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April 30, 2017


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The San Pedro Sun

Sensitizing CARICOM to Climate Change
The small island states of the Eastern Caribbean are particularly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, and to heighten public awareness within the region to this threat, media professionals from throughout the English–speaking Caribbean gathered in Belize City for a training workshop on this issue. Belize’s National Climate Change Office (NCCO) hosted the workshop as a follow-up to a public survey of Climate Change knowledge, attitudes and practices. The NCCO partnered with the Caribbean Community Climate Change Center (5Cs), the United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) and the Japan-Caribbean Climate Change Partnership (J-CCCP) in hosting the workshop at the Ramada Princess hotel in Belize City on Wednesday and Thursday, April 26-27.

Is Sargasso causing health issues on the island?
Sargasso has once again invaded the shores of Ambergris Caye, and island residents are concerned about the health hazards that come with it. Not only is the accumulation of seaweed unattractive, but it also produces an unpleasant smell, often compared to that of rotten eggs. In addition, residents are claiming that Sargasso is impacting their health. According to Dr. Javier Zuniga, decayed Sargasso produces a toxic gas, which can have an effect on people’s health, especially those who are sensitive. “When the seaweed decomposes in the sea, it releases hydrogen sulfide, and produces bacteria that can result in mild skin rash or irritation. It can also cause the eyes to be irritated. The gas is colorless, and therefore, difficult to prevent from inhaling. Sensitive people are most at risk, including babies, the elderly, and those with breathing complications,” said Zuniga. He said that Sargasso only poses a health risk whenever the seaweed is damp. When the seaweed is dried, especially during the summer months, it does not release toxic gas.

Preparations underway for the 12th annual Ambergris Caye Reef Week
Final preparations for the 12th annual Reef Week celebrations are underway at the Hol Chan Marine Reserve. The events will take place in San Pedro Town from the 8th to the 14th of May under the theme ‘Let’s Protect our Greatest Treasure; so it’s enjoyed with pleasure.’ The theme was selected in a Primary School competition held earlier this year. The winning submission came from Kimberly Houghton, a student from the Island Academy School. According to Mariela Archer, Environmental Education at Hol Chan Marine Reserve and main coordinator for 2017 Reef Week activities, the theme will emphasize the importance of protecting the reef so that future generations can enjoy it. “This is everybody’s business. If we do not protect the reef it will affect all of us; not just the tour guides who depend directly from it, but everyone,” explained Archer. “The entire country could suffer the consequences, as the reef drives a lot of tourism into the country’s economy.”

Controlling the use of pesticides to protect food and the environment
The Pesticides Control Board (PCB) has launched a 5-year strategic plan to help farmers obtain better yields on their crops while minimizing the use of pesticides, with zero residue in their produce. The PCB’s Registrar of Pesticides, Ms. Miriam Ochaeta-Serrut, presented the launch at the Belize Best Western Biltmore Plaza Hotel in Belize City last Thursday morning, April 20th. Consultant Dr. Dowlat Budhram explained the 11 parameters by which the plan was developed as a part of a package to strengthen the PCB as an institution. Drawing on his years of experience of best institutional practices, he had carefully evaluated the external environment in which the Board operates, and what was its defined mission and current strategy.

Caye Caulker group says decriminalizing marijuana will improve the economy
Should a law be passed legalizing the plant use, entrepreneurs envision opening a marijuana café in Caye Caulker, where the drug will be used for medicinal and recreational purposes. They are optimistic that more income can be generated than is currently brought in by the island’s tourism product. “We would then be able to take care of the big problems our island is going through,” said the entrepreneurs. Attempts to push the matter for consideration have been fruitless, but interested stakeholders are quite optimistic that the decriminalization of marijuana will eventually happen. Former Opposition Senator Lisa Shoman recently gave her opinion on the topic. “Tax it, license it. It could be a powerful boost for tourism, and it is a viable cash crop for the Jewel,” she said. “There is no rational excuse to refuse to move past decriminalization to legalization of personal use amounts for adults.” Many states in the USA have legalized marijuana and are reaping the economic benefits. For example, the state of Colorado legalized the drug in 2015. The new industry has created more than 18,000 full-time jobs and added $2.4 billion to the state’s economy each year.

Misc Belizean Sources


Mr. Garvey
Mr. Garvey: All I have is my pen. But black liberation I’ll defend. Even to the end. All I have is my voice. For the University without walls I won’t think twice. All I can o is give the youth advice. Life is all about choice. All I have is my poetry. For Garvey I write freely. That his message and philosophy resonates throughout the country. Contributing to Belize’s national Identity. Belize owes you its gratitude. For the safety of the Liberty Hall when our politics was being construed. So the British did not intrude. For mentoring TV Ramos . Giving the NGC HQ a former Liberty Hall to us. Influencing him to lobby for a Caribe Settelment Day for us. This history that has eluded us. instead Barron Bliss they gave us.

Liberty Hall
Short listed The people have it twisted. After Isaiah Mortar Invested. It was for the upliftment of Black people it was dedicated. Baby Contest. Nutrition and many a community programs. It was the hub for political meetings. Formation of people’s agenda, boxing, carving and coffin making. The original PUP. It birthed NIP strategy. Curtis high now Excelsior. Even UBAD used it to stage their agenda. If I had the money I’d repair it all. Several initiative rose and fall. We’ve had so many promises from City Hall. When you see today’s liberty Hall. The only next thing to is to sit down and baul. 1931 hurricane victims were sheltered at Liberty Hall. Two community water vats were at Liberty Hall. Before it was partially destroyed. Then the Goal on Gabriel lane filled the void. British soldier gave out rations at Her Majesty’s prison case the tow was destroyed.

San Ignacio Medrete Town Hall B-Roll
Residents of San Ignacio, Santa Elena & surrounding communities, take note of the dates (MAY 8-16th) for the upcoming free medical clinic at the Macal River Park in San Ignacio. Beyond the Horizon: 2017-Belize will be offering a range of medical services including Dental, Vision, General/Family Medicine, Women's Health and more.

Beacon Belize Youth Magazine Vol I
The Beacon has launched! It's the new Belizean magazine geared towards the youth. It has many inspirational stories, youth profiles, and lists many volunteer and training opportunities. Well worth a read. "The Energy for Life Youth Group are all scholars of BNE’s Energy for Life Program. They would like to thank all those who agreed to be interviewed to have their stories published, all those who took time out to explain the mission, vision and purpose of their organization, all those organizations and companies that submitted ads and all those who provided donations so that this magazine could be published."

The Reporter

Teen stabbed in Mahogany Heights
A teen was stabbed in Mahogany Heights this morning. Police say Clint Geban, 18, was stabbed to the left side of the abdomen at around 4:30 a.m today. So far, no one has been arrested and police investigations continue.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Missing San Pedro teen found
A San Pedro teen reported missing since last Thursday has been located by her family. Her mother, Angela Rivero, had told police that she was unable to locate her daughter Delsci Rivero, 16. However, today she was found safe and in good health.

Police reportedly find grenade on Southside
Our newsroom has received reports that Belize City police located a grenade on Fern Lane. However, the police department has not yet issued an official report or classification of the grenade.

Teen stabbed in Mahogany Heights
Today around 4:30 a.m. there were again reports of violence in that Belize District village. Clint Geban, 18, was stabbed to the stomach and left for dead.

Man charged for killing teen
A man has been charged with the murder of a Lord’s Bank minor on Wednesday night. According to police information, Timothy Thurton, 28, was charged with the murder of Brandon Bradley, 17. Bradley was shot several times as he was making his way home to his family in Lord’s Bank.

Hot and hazy conditions to prevail
Mostly hot and hazy weather is expected today with cloudy skies tonight. The wind will blow from the east to southeast at 15-25 knots. The sea state will be rough.

International Sourcesizz

The Western Caribbean Will Be An Area To Watch For Possible Tropical Development Between May 8th & May 15th
Western Caribbean Tropical Development Is Possible Between May 8th & May 15th: The long range operational GFS model and GFS ensemble model guidance continues to hint at possible tropical development sometime between May 8th and May 15th. The weather pattern that could produce tropical development in the western Caribbean will include a strong cold front that pushes southeastward across the entire southeastern United States, all of the Gulf of Mexico and the northern Caribbean late next week and next weekend (May 4th to May 6th). As this front lifts out, it could either leave behind a piece of energy in the western Caribbean or lift a piece of energy northward from the eastern Pacific into the western Caribbean during the week of May 8th. This area of disturbed weather could find favorable environmental conditions to try and develop into a tropical depression or tropical storm in the western Caribbean between May 8th and May 15th. Right now, only the GFS model and its ensemble members are forecasting tropical development in the western Caribbean. You should take the GFS model with a grain of salt as it has a bias towards forecasting erroneous tropical cyclones in the western Caribbean and we could very well be seeing the same thing here. One thing that is somewhat noteworthy is that the GFS ensemble guidance initially forecasts low pressure to develop in the eastern Pacific between May 8th and May 11th, but then forecasts this system to be pulled northward across Central America into the western Caribbean by about May 13th.

Toronto woman and American boyfriend missing in Belize, friends say
A search was underway in Belize on Saturday for a Toronto woman who went missing with her American partner, according to friends. Francesca Matus, 52, and her boyfriend, Drew De Voursney, 36, have not been seen since they left a bar in Corozal on Tuesday night. Suspicion was first raised on Wednesday when a friend of Matus went to her house in Corozal to drive her to the airport for a flight back to Canada. The house was in order, with her bed made and passport left out, but Matus wasn’t there. It was as if the couple had not returned home the night before Matus was scheduled to fly out, said Timothy Barfield, a close friend of De Voursney. A spokesperson for Global Affairs Canada said it was aware of reports of a Canadian citizen missing in Belize, but would not confirm the person’s identity.

Has Caribbean Sugar Got A Future?
UNLESS the sugar industry in the English-speaking Caribbean can develop a concerted plan of action over the next few months, it is quite possible that in a few years’ time there will be little left of an industry which, for evil and good, has played a central role in the making of the region, writes David Jessop. This is because this year will see two tsunami-like events occur, both of which threaten the survival of the industry in its present form. The first relates to the changes that will take place this October in Eu- rope’s sugar regime. Then, as a long- planned measure, the EU will abolish national beet sugar production quotas in Europe, reducing prices and causing the overall volume of sugar imported to fall as Europe becomes self-sufficient. For high-cost Caribbean cane sugar producers – Guyana, Barba- dos, Belize and Jamaica – this poten- tially spells the end of the European market. The second challenge arises out of the UK’s decision to leave the EU. Britain has officially given for- mal notification to the EU to leave, triggering years of uncertainty for all of Britain’s trade partners as they negotiate new arrangements.


  • Agric 2017 Rodeo, 2hr30min.

  • Sashing Ceremony of Miss Teen Belize at Finn & Martini, 18min.

  • The Zenaida Moya Show, April 26th 2017, 60min. A discussion with President of the Belize Tourism Industry Association (BTIA) and NGO Senator, Senator Osmany Salas, and Executive Director of the BTIA, Mr. John Burgos, regarding the recently introduced increase in Departure Tax by the Government of Belize under the name Protected Areas Conservation Trust (PACT) 'conservation fee' that goes, however, to the Government of Belize Consolidated Revenue Fund.

  • Belize Mission Trip 2017, 2min. Project: Building a bathroom for the boys

  • Heidi & Michael’s Dive Trip Highlights, 3.5min. Ambergris Caye & Blue Hole, Belize 2017

  • BELIZE'S FOOTBALL GREATNESS: RUPERT "CANALAYTE" ANDERSON! (PART ONE), 80min. Meeting the legendary Belizean football goalkeeper, Rupert Anderson, for the first time in person after seeing him play so many games as the "hard to score on" iron clad defense for first team Landivar in the 1960s and early 70s, then Spurs, and later on White Label in the late1970s and early 80s, Belizean Legends embarked on one of the most prestigious production to date two weeks ago to document the incredible story of one of Belize's most celebrated athletes of all times.

  • Placencia Village Belize 2017, 6min.

  • Belize 2016, 7min.

  • Belize, 7min.

  • Leaving the Cayes for Mainland Belize, 1.5min. Shaking and rattling all the way in a Cessna Grand Caravan single prop plane. Not relaxing at all. Instead, take one of the ferries that goes back and forth between the mainland and the cayes, OR hire a helicopter.

  • Lesia Skydiving in Belize, 4.5min. That time Lesia jumped out of a perfectly good airplane in Belize.

    April 29, 2017


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    The San Pedro Sun

    WWF says wildlife crime is threatening World Heritage Sites
    Within World Wildlife Fund’s (WWF) newly released 52-page report, the conservation organization states that almost half of the World Heritage sites are threatened by illegal wildlife trade. Also protected under the Convention on the International Trades in Endangered Species (CITES), some species mainly targeted within these sites include: snow leopards, rhinoceros, eastern swamp deer, white-lipped peccary, jaguar, pangolins and elephants. Marco Lambertini, Director General at WWF International, explained that between 1970 and 2012, global wildlife populations have declined by almost 60% on average. “World Heritage sites are among the most recognized natural sites for their universal value. However, due to many of the sites being threatened by destructive industrial activities, unique animals and plants are also being affected by over-exploitation and trafficking,” said Lambertini.

    SPPD says crime on La Isla Bonita remains under control
    The San Pedro Police Department has released the crime statistics for the month of March. Once again, there was a steady decrease in major crimes, but burglary remains the leading crime in the third month of 2017. The report also indicates that most of the major crime cases ended in arrest. Other crimes, including wounding, harassing, harm, and damage to property, also experienced a decrease during March. No murders were registered, but a theft of a motor vehicle valued above $5,000 was reported. No arrests were made, but police continue investigating.

    Police Report: Illegal entry
    On Tuesday, April 25th at 6:30AM, based on Special Branch information, a joint team of San Pedro Special Branch and Quick Response Team personnel conducted a search of an apartment occupied by Salvadorian Carlos Eduardo Mazariego Bolanos in the San Marcos Area. Bolanos was observed to have a tattoo of the number ‘18’ on his chest. When asked for travel documents by police, Bolanos did not have them and as such was charged by the Immigration Department for failure to comply with a visitor’s permit. Bolanos was fined $1,000 and sentenced to one month imprisonment.

    GOB to establish National Cyber Security Framework and Action Plan
    Belizeans conducting financial transactions over the Internet may be comforted to know that the Government of Belize (GOB) has drafted its first National Cyber Security Framework and Action Plan to protect the nation’s digital data against hackers and other cyber-criminals. Internet specialists, attorneys from the Solicitor General’s office and the Judiciary, along with members of the Police Department, joined businessmen from the private sector and other members of the general public at the first ever National Internet Governance Forum. The symposium was held at the Best Western Biltmore Plaza Hotel in Belize City from Monday to Friday, April 24-28.

    “Differences—not Disabilities”, says ACES
    As Autism Awareness Month comes to an end, Ambergris Caye Elementary School (ACES) pledges to continue raising awareness of all learning disabilities. Through the slogan, “Differences—not Disabilities”, ACES students are learning various methods of how to accept all students, regardless of their individual differences. From an Autism Awareness poster contest, to a ‘Sister Brother’ mentoring program, ACES Principal Amanda Burgos says raising awareness of learning disabilities is important. “I always say we have different abilities and all students are to be given an opportunity to become successful. We not only raise awareness of a child’s deficiency, but also promote people with the same characteristics that have become successful. This way, students/ parents accept not only cultural diversity, but diversity as a whole,” she said.

    Ambergris Today

    Belize Chamber Of Commerce Holds Educational Fair
    Today, April 28, 2017, with the goals to build networks with educational institutions and to develop a strong culture of private sector advocacy by interacting frequently with the future business leaders, entrepreneurs, and innovators, the Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) hosted a Chamber Day at the San Pedro High School Auditorium. The Chamber Day is an educational fair promoting the role and services of the Chamber and other key organizations and bodies that contribute to making business happen, from the start of opening a business to the regular operations and the continued existence of the business. Students were thrilled at the fair, with plenty of questions and eagerness to answer questions in return; BCCI couldn’t be happier with the outcome. Chamber Day has also been hosted in Orange Walk, San Ignacio, and Dangriga. They hope to continue growing this relationship with future leaders and entrepreneurs of Belize.

    Misc Belizean Sources


    Power interruption 6:00am to 2:00pm, Sunday, May 7: entire San Pedro Town
    BEL to conduct critical maintenance, testing and replacement of equipment at the San Pedro Substation.

    2013 Maestra Raquel Robles Pacheco has been visiting Belize via the Institute of Creative Arts (ICA) Expressive Arts Education Program (EAE). She has conducted training workshops in puppet-making, puppet theatre, drama and corn-husk doll-making. Prior trainings include artisan groups in collaboration with the Banquitas House of Culture, The San Ignacio/Santa Elena House of Culture, The YCT Project and ICA’s own Summer Arts Institute (SAI) which included children enrolled through Restore Belize. Under the YCT Project she has helped Samuel Haynes Institute develop a Community Puppetry Program that has trained 7 adults in puppetry-making and over a dozen youths in the art of puppetry and stage. In 2017 a few of these youths made a presentation at Street Art Festival. Additionally, under the YCT Project she has conducted training for children at Yabra’s Community Policing Center. She and her partner Jesus Cosio Rivas have also performed at Costa Maya Festival. In 2016, “Raquelin”, as she is affectionately known, increased the scope of the training work in Belize by conducting two training workshops for roving social workers.

    Today is 7 Muluk in the Maya Tzolk'in calendar
    Muluk is associated with water, and represented by both jade and a fish, aspects of the water deities. The Maya devised many ingenious systems to collect and store water - including reservoirs, cisterns, and canals.

    PUBLIC NOTICE: Border Crossings
    Pursuant To Section 24(1) and 33(1) of the Immigration Act Chap. 156 of the Laws of Belize RE 2002 “No Person Shall Enter Belize Elsewhere than at an Approved Port or Place of Entry” “No Person Shall Leave Belize Elsewhere than Through an Approved Port or Place of Departure” The public is hereby advised that the Immigration & Nationality Services Department shall enforce strict compliance with these laws and shall prosecute any person(s) acting in violation of the above laws, in respect to crossings at Botes, La Union and any other crossings which are not approved as such.

    Captain Shark's 7th Annual Dorado Rodeo
    Caribbean Villas, Saturday June 17th, 2017. Get yourselves ready!!!

    Change in GST Threshold for Electricity Bills
    Effective April 1, 2017

    Power interruption 8:00am to 1:00pm, Sunday, April 30, portion Belize City
    Mahogany St, Croton Ln, Tibruce St, Western Ave, Electric Ave, Complex Ave, Police St, Lacroix Blvd and Holy Emmanuel St. BEL to replace distribution poles in area.

    Los Avispones Huastecos, 7th International Festival of Culture
    The Embassy of Mexico to Belize in collaboration with CACHE & Benque House of Culture has the pleasure to invite you to the musical performance of: LOS AVISPONES HUASTECOS at the 7th International Festival of Culture. Saturday, May 6th / Sunday May 7th 2017 at the Centennial Park-Benque Viejo del Carmen , Cayo, belize.

    The G.R.E.A.T. Program
    Yesterday, 39 new Gang Resistance Education and Training (G.R.E.A.T.) instructors, 24 from Belize and 15 from El Salvador, completed their nine-day training in Belize City. Supported by the U.S Embassy, International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), the training was taught by three trainers from the G.R.E.A.T. National Program in the United States, and four certified trainers from the Belize Police Department. The overall goal of the G.R.E.A.T. program is to improve citizen security, combat gang-related crime and violence, and prevent vulnerable youth from falling victim to gangs or engaging in gang activities. Since 2008, the U.S. Embassy has committed over USD $45 million for citizen security enhancing initiatives in Belize through the Central American Regional Security Initiative (CARSI). Of this amount, USD $7.5 million is dedicated to grants to various NGOs from Belize and abroad to support at-risk youth.

    In this feature on the "Belize Art Shop" we here at Belizean Legends want to resurrect an old post we did about a year ago on Belize's artistic phenom, Gerald Staine. Staine is one of Belize's most innovative artist today and is what the art world would call "Underground". He doesn't really fit in with the status quo type of artists like George Gabb and Philip Lewis, but he takes risk in his work, and put a spin on paint, string, paper, and anything he sees an image and produce something from it. He is the forgotten type, the one that we can't pin down, since he flows from a different space and time in terms of how he sees Belize as his place of origin and his place of beauty. Staine who calls his style, "Vision of The Third Eye", lived off and on in Belize doing his art work in the 1990's, painting, doing string art, and works with paper and wood, and selling them on the streets in Belize City. In Los Angeles he has made a mark for himself, doing pieces for Belizean restaurants like Traceys Belizean Restaurant on Western Boulevard in the heart of the Belizean community. Visitors can see his work of art whenever they visit that Belizean establishment.

    WHEN BELIZEAN CYCLING POWER DOMINATED IN CENTRAL AMERICAN & THE CARIBBEAN IN THE 1960S & 70S! Belizean cycling athletes and legends, Rudy Miguel and Noel "Muscles" Gordon won more than once Mexico's cycling classics that were held annually by the Mexican government in the late 1960s and continued in the 1970s. They were revered as outstanding cycling athletes, and loved by fans in Mexico for the passion and skill they exemplified in the sport. This classic photograph came to Belizean Legends through the courtesy of Belize's cycling legend, Rudy Miguel, the 1969 and 1970 Belize Cross Country champion. Rudy Miguel is seen to the left of the photo and Noel Gordon to the right. They are seen here posing at one of Mexico's cycling classics that the duo kept winning several years from 1969 to 1971.

    Channel 7

    City's First Gun Murder Victim in 18 Days Is A Cabbie
    Tonight, we have the city's first gun murder in 18 days to report - and it is another taxi-man - the second city cabbie to be killed in six weeks. This time, the victim is 48 year old Santiago Rodriguez who was found dead in his vehicle on Unity Street this afternoon. According to reports, residents in the area a heard a single gunshot at around 10:00 this morning. But - at the time - nobody checked to see what happened until around 2 in the afternoon, when somebody noticed his lifeless body slumped over in the driver's seat, and a bullet-hole through the windshield. Superintendent Alejandro Cowo spoke to us at the scene told us the findings of the preliminary investigations...

    Accusation Against Admiral Debunked
    A week ago, we told you about the coast guardsman who made a criminal complaint against his boss, Admiral John Borland. Well, police have examined the specifics of this report, and they say that there is no merit to it, and so, the Admiral is free and clear of any criminal charges. As we told you, the Petty officer accused the Admiral of verbal abuse, and more seriously, of threatening words. He says that the Admiral called him into an office on last Thursday afternoon, and they discussed a Facebook post. He alleged that Admiral Borland verbally abused, and threatened him with the loss of job and life. As you are aware, he was not accusing just another officer, he was accusing the commander of the Belize Coast Guard, and so Assistant Police Commissioner Chester Williams handled the investigation into the complaint personally. Today, he gave a press briefing to say that there is no evidence to back up the officer's accusations. Here's how he explained why:

    Social Security Staffers' Shirt Protest
    If you went to any of the offices of the Social Security Board country wide today, you might have noticed that not all the employees were wearing their uniforms. That's because they were making a statement to management that they are in protest of how the negotiations for the collective bargaining agreement has been going between their union and the management of SSB. The Christian Workers Union, which is their bargaining agent, say that there are 2 very important points in the negotiations for which there is an impasse. The first relates to vacation grants, and the reduction in the amount of vacation days that employees are to be entitled to. The management wants to eliminate vacation grants for new hires in the future, and they want to reduce the number of vacation days. This proposed change doesn't affect the current employees, who will continue to get their vacation benefits, but the union is sees that as union busting.

    SSB Says It Was Blindsided
    This evening, we got a chance to speak with Doug Singh, the Chairman of the SSB Board of Directors, and he told us that the management was taken aback by this protest action, because nobody from the union communicated to them that there was an impasse. He told us that these changes are not "union busting" as the CWU President describes it, and that the management believes that it is acting in the best interest of the workers who contribute to the Social Security Fund. Here's how he put it: Doug Singh, Chairman - SSB Board of Directors: "He is saying that the critical issues for the employees are money issues. Those money issues in particular and he mention this being the elimination of the vacation grant and the reduction in the number of vacation days. I find his comments quite interesting because none of the employees, the union members or any employees at Social Security will be affected by the proposal of the board and management."

    Treasury Not Happy About Being Pushed Out Of Central Bank
    And while social security board employees defiantly wore their union shirts today, Treasury Department employees also engaged in industrial action by staging a sickout this afternoon. They're doing it because the Department is being pushed out of the Central Bank building, reportedly to be relocated to a cramped office space on Regent Street. The employees are concerned that the space is inadequate, insecure, and there's no parking. The sick out was staged after a meeting this morning with the Financial Secretary who - reports say - told the Department heads is a done deal. And it's not just a sickout on a slow Friday evening, our reports suggest that some government payments which were supposed to go through this week were stalled by the industrial action.

    Man Convicted Of Jailhouse Murder
    Lorenzo Smith Jr. was today convicted of a jailhouse murder. It happened in a trial before jury before Justice John Gonzalez. Eck, a resident of Ranchito Village who was serving a sentence of 5 years for attempt robbery, was found dead in his cell at the Hattieville Prison. Smith was his only cell mate and on the night of October 9, 2009, the prison officer found Eck on the toilet in a stooping position with a blanket around his neck. Smith had one hand on Eck's neck and the other hand on his chest. At first, it was thought to be a suicide, and in a statement from the dock, Smith alluded to that, saying he woke up and saw Eck hanging from the wall. But Dr. Mario Estradabran testified Eck died from manual strangulation and that he did not commit suicide. Additionally, he had an injury to his head caused by a sharp instrument.

    The Botes Ban, The Union Ouster
    Last Friday we told you about the concerns that the Immigration and Customs Departments had about the border crossings at Botes and La Union. These are not official border crossings, but in hard times, they have become popular with shoppers looking for cheaper products across the river. Recently, they had been attracting large excursions - as many as busloads coming from as far as Dangriga and Punta Gorda, to cross the river in dories so that they can buy cheap stuff and hopefully dodge customs. Well, no more says the Immigration Department. They put out a strong release today, quoting the law, which says, "No Person Shall Enter Belize Elsewhere than at an Approved Port or Place of Entry" It goes on to add, quote, "The public is hereby advised that the Immigration & Nationality Services Department shall enforce strict compliance with these laws and shall prosecute any person(s) acting in violation of the above laws, in respect to crossings at Botes, La Union and any other crossings which are not approved as such."

    New Metrology Lab Is First In Region
    Over the years, we've criticized the Belize Bureau of Standards many times on this newscast. But, now they have seriously stepped up their game. Two years after ground was broken, the Bureau today opened a Metrology Lab that is the envy of the entire Caribbean region. I went for the opening today to find out what makes it so singular:... Courtney Weatherburne reporting: Most shoppers don't usually make a big fuss about checking if they are actually getting the amount of product they are paying for. Consumers just expect that they will be getting 10 or 5 pounds of flour, the precise amount of soap powder. And the 400 grams marked on the packaging of their favorite chocolate drinks.

    Eldon Out Of Jail On Bail
    Earlier this month we told you about the alleged rape of a 17-year-old American tourist by 39 year old Eldon Williams in San Pedro. According to reports, Williams, who was a family friend, spent the day with the teenager and her mother. They allowed Williams to stay overnight with them in their downtown hotel. At around midnight Williams snuck into the living room where the victim was sleeping on the couch and allegedly raped her. He was apprehended by a security guard as he was allegedly attempting to flee.

    UB Research Digging Deeper
    Today the students and staff of the University of Belize attended The Faculty of Management and Social Sciences' 7th Annual Research Conference. Recent graduates as well as professors presented the findings of the year long research they conducted to support their final theses. We spoke to the President of UB, Professor Emeritus Clement Sankat, and the Dean of the Faculty of Management and Social Science, Dr. Bernard Watler, about the event... The University also announced the upcoming introduction of their Bachelor's and Master's in Business Administration programs.

    Did Independence Village Child Die Due To Bad Prescription From Private Clinic?
    The Ministry of Health has completed an investigation into the death of a 5 month old in Independence Village. On March 4th, police rushed infant Ricardo Quintero to the Independence Polyclinic but he was already dead. A post mortem showed that he died of acute respiratory failure. Eugenie Gabourel, the Administrator Independence Polyclinic told us a little more via phone today: Eugenie Gabourel, Administrator - Independence Polyclinic: "That baby was brought to our clinic by the police officer already dead. A full investigation was done by the public health nurse." Jules Vasquez, 7News: "This private clinic in Independence, is it still open"

    North American Couple Still Missing
    Two norther Americans last seen in Corozal are still missing tonight. Canadian Francesca Matus and American Drew Devoursney were last seen on Tuesday night at 11:00 leaving a bar in Corozal Town in a White Isuzu Rodeo. Since then, both of them and the vehicle disappeared. Their passports and suitcases are still at their homes. They both own property in Belize and spend a part of the year here. Matus was supposed to have gone back to Canada on Wednesday.. Anyone with information is asked to call 627-5177 or 660-9692.

    PM Says Farewell To Chamber
    Prime Minister Dean Barrow gave a rare public address last night. It was to the Chamber of Commerce in Belize City and the PM made it clear, that he will not be passing this way again. The PM gave an overview of the economy, and upcoming projects, concluding, quote, "Belize can certainly expect higher than average growth over the next 24 months." And then he added, "Since this will be my last opportunity to address your annual gathering, I close by saying how thankful I am for what has in the main been a constructive relationship with the Chamber." We would have wished to have video of the speech, but the Chamber, which says that it is all for transparency, advocated just the opposite when it kicked our news team out, saying we couldn't tape the event, and even asked that we leave the lobby area.

    In A Month OF Rogue Cops, They Were Stellar
    In the month of April, the police department was plagued by scandals of officers caught on camera acting corruptly or improperly. But, while those officers have been giving the department a bad name, there are hundreds of police men and women who keep performing admirably on the job. They do so without praise or recognition, and so today, the Department decided that they would award 4 such officers from Belize City. Each officer was chosen from each of the 4 precincts, and each was awarded for their exemplary performance in each of the 4 months of this year so far. We got a chance to speak with these officers today about the good work they've been doing:

    Cowpen, A Road Runs Through It
    Earlier in the news, we told you how the European Union contributed to the new Metrology Lab. Well, they have also contributed substantially to Belize's Road network. The latest example is the 2.3 mile Cowpen Road which was opened yesterday in the Stann Creek District. Agriculture Minister Godwin Hulse says it is a road to the future:... Hon. Godwin Hulse, Minister of Agrilculture: "And when you see a beautiful road, when you see electricity running down and 3 phase at that, when you see lovely buildings at the front, when you see nice lake, when you see high school, it lifts everybody and when it lifts everybody, it gives that energy to produce and to do better and to keep the industry going." "This is a highway right into Central America, without a bump on the road. Especially if you go through Jalacte without a bump on the road and that's a magnificent achievement. Thank you EU. You can get there without a bump on the road and that is the way to go. We can pull trucks into Central America."

    The Mayor Will Labour
    Monday is Labour Day, and while Belize's weary workers will probably choose to sleep in - Belize City Mayor Darrell Bradley and a few hundred other workers will be out sprucing up the city. It's the fifth year of the Labour for Belize initiative, and the Mayor says he wants you to come out and lend a hand:.. The event starts at 5:45 AM on Monday at the BTL PARK.

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    Taxi Driver Executed in Port Loyola
    Just before three p.m. today, the body of a man was found inside his Toyota Four-Runner taxi off Fabers Road Extension on the south side of Belize City. Forty-eight-year-old Santiago [...]

    Why Did Baby Ricardo Quintero Die in Independence?
    There is a disturbing report of the death of a five-month-old baby in the south.  The newborn boy died on March third, under rather mysterious circumstances.  It is believed that [...]

    Police Confirm Middleton Raid, Details Scarce
    Police confirmed today that the Orange Walk house of visa facilitator Barton Middleton was searched on Thursday morning as we reported in our newscast. The search came on the heels [...]

    S.S.B. Employees Rally, But Management Unbowed
    While employees of the Corozal Free Zone stayed away for a second day due to issues with management of C.E.O. Valentino Blanco, employees of all Social Security Board branch offices [...]

    S.S.B. Chair Says Employees Have No Cause to Worry
    A one-point-seven-five percent pay raise is on the table for employees. According to Singh, a lot of staff members have accumulated vacation days for which they expect to be paid. [...]

    Treasury Workers Shut Down Operations to Protest Planned Move
    There’s also unrest among government employees at the Treasury Department, located within the Central Bank of Belize. Since this morning, News Five can confirm that the employees have been on [...]

    Coast Guardsman’s Charges Against Boss Have ‘No Merit’
    Last week, a petty officer at the Belize National Coastguard, Randy King filed a complaint against his Commander, Admiral John Borland. King claimed that apart from verbally abusing him inside [...]

    Why Price of Dario’s Meat Pies is Going Up on Tuesday
    If you’re a fan of the world-famous Dario’s Meat Pies you may want to stock up this weekend. Prices for the tasty treat go up on Tuesday from a dollar [...]

    Mayor Plans Annual ‘Labour for Belize’ Initiative
    The Belize City Council is marking its fifth annual ‘Labour for Belize’ event on May first, beginning at the rising of the sun at B.T.L. Park. A feature initiative of [...]

    No Rally for N.T.U.C.B. as Message Talks Tough
    The National Trade Union Congress of Belize, for the first time in recent memory, is not marking Labour Day with a parade and rally.  It is announced at the very [...]

    Immigration Warning: Don’t go to Botes, La Union
    And on this upcoming Labour Day weekend, Belizeans are expected to cross border points. Neighboring Mexican communities, including Botes and La Union, are hotspots for the illicit movement of uncustomed [...]

    F.C.D. Takes News Five on Flight Over Troubled Chiquibul
    Illegal activities continue deep in the Chiqubul where the forests are under serious attack. Gold-panning of late has become one of the most lucrative activities attracting Guatemalan nationals. In a [...]

    U.B. Unveils Latest Research by Students
    “Building Competitiveness in Belize in a Global World- the Role of the University of Belize” that is the theme in which it held its annual research conference in Belize City. [...]

    National University Talks to Stakeholders About Improvement
    And in more U.B. news, today the institution met with several stakeholders of the private and public sectors in a workshop to discuss institutional enhancement of the university in an [...]

    S.S.B. Crowns National Tertiary Debate Champion
    The finals of the National Tertiary Debate sponsored by the Social Security Board were held today in Belize City. The final two teams, Independence Junior College and Ecumenical Junior College, [...]

    U.B. Prez Talks Up Agriculture Ahead of N.A.T.S. 2017
    Thousands of Belizeans will be heading to the Capital City on Saturday and Sunday for the annual National Agriculture and Trade Show. Since it started back in 1970, “Agric” has [...]


    SSB’s 2017 Debate Competition Concludes
    The Social Security Board held its final debate competition for 2017 today at the Bliss Center for the Performing Arts in Belize City. The finalists are Stann Creek Ecumenical Junior College and Independence Junior College. The topic of the debate was “Be it resolved that Belize should submit its territorial differendum with Guatemala to the […]

    Claims Staked on Supa G and Muevelo
    There is a video on YouTube that has garnered over one million views. The video features the song, Muevelo from Supa G but on the video there is the showing of a Guatemalan flag for the entire three minutes and twenty six seconds of the song. The video was uploaded on January 1, 2012 and […]

    Teenage Student Murdered in Rural Belize
    Ladyville police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the murder of a seventeen year old student of Lords Bank Village. Reporter Dalila Ical has the story. DALILA ICAL REPORTING “17 year old Brandon Bradley spent his last minutes socializing with his older brother and sister in law before he was gunned down near his house in […]

    Immigration Clerk Says Minister Penner Was Passport Agent
    The last witness to appear before the Special Senate Select Committee yesterday was former data entry clerk at the immigration department, Omar Phillips. Phillips was one of the three employees suspended for their alleged role in the Wong Hong Kim passport fiasco. Phillips worked at the front desk and he received the Won Hong Kim […]

    Armed Robbery at 24/7 Service Station
    A female gas pump attendant was robbed of an undisclosed amount of money last night. At around 9:40 pm, Ladyville police responded to a 911 call which led them to 24/7 Gas Station on the Phillip Goldson Highway. Today Love News obtained surveillance footage of the incident. The video shows that the station was not […]

    Expert on Anti-Corruption Concepts Due In Country Early May
    One week ago we told you of the meeting of the constituted board appointed to secure the implementation of the United Nations Convention against Corruption for Belize which took place on April 20, 2017; almost five months after the signing of the convention. We also told you of the plans to have an expert come […]

    Financing the Senate Inquiry: How Much Is Enough?
    The Special Senate Select Committee resumed its duties on Wednesday. The inquiry started late last year and it is uncertain as to the time frame involved. Will the budget last? Chairman of the committee Senator Aldo Salazar answered that question. ALDO SALAZAR “Well the previous budget as you know, that was done up to the […]

    Belize Seeks to Adapt Louisiana’s Youth Program
    A Belize military delegation was recently in Louisiana, USA where they were hosted by the Louisiana National Guard. The purpose of the visit was to tour the Youth Challenge Programs in that state with an aim at establishing a similar plan for at-risk youth in Belize. Last November, Brigadier General had spoken to Love News […]

    BCC’s Quest to Demolish Derelict Structures Continue
    The Belize City Council has partnered with a number of organizations to try and rid the city of derelict houses which pose a threat to safety. Belize City Councilor Philip Willoughby said it is important to get everyone on board. PHILLIP WILLOUGHBY “Well basically since we began doing our assessment based on the check list […]

    Concert Planned to Celebrate 1859 Border Treaty
    A concert aimed at commemorating the 1859 border treaty between Great Britain and the Republic of Guatemala will be taking place in southern Belize this weekend through efforts of the Belize Territorial Volunteers. Lead organizer is Wil Maheia who has been passionate when it comes to the protection of the Sarstoon for Belize. WIL MAHEIA “The concert is […]


    Accused rapist walks; victim stops court case
    A jury selection process was completed yesterday morning, Tuesday, at the Supreme Court of Justice Adolph Lucas and two women and seven men were selected to hear the evidence in the trial of Evrett “Jack” Davis, 56, indicted for allegedly raping and wounding a 50-year-old woman. The victim took the witness stand today and told the court that although the accused man did what he did, she did not wish to continue the case for personal reasons, and she would leave it up to God. The woman, who was 48 at the time of the incident, told the court that she was acting on her own free will and was not forced by anyone to go to court to say what she had just said.

    Carlos Perdomo’s name called in reference to shady issuance of passport
    In her audit of the Immigration Department, Auditor General Dorothy Bradley opined that the procedures at the department were ruled by UDP “Ministerial Interference,” which led to massive irregularities. During today’s Senate hearing with retired Immigration officer of thirty years, Therese Chavarria, it was revealed that the interference of former National Security Minister and current Cabinet Secretary, Carlos Perdomo, led to a shady applicant receiving a passport on the basis of a possibly fraudulent birth certificate in 2011. According to Chavarria, she refused to grant the passport to the applicant claiming to be Paul Ku, and that was when she was allegedly offered $500 to process it by a Justice of the Peace (JP) identified as Reina Chiu Hsiang Lo. However, Chavarria reportedly declined that JP’s bribe and went on vacation. Upon her return from vacation, she was informed by former Immigration Director Ruth Meighan that Minister Perdomo had instructed that the passport be issued to the applicant.

    Barton Middleton invokes constitutional right to “shut up”
    After a brief hiatus, the Senate Select Committee resumed its probe into the Auditor General’s Special Audit into the Passport, Visa and Nationality Departments for the period 2011-2013. The audit had documented that in the late months of 2012, a total of eight visa stickers were removed from the Immigration Department’s Western border by an Immigration officer and given to a man identified as a visa agent and known at the time only as “Mr. Middleton.” Middleton reportedly took those visas and sold them to the Belize City Council Financial Controller, Patrick Tillet, and former Belize City Deputy Mayor, Eric Chang. However, those visas were unusable and the duo attempted to recover their money from Middleton, but were unable to do so.

    Brandon Bradley, 17, gunned down in Green Garden Estate area
    His social media profile identifies him as a student at Gwen Lizarraga high school, but that did not stop a gunman from fatally shooting him around 10:00 on Wednesday night. After socializing with his brother at a local shop in Lords Bank, Ladyville, Brandon Randy Bradley, 17, decided to pedal his bicycle to his home. Before he could reach the safety of his home, however, Bradley was shot in the upper right chest, back and left shoulder. His brother found him in the Green Garden Estate area about 30-40 yards away from the road, in some bushes lying face down, apparently dead.

    Biggest price spike since 2017 began, pushes tab for regular gas to double-digit figures
    For several months, Belize City consumers have been able to buy a gallon of regular gas for under $10, but that changed after Tuesday night, when new pump prices took effect, less than a month after higher tax levies at the pumps triggered the largest price spike since the year began. However, our review of the figures indicates that this most recent price spike represents the single largest price increase, at least since 2017 began, with the price of regular gasoline up by 47 cents per gallon, compounding the 32 cents increase implemented on April 1, which included a 25-cent increase to bolster Government revenues. Pump prices have been fluctuating since the year began, beginning with a fall in the price of regular gasoline of 34 cents on January 25. Prices hit a trough of $9.47 a gallon on March 24, just before the new budget year began.

    Muslim Daughter, Christian Mother: Alana Raybon and her mom, Patricia Raybon to be hosted on Sunday’s Moments of Inspiration
    KREM’s Virginia Echols will feature on her show, Moments of Inspiration, from 6:00 am – 8:00 am this Sunday, April 30, Patricia Raybon, an award-winning author, and her daughter, American Islamic convert, Alana Raybon, a dedicated educator. The two are the subject of a 2015 best seller – Undivided, which shares the compelling story of the two women, once divided by their faith. “They didn’t talk. Not for ten years. Not about faith anyway. Instead, a mother and daughter tiptoed with pain around the deepest gulf in their lives – the daughter’s choice to leave the church, convert to Islam and become a practicing Muslim,” said the book’s summary.

    Cricket Corner
    Hello to all fans, players and supporters of cricket. Thanks to our kind sponsorship of Bowen and Bowen who continues to provide the best drinks in Belize. Under the auspices of the Belize National Cricket Association, the Harrison Parks 2017 National Cricket Competition continued over the weekend. There were very interesting games played, that could even be said they were very well-played ones. At Rancho Dolores, Excellence of Double Head went up against home team, Western Eagles. Both teams had lost one game apiece coming into Saturday’s game. Both were tied for first place. For so many years, both teams have battled against each other for top spot in the zone. All the time, Excellence proved to be the better team. Again at Rancho, these two teams wrestled. Again, Excellence threw them down. But, with all the whipping, these two teams remain friends.

    NEBL “In the Paint”
    The 2017 NEBL playoffs are finally here, and the one thing we all know for sure is that there will be a new champion. Who it will be, of course, is anyone’s guess, but we will try to provide some insights into which of the four remaining teams we consider has the best chance to emerge as the 2017 NEBL Champion. The journey commences tonight with the #3 seeded Belmopan Bandits (8-4) visiting #2 Dangriga Dream Ballers (8-4) at the Ecumenical High School Auditorium in Dangriga Town, while tomorrow night will have the #1 seeded San Pedro Tiger Sharks (9-3) hosting #4 Cayo Western Ballaz (7-5) at the San Pedro High School Auditorium.

    Dangriga sports stats
    The Stann Creek Football Association’s Smart Mundialito Tournament 2017 saw its final regular season games on Saturday, April 22, at the Carl Ramos Stadium. Benguche DYFA was the victorious team, to advance to the Top-4 playoffs along with Wagierale Young Bombers, Silk Grass and New Site. Here are the results: Silk Grass won over Montise, 6 goals to 1. Alex Alvarez – 3 goals, Breyben Olivas – 1, Ean Pixabaja – 1, and the final goal was an auto goal by Montise. New Site vs Wagierale Young Bombers ended in a nil-nil tie. Ubafu vs Hopkins ended in a 1 to 1 tie. Kenan Palacio scored for Ubafu, while Paul Bradley, Jr. scored for Hopkins. Benguche DYFA won over Southside Warriors, 2 goals to nil; Leopold Vasquez and Jamaal Joseph got 1 apiece. Final standings were: Wagierale Young Bombers – 17 pts; Silk Grass – 15 pts; New Site – 12 pts; Benguche DYFA – 10 pts; Hopkins – 7 pts; Montise – 5 pts; Southside Warriors – 5 pts; and Ubafu – 3 pts.

    Nat’l Women League Week 5 standings
    The double round-robin regular season nears its end with Week 6 games this weekend in the National Amateur Women League football tournament. Aside from this weekend’s games, two back matches (Sagitun Strikers vs Jewel Fury, and Calcutta Strikers vs Belize City FC) are scheduled for next week, and then the top 2 teams from each group will go on to best-of-2 games semifinal playoff series. From what we have seen, women football is reaching another level in Belize. Catch a glimpse this weekend, and get ready for the playoffs up ahead.

    Editorial: An alternative history
    If the United Democratic Party (UDP) under the leadership of Dean Russell Lindo had won the 1979 general election, as it was widely expected to do, Belize would not have gone on to political independence in 1981. Belize would have remained a British colony indefinitely, like Bermuda and the Cayman Islands, and the chances are there would have eventually been some kind of territorial partition or dismemberment. Under UDP Prime Minister Dean Lindo, Belize would have embraced U.S. investors almost unconditionally, and Belize would have become a mini-Guatemala, a classic neoliberal state with a wealthy, powerful capitalist class and masses of poor, struggling natives. As it is, it may well be that in 2017, under four different Prime Ministers, we have ended up as a mini-Guatemala. It is important for younger generation of Belizeans to understand that our region and the world were substantially different places politically and philosophically in 1979 than is the case today, 38 years later. The region and the world were still in that anti-colonial, anti-racism mode in which we had come out of World War II, a war in which the Europeans had massacred each other fighting for colonies, natural resources, and world hegemony. In 1947, two years after the end of World War II, Great Britain, the “empire on which the sun never set,” had been forced to grant independence to India – the prize of its Asian possessions, and by 1957, Ghana, a colony so rich it had been known as the Gold Coast, became the first African country to free itself from British colonialism. Nigeria followed suit in 1960. Jamaica, Trinidad, Guyana and various British Caribbean countries achieved independence from Great Britain in the 1960s.

    From the Publisher
    The matter of the injustice done to Kaina Martinez last year at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, a matter in which I involved myself a while back, has become, believe it or not, a kind of personal wake-up call. I had thought we could get the issue straightened out with a minimum of fuss, but it is more intricate and more serious than I imagined. In late 1990, Kremandala became involved in a dispute with the Bowen & Bowen business empire because of the empire’s control over the executive of the Belize National Football Association (BNFA). The key difference between 1990 and 2017 is that, apart from the fact that the Bowen & Bowen patriarch, the late Sir Barry Bowen, was very much alive and active in 1990, is the fact that it was the People’s United Party (PUP) which was in power in 1990, whereas it is the United Democratic Party (UDP), of course, which has been in power here for the last nine years. In 1990, the ruling PUP did not consider me a UDP, whereas the UDP spokesmen and propagandists have been making it clear for some time that they consider Kremandala to be a PUP institution.

    Claims allegation against Benny’s Kitchen is malicious
    The Editor Amandala Dear Sir, My attention has been drawn to an article appearing on page 22 of the Amandala dated Friday, April 21st., 2017. The article is headed “The 2017 saga of San Jose Succotz” and is “contributed” by an anonymous person. The anonymous writer makes the bold assertion that “for all intents and purposes”, the present Village Council has delivered the Village Central Plaza to some private business people to build a private museum. Now these business people are intent on destroying the “people’s culture – customs and traditions.” At the very end of the article the writer alleges by innuendo and implication that the restaurant business called Benny’s Kitchen is involved in the takeover of the “historic” Village Central Plaza for the building of a private museum. Mr. Editor, I, Benigno Chan, am the proprietor of the business Benny’s Kitchen. My restaurant is a popular eating place in San Jose Succotz. Belizeans from all over the country come to my establishment to enjoy delicious food and fresh drinks in a pleasant atmosphere. I want it to be known that neither I nor my restaurant, Benny’s Kitchen, is involved in any project to take over the Village Central Plaza or to destroy the people’s culture. Any such suggestion as alluded to in the article published in your newspaper is a complete fabrication perpetrated by someone driven by a malicious intent to harm my business.

    Stop corruption now!
    Dear Editor, Although I no longer live in Belize, having decamped to the relative tranquility of a South Pacific island, my perseverations over this former British colony have diminished only slightly, and I still feel like shouting from the rooftops: “STOP CORRUPTION NOW!” All tourists to Belize (who can’t be bothered) and most expats (who refuse to look beyond their Jimmy Buffet version of reality) remain clueless as to what’s really happening in The Jewel. Or maybe they feel complicit in this culture of corruption, as in whenever they pay someone to expedite a need at the department of motor vehicles, say, or the lands department or immigration or ANY of the ministries at all.

    VACCINES – Show us the science and give us a choice!
    Editor Amandala Sir, We have known for many years that eating fish with high levels of mercury is not safe since becoming involved in the impact of dams on those living downstream. No one disputes the risk to children, pregnant women and those who are nursing as well as the general population. So why is there mercury in many vaccines given to us and our children, in the form of thimerisol, as well as other harmful additives such as aluminum and formaldehyde? The pharmaceutical companies are continually pushing more and more vaccines in the United States and around the world because it is profitable, not because they are concerned with the health and safety of those getting the shots. The U.S. which spends the most on healthcare and has one of the highest child vaccination rates in the world, has created the sickest child and young adult population in America’s history: 1 child in 6 is learning disabled; 1 in 9 has asthma; 1 in 10 diagnosed with a mental disorder; 1 in 13 severely allergic to food; 1 in 20 epileptic; 1 in 50 developing autism; 1 in 400 with diabetes and millions more struggling with other kinds of brain and immune system damage marked by chronic inflammation in the body.

    80% of cybercrimes in Belize are perpetrated by foreigners
    Cybercrimes have become pervasive, and they pose a threat to people and companies around the globe—even those who deliberately stay away from the social media platforms, where many cybercrimes are perpetrated. According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), “…companies are targeted for trade secrets and other sensitive corporate data, and universities for their cutting-edge research and development. Citizens are targeted by fraudsters and identity thieves, and children are targeted by online predators.” “About 80% of cybercrimes being committed in Belize is done by foreign entities, although Belize is getting on board,” Mario Alcoser, manager/commander of the Police Department’s Information Technology Unit, told Amandala, on the sidelines of the law enforcement forum at the National Cyber Security Symposium being held at the Best Western Belize Biltmore Plaza this week.

    Are referees above the law?
    Football in Belize has a rich history, whereby those who are fanatics of this sport would agree that fans, sponsors, referees, clubs, and players are losing the love for the sport. This is evident at football games, that if one should compare the fans at games now, you would wonder why such drastic changes. Several factors may contribute to this “lack of love,” but is incompetent match officials an issue? Managers from numerous clubs stated that some of the officials who were appointed for their home-and-away football games made some incomprehensible errors during the games. On the other hand, one must acknowledge when the referee does an excellent job. Despite not giving the (obvious) penalty during the Bandits vs BDF FC game, I still shook the referee’s (Mr. Jones) hand after the game, due to this is my usual modus operandi. I am still trying to digest the penalty call which earned Bandits SC their first goal in the Opening Season Finals dated 31st December, 2016. In order to prevent such reoccurrence of bad calls, below are couple recommendations given to the PLB, and it is sad that none of these recommendations were taken into consideration.

    Canine transmissible venereal tumor in dogs
    Dear Doctor, Lulu has been bleeding from her private parts for more than a month. How long does a heat last? I’m cleaning up after her every 15 minutes. Someone told me she might have gonorrhea. Distressed in Lords Bank *** Dear Distressed, The heat cycle for a female dog averages three weeks, with bleeding lasting perhaps a week. If your dog has mated in the past and has been bleeding from her vagina for more than a week, or has a red, bulging mass coming out of the vagina (or penis for a male), then the bleeding is likely from a canine transmissible venereal tumor, a sexually transmitted disease, and will need to be examined by your veterinarian.

    Not one centimeter
    The British Ambassador to Guatemala, Sarah Dickson, was not wrong when she stated in her speech, given on August 27, 2013, that: “As you can see Guatemala is not alone in this struggle.” In the past the UK’s government policy was always pushing for George Price to cede an amount of land and sea to Guatemala, so as to permit Belizeans to acquire their independence. George Price did not agree with such an idea and said: “not one centimeter”. However, George Price’s opposition wanted this place to continue being a British protectorate. It was a hard struggle until George Price could have achieved his dream of making British Honduras an independent nation with the name Belize on September 21st 1981. It is a long history between 1950 and 1981, during which a lot of things took place, all kinds of discussions and agreements, but there are certain points which come to my attention and probably there is someone out there who could enlighten us concerning the reason why George Price made certain decisions.

    More “freak storms” could be just one manifestation of climate change
    Just this past weekend, an unusual weather event in Biscayne—villagers say it was a tornado, the government said it was a “freak storm”—ripped through that rural community leaving behind hurricane-like damages to 9 homes in the area. According to the National Emergency Management Organization, similar freak storms affected residents in Crooked Tree village on August 20, 2011 and Maskall Village on October 8, 2014. Could it be that these bizarre storm events are becoming more prevalent due to our changing climate? We put the question to Ann Gordon, national coordinator for the National Climate Change Office in Belize, who suggested that they might. She told Amandala that the temperatures in Belize have notably increased over the past half-a-century. “Based on the records that we have, observation records, the temperature in Belize has risen by about between 0.9 to 1 degree Celsius from 1960 levels and that shows that the nighttime temperature… is even higher,” she said.

    Consumers getting even less for their dollar, as inflation hits 2.3% in March
    Consumer prices continue on their upward trend, meaning that consumers are getting even less for their dollar, with prices up by 2.3% in March 2017, and 1.8% so far this year. Price spikes in March were perhaps most notable in the transport category, with consumers paying 18.3% more than they did last March. According to the Statistical Institute of Belize (SIB), which today released its March Consumer Price Index (CPI) data, “This increase was the main contributor to the overall rise in prices among ‘All-Items’. Fuel and lubricant prices for the month of March 2017 were up by 12.7 percent from the same month in 2016.” It added that, “The highest increase among this sub-category was seen in the price per gallon of Premium gasoline, which rose from $8.27 in March of last year to $10.54 in March 2017.”

    Dangriga man sentenced to 12 years for rape and abduction
    Shortly after 1:00 p.m. this afternoon, Robert Taylor stood in the prisoner’s dock in the Dangriga Supreme Court of Justice Dennis Hanomansingh, awaiting his mother, who was scheduled to make a mitigation plea on his behalf before the judge passed sentence on him for convictions of rape and abduction. Taylor, 23, a laborer of Monument Site, Dangriga, was indicted on two counts of abduction and one count of rape for an incident that occurred on Sunday, January 25, 2015, in Dangriga. His mother was a few minutes late in coming to the court, and Taylor, after asking the court to have mercy on him, told Justice Hanomansingh to go ahead and sentence him. The judge urged him to wait a few more minutes. He did.

