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The San Pedro Sun

SPHC highlights Caste War during International Museum Day
To commemorate International Museum Day, the San Pedro House of Culture (SPHC) hosted an exhibition at San Pedro High School’s Auditorium on Thursday, May 18th. Under the countrywide theme: ‘Saying the Unspeakable in Museums’, Director Mito Paz focused on the Caste War of Yucatán 1849-1901. SPHS students were lectured on the significance of the war, and were guided through displayed historic photographs of Maya leaders, Yucatán armies, Spaniards, army generals, Cults of the Talking Cross, churches, music evolution, and living survivors. Paz explained that the Caste War had a profound influence on the history of Ambergris Caye, Corozal, and Orange Walk. The War changed the dynamic of Belize, where an influx of Yucatec refugees brought their customs and traditions to Northern Belize. Today, many of these customs are still being practiced.

Investigation launched into dredging at Hol Chan Marine Reserve northern extension
The Ministry of Natural Resources, via its Mining Unit, has begun investigating claims that unauthorized dredging is taking place within the Hol Chan Marine Reserve Expansion zone on the west coast of Northern Ambergris Caye. According to Ministry personnel, no permit has been granted for such activity, and the company involved will be presented with a fine and a stop order by the end of the week. Representatives from the Mining Unit told The San Pedro Sun that they were aware of the incident after receiving reports from the Hol Chan Marine Reserve staff and concerned residents, who claim that the activity had been taking place for days. They indicated that it is illegal to do any type of dredging within marine protected areas, and they were looking into the matter seriously. “We are investigating. We know who the company is, and we will deal with the matter.”

Minister of Education announces new schools for Belize
Mayor Daniel Guerrero, could not say whether San Pedro Town is on the list, but indicated that members from MOE had visited the island to conduct site inspections. “Two weeks ago, I took personnel from the Ministry of Education to see the property assigned for a school in the northern part of the island,” said Guerrero. “They mentioned that they are getting ready to start constructing the schools soon, but how soon, I don’t know.” He recalled that the representatives from MOE spoke about the construction of a pre-school and primary school.

San Pedro Tourism Police enforcing loitering laws
Since the San Pedro Town Council (SPTC), San Pedro Traffic Department, and the San Pedro Tourism Police have hosted several meetings with the Taxi Associations and golf-cart business owners, to address the issue of unsolicited loitering. On Thursday, May 11th, a golf-cart business owner was arrested and charged for loitering in a public place after he had been given three warnings to move. Police have been cracking down on loitering, and are now enforcing not only Belize’s law, but also the bylaws of the Tourism and Town Council Act.

Ambergris Today

Ariel Rosado Foundation Scholarship Opportunities
The Board of Directors of The Ariel Rosado Foundation is proud to celebrate five and a half years of service to Belize and thanks all those who made this milestone possible. The Foundation was established in January 2012 to celebrate the life of Ariel Rosado, an outstanding Belizean Role Model who died in a road traffic accident at age 28. In its first year the Foundation offered a total of fifteen (15) scholarships. Four years later in 2016 the number of scholarships was more than doubled for a total of 36 Scholarships. This year 2017 the Foundation hopes to again increase the number of scholarships to a total of Forty (40).

Placencia To Benefit From Opening Of Municipal Pier To Harvest Caye Passengers
On May 30th, 2017, the Cruise Control Ltd. will officially start ferrying cruise passengers from Harvest Caye to Placencia Village and will be conducting a test run in the interim. Passengers will now have the opportunity to enjoy the beaches, food, craft and much more that the village of Placencia has to offer. In addition, Tour Operators will have the opportunity to take guests on marine tours. Tickets can be purchased on the cruise ship or at the visitors’ booth on Harvest Caye at a cost of $20USD round trip.

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Inauguration of La Gracia Smart Solar Grid Energy Project
On Wednesday, May 24th, 2017 the Minister with responsibility for the Public Service, Energy and Public Utilities Hon. Frank Mena and the Chairman of La Gracia Village Mr. Dario Menendez will inaugurate a Smart Solar off-grid rural electrification project at La Gracia Village in the Cayo District. In its efforts to provide access to electricity for all Belizeans, the Ministry identified rural electrification, using solar powered off-grid systems (mini/micro-grids), as a key component in the strategic plan.

Familiarization Tour of the Belize
responsibility for Home Affairs, Hon. Elodio Aragon Jr. commenced his countrywide Familiarization Tour of the Belize Police Department.Through the tour, which started off in the Orange Walk District, the Minister will familiarize himself with the day-to-day operations of the individual police departments throughout the country. Additionally, Hon. Elodio Aragon will have the opportunity to interact with the rank and file of the department on a personal basis.

The Belize Training and Employment Centre, BELTRAIDE, holds certificate ceremony for BPO Training
The Belize Training and Employment Centre (BTEC) , a unit of BELTRAIDE, today completes its Job Preparedness Training for the Business Processing Outsourcing Industry. To conclude this training, BTEC held a certificate ceremony where 23 participants graduated with the knowledge and skills necessary for becoming a customer service representative at a call centre. This rigorous 3 weeks training was a unique blend of soft skills, customer service and technical aspects.

Iron machine, Corozal
This iron machine was put together by a Mennonite family in Little Belize, Corozal District. It looks like an antique but it has done its job for many years. It is used to bore a hole in the ground up to eighty feet deep. In many places in Corozal, water can only be extracted by digging shallow or deep well points. The average cost of these driven wells can be anywhere between $45-$50 per foot which includes the length of PVC pipe and the capping. This particular driven well was made just off the Consejo Road, Corozal District.

Tour Guide Licensing Advisory
Tour Guide Licenses expire on July 31, 2017. Applications for renewal are now being accepted at BTB's Belize City and San pedro offices. Start early. Start early.

Ambergris Caye's Children's Home
Ambergris Caye's Children's Home is coming along great. Just a few more donations needed to complete the second level of the building. See how you can help. Ambergris Caye's Children's Home is coming along great. Just a few more donations needed to complete the second level of the building. See how you can help. Please help! Read the last paragraph for information on how! MAY UPDATE FOR HOPE HAVEN: We are mere weeks away from completing the second level of our children's home! We have also started renovations for the first floor! How exciting!

Belize Attends the 20th Meeting of COFCOR
Foreign Ministers of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) met for the Twentieth Meeting of the Council for Foreign and Community Relations (COFCOR) in Bridgetown, Barbados on the 18th and 19th May 2017. The Foreign Ministers of the 15 members of CARICOM underscored their unflinching support for Belize’s sovereignty, security and territorial integrity. The COFCOR expressed its hope that Belize and Guatemala proceed to referendum that would pave the way for submitting Guatemala’s claim to the International Court of Justice for a definitive legal and binding solution.

SP TOWN AND WILMINGTON 10 YEARS OF SISTER CITY RELATIONS
A special ceremony and dinner was held on Wednesday, May 10th to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the sisterhood between San Pedro Town and the City of Wilmington, North Carolina USA. The event was hosted at Pineapple’s Restaurant at Ramon’s Village by The San Pedro Town Council (SPTC), and saw the participation of staff and Councilors of the SPTC including Mayor Daniel Guerrero, Deputy Gary Greif and special invited guests from the city of Wilmington.

Chamber of Commerce warns on corruption
The Belize Chamber of Commerce issues a release saying that the cost of corruption has become too great for our country. It says that both the Integrity Commission and the Senate Select Committee are methods that allow us to gather information, and we cannot allow either to be undermined, by political operatives, as was seen during this past Wednesday's Senate Hearing into the Immigration Department.

Announcement on the passing of Mr. Puga
It is with deep regret and profound sadness that the BTB announces the passing of one of its very own and treasured employees. Mr. Oscar Oscar Puga Sr. passed away today May 19th, 2017 and was a valued member of the BTB from 24th of September 2012. Mr. Puga always exemplified a strong dedication and commitment to his role as Certification and Standards Inspector in the Quality Assurance and Industry Standards department and to the goals of the BTB. He will be missed tremendously by his colleagues of the BTB and stakeholders of the industry. The BTB extends sincere condolences to his wife and family and pray God’s peace, comfort and blessings on them during this time of difficulty. May he rest in peace.

Closure of Manatee Bridge, Mile 15, Coastal Road
The Ministry of Works hereby informs the public that the Manatee Bridge at mile 15 on the Coastal Road/Manatee Road has been closed to all vehicular traffic until 10:00 a.m. on Monday, May 22, 2017. Motorists are urged to use the Hummingbird Highway as an alternative access route to Stann Creek District during the above prescribed period. The Ministry of Works regrets the inconvenience, but the closure is necessary to effect some long overdue maintenance to ensure the bridge's structural integrity and its continued safe use by the public.

Game 2 of the Finals!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
It's going down next Thursday at the University of Belize Gymnasium in the Nation's Capital, come out and support your home boys Belmopan Bandits Elite Team as we go up against 2 time champs San Pedro Tiger Sharks to see who will be the 2017 NEBL Champions. You sure don't wanna miss this one! PRE SALE tickets available from Tuesday, May 23rd to midday Thursday, 25th May for $20.Call 633-5362 or visit 17 Ambergris Ave.

Nazarene Cultural School Held In Sarteneja
SARTENEJA VILLAGE ...EAST INDIAN CULTURE COMES ALIVE at the Nazarene School...This June 1st.

World Metrology Day 2017
Today the Belize Bureau of Standards celebrated World Metrology Day 2017 under the theme Measurements For Transport by hosting an Information Booth Display at the Belmopan Market Day. Joining us to commemorate this day is The Belize Road Safety Project, The Department of Transport and The Department of the Environment.

Emilio Ahmad and Sons Ltd. is celebrationg 68 years this year
We are very happy to become a part of Corozal's Historical Heritage. A Proud Corozal Family Company

Corozal Cancer Walk Held In Corozal
Sunday, May 28 at 6 AM - 8 AM. Come wake up with a new week in Corozal on may 28, 2017 for a fun walk.

Art In The Park In Corozal
Saturday, May 20 at 5 PM - 9:30 PM. Art in the Park is a monthly event sponsored by COLCHA. Local artists display and sell their creations. It is held in downtown Corozal Town in Central Park, beginning about 5pm. For more information call 620-1572. Note: This event was scheduled last week, but was rained out. It is rescheduled for 20th May.

"AMERICAN CIRCUS" from Mexico
The "AMERICAN CIRCUS" from Mexico will be making its inaugural show Friday, May 19th at 6:30 P.M. and following with its second show at 8:45 P.M. (Mexico time). The circus is located in Chetumal along Avenida Constituyentes across from the MultiPlaza. Directions - Take a left off the "Bomberos" from Avenida Insurgentes, pass Soriana on Constituyentes, and continue all the way down to the new Chedraui Multi Plaza. Circus will be to your right. The show features international and local performers and for the children, it will feature the "Pepa Pig and Frozen Shows". There will be two performances every day at 6:30 P.M. and 8:45 P.M. (Mexico time). One hour ahead of Belize time.

Corozal Town Historical Corridor
The Corozal Town Historical Corridor was an awesome experience. Thumbs up to the Corozal House of Culture and all those who contributed in this positive initiative. Such an incredible day with our beloved community as we celebrated International Museum Day 2017 Thursday May 18, with the inauguration of the Corozal Town Historical Walk. The Walk was made possible through a collaborative community effort with persons sharing their information and photographs, along with assistance from the Belize Archives and Records Service and the Corozal Town Council. We also want to recognize the Corozal Junior College's Tourism Management students and instructor Miss Mena for giving guided tours to students and residents throughout the day. Thank you to Channel 23 Belize and CTV3 news for your kind coverage. Thank you to the Corozal Transport Authourity for making sure everyone was safe on our streets. All are kindly invited to take the self-guided tour as we bring to light the importance of safeguarding Corozal's historical landmarks. Thank you to Rhodi Chun and Rose Elwell for the lovely images.

Farmers in the Vaca Forest Reserve receive supplies for their agro-ecological activities
The aim is to conduct better sustainable practices in the reserve. FCD is supported by the British Embassy, GEF SGP and the Forest Department on this endeavor.

Free Peace Concert May 22
On Monday May 22nd, come on out to the Yabra Green Field and enjoy the Free Peace Concert from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Enjoy music by Bredda David and the Family Fusion Band and Friends. There will be a Youth Football Event, Tumblers and Drumming. Admission will be free.

New residential quarters for field staff at ATM
Hon. Patrick Faber, Minister of Education, Youth, Sports and Culture along with Greg Vernon, acting president of NICH, cutting the ribbon to officially open new residential quarters for field staff at the Actun Tunichil Muknal Archaeological Reserve.

Panama Photograhy Exhibition
Now Open at the Museum of Belize - A brand new photographic exhibition!

Channel 7

PUP Stages Senate Walkout, Protesting President
Today's regular senate meeting wasn't regular at all. That's because the opposition opened up asking to make what's called "a privileged statement". They wanted to talk about the menacing and deliberately disruptive behavior pulled off by UDP operatives at the Senate Special Inquiry on Wednesday. But, to make a privileged statement, there has to be advance notice and permission from the president. The PUP didn't have that permission, and so they started out the meeting with a defiant tone. Here's how it went:... Hon. Lee Mark Chang, President of the Senate: "I just speak with your senator earlier and I already told him I declined and it won't happen. Thank you." Hon. Michel Chebat, PUP Senator: "You will not allow me to speak Mr. President." Hon. Lee Mark Chang, President of the Senate: "No, because we have spoken about it already." Hon. Michael Peyrefitte, UDP Senator: "This was discusses already with the former Prime Minister Musa in the national assembly. There is no privilege here like that."

PUP’s Statement: Solidarity With Press
Later on we'll have the full debate on those "other matters", but the PUP's main matter was this statement which they couldn't give to the Senate. But they did give it to the press:.. Hon. Michel Chebat, PUP Senator: "I rise to put on record the People's United Party strong condemnation of the behavior of members and the supporters of the United Democratic Party at last Wednesday's meeting of the senate special select committee investigating illegalities in immigration. In what can only be describe as a carefully orchestrated plan to disrupt last Wednesday's hearings. The chairman of the UDP and the mace bearer of the House of Representatives, behave in such an unruly manner that the hearing had to be suspended. This is unacceptable. We call on the United Democratic Party to respect the honorable senate and we demand that the senate inquiry be allowed to proceed without any further disruption by UDP operatives, in a direct attack on our Belizean democracy."

President Lee Mark Explains It’s About Procedure
Outside the meeting, the media asked President Lee Mark Chang what was the big deal since it was such a short statement - which wasn't exactly earth shattering. Here's how Chang put it:.. Reporter: "Why couldn't have been allowed? I mean it's a simple statement and it comes off as you trying to muzzle the opposition on that statement." Hon. Lee Mark Chang, President of the Senate: "First of all let the record reflect. In all my couple of years of being the president of the senate, I have never tried to stifle or muzzle any senator from saying whatever they need to say. Actually I've always give them leverage to say things that are not supposed to be said. With that said, with so many times that I have allowed certain things and now there is one thing that I don't allow, then they are saying that I'm trying to stifle them. I have spoken to Senator Courtenay when he call me and I said let me review my standing orders and let me see if I could allow it. The standing orders give me the authority to either agree or disagree. I disagreed because I also have some pending meetings to address these matters. We are going to address these matters and make sure these reoccurring does not continue to happen or does not happen again."

Eamon Courtney, SC, VS. Yellowman, Macebearer
And what the PUP and the media don't want to happen again, is a repeat of the heckling, disruption and menacing that happened at Wednesday's session of the Senate Hearings. Senior Counsel Eamon Courtenay took on professional rabble rouser, Yellowman and said someone has to put him in check:... Hon. Eamon Courtenay, PUP Senator: "Audinette is an employee of this honorable house. It is unacceptable for him to behave that way on the premises of the very house of which he is the macebearer, the person who is to ensure that law and order on regular business can be conducted. But more than that, it is the arrogance, it is the disrespect, it is the criminal behavior of these people. They believe that they can behave with impunity and attack even th

President Chang: Not In My House
But, Senate President Lee Mark Chang has to acknowledge their existence, Yellowman and August are his party colleagues in the UDP. But he says he won't encourage their antics in "his" house: Hon. Lee Mark Chang, President of the Senate: "Well I will be very clear with unu, not in my house. Once I am here that will not happen." Reporter: "No matter who it is." Hon. Lee Mark Chang, President of the Senate: "It doesn't matter who it is. I have cleared the gallery, threatening words have been stoned across the aisle and I have instructed the officers to send them out. So once I am here I will do what I need to do, hence the reason why I am going to a meeting right after this to make sure that we can have more enforcement for future things not to reoccur. Yes, mistakes have been done, but we need to fix it and move on."

Luis Wade Charged For Assaulting Montero’s Son
And while the media was being assaulted and threatened on Wednesday in the Senate at the same time, one of Belize's most well known media personalities, was being criminally charged in Cayo - he says for doing his job. PLUS TV's Luis Wade was charged for assault and indecent language - almost 6 months after he'd had an encounter with works Minister Rene Montero's son, Robert at the Santa Elena Sports Complex. Wade was there reporting on a story, and says he was almost run over by Montero who was trying to get him to stop capturing the ongoing work. Of course, there are two sides to every story, and police concluded that Montero was the victim and Wade, the aggressor. Today when he want to san Ignacio Magistrate's Court, we asked him all about it:

Police Say Pastor Wade Distorting Narrative
And while Pastor Wade and his supporters prayed, police were taking a pounding on social media. That's because Wade's narrative puts them as the bad guys, deliberately ignoring his witnesses and his evidence, and charging the journalist doing his job, rather than the political operative who's running interference. And so after yesterday taking a hardline that they would not comment on this case because it is too minor, the police department buckled under the pressure of public criticism and agreed to grant interviews so that they could get out their side of the story. We spoke to Superintendent Richard Rosado who told us that Wade has deliberately distorted the story. He says they waited months for his evidence, which never came:

Bail For Alleged Coro Kidnappers
Today, two alleged kidnappers were released on bail. Jeffery Gongora and Brian Espinoza allegedly made up half of the team that robbed and kidnapped Eder Hall and two of his friends. According to police, Hall and his companions went to Ranchito Village with $13,000 in cash to purchase a car, but before the transaction took place, they were held up by Gongora and Espinoza, along with Elio Lopez and Jason Espinoza. The trio were bound and stuffed in the back of their vehicle. However, as they were being driven away, Hall managed to pull a razor blade from his wallet and cut himself loose, while his companions hopped out of the trunk. Two of the kidnappers, Jason Espinoza and Elio Lopez, were caught and charged in the Magistrate's Court last week with three counts of kidnapping and three counts of robbery. But Brian Espinoza and Jefferey Gongora remained at large. They handed themselves into police earlier this week and were given the same charges.

Chamber Calls On Integrity Commission, Calls Out GOB For “Corruption”
The Belize Chamber of Commerce has joined the chorus of organizations calling for the Integrity Commission to dig deeper into the finances of elected representatives and parliamentarians. The Chamber released a statement today asking for the Integrity Commission to return to its earlier decision and review the previous 5 years of the finances of the persons serving in public life, instead of only one year. Their statement opens saying, quote, "Corruption continues to grow throughout the economy, enriching the few at the expense of the many, yet an ongoing shortage of political will continues to deny us the chance to halt the actions of the corrupt…" End quote.

Senate Debated Big Money From CDB
At the top of the news, we showed you how the Opposition's Senators walked out of parliament, refusing to the participate in today's meeting. Well, after they left, the Government's Senators and the other social partners went on with the business of the day. They had 5 motions to debate and pass, but there were 2 which generated the most robust back and forth. The first was the approval of a loan from the Caribbean Development Bank of $20 million US dollars for the Development Finance Cooperation. The second was the approval of a 10-million-US-dollar loan from the CDB to the Social Investment Fund. That's a total of $60 million Belize's dollars that these two statutory boards will be borrowing.

10 M USD For SIF? Senate Protests
After that motion was passed, Senator Godwin Hulse, the Leader of Government Business, tabled the second loan from the CDB. That's the 10 million US dollar loan that's going to the Social Investment Fund for 24 small to medium sized community projects, which is supposed to improve the living conditions 35,000 Belizeans. Some of the social partner senators said that this description was too vague to make an informed decision on whether or not to support it. Here's the fiery back-and-forth between them and the government's senators: Hon. Mark Lizarraga - Business Senator: "In support of the position previously stated and I lend clarity Senator Salazar, that what Senator Smith was saying and I make reference to what is before us now. If there is a proposal, a loan proposal before us right now for the sum of 20 million dollars or 10 million US to finance 24 small medium size community projects. Where did this number 24 come from?"

Ranger Station for ATM
The ATM Caves, properly known as Actun Tunichil Muknal in Teakettle Village are among the most prized Mayan tours in Belize. It takes visitors through a network of caves where human remains from sacrificial offerings centuries ago have been preserved. The caves get a lot of premium tourist traffic, and that requires a fair amount of technical and logistics support. And now NICH has set up a Rangers Facility to accommodate that. I found out more when I visited today: The Institute of archaeology built the building at a cost of 62 thousand dollars. They plan on building more ranger bases at three other sites by December, including Barton Creek, Santa Rita, and Cerros.

Maya Mound Ground Down In San Pedro
If you follow the news, you'll probably remember the destruction of a part of the Uxbenka Mayan Site in September 2015. That caused some ugly racial friction, but a new case involving the destruction of a mound on private property in San Pedro isn't quite that controversial. According to the san Pedro Sun, the mound, located in the San Pablo neighborhood south of San Pedro Town, was disturbed. There's been an outcry to preserve it and we asked the Director of Archaeology to update us on it: The Institute of Archaeology will investigate to determine the extent of the damage.

Cops Caught Weed and Coke
Police from the Eastern Division South Strike Team are conducted a raid in the Conch Shell Bay area, and they found almost a pound of marijuana. That search happened today at the residence of #46 West Collet Canal. The officers found 383 grams - or 13.5 ounces of marijuana, and so they've arrested and charged 38 year-old Wilton Anderson with the offense of drug trafficking. San Pedro Cops also made a small cocaine bust in the Boca Del Rio area. That search happened last night at around 10, when officers were on mobile patrol. Their attention was drawn to a group of five men who were sitting on a golf cart in the corner of a yard. the officers searched the men, and they found 6 transparent plastic bags with cocaine. They also searched the golf cart and found another transparent plastic bag with cocaine. The drugs were weighed and the cops found that there was a total of 5 grams of the drug.

Venezuelan Embassy, Says Media Got It All Wrong
It may be one of the richest countries on earth in terms of it's oil reserves, but Venezuela is a mess right now. Huge protests are held daily, inflation is at almost 100% in just the past few months, they have one of the highest murder rates on earth, there are chronic shortages of everything from toilet paper to flour, and their currency has crashed. With the worsening economic climate, Venezuela's president, Nicolas Maduro, has been struggling to hold unto power, and has been going to extraordinary means to do so. All that's according to the mainstream media, who according to the Venezuelan Embassy here in Belize, is only telling part of the story.

Does Lee Make Know Fixer Barton Middleton?
Does President of the Sante Lee Mark Chang have some kind of relationship with Immigration fixer Barton Middleton? That's what observers at the senate asked after he was seen interacting with him outside of the Senate Inquiry hearings recently. Lee Mark told us no good deed goes unpunished. In other news, Chang told us that the sale of his Phone Saan Belmopan building to the Immigration Department is off after government wouldn't pay his asking price of 1.65 million dollars. He has leased it to a new tenant.

Structure Cycling For High Schools
Elite female cyclist Kaya Catotuse is taking cycling as an organized sports to the High Schools. She's doing it in the hopes of bringing more high school females into the sport, but she found that high school males are just as eager to get involved. Cattouse told us it is an attempt to make cycling as regular and structured as basketball and football programs for secondary schools: The high school cycling series is held Thursdays at the Marion Jones Stadium.

A Ride For Awareness
And in other cycling news, the second cancer challenge or ride will be held this Saturday and Sunday May 20th and 21st. The idea is to make men more aware of prostate cancer. Kwame Scott told us it starts tomorrow in Dangriga:

Aragon Learning About His Former Job, Police
And while those cyclists will tour the country, minister of state in the ministry of home affairs Elodio Aragon is going on a different kind of tour. He's going on a countrywide Familiarization Tour of the Belize Police Department. He started yesterday in his home town of Orange Walk - and he told us what he found: The tour will continue at stations across the country.

Channel 5

Louis Wade Charged, Protests Innocence
It’s been a bad week for the media. It started at Wednesday’s senate meeting when political operatives attacked members of the media.  And this morning, in San Ignacio, the outspoken [...]

Police Say More Evidence Against Pastor/Journalist Than in His Favour
Just now you heard Journalist Louis Wade speak on what has transpired with an incident that led to him being slapped with two charges; one for common assault and the [...]

Wade Compares His Trial with Senate Assaults
Earlier this week, you saw what transpired during the hearing of the Senate Select Committee – journalists were threatened by political operatives carrying out the dirty work of their party [...]

P.U.P. Comments Shut Down by Senate, Prompting Walkout
The Senate of Belize met in ordinary session this morning at the National Assembly. It is its first meeting since the unprecedented and heinous attack on members of the press [...]

President Defends Actions But Says Further Interruptions Will Not Be Tolerated
Senate President Lee Mark Chang defended his actions following the meeting. He pointed to his track record of being what he feels is overly generous with Senators in raising issues [...]

Debate Continues Over Further Usefulness of Public Hearings
Senate President Chang also told reporters today that he shares the opinion of Deputy Prime Minister Patrick Faber and Chairman Aldo Salazar that the Committee’s public aspect is starting to [...]

What Were Lee Mark and Barton Middleton Discussing?
While President of the Senate Lee Mark Chang has few issues with the conduct of the Senate Inquiry, what was not known was that he had a brief conversation with [...]

P.S.U. Suspends President Eldred Neal
Career public officer Eldred Neal has been suspended as President of the Public Service Union, following disparaging remarks he made against the Garifuna community, which was recorded back in March.  [...]

Neal Refuses to Go But Second Vice President Will Take Charge
Prior to today’s special meeting of the Council of Management, Neal told News Five that he would not be stepping down as President of the P.S.U. until his term of [...]

Lee Mark Denies Report of Immigration Involvement
Is Lee Mark Chang one of the fish not caught up in the 2011-2013 Immigration scandal? While there is no indication of his name being in the Auditor General’s Reports, [...]

Chon Saan Owner Closes Book on Immigration Department Sale
As we reported at the end of April, the Immigration Department has decided against buying over the Chon Saan Palace building for use as its headquarters in Belmopan. It is [...]

Accused in Ranchito Kidnapping Out on Bail
Two of four men linked to an armed robbery and kidnapping in Ranchito, Corozal on May third, 2017 were today granted Supreme Court bail in the sum of ten thousand [...]

N.G.O.’s Condemn Actions Against Media
The Belize Network of Non-Governmental Organizations has issued a statement condemning what it calls the vicious and personal attacks on Senator Eamon Courtenay and the press during Wednesday’s Senate inquiry. [...]

Chamber Says Integrity Commission, Senate Attacks Are Means of Corruption
In light of recent developments in the Senate as well as by the Integrity Commission, the Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry today issued a statement condemning acts of corruption. [...]

How Will New Loans to D.F.C. and SIF Help Belize?
The motions passed by the House on May twelfth for consolidated line of credit by the Caribbean Development Bank to the Development Finance Corporation and a loan to the Belize [...]

A New National Sports Council Director
A new Director of the National Sports Council has been named to the post.  That office has been vacant for months, following the departure of Ritchel Dominguez, whose contract was [...]

Venezuela Rep in Belize Discusses Country’s Issues
The leadership of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro continues to be tested, the latest challenge being a new round of sanctions being imposed by the United States government.  Those restrictions are [...]

South American Country Not Alone in Facing Political Issues
Maduro’s government has been faced with almost daily protests since his Supreme Court signed an order that deprived the Venezuelan congress of its powers in March of this year.  The [...]

Giving the Gift of Life for Needy Children
Hundreds of Belizean children are treated for congenital diseases annually, through the Rotary Club of Belize’s Gift of Life Program. This year, however, the program went a step further and rather than sending patients overseas, the visiting cardiologists from the U.S. successfully performed procedures on three children. It all happened at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital. News Five’s Duane Moody reports.

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UDP Chair leads raid on Senate hearing!
Yesterday, Wednesday, in an attempt to protect former disgraced Minister of State in the Ministry of Immigration, Elvin Penner, from the unrelenting questioning of Opposition PUP Senator, Eamon Courtenay, as well as other senators, regarding the Won Hong Kim passport and visa scandal, the ruling UDP administration sent UDP party chairman, Alberto August, and the House of Representatives’ Sergeant-at-Arms Brian “Yellowman” Audinett, to disrupt the proceedings and physically try to intimidate journalists and reporters covering the Senate hearing into allegations contained in the Auditor General’s Special Audit into the Immigration Department scandal. August and Yellowman were joined by Housing Inspector Allan “AK” Kelly and several other UDP henchmen.

UDP instruct police to charge Pastor Louis Wade
Firebrand media personality, journalist and pastor, Louis Wade, has been summoned to appear in the San Ignacio Magistrate’s Court tomorrow, Friday, to answer to charges of “common assault,” and “using insulting words.” Those charges date back to an incident last November at the Santa Elena Football Complex in which Wade discovered questionable activities that certain affiliates of the ruling government wanted to keep a secret. Wade told us today that he had learned that the Ministry of Works (MOW) had sent employees to work on the Santa Elena Sports Complex, through the Government of Belize, although the Belize Infrastructure Limited (BIL) had issued a contract to Plett’s Construction Ltd.

Obsession over former girlfriend leads to murder of rival
A Punta Gorda man with a broken heart, obsessed with and unable to get over his former lover, is accused by police of stabbing her eight times and murdering her new lover after consuming an assortment of alcoholic beverages. Police reports reveal that at around midday on Wednesday, Simon Lino (in his early twenties) drove himself to the residence of Tiannie Figueroa, 20, on VOA Road in Punta Gorda. When he arrived, she was socializing with her relatives. Lino sat in her couch for a few minutes and then reportedly took out a kitchen knife and stabbed her eight times over her body. He only stopped after one of her friends lashed him across the body with a metal object.

Guatemalan illegal gold panner fell to his death
Marvin Cristobal Chac Pop, 18, a Guatemalan laborer from the village of Mount Olivos, Guatemala, which is about a 4-hour walk from the Chiquibul forest, died after he fell off a cliff and hit his head on the rocks below. His body landed in a pool of water. Pop had been illegally panning for gold in Belize’s Chiquibul Forest Reserve. The incident occurred Tuesday afternoon about 5 miles into the Chiquibul. General David Jones, Commander of the Belize Defense Force, yesterday said that after they were informed of the fatal incident, our Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Consul of Guatemala communicated with each other, and the BDF was requested to step in to recover the body.

Penner says Cabinet list did exist; PM Barrow “doesn’t remember”
On Wednesday, former Minister of State in the Ministry of Immigration, Elvin Penner, appeared once again before the Senate Select Committee. He again read a statement indicating why he was not required to furnish answers to the questions posed. According to him, the Constitution states that not only did he not have to respond to those questions posed by the committee, but he also did not have to provide any reason for his refusal to respond. However, when the Senate Select Committee asked him to locate that specific piece of legislation, he could not do so.

Man gave 11-year-old grandson his stash of weed to hold
Despite the fact that marijuana is still an illegal substance in Belize, some magistrates use their discretion to prevent young, first-time offenders from the stigma of acquiring a criminal record when they “caution and dismiss” cases of small “possession of cannabis,” as marijuana is referred to in the Laws of Belize. Today, Magistrate Carlon Mendoza imposed a hefty fine on a 60-year-old man who had given his 11-year-old step-grandson 21 grams of cannabis to hold when police arrived at their residence on Neal Pen Road, to conduct a search. Magistrate Mendoza accepted a guilty plea from Cecil Errol Flowers, who was charged along with his common-law wife, Cherry Mae Wallace, 58, for possession of a controlled drug, 21.5 grams of cannabis, and fined him $750, plus $5 cost of court.

Cricket Corner – Summer Fever forced a playoff with Western Eagles
Hello to all! The past weekend’s games saw two teams tied with their opponent. Before we start the excitement, let me thank Bowen and Bowen for being our kind sponsor of this year’s season. So, now, under the auspices of the Belize National Cricket Association, the 2017 Harrison Parks Cricket Competition continued. What beautiful games were played! Let’s go together to the beautiful village of Flowers Bank, the home of Wicked Eleven Cricket Club. This home team has already cleared a spot for the playoffs. They were waiting to make that spot more sure going up against Sunrise of Lords Bank. Sunrise has struggled in the season, and will not make the playoffs, not because they didn’t field a good team; it just was not their time. They had played some very good games, and had made their fans and supporters proud.

Belize internationals
While the Premier League of Belize (PLB) has just crowned the champion of its 2016-2017 Closing Season, 3-peat champion Belmopan Bandits SC, two Belizean players abroad, all-time goal leader Deon McCaulay and goalkeeper Woodrow West are also making strides in their respective competitions. In the Honduran professional league, Woodrow West’s club, Honduras Progresso FC just clinched a spot in the 2017 Honduras Closing Season finals on Saturday, May 13, when they drew 2-2 in the second leg of their semifinals against perennial powerhouse Olimpia, after beating Olimpia 4-2 in the first leg. Honduras Progresso will now face defending Honduran champion Motagua in a home-and-away championship finals, beginning this Sunday, May 21.

Tennis News – Youth Tournament, May 13
The scorching-hot Pickwick Club Tennis Courts were the venue for another well-attended Youth Tennis Tournament this past Saturday (May 13, 2017), sponsored by the Belize Tennis Association. In the Orange Ball Category, there were Level 1 and Level 2 players, with Level 1 being a bit more advanced. In the Level 1 Orange Category, Daniel Musa took first place over Errol Ferguson with a score of 11-4; but Ferguson’s consistency in attending practices, and his great improvement were evident in this match. Shaynalee Flowers also exhibited vast improvement and impressive athleticism, and can be expected to achieve excellence in upcoming tournaments.

Smart 13 & Under Mundialito
The Smart 13 & Under Mundialito continued over the weekend with Week 4 games played on Saturday, May 13, at the MCC Grounds. In game 1, Reality Young clipped Heights FC, 1-0, on a goal by Scotian Stuart. It was the same score in game 2, as Warriors FC got the 1-nil win over Belize Elementary, on a goal by Kaylen McFoy. In game 3, City Boys bombed Ladyville Jaguars, 4-0, with 3 goals from Kayia Requena and the other from Tom Miguel. Game 4 saw Brown Bombers with the 3-0 win over Sampson Academy, with a goal apiece from Delhart Dominguez, Brandon Smith and Peter Morgan. In game 5, Jose Almendarez scored the only goal of the game, as Hattieville Riverside Boys defeated Collet, 1-nil. And in game 6, Ladyville Rising Stars and Carlston FC played to a scoreless (0-0) draw.

Editorial: Attention, Chairman Alberto
Our understanding of Belize’s political parties has always been that the Chairman is the third most powerful official in these parties, following the Leader and Deputy Leader. So then, Cayo’s fiery and fanatic Alberto August, Chairman of the ruling United Democratic Party (UDP), holds a very high position in the political party which is undefeated in Belize elections since September of 2003. Because of the Christmas Eve traffic incident which convinced one of the UDP WAVE Radio’s co-hosts, Alfonso Noble, to take an extended vacation, Mr. August has been sitting in at least one day a week as co-host of WAVE Radio’s morning talk show. Over the last few weeks, Chairman Alberto has been working himself into a lather with respect to the attorney, Senator Eamon Courtenay, a People’s United Party (PUP) Senate appointee, who has been one of Lord Michael Ashcroft’s attorneys for many years and whose father, Vernon Harrison, was accused of stealing $3.34 million from the Social Security Board.

From The Publisher
I was listening to a radio newscast on Tuesday afternoon, and it sounded as if the announcer was saying that a British group was reporting that Belize is one of 27 countries which has a debt crisis. On Friday evening last, however, I had heard the Right Honorable Prime Minister tell the Belizean media, after the House meeting, that he had solved the superbond problem and that he essentially had no more worlds to conquer. I was puzzled by the different perspectives, the one abroad and the one in the mind of Belize’s leader. In fact, I wondered whether being in a situation where you had no more worlds to conquer was necessarily a good thing. Historically, the response of the Greek warrior/king who found himself in such a situation (or predicament?) was to sit down and cry, presumably in frustration.

Glenn Blease writes Mayor Darrell Bradley
His Lordship the Mayor, Darrell Bradley Belize City Council Dear Mayor, I, Glenn Blease, the author of this letter, with great disgust write to inform you about a matter of severe discomfort with regards to my parents’ burial. My parents are Joseph William Bernard Blease, World War II hero, veteran and former British Honduras policeman, and Avelina Herrera. My father, Joseph Blease, passed away in February 1985, and mother passed in November 2006. Now, let the record reflect that at the time of my mother’s passing, I had to do a grave search to have my mother buried with my father. The grave error from your department had revealed that another body, that of Allain Medina, was buried in the same spot as my father, forcing me to bury my mother at another space.

Yellowman assaults Marisol – KREM TV letter of complaint
Dear Sir, I would like to bring your attention to the unruly behavior displayed yesterday, May 17, 2017, by persons in the National Assembly at the Senate Select Committee investigating the Immigration and visa irregularities highlighted in the Auditor General’s Report. I make specific reference to the video recording of Mr. Brian “Yellowman” Audinett, an officer of the National Assembly (mace bearer), assaulting our News Director, Marisol Amaya, by snatching her phone/camera and threatening to destroy it. This was not only an attack on Ms. Amaya, but for what she represents: FREEDOM OF THE PRESS.

Urban Reyes writes PM Barrow
Damages caused by Ministry of Natural Resources. Dear Prime Minister Barrow: Now that you have assumed the helm of the Ministry of Natural Resources along with your Minister of State, Dr. Carla Barnett, I believe, you can aid in resolving my (titled) property situation within the Department of Lands. • 20th December 1996, I was issued a lease, by the Ministry of Natural Resources, for land in the Manatee Bar area. • 2nd of November 1997, I was given permission to purchase said property • 29th August 2012, title was issued for said property, see Minister’s Fiat Grant No 669 of 2012 Between the issuance of the lease and the title being issued, the Ministry of Natural Resources sold the land to someone else; see Minister’s Fiat Grant No. 241 of 2003.

Pressure mounts for Neal to resign
President of the Public Service Union (PSU), Eldred Neal, came under public fire this week, after recordings were leaked to the media and via social media in which he was heard making offensive comments against the Garifuna people, portraying them as people who will do anything to maintain power; and more specifically, members of the public service whom Neal, as PSU president, is supposed to represent. When we spoke with him on Monday, Neal said that he is neither a racist nor a bigot and he maintained that he did not say anything against the Garinagu. He also told us that he will not step down but will offer himself again for office.

Pressure mounts for Neal to resign
The Smith sisters from Majestic Alley, Muteesha and Leesha, had an encounter with police officers from the Northern Strike Team that landed them in court on serious criminal charges, but after the prosecution closed its case and two witnesses testified on their behalf, Chief Magistrate Ann Marie Smith acquitted the sisters of the charges. Muteesha, 21, was charged with assaulting a police officer, while Leesha, 20, was charged with harm, resisting arrest, escape from lawful custody and loitering “I am not going to find them guilty, because I find that the police behavior was heavy-handed and uncalled for,” Chief Magistrate Smith said, when the case ended this evening.

Elroy Goldburn Hemmans, 36, sentenced to 3 years for robbing $300 from bus conductor
When he was arraigned on charges of robbery and harm last July, Elroy Goldburn Hemmans pleaded not guilty. Hemmans, 36, an accountant and resident of Mahogany Heights, changed his not guilty plea to guilty today when the case came up for trial. He was sentenced to 3 years in prison by Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser, who ordered Hemmans to apologize to his victim, a 19-year-old bus conductor, Samir Martinez, who had already left the courtroom when the sentence was imposed. In apologizing to Martinez, Hemmans said he (Martinez) had provoked him. Magistrate Fraser told Hemmans that blaming the victim was not an apology. Hemmans was therefore made to apologize again.

Alfonso Wiltshire, 53, re-arrested for forced sex with girl, 13
Alfonso Wiltshire, 53, a taxi driver of San Pedro, has been re-arrested on four additional charges of sexual assault and unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor. It was ordered that he be rearrested on Friday after the findings of a further investigation were submitted to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, which then ordered his immediate arrest. Wiltshire was taken to the San Pedro Magistrate’s Court today, where the additional charges were read to him. No pleas were taken from him and no bail was offered. He was remanded at the Belize Central Prison until July 26, when he will be returned to court and given disclosure. A date has been set for a preliminary inquiry to find out whether the case should to be sent to the Supreme Court for trial.

The Reporter

Belize and Cuba celebrate three decades of medical cooperation
Belize and the Republic of Cuba this week marked 26 years of a historic medical cooperation agreement between our two countries. To commemorate the anniversary, the Embassy of Cuba in Belize held a medical symposium at the Inspiration Center at  mile 1.5 on the George […]

Penner back at Senate; hecklers make mischief
Hecklers caused a temporary suspension of the Senate Inquiry this week, as former Minister of State Elvin Penner made his second appearance to testify. United Democratic Party Chairman, Alberto August, Mace Bearer of the National Assembly Brian “Yellow Man” Audinett and Allan Kelly, among others, […]

Memorial Mass held for Pamela Lino
While police have been unable to positively identify the burnt human remains found in the back seat of Pamela Lino’s destroyed Kia Sportage several weeks ago, family and friends  held a memorial Mass in her honor last Friday at the Lady of Guadalupe Co-Cathedral in […]

Monkey River still grappling with erosion
The residents of Monkey River village are hoping that their beach erosion problem will be delayed, if not deterred, with the purchase of wire baskets to fill them with rocks and place them along the shoreline. A few weeks ago, the Belize City Council […]

Police officer wins huge Fantasy 5 prize
A Belize City police constable with 14 years of service to the department became the latest winner of the Fantasy 5 drawing, cashing in on a whopping $435,000 jackpot.   On Wednesday, Dayton Cyril Ogaldez took home $369,750 after 65,250 (15%) of his winnings was extracted […]

Taiwan congratulates CITO on ISO certification
This week, the Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan) congratulated the Central Information Technology Office (CITO) on passing the ISO 27001 external audit from May 8-9.   CITO’s success marks the third time the office has passed the rigorous audit, which means that it maintains […]

Dangriga police searching for robbers turned killers
Four robbers turned  killers  are on the run in Belize City after they killed a Good Samaritan, who had stopped to offer them assistance on the Coastal Road early Monday morning. On May 15, at 1:26 p.m., police visited the scene of a traffic accident […]

Belize hosts regional parliamentarians for XIX FOPREL meeting
Belize holds the presidency pro tempore of the Forum of the Presidents of the Legislatures of Central America and the Caribbean (FOPREL), and so Speaker of the House Mrs. Laura Tucker-Longsworth and President of the Senate Hon. Lee Mark Chan presided over FOPREL’s 19th meeting at the Best Western Biltmore […]

National Sports council appoints new director
The National Sport Council recently appointed a new director, Ian Jones.   Jones was officially appointed to the new post which became effective on Monday, May 15. Jones expressed his commitment towards the development of sports in Belize.   According to a government press release, Jones […]

Chinese businessman robbed of $38,000 cash
San Ignacio police have three suspects detained for questioning in relation to an armed robbery of a Chinese businessman that occurred early Monday morning in that jurisdiction.   Wei Bin Chen, the 60-year-old proprietor of Chen’s Supermarket was robbed of $38,000 in cash at around 8:10 […]

Editorial
Any  Prime Minister of Belize  who has been elected to three consecutive terms would be wise to gird himself  for the torrent  of criticism which is sure to come his way, no matter how good or conscientious he may be. If some people saw our Prime Minister walking on water, […]

Media assaulted and threatened by political thugs
The media, this week, came under assault in the National Assembly for the second time in recent months as United Democratic Party (UDP) loyalists openly threatened and assaulted members of the press in front of police, with no action taken against them. The incident has […]

Popular musician killed in bitter love triangle
A popular musician and son of a former minister of government, Lascelle Martinez was stabbed to death on Wednesday afternoon while his girlfriend was also stabbed as a result of a bitter love triangle. Authorities are currently seeking Simon Lino, who allegedly stabbed his ex-girlfriend, […]

PSU President Eldred Neal under mounting pressure to step down
Members of the Board of Management for the Public Service Union (PSU) have asked PSU President Eldred Neal to resign, following the public release of two secretly recorded conversations where he made derogatory remarks about Garifuna people. Nine out of the 15 board members, some […]

Guatemalan gold panner falls to his death in Chiquibul
Belize Defense Force (BDF) soldiers have retrieved the body of  a Guatemalan civilian, Marvin Chac Pap, 18, who reportedly fell to his death in the Chiquibul National Park on Monday night. The first report that there was an incident involving Guatemalans in the Chiquibul came […]

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Freedom and democracy under attack!
BBN believes the recent assault against the media during the Senate Select Committee inquiry and the latest attempt to muzzle members of the press by intimidation is a direct attack on democracy and the free press and must be condemned to the maximum and not allowed to continue. These events paint an even grimmer picture of a Belize already ravaged by a crippled economy and rising costs in living caused by rampant systematic corruption.

A tale of two DFC’s
One of two motions for multi-million dollar loans approved earlier today by the Senate and last Friday by the House of Representatives was for 20 Million US Dollars for the DFC to lend to Belizeans in four different areas of investment. Those areas, as explained by Prime Minister Rt. Hon Dean Barrow, are, Small and Medium Size Enterprises, Student Loans, Low Income Housing, and Energy Efficiency/Renewable Energy.

Bus passenger busted with crack
According to police reports, yesterday morning around 10:30, police visited the Orange Walk Market Plaza where cops boarded a Tillet’s bus and conducted a search on Emmanuel Chan, 36, cane cutter of August Pine Ridge Village, Orange Walk District.

Teen reported missing
Bertha Vasquez, 50, of Bullet Tree Village, Cayo reported that on Tuesday night around 8:20, she was at home with her four children and she had an argument with one of her daughters, Amelia Vasquez, 17. Vasquez then walked out of the house to […]

Cycle stolen from Belize City IT-VET
Yesterday, Keira Munnings, 26, reported that at 8:20 a.m., she arrived at the ITVET compound and parked her black Meilun brand 100cc motor cycle valued at $1,950 in front of the building. Munnings said that around 10:15, she made checks and the motor cycle […]

La Gracia Village gets Smart Solar Grid Energy Project
The Minister with responsibility for the Public Service, Energy and Public Utilities Frank Mena and the Chairman of La Gracia village Dario Menendez will inaugurate a Smart Solar off-grid rural electrification project the village in the Cayo District next Wednesday, May 24. In its […]

Oceana’s Hands Across the Sand to be held on May 20th
People across the country will gather to join hands on beaches, across bridges, along sea walls and in other public areas to stand in solidarity against offshore oil development in Belize, and to embrace a clean energy future on Saturday, May 20 at noon. […]

Chamber slams Barrow administration for corruption
The Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) issued a press release today stating that it has taken on the cause against corruption in the belief that the cost of corruption has become too great for our small, beloved country to bear. According to […]

Pastor Wade pleads not guilty; granted bail
This morning, Pastor Wade pleaded not guilty in court to two charges of assault and using indecent words for an incident dating back to November of 2016 with Robert Montero, the son of Cayo Central Area Representative, Rene Montero. Wade was represented by Counsel […]

Transformation apace- Development unhindered
Amid the revelations emerging from the Senate Special Select Committee Hearings, some of which are admittedly disappointing, to say the least, we must not lose sight of the fact that whatever went wrong at Immigration or any specific department or ministry (such as Lands […]

PUP Condemns Disruption of Senate Inquiry
The People’s United Party (PUP) have issued a press release condemning the disruption of the hearing of the Special Senate Select Committee on May, 17, 2017 by the UDP Chairman, Alberto August, Brian “Yellowman” Audinett, and Allan Kelly. “It is crystal clear that their […]

Louis Wade to be charged for assault and using indecent words
Plus TV’s owner and host of the Rise and Shine morning show, Louis Wade will be arraigned tomorrow morning at 9 at San Ignacio’s Magistrate Court for “assault”, and “using indecent words”. Wade is being charged for an incident that occurred in November of last year between him […]

Blogs

BREATH-taking views from the mountain top gazebo
There’s something awe-inspiring about a birds-eye view of your surroundings, especially panoramas of nature’s splendor. And, how you go about getting those views can be equally inspiring…especially when climbing a mountain! Such is the case when you accomplish the gazebo hike at the Sleeping Giant Rainforest Lodge. The top of the gazebo can be seen some 350 feet above the lodge, and doesn’t look too far away, but of course looks can be deceiving! According to the lodge’s information pamphlet, the hike is rated as moderate in difficulty, and should only take 20 minutes. Easy enough we think, let’s go!

Future Expats Planning a Move to Belize
Great guest post from two Future Expats planning their Move to Belize. Jon and Eddie have been coming here since 2003 and this last trip (March 2017) was a big scouting event to make sure that their research had paid off and that they still felt the same location wise as to what part of the country they want to settle in. In addition to San Pedro, Belize, they visited Hopkins, Belize, Placencia, Dangriga, Caye Caulker - Belize and Corozal Town.

The 11 Most Instagrammable Spots in Belize
Belize is so incredibly photogenic. If you’ve never been, it’s easy to imagine the beautiful reef and the SCUBA diving that the country is so famous for. But Belize, despite our tiny size, is so much more. Beach, reef, jungle, wildlife, mountains, INCREDIBLE culture all in a country smaller than the state of Massachusetts. And the huge bonus is the food. If you don’t try, at the very least, fresh watermelon juice and conch ceviche, fry jacks and stew chicken, coconut rice & beans or breakfast tacos, fried whole hogfish and Belizean chocolate when you are here, you are crazy.

The Assassin’s Kiss
This little critter is known to many by different names such as kissing bug, assassin bugs and in Latin America as chinches. They are members of the Triatominae family. They are found throughout the Americas as well as in other continents. They are infamous for several reasons, one for the sucking of blood and the other for spreading Chagas disease. They undergo a five stage instar resulting in a complete metamorphosis. In its first stage a wingless nymph hatches from an egg, and finally, the fifth instar turns it into an adult, acquiring two pairs of wings. During the day the bug hides in the thatched roofs and clay walls and at night comes out in search for blood when the host is asleep. Kissing bugs have an arsenal of ways to locate a host. They can use heat, carbon dioxide emanating from breath, as well as acids from skin, hair, and glands from vertebrate animals. During the night, adults fly to houses, attracted by light.

Lobsterfest Kicks Off the Summer Season in Belize
The summer season officially kicks off in June with several lobster festivals held around the country. Islands like Ambergris Caye and Caye Caulker along with coastal communities like Placencia celebrate the opening of lobster season with multi-day festivals featuring a delicious assortment of culinary delights made from the world's favorite crustacean.

Discover Placencia Belize This Summer
A wonderful summer vacation awaits you in Placencia. Located in southeastern Belize, Placencia is a 16-mile north-sound peninsula on the golden shores of the Caribbean. Known for its laid-back "barefoot ready" vibe, Placencia is a beach community of resorts, fresh-squeezed juices, cozy cafes, and fantastic food.

International Sourcesizz

Ancient Maya Credited with Major Scientific Advances
It was a hot, sticky day in Belize. We had been warned to wear our hats and sunscreen and to drink lots of water. My wife, Gail, and I were visiting Altun Ha, an ancient Maya site near Belize City, the largest city in this Central American country. Our group gathered in the shade of a large tree as a tour guide explained that the Ancient Maya understood, 4,000 years ago, scientific and mathematical concepts that we take for granted today. I wondered how they developed these advanced concepts of astronomy, mathematics and time measurement so, after returning from our trip, I talked with Annebel Lewis, a socio-cultural anthropologist. Lewis, a retired professor at California State University, now lives in the Richmond area and teaches anthropology at the Chesterfield Lifelong Learning Institute. I asked her why ancient cultures became so interested in observing the skies and plotting the paths of the stars and planets.

Danger Signs: Caribbean Countries At High Risk For Devastating Climate Change Impact
The impact of climate change in the Caribbean is threatening the continued survival of some countries, and Governments must sit up and pay attention. That’s the warning outlined in the Caribbean Marine Climate Change Report Card 2017, which focused on countries including Jamaica, Belize, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Guyana and St Lucia. It stressed the Caribbean was “in the front line” and at greater risk for more severe impacts than many other parts of the world because most of them are small islands where people live close to and depend on the sea. “As the seas, reefs and coasts on which all Caribbean people depend are under threat, much more needs to be done to protect these resources,” the report said, noting that the authors recommend building more resilient environments to prepare for, and protect against, climate change.

Videos

  • Belize Xunantunich, 16min.

  • Belize Altun Ha, 8min.

  • Belize - Cave Tubing, 16min.

  • Belize - Howler Monkey Reserve, 19min.

  • Highlights of Celebrate the reef "Reef Week Hol Chan 2017", 4min. Thanks to all participants and our sponsors!!!

  • San Pedro Reef Week Lionfish Tournament, 2min. The country of Belize hosts various Lionfish tournaments throughout the country (year) to promote the eradication of the invasive species from our Barrier Reef. The tournament is a fun way to teach everyone the importance of keeping the Lionfish population down in order to preserve other fish species vital to the survival of the coral reef.

  • 6th Annual Garifuna Film Festival Symposium Held Saturday May 13th in Los Angeles, California, 2hr.

  • Indian Dance Nataraja Prince, 15min.

  • The Rotary Club of Belize Sunrise - Celebrates 10th Anniversary, 27min.

  • The Ice Cream Shoppe - Summer Flavors, 29min.

  • Belize NOW | Episode 19 - Friday, May 19th, 2017, 25min. GOB Takes New Approach to Early Childhood Development, Directorate General for Foreign Trade donates equipment to government agencies, and Ministry of Tourism hosts National Tourism Policy Consultation Workshops. These stories and more on this week’s edition of Belize Now. Thanks for joining us on this Friday, May 19th, 2017!

  • Second MedRETE finished in Belize, 2.5min. Beyond the Horizon 2017 completes it's second of three Medical readiness Training Exercises in Belize that treated 5300 people in 10 days.

  • Parasailing in Belize for Mother's Day, 11min.

  • Diving in Shark Ray Alley - Belize - 2017, 7min. Great place to get up close to Nurse Sharks and Southern Rays!

  • Quick ride through San Pedro Belize, 2min. Grabbing a golf cart taxi in San Pedro.

  • San Ignacio, Belize, 2.5min. Border of Guatemala and Belize may 16 2017.

  • Really Cool Belizean Firefly in Belize, Central America, 1/2min.

  • Wee Wee Cutter Ants Working in Belize, .5min.

  • WE ALMOST GOT LOST IN BELIZE!, 11min.

  • Belize Vegan Roots B-ballers Meet Their Match, 11min. Game 4 in the 2017 Cayo Central Basketball Tournment when the Santa Elena Runners challenge the plant-powered, solar-fueled Belize Vegan Roots All-Stars. We note that from the begining of the tournament the Belize Vegan Roots were under-rated. This is the game that leaves no doubt that the Belize Vegan Roots do have the guts and the skills to grind it out on the court.

  • Belize, 4min. Trip to San Pedro Belize

    May 19, 2017


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    The San Pedro Sun

    Island educators get an A++
    The hard work of two island educators were recognized recently, as teacher Paul Kelly and his wife Odilia Jacobs both accomplished major milestones. As part of Education Month, the Ministry of Education (MOE) held its Annual Teacher of the Year Award ceremony on Thursday, May 11th. There were 24 nominees, and eight outstanding teachers took the overall award. San Pedro High School (SPHS) teacher Paul Kelly was given the ‘National Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award’ 2016 – 2017 for the secondary-level category.

    Second Garifuna Catholic Bishop Ordained in Belize
    The Belize’s second Garifuna Catholic Bishop of the Belize Diocese, the Most Reverend Lawrence Sydney Nicasio, was ordained Bishop in a concelebrated mass at the St. John’s College gym in Belize City on last Saturday morning. The gym was packed to capacity with Catholic faithful from throughout the country, to witness as the Papal Nuncio to El Salvador, Archbishop Most Rev. Leon Kalenga, led the concelebrated mass along with Most Rev. Christopher Glancy, the Auxiliary Bishop of Belize City and Belmopan, and five other Bishops from the Caribbean and New Orleans, Louisiana USA.

    Fundraising efforts benefit Saga Humane Society
    Through fundraising efforts, the Saga Humane Society was able to embark on several projects that not only relocated a dog to her forever home in the United States (US), but allowed them to make much-needed improvements at their facility. On Saturday, May 13th, several kind volunteers converged at Saga, and after a day of cooperative effort, gave the place a ground-level facelift. With fresh pebble gravel covering the floor, all pens scrubbed out, a new bath tub installed for the dogs, and linoleum placed inside the office area, their grand mission was accomplished!

    BTB launches Hotel Registration Campaign
    The Belize Tourism Board (BTB) launched a public awareness campaign this week to remind owners and operators of guest accommodation services of their obligations and requirements under the ‘Hotel and Tourist Accommodation Act’. Under said law, any owner or operator providing accommodation for remuneration purposes to any guest (local or foreign), regardless of its location in the country, is required to register with the BTB’s Registrar of Hotels.

    GOB signs construction contract for Airport Link Road
    A contract was signed on Thursday, May 11th, between the Government of Belize (GOB), Nabeel Abdul Raheem Consultants (NARCO), and BECA International Consultants Ltd for consultancy and supervision of the construction of the Airport Link Road Project. The project, which consists of a stretch of road, approximately five miles long, will intersect the George Price Highway with a bridge crossing over the Belize River near Gentrac Belize Limited and existing airport access road. The road works will be funded by a US$12 million dollar loan, which GOB was approved for in May of 2016 from the Organization of Oil Exporting Countries (OPEC) Fund for International Development.

    Ambergris Today

    Belize Commits To Making Country The Best Place For Children To Grow
    May 15 is known as the International Day of Families worldwide. This year’s theme was “Families, education and well-being.” In commemoration of this day, Belize through the National Committee for Families and Children made this 15th day of May quite monumental and symbolic as both the Prime Minster Right Honorable Dean Barrow and Leader of Opposition Honorable John Briceno made their global proclamation with the signing of the new Children’s Agenda 2017 – 2030.

    Exhibition of The Castle War: The Last Campesino Rebellion
    Inviting everyone to the Angel Nunez Auditorium for an exhibition of The Castle War: The Last Campesino Rebellion in honor of International Museum Day! Meet some of the War survivors still living Today! Museums all over the world celebrate this day showcasing under the theme of the year. This year it is "Saying the Unspeakable in Museums." What rarely is spoke about will be spoken today! Thank you to the San Pedro House of Culture and Museum of Belize for making this event possible!

    Misc Belizean Sources

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    International Museum Day in Benque
    International Museum Day 2 was a great success. Much thanks to the Benque House of Culture for inviting us along, and to Jorge, Yasmini and Joanna for coming out to help us. The children loved the activities and were very insightful.

    Amanda Autumn Margraves passes away
    On Saturday night, the rehab community lost one of its brightest stars. After a long battle with her illness, Amanda Autumn Margraves is finally at peace. We were blessed to spend time with Amanda at Belize Bird Rescue. She was one of the most unselfish souls we have ever met. Generous with her time, her knowledge, her patience and her mischievous sense of humour. I personally owe her a huge debt of gratitude for all she has taught me and the BBR staff and interns over the years. She was always at the end of a call or message, always ready with advice, and willing to come down to Belize and lend a hand whenever I pushed hard enough!

    Global Big Day 2017
    Well, Global Big Day 2017 is gone now. How did we do? What do our efforts show in the Central American and Global context? GBD has shown for three years now, that birders can unite better than many other people in the world. That we are a tight-knit community with a huge passion for birds. Around the world, some 19,000 birders stormed the world, literally over 150 countries and birded like no other day in history. Collectively, they reported almost 65% of the world’s avifauna, yes, more than 6,500 species were reported in a single day! Colombia alone reported almost 1,500 species and took the coveted title of “Best Country in the world for Birding”. Their diversity is stunning! Some of you perhaps have not realized this, but we live at the edge of the largest chunk of intact forest north of the Amazon, the Maya Forest. Yes, we got more forest than Costa Rica, in case you were wondering. This massive block of bird habitat, has been exploding with diversity as the surrounding land is lost to slash and burn farming and cattle ranching. What is left of it, is wisely being locked up in private and government reserves as well as eco-lodges. As more and more eBird data is being submitted from every corner of the Maya Forest by birders and scientists, it highlights its importance as wintering grounds for Noetropical migrants. So, keep eBirding. Your data, your checklists are not going down unheard. You are helping us understand just how important this land is for our birds and for those which visit us from abroad.

    Awesome 360 degree panoramas
    Glover's Reef Atoll - It's a panorama of one of my favorite creations even after several years. I serve them up facebook ready now. Just upload. Full screen viewing is best. More panoramas:

    National Corn Coconut & BBQ Festival
    The National Corn Coconut & BBQ Festival will be held July 14th, 15th and 16th 2017 at the Corozal Civic Center Grounds. Food, Meat, Fire, Beer , Live Music, Steel Pan Band, Cultural Performances, pageantry, bartender mix drinks competition, Bachata Dance, Limbo, Coconut husking, Salbutes and tacos.

