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February 10, 2018


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The San Pedro Sun

SHINE hosts ‘Women’s Empowerment Week’
SHINE center celebrated Women’s Empowerment Week from Monday, February 5th through the 7th at the Hope Haven Center located behind Maya Island Air, in San Pedro Town. The event consisted of seminars to teach women of Ambergris Caye on how to start their own business. The classes were offered by Cary Heise, Jessica Thronebrug, Billie-Jo Cochran, Wendy Schulz, Julie Matheny, and Erica Curtime from Raleigh, North Carolina, USA. From Monday to Wednesday, the participants were learned how to start their own businesses and given important tips on how to make it a success and maintain it. Best practices such as marketing, budgeting and pricing were shared with them. The attendees were also given advice on how to succeed in a competitive market, especially if their business is going to be one that is common. They not only learned how to start their own business but were also given tips when applying for employment.

One year later, no one charged for the murder of Felix Ayuso
Friday, February 2nd, marked one year since beloved island activist 44-year-old Felix Ayuso was found dead at his home in the San Juan Area. On June 28, 2017, San Pedro Police issued a warrant for the arrest of Vildo Westby, who is their prime suspect in Ayuso’s murder. On December 8th news broke that Westby had been detained by Mexican authorities, but the Belize Police Department still haven’t officially confirmed this information. Ayuso’s sister Carmen Eiley said that she understands that the process of extradition takes long but at least she knows that Westby is still detained in Las Choapas, Veracruz. “I’m always checking with the Mexican authorities on Westby’s status. So at least I can have peace that he is still behind bars. Now I’m just patiently waiting for the day he gets extradited to Belize and pays his time here for the murder of my brother,” said Eiley.

Saga Humane Society benefits from annual Kelly McGuire birthday concert
Island residents and visitors alike joined award-winning country singer/songwriter Kelly McGuire to celebrate his birthday at the Palapa Bar and Grill on Tuesday, February 6th. The birthday festivity included a concert by McGuire to raise much-needed funds for San Pedro’s Saga Humane Society. With raffles, live auctions and great music to dance to, Palapa Bar donated 10% of their bar sales to Saga, who deemed the annual event a success.

The staggering cost of emergency medical air evacuations from the island to the mainland
The lack of a proper emergency medical facility on Ambergris Caye continues to be the main factor for costly evacuations via air from the island to the nearest hospital in Belize City, particularly at night. During daytime medical emergencies the Belize Emergency Response Team along with Wings of Hope are the first options for evacuation assistance. This service is apparently free of charge to the patients, however, at night, Tropic Air is the sole responder transporting the injured and ill to the mainland. Such night service comes at a cost of nearly $5,000BZ of which some is covered by the Dr. Otto Rodriguez San Pedro Polyclinic II, some by the patient when possible and often Tropic Air absorbing the cost. This service is perhaps not economically feasible for Tropic Air, however, they consider it as a way of giving back to the island, which is also the company’s home.

Ambergris Today

San Pedro House Of Culture Hosts Carnaval Photo Exhibi
On Thursday, February 8, 2018, The San Pedro House of Culture opened its photo exhibit of the 'Grand Carnaval de San Pedro'. Those in attendance enjoyed the great music of of Mr. Wil Nunez and his 7-year-old grandson Alexus Nunez. The photo exhibit has pictures of old comparsas (dancing groups) and up to present day comparsas. The public is invited to visit the photo exhibit at the San Pedro House of Cultutre and enjoy viewing the beautiful pictures and information on the Grand Carnaval of San Pedro.

Children Enjoying The New San Pedro RC School Library
The San Pedro Roman Catholic School reached out to the community of San Pedro for assistance in form of donations to be able to fix their library that was in dire need of repairs, the building had broken doors and windows and the exterior walls are all rotting and falling apart. Heading the fundraising initiative was Catherine Whitney also known by the students as “Teacher Kate”. She has been volunteering at the library for several years now. The children have grown to love and appreciate everything Teacher Kate does and love spending time with her at the library reading stories and doing other fun activities.

Belize Accommodations Among Top TripAdvisor 2018 Awards
The Belize Tourism Board (BTB) is pleased to announce once more that several Belizean accommodations have been recognized in this year’s TripAdvisor’s 2018 awards list, both at the World and Central American categories.

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Kindy take note of Archeological site update
SATURDAY 10 FEBRUARY 2018: THE XUNANTUNICH, NOHOCH CHEEN AND ATM ARCHAEOLOCICAL RESERVES ARE ALL CLOSED DUE TO FLOODED RIVER CONDITION. THE BARTON CREEK ARCHAEOLOGICAL RESERVE IS OPEN ALL OTHER ARCHAEOLOGICAL RESERVES ARE OPEN FOR VISITATION. PLEASE EXERCISE CAUTION AT ALL TIMES.

FLOODING IN CAYO DISTRICT OVER THE LAST 48 HOURS
There has been some flooding in the Cayo District over the past 48 hours due to persistent rains. Between Midnight and 1:00 AM Wednesday Night/Thursday Morning, NEMO personnel were called out to Unitedville where a portion of the George Price Highway was under 2 to 3 feet of water due to flash flooding. A few houses were also affected. Also, the low lying bridge across the Macal River in the Twin Towns of San Ignacio/Santa Elena and the low-lying bridge at Iguana Creek (Spanish Lookout Road) are currently under water. Some flooding has also been reported in some areas of the Toledo District. There has been no need for evacuations so far, but NEMO personnel, including river monitors, are keeping an eye on the situation in these areas.

NEMO NORTHERN REGION CONVENES DISASTER MANAGEMENT PLANNING MEETING
NEMO Coordinators for the Northern Region, which includes the Orange Walk and Corozal Districts, met yesterday, February 8, 2018, at their first Disaster Management Planning Meeting for 2018. The meeting was attended by Minister of National Emergency Management, Honorable Edmond Castro; Chief Executive Officer for the Ministry, Ms. Ruth Meighan; and NEMO National Emergency Coordinator, Colonel (Ret) Shelton DeFour. NEMO Northern Regional Coordinator is Elodio Aragon Senior. Orange Walk District Coordinator is Suleima Celiz, and her assistant is Michael Neal. Corozal District Coordinator is Willard Levy, and his assistant is Ronnie Hernandez.

Global Fuel Economy Initiative
Representatives from various Government and Non-Governmental Organizations along with the Private Sector will gather on February 12th, 2018 to discuss the findings of a study to establish a fuel economy baseline for light-duty vehicles (LDV,  3,500 kg) that entered the fleet in Belize over the past four years. The global increase of the vehicle fleet in the coming decades, especially in developing economies, will have a monumental impact on health, the environment, and the climate. The International Energy Agency (IEA) estimates that fuel consumption and CO2 emissions from cars will double between the years 2000 and 2050. As a result, the “Cleaner and More Efficient Fuels and Vehicles in Belize” project was developed within the framework of two global programs, the Partnership for Fuels and Clean Vehicles (PFCV) and the Global Fuel Economy Initiative (GFEI).

UAE-Funded Rural Electrification Project to be Implemented in Belize
A delegation from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) – Caribbean Renewable Energy Fund are in Belize to meet with the Ministry of Public Service, Energy and Public Utilities and village leaders for the implementation of the emPOWER Rural Electrification project (emPOWER project). The emPOWER project envisions to install 344 kW of solar PV and battery storage in rural villages that currently do not have access to the national electricity grid. The villages selected are Indian Creek, Golden Stream, and Medina Bank. The project is estimated to cost US$2.736 million and is part of the UAE’s $50 million grant fund for renewable energy projects in the Caribbean.

Transforming the business district in Corozal
Progress brings good things - The private sector in Corozal has recently taken the lead in transforming our business district with the many number of new businesses, renovations, extension of existing structures and the process of new commercial and personal building construction. Today was yet another one of those days that enlightened our hearts to know that the private sector has deep confidence in the future development of our Corozal community. We feel it coming and it will be here to stay. We were on site this morning speaking with one of Belize's lead architects who has extreme talent. This young man in our personal view has a great vision to change the future landscape and future growth of Corozal. He also has a great talent as a professional photographer and and he is a Corozaleo.

Carnaval 2018 - Corozal
This Sunday, February 11th at Miami Beach. Free event. Come prepared. From 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Corozal tteacher charged in fatal traffic accident
A school teacher, who teaches a at Escuela Secundaria Tecnica Mexico in San Roman, was arraigned in the Magistrate's Court last week Tuesday on traffic related charges in connection with a fatal traffic accident in Corozal. Gerardo Silvestre Chable age 35 was charged for manslaughter by negligence, causing death by careless conduct and driving a motor vehicle without due care and attention, and driving a motor vehicle without a valid driver's license. Corozal Police say Chable was driving a white Isuzu Rodeo that knocked down cane farmer, Hermenejildo Patt, 52, who was riding his bicycle around 6:00 p.m over a week and a half ago in San Narciso Village.

CARNIVAL 2018 San Pedro
The Carnival is here again ! Barrier Reef Drive will be closed Saturday 10th February at 1:00pm. Sunday the 11th Barrier Reef Drive will remain OPEN' On Monday the 12th and Tuesday the 13th there will be restrictions on parking on Barrier Reef Drive and Pescador Drive, from 3:00pm, this is to allow the children to play "painting" safely. Drivers should use Angel Coral Street from 3:00pm on these days. Enjoy the Carnival.

Congratulations to the newly elected San Pedro Miss Carnival 2018, Ana Najarro!

"The History of the Struggle for Belizean Independence" with Nigel Bolland and Assad Shoman
The Punta Gorda Public Library Lecture Series in collaboration with the Belize Archives and Records Service present: "The History of the Struggle for Belizean Independence" with Nigel Bolland and Assad Shoman Tuesday, February 13, 2018, at 5:30 p.m. Coral House, Punta Gorda Town, Toledo

Come and meet "Payaso" in Corozal
The handsomest pony in the world. It will be giving rides to kids at Jahmundo from 3:30 p.m to 6:00 p.m. tomorrow Saturday, February 10th. Along with us will be Dioni Marin who will be taking portrait photos with Payaso, while your kids take a ride with it. Enjoy our coldest beers. Very secluded atmosphere. To get there take the road to Finca Solana off the Consejo Road between the cemetery and the market. Head towards the bay and take a left after Natural Mystics. From there go all the way to the end of the road and take a left after Dr. Garcia's property. We are on your left after that. For more information please call 634-3889.

Power outage scheduled for San Pedro, Ambergris Caye on Tuesday, February 13 from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Yo affect San Mateo and the entire area north of Boca del Rio. BEL to conduct maintenance and testing of equipment, and replace hardware at the San Pedro Substation.

BELIZE FISHING REPORT, Weeks of Jan. 29th - Feb. 4th, 2018
Big bonefish in the lagoon and on the flats this week. The bonefish have been waiting for an opportunity to feed heavily and feed they did. Each angler, experienced or a beginner, always find hungry bonefish in the lagoon. Dan, Bruce, Hans, Peter, and Dave enjoyed double-digit weeks in spite of a rough start weather-wise.

Wedding & Honeymoon Extravaganza
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The Reef Week Belize Instagram contest is underway!
It’s the time to submit your photo(s) or video(s) to showcase the 2018 theme: Our Reef Rocks! Protect it! Don’t Neglect it! To submit your entry for the Reef Week Instagram Contest, you must simply: Tag Oceana Belize’s Instagram page (@oceana_bze) to original photos and videos that showcase the theme of Reef Week Belize 2018: “Our Reef Rocks! Protect it! Don’t Neglect it!” Show us an example of a before and after “change” you’re making in your community to positively impact Belize's economically important marine resources.

Holy Cha Chaac primicias
People from Maya Descent from the village of San Pablo/San Jose(Orange Walk) preparing food for the Holy Cha Chaac primicias. This tradition have been done in this villages for over 100 years since the first Mayeros came to do milpas in the area around 1886.

Channel 7

CJ Benjamin, All But Gone According to Guyana Press
Belize's Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin is on the move - according to news reports out of Guyana. An online outlet called "Demerara Waves" says that Guyanese President David Granger will go ahead with the appointment of Benjamin to the post of Chancellor of the Judiciary. This, despite objections from Guyana's opposition leader. The article quotes Minister of State Joseph Harmon saying that the President and the Opposition Leader have already had "meaningful consultation" and it, quote, "paves the way for the appointment of Justice Kenneth Benjamin as Chancellor…." End quote. Because of the objection from the Leader of the Opposition, the article indicates that Benjamin may be appointed as Acting Chancellor.

He Killed His Friend With a shot To The Head in a Drunken Game Of Russian Roulette
He killed his friend while playing a game of Russian Roulette, and today the court told Edwardo Torres, he's free to go, with only a fine. It happened back in May of 2013, when 32-year-old John Paul Fernandez and 40 year old Edwardo Torres were in the parking lot of the Palm Island nightclub playing with a licensed gun. According to witnesses, Fernandez told Torres to put the 9 millimeter pistol in his mouth and pull the trigger. The gun went off, killing Fernandez instantly, and Torres ran off. He was initially charged for manslaughter but, in court, today he pleaded guilty to unlawful harm through negligence of a firearm.

Contraband Conflagration In OW District
We're always reporting on contraband busts in the Orange Walk and Corozal Districts - and today customs enforcement in Orange Walk destroyed all that had been confiscated over the Christmas, and in early 2018. As this story will show, it's quite an accumulation - but still, it's just the tip of the iceberg:.. Jules Vasquez reporting: They may look like they're loading up for a contraband party. But this is actually a customs operation. All this stuff was loaded up at the customs warehouse in Orange Walk for transfer to the agriculture compound in Yo Creek where 548 canned and bottled beers were crunched by a back hoe which almost got bogged in the runoff from the 860 cases of bottled beers. There was also a total of 86 sacks of flour that got destroyed. While 738 cartons and 3 cases of cigarettes went up in smoke. Throw in another 140 cases and 356 bottles of soft drinks, all laid to waste, 200 thousand dollars' worth of contraband one fifth of a million - all laid to waste in an "empire of dirt".

PM Gives Press Cold Shoulder
Prime Minister Dean Barrow and his wife, Kim Barrow, returned to country today after three days away. A press release from the Government of Belize said that he and his wife left on a private visit to attend to some personal business. They returned this afternoon, and although the press waited at the airport in hopes that he would grant an interview, he declined saying that he had an urgent meeting he needed to get to.

The Sunshine Saga, Both Sides Now
We would have wanted to ask the Prime Minister for his comments on a few important matters, such as the Sunshine Holdings Limited case that has been started against the Ashcroft Alliance. As we told you, that's the latest fight between the Government and the Alliance over the settlement for the BTL acquisition. Sunshine is asking the Supreme Court to order the Alliance to pay them some of the half a billion dollar BTL settlement. Sunshine used to be part of the Ashcroft group of companies, but it became Government controlled in 2009 when the Barrow Administration nationalized BTL. The problem is that with the acquisition of Sunshine's shares, the Barrow Administration took on a 20 million dollar debt that the company owed to the Social Security Board, and the Government. This loan goes back to when Prime Minister Said Musa and the PUP were in office.

January 2018, Wettest Month On Record
You probably thought last month was very, very rainy - but you probably didn't know that January 2018 was the wettest January on record. That's right, in the 30 years of recording rainfall at the Phillip Goldson International Airport, January's 20 inches of rain is the most ever recorded in any January going back to 1981. The 20 inches is almost ten times more than the 2.8 inches which fell in January 2017, and more than three times the average January rainfall of 6 inches - which is based in the 30 year average. Rainfall in Belmopan with 9.2 inches, is also about three times what January of the previous year saw, and is almost twice the 30 year average of 4.9 inches. Tower Hill in Orange Walk had rainfall just above average.

Corozal Robbers Roughed Up Storeowners
3 brutal robbers ran off with $10,000 in cash and cell phones from a Corozal Chinese store. It happened at Rong's Supermarket on 4th Avenue in Corozal Town shortly after 3:30 yesterday afternoon. Surveillance video captured by the store's security cameras shows the entire assault from when the three robbers, two of them armed, arrived at the store. Two of them violently forced the male and female storeowners into submission, pistol whipping, kicking and punching them, all at gunpoint. And while they did that one of the robbers went behind the counter loaded up the money from the cash register.

BDF Driver Killed Toddler, Pleads Guilty, Asks Court For Mercy
He ran over and killed a three year old, and today 40-year-old BDF Civilian Driver, Hubert Martinez begged the court for mercy. He pleaded guilty to manslaughter by negligence and said he is sorry for his action. In December of 2013, 3-year-old Jahston Terry was walking on the sidewalk with his 5-year-old brother when suddenly, Martinez's van charged unto the sidewalk hitting both brothers. Little Jahston died on impact from a head injury. A terrible accident, but he wasn't drunk, and his attorney Bryan Neal submitted that Martinez is very remorseful.

ASR/BSI Looks to CARICOM For Sugar Fix
The Caribbean has four sugar producing countries, and now they are making a pitch to be the sugar of the Caribbean. The Sugar Association of the Caribbean is urging regional manufacturers to use "plantation white" sugar to make soft drinks, cakes and biscuits. ASR/BSI in Orange Walk produces that sugar, and today the senior Vice President explained why it makes all the sense in the world for the Caribbean to buy sugar from its own:... Mac MacLachlan, VP - Int'l Relations - ASR Group: "We produce more sugar than we need in the Caribbean and yet we still, as the CARICOM market, import around about 200,000 tons of white sugar from outside the region. What we as the sugar association of the Caribbean on behalf of the 4 producing countries, that's Guyana, Barbados, Jamaica and Belize. We are making the argument; we don't really think that its necessary. "

Cops Busted Bus Commuter
Last night around 8:00, police busted a commuter with weed. The police stopped the bus at their checkpoint between miles 4 and 5 on the Phillip Goldson Highway. When the officers got on the bus, 41 year old Police Street resident Larance Lahoudi got antsy and gave himself away. Police found 9 ounces of weed in a purple knapsack under his seat. Police charged Lahodi with drug trafficking.

Belmopan Cops Caught Weedists In the Matrix
Yesterday at around 6:45 pm, Belmopan Police were conducting an operation in Teakettle Village they saw a white Toyota Matrix parked on the side of the road. A woman was sitting on the driver's side of the vehicle. It seemed suspicious, so Police searched the car and found 7 parcels of cannabis amounting to a total of 18 pounds. 29-year-old Ernest Almendarez and 22-year-old Brittany Hutchinson were both charged with drug trafficking. Today the two appeared in court. Almendarez pled guilty and was fined $10,000 to be paid by December 30th while Hutchinson was granted a bail of $3000.

Real Estate Brokers Unite
Today, the Belize Association of Real Estate Brokers along with the National Association of Realtors joined forces to sign an important bilateral agreement. They hope to strengthen different aspects of the real estate community. The president of Belize's real estate association told us more. Hugo Moguel, President of the Association of Real Estate Brokers in Belize: "Today's event is a reaffirmation of a bilateral agreement that we did almost 10 years ago." "They have an international division and it's about strengthening ties with similar groups internationally. We have a similar code of ethics that we follow along with the lines of strengthening that code of ethics, strengthening the way real estate professionals work with each other and also fostering international business. They offer courses, training, things that we want to provide for our local market, our local practitioners but have not been able to develop."

Making Wetlands Lessons Stick
Last week we told you about World Wetlands Day. It was celebrated in Crooked Tree - which is known as the crown of wetland ecosystems in Belize. Well, the Belize Audubon Society along with their partners want to ensure that stakeholders and the general public understand the important role wetlands play especially when it comes containing those flood waters. The team organized an educational session today where the media and other partners were invited to learn more about wetlands. We dropped by. Dr. Ed Boles, Aquatic Ecologist: "Wetlands are those areas that are routinely flooded during part of the year and so that area converts to an aquatic environment fish and other things are coming in and they are utilizing the resources that are there, and then when the waters recede they become dry land again but during the wet season the absorption of flood waters is very important because without those wetlands more places downstream would be flooded."

Corozalito Cannabis Cultivator
24 year-old Ronnie Rivera, a farmer of Corzalito Village, is staring down a 10 thousand-dollar fine after being taken to court for the cultivation of cannabis plants - and he only had two of them! He was 1 of 7 persons the police charged with the offense Rivera was busted this morning at around 5:30. That's when police went to his Corzalito home and searched his property. The cops found 2 cannabis plants growing Inside an old refrigerator lying down in his yard, They arrested him and 6 others who were at the house. The cops charged everyone with cannabis cultivation.

“Johnny-Cakes”The Old Fashioned Way
Our next story is about the fading art of "Johnny Cakes" cooked on "Fiyaa Haawt". Now, for you grammar watchers out there, we know the correct term is "journey cakes" and it's a fire hearth - but for the roots subject of this story, we just couldn't use all that fancy language. So, forgive us as we investigate the fading art of baking to perfection on an open fire. Jules Vasquez reports from Cairo Street: Ms. Rose sells JOHNNY CAKES on weekdays, and on weekends, she makes creole bread and bun by order only.

City Council Celebrates
Just in time for the election, the fourth City Council BTL park fest is being held this Saturday. This year's fest promises tons of fun, plus the added adrenaline of politicians trying to get a feelgood moment before the election. So, first off, entry is free for all. And that's only for starters. The Belize City Council's public relations officer told us more. Shane Williams, Belize City Council Public Relations Officer: "6 to 8 is for the children. After 8 we will have the longest firework show you have ever seen and at 9 o' clock the adult show starts with a whole line up of star-studded entertainment. We have Supa G, Ernestine, Marilyn Vansen. We TY, NXT dancers, Nello player and at the end of the night we will have Baby Cham and Cecile." "The BTL is a park is symbolic because it represents what we want in the city. A partnership between the private sector, public sector, the residents, and all the community involved so the BTL park fest is not a celebration of the park itself but the symbolism that the park represents."

OCEANA Cleans Up The Shore
If you have time to spare tomorrow and you want to put yourself to good use, you can join OCEANA and its volunteer team on a cleanup. They will be picking up garbage along the Seashore drive area. Over time, a lot of garbage has accumulated along the coast and they need your help to get all cleared out. Today we spoke to OCEANA's Outreach Program Director Jacinta Gomez about the initiative. Jacinta Gomez, Outreach Program Director, OCEANA: "So tomorrow the Belize City Council and OCEANA are collaborating to spearhead a cleanup targeting the Seashore Drive area. OCEANA has done numerous cleanups in this area and anytime we do it we target smaller pieces of thrash like straws and different plastics that wash up on the coast. Tomorrow is a bit different because we are targeting larger pieces of trash that are actually in the water that if you just drive past you might not even see it but walking along the sidewalk if you look in you see big pieces of trash like tires..."

The Benefit In Bob’s Name
And after working hard on that Saturday clean up - you can vibe all night to the best of Bob Marley's beats at the 16th annual Bob Marley Tribute and Food Drive. But, before you race out of the house to the concert make sure to pack a few food items. Dara Robinson told us more about this year's bash and benefit. Dara Robinson, Coordinator : "We are paying tribute to the late great Bob Marely and it is a food drive and a fund raising for the feeding program I run now for 11 years how we normally do it we have Dj's, I usually show Bob on the screen and what we will bring back new this year, we have a group that calls themselves singers and players of instruments. These are all veterans that will bring a band and they will do an hour or so of Bob Marley music strictly."

Landed In A Lamp-post
This morning, we found this vehicle wrapped around a lamp post on newly paved stretch of the Phillip Goldson Highway. Construction work was finished just last year on this stretch, which starts in Ladyville and ends at the Haulover Bridge. A nice touch on the new highway were the towering street lamps. Well, someone crashed into one of these posts between miles 7 and 8, wrecking it. We're told that this is the 4th lamp post that's been destroyed only months after the work was completed. The first happened last year August, when a US Embassy vehicle slammed into one.

Violence And The Family In PG
Yesterday the Building People Movement hosted a conference in Punta Gorda named Violence and the Family. The focus of the conference was to assist people in having a peaceful home and giving them tools and services to use. One of the presenters told us more. Margaret Nicholas, Executive Director of National Committee for Families and Children/Presenter: "One of the things I really and truly talked about was the number of domestic violence cases that are in Belize City and in Punta Gorda and its effect on the children. We also discussed the whole issue of tolerance and violence."

Channel 5

Breaking News: 3 Belizeans including Cyclist Darnell Barrow Robbed, Kidnapped in Northern Mexico
Breaking News: There is a late evening report of the robbery of three Belizeans—well-known cyclist Darnel Barrow, Albert Leslie and another known only as Mark. Leslie daughter, Elisa, phoned in [...]

Customs Sets Contraband Ablaze in Yo Creek
The flow of contraband items from across the northern border is brisk. It’s big business, though risky, for contrabandistas to illegally bring in tons of items via various transshipment points. [...]

The Liquidation of the Civil Service Credit Union
In April of 2016, the Central Bank of Belize announced plans to liquidate four credit unions across the country. These were the Citrus Growers and Workers’ Credit Union; Mount Carmel [...]

Corozal Chinese Shopkeepers Robbed, Pistol-Whipped in Front of Customers
There was a brazen armed robbery on Thursday afternoon in Corozal Town. The mid-afternoon crime was carried out by a trio of thieves, two of whom were armed with guns. [...]

On Return, P.M. Too Busy for Media Questions
Earlier this week Prime Minister Dean Barrow left the country with his family on personal business in the United States. As has become common practice, the local media camped out [...]

CitCo Struggles with Overnight Flooding
Overnight, heavy rains came down on Belize City and other parts of the country. The downpour immediately caused flooding across the city and water levels are rising in the Belize [...]

West, South Inundated By Rains
But even before the heavy rains in Belize City, torrential rains across western and southern Belize caused flooding of bridges and farms. NEMO is reporting that no homes have been [...]

B.D.F. Driver to be Sentenced for Knocking Down Boy
Civilian driver for the Belize Defence Force, forty-year-old Hubert Martinez, awaits sentencing after pleading guilty to a charge of manslaughter by negligence. He admits causing the death of three-year-old Jahston [...]

Banker Fined for Friend’s Accidental Death
A banker made a decision while intoxicated to put a licensed firearm in a friend’s mouth, which cost that friend his life. Forty-five-year-old Edwardo Torres has avoided jail time after [...]

Weed Busts in Teakettle, San Lazaro
A drug bust in the village of Teakettle in the west, yielded police eight thousand five hundred and three grams of cannabis, the equivalent of eight pounds of the drug.  [...]

Guyana to Go Ahead with Nomination of Kenneth Benjamin Despite Opposition
Attorney General Michael Peyrefitte has said that Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin has not indicated any plans of leaving Belize and his post. But Guyanese President David Granger still wants him [...]

Argument Continues over Responsibility for Sunshine Loans
The case of Sunshine Holdings and the B.T.L. Employees’ Trust was finally before a judge in the Supreme Court, albeit briefly on Thursday. The crux of the case is whether [...]

Belize Rides the Wave of Regional Push for Direct Consumption Sugar
The proposed move to transition to direct consumption sugar continues to be discussed among millers across the region, Jamaica being the latest country to endorse the idea of producing plantation [...]

Can Imports be Reduced?
The issue of Common External Tariffs not being applied to imported white sugar continues to affect millers.  The Sugar Association of the Caribbean, according to McLachlan, is looking at the [...]

After Sub-Par Year, C.D.B. Turns the Page
This week, the Caribbean Development Bank held its annual press conference at its headquarters in Barbados. The headline is that the performance of its nineteen member countries economically in 2017 [...]

Bankers Tout Sponsored Infrastructure Improvements, Advise Belize on Controlling Debt
Belize recorded just a half a percentage point increase in GDP in 2017, and projects about one point five percent, hampered by increases in debt. But still, the C.D.B. remains [...]

B.T.L. Park Star-Studded Saturday Concert Features Cham, Cecile, Ernestine, Supa G…
The City Council is celebrating the fourth anniversary of the B.T.L. Park with a free grand fireworks showcase and concert on Saturday night. The event kicks off with celebrations for [...]

Mellow Out on Sunday with Bob Marley and Dara Robinson at Birds Isle
There is another concert taking place this weekend. Dara Robinson wants you to come out and support the sixteenth annual Bob Marley Tribute and Food Drive on Sunday. The annual [...]

LOVE FM

Belizean accommodations win TripAdvisor Awards
Twenty four accommodations including Bread and Breakfasts, Inns, Hotels and resorts in Belize were among the recipients of this year’s Trip Advisors Awards in the World and Central America categories. The winners were determined based on the millions of reviews and opinions collected in a single year from TripAdvisor travelers worldwide. This year, Coco Plum …

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2 Cotton Tree villagers charged for Israel Perez’s murder
The search for Israel “Prince” Perez, 27, of St. Matthews, Cayo District, who had been missing since Sunday, January 28, eleven days ago, came to a tragic conclusion at about 6:00 Tuesday morning in Harmonyville, and two Cotton Tree men will be arraigned in court for his murder. Perez’s body was found in an advanced state of decomposition in a shallow grave (a dugout). There were multiple stab wounds in his chest and upper body. His hands and feet were tied, and his head was covered with a plastic bag. The body was partially exposed and a stench of decomposition was heavy in the air.

4-year contract for Citco admin, Candice Miller
At the cusp of the impending March 7 municipal elections, the outgoing Mayor of Belize City, Darrell Bradley, has signed a four-year contract for Belize City Council Administrator, Candice Miller. She will now serve in the capacity of city administrator until 2022, and will thereby outlast whoever succeeds Mayor Bradley. While the move has been criticized by the Opposition, Mayor Bradley had no apologies. According to him, it is a part of his efforts at reforming municipal staff throughout the country. Bradley said, “This is part of our reforming of the municipal staff, so that this is not something that only the Belize City Council did.

Cycling prez, Dion Leslie, under fire
Belize Cycling Federation president, Dion Leslie, who is also the governing United Democratic Party’s mayoral candidate, has come under fire from a young man who is aspiring to lead the cycling organization. Tariq Cano, who is not shy about his aspirations to topple Leslie from the top spot at the cycling federation, called a press conference today in which he called into question Leslie’s performance as the leader of the cycling federation. Cano, who was accompanied by his lawyer, Hector Guerra, told the media that since last November he has been requesting information about the election for the Cycling Federation of Belize.

Security guard charged with theft of friend’s cellphone
Dajion Staine, 19, a security guard at the Samuel Haynes Institute of Learning who has been accused of stealing an LG cellular phone, valued at $250, was read a charge of theft today by Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford. Staine wanted to plead guilty to the charge, but Senior Magistrate Ford entered an equivocal plea of not guilty when Staine said he did not act alone in the commission of the offence. She offered Staine bail of $1,000 and adjourned his case until April 5. The theft occurred around 8:45 p.m. on February 6. The complainant, Adrian Hall, 19, a tour guide, reported to the police that he was at A Plus Restaurant on Mahogany Street socializing with Staine and Lyndell Parham, and when he left, he forgot to take his phone from the table.

Belizean Hezron Parks, 21, charged by US authorities for 2nd degree murder
Hezron Parks, 21, a Belizean national from Independence Village in the Stann Creek District, has been employed by the e-commerce company, Amazon, and living in the United States legally for the last five years. However, his life changed permanently on Monday when he was arraigned in connection with the murder of an off-duty Marine veteran. The Marine veteran, Captain Kyle Brayer, 34, was shot in the head in what appeared to be a road rage incident. American media outlets are reporting that prior to the shooting, Parks had been out partying in Scottsdale, Arizona, and got into a fight with a bouncer at one club, was denied entry to another and left a third club because he did not like his drink.

Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) rates Belize
The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) released its 2017 Caribbean economic review and its 2018 outlook at an annual press conference held in Barbados on Wednesday this week. A review of the publication revealed that although several Borrowing Member Countries (BMCs) suffered from devastating events like hurricanes, last year there was an overall uptick in economic growth, to 0.6 per cent. The publication informed that although there was some growth in 2017, the region continues to underperform when compared with other country groups. For the last nine years, the annual growth in the region has averaged 0.8 per cent, while in other small developing states, growth has averaged 4.8 percent.

Cricket regular season opens this weekend
Yesterday, the Belize National Cricket Association (BNCA) announced that its Sir Barry Bowen 2018 Harrison Parks Cricket Competition regular season will commence this coming weekend with 7 games scheduled, 6 on Saturday and 1 on Sunday. The planned season opening Marathon, which had been twice postponed due to rain, has been cancelled. Below is the Week 1 regular season schedule, all games starting at 10:30 a.m.:

Some FFB news items
The following are a few selected items from an FFB press release on Monday, February 5: President Sergio Chuc says farewell to Renan Couoh – Technical Director On Friday, February 2, the Football Federation of Belize (FFB) held a farewell ceremony for Mr. Renan Couoh. At this ceremony, President Sergio Chuc thanked Renan for 10 years as the Technical Director of the Federation, during which years he assisted in the development of many programs, leaving a legacy for the new Technical Director, Mr. Phillip Marin to continue.

PLB Week 4 summaries and Week 5 schedule
Sunday, February 4: Wagiya FC vs Belmopan Bandits SC at Carl Ramos Stadium – postponed. San Pedro Pirates FC 2:1 BDF FC at Ambergris Stadium. (San Pedro Pirates – Highking Roberts 16’ and Carlos Pertuz 90’; BDF – Shane “Chucky” Flores 47’) Verdes FC 2:0 Placencia Assassins FC at Norman Broaster Stadium. (Verdes – Alcides “Paco” Thomas 8’ and Elroy “Bibbs” Kuylen 47’). Police United FC 2:1 Freedom Fighters FC at Isidoro Beaton Stadium. (Police United – Marlon “El Matador” Meza 81’ PK and Carlton “Fubu” Thomas 28’; Freedom Fighters – Kyle Flowers 12’)

Cycling fireworks building momentum to Cross Country
The 2018 Cycling Calendar hit the pavement with a bang on New Year’s Day, featuring the Krem New Year’s Day Cycling Classic, the next biggest annual cycling event to the historic Holy Saturday Cross Country Classic. We have been treated with some regular weekly reports on races hosted by the Weekend Warriors, as well as by individual cyclists or groups foraging into special events across our northern border, in Merida and Ciudad Del Carmen. This coming weekend, we understand that the Cycling Federation will be holding its annual DigiCell Elite Valentine’s Tour.