    The Reporter

    Man found murdered inside car
    A man was found shot to death inside his vehicle this afternoon in Belize City. Police say the body of Santiago Rodriguez was found inside his white 4 Runner SUV at around 2:30 p.m., on Trinity Street in the Port Loyola area. Police investigations have […]

    UB goes green!
    In tandem with Earth Day,  the University of Belize (UB) has gone “green”, and has embarked on an energy-efficient/cost-saving lighting system at its Faculty of Education and Arts Campus in Belize City, by replacing all its fluorescent light bulbs with LED tubes. Director of Physical […]

    JP Association, California Chapter to swear in new members
    The Belize Association of Justices of the Peace, California Chapter, will swear in 13 new members this weekend, to keep up with the growing community of Belizeans in California. The historic event marks the first time that Crown Counsel Brianna Williams will swear in new […]

    Taiwan looks to strengthen economic and diplomatic ties with new Southbound Policy
    By Alexis R. Milan Editor The Republic of China (ROC) Taiwan, more commonly known as simply Taiwan, has maintained diplomatic relations with Belize for nearly 30 years now, since 1989. In that relatively short time, Taiwan has supported Belize through a number of bilateral cooperation efforts, including infrastructural development, technical […]

    Taiwan calls for participation in World Health Assembly
    The Government of the Republic of China-Taiwan is calling on the World Health Organization (WHO) to invite it to attend the 2017 World Health Assembly. Taiwan is also calling on the international community to support its participation, given the benefits that its participation brings to […]

    Student murdered in Lords Bank
    Brandon Bradley, a 17-year-old student, was found dead late on Wednesday night, his body riddled with bullets near the entrance of the Green Garden Estate area of Lords Bank village. Sometime after 10:30 p.m., on April 26, the ITVET student was found motionless, lying  face […]

    North American couple missing in Corozal
    An American couple, who took up residency in the Corozal district, has mysteriously vanished since Tuesday night, leaving friends puzzled and worried about their safety. Francesca Matus, 52, a Canadian national of Serenity Sands, Consejo Road, Corozal and her boyfriend, 36-year-old American national, Drew Thomas […]

    Dangriga court prescribes 12 years for man convicted of abduction and sodomy
    A jury of four men and five women  wrapped up a morbid five-day trial this week by convicting Robert Taylor of Dangriga of a vicious abduction at knifepoint and anal rape of a 25 year-old woman. Judge Denis Hanomansingh has sentenced him to 12 years on each count, but since  […]

    Mexican innovators offer Belize trade opportunities
    Belizean businessmen got the opportunity to form trade partnerships with Mexican companies; when the Mexican Embassy hosteda trade delegation ofentrepreneurs and manufacturers’ representatives of seven companies from Merida, Yucatan and Cancun, Quintana Roo at the Institute of Mexico in Belize City on Thursday, April 27. Belize Water Services representatives were […]

    Police high command assures that rogue cops will be dealt with
    The Belize Police Department has assured that it will deal with police officers who have been caught recently engaging in disreputable activity.  The assurance comes three weeks after three on-duty policemen and a special constable were found using the police mobile assigned to them […]

    GOB to open 3 new preschools
    The Government of Belize in collaboration with the European Union, inaugurated three new preschools in northern Belize this week, giving over 150 children access to early childhood education. On Tuesday, GOB held a single ceremony for the schools, which were opened in the Corozal and […]

    No light bill increase in BEL’s latest proposal to PUC
    Belize Electricity Limited is not proposing any light bill increase for its latest submission to the Public Utilities Commission (PUC), under the Annual Tariff Review Proceeding (ARP). In BEL’s submission, which covers the period he period July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018, the company […]

    Famous Belizean model, lands modeling contract in London
    A young Belizean model, who has been featured in several international publications, is again making headlines after she landed a huge international modeling contract in London. Twenty-two-year-old Joyjah Estrada recently announced via a Facebook post that she will be moving to London for the next […]

    The Senate Select Committee investigating irregularities in the Ministry and Department of Immigration with respect to visa and passport fraud continued its work this week after its brief Easter recess. The Senate Committee called back the elusive Mr. Middleton to ask him more about his activities in procuring visas and […]

    Fuel prices go up; everything else follows!
    Businesses in Belize City are beginning to worry about the negative effects that increasing gas prices will have on their operations. The price of fuel in Belize saw its fourth increase in two months this week. This latest price hike sent regular fuel up by […]

    Safety first for MoneyGram bandits
    Two daring armed robbers, sporting helmets, walked into a MoneyGram International outlet inside Go Wireless Direct on West Collet Canal in Belize City during busy Thursday afternoon hours, and robbed it of an undetermined amount of money. The thieves escaped, but not before an eyewitness […]

    Caye Caulker couple charged for grinder
    A woman has lashed out against Caye Caulker police for targeting her family, locking her down for more than a day, and filing a ridiculous charge against her, which was eventually thrown out in court this week – all because of a personal vendetta, she […]

    “Nothing more to say,” Middleton tells Senate
    After a three-week break, Barton Middleton returned to the Senate Committee conducting an inquiry into allegations of corruption at the Immigration Department. He stated in no uncertain terms that he would not answer any of the Committee’s questions. On Wednesday, Middleton told the Senate Committee […]

    Breaking Belize NewsPJ

    Taxi man shot and killed in Belize City today
    BBN has received reports that a taxi driver was shot and killed today. According to reports, the cab driver was killed on Faber’s Road extension in Belize City.

    Fuel prices send cost of living skyward in March
    The Statistical Institute of Belize’s (SIB) recently released Consumer Price Index (CPI), showed that the increasing price of gas had raised the cost of living by 2.3 percent for the month of March. The price of fuel had risen three times in March, causing Belizeans to spend an average of $2.30 more on goods and services than they did the year before.

    ECJ wins SSB debate again
    Today the Social Security Board wrapped up its annual debate competition. The Ecumenical Junior College emerged victorious for the second consecutive year from among all tertiary schools nationwide. They defeated the Independence Junior College as they strongly argued why Belize should not submit the […]

    Belizean coast guard tops training in Jamaica
    After an eight week training course in Kingston, Jamaica, Belizean coastguard Daniel Sabido graduated with top honors from among his colleagues in the region. He just completed seven years as an officer when he was selected to attend the Patrol Craft Commander Course. He […]

    Thief robs over $12,000 in cash from Go Wireless Direct Shop
    A clerk at Money Gram located at the Corner of Cemetery Road and West Collet Canal, Belize City, reported that yesterday around 2:36 p.m. while she was performing her normal duties, a male person entered Go Wireless Direct Shop. The man approached her, grabbed […]

    Businessman robbed at gun point in Belize City
    Thomas Gomez, 49, a businessman and a resident of # 21 Faber’s Road Extension, Belize City, reported to police that on Wednesday April 27th, 2017 about 12:30 p.m. while at his business place, JR Lumber Yard along with his delivery man and his wife, […]

    Corozal Free Zone staff protests
    Yesterday, the administrative staff of the Corozal Free Zone did not show up to work. According to reports, the staff is protesting against the new CEO Valentino Blanco. The Chamber of Commerce of the free Zone is also supporting the staff’s decision. BBN understands […]

    Rapist gets 12 years
    In January of 2015, a woman was in Dangriga walking to the town to pick up a package when a man offered her a ride to the Benguche area. The woman reported that she thought the vehicle had hit something and when they exited […]

    Belize exports up 25.1% in first quarter
    Belize’s exports for the first quarter of 2017, January-March saw a 25.1 percent increase when compared to the same period in 2016, according to the Statistical Institute of Belize (SIB). The SIB’s latest External Trade Bulletin, showed that Belize’s exports – January to March […]

    Commercial mission held in Belize by Embassy of Mexico
    Today, the Embassy of Mexico and ProMexico (the Mexican trade and investment agency) held a Commercial Mission to Belize where seven companies from Cancun and Merida displayed their products and services. From beach footwear and sandals, packaging materials, to construction and pool finishes, as […]

    CDB donates $750 ,000 USD to Belize
    Yesterday, the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), and the Government of Belize launched the Youth Resilience and Inclusive Social Empowerment (Youth RISE) Project. The Project will expand social services for approximately 3,500 children, youth, and families in the communities of Dangriga and San Ignacio/Santa Elena, […]

    BELTRAIDE and Twin Towns sign memorandum of cooperation
    Yesterday, BELTRAIDE signed a Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) with the San Ignacio/ Santa Elena Town Council. The aim of the agreement is to enhance and diversify economic activity in the municipality. Through a closer collaboration between BELTRAIDE and the Town Council, the MOC will […]

    Middleton tells Senators nothing at all
    The most intriguing character to appear for the Senate hearing on Wednesday was Mr. Middleton, formally, Mr. Barton Middleton. He was the person accused of selling stolen visas to Patrick Tillet and Eric Chang at a cost of $18,000. When he first appeared in […]


    Tracking our turtles with the Ambergris Caye Marine Turtle Program
    Two types of turtles are known to nest on Ambergris Caye; Loggerhead and Green turtles. When it’s time to lay eggs, sea turtles are known to return to nest on the same beach where they were hatched on. Depending on the species, a mature female turtle can lay from 70 to 190 eggs, and it takes a span of six to ten weeks for the hatchlings to emerge. After the eggs hatch, the young turtles must make their way the sea, in hopes of reaching maturity. It’s estimated that only one in 1,000 hatchlings will survive to adulthood. Turtles nest every two years, and female turtles are believed to nest up to three times in one nesting season. Despite the little that is known about the migratory behavior of turtles between birth and sexual adulthood, it is estimated that they can live up to 80 years in their natural environment.

    Sea Front Sarteneja, Belize: A Charming QUIET Village
    Sarteneja is a small village on the coast of Northern Belize’s Corozal district that can’t help but charm. The water is a distinctive chalky aqua, the old style fishing boats are bobbing in the breeze and the white village streets are lined with neat homes and huge almond & mango trees. The village has a bit of an odd orientation. In Belize, the sea is generally to your east. But Sarteneja sits on a mainland bump – and faces north-west. So rather than seeing the sun rise over the ocean, here it sets. It takes a while (for me, longer then the 2 days we had) to get comfortable with that. It’s a place that, in the past, revolved around ship making and fishing. And both times I’ve visited, the sea views, low prices and SPACE make me feel like I’m about to see a real estate boom. BUT Sarteneja can only be reached two ways – by boat or by a 40 mile road from Orange Walk that is usually in horrible shape – if open at all. And, there is very little to do in town other than walking around, admiring the sea and docks and perhaps taking a swim and…reading. Almost everything is very neat and well cared for.

    Corozal Community College Third winning on Band fest victory held in Corozal
    This year’s band fest was held at the People’s Stadium in Orange Walk Town and 13 bands participated in the 12th annual Bandfest. Corozal Community College has held on to the Belize Bandfest sceptre for the third consecutive year. First place category for the drum corps was won by the Southern Sound Drum corps from Dangriga. In second place was won by the Holy Redeemer Marching Band while third place was Mahogany Heights Marching Band. In the category of marching band with wind instruments, was won by Corozal Community College ranked first while Wesley College marching band ranked second. The best choreographed band was the Corozal Community College which showcased an attractive presentation.The most popular band was Holy Redeemer who received the most text votes and last Orange Walk Uprising marching band was this year’s drum line champs. Corozal Community College won Three times in a row in this Band Fest annual Marching band.

    Easter weekend 2017 in Placencia!!
    Placencia is known as a tranquil, peaceful, place, for 363 days out of the year. The only two days it isn't - Easter weekend! The entire country knows that Placencia is the place to be for Easter weekend, and it is PACKED and crazy. Here are some pictures from this past weekend!!! And local photographer Maz Carr captured Easter so beautifully, I had a share a few of her shots!

    4 Belizean Festivals You Cannot Afford To Miss This Year
    The people of Belize love to celebrate, so it's always easy to find a great festival, parade, or holiday when you come to Belize. Below are four of the top Belizean festivals you should definitely attend this year: There are several distinct holidays in September, but the whole month is one long celebration of patriotic pride. The September festival season begins with St. George's Caye Day on September 10 that marks the historic 1798 naval battle when the British triumphed over a Spanish flotilla that led to Belize becoming Britain's only colony in Central America. The triumphant apex of the September holiday season is September 21, the day that commemorates Belize becoming an independent country in 1981. Throughout the month of September, every town and village will be awash in red, white, and blue (the colors of the Belizean flag), as well as parades, live music, poetry recitals, and dancing in the streets.

    Discover the Beauty of Hopkins Village
    Hopkins is one of the most beautiful villages in the country. Located on the Caribbean coast in southern Stann Creek District, the village is separated by the outflow of the Sittee River. Still principally an idyllic fishing village, Hopkins is widely considered to be the cultural center of the Garifuna people in Belize. Every year on November 19, the entire country celebrates Garifuna Settlement Day to commemorate the arrival of the Garifuna people in Belize in dugout canoes. This holiday is a time for feasting, traditional drumming, and a dramatic re-enactment of the water landing. Traditional foods like cassava bread and hudut (a fish stew made with coconuts and plantains) are eaten, and the entire village comes alive with dance and music. Hopkins is easily accessible either overland via the Southern Highway or by air from the nearby Dangriga or Placencia airstrip. Approximately 1,000 people live in Hopkins, and the residents are renowned for their warm hospitality and kindness. In fact, Hopkins has been declared the friendliest village in the country.

    International Sourcesizz

    Canadian woman, U.S. companion missing in Belize
    A Canadian woman and her American companion have gone missing in Belize, according to friends. Fifty-two-year-old Francesca Matus of Ontario, was last seen driving home from a local bar with Thomas Drew De Voursney, 36, on Tuesday evening, her friends say. Nancy Rifenbark, a U.S. citizen living in Corozal, told that she had dinner and drinks with Matus and De Voursney at Scotty's Bar in Corozal, Belize, on Tuesday night. Rifenbark said that, at approximately 11 p.m. local time, the couple left for home in Matus’ white Isuzu Rodeo SUV. At approximately 8:30 a.m. the next morning, Rifenbark said her friend Joe Milhoen went to give Matus a drive to the airport in Belize City, where she was to catch a flight to Canada. Rifenbark said that, when Milhoen arrived at Matus’ Corozal home, the gate was locked and her SUV wasn’t there. She said De Voursney’s motorcycle was the only vehicle parked at the home. Milhoen also spotted one of Matus’ suitcases through the glass of the front door.

    Belize: remarkable ruins and beautiful birds
    As the blazing Belizian sun shone down on the ancient Mayan city of Altun Ha, my husband and I huffed and puffed our way up the steep uneven steps leading to the pinnacle of the Temple of the Sun God. According to our guide, Ann Marie, this was a perfect day to see the view from the top of this ancient temple. “The sun god is happy when the sun shines,” she said right before she parked herself under a shady tree and suggested we go on without her. Reaching the top, we gazed out at a 360-degree view of crumbling ruins and verdant jungle. I’m not sure if the sun god was smiling, but we certainly were. Having the view all to ourselves was the best part. There wasn’t another soul in sight — except for Ann Marie under the tree. For us, the stop at Altun Ha was part of a short extension tour with Island Expeditions. The tour promised to allow us to explore two ancient Maya sites and visit one of the top birding locations in the country. We said our goodbyes to Ann Marie and made our way to the van to head to Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary and the Bird’s Eye View Lodge — a top birding destination and our accommodation for the night. As we drove into the sanctuary, our driver Leonard began pointing out the flora and fauna. “We call that Bamboo Chicken,” he said, pointing to a large Green Iguana in a leafy bush. “People used to hunt them for their meat — especially in the spring because the eggs are considered a delicacy. Now the species is protected.”

    Beyond the Horizon Builds Relationships in San Ignacio
    Service members assigned to Beyond the Horizon 2017 took time off from their busy schedule to participate in a community relations event April 21, 2017 at the Santa Elena Sports Complex in San Ignacio, Belize. BTH 2017 is a partnership exercise between U.S. Southern Command and the Belize Government and consists of multiple construction projects and health care events in three districts of the country. San Ignacio is the second of three health fairs and follows the recently completed project at Ladyville which served over 3500 people. “The purpose of this get together is to introduce ourselves (the members of Beyond the Horizon 2017) to the communities of San Ignacio and the surrounding area and let them know why we are here in Belize, specifically in San Ignacio,” said Sgt. 1st Class Lashawn Yelling, a team leader in the 413th Civil Affairs Battalion.

    I Farmed Seaweed in Belize to Learn Why It’s the Food of the Future
    It was a jarring, hour-long boat ride to Little Water Caye, a sliver of an island 30 km off the coast of Placencia, Belize. There was only a small wooden house on a beach, and palm trees waving in the Caribbean breeze. But offshore, invisible from the surface, lay the first sustainable seaweed farm in Central America. I helped unload the boat—food, yellow twine ropes, and snorkelling gear—everything we'd need to spend a few days planting seaweed. The previous day, I'd walked past the headquarters of the Placencia Seaweed Co-operative on the mainland. Packages of dried seaweed, and seaweed in gel form, sat on a shelf inside the open door. The head seaweed farmer, Lowell Godfrey, greeted me and I asked him about the farm. He told me that they farm two types of red seaweed—Eucheuma and Gracilaria—and they do it using sustainable farming practices. He invited me to see for myself. Prior to this, I knew nothing about seaweed. Yes, I ordered the occasional spicy tuna roll, but seaweed is a multi-billion dollar industry, and I soon discovered that I consume and use seaweed all the time without knowing it. So do you. It's the ultimate multitasker.


  • Social Security National Debate 2017 from the Bliss Center for Performing Arts, 2hr30min.

  • Have you seen something wild lately?, 1min. Check out this dude we found on a hike through the St. Herman's Cave.

  • Good AZ the Best Records PRESENT 357 in call on me reggae motion music video 2017, 3.5min. upport your artist by pressing play an view this video....

  • Gramicci - _ Adventure in Belize, 2min.

  • Hawksbill Turtle, Belize, 1/2min.

  • Poverty in Belize 2017, 9min. Poverty in the Inner city of Belize (Lirisi Arzu, Patricia Lara & Herbin Noh) UB- Environmental & Conservation Project

  • Traveller's Rum Party Drinks, 7min.

  • Earlyn Sting Hutchinson Video Premiere, 31min.

  • Natural Hair Protective Styling Home Remedies Good vs Bad Hair, 34min.

  • Smart Deals at Agriculture & Trade Show 2017, 28min.

  • Who enjoyed the Victory parade from CCC?, 1min. They won three ecxecutive Band Fest in a row

  • CCC Marching Band Victory Parade, 2min. Congratulations once again!

  • Belize Sea Goddess, 2.5min.

  • Shark Feeding in San Pedro, Belize - January 2017, 5.5min. Nurse Sharks.

  • IZE Belize South Water Caye Marine Biology Field Station 2017, 2min. Filmed March 7, 2017 BRYN MAWR College Biology Dept.

  • Bunches of Fun! Banana Farm Tour in Belize in scorching heat, 4.5min. A Banana Farm Tour in Belize!

  • Amazing Leaf Cutter Ants in Action, 10min. Leafcutter ants bringing flowers of the Bukut tree (Cassia Grandis, Pink shower tree) to their nest. Leafcutter ants can carry more than 5000 times their body weight.

  • Belize vacation! Family time and i got a dog!!, 10min. Life is splendid... Family vacation to San Pedro, Belize

    April 28, 2017


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    The San Pedro Sun

    Wyndham Grand Resort to open in 2018 on Ambergris Caye
    Wyndham Grand Ambergris Caye, owned by Venezia del Caribe Limited (LTD), and developed by Sandy Point Developments LTD, will be the first resort in Belize to fly the Wyndham Grand flag. After unveiling the plans in March 2017, the developers stated that the 242-key hotel is scheduled to open in December 2018. The five-star oceanfront resort is noted as ‘Caribbean tranquility meets Venetian romance and charm’, and is expected to be the benchmark of the luxury market in Belize. As it’s just yards away from Belize’s Barrier Reef, the resort’s five towers will offer elegant housing in designs of one, two and three bedroom hotel and residential suites. Wyndham will offer a variety of amenities, including a signature spa, a fitness center, multiple restaurants, 7,000 square feet of meeting space, and an onsite excursion center. Wyndham will feature 11 cascading waterfalls that rise up from sparkling pools connected by bridges and canals, reminiscent of Venice, Italy. The various waterways will create the largest pool of its kind in the entire country, for guests and residents to enjoy. Developers indicate that the resort’s development will provide at least 250 jobs or more, while Wyndham is expected to employ approximately 350 people.

    San Pedro volunteers rescue heron
    On a mission to save a bird in distress, Chris Summers, crocodile conservationist from the American Crocodile Education Sanctuary, and Tamara Sniffin of The San Pedro Sun, rescued a heron that appeared to be injured on Monday, April 24th. Their rescue effort came after concerned resident, Lindsay Reeder, contacted the Belize Bird Rescue (BBR) on the previous day, reporting that she spotted the bird struggling to fly. The heron was rescued the following day in the San Pablo area around 11:30AM. Once the bird was successfully captured, it was transported to the Saga Humane Society, to be placed in a crate. It was then flown over to Belize City, complements of Tropic Air, where Gordon Kirkwood, a BBR friend, picked up the heron, and transported it to BBR in Roaring Creek, Cayo for further veterinary treatment. Nikki Buxton, Managing Director at BBR, was able to examine the bird. “The heron was very down, but it did not have any injuries or serious parasites, which is the usual reason for them being down. I think he’s a juvenile and he is a strange ‘morph’ (coloration) of the Great Blue heron, so it’s also possible he was rejected by his flock,” said Buxton. She indicated that the heron is doing much better, and is a lot stronger. He has gained 100 grams so far by eating small river fish, small sea-fish snappers, and mice, bringing his total weight to 1.6 kilograms.

    Belize completes third Trade Policy Review
    On Monday, April 24th to Wednesday, April 26th, Belize successfully completed its third Trade Policy Review (TPR) at the World Trade Organization (WTO) Secretariat in Geneva, Switzerland. The Belize delegation was led by His Excellency Ambassador Dylan Vernon, Embassy of Belize in Brussels, Andy Sutherland, Acting Director General for Foreign Trade, Richard Reid, Senior Trade Economist, and Terrence Simfukwe, National Trade Advisor. The TPR is a requirement under the WTO Agreement, which was signed in 1994 and enacted in 1995, through the Trade Policy Review Mechanism (TPRM). This review seeks to analyze the trade policies and practices of WTO members and its impact on the functioning of the multilateral trading system. The TPRM is basically a periodic transparency exercise, where WTO evaluates member adherence to the multilateral rules of trade adopted under the WTO Agreement.

    Isis Catzim Missing in Sarteneja
    The community's assistance is needed to located 16-year-old Isis Catzim of Sarteneja Village, Corozal District. Isis went missing yesterday (Wednesday, April 16th). She was last seen at midday wearing her school uniform. Any information on the teens whereabouts is greatly appreciated. Contact the nearest police station (San Pedro Police Station: 206-2022).

    San Pedro partners with FFB grow the sport of football on the cayes
    San Pedro’s sport authorities are seeking assistance from the Football Federation of Belize (FFB) to standardize and develop the sport of football on the islands of Ambergris Caye and Caye Caulker. During a meeting held on Wednesday, April 26th at the San Pedro Town Council (SPTC) conference room, officials discussed the future of sports, including the separation of the cayes from the Belize District football committee. While football is the main sport practiced in San Pedro, the island has not always been recognized by the FFB. According to Kuylen, San Pedro and Caye Caulker have often been overlooked by FFB in regard to competition, funding and recruitment, as the island falls under the larger Belize District. “It is time to start the process for San Pedro and Caye Caulker to become its own football district. It will take time, but we are here to assist – be it financial – to get these programs off the ground,” said Kuylen. The ultimate goal is for the cayes to become its own statutory body within the FBB.

    Kent Gabourel wins Weekend Warriors’ Cross Country Cycling Classic
    Kent “Bob” Gabourel of the Kulture Megabytes team won the Weekend Warriors’ annual Cross Country Cycling Classic from Mile 62 in Georgeville to the finish line by Leslie’s Imports on the George Price Highway in Belize City on Sunday morning, April 23rd. Derrick Smith of BFSC El Pescador team from San Pedro finished 7th in the A division. His teammates, Ingmar Perera and Lisa Berger, were also on the podium, winning 2nd and 3rd prize respectively in the C Division; while 16-year-old Siyah Swasey rounded out the top 10.

    ACES calls for justice after crocodile’s brutal death
    While the world was observing Earth Day on Saturday, April 22nd, Chris Summers, crocodile conservationist from the American Crocodile Education Sanctuary (ACES) was responding to a call about a dead crocodile. Apparently tortured to death, the reptile was found on Friday night, April 21st, and Summers retrieved the corpse the following day in the San Mateo Area. Hoping for justice, Summers reported the incident to both the Belize Forest Department (BFD), and the San Pedro Police Department. “On Earth Day, a day usually reserved for cultures all over the world to come together in celebration and unity for protection of the environment and all She contains, I’m wiping sleep from my eyes. I had to drag myself down to San Mateo in search of a dead croc lying in the street,” said Summers in an emotional social media post. He indicated that it was another case of animal cruelty, as the crocodile was observed with a machete wound to its head and tail. However, he said that the crocodile had ultimately been stoned to death, making this the fourth crocodile death recorded this year due to animal cruelty. After the crocodile succumbed to the torture, Summers said its lifeless body was apparently dragged by a group of alcoholics for their personal amusement.

    Ambergris Today

    Missing American And Canadian Nationals Living In Corozal
    Police Reports indicate that on Wednesday, April 26, 2017, about 11:43 p.m., American National Joseph Milholen reported that at 8:30 a.m., he went to pick up his friend 52-year-old Francesca Matus, Canadian National of Serenity Sands Consejo Road, Corozal District, to drop her at the Phillip Goldson International Airport. However, she could not be located. He then called her several times but to no avail. He also called her boyfriend, 36-year-old American National Drew Thomas De Voursey of Ranchito Village Corozal District but received no response. Drew’s cycle was parked on Francesca’s driveway and her white in color Isuzu Rodeo was missing. He stated that the last time that he saw Francesca was on Tuesday, April 25, 2017, at a bar and grill located at 1st Avenue Corozal Town along with her boyfriend Drew.

    When The Temperature Rises In Belize
    American music and celebrity photographer Steven Taylor vacationed in Belize not so long ago and he shared a few images on his personal Instagram profile. He stayed at the luxury Royal Belize Resort situated on its own private 7.5-acre Caribbean island (Ragged Caye) nine miles off the coast of central Belize (Dangriga Town). Royal Belize is situated on its own private 7.5-acre Caribbean island nine miles off the coast of central Belize. It is the only luxury island in the country rented on an exclusive basis to one guest party at a time. The resort combines high-end accommodations and services with adventure opportunities to create a memorable travel experience on the second largest barrier reef in the world.

    Climate Change Awareness Campaign In Belize
    Following the execution of a Climate Change Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices survey, the National Climate Change Office (NCCO), in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) and Japan-Caribbean Climate Change Partnership (J-CCCP) launched a climate change awareness campaign in Belize on Wednesday, April 26, 2017. The campaign was designed based on the results of a knowledge, attitudes and practices survey conducted by the J-CCCP last year, which was followed by the development of a National Climate Change Communications Strategy. The J-CCCP is also supporting Belize’s National Adaption Plan (NAP) and Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMA) development as well as the implement of a sustainable agriculture and water resources management pilot project in order to advance the process of inclusive low-emission climate-resilient development in Belize.

    ViVa BELiZE Chefs Represent At Gastronomica Guatemagica Festival
    On Tuesday, April 25th, Three Belizean Chefs under the VIVA BELIZE Hotel Group & Adventure Company represented Belize as judges at the 3rd Annual "Gastronomic Festival Guatemagica " in Retalhuleu, Guatemala. According to Chef Adan, "We are honored for such a great invitation and experience. Activities such as "Guatemagica" leave us in awe as this inspired us as young Belizean chefs to continue cooking using our local products of Belize. As this was our first Culinary Food Festival Event, we look forward in continuing to represent VIVA BELIZE and in extension our country Belize in many more Culinary Food Festivals within Central America bringing full exposure to what Belize has to offer as a unique destination inviting all to discover how to be!"

    Misc Belizean Sources


    CDB launches Youth Resilience and Inclusive Social Empowerment project in Belize
    On Wednesday, the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), and the Government of Belize launched the Youth Resilience and Inclusive Social Empowerment (Youth RISE) Project. The Project will expand social services for approximately 3,500 children, youth, and families in the communities of Dangriga and San Ignacio/Santa Elena, Belize. Youth in Dangriga and San Ignacio/Santa Elena face many socioeconomic challenges, including the low attainment of educational qualifications, and increasing crime and violence. The Youth RISE Project aims to expand access and coverage of existing social programmes, as well as introduce pilot programmes to tackle these challenges. Young people who live in these communities will benefit from training that will focus on basic literacy and numeracy and employability skills; adaptive life skills; along with community programmes which focus on social skills.

    Media Advisory on Training on Internal Review Mechanism of the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC)
    The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in partnership with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the Attorney General’s Ministry (AGM), will hold a workshop in preparation for the country’s National UNCAC self-assessment, under the auspices of the Project, “Strengthening National Systems for Implementation of UNCAC in Belize. In this regard, please be advised that a two-day Training session on the Implementation Review Mechanism of the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) will benefit from a Technical Expert from UNODC who will provide training on basic anti-corruption concepts, the implementation review mechanism and the UNCAC self-assessment mechanism.

    Inauguration of the Belize Bureau of Standards Metrology Laboratory Building
    Opens April 28, at Power Lane, Ministry of Works Compound in Belmopan.

    Belize Chamber of Commerce & Industry’s Chamber Day in San Pedro Town
    On Friday, April 28th, 2017, the Belize Chamber of Commerce & Industry (BCCI) will be hosting its Chamber Day at the San Pedro High School’s Auditorium, Seagull Street, San Pedro Town. The event will be open to the public from 10:00a.m. to 1:00p.m and entrance is free. Mr. John Greif III, President of Tropic Air, proud and long stand member of the Chamber, will be doing the Welcome Remarks at 10:00 a.m. at the Opening Ceremony of the Chamber Day. Businesses and the general public are invited to come out and learn more about the BCCI and the important role we play representing the private sector in Belize.

    Roles & Functions of the CFZ CEO and the CFZ Corozal Southwest Minister's Micro Management
    Hustling seems to be the order of the day for the newly appointed "CEO" of the Corozal Free Zone in the only two plus months he has been there. - Exportation: These two are demanding higher payments from Mexican Exporters which is slowly leading to the death of the CFL. Also last week they stopped Mexican Tourism bus because there were no $$$ arrangements made with them. - Money Exchange: They have also become peseros, where it has been confirmed that only to close family members and friends they have been exchanging these monies to. Substantial exchange of pesos has been made at exorbitant cost. Minister's brother-in-law from Omar's Ideal is one who has been benefiting the most off these exchanges.

    The Official Launch of the Carnival Season 2017
    Apr 30 at 2 PM to May 1 at 12 AM. ITVET Belize, Freetown Rd, Belize City. Main attractions: Costume on the runway! Juggling by: DJ Dalla, DJ Dixie, DJ Vintage and DJ Special

    Pepsi NEBL dishes out 2017 season awards
    As the regular season comes to a close, the Pepsi NEBL is honored to announce the winners of this year’s regular season awards.

    Francesca Matus and Drew Devoursney Missing in Corozal
    Couple missing in the Corozal area. If you have any information, please call the police.

    Today is 6 Lamat in the Tzolk'in Calendar
    The Maya word “lamat” is associated with abundance, ripeness, fertility and growth. The glyph itself is the Maya symbol for the planet Venus. The Maya linked the cycle of the planet Venus with death and rebirth (Venus appears as the Evening Star, disappears, then reappears as the Morning Star), and with the spirit of growth and vitality.

    Ministry of Health Advisory on Heat Exhaustion

    Development of a Web-based Information Management System (IMS) for the Department of the Environmentand the Forest Department
    The Government of Belize with the assistance of the World Bank is implementing the project entitled “Management and Protection of Key Biodiversity Areas in Belize” (KBA with Grant funding from the Global Environment Facility “GEF” and has appointed the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment and Sustainable Development (MAFFESD) for the overall implementation of the Project with the fiduciary support provided by the Protected Areas Conservation Trust (PACT). The Government of Belize intends to apply part of the proceeds of this grantto payments under the contract for theConsultancy. The indicative period for the consultancy to be completed is twenty (20) months. KBA hereby invites eligible consulting firms (“Consultants”) to indicate their interest in providing the services. Interested consultants must provide information indicating that they have the required qualifications and relevant experience to perform the services.

    Labor Day Weekend in Caye Caulker...
    Special Live Drumming Straight Outta Grigadang.

    The National Garifuna Council Invites you to a Lecture on CCJ Judgement in the Maya Leaders Alliance v. The Attorney General of Belize
    Saturday, May 6, 12 noon at Father Ring Parish Hall, Main Street, Punta Gorda

    Isis Catzim of Sarteneja found safe
    In some good news, Isis Catzim of Sarteneja, Corozal has been found safe. The family would like to extend its warmest gratitude to everyone who postively supported them during this dire time. Thank you!

    St. Francis Xavier Parish EXPO 2017
    Saturday, April 29th at St. Francis Xavier School

    Labour Day 2017
    Monday, May 1st, 2017 will be recognized as Labour Day and will be a Public and Bank Holiday. Enjoy your long weekend and be safe!

    Power interruption 8:00am to 12:00pm, Friday, April 28
    Areas along Arenal Rd, from junction with George Price Blvd, including Lomas del Rodeo & Arenal. BEL to energize line extension in Benque Viejo Town.

    Toyota Chiquibul Expedition
    The Toyota Chiquibul Expedition will take place May 20th & 21st starting in Belize City. The tour will visit sites in the Chiquibul Rainforest and Caracol Maya Ruins. Interested persons can message us or email at [email protected] *Participants subject to entrance fees and meal costs. Must have a 4x4 capable Toyota vehicle.

    U.S. Citizen Town Hall Meeting in Santa Elena May 4
    Hosted by U.S. Embassy Belize. Thursday, May 4 at 2 PM - 4 PM. The Aguada, #1 Aguada St., Santa Elena, Cayo. At the Meeting, we wil introduce staff from the Embassy who provide assistance to U.S. citizens in Belize, discuss the services the U.S. Embassyh provides, and answer questions you may have about our services. Topics include: security in Belize, hurricane preparedness, and information on renewing your passport via DHL. Limited consular public services will be offered (cash; exact change required): Adult U.S. passport renewal -BZ$220 or US$110 Please bring current U.S. passport, completed form DS-82, 2" x 2" passport photo, clear copy of passport biographic data page. Child U.S. passport renewal -BZ$210 or US$105 Please bring current U.S. passport, completed form DS-11, 2" x 2" passport photo, clear copy of passport biographic data page, birth certificate + 1 photocopy, each parent's ID + 1 photocopy. BOTH parents must be present if listed on birth certificate. Fee for first adult renewal after age 16 is BZ$270 or US$135. Notary services -BZ$100 or US$50 RSVP to: [email protected]

    Paradise Theater playing this weekend
    A Dog's Purpose, Fifty Shades Darker, Fences, Rings. ***Please Note we will NOT be letting Kids in to see Fifty Shades..(this is the unrated version)** For the kids, come to see A dogs purpose or wait for next weekend. Also, We are aware that Fences has been out forever now but we get so many requests for it weekely and there was nothing else available for this weekend.. FENCES IS PLAYING SATURDAY AND SUNDAY ONLY AT 7pm. The church will be occupying the Small room on Friday.

    Channel 7

    Teenager Murdered In Lord's Bank
    There is the murder of a teenager to report tonight, but this one didn't happen in Belize City which is now on day 18 of its sustained state of peace. This killing happened in Lords Bank Village last night, sometime after 10 p.m. The victim, 17 year-old Brandon Bradley, was only a short distance away from home but, he never made it because he was ambushed and shot by an unknown assailant or assailants. His family found his lifeless body in the bushes, where he had run for cover from the gunfire. So, why was this hard-working student killed? That's the answer that our news team went looking for in Lords Bank: Daniel Ortiz reporting: 17 year-old Brandon Bradley's body was found here on the side of the main road into Lords Bank Village. He was only a stone's throw away from his house when he was gunned down. His mother heard the gunshots and instinctively knew that it was her child who had been shot.

    Brazen Gas Station Robbery In Ladyville
    Less than an hour before Brandon Bradley was murdered in Lords Bank, there was an armed robbery at the "24/7 Gas Station" right at the Lords Bank Junction. 7News has obtained surveillance video of the entire robbery caught on tape. Seen here, a female gas pump attendant was on her night shift, and the video shows her waiting to serve any customer who approaches to buy fuel. Here, at around 9:39 p.m., you clearly see a man dressed, in what looks to be work clothing and a safety vest, entering the frame. He approaches the female gas station employee appearing to be a customer wanting to buy fuel. He then quickly pulls out a handgun, points it at the female employee, and it appears that he either orders her to hand over the money bag, or he points to her indicating his intention. You clearly see where he struggles to remove it from around her neck, and just as he is about to run off, he grabs her 2 gold chains and yanks them off her neck.

    Report: Cops Went To Barton's Home
    Immigration middleman Barton Middleton has emerged as a kind of folk figure, like a post modern Anansi, with an endless bag of tricks so that he never gets caught. But, police may want to put an end to that. Reliable reports say they searched Middleton's home in Orange Walk Town early this morning. No arrests were made, but there are persistent reports that police found a questionable stamp which they are looking at. Yesterday, the chairman of the Senate Inquiry warned Middleton that any witness who lies under oath, committing perjury, or if they violate the National Assembly's Powers and Privileges Act, will be prosecuted.

    Canadian Woman, American Man Missing In Corozal
    A North American couple is missing in the Corozal District and their friends are very concerned about their safety. 52 year old Canadian Francesca Matus and 36 year old American Thomas De Voursey were last seen on Tuesday night leaving Scotty's Bar in Corozal Town in a White Isuzu Rodeo. They were headed for Francesca's home on the Consejo Road about 7 miles away. That's where a friend was supposed to pick up Francesca the next morning to take her to the airport - because she was scheduled to fly to Canada. But when that friend Joseph Milholen showed up to her house at 8:30 in the morning she wasn't there. He couldn't get any answer on her cell phone, and neither could he reach Drew De Voursey - whose motorbike was parked in her driveway. Since then friends have searched both their homes and found their passports and their suitcases - suggesting that they haven't gone anywhere. So where could they be? That's what CTV-3 asked Joseph Milholen today.

    Free Zone Sick Out, Staffers Want CEO Out
    The administrative staff at the Corozal Free Zone staged a sick out today and simply did not show up to work. Reports say they are protesting against their boss, the recently appointed CEO Valentino Blanco. Apparently, they want him gone - and they're not alone. The Corozal Free Zone Chamber of Commerce is also pushing for Blanco's ouster. As we understand it, the issue is the perception of malfeasance, and ineptitude. Blanco has only been in the job for two and half months, but it seems he hasn't made many friends. In fact the only major ally he has, tried to come to his rescue today. That's UDP Corozal Southwest Representative, Dr. Angel Campos, pulled into the zone this morning - and remained there for much of the day. It's notable because the Free Zone is not in his constituency and he is the Minister of State for Heath, with zero responsibility for free Zones. We're told however that Campos and Blanco are related by marriage.

    Cops Claims False Culprit in Crash
    Police said she knocked down two men, causing serious injury, but today 21 year old Rashawn Castillo proved that she's been falsely accused. The cops sent the media a release yesterday saying that Castillo was driving the SUV which hit a motorbike and a pedestrian on Mahogany Street on Tuesday evening. Well, Castillo was outraged to hear her name called as the culprit in an accident where she was only a witness. Today she told us what she saw:.. Rashawn Castillo, Wrongly accused of causing accident: "I saw an age able man wearing white - he was crossing the street at the same time, when a motorcycle driven by the young man Cuthkelvin was heading down Mahogany Street and while the young man was crossing the street."

    Twelve Years For Brutal Rape
    A man accused of a grisly rape and abduction will spend 12 years in jail. 36 year old Robert Taylor raped a 25 year old woman in Dangriga in January of 2015 and after a jury unanimously found him guilty of abduction and rape, Justice Denis Hanomansingh yesterday sentenced him to two 12 year prison terms - which are to run concurrently, which means he will only spend 12 years. In January of 2015, he tied up and raped a woman at knifepoint in the Dangriga Cemetery - after carjacking the vehicle she was in with a man. The man escaped, but she couldn't and she endured multiple rapes. After the rape, he drove off in the stolen vehicle and left his victim tied up.

    Mexicans On A Mission
    Today the Mexican Embassy along with trade and investment agency, ProMexico, held a commercial mission to Belize. Seven Mexican companies representing various industries set up displays and shared information, ideas and business opportunities with visitors. Sergio Riveroll, a representative of ProMexico, explained to us why events like this are important for trade in both countries... Sergio Riveroll, Quintana Roo Rep., - ProMexico: "It's a trust fund of the Mexican government. It is equivalent to the ministry of economy, but in a easy term, let's say that Mexico is the agency in charge of promoting international trade and investment. In this occasion we are here on a commercial mission. We are here with 7 Mexican companies who are selling products from different sectors; building materials, IT services, fashion sector and also wood and lumber."

    The Peace Process Continues Heading Into Labour Day Weekend
    You all remember that sigh of relief that you took after the long murder-free Easter weekend? Well, another long weekend is here: it's the Labor day weekend and we are sure you would want to hold on to that hope and peace of mind, especially for those of you heading out to the Agriculture and Trade Show. And to make sure it remains calm and civil among rival city gangs, there was another mediation session today. We have been following these breakthrough meetings for some time now and mediator Dianne Finnegan discussed how critical these sessions are to keeping the harmony and to helping these men heal. American intervention specialist Deshawn Morris also discussed how impactful his work has been since being here.

    Senate, Wheel And Come Again
    Yesterday, we brought you in-depth coverage of yesterday's Senate Hearings on Immigration. One of the witnesses who appeared before the Senate Select Committee was the retired immigration officer Therese Chavarria, who served 30 years at the Department. Now, viewers will remember that since these hearings started, and indeed after the release of the Auditor General's report, public confidence this department is at an all-time low. You've heard the department being described as the "belly of the beast" which has "an entrenched culture of corruption and hustling". The Audit report catalogues exploitation and abuse to the system where persons got visas, nationality certificates and passports that they should not have been given. In some instances, persons got their visas to visit Belize after they got nationality or permanent residency. In a matter of days, weeks or months, they were given passports that they didn't qualify for.

    A GREAT Program For Salvador And Belize
    Earlier this month police officers from El Salvador joined the Belize Police Department to participate in the Gang Resistance Education And Training, also known as the GREAT program. The officers underwent training to help them engage with their communities and teach them life skills that would help to keep them out of gang life. Today, after almost two weeks of training, this session's cohort graduated. We spoke to the officer in charge of community policing and the GREAT program in Belize, Inspector Elroy Carcamo, about the progress these officers have made... Belize is only country in the region that offers GREAT training in both English and Spanish, making it a prime contender for collaborative workshops with its neighbors.

    Changing The News About Climate Change
    Last night we told you about the Regional Climate Change workshop. The focus is to get media professionals to report more Climate Change stories. In turn, you the public will get a better understanding of how Climate Change affects our daily lives and as an extension of that - the economy. Now, last night, we listed a few tips you can follow that can help reduce strains on the environment. But Senior Project Development Specialist Keith Nichols admits that these environmentally friendly approaches won't stop Climate Change but that doesn't mean we shouldn't do anything. Nichols gave us more context on this point. Keith Nichols, Senior Project Development Specialist, CCCCC: "Normally when we speak about Climate Change we refer to things like sea level rise, ocean acidification, and global warming yeah, we are not going to see that change tomorrow or next year."

    Gone With Money From Go Wireless
    Two men on motorbike robbed GoWireless on East Collet Canal in Belize City today. Someone snapped this picture of the alleged suspects escaping on motorbike. Police haven't given much details only to say that undisclosed items were stolen.

    Getting To Kids Earlier
    UNICEF is leading a two week program for early childhood development trainers. The idea is that these trainers will then impart their knowledge to families with young children who don't have ready access to preschool. Facilitator Denise Robateau explained when we spoke to her at the Princess Ramada yesterday:.. It's a two week training program, and next week the group of 15 will expand to 30 as international and lead experts on early childhood development take over the facilitation.

    Concepcion Confusion
    There's an ongoing land dispute in Concepcion Village in the Corozal district - and it's getting ugly. Villagers say that they are being moved off parcels of land, to make way for those favored by the UDP area representative. Now, they don't dispute that they are squatting, but they insist that they are being treated unfairly. The fact is that the lands in question have been at the Lands Department awaiting the assignment of parcel numbers, but during that time someone illegally sold them to villagers - who went and used them as their own. They now feel that they have rights to those lands, and that puts them into a dispute with the Lands Department which maintains they have no rights at all to those lands. On Monday, Village Councillor Rodolfo Lainez and a few dozen other villagers gathered to demand answers from the Lands Department and their own Chairman. Emotions were very high:

    Channel 5

    Sudden Death for Ladyville Teen, Brandon Bradley
    The Ladyville jurisdiction of the Belize Police Department recorded its third murder since the start of the year.  On Wednesday night, a seventeen-year-old student was gunned down on the Lord’s [...]

    Caught on Camera – a Gas Attendant is Robbed at Gunpoint
    Just minutes before the murder of Brandon Bradley, there was an armed robbery at the 24/7 Gas Station located at the junction of the Phillip Goldson Highway and the Lord’s [...]

    Robbers Hit Go Wireless in Belize City
    Police in Belize City are still busy fighting crime, even though the gang element has for now been removed as a major source of worry. Sometime this afternoon, the downtown [...]

    New C.E.O. of Corozal Free Zone Runs into Trouble with Staff
    The Corozal Commercial Free Zone has had its share of recent troubles with imports falling drastically and sales plummeting as well. Now comes word that with a new man at [...]

    Your Labour Day Weekend Will Be Crime-Free, Thanks to Gang Truce
    On the eve of the extended holiday weekend, opposing gangs met in the city to commit to a crime free weekend. The meeting was held at the Raccoon Police Station [...]

    Reports of a Raid at Orange Walk House of Barton Middleton
    On Wednesday, Orange Walk businessman Barton Middleton flatly told the senators in the Immigration inquiry that he had nothing more to say in regard to questions of his alleged involvement [...]

    Cruel Fuel Hike Raises Cost of Living; Exports in Sugar and Banana Rebound
    According to the latest statistics released by the Statistical Institute of Belize, though food prices are down slightly, Belizeans are feeling the pain of a higher cost of living due [...]

    Was Elvin Penner ‘Consulting’ for Won Hong Kim?
    Omar Phillips worked as a Data Entry Clerk for the Immigration Department from 2009 to 2013, when the Won Hong Kim scandal broke, and his role became known. He and [...]

    Omar Phillips Says Verification was Limited for Applications
    According to Phillips, Immigration officers, particularly at lower levels, receive only the most basic training in the various tasks to which they are assigned on a daily basis. For data [...]

    Why the ‘Picture of a Picture’ Was Necessary in Special Cases
    As we reported on Wednesday, retired Immigration Officer Therese Chavarria confirmed that in at least two or three cases, with permission from senior officials, she was able to fool the [...]

    More Training & Monitoring Needed at Immigration Department
    The Senate Special Select Committee has been soliciting most attendees of the public hearings for their ideas on how the Immigration Department can be improved. While it has become clear [...]

    American Couple Missing in North
    A Canadian woman and her boyfriend are reported missing in the north. On Wednesday midday American national Joseph Milholen reported that earlier that day he went to pick up his [...]

    Man Convicted of Dangriga Rape
    There is a rape conviction to report tonight. In January 2015, a Dangriga man met a woman walking on the road side heading into the town to pick up a [...]

    Belize and El Salvador Officers Conclude GREAT Training
    Police officers from El Salvador were in Belize to take part in the GREAT program. They joined up with local police officers for a two-week training program that concluded today [...]

    Rural Eastern Division Works on Office Upgrades
    Rural Eastern Division of the Police Department is making changes to their headquarters in Ladyville, Belize District to allow for greater space for officers to do their work. Both Government [...]

    Gangs Getting Along on Jane Usher
    On Wednesday, you heard South Side Commander ACP Chester Williams talk about the progress community policing has made on the south side. Last weekend his division held a family day [...]

    Home Affairs C.E.O. Gets ‘Antsy’ on Chester’s Record
    Earlier this week, we asked C.E.O. George Lovell of the Ministry of Home Affairs about the transfers of some of top cops in Belize District. One in particular is the [...]

    Youth to RISE in Dangriga
    Government has secured financing from the Caribbean Development Bank to expand the Youth and Community Transformation Project to at risk communities in Dangriga, San Ignacio and Santa Elena. These communities [...]

    Mexicans Trade Mission in Belize
    Today, the Embassy of Mexico and the Mexican trade and investment agency, ProMexico, organized a Commercial Mission to Belize where seven companies from Cancun and Merida brought products and services [...]

    Murals – Communities Brought Together Through Art
    Art is being used as a means to bring communities together. In the south side of Belize City, the Department of Youth Services has turned bare walls into colorful pieces [...]

    Healthy Living and Child Care Development
    For the first few years of a child’s life they are totally dependent on their parents and caretakers for all their basic needs. There have been successful strategies implemented in [...]


    Banana Belt Gets Help from European Union
    The European Union has made a contribution in southern Belize that will benefit the banana industry. Harry Arzu has the details.

    Taylor Gets 12 Years for Abduction and Rape
    A man has been found guilty of abduction and rape. Harry Arzu has the story.

    Foreigners Go Missing in Northern Belize
    A foreign couple has been reported missing. Corozal police is asking for your help in locating 52 year old Canadian national Francesca Matus who was last seen on Tuesday, April 25. Her boyfriend, 36 year old American national Drew Thomas De Voursey can also not be located. According to police, Matus’s friend who is also […]

    Climate Change: ‘Feel the Change’
    The efforts at minimizing the effects of climate change in Belize are ongoing ranging from training programs to a survey and more recently, a public awareness campaign on Climate Change Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices. This campaign is being executed through the National Climate Change Office, the United Nations Development Programme and the Japan-Caribbean Climate Change […]

    Robbery at 24/7 Service Station
    A female gas pump attendant was robbed of an undisclosed amount of money last night. At around 9:40 pm, Ladyville police responded to a 911 call which led them to 24/7 Gas Station on the Phillip Goldson Highway. There police spoke to a Chinese businessman who reported that a gas pump attendant was approached by […]

    The Guardian

    Non-Striking teachers receive their honorarium
    Earlier this year, there was word that Minister Faber, on approval of the Prime Minister and the National Assembly, would pay out $1,000,000 in an honorarium to those teachers that worked during the days of strike. The strike was held for 11 consecutive days in October 2016. On Monday, April 24, Minister Faber expressed his dissatisfaction with the feedback he and his ministry have since received. According to Faber, the figures are a little more than half of a million: $600,000 to be more precise. Faber holds his belief that the teachers that worked 4 extra days in January deserve some form of compensation. They were also expected to work 3 days during their Easter break and will be expected to work 3 days during the summer. That is a total of 10 additional days, 10 days outside of the planned school year. Those teachers that did not turn up at work in January to make up for the strike days were sabotaged, says Faber, by the BNTU.

    Fake cops arraigned after days in lock up
    After five nights in custody at the Queen Street Police Station, two men alleged to have been impersonating cops were finally arraigned on Monday, April 24, 2017. The men, who were brought before Senior Magistrate Anne Marie Smith, have been identified as Dorian Blair and Barrington Slusher. They were each read a single charge of false pretence of an officer. Allegations are that on Wednesday, April 19, 2017, the men were standing near the door of the Publics Supermarket on the Northern Highway fully dressed in what appeared to be police uniforms. They were met by actual police officers who noticed their belts. The belts were what told on them. Slusher wore a red belt and Blair wore a green one. To add to the unusual dress code, they were seen carrying a black bag with 10 plastic straps. Apparently, the men had gone into the supermarket to ask for the manager several times and to each they did not to receive a positive answer. It was believed that they may have been planning to rob the establishment.

    Greater access to early childhood education in Corozal and Orange Walk
    The European Union has donated over a million dollars for 3 new pre-schools to be built in the Corozal and Orange Walk Districts. It’s part of the EU’s assistance to the cane farming community in the north under the project called Accompanying Measures for Sugar, which is over a decade old. Those new facilities are now the Trial Farm Government Pre-School in Orange Walk, and in the Corozal District, the other two are the San Jose Pre-School, and the San Pedro Pre-School. These new schools will allow for more than 150 students to get access to early childhood education. That means basic literacy and social skills, which will be the foundation that they need to get a better education later on in their development. The experts say that early childhood education allows for children to progress faster in later parts of their time in school. They are more productive, and are less likely to drop out. Plus, early childhood education allows children the opportunity to make use of those formative years where they take in knowledge like a sponge.

    Sugar industry moving towards mechanized harvesting
    The sugar cane industry in Belize is at a crossroads. In October, 6 months from now, Belize and the other African Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Countries will no longer get the benefit of preferential status at the world market place for sugar. That means that European beet sugar producers will be able to compete directly with Belizean sugar cane farmers. These European sugar beet producers are able to produce high quality sugar at a much higher rate of efficiency and lower cost. This makes their product a lot more viable and competitive on the world market, and it also makes the industry from which European Country these beet farmers come from more resilient to whatever dip the global price of sugar takes. That’s because their farming practices are very modernized, so that their industry’s cost effectiveness allows for better profit margins at any price point. Cane farmers in the north have been doing a lot over the recent years to improve their outputs. They’ve been working on improving cane quality, growing better crops, and reducing costs in different aspects of cultivation. There is even the Sugar Industry Management Information System (SIMIS), which carefully maps out all the cane fields in production.

    Senate inquiry comes closer to determine how Citizen Kim’s passport was processed
    The Senate hearings on Immigration resumed after a 3-week break, and on Wednesday, April 26, and the Senate Select Committee heard almost 4 and a half hours of testimony from 3 witnesses. They were Therese Chavarria, a retired Immigration Officer, Barton Middleton, a private citizen, and Omar Phillips, a former Immigration Data Entry Clerk who worked at the Immigration Department. The first witness of the day was Therese Chavarria, who retired last year after serving 30 years in the Department. She spent most of her time on the stand explaining internal procedures at the Department, but she made two very important disclosures. She explained that it is entirely possibly to get a picture of a passport applicant on the Department’s system without having to show up in person. She also discussed how, despite her best attempts to stop an applicant from trying to get a passport using fraudulent documents, an immigration agent went around her to get it done anyway.

    Old Town Hall building in San Ignacio goes down
    Demolition of a former centerpiece of San Ignacio’s landscape, the old Town Hall building, began on Sunday of last weekend. The prime land property at the corner of King Street and Hudson Street had been sold to Atlantic Bank LTD by the San Ignacio and Santa Elena Town Council at a cost of $550,000.00 It is now the responsibility of the new and well grounded Bank owners to do the demolition of the old building. The destruction of the old Town Hall Building was considered necessary as it had been deemed un-safe for human occupancy as of 20 years ago. The building itself had inclined some eleven inches and there had been areas, where cracks had developed that were one inch wide. “When you put a ball on the floor, the ball will roll all the way down to the wall,” says Earl Trapp Junior, the Mayor of San Ignacio and Santa Elena, who is now preparing to serve a full second term in office in 2018.

    Ready for Agric
    All roads will be leading to the Agricultural Show grounds near Roaring Creek Village in the Cayo District this coming Friday and weekend. Belize’s largest show is now in full preparatory stage and about to bring endless joy to many across the Country. The National Agriculture and Trade Show (NATS) Committee under the auspices of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment and Sustainable Development has once again announced the dates for the NATS 2017 as the 28th, 29th, and 30th of April. The event will be celebrated under the theme “Let’s Get Growing.” Chairman of the NATS Committee Gary Ramirez says that the show promises to attract large crowds and bring family and friends together. “When you come to the show grounds you will run into a few long lost friends,” he says.

    Racism and Misogynism at Amandala
    Belize is a small country of 8,867 square miles, equal to 22,976 square kilometers, with its cayes and islands; and a small population of 370,000.One of the main problems beside corruption is discrimination, this comes in various forms; racial, religious, political, intellectual, academic education, at home, and many other places that have created irrational situations by the behavior of the individuals. It is assumed that all of us must know that when a human being is born, it comes without distinguishing the difference of social classes, colors, and without any knowledge of what discrimination is. As they grow, the child begins to learn, to distinguish the differences that exist, added to that is the education imparted by the parents and the ‘licks’ that they receive form the society that surrounds them. What I am referring to is that in any group of the human race distinctions exist, as favoritism, and the privileges that the children enjoy, whether girl or boy, among their parents and other families members, as also in the same society they live in.

    CACHE and Benque House of Culture Presents the 7th Annual International Festival of Culture
    The Community of Artists for Cultural & Historical Endeavours (CACHE) and Benque House of Culture present the 7th Annual International Festival of Culture. This FREE festival will highlight artists from Belize and Central America. The festivities begin on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. with the launching of the publication “A Historical Walk through Benque” and continue on Friday with the official opening at 7:30 p.m. with the Ballet Folclórico “Orquidea Negra” and “Yo Creek Maya Naay.” The festival will be opened by H.E. Mr. Carlos Quesnel, Ambassador of Mexico to Belize. Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., is dedicated to workshops including: Music and Dance with presenters from Belize and Honduras; Prose and Poetry with the participation of writers and poets from Belize, Honduras, Guatemala and Mexico; Writing – A Forum “The Writer as inspiration for national unity, self-confidence, and pride,” and Graffiti Mural Workshop with artists from Belize and Guatemala. Festivities continue Saturday night with Ballet performances from “Oro Verde” of Honduras and Trio “Avispones Huastecos” of Mexico, followed by Ascenthium Rock Band of Belize.

