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April 10, 2017


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The San Pedro Sun

Police Report: Found Property
On Thursday, March 30th, the San Pedro Police conducted a search at Tropic Air cargo at 2:30AM. The search led to the discovery of two parcels of suspected cannabis, amounting to a total of 947 grams. As no one arrived to claim the package, the item was transferred to the station and deposited as “Found Property”. On Wednesday, April 5th at 9:15PM, joint team of San Pedro Special Branch, Quick Response Team and Custom retrieved a parcel from Thunderbolt containing 63.5 grams of suspected Cannabis which was labelled and deposited as “Found Property”.

Letter to the Editor: Close clubs and bars early
Dear Mayor Danny and Town Council Liquor Control Board, It is time to REALLY face the music. Close bars and clubs no later than 2 AM. NO after-hours clubs. Over and over again you find that problems happen in the wee hours of the morning under the influence of intoxicants. How long until we wake up and say – enough!! Closing at 2AM (or even 12) will not have a negative effect on tourism. Our bread and butter is not in alcohol, it is in diving and fishing. Do the good families of this town really want their kids to grow up in a place where drinking all night is a “lifestyle”? The vast majority of people in this town are family-oriented, hard-working and clean living. Please do your part to serve and protect these good people and their/our livelihoods.

Wolfe’s Woofer: Pig Tail, Beef Tongue and Eggs
“I don’t understand how people can survive on the food that’s available in Belize,” the lady said to me. She was ahead of me in the line at the grocery store, struggling with a basket-load of shopping. “What do you mean?” I asked. “It looks like you have a lot of food in your basket.” “Yes, but most of it is so different from what I used to buy back home in Texas; especially the meats. In Texas I could walk into any supermarket and buy a beautiful sirloin steak.”

Tropic Air Caravan Fleet Now 100% Air Conditioned
Earlier this month, Tropic Air maintenance staff completed installation of a 24,000BTU air conditioning system on its final Cessna Caravan. All eleven (11) caravans in the fleet are now fully climate-controlled for passenger comfort. In addition, each new caravan delivered will have this climate-controlled system pre-installed. “Not only does this represent an investment of $110,000 per aircraft, but it also fulfills a commitment to our customers to provide passengers greater comfort even on the hottest of Belizean days”, said John Greif III, President of Tropic Air. “This feature is unique among local airlines, and represents our commitment to constant improvement and investment in our product.”

Doctor Love: Kitchen Quandary
Dear Doctor Love, My boyfriend and I recently moved in together. He told me he did not have any skills as far as cooking and laundry and I agreed to do those things and in turn he would pay certain utilities while we split the rent. It seemed like a good arrangement until I found out that that he won’t eat anything I make. He likes very few foods; hamburgers, rice and beans, egg whites and spaghetti. But not spaghetti with ground beef or vegetables, just the sauce right out of the bottle. He hates garlic and cumin and onions make him push the plate away. He heaps salt on everything and will not touch chicken, pork chops or salad. I love vegetables and eat a variety of foods. He would eat the same things every day. Am I supposed to make two different meals every day; one he will eat and one with the vegetables I love?

Misc Belizean Sources

mzz

Congratulations Verge of Umbra
The Belize based rock band won a rock contest and will represent not only Belize but Central America at the Wacken Open Air 2017 in Germany. Wacken Open Air is scheduled for August 3rd - 5th. According to wiki "Wacken Open Air (W:O:A) is a summer open-air heavy metal music festival. It takes place annually in the small village of Wacken in Schleswig-Holstein, northern Germany. With 80,000 festival visitors, and including personnel a total of roughly 86,000 attendees in 2011,[2] it attracts various kinds of metal and hard rock music fans."

PUBLIC AND BANK HOLIDAY FOR THE EASTER HOLIDAY
Friday - April 14th, 2017 - GOOD FRIDAY Saturday - April 15th, 2017 - HOLY SATURDAY Monday - April 17th, 2017 - EASTER MONDAY Here is wishing everyone travelling, to please be safe and enjoy your Easter Holidays!

CEO Caucus Challenge - Cancer Ride 2017
Yesterday, Major General K. K. Chinn, the commanding general of U.S. Army South, together with his colleagues, participated in the CEO Caucus Challenge - Cancer Ride 2017. Major General Chinn visited #Belize to officially launch Beyond the Horizon: 2017-Belize, tour the construction and medical services sites, and meet the Service Members from the United States, Belize, and Trinidad and Tobago, who are tirelessly working to make this collaborative partnership a success.

The Reporter

Separate shootings leave several people wounded; two critical
A man lies critically wounded at the Western Regional Hospital from a gunshot wound to the head. San Ignacio police were summoned to a location near 8 and 8 Restaurant on Bishop Martin Street in Santa Elena at around 1:10 this morning. There they saw Deon Gongora, 27, suffering from a gunshot wound to the head and mouth. Gongora is listed in a critical condition but stable condition at western region hopital. In Punta Gorda, at around 7:00 Saturday night, Jordy Flores, 29, and Renita Jackson were driving in a black Hyundai vehicle on Orange Street, and as they reached Cayo Street, a gunman riding a bicycle shot at them several times, hitting Flores in the right arm and Jackson the right upper leg.

Plants can “hear” themselves being eaten, research reveals
Plants can “hear” themselves being eaten, researchers from the University of Missouri found in a new study, and they respond to the attack. The researchers discovered that the sound of caterpillars eating on plants made them more defensive, releasing more mustard oils, which are unappealing to caterpillar. Previous research has investigated how plants respond to acoustic energy, including music, according to Heidi Appel, senior research scientist in the Division of Plant Sciences in the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources and the Bond Life Sciences Center at MU.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Police issues official report on the two persons shot in Punta Gorda
According to police reports, last night around 7, Punta Gorda Police visited a scene where they saw Jordy Flores 29, suffering from a gunshot wound to the right arm and Renita Jackson 21, also suffering from a gunshot wound to the right upper leg.

Man shot in Santa Elena Town; In critical condition at hospital
According to police reports, yesterday around 1:10 a.m., San Ignacio police visited 8&8 Restaurant in Santa Elena where they saw Deon Gongora 27, suffering from apparent gunshot wounds to the head and mouth.

Man shot in Belize City this morning
According to police reports, a man was shot on Riverol Street in Belize City shortly after 7 this morning. The victim has been identified as Erlin Butler.

Blogs

Wildtracks’ Program for Manatees and Monkeys: Help Me Deliver Formula to The Babies
Just across the lagoon, just outside the mainland fishing village of Sarteneja, is an amazing AMAZING place. It’s called Wildtracks. Started in 1990 by Zoe and Paul Walker down a long muddy road into the wilderness – they went from fostering one manatee to running a large conservation, research and education program with a huge mission. Belize has a tendency to give you as much as you can handle – and soon after, it pushes the limits…again and again. These guys are doing absolutely jaw-dropping work. One manatee turned into a manatee rehabilitation center – the only one of its kind in the country – and then a monkey rehabilitation center (when in 2010, the facility that was doing this closed) as they help to end the illegal pet trade and practice in Belize.

Band Fest 2017 was held at Orange Walk, Belize Inside People's Stadium
Belize Bandfest 2017 took place on Saturday April 8th, 2017 at the People’s Stadium in Orange Walk Town. 100's of people where already waiting for the event to commence. 9am at Corozal street, the marching bands marched down the streets of Orange Walk. When it started, the town was filled with music on various streets that passed on selected streets around town. The event was visited by thousands of spectators and supporters from around the country, of the thirteen bands who took part on this annual four hours event. Member of the Bandfest Committee, Julia Carillo shared some of the details of the much anticipated event. And, she thanks all the public on helping this event for the past 12 year's across Belize. Love Fm showed the event live on TV and live on radio. Sir Colville Young and Anchor of Love FM Rene Villanueva Jr. where the one's who commenced this Marching Band. They've done quite a lot of work during this past 12 year's of Band Fest across the country. Before I move on to the Band Fest Let me talk a little of Mr. Sir Colville Young and Mr. Rene Villanueva.

International Sourcesizz

The human side of conservation
Most of our conventional thought about conservation is pretty material. We should use less plastic, eat less red meat, drive more efficient cars, and turn off the lights when we don’t need them. Of course all of those things are invaluable pieces in the puzzle to sustaining and conserving our natural world for the generations that will follow us. But material thought can only bring us so far. In the turbulent and often perplexing world we live in today, what’s going to really count is the people making it happen. Passionate, informed, and committed people drive movements, and making conservation a consistent part of the global culture is the movement of our generation, and maybe the most important the world has ever seen. This January, I got the amazing opportunity to spend a couple of weeks in Belize doing a field study course with the University of Virginia on Tropical Ecology and Conservation. While we were in the country, we got to meet some incredible leaders that have made the conservation of their home their life’s work. Sharon Matola literally built the country’s only zoo from scratch. Dr. Colin Young went to school in the States and came home to work in the Belize Ministry of Resources and the Environment. These kinds of passionate leaders are what turn the science of conservation into a reality today.

Videos

  • Wanderlust Magazine | Belize | History & Culture, 2min.

  • Wanderlust Magazine | Belize | Nature & Wildlife, 2.5min.

  • San pedro, Belize - Golf car tour, 9.5min. We took an express boat ride early in the morning from the Caye Caulker island. We rented a golf car for 2 hours and drove a little bit around the island. San Pedro is much warmer than Caye Caulker due to the number of cars I guess. It was fun to drive golf car and I suggest to buy some water and snacks before you start driving. It is hard to find a store on the way. We were thinking to visit secret beach, but we didn't have enough time to drive there because we needed to go back to Caye Calker island. San Pedro is 30 min away from the Caye Caulker island. It is really good place to visit.

  • Mountain Climbing and Belaying Training, 2.5min. The Victoria Peak trail is open for 2017! In March, we headed down to Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary, home of the Victoria Peak Natural Monument, to meet up with Park Manager, Arvin Coc. Both Cockscomb Basin and Victoria Peak are managed by the Belize Audubon Society. Once there, we discussed the progress made under last year's PACT funded large grant to the Belize Audubon Society. One of the outputs included facilitating training for tour guides of the Victoria Peak Natural Monument. Have you ever been? It's quite the adventure, and safety is key. We were happy to witness the culmination of this training on safety measures and precautions provided by accredited rock climbers, Todd and Donette Swain. Great work and great progress for the Belize Audubon Society and these protected areas.

  • The Benders Go To Belize, 7.5min. Slideshow Montage of our trip to Belize in July, 2015.

  • 2017 Belize Loggerhead Encounter, 2.5min. Encounter with 5.0 ft loggerhead turtle in Belize while diving with Aggressor March 11-18, 2017. Shot in 1080

  • Biking around south part of Caye Caulker Island, Belize., 9.5min. Biking around Caye Caulker island in Belize. Going south through the city, then biking along east side of the island all the way down, biking north on a west side of the island, cutting via airplane strip(almost got him by an airplane) back to the middle of the island.

  • Tarpon Fishing - Belize Style, 1min. Feeding the fishes on Caye Caulker Belize.

    April 9, 2017


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    The San Pedro Sun

    Early morning stabbing on Caye Caulker
    During the early hours of Saturday, April 8th, 20 year old Caye Caulker resident Meghan Holland sustained a stab wound to the chest. According to the official police report, while Caye Caulker Police were patrolling on Luciano Reyes Street at 2AM, they received information that a fight was occurring in front of the Police Barracks. When they arrived, they saw Holland making a lot of commotion. She indicated to the Police that she'd had a misunderstanding with one of her cousins. The officers advised her to make a report at the Caye Caulker Police Station, but she refused, and went home. However, a few minutes later, police received information that Holland had collapsed at her home. She was then rushed to the Caye Caulker Health Clinic, where police, along with medical authorities, observed a stab wound to her chest. Police stated that they did not observe any prior injuries on Holland, nor did she complain of any at the time of the commotion. Holland was later transported to the Karl Huesner Memorial Hospital in Belize, City to undergo further medical treatment. She is currently in a stable condition, while police are trying to locate her assaliant.

    Misc Belizean Sources

    mzz

    Belize Band Fest 2017
    Lots of great photographs...

    Beyond the Horizon: 2017-Belize
    We are excited to announce the opening of our first medical services event at the Ladyville Community Center/Hurricane Shelter, Ladyville, Belize District. This event is free to the public. Dates of the event are: April 9-13 and April 17-21. The event will open at 7:00 a.m. and the line will be closed at 3:00 p.m. to ensure that everyone waiting will be processed by 5:00p.m. The medical services event will offer family medicine, OB/GYN, pediatrics, optometry, and dentistry.

    The Reporter

    New online game has Caribbean authorities concerned for teens’ safety
    A game on social media that encourages players to commit suicide has authorities in the Caribbean studying it closely. Martinique has already issued a warning about the game called: “the Blue Whale Challenge”. It encourages participants to inflict dangerous harm to themselves, including cutting their skin in the shape of a whale; watching horror movies and waking up late at night to listen to depressing music. The game includes 50 challenges, which are performed once a day. Its final challenge requires players to jump off the roof of a building or to hang themselves in order to ‘win’. It is believed to be responsible for 130 suicides over a six-month span in Russia, where it originated. Aside from Russia, other countries have reported teen suicides connected to the game.

    Man chops son-in-law for abusing wife
    A man chopped his son-in-law on Friday night – the result of repeated abuse on his wife, police say. The incident happened at around 9:15 p.m., on Zericote St, in the Halls Layout area of Corozal town when Gabriel Zelaya, 38, suffered chop wounds to the back of the neck and right hand. Police say Zelaya’s father-in-law, Armando Cob, 59, grew irate after Zelaya allegedly beat his common-law-wife, who is Cob’s daughter. The police say Zelaya had repeatedly been abusive to the woman.

    Woman stabbed; police seek cousin
    Belize City police are looking for a suspect in connection with a stabbing in Caye Caulker shortly before 2:00 a.m., today. Police say they were patrolling on Louisiano Reyes Street when they received information of a fight in progress in front of the police barracks. Upon their arrival, police spoke with Megan Marie Holland, 20, who reported that she had a misunderstanding with one of her cousins. Police say they encouraged Holland to visit the station and make a report, but she refused and went home. Police say they did not see any injuries on Holland, nor did she complain of any. A short while later, however, police were alerted that Holland had collapsed at her home.

    Breaking Belize NewsPJ

    Two persons shot in Punta Gorda
    Confirmed reports reaching our newsroom are that two (2) persons were shot tonight while driving their vehicle in Punta Gorda, Toledo. The victims have been identified as a man and a woman and they were taken to the Punta Gorda Hospital for treatment by bystanders.

    BNTU meets today to plan against GoB “union busting”
    The Government of Belize has announced that it will gift a million dollars to teachers who did not strike last year. The Belize National Teacher’s Union (BNTU), the Christian Workers union (CWU), the Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry as well as the Opposition have all criticized this move as an act of union busting. However, the BNTU is not simply criticizing, it is preparing for affirmative action.

    Diabetes and hypertension medication scarce in Belize
    If you’re struggling to find diabetes or hypertension medication, you are not alone. CEO in the Ministry of Health, Ramon Figueroa, has confirmed that there is in fact a national scarcity and shortage of medication.

    Dickie Bradley gets bail for alleged drunken gun carrier
    Last Friday, Belmopan police charged 28 year old Jerome Gill for possession of a weapon whilst under the influence of alcohol and disorderly conduct. The police had reported that on March 30th in Belmopan, he was drinking and had his licensed firearm.

    Man charged for rape receives bail
    A trial farm man accused of carnal knowledge with a 13 year old minor is out on bail as of Friday. He was able to meet the $7,500 bail in the Supreme Court and is scheduled to return to court on May 4. Additionally, he must sign in to the Orange Walk police station every Friday.

    Father in law chops son in law in Corozal
    According to police reports, at about 9:15 last night, Gabriel Zelaya, 38, was chopped to the back of the neck and right hand by his father in law, Armando Cob, 59. Police revealed that the chopping is as a result of continuous physical abuse by Zelaya on his wife.

    International Sourcesizz

    SKHS student expedition inspires fundraiser
    As a high school student in a small town, it can be easy to grow comfortable with familiar faces and surroundings. However, by seeking opportunities to travel, students have the ability to gain global perspective and make a difference beyond their community. After embarking on a ten-day expedition to Belize in February, a group of 23 students from South Kingstown High School are organizing a fundraiser to support St. Matthew’s Anglican School, an elementary school in Pomona Valley, Belize. Hailey Hurrell, a junior who participated in the Belize trip, was affected by the “culture shock” of interacting with children living in poverty. “The students in Belize were so incredibly excited to learn and so passionate about being at school every day,” said Hurrell. “I saw how people lived in other countries and it inspired me to try and help them and live my life differently.”

    A lost city in Honduras
    Archaeology is full of romantic adventure tales of lost tombs and cities. Who isn’t fascinated by the story of Howard Carter finding the golden tomb of King Tutankhamen, or Heinrich Schliemann’s excavation of the Greek poet Homer’s windy Troy? But these discoveries took place long ago — in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Surely, you may think, there cannot still be vast ruins of whole cities which have lain unknown and undisturbed for hundreds of years? Think again, for in “The Lost City of the Monkey God” (2017) Douglas Preston describes just such a city in the remote and dangerous jungle of Honduras known as the Mosquitia. As Preston relates, the legend of the “Lost City of the Monkey God,” also called “la Ciudad Blanca” (“the White City”), probably has its origins in a report of the 16th century explorer Hernán Cortés, who told of “very extensive and rich provinces” in this area. The Mayan civilization of Central America — which peaked around 800 AD or so, and first came to wide public attention in the mid-19th century — was nearby, but the heyday of the Mosquitia people is believed to have come later (after 1000 AD).

    Videos

  • Belmopan. Bandits Vs Freedom Fighters!, 2hr30min.

  • Corozal Community College won 2017 Band Fest, 30sec.

  • INCREÍBLE VIAJE EN AVIONETA! San Pedro, Belize, 10min. Vlog 73, tomé una avioneta de Belmopan a San Pedro, una experiencia muy divertida. Aquí en San Pedro intentaré bucear.

  • BELIZE: DANGRIGA BEACHES & NIGHT LIFE, 24min.

  • Belize April 2017, 13min. Belize April Vacation 2017

  • Belize Glover's Atoll, 22.5min. Fishin for bonefish, snorklin the reefs or just hangin with friends.

  • Mooneys in Belize, 8min.

  • Caye Caulker, Belize Kiteboarding - The Split, 2min. Kiting in the middle of the village in Caye Caulker island in Belize. It is a nice place for kiting with a clean beautiful ocean. The spot is not too friendly for beginners due to the large number of piers and boats. Shallow water a little helps, you can walk pretty far out, no shoes needed. Happy to share information about the Island.

  • Mexico Rocks Belize,1 min.

    April 8, 2017

    sorry late on this, my houses power was out for 36 hours....


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    The San Pedro Sun

    Victoria House showcases spa amenities during Open House
    The management and staff of Victoria House Resort welcomed members of the hospitality industry to their new spa facilities during an Open House on Wednesday, March 8th. From 3:30PM to 6PM, the doors of the recently constructed Victoria House Spa were open to invited guest for a hands-on experience. Guests enjoyed a tour of the facility, as well as refreshing cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Complementary massages and hand scrubs demonstrated some of the many services offered by the trained spa staff. Guest even entered a raffle in hopes of winning a free spa treatment. The Victoria House Spa offers visitors gym services and spa treatments, including massages, facials, scrubs, and manicures and pedicures, all under one roof. 3,500 square feet of space consist of both indoor treatment facilities, the gym and an outdoor courtyard for fabulous yoga sessions.

    Canadian Researchers visit Belize’s World Heritage Sites
    Phillip and April Vannini are two researchers from the Royal Roads University in Victoria, British Columbia Canada, who along with their young daughter Autumn are on a five -year journey to visit 24 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Of course, Belize was part of their quest. They explored many sites around the country, including Laughing Bird Caye and Glovers Reef in Southern Belize, The Blue Hole and Half Moon Caye Natural Monument and the marine reserves around Ambergris Caye. Belize is the seventh stop within their research project ‘In the Name of Wild,’ which is funded by the Federal Government of Canada through a grant program. The project focuses on understanding how wilderness can mean many different things to different people living among these heritage sites. They plan to visit 24 World Heritage Sites; ten in Canada, and the remaining 14 around the world. Belize is their fifth international stop on their itinerary outside of Canada.

    After construction delays, Ambergris Stadium’s official inauguration draws nearer
    After four months of delays, the state-of-the-art Ambergris Stadium is finally approaching its official inauguration. Initially, a soft-opening ceremony was scheduled in November 2016, in honor of San Pedro’s 32nd Township Anniversary, but the ceremony was postponed due to inclement weather. As a result, the $2.3 million project, coordinated by Belize Infrastructure Limited (BIL) in collaboration with the San Pedro Town Council (SPTC), and executed by AM Construction Company from the Orange Walk District, was delayed. However, the stadium is in its final stage of completion, and is now undergoing finishing touches for the official inauguration. General Manager Christy Mastry has confirmed to The San Pedro Sun that the stadium should be completed by the end of April. “We plan to be done no later than the end of the month [April 2017]. Then, BIL will be coordinating inauguration plans with Mayor Daniel Guerrero and the Area Representative of Belize Rural South, Honorable Manuel Heredia Jr. We will also discuss the handing over of the management once the project is delivered,” said Mastry. As the stadium is expected to transform sports professionalism on the island, some of its highlights include: a synthetic turf, stage lighting, bleachers, concession stands, lockers and bathroom facilities. According to Mastry, the exterior components of the project has been completed. However, some civil work is currently being done to insert interior cabinetry for the locker rooms and install final electrical work on the second floor, which will be for the VIP area/media booth, and the sidewalk and parking lot area is being casted. Mastry explained what caused the delay of the project. “We had a couple of issues with the contractors slowing down and not having as much staff out there. So BIL got involved, along with myself, and we made sure that we put the project on hold until we had the proper crew that were qualified to do what we wanted back on site. However, nothing has changed in the design. We just had a few delays that pushed us back. We’re moving forward, and expect it to be fully completed soon,” said Mastry. However, BIL did not explain if the additional crew requirement falls within the indicated budget, or if it resulted in additional construction costs.

    German birthday party ended up in BEPRA: Belize Educational Project in Rural Areas
    30 years ago German consultant and journalist Ingwer Seelhoff travelled for the first time to Belize. “Since then the Central American country and its people have given me and my family on many, many trips a kind of a second home,” the 61 years old says who runs his company in the Hanseatic city of Lübeck at the Baltic Sea. After travelling all over Belize and with his professional experience in many projects Seelhoff knows how important education is. So he decided for his birthday party in Germany: no presents, but some money for an educational project. “It was quite clear that this little support should go to the youth in Belize – and I wanted the Belize dollars to move something in rural areas. Because rural areas and villages are very often having a hard time – all over the world.”

    ACES celebrates diversity during Autism Awareness Month
    Ambergris Caye Elementary School (ACES) observed its special education program’s fifth anniversary on Monday, April 3rd. In light of Autism Awareness month, ACES hosted a poster competition, where many students from Infant One and Two submitted posters highlighting the diversity in learning disabilities. With a total of 116 students, over 20 special needs students are currently enrolled at ACES. Presently, ACES has four students with Autism. Autism Spectrum Disorder is defined as a condition that impairs social and communication development, social skills and is marked by repetitive behaviors. At four-years-old, Cody had no verbal communication, and was enrolled at ACES as the first child diagnosed with Autism. Cody, along with the other autistic children, are all integrated into the classrooms. However, they each have specialized schedules to work on speech therapy, social, and life skills daily. In Cody’s case, he goes to school for half a day, and with the individual help of Special Education Teacher Ana Barilla, he has grown academically, one step at a time.

    The Federal Republic of Germany makes Generous Donation to the Dorothy Menzies Child Care Center
    A short ceremony was held at the Dorothy Menzies Child Care Center on April 3, 2017, where the Federal Republic of Germany handed over grant of $21,604 USD to the residential institution. The presentation of the funds was conducted by His Excellency Mr. Harald Klein, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany in Guatemala and Belize, to Mrs. Dorothy Menzies, Chair of the Board of Governors for the Center. The funds were mobilized through the initiative of the Board of Governors and will be used to assist with the current upgrading of the Center, which is being implemented by the Government of Belize. Upgrades include the replacement of furniture, completion of the fence, re-wiring of the electrical system, installation of a surveillance system in an effort to ensure compliance with health and safety standards.

    The University of Belize and Belmopan City Council Strengthen Partnership for National Development
    His Worship Khalid Belisle, Mayor of Belmopan, made a courtesy call on the new President of the University of Belize, Professor Clement Sankat on Wednesday, 5th April at the University’s Main Campus in Belmopan. This was a familiarization meeting allowing the two leaders to discuss how best the Belmopan City Council and the University can work collaboratively together in such a way to simultaneously contribute to the Development of the Municipality, the University and the nation of Belize as a whole. In a show of good will, Mayor Belisle has committed to assisting the University to upgrade a portion of road way and adjacent parking lot on the university grounds and Professor Sankat has committed to assist the Belmopan City with access to research/academic data suitable for special projects the Mayor may want to pursue. One of these projects will be the Mount Pleasant Creek Development including an Ecological Assessment and recommendations for upgrading and recreational use.

    Islanders say No to Cayo Rosario Development
    Island residents strongly rejected the idea of a proposed tourism development at Cayo Rosario during the project’s Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) presentation on Wednesday, April 5th at the San Pedro’s Lions Den. Cayo Rosario, a 10-acre privately owned island, densely packed with mangroves on the leeward coast of northern Ambergris Caye, is part of the finalized expansion of the Hol Chan Marine Reserve. Investors intend to develop a project that will include over-the-water structures and will accommodate up to 600 guests.

    New tax hikes with the new 2017/2018 budget
    As of Saturday, April 1st, prices for soft drinks, alcoholic beverages and other products of general consumption went up dramatically. The new increase derives from the implementation of an array of tax measures being introduced by the Government of Belize, as it aims to raise an additional $80 million in revenue to help finance the national budget that is now in effect. The 2017/2018 budget was passed by the House of Representatives on Friday, March 24th and by the Senate on Monday, March 27th. One of the goals of the budget is to collect a billion dollars in tax revenue. Most of the tax hike will be in the form of ‘sin’ taxes, and as a result it will drive up prices for liquor, beer and cigarettes, particularly at the Free Zone in Northern Belize.

    SPTC Softball Tournament heads to the finals
    After the past weekend’s semi-final games, The San Pedro Town Council Softball Tournament will crown its first champion on Sunday, April 9th. Four teams: San Pedro High School (SPHS), Quality Reef, Seastar and Extreme- competed on Sunday, April 2nd at the Honourable Louis Sylvestre Sporting Complex where softball fanatics came out to support their favourites. The last games of the season will be held on Sunday, April 9th, starting at 9AM with the third place match between Extreme and Quality Reef. The championship game has been set between SPHS and Seastar. The champion of the tournament will be decided in a best of three series.

    Hol Chan hopes for an improved turtle nesting season
    Residents/visitors are advised to: safeguard nesting females and their hatchlings for the duration of the season; properly dispose of the debris abandoned on the beach; refrain from making sand castles or leaving behind any objects that may hinder the turtle’s access to and from the ocean; and to not illuminate areas near the beach. Artificial light from beachfront homes, streetlights and even flashlights can attract the hatchlings away from the safety of the water and lead them to their deaths. The recreational use of areas such as Robles on the weekends has also become a concern to Hol Chan. “Nesting on the beach does not mean that the beach cannot be used. It just means that people need to be more aware, and adjust their use of the area during the nesting season, and pick up their garbage. Nesting sites are critical to the survival of the sea turtles. These charismatic creatures not only fill important ecological roles, but also they are an essential part of Belize’s tourism identity,” said Forman Castillo. ACMTP will continue to monitor the beaches, and look at ways to address threats to ensure Ambergris Caye continues to be used as nesting sites. As for the 2017 nesting season, Hol Chan stated that it is difficult to predict what it will be like. A single female will only return to nest every two to three years, and lay multiple clutches (nests) per season, which can cause natural fluctuations in the total number of nestslaid each year.

    Ambergris Today

    Despidida/ Passing Of Amelio Kumul Sr.
    Aquellos que creen en Cristo y vivieron en El no le temen a la muerte porque saben que al muerte es el comienzo de una vida nueva y eterna con Dios en el cielo. Es con profundo pesar que se anuncia la muerte de don Amelio Kumul Padre quien nació, creció y vivió toda su vida en San Pedro como trabajador del la industria del coco y la pesca. Hoy despiden a este buen San Pedrano sus hijos Carmita, Socorro, Binita, Lily y Pablo Kumul y muchos nietos, sobrinos(as). La comunidad de San Pedro despide a este humilde y respetable hombre que fue un buen ejemplos su familia y todo el pueblo en general.

    San Pedro Residents Outraged By Cayo Rosario Development
    Emotions ran high, tempers flared and words were thrown as residents of Ambergris Caye sent the message to the Belize Department of Environment and investors/developers of Cayo Rosario that they object to the proposed resort development on the tiny island. Island residents are not happy and they made that clear at the Cayo Rosario Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) consultation held at the San Pedro Lions Den on, Wednesday, April 5, 2017. “It’s a Blackadore Caye scenario all over again,” commented one angry resident. “But the community of Ambergris Caye is tired of being taken advantage of by the government, greedy investors and people who just don’t take our natural environment into consideration. We are tired of it and are ready to stand up for ourselves.”

    First Lady Kim Simplis Barrow Condemns Police Brutality And Misconduct In San Pedro Town
    In a public statement released on Tuesday, April 4, 2017, the Special Envoy for Women and Children, Mrs. Kim Simplis Barrow, stated the she is deeply disturbed by news of police brutality and misconduct that took place over the weekend in San Pedro Town, Ambergris Caye. This incident brings into sharp focus the need for an immediate, objective and comprehensive review of th Belize Police Department's protocols and practices on the use of force and managing difficult cases and situations. Mrs. Kim Simplis Barrow says she sympathizes with the victims of this incident and strongly condemns unwarranted acts of violence, especially against women and children.

    Generous Donation To Dorothy Menzies Child Care Center
    A short ceremony was held at the Dorothy Menzies Child Care Center on April 3, 2017, where the Federal Republic of Germany handed over grant of $21,604 USD to the residential institution. The funds were mobilized through the initiative of the Board of Governors and will be used to assist with the current upgrading of the Center, which is being implemented by the Government of Belize. Upgrades include the replacement of furniture, completion of the fence, re-wiring of the electrical system, installation of a surveillance system in an effort to ensure compliance with health and safety standards.

    Misc Belizean Sources

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    BELIZEAN PHOTOGRAPHERS, HERE'S AN OPPORTUNITY FOR YOU!!!
    This summer will see the Caribbean Tourism Organization release the new edition of "Your Caribbean Weddings and Honeymoons" guide and the publishers have launched a photographic competition to select the winning, stunning romantic shots to grace the cover.

    CEO Caucus Cancer Ride 2017: “We’re With You”
    The annual CEO Caucus Cancer Ride will take place this Saturday, April 8th, 2017. The Ride’s route is from Mile 25 on the George Price Highway to the National Agriculture and Trade Show Grounds in Belmopan. Participants are asked to arrive at the staging area at the Sanitary Landfill junction at 6:00 a.m., where registration and Opening Ceremony activities will take place. The Ride will commence at 6:30 a.m. Participants are encouraged to be on time. The Coast Guard and Belize City Council will each be providing a bus to transport riders from Belize City to Mile 25. The Coast Guard will also be providing a truck to transport bicycles from Belize City to the starting point. The buses and truck will leave Western Avenue Bus Stop at 5:00 a.m. sharp. The buses and truck will depart the Show Grounds to Belize City at 1:00 p.m. There will be two (2) designated rest stops along the way: Cheers Restaurant and St. Matthews Government School. All riders are required to adhere to the traffic officers instructions, rest at these designated stops, and await clearance from the Traffic and Police Departments. These designated stops will also facilitate the free flow of traffic. Upon arrival at the National Agriculture and Trade Show Grounds, cyclists will enter the premises through Gate 3 and vehicular traffic will enter the premises through Gate 2. All participants are invited to attend the Closing Ceremony and the Health Fair at the conclusion of the Ride. We look forward to having a safe and successful Ride, in support of this worthy cause.

    Mrs. Marie Espat is the Honorary Consul of Mexico to Belize
    She was designated as Honorary Consul in June 1997. In 2012 she was recognized with the Aguila Azteca Condecoration, which is the most important award given by the Mexican Government to foreign nationals. Mrs. Espat is well known for her outstanding support and assistance in the border communities, which has helped to bring the people of Mexico and Belize even closer" - Ambassador of Mexico to Belize, Carlos Quesnel Congratulations Mrs. Marie, indeed a well deserved condecoration for a most outstanding, dedicated and hardworking Corozalea who is always ready to help those in need of border issues. As someone said, "Always with a pleasant smile and her heart in her hand".

    Corozal Junior College Sports Day will be this Friday, April 7th, 2017
    It promises to be a day of fun for everyone involved before going off on Easter vacations.

    MUSIC AMBASSADOR OPEN MIC NIGHT WEST WINNER DARINQUE RENEAU
    Ambassador Shyne Barrow held is his popular Open Mic Night in the Cayo District last Thursday March 30th and it was one of the best yet. Shyne told ABP that "Open Mic is a platform for musicians and other creatives to show case their talent and express themselves." Darnique Reneau was the grand winner of the $1000 cash prize with Shanz coming in second winning a Samsung 5 courtesy of digicel and Don Doe winning the third place prize of $250. The Ambassador told us he ultimately "plans to bring Open Mic Night to all the districts as its important to support all Belizean artists wherever they are."

    The Placencia Breeze APRIL 2017
    Pg 3 From the Fire Hearth - Easter / Hot Cross Bun Recipe Pg 5 BTIA news / New Board Members / Lobsterfest Logo Contest Pg 7 Placencia Players Theater / Croc Corner / Seine Bight Beach Cleanup Pg 9 Miss Belize Visits Placencia / Reef Week Pg 11 "In the Name of Wild" Pg 13 Where in the World is the Breeze? / Chili Champ / Closed Hunting Season Pg 15 & 18 Placencia BTIA Members Pg 16 & 17 Placencia Peninsula Map Pg 19 Easter Egg Hunt Pg 20/21 Placencia Peninsula Guide Pg 22 PHS Pg 23 BTIA Membership Spotlight - Barefoot Rentals & Services / SEA Events / Fragment of Hope new Sign Pg 24 Fitness Information Pg 26 Community Corner Pg 27 Licensed Tour Operators in Placencia / Licensed Tour Guides in Placencia Pg 28 BTIA Membership Spotlight - GoPrass / Shrimp Industry Update Pg 29 San Pedro Scoop Visits Placencia Village Pg 30 Placencia Peninsula Happenings Pg 31 Calender of Events

    Mexican Embassy Issues Travel Advisory for Belizeans Visiting for the Easter holidays!
    The embassy says that for immigration purposes, border cards are valid for travel within the State of Quintana Roo, Campeche, Tabasco and Chiapas only and are good for only for three days, including the day of arrival. Visitors should ensure that they travel with a valid passport when crossing the border; and are advised to keep a copy of their passport, driver’s licence, social security card, and voters I.D. in an accessible digital media such as an e-mail. Visitors travelling privately should also ensure that their vehicles are in good condition, and that they have a valid driver`s licence, and that all their vehicle documents are in order. Vehicles with Belizean licence plates can only traverse within the state of Quintana Roo, which includes Chetumal, Cancun and Playa del Carmen, without a temporary import licence. Vehicles weighing more than 3.5 metric tons cannot travel further than Chetumal. Permits are not granted for this.

    Passport Services Resume
    The Department of Immigration and Nationality Services hereby informs the public that it will resume normal processing of applications for renewal and issuance of new passports on Monday, 10th April 2017. Persons wishing to apply for expedited passport services may now submit applications to the office in Belmopan. Applications for normal passport services continue to be accepted at all district offices except Orange Walk and Dangriga. Please contact the department at 822-3860 or 822-0284 if there are questions. The Department of Immigration and Nationality Services regrets any inconvenience caused during this period.

    A big Congratulations going out to Kathian Juan and Sacred Heart College!
    The Ministry of Education, Youth, Sports and Culture visited Sacred Heart College yesterday where Kathian Juan was awarded her cash prize and certificate for submitting the winning theme for the 2017 Education Showcase. Her prize was $500 cash prize sponsored by St. Anthony Trading Co.

    Forums for the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development
    The United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) designated 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. As a part of the efforts to commemorate the occasion, the Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation has been conducting forums at educational institutions throughout the country of Belize. The forums present an excellent opportunity to inform tertiary-level and vocational-based tourism students on the importance of sustainability to Belize’s tourism sector and to raise awareness on the contributions of sustainable tourism to development. In their presentations, the Ministry’s team has highlighted tourism’s role in promoting key development areas under the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals 2030:

    WHO WILL BE THE CHAMPIONS?
    Don't miss out the finals of the San Pedro Town Council's Co-Ed Softball Tournament, this Sunday, April 9, 2017 at the Hon. Louis Sylvestre Sports Complex. First game begins at 9:00 a.m. and the other games begin 10 minutes after the preceding game. Check out the line-up on the picture.

    Caye Caulker farmers market
    The Grape will be closed tonight but farmers market tomorrow 10:00am -2:00pm and the sandwich guy is back!!! Lou Bob starts music at 5:00 pm

    SBDCBelize facilitates entrepreneurship development training in Belize City
    BELTRAIDE through its Small Business Development Centre Belize (SBDCBelize), is facilitating a series of Entrepreneurship Development Training in the Saint Martins De Porres and Port Loyola Area in Belize City. The training are in partnership with the Ministry of Human Development, Social Transformation, and Poverty Alleviation, through its BOOST+ Program. The Boost+ Program aims to equip the residence job readiness skills along with a focus of entrepreneurship as another source of revenue. Below are some photos from the Saint Martin De Porres Cohort held on April 5th, 2017.

    EXPORTBelize & The Nature Conservancy holds “Meet & Greet”
    EXPORTBelize in collaboration with The Nature Conservancy (TNC) held a “Meet and Greet” session with the different fishermen association and the Development Finance Corporation. The session included a presentation by EXPORTBelize to provide an insight on the Memorandum of Cooperation between EXPORTBelize and The Nature Conservancy.

    Advance Oral History training
    Yesterday the Belize City House of Cutlure and Downtown Rejuvenation Project conducted its Advance Oral History training at the House of Culture in Belize City. One of the objectives of the Downtown Rejuvenation Project is to establish a new National Museum at the Belize City House of Cutlure; however, to do that, we will need to collect stories from the community on which to build our new museum.

    In Memoriam. Dianne Bulman, to the Creator, Designer and Developer of Chabil Mar. Rest in Peace
    Sincere condolences to the family and friends of the late Dianne Bulman. Heartfelt condolences to the staff of Chabil Mar. Gone too soon. May you rest in eternal peace and rise in glory. She will forever live in our memories. Belize will certainly miss you Dianne.

    BEL donates $4,000 to Belize Cancer Society and participates in 2nd CEO Caucus Cancer Ride

    BEL congratulates the winners of the 18th Annual BEL Junior Cross Country Cycling Classic!

    Kathian Juan Wins Education Theme Award
    A big Congratulations going out to Kathian Juan and Sacred Heart College! The Ministry of Education, Youth, Sports and Culture visited Sacred Heart College yesterday where Kathian Juan was awarded her cash prize and certificate for submitting the winning theme for the 2017 Education Showcase. Her prize was $500 cash prize sponsored by St. Anthony Trading Co. Look out later on for her inspiration behind the theme!

    Beyond the Horizon: 2017-Belize
    Today, the U.S. Embassy and the Government of Belize, in coordination with U.S. Army South, launched the Beyond the Horizon: 2017-Belize (BTH) collaborative humanitarian exercise. The opening ceremony took place at the Western Regional Hospital in Belmopan. Valued at USD $11.5 million, BTH furthers the U.S. Government’s continued commitment to the Government and people of Belize. BTH enhances health and education infrastructure and provides free medical services across Belize. The exercise consists of five construction projects and three events offering free general medical and dental services across Belize. The first medical event starts on Sunday, April 9, 2017 in Ladyville. All medical service events are open to the public and do not require an appointment.

    Paradise Theater playing this weekend
    Sleepless, Split, Founder, Prevenge. See ya at the movies!

    Easter is here, take care!
    Easter is upon us again, and this time of year the island gets really busy with people coming to the jewel. We at the Traffic Dept want everyone to have a great time and to be safe. Please, do not drink alcohol and drive, keep your speed slow, follow street closure signs for various religious events taking place, be extra cautious when driving due to the increase number of pedestians in town. If you travel North of the bridge the speed limit is 15 mph. Be sensible when driving and have a great time. We would like to wish everyone a safe and happy Easter.

    Mexican Photographer, Mara Sanchez Renero in town
    Mexican Photographer, Mara Sanchez Renero was visiting at the Museum of Belize yesterday. She will be back today & next week to provide tours of her photographic collection "El Cimarron y su Fandango".

    Live music with the Caribbean Kings! Easter Dance Party in San Pedro
    More Easter fun scheduled at the Lions Den!

    Channel 7

    Quick! Contraband Cops Charged
    Two nights ago, 7News broke the news of the contraband cops caught on camera on the Belize side of the Rio Hondo, smuggling in contraband from Botes, Mexico. The commissioner told us that he hadn't seen the video - so we sent it to him. Well, action has been surprisingly swift and decisive. The second in charge in Orange Walk gave CTV-3 an update today: Insp. Jose Mendez, OW Police - 2nd I.C.: "In respect to that video footage that was aired I believe Wednesday, prior to that we have heard rumors in respect to some video footage being circulated. We made efforts to try and locate or someone to come forward to assist us with that video footage, however it was fruitless. Not until Wednesday when the issue surfaced. In respect to that footage, we immediately commence an investigation into the matter. Up to yesterday evening we were able to identify the two individuals in the vehicle. A witness statement was recorded and the officer involved in that behind the steering wheel was brought in and interviewed, which led us to file a disciplinary charge against him for an act of prejudice to good order and discipline."

    More Guat Gold Panners In Belize
    Last night, we told you of the information coming out of the Chiquibul that more Guatemalan gold panners were caught in Belizean territory. Well, tonight, we have the full picture of the operation that was busted. The Friends for Conservation and Development report that at around 10:30 a.m. yesterday, a group of FCD Park rangers were patrolling to monitor illicit activities. They were about five miles inside Belizean territory, near to the Ceibo Chico Conservation Post, when they discovered a camp. It was occupied by 4 Guatemalans panning for gold. They were later identified as 39 year-old Roberto Chub Tec, 17 year-old Waldemar Maas Ac, 33 year-old Jose Arturo Pop Caal, and 38 year-old Elam Hose Sam, all of them from the Guatemalan village of Monte Los Olivos. A 5th man escaped.

    Victim of Police Lawlessness Speaks
    In our headline, we told you about the cops who were charged for contrabanding in the Orange Walk District. But, before that story of lawless police behaviour, there was the incident from San Pedro, early last Saturday morning. You'll know it well as the confrontation between the police and San Pedro residents that was caught on camera. That footage showed how police officers assaulted a woman and then recklessly fired police issued handguns, injuring persons who were present at the time.

    Another Lawless Arson In Stann Creek
    On Monday we showed you an arson in Dangriga Town, and yesterday there was another in the Stann Creek District. The target this time was a small wooden bungalow a farm about four miles from Cowpen Village. 74-year-old Salvadoran farmer Victoriano Chacon said that at 8:00 in the morning, three masked men - one of them carrying a shotgun - pulled up, demanding to see the homeowner Javier Orellana. He wasn't there and they stuffed Chacon inside a cement culvert - while they set the house on fire and left. The 49-year-old homeowner Orellana is also Salvadoran.

    Hope On The Horizon For Western Regional
    Today is World Health Day and there were a number of events to commemorate the observance. One was held in Belmopan at the Western Regional Hospital where the project "Beyond the Horizon 2017" was launched. It is an initiative by the US and Belize governments which began in 2008. Since then, a number of schools have been constructed around Belize and critical health care services have been provided for free. But this year's project is one of the biggest and most significant. Courtney Weatherburne explains why. You would normally have a military presence like this at the BDF camp or at a border security event. But today's ceremony focused on a different form of citizen security, and that is healthcare and education. The US Army Southern Command, along with the Belize Defense Force and the Ministries of Health and Education inaugurated "Beyond the Horizon 2017". This is an initiative by the US and Belize Governments. Adrienne Galanek, Charge d' Affaires: "Every day tourists, families, business investors, students and youth from Belize and the United States are working together and learning from one another. Beyond the Horizon is a shining example of bonds of friendships and partnerships."