Editorial: The myth of our inferiority
This Friday, February 9, is the 49th anniversary of the founding of the organization which established this newspaper, Amandala, six months after UBAD’s founding, in August of 1969. Next year July will mark the centennial of the epic Ex-Servicemen’s rebellion in Belize Town in July of 1919. UBAD was founded almost fifty years to the day after the Ex-Servicemen’s rebellion. And UBAD was founded just 19 years after the radical, anti-colonial People’s United Party (PUP) was formed in 1950. At the time it was formed, the PUP was considered militant and revolutionary in British Honduras. So that, for UBAD to challenge the PUP less than two decades later on the grounds of militant and revolutionary commitment requires careful study and analysis.

The creation of wealth
Dear Editor: The creation of national wealth occurs when ordinary people come up with creative, useful and sometimes not so useful ideas, build them, improve on them and then market them. This can be a product as well as a service, a new way of doing something, a process or even a concept. That is pretty much the basis of wealth creation, and it’s no great secret, as some might be led to believe. However, in most instances it is not overnight and takes persistence, patience and a dogged determination to succeed. Individual success grows into companies and eventually to some of the large successful Fortune 500 conglomerates we see today. As the saying goes, a great forest fire starts with a simple spark. This process is commonplace — from the man who started Facebook to the person who invented the common paperclip.

A piece of land for every Belizean!
Darrell Bradley’s term as Mayor of Belize City ends on March 7th this year and his coup de grace was to “gift” 195 employees of the Belize City Council, each a parcel of land. In aggregate, we are told, the land totals 57 acres and the entire project took about two and a half years to come to fruition. I am genuinely happy for the recipients of the lands, many of whom are first-time land owners. However, I am disgusted at the notion that a politician must grant us our own land. Mayor Bradley’s gesture, apart from floating his own political boat, has served only to reinforce the existing system of partisan political distribution of public resources.

Of pesos and “pedimentos” …
Dear Editor, The country of Mexico is one of Belize’s best friends, there is no doubt about that. A lot of us are descendants of Mexicans who came to seek refuge from the Caste War, Mayans and Spanish alike. Mexico also supports our independence and would like to see us prosper, unlike our neighbor to the West and South who would like to gobble us. But, our trade imbalance is hugely in their favor and methinks they can do much more to help us. At present, Belizeans trek across the border daily into Chetumal to purchase millions of pesos in all types of goods, paying a hefty 16% IVA tax.

If you aren’t rich, you should be socialist
Agriculture as the chief means of making a livelihood in British Honduras has not yet been forced upon the people. For the present, thanks to the demands made by the American market for our woods, the country is seeing a return of comparative prosperity. But the evil day will come, and only the more surely because it is put off for a time. The forests are being denuded…no provision is being made by the enforced planting of trees to replace… Almost all our eggs are, as Governor Moloney worded it, in one basket. When this basket breaks, there will be a return to the evil day of 1901 – emigration to Spanish Honduras, to Yucatan and even to Guatemala will set in, and homes in Belize will be broken up.

ABUSE IN YOUR RELATIONSHIPS … Cruelty in law
It is interesting some of the cases of abuse I have come across in my line of work over the years and how from then to now the cases I have encountered have become even more heinous and prevalent. From the start of my career as a journalist I have had the privilege of having people confide in me, and me willing to offer support and encouragement. Now in the legal field I have had to not only listen but seek legal redress for women in very abusive relationships. I always reflect on how most of these relationships started with promises of love, companionship and security, but then it turns to hate, loneliness and lack of personal security… sadly, the abuse comes from the person to whom you have given your heart. Or is it love? I opine, without the need to be a relationship expert, that it is not love.

Flash flood impacts Unitedville, Cayo
Rains in the hills led to a flash flood that impacted the residents of the lower areas of the Cayo District today. The flash flood entered homes, flooded farms, and inundated the Iguana Creek Bridge near Unitedville/ Blackman Eddy, causing traffic delays. In an interview with Plus TV, a Unitedville resident said that he saw the river (Belize River) rising from about 10:00 this morning, but he didn’t pay much attention to it. He said the river continued to rise, and by 1:00 in the afternoon the water covered the Iguana Creek Bridge, making it impassable. However, at about 2:00 this afternoon, the river began to recede, and by 3:00 the bridge was again passable.

Maya Leaders Alliance calls for respect in referendum education in Toledo
The Referendum Unit from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has been working in the Maya villages of the Toledo District, but their work has given rise to questions about the impartiality of the methods that are being employed, and this has prompted Pablo Mis, the Program Coordinator of the Mayan Leaders Alliance, to appeal for respect of the process and to caution those conducting the operation to not attempt to extract answers that are supportive of the government. Mis calls for the referendum campaign to be conducted in a fair, independent and objective manner. “Given the magnitude of this concern, we have been in touch with the Referendum Unit from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; they are the ones who are tasked to lead the awareness campaign.

Norman Slusher, accused of the 2012 barbershop murder of Jason Canto, on trial
On Tuesday, a trial by judge sitting without jury began in the Supreme Court of Justice Adolph Lucas for the man accused of the May 2012 murder of Jason Canto, 30, who died in a hail of bullets sprayed at him inside Dale’s Barbershop, located at the corner of West Canal and Bishop Street. The accused murderer, Norman Slusher, who is said to be an affiliate of the George Street Gang, also sustained gunshot injuries at the murder scene. Businessman Jose Shoman was a customer inside the barbershop and had his licensed firearm on him when two armed men appeared. Slusher, 28, is being defended by attorney Simeon Sampson, S.C., while the Crown’s evidence is being led by Crown Counsel Janelle Tillett.

“It’s stupidity on stilts,” says attorney for the BTL Employees Trust, Eamon Courtenay, SC
Most Belizeans thought that the government acquisition of Belize Telemedia Limited (BTL) was settled at over half a billion dollars, but this morning attorneys for Sunshine Holdings and the BTL Employees Trust gathered in the chambers of Supreme Court Justice Courtenay Abel, where a new round of litigation began to take shape. When the attorneys were finished, dates were agreed upon, for a full hearing of a claim from Sunshine Holdings. Attorney Rodwell Williams, SC, who is representing Sunshine Holdings, explained what is involved to reporters who were camped outside the court. “Pending before the court were two applications, one by the claimant, Sunshine, to continue the freeze, and for an ancillary order to the freeze, and one by my friends to strike out the claim.

The Reporter

Couple busted with almost 20 pounds of weed
A man and woman have been charged by Belmopan police for drug trafficking after they were busted with seven parcels of cannabis totaling just over 18 pounds. Brittany Hutchinson 22, of Teakettle village and Ernesto Almendarez, 29, of Belmopan were charged yesterday in Belmopan Magistrate Court. According […]

Rescue dogs used to search for Taiwan’s earthquake victims
As the fight against time gets crucial in finding survivors of Taiwan’s earthquake, rescue dogs are now being used more. A four-year-old golden labrador whose name translates to “Iron Hero”, worked through dangerous aftershocks to search for survivors after the 6.4-magnitude temblor struck the city […]

Two women charged for trafficking crack cocaine
Orange Walk police arrested two women for trafficking crack cocaine on Wednesday after cops discovered the drug during a search at their residence. Cops raided Raquel Gomez’s, 25, home in Trinidad village, Orange Walk on Wednesday morning and found a plastic container with 7.2 grams of crack […]

Magistrate’s SUV stolen in Ladyville, burnt on Lake I Blvd
A magistrate’s SUV was stolen over the weekend in Ladyville, but her misfortune was compounded when police discovered that the stolen vehicle was then set on fire on Sunday morning closer to Belize City. Police Crimes Investigations Branch (CIB) Chief, Assistant Superintendent Alejandro Cowo told […]

Murder suspect nabbed in Canadian drug bust, to face extradition to Belize
A Canadian national is detained pending extradition to Belize to face a charge of first-degree murder after he was arrest drug bust at a residence in Sudbury, Ontario last Friday. Jordan Bacchus, 28, who is wanted in Belize for the May 6th, 2016 murder of […]

Man accuses police of abuse of authority
A man is accusing three policemen of abusing their authority while they held him in their custody on Saturday night. Dorita Muschamp told the media that she had just left her son, Yulide Allen at a shop on Jasmine Street and headed to her house. […]

Belizean-American charged for road-rage shooting of fire captain
A Belizean-American living in Phoenix, Arizona was detained over the weekend by police there after he allegedly, turned himself in and confessed to shooting an off-duty fire captain during a confrontation in Scottsdale, Arizona on Sunday night. Hezron Parks was handed over to Scottsdale police where he […]

ComPol cracks down on police special duties
Commissioner of Police, Allen Whylie, said the department is cracking down on police officers working special duties at private establishment without his knowledge or consent. At a press conference hosted at the Racoon Street Police Station on Wednesday, Whylie said the police department is a […]

US Embassy gifts thermo-cycler machine to Belize Central Medical Laboratory
The United States Embassy in Belize, last Wednesday, gifted a thermo-cycler machine including supplies and support training valued at approximately USD $ 150,000 to the Central Medical Laboratory, which will allow the lab to conduct rapid and accurate detection of viruses and bacteria that causes diseases including […]

Mexico supports peaceful solution to territorial conflict
Our neighbour to the north, Mexico was the first country to support Belize’s political Independence at the United Nations in 1981, and that country supports a peaceful solution to the territorial conflict that Belize shares with Guatemala. Mexican Ambassador to Belize, Carlos Quesnel Melendez told […]

Ministry of Agriculture import sheeps from the US
Twenty-nine Dorper and sixteen Barbados Black Belly sheep, which were born and bred in the United States (US), arrived at the Philip Goldson International Airport last Monday, imported by the Ministry of Agriculture. The imported sheeps are a part of the December 2015 “Genetic Improvement […]

Traditional Mayas march for slain sisters in the South
Over the weekend, 39-Mayan Communities in southern Belize rallied and marched for justice and peace in memory of slain sisters, Crescencia and Josephina Oh, who were both viciously slaughtered on their way home in San Jose Village, Toledo on January 21. Committee Organizer, Maya Choc, […]

Toledo resident Lusilla Vernon turns 100 years old
Lusilla McNab Vernon completed 100 years on January 26th 2018. She was born in Punta Gorda, Belize on January 26th, 1918. She is one of the 13 children of Sam Vernon JP and Isabel Vernon. She was married to Eddie McNab, and has five children – Dorothy, Edgar, Sandra, Anthony […]

RISING DEATH TOLL IN BELIZEAN MALES
6 out of 10 people who die in Belize each year are males By Adele Ramos Freelance Reporter Over the past decade, there has been a widening gap between the number of males who die in Belize and the number of females. A review of data sourced from the Ministry […]

Belizeans safe after second 6.4 magnitude quake rocks Taiwan
Belizean students and workers in the People’s Republic of China, Taiwan are all safe after an earthquake measuring 6.4 on the Richter scale struck off the coast of Hualien, eastern Taiwan at 11:50 on Tuesday, killing 10 people, injuring more than 260, and toppling buildings […]

Police unveils its 2018 National Crime Fighting Strategy
The Belize Police Department, on Wednesday, launched its new ‘National Crime Fighting Strategy 2018-2020′, which includes a detailed and comprehensive action plan aimed at addressing, combating and reducing major crimes and gang violence across the country. The new strategy was unveiled by Commissioner of Police, […]

Editorial
Police Commissioner Allen Whylie this week outlined a broad initiative, which aims at breaking the power and influence of the gangs in Belize by targeting the leaders and by bringing under surveillance, people who support gangs and provide help and comfort to their leaders. At the same time the Commissioner […]

Civil Service Credit Union bled dry
Share holders and members of the Civil Service Credit Union (CSCU) are unable to get their money, amounting to some $1.2 million, after the organization went into insolvency. Cedric Flowers, Chartered Public Accountant, explained that of the 1,200 people affected by the insolvency, some 200 […]

Flash floods affect families in western and southern Belize
Between four and six families in some villages in the Cayo district were faced with a last-minute evacuation emergency situation just before midnight on Wednesday when they woke up to sweeping, cold flood waters threatening their lives and properties. The families gathered as much as […]

Israel Perez’s suspected murderers jailed
Two days after St. Matthew’s resident, Israel Perez was found stabbed to death inside a shallow grave in Harmonyville community along the George Price Highway, police have charged two Cotton Tree residents for his murder. Just before midday on Thursday, Cruz Castillo, 33, and Stanley […]

Cycling Association combats woes
The Cycling Federation of Belize and its President, UDP Mayoral Candidate Dion Leslie are being challenged for a lack of transparency and failure to hold elections, by one of its members, Tariq Cano. According to Cano, the Federation has not held an election for a […]

Blogs

Iguana Juan’s: Fresh Food in a Fresh Location
Back Street is probably the least “touristy” and my favorite. But now a cool new spot has opened – in a location that has languished since being refurbished a few years back. It was my first time up these stairs to visit the new Iguana Juan’s. What a great location! To sip a margarita and enjoy some really delicious food and just hang out. And watch the real world, San Pedro. The owners, Shannon and Brad. They sold a HUGE comedy club in Raleigh North Carolina about 5 years ago and were looking for a tropical way of life. They lived in Hopkins, Belize for a while and then came up to Ambergris to open their new business. They will also be holding cooking classes featuring tamales. I tried a sample of really delicious brushetta on homemade bread.

The Museum of Belize celebrates its 16th anniversary
In 2002, Her Majesty’s Prison was converted into the Museum of Belize, and on February 5th, celebrated its 16th anniversary. Dedicated to the collection, preservation and exhibition of scientific, historical or artistic objects of interest, the Museum is a treasure trove of Belizean history. From the earliest stamp of Belize featuring Queen Victoria to the Buenavista Vase depicting mythical Maya Hero Twins dancing in victory over the Lords of Xibalba, the former prison has come a long way since it housed inmates when it was built in 1857. The 16th anniversary celebrations included educational and interactive activities that patrons and stakeholders, as well as visitors and friends could enjoy. Monday’s activity included the unveiling of a new temporary exhibit featuring Belizean artists.

International Sourcesizz

5.5 earthquake jolts Caribbean islands
An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.5 jolted several Caribbean islands on Friday but there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage. The Trinidad-based Seismic Research Centre (SRC) of the University of the West Indies said that the quake, which occurred at 1.43 pm (local time), was felt in Barbuda, St Kitts and St Maarten. It said it was located Latitude: 18.71N, Longitude: 61.43W and at a depth of 10 kilometres. “The event occurred north of Barbuda and was reported felt in St Kitts and St Maarten,” the SRC said.

Mangroves protect coastlines, store carbon – and are expanding with climate change
With the help of technology, humans can traverse virtually every part of our planet’s surface. But animals and plants are less mobile. Most species can only live in zones where temperature and rain fall within specific ranges. As regions become warmer due to climate change, plants and animals in those areas will either move to more appropriate climates or be replaced by newcomers who are well-suited to the new conditions. These changes are already occurring. For example, many plants, animals and birds in the Northern Hemisphere have shifted their ranges northward. My research team studies mangroves – salt-tolerant trees with branches that intertwine like dense jungle gyms. Mangroves line the world’s coastlines and prefer warm temperatures, so they have traditionally been restricted to subtropical and tropical environments. But they have many features that have enabled them to survive major climate shifts in the past. Now, in a harbinger of climate change, mangroves are expanding from tropical zones into temperate areas. Scientists are finding them at higher and higher latitudes in North America, South America, Asia, Africa, Australia and Latin America.

Human Sacrifice in the Yucatán
One of the world’s great civilizations, the Maya, flourished in southern Mexico and parts of Central America for more than three thousand years. From about 2000 BC until the Spanish Conquest in the 16th century AD, various Mayan centers rose in their far-flung territories in Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula, Belize, Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador. Maya peoples developed a hieroglyphic writing system, as well as ornate arts and sculpture designs, architectural innovations, complex mathematics and a detailed calendar based on their highly sophisticated astronomical calculations. Over the centuries the Maya withstood conquest by other indigenous peoples, sometimes for prolonged periods, and the systematic destruction of their culture by the Europeans. The Spanish demolished Mayan temples, spreading Catholicism and disease wherever they went. The island of Cozumel, off the eastern Yucatan coast, now a destination for cruise ships and scuba divers, was once a sacred site of pilgrimage for the Maya, home of their Moon Goddess, where women came to seek fertility. At least ten thousand Maya were living on Cozumel when the Spanish arrived in 1520. But the smallpox they brought soon reduced the native population to a few hundred, who were later forcibly relocated to the mainland. As Wikipedia succinctly notes: “The Spanish conquest stripped away most of the defining features of Maya civilization.”

Videos

  • Saying No to Single-Use Plastic, 2min. This is a short clip about my research at Turneffe Atoll, Belize made for my ENG 393 class.

  • Scuba Diving Belize PalapaTours Greg Mansur, 2min. Greg Mansur. Scuba Diving. Nancy Chartier. Belize. San Pedro.

  • My Trip to San Pedro Belize 2018, 4.5min.

  • Grace & You - Banana Pudding Parfait, 23min.

  • BTL Park 4th Anniversary Concert, 19min.

  • Travlers - Valentine's Day-inspired recipes, 9min.

  • 501 Xtreme Dance Group, 27min.

  • “Johnny-Cakes”The Old Fashioned Way, 4min.

  • Ceiba trees outgrow all trees in the jungle, 1min. Sacred tree for the ancient Maya

  • Belize Now | February 9, 2018, 30min. 1. Belize Police Department launches new National Crime Fighting Strategy. 2. Restore Belize - Eight years later. 3. Belize City Resident leads initiative for new park. 4. Belize to receive funding from Global Fund for malaria elimination project. 5. National Oil Spill Consultation 2018. 6. UAE-funded rural electrification project to be implemented in Belize.

  • Mary Tate celebrates 104th Birthday!, 3min. Mary Tate of the Sister Cecilia Home for the Elderly celebrated her one hundred and fourth birthday today in grand style. She was serenaded by the other residents, ate birthday cake and spent time with her granddaughters. We found her in high spirits and full of energy. Tate told us that she lived on Pickstock Street for more than thirty-years after she relocated to Belize. News Five’s Andrea Polanco was at the Sister Cecilia Home for the celebrations.

  • National Geographic World Legacy Awards Winner:Chaa Creek, 1min. Recognizing direct and tangible economic and social benefits that improve local livelihoods, including training and capacity building, fair wages and benefits, community development, health care and education.

  • Vacation in my parents hometown Belize & Mexico!, 7min. I visited family, went to concerts, and went ziplining for the first time.

  • Belize Trip 2018, 75min. Brad and Kenzie leave their creature comforts of America and travel into the foreign lands of Belize. Do they film anything other than animals? Probably not.

  • Belize, 5.5min. 2018 Belize Trip.

  • TRAVEL WITH ME | Belize Vlog |, 16min. Here is a fun travel with me vlog from my trip to Belize! We BARELY survived almost being eaten by a crocodile and shooting with the beautiful Belizean waterfalls. I had so much fun on this trip and miss it already!

  • Dangriga Dream Ballers vs Verdes, 3hr.

    February 9, 2018


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    San Pedro Roman Catholic School to compete at the volleyball district finals
    The female and male volleyball teams from the San Pedro Roman Catholic Primary School (SPRCS) are gearing up to represent San Pedro Town at the Volleyball District Finals on Thursday, February 15th in Belize City. Both teams emerged victorious at the Belize Rural South Volleyball elimination tournament for Zone 5 (Ambergris Caye and Caye Caulker) on Thursday, February 1st held in San Pedro. The sporting event, organized by the National Sports Council also included the participation of male and female teams from Isla Bonita Primary School, Ambergris Caye Elementary School (ACES), New Horizon Seventh Day Adventist Primary School, and Holy Cross Anglican Primary School.

    Belize Police Department sets plan to combat crime countrywide
    The Belize Police Department (BPD) presented a comprehensive approach to tackle the alarming issue of crime and violence in Belize via the National Crime Fighting Strategy 2018- 2020. The plan has been in the making for quite some time but was not unveiled until Tuesday, February 6th by the Ministry of Home Affairs. The purpose of the plan is to reduce the murder rate and gang violence across the country, as 2017 went on record as one of the most murderous years in history, registering 144 homicides.

    Annual Bob Marley tribute concert held on Ambergris Caye
    The San Pedro House of Culture hosted their 8th annual tribute to Bob Marley Concert on Tuesday, February 5th at Central Park in San Pedro Town. Every year the Reggae icon is celebrated in various parts of the country in commemoration of his life and his significant contribution to the music industry. In San Pedro Town, the event started at 4PM, with Marley’s music filling the atmosphere. Attendees enjoyed Rastafarian dishes which are large aspect of Marley’s culture. Later in the night local artists took to the stage performing some of Marley’s most popular songs such as, One Love, Is This Love, Get Up Stand Up, and No Woman No Cry among others. “This event serves as a way to remember the great person Bob Marley was as well as the wonderful things he contributed to various societies around the world,” said organizer of the event Ernildo Jones.

    School children learn about crocodiles with ACES
    The students at The Island Academy (TIA) enjoyed an interactive lesson on Crocodiles on Tuesday, February 6th courtesy of the American Crocodile Education Sanctuary (ACES) team. The senior and junior students learned important facts about American and Morelet crocodiles that are found in Belize. They also had the opportunity to meet ‘Enchilada,’ a rescued baby American Crocodile ACES brought to the presentation. The educational presentation started shortly after 8:30AM with croc wrangler and field biologist Chris Summers from ACES welcoming the students to the session. Accompanying him was Christina Manzi who assisted in the lesson and David Ozier, a volunteer from Canada who is filming ACES’ work for their website. Ozier has extensive experience in the writing and filming of nature documentaries and was more than happy to come to Belize to work along with Summers and his team.

    Ambergris Today

    PIC OF THE WEEK: El Gran Carnaval De San Pedro Is Here!
    El Gran Carnaval de San Pedro is here! The San Pedro Town Council has set up a great photo prop at the Central Park for you take your pictures at! "El Gran Carnaval de San Pedro: Canta, Baila y Goza!" Don't miss out on all the fun activities this year and make sure to take your picture with friends, family or just a selfie at the Central Park's Awesome Prop! Que viva el Carnaval!

    Special Application Needed For Police Officers To Work Special Duty
    The Belize Police Department takes this opportunity to inform the general public of the policy in respect to police officers working Special Duty at business establishments and major events. With immediate effect the business establishments/individuals requesting officers to work Special Duty must apply to the respective Formations/Sub-Formations Commanders at least (72) seventy two hours prior to the scheduled event. The application should include the specific duty requested and the time frame.

    Misc Belizean Sources

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    Kindy take note of Archeological site update
    FRIDAY 9 FEBRUARY 2018: THE XUNANTUNICH, NOHOCH CHEEN, ATM AND BARTON CREEK ARCHAEOLOCICAL RESERVES ARE ALL CLOSED DUE TO FLOODED RIVER CONDITION. ALL OTHER ARCHAEOLOGICAL RESERVES ARE OPEN FOR VISITATION. PLEASE EXERCISE CAUTION AT ALL TIMES.

    BELIZEAN STUDENTS IN TAIWAN ARE SAFE AND SOUND
    An earthquake measuring 6.0 on the Richter scale occurred off the coast of Hualien in eastern Taiwan at 11:50PM on February 6, 2018, causing severe damage. Following the earthquake, President Tsai Ing-wen and Premier Lai Ching-te instructed all government agencies to fully support the rescue efforts and exhaust all possibilities in searching for survivors. The Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan) wishes to advise that the 136 Belizean students in Taiwan are all safe. There has been no reported injury to any Belizean student so far and the Embassy will continue to monitor the developing situation closely and will update the Government of Belize if any further development.

    Poco Loco Food Court opens in San Pedro
    Well, soft opening, that is... We're putting the finishing touches on the food court, but we'll be serving up our launch menu items from Black Daag Burrito Company and Big Up Burger! Chase your order with a beverage from Tipsy Toucan Bar, and make it a complete meal! Sprouts Soup & Salad Bar and Driftwood Crepe Shop are opening VERY soon, so stay tuned for more news from those storefronts...

    Street Art Festival
    Saturday, Feb. 24th, Albert Street, 2-10pm. The Belize City House of Culture and Downtown Rejuvenation Project will be one of the sponsors for the 2018 Street Art Festival. Visit our booth on Albert Street near Scotia Bank where you will learn more about the Downtown Rejuvenation Project and participate in fun games. Think you are good in History and Social Studies? Come and take our History and Social Studies Quiz Challenge! Prizes will be available while stocks last. See you there!

    RFG Insurance opens new branch agency in Corozal
    On 7th Avenue at Vasquez Tire Shop. Covering Insurance for cars, properties, liability and boats. We also sell new tires, used tires, and lubricants. For your construction needs we sell sand and gravel. Come visit our new office. Agent: Jairo Vasquez 653-6530

    DJ Championship Auditions
    The DJ Championship auditions are coming to Cayo next week. They'll be at the Wing Stop Belmopan on Thursday, and on Saturday they'll be at Thirsty Thursdays here in Cayo. They have the list of rules for the 5 minute set on their page.

    The Central American Waterbird Census 2018 is here!
    Participating is easy! Contact us to join a team in one of the well-defined wetlands listed and count the waterbirds present - both species and individuals. Belize joins 6 other Central American countries in this year's Census - volunteer today! For more information, contact [email protected]

    New Caye Caulker Sign
    Met the artists of the new Caye Caulker sign. Should be done today..just have the lobster on the Y to finish. The guy on the left did the concrete work and the other has done the painting. They have done a super job! It's on the North east part of town, at the park about a block from the Split, Next to Caye Reef Condos. Bayron Castellanos was the man in charge of doing the lettering to the guy in the pic Mariano for assisting as his helper and to Maigan for designing it.

    BELIZEAN ACCOMMODATIONS AMONG TRIP ADVISOR’S TOP 2018 AWARDS IN THE WORLD AND CENTRAL AMERICAN CATEGORIES
    The Belize Tourism Board (BTB) is pleased to announce once more that several Belizean accommodations have been recognized in this year’s TripAdvisor’s 2018 awards list, both at the World and Central American categories. This year Coco Plum Island Resort ranked fourth in the Top 25 Small Hotel, 7th among the Top 25 Hotels for Romance and 9th on the Top 25 Hotels for Best Service in the World Category. Meanwhile, the Phoenix Resort in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye ranked 12th on the top 25 Luxury Hotels in the World Category and placed second on the Top Ten Luxury Hotels in the Central America category. Vanilla Hills Lodge in San Ignacio placed first in the top 25 B & Bs and Inns in Central America.

    BELIZE MARINE CONSERVATION AND CLIMATE ADAPTATION PROJECT (MCCAP)
    The Government of Belize, in collaboration with the World Bank (WB) and the Adaptation Fund (AF) is implementing the project entitled “Marine Conservation and Climate Adaptation Project” (MCCAP). The project development objective is to implement priority ecosystem-based marine conservation and climate adaptation measures to strengthen the climate resilience of the Belize Barrier Reef System and its productive marine resources.

    "Belikin Limited Edition" at the Placencia Sidewalk Art Festival
    Here you go! Don't miss your chance to meet these amazing artists all in one place and see their original work on canvas as the Belize Brewing Company debuts their new "Belikin Limited Edition" on Friday 9th February here at Naia to kick off the Placencia Sidewalk Art Festival. The artists: Anton Leslie, Debbie Cooper, Eduardo “Papo” Alamilla, Ernest Garcia, Gayla Fuller, Gilvano Swasey, Greta Leslie, Jorge Landero, Kelvin Baizar, Nelson Young, Terryl Godoy, Walter Castillo.

    Rong's Supermarket on 4th Avenue robbed at gunpoint
    Video surveillance camera shows that around 3:25 p.m. this evening three creole male bandidos, two brandishing what appeared to be two guns, proceeded to clean out the cash register at Rong's Supermarket where the owner and his wife were the attendants.. During the ordeal the owner (whose name has not been released) was severley beaten and was taken to the hospital for treatment. Police were immediately on the scene and so was the asian/chinese community in Corozal who came out in numbers to support their fallen countryman. Many Corozal residents stopped by to show their solidarity and support against the reckless crime and violence that continues to hurt business in our communities.

    Vacancy at BEL
    A vacancy exists at Belize Electricity Limited for the post of Business Analyst in the Business Performance Department (Belize City).

    Boca's 3rd Anniversary
    Boca's is celebrating its 3rd anniversary on Valentine's Day. They'll be raffling a 1 day rental from Western Belize Auto Rental as part of the celebrations. You'll get a chance for every $50 you spend there over the next week. Happy anniversary!

    Cayo Rotaract Wins Project of the Year
    Congratulations, Rotaract Club of San Ignacio! They won the 'Project of the Year Award for their wonderful School Refurbishment Project, where they fix schools in need. Keep up the amazing work. "Through out the year we have been updating you on all the different schools and projects we have been doing with our Rotaract School Refurbishment project and this year we are proud to announce that our Rotaract club won Project of the year at the annual Rotaract Belize Intercitadina, a victory we share with all the clubs that participated. The Rotaract School Refurbishment Project is a national project proposed by Ms. Yasel Acosta that was fully sponsored by Westrac Ltd. Thank you Westrac Ltd without your help none of this would be possible! Now we will represent the country on a district level."

    Paradise Theater playing this weekend:
    Darkest Hour, Daddy's Home 2, The Star, Tragedy Girls.
    Sunday Night we will be hosting a comedian/Impersonator presented in spanish brought to you by Reef Radio for those interested in taking out there significant other to celebrate Valentines day a little early! 8pm $25 pre-sale Tickets $30 at the Door. Tickets can be purchased at Reef Radio *Darkest Hour was nominated for 6 Academy Awards and Gary Oldman won best Actor at the Critics Choice and the Golden Globes Awards for his portrayal of Winston Churchill.*

    Channel 7

    Israel’s Killers to Court
    Belmopan police have come through again - charging two men today for the murder of public officer Israel Perez. Those men are 33 year old Cruz Castillo and 22 year old Stanely Herrera Jr. The cops have collected a large trove of evidence from Cruz Castillo’s Cotton Tree home – he is the main accused. The evidence gathered so far suggests that Castillo killed Perez and then almost assumed his identity - driving his vehicle, using his tennis shoes, and taking the dead man’s customized medallion - and putting it on his own chain! But the charade ended when police found him handling Perez’s stolen property - and, after a few days of investigation, they gathered enough evidence to charge him and Herrera Jr.. Courtney Weatherburne was at their quite eventful arraignment in Belmopan today.

    PUP Bash Bradley For Contract Extensions
    Turning now to politics, last night you heard Belize City Mayor Darrell Bradley defending his decision to give City Administrator Candice Miller - reportedly a 4 year contract renewal - just as his term is winding down. Now those who study governance and public administration will tell you that for an outgoing elected official - ethically, that’s just not “the done thing.” But, in his defence, The mayor said, quote, “I'm the mayor up until the last day of this month. I do things which I consider to be in the best interest of the City. People may disagree. They may complain, but I am the mayor.” Indeed, Mayor Bradley added that he did it to give security of tenure to all staff at city hall, including, apparently, contract officers.

    GOB Gets A Break: Sunshine Case Will Be Heard
    On Monday, we told you how the Ashcroft Alliance and the Government of Belize were going back to the Supreme Court to argue over the BTL acquisition yet again. This is now taking place even though the half a billion dollar settlement was supposed to settle all fights over the acquisition of the telecoms company. As we reported, it’s over the Sunshine Holdings Limited, which has swapped ownership from being an Ashcroft Allied entity to being a Government controlled company. Under the Musa Administration, when Sunshine was an Ashcroft Company, it made 2 loans of 10 million dollars each: 1 from the Social Security Board, and the other from the Government itself. The company the used these investment loans to buy shares in BTL.

    Sunshine Fight Will Be Highly Complex, Protracted
    So, while that was the first round of fights over the Sunshine, what do these attorneys see as the real issues that the court will have to decide on? We asked both sides to summarize their case, and why they think they will win. Here’s how they explained it: Rodwell Williams, SC - Attorney for Sunshine: “Pending before the court were 2 applications 1 by the claimant, Sunshine, to continue the freeze, and for an ancillary order to the freeze, and one by my friends to strike out the claim and He proceeded with the hearing of the application to strike out the claim because if the claim is struck out, then there would be nothing left to discuss about freezing. Mr. Courtenay began his arguments and the court - we had some discussion, and it was felt that in my view, my view, that it was bound to fail, and the court indicated that there was sufficient merit that it should go to trial on the merits. So, rather than expend, time, energy, and money on preliminary issues, we have decided an early trial date. So, we have early trial on the merit. In the meantime, the freeze remains to abide the outcome."

    Sunshine Fight Is Really All About SSB Money
    So, as you will certainly have deduced, it’s a complex case, but at the end of the day, the Government of Belize has basically been saddled with a 20 million-dollar debt that it did not incur. So, we asked the Ashcroft Attorney why GOB, and by extension, you the taxpayers, are at risk of trying to repay it. Here’s how that back and forth went about why the Ashcroft Alliance, from their perspective, does not owe that bill, even though these loans were made when the Alliance was in control of Sunshine: Daniel Ortiz: "What would you say this interpretation that, okay, these loans were made when BTL under the management and control of the Ashcroft Alliance, and so, why should the Government and people of Belize be on the lam this particular debt that we didn't incur?"

    Unitedville Saw A Localized Flash Flood
    If you were in Belize City last night you had cool and calm night, but for residents out west - it was very very wet. It rained almost all night and flooded them out. Those affected the most were Unitedville residents - who live close to the creek. The waters rose and inundated their yards, homes and the village bridge. Courtney Weatherburne has more. Unitedville resident Alberto Cocom makes and sells coconut oil – he has his own home-styled factory in his kitchen. He had already made a few buckets and was preparing to make more when last night’s flash flood ruined those batches and washed away most of his coconuts.

    Water Rising In the West
    And while the Unitedville flash flood was an isolated event - the Cayo District is under close watch tonight because river levels are rising. This is most visible at the Iguana Creek Bridge which continues to rise at this hour. District Coordinator Al Westby told us about the water levels at the dam:.. Al Westby - NEMO Coordinator, Cayo: "Just the last report I got from a BECOL rep that all three dams are rising still. So, that's not...it's good and bad news for us - they're taking in water, but they're not spilling as yet. The Iguana Creek bridge is under water. We have different areas that tributaries come and contribute to these cutoff areas. We have to look at San Marcos, which is a village within the Buena Vista area. There's a lot of families there. We have to look at El Progresso 7 Miles. Anybody who live along the low lying areas, we ask that they heed to these type of waters and take precaution as those people did last night in Unitedville."