    Uninformed Michel Chebat tries to Misinform Cayo residents
    Once again, as has become the norm, ever since the PUP has been in opposition, there is another accusation coming from them. This time it is coming from the defeated PUP Candidate for Cayo North in the last General Election, Attorney at Law Michel Chebat. He is apparently trying to throw shade over the fact that the present San Ignacio/Santa Elena Town Board has sold the former Town Hall property and has now embarked on building a new modern Municipal Building ,to house the headquarters and from which to transact its operations. He has taken to both Social and Main stream Media, to launch his attach on the Town Council. Chebat claims that he is very concerned that there has been no disclosure as to who purchased the property and how much it was sold for, because it was a PUBLIC PROPERTY and it was PUBLIC MONEY that came from it’s sale, so he thought the public had a right to see some accounting and disclosure of exactly what was being done with those funds and so forth.

    National Cyber Security Symposium addresses cyber threats in Belize
    Fitting seemingly well in current times and events in Belize, especially as it relates to social media, a symposium on the awareness of Cyber Secuirty and cyber bullying is being held on Monday, April 24, 2017 and will carry on until Friday, April 28. The event is being hosted at the Best Western Biltmore through the support of the Public Utilities Commission. The purpose of the forum is to interactively address the issues of cyber threats and security and to implement knowledge on those present while developing a framework by which to adhere. Day one of the event, April 24, carried a very general note to the attendees. Present was a wide range of professionals and government officials who all gave their view on how to tackle cyber security from a layman aspect to a more legal one.

    NEMO on the ground as Freak Storm rips through Biscayne Village
    Over the weekend, Minister of National Emergency Management and Area Representative for Belize Rural North Hon Edmond Castro led a NEMO response team in the village of Biscayne where a freak storm, which struck late Saturday afternoon April 22, 2017 around 5:00 PM, affected nine (9) families. Three (3) homes were destroyed beyond repair and six (6) others were significantly damaged, most of the families losing their roofs and much of their belongings. Fortunately, there was no loss of life or significant human injury resulting from the storm. Hon Castro and the NEMO team delivered immediate relief supplies to the families, including mattresses and food stuff. Meanwhile, the affected homes are being assessed to determine what kind of assistance is needed for rebuilding and repairs.

    A new BNTU president elected and an attempt to increase fees to members
    The Belize National Teachers Union (BNTU) has elected a new leader after 9 years. Elena Smith, the current Senator for Labour and Civil Society, will take over from Luke Palacio as National President, since he has served 3 terms and cannot offer himself for the position. However, has there really been a change from the same old politicized leadership within BNTU that has emerged in recent years? The cause for speculation is that Palacio has been forced to move from the helm of the union, but he now serves as the BNTU’s first Vice President. That’s only going from the highest ranked official, to the second highest rank in the leadership. He is well within his right to influence any policy decisions of the union. Also, since he was at the apex for almost a decade, his colleagues will definitely defer to his experience. That could mean that there is no true shift in direction from the overly political stances that the BNTU has been taking in the recent part of its 47-year history.

    Proof of political interference at BNTU election
    In the weeks, leading up to last week’s BNTU Elections, the People’s United Party and their operatives inside the BNTU Executive accused the UDP and by extension the Government of interfering in that election. Their claim was that the government wanted to infiltrate the Executive of the BNTU in an effort to scuttle the union’s activities. Nothing could have been further from the truth. We had no horse in that race, because we did not see the election as a partisan matter where we had to field or support any candidate(s). Whomever the persons elected were and would form the next Executive of the BNTU, they would at times be at odds with the government, because that has and will always be the way things operate between management and the union representing staff. Unions are duty bound to look after the interest of the staff side, while on the other side management will be the ones who the union would, expect to satisfy the grievances of the staff side.

    “Feel the Change” with the Japan-Caribbean Climate Change Partnership
    A campaign and workshop was launched on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 by the Japan-Caribbean Climate Change Partnership and the United Nations Development Programme at the Belize Ramada Hotel. The J-CCCP is a partnership between 8 Caribbean countries and their goal is to develop climate resilience and technology adaptation in each member country. The workshop segment, which will last for two days, will incorporate participants of the 8 partner Caribbean countries. Belize became a member of the partnership in May 2016 and is now a part of the 2017 “Feel the Change” campaign. According to Yoko Ebisawa, UNDP J-CCCP Project Manager, climate change is “one of the most serious” regional challenges, and the effects in Belize are apparent and need to be tackled immediately. The Government of Belize is especially grateful to the Government of Japan for being incorporated in this timely campaign.

    Not so long ago the publisher of behind the fence wrote an article and finished with the following: WHAT SAY YOU? • In a graph there is the Y axis and the X axis. The values on the Y axis move up and/or down; the factors on the X axis move ONLY to the left or to the right. On one plane only!! Hence, it is a FLAT [out] line factor! •In a hospital monitor, a flat line [on X axis] means death!! • For many years the X’es [big X, X-1, and now X-2] have nauseatingly repeated and repeated that there are no sport facilities [anywhere] for our youth. The drumming of this message to the masses has been incessant AND deafening. NOW there is a sport facility in nearly in all districts, so, …WHAT SAY YOU?

    Jamaal Warrior ate weed in front of police
    Jamaal Warrior, who was recently remanded for four counts of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor, has now been charged with obstructing a police officer. Warrior was accused of grabbing a container of food that was brought for him on Thursday, April 20, 2017. According to the officers, the food contained cannabis. On Tuesday, April 25, 2017, Warrior was brought before Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser to answer to the charges. Allegations are that on Thursday, April 20, while at the Belize City Magistrate’s Court cell block area, Warrior obstructed WPC Shanice Bevans while executing her duties. Bevans was searching a food for Warrior when she found a bag of cannabis in the chicken. She went to report her findings to Warrior’s brother and her colleague, WPC Andrews. She took pictures of the findings with her cellular phone and Warrior’s brother was detained.

    Karl Bradley - knocked down by police officers
    A police mobile unit was involved in a minor traffic accident on Thursday, April 20 on Southside Belize City. According to reports, the driver began reversing down East Collect Canal because of a clean-up campaign which impeded the flow of traffic. While reversing, Karl Bradley was hit. Bradley is an elderly resident of West Collet Canal. After hitting Bradley, the police reportedly immediately exited the vehicle to offer assistance. Bradley was taken to the hospital with his son. X-rays determined that Bradley did not receive any severe injuries in the impact. According to the family, a Sergeant that was present offered to pay his hospital fees.

    Brothers and firefighter cousin charged with drug trafficking
    A trio was brought before Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser on Friday, April 21 to answer to drug trafficking, a charge which could land them behind bars. Those men were 18-year-old Jonathan Young, his brother 26-year-old Jordan Young, and their cousin, firefighter 32-year-old Michael Bey, all of Belize City. In court Jordan Young decided to plea guilty for possession of the weed. He told the court that the marijuana was for his personal consumption. As a result of his plea he was imposed a non-custodial sentence where he was fined $600 plus the cost of court, and was ordered to pay by June 30, 2017 in default 1 year imprisonment. In a separate case, Jordan was arraigned before Magistrate Carlon Mendoza for a single charge of possession of 58 grams of a controlled drug.

    Charged for robbing taxi man
    On Tuesday, April 18, 2017, Ernesto Robinson was held up at knife point on the George Price Highway. The 57-year-old taxi driver reported to the police that he was stopped by a man who cut him on the neck and face. Upon responding to the incident, police found Robinson’s vehicle overturned and extensively damaged. The man police detained not too long after is 22-year- old Shawn Rodriguez. He has now been charged with robbery and use of deadly means of harm.

    Construction worker busted with cannabis and firearm
    Fenton Reyes, a 24-year-old worker and mechanic on the George Price Highway, was arraigned before Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser on Monday, April 24, 2017. Reyes, who was unrepresented in court, was charged with kept prohibited firearm and possession of a controlled drug. Reportedly, Reyes was found in possession of a.22 pen gun on Sunday, April 23 on Krooman Road, Belize City. He was also found to be in possession of 5.9 grams of cannabis.

    San Juan to Cow Pen Road to be inaugurated
    More than 3,000 villagers of Cow Pen and New San Juan will have access to a newly upgraded road infrastructure courtesy of funding by the European Union, and the Government of Belize. The road project will be officially inaugurated at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday April 27, 2017 at Cow Pen Village Main Road, in the Stann Creek District. Speakers at the event will include the Head of Delegation of the European Union to Belize, Ambassador Malgorzata Wasilewska, Minister of Agriculture, Honorable Godwin Hulse; Minister of Works, Honorable Rene Montero; representatives of the Banana Growers Association, as well as Community leaders of the Villages and other senior public officials.

    Jamaal Warrior charged for having sex with a minor
    Jamaal Warrior, who has been charged before with robbery and firearm offenses, is now being charged with four counts of unlawful sexual intercourse. Warrior, who was already in prison, was transferred to the court on a removal warrant. He was brought before Magistrate Carlon Mendoza on April 20, 2017 where he was read his charges. Warrior, who was unrepresented in court, was read four charges of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor. No plea was taken as the charges are being dealt with on indictment. Warrior was not offered bail and was remanded to the Belize Central Prison until June 20, 2017.

    Prisoner escapes in Benque
    Prisoner Henry Abel Calderon Garcia continues to enjoy his freedom after having escaped from Benque Police last Wednesday. The twenty three year old Guatemalan national was doing cleaning work at the Benque Police Station when he made good his escape. Police are asking members of the public to call 803-2022 should they discover his whereabouts. With several previous convictions, Henry Garcia had been imprisoned for the possession of controlled drugs and had been fined over $800.00.

    Sonia Bainton, charged with damaging a cement column
    Two friends of the Ladyville area found themselves in trouble with the law when an iPhone 6, valued at $1,200, was found in their possession. The incident occurred on Saturday, April 21, 2017 when police responded to a report of robbery on the Old Airport Road. The woman, Sonia Bainton, and her friend, Edward McKay were accused of robbing Neil McClenaghan, a British soldier. Bainton and McKay were both detained and taken to the Ladyville Police Station. Bainton is in more trouble as she managed to destroy a cement column, valued at $500, while in detention. In court, Bainton pleaded guilty to damage to property but not guilty to handling stolen goods. McKay, charged with two counts of handling stolen goods, pleaded not guilty to both charges.

    Teenager says he picked up cannabis by mistake
    An 18-year-old student of Gateway Center Belize City was brought in court on Friday, April 21 before Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser. Lionel Lopez was reportedly found by police with 2.9 grams of weed in his palm. According to Lopez, he had just picked it up off the street. In court, Lopez pleaded guilty to the charge. He explained to Fraser that he was on his way to visit his brother and he picked up a bag off the street. He claims that he did not know what the contents of the bag were and shortly after, police officers in a mobile came around the lane and searched him.

    Lots of weed found by police
    On Friday, April 21, 2017, police managed to take a large amount of weed from Ladyville and Belize city during various operations. In Ladyville police found .930 kilograms of cannabis in a bucket. The bucket was found in the Marage Road area at around 11 a.m. Because no one was around the area at the time, the find was deposited as found property. In Belize City, also on Friday, several bags of cannabis were found throughout the city. On Iguana Street, a total of 1706.5 grams were found. On Armadillo Street, 252.2 grams were found in a plastic bag. There was also a find in a plastic bag containing 125 grams on Tigris Street.

    Fatal Yo Creek accident left one dead and one wounded
    At around 4:45 p.m. on the Yo Creek Road near Cuello’s Distillery, a Jeep Cherokee with license plate # OWC- 19546 was overturned. The driver, 59-year-old Miguel Vicente Solis, was heading toward August Pine Ridge Village. Upon approaching Yo Creek Road and the Belize Sugar Industry Road, Solis lost control of his vehicle which caused it to overturn. In the accident, Solis was trapped in the vehicle and he lost his life. Travelling with him was 46-year-old Gildardo Balam. Balam, who sustained head and body injuries, was rushed to the Northern Regional Hospital where he is still admitted and has been classified as stable. Police investigations continue.

    Chopping at Trio Village
    On April 22, 2017, police responded to a scene at Trio Village at around 10:45 p.m. There they saw 22-year-old Santiago Garcia with a chop wound to the back of the head, right cheek, and right wrist and 29-year-old Arturo Choc with a large cut wound to the right side of the head. Leonardo Ba was also at the scene with a large cut wound to the right hand. Garcia succumbed to his injuries while being transported to the Independence polyclinic. Choc and Ba are presently at the KHMH. Initial investigations reveal that Garcia, Choc, and others were walking on a street in Trio Village when a group of persons attacked them with machetes.

    San Pedro Tiger Sharks number one seed into Pepsi National Elite Basketball League playoffs
    The Pepsi National Elite Basketball League 2017 regular season came to an end on Saturday 22nd April, with two games on the schedule. At the Stann Creek Ecumenical High School in Dangriga Town, the host team Dangriga Dream Ballers defeated the Orange Walk Running Rebels by the score of 75-70 to complete its season with an 8-4 record. The playoffs round will commence this coming Friday 28th April, with the Dangriga Dream Ballers (#2) will entertain the Belmopan Bandits (#3) at the Stann Creek Ecumenical College Auditorium in Dangriga Town commencing at 9:00 pm. On Saturday 29th April, at the San Pedro High School Auditorium in San Pedro Town commencing at 9:00 pm, the San Pedro Tiger Sharks (#1) will go up against the Cayo Western Ballaz (#4).

    Verdes FC and Belmopan Bandits open Premier League of Belize Closing Season Football playoffs with a win
    The Premier League of Belize 2016 – 2017 Closing Season Playoffs round commenced on Sunday 23rd April, with two games on the schedule. In the game played at the MCC Grounds in Belize City, the defending champions the Belmopan Bandits defeated the Belize Defence Force by the score of 1-0. The only goal of the game was scored by Jairo Rochez in the 89th minute of play to give his team the win. And at the Norman Broaster Stadium in San Ignacio Town, the host team Verdes FC blanked the visiting Police United by the score of 2-0.

    Hummingbird Elementary School girls and Holy Redeemer School boys won the Belize City volleyball championships
    The 2016-2017 Belize City Primary Schools Volleyball championships came to an end on Monday 24th April, 2017, with the championship game being played in both the girls and boys competition. In the girls’ championship game, Hummingbird Elementary School defeated Belize Elementary School in three sets by the score of 19-25, 25-20 and 15-4 to capture the Belize City Primary Schools Volleyball championship. In the boys’ championship game, Holy Redeemer School defeated Belize Elementary School in two sets by the score of 25-8 and 25-10.

    PNTU absurdity
    The Council of Management had just met in emergency session to deal with the backdrop of accusations of political interference in the coming vote. On site in San Roman were alleged operatives for two powerful Ministers of Government. But Palacio stated that the Union was satisfied that none of the candidates were involved in underhanded dealings in a bid to one of the most powerful positions in all of unionism”. What kind of silliness are Palacio peddling even unto his last day as president of the PUP national teachers union (PNTU)? While the union’s executive never did mention the United Democratic Party by name- the inference to Ministers of government was clear-one can easily discern which political Party they are pointing at. Seriously, the public has been hearing of this silly interference issue ever since the text surfaced about support for Elena Smith coming attached with a free trip to Chetumal and easy entrance into the CFZ.

    Words of Life
    In 1 Corinthians 2:9-10, the Apostle Paul wrote, “But just as it is written, ‘Things that no eye has seen, or ear heard, or mind imagined, are the things God has prepared for those who love Him.’ God has revealed these to us by his Holy Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God.” The Bible is God’s letter to us. It tells us Who He is, what He does, and what He wants from us. It shows us the general will of God, and what God gives us personally will fall within the promises in the word. The Bible is like the safety check, to make sure whatever we believe we are hearing is actually from God.

    Breaking Belize NewsPJ

    Go Wireless robbed in Belize City
    According to reports from police, Go Wireless in Belize City was robbed a short while ago. The culprits stole an undisclosed amount of cash and made good their escape on a motorcycle. […]

    Police finds gun and ammo on empty lot
    Yesterday around 3:30 p.m., police searched an empty lot located at mile three (3) on the Phillip Goldson Highway which led to the discovery of a black and chrome .25 hand pistol with wooden pistol grip and a magazine containing(4) 6.35 live ammunition. No […]

    Canadian and American missing in Corozal
    Yesterday around 11:43 p.m., American national Joseph Milholen reported to police that at 8:30 a.m., he went to pick up his friend Francesca Matus, 52, a Canadian national of Serenity Sands, Consejo Road, Corozal District, to […]

    Belmopan’s Lions Club donate to Police
    The Lions Club of Belmopan today donated a wheelchair and $300 cash to the Belmopan Police Department. The wheelchair is for a citizen of the garden city that is in need of one . The cash is to continue to fund the police feeding […]

    Human bones discovered in southern Belize; Police are investigating
    Yesterday , the Alcalde of Santa Elena Village in the Toledo District reported to police that around 9 a.m., one of the villagers found human bones. The bones were discovered in a burnt plantation about 3 miles outside of the village. Police believe that […]

    16 year old goes missing in Sarteneja, Corozal
    The family of sixteen year old, Isis Catzim is seeking the public’s assistance in locating her. Catzim is a fourth form student at Corner Stone High School. Catzim is 5ft 6 inches tall and was last seen on Tuesday around 12:15 p.m. The public […]

    17-year-old shot and killed in Lord’s Bank Village
    A 17-year-old student was shot and killed in Lord’s Bank Village last night. According to police, the incident happened around 10: 31 p.m. and the victim has been identified as Brandon Randy Bradley. Bradley’s body was found in the Green Garden Estate area of […]

    Thief robs gas station at gun point
    On April 26th 2017 at around 9:40 p.m., police responded to a robbery at the 24/7 gas station located at the junction of the Phillip Goldson Highway and Lords Bank Road in Ladyville Village. According to police, they visited the scene and spoke to a […]

    Caribbean journalists learn about climate change
    Representatives from eight Caribbean countries are in Belize this week for a two day training workshop on how to report matters associated with climate change. The Japan Caribbean Climate Change Partnership (JCCCP) and the United Nations Development Project (UNDP) hosted the workshop at the […]

    Belize concludes third trade policy review with WTO
    During Belize’s third Trade Policy Review (TPR) at the World Trade Organization (WTO) Secretariat this week, the United States declared Belize a valued trade partner, valuing trade between the countries at over $300 million. U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Secretariat’s Deputy Chief of Mission, Christopher […]

    Man fined $405 for weed grinder
    On Saturday evening Caye Caulker police charged Suzanne Blease and her boyfriend Kevin Welch with the offence of “possession of a utensil.” A search at their residence in the Bahia Puesta Del Sol area of that island led to the discovery of a grinder, […]


    VIVA Belize Chefs represent Belize at 3rd Annual Gastronomica Guatemala Festival
    On Tuesday, April 25th, 3 Belizean Chefs under the VIVA BELIZE Hotel Group & Adventure Company represented Belize as judges at the 3rd Annual “Gastronomic Festival Guatemagica” in Retalhuleu, Guatemala. Representing Belize for the very first time at this years’ event were Chef Oscar Adan Reyes, Chef Rahim Melendez and Chef Indeira Duran individually representing Sleeping Giant Rainforest Lodge, Jaguar Reef Lodge, Almond Beach Resort and Villa Margarita. This high level culinary event brought together participants from all over Central America with very esteemed chefs carefully judging the competition. Participants were asked to expose their skills and creativity in presenting unique dishes made with local products such as: Güisquil, Suchile, Miel Organic, Jocote and Marañón.

    Living the Island Dream and Drinking it Too
    The Island Dream – a house on the beach, a golf cart to get around (heck even a bicycle works), lazy days on the beach, adventures at sea, glorious sunrises, fiery sunsets, cool trade winds, hammock siestas and the security of a close knit community. Oh! and tropical cocktails; can’t forget that. Speaking about cocktails, did you know that you can also drink the Island Dream!? Yup, it’s one of our favorite cocktails that are exclusive to the Yolo catamaran of Island Dream Tours. We can’t get enough of this tropical cocktail and always crazing some – it’s refreshing, super delicious and keeps the party going during the great tours on board the Yolo!

    A Case for Major Hotel Chains in Belize
    The advent of Trumpism has led to the rise of protectionism in the US. Put America first and ONLY support American businesses they say. In policy terms, I have seen this in Belize for quite a while. For many years, many of Bowen and Bowen’s products have had an exclusive monopoly in Belize. I remember when I was a kid, Novelo’s distributors, who had distributed Pepsi products for many years, had to close its distribution store because their license was revoked. This, of course, alluded to Sir Barry Bowen significant political clout – influence that has made Bowen and Bowen very successful. Belize’s tourism industry would not be where it is without the help of expats who have made Belize their home. Some examples include Marty Casado, who introduced the world to Belize when he created the first Belize travel website; Mick and Lucy Fleming, who pioneered ecotourism in Belize; Jerry McDermott, who brought scuba diving to Belize; and Leif and Denver, who ventured beyond where many Belizeans have and set up a sea kayaking outpost in Glovers Reef.

    International Sourcesizz

    Charity run next goal for survivor
    Liz Whelan, former Miss Caye Caulker, is a brain cancer survivor. When trouble came knocking on the door of a Secret Harbour mother, she faced it head on and now, just over a year later, she is ready for her next challenge — the HBF Run for a Reason. Elizabeth Elliott was diagnosed with a brain tumour in March last year. After having it removed and undergoing rounds of radiotherapy and chemotherapy, she learnt how to walk again through intensive rehabilitation. With the ongoing support of her family, Mrs Elliott continues to defy the odds through physiotherapy and hydrotherapy and is determined to cross the 4km finish line in the 2017 HBF Run for a Reason. “The whole year was taken up by cancer really — I got diagnosed with a brain tumour and it all happened very fast,” she said.

    Gang-related homicides drop during Belize City truce
    But death risks associated with robbery and assault remain elevated. On 25 April, local media reported Belize City had gone over two weeks without a gang-related homicide, including over the typically violent Easter holiday (14-17 April). The news comes as Assistant Commissioner of Police Chester Williams continues to lead truce talks between warring gang factions in the south of the city. Talks began 10 April when gang representatives from 20 Southside neighbourhoods loosely aligned between the 'Blood' and the 'Crip' organisations met at the Racoon Street Police Headquarters. Belize City has experienced extreme levels of violence in recent years with about half of the 30 homicides that took place in the first quarter of 2017 in the whole of Belize located on the Southside.

    A Belizean Eco-Resort Thanks US Service Men and Women With New “Appreciation Vacations”
    Military personnel from the United States and other nations have been quietly helping the people of Belize, and that’s something one Belizean eco-resort wants to see better recognised and appreciated. The Lodge at Chaa Creek, one of the tiny country’s most recognised jungle lodges and a highly awarded, family owned and operated eco-resort, recently issued an invitation to all armed forces members in Belize to enjoy a heavily discounted stay under a “Appreciation Vacation” initiative, according to owners Mick and Lucy Fleming. “Many people don’t realise the amount of good works that are being done in Belize every day by members of various armed services, and with a new U.S. humanitarian exercise now underway since March 2017, we felt it was high time to recognise and reward these unsung heroes. It’s a small token of our appreciation, but we hope it makes their stay in Belize more comfortable and memorable.

    Acknowledging Tourism Growth Through the Creation of Eco-Friendly Self-Sustaining Destinations
    Over the years, the continuous growth of tourism has been linked to progress and incorporating an increase in the number of new destinations. Developers create a serious impact on the environment and the need for eco-friendly self-sustaining destinations all over the globe. Sustainable development, or meeting the requirements of the present without compromising the necessities of the future generation, is now the trend which most developers are practicing to provide various accommodations with useful features without trading off the natural resources. The optimal utilization of natural resources for national development on an evenhanded and self-sustaining basis to provide a distinct visitor experience and an enhanced value of life is the main goal of a sustainable tourism. Environmental sustainability includes the optimal use natural resources, maintaining conservation processes and conserving the natural wealth biodiversity.

    Roatan Online Reports on the Garifuna Festival in Punta Gorda, Roatan
    Roatan Online is dedicated to promoting the culture of Roatan, online. And this year, our very own Garifuna's through a party in Punta Gorda. Few things give a culture pride as does heritage and few embody heritage as do the Garifuna people of Roatan. This year, Roatan Online went down to Punta Gorda, Roatan to record the annual festival. Our aim is to bring our viewership closer to the Garifuna's culture by providing them with images from the event along with a highlight video. The United Nations Education Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) proclaimed the Garifuna language, music, and dance a Masterpiece of Intangible Heritage of Humanity in Honduras, Belize, and in Nicaragua. The first Garifuna Summit was held in 2005 in Corn Islands, Nicaragua, with the participation of many Central American countries.

    10 Caribbean Countries That Received The Most Remittances Recently
    Remittance or money transfers to the Caribbean and Latin America continued to see the most rapid growth rate according to latest figures from 2015 data analyzed by the World Bank. Officially-recorded remittance flows to the Latin America and the Caribbean region increased by 4.8 percent to $66.6 billion in 2015. The news comes as Alabama Congressman Mike Rogers on April 21st, introduced a bill that would impose a 2 percent fee on all remittances headed to Latin America and the Caribbean. HR 1813, or the Border Wall Funding Act of 2017, is geared to jumpstart the funding of the much touted Donald Trump Border Wall. The bill has been referred to the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations even as money transfer companies worry about the implications. So which Caribbean nations received the most remittances in 2015? Here are the top 10 according to a News Americas Now analysis. 7: Belize The Central American nation of Belize received USD 85 million in remittance inflows in 2015, according to the World Bank estimates, putting it at 7th on our top 10 list. There are an estimated 55,000 nationals from Belize living in the U.S.


  • ENTER NOW for a chance to be a part of the annual Eco -Kids Scholarship camp at Chaa Creek!, 1min. How to enter: Children Ages 9-12. Write a 300-word essay to answer "Why I want to be an Eco-Kid." Email essay to [email protected] Include Full name, Parents Phone number and email, Town, and enrolled School. Entry Deadline: June 1st, 2017.

  • Cristina Coc questioning WB rep, 2.5min. Spokesperson of the Maya Leaders Alliance of Belize, Cristina Coc asks a pointed question and raises concerns to the WB rep in relation to a seeming impasse of the REDD+ programme in her country

  • Skydiving in Belize, 4min. That time I jumped out of an airplane in Belize.

  • Tropical Biology Belize 2017 (Providence College Department of Biology), 4min. Movie of the annual Providence College Department of Biology trip to Belize with Dr. Ewanchuk and Dr. DeGiorgis.

  • Diving Belize, 4min. San Pedro Reef.

  • The National Sports Council - Sports in Belize / Sports Policy, 30min.

  • Tide - 20th Anniversary Celebration, 35min.

  • Basics Of Mandarin, 30min.

  • Río Hondo Belize, 5min. The Río Hondo in northern Belize is the border with our neighbor Mexico. The river has its headwaters in Guatemala, where it is known as the Río Azul, or Blue Creek in Belize. The river runs 230 kilometres from its headwaters into the Bay of Chetumal, known in Belize as the Corozal Bay. Interestingly, Río Azul runs in a southerly direction from Guatemala into Belize, but then takes a determinedly sharp turn to the north at La Unión where it becomes the Río Hondo, making for Belize's characteristic natural border with Mexico. This video from Mileneo is in Spanish and gives an excellent tour of the river.


  • Belize Trip 2017, 3.5min. Mercer University Study Abroad in Belize for Coral Reef Ecology 2017.

  • Belize: Turneffe Atoll, Blue Hole, and Lighthouse Reef, 10min. Second half of diving in Belize including Turneffe Atoll, the Blue Hole and Lighthouse Reef. Great encounters with sharks, amazing walls and tons of great coral and structure. Absolutely beautiful.

  • Cave Tubing in Belize - Floating through natural tunnels, 4min. I take an excursion off the cruise ship to go cave tubing in Belize. This means we float on inflatable tubes through a series of natural caves in the beautiful Belize jungle. We encountered Tarantulas, tasted termites and strong ants.

    April 27, 2017


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    The San Pedro Sun

    NCCO Launches Climate Change Awareness Campaign in Belize
    Following the execution of a Climate Change Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices survey, the National Climate Change Office (NCCO), in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) Japan-Caribbean Climate Change Partnership (J-CCCP) have today launched a climate change awareness campaign in Belize.

    Belizean artists encouraged to sign on to BSCAP
    The Office of the Music Ambassador announced its collaboration with Belize Society of Composers, Artists and Producers (BSCAP) to embark on a ‘Nationwide Copyright Tour’. The tour officially kicked off in Dangriga’s Slaughter House Bar & Grill on Thursday, April 20th, where BSCAP members, musicians, producers, authors, publishers, deejays, and promoters were invited to attend. BSCAP Chief Executive Officer Shyne Barrow, son of Prime Minister Right Honorable Dean Barrow, said the tour is to “sensitize local artists and musicians of the copyrights attached to their work as well as their right to be remunerated for the commercial usage of their materials.” During the presentation, the value of music, copyrights laws attached to an artist’s creative work, artists’ rights, and the benefits of becoming a BSCAP member were discussed.

    Bowen & Bowen issues advisory on 5-gallon bottled water
    After receiving reports of Crystal Water 5-Gallon bottles being illegally refilled, Bowen & Bowen issued a public advisory on April 24th. The advisory informed customers to take precautions against imitation water, and assured that its ultra-purification system guarantees purity, quality, excellent taste, and safety in Crystal Water. The reports indicate that Crystal Water 5-Gallon bottles are being filled with inferior quality water. Bowen & Bowen reiterates that Crystal Water goes through 11 stages of purification and exceeds all local, regional and international standards for drinking water, thus, customers should not risk their health, and examine their water before purchasing.

    Minister of Defence Attends CENTSEC 2017
    This year’s conference is focusing on various security and Defence objectives including: – To generate an interactive dialogue between the civil and military authorities of Central America in relation to regional and transnational threat networks – To present successful strategies and lessons learned in support of public safety and its impact on regional security – To identify obstacles to regional security and strengthen efforts of cooperation that will overcome them. Over the conference period the opportunity was taken for yet another tri-partite meeting between BDF Commander BGEN Jones, Guatemalan Chief of Defence Staff General Carlos Eduardo Perez and Commander SOUTHCOM Navy Admiral Curt Tidd to discuss the ongoing cooperation between Belizean and Guatemalan armed Forces along our shared borders.

    Ambergris Today

    Fake Facebook Profiles Of Belize Prime Minister Barrow
    The Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) is aware that Facebook accounts under the name “Dean Barrow” are still active. The OPM again informs the public that any pages purporting to be the personal or official account of, or bearing photos or personal information of Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow are fake and unauthorized.

    Celebrity Spotting: Mya Harrison Back In San Pedro Vacation
    Singer/songwriter/actress Mya Harrison is back in Belize. Well, our last records of her vacationing in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, was back in 2010 with NFL player Larry Johnson. We don't know if she has visited Belize again since then, until today when island resident Pedro 'Chucky' Lara posted this pic on his Facebook profile page. Pedro says he caught Mya on her way out of Ambergris Caye at Tropic Air's terminal in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye. We checked Mya's social media accounts and found a couple of pictures on her Instagram account while she vacationed on La Isla Bonita.

    San Pedro Selected As World’s Best Luxury Honeymoon Destination
    San Pedro Belize was selected as world's best Luxury Honeymoon Destination by Canada's Largest Travel Agency, Flight Network. The article highlights popular destination around the world and assists the travel agency to help newlyweds, and the engaged, better navigate the honeymoon destination market. The article highlights Belize’s Barrier Reef and all the natural wonders it offers to tourists and newlyweds. San Pedro, in particular Cayo Espanto, was highlighted as being a slice of Paradise in Belize. According to the Canadian agency, you might simply not want to leave Cayo Espanto!

    Misc Belizean Sources


    Belize has successfully completed its third Trade Policy Review (TPR) at the World Trade Organization (WTO) Secretariat in Geneva, Switzerland, from the 24th -26th April 2017. The Belize delegation was led by H.E. Ambassador Dylan Vernon, Embassy of Belize in Brussels; and included Mr. Andy Sutherland, Acting Director General for Foreign Trade; Mr. Richard E. Reid, Senior Trade Economist; and Mr. Terrence Simfukwe, National Trade Advisor. The Trade Policy Review is a requirement under the WTO Agreement through the Trade Policy Review Mechanism (TPRM) which seeks to analyze the trade policies and practices of WTO members and its impact on the functioning of the multilateral trading system. The TPRM is basically a periodic transparency exercise through which the WTO evaluates adherence by its members to the multilateral rules of trade adopted under the WTO Agreement which was signed in 1994 and entered into force on 1st January 1995. Belize is a founding member of the WTO and has already undergone two previous reviews, one in 2004 and the other in 2010. The TPR included two country visits by the WTO Trade Policy Review Division to Belize for consultative meetings with national authorities, on the basis of which a report was prepared by the WTO Secretariat and supplemented by another report prepared by the Government of Belize. Both reports were circulated to all WTO members who had the right to pose questions directly to Belize.

    Illicit Facebook accounts under the name “Dean Barrow”
    As members of the public continue to be contacted by Facebook accounts under the name “Dean Barrow”, the OPM reminds the public that any pages purporting to be the personal or official account of or bearing photos or personal information of Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow are fake and unauthorized. Users are advised to disregard any friend requests or communication from such pages and especially refrain from sharing any personal information with said accounts. All communication from the Prime Minister are shared by the Government of Belize Press Office on its official Facebook page.

    Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative!!
    The U.S. Embassy Belize encourages Young Belizean Entrepreneurs (21-35 years old) to apply for YLAI Professional Fellows Program. There are three more days left to submit applications. Deadline is Friday, April 28th, 2017. The Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) empowers entrepreneurs and innovative civil society leaders to strengthen their capacity to launch and advance their entrepreneurial ideas and effectively contribute to social and economic development in their communities.

    "LONE WRASSE: Exhibition of Trashy Art" at the Institute of Mexico
    If you haven't had a chance to check out "LONE WRASSE: Exhibition of Trashy Art" at the Institute of Mexico, Belize head over soon! The Exhibition will be closing on May 7th, 2017 so you still have time to view the inspiring recycled art pieces on display crafted by both professional and amateur artists from all over the country. Grab a friend and head over!

    March 2017 Trade & Consumer Price Index
    Figures released by the Statistical Institute of Belize show that the All-Items Consumer Price Index for March 2017 stood at 105.1, an increase from 102.8 in March 2016. On average, during this month in 2017, the prices of goods and services regularly purchased by Belizean households were 2.3 percent higher than they were in the same month of 2016 (See Figure 1). For the first three months of 2017, a year-to-date inflation rate of 1.8 percent was recorded. Imports to the ‘Commercial Free Zones’ dropped by almost a third, from $29.2 million to just about $20 million, with cigarettes, women’s clothing and storage bags being among the most reduced items. The ‘Food and Live Animals’ category fell by $4.2 million from the $21.3 million purchased for March 2016, owing largely to a plunge in wheat seed imports. For the third consecutive month in the year 2017, Belize’s largest import type, ‘Machinery and Transport Equipment’, saw a decline, with diminished purchases of items such as four cylinder vehicles, liquid transformers and telecommunications equipment causing the $4.1 million drop in this category. Goods destined for the ‘Export Processing Zones’ shrank from $6.9 million to roughly $4 million, as the month of March 2017 saw fewer imports of gaming machine parts, planer machines and refrigeration equipment.

    NCCO Launches Climate Change Awareness Campaign in Belize
    Following the execution of a Climate Change Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices survey, the National Climate Change Office (NCCO), in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) Japan-Caribbean Climate Change Partnership (J-CCCP) have today launched a climate change awareness campaign in Belize. The campaign, which carries the slogan Feel the Change, focuses on the changes which we can see and feel in our environment while encouraging Belizeans to Be a Part of the Change. Community visits to Corozal and Southside, Belize City on April 22 and 24 fittingly coincided with the global celebration of Earth Day. While in the community, the team unveiled billboards and distributed reusable shopping bags as well as solar powered lanterns. The community visits also facilitated climate change knowledge sharing among community members via interactive discussions and games.

    Singer/songwriter/actress Mya Harrison is back in Belize
    The last update records of her vacationing in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, back in 2010 with NFL player Larry Johnson visited Belize. Since then, until today when island resident Pedro 'Chucky' Lara posted this pic on his Facebook profile page. Pedro says he caught Mya on her way out of Ambergris Caye at Tropic Air's terminal in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye. We checked Mya's social media accounts and found a couple of pictures on her Instagram account while she vacationed on La Isla Bonita. Grammy Award Winning Artist Mýa, is an internationally known, respected singer, songwriter, producer, dancer/choreographer, actress, designer, model, activist and philanthropist. In 2009 Mýa entertained the world and impressed millions as the highest scoring contestant on ABC’s Season 9 of Dancing With The Stars. In 2010 Mýa was featured in the Wyclef Jean remake of We Are the World, to benefit Haiti.

    Traffic lights going up, a first for Belmopan
    It should help improve the flow of traffic.

    Reaffirming Bridges Through Art and Tradition
    The Benque House of Culture is launching a new art exhibit tonight and its theme is 'Reaffirming Bridges Through Art and Tradition.' The festivities start at 7:00pm. "Join us as we launch an all Benque Work of Art by our upcoming and renewed artists! "

    Ricky Cunil Wins Young Leaders Award
    Congratulations, Ricky! The Benque Rotaractor is one of only 12 winners worldwide of the Scotiabank International Bright Future Young Leaders Award. Well deserved. "The Scotiabank International Bright Future Young Leaders Award is awarded to youths who make outstanding contributions to their communities. To be eligible, applicants must reside in a participating country, complete 100 hours of volunteerism in a minimum of three of the Bank's six philanthropic pillars - education, arts, health, social services, sports. and environment. The award promotes volunteerism in the young generation and each year 12 winners are chosen worldwide."

    The U.S. Embassy Belmopan has an opening for a Maintenance Supervisor
    The successful candidate will be required to obtain a security clearance and undergo a medical examination. WHO MAY APPLY: Anyone who is eligible for appointment under Belize’s local laws. Applicant must be in possession of a Belize social security card valid for employment and/or a resident/work permit. HOW TO APPLY: Interested candidates must submit the following in order to be considered for the position. 1. Universal Application for Employment (UAE) form (DS-0174); plus 2. Any other documentation (e.g., essays, certificates, awards, licenses, copies of degrees earned) that addresses the qualification requirements of the position as listed above.

    Channel 7

    Senate Hearing Resume With Middleton "Pleading The Fifth"
    The Senate Hearings on Immigration resumed today after a 3-week break, with a marathon session of testimony from 3 witnesses. And they picked up right where they left off, with mystery man Barton Middleton. The last time he was there, Middleton was very evasive, almost making a mockery out of the Senate's persistent probing. They were questioning him about his alleged role in the theft of 8 visa foils from the Immigration Department's Western Border Station in November of 2012. UDP insider Patrick Tillett said that he paid Middleton 18 thousand dollars to procure the visas. So, Middleton had a lot to answer for - but he shared almost nothing. So, today, when he was called back, Senate Chairman Aldo Salazar made it clear that any witness who lies under oath, committing perjury or if they violate the National Assembly's Powers and Privileges Act, will be prosecuted. It came up this afternoon when Middleton was called to testify, and he refused to answer any further questions. Here's the back and forth:

    Omar Phillips And The Citizen Kim Application
    The witness who came right after Middleton's short testimony was former Immigration Data Entry Clerk Omar Phillips. He's one of the 3 officers who got into major trouble for the Citizen Kim passport scandal back in October 2013. He was the one who accepted the passport application file for the South Korean fugitive Won Hong Kim who never set foot on Belizean soil, but who still ended up with a Belize passport that he didn't qualify for. So, the Senate went straight to the Won Hong Kim investigation, and they grilled him about the details of the day he accepted the application file at the front desk: Hon. Aldo Salazar - Chairman, Senate Select Committee: "You remember the Wong Hong Kim application?" Omar Phillips - Former Data Entry Clerk, Immigration Department: "Yes I do." Hon. Aldo Salazar: "You remember it because-" Omar Phillips: "It being a situation that came up."

    Chavarria Says It Wasn't Hard To Fool Passport Picture Taking System
    The Senate spent most of the day questioning Therese Chavarria, a retired Immigration Officer who served 30 years with the Department. Most of it was internal Department business, but there was a major reveal from her exchange with the Senate. Chavarria explained that she once fooled the system into accepting a picture of someone who did not appear to take the photograph in person. Her method was basic, she simply printed out a blown up image on a letter sized typing sheet, taped it to the back of the chair that the person would have sat to take the picture, and "click", the machine's camera was took a picture of that picture - and accepted it like the real thing. It's relevant because there's been so much back and forth about how Citizen Kim's picture got into the system when he never set foot in Belize. Witnesses have gone before the Senate to swear that it's impossible to get someone's picture on the system unless that person appears at the Immigration office personally.

    Of Bribes and Backdoors At Immigration
    Another interesting part of Therese Chavarria's testimony from today was that someone tried to bribe a Justice of the Peace. Rina Chiu Hsiang Lo allegedly tried to bribe her to get a passport for a male claiming to be Paul Ku. That happened back in October 27, 2011, and the Senate was very interested to hear her account of this lady who managed to get two fraudulent birth certificates for the person claiming to be Paul Ku. She told the Senate that she tried to block Hsiang Lo, but this woman managed to go around her to get the passport issued anyway. Here's her account of the incident: Therese Chavarria - Retired Immigration officer: "That was another birth certificate; it was a case of a birth certificate. Again I don't know how they got hold of the birth certificate but that birth certificate was issued at the vital statistic and the young man came to the office..."

    New Yo Creek Road Registers Five Fatalities In Four Months
    One man survived a fatal accident on the Yo Creek Road yesterday evening. At around 4:45, 59 year old Miguel Solis was driving his white Jeep Cherokee from Orange Walk Town towards his home in August Pine Ridge Village when he lost control at mile four and a half. The vehicle flipped multiple times and Solis was crushed to death inside the cab - which was completely flattened. But his passenger 46 year old Gildardo Balam survived and he was rushed to the Northern Regional Hospital. He received head and body injuries and is now stable. As we noted last night, this is the fourth traffic fatality on this road in four months. The other one, a triple fatality happened just half a mile away from this one close to Christmas.

    Mahogany Street Mashup
    Yesterday we told you about the ugly accident on Mahogany Street which left a motorcyclist and a pedestrian with head injuries. Police confirmed today that at about 5:00 in the evening, Stephen Cutkelvin was driving his motorcycle down Mahogany Street towards Western Avenue, while 60 year-old Teddy Martinez was walking in the opposite direction. Police say a Toyota 4Runner driven by 21-year-old Rashawn Castillo failed to stop, hitting both Cutkelvin and Martinez and causing their still unspecified injuries. Ms. Castillo has refuted that account, and said she had nothing to do - other than being in the area and witnessing it. She says police have expressed no interest in charging her.

    Crashed Into A Culvert
    Another traffic accident occurred this afternoon, this time at Mile 4 on the George Price Highway, just across from Old Belize. The driver of a silver Suzuki Geotracker was attempting to turn off the highway into Old Belize, but the driver misjudged the speed of an oncoming vehicle. The Geotracker clipped the back of the oncoming car, sending it spinning off the road and into a culvert drainage channel. The car quickly sunk into the swampy waters, becoming almost completely submerged. The passengers managed to climb out without incident.

    Climate Change Lessons For Journalists
    Walk instead of drive to reduce the emission of carbon dioxide, reduce industrial activities like factory operations, recycle, properly dispose of chemical waste and the list goes on: many of us have heard of these environmental tips but not a lot of us actually take it seriously. But our disregard for the well-being of the environment has come to back to haunt us in the form of Climate Change. Those two Big C's' is the center of ongoing discussions in the Caribbean and around the world and it continued today among Caribbean media and communications professionals. This campaign under the theme "Feel the Change" was held at Princess Hotel and it is part of what's called the Japan-Caribbean Climate Change Partnership. Courtney Weatherburne has a bit more on the urgency of this regional dialogue.

    Police Still Meeting And Greeting
    Since the media and police ironed out their differences four weeks ago, slowly, the regular flow of information to you, the public, is being restored. One key aspect of that is the media's coverage of the community meet and greet. On both the Northside and the Southside, officers walked through areas within their jurisdiction and engaged the residents in discussions about any concerns they may have. ACP Chester Williams for the Southside and Superintendent Hilberto Romero for the north, told us more... Reporter: "Tell us about today's meet and greet. What have you been talking to the community about?" ACP Chester Williams- OC, Eastern Division South: "Well the usual thing. We are here to get our report card. Talking to the community members to see what is it that we are doing that they are satisfied with and what is it that we are doing that they are not satisfied with, and thankfully the feedback has been very positive."

    Cops On Keeping The Truce Going
    Williams also gave us an update about the remarkable state of peace that has prevailed in the city for 17 days now. Since all the major Belize City gang's gathered for a peace march two and a half weeks ago, there have been no shootings or gang related murders in the city. Williams, who is leading the effort on the police end, spoke to the media about how the BPD plans to preserve the peace in the City... Reporter: "Can you just talk to us a little bit more about the actual truce itself, you know, are there any concerns in the maintenance of it?" ACP Chester Williams- OC, Eastern Division South: "Well yes, it is challenging. After all, we are dealing with young men who have anger and hate against each other to some extent; they have been hurt. So whenever you trying to mend fence between persons who have been hurt, whether they are gang members or ordinary persons of society, it is always difficult. And so there is always that challenge but we try to be the mentors to be able to guide these young men to understand that, while yes, you may have personal differences, you still do have many things between yourselves that you have in common.

    ACP Williams Remains Committed To Move
    And, again today Williams committed to carry the peace movement forward by lending assistance to his successor on the Southside, Senior Superintendent Marco Vidal. As has been widely reported, Vidal - the former and founding commander of the GSU - takes over the Southside in July, when Williams goes over to the Professional Standards Branch. Williams reiterated that he will ensure that Vidal has all the necessary tools to keep the peace... ACP Chester Williams- OC, Eastern Division South: "As I have said before Mr. Vidal and I are friends, we communicate often and I am sure that we'll have some time together before I leave where I'll be able to brief on what it is we are doing. Then it is then up to him to see what he wants to continue, what he wants to change as the case may be."

    Human Development Report Shows Belize OK in C.A., Pretty Dismal In Caribbean
    The Human Development Report 2016, which was released last month by the UNDP says that Belize is doing better on the human development index than most of its Central American neighbors, but worse than most of its Caribbean neighbors. Of the 15 Caribbean nations that were reviewed, Belize was second to last - ranked 103rd out of 188 nations overall. But, in Central America, Belize ranked third behind only Panama and Costa Rica, and significantly higher than its neighbors Guatemala and Honduras.

    Alleged Rape Victim Drops Case At Supreme Court Level
    A man charged for a beastly act of rape and wounding, was acquitted today. That's after his alleged victim - a 50 year old woman - told the court that she does not wish to continue with the case for personal reasons although the defendant did what he did. She said that she will leave it up to God. She stressed to the trial judge, Justice Adolph Lucas, that she did it on her own free will and was not forced by anyone to come to court and say what she said. The incident allegedly occurred on April 4, 2015. The complainant, who was 48 years old at the time, gave a statement to the police claiming that she went to Davis's house and when she wanted to leave, he refused to let her go. She said Davis punched her and kicked her and lashed her with a machete, then he raped her. She said she was held captive for about 6 hours and she managed to get away by breaking a window in the room with a machete and shouting for help. When the police arrived at the house, they found the woman naked and bleeding. Davis was charged with rape and wounding.

    Gabourel To Stand Trial For Gordon Murder
    Twenty-two year old Austin Gabourel will stand trial for a murder that he allegedly committed on Caye Caulker. It happened a year ago, on April 17, 2016, when 29 year old Leon Gordon was fatally stabbed with a broken pint. It happened at Sip and Dip Bar near the split. Gordon was trying to part a fight between Gabourel and Jersey Rhaburn, who is the owner of the bar. Rhaburn was trying to throw Gabourel out of the bar for acting disorderly. During the struggle, Gabourel received a large cut wound to his face and Gordon was fatally stabbed. Today, Chief Magistrate, Anne Marie Smith committed him to stand trial in the June session of the Supreme Court. Gabourel - who had no attorney - told the court he will have two alibi witnesses.

    Keeping Up with Vaccinations In The America's
    Being pricked by an injection isn't anything to celebrate but health officials from the Central Health Region say, since if it's for better health, then why not? This week is recognized as Vaccination week. Nurses and health practitioners have been administering vaccines to kids and adults in various communities. Now , some people are sceptical about these vaccines and the possible long term effects they may have on children but Public Health Nurse at the Central Health Region Elsie Velasquez discussed the different types of vaccines and why they do so much more good than bad:..

    An Uplifting Initiative For At Risk Populations
    A new program called the Youth Resilience and Inclusive Social Empowerment - or RISE Project was launched today at Delille Academy in Dangriga. The CDB funded project will expand the Youth and Community Transformation Project to at-risk groups in Dangriga and the twins owns of San Ignacio/Santa Elena. These communities are facing increased levels of youth crime and anti-social behavior and the RISE Project hopes to intervene by with the expansion of services to reduce social exclusion among youth and families in the target communities. Here's more from the opening.

    Exports Up, So Is Inflation
    The latest figures from the Statistical Institute of Belize are out and it shows encouraging news for exports - and it's mostly thanks to sugar. In March 2017, the total value of Belize's domestic exports was $69.8 million, up 35.5 percent or $18.3 million from the $51.5 million recorded for March 2016. Sugar was the most significant export earner, while Banana exports also saw earnings up from $6.2 million in March 2016 to $8.1 million in March 2017. Exports of citrus products fell from approximately $11 million to $9.4 million, due to diminished grapefruit concentrate sales. On the Import side of the equation, Belize imported goods valuing $155 million; this represented a 2.2 percent or $3.5 million dollar decrease from the same month in 2016. Imports to the ‘Commercial Free Zones' dropped by almost a third, with cigarettes, women's clothing and storage bags being among the most reduced items. Belize's largest import type, ‘Machinery and Transport Equipment', saw a decline, with diminished purchases of items such as four cylinder vehicles, liquid transformers and telecommunications equipment.

    Channel 5

    Barton Middleton Invokes Constitution as Senators Scorn Him
    The Senate Special Select Committee resumed hearings in public today into the Auditor General’s report, calling three witnesses. One of the witnesses called today was Barton Middleton, the elusive Orange [...]

    2 Years Before Kim, Immigration Allowed ‘Double Photos’ for Passports
    Retired Immigration Officer Therese Chavarria has seen it all in thirty years at the Department, dating back to 1986. She took her leave last year after being transferred to Punta [...]

    Would-be Belizean Passport Holder Flunked Test But Got Passport Anyway
    Chavarria spoke to the issue of shortcuts in the Department to benefit a chosen few, accomplished through bribery. In one instance, a prospective applicant for a passport, accompanied by a [...]

    Why You Cannot Bribe an Honest Immigration Officer
    As to how the passport was caused to be printed despite Chavarria’s investigations, it turns out that former Cabinet Minister Carlos Perdomo was the one pushing for it. He apparently [...]

    Gas Prices Take Another Hike; Taxi Drivers Worried
    At the stroke of midnight on Tuesday, fuel prices at the pump went up for a second time in less than a month. As the fiscal year kicked in, on [...]

    The New Immigration Building in Belmopan Will Not Be Chon Saan Palace
    The prospect of government purchasing the Chon Saan Building in Belmopan is officially off the table, and Cabinet has given the green light to the Immigration Department to scout around [...]

    New Citizens Take Oath in Belmopan
    As the Immigration hearings continued into the afternoon, simultaneously in Belmopan, a swearing-in ceremony took place, across the plaza, at the civic center. More than a hundred individuals became citizens [...]

    Omar Phillips Tells How He Met ‘Kim’ and Penner for Passport Application
    Back to the senate inquiry…the final witness called was officer Omar Phillips, who worked the front desk and received the Won Hong Kim application for a passport in 2013.  Phillips [...]

    Senate Committee Chair Says Hearings Are Serious, Not ‘Soap Opera’
    Chairman of the Committee, Aldo Salazar, addressed reporters after the hearing concluded this afternoon.  He pointed out that other aspects of Barton Middleton’s situation – the brain tumour surgery; the [...]

    29 Immigration Officers Get Promoted; Minister Promises No Issues Despite Rumblings
    Since the beginning of the week, there has been disquiet among members of staff at the Immigration and Nationality Department over the promotion of employees whom they consider to be [...]

    How Promotions Are Being Handled by Department
    According to Williams, the selection of officers for promotion is vetted by the Public Service Commission and that positions within the Immigration Department aren’t arbitrarily created to promote employees.   [...]

    Rape Victim Bows Out of Court Hearing
    A woman alleged that she was held hostage, beaten up badly then raped by an attacker who left her locked up in a house.  She resorted to a machete, but [...]

    The Push to Promote Climate Change
    A climate change awareness campaign was launched today following a ‘Knowledge, Attitude and Practices’ study across Belize, which indicated that more needs to be done to sensitize the public about [...]

    Vaccination and How It Helps Kids Stay Healthy
    The Ministry of Health has embarked on an exercise this week to get persons immunized from a number of preventable diseases. At schools and work places, health personnel are encouraging [...]

    All is Well as Police Meet and Greet on Southside Beat
    Today, the Police Department carried out its weekly meet and greet on the north and south sides of the city. We went to Antelope Street Extension area where we caught [...]

    ACP Chester Prepares for Transition Out of Southside
    In about two months, the south side top cop will no longer be walking the streets and leading the officers in Eastern Division. He will be in Belmopan behind a [...]


    Retired Immigration Officer Recalls Instance of Attempted Bribery
    During her testimony, Therese Chavarria, stated that she has worked in every district as an immigration officer during her three decade career. She said that throughout her time as a career immigration officer, she experienced several occasions whereby persons attempted to bribe her. The committee was interested in one particular attempt of bribery mentioned in […]

    Passport System and Structure Still Pending at Immigration
    The ideal immigration system is still lacking in Belize but while the logistics of acquiring such are still being worked on, efforts in processing passport applications continue. As you may recall in February 2016, there were issues with the passport printer which had led to the issuance of temporary passports and extensions of expired passports […]

    Belize Immigration Moves to Block Illegal Crossings Into La Union, Mexico
    La Union is a village in Mexico that borders with Blue Creek Village in north-western Belize. It is an area that has been traversed by hundreds of Belizeans for years. The appeal of the location is the cheap prices on beers and basic commodities ranging from eggs to toilet paper and detergents. The Government of […]

    Fuel Prices on the Rise Again
    The last fuel increase we reported on was on April 1, 2017 which saw regular fuel at nine dollars and seventy nine cents; premium fuel at ten dollars and seventy nine cents and diesel at nine dollars and eleven cents. Fast forward twenty five days later and consumers are now looking at fuel prices jumping […]

    Belize Gets Third Trade Policy Review Under WTO
    On Monday, April 24 the third trade policy review for Belize took place in Geneva, Switzerland hosted and led by the World Trade Organization (WTO). This policy review looked at the trade performance with the United States which totaled at three hundred and twenty three million dollars for 2016. Dylan Vernon is Belize’s Resident Ambassador […]

    Elderly Man Dies in Road Incident in Northern Belize
    An elderly man lost his life in a traffic incident on the Yo Creek Road in the Orange Walk District late Tuesday afternoon. Police report that 59-year-old Miguel Solis of August Pine Ridge was driving towards home when he lost control of his jeep Cherokee and overturned several times in the vicinity of mile four […]

    Minor Injuries Sustained in Mahogany Street’s Traffic Incident
    Another traffic incident occurred yesterday, this time in Belize City left two men injured. Police report that around five yesterday evening 21 year old Rashawn Castillo drove her grey Toyota 4 Runner into the two men on Mahogany Street in front of Tow Tow Grocery Store. The men, 20 year old Stephen Cutkelvin was driving […]

    Mayor Bernard to Seek Re-election in 2018
    Municipal elections is less than a year away and political parties have started to round up teams and begin their ground work leading up to March 2018. In the Peoples United Party’s camp, the Orange Walk team is just about complete. Current Mayor Kevin Bernard has decided to seek a third term as Mayor in […]

    Complainant Halts Action Against Accused Rapist
    Fifty-six year old Evrett Davis, aka “Jack”, charged with rape and wounding, was acquitted of the charges today by a jury of 7 men and 2 women. The virtual complainant, a 50 year old woman, took the witness stand and testified that she does not wish to continue with the case for personal reasons although […]

    Stanley Fined $500 for Drug Trafficking
    Stanley Flowers, one of two persons charged with drug trafficking for one hundred and thirty nine grams of cannabis, pled guilty to the lesser charge of possession simplicitor when he appeared today before Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser. He was fined five hundred dollars and he was given until June 30 to pay. If he defaults […]

    Breaking Belize NewsPJ

    House completely destroyed by fire
    Reports to BBN are that a wooden house near 7 miles on the Hummingbird Highway was engulfed in flames this afternoon. According to reports, the structure was completely destroyed by the fire.