    What's Beyond The Horizon for WRH?
    Still on the topic of the health, "Beyond the Horizon 2017" isn't the only project lined up. After an EU funded project fell through, the Ministry of Health has been trying to get assistance from the US government to build a polyclinic in Belmopan. Health CEO Dr. Ramon Figueroa discussed how important this polyclinic would be. Dr. Ramon Figueroa, CEO. Ministry of Health: "We had in our plans the expansion of the hospital itself with a 50 bed wing through the European Union, that is something that seems now we have, might not happen, let me put it that way not too happy with it but that is the way it goes in terms of when external agencies, it is their decision."

    A Shortage of Meds?
    We also asked Dr. Figueroa about the availability of certain prescription drugs. There has been a scarcity recently and Figueroa admits that is has something to do with the new standards for the importation of pharmaceuticals. But he assures the public, they are working on getting their usual supply and more. Courtney Weatherburne, 7News: "In terms of medication, we have been getting countless reports of a lack of medication, the availability of medication specifically I believe diabetes medication among others as well. Could you please speak to us about that, is that connected to this new regulation in terms of the importation of medicine in the country?"

    Mental Health Is Focus Of World Health Day
    Today was observed as World Health Day, and the topic on everybody's mind was mental health, and more specifically, depression. Now, if you're tempted to flip the channel because you don't think you suffer from that illness, you might want rethink that and look at our next story. Depression is real problem all around the world, and experts think that there are many Belizeans walking around with the illness, and they're not getting the proper treatment. Daniel Ortiz has examining this complex issue closely, and here's his story: Depression, like many other mental health disorders, is an ailment that Belizeans ignore as a minor annoyance, but there are millions of people who struggle with it every day. Eleanor Bennett - Psychiatric Nurse: "It's a problem all over the world. According to the World Health Organization, about 300 million people all over the world suffer with depression."

    Trial Farm Resident On Trial
    On Wednesday, Trial Farm resident Sergio Loria appeared in the Orange Walk Magistrate's Court where he was charged for unlawful sexual intercourse and remanded into custody. According to reports, a 13 year old girl and her mother went to Orange Walk Police the day before and reported that Loria had sex with the minor. Today, Loria was released on $7500 dollar Supreme Court bail under the condition that he appear at the Orange Walk Magistrate's Court on May 4 and any date he is called after that. He must also report to the Orange Walk Police Station every Friday starting April 14, and he must not interfere with any of the prosecution witnesses.

    Jerome Gill - Cops Say He Was Drunk With His Licensed Gun, His Lawyer says Where's The Test?
    Having a licensed for a firearm is one thing, but a license holder can't be drunk with his weapon. That's what Belmopan police alleged when they charged 28 year old Architect Jerome Gill last week Friday. He was remanded on charges of possession of a weapon whilst under the influence of alcohol and disorderly conduct. The police alleged that on May 30th in Belmopan, Gill was drinking he had his licensed firearm. Today in a Supreme Court bail hearing, his attorney Dickie Bradley said that neither a blood nor urine sample were taken, which are requirements to prove the charge of possession of firearm while under the influence of alcohol.

    City Council Coordinates More Relief For The Alley
    Today the victims of the Pink's Alley Fire received more donations from the business community. The Belize City Council facilitated the handing over of several pieces of furniture, school supplies, canned foods and gift certificates for Bottom Dalla from BTL and the Radisson. We spoke to representatives from both companies about donations... A total of fourteen tables and fifty-six chairs were handed over to the families along with school supplies and food items.

    Passport Systems Back On Stream
    On March first, the passport office reported that their passport printing equipment had broken down, and only temporary passports could be issued. Well, today the Department announced that it will resume normal processing of applications for renewal and issuance of new passports on Monday. Those applying for expedited passport services may submit applications to the office in Belmopan, and this wanting normal passport services can just go to their district offices, except Orange Walk and Dangriga.

    Chorus of Condemnation For Faber Continues
    The National Trade Union Congress of Belize has joined the chorus of condemnation for Education Minister, Patrick Faber. The minister has decided to pay an honorarium to those teachers who didn't strike, and who did show up for the make up days as instructed. Well, the NTUCB issued an angry release today saying that is is issuing, quote, "a very somber, serious and emphatic warning to the Government of Belize as it relates to...a very poorly conceived decision to pay an "honorarium" to a select few.."

    Kids Marched Against Bullying In Belmopan
    Last night we told you about the University of Belize's Cyber bullying forum. Well, today students from the Our Lady of Guadalupe Primary School in Belmopan marched around the ring road for the same cause. Now the focus of this march wasn't cyber bullying per se, but bullying in schools. Today's march was only one event of a week of activities at the school. There was also an award ceremony for kids who stand up against bullying. The theme for their anti-bullying week was "Be a Buddy, Not Bully".

    Art With A Heart For Mental Health
    And bullying is also a mental wellness issue which fits right into the theme of this year's World Health Day, which we told you about earlier. But there's also another way to confront mental health issues, and that's through art. The Image Factory today staged an art experience put together by Katie Usher. Usher, who suffers from anxiety, created an artistic space to allow viewers to step into her world and understand the struggles of someone with her mental illness. We spoke to Usher this morning about what she calls The Panic Project:... The instillation also included poems and other art pieces meant to simulate a sense of panic.

    Aurelio, Andy, Paul Nabor, 1999
    And from panic…to Paranda, we close tonight we one of the seminal sessions to revive this Garifuna musical tradition. It's a 1999 rehearsal at the House of Culture in Belize City. The old government house had never sounded so rowdy as when Paul Nabor, Andy Palacio and Aurelio Martinez crashed there with the first version of the Garifuna All Star Band. We leave you with that tonight, the same night when Aurelio Martinez brings the Paranda experience full circle, 18 years later at the Bliss center tonight. We'll have highlites of his show on Monday;s newscast Enjoy, and join us back here on Monday.

    Seawell Gets Free After 10 Years
    The 10 year-saga of the Seawell brothers and their fight against extradition to the US is over. And tonight, Mark Seawell joins his brother, Gary on the outside after a prolonged imprisonment for drug importation charges. The Chief Justice has discharged him of all extradition proceedings, based on the same premise of a faulty committal warrant which has poisoned his extradition. That's the decision that was handed down this morning, 6 days after his attorneys introduced this new argument in the case. Seawell's legal team of Anthony Sylvestre, Bryan Neal, and British Barrister Ben Cooper were given the opportunity to make the case against the committal warrant, which didn't follow certain rules of procedure. They told the Chief Justice that the examining Chief Magistrate, Margaret McKenzie, made mistakes with the procedures for his committal to Prison.

    Cops Take No Immediate Action On Botes Babylon
    Last night on 7News we showed you those contraband cops loading up stuff from Botes, Mexico. They were in Santa Cruz village on the Belize side of the border in the Orange Walk District. That's across the river from Botes, and the cops were there in plain sight using a police pickup to get their contraband products, mostly beer it seems. When we asked the Commissioner about it yesterday he said that he had heard about the video, but hadn't seen it. Well we sent it to him yesterday - just as he asked us to, but there's been no swift action. The police press office would only say that the Commissioner has directed the professional standards branch to investigate the matter. Well, according to our information they already had the video, from weeks ago - and nothing was being done about it. We'll keep following the story, but already there are credible reports which say that other police pickups - even the fancy news ones - are seen in that same area doing the same thing: stocking up on contraband.

    Cunil, Alleged Killer
    As we told you at the end of the news last night, Gabriel Cunil has been charged for the murder of pastor Florencio Bardalez. A post mortem shows that the 35 year old allegedly beat the 79 year to death with a blunt instrument. It happened in Esperanza village which is the same place that - our records show - Cunil allegedly perpetrated an armed robbery with a knife back in 2004. Now, he faces murder charges and has been remanded.

    Cops Collect Complaint
    In a follow up to the story we ran on Monday about those lawless police officers on San Pedro, the police have collected a complaint from the woman who was at the center of it. She's the one who's handcuffed on the ground while the officers are seen beating her, and one of them even kick her. She had been in a bar brawl, and when police started manhandling her - that's when a crowd gathered. The cops responded by firing at least 10 live rounds at the ground, injuring four people. The woman - with the last name Bardalez - asked that her first name not be used - gave police her statement on Tuesday. Police say that as they collect statements other charges may be brought. Constable Norman Coye was charged with 2 counts of wounding, while Constable Darnell Madrill has been charged with 1 count.

    CWU and Port Standoff Showing Signs of Relaxation
    Yesterday we told you about the Christian Worker's Union's letter to the Port of Belize announcing a 21 day notice of intended strike action. According to the CWU, they met with the Port 9 days ago, and gave them one week to schedule a date for them to resume negotiations. And, after no date was decided upon when that period elapsed, the CWU gave notice, and the Port Management quickly set a date for a meeting. The executives from both parties met today to hash out a plan going forward. We spoke to Port President, Tux Vasquez, this evening about the negotiations so far... Arturo Vasquez, President - Port of Belize: "After we got that letter yesterday, we had since yesterday we also notified the CWU of a start date for us to resume negotiations and I believe that is all they needed to pull the 21-day notice letter. But when that 21-day notice letter goes out, because you know that the stevedores are an essential service, it's something that they are required to do."

    A Hot Refrigerator At Public's
    Last night after 9:00, news spread fast across the Southside that popular budget supermarket Public's was on fire. Tonight we can confirm that there was a small refrigerator fire at the Public's on Central American Boulevard. Turns out that the compressor caught on fire - and it wasn't a failure of the electrical system. Only the wall was damaged and the refrigerator which had to be thrown away. Public's was opened as usual today.

    Six Years Later, Jeffrey Flowers Didn't Want Justice for Joseph
    35 year-old Jason Joseph, the man who was charged with the near fatal shooting of Jeffrey Flowers, was freed of all criminal charges yesterday. That's when the man he is accused of shooting, refused to show up and testify against him. You may remember the incident from over 6 years ago on July 29, 2011. Jeffrey Flowers, who was once a known street figure was injured in the back, and the damage was so severe that he was left paralyzed and wheelchair bound. The shooting happened in broad daylight when Flowers was walking near Housing Minister Michael Finnegan's Amara Street office. That's when a man rode up on bike and opened fire on Flowers, injuring him in the abdomen, the right side of his chest, the right arm, and the left leg. It was the injury to the back which paralyzed him.

    UB Takes a Stand on Cyber-Bullying
    Today the University of Belize held a forum to educate students about the dangers of cyberbullying. Representatives from the Belmopan City Council, Police Department and University faculty addressed the students about what to look out for, and where they can get help. Alex Courtenay has the story... And carrying on the fight against cyber - bullying, Our Lady Of Guadeloupe RC Primary School, will be holding an anti-bullying march tomorrow in Belmopan.

    City Brings Back Traffic Lights
    For months, drivers in Belize City have been complaining about the madhouse intersection at Cinderella Plaza. It used to be regulated by traffic lights - but when those started giving too much maintenance problems, the city just gave up and stopped fixing them. That's turned this busy four way intersection into a dangerous free for all - where nobody seems to know who has the right of way. In February, an exasperated mayor told the media why he thinks traffic lights are a waste of time:... Darrell Bradley, Mayor - Belize City: "Man I've said this before "stop investing in stop lights," that's a stupid idea. Because build a round-about. I know the problems with maintenance in Belize City. I can't fix them. I am telling you that. So you will talk to the next mayor about another traffic light - stop spending money on stupid things."

    More Gold Panners Caught
    Last week Friday, we told you about four Guatemalan gold panners who had been caught in the Chiquibul national park. They were found with two Vilas of what appeared to be gold. Well, tonight the news is that another four have been caught. We don't have the details yet as they are still being extracted from the Chiquibul to be charged at the san Ignacio police station. We hope to have more tomorrow. Gold panning is a persistent problem in the Ceibo Chico area.

    Aurelio, A Homecoming
    We've been covering Aurelio Martinez on this newscast since the late 90's. He's one of the most entertaining performers of Garifuna music, but more than just a song and dance man, he's got soul - and he is known to leave it all on the stage - especially when he performed at the Bliss Center. Aurelio and his Garifuna Collective have a special show planned for tomorrow at the Bliss and we found out about the concert and the album they are promoting: Back on the Bliss stage today for a rehearsal, Aurelio Martinez remembers 13 years ago when he first touched this stage and Belize became his spiritual home. Aurelio Martinez - Celebrating 30 Years in Music: "I have to be here, don't have to be another place, you know about the reason why." The reason is what happened on that night. Aurelio was joined by an All Star cast including Andy Palacio and Paul Nabor - and he remembers it with a mixture of sadness and joy:

    Jamaica Says OK to Brazilian Corned Beef
    It looks like the canned corned beef crisis may be over for Jamaica. According to reports, the Jamaican government has lifted the ban on the importation and sale of corned beef from Brazil. The ban was imposed after reports came out about the Brazilian corned beef factories exporting rotten meat. Representatives from Jamaica's Ministries of Health and Industry visited two of the plants in Brazil and confirmed that their products were not contaminated. We reached out to BAHA for an update about Belize's corned beef situation, but they were unable to give us a statement. So, BAHA'S Temporary suspension of the issuance of import permits for Corned Beef remains in effect.

    PUP Cayo Poliiticans Plan Vigil
    If you've been following the news lately, you'll know that there has been a spike in murders, the most recent violent killing happening on Monday. That was the 79 year-old retired pastor Florencio Bardalez, who was killed on his Esperanza farm, and so, the 3 PUP politicians from Cayo District, Orlando Habet, Dan Silva, and Michel Chebat, have decided to plan a candle light vigil in San Ignacio tomorrow night. They're hoping that the concerned Cayo residents will come out and sympathize with the grieving families. IN an interview this afternoon, Michel Chebat told us why he hopes that the vigil will get strong support from the people of San Ignacio and Santa Elena:

    Channel 5

    Cop disciplinary Charged for Botes Contraband; Special Constable Suspended
    Moments ago, the Police Department issued notice that a cop from Orange Walk and a volunteer special constable will face disciplinary measures from the department in relation to a video [...]

    Foreign Affairs Minister Amends Comments on “Squatters”
    The latest pronouncement by Minister of Foreign Affairs Wilfred Elrington on the definition of Belize’s territory and borders is predictably causing uproar. A few weeks ago he surprised reporters during [...]

    Why Joel Nagel Was Tossed Out of Austria by Government
    Joel Nagel continues tonight as Ambassador of Belize to the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland and the International Atomic Energy Agency.  The U.S. attorney was accredited to Austria and several [...]

    Foreign Affairs Minister Shrugs Off Action as “Arrogance”
    The Minister of Foreign Affairs contended that business continues as usual for Nagel, and he has already brought results, including a closer relationship with the I.A.E.A., who has sent teams [...]

    Victim of San Pedro Police Brutality Retells Horrible Encounter
    The San Pedro, Ambergris Caye woman at the center of the brutality that led to police confronting civilians on the island early on Saturday morning has come forward to the [...]

    Woman Says She Was Not Hiding from Police, Wants 1 Other Officer Charged
    In the immediate aftermath of the gunfire, the woman says she was forgotten for the moment. But after things cleared up, she was taken home by other cops and did [...]

    Trade Union Congress Slams Bonus for Non-Striking Teachers
    “Not now…not ever!”….the civil society has come out strong against the Government after the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education, Patrick Faber announced on Monday that non-striking teachers will [...]

    Minister Elrington Says Teachers Should Be Respected; Not Sure About Payment
    There can be no dispute that teachers have a thankless job, and under most circumstances, the work that they do is appreciated and lauded. That is perhaps why it rankled [...]

    Public Education Campaign Ramps Up; Guatemala Steps Back
    Guatemala and the resolution of the unfounded claim to Belizean territory, as well as ascendant issues, have been at the top of the agenda of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. [...]

    Investigation Concludes Into Incident Involving B.D.F. recruit
    In early March, News Five aired the disturbing video of a training program involving a Belize Defense Force recruit.  The video that went viral may have captured multiple breaches in [...]

    Home Affairs Minister Will Not Second-Guess Transfers of Chester, Broaster, Vidal
    While Elodio Aragon Junior, a former senior cop, is in charge of the day to day aspects of the Police Department headed by Commissioner Allen Whylie, the substantive Minister of [...]

    Arson Attack at Farm in Cowpen
    An elderly farmer is lucky to have escaped what had to have been a traumatic experience on Thursday, during which a trio of armed men visited his place of employment [...]

    Gold Panners Caught Again in Chiquibul
    Gold panning within the depths of the Chiquibul Forest remains an illicit activity, one that is continuously being carried out by Guatemalan extractors who cross over into Belizean territory in [...]

    Teen Couple Expelled from Catholic School over Pregnancy
    A pair of classmates has been expelled from Bishop Martin High School in Orange Walk, following the discovery that the fourteen-year-old female student is several weeks pregnant.  It is believed [...]

    Donations Continue to Pour in for Majestic Alley Fire Victims
    It has been two weeks since a fire tore through four homes in the Majestic Alley and displaced fifty-one persons.  The families have been living in temporary housing and have [...]

    Official Opening of U.S. Army South’s “Beyond the Horizon”
    Last week the U.S. Army South held a meeting with local partners to conclude their final plans for Beyond the Horizon 2017.  The project will see investments of over ten [...]

    Talking Depression on World Health Day
    Across the world today, a growing health concern took center stage to drum up action against it. Depression affects a staggering number of persons and while it is an illness [...]

    Artist Debuts “Panic Poems”
    As you heard earlier, depression comes in many forms and affects persons in many ways. To bring further awareness to the topic, artist Katie Usher, expressed the condition through Panic. [...]

    Mark Seawell Free after 10 Years, Dodges Extradition
    A second Seawell sibling was set free today after an extradition request fell apart.  Gary Seawell was released last November, and this morning after spending over a decade in prison, [...]

    Esperanza Villager Charged with Pastor Florencio Bardalez’ Murder
    Seventy-nine-year-old pastor Florencio Guillermo Bardalez of the San Ignacio Baptist Church was brutally murdered on his farm in Esperanza Village on Monday night. Tonight, thirty-five-year-old Gabriel Cunil, a resident of [...]

    Small Fire at Public’s on Boulevard Contained
    A fire at the popular Publics Supermarket on Central American Boulevard in the City was quickly contained on Wednesday night. The fire started from a freezer loaded with sodas and [...]

    Chamber of Commerce Condemns ‘Bonus’ for Non-Striking Teachers
    Monday’s announcement by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education Patrick Faber that Government is using a million dollars to hand out special bonuses for Easter has sent shockwaves through [...]

    Video Exposes Police Picking Up Contraband, Investigation Underway
    Commissioner of Police Allen Whylie has directed a formal investigation by Professional Standards Branch into a video which first surfaced six weeks ago. The footage obtained by News Five shows [...]

    Aurelio Martinez is Back! Live Album and Concert in Works
    World famous Parandero, Aurelio Martinez, is back in Belize to celebrate thirty years of Garifuna music with the launch of a new album.  Darandi, or thirty in Garifuna, is a [...]

    G.S.T. Scheme Exposed? Senior Auditor Claims Management Interfered with Assessments
    Is the Department of General Sales Tax playing fair with taxpayers’ money? That is the question tonight after News Five obtained a letter written to the office of the Solicitor [...]

    Chamber Says Tax Regime Must be Fair and Firm
    The tax system remains a concern for the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, whose members often pay more than their fair share of taxes. They have long complained that the [...]

    What Happened Aboard B.S.I.’s Sugar Barge Involving Raymond Rivers?
    The Port of Belize Limited has been informed that stevedores are asking for a resumption of negotiations on their Collective Bargaining Agreement in advance of a potential strike at the [...]

    Port Says Stevedores Refuse to Talk About Previous Payments
    While a full document has not been reached and agreed to, various aspects of what will become a Collective Bargaining Agreement have been agreed to between the Christian Workers’ Union [...]

    Son of Senior Cop Charged with Drug Trafficking
    Ladyville resident, thirty-one-year-old Noel Leal Junior, who was found with three hundred grams of cannabis, was arraigned before Chief Magistrate Anne Marie Smith on a single charge of possession of [...]

    Mighty “Luke” is Gone; 3 Including Senator Smith to Vie for B.N.T.U. Presidency
    A new president will emerge from within the ranks of the Belize National Teachers Union later this month when a convention will be held to elect a new executive.  Outgoing [...]

    Special Envoy Wants Police to Fix Procedure Following San Pedro Woman’s Humiliation
    The early morning fracas turned shooting incident on San Pedro Town on Saturday continues to make waves. Video surfaced which showed that it started when Police officers working at a [...]

    San Ignacio Plans Crime Vigil
    There has been an upsurge in heinous crimes in the San Ignacio, Santa Elena area. Many are living in fear following the brutal death of a woman, whose dismembered and [...]

    New Tour to Introduce Twin Towns to Tourists
    Even as the fight against crime is on, the twin towns of San Ignacio and Santa Elena are set on keeping the title of “number one inland tourist destination” right [...]

    Cinderella Traffic Lights are Back!
    There is good news tonight for drivers in Belize City. The famous traffic lights at the busy intersection of Douglas Jones Street and Freetown Road, near Cinderella Plaza, are back [...]

    Tips for a Safe and Happy Easter
    Belizeans across the country are gearing up for the annual Easter vacation and final preparations are being made for travel to various destinations on land and at sea.  To ensure [...]

    Watch Out for Fires and Hot Conditions
    Fire safety is of equal concern this holiday season.  Fire Chief Ted Smith provides useful tips for home and property owners during the Easter break, as well as the dry [...]

    Healthy Living Talks Depression
    The World Health Organization estimates that three hundred million people worldwide live with this disease. In Belize, there are an estimated fifteen thousand cases – that have been reported. Yet, [...]

    CTV3

    Cops Involved In San Pedro Shooting Placed In Interdiction
    Over the weekend social media was in turmoil following the release of an amateur video taken in San Pedro which shows local authorities manhandling a handcuffed woman, pinning her down and then hitting her several times. The event transpired in the wee hours of Saturday April 1st and since then Belizeans have been taking to social media to condemn the actions taken by law enforcement officers. Today two of those officers, 27-year-old police officer Norman Coye and 22-year-old police officer Darnell Madrill were hauled to the San Pedro Magistrate Court where they were charged for two counts of wounding and one count of wounding respectively.

    PUP Says One Million Rewards To Teachers Spell Supplementary Allocation
    The fact that GOB wants to reward teachers who did not take part in the October 2016 and January 2017 strike has given much to talk about over social media. Given the crisis the economy is currently facing Belizeans are already chastising government for its move. And today the Opposition also weighed in on the issue sighting that the move made by Minister of Education Patrick Faber Is the sign of quote “A stubborn, immature and downright dangerous man who refuses to accept that he went up against the teachers and lost.” End of quote.

    LOVE FM

    Sedi Calls Out PUP Leader on Party’s Stance on the ICJ
    The Barrow administration has made it clear that they are in favor of Belize going to the International Court of Justice in order to end the territorial dispute between Belize and Guatemala. While they have made their position clear on the matter, the Government has agreed to hold a referendum to get the people to […]

    Belize, Guat and OAS Running Out of Time and Money
    The last we reported on the referendum slated to take place in both Belize and Guatemala was that Guatemala would be holding its referendum in September 2017. Belize’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Wilfred Elrington says that there has been no official announcement from Guatemala and until then, they will carry on with our referendum process as […]

    Case Management Held on Sharon Pitts and the $400K
    The Government has yet to recover four hundred thousand dollars from Sharon Pitts and Andre Vega. The matter is now before the courts and it has to do with a recent land scandal in which both Pitts and Vega collected four hundred thousand dollars each. Documents show that Vega and Pitts had acquired parcels of […]

    Senator Courtenay Votes on Bill; Senior Counsel Courtenay Contests Bill in Court
    In January the Government of Belize passed the Central Bank of Belize International Immunities Bill 2017.The “Anti Aschroft” Bill, seeks to protect foreign reserves held by the Central Bank of Belize in other countries. The passing of this bill is a direct reaction to the arbitration awards granted to Belize Social Development Ltd and BCB […]

    PG Woman Says Police Has Ignored Her Complaint
    A woman from Punta Gorda Town is disturbed at the police officers stationed in that municipality after a complaint she reportedly made about two weeks ago has been ignored. The woman who resides on New Road told Love News today that she personally witnessed a man causing damage to her home but since she made […]

    Minister Says Budget Cut is Minimal for Police Department
    Minister of State responsible for Home Affairs Elodio Aragon Jr. told the media yesterday that the Belize Police Department is an unarmed department. Aragon Jr. was speaking in regards to officers not being well equipped to carry out their duties and responsibilities. With the start of the 2017 fiscal year, will the department’s biggest hurdle […]

    GSU Officers to Form Investigative Unit
    Yesterday Commissioner of Police Allen Whylie confirmed that twelve officers are being transferred out of the Gang Suppression Unit to form a new task force. Minister of State responsible for Home Affairs Elodio Aragon Jr. says the task force will be in charge of investigation. ELODIO ARAGON JR ” More than one hundred officers are […]

    Government Educates Students on ICJ
    While the opposition is yet to give their stance on the issue of going to the International Court of Justice, the Government of Belize continues to make its rounds to various secondary and tertiary institutions to educate the student population on the history of the territorial matter as well as the logic behind their position […]

    It is Not No-Man’s Land at Champon
    On March 17, a Belizean, Carlos Manzanero was killed in the area between the borders of Benque Viejo del Carmen and Melchor de Mencos, Peten, Guatemala. Sixteen days later, Guatemalan national, Bryan Geovanny Corado was murdered in the same area. In the first instance, the Organization of American States had become involved in the investigation […]

    Aaliyah Returns Safe and Sound
    On Tuesday, April 4 Love News spoke with a concerned mother whose daughter had gone missing on March 31, 2017. As an update to that case, we have been told by the mother, Dorita Bardalez that Aaliyah Martinez has returned home safely. She was escorted to her home in La Democracia Village last night by […]

    Inclusion of Belize into Guat Map Is Fake News, Says Elrington
    In recent weeks, there has been the story of Guatemala looking to incorporate a portion of Belize in their maps upon the recommendation of a consultation. That report surfaced following the circulation of a document supposedly coming from a consultant, Edmundo Rene Urrutia Garcia that was contracted for one year, according to the document. At […]

    Inclusion of Belize into Guat Map Is Fake News, Says Elrington
    In recent weeks, there has been the story of Guatemala looking to incorporate a portion of Belize in their maps upon the recommendation of a consultation. That report surfaced following the circulation of a document supposedly coming from a consultant, Edmundo Rene Urrutia Garcia that was contracted for one year, according to the document. At […]

    The Guardian

    Luke tells non-striking teachers ‘refuse the money’
    On Tuesday it was like a two ring door chime, as soon as Luke Palacio and the BNTU issued a release complaining that the government was union busting because it has decided to give the teachers who did not strike an honorarium, it was closely followed by a release by the PUP with the same message. Both releases seemed to have been hammered out on the same computer and we wonder if it was not sent out of the same office. These days you cannot tell the difference between the BNTU and the PUP. And while the line is very unclear between the two, what is clear is that Luke is now trying to appeal to the teachers who did not go on strike to somehow refuse the money. “We are saying based on principles, if you believed in the movement, you did not strike for any reason you were paid then the dignified thing to do was to say look, maybe I did not strike for a number of reasons; we got varied reasons why individuals did not go on strike, we are saying to them reject that money.”

    Belize’s shrimp industry rebounding
    Belize’s economy is at this point in time experiencing some severe shocks as a result of a number of factors, not least among them is the effect that diseases have been having on our exports, chief among them are diseases in the citrus and shrimp industries. But while diseases ravage these industries, there are great efforts being made in order to combat and rebound from the effects now being felt. One industry where great strides have already been made and which is already being felt with increased earnings is shrimp production. First, a bit of history- In 2014 shrimp export earnings netted Belize over BZ $90 million dollars in foreign exchange or some 14.8% of all of Belize’s export earnings. At the time it was projected that this industry could have been one of the greatest earners for Belize. But from a projected path of growth, the industry was hit by an disease called Early Mortality Syndrome (EMS) which is caused by a strain of bacteria called Vibrio parahaemolyticus. As a result of the disease shrimp farms across the country began feeling the effect in March of 2015.

    Fake cop, Aaron Wilson found guilty of impersonating a police officer
    On Monday, April 3, 2017, Aaron Wilson was brought before a jury and judge Adolph Lucas. Wilson was accused by Shannon Martinez of impersonating a police officer. Wilson was initially indicted on 5 counts but on Monday, Lucas told the jury that they were to focus on 2 of the 5. The other 3 have been withdrawn due to insufficient evidence. According to prosecutor Janelle Tillett, on July 6th and 16th, 2010, Wilson pretended to be a Police Constable. Tillett called 11 witnesses including the then Assistant Commissioner of Police, David Henderson, Scenes of crime police, Audrey Cleland, and the then Superintendent of Police, Linden Flowers.

    1 Million dollars to be paid to teachers who did not strike
    In October of last year, the teachers of the Belize National Teacher’s Union (BNTU) had staged 11 days of protest in their demand for the Government of Belize to adopt a list of good governance policies. As a result, the Minister of Education, Hon. Patrick Faber, had insisted that the teachers that failed to go to school get their salaries docked. The matter ended up in the Supreme Court as a case between the BNTU and the Ministry of Education after the salaries were deducted. That however was never made to bear as the BNTU challenged the decision and having the court place and injunction on the deduction and teachers got their full salary. By February of this year as a result of mediation before the court case, the minister abandoned his position; the strikers still received their full pay despite being out of the classroom.

    A basketball court renewed on Faber’s Road extension
    Monday, April 3, marked the opening of the newly renovated basketball court in the Faber’s road extension area. Present were the Hon. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Youth, Sports, and Culture Hon. Patrick Faber, ACP Chester Williams, Director of The National Sports Council Charlie Slusher, along with a host of community police officers, and community residents. The occasion was described as a historic effort to promote safety and suitability to the residents of the community (Collet) and surrounding areas, such as Port Loyola. The role of the court’s renovation is to reach out to children and youth as a social environment made with them in mind.

    National Agriculture and Trade Show Farmers of the Year
    Belmopan. April 4, 2017. The National Agriculture and Trade Show (NATS) Committee under the auspices of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment, Sustainable Development and Immigration announces the 2017 Farmers of the Year: 1. Male Farmer of the Year - Mr. Gary Canto (Cayo District) 2. Female Farmer of the Year - Ms. Mirva Flowers (Toledo District) 3. Junior Farmer of the Year - Mr. Santiago Gutierrez (Cayo District) A heartfelt gratitude is also extended to the judges: • Mr. Martin Lindo –Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI) • Mr. Andrew Mejia – Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment, Sustainable Development and Immigration. • Mr. Nonato Canto –Pesticide Control Board • Mr. Martin Castillo – National 4H Youth Development Center (Videographer)

    Annual Lecture held in Benque
    An Annual Memorial Lecture series and the 7th International Festival of Culture program was launched on Thursday night of last week at the Benque House of Culture. At the occasion, a forum discussion was presented for the first time by students from John Paul ll Junior Collage on “The UNCAC-Benefits & Challenges.” Belize signed the United Nations Convention against Corruption in December of last year, becoming the 184th Country to do so. Ricky Cunil coordinator of this year’s 7th International Festival of Culture also announced on Thursday that the events are scheduled to take place from May 5 – 7, at Centennial Park in the beautiful Town of Benque Viejo del Carmen.

    We are the Champions!
    The Guardian Bombers are the best softball team in the city. The Guardians defeated the favoured Belize Electricity Limited interoffice team on Saturday, April 1, to claim its first interoffice championship. The teams went head to head a week earlier and BEL destroyed the Bombers 16 to 9 by mercy rule in 5 innings. This was the 1 vs 2 matchup in the page format playoffs. This was also the first game played by both teams in over 8 months. The season was interrupted by Hurricane Earl and delayed for an extended period of time. The rust clearly showed as the usually defensively sound Bombers was extremely sloppy in the field. The loss sent them into a do or die match against the number 3 seed National Sports Council on Saturday, March 25. The defense continued to struggle with that game finishing 15 to 14 in favour of the Bombers, thanks to back to back late homeruns by Shane Williams and Bryan Grant. This set up a championship rematch.

    Embassy of Belize in Brussels promotes Belize’s Cacao Industry in the ‘Chocolate Capital of the World’
    On March 28, 2017, the Embassy of Belize in Brussels hosted a promotional event aimed at generating interest in importing Belize’s high-quality cacao beans and encouraging investments in the expansion of cacao production and processing in Belize. H.E. Dylan Vernon, Ambassador of Belize to Belgium and the European Union, made a presentation on the industry’s history, capacity, and potential to important players in Belgium’s chocolate industry, including some of Belgium’s prominent chocolatiers.

    BTL Phonebook Launch - Our Heritage: the Reef
    On Thursday, March 30, 2017, Belize Telemedia Limited, Yello Belize, and World Wildlife Fund Belize launched the distribution of the 2017 telephone directory. The cover of the directory, taken by photographer Tony Rath, depicted our Barrier Reef, the second largest in the world. The world heritage site has received special attention from the WWF as well as other organizations in the business of preserving our natural elements. At the launch, a video presentation showcased one very proactive girl. Madisson Pearl, who is 11 years old, works with her family to preserve the reef. She believes in the importance of the reef and strives to keep it intact and sustainable. Pearl and her family visit the reef and surrounding areas in an effort to remove waste that may be harmful to animals and other marine life. Her love of the water resounds as a love for her country and its inhabitants, from the fish in the sea to the people that live in the country.

    Call me anything
    Two customers visited my little place on Sunday 2 April to cool off the heat with a couple of beers. One was a gentleman of over seventy, the other, his son in his early thirties. I know the older gentleman from the time I was a kid. His family lived on the street behind the cane farmers association building here in OW. They, like mine, are brown –skinned Belizeans. I remember this family in particular since they tended to communicate mostly in Spanish in their homes. They also are easily angered and prefer their children to pair off with spouses who have “Brillo” instead of “steel wool” on their head top. His family was prominent in carrying the flag in front of the late Hon. George Price’s entourage when he would visit OW. So I knew the man was Blue to the bone. From way back.

    Belize City Council introduces new services: vehicle inspections can now be done on site
    On Wednesday, April 5, the Belize City Council held a press briefing where a number of topics were addressed. Mayor Bradley opened the briefing by welcoming his fellow councillors, the Deputy Mayor Bernard Pitts, and all present including the taxi associations. The conference had the purpose of tackling issues on transportation and business protocols. Bradley commented that the taxi associations were willing to cooperate and he said that the council was “teeming with economic and social opportunities” for city residents.

    Fire victims assisted financially by the San Ignacio and Santa Elena Town Council
    A sum of $1000.00 was handed on Monday by Earl Trapp Junior, the Mayor of San Ignacio and Santa Elena to victims of a recent fire in Santa Elena Town. The Mayor is extending a heartfelt thanks to all who came out to support a Bar-B-Q fundraiser which was held for the fire victims on Saturday. Mayor Trapp is especially thanking all staff members who assisted, such as Mrs. Claudette Trapp, Councilor Bernadette Fernandez and the Deputy Mayor.

    Belize’s Gregory Moguel selected as one of the Top Young Professionals in the construction industry
    Parents Gregory Sr. and Sheila Moguel are proud to announce that their son, Gregory Jr., has earned top honors in Engineering. Gregory G. Moguel, PE, ENV SP, NACE CIP II (Virginia Beach, Va.) had been selected as one of the Top Young Professionals by Engineering News-Record MidAtlantic. The Top Young Professionals competition was formerly known as Top 20 Under 40. The competition honors professionals in the construction industry. These professionals display outstanding assests, such as leadership in their respective fields of construction and design.

    Minister of Education hopeful of better PSE results
    On Monday April 3, 7,271 students sat the first half of the Primary School Examination papers in English and Science. Speaking on this year’s expectations, Minister of Education, Hon. Patrick Faber stated that he recalls the sentiments of some parents, proud that their child has accomplished this milestone thus far. He feels that because the exam is a concise collection of all that the students should have learnt in primary school, there needs to be a review of all their studies, not just what was learnt in Standard 6. The examination represents eight years of studying, learning, and achieving.

    PUP playing with numbers
    For a long time we have been hearing members of the PUP refer to the government being elected by a minority of the electorate. As they put it, a minority percentage of the electorate voted for the UDP. They have done their calculations using the total amount of votes the UDP got against the total amount of voters on the voters roll rather than against the actual turnout of voters. They are using that sort of PUP numbers fixing to create an illusion to present to their followers and in an attempt to try and save face. The PUP claimed that the UDP polled 36.34 % rather than the actual 50.001% it polled or rounded off to 50%. They seem to not understand that the only time the TOTAL NUMBER OF VOTERS is used in any sort of calculation for statistical purposes is to calculate the total turnout. For example if there are 10 voters and only 3 persons voted the number 10 does not have anything to do with who wins. If the winner were to receive 2 out of the 3 votes then that person wins with 66.66% of the votes casted. Not 20% as the PUP would try and portray.

    GOB supporting Shrimp industry
    While the ministry representatives did their tour, they got the opportunity to hear from the farmers directly and plan a path for the recovery of the industry. Over the space of two years the industry has been severely hit by a disease which kills shrimp at a very early stage of development. So severe has the industry been hit that in 2014 it was responsible for BZ 90 million dollars in export earnings which in 2016 dwindled to a mere BZ 10 million dollars. Responding to the immediate needs of the farmers the ministry is helping them with recapitalization of their farms through EPZ extensions depending on their plans for recovery. Following Monday's meeting the ministry will also liaise with other governmental agencies and departments to secure an enabling environment for production efficiencies as well as to look for new opportunities for greater market access.

    Shyne kick starts Trinity Methodist’s music program
    Belize’s Music Ambassador, Shyne Barrow, on Tuesday April 4 contributed musical equipment to start a music program at Trinity Methodist School. Barrow who has been on a campaign to increase the access of music to primary schools told the Guardian that a request came to his office from a former student of Trinity Methodist School for a Snare and Bass drum. It did not take long for the request to be considered and on Tuesday afternoon it was delivered.

    Improving statistics gathering in Belize
    On, Tuesday April 4, 2017 at the Best Western Biltmore Plaza the National Statistical System (NSS) and the Growth and Sustainable Development Strategy (GSDS) held a Monitoring and Evaluation workshop. The workshop was made possible by the Government of Belize (GOB), the Statistical Institute of Belize (SIB), and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). The two-day event has the purpose of conveying information on the strategies used to implement the M & E program as well as proper use of statistical information.

    BTL has new CEO
    The Board of Directors of Belize Telemedia Ltd (BTL) is pleased to advise that it has appointed Mr. Rochus Schreiber as the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of BTL with effect Wednesday, April 5th 2017. Mr. Schreiber takes over the day to day executive management of the company, filling the role that was last substantively held by Mr. Anwar Barrow, who vacated the role in February of this year. In the interim, Mr. Ivan Tesucum, BTL Chief Financial Officer, had been acting as company CEO. Mr. Barrow remains on the Board of Directors of BTL.

    More charges expected against wild San Pedro cops
    Police Minister Elodio Aragon has publicly assured that his Ministry and the High Command of the Police Department are not sitting on their hands when dealing with that embarrassing video of police misbehavior on San Pedro. The two police officers, 27 year-old Norman Coye and 22 year-old Darnell Madrill, who have brought the department into disrepute are now facing criminal and disciplinary charges for acting irresponsibly. By now, readers know the incident very well, since cellphone video footage went viral on social media, and on national television. Sometime after 4 a.m. on Saturday, April 1, club goers were leaving the Daddy Rock Night Club in the heart of San Pedro Town. Unfortunately, two women became involved in some sort of fight, and on-duty police officers intervened to get the situation under control. It is unclear why Constables Norman Coye and Darnell Madrill got involved, because all indications from eyewitnesses are that they were off-duty, and they had been drinking.

    New president says UB is a Baby
    Professor Clement Sankat arrived in Belize as the 7th President of University of Belize and on the 15th of February assumed the role. Sankat was born in Guyana and is a trained professional engineer. His teaching experience stems from teaching Engineering Graphics, Design and the Management of Innovation. He is also an expert in researches in engineering applications for Food and Agriculture: post-harvest technology and the utilization, processing and preservation of tropical agricultural commodities especially through refrigeration, drying and dehydration. This week we had the opportunity to have a sit down with him.

    Gian Lino is the 18th Junior Cross Country champion
    The Cycling Federation of Belize in partnership with the Belize Electricity Ltd sponsored the 18th Annual Junior Cross Country Cycling Classic on Sunday 2nd April, 2017. The 74 miles event which started from the Succotz Ferry in Succotz Village in the Cayo District wind its way down the George Price Highway to Mile 3, where it made a left turn onto the Chetumal Street Boulevard, and then a right turn onto the Philip Goldson Highway, where the race concluded in front of the Belize Electricity Ltd Corporate Headquarters. The event attracted some 39 riders in the junior and youth categories. At the end of 3:57:39, it was Gian Lino of Cabral/Marin Cycling Team that rode into Belize City for the finish line all by himself for the victory.

    San Pedro Tiger Sharks and the Belmopan Bandits clinch a spot in the Pepsi basketball playoffs
    The Pepsi National Elite Basketball League Basketball regular season continued over the weekend with a number of games on the schedule. On Saturday 1st April 2017, at the San Pedro High School Auditorium in San Pedro Town, the league’s leading San Pedro Tiger Sharks clinch a spot into the playoffs when it defeated the Belize City No Limit Team by the score of 70-65. The top scorers for the San Pedro Tiger Sharks were George Williams with 17 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 steal; Jamal Kelly with 14 points, 1 assist and 1 steal and Ashton Edwards who also scored 14 points to go along with his 2 rebounds, 3 assists and 6 steals. Meanwhile, the top scorers for the Belize City No Limit team were, Kenny Brown with 13 points, 7 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 steal and Kyle Young who contributed 12 points, 10 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 steal in a losing effort.

    Police United wins in game against Wagiya
    The Premier League of Belize 2016-2017 Closing Season competition continued on Sunday 2nd April, 2017, with four games on the schedule. At the Carl Ramos Stadium in Dangriga Town, the visiting Police United won handily over the host team Wagiya by the score of 4-1. The Police United FC squad were the first to made it onto the scoreboard when Jalen Myers scored the 1st goal of the game in the 10th minute of play to give his team a 1-0 lead. However, Wagiya was able to tie the score at 1-1 when Latrell Middleton scored the equalising goal in the 20th minute of play for his team. Police United FC untied the score when Daniel Jimenez scored his team’s go-ahead goal in the 37th minute of play to give his team a 2-1 lead. That lead was further extended when Harrison Rochez scored his team’s 3rd goal of the game in the 40th minute of play for a 3-1 lead. The Police United FC Team took the 3-1 lead into the half time of the game.

    Belize District U-15 and McLean Insurance Broker U-17 Tournament
    The Belize District Football Association U-15 and McLean Insurance Broker U-17 Tournament continued at the MCC Grounds on Saturday 1st April, 2017. In the Belize District Football U -15 game played, where Matus Bomberz won over Hattieville River Side Boys by the score of 2-0. The goals for Matus Bomberz were scored by Justin Menzies and Eshack King. In the McLean Insurance Broker U-17 game played, San Pedro won over Hattieville River Side Boys by the score of 2-1. The goals for the San Pedro team were scored by Ian Pou and Wilbert Vagurano. Meanwhile, the only goal of the game for Hattieville River Side Boys was scored by Jadon McGregor.

    World Baseball/Softball Confederation – Softball Division Chief Umpire in Belize to conduct Training
    The World Baseball Softball Confederation – Softball Division, Chief Umpire and Chief Rules Interpreter, Mr. Robert Stanton arrived in Belize on Tuesday 4th April, 2017, to conduct an Umpires’ Training for umpires of the Belize Softball Federation. The Umpires’ Training which involves both theory and practical started on Wednesday 5th April, 2017, at Rogers Stadium. This is the first time that an Umpires’ Training Course is being conducted in Belize under the auspices of the World Baseball Softball Confederation – Softball Division and with the Chief Umpire and Chief Rules Interpreter in attendance.

    Hummingbird Elementary School girls and boys lead in primary schools volleyball competition
    The Belize City Primary Schools Volleyball Competition continued on Tuesday 4th April, 2017, with two more games on the schedule at Stars Gymnasium in Belize City. In the girls competition game played, Belize Elementary School won over All Saints Anglican School by the score of 25-9 and 25-11. In the boys’ game played, Belize Elementary School also won over All Saints Anglican School in two sets by the score of 25-22 and 25-20.

