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Wir sind weniger als einen Monat vom Beginn der Olympischen Spiele 2016 in Rio entfernt und wenn Sie noch keinen olympischen Nike Air Presto Günstige gekauft haben, ist es noch nicht zu spät. Ab sofort ist der Nike Air Presto GPX im Olympic Colorway erhältlich. Nicht zu verwechseln mit dem Nike Air Presto Ultra Flyknit Olympic, das ist das Original Air Presto, da das Obermaterial aus dem traditionellen Neopren-Material besteht. Neutral Grey dominiert das Obermaterial, während Comet Red auf dem Branding der Zehen und der Zwischensohle landet. Obsidian erscheint dann auf der Mittelsohle, dem Innenfutter und den kreisförmigen Grafiken, die überall im Schutzblech des Schuhs platziert wurden.

Nike Air Presto Bestellen Vor nicht allzu langer Zeit haben wir euch mitgeteilt, dass eine Handvoll Prestos mit Grafikmustern auf der Oberseite später veröffentlicht werden. Eine dieser Veröffentlichungen ist die Nike Air Presto Fire Waves, die du oben siehst. Die Grafik auf dem Presto Obermaterial kommt in einer Kombination aus Vivid Sulphur, Black, Sail und etwas Racer Blue. Das tatsächliche besteht aus Feuerwellen, die überall auf dem Overlay platziert sind, während die Schläge von Black auf dem Käfig, den Schnürsenkeln, der Zehenkappe und der Außensohle etwas abschwächen.

Wenn du über den Nike Air Presto Herren Rabatt sprichst, wurde die letzte Woche oder so von der olympischen Farbe dominiert, die viele Leute hatte, die ihre lokalen Einzelhändler angriffen und sich ein Paar schnappten. Die nächste Farbe, die Aufmerksamkeit bekommen sollte, ist dieses Georgetown-Paar, das wir oben sehen. Dieser neue Nike Air Presto Ultra Flyknit verfügt über ein College Navy Flyknit-Obermaterial mit grauen und weißen Details an der Zwischensohle, am Kragen, an der Seite / am Fersencago und an der Zehenkappe. Schon bei ausgewählten internationalen Einzelhändlern angekommen, dürfte es nur eine Frage der Zeit sein, bis diese die USA treffen.

Es gab unzählige Nike Air Presto Damen Billiger, die in den letzten paar Jahren veröffentlicht wurden, aber es ist schwer, dem all-schwarzen Konzept überdrüssig zu werden, wenn der Look auf großartigen neuen Sneakers wie diesem landet. Das ermordete Farbschema kommt neben dem Premium Air Presto Woven, das für die gewebten oberen, matten Fersen- und TPU-Panels und die Sohleneinheit nichts als schwarz von oben bis unten trägt. Das Air Presto Woven "Triple Black" wird bald auf Nike Sportswear-Händler treffen.

Der Nike Air Presto Schuhe Geschäft macht sich bereit für den Frühling mit einem luftigen Mesh-Obermaterial für das warme Wetter und einem saisonalen Pastell-Gelb. Offiziell "Lemon Chiffon" ziert der leichte Gelbstich den gesamten Air Presto Ultra Breeze vom vollmaschigen Obermaterial über den durchsichtigen Käfig bis hin zur aktualisierten Außensohle für die perfekte, auffällige neue Schuhoption, wenn das Wetter in diesem Frühjahr wärmer wird Sommer.

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Did you cop the 'Blusenitz' colorway on Dennis Busenitz's Adidas New York on Sale Skateboarding signature model last spring? Even if you did, chances are you've ollied that pair into the ground, so the Three Stripes brand came through with another blue suede pair here at the peak of the holiday shopping season. This new adidas Busenitz is like the 'Blusenitz' and unlike April's Bluebird/Lab Lime colorup in using white Stripes, and unlike both of those gum bottomed pairs, these have a white sole.

adidas’ extensive rollout for their brand-new, extra-minimal Adidas New York Best Price silhouette continues. Arriving in a military-inspired colorway exclusive to British retailer (and recent buyer of Finish Line) JD Sports, the newest Deerupt features an olive upper adorned with a black heel tab, midsole and outsole. For a finishing touch, the shoe’s military look is offset by the all-over white netting that the Deerupt has become infamous for.

Dennis Adidas New York Men's Cheap name is fresh in the minds of skate fans at the moment, with his Berrics 'Run & Gun' clip having hit right around the start of a month stretch that including today's drop has totaled four new Three Stripes signatures. The adidas Busenitz Vulc is the one of his three versions that had been missing to this point, and now the trinity is complete with this vulc-soled edition rocking a Brick and Running White combo with select black and gold hits.

Releasing alongside the Triple Black version is the Adidas New York Women's Buy iteration that’s hitting retailers for the holiday season. Constructed with a full Primeknit upper dressed in White with a bit of contrast on the Three Stripes in Light Grey. A sock-like ankle collar and a foam-based sole unit completes the simple design.

Adidas New York Shoes Discount Originals has officially unveiled their newest silhouette, the adidas Swift Run that’s set to release on July 27th. The shoe is inspired by 1980s running models in the adidas archive. Today, we take a look at how the Swift Run looks on-feet with two “Multicolor” iterations. Featuring a full Primeknit upper that’s offset by a signature multi-color yarn embroidery on the vamp and heel. The shoe is completed with a molded EVA midsole with TORSION® midfoot system for pure 80s athleticism.

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Travel
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My wife and I have made 4 trips to Ambergris Caye and have enjoyed every trip. Next spring (first week of April) we plan on coming to Belize again and are thinking about Placencia as change of pace. So what am I going to experience that is different, better or worse? Thank you for your information and opinions.
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News
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The San Pedro Sun

Local Musician John Stanley donates to Hope Haven
Local singer and songwriter John Stanley presented an $852.72 donation to Hope Haven after performing a series of shows at local eateries. “I got a message from Hope Haven that they really needed food and supplies, so I donated a box of food myself then decided to go one step further and put on a few performances in San Pedro and see if I could do even more for this great organization.” John Stanley performed at five local restaurants over the past week and replaced his usual tip jar with a donation box instead. “I knew it was slow season, so I wasn’t sure how much I could raise. I thought I had a lofty goal of $500, but when we counted the money at the end of the week it was over $850! I was ecstatic.”

Institute of Archaeology hosts Poem and Theme Competition in Commemoration of World Archaeology Day 2018
The Institute of Archaeology is launching a slogan and poem contest to celebrate International Archaeology Day 2018 which is October 20. The contest is open for both high school and junior college students. The Grand Prize for each category is an exclusive tour for two (2) of the Actun Tunichil Muknal (ATM) Caves with free entrance to the site, complimentary gear and lunch. Second Prize is a tour for two of Xunantunich and Cahal Pech with free entrance and complimentary lunch. Poems must be original works, focus on positive aspects of Archaeological Cultural Heritage in Belize and have a length of 20 lines or less. Themes must be original, focus on positive aspects of Archaeological Cultural Heritage in Belize and have a length of 10 words or less.

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Caye Caulker Humane Society has a new clinic!
he CCHS has a new clinic. What you may not know is that clinic was literally built while all Board Members and were out of town. But because the Humane Society has amazing volunteers, the clinic was built and not a single Saturday clinic was missed. *Plus*, a spay/ neuter day got fit in just days before clinic locations were moved! That's incredible! Huge thanks are in order for the faithful volunteers who kept things moving seamlessly (or better) while the Board was out of town: Susan Pelt, Alex Sidie, Shaena Levin, Susan Newhouse, Staci Coberly, Joshuan Gonzalez, Carol Koris, Jax Lancio, Johanna Starck and Ellis. Also a bit thank you to Merlin for sewing some curtains for us!!

Mary Hill R. C. School Procession
Thanks to all those that assisted in today's procession.

Ear Nose & Throat Screening in Corozal
Corozal Community Hospital Service. October 19th, 2018.

Happy Indigenous Day Belize!!
On Day of the Americas, the Northern Maya Association of Belize (NMAB) salutes all indigenous people of Belize and their descendants, and recognizes the richness of their individual culture that make The Jewel unique. On this occasion, the NMAB recognizes the centuries of constant struggle of our Indigenous people for dignity, and human and cultural diversity. We commend the effort and dedication of all cultural promoters in the safeguarding of the intangible heritage of our ancestors and encourage others to follow.

No-Plastic - No-Styrofoam Exhibit
The new exhibit at the SISE HoC, based on the sustainable summer camp held in Bullet Tree, was launched last week. On Thursday 4th of October, Hon. Minister Dr. Omar Figueroa, in collaboration with Dr. Anita F. Tzec and her organizing team from Bullet Tree Falls village in the Cayo District, officially launched an exhibit on the results of the “1st No-plastic, No-styrofoam Kids Summer Camp, 2018”, which they jointly held in July of this year. The camp, was in line with GOB’s bold effort to phase out single-use plastic and styrofoam food utensils in Belize. It sought to create awareness in children and their families, on the negative health and environmental impacts of single-use plastic and styrofoam, as well as the importance of supporting this ban in our country.

Metal Haven 2018
Metal Haven is only 3 weeks away. Ascenthium will be performing this year. Verge of Umbra will be there too. It all happens in Benque at the Cancha Marshalleck on November 3rd. Tickets and t-shirts are on sale now.

Goff Caye Fundraising Excursion
Support the Belize Brain Awareness Society for a worthy cause. Goff Caye fundraising excursion for the entire family! Come out and have fun in the sun!

Uxbenka Visitors Center Opens
Our brothers and sisters of Santa Cruz village are breaking ground where the living Mayas are taking charge for the protection and development of our cultural heritage. Today they opened their visitors center with lots of feasting, music, dance and beaming pride and dignity in the results of the hard work of the men, women, Elders and young people of Santa Cruz. We congratulate them for their exemplary work! We thank all the friends of Santa Cruz both here at home and from abroad who have stood with them and supported their humble efforts. Together we shall continue to break new grounds!

The Reporter

WILL THE B.N.T.U STRIKE AGAIN
It remains to be seen whether or not Belize National Teachers Union’s last message to the Government of Belize is an indication of the intention to initiate another strike. The BNTU issued a release this week, calling it a warning to GOB that the union does not approve of the way the Ministry of Education has handled the issue of revising the list of schools that receive hardship allowance from the MOE. The union says that it has tried repeatedly to express it concerns about teachers bei g disenfranchised by the new revised list but has not received any response from Chief Executive Officer Deborah Domingo, Chief Education Officer Carol Babb, or the Minister of Education Patrick Faber. The BNTU stressed that the Ministry’s actions have prohibited the union from effectively representing its members.

JAPAN DAY FESTIVAL HELD IN BELIZE CITY
Over 1000 people have visited the Ramada Belize City Princess today for the 10ty Annual Japan Day cultural festival, being held under the theme “Cultural Harmony.” While the Japanese community in Belize is less than 20 persons, the festival has attracted visitors that have even come from outside the Belize district to learn about Japanese food, language , cultural clothes and customs. The event also features two popular competitons: tulhe cosplay competition, where participants dress up as their favorite characters from Japanese anime and video games; as well as the manga competition, where participants create their own comic script using Japanese style art.

CHILD KNOCKED DOWN IN SANTA ROSA
A seven-year-old boy from Santa Rosa village received serious injuries yesterday after being knocked down by a pick-up truck while crossing the road. The child got hit around 5 p.m. yesterday between Miles 26 and 27 on the Southern Highway. He got a fractured skull, abrasions to both hands and injuries to his back. The driver, a 29-year-old construction worker of Silk Grass Village, said that the road was wet and slippery so there was no way he could have avoided the accident.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Belize Celebrates Hicatee Awareness Month
October is commemorated as Hicatee Awareness Month and this is the second year that it is being celebrated in the country. The Turtle Survival Alliance and the Belize Foundation for Research & Environmental Education ( BFREE) have scheduled activities and events this month that will honor the beloved Central American River Turtle, known as the ‘Hicatee’ in Belize.

Delivery Truck Driver Attacked And Robbed In Cayo
Reports reaching our newsroom are that shortly after 5 this afternoon, a Quality Poultry Delivery truck was robbed in Cotton Tree Village, Cayo District. The driver of the truck was attacked and sustained injuries to his head.

Guatemalans busted with machine gun in Benque Viejo
This afternoon, at least two Guatemalan nationals reportedly drove into the Benque Viejo Free Zone with a machine gun. Police searched their vehicle and found the weapon and as a result, the men were detained.

Police questioning suspects for murder of Orange Walk man
Police yesterday informed that they have detained and are questioning suspects for the murder of 21-year-old Jose Medina. Jose Medina and his girlfriend Lucia Luna were walking home Thursday morning when a gunman opened fire at them.

Attempted kidnapper denied bail!
He was recently accused of attempting to kidnap an eight-year-old boy in broad daylight and in front of his siblings in Belmopan and British national, Roger Wallis, 63, was arrested for that crime and remanded to prison. But last week, he reportedly applied for Supreme Court bail before Justice Adolph Lucas.

Blogs

THE BEACH IS BACK! And Other Friday in San Pedro Snapshots
There is only one thing to talk about right now. The plague has subsided. The sargasso has stopped…for a few days now. Since the Tropical Depression that turned into Hurricane Michael breezed by us. LOOK! The sea floor! I won’t get too cocky but I’ll show you some pictures. The water isn’t TOTALLY clear yet…there is still plenty of decaying seaweed that needs to be swept away but HOPEFUL! I am very very very hopeful. I’m sure this tiny rainbow over the lagoon this morning means something positive. Other Friday happenings. Stopping for tacos and BANANA juice at Neri’s Tacos. My order: 3 dollar pork taco with onion, no chile and a banana juice.

International Sourcesizz

Belize: From speed bumps to biting bugs
Economically poor, Belize is rich in biting bugs called “no-see-ems.” While you can’t see “no-see-ems,” you can “feel-em.” And the welts on your body the next day let you see-em and feel-em. Belize replaces speed traps with speed bumps. A total of 37 massive concrete slabs stop traffic in a 24-mile stretch from Palencia. Brits call them “sleeping policemen.” Question: What’s a Belizean crash-test dummy? Answer: A drunk who smashes into a speed bump at full speed.