    PUP National Convention Come Rain Or Shine
    But whether the rivers continue rising or not, the PUP is moving forward with its national convention on Sunday. They had already postponed it two weeks ago due to rain - and they aren’t about to do so again. The Party Chairman says it will be a massive event: Henry Charles Usher - PUP Chairman: “Well today we're having our walk through before Sunday's massive national convention. We expect to have over 15,000 and we're preparing for over 15,000 party supporters, members of the public, Belizeans from far and wide to be here on Sunday. It'll be the biggest convention in the history of this country. We're bringing in over 230 buses from outside in the districts and we have to make sure that the buses come in, that they offload their passengers on a timely manner. But I'm looking forward to it. This Sunday is our Superbowl. Last week they had Superbowl in the US, well, this Sunday the PUP is having its Superbowl on February 11th right here at the ITVET.”

    COMPOL Cracks Down On Special Duties
    It was probably the best racket that the cops had going. It’s called “special duty” - and it’s how all ranks of police officers get paid to use their uniform - and earn extra dollars on the side, tax free. If you’re not familiar with the term - you certainly are familiar with the practice. When you see uniformed police working at bars, nightclubs, or concerts, they’re on special duty, meaning they are earning $12.50 an hour for constables, $ 14.50 per hour for Sergeants, and $15.00 per hour for senior officers. Now, it’s legitimate work, much needed for the maintenance of law and order, and there’s there’s nothing wrong with it. In fact there are provisions for all these requests for police officers to be processed through the police administrative office.

    Will Belize Send For Bacchus?
    On Tuesday we told you about Canadian Jordan Bacchus. Bacchus was a person of interest in the murder of San Pedro star athlete Melvin Almendarez but fled to his home country of Canada before he could be detained. Bacchus who was also wanted in Canada was found and arrested last week Friday in Ontario Canada. Today, we asked the police about Bacchus's extradition to Belize after he has been processed in Canada. Sahar Vasquez: "Will he be extradited to Belize to face murder charges?"

    CDB President Expects Belize To Rebound
    Yesterday, we showed you Caribbean Development Bank’s annual press conference from Barbados - where the statistics reflected that Belize’s economy was one of the most sluggish in the region, registering an anemic .6% GDP growth. It was also one of only five countries whose public debt grew in 2017. But still, the CDB’s president remains confident that Belize can juggle growing death and slow economic growth to rebound. He told our colleague from Jamaica Nationwide News Kalilah Enriquez more: Dr. W. Warren Smith, President - CDB: "We have been investing in infrastructure projects in Belize which are very targeted. Belize is a large country compared to the population that it has so the infrastructure needs are great and they have challenges on the social sector side because you have a lot of inward migration into Belize because the borders are pretty open so there's a challenge to try to keep up with the requirements for adequate education and other services to the people of Belize."

    Hard Drugs In Little Trinidad
    It’s a tiny village in Orange Walk North, but Trinidad was loaded with crack when police went on a search yesterday. The first search was done at the home of 25-year-old Raquelo Gomez. Police found a plastic container that contained 2.4 grams of Crack Cocaine. At the time 36-year-old Marcela Gomez was also present. Police arrested and charged both women with drug trafficking. The second search was at an abandoned lot in the village. They found a small plastic bag containing 40 pieces of crack cocaine. No one was present at the time of the discovery so the drugs were labelled and deposited as found property.

    Belize’s Best Resorts Get 17 Spots On Trip Advisor Top 25
    Trip Advisor is a popular site that tourists all around the world use to plan travel and to rate their hotel and restaurant experiences. For the past 16 years, they have recognized the countries that get the most reviews and opinions in a year with the Travellers Award. This year Belize is big in the awards with 17 different hotels making the top 25 list in different categories. These Belizeans hotels range all over the country from the always popular San Pedro to peaceful and quiet Cayo. You can view the full list on our website.

    The Wisdom of 104 Years
    Sunday, February 4th marked Mary Tate’s 104th birthday. Tate was born in 1914. She dedicated the majority of her life to raising her children and ensuring they got only the best. Tate resides at Sister Cecilia's Home for the Elderly now. She is confined to a wheelchair but she does not let that break her spirit. At 104 Tate is still bursting with energy and endless good humour and grace. We stopped by the home today to celebrate Tate’s incredible milestone.

    Rodwell Says It Wasn’t Him
    Earlier in the news, we took you to the Supreme Court for the latest fight between the Ashcroft Alliance and the Government over the BTL acquisition and its settlement. Today’s case gave us the first opportunity to ask Rodwell Williams about that BTL Settlement Deed from 2015 which still continues to haunt the Barrow Administration. You’ll remember that when the half-a-billion-dollar BTL settlement was first introduced to the Belizean people, the Prime Minister had an interesting sales pitch. He acknowledged that this was indeed an astronomical figure that the the country would have to pay for the the company, but of that final figure, 60% of it would go into a trust to be used on projects for the people of Belize.

    PUP Say Faber Was Intimidating
    Last week at the launch of the UDP Manifesto, the ruling party’s Deputy Prime Minister urged voters to cast their municipal ballots for his party’s slates because they can be assured of a good working relationship with a UDP Central Government. It’s an old and true formula for political persuasion - and the PUP rejected it today:.. Henry Charles Usher - PUP Chairman: "We have seen a PUP town council in Orange Walk been able to get the work done, being able to deliver for the people under a UDP central government so the blueprint is there it can work...”

    Channel 5

    Cotton Tree Duo: Cruz Castillo and Stanley Herrera Jr. Arraigned for the Murder of Israel Perez
    These the two men were arraigned this afternoon in the Belmopan Magistrate’s Court for the murder of Immigration clerk, Israel Perez.  Cotton Tree residents, Cruz Castillo and Stanley Herrera Junior, [...]

    Canadian National Wanted in Belize, Arrested for Drug Possession
    On Monday, we reported that Canadian national Jordan Bacchus was arrested by police in his home country for possession of drugs. According to the Canadian media, Bacchus will answer to [...]

    Couple Hospitalized after Mid-Afternoon Stabbing
    A stabbing incident earlier today on Gill Street has left a couple hospitalized at the K.H.M.H. after receiving injuries to various parts of their bodies.  Thirty-five-year-old Rhonda Burgess and her [...]

    The P.U.P. to Review Contracts Issued Past the Life of the Current City Council
    A four-year contract renewal for Candice Burke to remain city administrator, along with four other directors, has brought outgoing mayor Darrell Bradley under fire.  On Wednesday, he confirmed that a [...]

    Guyana’s Opposition Leader Turns Down Nomination of CJ Kenneth Benjamin
    Guyana’s Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has turned down the nomination of Chief Justice of Belize Kenneth Benjamin to be Chancellor of the Judiciary of the South American country, according to [...]

    P.U.P. Chairman on DPM Faber’s Comment on Election Outcome
    The United Democratic Party remains at the helm of central government until general elections are called.  It means that until then, all municipal bodies will be functioning under the leadership [...]

    P.U.P. Prepares for What It Says Will Be a Mammoth Convention
    Since postponing its national convention a few weeks ago due to inclement weather, the People’s United Party has been busy organizing what it is calling the biggest political gathering that [...]

    Protest in Cayo Against the Alleged Padding of the Voters List
    A protest was held today in front of the Elections and Boundaries offices in Santa Elena. Supporters, as well as candidate councillors of the People’s United Party, came out to [...]

    P.U.P. Mayoral Candidate Says: Win Elections Legally
    During the year-long immigration hearings of the Senate Select Committee, the former director of Immigration Ruth Meighan confirmed that at least two thousand persons, who did not qualify, illegally obtained [...]

    Kaya Cattouse Slams Cycling Federation for Excluding Female and Junior Races in its Annual Calendar
    Well-known female cyclist Kaya Cattouse is the latest athlete to come out against the Cycling Federation of Belize, amid the controversy surrounding the stalling of its elections.  She is not [...]

    Cattouse Says There’s Lack of Transparency under Leslie’s Presidency
    Cattouse has since taken to social media to vent her frustrations with the Cycling Federation.  She outlines a number of issues, including a lack of transparency under Leslie’s presidency.   [...]

    The Vision of the Political Aspirants in Punta Gorda
    In our ongoing series on mayoral candidates, we headed to the southernmost town of Punta Gorda.  The population is mixed and there are just under four thousand voters who are [...]

    Town Councils Heavily Indebted to S.S.B.
    With elections four weeks away, all eyes are how town councils have been performing in the different municipalities.  Today, News Five learnt that at least three councils are heavily indebted to the Social [...]

    Gomez Women Charged for Drug Trafficking in Orange Walk
    Ongoing anti-drug operations took police up north to the village of Trinidad in the Orange Walk District.  In an empty lot there, they found a plastic bag containing forty pieces [...]

    Overnight Flash Flood in Unitedville, Cayo
    There was a flash flood in the west on Wednesday night. Sometime after mid-night, NEMO was called out to an area in Unitedville where a portion of the George Price [...]

    Age is Just a Number: Mary Tate Turns 104
    Mary Tate of the Sister Cecilia Home for the Elderly celebrated her one hundred and fourth birthday today in grand style. She was serenaded by the other residents, ate birthday [...]

    Healthy Living Heads to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at the K.H.M.H.
    There is good news coming out the country’s largest referral hospital, the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital.  That is that the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit is finally in operation. It’s been [...]

    LOVE FM

    Can PUP capture the majority of municipalities in the upcoming elections?
    The People United Party presently controls only one municipality which is Orange Walk Town. Linsford Castillo, the party’s Secretary-General says they are hopeful that these upcoming municipal elections will change all that. Linsford Castillo – Secretary-General, PUP “We are in full engagement as far as the ground campaign is concerned. We’re now really, less than …

    PUP gears up for Municipal Elections
    The People’s United Party will be holding its National Convention on Sunday at the ITVET compound. This event is taking place less than a month away from the municipal elections. Love News caught up with the PUP supporters at ITVET as they prepared for the National Convention and spoke with Linsford Castillo, Secretary-General of the …

    Two charged with murder of Israel Perez
    Belmopan Police have charged two men with the murder of Israel Perez. The men identified by police as 33-year-old Cruz Castillo and 22-year-old Stanley Herrera, both of Cotton Tree Village, were charged this afternoon with murder. They are scheduled to return to court on April 12. A post-mortem examination has also certified that Perez bled …

    Statistical Institute of Belize closes four of its offices
    Apart from its headquarters in Belmopan, Statistical Institute of Belize (SIB) had branch offices in Corozal Town, Orange Walk Town, Belize City and Punta Gorda. However, that is no longer the case since this past Monday SIB closed those offices as part of its restructuring exercise. Love News spoke with Diana Castillo-Trejo, Deputy Director General, …

    Love FM welcomes Jamaican artists for Saturday concert
    The Cucumber Beach at Old Belize will be transformed this weekend as four of Jamaica’s golden singers will take to one stage and celebrate Love FM’s 25th anniversary with their best hits. We are talking about Lloyd Lovindeer, “the doctor of science”; Ernie Smith; Pluto Shervington and Boris Gardiner. They touched down today at the …

    No special jobs for Police without permission
    The Police Department has officially announced that with immediate effect police officers cannot work special duty without proper permission being granted. In a release issued today, it states that quote, “business establishment/ individuals requesting officers to work Special Duty must apply to the respective Formations/ Sub-Formation Commanders at least seventy-two hours prior to the scheduled …

    Cycling Federation not showing accountability, Tarique Cano says
    In his letter Tarique Cano also spoke of several other concerns he has with the management of the Cycling Federation of Belize and the sport itself. According to Cano there is a lack of any systematic and comprehensive criteria for the selection of cyclists to the National Team. He also says that the Federation has …

    Are female cyclists being treated unfairly by the Cycling Federation?
    Well known female professional cyclist Kaya Cattouse is also speaking out against the Cycling Federation of Belize. Cattouse has become an advocate for women and youth cyclists who she says have not been given the same opportunities by the Federation. She says quote, “Instead of finding ways to encourage participation and build the female field, …

    No charges yet in death of elderly man
    Police have not charged 47 year old Anselm Gillett in the death of 77-year old George Young who died in a road traffic incident on the Burrell Boom/Hattieville Road on January 29. Authorities say that the file is being prepared to be sent to the Director of Public Prosecution for directions. Police report that the …

    Tarique Cano wants to be President of the Cycling Federation
    Tarique Cano, a professional cyclist in Belize, says he is a registered member of the Cycling Federation of Belize, CFB. Cano sent a letter to the President of the CFB Dion Leslie expressing 7 concerns with regards to the management of the sport. In response, the CFB told Cano’s attorney that he is quote, “not …

    No extradition yet for Jordan Bacchus
    Earlier this week we reported on the detention of Jordan Bacchus, a Canadian who is a person of interest to Belize Police in the shooting death of Melvin Almendarez who was killed in San Pedro Town in May of 2016. He was reportedly detained following a raid of a house in Northern Ontario as police looked for drugs. A report indicated that the Sudbury Police would process Bacchus for a drug-related office and that considerations would be made for his extradition back to Belize to be investigated for Almendarez’s murder.

    Who was responsible for ‘poorly’ drafted BTL Settlement Deed?
    On September 11, 2015 the Government of Belize and British Caribbean Bank Limited arrived at a settlement, so did the Government of Belize, Dunkheld International and the Belize Telemedia Limited Employees Trust. The settlement was for the nationalization of BTL. The Caribbean Court of Justice stated that the settlement deed was poorly drafted. So who drafted it? Senior Counsel Rodwell Williams says it was not him.

    Sunshine’s case to go to trial
    Attorneys for Sunshine Holdings, the BTL Employees Trust and the Government of Belize presented themselves before Supreme Court Justice Courtenay Abel today. In November of last year, the Government of Belize made the final payment for its acquisition of Belize Telemedia Limited. However, Sunshine Holdings is still trying to collect what it believes it is owed. Under the Musa Administration over ten years ago, the Social Security Board loaned Sunshine Holdings ten million dollars.

    TAA and MLA condemn “politicizing” of Guatemala’s claim over Belize
    The Toledo Alcaldes Association and the Maya Leaders Alliance have issued a joint release condemning what they call the “politicizing of Guatemala’s claim over Belize”. The Association states that persons working with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs are conducting a survey within communities in southern Belize surrounding the Belize Guatemala territorial dispute and taking the …

    Belize City Council extends staff tenure
    During an interview in Belize City today Mayor Darrell Bradley said that the Belize City Council has been working on securing the tenure of its staff since with the security of tenure the Belize City Council will be able to attract more qualified persons. Darrell Bradley – Mayor of Belize City “This is part of our …

    Musical documentary to be screened in San Ignacio
    The documentary, Aldea Mundial will be shown this weekend in San Ignacio. The documentary features different cultures including the Garifuna. Jesse Louis is traveling across the countries to show the film and he spoke with Love News. Jesse Louis – Prompter “We are actually carrying on our bikes: bass guitar, cables, a projector, a projector …

    Robbers hit Chinese business in Dangriga for the third time
    Police in Dangriga is investigating an armed robbery that occurred at a business establishment in that municipality. Correspondent Harry Arzu has the story. Harry Arzu – Reporter “Love FM: Shortly after seven o’clock last night three male persons of dark complexion entered Bengushe store located on Penn Road here in the Bengushe area of town …

    Building regulations enforced
    Mayor Darrel Bradley said that there is an increase in construction in the city which has created a problem with persons not adhering to the building regulations. As a result, the Council is trying to be as vigilant as possible to ensure that persons comply with the building regulations. Darrell Bradley – Mayor of Belize …

    National Plan on chemical management updated
    Today was the conclusion of a two-day consultation workshop that dealt with updating the National Implementation Plan (NIP) on the Persistent Organic Pollutants (POP) in Belize. The workshop was an initiative of the Department of the Environment in collaboration with the Basel Convention Regional Center for the Caribbean in Trinidad & Tobago. Love news spoke …

    Mother searches for missing son
    Sharliine Neal, the mother of Geovanni Augustine Fernandez, visited our studios to report that her son went missing. Sharliine Neal, Mother of Geovanni Augustine Fernandez “He gone from last week Friday, I call him , he doesn’t answer his phone, it cut off and I start worry because they found a little boy that’s 18, …

    Broadcaster Mario Lopez speaks of his journey with Love FM
    In our countdown to Love FM’s twenty-fifth anniversary, today we share with you the story of Mario Lopez, also known as DJ Super Mario. Lopez has been involved in the broadcasting industry for a number of years and is a staple on Estereo Amor, our Spanish speaking station which came along one year after Love …

    Police Department to strengthen the Professional Standards Branch
    And while police want to improve the disciplinary process within the department, it is also aiming to ensure that officers are properly monitored. Allen Wylie – Commissioner of Police “Additional Police officers will be identified and posted to the PSB to allow for a PSB officer to be stationed in every police district. Belize Police …

    New laws and amendments in the fight against crime
    Strategy number two will focus on legislative reforms. The department feels that to increase its effectiveness in addressing crime, and especially gang-related crime and violence, legislation reform is key. For this, recommendations for amendments to existing legislation and the writing of new ones have been made. One of these is the enactment of an anti-gang …

    Fareed Ahmad was constantly followed, family says
    Yesterday, the family of the late Fareed Ahmad hosted a press conference to express their desire for a proper, impartial and transparent investigation into his shooting death. Ahmad was killed in December of last year and WPC Michelle Brown was charged with murder.

    Cyclists call out Cycling Federation of Belize
    Two cyclists have written to the President of the Cycling Federation of Belize, Dion Leslie, expressing concerns they have with the management of the Federation and the sport. Through attorney Hector Guerra, cyclist Tariq Cano, on a letter dated February 6, points out to Leslie seven issues he has been having with the Federation.

    Police strategy to disarm criminals
    On Tuesday the Belize Police Department presented its new National Crime Fighting Strategy. The strategy targets gangs and is also focused on amendments to existing legislation and the creation of new ones to fight crime. The department will also be conducting some in-house cleaning and strengthening the Professional Standards Branch.

    Cycling Federation responds to Cano’s concerns
    Late this evening the Cycling Federation of Belize responded to Tarique Cano through its attorney, Bryan Neal. According to the letter, Cano is quote, “not a registered member of the Cycling Federation of Belize since he has not completed the required process”.

    The Guardian

    Belize Police Department Launches Nation
    A very important conference was held at the Raccoon Street Police Station Conference Room on Tuesday, February 6, 2018. There, Hon. Elodio Aragon Jr., Minister of Home Affairs; as well as COMPOL, Allen Whylie; George Lovell, CEO, Ministry of Home Affairs; senior police officers, and other high ranking officials met to introduce the 2018-2020 Belize Police Department’s National Crime Fighting Strategy. The strategy was launched under the Ministry of Home Affairs with an effort to reduce crime across the country.

    195 land titles to city employees
    As a “thank you”, 195 workers at the Belize City Council each received a land title on Thursday, February 1, 2018, some of them first time land owners. According to the outgoing mayor Darrel Bradley, the titles were given as an incentive to encourage efficiency and good work within the council employees. The lands, which totaled a 57-acre span and which is an area that was cleared and subdivided with this purpose, is located along mile 13 on the George Price Highway near Tropical Park.

    Attempted murder charges dropped after almost 6 years
    After being accused of the offense of attempted murder, a Belizean domestic finally got her freedom almost six years later in the Supreme Court when her case ended in a nolle prosequi. That woman, 42-year-old Hilda Locario, was accused of trying to kill Shirley Leslie during a stabbing incident on February 15, 2012. Locario who has been coming to the court for almost 6 years is finally able to put the matter to rest after her last court date on Monday, February 5, 2018.

    Israel Perez’s body found in shallow grave
    The body of Israel Perez, a 27 year-old resident of Cotton Tree, was found buried in a shallow grave in the Harmonyville Community. The Immigration Dept. employee had been missing for a week until he was found in a shallow grave in the community, which is located at Mile 41 on the George Price Highway, just outside his home village. Shortly before 8 a.m. on Tuesday, February 6, police were called out to area located a short distance off the side of the highway. In a shallow grave, they found Perez’s body in an advanced state of decomposition.

    A new trouble free DFC
    Deputy Prime Minister, Hon. Patrick Faber, posted the following on his Facebook page on Thursday February 1: “10 years at the helm of the DFC and not a peep of scandal... in fact it’s the opposite, the CDB gives the DFC, under her watch, the largest loan portfolio ever.... powerful lady... salute to Mrs. Natalie Ewing Goff! He followed up stating: “Truly happy to see that so many from all walks of life and even political persuasion agree that she is of such high character and ability. Mrs Goff insists that she does it with the support of a great staff at the DFC.”

    CEMO Symposium 2018
    The City Emergency Management Organization held their 6th annual Symposium at the Biltmore Plaza on Wednesday, February 7, 2018. This year’s 2-day symposium was held under the theme “Building on Hurricane Preparedness, Response, and Resilience of Municipalities” and saw the participation and representation of several key stakeholders and sponsorship. Some stakeholders that gave remarks on day one of the symposium included representation from the Atlantic Bank, Belize Port Authority, the Embassy of Taiwan, Mayor Darrel Bradley and other councilors, CEMO, and other pertinent entities.

    Belize City launches its Manifesto
    The UDP’s Belize City Council slate on Thursday February 8 launched the manifesto which will be used as a reference for the development of the city in the next term of office. Speaking at the gathering at the party’s headquarters, each councilor candidate got the opportunity to expound on the work that has already been done in the various portfolios including Infrastructure, Socio-Economic Development, Traffic and Public Safety, Sports and Lifestyle and Sanitation and Environment.

    A look inside Kolbe foundation as it transforms lives
    The relative peace that now exists at the Belize Central Prison is as a result of a determined effort by its management to involve prisoners in a meaningful daily existence. They achieve this by allowing as many inmates as possible to engage in meaningful theoretical rehabilitation programs and useful vocational and occupational skills. The three phase course offered a series of theoretical trainings such as the healing of the mind, breaking the cycle of gang violence and re-integration. The course attempts to break the cycle of gang violence by teaching and equipping inmates with viable skills.

    Belmopan City Council gets new compactor truck
    The Belmopan City Council continues to improve its garbage collection capabilities and this is especially now so with the acquiring of a new Garbage Compactor Truck. This new JAC Brand Garbage Compactor was purchased thanks to $150,000.00 Bz from the Belmopan Municipal Bond. Another garbage compactor will also be obtained, and with the addition of a second Compactor Truck, the Belmopan City Council will not only be able to attend to households in the central area, but also in the periphery. Currently household garbage is collected in central Belmopan on both Mondays and Thursdays and in the surrounding areas such as Salvapan, San Martin, Maya Mopan and Las Flores only on Wednesdays.

    Dangriga UDP launches its 2018 – 2021 ManifestoSunday February 4th 2018
    The Dangriga United Democratic Party launched its Town Council Elections Manifesto 2018–2021 this afternoon with the theme “Improving Lives, Development You Can See, Transformation you can feel. The gathering was well attended by a throng of ardent UDP family and supporters. Town Administrator Peter Parchue took the role of Master of Ceremonies for the afternoon. Parchue introduced the Nunez sisters and the Garifuna Heartbeats who did an excellent job with the Belizean National Anthem accompanied by the ever present cultural drums. The anthem was followed by the invocation offered by Reverend Elswith Clare; and Deputy Mayor Earth Lopez did the welcoming address.

    Garifuna branch from San Ignacio holds workshop in Orange walk
    The National Garifuna Council, San Ignacio Branch conducted a workshop on Saturday with Garifuna women in Orange Walk to embrace their cultural heritage. The women examined the Garifuna history, language, food, customs, and songs. This is happening as there is already dialogue to launch a Women’s arm in the Hopkins, to be referred to as the Sandy Beach Women’s Cooperative, the first Garifuna Women’s Cooperative in the country of Belize. “Elder women counsel and mentoring the young, I am passing on the legacy through the Grace of God,” says Ellis, who is the President of the National Garifuna Council in San Ignacio and led the team to Orange Walk.

    Khalid and team hit the streets in Belmopan
    There are two stories going about in Belmopan, the first is that the PUP is fighting to get into the homes of people to campaign and the other is that the UDP is fighting to get out after they get in. It is with this kind of attitude that the Belmopan City Council slate officially launched its team and campaign in the Capital City of Belmopan at the May Gordon Park on Thursday February 1. The event took place in the presence of Prime Minister, Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow; Deputy Prime Minister, Hon. Patrick Faber, Belmopan Area Rep. Hon. John Saldivar; Belize City Mayor Darrell Bradley and Belize City Mayoral candidate Dion Leslie.

    Mexican Ambassador talks election, contraband, and Chetumal
    With the election of a new president of Mexico just months away, there are several early announcements of candidacies including Jose Antonio Meade, the former Foreign Minister who has visited Belize, and left-wing contender, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador. This election will prove to be a different one especially as it relates to the Mexican Diaspora. For the first time in history, the 500,000 Mexicans living outside of Mexico will have the opportunity to vote in this election for the president and senators, a process that has partly been made possible through the efforts of the ambassador.

    No policemen to work at sex trade establishments
    Police Commissioner Allen Whylie has announced that he will be carefully managing police officers and those special duties that they carry out for the business community. They will now have to strictly comply with the police regulations and apply to him to work these special duties. Readers may know what these special duties are. Police officers often earn extra income, kind of like overtime salaries, by providing security to different business establishments. The problem is that some of these special duties were flagged by the US Government’s Trafficking in Persons (TIPS) Report of 2017. The Belize Government has been working hard to improve the country’s tier 3 grade by the US State Department, which is the worst assessment that the US officials give countries.

    Troy Gabb gone crazy; the PUP’s Violence and the PUP’s baggage
    What type of idiot is Troy Grab ? Now he is saying, that government should Nationalize the Mahogany Heights lands and work out a payment plan with the owners of the land and pay for the land for the homeowners. Was he not the person in charge when we were made to pay the wrong person for that property ? Why should we pay a second time for his “folly?” It is plain common sense that since the area has some major development on it we would have to pay market value.

    Murder trial commences against Norman Slusher
    On Wednesday February 7th the sensational murder case of Norman Slusher who is accused of killing a well-known Belize City Car dealer got under way in the Supreme Court of Justice Adolph Lucas in a trial by judge. At the time of the murder Slusher was shot by a patron of Dale’s Barber Shop located at the corner of West Canal and Bishop Street where Jason Canto was when he was shot and killed on May 10, 2012. That patron, was identified as Jose Shoman. The motive for the murder is unknown. Canto was shot as many as eight times to the body. He died on the spot.

    Anthony Crawford remanded on gun charge
    Anthony Edward Crawford, a 34-year-old figure who has been before the court on numerous occasions, was back in court on Monday, February 5, 2018 and is on remand at the Belize Central Prison on another gun accusation charge. Crawford was arraigned before Magistrate Kadeen Palma for a single offense of aggravated assault with a firearm upon Hubert Velasquez.

    Three men remanded for armed robbery
    A trio of men was arraigned on Monday, February 5, 2018 for an armed robbery that took place at Highwayman Service Station located in the Lord’s Bank area of Ladyville. The robbery was captured on surveillance camera which led police to the arrest of the three men. Those men have been identified as 25-year-old Jose Cocom Jr., 19-year-old Kentroy McKoy, and 21-year-old Edison Palacio, all of Belize City. The men appeared before Magistrate Kadeen Palma to answer to the charge of robbery with a firearm. The allegations are that Thursday, January 31, 2018 while at the Puma Highwayman Service Station located at Mile 9 ½ on the Phillip Goldson Highway, the men used a firearm to steal $325 cash from one of the workers at the service station.

    BDF Soldier fined after allegedly pulling firearm on civilian
    A gun related incident has led to the charging of a BDF officer. That officer, Kareem Beeks, was detained and charged pending investigation into a report made by a woman who claims that Beeks pointed the firearm at her. The woman made a call to the police and after giving them a description of the man she claims pointed the firearm at her, the suspect was pursued and detained. That suspect turned out to be Kareem Beeks, a 25-year-old BDF soldier. Beeks was arraigned before magistrate Kadeen Palma on Monday, February 5, 2018 for resisting arrest as well as using indecent words to PC Knox Clark.

    Belizean American kills U.S. Marine
    Hezron Parks, a 21 year old resident of Phoenix Arizona, in the United States, is facing a charge of second degree murder after he turned himself into the hands of US law enforcement and admitted that he shot and killed a former Marine. Reports to the press are that he has Belizean roots, and that he was raised in the Stann Creek Village of Mango Creek. The incident happened on Sunday, February 4, in Scottsdale, another city in Arizona. According to US press reports, 34 year-old Kyle Brayer, a former Marine and a 10-year veteran of the Tempe Fire Medical Rescue Department, was off-duty, and he was riding in a golf cart with friends early that day in Scottsdale. According to the cops, that’s when a man in a red Scion coupe reportedly began tail gating, and nearly hitting the back of the cart.

    Murder suspect caught in Canada
    Canadian law enforcement have detained 28 year-old Jordan Bacchus, a Canadian who fled from Belize after he was being investigated for the murder of San Pedro Resident Melvin Almendarez. Bacchus had been on the run from Belize Police since May of 2016, when he was first investigated for the murder of the well-known footballer. The Toronto Sun Newspaper, out of Canada, reports that on Friday, February 2, the Greater Sudbury Police executed a search warrant at a home in Northern Ontario. That’s when Bacchus was detained with a woman, and inside the home, the cops found drugs and money. The Canadian newspaper reports that the officers seized 385.45 grams of cocaine and 10.46 grams of “purple heroine”, an extremely potent form of the drug, all to a total street value of 45,000 Canadian dollars.

    Law Student is charged for harm
    A Law student studying at Wesley Junior College was arraigned this morning in the Belize City Magistrate’s Court on two criminal offenses, harm and assaulting a male police officer during an incident at Precinct 1 police station located on Euphrates Avenue on Saturday, February 3, 2018 at 1:35 a.m. 23-year-old Shamira Imani Kisses Neal, was arraigned on Wednesday February 7 before Senior Magistrate, Aretha Ford. She was unrepresented as she was read two criminal charges, one count of harm and one count of assaulting a police officer, PC Christon Moore.

    Love triangle leaves one man hospitalized and the other on remand
    A love triangle has landed a teenager before the court on serious charges against his ex-wife’s new boyfriend who he managed to ambush and attack. That teenager has been identified as 18-year-old Elroy Williams, a resident of the Lord’s Bank area. Williams was taken before Magistrate Michelle Trapp on Friday, February 2, 2018 where he was read two criminal and indictable offenses of attempted murder and use of deadly means of harm.

    Security Guard stabbed for denying access to the Princess Casino
    John Brackett, a 49-year-old construction worker and Prince Street resident, was arraigned on Friday, February 2, 2018 after he was accused of attacking a security guard. Brackett who was unrepresented was arraigned before Magistrate Michelle Trapp where he was read a single charge of attempted murder. The allegation against Brackett is that on Thursday, February 1, 2018, he attempted to murder Kenrick Valencio with the use of a knife. In a report made by the 34-year-old victim, he was on duty at the Princess Hotel and Casino on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 when he refused Brackett entry into the casino due to this behavior.

    Belize City Defenders commence 2018 basketball campaign on the right footing
    The Pepsi National Elite Basketball League competition continued over the last weekend with three games on the schedule. On Saturday 3 February, 2018, at the St. Catherine Academy Mercy Centre in Belize City, the Belize City Defenders, in its first official game of the 2018 campaign, upended the Orange Walk Running Rebels by the score of 104-76. The Belize City Defenders were led by Nigel Jones who scored 30 points to go along with his 13 rebounds and a steal in his season’s opener. Jones had a supporting cast, which consisted of Francis Arana who scored 14 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists and Brandon Rogers who contributed 13 points towards the win.

    Verdes FC open lead in Premier League Closing Season competition
    The Premier League of Belize 2017-2018 Closing Season continued over the last weekend with three games on the schedule. On Sunday 4th February, 2018, at the Norman Broaster Stadium in San Ignacio Town, the defending champions and the league’s leading Verdes FC continued its dominance of the competition when it blanked the host team Placencia Assassins FC by the score of 2-0. The first goal of the game was scored by Alcides Thomas in the 8th minute of play to give his team a 1-0 lead. Verdes FC took the lead into the half time break and in the opening minutes of the second half, Elroy Kuylen scored his team’s 2nd goal of the game in the 47th minute of play for the white-wash win.

    Belize Elementary and Hummingbird Elementary boys and girls lead in primary schools volleyball competition
    The Belize City Primary Schools Volleyball competition continues at the Stars Gym in Belize City. On Tuesday 6th February, in the only game played in the girls’ competition, Belize Elementary School won over St. Joseph School by the score of 25-17 and 25-23. In the first of two games played in the boys’ competition, Belize Elementary School defeated Bethel Primary School by the score of 25-6 and 25-20. And in the second game of the day, St. Ignatius School won over Queen Square Anglican School via the default route.

    Football Federation of Belize host FIFA Instructor
    On Saturday February 3, 2018 over 30 referees gathered at the Marion Jones Stadium for a physical fitness test conducted by FIFA Instructor Erick Samayoa. While the test was initially designed for our two international referees, interest spread very quickly and thus over 30 referees showed up. In the end 5 assistant referees passed and 3 referees as well. These numbers should not be seen as an indictment of the referees but more as an incentive to keep up their training to become physically fit since for most this was the first time participating in this test.

    Anything can happen
    Last time I related a story about a neighborhood acquaintance whom people in the Union Town Area dubbed with the name “Rogers”, because of his resemblance to the Country and Western singer. I made a joke about how he hustled the PUP campaigners for his rent money. In truth I sympathize with all politicians when elections come around since about 5% of voters see this as an opportunity to bleed the candidates for cash or kind. I remember my own stint in 2006 when I used to come home from work at 5 in the evening and meet a group of people waiting for me with all sorts of health maladies; needing medical attention or to fill out prescriptions. One particular man I personally knew to be an addict actually produced a paper from a doctor that he urgently needed medication. On that occasion I phoned my colleague Phillip and asked him to kindly fill it out for the man at cost and he agreed.