    Belize Zoo Conservation Camp 2017
    The Belize Zoo is getting ready for their 2017 Conservation Camp. They are calling for essays from interested kids between the ages of 12 and 17. Entries are needed by June 15th, as the camp starts on July 3rd. "ZOO CAMP 2017: Applications for TBZ's annual Conservation Camp are now being accepted. Young Belizean's ages 12-17 are invited to apply for this Summer's session being held at the Tropical Education Center from July 3rd-7th. How to apply: Send us a short essay describing an environmental issue affecting your community. district, or Belize in general that is of concern to YOU.

    Clean up campaigns in Los Encuentros and La Polvora
    The bi-national watershed alliance includes 9 communities in Guatemala. Thanks to the British Embassy in Belize, the alliance has been active in clean up campaigns and setting up of garbage bins at Los Encuentros and La Polvora.

    The U.S. Embassy has two job openings for a time limited Visa Clerk position and full time Human Resources (HR) Assistant
    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.

    Paradise Theater playing this weekend
    Beauty and the Beast, Logan, The Boss Baby, Get Out

    SISE House of Cultural celebrating International Museum Day today
    A big thank you to Mr Hector Silva and to all the schools for being a part of the celebration.

    Channel 7

    Pastor, TV Personality and Journalists to Be Charged For "Doing His Job"
    He's a pastor, a Television personality and a journalist, but tomorrow PLUS TV's Louis Wade will be criminally charged, he says for doing his job. Wade says that in November 2016, he dashed out to the Santa Elena Sports Complex to see the Ministry of Works completing work that a private contractor should have done. That was the end result of some very funny business with that contract and Wade claims that while he was shooting pictures and videos, Rene Montero's son, Robert Montero pulled up in a red pickup and drove directly at him. Wade says he had to jump out the way, and he claims Montero then used the truck to block him from shooting, and from coming out of the stadium.

    Deputy PM Oblivious To Yellowman's House Hijinks
    And while that is one event with a chilling effect on press freedom, another is what happened yesterday at the Senate. We showed you last night how UDP troublemakers Brian Yellowman Audinett menaced the media, threatened to throw our camera man over the railing, snatched the cell phone from KREM TV's Marisol Amaya and threatened to throw a pen at a PLUS TV videographer. That's after the hearing had to be briefly suspended because UDP Chairman, Alberto August, along with "Yellowman" and Allan Kelly were loudly heckling PUP Senator Eamon Courtenay while he was questioning Elvin Penner.

    Chairman Says Senate Inquiry Should Be Winding Up Now, Opposition Differs
    And, perhaps not surprisingly, the Chairman of the Senate Inquiry, Senator Aldo Salazar feels the same way. Yesterday he told the media that he only wants to call a few more witnesses, but PUP Senator Eamon Courtenay had a very different perspective. Here's what they both said:... Hon. Aldo Salazar, Chairman - Senate Select Committee: "I would not want this to condescend to a political spectacle. I think that we've been at this from October and I think there is wisdom in trying to look at what is pertinent that's left and we write our report. There is enough material in my view and the only way to stop this or to prevent this from being a political spectacle is to transact our work expeditiously."

    Lascelle Martinez - His Murder Leaves Community Grieving
    Punta Gorda residents are still coming to terms with the murder of Lascelle Martinez. He was a celebrated vocalist and keyboard player for the Coolie Rebels. The 35 year old musician was stabbed yesterday morning in front of his friend's house. But that's not all, Martinez's girlfriend Tianne Figueroa was attacked just moments earlier about a half a mile away. Figueroa survived after she was stabbed 8 times. It was all motivated by jealousy. Courtney Weatherburne has more on Martinez's musical background and his untimely killing.

    DPM Knew Lascelle
    Today, Deputy Prime Minister Patrick Faber commented on Lascelle Martinez's murder. Faber is the political colleague of his father Peter Eden Martinez, and he says he also knew the 35 year old Lascelle - and knows he will be missed in Punta Gorda: Hon. Patrick Faber, Minister of Education: "Well I do want to sympathize with my colleague. I believe he was stabbed and I, again, have not gotten all the details, but as a parent myself I can only imagine how my colleague feels. But my colleague aside, the young man who I know very well. Is a personal friend of mine as well, is a very talented musician. Every time I go to Punta Gorda Town, I see him in action. I see him as a very personable person, so I am convince that his death will be a loss to the Punta Gorda community and I can only send my sympathies and my best wishes to my colleague Eden and the rest of his family."

    Custom Broker's Assistant Went For Broke With Flatscreen Theft
    Justin Longsworth was a Customs Broker's employee who was accused of stealing eleven 49 inch televisions that he was supposed to deliver to the Radisson. The theft was valued at almost almost $14,000 dollars. Today, he was found guilty of the charge by Chief Magistrate, Anne Marie Smith. Longsworth was remanded to prison until Thursday, May 25, for sentencing.

    Karim Gets Off, Micah Never Showed Up
    He's a loyal PUP, but Karim Adle Sr. was accused of choking a fellow party member at the bitterly contested Belize Youth Movement election in November of last year. Now, the 55 year old Adle is no youth, but his son, Karim Jr was vying for the presidency, and when the votes didn't go their way, Karim Sr. allegedly turned on Micah Goodin - who was supporting the other candidate. Goodin made a complaint saying that Karim Sr. walked up to him, pushed him in the chest, pinned him against the wall, and put him in a chokehold. Adle was charged for common assault.

    Penner "Doesn't Recall" Election Rush
    Going back now to yesterday's Senate Hearings. As we've been showing you, the day was more remarkable for the antics in the gallery pulled off by UDP supporters than it was for the very muted testimony of Elvin Penner. He didn't say much about Citizen and he said even less about all those would-be voters he rushed through the nationalization process in the month before the election. Very early in the Senate Hearings, back in January, former Immigration Director Ruth Meighan conceded that shortcuts were taken, which allowed for applicants who did not qualify to get Belizean Nationality. Her disclosure was supported by the testimony of Gordon Wade, the former head of Nationality. He said that the Director and the Minister of the day interpreted the law incorrectly to allow for persons who entered Belize illegally, but were living in Belize for a number of years, to get Nationality. That, in his opinion, should not have happened, but they were the bosses.

    What He Said In 2012
    And while Penner couldn't recall what he did or said back in 2012, it's all in our archive. Here's the interview from January 18, 2012, when there was an unseemly flurry of activity at the immigration department. That's because it was the last chance to get naturalized in time for the general elections in March 2012. At the time - and this was way before Citizen Kim and all that mess - Penner freely discussed how he was co sponsoring the naturalization process for hundreds of prospective voters. Here's his interview from that day:...

    Courtenay Wants Visa Activity Reports
    And while that's how much Penner was prepared to spend on naturalizations for new citizens, nationalities are only a small part of the immigration story. The other part is visa's - which were bring given out by the bucketful - principally to Chinese nationals - often times with letters of recommendations from Ministers. They were so plentiful, it's not a stretch to conclude that it was a money making enterprise. Senator Courtenay says that's why the testimony that monthly visa activity reports were sent to cabinet is worth further examination. Now, Penner was very critical of Courtenay for attempting to probe him on Cabinet business in last week Wednesday's hearing. That's because Cabinet business is usually confidential, but in this instance, the Committee wants to learn the nature of these reports.

    Senators Will Visit Immigration Office
    But, beyond visas, the Senate Select Committee wants to learn more about how passports are produced. That's why they intend to visit the department's main office in Belmopan in the coming weeks. The Chairman told us yesterday, that the committee wants to see the passport machine and the process for themselves. Hon. Aldo Salazar - Chairman, Senate Select Committee: "And so we want to see what we've been talking about all this while. In order to see what the system is and probably interact with it, see how it's done so we can get a full picture of how the passport process is conducted from start to finish."

    The Mysterious Picture Process
    So, while the Chairman still has doubts about how the Citizen Kim picture ended up in the passport system without him entering the country, one of the IT experts from the Immigration Department is convinced that someone intentionally fooled the system. She's Georgia Bowen, the Systems Administrator attached to the IT Unit within the Immigration Department. Yesterday, she told the Senate that from her experience, a picture was taken of Won Hong Kim's picture. When the Senate asked her about Erwin Robinson's explanation that he did take a picture of a man, she disagreed. Here's how she put it:

    Harnessing Cyberspace For Information
    As technology continues to develop, we spend more and more of our time online. This is especially true for millennials, who came of age in the era of youtube, social media and smart phones. While many people see this as a negative, some are trying to use the online platform as a way to improve our education system. Today Minister of Education, Patrick Faber, hosted his counterpart from Antigua and Barbuda, Michael Brown, and several other education stakeholders for a discussion on implementing e-learning into the Belizean curriculum. Antigua and Barbuda has already made the switch, so we spoke to both Ministers about the benefits of making the change here in Belize.

    Taking Stock of Belize's Resources
    As a small country rich in natural resources, it is important for Belize to use what it has to its maximum potential. Over the last few months several members of the environmental community have been taking part in a Natural Resource Valuation course that will give them the tools necessary to assess and evaluate the worth of our resources. We spoke to the course's instructor, Esther Wolf, as well as program manager, Judene Tingling Linares about the training...

    A Debate For the Ages
    The last time someone was taken to the gallows in Belize was in 1985 at Her Majesty's Prison. Fast-forward to the 21st century capital punishment has pretty much been written off as archaic and has been abolished in many countries all over the world. But the Museum of Belize pulled out all the moldy and cobwebbed books on those death sentences in Belize and brought them to life in a panel discussion. It was done to celebrate International Museum Day. The panelists featured Dianne Finnegan from the Apprenticeship Program, she spoke on the social implications of the death sentence while the legal mind of Senior Counsel Simeon Sampson weighed in on the prospect of reinstating capital punishment. We start off with The Director of the Museum Alexis Salazar on today's activities.

    The Contested History of Marcus Canul
    And while that's what they did in Belize City, in Orange Walk at the Banquitas House of Culture they spoke about Marcus Canul, who, depending on who you listen to, is either a villain or a hero of the Caste War in the late 1800's. Students and Researchers gathered and discussed all sides of this piece of contested history:

    The Panama - Belize Connection
    And if those debates on contested histories were a bit too heavy, scenic shots of Panama will certainly lighten the mood. 60 pictures from 24 members of the Photographic Club of Panama line the walls of the Museum in Belize City. The exhibit opened tonight at 6:00 and we stopped by earlier to find out more about the unique connection between Belize and Panama. Francisco Frauca, President, Photographic Club of Panama: "The idea of this photographic exhibition is to bring a little piece of Panama to Belizeans so you can get to know a little bit more about Panama and find out that we have been together a long of our history and we are more than friends, we are brothers and that Panama has so many similarities to Belize and this is just a way to show a little bit of Panama and try to share with you."

    Hummingbird and Holy Redeemer Rule Primary Schools
    This evening, The 2017 National Primary School Volleyball Championship tournament concluded at the Stars Gym, and the Belize Elementary School's Gym. We stopped by to see how the tournament was going, and we spoke with the Deputy National Sports Council Director. Here's what he told us about the tight competition: Well the tournament is over, and the Favorites Hummingbird Primary School Girls, and the Holy Redeemer Boys have emerged as this year's National Champions.

    Chester Friendly on Faber's Road
    Southside Commander Chester Williams is winding up his tenure in Belize City. At the end of next month, he will be headed to Belmopan for a desk job at the Professional Standards Branch. But before he does that, he's making the most of his remaining time on the streets of the southside. Yesterday that meant going out on the usual Wednesday meet and greet, even if this one was out in the sunstroke inducing heat. Williams pulled in under the shade to talk about the area of Faber's Road Extension which used to a be a hotspot - but thanks to police and community interventions is now a place where peace prevails:

    Fleecing The PSU Purse?
    And now back to the continuing saga of the embattled PSU president, Eldred Neal. We've been featuring him for the past three nights defending himself against charges of racism, and making it clear that there are deep, deep divisions in the National Trade Union Congress of Belize. So much so that he says the PSU is not going back to the NTUCB: And while Neal still speaks for the PSU as its president, the truth is that 9 of the 15 members of his Council of Management have asked him to resign. They allege in a letter that he plans to purge the Council of Management of its Garifuna members. and accuse him of quote, "fanning the flames of racial discord and intolerance."

    Eldred Defiant
    But the bottom line is that Neal was secretly recorded making some highly objectionable statements. Yet, still, he is defiant, and says he will only go if a majority of the membership - not the council of management - asks him to: PSU elections are set for August.

    Eldred Unafraid
    And, to hear Neal tell it, one of those areas of abuse is just the cost of convening a meeting of the council of management. Here's how he put it:

    Channel 5

    Love Triangle, Jealousy and Murder in P.G.
    Police in Punta Gorda are looking for a man who stabbed popular musician Lascelle Martinez to death on Wednesday morning.  He has been identified as Simon Lino, who is on [...]

    Accused Simon Lino May Have Fled to Guatemala
    Alleged murderer Simon Lino is wanted by police for fatally stabbing Lascelle Martinez and seriously injuring his ex-girlfriend during a brutal attack on Wednesday in Punta Gorda.  Lino, it is [...]

    Murder Victim Warned Over Relationship
    While Inspector Zuniga stopped short of making any connections, Martinez’s roommate confirms that he was indeed in a love triangle where the young woman was involved with both Martinez and [...]

    PLUS TV’s Louis Wade to Cayo Court for Assault
    Pastor, host of Rise and Shine and owner/manager of PLUS TV in Belmopan, Louis Wade, confirmed to News Five this evening before news time that he has been summoned to [...]

    KREM’s Marisol Amaya Menaced by “Yellow Man”, Press Plans Complaint
    There is another incident on what is an attack on the media. Sergeant-At-Arms of the House of Representatives, Brian “Yellow Man” Audinett, was a member of the gallery at Wednesday’s [...]

    Is Senate Inquiry Done? Top Members Disagree
    Has the usefulness of the Senate Special Select Committee come to an end? Since November more than fifteen persons have been called to testify, some more than once, but only [...]

    P.U.P. Condemns House Assault on Media
    There is condemnation of the attack on the media by political operatives. This afternoon, the People’s United Party condemned the actions of Yellow Man and U.D.P. Chairman Alberto August as [...]

    COLA Says “Yellow Man” Must Be Disciplined
    President of Citizens Organized for Liberty through Action, Geovannie Brackett, is no stranger to the back and forth in the National Assembly.  Last September at the height of the wrangle [...]

    Penner Not Off the Hook after Testimony
    There is no love lost between former Minister of State Elvin Penner and Citizens Organized for Liberty through Action. In 2014 and 2015, COLA pressed for Penner to be indicted [...]

    COLA Says P.U.P., U.D.P. to Blame for Integrity Commission
    The second statement concerns the Integrity Commission, which is now asking for only one year’s worth of declarations from persons in public life including Ministers of Government. It bowed to [...]

    Minor Detained for Alleged Involvement in Armed Robbery
    A twelve-year-old minor is in police custody tonight pending the outcome of a criminal investigation, following an armed robbery in Belize City on Wednesday.  According to twenty-one-year-old Enrique Patt, an [...]

    Micah Goodin Concedes Assault Case to Kareem Adley
    A charge of common assault was struck out against Kareem Adley Junior today by Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser.  It goes back to November fifth 2016, when the P.U.P. held an [...]

    “Bang” Charged for Shotgun Bangs Outside Woman’s House
    A Security Guard of the Belize International Airport was arraigned today in connection with a shooting incident that occurred through Munoz Alley, Belize City, on Tuesday of this week. Tyrone [...]

    On International Museum Day, Debating the Death Penalty
    The worldwide community of museums today celebrated International Museum Day, which is recognized annually on and around May eighteenth. Established in 1977 by the International Council of Museums, it is [...]

    Will Secondary School Textbooks Go Online?
    Belize’s primary schools have, for the most part, standardized textbooks paid for by the Government of Belize. There have been few hiccups in distribution and management but no major complaints. [...]

    COLA Frowns on Eldred Neal and Marvin Mora
    COLA has broken a lengthy radio silence with a pair of press releases. The first condemns the remarks of President of the Public Service Union, Eldred Neal, and general secretary [...]

    Celebrating 26 Years of Belizean-Cuban Cooperation in Medicine
    Doctors, Nurses, Technicians and other medical personnel gathered at the Inspiration Center for the first Cuba-Belize medical symposium. The event was put together to mark twenty- six years since Cuba [...]

    Museum of Belize Hosts Photographic Exhibit from Panama
    Just before news time today, a photographic exhibit was launched at the Museum of Belize. Approximately sixty photos from the Club of Photography of Panama will be on display, starting [...]

    Training to Build Capacity for Strategic Planning and Management of Natural Resources
    The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Fisheries, The Environment, Sustainable Development and Immigration is conducting a five-day training program to build capacity for strategic planning and management of natural resources in Belize. The [...]

    How You Can Support Cancer Patients
    It is Cancer Awareness Month and there is a flurry of activities taking place across the country.  In Belize the upcoming two weekends will see two of the Belize Cancer [...]

    CTV3

    Aragon Claims Ignorance Of Incident With UDP Agents Disrupting Senate Hearing
    There has been heavy public outrage following the circus-like behaviour and violent actions against the media by a group of UDP agents, led by UDP Chairman Alberto August and National Assembly Sargeant at Arms Brian “Yellowman” Audinette, at the Senate Select Committee hearing. As we showed you in last night’s newscast, after disrupting the Senate hearing in which disgraced former UDP politician Elvin Penner was testifying, and defying the Chairman’s orders to behave sensibly, the UDP supporters turned on members of the media including Krem News Director Marisol Amaya, Channel 7 News cameraman Dennis Ellis and Plus TV cameraman Cirilo Choco.

    OW Mayor Writes To CEO Gentle Requesting Upgrade Of San Estevan/Progresso Road
    Over the past months Orange Walk Town has seen tremendous upgrades as it relates to infrastructure at the hands Orange Walk Mayor, Kevin Bernard and his council. Other areas however which falls under the responsibility of the Ministry of Works and by extension Central Government have long been neglected in Orange Walk. The San Estevan Road for example is one of those projects which has long been promised by GOB but never delivered. Today during his appearance in our Morning Show, Despierta Belice, Mayor Bernard spoke of the road’s condition and the strain it places on residents who traverse the area especially students attending Muffles Junior College. According to Bernard, he has taken the time to personally send a letter to CEO in the Ministry of Works, Errol Gentle asking for the road to be worked on.

    OW Mayor Weighs In On Chaos At Senate Hearing
    As you saw at the top of the newscast the Minister of Police Elodio Aragon Junior did not have much to say about the rampant display at the Senate Select Committee Hearing yesterday. But while he was taciturn about the issue the same cannot be said when it comes to Mayor of Orange Walk Town Kevin Bernard who did not hold back any punches today when he spoke about the issue via a press release.

    Corozal ITVET Celebrates Skills Training
    The Institute of Technical, Vocational Education and Training in Corozal held its annual open day this morning to highlight the creative abilities of their students. ITVETs, unlike regular schools, focus on skills training and development. We spoke to Ana Gomez, the Acting Manager at the institution who told us what the open day was all about. Ana Gomez, Acting Manager, Corozal ITVET: “We have different booths today, we have the ornamental horticulture, we have different plants displayed there, we have some plants there for sale, we also have the food preparation program and is being displaying different pastries...”

    Allege Kidnappers Turn Themselves Into The Corozal Police
    This morning the two men sought by Corozal Police in relation to the kidnapping and assault of three men in Ranchito Village that occurred earlier this month, turned themselves into Police. We understand the men, Brian Espinoza and Jeffrey Gongora, walked into the station with an attorney. Espinoza and Gongora are accused of abducting Corozal businessman Eder Hall, his brother Eliazar Hall and Emir Rosado. The three men had travelled to Ranchito Village with the intention of purchasing a vehicle when the supposed car salesman and suspected ring leader, Gongora, suggested that they meet at the abandoned lagoon road.

    Media Launches Compliant Against Yellowman
    As we shared yesterday, during the time the hearing was suspended, the original person that police was told to eject refused to leave. Only two cops were present in the gallery at the time and they were unsuccessful in escorting the group out. Instead, they witnessed as Brian “Yellowman” Audinett assaulted Plus TV’s Cameraman, Cirilo Choco by stoning a pen at him. After the men walked to the lobby downstairs with police in tow, Chairman Aldo Salazar emerged to try to convince them to desist from the unruly behavior. KREM’s News Editor, Marisol Amaya had followed them to record what was transpiring. After the Chairman departed, Yellowman approached Amaya and chastised her for taping.

    PlusTV

    PG police on the hunt for suspected murderer
    Yesterday, we told you about the murder of 36-year-old Lascelle Martinez in Punta Gorda Town. Police say it appears to be a love triangle gone wrong and jealousy the motive. According to police reports, their investigations revealed that Simeon Lino was driving his red pick-up truck on VOA Road wh...

    Dead Guatemalan in Chiquibul fell and hit his head
    We have been reporting on the body of a Guatemalan person found in the Chiquibul some two days ago. There have been many conflicting reports as Guatemalan media said it was a Guatemalan Soldier who was killed on the Belizean side. Guatemalan media even showed a picture of the body propped up in a h...

    Senate Inquiry Chairman says he tried to bring order
    Yesterday at the Senate Select Inquiry in Belmopan, the disruptive and disrespectful behavior of UDP operatives caused the session to be suspended as Police tried to remove Brian “Yellowman” Audinett and Alberto August and others from the gallery. As we showed you, the men had gone to the Senate Inq...

    Media asking for Yellowman’s assault to be addressed by police
    Yellowman’s behavior included a threat to throw a channel 7 camera man over the balcony, stoning our plusnews camera man with an object, and grabbing the Krem journalist’s camera while threatening to throw it to the ground. As we told you yesterday, our plusnews camera man made an official police r...

    Courtenay Says UDP hecklers trying to protect Penner
    As we’ve said, the main target of the UDP supporters in the gallery was Senator Eamon Courtenay. It started from the week before, which was Penner’s first appearance. At last week’s session, Alberto August was in the gallery and Senator Eamon Courtenay had stopped the session to complain that August...

    Wade to be charged in court on Friday
    Six months ago, PlusNews aired a story about work being done at the Santa Elena Sporting Complex by the Ministry of Works personnel after the Stadium had already been handed over by the contractor to BIL. Well that story has landed the journalist who covered it, Pastor Louis Wade, in trouble with th...

    Man arrested for shooting at woman’s house
    28-year-old Tyrone Young has been arrested and charged for Discharging of a Firearm in Public. As we told you yesterday, 22-year-old Kayla Young, who resides in Munoz Alley in Belize City, reported that while she was at home at approximately 11:50 p.m. on May 16; she saw two male persons standing ou...

    The Guardian

    60 million dollars for SIF and DFC
    There was a meeting of the House of representatives on Friday May 12 during which Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow announced that the government will be taking on two loans for the Social Investment Fund (SIF) and the Development Finance Corporation (DFC). These loans will be facilitated by the Caribbean Development Bank at interest rates not exceeding 3.3%.

    Good Samaritan shot by robbers
    Eduardo Samuel Caal Sub, a 39-year-old Guatemalan living in the Stann Creek Village of Hope Creek, was shot and killed on the Coastal Road, simply because of his kindness, police believe. So far, investigations are revealing that he stopped to render aid to several men, who turned out to be criminals on the run. Those men shot him and then stole his car to make an escape.

    Policeman wins $435,000 Fantasy 5
    Dayton Cyril Ogaldez walked into the offices of Caribbean Gaming Company on Wednesday May 17 to claim his winnings of $435,000 for Tuesday’s draw. The policeman told the press that he will use the new found wealth to buy a new house, a new car and invest in his children’s education. Ogaldez says he purchased the quick pick ticket at a grocery store in Lord’s Bank.

    Music Week 2017, the business of music high on the agenda
    Belize’s Music Ambassador along with artists including Coconobway, Jackie Castillo, TY and Unlimited, officially launched Music Week 2017 on Monday May 15. This is the second year that music week is being observed. It will feature a number of activities including conferences on copyright laws, a public and private sector dialogue with the directorate of foreign trade, presentations by MIAB’s James Sanker, a music in schools rally, an open mic night as well as free concerts on Friday and Saturday.

    Government of Belize signs contract for airport link road project
    A contract was signed between the Government of Belize, Nabeel Abdul Raheem Consultants, and BECA International Consultants Ltd. The contract, which was signed on May 11, 2017,was for services of consultancy and construction supervision of the Airport Link Road Project. The contract was agreed for BZ$4,973,500. The GOB procured the services as a counterpart measure to its existing funding parter the OPEC Fund for International Development. OFID had no objections and the award for surpervision was made to a joint venture with the two firms, both having years of experience in Belize.

    Love triangle ends in murder in Punta Gorda
    There was a murder on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 in Toledo District. The victim of the murder was Lascelle Martinez, a popular musician of the famous “Coolie Rebels” and son of former Minister, Eden Martinez. He was fatally stabbed multiple times at the corner of West and Victoria Streets in Punta Gorda Town. The suspect in the case in Simeon Lino.

    Guatemalan gold panner dies in Chiquibul
    The Guatemalan Press reported rather prematurely that one of their soldiers was killed in the Adjacency Zone. That was cause for concern because if it was true, the tension between both countries would spike once again. That was a completely false report. A Guatemalan civilian was found dead in Belizean territory, but forensic evidence is pointing to an accident, not hostile fire with the Belize Defense Force Soldiers.

    CARSI 2017 Notice of Funding Opportunity
    The United States Embassy in Belmopan, Belize announces a notice of funding to strengthen government through civil society engagement under the Central American Regional Security Initiative (CARSI). The purpose is to support democracy and governance efforts. The closing date for proposal submissions is June 19, 2017. The embassy intends to issue three to five awards in amounts not to exceed $1,500,000 in total funding, each to be between $200,000 and $400,000. Project periods are not to exceed two years and the anticipated start date should be September 29, 2017.

    The New Children’s Agenda
    Today is celebrated worldwide as the International Day of Families under the theme, “Families, education and well-being.” In commemoration of this day, Belize through the National Committee for Families and Children made this 15th day of May quite monumental and symbolic as both the Prime Minster Right Honorable Dean Barrow and Leader of Opposition Honorable John Briceno made their global proclamation with the signing of the new Children’s Agenda 2017 – 2030. The Agenda is a result of a framework that looks at the development of children and adolescence age 0-19 over the next 14 years.

    Cayo Central celebrates mothers
    Hundreds of mothers turned out at the Santa Elena Sports Complex last Friday for a Mothers’ Day special, which had been organized by the Cayo Central Division. The office of the Hon. Rene Montero, Representative for that Division now confirms that the Mothers’ Day Celebration was a huge success. As highlights for the 2017 Mothers’ Day special, mothers were entertained by the New Sensation Band and provided with gifts, food and drinks. Master of ceremonies for the occasion was Mike Salazar, who was assisted by Sharry Medina.

    Resentment over Audubon leads to arson in Crooked Tree
    Readers who travel often to the village of Crooked Tree are well-acquainted with the Belize Audubon Society’s Visitors’ Center. That building was there up until the weekend of the village’s cashew festival, when it was completely destroyed by fire. The building went up in flames sometime after 3:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 13. That’s when the site manager realized that the visitor’s center was on fire. The fire department was called in, but it was already too late to save anything, and when they came, all they could do was put out the small fires that remained. The 40 feet by 40 feet structure was completely destroyed, and at this time, the investigators from the National Fire Service are trying to determine what the cause of the fire was.

    E-books for high schools in Belize
    The Ministry of Education is this month celebrating Education Showcase with a number of activities aimed at highlighting education in Belize. As part of the observance, Minister of Education, Hon. Patrick Faber has invited his counterpart minister from Antigua and Barbuda, Michael Brown to come to Belize. He was specifically invited to share his experience in the implementation technology and e-books for students to serve a double role of having students exposed to technology at an earlier age while also reducing the cost of books to students.

    GOB and UNDP Host the Biodiversity Finance Initiative (BIOFIN) South-South Cooperation
    The BIOFIN South-South exchange was held on May 10 and 11, 2017 at the Biltmore Plaza and included the participation of persons from both the private and public sectors. Participants hailed from Guatemala, Colombia, and Costa Rica. Through the exchange, Belize stakeholders gained insight on finance modalities developed by targeted BIOFIN countries, as well as their experience in the implementation of BIOFIN assessments. Belize signed to the global BIOFIN in December 2015. The global partnership responded to an indication of the persistence of significant gaps in the financing of biodiversity management.

    Gracie Rock residents receive capacity building through SIF
    Residents of Gracie Rock Village who successfully completed training in Capacity Building programs received Certificates of Completion at an award ceremony held at Gracie Rock Community Centre, Gracie Rock Village on May 13, 2017. Funding for the project was provided courtesy of the Government of Belize through the Caribbean Development Bank. The programs were designed to strengthen the capacity of the community to increase income from tourism and recreational activities aimed at taking advantage of the rich eco-tourism that Gracie Rock possesses.

    Iguana Street basketball court rehabilitated
    On Monday May 15, young men and residents of the Collett constituency gathered at the Iguana Street basketball court as the newly refurbished basketball court was inaugurated once again. Originally constructed in 1996, the court has seen very little improvement over the years and the decision was taken that it was time for a facelift. After a 12 thousand dollar investment, the court saw a resurfacing of the court along with painting and installation of backboards and rims and the refurbishing of the bleachers.

    Internal union squabble turns into racism
    Right now, there is major upheaval within the Public Service Union and the trade union movement in Belize following the recording and release of a conversation between union executives. In it, the PSU President, Eldred Neal, and trade unionists, Marvin Mora and Lorelei Westby, are heard carrying on in an embarrassing conversation in which prejudicial remarks were made against the Garifuna people, and members of the union who are of the Garifuna Culture.

    Museum day observed in Belize
    Activities for International Museum Day are being observed in Belize this week in partnership with a number of entities. As part of the celebration of International Museum Day 2017, the Museum of Belize is partnering with the Embassy of Panama in Belize in an effort to highlight both the Belizean and Panamanian cultures. The exhibit will run from May 18th to July 18th. The public is invited to view the exhibit at the Museum of Belize, from Mondays to Saturdays, from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.

    Racism in Belize and how unaware we are of it
    Originally it was not our intention to write about the topic of the perceived racist remarks that have been attributed to the President of the Belize Energy Workers Union, Mr. Marvin Mora and the President of the Public Service Union Mr. Eldred Neal. We must however become involved in this conversation because it is our opinion, that the proper things are not being brought to the forefront. First of all let us state that at this newspaper we deplore any sort of discrimination and as such we condemn, the statements that are being purported to have been said by the two gentlemen. We believe that people should not be singled out for special treatment based on race, color, politics, sex, religion, economic status, education, size or any other of those things that persons may seek to use, to divide us as a people.

    ROC diplomatic allies submit proposal for WHO to invite Taiwan to WHA as an observer
    The Republic of China (Taiwan) has not been invited to attend the 70th World Health Assembly this year. Nonetheless, it has the obligation—and its citizens have the right—to participate in discussions on global health and disease prevention issues, a fact that is reflected in the worldwide support Taiwan has received. The ROC government takes global health cooperation very seriously, and is determined to play a role in international epidemic control efforts. As such, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has formally requested its diplomatic allies to submit proposals to the World Health Organization endorsing Taiwan’s participation.

    Achieving Sustainable Development Goals through Early Childhood Development
    UNICEF in collaboration with the ministries of Education, Youth, Sports, and Culture; Health, and Human Development, Social Transformation, and Poverty Alleviation is holding a two-day conference at the Princess Ramada Hotel on May 16 and 17, 2017. The conference is focusing on Early Childhood Development (ECD) as a vital faucet of achieving our Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as described in the 2017-2030 Agenda. The participants had the pleasure of hearing from a variety of key players during the two day event who conveyed prominent information in the field. Teachers and educators alike were given the platform to learn how to achieve better results beyond education given our very limited financial resources.

    Regional partners gather for 7th Caribbean Urban Forum in Belize City
    Over the course of three days, between May 17th to the 19th, the Belize City Council will host the Caribbean Urban Forum 2017 under the theme ‘(Green) Energy, Economy and Space Pathways to Urban Sustainability.’ The forum is an annual regional gathering that brings all manner of persons and entities involved in land management and planning together to share information and create collaboration and networking. This year Belize City is hosting the 7th such gathering where a total of 47 conference papers will be presented. These papers are the main part of the conference where wide and varied topics related to urban planning and development will be discussed. Every manner of research documents from countries across the region including Belize will be presented. The papers presented will vary from Waterfront development in Belize to affordable housing projects by the IDB in the Caribbean.

    Top teachers awarded for 2016-2017
    Outstanding teachers from all across the country were awarded during this year’s observance of Education Showcase 2017 on May 11, 2017. Awarded were eight teachers and school leaders that excelled in several categories including pre-primary, primary, secondary and tertiary levels, special education, technical and vocational, as well as school leaders. Claudia Smith was awarded Most Outstanding pre-primary school teacher 2016. Smith said “sometimes we are the teacher, sometimes we are the psychologist, sometimes we have to be the doctor, and sometimes we even have to play the mother and father.”

    Burglary in Corozal nets $57,000
    Police in Corozal are investigating a burglary in Corozal where as much as $57,0000 dollars worth of valuables were stolen. On Sunday, May 14, 2017, Elena Sanchez, a 66-year-old retiree of Corozal reported to police that she woke to find her house burglarized. According to Sanchez an assortment of jewelry and electronics were stolen along with cash, totaling an approximate value of $57,000. No one has yet been charged in relation to the burgulary.

    Cultivation of cannabis in Crooked Tree
    Police conducted a house search at the residence of 63-year-old Norma Aldana of Crooked Tree, Belize District on Wednesday, May 10, 2017. Also present was David Aldana, 26-years-old. Police discovered 55 cannabis plants ranging from 11 inches to 3 feet 1 inch in height. Norma and David have both been arrested for the offence of cultivation of cannabis.

    Female Coast Guard chokes colleague
    Maribel Manzanero, 27-year-old employee at the Belize Coast Guard, was placed on interdiction in January 2016 when she attacked and choked another female coast guard over an old issue between them. She was found guilty on Friday, May 12, 2017 and remanded to the Belize Central Prison. On May 16, 2017 she was released with two court fines.

    Fishermen found not guilty of gun possession
    Fishermen working at Turneffe were allegedly in possession of a firearm along with live rounds of ammunition in its chamber in July 1, 2015. The bust was made by a coast guard patrol who handed the six men to police. According to the coast guard, someone was seen throwing a gun through a window and that is why all six men on the campsite were charged. The men, Giovanni Murrillo, Emiliano Camara, Jerome Bowen, Goldburn Goff, Everon Teck, and Dion Usher, were remanded to prison and later granted bail.

    Gas station robbery in Ladyville
    CIB Personnel responded to information received of a robbery at the Puma Gas Sation in Ladyville, Belize District. They were met by Kirk Cadle, 18-year-old gas attendant, who reported that on May 11, 2017 around 9:15 p.m., while he was sitting alongside James Leal and Ray Peters in front of the gas station, they were approached by a long gun man.

    Man sentenced to three months for crack cocaine
    Gerald Hamilton, a 58-year-old Belize City resident, has been sentenced by Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser to three months in prison for the possession of a controlled drug. He was found with 0.3 grams of crack cocaine on Sunday, May 14, 2017. According to police while on a patrol on Gill Street, they intercepted Hamilton and during the search for an illegal substance, Hamilton opened his hand and the officer saw two objects that he suspected to be crack cocaine.

    22 Honduran prisoners escaped- possibly enroute to Belize'
    Authorities have been warned that some 22 prisoners have escaped detention from the Marco Aurelio Soto prison, an overcrowded military prison in Honduras. The prison holds 17,000 inmates in a facility designed to host 8,000. It is believed that some of them are possibly headed to Belize. The escapees are of the infamous Barrio 18 gang in Honduras.

    Illegal Honduran immigrant women being sent home
    Two Honduran women will be facing time in detention at the Belize Central Prison until Friday, May 19, 2017 after which they will be returned to their homeland. They are Greisy Rodriguez Roman and Keyli Cabrera Sabillon that came to seek employment in Belize six months ago. They were onboard a BBOC bus on May 16, 2017 when they were intercepted at a police check point at Mile 16 on the George Price Highway. An Immigration officer requested documents and when they could not produce any, they were taken off the bus, detained, and escorted to the police station. Police later handed them over to the Immigration Department in Belize City.

    Three years in jail for robbery
    Samir Martinez, the bus conductor that was robbed in July 2016, is now getting justice. His attacker, Elroy Hemmans, an accountant of La Democracia, has been sentenced to three years in prison on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 by Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser. Hemmans, who had initially pleaded not guilty, changed his plea at his last trial.

    Pepsi truck driver robbed
    On May 11, 2017, John Gabourel and Raynard Rhaburn, sales men onboard a Pepsi delivery truck, were approached by three men on Mahogany Street, Belize City. One of the men pointed a gun to Gabourel and demanded money. Gabourel was searched and his wallet was removed from his pocket which contained $54.00 in cash, his driver’s license, and his ATM card.

    Robbery at Stann Creek Western Union
    Police from Independence Village responded to a robbery on May 10, 2017. They visited the Charlton’s Cable Office in Bella Vista Village which also houses the ICB and Western Union office. They received information that Leslie Williams, a 29-year-old Guatemalan cashier, had been taken to the Independence Village Polyclinic. Investigations revealed that Williams was at her workplace when a man entered and demanded cash.

    $38,0000 robbery in Santa Elena, Cayo
    The owner of Chen’s Supermarket from Santa Elena Town in the Cayo District, Wei Bin Chen was caught off guard on Monday morning and robbed at gun point. He reported to police that two men on bicycles approached him an robbed him of $38,000. The 60 year old Chen was hit to the left side of his face with a firearm and was robbed of $38,000.00 in cash which he had on him. The incident occurred when Wei Chen was exiting his abode on Eduardo Juan Street at about 8:00 am

    Teenager charged with drug and bicycle offenses
    Kyle Latchman, an 18-year-old construction worker, was caught by police with a bag of cannabis while riding contrary to the flow of traffic and later managed to escape. He was recaptured and charged with four criminal offenses on May 15, 2017. He was fined with drug trafficking, escaping from lawful custody, causing a bike to proceed up a one way street, and riding a bicycle without a bell. He pleaded guilty to three of the four offenses as he claims that he was not riding contrary to traffic and that it was instead a young man with whom he was riding.

    Three years in jail for robbery
    Samir Martinez, the bus conductor that was robbed in July 2016, is now getting justice. His attacker, Elroy Hemmans, an accountant of La Democracia, has been sentenced to three years in prison on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 by Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser. Hemmans, who had initially pleaded not guilty, changed his plea at his last trial.

    Belmopan Bandits is Premier League of Belize Closing Season champions
    The Premier League of Belize 2016-2017 Closing Season Tournament came to an end on Saturday 13th May, 2017, at the Isidoro Beaton Stadium in Belmopan when the defending champions, the Belmopan Bandits blanked Verdes FC by the score of 1-0 to retain its billing as the top football team in the country. The spectators that went to the stadium to support their team was treated to a real beauty as nobody gave up anything until the late in the second half of the game that the Belmopan Bandits’ Ian Gaynair was able to penetrate the defence of the Verdes FC to score the only goal of the game.

    Football Federation of Belize Elections Nominations close
    The Football Federation of Belize announced that with the unset of the FFB executive elections, the nomination period closed. The nomination period allows an individual to submit his or her documents after being nominated by a district association chairman and seconded by another. Monday 15th May, 2017 was set as the deadline for those who wished to contest the two remaining executive positions of President and Vice President on the FFB Executive Body during the 10th Ordinary Congress set for Saturday, June 24th, 2017. Those who have submitted their names will be vetted before any official information is released from the FFB.

    Belize City Primary Schools Basketball Competition opens
    The 2016-2017 Belize City Primary Schools Basketball competition opened on Wednesday 10th May, 2017, with two games played at the Gateway Youth Centre in Belize City. In the first game played in the girls’ competition, St. Martin De Porres School won handily over St. Luke Methodist School by the score of 29-0. The top scorer for St. Martin De Porres School was Shantel Flowers with 19 points. In the boys game played, St. Martin De Porres School also won over St. Luke Methodist School by the score of 35-11. The top scorer for St. Martin De Porres School was Evan Welch with 12 points while the top scorer for St. Luke Methodist School was Andy Flowers with 6 points.

    San Pedro Tiger Sharks fourth time to the Pepsi National Elite Basketball League finals
    The championship for the Pepsi National Elite Basketball League of Belize is now set to commence on Saturday 20th May at 9:00 pm out at the San Pedro High School Auditorium in San Pedro Town between the San Pedro Tiger Sharks and the Belmopan Bandits. The San Pedro Tiger Sharks laid claims to the final spot when it eliminated the Cayo Western Ballaz on Sunday 14th May, 2017, by the score of 82-69 out at the San Pedro High School Auditorium. The top scorers for the San Pedro Tiger Sharks were George Williams with 23 points, 3 rebounds and a steal and Raul Roches who scored 20 points to go along with his 10 rebounds, 2 assists and a steal.

    Outside the box in 2020
    I decided to stay tuned to Wave television this morning, Wednesday May 17, since they announced earlier that my friend Fonso would be on with Joe. Maybe I am one of those old people who opposes change, but I consider Fonso and Joe Bradley as complementary to each other on the morning show. After all it is considered a political talk show not “Court TV”. People want to hear the latest “chisme” and enjoy when the UDP’s radio and TV station lashes back at those who dedicate their entire morning shows in attacking this UDP government.

    House fire in Bella Vista
    Police responded to a house fire in Bella Vista, Toledo on May 13, 2017 and upon their arrival, police saw a wooden house with a thatched roof engulfed in flames. Investigations reveal that Elvira Peck, a 40-year-old domestic, went to San Isidro Village and left her 2-year-old, 6-year-old, and 16-year-old behind. The neighbor was alerted by smoke and went to rescue the children who all escaped uninjured. It was revealed that one of the children was playing with a lighter. The building and its contents were completely destroyed. The fire was extinguished by fire personnel.

    Lionel ‘Diablo’ Gentle and Rupert ‘Canalete’ Anderson
    Lionel Diablo Gentle: some of us called him Hitler. Those who were closely attached to him called him Diablo. You see, Diablo used to play football on the popular and powerful BEC football team. His teammates like Pine Hernandez, Chico Ellis, Malcolm Hemmans, Claude Robinson likewise his opponents like Angus Vernon, Charlie Gardiner, Bembe the Mugger Garbutt (now deceased), and Roo Robinson all believed that Diablo was the best football stopper this country has ever seen. The name Hilter, I believe came from Adolof Hitler who dictated the direction of the world in the 1940’s which led to World War II. Hitler Gentle dictated things in the defensive lines of football in Belize. The word Diablo is a Spanish word which in English means devil. I believe his devilish attitude on the football field is why he derived that nickname from his closest friends.

    Words of Life
    In the Gospel of John, chapter 16, verse 24,Jesus said, “Until now you have asked for nothing in My name; ask and you will receive, so that your joy may be made full.” Every prayer should have a foundation on which to build up to answers. The foundation is made up of our definite request which is supported by the word of God with thanksgiving.

    Regional Writers’ Conference held in Benque
    As part of the recently ended seventh International Festival of Culture held in Benque Viejo del Carmen, a Regional Writers’ Conference was also held at the Mount Carmel High School. Present at this conference were writing luminaries from Belize, Honduras and Guatemala. Ivory Kelly, English lecturer at the University of Belize, who is about to release her second collection of short stories and has spent much time on the internet promoting and celebrating the work of other Belizean writers, told the audience that there was a paucity of locally produced material. She also said that writers need time to write and that some entity like the National Institute of Culture and History NICH needs to invest in our writers--to take a sabbatical.

    Breaking Belize NewsPJ

    Transformation apace- Development unhindered
    Amid the revelations emerging from the Senate Special Select Committee Hearings, some of which are admittedly disappointing, to say the least, we must not lose sight of the fact that whatever went wrong at Immigration or any specific department or ministry (such as Lands or Natural Resources) has NOT centrally impeded nor undermined this government’s national development agenda. In every part of the country, the signs of development and physical transformation are visible, unmistakable and irrefutable.

    PUP Condemns Disruption of Senate Inquiry
    The People’s United Party (PUP) have issued a press release condemning the disruption of the hearing of the Special Senate Select Committee on May, 17, 2017 by the UDP Chairman, Alberto August, Brian “Yellowman” Audinett, and Allan Kelly.

    Louis Wade to be charged for assault and using indecent words
    Plus TV’s owner and host of the Rise and Shine morning show, Louis Wade will be arraigned tomorrow morning at 9 at San Ignacio’s Magistrate Court for “assault”, and “using indecent words”. Wade is being charged for an incident that occurred in November of last year between him and the son of Rene Montero, the current Representative for Cayo Central.

    Belize City man arrested for assaulting three women
    According to police reports, Shirley Mejia, 41, of Pinks Alley, Belize City reported that on Tuesday night around 9:39, while standing in front of her house with her daughter and daughter-in-law, she was approached by Davone Gillett, 20, of Pinks Alley, Belize City. Gillett then pulled out a firearm […]

    Elodio Aragon embarks on countrywide tour of police department
    The Minister of State with responsibility for Home Affairs, Elodio Aragon Jr. will embark on a countrywide familiarization tour of the Belize Police Department. Through the tour, Aragon will familiarize himself with the day-to-day operations of the individual police departments throughout the country, and […]

    Stakeholders champion multi-sectoral approach to early childhood development at 2nd biennial conference
    The Ministry of Human Development, Social Transformation and Poverty Alleviation; Ministry of Education, Youth, Sports and Culture; and Ministry of Health in partnership with UNICEF yesterday concluded a two-day Early Childhood Development (ECD) Conference under the theme: “Positive Play, Positive Minds, Brighter Tomorrow”. Stakeholders and […]

    The Belize Chocolate festival kicks off this Friday
    The annual chocolate festival will be held this weekend in the Toledo district. The three day celebration runs from May 19-21st in Punta Gorda and is a part of the cacao-driven culture of the Toledo District. The Toledo District is known for its superior cacao. […]

    PG man wanted for murder and stabbing, police say
    Yesterday around 12:25p.m., police visited the Punta Gorda Hospital where they saw Lacelle Martinez, 36, Belizean musician of Victoria Street, Punta Gorda Town suffering from stab wounds to the left side. Police also saw Tiannie Figueroa, 20, of VOA Road, Punta Gorda suffering from stab […]

    Body of Guatemalan national awaits a post mortem examination in Belize City
    Yesterday, the Government of Belize issued a release on the Guatemalan national found dead in the Chiquibul National Park. A joint operation conducted by the Organization of American States (OAS) along with the Belize Defence Force (BDF), Belize Forensic Department, and Guatemalan officials, located […]

    Police detains 12 year old student for armed robbery
    A 21 year old driver for Zeta Purified Water reported that at lunch time yesterday, while driving his delivery truck on Mahogany Street along with his coworker, he made a stop at the corner of Western Avenue and Mahogany Street where his coworker went to purchase […]

    23 Participants to Receive Certificates in the BPO Industry
    The Belize Training and Employment Centre (BTEC), a unit of BELTRAIDE held a 3 weeks training in the Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) field of job preparedness training. The classes were a unique blend of soft skills, customer service, and technical aspects needed in this […]

    PUP leader says GOB rigged Integrity Commission’s decision
    People’s United Party Leader, John Briceño, is claiming that the Government of Belize manipulated the Integrity Commission, to allow for minister’s of government to get away without disclosing their financial statements.

    The Games People Play – Antics in the Senate
    Brian Audinett aka “Yellowman” – Sergeant At Arms, National Assembly “Put that down and no the video me before I stone you over this thing (railing) ya. I no play you know.” Brian Audinett aka “Yellowman” – Sergeant At Arms, National Assembly “Why you like video people, that’s what cause me to broke people phone and so.” Alindy Marisol Amaya – News Director, Krem News “You can try with mine.”

    Blogs

    San Pedro, Belize
    San Pedro Town is the one and only town on the popular Caribbean island of Ambergris Caye, Belize. It serves as a hub of amenities for the 20,000 expats and locals who currently live on the island. This is where they go to shop, bank, and socialize. IL Belize Correspondent Ann Kuffner lives close to the town center. “We can get most of what we need right here,” says Ann. “Every year more conveniences are available. We have reliable power, water, cable, and internet. There are many great restaurants, bars, and a monthly gourmet farmers’ market. We have a theater north of the bridge. Events and parades are held often. The road north has now been paved, making it easy to get to beaches and resorts that used to be remote. And the San Pedranos are friendly and helpful in general, making it easier to fit in.”

    Fund Your Caribbean Adventure With Simple Photography
    Floating peacefully in the warm Caribbean waters, we’d just about given up on our quest to spot a manatee (sea cow). My friend—a freelance photographer like myself—had been raving about the possibility all day…but now it was almost time to head back to dry land. Suddenly, I felt something enormous brushing against my leg—a huge manatee, far bigger than us and twice as bold. Despite his size, he was a gentle and playful creature, eager to join in our swim. Days later, I would still find myself smiling every time I thought of this event. It was, without a doubt, the highlight of our trip—and just about the only thing that neither of us caught on camera. We traveled all the way from Antigua in the central Guatemalan highlands to beachside Placencia on the Caribbean coast of Belize, snapping up a storm along the way. It was a long journey and an adventure in the truest sense of the word.

    Visited the inauguration of the Corozal House of Culture Historical Walk in Corozal
    All Corozalenos where cordially invited to the opening ceremony for the inauguration of the Corozal Town Historical Walk that began at 9 am on Thursday May 18th, 2017. We want to kindly thank our collaborators; the Corozal Town Council, Belize Archives and Records Service, Corozal Junior College, Mr. Roy Rodriguez, Mr. Oscar Riveroll, Mr. Francisco Magana, Mrs. Amira Leiva, Mr. Graham Sampson, the Ahmad Family and Mr. Jorge Clarke. All have been an integral part in the research, collection of images, installation and inauguration of the Historical Walk. Join us tomorrow in celebrating this milestone with our beloved community!The Corozal House of Culture was originally built in 1886 as a Market for Corozal Town. During its lifetime the Market was utilized for a century as it was originally intended. Abandoned for a decade, the building was refurbished in 1996 and reopened as the Corozal Tourism and Cultural Centre, but was closed in 2003. Due to the historical nature of the building, it was transferred to the Institute of Archaeology's management and remained unused, until the idea to convert it to a House of Culture was born.

    RAINFOREST REMEDY: RECONNECTING WITH NATURE IN SAN IGNACIO
    One of the biggest joys I find in life is discovering something I never knew existed but somehow feels so familiar that it lights up my imagination. This happened with our trip to Western Belize and it came out of nowhere. I was planning my trip to Naia and their PR said, "we also have this amazing property in San Ignacio if you want to extend your time in Belize!" Honestly, I ignorantly never knew that there was a magical place in western Belize that is chock full of adventure and healing. So of course I put aside whatever it is that I was meant to be working on (typical me) and fell down the rabbit hole. Mayan architecture. Rainforest medicine. Cave exploring. Jungle Horseback Riding. I was hooked before I even really knew anything about it but came to me at the exact moment where I could truly understand the magic. I spent the next 2 days devouring Rosita Arvigo's book about her time with one of the last Mayan healers in the area. It was spellbounding. There are thousands of medicinal species of plants here. The biodiversity is astounding and it's been quietly healing people for hundreds, maybe thousands, of years. Bush doctors, shamans and village healers were common practice and had continued to scrape together this tradition orally after the Spanish burnt most of the important codexes that housed a wealth of critical information.

    International Sourcesizz

    OutRight Honors LGBTIQ Human Rights Defenders at United Nations
    On May 15, 2017, OutRight Action International honored Caleb Orozco, the man who successfully challenged Belize's sodomy law and won, with the Felipa De Sousa Award at the organization's annual gala, a Celebration of Courage. Caleb Orozco, Executive Director of LGBTIQ organization, Unibam, stole the show with his reflection on the struggles and successes of overturning Belize's anti-sodomy law and changing the landscape of LGBTIQ rights in Belize and beyond. Kenita Placide, OutRight's Caribbean Advisor, presented Orozco with the prestigious award and commented on the changing situation for LGBTIQ individuals in the Caribbean:

    Advanced nursing students from Florida Inter-national University lighten load of Beyond the Horizon 2017
    In a small open field next to a school house, hundreds of peo-ple gather to receive free health care provided by the U.S. Army in San Ignacio, Belize, May 12. Treating only acute illnesses, the medical exercise is the second of three 10-day events that will be administered during Beyond the Horizon 2017. BTH 2017 is a U.S. Southern Command sponsored exercise, led by U.S. Army South, and runs from March 25 to June 17. It is a partnership exercise between the U.S. military and the government of Belize, that consists of the construction of medical clinics, school buildings and provides three medical readiness treatment exercises. So far, providers are seeing approximately 500 to 600 patients a day at San Ig-nacio. The first medical event in Ladyville, treated upwards of 3,500 patients over the ten-day period and it is looking like they will exceed that number in San Ignacio.

    Surprising sylvan elegance: Belize's Blancaneaux Lodge
    Bouncing along in the back seat of a school bus, reggaeton blasting over the crackly loudspeakers, I bid farewell to Belize's Caribbean coast and headed west, deep into its thickly jungled backcountry. I had spent three days unwinding at the beach at Caye Caulker and now was bound for San Ignacio and ultimately the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve for a stay at the understatedly swanky Blancaneaux Lodge, owned by filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola. Blancaneaux Lodge, one of two Coppola hotels in Belize, is an earthy oasis in the midst of a vast protected forest. The weather conditions and landscape are nothing that you would expect from Belize: low humidity, pine trees and oaks, rocky paths, mountain streams. The resort comprises 20 rooms that overlook Privassion Creek, which runs through the property with tumbling waterfalls that create refreshing swimming holes. In the spirit of disconnecting, WiFi is available only in the main lodge and around the pool, but it's unlikely you are going to miss it when there is so much to do on property.

    Engineer Unit gives more during Beyond the Horizon mission
    U.S. Army Engineers from the 372nd Engineer Company, a reserve unit out of Pewaukee, Wisconsin, stand in formation and listen to the students of St. Matthews Government School outside of Belmopan, Belize, sing their national anthem during the morning assembly May 2, 2017. The Soldiers are constructing a new classroom building for the school as a part of Beyond the Horizon 2017. BTH 2017 is 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. The engineering crew awaits the chance to interact with the kids and present a duffle bag filled with sports equipment they brought from their home station. Soldiers from the 372nd gathered, purchased and transported various pieces of athletic equipment they hoped the children would enjoy. They did this on their own, without input or direction from their first sergeant or company commander.

    Videos

  • Plus TV in Belize interview with children chess champs, 12.5min. An interview on Plus TV in Belize. Were the Davis boys were interviewed about their Chess Tournament wins in 2017.

  • Did you know that whale poop helps you breathe?, 1.2min.

  • Snorkeling in Belize with NWTC Study Abroad, 7.5min.

  • Snorkeling With Sharks & Peeing On Jellyfish Stings In Belize, 5.5min.

  • JASON Project V Belize 1994 crew video, 8min. JASON V: Planet Earth (February 28 - March 11, 1994) A journey to the rain forest, caverns, Mayan ruins and coral reef of Belize. This is the crew video that was put together from outtakes of the two weeks of live broadcasts and behind the scenes footage. Dr. Meg Lowman (aka CanopyMeg) appears in this video.

  • Music Week 2017, 33min.

  • HORSE RACE SHOW 5 18 2017, 2hr.

  • Dynasty Hair, 22min.

  • SJC Caste War Project, 1hr.

  • Eldred Neal on Controversial Comments, 37min.

  • Chocolate Stout & Chef Kuylen, 42min.

  • National Agriculture and Trade Show Grounds Upgrades, 3.5min. Belizeans will soon view the National Agriculture and Trade Show grounds in a different light as major projects are on the way to ensure that the show grounds is utilized throughout the year. Janel Rodriguez tells us more …

  • Birdy's La isla Bonita Birthday, 4.5min.

  • Belize Adventures Tours at Portofino Beach Resort, 1min. Do nothing or do EVERYTHING at Portofino Beach Resort on San Pedro Belize. We will help you organize tours to the many cultural and historical wonders of Belize, including world class diving, fishing, inland trips, massages, kayaking, sailing and parasailing and much more.

  • Snorkeling in Belize, 3min. Snorkeling with sharks, manta rays, and all sorts of colorful fish in the reefs of the Hol Chan Marine Reserve, off the coast of Caye Caulker in Belize. An adventure day during Month 4 of the World Race.

  • Song Time - Belize Study Abroad with NWTC, 4min. Every morning they sang songs for about 20 minutes. As you can see, they enjoyed this time very much!

  • Dolphin in the Belize River, 1/2min. Bottle Nosed Dolphin riding the waves in the Belize River behind our tour boat.

  • Snorkeling & Diving with Portofino Belize - beautiful underwater footage, 4min.

    May 18, 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

    New Five-a-side Football Tournament starts in San Pedro Town
    A total of 30 football teams signed up for the new 5-a-side Football Tournament organized by the San Pedro Sports Committee (SPSC) and The San Pedro Town Council (SPTC). The tournament officially started on Friday, May 12th and spanned to Sunday, May 14th bringing 15 thrilling matches to eager fans at the Honourable Louis Sylvestre Sporting Complex. The tournament was divided into five categories to better accommodate all levels of athletes: Under 10, Under 13, Under 15, female and male teams. The second round of games continued on Wednesday, May 17th, Thursday May 18th and Friday, May 19th starting at 7PM.

    Ministry of Health launches BHIS identification card system
    Starting June 1st all medical patients nationwide will be required to have their individual Belize Health Information System (BHIS) cards to access health care services. Applications for the card can be done at any public medical facility with just an identification document, such as a Social Security Card or passport. The BHIS is considered a dynamic, comprehensive tool that will assist the Ministry of Health in providing better health care services in the fastest, most affordable and efficient way to Belizeans. The initiative is expected to benefit not only the nation’s hospitals, but other governmental health facilities. In San Pedro Town, all patients will be required to obtain this card in order to access health services, at the Dr. Otto Rodriguez San Pedro Polyclinic II. Services include outpatient, dental clinic, psychiatric clinic, gynaecology/obstetric clinic, pharmacy, lab, x-ray, and family community health, among others.

    Ambergris Today

    Popular Musician Lascelle Martinez Murdered In Punta Gorda
    Police has confirmed that popular musician Lascelle Martinez was stabbed multiple times at the corner of West and Victoria Streets in Punta Gorda this afternoon, Wednesday, May 17, 2017. Martinez and a female, Tianee Figueroa, were stabbed by suspect Simeon Lino. Police report that Simeon went to his ex-girlfriend Tianne Figueroa's residence and reportedly stabbed her as well and fled the scene. She was transported to the PG Hospital where her condition is stable; Martinez passed away. The motive of the attack is being reported as an act of jealousy. Police are seeking Lino.

    BTB Launches Hotel Registration Campaign
    The Belize Tourism Board (BTB) launched a public awareness campaign to remind owners and operators of guest accommodation services of their obligations and requirements under the Hotel and Tourist Accommodation Act. Under the law, any owner or operator providing accommodation for remuneration purposes to any guest (local or foreign) regardless of its location in the country, is required to register with the Registrar of Hotels at the BTB.

    Paul Kelly Of San Pedro High Awarded Outstanding Teacher Of The Year
    Paul Kelly, better known as Mr. Kelly by his students, received the National Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award 2016 - 2017 at the Bliss Institute of Arts on Thursday May 11, 2017. This was presented to him during the Annual Teacher of the Year Award Ceremony hosted by the Ministry of Education of Belize. Every year the Ministry of Education in Belize awards teachers from all over the country at every level of education: Pre-school, Primary School, Secondary Level, and Tertiary level for their outstanding work and dedication.

    Misc Belizean Sources

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    Cardio Dance Class on Caye Caulker
    This Saturday, 7:30pm, Caye Caulker Community Center

    Bees nests at Moonracer Farm
    At this point in the dry season, lots of flowers are blooming and we hear a constant background buzz of bees. So, we weren't surprised when Julio took us on a bees' nests tour and we found four different types of nests right in the yard.

    CAWS Cinco de Mayo Cook-off
    There were some awesome entries into the Cayo Animal Welfare Society's Jefe de la Cocina Cook-off on Cinco de Mayo at Remo's Roadhouse. Star from Simply Delicious won with her amazing sopes. CAWS got some pictures.

    Western Border Chocolate Festival Celebrations 2017
    In celebration of the upcoming Chocolate Festival on May 19-21, 2017. The Belize Tourism Board is giving travelers at the Western Border a taste of the upcoming event.

    The U.S. Embassy Belmopan has an opening for a time limited Visa Clerk position
    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.

    Vakantiebeurs Utrecht Tradeshow, Famed Fly Fishing field editor Hans van Klinken in Belize!
    In January 2017, the BHA attended the Vakantiebeurs Utrecht Tradeshow in the Netherlands. This is a 6 day event which includes one day of meetings with travel agents and press and five days open to consumers and travelers. Our BHA European Rep Sander Langeveld, and Vice-President Sandra van Noord, represented the BHA at this event where they met Mr. Hans van Klinken who is a well-known fly fishing field editor and owner of Fly Fishing Gazette, is in Belize from May 7- May 20, traveling throughout the country to gather information, material and photography about the fishing and other inland and island activities that are available in Belize for all travelers.