Expedition into Belize Blue Hole could unlock ancient Mayan secrets
A world-first submarine expedition, involving billionaire Richard Branson, will explore the darkest depths of Belize's Blue Hole, using military-grade sonar to map the sinkhole's vast underwater interior in wondrous detail. Situated 70km off the Belize coast, the giant Blue Hole is one of the world's leading scuba dive spots, and the UNESCO site is believed to hold clues to the mystery of how the Mayan civilisation collapsed between 800 and 1000 AD. The bottom of the Blue Hole, which measures 124 metres deep, has been reached by divers before. But the environment, enveloped in total darkness, is inhospitable and divers are unable to linger for long periods. Expedition leader Harvey Flemming says the large team, which includes Branson and Fabien Cousteau, grandson of famed ocean explorer Jacques, don't really know what they will find.

Redefine the Dive: 10 Tips to Dive Sustainably
Here are some good tips you can practice personally while diving or snorkeling to help care for our fragile and majestic underwater environment. Coral reefs are among the most diverse ecosystems on the planet. Samantha Craven from the Reef-World Foundation shares the basic things divers can do to protect these unique environments. Nature-based tourism is one of the fastest growing industries in the world, and diving numbers are rapidly increasing – there are an estimated one million new divers certified every year. In terms of protecting the environments that these divers travel to see, tourism is a great non-extractive, educational industry that helps create advocates simply by experiencing a reef! However, it is not without its pitfalls.

Videos

  • Christin + Courtney | Belize Intimate Destination Wedding, 7min.

  • Music outreach and exchange at the Office of the Music Ambassador Belize with Aurelio Martinez, 15min. Aurelio Martinez jamming with us. Eliane Amherd: vox and percussion, Aurelion Martinez: guitar and vox, Dawn Drake: bass, Mara Rosenbloom: keys, Paula Green: percussion, Beza Gebre: drums.

  • Belize Mainland Chocolate Tour, 5min. See how cacao is grown, harvested, and turned into the delicious chocolate treat we love so much. Belize is known worldwide for it's high quality chocolate so when you visit, you have to enjoy some.

  • Rio on Pools in Belize, 4min. I visited Rio on Pools & Rio Frio Cave while in Cayo, Belize. Despite the rain, I was able to swim in the refreshing waters of the river. The rocks were a bit slippery from the algae, but the water was pretty clear and capped off a great day of adventures to the Mayan Ruins at Carcol.

  • Belize 2018, 8min.

  • 3 days in BELIZE with my closest friends, 4min. This was a quick fun trip with my cousin chuong and my good friend long to Belize. We spent 3 days of exploring as much as we can. We sailed on a boat an hour away from the shoreline to a private island in the silk keys. We swam with nurse sharks, sting rays and turtles. Our guide even grilled fresh food on a private island. Also, explored the caves by tubing! This is an experience i'll never forget.

  • The first encounter between Colombus and the Maya, 3min.
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    Caye Caulker
    Yesterday at 10:50 AM

    The CCHS has a new clinic, starting this coming Saturday, 13 October, weekly and special surgery clinics will be held in our beautiful new building at our convenient new location near the Alamina cemetery. Same time: 9 - 11. Come see us!

    What you may not know is that clinic was literally built while all Board Members and were out of town. But because the Humane Society has amazing volunteers, the clinic was built and not a single Saturday clinic was missed. *Plus*, a spay/ neuter day got fit in just days before clinic locations were moved! That's incredible!

    Huge thanks are in order for the faithful volunteers who kept things moving seamlessly (or better) while the Board was out of town: Susan Pelt, Alex Sidie, Shaena Levin, Susan Newhouse, Staci Coberly, Joshuan Gonzalez, Carol Koris, Jax Lancio, Johanna Starck and Ellis.

    Also a bit thank you to Merlin for sewing some curtains for us!!

    Please meet our beautiful new clinic! This building truly was a labour of love on the part of many people!

    Thanks are in order for Susan Pelt for her excellent work at being our building goddess and forewoman and overseeing the construction of the building while most of our volunteers were out of town; Carol Koris for being painter and general helper extraordinaire; Cher Mungovan for supply transport and needle sorting, Tom Sullivan for generously allowing us to build on and use his land; Roberto Cruz, Manager at Weezie's and huge help throughout the process; David Gray doing the electrical wiring for the building, David Waugh for doing the wiring, plumbing and being our Door Wizard); Matt Bamford for making our cupboards and Matt and Keith Tzac for putting in window inserts allowing us to attach screens or plastic covering as needed; Allie Johnstone for painting us great signs; and finally, Frontier Belize volunteers for helping move all our crap and sorting through leashes and collars.

    Thanks so much to everyone who helped out! We can't wait to start seeing our patients in our swanky new building. Come see us!


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    News
    10/13/18 12:42 PM

    And continue the legal battle for his exoneration

    Family and friends continue to fight for the freedom of 33-year-old San Pedro resident William Godoy, who was charged for the murder of Alfredo Cowo. Godoy, a mechanic from the DFC area of San Pedro Town, was formally arrested and charged on Friday, January 19th for the murder of Cowo.

    Godoy’s Attorney Oscar Selgado told The San Pedro Sun they are fighting for the charges of murder to be withdrawn, as there is not enough evidence to demonstrate that he is responsible for Cowo’s murder. He stated that the main witness, Cowo’s girlfriend Reyes, has left the country and that in fact, there is no registration of her departure at the office of immigration. “I checked with the immigration, and they have never registered a Paola Reyes in the country, which means that it could not even be her real name. I believe she left because she knew that Godoy was not the person responsible for the murder of Cowo,” he said. Selgado also added that they have received a copy of text messages from one of Godoy friends, which shows that she and he were messaging via Facebook between 12AM and 12:23AM on that morning of Tuesday, January 16th. In the conversation, Godoy was asking his friend to accompany him to the casino located north of the Sir Barry Bowen Bridge. She declined the offer due to the late hour and the conversation ended and Godoy reportedly went to sleep. “It was around that same time that Cowo was being shot near the Central Park, so there’s no way it could have been Godoy,” said Selgado.

    Click here to read the rest of the article in the San Pedro Sun

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    Ambergris Caye
    10/13/18 12:19 PM
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    Local favorite singer and songwriter John Stanley presented an $852.72 donation to Hope Haven after performing a series of shows at local eateries. "I got a message from Hope Haven that they really needed food and supplies, so I donated a box of food myself then decided to go one step further and put on a few performances in San Pedro and see if I could do even more for this great organization."

    John Stanley performed at five local restaurants over the past week and replaced his usual tip jar with a donation box instead. "I knew it was slow season, so I wasn't sure how much I could raise. I thought I had a lofty goal of $500, but when we counted the money at the end of the week it was over $850! I was ecstatic.”

    “I want to thank The Dive Bar, Crocs, Crazy Canuks, Average Joe’s, and Sandy Toes for hosting this fund drive and supporting me in my efforts.” John Stanley has been performing in San Pedro for the past two years. He plays a variety of music that includes rock and roll, reggae, and country music. He also performed many songs from his upcoming CD, “Rivers, Rocks, and Rain” which is scheduled for release later this year.

    “It was great to see how generous both tourists and locals were at these shows. I can’t thank them enough, and it’s going to a great cause.” Hope Haven provides food, shelter and a safe place for at-risk children in San Pedro. Recently they have been helping local families that have lost their homes to fires. Donations can be made directly at their location across from the airport or online via their Facebook page or their web site, www.hopehavenbelize.com.
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    Toledo
    10/13/18 12:04 PM

    The Toledo Institute for Development and Education is hosting its annual conservation festival. In the past, it was called the TIDE Fish Festival, but this year, it has been renamed to the TIDE Conservation Festival, capturing marine and terrestrial conservation efforts.  The event opened today in Punta Gorda and continues over the weekend.  The focus this year is to beat plastic pollution and so as a result, a number of environmentally friendly initiatives will be held to promote green products. Stephene Supaul tells us more about the event.

    On the Phone: Stephene Supaul, Operations Manager, TIDE

    “This year, we are celebrating sixteen years of this event and we decided to choose the theme: “Beat Plastic Pollution; If You Can Reuse It, Refuse It.”  It is the theme that the whole event is centered on.  For the first time ever, we are insisting that all vendors use reusable plastic or we have biodegradable material that they can use. Everything will be biodegradable. And then plastic bottles…we will be serving water in cups; or people bring their bottles and we will do refills. So it is all about eliminating the single use plastics and Styrofoam on that weekend. On Saturday, in the morning at ten a.m., we have water sports for the kids at TIDE compound and then the tour of the south heads from independence to TIDE Compound at ten a.m.  We will have different activities in the morning. And then it is followed by TIDE’s Conservation Gala in the evening at Social Security Building from seven p.m. to twelve midnight.”

    TIDE conservation gala carries a cover charge of fifty dollars. The activities continue on Sunday with a fishing tournament and a number of other family friendly activities.

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    Nature
    10/13/18 11:05 AM

    Hicatee turtles are becoming more extinct as a result of being over hunted, every year. The month of October is observed as Hicatee Awareness Month where NGOs such as the Belize Foundation for Research and Environmental Education, BFREE, has made it their goal to spread awareness on the critically endangered specie. Jaren Serano, BFREE’s Science and Research Fellow, explains what the organization has been doing to save the hicatees and how they’ve been spreading awareness.

    Jaren Serano BFREE Science and Research Fellow: “What we are doing with Hicatee awareness this month, we are trying to raise awareness for this loss and we want everybody to be aware and educated about how serious this issue is and how pressing it is to take action and to take care of the Hicatees. For Hicatee awareness month we have sent out numerous packets, educational packets to different schools country wide so they can incorporate the Hicatee into their teaching curriculum and we are trying to target different schools because we believe that the children are the future. We also do different outreach to different farmers and we use media outlets as like this one to let the public know more about what is going on. We try to have briefings with different hunters and we try to let them know that we are not saying not to eat the Hicatee but to harvest it in sustainable way.”

    Serano also shares information on the Hicatees, such as the rate at which they are hunted, and the area that is further assisting in its extinction.

    Jaren Serano BFREE Science and Research Fellow: The last country wide river survey for the Hicatee was done in 2010 and they found out that the Hicatee’s are very scarce in areas along the river side that are populated by people. There are little to zero Hicatee’s in those areas. The Hicatee are primary hunted along the Belize River Valley. We have done various different surveys talking to different hunters and like I said there was s a country wide survey in 2010 and the statistics showed that along the Belize River Valley is where Hicatee’s are hunted the most. Every since the dawn of time people usually hunt for food, hunt for living, it is something culturally embedded in us Belizean’s you know, we hunt game meat and the Hicatee just happens to be the game meat that is hunted and it has been over hunted and over exploited.

    BFREE has launched a nationwide poster contest for students to participate in as they strive to spread awareness this month. The winner’s design will be featured on the 2019 Hicatee Awareness Month Poster that will be distributed to various schools in Belize. For more information visit the BFREE website at www.bfree.org.

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    Hicatee’s Survived The Dinosaurs But Not Modern Belize

    You probably didn't know that October is Hicatee Awareness Month - and hearing it now, you're might be thinking of how nice some Hicatee soup would be. Indeed, it's one of the most prized and rare local dishes. And that's because Hicatee cannot legally be bought or sold, it can only be caught for personal consumption.

    Those laws were enacted about 20 years ago when it became apparent that Belize's Hicatee population was being eaten out.

    Indeed, the Central American Fresh Water turtle as it is properly known is actually on the verge of extinction!

    One local conservation group based in Toledo is raising awareness about its acute endangerment.

    The Belize Foundation for Research & Environmental Education, known as BFREE is organizing awareness activities in schools and the general public. Today two of their educators came all the way form Bladden to Belize City to tell us why we should treasure this unique fresh water turtle:..

    And more than just raising awareness, BFREE is actually breeding the endangered mammal. Serrano told us about their captive breeding facility - which is also unique to Belize.

    The Hicatee season is open for 11 months of the year, but is limited to three turtles per person on foot or bike, and 5 per car.

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    Living in Belize
    10/13/18 11:00 AM

    Mental health services are now accessible for island residents, as a professional mental health counselor Christa Courtenay is offering sessions in San Pedro Town every Friday. Mental health therapy, is a way to help people with a broad variety of emotional and mental difficulties. It can help to eliminate or control troubling symptoms so a person can function better, and can increase well-being and healing.

    She has been in the private practice in Belize for the past six years and continues to focus her energy on expanding to offer mental health services to other towns and districts. Courtenay loves witnessing and celebrating each client’s achievements and embraces that love by continuing to fill that gap in the community.

    For individual and couple’s psychotherapy, the price ranges from $120 to $150 for a 50-minute session, while family psychotherapy ranges from $150 to $200 for a 75-minute session, while group psychotherapy ranges from $150 to $200 for a 60-minute session. Specialized services can be made available upon request. Courtenay is also willing to offer packages for businesses on the island that are interested in providing counseling to their employees.

    Courtenay is available for appointments in San Pedro Town on Fridays. If you are interested in professional mental health counseling, she can be contacted via cell phone at 670-6080 or email at christa.courtenay@gmail.com

    Click here to read the rest of the article in the San Pedro Sun

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    News
    10/13/18 10:41 AM

    A San Pedro father was gunned down at a bar on San Pedro. Last night around 10:30, 21 year old Julian Trapp was hanging out with his brother and fiancé at La Choza Bar when a brazen gunman fired at them. This was not the first time the family has been targeted. Courtney Weatherburne has more details.

    Courtney Weatherburne reporting
    Every Friday morning Julian Trapp would bring his 10 year old niece Deanna to Manelly's ice cream shop - an outing she always looked forward to.

    Today, her mother had to take her instead, but for little Deanna, it wasn't the same and it never will be.

    Julian Trapp was shot and killed last night at La Choza Bar and Grill - his favorite chill spot.

    Trapp, his fiancée, and his brother Armando Trapp along with another friend were hanging out inside the bar when a gunman walked up to them and opened fire.

    Voice of: Jeidi Trapp, Sister
    "My brother told me he saw what happened, he say he saw someone coming from behind him because Julian Trapp had his back against you know."

    "He saw someone coming and point a gun and he scream and told Julian gunman when he hollered gunman, the gunman burst two shot and one of them caught Armando's hand, then the bartender scream and say run and everybody run and when Julian notice that his girlfriend was left behind he went back and look for his girl and that is when he got shot."

    Amateur video shows the aftermath when police rushed Julian's limp, bloodied body to the hospital, but he didn't make it. According to the family, he was shot about 7 times.

    Today, Trapp's only sister and his niece re-visited the scene. As they stared at the spot where Julian was ruthlessly gunned down, they tried to piece together what could have led to his murder. Jeidi says it is a family feud that got out of hand when Armando was shot in April. Julian was just caught in the middle.