    Three men shot and wounded on Monday night
    April 3, would prove a very hard time for the family of Jeffery Martinez. Martinez, a Honduran-Belizean, was visiting Belize from Honduras with the intention of getting together his citizenship papers. The 28-year-old was sitting in front of his yard on Jane Usher Boulevard when a gunman opened fire on him. According to Martinez’s grandmother, he likes to go near the BTL tower to get internet access. She often asked him not to be outside for long but he would tell her he wouldn’t be too late. Unfortunately, that is where the gunman rode up to him and fired several shots, about 6 of which caught Martinez.

    Guatemalan National shot on Sunday night near the Western Border
    A Guatemalan National, recently released from the Kolbe Foundation, was shot and killed in the Champon area at the Western Border in Benque. Reports are that Brian Corado was at a bar in the area when he was shot and killed at about at about 10:45 on Sunday night. Brian Corado had just been released from prison on March 30 after being remanded for hijacking Superintendent of Police Selvin Tillet and stealing his pickup truck in February of last year. Champon is frequented by many Belizeans for a late night out and cheap alcoholic beverages.

    Man appears in Magistrate Court for possessions of weapon whilst drinking
    A man in Belmopan has been given due notice for imbibing intoxicating liquor and being armed at the same time. Jerome Gill Junior, 28 years, was taken before the Belmopan Magistrate for the possession of a weapon whilst under the influence of alcohol. The incident occurred at Double O’s Bar. Bail was granted to Gill and the case was adjourned to May 26, 2017. The public is hereby advised that it is a criminal offence to possess a weapon whilst drinking alcoholic beverages.

    Man charged for murder one year and a day later
    On April 2, 2016, Edgar Aldana’s lifeless body was found by police in Selena Village, Cayo. Edgar Alfonso Perdomo Aldana, a 63 year old, Guatemalan Laborer of Selena Village was found with multiple stab wounds which occurred after a drunken altercation. His body was found behind the Iguana Creek Government School. Investigations followed the incident but no one was charged. On Monday, April 3 of this year, the Selena Village police have finally charged the person they believe is responsible for the murder. Marlon Padilla, a 23 year old man from the same village, was charged. According to police reports, Aldana was at his home drinking with a friend of his when two men came, Padilla and another man. One of the men pulled a machete on Aldana and his friend and they were both severely injuried, with Aldana succumbing to his injuries and bleeding out on the spot.

    Three fishermen fined for possession of parrot fish and fillet fish without a skin patch
    On Friday, March 31, Francisco Moralez, Mike Espat, and Rogel Sanchez were arraigned before Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser. The men are of the San Pedrito area in San Pedro. They were charged and fined for being in possession of fillet fish without a skin patch. They were found with the fish on March 24, at West Sand Caye located in the Light House Reef. Hapton Gamboa, fisheries officer, also found them in possession of parrot fish. They were charged with one count of possession of parrot fish. In court, the men were unrepresented and pleaded guilty to all charges.

    Police charge two in stabbing death of Adiel Mojica
    Orange Walk police have arrested two men following the death of a 21 year old man who was stabbed during a fight at a bar. Police report that at around 10:15 on the night of Saturday April 1, Adiel Mojica was drinking at a bar in San Felipe village when he got involved in a fight with 47 year old Juan Antonio Orellana and 40 year old Saul Reyes. During the fight Mojica received a stab wound on the arm and was stabbed twice in the chest. He was rushed to the hospital but died at 3:00a.m. on Monday April 3.

    WORDS OF LIFE with Barry Fraser
    In the First book of Samuel, chapter 16 verse 23, we read: So it came about whenever the evil spirit from God came to Saul, David would take the harp and play it with his hand; and Saul would be refreshed and be well, and the evil spirit would depart from him. Daily life and decisions can be very draining. And there are several times when we feel empty and discouraged because the pressure of everything expected of us becomes overwhelming. But it is important that during such times we recognize that it is temporary and there is a quick way out.

    Amandala

    Barrow and Faber’s 1-million Easter bunny!
    Amidst a recession, the Cabinet of Prime Minister Dean Barrow will spend one million dollars of taxpayers’ monies to reward teachers who did not participate in strike action against the Government of Belize (GoB) last October. These teachers who did not participate in the eleven-day strike showed up for classes as per normal, but they were unable to complete any lesson plans because their students were also absent. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education, Hon. Patrick Faber, earlier this week told the media that this million-dollar “gift” would be divided among those teachers before the Easter break.

    Boy, 14, impregnates classmate, 14
    A 14-year-old second form student of a high school in Orange Walk Town is completing the first trimester of her pregnancy. Her former boyfriend and classmate, 14, of the same form, is believed to have impregnated her. When the discovery was made last month, it was alleged that the school did not allow them to return to the institution, but did not officially expel them. According to our sources, the father of the female child visited the school, where he learned that his daughter was not allowed to return with her pregnancy.

    Mark Seawell, free after 10 years
    Belize Chief Justice, Hon. Kenneth Benjamin, issued his ruling this morning in a habeas corpus application brought by claimant Mark Anthony Seawell,47, against the Superintendent of the Belize Central Prison and the Attorney General of Belize. Chief Justice Benjamin had allowed attorneys for Seawell to reopen his habeas corpus application which was initially argued in 2013, to allow for new evidence to be submitted. The evidence that British attorney Ben Cooper, working along with Belizean attorneys Anthony Sylvestre and Bryan Neal, submitted in written skeleton argument and later in oral submission before Chief Justice Benjamin is that the committal warrant on which Mark Seawell was being held is defective, because it failed to fulfill the requirement of the Extradition Treaty between Belize and the United States as set out in the 1870 Extradition Act, which forms the extradition laws of Belize.

    NEBL “In the Paint”
    After winning back-to-back games over defending champs Smart Hurricanes and Cayo Western Ballaz on the weekend of March 25, the San Pedro Tiger Sharks this past weekend continued their late season charge by recording their league-best eighth win of the season; this time it was over Belize City No Limit, by the final score of 70-65, thereby putting the rest of the league on notice that this year’s championship will have to go through them. Four Tiger Sharks scored in double figures, led by George Williams 17 points 5 rebounds 1 assist, Jamal Kelly 14 pts 1 asst, Ashton Edwards 14 pts 2 rebs 3 asst, and Raul Roches 11 pts 4 rebs 1 asst. As a team, the Sharks shot a remarkable 47% from the field, hitting on 29 of 61 shots, obviously aided by the fact that a substantial percentage of their attempts were high percentage shots coming from inside the paint (36 points). They rebounded the ball well, and capitalized on their opponents’ 20 turnovers, converting those turnovers into 19 points.

    OWFA Futsal Week 4 Night 2 results
    The Orange Walk Football Association (OWFA) Futsal Inter-Office and Open Division Tournament continued with Week #4 Night #2 games on Thursday, March 30, at People’s Stadium. In game 1, (Inter-Office) BSI dropped La Popular, 10-3. BSI got goals from Otoniel Sandoval (3), Orlando Trejo (2), Yamil Williams (3), Farred Carlos and Fidel Barela; while La Popular’s goals were by Zamir Uh (2) and Josue Tut. In game 2, (Inter-Office) it was San Isidrio with the 5-4 win over Belikin Spartans. Scoring for San Isidrio were Adrian Toledano, Gracilian Chan, Gildardo Cervantes and Eduardo Marin (2); while Emory Jacobs (2) and Leo Corado (2) shared the scoring for Spartans.

    Cricket Corner – A gentleman’s game; play it as gentlemen.
    Hello, cricket players, fans and supporters! Before getting into specifics of the game, I send my sincere condolences to the Kerr family, Brilliant Cricket Club and the villagers of Crooked Tree, on the sad passing of their loved one, Hulbert Kerr. May his soul, find peaceful rest. Now, with cricket. Under the auspices of the Belize National Cricket Association, the Harrison Parks 2017 Competition continues this weekend. Thanks to our kind sponsor, Bowen and Bowen. The following games are scheduled for Saturday and Sunday:

    3 regular season weeks left in PLB Closing Season
    With a Week 2 back-match completed last night in Dangriga, where FC Belize and Wagiya played to a 1-1 draw, the updated standings picture at Week 11 of the Premier League of Belize (PLB) 2016-2017 Closing Season looks real interesting. Only 3 weeks of games remain in regular season, and 4 teams are within striking distance of 3 available spots in the playoffs. Belmopan Bandits SC has already secured their spot in the Top 4 playoffs.

    Editorial: Real, ready, rapid, rigid response ….
    Usually one does not see the correlation between events as quickly as the following correlation jumped out at us this week. The Government of Belize is moving Senior Superintendent of Police, Chester Williams, to a desk job in Belmopan: they are replacing him with Marco Vidal, who made his name as the first commander of the brutal Gang Suppression Unit (GSU). This is happening at the same time as the Christian Workers Union (CWU), under pressure from waterfront firebrand Raymond Rivers, is officially giving the Port of Belize Limited (PBL) the required 21-day notice of intended industrial action. At first glance, one will see the complete philosophical turnaround in Southside policing from Chester to Vidal as intended to bring more direct pressure on the Southside gangs in order to appease the old capital business powerhouses such as Bowen & Bowen, Brodies, San Cas, the banks, the Chinese, the Indians, and so on.

    Big time visit home by Richard Ramirez
    Dear Editor, I have been blessed by the visit of two brothers and a sister over the past few weeks. Now more than ever I fully appreciate what is family! Second only to our Lord Saviour, we who have family are blessed. The last visit by my brother Richard, as usual, brought out great memories. We always have so much to re-live. My brother rode his first horse race at the age of nine at Hone Park, known now as the Marion Jones Stadium. Our father, Jose J. Ramirez, better known as Boss Joe, had been training Richard personally for months before the race. I remember our mom Lydia was a nervous wreck at the races. Then when Richard became too heavy to be a jockey, he became a trainer in the 60’s and 70’s. He trained horses like Misty (Lindo) Baby Carrie (Brown OW) Lady Rafia (Chick Castillo) and his greatest legacy, The Godfather (Robby Eyles).

    Stake Bank: a Belizean travesty!
    Sir, The Stake Bank cruise development project has been stalled by the Barrow administration on what appears to be purely political grounds. The stifling of development, particularly by elected officials, is bad enough, but when partisan venom is the motivation for such actions it should concern every right thinking Belizean. If the demise of the Stake Bank project was as a result of partisan bad mindedness, as the optics suggests, then this surely must qualify as a true Belizean travesty. Mr Mike Feinstein, the Developer, is a born Belizean with an impeccable record of investments in his country. Few of the “nouveau riche” of the Barrow era have made such investments in Belize: they prefer instead to hide their money in offshore accounts. Belizeans who believe in Belize invest in Belize; they don’t take their money to foreign lands. We must learn to celebrate Belizeans who undertake activities that create jobs; we should not vilify them. Creators of jobs are the real economic heroes, not politicians who come bearing gifts.

    Chaa Creek’s Lucy Fleming takes GOB to task
    Dear Editor, I am writing to add another voice to concerns raised by tourism industry professionals throughout Belize regarding government’s amendment to increase the airport departure tax. The Governor General signed the PACT (Amendment) Act into law on March 31sr after it was previously voted down by the senate. This amendment to the PACT Act introduces an additional fee – a “development fee” of $32.50BZ which is to be levied and collected from every non-Belizean person departing from any air border point. The whopping new departure fee of $118.50BZ now results in the second highest departure tax in Central America. Since 1981 Chaa Creek has grown alongside Belize’s tourism industry and now directly employs 160 Belizeans while providing revenue for a host of other businesses and workers throughout the country. Like many of our tourism partners, we continually monitor the global travel industry, participate in international seminars and workshops, and have developed a highly visible marketing presence.

    Who will it be in 2017, 28th Women Cross Country Classic?
    It has become the sporting rivalry that fuels the interest and excitement in women’s cycling in Belize over the past couple years, since 5-time Women Cross Country (WCC) Champion, Shalini Zabaneh retired from the sport after 2014. It used to be Kaya vs Shalini that cycling fans looked forward to; but now it is Kaya vs Alicia that headlines the sport of women cycling. Their names have become synonymous with championship women cycling in Belize, as in most races either one or the other is expected to take the top prize. Alicia was the 2015 Women Cross Country Champion; Kaya is the reigning 2016 Women Cross Country Champion.

    Charles X: Mea culpa, “’89 memories”
    First and foremost, let it be known, it was never my intention in any way to discredit or in any way disparage the enormous contributions of my favorite Saturday morning host, the one and only, the Honorable Tony Wright, our beloved “Mr. T.,” as some fans prefer to call him. Indeed, I would be among the first to say, with no apology, that Mr. T. is without a doubt deserving of the title of “Honorable,” more so than many who occupy the lofty seats in our House of Representatives. Tony’s dedication to Belize and Belizean culture, especially music and sports, is unquestionable and laudable. And I am among his greatest fans. My Saturday mornings are not complete without Mr. T. and the Krem Saturday Morning Show, assisted and often co-hosted with the one and only J.C. Arzu, another Belizean music and culture icon of mammoth proportions. It is indeed a joy and a treat to have both these unsung heroes sharing our airwaves with Belizeans at home and abroad.

    Cops smauggling beer in police vehicle
    Almost two and a half months ago, rumors had been circulated that several police officers were seen smuggling contraband goods in a police mobile unit at the Orange Walk border with Mexico, in an area known as “Botes.” Today, Thursday, our colleagues at 7News shared video footage with Amandala, which seems to confirm those rumors of police contrabandistas. In the footage, men in plain clothing, believed to be cops, are seen carrying bundles of suspected contraband beers from the Mexican side of the border. Once on the Belize side of the border, the men could be seen handing the bags to a man in the back of the police truck, who then carefully arranged them.

    Belize Bank arbitral award for UHS doubles to $70 million with interest
    With seemingly unending litigation wars sparked from a series of agreements which the Musa administration signed with private entities, it is hard to keep track of the numbers, and while the award figures are often quoted in lawsuits emanating from attempts to have the awards enforced in the USA, the amount of interest accrued and legal fees are not usually included in the reported figures. When we reported on Friday on Belize’s loss in the US Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, we reported on the original award figure handed down by the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) in 2013. At the time, the award was said to be BZ$36,895,509.46 in favor of Belize Bank, which had loaned $33.5 million to Universal Health Services (UHS), a private hospital which had received a government guarantee back in 2004.

    Belize Police Department shakeup in the works
    In July 2015, the Belize Police Department conducted its last major shakeup of the department’s senior command. At that time, the Eastern Division was broken down into three divisions which saw recently trained attorney and Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Chester Williams elevated as the Officer Commanding Eastern Division South. ACP Edward Broaster had also been elevated to the Officer Commanding Easter Division Rural, while ACP Dezerie Phillips, who was previously the sole Commander of the entire Eastern Division, was left only with responsibility for the northside. According to leaked documents, after almost two years, the Police Department is backpedaling to the previous structure in the Eastern Division, and the shakeup for all units will reportedly take place on the same date, July 1.

    The Reporter

    Mexican embassy issues travel advisory for Belizeans visiting for Easter
    The Mexican embassy has issued a travel advisory for Belizeans visiting Mexico for the Easter holidays. The embassy says that for immigration purposes, border cards are valid for travel within the State of Quintana Roo, Campeche, Tabasco and Chiapas only and are good for only […]

    Chamber disapproves of million $$ teacher bonanza
    The Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) is strongly condemning a Government of Belize’s decision to give a million unbudgeted dollars to teachers who did not go on strike, in the face of the 2017/18 austerity budget. The BCCI pointed out that the national […]

    Germany pays for climate change workshop
    Representatives from Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and Least Developed Countries (LDCs), met in Jamaica this week for a three-day climate change conference in what they called an Impact Regional Inception Workshop. The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC), hosted the workshop, at the Knutsford […]

    New cookbook launched to help youths
    Belizean businesswoman, Nefretery Nancy Marin has published a new cookbook to fund a youth foundation which deals with youth issues. The Nancy Marin Youth Foundation is based in Georgeville village, Cayo, and conducts a number of activities throughout the year for youths who want […]

    Be aware of Gastric Cancer
    Many people may have gastric cancer and don’t even know it, a new study suggests. WebMD.com reported this week that symptoms are sometimes not seen until the cancer has already spread to another part of your body. Signs and symptoms, include: tiredness, feeling bloated […]

    Village men charged with murder
    Two men have been charged with murder for stabbing a 21 year-old man in a bar brawl on Saturday night in San Felipe, Orange Walk District. Forty year-old Saul Reyes and 47 year-old Juan Orellana, are reporter to have turned on their drinking companion, 21 […]

    Police suspect arson in pre-dawn blaze in Dangriga
    Errol Gomez of Dangriga escaped with just the clothes on his back from his burning house just before daybreak on Monday, April 3. Based on discoveries after the fire, officials believe the blaze was intentionally set! Sometime around 4:00 on Monday, April 3, Gomez […]

    Alleged Guatemalan car thief shot dead in Adjacency Zone
    A man who is accused of being a trans-border car thief operating between Melchor de Mencos in Peten, Guatemala and Belize was killed while he was socializing at a bar in the Belize/Guatemala Adjacency Zone over the weekend. On Sunday night, April 2nd, a gunman […]

    Pre-dawn disturbance in San Pedro: Abusive cops lie save face!
    Two police officers stationed in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye have been charged with wounding after they discharged their service weapons in public, wounding five persons. Twenty seven year-old police officer Norman Coye and 22-year old police officer Darnell Madrill have been interdicted and charged for […]

    SIB and GOB strengthen national statistical system
    The Statistical Institute of Belize (SIB) and the Ministry of Economic Development, Petroleum, Investment, Trade and Commerce (MEDP), held a workshop this week, in an effort to strengthen the National Statistical System (NSS). The SIB and GOB facilitated the workshop at the Best Western Belize […]

    Big things on the horizon for CitCo
    The Belize City Council unveiled several new fundraising initiatives and services this week, including a new mobile application and customizable license plates. At a conference held at City Hall on Wednesday, Belize City Mayor, Darrell Bradley, flanked by other councillors, unveiled the Belize City […]

    Government of Germany donates to Dorothy Menzies Child Care Center
    This week, the Federal Republic of Germany invested thousands of dollars in the lives of Belizean youths, when it donated to the Dorothy Menzies Child Care Center. Mr. Harald Klein, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany in Guatemala and Belize, handed over the grant […]

    Editorial
    Everyone who watched that viral video of the police actions in San Pedro last Saturday night came away with the same impression : – that our policemen are poorly trained and have a morbid propensity for hurting civilians. Once the police have a prisoner in handcuffs,that prisoner is already sufficiently […]

    Mark Sewell beats US extradition after an epic six-year struggle with the law
    Mark Sewell, one of three brothers charged by US authorities for drug trafficking, arrived at the Supreme Court shackled hand and foot, but he left the court a free man after an epic struggle to avoid deportation to the States. Sewell has been languishing […]

    Fuel prices way up
    At midnight on April 1, the prices of fuel went up by significant margins, and this time, it was not because of the acquisition costs, but to meet a budget gap that the government is seeking to close. *Premium gasolene went up by 35 cents. […]

    Madame X emerges; Vows to sue SP cops
    The mysterious woman who was handcuffed and pummelled on the ground by San Pedro police on the night of April 1 has surfaced, vowing to sue the police for unecessary cruelty. Madame X has been in touch with the Reporter. She still does not want to give her name, but […]

    Two teenagers killed; 10 others hurt
    Two teenagers, a girl and a boy – were killed when a Ford Ranger pick-up truck in which they were were travelling ran off the Placencia Road last Sunday afternoon and flipped over several times. Warisi Flores, 14, and Deshawn Taylor, 18, both from Dangriga, […]

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    NTUCB lashes out at GOB for union busting
    tr The Belize National Teachers Union, the Christian Workers Union and the Chamber of Commerce and industry have publicly denounced the decision made by government and the Minister of Education, Patrick Faber to set aside $1 million to compensate teachers who remained in school […]

    Early morning stabbing in Caye Caulker
    According to police reports, this morning around 2, while police were on patrol on Louisiano Reyes Street in Caye Caulker, they got information of a fight in front of the police barracks. Police responded and met Megan Holland, 20, “making a lot of noise”. […]

    Mexico issues travel advisory for travelers visiting for Easter
    Yesterday the Mexican Embassy in Belize issued a travel advisory for Belizeans visiting for Easter. The Embassy says that border cards are valid for travel within the State of Quintana Roo, Campeche, Tabasco, and Chiapas only, and only for 3 days – including the […]

    Passport system is working again
    The Department of Immigration and Nationality Services issued a press release yesterday informing the public that it will resume normal processing of applications for renewal and issuance of new passports on Monday, April 10th, 2017. According to the release, persons wishing to apply for expedited […]

    Police officer and special constable charged for contraband activity in Orange Walk
    An official report was issued today in which the Commissioner of Police, Allen Whylie thanked Jules Vasquez of channel 7 for providing him a copy of the video of contraband activity by members of the Belize Police Department in the Botes area of Orange […]

    Aurelio Martinez and Garifuna Collective delivers lively performance at Bliss
    Aurelio Martinez and the Garifuna Collective are currently delivering a lively performance to a packed crowd at the Bliss Center for Performing Arts. A collection of 30 songs are being played to celebrate 30 years for him at ‘the heart of the Garifuna culture’. […]

    Road traffic accident on Southern Highway
    A white wingle travelling from Independence Village collided shortly after 1pm today. The accident occurred after crossing the Big Falls bridge. The driver of the vehicle lost control and crashed into an electric post. Bystanders helped the driver and passenger out of the vehicle. […]

    Mark Seawell free at last
    After 10 years of being in jail awaiting extradition to the United States, Mark Seawell joins his brother Gary Seawell in freedom. Chief Justice of Belize, Kenneth Benjamin, granted a writ of habeas corpus dismissing the extradition proceedings against Seawell. Apart from granting his […]

    Legendary Garifuna artist performing in Belize tonight
    Music veteran, Aurelio Martinez, is scheduled to perform tonight at the Bliss Institute for Performing Arts promoting his latest album “Darandi”. Martinez told the media that the concert which starts at 8 p.m. is important him because his most memorable moment in music was […]

    BTV launches “Sing for Sarstoon” competition
    The Belize Territorial Volunteers (BTV) and the PG News network have launched a song competition entitled “Sing for Sarstoon”. Both Guatemala and Belize have a long standing territorial dispute and there have been constant confrontations with Guatemalan authorities and Belizeans wanting to set foot […]

    Missing student found safe
    According to police reports, Aliyah Martinez, the 14 year-old-student who went missing this week has been found. Martinez was reported missing by her mom on Monday, April 3, 2017. Police say Martinez is safe and was found in good health. © 2017, BreakingBelizeNews.com. This […]

    Candlelight vigil to be held in San Ignacio on Friday
    A candlelight vigil will be held on Friday, April 6, 2017 in San Ignacio Town. The vigil is being organized for residents to take a stand against the high level of crime in their communities. Within the last two months, five people have been […]

    Freezer caught fire at Public’s Supermarket in Belize City
    Reports quickly circulated last night that the Public’s Supermarket on Central American Boulevard in Belize City was burning down. However, when we arrived on the scene we noted that only the freezer inside the establishment was on fire. Fire officials were quick on the […]

    San Pedro Mayor says the media could hurt Easter tourism
    San Pedro Mayor, Daniel Gurrero is concerned that news and social media reports of crimes on the island will negatively affect the visitor turnout this Easter. In an interview with 7 News this week, Gurrero said that Easter is getting close, and while he […]

    A police vehicle caught on video contrabanding beers in northern Belize
    With an increase in the costs of local beer, men and women of the police department have turned to the Mexican border for a cheaper “contraband high.” We have obtained copies of a 35 second video footage of persons believed to be police officers, […]

    CEO Caucus Cancer Ride 2017: “We’re With You”
    On Saturday, April 8th 2017, the annual CEO Caucus Cancer Ride will take place. The ride’s route will run from Mile 25 on the George Price Highway to the National Agriculture and Trade Show Grounds in Belmopan. According to a government of Belize […]

    Gabriel Cunil charged for murder of Pastor Florencio Bardalez
    Yesterday, Gabriel Cunil was formally charged for the murder of Pastor Florencio Bardalez. Bardalez was brutally beaten to death by Cunil and was found dead at his farm on Monday night. The post mortem conducted on Bardalez determined that he died from asphyxiation by […]

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    Escuela Mexico high school celebrates 34th Anniversary: Open House 2017
    The Escuela Secundaria Tecnica Mexico school, located in San Roman in Corozal, which opened its doors in 1983 with 68 students and 5 teachers, celebrated its 34th anniversary on Thursday April 6th,, 2017. It commenced at 9am with a short ceremony to open the Business fair that was held inside the school compound. Agriculture Business students did a training on how to create products from honey. Some products are cough medicine, sun block, facial creams and soaps just to name a few. They will all be available for the CEMJC OPEN DAY ON APRIL 6, 2017. If you missed this year's event here's a blog about the school. Centro Escolar Mexico Junior College is a tertiary level institution located in San Roman Village in the Corozal District of Belize. It was funded by the Mexican government in the year 2007. This junior college functions mainly as a vocational institution. The programs of study include Tourism, Agriculture, Information Technology, Mathematics, Biology Natural Resource Management and Architecture. Every year the school held their annual open day where every program display different skills and apply the knowledge they gain in theory. This they put it into practice and students, teachers, parents, siblings and organizations from different districts go to see the different activities and projects Centro's students have to display. This vocational technical college not only teaches their students the theory part of the courses that they take, but also the practical part where they engage in fun and exciting activities.

    Aurelio Martinez & the Garifuna Collective ... beyond awesome
    Last night’s Aurelio Martinez and the Garifuna Collective presentation at the Bliss Center for Performing Arts was indubitably one of the best shows I’ve ever witnessed and participated in. I could not revel in its entirety, and had to leave somewhere after the 15th song of a promised 30 song playlist. In my emaciated and enervated condition, just sitting up beyond an hour and half, had become beyond my physical means. The music is so powerfully evocative on one’s atavistic level that you do not have to understand the language of the words. You only have to listen, to hear, to participate and experience Aurelio, Mohobub, Desiree, Lloyd, Sam Harris, Al Obando, the 4 drum Garifuna percussion line, “Guayo”, (a Honduras guitarist from La Cieba who is super bad), and others, and my friends Ivan Duran and James Sanker.

    Rio Blanco National Park (Santa Cruz) Belize
    Rio Blanco Falls is a very scenic series of waterfalls located inside the 500-acre Rio Blanco Falls Park in the southern part of the country. The park was founded in 1994 and is currently being managed by the Rio Blanco Mayan Association. The waterfalls run in a series of cascades at a gentle angle, allowing visitors to swim in the plunge pool at the bottom. The pristine natural beauty of the area is popular for bird watching, enjoying a picnic meal, or simply soaking up the quiet ambiance. More adventurous visitors can climb to the top of the waterfalls and use a stone ledge to jump directly into the plunge pool at the base. To reach the falls, visitors need to hike for about Belize is a wonderful country full of exciting things to explore and see. At the end of your vacation in Belize, you’ll probably be looking for some interesting things to take back to remind you of all the fun you had and to share with your friends and family. Here is a list of 10 really cool Belize souvenirs: a mile up a narrow trail and then climb a series of steps cut out of the stone. At the entrance to the park, there is a visitor center where travelers can learn about the park as well as browse through traditional Maya handicrafts that are for sale. The falls are located inside the Rio Blanco Waterfall Park approximately six miles south of the village of San Antonio and 30 miles north of Punta Gorda in Belize’s southern Toledo District. The entrance to the park is just a short walk from the village of Santa Cruz. From the entrance, you’ll need to travel approximately one mile into the park to reach the well-marked stairs that lead to the falls.

    Top Souvenirs to Buy in Belize
    Belize is a wonderful country full of exciting things to explore and see. At the end of your vacation in Belize, you’ll probably be looking for some interesting things to take back to remind you of all the fun you had and to share with your friends and family. Here is a list of 10 really cool Belize souvenirs:

    At Cayo Rosario development hearing, plans for ‘gringo rings’ rile San Pedro
    What triggered his quiet wrath was the conclusion — drawn from two whole days of intense observation — that “the waters around Cayo Rosario are not very ecologically productive or biologically diverse.” A conclusion so inane that even the construction workers who were paid to fill seats until 8 p.m. joined in the laughter. Mr. Gomez schooled the visiting report-writers: “Cayo Rosario is not only Cayo Rosario. It is part of a much larger flats system that is growing smaller with each development like this one.” The Cayo Rosario proposal is the most curious to pop up in ages. The developers are trying to turn a tiny 2.5-acre donut of an island — surrounded by the Ho Chan Ecological Preserve — into a 604-person occupancy resort. How do they propose achieving such a thing? With “wings.”

    Do I need experience to volunteer at Wildtracks?
    How to sum up my time at Wildtracks is an easy one… AMAZING! This is something I would never have thought I’d have the delight to be able to do, as I have no wildlife conservation / rehab experience at all, in fact, I have no animal experience whatsoever. However, this is not a problem for volunteering at Wildtracks, as long as you are committed and reliable, then training and working / interacting with the animals won’t be an issue, as you are shown the ropes, plus there is always someone at hand to ask if ever unsure. When I arrived at Wildtracks I was placed with the spider monkeys, and from the first time I saw them, I felt the connection between man and monkey. I loved working with the spider monkeys as, like humans, every single one has its own personality. Over my 6 week period here, I got to see and learn each of their personalities and what they liked and didn’t like. At first, the spiders took a few days to get used to me, but as the time went on and as the monkeys got used to me and I them, our relationship grew, and now I get warm greetings from Frisky, and get a warm hand squeeze from the charming Charlie, and trust me, the best type of greeting is definitely one from a monkey.

    Original Chaguaramas Treaty
    Original Treaty Establishing the Caribbean Community and Common Market signed at Chaguaramas, 4th July 1973 (This is the Official Text of the Treaty, the Final Act and the Agreement establishing the Common External Tariff) PREAMBLE: The Governments of the contracting States, Determined to consolidate and strengthen the bonds which have historically existed among their peoples; Sharing a common determination to fulfil the hopes and aspirations of their peoples for full employment and improved standards of work and living; Conscious that these objectives can most rapidly be attained by the optimum utilisation of available human and natural resources of the Region; by accelerated, coordinated and sustained economic development, particularly through the exercise of permanent sovereignty over their natural resources; by the efficient operation of common services and functional cooperation in the social, cultural, educational and technological fields; and by a common front in relation to the external world;

    Belize 1st National Cybersecurity Symposium
    Securing Our Digital Future 24 – 27 April 2017, Belize City, Belize. Gain insight on the fundamentals of cybersecurity Learn strategies for protecting your organization Receive updates on government and regulatory plans Network and share ideas with peers and experts Participate in shaping a national cybersecurity framework Hosted by the Belize Public Utilities Commission on behalf of the Government of Belize Message from PUC Chairman Mr. John Avery: The world is more connected than ever before. Today, our connectivity to the global network is critical to the productivity and functionality of our local society. As Chairman of the Belize Public Utilities Commission, I am proud to role the PUC has played in facilitating development and growth of the telecommunications which underpins Belize’s local and global Internet connectivity.

    Belize 2017 Crime & Safety Report
    As posted at The Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) Overall Crime and Safety Situation. U.S. Embassy Belmopan does not assume responsibility for the professional ability or integrity of the persons or firms appearing in this report. The ACS Unit cannot recommend a particular individual or location and assumes no responsibility for the quality of service provided. THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE HAS ASSESSED BELMOPAN AS BEING A HIGH-THREAT LOCATION FOR CRIME DIRECTED AT OR AFFECTING OFFICIAL U.S. GOVERNMENT INTERESTS. Belize, formerly known as British Honduras, is the only English speaking country in Central America and is located south of Mexico and east/north of Guatemala on the Caribbean Sea. Approximately 25-30% of the population lives in Belize City, and nearly 50% are located in rural communities. Tourism is a major part of the economy, with high season running November-April. Over 1.8 million tourists visited Belize in 2016. Favorite destinations include the cayes (islands) off the eastern coast, including Ambergris Caye and Caye Caulker, and the coastal areas of Placencia and Hopkins in the south.

    Enjoy the pride of Belize at the National Agriculture & Trade Show
    Located far in the west of the country, Belmopan often gets overlooked by more popular destinations such as San Ignacio, Placencia, and Ambergris Caye. But one of Belize's most popular and exciting activities takes place in Belmopan every year, the National Agriculture and Trade Show. Similar to the state fairs that Americans know and love, the Belize National Agriculture and Trade Show is a combination of livestock displays, agricultural products, live music, mechanical bull rides, delicious food, and exciting activities like a beauty pageant, motorcross show, and canoe race. This year, the National Agriculture and Trade Show will feature a special presentation for Farmer of the Year in three categories, best male farmer, best female farmer, and best junior farmer. Held every year since 1970, the National Agriculture and Trade Show is a chance for Belizeans to celebrate their country's rich agricultural heritage and local manufacturers. Over 10,000 visitors are expected to attend this year's fair that will take place from April 28-30, 2017, at the national fairgrounds just outside of Belmopan in Belize's western Cayo District. The theme for the 2017 National Agriculture and Trade Show is "Let's Get Growing."

    Wine-Tasting, Open-Air Markets, and Dinner Parties in Western Belize
    “I really like the people of Belize,” says Ginny Ophof, who started visiting Belize after her mother moved to the Cayo District in 1977. “They have innate wisdom and empathy. They are tolerant and calm. Americans are better educated. But there’s a lot they can learn from Belizeans.” In 2007, Ginny moved to the Cayo, determined to spend quality time with her aging mom, who had just turned 85. Ten years later and her mother, Connie, is still going strong and sharp as a tack. In fact, Ginny laughs when asked about her mom’s health. Both she and her mother have seen the direct results of healthy living in the Cayo. Many expats move to the Cayo to spend time on the rivers, in the jungle, delving into the Maya culture, or exploring caves. Ginny enjoyed those more adventurous activities years ago. But now that she’s in her 60s, she spends her free time taking advantage of the Cayo’s many social options.

    What to Expect from Easter on Ambergris Caye, Belize: 2017
    This weekend is sacred. But since there are so many vacation days strung together it is also (and more importantly to many) a HUGE PARTY WEEKEND!!!! The solemn processions of Palm Sunday and Good Friday… …are contrasted with people all over Belize and Central America packing the planes, water taxis and roads and FLOCKING to the beach for the HUGE parties over Easter Weekend. Lower priced hotel rooms that sleep 2 now sleep 15 and it seems like the entire country heads to the beach. Placencia, Ambergris Caye and Caye Caulker are all full. Every golf cart in town will be rented out and you can expect some serious traffic along with some serious police check points this weekend. If you do not enjoy crowds or loud music or just people watching, I’d steer clear of town.

    Caribbean and Mexican Cuisine is…Caliente!
    For the last several years Caliente, located on the beach at the Spindrift Hotel in the heart of San Pedro Town, has been one of my “go to” places. From the days when the original owners ran it, to when Melly Sanchez took over management in 2008 and eventually purchased it a few years ago, the dining experience has always been one of the best. For Melly, owning and running Caliente with her family is a dream come true, and you can taste the spicy dash of love they have added to their Mexican and Caribbean dishes. Although the food is the star at Caliente, the location is priceless. With two beachfront patios, you can indulge in a picture-perfect view of the Caribbean while watching island life walk, boat or sail by. It truly is one of the best spots to chillax while indulging in great food and cool refreshing cocktails.

    International Sourcesizz

    2017 Atlantic, Caribbean & Gulf Of Mexico Hurricane Season Forecast
    The 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season is likely to be less active than the 2016 Hurricane season, however, the number of named storms this year is expected to be near or slightly less than average. A big reason for this is due to fact that a weak to moderate El Niño is expected to develop either this summer or autumn. Should this happen, then it would mean not only a lower than average number of named storms, but also the potential for an early end to the hurricane season. With that said, the forecast for the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane season is a difficult one due to the fact that it is uncertain whether we will see a full-blown El Nino form or whether there may be a delay of the onset of El Nino. If the forecasts for El Nino are incorrect and there is a delay in the formation of El Nino, then we could see a much more active hurricane season than what we are forecasting right now.

    Videos

  • Mark Seawell free from extradition to the United States, 1/2min. The man who spent more than ten years behind bars waiting on an extradition ruling, Mark Seawell, was set free today. Seawell's habeas corpus application was heard on 2013. Last month, Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin reopened the case allowing attorneys Bryan Neal and Anthony Sylvestre to make additional submissions. These submissions were based on the outcome of the habeas corpus application filed by Gary Seawell, Mark's brother. Both men were arrested after the US Government requested the Seawell brothers be extradited so they can answer to drug related crimes. Today, the Chief Justice handed down his judgment and as a result Mark Seawell is now a free man.

  • Miss Teen Belize Video Shoot 2017, 2.5min.

  • Herbalist Heriberto Cocom, 28min. Heriberto Cocom descends from a long line of Maya healers. In the spirit of their ancient practices, Heriberto procured for himself knowledge of medicinal cures. His father was a snakebite healer whose best friend, Don Elijio Panti, was a renowned Maya medicinal and spiritual healer. At the age of 14, Don Beto, as he was known, crafted his first marimba and guitar. Fearing travel to Belize City, the only place where a secondary level school was located, he intentionally failed the exam that would allow him to progress in his studies. In doing so, he was able to tailor his education to his own interests. He proceeded to learn many trades such as carpentry, gardening, farming, and chicle harvesting.

  • BETEX 2017 Video, 1.5min. BETEX 2017 is May 3rd, 4th, and 5th, and they've made a short video showcasing what Belize is all about. What do you know: Cayo has the most screen time(like it should, of course). Well worth a watch. Sound like Miss Belize, Rebecca Rath, is narrating the video...and she's in it in a couple of scenes. "Savor Your Belize Experience"

  • Presbyterian Day School Belize, 6min.

  • We challenge Belize Cave Waterfalls, 2min. Climbing Underground Belize Cave Waterfalls. Entering at the base of a 400 foot tall limestone cliff, we find a deep cave system and heavy water flow from the exiting river. Like spawning salmon, we forge up river to explore and climb waterfalls for several hours. ....then retrace our steps, jumping off these cliffs into the pools below. hard core! - Ian Andersons Caves Branch resort

  • Seascapes, 44min. The ocean is my sanctuary, my first love, and my office. My work and life adventures have taken me to some amazing places. This video is an excerpt from these adventures, that hopefully provides you with an escape to the sea, as it does for me. Footage is from the waters and beaches of the islands of: Abaco in the Bahamas, South Water Caye, Belize, and the Florida Keys.

  • 2017 La Ruta Maya Belize River Challenge Day 4 Highlights, 45min. From Burrell Boom to Belize City. Watch the final days interviews and see what happened to the one second lead going into the last day. SHOW MORE

  • , 8min. Drone video of the beautiful Blue Hole in Belize and Half Moon Caye. Courtesy of Amigos Del Mar

  • Permit Fishing Belize, 4.5min. Cindys first trip out for permit at El Pescador lodge Belize March 28th 2017.

  • TALK AH DI TOWN APRIL 6, 2017, 34min.

  • Kyron Davis Ministry - "Give me this Mountain" Life Conference 2012, 16min.

  • Ministry of Health Day Focuses on Depression, 37min.

  • GOB & IDB - The National Statistical System (NSS) & Growth & Sustainable Development Strategy, 42min.

  • 2017 Open Day held at the Centro Escolar Mexico Junior College, 9min.

  • Darandi - Celebrating 30 years at the Heart of the Garifuna Music Aurelio Martinez, 74min.

  • Grace & You, 18min.

  • CEO Caucus Cancer Ride 2017, 2.5min.

  • Belize NOW Episode 16 - Friday, April 7th, 2017, 28min. Rejuvenation Project to Breathe New Life into Downtown Belize City, World Health Day focuses on depression, and the CEO Caucus gears up for the big ride! These stories and more on this week’s edition of Belize NOW! Thanks for joining us on this Friday, April 7, 2017!

  • Western Ballaz vs Running Rebels from San Ignacio, Sacred Heart Auditorium, 2hr33min.

  • Patty Outdoors - Belize Boys’ Trip: At the Dock, 2min. On vacation in Belize, it seems like the dock is the place where everything happens. When we discovered lionfish under the dock, we went hunting them there too!

  • The Inter-American Development Bank’s mission in Belize, 3.5min. Cassandra Rogers, Representative of the Inter-American Development Bank in Belize, describes the Bank’s work in the country.

  • Diving the Blue Hole in Belize, 10min.

  • Spring Break 2K17: San Pedro, Belize, 4.5min.

  • Caves Branch Belize, 3min. arrival, cave tubing, and horses.

  • LAMANAI MAYAN RUINS, Belize, 3min. Climbing to the top of one of the pyramids at Lamanai Mayan Ruins, Belize.

  • Tour of Cahal Pech in Belize, 1min. A 360 degree panoramic view within the ruins of Cahal Pech, an ancient Mayan site located near San Ignacio in western Belize.

  • Rock Sliding in Cockscomb Jaguar Basin, Belize, 1min. A long hike through the jungle in central Belize where we finally reached Stann Creek, then rock sliding down the river in the nice, cool water. Then a nice relaxing float under the waterfall!

  • WILLIAMS BEACH, DANGRIGA, BELIZE, 19min.

  • Belize 2017 Teaching at Roman Catholic School in San Pedro, Belize, 5min. This video is for Bridgewater State University International Student Teaching course credit. I had to record myself teaching on multiple occasions here in Belize, and submit it to my professor.

  • Skydiving into the Great Blue Hole in Belize, 6.5min. Our 5-way skydive into the Great Blue Hole in Belize. A once in a lifetime scenic jump into this reef 65 miles off the coast of San Pedro Belize. We landed inside the hole, got into a scuba boat and then explored underneath the depths of the great blue hole! What an amazing experience of which no more than about 100 people have experienced in their lives! We were the first group to skydive this since 2011!

  • Drone Video of Xunantunich Maya Site in Belize, 2min. This is a video of Xunatunich just outside of San Ignacio Town.

    April 6, 2017


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    Specials and Events

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    The San Pedro Sun

    UNC Wilmington volunteers highlight Autism Awareness
    Over ten volunteers from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, USA, have spent their five-week internship visiting island schools to help bring awareness to the Autism Spectrum Disorder. As April marks Autism Awareness month, the volunteer group hosted a morning assembly on Monday, April 3rd at Isla Bonita Elementary School (IBES). Prior to the assembly, the volunteer group, which is comprised of Special Education and General Education majors, visited IBES on Wednesday, March 29th to activate their “Spread the Word to End the Word” campaign. This initiative was created to halt the use of the word ‘retarded’. The dictionary term defines retarded as a “person who is cognitively impaired.” However, over the past decade, the word evolved into a derogatory term used as an insult to someone ‘stupid’, ‘dumb’, or ‘slow’.

    Rough seas cause boat accident
    On Monday, April 3rd, The San Pedro Sun confirmed reports of a boat turning over just north of a resort located two miles south of San Pedro Town. While the tour boat was reportedly deep-sea fishing outside the reef, a strong wave flipped the vessel, taking six persons overboard: two boat operators and four tourists. According to San Pedro Police, the accident happened around 9:30AM, and the persons were rescued by another local tour company who brought the persons to safety. They were then taken to receive medical treatment, where their injuries were evaluated as minor injuries. In addition, the persons have not given a statement as of press time.

    Tiger Sharks clinch spot in playoffs
    Only two weeks remain before the Pepsi National Elite Basketball League (NEBL) heads into playoffs. The San Pedro Tiger Sharks managed to snag another win over the weekend, keeping them at first place in the league, with 18 accumulative points. While the Tiger Sharks and the Belmopan Bandits are the first two teams to clinch a playoff spot, five other teams are battling for the last two spots. On Friday, April 7th, Orange Walk Running Rebels will take on the Cayo Western Ballaz at Sacred Heart College Auditorium in San Ignacio Town, starting at 9PM. Belize City No Limit will also play Smart Belize Hurricanes at St. Catherine’s Mercy Center in Belize City, starting at 9PM. On Saturday, April 8th, the Dangriga Dream Ballers will face the San Pedro Tiger Sharks at the San Pedro High School, starting at 9PM.

    Comedy Show in the name of charity raises thousands of dollars
    A comedy show held on April 1st raised over $11,000 for the construction of San Pedro’s first children’s home, Hope Haven. The event took place at the Sandbar Beachfront Hostel and Restaurant, and featured talented local comedians who kept a large crowd of supporters well entertained. In the name of charity, Ben and Joanna Popik, alongside Joe Chung, organized a fun night to benefit the non-governmental organization ‘Raise Me Up,’ as they work on the children’s shelter. The night was full of laughter as comedians Michael Taylor, Rob Burrows, Nile Duppstadt and Brad Reeder delighted the audience with their funny jokes and stories.