    It’s GRADUATION time!
    On May 17th, San Pedro High School (SPHS) fourth year students found out whether they will be marching to pomp and circumstance come June 10th. Those who got the good news celebrated their achievement in the traditional signing of their uniforms – as well as lots of happy smiles, shrieks and excitement. CONGRATULATIONS GRADUATES!

    San Pedro High Students received graduation announcements today and they couldn't be happier!
    The traditional signing of the uniforms began as the first student came out with the news that he/she is graduating! Congrats SPHS 2017 Graduates!!

    Stakeholders Champion Multi-Sectoral Approach to Early Childhood Development at 2nd Biennial Conference
    The Ministry of Human Development, Social Transformation and Poverty Alleviation; Ministry of Education, Youth, Sports and Culture; and Ministry of Health in partnership with UNICEF today concluded a two-day Early Childhood Development (ECD) Conference under the theme: “Positive Play, Positive Minds, Brighter Tomorrow”. Approximately 180 stakeholders and partners in the field of early child development attended the event which on day one featured thematic presentations on programmes currently in place in the areas of Care for Child Development, Family Literacy, Parenting, and Specialized Services for Children with Different Abilities.

    Junction Carnival Mas Band
    COROZAL CARNIVAL NEWS: This Saturday 4:30PM...Free Registration for Inde Junction Carnival Mas Band. Come prepared to dance. Comfortable shoes/tennis not slippers....if long jeans please let it be stretch. (next to Civic Center)

    HAPPENING TODAY! Corozal Town Historical Walk
    You are cordially invited to the opening ceremony for the inauguration of the Corozal Town Historical Walk beginning at 9 am Thursday May 18th. We want to kindly thank our collaborators; the Corozal Town Council, Belize Archives and Records Service, Corozal Junior College, Mr. Roy Rodriguez, Mr. Oscar Riveroll, Mr. Francisco Magana, Mrs. Amira Leiva, Mr. Graham Sampson, the Ahmad Family and Mr. Jorge Clarke. All have been an integral part in the research, collection of images, installation and inauguration of the Historical Walk. Join us tomorrow in celebrating this milestone with our beloved community!

    Cayo Day Festival
    Cayo Day is Sunday at Macal River Park. The fun starts at 10:00am. The New Sensation Band and Tanya Carter will be there. "CAYO DAY EXTRAVAGANZA!!!! MARK YOUR CALENDARS AND BRING OUT THE FAMILY!! IT WILL BE SPECTACULAR!!"

    Minimum Standards for Accommodations
    Kindly see the upcoming scheduled dates and venue for our Minimum Standards for Accommodations meeting.

    BTB & CTO Scholarship Opportunities
    The Belize Tourism Board is offering scholarship opportunities to interested applicants for Tourism Programs commencing August 2017 for Full-time Students for the following degrees: 1. Associate Degree in Tourism (Two Year Tuition Scholarship). 2.Bachelor Degree in Tourism Management (Two Year Tuition Scholarship). 3.Jean Shaw Scholarship (Two Year Full Scholarship). 4.Scholarship for Culinary Studies. Application deadline for BTB Scholarships is Friday, June 30th, 2017 and application forms can be obtained by contacting BTB at training@belizetourismboard.org. Completed application forms can be submitted to training@belizetourismboard.org

    International Museum Day 2
    International Museum Day 2 was a great success. Much thanks to the Benque House of Culture (NICH)for inviting us along, and to Jorge, Yasmini and Joanna for coming out to help us. The children loved the activities and were very insightful.

    Channel 7

    Popular Musician Killed In PG Love Triangle
    A popular musician was stabbed to death in Punta Gorda Town this morning - and it happened in the street near the Town Center. 36 year old Lascelle Martinez, well-known as a musician with the Coolie Rebels band and other musical outfits, was at a friend's house at the corner of West and Jose Maria Nunez Streets - when a 33 year old man, stabbed him three times. The motive?: Jealousy. And after that, the assailant went right to his ex-girlfriend's house, stabbed her 8 times and then fled. She lived, but Martinez's wounds were more serious and he died early this afternoon. Apparently, Martinez - had started a relationship with 21 year old Tianne Figueroa - and her ex was taking it very badly; reports say he was crazed by jealousy. Tonight, police are asking Simeon Lino - seen in the background of this picture - as a person of interest. Tianne Figueroa's was is at the PG Hospital where her condition is stable.

    UDP Operatives Menace Media In Senate
    Today in Belmopan, Elvin Penner was back in the hot seat as the main witness for the Senate Hearings on Immigration. He was back to being an uncooperative witness, mostly choosing not to answer any questions related to his role in the issuance of a fraudulent passport to the South Korean fugitive, Won Hong Kim. In the instances where he did give a response, he told the Senate that he couldn't recall the details that they were looking for. We'll get to that, but first, to the media menacing pulled off by Brian Audinett, better known as "Yellowman". He's the Sergeant at Arms for the House of Representatives, in charge of maintaining order during house meetings. But, today at the senate, he was leading the disorderly conduct.

    "Yellowman" Snatches Journalist's Phone
    We're not sure what caused the police not to intervene, but as you may be aware, Yellowman does command some authority over the officers who act as security during House meetings. We are not so sure what are the standing orders for Senate meetings, and if he has any authority there. But, he wasn't kicked out for the rowdy behavior. Instead, he, Allan Kelly, Alberto August, and the other UDP supporters left on their own. While on the break, Chairman Salazar, who controls the Senate Hearings, went to speak with Yellowman and the others. Our Krem News Colleague, Marisol Amaya, was out there capturing it on her cellphone camera, and once again, "Yellowman" didn't take took kindly to being recorded on video. Also, our other colleague from Plus News claims that "Yellowman" stoned him with a pen. Here's that second confrontation between "Yellowman" and Amaya, in which he grabbed her phone:

    Chairman Tried To Defuse
    So, why didn't the Senate Committee Chairman, Aldo Salazar, simply order that his UDP colleagues be removed from the gallery for disrupting the hearings? You've heard him warn witnesses that the Senate Inquiry on Immigration is not a "soap opera". Yet, that's just what it devolved into because of the heckling. So, was he playing favorite today? That's what we asked him, and he rejected that saying, he was trying to defuse the situation before it got out of hand: Daniel Ortiz: "There were certain members of the gallery today who are from your party and it seems that you were rather reluctant to throw them out for being disruptive." Hon. Aldo Salazar - Chairman, Senate Select Committee: "I don't agree with your characterization of reluctance, we did suspend the sitting when there was noise, I did speak with certain person that we need to have the senate respected, you would have heard me if you review your tape you will see that I said the same thing, we need to respect the business of the senate but remember we have to weigh the interest of the public as well."

    Hon. Courtenay Says Deliberate Disruption to Protect Penner
    After the Senate Hearing today, we asked PUP Senator Eamon Courtenay about the behavior from the UDP visitors to the gallery. He was the subject of the vicious heckling, and the UDP's were "throwing phrases" at him from the moment they arrived. He said that this was deliberate to try to disrupt the questioning that he was putting Penner through: Hon. Eamon Courtenay - PUP Senator: "The proceedings last week were disturbed by the chairman of the United Democratic Party Mr. August. Mr. August came back again today; he was accompanied by others including the sergeant at arms of this honourable house. So these are of part of the official United Democratic Party, part of the house staff and they were the person who came here today to disturb the proceedings with a clear intent to do so let's make no mistake about that."

    The Problem With Probing Penner
    So, with all that antics aside, we turn now the real business of the day. Elvin Penner was called back to take a few more questions from the Senate on the part of the Auditor General's report for which he was named. More specifically, however, the Senators wanted to take a second attempt to get him to answer to the Citizen Kim scandal. Last week, we showed you how how he tried to claim rights and privileges in the constitution which he said excused him from taking their questions. Well, as soon as the hearing opened today, he gave a few prepared remarks adding that he is not going to answer any loaded questions which he thinks are aimed at scoring political points against the UDP Government. Here's that back and forth:

    Penner "Can't Recall"
    So, as you saw, Senator Courtenay was determined to ask his questions about Citizen Kim, and he did. The line of questioning started with Elvin Penner refusing to answer, and later on, his answers changed with him asserting that he could not recall. Here's how that back and forth went: Hon. Eamon Courtenay - PUP Senator: "The evidence before this committee is that you took or you went along with whichever way it is, an Asian gentleman in a black suit to the immigration department, do you recall in September 2013 going to the immigration department with an Asian gentleman in a black suit?" Elvin Penner - Former Immigration Minister: "At this point in time I will invoke my right under the laws of Belize to remain silent." Hon. Eamon Courtenay: "Mr. Penner why are you refusing to answer that question?" Elvin Penner: "Because I believe I have the right to do so."

    Guatemalan Gold Panner Died In Ceibo Chico
    Tonight, we can confirm that a Guatemalan civilian did die in the Chiquibul - but it was an accident and had nothing to do with the BDF or law enforcement, according to General David Jones. 18 year old Marvin Cristobal Chac Pop's body was removed form the Chiquibul this afternoon and is now being held at a morgue in Belize. Two Belizean forensic Doctors, Ken and Blanco were taken to the Ciebo Chico area of the Chiquibul today where they determined that Pop had tumbled down from a cliff and died from injuries to his head when he fell on the stones in a small creek. This happened 7.7 kilometers or 4.7 miles inside Belize.

    11 Bullets For Belize Bank/Matalon
    The Matalon Building on Coney Drive is one of the most impressive in Belize, but last night, the Belize Bank Section was riddled with bullet holes. As many as 13 shots were fired, and 11 hit the first two floors of the building - which are owned and operated by the Belize Bank. It happened around 10:00 pm, when security cameras picked up a car passing by, which then spun back unto Sun Dial Avenue - which is across from the structure. A man walked out of the car and basically emptied a clip on the Bank's two floors. And while several panes of the glass exterior were damaged, it's all hurricane resistant tempted glass, so they didn't shatter. And we are told that the 11 bullets which did hit the building got no further than the blinds. Additionally, insurance will cover costs for all the replacements. The building has high intensity zoom security cameras on all corners of roof - and we are told they did get footage of the car which police are reviewing.

    Police Warn Businesses About Delivery Truck Jackings
    And while North side police are reviewing that surveillance video, on the Southside they are trying to get a handle on a spate of armed robberies that have been happening on Mahogany Street in the Lake Independence Area. Since last week, at least three delivery trucks have been robbed in the area. The pattern is the same in every crime, three men, one with a gun, taking money from the days deliveries. It happened again this morning and we asked the Southside Commander what they can do to stop it. He says the business owners have to help:..

    House Fire Started As a Result of Family Dispute
    Just as the news was finishing last night, at 7:45, the Fire Department got the report of a fire near North Creek canal. That's a block away from the Southside fire station - and the fire truck was there within two minutes. But, still, it was too late: two buildings burnt down. The station officer told us more - and police filled in with details pointing to the fact that it is an arson:.. Orin Smith - Station Officer, National Fire Service: "On arrival on scene found were two structures already engulfed in flames. Approximately 12 by 15 bungalow wooden structure and an elevated 10 by 14 wooden structure approximately 10 feet off the ground were engulfed in flames. The national fire service went into operation to extinguish the fire, both structures were later extinguished. Investigation reveals that the fire was the result of an incendiary or the fire was classified as incendiary. Neither of the two structures were insured."

    Crooked Tree Fire Was Arson
    And while that fire was a case of arson, so too it appears with the Audubon Society's Visitor's Center at the Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary. Orin Smith filled us in: Orin Smith - Station Officer, National Fire Service: "The Crooked Tree fire investigation determined that fire to be incendiary." Reporter: "Give us more details." Orin Smith: "There were trailers found on the step leading to a veranda, trailers are usually devices whether liquid or materialize that is used to lead a fire into an area you want it to go and that was discovered on one of the staircase that led to a veranda and eventually to the structure itself."

    Caribbean Urban Forum Converges On Belize
    Today the Belize City Council hosted mayors and town council representatives from throughout the country, as well as city planners and urban development officials from around the region in the 7th annual Caribbean Urban Forum. The event is comprised of several events focused on sustainably developing cities and towns. Alex Courtenay spoke to some of the forum's presenters today, and found it what urban planning means for regular city and town dwellers: The Caribbean Urban Forum brings experts from all over the world to discuss strategies for developing urban areas in a way that's not just sustainable, but addresses major problems such as climate change and poverty. Today, the Belize City Council hosted the 7th annual forum under the theme "Green Economy, Energy and Space - Pathways to Urban Sustainability"...

    Early Childhood, And Its Effects In Later Life
    "Positive Play, Positive Minds, Brighter Tomorrow." That's the theme for this year's Early Childhood Development Conference. It sounds straightforward enough right?: Just play with your kids and interact with them. But it's more than that; it's really about sculpting a child's future. Courtney Weatherburne has more details on the conference and how proper stimulation will impact children's lives. An individual's personality, social skills and cognitive abilities are shaped during their early years. According to Dr. Zoyah Kinkead-Clark from the University of the West Indies in Jamaica "You can tell how a child at 3 years old will act at age 15." Educating and engaging a new-born may not seem as top priority for a parent compared to providing them with basic needs, but studies show that a child's development starts even before birth.

    Fishing in a Spawning Aggregation Area
    A joint patrol between Southern Environmental Association Rangers and the Belize Coast Guard on Saturday ended with authorities apprehending Elexander Harris, Wilmer Enrique Limas Herrera, Wilmer Isaac Limas Calderon and Anuar Enrique Limas Cruz, for illegal fishing activity. All four men are from Honduras and according to a press release issued yesterday, they were caught in the Gladden Spit and Silk Caye Marine Reserve. They were all charged for fishing in a spawning aggregation area without a Special License Permit. The fishermen appeared in the Independence Magistrate's Court on Monday. Harris and Enrique Limas Herrera pled guilty to fishing without the special license and were fined.

    How Does It Feel To Win Half A Mil?
    A Police Constable with 14 years on the job, will finally be able to buy his dream house after he landed the fantasy 5 prize. Dayton Ogaldez bought his usual quick pick fantasy 5 ticket and found out later from a Chinese grocer that he had won the 435 thousand dollar prize. We caught up with Ogaldez today as he collected his cheque and he was still shocked that he gets to take home all that money, which works out to $369,750 dollars after tax. Here's how he plans to spend his money. The winning numbers were 17, 35, 19, 34, 13. Ogaldez is the 15th winner of the fantasy five jackpot.

    Crocodile Safely Relocated
    In Mid March we reported on the 10 foot crocodile that was safely removed from the canal in the Belama Phase 2 area. Well recently, the Belize Zoo along with the Crocodile Research Coalition also safely moved one from the Fein Catch Tilapia Farm on the Coastal road and released the croc in the Cox Lagoon at Mile 25 on the George Price Highway. It's a 5 foot Morelet's Crocodile. Here is a bit more about the rescue. Now it was a happy ending for both the Tilapia farm owners and the crocodile , but that's not always the case specifically the crocs. In many instances people shoot the crocodiles, tape their mouths shut so they starve to death, among other unwarranted cruelties. Well the Belize Zoo is urging residents not to harm these animals. Yes , they are scary to have roaming around but instead of killing them, you can call the croc experts to safely take them to another area . The Belize Zoo hopes to educate the public more on World Croc Day on June 17th at the Zoo. Everyone is invited.

    Suspects, But No Witnesses In Lalin Murder
    Police still have not made any arrests in the murder of Ludwin Lalin, the 19 year old who was killed on May 9 days ago on Jane Usher Boulevard. Today, the Southside commander told us that they have suspects, but no forthcoming witnesses: ACP Chester Williams - Commander, Southside Police: "99% of the murders that occur in Belize City we know who do it, the difficulty is always to get the evidence that we need to be able to prosecute the perpetrators of those crimes." Reporter: "The last time you were making a public appeal for witnesses to come forward, how did that go?" ACP Chester Williams: "Yes that public appeal is still on going, we're still trying to see if we'll get anyone who will be willing to give us a statement as to what they may have seen on the day in question."

    Jane Usher Blvd. Healing The Wounds
    And while that murder remains unsolved, the wounds caused to Lalin's friends and family also remain unhealed. The 19 year old - who was not known as a gang member - was killed, possibly because he ventured into hostile territory not far from his home. Today, Williams told us that community healing takes time… ACP Chester Williams - Commander, Southside Police: "The area is still tense, people are still hurt, we know that overcoming anger is not an easy thing but we're trying to see how best we can get the help that they need in terms of counselling for those who need counselling to be able to assist them to overcome the hate that they are currently feeling because if we do not assist them to overcome the hate and anger resulting from the death of the young man then more than likely the problem with persist."

    NTUCB President, Not President?
    For the past two nights we've been telling you all about the problems in the PSU where nine members of the council of management are calling for President Eldred Neal to resign. It's because of remarks he made in a conversation with two union colleagues. That conversation was secretly recorded - and in it Neal is heard making prejudicial remarks against the Garinagu in general, and specific members of the public service and his council of management who are Garifuna. And while that is what's happening in the foreground, in the background to all this is a fight for control of the National trade Union Congress of Belize. We're told that The PSU Delegate Jackie Willoughby raised at a meeting that recently elected president Flyd Neal could not hold that post.

    Channel 5

    Musician Lascelle Martinez Stabbed to Death in P.G.
    Residents of Punta Gorda Town are tonight reeling from the senseless murder of one of their beloved musicians and former band mate of the famed Coolie Rebels.  Thirty-five-year-old Lascelle Martinez, [...]

    Body of Guatemalan Retrieved in Chiquibul; Others Reported Injured
    When we left you on Tuesday evening, the breaking news was the discovery of a body, believed to be that of a Guatemalan national, inside the Chiquibul National Park.  The [...]

    Elvin Penner Still Uncooperative with Senate Inquiry
    For the second week running, former Minister of State for Immigration and Nationality Elvin Penner was the headline witness at the Senate Special Select Committee. After last week’s appearance, any [...]

    U.D.P.’s Disrupt Proceeding, Target Eamon Courtenay and Press
    The Committee’s public hearings were briefly interrupted by an outburst from the public gallery. Its source has been identified as opponents of Senator Eamon Courtenay and supporters of the United [...]

    Is Elvin Penner on Thin Ice After Testimony in Inquiry?
    The saying goes that a man who represents himself in a court of law has a fool for a client. In the case of former minister Elvin Penner, he claims [...]

    2012 Nationality Rush: Penner Says He Was Just Trying to Help
    More than two thousand names collected by the Immigration Department are suspected of having obtained Belizean nationality in less than optimal circumstances during the rush to the 2012 general elections. [...]

    Georgia Bowen Says No One Could Change Kim File in BPIS
    Current systems administrator at the Immigration Department, Georgia Bowen, worked at the Information Technology section of the Department during the time of the Won Hong Kim case. It has been [...]

    Palacio Family Displaced by Arson of Home on East Canal
    A fire which has now been determined to be a case of arson ripped through two buildings early on Tuesday night in the City. Five family members were displaced as [...]

    Audubon Building Fire in Crooked Tree Now Confirmed to be Arson
    It was widely suspected that the weekend fire at the Belize Audubon Society’s Education Center in Crooked Tree was arson.  A completed investigation by fire officials has now confirmed that [...]

    Belize Bank Office at Matalon Building Shot At
    The Matalon Building on Coney Drive was shot up Tuesday night. Police say as many as thirteen shots were fired and eleven of them met their target on the first [...]

    Elroy Hemmans Jailed for Assault and Robbery of Bus Conductor
    A bus conductor, who has been travelling to and from Belize City for years, was injured in July 2016 when a patron got personal with him after he was removed [...]

    Fine for Feuding Lady Coast Guard Officer
    A female coast guard was placed on interdiction in January of 2016 when she attacked and choked another female officer over an old beef that had been festering between them.  [...]

    Government, Agencies Tackle Early Childhood Development
    “Positive Play, Positive Minds, Brighter Tomorrow” was the theme of a two-day early childhood development conference convened by UNICEF and several local ministries. As many as a hundred and eighty [...]

    Rotary Clubs Donate to St. Martin School Feeding Program
    The Saint Martin De Porres Parish received a twenty-five-thousand-dollar cheque from Rotary. Today, visiting Rotarians from Houston Texas and local Rotarians went to visit the School and handed over the [...]

    Caribbean Urban Forum Unites Region’s Planners
    The Belize City Council has teamed up with the Belize Association of Planners and the Caribbean Network for Urban Land Management to host the 2017 Caribbean Urban Forum. Approximately one hundred [...]

    Was Pastor Rocke Wrong to Browse During Senate Inquiry?
    Senator for the Churches, Ashley Rocke, has been in hot water in some quarters for not paying attention to his duties during the Senate Special Select Committee. A few weeks [...]

    St. Martin’s De Porres Close to Finishing Brother Swift Parish Hall
    The Saint Martin De Porres Parish will be getting a brand new hall in the next few weeks. The structure has been under construction adjacent to the Parish – it [...]

    LOVE FM

    BDF Transports Body of Guatemalan National to City Morgue
    The story surrounding a dead Guatemalan national, reportedly murdered, in the Chiquibul National Park keeps evolving as the Guatemalan press is reporting a case of homicide while Belize’s BDF Commander, Brigadier General David Jones has noted that they are looking at the incident as a case of drowning. Love News was at the Belize City […]

    North Creek Fire Stems From Domestic Issues
    Just before eight o’clock last night fire and police officials were called out to the North Creek area directly behind the Queen’s Square Primary School in Belize City. Upon arrival, they found a wooden structure on stilts engulfed in flames. It was a frightening scene as there were about five other wooden homes nearby that […]

    UDP Hecklers Disrupt Senate Proceedings
    The Senate Hearing had to be suspended today by Chairman of the committee, Aldo Salazar after members of the gallery, known UDP supporters and operatives, were heckling PUP Senator Eamon Courtenay. Chaos errupted inside the national assembly building for a brief moment and everything was caught on camera, including threats made to the media. Hipolito […]

    IDAHOT 2017 – 13th Year of International Recognition
    For the 13th year the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia is being recognized around the globe on May 17 each year. It has been decades since various parts of the world have been working at having members of the LGBTIQ recognized and respected. A press statement from the United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS […]

    Challenges of Illegal Hunting Reported in the North
    The Rio Bravo Conservation and Management Area is a nature reserve and is located in north-western Belize. It was founded in 1988 by Programme for Belize upon the acquisition of over one hundred and ten acres of land from the Gallon Jug Agro-industries. In almost thirty years the location has developed tremendously but with most […]

    Police Constable Wins Over 1/4 Million Dollars in Fantasy 5
    A police constable is the latest winner of the Fantasy Five jackpot. Dayton Ogaldez, has served the Belize Police Department as a Police Constable for the last fourteen years. He was at the Brads office this morning to collect his winnings and he spoke with the media about his good fortune. He says he plays […]

    Belize and West U Rotary Clubs Finance Feeding Program
    The Rotary Club of Belize teamed up with the Rotary Club of West U in Houston, Texas, USA to raise funds for the Saint Martin’s Primary School Feeding Program. The twenty five thousand dollars donation was handed over this morning on the school compound to Father Matt Ruhl. Belize’s Rotary Club President, Barry Nowlin was […]

    Ariel Rosado Foundation Invites Application for Scholarships
    May 14, 2017 marked six years that the well-known cyclist, Ariel Rosado lost his life in a traffic incident on the Philip Goldson Highway. In January 2012, his father, Dr Alvaro Rosado established the Ariel Rosado Foundation aimed at providing educational opportunities via a scholarship fund. The foundation continues with its goal and is once […]

    Investigators Clueless As to Who Killed Lalin
    Nineteen year old Ludwin Kivany Lalin was shot and killed around six o’clock on the evening of May, in Belize City. Lalin was hit to the left side of his forehead on Curl Thompson Street where he soon succumbed to his injuries. A couple days after, police told the media that they knew who pulled […]

    Police News: Firearms and Ammunition Found …. Shooting Incidents
    Police in Punta Gorda confiscated a twenty gauge shotgun they found among some mangroves during a joint operation with the Belize Defence Force and the Belize Coast Guard. The units were doing a river patrol near the Sarstoon Island when they saw a red and white item stashed within the mangroves. Closer inspection led them […]

    PlusTV

    Lascelle Martinez stabbed and killed in PG
    There was a murder in Punta Gorda this afternoon afternoon . Popular musician 35 year old Lascelle Martinez, the son of ex UDP minister Eden Martinez, was stabbed multiple times at the corner of West and Victoria Streets in Punta Gorda Town. According to preliminary police reports, it appears to be ...

    Guatemalan dies in Chiquibul
    As we reported, yesterday, a Guatemalan was reportedly killed in the Chiquibul National Park, in an area known as Rio Blanco. It was reported that the body was discovered at approximately 10:00 a.m., yesterday, 500 meters into the Belize side. Further, the information was given to Belize’s Attaché i...

    Ruckus at Senate Hearings; Yellow Man assaults journalists
    Another session of the Senate Select Inquiry got on the way today in Belmopan and while the first witness was former Minister of State in Immigration, Elvin Penner, what stood out today was the ruckus that occurred in the gallery. The main players were UDP big shots Brian “Yellow Man” Audinett and...

    Penner chooses to remain silent
    The main witness in today’s Senate Select Hearing was Honorable Elvin Penner. It’s his second time at the hearings and as last time, he began by making a statement. Last week he said he would not answer any questions on Wong Hong Kim in order to avoid incriminating himself in any possible pending cr...

    John Briceno says racist remarks cannot be excused
    Eldrid Neal and Marvin Mora have both been fighting against allegations that they made racially charged comments during a private conversation that was recorded and leaked to the media. Those recordings have been aired publicly and the two can be heard making comments directly about Garinagu people....

    Luke Palacio speaks on Eldrid Neal’s recorded conversation
    Today, we heard from Luke Palacio, the former president of the BNTU, on the issue of those now infamous recordings with Eldrid Neal and Marvin Mora. Luke Palacio, President BNTU: I did not give any interview because I wanted to give the gentleman, if I could call him a gentleman, the opportunity to ...

    Leader of Opposition speaks about Integrity Commission
    The Leader of the Opposition, Hon John Briceno, hosted a press briefing yesterday to speak specifically on the Integrity Commission. As we have reported, the Integrity Commission had asked for records of elected officials for the past five years, however, they then changed that to only the past yea...

    Breaking Belize NewsPJ

    A Miscegenated View – of race and ethnicity in Belize
    urks – ei, you, Turks. I grew up hearing this from people who thought it was ok to call my Palestinian grandfather this, despite the fact that he was not Turkish, and had no reason to love the hated Ottoman Empire. To many Belizeans, my Papito with his swarthy skin (and my Dad, Assad and I who shared that melanin) was a “Turk” – a “Turco”. He hated it. I hated it. It was said like this – “Mine deh Turks teef yuh.” It was said like this “Alla deh Turks rich.” It was never said for any reason other than to identify you as different.

    Police hunt man in connection with PG murder
    According to police reports, Lascelle Martinez, 35, was stabbed multiple times at Corner West and Victoria Streets in Punta Gorda this afternoon. The ex boyfriend of Tianne Figueroa, Simeon Lino is the suspect.

    Popular musician murdered in Punta Gorda
    Confirmed reports to BBN are that popular musician, Lascelle Martinez was stabbed to death around 1 this afternoon in Punta Gorda. Details are sketchy at this time but information suggests that it may have been a crime of passion.

    Police find shotgun and weed in Georgeville
    Yesterday morning around 11:30, San Ignacio police conducted a search in an overgrown area behind the Georgeville Cemetery where they found a white plastic bucket containing 2.6 pounds of cannabis.

    Penner reluctant to testify (again)
    Today’s Senate hearing was off to a technical start. Former Minister of Immigration, Elvin Penner read a statement telling the Senate Select Committee that the constitution disallows him from responding to questions posed by the committee. However, Senator Eamon Courtenay, before disagreeing with him asked him to specify which part of the constitution said so.

    Authorities find shotgun near Sarstoon Island
    Yesterday around 1 p.m., police along with members of the Belize Defence Force and Coast Guard were conducting a river patrol near the Sarstoon Island in southern Belize when they observed a red and white item on the bank of the river among the mangroves.

    Shooting incident believed to be gang related
    At around midnight last night, residents of the Fort George community were awoken by gunshots. A 22-year-old Munoz Alley resident, Kayla Young reported to police that she noticed two men standing outside of her house. One was armed with a gun.

    Belize holds national conference on Early Childhood Development
    The Ministries of Health (MOH), Education, Youth, Sports and Culture (MOEYSC) and Human Development, Social Transformation and Poverty Alleviation (MHDSTPA) are responsible for the GOB’s commitments to Early Childhood Development (ECD).

    Sunny skies on the horizon
    The 24-hour forecast is for mostly dry and hot conditions to continue with sunny skies today and partly cloudy skies tonight. The wind will blow from the east at 5-10 knots. The sea state will be slight to light choppy.

    SIF inaugurates Gracie Rock Capacity Building training programs
    On May 13, 2017, a ceremony was held for residents of Gracie Rock Village who successfully completed training in Capacity Building programs. The trainees received Certificates of Completion at an award ceremony.

    National Garifuna Council condemns racist remarks
    The National Garifuna Council (NGC) issued a release yesterday saying that it condemns and is disheartened to listen to the derogatory comments against Garinagu made by the President of the Public Service Union (PSU), Eldred Neal.

    Museum of Belize to launch photo exhibit with Panamanian Embassy
    The Museum of Belize and the Embassy of Panama in Belize will be launching a photographic exhibit on May 18th, 2017. As part of the celebration of International Museum Day 2017, the institutions have partnered in an effort to highlight the contrast between our distinct cultures – Belizean and Panamanian.

    Guatemalan dies in Belizean territory
    Yesterday, BBN broke the story that a Guatemalan was found with gunshot wounds to the head well within Belizean territory. The Government of Belize confirmed late yesterday that the body of a Guatemalan national was found in the Chiquibul National Park.

    Businessman robbed on busy Belize City street
    A salesman in Belize City reported that this morning around 9:20, while on Mahogany street conducting business, he was approached by three dark complexion men on bicycle.

    GOB confirms death of Guatemalan found in the Chiquibul National Park
    The Government of Belize issued a press release a short while ago confirming that the body of a Guatemalan national was found in the Chiquibul National Park. Earlier today BBN broke the story that a Guatemalan was found with gunshot wounds to the head well within Belizean territory.

    BNTU rejects Integrity Commission proposal to give elected officials free pass
    The Belize National Teachers Union (BNTU) issued a press release today informing that it rejects the proposal of the Integrity Commission to waive the submission by elected persons of their records for the past five years and only to accept submissions for the past year.

    PSU President in hot water for discriminatory remarks
    Public Service Union (PSU) President Eldred Neal, and former National Trade Union Congress of Belize (NTUCB) President Marvin Mora are facing a wave of backlash and criticism after a recording of a private conversation between them leaked to the press, in which Neal and Mora make seemingly inflammatory remarks regarding Garifuna people.

    Ministry of Tourism hosts consultations on tourism policy
    The Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation, in partnership with the Sustainable Tourism Project, is hosting a national consultation workshop on the update of the National Tourism Policy. The workshop will take place in six different destinations. Today, the workshop was held in Punta Gorda

    Blogs

    Eat More Lionfish and Save the Belize Barrier Reef
    I say “Eat more Lionfish and save the reef while you are at it.” It’s delicious, even RAW! I had my first taste of raw fish at during Ambergris Caye’s Reef Week Lionfish tournament. Dipped in a little soy sauce, Mmmmm! Yummy! That’s the best thing about Lionfish – they are delicious, so you don’t feel guilty killing so many of them at a time. Did you know that the invasive and venomous Lionfish pose a big threat to our Belize Barrier Reef? Yup, they can drastically reduce other small prey fish populations by as much as 80% and one female can release up to 30,000 eggs every four days! They eat as many as 70 different species and just one can consume 20 fish in half an hour.

    What is Ambergris Caye Like Right Now?
    I thought I’d share a few pictures from this past week and share the weather sites I like to visit year round. May starts the “Season Festival” in Belize, the start of the slower season, the time when all the trees are flowering and we see the summer fruits and technically, Hurricane Season. This week’s weather: Things are heating up – and it’s been still in the mornings with the breezes picking up as the day goes on. About sargassum – the crunchy green-brown algae that is a normal part of ocean currents but became a nightmare across the Caribbean in 2015. (Here was my post in April 2015- UGH.) For months, we had HUGE piles and mats along the shore line. And while wet and fresh, this stuff isn’t so bad. But once it piles up and starts to dry – it smells horrible. For the past few months, we have seen the seaweed was up on shore – and it is worse in some spots, better in others. I would not call it horrible. It is not anywhere near to the 2015 situation.

    Belize Green Iguana Conservation Project - Everything You Need to Know
    This landmark conservation project has no equal in the Caribbean, so you get to see the fleshed out image Miriam Roberson and Daniel Velasquez had for an Iguana refuge back in 1996. Concerned that these reptiles were decreasing in alarming numbers, these two ecological seers launched a movement that culminated with the establishment of the Green Iguana Conservation Project headquartered at the San Ignacio Resort Hotel. Years have passed. As Iguana populations are restored, the behaviors of these scaly creatures have been chronicled, showcased and explored at what is currently ranked the #1 attraction in San Ignacio! Iguanas were called Itzamna by ancient Mayans and this knowledge can be valuable during the one-hour Project tour at the San Ignacio Resort Hotel where you’ll learn more about how Iguanas are incubated, hatched and reared. Find out how the Iguana catch-and-release program works to help project scientists keeps tabs on these little animals, and if you’re onsite when Iguanas are released back into the wild, you could witness this exciting event. The Project’s Adopt an Iguana Program is particularly popular, as is the Iguana Kids Club.

    Silk Cayes (Placencia, Belize): Top Tips Before You Go
    Belize’s Silk Cayes are two deserted islands offering visitors 360-degree panoramas of endless sea, so you and your party can see how it feels to be the only people on Earth. For some reason, these islands were given two names: Silk Cayes and Queen Cayes. Call them either when you travel here and you’ll encounter sugar-white beaches, the occasional coconut palm and water lapping along the shoreline, beneath which, a lively community of aquatic life awaits wide-eyed visitors. Spot vividly-colored fish, benign sharks (yes, they do exist), eagle rays and stingrays from your perch on the beach where a picnic is the perfect accompaniment to a day-long adventure. Due east of Placencia Village on the Placencia Peninsula; approximately 20 nautical miles from shore. Don’t expect a dock! Visitors pilot their boats directly onto the sandy beach.

    Cerros Maya Ruins Belize - Everything You Need to Know Before You Go
    Cerros is a great example of land occupied continuously for centuries and not every Mayan site can make this claim. Archaeologists speculate that this community thrived between 400 BC and AD 400, during which time distinct cultures emerged and are today classified as examples of both the Late Pre-classic Period and the Classic Period. Study the architecture, art and symbolism left behind by generations of indigenous people who turned this area into a trading hub for merchants moving across Central America. Look for signs of the primitive canal system used by the Mayans to water the terraces on which the community’s crops were grown. Cerros is located 84 miles north of Belize City at the mouth of the New River and near the Bay of Chetumal in Corozal District, the northern-most Belize territory. Your lodging host can arrange a private boat or book a tour that may also include land transport to and from the dock. This journey is fairly fast; it only takes about 15 minutes to reach the ruin. A ferry departs Orange Walk Town for Cerros, but first, you must drive 55 miles along the Northern Highway from Corozal, traveling past villages like Chunox, Progresso and Copper Bank, and then another couple of miles inland. Your best bet is that boat!

    International Sourcesizz

    PlanetHeroes, the stories of the Belize winners
    First place: Manatees savior: Jamal Galves. Jamal Glaves goes above and beyond the call of duty to protect the manatees in Belize. While doing so is a part of his job, Jamal has a strong connection and passion for helping to safegaurd these gentle giants from a young age of 11 years. Jamal is the Program Coordinator for Sea to Shore Alliance in Belize, under which he has created and spearheaded the program "Protect our Manatees Belize" since 2012. Jamal is very passionate about protecting the manatees and their habitat so that Belizeans can continue to benefit from the toursim and ecosystem value that they possess.
    Second place: Daniel Chiquin. Daniel is one of the most well-mannered, knowledgeable and exemplary young farmers that Ya'axché has had the privilege to work with. At just 25 years old, Daniel, along with his father, has embraced the concept of agroforestry as a means of food and income security, as well as environmental conservation. After undergoing training and receiving material and technical support from Ya'axché, Daniel has whole-heartedly applied himself in making his family's farm a successful example of integrating sustainable agricultural practices in the natural environment.
    Third place: Environmental fisherman: Fidel Audinette. Fidel Audinette constantly demonstrates that he cares about the marine environment. He monitors illegal fishing; takes pictures of observations he makes at sea and continually advocates for sustainable fishing.

    WCS’s Queens Zoo Helps Howler Monkeys Thrive in Belize
    Recent WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) Queens Zoo surveys of black howler monkeys (Alouatta pigra), translocated to Belize’s Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary 25 years ago reveal that the effort has been a great success, with monkeys now thriving throughout the reserve after going locally extinct 40 years ago.

    Take A Paradisaical Paddle Through Belize’s Backwaters
    Nestled in the heart of Caye Caulker, a tiny island 21-miles northeast of Belize City, Contour Ocean Ventures is located along the main drag, a stone’s throw from the water taxi’s drop-off point. The island has a motto—“Go slow”—and Contour fits the description perfectly. Owner Henry Lopez grew up on the shores of the small, coral island and has seen it evolve over the years. In 2011, he opened Contour, making his mark as the first to bring standup paddling to the island. Lopez’s business continues to flourish despite other shops following suit and Contour continues to offer an unparalleled array of activities for visitors of the island. Aside from standup paddling Contour offers windsurfing, kite surfing, traditional surfing, and even wakeboarding if you’re willing to spend a few extra dollars. As far as SUP is concerned, they offer lessons, tours on the leeward side of the island, surfing on an offshore reef, an island hopping tour and a mangrove tour. The staff is friendly and excited to work with you to create your ideal paddling tour. They’re also committed to preserving the environment and keeping Caye Caulker beautiful for generations of paddlers to come.

    Videos

  • Catch, Kill and Cook All the Lionfish in Sight, 2min. The country of Belize hosts various Lionfish tournaments throughout the country (year) to promote the eradication of the invasive species from our Barrier Reef.

  • Belize Fly Fishing, 1min.

  • An Opportunity to Unite Belize | My Thoughts on Eldred Neal's Comments, 10min. Charles Leslie Jr

  • Kendis Gibson of ABC, interview on Open Your Eyes , 24min.

  • Belizean judges and attorneys deeply impacted by National Cybersecurity Symposium, 6min. Highlights from the Judicial and Legal Forum, held on Day 4 of Belize's first-ever National Cybersecurity Symposium, which took place in Belize City from April 24 to 28, 2017.

  • John Avery, Chairman, Belize Public Utilities Commission: "This Symposium is just the start", 3min. John Avery, Chairman, Belize Public Utilities Commission, speaks at the country's first-ever National Cybersecurity Symposium, held in Belize City from April 24 to 28, 2017.

  • Belize 2017 10 Day Travel, 13min. Here is our 10 Day adventure in Beautiful Belize . We got to explore the Jungles, the Ruins at Xunantunich and the Cayes .

  • Senate Special Select Committee Public Hearing, 1hr50min. Elvin Penner,former Minister of Immigration gives testimony.

  • UDP SUPPORTERS ATTACK SENATOR COURTNEY AND THE MEDIA AT SENATE HEARING, 14min.

  • Caye Caulker flyover, 15sec.

  • Visit to San Pedro Ambergris Caye May 10, 2017, 4.5min.

  • Belize National Cyber Security Symposium, 12min. The largest gathering ever in Belize of cyber security experts from across the country, the Caribbean and around the world.

  • Belize and PharmDs, 5.5min. Grad trip to Belize.

  • The Best Flies for Ascension Bay, Belize, Cuba, Bahamas, 6min. This is a well rounded selection of flies for fishing Ascension Bay, Yucatan Penninsula, Cuba, Belize, Bahamas, and even the Florida Keys. They are for baby Tarpon, Bonefish, Permit, Snook, Jack Crevalle, and there is even a needlefish for Barracuda fishing.

  • Third Time's the Charm - Wildtracks Belize 2016, 6.5min. Any wild animals seen in this video are a part of a rehabilitation process and on their way to eventual release back into the wild.

  • Investments and improvements at Archaeological Reserves, 2min. Learn about the valuable investments and improvements that the Institute of Archaeology and NICH have made at the various Archaeological Reserves over the years.

    May 17, 2017


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    The San Pedro Sun

    Maya mound is partially cleared; residents plead for a stop order
    A Maya mound, located in the San Pablo neighborhood south of San Pedro Town, was reportedly disturbed on Sunday, May 14th. The mound was once known to have a palapa, a Stela replica, and at one point, even picnic tables for residents to use the area as a park. Although investigations revealed that the mound is on private land, there has been public outcry to stop further development of the site, and instead, preserve its remains. The San Pedro Sun visited the site on Tuesday, May 16th, and noted a significant amount of Maya remnants scattered around the property. Both large and small pieces of red, black and beige pottery shards, plaster, and chalices were found, alongside pieces of conch shell. As it is alleged that the area will be developed into an apartment complex, the IA are the only ones who can issue a stop order. The San Pedro Sun contacted Director of the IA, Dr. John Morris, but he was unavailable for comment. We will update our readers as more information becomes available.

    Alfonso Wiltshire back in jail
    52-year-old Alfonso Wiltshire, San Pedro resident, is back behind bars after he was arrested on Friday, May 12th for additional charges of sexual assault and unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor. Following additional testimonials from the victim, the Director of Public Prosecution ordered his immediate detention as the matter is being further investigated. During his appearance at the San Pedro Magistrate Court on Monday, May 15th, Wiltshire was denied bail, no plea was taken and was sent back to his cell. If he obtains a Supreme Court bail by Friday, May 19th, he will avoid being remanded to the Belize Central Prison until the disclosure of his case on July 14, 2017.

    BTB meets with Airbnb to discuss impact to tourism sector
    Online marketplace and hospitality service, Airbnb allows people to lease or rent short-term lodging, such as vacation rentals, apartment rentals, homestays, hostel beds, and hotel rooms. After meeting several Caribbean government representatives in Barbados on Thursday, April 20th, Airbnb announced plans to expand tourism in the Caribbean, including Belize. On Tuesday, May 9th, the Belize Tourism Board (BTB) hosted a conference with Airbnb representatives, where various stakeholders discussed the future of the overnight tourism sector, as well as guidelines that will help standardize the industry. Although Airbnb does not own any of those properties, it serves as a commercial agent that receives a percentage of services fees from both guests and hosts. With more than four hundred hosts advertising properties within the country of Belize, the issue of market share has been brought to the forefront. While BTB aims to regulate the growing sector, Airbnb says this sector of the industry will be a positive one.

    WANNACRY RANSOMWARE
    The Central Information Technology Office (CITO) would like to inform the public, and computer users in general, to be on the lookout for ransomware called Wannacry. So far, computer networks in over 150 countries have been impacted by the ransomware which takes over users’ files, demanding cash payments to restore them. We are pleased to report that no government systems have been affected by this malware since its detection last Friday, May 12th. Users of the Government’s computer networks managed by CITO benefit from security measures that safeguard our critical systems and protect them from malware intrusions such as these. The Central Information Technology Office uses a firewall to scan incoming traffic for any application that may intend to do harm to the network as the first line of defense. The Windows firewall installed on each workstation is also turned on to protect those machines from being infected.

    The New Children’s Agenda
    May 15, 2017 is celebrated worldwide as the International Day of Families under the theme, “Families, education and well-being.” In commemoration of this day, Belize through the National Committee for Families and Children made this 15th day of May quite monumental and symbolic as both the Prime Minster Right Honorable Dean Barrow and Leader of Opposition Honorable John Briceno made their global proclamation with the signing of the new Children’s Agenda 2017 – 2030. The new Agenda focuses on the role of families and family-oriented policies in promoting education and overall well-being of their members. In particular, the agenda is to raise awareness of the role of families in promoting early childhood education and lifelong learning opportunities for children and adolescences. This agenda will be achieved through a strategic action plan that includes six (6) transformational goals and outcomes.

    San Pedro Tiger Sharks are heading to the NEBL finals!
    The San Pedro Tiger Sharks Basketball team has netted a spot in the finals of the Pepsi National Elite Basketball League (NEBL). The two-time NEBL champions defeated the Cayo Western Ballaz 82-69 on Sunday, May 14th, at the Angel Nuñez Auditorium. The home team opened the scoreboard with the combined efforts of George Williams and Valley Douglas, and visitors Cruz Ray and Leslie Darwin teamed up to even the score on more than one occasion, making the first quarter quite exciting. However, the Tiger Sharks managed to dominate the next quarter, and by half-time, were leading 40-29. After the break, the game intensified, and the crowd roared in support of their favourites. Williams continued netting points for the home team, while Western Ballaz’ Darwin led his team in an attempt to even the score. The Tiger Sharks did not back down, and soon took control, ending the third quarter 58-40.

    Ambergris Today

    Belize Excels In Pilot Training In Jamaica
    The Ministry of Defence wishes to inform the public that one of its Belize Defence Force Officers has excelled in a Pilot Training - code name Wings Course 1601- in Jamaica. Captain Francis Usher placed first in the course which lasted just over fourteen months. Officers from Belize and Jamaica participated in the course which was funded by the Canadian government. Ambergris Today joins The Ministry of Defence and the Belize Defence Force in congratulating Captain Francis Usher on his performance and wish him well in his career as a Pilot.

    San Pablo Property Identified With Maya Mound Leveled By Developers
    A “Maya Mound” in a parcel of land located in the residential area of San Pablo, south of San Pedro Town, as been partially leveled and disrupted as it seems that owners of the property are ready to develop on the property. What has raised concerns of the neighborhood of San Pablo is that, to the knowledge of the community, that parcel of land was designated a park when the area was being developed and it was discovered that it contained a Maya mound with rich historical and cultural significance for the island of Ambergris Caye. Needless to say, residents were shocked when they noticed that about half of the Maya mound has been moved and cleared. Upon closer investigations, that parcel of land was sold a few years back with Minister Manuel Heredia expressing the fact that the land should have never been sold.

    Misc Belizean Sources

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    SBDC Workshop: BASICS OF GENERAL SALES TAX
    FREE OF COST. Presented by: Mrs. Esther Mortiz, GST Officer, GST Department Dangriga Town. Location: Stann Creek Ecumenical Junior College, Conference Room, Dangriga Town. Workshop Date: 25th May, 2017. Time: 9am to 12noon. Topics that will be Covered: * Registering for GST - application process, Voluntary registration information and the benefits of being a registered taxpayer. * Completing GST returns - GST payment due dates, Information to submit * Managing GST Obligation - Record keeping for GST, Tax invoices, Duplicate tax invoices and much more!

    New Director for the National Ministry of Education, Youth, Sports and Culture Council
    The Ministry of Education, Youth, Sports, and Culture announces the appointment of Mr. Ian Jones as the new Director of the National Sports Council. Mr. Jones, who is pursuing post-graduate studies in Sports Management from the University of the West Indies, has many years of service in the sports industry in the Belize. He is well-known for his experience as the President of Verdes Football Club, which had a successful running in the Scotia Bank CONCACAF Champions League Tournament, boasting the first win for a Belizean Football Club in that tournament. He has also managed FC Belize and served on the management of BDF FC. Additionally, Mr. Jones has served on the Marketing Committee for the Football Federation of Belize and several other committees for the Premier League of Belize.

    LAUGH OUT LOUD WEEKEND at the Princess Casino Free Zone
    Tired of being tired? We never disappoint - Featuring Mexico's little giant comedian and entertainer "PIERRE DAVID". You have seen his popular shows on Televisa, Parodiando and Sabadazo. We invite you this Friday, May 19th and Saturday, May 20th beginning at 10:00 P.M. He will be imitating your favourite latin singers and entertainers. There is no other imitator like Pierre David.

    Depictions of the Lost Exhibit
    The Depictions of the Lost Exhibit will be this Saturday, May 20th, at the Soul Project. There will be art on display from Rick Galvez, and Kristcha DeGuerre will be reading poetry.

    Notice To Operators of Guest Accommodations
    Are you the owner or manager of any of the following types of guest accommodations, or any other type or category of accommodation used by guests? - Resort, Hotel, Lodge or Inn - Vacation Home or Guest Houses -Camp site or Bed & Breakfast facility -Motel or Condominiums, Time Share Units -Bungalows or Apartments - Villas or Beach houses - Home Stay Program facility - Community-based tourist - Religious/Educational & Research Facility establishments - Dormitory, Cottages or Cabins/Cabana If your answer is yes, then THIS MESSAGE IS FOR YOU!

    CARSI ESF Grants
    Learn about a great grant opportunity. Strengthen government through civil society engagement! We intend to issue three to five awards in an amount not to exceed $1,500,000 in total funding. Each award will be for an amount between $200,000 and $400,000. We will also host a CARSI ESF Grants Question & Answer Session on Friday, May 19th at 1:30 p.m. If you are interested in joining us at the Embassy, please submit your name, your organization’s name, and your questions to BelmopanGrants@state.gov by Wednesday, May 17th for access to this event.

    International Museum Day in Benque
    International Museum Day is beginning at the Benque House of Culture (NICH). Come out and join us. Join us May 16 & 17th, 2017 for the annual International Museum Day Celebration as we walk through many historical and impacting moments in our community, the silent voices speak out through actions!

    Open Panel Discussion on the death penalty, Museum of Belize
    Did You Know? The last person to be executed was hung in the year 1985! On May 18th, 2017 from 9:30am - 12:00pm, Join us in a thought provoking Open Panel Discussion posing the question, "Should Belize resume the death penalty?" Come and Learn more about the History of Executions in Belize and the Legal and Social implications of this controversial question!!!

    Caye Caulker Mother's Day Celebration
    Thank you to all the mothers and public who attended our Mother's Day Event!!! We hope you all had a wonderful time!!! Thank you for supporting our event!! Thank you to all our sponsors!!! * We will be posting them later on! For now lets enjoy these pictures of a wonderful night!!!

    The Placencia Municipal Pier to open to Harvest Caye Passengers
    On May 30th, 2017, the Cruise Control Ltd. will officially start ferrying cruise passengers from Harvest Caye to Placencia Village and will be conducting a test run in the interim. Passengers will now have the opportunity to enjoy the beaches, food, craft and much more that the village of Placencia has to offer. In addition, Tour Operators will have the opportunity to take guests on marine tours. Tickets can be purchased on the cruise ship or at the visitors’ booth on Harvest Caye at a cost of $20USD round trip. The Placencia Village Council has collaborated with the Belize Tourism Board in the renovations of the pier, which now boasts a new tour sales desk for the independent tour operators to sell their tours. “We had a test run this morning the weather was perfect with a flat top sea, it was awesome seeing the ferry coming into the village. It is going to be a great experience for the villagers, town council, tour operators, and business people” shared village Council chairlady” Ilsa Villueva.

    MOTHER'S DAY EXTRAVAGANZA 2017

    Global Big Day in Belize
    Just back from an amazing Global Big Day run in Belize where our team found 242 species in 24 hours! Many thanks to birder and conservationist Roni Martinez who was a key team member, helped orchestrate our run, and had the on-the-ground connections throughout Belize required to make the day a success. Also a tremendous thanks to both Chan Chich Lodge for hosting us during the event, and to Black Rock Lodge for hosting us for a few days prior--both are world class bird lodges dedicated to bird conservation and eBird. If you haven't been there, go soon! The guides at both places were tremendously helpful, and it was great to run into Isael Mai at Chan Chich again. The Maya Forest is an amazing place, under extreme agricultural development pressure, and in need of all our attention. We must protect what remains, as this place is home not only to an amazing endemic local avifauna, but represents the last intact forest for a huge number of wintering North America bird species! To help, first support the Cornell Lab and Belize Bird Conservancy, and then consider put some of your travel dollars toward the places that are focused on protecting the region, specifically in Belize, Guatemala, and Mexico. Thanks again to everyone along the way for the hospitality and fun!

    Update on Incident in Chiquibul
    This morning the Ministry of Foreign Affairs was informed of the death of a Guatemalan in the Chiquibul National Park. The identity and cause of death have not been ascertained; and the deceased is still at the location. Belize and Guatemalan authorities will collaborate with a view to retrieving the body tomorrow morning, at which time a post mortem will be conducted.

    Belize Social Investment Fund Inaugurates Gracie Rock Capacity Building Training Programs
    Residents of Gracie Rock Village who successfully completed training in Capacity Building programs received Certificates of Completion at an award ceremony held at Gracie Rock Community Centre, Gracie Rock Village on May 13, 2017. Funding for the project was provided courtesy of the Government of Belize through the Caribbean Development Bank. The programs were designed to strengthen the capacity of the community to increase income from tourism and recreational activities aimed at taking advantage of the rich eco-tourism that Gracie Rock possesses. Training included Capacity Building facilitated by the University of the West Indies Open Campus; Tour Guide Training facilitated by the Belize Tourism Board; First Aid Training facilitated by the Belize Red Cross Society; and Food Preparation/Hospitality Management facilitated by the Belize Tourism Industry Association (BTIA).

    Photographic Exhibit on Belizean and Panamanian cultures
    The Museum of Belize and the Embassy of Panama in Belize will be launching a photographic exhibit on May 18th, 2017. As part of the celebration of International Museum Day 2017, the Museum of Belize is partnering with the Embassy of Panama in Belize in an effort to highlight the contrast between our distinct cultures – Belizean and Panamanian. The exhibit also highlights the intersection of our cultures and gastronomy.

    CARICOM WEEK 2017
    The Directorate General for Foreign Trade (DGFT) extends special thanks to all stakeholders that contributed to making CARICOM Week a great success. CARICOM Week, celebrated under the theme “What CARICOM Means to Me”, highlighted the opportunities accessible to Belizeans as Nationals of the Caribbean Community. In 2006, 13 CARICOM countries, including Belize, established the CARICOM Single Market & Economy (CSME), agreeing that nationals of these countries could travel, work and do business within these Member States, and be granted the same access enjoyed in their own country of birth. However, research conducted in Belize has shown that lack of knowledge about the benefits, rights, and procedures among our nationals has stalled participation in the Single Market.

    SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY
    Social Security Scholarships (High School, Sixth Form, Vocational-Technical) APPLY TODAY!

    WANNACRY RANSOMWARE
    The Central Information Technology Office (CITO) would like to inform the public, and computer users in general, to be on the lookout for ransomware called Wannacry. So far, computer networks in over 150 countries have been impacted by the ransomware which takes over users’ files, demanding cash payments to restore them. We are pleased to report that no government systems have been affected by this malware since its detection last Friday, May 12th. Users of the Government’s computer networks managed by CITO benefit from security measures that safeguard our critical systems and protect them from malware intrusions such as these. The Central Information Technology Office uses a firewall to scan incoming traffic for any application that may intend to do harm to the network as the first line of defense. The Windows firewall installed on each workstation is also turned on to protect those machines from being infected.

    Corozal Bay Sailing Club Car Wash Fundraising Event
    June 3, 8am-12pm

    Belize National Festival of Arts 2017
    Calendar of Events

    Power interruption 6:00am to 2:00pm, Sunday, May 21: entire San Pedro Town
    BEL to conduct critical maintenance, testing and replacement of equipment at the San Pedro Substation and replace corroded hardware on the transmission system for reliability of power supply.

    9th Annual Flowers Bank Festival
    Saturday, June 3, 9am, Community Center. SAVE THE DATE: The Flowers Bank Festival is here again! Join us on 3rd June, 2017 for a day of fun activities for the entire family at the Flowers Bank Community center!

    International Museum Day in Benque
    The Institute of Archaeology was present at the Benque House of Culture (NICH), alongside the Institute for Social & Cultural Research, Oceana Belize and the Department of the Environment - DOE, to help celebrate International Museum Day for 2017. The students learned, at our section, about excavating, Maya hieroglyphics (much thanks to Jorge de Leon for his wonderful help in this) and also Actun Uayazba Kab and the wonderful historic imprints of hands. Tomorrow is day 2, so come on out!

    Channel 7

    Unconfirmed Reports Say Guat Soldier Shot
    This afternoon, news went out in the Guatemalan press that a Guatemalan soldier had reportedly been shot in the head while in the Adjacency Zone. It's a very alarming report, which, if it is accurate, could be interpreted as an act of aggression by Belize. Now, we stress that this is unconfirmed, and there is the possibility that it is inaccurate, but the report came by way of this twitter post from the Guatemalan radio station, Radio Sonora. It claims that a Guatemalan soldier was shot in the head while in the Adjacency Zone between the two countries. It was made close to midday today, and since then, other Guatemalan media houses have picked up the report. "We have last minute information for you. As you see here in this tweet from Radio Sonora, 96.9 FM, where they inform us that a Guatemalan soldier was shot in the head in the Adjacency Zone with Belize. This information is being treated as urgent, because as you see, a Guatemalan soldier has ended up with a bullet in the head in an area located in the Adjacency Zone with Belize. We know that there is conflict in that zone area."

    Good Samaritan Slain In South
    Yesterday, a Guatemalan national was killed on the Coastal Road in Southern Belize. Eduardo Caal died trying to help the victims of a car accident, but unfortunately he did not know that those victims were criminals making a getaway. Our news team went down South to find out what happened, here's Alex Courtenay with the story... Edwardo Caal was just trying to do the right thing, when he was shot dead yesterday afternoon. Caal, was driving down the Coastal Road on the way to visit his brother, when he happened upon a car totaled on the side of the road. When he stopped to offer his assistance, the crashed vehicle's passengers shot him and made off with his vehicle. Voice of: a resident: "This vehicle crashed and he stopped and he stop to give assistance to the people and they killed him and they took his vehicle." Sr. Supt. Ralph Moody - Commander, Dangriga Police: "At about 1pm we received information about a traffic in the White Ridge area on the Coastal Road, Police responded to that information. On arriving at the location we saw a Ford Explorer vehicle involved in the accident - 4 wheel turned up and a Hispanic male person beside the said vehicle. Examination on the body revealed that Mr. Edwardo Caal suffered from one gunshot wound to the forehead."

    Marvin Mora’s Mea Culpa
    Today the fallout from that clandestine union recording continued. As we showed you last night, the recording is of a conversation between three union members about Garifuna members of the PSU and the public service in general. Claims are made by male persons speaking that Garifunas seek to control the PSU and the senior posts in the public service generally. We received 20 minutes of a conversation which we are told was about 90 minutes long. The National Garifuna Council put out a statement two hours ago saying, quote, "(The NGC) condemns and is disheartened to listen to the derogatory comments against Garinagu made by the President of the Public Service Union (PSU)." It continues, quote, "This is unacceptable, NGC supports the letter from the Concerned Members of Council of Management. Mr. Eldred Neal's remarks compromise his position and effectiveness as president in serving a multicultural organization as the PSU."

    PSU President Eldred Apologetic
    And while Mora says his membership knows him well enough, for PSU President Eldred Neal, its not that clear. The persons asking for his resignation are nine of 15 members of his council of management. And the Garifuna he was talking about in the recording are also leading members of his union. But today Neal came to our studio to say everything has been taken out of context:...

    Mora Distances Himself From Overtly Racist Statements
    And what technology did in this case was make available a recording that shows both men in a very unflattering light - with their guard down and speaking privately to another union member, Lorelie Westby about some very touchy cultural matters. But who exactly said what? Mora claims that certain, overtly prejudiced remarks we attributed to him in our transcription of the conversation were actually made by Neal. Here are the statements - which he says he did not make :...

    Neal Hesitant To Point Finger At Mora
    And while Mora was happy to kind of throw Eldred Neal under the bus, Neal wasn't quite so quick to point the finger at Mora. Where's what he had to say about the disputed statements:...

    Mora Says He Was Supporting A Garifuna Female
    Now, an important part of the entire narrative is that Mora and Westby were actually trying to get Neal as President of the PSU to support Faye Nicascio - who is a Garfuna - as delegate to the NTUCB - instead of Jacqueline Willoughby. Mora says that proves he wasn't being racist:... Marvin Mora - BEWU, General Secretary: "One of the biggest decisions that we made at that point in time was to try and identify somebody with the skills, the aptitude and the know-how with the educational background to hold the office of the president, because I was ousted as you recall. So we identified a young lady and you hear also that young lady being mentioned in that recording who we were endorsing and she is of the Gariguna culture and her name is Faye Nicasio. I guess you hear the female voice in there saying - we want her to be president and we want her to run." "Why would I be insulting the Garinagu people and at the same time I am asking him to put back somebody as a delegate to run and be the leader at the NTUCB from that very same culture."

    How Did Mysterious Recording Surface?
    But, while tonight there are all kinds of renunciations and righteous hand wringing, the first question is, how was the recording made, and then, why was it made, who leaked an edited version to the media, and what was it edited to reflect? Lots of questions and we asked Mora about the first today: Marvin Mora - BEWU, General Secretary: "The record that you guy have or the recording that you guys have, was a recording that was taken off a loud speaker, played from a cell phone on a mike. So you tell me the quality of that sound. To me the whole thing spin around. I am being honest with you guys: I was really vex when this whole thing came to light, because I thought that the recording was done on purpose. It so happens that I have knowledge now that the recording was done without the knowledge of anybody even the person who was recording it and at the end of the day, I'll be the first one to admit.."