    Voice of: Jeidi Trapp, Sister
    "It is a long time beef, nothing to do with Julian but you know with our families, other families but like they say if you can't get who they want get, they will get whoever is around and that is what happened because Julian is not that type of person, he is 21 years old and he is one of the top mechanics on San Pedro, he has been working 9 years at J and H and not even the police can say it is drug related because they never caught or charged Julian for no drugs or nothing."

    Courtney Weatherburne, reporter
    "Do you know how or when this beef started?"

    Voice of: Jeidi Trapp, Sister
    "I am not sure because I was living in the city, like the first time my brother got shot, Armando."

    Courtney Weatherburne
    "That was this year April right?"

    Voice of: Jeidi Trapp, Sister
    "Yes ma'am that was when the beef started all over."

    Now that bad blood has left a family broken with only good memories to hold on to. His friends and relatives say Julian wasn't a saint but he sure had good qualities.

    Courtney Weatherburne
    "And you guys were close, tell us about that relationship, how close were you guys?"

    Voice of: Allen Zetina, Best Friend
    "We hang out, we drink, we party, we laugh you know and give trouble, but good trouble (LAUGH)."

    Voice of: Cousin
    "Well actually, he as a nice person, always sharing, loving likes to party."

    Courtney Weatherburne
    "I am sure he will certainly be missed."

    Voice of: Cousin
    "Yes he is missed by everyone."

    Armando Trapp was treated and released. The family says Armando saw the shooter's face and knows who he is. But in the police report it states that the gunman had a mask.

    Julian Trapp leaves behind a 2 year old son. He had just started his own golf cart business earlier this year. He would have gotten married in December.

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    10/12/18 03:39 PM

    Amazing humans or WOW that's big! While it's easy to focus on the negative, we are happy to share the good news and praise for the incredible effort Forest Department officers and Chris Summers put in to help this rather large (10ft) croc who had fishing line wrapped around his snout.

    (Un?)fortunately the xrays revealed no fishing hooks or metal objects. Which is good, but also gives us no idea where the line ends.

    The good news is we will not have to take the risk of surgery. The bad news is that the prognosis is unclear. Here we are removing the wooden speculum after we tubed him with mineral oil (to try and make things "slide through"...) and he is biting down a bit. Thankfully he was a "mild mannered patient" so far. Fingers crossed he left our enclosure (which is NOT made for his kind and size) intact over night and fingers crossed for his recovery.


    An update on Thomas!

    Yesterday, ACES and the Belize Forest Department transferred this 10-foot American Crocodile from Ambergris Caye to the vet's office in Cayo, as the crocodile had fishing line hanging out of his mouth and there was fear that a fishing hook was on the other end. We had some good news from Belize Wildlife & Referral Clinic, X-rays showed no hook in his belly which means risky surgery is not necessary! The bad news is that we still do not know what is causing the fishing line to be stuck, or where it ends. Thomas was given mineral oil to hopefully assist in moving along whatever it's caught on - time will tell at this point. We hope he is able to pass whatever it is he ingested and it does not cause any internal damage.

    Again, we would like to stress two things here - first, it is illegal (not to mention dangerous for all parties involved) to feed, harass, or attempt to catch a crocodile. These crimes are punishable with a fine of up to $10,000, and possible jail time. Second, please remember to remove any tangled and broken fishing gear so situations like this do not occur and we can protect our precious wildlife. This very stressful procedure is avoidable if we all do our part to protect mother nature.

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    The San Pedro Sun

    Shooting in Boca Del Río Area
    San Pedro police are investigating a shooting in the Boca Del Río Area that has allegedly left one male person dead. Unconfirmed reports indicate that the deceased was shot to death by the beach while socializing at a popular bar. An update will be provided as official information becomes available.

    RCGO wins softball marathon; seasonal tournament opens
    On Sunday, October 7th the final softball marathon game concluded at the Honourable Louis Sylvestre Sporting Complex. Taking the victory was Team RCGO over Quality Reef. Immediately after, the seasonal San Pedro Co-Ed Softball Tournament, organized by The San Pedro Town Council, began with the participation of six teams: San Pedro High School (SPHS), Beer League, Extreme, Rusties, Quality Reef and RCGO. In the upcoming weeks, these teams will do their best to stay on top of their game and win the championship. Games continue on Sunday, October 14th, starting at 9:30AM, with SPHS taking on Extreme, followed by Rusties against Quality Reef. The last game of the day will be between RCGO and Beer League. All softball fans are invited to come out and support the tournament and their favorite teams.

    San Pedro Pirates lose 3-1 against Freedom Fighters
    Week nine of the 2018-2019 Opening Season of the Premiere League of Belize (PLB) saw yet another loss for the San Pedro Pirates Football Club. The island team lost in a home game at the Ambergris Stadium against Punta Gorda Town’s Freedom Fighters F.C. This latest match, which ended in a 3-1 score, leaves the Pirates with the same 10 points and in the sixth position in the overall tournament standings. For their next match, the San Pedro Pirates will be playing another home match against Altitude Assassins F.C on Saturday, October 20th. The game is scheduled to start at 7:30PM at the Ambergris Stadium in San Pedro Town. All islanders are invited to come out and support the island team. Food and drinks will be on sale during the game.

    Rotary Club of Ambergris Caye once again brings magic to the island
    The Rotary Club of Ambergris Caye (RCAC) brought magic to the island’s children with the third annual ‘Intermagia Magic Show,’ on Saturday, October 6th. Hundreds of parents took their children for an evening of enchantment at the Angel Nuñez Auditorium, with two children’s show at 1PM and 6PM. The magicians entertaining the crowd hailed from Argentina, Costa Rica, Honduras, Guatemala, and Mexico. The show began after RCAC President Paul DuVille welcomed and thanked everyone in attendance. The event serves as a fundraiser for the many projects the club plans for the island. The main beneficiary from this event is the Dr. Otto Rodriguez San Pedro Polyclinic II, which continues to receive donations from the Rotarians on the island.

    Mixed Martial Arts and Self-Defense course hosted at Kidtopia
    Many island children learned some Mix Martial Arts (MMA) and self-defense techniques at Kidtopia San Pedro on Saturday, October 6th. The session was facilitated by MMA trainer Martin Dawson of Dawson’s Pit Fighters Training School, who taught the children basic fighting techniques to better prepare them in a vulnerable situation. The training session was held at the playground area inside Kidtopia San Pedro from 2PM to 4PM. Dawson began with some warm-ups and stretching’s such as jumping, sit-ups, and crunches, after which the participants were shown a variety of defensive moves based on hypothetical scenarios. The seminar ended with the children trying out the different techniques with the assistance of the instructor.

    Misc Belizean Sources

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    Justice Sir Manuel Sosa Honoured by UWI
    President of the Court of Appeal of Belize, Justice Sir Manuel Sosa, was among seventy alumni of the University of the West Indies (UWI) who were honoured on the occasion of the University’s 70th anniversary of service and leadership across the region. The honour was conferred on the recipients at an official ceremony held on Wednesday, October 10th, at the UWI Cave Hill Campus in Barbados. The honour was conferred on the “University’s most outstanding alumni, who have excelled in their fields of endeavour”. Sir Manuel was unable to attend the ceremony but has stated: “I am most grateful to my beloved alma mater, though much humbled that she should consider me fit to be in this select gro

    4th Annual Belize Diabetes 26 miles Fun Run
    The 4th Annual Belize Diabetes 26 miles Fun Run will be held on Sunday October 14, 2018: The Run kicks off at the Belmopan Market Square in route to Palacios Mountain Retreat at 5:00 am with a momentous 26 miles walkathon; followed by a Marathon at 6:00 am and a 26 miles one mile Relay at 7:00am. The Fun Run is a meaningful twenty-six (26) miles run to create an awareness about the danger caused by Diabetes. The Run was designed to create community awareness about the danger caused by Diabetes Complication in an effort to contribute to the prevention, reversal or elimination of this deadly disease which is a leading killer of Belizeans and people across the globe. All Diabetes Run participants will stop at Mile 29 and await all runners and together as one big family run to the finish line at Palacios Retreat located at Mile 30, St. Margaret’s Village located on the Hummingbird Highway The Run comes to an end with all day swimming, dancing, interactive booth displays and presentations illustrating care and preventative measures of Diabetes Highlighting Nutrition and Exercise.

    Miss Hispanoamericana 2018
    October 11 2018 from Bolivia. Im honored to be representing my country and I am grateful with the love and support from many. I am looking forward in representing BELIZE with everything in my part to make our jewel be known. Miss Hispanoamericana Belize 2018

    Happy International Day of the Girl!
    This year's theme is "With Her: A Skilled GirlForce." UN Secretary-General António Guterres said as we celebrate the International Day of the Girl, let us recommit to supporting every girl to develop her skills, enter the workforce on equal terms and reach her full potential. This day highlights and addresses the needs and challenges girls face, while promoting girls’ empowerment and the fulfillment of their human rights. Celebrate the potential of girls around the world, and highlight the threats, discrimination, and issues facing their well-being.

    ICJ Information Education Secession
    if you are in San Pedro, UniBAM and EYBM is having its second session on the International Court of Justice on the 13th of October for L.G.B.T.I Belizeans. Do share the session if your in San Pedro and tell a friend.

    Urban Birdwatch in San Pedro
    Gotta love our feathered friends! Be sure to join the Urban Birdwatch in San Pedro, Sunday, October 14th! Meet us at Central Park at 6AM...you know the early bird always gets the worm!

    CHETUMAL: THE NEW FREE ZONE?
    Plans are in the pipeline to turn neighbouring Chetumal to a Mexican Free Zone. "In a press conference led by López Obrador and Joaquín González, the president-elect announced that as of January 1, 2019 he will start the free zone program in the entire northern border of the country; "From January 1, the value added tax will fall from 16 to 8%, the same will reduce the income tax, fuel prices will be homologated, gas will cost the same, gasoline will be the same as costs in the United States (USA) and will increase the minimum wage to double."

    Rocktober Halloween Social at Wayo's
    Get ready for a Spooktacular evening! Live Music, Costume Contest, Drink Specials & More! Wednesday, October 31, 2018 at 7 PM – 11:30 PM, Wayo's Beach Bar, Beachfront Boca Del Rio

    Official release from Mary Hill School, October 11th, 2018 on school incident
    "Dear Parents and Guardians:- This is an official statement regarding an incident that happened today October 11, 2018 at our school. This is also being posted to clarify many rumors that are circulating on social media about this incident. At approximately 8:45 a.m a man came into the compound through one of the small gates and approached one of our employees. He asked a series of questions regarding our school and principal. No information was given to him by the employee and he was directed to the principal. He proceeded to the office to speak to the principal. He spoke with the principal and asked for monetary help. He presented a passport to show his identity which is when the principal took advantage and took a picture of the passport. When he did not get information or monetary help, he started to get aggressive.

    BEL apologizes to customers for the delay in delivery of printed bills in October
    To check your account balance, send a text to 235 with “Balance (your account number)”: or call toll free: 0-800-235-2273.

    Belizean Christmas Vol 2
    The 2nd annual Belizean Christmas concert is on Friday, December 7th. Mervin Budram and Alida Sharp will be performing many Christmas hits, including songs they've written. It's all happening at the George Price Centre in Belmopan. "Belizean Christmas promises to be a magical Caribbean Christmas experience filled with music, warmth and Christmas cheer. “BELIZEAN CHRISTMAS Vol 2” will be the perfect place to gather with your friends, family and loved ones. This family oriented Christmas event is scheduled for Friday, December 7th at 7pm at The George Price Center!!"

    Intro to Bird Identification
    PG get ready. November 11-13 is your time to go birding! Limited spaces so don't wait last minute to book your spot. One of our stops will be at the Belize Raptor Watch to watch the spectacular raptor migration as the leaders explain this natural phenomenon. See you soon...

    October Big Day results—more than 6,000 species in one day!
    Here's a summary of October Big Day 2018. Some cool stuff around the world! On 6 October, more than 17,000 birders around the world went birding together for the first October Big Day. Reporting from 146 countries, they tallied 6,136 species of birds: more than half of the world’s birds in a single day. eBirders added 21,149 pictures to their lists, photographing 2,356 species in these 24 hours. This is a new height for a single day of October birding.

    Urban Garden in downtown Belize City
    Yesterday the Downtown Rejuvenation Project, Anglican Cathedral College and Ministry of Agriculture completed the training of thirty one students and six members from the community in Horticulture. The establishment of an Urban Garden in downtown is a part of the Downtown Rejuvenation Project and its main purpose is to build capacity within the marginalized community of South Side Belize and it involve people working with plants to produce food. Urban Gardens or City farms are usually community-run gardens which aim to improve community relationships and offer an awareness of agriculture and farming to people who live in urbanized areas.

    Fish attracting devices and beach traps Consultation
    The San Pedro Tourist Guide Association invites all members of these associations to a very important consultation on October 18th 2018 at the San Pedro High school conference room at 7pm on Fish attracting devices and beach traps!!! HOL CHAN BELIZE FISHERIES DEPARTMENT, DEPARTMENT OF THE ENVIRONMENT, COASTAL ZONE CZMAI, SAN PEDRO TOURIST GUIDE ASSOCIATION, AMBERGRIS FISHING ASSOCIATION, SAN PEDRO TOUR OPERATORS ASSOCIATION

    Sandy Bradshaw and Friends Concert
    SANDY BRADSHAW AND FRIENDS ' LOVE CONCERT OCTOBER 20th 2018 -7:30 p.m. At the BLISS CENTRE FOR PERFORMING ARTS-GET YOUR TICKETS NOW AT LA FASHIONS BOUTIQUE BELIZE ITY CYS MUSIC STORE BLISS CENTRE FOR PERFORMING ARTS. Enjoy a lovely evening with your significant other you can purchase a ticket to the Sandy Bradshaw and friends concert! I promise you will enjoy it. She has great lyrics that you can enjoy.