    Dario’s meat pie raises price
    As 2017 continues to be the year of austerity and “fiscal consolidation” and in the wake of yet another fuel increase pushing gas to over $10, another iconic Belizean staple has pushed its price up. Consumers who enjoy Dario’s meat pies in Belize City will now have to pay $1.50 per meat pie. Yesterday morning customers arrived at the establishment on Hyde’s lane to purchase the popular breakfast food and were notified of the adjustments. According to Dario’s, the price hike is due to an increase in production costs.

    UNIBAM focuses on “marginalized groups”
    The United Belize Advocacy Movement (UNIBAM) held a two day conference in Belize City focused on legalization and the effects on marginalized groups. The conference’s main focus is to raise awareness of the application of international law on sexual orientation and gender identity and […]

    Ladyville woman kicks down cell wall
    On Saturday, Sonia Bainton and Elward McKay were detained at the Ladyville Police station. They were accused in a case of handling stolen goods. According to reports from police, Bainton kicked a part of the cell wall breaking it open. Bainton was charged yesterday […]

    American accused of 1978 double murder in Belize dies
    In December 2016, BBN reported of Silas Duane Boston, a 76-year-old American man who was accused of a murder that occurred 38 years ago. Peta Frampton and her boyfriend Christopher Farmer were on board Boston’s yacht named “Justin B” heading to Mexico in the […]

    Gun and ammo stolen in home burglary in southern Belize
    According to police reports, yesterday afternoon around 3, 52-year-old Jose Mauricio Hernandez presently residing at Trio Village, Toledo reported that on February, 1st 2017, he left his home village en route to El Salvador. On February 10th 2017 while Hernandez was in El Salvador, […]

    Motorcycle stolen from yard in Belize City
    Kenrick Deshield, 41, of Antelope Street, Belize City reported that between the hours of 2:00 a.m. and 4:00 a.m. yesterday, his black, Lifan brand LF150-7 motorcycle valued at $2,948.40 was stolen while parked in his yard. Police are investigating. © 2017, This article is […]

    14-year-old boy missing in Belize City
    Elwin Smith, 53, of Zericotte Street, Belize City reported to police that on Monday around 5:00 p.m., he saw his 14-year-old son, Anthony Smith along with another male person on Central American Boulevard. However, when he arrived at home later that night, his son […]

    Minister of Defence attends Central American Security Conference in Mexico
    According to a Government of Belize press release, the Minister of Defence, John Saldivar along with the Commander of the Belize Defence Force, BGEN David Jones, and Commandant of the Belize Coast Guard, RADM John Borland are attending the 2017 Central American Security Conference […]

    Belize to hold regional writers’ conference
    “The Writer as Inspiration for National Unity, Self-Confidence, and Pride,” is this year’s theme for a regional writers’ conference that will be held at the Mount Carmel High School in Benque Viejo Del Carmen. The event is scheduled for May 6 from 9:00 a.m. […]

    Fatal road traffic accident in Yo Creek claims 1 life, leaves 1 injured
    Yesterday around 4:45 p.m., a jeep overturned around Mile 4 on the Yo Creek Road in Orange Walk. The driver of the jeep, Miguel Solis, 59, of August Pine Ridge was trapped inside the vehicle and died on the spot. Gildardo Balam, 46, was […]

    Man found dead in Belize City; No foul play suspected
    Yesterday our newsroom received reports that the body of a male person was found dead in a house near the Vernon Street fish market in Belize City. The person is said to work for a security company. However, his identity remains unknown. The cause of […]


    5 places to visit while vacationing in Belize
    Belize is a nation on the eastern coast of Central America, with Caribbean Sea shorelines to the east and dense jungle to the west. Offshore, the massive Belize Barrier Reef, dotted with hundreds of low-lying islands called cayes, hosts rich marine life. Belize’s jungle areas are home to Mayan ruins like Caracol, renowned for its towering pyramid; lagoon-side Lamanai; and Altun Ha, just outside Belize City.The beautiful natural scenery, uninhibited adventure, incredibly friendly people and more-than-reasonable prices made this Central American paradise one of my favorite destinations. I only spent a week in Belize, but I made the most of the experience. If you only have a short time to visit, here are five things I highly recommend doing in Belize.ATM Tour

    CNN Says to visit the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve, Belize
    Stretching nearly the entire length of Belize's Caribbean coast, this massive reef system is the largest in the Northern Hemisphere, a chain of coral and sand that's visible from the International Space Station. From water level, a detailed world comes into focus. Hundreds of cayes lie just above the surface, a constellation of mangrove and sand islands with a coral foundation, and the undersea landscape is remarkably varied. A patchwork of pinnacle reefs, fringing reefs and barrier reefs makes this a compelling destination for snorkeling, and the Great Blue Hole draws scuba divers from around the world. Why it's at risk: Since the Belize Barrier Reef was inscribed as a World Heritage Site in 1996, a lack of oversight has led to unsustainable fishing, deteriorating water quality and development. It was listed as threatened in 2009.

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    Fort Lauderdale to Belize sale on Southwest
    Southwest Airlines has some great fares from Fort Lauderdale to Belize for August. US$184 including taxes and your two free bags! The time to buy these great fares is now. They won't be around long.

    Countrywide Consultations on National Tourism Policy
    The Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation, in conjunction with the Belize Tourism Board and the Inter-American Development Bank under the Sustainable Tourism Program II, is currently engaged in a process to update the National Tourism Policy of Belize. As a result, the Ministry will be hosting countrywide consultations with our tourism partners from May 9th - May 18th, 2017, with the purpose of hearing your views and perspectives on how Tourism in Belize should evolve as we move towards the National Sustainable Tourism Master Plan 2030 goals. We thank you for your continued support in tourism development and look forward to your participation in the upcoming consultations. Please find invitation below with further information on the consultation nearest to you.

    I migrated to Guatemala City when I was 15 years old because in my community there weren’t that many opportunities for one to become a teacher, which for me was a necessary step to complete my goal: to work in education and study at the university. One of the first radical changes that I experienced was to stop wearing my Mayan clothing in my daily life. I justified doing so by thinking of it as a measure of convenience for whenever I took the bus, or by rationalizing that it was simpler and cheaper to buy a pair of pants and a blouse, especially since having to wash and dry skirts and güipiles (traditional woven blouse) in a small apartment on the fourth floor seemed like an investment of time and effort that I was not willing to maintain. A couple of years passed and I felt comfortable going unnoticed among the people of the city, avoiding all the insults and discomforting looks (which I had experienced on those few occasions when I would travel to the city wearing my Mayan clothes). When I returned to my village, that was the moment when I would reclaim my clothing and felt part of my community, a place that is was stranger to racism, but it was also not strange for someone to wear Mayan clothing, speak our languages, and feel comfortable in our practices. It was as if I had carried on with two lives in one, one from the city (as a mestiza), and the other from my village (my origin).

    Teakwood, Coconut Water and a Belize Private Investment that Makes Total Sense
    There are more than 50,000 cash crop trees growing or to be planted, including coconut, citrus and soursop. The coconut has long been an indelible part of Latin food and culture. The dried meat, known as copra, has become a profitable sector, it is from copra where coconut oil is extracted. Products that use coconut components, include coconut water, desiccated coconut, coconut flour, coconut sugar, dried coconut fruit, coconut milk, virgin coconut oil, coconut vinegar, coconut jam, and coconut nectar syrup. The soursop fruit is known for its medicinal value. It contains certain natural compounds with medicinal benefits, which make it beneficial for the treatment of various ailments. Recently, it has gained popularity due to the fact that it can kill cancer cells up to 10000 times more effectively than chemotherapy drugs, without side effects. Soursop fruit regularly sells in the U.S. for $10.00 per pound and up. Belize is an economically and politically stable country, which has embraced its 36-year old status as an independent country by opening trade and tourism avenues to the world. Travelers and business partners alike are made to feel welcome by the friendly atmosphere symbolic of the people and government of Belize.

    Turneffe Flats: Leading sustainable fisheries in Belize
    Turneffe Flats has long been recognized as one of Belize’s premier saltwater fly fishing, SCUBA diving and marine eco-tourism destinations. Located on the incredibly beautiful Turneffe Atoll, Turneffe Flats provides visitors access to the most biologically diverse atoll in the Caribbean. Green Globe first certified Turneffe Flats for its sustainable operations in 2013 and again this year the eco-tourism resort has proven its environmental credentials with a notable compliance score of 89%. Turneffe Atoll – home to this remarkable eco-tourism resort – provides pristine habitat for 260 fish species, 77 plant species and 5 spawning aggregation sites. The marine eco-system is a combination of healthy coral reef, both fringing reef and patch corals, expansive backreef flats, large lagoon systems, seagrass beds, and extensive mangrove forest. Turneffe Atoll is of significant economic and sociological importance to Belize as a major commercial fishery and ecotourism center, while also providing Belize City and the mainland coast with essential protection from hurricanes.

    Paying it forward, Athens Christian Academy receives grant
    After a trip to Jalacte, Belize to help repair wells that spew rotten water because of rust, Brent Williams, administrator of Athens Christian Academy no longer takes anything for granted. Villagers in Jalacte have learned to live without the luxury of a water faucet, inside plumbing or electricity. During the first week of April Williams spent a week in Belize as part of the Hope Springs Water program to reclaim old water wells that have become rusty with deteriorated pipes. The group Williams traveled with replaced the old pipes in three wells with longer lasting PVC pipes. Williams said his most shocking moment of his trip to the third world country was when he watched a woman depend on the brown water from a river for daily use. “It really hit home when I watched this woman bathe, wash her clothing and wash food in a river of brown water,” said Williams. “Making it worse there was a large hog in the water where she was beating her clothes on a rock.”

    Service members refurbish hospital playground
    Service members make final adjustments to chains on a swing and watch as several children smile and play on the newly refurbished playground equipment at Western Regional Hospital in Belmopan, Belize April 24, 2017. U.S. Marines and U.S. Air Force reservists took the opportunity to refurbish the hospital playground during their participation in Beyond the Horizon 2017, a partnership exercise between U.S. Southern Command and the Government of Belize designed to improve health and educational facilities by providing five construction projects and three health care events in the districts of Cayo, Stann Creek and Belize. Military personnel, on-site since early March, noticed the playground facilities were in disrepair while working on the two key projects at this location, an emergency room extension and a housing for a medical waste incinerator. Determining they were ahead of schedule on their current projects, the team purchased paint, chains for swings and hardware from the local area.

    VOTE: D2 Women's Track and Field HERO of the Week
    A Vote for Kaina is a vote for Belize..

    Aeromar MXr lands in Chetumal
    Aeromar MX arrived in Chetumal, with charter flights, starting last Tuesday. With this airline there are 6 that are interconnecting the capital of Quintana Roo: Interjet, Volaris, Mayair, Tropical Air, Aerobus and now Aeromar. And more coming. The Aeromar fleet has a total of 16 turbo-propeller aircraft destined for regional destinations. The planes that are arriving at Chetumal are ATR 42, Of French-Italian manufacture and capacity for 48 passengers, have the most advanced air navigation systems and are considered the most modern, comfortable and safe turbo-prop equipment to operate in all types of airports, in regional routes of short and medium range. The ATR 42 offers exceptional flight conditions: Large passenger cabin dimensions with four comfortable leather seats per row, folding service tables, wide visibility through its numerous windows, reading lights, individual air conditioning outlets and spacious storage compartments. Hand luggage.


  • Costa Maya Beach Cabanas, 1min.

  • Senate Special Select Committee hearing, 2hr.

  • Island Tackle Bar & Grill, 1.5min. Come enjoy Island Tackle Bar & Grill. Open 7 days a week from 11 am to midnight. We have Daily Specials at big discounts! Happy Hour is Monday - Friday with 5 for 20.00 buckets of beer and 2 for 1 rum drinks along with 1.00 wings! Come enjoy the view, swim in the inner tubes and enjoy the deck!

  • Tranquility Bay, 1min.

  • Placencia, Belize 2017, 9.5min. Nice visit to Belize. Fishing, snorkeling, sightseeing.

  • Belize Bash Easter 2017, 2.5min.

  • Cam's Belize Video, 5min.

  • Don Hector Speaks of how each village got it's name, 18min. Great insight. A living historian and more

  • BSI ASR CROP REVIEW 2017 WEEK 20, 3min.

  • Morning Matters at Quality Poultry, 58min.

  • Belize National Teacher's Union Elections & future Plans, 57min.

  • Building & Sustaining Healthy Self-Esteem, 31min.

  • Diving Belize, 4min. San Pedro Reef.

  • AVR Ultimate Belize Excursion, 4min. Mayan ruins, cave tubing/exploring, jungle hikes, snorkeling the great barrier reef, sailing, local culture, etc. Locations include: Belize City, Caye Caulker, Orange Walk and San Ignacio.

  • #1 Getting Hair Braided in Belize, 8min. Sometimes it's fun to see the people you see on YouTube in real life...doing real things. This was in Belize where a gal assured us she could braid my daughter's hair in just 5 minutes!

  • IZE Belize Sylvano Sho, Tour Guide to Lubaantun Mayan Ruins 2017, 16min. Sylvano Sho, Licensed by Belize as a tour guide takes us on a road trip from the IZE Belize Blue Creek Rainforest Preservation.

  • Maya Culture Of Belize, 7min.

  • Cultures in Belize, 14min.

    April 26, 2017


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    Specials and Events

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    The San Pedro Sun

    GOB launches new training program to deter child abuse
    A nationwide program to better train persons that work with children was launched on Tuesday, April 4th. Titled ‘Mandatory Reporting of Child Abuse,’ the program aims at reducing future incidents of child abuse and is being implemented by the Ministry of Human Development, Social Transformation and Poverty Alleviation in collaboration with the National Committee for Families and Children and the Ministry of Education. Training workshops have already taken place in Belize City, and various primary and secondary school personnel were involved. The program expects that all those who take the training will learn how to appropriately respond to suspected cases of child abuse. Credits for participation are given to teachers taking the five-hour program, which are recognized by the Teacher Education and Development Services. The program is yet to reach the educational institutions of San Pedro Town, but they are looking forward to the opportunity. A few educators from the primary and secondary levels of island schools see the initiative as a positive one, since many abuse cases go under the radar. Principals from the major schools on the island also welcome the new program and they look forward to their teachers taking full advantage of it.

    NEBL heads into playoffs
    The regular season of the 2017 National Elite Basketball League (NEBL) is heading into the playoffs and, San Pedro’s Tiger Sharks continue leading in the tournament. The island squad hopes to capture their third consecutive championship title as they prepare to best the top teams in this season’s competition. The NEBL playoffs will use a best-of-three format, with the higher seeded team having the home court advantage. This is will be the third time in four years that Cayo Western Ballaz (#4 seed) and San Pedro Tiger Sharks (#1 seed) will be meeting in the semi-finals. Dangriga Dream Ballers (#2 seed) and Belmopan Bandits (#3 seed) split their season series, where both teams won at home. This is the first season that Belmopan Bandits will not face the San Pedro Tiger Sharks in the semi-finals, as they make an attempt to reach the finals for the very first time.

    Couple charged for kept ammunition without a gun license
    After a conducting a search at the residence of Jimell Paul Jex and Tracy Betancourt on Tuesday, April 11th, San Pedro Police discovered eight unlicensed live 9 mm rounds. Present during the search was Jex, who was arrested and charged with the offence of “Kept ammunition without a gun license”. However, police were unable to locate Betancourt, until Tuesday, April 18th, when she was formally arrested, and charged for the same crime.

    Belizean beauties prepare for Miss Teen Belize
    A total of six beauties will be vying for the title of ‘Miss Teen Belize’ on Saturday, May 27th at Mahogany Bay Village. Held under the theme, “The Natural Essence of another Nature”, Miss Teen Earth strives to promote ecotourism and environmental issues around the globe. After organizing casting calls in early April, Vivian Noralez, Miss Petite Teen Earth 2016-2017 selected this year’s contestants: 15-year-old Grace Brown (San Pedro), 18 year-old Kiah Pastor (Belmopan), 19 year-old Kayla Lewis (Cayo), 18 year-old Ruth López (Dangriga), 15 year-old Julene García (Punta Gorda), and 17 year-old Vineesha Price (Belize City).

    Ambergris Today

    Belize Police Department To Crack Down On Corrupt Officers
    Recently the Belize Police Department has been wracked by a series of improprieties, committed by some of its members, which are of major national concern. The Ministry of Home Affairs, as part of it Zero Tolerance Policy for police improprieties, hereby assures the public that every report or knowledge of wrongful act committed by its members will be dealt with expeditiously and with utmost transparency.

    Biscayne Village Homes Destroyed In Freak Storm, Residents Get Help
    Over the weekend, Minister of National Emergency Management and Area Representative for Belize Rural North Hon Edmond Castro led a NEMO response team in the village of Biscayne where a freak storm, which struck late Saturday afternoon April 22, 2017 around 5:00 PM, affected nine families. Three homes were destroyed beyond repair and six others were significantly damaged, most of the families losing their roofs and much of their belongings. Fortunately, there was no loss of life or significant human injury resulting from the storm.

    Misc Belizean Sources


    Summer program schedules wanted in San Pedro
    CALL TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC: To all schools, non-governmental organizations (NGO's), churches, and other community organizations please send all information on your summer program (Dates, Times, Space the event will take place) to Cora Guillen at [email protected] or 602-3804. Projects Abroad along with San Pedro Town Council are putting together a comprehensive list of summer activities for the children. Thank you in advance for your participation!

    VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: RC School in San Pedro
    Teacher Kate at the RC School is looking for volunteers for six weeks. 8am - noon only. Primary responsibilities include opening the school library and assist the younger students with locating books and completing their school work. Interested persons can reach Teacher Kate at the RC School or email her at [email protected] or contact Principal Roxanne Kay.

    Bad experience at Vital Statistics
    Went over to Vital Statistics in Belize City this morning and like a post I had done about 2 years ago the service is horrendous with absolutely no improvement in customer service. I was there to file for a couple documents. The only reason for posting this is because I am utterly disappointed and wish there could be some changes for the better. First off they were doing an "audit" first thing in the morning during working hours and had the cashier completely closed down. Why not do audits after regular business hours instead of having people wait indefinitely with no answers as to what time the cashier will open?

    CARICOM Youth Ambassadors present "Celebrating CARICOM" Open Mic Night!!
    May 3, 6pm- ??

    Reef Week Kayak Race in San Pedro
    Saturday, May 13, 10am Wayo's Beach Bar. Cash prizes for top 3 in each category. Amateur paddlers only.

    KTV The Remix Auditions 2017 (Round 1)
    Saturday, May 6 at 10 AM, La Cabaña Entertainment Hummingbird Highway, Belmopan. Round 1 of KTV The Remix Audition takes place on May 6th in Belmopan at La Cabana Bar. Singers from the west are encouraged to participate in this audition. You must bring a valid identification and be prepared to perform one song as your audition entry. Auditions continue on the following dates: May 13th in Orange Walk at Maracas Bar and Grill. May 20th in Dangriga at the Pelican Beach Resort. May 27th in Belize City at Channel Five Studios on Coney Drive.

    Interviewing the Caribbean - Vol 2 issue 2 Spring 2017
    Two poems, "The Color of Sin" and "Leaf," by *Ms. Jacklyn Burns*, a short story, "Da So Ih Happen," by *Ms. Felene Cayetano*, and interviews with each about violence in the Caribbean/Belize appear on pages 128 through 137 of Interviewing the Caribbean - Vol 2 issue 2 Spring 2017. One of the aims of this movement known as the Belizean Writers Guild is to make ". . . the Belizean voice . . . prominent in regional and world literature." That this issue of Interviewing the Caribbean includes the works of two Belizean Writers Guild members is further evidence that the movement has gained momentum. Linked is a sample of the journal. Support the movement and the publication. IC will be accepting submissions May-September 15, 2017 for the 2017 forthcoming issue on Caribbean Culture and Olympian feats.

    "FRANCISCO PUGA" in Corozal
    It's here once again! Princess Casino Free Zone in Corozal brings you another weekend of fun and laughter with popular Mexican imitator and comedian show "FRANCISCO PUGA". Two days of laughter and entertainment - Friday April 28th and Saturday April 29th starting at 10:00 P.M. Free Admission. Come out and have a belly laughter weekend..."Azucaaar...."

    Belize Fishing Report, April 17th - April 23th
    A lovely week. Light winds most days and lots of hungry fish even some big fish around. Peter caught a 26” bonefish which is a super nice fish for these parts. The bonefish responded to the calmer weather and are feeding heavily. A little rain overnight always helps to cool things down and brings us some pleasant mornings and active bones.

    Elizabeth Graham to be honored at Lago conference
    This week Elizabeth Graham, the PI of Lamanai, will be honored at the Maya at the Lago conference. Since 1998 Liz has been working to improve the storage conditions of the artifact collections that are housed at Lamanai in order to preserve the cultural heritage of this important site for future generations and to make the collections more accessible. Right now Liz's immediate goal is to buy more metal artifact boxes to finish rehousing of the artifacts. You can honor her with a box! She and David Pendergast will be at Lamanai in May to work on this project. If you are in Belize at Lamanai you can give a cash donation to our trustworthy local colleagues in the village of Indian Church, Brenda Arevalo or Sonia Arevalo, who work with us at times on the archaeology projects at Lamanai. Otherwise see for other easy ways to donate. — with Elizabeth Graham, Karen Pierce, Norbert Stanchly, Melissa Seldon Knight, Laura J Howard and Thomas M. Shelby at Lamanai Stela Temple before reconstruction.

    International Museum Day 2017
    Look out for the Museum of Belize's celebration of International Museum Day 2017 under the theme- 'Museums and contested histories: Saying the unspeakable in Museums'.

    Caye Caulker Mother's Day Dinner & Dance
    The Caye Caulker Village Council is cordially inviting all Caye Caulker mothers to an event held in their honor. Please sign up with Councilors Ms Vanina, Seleny or Elizabeth to confirm attendance. Registration Date closes on May 7th, 2017.

    Minister of Defence Attends CENTSEC 2017
    The Minister of Defence Hon. John Saldivar along with the Commander of the Belize Defence Force BGEN David Jones and Commandant of the Belize Coast Guard RADM John Borland are attending the 2017 Central American Security Conference (CENTSEC) in Cozumel, Quintana Roo, Mexico. The conference, co-hosted by the United States and Mexico, brought chiefs of defense and ministers of defense from Central America, plus observers from Canada, Chile, Colombia, the Dominican Republic and Great Britain. Panama and Costa Rica sent public security representatives. The conference is being held under the theme “COOPERATION INITIATIVES TO STRENGTHEN REGIONAL SECURITY”. The aim of CENTSEC 2017 is to analyze current security threats within the Central American region and to establish the views and roles of the participating countries.

    “Pataki Full”
    “The House of Snakes”, “the Representative” and “Bertie the Bullfrog and His Neighbors” are just three of the stories that can be found in this Belizean book. Have you read this one? PATAKI FULL “Pataki Full” (1991) is a compilation of seven short stories written by Governor General of Belize H.E. Sir Colville Young. In the book, which was published in September 1991, Sir Colville Young details first-hand insight into the reality of Belizean society using his wit and satire to highlight lifestyles and socio-cultural aspects of that time. In 2015, Sir Colville celebrated a historic and notable milestone when he officially launched a Chinese translation of “Pataki Full” while on a visit to Taiwan.

    Inauguration Ceremony for the San Juan to Cow Pen Road
    More than 3,000 villagers of Cow Pen and New San Juan will have access to a newly upgraded road infrastructure courtesy of funding by the European Union, and the Government of Belize. The road project will be officially inaugurated at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday April 27, 2017 at Cow Pen Village Main Road, in the Stann Creek District. The upgrade of the San Juan to Cow Pen Road, 2.3 miles/ 3.7 km long was done at a total cost of €2 million EUR/$ 4 million BZD, under the Banana Accompanying Measures 2012 Programme (BAM). The objective of BAM is to foster social and economic development leading to the reduction of poverty, focusing on workers and families in the banana belt. In this regard, the road project will also significantly benefit villagers, communities, the Banana Industry and by extension the wider society of Belize.

    Mother's Day Extravaganza 2017 in San Pedro
    This is going to be a fun one! You definitely won't want to miss this show! We bring to you, Belize's comical sensation, Miss Jennifer Burrowes ...please nuh ketch feelings! and all the way from Merida, Yucatan, making her encore presentation, Tila Maria Sesto! There will be lots of games, prizes and surprises! Get your tickets now for only $20! Don't wait last minute! Ticket includes a gourmet dinner, dessert and a drink! This is a show for ADULT AUDIENCE ONLY! NO CHILDREN WILL BE ALLOWED!


    A Night Of Music At Corozal
    clock Saturday, April 29 at 6 PM - 10 PM. A wonderful night of culture with our talented young musicians from across the country!

    "Our Roots 2017, Mayan Allegory"
    We invite you to attend "Our Roots 2017, Mayan Allegory". This is a magnificent event that praises the tradition and richness of the Mayan Culture. Friday, April 28, 2017 at 7 pm. Teatro del Centro Cultural Universitario de la Universidad de Quintana Roo in Chetumal.

    Jefe de la Cocina Cook-Off
    The Cayo Animal Welfare Society is celebrating Cinco de Mayo with another cook off fundraiser. This time, it'll be at Remo's Roadhouse, in Bullet Tree Falls, and the culinary focus is Mexican food. If you want to enter, contact CAWS.

    BRO Camp 2017
    Last week a group of over 50 boys (ages 9 - 14) from 7 different communities in Belize gathered together to participate in a BRO (Boys Reaching Out) Camp. The boys spent one week together along with 7 Belizean Counterparts and 10 Volunteers sharing their culture, engaging in team building activities and receiving education in leadership, good decision making, goals, self esteem and sexual reproductive health. A huge THANK YOU to all of you who made BRO Camp 2017 a success!

    Channel 7

    Another Life Lost In Accident On Yo Creek Road
    There was a fatal accident on the Yo Creek Road in the Orange Walk District about an hour ago. The driver of a Jeep Cherokee lost control and flipped several times. The impact flattened the top of the SUV and killed the driver on the spot. 7News has confirmed that the victim is Miguel Solis from August Pine Ridge. He was reportedly traveling from Orange Walk to his home in August Pine Ridge. The Yo Creek Road was paved fairly recently - and there was a triple traffic fatality on this same road in December of 2016.

    Collision In City Injures Pedestrian and Man On Motorbike
    And there is another traffic accident to report tonight, but this one happened in Belize City this evening. According to reports, an SUV was driving down Mahogany Street when the driver rear - ended a motorcycle that was in front of it. The impact launched the motorcycle and its driver into a pedestrian who was crossing the street. Both the cycle driver and the pedestrian crashed to the ground and received head injuries. The severity of their injuries are unknown, but a bystander told us that they seemed serious, and they were both rushed to hospital.

    The Future of Cane Farming
    Belize's sugar cane industry is one of the bedrocks of the Belizean economy, but, experts agree, it won't remain competitive much longer if farmers don't modernize. Presently, the old way of cane cutting with a machete is still the way cane is harvested, but now, ASR-BSI is trying to prod farmers towards mechanization. Daniel Ortiz found out more when he went North TO SAN ESTEVAN, Orange Walk today:... Mechanized Harvesting, it's a concept that's been floating around in the Sugar belt for a few years now, but for this crop season, BSI/ASR has actually been putting it into practice. There was initial resistance from the thousands of cane farmers who are used to hiring laborers to harvest their cane manually. But, they're slowly warming up to the idea, and for these last few months, 37 of them signed up to be part of a pilot project run by the millers to test out mechanical harvesting for themselves.

    Sugar's Future Uncertain In EU
    This is one of the many techniques that those in the industry are exploring to make sure that Belize's sugar industry survives sweeping changes coming in only a few months from now. In 4 months, the European Union will lift all the restrictions that they had on European Beet Sugar. Belize and the other ACP countries will have to compete directly with beet farmers who are able to produce high quality sugar very efficiently, far more so than Belizean cane farmers. But the local industry knew that this was coming, and they weren't sitting on their hands. They've been working on several techniques to improve their production, while cutting costs. This is all in an effort to hopefully prevent European market from swallowing the local market.

    Belize and Guat Generals Meet With US Southcom
    Belize and Guatemala's military commanders are shoulder to shoulder at a regional military conference. The event is the Central American Security Conference held in Cozumel, Mexico and co hosted by the United States and Mexico. It brings together chiefs of defense and ministers of defense from Central America, along with observers from Canada, Chile, Colombia, the Dominican Republic and Great Britain. Belize is represented by BDF and Coast Guard Commanders, General David Jones and Admiral John Borland along with Defense Minister John Saldivar.

    Teenaged Minor Among Trio Charged For Murder
    A 16 year old old has been arrested along with three other males for killing 22 year old Trio resident, Santiago Garcia Jr. On Saturday morning, a group of machete welding men jumped Ba in the village. When it was finished, Garcia was dead and two others - including one of the attackers - was hospitalized with severe chop wounds. Southern police have moved quickly to jointly charge a 16-year-old male, along with 23-year-old Sabanito CAL, both of Trio Village, along with 20-year-old Arnoldo Xol, a laborer of San Marcos Village, Toledo for Murder. The minor was charged in the presence of his father.

    A Horseman In Hiding
    Belmopan police saved a woman from an armed and angry horse-man. On Saturday afternoon around 3:20, a woman was walking in Roaring Creek when Alwin Cruz also known as Boots charged after her on his horse with a knife. Police were called out quickly and caught up with Cruz on his horse. The woman ran off but so did Cruz after the cops tried to arrest him. They said he charged at them on the horse, and that's when they shot the horse in its left leg. After that, Cruz ran and left the horse behind. That's why tonight he is a wanted man; Police plan to charge him for aggravated assault. They say they don't know why Cruz was trying to stab the woman in the first place.

    He Did The Brotherly Thing: He Ate A Bag Of Weed
    Today 23 year-old- Jamaal Warrior was sent to jail for the relatively minor offense of obstructing police. According to reports, Warrior made an appearance in court last Thursday where he was charged with four counts of unlawful sexual intercourse with a 15 year old girl. Warrior was remanded into custody and taken to the Magistrate's Court cell block. While he was in custody, Warrior's younger brother allegedly dropped off a container of food. The food was then inspected by WPC Shanice Bevans, who noticed a plastic bag containing a green leafy substance protruding from a piece of chicken. Well, it wasn't cilantro; it was weed. Bevans showed it to Warrior's brother, who she then detained pending charges. Bevans was on her way to show the weed to her commanding officer when, Warrior, who was being taken to the bathroom rushed towards the desk where the food was. He got into a struggle with two other officers, but managed to force his way through and snatched up the transparent bag, placed it in his mouth and swallowed.

    Heartland Alliance: Gay Rights Are Human Rights
    Today UNIBAM completed the final day of its conference on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity. Representatives from the Heartland Alliance in Washington DC presented on the importance of community involvement in ensuring that the government enforces the human rights of all citizens - including the LGBT demographic. Two of the Heartland Alliance's directors, Fanny Gomez-Lugo and Stefano Fabeni told us about the role that both the government and the people play in ensuring that everyone's rights are protected.

    When Pre Schools Are "Accompanying Measures"
    This afternoon in the north, the Government of Belize and the European Union inaugurated 3 pre-schools, 1 in the Orange Walk District and 2 in the Corozal District. These 3 schools, the Trial Farm Government Pre-School, San Jose Pre-School, and the San Pedro Pre-School will allow for more than 150 children to get access to early childhood education. The 3 new schools cost a total of 1.14 million dollars, and they were officially opened for business today. The VIP's traveled to the shiny new pre-school in Trial Farm, and 7News was there to speak with them about the generous donation:

    Enhancing Women's Political leadership in the Caribbean,
    There have been countless initiatives and projects focused on women empowerment and inclusion especially in politics. Well another project entitled "Enhancing Women's Political leadership in the Caribbean," is addressing this issue but with a more research based approach. A representative from the Commonwealth Secretariat is in Belize gathering data as to the involvement of women in politics, analyzing and challenging the roles women are assigned to or take up themselves in their respective political parties. Yesterday she held an open meeting with the UDP to discuss the project. Kim Simplis Barrow, Special Envoy for Women and Children: "Cultural norms and traditional perception of roles of women still predominate and as such women continue to sit, to sit at the back and work behind the scenes, significant challenges in moving toward parity have indeed kept us from moving forward but I am happy today that over the past 7 years women have begun to take their rightful places in society especially in the political landscape. Earlier this year Mrs. Laura Tucker Longsworth was appointed as the speaker of the House of Representatives. Mrs. Longworth is the third woman who has been appointed as the speaker in the History of Belize. In addition to this currently there are 3 accomplished women in the senate and 3 in cabinet as serving as Ministers."

    A Small Scholarship Fund Goes A Long Way
    $500 isn't a lot of money but for 4 youths, it will help keep them in high school. Today one of those 4 kids received her certificate for the Helen Gabb Memorial Scholarship. She is 14 year old Wesley College student Shantae Bailey. This scholarship program is just one part of the Rise Up Belize initiative which started in 2004. Founder and Executive Director Jo-carol Garcia, who is originally from Belize, told us more about how this initiative started and the impact it continues to have on Belizean youth. The Helen Gabb Memorial Scholarship is in honor of Helen Gabb, she was a pillar in the Methodist Church. IF you would like to find out more about this initiative you can go to

    Not Keeping Up With Mr. Musa?
    Yesterday we told you all about the National Cyber Security Symposium. The government has assumed the role of what it calls, the "Principal Gatekeeper Of State Information" and committed itself to, quote, Digital Government Service Delivery. And while that sounds all so hifalutin' as if its coming through some special "hole in the air", what about just plain old Cabinet briefings or regular information on government spending and collection from the Ministry of Finance? The Musa Administration was forced to do that in September 2005 - when it was in a precarious fiscal position. The Barrow Administration has walked back from those practices - and, 10 years on, it looks as if they may never return. We asked Deputy Prime Minister Faber to explain why:...

    Joyjah To UK
    Belize's most well-known social media celebrity, Joyjah Estrada recently announced the next big step in her modeling career. Joyjah has been making waves on the internet in the last year or so, showing off her freckles and curly hair and inspiring other to embrace their natural beauty. She's racked up over 150,000 Instagram followers who helped land a cover feature on LOVE magazine, one of Britain's premier fashion and lifestyle publications. The cover was shot by supermodel, Kendall Jenner, and that caught the attention of The Squad Management, the modeling agency that represents Naomi Campbell. Joyjah announced on social media four days ago that she has officially signed with The Squad and has moved to London to be closer to her agents.

    Southside Police Making Peace Out Of Warfare
    On Sunday, the police organized a Conch Shell Bay Family Day with the usual stuff, food, drinks, kids face panting, music, races, basketball and prizes. Normally, it wouldn't be much to comment on, but it happened in the same place that was a murder scene three months ago. That's when Keimar Nicholas was killed, part of the explosive warfare that had been going on in that neighborhood since New Year's Day. But through mediation turned a war zone into a peaceful area - and at Sunday's event we asked the area representative and the police commander about the transformation. They said people just want to live in peace:…

    Tomari's Story Will Be Told
    Six days ago, we told you about how the family of the 14-year-old American Tourist, Tomari Jackson, is suing the Monkey Bay Wildlife Sanctuary for his drowning while he was in Belize back in February 2016. The Monkey Bay will join the Cobb County School System and the school trip's chaperones as defendants in the lawsuit that Jackson's family will bring. They say that his death on that study trip to Belize could have been prevented, and they are relying on footage captured on a body camera he was wearing at the time of his death.

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    B.N.T.U. Says Education Minister “Feigning Ignorance” on Convention Interference
    The Belize National Teachers Union and the million dollar payout to non-striking teachers remain in the news tonight. The B.N.T.U. executive is saying that it is not buying the story [...]

    Union Says Everyone was Watching Operatives at Work
    Late last Thursday evening, upon emerging victorious as the new president-elect, Senator Elena Smith best described those moles as only she can.  Having spotted the so-called U.D.P. operatives at the [...]

    Faber Says Striking Teachers Would Also Benefit from Honorarium
    Minister of Education Patrick Faber told reporters on Monday that a final figure and number of teachers who would qualify for the honorarium being offered by the Ministry of Education [...]

    Palacio Says G.O.B. Cannot Return to Previous Monies for Honorarium
    So how will Faber be able to access monies from government’s coffers?  It’s a question or a notion that Palacio scoffs at, since he’s all too familiar with how that [...]

    G.O.B.’s Moves on Honorarium ‘Not Necessarily’ Illegal
    The Minister of Education considers it a point of pride that at least he is not being accused of ‘stealing’ the honorarium money, even drawing comparison to the infamous ‘Corozal [...]

    Is Honorarium Being Confused with Salaries?
    The issue of the million dollar bonus for non-striking teachers is one that refuses to go away, particularly since the union believes that it will have a negative impact on [...]

    G.O.B. Stretching the Truth to Mess with Teachers
    In responding to comments made by Faber on Monday, Palacio says that the Minister of Education is spinning the truth by accusing the union of disrupting the ministry’s attempts to [...]

    3, Including Minor, Charged in Brutal Trio Brawl
    Twenty-two-year-old Santiago Garcia was chopped to death during a vicious machete attack in Trio Village on Saturday night.  The laborer was along with two others who were also seriously injured [...]

    Mechanical Harvesting – the Future of the Local Sugar Cane Industry
    With a drop in the price of sugar in the global market as well as a shift to beet sugar, the local sugar industry is at a crossroads. To remain [...]

    European Union Rep Says Belize Will Withstand Loss of Sugar Quota
    In October of this year, the EU regime changes allowing for European beet sugar to compete directly with sugar cane. For the past ten years the E.U. has been working [...]

    Senate Special Committee Returns on Wednesday
    After a hiatus of almost a month due to Easter holidays, the Senate Special Select Committee on Immigration’s public hearings return on Wednesday, with the last witness before the break, [...]

    No Conflict of Interest for New B.N.T.U. Prez, Senator Elena Smith
    Still on the Senate… President-elect Elena Smith is also a parliamentarian who sits on the Senate Special Select Committee. She assumes the reins of the Belize National Teachers Union on [...]

    Couple Charged with Handling Stolen Goods of British Soldier
    Two Ladyville residents find themselves in trouble with the law for an I-phone-six cell phone valued at one thousand two hundred dollars which ended up in their possession. Sonia Bainton [...]

    Belmopan Police Chasing Horseback Attacker
    Belmopan Police are looking for Alwin “Boots” Cruz following an attempted stabbing incident that happened in the “Another World” area of Roaring Creek Village. On Sunday shortly before three-thirty, it [...]

    1 Year Later, Did Sarstoon Clash Produce Results?
    The Government, a year ago this week, passed legislation to stop Wil Maheia’s Belize Territorial Volunteers and others from peacefully traversing Belize’s southern boundary, the Sarstoon River. Later the B.D.F., [...]

    Rise Up for Youth Scholarships
    Four students were selected for five hundred dollars scholarship each by Rise Up Belize. The non-profit based out of California was started by Joey Garcia who was born in Belize, [...]

    How Gov’t Will Manage its Systems Under CITO
    One other matter touched on at the Senate inquiry is the use of technology. Central Information Technology Office employee Francisco Rodriguez and Immigration Department IT chief Rodolfo Bol testified at [...]

    New Preschools in Orange Walk & Corozal
    Today, in line with its early childhood development campaign, the Government of Belize in collaboration with the European Union officially inaugurated three preschools in the Orange Walk and Corozal Districts, [...]


    Yo Creek Road Claims Another Life
    The infamous Yo Creek road has tonight claimed another life, the second since the start of 2017. The incident occurred shortly after five o’clock this evening just a short distance away from Cuello’s Distillery on the Yo Creek road. The victim, identified as sixty year old Miguel Soliz, was reportedly traveling in this white jeep Cherokee heading towards August Pine Ridge, where he lives, when he apparently lost control of the vehicle, causing it to flip several times and landed on the opposite side of the road. Soliz apparently died on impact after receiving various head and body injuries and was trapped in the vehicle and personnel from the Orange Walk fire department had to pry it open in order to get Soliz out. Forty six year old Gildardo Balam who was also traveling in the vehicle at the time of the incident was transported to the northern Regional Hospital, complaining of pain to his neck.

    Union Leader Slams Patrick Farber Over Comments
    On Monday’s newscast, Minister of Education Patrick Faber raised everyone’s eyebrows when he extended his personal congratulations to newly elected Belize National Teacher’s Union Senator Elena Smith on her victory at last Thursday convention. Now, we all know that the BNTU and Faber have had a testy relationship for almost the entire time Faber has served as Minister of Education. In his interview with the media, Faber placed the difficult time squarely on the leadership of Luke Palacio and alluded to expecting better days under Smith. Today while appearing on Krem Radio morning show both the Senator and the outgoing President made it clear that Faber should not be rejoicing as much as he is.

    Will Farber Pay A Heavy Price for Honorarium Position?
    And while Minister Faber speaks of smoother times between him and the BNTU, his actions say something else, as his Ministry is moving full steam ahead with their controversial plans to pay out nearly $1m to teachers who chose to attend classes instead of join the strike led by the BNTU last October. In media interviews yesterday, Faber went on heavy defensive mode and took on the critics of the million dollar honorarium proposed by him and supported by Cabinet. Faber walked back on earlier statements when he explained that the purported million dollars was an exaggeration.

    BNTU Says Farber's Position Taken May Have Repercussions
    This morning Palacio responded to Faber’s comments, emphasising that if the Minister is willing to go down for the position taken, then so be it. Luke Palacio, BNTU outgoing President: “Is that our members and others in the public are saying to us you should not just leave this matter like this because this is an attempt at Union Busting and because it is we at BNTU will have to discuss, we will have to view our options including legal options and the minister went out yesterday even further to attack those bodies that supported our Press Release and our position that this is Union busting, he said it yesterday that he doesn’t care what the Chamber says, he doesn’t care what NGO says, he doesn’t care what NTUCB says and if that means he is going down with that brother then let it be, but I am saying when a majority of the Organizations that have been relatively silent but hey are also advocates, speak out and a minister will say to them I don’t care what you say, this is taxpayers money...”


    Mr Middleton Slated to Reappear for Senate Investigation
    The Special Senate Select Committee will continue its probing into the Auditor General’s Special Visa and other findings Report on the Immigration and Nationality Department for period 2011-2013. (VO STARTS) Since the start of the inquiry last year, more than fifteen witnesses have been called, including former UDP Belize City Deputy Mayor Eric Chang. The […]

    EU’s Assistance to Belize Goes Beyond the Sugar Industry
    There has been a longstanding economic cooperation between the European Union and Belize promoting sustainable development and poverty reduction. One of its largest collaborative efforts have been in the sugar industry where under the Accompanying Measure for Sugar Program, the EU has funded a number of projects that have not only had a direct impact […]

    EU Says Cane Farmers Are Preparing Well in Belize for Upcoming Changes
    While representatives of the European Union were in northern Belize today to attend the opening of preschools funded by the EU, they took some time out and met with sugar cane farmers at the Sugar Industry Research and Development Institute. The representatives heard a number of concerns raised by the farmers as the date for […]

    Home Affairs’ CEO Alludes to ACP Chester Williams Being Ineffective
    Assistant Commissioner of Police, Chester Williams has been in the media on numerous occasions either as the person being interviewed or, on a few occasions as the subject. The last time he was the subject was back in 2016 when he moved to change the shift schedule for his officers in the Eastern Division South […]

    DPP To Determined Fate of Magistrate Accused of Rape
    Yesterday we told of an allegation being made against a Court Magistrate by a woman. The allegation is that the magistrate took her to his home and had sexual intercourse with her against her will. While we have verified the name of the accused, we are waiting on further details from the investigators prior to […]

    Three Northern Primary Schools Courtesy European Union
    Today the Government of Belize in collaboration with the European Union opened three preschools in northern Belize. New buildings were built at Trial Farm and San Jose Villages in the Orange Walk District and one in San Pedro Village in the Corozal District. This enables 150 more children to access early childhood education says Chief […]

    San Ignacio Mayor Clears Up Rumors on Plans for City Hall
    In San Ignacio Town one of the landmarks in that municipality is the structure that once housed the Town Hall. As of this week, however, the building is no more as it is being demolished. Of course, such a move will raise questions and PUP’s Michel Chebat has introduced those questions recently on social media, […]

    Belize Joins Defence Counterparts at Regional Security Conference
    The top three men in Belize’s Defence sector have joined their Central American counterparts in Cozumel, Mexico for the annual security conference known as CENTSEC. Defence Minister, John Saldivar, Coast Guard Commander, Admiral Borland and BDF Commander, Brigadier General David Jones left the country earlier this week for the conference being held under the theme, […]

    Trio Charged for Killing Santiago Garcia
    Police down south have arrested and charged three persons for the chopping murder of 22 year old, Santiago Garcia. They are 20-year-old, Arnoldo Xol of San Marcos Village; 23-year-old, Sabanito Cal and a 16 year old minor both from Trio Village, Toledo District. All three individuals were jointly charged for the crime of murder. As we […]

    FCD Wants Government to Take Action to Stop Gold Panning in the Chiquibul
    In the recent weeks we have reported on several Guatemalans caught in the Chiquibul Forest gold panning. Friends for Conservation and Development, FCD, which has taken up the challenging task of looking over the Chiquibul Forest says that gold panning is an incessant problem and the first most impactful threat in the Chiquibul landscape today. […]

    Minister Faber Makes No Apologies for The $1M Honorarium
    Ever since Minister of Education, Patrick Faber announced that government is allocating one million dollars to compensate teachers who did not take part in the strike last year, he has fallen under serious scrutiny and criticism. That of course has not only been by the Belize National Teachers Union but from the opposition PUP, the Belize Chamber of Commerce and the public at large. Today, he finally elaborated on the decision and explained the logic behind paying teachers additional monies, which he calls an honorarium. Faber says that, one, teachers who will be paid are in effect those who did not participate in the strike and two, even union members who desisted from going on strike the second time in January 2016 will receive payment. Those who were on strike got their pay for those eleven days and would now be making up for the lost days but those who were not on strike will be giving ten additional days and hence he says, deserve some form of compensation.


    Give up the missing gold!
    Judge Algenon Marbley, a United States District Judge for the United States District Court of the Southern District of Ohio, warned Thomas G. “Tommy” Thompson, 65, on Friday, April 21, that he could face a third criminal contempt charge if he does not cooperate with the court in helping to ascertain the location of 500 missing gold coins said to have been deposited with an international trust registered in Belize. Litigation has been dragging on for several years in the face of Thompson’s refusal to reveal the location of coins minted in California from a gold treasure recovered after his 1988 discovery of S.S. Central America, a 280-foot vessel which sank on 12 September 1857 with an estimated 18-21 tons of gold mined in the California Gold Rush, amid a category 2 hurricane off the North Carolina coast, killing over 400 people who were not among those rescued before the ship met its tragic demise.

    Belize trading over US$300 million in goods with the US
    The U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Secretariat’s Deputy Chief of Mission, Christopher Wilson, said in a statement released today on the occasion of Belize’s 3rd trade policy review at the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Geneva that, “Belize has an important role in the region as an open and growing economy…” “Our countries continue to maintain close and cooperative relations. Bilateral trade in goods totaled [US]$323 million in 2016, and the United States provides for duty-free import for a variety of products from Belize,” Wilson said. He added that the United States is home to the largest expatriate Belizean community, estimated to be more than 70,000.

    Decomposing body of hunter found in well
    Balthazar Santos Lino, 45, a hunter of Progresso, took his dog with him when he went hunting in an area between Progresso and Caledonia on Good Friday, April 14. Yesterday morning, six days later, Lino’s dog returned, without his master, and Lino’s family became alarmed. His family went looking for him in the area where he usually went to hunt, and on their arrival at about 5:00 yesterday, they smelled rotting flesh. The stench became stronger as they drew closer to a well.

    “Freak storm” rips through Biscayne
    The National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) confirmed today that a freak storm had ripped through Biscayne Village in the Belize District on Saturday evening, devastating the homes of 9 families but thankfully not resulting in any loss of life or significant human injury. “Three (3) homes were destroyed beyond repair and six (6) others were significantly damaged, most of the families losing their roofs and much of their belongings,” the report said. Chief Meteorologist Catherine Cumberbatch of the National Meteorological Service told Amandala that a thunderstorm had been forecast for inland Belize for Saturday. “That is just what had happened,” she added. There was a chain of thunderstorms that came across from Mexico and it flared up due to the daytime heat and instability, causing severe weather conditions which affected the area. “One [band] was very intense and produced gusty winds… It was not a tornado!” she told us, adding that, had it been a tornado, it would have appeared on the radar as a bright yellow spot with a hook or elbow.

    Joyjah Estrada bound for London!
    Her distinctive, freckled face cushioned by her long, curly hair has caught the attention of the London-based modelling agency, Squad Management. As a result, 22-year-old Joyjah Estrada, who lives in Belize City, has relocated to London for the next three months. When our newspaper asked Joyjah how she was able to secure such a promising opportunity, she told us that it was initially because she was selected as one of the faces of the United Kingdom’s LOVE magazine earlier this year. According to Joyjah, while at that magazine launch, she was approached by a woman who had previously managed Winnie Harlow, a Canadian fashion model.

    International Festival of Culture will hold regional writers’ conference on May 6
    The Community of Artists for Cultural and Historical Endeavors are celebrating their seventh International Festival of Culture with a regional writers’ conference that will be held at the Mount Carmel High School, Benque Viejo Del Carmen, on May 6 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The writers’ conference will feature writers and poets from Belize, Mexico and Guatemala, said David Ruiz, one of the organizers, who will deliver the welcoming remarks and will introduce the visiting writers and poets. Writers will speak on and explore the theme of the conference: “The Writer as Inspiration for National Unity, Self-Confidence, and Pride.”

    WW Cross Country Race results
    Here are the results from the Weekend Warriors (WW) 2017 Cross Country race, held yesterday. The “A& B” riders rode from Georgeville to Leslie’s Imports, for 62 miles, while the “C” riders rode from Roaring Creek Gas Station to Leslie’s Imports, for 52 miles. Some 54 “A&B” cyclists started the race, and 44 finished. Finishing order was: 1st place – Kent Gabourel (Kulture Megabytes, 2:44:10); 2nd Barney Brown (Scotiabank, 2:45:53); 3rd Palas Joseph (Lampaz, st); 4th Kirk Sutherland (Digicell-4G, st); 5th Mark Gentle (FT Williams, st); 6th Jack Sutherland (Digicell-4G, st); 7th Derrick Smith (BFSC El-Pescador, st); 8th Warren Coye (Santino’s, st); 9th Santi Castillo (Santino’s, st); 10th Hector Tzuleta (Valvoline, st); 11th Dean Belisle (Bel-Cal, st); 12th Andrew Brown (Kulture Megabytes, st); 13th Sherman Thomas (Santino’s, st); 14th Ryan Willoughby (Valvoline, st); 15th Clarence Tescum (Santino’s); 16th Marvin Hyde (Lampaz); 17th Kenneth Butler (FT Williams); 18th Mark Reid (Santino’s); 19th Sean Duncan (Smart); 20th Alicia Thompson (Kulture Megabytes); 21st Kenny Gooding (FT Williams); 22nd Collet Maheia (Kulture Megabytes); 23rd George Abraham ((Bel-Cal); 24th Frank Burns (Cayo Rentals); 25th Fred Usher; 26th Willie Chan (Valvoline); 27th Gilberto Acosta (Santino’s)...

    The women are ballin’; National Amateur Women League Week 5 results
    –If what we saw at the MCC Grounds a couple weeks ago on Saturday, April 8, is happening all across the country, Belize women are really reaching another level in their football. The women are “ballin” indeed. In Week 5 games this past weekend: On Saturday, April 22, at the Victor Sanchez Union Field in Toledo, visiting Griga Smart Pumas grabbed the 2-1 victory over home standing Toledo Strikers. Tenisha Zuniga (17’) and Nykemah Kuylen (36’) shook the net for the Pumas, while Sherese Paulino (29’) got the lone goal for the Strikers. And on Sunday at the People’s Stadium in Orange Walk, it was Gladiators FC with the 3-2 win over Gentle Touch from Cayo. Gladiators got a goal apiece from Julia Puerto (14’), Miriam Villamil (23’) and Noriely Terry (53’); while Vicky Ponce (9’ & 83’) struck twice for Gentle Touch.

    Bandits and Verdes victorious in PLB semifinals game 1; decisive game 2 this weekend
    After 14 weeks of regular season play, the Premier League of Belize (PLB) 2016-2017 Closing Season Top-4 best-of-2 games semifinal playoffs got under way yesterday afternoon at the MCC Grounds in Belize City, where #4 seed BDF FC hosted #1 seed Belmopan Bandits SC; and at the Norman Broaster Stadium in San Ignacio, where 3rd seed Verdes FC hosted 2nd seed Police United FC. There was no surprise yesterday at the MCC Grounds in Belize City, where undefeated defending champions, Belmopan Bandits SC scored a late goal to clip home standing BDF FC, 1-nil, in game 1 of their semifinal series. Since demolishing BDF 4-0 in the Opening Season final game at the Isidoro Beaton Stadium, the Bandits have pretty much “owned” BDF, defeating them twice in the Closing Season regular competition, 2-1 and 4-0; and they maintained that supremacy on Sunday, defending well against BDF on the rugged MCC field, and pouncing on a late “contra golpe” initiated by goalkeeper Shane Orio, to gain the 1-nil victory on an 89th minute strike by Jairo Rochez.

    Smart 13 & Under Mundialito football tournament 2017 Week 1 results, April 22, MCC
    The 6th Annual Smart 13 & Under Mundialito football tournament kicked off on Saturday, April 22, after opening ceremonies at the MCC Grounds, where all 12 participating teams saw action in Week 1 of the competition. It’s a single round-robin tournament, with all teams in action each Saturday at the MCC. Special guest speaker at Saturday’s opening was semipro football star Jarret Davis, who did the ceremonial kick-off of the first ball to start the tournament, after advising all the kids to “stay in school.” As traditional, all uniforms for participating teams were provided by the sponsors, Smart.

    Editorial: The truce
    The Hon. Michael Finnegan, United Democratic Party (UDP) Mesopotamia area representative and Housing Minister in the Dean Barrow government, of late has been claiming that he began his political career in 1965. If that is so, no one knew of him, so he must be referring to accompanying his mother, who was a political campaigner for Hon. Philip Goldson’s National Independence Party (NIP) in the original Collet constituency, which up until 1984 included most of what are now the Lake Independence, Collet, and Queen’s Square constituencies. We know that Hon. Finnegan, who was a member of the United Black Association for Development (UBAD) in 1971 and 1972, was one of the people who helped to found the UDP in September of 1973, the young Finnegan having attached himself to the attorney Dean Russell Lindo, who would be named, by internal decree, the first UDP Leader. Finnegan worked very hard for the UDP for twenty years before he become the UDP’s Mesopotamia standard bearer in 1993, succeeding the late Curl Thompson, and since then he has become an electoral powerhouse, winning the Mesopotamia seat a total of seven consecutive times up to the present, by increasing margins.

    Belizeans worse than Guatemalans?
    Dear Sirs, Belize’s waterways are under threat from…Belizeans. Don’t worry about a few poor Mayans trying to survive on land that was stolen from them. What is a mother going to do when her child steps on a broken bottle in one of our waterways? We can’t eat the fish because of sewage in the rivers. The rivers flood because we have destroyed the land holding the banks in place. The waterways won’t support wildlife anymore (iguanas, fish, turtles, crocodiles, birds), because the water is diverted for a few big farmers or for commercial purposes, or that stupid dam. These problems affect thousands of Belizeans; the gold panners or tree-cutters are the least of Belizes problems. Belizeans need to get their house in order before they worry about Guatemalans.

