan, he and his brothers were then leaving the casino when Castillo allegedly followed them into the parking lot and attacked them from the rear.   Voice of: [...]

Conservative Alejandro Giammattei Wins Guatemala’s Presidential Elections
Conservative Alejandro Giammattei has been elected as Guatemala’s new president in a run-off on Sunday. He defeated former first lady and social democrat, Sandra Torres. Guatemala’s Supreme Electoral Council confirmed [...]

U.D.P. Sets Date for National Party Leadership Convention
The United Democratic Party has set a date for its National Leadership Convention. That date is Sunday, February ninth, 2020, five months from now.  The date was announced during the [...]

DYS Celebrates International Youth Day with a Website Launch
To commemorate International Youth Day, the Department of Youth Services hosted an Open Day at all of its youth centers countrywide. The day was used to showcase services that the [...]

A Youth Group Directory
Just now you heard about the Department of Youth Services’ updated website launch. A feature on that site is the Youth Group Directory tab. It is a new online service [...]

Preparing Local Farmers to Meet the Demands of the Sheep Industry
For the past four years, the Government of Belize through the Ministry of Agriculture has been working on expanding the sheep farming industry in Belize. The aim of the project [...]

Leather Tanning, a Value Adding Process for Farmers
The three-day sheep management workshop will also feature a day of leather tanning. Many may not know, but there is a leather cooperative out west. Its members, who are primarily [...]

The Importance of Barrier Islands to Belize
Over the weekend, journalists from the country gathered for a two-day training facilitated by the Earth Journalism Network, a global community of over eight thousand reporters who cover environmental topics. As part [...]

Earth Journalism Network Trains Belizean Reporters
A day before the trip, Belizean reporters gathered in Belize City where they participated in a lively discussion with professionals. The discussion focused primarily on environmental issues including climate change, [...]

The Weekend Sports Stats
Good evening, I’m James Adderly and this is Sports Monday.   [Highlights of the weekend in sports...]

The Reporter

American National May Have Died Of Natural Causes
Police are currently conducting a post-mortem examination on the body of Michael Malcolm Junker, 71, an American national found dead in his sailboat off the coast of Dangriga on Sunday. According to investigators, there were no obvious signs of foul play on the body.

Body Found At Dangriga Lagoon Is Derrick Ramirez
On Wednesday August 7th. we reported on an incident that occurred on Cross Caye, which is about 12 miles off the coast of Dangriga.

Earthquake In Mexico Felt In Belize
An Earthquake was felt in Belize this afternoon by many Belizeans who wondered if it was just a heavy-truck passing in their area or distant pile driving.

Guatemala Elects Right-wing Ex-prison Boss
In the second round of voting Guatemalan voters erased the lead of former first lady Sandra Torres and elected a right wing candidate of the Va-mos Party Alejandro Giamatelli, 63, to be the new President.He has the backing of the Guatemalan military and economic power brokers in his country.

Body Found In Dangriga Lagoon
Multiple sources are telling the Reporter that the badly decomposed body of a man has been found in a lagoon in Dangriga. There are currently two men missing in strange circumstances and it is believed to be one of them.

LOVE FM

Burnt plane found in Southern Belize
A burnt twin engine Cessna airplane was found Saturday morning off the Monkey River Road on a makeshift airstrip in southern Belize. According to Assistant Commissioner of Police, Joseph Myvett, nothing else was found with the plane. Assistant Commissioner of Police – Joseph Myvett: “Sunday morning shortly after 5 am based on the information received …

Belize Song Competition Winners
This weekend ended with a bang in the north as Belizean artists performed their songs live in Corozal for the National Song Competition’s final round. The People’s Choice Award went to both Dennis Requena and Jarrett Cornejo, they were picked by the audience through online voting. For the Belize Song Junior category, Amiri Gentle won …

We Walk as One making a difference
The escalating murder rate continues to cut many lives short, leaving loved ones in grief. Daniel Guardado, a mechanic, was gunned down on Partridge Street Extension in Belize City while pushing his motorcycle in May 2018. Brian Guardado has turned that pain felt from losing his dad into something positive by creating an organization dubbed …