    Channel 7

    The Return Of “Rambo-town”
    There was a broad daylight murder in Orange Walk Town this morning. Jose Medina, who was lying low in the town, was shot and killed a stone’s throw away from the house he moved to a few weeks ago. 
    His girlfriend, Lucia Luna, who got injured in Medina’s street execution, is currently hospitalized in a critical condition. Residents say that Medina knew that he had a target on his back, and that he did what he could protect himself. But, at around 11:00 this morning, a shooter ambushed him right at the alley that leads to his house. 7News travelled to Orange Walk Town to try to find out what was behind this latest killing, and Daniel Ortiz tries to connect the dots in a dizzying succession of gang murders in that town. Here’s that story:

    Man Survives Butane Explosion With Burns
    Tonight a 65 year old resident of San Isidro village in the Toledo District is admitted to the Southern Regional Hospital with burns to his face and hand.  He should be home by tonight, but, the truth is, he is lucky to be alive after he survived an LPG explosion that completely destroyed his Ford van.   Around 6:00 yesterday, Jose Tomas Rosales was filling up his taxi van with butane when the tank inside the van exploded.  Police told us more: Insp. Wilfredo Ferrufino - CIB: "The 10th of October, Bella Vista police were called to San Isidro Village in the Stann Creek District. They had received information of an explosion at the butane gas depot, Garcia's Butane Gas Depot. On arrival they spoke to persons out there and they gathered that Jose Tomas Rosales, 65 year old taxi driver was at the gas depot putting butane in his 2004 Ford 350 van and whilst doing that he lighted a cigarette and that caused the fumes to spark..."

    Fire Dept. Says Not So Sure of Cigarette Fire Starter
    But the Fire Department isn’t so sure that he was smoking.  Today, operations officer Benesford Matura said they are still investigating:… Benesford Matura - Operation Officer, BNFS: "Apparently while filling the van, there was a flash, a leak somewhere with the butane and it flashed and caused the butane tank that was placed at the rear inside the van, behind the last seat to explode. The only person that got injured was the said owner and driver Mr. Rosales. He got burns basically to the upper body, face, two arms and his chest area."

    BNTU Swinging For Stevedores
    The utility workers came out yesterday saying they support the stevedores in their industrial dispute with the port of Belize.  And, now, the Belize National Teachers Union has done the same.   The BNTU sent out a release today saying “we at the BNTU fully understand…the frustration of stevedores…the BNTU stands firm in its continued support of our brothers and sisters of the CWU and wish them well on the road to finding a resolution to the current impasse….the BNTU…is prepared to take the necessary…action to ensure their negotiations conclude in a timely manner. We will not sit idly by and watch our brothers continue to be disadvantaged..”

    Southern Caucus Called In to Leader’s Office
    On Tuesday you saw the PUP Southern Caucus, and members of the Western Caucus forge out on their own - ahead of their party - to meet with the anti-ICJ Peace Movement.   When we asked them about whether it would displease their party leader - they clearly said that he was “ok” with it: Hon. Oscar Requena, Toledo West: "The party met and we had extensive discussions. Coming out of our national executive meeting the decision was made that we are going to vote our conscience. I think it is important that we lay that on the table, because the party leader has gone on record to say that we are all entitled to our own individual positions and we are making that out. As leaders we need to speak to other leaders in this country who I believe shares common interest, common issues and I think that is what we are doing today."

    Decoding That Special Gift to City Hall
    A Chinese businesswoman in Belmopan has had her special gift to the Belize City Council returned.  It was an envelope stuffed with fifty $50 dollar bills - nicely left on the city administrator’s desk on Tuesday.   The “gift” was reportedly from Liu Nan, the owner of Office Station an stationery and office supplies business in Belmopan.   The City Administrator Stephanie Garbutt handed the envelope over to the Mayor who wrote to Nan yesterday saying, quote, “this was not the first time you have attempted to leave a gift for her. The first incident she returned and asked that it not be offered again.  Additionally I have received reports that you stuffed a one hundred dollar not in the hands of our Park Manager after he received the garbage bags that we purchased from you.”

    Mayor’s Meet on Hopkins Beach
    The Mayor was not in the city to address the press today. He was in Hopkins village at a Mayor’s Association retreat.  They were there to learn about an review the child friendly initiative - which is to make municipal governance more inclusive. Minister of State for Local Government Dr. Carla Barnett told the government press office more:… Hon. Dr. Carla Barnett - Minister of State, Local Government: "Well the mayor's retreat is aimed at looking at the implementation of the sustainable and child friendly municipalities’ initiative; it's been an implementation since 2014. Several of the municipalities have been implementing projects and programs under this initiative. They've all established their child advisory board which seeks to involve the children in the design and implementation of projects."

    Cops Mum On Bobby Garcia Murder Investigation
    On last night’s news, we told you about the two male minors, ages 14 and 15, who have been arrested and charged for the weekend's strange murder of 19 year-old Bobby Garcia, a resident of San Ignacio Town. Our sources told us that the investigators got what is believed to be the murder weapon, and they recorded  a caution statement from one of the minors who confessed to the killing, saying that he participated in it as part of an initiation ritual to join an emo cult.  It is a matter of intense public interest, more so because the Cahal Pech Archaeological Site was used to kill this teenager, and so the press tried to get additional information out of police. But, today the police spokesperson didn’t say much:

    Mile 8 Housebreaker Caught on Camera
    35 year-old Mario Zelaya, a wood carver of a Raccoon Street Extension address in Belize City, was taken to court for breaking into a man’s home at mile 8 an a half on the George Price Highway. The incident occurred on October 8 at the home of 34 year old Manuel Castillo in  Sunset Park on the Western Highway - and it was caught on camera.   Castillo left his house along with his wife and their two children around 7:20 a.m., to go to Belize City. His house is equipped with two surveillance cameras that he and his wife can monitor via their cell phones. He said that at about 12:30 p.m., his wife called him and told him that she noticed that one of the cameras was pointed in the wrong direction. As you can see, it is barely capturing the image of the alleged housebreaker.

    16 Yr. Sentence Whittled Down to 8 Months
    Tonight, 26 year-old Oscar Maldonado, and 32 year-old Jewel Palma are at the Belize Central Prison serving out the rest their prison sentence for the 2009 killing of the Taiwanese businessman, Tsong Min Liou. Their sentence of 16 years was whittled down to 8 months by Justice Colin Williams on Friday.   Both men were charged with murder for Liou’s death, but they both pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of manslaughter.  Arriving to this sentence Justice Collin Williams said he took into consideration that they had pleaded guilty and saved the court time, that several character witnesses had testified on their behalf and that Maldonado was a minor when he committed the offence.

    Riding For Prostate Health And Awareness
    It’s Cancer Awareness month - and this weekend the focus is on prostate cancer in men.   That’s the object of the cancer ride - which is in its third year. Organizer Heather Reneau told us more:… Heather Reneau - Senior Administrator, BCS: "We have our prostate cancer awareness ride which coming up this weekend, it's called our cancer challenge and it takes place this Saturday leaving Drums of our Fathers in Dangriga and we go to San Ignacio, the Macal River Park and then we leave from the Benque border the following morning at 6 AM and we come to Belize. So yes it's a staggering journey but this ride was actually created to mimic what a person goes through when battling cancer..."

    A Solider’s Solemn Funeral
    Belizean born US soldier, Adrienne Barrillas was buried in Belize on Tuesday with a full US military honours. It made for quite an unusual scene at St. Joseph’s Church where she had also gone to school as a child.  Her casket also arrived in Belize with a full US Army escort. In late September, 22 year old Barrillas died under still unknown circumstances at a US military base in Seoul, South Korea where she was stationed. The report from the US military only said that she was found unresponsive and that her death was being investigated by the army’s Criminal Investigation Command.  Barillas had arrived in South Korea in 2017, as a water treatment specialist.  In a brief military career, she had earned the Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal and Army Service Ribbon. 

    A Camp For Cleaning The Environment
    In July, we told you about the “1st No-plastic, No- styrofoam Kids Summer Camp, 2018” held in Bullet Tree Falls, Cayo.  Fifty children between the ages of 5 and 16  participated. To show the community what they did, one week ago, they mounted an exhibit at the NICH House of Culture in San Ignacio Town. Here’s what it looked like:  

    Channel 5

    Gang War Intensifies as Another Gang Member Gunned Down in OW
    Orange Police and the Orange Walk community are grappling with an escalating, internal gang war.  Another Back-A-Town Gang associate was gunned down in broad daylight this morning.  Twenty-one-year-old Jose “Duffy” [...]

    Confirmation: Milo Paz Dies in Panama Plane Crash
    The Paz family in San Pedro Town has received confirmation of the death of forty-nine-year-old Jose Milo Paz.  The veteran pilot and aviation pioneer died in a plane wreck in [...]

    Elderly Man Injured in Butane Explosion in the South
    An elderly man is recovered at the Southern Regional Hospital following an explosion in San Isidro Village in the Stann Creek District.  On Wednesday evening around six-twenty, Bella Vista Police [...]

    Was Explosion Caused by Cigarette?
    Independence Fire Department personnel responded to the explosion, which occurred approximately nine miles away from the station. On arrival, they spotted the thirteen-seater van completely destroyed by fire, but they [...]

    Who’s Liable for Explosion?
    While Morales is lucky to be alive, the situation could have turned fatal. The incident has brought into focus the need for safety measures to be exercised at butane gas [...]

    2 Minors Remanded Until December for San Ignacio Murder
    Two minors are behind bars tonight for the murder of San Ignacio teenager Bobby Garcia. Charges of murder and conspiracy to commit murder were levied on the under-aged high school [...]

    Belama Resident Charged for Shooting of Thomas Ferguson
    A twenty-six-year-old Belama resident was charged for the attempted murder of Thomas Ferguson. The nineteen-year-old Arlington Drive was targeted last Friday while talking to a friend a short distance from [...]

    CitCo Gives Back $2,500 ‘Gift’
    The Belize City Council says that today it returned the two-thousand five hundred dollars in cash that was left on the desk of City Administrator Stephanie Garbutt. Deputy Mayor Oscar [...]

    B.N.T.U. Stands in Solidarity with Stevedores
    Preparations are underway for another round of discussions in the days ahead, as the twenty-one day notice given to Port of Belize Limited inches closer towards expiration.  The impasse between [...]

    UWI Honors Justice Manuel Sosa
    President of the Court of Appeal of Belize, Justice Manuel Sosa, was among seventy alumni of the University of the West Indies who were honoured at the University’s seventieth anniversary [...]

    Meet the Winners of the Belize District Fr. Ganey Quiz Competition
    Two Belize City students will be moving on to the National Father Marion Ganey Quiz competition, which takes place on November twenty-third in Cayo.  The duo beat other students from [...]

    Lifeguard Trainees Prepare to Become Instructors in First Aid and Rescue
    A five-day course on lifeguard training is winding down at the Young Women’s Christian Association in Belize City. Taking part are women from the police department and the Belize Coastguard. [...]

    Regional Utility Regulators Meet in Belize
    The sixteenth annual conference of the Organization of Caribbean Utility Regulators is being hosted by the Public Utilities Commission here in Belize City.  Across the region, stakeholders in telecommunications, information [...]

    Regulators Encourages Monetizing Development and Use of Mobile Apps
    In respect of information and communications technology, there has been a shift toward the use of mobile applications such as Whatsapp and Snapchat.  According to Riviere-Smith, regulators are encouraging teen [...]

    Regional Leaders to Meet to Talk Climate Change and Health
    On Tuesday we reported on the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change one point five Report.  It spelled out a serious warning for the Caribbean and the rest of the [...]

    Thunderstorm in Northern and Central Belize
    There was thunderstorm activity on Wednesday night over central and northern Belize, while other parts of the country experienced winds of about thirty miles per hour and heavy rainfall. The [...]

    San Antonio Women Group Preserving Mayan Culture
    In San Antonio Village, Cayo, a women’s group exists which aims at empowering women and preserving the Yucatec Mayan culture by teaching visitors how to make handmade tortillas and pottery. [...]

    Miss Universe Belize Jenelli Fraser on KTLA 5
    Earlier today, Miss Universe Belize, Jenelli Fraser made an appearance on the KTLA Five News.  The recently crowned beauty ambassador will be representing the Jewel in the 2018 Miss Universe [...]

    Healthy Living: Mental Health Fundraiser
    A unique fundraiser is taking place this weekend. In this instance about a hundred persons are camping out at the Memorial Park throughout the night to experience what it is [...]

    LOVE FM

    San Ignacio Fire Station in deplorable condition
    Social media, particularly, Facebook is the go-to platform to bring issues to light. Yesterday, the Area Representative for Cayo Northeast, Orlando Habet, posted pictures of what is supposedly the fire station for the twin towns of San Ignacio and Santa Elena, Cayo District. The pictures show broken plumbing, crumbling walls, deteriorating concrete and an environment …

    Belize celebrates International Day of the Girl
    International Day of the Girl – it is an observance declared by the United Nations with the aim to have the world remember, recognize and strive towards the empowerment of girls and their rights. In Belize, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), particularly the United Nations Sexual and Reproductive Health Unit along with the Special …

    MISS SCUBA BELIZE TO REPRESENT THE JEWEL IN MALAYSIA
    Belize is looking to take part in the Miss Scuba International pageant. It is new to Belize and is being led by former Mayor, Zenaida Moya. Sitnah Blease: “Several young Belizean women are currently preparing to represent Belize on the national level of pageantry in countries such as the Philippines, Bolivia or Thailand. The recent …

    BELIZE CELEBRATES MENTAL HEALTH DAY
    Today, October 10th, the Ministry of Health joins the international community to observe World Mental Health Day under the theme Young People and Mental Health in a Changing World. In Belize, youths accounted for 15% of the total consultations for mental health services over the last 10 years and anxiety accounted for 55% of those …

    The Reporter

    EVERYBODY HURTS SOMETIMES
    By Mike Rudon Jr. – When your day is long…and the night, the night is yours alone. When you’re sure you’ve had enough of this life, well hang on! Don’t let yourself go, because everybody cries. And everybody hurts sometimes! – REM Today, of all days, I decided to write about depression. It’s not an easy thing to write about. It’s not an easy thing to describe. I’ve written a lot of these articles. But this may be the hardest yet – and that’s because I’ve written stuff, both personal and political which has been pretty incendiary and deep and raw – all that good stuff.

    MURDER IN THE STREET IN ORANGE WALK
    There has been confirmation from Police sources that the man murdered in Orange Walk this morning was well known gang figure Jose ‘Duffy’ Medina. According to reports, just after 11:00 am Medina was walking with a female when a gunman came up behind them and fired several shots.

    MAYOR BERNARD WAGNER – SHOWS EXAMPLE TO MITIGATE CORRUPTION
    Belize City Mayor Bernard Wagner has returned a ‘gift’ of $2500 left on the desk of City Administrator Stephanie Garbutt on Tuesday by the owner of Office Station, a business located in Belmopan. The money, in $50 bills stuffed in an envelope, was returned with a letter explaining that this Council will not accept such gifts, and asking that ‘Ms. Nan’ not do it again.