    Remembering the great Jack Lind
    Remembering the great Jack Lind Dear Editor, I just read two letters on your website that mention Jack Lind. He passed away thirteen years ago before the birth of his first great grandson. He was a great man and loving grandfather. I will one day be returning his ashes to Belize, as he wished. Sincerely, Adrian Adams, loving grandson

    Eulogy for David E.A. Jenkins
    Good afternoon friends and family, David Emmanuel Alexander Jenkins, born on September 24th, 1933, the only child of Hazel Baptist and David Jenkins, was truly a special man. He was David and Dave to his loving wife Joan Kay, his mother Hazel Baptist, his only living sibling Catherine Jenkins Miller and to Enid and Olive Gullap who were like his sisters; he was Dad or Daddy to his Marthee, Dennis, Vannie Van, Cynthie Pie and Baby Girl, Di. for Solitaire, myself, Klay Jr., David, Kayla, Orlando, Kara, Alexandra, Shakira, Halle and Ethan; he was granddad and great grandfather and gunging to Rony, Kyra, Jalen, Lucas, Kylie, Mya, Leo, Elijah, Judah, and Tessa. For my brother and I not only was he a grandfather, he was truly a grand father because for more than half of our lives, he was like our father, a father that was simply grand and known to us as “Fadigran.” For 83 years, he was David, Dave, “Brainwave”, Mr. Jenkins, Mr. Jenks, Mr. J, Sarge, “Radio Man”, “TV Man”, the man that took off his Saturdays for a year, closing his shop in order to go out to Battlefield park to fly a Belizean flag design which was half blue and half red; in the end not even to enter his design into the flag competition because it was never about him, never about recognition, he had achieved his goal to raise awareness of the issue and build public sentiment to have red on our Belizean Flag.

    Belize pioneers with 1st national cyber-security forum
    On the occasion of Cyber Awareness Day 2017, Belize this morning took a pioneering step in bringing together a wide cross-section of internet users, regulators, educators, law enforcement officials and even members of various arms of government, including the judiciary, for a week-long symposium to address the pervasive threats posed by cyber-bullying, cyber-crimes and related security threats. The event, being held at the Best Western Belize Biltmore Plaza, was organized by the Public Utilities Commission (PUC), in an effort to raise national awareness of the pressing issues, but also to lead the way towards the drafting of the country’s first national cyber security framework, to be concluded by December, to address the requisite laws and training needed to tackle the issues, as well as to raise public awareness and lead a sustained effort on what has become one of the world’s leading security concerns. In speaking with the media today, Adrienne Galanek, chargé d’affaires at the US Embassy in Belize, noted that everyone – government agencies, private sector firms, young people or adults — is vulnerable to the threats that cyber-crimes and cyber-violence pose.

    Belize Government cracking down on excursions to La Union
    If you have just signed up for an excursion to “La Union,” a Mexican settlement to which the Belize-Mexico border crossing in Orange Walk owes its name, you may want to rethink your plans. That is because even though a police station is nearby, “La Union” remains an un-official border crossing without any Immigration office. As a result, Immigration officials are unable to stamp your passport before you cross, and so, crossing would constitute an offence. However, that has become the norm at the Orange Walk border. The Immigration and Customs Departments are seeking to regulate that crossing, and Belizeans who do not live along the border crossing are prevented from paddling across the Rio Hondo River to get more bang for their buck in that Mexican settlement.

    Breaking Belize NewsPJ

    Gas jumping $10 at midnight
    The cost of fuel is going up again, but this latest price hike will send regular gasoline above $10 a gallon. BBN has confirmed that at midnight tonight the price of regular gasoline will go up by 47 cents, from $9.71 to $10.11. Diesel fuel will also go up by 29 cents from $9.10 – $9.39. Premium fuel, which stands at $10.79 per gallon, is the only fuel which will see a price decrease.

    Cow Pen village gets upgrade
    Funding from the Government of Belize and the European Union (EU) has enabled the upgrading of Cow Pen village’s main road in the the Stann Creek District. This project has benefited more than 3,000 villagers of Cow Pen and New San Juan who use the road. At 2:00 p.m. on Thursday there will be an official inauguration ceremony on site for this latest project.

    No injuries in container truck accident
    The driver of a container truck lost control while driving up Joseph Andrew’s drive. The container fell off and into a fence in front of Sacred Heart College in San Ignacio Town.

    Authorities meet to discuss cyber security
    Representatives from the public and private sector are holding a week-long symposium, to discuss issues relating to cyber security in Belize, in preparation for drafting the first National Cyber Security Strategy and Action Plan. The Deputy Prime Minister, the Special Envoy for Women and Children, Chief Justice of Belize and Attorney General of Belize, were only a few of the participants gathered at the Best Western Belize Biltmore Plaza, to discuss the current state of affairs regarding cyber security in Belize, and what progressions the country needs to make.

    Fake cops thrown in jail
    Two fake cops were remanded to real jail after appearing in court yesterday. Last Wednesday they were seen in uniform standing at the entrance to the Public’s Supermarket on the Philip Goldson highway. A police mobile investigated and realized the men were impersonating cops. […]

    Fourteen-year-old San Ignacio girl missing
    According to police reports, 52-year-old Quiterio Vasquez of San Ignacio reported that yesterday around 5:30, he was at home when his daughter Lisbeth Vasquez, 14, arrived from school. She informed the family that she was heading out to exercise as she was entering a race. […]

    Knife weilding horseman outruns Roaring Creek cops
    According to police, on Saturday in Roaring Creek at about 3:20 p.m., cops responded to a report of a violent man on a horse. Police reportedly saw Alwin Cruz Sr. on a horse attempting to stab a female with a knife in Roaring Creek […]

    Minor and two others arrested for Trio village murder
    On Sunday, BBN reported a vicious machete attack in Trio Village, Toledo that claimed the life of Santiago Garcia Jr. and injured several others. Today, police arrested and charged a minor from Trio Village, along with Sabanito Cal, 23, and Arnoldo Xol, 20, both […]

    Hunter believed to have been killed by jaguar
    On Friday we had reported that the body of a Progresso Man, Baltzar Lino, was pulled from a well near Caledonia. Lino had reportedly gone hunting when he became the hunted. The 44-year-old man was seen with deep scratches to his neck, which medical authorities […]

    “No apologies for honorarium,” says Faber
    Minister of Education Patrick Faber, says that he intends to pay out the honorarium to the teachers that didn’t strike, regardless of heavy criticism from the opposition and other organizations. Faber explained this week, that he does not care about the criticism of the […]

    San Pedro selected as one of world’s best honeymoon destinations
    San Pedro has been selected as one of 22 of the world’s best Luxury Honeymoon Destinations by Canada’s Largest Travel Agency, Flight Network. The article highlights Belize’s Barrier Reef, its pristine beaches, marine ecosystems and Mayan temples.According to the article, San Pedro is a […]

    Amber Mckoy honored for painting depicting Mexico
    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mexico through the Institute for Mexicans abroad promotes the “Let’s Draw about Mexican Music and Traditions” children’s competition annually. Children from around the world participate by submitting their paintings depicting the Mexican culture and traditions. “Este es mi […]

    #VaccinesWork; World Immunization week 2017
    World Immunization week is being observed from the 24th to the 30th of April 2017. The observation of the week aims to raise awareness about the critical importance of full immunization throughout life and its role in achieving the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. The […]

    Weekend freak storm hits Biscayne Village
    On Saturday afternoon around 5:00, a freak storm struck Biscayne Village in the Belize district affecting nine families. Minister of the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) Edmond Castro led response team in the Village. Three homes were destroyed beyond repair and six others were […]

    Da time fi sorosi, Belizeans. Da time fi purge di parasites. Da time fi call for re-registration, NOW!
    Recently, a very close friend of mine asked me a very pertinent question. He asked me – “Are you serious about politics and running for office?” I smiled and I politely replied – “I can’t think of anyone, other than the alternative political […]


    Get Out Your Calendars: The Spring & Summer Festivals of Belize
    Belize has seasons. In fact, we have more seasons the average place. When it comes to weather, we have winter (cooler & dry) leading to the Easter winds, the weather gets warmer and rains lead into storm season and…repeat. But we also have “Busy Season” and “Slow season”…”High Season” and “Low Season”. Busy lasts from Christmas to, in my estimation, the end of May…and then slows down to the end of August. September, October and November are the doldrums…the slowest of the slow when it comes to tourism and the money that it generates. And I’m going to introduce a new season – THE SEASON OF FESTIVALS! When things slow down a bit work-wise, as the weather gets warmer and the kids start to get out of school, it’s time to celebrate in Belize. And I can think of no better time to visit. When a village is celebrating what it does best…what it loves most… Here is a schedule for the upcoming FESTIVAL SEASON:

    Romantic Belize | 7 Honeymoon Hotels in Belize
    Located on the east coast of Central America, bordering Mexico and Guatemala, and with shorelines lovingly lapped by the warm, gentle waves of the Caribbean Sea, Belize is a world-class destination for romance. Tropical sunshine, beautiful Caribbean beaches, cultural antiquity, intrepid adventure, breath-taking biodiversity and the second largest barrier reef in the world make Belize an extraordinarily unique destination, which despite being the only English speaking country in Central America is still largely undiscovered by European tourists – further still increasing its romantic desirability. So if you are looking for a laid-back beach getaway, romantic honeymoon hideaway, an anniversary adventure or a tropical barefoot wedding – Belize is a destination that demands your attention! Including beach and rainforest locations our recommended romantic hotels and resorts in Belize offer exceptional romantic experiences and hospitality for couples.

    Cahal Pech Maya Ruins
    As the oldest-known Maya site in the Belize River Valley, this ruin was built between 1500 and 1000 BC. It’s a spectacular example of Pre-classic period architecture, some of which has survived thousands of years. The name Cahal Pech translates as “Place of Ticks,” referring to tick-infested pastures on which area farmers grazed cattle over time. Archaeologists believe this community was once 10 square miles in size, but the concentration of structures open to visitors is around two miles, so it’s an easy place to navigate. There’s much to see here: 34 structures include a mix of workplaces, homes, temples, palaces, ball courts and stelae, one of which is the oldest in the region. If you’re staying in San Ignacio, walk to the site since it’s only about a mile south of town. Follow Buena Vista Street and turn right when you see the sign to locate the visitor’s center. You may wish to hire an independent guide or just set off on your own, with or without the guidebook you may have bought before you left for Belize. Allow time enough to take in the royal burial chamber where an ancient Mayan ruler was laid to rest amid a huge cache of assets including blades, jade, shell and bone ornaments and especially the priceless jade and shell mosaic mask considered Cahal Pech’s most precious artifact.

    Big Rock Waterfalls – All You Need to Know Before You Go
    Would you miss seeing Niagara Falls or Victoria Falls while traveling? Of course not, so put Big Rock at the top of your must-see list while in Belize. The force of nature is located not far from the Cayo District, making it a perfect day trip. As waters rush over rock formations from so great a height, snap photos, picnic and feel your body release and relax amid the soothing sounds. Splash in the pool at the waterfall’s base. You can tell the world afterward that you just visited the tallest waterfall in Central America. It’s a trek to reach the waterfall located within this deep and dense 300 square mile pine forest populated with Jurassic Age limestone and granite boulders, hills and valleys. If you love a challenge, feel free to drive from San Ignacio. A ranger station will greet you when you enter the park. Beyond the gate, signage can guide you the four miles to your destination.

    International Sourcesizz

    Could We See Caribbean Tropical Development During The First Half Of May? It’s Possible
    The long range operational GFS model and its ensemble members continue to strongly hint at the potential for tropical development to occur somewhere in the Caribbean during the first 2 weeks of May. As I mentioned a couple of days ago, the idea of tropical development posed by the GFS model guidance may not be so far fetched. The reason why is because the long range weather pattern could become favorable for tropical development in the Caribbean as we get into early May. First things first though – Do not concentrate on exactly where the GFS model is forecasting tropical development to occur in the Caribbean. The reason why is because the area of the Caribbean the GFS model is forecasting tropical development to occur will likely change often over the next couple of weeks. For instance last night’s GFS model forecast showed tropical development in the eastern Caribbean that impacts the Lesser Antilles around May 6th to May 9th and also eastern Pacific tropical development during the week of May 8th. Fast forward to the most recent forecast of the GFS model which now forecasts tropical development in the western Caribbean during the week of May 8th.

    Coastal Living magazine. "20 Best Places to Live 2017
    Belize, the Bahamas and Playa del Carmen, Mexico have been named some of the best places to live along the coast. Coastal Living magazine. "20 Best Places to Live 2017" list, which considers everything from the coastal lifestyle to urban and community design, expat life, ease of transition, real estate ownership, location and quality of destination. It's a list tailor-made for retirees looking for property along water-front, sun-soaked coastlines in North America and the Caribbean, or ocean lovers and water babies looking to live near its wildness. Destinations are divided into different categories. For those in search of a smaller coastal town, the list includes Fernandina Beach and Sarasota in Florida. There's also Grand Haven in Michigan, Langley in Washington and Orleans in Massachusetts. More dynamic destinations in the "cities" category include Boston, San Diego, Santa Barbara and St. Petersburg, Florida. For those looking for something more exotic and tropical, experts singled out Ambergris Caye in Belize, Harbour Islands in the Bahamas and Playa del Carmen, in Mexico.

    Belice es Nuestro . . . Pero ¡YA NO! (Belize is ours. . . But not anymore!)
    Belice, En la psiquis Guatemalteca siempre ha sido una de las piezas importante del imperio imaginario que Guatemala supuestamente heredó de España, y lo tratan como derecho divino. Belice es para los guatemaltecos como el territorio de sus propias Amazonas y tierras míticas. Aunque no lo conocen, no saben mucho de ello y nunca lo han visitado, cuentan y re-cuentan como hechos, numerosas leyendas y mitos del “departamento número 23”. Todo guatemalteco está enamorado de Belice y aunque ningún político se ha molestado ni esforzado en viajar a Belice en los últimos 150 años, seguimos con la farsa que “Belice es Nuestro”. Cuando el chapín platica con extranjeros, nunca pierde la oportunidad de mencionar que “¿sabías que Belice era nuestro, pero nos lo quitaron?”. Por si acaso el extranjero dice que no sabía de esta tragedia, entonces le empiezan a recontar un listado completo de injusticias territoriales, que incluyen el “robo del Yucatán” y el “hurto de Chiapas”.

    Suspect in 1978 Slayings of British Tourists in Belize Dies
    A California man has died while awaiting trial in the slayings of two British tourists on his boat during a sailing trip from Belize nearly four decades ago, prosecutors said Tuesday. Silas Duane Boston, 76, died Monday night while he was being treated at an outside hospital for what the Sacramento County sheriff's department said were significant health problems. He had pleaded not guilty to two counts of first-degree maritime murder in the 1978 deaths of Christopher Farmer and Peta Frampton, both 25 and originally from Manchester, England. Boston was arrested Dec. 2 at his home in Paradise, California.

    ‘Shoulder to Shoulder’ for a stronger tomorrow
    The Louisiana National Guard welcomed delegates from Belize to tour the state’s Youth Challenge Programs, April 10-12. Belize is working on plans to establish a program for at-risk youth in Belize that is similar to the YCP program in Louisiana. Brig. Gen. David Jones, commander of the Belize Defence Force, Felix Enriquez, chief executive officer of the Ministry of Defence, Judith Alpuche, the chief executive officer of the Ministry of Human Development, Social Transformation and Poverty Alleviation of Belize, and the Wilfred Elrington, Minister of Foreign Affairs, all visited the three YCP sites in Louisiana. The delegation also met with Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards. For more than 20 years, the LANG and the BDF have trained and worked together as part of the State Partnership Program, which is administered by the National Guard Bureau. Over the years, the two countries have participated in 257 events. The success of this partnership has now led to include programs such as YCP.

    How to Turn a Vacation with Kids into an Adventure
    Parenting is like living in the Rolling Stones’ song “You Can’t Always Get What You Want.” Except that what you want changes all the time. When your kids are babies and you are semipsychotic from sleep deprivation, all you want is to take an honest-to-God vacation where you can put your feet up and read a book for more than 60 seconds in one sitting. The problem is that vacations with little ones are not vacations unless you are independently wealthy and have brought along multiple babysitters and doting grandparents. Because wherever you go, there they are. For our first real vacation with our daughters, ages six and eight, we decided to go to Belize. English is the official language, U.S. currency is accepted almost everywhere, and it’s just over a two-hour nonstop flight from Houston. Coming from Santa Fe, New Mexico, we didn’t even have to switch time zones. There’s also the absurdly clear Caribbean water, the world’s second-largest coral reef, stellar bonefishing for my angling junkie of a husband, lush inland jungles, Mayan ruins, and more than 600 species of birds, all in a country the size of Massachusetts.

    From acclimation to adaptation: the plastic life of a Caribbean soft coral
    A recent study published in BMC Evolutionary Biology demonstrated that a transplanted soft coral from the Caribbean Sea (Antillogorgia bipinnata) changed its shape consistently as the corals living in the new environment. This type of manipulation known as “common garden experiments” allowed the authors to determine the adaptive value of that change that means life or death for a species across a depth gradient. This individual capacity is called phenotypic plasticity when the same genotype can exhibit several phenotypes due to environmental influences, and it is the equivalent of a person getting a tan after some holidays on a sunny beach.

    Garifuna Festival Celebrated at Museum of Latin American Art
    Sunday, April 23rd, the Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA) hosted the inaugural Garifuna Festival. The Garifuna Festival celebrates the arts, music and language of Black Caribs- Garifuna people Central America (Belize, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua). The day long festival featured art workshops, children’s story time, Garifuna drumming, and face-painting. The festival also featured Garifuna craft vendors, mouthwatering food and drinks. Arriving guest were entertained by the infectious dance beats laid down by DJ Fuego of Matralleta de Oro manning the sound boards. The Garifuna culture was on full display throughout the afternoon. Lidereibugu Garifuna Ensemble (LGE), led the crowd and I on a tour of the vibrant Garifuna community through dance and drumming, with special guest recording artist Lil June. The crowd were invited onstage to dance with the ensemble.

    Trinidad President Tells Rest of Region It’s Time to Dump UK Privy Council
    Trinidad and Tobago President Anthony Carmona has expressed frustration that his country and other CARICOM states have not replaced the Privy Council with the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) as their final authority in legal matters. Though 12 of the 15 CARICOM territories have signed the agreement establishing the CCJ, which was launched in 2005 as the final arbiter in legal disputes among and within regional members, only Barbados, Guyana, Dominica and Belize have accepted this court as the end decision-maker. Carmona, who served as a High Court Judge before being appointed as President in 2013, expressed his frustration in Barbados during a presentation on Redefining Caribbean Pride for the 21st Century Youth, to University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, undergraduate organization, Students Today Alumni Tomorrow.

    US considers fee on money-transfers to Guyana, other countries to help fund Trump’s border wall
    United States-based Guyanese could soon be asked to pay more to send their relatives and friends a ‘small piece’ or a ‘frek’ if a Bill is passed to impose a two percent tax on all remittances sent to Guyana and several other countries to help fund the construction of a US-Mexico border wall. Introduced to the House of Representatives on March 30, 2017, the Border Wall Funding Act seeks to amend the Electronic Fund Transfer Act to impose a fee for remittance transfers to certain foreign countries, and for other purposes. The US-Mexico wall, a major campaign promise by American President Donald Trump to keep out illegal aliens and other undesirables from entering the US, is estimated to cost US$21.6 billion “If the designated recipient of a remittance transfer is located in a foreign country described in subparagraph (B), a remittance transfer provider shall collect from the sender of such remittance transfer a remittance fee equal to 2 percent of the United States dollar amount to be transferred (excluding any fees or other charges imposed by the remittance transfer provider),” states the Bill that was referred on April 21, 2017 to the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations, the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security, and the House’s Committees on Financial Services, Foreign Affairs and Judiciary.

    Locals stumble across ancient Mayan god monument while clearing debris in Mexico
    Locals accidentally uncovered an ancient Mayan artefact while clearing debris on privately-owned land in the Mexican state of Chiapas. The monument, believed to be the head of the Mayan god of maize and abundance, dates back to the late classical period between 600 and 900 AD. It was found underneath a house in the city of Suchiapa. Archaeologists of the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) identified the authenticity and antiquity of the artefact. The monument has been kept at the Regional Museum of Chiapas since it was found in September 2016.


  • Sudden Storm Lashes Biscayne, Rips Through Homes, 5min. A freak thunderstorm swept through parts of Biscayne, Belize District over the weekend. Though not unusual, it left in its passage considerable damages to property, fortunately, there were no injuries reported. The storm had been forecasted, but residents did not expect its severity. Today, we found them picking up the pieces. News Five’s Isani Cayetano reports.

  • Maycan Beach Belize. CA, 3.5min.

  • Belize Trip, 7min.

  • Cruising Off Belize Coast, 15min.

  • Ministry of Health Vaccines Week, 28min.

  • UNIBAM & NAC host 2Day Conference on Sexual Orientation/ Gender Identity & Law, 34min.

  • United States Embassy - Young Leaders of the America's Initiative Applicatioin Process, 26min.

  • Welcome to Harvest Caye: Alcatraz or Paradise?, 7min.

  • BELIZE'S FOOTBALL GREATNESS: RUPERT "CANALAYTE" ANDERSON! (PART ONE), 40min. Meeting the legendary Belizean football goalkeeper, Rupert Anderson, for the first time in person after seeing him play so many games as the "hard to score on" iron clad defense for first team Landivar in the 1960s and early 70s, then Spurs, and later on White Label in the late1970s and early 80s, Belizean Legends embarked on one of the most prestigious production to date two weeks ago to document the incredible story of one of Belize's most celebrated athletes of all times. The keen vision of Belizean sports enthusiast and athlete, Everett "Koby" Coburn, who invited yours truly to Florida to chronicle the life and times of the man they called "Canalayte", Rupert Anderson, has got to be appreciated here. Being a visionary in many ways, Coby saw the story and pressed me urgently since the long time Belizean goalkeeper has been ailing, and found it very important that Anderson's classic work as probably Belize's best goalkeeper of all times be respected and not be forgotten by all means necessary.

  • Belize Sunrises, 1.5min. A selection of sunrises from our recent trip to Belize.

  • Wow-Belize Adventures, 2.5min. Here is an awesome video shot last weekend, by our client and friend Ramon Wilson from LA.

  • Maruba Belize Experiences, 1min. Maruba Resort Guest Experiences Video Review.

  • Belize shark, 1.5min. Kate's video of a close encounter with a shark in Belize.

  • Police Check Point Talk Show, 60min.

    April 25, 2017


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    The San Pedro Sun

    Senator Elena Smith is BNTU’s new president
    Senator for Labour and Civil Society Elena Smith was elected as Belize National Teachers Union’s (BNTU) new president. Not only does Smith have a 20-year membership within the union, but she is also the first woman to become BNTU’s national president. Held under the theme, “BNTU –Advocating for a Better Belize by Defending Collective Bargaining and Freedom of Association”, the election took place during the second day of the 57th Annual BNTU Convention in San Roman, Corozal at the Escuela Secundaria Technica Mexico’s Auditorium. Out of 636 votes, Smith gained the majority with 349 votes, while her opponents, Mario Mesh (President of the Corozal Rural Branch) received 140 votes, and Troy Coleman (President of the Stann Creek Branch) received 147 votes.

    Ana Barrera wins San Pedro Leos’ scooter raffle
    Lucky island resident Ana Magarita Barrera, ‘La Mami’, won herself a brand new blue scooter at the Lions Den on Saturday, April 15th. The raffle was drawn at the San Pedro Lions Queen Coronation/Dance, and on Friday, April 21st, several Lion and Leo members joined in handing the scooter to Barrera at the Lions Den. Barrera was ecstatic to receive her new mode of transportation. She told The San Pedro Sun that she was in complete disbelief when she received the call, notifying her that she had won. “I was shocked…I have much experience coordinating raffles, and purchasing raffle tickets. I have been lucky in the past to win, but this is my biggest prize yet,” said Barrera. Even more fun to her is that she only bought one ticket, for a mere $10. Considered one of the San Pedro Leos’ biggest fundraisers, the raffle was held to raise funds for travel expenses to the International Lions Convention in Chicago, Illinois, USA. As the first ever Lions Club originated in Chicago, the convention will take place on June 27th to July 4th, where Lions and Leos from across the world will join together to celebrate the Lions 100th year Anniversary.

    Ambergris Today

    Goodbye To Ana Maria Osorio
    Ana Maria Osorio passed on this Saturday, April 22, and was laid to rest on Sunday. She died on Earth Day and was celebrated and buried during the Feast of Devine Mercy. Ana was born in Progreso Yucatan, and lived as a child in Majahual. One of Chichi Ana’s biggest qualities wad establishing friendships in any neighborhood where she lived. Ambergris Today and the Nuñez/Zapata/Eiley families extend sincere appreciation to all who visited, brought gifts and wreaths, attended the funeral mass, and expressed warm words of consolation: Dr. Irvin and Alma Gabourel at Belize Gastroenterology and Endoscopy Center, Dr. Carillo, Dr. Ellington, Physiotherapist Smith, Nurses, Gaby Nuñez and his team, Graniel's Construction, Father Reynaldo, Abel Guerrero Lay Minister, Eduardo Brown, Barbara Brown, Elida Brown Rodriguez, Cora Guillen, Julie Nuñez, Cindy, and Letty Eiley.

    Anna Barerra Wins Scooter From The Leo's Club Raffle
    On Friday, April 21, 2017 The San Pedro Leo’s Club handed over a Scooter to lucky winner Anna Barerra. The raffle was drawn on Saturday, April 15 during the Easter dance. Proceeds of this raffle will be used into helping keep the community clean and helping those in need. The Leo Club wishes to thank all those who bought a ticket or helped in any way.

    Misc Belizean Sources


    Trip to Lamanai
    Great day out yesterday on a trip to Laminai up the New River with Tanisha Tours. Started off with a stunning sunrise and finished with a sundowner. Filled with Boat Billed Herons, Spider Monkey, Kingfisher, Howler Monkey, Toucans, Woodpeckers, Mayan Ruins & more.

    Expo-Salud 2017
    I want to thank the Village Council staff, clinic staff, Eli Gutierrez , all San Pedro Volunteers, Adventurers, Pathfinders, Master Guides and all volunteers from the Seventh-day Adventist Church of Caye Caulker who made it possible Attend to about 200 people and help them in health issues during the Expo-Salud 2017 free of charge that took place on basketball court last Saturday, April 22nd. 18 photos.

    Divine Mercy Mass
    The San Pedro Roman Catholic Church celebrated the Divine Mercy Mass at a special congregation at Central Park in Downtown San Pedro, yesterday Sunday, April 23.

    Comments on the CARICOM Regional Standards for White and Brown Sugar
    Deadline for submission of comments on the CARICOM Regional Standards for White and Brown Sugar is this Friday, 28th April 2017. Don't miss the opportunity to participate in the standards development process!!

    World Immunization Week
    This week is being observed as World Immunization Week. The Ministry of Health will carry out extra vaccination campaigns including health sessions in schools, industrial and construction sites, and a few tourist destination centers. A mini health fair will be held on Wednesday, April 26 at the Dangriga Polyclinic. For more information, please contact the Maternal and Child Health Unit at the Ministry of Health. [email protected]

    Police Department statement
    Recently the Belize Police Department has been wracked by a series of improprieties, committed by some of its members, which are of major national concern. The Ministry of Home Affairs, as part of it Zero Tolerance Policy for police improprieties, hereby assures the public that every report or knowledge of wrongful act committed by its members will be dealt with expeditiously and with utmost transparency. The Police Professional Standards Branch’s capacity is being enhanced and will now see its personnel take a pro-active role in ensuring that the Belize Police Department’s professionalism is second to none. The public is encouraged to report any activity which they may perceive as improper to the Professional Standards Branch. Every report will be dealt with professionally and expeditiously. The Ministry takes this opportunity to applaud the Police Commissioner for taking decisive action against those who reportedly were engaged in corrupted practices, unwarrantable use of force and other criminal acts that brought the integrity and professionalism of the department into question during those unfortunate and regrettable occurrences.

    Belize's top minds in the field of information technology and other stakeholders are meeting for a full week at the Belize Biltmore Plaza to address issues of cyber security and awareness. The public sector, business, law enforcement, judiciary and others will work towards the drafting of Belize's first National Cyber Security Framework and Action Plan. Attorney General Michael Peyrefitte said that it must include a way to thread between issues of privacy and protecting victims while punishing offenders. Meanwhile, former Government CO Michael Singh, who now is Chief Technology Officer in the office of the Prime Minister, committed to expanding and simplifying digital services by Government.

    "Book Week" in Belize
    This week is being celebrated as "Book Week" in Belize. We'll feature books written by Belizeans. Have you read our first feature? BEKA LAMB "Beka Lamb" (1982) is the first novel written by Mrs. Zelma "Zee" Edgell. It took ten years to write the novel from idea to publication and was the first book to be published in newly-independent Belize. The novel won Britain's Fawcett Society Book Prize which is awarded annually to a work of fiction which contributes to an understanding of women's positions in society. The book received much international acclaim, making Zee Edgell the first Belizean author to achieve such success.

    Hon. Edmond Castro and NEMO Respond to Victims of Freak Storm in Biscayne Village
    Over the weekend, Minister of National Emergency Management and Area Representative for Belize Rural North Hon. Edmond Castro led a NEMO response team in the village of Biscayne where a freak storm, which struck late Saturday afternoon April 22, 2017 around 5:00 PM, affected nine (9) families. Three (3) homes were destroyed beyond repair and six (6) others were significantly damaged, most of the families losing their roofs and much of their belongings. Fortunately, there was no loss of life or significant human injury resulting from the storm. Hon. Castro and the NEMO team delivered immediate relief supplies to the families, including mattresses and food stuff. Meanwhile, the affected homes are being assessed to determine what kind of assistance is needed for rebuilding and repairs. Also, as part of the immediate emergency response, damaged electrical lines were restored by the Belize Electricity Limited (BEL).

    Mobile mortuary refrigerator and freezer system for San Pedro
    On April 19th, 2017, the San Pedro Town Council joined a group of stakeholders in a meeting that was organized and coordinated by the National Forensic Unit of the Police Department in collaboration with the US Embassy in Belize. The purpose of the meeting, which was spearheaded by Chief Pathologist in Belize - Dr. Mario Estradabran, was to explore the idea of tapping into the United States INL/CARSI Project funds and to look at the possibility of acquiring a Mobile mortuary refrigerator and freezer system. The acquisition of such system would be a temporary solution to the inhumane conditions in which dead bodies are stored on the island, before it can be transported for post-mortem or burial. In cases of violent deaths, in many instances, bodies that are exposed to the natural elements may sometime result in the loss of evidence. In such cases, it makes it difficult for the Forensic Unit of the Police Department to gather proper evidence to bring closure to some of the murder cases in Belize.

    Are you ready for Fiesta Rama held in Orange Walk?
    2017 Fiesta Rama bikers will showcase great rides in Orange walk town Belize..From food, to eating competition, to food eating contest, to rides, to baseball, and more the event keeps getting bigger and better. The tradition has lasted over the years and many Belizeans has enjoyed the event. This years event will take place at the peoples Stadium in Orange Walk, Belize. This years event everyone will gather on for the opening night which usually commence at 7pm. Throughout the weekend games like volleyball, Baseball, football was is an all day thing on Saturday and Sunday.

    No more Guatemala and Dispute over Belize; Belize is for Belize
    For centuries the question of the Belize/Guatemala territorial issue has hampered and stunted economic growth and development in Belize and retarded commercial relations between these two countries. A concerted effort has been made in the past to improve and normalize relations through diplomatic channels and negotiations. Initially, these efforts were solely the work of the United Kingdom, the colonial power excercing defacto sovereignty over the territory of Belize which Guatemala claimed. Later on though, in the period after Belizean self-government, and especially since the early and mid-1970's, home-grown Belizean leaders played a critical role in shaping and promoting their country's interests in the controversy. The transition from colonial to local leadership, and the change in objectives from Imperial satisfaction to the pursuit of national sovereignty, was an important one. We shall therefore see, when we come to look at the strategy used by the Belizean leaders in their quest for self-determination, how certain developments in international relations favourable to developing countries enabled the Belizeans to advance their cause.

    Illicit refilling of Crystal Water 5-Gallon bottles
    Bowen & Bowen customers and consumers are advised not to purchase Crystal Water 5-Gallon bottles without the Crystal branded tamper evident shrink sleeve intact. There have been several reports of illicit refilling of Crystal Water 5-Gallon bottles with inferior quality water. Please be aware and vigilant to not be fooled by imitation water. To safeguard our customers and consumers and help ensure you are getting the Crystal Water you want and paid for, Bowen & Bowen Crystal Water 5-Gallon bottles have several safety measures as part of our standard packaging. Please be sure to check for these before purchasing and opening a Crystal Water 5-gallon bottle. 1. TAMPER EVIDENT SHRINK SLEEVES that cover all 5 Gallon Caps 2. BLUE CAPS with additional peel away tamper seal label 3. A Crystal PEEL AWAY TAMPER seal label on the top of 5-Gallon Caps 4. Bottles are embossed with Bowen & Bowen Crystal Logo 5. Crystal Water Labels are attached to the side panel of each bottle Bowen & Bowen is pursuing the matter of illicit refilling of Crystal Water 5-Gallon Bottles expeditiously for consumer’s safety. If anyone has information regarding someone illicitly refilling Crystal Water 5-Gallon bottles, please call us at our Toll Free Customer Service number and let us know : 0 (800) BOWENBZ, 0 (800) 269-3629

    Introducing our first DJ and Official Sound System for this year's Caye Caulker Lobster Fest
    Caye Caulker's #1 DJ Julian Blue Wave Pacheco and Blue Wave Sounds - Caye Caulker

    Hummingbird Furnishings Sale
    Its our 1st Annual Warehouse Clearance Sale with discounts up to 50% and as if that is not enough we will also be raffling one of our outdoor Dining sets on Sunday. Sale starts on the 29th and ends on the 30th April. Visit our Belmopan office or our booth at the Agriculture And Trade Show SP#177 for a chance to win.

    The karst team monitored the third set of caves in the Chiquibul Caverns
    No good news – this region nearby the western border is now actively being used for milpa farms and looting.

    It is being reported on social media and news outlets that the Director of Public Prosecution is reviewing a file to bring rape charges against Magistrate Norman Rodriguez. A leaked police report is circulating on social media in which the alleged victim says Norman Rodriguez took her to his house in Dangriga, where he just assigned as Magistrate, took her clothes off and raped her. Sources are telling ABP the alleged rape took place on April 11th, 2017. It is not clear why the DPP is only now considering rape charges. This is not the first time that Rodriguez has been accused of rape. While a teacher at Excelsior high school, Rodriguez was accused of Statutory Rape of a 14 year old girl in June, 2004. After the young girl testified before a jury that she had sex with Rodriguez at his house on plues street in Belize city, Rodriguez was still acquitted at trial.

    Channel 7

    A Twister Tore Through Tiny Biscayne
    This weekend Biscayne residents were left shaken after an intense thunderstorm wreaked havoc on their homes. It hit on Saturday evening around 4:30. Most residents were inside their houses and the weather seemed just fine until, all of a sudden, darkness blanketed the sky and there was a downpour. But that wasn't the end of it; residents say a miniature tornado whipped through and caused a whole lot of damages. Now we have reported on these types of storms before, one of the big ones hit Crooked Tree in August 2011. While Meteorologists say these storms are nothing out of the ordinary, it was very much so for Biscayne residents. Courtney Weatherburne has more details on the aftermath. Ralph Gentle, Biscayne Resident: "We just figured it was just normal, the wind just a bit blowing hard we didn't know it was to all that extent until we come outside and saw it , the trees ,we see the tress, the fruits them on the ground and everything so we realize that something strange went on."

    Hon. Faber Says He Didn't Meddle in BNTU Election
    Last week, we told you all about the election of a new national BNTU president, and the political intrigues surrounding that election. It's an election that almost didn't happen because the union leadership was so concerned about the possibility that the UDP was backing one of the candidates. Supposedly the ruling party favored Mario Mesh - who ended up coming in last, with 140 votes, not even half of what the winner Elena Smith got. So, if anyone was backing him it didn't help. But Education Minister Patrick Faber says he certainly wasn't involved; in fact, he congratulated the new President Elena Smith on his Facebook page on Friday. But, today when we met Faber at a Cyber Security Forum, we asked if that congratulatory post is just a front:..

    Hon. Faber Responds To Union Busting Allegations
    And so, while Faber disavows any knowledge of meddling in the teachers union election, he knows all about that million dollar honorarium that his ministry is paying to those teachers who didn't strike. Except it's not a million dollars - it's a little more than half that. Today, Faber told us he is mightily peeved that everyone - from the unions, to the chamber to the NGO's to the media - jumped all over him and his government for the payout - and no one even bothered to get all the facts:... Hon. Patrick Faber - Minister of Education: "Nobody, including the media, has ever written to us and said: can you give us the details of how things are going to be done here and what is it that is specifically being done? You would think that those things would be done before you put out a press release as an entire entity to say that we condemn; That is my issue with them. So I'm very disappointed at that. So that all those who have gone half-cocked saying: oh, it's a million dollars - are really…they miss read or they took it too far.

    Chopping Murder Down South
    For the second weekend in a row - there are no Belize City shootings or gang related murders to report tonight; in fact, we have not reported on a shooting in the city for two whole weeks - which is nothing short of remarkable. We hope the peace continues. But there is still a murder to report tonight - this one happened down south in Trio village - which is in the Toledo district. On Saturday morning just before 11:00 police found 22 year-old Belizean Santiago Garcia suffering from chop wounds to the back of the head, the right cheek and the right wrist. The cops tried to rush him to the Independence Poly Clinic, but he died before he could make it there.

    Post Mortem Suggests Baltazar Killed By Blunt Force To Neck
    It appears that a jaguar - or some wild animal may have caused the death of Progreso resident Baltzar Lino. As we told you on Friday, the 44 year old went hunting, but didn't return. When his family went to look for him, they found his body face down in a well - in an area between Caledonia and Progresso. His family notes that he had what looked like a claw mark streaked across the back of his neck, and a post mortem has confirmed that injury as being the cause of death. A picture from the area also shows the imprint of a jaguar paw near the well. That area is known to have an active jaguar population, but experts say that cases of wild jaguars attacking humans are rare.

    Real Jail for Fake Cops
    The alleged fake cops who were caught in Public's Supermarket on the northern Highway went to court today. Police saw the pair standing at the entrance of the supermarket in uniform like they were on duty. They were arrested on spot. That was Wednesday afternoon, and, today, five days later, they went to court for arraignment. 22 year old Dorian Blair and 39 year old Barrington Slusher, were charged with making a false pretense of an officer when they appeared today before Chief Magistrate, Anne Marie Smith. Blair had an attorney, Oscar Selgado, who conceded to the court that Blair was on Supreme Court bail and by being charged for an offence whilst on bail he had violated one of the conditions of the bail.

    Police Pick Up Weed In City
    On last Friday's Newscast, we told you how the police found a bucket of weed in Ladyville. Well, over the weekend the cops found over 2 kilos more of marijuana in 3 separate operations in Belize City. They found 1.706 kilos or 3.88 pounds of marijuana on Friday evening on Iguana Street.

    A Pair of Home-made Guns Appear
    Today a Belize City resident appeared in the Magistrate's Court for the possession of a homemade firearm. Thirty year old Fenton Reyes was charged for keeping a prohibited firearm, keeping ammunition without a gun license, and for the possession of a little more than 1/10 of an ounce of cannabis. According to reports, a police mobile patrol stopped and searched Reyes on Krooman Road yesterday where they found a homemade .22 pen gun with one round of ammunition and the cannabis. Reyes pled not guilty in court, but no bail was offered because of the firearm and ammo charges. He was remanded to prison until June 16.

    Taking Cyber Security Seriously
    The Belize National Cyber Security Symposium - just hearing the name it sounds like a lot of high tech talk for computer types. But, this symposium is actually about regular folks, because, with so many Belizeans now accessing the internet through mobile devices, the issue of internet safety inevitably arises. And we don't just mean safety of your passwords and accounts - we mean, how safe is your child while accessing the internet, and what measures can be taken if you're the victim of revenge porn, or cyber - bullying? All that factors into this forum which is a first for the Caribbean:... Bevil Wooding, Executive Director, CaribNOG: "This is absolutely the first time such an ambitious undertaking has taken place in the wider Caribbean region." Jules Vasquez reporting: And while there are often meetings about cyber security - this is the first to have such senior representation from a cross section of lawmakers and decision makers:

    Come Out To Talk Cyber Security!
    But one of the real priorities is to engage the public - specifically regular folks. The symposium runs for four days and tomorrow, there's a public forum. Wooding says he wants you to come out:... Bevil Wooding, Executive Director, CaribNOG: "So today you are seeing suits and ties and people from different dimensions of society, but once we get into tomorrow's agenda where we break into specific forum, there is opportunity for the so called man on the street, the common member of society to come and sitdown and asks the questions that cannot be asked in any other forum. What does this mean for me? Not in technical terms, in practical terms. I have a child who I am concerned about in terms of how they use the internet. I have devices that I have brought into my home and I want to know how to secure it. I have these concerns and I want to understand how I can address it. Those are all parts of the structure of this week."

    UNIBAM Broadening The Discussion
    Today, at the Princess Ramada Hotel, UNIBAM, the gay rights activist group, and the National AIDS Commission completed the first day of a 2-day conference on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity. Since last year, August, when UNIBAM's Caleb Orozco got that landmark victory at the Supreme Court, the controversy over the lifestyle of the local gay community hasn't been making much news. But, UNIBAM insists that injustices against gay people continue every day. This morning, the executive director of UNIBAM told us that the social exclusion and unfair treatment that gay persons in Belize experience is not only reserved for them. He pointed out that systemic marginalization can affect other groups such as the poor. Here's how he explained it:

    Police Say Bainton Bashed Wall
    Tonight, Sonia Bainton, a Ladyville resident, is out on bail after police say that she kicked down a piece of concrete wall that makes up the cell block are of the Ladyville Police Station. On Saturday, She and Elward McKay were in detention at the station on a handling stolen goods case. That's when, according to police she stamped a part of the concrete structure that makes up the cell block, breaking a portion of it. She was charged with damaged to property, and today before Senior Magistrate Sharon Frazer, she pleaded guilty. She was fined $300, and ordered to pay compensation of $500 to the Government of Belize.

    Ministry Fesses Up To Police Corruption
    Just last week, we told you about Woman Constable Ann Marie Anthony who was charged with theft and disciplinary charges for allegedly stealing $200 dollars from a grocery store. She is the sixth officer charged this month for corrupt or improper behaviour on the job, incidents which were all caught on camera. The first 2 were Constable Norman Coye and Darnell Madrill from San Pedro for that incident of lawlessness on San Pedro Town. The next two were Constable Jose Ascurio and Voluntary Special Constable Alfredo Ismael Gongora, who were caught on camera in a contraband move at Botes, Mexico. And then there were those two runaway cops, Police Constable Elston Rojas and the Corporal Abner Marroquin, allegedly smuggling a "bulto" in a patrol truck.

    A Teachable Moment For Climate Change
    Today members of the Belize City Council, the UNDP and other stakeholders held the soft launch of a new community awareness campaign for climate change. The presentation was to seize upon a very visible problem affecting the community, and use that to illustrate the perils of climate change. We spoke to City Councilor Phillip Willoughby and the coordinator at the National Climate Change Office, Anne Gordon, for more... The community awareness campaign will officially be launched the Wednesday with plans to spread the message to communities throughout the country.

    Atlantic Art
    Today Atlantic Bank and the Institute for Sustainability of Community and Environment joined together to donate several pieces of art to the Central Christian Primary School in Belize City. The donation was made to celebrate Earth Day, and fitting with the theme, each piece of art was made from old, reused tires. We spoke to Atlantic Bank Representative Denmar Villar, and the mastermind behind the recycled art, Alvaro Dominguez, for more details... Earth Day was officially celebrated on Saturday under the theme, "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle".

    The BNE Beacon
    "Beacon" That's the name of a new youth magazine that was launched today at SJCJC. The scholars from BNE's Energy 4 Life program produced the publication. Now, the name Beacon suits the magazine perfectly because the stories that are featured are full of hope and inspiration. One of the Director s of BNE's Energy 4 Life program told us more about the Magazine and also about the scholarship program. Manuela Lue, Director, BNE Energy 4 Life Program: "The youth magazine is being done by the scholars of the BNE's energy 4 life program and these scholars formed a youth group and it is called the energy 4 life youth group." "The magazine is composed of several things but one of the major things are inspirational stories of youth all over the country of Belize and these stories compromise of youth who have overcome challenges and obstacles to achieve goals so a lot of them would be disadvantaged youth or at risk youth but it is more important to emphasize that they have overcome tremendous obstacles to achieve goals, a lot of them have won international awards some of them have won scholarships, some of them have started their own business, some of them have finished their education so it is just an array of stories in the magazine."

    Princess Cruises and Belize
    In December of last year, Princess Cruises, a cruise ship brand owned by Carnival, pled guilty to charges of illegally disposing of oil-contaminated waste and falsifying official logs to cover up the discharges. Princess was charged in a US Court and was fined a record $40 million penalty, the largest fine ever for deliberate ship pollution. According to reports, the illegal activity was brought to light by a newly hired British engineer on the "Princess Caribbean" in 2013. The engineer told authorities that a "magic pipe" was used to discharge about 4227 gallons of waste about 23 miles off the coast of England, well within the country's exclusive economic zone. The engineer alleged that when the waste was being released, the other engineers would run clean water through the ship's sensors and distort the digital records.

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    Police Investigate Tricky Rape Claim Against Dangriga Magistrate
    There is a most disturbing allegation being made tonight against an officer of the court, one in which a sitting magistrate is being accused of having committed a sexual offence [...]

    Patrick Faber Says Honorarium Will Come from Last Year’s Budget
    The million-dollar bonus to be provided by the Ministry of Education to non-striking teachers during the eleven-day strike last October and the subsequent attempt to make up days lost in [...]

    Education Minister Makes Case for Honorarium, Hits Back at Critics
    Even though the money was paid after the start of the financial year, the minister claims it was taken from the previous financial year’s Budget.  But it is known from [...]

    Why Patrick Faber Does Not Care What You Think About the Honorarium
    The minister acknowledged that he was in something of a catch-twenty-two situation, facing the wrath of unionized teachers who feel he has disrespected them, and the expectation of teachers who [...]

    Minister Congratulates Elena Smith, Scorns Luke Palacio
    Senator Elena Smith will assume office in July as president of the Belize National Teacher’s Union, after a hard-fought victory in the national convention in San Roman, Corozal last week. [...]

    Deputy P.M. Insists He Stayed Out of Alleged Interference in B.N.T.U. Convention
    We know for sure that the minister didn’t drop in at Escuela Mexico in San Roman. But his driver was seen around the area along with at least one other [...]

    Brawl Escalates to Murder in Trio
    Turning to crime…a deadly machete mayhem in Trio Village over the weekend has resulted in two men being hospitalized, while the mutilated body of another remains at the morgue.  On [...]

    Sudden Storm Lashes Biscayne, Rips Through Homes
    A freak thunderstorm swept through parts of Biscayne, Belize District over the weekend. Though not unusual, it left in its passage considerable damages to property, but fortunately there were no [...]

    Protecting Belize’s Cyber Security Infrastructure
    The first of its kind National Cyber Security Symposium opened today at the Biltmore Plaza Hotel. The Public Utilities Commission is teaming up with other stakeholders to explore international trends [...]

    Police Mum on Bullying Charge Against Admiral John Borland
    News Five has received reliable information that an investigation is currently ongoing by the police department into an allegation made by a coastguardsman against his commander, Rear Admiral John Borland. [...]

    Professional Standards Branch Steps Up in Wake of Dirty Cops’ Exposure
    Recently, there’s been a spate of incidents in which police officers have been caught on video with contraband goods and only last week a cop was charged with theft.  The [...]

    Fake Cops Taken to Real Jail
    After five nights in lockdown at the Queen Street Police Station, two alleged fake cops were finally arraigned. The duo was caught in front of Public’s Supermarket dressed in the [...]

    Marking Earth Day at Central Christian Primary
    World Earth Day is a global celebration to highlight and show appreciation for our natural environment. One primary school in Belize City used the occasion to show how trash can [...]

    What You Need to Know About Climate Change
    The National Climate Change Office was on the south side of the city today for the soft launch of a climate change awareness campaign.  Belize participated in the Japan-Caribbean Climate [...]

    UNIBAM Addresses Impact of Laws on “Marginalized Groups”
    The United Belize Advocacy Movement kicked off a two-day session in Belize City to discuss legislation and how it affects marginalized groups. The focus of the conference is two-fold; to [...]

    Caleb Orozco Says Awareness Will Lead to Change
    And while this is at the discussion stage, how does UNIBAM plan to get all citizens covered under the laws, regardless of orientation or identity? Orozco explains that the process [...]

    Investing in Child Care Development
    The Ministry of Health is hosting a two-week “Care for Child Development National Trainers Workshop” in Belize City. The focus of the seminar is to enable personnel from the Ministries [...]

    CitCo to Talk to Culprit for Backed-Up Yabra Canal
    Who is responsible for the silt backed up on the south side? Before the Easter holidays, we told you about the proposed work to be done in the Yabra Canal [...]

    Football and Basketball News on Sports Monday
    Good evening, I’m James Adderley and this is Sports Monday.     [Highlights of the weekend sporting activities…..]


    Unfair Distribution Of Land Outrages Villagers Of Concepcion Village
    Concepcion Village Chairman, Fidel Chable, is under heavy pressure from Concepcion Village residents who are outraged at what they say is the unfair distribution of land which they have been utilising for years. Residents say that despite maintaining the lots, admittedly as squatters, raising farms with fruit trees and even constructing foundations for homes on them, the Chairman has proceeded to give them away. This caused about sixty residents to gather in the community, and call the attention of the Ministry of Natural Resources. When we arrived in Concepcion Village today, we found the crowd of residents being closely monitored by two Police officials that came in two vehicles. We spoke to elected Village Councillor Rodolfo Lainez to learn more about the situation.

    MOE Congratulates New President Of BNTU
    Last week Thursday April 20th, Trade Union Senator Elena Smith was elected by majority votes to serve as the next National President of the Belize National Teacher’s Union. The election was not without controversy as reports of political infiltration by UDP agents ran abound, forcing the Council of Management to call an impromptu meeting which lasted two hours. With the open deliberations, the convention was delayed by nearly four hours and while some were considering calling it off, the members voted to proceed. Following the convention, a number of groups offered their congratulations to the Senator for the victory. Surprisingly among them is Minister of Education, Hon. Patrick Faber, whose very own colleagues were seen on the convention floor, allegedly campaigning against Smith. But in politics, stranger things have occurred, and when Faber was asked whether to post was just a fake pat in the back, he claimed that not only does he and the Senator go way back, but also that he is glad the Luke Palacio era is coming to an end.

    Belize Barrier Reef Continues To Be An Endangered Site
    Belize boasts the second largest coral reef system in the world which measures a total of 300 kilometers in length and can best be described as a patchwork of pinnacle reefs, fringing reefs and barrier reefs with hundreds of Cayes just above the surface along with mangrove and sand islands. This reef system has been highlighted internationally for its beauty and as a top snorkel destination for snorkelers all around the globe. Local environmental agencies have however been speaking out on the many dangers being posed to Belize’s Barrier Reef such as unsustainable fishing, deteriorating water quality and development.

    Zero Tolerance Policy For Police Improprieties
    Over the past few weeks, the Belize Police Department has been under heavy Public scrutiny after various members of the Department have been sanctioned for various levels of wrong doings. Viewers may recall that the first public embarrassment came from a video which exposed a fiasco in which San Pedro police officers are seen openly firing during a scuffle outside of a popular nightclub and resulting in a woman being badly beaten by the cops. The second incident, involved a video featuring a pair of officers transporting contraband goods across the Belize/Mexico border near Botes in Orange Walk. The pair, identified as Constable Jorge Ascurio and Alfredo Gongora, have since been charged. Another pair of officers, P.C. Elston Rojas and Police Corporal Abner Marroquin, were also charged for illegally contrabanding a number of items after a vehicle chase by Customs officers near the northern border.