    UDP: DYNAMIC, HARDWORKING & COMPETENT
    It is interesting, but very painful to watch and listen to the rubbish of Johnny and the PUP in their ads. One dumb cry over and over and over i.e. you can’t eat streets and that too much is spent on roads, bridges, stadiums, sporting facilities, etc. That political position is just silly, foolish, stupid, nonsense... especially since they built nothing that looks decent. Their bridges have fallen into the water, their houses lean and their housing projects have been taken over by termites! BILLIONS stolen, that is what you have to remember on Election Day! Protect yourself and the Jewel from Musa & Fonseca!

    PUP Shook
    shook. adj. scared, afraid, hesitant. “They scared to death, they scared to look, they shook... cause ain’t no such thing as halfway crooks.” Mobb Deep, Shook Ones According to the talk in the street and using an urban slang, the PUP is SHOOK. With less than a month left to Municipal Elections it is clearly being seen that the LEADERSHIP and the supporters of the PUP are running scared and are now desperate. They appear to be willing to do anything to try and salvage some more votes in order not to suffer too much of a large defeat. In their desperation they first began to try and turn the people against the UDP by saying that the things that have been done by the present UDP administered Councils was not beneficial to the residents of those municipalities.

    Words of Life with Pastor Barry Fraser
    This week I am addressing wives. Praising God and praying His will for your spouse is guaranteed to be your most rewarding work as his wife. With this powerful prayer, you will be arming your marriage with God’s Word and investing in his role as your spiritual leader. Ladies, I encourage you to say this prayer. Instead of “my husband” you can substitute his name.

    Blogs

    February Weather Update and Assisting a Gracious Man With Merida Medical
    The weather on Ambergris Caye is finally starting to be more “normal” for this time of year. After the extremely cool and often wet January we had, it’s nice to put away the raingear and long sleeved shirts. Although the rain has lightened up, it’s always a good idea to keep an umbrella close by (for rain or sun) and a rain jacket or whatever you need to protect your electronics from a sudden shower. Carlo and Ernie’s Runway Bar is hosting an important fundraiser Sunday, February 11, 2018, with drink specials, raffles, a bake sale, and music with Carlos Jex and Dennisito. Guest musicians are welcome. Watch their facebook page for start time and up to date event details.

    International Sourcesizz

    Structure not ad-hoc agendas key to US-Caribbean relations
    Much has been said about the government of the United States of America (US) cutting off aid to countries that do not support that country’s position in international organizations. The US, of course, is free to direct its aid where it wishes and very much within its rights to show its displeasure with countries that take its money but don’t support it. Other donor countries have the same view, although they do not express it in quite the same way as the US government now makes clear. Aid, after all, seldom has moral considerations. Economic aid, in particular, was introduced in the world because it merged with the desire of rich countries to maintain access to markets of developing countries and to garner political influence over them.

    Videos

  • Maaga Season Bash Video, 6min. The 501 Boyz made a fun video that captured all the highlights of the Pepsi Maaga Season Bash. Fun times were had. A resounding "Thank You" to Pepsi Belize for making the 2nd Annual Pepsi Maaga Season BASH in San Ignacio, Cayo a HUGE SUCESS despite the weather conditions! Thank you to the residents of Cayo, and to those who came from all corners of our Jewel to hangout with us!

  • BELIZE AF, 3min. The two hosts Jahda & Domo travel to Belize in celebration of Dominique's birthday. Here's a closer look inside their adventures

  • Incredible Screeching Monkeys In Belize, 1min. This video is shot, as usual, on a GoPro. This features when we went to Belize in Central America, and went hiking to see the ancient Mayan ruins. On the way there, we heard these incredible screeching monkeys that actually sounded like Hollywood sound effects!

  • Skydiver on Ambergris Caye, Belize, 2min.

  • From Yes to I Do Season 5 Episode 4 (Beauty and her Beast), 45min. on Open Your Eyes

  • Games To Teach & Entertain, 29min. on Open Your Eyes

  • Kunahmul Organics, 40min. on Open Your Eyes

  • Mayoral Candidate - Beque Viejo del Carmen, 31min. on Open Your Eyes

  • Efforts to promote Belizean music, 7min. The Directorate General for Foreign Trade in collaboration with Beltraide and the Belize Coalition of Service Providers are making efforts to make Belizean music an economically profitable export sector. Here's more...

  • Here is the latest look of the roundabout in Corozal, 10sec.

  • ELECTION Voting Process, 2min. This is a step by step guide on how to make your vote count

  • Dennis Wolfe II - Show at Truck Stop, San Pedro, Belize, 6.5min.

  • Carnival Family Cruise Day 4-|Belize| Cave tube & Zip Line Dec 2017, 18min.

  • Diving Southern Belize, 3min. Christmas 2017 at South Water Caye

  • Belize - Caye Caulker 2017 & 2018, 3min. Traveling around Belize, Caye Caulker, and San Pedro over New Years 2017

  • #20 Vlog: Belize - Snokerling z rekinami na Caye Caulker, 11min.

    February 8, 2018


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    Specials and Events

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    The San Pedro Sun

    San Pedro’s PUP 7 hosts Love Fest
    The Belize Rural South People’s United Party (PUP) slate hosted a Love Fest at Boca Del Rio Park on Sunday, February 4th. The event saw a large crowd of supporters enjoying a day full of activities. Present at the event was the PUP town council aspiring candidates, Andre Perez, Ruben Navidad, Ian Pou, Marina Kay, Danieli Aranda, Johnnia Duarte, and Undina Dina Duarte. The ceremony started at 2PM with the singing of the national anthem, followed by a short invocation. Thereafter, Master of Ceremony Alex Nunez welcomed everyone and invited the six councilor candidates one by one to the podium to share some words. The first candidate of the afternoon was Ruben Navidad, who shared a little bit on all the issues that Ambergris Caye is presently facing. “I would like to highlight the issues that our community is going through, as we all know them. Issues such as poor street conditions, the amount of garbage, bad infrastructure and much more. I just want to tell everyone that if they are ready for a change and a new San Pedro Town to vote PUP 7 on March 7th.” said Navidad.

    San Pedro Co-Ed Softball Tournament finals draw near
    With only one more week left before the regular season of the San Pedro Co-Ed Softball Tournament comes to an end, two matches were held this past weekend on Sunday, February 4th at the Hon. Louis Sylvestre Sporting Complex in San Pedro Town. The current standings have Quality Reef at the top with four wins and one loss, followed by RCGO with three wins and two losses. Extreme has two wins and three losses, and at the bottom of the chart is SPHS with one win and four losses. Games continue this weekend on Sunday, February 11th, starting at 9AM with Extreme going against Quality Reef, followed by SPHS taking on RCGO at 11:30AM. Everyone is invited to come out and enjoy the last game of the regular season of the tournament.

    San Pedro Red Cross hosts first blood drive of the year
    A total of 12 pints of blood were collected on Saturday, February 3rd, during the first blood drive of the year held at the Dr. Otto Rodriguez San Pedro Polyclinic II. Organized by the San Pedro Belize Red Cross (SPBRC), the event had a good turnout, with the majority of the participants donating the precious liquid. It is known that just a single pint of blood can save up to three lives, thus, the SPBRC strives to build the island’s blood supply at the Belize Blood Bank. Volunteers assisting the drive also held a dollar drive on the streets of downtown San Pedro, collecting $1,949.14.

    San Pedro Pirates F.C. celebrate first victory of the PLB closing season
    After three straight losses, the San Pedro Pirates F.C. finally managed to earn a victory on Sunday, February 4th. The Pirates defeated the Belize Defense Force (BDF) with a 2-1 point score at the Ambergris Stadium in San Pedro Town in the fourth match of the Premiere League of Belize (PBL) closing tournament. The current standing of the PLB have Verdes F.C at the top with 12 points, followed by the Belmopan Bandits and Police United F.C with seven points each. Freedom Fighters F.C have six points and Placencia Assassins have five points, while Belize Defense Force and San Pedro Pirates F.C have three points each and Dangriga Wagiya F.C is yet to make it on the chart. For the fifth week of the PLB, the San Pedro Pirates F.C will face the Verdes F.C at the Norman Broaster Stadium in the Cayo District on Sunday, February 11th.The game is scheduled to start at 4PM. For more information on how to accompany the Pirates as a fan, you can contact 629-6770.

    Misc Belizean Sources

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    Super presentacion de Juan De Dios El Cassanova
    Este 11 de Febrero Radio Arrecife te invita a celebrar el dia del Amor con la super presentacion de Juan De Dios El Cassanova apartir de las 8 de la noche en Paradise Theater. Boletos en preventa a solo 25.00. Alli nos vemos!!!

    The History of the Struggle for Belizean Independence
    Assad Shoman and Nigel Bolland to present in Punta Gorda on Feb. 13 2018. 5:30pm at the Coral House on Main Street

    SAN PEDRO TOWN COUNCIL ELECTION 2018
    In accordance with the Town Councils (Registration of Electors and Elections) Regulations Chapter 87 of the Subsidiary Laws of Belize, it is hereby notified that the nominations of candidates for election of members of the SAN PEDRO TOWN COUNCIL will be received at the San Pedro Town Hall, San Pedro Town between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, 21st February, 2018.

    BHA at the Caribbean Travel Marketplace
    On January 31 and February 1, 2018, the Caribbean's largest and most important marketing event Caribbean Travel Marketplace, was held in San Juan Puerto Rico. Caribbean Travel Marketplace 2018 was produced by the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association ( CHTA) in collaboration with the Puerto Rico Convention Center District Authority, the Puerto Rico Tourism Company, Meet Puerto Rico, and the Puerto Rico Hotel and Tourism Association. During two intense days of business meetings, more than 500 regional tourism suppliers met with over 200 wholesalers and service providers from around the world that sell Caribbean vacation travel or plan to sell the region. The Belize Hotel Association, represented by President Ted Tejada and Marketing Director, Tessie Duran Tonaco, networked and liaised with international travel agents, service providers and media personnel, who were highly interested in promoting Belize as a vacation destination to their clients or providing other marketing and tourism related services.

    SBDC Workshop: Costing & Pricing Workshop
    Presented by: Ms. Sarita Bejerano, Business Adviser, SBDCBelize, Beltraide. Location: BTEC Training Room, ITVET Campus, Freetown Road, Belize City. Workshop Date: February 15th, 2018. Time: 9am to 12noon. The overall objective of this training is to equip our clients with knowledge, skills and capabilities to determine all costs related to the production of their goods or services and to consequently apply an adequate price that encompasses all the costs and allows them to make a profit while still being feasible for customers. Cost: $30.00, Include refreshments.

    Calendar of events for San Pedro Carnaval 2018!
    Are you ready for some fun?

    Emergency Response First Aid refresher course held in Placencia
    On Tuesday 6th February 2018, between the hours of 8:30 a.m., and 3:45 p.m., members from Placencia Police Formation received basic Emergency Response First Aid refresher course. The training was facilitated by Ms. Patricia Ramirez from, Splash Dive Shop in, Placencia Village.

    Red Carpet Love Affair
    Corozal Events Organizers presents a Senager - Grown & Sophisticated Elegance Event catered by Mar's Restaurant this Saturday, February 10th at DREAMS. 3 course Dining - Live Music - Old School Dance. Buy your tickets now. This will be a wonderful event.

    Art In The Park
    Saturday February 10th at our Corozal Central Park.

    Corozal Valentine's Day Sale and raffle
    Belize Diabetes Association Corozal Branch will be having a Valentine's Day Sale and raffle on February 14th starting at 9:00 a.m. at the Corozal Central Park. Pre-orders are welcome before February 12th at our branch office on #4 4th Avenue infront of A & R Store. Support a great cause. On Sale: Cupcakes: $ 1.50, Cakes: $35.00, Floral arrangement: $10.00. Raffle tickets on sale for $2.00 a ticket. All proceeds for funding acitivies of the Belize Diabetes Association Corozal Branch. Thanks for your support.

    Movie night, Thursday, February 8 at the Governor General Field
    In honor of Black History Month we are showing "RACE." Movie starts at dark. Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing their important role in U.S. history. The event grew out of “Negro History Week,” the brainchild of noted historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans. Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month.

    Kindy take note of Archeological site update
    THURSDAY 8 FEBRUARY 2018: THE ATM AND NOHOCH CHEEN ARCHAEOLOGICAL RESERVES ARE CLOSED DUE TO FLOODED RIVER CONDITION. THE XUNANTUNICH ARCHAEOLOGICAL RESERVE IS OPEN WITH PEDESTRIAN CROSSING ONLY AT THE FERRY. THE BARTON CREEK ARCHAEOLOGICAL RESERVE IS OPEN. ALL OTHER ARCHAEOLOGICAL RESERVES REMAIN OPEN. PLEASE EXERCISE CAUTION.

    MISS CHIQUITITA MUNDO MAYA
    n the Maya village of Cristo Rey in Corozal the event wil take place on friday d 9 feb starting at 7 pm @ the park. Five young talented girls from the village will participate in this event . Also special presentation of the Yucatec Maya dance group Sak Pakal from Cristo Rey . wayano'one kux'ano'on to'one Masewaalo'on (We are here,we are alive , we are Maya )

    Channel 7

    Capital Cops Closing In On Perez Killer
    Belmopan police are making headway in Israel Perez's murder case. As we told you last night, police had detained a man because they found Perez's vehicle as well as a few of his belongings at the man's St. Matthews Village home. Well today, Cruz Castillo was charged with handling stolen goods - specifically, property of Israel Perez. He was remanded until Friday. Now while it is not the murder charge his family and friends were expecting - police say this first charge can give them more time to investigate and confirm if Castillo will also be charged for Perez's murdered. The two may have known each other. We will keep following the case.

    Mayor Bradley “Topped Up” City Manager Before Leaving Office
    Right now, the Municipal Election cycle is in full swing, and with only 1 month to go, the electioneering is in high gear. And with the campaigning comes the political mudslinging and finger pointing. Tonight the finger is on Belize City Mayor Darrell Bradley. He isn't running for a third term, but many in his council are, and so, the Opposition is criticizing him for recently renewing the contract of the City Administrator, who only had a few months left. It's widely held that an outgoing elected official should not be allowed to sign a contract which extends the employment of senior staff beyond the life of his term. We caught up with the Mayor at another event and asked him about it. In typical style, he said that he makes no apologies for it:

    Mayor Won’t Go There With Waste Control
    So, while the Mayor was willing to give security of tenure to those senior staffers at City Hall, he's not willing to touch the Council's commercial arrangement with the sanitation company, Belize Waste Control. Their 10 year-contract with the Council, to collect the city's garbage has expired, and they are seeking to renew it. When the press asked the Mayor about that, he said that he doesn't think that his administration has enough time to properly review and consider all the implications of such a contract. So, the Mayor is leaving that one to his successor. Here's how he explained it: Alindy Marisol Amaya - KREM News: "I think it's the Waste Control contract that was expired will be renegotiated until..." Darrell Bradley - Mayor, Belize City Council: "It actually is being renegotiated because their lawyer has written me."

    Jason Canto’s Alleged Killer On Trial
    Jason Canto was killed in a barbershop on the canal side in May of 2012. On Monday, Norman Slusher went on trial without jury for his murder. But, the interesting wrinkle in the case is that Slusher was also shot in the melee. In court today, the police witness stated his belief that the man who shot him - was another armed patron at the barber shop, businessman Jose Shoman. The motive for the murder is not certain but Canto was shot as many as eight times to the body. A trail of blood led police to an abandoned house where the injured gunman sought refuge after being shot. Police Inspector Ishmael Westby said that one gun was found at the scene, and said he later met businessman Jose Shoman at the police station, where he had handed over his licensed 9 millimeter pistol.

    Cycling Federation Foes Appear
    There's an ongoing battle in the Belize Cycling Federation - and lawyer's letters are flying back and forth. Tariq Cano's attorney Hector Guerra has written to President Dion Leslie saying that the Federation is being run without proper organization or transparency. He claims that the Federation has failed to produce financial records, failed to hold elections as prescribed, failed to regularize its constitution, has put no program in place for selecting cyclists for the national team, and failed to send cyclists to the Caribbean Championships for over two years. Cano and his attorney held a press conference at the Marine Parade Law Chambers today. They say that accountability is the central issue:

    Cops Catch Cannabis
    Last night at 8:40, police found a stash of weed and guns on their Belama area search. They started out on Maurice Bishop Street where they found a plastic bag with 4 ounces of weed at a bushy lot. Later on, on Apollo Street in Belama Phase 4 police found a plastic bag with 1 chrome 9mm pistol with one 9mm Magazine. They also found another bag with (1) .38 revolver with a wooden handle containing (6) .38 special rounds of ammunition along with one 7.62 round of ammunition.

    CDB Says Belize’s Economic Growth Below Regional Avg.
    The Caribbean Development Bank today held its annual press conference at tis headquarters in Barbados. It's an annual event where the bank reviews the performance of its 19 members countries. This year, the Bank's President and Chief Economist said that the region's performance - as a whole - was far from stellar - and Belize's economy - with .5% growth was bringing up the rear - which is just about the regional average: Dr. W. Warren Smith, President - CDB: "They expanded - that is our regional economies - on average, by 0.6%, with all but five BMCs reporting output growth in 2017. For the majority of our BMCs, this growth was driven by tourism and increases in commodity prices. The prognosis is even better for 2018, with all of these countries expected to grow by around 2%. In a sense, and certainly in terms of economic growth, the Region is in the strongest position since the start of the 2008 global recession."

    Cotton Tree Family Wants Answers
    Husband and wife Oscar Alvarado and Linda Hernandez were knocked off their motorcycle and killed on Christmas Eve night in Cotton Tree. They were heading to their San Martin home in Belmopan when a vehicle rear ended them. As we have reported, 25 year-old Cotton Tree resident Hector Armando Monterroso has been charged in this case. But the family says there's another element that the police hasn't addressed. Alvarado's father told us that based on the information he has gotten, he believes police accidentally drove over Hernandez with the police truck as they arrived on the scene after the accident.

    Beauty Queen In Ugly Mix-Up
    She was a beauty queen in 2015, but Shamira Neal was involved in an ugly altercation with a police officer a few days ago. The 24 year old law student who represented Belize at the 2015 Miss United Continents Pageant, was charged with harm and assaulting a police officer when she appeared today before Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford. Neal pled not guilty to the charges. She was released on a bail of $1,000 and her case was adjourned until April 4. Police constable Criston Moore alleged that on February third, he was escorting a minor to the police station, when Neal - who is the minor's sister - slapped him in the face and assaulted him. Moore's injury was classified as harm.

    Banking On Boots in Port Loyola
    It's a month to the municipal elections, and - depending on where you live - it's quite likely that political campaigners have come to your door - begging for that vote, and promising to fix your drain, or maybe even pave your street. This evening, in Port Loyola, though, it wasn't about the small promises; it was about the big show that four time Representative Boots Martinez put on to send a message that - despite a close call in the last general election - he still runs things in the Port. We challenged him on that. Jules Vasquez has the story:... Rolling down the Jane Usher Boulevard, Boots Martinez and the UDP Slate were shored up by a throng of campaigners. It's a show of mass party muscle pure and simple, a function of money and machinery - key ingredients in any election:

    CEMO, Calling on Colleagues For Advice
    And while the City Councillors are out working the streets, business as usual continued at City Hall today. The City Emergency Management Organization held its 6th annual Symposium on Disaster Preparedness. CEMO invited its sister agencies to discuss how they can better serve the residents of Belize City in the event of a natural disaster, as the country's largest populations center. We stopped by the opening ceremony and asked the Mayor and the main speakers about always planning around the unpredictable forces of nature:

    Ahmad’s Insist on Execution Angle
    Yesterday, the Ahmad family called a press conference to publicly press the police to push harder to find what they insist is a true, hidden motive behind the murder of Fareed Ahmad. His wife Irma Dyer spoke publicly for the first time - and she said that her husband was very angry after he had been searched and humiliated by the Special assignment Team - and that he had a foreboding of his death by police:... Irma Dyer - Fareed's Wife: "He was very angry, we talked about it. He spent hours telling me what they did to him and of course I felt so bad and it got to the point where he was asking me. He said, Irma "I can't figure out why are they harassing me."

    Police Push For Reforms
    Last night, we also had an in-depth look at the Police Department's 2018 - 2020 National Crime Fighting Strategy. It's a new focus for the department as it tries to combat major crimes, and the technocrats in the Department and the Ministry took 2 years to put it together. It's such a densely packed list of changes that we were not able to get to all of them in our coverage from yesterday. So, we have a bit more of it for you tonight. Here's how Police Commissioner Allen Whylie explained how his department intends to deal with gun control, and the prosecution of gun related offenses: Allen Whylie - Commissioner of Police: "The Belize police department will aggressively seek to eliminate the proliferation of illegal guns and ammunition country-wide through the collection and analysis of intelligence. The Belize Police Department will ensure that all guns upon being presented for renewal of licenses are test fired and the results entered into he integrated ballistic identification system...."

    Channel 5

    Did a Brother Murder a Brother? Cruz Castillo Charged for Handling Stolen Goods of Israel Perez
    A thirty-three-year-old resident of Saint Matthew’s Village, Cayo District, is in custody tonight as investigations continue into the murder of Israel Perez. Earlier today, Cruz Castillo was arraigned for handling [...]

    Why Tariq Cano’s Cycling Dreams Could Die at Hands of Dion Leslie
    Tariq Cano is a youth dreaming of a better future in the sport of cycling. Long glamorized by the Holy Saturday Cross Country Cycling Classic and later by other races, [...]

    MLA Charges G.O.B. Getting Personal Information During House-to-House Referendum Campaign in South
    Is the matter of the age-old territorial dispute with Guatemala and a pending referendum to determine whether the unfounded claim should be taken before the International Court of Justice, being [...]

    MLA Urges to Keep Politics Out of Guatemala Dispute
    Alcaldes, as well as traditional leaders, are being urged to rebuff any effort to politicize the territorial issue.  Despite acknowledging the importance of the campaign, Pablo Mis notes that it [...]

    Maya Wanted Representation on Referendum; G.O.B. Says No Thanks
    The concerns of the Maya community were presented to Prime Minister Barrow in writing in October of last year.  His response, according to MLA Program Coordinator, Pablo Mis, failed to [...]

    Cycling Federation Threatens Lawsuit as Rival Attacks Tariq Cano’s Standing
    Earlier we heard Tariq Cano questioning the delay in elections at the Cycling Federation. President Dion Leslie did not wait long to respond. News Five received a communication from attorney [...]

    Ahmads Entitled to Opinions, Says ComPol, But Video is the Facts
    The Police Department appears not to be taking the bait of the Ahmad family in relation to some of the key pieces of evidence being used to support a murder [...]

    No More ‘Special Duties’ for Police
    One of the many red flags in last July’s Trafficking in Persons report issued by the U.S. State Department, which rated Belize at tier three, is the practice of police [...]

    Mayor Says New Contract for City Admin Brings Continuity
    While several current Belize City councilors will be sweating it out on the night of March seventh to see whether they will still have jobs at City Hall, City Administrator [...]

    City Hall Says It’s Not Easy Luring Qualified Staff
    Mayor Bradley admitted that he had given contracts to city directors who are not covered for tenure by the Municipal Services Regulations. He says that standardizing and streamlining the administrative [...]

    The Enduring Problem of Garbage in P.G.
    If you travel through the southernmost town of Punta Gorda, you are likely to be hit by the unsightly accumulation of garbage.  Solid waste management is an issue that plagues [...]

    City Grapples with New Contract for Belize Waste Control
    Relations between the Belize City Council and Belize Maintenance Limited as well as Belize Waste Control went from peak to ebb during Mayor Darrell Bradley’s two terms in office. Who [...]

    Belizeans Safe as Taiwan Reels from Strong Late-Night Earthquake
    A six-point-four magnitude earthquake struck on the coast of Taiwan very late on Tuesday night, about ten minutes before midnight local time. Centered on the eastern city of Hualien, about [...]

    Why We Should Worry about Childhood Obesity
    In recent years, there has been a big push to curb childhood obesity. The Ministry of Health and other local stakeholders have been working on a comprehensive plan to take [...]

    Never Too Early: Emergency Managers Meet in Old Capital
    Over the years, the Belize City Council and its City Emergency Management Organization has become the leading face of emergency management. The annual symposium hosted by CEMO for the last [...]

    CTV3

    OW Police Substation Soon To Be Inaugurated
    Earlier this month we reported that after several years, individuals who reside on Cemetery Street here in Orange Walk Town will benefit from a fully functional police substation. The initiative is one that was proposed by the Orange Walk Town Council after numerous concerns were raised by residents in the area as it relates to the issue of criminal activity. The proposal was warmly welcomed by the Orange Walk Police Department which joined forces along with the council and the business community to ensure that the work is carried out. As you can see from the footage… today, the project has come a long way as the old building which previously served as a substation a few years ago, has now been rehabilitated and is expected to be officially inaugurated on Monday February 12th, 2018. The aim of the initiative is geared towards allowing officers to promptly respond to reports and incidents in the immediate and surrounding areas, while building a safer community.

    Fire Victims Appeal For Assistance
    In the wee hours of Friday February 2nd, a family of 12 in San Antonio Village in the Corozal District woke up to the nightmare of their home being engulfed in flames. The family made up of six adults and six children barely made it out alive, and in fact a six year old boy had to be rescued by his mother who had just delivered a baby a week ago and who underwent C-section. She recalls having to go from being bed-ridden with pain, to jumping out a window to save herself and then returning into the fire to rescue her son.

    Businesses In The Free Zone Are Closing Down Says Mexican Press
    The economic situation in Belize will become the central focus in a few weeks when the 2018/2019 budget is read at the end of the fiscal year. With the debt to GDP ratio having ballooned to 100% and our productive sector still facing challenges, it will undoubtedly be another budget with little economic impetus and perhaps the need to hike tax revenue generation even more than last year. One local sector in the north that continues to feel the effects of the economic downturn is the Commercial Free Zone in the Corozal District. A report in the Por Esto newspaper in Quintana Roo this week, noted that various Mexican-owned businesses have shut their doors and exited the Zone. The report notes that dozens of businesses can be seen decorated with For Rent or For Sale signs for many months now.

    Apolonio Kiow Back In Court
    The prosecution case for the murder of Canadian national 38 year old Gabriel Buchnia, which occurred on October 4th last year, continues in its preliminary stages. On Monday, the suspect, 52 year old Apolonio Kiow returned to court as the prosecution prepares to present its case for the murder trial to proceed. Kiow has been on remand at the Hattieville Correctional Facility since October 10th last year when he was arraigned before Magistrate Patricia Arana, following the laying of charges by the prosecution.

    LOVE FM

    Independent investigator still an option, Ahmad family says
    The family’s concern is that the Police will not carry out a proper investigation. At a meeting with the Ahmad Family and senior officers of the Belize Police Department along with Home Affairs Minister, Wilfred Elrington, it was suggested that the family hire a private investigation. The family’s Attorney Richard ‘Dickie’ Bradley says that option …

    Belizean charged with murder in the US
    Police in the US State of Arizona believe that 21 year old Hezron Parks fatally shot 34-year-old Iraq veteran Kyle Brayer on February 3. US media say that Parks is from Belize specifically from Independence Village in the Stann Creek District. According to reports, Brayer was shot to the head. Media reports state that Brayer …

    Fareed Ahmad’s wife breaks silence
    In December 2017, well known barber and football referee, 38 year old Fareed Ahmad was fatally shot while inside his vehicle in Hattieville. 24 year old Michelle Brown, a woman police constable attached to the Special Assignment Team has been charged for his murder. A motive for Ahmad’s murder has not been established. Today the …

    BPP: 18 strong, so far
    The Belize Progressive Party will be fielding candidates to contest the March 7 elections in five municipalities. The municipalities are Punta Gorda, Belize City, Belmopan, San Ignacio/ Santa Elena and Benque Viejo del Carmen. The third party has identified 18 candidates to represent the party in the upcoming elections. Hipolito Novelo has the story. HIPOLITO …

    BPP will fight crime
    One of the main issues that the Belize Progressive Party would be tackling is crime. Leader of the BPP Patrick Rogers says that if they are elected they will address crime at the municipal level. PATRICK ROGERS, LEADER, B.P.P “We intend to address crime ourselves at the municipal level by looking at constables that report …

    BPP will contest Municipal Elections under protest
    BPP Leader Patrick Rogers says he did not want the party to contest the upcoming municipal elections. Rogers explained that he took that stance because the voter’s list was not clean up. The BPP has been calling for a re-registration. According to Rogers, the BPP is participating in the elections under protest. PATRICK ROGERS, LEADER, …

    Love FM has been keeping the nation informed for 25 years
    It has been twenty-five years that Love FM has been serving the nation of Belize. It is a media house that Belizeans at home and abroad have come to rely on. Senior Manager and Social Media Manager, Julia Carillo, said that Love FM established such a trustworthy reputation with the public because it has consistently …

    Business community encourage to join the fight against crime
    Commissioner of Police, Allen Whylie said that crime is a societal problem; therefore, he is encouraging members of the business community to join the programme to help them combat crime. Allen Whylie – Commissioner of Police “We will standardize the type of quality of cameras to be purchased and install as part of our CCT …

    Michael Blease sues FFB
    Michael Blease, former Secretary General of the Football Federation of Belize believes that he was wrongfully terminated. Blease filed a civil suit against the FFB and Blease was scheduled to be in court this morning. However, we have been informed that the matter was ordered to mediation and was settled out of court. Blease was …

    Police unveils National Crime Fighting Strategy
    Today the Belize Police Department unveiled its National Crime Fighting Strategy in order to combat the escalating crime situation in Belize. Commissioner of Police, Allen Whylie spoke about the plan. Allen Whylie – Commissioner of Police “There are four salient goals. Our priorities are the reduction of murders and gang violence in Belize City and …

    Blogs

    Belize’s ATM cave tour: Where adventure meets Mayan sacrifices
    I don’t usually start my day by jumping into a fast-flowing river with all my clothes on, but then again I don’t typically swim through a pitch-black cave to see the skeletal remains of human sacrifices either. Our group of eight plus our incredibly knowledgeable and friendly guide Hugh from MayaWalk Tours pulled into the Tapir Mountain Nature Reserve, where the entrance to Actun Tunichil Muknal (ATM) is found. The cave is one of Belize’s top attractions for good reason: where else can you spend a day walking through the rainforest, swim through streams and an ink-black cave, and come within an arm’s reach of ancient artifacts?

    Chaa Creek Staff Start The Year Off By Bringing School Supplies (And Smiles) To Belizean Students
    After a busy holiday season entertaining guests and friends from around the world, Chaa Creek staff returned to the business of thinking globally and acting locally by distributing the fruits of our Pack-a-Pound program to deserving, and very grateful, young Belizean students. As our visitors and regular readers know, Pack-a-Pound is a long running program that involves Chaa Creek’s guests packing a pound or more of school supplies – or posting them when they return home – to be distributed to needy Belizean schoolchildren.

    Going Local: Explore Cultural Tourism in Belize
    The Lonely Planet, one of the world's most popular publishers of travel guides, recently released a report extolling the incredible cultural diversity found in Belize. Despite the fact that the country has fewer than 400,000 residents, Belize is home to an astonishingly diverse number of cultures, faiths, languages, and histories. Ranging from the living descendants of the ancient Maya who built the pyramids and palaces that dot the landscape to devout Mennonite farmers who speak an archaic dialect of German, Belize truly has it all.

    6 Great Reasons to Treat Your Family to a Belize Vacation
    What’s more gut-wrenching than bundling your kids into boots, coats, mittens and hats to send them off to school in winter than hearing your child plead: “Mom, how come we can’t go on vacation like Bobby’s family? He got to pack a bathing suit and sunscreen and it’s freezing outside!” Of course, you could beat Bobby’s family to the Caribbean by planning your own warm and sunny adventure—-a holiday that's probably badly needed by every family member. Where to go? To the family vacation capital of the western hemisphere, Belize. Need reasons? These six are just the tip of the iceberg—-make that the top of the palm tree!

    Pack for a Purpose, Change a Child’s Life
    We at Ka’ana are firm believers that our children are our future. That’s why we’ve partnered with Pack for a Purpose, an international non-profit that helps the travel industry support local schools. Our relationship with the organization began in 2011, when our staff decided to do something for the children at Holy Cross Elementary School, a mere ten minutes down the road in Calla Creek Village. Of the school’s 70-plus students, all between the ages of 4 and 13, only a handful could afford tuition. The school doesn’t turn children away, though, so it suffered from a severe lack of resources. After visiting, and witnessing the poor shape of its preschool restrooms, Ka’ana resolved to repair them as our first project. Since then, the school has become dear to us, and guests have picked up on the close connection. When they learned that the school needed supplies, travelers sent them to us, or brought them in their suitcases on their next visit.

    2018 Easter Weekend Holiday; Carnaval Events happening
    As Easter weekend is quickly approaching, Belizeans all over the country are gearing up in preparation for the Holy holiday. Easter is the single, longest public holiday in Belize lasting four days from Good Friday to Easter Monday. With the majority of the population proclaiming Christianity, Easter is both a time of peaceful reflection and celebration spent with family and friends. Many Belizeans travel to the Cayes seeking clear skies, white beaches, and cool waters. While San Pedro, Placencia and Caye Caulker are popular destinations, many Belizeans travel to less populated Cayes that may hold a unique family history. The dates for the Easter holidays change every year, so it is important to keep track - especially as a bit of careful diary planning can secure you extra time away from work. While the dates for Christmas and Valentine’s Day are fixed and easy to remember, Easter and the associated Bank holidays can fall anytime between March 22 and April 25. Here's all you need to know about the 2018 dates...

    Videos

  • Actun Tunichil Muknal, 2min. The Mayans believed this cave in Belize was a portal to the underworld. Explorers still don’t know how deep it may go.

  • Rediscovering the life and contributions of Belizean Labor Leader and Unionist Antonio Soberanis Gomez 1897-1975, 5min. Buried in Santana Village, Belize District.

  • NILE JONES: A BELIZEAN-AMERICAN RAISIN IN THE SUN! (PART ONE), 23min. This Belizean Legends "Black History Month Special" for the column, "Scholars Corner", on the young and outstanding Belizean-American brilliance, Nile Jones, comes at the right time since we did this interview with him last year, and saved it for a most momentous time like this. Of course we would have liked to introduce Nile to you the audience just after we rolled out the first in this feature, Aaron Francis, but we thought that Nile's time would be most celebrated on this month when it appears that the struggle for young black male role models in the Belizean-American community in the Belizean diaspora and in Belize has reached an all time high. So then, here is Brother Nile.