    Ambergris Today

    Miss Teen Belize Sets Date For Pageant Night
    Last year, Vivian Noralez represented Belize at the Miss Earth International Pageant that was held in Panama. She brought home the title of Miss Petite Earth International and will be traveling to Ecuador in August to pass on her title on pageant night that is scheduled for September 3rd, 2017. In her determination to promote Belize as a popular travel and eco-friendly destination and have a representative in this year’s pageant, Vivian took it upon herself to organize and select candidates to run for the title of Miss Teen Belize. The winner will travel with her to Ecuador to represent Belize. Seventeen applications were sent in and casting calls are held in San Pedro and Belize City. The top six were chosen not only based on beauty but their knowledge about the environment.

    Misc Belizean Sources

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    KoKo King opens on Caye Caulker
    Congratulations on the opening of KoKo King on the north island of Key Caulker. Beautiful location, beach, restaurant, bar, hotel, pool with shuttle service hourly to and from. Looking forward to many fun times day and night. Did I mention the sunsets?

    Annual Showcase of Ocean Academy's programs, partnerships and student succes
    We invite the community to come see student-run booths of robotics, culinary arts, electrical, music, entrepreneurship, yoga, art programs and more. Ubuntu is a South African concept meaning community, or "I am because we are". Our Ubuntu event is also an opportunity for us to thank all the mentors for their dedication and time invested in educating Caye Caulker's youth.

    ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER OF POLICE CHESTER WILLIAMS TO HEAD PROSECUTION DEPT
    Our sources are saying Officer Commanding Eastern Division, Asst Commissioner, Chester Williams who is also an attorney at law, will be moved to head the prosecution department. Williams, known for his trademark community policing and gang intervention with Diane Finnegan, will be replaced by former GSU commander Marco Vidal.

    Track and Field Silver Relay
    Alexia, Daniela, Adaly and Valerie brought home the Silver Medal 4x100 metres relay for juniors at the Regional High School Track and Field Competitions. Great team work! Congratulations!

    Track and Field Regionals 2017
    Daniela won the Gold Medal 400 meters at the Regional High School Track and Field Competition. Congratulations on a very impressive result!

    Track and Field 2017 Silver
    Ludwin won the Silver Medal in both the 100 and 200 metre races at the Regional High School Track and Field Competition. Well done and congratulations!

    Town Council Announces Illegal Burning Of Yard Garbage
    The San Pedro Town Council kindly advises the general public that any type of burning is an offence. If you wish to dispose of any garbage, you must notify and wait approval on behalf of the San Pedro Fire Department prior to burning your garbage. The Council strongly recommends that when burning any type of garbage, you do so in a controlled environment. Burning of any type of garbage is completely prohibited in residential areas since it is a health hazard and puts at risk any buildings in the surrounding area.

    FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY MAKES GENEROUS DONATION TO DOROTHY MENZIES CHILD CARE CENTER
    A short ceremony was held at the Dorothy Menzies Child Care Center on April 3, 2017, where the Federal Republic of Germany handed over grant of $21,604 USD to the residential institution. The presentation of the funds was conducted by His Excellency Mr. Harald Klein, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany in Guatemala and Belize, to Mrs. Dorothy Menzies, Chair of the Board of Governors for the Center. The funds were mobilized through the initiative of the Board of Governors and will be used to assist with the current upgrading of the Center, which is being implemented by the Government of Belize. Upgrades include the replacement of furniture, completion of the fence, re-wiring of the electrical system, installation of a surveillance system in an effort to ensure compliance with health and safety standards.

    Belizean Elected as a Waukegan Township Trustee
    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on behalf of the Government of Belize, extends congratulations to Mr. Sylvestre Castellanos for his remarkable achievement as the first elected Belizean American to serve on the Waukegan Township. Mr. Castellanos has been elected to serve for a four-year period on the Waukegan Township as a Waukegan Township Trustee. He will officially take up office on May 15, 2017. The Waukegan Township is a governmental agency, dedicated and committed to providing quality services to enhance the health, safety and general well-being of the citizens.

    Ministry of Health Encourages Everyone to ‘Talk about Your Feelings’ on World Health Day
    World Health Day, observed on April 7th every year, provides a unique opportunity to mobilize action around a specific health topic of concern to people all over the world. To mark the day, the Ministry of Health is organizing a health forum on the World Health Organization theme for 2017, “Depression – Let’s Talk.” The forum will be held on Friday, April 7th at the Ramada Princess Hotel in Belize City starting at 9:00 a.m. Topics at the forum will include, ‘What Depression Feels like’ and ‘Real men get depressed too’. The media is especially invited to attend. Depression is the strongest risk factor for suicide. For 2016, the male to female ratio for deaths by suicide in Belize was four to one.

    Only Three Days until the CEO Caucus Cancer Ride Kicks Off!
    The second annual CEO Caucus Challenge - Cancer Ride 2017 is slated for Saturday, April 8, 2017, under the theme “We’re with You”. The fundraising target is $50,000 and the proceeds will go exclusively to the Belize Cancer Treatment Center in Dangriga Town, in an effort to augment the capabilities of their increasingly accessed services. The registration fee is $25.00. Each registered participant will receive a “We’re with You” CEO Caucus Cancer Awareness Ride 2017 t-shirt on ride day.

    Passing of Mr. Amelio Kumul Sr.
    Mayor Daniel Guerrero, the San Pedro Town Council and Staff would like to express it sincere condolences to the Kumul Family and Friends on the passing of Mr. Amelio Kumul Sr. San Pedro has lost another of its pioneers of the fishing industry when it was once a fishing village. A wake will take place tonight, April 5, 2017 at his home. Funeral services are yet to be announced. Image may contain: 1 person, outdoor and closeup

    SPECIAL ENVOY KIM BARROW CONDEMNS POLICE USE OF EXCESSIVE FORCE
    Special Envoy for Women & Children strongly condemned the alleged actions of the San Pedro Police officers charged for using excessive force while arresting a female suspect. Simplis-Barrow said in statement that she sympathizes with the victims and condemns acts of violence especially against women and children. Special Envoy Barrow called for the Professional Standards Bureau of the Police department to conduct a thorough investigation and take all measures to discipline the officers involved and prevent these types of incidents from ever happening again.

    Residents of San Pedro are trying to keep up with mother nature's seaweed arrival
    Locals are saying that "We got a big sargasso problem! I have never seen so much.." One is seeking help to clean the town's beach. She mentioned that " I think we all need to get together and do something about it, the town board cannot do this on their own. The tourist are taking pictures and are disgusted by our beach! Unfortunately, we cannot control Mother Nature but maybe we can do something together to help the situation." Notice all travellers going to San Pedro for easter weekend should take extra precaution on the seaweed. If you are going inside the water take as many bug spray as you can. Sandflies is a big thing when seaweed arrives on easter weather.

    New modern town hall building in San Ignacio
    Mayor Earl Trapp jr. & The San Ignacio & Santa Elena Town council is working arduously to continue the developments in our municipality. The construction of the new modern town hall building is undergoing. The location of new town hall is on Hospital Street, San Ignacio.

    Belize Film Festival Call for Entries!
    Extended Deadline: May 15th, 2017! Send entries to submissions@belizefilmfestival.com

    Calcutta FC from Corozal
    The new kids on the block, Calcutta FC from Corozal has shown that it can perform with the best of the best but at the same time, they can implode when under pressure. With time, this young team is expected to be the future of Women's Football in this areall . Defeat is good. Getting up and rebounding back is always the challenge.

    Western Ballaz vs Running Rebels
    There are 2 more games in the normal NEBL season, and this weekend the Western Ballaz are taking on the Running Rebels. They are 5 and 5, and need this win to secure a play off spot. The game won't be televised, so the only way to see it is to head to the SHC auditorium. Go Ballaz!

    Dry weather for FCD means forest fires along the western flank of the Chiquibul National Park as farmers from Guatemala seek to plant crops.

    And so we end the Birdathon at Caves Branch, with a lifer!
    But shhhh... Now on to Tacos and Ceviche land.

    Channel 7

    Contraband Cops Caught In The Act
    Over the weekend, we saw the most lawless kind of behavior from police officers who went wild on San Pedro, indiscriminately firing their pistols and menacing residents with a shotgun. Well tonight there is another example of outlaw police behavior caught on cell phone camera. This time it's not quite so violent, but it is very lawless. 7News has obtained video of police using a patrol vehicle to smuggle contraband products from Botes, Mexico into THE ORANGE WALK DISTRICT. The video was captured on the Belize side of the river about 6 weeks ago in the village of Santa Cruz. We have a review of it tonight, along with comments from the Commissioner. Jules Vasquez has the story:…

    Hon. Aragon Speaks Out Against Outlaw Cops
    We got to speak with the commissioner today at a 35-minute press briefing set up for the Minister of State in Home Affairs, Elodio Aragon. Aragon wanted to address the media on the rogue behaviour displayed by police officers on San Pedro on Saturday morning. As we've shown you, Police Constables Norman Coye and Darnell Madrill have been caught on camera manhandling a woman. Coye is also seen recklessly firing live rounds from a handgun which he pointed at the ground. Those wild gunshots injured at least 4 people. Aragon told us that this type of behaviour is not being condoned. The media challenged him on that since the constables have only been charged for a minor offense - when a bullett is lodged behind one of the victim's eyes:

    Minister Discusses Transfers in Crime-Heavy Eastern Division
    And while Aragon was there to talk about the San Pedro shooting, the media used the chance to ask him about those transfers in the senior ranks of the department. As we've reported, the changes are focussed on the eastern division - which will go back to having a single commander for North side, Southside and Rural Belize. That will be Assistant Commissioner of Police Deziree Phillips - and she will be backed up by sub commander for north side, Senior Superintendent Ralph Moody, sub commander for Southside Senior Superintendent Marco Vidal, and sub commander for Rural, Sr. Supt. Alden Dawson.

    Southside Commander Will Head Professional Standards Branch
    And the one who seems to have gotten swept out in that housecleaning is ACP Chester Williams. He was initially slated for the prosecution branch, but now he's going to the Professional Standards Branch. That's a department widely perceived by the public to be a waste of time - and Williams has earned a reputation for being no nonsense and results oriented. So how is he going to fare in that dead end unit? The Minster says, he'll invigorate it: Hon. Elodio Aragon - Minister of State, Home Affairs: "People might say why we moving Chester to professional standard's branch. I could tell you Jules that is a critical, an important aspect of policing right now and we need somebody that go there and get the job done for us. It's about cleaning house, it's about dealing with corrupt police officers, it is about having a commander that will ensure that every complaint against police is looking in thoroughly and dealt with."

    Mediator Says Southside Needs Chester
    And while there are changes all around, those in the Southside will be the most closely watched. Commander Chester Williams had multiple programs going, from sports tournaments, to mentoring programs, to community days, and regular mediation between rival gangs. In fact, when we were at the police station today, one of those mediation sessions set up by ACP Williams had just ended. Counsellor Dianne Finnegan who participated in the mediation told us that in order to keep any semblance of peace - the Southside needs the input of Chester Williams.

    Vidal Rejected Community Policing In 2011
    And Williams will be replaced by Senior Superintendent Marco Vidal - who will bring another kind of leadership to the Southside. But, as we noted, he is on record saying he doesn't support community policing. Here is an interview from April 2011 when he was Commander of the GSU:… Sr. Supt Marco Vidal, 2011: "Well I think that the meet-and-greet aspect has been on for as long as the gangs have been formed and functional. That has not worked; rather we have seen over the years an increase in crime, particularly murder. There is not that community policing component has not given the desired results." Vidal is currently commander of the Special Branch. We are yet to hear who will replace him there.

    CWU Gives Port of Belize Notice
    Today the Christian Workers Union gave the Port of Belize 21 days notice of intended strike action. The letter says they met with the Port Management 9 days ago on Monday March 27th when they agreed to resume negotiations. The Port said it would give a proposed date within a week. Well, the CWU says that one week deadline has passed, and they aren't playing; they have given notice of strike action - with an immediate go slow. A letter from the CWU to the Minister of Labour insists that the first meeting will have to be held on or before April 12, 2017. The CWU notes both sides haven't met in 15 months, and they say that the proposed meeting in a week's time is reasonable considering the extensive delay in returning to the table. The CWU says it will not accept any meeting date in May, 2017 because it considers the Port's delays to be intentional, which, quote, "creates a lot of mistrust among the stevedores."

    Men Charged For Mojica Murder
    They allegedly stabbed a man to death, and this morning forty year old Saul Reyes and forty seven year old Juan Orellana were arraigned for the murder in the Orange Walk Magistrates Court. The pair is accused of fatally stabbing 21 year old Adiel Mojica. They were remanded to to prison until their next hearing on the 10th of May. Mojica's father told the media that they are safer in jail since he has a large family which may want to take revenge.

    Another Shooting In Iguana Area
    There was another Belize City shooting last night - but, again, the injuries are not considered serious. It happened at around 7:50 last night on Iguana Street. 55 year old Bernard Bent was standing outside his house when he was shot to the his leg. He was rushed to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital where he is stable. Reports suggest that Bent may not have been the target; and the shots may have been intended for a relative.

    Top Cops Son For Drug Trafficking
    Today the son of a very senior police officer appeared in court on a criminal charge. He is 31 year old Noel Leal Jr. and he was charged with drug trafficking. Last night, a mobile police unit was patrolling Faber's Road when they stopped Leal in a Toyota Camry. The officers searched his vehicle and found approximately 10 1/2 ounces of cannabis in the glove compartment. Leal appeared in the Magistrate's Court today, where he pled not guilty to the charge of drug trafficking. He was released on $1000 bail. Leal is the son of Assistant Commissioner of Police, Noel Leal, who is the Commander of Police Operations and presently third in command of the entire department.

    Mexican Onions Busted At Border
    The contraband cops managed to dodge the Orange Walk customs enforcement team, but Orange Walk customs department continue to catch illegal movements of Mexican vegetables and beverages. This morning in an operation at 12:00 midnight, customs seized 40 sacks of white onions, in a Toyota pick up. Customs was conducting surveillance of a specific area where they saw the pickup offloading sacks of onions. Acting on the intelligence that it was to be several shipments the officers stood by and watched the first offloading, when the second shipment arrived the customs team pounced, but the vehicle's occupants ran off and and escaped into the bushes near the Belize - Mexico border.

    City and Cabbies Sign MOU
    Last year October, we told you how the Belize City Council finally lifted the moratorium on new taxi licenses that they put in place back in 2012. That was to try to cut down on the number of taxis, which up until last year, had ballooned to over 2,000. Well, since then, City Hall had been working with the taxi operators, encouraging them to form or join taxi associations. That way, the Council can better address their concerns as a group, while assisting them to improve the level of their service delivery to the public. Today, 5 months after lifting the ban, the City Council unveiled its memorandum of understanding which they intend to sign with different taxi associations. It's a written commitment on both sides, with the hopes that you, the commuting public, will reap the benefits.

    An App For The City
    That MOU was one of 3 new services that the City Council introduced today. The second item on their agenda is a new Belize City mobile app. If you own an iPhone or an android phone, you'll be able to download a free app that gives you access to a catalogue of information for Belize City based businesses, including access to a phone number to directly call any of those very same taxi associations which sign up. It is also the brain child of City Councillor Bernard Pitts, who manages traffic, and today, he told us how the app works: Darrell Bradley - Belize City Mayor: "Some of the things you will hear this afternoon. One person that I am very excited about the launching of a Belize City app which is something that other municipalities have done but this is the first municipality in Belize which will have an app on your cell phone that will promote business and activity within Belize City."

    CITCO Offers Customized Plates As Revenue Raising Measure
    And the final new service that the City Council is now offering is custom license plates. If you're tired of those regular old plates, for a premium price of $1,000, you can get plates to match your personality. The City is hoping that you will buy in and help offset a million-dollar shortfall arising from the restructuring of property taxes and trade licenses. Here's how the Mayor and Councillor Pitts made the sales pitch this evening: Darrell Bradley - Mayor, Belize City: "We are trying to move ahead with trade license reform that will cost the City Council approximately 1 million dollars. As an initiative to recapitalize or recoup those funds the traffic department launched a very innovative program to sell personalized license plate, we'll talk about that in greater detail."

    Can Police Secure Its Stations?
    Police Constable Nervin Locke known as Marvin was buried yesterday. The 43 year old was killed at his workplace, the Raccoon Street Police Station on Sunday March 26th. It was a crime of passion, the alleged killer told his family that Locke was threatening to take away his wife. But, when he started stabbing Locke repeatedly there wasn't one armed officer nearby to stop him - eventually they had to bash the accused man, Marcial Toledo over the head with a cement block. It shows significant lapses in what should be a secure compound at the country's second biggest police station. We discussed these with the Commissioner and the Minister today: Hon. Elodio Aragon - Minister of State, Home Affairs: "Definitely we have been looking at different measures, I know we have had additional cameras installed from what I've been told and they are looking at measures to be - whatever we can do to implement to avoid one of these things but we have to be real too. An incident like this was, I don't think if we had the best security we would have avoided something like this because it was not expected, we did not know the situation at hand and it is an unfortunate incident."

    CWU Joins Chorus, Slams Faber For Union Busting
    Today the BNTU gained another ally against the Ministry of Education. In a press release, the Christian Worker's Union announced their support for the BNTU against what many are calling government union busting. This comes after Minister of Education Patrick Faber announced his plan to award $1 million dollars to the teachers who didn't participate in the BNTU's 11 day strike last October, as well as for the teachers who made up the lost days during the Christmas holiday. The CWU joins the PUP in its condemnation of the government's decision, stating that it sees no justification for the payments, especially in this challenging economic climate.

    PIV Leader On Keeping The Peace
    Last night we showed you how the principals of the PIV gang were feeding the homeless on Sunday. It was a most unexpected show of charity and goodwill from a gang that has been linked to violence and turf wars in the Lake Independence area. Those wars caused PIV leader Brandon Battery Smith's uncle to be killed early this year. So what happened next? Will there be more retaliation? That's what we asked him on Sunday: Jules Vasquez: "Now we know Lake-I has seen some of the most violence in the past year and that da because PIV di feud with other gangs - even your uncle was killed in that whole feuding. Where are we with that now?" Brandon "Battery" Smith - PIV Boss: "Well, eena life you have to accept loss. When you get eena this you have to learn to understand that certain things will happen. It's just who could take it. I done take it. My uncle dead. I noh seek back no revenge, I straight."

    How To Keep safe During Easter
    The Easter break is fast approaching, and as Belizeans prepare to leave home to celebrate the weekend, the Police Department and other public safety agencies will be doubling down on their efforts to keep us safe. Today the police, along with the Fire Department, Coast Guard and Port Authority held a press briefing to remind the public that safety comes first during the holidays. Here are some of the tips they shared... Easter tends to be an especially dangerous time for swimmers, so those going out to sea or the rivers are advised to be especially careful.

    Mexicans Mad At Free Zone Fee
    One of the new revenue raising budget measures is an increase in the social fee at the Commercial Free Zone in Corozal. And now, reports in the Mexican press say that the cost for Mexicans to enter the Commercial Free Zone has increased by 50%, from 10 Mexican pesos to 15 Mexican pesos - which is about one dollar and 50 cents. It may not seem like a whole lot, but the Mexicans aren't happy and are threatening to boycott the zone. A report published online on El Quintana Roo.com notes that the Zone already depends totally on business from Mexicans, so the increase in the cost to access the Zone came as a surprise. As they put it, [quote] "Now we have to pay more to spend our money there".

    Nigel, Made It!
    Belize's film Commissioner, Nigel Miguel got seen by millions of eyeballs between Saturday and Tuesday night. That's because Miguel - who played college basketball at UCLA - starred in an advertisement for IBM that aired on the NCAA Final 4 Weekend and the National Championship game on Monday night. The national championship game alone had 17 million viewers. That's no small feat, and it may be one of the biggest stages any Belizean has ever been on. A press release says Miguel took the role when he got a call from commercial directing legend Joe Pytka - who directed the movie Space Jam.

    Man Charged For Killing Pastor
    And in a last bit of news tonight, police have charged a man for killing 79 year old pastor, Florencio Bardalez. Gabriel Cunil has been charged for murder. A post mortem showed that the Baptist pastor died of head trauma from a blunt instrument.

    Channel 5

    Minister of Police: San Pedro Incident was ‘Regrettable’
    The Belize Police Department continues its media offensive tonight, in the wake of disturbing footage of officers shooting indiscriminately at residents in San Pedro on Saturday morning.  The department has [...]

    More Charges Coming after Medical Report
    PCs Coye and Madrill are on interdiction following their arraignment in the San Pedro Magistrate’s Court.  The gun-toting officers, specifically Police Constable Norman Coye, wounded as many as five persons [...]

    Minister Suggests Officers Should Have Thought Twice About Using Firearm
    Amateur video captured by spectators during the disturbance shows an unnamed female patron being manhandled by the responding officers, despite being handcuffed and subdued on the ground. She was hit [...]

    Marco Vidal Returns; Minister Says He Must Play by the Rules
    Former head of the Gang Suppression Unit, Senior Superintendent of Police Marco Vidal, who has been operating under the radar for some time, returns to Belize City on July first, [...]

    C.W.U. Says No Rewards for Loyal Teachers
    The announcement on Monday that those teachers who did not strike last year will be getting a hefty honorarium is not going down well. The Belize National Teachers Union is [...]

    Stevedores Want Strike; Port Says Nothing to Strike About
    The last time stevedores at the Port of Belize Limited broke off from work was in December of 2015. They held the Port at their mercy for four days over [...]

    Notice Sent for End of April; C.W.U. Wants Negotiations First
    This afternoon, the CWU made good on the threat by stevedores, firing off a letter to the Minister of Labor through the Labor Commissioner Ivan Williams and copied to the [...]

    Port Says C.B.A. Negotiations Stalled for 15 Months
    The Christian Workers’ Union has gone through three presidents and multiple executive members in the span of five years, as the old regime of Antonio Gonzalez and James McFoy gave [...]

    C.W.U. Points Fingers at Port, Hints at Sale
    The stevedores, however, believe that the Port is purposely delaying negotiations of the CBA; it’s been sixteen months since the last round of negotiations.  CWU President Trujeque says that an [...]

    Port C.E.O. Says No Deal Yet on Sale
    It’s hard to believe, but it has been five years since the Port of Belize Limited was put in receivership by Ports Investment Limited, seeking to recover loan indebtedness by [...]

    Murder Count Climbs Near 40; March Explosion Fuelled It
    News Five’s count of murders since the start of 2017 shows an increase over the same period last year. Thirty-nine murders have been reported up to today, compared to thirty-four [...]

    Jason Joseph Has Attempted Murder Charge Dismissed
    A street figure, Jason Joseph, who has had his own share of run-ins with the law walked free today from a charge of the attempted murder of a Belize City [...]

    CitCo Talks to Taxi Drivers
    The City Council announced today that it is rolling out some new initiatives. First, the Council signed a MOU between the Council and most taxi associations to improve the overall [...]

    More Cameras, No Guns, After Death of P.C. Marvin Locke at Racoon Street Police Station
    Police Constable Marvin Locke was stabbed and killed by a civilian assailant just a few short steps away from where Minister of Police Elodio Aragon addressed a gaggle of reporters [...]

    G.S.U. Trimmed; New Task Force Will Go after Criminals
    The Gang Suppression Unit, the elite strike team within the department, feared for its unrestrained approach to policing, is downsizing.  As we reported last week, there won’t be any recruits [...]

    Environmentalists Work to Save Manatees and Others from Stranding
    Every so often there are news reports about manatees getting caught up in boat propellers, or swallowing garbage that chokes them, or having other kinds of distress that causes them [...]

    CTV3

    Police Vehicle Caught Red-Handed Engage In Contraband
    This has been a terribly bad publicity week for the Belize Police Department. One which started with videos posted on social media of two Police officers brutalizing a female in San Pedro and then firing their weapons wildly to keep at bay residents who tried to intervene and rescue the woman. Then there was the unpopular news that the Police will do an internal shuffle, and will be moving community cop Assistant Commissioner of Police Chester Williams from his post of Southside Commander to a desk job. But now, things will get even worst for the Police Department with a new video leaked to us, showing that a Police patrol vehicle, assigned to the Orange Walk Police Department, was being used to load contraband goods from Botes community in Mexico into Santa Cruz village, which is a well-known contraband point in the Orange Walk District.

    Two Men Remanded For The Murder Of Mojica
    This morning forty year old Saul Reyes and forty seven year old Juan Orellana appeared at the Orange Walk Magistrates Court where they were arraigned for the murder of twenty one year old Adiel Mojica. No pleas were taken from them today reason being that the offence is an indictable one and requires trial by a judge and jury, therefore, both men were remanded to the Hattieville prison. Reyes and Orellana are being accused of inflicting stab wounds on Adiel Mojica on the night of Saturday April 1st 2017 as a result of an altercation that ensued at a bar in the San Felipe Village. Mojica was then transported to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital in Belize City where he succumbed to his injuries in the wee hours of Monday morning.

    Belize Leads Sugar Production Figures In The Caribbean
    Come October 2017 Countries who belong to the European Union’s preferential market will be bracing for direct competition following the recent EU reform on world sugar prices and as a direct result the importation to the EU from countries like Belize, will be significantly reduced, spelling troubling times for Belizean farmers. At the start of the 2016-2017 Sugar cane crop season Vice President of International Relations for ASR, Mac McLachlan, spoke of the changes that needed to be done to ensure that Belize remains competitive in the new market which includes lowering the cost of production significantly which means that farmers need to start increasing productivity if they are to remain competitive in the industry.

    CWU Condemns MOE Move To Reward Teachers Who Remained Strike Free
    On Monday, Minister of Education Patrick Faber confirmed that a million dollars has been set aside by GOB as compensation for teachers who showed up to work during the BNTU industrial action last October. That announcement however, didn’t sit well with the Belize National Teachers Union who are calling move ‘Union Busting’ in GOB’s part. While the Opposition has already commented on the issue calling the Million Dollars move “A sign of a stubborn, immature and downright dangerous man who refuses to accept that he went up against the teachers and lost”, today the Christian Workers Union issued a release pledging solidarity to the BNTU.

    New CEO For The Corozal Free Zone
    And while we’re on the topic of the Free Zone, we can report today that a new Chief Executive Officer has taken up his duties. Best information is that the new CEO is Valentino Blanco who was previously employed at the Department of Environment. We don’t know how well Blanco’s professional qualifications fit the post as his selection took place without any public announcement. We do note however, that Blanco does have some political connections, as in this photo provided to us, Blanco is seen wearing a Dr. Angel Campos campaign shirt. Dr. Campos is the UDP area representative for the Corozal South West. But most importantly reports to us indicate that Blanco is Campos’ brother-in-law.

    Mr. Belize Gives talk To Track And Field Participants
    Nearly 150 athletes representing eight high schools from the Corozal and Orange Walk Districts gathered at the Corozal Community College this morning for the 2017 Track and Field Regionals. The event is hosted by Escuela Secundaria Tecnica Mexico. We found out from ESTM’s officials how today’s competitions will culminate with the nationals. Pedro Chan, ESTM: “The list of event that are happening are the 100m, 200m sprints, 400m, we had the 5k and 3k early in the morning, we also have high jump, long jump, triple jumps all these event will be happening one after the next during the day. After today’s competition we award them with the medals accordingly and the high school with the most wins they take the regional championship, they will represent the region; Orange Walk and Corozal, the northern region at Belize City central Nationals that is happening in a few weeks.”

    CWU Condemns MOE Move To Reward Teachers Who Remained Strike Free
    On Monday, Minister of Education Patrick Faber confirmed that a million dollars has been set aside by GOB as compensation for teachers who showed up to work during the BNTU industrial action last October. That announcement however, didn’t sit well with the Belize National Teachers Union who are calling move ‘Union Busting’ in GOB’s part. While the Opposition has already commented on the issue calling the Million Dollars move “A sign of a stubborn, immature and downright dangerous man who refuses to accept that he went up against the teachers and lost”, today the Christian Workers Union issued a release pledging solidarity to the BNTU.

    LOVE FM

    Foreign Minister Says The Austrians Are Yet to Explain the Nagel Saga
    On Monday, March 13 when the House of Representatives met in Belmopan, the Fort George Area Representative, Said Musa brought to the surface, an issue involving Belize’s Ambassador to Austria, Joel Nagel (NAY-GLE). He did not go into detail on the issue but he did allude to a scandal being attached to the Austrians’ decision […]

    Pregnant Teen and Alleged Father Expelled from School
    There is a situation that has been brewing up north for some weeks now where a 14-year-old student was impregnated by another 14-year-old student. Both of them were initially expelled from Bishop Martin High School in Orange Walk Town much to the dismay of their family members. The issue, however, was compounded when the mother […]

    GSU: Transfers – Sexual Allegations – New Commander
    In a previous newscast we told you of the one hundred and nine police officers being transferred in the Belize Police Department effective July 1, 2017. What we observed interestingly, is the movement of twelve officers from the Gang Suppression Unit but no transfers to replace the dozen being moved. Today, we asked both the […]

    Former GSU Commander to Replace Chester Williams
    More than one hundred officers of the Belize Police Department will be transferred to either another unit or another jurisdiction in the next few months. The transfer list we obtained does not indicate whether any of the top brass will be moved but reports coming out from Racoon Street Police station are that Assistant Commissioner […]

    Minister Aragon: “We Are an Unarmed Police Department”
    Police Constable Mervin Locke was laid to rest yesterday. PC Locke was attacked by 47-year-old Marcial Toledo on Sunday, March 26. Toledo repeatedly stabbed PC Locke at the Raccoon Street Police Station before several officers who were unarmed. Today, Minister of State responsible for Home Affairs, Elodio Aragon Jr., spoke about the safety of officers […]

    Belizean Listed in Top 20 Professionals for Mid-Atlantic
    Engineering News-Record (ENR) is a US publication that provides the latest news in the areas of engineering and construction as well as analysis, commentary and data for the construction industry. They also report on top design firms, architects and engineers and top construction companies. In its latest edition, there is the list of the top […]

    City Council and Taxi Operators Team Up
    The Belize City Council is, for the first time, signing a memorandum of understanding with taxi operators in the city. The MOU along with three other initiatives of the council, were presented today in a press conference. Mayor Darrell Bradley says the initiatives presented today are all in an effort to improve the quality of […]

    A Mobile App to Boost Economic Activity in Old Capital
    Mobile apps are gaining fast popularity as the use of smart phone grows globally. Belize is no different as Belizeans and businesses are making the most of technology seeking speed, efficiency, and advertising among many more reasons. Today, the Belize City Council announced that it is joining the fast-paced world and launched the first ever […]

    Fundraising with Plates at City Hall
    The Belize City Council today introduced the new license plates for City residents and also announced the opening of applications for personalized license plates. The initiative, says Mayor Darrell Bradley is to raise funds for the city council. He explains that the council is trying to move ahead with the trade license reform that is […]

    CEOs Ride for Cancer – Part 2
    Hundreds of Belizeans have been suffering from the effects of various types of cancer. Last year Chief Executive Officers teamed up to raise not only awareness, but funds to assist institutions which are at the forefront dealing with individuals affected by the disease, by holding the first CEO Caucus Ride. The first ride raised over […]

    Breaking Belize NewsPJ

    Germany makes donation to Dorothy Menzies Child Care Center
    According to a Government of Belize press release, Germany handed over grant of US $21,604 to the Dorothy Menzies Child Care Center on April 3, 2017. His Excellency Mr. Harald Klein, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany in Guatemala and Belize handed the donation to Mrs. Dorothy Menzies, Chair of the Board of Governors for the Center.

    Man killed after tree falls on his head
    Reports reaching our newsroom are that a tree fell on a man at the Lagoon Bank Area in Spanish Lookout this afternoon . According to reports, the man was cutting a tree in the area when the tree fell hitting him on his head.

    Ministry of Foreign Affairs congratulates Sylvestre Castellanos
    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on behalf of the Government of Belize, today extended congratulations to Sylvestre Castellanos for his achievement as the first elected Belizean American to serve on the Waukegan Township. Castellanos has been elected to serve for a four-year period on the Waukegan Township as a Waukegan Township Trustee. He will officially take up office on May 15, 2017.

    Ministry of Human Development launches countrywide training on mandatory reporting of child abuse
    The Ministry of Human Development, Social Transformation and Poverty Alleviation in collaboration with the National Committee for Families and Children, the Ministry of Education, and NOPCAN is conducting a nationwide training on Mandatory Reporting of Child Abuse – Response Protocols.

    ‘Talk about Your Feelings’ on World Health Day says Ministry of Health
    Observed on April 7th every year, World Health Day provides a unique opportunity to mobilize action around a specific health topic of concern to people all over the world. The Ministry of Health is commemorating the day by organizing a health forum on the World Health Organization theme for 2017 —“Depression – Let’s Talk.” The forum will be held on Friday, April 7th at the Ramada Princess Hotel in Belize City starting at 9:00 a.m.

    “Things will get harder” (in Belize) says San Ignacio/Santa Elena Mayor
    There have been five murders in the San Ignacio police jurisdiction within the last two months. In February, Alvaro Aldana was shot and stabbed to death while walking through a park in San Ignacio town. A few hours later, Chester Theus was found dead on 1st Street in San Ignacio.

    RC Imports to maintain the price of Presidente and Kubuli beers while stocks last
    In an exclusive announcement through the various BBN platforms, RC Imports informs consumers that they will maintain the price of Presidente, Kubuli and Kubuli Gold beer while stocks last. The price of Presidente remains at $48/case of 24 (plus $6 bottle deposit/case), Kubuli at $42/case and Kubuli Gold at $52/case

    Belize participates in regional climate change workshop
    Belize is participating in a regional workshop on climate change this week hosted in Jamaica by the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC). The IMPACT Regional Inception Workshop is a three-day event held at the Knutsford Court Hotel in Kingston, Jamaica from April 3 – 5, 2017. The workshop which marks the launch of a four-year project is catered to Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and Least Developed Countries (LDCs).

    Three men shot on Southside, police makes no arrests
    Police have not yet made any arrests in the Monday night shootings of three men in the Southside of Belize City. As we had reported, at around 9:30, Jeffery Martinez, 28, was shot multiple times in front of his yard on Jane Usher Boulevard.

    Police investigation into Placencia fatal road traffic accident continues
    The driver of the pick up truck, Sandra Martinez,24, is in the hospital recovering from her injuries. Police has served Martinez with a notice of intended prosecution. Martinez is expected to face charges for causing death by careless conduct and manslaughter by negligence for the deaths of Waresi Flores,14 and Deshawn Middleton,18.

    CWU and Opposition stand in solidarity with BNTU
    The Christian Workers Union (CWU) and the Opposition People’s United Party (PUP) are standing in solidarity with the Belize National Teachers’s Union (BNTU) against what they describe as a union busting attempt by the government of Belize.

    Unabated abuse of public resources continue by top brass of Ministry of Works
    Top brass in the Ministry of Works (MOW) continue the unchecked abuse of public resources despite the country’s economic recession and the degrading state particularly of our rural access roads. This morning a photo showing two (2) MOW employees working directly in front of the well fenced, private home of Cecil Garbutt, Officer in Charge of the Ministry of Works, Cayo district was shared with BBN.

    The importance of the Senate in Belize
    “The Senate, besides discussing and debating Bills coming from the House of Representatives, has specific functions. These functions include approving any Bill to alter any provision of Part II of the Belize Constitution, in accordance with subsection (5A) of section 69 of the Constitution; authorizing the ratification (including adhesion or accession) of any treaty by the Government of Belize, including any treaty for the settlement of the territorial dispute between Belize and the Republic of Guatemala; approving the establishment in Belize of any military base of operations for any foreign military forces...

    Luke Palacio’s term ends with BNTU
    The Belize National Teachers’ Union (BNTU) has come to the end of a critical era which was marked by affirmative action. Last October, teachers spent a historic and bold 11 days out of their classrooms in protest so that the Government of Belize would adopt anti-corruption measures.

    PUP women condemns police brutality in San Pedro
    The People’s United Party (PUP) through its women’s arm, the United Women’s Group (UWG) has issued a press release strongly condemning the actions of the Police Department and its response to the behavior of those police officers who were involved in the incident which occurred on April 1st, 2017 in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye.

    Blogs

    Getting a taste of Flair Bartending!
    Our island recently welcomed World champion flair bartender Alexander Shtifanov. If you don’t know who he is, let me enlighten you. Originally from Ukraine, Alexander is among the world’s top bartenders, having mastered the skill of not only pouring drinks but entertaining a crowd in the process. Be it juggling cups or mixing your drink in mid-air, this form of flair bartending is all for the spectators’ enjoyment. Lucky for me, I got to the see him perform at Rain Rooftop Restaurant and Terrace, and it was quite the presentation. Between juggling bar tools and liquor bottles in dazzling ways, Alexander impressed the crowd. While manipulating the different bar items, he managed to mix a refreshing cocktail, which he then passed on to some of the spectators.

    Exploring Caye Caulker by Golf Cart: Tarpon, Sea Horses, Giant Caverns and Changes at the Split
    We took that 10am boat from San Pedro and arrived in Caye Caulker just before the half hour. C&N met us with the cart. We first drove south – down thru town and passing the airstrip. There are just a handful of homes. I’m always intrigued by the big property. There has been a ton of time spent on landscaping. We continued south – I’d never been past this point before. It’s more of a sand path but very nicely maintained. There are no paved roads on CC. Through the mangroves you can see south to Caye Chapel – the former golf course that has been purchased by a development group. The last I heard, Greg Norman had signed on re-do the course…

    Online Coaching Funds My Dream Life in This Caribbean Paradise
    Ambergris Caye is a bustling island with no shortage of activities. When I feel like scuba diving, I simply walk to the dive shop next door. The world’s second-largest barrier reef sits just yards offshore. I used to save all year for a week-long scuba diving vacation. Now I can go anytime the mood strikes and it’s only $60 for a two-tank dive. I have taken hundreds of photos of eels, sharks, turtles, and graceful spotted eagle rays. There are miles of unspoiled beaches to explore and getting around is done by golf cart, which is not only fun but inexpensive. I pay $25 for a full tank of gas, which lasts me about two weeks. Just the other day, a friend and I packed a picnic, hopped in my cart and set out to discover all the quaint local bars hidden among the palms on the north end of the island. We sipped frozen rum punch, chatted with the locals, gathered seashells, and caught a spectacular sunset on our ride home. I was a little concerned about making new friends in a foreign country. Thankfully, I had no reason to worry. The expats here are so welcoming and we all have a lot in common. My new friends and I get together several times a week for wine tasting events, painting classes, aerial yoga, and snorkeling adventures. Next week a few of us are heading to a jungle lodge on the mainland to explore Maya ruins, climb waterfalls, and tube in rivers that wind their way through ancient caves.

    Life in Belize is Simpler, Happier, and More Affordable
    People often ask why I chose Placencia, Belize, to live and work, instead of all the other places in the Caribbean and Central America. When you first start to look at all the options, it can be overwhelming to find the right fit for you, or even to know how to start looking. For me, there were a few parameters that helped me narrow it down. Belize is the only English-speaking country in Central America, and because I wanted to own a business, and I only have limited Spanish, this was a huge plus. I didn’t want to pay top dollar, or “tourist prices,” which is common in popular, saturated areas. I also wanted to live someplace that felt tropical and exotic, with great weather, beaches, and that “always on vacation” feel. I showed up in Placencia three years ago, and was immediately hooked as I drove down the 14-mile peninsula, with the sparkling Caribbean on both sides. Palm trees and beaches were everywhere I looked, filled with tropical birds and plants. On top of all this, the village of Placencia feels warm, safe, and welcoming—I knew I was home.

    Belize's National Agriculture and Trade Show 2017
    Originating in 1970 as a traditional display of livestock and agricultural products, the National Agriculture and Trade Show (NATS) quickly became known as a popular place for partying and rocking out to music. In an effort to return the NATS to its roots, the government has quarantined alcohol consumption and commercial vendors to a small section of the event and now the focus is once again on celebrating the agricultural and farming heritage of Belize. The National Agriculture and Trade Show is held in Belmopan, the country’s capital. The enormous event is held at the Agriculture Showgrounds, an area stretching more than 60 acres located on the edge of Roaring Creek right near the entrance to the city. In 2017, the National Agriculture and Trade Show is scheduled for the 28th, 29th, and 30th of April, 2017, under the theme “Let’s Get Growing”. Note: every year, the event is normally scheduled for either the last week of April or the first week of May. If you prefer the old-fashioned attractions of marveling at enormous ears of corn and prize-winning livestock, then Zone 1 is where you want to head first. If you prefer more of a carnival and fair atmosphere, then Zone 2 is where you’ll want to go. Inside Zone 2 is a special Kids’ Zone, with activities and rides suitable for young children. All of Zone 1 and the Kids’ Zone of Zone 2 are alcohol-free areas. If you want to sip on rum and other adult brews, then head for Zone 2.

    International Sourcesizz

    Building Partnerships during Beyond the Horizon 2017
    On a side road off the main highway, just a few miles north of Belize City sits the Ladyville Health Center. It sits just across the road from the bus stop that brings in patients from to and from town, and across from the fruit and water stand that will keep its patients fed and hydrated while waiting to be seen by the clinic's only doctor. “Some days, we are packed with patients, there is nowhere to put them,” said Kevin Dawson, Ladyville Clinic Head Nurse. “We only have one doctor, and even if we see all the patients then there are no beds for them to stay.” The Clinic is too small to serve the people of Ladyville, it is one of the largest villages in Belize, explains Dawson.

    Did climate change kill the Mayans?
    The Mayans incorrectly predicted the end of the world — as well as their own downfall. What destroyed the Mayan civilization continues to be a hotly debated topic, with researchers offering evidence of everything from disease to a deadly foreign invasion. Now a new study suggests that climate change caused their collapse. Researchers looked at 144 violence-depicting inscriptions on monuments from over 30 Mayan centers from a 500-year period. Then they cross-referenced those with temperature and rainfall records in areas of modern-day Mexico, Guatemala and Belize. “The change in conflict levels between 350 and 900 AD was considerable,” the authors wrote in the report, published March 31 in Quaternary Science Reviews. This is around the period when temperatures began to increase and the Mayans sweltered through more 86° F days. Preceding eras saw temperatures hover between 82 and 84 degrees.

    Why civilizations die
    In her recent “The Watchman’s Rattle”, subtitled ‘Thinking our way out of extinction’, Rebecca Costa delivers a fascinating account of how civilisations die. Their problems become too complex. Societies reach what she calls a cognitive threshold. They simply can’t chart a path from the present to the future. The example she gives is the Mayans. For a period of three and a half thousand years, between 2,600 BCE and 900 CE, they developed an extraordinary civilisation, spreading over what is today Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador and Belize with an estimated population of 15 million people. Not only were they master potters, weavers, architects and farmers. They developed an intricate cylindrical calendar system, with celestial charts to track the movements of the stars and predict weather patterns. They had their own unique form of writing as well as an advanced mathematical system. Most impressively they developed a water-supply infrastructure involving a complex network of reservoirs, canals, dams and levees.

    Cruise Ship Cancels Tours in St Vincent After Slaughter of Killer Whales in Full View of Visitors
    On the heels of horrified tourists witnessing the killing of two orcas in Vincentian waters, a cruise ship has taken strong action in protest of the age old tradition. TUI Discovery stopped short of pulling out of the destination, but has cancelled all its whale and dolphin watching tours, iWitness News has reported. In a grim account, crew member on one of the two Fantasea tours on a whale and dolphin excursion, Ken Issacs, told the online news site that the delight of the rare sighting of a pod of four orcas, also known as killer whales, turned into a bloody tragedy as whalers slaughtered two of the huge sea creatures just off the Leeward coast. He said the whaling boat, a pirogue with a modified shotgun with a harpoon mounted on the bow, carried three fishermen. As he realized that the men were taking aim at an orca, he shouted to them to leave it alone, but was immediately dismissed.

    Videos

  • Ariel Rosado Foundation - Fund Raising Drive for 2017, 24min.

  • Fun Facts From Familiar Faces, 7min.

  • Embasy of Mexico to Belize - Amateur Photographer's Workshop (April 6th - 11th), 26min.

  • NAtional Council on Aging - Sexual Health Workshop, 23min.

  • Belize Protectors Association Bakers to Vegas Competition Results, 20min.

  • Pact Amendment Bill / Senate Updates, 30min.