    Eldred Neal Says Mora Explanation Sad
    And while Mora says that the recording leaked out sort of by accident - it was clearly edited to create an overall impression. Eldred Neal says that Mora's explanation is just sad:... Eldred Neal, President - PSU "My colleague Marvin Mora suggesting that he doesn't know who recorded it or that it was recorded and leaked." Jules Vasquez, 7News "He said it was accidentally recorded." Eldred Neal, President - PSU "Accidentally recorded, so accidentally leaked too then. Mein, that is sad."

    Eldred Neal: “Don’t Call Me Brothers”
    And apart from all the overtly racist remarks, what the recording really shows is a union fraternity that is at war with itself - especially within the PSU and in the NTUCB. Our intelligence suggests that like most wars, it is fueled by those who have ambitions for paying positions on government boards, and for control of union resources, including loans form the unions. We'll have more on that tomorrow, but for tonight we leave you with this chilling post script from Eldred Neal, who says the people he once called brothers and sisters can't be trusted:... Eldred Neal, President - PSU: "Don't call me your brother. I don't need an apology. I don't intend to seek your friendship in any kind of way. I just want for the record and for the rest of my life that you be held accountable for what you have lent and I am saying that I would do my best as to ensure that my name is clear to put something out there like this. Clearly edited, altered to serve an individual purpose. I am telling you had I seen this coming my way? No. Did I get the threats that it can happen? Yes. Have I live to face it? I have and I will continue."

    PUP Says Mora And Neal Must Resign
    So, while Neal and Mora continue to take heat for the contents of the recording, the condemnation of their comments just keep coming. Today, at a press briefing held on another matter, Opposition Leader John Briceno was asked to share his opinion on the content of the secret recording. He said that in there is no place for discrimination or racism in the Belizean society: Hon. John Briceno, PUP Leader: "I can't go into the details as to what is happening with the public service union. I am not well informed. I have listen to little snippets of the recording which as I am told was done without the knowledge or consent of the people that were there. But that in no way excuses them from what they said. I want to make that very clear."

    PUP, BNTU Say Integrity Commission Must Dig Deeper
    But, the topic for which Briceno called the briefing was to keep up the pressure on the Integrity Commission and the Barrow Administration. The PUP want the Integrity Commission to dig deeper into the finances of all the elected politicians, but especially the UDP Ministers. As we reported, the Commission sent out a request asking elected representatives to furnish their accounts going back 5 years, but then, they later reversed that decision. After getting a legal opinion, the Commission decided that they would only look into last year's accounts, and the Opposition says that this isn't enough. In fact, they blamed the Government, even though this was a decision from the Integrity Commission. Today, Briceno broke it down, and he explained why his party believes that the decision is not a real attempt to keep the Government Minister's honest. Here's how he put it:

    Alleged Pirates Testify To Coast Guard Brutality
    In July 2015, six men, Giovanni Murrillo, Emiliano Camara, Jerome Bowen, Goldburn Goff, Everon Teck and Dion Usher were charged for possession of a firearm and ammunition without license. According to Coast Guard reports, they discovered the 6 fishermen on an island in the Turneffe Atoll after receiving information about piracy in the area. Apparently, when they approached the fishermen they allegedly saw one of them throw a firearm out the window. The alleged pirates were remanded to prison back in 2015 and were later granted bail. Today, only Goff, Teck and Usher appeared in the Magistrate's Court for the trial. Two of the other accused are presumed dead after being lost at sea, and one did not show up at court, but the trial still proceeded. After hearing the trio's testimonies, Chief Magistrate Anne Marie Smith found them not guilty, stating that she found the evidence presented by the coast guard to be highly suspicious. She also mentioned that the testimonies caused her to further doubt the Coast Guard.

    CITO: ”Wannacry” Ransomware Not In Belize
    Today the Central Information Technology Office released a press release warning the public about a new ransomeware called Wannacry. After infecting a computer system, Wannacry takes over the users' files and demands a cash payment in order to restore them. The virus has allegedly impacted computer networks in over 150 countries, and has caused problems for various organizations and agencies including England's National Health Service, FEDEX and Russia's Ministry of Internal Affairs. CITO has confirmed that no government of Belize system has been infected with the ransomeware as of May 12. They also warn PC users to install the latest Windows software update available, and to download reliable antivirus and anti-malware programs such as AVAST and Malwarebytes.

    A New Vision For Sports
    Former Sports Director Ritchel Dominguez left the Sports Council in mid January when his contract was not renewed. Charlie Slusherr was the Acting Director in the interim, but tonight, the Ministry of Sports has chosen a new Director. He is Ian Jones, known as a manager and president of various Semi-Pro sporting clubs. Jones is currently pursuing post-graduate studies in Sports Management from the University of the West Indies and today he told us what is his vision for sport sin Belize:...

    Crooked Tree, Both Sides Now
    Last night, we showed you the back and forth between former Crooked Tree Vice Chairman, Steve Anthony, and the Executive Director of the Belize Audubon Society. As we told you, the Audubon Society's Visitor Center burned down on Saturday morning, and there are residents within Crooked Tree who are saying, "good riddance". That's because the Belize Audubon and members of the community haven't exactly seen eye to eye, and this destruction has started a conversation on whether or not Audubon must go. Their concern is that the Audubon Society has been too strict in their enforcement against the villagers who depend on fishing, hunting and logging to survive. Well, today, APAMO came out in support of the Belize Audubon Society.

    PM Not Worried About US Report on Money Laundering
    In its March 2017 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report, the US State Department classified 14 of the 15 CARICOM states as major money laundering countries, Belize included. A Caribbean news report states that one of the consequences of this blacklisting, is further fallout from correspondent banks, who will be increasingly unwilling to partner with indigenous banks. For Belize, which has been hard hit by the correspondent bank crisis, it's more bad news. But on Friday, the Prime Minister said that the local banks are getting by through relations with smaller correspondent banks.

    Channel 5

    Guatemalan ‘Good Samaritan’ Murdered on Coastal Road
    A father of seven children was executed on Monday morning when he attempted to assist persons in a traffic accident.  The Good Samaritan was a Guatemalan national who lived with [...]

    P.S.U.’s Eldred Neal Rails Against Garifuna ‘Takeover’ of Executive
    The firestorm in the wake of a racially charged conversation involving the President of the Public Service Union, Eldred Neal, continues to burn fiercely tonight.  Various entities, including the Council [...]

    Neal Says Recording Was Part of ‘Greater Conversation’
    Turning to the voice behind the now infamous recording, this evening Eldred Neal stopped by our office for an extended sit-down, during which he attempts to explain his position.  For [...]

    Neal Calls Out Mora; Says He Could Not Agree with Executive
    Elsewhere in the newscast, you will hear Mora throw Neal under the bus for those unsavory remarks.  Neal, however, says that his counterpart has conveniently forgotten his role in that [...]

    Neal Versus Palacio; He Appeals Over ‘Power-Seeking’ Ploy
    The meeting of Eldred Neal and Luke Palacio this afternoon, when the Joint Unions Negotiating Team convened at the B.N.T.U. headquarters here in Belize City, was likely an awkward encounter [...]

    Marvin Mora Discusses History of Garinagu in Belize City
    The other persons to whom Neal was speaking in the recording were Marvin Mora, the current general secretary of the Belize Energy Workers’ Union and Lorelei Westby of the Belize [...]

    Mora Apologizes; Insists He Did Not Know He Was Being Recorded
    This afternoon, Mora issued a twenty-one minute defense outside the B.E.L. compound. He opened with an apology to the Garifuna people for any remarks he made in the incendiary recording [...]

    Mora Wanted to Make Point About Garinagu Experience
    According to Mora, he was doing two things: the first was to attempt to find out the reason why the P.S.U. did not support Fayne Nicasio, a Garifuna woman, for [...]

    Mora Claims “Surprise” Over Neal’s Remarks
    Mora claimed that the recording was done without anyone’s knowledge, including the person on whose device it was recorded, and then a portion of it was cut and given to [...]

    Guatemalan Shot in Chiquibul; Was it a Soldier?
    We can confirm that a Guatemalan national has been found dead in the Chiquibul National Park. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs late this evening confirmed the death of the national, [...]

    Garifuna Chair of Belize District P.S.U. Disappointed with President
    A letter demanding that P.S.U. President Eldred Neal stands down from contesting his seat during the upcoming Annual General Meeting has been signed by nine members of the union’s Council [...]

    2nd Vice Prez Kenneth Mortis Can’t Solve P.S.U. Internal Fire
    Also signing on the document dated May sixth, was Kenneth Mortis.  He is the second vice president of the Public Service Union and is a career fireman.  Mortis says that [...]

    P.U.P.s Briceño Calls for National Unity
    Leader of the People’s United Party, John Briceño, joined in with condemnation of the inflammatory remarks made by Eldred Neal. He pointed to the Father of the Nation George Price’s [...]

    P.U.P. Says Prime Minister is Covering Up on Integrity Commission
    This afternoon, the People’s United Party continued its assault on the Integrity Commission’s decision to look at only declarations of public figures for the year 2016. The Party argues that [...]

    Integrity Commission Chair ‘Manipulated’ Vote
    Briceño said that a Government he leads will change the Act to ensure that no political party has an overall majority on the Commission, which would also be expanded to [...]

    B.N.T.U. Demands Politicians Adhere to Rules
    The establishment of the Integrity Commission was on the front burner of the demands by the Belize National Teachers Unions last year.  Today, the B.N.T.U. lashed out rejecting the proposal [...]

    National Garifuna Council Pours Scorn on P.S.U.’s Neal
    Condemnation by the National Garifuna Council against the remarks by Eldred Neal has come fast and furious. This morning in Dangriga, News Five spoke with N.G.C. President Sandra Miranda. She [...]

    N.G.C. Says Neal Must Go Now!
    Miranda told News Five that the N.G.C. is demanding Eldred Neal’s immediate resignation and that he should not wait to be removed. She argues that picking on the Garifuna by [...]

    John Briceño Says Ad Plays into Negative Sentiments on Faber Leadership
    Prime Minister Dean Barrow told reporters after Friday’s House meeting that he is seriously contemplating early retirement depending on how much longer his back is giving trouble, though his present [...]

    Stone Penner? P.U.P. Says They’ll See Him in Court
    Elvin Penner testified without major incident last Wednesday in Belmopan at the public hearing of the Senate Special Select Committee. But it appears authorities were ready for anything, as the [...]

    P.U.P. Ready to Fight Municipal Elections
    The countdown is on for the 2018 municipal elections. The People’s United Party is only defending one town council in Orange Walk, where Mayor Kevin Bernard is said to be [...]

    APAMO Urges Dialogue Following Crooked Tree Fire
    The Association of Protected Areas Management Organizations has tried to thread the needle between supporting member organization Belize Audubon Society in the aftermath of the fire at the Crooked Tree [...]

    CTV3

    PSU President Goes On The Defensive
    The inflammatory comments by Public Service Union President Eldred Neal in a private conversation with former NTUCB President Marvin Mora and former NTUCB executive Lorelei Westby which was clandestinely recorded and has been leaked out to the public, has attracted a firestorm of criticism and public outrage. As we reported last night, Neal is facing an insurrection in his Union with 9 members of his Council of Management demanding his resignation. In case you are wondering what could be in the audio that has triggered such outrage, we will be playing some of the recording in which Neal claims there is a culture war in his union body and makes remarks directly on those members who are Garifuna. With his leadership under question, Neal has gone on the defensive, granting media interviews and responding to the view that his comments are a portrayal of bigotry. He claims the basis for such conclusion is fraudulent.

    Opposition Leader Condems Remarks Made By PSU President
    Today Opposition Leader John Briceno expressed his views about the comments heard in the audio recording. He said there is no room in Belize for the kind of remarks he has heard. Honourable John Briceno - PUP Opposition Leader: “I am disappointed that in this day and age that we have people that still believe and that still have those types of views, I think it was the father of the nation who had started out saying with the PUP that all of us are one and all of us are the same in this country and I’ve said it over and over it doesn’t matter if you were born in Orange Walk or Crickette Sarco we are all the same be it if you are rich or you are poor or you are smart or intelligent or whatever race you are we are all one and that is what makes us unique in this country this diversity that we have and we need to embrace this diversity and like everybody else I think we all need to condemn these kind of inflammatory language that is being used any sort of racism or any sort of looking down at any group of people, any category of people be it religion, be it sexual orientation be it by race or by economic standards we need to condemn and we need to condemn 100% that we cannot tolerate this kind of behavior and we in the PUP condemn that.”

    Lack Of Jobs Takes Center Stage At Parliament
    With the graduation season upon us, the question of jobs availability will become a main topic around social gatherings and dinner tables. On Friday, it was a hot button issue for two parliamentarians at the National Assembly. Minister of Education, Youth and Sports Patrick Faber got defensive when Caribbean Shores’ representative Kareem Musa asked: where are the jobs. Honourable Kareem Musa – Area Representative Caribbean Shores: “Is that they are graduating into a life of joblessness, into a life of hopelessness, because madam speaker, I have been a member of this house for almost a year and a half and I can tell you that this government has run through hundreds of millions of dollars; 557 million for BTL, 375 million for Petro Caribe another 20 million today well actually US 30 million dollars and yes while it is noted here that some of it is for students loans, madam speaker, the reality is that while this government is patting itself shoulder 50% of those young people will not have jobs...”

    Mason's Case Adjourned
    Accused killer William “Danny” Mason was in court in Belmopan today along with the four others accused of the murder of Llewellyn Lucas back in July of 2016. Mason was found with the severed head of the Pastor in his black Ford F150 pickup. They were in court today for the Preliminary Inquiry in relation to the charges of “Kidnapping” and “Conspiracy to commit kidnapping”. But the matter was adjourned to June 12th before Magistrate Anderson. That’s because Mason’s attorney could not make it to court today. Mason is being shuttled both to Belmopan and to Belize City courts given that the kidnapping is said to have happened at the Intelco Hill home of William Mason. The high profile case has seen the Belize National Teachers’ Union request an international investigation into the ties Mason had to several government officials, chief among them the then Minister of Police, John Saldivar.

    LOVE FM

    Guatemalan Dead in the Chiquibul; Officials Investigating
    Reports reaching our news desk indicate that the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Defence are looking into information given to Belize’s Attaché in Guatemala surrounding a fatal shooting that is said to have taken place in the Rio Blanco area in western Belize. It is an area that takes an estimated two days to get […]

    Mora, NGC and PUP Weigh In on Recorded Conversation with President Neal
    Yesterday we told you of a letter dated May 6, 2017 that was sent to the President of the Public Service Union, Eldred Neal accusing him of being racist and demanding that he resign immediately or be prepared to face repercussions. The letter referred to statements that Neal made in a private conversation that was […]

    Barrow vs Briceno on Integrity Commission
    Late yesterday evening the People’s United Party issued a statement on the interview given by the Prime Minister relating to the Integrity Commission and the change of having the elected representatives only submit their asset declarations for one year as opposed to the five year period that the commission had initially asked for. Prime Minister […]

    London Article Says Belize Is In Debt Crisis
    An online article from the London based Public Finance International organization has listed Belize as one of twenty seven countries in debt crisis. The publication is dated May 16, 2017 and speaks of countries that are not only in debt crisis but those that are at risk of falling into that category. The Jubilee Debt […]

    Harvest Caye Extends Economic Opportunities to the Peninsula
    The Belize Tourism Board today announced some good news for tour operators. The Placencia Municipal Pier will now be open to Harvest Caye passengers. In a statement, BTB said Cruise Control Limited will officially start ferrying cruise passengers from Harvest Caye to Placencia Village and will be conducting a test run in the interim. Tour […]

    CSEC Examinations Transitioning to E-Testing
    In the last decade or two we have seen several areas transition to online businesses ranging from reading to customer service to research and governance. While some aspects of education are already online there is the CSEC Examinations that some parts of the region are already engaged in via the internet. Antigua’s Minister of Education […]

    From Paperback to E-Books in High Schools
    Printed textbooks will soon be a thing of the past as Belize is looking to join other countries that have replaced secondary school books digitally. This initiative is one of several education topics that the visiting Antigua Education Minister, Michael Brown will be discussing with Education Minister, Patrick Faber. MICHAEL BROWN “It’s common knowledge that […]

    Faber and His Ambitions for Prime Minister
    Following the May 12th sitting of the House of Representatives, Prime Minister Dean Barrow spoke on his imminent early exit from his seat as Belize’s leader. He cited the primary reason being his health for such a decision. It has been rumoured for some time now that Barrow would not be completing his third term. […]

    Faber Speaks Out On Personal Attacks
    It is no secret that Deputy Prime Minister Patrick Faber has had a rocky past in terms of his personal relationship at home. It is a situation that has been used against him and as recent as last week there was an advertisement on local television condemning him and his personal life. Opposition Leader, John […]

    Ian Jones Heads National Sports Council
    The Ministry of Sports installed a new Director for the National Sports Council which became effective Monday, May 15, 2017. Ian Jones was named for that post. It was an appointment that went quietly as Ritchel Dominguez was replaced due to some internal challenges. Minister of Sports, Patrick Faber explains. PATRICK FABER “I don’t know […]

    PlusTV

    Guatemalan found murdered execution style on Coastal Road
    A Guatemalan man was found murdered, execution style, on the Coastal Road. On Monday afternoon, an overturned vehicle was discovered near White Bridge area on the Coastal Road, Stann Creek District. Police say the Ford Explorer had its 4 wheels in the air. Beside it, was the body of 39 year old Gua...

    Eldred Neal in hot water; NGC calls for his resignation
    As we reported yesterday, the leader of the Public Service Union, President Eldred Neal is being asked to resign from that post due to inflammatory remarks he allegedly made against the Garifuna community. The remarks were made during a conversation between Neal and other trade union executives and ...

    Marvin Mora tries to clear name in racial statements scandal
    As you could hear, the controversial recording also has Marvin Mora in that discussion making statements along with Neal. According to the recordings, Mora also said that “Garifunas are greedy for power”. We also reached out to Mora for comment. Marvin Mora, Belize Energy Workers’ Union: I wan...

    Danny Mason returns to court for Preliminary Inquiry Date
    Heavily armed police officers stood around the Belmopan Magistrate’s Court this morning as infamous and alleged “Pastor Killer”, William “Danny” Mason, made his way to court today. As the nation is fully aware, Mason and four other men from Roaring Creek, Ashton Vanegas, Keron Fernandez, Terrence F...

    BNTU Rejects Integrity Commission proposal to give elected officials pass
    The Integrity Commission was re activated on January 12th of this year following demands of the Belize National Teachers Union during its 11 day strike. It was a great victory for the BNTU and the nation when the PM acceded. However, as we reported last week, the Commission sent out a request askin...

    Chinese businessman robbed of $38,000
    60-year-old Chinese businessman, Wei Bin Chen of Santa Elena town was robbed of $38,000 dollars yesterday. Chen reported to police that at approximately 8:10am, he was leaving his residence to deposit the money in the bank, but before he was able to do so, he was accosted by two men in his yard. O...

    House burglarized while owner slept; $57,000 worth of valuables gone
    Thieves made off with another hefty loot, this time in Corozal. According to police reports, On Sunday, 14th May, 2017 around 11:30 p.m.; 66-year-old Elena Esperanza Sanchez, a retiree of Corozal Town, awoke to find her house burglarized. Stolen were an assorted amount of jewelry, laptop, cellphone...

    Amandala

    Guatemalan man found murdered on Coastal Road
    At about 12:30 this afternoon, a man was found dead on the Coastal Road, near White Bridge. Police have identified the man as Samuel Caal, a 39-year-old Guatemalan resident of Hope Creek. Caal had a gunshot wound in the back of the head. He was taken to the Southern Regional Hospital in Dangriga, where he was declared dead on arrival. Police said that when they went to the scene, they found a gold-colored Ford Explorer, which had overturned, with four wheels in the air. Caal was found on the ground, beside the vehicle.

    PSU prez under fire on allegations of anti-Garifuna agenda
    President of the Public Service Union (PSU), Eldred Neal, elected in 2015 to replace Marvin Blades, is under fire over allegations that he intends to “purge” the executive of the union of its Garifuna members and have them replaced because of their ethnicity. A recording of incendiary racial comments attributed to Neal, as well as a letter demanding his resignation was circulated among members of the press today. Nine of fifteen executive members have signed their names to the written demand hand-delivered to Neal last Thursday, calling on him to step down before the union’s annual general meeting slated for August and for him not to offer himself as a candidate in the upcoming elections—and Neal suggests that the terms of the demand should raise suspicion. Speaking with Amandala today, the PSU president denies the allegations levied against him, saying: “I am not offended with the individual [who lobbied the other executive members] for not wanting me as president, but for portraying me as a racist and a bigot.”

    “We’re not sorry your building burned down,” Crooked Tree villagers tell Audubon
    Over the weekend, all attention turned to the village of Crooked Tree for the annual Cashew Festival. However, before the start of the much-anticipated Cashew Fest, a fire of unknown origin burned the Belize Audubon Society’s building, located at the entrance of the village, to the ground. Amanda Acosta, executive director of the Belize Audubon Society, told our newspaper how her staff learnt about the fire. “We have two staff that live within the village and so they were getting calls in the early morning hours and then the site manager [Mr. Derrick Hendy] was actually going to do a birding activity in the early morning, so he was there around 3:30, and he called me about the fire. But by 3:30 the building was already engulfed in flames,” she explained. According to Acosta, she does not suspect that the fire started because of negligence on the part of her staff. “The building was opened on Friday. The normal procedure is we turn off everything — we don’t even have external lights on the building because there is a big street lamp right at the end of the corner,” she said.

    Belize remittances to Guatemala totaled almost US $100 million in 2015
    Data from countryeconomy.com revealed that in 2015, Belize had received US $74.6 million in remittances from the United States. Remittances refer to money received in payment for goods or services, or monies simply sent by friends and family members from one country to another. While the United States had sent the most in remittances to Belize, they were seconded by Canada, with approximately US $3.2 million and then Mexico with around US $3.0 million. Next in line was Guatemala, which accounted for around US $0.9 million in remittances to Belize. Astoundingly, however, remittances from Belize to Guatemala was almost US $100 million. In 2015, Belize sent a whopping US $95.3 million to Guatemala, while that country continues to have an unfounded claim to our territory. Guatemala was seconded by El Salvador, which received remittances of only $US 22.8 million.

    Belize on alert for 23 escapees from Honduran prison
    News outlets in Honduras are reporting that 23 high-profile convicted gangsters are on the loose following an escape from prison on Thursday evening. Twelve of them have been convicted of murder, among other charges, including extortion, drug trafficking and firearm-related incidents. Those men, all members of the Barrio 18 gang, had been housed in the special “Scorpion” unit at the medium-security Marco Aurelio Soto prison. That prison, according to Honduran news agencies, was built to house only 8,000 inmates, but currently holds around 17,000, making it very over-populated.

    Vega misses 7 House meetings, but holds on to his seat and benefits
    Former Deputy Prime Minister and United Democratic Party area representative for Orange Walk North, Gaspar Vega, missed his seventh consecutive House of Representatives meeting today, perhaps the longest running absence of any parliamentarian from the National Assembly. Three other parliamentarians were absent from today’s meeting: Belize Rural South representative for the ruling UDP, Manuel Heredia Jr.; Opposition People’s United Party member for Freetown, Francis Fonseca; and PUP member for Cayo South — Julius Espat. Vega has been absent from National Assembly meetings since he resigned from his ministerial post under pressure from Cabinet last October, in the wake of a shocking land compensation deal which allegedly played out while he held the ministerial portfolio for lands and which is now the subject of a legal claim to recover the funds from his son, Andre Vega, and Sharon Pitts.

    Bandits 3-peat, again! 1-nil over Verdes for PLB 2016-2017 Closing Season championship
    After a nil-nil finals game 1 at Norman Broaster Stadium the week before, defending Premier League of Belize (PLB) back-to-back champions Belmopan Bandits SC, sporting a Closing Season-long undefeated record, defended their home turf at the Isidoro Beaton Stadium on Saturday night with a late goal by right defender Ian Elvis Gaynair, a.k.a. Yellow, a perfectly placed header near the left goal post, off a corner from the right side, that gave the Bandits a 1-nil victory and the championship against a formidable Verdes FC.

    Mano-a-mano in National Women’s semifinals game 1; decisive game 2 next Saturday, May 27
    Both games in the National Amateur Women’s League football tournament semifinals this past weekend ended in deadlocked scores. Game 1 of the home-and-away semifinal series pitted the best two teams from the North and South groups going against each other, with the North #1, Belize City FC travelling to the South #2, Sagitun Strikers; and the South #1, Jewel Fury going to the North #2, Gladiators, both games being played yesterday, Sunday. And both ended with deadlocked scores. At the M.A. Stadium in Independence, home standing Sagitun Strikers struck first through Erica Vallecillo (36’); but, after Belize City FC responded with goals from Shanell Gentle, (67’) and Araceli Lambey (80’), Sagitun just managed to secure the 2-2 draw with a late goal from Karissa Rhamdas (88’).

    San Pedro Tiger Sharks head to fourth straight Pepsi NEBL finals
    The Pepsi NEBL semi-finals continued this past weekend, as a decisive game 3 was played today in San Pedro between Cayo Western Ballaz and San Pedro Tiger Sharks. The winner of this game would stamp their ticket to the finals, to face off with Belmopan Bandits. The home team, San Pedro Tiger Sharks was able to easily secure the 82–69 victory, as they took command of the game in the second quarter, and Cayo Western Ballaz was unable to cut the lead to single digits for the rest of the game. With the win, 2-time NEBL champions, San Pedro Tiger Sharks are heading to their fourth straight NEBL finals, as they try to erase the bitter taste from their mouths, after last season’s disappointing ending. Belmopan Bandits, on the other hand, have been resting, and now have even more motivation to bring home both semi-professional championships to the capital city, since Belmopan Bandits football team were crowned PLB champs last night.

    Tiger Sharks dominate, 82-69, in decisive game 3 to oust Western Ballaz
    The San Pedro Tiger Sharks benefitted immensely from Raul Roches’ 10 first-quarter points, and consequently was able to jump out to the early 24-17 first-quarter lead in the third and decisive game of the NEBL’s semi-finals, played Sunday on the island of San Pedro. The Tiger Sharks would never look back, and would never surrender the lead, eventually winning by the score of 82-69, and in so doing, put an abrupt end to the Western Ballaz’ season. If it sounds familiar, it’s because it is. The Sharks just seems to have the Ballaz’ number, and on Sunday afternoon it was no different. Even with the league’s MVP, George Williams ailing from a leg injury, the Ballaz were still unable to take advantage of this disparity, as they struggled enormously from the field, hitting just 11 of their first 35 field goal attempts, while committing 5 turnovers, which indisputably allowed their opponents to take the big 40-29 lead at the half. This lead would balloon to 56-36 close to the end of third-quarter play, which, for all intents and purposes, spelled the expiration of the Western Ballaz’ season.

    Religion, politics and Technical
    When the Belize Technical College was opened in 1952, it was a revolutionary initiative in Belize, because it was a non-religious secondary institution operated by the Government of British Honduras. The other secondary schools in the colony were St. John’s College/St. Catherine’s Academy; St. Michael’s College/St. Hilda’s College; and Wesley College, run by the Roman Catholic, Anglican, and Methodist Churches, respectively. It is important to note that the Anglican Church is one and the same, where leadership is concerned, with the United Kingdom of Great Britain. The monarch of England, in the present case Queen Elizabeth II, is the head of the Church of England. In other words, since 1534 the British do not allow for a difference between their religion and their politics. Probably the most striking aspect of the Declaration of Independence from Great Britain by the Thirteen Colonies of the United States in 1776 was that the Americans called for the absolute separation of the Church from the State, and that constitutional provision has been maintained until the present day. Religion and politics are separated in the governance of the United States, but the overwhelmingly Christian beliefs of the American people have a considerable impact on America’s foreign policy, such that the new American President, Donald J. Trump, has been declaring “radical Islam” to be America’s greatest enemy.

    From the Publisher
    48 years ago, when we had just opened our UBAD office at #45 Hyde’s Lane, two young ladies from St. John’s College Sixth Form visited us on two or three occasions. This would be in the afternoons after classes. There was some UBAD-related energy at the Sixth Form, I guess, but I’m not sure when it was that Zinkle actually began banning Afros and demanding that dashikis be tucked inside students’ trousers. One of the young ladies was taller, slimmer, darker, from Punta Gorda, and the other young student was shorter, chubbier, lighter, from Belize City. What I remember and what is of relevance to this essay is that the lighter-skinned sister had a problem with the word “black.” Because she didn’t look black, in the sense that she had previously understood the word, she couldn’t embrace the concept with reference to herself. Fate made it so that I was the one, having recently graduated from college in the United States, who did most of the introducing of the black power philosophy in Belize in 1969. This is how I was thrust into public life, and began speaking on rostrums. I never wanted to be a public speaker: I considered myself a writer, and a creative one at that.

    –A Canadian man, John Deshaies, who was named as a possible suspect in the police’s investigation of a double murder in Corozal Town, but was remanded to prison on a charge of handling stolen goods, was freed this afternoon after he was offered and met bail in the Supreme Court of Justice Antoinette Moore during a bail application hearing. Deshaies was picked up by police on May 2 after the bodies of Canadian Francesca Matus, 52, and her American boyfriend, Drew DeVoursney, 36, were discovered in a cane field on the outskirts of Chan Chen, Corozal. The couple had been strangled. The discovery of the murdered couple attracted international media attention, and the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) offered investigative assistance to Belize police in an effort to solve the murders.
    –A Canadian man, John Deshaies, who was named as a possible suspect in the police’s investigation of a double murder in Corozal Town, but was remanded to prison on a charge of handling stolen goods, was freed this afternoon after he was offered and met bail in the Supreme Court of Justice Antoinette Moore during a bail application hearing. Deshaies was picked up by police on May 2 after the bodies of Canadian Francesca Matus, 52, and her American boyfriend, Drew DeVoursney, 36, were discovered in a cane field on the outskirts of Chan Chen, Corozal. The couple had been strangled. The discovery of the murdered couple attracted international media attention, and the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) offered investigative assistance to Belize police in an effort to solve the murders.

    Bishop Elect, Father Lawrence Sydney Nicasio, ordained
    On Saturday, hundreds of Roman Catholic faithful made their way to the St. John’s College gymnasium in Belize City to witness the ordination of Bishop Elect, Father Lawrence Sydney Nicasio, the new Bishop of Belize City and Belmopan. Nicasio, the third native Bishop, succeeds Bishop Emeritus Dorick Wright, who formally resigned in January. Nicasio was born in Dangriga on September 5, 1956. Our research of his education background revealed that he graduated from the Belize Teachers’ College, where he received certification as a teacher. Thereafter he completed his undergraduate studies in philosophy at the Glennon Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri. He went on to complete his postgraduate studies and received a Master of Divinity at the Kenrich College Seminary, also in St. Louis, Missouri.

    Labour intervention begins today after walkout by SSB workers
    Amandala is reliably informed that two disputing parties—the management of the Belize Social Security Board (SSB), on the one hand, and the unionized workers represented by the Christian Workers Union (CWU), on the other—are meeting at the Labour Department in Belmopan today, as they continue to be divided on proposed changes to vacation leave entitlements and vacation grants which would be applied to new workers. The union claims that the move is a form of union-busting which would create a disincentive for new workers to join the union if it compromises on the vacation issue now, and they also claim that the measure is a violation of the principle of equal pay for equal work—assertions which SSB’s management denies. Three Fridays ago, workers staged a sickout in protest against the proposed changes, and at 3:00 p.m. this past Friday, several SSB workers staged a walkout because of the unresolved issues.

    Two multi-million-dollar loans approved by the House
    Members of the lower house of Parliament today approved motions for two multi-million-dollar loans, one for a Government guarantee of a US$20 million loan from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) to the Development Finance Corporation (DFC) for on-lending to Belizeans and another for US$10 million for community level projects to be funded through the Belize Social Investment Fund. Opposition Leader Johnny Briceño asked the Government side why they were rushing through the money bills in Friday’s sitting, suggesting that the Government is doing so because of imminent elections. Prime Minister Dean Barrow replied to Briceño that there is a queue of DFC borrowers who are anxious to press ahead with the enterprises for which they need the financing.

    Breaking Belize NewsPJ

    Man remanded for cosmetic store robbery
    On Friday night around 8, a cosmetics store was robbed of $2,900 in cash. According to police reports, the cashier was held up at gunpoint by two Hispanic men who stole the money out of the cash register. Yesterday, Christian Cal, 21, was charged […]

    BTB launches Hotel registration campaign
    The Belize Tourism Board (BTB) this week launched a public awareness campaign to remind owners and operators of guest accommodation services of their obligations and requirements under the Hotel and Tourist Accommodation Act. Any owner or operator providing accommodation for remuneration purposes to any […]

    Corozal retiree loses $57,000 to burglars
    On Sunday, around 11:30 p.m. Elena Esperanza Sanchez, a 66-year-old retiree of Corozal town awoke to find her house had been burglarized. The culprit/s stole an assorted amount of jewelry, a laptop, cellphones and cash all to a total value of $57,062. Police are […]

    “What is Barrow afraid of?”, PUP asks
    The People’s United Party, in a statement yesterday, said it is greatly concerned but not surprised of Prime Minister Dean Barrow’s adamant stance that he and his UDP Ministers and officials should not declare their assets and liabilities going back five years. “This, no […]

    Blogs

    Four things to do in Dangriga
    If you love culture and not crowds then Dangriga is the place you have to visit. Located at the end of the Hummingbird Highway, Dangriga is the capital of Belize’s Stann Creek District and is home to the Garifuna, a cultural and ethnic group who are descendants of shipwrecked slaves and native Caribs. The town is a suitable base to explore the following Dangriga tours: Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary was established in 1986 as the first jaguar reserve in the world. Covering approximately 150 square miles of tropical forest, the park lies at the foot of Victoria Peak, the highest peak of Belize’s Maya Mountains. Hike through the jungle, splash by the waterfall, or float down the river under a sky of birdsong and green canopy.

    23 Awesome Things To Do With Your Kids in Belize
    Situated in Central America, the beautiful country of Belize is the perfect choice when looking for a family-friendly destination, as there are a plethora of things to do with your kids in Belize. As such, here’s 23 awesome things to do with your kids in Belize. No vacation to Belize is complete without a visit to the Maya ruins of Belize. These delightful archeological sites contain museums and tourist shops that your kids are sure to enjoy. For an experience your kids will never forget, hike the Belizean rainforest, where you will spot different jungle animals and birds.

    International Sourcesizz

    FIRST TITAN COLLEGIAN!
    Belizean Football Athlete recruited by Colorado University to play soccer. Colorado Rush is excited to announce the Titan Program has graduated its first player to the collegiate level! The Titan Residency Program is made for players who want to come and learn the Rush Way, improve their soccer skills, and just have a unique experience! The House has been in operation for three years now and has seen players from Alaska to Japan come through its doors! Dmitri Fabro has been a stand out resident and one that latched on to the Rush immediately. Fabro has been living at Titan for the past two year and training with the Rush while pursuing the dream of playing college soccer. Dmitri is from Belize and played soccer the majority of his youth career there. He eventually found his way out to the Colorado Rush through a connection with the Rush club in Belize.

    Survivor shares breast cancer awareness message on Belize trips
    When Rena and Russell Rager’s son, Andy, was deployed to Afghanistan in January 2011 with the U.S. Army Reserves, Rena thought she’d go crazy worrying about her only son. “I was overwhelmed with all those feelings one has – anxiety, worry, fear – when a child is going into a war zone,” she said. “It was something all mothers dream about, but only in nightmare mode. I prayed God would give me a hobby or something to take my mind off the situation Andy would be in for the next year.” And, as always, God was listening. But instead of giving Rena a hobby, he gave her breast cancer. “Seven days after Andy left, I was diagnosed with invasive ductal carcinoma,” she said. “I’d just started a new job as administrative assistant at Defiance College’s McMaster School for Advancing Humanity, my son had been deployed overseas and my world was spinning out of control.

    IFSC Warns Against Belize Based Broker Due to Forged License
    The International Financial Services Commission (IFSC) of Belize has released a statement warning locals and traders alike that Broker Fixed Star lnlvestment Inc. [sic] is operating under a fake license. The company falsely claims to own a trading in securities license from the Belizean regulator, going so far as to showcase the forged document on the website in an attempt to fool clients regarding its status. The IFSC further noted that none of the other local regulators have issued the broker a certificate to proceed with any online trading operations either. Fixed Star Inlvestment Inc. is also known as Fixed Star Group, and it claims an address at Withfield Tower Third Floor 4792 Coney Drive, Belize City. This broker promotes itself as a firm which trades forex, CFDs, energy, and precious metals. The false license raises quite a few red flags.

    Belize’s Cockscomb Basin’s Howler Monkey Translocation Is Declared a Success
    For 30 days in April and May, 2017, a team of researchers surveyed the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary and its surrounding environs for Central American black howler monkeys (Alouatta pigra). The Cockscomb monkeys are descended from animals that were first brought into the sanctuary 25 years ago in an effort to reintroduce howler monkeys to the area. Howler monkeys had disappeared from the Cockscomb in the late 1970’s due to a combination of factors, including: Hurricane Hattie in 1961, which leveled as much as 90 percent of the canopy in the basin; a yellow fever epidemic; and uncontrolled hunting before the area was protected. Between 1992 and 1994 the Wildlife Conservation Society, the Belize Audubon Society, and Community Conservation Consultants Inc. translocated 62 monkeys in 14 social groups from the Community Baboon Sanctuary in northern Belize to the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary, a 400-square-kilometer protected area 100 km to the south. The basin was first declared a protected area in 1984, but the high mountain ridges surrounding the basin and human activity at the entrance prevented howler monkeys from re-colonizing the area on their own. The monkeys were studied intensively from 1992 through 1995 and surveyed regularly until 2007.

    Harvest Caye cruise port schedule 2017
    Timetable for cruise ships scheduled to arrive in the NCL Island port of Harvest Caye, Belize 2017 including arrival and departure times. The cruise timetable data of the schedules showing which cruise ships are in Harvest Caye, is based on the cruise lines itineraries. All ships are linked to their complete cruise itinerary In order for you to see the next port of call just click on the specific vessel. Please note, cruise ship arrivals can be subject of change by the cruise operators. For creating this data itinerary of the following cruise lines was used: Azamara Club Cruises itinerary, Celebrity Cruises itinerary, Royal Caribbean Cruise lines itinerary, Norwegian Cruise lines itinerary, Holland America line itinerary, Regent Seven Seas itinerary, MSC Cruise lines itinerary, Carnival Cruise Line itinerary, Oceania Cruise lines itinerary, Princess Cruises itinerary, Seabourn itinerary, Thomson Cruises itinerary, Windstar itinerary, Aida itinerary, Costa Cruises itinerary, Saga Cruises itinerary, P&O Cruises itinerary.

    Videos

  • Wagabari Dance Group - Annual Fundraiser, 12min.

  • Belize City Council & Association of Planners - Caribbean Urban Forum, 32min.

  • Sharks Belize, 4min.

  • Diving Turneffe Atoll, Belize (2017.May), 11min.A week of diving on day boats off the Yucatan peninsula at Belize's Turneffe Atoll with the women of Undersea Expeditions. The reef itself looked to be in typical Caribbean condition, but there was an amazing lack of fish! No big schools of small fish, medium-sized fish or big fish, mostly individuals here and there and several fat lionfish around. There were a few different species of crab and shrimp, and lobsters were plentiful. Three different species of moray eel (whitespotted, golden and green) poked their heads out of holes. The endemic striped toadfish made an appearance on several dives, as did also elegant spotted eagle rays, stingrays and sea turtles (hawksbill and loggerhead) gliding past.

  • Belize. Great Blue Hole, 4.5min.

  • HOT MAMAS OF BELIZE, 12min. Hot Sauce

  • Belize Offshore Fishing | Tuna & Mahi Mahi, 3min. May of 2017 we were in Belize for my brothers wedding. Family got together and went out for some offshore fishing with Ramons Village. We landed a Tuna and a Mahi Mahi and lost two other Mahi Mahi. Great times had by all!!

  • WAS MACHT MAN IN BELIZE?!? | Weltreise Vlog - Nr. 56 | Belize, San Ignacio, 15min. Was macht man in Belize? Belize ist weniger für Traumstrände berühmt eher für, naja, was gibt es in Belize? Wir waren in einem abgelegenen Ort im Dschungel von Belize, ohne Internet und ohne Restaurants und haben uns die Grenzstadt zu Guatemala, San Ignacio, angeschaut. Und wie reist man in Belize? Auch das seht ihr heute! :)

  • Beach view, 1.5min. We live in paradise! This kind of beauty should never know the reality of offshore oil!

  • Capacity Building for Strategic Planning & Management of Natural Resources Project, 27min.

  • Promoting Empowerment Through Awareness for les/ Bi Women (PETAL), 30min.

  • Lionfish Action during Reef Week. Fun Lionfish Fillet competition, 2min. The country of Belize hosts various Lionfish tournaments throughout the country (year) to promote the eradication of the invasive species from our Barrier Reef. The tournament is a fun way to teach everyone the importance of keeping the Lionfish population down in order to preserve other fish species vital to the survival of the coral reef.

  • Belize celebrates UN Global Road Safety Week, 2.5min. The Government of Belize has been active in the movement toward promoting road safety in Belize. Once again, the country joined in celebrating the United Nations Global Road Safety Week. Here’s more….

  • You Better Belize It, 14min.

  • Edward Young, Alpha Technology: Belize is "pretty cybersecure-aware", 2min. Interview with Edward Young, and ICT professional based in Belize, at the country's first-ever National Cybersecurity Symposium, held in Belize City from April 24 to 28, 2017.

  • Harry Noble Sr, Belize Police IT Unit, on using digital technology to detect and solve crime, 4.5min. Interview with Harry Noble Sr, Consultant with Belize Police IT Unit, at the country's first-ever National Cybersecurity Symposium, held in Belize City from April 24 to 28, 2017.

  • Belize GOPRO Blue Hole & Mayan temples. Synapson sound, 4min. Two weeks in Belize to see the Mayan temples, diving into the famous blue hole and live to the sound of Caribbean music.

  • Belize 2017 Belize Marine TREC short version 1080p, 7.5min.

  • Cave Tubing at St. Hermans Cave in Belize, 4min. St. Herman's Cave is part of Blue Hole National Park in Belize. The cave tubing is not real difficult.

  • Portofino Beach Resort - San Pedro, Belize - barefoot luxury & relaxation, 1.5min. Characterized by its warm and friendly hospitality, Portofino is the epitome of barefoot luxury, unpretentious and relaxing.

  • 2017-16-05 Police Check Point, 55min.

    May 16, 2017


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    The San Pedro Sun

    Maryurit Triminio crowned Miss SPHS 2017-2018
    On Friday, May 12th, San Pedro High School (SPHS) hosted their annual ‘Miss SPHS’ pageant. Serving as the school’s biggest fundraiser, the pageant saw hundreds packing the Angel Nuñez Auditorium for a night of beauty, elegance, and entertainment. After an intense competition, 15-year-old Maryurit Triminio was chosen as SPHS’s newest beauty ambassador. This year’s pageant featured a Central American theme, where Kiriany Caal (Panama), Babee Lopez (Costa Rica), Arianie Novelo (El Salvador), Nia Figueroa (Honduras), and Maryurit Triminio (Mexico) vied for the crown. While the five delegates made their first appearance with a dance, they each introduced their country. Taking the title of first runner-up was Nia Figueroa, while the new Miss SPHS was announced as Maryurit Triminio, to the delight of the crowd. She was crowned by the outgoing Miss SPHS Faith Edgar, after which she graciously waved from onstage and took a walk as the new Miss SPHS. She also won amazing prizes, including a one year scholarship to SPHS, a tablet, and several gift certificates.

    Belize Defence Force Officer Excels in Pilot Training in Jamaica
    The Ministry of Defence wishes to inform the public that one of its Belize Defence Force Officers has excelled in a Pilot Training – code name Wings Course 1601- in Jamaica. Captain Francis Usher placed first in the course which lasted just over fourteen months. Officers from Belize and Jamaica participated in the course which was funded by the Canadian government. The Ministry of Defence and the Belize Defence Force congratulate Captain Francis Usher on his performance and wish him well in his career as a Pilot.

    Over 500 lionfish caught in Reef Week Tournament
    Estel’s Dine by the Sea hosted a Lionfish Tournament on Friday, May 12th, as part of the 12th annual Reef Week celebration. Not only was it an opportunity to win great prizes, but the tournament also raised awareness on the invasive species. Lionfish are an invasive species who are voracious eaters and have no natural predator. They are a threat to our marine life as they continue to gobble juvenile crab, lobster, conchs, and fish. Four registered teams and one fun group managed to capture a total of 554 lionfish. Amigos Del Mar, Ramon’s Village, C-Monkey, Belize Diving Adventures, and Passion Kite Belize (fun team) headed out to the sea, and by 3PM, began arriving with coolers full of lionfish. After all teams had come onshore, their catch was counted, and the largest and smallest lionfish were measured.

    Social Security Board Public Service Announcement
    On Thursday May 11, the Social Security Board (SSB) reported the existence of a trade dispute with the Christian Workers Union (CWU) to the Minister of Labour, Hon. Hugo Patt, in accordance with Section 11 of the Settlement of Disputes in the Essential Services Act, Chapter 298. The dispute arises out of the fact that SSB and CWU have been unable to reach agreement on the new Collective Bargaining Agreement. SSB is hopeful that the pending mediation process will commence without delay in an effort to reach a mutually beneficial outcome. The public is hereby advised that some services at the SSB’s offices countrywide may be impacted in the event the CWU proceeds with any type of industrial action. SSB will strive, as best as possible, to maintain basic services at its offices in the event of any type of industrial action by the CWU.

    Ambergris Today

    San Pedro Reef Week In Review In Case You Missed It
    San Pedro's Reef Week, organized by the Hol Chan Marine Reserve, took place last week from May 8 to May 14 under the theme 'Let's Protect our Greatest Treasure; So it's Enjoyed with Pleasure.' It is a week in which the Hol Chan Marine Reserve organizes various activities and events that involve the community to create awareness and knowledge of the reef's importance to Belize. In case you missed any of the events, here is a rundown of Reef Week 2017 in La Isla Bonita. Monday - The Swim to the Reef kicked off the week with participants taking the plunge at Amigos del Mar dive center and swimming to the reef and back during the early morning hours. It's a healthy activity to promote a healthy reef.

    Maryurit Triminio Crowned Miss San Pedro High 2017
    Ms. Maryurit Triminio was crowned Miss San Pedro High School 2017 over the weekend at the high school pageant that went under the team “Central America” at the R. Angel Nuñez Auditorium on Friday, May 12. Maryurit also won the title of Miss Congeniality, Eloquence and Elegance. First Runner-Up was Ms. Nia Figueroa who also won Ms. Photogenic and Ms. Kiriany Caal won the title of Ms. Social Media. Five beautiful young ladies including: Miss Panama Kiriany Caal, Miss Costa Rica Babee Lopez, Miss El Salvador Arianie Novelo, Miss Honduras Nia Figueroa, and Miss Mexico Maryurit Triminio graced the stage as the pageant proceeded throughout its four segments: an opening dance and introduction, costume competition, pProfessional attire, sports ware and the evening gown competition with questions and answers.

    Celebrity Spotting: Kendis Gibson In San Pedro During Visit To Belize
    He may not be a Hollywood celebrity but he is a celebrity in the eyes of Belizeans as Kendis Gibson, a Belizean native residing in the United States of America as made name for himself as a successful journalist. He just recently was named co-anchor of ABC’s ‘America This Morning’ & ‘World News.” This past weekend he was back home revisiting family and childhood memories. “Amazing weekend trip with family and friends in Belize,” commented Kendis Gibson on a Facebook post. “And met plenty of new friends. Great story to come in the next week on @abcwnn. See you all Tuesday am.” Kendis hasn't been back in Belize for eleven years and this weekend was his and his brother's first trip to San Pedro, Ambergris Caye. They stayed at The Phoenix, spent the day at Portofino, enjoyed a sunset cruise with Tuff e Nuff and were hosted for dinner at Finn & Martini. Kendis spent just one overnight on Ambergris Caye, but was also in the mainland for a few days.

    Misc Belizean Sources

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    Belize Fishing Report, May 8 thru May 14
    Another awesome week of bonefishing with the Baton Rouge group. Alex and Bailey put together a fun group of fishermen and women to try their hand at bonefishing. Everybody had a great time and caught plenty of bonefish. The weather was beautiful and the fish were hungry. Belize is the perfect spot for the beginning bonefish angler. Come give it a try!

    Mother's Day event on Caye Caulker
    Mother's Day with my Mom, Electro Sounds, friends. Good job CCVC, the ambiance was great, music; service was good and so was the Pibil, Relleno; complimentary Sangria & wine!

    Splashers
    Hi Guys since half the splashes are gone would you guys want to paint something I've done in the past that most of you missed? If you plan on being there Thursday post a picture of a painting you have missed but want to do. If not we can always paint from a picture. :)

    >Orange Walk Gladiators vs. Belmopan Jewel Fury
    Game 1 Result 1_1 .... Lets see what happens in the return match in Capital City Belmopan ......

    Mr. Choo Choo at the Corozal Town Historical Walk
    We are happy to announce Mr. Choo Choo will be on hand this Thursday morning May 18, as we inaugurate the Corozal Town Historical Walk. The service is available for small fee to our elderly citizens and residents who would prefer to ride the tour.

    Rescued white fronts
    These three little white fronts were inside a rotten tre that was (understandably) chopped down. Lucky the person chopping heard these chicks calling, rescued them from the wreckage and called us up to come and help. There was nothing of the tree or nest left to put back up, and no suitable trees nearby to rig up a new nest. Another human threat to wildlife along with fires is land-clearing or over-zealous gardening. Please, check for nests and cavities before you cut down trees or trim branches. "Look, look before you lop"!!

    Today is 11 Kimi in the Maya Tzolk'in calendar
    Kimi represents death. It is a day to commune with the ancestors.

    BELIZE DEFENCE FORCE OFFICER EXCELS IN PILOT TRAINING IN JAMAICA
    The Ministry of Defence wishes to inform the public that one of its Belize Defence Force Officers has excelled in a Pilot Training - code name Wings Course 1601- in Jamaica. Captain Francis Usher placed first in the course which lasted just over fourteen months. Officers from Belize and Jamaica participated in the course which was funded by the Canadian government.

    2 Girls missing
    14 year old Nayeli Cifuentes, a student of Dorothy Mendez Child Care Center was dropped off at her school on the 15th May 2017 about 7:15 a.m. Cifuentes is about 4’5” tall, Slim built, has long dark brown hair, dark brown eyes, and she was last seen wearing a red checkered uniform dress with white blouse, white socks and black shoes. 14 year old Jocelyn Mancia, a student of Dorothy Menzies Center was reported missing on the 15th May 2017. The care officer from the center went to pick her up at school but was informed that she wasn't there. Mancia is 5’0” tall, has long curly dark brown hair, almond shape dark brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a white uniform dress with red buttons, white socks and black shoes. If seen kindly detain and inform this control earliest or call 911 or 0800-2929-688.

    The New Children's Agenda
    Today is celebrated worldwide as the International Day of Families under the theme, “Families, education and well-being.” In commemoration of this day, Belize through the National Committee for Families and Children made this 15th day of May quite monumental and symbolic as both the Prime Minster Right Honorable Dean Barrow and Leader of Opposition Honorable John Briceno made their global proclamation with the signing of the new Children’s Agenda 2017 – 2030. The Agenda is a results framework that looks at the development of children and adolescence age 0-19 over the next 14 years.

    Condolences. Very sad love story
    Charett Palacio Martinez got her wish to get married Friday, Stann Creek Palliative Care sadden to say she pass away last night

    Rescued Mealy Amazon
    This little blue-headed Mealy Amazon’s arrival into the clinic late last night reminds us of a serious threat to wildlife: the burning of agricultural fields and bushland. A common practice in the dry season, burning -- even controlled, small-scale burning -- causes stress and irreversible harm if not death to nestlings who cannot fly off to seek refuge from the biting flames, suffocating heat, and relentless smoke. Little Smoky was one of the victims of what was likely a 'mischief' burn. Fortunately, the amazingly alert landowners heard her cries through the flames and rescued her and brought her straight to BBR. It was touch-and-go for a few hours, as the nestling suffered smoke-inhalation, heat stress and shock. The whole night we kept her on an oxygen-enriched mixture and periodic medication by inhalation through a nebulizer. Incredibly, she made it through the critical 24 hour intake period, so we are cautiously optimistic for her survival. The medication and oxygen expenses for her treatment were $100 and her rehab is going to be close to $1000, but she is totally worth it!!! A reminder to please think before you start a fire, you never know just how many little bird or animal homes might be harmed. Big-up to Emile Mena and workers for this incredible rescue!!

    Training in Natural Resource Valuation (NRV)
    The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Fisheries, The Environment, Sustainable Development and Immigration under the GEF funded project “Capacity Building for the strategic planning and management of natural resources in Belize,” will be conducting a training in Natural Resource Valuation (NRV). The Ministry has requested expert services from Wolfs Company to conduct the capacity development activities in NRV. The specific objectives of this consultancy include developing a sustainable training program and materials to facilitate unbiased and cost-efficient assessments of public and private investments; sensitizing key stakeholders on NRV methodologies and their utility; and developing NRV expertise in Belize. The participants from government, NGO and academia will be participating in a 5-day intensive training program from 15-19 May, 2017.

    Chocolate Wasted
    Catch Casanova and friends Live !!! Saturday May 20th in Punta Gorda town for Chocolate Wasted inside Roots Rock Reggae Night Club after party for the chocolate fest weekend !!!

    Corozal Public Library Tea Party May 19
    Lets Celebrate Mom at the Corozal Public Library! . For more information Please call the number or come see the librarian at the Library. Thanks!

    Art in the Park
    Due to both April and May's scheduled Art in the Park being rained out ...we are happy to announce that Art in the Park will be held this Saturday May 20th!! Come on out and enjoy!

    Scholarship Opportunities Available
    : Sarteneja Alliance for Conservation and Development under a KFW/MarFunds Project will be awarding sixteen (16)-one year (1 yr) Scholarships (4 for each Form-tuition only) for students among the communities of Sarteneja, Chunox & Copperbank Village. Students interested in applying for the 2017 awards please feel free to fill out the application form and submit to us as soon as possible!

    Toyota Chiquibul Expedition
    The Toyota Chiquibul Expedition is this weekend. They have a nice itinerary for the event. "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."

    THE LIVING MAYA educational lecture series
    NICH is happy to support THE LIVING MAYA educational lecture series by Ms. Chun in our schools. Please contact Ms. Chun or ISCR if you would like to book a presentation at your school. Belize Elementary School would like to thank Ms. Donatila Chun from San Antonio Village, Toledo for coming to school today to give our students a talk on Maya culture, dress, music and history. It was an educational experience for the students that will help them understand the people a bit more.

    5 year Chiquibul National Park Management Plan
    With support from the Key Biodiversity Area Project, an inception meeting for development of the next 5 year Chiquibul National Park Management Plan (2017-2022) was held today at the PACT office in Belmopan.

    Channel 7

    Trouble In The PSU - President Accused of Racism
    Tonight, nine members of the Public Service Union council of management have asked President Eldred Neal to resign from the PSU and not offer himself as President in the upcoming August elections. The letter accuses Neal of racism against Garifuna members of the council, quote, "on the basis of statements you purportedly made to other council members." It further alleges, quote, "you are in the process of conducting an exercise to purge the Council of Management of its Garifuna constituents," and adds, quote, "We are now in receipt of information which...confirms...such statements...that...you are engineering a plan to replace executive members of the council on the basis of their racial background," end quote.

    Belize Audubon Society’s Visitor Center In Crooked Tree Burns, Residents Not Grieving Its Loss
    The Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary - established in 1984, it's one of Belize's first major reserves, and is one of only two sites in the country designated as "Wetlands of International Importance," what are known as RAMSAR sites. But, behind all those fancy titles, there's long been friction the ideal of preservation and the practical realities of traditional fishing and hunting practices. Basically, many residents of Crooked Tree "hold grudge" against the Audubon for cramping their long established patterns of using the land to eat. And that's why the community isn't exactly grieving after the Audubon Society building went up in flames this weekend. Daniel Ortiz has more on the fire and the background to it:...

    Outlaw “Fayuqueros” Close Federal Highway Leading to Bze-Mex Border In Protest
    Belizeans returning from Mexico on Sunday afternoon experienced an unexpected obstruction. Defiant Mexican fayuqueros had blocked the federal highway leading to the Belize-Mexico border with tree branches and cement blocks and old scarps of wood. They did it in protest of the closure of the old bridge which we told you about last week. That bridge was closed in a joint effort between Mexican and Belizean authorities to stop illegal exportation across that bridge. Well, the fayuqueros run that operation and in protest they decided to block the Mexican Federal Highway to the new Chactemal Bridge. The Mexican Embassy confirms that the road was blocked for about 25 minutes between 2:00 pm and 3:00 pm on Sunday. After that it was cleared by the Mexican military. The embassy says Belizean and Mexican authorities are collaborating to prevent any other incident. Now, the fayuqueros are saying that if the old bridge isn't opened they will block it again. Well, to that, the Mexican Embassy says the Mexican Customs Authorities are applying the law at the bridge and everybody has to follow the rules.

    Honduran Gang Members Escape Jail, Could They Be Headed Here?
    And in other regional news, Central American police and security forces are currently on high alert after news broke this weekend that 22 dangerous gang members escaped from one of Honduras' most overcrowded prisons. The members of the Barrio 18 gang were being held at the Marco Aurelio Soto prison just North of Tegucigalpa, a facility designed to hold about 8000 inmates, but currently houses 17000. The gangsters were scheduled to be moved to a higher security prison due to their heavy involvement in extortion, murders and drug trafficking within prison walls. However, according to reports, news of their transfer did not sit well with the gangsters, which prompted the escape. The inmates escaped last Thursday, but it was not reported until Saturday. The director and multiple guards at the military run prison have been put on leave.

    Kids Escape Fire In PG
    3 kids escaped a house blaze in Bella Vista, Toledo on Saturday. 40 year old Elvira Peck left her 3 kids - ages 2, 6 and 16 - home alone on Saturday morning around 7:00. She was heading to San Isidro Village. But later on around 11:00, Peck's neighbor saw the flames coming from Peck's wooden house. The neighbor raced over and snatched the kids away from the fire. The report is that one of the kids were playing with a lighter. The fire department has stressed many times before that parents NEED to supervise their children especially when lighters, matches and other incendiary items are in the home.

    The Meaning Of Music Week
    The 2nd Annual Music Week officially launched this morning. The Belizean public will get to enjoy performances by some of the country's most beloved musicians and vocalists, while the artists themselves will be able to attend seminars and workshops about copyright laws and compensation. Our news team attended a press conference with Music Ambassador Shyne Barrow, and some of the artists, here's Alex Courtenay with the story... Music week provides a platform for Belizean musicians to perform, as well as learn about strategies to help them turn their music into a business. This year's theme revolves around music and copyright enforcement, specifically in properly compensating musicians.

    Tyre Pyre On Roadside For Dead Horse
    This morning, anyone travelling to or from Belmopan would have noticed a a pyre of tires on the side of the highway three miles out from the city. Now, tyre fires on the road are usually associated with during protests or civil unrest, but that wasn't the case this morning. According to reports, some time on Saturday night a truck crashed into a horse on the side of the road, killing the animal at the scene. No one moved it, and because of the advanced state of decomposition, the Belmopan City County decided against transporting the entire body, instead opting to burn it on the roadside on a tyre pyre and discard of the remains.

    Political Leaders Sign Unto Children's Agenda
    Today is the International Day of Families and to mark the occasion, Prime Minister Dean Barrow and the Leader of the Opposition Johnny Briceno signed the Children's Agenda 2017 - 2030. The agenda looks at creating policies that support the development of children and adolescents over the next fourteen years. The document also focuses on raising awareness of the role of the family in promoting early childhood education.

    Murder In South
    Police have confirmed that there was a murder today on the Coast Highway in the Stann Creek District. This afternoon around 1:26 police visited the White Bridge area on the Coastal Road, Stann Creek. There they saw a gold colored Ford Explorer overturned with 4 wheels in the air. Beside it was fatally wounded 39 year old Guatemalan and resident of Hope Creek Stann Creek, Edwardo Samuel Caal Sub with a gunshot wound to the back of the head. Police investigations continue.