  • Mayor Dangriga, 35min. on Open Your Eyes

  • The National Council on Ageing (NCA) - 15th Anniversary, 32min. on Open Your Eyes

  • Annual Bob Marley Tribute Concert and Food Drive - (16years), 20min. on Open Your Eyes

  • Blood Drive on Saturday 10th February on grounds of the Anglican Cathedral College (ACC), 15min. on Open Your Eye

  • New Belikin Limited Edition Bottles, 24min. on Open Your Eye

  • Bob Marley's Life & Legacy, 36min. on Open Your Eye

  • BSI ASR WEEKLY CROP REVIEW 2018 - WEEK 8, 3min.

  • Isla Bonita Yacht Club, 3min.

  • MIDAS RESORT - BELIZE!, 3min. At Midas you are getting a genuine friendly experience and our number one goal is making sure that your holiday in San Ignacio is one to remember; a place to revisit and most importantly one to share with your friends and family.

  • Snorkling in Belize 01.2018, 10min.

  • Plongées à San Pedro au Belize, 6min. Montage de quelques plongée à San Pedro au Belize.

    February 7, 2018


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    The San Pedro Sun

    Football Federation of Belize reports recent activities
    The Football Federation of Belize (FFB) held its first meeting with members of Congress for the presentation of the 4-year plan for football for Belize. The session was opened by President Sergio Chuc who welcomed all members and introduced the new Technical Director Phillip Marin. Mr. Marin became the Technical Director with effect from February 1, 2018. Mr. Marin was also named Ambassador of the International Coaching Course (ITK) in January of this year. This course is supported and sponsored by the Federal Foreign Office, Germany. Mr. Marin introduced program plans for 1. Grassroots, 2. Youth football, 3. Women’s football, 4. Futsal and beach soccer, and 5. Coaching Education.

    Mountain Bike Adventure to be filmed in Belize
    A mountain bike adventure will be filmed by European Nature Trust in hopes of advocating the protection of the rich diversity of wildlife in Belize. The biking adventure will be filmed by Dylan Haskin along with a team of 12 riders expected to arrive in the country on Sunday, February 4th. The team will be filming the mountain bike adventure from the 5th through to the 11th of February. People can watch the adventure by following The European Nature Trust on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. They will be using the three platforms to share the content from experience using the hashtag #bikebelize2018.

    San Pedro Tiger Sharks net their third win in the 2018 NEBL season
    The San Pedro Tiger Sharks continue excelling in the 2018 National Elite Basketball League (NEBL) season, landing their third consecutive victory after defeating Smart Belize Hurricanes on Saturday, February 3rd. The island team faced the visiting team at the Angel Nuñez Auditorium, where after four quarters of intense action on the court, the Tiger Sharks sealed the game with a final score of 73-58. The game was the first 2018 NEBL match on the island, attracting a large crowd of spectators to the auditorium. When the official whistle blew, the game tipped off at 9PM. In the first minutes of the match, the Belize Hurricanes were aggressively challenging the Tiger Sharks, but the home team managed to steal the first quarter with a 20-14 score. By halftime, the island team went back to their locker rooms with a comfortable lead of 40-24 thanks to consecutive 3-point shots by Douglas Valley.

    Ambergris Today

    Caye International Bank Honored With Award As Best Private Bank In Belize
    Joel Nagel, Chairman of the Board of Caye International Bank, responded to the announcement and said, "The bank's success to date has been made possible with the help of visionary board members, dedicated staff, as well as loyal customers and we, are honored having Global Finance Magazine affirm this." Nagel continued, "As chairman of the board, I am immensely proud of the bank's proven track record of success within our region and believe that Caye is well poised to continue its robust growth well into the future."

    Political Rally Discloses PUP Development Plans For San Pedro
    With just about a month to go before town council elections, the People United Party (PUP) held a huge political rally which was called Love Fest No.1. The theme of the Love Fest was: ‘One Love, One Soul, One People, that's the sound of PUP’. The focal point of the rally was, of course, addresses by each and every councilor candidate and Mayoral candidate. Each one spoke of their plans of development that will bring progress to the lives of the entire San Pedro and Ambergris Caye. The plans include much needed street improvement with pavement and drains, an organized garbage collection, improved services at the poly clinic with a final goal of having a full time hospital on the island, organized programs to have children and youths engaged in positive learning in library and resource center, organized programs to assist the elderly, organized programs to assist single mothers, job placement opportunities resource center, a shadow youth town council to engage youths in leadership, community engagement and even political involvement and more sporting facilities. All of these plans and others were received with thunderous applause by the audience.

    Misc Belizean Sources

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    Kindy take note of Archeological site update
    THE XUNANTUNICH ARCHAEOLOGICAL RESERVE IS OPEN WITH VEHICLE CROSSING AT THE FERRY. PLEASE NOTE ONLY TWO (2) VEHICLES AT A TIME. ALL OTHER ARCHAEOLOGICAL RESERVES ARE OPEN. PLEASE CONTINUE TO EXERCISE CAUTION AT ALL TIMES.

    Caye Caulker Traffic Office will be open Wednesday February 7th 2018

    4th Annual Cheap Sale: The Rotary Club of Corozal
    Support a Great Cause - The 4th Annual Cheap Sale hosted by The Rotary Club of Corozal will be held March 16th at The Civic Center. Rotary uses the proceeds to support our on-going projects: · Scholarships, which assists students to continue their education- 1st form through 4th form. · We will be updating donated computers to primary schools. · We are partnering with Community Restore so they can provide support to children that need tutoring to meet their full potential in the classroom and daily life. · We hope to support the new Diabetes Center with startup supplies.

    "El Gran Carnaval de San Pedro" Photographic Exhibition
    Join us for the opening of the photographic Exhibition of "El Gran Carnaval de San Pedro" on Thurs., Feb. 8th at the San Pedro House of Culture.

    Traditional Juan Carnaval in Orange Walk
    The Banquitas House of Culture Team invitates you to join us in the celebration of the traditional Juan Carnaval, as we share entertaining "comparsas", re-enact the reading of the last will and testament of Don Juan and experience the burning of Juan Carnaval. This will all take place at the Central Park on Sunday February 11th 2018, at 3:00 p.m

    Belize fishers cooperative closes RFP for traceability system
    The National Fishermen Producers' Cooperative Society of Belize (NFC) recently closed a request for proposals from vendors of traceability technology. The RFP was launched in search of technology solutions that would assist the NFC in product-data pairing, internal traceability, and verification. The NFC, in its RFP document, explains that these objectives would in turn aid in achieving the wider goal of greater operational efficiency and market access. “The effort to implement traceability will coincide with marketing efforts and development of new buyer relationships,” the document states.

    Bake Sale Fundraiser for Lizette on Caye Caulker
    Support a Worthy Cause and come out and get your desserts this Saturday in front Costa Maya.

    Paint N Splash
    Join us on Thursday from 2-4pm!

    Street Repairs on Caye Caulker
    Street repairs will commence tomorrow, February 7th 2018 on Avenida Mangle Street from the corner of BEL to the corner of Police Barracks. This street will be closed to the public. We ask the general public to please cooperate with us. We do not want any vehicles or bicycles trying to get through the area during the street repairs. We will be advising the public as we move on to other streets.

    Prime Minister Departs the Country
    he Office of the Prime Minister informs that the Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow departed the country today, 6th February, 2018. Prime Minister Barrow, accompanied by Mrs. Kim Barrow, is on a private visit to attend to some personal family matters. The Prime Minister will return to Belize on Friday, 9th February, 2018. During the Prime Minister’s absence, the Deputy Prime Minister Hon. Patrick Faber will act as Prime Minister.

    BTEC Announces the Completion of its Wait Staff and Housekeeping Training Programmes
    The Belize Training and Employment Centre (BTEC), a unit of the Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (BELTRAIDE), today, completes its Wait Staff and Housekeeping and Janitorial Services Trainings which provided participants with skills to equip them for employment in the hospitality industry. These three-week trainings were held simultaneously and covered soft skills, customer service as well as industry specific technical skills where trainees were taught the essentials of perfecting their trade. Today, BTEC held a certificate ceremony to celebrate the outstanding accomplishments of the forty six successful participants.

    Faith Nazarene Students visit elmopan Police Station
    On 2nd February,2018 Belmopan police Station received a visit from the students of Faith Nazarene primary school from San Ignacio. Students were taken on a tour of the police station, and they were informed of the roles and functions of the police station. During the visit students were grace with the presence of the Commissioner of Police,Mr Allen Whylie, who remind students of the importance of remaining in school and being responsible citizens.

    Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery Mission Sun, 18 Feb 2018
    The World Pediatric Project in collaboration with the Corozal Community Hospital will hold a Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery event at the Hospital on Sunday, 18th February 2018, beginning at 8am. Patients seen will be from birth to 21 years. Please bring along Social Security Card. For information call Teresita at 620-3532 or Khandice Tillett 615-6010, or the office at 223-7300. Clinic fee is .00.

    Postponed until further notice: power outage previously scheduled for San Pedro
    For Thursday, February 8. Affected areas: entire area north of Boca del Rio and San Mateo.

    Aldea Mundial Film Preview
    Aldea Mundial will be at the Soul Project on Wednesday for a meet and greet, and on Friday for a film screening. They are musicians that are biking through Belize, and they brought their equipment, so you know there will be some great music happening, as it always does. They played some Friday night, and it was spectacular(pictures here). FRI 9th: Film screening & Live Music ($10 cover). THE IDEA: A fully bicycle/sailboat powered tour of Belize & Cuba presenting the brand new hot off the press documentary! THE DOCUMENTARY: ‘Aldea Mundial’ (World Village) follows a musical journey through Latin America investigating traditional music, presenting diverse cultural perspectives, and questioning the phenomenon of globalization!"

    Central American Waterbird Census
    Where will you be this weekend? Near a Wetland? Then help us count for the Central American Waterbird Census. This year we will cover three main areas. 1. Corozal Bay/Shipstern Lagoon 2. Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary 3. Gales Point to Hopkins Wetlands Dont have a team? Let me know and maybe I can set you in a team.

    Glenn Patrick Roaden Young Belizean Entrepreneur for February!
    For the month of February, we are excited to feature Glenn Patrick Roaden as our Young Belizean Entrepreneur! Glenn Patrick Roaden is a graphic designer who started Visuals by Glenn Patrick (http://www.visualsbyglennpatrick.com/). In 2009, Glenn learned how to use Adobe Photoshop and began doing graphic design. Designing for Mervin Budram, Glenn eventually became head of the graphics department. In 2015, Glenn explored going freelance and, by November 2016, Visuals by Glenn Patrick was up and running. His business offers graphic design services for business advertisement/branding and personal designs, as well as website design and development. Glenn recently ventured into photography as well. Glenn sees himself as a role model to other entrepreneurs because he always strives for excellence in his work. He believes Belizeans can reach the same level of quality as international counterparts.

    Images from day one of the Museum of Belize's 16th Anniversary celebration
    We would like to extend a huge thank you to Ephesus SDA, Queen Street Baptist and Bethel Primary Schools for making this day a memorable one! Look out for more pictures as the festivities continue including educational meet and greet sessions with our very own Belizean Artists featured in our previous 'Call for Artist' exhibition series.

    Channel 7

    Missing Man Israel Turns Up Dead
    The Perez family's worst fear was confirmed today: Israel Perez's body was found this morning in Harmonyville. They had to bury him quickly because his body was badly decomposed. 7news was there on the scene and at the burial site. Courtney Weatherburne has more. Immigration and Lands Department workers along with Health officials filed into to the Cotton Tree cemetery this afternoon - all to give their final goodbye's to their friend and beloved member of the public service fraternity, Israel Perez. Perez had been missing for a week but this morning around 7:00 one of his close friends found his decomposed body down this road in Harmonyville. It was buried in this shallow grave. His friend, who lives close to where Perez's body was found says he saw Perez's vehicle down this road several times last week but he didn't think much of it because he didn't know Perez was missing until he saw it on the news last night. That's when he and his son went on their own early morning search.

    Police Speak On Israel Death
    Before that detention, police gave a statement earlier this morning on this case. Here's more. ACP Joseph Myvette, Head - NCIB: "This morning shortly before 8am, police was called to the Harmoneyville area, where in a shallow grave the decomposed body of a Hispanic male was found which was later identified to be missing Belmopan resident Israel Perez. Police are still on the scene and the investigation is ongoing. Also one person has been detained for questioning in regards to this discovery." As you heard, one person is detained and will face non-murder charges tonight.

    Ahmad Family Says No ‘Affair’ Between Fareed and Michelle Brown
    Well known barber and community activist Fareed Ahmad was killed 40 days ago under mysterious circumstances. Police constable Michelle Brown - who was the passenger in his vehicle on the night of his death - has been charged for his murder. But, that's far from the end of the story. There is a deeper tangle of uncertainty which centers around one question: how did the Constable get into his vehicle? Did she and Fareed have a relationship? It seems simple enough - but it's complicated by the fact that Michelle Brown was a member of the Special assignment Team - a unit that Fareed had made a complaint against hours before he was killed. Jules Vasquez reporting: Today, the family said they have clarity: there was no relationship between the two. Jules Vasquez was at the press conference: Today the family of Fareed Ahmad - his father, sister, brother - and, for the first time - his wife of 14 years - came forward to demand that police properly investigate his death.

    The 21st Is Nomination Day
    Municipal elections are only a month away, and, in two weeks, the political parties will have their first chance to flex their muscle on the streets of the different municipalities. That's February 21st., nomination day. It's a political carnival full of scenery and mass party noise, but the day is really about a simple process: filling out a nomination form, getting two registered voters to nominate the candidate, and paying a deposit of fifty dollars. Nomination will be held at public offices and locations in all the cities and towns, namely: the Charles B. Hyde Building, in Belize City, the Civic Centre, in Belmopan, the Administration Building in Corozal Town, the Sub-Treasury, in Orange Walk Town, the Administration Building in San Ignacio Town, the Town Hall, in San Pedro, the Town Hall, in Benque Viejo, the Town Hall, in Dangriga and the Administration Building in Punta Gorda.

    Police Present New Anti-Crime Strategy Targeting Gangs
    2 weeks ago, police released the official crime statistics for 2017, which showed 142 total murders, three fewer than the all time high set in 2012. Belize City had the most murders, and most of them were related to gang violence. So, the Police Department and the Home Affairs Ministry have been under sustained pressure to come up with quick fix solutions for a generational problem whose roots run deep into the swamp of social decay and structural poverty. Police had been hinting for months that a major legislative shift in the way they fight crime was on the way, and today, their new National Crime Fighting Strategy was unveiled by Commissioner Allen Whylie at a press conference featuring Police Minister of State Elodio Aragon. Daniel Ortiz has that story:

    Cops Can’t Work Special Duty Without COMPOL’s Say-So
    The Government of Belize continues to wrestle with its Tier Three Human Traffic rating from the US State Department. And one area that needs urgent attention is the practice of police working security at bars where human traffic victims are employed as waitresses and engage in commercial sex work. For the police it's called special duty - and it earns regular cops big money from private companies and establishments - as much as 10 dollars per hour. But while it's a welcome stream of income for those officers, the 2017 trafficking in persons report noted that this practice sends a message that police are on the side - and on the payroll - of the traffickers. We got reports last week that the police senior command was cracking down on this practice - and prohibiting police from working security at those shady establishments. Today we asked the commissioner if indeed such a directive was sent. He wasn't happy with the question:

    Labour And Capital Sit To Hammer Out OSH
    The Occupational Safety and Health Bill was introduced in the House of Representatives almost four years ago - but it still hasn't been passed. And that's because the bill will bring sweeping changes to rules governing the workplace, and both employees and employers have to be on the same page. A promising step has been taken in that direction with the Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the National Trade Union Congress of Belize agreeing to form an Occupational Safety and Health working committee. According to a release, they will, quote, "review and arrive at a final position on the OSH Bill that is agreeable to all relevant stakeholders."

    PM & Mrs. On Personal Leave
    Prime Minister Dean Barrow has left the country in personal leave. According to a release from his office, "Prime Minister Barrow, accompanied by Mrs. Kim Barrow, is on a private visit to attend to some personal family matters." The PM returns on Friday and Deputy Patrick Faber will be holding over as Prime Minister.

    BTEC Trains Service Sector Employees
    After three weeks of training, 46 participants successfully graduated from a Wait Staff and Housekeeping workshop hosted by BTEC. The participants ranged from veterans in the hospitality industry to newcomers who were hungry to learn. We found out more about what they learned: Christine Smith, Manager of BTEC: "Housekeeping, we assume that everyone knows how to clean but there is a skill to cleaning and the skill to cleaning is not just move dirt around but to actually get rid of germs and make sure that you have a clean environment for persons who are there. The training covered the Green Clean, what are the products we use for cleaning, what are the harms of some of these products, and then it went into a full practice on how to clean properly."

    BPP Goes Humble But Heartfelt For Municipals
    As we told you earlier in the news, Wednesday February 21st is nomination day for the municipal elections. For the major mass parties - it's a day to test who can mobilize the crowds. But you won't see the third party, the BPP there showing off with any big crowds. That's because they're not about that big money politics. Today at a press conference to launch their municipal campaign, the party told the media why they are fielding only 18 candidates in 5 towns and cities: Patrick Rogers Leader - BPP: "More than half the people registered in these constituencies do not reside at the elections and boundaries address on record. So, when you talk about canvassing to do a campaign, you will find that it's an exercise in futility because the elections cannot be free if they are not fair and giving an alternative part to that, that don't have money to hand out an election day, only a message to try and reach the people before the election day. A list that is compromised is a waste of time."

    Wanted Canadian Arrested In Toronto
    Back in May of 2016, San Pedro Town was shaken when the well-known footballer, Melvin Almendarez was shot and killed. The main suspect, Jordan Bacchus, left the country and went back to his home country of Canada. Well, reports out of that country are that Bacchus is now in the custody of Canadian law enforcement. The San Pedro Sun Newspaper reports that Baccus was taken into custody in Ontario on last week Friday. He was detained by the Greater Sudbury Police along with another woman, during a raid at a residence in Northern Ontario. The cops were reportedly conducting a search for drugs on that home.

    Arizona Killer Is From Belize
    Over the weekend, 34-year-old, American Kyle Brayer was shot in the head and died in Scottsdale Arizona. There was a massive manhunt for the killer but the hunt is over because he turned himself into authorities and reports say he is a Belizean that grew up in Mango Creek. He is 21 year old Hezron Parks. Parks told Arizona police that he was heading home after spending time a clubs in the Scottsdale area when Brayer who was sitting in a golf cart started saying things to him. Parks says that Brayer then approached his vehicle and moved toward him which led Parks to grab his .40 calibre firearm and shoot Brayer in the head.

    Former FFB Gen. Sec. Sued Federation For Wrongful Termination
    The Football Federation of Belize continues to enjoy a period calm and orderly management of the sport after the FFB Congress finally elected President Sergio Chuc and Cruz Gamez to fill the posts of President and Vice President. But, before that, there was over a 1 year and half of turmoil, in-fighting and jostling for power. During that time, the apparently untouchable General Secretary, Michael Blease, was terminated. That dismissal turned into a lawsuit when Blease took them to court alleging wrongful termination. That case was supposed to have been argued today before Justice Courtney Abel, our information says that the attorneys showed up and informed the judge that the case had been settled through mediation.

    Remembering The Gong @ 73
    And we close tonight with footage of a Bob Marley free concert which is happening right now at the battlefield park... Today would have been Bob's 73rd birthday and the concert is being held in honour of his tremendous musical and cultural legacy.

    Channel 5

    Family, Friends Shocked, Hurt by Brutal Murder of Immigration’s Israel Perez
    The body of a missing Immigration Officer was found today at Harmonyville, off the George Price Highway. Israel Perez, a resident of Saint Matthew’s Village and father of a young [...]

    Fareed Ahmad’s Family Including Widow Clear His Name in Police Allegations
    There is another murder for which a motive has still not been established. It is now six weeks since the popular barber, Fareed Ahmad, was murdered in his car on [...]

    Belizean-American Suspect in Killing of Arizona Fire Captain
    Twenty-one-year-old Hezron Parks is making the headlines in the U.S. where he shot and killed an Arizona fire captain. According to international media, Parks faces second-degree murder charge and was [...]

    How Police Will Fight Crime in 2018
    2017 ended as one of the most murderous years with one hundred and forty-four homicides. This January, there have been as many as fourteen murders, topping the statistics for the [...]

    Operation ACT Continues; Cameras on the Watch
    So what is the fate of Operation ACT now that a National Crime Fighting Strategy has been introduced which will remain in effect for the next two years?  The campaign [...]

    Why Do We Have to Pay so Much for UHS?
    The scandal that is the forty-million-dollar loan to the former Universal Health Services, compounded with interest of more than fifty million dollars, continues to reverberate in the public consciousness. The [...]

    Chamber, Unions Shake Hands on OSH Working Committee
    The Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry issued two separate statements this afternoon. The first concerns the launch of the first San Pedro Town chapter of the business organization. It [...]

    The Green Engine Rumbles: B.P.P. Names 18 Candidates in 5 Municipalities
    It’s definitely election season, but not much has been heard from the third party-alternative camps apart from Belize City’s mayoral candidate Ernesto Torres. That is until today, when the Belize [...]

    We Still Need Re-Registration, Says B.P.P.
    It has been legally due at least twice since it was first completed in 1997, but for various reasons was put off and postponed. We are talking about a complete [...]

    How and Where Your Candidates Will Be Nominated
    The Elections and Boundaries Department has released the particulars for the next pit-stop in the race to March seventh. In our previous newscasts, we have showed you most of the [...]

    Deconstructing the Crime Problem
    As many a weary Belize City resident can tell you, we have learned to appreciate the silences between the outbursts of gun and other violence we report nightly on the [...]

    Anglican Bishop Says Don’t Give Up on Our Young People
    On Monday, Anglican Bishop Philip Wright also addressed the crime issue on a general basis. He said we must all acknowledge that crime masks a number of societal problems that [...]

    Altercation Has Big Costs for City Resident
    Twenty-eight-year-old Jason Noralez admits to swinging a machete at Llewelyn Courtenay’s bicycle tire and tube valued at thirty-seven dollars. But he says he was acting in self-defence during an altercation. [...]

    Love Hurts: City Man Must Stay Away from Partner for Valentine’s
    Just in time for Valentine’s Day, a Belize City couple may be back together. But it may be difficult to celebrate for Allison Cuthkelvin, who is accused of breaking into [...]

    BTEC continues Training Housekeepers, Wait Staff
    Over forty persons received job preparedness training housekeeping and wait staff. The Belize Training and Employment Center presented certificates to the trainees today after they completed three weeks of intense [...]

    CTV3

    BSI Addresses Concerns Of Chan Pine Ridge Residents
    The Belize Sugar Industries has conducted an internal investigation as it relates to the disposal of waste material found on the Chan Pine Ridge road, following several claims made by residents of the area who were alleging that the company is responsible for dumping what appears to be black soil on the edges of the main road which connects the village to Orange Walk Town. Following the investigation, BSI has come to the conclusion that the material found on the Chan Pine Ridge road is not black soil, but waste material coming out from the filter press at the factory. Today we contacted BSI to inquire about the matter and were informed that the company employs a private contractor who is responsible for discarding the material and is also tasked with selecting a designated location to do so.

    Did Pablo Marin Award Roundabout Project Work In Corozal Town to Cayo Contractors?
    For several weeks we’ve been reporting on the construction taking place along a roundabout near the Santa Rita area of Corozal Town. The project isn’t being carried out by the Corozal Town Council, but by Area Representative Pablo Marin, so there is very little information available or forthcoming about the source of funding or the cost of the project. What we do know is that the project doesn’t have the unanimous blessing of the local tourism committee who is the body responsible for any tourism-related project in the municipality. Leaked copies of their meetings have shown that members have questioned how Marin came up with the idea and design, if they nor the public was consulted. Members of the public have also expressed concern that the site could create a problem for the heavy traffic in the area.

    Date Set For Nomination Day
    The Elections and Boundaries office has released the details of the Municipal Elections Nomination Day exercise scheduled for Wednesday, February 21st 2018 in all municipalities. Nomination Day is held for hopefuls to officially become candidates once they meet the criteria. For Corozal and Orange Walk Towns, the nomination of candidates will take place from 10am to 4pm. The Returning Officer for Corozal Town is Alma Gomez, while for Orange Walk Town it is Hugo Miranda.

    PM Barrow On Personal Leave
    Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow in the company of his wife, Kim Simplis Barrow, departed the country earlier today on personal leave. PM Barrow is scheduled to return to Belize later this week on Friday, February 9th, 2018. As is customary, during his absence from the country, Deputy Prime Minister Hon. Patrick Faber will act as Prime Minister.

    Burglars Target Red Cross Corozal Branch Office
    The Red Cross Corozal Branch is preparing for a Valentine’s Day fundraiser lunch next week, but today the community organisation learnt that some individuals just don’t have any love to give. Today Red Cross officials found their office building situated in the Santa Rita area of the town broken into and fully ransacked. The burglar or burglars targeted the office by prying open the wooden doors that led to the storage rooms and then ransacked the building in search of valuables. They had access to donated supplies, some electronic devices and other items but at the end of the day, it appears that only a few soft drink bottles and crates were moved and taken.

    Amandala

    Belize Magistracy experiencing chronic shortage of magistrates
    The new Criminal Procedure Rules which came into effect during the last legal year for dealing with cases at the Supreme Court and Magistrate’s Court were designed to address the massive backlog of cases. As it now stands, the rules mandate that disclosure must be given as quickly as possible and new cases must be disposed of within a timeframe of six months from the time of arraignment to completion of the case. The Criminal Procedure Rules, however, will do no good in addressing the backlog of cases if there are fewer judges and magistrates to enforce them, and new cases continue to overwhelm an already clogged-up criminal justice system.

    Israel “Prince” Perez, 27, still missing after 8 days
    Today marks eight days since St. Matthews’ villager Israel “Prince” Perez, 27, left home and has not returned. Today, Amandala spoke with his brother, Orlando Perez, who told us that the last time he saw his brother was Saturday, January 27, which was one day before he was reported missing. He recounted that his brother had visited his barbershop in Belmopan, as he would normally do before he goes home. However, he left at about 9 p.m. after declining an invitation to go to a nightclub.

    Civil Service Credit Union “bites the dust”
    Last April, the Central Bank of Belize announced that it would be liquidating the Civil Service Credit Union in Belize City, which has been in existence since the early 1950s. Today, Amandala spoke with the chief liquidator and accountant, Cedric Flowers, who provided an insight into the ongoing process. He said that due to mismanagement, the Central Bank ordered the credit union to close down its operation. And so for now, the company isn’t functional, but hasn’t been declared bankrupt; instead, it is insolvent because it cannot pay its bills. For now, one part-time employee handles the administrative affairs of the business.

    Fugitive Jordan Bacchus arrested in Canada
    He is a wanted fugitive in Belize, on the run for almost two years, but he may soon be extradited to Belize for murder after he was arrested in Canada and charged for illegal drugs. On Friday, Canadian national Jordan Bacchus, 28, was busted by police in Northern Ontario with 384.45 grams of cocaine and 10.46 grams of “purple heroin” which is heroin mixed with the extremely potent opioid fentanyl. These drugs have a street value of $45,000 Canadian dollars. According to Drug Squad Det.-Sgt. James Killeen, during the search his officers also seized $25,000 in cash along with other evidence, including digital scales, detailed debt lists and a money-counting machine.

    Jacqueline Willoughby takes on NTUCB
    It has been almost one year now since the National Trade Union Congress of Belize (NTUCB) held an extraordinary general meeting at which the Christian Workers Union (CWU) president, Floyd Neal, was elected to the post of president of the NTUCB. Prior to Neal’s election to the NTUCB presidency, however, there was the issue of back dues that the CWU had owed the NTUCB that led to its suspension in August 2013. Amandala is in possession of an exchange of letters between NTUCB First Vice President, Jacqueline Willoughby, and the NTUCB General Secretary, Patrick Balan. In her letter, Willoughby addressed the issue of her 1st Vice President post.

    United States versus Andrew Bennett inches forward with verification of evidence
    Attorney Andrew Bennett, for whom the United States Secretary of State has issued an extradition request to Belize Minister of Foreign Affairs, appeared in the Magistrate’s Court of Chief Magistrate Sharon Fraser this morning, along with his legal team, for the formal verification of the evidence that the US has built against him for the seven counts of money laundering and conspiracy to commit money laundering for which he has been indicted in the US District Court of Puerto Rico by a US grand jury on July 2, 2015. When the hearing was called to order, a Ministry of Foreign Affairs foreign service officer, Jenina Urbina, took the witness stand and explained to the court that she is in charge of the South America Desk at the ministry and that she received some documents from the United States Government that were authenticated under the seal of Belize Ambassador to the US, Francisco Daniel Guterrez.

    Weekend Warriors “A/B” Series 1 Race #2 of Sunday, February 4
    This is a POINT SERIES of 4 Races which started last week Sunday, January 28. Unfortunately, I had a race scheduled last week in Valladolid, Mexico, so missed Race #1; but my teammate and buddy Warren Coye came in 2nd last week, so the team’s job was to defend him. Thing is, we have one of the smallest teams out there, so the 5 of us had to ride smart. As they blew the whistle, there was a vicious attack, and Team Santino’s best pacer, Daniel Cano, who is Weekend Warriors (WW) Time Trial Champion, got on the front and chased it down. After he caught the front runners, there was another attack; and after he caught that one, there was another.

    PLB Week 4 results and standings
    All four games in Week 4 of the Premier League of Belize (PLB) 2017-2018 Closing Season were scheduled for this past Sunday, but only three were played; the Wagiya FC vs Belmopan Bandits SC game at the Carl Ramos Stadium was postponed due to the field condition following heavy rains. In a close and controversial contest at the Ambergris Stadium, home standing San Pedro Pirates FC clinched a 2-1 victory over visiting BDF FC when Colombian import Carlos Pertuz blasted from point blank range past BDF goalie Tevin Gamboa. Highking Roberts had given the Pirates the early lead at the 16th minute, but Shane “Chucky” Flores caught Pirates goalie Yusef Guerra out of his goal and drove in the equalizer for BDF shortly after resumption of play at the 47th minute.

    Chief’s Saturday Race results – February 3, 2018
    After a week of constant rain and very little training, the sun finally peeped out this morning, and so did 42 riders for today’s race from Leslie’s thru Boom to the Philip Goldson (Northern) Highway Junction and back to OLD BELIZE for the finish. We chose this finish because the road is smooth, wide and straight; but most importantly, much safer, as the finish at Leslie’s is in terrible shape after all this rain. The 42 riders featured 25 Elites, 12 Weekend Warriors (WW), and 5 Juniors. At 7:19 a.m., we were off. Everyone seemed to be full of energy after a week of plenty rest, so the attacks were immediate and hard. Within a few miles, about 15 “heads of state” of the Belize cycling world separated themselves from the peloton, and would never be seen again. I got a puncture at Mile 10, so became an official and service man to the entire peloton.

    Official results from WW Series 1 Race #2 of Sunday, February 4
    Here are the OFFICIAL results from yesterday’s Weekend Warriors (WW) Race #2 of the current 4-race Series. Race #2 went from Cotton Tree Village to Cisco Construction, for 38 miles, for the “A/B” riders; with the “C” class riding from Democracia Village, for 28 miles. Both races started at 8:30 a.m. Top “A/B” finishers: 1st Place – Mark Gentle (FT Williams, 1:42:10); 2nd Preston Martinez (Digicell-4G, st); 3rd Kirk Sutherland (Digicell-4G, st); 4th Warren Coye (Santino’s, st); 5th Santino Castillo (Santino’s, st, 1st “B” rider); 6th Alvan Gillett (Kulture Megabytes); 7th Roque Matus (M&M Engineering); 8th Dean Belisle (Bel-Cal); 9th Hector Tzuleta (Valvoline, 2nd “B” rider); and 10th Sean Duncan (Smart, 3rd “B” rider).

    Editorial: Where is home?
    The election of a Black American, Barack Obama, to the presidency of the United States in 2008 had been seen by some observers as heralding a so-called post-racial third millennium in America. At the same time, scholars had been predicting that by the middle of the 21st century, White Americans would have become a numerical minority in the U.S., even though they would still essentially control the American economy. When you add to the two Obama presidencies and the demographic predictions for White minority status, the fact that White Americans had been losing a lot of jobs because of American corporations’ outsourcing of factories and jobs to the rest of the world, you can understand how the stage was set for the Donald Trump presidency, clearly the result of fears and bigotry in America’s White majority population.

    They’re not ashamed about his game
    It is quite interesting to watch the people called Democrats, the liberal wing in the USA, how they run the gamut, so to speak, to find a reason or reasons why the man Donald Trump is now the leader of their country. They go here, there, and everywhere, and ignore the stark fact of too much LGBT. It must be a serious thing over there, this furor about how the dastardly Russians infiltrated the American political machine and warped the minds of the gullible people. They accept that their people will swallow a whale, or an elephant, if you package them right. It’s not right to laugh at anyone (especially not right to laugh at your friends), but I think we’re allowed to smile when we think of the one that installs presidents in our region, the one who makes numberless attempts to disrupt the Cuban government, getting a dose of their own medicine.

    Magistrate’s vehicle stolen and set on fire
    The vehicle of a Belize City magistrate was stolen, and then set on fire. Magistrate Shanti Morrison, 34, of Ladyville, told police that she parked her Ford Escape in front of her house at about 6:00 Saturday evening. At about 6:00 Sunday morning, she checked for her vehicle and it was nowhere to be found. Police were called and the search for the vehicle began. Yesterday morning, the Ford Escape was found on Chetumal Street Extension, completely destroyed by fire.