  • Turneffe Atoll Sustainability Association (TSAA), 30min.

  • Nelita Castillo’s Testimony, Belize, World Health Day 2017 – Depression. Let’s Talk, 3min. Depression is a common mental disorder that affects people of all ages, from all walks of life, in all countries. The risk of becoming depressed is increased by poverty, unemployment, life events such as the death of a loved one or a relationship break-up, physical illness and problems caused by alcohol and drug use.

  • Better Belize It, min. Bones of Belize with resort stuff

  • Bones Of Belize, 3.5min. no resort stuff

  • Patty Outdoors - Belize Boys’ Trip: Lionfish Hunting, 2.5min. On our annual Belize boys' trip we hunted for lionfish. We got enough to eat like kings and even to share some with the frigate birds.

  • Zipline Belize, 2.5min. Laura and I went zip lining in Belize 2017. It was awesome. We got to do 4 different lines. I decided to throw on the Go Pro for the last zip.

  • Mayan Chant, 4min.

  • Mackerel Belize Half Moon Caye, .5min. Video taken during Introduction to Marine Biology Course BIO 221 at Moraine Valley Community College in 2017 while in Belize at the University of Belize Field Station at Calabash Caye on the Turneffe Atoll. This was at Half Moon Caye.

  • 2 Gray Angelfish Belize Turneffe Atoll, 1.5min. Video taken during Introduction to Marine Biology Course BIO 221 at Moraine Valley Community College in 2018 while in Belize at the University of Belize Field Station at Calabash Caye on the Turneffe Atoll.

  • B E L I Z E | travel diary // BEST snorkeling ever / Swimming with SHARKS, 3.5min. 2017 is starting off right, with a trip to the beautiful islands of Belize. During our trip to Belize, we decided to focus on those beautiful, crystal clear turquoise blue waters, so naturally our whole vacation was planned around water activities. We stayed on Caye Caulker and San Pedro, Ambergris Caye.

  • Maya Cities & Sacred Caves of Belize, 1.5hr.

  • BSI ASR CROP REVIEW 2017 WEEK 17, 3min.

  • A POLICE VEHICLE CAUGHT RED HANDED ENGAGED IN CONTRABAND, 3.5min.

  • Stress Management and its Effects on Health (BMA), 26.5min.

  • The Belize Road Safety Traffic Initiative Curving behaviors for safer roads, 38min.

  • Cayo Rosario Development EIA Consultation Meeting, 2hr.

  • The Music Ambassador of Belize promoting music in schools..., 4min. Second quarter starts with my continued push to support music in schools. Today I handed over snare and bass drums to Trinity Methodist Primary School. I want more of my fellow Belizeans to play instruments. My aim is to promote Music as an alternative to a life of crime and violence. Thanks to the principal and vice principal for having me. I'll be back to this school before the end of the year.

  • Belize Tourism Expo (BETEX), 1min. There is still time to register for #BETEX2017! SIGN UP TODAY and #savoryourbelizeexperience!

  • Belize Video Project, 4min.

  • Spring Break Belize 2017, 8min.

  • SCUBE DIVING IN BELIZE 2015!, 9min.

  • BELIZE, A TURNER ADVENTURE, 45min. ONE MONTH IN BELIZE.

  • Belize 2017, 6min. Belize Diving 2017.

  • Belize '17, 2.5min. Sailing, snorkeling, and diving in Belize. Swimming with nurse sharks and string rays.

  • SNORKELING IN BELIZE, 3min.

    April 5, 2017


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    The San Pedro Sun

    Island students sit first part of PSE exam
    Over six thousand Standard Six students’ country-wide sat the first segment of the National Primary School Examination (PSE) on Monday, April 3rd. In San Pedro Town and Caye Caulker, a total of 258 students from eight schools took the exam. Held at San Pedro High School (SPHS), the first phase of the exam tested the students’ knowledge on English and Science. In general, the PSE measures achievement of curriculum content and skills in the four areas of English, Mathematics, Social Studies and Science in the national primary school curriculum. While the Ministry of Education (MOE) has reiterated that the PSE was never intended to be used as the sole criteria for entrance into secondary schools, it is still considered for students’ enrollment into high school. Secondary institutions are recommended to use multiple sources of students’ achievements during their primary school education to evaluate the student. This method would then allow the institution to get a more complete picture of the students’ abilities, strengths and weaknesses in making educational decisions when selecting candidates for enrollment.

    The SPHC opens exhibit on the life of Tomasa Novelo de Paz
    To end the celebration of Women’s month, the San Pedro House of Culture (SPHC) hosted an exhibit on the life Tomasa Novelo de Paz on Friday, March 31st. Novelo, who was better known as Chichi Tom, is one of the oldest ancestors of San Pedro Town, and throughout her life, she was recognized for being an outstanding woman. Novelo was born in San Pedro Village on March 7, 1864. This was the time when many fled to Ambergris Caye as refugees from the Caste War in Yucatan, Mexico, and her family were one of the first families believed to have migrated to San Pedro from Valladolid, Mexico. Historians believe that the first permanent residents of San Pedro were four families who arrived in 1848-1849.

    SPRCS Standard Six students show off skills at science fair
    Standard Six students’ science skills were put to the test when San Pedro Roman Catholic School (SPRCS) hosted its annual science fair on Friday, March 31st. Held at the school grounds, the fair saw thirteen creative booths. From Isaac Newton’s three laws of motion to the reproduction of a flower, students displayed their knowledge of the scientific curriculum. All groups were well versed in their material, and they presented their projects to the lower division classes. Standard Six Teacher Ross Novelo said that science and problem-solving is crucial. “The projects were more scientific than last year’s. The point of this fair is for students to exercise their knowledge, so they can do well on their primary school examination (PSE). Last year, we noticed that when we did activities like this, students were motivated and achieved more. We have seen the students retain information more easily,” said Novelo.

    BTL Appoints New Chief Executive Officer
    The Board of Directors of Belize Telemedia Ltd (BTL) is pleased to advise that it has appointed Mr. Rochus Schreiber as the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of BTL with effect Wednesday, April 5th 2017. Mr. Schreiber takes over the day to day executive management of the company, filling the role that was last substantively held by Mr. Anwar Barrow, who vacated the role in February of this year. In the interim, Mr. Ivan Tesucum, BTL Chief Financial Officer, had been acting as company CEO. Mr. Barrow remains on the Board of Directors of BTL. Mr. Schreiber boasts over 20 years of professional experience, including multiple executive positions in the fields of telecommunications, broadband and cable television. He has worked in diverse global settings throughout the Americas and Europe. Within the Caribbean region, he has served as CEO of Digicel’s local operations in Anguilla, Nevis and Montserrat.

    Ambergris Today

    PIC OF THE WEEK: Pelicans Enjoying A Belizean Sunset
    What an awesome pic by @casanaturalbelize shared to their Instagram Profile. We will leave this here for you to admire. Just two pelicans enjoying the view of another wonderful Belize sunset. How do you enoy a sunset in Belize?

    PUP Women’s Group San Pedro Assists City Fire Victims
    On March 24, 2017, approximately 16 families lost their homes due to a fire in Belize City. It’s always devastating to lose a home with all your essential needs, that is why the People’s United Party of Belize Rural South knew they needed to help. The People's United Party, Belize Rural South, United Women’s Group organized a collection of items for the fire victims in Belize City. Five big bags and one box filled with clothes, shoes, towels, and some dishes have been packed and will be taken to the city for the affected families. The PUP wishes to thank its supporters who gathered these items for the people who lost their belongings. “Together nothing is impossible! Today its you, tomorrow it could be me!”

    Justice Of The Peace Training
    The San Pedro Association of Justice of the Peace and Commissioner of the Supreme Court will be conducting a training for all JP's in San Pedro Town & Caye Caulker. This one day training will take place Saturday, April 8, 2017, from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM at the San Pedro Town Council Conference Room. All JPs are requested to attend to learn of new laws, duties, documents and responsibilities in order to better serve our residents with honor, accuracy and integrity. There is a $20. fee for materials and registration is required in order to have sufficient material for all. Please make every effort to attend; call 226-4673 or email: lighthousesanpedro@gmail.com to register or for further information.

    Did Belizean Pilot Crash Land Jimmy Buffett's Private Plane?
    Is there trouble in Paradise? Nope says Jimmy Buffett who was joking around when he posted this picture of him and his private pilot in Bimini Bahamas. “No this is NOT my plane. It belonged to someone who obviously was less experienced than Captain Gerald and Frank Bama. He was lucky he was flying such a great airplane. Don’t try this at home” - Jimmy Buffet via Instagram FYI - Jimmy Buffet’s private pilot is a local Sanpedrano/Belizean Gerald Leslie who has been flying for the celebrity for quite a few years now. Every now and then pilot Gerald sends Ambergris Today pictures of his flying adventures with Mr. Buffet.

    Misc Belizean Sources

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    Sun, 16 Apr 2017 — Sarteneja Easter Regatta 2017
    Bring the family out for a fun day under the sun. It's here once more....Sarteneja Easter Regatta 2017!! Bigger and Better. If you are interested in participating in any of the competitions please contact the Village Council for more detailed information on the regulations. The Corozal Bay Sailing Club, Oceana, and others will be participating in the Sarteneja Easter Regatta on Sunday, 16th April, 2017. There will also be a canoe race from Corozal to Sarteneja, bikini dancing, swimming competition, greasy pig, fishing competition, greasy pole, and a volleyball tournament. Sarteneja Easter Regatta Look out for the Corozal Bay Sailing Club at the Sarteneja Easter Regatta on Sunday April 16, 2017

    Thu, 6 Apr 2017 — CEMJC Open Day 2017
    YOU ARE INVITED! It is that time of the year again. It is time for the Centro Escolar Mexico Junior College’s (CEMJC) Annual Open Day. We plan to bring you lots of surprises and give you many prizes. It all happens on Thursday April 6th, 2017, beginning at 9am. Be a part of this grand event highlighting the best of CEMJC. It’s all happening at the grounds in San Roman. Pin it down on your calendar and don’t miss out.

    Band Fest 2017 will be held at Orange Walk People's Stadium: view your popular team and vote here
    Once again it is time for the Annual Belize Band Fest 2017 which will be at the Orange Walk People's Stadium on April 8th, 2017. Across the country the air is filled with the sound of music as Marching Bands from Dangriga to Corozal, prepare for Belize Band Fest 2017. Belize Band Fest is a legendary family friendly activity, which Belizeans across the country have come to know and love. Make it a date, Saturday, April 8, 2017. With over twelve competing bands, more than twelve hundred participants, and eight thousand spectators from across the country. If you are not Familiarized with Band Fest in Belize? Here's a history about Band Fest. What is Band Fest? Band Fest is a festival and Cheerful event that happens once a year just before the Easter Break in Belize. Every year it varies location around Belize. The youths are engaged around the country showcasing their musical talents through a marching band, musical instruments and perfectly choreographed dance movements. The youths through organized groups compete for cash prizes, trophies, medals and of course, one full year of bragging rights as the best marching band and champion of the competition.

    NATIONAL STATISTICAL SYSTEM AND THE GROWTH AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY MONITORING AND EVALUATION WORKSHOP
    The Statistical Institute of Belize (SIB) and the Ministry of Economic Development, Petroleum, Investment, Trade and Commerce (MEDP), with financial and technical support from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) is hosting a workshop for management and technical officers from April 4th to 5th, 2017 at the Best Western Belize Biltmore Plaza in Belize City. The focus of the workshop will be on the development of a comprehensive compendium of national indicators for the National Statistical System (NSS) and the Monitoring and Evaluating (M&E) framework of the Growth and Sustainable Development Strategy (GSDS).

    CEO Caucus Challenge - Cancer Ride 2017 is only days away! There's still time to sign up!
    That's right!! The Digicell Riders will be joining us once again for the 2017 CEO Caucus Cancer Ride. Two of Belize's best cyclists Giovanni Lovell and Joel Borland, stopped by our office to greet our CEO of Natural Resources, Ms. Sharon Ramclam Young and Management

    National Agriculture and Trade Show Farmers of the Year
    The National Agriculture and Trade Show (NATS) Committee under the auspices of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment, Sustainable Development and Immigration announces the 2017 Farmers of the Year: 1. Male Farmer of the Year - Mr. Gary Canto (Cayo District) 2. Female Farmer of the Year - Ms. Maria Flowers (Toledo District) 3. Junior Farmer of the Year - Mr. Santiago Gutierrez (Cayo District)

    Minister discusses challenges and production problems facing the shrimp industry
    The Ministry with responsibility for Investment, Trade and Commerce yesterday met with the Shrimp Growers Association to discuss the challenges and production problems facing the shrimp industry. Representing the Ministry was the Hon. Tracy T. Panton, her Chief Executive Officer, Ms. Amparo Masson, Mr. Lincoln Blake, Director of Policy and the Investment Unit at the Ministry, and other key personnel. The team then did a working tour of Aqua Mar Belize Ltd, and Royal Mayan Shrimp Farm, where Mr. Michael Dunker, who has been in the industry for 20 years, and Mr. Alvin Henderson, an 18 year veteran, lead the delegation on a tour to conduct a first-hand observation of the emerging technology being implemented to restore Belize’s strong aquaculture industry.

    Easter Basket Sale, Corozal
    Please place your orders now by calling 625-1733 in Corozal and ask for Diani Chan.

    Double comedy show in Corozal
    Princess Casino Free Zone on Freedom Avenue, Corozal does it once again this weekend with a double comedy show packed with Laughing Out Loud (LOL) presentations from popular Mexican comedian "LA CHACALA" and from San Luis Potosi, showman "PERRO GALVAN". Both presentations will run during the same nights this Friday, April 7th and Saturday, April 8th at 10:00 P.M. FREE ADMISSION. Come out, enjoy and stop being stressed out. Laughter is your best medicine.

    BELIZE'S WONDER WOMEN! Cynthia Ellis-Topsey
    For the month of April we are proud to announce that Cynthia Ellis-Topsey is our Belize Wonder Woman! Cynthia Ellis Topsey was born on January 16th, 1953 in August Pine Ridge, Orange Walk. She is a mother of 5 children and a grandmother to 10 grandchildren. She has been a pioneer in Belize and beyond, from mentoring youth and community leaders to improving the quality of their lives in areas of sustainability and environmental justice issues.

    Sensational Wavemakers
    Wavemakers across the country of Belize come togetherto support and share their ideas and experiences on how to continue loving and protecting our beautiful Caribbean Sea and Barrier reef from Offshore Oil. Our Wavemakers are sensational. If you are interest in becoming a sensational Wavemaker, sign up by emailing us at belize@oceana.org.

    Police Officers involved in Shooting Incident arraigned
    Two officers of the San Pedro Police Formation, 27-year-old Norman Coye and 22-year-old Darnell Madrill, were officially arraigned, Tuesday, April 4th at San Pedro’s Magistrate Court. The officers face charges of ‘wounding’ after being involved in a shooting incident on Saturday, April 1st at the island’s Central Park, in which four persons were injured. According to the court, since the offences are not indictable, they were granted bail of a $1,000 along with two sureties of $500 each. Their case was then adjourned to May 31, 2017. If found guilty, they can serve up to seven years in prison.

    Splashers
    Join us this week at Crazy Canucks Beach Bar to paint "Iguana View"

    MARCUS CANUL,THE ICAICHE MAYA IN COROZAL
    This April 16th marks the 147th anniversary of Maya Icaiche General Marcus Canul's occupation of Corozal Town . but who is Marcus Canul? Marcus Canul was one of the better known leaders of the Icaiche Maya. The Icaiche Maya territory included part of northwestern Belize and southern Mexico close to the Rio Hondo. When the British arrived in Belize, they discovered mahogany and started to export it. They reported several attacks on the British camps from the Maya in 1788 and 1801. The Maya retreated to the jungle . At the time when the British wanted to expand their woodcutting operations they faced Maya resistance in Icaiche and in the Yalbac área of Belize. With the support of Marcus Canul and the Maya who had migrated to the San Pedro Yalbac area, the Icaiche led by Asunción Ek defeated the British troops in December 21,1866 known as the battle of San Pedro Yalbac.

    Legends of Caye Caulker!
    Happy 85th birthday to Mrs Ilna Auxillou and happy (no number) birthday to Ms Maria Vega. The lady in the hat is 93 year old Mrs. Lydia Vega, a Caye Caulker icon. We wish them many more happy birthdays.

    No heavy trucks on bridge til the 6th of April
    Please be informed that heavy machinery and dump trucks will not be allowed to use the Sir Barry Bowen Bridge as of Today, April 4, 2017 until Thursday, April 6, 2017, to allow Belize Water Services to complete their works. We apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause and thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

    San Pedro Town Council offices closed April 13-18

    Corozal Town Historical Walk
    May 18, 9am-3pm

    Corozal Immigration Office moved
    Corozal Immigration Office was located across from A and R in 4th Avenue in Corozal Town, Corozal, Belize. Phone: 402-0123 We are informed that the Corozal Immigration has moved to a new establishment in Corozal. The new building will be located on 3rd street north, corner side by Atlantic insurance Corozal.

    Agriculture Business students doing a training on how to create products from honey
    Some products are cough medicine, sun block, facial creams and soaps just to name a few. They will all be available for the CEMJC OPEN DAY ON APRIL 6, 2017. See you there!!!

    Clean-up campaign from Mystic River Resort to San Ignacio
    A total of 30 persons from the Benque 4-H Club, Positive Environmental Group from Bullet Tree and Cristo Rey Village Council participated. FCD is thankful for the community involvement.

    12th Annual Outstanding Women’s Awards Ceremony
    On March 29, 2017, during the 12th Annual Outstanding Women’s Awards Ceremony hosted by the Special Envoy Belize Mrs. Kim Simplis Barrow and the Women’s Department, Chargé d’Affaires Adrienne Galanek presented awards to two outstanding women: Captain Derricia Castillo–Salazar, the U.S. Department of State’s International Women of Courage Award nominee for Belize, and Dr. Jane Ellen Mary Usher, the Embassy’s Woman of the Year 2017. Today, we would like to highlight Dr. Jane Ellen Mary Usher. The U.S. Embassy has honored outstanding women with the Woman of the Year Award since 2010. The award recognizes the achievements of remarkable Belizean women and celebrates the honorable causes to which the awardees devote their lives. It recognizes those who tirelessly give themselves, their time, and resources to others and who have become role models, mentors, and examples for fellow Belizeans. This year, the Embassy chose Dr. Usher for her life-long contributions to economic empowerment and dedicated public service.

    Institute of Archaeology visits El Shadai Primary School
    Today the Institute of Archaeology visited El Shadai Primary School in Belmopan to talk about the Preclassic Maya, their numbers and their systems of agriculture. Their enthusiasm was infectious!

    Channel 7

    79 Year Old Pastor Murdered
    Last night, 79 year old Baptist pastor and father of three Florencio Bardalez was found dead on his farm in Esperanza Village. A post mortem has yet to conclude, but evidence found near his body seems to suggest that he was beaten to death. But who would so viciously kill a pastor who was almost 80 years old? Our news team went out the scene today, and Alex Courtenay has the story... Florencio Bardalez served the Baptist churches in San Ignacio as a pastor for most of his life. In his old age, Bardalez handed his position over to his son-in-law, and spent his days on his farm tending to everything from tamarind trees to an orange orchard. And it was at that very farm where he spent so much time that he was found dead late last night. After he failed to return home yesterday evening, a member of his family and the San Ignacio police went looking for him, and found him dead, under a tree.

    Pretend Policeman Rejects Jury's Guilty Verdict
    The so-called pretend policeman Aaron Wilson was found guilty last night by a jury of of 5 men and 4. The jury deliberated for about 2 hours and 20 minutes in the court of Justice Adolph Lucas before it found the 27 year old guilty of 2 counts of making a false pretense as an officer. Wilson will be sentenced next week, and like most who are found guilty, he didn't like the verdict one bit. But he did an extraordinary thing: he came to our studio to say the jury had it all wrong. Here's how he put it today:... Jules Vasquez, 7News: "Sir, you're guilty, why are you here?" Aaron Wilson, Rejects Jury's "Guilty" Verdict: "Because I believe that the jury made a wrong verdict in convicting me for the two counts of false pretense of officer because they did not understand the difference of a special constable and a police constable."

    Lawless Constables Charged
    Tonight, two San Pedro Police Officers, 27 year-old Norman Coye and 22 year-old Darnell Madrill are out on bail after being criminally arraigned for that embarrassing confrontation with island residents on early on Saturday morning. The entire unsettling episode was caught on camera, and these officers remain the subject of public outrage for their lawless behaviour, especially the reckless use of deadly weapons. The Opposition PUP's United Women's Group has condemned their actions for the excessive use of force against the woman, whose distress was the cause of the confrontation between the cops and a group of San Pedranos. In a press release, the PUP's UWG says, quote, "The...video, clearly showed a woman who was already subdued, being subjected to excessive and unnecessary force by police officers."

    Mayor Worries About Image Of Lawless Lawmen and Easter Tourism
    So, while the Police Department has a lot of public relations damage control to do for the actions of these officers, the Mayor of San Pedro Town is worried that all this negative publicity will hurt the tourist visits for the Easter Weekend. Yesterday, he gave us a sit-down interview to make the case: Daniel Guerrero, Mayor - San Pedro Town: "Definitely they are disturbing pieces on the video that was taken early morning around 4:30am more or less. An incident that happened by central park, actually right in front of what is Heritage Bank. I notice that and I think the video shows it very clearly. I think there is no one that can deny what happened by the use of power by the police officers - two of them there and I think they never followed protocol or the right process to defuse a crowd, but yet again, if we come back to the old saying "you need to create a fight," so we need to find the real story of the police and the real story of the people provoking the police."

    Dead Man's Father says He Had To Fight Off Killers With A Stick
    Last night we told you about 21-year-old Adiel Mojica, the San Felipe resident who was murdered in a bar brawl. Well, Orange Walk police have arrested and charged the two men accused of causing the fatal injuries. They are, 40-year-old Saul Reyes and 47-year-old Juan Orellana, both charged for Murder. Mojica's father says it was a drunken brawl and his son ran home for a machete to defend himself:... Fredo Mojica, Father of Deceased: "I saw my son come home with a stab wound. He took a machete to go and look for them. That's when they finished killing him. When he was shouting for his life, I went to see him, and he had four stab wounds, two in the front and two in the back."

    Charged For Murder A Year And A Day Later
    One year and one day after Edgar Aldana was killed, police charged the man who they believe did it. Yesterday, 23 year old Marlon Padilla from Selena village in the Cayo district was charged for chopping Aldana to death. At 3:00 on the morning of April second, 2016, Aldana and a friend were at home in Selena drinking when two men pulled up. One of them pulled out a machete and chopped Aldana and his friend in the head. Aldana bled out and died on the spot, while his friend survived.

    Police Gathering Statements In Placencia Double Traffic Fatality
    Police have not levied any charges in the double fatality that happened on the Placencia Road on Sunday. And that's because the driver, 24 year old Sandra Martinez remains in the hospital recovering from her injuries. So does her young son, who was one of the passengers. She has been served with a notice of intended prosecution, and is expected to face charges for causing death by careless conduct and manslaughter by negligence for the deaths of 14 year old Waresi Flores and 18 year old Deshawn Milddleton. Police have also started to record statements from those passengers who have been released from the hospital. If they wish to bring court action, Martinez could face other charges.

    BNTU says Faber is Union Busting
    Yesterday we told you about the Ministry of Education's plan provide a $1 million pay out to the teachers who did not participate in last year's 11-day strike, as well as those who made up the days lost during the Christmas holidays. Minister of Education Patrick Faber told us that the payments would be made as an honorarium to those teachers that stayed back. Well since then the BNTU has responded. The teacher's union issued a fiery press release today condemning the payments and accusing the Ministry and government of Union busting. According to the release, the BNTU views this move as a way for the government to punish the teachers who stood up against what they called "the glaring act of corrupt practices that were being meted out on the Belizean people." BNTU President Luke Palacio explained the union's stance to the media today...

    Near Simultaneous Southside Shootings
    There were two, virtually simultaneous shootings in the city last night. The first occurred around 9:30 when 28-year-old Jeffery Martinez was shot in front of his yard on Jane Usher Boulevard near the BTL tower. He was hit to the left side of the abdomen, the right elbow and the right leg. Martinez was rushed to the KHMH where he is critical. No one has been arrested.

    PIV - The “P” Stands For Peace?
    On the news, you often hear about the PIV Gang - short for Peace in the Village. And while the name may not match the violence that is associated with the gang, on Sunday we saw prominent names linked to this gang trying to change that image. The PIV Principals were out on the streets feeding the homeless. It's not the kind of Sunday dinner we usually hear about so we stopped in for lunch:... Seeing these young men feeding the homeless, you might think they are with some church group out on a Sunday School lunch date with the least of their brothers. But these aren't choirboys, they're what would be called, "gangsters" from PIV. And they're led by Brandon Battery Smith, the Boss of PIV who we saw handling the needy with compassion: Brandon Battery Smith, Feeding the homeless: "I just di try something different eena life many days I pass out ya and see they ya people hungry and I just decided to do this."

    From Miami To Magistrate's Court
    Today Edwin Perdomo, who recently returned to the country from Miami, was charged with three offences in the Magistrate's Court. Perdomo, who is accused of attacking his aunt with a knife and damaging a wooden door, window and lamp in the process, was charged with aggravated assault, common assault and damage to property. He pled not guilty to all charges and was remanded into custody. He spent one day in prison before being offered $3000 bail along with certain conditions. Perdomo is to surrender his passport and not leave the country without the court's permission. He must also report to the Queen Street Police Station every Friday and is not to interfere with the complainant.

    Barraza, Rather Be A Butcher Than A Banger
    Twenty-three year old Alberto Barraza appeared in the Magistrate's Court today. Barraza was charged with aggravated assault with a knife. He admitted to stabbing 22 year old Shakeem Dennison, and pled guilty, but explained to Magistrate Carlon Mendoza that the reason he did it was because Dennison allegedly slapped him in the face with the butt of a firearm. According to Barraza, Dennison was trying to get him to join his gang, and when he refused Dennison hit him. After hearing Barraza's explanation, Mendoza entered an equivocal plea of not guilty. He was released on $1000 bail. His case was adjourned until June 2.

    Sin Tax In Effect
    The new prices for locally produced soft drinks and beer went into effect on Saturday. With the new sin tax, every Bowen and Bowen drink, hard or soft has increased by about 25 cents across the board. That's except for Lighthouse Beer and Guinness Stout - which the company has kept at the same price. But, we're told many retailers have still tacked on the extra 25 cents unto those brews. The local importer of Pepsi has told us that he plans to increase his suggested retail price by 25 cents as well. As for Rum…well that's a harder one to predict. Prices have gone up by - we are told - close to five dollars a quarter - but some wholesalers are telling us that discussions on a final price are still underway.

    IDB, The Grand Plan For Statistical Convergence
    On the news, we often feature statistics from the Statistical Institute of Belize. Their research into the quarterly and annual outputs of the different industries, as well as the cost of living in those different time periods, are detailed and involved. But, the SIB and the Inter-American Development Bank believe that there is lots of room for improvement. That's why SIB, IDB, and the Ministry of Economic Development, Petroleum, Investment, Trade and Commerce are exploring the implementation of a new project called the National Statistical System. It goes hand in hand with the Monitoring and Evaluation Framework for Growth and Sustainable Development Strategy. Yes, that's all a mouthful, but the objective is to create a network for all the statistical data that the Government Ministries and the industries gather, so that there is one central database. It's in its very early stages, and today experts identified by the IDB hosted a workshop to introduce the idea to the public sector, and 7News dropped by to see how it would work. We spoke to the Director General of SIB, and one of the lead representatives of the IDB:

    Renaissance, Nearly A Slip Between Cup And Lip After Foreign Investor Backed Out
    On Friday the news went far and wide that the Renaissance Tower in Belize City had been auctioned for 4.75 million dollars. But, 7News has learned that there were a few slips between cup and lip, as they say, and the deal that was to be, almost never came through. That's because the original partnership that had teamed up to make the purchase, fell through when the foreign investor - an Iranian/Canadian who had promised major financing backed out at the last minute. That left the new owners, the Arguelles brothers and Pierre Bou-Nahra holding a very expensive bag. They had to come up with 10% of their bid, about half a million dollars by yesterday. We understand they did so today, and the deal is now considered sealed. However without their original partner providing major financing, the group will now have to find financing for what sources tell us is about 2.75 million dollars. The building has close to 30 units.

    Shyne Heeds the Political Drum
    The Music Ambassador Shyne Barrow has been wearing his politician hat recently, and that's why he called the media today when he made a donation to Trinity Methodist School. It's not in the Mesop Area, but Shyne says he saw the need. We also spoke to the vice principal:

    BTL's New Boss Is Foreign
    After a 6 month search, BTL has a new CEO. He is Rochus Schreiber and he takes up the post tomorrow. Schreiber succeeds Anwar Barrow and has over 20 years of professional experience in the fields of telecommunications, broadband and cable television. He has worked in Europe and the Caribbean serving as CEO of Digicel's operations in Anguilla, Nevis and Montserrat.

    Jalacte, Jesus!
    Belizeans and Guatemalans gathered in Jalacte this weekend to pray for peace. The event promoted unity between the communities that live on either side of the border, as well as political cooperation. PGTV spoke with a few of the participants for more about the event... According to reports, hundreds attended the prayer service.

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    Baptist Pastor Killed in Esperanza
    There have been heinous murders in the west since the start of the year and tonight, the murder count went up by one. The latest victim is a seventy-nine-year-old pastor [...]

    Man Charged 1 Year Later for Deadly Chopping Incident
    Police have arrested and charged a man for the crime of murder exactly one year after the crime was committed. Twenty-three-year-old Marlon Padillo of Selena Village in Cayo was slapped [...]

    Cops Accused in San Pedro Shooting Arraigned
    Two cops were arraigned today at the San Pedro Magistrate court. The two were captured on video manhandling a woman and then firing indiscriminately on Barrier Reef Drive where a [...]

    Teacher’s Union Claims Ministry ‘Bonus’ is Petty, Vindictive Union-Busting
    As we reported on Monday, Minister of Education Patrick Faber confirmed that a million dollars has been set aside as a “honorarium” for teachers who showed up to work during [...]

    A Reward for Doing Nothing? Union Says Money Could Have Been Used Elsewhere
    According to Palacio, government is being crafty with its description of the payout.   That million dollar bonus flies in the face of government’s proposed strictness at the start of the [...]

    Could Teachers Have Been Paid Already?
    There is more from B.N.T.U. President Luke Palacio, who sat with the media this evening to discuss other concerns, including the salary adjustment.  Prior to the 2017 budget presentation, Prime [...]

    Bait and Switch: First 3 Days of Make-Up Will Involve Marking P.S.E.
    To make matters worse, Palacio claims that the ministry is being disingenuous by requesting that teachers volunteer to mark Primary School Exams under the guise that they are attending workshops.  [...]

    Where Will Ministry Get Bonus Money From? Minister Cagey
    While the Belize National Teachers’ Union has made clear how it feels about this ‘bonus,’ where exactly is the Ministry of Education going to get the money from? As the [...]

    P.U.P. Calls Out Education Minister: “Stubborn, Immature and Downright Dangerous”
    The P.U.P. in a release this evening called the million dollar payout to teachers, “the sign of a stubborn, immature and downright dangerous man who refuses to accept that he [...]

    Honduran-Belizean Surprise Victim of Gun Violence
    A shooting in the Old Capital on Monday has left a visiting Belizean in a critical condition at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital. Jeffery Martinez is a citizen, but resides [...]

    Ride by Shooting on Raccoon Street
    A pair of Belize City men riding on a motorcycle not too far from the Raccoon Street Police Station came under gunfire on Monday night when they were intercepted by [...]

    Convicted for False Pretenses, Aaron Wilson Claims He Was Set Up by Top Cop
    He wanted to be a real police officer – he even sat the examination. But in 2010, special constable Aaron Wilson found himself on the wrong side of the law, [...]

    Former “Fake Cop” Says Real Police Covered Up, Did Not Properly Investigate Him
    At trial, Henderson effectively denied knowing or assisting Wilson in any way, but Wilson says he worked exclusively under Henderson’s command and was allowed to wear the brown Police Number [...]

    What Really Happened the Night Aaron Wilson was Busted
    It all came crashing down in July of 2010, when Wilson, who had been working at a night club in Belize City as security, was accused of molesting a woman [...]

    Legal Action May Come for Amendment to PACT Act
    Attorney General Senator Michael Peyrefitte confirmed to News Five that as of Friday, March thirty-first, the Protected Areas Conservation Trust (Amendment) Act is now law, having been assented to by [...]

    Twin Towns Mayor Addresses Crime
    Earlier in the newscast you heard about the cold killing of a well-known and respected Pastor of San Ignacio. The news has shocked the San Ignacio and Santa Elena communities. [...]

    Fixing Belize’s Statistical System
    For the past year, the Inter-American Development Bank has funded efforts to streamline Belize’s National Statistical System, which is nominally managed by the Statistical Institute of Belize. With so many [...]

    “Brave in the Attempt:” Special Olympics Boosts Profiles of Disabled
    Almost three hundred athletes across the country participate in the various sporting programs of the Special Olympics, Belize Chapter.  Disability or not, every athlete is skilled in a particular discipline [...]

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    Lighthouse And Guiness Not Affected By Tax Increase
    Yesterday the new prices for various commodities in the market came into effect following the enforcement of the 2017-2018 Budget where the Government of Belize legislated an increase in excise levies for certain products. Beer, stout and soft drinks are in the list of products that were hit with the increase, among several others. Bowen and Bowen limited has confirmed the new set prices for these products, clarifying that only certain of their products witnessed an increase of four dollars per crate or twenty five cents in retail price.

    BNTU Call GOB For Union Busting
    Back in February, the Belize National Teacher’s Union claimed a small victory following mediation sessions with the Ministry of Education over the Ministry’s proposed salary cuts for teachers who participated in the Union’s strike action in October 2016. We thought that that was it for quarrels and battles between the Union and the Ministry, but it seems the Ministry is adamant about not staying with the last lick. This week the Minister of Education Patrick Faber confirmed that the Ministry, while unable to withhold salaries for those who went on strike, will be compensating those teachers who did not go on strike. Faber said the Ministry will be spending $1 million to achieve this compensation, and according to him, the move even has the blessing of the Prime Minister.

    PUP Says One Million Rewards To Teachers Spell Supplementary Allocation
    The fact that GOB wants to reward teachers who did not take part in the October 2016 and January 2017 strike has given much to talk about over social media. Given the crisis the economy is currently facing Belizeans are already chastising government for its move. And today the Opposition also weighed in on the issue sighting that the move made by Minister of Education Patrick Faber Is the sign of quote “A stubborn, immature and downright dangerous man who refuses to accept that he went up against the teachers and lost.” End of quote.

    Cops Involved In San Pedro Shooting Placed In Interdiction
    Over the weekend social media was in turmoil following the release of an amateur video taken in San Pedro which shows local authorities manhandling a handcuffed woman, pinning her down and then hitting her several times. The event transpired in the wee hours of Saturday April 1st and since then Belizeans have been taking to social media to condemn the actions taken by law enforcement officers. Today two of those officers, 27-year-old police officer Norman Coye and 22-year-old police officer Darnell Madrill were hauled to the San Pedro Magistrate Court where they were charged for two counts of wounding and one count of wounding respectively. Both men met bail today of $1,000 plus two sureties of five hundred dollars each.

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    Top 3 Farmers of the Year Named
    The annual National Agriculture and Trade Show is twenty four days away and as per tradition the 2017 Farmers of the Year have been selected and announced. The official announcement came today via a release from the trade show committee. Gary Canto of the Cayo District has been given the title of Male Farmer of […]

    EU, Sugar and Impacts on Belize
    Two weeks ago we brought you the story on the possible effects that our local sugarcane farmers could face due to the European Union’s decision to remove limits on its own beet-sugar output. That decision was made some five years ago and is slated to take effect in October. With that decision in place, Belize […]

    Quarantine on Corned Beef Continues in Belize
    March 24, 2017 saw the temporary suspension of import permits for corned beef from Brazil by the local agricultural health authorities. This decision was made following reports of some twenty one plants in Brazil found to be packaging and processing meats unfit for human consumption. Love News got an update from the CEO in the […]

    Countdown to Belize Bandfest 2017
    On Saturday, the People’s Stadium in Orange Walk Town will be the venue for the 12th annual Belize Band Fest. Member of the Bandfest Committee, Julia Carillo shared some of the details of the much anticipated event. JULIA CARRILLO “The public can expect a wonderful family event. It is the premier family event of the […]

    Car Dealer Found Guilty of Impersonating Police Officer
    A jury of five men and four women deliberated about two hours and twenty minutes yesterday in the court of Justice Adolph Lucas before it found 27 year old car dealer Aaron Wilson guilty of two counts of false pretense of officer. The jury’s verdict was unanimous. Justice Lucas has deferred sentencing until Monday, April […]

    Belize Gears Up for A National Statistical System
    Stakeholders are currently participating in workshop geared at developing a comprehensive data collecting system. Different bodies and organizations have been tasked to reach a consensus on a list of indicators that would be used to monitor the Growth and Sustainable Development Strategy through the National Statistical System and the Monitoring and Evaluating framework. These indicators […]

    14-Year-old Girl Missing Following Threats on Her Life
    A mother of La Democracia Village is reaching out to the media and the authorities for help in locating her teenaged daughter. 14-year-old, Aaliyah Martinez of Sadie Vernon High School was last seen by her mom, Dorita Bardalez when she left home on Friday, March 31 to take the bus to Belize City. DORITA BARDALEZ […]

    367 Days Later: Padilla Charged with Edgar’s Murder
    Marlon Padilla, a 23-year-old unemployed of Selena Village in the Cayo District was arrested and charged for the murder of Edgar Alfonso Perdomo Aldana. The 63 year old Guatemalan national was chopped to death in Selena Village, inside the Iguana Creek Government School Compound on April 2, 2016. Reports were that Aldana and a friend got […]

    Two Charged for Adiel’s Murder
    Police have arrested and charged two men for the murder of 21-year-old Adiel Mojica of San Felipe Village in the Orange Walk District. They are 47 year old Juan Antonio Orellana, a Salvadoran watchman and 40 year old Saul Reyes, both of San Felipe Village. On Saturday April first, Mojica was along with two other […]

    Men Left ‘Mary Jane’ Behind
    Two Hispanic men were scared away last Thursday morning upon seeing police patrols in the area along the Mopan River. The officers were doing their routine patrols just before eleven o’clock when they spotted the two men who subsequently ran away leaving behind over two thousand grams of marijuana. The drug was concealed in a […]

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    Austrian government kicks out Belize ambassador Joel Nagel
    Belize’s ambassador to Austria, businessman Joel Nagel, has been asked to leave his post in the country – a first occurrence of this type since Belize achieved political independence 35 years ago. In September 2015, the Belize Government appointed the US attorney and businessman Joel Nagel to be Belize’s ambassador, plenipotentiary to Austria. In addition, Nagel was also appointed as Belize’s permanent representative to the UN offices in Vienna, Austria. In the approximate year and a half that Nagel served as Belize’s Ambassador to Austria, his poor performance caught the attention of the Austrian Government and they asked him to pack up and leave the country. Joel Nagel is the founder and managing partner of international law firm Nagel and Associates, LLC in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.A. The firm specializes in international commercial transactions and immigration. Nagel is also chairman of Caye International Bank. He is also an investor in Exotic Caye Beach Resort, and president of Nicaragua Development Cooperation.

    Aaron “Fake Cop” Wilson guilty on 2 counts of false pretense of office
    For several months in 2010, Aaron Wilson masqueraded around Belize City as a police officer, but he was eventually indicted on 5 counts of “false pretense of office, to wit, a police officer.” His trial in the Supreme Court of Justice Adolph Lucas ended this evening when a jury of four women and five men returned guilty verdicts on two of the five counts of pretense of office. The jury had deliberated for a little under 3 hours before returning into the courtroom with their unanimous guilty verdict. Justice Adolph Lucas told Wilson, 27, “You would be stupid not to come back to court when I tell you to.”

    Pickup with 14 people flipped; 2 dead, 12 injured
    A Sunday afternoon trip to Placencia turned into a catastrophe which claimed the lives of two persons and left twelve persons with various injuries. According to police reports, sometime before 2 p.m. on Sunday, they received information of a road traffic accident between Mile 4 and 5 on the Placencia road near the Belize Aquaculture Limited (BAL) Shrimp Farm. When officers arrived on the scene, they observed a black two-door Ford Ranger pickup with extensive damage to the front portion and a broken windshield. Police say they also saw two injured women and two men lying on the right side of the road. Two females and one man were reportedly transported to the Southern Regional Hospital in private vehicles and ambulance.

    “Wild West” cops charged for wounding
    A confrontation between the San Pedro police and some residents of the town ended with police shooting in the air and into the ground to disperse the crowd, which resulted in five persons being injured by flying splinters of rocks and cement. The ruckus occurred at the San Pedro Central Park at about 4:30 Saturday morning, and it was captured on cell phones by people who were at the park. Footage of the shooting was posted on Facebook, and it went viral. The crowd reportedly became hostile toward the police officers after they pinned down a woman on the ground who was reportedly behaving disorderly and began to rough her up badly as they attempted to take her to the police station.

    Tax hikes take effect with new 2017 budget
    Prices for soft drinks and alcoholic beverages at the leading manufacturer in Belize were up at the start of the business week, with the implementation of an array of tax measures being implemented by the Barrow administration, which plans to raise an additional $80 million in recurrent revenue, to help prop up the national budget, which now takes effect. The new budget, passed by the House of Representatives on Friday, March 24, and by the Senate on Monday, March 27, calls for a billion dollars in tax revenue, while spending would hover around BZ$1.4 billion, including the payment of expenses for the nationalization of Belize Telemedia Limited (BTL).

    Sedi will take your questions on the KREM WUB
    Minister of Foreign Affairs and Home Affairs, Wilfred “Sedi” Elrington—the man who has, by the nature of his public comments on the Belize-Guatemala border become the most controversial Minister in the Barrow Cabinet for the last nine years—will make a rare appearance on the KREM WUB show on Friday morning, April 7, 2017, and he has agreed to take calls from the public. Elrington is due to join KREM WUB host Nuri Muhammed at 7:00 a.m., and the line will be opened to callers at 8:00 a.m.

    Gian Lino of Cabral/Marin Cycling wins 18th Annual BEL Junior Cross Country Cycling Classic
    On Sunday, April 2, the 18th Annual Junior Cross Country Classic, sponsored by Belize Electricity Limited was held. The race started in the Cayo District in front of the Succotz Ferry, and travelled all the way to Belize City, to conclude in front of BEL on the Philip Goldson Highway, for a total of 74 miles. Thirty-nine cyclists were at the start line, nine of them youth riders (under the age of 16), and the other thirty were junior riders (between the ages of 16 and 18). Unlike all the races throughout the year, this race does not give cash prizes. These young men are rewarded in kind: bike parts and accessories, vitamins and supplements, and most importantly, educational awards – school supplies, scholarships, etc.

    2 undefeated teams at Week 3 of FFB National Amateur Women’s League 2017
    The Football Federation of Belize’s (FFB) National Amateur Women’s League 2017 tournament completed Week 3 games over the weekend, and 2 of the 8 participating teams remain undefeated – Belize City FC in the North Zone and Jewel Fury FC in the South Zone. Three games were scheduled for Saturday, April 1, and one for Sunday, April 2. On Saturday, at the Carl Ramos Stadium in Dangriga, visiting Jewel Fury FC from Belmopan unleashed their full fury on home standing Griga Pumas, with Fury goals coming from Eris Galdamez (8’ & 45’), Gisel Baeza (15’ & 35’), Ashley Rodriguez (53’), Jayda Brown (58’) and Iris Centeno (59’), before Griga Pumas managed a consolation goal from Tyler Savery (73’), for the 7-1 final score. Meanwhile, further south at the Victor Sanchez Union Field, the visitors were also victorious, as Sagitun Strikers from Independence came away with the 3-1 win over Toledo Strikers.

    PLB Week 11 scores and standings; playoff race hot
    In Week 11 games played yesterday in the Premier League of Belize (PLB) Closing Season 2016-2017, it was Belmopan Bandits SC, 2-0, over Verdes FC; Police United FC, 4-1, over Wagiya FC; BDF FC, 2-1, over Freedom Fighters FC; and FC Belize, 3-2, over Placencia Assassins FC. (We will have more details in our weekend issue.) With 3 weeks of regular season games remaining, the race to the Top-4 playoffs is hot, as only the Bandits have already secured a playoff spot. Police, BDF and Verdes are in good position, but not quite secure, because FC Belize also has a back match in hand against Wagiya. A victory against Wagiya could put FC Belize right “in the thick of things.”