Watchman shoots coworker after a night of drinking
At around 1am Sunday, police officers visited the Radisson Pier where members of the Coast Guard transported a shooting victim along with the alleged shooter. Initial investigation reveals that around ten o’clock on Saturday night, the victim, 57-year-old, Ricardo Mendoza, and the suspected shooter, 46-year-old Jose Cortez, both of whom are watchmen, were at their …

Body of American National found on sailboat
Derrick Ramirez’s body was not the only one found near Dangriga in the past 24 hours. The body of an American National was also found on a sailboat. Assistant Commissioner of Police, Joseph Myvett, said that they are not sure if foul play was involved but there were no signs of violence on the body. …

Earth Journalism Network hosts workshop for local journalists
The Earth Journalism Network is an organization comprised of over nine thousand journalists from around the world. The organization host trainings and issue grants to assist journalists improve their coverage of environmental issues. This weekend Earth Journalism Network was in Belize hosting a workshop and a field trip for local journalist. James Fahn, the Executive …

Man fatally shot in broad daylight in Belize City
A man was gunned down in broad daylight in the old capital today. Around 2pm, 20-year-old, Stephan McLaren was a stone’s throw away from his house when he was targeted by a gunman on New Road. McLaren’s girlfriend, who wished to remain unnamed, said she had just borrowed McLaren’s bicycle to go home to take …

Body found believed to be that of missing man
The body of a man was found in a Gra Gra lagoon a few miles outside Dangriga Town, Stann Creek District. Speculations are that body is that of Derrick Ramirez, the man who had gone missing on Cross Caye on August 4, after his life was threatened. Ramirez had gone diving with some relatives near …

International Youth Day theme: “Transforming Education”
The Department of Youth Services is dedicated to transforming the lives of our youths who will be the future leaders of this country. The Department does this by holding various activities to keep our youths positively engaged and in so doing help them reach their full potential. Today, the Department of Youth Services held an …

Police officer charged with sex crime
A police constable attached to San Ignacio Police went against his oath to protect and serve when he engaged in unlawful sexual intercourse with a 13-year-old girl. Assistant Commissioner of Police, Joseph Myvett, said that the officer, PC Herman Milian, has already been arrested and charged. Assistant Commissioner of Police – Joseph Myvett: “On Friday …

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Venerable Swing Bridge to undergo repairs
The Belize City Council as of last week, closed the west side pedestrian ramp of […]

International Youth Day 2019 turns focus on equitable education
International Youth Day 2019 is being celebrated under the theme, “Transforming education.” According to the […]

Body found in Dangriga
A body was found this morning in the Gra Gra lagoon off the coast of […]

Trinidad attorney Chelsea Stewart joins Belize Bar
Chelsea Justine Stewart, 27, is the newest member of the Belize Bar, approved by Chief […]

Alberto Ara arraigned after capture, denies having intercourse with a pig
Alberto ‘Ali’ Ara,39, a construction worker from Ontario, Cayo District, has pleaded not guilty to […]

Man murdered in Belize City
A man was gunned down this afternoon on New Road in Belize City. The victim […]

Gymnast Simone Biles wins 6th title with a historic floor routine
Simone Biles, the United States Gymnast with Belizean heritage has won her sixth US title with […]

Governor General receives three diplomatic visits at Belize House today
Today, three diplomatic visitors, two ambassadors and a High Commissioner visited Governor General H.E. Sir […]

Albert ‘Ali’ Ara, accused of having intercourse with a pig, captured by police
Police have apprehended Albert ‘Ali’ Ara, the Ontario Village resident who was accused of having sexual […]

International Sourcesizz

Senator Pushes Back After Deported Marine Not Allowed to Enter US for Interview
An Illinois senator is pushing back on unclear government policies for deported veterans who are trying to naturalize after a former Marine was not allowed into the United States for his scheduled citizenship interview. In mid-July, Roman Sabal traveled from his home country of Belize to Tijuana to try to attend his appointment with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services in San Diego. Despite his lawyer's appeals, officers at the San Ysidro Port of Entry wouldn't let him inside the country he had once sworn to protect. Contact a recruiter for insider information on joining the military including signing bonuses, career training + more. Click here! A version of this story initially said that the letter was sent on Monday. It was actually sent on Thursday, according to the senator's office. He ended up traveling back to Belize, disappointed.