    Bus driver charged with wounding another bus driver
    A fight between two bus drivers who work for the same company, Lopez shuttle, resulted in one of them, Manuel Alonzo, suffering a wound to his face and the other, Aldoray Flowers, 35, being charged with wounding. Flowers, a resident of 1058 Chancellor Street, West Landivar, wanted to plead guilty to the charge with an explanation when he appeared today before the Chief Magistrate, Sharon Fraser. He backed down on the guilty plea, however, when she told him that he could get a sentence of up to 7 years in prison for wounding.

    Abel Lara, 21, committed to stand trial for unlawful sexual intercourse
    At a preliminary inquiry that was held yesterday before Chief Magistrate Sharon Fraser without any consideration of the evidence, Abel Lara, 21, a resident of Ladyville charged with unlawful sexual intercourse, was committed to stand trial in the next session of the Supreme Court, which will commence on April 3. Before she committed him to stand trial, Chief Magistrate Fraser asked Lara if he had any witnesses he wished to call, and if so, to give her their names. Lara submitted the names of two witnesses, Sheree Robinson and Gerald Abraham.

    Michael Lemus, 18, offered bail of $1,500
    After a heated political confrontation out west last week, an unrepresented Michael Lemus, 18, appeared before Magistrate Aretha Ford today in the San Ignacio Magistrate’s Court. He pleaded not guilty to one count of aggravated assault and two counts of use of threatening words. He was offered bail of $1,500 and ordered to return to court on April 5, 2018. Police reports revealed that last Thursday, Earl Trapp, the mayor of Santa Ignacio-Santa Elena, reported that at around 6:15 p.m. he was campaigning with several councilors on Alta Vista Street in San Ignacio Town when a taxi with Benque Viejo Del Carmen license plates stopped a few feet from them.

    Breaking Belize NewsPJ

    PM Barrow departs country on personal leave
    The Office of the Prime Minister informs that Prime Minister Dean Barrow departed the country […]

    City and Town council nomination and election day announced
    Today, the Elections and Boundaries department announced that nomination of candidates for election in the […]

    New President of ‘Our Circle’ hails from San Ignacio, Cayo
    Today ‘Our Circle’, an LGBT-centered organization, welcomed its new president, Joshua George Munoz, a San […]

    Body found is that of missing GOB employee, Israel ‘Izzy’ Perez
    This morning BBN reported that the body of a person was found in Harmonyville, located […]

    Museum of Belize celebrates 16th Anniversary
    Yesterday, the Museum of Belize celebrated its 16th Anniversary. Annually, the Museum sees visits from […]

    Why World Cancer Day was important to Belize
    For some, Sunday, February 4, 2018, was just a regular day, but for those who […]

    Another high-end attorney hired by Government of Belize
    According to reports, the government of Belize has hired the services of another high-end attorney […]

    Body found in Harmonyville, Cayo
    According to reports, police have found the body of a person in Harmonyville, Cayo. Police […]

    Blogs

    Coconut Oil – Flavoring Belizean Cuisine
    Coconut oil is as synonymous to Belizean Cuisine as the tropical sea is to the Caribbean. While we surely enjoy every aspect of the coconut – its refreshingly sweet water, succulent meat and even use its husk and shell for crafts; the oil has to be my favorite use of this versatile drupe. Used in everything from stews to pastries and of course, our delicious Rice & Beans – coconut oil is a staple in most households – used to create that perfect family meal. This natural oil gives off a tropical aroma to kitchens across the country, and a true taste of Belize to your meal.

    International Sourcesizz

    6 Great Places to Retire Where it’s Easy to Fit In
    When planning your retirement overseas, many factors come into play. Low costs, real estate, and healthcare are some of the main concerns…but what about being able to mix well with the community or make friends with the locals? If you can integrate easily in your new surroundings it will help to ensure that you feel safe, secure, and—most importantly—at home in your new home. IL’s recently published Annual Global Retirement Index takes all these aspects into account when rating and ranking its top retirement destinations. Because the sense of “fitting in” is so important when looking for an overseas retirement destination, it has been given its own category. Below are the six countries that came out on top: In a three-way tie for third place we have Belize. Belize is a gorgeous, welcoming country with one foot planted in the Caribbean, and the other in Central America. In Belize you can pick from locations and lifestyles, from a laidback seaside lifestyle on the coast, or on a caye (island), or at the foothills of the Maya Mountains, in an inland village, or remotely, surrounded by lush rainforest.

    Caye International Bank Honored with Award as Best Private Bank in Belize
    aye International Bank is proud to announce that it has been included in Global Finance Magazine's 2018 list of the World's Best Private Banks. The bank was listed as the best bank in Belize for the current year and has built an exceptional reputation for privacy, security, and financial stability in the international banking world. The prestigious award from Global Finance Magazine is based on a number of factors, including information collected from industry sources, public filings, company documents, and recommendations by analysts and consultants.

    Volcán de Fuego from Earth and space
    Guatemala’s Volcán de Fuego began a new round of explosive activity on January 31, 2018. This volcano – located about 40 miles (70 km) west of Guatemala City – is known for its explosive activity, spreading ash plumes, and spectacular lava flows. This eruption was its first of 2018. It ended after about 20 hours of activity. Meanwhile, photographers on the ground were busy as well, taking in the dramatic show this volcano provides.

    Impact Justice continues effort to increase regional pool of restorative practices trainers
    The Canadian government funded Improved Access to Justice in the Caribbean (IMPACT Justice) project, is sponsoring a three-day training of trainers workshop in Belize City, Belize, from February 5 to 7, to certify six persons as restorative practices trainers. The workshop, which is the first part of the certification process, is being facilitated by the International Institute of Restorative Practices, Canada.

    Videos

  • #DaretoJumpSweepstakes, 17min. on Open Your Eyes

  • The State of Children - as told by through the eyes of Councilors, 38min. Open Your Eyes

  • Belize Cancer Society - World Cancer Day, 47min. Open Your Eyes

  • Wild pigs, 1min. Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary.

  • Dangriga Multipurpose Center, 45sec. The Culture Capital now has a new place for sports, cultural performances, and a home away from home in times of disaster. At 3.5 Million dollars, the new Dangriga Multipurpose Center is a welcomed addition!

  • Snorkeling in Belize, 4min. Such beautiful coral and sea life!

  • Snorkeling and Swimming with Sharks and Manta Rays in San Pedro, Belize, 5min. A dream came true..

  • ELIMINATIONS FOR ANNUAL BOWEN AND BOWEN NATIONAL SPELLING BEE COMPETITION HERE IN THE NORTH, 7min. Each year during the month of February, primary school students are provided with an opportunity to participate in the annual Bowen and Bowen National Spelling Bee Competition which welcomes top spellers from all districts to compete against each for a chance to be crowned as the national Spelling Bee Champion.

  • PUP MAYORAL CANDIDATE RIGO VELLOS CHALLENGES UDP CANDIDATE RICHARD QUAN TO A DEBATE, 2min. Exactly 30 days are left for the municipal elections scheduled for March 7th and the political temperature in the north is incrementing feverishly on a daily basis. The political climate in Corozal Town got warmer yesterday when we met PUP Mayoral Candidate Rigo Vellos and members of his slate campaigning in the Santa Rita area of the Town, and Vellos seized the opportunity to challenge UDP Mayoral Candidate Richard Quan to a public debate. Vellos says the public deserves one.

  • NATIONAL CRIME FIGHTING STRATEGY 2018 IS LAUNCHED, 14min. When it comes to murder count in the Jewel, 2017 stood as one of the highest in our history with 142 murders recorded at the end of the year. Those figures were only a few numbers shy of the deadliest year recorded in the past decade for our country, which was back in 2012 when the murder rate was up to one hundred and forty-five.

  • Cinnamon hummingbird rain bath, 1min.

  • Police Check Point Talk Show, 60min.

    February 6, 2018


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    Ambergris Today

    Ministry Of Health Issues First List Of 'Over The Counter' Medications For General Use
    On Friday, February 2, 2018, The Ministry of Health issues the first list of Over the Counter Medications for General Use. Note that this is a provisional first list and the Director of Health Services will be reviewing this list continuously while making necessary modifications as the ministry’s aim to keep the safety of the consumers as their primary principle.

    Misc Belizean Sources

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    Kindy take note of Archeological site closures
    TUESDAY 6 FEBRUARY 2018: THE XUNANTUNICH ARCHAEOLOGICAL RESERVE IS OPEN WITH PEDESTRIAN CROSSING ONLY AT THE FERRY. ALL OTHER ARCHAEOLOGICAL RESERVES ARE OPEN. PLEASE EXERCISE CAUTION AT ALL TIMES. IT IS ALSO RAINING HEAVILY AT THE NOHOCH CHEEN AND ATM RESERVES.

    HISTORIC CROOKED TREE SANCTUARY MOU SIGNED ON WORLD WETLANDS DAY
    The Forest Department, the Belize Audubon Society, and the Crooked Tree Village Council signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) aimed at promoting local stewardship and sustainable use of the resources in the Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary. The signing of the MOU took place in Crooked Tree Village on Friday, February 2nd, as part of the official World Wetlands Day celebrations, which was held under the theme “Wetlands for a Sustainable Urban Future”. The MOU charts a way forward for the future of the Sanctuary and the community’s development. It provides regulated access to the fishing resources from March to July, fosters greater local stewardship, and strengthens the alliance between the management agencies and the community.

    Corozal Blood Drive
    Please come donate to the blood drive on Saturday, 10th February 2018, from 8am to 2:30pm, in the laboratory/blood bank area of the Corozal Community Hospital. This is a cooperative effort of Rotaract, the Red Cross, and Corozal Community Hospital. For the Rotaract Club of Corozal

    Caye Caulker Traffic Department Closed
    The Caye Caulker Traffic Department hereby advises the public that Traffic Office will be closed until further notice,effective Monday, February 5th,2018. Sorry for any inconvience caused.

    SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY:
    OAS Scholarship Programme 2018-2019

    Sat, 10 Feb 2018 — Art in the Park in Corozal
    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, to 9pm. For more information call 620-1572.

    EARTH HOUR 2018
    Saturday, March 24 at 7 PM - 9:30 PM, Central Park Corozal. "Earth Hour 2018-2020 focuses on a new campaign message called ‘Connect2Earth’ which aims to highlight the interconnection between biodiversity and climate change." Earth Hour program will begin at 7:00 pm and will be made up of presentations and speeches from environmental groups, community members and students from primary schools. At 8:30 when the lights go out, we will light candles, make individual or group pledges & create the Earth Hour logo. Light refreshments will be served at the end of the program.

    Corozal - "LOVE FAIR"
    Oceana Belize and Department of Youth Services present the second annual Love Fair. Wednesday, February 14th from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Corozal Central Park. There will be information booths from different organizations, promoting Love for self, community and the environment. We will be having free raffles with the grand prize of a romantic dinner for two at RD's Diner. Proud sponsors are RD's Diner, Dave's Photo studio and rentals, Happy Cow Cheese (Emilio Ahmad and Sons) , Racks Snacks, Dalla Sign Pawn Shop, and Corozal Town Council.

    Attention: Hotel General Managers: CHA® certification
    Achieving the CHA® certification announces that you have a place among the best in your profession, are abreast of current trends and latest hospitality protocols; and serves as leverage in current and future career opportunities. The Certified Hotel Administrator (CHA®) is the most prestigious certification available to a hotel general manager and hospitality executive. It identifies the recipient as being part of an elite group of hospitality professionals who have combined education, experience, and industry dedication to achieve a high level of expertise.

    XAIBE R.C. SCHOOL CULTURAL BUSINESS EXPO 2018
    "We Learn, We Build, We Teach" - March 1st from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. - Cultural competition and presentations, Cultural dances, games, food galore and local drinks, many business promotions! See you there.

    Power outage scheduled for San Pedro, Ambergris Caye on Thursday, February 8 from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
    To affect San Mateo and the entire area north of Boca del Rio. BEL to conduct maintenance and testing of equipment, and replace hardware at the San Pedro Substation.

    'Belize: A Collective Exposition' Exhibit
    Today the Museum of Belize (NICH) celebrates its 16th Anniversary in style with the opening of a superb collection of Belizean masterpieces featured in a exhibition entitled 'Belize: A Collective Exposition'. This exhibition is now open to the public for your viewing pleasure!

    Channel 7

    Magistrate’s SUV Stolen, Torched
    A family court magistrate's vehicle was stolen and set on fire this weekend. 34 year old Shanti Morrison's Ford Edge was seen on fire on Lake Independence Boulevard early on Sunday morning. The fire department responded to put it out at dawn, but, by that time, the vehicle had been completely destroyed - and it's still there this evening. The Magistrate reported that it had been stolen sometime between Saturday night and Sunday morning from in front of her home in Vista Del Mar. It's a sensitive case because it involves a member of the judiciary - who vehicle was stolen and appears to have been deliberately torched. But, when police briefed the media this morning - at that time they had not identified the vehicle:

    Maya’s March For The Slain Sisters
    Last week, we told you about the backstory of Wilmer Escobar, the man who police have arrested and charged for the double murder of the sisters from Toledo, Crecencia and Josephina Oh. He's on remand at the Belize Central Prison, but there is a grieving family, and the communities in Toledo District that are still trying to make sense of this heinous crime - and make sure it never happens again. On Saturday evening, a group called "Walk For Justice", which was formed in the memory of the sisters, organized a demonstration with the support of the Maya Leaders Association and the Toledo Alcaldes Association. It started in San Jose Village, and all the participants visited the outskirts of the village where the sisters were murdered. There, they planted 2 crosses to remind everyone of the loss of life that happened at that location.

    Contrabandidos Caught In Coro
    Customs is prosecuting three men who it says are repeat contraband offenders. Customs enforcement caught Henry Diaz, Nathaniel Hinds and Lucio Salinas on Saturday evening in the Yo Chen area of the Corozal District. That is close to an illegal river crossing named Laguna - which is right behind Yo - Chen. They were in a van - which was loaded with contraband - including 55 sacks of Bola Roja flour, 15 cases of Suprerior and Dos Equis beer, 7 sacks white and red onions, 2 sacks potatoes, 2 plastic tanks with 15 gallons of gasoline and some Nutri-Leche milk.

    PUMA Robbers Remanded
    3 men have been remanded to prison for robbing the PUMA Gas station in Ladyville. 25-year-old Jose Cocom Jr, 19 year-old Kentroy McKoy and 21-year-old Edison Palacio were all charged with armed robbery. The trio was unrepresented in court and pleaded not guilty to the charge. Magistrate Khadeen Palmer denied them bail and they were remanded into custody until April 27th. It happened on January 31st. Cashier Adonis Serano was at the gas station when 3 men stormed in. One of men pointed a gun at Serano and took the money from the register. The men also snatched money from a customer. They ran off with $500 in total. Everything was captured on the surveillance camera.

    Close Call On Kelly Street
    There was a residential fire in Belize City this afternoon. At around 1:40, a small fire started at a downstairs residence on Kelly Street. No one was harmed, and thanks to the quick response of the fire department, the blaze was contained to a section of the wooden structure - which is squat in the middle of a congested nieghborhood. The investigation is still in the early stages but Fire Chief Ted Smith told us that the fire could have been a massive blaze but thanks to the quick response of the fire department and the residents it was contained quickly. Ted Smith, Belize National Fire Service Fire Chief: "The fire department immediately went into action containing the fire to the ground floor of that particular area we found on fire and extinguished said fire."

    Family Looks For Missing Nationality Clerk
    A 27 year old nationality clerk from Belmopan, Israel Perez, has been missing for a week and his family needs your help to find him. A relative says that he last spoke to Perez through text on last week Monday night. He said that Perez sent a text saying that he was on San Pedro and would be back this week. Well, he never came home. The family is trying to hold on to hope. Here is what police had to say. Alejandro Cowo, OC - CIB: "Rosita Perez of number 3840 Unity Blvd Belmopan City visited the Belmopan police station and made a report that her brother Israel Perez 27 year old Belizean has been missing since Friday of February 2018. He is a Hispanic ale person of clear descent and the information in regards to other details as regards to him has not come forward so far."

    Only Weekend Violence Was City Shooting
    As you can tell from the tone of the news so far tonight, the weekend was relatively calm except for one city shooting. 37 year old taxi man Carl Lamb was shot to the thigh in front of his Gladden Street home. It happened early Saturday morning and police have already charged a 15 year old for the crime. The head of CIB told us more at today's press briefing. Alejandro Cowo, OC - CIB: "On Saturday the 3rd of February 2018 sometime after 4:00am in the morning, police visited the KHMH where they observed a male person by the name of Carl Lamb, 37 year old Belizean taxi driver with an apparent gunshot wound to the left thigh. What police gather so far is that Mr. Lamb had just arrived at his house, he was just exiting his vehicle when he was approached by a person who was walking beside him and calling his name..."

    Mother Claims Police Brutality
    A city mother says police roughed up and pepper sprayed her son for no reason. It is an all too familiar story but this mother says it has been happening over and over again and no matter how many times she reports it, nothing is done. This time she says the police picked up her son, 20 year old Ulide Allen and took him near the Chetumal Bridge to beat on him. We met her outside the Raccoon Street police station and she told us more. Dorita Muschamp, Mother: "On Saturday night I left my son on Jasmine Street by a shop. By the time I arrived home in about 20 minutes, I got a call from my mom. My son was saying 'mom please come they tried to kill me, please come I can't see'. I ran out without any footwear and went to my mom's home. When I went there I saw my son in just boxers because my mom already took off his clothes to try bathe him and wash off the pepper spray. I asked him what happened, he said three police officers picked him up from off Tibruce Street and took him behind Chetumal Street where they tried to take him out the vehicle..."

    Six Year Later, Locario Gets Off
    In 2012, mother of 7, Hilda Locario was remanded for the attempted murder of a woman she had stabbed in the neck. Today, almost 6 years later, she finally got her freedom in the Supreme Court when he case ended in a nolle pros. The 42-year-old allegedly stabbed Shirley Leslie to the throat. After 6 years of court appearances, Locario - appeared before newly appointed Justice of the Supreme Court, Marilyn Williams to learn that the case is being abandoned by the prosecution.

    To Avert Drunk Driving, Man Gets Assaulted
    Today thirty-five-year-old bus driver Aldoray Flowers appeared in court charged with wounding. Flowers pled guilty to the charge but he had an explanation. He said that on the 1st of February his brother and bus owner Carlos Lopez sent him to take over the bus from Manuel Alonzo because Alonzo was intoxicated. According to Flowers when he got there Alonzo slapped him in the face and he reacted by punching Alonzo in his face and head, causing a wound to Alonzo's face.

    Ashcroft Alliance: Ain’t No Sunshine
    3 months ago, we told you about the final fight between the Government of Belize and the Ashcroft Alliance over BTL, or be more accurate, the final fight that we know about. It's over the company, Sunshine Holdings, which used to be part of the Ashcroft Alliance. Our research says that back in 2005, under the Musa Administration, Social Security granted a special loan to the company of 10 million dollars under highly concessionary terms. Sunshine, under the Alliance, used that money to acquire shares in BTL. When the Government nationalized the telephone company in 2009, it also acquired Sunshine's shares, and with that, came the 10 million-dollar debt to the SSB. So, now that the BTL settlement of about a half a billion dollars in compensation has been paid to the Alliance, Sunshine, which is now Government controlled, wants the Ashcroft Alliance, specifically, the BTL employees trust, to pay back some of that money to them, at least to cover the loan to the SSB.

    PUC By The Numbing Numbers
    Last week, we showed you the comments of John Avery, the Chairman of the Public Utilities Commission, when he answered to allegations that there was reckless spending at the PUC and over-payment of the 6 members of the PUC Board. Well, to strengthen his arguments, he released the final audited statements ending in March of 2017. On the Balance sheet, under the line item, current assets, it says that the PUC had just under 1.25 million dollars in the bank at the end of March 2016. By March 2017, that decreased by about a quarter million.

    In The Event Of an Oil Spill
    Today the Department of the Environment held an Oil Spill contingency plan meeting. The meetings focus was preparing for an oil spill. Even though an oil spill does not seem likely to happen here in our waters especially after the oil moratorium was signed, Chief Environmental Officer Martin Alegria says the plan is still a necessity for Belize, even if we are not the ones that start the spill. Sahar Vasquez, reporter: "I know Belize has kind of exhausted a lot of its oil options why is a contingency plan necessary at this time?" Martin Alegria, Department of Environment/Chief Environmental Officer: "Well, a contingency plan to address oil spill has been there since 1996. We updated it in 2001, 2003 with the assistance of CDEA Caribbean agency. With time things change development occurs and technology changes. We saw the need in 2014 to update this National Oil Spill response."

    Canal Playing It Too Close To Climate Resilient Roadway?
    We also asked Alegria about a pair of canals that have been dug near to the newly reconstructed Phillip Goldson Highway. Now, the highway was designed - at great cost - with climate change mitigation measures in place. And that's because it is on a vulnerable strip of land between The Belize river and the Caribbean sea. But now - a new property development for a private gated community - has brought two canals in from the sea to within a couple hundred feet of the highway. This is at mile 7 on the highway. Today we asked the Chief Environmental Officer - who lives in Ladyville whether this is has been environmentally cleared - he claimed he had no specific knowledge of the project: Martin Alegria, Department of Environment/Cheif Environmental Officer: "There is plans or at least ideas concepts of dewatering or assisting in the flooding."

    Referees Ran Out Of Gas
    On Saturday over 30 referees gathered at the Marion Jones Stadium for a physical fitness test conducted by a visiting FIFA Instructor. When it was done, only 5 assistant referees, and 3 referees had passed. The test was designed for international referees - and the FFB says the results should be seen as an incentive for the refereeing community to keep training to become physically fit.

    The Museum At 16
    Today the Museum of Belize celebrated its 16th anniversary. In honour of that, the museum opened a brand new temporary art exhibit for the public. The exhibit features the art works of different Belizean Artists ranging from contemporary art to photography. For the rest of the month, the museum will invite students to visit them and participate in art lessons by the artists. To end off the celebration the museum is also inviting students to create artwork of their own at the Street Art Festival on February 24th.

    Channel 5

    Maya march for justice in South
    A Bella Vista man has been arrested and charged with the heinous murders of two sisters: Cricencia and Jospehine Oh from the village of San Antonio in southern Belize. The [...]

    Magistrate’s vehicle stolen, set ablaze
    The theft and arson of a vehicle belonging to a member of the judiciary is not an everyday occurrence. But over the weekend Magistrate Shanti Morrison reported that her sixty-five-thousand [...]

    Fugitive Jordan Bacchus caught; when will he face justice here?
    There is a major arrest of a Canadian national with a long rap sheet who is wanted in Belize for murder. But it may be a while before twenty-eight year [...]

    City woman sees charges dropped in attempted murder case
    A domestic of Belize City no longer faces attempted murder charges after the prosecution decided not to continue the case against her in the Supreme Court. Forty-two year old Hilda [...]

    G.O.B. hires another pricey lawyer for U.H.S. case
    Government is reportedly acquiring the services of another lawyer; he is Ben Juratowich, Queen’s Counsel from a British Law Firm Freshfield Brauckhaus Deringer. He will be representing the Government of [...]

    Guatemala to send new envoy to Belize
    On the diplomatic front…Belize has been without a resident ambassador from Guatemala since Manuel Estuardo Roldan was recalled to his Ministry for consultations. Relations were strained following the shooting death [...]

    O.A.S. names Uruguayan lawyer/politico to guard adjacency zone
    Uruguayan lawyer and politician Manuel Washington Abdala has been personally selected by O.A.S. Secretary General Luis Almagro to succeed Magdalena Talamas at the organization’s office at the Adjacency Zone.  Abdala [...]

    Still no date for referendum; GOB wants money
    While Guatemala is holding a referendum in April, a date for when Belizeans will go to the polls to decide on whether or not the matter of the age-old territorial [...]

    Fire Service avoids catastrophe on Kelly Street
    There was a fire today in Belize City but quick action by the Fire Department contained the blaze and prevented it from spreading to nearby buildings. The fire started in [...]

    Minor charged for shooting taxi driver
    There weren’t any murders in the city over the weekend but there was an attempt on the life of a taxi man. Karl Lamb was shot around four on Saturday [...]

    Cayo man missing since weekend
    Twenty-seven-year old Israel Perez left his home in Saint Matthews Village, Cayo District over a week ago and he has not been seen or heard from since. Perez’s family has [...]

    P.U.P.’s women demand equal representation in Belmopan
    While women have been making greater appearances on the political ballot, Belize still has some way to go toward true gender equality. The Opposition People’s United Party has made greater [...]

    Bishops condemn U.S. immigration stance
    On Friday, a conference of Bishops of the Anglican Episcopal Churches of Central America and Mexico issued a statement on the planned cancellations of several U.S. programs for immigrants. These [...]

    Welcome Assad? Prominent diplomat seeks return for referendum duty
    For some time there has been talk that the country’s former chief negotiator Assad Shoman would be returning to work for the Government on the process taking the Guatemalan claim [...]

    Funding still needed for Adjacency Zone
    Funding for the OAS’ office at the Adjacency Zone remains an area of concern for Belize and Guatemala, as efforts are continuous in finding monies to keep its doors open.  [...]

    National Collection on display as museum turns 16
    The Museum of Belize commemorates its sixteenth anniversary with a special exhibit of pieces from the national collection of Belize. To mark the occasion, the Museum invited students for free [...]

    Planning for potential oil spill disaster
    In September, the Department of the Environment convened the first consultations with stakeholders on forming a National Oil Spill Contingency Plan. Today, those consultations continued at the Biltmore Plaza, focusing [...]

    Moratorium removes major worry
    In the time period between the first and second consultations on the plan, the Petroleum Operations (Maritime Zone Moratorium) Act, 2017, was passed by the House of Representatives on December [...]

    Top sports stories of the weekend
    Good evening, I’m James Adderley and this is Sports Monday.   [Highlights of the weekend sporting activities…]

    LOVE FM

    Love continues to make an impact after twenty-five years
    There is a saying ‘never despise humble beginnings’, Love FM, is a testimony to that since it got started twenty-five years ago from the lower flat of the Chief Executive Officer’s home, Rene Villanueva Sr. Today, it has grown leaps and bounds, its broadcasting capability spanning the entire length of the country. Villanueva said that …

    USA is engaged in the war against human trafficking
    Human Trafficking is a multi-billion dollar business by organized crime that traps victims and robs them of their self-worth and freedom. Many victims are trafficked from our region, especially, neigbouring countries such as Mexico, Honduras and El Salvador to the United States of America. The USA is very much engaged in the fight against human …

    National Oil Spill Contingency Plan still in the making
    The National Oil Spill Contingency Plan for Belize is still in the making. Today representatives from various sectors met in Belize City to review and improve the working draft of the plan. When the plan is completed and approved by Cabinet, all organizations associated with disaster risk management and oil spill response will be able …

    Minor charged with shooting taxi driver
    Carl Lamb, a taxi driver of Belize City is recovering from a gunshot wound he sustained over the weekend. ASP Alejandro Cowo, Head of the CIB unit in Belize City told the media this morning that a minor has been charged with the crime. ASP Alejandro Cowo – Head of the CIB “On Saturday the …

    Museum of Belize celebrates 16th anniversary
    Today is the sixteenth anniversary of the Museum of Belize and this year the occasion is being celebrated with high school and primary school students, Alexis Salazar, Director of the Museum says they are showcasing Belizean artists in different genres of Belizean art. Alexis Salazar – Director “We are opening a new exhibit today to …

    Fire-fighters prevent disastrous fire
    A fire broke out at a house on Kelly Street in Belize City this afternoon. Fortunately and unlike other occasions, this time we can report that no one got hurt or died and the wooden house was not totally destroyed. The blaze started at a room behind an aquarium store. Neighbors, who saw the fire …

    Venezuelan FM discusses matters of mutual interest with PM Dean Barrow
    Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza is on a Latin American and Caribbean Union and Dignity Tour. Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza arrived in Nicaragua to hold talks with the Sandinista leaders of the Central American country. Before he traveled to Nicaragua, Arreaza met with the Prime Minister of Belize, Dean Barrow to discuss matters of mutual …

    Mother files report against police for pepper spraying son
    Another Belize City resident is claiming police brutality after her son was reportedly targeted and pepper sprayed by three police officers. Dorita Muschamp told the media today that her twenty-year-old son Ulide Allen was picked up by a police mobile shortly before nine o’clock on Saturday night and taken to a dark area where they …

    Mexico to build school in Southern Belize
    Last Thursday, the Ambassador of Mexico to Belize, Carlos Quesnel, hosted the media for a breakfast press conference. Ambassador Quesnel spoke on an array of issues related to his government and the relationship between the governments of Belize and Mexico. Ambassador Quesnel announced the Mexican Government’s decision to build a second Escuela Secundaria Tecnica Mexico, …

    Cruise ship responds to distress call
    Norwegian Getaway, a cruise ship of the Norwegian Cruise Line, diverted course last week Tuesday evening to rescue two men aboard a distressed sailboat off the coast of Belize. Online reports say the ship responded to a distress signal from the 42-foot boat which was taking in water. It took the cruise ship about an …

    Magistrate’s vehicle stolen and burned
    Police are investigating the theft and subsequent burning of a vehicle over the weekend. According to police, 34 year old Shanti Morrison, a Magistrate of Ladyville reported that her Ford Edge SUV that was parked in front of her house went missing. This morning Police explained that the vehicle was completely destroyed.

    Sunshine Holdings takes case before Supreme Court of Belize
    The case involving Sunshine Holdings and the BTL Employees’ Trust will go to full trial this week. Solicitor General Nigel Hawke told reporters this morning that the trial will be held on Thursday before Supreme Court Justice Courtenay Abel. The matter stems from Government’s acquisition of Belize Telemedia Limited. Last month, the Caribbean Court of Justice ruled that Sunshine Holdings can file a claim in the Supreme Court of Belize, …

    Man wanted for murder in Belize is arrested in Canada
    Twenty year old Jordan Bacchus is in the custody of police in Canada for drug related offences in that country. He is also wanted here in Belize for the murder of Melvin Almendarez in May 2016. Online reports say that a drug seizure in northern Ontario, one of the 13 provinces and territories of Canada, resulted in the arrest of Bacchus and a woman. The Greater Sudbury Police Service says …

    Marijuana plants destroyed by fire
    Three thousand weed plants were destroyed by fire on Friday afternoon. Police conducted a search about four miles in Blue Creek Village in the Orange Walk District which led to the discovery of a marijuana plantation containing about three thousand marijuana plants ranging from two to five feet …

    The Reporter

    Belize celebrates World Cancer Day 2018
    Today marks the 12th celebration of World Cancer Day, a global event used to raise awareness about various aspects of cancer including the most common types and risk factors World Cancer Day, celebrated annually since 2006, is the brainchild of the Union for International Cancer Control and […]

    Breaking Belize NewsPJ

    SIB district offices closed
    The Statistical Institute of Belize (SIB) announced today that four of its offices will be […]

    Magistrate’s vehicle found burnt
    According to police, yesterday morning around 6:00, Shanti Morrison, 34, a magistrate from Ladyville reported […]

    DOE holds oil spill consultation
    The Department of the Environment (DOE) is hosting a two-day consultation at the Belize Biltmore […]

    Israel Perez missing for over a week
    The family of 27 year old Israel Perez is concerned since they haven’t heard from […]

    Man who allegedly assaulted Mayor Earl Trapp released on bail
    Michael Lemus, 18, the man who verbally assaulted the Mayor of San Ignacio and Santa […]

    Minor arrested for early morning shooting in Belize City
    Today, police charged a 15 year old boy with the attempted murder of Karl Lamb, […]

    Crooked Tree Sanctuary MOU signed on World Wetlands Day
    The Forest Department, the Belize Audubon Society, and the Crooked Tree Village Council signed a […]

    Norwegian Getaway rescues 2 sailors off coast of Belize
    Seatrade Cruise News is reporting that a Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) ship rescued two sailors […]

    Moist and unstable conditions continue
    Sunny skies with cloudy spells are expected today. Some isolated showers and thunderstorms are expected […]

    Blogs

    5 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Xunantunich
    While many of Xunantunich's secrets will never be revealed, we do know a lot about its history. Cruz Cambranes wrote an article about some of the lesser known facts. Why did the people of Xunantunich choose to build their city on top of the ridge? Is it possible that they felt closer to the Gods? If that is so, why didn’t they build it to the south in the Vaca plateau, which is in view from the top of the tallest building at Xunantunich? There is no single answer to this question, but a there are a combination of human behaviors that give us the answer we seek. Although the ridge where Xunantunich sits is not the highest, it can be seen from everywhere, telling us that they were not hiding, but rather that they wanted to be seen. They wanted everyone to know where the powerful people lived.

    International Sourcesizz

    Installation of Maya Artifacts, National Treasures from Belize, Underway at the Milwaukee Public Museum
    Conservators and staff from the National Institute of Culture and History in Belize, the Museum of Belize, the Science Museum of Minnesota, and the University of Pennsylvania are at the Milwaukee Public Museum (MPM) to install artifacts from Belize into Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed. Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed, the largest exhibition about the ancient Maya ever to be displayed in the United States, will open to the public on Saturday, February 10 and runs through May 28. This special exhibit uses authentic artifacts, immersive environments and hands-on activities to explore the rise and fall of the Maya civilization. Created by the Science Museum of Minnesota, the Denver Museum of Nature & Science and the Museum of Science, Boston, Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed uncovers the mysteries and brings the culture’s people, architecture, artistry and rituals to life.

    Videos

  • Sarina's Cafe, 17min. on Open Your Eyes

  • PUP Mayorial Candidate Punta Gorda, 30min. on Open Your Eyes

  • Cayo Music School, 33min. on Open Your Eyes

  • Bruk it down Jenny - 'self-care', 23min. on Open Your Eyes

  • 2018 Belize National DJ Championship, 27min. on Open Your Eyes

  • More soldiers join the BDF, 7min. On Friday, January 26th, 89 men and women officially joined the ranks of the Belize Defence Force. Last month, we joined Minister of Defence Hon. John Saldivar on his visit to see the recruits in action at the Mountain Pine Ridge. Here’s a story from our Belize Now Team …

  • Belize, la splendeur des Mayas Documentaire 2016, 3 3/4 hrs.