    President Eldred Says This Is a Takedown
    And another story that will be developing into tomorrow is the one we told you about in our headline: the controversy surrounding PSU president Eldred Neal. He's accused of making racist remarks against Garifunas in the public service, and - in a leaked recording which was made without his knowledge - he also speaks about that ethnic groups control of certain aspects of the union's activities. Neal is a creole - and says he has only been trying to get parity across the board. Today he said the recording was released not because of the PSU, but because of the NTUCB where the PSU is objecting to the presidency of Floyd Neal - and certain unionists - who - in order to have their way - need his delegate Jacqueline Willoughby out of the way. Here is how he put it:

    Armed Gunman Get Money in Cayo And City
    Tonight, 21 year-old Christian Cal is at the Belize Central Prison after being taken to court for armed robbery. Police say that he and another man held up a cosmetics store on Friday night and robbed the owner of over $2,000 in cash. According to police at around 8 p.m. on Friday night, the 23-year-old cashier of the Cosmetics Corner, on Orange Street, was winding down for the evening. That's when 2 Hispanic men entered the store and held him up at gunpoint. They went to the cash register, where they made off with approximately $2,900 in cash. Police worked quickly and today, they charged Christian Cal with robbery. He was arraigned before Magistrate Carlon Mendoza, where he pleaded not guilty. He was remanded to the Belize Central Prison.

    Belizean Pilot Soars Above Peers
    Today the Ministry of Defence issued a press release congratulating BDF Officer Captain Francis Usher on his excellent performance in Jamaica's pilot training, Wings Course 1601. Usher joined soldier from Belize and Jamaica in the fourteen month course, ranking first among his cohorts. The course was funded by the Canadian government.

    A Court Of Dreams
    It has been 21 years since the Iguana Street Basketball Court was built and it finally got a much needed makeover. Today the revived basketball court was inaugurated and the youth in the area didn't waste any time in trying it out. Now this is part of an initiative to keep youth off the street through sports. In early April we had reported on the first court that was opened on Faber's Road. Today at a short ceremony on Iguana Street, the Deputy Director of the National Sports Council Charlie Slusher discussed how impactful this new court space will be for the kids. The Ministry of Youth and Sports and the National Sports Council partnered on this project. The total cost of renovations is about $12,000.

    New Catholic Bishop Ordained
    Belize's Catholics welcomed the 2nd Garifuna Bishop of Belize, the Most reverend Lawrence Sydney Nicasio. He was ordained at the St. John's college gymnasium on Saturday morning, May 13. Archbishop Leon Kalenga, the papal Nuncio to el Salvador led the mass with six other bishops. Bishop Nicasio received the ring, miter and pastoral staff of his office from Arch Bishop Kalenga. The gym was packed to capacity by delegations from all the catholic parishes in the country, the largest delegations came from Orange Walk where Bishop Nicasio had served as the parish priest of La Inmaculada parish for 13 years, and from Dangriga. Deputy prime Minsiter Patrick Faber and Opposition leader Hon. John Briceno were among the guests in the congregation, as well as Minister Hon. Frank Mena, and the U.S. Embassy's Charge de Affaires Adrienne Kalanek.

    Toledo West Rep Says GOB Needs To Stand Up
    Earlier in the news we told you about the jail break in Honduras with 22 gang members from that country on the loose. Well, southern Belize already has enough to fear from Guatemala. On Friday in the House of Representatives Area Representative for Toledo West Oscar Requena spoke about Guatemalans making audacious incursions:... Hon. Oscar Requeña - Area Rep, Toledo West "It appears that Guatemalans have come all the way into Belize and are actually cutting trails and laying claims, you know, and wanting to get Belizeans out of that area. Now this is a serious matter madam speaker, and I want to make a special appeal to the Minister in charge of National security to ensure- and it's a pitty he's not here- to ensure that the relevant authorities go into that area and control that area. This is unacceptable we cannot have Guatemalans coming in and claiming sovereignty in our area. But I want to take it further Madam speaker. San Benito Poite, we were there over the weekend as well, and they are having similar problems where you have these apparent Guatemalan farmers coming in and setting up shop. They want to, you know, make pastures in Belizean territory. Belize is for Belizeans madam speaker and we must assert our sovereignty over our nation."

    CDB Money For SIF Projects
    And that isn't the only bit from the house meeting we didn't have time to air on Friday. A major part of the business of the house was a 10 million US dollar loan motion for 10 million US dollars to the Social investment fund. The money is form the CDB and government explained how it will be used:... Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow - Prime Minister: "The project consists of the following components: 8 community subprojects, finance 24 small medium size community projects to improve the living conditions of approximately 35 thousand beneficiaries." Hon. John Briceno - Opposition Leader: "Which communities does the government plan to spend this $10 million US? Because, as I've said, there is so much need."

    CDB Money For DFC
    And that wasn't the only loan approved at Friday's House sitting. The Caribbean Development bank is also giving the DFC a loan, but this one is for 20 million US dollars. The Prime Minster outlined the priority areas for this line of credit:.. That bill goes to the Senate on Friday of this week.

    Channel 5

    P.S.U. President Caught on Tape Making Racist Comments Against Garifuna
    The leadership of the Public Service Union is under fire tonight, following inflammatory remarks made against the Garifuna community by President Eldred Neal.  The seemingly disparaging comments were made during [...]

    Attorney for Missing Teacher, Pamela Lino, Asks Public Help
    High school teacher Pamela Lino remains missing and police are no closer to ascertaining whether the charred skeletal remains found inside her vehicle are those of the Belmopan resident.  That’s [...]

    Dolores Balderamos-Garcia Says Lino Was Fighting Divorce, Had Protection Order
    Coincidentally, Lino had recently gotten a protection and occupation order for her property in Santa Elena, the residence whose ownership is under dispute.   Dolores Balderamos-Garcia, Attorney for Pamela Lino [...]

    Fire Destroys Historic Audubon Building in Crooked Tree
    Within hours of the kick-off of the popular cashew fest in the village of Crooked Tree, a fire broke out at the offices of the Belize Audubon Society. The wooden [...]

    Roman Catholic Church Installs New Bishop Larry Nicasio
    Saturday morning was a day of celebration for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Belize City-Belmopan.  It formally welcomed its third native Bishop, Lawrence Sydney Nicasio of Dangriga, in an elaborate [...]

    Fire Service Updates on Quallo’s Alley Fire
    On Friday, a house in Belize City was destroyed by fire around one-thirty p.m. The town-house style home was occupied by two families, a total of eleven persons.  The families [...]

    P.M. Condemns Anti-Patrick Faber Ad Mentioning Divorce, Alleged Assault
    With the countdown officially on to the retirement of Prime Minister Dean Barrow, speculation has begun on the internal race to succeed him. Deputy Prime Minister and first deputy leader [...]

    Fuel Tax Increase in Budget Not Fully to Blame for Price Increases
    Fuel moves Belize, but the question tonight is whether the country may grind to a halt as a result of rising fuel prices. According to Prime Minister Dean Barrow, the [...]

    Reassessing Belize’s Relations with Venezuela
    Fuel from Venezuela, refined in Curacao, is Belize’s main source under the Petrocaribe program. But because of continued unrest in the South American state and ongoing issues related to world [...]

    22 Gangsters Break Jail in Honduras
    The public is being advised to be on the alert for twenty-two escapees from Honduras who are considered dangerous. The gang members escaped from one of the most crowded prisons [...]

    P.U.P. Continues Complaints on Integrity Commission
    The People’s United Party issued a statement today about the Integrity Commission further to the House meeting on Friday.  The P.U.P. wants to know what Prime Minister Dean Barrow is [...]

    Contrabandistas Retaliate for Closure of Old Border Bridge
    There was another border incident over the weekend in the north. Last week we reported that the Governments of Belize and Mexico had agreed to close the Chactemal area, which [...]

    Teenager Charged with Drug, Bicycle Offenses
    He was caught by police with a bag of weed while riding a bicycle without a bell contrary to traffic and later Kyle Latchman managed to escape. He was soon [...]

    Court Reporter Anita Nembhard Wants to Know Why Accused Attacker Has Not Been Charged
    Her encounter with a convicted murderer three months ago ended with a hit to the face when she tried to take his picture. But according to veteran court reporter and [...]

    Belizean Soldier Pilot Tops Training Course
    A Belizean soldier is flying high after topping a fourteen-month course in pilot training in Jamaica. The Ministry of Defence and the Belize Defence Force took the opportunity to give [...]

    New Children’s Agenda Signed by Political Leaders
    Prime Minister Dean Barrow and Leader of the Opposition John Briceño today signed a new Children’s Agenda 2017-2030 on the occasion of the International Day of Families under the theme, [...]

    Music Week Underway
    Belizean artists across the country are celebrating Music Week 2017 by attending a number of activities that have been organized through the Office of the Music Ambassador.  This week, musicians, [...]

    Parliamentary Leaders of Central America, Caribbean Meet in Belize
    Over the weekend, Belize hosted the nineteenth extraordinary meeting of the forum of presiding officers of national parliaments of Central America and the Caribbean (FOPREL). Belize assumed the presidency of [...]

    Riding and Walking for Cancer Awareness
    May is half-gone, but two major activities are coming up in the promotion of Cancer Awareness Month. Cancer has been reported as the second leading cause of death in 2016, [...]

    Celebrating the Cashew in Crooked Tree
    Thousands headed to the village of Crooked Tree for the annual cashew festival. The two-day event over the weekend featured all things cashew—from wines to cakes to the sweet roasted [...]

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

    CTV3

    President Of PSU Faces Heat For compromising Comments Against Garifuna Community
    Well-known President of the Public Service Union Eldred Neal is under heavy fire tonight for very controversial comments he has made on the Garifuna people in a private conversation which was recorded and has been leaked to the media. We’ll get to the recording shortly, but first, in a letter dated 6th of May, signed by nine persons including Neal’s 1st Vice President Herman Pastor Jr., 2nd Vice President Kenneth Mortis and Assistance Secretary General, Neal is asked to tender his resignation as a result of statements he made. In the letter, Neal is accused by his senior colonels of preparing to carry out an exercise to purge the PSU’s Council of Management of Garifuna members. The accusations are very serious, and in the letter the signatories cite that they have the evidence to prove it.

    No Due Diligence Carried Out By Penner When endorsing VISA Sponsors
    Evoking his rights to silence and protection from self-incrimination, former Minister of Immigration Elvin Penner was very selective with the questions he answered before the Senate Select Committee’s hearing held on Wednesday, April 10th. Despite his extreme prudence, Penner still confessed a mouthful, however, including the fact that he did no due diligence when recommending persons for visa applications nor when endorsing visa sponsors with letters carrying his name and signature. Senator Eamon Courtney – Member Special Senate Select Committee: “Mr. Penner you are telling us that in relations to the ones you made recommendations for you did not concern yourself with any of that you didn’t look to find out whether these people documents were complete, whether they had complied, it was totally irrelevant to you?”

    23 Convicts Escape Prison In Honduras
    Twenty three prisoners belonging to the Mara or Barrio dies y ocho gang managed to escape from the Marco Aurelio Soto prison in Honduras last week Thursday. However, according to reports from international media houses, information regarding the jailbreak was not publicly announced until two days later on Saturday May 13 by the Director of the National Penitentiary Institute. The inmates had been locked up in the special “Scorpion” unit designed for members of the notorious gang and it is believed that they fled in order to avoid being transferred to maximum security prisons. Further reports indicate that while the circumstances surrounding the escape remain unclear, Head of the prison, Cesar Nájera and several prison guards were temporarily suspended from their post and are currently under investigation.

    Fayuqueros Block Old Belize/Mexico Border
    Yesterday the passage of the Subteniente López border which separates Belize from Mexico was blocked by residents of the area and suspected smugglers of merchandise known as 'fayuqueros' with the use of rocks and tree branches to prevent the entry of vehicles. The fayuqueros were annoyed about the fact that the border had been closed to motor vehicles as part of a binational agreement between Mexico and Belize, therefore, they were demanding two things… one, that it be re-opened and two, for the removal of the Federal Police.

    When Will Gapi Show Up At The House Of Representatives?
    Here at CTV-3 News, we have lost count of the House of Representative meetings from which UDP Orange Walk North area representative has been absent. Our closest estimation puts the number of times at about 8. The absence commenced last year after the scandal broke of his son collecting $400,000 as compensation from the Government for land he had purchased for $15,000 but which was confiscated because the land purchased already had an owner. We know there are National Assembly rules which prohibit members of parliament from playing “bang hooky” with house meetings, but there has been no known move to reprimand Vega for his continued absence. On Friday, the Prime Minister was asked if he knew why the OW North representative was missing and if there will be any price to pay for his non-appearance.

    LOVE FM

    PUP Criticizes PM on Integrity Commission Request
    Last Friday the Prime Minister spoke of the Integrity Commission and their request to the elected officials to submit five years of their assets. He said it seemed somewhat unreasonable and both sides of the House shared that view. If indeed the opposition had shared that view, tonight it seems they are taking a different […]

    PM Denies Political Meddling at the Zone
    In recent months there have been some internal issues at the Corozal Free Zone with the most recent incident being the suspension of the CEO, Valentino Blanco on May 2, 2017. It is a suspension that Blanco’s attorney noted is unlawful. Most of the investors in the zone have supported the move as they are […]

    Immigration: Were There Cabinet Reports?
    Last Wednesday Elvin Penner appeared before the Senate Special Select Committee as the probe into the Auditor General’s report continues for the sixth month. One of the statements made by the former Minister of State for Immigration is that there were monthly reports to the Cabinet when it came to ministerial intervention on visas. This […]

    Management Council Wants PSU President Gone
    A letter dated May 6, 2017 was sent to the President of the Public Service Union, Eldred Neal accusing him of being racist and plotting to rid of members who are of the Garifuna ethnic group. The letter bears nine signatures of members of the Council of Management for the PSU including Herman Pastor Jr, […]

    PlusTV

    PM’s retirement may be soon
    After today’s House Meeting, the Prime Minister was asked by the media when he will be retiring as rumors have it that the time may be sooner rather than later. The Prime Minister told the media that, originally, he had an agreed with his party not to go before 2020; however, that might change due t...

    Fire in Cuello’s Alley
    There was a fire in Cuello’s Alley, also known as Lightburn Alley, this afternoon in Belize City. Initial reports were that quick response led to only two families being affected in what is otherwise known to be a very congested area. The building affected was a green two story building and accordi...

    Pepsi Truck robbed of day’s sales
    A Pepsi Delivery truck was held up and the sales men robbed. It happened on Thursday 11th May sometime around 1:30 that afternoon. Salesmen 39-year-old John Gabourel and 31-year-old Raynard Rhaburn were onboard the truck. When they were on Mahogany Street in Belize City, they were approached by thre...

    Men robbed at Ladyville Gas Station; one grazed by bullet
    There was a robbery at a Puma Gas Station in Ladyville Village, Belize District in which one person was grazed by a bullet. . It happened on Thursday night, May 11th, sometime after 9 o’clock. According to police reports, gas attendant 18 year old Kirk Cadle was at work at the Gas station. He report...

    Three car pile up in front of Agric Grounds
    There was a three car pile up this afternoon on the Hummingbird highway just in front of the National Agriculture and Trade Show grounds. It involved a Government vehicle, which is a Toyota 4 door truck used by the Ministry of Agriculture, as well as a white SUV , and a green Plymouth caravan. Drivi...

    Another Judgment in the US Court against Belize
    At the end of today’s Sitting of the House of Representatives, the media asked the Prime Minister to comment on another litigation in the US where Attorney and Businessman, Glenn Godfrey was successful on Wednesday to obtain a judgment in the US Court against the Government of Belize. Hon. Dean Oliv...

    Prime Minister comments on the Integrity Commission
    On January 12th of this year, the Integrity Commission was finally sworn in following public pressure and as one of the demands of the BNTU during its 11 day strike. Today, the Prime Minister was asked whether the UDP area representatives submitted their records to the Integrity Commission. In resp...

    Breaking Belize NewsPJ

    Tragedy on the Coastal Road leaves one man dead
    According to confirmed reports, this afternoon around 1:26, police visited the White Bridge area on the Coastal Road in the Stann Creek district. On the scene, police observed a gold Ford Explorer that was overturned with its 4 wheels in the air. The victim was identified as Edwardo Samuel Caal Sub.

    Two teenage girls from child care center reported missing
    Two teenaged girls, Nayeli Cifuentes and Jocelyn Mancia, from the Dorothy Menzies Child Care Center were reported missing today by the Center’s administration. Both girls are 14 years old. According to official reports, the last time Cifuentes was seen was when she was dropped off at her school this morning around 7:15.

    Armed bandits steal $38,000 from Santa Elena businessman
    The proprietor of Chen’s Supermarket in Santa Elena town, Wei Bin Chen, 60, was held up by armed robbers as he left his home this morning. The thieves got away with $38,000.

    PM and Leader of Opposition sign New Children’s Agenda
    Today is celebrated worldwide as the International Day of Families under the theme, “Families, education and well-being.” In commemoration of this day, Belize through the National Committee for Families and Children made the day quite monumental and symbolic as both Prime Minster, Dean Barrow and Leader of Opposition, John Briceno made their global proclamation with the signing of the new Children’s Agenda 2017 – 2030.

    BDF Officer excels in Pilot training in Jamaica
    The Ministry of Defence today informed the public that one of its Belize Defence Force Officers excelled in a Pilot Training – code name Wings Course 1601- in Jamaica. Captain Francis Usher placed first in the course which lasted just over fourteen months. Officers from Belize and Jamaica participated in the course which was funded by the Canadian Government.

    Jogger robbed along Chetumal Street in Belize City
    Luis Cho, 46, a meteorologist of a Krooman Road address in Belize City reported that yesterday, while he was jogging on Chetumal Street heading in the direction on Belama, he was approached by two men on a blue motorcycle. The men held him at […]

    Over $7,000 worth of goods stolen from parked truck
    Albert Uck, 32, an I.T. Technician of a Raccoon Avenue address in Belmopan, reported that on Saturday, at 1:30 a.m., he and his friend went to a nightclub located on Newtown Barrack Road in Belize City. Uck stated that he placed two back packs […]

    Unsupervised child starts house fire
    On Saturday May 13, around 11 a.m., police responded to a house fire in Bella Vista village, Toledo. At the address, police saw a wooden structure house with thatched roof engulfed in flames. Police investigations reveal that around 7 a.m., Elvira Peck, 40, went […]

    Music Week kicks off at House of Culture
    Today marks the beginning of the second annual Music Week, hosted by the office of Belize’s Music Ambassador, Shyne Barrow. The week started with the official launch ceremony, held at the Belize City House of Culture. The week is geared towards showcasing Belizean talent […]

    Blogs

    The Very BEST Flip Flops for Belize
    Flip flops are an absolute necessity here on Ambergris Caye. When I moved down here full time with my bag of 2 for $5US Old Navy flops, I realized quickly that I was going to need more. The cheap sandals are great – lots of different colors, not a big deal if you lose one or have a “blow out” and easy to throw in your beach bag. But as soon as the cheapies get wet…in a sudden downpour or just when walking along the edge of the sea…grab a mouth guard and a helmet. It’s like trying to run to get cover from the rain on ice. SO slippery it’s actually easier to run without them. And some of the tile floors in town? A little rain and they become LIFE THREATENING. So over the years, especially as I get older and walking in a totally flat flip flop starts to hurt my feet, I’ve tried upgrading.

    International Sourcesizz

    Caribbean courts need to be better prepared to judge cybercrimes, says Belize chief justice
    Institutions worldwide are struggling to keep pace with the rapid development of computer-based technology. It is especially hard for courts, typically steeped in tradition and ponderously slow to change, to keep track of the sophisticated, rapidly evolving operations of modern cyber crime. But one Caribbean nation is tackling the issue head on, providing an interesting pattern for other countries of the region. The nation of Belize is taking an important step in responding to cybercrime, by upgrading of the capacity of its judiciary. “Cybercrime and cyber issues must now have a prominent place in judicial education,” said Kenneth Benjamin, chief justice of Belize. In Belize, the legislative framework already supports the admission of evidence electronically. However, no laws are yet on the books to specifically criminalise the growing incidence of Internet-based wrongdoings.

    Professor Heinrich researches cultural clashes in the classroom
    A Cornell College professor just wrapped up a three-year project to research the story behind one Iowa public school’s struggle to deal with diversity and cultural differences following the initiation of a controversial federal program. Professor of Education Jill Heinrich has published a qualitative research study in the journal Educational Review: When cultures clash: The story of one school’s journey from acculturation to understanding. Heinrich has taught at Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa since 2003. She also taught high school English for 11 years. Her research interests include religious literacy and separation of church and state in American public education, masculinity studies, post-colonial education, and culture in Belize. Heinrich teaches an off-campus course in San Pedro Town on the island of Ambergris Caye in the country of Belize.

    Caribbean rolls out plans to reduce climate change hazards
    Climate change remains inextricably linked to the challenges of disaster risk reduction (DRR). And according to the head of the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), Robert Glasser, the reduction of greenhouse gases is “the single most urgent global disaster risk treatment.” Glasser was addressing the Fifth Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) in the Americas. Held recently in Montreal, the gathering included more than 1,000 delegates from 50 countries, including the Caribbean. “We recognise that reducing greenhouse gas emissions is arguably the single most urgent global disaster risk treatment, because without those efforts our other efforts to reduce many hazards and the risks those pose to communities would be overwhelmed over the longer term,” Glasser said.

    Don’t fear Cuba tourism
    TOURISM OFFICIALS should not be losing sleep over the expected opening of United States (US)-Cuba tourism. That’s the implication of new research released by the International Monetary Fund. While noting that their analysis was “a static one that holds income constant and studies the possible changes in market shares due to normalisation of US-Cuba travel”, the three economists who did the study said any “anxiety” over increased travel by Americans to Cuba “may be misplaced”. In their working paper, Revisiting The Potential Impact To The Rest Of The Caribbean From Opening US-Cuba Tourism, Dr Sebastian Acevedo, Dr Trevor Alleyne, and Dr Rafael Romeu estimated that “liberalising US-Cuba tourism could result in US arrivals to Cuba of between three [million] and 5.6 million, most of it coming from new tourists to the region”.

    CONCACAF Q&A: Deon McCaulay (Atlanta Silverbacks & Belize)
    Belize international Deon McCaulay is a clinical finisher. In March, the 29-year-old forward returned for his second spell with the USA’s Atlanta Silverbacks after spending two years in his native country with Verdes. McCaulay is best known for being the joint-top scorer in qualifying for the 2014 FIFA World Cup along with Uruguay’s Luis Suarez and Robin van Persie of the Netherlands – all on 11 goals. In addition to that feat, he is the only Belizean to score at least one goal in four different editions of the Copa Centroamericana. He took some time to speak to CONCACAF.com about his career. How old were you when you first started to play football? When I started playing football, I was probably seven- or eight-years-old, but I was probably kicking the ball around a bit earlier. Once my foot touched the ball, I knew it was meant for me.

    Barrie man arrested in Belize murders of Francesca Matus and Drew DeVoursney
    A Barrie man has been arrested in connection with the murder of a Keswick, Ont. woman and her American boyfriend in Belize. John Deshaies, 54, was questioned in the murders of Francesca Matus and Drew DeVoursney, but says police are focusing on the wrong person. “We’ve always been good friends,” Deshaies told reporters on Monday after he was released on bail. “There’s absolutely nothing that I’ve ever done to hurt her.” The construction worker was also in custody facing charges of theft and possession of stolen property in relation to $50,000 worth of electronics, allegedly stolen from a casino in Placencia, Belize two months prior.

    Tenant denies role in slaying of Canuck in Belize
    The Canadian man suspected of being involved in the gruesome double-slaying of Francesca Matus and her American boyfriend in Belize is adamant that he’s innocent. John Deshaies, 54, formerly of Barrie, told 7NewsBelize after his release on bail Friday that “there is absolutely nothing I’ve ever done to hurt her.” Deshaies — a contractor — lived on the lower level of Matus’s sprawling seaside home in Corozal. Cops named him as a person of interest in the strangulation murders three weeks ago of the Ontario real estate investor and her boyfriend, Drew DeVoursney. But Deshaies denies any involvement in his friend’s death.

    Videos

  • How to Make Belizean Fish & Beans Panades, 2.5min. Panades is a wonderfully delicious dish made from corn masa. It's made with fish or re-fried beans as filling.

  • My Trip to Belize!, 24min. Just a Quick video I made, using some of the pictures/videos from my trip to Belize (April 19 - April 30).

  • TAS Belize Limited | Outstanding Mothers of Belize 2017, 15min. Special Envoy for Women & Children & the European Union presents Outstanding Women of Belize 2017 documentary.

  • Housebuilding Belize, 2.5min. Building a new house to the eldest son in the family.

  • Belize football, 2min. Boys in a small jungle village are playing with their first football.

  • Caldwell University Volunteers Take Their Passion to Belize, 7.5min. Joanna Gagis talks with Emma Clark, Caldwell University alumna and Sean Puzzo, a senior at Caldwell University, about taking their passion for community service all the way to Belize as a part of Caldwell University’s international outreach ministry. Emma and Sean explain how the trip “put things into perspective” for each of them as they returned home.

  • Lord Rhaburn Live in Chicago, 2min. Blessed Mother's Day to all you hard working women out there who have cared for, and protected our little ones - even those who are not biologically yours. You are IMPORTANT HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!

  • Open Your Eyes Mothers Day Special 2017, 1hr51min.

  • U.S Embassy Belmopan central America Regional Security Initiative (CARSI) 2017, 27min.

  • Social Security National Tertiary Debate - Ecumenical Junior College Winners, 27min.

  • Forming an association of Maya Yucatec/Maya Mestizo, 1.5min. Mayan community members of Orange Walk and Corozal came together with the purpose of forming an association of Maya Yucatec/Maya Mestizo for the preservation of our dying cultural practices. The idea is to network and serve as a support group for everyone that is already working and promoting our Mayan heritage. This is the beginning for fruitful collaborations. Here is a video by Maya Pax group of Corozal Roy Rodriguez Sr. Faustino Yam Adela Pederson and Mr Adan Palomo.

  • Trade By Trade: Placencia Getaway II, 4min.

  • NEC Belize 2017 Study Away Video, 4min. Wonderful video taken during NEC's January Study Away Trip to Belize: part of LAS 2130, Tropical Marine Biology.

  • Belize 2017, 17min.

  • Scuba Diving in Belize 2017 - 2nd Visit to Turneffe Reef, 11min.

  • Belize -Shark Swimming Fail, Golf Cart Check Stops, and Yoga, 3min.

    May 15, 2017


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    Specials and Events

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    The San Pedro Sun

    Letter to the Editor: An Amazing experience with ACES
    My name is Amaury Mellier, I am a 23 year-old french student in Biology. I want to work in wild conservation by the research way and I am particularly interested by reptile conservation. I came in Belize for the first time three years ago during two months to learn about Crocodile conservation with ACES (American Crocodile Education Sanctuary). In this way, i learned a large range of information about the American Crocodile, unique species present on Ambergris Caye, such as protocol of captures, physiology, morphology and behavior. Last 21st of March i was so glad to come back for new adventures and i couldn’t have any idea about how dense it would be this time again.

    Wolfe’s Woofer: Ontario Village
    “Stop for Belmopan,” the bus driver called. “Next stop is Camalote.” A little old lady stepped to the front of the bus. “Did you say the next stop is Ontario village?” she asked the bus driver. “No, ma’am. The next stop is Camalote. Then we make stops at Teakettle and after that, Ontario Village. ” I was riding the bus to San Ignacio and the only one available that morning was what I call the “chicken bus.” Unlike the more expensive buses, the “chicken bus” stops at every little village and the passengers carry everything from chickens to groceries. A few miles later the bus stopped and the driver announced, “Stop for Camalote. Next stop is Ontario Village.”

    Rotary club of Ambergris Caye Belize Celebrates 1st Year Charter Anniversary
    Officially Charted by Rotary International on the 25th of May, 2016, Rotary Club of Ambergris Caye Belize (RCACB) prepares to celebrate its 1st anniversary and we’d like to share a little about Rotary in general, our Club and what we have been up to over the past year. Founded in Chicago, USA on February 23, 1905 – Rotary is a global network of volunteers who share a passion for enhancing communities and improving lives around the world. Rotary clubs participate in an array of service projects that address community needs at home and abroad – from fighting disease and providing clean water to supporting education, growing local economies and promoting peace.

    Doctor Love: Sad and Ashamed
    Dear Doctor Love, I am fourteen years old and very close to my mother, but sometimes we disagree on things. My mother doesn’t want me to wear shorts and tops that show my belly but I want to wear them. One day she passed at the football field and I was wearing an outfit I had borrowed from my best friend. She didn’t say anything to me and hasn’t punished me, but I know she is very disappointed. I want to tell her I am sorry, but I don’t know how. Can you help me please? /s/ Sad and Ashamed

    Misc Belizean Sources

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    Caribbean girls under cyber attack
    A cyberbullying victim’s parents have spoken out in Belize against the alarming practice of posting nude photos of young girls online. The couple sits facing away from the camera as they recount the episode that forever changed their daughter’s life. The father, slowly and in a plaintive voice, says someone accessed the photo from her social media account and reposted it to a public site. With just a few clicks, the damage had already been done. “It was a huge blow to our family when it happened. Me and her mother, we tried to be strong for her, and supported her in every way possible, and to try to get over it. It was a terrible thing for her,” he said. “Be bold for change against cyber violence!” shouts the mother, firing a parting shot in the final frames.

    23 gang members escape from Honduran prison
    The public is advised to be on the alert, as 23 gang members escaped from one of Honduras' most overcrowded prisons on Thursday. The escapees are considered dangerous. The men were being transferred to a higher-security facility when they escaped from armed military guards. The inmates, who had been locked up in the special "Scorpion" unit for members of the notorious Barrio 18 gang, made their escape from the medium-security Marco Aurelio Soto prison on Thursday. The jail's director and several guards have been put on leave. Authorities are still searching for the escaped inmates and are investigating the escape. This escape is said to be one of the biggest in more than a decade in Honduras. In recent years, Honduras has been moving imprisoned members of the Barrio 18 and Mara Salvatrucha gangs to higher-security prisons to try to reduce the extortion, killings and drug deals they coordinate from behind bars.

    Crooked Tree Cashew Festival
    All weekend. It takes a village to stew cashew, bake cashew; cashew wine; cashew fudge.

    FRENCHIE'S OFFSHORE OPEN
    Attention All Anglers competing in the FRENCHIE'S OFFSHORE OPEN next weekend! Here are the tournament rules. Please feel free to ask any questions ahead of the Tournament Briefing on Friday where the rules will be further explained.

    Chocolate Festival of Belize May 19
    Chocolate has been celebrated for the last 10 years in this beautiful town. The count down begins. Only 5 more days before the big day. Happy Chocolate Fest 2017 to all.

    MEN @ WORK art exhibit
    The National Institute of Culture & History through the Corozal House of Culture invites you to the 6th Annual "Men at Work" art exhibition on Friday June 2nd, at 7:00 - Corozal House of Culture. Don't miss out!

    The Reporter

    Several prisoners escape from Honduran jail; some likely heading to Belize
    Some 22 prisoners from the Barrio 18 gang in Honduras are at large and some of them are possibly heading towards Belize after they escaped from Honduras’ most overcrowded prison. As a result, Belizean authorities have issued an advisory for people to be cautious, because the men could likely be heading towards Belize. The escape from the Marco Aurelio jail facility in Tamara, which is guarded by military staff, occurred last week, according the head of the National Penitentiary Institute, Rosa Gudiel. Prison authorities did not find out about the breakout until days later, however. The prisoners escaped from the “Scorpion” section, a special unit for members of the notorious Barrio 18 gang, which is one of Central America’s strongest organized criminal groups.

    Barrow confirms early retirement
    Prime Minister Dean Barrow has confirmed that he will retire early. Barrow did so at Friday’s House meeting and gave his reasons for doing so. During an interview after the House meeting, Barrow told reporters, ” I have already discussed with the party that I will go no later than the start of 2020. Let’s say the end of 2019, I do have to keep under review the possibility of going earlier.” Barrow said that he is becoming tired of hearing of his ailing health. He states that in order to be fair to all concerned, he will keep into consideration the prospect of going earlier than the date planned, if he senses that he is not in a position to give it his all.

    Breaking Belize NewsPJ

    Twenty-three dangerous Honduran prisoners on the run
    The Belize Police Department is advising the public to be aware that 23 prisoners from a prison in Honduras escaped on Friday. According to reports from Prensa Latina, the dangerous criminals escaped from the Marco Aurelio Soto prison in Francisco Morazán, Honduras. Prensa Latina reports that the criminals reportedly fled on Thursday night but the authorities didn’t notice until the following day after a routine inspection.

    Blogs

    We Traveled Throughout Belize to Pick Our Top 5 Favorite Resorts
    Being a producer at Travelzoo certainly has its perks. Recently, I took a six-day trip to Belize, traveling all over the country to get a feel for it — the geography, the culture, the people and, of course, the best resorts to stay at while on a Belizean vacation. I found out that there is something here for everyone. Whether you’re looking for adventure, a good beach or a dose of history, Belize has it all, along with a resort suited for your intended trip. I visited more than 20 resorts — here are my top 5 spanning from the jungle to the Caribbean seaside.

    June is a great month to visit Belize
    Slightly cooler and with better breezes than the months of April and May, June in Belize is a wonderful time to visit. Probably the best attraction for seafood lovers is all of the festivals throughout Belize that celebrate the beginning of the lobster season. The islands of Ambergris Caye and Caulker Caye, and the peninsula of Placencia, each hold their own special festival dedicated to all things lobster. June is also a great time to visit Belize as airfare from the United States is more affordable than ever. Major airlines like Delta, American Airlines and Southwest all run specials, and Belize is only 3-5 hours’ flying time from several major American cities.

    International Sourcesizz

    Trough Of Low Pressure Over The Western Caribbean Will Produce Increased Rainfall This Week To Cuba, Jamaica, Hispaniola, Puerto Rico, The Bahamas & Possibly Parts Of Central & South Florida
    Satellite imagery and weather analysis this morning shows shower and thunderstorm activity occurring from parts of Central America through the western Caribbean. This shower and thunderstorm activity is also affecting parts of Cuba and the Bahamas. The reason for this convective activity is a trough of low pressure that is located over the western Caribbean as well as a stationary frontal boundary that is stretched from the southeastern Gulf of Mexico through the Florida Keys and into the northern Bahamas. A look at the environmental conditions across the Caribbean, the Gulf of Mexico and the Bahamas reveals that there is 30 to 60 knots of wind shear impacting all of the Gulf of Mexico, the Bahamas and the northern and central Caribbean and this is highly unfavorable for tropical development. There is an area of 5 to 15 knots of wind shear occurring over the southwestern Caribbean, however, no disturbed weather is occurring over the southwestern Caribbean right now. All-in-all, tropical development is not expected anytime soon from the area of shower and thunderstorm activity over the western Caribbean.

    Cancellation of ASC for four farms will not impact Belize’s shrimp exports
    The Belize Shrimp Growers Association (BSGA) said that the recent loss of Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) certification by four of the country’s shrimp farms will not impair the country’s ability to export shrimp, The Reporter wrote. The four farms lost the certification because they opted out of a routine audit to maintain the standard, according to the association. “This does not impact their ability to export shrimp. We expect to see those farms audited in the medium term and their ASC status renewed,” the association said.

    CARICOM to fight back after US ‘money laundering haven’ tag
    CARICOM Secretary General Irwin La Rocque believes the United States’s listing of member states as money laundering jurisdictions could have devastating effects on the region. In its latest International Narcotics Control Strategy Report, 14 of CARICOM’s 15 nations were labelled negatively. “I think these unilateral blacklistings are not helping anything,” he said, adding that “there ought to be some discussion and transparency on how these lists are arrived at. La Rocque spoke to the AFP news agency after the issue was discussed by CARICOM trade ministers at a two-day meeting in Guyana, on the northeast coast of South America.

    Videos

  • Beyond the Horizon: 2017-Belize, 2min.

  • Kevicki Adventures: Can You Belize It?, 4min.

  • Our UnBelizeable Journey, 5min. This is a recap of our missions team experiences connecting with many of the amazing families in the Cayo village of Belize.

  • Belize Beach Relaxation, 21min. Relax on a sweet little beach on Ambergris Caye in Belize and watch the windy sunset. This view is from the Royal Caribbean Resort's adorable beach front area.

  • Belize Silk Caye 2017, 16min. diving Silk Caye in Belize May 2017.

  • Belize 2017 Belize Marine TREC, 17min.

  • Leon Jacob Interview (Orange Walk Running Rebels Belize), 3min. Leon Jacob speaks on his game performance.

  • Making Of Belize Ice Cream Pan Cake, 7.5min.

    May 14, 2017


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    The San Pedro Sun

    Shrimp Industry not fazed by ASC suspensions
    The Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) has suspended several shrimp farm exports due to an Early Mortality Symptoms (EMS) outbreak. Despite the threat to Belize’s shrimp industry, some farmers are indicating that they had opted out of the ASC audit and their performance would not be affected. The ASC is an independent, non-profit organization, which sets standards for sustainable aquaculture. The shrimp farms in Belize had their ASC certifications suspended include Paradise Shrimp Farm, Tex Mar Farm and Tropical Aquaculture Investment Farm. Due to lingering effects of a 2015 EMS outbreak, they were unable to undergo a planned surveillance audit, and will now have to re-start the process of registration.

    What’s New: Boomer’s Café
    After relocating beside Carlo & Ernie’s Runway Bar on Coconut Drive, Boomer’s Café is back and open for business. If you haven’t heard about Boomer’s, just know that they specialize in the most important meal of the day: breakfast! The newly renovated café promotes a cozy, outdoor atmosphere for any diner to enjoy their Belizean or American style breakfast favorites. Opened from 6:30AM to 2PM, Boomer’s has many affordable options to choose from. From their popular overstuffed fry jacks with beans, eggs, ham and cheese, to their Belizean Breakfast with fry jacks, beans, eggs, ham, and sausage, your taste buds will definitely thank you.

    Human impact continues to threaten sea turtle nesting season
    The sea turtle nesting season has commenced, and the Ambergris Caye Marine Turtle Program (ACMTP) has been scavenging for turtle nests in key nesting sites. As the nesting season runs May through September, ACMTP is asking the public to be extra cautious during turtle nesting season. After a recent trip to Punta Azul on Wednesday, May 3rd, ACMTP noted that large construction, excessive garbage, and sea walls may threaten this years’ nesting season. Marine Biologist and Hol Chan Marine Reserve Manager, Miguel Alamilla says these risk factors can reduce the number of turtle nests. “Over the years, we have seen less nesting activity. We suspect it is due to the development on Northern Ambergris Caye. Heavy machinery on the beach can impact turtle nests, which shifts the sand on the beach and can disturb the nests,” said Alamilla.

    Hanne Weaver ranks top sailor during recent trip to Ambergris Caye
    During the Belize Sailing Center’s annual Easter Sunday regatta, 21 year-old Hanne Weaver won first place for the second consecutive year in a row. Ranked number three in the USA women’s Olympic Class Laser Radial sailing, Weaver returned to Belize to not only vacation, but to train at the Belize Sailing Center, which is located at Caribbean Villas Hotel. As Laser, Optimist, and Hobie Catamaran races take place every Sunday, Weaver more than happily exercised her love for sailing. Weaver is a charismatic ambassador of her sport and has won many fans here on Ambergris Caye, particularly among the island’s young sailors and their families. Since her win, she has returned to her home in Seattle, Washington, USA. However, when she departed San Pedro, she stated that sailing behind the reef was ideal for her training purposes. Thus, she is adding San Pedro to her list of regular training sites and plans to come back more than once a year. Weaver said it was great sailing in Belize again, and she can’t wait to come back. There is even a plan in motion to call the Easter races the ‘Hanne Weaver Friendly Open Invitational Regatta’.

    Misc Belizean Sources

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    Jeopardy
    My God I haven’t laughed so hard Are Belize really a bunch of retards? Public Utilities Commission along with Caribe Nag Enhancement of security Putting in laws on cyber security Are you kidding me? Our person information has long since been in Jeopardy Have you been listening to the Senate Inquiry? How Five senor immigration officer admitted to breach of National security? Yet there has been absolutely no penalty

    Inauguration Match in Ambergris Stadium
    Mark your calendars! Get your tickets! This is going to be a great match between SP Pirates and Belmopan Pirates!

    Celebrate the Reef 2017
    Winners of the Lionfish Tournament. Congrats Guys!!!

    Belize Cancer Society's Annual Cancer Walk
    his morning, we were happy to join the Belize Cancer Society's Annual Cancer Walk in honor of those who have lost their lives to this terrible disease, and also to raise money for cancer medical treatments. The Embassy's J. Nathan and Shannon Bland joined the nearly four mile trek from Camalote back to Belmopan. Great event!

    The Reporter

    Minister Saldivar completes tour of northern Coast Guard facility…
    The Minister of Defense, John Saldivar recently completed a two-day tour of Coast Guard facilities in the Northern caucus of Belize. The tour which commenced on May 10, is part of the Minister’s plan to inspect and assess security facilities in Belize. The tour officially kicked off at a Coast Guard base in Consejo Shores Corozal, where the Coast Guard operates a temporary base owned by the Customs Department. According to a press release, the facility will soon be developed into a proper inter-agency facility that will house the Belize Coast Guard, Belize Defense Force, Coast Guard and Immigration Department, and will provide law enforcement capacities for the areas of Consejo, Chetumal and Corozal Bay, extending to Sarteneja.

    Fire guts Audubon’s building in Crooked Tree
    This morning a fire roared through the Audobon Society building at the entrance of Crooked Tree Village, destroying everything inside. The building nor its contents were insured and the total loss is estimated at over $80,000. At around 3:45 a.m., fire personnel responded to a call for assistance, where they encounter the 40×40-foot, green wooden structure completely engulfed in flames. Site manager, 54-year-old Derek Hendy of 53 miles Belize Corozal Road, told investigators that while on his way to the site, he noticed what appeared to be a fire in the vicinity. When he reached close enough, he realised hat it was the Audobon Society building that was on fire. Fire personnel are currently conducting the necessary investigations to determine the cause of the fire.

    Breaking Belize NewsPJ

    Defense Minister concludes tour of Coast Guard facilities
    On Thursday, May 11, Minister of Defense John Saldivar concluded his national tour of facilities operated by the Belize Coast Guard, the final leg of that tour being in the northern sector. The tour began at Consejo Shores in Corozal, where the Coast Guard operates a Forward Operating Base out of a temporary facility owned by the Customs Department. That facility will soon be developed into a proper inter-agency Forward Operating Base involving the Belize Coast Guard, the Belize Defence Force (BDF), Customs Department and Immigration Department, providing law enforcement Security for the area of Consejo, Chetumal Bay and Corozal Bay extending to Sarteneja.

    Early morning fire destroys Audubon Society building
    An early morning fire destroyed the Audobon Society building in Crooked Tree. Around 3:45 this morning, police received information that the Audubon Society building located at the Crooked Tree entrance was on fire. Police visited the scene where officers observed a green wooden structure measuring about 40×40, totally engulfed in flames.

    Blogs

    Bloggers, Influencers Visiting Belize – Will It Work For You
    If you check on Instagram – my favorite sharing medium and perhaps the most influential for spreading one’s brand around the globe – you’ll see that there are lots of bloggers visiting Belize these days. Travel bloggers and lifestyle bloggers – INFLUENCERS. I LOVE seeing Belize from the perspective of visitors – especially those that take gorgeous photos. It’s a great question and a very tricky and highly personal one – AND I think it can be some of the best, cheapest advertising around – but only if you pick the right match. Here are some suggestions from me. I’d love to know what you think. Ask for the numbers. How many readers do they have, followers on FB, Instagram and other social media outlets that are important to your business. Take a look at their stuff…does it speak to who YOU want to speak to? Will they reach people that you are unable to reach in your advertising?

    Lubaantun: Put the Largest Mayan Complex in Belize on Your Must-see List
    Lubaantun’s 11 large, towering structures–plus five plazas and three ball courts–are marvels that have no equal, according to Belize’s Institute of Archaeology and archaeologists who oversaw excavation of this landmark. There are no doorways to be seen, and building corners are round rather than square. You’ll have to imagine thatch and wood structures that once topped these buildings because they’re gone now. Green moss peeks out from every crevice, reminding visitors that Lubaantun thrived during the Classic Period (730 to 890 AD) but remains nothing more than an echo of the past today. Despite its high elevation—200 feet above sea level—you might think this attraction easy to find, but in fact, rainforest obscures Lubaantun until one gets close. It’s situated above the Columbia River and about 1.5 miles from San Pedro Columbia Village in the Toledo District. Some speculate that Lubaantun once served as a military overlook due to its lofty elevation.

    Nim Li Punit Ruins
    Just because stelae is this ruin’s main attraction, that doesn’t mean you won’t find other wonders. In addition to the 26 monoliths, a huge sandstone structure rises around 40 feet into the air and beneath that, two other plazas and a ball court sprawl across the compound. Even the location is exotic: it sits high atop a Maya Mountain ridge in southern Belize, and was once an important ceremonial and ritual center as well as a village that was home to up to 7,000 Mayans at one time. Travel the Southern Highway north 25 miles from Punta Gorda, or start your trip in Belmopan and drive 45 miles along the Hummingbird Highway to the Southern Highway exit, then another 50 miles to reach Indian Creek Village. That stated, the very best way to visit Nim Li Punit is to book a tour with your resort hosts so all of these details are sorted by the experts.

    8 Kid-friendly Belize Resorts to Consider for a Fun 2017 Visit
    If you make a list of reasons to visit Belize with the kids in 2017, you can remove the topic of high air fares from the equation. New, direct flights from major North American cities are increasing like rabbits, so whether you’re an American Airlines regular, Southwest devotee, you’re collecting Delta frequent flyer miles or WestJet is your ride from Canada, 2017 makes an ideal year for a “family vacation.” Travel time from major cities is equally easy on families: short flights mean your kids won’t get bored. What better way to start a family vacation!

    International Sourcesizz

    A Tropical Wave Entering The Eastern Caribbean Will Help To Bring Increased Rainfall Next Week To Hispaniola, Puerto Rico & The Bahamas; We Will Have To Watch It For Any Low Pressure Development & Outside Possibility Of Tropical Development
    Satellite imagery and weather analysis indicates that there are two tropical waves that I am watching right now. The first is located in the eastern Caribbean along the 65 West Longitude line and the second is located just east of the Lesser Antilles along the 57 West Longitude line. Strong westerly wind shear is impacting much of the Caribbean right now and tropical development is highly unlikely with either of these tropical waves. The reason why I am keeping an eye on them is because it appears that they will bring an energy kick to help and develop either one broad area of low pressure or multiple little low pressure systems in the central and southwestern Caribbean by about Tuesday and Wednesday. This will lead to coupious amounts of moisture to be drawn from the central and southern Caribbean into the Bahamas leading to heavy rainfall and potential flooding across Jamaica, Hispaniola, Puerto Rico and much of the Bahamas starting around Tuesday and continuing through at least next weekend.

    Belize double slay suspect out on bail
    The Canadian man described by cops as a person of interest in the grisly double slaying of Francesca Matus and her American boyfriend in Belize was released on bail Friday. John Deshaies, 54, who lived on the lower level of Matus’ seaside villa, was taken into custody after the 52-year-old Keswick woman and her beau — Drew Thomas DeVoursney, 36 — were found strangled to death and dumped in a sugarcane field almost three weeks ago. Deshaies, who was granted bail after more than a week in jail, has denied any involvement in the double murder and the “bogus” theft. His bail conditions include surrendering his Canadian passport, checking in with cops once a week and staying in Belize.

    Caribbean Girls Under Cyber Attack
    A cyberbullying victim's parents are speaking out in Belize against the alarming practice of posting nude photos of young girls online. The couple sit facing away from the camera as they recount the episode that forever changed their daughter's life. The father, slowly and in a plaintive voice, says someone accessed the photo from her social media account and reposted it to a public site. With just a few clicks, the damage had already been done. "It was a huge blow to our family when it happened. Me and her mother, we tried to be strong for her, and supported her in every way possible, and to try to get over it. It was a terrible thing for her," he says. "Be bold for change against cyber violence!" shouts the mother, firing a parting shot in the final frames.

    Naked and Afraid’s Matt Wright: Meeting Nude Women in the Jungle Was ‘Primal,’ but Not Sexual
    During my first time doing Naked and Afraid in Thailand, I was paired with a woman named Lindsay Boisclair. After that, I went to Belize for a short Naked and Afraid experience with PEOPLE’s Steve Helling. During this season of Naked and Afraid XL, I was initially matched with two guys — but now we found the camp of two nude women. So yes, I have met a lot of naked people. I had just spent two weeks naked in the jungle with another dude. It was no longer odd; it was just our reality. We decided to explore more parts of the jungle for the other groups. When we smelled the campfire, we knew we were close. We snuck up even closer and I swear I could smell a feminine presence. (They smelled much better than Russell and I did.)

    The non-mother who started Mother’s Day
    Ironically, the founder of Mother’s Day was not a mother herself. Anna Jarvis created the holiday to honor her late mother, Ann. Ann Jarvis was a dedicated community organizer and philanthropist. According to the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library, she "founded Mothers' Day Work Clubs in five cities in West Virginia to improve sanitary and health conditions." The clubs hired women to help families with sick mothers and created programs that tested the quality of milk (the FDA did not exist back then). During the Civil War, Ann’s clubs provided aid to injured soldiers. According to Katharine Lane Antolini's book, "Memorializing motherhood: Anna Jarvis and the struggle for control of Mother's Day," Anne once said, "[I] hope and pray that someone, sometime, will found a memorial mother’s day [sic] commemorating her for the matchless service she renders to humanity in every field of life. She is entitled to it." Two years after Ann’s death on May 12, 1907, Anna handed out 500 white carnations to all the mothers at Anna’s church, St. Andrew’s Church in Grafton, West Virginia. The white carnation became the official flower of Mother’s Day, according to an article in The Atlantic Constitution from May 7, 1912. After years of lobbying, President Woodrow Wilson declared Mother’s Day a national holiday that would be celebrated on the second Sunday of every May.

    Videos

  • BPP Mother's Day Message, 4min.

  • Crooked Tree Audubon Society building gutted by fire, 10sec.

  • PLB ACTION! Final Match! Belmopan Bandits vs Verdes FC, 2hr.

  • Mass of Ordination of Bishop Elect Lawrence Nicasio, 3.5hr. Roman Catholic Bishop of Belize and Belmopan

  • Diving Turneffe Atoll, Belize (2017.May), 11min.

  • DEFENCE MINISTER CONCLUDES NATIONAL TOUR OF BELIZE COAST GUARD, 5min. Defence Minister Hon John Saldivar Concludes National Tour of Belize Coast Guard facilities with the Last Leg of that Tour in the Northern Sector - May 10 and 11. 2017

  • Cherie and Debbie Belize zoo, 9min.

  • Belize Zoo, 5min. A quick tour on Belize's pride of native animals, The Zoo holds hundreds of animals that are found all over Belize. Enjoy!

  • Cavetubing in Belize with cavetubing.bz, 70min.

  • Belize trip 2016, 8.5min.

  • Zipline in Belize with Cavetubing.bz / Zipline.bz, 35min. Zip-lining in Belize. there are 7 lines in total, two of which are over rivers. there is also a very scenic bridge you get to walk across. at two lines i end up not making it to the other platform, this is due to me breaking too hard , not the fault of the zipline itself I came to Belize aboard a Royal Caribbean ship and the guides did a excellent job of getting me back to port with a hour to spare

  • IZE Belize Blue Creek Rainforest Preserve with Sylvano Sho, Explorer and Private Guide, 3min. IZE Belize Blue Creek Rain Forest Preservation. What an awesome trip the staff at IZE Belize arrange for our visit with Sylvano Sho, Explorer and Field Guide for Blue Creek.

  • Fly Fishing Turneffe Flats, Belize, 5min. This film from Aardvark McLeod will show you why Turneffe Flats Lodge in Belize is such a world class operation. The wide open wadeable flats of this atoll are the perfect environment to stalk tailing bonefish in skinny water and also represents one of the best destinations for permit fishing in the Caribbean.

    May 13, 2017


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    The San Pedro Sun

    SPTC celebrates island teachers and nurses
    To commemorate Teacher’s and Nurses Week, the San Pedro Town Council (SPTC), along with Area Representative and Minister of Tourism, Culture and Civil Aviation, Hon. Manuel Heredia Jr. hosted the 13th annual ‘Teachers and Nurses Banquet’ on Thursday, May 11th. Island educators, doctors, nurses, and medical assistants were treated to an evening full of entertainment, drinks, food, and fun at the Angel Nuñez Auditorium. Before protocol was established, attendees mingled and socialized, enjoying the musical entertainment provided by San Pedro’s Rompe Raja Band. Around 8PM, master of ceremonies, Councilor Severo Guerrero Jr., welcomed the gathering to the event. After the singing of the National Anthem, Ariani Gongora, Principal at Brighter Tomorrow Preschool, gave an invocation.

    San Pedro Town and Wilmington City celebrate 10 years of sister city relations
    A special ceremony and dinner was held on Wednesday, May 10th to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the sisterhood between San Pedro Town and the City of Wilmington, North Carolina USA. The event was hosted at Pineapple’s Restaurant at Ramon’s Village by The San Pedro Town Council (SPTC), and saw the participation of staff and Councilors of the SPTC including Mayor Daniel Guerrero, Deputy Gary Greif and special invited guests from the city of Wilmington. Representing the city of Wilmington were Margaret Haynes, Mayor Pro-Term and the President of the Sister City Commission Marilyn Cantarella. Mayor Guerrero thanked Haynes and Cantarella for their city’s continued interest in partnering with San Pedro. In his brief remarks, Guerrero pledged to strengthen the relationship between both municipalities and invited the representatives from Wilmington to work together with San Pedro in projects and programs that can benefit their people.

    Former Immigration Minister Elvin Penner questioned by Senate Special Select Committee
    Former Minister of State for Immigration and Nationality Elvin Penner made his appearance at the Senate Special Select Committee on Wednesday, May 10th, for questioning about his alleged involvement in an immigration scandal in 2013. Penner was questioned on several irregularities in the approval of Belizean visas, including the facilitation of a Belizean passport for fugitive South Korean national, Wong Hong Kim, who was in a Taiwanese prison at the time of his passport approval. At the hearing, Penner cautiously answered the questions posed to him; however, he refrained from responding to questions relating to Kim.

    San Pedro Cancer Society receives donation from SPHS student
    After winning a creative arts competition during San Pedro High School’s Drug Awareness week, 15-year-old Jaye Wagner reserved a portion of his $175 prize to donate to the San Pedro Cancer Society (SPCS). On Tuesday, May 9th, Blue Water Grill (BWG) owners Kelly and Mukul Kanabar, along with Wagner’s mother, Janine Lopez, BWG’s Manager, officially handed over the $100 check to the organization. After choosing to write a speech for the creative arts competition, Wagner discussed the issue of poverty and discrimination, while explaining its relation to drugs. “I saw some very important causes as to why the drug rate was so high in our country. I wanted to present these issues to the student body, while giving well-thought out solutions.

    US Embassy hosts Town Hall meeting for citizens in San Pedro Town
    On Thursday, May 11th, the United States of America Embassy in Belize hosted its Town Hall meeting at the Blue Water Grill in San Pedro Town. Along with National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO), the US Embassy shared beneficial information regarding consular services, security, and hurricane preparedness to more than 30 American citizens in attendance. Consular Section Chief Yomaris MacDonald welcomed guests, and spoke about the Embassy’s Consulate Section. In order to stay informed and alerted, she encouraged all US nationals to sign up for the Smart Traveler Employer Program (STEP). It is a free service geared towards those traveling abroad to enroll their trip with the nearest US Embassy or Consulate. Once registered, you’ll receive important information from the Embassy about safety conditions in your destination country, help assist the Embassy to contact you in an emergency or relatives and/or friend during a natural disaster, civil unrest, or family emergency.

    San Pedro FC wins Maclean Insurance U-17 football sub-champs
    The San Pedro FC won the sub-champion’s trophy at the Maclean Insurance Under-17 football finals, after they lost 0-2 in the finals against the Matus Bombers U-17 at the MCC garden last Saturday, May 6th. Dixon Paguada and Ian Pou led the San Pedro offensive, with the help of Arnold Flowers and Christian Medina on the wings, and Hakeem Smith and Henry Gonzalez at midfield, but the Bombers’ defenders Godwin Neal, Gregory Fisher, Ahmad Brown and Jason Morales frustrated their attacks. Tyreek “Pippin” Muschamp and Maynor Hernandez led the Bombers’ offensive with the help of Christian Gladden, Claishaun Lewis, Shemar Waight and Jason Crawford at midfield. San Pedro’s defenders Jorge Castillo, Wilson Cruz, Edwardo Ack and Haseim Valerio held off the Bombers attacks, until Tyreek Muschamp found the back of the goal in the 12th minute.

    Ambergris Today

    Celebrating Nurses Week In Belize
    Nurses in Belize join the world in celebrating Nurses’ Week from May 6th to 12th under the International Council of Nurses theme, Nurses: A Voice to Lead - Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. Countrywide activities have been planned to recognize nurses throughout the week, which culminates with a nursing conference at the Muffles College Auditorium on Friday, May 12th; and a visit to the Meeting of House of Representatives to honor a nursing icon and the Speaker of the House, Mrs. Laura Tucker-Longsworth.

    Misc Belizean Sources

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    Day 4 Reef Week. Marine Fair
    he event today went great. We had a large turn out from all the school. We want to thank the all those who took the time to come out and set up a booth. Thank You.

    REEF WEEK 2017
    Lots of great photos

    Reef Week Day 3. Puppet Show
    Started off the morning with shows at ABC Preschool, and San Pedro Preschool. Kids where excited, and as usual Langostine and Tiger stole the show.

    Day 2 of Reef Week 2017
    Students from various schools around San Pedro and Caye Caulker got to participate in the annual trivia competition. Winners: 1st Place Austin Castro, San Pedro R.C. School. 2nd Place Terrence Keating, Isla Bonita Primary School. 3rd Place Tellon Smith, Island Academy School. Prizes: 1st Place - 1st place trophy; Laptop, printer, and flash drive bundle; school bag filled with school supplies 2nd Place: 2nd place trophy; Tablet with keyboard; school bag filled with school supplies. 3rd Place: 3rd place trophy; $100 gift certificate to A&R; school bag filled with school supplies. All participants received a small gift bag with Hol Chan stuff.

    Agriculture and Trade Show 2017
    Lots of great photos!

    Miss Estereo Amor Belize
    Auditions for Miss Estereo Amor Belize will be taking place in Benque Viejo del Carmen this Saturday at Wingz Benque and in Belmopan at E&L Sports Bar - both days are from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. If you are between the ages of 18-25, unmarried and without children and you speak spanish - come out to the auditions for the opportunity to win BZ$5,000.00 on August 19.

    2017 Garifuna International Indigenous Film Festival
    The Photo Essay displays the highlights of the 2017 Garifuna International Indigenous Film Festival (GIFF) that will commence from Friday, May 12, 2017 and culminates on Saturday, May 27, 2017 in Venice, California.

    PHENOMENAL WOMAN: ALTHEA SEALY!
    On a warm and humid September evening in 1976 as Belizeans lined Albert Street in downtown Belize City to watch the citizens’ parade, the crowd excitement visibly grew and people surged forward to get a glimpse of the approaching marching band – the legendary Minorettes. But the main attraction was one of the band’s lead dancers who evoked the image of an enchanting and beautiful Nubian goddess. Like a statuette made of gold and bronze she took command of her elements and danced with a poise and grace that was punctuated with bursts of creative synergy and improvisation that captivated her audience. Unbeknown to them, Belizeans were witnessing the rise of one of their own daughters, the phenomenal ballerina Althea Sealy.

    The Embassy of the United States of America in Belize invites you to a U.S. citizen town hall meeting in Belize City
    Date: May 18, 2017 Place: The Inspiration Center, 1.5 miles George Price Highway, Belize City. Time: 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. At the meeting, we will introduce staff from the Embassy who provide assistance to U.S. citizens in Belize, discuss the services the U.S. Embassy provides, and answer questions you may have about our services. Topics include: immigration requirements for U.S. citizens and dual citizens in Belize, security, hurricane preparedness, and information on renewing your passport via DHL. Limited consular public services will be offered.

    Whitewash
    Senate inquiry dash Penner’s open statement was a news flash Reminding the party that he is to be whitewashed Faber hinting that he could be brought back If the party and the people felt that Belizean memory quash Just like Musa was whitewashed After his accusation he was brought back Like Florencio Marin before that…

    Inauguration of the Iguana Street Basketball Court
    The Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture, through the National Sports Council (NSC), worked in conjunction with the Iguana Street community to enhance the safety of youth who wish to participate in sporting and recreational activities. The National Sports Council continues to play a leading role, as a part of the Government’s wider initiative of promoting citizen security through sports and recreation and assisted the residents in resurfacing and painting of the basketball court; installing and painting new backboards; renovation and painting of bleachers; and replacement of light bulbs. NSC hereby invites the media to the inauguration of the Iguana Street Basketball Court by the Hon. Patrick Faber – Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education, Youth, Sports & Culture on Monday, 15th May 2017 at 3:00 p.m.