    Breaking Belize NewsPJ

    BNTU supports the Christian Worker’s Union in their fight
    The Belize National Teachers’ UnionB(BNTU) issued a statement today informing that they support the Christian Worker’s […]

    BCCI Commends Anti-Corruption Action of Belize City Mayor
    The Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry (“BCCI”) issued a statement this afternoon commending the […]

    Cayman Island utility company trying to recover money stuck in Belize
    Cayman Island-registered utility company, Consolidated Water, is reported to be considering selling its operations in […]

    University of West Indies honors Justice Manuel Sosa
    President of the Court of Appeal of Belize, Justice Manuel Sosa, was among seventy alumni of […]

    Orange Walk murder victim identified
    BBN has confirmed the identity of the man that was murdered in Orange Walk this […]

    One dead in Orange Walk shooting
    A shooting in Orange Walk has left one man dead and a woman injured. According […]

    San Pedro woman dies in fatal traffic accident in North Carolina
    A Belizean woman lost her life in the United States on Sunday. She has since been […]

    Mayor Bernard Wagner refuses suspected bribery
    At a time when the Belizean citizenry continues to demonstrate a distrust for public offices, Belize […]

    Jermaine Matura, 26, jailed for shooting eyewitness in murder case
    Belize City police have charged Jermaine Matura, 26, in connection with the shooting of Thomas Ferguson […]

    Van explodes at gas station after driver lights cigarette
    A taxi man is lucky to be alive after his van exploded at a gas […]

    Blogs

    The New Mirabs Department Store: WOW in Belize City
    My alarm went off at 4:45am and then again at 4:50am. I do NOT get out of bed this early for just anything. But yesterday was something I’ve been looking forward to for a while. ESPECIALLY since I got a sneak preview less than one month ago and WAS NOT ALLOWED TO TAKE PHOTOS INSIDE!!! I knew that inside and out there is NOTHING like the new 100,000 square foot Mirabs Department Store anywhere in Belize. From the staff locker rooms to the restrooms to the date palms and the landscaping to the cushy chairs placed everywhere around the store – usually for the boyfriend whose shopping stamina is very low – this new store is gorgeous and so thoughtful. The details, big and small, are perfection. So rather than continue to talk…let me show you. From my 5:15am golf cart ride on, yesterday was a beauty.

    International Sourcesizz

    The 3 Easiest Places To Retire Overseas
    One of the first questions to ask yourself when considering the idea of retiring to another country is: How local do you want to go? “Going local” means living among and like the locals, shopping where they shop, eating what they eat, and speaking whatever language they speak. The biggest and best known of the cayes offshore from mainland Belize is home to the biggest American expat community in the Caribbean. Life on Ambergris is all about the sun, the sand, and the sea, and the U.S. expats and retirees who’ve chosen to base themselves here couldn’t be more welcoming of like-minded beach-loving expats who make their way to this island to join them. You could show up on Ambergris any given morning and make a dozen expat friends in time for happy hour that afternoon.

    10 Tips and Things to Know When Visiting Belize on a Cruise
    The cruise port in Belize City is a nice jumping off point for cruisers eager to explore this interesting country. Belize is a hot spot for snorkeling and diving, with the Mesoamerican Reef and famous Blue Hole just off its coast. Inland, you can spend a day in the lush rainforests or venturing into the underworld of a majestic cave system. So, if you arrive to Belize on your cruise, you have several activities and highlights that you can put on your list to experience. Here are some things to check out and a few tips to help when you cruise to Belize.

    7 Gorgeous Islands in the Caribbean That You Can Rent Out Completely
    If solitude is your paradise, you might want to book a vacation to one of these dreamy private atolls—for as little as $200 per night. Gladden Island, Belize: Talk about the ultimate romantic getaway. This ultra-secluded speck of land is built for two with all of the amenities of a luxury resort. Situated in the Belize Barrier Reef System, Gladden Island is surrounded by sweeping views of aqua seas and perched on the edge of one of the most picturesque parts of the reef. Spend your days exploring the wildest parts of the waters on dive and snorkeling trips. Back at home, your personal concierge can schedule spa treatments and local meals prepared by celebrated guest chefs.

    The Maya Sites: “Hidden Treasures of the Rain Forest”
    Christian Schoen, the author was born in Freiburg, Germany. Traveling has always been a special experience for him. The passionate traveler and biologist refers to getting to know other cultures as “its lifeblood”. On numerous trips through southern Mexico, the highlands of Chiapas and the hot and humid jungles of Guatemala the globetrotter dipped deep into the ancient culture of the Maya. After publishing the highly successful blog project “Amazing Temples and Pyramids”, he decided to additionally publish his travel experiences in this book called: The Maya Sites: “Hidden Treasures of the Rain Forest”. This a very helpful book for those planning a trip, if you’re fascinated by the ancient Maya culture or trying to learn more about it, you definitely have to acquire this book. It features 90 color photos, 14 sketched maps and many more illustrations.

    Why Are Most Caribbean Governments Dragging Their Hineys On A $500 Billion Industry?
    As per usual, most Caribbean governments are lagging behind the 8th ball when it comes to the multi-billion-dollar industry of marijuana – a herb that easily grown in the region and has for many decades now. The snail like movement in some nations and the non-movement in most others, come as Vivien Azer, the only pot analyst from a major Wall Street research house, claimed this week that that the market could be one day worth $500 billion. This as debt in 12 out of 19 Caribbean nations remains above 60 percent of GDP according to the Caribbean Development Bank. That debt mark of above 60 percent currently suffered by the 12 Caribbean countries puts them beyond the danger sign for developed countries as set by the International Monetary Fund.

    The Yucatan Peninsula holds archaeological treasures yet to be discovered
    The people who live in the Yucatan Peninsula, integrated by the Mexican states of Yucatan, Quintana Roo and Campeche, have the belief that the soil of the region is so flat that behind any mound or hill there is a great probability to find archaeological remains, and many times this is the case alright. The rural community of Dos Aguadas, which belongs to the municipality of José María Morelos, in the Maya zone of Quintana Roo, is a clear example of this situation, here most locals not only have to guard their land but they also have to protect what lies beneath the lush vegetation. Dos Aguadas is located very close to the so-called Punto Put, which is where the states of Campeche, Quintana Roo and Yucatán come together, which make up the Yucatan Peninsula along with Belize and Guatemala.

    Videos

  • Reform measures at the Belize Central Prison, 38min. Virgilio Murillo, CEO of Kolbe Foundation, spoke with us about the reform measures at the Belize Central Prison. He says that rehabilitation is the primary focuses and so they have implemented various programs to help inmates work on their personal development. He spoke to us about his experience with the detainees of the recently concluded stare of public emergency and talked about the challenges they confront when attempting to transform the lives of this demographic.

  • World Mental Health Day 2018, 23min. How good is your mental health? October 10th is celebrated as World Mental Health Day 2018. This year the theme focuses on the vulnerability of youths: "Young People and Mental Health in a Changing World." Activities will be held nationwide and includes a high school speech competition. We spoke with representatives of the Ministry of Health and The Welcome Resource Center about how mental distress continues to be undetected and untreated. They shared that the work continues in bringing awareness to this cause and that it has become an important part of their national strategy to improve the services for this population. On set: Juliet Simmons - Counselor, Mental Health Unit. Joyce Ellis - Administrator, Welcome Resource Center.

  • The Global Leadership Summit Belize, 21min. The Global Leadership Summit Belize takes place on 2nd-3rd November at the Bliss Center for the Performing Arts. The event hopes to inspire, equip and transform leaders globally to harness the power of influence. The 2-day summit will help participants to improve their individual capacity to influence and impact in their spheres of life. We spoke with members of Global Leadership Summit Belize about the speakers and their experiences. On set: Kerm Thimbrel - Chairman, Global Leadership Summit Belize. Tessa Usher - Sr. Executive Member, Global Leadership Summit Belize.

  • , min. Mirab has a new department store and today it opened for business, offering a high-end shopping experience. The Mirab store relocated from the Fort Street area to the Philip Goldson Highway where its one hundred thousand plus square foot store boasts a number of new additions to its product lines and departments, including the Ashley Furniture Home Store. Mirab says that to accommodate more customers and make the shopping experience comfortable and easy, they have also introduced several features for shoppers to take advantage of. Reporter Andrea Polanco attended today’s opening and tells us more about the impact of the new store.

  • Mirab Opens Its New Mega Department Store, 5.5min. Mirab has a new department store and today it opened for business, offering a high-end shopping experience. The Mirab store relocated from the Fort Street area to the Philip Goldson Highway where its one hundred thousand plus square foot store boasts a number of new additions to its product lines and departments, including the Ashley Furniture Home Store. Mirab says that to accommodate more customers and make the shopping experience comfortable and easy, they have also introduced several features for shoppers to take advantage of. Reporter Andrea Polanco attended today’s opening and tells us more about the impact of the new store.

  • Elito Arceo and Billy Leslie and Miguel Alamilla representing ACCSD on Open Your Eyes talking about Defending Cayo Rosario., 2.5hr.

  • Belize Zoo tour, 21min. Hey guys, In this video my husband and I got to go the zoo here at Belize and it was so cool to see all the animals here. This zoo is so different then back in the states.

  • Belize City, BZ - On the bus, 8.5min. Cool place, great food, cheap transit. Headed towards Corozal. Recorded this back in June on my way back from Guatemala.

  • Miss Universe Belize Stops by KTLA., 5min. Jenelli Fraser will represent Belize at the Miss Universe Pageant taking place in Thailand. It will air live December 16th on FOX.

  • Belize 2018, 5.5min. Visit to Belize and Tikal, Guatemala. Highlights include: Cahal Pech, Caracol, Xunantunich, Rio Frio Cave, and Tikal.

  • Chicken drop San pedro belize, 4min.

  • Belize/Vacation/Paradise/Trip/2018, 9min. Had an amazing vacation in my own homeland Belize

  • Sailing Belize - Hatchet Caye, 3min. atamaran family cruise in Belize - After North Long Cocoa Island, nice mooring in Hatchet Caye : island visit, reef exploring, beach bar, pelicans and fishes...

  • San Pedro Belize Kayak Fishing (using human fish finder), 9min. this is the perfect way to end the day.

  • 1962: Francisco Sagastume Ortiz trying a thing, 3min.
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    Specials & Events
    10/12/18 12:25 PM
    The San Pedro Tourist Guide Association invites all members of these associations to a very important consultation on October 18th 2018 at the San Pedro High school conference room at 7pm on Fish attracting devices and beach traps!!!

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    Get ready for a Spooktacular evening!
    Live Music, Costume Contest, Drink Specials & More!
    Wednesday, October 31, 2018 at 7 PM – 11:30 PM, Wayo's Beach Bar, Beachfront Boca Del Rio

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    10/12/18 11:58 AM
    Gotta love our feathered friends! Be sure to join the Urban Birdwatch in San Pedro, Sunday, October 14th! Meet us at Central Park at 6AM...you know the early bird always gets the worm!

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    10/12/18 10:56 AM
    if you are in San Pedro, UniBAM and EYBM is having its second session on the International Court of Justice on the 13th of October for L.G.B.T.I Belizeans. Do share the session if your in San Pedro and tell a friend.

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    The San Pedro Sun

    Guatemala includes Belize’s map in official government advertisements and new drivers’ licenses
    The Guatemalan territorial claim on Belize continues aggressively, as the neighboring country continues to promote their rights over Belizean territory. The Guatemalan government has on several occasions openly stated that they do not recognize borders between both countries and remains to include Belize annexed to their map in official propaganda and documents. The most recent incident involves an advertisement posted on their government’s official Facebook account, showing Belize as part of Guatemala, while samples of their new designs for drivers’ licenses also include Belize as an additional Guatemalan department. The issue is expected to be resolved at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) if citizens of both countries vote to take the matter there via a referendum. Guatemala held its referendum in April of this year voting to take the claim to the ICJ, while Belize will hold its referendum in April of 2019.

    First-ever Diving Accident Management Conference held in San Pedro Town
    Ambergris Caye was the setting for the first ever diving accident management conference with the aim to better-prepare tour operators and medical personnel in evaluating diving illnesses and teaching the proper procedures to handle a diving emergency. The event was held at the Banyan Bay Suites south of San Pedro Town on Friday, October 5th and Saturday, October 6th, with a good turnout of participants from as far as the Stann Creek District. The event was organized by San Pedro’s Dr. Daniel Gonzalez in collaboration with the Belize Chamber Project and Divers Alert Network (DAN). Gonzalez shared with The San Pedro Sun that given the fact that the area around Ambergris Caye is a premier diving destination, it is very important that persons working in the tourism industry be trained and ready to efficiently address any giving situation with diving incidents.

    2018 Copa San Pedro playoffs draw near
    As the regular season of Copa San Pedro 2018 draws to an end, teams brought even more intensity this weekend at the Ambergris Stadium in San Pedro Town. The first set of matches were played on Thursday, October 4th, starting at 7PM, with San Mateo F.C winning 3-0 over U17 San Pedro Pirates. The next match saw Genesis F.C taking a 2-1 victory against Talal F.C at 9PM. The following day, Boca Bombers won 5-2 Warriors F.C, while the match between G-Strikers and Vince Assassins ended in a 0-0 draw. The regular season of Copa San Pedro 2018 will culminate this weekend, with eight matches starting on Wednesday, October 10th at 7PM. The first match will see San Mateo FC vs. U17 San Pedro Pirates, followed by Los Catrachos F.C going against Peacemakers. On Thursday, Vince Assassins play versus Young Strikers at 7PM and G-Strikers face Peacemakers at 9PM. The football weekend continues on Friday, October 11th...

    Mayors from across Belize sign agreement to Promote Wellness Spaces and Healthy Lifestyles
    Mayors from all municipalities across the country signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Ministry of Health (MOH) for the promotion of Wellness Spaces and Healthy Lifestyles on Wednesday, October 3rd at the steps of the Independence Plaza in Belmopan City. Present at the signing ceremony was the Health Minister Honorable Pablo Marin, along with the Mayors of Belmopan, Belize City, Benque Viejo, Corozal, Orange Walk, Dangriga, Punta Gorda, San Ignacio, and Santa Elena Towns and the Deputy Mayor of San Pedro Town.