    2 weeks remain in Pepsi NEBL season; 2 of 4 playoff spots clinched
    he Pepsi National Elite Basketball League (NEBL) regular season is quickly bouncing to an end, with only 2 weeks remaining before playoffs. The outcome of one game creates havoc in the standings, and a team’s optimism of one week, is quickly shattered by a loss the following week. Every game has huge implications, as teams are now fighting for either a playoff spot or home court advantage in the playoffs. San Pedro Tiger Sharks and Belmopan Bandits are the first 2 teams to clinch a playoff spot, while the remaining 5 teams are battling for the last 2 playoff spots. This coming week, there are 3 games slated, after which the league will take a weekend off for Easter Break. The last week of regular season will conclude after Easter Break, followed by the playoffs, which will use a best of three format.

    Editorial: The Barrow Emeritus future
    When Rt. Hon. George Cadle Price was replaced as People’s United Party (PUP) Leader in 1996, he was around 76 years of age. At that point, of course, Mr. Price became PUP Leader Emeritus. He was a sitting member of the Belize House of Representatives in 1996, having been elected to the Pickstock seat in June of 1993, a seat he would win again in the August 1998 general election, and a seat he would give up in time for Godfrey Smith to win the seat for the PUP in the March 2003 general election. When Rt. Hon. Dean Oliver Barrow, Prime Minister of Belize and United Democratic Party (UDP) Leader, gives up leadership of the ruling UDP and leadership of the nation of Belize later this year or sometime next year, he will be around 66 years of age. Whether Mr. Barrow will give up the Queen’s Square seat he has won in eight consecutive general elections (since December of 1984) when he resigns as Prime Minister and UDP Leader, is not clear. Whether he does or does not will not be that important: as UDP Leader Emeritus he will be functionally more powerful than Mr. Price was when he became PUP Leader Emeritus in 1996. That is the point of this essay. Mr. Price was forced out in 1996: Mr. Barrow, on the contrary, will leave voluntarily in order to allow his Deputy Prime Minister/Deputy UDP Leader, Hon. Patrick Faber of the Collet constituency, to prepare the party for the 2020 general election under the Faber mantle.

    Considering Chalillo in 2004
    Editor AMANDALA Sir, Much concern has been raised, both verbal and written, regarding the go-ahead for the Fortis Dam in the Macal River Valley of Belize. Of paramount importance is the effect it will have in damaging the environment – tropical rainforest and rare animal species that make it their home. On the other hand, very little has been said about the effect that flooding 1000 hectares of rainforest could have on “yet to be discovered” Mayan archaeological sites. The only thing that might stop the Chalillo Dam, even though the project has begun, would be a “last hour” discovery of an ancient Mayan site somewhere within the endangered flood area! This is the conclusion made in my recent novel, “The Thirteenth Disciple”, first published in Germany in 2000 and more recently re-published in English in 2003.

    Who the cap fits
    On 20th April, 1653, Oliver Cromwell, the renowned English military and political leader and later Lord Protector of the Commonwealth of England, Scotland and Ireland, who actually abolished the British monarchy and ruled Britain at one point in time, dissolved the Rump Parliament in London, England. In dismissing its members, this was his address: “It is high time for me to put an end to your sitting in this place that you have dishonoured by your contempt of all virtue, and defiled by your practice of every vice; ye are a factious crew, and enemies to all good government: ye are a pack of mercenary wretches, and would like Esau sell your country for a mess of pottage, and like Judas betray your God for a few pieces of money.

    THE LEGENDARY BELIZEAN ARTIST LEE LAA VERNON (R.I.P.)
    There is a Belizean Creole proverb that says that we must not wait to honor, respect and give gratitude to someone when they are dead, but that we should do it when they are alive. And that is just the way we had felt here at Belizean Legends before the passing of Belize’s most respected and honored female artist and legend Lee Laa Vernon. Just last week while Leela was hospitalized and was ailing, it became very urgent that we do something on this outstanding Belizean citizen who has given Belizean Creoles great pride in who they are as a people of African descent. But before that, as a matter of fact, it became apparent a long time ago that in another visit of yours truly to Belize, that Lee Laa Vernon was going to be found in Punta Gorda where she lived, and that I could do an exclusive interview with her. However, it was not meant to be, and there are no excuses at Belizean Legends why this awesome and legendary Belizean artist was not already documented by this documentary series. We missed a golden opportunity and we are making it up to her now through this exposé as a reflection on her work as a Belizean artist.

    ASTHMA: A Complex Respiratory Condition
    Hello everyone. ASTHMA -a respiratory condition, is, hands down, the leading cause of disability and disease in children and teens—ages 2 to 17—according to the American Medical Association (AMA). In the United States, alone, one out of 40 people are asthma sufferers, with 65% of sufferers developing asthmatic symptoms before the age of 5. This is our discussion today: Asthma, its symptoms, naturopathic interpretations, and recommended treatments. SPRINGTIME IS HERE, plenty of warm, balmy winds and rain in California, everything is beautiful, love is in the air, colorful flowers are blooming, and pollen is blowing everywhere . . . but, pollen in the air also means: difficult, obstructed breathing for asthma sufferers and those who suffer from hay fever. So, let’s talk “Asthma.” Asthma generally manifests itself in the form of an “asthma attack.” Between these attacks, an asthmatic will usually seem perfectly healthy. An attack may be characterized by a narrowing of the bronchial passages which makes it difficult to breathe. An attack may begin with an unproductive cough, followed by rapidly progressing difficulty in breathing

    Belize’s Sandra Coye: We love & appreciate you!
    Sandra Coye’s impact on me since her attending my Islamic wedding in 1986 in Los Angeles, California, has been something that is very difficult to erase from my memory, especially since her physical disappearance from Belize’s social life. She has stood out all the time for me as a Belizean woman of considerable brilliance and tenacity rarely seen in any woman of African heritage across these post-colonial slave societies in the Americas and across the African diaspora. During my producing of Raymond Gongora’s documentary feature on what we here at Belizean Legends called, “The Belizean Artistic Renaissance”, Coye’s work came alive again in her dynamic poem called, “Genesis of Destruction”, that was used in an award-winning monologue at the 1976 Caribbean Festival of Arts (CARIFESTA). It is a classic Belizean protest poem that was highly praised across the English- speaking Caribbean since the awesome Belizean artist, the late Beverly Smith-Lopez, brought it in monologue to Carifesta.

    Belize loses bid in US Appeals Court to have BZ$36.9 mil Belize Bank award tossed out
    The US Court of Appeal D.C. Circuit Court in the USA today upheld the confirmation of a US$18.5 million (or BZ$36.9 million) arbitration award, plus interest and legal costs, handed down in 2013 by the London Court of International Arbitration against the Government of Belize in the protracted litigation row over a deal involving Universal Health Services (UHS), today known as Belize Healthcare Partners Limited (BHPL). The deal for a $33 million debt guarantee for the private hospital was originally made in 2004 under the former administration of Said Musa, followed by a settlement deed in 2007, and after a dispute arose, it was submitted for resolution to the foreign arbitral tribunal.

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    PUP calls Patrick Faber: “Stubborn, Immature, and Downright Dangerous”
    Yesterday, the People’s United Party (PUP) issued a release expressing consternation at the recent announcement by Education Minister, Patrick Faber that $1 million will be made available to pay teachers who attended school during BNTU’s 11-day strike in October 2016. “It’s the sign of […]

    SIB and GOB team up for statistics workshop
    The Statistical Institute of Belize (SIB) and the Ministry of Economic Development, Petroleum, Investment, Trade and Commerce (MEDP) joined together today to hold a workshop on strengthening the National Statistical System (NSS). The two-day workshop funded by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) is being […]

    14 year old student missing
    The family of fourteen year old Aliyah Martinez are concerned about her whereabouts. Martinez is a student of Sadie Vernon High School in Belize City. She was last seen on Friday. The public is advised to contact the nearest police station if they know […]

    Marlon Padilla charged for murder
    Last year on April 3, San Ignacio police visited Selena Village after receiving information of a chopping incident. Police observed the lifeless body of an elderly Hispanic male in an open lot behind the Iguana Creek Government School with multiple chop wounds to the […]

    Ministry of Investment and Trade tour shrimp farms
    The Ministry with responsibility for Investment, Trade, and Commerce yesterday met with the Shrimp Growers Association to discuss the challenges and production problems facing the shrimp industry. Tracy Panton was representing that ministry along with the Chief Executive Officer, Amparo Masson, Lincoln Blake, Director […]

    BNTU calls out GOB for union busting
    The BNTU today issued a press release stating that the one million dollars set aside by government to compensate teachers who did not go on strike is union busting. The union said that despite the ruling of the chief justice, government’s intent is to […]

    Man dies after being stabbed in Orange Walk
    Over the weekend Orange Walk resident, Adjica Mojica was stabbed twice to his chest and to his arm. Yesterday, he reportedly died while undergoing treatment at the Northern Regional Hospital. Police have since charged Juan Antonio Orellana, 47, a Salvadoran watchman and Saul Reyes, […]

    Faber says UDP in Dangriga united
    Last Monday we had reported that a verbal altercation in Dangriga quickly turned physical among top ranking UDP insiders at a meeting with Deputy Prime Minister, Patrick Faber. We had reported that Dangriga Area Rep, Frank Papa Mena, complained that the Dangriga Chairman, Clifford […]

    Belize Announces Farmers of the Year 2017
    The National Agriculture and Trade Show (NATS) Committee under the auspices of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment, Sustainable Development and Immigration today announced the 2017 Farmers of the Year as follows: Male Farmer of the Year – Gary Canto […]

    Major shakeup in police top brass
    Big changes are reportedly coming to the Belize Police Department in the upcoming months. Reliable sources have told BBN that the Commissioner of Police, Allen Whylie, will be placing the Eastern Division under a single commander, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Desiree Phillips, as […]

    Bold thieves steal skiff and equipment worth over $27,000 in Belize City
    According to police reports, yesterday morning around 12:42, Francisco Javier Gutierrez, 55, of a Belize City address reported that between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m., someone stole his white and blue 25ft Mexican Lanchon fiber glass skiff with the name NAUTICA . […]

    Police find 2270 grams of marijuana on Mopan River
    Last week Thursday, police were conducting patrols along the Mopan River when their attention was drawn to 2 Hispanic men. The men were on the riverside and ran away when they saw the police. Police discovered a black, red, and white knapsack containing 2,270 […]

    Police investigating the murder of Pastor Bardalez
    Police in Cayo are investigating the murder of Pastor Florencio Guillermo Bardalez. Bardalez was killed last night around 7:45 at his farm in Esperanza Village, Cayo. When police arrived at his farm last night, Bardalez was seen with injuries to his face and head. […]

    $1 million to be shared among “loyal” teachers
    According to News 5, the Ministry of Education will reward “loyal” teachers this Easter. Readers will recall that the Ministry of Education and the BNTU had gone to court after the Ministry wanted to set the dates that teachers would make up for the […]

    Blogs

    A Laidback Business By The Beach In Affordable, Caribbean Belize
    David Diffendal is one of the many expats who came to the tropical peninsula of Placencia, as a vacationer…but quickly recognized the business opportunities and quality of life on offer here…and stayed. “When I visited in 2014, I saw that there was a wealth of upscale restaurants, activities, and excursions in the village,” says David. “But within the village, the available lodging was still pretty rustic.” After speaking to locals and business owners in the area, he realized that a boutique, upscale resort within walking distance of everything was a niche not being met. Up until several years ago, Placencia was a small, remote fishing village on Belize’s Caribbean coast. But after building the first paved road into the village in 2011, it’s grown into a tourist hot spot with more tourists, expats, and businesses coming down every year. Even so, the peninsula is progressing at a slow pace and maintaining its authentic charm, which struck David as an opportunity to grow a rewarding business and enjoy all the lifestyle benefits of a Caribbean paradise.

    The Belize Black Hole Drop at Actun Loch Tunich
    Although the name of the Black Hole Drop implies dropping into a bottomless pit, the Black Hole Drop is actually a unique climbing adventure where participants get lowered down through the floor of a cave that sits high above the nearby jungle canopy. As participants rappel further downward, they will pass through the canopy layer until they arrive in a deep hole that looks inky black, hence the name. The tour begins by a hike through the jungle up to a cave named Actun Loch Tunich. From there, participants are carefully connected to a safety harness. The adventure begins when participants lower themselves over a ledge on the cave floor seemingly to descend into complete blackness. Some 200 feet below the floor of the cave, participants will reach the upper level of the nearby jungle canopy. Facing their fears of heights, participants will continue to rappel downward through tree branches until they touch ground at the bottom of a cavern. As the cavern looks completely black from above, this is where the “black drop” name comes from. The total descent is approximately 500 feet (152 meters), requiring participants to master their fear of heights to enjoy this unique adventure experience.

    International Sourcesizz

    Off Belize, a Hunt for Saltwater Fly-Fishing’s Top Prizes
    “Look: big school,” my guide, Emir, said. He was pointing to a spot 50 yards in the distance. The surface of the water was churning, black tails poking up like so many miniature sails. “Hop out,” he said. We slid over the side of our skiff and stood in the knee-deep water. It was the first half-hour of the first day of a three-day fly-fishing excursion to Ambergris Caye, a small spit of land just off the east coast of Belize, and already Emir had led us to a sweet spot. A swath of emerald-green Caribbean lay in front of us. There wasn’t another boat in sight. The early-morning light was like something Hemingway would wax literary about. Emir nodded toward the group of fish. “It’s actually two schools,” he said, and began walking toward one of them. Saltwater fly-fishing is more like hunting than fishing, really. It’s not about dropping a line in the water and crossing your fingers. The object is to navigate a promising expanse of water until you spot a specific fish or group of fish, the way you would traverse the woods in search of deer or elk. Then, once you have a target, you “sight cast” to that particular fish.

    Global warming killed off the Mayans by locking leaders in violent power struggle
    The reason for the collapse of Mayan civilisation has been hotly debated, but now scientists claim they have an answer - climate change. Researchers believe that hot weather made the Mayans more aggressive and therefore likely to fight one another. As crops failed due to the rising temperatures leaders waged war for power which lit the fuse of their eventual demise around 900 AD, the study says. With crops levels low Mayan leaders could no longer rely on brash festivals or building projects to keep their sujects happy. So they resorted to power struggles and war instead which finished the mysterious civilisation off.

    LGBT advocates attend global HRC summit in D.C.
    Nearly 30 LGBT and intersex rights advocates from around the world are attending a Human Rights Campaign summit this week in D.C. Activists from Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Uganda, Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Latvia, Macedonia, Russia, Ukraine, Brazil, Colombia, Jamaica, Peru, Algeria, Iraq, Lebanon, Libya, Sudan and Tunisia are attending the second annual HRC Global Innovative Advocacy Summit that is taking place through April 7. Caleb Orozco, an LGBT advocate from Belize who successfully challenged his country’s sodomy law, is also taking part in the gathering that began on Monday.

    7 Bed and Breakfasts Every Traveler Will Love
    For some people, escape is what vacation is all about. Yes, many bed and breakfasts are located in areas that are off the beaten path, but they’re hardly isolated. When you head to Cayo Espanto, a tiny private island located off the coast of Belize, you’ll have all the privacy you want. It might not exactly be a bed and breakfast, but the hands-off approach to accommodations and relative seclusion give it a similar feel. You’ll even have your own personal houseman to bring you everything you could possibly want, including gourmet creations from the chef. Such luxury doesn’t come cheap, though. Rates start near $1,500 a night and go up depending on the season and time of week. It might not become a go-to spot anytime soon, but it’s definitely worth a splurge.

    Videos

  • BELIZE 2017 TRIP, 4min.

  • Dr Susan Kasedde, 3min. UNICEF works to protect children from violence, exploitation and abuse – including against online violence, sexual abuse and exploitation – in every region of the world. In Belize, 66% of youth aged 15-19 years use the Internet at least once a week. Online violence (or cyber violence) is another form of violence. Listen as our new Representative Dr. Susan Kasedde speaks on why combating cyber violence is an imperative. Thank you, U.S. Embassy Belize for this video message.

  • We Are Climate Change - Belize / Belmopan - UN-Habitat, 12min. Belmopan, the capital of Belize has partnered with UN-Habitat to develop a new Masterplan for the city. Vollmann Productions followed UN-Habitat during their mission to Belize, Belmopan, took part in the participatory planning workshop, interviewed key persons within this project and took crisp hawk-eyed drone footage from the city.

  • VEHICLE BURNS DOWN IN COROZAL TOWN, 4min.

  • CJC HOLDS ITS ANNUAL SCIENCE AND BUSINESS FAIR MARCH 31ST, 2017, 10min.

  • TODAY APRIL 3RD STANDARD SIX STUDENTS COUNTRY WIDE SAT FOR THE FIRST PART OF PSE, 4min.

  • Patty Outdoors - Belize Boys Trip: BBQ Venison Meatballs, 1.5min. I made some BBQ Venison Meatballs to bring along on a boys' trip to Belize.

  • BELIZE 2017 TRIP, 4min.

  • Belize 2016, 3.5min.

  • MARLIN3 FROM BELIZE TO CAYE HD, 7min.

  • Snorkeling in Belize March 2017, 30min.

    April 4, 2017


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    The San Pedro Sun

    Presentation of Credentials
    Five ambassadors presented their Letters of Credence today to the Governor General of Belize H.E. Sir Colville Young at the Belize House in Belmopan. The ambassadors were: H.E. Harald Peter Klein, Ambassador of Germany; H.E. Georg Andrén, Ambassador of Sweden; H.E. Eduardo Jose A. De Vega, Ambassador of the Philippines; H.E. Mohammad Taghi Hosseini, Ambassador of Iran; and H.E. Ahmed Hatem Barghash Almenhali, Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates. The Ambassadors each expressed, on behalf of their respective countries, the desire to maintain a strong friendship with Belize, as well as interest in pursuing areas for further development of diplomatic ties.

    Two San Pedro Police officers charged for Central Park shooting
    A shooting incident that took place in the early hours of Saturday, April 1st has caused much friction between the island community and the San Pedro Police Department. The latest police report on the incident which occurred at Central Park and involved local police officers, states that two officers were arrested and charged on Sunday, April 2nd. 27-year-old Norman Coye was reportedly charged with two counts of wounding, while 22-year old Darnell Madrill was charged for one count of wounding. However, the island community believes these charges are not enough, as the officers’ actions threatened not only the lives of those present, but the peace of the community.

    Minister of Foreign Affairs Heads Delegation to Sixteenth Summit of Tuxtla Mechanism in Costa Rica
    A delegation headed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Hon Wilfred Elrington, participated in the XVI Summit of the Tuxtla Mechanism for Dialogue and Cooperation held on March 29th, 2017 in San Jose, Costa Rica. The Political Declaration adopted by the Heads of Government and their representatives reaffirmed the importance of this regional space for dialogue and cooperation between the countries of Central America, the Dominican Republic, Colombia and Mexico. An important part of the Tuxtla Mechanism of Dialogue and Cooperation is the Mesoamerica Project, through which member countries work to foster cooperation efforts and leverage international resources that contribute to promoting sustainable development for the benefit of the 226 million inhabitants of member countries.

    U.S. Embassy Recognizes Outstanding Belizean Women
    On March 29, 2017, Chargé d’Affaires Adrienne Galanek presented awards to two outstanding women during the 12th Annual Outstanding Women’s Awards Ceremony hosted the Special Envoy for Women and Children Mrs. Kim Simplis Barrow and the Women’s Department. The Embassy was proud to participate in this year’s ceremony and applauds the Special Envoy and the Women’s Department for organizing and hosting the event, which brought together and recognized Belize’s outstanding women. Chargé d’Affaires Galanek recognized Captain Derricia Castillo–Salazar as the U.S. Department of State’s International Women of Courage Award nominee for Belize and Dr. Jane Ellen Mary Usher as the Embassy’s Woman of the Year 2017.

    Ambergris Today

    Two San Pedro Police Officers Arrested After Weekend Shooting
    Police reports today indicate that on Sunday April 2, 2017, police arrested and charged 27-year-old police officer Norman Coye, with two counts of Wounding and 22-year-old police officer Darnell Madrill, for one count of wounding as investigation continue into the shooting incident that took place at Central Park.

    San Pedro Prepares for Easter Weekend Activities
    Easter weekend in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye is definitely one of the busiest of the year and one of the biggest celebrations on the island. Whether it’s celebration through religious activities, beach parties or sports activities the island is packed with visitors. Belizeans from all around the country travel to the island for this specific time of the year. Hotels and golf cart rentals have to be booked months in advance because it is impossible to find one during that period. In preparation for the Easter activities that will take place on April 14,15 and 16, The San Pedro Town Council has already started to beautify the island in preparation of the masses to give them a warm welcome.

    Misc Belizean Sources

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    Help keep Belize Bird Rescue up and running
    Exciting news from Global Giving ALL THIS WEEK! Donations of $50 or less will be matched at 50% and have your donated $$s work harder than ever! Funds from this project will feed the 170 former-captive parrots in our long-term release programme, rehabilitate the 250+ birds we receive annually, and help with running costs. As the only avian rescue and rehabilitation centre in Belize, our facility provides the mechanism for the Belizean Government's Forest Department to effectively enforce the wildlife laws that govern the illegal pet trade, and rehabilitates for release any orphaned, injured or sick birds.

    12th Annual Outstanding Women’s Awards Ceremony
    These awards represent part of a much larger effort by the U.S. Government to promote gender equality and empower women and girls in America and around the world. In his proclamation on Women’s History Month, President Trump emphasized that America honors the celebrated women pioneers and leaders in our history, as well as those unsung women heroes of our daily lives. President Trump and his administration are committed to expanding opportunities for women and girls domestically and across the globe. On February 13, President Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau launched the United States-Canada Council for Advancement of Women Entrepreneurs and Business Leaders. On February 28th, President Trump signed two bills into law – first, the Inspiring the Next Space Pioneers and Innovators and Explorers Act; and second, the Promoting Women and Entrepreneurship Act, both of which encourage women to pursue careers in engineering, science, and mathematics, and to provide support for women’s entrepreneurial programs through the National Science Foundation.

    The Institute of Archaeology at Our Lady Of Mount Carmel High School
    The Institute of Archaeology always enjoy doing educational outreach, in all parts of the country that want us there. On March the 30th we were at Our Lady Of Mount Carmel High School in Benque Viejo talking to the students about careers in archaeology, after which we headed south to Placencia to be a apart of Peninsula International Academy's earth day celebrations!

    Senior Shakeup In Police Department
    Commissioner Allen Whylie yesterday informed commanders of sweeping changes in the senior ranks of the department. Multiple sources indicates that Southside Commander ACP Chester Williams is out of the city and assigned to the Prosecution Branch in Belmopan. Belize District (Eastern Division) will now return to a single commander, ACP Dezeree Phillips - with three sub commanders for Belize Rural (Sr. Supt Alden Dawson), Northside (Sr. Supt Ralph Moody), and Southside (Sr. Supt Vidal.) Her former Northside Deputy, Sr. Supt Alford Grinage will now be the Southern commander. Former Rural Commander ACP Edward Broaster will now be Commander Operations in Belmopan - effectively making him third in command.

    Breaking political news coming out of Belize is not good for UDP
    By Wellington C. Ramos. If it is true that factional problems are occurring among the UDPs in Dangriga between the mayor and the area representative, then it will only give the PUPs an opportunity to regain those seats in the next upcoming municipal and general elections whenever they are called. UDPs in Dangriga have a history of fighting among themselves whenever they are elected into office. Especially, when the mayor is UDP and the area representative is also UDP. In most cases the area representative always becomes insecure and starts believing that the mayor is trying to dethrone him or her from remaining as the area representative. The people in Dangriga did not elect their representatives to be fighting among themselves. They elected their representatives to solve the problems they are facing in their communities daily, such as the Commerce Bight Pier, land, housing, farming, unemployment, etc. If those problems are not solved by the end of their terms, the same Dangriga people who voted for you all to become their representatives will vote you all out of office.

    No fooling: April First Friday Tres Cocos Trash Pick Up!
    Friday is the first one in April already and that means that YOU -- our loyal band of neatniks -- comes together in front of the ironically named Paradise Theater to make Tres Cocos neighborhood a beautiful paradise once again! Yes! We will clean the road and beach all the way up to Marbucks! From the north, Grand Caribe resort will be doing the same! Look for your reward at Marbucks -- iced coffee, fresh-baked and delicious cookies and comfortble chairs! Thank you, Mar! We will have gloves, bags and trash sticks to hand out to volunteers. Please join us. March was an especially trashy month and many hands make light work and a clean road! Thank you.

    New GOB Controlled Fuel Prices
    Effective: 01st April 2017

    New Stamp Duty Tax
    Please note to all Western Union Customers

    General Administration of the Free Zone of Belize increased the cost per income by 50 percent. Now it costs 15 pesos
    The citizens were unhappy because now they have to pay more to go to generate dividends to the merchants and entrepreneurs of the place. Consequently, a decrease in the number of visitors is anticipated. Until last Friday, the admission by vehicle to the Free Zone cost 10 pesos, but by arrangement of the General Board of Directors increased to 15. A survey showed the claim to the above because it represents an unjustified abuse of visitors and buyers. Jose Tun Rosas considered such a situation inconceivable because now Mexicans have to pay more to go to spend in the Free Zone of Belize.

    Sustainable Tourism Awards Logo
    Calling all graphic designers...this could be your chance to design the CTO's Sustainable Tourism Awards Logo!

    International Travel Exhibition
    BIT, the International Travel Exhibition, is a show with worldwide appeal that brings together those who work in the tourism industry from all over the world as well as a large number of visitors, travellers, and press. BIT has been held every year in Milan since 1980. For more than 30 years, BIT has brought together decision makers, industry experts and carefully selected targeted buyers from various geographical areas and product sector. With more than 1.500 Hosted Buyers from Italy and abroad, more than 2.000 participating companies and more than 60.000 professional visitors expected, the 2017 edition will be one of the most innovative shows that BIT has ever organized, introducing important novelties.

    12th Annual Outstanding Women’s Awards Ceremony
    On March 29, 2017, during the 12th Annual Outstanding Women’s Awards Ceremony hosted by the Special Envoy Belize Mrs. Kim Simplis Barrow and the Women’s Department, Chargé d’Affaires Adrienne Galanek presented awards to two outstanding women: Captain Derricia Castillo–Salazar, the U.S. Department of State’s International Women of Courage Award nominee for Belize, and Dr. Jane Ellen Mary Usher, the Embassy’s Woman of the Year 2017. Today, we would like to highlight Captain Derricia Castillo-Salazar. The Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage Award annually recognizes women around the globe who have demonstrated exceptional courage and leadership in advocating for peace, justice, human rights, gender equality, and women’s empowerment, often at great personal risk. Since the inception of this award in 2007, the Department of State has honored over 100 women from more than 60 different countries. In 2016, Debra Baptist-Estrada of the Belize Immigration Department was the first Belizean to have ever received this prestigious award. This year, the Embassy nominated Captain Castillo-Salazar for her dedication to the active inclusion of the LGBT community in Belize and her impactful work on HIV/AIDS prevention, policy, and response within the Belize Defence Force.

    Channel 7

    Two Dangriga Teenagers Die In Traffic Accident
    Tonight all of Dangriga is shocked and grieving after two teenaged residents lost their life and a dozen others were injured in a terrible accident that happened yesterday. It's one of the worst accidents we've seen and that's because 14 people, including 7 teenagers and an 8 year old were crammed into a tiny pickup. Jules Vasquez has the story from the Placencia Road: This is the sweeping curve at mile 4 on the Placencia Road where Sandra Martinez's Ford Ranger careened off the highway and flipped down the embankment. Problem is the 24-year-old driver had 13 passengers, more than capacity for this two-door Ford Ranger. Reports say that she was speeding around the corner and simply lost control. As many as 10 of the passengers may have been in the bed of the pickup, and they were flung all across the shoulder of the highway.

    Cops gone Wild: Indiscriminate Shooting By Lawless Lawmen Caught on Camera
    The entire country is trying to understand how two police officers could do what they did on San Pedro on Saturday morning. The videos went viral on every kind of social media over the weekend; they show police abusing a woman and menacing residents with loaded weapons in a way that's just never been captured before. Daniel Ortiz has compiled the lawless and monstrous behaviour captured on the cell phones of fearless bystanders: The Professional Standards Branch of the Police Department, which specifically investigates officers for allegations of misconduct, has already gone to the island to do their own investigation into the incident.

    Victims of Police Lawlessness Speak
    So, what happened to the residents who you saw in that video of the police misconduct? Well, we've been following the story since the weekend, and multiple sources told us that at least 4 people were injured by those gunshots that the Police Constable fired at the ground. One of them is San Pedro resident Alfredo Cowo, who we got a chance to speak to at the Belize Healthcare Partners Hospital. He and his brother were injured by those gunshots which bounced off the pavement and hit them in the leg. He told us that at around 4 o'clock that Saturday morning, he came out of the club and saw 3 officers he recognized, and they were dragging two women. He began recording the incident on his cellphone, and to document the police excess. He says that PC Darnell Madrill approached him, demanding that he hand over the device. He said that he refused, and that's when Madrill punched him in the nose. He said that the officers were trying to detain his brothers, George and Jose, and caused a confrontation, in which he was hit over the eye with a gun. He says that Madrill was the one who hit him, and he had a shot gun in his hand.

    Cops Bullet Hit Him In the Eye
    The other victim of that wild shooting who we got to meet today is 54 year-old Enfield Henry. One of the bullets ricocheted off the ground and hit him in the eye. He's at the KHMH getting medical treatment, and that bullet is lodged behind the eyeball. Today, at the KHMH, he told us that he was an innocent bystander, who wasn't involved in that confrontation with the police, but he got injured in that reckless shooting: Enfield Henry, Injured in Police Confrontation: "I was in the night club with my son and the off-duty police officers were in the night club too and when it closes, everybody came out from the club. Right there 2 Spanish guys wanted to fight with the police officers who was on duty."

    Cops Cautious In Make Judgment Statements
    So, what is the Professional Standards Branch saying about this incident? The video makes it clear what happened, but today the lead officer, Assistant Police Commissioner Keith Lino, told us that it's not so simple. In a press briefing today, he told us what the officers involved are reporting to his investigating team: ACP Keith Lino, OC - Professional Standards Branch: "We had conducted an investigation that have shown the police and the public had a confrontation. The confrontation had apparently had occurred because the police were dealing with a female who allegedly was under the influence. The police reported that they had handcuffed this female and they were trying to put her under control to be escorted to the police station." "While they were doing that, it was then that the crowd believe that they (the police) had abused the female and they commence in aggressing the police. The police then reported to us that they attempted to protect themselves and it was then that the crowd continued to aggressed them. The police then took out their service revolvers and to try and deter the crowd from attacking them. So they use their firearms to shoot in the air as well as on the ground to avoid the people from attacking them."

    21 Year Old Killed In OW Bar Brawl
    A man from San Felipe Village in Orange Walk has died after he was stabbed in a bar brawl. On Saturday night at 10:15 p.m., 21-year-old Adiel Mojica was drinking at a village bar when he got into a fight with two other men. They gave him a huge gash in the arm and stabbed him twice in the chest. He was taken to the hospital, where he was listed in Critical Condition until this morning at 3:00 when he passed away. Mojica lived a little more than 24 hours with his injuries and now police have detained the two men he was fighting with. They are held pending charges - and we'll have an update tomorrow.

    Another Murder In No-Man's-Land; This Time It's a Guat
    The weekends other murder happened last night in the no - man's - land at the Benque border. That is the area known as "Champon" - which was a murder scene 17 days ago on March 17th. That's when Belizean bus driver Carlos Manzanero was killed. Well last night at 10:00 the murder victim was a Guatemalan with a criminal history in Belize. He is 21-year-old Bryan Geovanny Corado, a Guatemalan from Melchor. Belize police would only say that he was shot and killed and that Guatemalan Police are investigating. Now, Corado has a colorful criminal history in Belize. In February of 2016 he allegedly car jacked Police Superintendent Selvin Tillett and his son-in-law. The vehicle was later recovered in Guatemala and returned to Belize. He was charged for Robbery andand remanded to Prison.

    Man's Home Burnt Down; 7News Find The Accelerant
    There was a fire in Dangriga early this morning. Now, often, whenever there is a fire - arson is suspected since there is a disturbing trend to use arson as a form of retaliation. In this case, the victim concedes that he has many enemies, plus we found a bottle of accelerant right in his yard! Here's more:... This home in the Benguche area of Dangriga burnt down this morning: Michael Flores- Neighbor: "So here we are, house buya, gone." Asia Norales- Neighbor: "Well like after 4 my ma wake up we, so she seh: uno come peep through the window, so when we look through the window da just inside a dih house mih dih spark up. So my ma seh: get uno documents and thing but I fraid fu fire- I fraid fu deh kinda thing so I just run outside, I da dih first person weh run outside, and I dih wake up the whole neighborhood."

    Brother Burned Siste's Home In OW
    There is another apparent case of arson - this one in Carmelita Village, Orange Walk. Police say that on Thursday March 30th at about 10:00am the neighbor and brother of the homeowner snuck into the house through a window and lit fire inside - which was immediately extinguished by one of his sisters. Later that day at about 1:00 p.m., this same sibling ROBERTO GARMA again snuck into the house and about 5 minutes later it was seen engulfed in flames. The house is made of Pimenta sticks, board material with zinc roofing and measured about 20 feet by 30 feet. Police have since arrested and charged ROBERTO GARMA for arson.

    Thousands Of Students Take Day One Of PSE
    Today over six thousand Standard 6 students from around the country sat the first part of the PSE. The exam, which tests the students' academic progress throughout primary school, has seen a downward trend in results with about half of the students who participated last year earning a D in the English section. We spoke to the Minister of Education, Patrick Faber, about it his expectations for this year's exam... Hon. Patrick Faber, Minister of Education: "Well it is always a very exciting day. I look as people posted on facebook all the happiness that their children are at this point and it's quite a milestone if you've gone through all the stages of primary school and you are at this point now. A lot of preparation as gone in. We try to remind people that it's not only preparation that comes in standard 6. In fact this is the culmination of the primary school journey and so what they do in these exams should be a reflection of what they learnt over the entire 8 or 9 years that they spent in primary school."

    Teachers Who Reported For Makeup Days Will Be Compensated
    And while the Minister hopes to see positive results from this year's PSE, many are still concerned. That's because of last year's strike, where teachers countrywide protested for reform measures and went on strike for 11 days. Well not every teacher participated in that strike, and compensation is coming for those teachers that did not participate. Faber told us about the government's compensation plan... Alex Courtenay, 7News: "Speaking about the teachers who are on strike, we've heard that there's been about 1 million dollars designated to paying back those teachers who stayed back during their Christmas holidays to make up for the days that were lost. Can you discuss that?" Hon. Patrick Faber, Minister of Education: "Well as I've always said to those who advocated for us to simply pay the teachers that were on strike, it is not as easy as doing that. There were those teachers who diligently went to work throughout the 11 days of the strike and then there were those who of course went in January when the ministry along with the managing authorities of schools agreed on those days - the 6 days if you remember that were makeup days. The 3rd, 4th,5th, 6th of January were to be the first 4 of the 6 days and of course you know the history of that."

    Deputy Was The For Dangriga Duking It Out
    And while those were matters Faber spoke of in his official capacity as education minister - we also spoke to him about his role as Deputy Leader of the UDP. Last week he was there in Dangriga when a UDP meeting erupted into a brawl between rival groups within the party. According to reports, tensions ran high in the meeting, so high that one of area representative, Frank "Papa" Mena's sidemen threw a chair at a member of the other faction. We spoke to Faber about this ugly rift, and whether it would effect their performance in next year's municipal elections...

    Senior Shakeup In Police Department
    There's a senior shakeup rumored in the Police Department. According to multiple reliable reports, on Friday, Commissioner Allen Whylie informed commanders of sweeping changes in the senior ranks of the department. Unofficial reports from multiple sources tell 7News that Belize City will see the most changes. The plan is to reverse the split between north and Southside formations which was implemented in July of 2015. The plan is for the city to return to a single commander, ACP Dezeree Phillips - with three sub commanders for Belize Rural, Sr. Supt Alden Dawson, Northside, Sr. Supt Ralph Moody, and Southside, Sr. Supt Marco Vidal. ACP Chester Williams would be the odd man out and he will reportedly be assigned to the Prosecution Branch in Belmopan.

    The Best Juniour Cyclist
    This weekend Belize's up and coming cyclist's competed in the 18TH Belize Electricity Limited junior Cross Country ClassicJunior Cross Country Classic. On Sunday morning, Forty-five cyclists rode from Soccutz in the Cayo district to Belize City, with Cabral-Marin Cycling Team's Gian Lino, coming in first at the end of 74 miles. We spoke to Lino about his victory and his strategy during the race... Second and third place went to Wilhem Coye from Big Shep Cycling Team and Nashen Ysaguirre from Cabral-Marin respectively.

    Sports And Youth Come Together For Area Rep
    Today Deputy Prime Minister Patrick Faber officially inaugurated a new basketball court in his Collet constituency. The project was funded in a joint effort between Faber, the Police Department and several other businesses and community members. Faber - who is also minister of sports and youth - told us more about the importance of engaging the youth with sports in order to steer them away from violence...

    A Community That Embraces the Police
    Faber wasn't the only one using sports to keep the youth's off the streets. This weekend the residents of Faber's Road rallied together for community sports day built around that same court. The event was held to encourage the youths in the community to use sports as a means to stay out of violence. The event's organizer, Candice Ferguson, told us more... There were basketball and football tournaments was well as games like sack races and lime and spoon.

    Alleged Cop Impersonator Awaits Verdict
    Right now at the Supreme Court, a jury is deliberating the fate of alleged cop impersonator, 27 year old Aaron Wilson. He is on trial for 2 counts of making a false pretense to being a police officer. Crown Counsel Janelle Tillett, has alleged that on July 6, 2010 and on July 16, 2010, Wilson, a car dealer, pretended to be a special constable. The Crown called 11 witnesses, among them Shannon Martinez, who testified that Wilson picked her up in his vehicle on July 6,2010 and introduced himself to her as a police officer. Wilson testified and said that he was, in fact, a police officer. He called 2 witnesses to corroborate his testimony. One of the witnesses was former special constable Jose Haylock. The second witness was police constable Albert Coc. Wilson is being represented by attorney Christelle Wilson.

    Channel 5

    Brawl Escalates to Police-Involved Shooting in San Pedro
    The police say they are carrying out a thorough investigation of an early morning shooting in San Pedro.  Since Saturday morning, two videos have been circulating on social media.  In [...]

    Ambergris Shaken; Mayor Calls Police’s Actions “Brutality”
    The blasts of up to fourteen shots could be heard in the video, but authorities say only ten expended shells were recovered from the scene in the prime tourism destination.  [...]

    Police Tell P.S.B. They Were Only Protecting Themselves but 5 Injured
    Suffering from a black eye in the wake of the shooting, the police called a press conference this morning.  While two of five officers have been charged for their roles [...]

    Charges Laid Criminally and Disciplinarily for Involved Officers
    The officers in question clearly acted outside of the rules of engagement when they began firing their weapons during the disturbance.  Both have been charged for wounding as many as [...]

    What Happened to Woman at Center of Melee?
    At the heart of the chaos was the failed detention of an unidentified woman, whom officers assigned to work duties at the establishment, were attempting to subdue.  That woman was [...]

    Accused Guatemalan Carjacker Killed in ‘No Man’s Land’
    A Guatemalan national identified as twenty-one-year-old Bryan Geovanny Corado was murdered on Sunday night in an area on the Belize side of the O.A.S. Adjacency Zone known as El Champon.  [...]

    Massive Accident Claims 2 Lives in Placencia
    Three persons perished in traffic accidents over the weekend. An accident in the south has left two teenagers dead and several others injured. More than a dozen persons were traveling [...]

    B.T.L. Has New C.E.O. – Rochus Schreiber
    A new Chief Executive Officer will take up the reins at Belize Telemedia Limited on Wednesday, succeeding former C.E.O. Anwar Barrow who demitted office in February.  Rochus Schreiber will assume [...]

    Detailing New Prices for Vices
    New prices are in effect for beer and stout; soft drinks; rum; cigarettes; fuel and cement following the coming into force of the 2017-2018 Budget. The Government of Belize legislated [...]

    Chester, Broaster Gone to Belmopan; Dezerie Philips Tops Eastern Division in July
    Nearly two years ago there was a massive shake-up in the Eastern Division of the Belize Police Department, with three senior officers – Assistant Commissioners of Police Chester Williams, Dezerie [...]

    Fire Hits Benguche Area of Dangriga
    A fire early this morning completely wiped out a wooden home in the Benguche Area of Dangriga. Sometime after four thirty, Errol Gomez was inside his one bedroom house when [...]

    G.O.B. Rewards Loyal Teachers with Easter ‘Come-Up’
    The Ministry of Education effectively conceded in its arbitration wrangle with the Belize National Teachers’ Union that it could not arbitrarily set the dates for making up of class time [...]

    Deputy P.M. Says Dangriga U.D.P. not Fractured Despite Fight
    Dangriga area representative Frank “Papa” Mena appears to have internal turmoil in his camp. A meeting last week descended into reported chaos following charges by the Minister of State of [...]

    Day 1 of the P.S.E. – Kids Say They Were Ready
    Though some attempt to downplay it, there is no denying the importance of the Primary School Examination in the lives of Belize’s primary school students, seventeen years after it took [...]

    Might Strike Hurt P.S.E. Results?
    While this year’s results are due around the beginning of June, a month after the second half of the exam has been completed; Primary School Examination results have not been [...]

    Faber’s Road Basketball Court Redone for Community
    The Fabers’ Road Extension basketball court had been in a state of disrepair for some time. Area representative for the Collet Division where it is located, Patrick Faber, and Officer [...]

    Adjacent Football Field Will Also be Upgraded
    Adjacent to the basketball court is a football field which is also planned for renovations. The project is dear to Minister and area representative Patrick Faber as it is planned [...]

    The Weekend in Sports with James Adderley
    Good evening, I’m James Adderley and this is Sports Monday   [Highlights of the weekend sporting activities….]

    CTV3

    New Tax Measures Comes Into Effect
    The new tax measures introduced by the Government as part of the budget presentation a couple of weeks ago, are now in effect affecting a list of goods and services including fuel, cement, soft drinks, beer and stout. By raising the taxes on these goods and services GOB’s aim is to raise a total of $28 million out of the $80 million in additional taxes needed for this fiscal year which commenced on April 1st. We’ll tell you in a few how much more you will have to pay for a bottle of soft drink and beer and even a sack of cement. But first let’s talk about the hike in fuel prices which came into effect on Friday at midnight.

    Two COPS Charged For Shooting Incident In San Pedro
    Belize’s number 1 tourist destination is Ambergris Caye, San Pedro. But a brutal incident which played out in the wee hours of Saturday morning on la Isla Bonita is threatening to drive tourists away by the droves, while further infuriating Belizeans about the Police officers’ treatment of civilians. A video which was posted on social media on Saturday exploded as it showed Police officers in casual clothing, shooting in public. This after several men tried to intervene in their arrest of an unidentified woman who is seen in the footage being viciously assaulted by Police officers, who drag her on the ground, stomp her with their feet and beat her violently.

    Shift In The Police Department
    Tonight reports suggest that a major shake-up has been planned for the top ranks of the Belize Police Department taking effect sometime at the beginning of July this year. The Commissioner of Police has not issued any public notice but reports are that the most notable change will see ACP Chester Williams removed as top cop on the Southside to now oversee either the Prosecution Branch or the Professional Standards Branch in Belmopan. Belize City’s northside and southside will now be under the command of ACP Dezerie Phillips who will have three sub commanders…..Sr. Superintendent Alden Dawson for the Belize Rural Divison; Sr. Superintendent Ralph Moody for the Northside and Sr. Superintendent Marco Vidal for the Southside.

    Vehicle goes Up In Flames In Corozal
    Disaster was averted this afternoon when a car caught fire very near popular baker “Y-Not Bakery” located between 4th and 5th Street North in Corozal Town. When we arrived on the scene, Fire Officials had contained the fire which had spread to two cars in a yard beside the bakery. Fortunately, the fire did not spread further in the residential neighbourhood. We’ll have more details in tomorrow’s newscast.