    HAPPY INTERNATIONAL NURSES DAY!
    "Nurses are the cornerstone of healthcare and function in the prevention of illness, promotion of health and the alleviation of suffering throughout our lifetimes. The actions of nurses are therefore vital in achieving the third goal of the Sustainable Development Goals, which is to “ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages”. "

    BioDiversity and Investments – BelizeINVEST, BELTRAIDE Presents at BIOFIN 2017
    On May 11th, 2017, the Government of Belize and UNDP Hosted the Biodiversity Finance Initiative (BIOFIN) South-South Cooperation where BelizeINVEST, BELTRAIDE presented on Cases of the Sustainable Path for Investment in Belize’s Priority Investment Industries along with the investment incentives available and the Belize Investment Portfolio initiative. The Government of Belize, as a participant of the Global Biodiversity Finance Initiative (BIOFIN), hosted the south-south cooperation exchange with representatives of other regional BIOFIN countries: namely Costa Rica, Colombia and Guatemala. This event was held from May 10 to 11, 2017 at the Best Western Belize Biltmore Plaza in Belize City. Through this engagement, Belizean stakeholders will gain insight on finance modalities developed by targeted BIOFIN countries, as well as the experience of other BIOFIN countries in the implementation of the BIOFIN assessments. The aim of the exchange is to ultimately strengthen BIOFIN implementation in Belize.

    "EL COCOTAZO" at Princess Casino this weekend
    Princess Casino Free Zone, Corozal will be featuring this weekend "EL COCOTAZO", a musical comedy show by popular Mexican comedian and entertainer, Oscar de la O. Laugh your heart out and also get a chance to win. Friday, May 12th and Saturday, May 13th starting at 10:00 P.M. FREE ADMISSION!

    Uncle John Music Festival
    The World Culture Band will be playing at the Uncle John Music Festival Saturday May 13th. It'll be at the Coze Grill in Santa Famila, and the fun starts at 4:00pm.

    Mother's Day at House of Culture
    Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation celebrating Mother's Day at House of Culture. On behalf of the Belize City House of Culture and Downtown Rejuvenation Project, we would like to wish all Mothers a happy Mothers Day!

    New housing for the staff at Actun Tunichil Muknal
    The Institute of Archaeology recently completed new housing for their staff at the archaeological reserve of Actun Tunichil Muknal. Opening ceremonies for this structure will be held next week.

    Ya’axché Farmers’ Expo activities!
    TUNE IN to Ak Kuntan on 96.1FM Monday (May 15th) from 3-4pm to hear about Ya’axché Farmers’ Expo activities! Ya’axché’s radio personalities Julio Chub and Maximiliano Caal will be providing details for the May 28th event at Medina Bank. Give-aways will be available during the radio shows! Make sure to tune in!

    2017-2018 Miss San Pedro High School Maryurit Triminio was officially crowned by outgoing Queen Faith Noel
    Congratulations Maryurit Triminio for winning the 2017 Miss San Pedro High School Pageant! Best of luck on your reign!

    Happy Mother's Day from the Management & Staff of Castillo's Hardware Company Limited!
    Their annual raffle was held on Friday, May 12th, and the lucky winners are: 1st Prize: Anita Carias (24" LG TV). 2nd Prize: Ruth Martinez (16-piece Corelle Dinnerware Set). 3rd Prize: Oscar Varela (32-Piece Tool Set). Congratulations winners!!

    Defence Minister Concludes National Tour of Belize Coast Guard Facilities
    This past Wednesday and Thursday, May 10 and 11, 2017, Minister of Defence Hon. John Saldivar concluded his National Tour of facilities operated by the Belize Coast Guard, the final leg of that tour being in the Northern Sector. That portion of the tour started at Consejo Shores in Corozal, where the Coast Guard operates a Forward Operating Base out of a temporary facility owned by the Customs Department. That facility will soon be developed into a proper Interagency Forward Operating Base involving the Belize Coast Guard, the Belize Defence Force (BDF), Customs Department and Immigration Department, providing law enforcement Security for the area of Consejo, Chetumal Bay and Corozal Bay extending to Sarteneja. At Sarteneja, the Minister visited a facility where Coast Guard personnel are currently accommodated by the Corozal Wild Life Sanctuary, one of the NGO’s with which the Belize Coast Guard partners. That organization is in the process of constructing a permanent facility that will also accommodate the Coast Guard which will continue providing law enforcement support for their operations.

    Productive encounter to foster academic cooperation between Belizean and Mexican institutions
    Profesor Clement Sankat from the University of Belize; Mtro. Angel Rivero Palomo, Rector from the Universidad de Quintana Roo; and Dr. Héctor Hernandez, Director of Ecosur - El Colegio de la Frontera Sur Chetumal

    2017 CARSI Economic Support Funds Q & A Session and Web Chat
    Friday, May 19 at 1:30 PM - 3 PM, U.S. Embassy Belize 4 Floral Park Road, Belmopan, Belize. Please join us at the Embassy or log-on online for an informative session on the Central American Regional Security Initiative (CARSI) Economic Support Funds (ESF) grant opportunity to strengthen government through civil society engagement. This session will address: The Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) objectives; Criteria used to evaluate grant proposals; Information on budget requirements; Instructions on how to submit your application on Grants.gov, DUNS number applications & SAM.gov registration information; Any other questions regarding the grants process.

    Channel 7

    Deshaies Gets Bail, Answers Questions About Murder
    After 10 days in police custody, Canadian John Deshaies was finally allowed to go home today after he was released on Supreme Court bail. Corozal police picked him up on May second for questioning about the double murder of Canadian Francesca Matus and American Drew DeVoursney. But while being investigated, Placencia police charged him with theft of equipment from the Placencia Casino. The sitting magistrate in Independence Village remanded him to the Belize Central Prison, but instead of going there, he was taken back to the Corozal police station for further interrogation into the double murder. He was also interviewed by FBI agents who flew down to assist the Belize police.

    Magistrate Norman Rodriguez Suspended
    On Wednesday, Norman Rodriguez became the first sitting Magistrate to be charged and arraigned for the offense of rape. But would he also be forced off the bench? Well, the Judicial and Legal Services Commission today announced that he is on interdiction with half-pay. The Commission's secretary sent out a notice today, stating that having been charged with this serious offense, he will have to sit out his duties as a Magistrate in Belize City and Stann Creek while he is on interdiction. His interdiction took effect on Wednesday, and will remain in effect until the Judicial and Legal Services Commission decides otherwise.

    PM Says Bad Back May Force Him To Step Down Before Planned Exit At End Of 2019
    The House of Representatives met today for the first time since March. It was a light meeting, without much vigorous or spirited debate - more or less, it was housekeeping. We'll tell you about the business of the House Sitting later on, but first to the media's interview with the Prime Minister when the meeting was finished. We asked him very pointedly about the timeline for him to step down - and here's how he explained that it all depends on his back: Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow, Prime Minister: "I have already agreed with the party that I will go no later than the start of 2020. Let's say the end of 2019. I do have to keep under review the possibility of going earlier. Today has been a good day. My back has not been as bad as it normally is and I am sure Jules who have an eye for these things would have remark on the fact that face was not crease in pain as it sometimes is."

    When Will Vega Return to House?
    And while the PM has back problems - he's only missed one house meeting in ten years; compare that to his former deputy Prime Minister Gaspar Vega who has missed 7 successive meetings since he resigned form Cabinet in October. We asked the Prime Minister if Vega will ever be back, and what happens if he doesn't return:... Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow, Prime Minister: "As to his missing, that is something you should talk to him about. I don't know why it is that he has not been attending the meetings, but as to penalties, no. Because as I recollect you would lose your seat if you missed 6 consecutive meetings in a 3-month period. So I am sure he is aware of the rule and is making very sure that he will not violate the rule."

    PM Says He Cannot Recall Immigration Reports Referred To By Penner
    When he appeared before the Senate Committee on Wednesday, Elvin Penner referred to monthly activity reports from the Immigration Department that were forwarded to Cabinet while he was a minister of state. These supposedly listed the number of visas granted. But, today the Prime Minister said he has no recollection of that: Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow, Prime Minister: "I don't remember that. I am not saying it's not so and if that were to have been so, it would have been for purposes of my wanting to know what was going on. Look, let us be clear, we all know, you can't get away from it. That's why there were all the scandals. Everybody knows what was happening at immigration. What the senate inquiry is showing to my mind is that while people want to focus exclusively on the politicians, I don't think the inquiry is showing up that sort of thing as the main ingredient."

    PM Not So Sure Of A Penner Return
    And so, if the Prime Minister careful not to say that Penner was lying, does it suggest that his position on the once wayward Minister of State has softened? We asked him about the possibility of a Penner comeback today:... Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow, Prime Minister: "I will not be around when that decision needs to be made. But I, speaking for myself, I don't see it."

    PUP Blames Government For Integrity Commission Moving The Goalposts
    And now to some of the action that actually happened on the House Floor. The Leader of the opposition challenged the Prime Minister on a position taken by the Integrity Commission. The Commission sent out a request asking elected representatives to furnish their accounts going back five years. But then they reversed their decision to ask for only one preceding year. It's the Commission's decision, but the Opposition blamed it on the government - and said it's a clear attempt to only go halfway on transparency. The media grilled the PM on it:... Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow, Prime Minister: "The commission reconsidered the matter, I believe sought legal advice and concluded that in deed they could not go back, they could not have jurisdiction over a time when they were not in office, they were not commissioners and that's all that it is. And I pointed out to Mr. Briceno while initially the first decision was I believe a majority decision, when they reconsidered and they reversed that decision, it was unanimous in terms of all the members present and voting."

    Another Ladyville Gas Station Robbed
    Three weeks ago, on April 27th, we told you about an armed robbery at at the "24/7 Gas Station" right at the Lords Bank Junction in Ladyville. Well there was another robbery in that same village last night - but, this time, it happened at the Puma Gas Station - which is about one and a half miles north of the last robbery. I went to the Station today and got a first hand account:.. Kirk Cadle, Pump Attendant: "I the tell he I don't have no phone, I no have nothing then I see him biting his lip so I holler "I will get shot"." Courtney Weatherburne reporting: 18 year old Kirk Cadle was preparing for the worst when a gunman charged at him and his night shift crew at the PUMA Gas Station in Ladyville. Only a few seconds of the holdup was caught on the surveillance camera. After that vehicle drives off you see the gunman's leg as he steps back. Nothing much is seen after that until

    Another day, Another Fire
    Today another fire has left two Belize City families without a home. At around 1:00 this afternoon, a fire started in a shared town house on Quellos' Alley off New New Road. The Fire Department quickly responded and got the blaze under control, preventing it from spreading to nearby buildings. We spoke to Melony Bowen, one of the residents of the town house who was at work when the fire started. She told us what she knows... Melony Bowen, Fire Victim: "I don't even have an idea what happened, because I was at work. I work at Social Security Board and at the time I was sitting at the table and the receptionist said "Mel you have a call, its very urgent." I told her to put the call to the other desk, said that there is a fire at my house and I said no, how could there be a fire. I left my house good this morning and my kids were there. So I left work and this is what I saw my house burnt."

    Pastor Fidel Not Guilty
    Last night, we told you about the jury deliberating the fate of 53 year-old Pastor Fidel Lanza. He was accused of of causing death by careless conduct for driving over 3 year-old Ray-ja-knee McFadzean in his bus on December 9, 2011. Well, after 3 hours of deliberation, the jury of 9 unanimously agreed that he was "not guilty", and with that, he was set free. The 3-year-old was walking with her brother in Double Head Cabbage Village, when the bus knocked her down. Lanza gave a dock statement saying that he was driving 5 miles per hour. He said that he didn't know that the child was under the front wheel of the bus until he heard screaming, which when he stopped the bus.

    Could There Be A Strike At SSB ?
    Today, in Belmopan and Corozal, a number of social security employees walked out of their offices at 3:00 pm. It's an act of protest for the same issue we told you about two weeks ago: the trade dispute between Social Security Management and the Christian Workers Union, which represents about 70% of SSB employees. Well, it appears that this trade dispute may escalate to industrial action, and SSB is bracing if that should that come. A public service announcement from SSB says that the management reported the trade dispute to Hugo Patt, the Minister of Labour. That was done yesterday to comply with the settlement of dispute in the Essential Services Act. The announcement says that the dispute centers around the fact that SSB and CWU have so far been unable to reach an agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement. The Management informs that public some of the services at the SSB offices countrywide may be impacted if the CWU proceeds with any type of industrial action. They will do their best to maintain basic services if things should ever get to that point.

    Three Car Collision On The Hummingbird
    There was a serious accident on the Hummingbird Highway near the Agriculture Showgrounds this afternoon at around 3:00. It was a three vehicle collision between a Toyota Hilux, a Chrysler Minivan and a Prado Land Cruiser. We can confirm that no one was killed, but the vehicles were very badly damaged. It appears to have started with the van rear ending the government Hilux which was turning into the showgrounds. The led to another collision with the Land Cruiser. The road remained blocked for about an hour while police and the fire department cleared up the highway.

    Venezuela's Instability Influences High Fuel Prices
    As we told you last night the price per gallon of premium fuel has broken the $11 dollar mark. And this comes at a time when world oil prices are trending down. Now, a large part of the price - about half - are those new government taxes which have to raise 20 + million dollars this year. But another large part of it is the increasing cost of getting oil from Venezuela - which is going through a prolonged period of instability. The Prime Minister explained: Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow - Prime Minister: "However, in the case of Belize, because we are sourcing supplies from Venezuela and they are having problems with being able to deliver, we put in the order and then Puma ends up having to go and short notice somewhere else and they pay a little bit of the Premium. And I think even the question of the haulage, the freights then becomes more expensive so that's what's been happening to us."

    Is Belize Compromised on Venezuela Issue?
    And the fact that Belize sources fuel from Venezuela is part of the reason that prices are so high. It's the last remains of the Petrocaribe program, but it raises the question whether Belize is ultimately being compromised by its close relation to this troubled state? For example, three weeks ago the Permanent Council of the OAS approved a resolution to convene a meeting of OAS Foreign Ministers to consider the situation. Venezuela and its supporters sought to vote down the motion, describing it as an interference in their internal affairs. And CARICOM was very divided on the issue. The Bahamas, Barbados, Jamaica, Guyana and St Lucia voted in favour, while Antigua & Barbuda, Dominica, Haiti, Nicaragua, St Kitts & Nevis, St Vincent & the Grenadines and Suriname voted against, while Belize, the Dominican Republic, Trinidad & Tobago and El Salvador abstained. The Prime Minister says the government's position on Venezuela is evolving:

    PM Says Hon. Campos Not Meddling In Free Zone
    And from international affairs, to Corozal Free Zone affairs, we today asked the Prime Minister if he is keeping a close on the Zone, where his Minister of State in the Ministry of Health is accused of meddling in the affairs of the zone. And it's not the PUP accusing him, it's the President of the Free Zone Chamber of Commerce. The PM says he is not convinced that Dr. Angel Campos is meddling:... Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow- Prime Minister: "I've raised it to the minister and when he explains what happened on the day when there was the walkout and the CEO having asking to assist in certain regards, I don't know that that is interference. So, I don't accept at all the premise of the question. The minister recognizes though that appearances are critical in politics and I believe that he is being very careful to do nothing that might be misinterpreted in the way some of his earlier actions were misinterpreted."

    PM Says GDG Lawsuit "Unenforceable"
    In other news from our interview with the Prime Minister, we got an update on one more piece of multi million dollar litigation against the government. That's the Glen Godfrey Case, where he is seeking to collect 22 million US dollars in a US court. Last month, the Prime Minister insisted that Glenn Godfrey had so far only won a minor victory in the US courts. Well, Godfrey won another victory on Wednesday from the 11th Circuit US Court of Appeal. The US Court refused an application from the Government of Belize to reconsider its decision in the case that Godfrey is pursuing against the Barrow Administration. This fight in court is over equipment that Godfrey's failed telecommunications company, Intelco, leased to the Musa Administration. Godfrey's claim asserts that the Government hasn't finished paying what it owes in the agreement that former PUP Minister Ralph Fonseca signed on behalf of Belize.

    Mother's Day Homecoming for Rising Star Kendis Gibson
    We've been tracking Belizean-American Television journalist Kendis Gibson from the early 2000's. He's been steadily rising - and reached new heights when landed the job as a news presenter on ABC's Good Morning America. That's pretty big for a boy born in Belize, and today I spoke with him about it when he arrived for a special mother's day visit:...

    Identity Inconclusive but Family Mourns Pamela Lino
    On Monday, we told you how the police sent DNA samples away for testing to confirm that the body found in the burnt vehicle is missing teacher Pamela Lino. That could take months to confirm, but it appears that her family and friends have all accepted that it is indeed her. This morning at 10, they held a memorial mass for her at the Our Lady of Guadalupe Co-Cathedral in Belmopan. Seen here, the program for the mass lists her date of birth as December 1975, and her date of passing as May 1, 2017. That's only a few hours before police found her Kia Sportage vehicle on the highway on fire, along with the unidentified body.

    Superbond 3.0 Fees 21.0 M
    There's been much talk about how many millions the government spent as fees for refinancing Superbond 3.0. All told it adds up to cover 20 million Belize dollars and the Prime Minister broke it down today:... Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow- Prime Minister: "We paid to City - City Global Markets, top drawer firm with respect to sovereign debt restructuring. We paid a one percent fee, one percent of the bond face value, we paid that as their success fee and that amounted to $5,265,021 US, paid to City Global Market...I'm sorry?...US, $5,265,021 US. We had to pay, as I said, the bond holders committee fees and expenses to engage them in the exercise under the indenture we were obliged to be saddled with their costs. And we had to pay them $2,785 US. We had to pay a bond holder consent fee in the amount of 25 bases points or a quarter of one percent of the face value of the super bond. And so that amounted to $1,316,255 US. We had to pay our local consultant Hallmark advisory, serving as the advisory on the overall debt team coordinator, 17 bases points or $884,000 US dollars."

    GOB Plays Catch Up On Culture Project
    And though you haven't seen it on the news so far, there were a number of pieces of legislation introduced today. One of them is the Natural Cultural Heritage Preservation Bill. It's the same one we told you about last night - where the government is trying to play catch up - so that it doesn't lose out on a 5.3 million US dollar project from the Taiwanese. The legislation should have been passed a while ago - but it was just done today, and the Minister of Culture took the lead:... Hon. Patrick Faber, Minister of Education and Culture: "This proposed bill provides NICH through the Institute if Archaeology with the legal mandate of accessing, designating, restoring and managing historic property and landmarks that have historical value and are of cultural significance to the country and the Caribbean region."

    FM Says Cops Have Full OAS Report
    And in the question and answer session of today's meeting - the member for Fort George Said Musa, asked Foreign Minister Wilfred Elrington if and when the government will release the full report into the April 2016 shooting of 13 year old Guatemalan Julio Rene Alvarado in the Chiquibul. Elrington said it is a matter for the courts. Here is the back and forth:

    A Nod To The Nurses
    And finally, tonight, the House meeting did have some good spiritedness. That's because Nurses crowded the gallery as part of Nurses week. They were there to honor a nursing icon and the Speaker of the House, Mrs. Laura Tucker-Longsworth. She said they made her nervous!:

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    John DeShaies, Accused of Theft and Suspect in Double Murder, Out On Bail
    Fifty-four-year-old John Deshaies was granted bail this morning, but as soon as he met bail, he was rearrested and tonight remains in police custody.  The Canadian national was charged a [...]

    Before Re-Arrest, Canadian National Denies Charges
    The couple, a retired officer of the U.S. Marine Corps and his Canadian girlfriend, was found dead in a cane field off the Patchakan/Chan Chen Road after being reported missing [...]

    DeShaies Offers Details of Relationship with Murder Victims
    According to DeShaies, he has been fully cooperative with agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation who have been dispatched to Belize to probe into the murders.  He says that [...]

    DeShaies Says He Has and Will Cooperate with Authorities
    Since being picked up as a person of interest by Corozal police, DeShaies is being bounced around from one jurisdiction to another on a seemingly endless string of perp walks.  [...]

    P.M. Gone? Not Yet, But He is Thinking About It
    The House of Representatives met today in special session in Belmopan. Its main business was to introduce nine original and amended bills and two loan motions. We will get to [...]

    P.M. Barrow Admits He Has Few Worlds Left to Conquer
    According to the Prime Minister, today was a good day in terms of his back problems, but there are increasingly fewer of them. With his main goal of this term [...]

    Government Washes Hands off Integrity Commission
    In December, the seven-member Integrity Commission was appointed in Belmopan. Barely a few months into their tenure, they have decided that a clean slate is needed in respect of financial [...]

    P.M. Says There Is No Legal Basis for Retrospective Decision by Commission
    Outside the House, the Prime Minister refused to take blame for the delay in the appointment of the Commission, repeating that circumstances in that appointment were beyond his control. He [...]

    Norman Rodriguez Interdicted from Magistrate Post
    Embattled lower court judge Norman Rodriguez is at home tonight on half-pay, following a decision by the Judicial and Legal Services Commission to interdict him.  The announcement comes on the [...]

    No Way Back for Penner; Did Cabinet Review Visa Recommendation Reports
    Former Cayo Northeast area representative and Minister of State of Immigration and Nationality, Elvin Penner, resurfaced in Belmopan this week attending the Senate Special Select Committee’s public hearings as a [...]

    When is Ex-D.P.M. Coming Back to House?
    For the sixth consecutive meeting of the House of Representatives dating back to his resignation as Minister of Agriculture and formerly National Resources, Orange Walk North area representative Gaspar Vega [...]

    How Much Mark Espat’s Firm Got Paid for Superbond Consultation
    Around twenty-one million Belize dollars was paid out to settle the final costs of the re-arrangement of the Superbond Three point O, which took about five months to negotiate. The [...]

    O.A.S. Report in Hands of Belize Police; Will It Be Publicly Released?
    Last August, an independent investigative report commissioned by the Organization of American States cleared members of the Belize Defence Force who were part of a patrol in the Cebada area [...]

    Why Fuel Prices Are So High and When They Will Come Down
    Premium fuel has gone above eleven dollars for the first time in several years but there is no change in the price of regular gasoline and a slight reprieve for [...]

    Emmy-Winning Belizean-American Anchor Kendis Gibson Touches Down in Jewel
    Acclaimed Belizean-American journalist Kendis Gibson, an Emmy Award winning reporter and anchor for ABC, is visiting the Jewel for the first time in over ten years.  Gibson’s jaunt is equal [...]

    S.S.B. Workers Walk Out; Management Raises Alarm About Services
    Social Security Board employees staged another walk-out this afternoon. Around three o’clock, employees started to exit the offices individually and some thirty minutes later the building was almost empty. In [...]

    How New Loans from C.D.B. Will Help Belizeans
    Inside the House, the Government introduced amendments to the Customs and Excise Duty; General Sales Tax; and Stamp Duties Acts to give effect to concessions promised to the Chamber of [...]

    Fire Destroys Townhouse in Quallos Alley, Belize City
    Two families are without a roof over their head tonight after a fire destroyed their home. The families lost most of their belongings and nothing was insured. As many as [...]

    Glenn D. Godfrey Persists in U.S. Court Case, But Will He Succeed in Belize?
    On Wednesday of this week, a court in the U.S. made a ruling that appears to uphold a lower court’s jurisdiction in the GDG Acquisitions LLC versus Government of Belize [...]

    Did Angel Campos Interfere in Free Zone’s Business?
    We have been reporting on the problems in the Corozal Free Zone, where C.E.O. Valentino Blanco has been suspended on the order of the Board of Directors. After about a [...]

    Speaker Honors Fellow Nurses at House
    This week is Nurses Appreciation Week and the Nursing Association and Nurses and Midwives Council of Belize have held various activities to honor the largest and most unsung portion of [...]

    Hi Mom! Mother’s Day Greetings from the Streets
    Traditionally, the second Sunday in the month of May is celebrated across the world as Mother’s Day. It’s a time where we recognize mothers for their love and dedication to [...]

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    Belizean Anchor for ABC News Comes Home for Brief Visit
    If you are a Belizean who enjoys not only local news but internationals news as well, chances are you are a follower of ABC News and have known for some time that a Belizean has risen to become one of the faces of that international news agency. If not, we can tell you a little […]

    Vega’s Return to the House Pending
    Notably absent from several of the House of Representatives proceedings is Area Representative for Orange Walk North, Gaspar Vega. He has been absent since his resignation as a Cabinet Minister on October 17, 2016 following a land scandal involving his son, Andre Vega. The media asked the Prime Minister to comment on Vega’s consecutive absence. […]

    Jury Finds Pastor Not Guilty of Causing Death by Careless Conduct
    A jury of five men and four women deliberated for over three hours yesterday in the court of Justice Adolph Lucas before it found 53 year old Fidel Lanza not guilty of causing death by careless conduct. The jury’s verdict was unanimous. Lanza, a pastor of Christian Assembly Church, was charged in connection with death […]

    Border Security Exercise Redirects Motorists to Chactemal Bridge
    There were some concerns earlier today at the northern border when both local and Mexican officials were redirecting motorists from the Subteniente Lopez Bridge to the Chactemal Bridge. Conflicting stories were reaching our newsroom surrounding this incident. In an effort to get some clarity on the matter, we spoke to the Public Relations Officer for […]

    Fuel Prices Adjusted Third Time in 7 Weeks
    Consumers are experiencing the third adjustment to fuel prices since the start of the fiscal year 2017/2018. As at midnight last night premium fuel has jumped the eleven dollar mark going from ten dollars and fifty eight cents to eleven dollars and four cents. Regular fuel remains the same at ten dollars and twenty six […]

    Teachers Awarded for Excellence and Dedication
    Tomorrow teachers will be observing Teachers’ Day; but just before they get to take a day off from the classroom, the Ministry of Education hosted them at an award ceremony earlier today. Eight teachers were recognized for their exceptional work and contribution to education by the Belize Board of Teacher Education. They were recognized in […]

    Antigua and Belize’s Education Minister to Discuss Digitizing Textbooks
    The Education Minister of Antigua, Michael Brown will be in Belize later this month at the invitation of Minister Patrick Faber. A key part of his visit will be discussions on how to reduce the cost of textbooks in secondary schools. Minister Faber spoke to Love News on this initiative. PATRICK FABER “In next week […]

    Church State Commission to Conclude Report in June
    The National Gender Policy coupled with the ruling on Section 53 by the Chief Justice had created some waves with the Churches and after several meetings with the Government of Belize, Prime Minister Dean Barrow decided that a Church State Commission would be put in place. Deputy Prime Minister, Patrick Faber has been heading the […]

    Penner Says He Did Not Backdate Peter Pang’s Nationality
    Elvin Penner also answered questions relating to the Nationality certificate awarded to Peter Pang. According to the Auditor General, Peter Pang was given a fraudulent Belizean nationality. According to the report, Pang’s nationality certificate was backdated. Penner approved Pang’s nationality application and Senator Mark Lizarraga questioned Penner about Pang’s eligibility MARK LIZARRAGA “So if he […]

    Penner Responds to Questions on Yakup Sut’s Belizean Nationality
    Yesterday, former Minister of State in Immigration, Elvin Penner appeared before the Special Senate Select Committee to answer to statements made in the Auditor General’s report. In the nationality section of the report, the auditor general states that a nationality certificate was fraudulently issued to Yakup Sut. The certificate was signed by Penner. The report […]

    JOHN DESHAIES OUT ON BAIL
    Canadian John Deshaies was released on bail this morning by Justice Antionette Moore. Deshaies has been named as a suspect in the double murder of Canadian American couple, Francesca Matus and Drew Devoursney. No charges have been levied against Deshaies in relation to that matter, however, on May 5, he was charged for theft and handling stolen goods for a separate matter. In that case, Deshaies is accused of stealing more than fifty thousand dollars worth of equipment from the Placencia Casino. It is for that matter that he received a bail of twenty thousand dollars. His team of attorneys includes, Estevan Perrera, Kevin Arthurs and Richard “Dickie” Bradley. Deshaies’ bail conditions include that he must surrender his Canadian passport; he cannot travel outside of Belize without the court’s permission, he is to report to the Corozal police station between the hours of 6am and 6pm every Friday commencing on May 19, he is not to interfere in any way with the complainant or witnesses, he is not to be rearrested for any reason during his bail and he is to reappear in court for his next court date on November 6, 2017.

    Internal Conflict at Forestry Over Office of Chief Officer
    Minister of State with responsibility for Forestry, Omar Figueroa confirmed today that the Chief Forest Officer will no longer be working out of the Forest Department building in Belmopan. Wilbur Sabido is being relocated to the ministry’s office and we are told that he is not happy about it. Reports surfaced late last week the […]

    Convicted Armed Robber Gives Police the Slip
    Police are searching for 48 year old Harrison Powell, aka Harrison Myvett, who escaped after he was sentenced yesterday to 5 years for armed robbery. After he received his sentence, Powell, who was limping with a swollen left knee, was taken to Belize Central Prison to begin to serve his sentence. When he got there […]

    Jury Deliberates Pastor’s Case of Manslaughter
    A jury of 5 men and 4 women began deliberating this evening in the court of Justice Adolph Lucas to see if it can reach a verdict in the trial of 53 year old Fidel Lanza, a pastor of Christian Assembly Church, charged with causing death by careless conduct. The incident occurred around 7;30 a.m. […]

    Police News: Robbery, Drugs and Firearm
    A business establishment was robbed at gunpoint yesterday evening in Bella Vista Village, Toledo District. Police say that a man wielding a hand gun barged into Charlton’s Cable Office which also provides services of the Insurance Corporation of Belize and Western Union. The man reportedly demanded that the cashier, 29 year old Leslie Williams, hand […]

    Singapore and Belize Sign Open Skies Agreement
    International reports are recording that Singapore has entered into an agreement with Belize. The Open Skies agreement will now allow airlines from both countries to fly any number of services between the two destinations as well as beyond to any third country. According to an international publication, there are no restrictions on capacity, frequency, aircraft […]

    Pallotti High Prepares for Campus Darling 2017
    The Campus Darling pageant is an annual tradition for the students and teachers at Pallotti High School in Belize City. It is an endeavour headed by the student council that is constantly working towards fundraising events for the school. This year’s event, being held under the theme, ‘Beautiful Belize’ is geared at raising funds to […]

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    “The devil made me steal,” man tells magistrate
    A man who yesterday afternoon, Wednesday, pleaded guilty to committing a robbery while armed with a knife, and who told the court that he had committed the robbery because, in his words, “from I was a little boy, mi ma seh dem obeah me. The devil made me do it,” has escaped from police custody. Yesterday, after pleading guilty “with an explanation,” Harrison Powell, 48, who is also known as Harrison Myvett, told Magistrate Carlon Mendoza that he did not want to waste the court’s time, so he was pleading guilty to the offense. He was sentenced to five years in prison for the crime. When he was being taken to prison yesterday to begin serving his sentence, however, prison officials did not accept his entry as an inmate, because he had complained about a medical condition and he was taken to the prison without any medical papers.

    Magistrate Norman Rodriguez arraigned for rape
    Belize City-based Magistrate Norman Rodriguez became the first judicial officer to be charged with a criminal offense in the history of Belize’s post-independence judiciary. This morning, Rodriguez appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann Marie Smith, who read a single count of rape to him. Before a packed courtroom, Rodriguez, dressed in a long-sleeved white shirt and necktie, sat looking tense, avoiding eye contact with several reporters in the courtroom. After some minor charges were read to several accused persons, suddenly, Chief Magistrate Smith said, “Stand up, Mr. Rodriguez.” Rodriguez did not hear the Magistrate’s order to stand up, so Chief Magistrate Smith uttered the order once more: “Stand up, Mr. Rodriguez.”

    Elvin Penner shuts up about Won Hong Kim
    Elvin Penner, former Minister of State with responsibility for Immigration, today appeared before the Senate Select Committee to face the many accusations made against him in the Auditor General’s Special Immigration Audit. Penner’s long-anticipated appearance was not short of theatrics. He attempted to end his appearance even before the committee could ask any questions. However, he did not employ the same blunt tactic used by alleged visa agent, Barton Middleton, who, during his last appearance, immediately chose to “invoke his constitutional rights” and “shut up.”

    Pastor Fidel Lanza, 53, not guilty of causing death by careless conduct
    A jury of four women and five men deliberated for a little over two hours before returning into the Supreme Court of Justice Adolph Lucas tonight to announce their unanimous not guilty verdict in the trial of Fidel Lanza, 53, who was indicted on a charge of causing death by careless conduct in a traffic accident that caused the death of 2-year-old Rajahnee McFadzean on December 9, 2011, in Double Head Cabbage, Belize District. The trial began on Monday and concluded today, when Justice Lucas summed up the evidence for the jury at the end of the three-and-a-half-day trial. The Crown’s evidence was led by Crown counsel Sherigne Rodriguez, who called 5 witnesses to testify. Fidel Lanza, 53, a pastor at Christian Academy, was defended by attorney Leroy Banner.

    Belize denied petition for rehearing of appeal over Glenn Godfrey’s claim for US$22 mil plus interest
    The US Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit yesterday flatly denied a petition from the Government of Belize to reconsider its recent decision in the case being pursued by former People’s United Party Minister, Glenn D. Godfrey, a Belizean attorney, banker and former telecommunications businessman, in his claim for US$22 million plus interest for the rental of equipment for a wide area telecommunications network, said by the Government to have been dysfunctional and defunct for years. The terse order handed down on Wednesday, May 10, by a 3-panel judge said that Belize’s petition for the rehearing (made March 21) was being denied. It added that Belize’s petition for a full-court hearing to reconsider the February 2017 ruling handed down by a panel of the court had also been denied, since no circuit judge had requested that the Court be polled on that petition by Belize.

    NEBL “In the Paint”
    Game three of the NEBL’s best-of-three semifinal round, scheduled to be played Sunday afternoon on the island of San Pedro between the favored home-town San Pedro Tiger Sharks and the visiting Cayo Western Ballaz, is filled with intrigue, amazing storylines, and when all is said and done, should go down as one of the league’s best games of all time. The intrigue – will the Western Ballaz finally exorcise a ghost of the past, and finally take down their ultimate nemesis – the Tiger Sharks; a team which historically has had their number, winning ten of fourteen games played between the two franchises since the inception of the NEBL; and a team which has essentially stood between them and that coveted championship, dealing them blows after blows of team disappointments? Or, will this be the year that the Western Ballaz finally cross that proverbial hump?

    Belizean cyclists win in Cozumel, Mexico
    Over the weekend, some Belizean cyclists travelled to Cozumel, Mexico to participate in the “Carrera de Ciclista Cozumel 2017.” Darien Anderson, Darnell Barrow and Byron Pope represented Benny’s Megabytes; Herman ”Hijo” Requena for Westrac Alliance; Brandon and Kaya Cattouse represented Smart C-Ray; Santino Castillo from Team Santino’s; Gian Lino from Cabral/Marin Cycling; and Shawn Codd rode for Team Yapurlandia. In the Elite race, 70 miles, Byron Pope was in a 2-man break-away that survived all the way to the finish line. Pope edged out the Mexican to win the race. Darnell Barrow showed no signs of selfishness, when he gave Brandon Cattouse the perfect lead-out; Cattouse won the bunch sprint and was 4th overall.

    Cricket Corner – Upsets all around!! Brilliant’s spell is broken by Sunrise
    To all my lovely and constructive readers and followers of cricket, hello to you! Under the auspices of the Belize National Cricket Association, the Harrison Parks 2017 Cricket Competition continued over the weekend. Thanks to our sponsor, Bowen and Bowen! Only three games were played, but they are games that will be remembered for a long time. All three were very exciting and upsetting. Because of the rain on Friday night at some venues, only one game was played on Saturday. So, let’s go to the beautiful village of Crooked Tree, the home of Brilliant Cricket Club. They will go up against Sunrise of Lords Bank. Brilliant at this time is undefeated. Sunrise is trying hard to get in a playoff spot; so they will try and see how best they could get there.

    Dangriga sports stats
    The Dangriga Mayor’s Cup 2017 Football Tournament continued this past weekend at the Carl Ramos Stadium with Week 8 games on Friday night, May 5, and Sunday afternoon, May 7. In the opener on Friday night, YG United and New Site Tire Depot ended up in a 1-1 tie. Ryan Saravia scored for New Site, while Terence Murillo tallied for YG United. In game 2, the much anticipated Mayor’s Cup Classico was won by Department of Youth Services (DYS) over Belize Coast Guard, 3 goals to 1. Leonard Valdez, Kyle Valerio and Freddy Flores got 1 apiece for DYS, while Coast Guard’s only goal came from Eredito Valencia. The Stann Creek Football Association (SCFA) Smart Mundialito had semifinal games on Saturday, May 6, at the Carl Ramos Stadium. In game 1, Wagierale Young Bombers dropped Benguche DYFA, 2-0, with goals from Jaheed Gomez and Myrick Caliz. And in game 2, it was Silk Grass, 1-0, over New Site Tire Depot, on a goal by Ian Pixabaj.

    The Penner questioning
    There are two things which jumped out of us as we listened to the Senate Committee question former United Democratic Party (UDP) Immigration Minister, Elvin Penner, through the course of Wednesday, May 10, 2017. The first thing was that there was no need for the ruling UDP to tear down Auditor General Dorothy Bradley, personally and departmentally, the way they did in the weeks and months before public opinion forced an inquiry to be held into Belize’s immigration matters. The UDP behaved in an abusive and dishonorable manner towards the Auditor General. The fact of the matter is that it was very well known, in political and business circles both domestic and foreign, that a huge demand existed and exists overseas, largely in Asia and especially in China and Taiwan, for Belizean visas, nationality documents, and passports. The United States of America, the most powerful nation on planet earth and a neighbor of Belize’s, has noted and indicated that there is such a demand in terrorism circles. Washington has expressed great concern.

    From the Publisher
    His family, friends, and the football community in Belize and the United States have been celebrating the life and mourning the death of the championship Belize goalkeeper of the 1970s, Rupert “Canalate” Anderson. Canalate was a special brother, and I will tell you why, at least from my personal perspective. When my generation was growing up here in the 1950s and 1960s, the highest level of manhood in the streets of Belize City was represented by those brothers who knew how to fight with their fists. In the streets, it would be said of such a man, “Hin know ih hand.” (He knows his hands.) Canalate was one such person. Incidentally, the famous softball coach and manager, G. Raymond Lashley, who has been ailing, also enjoyed such a reputation in the streets. You could develop a reputation for manhood by being willing to use so-called “edged tools,” but this was not the highest level of manhood: fist fighting was. If, like myself, you could neither fight with your hands or was willing to resort to edged tools, then you had to develop a kind of–”Sicilian” mentality if you wanted to survive.

    Open letter to churches
    Dear Editor, and Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow, (I am responding to an article reprinted from Counterpunch in the Amandala edition of March 24, 2017: “Stop protecting the criminality of the global pesticides industry”.) Since its publication on March 24, the International Court of Justice Tribunal against Monsanto has issued its verdicts. The Tribunal concludes that Monsanto has engaged in practices which have negatively impacted the right to a healthy environment, the right to food, the right to health, and the right to freedom of expression, as well as the right to information. Further, the Tribunal assesses that international law should now precisely and clearly assert the protection of the environment and the crime of ecocide – willful destruction of the natural environment. The Tribunal concludes “that if such a crime of ecocide were recognized in international criminal law, the activities of Monsanto could possibly constitute a crime of ecocide. Several of the company’s activities may fall within this infraction, such as the manufacture and supply of glyphosate-based herbicides to Colombia in the context of its plan for aerial application on coca crops, which negatively impacted the environment and the health of local populations...

    Open letter to churches
    Dear Editor, Please publish this open letter to all our churches. I greet you in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. You and your church are cordially invited to this year’s Pentecost Revival at the BTL Park on June 4, 2017, 4:00 – 7:00p.m. The theme is “THE OUTPOURING OF THE SPIRIT”; ACTS 2:4-8. We would like to invite not only your attendance but your participation. The vision is to present powerful prayer, impactful and energetic praise and worship, dance, drama and uplifting messages. The aim is to reach all age groups, especially our youth. The opportunity to use this event to raise funds is encouraged…water, food, etc. can be sold. We look forward to hearing from you and what you would love to do in this outreach celebration. Our prayer is that the body of believers in Belize will all come together to worship our Lord Jesus Christ.

    Penner approved nationality certificate
    Former Minister of State in the Ministry of Immigration, Elvin Penner, was first accused of wrongdoing in September 2013 in connection with the “Citizen Kim” (Won Hong Kim) scandal that led to the eventual suspension of his political career. Kim, a jailed South Korean criminal, had never set foot in Belize, but was still issued a Belizean nationality certificate and passport. While public outcry against Penner was deafening, the month before, he was accused of committing fraud in a similar fashion in another case, according to the Auditor General’s Special Audit of the Immigration Department. Penner allegedly backdated a nationality certificate for another man who, too, according to all indications, never set a foot in Belize.

    Honduran man convicted of sexual assault in absentia; sentenced to 5 years
    A Honduran man, who was charged with one count of sexual assault was found guilty and sentenced to 5 years in prison when his case concluded before Chief Magistrate Ann Marie Smith this morning. The man, Jose Gomez, 36, is now a fugitive from the law and if he is found anywhere in Belize’s jurisdiction, he will be arrested and taken to the Belize Central Prison to begin serving his sentence. The incident of sexual assault upon an 11-year-old girl, for which he was convicted, occurred on December 4, 2014 at a house in Burrell Boom.

    Zika takes root in northern Belize
    Roughly a year ago, Belize confirmed its first case of Zika, an emerging mosquito-borne disease which quickly attained pandemic status. By September 2016, there were only 42 confirmed cases, but as many as 600 suspected cases within the span of those 4 months. The status of Zika in Belize has been off the radar for several months, but this week, the Belize Ministry of Health reported that there had been 124 confirmed cases of Zika in Belize since 2017 began. This reflects an upsurge of Zika cases in northern Belize around February 2017, with 94 cases cropping up in Corozal and a further 23 cases appearing in Orange Walk. Lorena Perez, Surveillance Officer, Epidemiology Unit in the Ministry of Health, told our newspaper that the number has since been tapering off.

    House meets this Friday
    The House of Representatives is due to meet at the National Assembly on Friday, when several bills will be tabled for consideration, including a bill for the long-awaited reform of the trade licensing regime. Other bills to be tabled include an amendment to the Customs and Excise Act, the International Business Corporation Act, the General Sales Tax Act, and the Stamp Duty Act, which enshrines further tax measures for real estate. A bill will also be introduced to establish the Economic Development Council, which should solidify the private sector-public sector partnership between the business community and the Government of Belize.

    Premium gas shoots past $11 in the City
    Two weeks ago, consumers saw the biggest price spike for regular gasoline since 2017 began, but the price of premium gasoline went the other direction – down from $10.79 to $10.58 on the gallon. That price reprieve was short-lived. At midnight last night, the price of premium gasoline increased from $10.58 to $11.04 in the City. Prices vary around the country due to added transportation costs. Whereas the price of regular gasoline did not change last night, the price of diesel di d, edging downward by 3 cents on the gallon from $9.38 to $9.35. Speaking with Amandala this morning, Deputy Financial Secretary Marion Palacio said that this price change is solely due to an increase in acquisition costs – not an additional layer of taxes, as has been suggested in the public domain.

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    Pepsi delivery truck robbed in Belize City
    Three thieves held up and robbed the occupants of a Pepsi delivery truck at gunpoint on Mahogany street in Belize City on Thursday afternoon. The thieves made off with a total of $2,479.50 after they held up 39 year-old John Gabourel and 31 year-old Raynard […]

    Robber targets Puma gas station in Ladyville
    Ladyville police are searching for an armed robber who targetted a Puma Gas station attendant late Thursday night, relieving him of his cell phone, and shooting his friend while fleeing the scene. 18 year-old Kirk Cadle told police that on at 9:15 p.m., while he […]

    Armed robbery in Bella Vista
    An armed robber disturbed the peace in the usually quiet Bella Vista village, in Toledo late Wednesday evening when he held up and wounded a female cable company clerk. The daring gunman targeted Charlton Cable Company’s office at 3:25 p.m., on May 10, seizing a […]

    Multiple persons injured in three car pile up
    A three car pile up that occurred on the Philip Goldson Highway on Sunday night has left several persons recovering from varying injuries while investigators are looking for the occupants of the third vehicle who fled the scene.   On May 7, sometime after 9:43 p.m., […]

    Motorcycle fatality claims life
    Around 7:00 on Monday morning police found the body of 51-year-old Anselmo around the Go Slow curve in Georgeville village.   It is believed that sometime after midnight Caliz was heading in the direction of Belmopan when he lost control of his motorcycle and ran […]

    Two charged for kidnapping, robbery
    A kidnapping and robbery last week ended up blowing up in the culprits’ faces when their victims freed themselves and quick police work resulted in nabbing three of the assailants red-handed.   Elio Lopez, 44, and Jason Espinoza, 23, face three counts of ‘kidnapping’ […]

    Taiwan and its love for culture and the arts
    When Belizeans think of culture, what comes to mind is our own country’s rich and diverse history and people; from the ancient Mayans and the temples they left behind, to the thriving Garifuna community, the growing number of talented artists and even the remnants of […]

    “Business as usual,” says shrimp growers
    The Belize Shrimp Growers Association, assured this week, that the recent loss of the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) certification by four of the country’s shrimp farms will not impair the country’s ability to export shrimp. The BSGA said on Tuesday that the farms which lost their certification, lost […]

    Canada issues travel advisory against Belize
    Belize is among a list of eight Caribbean countries that the Government of Canada has advised its citizens to avoid traveling to.   Canadians are being warned to exercise a “high degree of caution”  if traveling to Belize, saying that there is a high incident rate […]

    Central Bank hosts “Know your money “ workshop
    The Central Bank of Belize (CBB) held a series of workshops last week, geared towards teaching participants the security features to look for when authenticating money.   The bank held the “Know Your Money” workshops at its office in Belize City, and invited financial institutions, the […]

    Border bridge closed but no cause for concern, says Mexican embassy
    A joint Belize/Mexico anti-smuggling exercise at the Subtiniente Lopez Bridge (the old bridge), which connects Mexico and Belize, has  closed the bridge temporarily  to vehicular traffic from Mexico to Belize. The Mexican press reported on Thursday that the effort had to do with “binational operations […]

    Magistrate Rodriguez doesn’t show up to work, but still not suspended
    Disgraced junior magistrate, Norman Rodriguez, charged with a sexual offense for the second time in 13 years, did not show up to the Belize City Magistrate’s Court on Thursday as he had reportedly said he would, but he has still not been formally suspended […]

    Biodiversity workshop: How to care for a fragile environment
    Where to source the funds to grow Belize’s ‘green’ economy was the hot topic of discussions at the Biodiversity Financing Workshop hosted by the Ministry of Agriculture,and  Fisheries, Forestry, in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme. The discussions were held at the Western Biltmore […]

    IMPACT Justice workshop speaks on Garifuna land rights
    More than  100 people gathered at the Father Ring Parish Hall, in Punta Gorda Town, to learn more about Garifuna indigenous land rights, through a lecture hosted by the National Garifuna Council (NGC). The Council, in collaboration with the Improved Access to Justice in the […]

    Meet and Greet conducted in Jane Usher hotspots
    While there has been a spike of gun violence in the Jane Usher Boulevard area of Belize City in recent weeks, police have assured the public that those instances were isolated. Still, the department took to the streets for the weekly meet and greet sessions […]

    Road safety week focuses on “speed”
    Belize joins the United Nations in celebrating the Global Road Safety Week initiative, scheduled for  May 6 to 14, 2017, focusing on speed. The events kicked off on Saturday May 6, with the 6th annual Ariel Rosado Memorial Ride which commenced at Galen University Central […]

    Editorial
    In  his  address to the Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry as guest speaker last week, Prime Minister Dean Barrow delivered one of his most illuminating speeches accounting for the last twelve years of his career as Prime Minister. Reviewing twelve years of tumultuous economic times, Barrow reminded the business […]

    Gas up again! Dollar-fifty vans on the way?
    As the price per gallon of fuel continues to rise, dollar van operators are contemplating raising the price of their service to remain in business. On Thursday, May 11, the Government of Belize, through the Belize Bureau of Standards (BBS), announced the changes to Premium […]

    Penner: “Don’t ask me about Kim”
    Former Minister of State in the Immigration Department, Elvin Penner testified before the Senate Select Committee this week and refused to answer any questions regarding South Korean national, Wong Hong Kim. Penner told the Committee that he would only answer the questions he felt were […]

    Magistrate Norman Rodriguez charged with rape; dodges media
    After weeks of  rumours that a sitting magistrate was accused of rape,  the police Wednesday formally laid the charge against city magistrate , Norman Rodriguez, 47, for an incident that allegedly occurred at his home on Alejo Beni Street in Dangriga on April 11. But […]

    Breaking Belize NewsPJ

    Happy Nurses and Teacher’s Day from PM Barrow
    The Office of the Prime Minister and the Government of Belize and the Press Office wishes a Happy Teachers’ Day and a Happy Nurses’ Day to all Teachers and Nurses in our country!

    Police find weed and crack cocaine in Dangriga
    Yesterday, between 3 and 9 p.m., a joint anti-drug operation was conducted consisting of SB/Dangriga QRT/SPU and K-9 personnel targeting known drug peddlers within Dangriga and surrounding villages.

    Thieves net over $2,000 in daylight robbery
    On Thursday, May 11 around 1:35 p.m., John Gabourel, 39, and Raynard Rhaburn , 31, were onboard a Pepsi delivery truck on Mahogany Street, Belize City, when they were approached by three men. One of the men pointed a gun at Gabourel and demanded money.

    Police find weed and crack cocaine in Stann Creek
    Yesterday, Stann Creek Police carried out special operations whereby they searched an empty lot in the Baka-a-Town area and found a black garbage bag which contained 1,233.9 grams of cannabis. As operations continued around 6pm, a search was conducted in Hopkins Village in on abandoned lot which led to the discovery of a black plastic bag containing a total of 262.2 grams of cannabis.

    Murder suspect gets bail for handling stolen goods
    Canadian national John Deshaies, who is a suspect is the murder of Canadian American couple, Francesca Matus and Drew Devoursney, is out on bail from charges of theft and handling stolen goods. While the police have Deshaies listed as a person of interest in the double murder, he has not been charged for it. He showed up to court this morning with a team of attorneys: Estevan Perrera, Kevin Arthurs and Richard “Dickie” Bradley.

    Magistrate Norman Rodriguez placed on interdiction
    In light of the recent accusations of rape by a woman against Magistrate Norman Rodriquez, he will suffer the consequences in his pocket. A statement issued today by Belize’s Judicial and Legal Services states that on May 10, Rodriguez was formally arrainged for a serious […]

    Mexican authorities charge man for killing cousin in Chetumal
    Last Thursday, BBN reported of a Belizean musician killed in Chetumal. Saul Pech, a 19-year-old Yo Creek, Orange Walk resident was stabbed and killed at his apartment around two a.m. Pech’s cousin, Romario was accused of the brutal murder since the cousins were reportedly […]

    Premium gas jumps $11
    At midnight on Wednesday the price of fuel saw another increase for the fifth time this year. Super gasoline, which was previously $10.58 per gallon is now 11.04 per gallon. Regular remains at $10.26 and Diesel at $9.35 per gallon. According to our sources, the cost of […]

    Belizean to graduate from Murray State University
    Picture: Murray State University A young Orange Walkena will graduate from Murray State University on May 13 with a New York City internship under her belt. Giselle Hernandez completed her Associate degree at home and was seeking opportunities to further her education abroad. Hernandez […]

    St. Joseph student not shot, but stoned
    There has been widespread speculation that a Belize City child was shot last week by an ITVET student. However, police have denied that rumor. According to official police reports, the child, a St. Joseph Primary school student, only received a small cut to the […]

    Missing Belizean girl found in Mexico
    According to a report from the authorities of the state of Veracruz, Mexico, a missing Belizean minor from Chunox, Corozal was found with an adult. Belize’s Jasmine Alert was immediately activated after the initial report was made. Police have ordered the arrest of the […]

    Penner mum on Kim Wong Hong case
    Former Minister of State in the Department of Immigration Elvin Penner appeared before the Senate Special Select Committee yesterday. After he stipulated his own protocol for being at the hearing, Penner stressed that he is not obliged to answer any questions in relation to […]

    GSU must have respect, says Chester
    Assistant Commissioner of Police Chester Williams has been working closely with Dianne Finnegan and the youths of Southside Belize City to assist in bringing a decrease to the crime situation in the area. The members of the different gangs have been cooperating and even participated […]

    Blogs

    BELIZE – SAN PEDRO: The Best Snorkeling Tour Of My Life with YOLO!
    I am currently writing this post about the most incredible snorkeling experience ever in Belize, where I had the pleasure to meet up close giant turtles that instead of running away, were chasing me! I finally saw a massive amount of innocuous sharks, countless manta rays and a sea so bright and turquoise that left me speachless. Until I finish the post and tell you all about it, you can already check out the amazing company that organizes it. It’ s called Island dream Tours, based in San Pedro (yes, like Madonna’s song “La Isla Bonita”!) and – below- you can check out a few pictures, well actually they are just some screenshots I took of the footage taken with my GoPro. I posted them on Facebook and my friends went crazy (obviously). I will also try to put together a video with the footage on a later stage. All I can say is that, this tour is the absolute best I’ve ever been and I highly recommended!

    For those heading here...or missing here...some shots from around Placencia Village today!
    The weather has been beautiful this week! Although the sea has been a little rough, and is churning up some seaweed, the sunshine and bright colors in the village NEVER get old...

    10 new restaurants, activities, and fun things to do in Placencia, Belize this season!
    There are some activities and excursions here in Placencia that you can count on being around, indefinitely - the wonderful tours and excursions, the local, authentic, great food, and of course the unspoiled, rustic, funky atmosphere of the heart of the village. Some new businesses come and go, and so it is always a new experience for guests! Some of the new businesses we are sad to see close for a season or for good, but then there is always something new to be excited about. In the next year, as It'zana comes to completion, along with a few other surprises on the peninsula, there will be even more to look forward to, and the Ellysian Hotel has also now opened in the village, which provides a Miami-Beach style hotel experience. Here are some of the changes this season, and some new stuff to try when you get here!!

    Amazing Health Benefits of Cashew Nuts
    Did you know that Belize celebrates an annual Cashew Festival? While not the biggest festival in the country, the Cashew Festival and Agriculture Show is celebrated every year in the charming village of Crooked Tree (about 45 minutes by road from Belize City), and is quite the draw for locals and international travelers alike. Local farmers, artisans and vendors make their way out to set up booths that showcase their “Cashew Creations” including salted/sweetened cashew nuts, cashew nut oil which is great for cooking, wine made from the fruit of the cashew, cashew themed paintings, cashew fruit smoothies and several others. This year, the Cashew Festival will be held from May 12th – 14th and promises to be quite eventful with performances by local musicians The Gilharry 7 Band, The Love Vibration Band and Cocono Bwai. You can also expect cashew product demonstrations, a livestock and agriculture display, tasty local dishes on sale, mechanical rides, a Cashew Queen pageant on Friday night and a dance on Saturday night.

    Why You Should Visit the Community Baboon Sanctuary
    Belizeans put their own unique Caribbean spin on things, and so the Community Baboon Sanctuary (CBS) might be better described as a vast nature preserve that is home to black howler monkeys, known locally as "baboons". Belize is home to many national parks and nature preserves, but what makes CBS such a special place is how it is operated. A genuinely community-run, grassroots commitment to keeping Belize wild and beautiful, CBS is the perfect place for visitors to get introduced to native fauna. Measuring approximately 20 square miles of the Belize River Valley, CBS is much more than just a wildlife conservation area. Several indigenous Creole villages are located within the sanctuary and the entire community works to protect the forests and rivers. Years of grassroots conservation efforts have succeeded in attracting one of the largest Yucatan black howler monkey populations in the world. Tours of the CBS begin at the visitor's center. With many informative displays about the black howler monkey and many other indigenous wildlife species living in the sanctuary, the visitor's center also sells maps of trails that you can explore on the property. But most visitors choose the free 45-minute guided nature walk that includes a face-to-face introduction to the sanctuary's eponymous inhabitants.

    MSN Lists 7 Amazing Adventures in Belize
    The popular MSN Lifestyle website has once again published an article featuring Belize as a top vacation destination. In an article published on May 8, 2017, MSN Lifestyle put together a list of seven exciting adventures that vacationers can enjoy "beyond the beach." Known for its picturesque tropical islands and white sandy beaches, Belize is also home to an incredibly diverse landscape on the mainland that includes lush jungles, pristine rainforests, and majestic waterfalls. The MSN article extolled the wonders of exploring one of the many caves found in Belize, including the Caves Branch River where visitors can strap up to rappel down an enormous sinkhole in a cave floor known as the "Black Hole." Other remarkable caves include the Actun Tunichil Muknal (ATM) Cave known locally as the Cave of the Crystal Maiden. In the deepest part of the cave lie the remains of human beings sacrificed by ancient Maya priests more than 1,000 years ago, including a young woman whose bones have fused with the cave's minerals to take on a shimmering, ethereal appearance. Other exciting adventures that made the MSN Lifestyle article's list include canoeing and kayaking. Belize is a wonderland of pristine rivers, mangrove-lined lagoons, sheltered bays, and islands that make it a paradise for canoeing and kayaking. Adventurous paddlers can explore the inky depths of Barton Creek Cave or navigate the Macal River as it threads its way through the rainforest.

    Visit Tikal from Belize
    One of the most photographed sites on the planet, the soaring temples of Tikal in Guatemala were declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979. Believed to have once dominated much of the region during the heyday of the ancient Maya civilization, Tikal is one of the best-preserved and largest Maya city-states ever discovered. Tikal is a Maya term meaning "City of Echoes," an apt name for this vast stone complex in the jungle that measures more than 21 square miles (55 square kilometers) in size. Most famous for its seven enormous temples, including Temple IV which rises more than 230 feet (70 meters) into the air, Tikal was once home to a population of more than 100,000 people. Other significant features include the "Mundo Perdido" (Lost World) ceremonial complex adjacent to the temples, ball courts, and enormous causeways. Today, Tikal is located in the rugged El Peten department of Guatemala just a short distance from the border with central Belize. The main land crossing from Belize into Guatemala lies west of Belmopan and it is easy to make a day trip to Tikal from most locations in Belize, including the Caves Branch Lodge.

    Aerial Yoga, one of the many amenities at Science and Soul Wellness
    Swathes of silky turquoise material hang from beams at the Science and Soul Wellness studio – Paulette Harwood’s magnificent aerial yoga space located at Mahogany Bay Village. It’s where I joined several others in my first attempt at suspended yoga.

    International Sourcesizz

    US Expected To Ban Laptops On Flights From Europe
    "It’s simply a matter of time before laptops are banned in the cabins of domestic U.S. flights." The U.S. is expected to broaden its ban on in-flight laptops and tablets to include planes from the European Union, a move that would create logistical chaos on the world’s busiest corridor of air travel. Alarmed at the proposal, which airline officials say is merely a matter of timing, European governments held urgent talks on Friday with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The ban would affect trans-Atlantic routes that carry as many as 65 million people a year on over 400 daily flights, many of them business travelers who rely on their electronics to work during the flight. The ban would dwarf in size the current one, which was put in place in March and affects about 50 flights per day from 10 cities, mostly in the Middle East. The group’s CEO, Joe Leader, noted that airlines have reduced service by more than 1 million long-haul seats in the 10 Middle Eastern and North African cities affected by the March policy. If it spreads to Europe, “it’s simply a matter of time” before laptops are banned in the cabins of domestic U.S. flights, he said.

    Missing Belizean child found in Mexico
    An Amber Alert Mexico and Jasmine Alert Belize that was recently triggered simultaneously in both countries (Mexico and Belize), regarding a missing 13 year old Belizean child identified only as "A.G" has resulted in some good news to a Belizean family. Mexican media in Veracruz have confirmed that Mexican authorities in Misantla, Veracruz, Mexico have arrested 43 year old Javier "N" from Chetumal and charged him for the crime of rape against the Belizean minor. Reports indicate that the minor appears to be in good health and has been handed over to her family in Corozal, Belize.

    These are the '74 countries hit by 45,000 WannaCry cyber attacks
    Belize is listed as being one of the countries targeted and effected. More than 45,000 attacks of the WannaCry ransomware have been recorded in 74 countries around the world, according to reports. Security researchers at Kapersky Lab said that Russia was the worst hit. Other countries that were in the top 20 worst affected included Ukraine, India, Taiwan, China, Romania, Egypt, Iran, Brazil, Spain and Italy. Around 1,000 computers at the Russian Interior Ministry have been affected by the huge cyber attack that hit countries including Britain and Spain today, a spokeswoman for the ministry told Interfax.

    Belize leads Caribbean race to cyber preparedness
    Scandalous Facebook pages carrying the name “Belizean Cheaters” sparked public uproar in the country, revealing sexually explicit details of adulterous affairs involving men, women and even children. The sleazy barrage also stoked nationwide concerns about cyber safety, and the country is now working urgently to finalize cybercrime legislation, train law enforcement agencies and raise awareness among its vulnerable public. By raising consequential questions about privacy, law enforcement, individual rights and cyber-protection, the sordid incident put a spotlight on the need for a wider public conversation about online safety and Internet governance issues. And the country’s first-ever national cybersecurity symposium, which took place in Belize City from April 24 to 28, proved to be a timely icebreaker. Hundreds took part in the weeklong event, including judges, lawyers, businessmen, bankers, military and law enforcement officers, network technicians, government officials and lots of concerned citizens. Many were simply taking the rare opportunity to learn about the fundamentals of cybersecurity.