    Education Minister Says He Was Sincere in Congratulating BNTU’s President-Elect
    Last Friday the Belize National teachers Union elected its new executive. Leading the union now is Senator Elena Smith. Following the election, Minister of Education Patrick Faber sent out congratulatory remarks on social media to Smith. Faber today said his sentiments are genuine. PATRICK FABER ““It is no secret that the leadership of the BNTU […]

    Biscayne Villagers Experience Weekend Freak Storm
    A freak storm passed through Biscayne Village on Saturday night damaging nine houses. Minister of National Emergency Management Organization, NEMO, and Area Representative for Belize Rural North, Edmund Castro, visited the affected families and, through NEMO, provided assistance to the affected families. According to Castro, the NEMO team delivered immediate relief supplies to the families, […]

    Was Court Magistrate Accused of Rape?
    A court magistrate may find himself on the opposite end of a courtroom shortly if the authorities decide to act on an allegation of rape made against him. While we have confirmed with the police that a complaint of rape has been made to authorities in southern Belize, we have been unable to get any […]

    Police Assures Public that Corrupt Officers Will Be Dealt With Accordingly
    In the wake of several criminal reports allegedly committed by police officers, the Ministry of Home affairs issued a release today stating that it has zero tolerance for such behavior. The Professional Standards Bureau is urging the public to report any instance of wrongful acts by the department’s personnel will be dealt with expeditiously and […]

    Admiral John Borland, Accused of Abusing Staff Member
    Last week a member from the Belize Coast guard filed a police report against Admiral John Borland, the head of the Coast Guard accusing him of verbal abuse and threat to life. Now while Love News has received details of the incident, we are unable to release it as the complainant is still discussing the […]

    CEO Lovell Says Admiral Borland Will Be Given Due Process
    While there is no official comment on the details of the case, today Col. George Lovell, CEO in the Ministry of Home Affairs said he is aware of the mater but would not speak further on it. GEORGE LOVELL “What I would want to echo is the fact that the Ministry is serious about this […]

    CEO Says Police Shuffle = Career Enhancements
    The talks surrounding the police reshuffle has continued as many speculations still surround the decision to move some of the top ranking officers in the department. Today in an interview with the CEO in the Ministry of Home Affairs, Retired Colonel George Lovell, he clarified the logic behind the decision. GEORGE LOVELL “Majority of the […]

    Lino’s Death Continues to Be Investigated
    The police are investigating the death of 45 year old Baltazar Lino and so is the Forest Department. That’s because Lino might have been attacked by a Jaguar. Lino left his home in Progresso Village on Easter Sunday to his farm some miles away from the village. He turned up dead inside a shallow well. […]

    Central Bank Liquidates Four Credit Unions
    Four credit unions are in the process of being liquidated by the Central Bank of Belize. The notice came out on April 3 from the Registrar of Credit Unions, Ambassador Joy Grant. The Police Credit Union Limited is being affected after it failed to meet membership threshold as required by the Credit Unions Act. The […]

    Symposium Begins on Cyber Security Issues
    Today the first ever National Cyber Security Symposium began in Belize City. The Symposium is being hosted by the Belize Public Utilities Commission in response to a growing incidence of cyber-threats within the country. The five-day meeting sees the participation of a broad range of local, regional and international delegates, including heads of technology organizations, […]

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    World’s first malaria vaccine may hold promise in battle against malaria
    After over 30 years of studies, the world’s first malaria vaccine is to be tested in Africa and may prove to be another weapon to fight this dreaded disease. The World Health Organization (WHO) has hailed the vaccine, which is being pilot tested in […]

    Police mum on rape case involving Magistrate
    A Magistrate working down South is accused of raping a woman who visited his home. The incident allegedly occurred sometime before 10 a.m. on April 11. The woman reportedly told police on Sunday, April 23 that the Magistrate invited her to his home where […]

    Croc on the loose in Faber’s Road area
    Residents in the Faber’s Road area of Belize City are urged to exercise extreme caution as a crocodile has been spotted on the loose in the community. The croc, almost 4 feet long, was seen not too far from the lagoon. Concerned residents contacted […]

    Chronicle of Jewelizean authoritarianism foretold
    Are there lessons for Belize in an article outlining how Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad turned from a very shy eye doctor to a vicious and murderous dictator. It may be wise for Belizeans to read and digest this article which was written by Max […]

    Police find homemade shotgun in Santa Elena
    A predawn operation was conducted this morning in Santa Elena, Cayo District jointly by the Quick Response Team and the Special Branch of the San Ignacio Police Detachment . Authorities discovered a double barrel homemade shotgun in an area known as the hot point […]

    Two Guatemalans busted with unlicensed firearm and ammunition in Corozal
    Two Guatemalan nationals will spend the next few days in prison after they were busted with a gun and live rounds in Corozal District. According to police reports, at 4:00 a.m., on Sunday, police conducted a search in the Hidden Hills Layout area which […]

    Belize City Police finds 12 bullets in abandoned house
    Police have removed 12 bullets from the north side of Belize City which was believed to have belonged to a gang group. According to police reports, shortly after midday on Sunday, a search was conducted at an abandoned lot on Cran Street which led […]

    Three Cayo men busted with Ganja
    Three Cayo men: Michael Peter Mendoza, 47, Luis Alberto Flores, 32, and Felipe Alberto Guzman Jr., 22, are in trouble with authorities after they were busted transporting ganja in San Ignacio. According to police reports, shortly before 11 a.m. yesterday, police saw the men […]

    CitCo and UNDP talk climate change with south side community
    The Belize City Council (CitCo), teamed up with the United Nations Development Project (UNDP) today for an outreach activity geared towards educating Belizeans about climate change. The organizations held a soft launch for the public awareness campaign, done in collaboration with the Japan/Caribbean Climate […]

    Lake I man jailed for pen gun, bullet, and ganja
    A man from the Lake Independence area of Belize City has found himself on the wrong side of the law after he was busted with a pen gun, a bullet, and marijuana. According to police reports, at around 5 p.m. on Sunday, police were […]

    Police Ministry assures that “rogue cops” will be dealt with
    The Belize Police Department in recent weeks has taken one black eye after the other, from contraband cops caught on cam, to rogue officers terrorizing residents on San Pedro and a police woman charged for stealing from a Chinese grocer. It’s been a tough […]

    Cayo DJs form new DJ Association
    Local DJ’s from San Ignacio and Santa Elena have joined hands and formed the Cayo DJ Association. The group is newly formed and presently comprises of 10 DJ’s. The association was formed on April 2, 2017. The aim of the association is to work […]

    Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman insulted in Belize
    A Saturday morning breakfast between Olympic Gold medalist Aly Raisman and her father at an unnamed establishment in Belize was so awkward it has made headlines on international media outlets including ESPN. Raisman, a teammate of fellow Olympic Gold medalist Simone Biles, is on […]

    Ex-treasure hunter ordered to turn over gold hidden in Belize
    In February, BBN reported on Tommy Thompson, a deep sea treasure hunter who, in 1988 found a gold rush era ship that sunk in 1857. The S.S. Central America had sank off South Carolina in a hurricane.Thompson had spent years studying the ship’s voyage and […]

    What Belizeans need to know about Joel Nagel
    Disgraced Ambassador Joel Nagel, had only been featured on a few newscasts in recent years, but became a controversial name when he was removed from his post at the Belizean Embassy in Vienna, Austria. The nation heard about his historic removal from his post, but many Belizeans […]


    Chocolate Festival of Belize; a sweet celebration!
    For the last ten years, chocolate has been celebrated in Punta Gorda Town. Traditionally held over the Commonwealth Holiday weekend (mid-May), what began as the Toledo Cacao Festival later evolved into the Chocolate Festival of Belize, and does anyone need to ask why all the fuss? Steeped within the Maya culture, and a revered commodity that only the privileged hierarchy of the civilization were once allowed to indulge in, chocolate is now a sweet treat that thankfully all of us can enjoy and celebrate…and celebrate we do! This delicious festival grows larger each year and attracts hundreds of visitors from around Belize as well as overseas. This year, the event kicks off with guests enjoying a night of socializing while sampling a wide variety of chocolate delicacies along with gourmet wines at Garbutt’s Marina on Friday, May 19th. Lively music sets the stage for a great night of indulging and dancing off some of those chocolate calories!

    Planning Solo Travel in Belize
    I am in Belize now and so excited to do this bucket list item and take a great solo adventure I’ve been dreaming of for some time. In writing this piece, I wanted to do what I can to help other women have this amazing adventure; Smile… Originally, I had not thought of Belize to be a place a single female solo adventurer with a tendency towards the safe side would travel. I have traveled to All-Inclusive or Hawaii on my own mainly. Then I heard my cousin who travels a fair amount, went to San Pedro, Belize and loved it. So I put it in the back of my thoughts of “one day”. However, “one day” was a concept that many say but rarely follow through on. I didn’t want to be one of those people at this time in my life. I was waiting for the right timing, the right traveling companion, excess funds, etc. to complete some bucket list items. I am now a young empty nester on my own and ready to take this next stage of my life with more gusto and enjoy each moment. I’ve wanted to travel somewhere that I could really enjoy the Mayan ruins and climb a pyramid as well as snorkel, enjoy the beauty of the Caribbean, and enjoy the local people. I didn’t want as many restrictions now. So I started to research. The only way I enjoy traveling as a single woman is to do lots of research. It also adds so much more excitement and anticipation.

    Planning a trip? Here’s why you should be headed to Belize
    This morning I came across an article from the India Times – Planning a trip? Here’s why you should be headed to Belize. Aside from looking for information about Belize and what to do based on the title, it is always important to consider the source. Everything you read is not always fu chroo (true). In this case, the article stated that Kriol is the native language, which is partially true, but the fact that English is the official language is a reason why many people travel here. The author got it correct on the low-end price for rooms, (which is listed in Indian Rupee) but was a little off on the private villas. But that’s aarite (alright), being that it’s written by someone so far away that has likely never been here, I knew immediately to take it with a grain of salt.

    Making a Move from Belize to Roatan
    Sometimes in life, you hit the jackpot when a friend asks you to help move. I know a few of you are raising your eyebrows and questioning how moving a friend could be a pay off beyond pizza and beer. In this case, for about fifteen of us who got invited to help our friend Kendall move, it means a two Catamaran convoy, four day sailing trip including a serious ocean crossing. Since decent weather conditions are key to an ocean crossing, we will head to Lighthouse Reef and play for a few days. Very excited for this as I will be tech free and have packed my frisbee’s, floats and twister. When the timing is right, we will set sail for Roatan – with an overnight ocean crossing and arrival at Barefoot Caye Marina mid-afternoon on April 27th. I’m slightly nervous about the crossing and choppiness but preparing accordingly. Hopefully be no worse than a 6 or 7 out of 10.

    Butterfly Falls in Belize
    Butterfly Falls is located inside the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve in Belize’s western Cayo District. Although it is inside the public nature reserve, the falls themselves are located on private property operated by the Hidden Valley Inn. Only guests of the Hidden Valley Inn located adjacent to Butterfly Falls can access the waterfall. The nearest landmark in the public section of the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve is the Gaia Riverlodge Restaurant and Lounge. The popular Rio on Pools waterfall in the public section of the reserve is approximately 3.5 miles from Butterfly Falls. Once at the falls, it’s likely you’ll enter a deeply relaxed state listening to the gentle rumble of the water while marveling at the ethereal dance of white and blue butterflies as they flit through the air. Popular activities including taking a refreshing dip in the pool at the base of the falls, so be sure to pack a swimsuit and towel as well.

    Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve – All You Need to Know Before You Go
    As the oldest and largest protected forested area in Belize, Mountain Pine Ridge (MPR) covers 300 square miles of area, but visitors are surprised to find a sharp contrast to the tropical landscape; here, pine needles rather than palm fronds, fill the landscape. This pine tree-dominated forest is more than just a vast wooded area: visitors find deep ravines, traverse dramatic granite expanses atop the Maya Mountains and observe meandering rivers, streams, waterfalls and pools amid the sweet fragrance of the evergreens. Make San Ignacio your starting point. You’ll need a 4WD vehicle to traverse the forest since roads can be daunting. Two roads will get you to MPR: Chiquibul Road from Georgeville or Cristo Rey Road from Santa Elena. Choose the first for a smoother ride. The reserve entrance is off the Western Highway. Sound difficult? This is why tourists prefer to let guides do the driving by booking all-inclusive tours that require one only to sit back, relax and enjoy the sensory experiences Mountain Pine Ridge offers.

    Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave (ATM Cave) – All You Need to Know Before You Go
    Your journey begins in the Cayo District—specifically, the town of San Ignacio. You’ll need a guide to find your way, so check with the concierge at your resort or seek help in town. Once you’ve secured a guide, you’ll be driven to the banks of the Tapir Mountain Reserve, at which point, expect to hike about 45-minutes through jungle and streams to reach the entrance. It’s a tight fit and not for the claustrophobic, but once you reach your goal, the ATM Cave will reward you with sights and ambiance that has no equal. The bumpy rural road that transects a section of the Belize River will be your first step in reaching the cave. National Geographic travel experts–who put this cave atop its “Sacred Places of a Lifetime” list–join other resources in suggesting travelers stretch before hiking into the jungle to begin the aquatic slog into the cave’s depths. You’ll get wet and stay damp during the four to six hours spent in ATM Cave, so bring dry clothing along and forget about wearing sandals.

    International Sourcesizz

    A tiny island in Belize was just named the best destination in Central America
    Ambergris Caye, Belize, has been named the leading destination in Central America by the World Travel Awards for two years running. Belize's largest island, which is also often considered Belize's crown jewel, is easily accessible from the mainland and holds countless opportunities for adventure, from diving at the Great Blue Hole to checking out a place called Shark-Ray Alley. Here's why this Caribbean island beat out other travel hotspots such as San Jose, Costa Rica, and Tulum, Mexico. Ambergris Caye is Belize's largest island, measuring about 25 miles in length. What that means for you is tons of white sandy beaches.

    U.S. Olympian meets Interfering Waitress in Belize
    She asked about weight gain and if she's on honey moon (with her father). Welcome to Belize Aly. The waitress needed to know because she's used to interfering and gossiping. She had no idea that it's rude to do so.

    Simone Biles -- 6 things to know about the 'Dancing with the Stars' celebrity
    Simone Biles is currently competing on Dancing with the Stars with her professional partner Sasha Farber. Simone, at only 20-years-old, is one of the most decorated female gymnasts in history. She joined Dancing with the Stars' 24th season because she's always had a love for the show and dancing in general. Simone has been a frontrunner in the ABC reality dancing competition since the beginning, but she faces tough competition this season -- including Fifth Harmony member Normani Kordei and Glee star Heather Morris. The spunky 4'9" athlete is adorable, fun and driven, but what else do we know about her? Below is a list of 6 facts Reality TV World has compiled about Simone Biles:


  • Belize, Cayo district, 3.5min. This was filmed during my visit to my home land Belize city. It has been 8 years since I've been home and I was very excited.

  • Grace & You - Season Rice & Carib Beer Battered Fish, 27min.

  • Department of Youth Services - Music Production Studio, 40min.

  • Belize Carnival Association - Carnival Season Launch 2017, 16min.

  • The Ultimate Private Island in Belize - Coco Plum Island Resort, 3min. Coco Plum Island Resort will redefine the ultimate all inclusive vacation on your very own Belize private island... Remember, you are only a stranger until you arrive!

  • Brooke Aaron Baker Wedding Belize 2017, 14min. Traveling to Belize for Brooke and Aaron's Wedding

  • Belize 2017-Cégep Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, 4min.

  • Therese Rath speaks on -The Rocky Road to Miss Universe Expose, 40min.

  • UNICEF Belize - Care for Childhood Development Initiatives, 28min.

  • Pok Ta Pok Mexican Tournament, min.

  • Wildtracks Update, 3min. The Yucatan black howler monkeys of Pre-release One (Finn, Innie, Vicky, Kenya and Maggie) are being prepared for release back into the here's a glimpse back at their time at Wildtracks - the last clip in this video is of Maggie - taken this morning - for all those people who have worked with this group. While we are celebrating their success as a troop, and their success in pre-release, today we are also celebrating a new addition to the troop - yes...this morning, Kenya has had her baby! This may place their release plans on hold until the baby is old enough, but the addition of one more globally endangered Yucatan black howler monkey to the World's population is well worth celebrating!

  • Adventure in Belize, 4.5min. Short trip to Belize with a 130 foot dive into the Great Blue Hole

  • Comrade Vuk | On Belize: The Case of the Retired Major, 4min. This is the edited version of my reply to Ret. Maj. Lloyd Jones' letter, which was published in the Friday, 25 July 2014 edition of the "Amandala" (Belize).

  • Belize Maya Culture 2017, 7min.

  • Cave tubing Belize, 3min.

  • Victoria Peak (Belize), 4.5min. The 2nd Highest yet the more famous Peak in Belize, Central America. Located at the heart of Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary, it stands at 1120 masl. 3 days and 54Km hike/climb from jump off to Peak and back. Our first International climb! The struggle was real but everything was worth it

  • Blue Hole Belize, 2min. The Blue Hole from on the dive boat. From all the pictures, I thought the rim was out of the water... No. This is the Blue Hole.

  • GoPro 2017 Discovering Mexico Guatemala and Belize, 20min. Our road trip around Yucatan, Guatemala and Belize in February 2017.

    April 24, 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

    Wolfe’s Woofer: Mamey
    The sign at the vegetable stand said, Mamey – $2.00 each. “Is this a fruit?” Sherry asked me. “It’s what is known as a mamey,” I told her. “They’re really good for flavoring ice cream and milk shakes. I like them.” Sherry bought one for $2.00 and that night I had mamey flavored milk shake. A few days later we were back at the vegetable stand where the table was still piled high with mamey. When she paid for the fruit Sherry asked the shop owner , “Do these things sell very well?” “In some places they do,” the owner said, “but in my shop they don’t.”

    Doctor Love: Not Daddy’s Little Angel
    Dear Doctor Love, My six year old daughter has a terrible temper, and my wife doesn’t do anything about it. My little girl screams and throws fits on the floor. She kicks at her mother and even calls my wife stupid and smacks her. My wife says our daughter will outgrow it, but it is getting worse. She is even mean to her playmates. What should I do? /s/Not Daddy’s Little Angel

    Misc Belizean Sources


    Cricel Castillo at WbffPro
    Top 10 PRO FITNESS and BEST THEME WEAR! Hey, that's more than winning in my books! You don't have to win the entire show to be a champion sometimes... the PEOPLE's CHAMPION is the best title and I got SOOOOO many good reviews on my entire performance and awarded by so many for BEST BACK SHOT HAHAHA

    Passing of Ms. Anna Maria Osorio
    Mayor Daniel Guerrero, the San Pedro Town Council and Staff would like to express it sincere condolences to the Osorio/Nuñez Family and Friends on the passing of Ms. Anna Maria Osorio. May her soul rest in peace.

    Corozal Rising Stars
    CRS did an awesome job over the weekend as we represented our Jewel in Chetumal. We lost two games and won one for 3 points which made us came in 3rd in our group. The players gathered great experience as they continue to excel as they grow in this great sport we love Football. Tks to all players and the great CRS Committee.

    5K Camp Joy Belize Run
    Representatives of the Mexican Embassy in Belize were present this morning at the 1st 5K Camp Joy Belize Run in Belmopan, dedicated to serve people with special needs. Congratulations to the organisers!

    Percentage of Poverty in Latin America. Alarming

    The Reporter

    Mexico to host 2017 commercial mission
    The Mexican Embassy in Belize is announcing its 2017 Commercial mission, which will be hosted at the Institute of Mexico in Belize City, on April, 27. The event will be open to the public from 8:00 a.m-12:00 p.m., and companies from Cancun and Merida will shoecase a variety of products and services. Representative from ProMexico (the Mexican Trade and Investment agency) will be present to provide feedback about opening a business in the Mexican market.

    Breaking Belize NewsPJ

    Why are politicians avoiding re-registration?
    It has been 20 years since the last time a voter re-registration exercise has been conducted in Belize and since then; many voters have died, some have moved, new voters have been added, an influx of immigrants have settled in the country, Belize’s nationality has been sold illegally through Immigration hustling and the country’s economy has generally ailed because of greedy politicians.

    Cricel Castillo wins best theme wear in Los Angeles
    The World Beauty Fitness and Fashion show was held last night in Los Angeles, California. The event is a Pro and Amateur event. All participants with a WBFF Pro Status are eligible to compete as a WBFF Pro. The Belizean fitness beauty and bodybuilder made the top 10 and won best theme wear last night.

    Vicious Machete Attack Leaves One Dead, Others Injured in Trio Village
    Last night around 10:45, police responded to a scene at Trio Village where they saw Santiago Garcia, 22 , a Belizean Laborer with a chop wound to the back of the head, right cheek, and right wrist. Garcia succumbed to his injuries while being transported to the Independence Poly Clinic. Arturo Choc, 29, a Guatemalan Laborer was also observed with a large cut wound to the right side of the head.

    Belizean model making name in London
    Last year Joyjah Estrada made headlines when she became one of the faces for the UK’s Love magazine. Joyjah, who has more Instagram followers than half of Belize’s entire population, is making headlines again. This time for a modeling gig she signed with the Squad agency which will see her living in London for more than 3 months. “


    One of My Favorite New Businesses in Belize: Delices De France
    Just a few days ago, I walked into the new French bakery in San Pedro, Belize and, for the fifth day in a row, I bought a GORGEOUS baguette sandwich for lunch. Just behind me was a San Pedro traffic officer buying 2 baguettes to-go. And a mom with her 2 kids in school uniforms buying chocolate croissants. Zut alors! I AM IN LOVE WITH THIS NEW BUSINESS ON AMBERGRIS CAYE! And it’s not just me. The French bakery, Delices de France, is classic France here in San Pedro, Belize – making really REALLY great French pastries and bread and the baguette? It is my very favorite.

    International Sourcesizz

    The Army makes an impact near the equator
    Earlier this month, U.S. Army Reserve soldiers assigned to the 672nd Engineer Company, 301st Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, arrived in Belize where they began work on three different construction projects that were intended to benefit several different communities in the region. The projects are part of an annual multinational exercise, Beyond the Horizon, which brings together soldiers, airmen, and marines from the reserve and active components of the U.S. military, as well as personnel from foreign military organizations. The Ladyville Health Clinic is a small clinic in one of the largest villages in Belize, and didn’t have enough space for its patients, or room for all of the medical equipment that the village desired. The Renegades began construction on a new building at the clinic, significantly expanding the clinic’s capacity, and ability to help those in need.

    Ex-Treasure Hunter Again Told to Give Up Coins' Location
    A federal judge is warning an ex-treasure hunter that he could face another contempt-of-court charge if he doesn't reveal the location of 500 missing gold coins. Ohio Judge Algenon Marbley on Friday ordered Tommy Thompson to cooperate by granting power of attorney to allow the government to figure out if a trust in Belize knows the coins' whereabouts, reports the AP. Marbley refused Thompson's request to appoint a civil attorney to help him review records in order to "jog his memory," about where the gold is, as the Columbus Dispatch puts it. "What stretches the court’s credulity is why do you need a civil attorney to explain your own documents," Marbley said. "The court is not going to be complicit in spurious machinations."

    Olympian Simone Biles Breaks Her Silence, Makes Tearful Confession To Fans She Can’t Bottle Up
    The hugely popular show, Dancing with the Stars made its debut in 2005 - and since then, it has managed to wow audiences by putting all kinds of celebrities in a leotard and a pair of dancing shoes! One such celebrity super-star competing in its 24th season is Simone Biles, who is better known for her amazing performance in the 2016 Olympics as part of the U.S. Gymnastics team. Much has already been said about her athletic prowess, but it is something that she did on this dance competition that is making her an audience favorite all over again. Week four into her season on the show, Simone was challenged with dancing to a routine that followed the theme of what she considered her "Most Memorable Year." Of course, the audience had assume 2016 to be that year when she won four gold medals and became one of the most famous gymnasts in the world! However, what Simone chose to highlight instead was something much more personal from way back in the year 2000 when she was just 3-years-old. For those who might not know, this is the year when she was legally adopted by her grandparents. Simone emotionally recalled:

    Become a YLAI
    GREAT NEWS! The deadline for applications for the YLAI (Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative) professional fellows program has been extended to April 28th! Become a YLAI fellow! Submit your applications at


  • Cricel Castillo WBFF Fitness Pro wins best costume!, 1/2min.

  • Belize 2017, 8min.

  • American Way Magazine - Road Warrior Contest in Belize!, 3min. Shown on American Airlines Airplanes Road Warrior: The Un-Belize-able Edition Our 14th Annual Road Warrior Contest winners head to Belize for some life-changing adventure: zip-lining through the rain forest, climbing ancient Mayan ruins, swimming with sharks and a whole lotta rum. To read the magazine article, please click this link!

  • Snorkeling Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Shark Ray Alley in Belize, 2min. Underwater GoPro footage from my snorkel trip in Belize.


  • Beach house in Belize, 13min. We went to my beach house for a week

  • Spring Break in Belize, 4.5min. Video I made with footage from my high school senior mission trip.

  • Uses of Land in Belize, 2.5min.

  • CAYE CAULKER BELIZE 2017, 4min. I went to Belize with 60 people and it was one of the coolest experiences of my life! I made a video about it so here you go!

  • BELIZE ADVENTURE, 4.5min. Made a little video of my adventure in Belize, it was such an amazing experience traveling this beautiful country full of beautiful people.

  • Belize Vegan Roots All-Stars Basketball Highlights, 7.5min. Father to son, having fun. Brother to brother, supporting each other. A winning formula for collective movement, inspired by the high-intensity energy of earth-solar powered, plant-based fuel supply and the family-community oriented coaching guidance of High Priest Kwatamani.

  • Iguana Tour in San Ignacio BELIZE, 3min.

  • Diving in Belize, 4.5min. Produced for the San Diego Underwater Film Festival 2017. The media from this film was shot in Ambergris Caye & St. George's Caye in 2017.

  • Belize: Day 5, Wakeboarding, 5min. Getting towed through the mangroves behind a 15 HP outboard.

  • Belize: Day 5, Dive 2-of-2, 8min. Lobster, Lion Fish, Crab, Loggerhead turtle with Remora and Cobia, Amazing Reef.

  • Belize: Day 2, 6min. Yoga at sunrise; Snorkeling & spear fishing; "Yellow Brick Road"; Caye Caulker; Sip-N-Dip.

  • Belize: Day 3, Dive 1-of-2, 6min. Beautiful reef; Snorkeling with rays and sharks between dives.

  • Belize 2017, 7min.

  • CCCMB 2016 Belize Bandfest Champions, 2min. Congratulations to all of us that are part of this band, we made it, thanks to our band director and choreographer and band manager along with the parent committee

  • Belize Organic Family Farmers Camp, 4min. A visit to farm camp with BOFF Director, Nana Mensah.

  • ADN Maya & Son del Sur, 4min. Encuentros en Ochil | | | Tema musical: Ma'oje'lam [No Se Sabe] Autor: Wilfrido Dzul | Encuentros en Ochil es un proyecto que mueve extraordinarias colaboraciones de grandes artistas de la península de Yucatán para que se proyecte al mundo entero.

    April 23, 2017


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    The San Pedro Sun

    Finneous the injured crocodile undergoes surgery
    An injured seven foot crocodile remains at an emergency pen under the care of the American Crocodile Education Sanctuary (ACES) in San Pedro Town. The reptile was found and rescued in mid –March, with its mouth intentionally tied shut with tape and wire. Left to starve and highly vulnerable, the reptile also suffered severe wounds to its neck, which required a surgery that was performed over the Easter weekend. The surgery was a success, but the croc’s health status is still of great concern. Since its rescue, the ACES’ team of crocodile conservationists has been tending to the crocodile, which has been named Finneous. The wounds on his neck are regularly cleaned, while antibiotics are administered into his system to keep any infection at bay. Prior to the surgery, Finnous’ health seemed to have been improving slowly, and according to the team at ACES, there were encouraging signs from the animal, except for the wound on the neck, which was too large to heal on its own. With time running out, they sought the help of a veterinary medical expert.

    Christopher Newport University Volunteers visit island schools
    During their first alumni trip in April 2017, volunteers of Christopher Newport University (CNU) in Newport News, Virginia, USA, visited Ambergris Caye on a mission to visit the island’s schools. Judy Raiford Pantelides, Adjunct Faculty at CNU, along with Lindsey Pantele, Liz Ciancia and Jessica Gateau, graduates of the Master of Arts in Teaching program at CNU, assisted Holy Cross Anglican School, San Pedro High School and San Pedro Roman Catholic Primary School for several days. It was the group’s first alumni trip, as they have visited San Pedro in the past as students. Pantelides has been visiting the island for 12 years, while the other volunteers have visited in 2010 and in 2012 as part of Pantelide’s ‘Teaching Across Cultures’ graduate class. The volunteers also applied for a teaching license and worked, alongside island teachers for two weeks sharing their ideas.

    Misc Belizean Sources


    United Belizeans of Northern Illinois doing some community service
    United Belizeans of Northern Illinois installing reflectors! Benque entrance! Thanks to students of Mopan Technical High school and Sacred Heart! Thanks to Mr and Mrs Mike Guerra for coordinating!

    Man beaten at Free Zone casino
    A 27-year-old Mexican was beaten early yesterday morning as he left a casino in the Free Zone at the hands of a group of thieves who wanted to strip him of money and discovered that his victim did not carry a ticket with him. B.C., 27, went to the premises of the State Attorney General's Office to file a formal complaint with an agent of the Public Prosecutor's Office of the Common Jurisdiction, since he claimed that malefactors had beheaded him. The aggrieved explained that he went to a casino in the Free Zone during the afternoon of Thursday and for several hours lost in the bets to finish without a single weight. When this guy left the betting house and walked towards the Mexican border, he was intercepted by a group of malefactors, who gave him a wild beating until they left him stunned and about to faint.

    Corozal cleanup
    In celebration of this year's Earth Day the Rotaract Club of Corozal partners off once again with Oceana's wavemakers in a mile long clean up along the highway. Let's protect and keep our planet Earth clean guys!

    Andres Campos Sports Field facelift
    A major facelift and upliftment currently taking place at the Andres Campos Sports Field is most welcomed. The field has been scraped, graded, rolled and a major portion of it has been filled with soil to level it off, so when it rains, it will no longer hold water. The sport's field is constantly used for many sporting activities in Corozal such as soccer, softball and other major community events and activities. With the recent rains, the grass should grow back quickly, so that the field can continue to be enjoyed by our community.

    Mountain Pine Ridge Earth Day cleanup
    Happy EarthDay to all!!! Remember to do something positive for the EARTH. FCD congratulates Blancaneaux, GATA, Hidden Valley, Forest Department, Positive Environmental Group and all others that did the clean up campaign in the Mountain Pine Ridge!!! Kudos to all.

    Culture is contagious! From South to North Belizeans express culture through arts!
    On Good Friday, the Orange Walk Banquitas House of Culture (NICH) carried out its fourth sawdust carpet art display on Church and Muffles Streets . Over 100 students, young children, and older folks participated in this year’s preparations and exhibition as part of the Holy Week activities.

    The Reporter

    Car jacker gets 7 years jail time
    Justice was swift and landed a 22 year-old car jacker behind bars on a seven-year sentence after he pleaded guilty to charges brought against him for the robbery of a Belize City taxi man earlier this week. San Ignacio resident, Shawn Rodriguez appeared before Senior Magistrate Sharon Frazer on April 20, and was charged with ‘robbery’ and ‘deadly means of harm’. He pleaded guilty to the robbery charge and pleaded for leniency since it was a first time offence. Rodriguez is expected back in court on June 2, to answer to the charge of ‘deadly means of harm.

    Jaguars attack and kill farmer
    The badly decomposed body of a man, whom it is believed was attacked and killed by jaguars, was pulled out of a well in Progresso village, Orange Walk town early Friday morning. The body of 45 year-old Baltazar Lino was pulled from a 5-foot deep well on his farm. Due to the condition of the body, an onsite post mortem was conducted. The pathologist told family members that Lino died as a result of a jaguar attack. Lino had a large cut wound to his neck. Jaguars are said to roam the immediate area, and the family says that they found swveral scratch marks around the well where the body was discovered.

    The Belize Times

    What the Children See, the Children Do
    By: Tanya Santos, UWG President.About a month or so ago I was watching the local news on television when an advertisement aired showing a woman making sexually explicit moves. It took me a few more seconds before I realized what was actually being advertised. It was alcohol, specifically Belikin Stout. Then this week again I saw another advertisement, with a sexily clad young lady being enticed to ‘go for a ride’ in a Nissan Frontier. Both of these commercials are being aired during prime time on local television networks. Thankfully my keenly observant seven-year-old daughter wasn’t around to see this, but since it airs during prime time it is inevitable that she will see at least one of them and ask the tough questions. Now I am forced to ask: Am I the only one offended by the fact that companies such as these continue to perpetuate the sexual exploitation of women?

    A Dangerous MF… Part II
    By: Norris Hall. Sedi Elrington seems to feel that he has enough political currency to fool the people of his constituency. In an earlier snafu when he again put his foot in his mouth, he asserted that the people of his constituency couldn’t care less about the Belize/Guatemala problem. He failed to grasp that his national responsibility as Foreign Minister goes beyond his more personal concern about retaining his seat in the Legislature by a persistent hoodwinking of his supporters. He seems unable to grasp his national responsibility. So far removed or indifferent is he from the gravity of the Guatemalan claim, that as he once sat in a press conference with his Guatemalan counterpart, he allowed to slip by, unchallenged, an assertion made by the Guatemalan FM about a non-existent agreement Guatemala claimed it had with Belize for Belize to suspend the building of military installation on its southern cayes or for a Forward Operating Base on the Belize side of the Sarstoon River, which forms a natural border between the two countries.

    Thinking Out Loud
    By: Kevin Bernard. As we jump back into the grind after an extended Easter break, I thank God that for the most part, as far as bad news goes, it was relatively quiet. Still, there were notable tragedies, including the death of a child on San Pedro and the loss of two brothers here in Orange Walk. I send out condolences to the families and wish them comfort during this difficult time. By the time many of you read this in the newspaper, the BNTU will have elected a new President to replace outgoing brother Luke Palacio. I wish to state here and now on the record that I reject the attempts by this government to influence and manipulate the results of that election. That blatant foolishness has got to stop, and those involved on the highest levels should be ashamed of themselves.

    There is a Roman Catholic Benedictine nun by the name of Sister Joan Chittister who has become quite renowned over the course of her career. She is 80 years of age now, and is a prolific author and public speaker. She has tackled difficult topics such as spirituality, religious life, peace, and justice for all people, especially women and the poor. She was the prioress of the Benedictine sisters of Erie, Pennsylvania, and she holds a Master’s Degree from the University of Notre Dame and a Doctorate from Penn State University. Currently she is Co-Chair of the Global Peace Initiative of Women, a United Nations-sponsored organization creating a worldwide network of women peacemakers.

    Bex Walks Hellish Road to Miss Universe
    Miss Belize Universe 2016, Rebecca Rath, won the hearts of Belizeans who banded together to cheer her on during her intense journey to the Miss Universe pageant in Manila in January 2017. Reproach and odium, however, allegedly came from an unlikely source – the Miss Belize Universe country director, Opal Enriquez. In a five-part blog released piece by piece during the 2017 Easter break weekend, Rebecca’s father, Tony Rath, the acclaimed photographer based in Dangriga made the detailed and insightful revelations of the family’s dalliance with the pageant world. It wasn’t just fun and roses – and they did not expect it to be all smooth sailing but neither were they prepared for the turbulence they would experience. Rebecca was inexperienced in the pageant world but as her father meticulously outlined, she was born to thrive. “You’re built for a kill shot, not high heels,” Tony told his daughter when Bex, as she is affectionately known, first pitched the idea of competing in the Miss Belize pageant. The sleek “rough and tumble” volleyball enthusiast would soon (in a few short months) turn herself into a powerful beauty queen contender, putting in hours upon hours of practice to walk in high heels, model and rehearse speeches—and the smile? That one came naturally.

    Barrow, Faber and the BNTU!
    By: Major (Ret’d) Lloyd Jones. Patrick Faber boldly announced on April 3rd, 2017, that he and the Barrow Administration intends to give, as an honorarium, one million dollars of tax payers money to those teachers who did not heed the noble call of the Belize National Teachers Union (BNTU) to stand up for Belize. The backlash was fast and furious: the BNTU, the NTUCB, the CWU, the BCCI and just about every decent Belizean complained about this glaring use of public funds for overt political ends even as Faber and the UDP raised taxes on the poor. Many thought that the move by Faber and Dean Barrow was a long term investment to undermine any future industrial action by the BNTU. Many thought the honorarium would cause more teachers to defect the next time around. Remember now, the BNTU has already told Barrow that re-registration must commence in July of this year, as required by law. And we all know that Barrow, Faber and the UDP don’t wish to clean up the voters list, certainly not before the next municipal elections. They hope to take us to the next general elections with that same contaminated voters list if we let them.

    Shenanigans at Sales Tax Department – Part I
    The Ministry of Finance’s attempt to explain away the allegations made by OIC of PG Elmer Reyes, is a week attempt to deflect any damage Reyes’ letter may have caused. How can the Ministry say that it categorically rejects “any suggestion of manipulation on the part of the GST Senior Management of any Audit carried out by mid-level to lower level GST Auditors,” when Reyes’ letter sites several cases without calling names? One would think that instead of throwing Reyes under the bus, the FINSEC would have embraced this opportunity to meet with Reyes and review the cases he referred to. After all, the objective of the GST ACT is to protect the tax payer from abuse by the GST Department, and to protect the revenue from unscrupulous tax payers. This means that the law demands just and fair treatment of the tax payer. The Commissioner must act within the confines of the law. Any assessment methodology adapted must be fair and transparent, and must conform to those internationally accepted standards. The Commissioner has an obligation to share methodology and working papers with the tax payer.

    Guatemalan Congress Rejects Bid to Change Official Map
    The Guatemalan Congress recently considered a proposal for its official map to be changed to include Belize as part of its territory with the annotation that there is a “territorial, insular and maritime differendum pending resolution.” If passed, the map would include a dotted line instead of a straight line indicating the boundary and above the dotted line would be written the words “limit not defined.” However, the proposal was voted down. 84 parliamentarians voted against it while 26 voted in its favour.

    Barrow Approves Faber’s MILLION DOLLAR Middle Finger
    Word has been received that the Ministry of Finance has given its approval for the disbursement of a MILLION DOLLAR honorarium to teachers who did not join the strike of the Belize National Teachers’ Union (BNTU) last October. The big payout was promised by Education Minister, Hon. Patrick Faber (with the Prime Minister’s consent). Faber told the media on April 3rd that they hoped to make the payment before the Easter break. However, we have been informed that the Ministry of Finance only just notified of its approval this week. We have learned that the payment could not be disbursed for all non-striking teachers because the responsible government staff was still processing the salary adjustment for teachers and public servants to be reflected in this month’s payroll. Therefore, the honorarium should be paid out next month.

    It’s been just over 14 months since the 14-year-old American student, Tomari Jackson, died in Belize from drowning while he was on a week-long study-abroad trip. He was part of a group of 33 US students and their chaperones from North Cobb High School in Kennessaw, Georgia. His family is now suing Belize’s Monkey Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, the Cobb County School System, and the trip’s chaperones. A key piece of the evidence expected to be part of the case is video footage, which, according to US Press reports, captures Jackson’s last moments alive. He was wearing a portable camera, and his family believes that it is proof that his death was preventable.

    Brothers Die in 40Ft Well
    Two brothers died over the Easter weekend after suffocating. They were trying to clean out a well, but the toxic gases at the bottom overwhelmed them. It happened on Holy Friday, April 14, at the Coyoc family farm in the Goat Hill area of Orange Walk, sometime around 11:30 a.m. Twenty-six year-old Jeovani “Jovi” Coyoc, and his older brother, 41 year-old Isidro “John” Coyoc were working on the 40-foot well to clean it. Jeovani was at the bottom, and he suddenly started to choke on toxic fumes. Seeing his brother’s distress, Isidro Coyoc reportedly went looking for help nearby, but he couldn’t find any.

    If Dah Noh Soh
    Woman beater… Patrick Faber, that little boy in a man’s body who wants to be the next Prime Minister of Belize, is a man who seems to enjoy beating up women. That really pisses me off. I was reading through some of the documents from his divorce just now and it’s a sad, sad thing what he put that woman through. Imagine that she had to basically run from this drunken, abusive fool to escape, leave the country even. He’s a sick little guy. And it’s a pattern. I remember him beating up another woman who ended up reporting him to the Police, and then withdrawing the report because, see, he was her boss at the Ministry of Education. I can’t imagine where this aggression against women comes from, but I know studies suggest that very often violence against women masks homosexual tendencies, or maybe even over-compensation for some deficiency in some other area. Just saying. And he wants to lead this country. He thinks he has what it takes, this little pissant who loves punching woman who are much smaller than him in the face. Incredible. I’m wrestling with my conscience here on whether I should just release the official Court document…we’ll see what happens.

    Questions to Ministers
    Would the Member for Queen Square and Minister of Finance please say now exactly how much money was paid to Mark Espat or his company for the restructuring of BarrowBond 3.0? Could he further say if indeed any monies have been paid to Attorney-General Michael Peyrefitte for his role in the restructuring as has been reported? Would the Member for Queen Square and Prime Minister please say if there has been any accounting for the monies collected abroad by his wife, the Special Envoy for Women and Children, on behalf of the children of Belize? Could he further provide a detailed list of how that money has been spent in Belize? Would the Member for Corozal Bay and Minister of Health please say what is the status of the Paediatric Ward at the KHMH, which was opened just before elections in 2015? Could he confirm or deny reports that the ward is not open to children over 5 years of age and parents staying with their children must sleep on the floor?

    No Fairytale Ending for Princess…
    Belize City Police are still on the lookout for a man, said to be Hispanic, for the brutal murder of Indira Thompson, better known as Princess, just before dawn on good Friday. Thompson, 35, was stabbed to death in a small shack built on the grounds of the old Bellevue Hotel. While Police have not revealed why they have come to that conclusion, they say that the man may have tried to force himself on Princess, and when she fought off his advances, she was killed. According to reports, at around 4:00am that morning Princess arrived at the home she sometimes shared with a friend, Carl Morter. Morter claimed she was in the presence of another man, and he left them there when he went out to buy something. He further claims that when he arrived back, he found Princess dead on a mattress covered in blood, and the unknown Hispanic man hurriedly leaving. When media spoke to Morter, he displayed a jagged cut on his neck which he says was inflicted by Princess’ killer.

    FABER Fails Again! – Elena Victorious Despite UDP Tampering
    “Never in the almost 50 years of the BNTU have we seen this type of interference…” – Outgoing BNTU President Luke Palacio Voting finished at 4:08 this afternoon, and at 6:25pm today, the announcement was made that Elena Smith, educator, Senator and firebrand union member, had been elected new President of the Belize National Teachers Union, having garnered a majority of the 630 votes cast. It is an especially significant victory for Smith since she had drawn the wrath of the UDP government for her very vocal role in the BNTU strike of October, 2016. To show their displeasure, and likely fear, the UDP in the days leading up to the election did everything in its considerable power to sway the results of the election away from Smith and towards their chosen horse in the race, Mario Mesh from the Corozal Branch.

    WPC Becomes Fifth Cop Interdicted in One Month
    A woman police officer was placed on interdiction earlier this week. She joins another four officers who were recently interdicted and charged internally with “prejudice to good order.” PC #1241 Ann Marie Anthony was caught on surveillance footage stealing 4 fifty dollar bills during a raid at the “Little Red Shop” in Santa Elena, Cayo on Good Friday. The storeowner filed her report on Tuesday, April 18 and told Police that she was at her establishment on the said date when at around 9:27a.m., some Police officers arrived to conduct a search for liquor (according to the Intoxicating Liquor Licensing Act, Chapter 150 of the laws of Belize, “all licensed premises in which liquor is sold under a publican’s general license shall be closed (a) on Christmas Day and Good Friday”). During that search the cops seized assorted liquor but it was only after they had departed that she realized that $200 was missing from her cash box. When she reviewed the footage from her surveillance cameras, she noted that it was the WPC who had stealthily removed the money while the raid was being conducted.

    Minor Drowns…Another Narrowly Escapes Death
    With much focus on water activities during the hot Easter weekend, too frequently the holiday is marred by unfortunate and tragic drowning incidents. The past weekend was no exception, as one young child unfortunately lost his life and another is hospitalized at the KHMH while her family hopes that she will pull through. The deceased is 6 year-old Zaem Torres, a resident of San Pedro Town who fell into a vat on Holy Thursday night, April 13. At around 11 p.m., Police visited the Bay Side area of San Pedro town where they saw several persons trying to resuscitate the baby. He was immediately rushed to the Otto Rodriguez Polyclinic, but he was pronounced dead on arrival by the doctors on duty.

    Belizean Waters…Guatemalan Owned!
    Toledo’s Wil Maheia who went on yet another trip to the Sarstoon on Tuesday has reported that Guatemalan fisherfolk were observed fishing with illegal gillnets in numbers. This, he said, was occurring within a mile from Belize’s Sarstoon Forward Operating Base. He observed 12 Guatemalan vessels in Belizean waters. He questioned for the umpteenth time, “what is the use of the Base if it is not going to stop all the illegal incursions into Belize?” Maheia notes that for a while, the Belize Coast Guard and the Belize Defense Force seemed to be doing their jobs and the incursions appeared to have come to a halt but he surmises that this might have been because of their constant trips to the area but “the minute we dropped our guard it’s like business as usual.”

    Judgment Day
    Once upon a time, I respected Dean Oliver Barrow. Don’t hate me. I really did. Now I can’t believe I was so stupid. DOB is a power-hungry, ruthless, selfish, uncaring man who really does not give a damn about the people of Belize. To him, we are worth nothing more than a vote on election day. The rest is superfluous. He really has brought this country to its knees economically and socially just to cement his legacy and political victory for the UDP. I wonder if he realizes, when he is staring at his ceiling in the dead of night, what he has done to the people and country he swore to serve. I have listened to this man swear to his own integrity as if his word is binding law. It makes me nauseous. He is as corrupt as the most corrupt Minister in his Cabinet. His family has creamed off the public trough and continues to do so, simply because he has decided that they are the ‘bestest’ and ‘brilliantest,’ and nobody should dare to question him. He has made of nepotism a fine art, and condones the most blatant corruption and abuse of the public trust. He will leave office fabulously wealthy, with every member of his family richer for his time there. But he will leave the country broken and divided.

    Bigger than the Garland
    As it always is, the debate over the results of the annual Holy Saturday Cross Country race has been fast and furious. As it always does, Facebook has become an instant breeding ground for experts – in this case cycling and sporting psychologists, analysts, trainers and coaches. None of the passionate rhetoric will change the fact that a Guatemalan cyclist, Alejandro Padilla, the defending cross-country champ, will be taking the garland to Guatemala once again. And not one of the Facebook arguments which generally deteriorate into petty and personal insults will change the fact that the top three spots were taken by foreigners – the second spot by an American, 48 years old, and the third by another Guatemalan, Alder Torres. We extend congratulations to all the athletes who participated in the gruelling race – ALL of them regardless of nationality. Like all Belizeans, we share the disappointment that it was not one of our own who crossed that finish line first. And like most Belizeans, we share a certain discontentment in the knowledge that we have been upstaged by a country which refuses to accept our territorial integrity and continues to annex territory which is ours. But we hold absolutely no malice against the Guatemalan who won, or indeed any of the foreigners who bested our Belizeans.

    BDF Challenge Bandits in PLB Football Playoffs – Verdes Take on Police United…
    The Belize Defence Force and Verdes FC clinched their Premier League of Belize football playoff berths in the games of Week 14 over the weekend. Verdes FC was a shoo-in for the No.3 berth getting an easy 3-0 win by FC Belize’s forfeit at the Norman Broaster Stadium on Sunday. The BDF won the No.4 berth by a 2-1 win over FC Belize in a midweek match at the MCC Garden on Wednesday night, where Ernest Wiltshire scored first for FC Belize, but goals by Shane Flores and Brian Martinez gave the BDF the 2-1 win. At the MCC Garden on Sunday, the BDF drew 2-2 with Police United; with Colombian import Anderson Cordoba and Trevor “Burger” Lennan scoring for the cops, while Shane “Chucky” Flores and Jeremy Gentle equalized for the soldiers.

    Kaylon Godoy & Roberta Usher Win BBBFF Strongman
    Kaylon Godoy and Roberta Usher won the 2017 Belize Body Building & Body Fitness Federation (BBBFF) Strongman competition at the BTL park in Belize City on Sunday. The women competed in 4 disciplines which included bench press, squats, dead-lift & tire flip; while the men competed in 6 disciplines: bench press, squats, dead-lift, tire flip, farmer’s walk and the ultimate crowd pleaser – the Vehicle Pull.

    Guatemala Takes the Garland…Again
    No Belizean brought home the garland this year, as last year’s champ – Guatemalan cyclist Alejandro Padilla Miranda returned as Holy Saturday Cross Country Cycling Champion in the 89th edition of the Cycling Federation of Belize’s annual classic race from Belize City to San Ignacio and back on the George Price Highway. Padilla clocked 5:53:05 over the 140-mile race, which was 13 minutes slower than 19-year-old Ryan Bauman’s 2008 record time of 5:40:12. The visitors also cleaned up most of the cash prizes on the road; Padilla and American Patrick Raines had sat in the back of the peloton conserving their energy until the final 19 miles, but Padilla won another $625 in prizes from mile 8 to mile 6. Raines won 4 station prizes of $1,000 each at Mile 13, Leslie’s Imports, at Jawmeighan’s grave and at the BWS offices, as well as 8 other prizes between Vernon Street and Famers market, for a total of $5,050 in prizes.

    Breaking Belize NewsPJ

    La Union border crossing under watch
    The popular Belize-Mexico crossing spot in Northern Belize is seeing an increase in traffic. Many Belizeans cross over in canoes to shop for cheap grocery items. Customs and Immigration personnel have installed a sign that says only residents from neighboring villages will be allowed to shop there.

    Coast Guard accuses Admiral Borland of abuse
    According to reports, a Coast Guard has filed an official police report against his superior. Admiral John Borland is being accused of threatening the serviceman. Reports are that the coast guard officer is requesting court action into the matter.

    Police find decomposed body in Progresso Village, Corozal
    On Thursday, April 20 about 5:00 p.m., police visited an area about 31/2 miles southwest of Progresso Village, Corozal District where they saw the body of Baltazar Santos Lino, 44, a labourer of Progresso Village in an advance state of decomposition floating face down inside a well.

    Motorcycle stolen from owner’s yard in Belize City
    According to police reports, 35-year-old Robert Gladden of Belize City reported that yesterday between 8 and 9:30 a.m., his black 2016 Lifan Brand motorcycle valued at $2,900.00 was stolen from his yard.

    Homemade 16 gauge found by police in Belize City
    Cops on South Side Belize City have taken another gun off the streets and out of the hands of criminal elements. This time, it was a homemade 16 gauge firearm. According to police reports, at around midday yesterday cops conducted a search in an abandoned lot on Riverside Street.

    Vehicle burns in Belmopan
    According to police reports, just before midday on Thursday, cops visited the corner of Queen Elizabeth Boulevard and Mandarin Street in the Cohune Walk area of Belmopan City where they saw a black 2007 Honda Pilot SUV vehicle engulfed in flames.


    Old Belize
    Modern visitors can get a glimpse of colonial era life by visiting Old Belize, a combination museum and adventure park located on the outskirts of Belize City. Originally not much more than a beachfront bar and a place to buy souvenirs, Old Belize is now one of the top visitor destinations in the country and includes a giant water slide, museum, exhibitions on all the different cultures that make up Belize’s melting pot society, gift shops, a floating trampoline, restaurants, cafes, and even an enormous rope swing that arcs out over the tranquil azure waters of Cucumber (Kukumba) Beach. Old Belize is located five miles outside the city limits of Belize City on the George Price Highway (still widely known as the Western Highway). Old Belize is open all year round except for Mondays and Good Friday (three days before Easter Sunday). The beach is open from Tuesday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM and on Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. You can come to Old Belize to learn more about the history and peoples of Belize or simply treat it as an adventure park with lots of rides, games, and delicious food. Despite being created specifically for foreign tourists, Old Belize is now equally popular with local Belizeans. Guided tours are a great way to experience all the best parts of Old Belize.

    International Sourcesizz

    TT President says region should dump Privy Council
    Trinidad and Tobago President, Anthony Carmona, has expressed frustration that his country and other CARICOM states have not replaced the Privy Council with the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) as their final authority in legal matters. Though 12 of the 15 CARICOM territories have signed the agreement establishing the CCJ, which was launched in 2005 as the final arbiter in legal disputes among and within regional members, only Barbados, Guyana, Dominica and Belize have accepted this court as the end decision-maker. Carmona, who served as a High Court Judge before being appointed as President in 2013, expressed his frustration during a presentation on Thursday to University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, undergraduate organisation, ‘Students Today Alumni Tomorrow’.

    Status of forests is ‘dire’ as world marks Earth Day
    They cover a third of the world’s land mass, help to regulate the atmosphere, and offer shelter, sustenance and survival to millions of people, plants and animals. But despite some progress, the planet’s woodlands continue to disappear on a dramatic scale. Since 1990 the world has lost the equivalent of 1,000 football fields of forests every hour, according to World Bank development indicators from last year. That’s 1.3 million square kilometres of forest, an area larger than South Africa, according to the international financial institution. Deforestation and forest degradation have caused a surge of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, according to conservationists. Belize and Bolivia have seen their carbon emissions skyrocket in recent years as a result of increased deforestation, the World Bank reported.


  • Belize 2017. 5 year Anniversary, 8min. The 2nd and 3rd songs in this video by Brandon Herring are original songs written and performed by him. I have never heard sweeter melodies. He made some songs about our little island. How special!

  • Cricel Castillo competing in the North American Fitness Pro Competition, 26min.

  • My First Project, 1min. Belize vacation

  • Diving in Belize, 3.5min.

  • Belize Ziplining Adventure, 1min. Nice crash landing...! Watch in HD! Nohoch Che'en National Park.

  • Family Cave Tubing Adventure in Belize, 4min. During our Carnival Cruise in the Caribbean we booked an excursion that took us cave tubing in Belize. The trip was a wonderful experience for all ages. Our youngest was 9-years-old and enjoyed it.

  • Monkeys In Belize! Vlog, 9.5min.

  • Caye Caulker, Belize | go slow man, 7.5min.

    April 22, 2017


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    Specials and Events

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    The San Pedro Sun

    DFC Eco Rangers are on a mission: Keep San Pedro garbage-free!
    Kay stated that the kids are excited to receive their t-shirts, and are developing fun plans for the Rangers. “The Rangers have been effectively raising awareness on how to properly dispose of garbage, and this is a great way to get our youth involved. The kids are excited to get their t-shirts because they have been working hard together, and have united themselves in doing something positive for our community. The Rangers take pride in their actions, and now, whenever they see others throwing garbage, it becomes a reflex for them to advocate about the importance of keeping San Pedro clean. You can tell that the kids are inspired, and we know the Rangers will be expanding,” said Kay. As an adult supervisor of the Rangers, Kay said that the neighborhood residents have all pitched in to pay a yard worker to clean the bushy areas of Leeward Street. However, he stated that the Rangers would like to seek assistance from the San Pedro Town Council to provide their area with blue garbage drums, to enforce the law for residents to keep their yards clean, and to provide occasional cleaning services.

    GOB denies wrong deeds in the GST Department
    Reports of the alleged manipulation of General Sales Tax (GST) audit results by the senior management of that Governmental Department have been denied by the Ministry of Finance. The accusations surfaced from a leaked letter sent to the Solicitor General of Belize by a concerned senior GST officer. The allegations have raised serious questions regarding the management of the department, and as such, the Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) have demanded an investigation into the allegations made by the GST officer. The four-page letter dated December 28, 2016 suggests intervention at the highest levels of the department to assess businesses at much higher collection figures than those arrived at by the auditor. However, the auditor in question says he was called into meetings by his superiors and says that he reluctantly did what he was told to do, even though he knew it was wrong. The auditor also added that his higher ups furthermore instructed him not to show the agents the method used to assess, which is structured to yield the highest collection figure. He also stated that while some assessments went un-appealed, others were questioned by senior GST officers.

    Leroy Goff officially charged for Delson Paguada’s shooting
    On Monday, April 10th 30-year-old Leroy Goff was arraigned at the Belize Magistrate’s Court. Accused of shooting 18-year-old Delson Paguada and pointing his gun at Paguada’s 14 year-old brother in San Pedro Town, Goff was charged with dangerous harm, use of deadly means of harm, and aggravated assault with the use of a firearm. He was then remanded to Central Prison. Goff returned to court on Wednesday, April 12th, where he was granted a Supreme Court bail of $7,500. He was then released under conditions that ensure he will return to court on Thursday, June 29th, along with any required dates after that.

    Ambergris Today

    Two Fake Police Officers Detained Pending Charges In Belize City
    Police reports indicate that the department received information of two male persons dressed in what appeared to be police uniforms acting suspiciously in the vicinity of Publics Supermarket on the Phillip Goldson Highway on Wednesday, April 19, 2017, at around 4:30 p.m. The two men were wearing a khaki shirt, long blue trousers with a green streak on the sides resembling the official uniforms of police officers. One had on a green belt while the other wore a red one. They were identified as 22-year-old Dorian Blair of a Gibnut Street address Belize City and 39-year-old Barrington Slusher of a Brown Street address Belize City.

    Belize Barrier Reef Must Be Safeguarded From Inherent Dangers Of Offshore Oil
    In a press release issued yesterday, Thursday, April 21, 2017, the Belize Coalition to Save Our Natural Heritage calls out the Government of Belize as it Fails to Honor Commitment with UNESCO on Offshore Oil Ban. Given the economic importance, biological significance and cultural relevance of the Belize Barrier Reef to Belize and Belizeans through goods and services such as coastal protection, tourism and fishing, all reasonable effort should be implemented to ensure that the sensitive ecosystems that comprise the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System (reefs, sea grass beds and mangroves) are safeguarded from the irreparable destruction caused offshore oil. Of note is that UNESCO, the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization, in its response to the Government of Belize’s strategy to get our World Heritage Sites off the Sites In Danger list, have also stated that the proposed one kilometer buffer needs “revision in order to secure the protection of the property’s Outstanding and Universal Value.”

    Misc Belizean Sources


    Miss Belize: the Rebecca Response
    Everyone is entitled to an opinion, Sher and I respect your right to yours. I reached out to you multiple times and I always expressed how thankful I was to you. After I won Miss Belize, my life quickly spiraled and got busier and you of all people should know that that is how it goes. Being new and "green" to pageantry, I didn't realize it but I continued..I thought we had formed a bond and when I realized that you never reached out to me either I was sad about that too. I always took your advice and never felt like I knew it all. Not once have I ever thought I am better than anyone nor have I let any "fame" go to my head but I don't need a Facebook post for people to see that. I work hard, I am fair and I know what it is I believe in. My experience with Opal was not good and I saw how badly she treated the other girls. She did not do even the basics of what she was supposed to do to get to Miss Universe. If it was not for my family and the Belizean public we would never have made it to Manila...

    Miss Belize: former Queen Responds to Opal By Tanisha Vernon
    Wolf in Sheep Clothing vs The Controversial Miss Belize Universe 07-08. Approximately 10 years ago I had participated in the Miss Belize Pageant. I remembered the series of events that occurred like it was yesterday. Before I venture into all the mishaps and adversities. Let me briefly introduce myself, I am 29yrs Tanisha Vernon, the last Miss Belize Universe to be crowned at the former Belize Civic Center by Maria Jeffries, who had recently crowned Rebecca Rath. Confusing right? Yes, Opal Enriquez and her team had intentionally omitted my title and reign for her own selfish reasons. Prior to the pageant they had the audacity to ask for my mentorship and sponsorship that I humbly denied for many reasons. At no point their organization members had offered an invitation to me so that I can passed on the crown to Ms Rebbeca Rath.