    Ambergris Today

    Mirab’s Grand Opening Of Super Department Store In Belize City
    It took us most of the morning to ‘kinda’ get a grasp of all the merchandise carried by the new Mirab Department Store that held its grand opening today, October 10, 2018, in Belize City. We still have to go back to spend more time browsing and shopping. It’s a first of its kind for Belize with a great ‘shopping mall’ feel to the store. It’s HUGE! It’s ELEGANT! It’s ‘Three stories of retail therapy’, says Mirab. The Bou-Nahra family made a bold move in launching Belize’s first high end shopping experience, a state of the art department store located 1.5 Miles on the Philip Goldson Highway. Ambergris Today and other invited media reps of Belize City were treated to a first look of the store half an hour before the doors opened to the public.

    Jose “Milo” Paz Dies In Plane Accident In Panama
    It is with profound sadness that we report that San Pedro has lost a son of the soil. San Pedrano and senior pilot of Tropic Air, Jose ‘Milo’ Paz was found dead in Panama in a plane accident. According to sources, Paz had taken a week off work to pilot a private charter out of Panama on Tuesday, October 8, 2018, when the plane went down sometime after takeoff. It is said that the charred remains of two pilots were found on the scene and one was identified to be that of Jose ‘Milo’ Paz. Members of the Paz family will be travelling to Panama to retrieve the body, more on this news as it becomes available. On behalf of the community of San Pedro, Ambergris Today, wishes to express its most sincere condolences to the family of Jose Paz.

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    Paint N Splash
    See you this week at from 2-4pm Thursday to paint this beautiful picture by Sandra van Noord.

    LICA's annual Halloween Bazaar on Caye Caulker
    LICA's annual Halloween Bazaar coming up soon. It is an event fill with fun games and delicious treats for the entire family. We are hereby asking our community members for your kind sponsorship of any prize towards our games (tombola, ring toss, spin the wheel, balloon darts, peg board, gate prize, King and Queen prize ect). Prizes may be a bottle item, fan, iron, toys, home gadgets ect. Proceeds of this Halloween Bazaar will be used to construct bicycle racks for our students and a portion towards teachers' summer salaries. We can do this with your help. Thank you for your continuous support. LICA-BUILDING POSITIVE INTELLIGENT CHARACTER.

    Rapidito Construction Depot
    Looking for a data entry clerk / office assistant! Monday - Saturday from 8am to 5pm Female is preferred*** Must live in Caye Caulker*** If interested, kindly fill out an application at the RCD office! We look forward to having YOU join our team!

    World Mental Health Day 2018
    Today, October 10th, the Ministry of Health joins the international community to observe World Mental Health Day under the theme Young People and Mental Health in a Changing World. An official ceremony to commemorate the day will be held at the Bliss Center for the Performing Arts in Belize City, starting at 1:00 p.m. Following the ceremony there will be a speech competition in which seven youths from high schools across the country will present prepared speeches on the theme to a panel of judges. Other activities will also be held in all districts today in an effort to raise awareness about mental health issues.

    TRADE LICENSE HOLDERS and LIQUOR LICENSE HOLDERS please take note!

    SAGA Halloween Spooktacular
    SUNDAY NOVEMBER 4 11AM-5PM FIDO'S COURTYARD. Don't miss out on the fun and your chance to take home prizes and gift certificates from our many generous donors. Silent Auction, Pet Costume Contest, Raffles for groat prizes overy 20 minutes, Face painting, SAGA Store, Delicious eats and treats!

    SFXCU Quiz Contest
    Everyone are invited to attend SFXCU Quiz Contest being held at the Civic Center from 8am until. Come out next Wedensday Oct 17 at the Corozal Civic Center.

    PACT in Punta Gorda Town
    PACT recently traveled to Punta Gorda Town to close a Multiple Investment Project awarded last year to three partnering organizations, Ya'axché Conservation Trust (Ya’axche’), the Belize Audubon Society (BAS) and the Toledo Institute for Development and Environment (TIDE), for a total of BZ$399,992.00. The project was entitled “A holistic approach to effective management of the protected areas system in Southern Belize”. This Multiple Investment aimed at improving management effectiveness across three protected areas in southern Belize through capacity building, institutional strengthening, improved enforcement and fire management. These protected areas included the Paynes Creek National Park, Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary and the Golden Stream Corridor Preserve.

    Corozal World Diabetes Day Walkathon
    Belize Diabetes Association, Corozal Branch is located at the corner of College Road and 7th Avenue. Help us make a difference, Join our World Diabetes Day Walkathon on Wednesday, November 14th starting at 1:00 p.m. from the Civic Center for 2 miles throughout the streets of Corozal Town and back.

    New River Challenge Finale
    Corozal - Everyone is cordially invited this Monday, October 15th to witness the grand finale of the first ever New River Challenge at Rainbow Beach, Corozal Town. Come out and enjoy a full day of Fun in the Sun.

    Channel 7

    Teenaged Killers Charged, Confessor Claims It Was “Emo” Ritual
    Last night, we told you how police had made major headway in their investigation of the murder of 19 year-old Bobby Garcia. He was the high school student from San Ignacio who was found dead on Sunday morning atop a temple in the Cahal Pech Mayan site, which is located in his home town. He died from a stab wound to chest, and his throat was slashed. Today, the police got the directive from the DPP's office to charge their two teenaged suspects, aged 14 and 15 with Garcia's murder. They have since been arraigned on the offenses of murder and conspiracy to commit murder, and they have been remanded to prison until December 10th.

    Veteran Pilot Dies In Mysterious Crash
    Veteran pilot, former PUP politician and well known San Pedrano Milo Paz has died. It is reported to have happened in Panama on a private flight. Reports say Paz and another pilot both died, and that their charred remains were found yesterday evening - and taken to Panama City. His boss and long-time friend John Greif spoke about Paz as a friend and a senior pIlot:...

    Port and Workers Union Meet
    Time is ticking on a 21-day strike action notice for the Port of Belize. The Christian Workers Union - acting on behalf of the stevedores - sent the notice letter to the Government 12 days ago. The central dispute in this impasse is that the two sides cannot agree on the hours of work for the stevedores. The Port says that the law is clear that employees of this country should only be working 15-hour shifts with 9 hours of rest. That's in complete contradiction of the current practice of the stevedores, where they go on work-shifts that far exceed that 15-hour limit. The stevedores don't want to cut their hours of work because, less hours mean less pay, and if their salaries are cut, they won't be able to feed their families.

    Utility Workers Support Stevedores
    So, while there are positive steps that have been taken to end this dispute between the Port of Belize and the Christian Workers Union, the utility workers have thrown their support behind the CWU. A joint press release from the Belize Water Services Workers Union, the Belize Communications Workers Union, and the Belize Energy Workers Union says quote, "The Utility workers Unions... hereby express solidarity with the… (CWU), as they address the current impasse in negotiation with their Employer, Port Of Belize Limited. We hold firm to the belief that safety adherence, or the compliance with current labour legislation, are not to be used as an excuse to reduce the take home income for the workers.

    OW Police Department Being Purged After Narco-Cops Charged
    7News has confirmed that there is a mini purge happening at the Orange Walk police formation. This is after two officers in that district - including Orange Walk Town Commander, David Chi - were charged for landing a drug plane one month ago. Reports tell us that It's apparent to the new Commander, ASP Juanito Cocom that the narco's, or their agents have infiltrated the formation and compromised other officers. He reportedly requested the transfer of 20 officers. Reports confirm however that only 5 transfers were approved.

    Matura Man Charged For City Shooting
    On Monday we told you about the attack on Thomas Ferguson Jr. On Friday night, the 19 year old was shot in the lower back and lower abdomen but survived. It happened not far from his home on Arlington Drive. Yesterday Jermaine Matura, accompanied by his attorney, Leeroy Banner, went to the police station and handed himself in. Today, the police arraigned the 26 year old.

    City Mayor Returns Fat Envelope to Businesswoman
    Most of us don't like to admit it, but we know that - for many - bribes are a part of doing business - especially with local and central government. But, not for Mayor Bernard Wagner. 7News has seen a copy of a letter where Wagner is returning a "gift" to a Chinese businesswoman who had left a fat envelope behind after a visit with the city administrator Stephanie Garbutt. Garbutt reported it to the mayor and handed over the envelope which had $2,500 dollars in fifty dollar bills.

    Mother of Missing Teen Desperately Wants Her Home
    The mother of a Missing 13 yr old Nazarene 2nd form student stopped by our studios today. She says that her daughter Astaejah Dymond has been missing from the family home since Monday. The last time she saw her daughter was at school Monday evening. Since then she and other friends and family have been searching for the wayward teen. Her mother made a plea for her safe return today.

    PUC Meets with Regional Regulators
    By now, you probably know what the PUC does: the Commission regulates the utility companies, namely BTL, BEL, and BWSL to make sure they get a fiar return on their investment, without gouging consumers. The PUC is also a part of an organization of utility regulators from other Caribbean countries. It is called the Organization of Caribbean Utility Regulators (OOCUR), and today, they held their 16th conference here in Belize, with the PUC as their hosts. We stopped by for day 1 of the conference, and spoke with the chairman about the shared issues and challenges that regulators around the Caribbean face. Here's what he told us:

    Three Brothers Wait For Judge’s Decision in Killing of BDF Reservist
    3 brothers, 46 year old Phil Staine, 37 year old Kareem Staine and 41 year old Orlando Staine, are back at the Belize Central Prison tonight. They are waiting on a decision from Justice Adolph Lucas who has presided over their trial for the murder of 23 year-old Denver Villafranco. Villafranco, a BDF volunteer, was fatally stabbed in January of 2015. The trial without jury of the 3 Staine brothers began early last month. The Crown relied mainly on the evidence of three witnesses one of whom testified that the deceased and the brothers were fighting in a drain and he saw when Phil Stain stabbed Villafranco.

    Mirab, the Multi-Million dollar Shopping Experience Worth Every Dollar Invested
    We don't usually put store openings on the news - unless that opening is a societal event. And so it was today for the new Mirab Store, which represents the most money ever invested on building a commercial space in Belize. Doe it meet expectations? Jules Vasquez was among the first to visit:.. Jules Vasquez reporting: This is the moment shoppers have been waiting months for. The opening of the doors for the biggest, most decked out Department store in Belize's history.

    Mental Health And Teens
    Today was observed as World Mental Health Day under the theme Young People and Mental Health in a Changing World. Now, you may be mistaken to believe that mental illness affects mostly the elderly, but the Ministry of Health is reporting that in Belize youths accounted for 15% of the total consultations for mental health services over the last 10 years. And, of the mental health issues, anxiety accounted for 55% of those consultations. The rates of suicide attempt per 100,000 people for age groups 10-14 and 15-19 were 17.6% and 74.3% respectively. So, for World Mental Health Day, the Ministry hosted an event at the Bliss Center for several high schools all across the country.

    Post Office Hopes To Be More Efficient With New Vehicles
    The Post Office is hoping it can increase its efficiency with the donation of two vans from the International Postal Union. We were at the handing over at the post office today - where we found out how this will increase efficiency in the delivery of mails: Hon. Edmond Castro- Minister of Transport: "Today we are happy to see that we have in house, in hand, key in hand of two key vans that was very much needed. One of the vans will be traversing Belize/Corozal, the northern zone. The other van will be going on the West, on the George Price and Phillip Goldson, politically correct. All we ask is for the caretakers of these vans to take it easy."

    Cayo Fire Station Is In The Dumps
    And while there is a plan to stretch those dollars mighty thin for some new fire trucks - the fact is that the crises in the fire department is more than just fire trucks. The Department's physical infrastructure is in terrible shape in some areas - like Cayo. We saw the PUP area rep make a Facebook post about it, and we asked the Minister when it will be fixed:...

    Bliss Gets Repairs
    Another place that needs urgent repairs is the Bliss Center. And today NICH announced that it will get primary renovations to the roof and upgrades to the Air Conditioning system. The new Bliss was opened in March of 2003 but only days after the re-opening, the roof started to leak.

    Channel 5

    Popular Pilot Missing; Feared Dead After Plane Crash in Panama
    Believed to be missing and feared dead, well-known pilot forty-nine-year-old Jose Milo Paz has not been seen or heard from since Sunday. His family in San Pedro Town has been [...]

    Belizean Nurse Killed in Car Wreck in North Carolina
    While the death of Paz has not been officially confirmed, tonight we can report that another Belizean has been killed in the U.S.  She is thirty-five-year-old Jacqueline Dawson. She too [...]

    2 Minors are Arraigned for the Murder of Bobby Garcia
    Two minors were arraigned today for the murder of Bobby Garcia, a nineteen- year-old San Ignacio resident.  Garcia’s body was found inside a temple at the Cahal Pech Archaeological site [...]

    P.U.P. Reps Say There’s No Division in the Party
    There was some straight talk on Tuesday by the P.U.P. southern caucus chair, Mike Espat, as well as from Cayo South Area Rep Julius Espat and Cayo Northeast Orlando Habet.  [...]

    CWU, Port of Belize Meet on a New C.B.A., but Impasse Continues
    A meeting was convened earlier today between the executive of the Christian Workers Union, the Labour Department and the Port of Belize Limited. But soon after it started, it was [...]

    Ministry of Health’s Epidemiologist Resigns
    Epidemiologist, Doctor Ethan Gough has resigned from the Ministry of Health. His resignation, we understand, took the ministry by surprise because it has only been about a year since he [...]

    Taiwan Appoints New Ambassador to Belize
    The Republic of China (Taiwan) has appointed a new ambassador to Belize. He is Remus Chen and his new post was announced early this week by Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign [...]

    Welcome to the Dilapidated Fire Station in San Ignacio
    The fire station in San Ignacio, which services both of the twin towns, is in a most deplorable form and firemen assigned to that location are required to work daily [...]

    Additional Fire Trucks, a Promise or a Reality?
    The shortage of equipment across the fire department has been a contributing factor in the loss of lives, as well as property, in at least two tragedies that have occurred [...]

    What About Fire Hydrants and Water Pressure?
    According to Castro, they have been able to locate used fire trucks for a fraction of the cost elsewhere in the United States.  They are now looking into the possibility [...]

    Mirab Opens Its New Mega Department Store
    Mirab has a new department store and today it opened for business, offering a high-end shopping experience. The Mirab store relocated from the Fort Street area to the Philip Goldson [...]

    Tropic Air President Says Investors Need Better Support
    Today’s opening of Mirab’s new department store drew hundreds of Belizeans and several high profile personalities.  Businessman John Greif the Third is one of those persons in attendance. The President [...]

    New Vehicles for the Post Office
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    A Mother’s Plea for the Safe Return of Her Teen Daughter
    A thirteen-year-old Nazarene High School student has been missing since Monday evening. Today, her mother Shemadine Panting came to News Five studios to report that Asha went to school and [...]