    Caribbean nations miffed over US label as money launderers
    The 15-nation Caribbean community is angry at the United States for labeling virtually all members of the regional trade bloc as money laundering jurisdictions and plans to mount a stiff lobbying effort in Washington, its leader said Friday. CARICOM Secretary General Irwin La Rocque said the United States's listing 14 member states in its 2016 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report could have devastating effects on the region. Most of the countries have economies heavily dependent on tourism and financial services such as offshore banking and economic citizenships. "I think these unilateral blacklistings are not helping anything," he said, adding that "there ought to be some discussion and transparency on how these lists are arrived at."

    Videos

  • SISTA FREDA: GARIFUNA BELIZEAN PRODUCER & THE GARIFUNA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (GIFF)!, 11min. It was an honor to have had the privilege here at Belizean Legends to interview for this feature, "Belizean Legends Shinning Stars", the awesome Garifuna Belizean Queen, Sista Freda Sideroff, the founder and producer of the Garifuna International Indigenous Film Festival (GIFF). This promotional feature is a prelude to the full and complete interview with Sista Freda that has been a long awaited one on the Garifuna international activist and woman. We want to inform our Belizean Legends audience to look forward to the full documentary series of Sista Freda Sideroff and her dynamic work in the preservation of the Garinagu, its culture, language and people. As an cultural ambassador in her own right, Sista Freda has worked tirelessly since 2011, six years ago, to make the GIFF a success. Her awesome work in conjunction with other Garifuna cultural organizations in the Garifuna diaspora in the United Sates and abroad, has promoted the film festival to include most indigenous peoples from many different countries around the world.

  • Harvest Caye Zip Line, 15sec.

  • Bad Ideas in Belize, 3min. Rock jumping into the reiver

  • Belize NOW Episode 18 - Friday, May 12th, 2017, 25min. Belize celebrates UN Global Road Safety Week, Nurses Week culminates with visit to the National Assembly, and we found out more about the National Agriculture and Trade Show Grounds upgrades.These stories and more on this week’s edition of Belize Now. Thanks for joining us on this Friday, May 12th, 2017!

  • Belize City Council Drone, 2min.

  • Island Paradise, Belize 2017, 1min. The beautiful Pelican Beach Resort in South Water Quay, Belize

  • Nicola and Stephen in Belize, 3min. Honeymoon clips from January/February 2017.

  • DRONE | Maya Beach, Belize, 1.5min.

  • Potential Impacts of Surrounding Land Use Activities on Swasey River, Belize, 6min. This video is in partial fulfillment of course work for an M.Sc. core course at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus: ENVT 6003 Field Practical. The video speaks on the various land use activities that exist along Swasey River, in Belize, and the potential impacts.

  • Museum Day Teaser, 1.5min. Our very own Curator Ilona Smiling is featured in Museumday video from ICOM. Don't miss this week's activity as we once again celebrate under the theme "Museums and contested histories: Saying the unspeakable in museums".

    May 12, 2017


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    The San Pedro Sun

    Police Report
    On Tuesday, May 9th, San Pedro Police searched a room in the Eiley Sub Division at 5:30AM, where three persons were present: 21-year-old Phillip Sealy, 18-year-old Ernesto Lopez, and 18-year-old Serahi Arias. The search led to the discovery of 424 grams of cannabis and 0.69 grams of crack cocaine. All three persons were arrested and charged for the offence of ‘Drug Trafficking’ and ‘Possession of controlled Drugs’. On Wednesday, May 10th, San Pedro Police found a 380 auto pistol, with serial number 590164, in the Boca Del Rio Area. They also found one magazine, and a 380 live round. The items were labeled and deposited as “Found Property”.

    Hol Chan celebrates another successful Reef Fair
    The Hol Chan Marine Reserve hosted their annual Reef Fair on Thursday, May 11th at the Central Park in San Pedro Town. Various environmental organizations gathered from 9AM ready to educate the students of San Pedro Town on marine conservation. Participating organizations included: The Belize Fisheries Department, Hol Chan Marine Reserve, Protect Our Manatees, Blackadore Caye, Oceana Belize, the Department of the Environment among others. Topics highlighted during the fair included efficient ways to preserve the environment and the different wildlife of the different ecosystems, on both the mainland and the coastal areas of the country. The different presentations included diagrams of turtle nesting, a display of the Bacalar Chico Reserve and a demonstration from Blackadore Caye Group on testing water quality.

    Science & Soul Wellness is officially open for business
    Science and Soul Wellness at Mahogany Bay Village held its grand opening on Saturday, May 6th. Complete with a charity silent auction and fashion show to benefit the SHINE girls’ group, Stand Up Paddle boarding (SUP) and aerial yoga demonstrations, drinks courtesy of Shaken Bar and healthy eats from The Hive, there was much celebration for the highly anticipated wellness center. The gorgeous center is located on the second floor of a beautiful colonial building at Mahogany Bay, with an expanse of nearly 3,000 square feet of beautifully decorated space. Paulette was excited to show eager visitors how each treatment room is tailored to suit the client. The décor is comfortable and luxurious, bringing a sense of calm and comfort to all who walk in. Large-scale paintings feature celestial beings, something near and dear to Paulette, and certainly add a touch of mystique to the space.

    SPHS athletes win Gold at NSSSA athletic championships
    The San Pedro High School athletes represented La Isla Bonita with distinction, winning two gold medals, four silver and three bronze at the National Secondary Schools Sports Association (NSSSA) national track and field championships at the Governor General’s field in Belmopan last Friday and Saturday, May 5th and 6th. The Northern Zone ranked 3rd in the medal count with nine golds, 14 silver and 14 bronze. The Central zone won the most medals: 62, with the South ranked second with 44 medals.

    Team Hook, Line, & Sinker reels in third place at 2017 Copa Gobernador Fishing Tournament
    San Pedro Team Hook, Line & Sinker placed third at the annual Copa Gobernador Fishing Tournament held in Mahahual, Mexico. The annual two-day event took place on Saturday, May 6th and Sunday, May 7th, and tested the ability of some of the best fishermen in high-seas fishing. The island was represented by five teams, Seaduce, Arsenal, Freedom Tours, Reel Challenger and Hook Line and Sinker. Caye Caulker’s team Frenchies also joined in on the fun. Manned by Captain Kelly Hook, Line, and Sinker’s crew was comprised of Kim Kelly, Josue Reyes, Albie Godoy, and Hugo Meyer, who once again made the island proud with their impressive performance. The winning island team captured a Dorado and a white Marlin, giving them a total of 1,720 points, and placing them in the top three at the tournament.

    Ambergris Today

    Reef Fair in San Pedro
    A Reef Fair was hosted to educate children and the community about our barrier reef and how to protect it as part of Reef Week 2017!

    FBI Shuts Down Belize/Mexico Chactemal Bridge
    Reports coming in from Mexico, Sur Caribe online news indicates that the international Chactemal bridge (Old Bridge) connecting Mexico and Belize was closed today Thursday, May 11, by the FBI due to binational operations being carried out in the Corozal Free Zone. The operations also extend to 14 communities along the Río Hondo that are being conducted in connection with investigations of the recent murder of American Drew Thomas DeVoursney and his girlfriend, Canadian Francesca Matus, according the the Mexican news outlets. According to Sur Caribe, through reports from QueQui, when a helicopter of the Federal Police Division Caminos began to fly over the border community of Subteniente López, it was first thought that an operation was being carried out to stop the people who are engaged in the traffic of goods, tobacco and liquor, coming from the Free Zone.

    Misc Belizean Sources

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    Build a playground for a poor village in Belize!
    No donation is too small...please consider helping this project. The village of Arenal is situated on the Belize - Guatemalan border, pretty remote and obviously forgotten by Government and authorities, has approximately 800 citizens, more than half of which are children. 10 years ago people did not even have jobs and it was a hard life in Arenal. Times are changing and people get temporary jobs now, but life is still very basic. The amazing thing in Arenal is that you see smiling faces all over the village: People spread vibrations of happiness and many people from the Western world should come here and watch and understand that happiness does not come with money or any material advantages! More than 20 years ago the village had been donated a kids playground but unfortunately it is out of use, all the metal rusted, the concrete slide with no ladder and just out-dated for a long time now and we would love to built a new kids playground - a place of events for the kids, meeting point for the parents, place of fun, communication and some adventure and that is why we created this project.

    Itz’ana Belize Resort & Residences Hosting Job Fair
    Now Hiring! Exciting New Hotel in Placencia Opening this Summer.

    Government of Belize Signs Contract for Airport Link Road Project
    Today, a contract was signed between the Government of Belize and Nabeel Abdul Raheem Consultants (NARCO) and BECA International Consultants Ltd. for the services of consultancy and construction supervision of the Airport Link Road Project. The agreement was signed for BZ$4,973,500. The services were procured by the Government of Belize as a counterpart measure to its funding partner the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID). With the no objection from the funding agency the award for the supervision of the works was made to a joint venture of the two firms, both of which have many years’ experience in Belize.

    Two thieves were in a dark blue Dmax believed to be stolen from Placencia
    The thieves robbed the Icb And Western Union building in Bella Vista, Toledo after 3 p.m. and one shot was fired. On Wednesday 10th, May 2017, about 4:00 p.m., Independence Police responded to a robbery and visited the Charlton’s Cable Office in Bella Vista Village, which also houses the ICB and Western Union office where they received information that Lesli Williams, the cashier of Bella Vista Village had already been taken to the Independence Village PolyClinic for treatment. Investigations revealed that about 3:25 p.m., someone entered the establishment and told her to hand over the cash.

    NEW GOB Controlled Fuel Prices
    Effective Date: 11th May 2017

    Belize Bird Rescue Fundraiser Friday night
    Many absolutely incredible items up for auction at our Fundraiser tomorrow night. If you would like to make a proxy bid on any, i (Nikki) will have my phone and wifi all night - message me if there is anything you are interested in and I will keep you up to date with the latest bids. Message asap if you would like the comprehensive list with details and values. Thanks! Also - there are still a few tickets still available from Corkers Restaurant in Belmopan 822 0400 / 633 5323

    "Slow Down" campaign in San Pedro
    The Traffic Dept' has started it's "Slow Down" campaign, it has come to our attention that some people just do not know or have been misinformed about the actual speed limit regulations on the Cayes. So here is a copy of the Statutory Instrument.

    School crossings in San Pedro
    Note that the speed bump that is across the road from Tropic to Sancas, is a pedestrian crossing, the children have told us that they are scared to use it because drivers do not stop for them. This is totally unexceptable, Children are to be given priority when they want to cross the street at this point and all other crossings. We will be placeing signs at these crossing soon, Thank you for you co-operation.

    Restoration of the old hospital building in San Ignacio
    A rehabilitation project is currently underway by the Institute of Archaeology working on structural restoration of the old hospital building in San Ignacio. The aim is to transform this historic portion into the House of Culture for San Ignacio and Santa Elena.

    Today is the first day of the month Zip (Cip) in the Maya solar calendar, the Haab
    This month is associated with the color red.

    SACNW Saturday, May 13 Clean Up
    PLEASE COME OUT AND JOIN THE South Ambergris Caye Neighborhood Watch on Saturday, May 13, 2017 to help clean our community in the south. We will start the day by meeting at the water tower at 7:00am for groups and areas to be assigned. Kids are also welcome to join the beach cleanup! The cleanup should take no more than 2 hours as long as enough people participate. Garbage bags will be provided. Please bring your own work gloves, sturdy shoes, bug spray, sunscreen, tools (shovel, machete, etc) and drinking water. We would also like to take this opportunity to ask the public to help us keep our neighborhood clean! Please use the trash receptacles provided. Dumping any kind of trash on the side of the road or using trash as fill on your property or someone else’s is illegal and can result in penalties of up to $500 for each offense. THANK YOU!

    "Tribute to Mama"
    Catch our Mothers Day Special Show dubbed "Tribute to Mama" live this Sunday on KREM TV and Radio from 10:30am to 12 noon... Call us to win some awesome packages for Mom.

    Beyond the Horizon 2017 in San Ignacio
    So far the free medical event for Beyond the Horizon 2017 in San Ignacio has seen over 2000 patients in 3 days! If you need Dental, Vision, General Medicine or Women's Health come down to Macal River Park. We will be open every day through the May 16th!

    International Museum Day May 18

    Paradise Theater playing this weekend
    Rock Dog, Get Out, The Hunter's Prayer, The Return of Xander Cage

    Channel 7

    GOB Hurries Legislation To Try And Save Funding For City Culture Project
    The Belize City House of Culture and Downtown Rejuvenation Project - it's 5.3 million US dollars from the Taiwanese Government to revive Belize City and make it tourist friendly as a former colonial outpost. The project was approved in 2014 and publicly launched in April of 2015 - and tomorrow the Minister of Culture will got to the House of Representatives to introduce long overdue Heritage Preservation Legislation. That should have been passed some time ago - and the Taiwanese funders have reportedly said that they won't disburse anymore money for the project until that legislation is passed. So, right now the project is at a standstill - and it is still not clear if it can be salvaged before the funding expires in February of 2018. The idea was that colonial structures in the downtown area like these ones would have been restored - as part of a route for tourists leading to a fully restored House of Culture. But there hasn't been much buy-in from homeowners, so the project has stalled.

    Missing, Presumed Doing The Devil's Work
    Today police are on the hunt for 48-year-old Harrison Powell. We told you about Powell yesterday, after he was sentenced to 5 years in prison for armed robbery. Powell snatched Nazli D'Silva's backpack, but was caught by officers in a police mobile patrol after they heard D'Silva scream for help. When he appeared in court yesterday, Powell pled guilty to the charges, but asked Magistrate Carlon Mendoza for leniency, claiming that the reason he committed the crime was because he was possessed by the Devil - and had been obeah'd from he was a child. Mendoza explained to Powell that he was unable to hand him a lenient sentence because Powell has a previous conviction for a dishonest crime.

    Coro Cops Says Neighbor Pointed To Matus/Deshaies Arguing
    Corozal Police still have not made any major progress in their investigation into the double murder of Canadian Francesca Matus and American Drew Devoursney. According to an article in the Toronto Sun, Francesca Matus's American neighbor Don Richardson, claims that he heard John Deshaies arguing loudly with Francesca Matus, on the day before she disappeared. Matus was Deshaies' landlord. Corozal police have confirmed that Richardson told them as much in a statement. Deshaies will attempt to apply for bail tomorrow. He was remanded on a charge of theft.

    Jury Deliberates Fate Of Pastor
    Tonight, a jury of 5 men and 4 women are deliberating on whether or not 53 year-old Pastor Fidel Lanza, is criminally liable for the accident which knocked down and killed 3 year-old Rajahnee McFadzean. That accident happened in 2011 in Double Head Cabbage, and Lanza was driving a bus which ran over and crushed the 3 year-old child. Pastor Lanza stood trial before Justice Adolph Lucas and Crown Counsel Rodriguez called 5 witnesses to testify against him. The jury heard evidence that on December 9, 2011, Rajahnee McFadzean was walking with her 5 year old brother when she was crushed by a bus that Lanza was driving. One of the Crown's witnesses, Rupert Ledlon, who was in a bus parked near the scene, testified that Lanza was driving about 5 miles per hour. During the trial the court visited the scene.

    Teachers Celebrated
    It's Education month and it is being celebrated under the theme Collaborating in Education for the Development of our Nation. There will be a number of activities throughout the month highlighting the different projects and advancements in the education system. And of course, you can't celebrate education month without honoring those key figures in the sector: Teachers. The Outstanding Teachers and School Leaders Awards ceremony was held this morning at the Bliss Center. Courtney Weatherburne was at the ceremony and here is her report.

    Female Clerk Put Up A Fight In Bella Vista, Got Pistol Whipped
    Last night we told you about the robbery and shooting in Bella Vista village in the Toledo District. Well, police say a shot was fired, and a female clerk was injured, but she wasn't shot. Here's what happened: at about 3:25 in the afternoon, a gunman stormed into the office which houses, Charlton's Cable, western Union and ICB insurance. He ordered 29-year-old clerk Lesli Williams to hand over the cash - but she put up a fight. That's when he pulled out the handgun and hit her in the head - causing the gun to go off. She didn't get shot but she did get a head injury and was rushed to the Independence Polyclinic. He helped himself to the cash pan and for off with $550 dollars. He fled in a blue 4-door D-max.

    A New Road To Connect George and Phillip
    Belize will have a new road between the Western (George Price) and Northern (Phillip Goldson) highways. The Airport Link Road Project - as it is called will run from mile eight on them western highway to the Airport Road. It's Five miles of road that never existed before. The Minister of Works spoke at the signing: Today's contract is for 4.9 million Belize dollars consultancy and construction supervision of the Airport Link Road Project. The overall project is funded by the OPEC Fund for International Development which has approved a loan for approximately US$12M.

    Penner On Visas
    Last night, we showed the Senate Hearings from Belmopan in which Elvin Penner, gave testimony about the brief period that he was Minister of State for Immigration. It's the first time he has publicly answered questions about Citizen Kim, the South Korean Fugitive who got a Belizean passport while he was in a Taiwanese jail. Now, Penner was not very forthcoming in speaking about his central role in the Citizen Kim debacle, but he spoke much more freely in the morning when the subject was visas. The Senators put it directly to him. Did he knowingly try to put pressure on immigration officers to grant visas for persons he recommended, but who didn't qualify? Here's his extended conversation with Chairman Aldo Salazar, and PUP Senator Eamon Courtenay about that:

    Yakup Sut, A Friend Of Penner
    Visas and Citizen Kim weren't the only thing that the Senate Select Committee wanted answers on. They also discussed the case of Yakup Sut, who got a Belizean passport under dubious circumstances. This application process had elements resembling the Citizen Kim operation, which caused the Auditor General to have serious concerns about whether he qualified to get that passport or not. In her report on Passport, right after discussing Citizen Kim, the Auditor General carefully laid out the findings on Sut, who was identified in the application file as a Turkish national. Once again, Penner was involved, but this time, he signed Sut's Nationality certificate. On the application form for recommenders, Penner claimed to know him for 3 years, the same length of time he claimed to know Won Hong Kim.

    Penner, If I Were Minister For a Day
    As we showed you last night, Penner doesn't exactly have any allies among his former ministerial colleagues. That's because of his very last job as the Minister of state responsible for the Immigration Department. He was pushed aside by his party because of the political fallout following the revelation that he played a central role in allowing a fugitive to get a hold of a passport that should never have been produced. But, somehow all the checks and balances were circumvented, and that suggests corruption in the Department itself. So, being so closely associated with that type of improper conduct, you might think that Penner would want to distance himself from that Department right? Well, yesterday, as the Committee does with every witness, they asked him how he would fix all that is wrong with Immigration. Here's his rather interesting response to that:

    Old Bze-Mexico Bridge Closed Briefly
    The Belize - Mexico Bridge between the Corozal Free Zone and Subtiniente Lopez is no longer the main border crossing for Belzieans going across to Mexico. Most of us now use the new Chactemal Bridge. But the old bridge is still used plentifully by Mexicans going in and out of the Corozal Free Zone. More than that it is used by the so-called "fayuqueros", those persons smuggling products out of the free zone into Mexico. And maybe that's why the old bridge was closed yesterday. It was a joint initiative by Belizean and Mexican Authorities. Belize's Comptroller of Customs Colin Griffith told us that it was a collaborative effort by both Mexican and Belizean authorities to stop commercial exportation from the Free Zone through the old bridge.

    Civic Will Be Ready For December
    With a price tag of 32 million dollars, The Civic Center project is the most expensive public project in Belize's history. And it is nearing completion. Today's Guardian reports that it will be opened in December of this year. The seating capacity for sporting events will be 4,500 persons, but as a hurricane shelter it can accommodate as many as 7 thousand persons. It is designed to withstand hurricane force winds with gusts of up to 145 miles per hour.

    Premium Prices Still Climbing
    Last week, world oil prices went to a five month low - but in Belize the price of premium gas is looking like an all time high. At midnight it went up to eleven dollars and four cents per gallon, while regular was stable and diesel inched down by three cents per gallon. And if you're wondering why fuel prices in Belize have been going consistently up while world prices have been trending down - some of that has to do with the instability in Venezuela which is the main supplier of Belize's oil. We're told that the supply has become inconsistent which has driven up shipping costs, which affects the landed price of fuel.

    Financing Biodiversity
    Today the Government of Belize hosted the Global Biodiversity Finance Initiative's South to South cooperation exchange. The BIOFIN workshop brings together stakeholders from the environmental community not only within Belize, but also Costa Rica, Colombia and Guatemala, to discuss and develop strategies to invest in and develop the country's natural resources. We spoke to the Minister of State in the Ministries of the Environment and Sustainable Development, Dr. Omar Figueroa, as well as BIOFIN representative, Andrew Seidl, about the importance of investing in our environment...

    Minister Finishes Coast Guard Tour
    In February, Defense Minister John Saldivar started a countrywide tour of all the Coast Guard facilities and forward operating bases. Just like he did with the BDF, he went along with the Coast Guard Commander. The idea was get a first-hand experience of the facilities, to see which the ones are in a state of disrepair, and in need of urgent attention. They finally completed the tour yesterday with a two-day trip through the Northern Sector. The Commandant of the Coast Guard spoke with Ministry's Press Officer about it:

    Turning Garbage Into Art
    Today students at St. John's College in Belize City unveiled a campus art project designed to showcase the importance of conservation and recycling. By using everything from dead trees to empty plastic bottles, the school's Environmental Club demonstrated that they could they could improve the campus aesthetic while still helping the environment... The Environmental Club receive help with the instillation by well known artists, Yasser Musa and Gilvano Swasey.

    Belize Observer In Bahamas Election
    The island nation of Bahamas had general elections on Wednesday and by last night it was clear that the ruling party, the PLP, had been swept out of office by the FNM Party which won 34 out of the 39 seats. Dr Hubert Minnis will be the new Prime Minister replacing Perry Christie - who lost his own seat, after holding it for 40 years straight. It's news in Belize because Belize's Chief Elections Officer Josephine Tamai led the Caricom Observer Mission. She was assisted by the Elections director of the Electoral Commission of Jamaica, Orrette Fisher, as well as other members from Antigua and Barbuda, Grenada, Guyana, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and Trinidad and Tobago, all with experience in management and election observation.

    Channel 5

    Mother Turns On Daughter/Norman Rodriguez Accuser
    Norman Rodriguez, the magistrate who was charged with rape on Wednesday, kept away from the courtroom today. The allegation against him is made by an ex-girlfriend who has given her [...]

    Mexico Shuts Border Crossing at Subteniete Lopez, but Rest of Border is Open
    The Governments of Mexico and Belize have mutually agreed to a temporary ban on vehicles and motorcycles crossing the old border bridge of Subteniente Lopez, restricting traffic to pedestrians only. [...]

    Another Cruel Fuel Increase
    Fuel prices keep going up. At midnight on Wednesday, prices shot up again, for the third time since the beginning of the new financial year. This time, the price of [...]

    Heritage Preservation Legislation Bill to go to House on Friday
    There will be a Special Sitting of the House of Representatives on Friday. It is the first meeting of the lower chamber since the budget debate in March. In many [...]

    Manslaughter Charge for Romario Pech, Accused of Killing Cousin
    Nineteen-year-old Saul Pech was stabbed and killed on the balcony of his apartment in Chetumal around two a.m. Mexican time a week ago today. The man accused of his killing, [...]

    Reviled Elvin Penner Wants to Recommend Ways to Fix Immigration
    We continue our coverage of the Senate Special Select Committee’s public hearings. On Wednesday, former Minister of State for Immigration and Nationality, Elvin Penner, visited and sat for more than [...]

    More on the International Meetings of Penner and Won Hong Kim
    Who accompanied Elvin Penner to Taiwan and China to meet with Won Hong Kim? And what were they discussing? These are some of the questions that were put to the [...]

    Was Kim Ever Really in Belize?
    But Penner started to clam up again when Senator Courtenay tried to make the connection between the ex-Minister of State’s ‘business vacation’ in Mainland China and Kim’s data showing up [...]

    Penner Says He Sponsored Nobody for “Asian Visas”
    Witnesses from the Immigration Department who have testified at the public hearings have spoken of ‘sponsors’ for Asian visas. People would ask these persons to write on their behalf to [...]

    Top Teachers for 2016-17 Awarded
    Teachers from across the country were recognized today as part of Education Showcase 2017 for excelling in their profession.  Eight outstanding teachers and school leaders took the spotlight at the [...]

    Fire Service Grades Performance in CEMO Simulation
    We have covered many fires over the course of the last few weeks, which have caused untold damage to many families in Belize City and elsewhere. This morning there was [...]

    Turning Off Fire Sources Keeps You Safe
    Of course, the best defense against fire is not allowing one to start in the first place. And that is why Fire Chief Ted Smith took the opportunity in his [...]

    Learning About Profiting from Biodiversity
    Back in September we told you about the launch of the Biodiversity Finance Initiative (BIOFIN). The United Nations Development Programme, with support from the European Union and other partners, is [...]

    Leroy Green’s Teaching Records Located
    On Monday night, you heard well-known educator Leroy Green speak out about missing records of his teaching career. Green told us that thirty-four of his forty-three years of teaching documents [...]

    G.O.B. Signs Contract for Airport Link Road
    The Government of Belize signed an agreement earlier today for consultancy and supervision of the construction of the Airport Link Road Project.  The stretch of road, approximately five miles long, [...]

    Healthy Living Trains for Strength and Muscles
    If you’re a regular gym rat, then tonight’s Healthy Living will probably tell you information you already know. But for others, there’s a very important element of your fitness journey [...]

    Magistrate Norman Rodriguez is Arraigned on Rape Charge
    Magistrate Norman Rodriguez went to work early this morning at around seven- thirty to avoid the glare of the cameras waiting for his unprecedented appearance in court. But his arraignment [...]

    CTV3

    Elvin Penner Makes Critical Admissions Before Senate Hearing
    Penner’s opening statement was clearly meant to dictate what should or should not be on the table for questioning and discussion during his testimony. In playing lawyer and quoting legal jargons, Penner indicated specifically that the matter of his involvement in the facilitation of Won Hong Kim’s fraudulent nationality and passport had been tried before a Court and since he was, according to him, acquitted; he could not be questioned on it. But Chairman Aldo Salazar and Senator Eamon Courtenay were still able to get Penner to discuss certain matters outside the immigration facilitation issue, and there is where Penner made one more crucial admission that he has never met Won Hong Kim in Belize, even though he has publicly stated that he took his friend Mr. Kim to the passport office himself.

    Can Penner Face Criminal Prosecution Again?
    Back then even the Prime Minister argued publicly that he didn’t see how a legal wrong could be proven against Penner. Reporter: “Have you revised your opinion that he did or did not commit a criminal offense? You held very firmly at the outset that no criminal offense was committed.” Rt. Honourable Dean Oliver Barrow –Prime Minister of Belize: “No, no. What I said was that there is a huge difference between factual guilt and legal guilt. And that, in terms of the evidence necessary to in fact prove legal guilt, I didn’t think it was available. It may well be that events will prove me wrong; again we simply have to wait and see how the course of the trial develops.”

    Fuel Prices Increase For The Third Time Since New Fiscal Year
    At the stroke of midnight on Wednesday, fuel prices at the pump went up for the third time since the start of the 2017 fiscal year when Prime Minister Dean Barrow made the announcement of the eighty million dollars in tax revenues that needs to be generated. From our records, from all the products that fall under the ‘Syntax, including Cement and aerated drinks…fuel has been the one with the most change since April 2017.

    More Reports Surface On Double Murder In Corozal
    CTV-3 news has confirmed with Police sources that Canadian National, 54 year old John Deshaies was transferred from the Corozal Police Station to the Hattieville Correctional Facility on Wednesday morning, following the authorities’ investigation into his role, if any, in the disappearance and murders of 53 year old Canadian national Francesca Matus and her boyfriend, U.S. national and marine, 36 year old Drew Devoursney. Deshaies had been remanded to prison, not in relation to the murders, but on his arraignment at the Independence Magistrate’s Court on a theft charge for a separate matter involving Casino machines in Placencia. Whether Deshaies continues a person of interest in the murder case in Corozal remains unclear. It appears that authorities are awaiting the results of forensic analysis carried out by them and the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation officials who did their own investigation in Corozal.

    Another Win For Mr Belize
    Five Belizean athletes participated in a bodybuilding competition hosted by Power Gym, a fitness center in neighboring Quintana Roo, Chetumal. Among the local athletes were Corozal Town’s 5-Time Mr. Belize Rigo Vellos, as well as up and coming Mr. Physique athlete who shares the first name as Mr. Belize, Rigo Menjivar. Vellos finished in 2nd place in the overall category, triggering heavy criticisms of the judging by the fans. Menjivar placed 1st in his Mr. Physique category.

    ASC Suspends Four Belize Shrimp Farms Certifications
    The Government of Belize has been boasting of a rebound in the shrimp industry which according to reports from the Statistical Institute for January and February 2017 has seen an almost two million dollar increase as compared to last year when the industry suffered devastating loss at the wake of problems in production. Reports even showed an expected forty million in export earnings would be generated by the Shrimp industry this year. However, recent reports are that the Aquaculture Stewardship Council, A.S.C., has suspended certification for four Belizean shrimp farms as of a month ago, on April fourth. The farms have been identified as Paradise Shrimp Farm, Tex Mar Farm, Bel-Euro Aquaculture and Tropical Aquaculture Investment Farm.

    Will Elvin Penner Show Up Before Senate Committee Hearing?
    Tomorrow, all eyes and ears will undoubtedly be glued to the live television and radio hearings of the Senate Select Committee as it is highly anticipated that appearing before them will be the former politician who is wrapped up in the biggest immigration scandal in recent times, former Minister of Immigration Elvin Penner. The Penner/Won Hong Kim scandal, as we have come to know it, dates as far back as September 2013. Just two days before Belizeans celebrated Independence Day anniversary and pride in patrimony, the news spread that Penner was involved in a major immigration scandal that involved fraud on our very own patrimony.

    Traffic Offence Charges Brought Up Against Corozalenos
    Meanwhile, two young Corozalenos found themselves in some serious trouble in front of the Magistrate Arana after they were detained for traffic offences. 21 year old Mike Depaz and a 16 year old who we cannot name were charged for driving a motorcycle that was neither insured nor licensed. What’s worst is that Depaz who was the driver did not even have a driver’s license, when they were searched, Police found 12.4 grams of cannabis on the minor.

    Deshaies Main Suspect In Double Murder
    On Friday May 5th, 54 year old Canadian National John Deshaies, who was the tenant and neighbour of murdered Canadian national 53 year old Francesca Matus, was charged at the Independence Magistrate’s Court in relation to a burglary case in Placencia. Deshaies was charged for theft and handling stolen goods, for reportedly illegally removing over $57,000 worth of items from a Placencia Casino. Deshaies was denied bail and remanded to prison until his next court date on November 6th.

    Corozal Resident Charged for Marijuana Possession
    31 year old Ismael Villanueva appeared before the Magistrate’s Court in Corozal on Monday morning to answer to a charge of possession of controlled drugs. Villanueva, according to the Police, was seen riding a bicycle on the morning of Sunday May 7th when he was stopped and searched by the authorities. On one of his pants pockets, the Police say they found some green leafy substance and so they detained Villanueva and escorted him to the Police Station. There, they confirmed that the green leafy substance is marijuana and weighed 5.3 grams.

    A Look At Andre Vegas First Day At Court For Lands Scandal
    After months of having a hard time to locate Andre Vega, Court papers were finally served on him a few weeks ago in relation to the scandalous payment from the Government’s Treasury of $400,000 as compensation to him for land in Belize City which he bought for $15,000. Vega bought the land from his relative Hilmer Alamilla, who had purchased it from the Government for a pittance. The land was eventually discovered to be privately-owned and that turned the whole deal belly up, with Government being forced to pay Vega. In the eyes of the public, the fiasco is another reason why former Deputy Prime Minister Gaspar Vega led a scandal-ridden Ministry of Natural Resources. Today, the slow wheels of justice turned a bit when the matter came up before the Supreme Court.

    LOVE FM

    Chester Says GSU Officers May Be Over Zealous
    Some residents in the Conch Shell Bay area and mediators in the peace pact among most gang factions in the City have gone on record stating that the Gang Suppression Unit’s presence in the area are provoking the residents and undoing the peace that is being achieved through dialogues among the police and gang members. […]

    Who Killed Ludwin Lalin? Police’s Investigation Lacking
    Belize City Police continue to investigate the murder of nineteen year old Ludwin Lalin. The teen was shot and killed around six o’clock on Monday on Curl Thompson Street where he later succumbed to his injuries. He had been shot to the left side of the forehead. Today ACP Chester Williams, Commander of the Eastern […]

    Education Ministry Works Towards Almalgamation in the North and School Fees Reduction
    With another school year wrapping up the summer time is usually when officials use that break to effect changes in the school system. Some months ago in an interview with Education Minister, Patrick Faber he spoke to us on the amalgamation of specific schools in northern Belize. Today, we asked him for a progress update […]

    Delayed Justice for 11-Year-Old, Aaron Gabourel
    Seven months ago, 11-year-old, Aaron Gabourel died in a house fire on Aloe Vera Street which authorities ruled as arson. The child’s mother, Caroline Hamilton says she is yet to get any justice for her son’s death and the police have not given her any progress update on the investigation. CAROLINE HAMILTON “One thing I’m […]

    Mother Appeals to Missing Teen to Come Home
    A fifteen year old student of Sadie Vernon High School left home on Monday morning just before midday to run an errand with her older cousin and is yet to return home. The child’s mother, Caroline Hamilton is in turmoil on this Mother’s Day as she sent out a strong appeal to her daughter, Aaliyah […]

    Elderly Woman Gets New Home in Dangriga
    Hand in Hand Ministries and Scotia Bank handed over a new home to a family in Dangriga. Correspondent Harry Arzu has the story. HARRY ARZU REPORTING “Hand in Hand Ministries continues to collaborate with its partners in providing housing for the citizens of Belize. In an official handing over ceremony held in Dangriga they handed […]

    Police News: Marijuana and Crack Cocaine Confiscated
    Two men have been charged for drug trafficking. They were arrested on Tuesday when police searched a bus at a police booth located in front of Rumors Resort in San Ignacio Town around five in the evening. There were only four passengers on board the bus. Police found 789 grams of cannabis in a black […]

    City Emergency Zooms In on Awareness and Prevention
    The City Emergency Management Organization is holding a two day symposium titled “Municipal Symposium on Fire Management, Awareness and Preparation”. The discussions for the two day event include administration, fire safety and prevention, operations, and fire safety for families and businesses. Councilor Phillip Willoughby spoke more about the objectives of the event. PHILLIP WILLOUGHBY “Simply […]

    2 Murders + 1 Shooting: Is the Gang Truce Falling Apart?
    Over the last six days there have been two murders and another shooting incident in the Jane Usher Boulevard Area. This comes after numerous meetings among the police, gang factions and other mediators to reach a truce and ultimately a pact for peace within the City. Today ACP Chester Williams says they had intended to […]

    The Guardian

    Civic Center ready by December
    A state of the art sporting arena- the first of its kind in the country, is slowly taking shape at the foot of the Belcan Bridge. The Belize Civic Center was demolished in September of 2013, shortly after the Prime Minister had announced that a new arena would be constructed at the site to replace the old dilapidated structure which had seen better days. It was not until two years later in October of 2015 that work commenced on the ground to construct the new building. Through a joint partnership between Medina’s Construction and International Environments (I.E), work has been going according to plan for the two year construction of the 32 million dollar facility. Very little has been said about the structure but it is quite evident that from an outsider’s view point that it is quite a remarkable building that is being constructed. This week, the Guardian had the opportunity to visit the site and we found out that within the next 6 months the building will be complete and when it is, it will be the most sophisticated sports arena in the entire country.

    DNA testing done to ID body found burnt at Rockville
    Police have taken samples from the charred remains of a person who was found inside a Kia Sportage SUV which was found burning on the George Price Highway at mile 21 in the early morning hours of Tuesday May 2. Those samples have been sent to a laboratory for cross referencing with samples which were taken from the mother of Pamela Lino, a teacher whose vehicle was found burnt. Since the incident last week, police have been unable to identify the body but there is strong suspicion that it is that of Lino who has been missing since then and whose vehicle it was that was found burning. The results of these tests are expected somewhere between three and six months.

    Eamon Courtney says Ashcroft pursuing Central Bank reserves
    Lord Michael Ashcroft and his Belizean business interests are once again on a full-court press against the Belizean people. They seek to undo the law that is keeping Belize’s foreign reserves, and the country’s economy protected. The Alliance is seeking to get the Central Bank Immunity Act struck down by the Supreme Court and declared unconstitutional. Readers will remember that this law and the Amendment to the Crown Proceedings Act were passed by the Barrow Administration. It was necessary because the UDP government realized that the Ashcroft Alliance may be eyeing those funds. So, the Government passed the Central Bank law to ensure that those reserves are out of their reach. That was necessary because a US court already granted a judgment against Belize, allowing the Alliance to collect an award of 50 million US dollars, which was handed down by the London Court of International Arbitration. Prime Minister Dean Barrow has insisted that his government will not pay a single cent of that award, and so the Alliance has been trying to force Belize to pay. This is an old fight in court over the abusive Accommodation Agreement which the Musa Administration unlawfully signed for BTL, when the Ashcroft Alliance was the owner.

    Penner faces the Senate Inquiry
    Elvin Penner, the former UDP Area Representative of Cayo Northeast, has gone before the Senate Select Committee with no intentions of being forthcoming or helpful in its investigation of the Immigration Department. For the first time in over 3 and a half years, he gave his first public comments on his time at the Immigration Department, and about Won Hong Kim. Readers will remember that Kim is the South Korean Fugitive who Penner reportedly assisted to get a passport that he did not qualify for under Belize law. In his first public, disclosures since being sacked as a Cabinet Minister and as a UDP standard bearer, Penner told the Senate Committee that he will not answer questions pertaining to Won Hong Kim. His reasoning is that he has already been tried criminally by COLA for this passport, and he was acquitted.

    Finally - expansion for Grace Primary School
    On Wednesday May 10th, Grace Primary School received its long awaited school building on Faber’s Road. Coming at a cost of $724,336.67 which was put in by the Social Investment Fund through a loan from the Caribbean Development Bank, the Building is 121feet long by 31 feet wide. School Principal, Morna Sheppard told the Guardian that the school will house Standard 5 and 6 students. An additional $50 thousand dollars was contributed by the Parents-Teachers Association of Grace Primary for the filling of the building area. The building will have four classrooms, male and female students’ bathrooms, teachers’ lavatory, administrative space, lunch shed and an access ramp to accommodate students and visitors with diverse abilities. Other features include a verandah, reinforced aluminum louvered windows, security grilles, timber doors, and lunch shed with picnic tables. Additionally, the sub-project provided office and computer equipment including a risograph along with laptops and projectors and a security surveillance system.

    Ludwin Lalin killed amidst a gang truce
    There are growing concerns that gang violence in Belize City has resumed after a month-long calm. Ludwin Lalin, a 19-year-old resident of the Jane Usher Boulevard Area, was shot to death a few blocks away from his home. He’s the second teen to be murdered in 4 days, and his death comes 29 days after all the city’s gangs came together for a ceasefire for as long as possible. 1 day before Ludwin Lalin’s murder, police hosted a family day for the Jane Usher Boulevard area so that all the gangs in that neighbourhood could socialize and de-escalate any internal feuds among themselves. So, with all the efforts being made to encourage peace in all neighbourhoods, nobody expected that a street shooting would have happened. It did however, and Lalin was the victim when he went to buy groceries at a nearby store.

    Magistrate Norman Rodriguez arraigned for rape
    The arraignment of Magistrate Norman Charles Rodriguez, 46-years-old, took place on Wednesday, May 10, 2017 in Belize City after he was accused and charged of rape. Allegations are that on April 21, 2017, a 27-year-old woman was raped by Rodriguez in Dangriga. He allegedly turned himself into Belize City police to be read a single count of rape. At court, Rodriguez attempted to be as secretive as possible. Chief Magistrate Anne Marie Smith led Rodriguez’s session in court. Rodriguez was represented by four attorneys, Hubert Ellington, Herbert Panton, Kathleen Lewis, and Michelle Trapp-Zuniga. He was read a single charge of rape. No plea was taken from him on the matter. Bail was offered to him in the sum of $1,000 and one surety of the same amount. He was given bail conditions which included that he must refrain from applying for any travel documents, without the permission of the court, and must not leave the country.

    CARICOM Week ends with art competition
    The Directorate General for Foreign Trade was pleased to present a list of activities planned for CARICOM Week which started May 2, 2017 and concluded on May 6th, 2017. The theme of this CARICOM week was “What CARICOM means to you?”. The events started with a food and drink special at Wingz Stop Belmopan and an Open Mic Poetry Night at Sit and Sip in Belize City on May 3. There was also a sporting competition that was held for primary school children on May 3 and 5th at Du’Plooy’s Jungle Lodge. Also on May 5 was the appearance of the CARICOM Youth Ambassador on the Grace and You Cooking Show on Open Your Eyes.

    Caste War Education project launched at SJC
    On Friday, May 5, 2017, the Saint John’s College History Department launched its Caste War Educational project that included an exhibit, website, curriculum, and lesson plan. The project incorporates mixed media to be more approachable to students in this era of learning. The launch focused on the Caste War, an event which shaped the northern districts and their people. The event included a video which gave an account of the war and the people that came as a result of the war. The video was followed by a prayer and an account of the importance of the war on the indigenous people by Pedro Carrillo who gave his speech only in his Maya language. What followed emphasized the importance of Belizean history on all Belizeans.

    Gang resistance training for Cayo schools
    An innovative program that seeks to engage our young people will be continued by San Ignacio Police. The San Ignacio Community Oriented Policing Program COPP is embarking on a Gang Resistance Education and Training GREAT Pilot Project within a jurisdiction occupied by many young persons. This project will allow four GREAT instructors to facilitate the GREAT Program on the Elementary Curriculum of the GREAT Program to 16 primary schools. (Four primary schools are located within the Twin Towns of San Ignacio and Santa Elena and 12 more are located within the surrounding villages.)

    Beyond the Horizon 2017 brings free medical services to San Ignacio
    Beyond the Horizon 2017 (BTH), in partnership with the U.S. Embassy and the Ministry of Health, began it’s free medical services on Monday of this week, until the 16th of May, in San Ignacio, Cayo District, at the Macal River Park. The medical services are now open to the public and do not require an appointment. You do not have to be from San Ignacio or the Cayo District to be treated—the event is open to everyone. BTH and partners now have general medical practitioners, optometrists, dentists, and OBGYN specialists on staff to provide medical services. BTH reminds that given the hot weather, to bring water to stay hydrated as you wait for and go through the medical services. Seargeant Scott Wolfe, Public Affairs at BTH told the Guardian on Monday that their Belizean counterparts are cooperating well in the efforts.

    NEMO assists Biscayne freak storm victims to rebuild
    Two weeks after a freak storm hit the village of Biscayne in the Belize District the NINE families affected are repairing and rebuilding their homes with assistance from the Government of Belize through the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO). Minister of National Emergency Management and Area Representative for Belize Rural North Hon Edmond Castro was on hand this past Saturday to hand over material to members of those families at the Belize District NEMO Office located in Sandhill on the Phillip Goldson Highway. The residents expressed thanks for the assistance from the Government of Belize in helping them to rebuild and repair their homes.

    Of this and that...
    So there are DESERVING TEACHERS who have still not been paid their HONORAIRUMS , because their various Principals and School Managements have still not presented or have presented incomplete lists to the Ministry of Education of those teachers who should have received honorariums. There are also other managements that have allegedly taken the monies that should have been paid to deserving teachers and paid all teachers, including those who were on strike in October and did not show up to work ,during that period . Not only is it political trickery to pay people who did not work, but that may also be AN ILLEGAL ACT. Those principals and managements who did so presented false claims to the ministry. The claims were false, because they did not pay those funds to the persons in whose names the funds were requested. The full weight of the law must be brought to bear on those principals and managements, in order for them to make good on those requests and correct the shortfall on payment to the deserving TEACHERS.

    A Walk Through Benque Viejo published
    As part of the Seventh International Festival of Culture program, a book entitled, ‘A Walk Through Benque Viejo’ has been released at the Centennial Memorial Park in Benque Viejo Town. The splendid book, which highlights a number of prominent Benque landmarks, along with the Town’s culture and history, was distributed to students last Friday. The book itself is the product of the cooperation between the National Institute of Culture and History, through the Institute for Social and Cultural Research and author David Ruiz, who wrote the manuscript. Both the Belize Archives and Records Service BARS and the National Heritage Library NHL of the Belize National Library Service and Information System BNLSIS were also instrumental in the production of the book. Acknowledgments have also been conveyed for the production of the book to members of the Community of Artists for Cultural and Historical Endeavours CACHE and the staff of the Benque Viejo House of Culture, who compiled some data and were part of the original manuscript team. Elma Arzu, Montse Casademunt and Dr. Allan Moore also had an input in A Walk Through Benque Viejo.

    CEMO Symposium opening
    The City Emergency Management Organization (CEMO) held its 5th annual symposium on Wednesday and Thursday, May 10 and 11, 2017 at the Biltmore Plaza. The primary focus of the symposium was fire management, awareness, and prevention. The integration of emergency management into every aspect of construction and development is the best way to proactively approach any case of emergency. The council expressed their gratitude to the Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow, Prime Minister of Belize, and his cabinet and specifically applauded the national interest of Hon. Edmond Castro, Minister of Transport and NEMO. Given the topic surrounding the symposium, Fire Chief, Ted Smith, explained that the Fire Department would have conducted five stages of presentations, active and proactive efforts taken by the department. Sensitizing the public makes up the bulk of the proactive actions that the fire departments and others need to take to ensure that the suppression of emergency scenarios are properly addressed.

    Know your money
    A “Know your money” training was held at the Central Bank of Belize on May 3, 2017. The purpose of the training was to educate members of the community and members of banking and other institutions that handle a mass sum of money on a day-to-day basis on authentic versus counterfeit notes. The presenter, Barnady Dicks, Caribbean Regional Manager of De La Rue, informed those in attendance on the many instances of counterfeit and how best to counteract the efforts of counterfeiters. De La Rue is a British company that was established in 1818 by Thomas De La Rue. Since then, it has become the world’s largest Integrated Security Printer and is involved in 140 different countries with the printing of currency, identification, and Product Authentication and Traceability. The company has the responsibility of not only printing Belize’s currency but of implementing each security feature from before the notes are printed.

    18-year-old remanded for Telswin Lara shooting
    Telswin Lara, a 30-year-old unemployed of Arlington Drive, received a gunshot wound to the lower back. The incident occurred on Sunday, May 7, 2017 at Lara’s home. In relation to the shooting, Dane Gillett, 18-years-old, was charged for use of deadly means of harm with a deadly instrument and grievous harm. Lara has been admitted to the KHMH where he is listed as stable. Gillett was brought before Magistrate Carlon Mendoza on May 9, 2017 for the shooting. He was unrepresented in court and no plea was taken from him. Mendoza explained that since the crime was allegedly committed with the use of a firearm, he could not be granted bail. He was remanded to the Belize Central Prison until July 28, 2017.

    Police take Ammunition off Antelope Street and North Creek
    A police search was conducted on an empty lot on Antelope Street Extension on May 3, 2017 which led to the discovery of two plastic bags which contained 6 live .38 revolver rounds in each bag. No one was in the immediate area at the time of the discovery and the items were deposited as “Found property”.

    Michael Bonilla killed shortly after coming to Belize City
    Police from Eastern Division South continue to investigate the gun murder of 19 year-old Michael Bonilla. He was the first teenager to have been gunned down and killed in the streets of Belize City in 25 days. Investigators do not believe that he was the victim of gang violence, and so the calm that the City’s gangs committed to before the Easter Holiday may remain undisturbed. Unfortunately, this young man’s life was cut short, and so, his family must try to make sense of this tragedy, and move on, if possible. The cops found him dead at around 9 p.m. on Elston Kerr Street, which runs behind the Gwen Lizarraga High School.

    Dorian Blair’s bail hearing postponed
    Dorian Blair, one of the two Belize City men recently charged for impersonating police officers, was before the Supreme Court for a bail hearing on Monday, May 8, 2017. Unfortunately, his hearing had to be postponed until Friday, May 12 after his attorney Oscar Selgado asked for an adjournment. Judge Madam Antoinette Moore granted the adjournment and the matter was set for May 12, 2017. Before Blair left the stand, Moore asked how he was doing in prison. Blair responded that he was being sanctioned because it is claimed that he was a repeat offender of the same crime.

    Cannabis found in Lindo’s Alley
    Police conducted a search on an abandoned property on Lindo’s Alley, Belize City on May 7, 2017. The search led to the discovery of 12 plastic bags containing 3,280 grams of cannabis which were deposited as “found property”.

    Cannabis and cocaine found in San Pedro Town
    On May 9, 2017, police were under operation in the Eiley Subdivision area, San Pedro when they searched a room on the lower flat of a wooden apartment complex. Present were Phillip Sealy, a 21-year-old tour guide; Ernesto Lopez, an 18-year-old fisherman, and Serahi Arias, 18-years-old. The police found 424 grams of cannabis along with 0.69 grams of cocaine. All three present were arrested and charged with drug trafficking and the possession of a controlled drug,

    Drug trafficking in Hattieville
    On May 7, 2017, a prison officer reported that while working he saw a remanded inmate, Mark Waight, coming toward the check point area at the prison. He observed a black tennis Waight was carrying inside a black plastic bag that appeared to be swollen. The officer pulled out the soles of the tennis and cut the left foot open and found 274 grams of cannbis. Waight is detained pending charges. The officer was working at the Kolbe Foundation located on the Hattieville/ Boom Road.

    Drugs found on Raccoon Street Extension
    Police conducted a search on an abandoned property on Raccoon Street Extension, Belize City on Wednesday, May 3, 2017. During the search, three plastic bags containing 1210.8 grams of cannabis were found. The items were deposited as “Found property” since no one was in the immediate area at the time of the findings.

    Fatal Traffic Accident on the George Price Highway
    The father of a policeman from Belmopan was killed in a road traffic accident on Monday morning. Anselmo Simeon Caliz, who resides at number two Kai Mai Street in Belmopan, was found off the road on the go slow curve in Georgeville. According to Police, the 51 year old was riding a motorcycle towards Belmopan when he lost control and ran off the road. Simeon Caliz suffered from serious injuries to the neck region. A post mortem conducted by Dr. Mario Estradabran a few hours later at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital in Belize City indicated that the cause of death was due to multiple trauma as a result of a road traffic accident; primarily asphyxia due to brochial aspiration and trauma to the left lung.

    Kidnapping and robbery in Ranchito
    A report was made by Emil Rosado, a 23-year-old cane farmer of Ranchito Village, Eder Hall, a 26-year-old land consultant of Ramirez Layout, and Eliazar Hall, a 31-year-old farmer of Chan Chen on Wednesday, May 3, 2017. They reported that while conducting a vehicle transaction in Ranchito with Jeffery Gongora, three men held them up with weapons, tied them up, stole $13,000, $3,100 worth of jewelry, a Galaxy S6 Edge cellular phone, and a Gucci wallet valued at $600. Rosado and Eliazar were put in the trunk of a blue Infinity car with license plate CZL-C04988 while Eder was placed in the backseat of the car. They were driven up the Phillip Goldson Highway. Upon reaching Carolina Village, Eder was able to untie himself.

    Mother charged for using indecent words to a police
    Ada Logan, a 39-year-old mother and housewife of Belize City, used indecent words to a police officer and was charged. On May 4, 2017, Logan was arraigned before Magistrate Sharon Fraser on a single count of using indecent words. Logan was unrepresented in court and pleaded guilty to the charge. Allegedly on May 3, 2017, while at the Precinct 1 Police Station on Euphrates Avenue, Logan used some explicit words in the presence of a police officer while asking for her son.

    Harrison Powell sentenced to five years for robbery
    A Belize City woman was robbed at knife point on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 while leaving her workplace on Marine Parade in Belize City. Nazli D’Silva, a 57-year-old manager of Fish Island, was heading to her car when her attacker, a man identified as 48-year-old Harrison Powell, held a knife to her and robbed her. Powell, who is known as a repeat offender, was unrepresented in court and pleaded guilty to the charge of robbery. D’Silva was robbed of an orange and purple bag which contained an iPod, valued at $1,500, a Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, valued at $1,500, a pouch containing a total of $1,000, reading glasses valued at $200, her company’s check book, and other personal items.

    Three San Ignacio men charged with kept ammunition
    Police visited the residence of Jose Quintanilla on Teck Street, San Ignacio Town on Wednesday, May 3, 2017. Police searched the residence and found two .380 Auto rounds, one .35 Smith & Wesson round, and one hollow point 38 Super live round of ammunition under a mattress.

    Taxi man and three passengers found with firearm and ammunition
    On Thursday, May 4, 2017, a taxi man and his three passengers were brought before Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser to be read two firearm related charges. They were charged with kept unlicensed firearm and kept unlicensed ammunition without being granted a gun license. Initially, only the taxi man, Clive Smith, and two of his passengers appeared in court. The third passenger, Aaron Flowers, allegedly escaped police custody and had to be picked up by police from his home. At arraignment, all four pleaded not guilty.

    Theft in Corozal
    On May 5, 207, Rodolfo Narvaez, a 40-year-old of Halls Layout, Corozal Town, reported that his Dodge Caravan 2000 was broken into on May 4, 2017. The van with license plate CZL-01394 was parked in front of a popular bar on 1st Avenue. The right passenger window, valued at $500, was shattered. An assortment of electronics and other miscellaneous items valued at $8,300 were stolen. Police are investigating.

    Louis Tucker sentenced to five years for sexual assault
    Louis Tucker, a 55-year-old Belize City man, was brought before Chief Magistrate Anne Marie Smith on Friday, May 5, 2017 to answer to sexually assualting a woman in her 20s. Smith found Tucker guilty and sentenced him to five years in prison effective May 5. In court, the victim took the stand and told the court that on Tuesday, November 22, 2016, she was walking on Mahogany Street when she saw Tucker coming in the opposite direction. She claimed that when Tucker got closer to her she moved and went to stand near a fence in the area and that was when Tucker grabbed her private part. She said she immediately reported the matter to police. She was placed in a police mobile and was able to positively identify Tucker as her molester.

    Wilhelm Gillette is free of 2012 murder charge
    Wilhelm Gillette has been set free from prison after 4 ½ years on remand for the September 15, 2012 murder of Norval Belisle. Gillette was brought before Justice Madam Antionette Moore who found him not guilty of murder in the trial by judge. He was represented by attorney Arthur Saldivar for his trial in Belmopan but was represented by attorney Leeroy Banner at the ruling. The case against Gillette began on April 10, 2017 and ended three days later. He was acquitted of the charge on Friday, May 5, 2017 after the Justice said that she was unsure of Gillette’s guilt due to the quality of the identification given by the Crown’s two main witnesses.

    Brother injures sister over a family dispute
    Rayford Saldano was arraigned before Chief Magistrate Anne Marie Smith on Monday, May 8, 2017 for a single charge of wounding his sister, Joleen Saldano. Rayford was unrepresented in court and pleaded guilty to the offense. In court, he told Chief Magistrate Smith that he and his sister got into an argument on Friday, May 5, 2017 after she put him out of their mother’s house. Joleen reportedly removed his clothes from the house and the clothes soon ended up in the garbage. He claims that he demanded the rent and utilities money he had just paid his mother, a sum of $180, and asked his mother for more money to get him on his feet and it was at that point that his other siblings began attacking him.

    Belizeans win in Mexico
    Over the weekend, some Belizean cyclists travelled to Cozumel, Mexico, to participate in the ‘Carrera de Ciclista Cozumel 2017”. Darien Anderson, Darnell Barrow and Byron Pope represented Benny’s Megabytes, Herman ‘Hijo’ Requena for Westrac Alliance, Brandon and Kaya Cattouse represented Smart C-Ray, Santino Castillo from Team Santinos, Gian Lino from Cabral/Marin Cycling and Shawn Codd rode for Team Yapurlandia. In the Elite Race, which was 70 miles, Byron Pope was in a 2 man break away that survived all the way to the finish line. Pope edged out the Mexican to win the race. Darnell Barrow showed no signs of selfishness when he gave Brandon Cattouse the perfect lead out, Cattouse won the bunch sprint and was 4th overall.

    Belmopan Bandits clinch a spot in the Pepsi National Elite Basketball League finals
    The 2017 Pepsi National Elite Basketball League competition is fast coming to a close. On Thursday 4th May at the UB Gymnasium in Belmopan in the second game of the semi-final round between the Belmopan Bandits and the Dangriga Dream Ballers, the Belmopan Bandits narrowly eliminated the Dangriga Dream Ballers by the score of 76-72 to advance to the finals for the very first time in the team’s history. The top scorers for the Belmopan Bandits were Farron Louriano with 24 points, 13 rebounds and a steal; Devin Daly with 16 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals and Stephen Williams with 14 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist and a steal. For the visiting Dangriga Dream Ballers, the top scorers were Dillmore Conorquie with 19 points, 6 rebounds, 1 assist and 2 steals; Quinton Bowen with 18 points, 14 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals and Tahj Wells who contributed 14 points to go along with his 12 rebounds, 1 assist and a steal in a heart-breaking defeat.

    Football Federation of Belize to Hold Tryouts for Belize’s National U-20 Female Team
    The Football Federation of Belize is calling on female footballers to participate in the ongoing tryouts for the National U-20 team this weekend at its training facility. Those players listed must report to the Federation by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, May 12, 2017. For players who were born in the year 1998 or 1999 and are interested, you are asked to report to the FFB by 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 13, 2017. All players must bring along their passport boots, shin guard, toiletries and other necessities. The National Female U-20 Team will be competing in the UNCAF U-20 Central American Qualification Tournament. There will be two groups and Belize is set to compete in group “A” along with Nicaragua and Costa Rica. Group “B” is comprised of Panama, Honduras and El Salvador. The tournament will be held from June 18 to the 24, 2017 at the Estadio de Futbol Independencia in Estelí, Nicaragua.

    Jose Alexis Rodriguez Villalobos captures Men U-23 Individual Time Trial in Pan Am Cycling Championship
    The Pan American Cycling Union held its Men U-23 Pan Am Individual Time Trial Championship on Friday 5th May, 2017, in San Domingo, Domingo Republic. The Men’s U-23 Individual Time Trial championship saw the participation of some 25 countries from across the Pan American Region including Belize. At the end of the 30Km event, it was Costa Rican Jose Alexis Rodriguez Villalobos who took first place in a time of 0:37:53. Villalobos was followed by Ian Garrison from the United States of America, and he was followed by German Nicolas Tivani Perez of Argentina and he was followed by Facundo Crisafulli also of Argentina and he was followed by Colombian Julian Cardona Tabares to round off the top five finishers in the U-23 category.

    Jose Luis Rodriguez of Chile captures Pan American Cycling Championship Men Elite Individual Time Trial
    The Pan American Cycling Union held its Pan Am Championship in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, from May 4-7, 2017. Belize had representation in the Men’s Elite Individual Time Trial, Men U-23 Individual Time Trial, Men Elite Road Race and the Men U-23 Road Race. The Men’s Elite Individual Time Trial was held on Friday 5 May, 2017, and covered a total distance of 40Km. This event saw the participation of some 22 cyclists from across the Pan American region.

    Premier League of Belize names Individual Awards winners
    The Premier League of Belize hereby informs the general public of its recipients of awards for the 2016-2017 Closing Season. Below are the list of awards and their respective recipients: Best Goal Keeper – Shane Orio – Belmopan Bandits SC Best Defender – Elroy Smith – Belmopan Bandits SC Best Midfielder – Denmark Casey – Belmopan Bandits Best Young Player – Rene Leslie – Placencia Assassins FC Best Goal Scorer – Daniel Jimenez – Police United FC Most Valuable Player – Daniel Jimenez – Police United FC Fair Play – Wagiya FC Best Coach – Marvin Ottley – Verdes FC Best Manager – Lorin Frazer – Verdes FC Playoff MVP – to be announced

    Belizean Assistant Referee assign to officiates CONCACAF U-17 semifinal match
    Belize’s Assistant Referee, Ricardo Daniel Ake, was assigned to officiate the CONCACAF U-17 game that was played on Friday, May 5, 2017, between USA and Cuba in the semi finals of the CONCACAF U-17 Tournament that was hosted in the Republic of Panama. To be assigned to a CONCACAF tournament, the match official must pass the physical fitness test and excel in both the technical aspect as well as the theoretical aspect of the game. At the tournament, he is assessed in each game assigned in the preliminary round. Only the top match officials remain for the subsequent round of the competition. Ake was one of the few top match officials to remain to the end of the tournament.

    Mother’s Day Specials
    When the People’s United Party succeeded in gaining control of the OWTC in 2012, their leadership spent countless prime time hours on CTV3 in lamenting about an $188,000 debt contracted by the previous Town Council under Phillip de la Fuente for street works carried out by Demars Construction Company. The present mayor even challenged this debt contract in the Supreme Court but had to honor the said debt. No sooner had the ink dried on the court ruling when the Mayor started to court the principal of Demars Construction Company, Mr. Denny Grijalva, to extend the same credit facility to his Council only he wanted ten times the disputed amount. Rumors around town are that presently the Council is in the RED for $1.6 M to Demars, in addition they also owe a Mennonite contractor for about a third that amount. So the same man who once railed endlessly on TV about inherited debt has no qualms to sink his successor deep in mire just so as to get a wink from the powers-that- be to run in OW East for the 2020 Generals.