    Miss Belize: the response to Tony Rath
    I am not a photographer, not a journalist, nor a lawyer, but I am simply a person who has a heart just as anyone else. Perhaps we will never know all sides. And whilst you the reader will form your own opinion, allow me to assist you in developing your view on the matter, as I merely share my experiences with Rebecca Rath and her family. In the world of pageantry, all is never the way it really seems. I, Sherima Guity can remember convincing Rebecca to enter the Miss Belize pageant, which was clearly not on her bucket list. However, her ‘green’ state to pageantry only challenged my abilities because I trusted my passion for pageantry and was confident that once I had the support of my family, It would have been easier to capture yet another crown for my beloved Stann Creek district. In this light, Rebecca Rath was treated with the very same respect as all other queens I had trained vying for a pageant title. This even meant travelling to all events and personal practices I had with Rebecca at my own expense, as I have always done when dealing with any other contestant. I did all this while simultaneously training another queen for a different national level pageant.

    Belize Literary Prize
    Don't Forget: The Deadline for submissions to the Belize Literary Prize is April 30th. Flash Fiction and Poetry are this year's genres.

    Book Week
    Look out for Book Week Activities next week in Punta Gorda and San Ignacio Towns.

    Joyjah Estrada Signs with an international modeling agency
    "I just love being in front of the cameras! My favourite part is that you become different versions of yourself, different characters, it excites me"! This journey begun in 2012 when I did my first photo shoot with Danny Hun in PG It was as if a shinning light sparked from within me, I knew right then modeling was what I enjoyed doing.. I then worked with a number of different local photographers Delia Padilla being the main one, did a couple runway walks in fashion shows by local designers like Joris H. Groenendaal Rebecca Stirm it was so much fun!. Once I came onto social media I quickly realized I needed more frequent and fresh content, chasing photographers and waiting on jobs was becoming old and that's when we decided to invest in our first camera and Brandunn became my personal photographer overnight!.. Fast forward years later with the support of my amazing supporters dreams started to come true I was shot by super model @kendalljenner met the incredibly talented @kegrand and then landed the cover of @thelovemagazine WOW! I thought to myself! Is this for real? Is this a dream?...

    What is tha going up next to Grand Colony???
    Zip line? It's a watch tower...they are....Ashcroft... building a FIVE story condo unit....this way people wanting to buy can see what their view would be from which ever floor they wanted

    Second Meeting of the Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs from the Central American Integration System (SICA) and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Turkey
    The Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs from the Central American Integration System (SICA) and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Turkey met in Istanbul on 20 April 2017 with the purpose of further strengthening and diversifying the relationship between SICA Member States and Turkey. They reaffirmed the excellent ties of friendship and solidarity that exist between both Parties and reiterated their will to continue strengthening their relationship in the diplomatic, political, economic and cooperation for development, and coincided on the importance of enhancing multilateralism. The Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs of SICA welcomed the incorporation of Turkey as an Extra Regional Observer State of SICA in 2015.

    Letter: Congratulations BNTU on a successful convention
    The Belize Progressive Party (BPP), in keeping with its social-oriented moorings, takes this opportunity to congratulate the Belize National Teachers’ Union (BNTU) on hosting a successful convention, which saw the smooth transition of leadership. The BPP recognises the significant role embodied by the union movement, in terms of ensuring that good governance practices and principles become the rule, as opposed to remaining the exception. The BNTU has demonstrated on numerous occasions, its resolve for ensuring that in conformity with the rule of law, equal rights and justice prevails. It is due to their staunch actions of remaining at the forefront of worker-related issues, the BNTU has distinguished itself as a trailblazer in Belize’s union movement.

    Joyful and Exciting Music
    The National Youth Orchestra of Belize presents an evening of joyful and exciting music in Corozal District on April 29th, 2017, at the Corozal Community College Auditorium starting at 6:30pm. Special performance by the CCC Marching Band. See you there! Tickets are available for $5.

    BBIA Book Week 2017
    Book Week is next week, and on Saturday, April 29th, they are having a Book Week event at the Cayo Welcome Center. "Book Week 2017 is coming up, save the date!"

    International Festival of Culture
    May 4th-7th, 2017 Central Park, Benque Viejo Del Carmen

    Forest fires are already having a major impact in the Vaca Forest Reserve
    Farms located nearby the reserve have also been impacted.

    Raptors of Mexico and Central America, is Bill Clark's best Raptor book yet!
    Happy to see my friends Ryan Phillips, Richard Kuehn, Yeray Seminario, and Sergio Seipke making major photographic and other contributions. My Solitary Eagle photo was artfully transformed by the awesome artist John Schmitt.

    Did you know that the U.S. is a major importer of Belizean sugar?
    Last week the Embassy Political and Economic Team visited Santander Belize, Ltd. in Valley of Peace village to learn about this fascinating and growing industry. Principal investors Jose and David Rodriguez led the team on a tour of the farms and the facilities. The multimillion dollar investment is a fully integrated operation encompassing sugar cane production, harvesting, milling and bagasse co-generation. The company directly employs approximately 1000 people, roughly 800 of them Belizeans, and uses state of the art harvesting, irrigation, sugar and cogeneration production processes.

    Celebrate the Reef "Reef Week Hol Chan 2017"
    It's that time of the year again, where we come together and celebrate the reef, through a week filled of fun and exciting activities!!!!

    Lionfish Tournament May 12 in San Pedro
    Beach party at Estel's

    Channel 7

    BNTU Election, The Blow By Blow Account
    Last night, the late breaking news at 6:30 was that Senator Elena Smith had been elected as the new National President of the Belize National Teachers Union. Our news team was still in San Roman Corozal. So, we only had the broad strokes of the annual convention which elected a new leader after Luke Palacio had reached his 9 year term limit. Tonight, we have a full recap of the union's election day, right up to the moment when Elena Smith was declared the winner. Hundreds of teachers showed up for the second day of their 47th annual convention to vote for their new National President. Their choices: Mario Mesh from the Host Branch of Corozal, Troy Coleman from Stann Creek, and the most well-known candidate of the 3, Senator Elena Smith.

    A New Union General Secretary Leads The Way
    Of the 686 teachers who voted in the convention 349 of them voted for Elena Smith. Troy Coleman got 197 votes - not 147, as we had reported; and Mario Mesh got 140 votes. Elena Smith still managed to get more votes than both of them combined, and she now takes over from Luke Palacio. But, while Palacio is no longer the head of the union, he still remains on the executive as the first vice president. That's because no other candidate stepped up to challenge him for that post in yesterday's convention. Jorge Mejia was also returned as the national treasurer because, again, nobody challenged him for the post. The other new executive member is Ruth Shoman, who was elected in yesterday's convention. Following her victory, she spoke with the press about her new role, and about the direction for the new leadership:

    COLA's Horse Won
    So, as you saw in our story, the teachers placed a lot of emphasis on what they strongly believed was political interference designed to manipulate their union. The grassroots organization COLA, which has been a faithful ally of the BNTU, showed some presence in San Roman to observe the elections. President, Giovanni Brackett told us that he is hoping that the results reflected the will of the teachers, not PUDP scheming: Giovanni Brackett, President - COLA: "We didn't want to be up here, because we believe that we could support from afar. But it's very simple, the government has interfered within this election. I have gotten calls about this election over the last few weeks, try to ignore it. The latest reports that I have gotten is that there had actually meetings within the different parliamentarians within the government who have met with teachers and have gone to having a strategic orchestrated move to get their candidate elected here."

    Guatemalan Businessman Killed In Toledo, A Hundred Miles From Home
    A Guatemalan was killed in the Toledo District last night - and it's the first murder reported countrywide in 6 days. Around 5:00 yesterday, residents of Jalacte saw a man's body on the side of the road. His ID cards showed that he was Guatemalan, 42-year-old Carlos Pop Xol, a businessman from San Fernando Cha'al Alta Verapaz - which is about 100 miles from Jalacte.

    Coast Guardsman Makes Criminal Compliant Against Admiral
    7News has confirmed that a coast guardsman has made a criminal complaint against his boss, Admiral John Borland, which is now in the hands of the police. He is accusing the Admiral of verbal abuse and more seriously, of threatening words. Though we are aware of the specifics of the case, we are unable to share them with you because the Admiral hasn't been criminally charged, and - we could not reach him by phone or at his office. Nevertheless, the police have to treat the complaint seriously since the coast guard officer is requesting court action. We understand that his complaint has been forwarded to the Commissioner of Police. The Commissioner will then forward to the Ministry, where it will be assessed.

    FFB On Corozal Chairman: "Alleged Illegal Activities"
    Earlier this week, we told you about the shakeups in the FFB District Associations, where two chairman were given the boot - one by his executive in Toledo, the other, in Corozal, by the FFB headquarters in Belmopan. Today, the Federation put out a press release saying, quote, "due to alleged illegal activities by the Corozal Football Association's Chairman, Mr. Frank Sutherland was suspended until further notice." And what are those alleged illegal activities? Well, it seems that Mr. Sutherland was running a rent racket - or at least that's what the evidence points to. The FFB's letter to Sutherland on April 6th accuses him of the issuance of a fraudulent receipt and the misuse of Federation Moneys. The letter notes that he was given money directly to pay monthly rent for an office space for the Corozal Football Association.

    Lino Turns Up Dead: Was The Hunter Hunted?
    Tonight, a 45 year old hunter from Progresso Village is dead and his family is questioning the circumstances of his death. 45 year old Baltazar Lino was found dead after he went on a week long hunting trip near his farm a couple miles away from his village. But, after some days, his dogs returned but he didn't. That's when his family went looking for him and they found his decomposing body face down in a well yesterday. Police are investigating, but he family says that his neck had a telling scratch which they believe came from a jaguar:...

    Bail for Betancourt
    Last week we told you about San Pedro residents Jimell Paul Jex and Tracy Betancourt who were arrested and charged for possession of ammunition without a firearm license. Police searched their apartment and found 8 live 9mm rounds of ammunition. Jex was the only one present in the apartment when the search was conducted, and was arrested immediately. Police found and arrested Betancourt earlier this week.

    Teenager says He Picked Up Weed At The Wrong Time
    And today another teenager was in court for weed. 18 year old Lionel Lopez appeared in the Magistrate's Court where he was charged with the possession of about 1/10 of an ounce of cannabis. Lopez pled guilty to the charge but explained that it was all a mixup. He says that he was visiting his brother on Arlington drive when he picked something up off the street. He continued to say that before he realized that he had picked up an illicit substance, a mobile police unit came around the corner and busted him.

    A Bucket Of Ganja
    Ladyville Police today found two pounds of weed. They say the 930 grams were found in a bucket in an abandoned area on Marage Road in Ladyville around 11:00 this morning.

    Customs and Immigration Have Headaches At La Union
    "La Union" That's the Belize-Mexico border crossing in northwestern Belize that's becoming a real headache for customs and immigration. And that's because bus loads of Belizeans on excursions are flocking to the tiny village, so they can go across the river and shop for cheap items in Mexico. And When we say busloads, we mean as many as 18 buses at a time - coming from as far away as Dangriga. And all of them have to cross the Rio Hondo in little canoes! And that's probably why Customs put up this sign a few weeks ago. It says only persons form surrounding villages are permitted to shop in La Union. And that's also why about month ago, Immigration was turning people away. The Director of Immigration told us today that it's not an official border crossing, so they can stop persons form crossing there and so can customs.

    Cop Knocked Down Elderly Man
    Last night a police mobile unit was involved in a minor traffic accident in Southside Belize City. According to reports, the police vehicle was unable to drive down a section of East Collet Canal because of a clean-up effort being conducted at the time, so the driver began to reverse down the street. The vehicle didn't make it far before hitting, Karl Bradley, an elderly resident of West Collet Canal Street. Bradley's family told us that immediately after knocking him down, the police that were in the vehicle jumped out to assist and took him to the hospital with his son. After taking an X-ray doctors determined that Bradley received no threatening injuries, and discharged him. When we visited him today, Bradley was being cared for by his family. His left foot and ankle were swollen and much of his skin was peeled off. Bradley's family also told us that one police Sergeant who was in the patrol vehicle offered to pay for his medical expenses.

    City Council Tries and Tries Again With Sidewalk Furniture
    If you have walked along Albert Street in Belize City any time in the last few years you may have noticed several small squares cut out of the side walk. Those squares are what remains of several of the Belize City Council's attempts to beautify the street over the last decade and a half. Each square is supposed to hold a planter, or a cement pot with a palm tree planted in it. But, every time the City Council has tried to make use of these planters they have been the victim of vandalism and theft. Now, CitCo is getting ready to give it another try. We spoke to Councilor Michael Theus, who told why he is confident that the planters will be safe this time around... The re-addition of the planters is part of the City Council's project to rebrand the city as a major tourist destination.

    Calling All Creatives
    We always hear about IDB loans for major infrastructure and economic development projects, but what about the smaller micro-industries? Well, the IDB now says it wants to fund startups in the creative and cultural industries. They are focusing on Latin America, the Caribbean and South Florida and they are looking for innovative products or solution to improve lives in areas ranging from fashion, to music, to cooking. Cristina Nolasco of the IDB told us more from her office in Washington DC. WE ASKED HER WHO QUALIFIES:... THE open call will award prizes to startups that have those innovative products or solutions. Participating entrepreneurs must be over 18 years, and you can find a link to apply at -

    Garcia, The Guatemalan, Gone?
    And, finally, tonight, police have provided us with the picture of escaped prisoner 23 year old Henry Abel Calderon Garcia. As we told you last night, the Guatemalan Laborer who lives in Benque Viejo Town escaped when he was given a duty to go work outside the Benque Viejo Police Station on Wednesday. He was convicted for Possession of Control Drug and fined $805 dollars to be paid forthwith.

    Channel 5

    Guatemalan businessman murdered in Jalacte
    We start our newscast tonight with a murder deep in the south where a Guatemalan businessman was stabbed to death a stone’s throw away from the western border near the [...]

    Elena is B.N.T.U.’s leader after dramatic day in Corozal
    Senator for Trade Unions and Civil Society, Elena Smith, is president-elect of the Belize National Teachers’ Union. She defied the odds following allegations of tampering and interference in the executive [...]

    In Progresso, man found dead in well; did man or beast kill him?
    A family up north is grieving the untimely death of one of its own. The body of Baltazar Lino was retrieved from a four feet deep well in the outskirts [...]

    Union’s members demand retirement issue be settled by resolution
    The impromptu Council of Management meeting that delayed elections also forced the Belize National Teachers’ Union to postpone the hearing and voting on five resolutions presented to the Annual Convention. [...]

    Tax men accused of mishandling system of arrears and refunds for G.S.T.
    On Thursday we told you about the backlash against the Government’s dismissal of alleged manipulation of audits by senior management of the General Sales Tax Department conducted by lower level [...]

    Why Alex Sanker wants his Miss Universe painting back from Rebecca Rath
    The fury over photojournalist Tony Rath’s blog continues to burn like wildfire online, where responses to the five-part article are being posted to Facebook in the wake of the lengthy [...]

    So what actually happened to the painting?
    What became of the commissioned artwork remains unknown. Sanker maintains that the painting was deliberately set aside in favor of a Pen Cayetano piece and that he personally hand delivered [...]

    Did Joel Nagel’s “Global Access Conference” get him in trouble?
    Ambassador of Belize Joel Nagel remains accredited to the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland and the International Atomic Energy Agency.  The U.S. attorney was also accredited to Austria and several [...]

    Monkey Bay Resort sued over U.S. student’s drowning
    A family in the U.S. is suing a local organization over the drowning death of their son. Back in February 2016, fourteen year old Tomari Jackson of Georgia, U.S.A., was [...]

    OCEANA reminds G.O.B. of plans for reef on anniversary of Deepwater disaster
    On Thursday marked seven years since the massive “Deepwater Horizon” oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. In light of this day remembered largely by conservationists and those whose lives [...]

    Central Bank details reasons for liquidation of credit unions
    Central Bank Governor Joy Grant has responded to News Five via email following our story of Thursday night. The Bank in its capacity of registrar of credit unions is moving [...]

    F.C.D. says gold panning is now biggest threat to Chiquibul Forest
    Documents released by the F.C.D. chronicle the growth of gold-panning inside the inside the Chiquibul Forest, primarily its sharp spike in the southern portion of the forest in the last [...]

    Football Federation suspends Corozal football chief
    The Football Federation of Belize will hold its tenth Ordinary Congress in June. At that time members will be electing several outstanding positions on the executive, including a president. At [...]

    First storm of 2017, Arlene comes and goes
    Even though the hurricane season begins in June there has been some activity before the start of the season. Tropical Storm Arlene, the first named storm of the 2017 Atlantic [...]

    Rest of season should be quiet, say weather experts
    Over the past few days, we have been experiencing unseasonable rains.  According to forecaster Derrick Rudon, the 2017 hurricane season will be below average with fewer named storms and hurricanes. [...]


    BNTU Elects New President
    Yesterday, Senator Elena Smith emerged victorious as the President Elect of the Belize National Teachers Union. Smith went up against Troy Coleman of the Stann Creek Branch and Mario Mesh of the Corozal Rural Branch. The day’s proceeding was interrupted when the Council of Management held an emergency meeting to discuss reports of political interference. […]

    BNTU’s Newly Elected General Secretary Speaks of Work Ahead
    The other post contested was that of National Secretary. Vying for the post were Ruth Shoman of the Corozal Branch and Adelaida Guerra of the Belize Branch. Shoman emerged as the victor with 336 votes while Guerra garnered 328 votes. Shoman spoke to the media after the announcement was made. Luke Palacio is now the […]

    Jaguar Suspected to Be Responsible for Death of Villager
    Reports of a jaguar attacking a man are emerging from Progresso Village in the Corozal District. Forty five year old Baltazar Lino was found dead inside a four foot well located in the bushes. Lino would regularly visit his farm accompanied by his dogs but on Easter Sunday, one of his dogs returned without him. […]

    SSB Workers Protest Proposed Cuts
    The staff of Social Security Board countrywide who are union members engaged in a subtle protest to their management today after a proposal was made to have their benefits cut. According to our source, the proposal is to reduce the vacation and sick days for new staff members for which the Christian Workers Union, (CWU) […]

    Guat National Murdered in Southern Belize
    Toledo Police are investigating the murder of a businessman in that District. Police report that around 5:30 Thursday evening they responded to information of a person lying on the side of the road about half a mile from the junction of Jalacte Village. When they got there, authorities found 42-year-old Carlos Pop Xol, Guatemalan businessman […]

    Mayor Bradley on Business in Miramar, Florida
    Belize City Mayor Darrell Bradley is back in the county after travelling to South Florida. Bradley was invited by the mayors of Miramar City and Broward County to participate in a “Ease of Doing Business” Workshop. Bradley told us more. DARRELL BRADLEY “One of the things that we are actually trying to do is establish […]

    No Stipend for the BNTU Branch Executives
    While the ballots were being counted for the selection of BNTU’s president and general secretary, teachers who stayed behind had a say in the four resolutions tabled. The first resolution proposed was for the branch presidents, secretaries and treasures to receive a stipend from BNTU’s central office of three hundred, two hundred and one hundred […]

    Arlene Forms Ahead the Hurricane Season
    Two days ago we told you of the tropical depression that was formed outside the Atlantic Hurricane Season. While the National Hurricane Centre in Miami, Florida had noted that it would be a short-lived system, yesterday that depression was named Arlene and is now the first storm for the 2017 season. Tropical Storm Arlene is […]

    Music Ambassador Speaks on Miss Universe Controversy
    The 5-part blog uploaded to the internet by Tony Rath on the behind the scenes accounts of the Miss Belize/Universe event has stirred emotions from various circles of society and in some cases have enraged many Belizeans. His account to what transpired between the contestant, Rebecca Rath and the Pageant Director, Opal Enriquez has basically […]

    Belize’s Barrier Reef Remains in Danger of Losing Its Value
    Local environmental agencies have been speaking constantly on the dangers being posed to Belize’s Barrier Reef due to various factors. It is a case that has gotten international attention particularly since UNESCO had named it a World Heritage Site back in 1996. Thirteen years after receiving the title of a World Heritage Site, the Belize […]


    Killer of Indira “Princess” Thompson still at large
    As we go to press tonight, the man who brutally stabbed to death Indira “Princess” Thompson, a well-known woman of Belize City, on the grounds of the abandoned Bellevue Hotel on Southern Foreshore almost a week ago remains at large. Police have not yet released the identity of the man they believe committed the heinous act early last Friday morning. Information to police is that the 35-year-old woman was stabbed several times in her upper body and abdomen after she refused to have sex with her assailant. Carl Morter, with whom Thompson was reportedly living in a shack behind the decrepit hotel building, told police that he was returning to the shack when a Hispanic man exited, armed with a knife, and slashed his neck before running off.

    Coyoc brothers suffocate in Trial Farm well on Good Friday
    wo brothers of Trial Farm in Orange Walk, Jeovani Coyoc, 26, a taxi driver, and Isidoro Coyoc, 41, a farmer and tractor driver, were both laid to rest this Sunday in the wake of a tragedy which occurred at their family farm on Good Friday, when the men suffocated inside a 40-foot well. The incident occurred at about 12:30 on Friday, April 14, in the Goat Hill area of Tower Hill, Orange Walk. Police reported that at about 11:30 that morning, Jeovani lowered himself with a rope into the well, which contained about four feet of water, in order to clean the walls of the well. When Jeovani began to suffocate in the well, his brother, Isidoro, tried to get help and when he could not get an oxygen supply for him, he tried to rescue him alone. Sadly, both brothers fell unconscious inside the well, which had been out of use.

    Guat congressman wants Belize on their map
    It was confirmed this week that there is a lobby in official circles in Guatemala to have that country’s map for public and private use formally include Belize. Three weeks ago, news broke that Guatemala’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs had received a provocative proposal via one of its consultants, Edmundo Rene Urrutia Garcia, which made reference to suggestions that the country of Belize should be included in Guatemala’s map, apparently with annexation of the Sarstoon. Garcia also referred to a proposed public consultation on the oil exploration in Belize’s subsoil. Evidently, the suggestion did not end there. On Tuesday of this week, April 18, Guatemalan Congressman, Luis Fernando Montenegro Flores, tabled a proposal in Guatemala’s Congress, the country’s unicameral law-making body, to have Belize included on the map of Guatemala with a punctuated line carrying a notation that there is a territorial, insular and maritime dispute pending settlement, but furthermore, carrying a notation that the border with Belize is not defined.

    BNTU to Faber: We shall not be moved!!!
    Shortly after 6:00 this evening, candidates and counters at the national election of Belize’s most militant union – the Belize National Teachers’ Union (BNTU) – emerged from the counting room on the campus of Escuela Secundaria Tecnica Mexico in San Roman Village, Corozal, in a somber mood, walking towards the stage area, even as the word began to spread that Senator Elena Smith had captured the presidency, despite alleged political interference from the ruling United Democratic Party (UDP) to usurp control of the BNTU by installing their man at the helm. Smith was asked if she thinks the political interference is real. “We have seen certain things, certain texts going around, and we have heard of certain meetings, and so, there is a saying in Creole, ‘if it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it must be a duck,’” Smith answered, as the crowd around her erupted in shouts of “Solidarity Forever!”

    Taximan’s throat sliced by carjacker
    Ernesto Robinson, 57, a cab operator of Belize City, survived a horrifying attack on Tuesday night, when a man pretending to be looking for a taxi cut him on his face and neck with a knife, then made off with his taxi, crashing it on the highway. Robinson was taken to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital, where he was treated for the injuries he suffered during the jacking. He has since been released. Meanwhile, the youth believed to have been the carjacker has been apprehended after a hot pursuit by police. Robinson told police that at about 8:30 on Tuesday night, he was stopped at the junction of Western and Ordonez Avenues in Belize City by a man requesting his taxi service. The man got into the passenger seat behind him, and after Robinson drove off, the passenger took out a knife, cut Robinson on his face, and tried to slice his throat, forcing Robinson to stop and flee. The assailant then commandeered the taxi.

    David Jenkins, former Amandala photographer, passes at 83
    Amandala was saddened to receive news this week of the passing of David Emmanuel Alexander Jenkins, Sr., 83, who worked for several years as the newspaper’s photographer. Jenkins, Sr., passed away at home on Sunday, April 16, 2017, surrounded by his loved ones. He died from kidney failure. His daughter, Vanessa, said that her dad opted not to go on dialysis, saying, “I lived like a man; I will die like a man.” “Even in death, he taught us a lesson in bravery, character and staying true to himself,” she told us. Jenkins is also remembered by friends as the electrical engineer who for a one-time fee unscrambled television signals for poor Belizeans when access was limited to “pay per view” basis. According to Manolo Romero and Hector Silva, Jenkins opened access to television when it was limited to the wealthy.

    Dangriga sports stats
    The place to be this Saturday night to witness the biggest game in the NEBL will be Dangriga Ecumenical Basketball Auditorium. After our home team won on the road in the last game played in San Pedro against the Tiger Sharks, Griga Dream Ballers will prove it to their home fans that they always save the best for last, like a game this Saturday night against the Orange Walk Running Rebels. One victory against the O.W. Running Rebels in Griga this Saturday night, and our home team, Griga Dream Ballers clinch the playoff. All Dangriga fans and surrounding villages are invited to this big match-up this Saturday night – Griga Dream Ballers vs Orange Walk Running Rebels.

    NEBL “In the Paint”
    There is a bundle of games scheduled to be played in Week 15 of the 2017 NEBL Championship, which, for all intents and purposes, will determine who goes fishing, or who will be invited to the big dance. The (8-3) San Pedro Tiger Sharks and the (7-3) Belmopan Bandits have already clinched spots to the big dance, while tonight’s match-up between the (3-6)’s Orange Walk Running Rebels and defending champs Smart Hurricanes at the Orange Walk Multi-Purpose Center will more than likely take one of these teams off life-support system and gently put it to sleep. Whatever the outcome of tonight’s game, any one of these teams could be nominated for league’s biggest disappointment. You asked, why do we say this? Both rosters are blessed with some of Belize’s brightest talent; but for some unknown reason, none could muster any sort of consistency on a night-in night-out basis, both from an offensive and defensive perspective. The Running Rebels won the first meeting by the score of 86-84 on the road; however, the Hurricanes have shown a little life of late; but again, it may be just a case of … too little too late.

    Holy Saturday Cross Country Cycling Classic 2017 finishers
    According to an official release on Monday, April 17, 78 cyclists started in this year’s Holy Saturday Cross Country, and 41 completed the 140 mile journey, of which 38 finished within the official time limit, which is not more than 30 minutes after the first place finisher. Here is the list of those 38 within the time limit: 1st place (GUA) Alejandro Padilla Miranda (Guatemalan National Team, 5:35:05); 2nd (USA) Patrick Raines (Ken’s Bike Shop, 5:53:26); 3rd (GUA) Alder Torres (Guatemalan National Team, 5:53:28); 4th Ron Vasquez (Smart/C-Ray Western Spirit, 5:55:08); 5th Brandon Cattouse (Smart/C-Ray Western Spirit, 5:58:42); 6th (USA) Bill Elliston (Elliston Coaching, 5:58:44); 7th Oscar Quiros, Jr. (Smart/C-Ray Western Spirit, 6:00:03);

    The significance of the BNTU election
    After the December 1984 general election defeat of the People’s United Party (PUP), Assad Shoman, the socialist Health Minister of the PUP during its 1979 to 1984 term of office, broke with the PUP and exited electoral politics. Said Musa, the PUP’s Education Minister during the aforementioned 1979 to 1984 PUP term, who had been Shoman’s loyal ally, began to move into a relationship with two neoliberal second-generation PUP leaders – Ralph Fonseca and Glenn Godfrey. But for more than a decade, Mr. Musa’s change in philosophy took place beneath the radar. When he became PUP Leader in 1996 and then Prime Minister in 1998, Mr. Musa was still enjoying credibility amongst social justice Belizeans. He finally began to lose such credibility in August of 2004.

    From the Publisher
    Until I was 7 years old, which I became in 1954, I grew up on the southern side of Church Street in Southside Belize City, three or four houses down from what used to be the center of cycling in those days – a bicycle shop one or two houses down from Albert Street, across from the Government Printers. My late uncle was a total cycling aficionado. I grew up with him as my hero. Cycling combined elements of life which he loved – the outdoors, athletic competition, and gambling. A close friend of the four-time Crosscountry champion, Aston Gill, who is still alive in New York City, my uncle had ridden a couple Crosscountries himself in the late 1940s, his highest finish being fourth or fifth. Sometime in 1954, I moved to West Canal Street, near Bolton Bridge and the junction with Regent Street West. Around 1955, my uncle went to study electrical technology in Puerto Rico, but I know that in the late 1950s and early 1960s, his cycling “road dog” was Duncan Vernon, who won two or three Crosscountries.

    Shifting sphere
    A lot of Caribbean people seem to be concerned about President Donald Trump being president of the most powerful country in the world, the United States of America (US). He is perceived as a racist and an anti-immigrant president. Millions of Caribbean nationals reside in the United States and the concerns are reasonable. I am not concerned about that because that was a decision that could only have been made by US citizens. I see a more serious threat; that is, an unstable US economy. After the 1944 Bretton Woods Conference, the US dollar became the global reserve currency and it was reinforced in 1975, when OPEC decided that oil must be purchased in US dollars. Every Central Bank in the region has US dollars as their reserve currency. The US is the Caribbean’s number one trading partner and usually the biggest contributor to our tourism industry, so their economy directly affects us.

    Dear Mr. Hector Zapata and my Garifuna people
    The idea of forming a Garifuna nation existed centuries ago before our people were removed by the British from our original homeland, Yurumein, now known as Saint Vincent & The Grenadines in 1797. It is not proper for a Garifuna individual or group to say that they founded the Garifuna nation. As an organization to mobilize our people into action, this new organization is being formed to facilitate this process and it will take time for our people to buy into this new concept. In my opinion, there is no other way but this way and eventually it will prevail. Why? Because (1) We have not gotten over our unlawful removal from our homeland, “Yurumein”; (2) The atrocities and genocide committed against our people by the French, British and now in some of the countries where we currently live, warrant action to be brought against all of them; and (3) Many of us are now willing to seek justice on behalf of our people, because moving from one country to another has not made our lives any better. Nothing like your home!

    Cross Country Classic
    Dear Editor, In the normal course statecraft is extremely complex as there are significant forces at play, seen and unseen, attempting to shape a country’s domestic as well as foreign policy. Belize’s diplomatic space is made even more complex because of the unfounded Guatemalan claim. There is no other country in the world that is being claimed in its entirety by a neighbouring state. Confronted with such a scenario we would be doing our country a great service by dissecting anything done by Guatemala or by Guatemalan nationals. Guatemala’s stated intent is to “recover” Belize and therefore we should strive to understand how each of their actions relates to such a stated intent. In the practice of statecraft things are seldom what they seem.

    On toxic agricultural products
    Dear Editor, We are so very concerned about our children’s health, yet we readily feed them foods that we know are laden with poisonous pesticides. The big agro-chemical companies make toxic chemicals derived from petroleum and coal to kill weeds and bugs. Petroleum and coal come from what has been dead for millions of years. We dig it up and burn it and what do we get? Death! And we make toxic agricultural products from them and what do we get? Death to wildlife, water, air, soil, food… increased cancers, birth defects, autoimmune diseases, etc. We need to be proactive and tell the politicians and the corporations to either move over, or make the positive shift toward sanity when it comes to agriculture.

    This is a moment in time in Belize when Labor is where the power is. I don’t mean merely that the unions (at least one) can be depended upon to successfully take on government on workers’ rights, economic issues, corruption or issues of good governance. I mean that this moment is bursting with potential for radical political change in Belize, an opportunity that was allowed to slip by in 2005 when the Belize National Teachers Union went on strike, joining other organizations in a campaign against the then PUP government. If there ever were a moment for clear, rational thinking, for not being satisfied with taking to the streets every time a wayward government needs to be put in check, for bringing an end to the UDP-PUP merry-go-round, this is it.

    Holy Saturday Cross Country 2017
    Why are we disappointed? As the 89th running of the Annual Holy Saturday Cross Country Classic got underway at 6:00 o’clock on Saturday morning, April 15, a total of 78 cyclists took to the start line. The numbers have decreased significantly from the year 2007, when we saw the largest field ever of 135 participants at the start line. Of the 78 cyclists, 63 were Belizeans and 15 foreigners – 7 Americans, 5 Mexicans and 3 Guatemalans (including the defending champion from Guatemala). These guys would attempt to make their way from Belize City to San Ignacio and back to Belize City via the George Price Highway, and the first person to cross the finish line would be crowned the new champion. For years, as far back as I’ve been involved in cycling, and even before my days, the Belizean public have been major cycling fans … or at least around Cross Country time. People get all excited coming onto the Easter holidays, and plan their vacation to begin after the Cross Country race. Even Belizeans living abroad are sure to tune in and keep up with the action on Holy Saturday. We hear all the cycling chatter, and get all the remarks of the disappointment if a Belizean shouldn’t win. Well, this is one of those years; the Belizean cycling fans are again devastated. They are heartbroken, in fact; not only that a foreigner won, but a Guatemalan.

    Hello everyone. Did you know that how much money you make determines the quality of health care you receive (if any), and how long you may live? Wealth inequality and the perception of wealth inequality are two different things. Thus, if you’re poor or low-to middle-income, poverty is hazardous to your health. Here are some hard stats: The top 1% wealthy in America makes 380 times in one hour more than what the average worker in a CEO’s company makes in a whole month (I’m not talking about the janitor, but the average worker in his company). That same 1% owns half (50%) of all of the country’s stocks, bonds, and mutual funds, and owns 40% of ALL of America’s wealth. On that same chart, the poor and the middle-income people have only 7% of the nation’s wealth between them, even though they make up 80% of the country’s population. The rest of the 20% of the population comprises the rich, the very rich, and that 1% wealthy we spoke about. Together, they control most of the country’s wealth (minus the paltry 7% distributed to the poor and middle income). Now, I’m using the U.S. as an example; however, global economists will tell you that the poverty lines and the distribution of wealth may be worse, not just in second and third world poverty-stricken countries, but even throughout many parts of Europe.

    Cross Country 2017 commentary & analysis
    There is, and can only be, one Holy Saturday Cross Country Cycling Classic. I say this because I hear many people saying, “Let’s have one with the foreigners and one without.” If you asked all the cyclists in Belize, I bet that almost 100% would vote for foreign participation. Any Belizean who won a Cross Country without the foreigners would be ridiculed, and would himself feel empty. Local riders want to compete and beat the foreigners. That Pandora’s Box has been opened and can’t be closed. Now, let me give you some insight from someone who has been in this sport from 1980, and who is on the road training daily with the Belizeans. First of all, the foreign competition invited this year was sub-par to the riders we have invited in the past. Remember, only the Cycling Federation can invite FOREIGNERS, and they do a good job ensuring that the playing field is level by no longer inviting the TOP QUALITY RIDERS. These riders they invite SHOULD be beaten.

    First depression for 2017 forms in Central Atlantic, ahead of season which calls for 11 to 12 named storms and 4 to 6 hurricanes
    Meteorologists are today confirming that the very first Atlantic system for 2017 has formed as a subtropical system in the Central Atlantic, the first April system since 2003 – a span of 14 years. Yesterday, researchers at the Colorado State University issued their April forecast, which calls for 11 named storms this year, 4 hurricanes and two major hurricanes—a slightly below average year, while the Weather Channel’s forecast is for a seasonal average of 12 named storms, 6 hurricanes and 2 major hurricanes. “We anticipate a below-average probability for major hurricanes making landfall along the United States coastline and in the Caribbean. As is the case with all hurricane seasons, coastal residents are reminded that it only takes one hurricane making landfall to make it an active season for them,” the CSU’s Philip J. Klotzbach and Michael M. Bell said in releasing their forecast.

    The Reporter

    Man stabbed to death
    On Thursday evening the body of 42 year-old Carlos Pop Xol was found lying beside the Southern highway, about half a mile from the Jalacte village junction. It had several stab and cut wounds. The discovery was made by police at 5:30 p.m., on April […]

    Guatemalan prisoner escapes
    Benque Viejo police are reporting the escape of a prisoner from at around 2:40 p.m., on Wednesday April 19. The public is advised to be vigilant and on the lookout for 23 year-old, Guatemalan National, Henry Abel Calderon Garcia. Garcia is said to have absconded […]

    Police woman charged for theft, caught on camera
    A woman police constable attached to the San Ignacio police division has been placed on interdiction and charged with ‘theft’ after she was allegedly caught on camera stealing money from a Chinese business establishment. Ann Marie Anthony was charged with stealing four $50 notes from […]

    San Pedro man charged for rape
    A 36-year-old San Pedro man, Eldon Williams, has been charged with  rape after he allegedly assaulted a sleeping 17 year-old girl early Sunday morning. The girl, accompanied by her mother, visited the San Pedro police station later that same morning. She told police that while […]

    Highway bandit caught by cops
    Belize City police have charged a San Ignacio man after he allegedly held up a Belize City taximan at knife point and carjacked him on Tuesday night. Police have confirmed that Shawn Rodriguez, 22, was charged for ‘robbery’ and ‘use of deadly means of harm’ […]

    Guatemalan congress rejects proposal to include Belize on official map
    Guatemala’s congress has voted against incorporating Belize to reflect as being a part of their territory on their official map, the Prensa Libre newspaper of Guatemala has reported.   The newspaper article, posted online on Tuesday reports that the congress “rejected a resolution to […]

    Ministry of Works upgrades/repairs major highways
    Motorists using the various highways might encounter “go-slow” signage as they approach certain sections, cautioning them about repairs or loose gravel on the road.  The caution signs are visible on highways across the country, as the Ministry of Works conducts major repairs and upgrades […]

    Belize’s Ombudsman chairs Human Rights session in Panama
    The Ombudsman of Belize, Lionel Arzu, recently chaired a successful session of the Central America Council of Human Rights Defenders and Ombudsmen in Panama City.   The extraordinary session was hosted on April 6 and 7 2017,  in order to formulate national and regional strategies to […]

    GOB not taking budgeting seriously says NGOs
    The Belize Network of Non-Governmental Organizations (BNN) is accusing the Government of Belize of making mockery of the national budget exercise through its $1 million honorarium to teachers that didn’t strike.   The BNN joined the Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) and the […]

    Gold-panning: Big problem in Chiquibul
    Gold-panning has become an incessant problem and the most impactful threat to the Chiquibul Forest Reserve, says the Friends for Conservation and Development (FCD).  The organization’s conclusion comes after a series of arrests in the nature reserve, at riverbanks where the activity can […]

    CitCo collecting tires to fight Monkey River beach erosion
    The Belize City Council is collecting tires to assist residents in Monkey River Village with mitigating the ongoing beach erosion plaguing the community.   City Councilor Phillip Willoughby, explained that the council is reaching out to tire shops, garages, bus owners, and the pubic at large […]

    Interpol seeks six most wanted Belizeans
    Six Belizeans were recently named among 257 Caribbean nationals on Interpol’s most wanted list.   The majority of accused criminals on the list were from the Dominican Republic with 160, followed by Jamaica with 54, and the Bahamas, Suriname and Guyana with eight each. Haiti had […]

    For the two years since his transfer to Belize  City as the Officer in Charge of Eastern Division,  Assistant Commissioner  of Police Chester Williams has worked tirelessly with the gangs  and their leaders, to reduce street violence. It has been frustrating work. The last three months have been the bloodiest […]

    Elena Smith is new BNTU President
    Elena Smith is the new President of the Belize National Teachers Union (BNTU) following elections on Thursday afternoon, despite allegations that government tried to influence union voting against Smith. Smith won the election by a landslide on Thursday, April 20, beating out BNTU Corozal President, […]

    Fake cops nabbed!
    Two fake cops are in hot water after actual police officers noticed something unusual about the pair of impersonators, whose uniforms were oversized and  untidy. One officer sported an unusual red belt. Precinct IV police noticed the pair looking suspicious near Public’s Supermarket on the […]

    GOB denies reports of GST double standard
    The Government of Belize (GOB) has denied a claim made by one of its General Sales Tax (GST) auditors that it is using different methods to manipulate the calculations for taxes on businesses. The release is in response to a leaked letter which bears the […]

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    Rhymes with Bagel
    ECI Development/Joel Nagel organized a spiel/promotion for an “Annual Global Access Asset Protection & Investment Conference” on September 18 ~ 24, 2016 in Vienna, Austria. Information on this conference was put out by Joel Nagel, who at the time was the Ambassador of Belize to Austria and is publicly available at According to ECI’s website, ECI is a real estate developer committed to building people-centered, vibrant communities in Latin America with North American quality infrastructure and services.

    NGO calls on GOB to protect the reef
    The Belize Coalition to Save our natural heritage issued a release today stating that on the seventh anniversary of one of the worse environmental disasters in history—British Petroleum’s oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico—the Belize Coalition to Save Our Natural Heritage restates its position that the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System must be meaningfully protected and safeguarded from the inherent dangers of offshore oil. According to the Coalition, in December 2015, the Government of Belize announced its intention to ban offshore oil activity along the reef and within World Heritage Sites and within a one kilometre “buffer” area.

    Youth Resilience and Inclusive Social Empowerment project to be launched
    The Ministry of Human Development, Social Transformation and Poverty Alleviation will launch the Youth Resilience and Inclusive Social Empowerment (Youth RISE) Project on Wednesday, April 26, at Dellille Academy School in Dangriga Town at 9 a.m. The Government of Belize has secured financing from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) to expand the Youth and Community Transformation (YCT) Project to at-risk communities in Dangriga and San Ignacio/Santa Elena Towns.

    Feel the Change campaign to be launched
    The National Climate Change Office (NCCO), in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) Japan-Caribbean Climate Change Partnership (J-CCCP) will launch a climate change awareness campaign on Wednesday, April 26, at the Ramada Princess Hotel in Belize City at 9 a.m. The campaign was developed based on the results of a Climate Change Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices survey conducted in several communities across Belize last year.

    Readers are Leaders – Book Week 2017
    Every year, in commemoration of World Book and Copyright Day on April 23rd, the Belize Book Industry Association (BBIA) organizes Book Week. This year, the programme will commence at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, April 28 at the Punta Gorda Central Park and will continue at the Cayo Welcome Center in San Ignacio on April 29th from 9:00 a.m to 3:00 p.m. The theme for this year is “READERS ARE LEADERS!”

    “Return the painting,” artist tells Ms. Belize
    Veteran painter Alex Sanker is calling on Ms. Belize, Rebecca Rath, to return the painting he did for her to give as the national gift at the 2017 Ms. Universe pageant. Sanker explained that he was informed that Rath never gave the painting as she was supposed to, but rather gave a piece painted by Penn Cayetano. Sanker maintains that the piece has significance both to Belize and himself and should be returned since it was not used for its intended purpose.

    Belizean cyclist seeks sponsorship for race in Europe
    Belmopan cyclist, 27-year-old Tariq Aguilar-Cano was born and raised in the capital city and fell love with the sport of cycling at the age of 11. Cano’s passion for the sport earned him the distinction of being one of the best junior All Around Cyclist of his time, winning his first race, King of the Hills Classic, at the age of 15 in a solo match. He then went on to win numerous races which gave him the opportunity to represent Belize in Guatemala, Cuba and the United States in an honorable fashion. Cano was also featured on the 2013 Belize Apprentice TV show, which showcased his capability to work hard on various levels. Following his success, he was later employed at the Belize Bank as a marketing officer for credit card and sale.

    2017 Hurricane Season off to early start
    The Hurricane season normally kicks off on June 1 and ends in November. However, the 2017 Hurricane season is off to an early start. Forty days before the official season begins, a tropical storm has formed in the North Central Atlantic Ocean. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration satellite provided forecasters with a look at the storm, swirling far from land areas. Tropical storm Arlene formed yesterday as Tropical Depression one and was strengthened into a tropical storm.

    Mount Carmel Credit Union being liquidated, members in limbo
    The Central Bank of Belize has not given any indication on what it will do about hundreds of customers affected by the liquidation of Mount Carmel Credit Union. The CBB announced, at the start of April, that Mount Carmel, based in Bemque Viejo del Carmen, would be one of four credit unions liquidated under Section 69 of the Credit Unions Act, Chapter 314 of the Laws of Belize.

    Trial Farm, San Pedro and San Jose get new pre-school buildings
    The Government of Belize in collaboration with the European Union (EU) will inaugurate three pre-schools in the Orange Walk and Corozal Districts on Tuesday, 25th April, at 1:30 p.m on the compound of the Trial Farm Government Primary School, Trial Farm Village, Orange Walk District. The three pre-schools were constructed with financing from the EU and the Government of Belize under the Accompanying Measures for Sugar (AMS) 2012 programme, at a cost of 600,000 Euros or BZD $1,140,000.

    Guatemalan man stabbed to death in Jalacte
    According to police reports, yesterday around 5:30 p.m., police responded to information of a person lying on the side of the road about half mile from the junction of Jalacte Village, Toledo. Police went to the area and observed Carlos Pop Xol, 42, a Guatemalan businessman of San Fernando Cha’al Alta Verapaz, Guatemala lying motionless and apparently dead.


    Take home that Belizean experience with a memorable souvenir!
    You came to Belize for the vacation of a lifetime, looking forward to all the incredible fun to be had. You fall in love with its landscape, people, culture, food and then, before you know it, it’s over. How can you possibly extend your Belize experience back home? How can your vacation last a little longer? Well, by picking up some authentic Belizean made goods! So what can you take? This question all depends on what you like. One of the most common “take-back-home” products made in Belize has to be a bottle of Marie Sharp’s pepper sauce – we Belizeans love our spice, and Marie Sharp has just the right kick. Chances are you saw (and sampled) it at pretty much every restaurant you ate at, and hopefully the spice-meter didn’t keep you from trying it! Grab a few bottles and share that taste of Belize with friends back home, and be sure to keep some for yourself! If you close your eyes, you could almost pretend you’re at your favourite restaurant in Belize again.

    Trash on North Ambergris Caye – When Do We Say Enough Is Enough?
    Until 2014/2015, almost everyone who traveled north – especially farther than a mile or two – went by boat. The road was in AWFUL…little more than a mud pit in parts…and most tourists and guests saw their resorts and rental homes for the first time when they arrived at the dock. But now (and for the last 2 years), the point of entry – the front entrance to northern Ambergris Caye resorts is the road. What used to be out back…the “back yard”…”the bush” is now where new guests form their first impressions. Whether they are arriving in the resort van or in a golf cart rental of their own – the very first impressions of our gorgeous island are gained while driving on the road. AND, I don’t know the nice way to say this so I will just say it: The road north looks like a giant garbage dump. The garbage and litter up north is GETTING WORSE. Here is a wildlife experience I had yesterday while in my golfcart. On the road. Just next to a gorgeous resort’s entrance. What a pretty ibis ;<

    Kayak, Windsurf, and Participate in Water Sports in Belize
    Islands and coves with sheltered bays and lagoons filled with crystal clear water are ideal for gentle water sports like sea kayaking and stand up paddling (a sport where participants stand upright on a device similar to a surfboard). The proximity of many islands to one another on the Belize Barrier Reef make sea kayaking a popular activity as participants can easily and safely “island hop” from one to the other or explore the shoreline of bigger destinations like Ambergris Caye. Steady breezes on the Caribbean are ideal for more adventurous water sports including windsurfing and kite surfing, especially in and around Ambergris Caye, Caye Caulker, and off the coast of Punta Gorda in southern Belize. In other offshore locations, water skiing and riding jet skis are popular choices while canoeing and white water rafting can be enjoyed on inland waterways like the Mopan and Macal Rivers. Wear lots of sunscreen, and be prepared to have the time of your life as you enjoy a bevy of fun and exciting water sports on the lagoons, bays, coves, rivers, and offshore islands of Belize.

    Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary
    Imagine Noah’s Ark after the flood, only thousands of creatures exit the ark rather than just two of each species. This 250,000 acre wonderland is also richly endowed with breathtaking waterfalls, mountains, nature trails and rivers, creating the perfect environment for species to thrive in harmony. As the only jaguar reserve on the planet, these cats keep company with hundreds of neo-tropical birds, other wildcats, deer, tapir, reptiles, insects, amphibians and all manner of other sanctuary inhabitants. You might not see all of them but you could spot their tracks on trails and river banks. The dirt road from the Southern Highway extends for six miles isn’t paved, so if you drive, you’ll need a car capable of tackling rugged terrain. Use public transport if you can. Buses from Belize City and Dangriga Town get you to Punta Gorda Town and the Maya Village Center, then hike into the park. If you’re coming from a distance, grab a Maya Island Air or Tropic Air flight for the 20-minute trip to Dangriga. Taxis and tour companies are also viable options.

    National Aquaculture Sector Overview
    Aquaculture in Belize formally began in 1982 with the development of ten acres (4 ha) of experimental ponds by a private company, in the southern part of the Country. Since that time, the industry has developed rapidly and has become firmly established as a significant contributor to the Belizean economy in terms of foreign exchange earnings, income generation, employment, nutrition, and food security. In Belize, the aquaculture industry is primarily based on the production of the whiteleg shrimp (Penaeus vannamei). Aquaculture in Belize has been expanding in volume and value more rapidly than capture fishery production, terrestrial livestock production and other agro-production activities. The growth performance of this aspect of the sector is reflected in the 160 percent annual increase in the production volume of farmed shrimp over the last decade. The export production and revenues have increased from 1.2 million pounds (545.4 tons) and Bz$ 10.4 million (US$ 5.2 million) respectively in 1995 to 16.86 million pounds (7 664 tons) and Bz$ 84.28 million (US$ 42.14 million) respectively in 2004. The contribution of Fisheries, including aquaculture to GDP was five percent for 2003. Export earnings for aquatic products were Bz$ 107 million (US$ 53.5 million) in 2004. This was second only to Sugar Cane which earned Bz$ 114 million.

    Human Rights in Belize – Rights of the Child
    Recalling all its previous resolutions on the rights of the child, in particular its resolution 54/149 of 17 December 1999, in which it strongly supported the work of the open-ended inter-sessional working groups and urged them to finalize their work before the tenth anniversary of the entry into force of the Convention on the Rights of the Child,(1) Expressing its appreciation to the Commission on Human Rights for having finalized the texts of the two optional protocols to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the involvement of children in armed conflict and on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography, Conscious of the tenth anniversaries, in the year 2000, of the World Summit for Children and the entry into force of the Convention on the Rights of the Child and of the symbolic and practical importance of the adoption of the two optional protocols to the Convention on the Rights of the Child before the special session of the General Assembly for the follow-up to the World Summit for Children, to be convened in 2001,

    Gorgeous tropical islands, exotic nature, and ancient Maya cities await in this Central American paradise. Blessed with beautiful biodiversity, Belize is a mecca for travelers who love to explore the great outdoors. Whether you prefer to marvel at the kaleidoscope of marine flora and fauna of the Belize Barrier Reef or explore the jungles and parks of the mainland in search of birds and wildlife, Belize has something for everyone. Add in a healthy dose of cultural diversity and a rich Maya heritage, and it's easy to see why Belize is rapidly becoming a top travel destination. Perhaps the most iconic landscape in Belize is its vast Caribbean coastline. Home to beautiful sugar sand beaches, coral reefs, and picture postcard perfect islands, there's no doubt that Belize has much to offer. Top spots include snorkeling off the island of Ambergris Caye, spotting nurse sharks and stingrays at the Hol Chan Marine Reserve, windsurfing at Caye Caulker, and diving more than 400 feet into the subterranean caverns of the Belize Blue Hole.

    International Sourcesizz

    Two Caribbean destinations in latest top 20 list of places to honeymoon
    To help newlyweds, and the engaged, better navigate the honeymoon destination market, Flight Network, the largest travel agency that is both owned and operated in Canada, has spent months researching and interviewing the best of the best to curate the ultimate list of top 20 luxury honeymoon destinations, which includes two Caribbean resorts. San Pedro is a slice of paradise facing the Caribbean Sea. Home to the world’s second largest barrier reef, the Pedro Barrier Reef, is a world treasure you will get to enjoy every day you spend there. When not snorkeling or diving though, you’ll find yourself kicking back under a palm or exploring the old fishing village turned town that’s said to inspire the song, ‘La Isla Bonita’. San Pedro is also incredibly close to the world-famous Mayan ruins, a truly special place to explore.

    Georgia mother sues school district after son dies on a class trip in Belize: 'He was everything to me'
    One mother from Georgia is taking legal action after her 14-year-old son died while on a class trip to Belize last year, and is warning other parents to "trust no one" when it comes to sending your children on international school trips. Tomari Jackson, 14, was on a trip with his North Cobb High School Biology class last February in Belize when he died after drowning in a river during a chaperoned excursion. More than a year after her son's death, Forbes received package in the mail that contained a video from a small camera her son had strapped to his head at the time that he died. The U.S. State Department had sent the package of Tomari's belongings to her after receiving it from Monkey Bay Sanctuary, where he was staying at in Belize.

    The Top 10 Things to Do in Belize
    When it comes to choosing a place for your Caribbean vacation, Belize might not be at the top of your list — there are more popular Central American and Caribbean destinations, after all. However, what makes Belize a truly amazing holiday spot is its diversity in both terrain and activities. The country’s eastern side provides the azure blue waters that make the Caribbean such an in-demand destination, as well as the second largest coral reef system in the world. On the west side, you’ll find lush rainforests, historic Mayan ruins and many different species of exotic wildlife. Tourism is continuously expanding in this small, but lovely, country, as Belize had the fastest growth of any tourism destination in the last year, with an overall growth of 13% in the last two decades. Aside from its growing popularity, here are the top 10 reasons why you should visit Belize this year.

    Video of Cobb teen drowning in Belize released on ‘GMA’
    A video of a 14-year-old boy drowning within feet of fellow North Cobb High School students on a school trip in Belize was shown during a “Good “Morning America” segment Friday. Tomari Jackson’s mother Adell Forbes — who is suing the school district along with the chaperones and the trip organizer — spoke about watching the February 2016 video. “Now I’m able to fill in the gaps and see for myself what happened,” she told GMA, which did not show viewers the actual drowning. Forbes’ attorneys showed a room of reporters the video a week ago but chose not to release it then, one of the reasons being that the mother wasn’t ready to see the footage on air. After the program aired Friday, Forbes’ attorneys released to media a copy of the drowning video, which is shot from a camera strapped to her son’s head.

    U.S. Troops Visit Children’s Home in Belize
    Not even inclement weather was able to put a damper on the spirits of the children living at the Liberty Children’s Home here, as U.S. service members visited, to lend a helping hand, April 18. The soldiers’ visit is was part of the Beyond the Horizon 2017 task force. Service members spent their day removing safety hazards from the property, playing a variety of games with the children and providing basic medical examinations. “There was a low-hanging tree over one of the housing units and we decided to cut it down and get it out of the way,” said Army Spc. Rudy Sneed, a shower and laundry specialist with the 452nd Quartermaster Company, an Army Reserve unit based in Scottsdale, Arizona. “We were afraid the tree might fall and cause serious damage to the property.”

    In Belize, local stewardship key to marine conservation
    The reef was in plain sight, a majestic view with sandy white beaches surrounding cayes with magnificent frigate birds and booby birds flying overhead at Halfmoon Caye Natural Monument. I was eager to put on my diving gear and see the wonders of the 186-mile-long Belize Barrier Reef, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Colorful coral reefs, whale sharks, turtles, and hundreds of cubera snappers aggregating three days before full moon at the Gladden Spit Spawning Aggregation Site in Belize. It was May 2002, and I was participating along with a research team to collect data on Nassau Grouper abundance and distribution which would inform the declaration of eleven Nassau Grouper Spawning Aggregation Sites. Our ocean is rich in biodiversity and is a crucial carbon sink. Coastal wetlands, mangroves and coral reefs support a diverse array of marine life. According to a recent economic study of the Belize Barrier Reef, the estimated services derived for tourism and livelihoods is US$559 million per year with a population of 380,010 people. A healthy reef ensures healthy people and a resilient country. Two decades ago, fisherfolk were adamantly opposed to the designation of marine protected areas. However, the tide is shifting to a more inclusive and participatory co-management approach where communities are empowered to protect, conserve and utilize the seascape resources in a sustainable manner in partnership with regulatory government agencies (Forest and Fisheries Departments).