    BTL Has A New CEO
    Late last year word got out of Anwar Barrow’s decision to leave the post of Chief Executive Officer at the state-owned Belize Telemedia Ltd after holding the top position for over three years. Since that announcement was made BTL has been in pursuit of a suitable successor to the post. A release issued today by the company announced the appointment of Mr. Rochus Schreiber as the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of BTL with effect Wednesday, April 5th 2017. According to the release Schreiber takes over from Ivan Tesucum, BTL’s Chief Financial Officer, who had been acting as company CEO following Barrow’s resignation.

    Were Police Officers Out Of Order?
    This morning the police department also called a press briefing for Lino to field questions from the media. According to Lino, while the incident is being taken seriously and investigated, he says there is enough evidence that the Police officers involved were out of order. Keith Lino, head, Professional Standards Branch: “First and foremost we discourage our officers to use firearm in regards to being attack as they alleged we would prefer for them to use their baton because each police officer is issued with a baton and hence the reason why we have stablished that there are some challenges an hence the reason we also had charged the police officers to have caused the wounds to the complainant right we charged them because we believe that what they did, the action that they have committed was against the Protocols of the Police Department and the discipline of the police department hence the reason why am saying that they will be charged disciplinary likewise.”

    Breaking Belize NewsPJ

    80 year old Baptist Pastor murdered in Cayo
    Confirmed reports reaching our newsroom is that a well known Pastor of a Baptist Church in San Ignacio, Cayo was found dead at his farm in Esperanza village a short while ago. A reliable source indicated to BBN that the Pastor was allegedly beaten to death.

    Belize commemorates Women’s month
    Every year, March 8 is celebrated as International Women’s day. The month of March is also celebrated as Women’s Month. Women’s contributions to society stems from social, economic, cultural and political platforms. Women across Belize were celebrated throughout the month by the Women’s Department.

    US Embassy advocates against cyber violence
    The United States Embassy in Belize has launched a campaign advocating against cyber violence. The use of social media is now a common practice among Belizeans young and old. The Embassy ‘s campaign is headed with the title “Be bold for change and show cyber respect!”

    BTL gets new CEO
    The Board of Directors of Belize Telemedia Ltd. (BTL) announced today via a press release that it has appointed Rochus Schreiber as the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the company. Schreiber’s new post is effective Wednesday, April 5th 2017. “Schreiber takes over the day to day executive management of the company, filling the role that was last substantively held by Anwar Barrow, who vacated the role in February of this year,” the release states.

    Belize hands over Chairmanship of Permanent Council of the OAS
    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs today informed that Belize has officially handed over the Chairmanship of the Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS). H.E. Patrick Andrews, Belize’s Ambassador to the United States of America, chaired the Permanent Council for a period of one year.

    2 persons dead and several injured in Placencia road traffic accident
    Yesterday police received information of a fatal road traffic accident between miles 4 and 5 on the Placencia Road near Bal Shrimp Farm. Upon arrival, police saw a black two door Ford Ranger Pickup with extensive damage to the front portion and the windshield broken. Police also saw two females and two males lying on the right hand side of the road at varied distance from each other suffering from injuries.

    5 Ambassadors present credentials to Belize’s Governor General
    The Ambassadors each expressed, on behalf of their respective countries, the desire to maintain a strong friendship with Belize, as well as interest in pursuing areas for further development of diplomatic ties. The Governor General received the Ambassadors’ credentials and welcomed them to Belize.

    Thousands Of Students Sit PSE!
    Standard six students across the country today lined up at various education centers to sit this year’s Primary School Examinations (PSE). Today’s examinations are only for English and Science while in May students will sit examinations for Mathematics and Social Studies. Our newsroom wishes […]

    Police officers charged for excessive use of force in San Pedro
    A video showing three police officers assaulting two women in San Pedro went viral on social media over the weekend. According to official police reports, Alfredo Gaspar Cowo Mancia, told cops that at about 4:00 a.m. on Saturday while at theCentral Park, […]

    Guatemalan national shot and killed in Champon
    According to police reports, last night around 10, a murder occurred at the Champon area at the western border, Cayo District where Bryan Geovanny Corado,21, a Guatemalan national of Melchor de Mencos was shot and killed. Guatemalan Police (PNC) are currently investigating the murder. […]

    The price of beer and soft drink has already gone up
    Effective today, the cost of a small glass bottled soft drink is $1.50 without pint. If you purchase with your pint it will only be $1.25. The cost of a large glass bottled soft drink is now $1.75 and if you purchase with a pint […]

    Businesswoman car jacked in Cayo; vehicle found destroyed a day later
    On Saturday, a businesswoman of Cristo Rey Road, Santa Elena, Cayo reported that on March 31st 2017 about 9:20 p.m. while driving her Silver 4-door GMC 2011 Terrain SUV on the Cristo Rey Road, her vehicle broke down. She reportedly secured it and left […]

    Police Say Orange Walk house fire was arson
    On March 30th, 2017, police responded to a house fire in Carmelita Village, Orange Walk District. According to police, the house was partially destroyed by fire as well as some household items. According to initial investigations, the house was lit on fire by Roberto […]

    Belize named as top 5 summer cruise destination
    Belize has captured fifth place in the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) “Top 5 summer cruise destinations.” The CLIA released its top five picks this week, which placed Belize right behind Africa, as a “must visit” destination for 2017. The top three picks included […]

    Two men detained for Orange Walk stabbing incident
    Police have detained two men for stabbing a man on Saturday night. According to reports, on Saturday around 10:15 p.m., police received information about a stabbing incident at San Felipe Village, Orange Walk District. Police then visited the hospital where they saw Abdiel Mojica, […]

    7 persons arrested in Cayo for keeping ammo without gun license
    Yesterday morning around 12:15, San Ignacio Police were patrolling Santa Familia Village in Cayo District when they stopped at a residence due to loud music. At the residence, police met (7) male persons who were then searched. This resulted in the discovery of a […]

    Man murdered at bar in Melchor, Guatemala
    Reports reaching to our newsroom are that a Guatemalan national was shot and killed at a bar in Melchor de Mencos, Guatemala last night. The bar is a popular hangout spot for Belizeans. The victim has been identified as Bryan Corado.

    More sunny and hot weather to continue
    The 24-hour forecast is for mostly warm and dry weather to continue with sunny skies today and partly cloudy skies tonight. The wind will blow from the east to southeast at 10-20 knots with occasional higher gusts. The sea state will be moderate to rough.

    Humane Society provides free service to Mesop residents
    On Saturday the Belize Humane Society conducted its first spay and neutering surgery clinic for this year at the St. Ignatius Primary School in Belize City. More than 60 animals from the Mesopotamia area benefited from these free surgeries.

    Blogs

    Wild for sea turtles
    Not only are sea turtles gorgeous to see as they graze on the seabed or effortlessly glide through the water, their beauty is more than shell deep. When sharing the sea with a turtle I can’t help but marvel at the fact that I’m swimming with a true survivor. Against all odds, this creature first hatched on a sandy beach and flippered into the sea (if something didn’t eat him first), then survived the perils of the oceanic food chain and man’s mess of garbage and obstacles. What makes seeing these creatures even more incredible is knowing that all three varieties of sea turtles that nest in Belize are Red-Listed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). How often can you hang out with an endangered species in their wild habitat?

    Skydiving Over The Great Blue Hole Of Belize
    The Blue Hole jump off the coast of Belize is an EXTREMELY rare jump and from what I can understand very few people (less than 150?) have ever done so and we were the first group to do so in roughly six years. Not only did we skydive from 12,000ft and splash down in the blue hole, we then got on a boat and did a scuba dive down to 130ft in the hole then went on to scuba dive 2 of the top 5 best dives on the planet… Needless to say, Matt Jaskol and his group of skydiving adventure junkies had an amazing time in Belize as they accomplished their mission to conquer the Great Blue Hole of Belize.

    The Most Charming Boutique Hotel in Placencia, Belize: Caribbean Beach Cabanas
    I was pretty thrilled when I was down in Placencia Village to spend my last night at Caribbean Beach Cabanas (known to locals as CBC). The owners, a young couple from Ohio, bought this GORGEOUS property a few years ago and turned it from a nice spot in a fabulous location to one of the most popular in Placencia. For very good reason. They’ve got skills! A Fixer Upper right here in Belize. They kept the spot small and intimate – each unit is it’s very own cabana with unique features inside and out – but modernized CBC and made her completely beautiful. Chip and JoJo would be very proud. At the north end of the sidewalk, right in the village…

    Sittee River Village in Southern Belize
    The Sittee River is the name of both a river in central Belize as well as a village that is located on its banks. The watershed of the Sittee River begins in the Maya Mountains and the river empties into the Caribbean near the village of Hopkins in southeastern Belize. The Sittee River is famous for having the tallest mangrove trees anywhere in the country. The village of Sittee River is quite small but it does have a cafe, one or two hotels, and small shops. The banks of the river near the village are especially popular with anglers as both freshwater and saltwater species can be fished in this area. Other popular options include renting kayaks or canoes from the village to explore the river as it is one of the country’s largest waterways and easy to navigate.

    The Girl that Snorkeled the Belize Barrier Reef
    That’s me! I snorkeled the Belize Barrier Reef from North to South! The reef is huge and even after a week I didn’t get to see everything in our unique marine environment. The reason I went on this adventure was, because I want to be able to defend the reef from oil exploration. To defend something we have to learn about it first, so that’s what this was all about. I didn’t just snorkel, I had the best boat captain who also gave me marine biology classes on our sailboat. Now I know how so many things work under the sea and I won’t stop learning every chance I get. My biggest mission is to teach people how important the Belize Barrier Reef is not only to Belize but the world. We snorkeled in front of San Pedro first and found over 21 species of marine life in under an hour! On the second day we snorkeled in front of Caye Caulker and Caye Chapel; I loved it so much that we were a little late making it to Saint Georges Caye. It was too rough to stay on the boat that night so our brave Captain MJ had to kayak each of us in the dark for a mile to shore at night! We met a sweet old man who gave us a place to stay and in the morning we found the Saint Georges Caye Hotel and had breakfast.

    A guide about Belize Before vacationing the Beautiful country
    According to the Belize Estimate population, their's about proximate 301'000 to 304, 000 in the (2008 Estimate). Belmopan has a population of (population 5'0000) in the main capital. Airport: Belize has an international Airport called Belize-City Philip S.W. Goldson International which is close to Belize City. Belize City has its own Municipal airport. And, if you're not familiar of the place here's a link to the website of Phillip Goldson's: www.pgiabelize.com/ Best Travel Time One of the slow season in Belize is From October till January. From Januaty until May is the busiest months in Belize.

    Videos

  • Skydiving Over The Great Blue Hole Of Belize, 3min.

  • Freedom Fighters FC vs BDF FC from Punta Gorda, 2hr12min.

  • TODAY APRIL 3RD STANDARD SIX STUDENTS COUNTRY WIDE SAT FOR THE FIRST PART OF PSE, 4.5min.

  • Holy Redeemer Band Camp 2017, 4.5min. Band Fest 2017 is happening this weekend in Orange Walk Peoples Stadium.

  • Cave Tubing Belize 2016, 8min. Cave Tubing Adventure in Belize! Lots of nature scenes, not very many caves.

  • Bezkresne, dzikie gbiny (4) Wybrzee Belize, 66min. Scuba diving

  • Christmas Ease in Belize, 4.5min. Christmas Eve, 2016, on the beautiful Caye Caulker in Belize.

  • Plongées au Belize 2017, 8min.

    April 3, 2017


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    Specials and Events

    Last night's TV news on Channel 7, Channel 5, LOVETV, PGTV, West Vision (Cayo) and CTV 3. Also with the most recent Open Your Eyes, and other specials


    The San Pedro Sun

    Suspected drug plane found in Northern Belize
    A small aircraft, believed to have been used for illegal activities, was found in Northern Belize on Monday, March 27th. Belizean authorities were tipped by their counterparts in Guatemala about the suspicious airplane, but upon its discovery, no one was found near the aircraft nor where there any incriminating items. According to an official report, when local authorities got to the area, they observed a white Piper PA-23-250 aircraft with burgundy and silver trim with tail number N6769Y. When inspected by Civil Aviation personnel, it was found to be in good working condition and therefore was brought to the Philip S.W. Goldson International Airport in Ladyville, north of Belize City.

    BAHA issues new Rabies Advisory
    Belize Agricultural Health Authority (BAHA) informs the general public, but especially cattle producers, that paralytic rabies continues to affect cattle in the Cayo, Corozal and Toledo Districts. The Authority’s surveillance programme has resulted in detections of rabies in sheep and also in a vampire bat, in addition to the high number of detections in cattle.

    Wolfe’s Woofer: Crocodiles
    How do the people in these little Mayan villages survive?” “Each village has its own way of making money,” Allen Davies told me. “This one we’re coming to grows vegetables.” “Where do they sell them out here in the jungle?” “Each village usually trades or sells their specialty to the nearby villages.” While I was visiting Allen in Guatemala he had decided to give me a river tour of the Rio Dulce. His last words to me as we got in the boat were, “The river is full of huge, mean crocodiles so don’t fall into the water.” “Let’s stop at the next town and try to find something cold to drink,” I said.

    SPJC participates in ATLIB football tournament
    The San Pedro Junior College (SPJC) female football team placed fourth in the Association of Tertiary-Level Institutions in Belize (ATLIB) Sports Committee Football Tournament. Held on Friday, March 24th and Saturday, March 25th, the tournament was played at the Football Federation of Belize field in Belmopan. Eight teams (four male and four female) represented the north, central, south, west zones of Belize. In the female category, SPJC, the University of Belize (UB), Independence Junior College (IJC), and Centro Escolar México Junior College (CEMJC) participated. In the end of the competition, UB won first place in the tournament, while CEMJC came in second, IJC in third, and SPJC in fourth.

    Doctor Love: Ignorance is Bliss
    Dear Doctor Love, My husband is unfaithful. I know this because I saw him with her. At the time I decided that the drama from a confrontation would be worse than pretending. My husband and I have a good relationship; he is caring, helpful and loving. He does not take time from me to be with her and he never has an unkind word for me. Except for this, we are so happy. So what would happen if I tell him that I know? Would it ruin the good parts of our marriage? Suppose he promised to stop, then didn’t? I wouldn’t leave, I would be unhappier without him than I am now, so why make an empty threat? When it starts to bother me I try not to think about it, but I worry that someone else will find out and talk will start and I will have to face it. Is it wrong to stay in a marriage with one bad spot when I know that every other part of us is perfect? Or should I get it out in the open with him? /s/ Ignorance is Bliss

    Misc Belizean Sources

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    POLICE REPORT ON ACCIDENT
    About 2:30pm RTA on the Placencia road near BAL Shrimp Farm, 12 persons injured. Police saw a black ford ranger pick up on the extreme right hand side of road when teavelling towards placencia. Several injured persons were assisted by passers by and ambulance to Southern Regional hospital. The river apparently lost control of vehicle causing it to flip. A 14 year old male student of Dangriga died at the scene. A18year female succumbed at the Southern Regional Hospital. Two others transported to KHMH in critical condition.

    Learn about the Caste War
    May 5, St. John's College. Something interesting to hear why? Because us the Yucatec Mayas of Corozal, Orange Walk and Cayo are descendants of this Maya rebels who fought against the invading British imperialism and Spanish imperialism. They want erase our history by calling us terms like "Hispanic, Latino, Mestizo, Spanish man etc " terms created by the European imperialism to simply destroy our indigenous roots. Somos Maya and today the best way of rebellion is preserving our Maya identity in Northern Belize(Yucatec Maya) why they dnt teach about our history of the Mayas of northern Belize? It's our punishment for rebelling and defending our Ancestral Maya land from the British.

    The Corozal Town Council would like to inform the general public that the offices will be closed on Monday 3rd April, 2017 (ALL DAY)
    For the end of the fiscal cash survey and installation of the new EData software for taxes. Sorry for any inconveniences. Thanks, The Corozal Town Council

    The Farm Inn Birdathon, 2017
    Glad to have our friends from Beaks and Peaks all the way from Honduras join us. We raked every bird on property. Is your lodge willing to help our conservation efforts?

    The Reporter

    Two teens perish in road accident on Placencia road; several others injured
    Two teens are dead and several others injured following a traffic accident on the Placencia road this afternoon. Police say that at around 2:30 p.m., a black Ford Ranger pick-up ran off the road near Belize Aquaculture Limited shrimp farm. Two of its passengers, a 14 year-old boy died at the scene and a 16 year-old female died at the Southern Regional Hospital. This newspaper will have full details in our printed edition. Two more passengers were transferred to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital and police say that about 10 others were injured. The Reporter understands that a number of those injured persons are receiving treatment at the Southern Regional Hospital.

    Internal investigation underway after police officer injures 4 person in shoot out
    Residents in San Pedro town are in an uproar after four persons were shot by an on-duty police officer outside a popular nightclub on the island on Saturday. The incident which reportedly occurred at 4:30 a.m., in the downtown area, was as a result of a fight which happened between several persons leaving the nightclub. A video footage of the incident which was released on social media clearly showed that an on-duty police officer dressed in casual clothing got involved in the argument. The officer took out his police-issued firearm and started shooting a barrage of bullets in a crowd of spectators. The officer continued shooting the gun as he walked towards the spectators, sending several of them rushing for cover.

    Belizean cacao showcased in Belgium
    The Embassy of Belize in Brussels recently hosted prominent chocolatiers from Belgium at a conference, aimed at promoting interest in trade and investment for Belizean chocolatiers. The event which was hosted on March 28, was aimed at generating interest in investing to expand cacao production in Belize to export the high quality cacao beans. His Excellency Dylan Vernon, ambassidor of Belize to Belgium and the European Union, presented Belize’s cacao history, capacity and potential for exports.

    Breaking Belize NewsPJ

    2 dead, several injured in road traffic accident on Placencia Road
    We have received credible reports that there was a fatal road traffic accident on the Placencia Road minutes ago. We are told that a speeding pickup truck overturned on the curve near the Belize Aqua Culture Limited shrimp farm.

    Gian Lino wins Junior Cross Country Cycling Classic
    Orange Walk resident, Gian Lino of Cabral Marin Cycling Team is the 18th winner of the Junior Cross Country Cycling Classic which is a precursor to the men and women’s Cross Country Cycling Classic held annually. Lino dominated the race since reaching mile 7 on the George Price Highway into Belize City.

    Man in hospital after overnight stabbing in Orange Walk
    According to police reports, at about 1:30pm yesterday there was a fatal traffic accident in Spanish Lookout. David Reimer was reportedly driving an ATV on the Spanish Lookout road, when he collided into a 4 runner vehicle being driven by Ronald Reimer.

    Fatal road traffic accident in Spanish Lookout claims one life
    According to police reports, at about 1:30pm yesterday there was a fatal traffic accident in Spanish Lookout. David Reimer was reportedly driving an ATV on the Spanish Lookout road, when he collided into a 4 runner vehicle being driven by Ronald Reimer.

    Blogs

    A Warm Welcome and a Caribbean View on Ambergris Caye
    I’ve lived on Ambergris Caye in Belize for nearly nine years, but have never tired of watching the Caribbean’s powerful waves crash on the offshore barrier reef, creating a continuous fanfare of exploding sea spray. After their tumultuous encounter with the reef line, the waves flow serenely towards the shoreline and eventually roll onto the soft sand beach. My husband, Mike, and I live a few blocks from the beach, so we regularly head to a favorite spot where we can relax and relish our favorite aquatic scene. On Sunday mornings, we drop in to Ramon’s Village for a leisurely cappuccino, which we enjoy while sitting on their inviting open-air seaside deck. I can’t imagine a better spot to sink into a cushy chair… sip a frothy cappuccino made with a deep, dark Guatemalan blend… and meditate on the shifting shades of the vivid turquoise seascape. Ramon’s Village is an iconic resort built in the classic Belizean palapa style (open-sided with a thatched roof). The design is traditional, but Ramon’s has otherwise kept up with the times. A few years ago, the American owner imported an impressive espresso machine. It’s grand enough to take me back to my past life in the San Francisco Bay Area—espresso heaven. The owner also brought a professional barista to the island to train his staff.

    International Sourcesizz

    Did Climate Change Cause Political Conflicts Among Classic Maya Civilizations? Study Says Yes
    Do warming temperatures lead to more conflict? It certainly seems so, and a comprehensive research on the ancient Maya history reveals that the case may have been the same for the Mesoamerican civilization as researchers find how violent conflicts rose along with the temperatures. By compiling a list of conflicts from dated Maya monuments and comparing them with published temperature and rainfall records for the Yucatán Peninsula, including parts of southern Mexico, Belize, and Guatemala, researchers found explicit links between violent struggles of Maya communities and temperature rise. Incredibly, the detailed inscriptions from 30 major Maya locations revealed a substantial increase in conflicts within the 500 year period. From starting out with a maximum of three conflicts every 25 years in the first century when temperatures were significantly lower, the last few centuries between the period of 350 and 900 AD recorded an average of 24 conflicts every 25 years.

    Videos

  • WPC Jennifer Hibberd Wake, 19min.

  • WPC Jennifer Hibberd Funeral, 1hr18min.

  • Senator Osmany Salas' presentation on the GOB's proposed Budget for Fiscal Year 2017/2018, 60min. The Budget was passed with a vote of 7 in favor and 6 against.

  • Hicatee Turtles, 40sec. Belize 2017

  • Caye Caulker, Belize Kiteboarding Day, 3min. Kiting in the middle of the village in Caye Caulker island in Belize. It is a nice place for kiting with a clean beautiful ocean. The spot is not too friendly for beginners due to the large number of piers and boats. Shallow water a little helps, you can walk pretty far out, no shoes needed. Happy to share information about the Island. Hopefully we will see more kiteboardes vising this beautiful place. We are using Takoon Scoop 9m kite and Futurekiting F14 board.

  • BELIZE 2017, 3min. My spring break trip to Belize!!!

  • Caye Caulker, Belize Kiteboarding Day 2, 1.4min.

  • Belize Cave Tubing, 9.5min. Cave Tubing with Go Maya Adventures in Jaguar Paw Belize - March 2017.

  • Caye Caulker, Belize Andrey kiteboarding, 1.5min. Kiting in a light wind in the middle of Caye Caulker village. Using 11m Takoon Scoop and F14 Futurekiting board. March 2017

  • Road to Caye Caulker, Belize Kiteboarding trip, 2.5min. On a way from a cold and snowy New York to warm and sunny Caye Caulker, Belize.

  • HIKING MAYAN TEMPLES! Belize Travel Vlog, 3min. Had the incredible opportunity to travel to Belize for two weeks! Amazing hiking, snorkeling, and adventuring.

  • Belize 2017, 11min. Spring Break 2017. Moraine Valley Community College Marine Biology. Jacob, Taylor, Anthony, Jake, Charlie, Becca, Fab, Tab, Jessica, Gaby and Michelle explore Belize. Calabash Caye. Belize.

  • Diving Belize, 8min. Plongées au Belize.

    April 2, 2017


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    Specials and Events

    Last night's TV news on Channel 7, Channel 5, LOVETV, PGTV, West Vision (Cayo) and CTV 3. Also with the most recent Open Your Eyes, and other specials


    The San Pedro Sun

    Policeman shooting in San Pedro
    This is another video from an eye witness who documented the beginning of the altercation between island residents and members of the Quick Response Team of the San Pedro Police Formation. For many islanders, it’s surreal what took place around 4:30AM this morning at the Central Park, when police officers failed to part a basic fight between two women, which almost escalated into a riot after officers used force on one of them. According to witnesses, a fight ensued inside Daddy Rock night club and police. In the video, a woman is being beaten on the ground after she was taken out of the club. According to residents she was handcuffed, while police officers beat and kicked her senseless. This is what prompted many residents to confront the police offers. Things got out of control when an object (bottle) was hurled at the officers who responded with warning shots.

    Embassy of Belize in Brussels Promotes Belize’s Cacao Industry in the ‘Chocolate Capital of the World’
    On March 28, 2017, the Embassy of Belize in Brussels hosted a promotional event aimed at generating interest in importing Belize’s high-quality cacao beans and encouraging investments in the expansion of cacao production and processing in Belize. H.E. Dylan Vernon, Ambassador of Belize to Belgium and the European Union, made a presentation on the industry’s history, capacity, and potential to important players in Belgium’s chocolate industry, including some of Belgium’s prominent chocolatiers.

    SPJC students place 2nd in tertiary level business fair
    In celebration of Coastal Zone Awareness Week 2017, San Pedro Junior College (SPJC) competed and placed second in in the first annual “Coastal Awareness” Tertiary Level competition on Thursday, March 23rd. SPJC’s team members Damaris Morales, Dora Trejo, Kelcy Alamilla, Pablo Mendoza, and Heidi Cruz presented their project, “Sea Grass Eco Fuels”. The competition was aimed to spread awareness, and showcase sustainable entrepreneurship. SPJC’S business proposal was about converting sea grass into raw material, which produces methane gas. With their motto ‘Harvest today, harvest tomorrow; safer environment’, the team explained that the seagrass is dried completely in the sun, transported in a can to decompose, and it then produces methane gas. Morales said that team’s inspiration was derived from sargassum. “The sargassum accumulates on the island every year. It has created a lot of issues in our society, primarily its unpleasant stench. It also makes our beaches less attractive, and it destroys our seagrass beds, which affects our fish habitats,” said Morales.

    SPTC is revisiting plans for solar beach lights
    The San Pedro Town Council, in collaboration with the San Pedro Police Department, will once again attempt to install solar lights along the beaches of San Pedro Town. The project was originally planned in March 2016, but went dormant due to lack of resources. Officer in Charge of the Coastal Executive Unit, Assistant Superintendent Henry Jemmott stated that the project is set to be revived. “I was recently in a meeting with Mayor Daniel Guerrero, where he brought up the initiative. Our plan is to restart the project as a safety measure to help us to deter crime. These lights are to be placed around the beaches, and will not only help improve the lighting conditions of the area, but reduce criminal activity,” said Jemmott.

    SP Lions to hold Annual Pancake Brunch with the Easter Bunny
    On Saturday, April 8th the San Pedro Lion’s Club will be hosting a pancake brunch with the Easter Bunny. From 9am until noon guests will enjoy a delicious pancake meal with sausage, fruit, fun pancake toppings, juice and coffee. Children’s activities will include coloring, games, face painting, and more. There will also be great raffle prizes for children and adults to win. Parents are invited to snap a photo of their child with the Easter Bunny. The event will be held at the San Pedro Lion’s Den. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under.

    Author Sharine Jones-Weaver encourages all Belizean women to stand up against Domestic Violence
    Once silenced by domestic violence, Belizean-American Author Sharine Jones-Weaver is now using her voice through her publication “Reflections of a Woman’s Indiscretions” to reach the Belizean community. As an advocate for domestic violence and gender equality, Jones-Weaver seeks to spread awareness through her past experiences, while empowering women of Belize. Within her book, Jones-Weaver revealed that her decision to have an affair with another man stemmed from her marriage not meeting her fairytale expectations. What begins as a midsummer romance evolves into her nightmare; riddled with abuse and violence. In her quest to break free of this toxic relationship, she developed courage, left her abuser, and overcame the emotional and physical trauma.

    Ambergris Today

    New Video Shows Alleged Police Brutality During Morning Shooting In San Pedro
    Island residents woke up this morning to shocking footage of an altercation that took place at Central Park, San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize involving night club patrons and San Pedro Police officers. During the incident shots were fired by a police officer in which four bystanders were injured. San Pedro Police Department reported the shooting incident taking place between 4:15am and 4:30am on April 1, 2017 at Central Park. Investigations from the police department reveal that officers were performing duties at Central Park when a fight ensued between patrons who were leaving Daddy Rock night club, adjacent to the park. The police intervened, however the matter escalated and one of the officers fired shots from his issued firearm resulting in four persons being injured. The extent of the injuries have not yet been ascertained, but no one received major injuries, according to the police. Three people received injury on the foot and one to the eye.

    Misc Belizean Sources

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    Second annual Bird and Tilapia Festival
    The second annual Bird and Tilapia Festival happening now at beautiful Crooked Tree Village. People enjoyed free birding tours and experience large congregations of waterbirds. Tilapia cook-off and live fish haul. Fun games and activities for the entire family.

    Caye Caulker Village Council cleanup
    Thank you to everyone who came out to participate in the clean up beach effort. Special Mentions to Ms Angie and the staff of Sports Bar and Mrs Alina and the Island Magic Staff.

    Caye Caulker Clean up campaign going on

    San Pedranos didn't run when shots were fired. Why?
    It seems that there was a fight between two women on the main street of San Pedro Town after 4 a.m. Saturday April 1st. Instead of parting the fight in a civil manner, the Quick Response Team (QRT) decided to use force against the women. A video taken moments before the shooting shows the QRT beating one of the women. Residents allege the police officer beating the woman is QRT officer Jamal Madrill. Voices shouting "too effin chancey can be heard". Be aware profane language is used in the video. The beating of the woman according to several residents on the island who were at the scene is what prompted them to confront the police officers because they could not let the incident go. And that is why the officers were afraid, a bottle was thrown, and the shooting at the feet of residents occurred. It was clear that the residents, men and women would not run when QRT Officer Norman Coye shot at their feet nor did they run when QRT Officer Eduardo Magana shoved residents and began to fight with them.

    QRT Cop shoot at least 15 rounds & 3 persons injured while another provokes fight with SP residents
    It seems that there was a fight between two women on the main street of San Pedro Town after 4 a.m. near the Central Park. A crowd had left Daddy Rock and happened upon the police using brute force on the fighting women on Saturday April 1st. Instead of parting the fight in a civil manner, the Quick Response Team (QRT) decided to use force against the women. A video taken moments before the shooting shows the QRT beating one of the women. Voices shouting "too effin chancey can be heard". The beating of one woman, according to several residents on the island who were at the scene, is what prompted them to confront the police officers because they could not let the incident go. View beating at this link.

    We want to congrats this students of Corner Stone High School for representing our Maya culture
    Most of us in Northern Belize are from Yucatec Maya descent. Let's preserve our Maya culture and make this Yucatec Maya Movement grow in Northern Belize. Pictures courtesy of Ariane Correa Teck and students of Corner Stone.

    Harriot Topsey Park Refurbishment Project
    This morning, April 1st ,2017, the Rotaract Club of Belmopan completed the Harriot Topsey Park Refurbishment Project in Belmopan City. Assistance was provide by the Belmopan City Council.

    Rotary Club of Corozal's first Raffle
    Ticket sales have started. Most Rotarians have tickets and they will be available at Art in the Park April 22nd, May 13th, June 17th and our BIG drawing date July 15th. The motorcycle will be available for viewing at Caribbean Tire and at each Art in the Park event.

    CJC Business Expo 2017
    From the faculty, student body and staff of CJC, have a wonderful and enjoyable weekend! Thank you all for your support!

    FANTASTIC! FANTASTIC CJC BUSINESS EXPO 2017
    Success is never easy. It always comes under extreme duress, sacrifices and dedication. The Corozal Junior College faculty, administration, student body and staff, once again proved yesterday, that even under a scorching sun they were able to come on top as true champions in this wonderful Corozal Community. Thanks for sharing the early Easter spirit by the super wonderful Sparkle Giftshop students. The presentations of the coconut art, rustic furniture, varieties of Belizean arts and crafts, trinkets, the environment, recycling and science were exceptional! As every year, the foody section was impressive indeed. Participation from the business private sector, once again, shows the support and confidence of this great event. We take pleasure in covering events like these that seek to empower our Corozal youth. Thank you, to all the local financial institutions that came out in full support. There were many great deals!

    Policeman shoots at people's feet at Central Park
    Island residents woke up this morning to shocking footage of an altercation that took place at Central Park, San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize involving night club patrons and San Pedro Police officers. During the incident shots were fired by a police officer in which four bystanders were injured.

    Ombudsman launches new website
    The office of the Ombudsman of Belize has recently launched a new website to facilitate complaints and queries from the public. The website can be found at www.ombudsman.gov.bz. It is completed with links to annual reports, legislations, complaint forms, Facebook link, and contact information. According to a press release from the Ombudsman’s office, the newly-launched site offers a fresh new look, easy navigation, comprehensive information, links to relevant institutions, as well as filing complaints and online ratings.

    Breaking Belize NewsPJ

    Crazed cops terrorizes San Pedro, internal investigation underway
    Four persons were injured as a result of the incident in which a crazed police officer fired shots at people’s feet in the middle of downtown San Pedro, Belize’s mainstay tourist destination. A video has surfaced online showing the disturbing ordeal. A police officer in casual wear, attached to the San Pedro police formation appears on camera armed and firing shots in the middle of a crowd of people on one of the main streets in the town. The incident happened this morning after 4:30 a.m. at the Central Park in San Pedro.

    Guatemalans busted with gold in Chiquibul
    Four Guatemalan gold panners were busted in the Chiquibul on Wednesday.The men have been identified as William Govanni Mangandil, Israel Garcia, Enrique Velis and Hermelindo Velis. According to reports, BDF personnel and FCD Rangers busted the men in a thatch camp on a hill.

    Alleged husband killer out on bail
    An alleged husband killer received bail in the Supreme Court yesterday.Genevia Estrada was charged one month ago with manslaughter for causing the death of her husband.

    Renaissance Towers sold in auction
    The famous Renaissance Towers on Newtown Barracks in Belize City was sold in an auction on Wednesday. It was reportedly sold for about $4.75 million dollars to Emil and Daniel Arguelles and other investors. The property was previously owned by businessman Luke Espat until it went into receivership.

    Belize CitCo launches new app
    Last night the Belize City Council held consultations with the city’s residents at Battlefield park. Of all the updates provided, the most interesting was the announcement of a Belize City app which would allow anyone to search for businesses in the city. With the app, the public will be able to easily access key governmental agency or facilities.

    Top cop sent to jail
    The Deputy Officer Commanding the Stann Creek Police Formation, Mark Stevens, is serving his first week in prison. The top cop was reportedly sent to prison on a committal warrant on Monday. We are told that he owed a bank around $50,000.

    Early morning shooting in San Pedro
    Shortly after 4 this morning, there was a shooting at Central Park in San Pedro town. According to police reports, three persons were injured. A source told BBN that the injured persons were allegedly shot by a police officer.

    Fuel goes up again!
    As a part of government’s strategy to collect more revenues, they have adjusted the cost of fuel for the 5th time this year.. The cost of Premium increase by more than 25 cents, from 10.44 per gallon to 10.79 per gallon.

    Disorderly conduct lands Belmopan man in jail
    Jerome Gill Jr. is currently in prison after he was refused bail yesterday in the Belmopan Magistrate Court. According to police reports, he was behaving disorderly with a firearm while under the influence of alcohol at the Double O’s Bar in Belmopan.

    Blogs

    Affordable Healthcare with a Personal Touch in Belize
    My husband, Marcos, and I moved to the island of Ambergris Caye, Belize four years ago with considerable knowledge of the country since we had made 12 trips here and were able to watch the country grow and change. Even so, being a tourist is quite different to actually living and working in a foreign country…we’ve learned many things since our arrival. One of my concerns before our move was about medical and dental care. I imagined I would need to return to the States or go to Mexico for decent care…I was wrong. There is national healthcare in Belize, which anyone can use. We can also afford private care that costs a fraction of what it does in the States. A visit with a specialist of any kind costs about $30, and you are given as much time as you need. My last visit with a specialist in the U.S. cost me $180 and I was seen for exactly 15 minutes. I recently saw a specialist, had an ultrasound, and a full blood screen in Belize, and the total cost was $315. Dentistry costs about half of U.S. prices, and sometimes less. In Belize, your doctor sees you as a person, not just a problem to be solved or an insurance policy to be charged. The atmosphere is relaxed, like a small-town U.S. doctor’s office in the 1960s. When you visit a doctor here, you’re part of the community. Your blood pressure is generally taken in the waiting room along with everybody else’s, and you are either congratulated or perhaps scolded a bit right there.

    New Direct Flight To Belize Adds New Route & Higher Level of Service
    Trump Air IS BACK! For those of you not from the east coast of the US – I’m from NJ and this news was BIG! – Trump Shuttle, operating as Trump Air, flew from 1989 to 1992 as part of Eastern Air Lines. TA ran flights from Boston to Washington DC and NYC to Orlando. Their aircraft featured luxurious maple wood veneer, chrome seat belt latches and gold colored lavatory fixtures. After its demise, there were many who thought the Trump name would never grace the skies again. But during Trump’s presidential campaign, his plane carried a message of hope…of renewed greatness to enthusiastic crowds gathered a airport hangar pep rallies around the United States. (April Fools)

    International Sourcesizz

    What to Do in the Rainforest in Belize
    Westjet Magazine has another Belize article out. They answer the question with, 'stay in a jungle lodge, take a hike after dark, explore Mayan ruins and go cave tubing,' and while they miss about 50 other things, it's still correct.
    Half the country of Belize is covered in lush, dense rainforest, which is populated with unique wildlife and features jungle lodges and Mayan ruins. Here are four ways to experience the rainforest. Much of the wildlife in the rainforest is nocturnal, so book a jungle hike after dark for your best shot at catching a glimpse. Jungle lodges and resorts like Chaa Creek, Black Rock Lodge and Caves Branch offer guided night hikes. Expect to be followed along the way by buzzing fireflies and encounter creatures such as red-eyed tree frogs, tarantulas, armadillo, snakes, wild boar, deer and spider monkeys.

    Videos

  • Remembering Late Photographer Noel Escalante, 1min.

  • Say NO to cyber violence!, 1min. Join our campaign Be Bold for Change and Show Cyber Respect featuring Caye Caulker Ocean Academy students.

  • Residents claim abuse by police officers at this morning's shooting incident at Central Park, 2min. Police report three injured as shots fired by officers.

  • Spring Break Cruise 2017, 4min. Norwegian Getaway - Roatan, Belize, Costa Maya, and Cozumel

  • CAYE CAULKER. The Best Island in BELIZE., 10min. Let’s take a tour around Caye Caulker. This small caribbean Island takes the best of the caribbean experience. Caye Caulker is a very comfortable island with many beaches, activities, restaurants and things to do but Caye Caulker is still a very small and peaceful community in the Caribbean.

  • HIKING MAYAN TEMPLES! Belize Travel Vlog, 3min. Had the incredible opportunity to travel to Belize for two weeks! Amazing hiking, snorkeling, and adventuring.

  • Flowers Bank -The Belize River, 2min.

  • The fisheries of Honduras and Belize, 9min. The Centre for Marine Ecology has a brand new way of tracking the fisheries of the Utila Cays, Bay Islands, Honduras and Caye Caulker, Belize... Check out this great piece created for National Geographic TV

    April 1, 2017


    FOR TODAY'S BELIZE WEATHER, CLICK HERE

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    Specials and Events

    Last night's TV news on Channel 7, Channel 5, LOVETV, PGTV, West Vision (Cayo) and CTV 3. Also with the most recent Open Your Eyes, and other specials


    The San Pedro Sun

    BTIA discusses ideas to develop new strategic plan
    In an effort to establish the Belize Tourism Industry Association’s (BTIA) five-year strategic plan, all district chapters have participated in an interactive consultation to help draft a proposal. On Monday, March 27th, a consultation was held for the San Pedro Chapter of the BTIA (BTIA-SPC) at the Sunbreeze Hotel Conference Room. In attendance was Chairlady of the BTIA-SPC Tamara Sniffin, along with several industry partners, business and tourism stakeholders. First Vice President of the national BTIA Raineldo Guerrero facilitated the presentation, prompting a discussion that allowed the BTIA-SPC to offer valuable feedback. Members were asked for their input on how BTIA can strengthen ties with the Belize Tourism Board (BTB), how it can better communicate with its members, and how membership can become more valuable to current and potential members.

    SPTC reactivates Clean-up Campaign
    Under the motto, “Small bites- big threats; keep your surroundings clean and mosquito free”, the San Pedro Town Council (SPTC) has reactivated their Clean Up Campaign for 2017. The campaign, which promotes proper garbage disposal, was developed to not only alleviate vector-borne diseases, but to also address San Pedro’s garbage crisis. On Friday, March 17th, Mayor Daniel Guerrero, along with Town Councilors, and SPTC staff, took to the streets of San Juan and Boca del Rio. While SPTC trucks and volunteers picked up large piles of garbage, residents were given bags and flyers, which explained how to maintain their surroundings clean. As San Pedro is currently in its dry season, the SPTC is hoping to regulate the spread of vector borne diseases, including Zika, before the rainy season begins in June.

    Ambergris Caye athletes participate at international Mixed Martial Arts Tournament
    Four islanders (George Olivarez, Allen Cawich, Juan Hernandez, and Ricardo Rodriguez) represented Belize on Saturday, March 18th in the neighboring Mexican city of Chetumal, Quintana Roo, at a mixed martial arts competition. The event, known as Chetumal Xtreme Cage, saw competitors from Mexico, Germany, Switzerland, and Belize. Ambergris Caye’s fighters were coached by Martin Dawson, who prepared them at his Dawson’s Pit Fighters training school. The different classes offered include mixed martial arts based on kickboxing and Brazilian jujitsu.

    Senate denies PACT Bill; GOB to override decision
    A historic event in Belizean politics took place on Monday, March 27th, when its Senate voted down a Government bill. The measure, called Protected Areas Conservation Trust (PACT) (Amendment) Bill, proposed the introduction of an additional development fee to be collected from non-Belizeans when departing the country via air transportation. The Government of Belize (GOB) argues that the new fee is crucial to help increase the revenue of the upcoming fiscal budget, thus, they will be presenting the bill to the Governor General for an assent, despite being voted down. The PACT Amendment Bill, which is considered a ‘money Bill,’ received a seven to six vote, with all social partners voting in opposition. Also casting his vote for the first time was the 13th Senator, Honourable Osmany Salas. It is very important to mention that the vote of the 13th Senator made a major difference, and many believe that if there would have been a 13th Senator in past administrations, Belize’s political landscape would be different.

    EU to lift quotas on sugar
    The sustainability of Belize’s sugar industry is now uncertain as the European Union (EU) is seeking to lift quotas on cane sugar, and exchange it with beet sugar. Sugar amounts to 60% of exports in Belize, and during 2015 and 2016, around 1.6 million metric tons of mostly raw sugar was exported to the EU. That amounts to half of the EU’s sugar imports, and if revoked, it can have devastating results to the country’s agriculture sector. The Belize Sugar Industry is now faced with the challenge to become more competitive with their prices, along with the task to produce more quality sugar. According to Jose Alpuche, Chief Executive Officer at the Ministry of Agriculture (MOA), stated that local farmers need to diversify their crops in order to stand out among European sugar producers. “As it relates to market diversification, the European market will get much tighter…However, we are looking as an industry, and as a region, to loop the market within the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Regional Integration states as another means of long term viability of the sector,” said Alpuche.

    Ambergris Today

    947 Grams Of Cannabis Removed From Tropic Air Cargo San Pedro
    San Pedro Police reports that at 2:30 a.m. onThursday, March 30, 2017, they searched a red and white shoe box at Tropic Air cargo section on Sea Star Street which led to the discovery of (2) parcels of cannabis amounting to 947 grams. No one arrived to claim the package and the item was claimed by the Police and deposited as “Found Property”.

    San Pedro High Celebrates 2017 Drug Awareness Week
    San Pedro High School celebrated Drug Awareness Week filled with events targeting the student body knowing that drug use amongst teenagers is prevalent within societies world-wide. Students started the week by receiving a motivational speech based on drugs from Inspector Brent Hamilton from Belize's National K9 Unit. With the assistance of Detective Barigton Bracket and a K9 Handler, they demonstrated how easily drugs are located and identified. The opening ceremony ended with students, teachers and invited guests releasing balloons into the air in memory of those who have passed away due to drug misuse and for those who are currently addicted.

    BTL Launches New Innovative Directory That Highlights Belize Reef
    BTL stated its proud on all the hard work, dedication and investment into making this year’s publication visually captivating and very informative. The 2017 edition features a cover shot by renowned local photographer Tony Rath. “As you can see, every year the directory features a new natural heritage, a new natural treasure for Belize. So, it is raising awareness of what we have to offer and the fact that this natural heritage is something so unique and beautiful. So, we are sharing this with our wider Belizean population. So, it showcases what we have to offer as a country.” - Ingrid Juarez, Sr. PR Rep., B.T.L.

    Misc Belizean Sources

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    Good Friday is Dry Friday
    Easter is around the corner! A little heads up! Liquor license holders should begin closing their establishment as of 11:45 p.m. on Thursday, April 13, 2017.