    “The reality is that it is the masses of the Belizean people who must be educated”
    I have to thank the Amandala Editor for this week’s headline and for much of the quotes that I will use below! World Press Freedom Day has just gone so this is the perfect time for us to reflect on the work of the ‘Fourth Pillar of Democracy.’ On May 7, 2017 Love News carried the following: ”According to the Reporters without Borders, in Belize, the coverage of political developments and criminal cases in Belize is polemical because the media have become polarized.” I want us to stay focus on the main point which is: In Belize the media have allowed itself to become way too polarized! Note that such a defective media will fail the populace; others will have to educate the people! I write to get straight, correct facts to the readers – no deceit, no lies; just the straight facts!

    Breaking Belize NewsPJ

    Belize Is Not A Destination, It Is A Lifestyle
    Something to ponder, if you are a Belize tourism stakeholder: How much of the $166 billion global travel is Belize tapping into? I don’t know – really – the Belize Tourism Board which collects taxes from me (which I consider extortion), does not send me an annual financial report that I can peruse. Actually, I haven’t found one person in the Belize accommodation sector that gets full access to this data.

    Motorcycle stolen from Pound Yard Market in Belize City
    Kent Alexander Thompson, 33, a traffic warden and a resident of Race Track area, Burrell Boom Village, Belize District, reported that between the hours of 5:55 a.m. and 6:05 a.m., on Wednesday May 10th 2017, someone stole his silver and black Meliun Motorcycle with […]

    Two people arrested after marijuana growing operation discovered in Crooked Tree
    Yesterday morning, police arrested and charged two persons for the offense of cultivation of cannabis. According to reports, police conducted a house search at the residence of 63-year-old Norma Aldana of Crooked Tree Village, Belize District. Also present at the house was 26-year-old David […]

    Robbery at Charlton’s Cable Office in Bella Vista Village
    On Wednesday, May 10th around 4 p.m.., Independence police responded to a robbery and visited the Charlton’s Cable Office in Bella Vista Village, which also houses the ICB and Western Union offices where they received information that Lesli Williams, 29, a Guatemalan cashier of […]

    GOB signs contract for Airport link road project
    Today, a contract was signed between the Government of Belize (GOB), Nabeel Abdul Raheem Consultants (NARCO), and BECA International Consultants Ltd. for the services of consultancy and construction supervision of the Airport Link Road Project. According to a GOB press release, the agreement was […]

    Blogs

    Fun Afternoon of Mothers’ Day Shopping in Belize City
    Yesterday I hopped on a late morning water taxi – headed for Belize City. Mirab’s – the department store of Belize – was having a Mothers’ Day event and I thought I’d get there a tad early and walk around the area. The store is located in the historic area of Belize City called The Fort George Area. It’s where the cruise ships dock…and I’d reckon the prettiest part of the city. They were having a Mothers’ Day event – snacks, sangria and the store looked gorgeous.

    That didn’t take long . . .
    The placement of a full-time police officer in the newly opened North Ambergris Caye substation is already paying dividends. According to Rob Eykelbeysh, president of the North AC Neighborhood Watch program, the officer stationed here since the grand opening May 2 already has a drug bust under his belt. PC Nestor Campos confirmed the bust today. PC Campos was patrolling up near the Rojo Lounge on Saturday, May 6, when he spotted a young Hispanic male who was told to stop. When the man started to bolt, PC Campos jumped off his motorcycle and grabbed him by the shirt.

    Thinking on the Fly and My Funny Roatan Check In Experience
    Bits and pieces of our group of 15 on the sailing Belize to Roatan and flying back experience are starting to reach the next level on the internet. The other bloggers in the group, Leisa and Ronnie have started going through their over 600 + (we were all shutterbugs) pictures and video footage and posting on their blog First World Refugee. Their amusing account of our Journey to Jonesville, Roatan in search of the (now infamous to all of us who were there) Hole in the Wall Bar and Grill is worth reading. Some people that that write humorously have that spread component across their lives, this is the case with Ronnie and Lisa. They matched their day of infamy story with an equally funny flip video in the Guava Grove pool that thankfully did not qualify for tosh. O with any wipeouts – Caddyshack Pool Party Redeux in Roatan!

    Belize’s Laughing Bird Caye: Find Tranquility on this Tiny Atoll
    If a Belizean tells you that Laughing Bird Caye is for the birds, it’s okay to believe him. This little isle situated within an azure lagoon is a popular place for visitors and residents who appreciate the nation’s ecological wonders. If you’re eager to see how it feels to perch on an island that’s just 1.4 acres in size, put this destination atop your Belize itinerary. That said, don’t let the size of this caye fool you because there’s lots to do here: swim, picnic, scuba diving or do nothing but lie on the white sand. You won’t be the first visitor to find contentment staring up at palm trees and cotton-candy clouds. This little atoll is found on Victoria Channel’s western side. Only 11 miles off the Placencia Village coast in the Stann Creek District, Laughing Bird Caye has the distinction of being the southernmost island in the Barrier Reef lagoon. Hire a guide in Hopkins, Placencia Village or elsewhere on the Placencia Peninsula to enjoy your Laughing Bird Caye outing to the max. Tour fees cover the boat ride from Placencia Village to the Caye and back. Depending upon your desires, everything from a picnic lunch to scuba gear can be provided by your licensed tour operator.

    St. Herman's Blue Hole National Park - Everything You Need to Know
    The unique geological features within this 575 acre forest plus the beauty and wildlife combine to offer visitors plenty of reasons to tour this area. But it’s the cave system that’s the big lure: walk the 200 yards into the enclave to marvel at prehistoric-looking speleothems and Mayan artifacts. What’s the Blue Hole? It’s the lush blue pool deep within the cavern that’s 100-feet deep and 300-feet in diameter. Don’t confuse this Blue Hole with the place near Lighthouse Reef atoll that’s beloved by divers. That said, what other excursion offers opportunities to see wildlife, Mayan artifacts, a cool cave and a sinkhole fed by underground rivers all in one place? This destination is close to the nation’s capital, Belmopan, but you don’t have to be headquartered there to visit because licensed tour agents will be happy to escort you to and from this natural wonderland. From Belmopan, travel about 12 miles southeast along the Hummingbird Highway to the park’s entrance. Expect to hike through the jungle to reach your destinations.

    Visit Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary - An Unspoiled Belize Paradise
    How often are you given an opportunity to visit a 300-year-old, 16,400 acre wildlife sanctuary that, some experts believe, may have been the first European settlement to have been built in Belize around 1750? There’s a small Mayan excavation site in the southwest corner of the Western Lagoon, so if you’re interested in how archaeologists work, you might catch a glimpse of Chan Hiix as it’s being revealed. Birders are particularly impressed by so many avian species found in here, and anyone interested in botany will discover vegetation, plants and flowers not seen elsewhere in the region. Crooked Tree is located approximately 32 miles north of Belize City. If you’re driving on your own, take the Northern Highway from Belize City until you reach Mile 33, a dirt road leading to Crooked Tree. Alternately, the Orange Walk/Corozal bus will drop you two miles from your target destination and you can walk there. Alternately, book a tour from all points in Belize courtesy of your resort concierge and they will take care of all arrangements including transport and perhaps a picnic.

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    Cierra el FBI la frontera con Belice
    FBI closes the Belize / Mexico bridge? Chetumal, 11 de mayo. – Cierran el puente internacional Chactemal que comunica a México y Belice, así como el antiguo acceso, debido a operativos binacionales que se vienen realizando en la Zona Libre de esta nación caribeña, así como en las 14 comunidades de la ribera del Río Hondo para la búsqueda de los supuestos homicidas del exmarine de Estados Unidos, Drew Thomas DeVoursney de 36 años, así como de su novia la canadiense Francesca Matus, de 52 años de edad. De acuerdo a datos recabados de manera sorpresiva ,un helicóptero de la Policía Federal División Caminos, empezó a sobrevolar la comunidad fronteriza de Subteniente López, límite territorial entre México y Belice, donde primeramente se pensó que se realizaría un operativo por parte de instancias federales para detener a las personas que se dedican al llamado tráfico hormiga de mercancías, tabaco y licor, procedentes de la Zona Libre.

    Funeral today for Keswick woman killed in Belize
    A funeral service will be held today in Richmond Hill for a 52-year-old woman whose body was discovered earlier this month in Belize. “Franca had a zest for life, contagious smile and positive energy that enlightened every single person she touched,” an obituary reads. “Family would like to thank her friends in Belize for their efforts over the past week.” Friends and neighbours gathered at Matus’s Keswick home over the weekend to lay flowers and cards at a makeshift memorial on her front lawn. Those who knew her described her as a friendly person who “never, ever went by without saying hi.” Matus, a Sault Ste. Marie native, moved to Toronto after completing college where she worked as a mortgage broker for nearly three decades. Though she recently moved to Keswick, Ont., the snowbird often spent her winters in Belize.

    Life of Belize murder victim celebrated, as mystery still surrounds her death
    As questions continue to swirl around the mysterious death of a Ontario woman in Belize, hundreds of friends and family of Francesa Matus came together Thursday to celebrate her life at a memorial service in Richmond Hill, Ont. Described on Thursday as "radiant," "smart," "a remarkable woman" and "a beautiful mother," Matus, 52, was found murdered along with her American boyfriend Drew De Voursney near the seaside town of Corozal, Belize, on April 30. While Matus's family declined a request for an interview, a statement sent to CBC Toronto reads in part: "Today a beautiful service was held in honour of Francesca. Behind those walls, all the ugliness and brutality surrounding her death didn't exist. Instead we chose to celebrate Francesca's life with friends and family from both Toronto and Ottawa. Messages from as far as Belize and Italy, and the beautiful eulogies given, were a true testament of the amazing human being that Francesca was."

    Wyoming National Guard kicks off second medical event in Belize
    Soldiers from the Wyoming National Guard kicked off the second of three medical readiness events as part of Beyond the Horizon 2017 at Macal River Park in San Ignacio, Belize May 8. BTH 2017 is a U.S. and Belize partnership exercise designed to provide humanitarian and engineering services to communities in need, demonstrating U.S. support for Belize. Lt. Col. Amy Surdan, a nurse practitioner with the Wyoming Medical Detachment, has served on a previous Beyond the Horizon mission. Surdan, who works in the women’s health tent, claims that the way the event is set up this year is better than her previous experience. “I really prefer this one,” she said. “Just for the way this is set up, where it is in one location throughout the whole duration. It makes it easier to work out the kinks of supply and transportation of medical equipment. It allows us to bring and use more specialized items we wouldn’t be able to otherwise.”

    The Reserve Belize: A Cautionary Tale About Buying Property Overseas
    How things got messy at this luxury development in Belize, previously known as Sanctuary Belize: feuds, delays and a tangle of lawsuits. When Nancy Cunningham, a saleswoman in Delaware, bought a lot in 2008 in an up-and-coming real-estate development in Belize, she thought she and her husband Ken had made a great investment, she said. “We were told there would be hotels and a spa. They said there would be a golf course. There was going to be a marina with restaurants, condos, shops and stores,” said Ms. Cunningham, 54. Thus far, there is no golf course, hotel, or...

    11th Circ. Won’t Rethink $22M Belize Telecom Deal Row
    The Eleventh Circuit summarily refused Wednesday to reconsider its ruling forcing the government of Belize to face allegations that the country owes more than $22 million for leased telecommunications equipment. A three-judge panel’s single-paragraph refusal noted that no circuit judge had asked for a poll on full court reconsideration in the face of Belize’s request. The country had been trying to upend the panel’s late February decision affirming a lower court ruling and holding that the Central American nation cannot escape contract clauses that waive its...

    Cyber Security Awareness Training Well Received in Belize
    The Center for Information Security Awareness (CFISA), a business in Boca Raton, FL, has recently held presentations in Belize. They are proud to announce that they have received follow up communications from the Belize Public Utilities Commission in relation to those presentations. Specifically, the commission expressed its gratitude to CFISA for its contributions to the 1st National Cyber Security Symposium. People are encouraged to read the initial press release to obtain a better awareness of the role and goals of the symposium. Michael Levin, CEO & Founder of CFISA, says: "The letter we received from the Belize Public Utilities Commission, supported by the people of Belize, the Belize government, and the Caribbean Networks Operators Group, was incredibly well-received. We love what we do, and we're very thankful to have been given the opportunity to make a difference."

    Videos

  • Belize Nature Tour Scuba,Belize Zoo, Ruins,landscape 001, 54min.

  • Belize, 21min. Nice interview...

  • Belize Nature Tour: numerous shots of snakes,crocks,turtles,vegetation, 40min.

  • Belize Nature Tour numerous shots of snakes,crocks,turtles,vegetation, 11min.

  • Leon Jacob Highlights 2017 Orange Walk Rebels (Belize) NEBL, 3.5min. Leon Jacob 2017 Season with the Orange Walk Running Rebels.

  • Tropic Air flight to Belize from Roatan, 3min. Scud running from Roatan (RTB) to Belize (BZE) Due to cumulus cloud, our plane was scud running (flying at a lower altitude.) Generally RTB – BZE route has planes flying 7000 – 9000 ft. Even though Tropic has instrument-rated pilots, weather and prevailing wind speed can cause a need to fly low. Thankfully it was only fluffy clouds that made for a relaxing flight and set our altitude closer to 7000 feet that day. Our speed was about 145 knots (268 kilometers per hour) with zero turbulence the whole way.

  • National Agriculture & Trade Show 2017 - Belmopan City, Belize, 5.5min. Enjoy some highlights from this year's National Agriculture & Trade Show Grounds in Belmopan, Belize.

  • Luis Blas Mendez : Americas reality. BGIP., 2.5min. Americas reality including Belize.

  • Morning Matters of the Day, 61min.

  • Tips For Picture Perfect Photos for Prom - Richard Holder, 25min.

  • Karl Heusäer Memorial Hospital - Nurses Week 2017, 25min.

  • The Loft Boutique & Gift Shop - 2017 prom Collection Showcase, 36min.

  • Belize Sabi & Adi, 10min. Caye caulker / Belize dive /San Ignacio/ Bellas / farm / fishing /placencia/ Gopro HD / Waterfall/ volunteer Go slow / Turkey / pitbull / punta gorda / belize beach /paradise

  • Snorkeling Belize, 20min. Snorkeling on the barrier reef of Belize, May 2017.

  • Belize Spring Break 2017 - San Pedro Island, 6.5min. This was my college Spring Break trip spent in Ambergris Caye, San Pedro - an island right off of Belize.

  • On the way to Palapa bar/grill, Ambergris Caye, Belize, 4min. Walking along on the beach from Ramon's Village Resort to Palapa bar/grill on Ambergris Caye in Belize.

  • Meet George & Peli the Brown Pelicans Rescued at the Belize Zoo!, 1.5min. Learn more fascinating Dr. Gabby Wild animal facts by playing on National Geographic Kids' Animal Jam, the largest children's online playground! Stay Wild and Play Wild!

    May 11, 2017


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    Specials and Events

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    The San Pedro Sun

    Canadian John DeShaines under investigation for Corozal double murder
    Canadian national, John DeShaines remains in police custody as the main person of interest for the murder of 52-year-old Canadian national Francesca Matus and 36-year-old American national Drew De Voursney. The bodies of the couple were found on Monday, May 1st, on a road near a cane field in the Corozal District, northern Belize. DeShaines who was Matus’ tenant, was also charged for an unrelated incident of theft and handling stolen goods on Friday, May 5th at the Independence Magistrate Court in Southern Belize. He was taken back to Corozal Town where local authorities, with assistance from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) from the USA continue investigating the double murder.

    Austin Castro wins annual Reef Week Trivia competition
    Various students from different schools in San Pedro Town and Caye Caulker Village participated in the 12th Annual Trivia Contest as part of the celebrations of Ambergris Caye Reef Week. The contest, organized by the Hol Chan Marine Reserve, started at 9:30AM on Tuesday, May 9th, at the San Pedro Lions Den. Austin Castro of San Pedro Roman Catholic School proved most knowledgeable, and took the grand first place prize. Ten students from five different schools competed, showcasing their knowledge of the reef, while promoting marine life conservation through education. Terence Keating and Annelyse Perdue represented Isla Bonita Elementary, while Astrid Ruiz and Robert Bradley represented New Horizon Seventh Day Adventist School, Alexandra Lausen and Tellen Smith represented Island Academy, and Austin Castro and Lindsey Williams represented San Pedro Roman Catholic School. From Caye Caulker, Annie Harris and Ashanna Welch proudly represented La Isla Cariñosa Academy.

    Belize and UEA sign Open Skies Agreement
    The United Arab Emirates (UAE), represented by the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), signed an open skies agreement with the Government of Belize on Saturday, May 6th. On behalf of UAE, Director-General of the GCAA, Saif Mohammad Al Suwaidi, and Belize, Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation of Belize Honorable Manuel Heredia Jr., signed the significant agreement that will eliminate all restrictions on international air transport movement. Laila Ali Bin Hareb Al Muhairi, Assistant Director General of Strategy and International Affairs, said that the agreement will guarantee sustainable growth for the national carriers of both countries. It will also help support plans and investments related to air transport, which are targeted by the national carriers in the UAE.

    BTIA hosts 12th annual BETEX
    The Belize Tourism Industry Association (BTIA), in partnership with the Belize Tourism Board and other stakeholders of the tourism industry in Belize, hosted its 12th annual Belize Tourism Expo (BETEX) on Wednesday, May 3rd to Friday, May 5th. Under the theme, “Savor your BELIZE experience”, more than 300 tourism professionals and industry partners gathered at St. Catherine’s Academy Auditorium for a chance to interact with international travel agents. BETEX remains a BTIA marketing initiative that provides a gateway to the world and an opportunity to partner local and international tourism professionals together. With the objective of promoting Belize as a great tourist destination, the two-day centralized trade exhibition was an exclusive opportunity for international travel resellers (trade visitors) to meet, network, negotiate and conduct business with local travel suppliers, learn more about Belize, and experience the destination firsthand.

    Ambergris Today

    Happy Mother's Day From Little Angels Pre School
    Most Central American and Latin countries celebrate mothers day on May 10th. In San Pedro its celebrated on the second sunday of the month, however some still celebrate it Today, May 10th. Little Angels Pre School took the time to dedicate this day to their mothers. They celebrated with dances, singing, playing games and giving a special handmade gift to their moms. Ambergris Today wants to wish all mothers A Happy Mother's Day!

    There’s A New Yoga Studio And Spa In Town And It Looks Cool
    San Pedro’s newest yoga studio and spa, Science and Soul Wellness, just opened it’s doors to the public this past weekend with celebrations and a fundraiser held at its home location in Mahogany Bay Village. Owner, Paulette Hardwood, organized an enjoyable afternoon social that included health snacks, sangria and festivities that included complimentary massages, aerial yoga demonstrations, paddle board yoga, dance presentations, a fashion show and including a silent auction to help raise funds for the SHINE organization.

    Why Did The Sheep Cross The Road On Ambergris Caye?
    This is not a familiar sight in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize; maybe for the countryside, but definitely not in our 'metropolitan' island. That is why when Jessica Flores noticed this sheep casually walking down Sea Grape Drive south of downtown San Pedro. She had to take a picture and share it with us. It's not odd seeing dogs, cats, racoons, or even iguanas crossing the street on the island. We have seen a goat or two, but this one is new. So why do you think the sheep crossed the road? - Photo by Jessica Flores

    Everything You Need To Know About San Pedro Polyclinic’s New ID Card
    Still curious to know how truly painless the process would be, I visited the Nursing Supervisor, Nurse Marion Jones, to inquire about the cards. It really is as quick as providing a photo ID (Preferably Social Security Card). Searching my name, she found two Amber Edwards in the system. She then used my date of birth to identify me and proceeded to fill out the card with my assigned number. On future visits searching the number on my card will immediatly pull up my medical records as pictured below.

    Misc Belizean Sources

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    Governance Diversity for Belize
    "Belize manages 36.6% of its terrestrial area and 19.8% of its marine area in protected areas." Ya'axché Conservation Trust plays a vital role in the protection of over 151,000-acres of forest spread across 3 protected areas in southern Belize. This article, authored by Brent A. Mitchell, looks at the protected areas system in Belize. Have a read! Belize is one of the smallest non-island states in the Americas, but a leader in protected areas designation and governance. Belize is one of only a dozen countries that have met Aichi Biodiversity Target 11 of the Convention of Biological Diversity (CBD) to conserve 17% of its terrestrial and 10% of its marine areas. Belize manages 36.6% of its terrestrial area in protected areas and 19.8% of its marine area. The size, scale and diversity of protected areas in Belize provide an informative case study of system management and governance that can offer a model for countries with expanding systems.

    Banana Bank 40 Years in Belize Celebration!
    Join us for our RUBY anniversary! Saturday - 13th of May. Events start at 2:30 pm Sunday - 14th of May, 2017, Events start 10:30 am. Banana Bank Lodge, Belmopan, Belize. Come and celebrate with John Carr & Bill Jaeger Familes. ORDER OF EVENTS ON SATURDAY: Starting at 2:30 pm: WELCOME & TOAST, HORSE EXTRAVAGANZA, STORY TIME / MUSIC SPECIAL, CAROLYN CARR PRESENTATION. ORDER OF EVENTS ON SUNDAY: Starting at 10:30 am: COWBOY CHURCH SERVICE, BBQ LUNCH (BBQ & drinks for sale), MARIMBA MUSIC, HORSE EXTRAVAGANZA.

    Hands Across the Sand
    Let us get together for a few minutes in show of solidarity against offshore oil drilling in Belize. Saturday, May 20, 2017, Central Park at 12p.m. SEE YOU THERE! Find your community's designated location on the flyer and join hands with Wavemakers across the country.

    Nurses’ Week to Culminate with Visit to National Assembly
    Nurses in Belize join the world in celebrating Nurses’ Week from May 6th to 12th under the International Council of Nurses theme, Nurses: A Voice to Lead - Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. Nurses are the cornerstone of healthcare and function in the prevention of illness, promotion of health and the alleviation of suffering throughout our lifetimes. The actions of nurses are therefore vital in achieving the third goal of the Sustainable Development Goals, which is to “ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages”. Furthermore, nurses often times address other social determinants of health including poverty, nutrition, education and climate action which are also sustainable development goals.

    Music Week 2017
    The Office of the Music Ambassador in collaboration with the National Institute of Culture and History will be hosting the 2nd Annual Music Week May 15th – 20th 2017. The goal of Music Week 2017 is to focus on the important role music plays in the social and economic framework of Belize’s development. This year music week especially wants to focus on the discussion surrounding music and copyright and give artists a platform to participate in the discussion towards making changes that the Belize music industry needs. We take this opportunity to invite all musicians and music stakeholders to attend the activities happening at Music Week 2017 and especially invite the media to join us.

    BNE Wins Getenergy Localisation Award
    Belize Natural Energy has won Getenergy's Localisation Award...again! The award is based upon the contribution of a company to supporting local education and supply chain capacity building. Congratulations, BNE, and thanks for all the community support!

    U.S. Embassy Belmopan Grant Opportunity!
    The U.S. Embassy in Belmopan, Belize announces a notice of funding opportunity (NOFO) to strengthen government through civil society engagement. Alternatively, you can also visit www.grants.gov and search for “Belmopan.” U.S. Embassy Belmopan intends to issue three to five awards in an amount not to exceed $1,500,000 in total funding. Each award will be for an amount between $200,000 and $400,000. In addition, the U.S. Embassy in Belmopan will host a CARSI ESF Grants Question & Answer Session on Friday, May 19th at 1:30 p.m. If you are interested in joining us at the Embassy, please submit your name, your organization’s name, and your questions to BelmopanGrants@state.gov by Wednesday, May 17th for access to this event.

    Today is 6 Imix' in the Maya Tzolk'in calendar
    Imix represents the crocodile and the waterlily. The Classic Maya believed that an earth monster or primordial Crocodile floated in the ocean of the Underworld. He carried the Earth on his back, nourishing and protecting all life. Thus, Crocodile supplies humanity with the underlying primal feeling of our connection to nature and Mother Earth. The glyph itself represents a Waterlily, a symbol of beauty, abundance and growth, and the possibility of ascension out of the primordial soup of creation.

    New docking facilities at Lamanai
    In an effort to create a better visitor experience, the Institute of Archaeology continues to invest in the enhancement of infrastructure at our archaeological reserves, such as the docking facilities at Lamanai.

    LOVE FM/MUSIC AMBASSADOR MAIN STAGE: AGRIC WAS A SUCCESS
    The sweltering heat didn't stop droves of Belizean across the country from packing the National Agriculture Trade Show grounds Saturday and Sunday to take in the festivities. The sun wasn't the only heat burning as Cucunu Bwai, Positive vibes, Ty, C Wills, Di X band, Supa G, Dawgie, Deja, Prophit, Stig, Fuego, Mellow, the new sensation band and singing sensation Tanya Carter melted the stage with pure musical fire. This year the Office of the Music Ambassador sponsored the storied Love Fm main stage. Hopkins Dj boss said as a child he dreamed of one day performing on the Love FM main stage, well he and the paranda man C Wills didn't disappoint has they performed a set of hits from the award winning artist to close out Saturday night. Sunday's closers, Tanya Carter and Supa G didn't do too bad either as they brought down the house with their massive catalogues of hits. The crowd couldn't get enough. New comer TY performed his hit "di paper" and "any means" to the delight of the crowd whiles Cucunu bwai brought the bruk down dengue feva. Di X band, Don Papa John, Positive Vibes, Stig, Dawgie, 501 prince and so many more talented artists made the Love FM/Music Ambassador main stage unforgettable.

    Presentation in San Pablo Community School
    Ki'imak oolal tumeen u moots Mayaen , to'on taank taak'muk'tik ak miatsil. Presentation in San Pablo Community School today from Our Maya Masewal culture with Maya groups Toone Masehualoon from Patchakan and AK kuchkabal Maya from San Pablo, want to thank aj Kaan saj Mario colli colli, the group Toone Masehualoon and my wife for coming and supporting. Jach yuum bo'otik.

    Cheers CEMJC!
    A bit of mixology and Tourism Management Bartender training at Centro Escuela Mexico Junior College in conjunction with Belize Tourism Industry Association (BTIA). Keep up the great work CEMJC. Tourism is the way to go!

    Channel 7

    Magistrate For Rape
    Today, Magistrate Norman Rodriguez made history when he went from judge to accused in front of his boss, the Chief Magistrate Anne Marie Smith. The news broke late last week that he would be charged for rape, and this morning the day for the Magistrate started at the police station instead of the courthouse. 7News was there:.. At 8:30 sharp, attorney Herbert Panton pulled up in front of the Queen Street station in his SUV, and the accused Norman Rodriguez calmly stepped out Norman Rodriguez: "What's Up" That's all he told our camera as he stepped into the precinct three police station cooly juggling his keychain. His attorney Hebert Panton parked and made a bee line to the station - refusing to comment to our camera.

    Penner The Prevaricator?
    Today was the most anticipated day in the Senate Hearings on Immigration so far. That's because Elvin Penner, the disgraced former UDP Immigration Minister of State, took the stand to talk for the first time to talk about Citizen Kim, and all those irregularities that happened while he roamed the corridors of the Immigration Department. It's been 3 and a half years since the scandal broke, and Penner's political fortunes tumbled, but through it all, he has maintained a determined silence. So, today was his first time he would speak, and answer the tough questions about whether he acted in a corrupt fashion. But rather than being freely forthcoming, Penner made it clear from the start that he wasn't willing to discuss his central role in the Citizen Kim debacle.

    Penner On The Case Of Citizen Kim
    From there, Penner took questions for about 2 hours on his role in the approval of visas for persons who may not have qualified. The Senate took a quick lunch break and in the afternoon session, the Senators interrogated him on the Citizen Kim application, even though he wasn't very forthcoming. Here's how he and the Senators butted heads while trying to discuss his role in getting a passport for the South Korean fugitive: Hon. Aldo Salazar - Chairman, Senate Select Committee: "It's been said here in evidence I think at recently as last week; was said that you accompanied the applicant. We know it was impossible to have accompany the applicant himself but the evidence adduced before us is that someone posing as Wong Hong Kim or believed at the time to be Wong Hong Kim in a black suit visited the Immigration and Nationality Department along with you. I believe it was Mr. Phillips who said that last or week before. So he said you accompanied the man in the black suit and in fact you were the person who was primarily involved in having that application submitted to the department."

    Faber Tells Penner, Don't Call It A Comeback
    So as you saw, Elvin Penner's testimony was unremarkable. He didn't reveal anything substantial that could be used in the investigation. And he was careful, like most before him, not to expose too much. And if he seems to be going by the party playbook, there may be some truth to that because published reports suggest that Penner is contemplating making a political comeback for the UDP. He says he's considering it and will decide depending on how the re-districting goes in Cayo northeast. So what does Deputy Prime Minister Patrick Faber think of that? He will take over for the Prime Minister during this term of office, and today, he told us that he definitely doesn't want Penner as a candidate for his party:

    Southside Commander Denies Gang Link In Murder Of 19 Year Old's
    Last week 19-year-old Michael Bonilla was gunned down on Elston Kerr Street. His death was the second firearm related murder in the city after two plus weeks without incident. The peace in the city was attributed to the work of Southside Commander ACP Chester Williams, who spearheaded a peace march by the major gangs in Belize City. Williams gave us an update on that murder investigation today, and he reminded us that so far, there is no evidence to suggest that Bonilla's death is gang related...

    Southside Commander Says Police Didn't Slack Off In Jane Usher Blvd Area
    Williams also spoke to us about Monday's murder of Ludwin Lalin, another 19 year old who was shot not far from his home on Curl Thompson Street. Lalin was killed the day after police held a family day in the Jane Usher area to try to defuse growing tensions in the neighborhood. Williams updated us on this investigation while disputing claims that police had reduced their presence in the area prior to the shooting... ACP Chester Williams - Commander, Southside Police: "Mr. Lalin was shot and killed two night in the Jane Usher Boulevard area and again just like Bonilla we have no gang affiliation. Yes he might have friends who have gang affiliations and it could be that is one the reasons why he was targeted. We currently have two persons in custody we are interviewing in respect to that matter."

    Commander Williams Says Peace Is An Ongoing Conversation
    Bonilla and Lalin were killed just four days apart, and while police say neither murder is gang related, Williams made it a point to defend the peace being held by the city gangs. He told us about the work he and his mediation partners have been doing with the gang members on the Southside, and added that they plan to include other gangs, like the ones in the Jane Usher area, to bring stability back to the area... ACP Chester Williams - Commander, Southside Police: "I would just like to add that myself, Mr. Finnegan, Brother Nuri and Jawi have been busy working with a group of young men. As I said before you all would know that the area that was problematic to us was the George Street, PIV, Conch shell Bay, Banak Street and extension area."

    Holdup And Shooting In Small Southern Village
    There was a shooting in Bella Vista village in the Toledo District this evening. In an unusual crime for this quiet village, an armed man tried to hold up a Western Union Agent which is also the office for Charlton's cable. A female clerk was shot during the holdup. She survived but we do know know the extent of her injury and police are still on the scene. We'll have more on this tomorrow,.

    Deshaies' Attorney Going For Bail For The Canadian
    Canadian John Deshaies remains in the custody of Corozal police - and has not been transferred to the Central Prison where he was ordered to be remanded for a theft in Placencia. This was confirmed to us this morning by his attorney Steve Perrera. Reports to us are that Corozal police are no closer to making an arrest in the double murder of Francesca Matus and Drew Devoursney - in which Deshaies is a key person of interest. Deshaies was Matus's tenant and police believe he has information which can help in the investigation but they say he is not cooperating. His attorney Steve Perrera says that's because he knows nothing about the double murder. Perrera says that he will try and get a Supreme Court bail hearing for Deshaeis on Friday. Attorneys Kevin Arthurs and Dickie Bradley are expected to join him in making this application.

    Days Of Grace Are Here Again For Primary School
    In September, 120 Grace Primary School students will be sitting in their new classrooms on Fabers Road. The old building on Amara Avenue was overrun with 480 students. And so, now, the kids and teachers will finally be able have more breathing space, and running space after the new 3750 square foot school building was officially opened today on Faber's Road. Courtney Weatherburne was there for the ceremony and has the details . From this wooden structure erected for the ground breaking in August 2016 - to the fully completed 4 classroom building. Morna Sheppard - Principal, Grace Primary School: "It has been a long time over 20 years." That is how long these kids and their teachers have waited for this much needed upgrade; one that will ease the overcrowding at the school on Amara Avenue.

    Many More School On-Line
    And just as Grace Primary's new school building went up, 35 more schools are expected to be built around the country. It is the rollout of the second phase of the Belize Education Sector Reform Project, an ambitious but very necessary undertaking according to Education Minister Patrick Faber: Hon. Patrick Faber - Minister of Education: "This is a CDB loan that we are receiving; it is 70 million dollars, 35 new schools that are going to be built across the country. 22 of them are preschools, our focus we make no mistake, no apologies, we focus on early childhood education, we believe in children starting strong and then the rest of the monies will be spent on primary and a few secondary schools." Courtney Weatherburne: "When do you all plan on rolling out this very large project?" Hon. Patrick Faber: "Well the monies have been secured as you've heard, in fact it has been taken to the house, it is a loan and in fact we are identifying the land actually, that is the hold up. We need to make sure that we have in our possession the land certificates and so on before we can move and that process I am told is what is holding us up but as soon as we do that we're going to roll out and start construction across the country."

    CEMO Conference Considers Conflagrations
    Today, the Belize City Council hosted the 5th CEMO Symposium. The event brought together first responders and emergency relief agencies from around the country to review CEMO's efforts over the last year, as well as to discuss strategies for improving emergency response. This year, after a string of fires devastated the city, the symposium revolved around fire awareness and management. We spoke to Belize City Mayor, Darrell Bradley, who acts as the Chairman of CEMO, as well as Fire Chief, Ted Smith, about the presentations over the next two days... Darrell Bradley - Mayor, Belize City: "This is the fifth year that we've been having the CEMO symposium and the idea is that when we talk about emergency management a main aspect of it is actually capacity building and sharing information using best practices and really having a forum where first responders and emergency management practitioners and also policy makers and elected officials can convene together and to over two days share strategies."

    Tension Between Neighboring Schools
    There was a commotion at St. Joseph Primary school this afternoon after a dispute with students of the adjoining ITVET reportedly took a dangerous turn. Apparently, there has been some "over-the-back-fence" teasing between the two schools which are neighbors and today - it is alleged that it took a dangerous turn when one of the ITVET students displayed a BB gun. Police are investigating. ITVET is a secondary and skills training school.

    Man Says The Devil Made Him Rob Woman
    He held up a woman and robbed her, and, now, 48 year old Harrison Powell will spend 5 years in jail for it - even after he told the judge the devil made him do it. On the afternoon of May 9th, 57 year old Nazli D'Silva, arrived at Fisherman's Dock on Marine Parade, and was walking towards her parked car when she felt a sharp object in her back. When she turned around, she saw a man with a large knife, who sliced off the strap on her backpack and ran off with it. She screamed for help and a passing police mobile immediately apprehended Powell and retrieved her bag with all the items in it.

    Meet, Greet, Jump Street!
    Today police personnel, from Commanders to Constables took to the streets for their weekly meet and greet. As is now standard practice, the cops walked through the city streets and asked the residents about their crime and safety concerns. ACP Chester Williams, who led the Southside Police through Wagner's Lane and the surrounding areas, told us what the citizens had to say...

    DPM Says No Surprises For House Sitting
    And while the police did their meet and greet, on Friday, the House of Representatives will just plain-old "meet" for the first time in 7 weeks. But the Deputy Prime Minister says, don't expect any surprises. Some had rumored that that we all would be in for a surprise from Prime Minister Barrow but Faber put a rest to that rumor: We will have coverage of the meeting in Friday night's news.

    Mayor Laments Planter Vandalism, But Vows To Keep Trying
    LAST NIGHT we told you about one of Albert Street's new planters that was viciously vandalized only two weeks after it had been completed. When we spoke to Mayor Darrell Bradley today he told us that he expected it to happen sooner of later, but reiterated that all CitCo can do is appeal to the vandals to desist and then hope for the best... There are 18 planters designated for Albert Street and 55 for the entire city.

    Channel 5

    Elvin Penner Talks to Senate, But Not About Won Hong Kim
    Appearing at today’s public hearing of the Senate Special Select Committee at the National Assembly in Belmopan was former Minister of State for Immigration and Nationality, Elvin Penner.  This is [...]

    Senate Chair Refutes Penner’s Application of the Law
    The Committee disagreed. Chairman Senator Aldo Salazar told Penner that any questions put to him would not concern any action in court, nor that the Committee was in the process [...]

    Penner Refuses to Discuss Appearance at Immigration Department with ‘Phantom’ Kim
    And while that was Penner’s stance this morning, the Senate panel spent time on other matters before eventually returning to the Kim scandal in the afternoon session. What followed was [...]

    Kim File Documents Were Complete; ex-Minister Does Not Remember What He Did with File
    The thrust and parry continued with the panel’s Chairman, Aldo Salazar, scoring a point when he questioned Penner about the remarks of Gordon Wade, former Chief of Nationality at the [...]

    Penner Met Real Kim But Hesitant to Discuss ‘Friends’
    Chairman Salazar tag-teamed out to Senator Eamon Courtenay, who turned to the question of how Penner and Kim met in the first place. Here the former Minister was a little [...]

    International Buddies Penner and Kim Met in Both Chinas
    Penner was able to give further details of his meetings with Kim, which took place in both Chinas – the People’s Republic or Mainland China, and the Republic of China, [...]

    Penner a U.D.P. Again? DPM Faber Says Chances Slim to None
    There are reports that disgraced former Immigration Minister, Elvin Penner, aspires to return to party politics.  But his involvement in the Won Hong Kim scandal and the corruption at the [...]

    Deputy Prime Minister Says Inquiry Must Get Serious
    The testimony today of ex-Minister Penner was broadcast on this station and our social media page. The feed got reaction from Belizeans at home and those in the diaspora. But [...]

    Penner Says His Recommendations Weren’t Meant to be Taken Seriously…
    Back to the Senate Inquiry, which concluded just before four p.m. today…The issue of ministerial recommendations for visas in particular, especially to Asian nationals, has been a major thorn in [...]

    …And There Weren’t “Hundreds” of Approved Visas
    Penner also contends that some visas which he recommended for approval were not approved. But why was it necessary to go through it, especially if it was not intended to [...]

    Penner Sticks by Yakut Sup’s Claim to Nationality
    The panel turned to other questionable grants of nationality mentioned in the Audit Report. In the case of Yakup Sut, a Turk whom Penner met in Germany, it was clear [...]

    What Happened to Peter Pang’s Passport?
    Another infamous case is that of Peter Pang, whose nationality certificate was backdated; his file was missing despite being requested by the Auditors, and there was no evidence that Pang [...]

    Alberto August Proves Distraction for P.U.P.’s Courtenay
    While Senator Eamon Courtenay was grilling Elvin Penner on the issue of the reason for his writing recommendations, he was suddenly distracted by chairman of the United Democratic Party Alberto [...]

    Michael Bonilla’s Murder Case Still Open
    Last Thursday, nineteen-year-old Michael Bonilla was cut down in a hail of bullets as he rode his bicycle along Elston Kerr Street.  The incident transpired behind Gwen Lizarraga High School [...]

    Ludwin Lalin Death a Result of Gang Ties?
    Eighteen-year-old Ludwin Lalin, a Guatemalan national, was shot and killed in a senseless act of gun violence on Monday night.  The fatal attack on the teenager happened on Curl Thompson [...]

    New School Extension for Grace Primary
    Deputy Prime Minister Patrick Faber was today inaugurating the extension to Grace Primary School within the Collet Division. The new facility will host upper division students and will improve significantly [...]

    Industry Association Says Shrimp Farms Opted Out of ASC Certification
    A recent report by IntraFish reported that the prestigious Aquaculture Stewardship Council, A.S.C., has suspended certification of four Belizean shrimp farms in April.  The farms named are Paradise Shrimp Farm, [...]

    ACP Williams Says G.S.U. Must Have Some Respect
    The Gang Suppression Unit, despite a standing agreement among various Belize City groups to hold the peace, remains on a sustained campaign to crack down on these elements.  Those sting [...]

    CEMO Meets the Public in Annual Symposium
    There has been a spate of fires since the beginning of the year.  Though there have been no fatalities, there has been concern that the fire department has not been [...]

    CTV3

    Elvin Penner Appears Before Senate Comittee..Refuses To Answer Questions In Relation To Wong Hong Kim Scandal
    Former Minister of Immigration Elvin Penner appeared before the Senate Select Committee today in what many may say is a daring act considering the scandals that have piled up on him during his tenure as Minister of State in the Ministry of Immigration. But while Penner did not snub the invitation to appear before the investigating committee or shy away from the questioning the real issue was what he was willing to talk about. Although he didn’t have legal representation beside him, Penner was very prepared to take on the Senate Committee and basically, suggest the limitations of what he was prepared to talk about. According to Penner, any matter which he has been acquitted of or may incriminate him was off the table. He read a prepared statement at the start of the session, laying out his ground rules.

    Lead PUP Senator Demands UDP Chairman Be Removed From The Gallery
    While today’s defensive posture by former Immigration Minister Elvin Penner made his highly-anticipated appearance before the Senate hearing somewhat anti-climactic, there was a moment during the Senate meeting when sparks flew. This has to do with what appeared to be the eviction of UDP Chairman Alberto August, who showed up at the Senate hearing just before midday, but who only stayed briefly. August, who appeared very bothered by Senator Eamon Courtenay’s line of questioning, seemed unable to keep his composure and began distracting Senator Courtenay.

    Belizean and Mexican Authorities Block Old Bridge
    Back in the month of January, we reported of a violent confrontation between Belize Customs and armed Mexican smugglers at the northern border. As reported the clash erupted when Belize Customs officials attempted to confiscate goods that were being illegally stockpiled near the Belize-side of the Rio Hondo River. The problem, as we understand it, started after Mexican border officials were in constant odds with Mexican smugglers known as fayuqueros over attempts to smuggle goods from the Commercial Free Zone. Because of a crackdown by Mexican officials, the fayuqueros started to hide the goods under the Subteniente Lopez Bridge. This prompted Belizean authorities to crack down on the situation, leading to January’s violent clash which resulted in one Corozal police officer to suffer an injury to the head.

    PlusTV

    Elvin Penner at Senate Inquiry
    The long awaited discussion with former Minister of State of Immigration, Elvin Penner, happened this morning at the Senate Committee Inquiry in Belmopan. Penner lost his job as Minister following the Wong Hong Kim scandal where he allegedly recommended and pushed through a Belizean passport for ...

    Magistrate Norman Rodriquez charged for rape
    Magistrate Norman Rodriguez was charged today for rape before his boss, the Chief Magistrate Ann Marie Smith. Rodriguez is accused of raping a 27 year old woman in early April, when he was on Magistrate’s duties in Dangriga town. It took over three weeks for the charges to be brought against ...

    Woman stabbed in Belize City
    Reports reaching our news desk are that a female was stabbed in Belize City. According to the report, the stabbing incident took place at the intersection of Freetown and Barrack Roads. She was rushed to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital where she is undergoing treatment. Police is yet to release a...

    Robbery at Western Union in Toledo and female clerk shot
    Reports reaching our news desk are that there has been an armed robbery at the Western Union in the Bella Vista Area in the Toledo District. Reports are that a female clerk has been shot. Police is yet to release any information on this incident though they have confirmed that it did happen. We wil...

    Penner doesn’t want to talk about Kim
    Earlier we told you about Elvin Penner’s debut at the Senate Select Inquiry today in Belmopan. The former Minister appeared unrepresented and was questioned about his role as it pertained to recommendations for visas and nationalities. However, as it came to direct questions on Wong Hong Kim, Penner...

    CWU and SSB in meetings in Belmopan
    Yesterday, we told you that a meeting between the Christian Workers Union and the Social Security board was held in Belmopan in an effort to come to an agreement over Social Security staff benefits. As we told you, this meeting follows a series of activities starting on April 21, when the Social Se...

    Contraband crash in Orange Walk
    There was a small traffic accident in Orange Walk town yesterday. As we have reported, the Immigration Department says they are now fully enforcing laws as it pertains to border crossings. This came after a police mobile was seen loading up at an Orange Walk unofficial crossing in Botes area of Oran...

    Another teen gunned down in Belize City
    Another teenager was shot and killed in Belize City on Monday night. Reports are that shots rang out on Curl Thompson Street in the Jane Usher area of Belize City and when it subsided, 18-year-old Ludwin Kivany Lalin laid on the ground dead. Lalin was shot to the head sometime around 6:12 p.m. on ...

    Alleged middleman in land compensation scheme dropped from lawsuit
    The former deputy Prime Minister’s son, Andre Vega, and another well known UDP supporter, Sharon Pitts, are being taken to court by the Government of Belize after much public pressure. The two defendants received 400 thousand dollars each in land compensations that occurred under very suspicious c...

    Canadian on remand for theft charges; police question him in double murder case
    Steve Perrera is also the attorney for Canadian John Deshaies. It has been reported that Deshaies is being questioned by Corozal police in relation to the double murder of foreigners 52 year old Canadian Francesca Matus and 36 year old American, Drew Devoursey. Deshaeis was the tenant at Matus’ C...

    FBI assists police in double murder of Foreign couple
    In relation to the double murder investigation in the north, while police are questioning a foreigner in that case, they do believe that even if a foreigner orchestrated the murder, a local must have also been involved. The vehicle and the bodies were found in cane fields that were about to be burn...

    Seeking justice for murdered loved ones
    Recently we have reported on several cases of loved ones not seeing justice for their murdered family members. We recently reported on the court case of William Gillett who walked from murder charges in the case of the murder of Belmopan resident Norval Belisle. The young man’s throat was slit with...

    Retired teacher demands benefits after MOE loses all his records of service
    Leroy Green is well known for his work in the creative arts and as an English and Literature teacher for over thirty four years. Most recently, Green had been working with the Ministry of Education to implement a creative arts curriculum into the formal education system but he retired in November ...

    Man stabs sister to the head with screwdriver
    A man was charged for stabbing his own sister with a screw driver to the left side of her head. Rayford Saldano pleaded guilty to the charge of wounding when he appeared in court on Monday. He told the court that he stabbed his sister with the screwdriver because they got into an argument about rent...

    Breaking Belize NewsPJ

    Belize celebrates Nurses Week
    Nurses in Belize join the world in celebrating Nurses Week from May 6th to 12th under the International Council of Nurses theme, Nurses: A Voice to Lead – Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. Nurses are the cornerstone of healthcare and function in the prevention of illness, promotion of health and the alleviation of suffering throughout our lifetimes.

    Beyond the Horizon offers free medical services in San Ignacio
    The United States Army South’s Beyond the Horizon 2017 program began offering free medical services at the Macal River Park in San Ignacio Town on Monday. The medical services do not require appointments. The San Ignacio/Santa Elena Town Council has prepared a schedule to include San Ignacio, Santa Elena, Benque Viejo del Carmen and surrounding villages.

    Three Belize City men charged for public drinking
    Yesterday morning at 8:00, police saw Shane Anthony Morgan, 40, of Western Avenue, Belize City, drinking from a Belikin pint while riding a bicycle. Morgan was informed of the offence committed and was arrested and charged for the offence of ‘prohibition of public drinking’.

    Three busted for drug trafficking in San Pedro
    According to police reports, yesterday morning around 5:30, San Pedro police were conducting operations in the Eiley Sub Division area of San Pedro Town. Police searched a room on the lower flat of the two story wooden apartment complex and three persons were present: Phillip Sealy, 21; Ernesto Lopez, 18; and Serahi Arias, 18.

    Two men busted for drug trafficking on bus
    Yesterday evening around 5:00, police were conducting a vehicle check point on the George Price Highway near the police booth in front of Rumors Resort in San Ignacio Town where officers searched a passenger bus with only four passengers on board, including the driver and conductor.

    Two men charged for kidnapping
    On Monday, Jason Espinoza, 23, and Elio Lopez, 42, were charged in the Corozal Magistrates Court for three counts of kidnapping and three counts of robbery. Last Wednesday, May 3, Eder Hall, Eliazar Hall and Emir Rosado reported to police that whilst doing a business transaction with Jeffrey Gongora and Brian Espinoza, they were abducted.

    Belize to celebrate Music Week 2017
    The National Institute of Culture and History (NICH) in collaboration with Belize’s Music Ambassador will be hosting the 2nd Annual Music Week May 15th – 20th 2017. The goal of the activities is to focus on the important role music plays in the social and economic framework of Belize’s development.

    Alleged rape victim makes accusations of intimidation by magistrate
    The alleged rape victim of Magistrate Norman Rodriguez, is making further claims that Rodriguez intimidated her before the trial. Rodriguez’s alleged victim told the media that despite the pending rape charge against him, Rodriguez showed up to her mother’s house on Sunday to have lunch.

    CEMO hosts symposium on fire safety
    The City Emergency Management Organization (CEMO) began the first of a two-day symposium on Fire Management, Awareness, and Preparation. The symposium, held at the Best Western Belize Biltmore Plaza, gathered members of the Belize City Council, the National Fire Service, and Belize Port Authority, along with businesses such as Benny’s, Hyde Shipping and St. John’s Credit Union.

    Former Minister of Immigration may face Senate inquiry
    As disgraced former Minister of State in the Immigration Department, Elvin Penner is set to take the stand and face the Senate Select Committee investigating corruption this morning, another former Minister of Immigration may yet need to testify for being named dozens of times in the Auditor General’s Special Report.Former Immigration Minister Carlos Perdomo was named over 80 times in the Auditor General’s report.

    My Mother, My All
    By Richard Harrison: My mother is a teacher My mother a nurse My mother is a chef My mother a waitress My mother is a referee My mother a coach My mother is a policeman My mother a social worker My mother is a financial manager

    Blogs

    BLESSINGS IN BELIZE …….
    There’s something about the cool ocean breeze, the sand in your toes and a long walk on the beach that put’s life into perspective. A “time-out” of sorts to reevaluate where you’ve been, where you’re going and to sincerely be thankful for these opportunities. Counting my blessings is a top priority at this stage in my life. I’m thankful for my children, my grandchildren and the love of my life who shares this journey. When you reach this “third” stage in life there seems to be a shift in perspective. The days are calmer, the worries are fading and “passing the torch” of parenting and responsibility have slowly eased into the background. It isn’t until we observe our adult children dealing with the challenges and obstacles, just as we did at that stage, do we truly realize and appreciate this cycle called life. We can now enjoy our children as the strong, capable young adults they are becoming.

    Cave tubing in Belize
    Just about every travel writer experiencing Caves Branch River tubing comes to the conclusion that this destination reminds them of sailing in and out of big hunks of Swiss cheese. One minute the sun is shining upon your head, and in the next, you’ve got jungle canopy shading your sail. But the fun kicks in once you slip into a surreal world of pitch black caves once explored and used by Mayans for rituals and secret ceremonies. Fun for all ages, there’s nothing quite like tubing. No matter how many excursions you book during your Belize visit, this one is unique and deserves a place on your must-see list. You’re perfectly safe in the company of other tubing travelers and your guide will make sure you are safe and well-informed by the time your tubing experience is done. No worries about the darkest sections of the caves: everybody will be outfitted with helmet lights.

    Explore the Mayflower Bocawina National Park
    Located in close proximity to Cockscomb Basin, expect to see more here simply because there’s much less foot traffic. Bocawina Falls is a first-class birding site, wildlife observation posts are scattered throughout the park, and most trails are well maintained so it’s easy to relax and enjoy a hike through the park. Co-managed by Friends of Mayflower Bocawina National Park, visitors wishing to be fully immersed in nature are encouraged to pitch tents and camp here. Bocawina sprawls across a vast tract of land, yet it’s located just 16 miles southwest of Dangriga and 12 miles northwest of Hopkins. Either starting point will get you to the park quickly, but you may not have to wait to get here to start your adventure: Black Howler Monkeys indigenous to this area are so “outspoken” you are sure to hear the park even before you reach it. Locate the Stann Creek District on a map to identify the park’s location. You can take the Hummingbird Highway to the Southern Highway. At mile 6, locate the 4.5 mile access road that leads to the park. Simplify your life by engaging a guide in Dangriga or Hopkins and letting him handle the logistics and the roads for a more pleasurable journey.

    Rio on Pools - A Natural and Majestic Waterfall in Belize
    The primary reason to visit is to grab a respite from your on-the-go schedule! You conquered the Big Blue Hole and tested your scuba diving prowess along Belize’s barrier reef; perhaps you visited enough Ambergris Caye hot spots to satisfy your inner party animal. Find tranquility at Rio on Pools and indulge all of your senses. Start by standing on the riverbank overlooking Rio on Pools before reaching your destination. The sound of water falling from great heights alone will quiet your racing pulse, and this Belize paradise is a photographer’s dream. Expect a grand time splashing in the pools, zipping over granite boulders and experiencing area waterfalls year-round. You’re going to stay perpetually wet anyway, so rain showers won’t spoil your fun. That stated, you could encounter muddy roads, so if you’re not a skilled driver, making this trip in a downpours could offer more adventure than you bargained for! Dare we again mention the wisdom of taking a guided tour?

    International Sourcesizz

    Singapore and Belize sign open skies agreement
    Singapore has signed a new open skies agreement with Belize. The agreement allows their airlines to fly between both countries and to any third country, said the Transport Ministry in a statement on Thursday (May 11). Under the agreement, there will be no restrictions on capacity, frequency, aircraft type and routing schedules. Cargo carriers can also base their aircraft in each other's countries and use it as a hub for operations to any third country. Coordinating Minister for Infrastructure and Minister for Transport Khaw Boon Wan signed the agreement in Singapore with Belize's Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation Jose Manuel Heredia. Said Mr Khaw: "The conclusion of this Air Service Agreement reflects the warm bilateral ties between Singapore and Belize. The fully liberal air services framework established will allow carriers from both countries to respond quickly to market opportunities."

    ALL’S NOT SWEET
    Guyana, the Caribbean trade bloc’s largest producer and exporter of raw cane sugar, is scaling back production and pulling away from the European market for the first time in nearly 400 years as Europe will from in the fall end a decades-old system that had guaranteed export quantities from its former colonies, officials said this week. The country has since the mid 1970’s been annually exporting nearly 170,000 metric tonnes of raw sugar to the European Union market under a special protocol with guaranteed prices and fixed quotes for production from Africa, the Caribbean and Pacific nations. But Errol Hanoman, chief executive at the Guyana Sugar Corporation said that the European Union will from September end the fixed quota system and throw open its market to exporters from around the globe, including making more room for its own beet farmers to thrive. The move will affect all countries still producing and exporting in the group including Jamaica, Belize and Barbados. Trinidad and St. Kitts quit that sector more than a decade ago when the European Union had slashed import prices by 36 percent, contending that sugar had become highly unprofitable and no longer made economic sense. Barbados has a single functioning estate.

    US slams CARICOM as money launderers
    In one fell swoop the United States government has condemned 14 of the 15 CARICOM states as major money laundering countries, and Barbados government minister, Donville Inniss, is calling for joint regional reaction. In its March 2017 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report of the US Department of State omitted only Montserrat in its broad brush across the region that hit every CARICOM member along with other Caribbean states, and Inniss noted that such charges carry severe consequences for financial operations of these countries. “This is an issue that affects the survival of each economy in the region,” he said recently in a comment on the issue.

    A List of the Animals I’ve Jerked Off (For Science)
    And they're not all mammals, either! Every time I go out, I play a fun game where I see how long it takes me to mention to a stranger that I’ve jerked off a dolphin. The topic has to come about organically, of course, which is what makes it so exciting. The responses I get are surprisingly similar: Most people immediately want to know how big a dolphin’s dick is. It’s as if my answer would somehow affect whether or not they’d leave the bar right then and there to go fuck one. I sort of get it — dolphins are very intelligent, athletic, and apparently upbeat. That’s about as great as a Tinder profile can read; a big dick would just seal the deal. Once we get past the thorough description of porpoise junk, the next question is, “What else have you jerked off?” So for everyone I might potentially run into at a bar, here is your list of answers:

    A Global Effort to Save Coral Reefs
    The latest news about Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is not encouraging, and a slew of negative headlines tells the story: “Scientists despair at latest coral bleaching data,” says The Guardian; “Large Sections of Australia’s Great Reef Are Now Dead, Scientists Find” reports the New York Times. With news like this about the world’s most famous reef, it’s understandable for many people to conclude that saving coral reefs elsewhere is now impossible. Fortunately, this is not the case. We can still save corals. But to do so, we will need to take action and leverage an “all of the above” strategy of conservation that addresses both the local and global threats to their survival. Tropical, reef-building corals are animals which build skeletons of calcium carbonate and have symbiotic algae that live inside them. Deep sea corals are animals as well, but they don’t have algae since there is no sunlight to take advantage of. Both types of coral create structures on the seafloor as these skeletons build up over time, forming vital ocean habitats for fish and other sea creatures. This process of reef formation is incredibly slow: once damaged, reefs can require decades or even millennia to fully recover.

    Sr Power Gym bodybuilding competition in Chetumal, Quintana Roo
    In UNITY there is our strength! I'm proud of the guys for representing Belize in excellent manner at yesterday's Sr Power Gym bodybuilding competition in Chetumal, Quintana Roo. Spartan Gym's Rigo Menjivar topped his physique category, Oyinkro was 1st in his, followed by Erick with 3rd; meanwhile I settled with 2nd in Overall. Gracias por la oportunidad Power GYM Chetumal. Meffi de la Rosa, Marvin de la Rosa. Official BBBFF Belize Body Building & Fitness Federation.

    Videos

  • Reef Week in San Pedro: Madi's EPIC Adventure , 5min. It's Reef Week in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye. We share iTravel Belize's video of Madi's EPIC Adventure as she snorkels/swims through the length of the Belize Barrier Reef to create awareness of its IMPORTANCE to the country.

  • Former Minister of State Elvin Penner appears at the Special Senate Select Committee Part 1, 2hr. Former Minister, Elvin Penner gives his testimony into the Immigration and Nationality audit with special emphasis on the Won Hong Kim passport breach.

  • Former Minister of State Elvin Penner appears at the Special Senate Select Committee Part 2, 2hr. Former Minister, Elvin Penner gives his testimony into the Immigration and Nationality audit with special emphasis on the Won Hong Kim passport breach.

  • Sailing Ambergris Caye, Belize, 1/2min.

  • Belize got talent (ghetto youths free style), 2min.

  • Belize got talent (talented young man), 3min.

  • Belize Don't Kill My Vibe 2017, 2min. Our trip to San Pedro Island, Belize.

  • Spinner dolphins jumping for joy in Belize, 4min.On our sail to Roatan on the Infinity, we were treated to the most incredible dolphin escort! Over 50 dolphins splashed and played around the bow of our catamaran for almost 30 minutes.

  • Belize Vacation Video 2016, 4min.

  • James Ewing Highlights 2017 (Belize), 5min. Forward for Orange Walk Running Rebels

  • Belize Cancer Society - Launch of Cancer Song, 23min.

  • Galen University - Introduction of Masters in Social Science & Executive MBA, 30min.

  • Belize Road Safety Initiative - UN Global Road Safety Week, 46min.

  • San Pedro Pre School Puppet Show, 2min. Students at San Pedro Pre School enjoy a Puppet Show as part of Reef Week 2017! The presentations at differents schools today educated students about managing access to fishing, the rights to fish certain areas, and sustainable fishing.

  • Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), 3.5min. CCJ and Five Cs are two organizations we often hear about in the media, but probably know very little about; so in celebration of CARICOM week last week, we featured both CARICOM institutions … Here's more on the Caribbean Court of Justice!

  • THE MOST BEAUTIFUL PLACE YOU'VE NEVER BEEN, 13min.

  • Belize Sailing, 3.5min. OVERNIGHT SAILING TRIP WITH RAGGAMUFFIN

  • Air Belize Skydiving, 5min. Quick and dirty video complementing my feature story in the Placencia Breeze newspaper.

  • Belize 2016, 9.5min.

  • Hawkesworth Bridge San Ignacio Belize 2017, 3min. Suspended high above the Macal River, the Hawksworth Bridge is the only drivable suspension bridge in Belize. This suspension bridge reminded me of my beloved Golden Gate Bridge. To the locals, it is as special connecting Santa Elena to San Ignacio. The total length of the bridge is 480 feet and the main span is 280 feet, with an additional 100 feet on each side.

  • Belize 2016, 9min. Denver KLife Belize 2016

  • Belize, 13min. February Break 2017.

  • Black Howler Monkeys in Belize, 3min.

  • 'I want to Belize' the movie / chriss vid/ yosemite, 15min.

  • Cornell College Off-Campus Studies Course in Belize, 5min. Cornell College students spent two weeks on an off-campus studies course in biology in which the students and their professor studied Fire Coral in the reefs surrounding South Water Caye at IZE Belize resort.


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