    8 endangered sites to see now
    (CNN)Florida manatees swim and sleep in the sunshine and golden-brown panthers prowl the shady forests at Everglades National Park. A swampy wilderness of gnarled cypress stands and waving sawgrass just beyond Miami's suburbs, this 1.5 million-acre UNESCO World Heritage Site can seem timeless. But rising sea levels have spiked the fresh groundwater beneath the Everglades with salt, and plants and wildlife must quickly adapt to new conditions to survive. That's why the Everglades are among the eight World Heritage Sites in the Americas included in UNESCO's list of "World Heritage in Danger," an exclusive club of 55 destinations, dominated by war-torn countries and terrorist hotspots. Stretching nearly the entire length of Belize's Caribbean coast, this massive reef system is the largest in the Northern Hemisphere, a chain of coral and sand that's visible from the International Space Station. From water level, a detailed world comes into focus. Hundreds of cayes lie just above the surface, a constellation of mangrove and sand islands with a coral foundation, and the undersea landscape is remarkably varied.


  • Belize It Honeymoon, 5.5min. Welcome to our 9 day honeymoon to Belize in 5 minutes. Enjoy. We sure did. :)

  • BELIZE 2017 Fun Diving, 12min. Nice scuba diving video.

  • Tamarind Juice day, 1min. We stop on the side to pick some tamarind and made tamarind juice! :) This was perfect for an extremely hot and humid day.

  • Belize 2017, 7.5min. Wilcoxon Honeymoon. April 9-15, 2017. Coco Plum Island Resort.

  • Labour Union Senator Elena Smith was elected by an overwhelming majority as the next National Presid, 10min.

  • NEBL: Running Rebels vs Hurricanes, 1hr25min.

  • Belize, 4min. Unbelizeable trip !!!!! 2017

  • Fraser Valley Adventist Academy Mission Trip 2017, 6min. Listen to the life-changing stories of the students of Fraser Valley Adventist Academy as they recall their Mission Trip to Belize.

  • BELIZE 2017, 2.5min. Well here's a glimpse into my spring break(: hope y'all like it!

  • Beach Profiling | University of Belize, 10min.

    April 21, 2017


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    The San Pedro Sun

    Linden Kelly to be tried for Elton Polonio’s murder
    San Pedro resident Linden Kelly will officially go on trial for the September 2016 murder of Elton Polonio. Kelly appeared before Chief Magistrate Anne Marie Smith for a preliminary inquiry on Wednesday, April 19th. At the end of the hearing, Kelly committed to stand trial in the Supreme Court for the murder of Polonio. Details of the incident once again revealed that Polonio was killed inside a warehouse on the island in an altercation with Kelly. During his appearance at the court, Kelly had no witnesses to call on his behalf, while Prosecutor Corporal Kennard Clark continues to rely on several witnesses’ statements and the official report from the police as well. According to the investigation, there is a recorded interview in which Kelly admitted to stabbing Polonio with a knife used to fillet fish.

    Preseason weather system develops in Atlantic Ocean
    The Atlantic hurricane season officially begins on June 1st and lasts through November 30th, but the National Hurricane Center has been tracking a circulation of thunderstorms in the mid-Atlantic over the past several days. On Wednesday, April 19th, the system was classified as Tropical Depression One. Located over the north central Atlantic and located about halfway between Bermuda, the storm has winds of approximately 35 miles per hour (mph), just 4 mph lower than the speed required to be classified as a tropical storm.

    Plans to build morgue on Ambergris Caye commence
    A morgue on Ambergris Caye may become a reality, after a meeting involving Mayor Daniel Guerrero, officials from the Ministry of Health, the police and the U.S Embassy took place on Wednesday, April 19th. Officials gathered at The San Pedro Town Council (SPTC) conference room, where their discussion not only spoke on the importance of having a morgue on the island, but also addressed the current limitations of the police department and local authorities. According to Georgia Belezaire from the U.S Embassy, the first phase of the morgue will include a temporary unit where bodies can be kept before transporting them off the island. “We are looking at a three-body refrigerated room, which will benefit the preservation of evidence,” she said. Belezaire declared that the Embassy is in full support of the project.

    Nobel Prize Laureate visits Belize
    Nobel Peace Prize winner, James “Jim” Cobey, arrived in San Pedro from Washington, D.C. on April 7th for a well-earned vacation. As a surgeon with a Master’s degree in Public Health, Cobey has been an instrumental member of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL), which was founded in 1992. In 1996, history was made when Belize agreed to sign the ICBL’s landmine ban into law, and therefore, Belize became the first mine-free geopolitical region in not only Central America, but the entire world. One year later in 1997, the ICBL received the Nobel Peace Prize for its members’ crucial role in starting a process that – according to the text of Cobey’s award – “in the space of a few years changed a ban on antipersonnel mines from a vision to a feasible reality.”

    Family of Zaeem Torres speaks about tragedy that took his life
    Andre Perez, uncle of the deceased, spoke with The San Pedro and shed more light into what transpired. According to him, around 9PM the boy was at a restaurant along with his parents, and as usual he was running around and playing with friends in the vicinity. Suddenly he went missing, which prompted a search party. Despite the number of people looking for him, the child could not be located. “My sister went to look for him at her house, since it was safe for him to run home, while people were looking near the dock by the restaurant and others looked by boat,” says Perez. Perez also stated that near the restaurant there were four large Rotoplas reservoirs filled with water, and one of them was uncovered, with a stool located next to it. “Someone went to check the Rotoplas water tank, and the first time they checked they did not see anything. But I think they checked two more times and then spotted my nephew floating to the side of the water tank,” said Perez. He told The Sun that it was indeed a tragedy, but he would not classify it as negligence. “It was just a truly unfortunate accident.”

    Northern Ambergris Caye Neighbourhood Watch meets to discuss future plans
    Mayor Guerrero delivered a few remarks. He swiftly addressed the issue of the late-night bars by Secret Beach, stating that their liquor licenses were issued with the condition that they only open until 5PM. He pledged the full support of the Town Council to the NACNW, announcing that the Town Council is offering new police booths for the north side of the island. The booths will be located at strategic points in order to relay emergency information to the police, and are expected to be powered by solar energy. Each booth will have its own phone number for easy contact. Guerrero also touched on the rapid growth and development of the island, saying that “it must be sustainable for the future.” Guerrero even announced that the collection booth at the Sir Barry Bowen Bridge will be removed, and that a second bridge is going to be built. There were no more details available on that matter.

    Ambergris Today

    Airbnb Advances Talks With Caribbean Tourism Organization Countries, Including Belize
    Hugh Riley, Secretary General and Chief Executive Officer at the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), the region’s tourism development agency, and eight member countries, along with representatives Chris Lehane, Bruno Lewicki and Shawn Sullivan from Airbnb, the leading community driven hospitality company, met last week to discuss Airbnb’s growing presence in the region and to address areas of mutual cooperation as outlined in an agreement signed in February 2017. The topics of discussion included democratizing the tourism industry, the importance of the Caribbean region’s cultural heritage and how Airbnb is expanding economic opportunities in the region.

    San Pedro Celebrates The Resurrection Of Jesus Christ
    Catholic faithfuls on Ambergris Caye, Belize, observed a full schedule of activities during the Easter weekend which included the "Encuentro" (Meeting) of Jesus Christ and Mary on Easter Sunday. It marked the beginning of the Easter Octave. Catholics rejoiced the commemoration of the resurrection of Christ. The Easter Octave ended with an outdoor Divine Mercy Service on Sunday, April 23 at Central Park.

    Misc Belizean Sources


    UB Earth Day 2017
    The University of Belize is having its 10th Earth Day celebration next Friday, April 28th. Always a fun time, where one can learn about the environment, and how to protect it. "UB is hosting its 10th Annual Earth Day Fair through the Natural Resource Management Program under the theme 'My Community, My Climate.' The primary goal for this year’s event is to highlight the meaning of climate change and climate literacy by engaging primary, secondary and tertiary level students in environmental education programs. On April, 28th come, enjoy and find out what UB’s Earth Day celebration is all about! We’ll have informational booths, the launch of a mural competition, interactive learning activities for children, prizes, music, fundraiser and more!

    Soon to Come: The Yabra Green Rejuvenation Project......Planning in Motion
    As part of the hardcomponents of the Belize City House of Culture and Downtown Rejuvenation Project, the Yarborough Water Front Rejuvenation Project located at the old Yarborough football field is well on its way. So far we have met with stakeholders within the community to obtain their feedback. Based on the recommendations derived from our first meeting, our architect has developed a preliminary design. The next step is for us to hold another public consultation meeting to display the preliminary design and to further develop the design with contiued imput from the community.

    Caye Caulker Health Expo
    April 22.

    Alfredo D Gonzalez "Gigi": outstanding achievement as a Crossfit athlete
    The San Pedro Sports Council along with the San Pedro Town Council proudly congratulate San Pedrano teen, Alfredo D Gonzalez "Gigi," for his outstanding achievement as a Crossfit athlete. Gigi is an athlete at CFSP Beach Box and recently ranked in his category for the Crossfit Open among the top 200 athletes worldwide making him the first Belizean athlete in history to be invited to participate in the Crossfit Games Online Qualifier. The four-day qualifier will put the top athletes to the test after which the top 20 will be invited to go head to head at 2017 Reebok Crossfit Games. The Reebok Crossfit Games has grown and is now viewed by millions worldwide. The athletes that move on to the next round will have the privilege to represent their country at Madison, Wisconsin stadium this August among thousands of spectators and athletes from across the world as they compete for the coveted title of "Fittest on Earth." We wish Gigi best of luck on the Crossfit Games Online Qualifier and in his journey to the Crossfit Games. Go get it!

    INAUGURATION CEREMONY: Trial Farm, San Pedro and San Jose Preschool Buildings
    The Government of Belize in collaboration with the European Union will inaugurate three preschools in the Orange Walk and Corozal Districts on Tuesday, 25th April, 2017. The three pre-schools were constructed with financing from the European Union and the Government of Belize under the Accompanying Measures for Sugar (AMS) 2012 programme, at a cost of 600,000 Euros or BZD 1,140,000. This means more than 150 students will have access to an early childhood education which will set the foundation for the life long process of learning by equipping children with the basic literacy and social skills.

    Corozal Scouts Prepare for Earth Day 2017
    The Corozal Scouts were busy on Tuesday April 18 preparing the grounds for the activities planned in Corozal Town for Earth Day Saturday April 22, 2017. Cub Scouts, Scouts and Leaders all came out in unison ready to serve their community. The countless hours of work in connection with Earth Day 2017 is just one way the Scouts contribute in serving their communities. BP once said “By service I mean the submission of self to the willing rendering of helpfulness to others, without thought of return or reward”

    Calla Creek elects Sanitation Committee
    FCD congratulates the village of Calla Creek for electing their Sanitation Committee. This Committee is tasked with educating its villagers, collecting a standard garbage fee from each household in the attempt to purchase their own trailer to transport garbage and to continue engaging its youths and villagers in environmental activities. Thanks goes to Chairman Mr. J. Ramos for his continued dedication

    Paradise Theater playing this weekend
    The Great Wall, Personal Shopper, A Dog's Purpose, Rings

    The Copyright law has dominated the headlines over the past few weeks and BSCAP CEO, Shyne Barrow, plans to keep it that way as the Belizean Society of Composers Authors & Publishers launch a nationwide Copyright tour to mobilize BSCAP members, recruit new members and make the case to affected business owners as why they must pay copyright licensing fees. CEO Barrow says the town hall styled meetings will discuss artists rights under the nations copyright law and the Burne Convention, the value of Music, benefits of BSCAP membership and how paying artists royalties will contribute to the economy. Barrow will be joined by some of the BSCAP executive including former BSCAP Chairman Jason Guerrero and administrator Melissa Zuniga. Bredda David, Supa G, Junie Mar, Method, C Wills, Don Papa John and other artists are scheduled to attend.

    Channel 7

    The Senator Becomes President
    Senator Elena Smith is the new President of country's most powerful union, the BNTU. That's the result that came out just a few minutes ago, and right now she is still doing her victory interview with the media, which we'll have for you a little later. But, first to the business of the 57th Annual BNTU Convention. The two day event was held in San Roman, Corozal, at the Escuela Secundaria Technica Mexico auditorium. The main business was the election of a new executive. It's a big deal because for the first time in 9 years, the strongest union in the country will have a new leader after 3-term president, Luke Palacio, steps aside. 3 candidates stepped up hoping to take his place; they are Mario Mesh, the President of the Corozal Rural Branch; Troy Coleman, the President of the Stann Creek Branch; and Elena Smith, the serving Labour and Civil Society Senator with a 20-year membership in the union.

    Along Came Arlene...
    Tonight storm watchers are looking in bewilderment at Arlene, the first Tropical Storm of the 2017 Hurricane Season. Now, if you're scratching your head and saying, "Burt doesn't the hurricane season start in June!?" - you're right, it does. But, along came Arlene, and she is the first tropical storm in April since Ana in 2003. Now, first off, Arlene poses no threat to Belize or any land mass. The storm is way out in the Atlantic ocean - 815 miles west of the Azores with maximum sustained winds estimated at 45 mph. But this is the third consecutive year a system has formed in the Atlantic before the official June first start of the hurricane season.

    Experts Say 2017 Hurricane Season Will Be "Average"
    And so, after Earl shook up Belize in August of 2016, this early appearance of a storm, has understandably triggered anxiety across the land. But, don't be too alarmed, because according to the experts at the Weather Channel the 2017 hurricane season won't be as active as 2016. Their projections say it's going to be an average year, with a total of 12 named storms, six hurricanes and two major hurricanes. Other leading forecasts call for 11 storms. Of course, these are just forecasts, and the experts admit, changing weather conditions such as El Nino could force them to increase the projected number of storms forecast.

    Justice Is Swift For Carjacker Who Gets 7 Years
    Last night we told you about the robbery that left a 57 year old taxi driver with knife wounds to the face and neck. According to reports, Ernesto Robinson picked up a passenger on East Collet Canal Street and took him to Western Avenue, however when they got to their destination, the passenger refused to get out and instead demanded that Robinson hand over the vehicle. The passenger began choking Robinson and stabbed and cut the side of his face and neck before Robinson managed to open his door and escape.

    Fake Cops Charged
    Last night we told you about the fake cops who were caught by the real police at Public's Supermarket on the Northern Highway. Tonight, we can show you both their pictures and share their names. They are Belize City residents 22-year-old Dorian Blair of a Gibnut Street address and 39-year-old Barrington Slusher of a Brown Street address. Yesterday afternoon, the real police from precinct four saw them standing near the door at Public's wearing khaki shirts with silver buttons, blue pants with the customary green streak on the sides and looking almost like real police. Police say the carried a black bag with 10 plastic straps. They have since been charged for making a "False Pretense of a Police Officer".

    Help Chris Recover
    Over a week ago, a 19 year old was viciously beaten by 11 men on St. Thomas Street and he needs your help to recover from the attack. On April 9th around midday Chris Welch was riding his bicycle on St. Thomas Street, heading home, when a gang of 11 men rode up from behind and surrounded him. There was a confrontation between Welch and one of the men and that led to the brutal beat down on the street. Today Welch's older sister gave us more details as to what happened and told us why her brother needs your help. Julia Welch, sister: "He goes every Sunday at St. Thomas Street to swim. So he went to YWCA, but it was closed. He went to "hanger" and when coming back down riding cruising. This happened around 12pm -1pm when he was riding down St. Thomas Street he heard sounds of bicycle near him. He continued riding when he one of them bump into him. He stop and then all of them just crowd him. He came off his bike and then one of the boys charged at him. He said he knocked out the person and when he was trying to run it was then he felt something in his head and he fell unconsciously. They attacked and after a while he jump up back. Some of his teeth fell out and he has a wound in his head. The right part of his jaw is broken."

    Freedom From a Faucet
    Yesterday 23 year old Benque Viejo Del Carmen resident, Henry Abel Calderon Garcia, was reported missing from police custody. Garcia was sent to clean a faucet behind his cell-block, but when officers went to check up on his progress, he had slipped away. Garcia was previously fined $800 for the possession of controlled drugs among other convictions. If anyone has any information about Garcia's whereabouts they are asked to contact their nearest police station or the Benque Viejo Police at 803-2022. Police could not provide a picture.

    Single Parents, Multiple Needs
    Since February, about 28 single moms and dads have been participating in a career training program at the Department of Youth Services. It is just one of many programs offered at the Department, but this one is special in that it also caters to the children of these single parents through their day care center. Now the participants can focus on their sessions and not worry about the safety of their kids - who will be right next door. The Managing Director of the LOVE foundation, who is also the social planner for the Department, told us more about this program. Deborah Sewell, Social Planner, Department Youth Services: "The day care has always been a part of the LEAP program, learning, earning and parenting we work with young people ages 14 to 29 who are single parents, dropped out of school, unemployed and we provide opportunities for them to either go back to school, we provide them with job training, career readiness and guidance in developing entrepreneurial activities so it's based on their passion areas, what they are passionate about and we work with them to be able to attain their goal. So we knew from the beginning, from the inception of the program that there would be a need if you are working with single parents for a child care facility."

    Tourist Raped At a San Pedro Hotel By a Local Man Who The Family Trusted
    Earlier this week we told you about the 17 year old who was raped on San Pedro. 39 year old Eldon Williams was charged, and has been remanded to prison. Police say that it happened early on Easter Sunday morning when he took advantage of the sleeping teenager. But what they didn't say was that the teenaged victim was a US tourist - and that the alleged rape happened at a downtown hotel. 7news has learned that Williams was a friend of the family and they spent the day with him, and then allowed him to sleep in one of the bedrooms. From there he slipped out to the living room where the 17 year old was sleeping outside on the couch and allegedly raped her. She told police that she woke up and to find Williams on top of her. A medical examination confirmed that she was raped. Williams was caught by a security guard as he allegedly tried to flee the hotel compound. The victim's family was forced to leave the country immediately and have returned to California. But, they have indicated that they will make sure they are here to testify when the case goes to trial.

    Making Smart Health Decisions
    Today the Ministry of Health and PAHO began the initial stages of the implementation of the SMART Healthcare Facilities Initiative. The initiative is designed to ensure that hospitals and healthcare providers implement energy saving strategies to make them more cost efficient. We spoke to Douglas Westby, the Technical Advisor the National Engineering and Maintenance Center, for more about the project... Douglas Westby: "We have a health sector strategic plan and part of it is to improve infrastructure and we have chosen to use the smart hospital initiative as our standard for hospitals." Alex Courtenay, 7News: "So by using these initiatives and standards, what is the benefit...?" Douglas Westby: "If our hospitals are smart which we intend them to be, the hospitals would be able to resists the effects of climate change and we would be able to improve healthcare services and save money on things like electricity and water."

    The New BNTU President Speaks
    And here now is that interview with the new president of the BNTU Elena Smith - this was done about 40 minutes ago when a winner was declared: Daniel Ortiz, 7News: "Share with us your first reaction to being elected as the new national president of the union you served for 20 years?" Elena Smith, President - BNTU: "I think the first word I must say is grateful. I'm grateful, I'm over joyed. Words can't express the feeling that I got. The support I got from my members it was so overwhelming that I don't know how to say thank you, but thank you to all the people who supported me." Daniel Ortiz, 7News: "Were you confident that you would get the victory today?" Elena Smith, President - BNTU: "I had some level of confidence, but I wasn't sure, because you never know - people might say to you 'I will support you' but when the days comes you don't know what they do or what they will do. So I wasn't over confident, but I was sure of my members from my branch."

    The Grapes Of Wrath Make A Sour Wine In Beauty Pageant Industry
    Last night we told you about the five piece article penned by Tony Rath - who is Miss Belize, Rebecca Rath's father. Rath who is a celebrated photographer had some sharp criticisms for the Pageant Director Opal Enriquez. He accused her of being manipulative, not living up to financial commitments, and undermining Rebecca Rath at the Miss Universe Pageant in the Philippines. But he had praise for Sherima Guity - herself a former Stann Creek Beauty Queen who got Rebecca to run for Ms. Belize, and provided her pageant training. Rath praised Guity for her hard, committed work with Rebecca. But today, in. a Facebook post, Guity had no praise for him. She says his article is quote, "degrading and very disappointing, and that she, quote, "refuses to be associated with the tarnishing of anyone's career."

    A Plan for Pesticides
    Today the Pesticide Control Board launched its first strategic plan. The four year plan will focus on increasing the responsible use and management of pesticides by updating legislation and governance. Acting Chairman of the PCB, Francisco Gutierrez told us more... Gutierrez also spoke to us about the PCB's stance when it comes to the herbicide Roundup, which was flagged by the World Health Organization earlier this year as a potential carcinogen. A carcinogen is a substance that can cause cancer, but Gutierrez told us that so far there's no need to be worried... Roundup is the most commonly used herbicide is the country, so Gutierrez told us that the PCB is still conducting research to ensure that its usage is not a threat.

    Coalition Keeps The Fire Burning
    It's the seventh anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. And today the Belize Coalition to Save Our Natural Heritage used that occasion to underscore that the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System must be, quote, "meaningfully protected and safeguarded from the inherent dangers of offshore oil." The Coalition notes that there's only a one kilometre "buffer" area around the reef which the coalition calls, "woefully inadequate." Those are the scarce red areas on this map. They say a realistic safety buffer would need to be between 88 kilometres, or 54 miles) to 220 kilometres which is 136 miles. For support, they note that UNESCO has also stated that the proposed one kilometre buffer needs "revision in order to secure the protection of the property's Outstanding and Universal Value."

    Channel 5

    Senator Elena Smith Emerges Victorious as BNTU’s New National President
    As we told you Senator Elena Smith is the new President of the B.N.T.U. After approximately two and a half hours of voting, almost that much in counting and several [...]

    A Look at the BNTU Convention and Stalled Election Process
    But before the announcement of the winner, the B.N.T.U.’s Council of Management had to grapple with a problem unprecedented in its history – the prospect of alleged political interference tainting [...]

    COLA and Raymond Rivers Lend Moral Support to BNTU
    Today’s convention of the B.N.T.U. saw an appearance from two Belize City activists, Geovannie Brackett of COLA and Raymond Rivers. The Union has had a cordial, if arms’ length, relationship [...]

    COLA’s Take on the Million Dollar Honorarium
    Information to News Five is that some teachers in the Anglican and Government-managed school systems received as much as five hundred dollars each as their honorarium or reward for not [...]

    General Sales Tax Audits Revisited
    Earlier this month, we broke the news of an internal statement within the General Sales Tax Department where Officer in Charge of the Punta Gorda office, Elmer Reyes, alleged that [...]

    Miss Belize Universe and Tony Rath’s Controversial Exposé
    Miss Universe 2016, held in Manila, Philippines at the end of January, is now several months behind avid fans of pageantry. The stellar performance of Miss Belize Universe, Rebecca Rath, [...]

    Therese Rath Stands By Her Husband’s Blog
    According to the husband and wife couple, they were largely responsible for the organization of Rebecca’s trip to Miss Universe, minus Enriquez’s input as country director. Furthermore, the family claims [...]

    Shawn Rodriguez Gets Seven Years for Brazen Carjacking
    Fifty-seven-year-old cab driver Ernesto Robinson is recovering from injuries received during a brazen carjacking on Tuesday night in Belize City.  His attacker, twenty-two-year-old Shawn Rodriguez, a resident of San Ignacio, [...]

    Move Over Aaron Wilson, Two More Fake Cops are Charged
    Two Belize City men have been slapped with charges of “False Pretense of a Police Officer.” Sometime around four-thirty on Wednesday, police were informed that two men were dressed in [...]

    Teachers Honor First Leg of Make Up Time
    As part of the mediation agreement agreed to in February, the Belize National Teachers’ Union agreed to release its teachers to make up lost class time due to the October [...]

    Raymond Rivers Comments on Port Workers CBA Negotiations
    Two weeks ago stevedore Raymond Rivers visited this station with his fellow stevedores to “rail up” over the management of Port of Belize Limited’s seeming mistreatment of stevedores working the [...]

    Central Bank announces Plan to Liquidate four Credit Unions
    At the start of April, the Central Bank of Belize announced plans to liquidate four existing credit unions. These are the Police and Civil Service Credit Unions based in Belize [...]

    Work Begins on Yabra Canal Drainage
    Just before we went for the Easter break we told you how the Belize City Council was getting ready to start the process to remove the silt backed up in [...]

    A Strategic Plan is Rolled Out for Pesticide Use
    The Pesticides Control Board launched their 2017-2021 strategic plan developed in partnership with the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture, with support from the U.N.D.P. and the D.O.E. The plan [...]

    Healthy Living Looks at Conflict Resolution.
    It is a fact that conflicts will be inevitable in any relationship that you have – that includes your spouse, your children, your family, within your workplace and even your [...]

    The Guardian

    Good Friday claims two brothers in a well
    Brothers Isidro and Jeovani Coyoc died over the Easter weekend at their family’s Orange Walk Farm after suffocating in a water well that they were trying to clean. The double tragedy happened on Good Friday, April 14, 2017, sometime between 11:30 p.m. and 12 midday, at the family’s farm in the Goat Hill area of Orange Walk. That’s near to the BSI Tower Hill factory, where 41 year-old Isidro “John” Coyoc was overseeing his brother, 26 year-old Jeovani “Jovi”, who was at the bottom of the 40-foot well. They were attempting to clean it, but Isidro reportedly realized that Jeovani was in distress and having difficulty breathing.

    Indira Thompson killed because she refused sex
    There is much public outrage over the violent death of 35 year-old Indira “Princess” Thompson, a public fixture on Albert and Orange Streets, and a defenseless woman who was stabbed to death. At this time, the motive of her murder is believed to be her refusal of sex with her attacker. Readers who have walked past her on the street corner may have treated her as just another beggar or homeless person. She does, however, have a home and a family that would have wanted to keep her off the streets. Those close to her say that she had to look after herself from a very early age, since becoming a teenager. She has 2 brothers, one of whom tried to give her a place to stay, but she preferred her lifestyle better. Plus, there are reports that she was also suffering from mental illness, which led her to choose a vagrant way of life.

    Woman police caught on camera stealing
    Woman police constable 1241 Anne Marie Anthony has been charged with one count of theft and placed on interdiction. Police report that on Tuesday April 18, 2017 a 58-year-old Chinese businesswoman of #34 Bishop Martin Street in Santa Elena, Cayo, reported that on Good Friday April 14, 2017 about 9:27a.m. she was at her business place “Little Red Shop” when some police officers arrived to conduct a search for liquor. They conducted the search and seized several assorted liquors and left the premises.

    Are teachers being bribed by BNTU president candidates?
    By the time this issue of the Guardian hits the streets the General Membership of the BNTU, or if we go by the BNTU’s recent history, then we should say a hand full of those members, would be on their way to electing a new executive. The top and most sought after, high profile post on that executive is that of the PRESIDENCY. Vying for that top position are the following three persons: Mario Mesh of the Corozal Branch, Troy Coleman of the Stann Creek Branch and Senator Elena Smith of the Belize District Branch. All three persons are currently members of the BNTU Council of Management. In other word they are persons in the know. They all know what is going on in the union, because they are the persons who sit at the table and make the decisions for the GENERAL MEMBERSHIP of BNTU. The eventual winner of that contest should replace President Luke Palacio who is a glorified PUP lackey. Palacio demits office in August.

    Yarborough canal to be cleared
    On April 13, 2017, councillor Phillip Willoughby explained that there was a plan to clear the heavily silted Yarborough canal. Progress was made by that date with one area of the canal being dammed so that engineers could clear out the water. The mouth of the Caribbean sea that connects to the Collet Canal was dammed so as to have better access to clear the canal of the built up silt. Councillor Willoughby gave an update on the Yarbourough canal project in a later interview on April 19. According to Willoughby, the rains during the Easter were unforeseen and created another matter to be addressed. Despite the rains, the initial project is still ongoing and the removal of built-up silt in the canals will still be addressed.

    BNTU’s Illuminati
    The Illuminati, is the name given to several groups, both real and fictitious. Historically the name usually refers to the Bavarian Illuminati, an Enlightenment-era secret society founded on 1May 1776. The goals were to oppose super situation, obscurantism, religious influence over public life and abuses of state power. Don’t those words sound like what a union such as the BNTU should be all about ? However like the Illuminati has changed course over time so has the BNTU changed into now being a very secretive organization, working for special interest groups, like some sort of common mercenary. In the BNTU like the Illuminati, only the persons in a very small obscure group at the very top, know what is going on in the organization. Those are the very same persons who stand to benefit from the organization’s fortunes.

    Central bank to liquidate 4 credit unions
    The Central Bank of Belize which has responsibility for the supervision of credit unions has announced that it will be liquidating 4 of them. These credit unions are the Police Credit Union, the Mount Carmel Credit Union, the Civil Service Credit Union and the Citrus Growers and Workers Credit Union. In a notice which it sent out the Central Bank informs that the only credit union which was no longer in operation was the Citrus Growers and Workers Credit Union. While the regulator moves to liquidate, for at least two of those which action is being taken on, the Police and Civil Service Credit unions the move was almost a foregone conclusion. There was hope for the Mount Carmel Credit Union, at least up until July of last year when it was officially announced that the Credit Union was in financial problems largely as a result of dishonesty within its management.

    Nobel Peace Prize Co-Laureate Visits Belize
    On April 7, James C. “Jim” Cobey, MD, arrived in San Pedro from Washington DC for a well-earned vacation. A surgeon with a Masters degree in Public Health. Jim has been an instrumental member of the international Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL). ICBL was founded in 1992. A mere 5 years later, in 1997, the ICBL received the Nobel Peace Prize for its members’ crucial role in starting a process that - according to the text of Jim’s award - “in the space of a few years changed a ban on antipersonnel mines from a vision to a feasible reality.” One year earlier, in 1996, Belize and her neighbors had all agreed to sign the ICBL’s landmine ban into law, They did, and Central America therefore became the first mine-free geopolitical region in the world.

    Work towards Gang Truce in Belize City
    Police and all the different city gangs have been working toward a truce that could hopefully bring an extended period of calm, if not peace, that has been very difficult to achieve in the past. These talks have resulted, at the very least, in the entire 4-day Easter weekend to be completely calm and without gang related violence. It started as early as Monday, April 10, when gang figures from all 20 of the different Southside neighbourhoods came together at the conference room at the Raccoon Street Police Headquarters. They were there to talk out their many issues: the quarrels and the feuds that have been fuelling rivalries for months if not years.

    Ministry of Finance clarifies false claims of GST tampering
    It has come to the attention of the Ministry of Finance that concerns have been expressed by certain representatives of the business community over allegations of supposed manipulation of General Sales Tax (GST) audit results by the senior management of the Department of the GST. The Ministry of Finance rejects any suggestion of manipulation on the part of the GST Senior Management of any Audit carried out by mid-level to lower level GST Auditors and wishes to point out that under the provisions of the GST Act, the Commissioner of GST is responsible for the administration of the GST, and the assessment, collection and recovery of GST. Such responsibility includes the review and approval of audits after making any adjustments or choice of methodology that may be required in the course of such review. Thus, the Commissioner (and senior staff delegated by her) is expressly charged with finalizing to her satisfaction, including by way of making justified changes, audits conducted lower down the chain of command.

    Payaso threatens teachers
    So the Payaso is now on the news threatening those teachers who do not travel to the BNTU election venue on the buses provided for the different branches. He is telling them that they will not be allowed to vote at the BNTU election on Thursday the 20th April. Well apparently the teachers are telling Luke that April Fools’ Day does not extend to the whole month. Reports are that the majority of teachers have refused to get on the bus which will be provided for only the usual quorum of 400 and are refusing to take any more of the Payaso’s nonsense. In the past only a mere 5 percent of the membership used to decide the fate of the BNTU and the rest of the membership were just fed whatever the executive decided to give them. Well enough is enough and the general membership of the BNTU have now decided that their voices will be heard at the election.

    Prime Minister Departs Country on Personal Leave
    Belmopan. April 18th, 2017. The Office of the Prime Minister informs that the Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow departed the country on personal leave on Monday, April 17th, 2017; and will return to the country on Sunday, April 23rd, 2017. During the Prime Minister’s absence, the Hon. Patrick Faber, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education, Youth, Culture and Sports will act as Prime Minister.

    Training for officers in Gang Resistance
    Members of the Belize Police Department along with members of the Salvadoran Police have gathered at the Radisson Fort George Hotel to take part in a two day training workshop. The workshop was organized by the BPD’s training unit and it is about the GREAT program. The gang resistance education and training program (GREAT) will enable officers of the two participating countries to share and further arm themselves with information on how to combat the scourge of gangs in these two countries. Salvador has had decades of experience dealing with some of the most violent gangs in the world. The GREAT program has had its challenges in Belize and this training also provides the know-how to deal with the gang problem involving the community which is affected by these gangs. In Belize the primary focus of the GREAT program is young persons who are at risk of joining gangs. This program targets them before they are incorporated into gangs.

    We have two very small questions for the current BNTU leadership and their Attorney Mr. Eamon Courtenay
    >We have two very small questions for the current BNTU leadership and their Attorney Mr. Eamon Courtenay Question#1: Why did the BNTU leadership go to court to get payment for persons who did not work 11days in November and now turn around trying to stop payment for those who not only worked back then but are being asked to work extra time? Question #2: Eamon Courtney, if you are so concerned about the people’s money, would you be kind enough to return those monies you have collected from holding brief for Mr. Ashcroft and the Ashcroft related companies, because those briefs were and continue, to be against the government and people of Belize. Obviously those monies came from the people’s money?

    Belize City Council to assist Monkey River in erosion problem
    On Wednesday, April 19, the Belize City council hosted a consultation to discuss the matter of erosion which is currently affecting the residents of Monkey River. Councillor Phillip Willoughby spearheaded the interview. Willoughby empathized with the residents of the village that are being affected by the regrettable effects of erosion and explained that the council is prepared to help. He explained that on May 1st, the council will be hosting its annual clean up campaign. In an effort to assist the village, the council is urging citizens, bus owners, mechanics, motorists, and tire repair and garage shops to give any derelict or used tires toward the initiative. The tires can be deposited at the transfer station or the council may be contacted to receive the tires. It is the hope of the council that a substantial amount of tires can be collected by the start of the May 1st campaign.

    PANCAP hosts meeting of youth to discuss ending AIDS by 2030
    The focus will be to discuss the role of youth in the national and regional response to HIV and AIDS. Participants will formulate a framework for regional youth advocacy. Sexual health issues affecting young people and the barriers to accessing sexual health services will be discussed in-depth. The meeting will provide an update on the strategic directions required for ending the epidemic. PANCAP Youth Advisor, Hon. Dr Astell Collins, explained that the meeting will be pivotal for creating a strategy for youth leaders to implement in responding to the range of challenges young people face with regard to sexual health and HIV/AIDS.

    17 year old raped in San Pedro
    On April 16th, a 17 year old student of San Pedro, accompanied by her mother, gave a police report that she was raped earlier that day by someone she recognized. That man was identified as Eldon Williams, a 39 year old resident of the San Pedrito area. According to the minor, she was sleeping on a couch in their living room when at around 12:30 a.m. she felt someone on her. She claims that Williams was having sexual intercourse with her against her will. A medical examination was conducted and certified that the minor had been raped. Williams has since been arrested and charged.

    Vanzie Lamb sentenced to 3 months for weed
    Vanzie Lamb, a construction worker, was brought before Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser to answer to a single charge of possession of 3.4 grams of weed. The case would otherwise be dismissed by the magistrate but given Lamb’s recent charge, he was warned to stay out of trouble for at least one year. If he breaks that agreement and is charged with any offence within the year, he will be sentenced to 3 months’ prison time.

    Wilfred Martinez free of possession of an unlicensed firearm
    On Tuesday April 18, Wilfredo Martinez, a 28 year old Salvadoran national, was sent home free of his charge for possession of an unlicensed firearm after 5 months in prison. In court before Chief Magistrate Anne Marie Smith, he pleaded guilty with an explanation that he was holding the firearm for his boss. Smith took the explanation in consideration and sentenced him to five months in prison. On Monday, November 17, 2016, Martinez was seen by PC Steven Flowers and other officers running with a 12 gauge shotgun. Flowers and the other officers responded to information received in St. Anne’s village. They visited the old Maskall road near Melissa Arnold’s home where they saw a Hispanic male running through some bushes with a firearm.

    Jeremy Roches pleads guilty to theft and harm
    On April 18, Jeremy Roches, a fisherman of Belize City, was brought before Chief Magistrate Anne Marie Smith. Roches had to answer to three criminal offences, harm upon his relative Evan Gardiner, theft of a 26 inch male frame beach cruiser bicycle valued at $100, property of his relative Cheryl Murrillo, and handling stolen goods for the same bike. He pleaded guilty to the three charges. In court, the prosecution dismissed the charge of handling stolen goods. Roches allegedly stole the bike and caused harm to Gardiner on April 12, 2017. According to Roches, he did not want to steal the bike but he was out of a job and he needed money. In a police report, Gardiner said that he and Roches got into a verbal disagreement and that is when Roches used a fork to cause an abrasion in Gardiner’s back.

    A San Pedro chef committed to stand trial for murder
    On Thursday, September 8, 2016, a stabbing incident in a warehouse occurred which claimed the life of 28 year old Elton Polonio. Accused was a 32 year old chef and fisherman, Linden Lindsi Kelly, a resident of the San Pedrito area, San Pedro Town. Since the incident, Kelly has been imprisoned. On September 9, 2016, Dr. Estradabran conducted a post mortem on the body of Polonio and concluded that he died due to internal and external bleeding as a consequence of stab wounds to the chest. According to police reports, Polonio was seen with stab wounds to the left side of his neck, and cut wounds to the left side of his chest and one to the right hand. Kelly was brought before Chief Magistrate Anne Marie Smith on April 19, 2017. Kelly, represented by Oscar Selgado, was told he will have to stand trial at the Supreme Court for the murder of Polonio in the June session.

    Woman caught smuggling cannabis into prison
    On Tuesday April 18, 20 year old Shantel Waight of Belize City was brought before Chief Magistrate Anne Marie Smith for attempting to smuggle 14 grams of cannabis for two men in prison. She attempted to do so while on a visit to the Belize Central Prison on November 7, 2015. Waight was caught with the drugs in a tube of Colgate toothpaste during a routine search by prison officials. She was charged with drug trafficking. Before the magistrate, Waight, who was unrepresented, pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of possession of a controlled substance.

    Alejandro Padilla repeats as Holy Saturday Cross Country Champion
    The 89th riding of the Annual Holy Saturday Cross Country Cycling Classic is now history. The annual event took place on Saturday 15th April, 2017, with 80 riders which included a field of 7 former champions and the defending champion, competing in the 140 miles event. The ride started out with the lead off from the BTL Park here in Belize City to Leslie’s Imports at Mile 2 on the George Price Highway where the official start took place. At mile 8 after the station prize Alejandro Padilla launches the first serious attack, he is followed by his team-mate Giovanni Macario, along with Brandon Cattouse and Oscar Quiroz of Team Smart and then by the main pack of riders. It was at mile 35, that some 7 riders tried to break away, these included American Phillip Trupelli, Ernest Bradley, Guatemalan Adler Torres, Oscar Quiroz, Brandon Cattouse and Keon Robateau.

    Belmopan Bandits SC remains undefeated in Premier League Closing Season
    The Premier League of Belize Closing Season competition came to an end of Sunday April 16th, 2017, with two games on the schedule. Of the two games that were scheduled to play, only one game did materalised and that game was played at the MCC Grounds between the Belize Defence Force FC and the Police United FC, which ended in a 2-2 draw. The visiting Police United was the first to make it onto the scoreboard when Anderson Cordoba scored the 1st goal of the game in the 13th minute of play to give his team a 1-0 lead. The Belize Defence Force FC was able to tie the score at 1-1 when Shane Flores scored the equalising goal for his team in the 27th minute of play. The first half of the game ended in a 1-1 tie.

    NEBL regular season competition resumes this week
    The National Elite Basketball League regular season will resume this Thursday April 20, after the Easter Break with five games on the schedule. On Thursday April 20 at 8:30 pm out at the UB Gymnasium in the City of Belmopan, the visiting Cayo Western Ballaz will go up against the Belmopan Bandits. Then on Friday April 21 at 9:00 pm at the Orange Walk Multi-Purpose Centre in Orange Walk Town, the defending champions, Smart Belize Hurricanes will see action against the Orange Walk Running Rebels. And also at 9:00 pm at the Belize Elementary School Auditorium it will be the league’s leading San Pedro Tiger Sharks going up against the Belize City No Limit Team.

    Chateau Caribbean engulfed in flames again!
    On Monday, April 17th, police responded to a fire on Marine Parade. There they saw the already damaged and burnt Chateau Caribbean hotel englufed in flames again. The previous fire that initially destroyed the landmark occurred on Sunday, November 27, 2016. The Belize National Fire Service managed to extinguish the fire after a park ranger reported that he saw smoke coming from the building and later started to see flames. He mentioned that he did not notice any suspicious activity or persons in the area. Despite help from the fire service and the ranger, the cause of the fire is still unknown.

    Words of Life with Pastor Barry Fraser
    In John chapter 15, verse 7, Jesus proclaimed:” If you abide in Me and My words abide in you, you can ask for anything you want, and you’ll receive it.” We live in a busy fast paced world where we are always trying to juggle several things at a time. Sometimes a few things get dropped along the way because we can’t cope with handling everything. Many times we forget to pray! Most of us have adapted to a multitasking way of life. This way of doing things works well when we divide our tasks into main and background tasks. For example whilst cooking we can also switch on the washing machine. It can also work with our study of the word of God. We can have it at the back of our minds all day as we go about our daily lives.

    One child is recovering and another lost his life to drowning
    A 6-year-old boy drowned over the Easter weekend, and another child, a 9-year-old girl, is clinging to life at the KHMH after she almost died while swimming. The drowning victim is 6 year-old Zaem Torres, a student of Water Lane Street in San Pedro. His uncle tells the press that on the night of Holy Thursday, April 13, 2017, his family went to a restaurant near their home. They had a rather busy day at the water company that they own right at their home, and so they took him with them. He was allowed to play with other children, since it is an area that is protected from traffic. His parents were keeping an eye on him because he would, as children do, run back and forth and ask for food or water.

    Sedi:” I use the expression… because people understand…”
    The nation of Belize owes KREM and Bro. Nuri Mohammad a big “Thank You!” Every Sunday night Sedi was on KREM radio and TV explaining vital national issues to the People. He used the correct legal, geographical and technical jargon; yet the perverse tried destroying him. All they got for their effort was dirt on their noses. They had deprived the Belizean People of the very information that they now hypocritically claim voters need so desperately! They do not give up, interminable! This time when he used an analogy that was crystal clear to “roots Belizeans;” they again got their undies all soiled. The perverse will always find fault; whatever! Nuri pulled out all the stops, but Sedi was as patient as Job and corrected him each and every time. Pressuring, badgering, leading questions and unreasonable suggestions were all soundly rejected! When the brain of KREM called, she was likewise easily corrected. Sedi even had the very book with charts and maps displaying the continuing decrease in size of Palestine (and complementary increase in size of Israel).

    PUP Back-benchers
    When political topics become scarce for me the temptation rouses deep within to fall back on old dependable: the ten bitter years of PUP governance under the Musa/ Fonseca administration. Now talk about radioactive names. I mean there are so many corrupt acts perpetuated under the so-called communist Said. It was all a conto sway the poor. Remember the battle phrase, “los pobres somos mas?” the brainchild of yet another communistic evangelist gone wild when he saw money and land. Trust me, Easy pickings for me to write about. But a friend of mine advised me that said strategy was no way to win an election. An incumbent political Party must be able to campaign on its own merits, not on the fallings of its predecessor.

    Bar-B-Q causes fire in Belize City
    On Sunday, April 16, police responded to a house fire on Elston Kerr Street in Belize City. There they saw fire personnel putting out a blaze located inside a room of the unpainted wooden bungalow house. The owner, 52 year-old Dawn Faber, is a domestic of a Raccoon street address. Initial police investigations revealed that on April 16, someone attempted to barbecue on a grill that was near a wall of the house. Shortly after, the house was in flames. A total value of $12,500 was lost in the fire, including a mattress and an undetermined amount of clothing. No one was injured in the fire. Police investigation continues.

    Breaking Belize NewsPJ

    Elena Smith is new BNTU President
    Senator Elena Smith is the new President of the Belize National Teacher’s Union (BNTU). Smith won by a landslide in today’s elections beating opponents Troy Coleman (Stann Creek member), and Mario Mesh (BNTU Corozal Branch President). Some 636 BNTU members cast their votes in the elections which began shortly after midday. Smith got 349 votes, while Coleman got 147, and Mesh received 140.

    Marijuana – Time to legalize it!
    By Lisa Shoman: Cannabis Sativa (known locally as marijuana, weed or pot) is like alcohol, sex and voting – not for minors. But for consenting adults? Why not? I have, in my life, smoked pot/eaten laced baked goods and indulged in food prepared with marijuana. I’ve used products enriched with its close relative, Indian hemp… sometimes illegally, but lately, legally. It is past time to stop pretending as though there is something shameful about cannabis consumption.

    BNTU elections proceed
    Members of the Belize National Teacher’s Union by a landslide vote, have decided to continue with today’s elections as planned. A total of 500 teachers voted “yes” to proceed with the elections while only 80 said “no”. The candidates are preparing to make their […]

    Good citizen appears in court after helping cops
    Today, Omar Velasquez appeared in front of the San Pedro Magistrate in connection with charges of keeping a firearm and ammunition without a gun license. In December 2015, he reportedly took officers to an area where a .38 revolver and ammunition had been hidden. […]

    BNTU wants to cancel elections today due to political interference
    Happening now: The Belize National Teacher’s Union (BNTU) is deliberating whether or not to differ the ongoing executive elections due to political interference. Outgoing BNTU President, Luke Palacio, put it to the district branches to vote on canceling today’s elections and resume at a […]

    Guatemalan Congress rejects map to include Belize
    The Congress of Guatemala has by a landslide vote rejected a proposal to print Guatemalan maps that would include Belize as a part of its territory. According to the Guatemalan media house Prensa Libre, the congress voted, 84/ 26 against using the map which […]

    Two fake Police officers arrested in Belize City
    According to police reports, yesterday around 4:30 p.m., police received information of two male persons dressed in what appeared to be police uniforms acting suspiciously in the vicinity of Publics Supermarket on the Phillip Goldson Highway. The two men were seen wearing khaki shirts […]

    Guatemalan national escapes from custody in Benque
    Yesterday afternoon around 2:40, detainee Henry Abel Calderon Garcia, 23, a Guatemalan laborer of Caracol Lane, Benque Viejo Town was reported missing from custody. According to reports from police, Garcia was asked to perform cleaning duties and was sent to the faucet behind the cell […]


    Where Is Belize? And Other Fun Facts You May Not Know…
    These days most people have heard of Belize. They’ve seen the TV ads and online videos of its gorgeous offshore islands, lush inland jungles, and ancient Mayan archaeological ruins. But when someone starts to plan their first trip to they often ask, “Where is it?” It’s not unusual for people to be confused about Belize and its location. So let’s talk geography: Belize lies directly below the western Yucatán Peninsula. Corozal, the northernmost town in Belize, is directly south of the Mexican town of Chetumal. A flight from Miami or Houston to Belize takes just over two hours. Beyond the Yucatán, Belize lies to the east of , and north of . It sits on the Caribbean Sea and is part of CARICOM—the Caribbean Community. This unique country has one foot planted in Central America, and the other in the Caribbean. Many of its coastal towns have the look and laidback feel that the Caribbean is known for.

    What spells family better than a relaxing vacation with your closest loved ones? Few things… What brings families together more than seeing their little ones having the time of their lives? Again, few things… In that spirit, the team at The Lodge at Chaa Creek loves embracing all things family oriented and what better way to do so on an easter weekend than a rainforest easter egg hunt? Youngsters and their parents woke up at the crack of our Belizean dawn to gather in search of the candy filled easter eggs carefully hidden by our team. They raced around looking but there was really enough for everyone!

    Inside the Great Blue Hole of Belize
    Known to locals for centuries as a uniquely special diving location, the Blue Hole of Belize came to the world’s attention in 1971 after famed French marine biologist Jacques Cousteau declared it to be one of his top 10 diving spots in the world. Later, the Discovery Channel named the Belize Blue Hole as one of the top 10 most amazing places on Earth. Every year, thousands of experienced divers from around the globe come to the Blue Hole of Belize to descend over 90 meters into the inky darkness. As an underwater diving attraction, there is little variation by season or time of year so just about any time is a good time to explore the watery depths of the Belize Blue Hole. Be aware that storms or heavy rainfall can somewhat reduce visibility as well as make transportation to the Belize Blue Hole more difficult.

    10 Reasons to visit Belize in Summer
    It’s no secret that Belize is a terrific and magical travel destination. A country rich in excitement, there are endless adventures to explore. From beaches to food to nature, this Central American nation has much to offer. Here’s why you should add Belize to your list of best summer vacation spots!

    Top 17 Things to see and do in Belize
    Make 2017 the year you give yourself the gift of Belize. It’s easy to do; competition between United, American, Copa, Taca and Delta airlines has lowered fares since Southwest Airlines joined the fray in October 2015. In addition, two prestigious travel awards were bestowed upon Ambergris Caye and Placencia, so these days, both destinations are international stars. For a small, easily navigable nation, undertaking all 17 of the nation’s top attractions would be difficult to manage in a larger country, but it’s so easy to get around Belize, you might wonder why it took you so long to get here and see for yourself why these attractions top the lists of travelers!

    International Sourcesizz

    Airbnb Advances Talks With Caribbean Tourism Organization Countries
    Hugh Riley, Secretary General and Chief Executive Officer at the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), the region's tourism development agency, and eight member countries, along with representatives Chris Lehane, Bruno Lewicki and Shawn Sullivan from Airbnb, the leading community driven hospitality company, met last week to discuss Airbnb's growing presence in the region and to address areas of mutual cooperation as outlined in an agreement signed in February 2017. The topics of discussion included democratizing the tourism industry, the importance of the Caribbean region's cultural heritage and how Airbnb is expanding economic opportunities in the region. The Minister of Tourism of Belize, Manuel Heredia, explained that one of his concerns is the availability of official data on the impact of Airbnb on the accommodation sector, including the percentage of visitors who stay in Airbnb-listed properties. "If we work together and we have control over it, this will be something positive for the Caribbean and for Belize. My technical team will collaborate with Airbnb to make sure that we learn as much as possible in order to establish the proper regulations so this works in a beneficial way." added Mr. Heredia.

    PANCAP hosts youth meeting to discuss ending AIDS by 2030
    The Pan Caribbean Partnership against HIV and AIDS (PANCAP) will host a meeting of youth leaders from 19 Caribbean countries on April 21 and 22, 2017 in Port of Spain, Trinidad. The focus of the forum will be a discussion on the role of youth in the national and regional response to HIV and AIDS; participants will also be involved in formulating and agreeing on a framework for regional youth advocacy. Senator Robert Browne, minister of health, wellness and the environment, St Vincent and the Grenadines and chair of the executive board of PANCAP, will deliver the keynote address at the opening ceremony on Friday, April 21.

    U.S. Servicemembers visit Liberty Children’s Home during Beyond the Horizon 2017
    Not even the inclement weather was able to put a damper on the spirits of the children living at Liberty Children’s Home in Ladyville, Belize as Servicemembers visited April 18, 2017, to lend a helping hand during a community relations event as part of Beyond the Horizon 2017. The task force’s information operations cell coordinated the volunteer effort that included a wide range of helpful and needed services and activities. Servicemembers spent their day removing safety hazards from the property, playing a variety of games with the children and providing basic medical examinations. “There was a low hanging tree over one of the housing units and we decided to cut it down and get it out of the way,” said Spc. Rudy Sneed, a shower and laundry specialist with the 452nd Quartermaster Company, an Army Reserve unit based in Scottsdale, Arizona. “We were afraid the tree might fall and cause serious damage to the property.”

    CDC Still Warning Travelers About Zika In The Caribbean
    Reports of Zika cases in the Caribbean may have disappeared from the headlines and even PAHO’s latest epidemiological reports show few to no reported cases, but the US Centers For Disease Control is still warning those thinking of traveling to several Caribbean nations about the virus especially as the weather gets warmer, News Americas Now has found. Thirty-seven Caribbean countries, including the US territories of Puerto Rico and the USVI, remain on the CDC’s travel advisory list as a “Level 2” alert, which advises travelers to “Practice Enhanced Precautions.” The CDC on March 10, 2017 updated its travel advisory for the islands.

    Two Caribbean destinations in latest top 20 list of places to honeymoon
    To help newlyweds, and the engaged, better navigate the honeymoon destination market, Flight Network, the largest travel agency that is both owned and operated in Canada, has spent months researching and interviewing the best of the best to curate the ultimate list of top 20 luxury honeymoon destinations, which includes two Caribbean resorts. 5. San Pedro – Belize. San Pedro is a slice of paradise facing the Caribbean Sea. Home to the world’s second largest barrier reef, the Pedro Barrier Reef, is a world treasure you will get to enjoy every day you spend there. When not snorkeling or diving though, you’ll find yourself kicking back under a palm or exploring the old fishing village turned town that’s said to inspire the song, ‘La Isla Bonita’. San Pedro is also incredibly close to the world-famous Mayan ruins, a truly special place to explore.

    The Top 10 Things to Do in Belize
    When it comes to choosing a place for your Caribbean vacation, Belize might not be at the top of your list — there are more popular Central American and Caribbean destinations, after all. However, what makes Belize a truly amazing holiday spot is its diversity in both terrain and activities. The country’s eastern side provides the azure blue waters that make the Caribbean such an in-demand destination, as well as the second largest coral reef system in the world. On the west side, you’ll find lush rainforests, historic Mayan ruins and many different species of exotic wildlife. Tourism is continuously expanding in this small, but lovely, country, as Belize had the fastest growth of any tourism destination in the last year, with an overall growth of 13% in the last two decades. Aside from its growing popularity, here are the top 10 reasons why you should visit Belize this year.


  • HONEYMOON IN BELIZE | 2017 | GoPro HERO3, 6.5min. Footage of our honeymoon in Belize filmed entirely on GoPro HERO3. We stayed just north of San Pedro on Ambergris Caye in February 2017 at Captain Morgan's Retreat ( The Mayan site we visited in Xunantunich outside San Ignacio. We snorkeled at Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Shark Ray Alley.

  • BSI ASR CROP REVIEW 2017 - WEEK 19, 4min.

  • CNN Special on the Hummingbird Highway in Belize, 4.5min.

  • Cayo Western Ballaz basketball game Thursday night vs. Belmopan Bandits, 1.5hr.

  • Belize, 8min.

  • SARSTUN REFUGE INTERNATIONAL, 3min. Located on the river between Belize and Guatemala, Sarstún is an isolated community greatly in need of basic health care and education systems. Their “road" is the river and the "highway" is the Gulf of Honduras. The nearest health care facility is a two-hour boat ride away in Puerto Barrios. The journey there costs about $100 round-trip and is too expensive for the local residents to afford.

  • Belize Tourism - “Southern”, 1min.

  • Ride Day 24: Chetumal to San Ignacio, Belize, 30min. After a few days rest I was on my way to San Ignacio and a new country in Belize. Unfortunately for me, the weather forecast was for rain for the next 3-4 days, and there was really only a few things I wanted to do with my time in Belize. One was to do some diving in Ambergris Caye on an island off Belize City. Which was now out of the question due to the weather and the other was to visit the Altun Ha ruins. Once I entered Belize and drive a few miles past the border crossing on my motorcycle it was just bucketing down with rain, and the radar and weather forecast indicated no respite in sight for at least a few days, so I decided that I would see plenty of ruins ion this trip and the best thing to do for me was to head West our of the weather. So, as with any adventure, you need to be able to adapt, so I decided to head to San Ignacio on the far west of Belize near the border with Guatemala and stay a night or two near San Ignacio as there were more ruins in this area.

  • HALF MOON WALL~Lighthouse Reef Belize, 5.5min. Marine Life we typically see on the wall also a visit to Half Moon Caye " World Heritage Site" home to the nesting Red Footed Booby Bird.

  • Belize Marching Band 2017 - Road March, 3min. Saturday, 8 April, 2017 Location: Orange Walk Town.

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