Lawsuits in Four Caribbean Countries Challenge Colonial-Era Sodomy laws
LGBTI people in four Caribbean countries over the last year have filed lawsuits against their nations’ colonial-era sodomy laws. Javin Johnson and Sean Macleish on July 26 filed a lawsuit against two laws in St. Vincent and the Grenadines that criminalize consensual same-sex sexual relations. Daryl Phillip, founder of Minority Rights Dominica, and Maurice Tomlinson, a senior policy analyst at the Toronto-based HIV Legal Network, on July 18 announced a gay man who remains anonymous filed a lawsuit against Dominica’s sodomy law.

Belize Faces Ongoing Threats to Habitat
Flyfishing in Belize. 10s of millions of dollars each year flow into our economy from this industry - and while we protect the fish (permit, tarpon and bonefish), we are rubber stamping an outlandish development at Cayo Rosario and destroying the habitat of these game fish. What use is protecting a fish that has nowhere to live and breed? As power tools start up on tiny Cayo Rosario NOW is the time to talk to our Minister Manuel Heredia and members of our town council who promised to take this to Belmopan. Do we want to be one of the best spots in the world for flyfishing or do we want to sell out our national Marine Reserve? We can’t have both. here is some of the science that the EIA glossed over.

Videos

  • Belize Now - August 9, 2019, 22min. In the headlines: Cleopatra White Polyclinic is certified as mother-baby friendly, Caribbean Development Bank names SIF project a “success story”, and municipalities receive funding for September celebrations activities. These stories and more on this week’s edition of Belize Now. Thanks for joining us on this Friday, August 9th, 2019!

  • Belize National Song Comeptition, 35min. On August 10, 2019, the Belize National Song Comeptition was held at Corozal Civic Center. It commence at 8pm where the chairs where filled with people. And, since it was the first time being held in Corozal. buses from across Belize came to Corozal just to witness this famous event. Due to lateness, I could not video the first performance. But, Here is a highlight from Juniors to Senoirs during the event. Congratulations to Jarett Cornejo from Corozal, he Won Senior in the Category.

  • Frigate Birds, 1min. At around Midday today, a group of Frigate Birds flew over the Bay of Corozal hunting for food

  • Best of Tobacco Caye Belize, 6min. Spending 8 months on Tobacco Caye has resulted in some spectacular encounters with many wonderful marine creatures both big and small! Here is our collection of the absolute best bits from our time on Tobacco Caye!

  • Zipline Belize 2019, 3.5min. UnBelizeAble Zipline Adventure.

  • Brent & Lindsay Wedding Video Chabil Mar Luxury Belize Resort, 7min. A Belize Beach wedding at Chabil Mar Resort in Placencia, Belize. This beautiful beach wedding included the bride's request for a butterfly release.

  • CARACOL, GAIA RESORT, RIO FRIO CAVES, BIG ROCK FALLS, 22min. In this VLOG Will Mitchell and Tati head to the Cayo district of Belize and stays in the Pine Ridge National Park at Gaia Resort.

  • You Better Belize It, 3.5min. Video from the trip Rachel and I took with our good friends, Marshall and Amanda Hall. We stayed on the southeastern tip of Ambergris Caye and took day trips to Secret Beach (which is not at all a secret though it is very off the beaten path) and Blue Hole (stopping at Half Moon Caye on way back). Both Were Amazing.

  • Belize Soundfest 2019 Ad, 1min. Ladies and gentlemen. I am encouraged all Belizeans living in home and abroad to come on out on Friday Sept 13th. I will perform there.

  • Kids in Action, 1/2min. Last Saturday field experience with the kids in Action group. We visited Zone C, Zone B and Zone A. The kids learn the importance of these 3 ecosystem.