  • The Great Blue Hole, Belize - Diving 6 July 2010, 68min. SCUBA diving in the magnificent Great Blue Hole in the Lighthouse Reef off the coast of Belize in Central America. Our lovely team was diving the the friendly and professional people of Frenchie's. Full unedited video of great blue hole dive in belize. check out minutes 12 through 17 for the best of it. Huge shark at 19:00. The Great Blue Hole in Lighthouse Reef, Belize. Shot with GoPro Hero3 Black Edition + Red Filter - Reach 130 deep at 04:15 in the video - Dive: 137 feet max depth for 5 mins, single tank..

  • CAYE CAULKER (BELIZE) 2017 I SNORKELING WITH SHARKS & RAYS, 4.5min. Went snorkeling in Belize about a year ago (omg how time flies).

  • Dennis Wolfe Jr - Show at Truck Stop in San Pedro, Belize, 5min. Feb 4, 2018

  • Emancipation Day 2017 in Belize with Dr. Patricia Rodney, 2hr. United Black Association for Development Educational Foundation (UEF) and our community partners.

  • Found this fellow on our handrail. I think it is a type of 'Monkey Slug' or hag moth caterpillar, 1min.

  • Rebroadcast of Punta Fuego Season 1, 1min. The Rebroadcast of Punta Fuego Season 1 is coming to a station near you beginning February 6, 2018. Check it out on Fiesta FM 106.7 in Orange Walk or online at localradiobelize.info/fiesta at 6pm Tuesday and Thursdays; AND/OR Estereo Amor 97.5, 95.9, and 103.7; or online at https://estereoamor.com.

  • A short edit out of an 8 minute coverage about my place on Lark Caye... AND PLACENCIA!!!, 2min. You will notice some of our friends and neighbors: Ben, Mambo, Tall Boy, Sandy,... Thanks to Christopher from RTL for this great coverage and publicity! All rights belong to RTL, hope they don’t mind to show Placencia a little bit of their great work! Thanks RTL and Christopher for coming all the way to Belize (30 hours!!!) and to show Germany the beauty of our lovely village

  • Yucatec Maya dance group Sak Pakal, 1min. A Maya Mom and her child dancing at Kanluum in Corozal . They belong to the Yucatec Maya dance group known as Sak Pakal from Cristo Rey Corozal .

  • Belize Delegation, 3min.

  • Belize Flats permit among others Kelly D., 20min. Belize Flats Fishing.

  • BELIZE MAYAN CAVE ADVENTURE, 3.5min.

  • BELIZE MAYAN CAVE ADVENTURE, 2min. Cacao Tour In Belize Year: 2017 Mahogany Chocolate Store Agronosotros

    February 5, 2018


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    The San Pedro Sun

    Wanted for the murder of Melvin Almendarez, Jordan Bacchus is arrested in Canada
    Canadian fugitive Jordan Bacchus, wanted for the murder of island resident Melvin Almendarez, was arrested in Ontario Canada on February 2nd on unrelated charges. Bacchus was detained along with a woman during a drug bust at a residence in northern Ontario by the Greater Subdury Police. After being processed for the drug offense, Sudbury Police state that he can then be extradited to Belize. Melvin Almendarez was found dead on May 6, 2016, at a feeder road in Southern Ambergris Caye. During the initial investigations, Bacchus was detained as the prime person of interest since he was the last person seen with Almendarez. He was also charged with Possession of Controlled Drugs upon his arrest. However, he was later released on bail. A week later Police issued a warrant for his arrest, but Bacchus had apparently left the country and remained at large.

    Wolfe’s Woofer: Funeral
    “Will you get my long pants and a decent shirt out for me?” “Why are you wearing your good dress clothes today?” Sherry asked. “Are you going to a wedding without me?” “No. It’s a funeral.” “Oh, yes. Your fishing buddy, Don Emilio. I forgot. Isn’t he Mario’s uncle?” “Yes. As a matter of fact, I’m sitting with the family because Emilio and I caught a lot of fish together over the years.” “From what I hear of the old man, he caught a lot of other things over the years.”

    Doctor Love: The Nose Knows and Faithful
    Dear Doctor Love, When is it okay to tell someone they have bad breath? I have a good friend who eats so much garlic that talking with her is almost impossible because of her breath. I don’t want to hurt her feelings, but she works with the public and I know others smell it too. /s/ The Nose Knows

    Ambergris Today

    Man Wanted For Melvin Almendarez Murder In San Pedro Detained In Toronto Canada
    Investigations into the vicious killing of San Pedro football star and popular coach, Melvin Almendarez, 34, in May 2016, lead to the arrest of Jordan Bacchus, 32. He was released on a drug charge but later fled the country after strong evidence from the police indicated that Bacchus could be linked to his murder. On February 3, 2018, the Toronto Sun reported that Bacchus has been arrested in Canada after a drug bust. Melvin Almendarez had been beaten and shot in his abdomen and investigations led them to the victim’s friend, Jordan Bacchus, 32, a Canadian who is wanted for questioning. The Police took Bacchus into custody after Almendarez was found dead, but only because they had found him in possession of cannabis, so they charged him for possession of the controlled drugs. He was released on self-bail.

    Misc Belizean Sources

    mzz

    Caye Caulker Cleanup
    Councillor Neal and Foreman Tigga took their Sunday to work the streets, they would like to say thank you to all the members of the community who gave them a small token of appreciation today while working. Community members gave water, soda, cold drinks, lunch and positive remarks. Working hand in hand for a better Caye Caulker.

    Benque Rotaract Named Club of the Year
    Congratulations, Rotaract Club of Benque! They were named club of the year. They do so many great community service projects. Well deserved. Rotaract club of Benque Viejo was awarded for club of the year 2017- 2018 for Rotaract Belize. Thank you to all the member for hard work and our supporters.

    Kindy take note of Archeological site closures
    MONDAY 5 FEBRUARY 2018: THE ATM AND NOHOCH CHEEN ARCHAEOLOGICAL RESERVE ARE OPEN THE XUNANTUNICH ARCHAEOLOGICAL RESERVE IS OPEN WITH PEDESTRIAN CROSSING ONLY AT THE FERRY. ALL OTHER ARCHAEOLOGICAL RESERVES REMAIN OPEN. PLEASE EXERCISE CAUTION AT ATM -A WORK CREW IS CLEARING THE TRAILS PLEASE EXERCISE CAUTION AT NOHOCH CHEEN - THE RECENT FLOOD HAS CREATED SOME CHANGES IN THE RIVER LEVELS.

    EL EVANGELIO DE QUETZALCOATL-KUKULKAN
    Today we will share the teachings of Quetzalcoatl the Shaman King,The Prophet who apolish Human Sacrifice and taugth love to to our ancestors . The Yucatec Maya call him Kukulkan . Today many call him or see him as the Indigenous Christ/Native Christ . Quetzalcoatl promise to return one day and bring back the glory to his people .

    The Reporter

    MOH continues crackdown on pharmaceuticals
    This week, the Ministry of Health continued its efforts to strengthen controls on pharmaceuticals in Belize by publishing its first list of over the counter medications for general use. The list contains 27 line items citing specific medications or specific classes of medications which includes things like petroleum jelly, Ibuprofen, paracetamol, mineral oil, oral vitamins, oral rehydration salts, Methyl salicylate, and isopropyl alcohol. “Note that this is a provisional first list and the Director of Health Services will be reviewing this list continuously while making necessary modifications as we aim to keep the safety of the consumers as our primary principle,” the Ministry said.

    Belize celebrates World Cancer Day 2018
    Today marks the 12th celebration of World Cancer Day, a global event used to raise awareness about various aspects of cancer including the most common types and risk factors World Cancer Day, celebrated annually since 2006, is the brainchild of the Union for International Cancer Control and endorsed by the World Health Organization. During the day, government bodies and NGO’s hold various activities to highlight the fight against cancer either by supporting those who are battling it or saluting those that have died because of it.

    Breaking Belize NewsPJ

    PUP holds National Women’s Forum
    Today, women that pledged support to the opposition People’s United Party (PUP) converged at the Belmopan Civic Center for their first ever Women’s Forum. The event brought together women from across Belize and women experts in different fields who made presentations on health, law, education and women leadership.

    Canadian fugitive wanted for murder in Belize caught in Toronto
    Canadian National Jordan Bacchus, 28, has been a fugitive at large since May 2016 when he was accused of the murder of Melvin Almendarez in Belize. Since he fled Belize he has kept a low profile.

    International Sourcesizz

    The Trials of Simone Biles: ‘I’m Still Stuck in My Thoughts All the Time’
    The greatest gymnast of all time—with four gold medals at the 2016 Olympics in Rio—opens up about “attending” college, training for 2020, and the villainy of Larry Nassar. My heart is so full…but I also just wanna cry all the time. These are not the sentiments one would expect from Simone Biles, the greatest gymnast to ever live. In public, the four-time Olympic gold medalist lights up every room she walks into or red carpet she struts down with her infectious smile and sports-legend charisma. She may be 4-foot-eight, but she is truly larger than life. (Having all-too-briefly basked in her presence, I can attest to this.) Lately, however, the 20-year-old has been coming to terms with the abuse she suffered at the hands of Larry Nassar, the former USA Gymnastics doctor who stands accused of molesting over 265 girls—including numerous members of the USA Women’s Gymnastics team—and who will spend the rest of his life in prison. Biles came forward with her story on January 15th, in a note posted to Twitter accompanied with the #MeToo. It read, in part: “Most of you know me as a happy, giggly, and energetic girl. But lately…I’ve felt a bit broken and the more I try to shut off the voice in my head the louder it screams. I am not afraid to tell my story anymore. I too am one of the many survivors that was sexually abused by Larry Nassar…After hearing the brave stories of my friends and other survivors, I know that this horrific experience does not define me. I am much more than this.”

    Tip from North Bay police led to arrest
    It was a tip from North Bay's Street Crime Investigation Unit that led Greater Sudbury Police to arrest a man Friday who is wanted in Belize for murder, North Bay Police report. Greater Sudbury Police say it turns out the accused man is wanted for armed robbery by Toronto cops and has been sought by homicide investigators in Belize for nearly two years. Officers executed a search warrant at a residence on Kelvin St., Drug Squad Det.-Sgt. James Killeen said in a statement released Saturday, explaining a man and a woman from Toronto were arrested.

    Sujuy Ts'ono'ot
    Sujuy Ts'ono'ot is a online Magazine edited in the Maya Masewal Zone in Mexico . This is their first NO.1 El Arte de los territorios en Resistencia . Us Maya Masewal(Yucatec Maya) of Belize have alot in common with our Maya Masewal Brothers in Quintana Roo(Mex) since we are same "Pueblo Maya" just divided by colonialism . To read the Magazine click link

    Videos

  • Talk Ah Di Town February 3, 2018, 45min.

  • Ant Death Spiral, 10sec. I have actually seen this on tv. It has something to do with they way they lay down the scent trail. It ends up going in a circle and the ants just keep following it. I think they said the ants will follow it in.they drop dead.

  • Miss J.Million's Latest Release "Dream", 4min.

  • Team Trip 2018 Belize, 4.5min. Our annual Modern Tribe migration took place in Belize this year including 74 amazing team members and a ton of work and festivities.

  • Angie and Ross Miller Highlight Vid, 3min. Angie and Ross Miller were married in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize on January 13, 2018.

  • Going fishing to rocky point in San Pedro Belize ends with a fish BBQ, 14min.

  • Belize Shark Feeding, 2min.

  • Barrière de corail du Belize, 3.5min.

  • Spotted Eagle Ray - Belize It 2018, .5min. My dad and I went snorkelling off of South Water Caye in Belize.

  • Dolphins Play in the Wake of our Boat in Belize!, 3min. Dolphins in the Old Belize River in Belize couldn't resist playing in the wake of our boat, jumping around and giving us a great show!

  • Belize 2004, 4min. Diving with friends in the Caribbean.

  • Diving Lighthouse Reef Belize, 4min. Scuba diving for a week at Lighthouse Reef. With Itza Lodge, Long Caye. January 2018.

  • Backpacking Through Belize, 35min.

  • Zip Lining in BELIZE, 12min.

  • Belize & Guatemala Mayan Temple Sharks snorkeling w/ drone footage, 9min. Belize: trip break down, 3days on mainland then off the coast into ambergris caye .

  • San Pedro Pirates FC vs BDF FC, 2.5hr. San Pedro Wins 2-1

  • Do you know your Belize Flag?, 1min.

    February 4, 2018


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    The San Pedro Sun

    Freshwater Crocodile found on Ambergris Caye
    On Friday, January 26th ACES (American Crocodile Education Sanctuary) departed on their usual evening crocodile excursion hoping to spot, catch, and tag an American Crocodile to add to their ongoing population survey, but what they ended up catching has left them baffled. Chris Summers, ACES Daily Operations Manager and Field Biologist, was educating guests while surveying around Captain Shark’s boatyard canal when he spotted a croc. He safely and humanely caught the crocodile, brought him inside the boat, and realized upon examination that what he had was a freshwater Morelet’s Crocodile which are only found on the mainland, not the saltwater species we have on the island. Though both species are native to Belize, the saltwater American Crocodiles can survive and thrive in both salt water and fresh water, while the freshwater Morelet’s Crocodile cannot. Morelet’s Crocodiles do not possess the ability to tolerate saltwater well and can rapidly dehydrate when exposed to these environments, eventually leading to death.

    Misc Belizean Sources

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    MARIJUANA PLANTATION
    At 2:00 p.m., on 2.2.2018, Police conducted a search about four miles in Blue Creek Village, Orange Walk District which led to the discovery of a marijuana plantation containing about 3000 marijuana plants ranging from 2ft. to 5ft. in height. No one was found in the area and the plants were uprooted and destroyed by fire.

    Cleanup in Corozal
    t was a pleasure once again to begin our New Year with the thoughts of continuing our clean up activities and campaign for a safer and cleaner Corozal. It could not have been more fun and exciting to have collaborated these efforts with over 50 of our young Corozal residents, including our Pioneers from Centro Escolar Mexico Junior College, Corozal Junior College Eagles Enviromental Club, Ryan Rivera (Oceana Belize - Corozal's Representative), Yvette Sanker Riverol - Moderator, CJC Eagles Environmental Club, Caribbean Youth Environmental Network, Bruce Steege and wife Colleen Steege, Connie (our apologies for leaving your title out) and everyone else that came out to help. There were many of you. YOU ALL ROCK! Thank you! Thank you! We collected a bunch of discarded tires from our bay, glass bottles, plastic and styrofoam.

    BELIZE FISHING REPORT: Weeks of January 22nd through January 28th, 2018
    Bonefish are always available for the bite and this week continued to prove that fact. Several anglers landed over thirty in a single day. The anglers are enjoying a quieter time at the lodge once again as we move closer to the start of our busy season. Lots of friends scheduled for visits over the months to come. Join us!

    Belize Tourism Board at the Destinations Travel Show — in London, United Kingdom

    Belizean Patriots: Nadia Evadne Cattouse
    Nadia Evadne Cattouse was born in British Honduras on 2nd November 1924 (93 years old). Her father Albert Cattouse was a civil servant who went on to become Deputy Prime Minister of British Honduras. She is a Belizean-British actress, singer and songwriter. She is best known for her acting roles in many British television programmes including Play for Today, Crown Court, Dixon of Dock Green and Johnny Jarvis. As a singer in the 1960s she performed at Les Cousins folk and blues club in Greek Street, London, and appeared on television programs including the BBC’s Sing Along and Hootenanny. On the folk scene she was a contemporary of Julie Felix and Fairport Convention, and was called by Melody Maker "one of the giants of the folk-song revival in Britain". With Robin Hall and Jimmie Macgregor she made Songs of Grief & Glory (1967).Her album Earth Mother (1970) was partly recorded at the 1969 Edinburgh Festival. Among other compilations, Cattouse features on Cult Cargo: Belize City Boil Up (2005), singing "Long Time Boy", and on the 1972 album Club Folk 2 (Peg Records PS3), singing "B. C. People" and "All Around My Grandmother's Floor".

    Kindy take note of Archeological site closures
    SUNDAY 4 FEBRUARY 2018. THE XUNANTUNICH, ATM AND NOHOCH CHEEN ARCHAEOLOGICAL RESERVES REMAINS CLOSED DUE TO FLOODED RIVER CONDITION. ALL OTHER ARCHAEOLOGICAL RESERVES ARE OPEN.

    Support to our Maya brothers and sisters of Southern Belize
    We will always prevail!

    The Reporter

    Police make weekend drug seizures
    The Belize Police Department has destroyed a marijuana plantation and arrested four persons for drug trafficking in separate incidents this weekend. During routine operations, Police searched an area about four miles into Blue Creek in the Orange Walk District, where they fund the plantation, which contained about 3000 plants ranging between two and five feet tall. Police uprooted and destroyed the plants with fire. Officers did not find anyone on the scene, so no charges were laid in respect to the plantation.

    GOB to host oil spill disaster consultations
    In the upcoming week, the Government of Belize will gather with with non-governmental organizations and private sector partners for a consultation aimed at improving the country’s capability to respond to an oil spill. GOB, through the Department of the Environment in the ministry of Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Fisheries, and Environment & Sustainable Development, and Immigration (MAFFESDI), will host the two-day consultation at the Best Western Belize Biltmore Plaza Hotel on February 5 and 6, with the end goal of improving the Working Draft of the National Oil Spill Contingency Plan. The Doe explained that the major points of discussion at the consultation will be the prevention,

    Southern Villagers prepare to walk for justice
    Residents of San Roman and San Jose Village are preparing to hold a peaceful demonstration tomorrow, calling for justice to be served in light of the gruesome double murder of Crisencia and Josephine Oh. The Walk for Justice is Scheduled to begin with a ceremony on the outskirts of outskirts of San Jose at 3:00 p.m., followed by a candlelight vigil at 4:00 p.m. at the San Antonio football field where the main activity will be held featuring short presentations from community leaders. The Walk for Justice Organizing Committee is calling on residents of the Toledo district to attend and join the fight to against violent crime in the district.

    Breaking Belize NewsPJ

    Teen reports unlawful carnal knowledge
    A 15-year-old Belizean student visited the Ladyville police station in the company of her mother and reported that on January 29, 2018 around 9:00 a.m., a man known to her had sexual intercourse with her. […]

    Catholic Church lawyer pulls out of Section 53 appeal
    The Section 53 constitutional appeal, which challenges an aspect of the Supreme Court’s decision to legalize same-sex relations between consulting adults, may proceed without the Catholic Church after the church’s lawyer decided to leave the case. […]

    Police find ganja farm in Blue Creek, Orange Walk
    Yesterday afternoon, police conducted a search around four miles in Blue Creek village, Orange Walk district where they found a marijuana plantation. […]

    Andrew Bennett back in court
    The extradition proceedings for attorney Andrew Bennett, who is wanted in the US district of Puerto Rico for money laundering, continued in the Belize city Magistrate’s court this week. […]

    Accused murderer and his family arraigned last week
    Nelson “Mong” Henry, the man who was acquitted of the murder of Edward Lord Jr., is before the courts again, charged with unlawful imprisonment and aggravated assault. The victims reported that on January 14, Henry and others broke into their Burrell Boom home and held them against their will. […]

    Security guard arraigned for stabbing co-worker
    On Thursday morning, Kenrick Valencio, 34, a security guard was stabbed in front of the Novelo’s bus terminal in Belize city by his co-worker. On Friday, John Brackett, Valencio’s colleague, was charged for attempted murder. […]

    Man who allegedly killed two sisters has a criminal past
    Wilmer Escobar, 20, has been charged with the murder of the Oh sisters in San Jose village in the Toledo District. 7News has reported that a review of their archives revealed Escobar was sentenced to 6 months at the Wagner’s Youth Facility […]

    Cool and moist conditions continue to dominate our weather
    Mostly cloudy skies are expected today and tonight. Some periods of rain and a few showers will occur mostly over central and southern areas today. […]

    Belize Coast Guard holding selection process for officers to attend Mexican Naval Academy
    The Belize Coast Guard will be holding an Officer Selection Board on February 13 and 14, to select potential candidates to attend the Mexican Naval Academy entering summer 2018. Candidates must be citizens of Belize between the ages of 17 – 20, unmarried, fluent in Spanish and have no tattoos. […]

    PM Barrow: UDP deserves to be re-elected
    Prime Minister Dean Barrow, following the launch of the United Democratic Party’s (UDP) City Council manifesto, told the media that his party, based on their record, deserves to be re-elected. “The record is such that in fact the United Democratic Party deserves to be re-elected,” PM Barrow stated. […]

    Blogs

    #PANADERIA DON CHAPARRO RE-OPENS in Corozal
    Great news Corozaleneos, Belize Scoop has confirmed that Panaderia Don Chaparro has relocated to a new location in Town. They are now located at 4th Avenue Corozal beside western Union. On February 2nd, 2018 Panaderia Don Chaparro was their grand opening and sold freshly selected pieces of sweet bread from all kinds all day. Panaderia Don Chaparro will be making freshly sweet bread every day such as Capricho, Cinnamon Rolls, sweet bun, Sweet Pizza dough, Cheese with sweet bread and others. They have been in business for some time in Corozal. They want to inform there customers about there new location. Now they have a bigger space to serve the Customers with better quality. Opening hours are from 6am to 12noon and 2pm to 6pm Monday to Saturday. Come by at the bakery if you haven't made it yet.

    International Sourcesizz

    Sudbury drug bust leads to arrest of man wanted for Belize murder, Toronto robbery
    Jordan Bacchus, 28, sought for murder in Central America, was nabbed along with a woman during a drug bust in Northern Ontario on Friday. Greater Sudbury Police say it turns out the accused man is wanted for armed robbery by Toronto cops and has been sought by homicide investigators in Belize for nearly two years. Bacchus is wanted by cops in Belize for the brutal killing of Melvin Almendarez in May 2016. The San Pedro Sun has reported the 31-year-old local athlete was shot to death and then run over by a golf cart. Bacchus was taken into custody at the time on drug charges but was released 48 hours later. A week later investigators issued a warrant for his arrest in connection with the murder but by then it’s believed Bacchus had fled the country and returned to Canada — even though he had surrendered his passport to cops.

    SBC New Creation Taking "John: His Story" To Belize
    The Steinbach Bible College New Creation Drama team is performing John: His Story throughout southern Manitoba as a fundraiser to bring the same play to Belize. Director Richard Klassen says this will be a totally new experience for the New Creation team as they would normally end their year with a tour somewhere in Canada. He adds the trip to Belize will be an excellent new mission opportunity. “We will be working with a number of church groups as well as Belizean Camping Experience and school groups in the country to do workshops and presentations, it will be great for us as a team to stretch us and it will be great for them because there are a number of alumni down in Belize that we can connect with and hopefully support and encourage.”

    Maya civilization was much vaster than known, thousands of newly discovered structures reveal
    Archaeologists have spent more than a century traipsing through the Guatemalan jungle, Indiana Jones-style, searching through dense vegetation to learn what they could about the Maya civilization that was one of the dominant societies in Mesoamerica for centuries. But the latest discovery — one archaeologists are calling a “game changer” — didn't even require a can of bug spray. Scientists using high-tech, airplane-based lidar mapping tools have discovered tens of thousands of structures constructed by the Maya: defense works, houses, buildings, industrial-size agricultural fields, even new pyramids. The findings, announced Thursday, are already reshaping long-held views about the size and scope of the Maya civilization. “This world, which was lost to this jungle, is all of a sudden revealed in the data,” said Albert Yu-Min Lin, an engineer and National Geographic explorer who worked on a television special about the new find. “And what you thought was this massively understood, studied civilization is all of a sudden brand new again,” he told the New York Times

    Lasers Reveal a Maya Civilization So Dense It Blew Experts’ Minds
    They were hidden there, all this time, under the cover of tree canopies in the jungles of northern Guatemala: tens of thousands of structures built by the Maya over a millennium ago. Not far from the sites tourists already know, like the towering temples of the ancient city of Tikal, laser technology has uncovered about 60,000 homes, palaces, tombs and even highways in the humid lowlands. The findings suggested an ancient society of such density and interconnectedness that even the most experienced archaeologists were surprised. “Everywhere that we looked, there was more settlement than we expected,” said Thomas Garrison, a National Geographic explorer and an archaeologist at Ithaca College. “We knew there was going to be more, but the scale of it really blew our minds.” Researchers found the structures by shooting lasers down from planes to pierce the thick foliage and paint a 3-D picture of the ground below. The technology is called Light Detection and Ranging, or lidar.

    Videos

  • Dreams do come true! Island girl Michelle Perez, getting her first ice skating lesson in Boston, 1.5min. We were recently honored to meet Michele, a burn survivor from Belize, who dreamed of being able to skate. Thank you for letting us help you on the ice and for inspiring us all, Michele.

  • , 10sec. Here is a cute mamma and baby tapir caught in remote camera from the Gallon Jug area, Belize.

  • Maya Community come out in support of slain sisters, 10min.

  • Sweet Home Belize, 1min.

  • Building Off the Grid: Island Oasis, 42min. Beth wants a beach getaway on Ambergris Caye, Belize. Construction manager Ken Grissom and his crew attempt the impossible task of constructing an off-the-grid luxury getaway with the Caribbean water just steps away.

  • Geology of the Belize Barrier Reef (1992), 17min. Produced by the United States Geological Survey, or USGS, of Fisher Island Station, Miami, Florida.

  • Swimming with Sea Turtles - Belize It 2018, 1.5min. My dad and I snorkelling off the Silk Cayes, off the coast of Belize. This was in January 2018. We highly recommend it!

  • drone flight day three Belize, 8min.

  • Scuba Diving in Belize - 2018, 3min.

  • Life in San Pedro, Belize, 5min. Raised in San Pedro Town, AC. Here are some of the things involved in my everyday life! I love to travel but I also love my home

  • Zip Lining in Belize - Carnival Breeze Cruise, 3min.

  • T n T Dive Belize, 11min. Scuba divng in San Pedro, Belize with Eels ( Spotted, Moray), Green Sea Turtles,Sharks (Nurse, Reef), Eagle Spotted Ray. The Blue Hole. Red, White, and Blue Hole dive July 4, 2015.

  • Once in a lifetime visit to Belize laughing bird caye : Episode 1, 15min. In this Episode I visit Laughing Bird Caye, I went with 3 boat loads of my family and friends, to this rare treasure.

  • San Pedro Tigersharks vs Belize Hurricanes, 2.5hr. San Pedro wins 73-58

    February 3, 2018


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    The San Pedro Sun

    2017 Police Statistics show a decrease in major crimes countrywide
    The Belize Police Department has released the official crime statistics for 2017. Figures show that while major crimes experienced a decrease of 6.8% countrywide, there was an increase in homicides. Overall, 1,992 crimes were reported to the police department across the country. San Pedro Town recorded a total of 100 major crimes, with a decrease of 38%, compared to 2016. 2017 registered 142 homicides total, four more than in 2016. The official report also showed a decrease in arrests made for murder crimes, with only 54 arrests reported countrywide, nine arrests less than in the previous year. San Pedro reported eight fatalities in 2017, the same as 2016 and 2015.

    Kevin Urbina is the Grand Champion of Estel’s 7th annual BBQ cook-off
    Hundreds of island residents and visitors enjoyed finger-licking BBQ at Estel’s Dine by the Sea’s 7th Annual BBQ Cook-off Tournament held on Tuesday, January 30th. This year’s competition featured nine grill masters, including: Ali Rush, Charles Worthington, Rick Saager, Amy Knox, Keith, Palapa Bar& Grill, Jim Gochenour, Sergio, and Kevin Urbina. The annual competition is also a means ofraising funds for the Sunshine Scholarship Foundation in San Pedro Town. With approximately 195 tickets sold, attendees not only enjoyed an amazing BBQ lunch but also live musical performances and special drinks. 50/50 raffles took place to raise more funds, and some winners generously donated their prize money right back to the Foundation.

    Belize Defence Force welcomes new commander on its 40th anniversary
    The Belize Defence Force (BDF) celebrated its 40th anniversary with military ceremonies and displays, along with an open day fair for the public at their headquarters in Ladyville north of Belize City. The celebration began on Friday, January 26th with an official ceremony that saw the swearing in of a new BDF Commander and the graduation of 89 new soldiers. The following day, an all-day fair welcomed civilians into the military complex for a fun-filled event with military exhibits, live music, entertainment and of course lots to eat and drink. The formalities of the occasion started on Friday afternoon, as newly promoted Brigadier General, Steven Ortega became the eighth commander of the Force. He took over from retired Brigadier General David Jones who held the post since 2013. Thereafter, the military top brass was joined by proud families in the graduation ceremony of a new group of soldiers that have been training for the past four months.

    Developer north of San Pedro Town removes illegal beach fence after public complaints
    Residents from a subdivision along the beach north of San Pedro Town are relieved that a fence used to obstruct vehicle passage on the beach for quite some time was removed on Wednesday, January 31st. They claim that the fence, which extended to the shoreline was erected by one of their neighbors, who is a developer in the area. The residents stated that because there is no designated access to the main road in their area they have no choice but to drive through the beach to access their homes. The presence of the fence became a frustrating inconvenience and those affected denounced the illegal move by the developer in blocking national land (beaches), which should remain accessible to everyone. They claim the developer initially did not consider its removal, but after being confronted with the facts of breaching the public land law, the fence was immediately reduced to accommodate the 66 feet required by law between any beach property and the water level.

    Ambergris Today

    Two Guatemalan Fishermen Caught Fishing Illegally In Southern Belize
    Park Rangers of the Toledo Institute for Development and Environment (TIDE) along with personnel of the Belize Coast Guard arrested two Guatemalans who were fishing illegally near the Rio Grande in Southern Belize. The fishermen tried to escape, but the patrol team was equipped and motivated to apprehend them. The two fishers had no documents for fishing in Belize and fished with illegal fishing gear with the marine reserve (over 2 miles of long lines with 400 hooks in water and additional long lines with 413 hooks in their possession).

    Misc Belizean Sources

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    Ministry of Agriculture Launches Project on “Developing and Enhancing of Small Scale Agro-processing Capacity in Belize”
    On January 30th, 2018, the Ministry of Agriculture in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) held a small opening ceremony for the launching of a Technical Capacity Project in “Developing and Enhancing of Small Scale Agro-processing Capacity in Belize”. The ceremony was held in Belmopan at the Ministry of Agriculture Showgrounds Conference Room. The project objectives aim to: Improve small-scale agro-processing in Belize; Formulate a National Agro-processing Plan that will be able to coordinate quality products for markets locally and internationally;...

    Blind date with a book! Corozal Public Library
    We've stepped into the Month of Love! For the Month of February we are inviting the public to come to the library and pick a DATE...! See you there!

    Consejo Village Council Free Medical Clinic
    FREE Medical Services and medicine for everyone at Consejo Village, Corozal this Sunday, February 4th from 8:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M.

    San Pedro: Section of Sea Grape Drive Closed Saturday 4pm-6pm
    Drivers are advised that tomorrow Saturday, a section of sea grape drive will be closed, from the gas station south to hurricane st (Taste of Thailand ) from 4pm to 6pm. Thank you.

    NICH Lecture at St Hilda's Anglican School in Georgeville
    This morning adventure. A few students got the experience of wearing an authentic jade necklace for answering questions. Image may contain: 2 people, people smiling, people standing and indoor

    Inauguration of Dr. Carissa F. Etienne as Director of Pan American Health Organization
    Minister of Health Hon. Pablo Marin was present at the official ceremony to inaugurate Dr. Carissa F. Etienne as Director of the Pan American Health Organization and Regional Director for the Americas of the World Health Organization (WHO) for a second term. Dr. Etienne officially began her second term of five years today. Minister Marin, on behalf of the Government and people of Belize, assured Dr. Etienne of our continued partnership and commitment to advance health for all in our region.

    STRENGTHENING BELIZE’S OIL SPILL RESPONSE CAPABILITIES
    Representatives from various Government and Non-Governmental Organizations, Private Sector,and Academia associated with Disaster Risk Management and Oil Spill Response will meet at the Belize Biltmore Plaza Hotel, Belize City on 5th & 6th February 2018, as part of the national consultation process to review and make recommendations to improve a Working Draft of the National Oil Spill Contingency Plan. The Department of the Environment (DOE) within the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Fisheries,and Environment & Sustainable Development, and Immigration (MAFFESDI) commenced implementation of the Consultancy to Update and Align the National Oil Spill Contingency Plan of Belize (NOSCP) in August of last year. The overall objective is to strengthen prevention, preparedness and coordinated emergency response nationally for an oil spill event in terrestrial,aquatic and marine environment, and align the plan to meet international standards for Oil Pollution Preparedness, Response and Co-operation (OPRC).

    Ministry of Health issues first list of 'Over the Counter' Medications for General Use
    As part of the ongoing changes to the Food and Drug Regulations, the Ministry of Health is sharing a 'first list' of Over the Counter Medications that can be sold at your neighborhood supermarket. Note that this is a 'first list' that will be changing based on continuous review by the Director of Health Services.

    BELIZE COAST GUARD OFFICER SELECTION BOARD 13th & 14th February 2018
    The Belize Coast Guard will be holding an Officer Selection Board on the 13th & 14th February 2018 to select potential candidates to attend the Mexican Naval Academy entering summer 2018. Candidates must be a citizen of Belize between the ages of 17 – 20, the individual must be unmarried, fluent in Spanish and have no tattoo. The Officer Selection Board will comprise of the following: a. Coast Guard Personal Fitness Test – This includes a push-up test, sit up test, pull up test and a timed two miles run b. Basic swim test – candidates will be required to tread water for two minutes then swim 200 meters c. General Knowledge Test...

    Koko King Movie Night
    It's been a long and rainy week - let's hope it stays dry for tonight as 2 of my favorites are on show - 'Honey I Shrunk the Kids' and 'Ferris Beuler's Day Off' - come and enjoy with your family!!!

    Beach cleanup on Caye Caulker
    The sun is back, and Oceana has rescheduled the Beach CleanUp for this Sunday. Everybody welcome!

    Looking for a Bakery in Corozal?
    Need something to snack on while paying bills? Or, just buy to eat for dinner? Belize Scoop Page have confirmed Today Febraury 2, 2018 PANADERIA DON CHAPARRO reopened on 4th Avenue next to Western Union. There space is bigger to have better equipement to make there breads better. More space to give better service to Corozal, Corozal, Belize people. Different types of sweet bread is made, cheese bread, salt bread, cinnammon bread @ lots more.