    Public Notice - AMENDMENT OF THE STAMP DUTY ACT
    Please note that there will be an amendment to the Stamp Duty Act, Chapter 64 of the Laws of Belize, Revised Edition 2011, Section 74. With this amendment, the rate of stamp duty which is applied on the purrchase of foreign currency from any commercial bank will increase from 1.25% to 1.75%. This new rate will take effect on April 1st, 2017.

    BEL needs Technician
    A vacancy exists at Belize Electricity Limited for the post of Technician II in the Transmission and Substation Department.

    18th Annual BEL Junior Cross Country Cycling Classic
    April 2

    The Peninsula International Academy invited the Institute of Archaeology to be a part of their earth day celebrations.

    Expansion of their sewage system along Laguna Drive in San Pedro
    Works have commenced by Belize Water Services on the expansion of their sewage system along Laguna Drive. We ask once again for your cooperation and understanding while these works are taking place.

    University of Belize Social Work Conference and Exhbition 2017
    We celebrated the last days of Social Work Month 2017 with an engaging conference surrounding the theme for this year's social work month "Promoting Community and Environmental Sustainability" Thanking our partners and sponsors for making this a reality. University of Belize BTEC Beltraide Avant Garde The Ramada Belize City Princess,Graphics & Grand Prints, San Pedro Belize Express Water Taxi, Dolphin Productions Ltd., Simon Quan, Alpha Male, Bowen & Bowen, Ltd. We cannot forget all our social service agencies and presenters who participated a BIG thank you!

    Agricultural & Trade Show 2017
    This year's Agricultural and Trade Show will be the last weekend in April, the 28th through the 30th. The theme for this year is 'Let's Get Growing." "National Agriculture and Trade Show 2017 April 28, 29, and 30, 2017 "Let's Get Growing""

    Annual Bird-A-Thon
    April 4 – April 5, Ian Anderson's Caves Branch Jungle Lodge. Bird-A-Thon Belize is ON! Caves Branch Jungle Lodge will work hard to defend our holding of the H.Lee Jones Birding Cup. JOIN US as we count down our birding list for the most bird species in our immediate location of Caves Branch. Watch for live feeds, photos, updates and more as this FUN DAY takes to the air!

    Channel 7

    Sin Tax In Effect: Soda and Beer Prices Going Up 25 Cents Per Bottle On Monday
    Tomorrow, April first may be all fool's day - but, more importantly, it's also tax day! That's because its the first day of the fiscal year - a year in which government has to raise an additional 80 million dollars in taxes. 28 million dollars of that will come from "sin taxes" on soft drinks, beer and stout, and increased taxes on cement, and fuel. And, so how much will that increase the cost of your favorite soft drink or beer? Well, for locally produced beverages from Bowen and Bowen, the cost of soft drink or beer will go up about 4 dollars per crate. That works out to an increase in the retail price of about 25 cents per bottle of beer or soft drink. Now, this may vary, due to the difference in various bottle sizes, but a senior company executive told us that 25 cents per bottle is about the average increase. He also told us that one or two products - which he didn't name - will not increase.

    Sewell Brings In British Barrister To Fight For Freedom
    3 weeks ago, we told you that the Chief Justice, Kenneth Benjamin, had decided to re-open the habeas corpus case for Mark Seawell. He's been fighting his extradition to the US on narcotics importation charges for the last 10 years. The Chief Justice heard this case in August of 2013. But he hasn't given a ruling on whether or not he will uphold the Chief Magistrate's decision that Sewell must be extradited to the US to face criminal trial. That delay allowed Sewell's attorneys to approach the court to re-open the case so that new arguments could be made on Mark Seawell's behalf. Those new arguments were heard today, and Mark Seawell's lead attorney for this hearing was British Barrister Ben Cooper - the same one who managed to get his brother, Gary, free last year. They believe that once again, the Chief Magistrate's warrant of committal, which is the document being used to keep him in prison, is defective.

    Mayor Tells Fort George Stakeholders, “Keep Calm, I Hear Ya”
    Tonight, Belize City Mayor Darrell Bradley is urging the stakeholders in the Fort George Tourism Zone to keep calm, he's not taxing them, at least not yet. This is after those stakeholders had a press conference yesterday complaining that the Tourism Board and the City Council were trying to railroad them into new taxes and fees in a Tourism Zone that is sorely lacking in basic tourist infrastructure. Well, it seems the Mayor heard them loud and clear. A release from the city council this evening says, quote, "the concerns being expressed by the Fort Street Tourism Zone stakeholders are genuine and valid." It adds, "proposals (will) be reviewed with their concerns and recommendations in mind." And then it underscores what the mayor has been saying, quote, "Do not move unless you are assured that the buses will be relocated and the tourists will go through the park." End quote.

    Bail For Alleged Husband Killer
    Genevia Estrada is free on bail tonight. One month ago, she was charged with manslaughter for causing the death of her husband. This is after she allegedly pushed her common law husband Eric Kent Moses down a flight of stairs. He hit his head, and later died. She was charged for manslaughter and remanded. Well, she appeared in the Supreme Court today where she got bail. Estrada had been on remand for 5 weeks.

    Guatemalans With A Gold Vial In Chiquibul
    A foursome of Guatemalan gold panners have been caught in the Chiquibul. William Govanni Mangandil, Israel Garcia, Enrique Velis and Hermelindo Velis - all from Poptun, Guatemala were caught on Wednesday 4 miles inside Belizean territory in the area of Ceibo Chico, inside the Chiquibul National Park. BDF personnel and FCD Ranger came upon a thatch camp where the four were seen on top of a hill. They had 2 vials of what appeared to be small amounts of gold. They told the patrol team that that a gram of gold sells in Peten for about 150 quetzales, which is about $47.00 Belize dollars. They added that the area does not have much gold now. It's a long trek to san Ignacio, but the four men were escorted from southern Chiquibul to the San Ignacio Police Station where they arrived on Thursday afternoon. Charges were laid by the Forest Department and Immigration Department for illegal entry and operating illegally inside a national park.

    Convicted Killer Asks CCJ To Set Him Free
    Today, the Caribbean Court of Justice has heard the first criminal Appeal from Belize, and it's for convicted killer Gregory August. He's trying to get his conviction for murder overturned at the Caribbean Court of Justice. He's the man who successfully convinced the Court of Appeal to make a landmark judgement scrapping life sentences, making them no longer mandatory for a murder conviction. His case originated in November, 2012. He was convicted of the 2009 murder of 73 year-old Alvin Robinson. A jury found him guilty of stabbing the disabled man 9 times to the face and neck, killing him. There was no eyewitness evidence which pointed to him as the person who inflicted the wounds, but the prosecution depended on circumstantial evidence.

    Cannabis By Air Cargo
    Domestic air carrier cargo services have once again been used to smuggle weed to San Pedro. At around 2:30 yesterday morning San Pedro cops searched a shoe box at the Tropic Air cargo section where they discovered two parcels of cannabis weighing just over two pounds. The cops waited for someone to come in and claim the package, but when no one came they deposited it as Found Property.

    How To Report Major Public Health Scares
    Today, key public health stakeholders met in Belize City to discuss the implementation of the International Health Regulations. The IHR is a legally binding agreement where member nations agree to conform to a regulated method of detecting and reporting major public health scares. We spoke to Belize's Principal Public Health Inspector, John Bodden and Eldonna Boisson, an advisor from PAHO, about these regulations... John Bodden - Principal Public Health Inspector: "Basically, what we're doing, we have the gathering of all stakeholders that are involved in IHR, and basically it's to fine tune our standard operation procedures and what we're hoping to do is to actually have the interaction of those people and to streamline how we respond in terms of emergencies, specifically public health emergencies."

    UNICEF's New Sheriff
    From PAHO to UNICEF, that UNC children's agency has a new country representative. Ugandan Dr. Susan Kasedde, presented her Credentials to Foreign Minister Wilfred Elrington, and paid a courtesy call on Prime Minister Dean Barrow a month ago. Dr. Kasedde served as UNICEF's Senior Specialist and Global Team Leader for HIV and Adolescents in New York since November 2009. She has worked for over 18 years on HIV Prevention and Sexual and Reproductive Health. Prior to arriving in Belize, she worked as UNAIDS Regional Adviser for Eastern & Southern Africa and Head of Office for UNAIDS in Namibia.

    Fuel Prices Finalized
    Earlier on we told you about those fuel prices which will increase at midnight, but we didn't have the figures just yet. Well we have them now. Premium fuel will increase from 10.44 per gallon to 10.79 per gallon. That's up 35 cents per gallon. Regular will go up by 32 cents per gallon, from $9.47 to $9.79. Diesel will go up by thirteen cents per gallon, from $8.98 to $9.11. As we said, the price change takes effect at midnight and is part of government's new tax measures.

    They Knocked Down My Nephew
    Tonight a Belize City family is calling on the person who knocked down their loved one to step up. Naithon Arzu was run over when he was heading to work on Central American Boulevard on Tuesday morning. Today, his aunt, who is not a stranger to this newscast, told us that he's in a bad way:... The driver's insurance agency has told the family it will cover costs, but they haven't had time to do the paperwork and they say the expenses are mounting.

    More Conch Catchers At Court
    On Tuesday, we showed you the first 9 of those 29 fishermen that the Fisheries Department, the Belize Audubon Society and the Police busted with a stash of undersized conch in the Lighthouse Reef area last week. Well tonight, we show you two more. They are brothers Julio and Oscar Cardona, and they've both pleaded guilty to being in possession of undersized conch. Julio Cardona was caught with 214 conch, and he was given a total fine of $4,430 dollars. He must pay the court by September 30, or else he will spend 7 months in jail.

    NCL Recruiting in Belize
    Norwegian Cruise Line is hiring in Belize. Today, NCL, who hasn't made any friends by diverting its cruise ships down south to Harvest Caye, held a recruitment workshop in Belize City. The event, which was held in collaboration with BTEC, hosted around 200 applicants, who began the first phase of the application process. NCL's recruiter Rohan Charly, about what it takes to work on a cruise ship... After this pre screening, today's applicants will have to sit through an interview in Independence next week, which will determine if they will get the job.

    Sapodilla Revisited
    For the past few nights we've been reporting on the sensitive document leaked from Guatemala's Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It's basically the report of a consultant working for the Guatemalans on their ICJ education campaign. His report says that the Guatemalans are considering including Belize in its official map, and that they are interested in oil in Belize. They are also interested in the Sapodilla Caye Range. That southern most string of islands in Belizean territory has been the apple of Guatemala's eye for decades if not centuries. And, the truth is, they use it more than we Belizeans do. And with Easter approaching, it will be a favorite getaway for wealthy Guatemalans who can zip out there in their private boats. In 2002 - yes, 15 years ago - our Indira Craig visited those islands to find out what makes them so special to the Guatemalans. Here's her story from October 2002:...

    A Run For Fun And For Purpose
    Tomorrow Special Olympics Belize will be holding its annual "fun run". The event is being held to raise awareness for the Special Olympics as well as to promote exercise and a healthy life style. Each district will be having it's own run, and everyone is invited to participate. The Special Olympics' Belize District's Administrative Lead, Carol Brennon, told us more... Karel Brannon - Belize District Administrative Lead, Special Olympics Belize: "So tomorrow we're having our annual fun run. We have this every year, the first Saturday in April. Fun run is just to promote awareness of special olympics Belize, what we are, so the community can come out and be a part of Special Olympics. We try to promote our community of inclusion and acceptance of our youths or people with intellectual disabilities, so we're just asking everybody to come out and support us."

    Working Out Water Boards
    The control of water boards is often an issue of contention in villages. Local politicians like to keep those boards under their control so they can appoint their cronies. In small communities, water is power and it's also money since the water boards collect from residents. But, sometimes they can't collect, and that's when those boards don't have enough money to pay the light bills for their water pumps. It can be a whole big mess, and that's why yesterday the Minister of Local Government and the Belize Rural North Representative met with Village Council and Water Board representatives from throughout that constituency. They met in Ladyville where they said it is a process and a commitment to consult:

    Friday's Festival Package
    And that's all we have for you on this Friday night. Thanks for watching 7news, I am Roneisha Gentle Have a good night and a great weekend and join Indira Craig back here on Monday.

    Channel 5

    Gregory August Fights for Freedom before C.C.J.
    There is an unprecedented challenge before the Caribbean Court of Justice. The case got underway today with President Justice Denis Byron presiding.  Attorneys Eamon Courtenay and Ileana Swift are representing [...]

    Mark Seawell Challenges Warrant for Extradition
    Is incarcerated Ladyville resident Mark Seawell closer to being extradited to the United States or is he finally going home to his family in the days ahead?  His fate as [...]

    Decision Thursday; Attorney is Hopeful
    Unlike Gary Seawell’s case, which was dragged through the entire judicial system, Cooper is confident that the matter will be resolved in the high court and that the case will [...]

    Renaissance Towers Sold in Auction, Ending Receivership
    After several years in receivership, the Renaissance Towers complex on Newtown Barracks in the city was sold via public auction on Wednesday. News Five has been informed that the property [...]

    No April Fool: Taxes for Vices Go Up on Saturday
    All Fools’ Day may be on Saturday, but for those who enjoy beer and cigarettes or pay electricity bills of one hundred dollars and above, our next story will be [...]

    CitCo Responds to Concerns of FSTV Stakeholders
    On Thursday, a group of stakeholders in the Fort George Tourism Zone voiced strong objections to a proposed three hundred dollar fee for rent that will be levied by the [...]

    No Settlement Discussed in Andre Vega Compensation Case
    It has now been a month since the Government successfully served Estevan Perera as attorney on behalf of Andre Vega, businessman and son of the former DPM and Minister of [...]

    Arbitration Cases at Standstill
    A total of four awards handed down by the London Court of International Arbitration for multiple companies hit the Government hard in January, forcing new regulations against any attachment of [...]

    Finding Judges: A.G. Says Belizeans are Preferred
    The Supreme Court faces an absence of judges to hear cases, particularly in the Northern Session.  Justice Herbert Lord has been on sick leave since January, after suffering a broken [...]

    Top Legal Official Closely Watches Senate Inquiry
    He cannot analyze it publicly for the time being, but Attorney General Michael Peyrefitte said he is keeping ‘eagle eyes’ on the drama unfolding every Wednesday at the Senate Special [...]

    Special Olympics’ Fun Run
    Annually, on the first Saturday in the month of April, the Special Olympics Belize hosts a fun run to promote awareness of what the organization does. At six a.m. on [...]

    Remembering Late Photographer Noel Escalante
    On Thursday, after battling cancer for some time, Noel Escalante passed away at the hospital in Belize City. For many years, he’s been doing photography in Belize capturing snapshots of [...]

    Family Seeks Assistance for Belize City Traffic Accident Victim
    A family is seeking the public’s assistance with some medical bills after one of their loved one was knocked down earlier this week. According to Laverne Arzu, her nephew, twenty-year-old [...]

    Roots Expo to be Held in Western Paradise
    The Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry is putting off its second annual entrepreneurs’ expo, better known as the Belizean Roots Expo. This year, the expo moves from Burrell Boom [...]

    Tyler Savery’s Mom Leads “Light Our Hearts” Vigil
    Shakera Young is on a mission to fight for peace and humanity in Belize City following the murder of her only child in November of last year. Young is the [...]

    Celebrating our Youngest at Festival of the Arts
    For the past week, pre-schoolers have been putting on performances at the Bliss Center for the Performing Arts showcasing the best in talent. On Saturday night, performers from the Belize [...]

    LOVE FM

    Miss Jane is US Embassy’s Woman of the Year 2017
    The US Embassy has recognized two more Belizean Women for their outstanding contribution to society during the 12th Annual Outstanding Women’s Awards Ceremony hosted by the Special Envoy for Women and Children, Kim Simplis Barrow and the Women’s Department. This year the US Department of State nominated Captain Derricia Castillo–Salazar for the U.S. Department of […]

    Women’s Month: Power to the Military Women
    Today sees the end of Women’s Month where several events taking place over the last four weeks ranging from empowerment sessions to trainings and workshops. This past Wednesday saw twenty two women awarded from various parts of the country for their outstanding performance as mothers, career women, community role models and/or mentors. One aspect that […]

    Increasing Personnel in Dialysis Unit
    Chronic renal failure has become quite prevalent in Belize in recent years. It is a condition that requires dialysis several times per week and is now demanding that more medical personnel be trained in this area. There is a cooperation agreement between Belize and Taiwan that is providing our local nurses with certified training. As […]

    Amandala

    Sleeping cop shot in chest by cocked gun under pillow
    Less than 24 hours after PC Marvin Locke was stabbed brutally and killed at the Racoon Street Police Station by a Honduran man, who had gone into the station and waited for him, another policeman was shot. Corporal #470 Daniel Paul Lawrence, 37, was shot in the chest on Monday night at his home on Church Street. At home at the time were Lawrence’s two sons, one 8 and the other 17. Police reported that at about 9:00 on Monday night, Lawrence was sleeping with his loaded 9mm Glock pistol in the ready position under his pillow when the gun discharged. Lawrence, attached to the Racoon Street Strike Team, was admitted to the KHMH’s Intensive Care Unit, where he had been declared to be serious but stable. Credible reports to Amandala tonight, however, that he is “critical but stable, but still in an induced coma.”

    Belize to be included in map of Guatemala?
    Belize’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs is not making a big deal of recent reports that a Guatemalan consultant, Edmundo Rene Urrutia Garcia, has filed a report with the Guatemala Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in which he outlines proposals raised during the first month of his one-year consultancy, for Belize to be included in Guatemala’s map, apparently with annexation of the Sarstoon. Chief Executive Officer in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Lawrence Sylvester, told Amandala today that he has heard of the report, but not seen the documents. The CEO said that there is no cause for unnecessary anxiety, as the report does not undermine Belize’s position in any way. The document was shared by someone who obtained it from a source in Guatemala’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the suggestion is that there is a faction in Guatemala trying to mount a campaign to see if there will be any resistance to the proposals.

    The horrible, terrible memory of Barton Middleton
    Today, Barton Middleton appeared in front of the Senate Select Committee after police delivered a summons to his residence in Orange Walk. Middleton was the alleged visa agent who reportedly collected $3,000 per stolen visa processed in 2012. However, Middleton adamantly told the committee that he was not involved in any such transaction and denied knowing Patrick Tillett, the Belize City Council Financial Controller who, under oath, claimed to have paid him. The committee had scheduled three witnesses to appear in front of the committee today. However, following Middleton’s testimony, the committee suspended the hearing. The Senate inquiry will resume following the Easter vacation break and Middleton will be required to return for more questioning. Before the hearing was suspended, Middleton was warned that if he was found guilty of perjury he could face ten years in prison.

    Majestic Alley “long barracks” unfit to live in, say residents
    Thirty-eight years ago, in 1979, Fort George area representative Said Musa constructed two “long barracks” in Majestic Alley which served as homes for up to a hundred persons. Last Friday, a huge fire consumed one of the barracks, leaving 51 persons displaced. The other barracks currently remains standing, but two residents, Shirley Smith and Dorla Gillett, are both asking for it to be torn down. These two women say they want their own homes. They told us that the barracks in which they live is dilapidated and the conditions in which they are forced to live are unhealthy. According to Smith, “We get neglect inna this alley…” She told our newspaper that since last August, when she complained to several social agencies that there were issues with the sewer system at the barracks, no one has visited her.

    Cop in jail for outstanding debt of approximately $60,000
    Mark Stevens is an Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) and the Deputy Officer Commanding (OC) Dangriga police. However, today he was asked to replace his crisp khaki uniform with casual clothing, as he was reduced to being a prisoner. According to reports, he was sent to prison on a committal warrant for an outstanding debt estimated at $60,000, which he owes a local bank. Information received by Amandala is that his colleague, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Robert Mariano, was the one who arrested him when he found him in Belmopan.

    GOB never exercised its full power to order Ashcroft to interconnect with Intelco
    When the Government of Belize, under the Said Musa administration, opened the telecommunications market 15 years ago to allow competition with the formerly state-owned Belize Telecommunications Limited (now Belize Telemedia Limited — BTL), there was a protracted dispute between that company, then controlled by British billionaire Michael Ashcroft, and the Musa administration. It has been described as a very tumultuous time, marked by immensely costly telecommunications deals, including the shuffling back and forth of BTL’s ownership between Ashcroft and American Jeffery Prosser, with whom the deal fell through, and then the transfer back to Ashcroft, with whom the Government later entered into the infamous accommodation agreement in an attempt to try to figuratively bury the Intelco hatchet.

    1st Annual Ernest “Jawmein” Meighan Mount Hope Classic
    These 11 guys were collaborating on the return to Belize City. At Mile 51, the famous Old Man Hill, Jose Choto continued the attacking, trying to win the prize at the hill top. Choto got the station prize and opened a gap. Tarique Flowers found this to be a threat and again he quickly jumped across to Choto, and the two of them began working together. This new development of a 2-man break-away from the lead group forced certain guys from the remaining 9 to pick up the responsibility of doing the work. Flowers was the only representative from Benny’s, but Jose Choto had his younger brother, the 2012 Cross Country Champion, Geovanni Choto, and teammate Jesmar Guerra sitting in the 9. In cycling terms, we would say that “Geov” Choto and Guerra were getting a “free ride,” at least until Jose Choto and Flowers were caught. Due to the attacks and sudden changes in the tempo, Zamir Guerra, the last standing representative in the break-away from the Smart Team was left at Mile 50.

    NEBL “In the Paint”
    With only three games left to play on their regular season schedule, the Belmopan Bandits sits all alone at second place in NEBL standings, thanks to a win at home last Saturday night against visiting Dangriga Dream Ballers, and a Western Ballaz loss at San Pedro Tiger Sharks. The Bandits took care of business against the Western Ballaz, getting the 69-65 win to take a full game lead on them in the NEBL standings. The Bandits took control in third quarter play of what was pretty much a very evenly played game up to that point, with the Ballers holding the slight 31-28 edge. But a 26-11 run over the final 8 minutes, engineered by the veterans of the club, Greg “Chippy” Rudon’s nine fourth-quarter points, Stephen Williams’ five fourth-quarter points, and Keith “Superman” Acosta’s four fourth-quarter points, was plenty to facilitate the visitors’ grabbing the 57-49 lead at a critical point in the game, which essentially propelled them to victory.

    Bandits invade, 4-nil; BDF crumbles at the MCC
    It’s hard to describe it any other way, what transpired yesterday evening at the MCC Grounds, in the Premier League of Belize (PLB) 2016-2017 Closing Season Week 10 clash between home standing Belize Defence Force FC (BDF) and visiting, undefeated, defending champion Belmopan Bandits SC. City fans have grown to expect a certain level of performance and competitiveness from the BDF squad, although the majority of regulars still look at FC Belize as their favorite city team. Going into the weekend, BDF was ranked #2 in the standings, while the struggling FC Belize had just managed to climb into the #5 position in the race for one of the top-4 berths in the playoffs. But city fans were terribly disappointed, as the home team fell, 4-0, in a rather one-sided affair.

    Who’s the Winner of Jr. Cross Country?
    This year marks the 18th running of the Junior Cross Country Cycling Classic, and the question everyone is asking is, “Who’s the winner?” Truth is, over the years, there have been a long list of winners, including 16 young boys who crossed the finish line first in the 17 editions of the race – Byron Pope accomplished the feat twice. The tradition started in 2000 with the first crowning of Ariel Rosado, and has continued right up to current 2016 champion Kaydine Pinelo. Winners over the years have included household names in the sport such as Marlon Castillo, Joel Borland, the afore-mentioned Byron Pope and Ariel Rosado, and recently crowned Belmopan Classic champion, Oscar Quiroz. Ernest “Jaw” Meighan never won this race – it wasn’t created yet in his youth – but his son, Ernest Bradley, won it 2 years ago. The list of champions is recorded in history, but there are other winners not so remembered. I wanted to know who those winners are, so I set out in search, and what I discovered was enlightening.

    Editorial: Strange Senate, strange country
    Belize is a strange country in several ways. One of the most intriguing ways in which Belize is strange has to do with what appears to be the reality that Belizeans from certain classes and backgrounds, Belizeans with certain connections, cannot go to jail. We say this even as the New Jersey courts this week were sentencing two of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s staffers to jail time for a so-called Bridgegate scandal. A Republican, Christie not only ran for the Republican presidential nomination last year, he is in the good books, a confidant of, the man who eventually won that nomination and the presidency itself – Donald J. Trump. No matter, no matter. In America, no one’s too big to go to jail. And they are the richest and most powerful country in the world. In tiny, poverty-stricken Belize, however, there are so many sacred cows and special arrangements.

    ‘89 memories
    In the Krem Saturday morning show this past Saturday, host Tony Wright posed the question to listeners, “Who were the two goalkeepers for Milpros football team in 1989?” I don’t know exactly why Tony chose 1989; perhaps it is because 1989 was such an eventful year in Belize football, and in Belize on a whole. Michael “Maradona” Sutherland was given the prize for his entry – Carlos Slusher and Marvin Ottley. 1989 was surely a pivotal year in so many ways. Tony’s choice of topic caused me some flashback beyond 1989, as well as a reason to check our team log for that year, which showed some more goalkeeper information for what was then the “Coke Milpros” football team.

    A review of 1991
    This week, in our year ending issue, we use our editorial space to take a selective look back at 1991. Early in the year, January 8, the news was upbeat – Belize had officially joined the Organization of American States, and one week later Venezuelan President, Carlos Andres Perez, one of the most powerful leaders in this region, visited Belize and was warmly received. Belizeans were apprehensive about relatives and friends in the various branches of the United States Armed Forces who were about to be involved in war against Iraq in the Middle East. Later in January, news of repeated robberies of tourists at Xunantunich were an omen of a troublesome development in the tourist industry later in the year – a travel advisory against Belize issued by the U.S. State Department.

    Superbond and the cost of nationalization feature prominently in Senate debate
    At a special Senate sitting held at the National Assembly in Belmopan on Monday, March 27, 2017, to debate the national budget for the upcoming fiscal year 2017/2018, the recent renegotiation of the billion-dollar superbond featured highly in the debate, as well as the cost of nationalization of two utility companies —the Belize Telemedia Limited and the Belize Electricity Limited (BEL). The discussions ensued as Senators considered 5 motions and 11 bills, which were all passed in Monday’s sitting. Notably, the Protected Areas Conservation Trust (Amendment) Bill, 2017, which involves the raising of departure taxes for foreigners traveling to Belize by air – firmly opposed by the Belize Tourism Industry Association (BTIA)—is being held back. Senator Osmany Salas, representing the NGO community, called for a division, and while the 6 Senators from the Government side voted for it, the other 7 voted against it.

    Raymond Gongora Revolutionized Belizean theater! (Part One)
    The 1970s in Belizean theater can be dubbed “The Belizean Artistic Renaissance” since its period of high quality, accomplished Belizean drama taken from the streets of Belize City and the surrounding Creole villages of Belize District carried the narratives of Belizean ancestors of African Creole folklore. But these stories would not have been preserved if it was not for the work of a drama group from Belize City called “The Square Peg Players” that was the brilliant brainchild of the legendary Belizean actor, playwright, and visionary, Raymond Gongora. Gongora’s range as an artistic interpreter was seen in his ability to take the language of the common day Belizean folk of the 1970s Belize and capture it in prose and drama. He was the architect of Belizean comedy theatre pulling from the incredible works of legendary Belizean artists and playwrights like Evan X Hyde, George Gabb and Sandra Coye.

    THE ANGLO GUATEMALAN CLAIM TO BELIZE 2017!
    A campaign which started as far back as 1968 with the insidious and rejected United States government-backed Webster Proposals to make Belize a part of the Republic of Guatemala—and then continued with the treacherous Heads of Agreement in 1981 that led to widespread rebellion by the people of Belize in the streets—has now surfaced again since 2008 with the traitorous Compromis that has given the Guatemalan military oligarchy a green light to annex and invade the entire Sarstoon River in Southern Belize, even beyond the border line on that river that separated the two bordering nations, almost bringing the two nations to the brink of war, has culminated in an intoxication campaign by both governments to force the two peoples to go to the International Court of Justice (I.C.J.) to settle the longstanding claim.

    Belize experienced its first year-long recession in more than two decades
    Amandala’s review of statistics released to the media today, at a press conference held by the Statistical Institute of Belize (SIB) in Belize City, revealed that Belize experienced its first year-long recession in more than two decades. The official data indicate that for the first time since at least 1995, the country recorded four consecutive quarters of negative growth. The last time Belize experienced a recession was 2007-2008, around the time of the change of administration from the People’s United Party (PUP) to the United Democratic Party (UDP). It is noteworthy that the recession of 2016 followed another major election season, although this recession, notwithstanding the fact that it was more protracted, was not as deep as the former.

    The Reporter

    San Ignacio resident missing
    A family from the Kontiki area of San Ignacio town, Cayo, is worried after one of their loved one went missing earlier this week. Information is that 25 year-old Saul Jeovani Ortiz left his home on March 27, enroute to his place of work in […]

    San Ignacio police investigate death of man
    San Ignacio police are currently investigating the death of a man that occurred in their municipality earlier this morning. The body of 22 year-old Samir Edwardo Arrecis was discovered at a house in San Ignacio town at around 1:00 a.m. Arrecis’ body was taken to […]

    BAHA warns against rabies outbreak
    Farmers and livestock owners in the Cayo, Corozal and Toledo districts are advised to vaccinate their animals against the ongoing spread of paralytic rabies in their areas. On March 30, BAHA issued a release stating that they have detected the virus in sheeps, vampire bats […]

    Guatemala to include Sarstoon on its map
    Guatemala intends to include portions of the Sarstoon area in southern Belize as part of their country on their official map, a document leaked this week reveals.   The official document, which reportedly originated from Guatemala’s Foreign Affairs Ministry, is said to be a […]

    NICH promotes respect for National Symbols & flag
    Belize’snational identity was promotedfor the students of Belize City primary and secondary schools at a lecture highlighting the importance of our national symbols: the coat of arms and the national flag at the Bliss Institute in Belize City on Wednesday morning, March 29. The lecture was part of a series […]

    SIB releases latest stats
    The Gross Domestic Product (GDP) for the last quarter of 2016 was down, exports for February were down, and cost of living was up, according to the latest statistics released from the Statistical Institute of Belize (SIB).   The SIB released its GDP, External […]

    Barrow vs Bradley over Chang
    Prime Minister Dean Barrow and Belize City Mayor had a discourse that played out through the media this week, involving former city councilor Eric Chang.   Barrow accused Bradley of supporting Chang even after the disrepute he brought to the United Democratic Party (UDP) being named […]

    As Indio features at Jamaican music festival
    Renowned Belizean reggae artist, David “Ras Indio” Obi, is back in Belize after representing the country at the first-annual Rockabessa Herbs and Music Festival in Jamaica.   Indio performed last month at the festival, held in the port town, Ocho Rios, where he performed alongside top […]

    GOB and Cisco signs road contract
    The Ministry of Works recently signed a contract with Cisco Construction Ltd. worth almost $20.9 Million for the upgrading of works on the Philip Goldson Highway.   The ceremony took place at the Ministry of Works’ compound on Tuesday and is named section B of the […]

    Police brutality a major human rights issue for Belize, says US State department
    Belize has a major problem with police brutality, according to the U.S. State Department Country Report on Human Rights practices 2016. The report, issued earlier this month, analyzes human rights practices in seven categories: Respect for the Integrity of the person; Respect for civil liberties; Freedom to […]

    BSCAP pushing for copyright compliance in Belize
    Belizean artists are not collecting any royalties locally when their music is played, and the Belize Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (BSCAP) is pushing for the artists to collect there dues.   BSCAP held a press briefing at the Bliss Center for Performing Arts this […]

    Police officer stabbed to death in police compound
    An on-duty police officer was stabbed to death at the Raccoon Street police station last Sunday around 3:15 p.m. in one of the most shocking murders in recent memory.   PC Marvin Locke, 49, had just returned to the police station when he was approached by […]

    Three dead, two shootings, one area
    In the surge of violence over the weekend, three men were shot dead, during two separate shootings in the same neighborhood Byron Marshall, and Nelson Noralez were shot on Kelly Street, while Randy Green got shot on Freetown Road on Saturday March 25. All three […]

    Female police officer loses life in traffic collision
    Punta Gorda Police are currently mourning the loss of one of their own, after a female police officer who was attached to their formation was killed in a road traffic accident last week.   The incident, which claimed the life of WPC #1152 Jennifer Hibberds, occurred […]

    Two men brutally murdered in the south
    Two men were brutally murdered in separate incidents in the Stan Creek district this past weekend.   The first murder is believed to have happened sometime between late Friday night and early Saturday morning, when police discovered the badly beaten body of 55-year-old Roberto DeLeon at […]

    Suspected drug plane lands in Belize
    The Anti-Narcotics Unit of the Police Department and Civil Aviation are currently investigating the circumstances of a suspected drug plane which was found on an abandoned feeder road in northern Belize.   According to police, on Monday the Anti-Narcotics Unit along with Civil Aviation officials were […]

    Mr. Middleton, scared for life, but can’t recall
    Barton Middleton, the man accused of being a key player in visa fraud, testified before the Senate Select Committee this week, but claimed no recollection of anything during his testimony as well as claiming to fear for his life.   As the senators questioned him, he […]

    Senate Says “No” GOB says “Yes” to departure tax increase
    The Government of Belize is still pushing the amendments to the Protected Areas Conservation Trust (PACT) Amendment Act, 2017; which will raise the departure tax for tourists, despite the Senate rejecting the Bill on Monday.   The amendment will add an additional $32.50 dollar development tax, […]

    Media and police reach compromise
    Commissioner of Police Allen Whylie, along with Police senior command, met with members of the media on Thursday to iron out differences over media-police communications, which recently resulted in a press boycott of all police activities. The meeting took place at the Racoon Street Police Station and […]

    Breaking Belize NewsPJ

    Belmopan man shot
    We have received confirmed reports that Belmopan resident Anfernee Lopez, 21, was shot this afternoon in his hometown. However, according to reports, his injuries were not life threatening.

    GOB Ministers meet with Village Council and Water Board Representatives from Belize Rural North Constituency
    At a meeting held yesterday in Ladyville, Minister of Local Government, Labour, and Rural Development, Hugo Patt, and Minister of Transport and National Emergency Management, Edmond Castro met with village council and water board representatives from Belize Rural North Constituency to discuss issues affecting the villages, particularly those relating to water services.

    Police find 947 grams of marijuana in San Pedro Town
    Yesterday morning around 2:30, police searched a red and white shoe box at Tropic Air cargo section on Sea Star Street, San Pedro Town which led to the discovery of (2) parcels of cannabis amounting to 947 grams. No one arrived to […]

    Businessman’s $11,000 vehicle jacked in Belize City
    A businessman of Belize City reported to police that last night around 7, he parked his white 1997 Nissan Path Finder SUV with license plate BC-C-57071 valued at $11,000.00 in front of Atlantic Restaurant located on the Phillip Goldson Highway, Belize City. About twenty […]

    Police find ammo and weed
    Yesterday evening around 5:40, police searched an abandoned lot on Jones street in the St. Martins area, Belize City which led to the discovery of a black plastic bag containing seven .9mm live rounds, 994.6 grams of cannabis and a chrome and black magazine. No […]

    What is happening in Belize?
    When it rains it pours, and Belize is drenched in blood after a truly tragic week of murder, fire, road fatalities and freak accidents. Tragedy, all in the wake of an uncomfortably tight rope Belize must now walk as its economy and prospects suffer; […]

    Big Riq drops new single
    “Success feels great and I can feel it coming,” said Belize’s very own Tariq “Big Riq” Avilez in his new song, “COMING” featuring Jah Guidance. At twenty-four-years-old, Avilez is no stranger to the music scene and is known not only in his hometown Punta […]

    Belize, one of eight great places to retire
    Investopedia, one of the leading sources of financial information on the web, has named Belize as one of eight countries where US $200,000 in retirement savings can last up to 30 years. Investopedia points out several benefits for US citizens looking to retire abroad, including cheaper […]

    Three Guatemalans caught in Chiquibul
    Confirmed reports to our newsroom is that three Guatemalan nationals were arrested by a joint patrol of Friends for Conservation and Development (FCD) rangers and Special Patrol Unit in the Chiquibul national park. The three men were caught digging for gold inside of the […]

    Blogs

    A first time Itinerary of Belize
    There’s been quite a buzz about Belize in recent years. It is a beautiful paradise with loads of undisturbed wilderness waiting to be seen. Infrastructure continues to develop and expand, while curious tourists owe it to themselves to explore. Most tourists go for a 7-10 day trip. For the interested visitor here’s some of the places we recommend for an itinerary.

    5 Must-See Animals at the Belize Zoo
    Did you know that Belize has its very own Zoo? Yes, we do! Located about 29 miles west of Belize City (about 45 minutes by road), the Belize Zoo and Tropical Education Center receives over 68,000 visitors annually, with 15,000 being students, teachers, and parents. The Zoo focuses on educating visitors about the wildlife of Belize through encountering the animals in their natural habitat and encourages appreciation, pride, and a desire to protect and conserve Belize's natural resources. Known locally as “the best little zoo in the world,” the Belize Zoo (started in 1983), opens daily from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm and exhibits more than 175 animals, of about 45 species that are native to Belize. The zoo keeps animals which were orphaned, rescued, born at the zoo, rehabilitated or donated by other zoological institutions.

    Why on Earth would anyone move to Belize?
    Belize is home to expats from all over the world and I’ve always wondered why on earth people would move to Belize. Why would they leave their home country behind to move to Belize? Sure Belize is a beautiful country but so is their home country, Italy, France, Canada, Romania, Australia, United States among others. These are all countries one can sometimes only dream of visiting so why would people leave these beautiful countries behind. Here are a few reasons I think foreigners find it easy to move to Belize. There are no McDonald’s or Burger King and we don’t really need one. A country where its people and visitors are not hooked to a multinational conglomerate that serves tasteless “happy meals” is actually a good thing. This allows for creativity to thrive as we see unique restaurants popping up all over. It is an opportunity for the Italian cook to be the Head Chef of a high end resort or for the French baker to open his own bakery and bring his culinary art to life.

    5 Interesting Caves to Explore in Belize
    The unique geology of Belize means that there are hundreds, if not thousands, of caves across the country. Indeed, Belize has the highest concentration of caves in all of Central America. Many of these caves were used by the ancient Maya to conduct some of their most important religious ceremonies as the Maya believed that caves were a gateway to the world of the gods. Here are five of the most interesting caves to explore in Belize:

    Corozal Community College held its 2017 Expo at Corozal
    The Classes of the Corozal Junior College invited all families to attend C.J.C. 2017 Fair that was held on Friday March 31st, 2017 in Corozal Town inside CCC compound. It commenced at 9am with a ceremony and ended at 4pm. It was a fun-packed Filled day with games, dances, Skit, Raffles, products Auction, Suoviners, pillow for sale, delicious snacks and food where on Sale, Cotton candy display, Pastries, Ice Cream, Flautas, Smoothies, coffee, Science creation. Despite the high temperatures and walking around the compound, I thoroughly enjoyed engaging with the different booths of the school at the Corozal Junior College's Business and Trade Expo.

    Skydive San Pedro returns to Spanish Lookout
    Sunday, April 23 at 8 AM - 5 PM, Spanish Lookout. Did you miss your chance to jump with us at the Flyin2017 in March? With enough interest, we will be coming back to Spanish Lookout on April 23rd for another full day of skydiving! Tell your friends so that we can have enough jumpers to make the trip happen! We are starting to book slots already! Please call our San Pedro office at 226-5302 to reserve your time! Skydives will be $219 USD ($438 BZ) and the video and photo package is an additional $79 ($158 BZ)

    International Sourcesizz

    Saint Lucia sargassum project to be presented at the Smithsonian
    A Saint Lucian project on the transformation of sargassum seaweed into organic compost will be showcased during the Earth Optimism Summit at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC. which will be held 21-23 April,2017. The project, the brainchild of Johannan Dujon, owner/manager of Algas Organics, will be highlighted at a gathering of 1 000 conservation practitioners, pioneering scientists from varied fields, leaders in industry, philanthropists and artists. Presentations at the event will be streamed live to a global audience. Read more at: Government of Saint Lucia

    U.S. Army Reserve Engineers Try, Succeed in Belize
    The motto for the Army Engineer Corps is “Essayons,” a French word meaning “We Will Try.” It denotes a willingness to take on a task, no matter how hard. The 471st Engineer Company (Vertical), an Army Reserve unit from Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, was tasked with creating an operating base in the opening phase of Beyond the Horizon 2017 taking place in Belize. Beyond the Horizon 2017 is a partnership exercise between U.S. Southern Command and the Government of Belize that will provide three medical service events and five construction projects to communities throughout Belize from March to the middle of June.

    Tech helps Caribbean communities take on climate change
    Across the Caribbean, decision makers are realising a top-down approach isn’t always the way forward. When powerful storms tear through the islands of the Caribbean, it’s often fishing families and famers in coastal villages who bear the brunt of flooding and damage - and it’s those same people who can help lead climate change adaptation, say experts. Across the region, decision makers are realising a top-down approach isn’t always the way forward, and often those who live and work in high-risk areas - whether they grow coffee, run small businesses or work as tour guides - best understand the particular issues they face, and have ideas about how to tackle them.

    Videos

  • CEO CAUCUS CANCER RIDE 2017, 1min. SAVE THE DATE: SATURDAY, APRIL 8TH!

  • Governor General to Consider Final Assent to PACT Amendment Bill, 2min. Governor General Sir Colville Young will consider affixing his assent to the PACT (Amendment) Bill, General Revenue and Appropriation Bill and ten others brought from the National Assembly. Of these, only the PACT (Amendment) Bill was voted down by seven to six, with social partner Senators joining the Opposition to vote against, on the ground that the Bill does not address PACT’s conservation goals and merely serves as a vehicle for Government’s revenue measures addressed in the Budget.

  • The History of PACT, 12min. The History of PACT is a short documentary about the Protected Areas Conservation Trust, and covers them from inception to current day. You can see how important their role is in conservation in Belize. Thanks, PACT! "Taking it back to 2004 with a short documentary film on the role and functions of the Protected Areas Conservation Trust."

  • St. George's Caye Resort - St George's Caye - Belize, 2min.

  • Jumping at Water fall in Belize. March 2017, 2min. Trip from the Cotton tree lodge.

  • Belize Raptor Centers, 2.5min.

  • River Crossing at Xuantunich Temples Belize - January 2017, 2min.

  • Zenaida Moya Show Episode 15, 1hr30min.

  • SAN ANDRES HOUSE IN THE COROZAL DISTRICT BURNS DOWN, 4min.

  • SIRDI MEETS WITH CANE FARMERS… SOIL ANALYSIS RESULTS ARE REVELED, 9min.

  • UNICEF Mission Group, 40min.

  • Belize High School - International Ambassadors (Taiwan 2017), 40min.

  • Chamber of Commerce - Roots Expo 2017, 22min.

  • CEMO & Belize RedCross - Emergency Relief, 37min.

  • Special Olympics Belize - Fun Run 2017, 23min.

  • CP Building Ltd. land & Housing Expo, 25min.

  • Did you catch the "Pre-schoolers" in action at the Bliss?, 7min. They have been performing for more than a week in the Festival of Arts. Thanks to our friends from the Bliss, here's a clip to check out some of the highlights with performers from the Belize District!

  • Cayo Western Ballaz Vs. Dangriga Dream Ballers, 55min.

  • SNORKELING IN BELIZE, 3min.

  • Cockpit view, landing at San Pedro Airport, Belize, 5.5min. I was lucky enough to somehow sit in the cockpit of a Cessna 172 (or 182, I'm no expert) which is a little 4 seater prop plane. We flew out over the sea and landed on a tiny runway in San Pedro, on Ambergris Caye, Belize.

  • Landing in Belize City, 2min. Landing at Philip S.W. Goldson International Airport in Belize City, Belize.

  • Belize Caye Caulker Kiteboarding Day 1, 3min. Kiting in the middle of the village in Caye Caulker island in Belize. It is a nice place for kiting with a clean beautiful ocean. The spot is not too friendly for beginners due to the large number of piers and boats. Shallow water a little helps, you can walk pretty far out, no shoes needed.

  • Cave canoeing in Belize, 4.5min.

  • Belize Now - March 31, 2017, min.

  • Mermaid Life in Belize, 1min. Belize you have completely stole my heart. A couple clips from this incredible day. Hands down the most fun I have ever had in the water. Make sure to take a tour to Hol Chan + Shark Ray Alley while traveling Belize.

  • Belize Glover's Atoll, 22min.

  • Belize 2017, 6min.


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