    World Mental Health Observed in Belize
    Today, October tenth, Belize joined the globe to observe World Mental Health Day under the theme, “Young People and Mental Health in a Changing World.” According to the World Health [...]

    “Stop Abuse and Violence Against Seniors”
    HelpAge Belize is sending out a call to action for everyone to stop the abuse, crimes, and violence against older persons. Global statistics indicate that one in every six seniors [...]

    HelpAge Says Elder Abuse Must Be Addressed
    According to Bulwer, the time has come to bring this issue to the attention of the public, as it is also a public health problem, and a legal violation. She [...]

    LOVE FM

    Do we need CICIG? Some Belizeans don’t care if we become part of Guatemala
    Guatemala’s unfounded claim on a significant portion of Belize continues to be in the forefront of public discourse as the education campaign about the International Court of Justice (ICJ) continues across the country. Emotions have run very high today as a video was posted on social media went viral when a Belizean woman made it …

    MISS SCUBA BELIZE TO REPRESENT BELIZE IN MALAYSIA
    Belize is looking to take part in the Miss Scuba International pageant. It is new to Belize and is being led by former Mayor, Zenaida Moya. Sitnah Blease: “Several young Belizean women are currently preparing to represent Belize on the national level of pageantry in countries such as the Philippines, Bolivia or Thailand. The recent …

    BELIZE CELEBRATES MENTAL HEALTH DAY
    Today, October 10th, the Ministry of Health joins the international community to observe World Mental Health Day under the theme Young People and Mental Health in a Changing World. In Belize, youths accounted for 15% of the total consultations for mental health services over the last 10 years and anxiety accounted for 55% of those …

    SAN PEDRO PILOT DIES IN PANAMA
    Milo Paz junior had worn many hats on Ambergris Caye. Born into a political family, Paz junior once served of the P.U.P. Belize Rural South Constituency. Paz was well known and well-loved throughout the community in San Pedro Town. Paz also took wings and was a veteran pilot who flew over the years for Tropic …

    Belize hosts OCCUR’s conference
    Belize is hosting the sixteenth annual OOCUR conference, which is being attended by regulators from across the Caribbean. The event is being held at the Best Western Plus Belize Biltmore Plaza. Reporter Johnelle McKenzie filed this report. Johnelle Mckenzie: “The Organization of the Caribbean Youth Health Regulators is holding its 16th Annual Conference in Belize …

    New trucks and Bowsers coming to the Fire Dept.
    The Fire Department has faced criticisms as they have worked with old trucks throughout the country. Recent fires in San Pedro and Orange Walk have put the department under extra scrutiny but the Minister of Transport Edmond Castro says that new trucks and water bowsers will be purchased for the Fire Department. Edmond Castro, Minister …

    Mail Service gets a boost
    Though the world is more connected through social media and instant messaging services, the Belize Post Office is still mandated to keep the old way of doing things moving and that includes the movement of packages. Earlier today, the Postmaster General, James Gabourel said the post office received two new mail vans to aid in …

    No Plastics, No Styrofoam Kids Summer Camp becomes an Art Exhibit
    The “No Plastics, No Styrofoam Kids Summer Camp” was a unique summer activity in the Cayo district that had the patronage of Minister Omar Figueroa. In July, over 50 kids learned about conservation and participated in clean-up activities. Though school is now open for the kids, they got together to put their art works on …

    Labour Minister brings CWU and Port back to the bargaining table
    The Utility workers Unions (BWSWU/BCWU/BEWU) are in solidarity with the Christian Workers Union (CWU) as they address the current impasse in negotiation with their employer, Port Of Belize Limited. The joint press release says that they believe that compliance with current labour legislation is not to be used as an excuse to reduce the take-home …

    Two Minors arrested in connection with the murder of Bobby Garcia
    Police have arrested two minors, a 14-year-old and a 15-year-old in connection with the murder of (BOBBY GARCIA VO) Bobby Garcia that occurred at the Cahal Pech Maya site on October seventh. Police have charged the two minors for the crime of murder and conspiracy to commit murder. Garcia, a resident of Kevin Drive Street, …

    Several persons charged for kept unlicensed firearm and ammunition
    49-year-old Hubert Young, 50-year-old Denise Young Slusher, 19-year-old Kristy Kiana Young, 24-year-old Kaim Akeem Mitchell, 27-year-old Ericson Young, 24-year-old Mario Fernandez and 23-year-old Kevaun Khalie Slusher were arrested for “kept unlicensed firearm and Ammunition”.

    GSU recovers firearm and ammunition
    49-year-old Hubert Young, 50-year-old Denise Young Slusher, 19-year-old Kristy Kiana Young, 24-year-old Kaim Akeem Mitchell, 27-year-old Ericson Young, 24-year-old Mario Fernandez and 23-year-old Kevaun Khalie Slusher were arrested for “kept unlicensed firearm and Ammunition”.

    Judge Lucas to decide the fate of three brothers
    The fate of three brothers, (VO MURDER) 46 year old Phil Staine, 37 year old Kareem Staine and 41 year old Orlando Staine will be decided by Justice Adolph Lucas on November 5. The trio were on trial for the murder of 23 year old Denver Villafranco, a BDF volunteer who was fatally stabbed around 7 p.m. on January 17, 2015.

    Minors charged for Cahal Pech Murder
    Police have arrested two minors, a 14-year-old and a 15-year-old in connection with the murder of Bobby Garcia that occurred at the Cahal Pech Maya site on October seventh. Police have charged the two minors for the crime of murder and conspiracy to commit murder.

    Jermaine Matura on trial for attempted Murder
    Twenty-six year old Jermaine Matura, accompanied by his attorney, Leeroy Banner appeared before Magistrate Aretha Ford, where he was charged with attempted murder. Matura was also charged with dangerous harm and use of deadly means of harm. Senior Magistrate Ford explained to Matura that she will not take a plea since the offences are indictable.

    The Reporter

    30 DAYS ON LOCK-DOWN – THERE WERE NO REGIMENTED PROGRAM
    There were no regimented programs tailored specifically for the 51 detainees who were housed for the past 30 days at the Hattieville Prison, but CEO of the facility, Virgilio Murillo, told the Reporter this evening that there certainly were motivational programs that they took part in that seemed to give some of them a new perspective on life.

    LEADERSHIP IN TURMOIL
    There is a clear distinction between politicians and leaders. Belize has sadly only had politicians in elected office. It is sad because in times of turmoil, people look to leaders to lead. All too often in Belize, these times are when politicians run and hide; either they hide important truths from the people, or they hide themselves behind their arrogance, ignorance and greed.

    COAST GUARD/MINISTRY MUM ON BUSANO’S CRIMINAL HISTORY
    The Belize Coast Guard and officials in the Ministry of National Security are yet to publicly address reports that an active Coast Guard officer was convicted of assaulting a woman during his time of service with the British military and was accused of raping two other women and sexually assaulting another, though those charges against him were later dismissed.

    LOCAL PILOT DIES – DOING PRIVATE CHARTER IN PANAMA
    There is confirmation at this time that the body of senior Tropic Air pilot and San Pedro resident Milo Paz has been found. Paz had taken a week off work to pilot a private charter out of Panama yesterday, when the plane went down sometime after takeoff. Friends of the family say the plane and charred remains of two pilots, one of them identified as Paz, were found sometime yesterday evening.

    Breaking Belize NewsPJ

    Minister of Tourism expresses condolences in passing of Milo Paz
    The entire country and especially San Pedro residents have been rocked by the passing of career […]

    Owner of Tropic Air reflects on the life of Milo Paz
    John Greif, the owner of Tropic Air, today commented on the tragic passing of his employee, […]

    Utility Workers Union expresses support for CWU!
    The Utility Workers Union (UWU) has issued a press release expressing its support for the Christian […]

    Police charge two teens for murder of Bobby Garcia
    Cayo police have charged two teens, ages 14, and 15, in connection with the murder of […]

    Zenaida Moya crowns ‘Ms. Scuba Belize’
    Former Mayor of Belize City, Zenaida Moya, continues to engage in pageantry. Yesterday in her capacity […]

    Belize postal service acquires 2 new vans
    The Belize Postal service today announced the acquisitions of two (2) new mail vans. The vans […]

    World Mental Health Day 2018 commemorated
    Today, the Ministry of Health joins the international community to observe World Mental Health Day. The […]

    Three men busted with illegal forestry
    Three Belizean men were arraigned yesterday on charges of ‘unlawful possession of forest produce’. They were […]

    Michelle Brown to stand trial for murder of Fareed Ahmad
    Constable Michelle Brown will stand trial for the December 2017 murder of businessman, Fareed Ahmad. Police […]

    Convicted rapist loses appeal
    Convicted rapist, Harrim Perez, lost his appeal against conviction in the Court of Appeal. Yesterday, the court […]

    Belizean pilot killed in Panama plane crash
    Yesterday, Belizean pilot, Jose Milo Paz, a member of the Tropic Air flight crew died […]

    Blogs

    Repeat Visitors First Meal Choice
    There are certain restaurants on Ambergris Caye that many repeat visitors put at the top of their to-do list. It was a given that my Canadian company Heather suggested Estel’s Dine by the Sea for her first breakfast on the island. I could not even begin to count the number of friends who have made that same choice over my 12 years living in Belize. As soon as we got close, my craving switched instantly. Seeing the big weekend smoker action made me want Charles’s Worthington’s world-famous Belizean barbecue and more specifically his brontosaurus pork chops. My pic does not do justice to the size of the chop, in reality, I had a whole other plate full of fries as there was no room for them with my main meal. Charles even stopped by our table after to see if I was able to finish it my pork chop. My plate was already gone but the answer was of course and just barely. I had to leave some fries behind so I could fit it all in:D Heather opted for my usual favorite breakfast since she got my standard, I pulled a pic of that option from my tacogirl Belize Blog Instagram.

    International Sourcesizz

    A Homage To The Belizean Barbecue
    The best tip I read as we researched Belize was "Don't be afraid of the street venders." Placencia, Belize resident Gary Peterson extols the virtues of the Belizean barbecue. If you’re a meat lover, Belize really could be a place to get comfy in. One of the first pleasures I encountered on my first adventure in Belize, was that barbecues seemed to be everywhere! They’re in every village large and small, on the side of the road or in front of homes. The smells permeating from these black charcoal or propane tanks make you delirious. Ask any Belizean where he eats most often, and the answer is the local barbeque favorite, or in his front yard. In Belize, the drum barbeque grill is king, made from old propane or butane tanks. The local welder cuts them in half, welds on hinges and a handle, adds four legs and paints them black. Job done.

    Ka'ana Wins World Travel Award for 4th Consecutive Year
    Mexico & Central America's Leading Boutique Resort 2018

    Water outage Thursday in Corozal
    Belize Water Services informs its customers in parts of Corozal that there will be low water pressure in the water supply today, Thursday, October 11, 2018, starting at 1:00pm. The entire Corozal Water Distribution System will be affected. This low water pressure is necessary for electrical maintenance at the Calcutta Pump Station. Due to the upgrade, customers may experience discoloration when water is restored. Residents of these or nearby areas are advised that water supply should return to normal by 5:30pm.

    New clinic for Caye Caulker Humane Society
    Please meet our beautiful new clinic! This building truly was a labour of love on the part of many people! Thanks are in order for Susan Pelt for her excellent work at being our building goddess and forewoman and overseeing the construction of the building while most of our volunteers were out of town; Carol Koris for being painter and general helper extraordinaire; Cher Mungovan for supply transport and needle sorting, Tom Sullivan for generously allowing us to build on and use his land; Roberto Cruz, Manager at Weezie's and huge help throughout the process; David Gray doing the electrical wiring for the building, David Waugh for doing the wiring, plumbing and being our Door Wizard); Matt Bamford for making our cupboards and Matt and Keith Tzac for putting in window inserts allowing us to attach screens or plastic covering as needed; Allie Johnstone for painting us great signs; and finally, Frontier Belize volunteers for helping move all our crap and sorting through leashes and collars.

    5 Things To Understand Before Moving Money Across International Borders
    We Americans have it relatively easy when it comes to moving money in and out of our accounts. You can wire $150,000 to Belize for the purchase of a beach house or receive $200,000 from the sale of a home in Mexico without anyone asking you to explain where the money came from. That’s not the case in the rest of the world, and restrictions on currency movements are becoming more common. Virtually all banks everywhere now ask for proof of the source of funds for large transfers and increasingly even for small ones. If you’re buying or selling real estate, a copy of the sales contract generally satisfies the inquiry. Additional hoops must be jumped through in countries that impose capital and/or exchange restrictions to control the flow of money coming and going.

    UAE to fund US$34.5 million renewable energy projects in Caribbean
    The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is proceeding with US$34.5 million in grants to fund renewable energy projects in the Caribbean that are built to withstand Category 5 hurricanes and located for enhanced resilience. The UAE’s minister of climate change and environment, Dr Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, made the announcement at the second annual Bloomberg Global Business Forum, held on the sidelines of the recent 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York. The US$34.5 million comes on the heel of US$15 million of projects announced last year.

    Videos

  • Meet the First Ever Miss Scuba Belize, 3.5min.

  • Belize Audubon Society Goes Boat-to-Boat, 6min. On Monday night we reported on the Belize Audubon Society’s work with the Managed Access Programme. That programme was first piloted in one site and after seeing some positive results, there was a national roll out. It is considered a model to be followed in the region, but there are still some areas that need to be adjusted since in some quarters the benefits are not felt. The Belize Audubon Society is one of the N.G.O.s that manages the Lighthouse Reef Atoll, a popular fishing zone. In recent years, it has implemented a grassroots approach to meet the fisherfolks boat-to-boat. The initiative also strengthens relationships, encourage fisheries regulations compliance and promote sustainable fishing. News Five’s Andrea Polanco tagged along on a recent boat-to-boat meet up and shares more in the following story.

  • Belize- Jaguar Paw Tubing Excursion, 10min.

  • Belize September 2018, 15min.

  • Whale shark spotted at the silk cayes, 3min.

  • Love Entertainment Show 10th October 2018, 2hr.

  • Richard Branson to explore the Belize Blue Hole, 1min. Virgin Group Founder Richard Branson is set to explore the depths of the “Great Blue Hole” in December.

  • The new Mirab Department Store opened today in Belize City, 1min. We Walked the Red Carpet and got a first look before the doors opened to the public. The new Mirab Department Store opened today in Belize City. Now located at 1.5Mls, Phillip Goldson Highway, the three-storey luxury MEGA STORE has over 100,000 square feet of display area and houses a Ashley Furniture Home Store (opening in November). The Mirab Department Store provides a variety of brand selections Belizeans have come to know and love. The only one of its kind in Belize! Get Ready to SHOP!

  • Creative Tours & Adventures Promo, 1min.

  • 'TAXI' Around The World 2018, Part 3: Belize, 7min. After some wonderful days in Mexico, I’m now heading south to Belize. Here in Belize, the main attraction are the laid back beaches on Caye Caulker and Ambergris Caye. The water around the islands are turquoise coloured and abundant with marine life. Belize is unbelievably beautiful! 00:06 - Day 9: Caye Caulker, the beach holiday paradise. 03:01 - Day 10: Lobster, lobster & lobster! That's what on the menu in San Pedro. 06:48 - Extra clip: Go slow!

  • Gringo in Belize by Dennis Wolfe, 3min. The definitive song about Belize. I wrote this about a lot of different people--not just about myself.

  • Elvis Is Alive Down In Belize by Dennis Wolfe, 3.5min. Those who want to disappear and re-invent themselves can always come to Belize. Is Elvis one of them?

  • Open Your Eyes with Dr. Angel Cal, 31min. This is something every Belizean should watch. For years Belize have ignore the history of the Maya people of Belize (Yucatec Maya,Mopan Maya & Kekchi maya ).
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    10/11/18 12:14 PM
    This is something every Belizean should watch. For years Belize have ignore the history of the Maya people of Belize (Yucatec Maya,Mopan Maya & Kekchi maya ).

    Open Your Eyes with Dr. Angel Cal

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    Specials & Events
    10/11/18 12:09 PM
    Monday, October 15th is a Public and Bank Holiday in lieu of Friday, October 12th. It will be observed as Pan American Day. It marks the arrival of Columbus in the the Americas on the 12th day of October, 1492.

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    Belize District
    10/11/18 11:12 AM

    Mirab, the Multi-Million dollar Shopping Experience Worth Every Dollar Invested

    We don't usually put store openings on the news - unless that opening is a societal event. And so it was today for the new Mirab Store, which represents the most money ever invested on building a commercial space in Belize. Doe it meet expectations? Jules Vasquez was among the first to visit:..

    Jules Vasquez reporting
    This is the moment shoppers have been waiting months for. The opening of the doors for the biggest, most decked out Department store in Belize's history.

    Shoppers pushed in from the outside and within no time it seemed, the parking lot was full to capacity.

    Khyla Banner, Mirab Employee
    "Our biggest reward this morning was seeing our customers' faces. So when they walked in and we saw them and we saw how excited they were, that was our biggest reward."

    Sheena Thomas, Mirab Employee
    "Its total excitement. I mean we have been working long hours. We are here sometimes until 11-12 at night. So it has been totally excited and to see the guests faces as they walk in light up - wow!"

    The three story commercial space has 100 thousand square feet of shopping area and while most of the shoppers we saw seemed to be just getting a feel for the place

    Within minutes, folks had already snatched up products and were checking out.

    Dr. Dionne Miranda, Public Relations - Mirab
    "Getting it to this point, based on the fact that Belizeans deserved to have something in this country that they are not having to travel abroad. For the people who cannot and will never get a plane ticket - this is yours. This is your gift from Mirab."

    Well, we don't know about all that - it is a business after all - and with all the overhead and the cost of investment associated with an expansion of this magnitude - one wonders whether the gift will be in a fair, consistent price point:

    Jules Vasquez, reporter
    "I'm certain it's the largest investment ever in a commercial space in Belize. What are you able to speak about the quantum of the investment and the scale of it?"

    Dr. Dionne Miranda
    "The only think I can tell you is that the investment, the detail to creating this store was worth it for the Belizean people."

    Reporter
    "Sometimes re-incorporating these types of investments are felt in the cost of goods. Will consumers be feeling a pinch in terms of the prices here?"

    Dr. Dionne Miranda
    "No. We do not see that they will be feeling any pinch. What we have done, however, we have also added in some new higher end because we realize that some people may want added - like Nicole Miller and Pioneer Woman and that sort of thing. Everybody can get a gift in here starting at say three dollars."

    And what they're trying to capture are those shoppers who might take their dollars to Chetumal:

    Dr. Dionne Miranda
    "People travel across the border, not only for shopping. They go there for a trip for their family. So you can't take that away. Belizeans deserved time away. However, the struggle and the hassle of carrying big bags and all of that for minimal cost and having to pay duties and all of that - travel abroad, enjoy your trips, but come in and check the prices and shop and gain the value that we have and I can say, compare it, see it, because it is real. We are reasonable in our pricing. It's your choice, but we want to give you an amazing choice and an ability to have something worthy of making a choice against and I do believe that if you compare us with even of some of the larger establishments in those other countries, how do we compare?"

    The store excels in style, setting and design, no argument, time will tell if after this first rush fades - whether Mirab can continue to fill these aisles year round:

    Dr. Dionne Miranda
    "So at the very end of the day I believe it's not only a win for the customers to have a great spot, but also for Belize to ensure that yes, money does stay at home and that we also still get the value and the joy of shopping within an environment that makes you happy."

    Mirab says that following this opening it's going to be open until 7:00 at night to capture those who have to work during the day. In two weeks, the store will undergo another transformation as it puts up Christmas decorations.

    Channel 7


    Mirab Opens Its New Mega Department Store

    Mirab has a new department store and today it opened for business, offering a high-end shopping experience. The Mirab store relocated from the Fort Street area to the Philip Goldson Highway where its one hundred thousand plus square foot store boasts a number of new additions to its product lines and departments, including the Ashley Furniture Home Store. Mirab says that to accommodate more customers and make the shopping experience comfortable and easy, they have also introduced several features for shoppers to take advantage of. Reporter Andrea Polanco attended today’s opening and tells us more about the impact of the new store.

    Andrea Polanco, Reporting

    Today, Mirab opened the doors of its new department store on the Philip Goldson Highway. After about three years of construction, employees welcomed customers for the first day of business inside the newly constructed, multi-level store. Mirab and Company aims to offer an enhanced shopping experience now that they have expanded their operations.  And the experience starts from outside – a big parking lot, bike racks, a bus stop – are just some of the features to accommodate shoppers.  Today they lined up to get first look and cashed in on opening day deals at the new store.

    Morris Dena, Customer, Mirab

    “Well, we are here today to see the new Mirab that is open and see what it is all about. Just to see everything, products and everything.”

    Andrea Polanco

    “How you like the experience?”

    Morris Dena

    “Very nice. Everything is nice and beautiful.”

    Andrea Polanco

    “Tell me how you like the new Mirab store?”

    Barbara Peyrefitte, Customer, Mirab

    “Beautiful. When I come here, I say, ‘My God, it is beautiful.’ I don’t have to go to the states. I am already in the states.”

    Andrea Polanco

    “Anything specifically you looking for today?”

    Barbara Peyrefitte

    “Well, I am looking for some mats, floor mats. That is what I am looking for right now.”

    Andrea Polanco

    “So, you definitely coming back here?”

    Barbara Peyrefitte

    “Definitely coming back here.”

    And one of the benefits of this new store is that shoppers can now get just about everything they need– without having to travel across the borders or buy online – keeping the dollars at home: But will consumers have to absorb some of the cost of this investment in the price of goods?

    Dionne Chamberlain, PR, Mirab & Co.

    “We do not see that they will be feeling any pinch. Because if you comparatively look at some of our prices, and I will give you one that I was looking at recently. I was looking for pillows and we use the pillows that are tagged by Ross, for instance in the U.S. It is tagged eighteen dollars US for the pillow. We didn’t take off the Ross logo because it is the same packer that does it for Belize and because we sell it for thirty belize dollars; which is three dollars U.S less and that is without the shipping, the duty and the transportation and a big bulky pillow. And you can find this through-out the store in quality merchandise. What we have done, however, we have also added in some new higher end because we realize that some people may want added – like Nicole Miller and Pioneer Woman and that sort of thing.  Everybody can get a gift in here starting at say three dollars all the way up depending on what it is that you want to provide.”

    This is arguably the largest commercial investment of its kind in Belize. And while it offers a different level of shopping experience for the customers and a comfortable work environment for the employees, from construction to retail the impact of this multi-million dollar venture is felt through the jobs it provides and other economic opportunities for locals.

    Dionne Chamberlain

    “Quite a bit of employment has been created. Our staff has pretty much doubled or tripled during the construction phase because I am sure you can tell on a massive perspective this took in electricians, plumbers, engineers, gardeners and everything to create it. And so yes, for the mere space of it, we are opening an entire Ashley store in November and that takes on a whole new level of staffing. We now have credit on credit which is offering financing; we are doing lay-ways. We have really grown staffing. We do have three opportunities available for if a restaurant wants to open up for whatever business in the front for rental space. So, people are welcome to come in and take a look at those and rent those. There are other opportunities for sales. And again, this keeps the money at home. We customs, we pay G.S.T. We are a fully Belizean company, having Belizean staff, paying all Belizean taxes and conforming to all Belizean laws. So, at the very end of it, I believe it is not only for the customer to have a great spot but also for Belize to ensure that yes, money does stay at home.”

    The store features a number of new lines including goods for the tourism industry; and the usual clothing and footwear; home goods; toys and other expanded departments. The Ashley Furniture Store is to be opened in a few weeks. In total the company has about eighty employees, most of whom you are guaranteed to meet at this new store, including these two friendly faces.

    Sheena Thomas, Sales Consultant, Mirab

    “It is total excitement. I mean we have been working long hours. We have been here sometimes working eleven, twelve at night. So, it is totally exciting to see the customers faces as they walk in, light up – wow. We feel like that every day, preparing this for you guys to come home. It is an experience in itself.”

    Khyla Banner, Customer Service Rep, Mirab

    “Our biggest reward this morning was seeing our customers’ faces. So, when they walked in and we saw how excited they were, that was our biggest reward because we know that this store was a gift to them.”

    Channel 5



    Mirab’s Grand Opening Of Super Department Store In Belize City

    We were given a run-down of the new store and met the personas of their advertising campaigns. The new Mirab has:
    New bus stop location
    Mirab taxi service
    Over 105 parking spaces
    Elevators and Escalators to help with easy access of floors
    Hospitality area with special checkout and delivery
    Opens until 7p.m. for convenience and shopping leisure

    New Sections Include:
    Candy Area
    Larger Spaces
    Area for shoes, including a section specifically for Men’s Shoes
    Pet Section
    Mirab Toyland with wider variety and accessories for Halloween
    Customer Service
    Resort Merchandise
    Chef Accessories
    NEW BRANDS including Ashley, Frigidaire, Pioneer Woman, Nicole Miller and Kenneth Cole

    Click here to read the rest of the article and see more photos in the Ambergris Today


    The new Mirab Department Store opened today in Belize City

    We Walked the Red Carpet and got a first look before the doors opened to the public. The new Mirab Department Store opened today in Belize City. Now located at 1.5Mls, Phillip Goldson Highway, the three-storey luxury MEGA STORE has over 100,000 square feet of display area and houses a Ashley Furniture Home Store (opening in November). The Mirab Department Store provides a variety of brand selections Belizeans have come to know and love. The only one of its kind in Belize! Get Ready to SHOP!




    Mirab Opens Its New Mega Department Store

    Mirab has a new department store and today it opened for business, offering a high-end shopping experience. The Mirab store relocated from the Fort Street area to the Philip Goldson Highway where its one hundred thousand plus square foot store boasts a number of new additions to its product lines and departments, including the Ashley Furniture Home Store. Mirab says that to accommodate more customers and make the shopping experience comfortable and easy, they have also introduced several features for shoppers to take advantage of. Reporter Andrea Polanco attended today’s opening and tells us more about the impact of the new store.

    The New Mirabs Department Store: WOW in Belize City
    My alarm went off at 4:45am and then again at 4:50am. I do NOT get out of bed this early for just anything. But yesterday was something I’ve been looking forward to for a while. ESPECIALLY since I got a sneak preview less than one month ago and WAS NOT ALLOWED TO TAKE PHOTOS INSIDE!!! I knew that inside and out there is NOTHING like the new 100,000 square foot Mirabs Department Store anywhere in Belize. From the staff locker rooms to the restrooms to the date palms and the landscaping to the cushy chairs placed everywhere around the store – usually for the boyfriend whose shopping stamina is very low – this new store is gorgeous and so thoughtful. The details, big and small, are perfection. So rather than continue to talk…let me show you. From my 5:15am golf cart ride on, yesterday was a beauty.

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    Travel
    10/10/18 11:34 PM
    Cenrut is a community-based project to create and distribute GPS maps of Central America.

    The project covers Belize, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Honduras, and Panama.

    Cenrut 3.7 is available in formats for Garmin(PC+Mac), and iPhone/Android(Navitel, Navikey/7Ways).

    Instructions in English are here: http://www.cenrut.org/adw/over.htm
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    Specials & Events
    10/10/18 06:47 PM
    Be sure to mark your calendars now for our 15th annual Saga Halloween dog and kid-friendly event to be held at Fido’s...

    SUNDAY NOVEMBER 4 11AM-5PM FIDO'S COURTYARD.

    Don't miss out on the fun and your chance to take home prizes and gift certificates from our many generous donors.

    Silent Auction, Pet Costume Contest, Raffles for groat prizes overy 20 minutes, Face painting, SAGA Store, Delicious eats and treats!

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    Caye Caulker
    10/10/18 06:32 PM

    LICA's annual Halloween Bazaar coming up soon. It is an event fill with fun games and delicious treats for the entire family.

    We are hereby asking our community members for your kind sponsorship of any prize towards our games (tombola, ring toss, spin the wheel, balloon darts, peg board, gate prize, King and Queen prize ect). Prizes may be a bottle item, fan, iron, toys, home gadgets ect.

    Proceeds of this Halloween Bazaar will be used to construct bicycle racks for our students and a portion towards teachers' summer salaries. We can do this with your help. Thank you for your continuous support. LICA-BUILDING POSITIVE INTELLIGENT CHARACTER.

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    Ambergris Caye
    10/10/18 06:31 PM
    You say you want to move to Belize and live the good life? A new "business park/plasa, whatever, is being built just north of the Truck Stop.
    Containers can be leased - and customized - 40', 26', 20' or 13'.
    Get in on the ground floor!
    I'm opening a juice, tea, coffee shop.and
    Would love to have a pastry shop nearby. Or fresh produce or any other small business catering to workers and visitors up north.
    Private message me or call 501-622-9808 for more information.
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