    Note to Corozal entrepreneurs and farmers
    Do business with Panamanian exporters during the round table event at #EXPOCOMER 2018, the most important trade exhibition in Central America and the Caribbean with +30 participating countries. We offer a semi hosted program for international importers. Contact us for more information.

    Valentine Bash at CWC
    The SISE Town Council is having a Valentine Bash at the Cayo Welcome Center on Friday, February 16th. Grupo Jade will be performing.

    Belize Mountain Bike Ride 2018
    Mountain bikes have arrived to Belize for the Belize Mountain Bike Ride 2018. Start date: 4th February. End date: 10th February at Las Cuevas Research Station, Chiquibul.

    Regional Chiefs of Mission Meeting
    Yesterday in Mexico, Secretary Tillerson hosted a Regional Chiefs of Mission Meeting. Chargé d’Affaires Adrienne Galanek proudly represented U.S. Embassy Belize!

    Belizean delegation to the United States
    Under Secretary Shannon was honored to host the distinguished Belizean delegation to the United States, which included Foreign Minister Elrington, Ambassadors Gutierez and Rosado, CEO Andrews, Senator Courtenay, and Director International Affairs Ayesha Borland. Discussions focused on the importance of peacefully of resolving the Belize-Guatemala border issue.

    US Under Secretary of State meets Foreign Minister Wilfred Elrington
    Under Secretary of State Tom Shannon enjoyed meeting with Foreign Minister Wilfred Elrington on January 30 to discuss the strong U.S.-Belizean relationship. The United States welcomes the productive discussions at the OAS and the upcoming referenda on the Belize-Guatemalan border issue. We strongly support such efforts to secure a lasting, peaceful solution to the dispute.

    The Hokeb Ha Vase
    The Hokeb Ha Vase became the logo for the Institute of Archaeology. It was discovered in 1973 inside the Hokeb Ha Cave in Toledo. It features two young Lord's in conversation, but what they are talking about still remains a mystery. It will be displayed at the Milwaukee Public Museum for the Maya Hidden World's Revealed exhibit, which opens on February 10, 2018.

    Oil Spill Workshop
    Due to several calls and messages of concern, please note that the Oil Spill Workshop being coordinated by the Department of Environment next week is to address the national response (capacity) to handle incidents at land and sea. The marine incident scenarios include incidents of ship collision (with other ships as well as the Belize Barrier Reef); the exportation of crude (from the onshore production) as well as the importation of refined fuel products, all of which can result in devastating pollution. Offshore oil exploration and extraction is not on the agenda given the passage of the offshore oil moratorium legislation, which became law on December 30th 2017. We thank you for your vigilance and commit to updating you in this regard. Oceana will be one of the observers at the workshop on February 5th-6th. Our collective leadership and continued vigilance will ensure the stability and sustainability of our collective future.

    Channel 7

    Political Friction Leads to Fight In Cayo
    It seems the municipal election fever has political operatives a little hot-blooded - 18 year old PUP supporter Michael Lemus claims San Ignacio UDP Mayor Earl Trapp and his councilors beat him up pretty badly yesterday evening. Lemus' account is that at 6:15 he and a relative drove past Trapp and his team on their campaign trail. According to Lemus, he proclaimed his support for the PUP and Trapp and his team dragged him out of the vehicle and beat him up. Here is a phone interview with Lemus' mother. Voice of: Aranelly Lemus, mother: "What he told me was that Trapp and the councilors attacked him." Reporter: "Did he say why they attacked him, if this is the case?" Voice of: Aranelly Lemus, mother: "He told me he shouted 'PUP got my back, they will win', and right there the problem started."

    Attorney For Extradition Back To Court
    2 weeks ago, we showed you the arraignment of Andrew Bennett, who becomes the first Belizean attorney to face extradition to the United States. They want him to stand trial in the District of Puerto Rico for 7 counts of money laundering. At the last hearing, the issue was whether he should be granted bail while the Chief Magistrate reviews the documents, to decide whether or not he should be extradited. This morning the case went back before Chief Magistrate Sharon Frazer, and this time it was all about the preliminary formalities. Solicitor General Nigel Hawke is trying to ensure that the extradition procedure is followed to the letter of the Extradition Act and treaty with the United States.

    Church Pulls a Disappearing Act in UNIBAM Appeal
    It's been a little over a 1 year and 5 months since Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin delivered the landmark ruling in the Caleb Orozco/UNIBAM case, legalizing gay sex between consenting adults. But, an appeal of the judgment is still pending. Viewers will remember that there was an outburst of negative reactions to the decision, with the loudest protests coming from the churches. They pushed Government to appeal, asserting that they would seek to overturn the ruling. But, tonight, the news is that the appeal case could take place without them. First, the Evangelicals wanted to enter the case as interested parties, but because they were not a part of the case at its inception, they were unable to participate. So, the substantive appeal of the Section 53 judgment, which has the possibility of overturning the Chief Justice's decision completely, fell to the Catholic Church.

    Alleged Killer Wilmar Was A Juvenile Criminal
    All week we've been reporting on 20 year old Wilmer Escobar, the Bella Vista resident accused of killing the "Oh" sisters - mercilessly chopping them to death. Well, it turns out that he's also Wilmar Guzman - who's been in trouble with the law since he was a teenager. A check in our archives shows that when he was 16 years old and living in San Juan, Stann Creek - he was sentenced to serve 6 month at the Wagner Youth facility for theft. That was in 2013. But, he escaped by scaling the facility's fence during a shift changeover. He was recaptured and served his time. Sometime after that he moved to Bella Vista - and on the night of Sunday January 21st he allegedly met the sisters Cresencia and Josephine and chopped them to death. He is also believed to have raped them. Police have strong evidence against him - including a confession and items stolen from the girls - as well as scratches on his face and neck.

    Security Guard Remanded For Stabbing Another Security Guard
    Last night we told you about 34-year-old Kenrick Valencio, the security guard who was stabbed in front of the Novelo's Bus Terminal early on Thursday morning. Today, the man accused of stabbing him - another security guard named John Brackett was charged for Attempted Murder. Magistrate Michelle Trapp read the charge which alleged that the 49 year old Brackett attempted to murder Valencio with the use of a deadly weapon. No plea was taken, but Magistrate Trapp asked him if he had any special reasons why he should be granted bail. He asked the court to consider that he is a diabetic, and that he is also a dedicated father who works hard and has a job as the sole provider for his family.

    Wetlands Are a Wondrous Thing
    "Wetlands for a Sustainable Urban Future" is the theme at this year's World Wetlands Day. The special day was celebrated in Belize at one of the country's most celebrated wetlands in Crooked Tree. But, not only a wetland - it was an opportunity to forge a truce between the conservationists and the community. Sahar Vasquez found out more. Today residents of Crooked Tree and members of the conservation community gathered in a small classroom in Crooked Tree to celebrate World Wetlands Day. Wetlands are not generally something you will fund on a tourist brochure or a bucket list, but they do hold great importance in protecting Belize from flood waters, and that was the idea behind today's ceremony.

    Man Accused of Aggravated Assault While facing Murder Charge
    Nelson Henry got off a murder charge last week Wednesday, and in only 9 days time, he was back before the court today for unlawful imprisonment and aggravated assault charges. The alleged victims, who are 2 young boys, say that on Monday, January 14, Henry and others broke into their home in Burrell Boom Village, and held them against their will. The victims say that in the home invasion, Henry and the alleged accomplices then stole a few kitchen knives and 2 machetes, all to a total value of $45. You may be wondering how it is that Henry is accused of committing a crime while he was still accused of murder. Well, Henry was out on bail since September 2017, when the prosecution's murder case against him started falling apart.

    Dion Would Not Do Double Duty Like Darrell
    Yesterday, we showed you the UDP's manifesto launch for its Belize City slate. But one burning question we had for the man at the head of that slate is what kind of Mayor he'll be. His predecessor Darrrell Bradley was a part -time mayor who juggled his time between his private law office and the Mayor's office. The voters seemed just fine with it - since we had brought it to light early in his first term - and he was easily elected for a second term. So we asked Dion Leslie, if elected, whether he will also be juggling between his private family business at Leslie's Imports - and the Mayor's office. Here's what he said:...

    No Saving Wooden Home In Santa Elena
    There was nothing the San Ignacio Fire Department could do to save a wooden house that caught fire early this morning. It happened at around 4:30 in the Santa Cruz area when the 500 square foot structure was completely destroyed. It was the residence of a market vendor. Initial assessments say that the blaze may have originated from an electrical source.

    Coffins, Skeletal Remains In The Sea
    7News has obtained an unusual video. It is reportedly captured in this area - about 5 miles due north of Ladyville along the Belize District coastline. As first reported in the Guardian newspaper, It shows 7 coffins along with skeletal remains in shallow waters in an area known as Little Rocky Point. Apparently, the property owner had gone for some water recreation when he came upon the disturbing sight. When we called the Department of Archeology they say they are looking for the area but have not found it yet. They do plan to investigate it and determine the origins of the coffins. The area is known to have significant historical sites - but we note that. We'll tell you when the Institute of Archeology does find out something.

    Mexico Wants Belizean Beef
    Belize and Mexico continue to share good neighborly relations - and as you heard the Ambassador say last night - Belizeans spend tens of millions of dollars in Chetumal annually. But the trade relationship is imbalanced because Belize - historically - has had a hard time exporting legally into Mexico. Now, there's a whole lot of illegal cigarettes and cattle going into that country from Belize - but doing it the right way has proved challenging. That is the subject of a partial scope trade agreement that's been on the negotiating table for many years. Yesterday, the Mexican Ambassador told the media that Mexico wants Belize's beef:...

    Measles Not Here So Why The Scare?
    Earlier this week the Ministry of Health put out a public information notice on measles - after a single case appeared in Guatemala. It could pose a threat to Belize - but even the CEO in the Ministry of Health said the chance of that is remote:... Dr. Ramon Figueroa - CEO. Ministry of Health: "We have not had a measles I think since 1991. So for us it's mostly trying to keep an infectious disease out of the country. Remember that measles while we grew up getting measles and all the other vaccines preventable diseases, there are some potential risk associated with measles, encephalitis - they are rare but they can happen. It's mostly public health reaction so it's best to prevent, if you can, the introduction of an infectious disease back into the country."

    Virulent Strain of Flu Not In Belize
    Figueroa also commented on the status the seasonal flu in Belize. It's typical of this time of year - but it's newsworthy right now because in the states - an especially strong flu has killed 53 children. That's the H3N2 strain - which Figueroa says did make only a single appearance in Belize:... Dr. Ramon Figueroa, CEO, Ministry of Health: "Late last year we had actually a group from the Ministry of Health and the Karl Heusner meet because it was being reported that we had an excessive amount of cases, of virulent cases at the KHMH." "We had had a report of an H3N2 strain sometime in February last year and we had a case that was exposed to the US, came to Belize ended up at KHMH and died. Again as things have it I think we didn't follow proper procedure in terms of sampling we are still investigating the case I think part of CDC's role right now will be to follow up on that case."

    TB Detection, Not Incidence Up
    We also asked Figueroa about the prevalence of tuberculosis in persons with HIV, or living with AIDS. There are reports of an increased number of TB related deaths. TB is known to be especially deadly in persons who have an impaired immune system. Dr. Figueroa says it's not that there are more cases of TB - just that there is a greater rate of detection: Jules Vasquez: "Is there any rise in the number of TB cases related to HIV infection?" Dr. Ramon Figueroa, CEO, Ministry of Health: "Rise, I think we have been detecting more cases. I wouldn't say it's a rise. Remember now we also have the capability for quick diagnosis through equipment now that we have the gene expert - that we have procured and distributed in some of the region. So we have a better diagnostic capability. I wouldn't say we have an increase in the numbers. I think we have been detecting more cases."

    Public Dialysis Continues
    And, lastly, we asked Figueroa about the state of dialysis machines in the public healthcare system. We know that over the years the present machines have depreciated significantly- even as the number of persons with end stage renal failure continues to climb. Figueroa says the Taiwanese are helping with technical support - and dialysis machines should continue to be available at public facilities: Dr. Ramon Figueroa, CEO, Ministry of Health: "We just did an assessment with the help of the Taiwanese. We have an ongoing kidney project [Renal Project] and we got some expert to come in and do an assessment of both the KHMH and the Loma Luz services being provided and compare in terms of qualities. We were pleasantly supplied that the qualities between both of them however, yes through the government subsidies that has been given to Karl Heuser and Loma Luz. We only have spots for 15 and we know we have a long waiting list.."

    Battle For The Basketball Soul Of The City
    And, finally, tonight, there is a battle for the basketball soul of Belize City. We know all about the Belize Hurricanes - but now, a new franchise, the Belize Defenders wants to take away their crowns as Kings of the City. The Defenders play their opening game tonight at the SCA Auditorium against the Orange Walk Running Rebels. The team manager had some serious trash talk for his cross town rivals today:.. The Hurricanes and the Defenders will meet later in the season to settle the battle for city supremacy on the court. It was to have been the first game of the season but it got rained out.

    Channel 5

    Cayo Mayor Vs P.U.P. Supporter: Mischief or ‘Chance’?
    As the March seventh elections draw closer, temperatures are running high in Cayo where the two political parties are clashing and violence is emerging. On Thursday evening, a young man [...]

    Foreign Affairs Says Andrew Bennett Extradition Docs Legit
    This morning in the Chief Magistrate’s Court, a U.S. request for the extradition of attorney Andrew Bennett got underway.  The extradition request contains seven counts of money laundering and conspiracy [...]

    The Section 53 Appeal: Are Catholics Out?
    Could the Government of Belize end up going it alone in the upcoming appeal of the August tenth, 2016 judgment of Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin regarding the amendment of Section [...]

    John Brackett Jailed for Revenge Attack on Security Guard
    Forty-nine-year-old construction worker John Brackett of Prince Street, Belize City, is behind bars tonight. Brackett is accused of the attempted murder by stabbing of thirty-four-year-old security guard Kenrick Valencio, of [...]

    Teen Love Triangle Leaves 1 Injured, 1 Imprisoned
    Another case of attempted murder was heard in the Magistrate’s Court. Eighteen-year-old Elroy Williams from Lords’ Bank is accused of attacking Michael Jones with a two-by-four board on January thirty-first. [...]

    4 Charged in Home Invasion, including Former Murder Suspect
    A total of four persons have now been arraigned for a reported home invasion in the village of Burrell Boom, involving a woman whose house was invaded and two men [...]

    Bel-Am Denea Joseph’s DACA Dreams
    Earlier this week we told you about the Belizean who attended the State of the Union Address. It wasn’t a diplomat or a highly politically connected person – it was [...]

    Fire Destroys Santa Elena Home
    A fruit and vegetables vendor at the San Ignacio Market is tonight without a roof over her head after a fire gutted her elevated wooden home this morning in the [...]

    Tour Operators from Fort George Unite
    We have been continuously chronicling issues regarding the tour operators, guides and other workers in the Fort George Tourism Zone for some years now. Often we are called out to [...]

    Mexico Reiterates Support for I.C.J. Resolution of Dispute
    Mexico was one of the thirteen countries at Wednesday’s meeting of the Permanent Council of the Organization of American States which supported Belize and Guatemala during their appearance there. Both [...]

    Tackling Gangs and Crime at Mexico-Belize Border
    Mexico continues to count the cost of the ongoing drug war in which thousands have been killed over the years. While the annual murder rate is much smaller than Belize, [...]

    The Good Will Not Suffer with the Bad in Mexican Travel
    Mexicans are not alone in engaging in criminality. Witness Robert Gentle, who was recently caught driving a Lincoln Navigator over the border in which cocaine was found. He tried to [...]

    Cities and Towns Doing More for Themselves
    Belize’s two cities and seven towns have been clamoring for greater autonomy. Belize City, under Darrell Bradley’s leadership, led the way with the installment of the twenty-million dollar municipal bond [...]

    Faber Tells Election Contenders, ‘Go Home!’
    Since 2006, the United Democratic Party has, with few exceptions, been the political party in control of both central and municipal governments. The Opposition People’s United Party has held on [...]

    CitCo Workers to Get Insurance
    With only a few weeks to go before his tenure at City Hall comes to a close, Mayor Darrell Bradley has been announcing a number of incentives for the staff [...]

    Protecting Wetland Sanctuary in Crooked Tree
    Every year since 1998, Belize has been celebrating World Wetlands Day, but even before that, in 1984, Crooked Tree was designated as a wildlife sanctuary. Crooked Tree is a waterfowl [...]

    Audubon on the Comeback Trail
    Back in May of 2017, the Audubon office in the village of Crooked Tree was burnt down in a case of arson. It is speculated that the crime was as [...]

    Play Ball! City Defenders Vs O.W. at S.C.A.
    The Belize City Defenders, formerly the No Limit, play their inaugural game tonight at the SCA Auditorium in Belize City.  The team has undergone a complete transformation since changing ownership [...]

    LOVE FM

    Peace walk in memory of slain sisters to be held this weekend
    Paul Mahung reporting… An event entitled Walk for Justice and Call for Peace in Toledo Communities will be held this weekend in the Toledo District. The event is a result of the recent gruesome murder of nineteen year old Cresencia and her seventeen year old sister Josephine Oh. The community level event will begin in …

    Ladyville man to stand trial for sex offences
    At a preliminary inquiry that was held yesterday before Chief Magistrate Sharon Fraser, without any consideration of the evidence, 21 year old Abel Lara, a resident of Ladyville charged with unlawful sexual intercourse, was committed to stand trial in the next session of the Supreme Court, which will commence on April 3. The incident occurred in …

    US couple assists residents of More Tomorrow Village
    Fem Cruz reporting… “Janae Wetherington from Shea Mission, Georgia USA is here at More Tomorrow Government School on a mission for Christ handing out food items. Wetherington spoke to Love News about how this vision came about. Janae Wetherington “We started six years ago coming to More Tomorrow and fell in love with the children, …

    Punta Gorda Police continues its outreach to the community
    Paul Mahung reporting… “Personnel of Punta Gorda Police Formation made a generous presentation yesterday to a family in Toledo. The presentation of a food hamper was done by WPC Aretha Gordon of Punta Gorda Community Policing Unit on behalf of Toledo Police Formation. Aretha Gordon “After viewing news clips from PG TV a few weeks …

    Prime Minister hopes CCJ upholds Court of Appeal’s decision on CLICO case
    In an interview on Thursday Prime Minister Dean Barrow commented on the Colonial Life Insurance Company, CLICO case before the Caribbean Court of Justice. CLICO had sued government for four million dollars after closing its doors in 2009. The contention is that the 54 CLICO policy holders were not paid compensation, which is reported …

    Belize securing accreditation for educational institutions
    The Ministry of Education is working towards instituting proper accreditation of tertiary level institutions and Universities in the country. Deryck Satchwell, Deputy Director for Tertiary and Post-secondary Education Services in the Ministry says that up to now, there is no accreditation system in Belize. Institutions are licensed to operate by the Ministry of Education and …

    Inmates graduate from Rehabilitation Program at the Central Prison
    The Kolbe Foundation saw the first graduation of its newest program, the Remand Rehab Center. The program focuses on rehabilitating inmates who are on remand for more than a year. It is a program which inmates voluntarily subscribe to. Virgilio Murillo, CEO at the Kolbe Foundation says that the first course saw 32 inmates graduating. …

    New Tour Guide Association seeks betterment for membership
    The Belize City Tourism Zone Operator and Workers Association is a relatively new group. Vice President Jimmy Robinson says they have been functional for about a year now and represent tour operators, tour guides, vendors, and braiders. The Association held a meeting today in Belize City to listen to the concerns of its membership and …

    Love FM’s Karen Koote talks about her love for Love
    Tonight, as we countdown to the 25th anniversary of Love FM we once again take a look at the experience of one of the company’s long-standing employees. Tonight we hear from one of Belize’s favorite radio announcers, Karen Koote. She has been with the Love family for nineteen years. She shares her story and her …

    Alleged brawl between San Ignacio Mayor and PUP supporter
    We are thirty-three days away from the municipal elections and both major political parties have been aggressively attempting to convince voters to cast ballots in their favor. Yesterday things got too aggressive in San Ignacio Town between rival political party members. At around 6 o’clock incumbent Mayor of the twin towns Earl Trapp was on …

    Anti-Gay Preacher banned from Jamaica
    Steven Anderson is a preacher from the US and he is known for his anti-gay lectures. However, recently he is known as the preacher who the Jamaican Government banned from entering their country. The controversial pastor is considered a hate preacher because of his comments on several issues, including the 2016 shooting of 49 people inside the Pulse gay nightclub in Orland, Florida. He has also been accused of calling for the execution of gays by stoning, and has asserted that women should not work, lead in church or dress how they want.

    Catholic Church loses attorney for Section 53 appeal case
    On Wednesday Executive Director for United Belize Advocacy Movement (UNIBAM),Caleb Orozco, along with his attorneys appeared before the Justices of the Court of Appeal. In 2016 the Supreme Court ruled that Section 53 of the Constitution of Belize was unconstitutional. The ruling was appealed by the Catholic Church of Belize as an interested party and the Attorney General’s Office appealed a particular section of the ruling. According to Orozco, a date for substantive arguments was expected to be set.

    Andrew Bennett’s extradition request laid before the court
    Attorney Andrew Bennett, who is wanted by the US Government, appeared before Chief Magistrate Sharon Fraser along with his attorney Anthony Sylvestre this morning. The US has requested for Bennett to be extradited to the US territory of Puerto Rico where he is wanted for money laundering charges, allegations which Bennett denies. Today in court, the extradition file was laid before the court and Foreign Service Officer in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Jenina Urbina, testified. Urbina told the court that she received the extradition file while she was assigned to the US desk.

    Belmopan resident fined 10K for 79.5 grams of weed
    A man has been ordered to pay ten thousand dollars after being arrested for drug trafficking. If twenty eight year old Mateo Gonzalez does not pay they amount he will spend three years behind bars. Earlier this week, police searched Gonzalez’s residence on Kaimat Street in the Maya Mopan Area of Belmopan. There they found 79.5 grams of marijuana. He was taken before a Belmopan Magistrate yesterday when he was officially arraigned and fined.

    Belize Hotel Association attracts many at New York Times Travel Show.
    The Belize Hotel Association participated in the 15th Annual New York Times Travel Show. The Association was represented by the 2nd Vice President Barbara Hall and Treasurer Rudy Gonzalez. The Belize Hotel Association booth kept visitors informed and engaged about the country with the purpose of convincing the visitors to vacation in Belize.

    Belmopan Police Formation cares
    The Belmopan Police Department is known for its outreach community efforts, especially with children. Today Belmopan’s Commanding Officer, Senior Superintendent of Police, Howell Gillett, host forty students of Faith Nazarene Primary School of San Ignacio Town. The children were given a tour of the Belmopan Police Station and they were treated to a motivational speech by one of the police officers.

    PlusTV

    Police say they have Errol Smith’s murder
    Belmopan police say they have cracked another murder case. Today, Devon Brooks was arrested and charged for the December 2017 murder of Errol Gabourel Smith. Smith’s body was found floating in the river near the Y-Wam Bridge in Roaring Creek village. He had been shot to the head and thrown in the ...

    Belize Bank filed enforcement order; voting at parliament may be postponed
    The much anticipated House Meeting where parliament is to vote on whether or not to pay that 90 million dollars to Belize Bank, as ordered by the CCJ, was to be held on February 16. However, the Government of Belize says it is waiting on advice from its lawyers to see if they will progress with tha...

    Sunshine Holding wants BTL Employees Trust to hand over some compensation monies
    The BTL nationalization saga is supposed to be over following that last 78 million US dollars that government paid out to the Ashcroft Alliance in the latter part of last year. However, it’s not quite over. When GOB acquired BTL, it also acquired another Ashcroft company called Sunshine Holdings. No...

    Walk for Peace planned for murdered Oh sisters
    The San Jose and San Antonio Villages are organizing a “Walk for Justice” in memory of murdered sisters Crisencia and Josephine Oh. The walk will be held this Saturday February 3rd. Organizers say the walk is intended to condemn crime, and appeal for justice, unity and peace in the Toledo Distric...

    Accused murderer found with items belonging to murdered sisters
    Today at its bi-weekly police briefing, police updated on the arrest made in the case of the murder of the Oh sisters in the Toledo District. Police have arrested and charged 20 year old Bella Vista resident Wilmer Alexander Escobar for the gruesome double murder of Josephina and Cresencia Oh , tee...

    Ladyville gas station robbed
    A gas station was robbed in Ladyville. The 19 year old cashier at Puma Gas Station located at Marage Plaza, Ladyville Village, reported that at 9:50pm last night, Wednesday January 31st, he was at work when three men entered the gas station. One of the men pointed a firearm at the cashier and deman...

    Man stabbed in Belize City
    A man was stabbed in Belize City early this morning. CIB Inspector Wilfredo Ferrufino told us more. Insp. Wilfredo Ferrufino – CIB, Belize City “This morning about 5:00 am police visited the KHMH and there they observed one Kenrick Valencia 34 years old security guard of Lords Bank. H...

    PM hopeful CCJ will uphold CLICO judgment by Court of Appeal
    CLICO, an insurance company which was headquartered in Trinidad and Tobago, closed its operations in 2009 due to financial problems. It had clients in Belize and when the company folded, it left 54 Belizean policy holders without compensation for their insurance purchases. The matter was taken to co...

    PM not worried about Trump’s comments
    In his state of the Union address delivered on Tuesday night, American President Donald Trump, once again, made mention of those countries who voted against America’s decision to move its US Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital city. Belize, along with 128 other ...

    Can UDP hold on to its municipal seats?
    The campaign trails are blazing leading up to the Municipal elections scheduled for March 7th. The United Democratic Party presently holds 62 of 67 municipal seats countrywide. PM Barrow was asked today, considering 10 year s in office already, if it is realistic to expect the UDP to hold on to all its seats in the new round of elections? Here is what he had to say.

    When is Barrow leaving his Party Leader position
    And the Prime Minister was also asked about his plan to leave the seat of Party Leader of the United Democratic Party. When exactly is he planning on leaving to make room for his successor? Prime Minister Dean Barrow: “I have to go, as you know, certainly in time for the next general elections. And I have not made any secret of the fact that I must go early enough to allow my successor a chance to lead the party into the 2020 general elections as prime minister. When exactly, or how much space that will require, and when exactly I go, is still a matter that I have to agree with the party.”

    Missing park rangers found safe and sound
    As we reported yesterday, 43 year old Luis Ramirez and 21 year old Elroy Villanueva were found safe and sound after being missing in the Caracol archaeological Reserve since Monday evening. An intense search was conducted by the BDF and members of the Police Special Patrol Unit when sometime aroun...

    SIB stats: Inflation rate at 1.1%
    The latest figures on consumer prices released by the Statistical Institute of Belize show that for the year 2017, Belize reported an annual national inflation rate of 1.1 percent. For the month of December 2017, the average Belizean household experienced a one percent increase in the cost ...

    Water bill may be going down
    And while inflation rate remains up, your water bill may be going down by as much as 6.39% . The Public Utilities Commission has reviewed the rates for the Belize Water Services and if there is no objection, by April 1st, BWS customers should be paying 16 dollars and 37 cents for every 1000 gallons ...

    New donated equipment can test for Viruses
    And while Trump’s statement about funding for places like Belize maybe unsettling, there was a US donation made to Belize yesterday. Yesterday, the Central Medical Laboratory of Belize received medical equipment from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The equipment will allo...

    SIB Says Imports down for 2017, Exports slowly rising
    SIB also released its initial estimates for ANNUAL IMPORTS for 2017 and the Imports side of the economy continue to show shrinkage. Merchandise imports for the year 2017 amounted to $1.8 billion, which represents a 4.1 percent or $79 million dollar decrease in total imports compared to 2016. The yea...

    Ministry of Agriculture Imports US sheep
    45 US born sheep were flown into Belize on Monday, and landed at the Phillip Goldson International airport. That’s a first for Belize and the Ministry of Agriculture says it is actually exciting news for Belize’s sheep industry. The purchase of the sheep Dorper and Barbados Black Belly sheep was fa...

    Amandala

    Miracle in Chiquibul!
    Today, Wednesday, two Belizean men were found alive and in good health after they were reported missing in the Chiquibul on Monday. Caracol park manager Luis Ramirez and his park ranger, Elroy Villanueva, had disappeared in the Chiquibul Forest reserve where Belizean national Danny Conorquie, 20, was gunned down in 2014 while on duty in this same area, frequented by aggressive Guatemalan xáteros. The men were located by a Belize Defence Force (BDF) search party at around 3 p.m. today, Wednesday, near Sapote Camp, situated in Belizean territory, about 9 kilometers south-west of Caracol. They were then transported to the Loma Luz Hospital in Santa Elena, Cayo, and then released into the waiting arms of their overjoyed families.

    Barrow’s $90-million headache sent back to the CCJ
    Reporters caught up with Prime Minister Dean Barrow at the launch of his United Democratic Party’s Belize City Council manifesto, which took place today at the party’s headquarters on Youth for the Future Drive. Among the questions the Prime Minister was asked was whether or not the pivotal House of Representatives meeting to address whether to make a $90-million payment to the Belize Bank will take place on February 16, as had been previously announced. It is expected that when the House of Representatives meets again (the House met on January 5, 2018), the 90-million-dollar Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) judgment bill that was introduced by Prime Minister Barrow in his capacity as Minister of Finance will be debated and voted on.

    6.39% reduction in water bill – effective April 1
    On Wednesday, the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) held a press conference in which it was announced that consumers will see a reduction in the rates of the Belize Water Services (BWS). Effective April 1, there will be a 6.39% reduction reflected in your water bill. So instead of paying $17.49 for every 1,000 gallons of water used, consumers will only pay $16.37. This rate will remain in effect until March 31, 2020. According to Chairman of the PUC, John Avery, the new rates have been proposed as a result of the 2018 annual review proceedings (ARP) for BWS. He explained that the last rate review was done in the period 2014/15.

    Cops say Wilmar Escobar, 21, confessed to murdering the Oh sisters
    The Oh family of San Antonio, Toledo District, along with residents of their village, the Alcalde Association and other Maya communities of the south, are still reeling after the brutal murders of the Oh sisters, Josephine, 18, and Cresencia, 20. The young ladies had gone to church services in San Jose, Toledo, on Sunday evening, January 21, and were returning home, on foot, when they were attacked and hacked to death. Their partially nude, severely chopped-up bodies were found lying on the roadside later that night.

    Belizean Danae Joseph, 23, attends Trump’s State of the Union address
    On Tuesday, President of the United States Donald Trump delivered his first State of the Union address in Washington. His address focused on national issues — a particular one being the state of the country’s security and immigration. An issue which has saturated the international media is the future of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which shielded from deportation undocumented immigrants called “Dreamers,” who entered the United States as children. In September, Trump had announced that the program would be halted. To urge the President to find a solution for the undocumented immigrants who entered the country as children, Democratic representatives invited several Dreamers to be their guests at the event on Tuesday.

    PM Barrow “not worried” about President Trump’s remarks
    Today, at the launch of the United Democratic Party (UDP) Belize City Council manifesto, reporters asked Prime Minister Dean Barrow to comment on US President Donald Trump’s remarks during his State of the Union address to the US Congress on Tuesday about helping friends of the US and treating other nations according to their vote in the UN and other similar decisions they might have made. “I am not particularly worried,” Barrow replied, “I think, we are friends with the United States.” Barrow added, “And certainly it is a friendship that can and will survive that particular vote at the UN. So it is not something that I am especially concerned about.”

    Jaguars (Male) and Stars Senior (Female) are BVA 2018 National Volleyball Champions
    The Belize Volleyball Association (BVA) announces the results of the Male & Female National Championship held in Belize City on January 27 and 28 at the SCA Auditorium (for Male and Final matches), as well as the BES Gymnasium (for Female matches). RESULTS FOR MALES: In exciting matches, Jaguars prevailed as the National Champions for the third year in a row, defeating Scorpions 2-0 (25-22, 25-19). Jaguars and Scorpions met last year in the final as well. This year, Scorpions took second place again, and SQ Dragons went home with the bronze medals.

    Belmopan F.A. 1st Division quarterfinals game 2 results; semifinals next
    Game 2, also known as the “return leg” of the two-game series of the quarterfinals of the Belmopan Football Association (BFA) Amateur First Division 2017/18 Opening Tournament continued inside the Isidoro Beaton Stadium in Belmopan this past Friday night and Sunday afternoon, respectively. On Friday night, fans were kept on the edge of their seats while witnessing two exciting games that went down to the wire. In the first game of the night, Club Atletico squared off against old rival Roaring Creek United.

    DigiCell partners with Belize City Defenders
    We at Old Capital Sports Management Limited, are excited to announce that we’ll be partnering with DigiCell, Belize Telemedia Limited’s flagship brand, for the 2018 NEBL Season and hopefully other future initiatives which are currently in the planning and discussion stage. Subsequently, our NEBL franchise will now be participating as the DigiCell Belize City Defenders effective immediately. Our partnership with DigiCell not only adds credence to our Defenders’ brand but also provides us with additional marketing support from undoubtedly the most efficient and effective marketing machinery in Belize. We’re looking forward to finally starting our 2018 season this Friday night, with the opportunity to proudly carry the DigiCell brand throughout the length and breadth of this beautiful jewel of ours.

    Belize Billiards Sports Federation – New Executive
    The Belize Billiards Sports Federation (BBSF) held its Annual General Meeting in Belmopan on Sunday, January 28, 2018. We are pleased to inform that the following persons were elected to serve as members of the executive for the next two years: President – Erwin Woodye, Jr. (Mr.); Vice President – Kenneth Dawson (Mr.); Secretary – Jenieve Castillo (Mrs.); Treasurer – Dwight Crawford (Mr.); Special Advisor – Isaias Lima (Mr.). The BBSF can be contacted by email at: [email protected] gmail.com or calling the General Secretary, Mrs. Jenieve Castillo at 635-8710.

    Editorial: They have to go
    The original, anti-colonial People’s United Party (PUP), established in September of 1950, was overwhelmingly popular in British Honduras. The PUP represented a coalition of interests which included the interests of the colony’s most powerful native business magnate, Robert Sydney Turton; the General Workers Union (GWU), led by Clifford Betson and Harry Middleton; and the German/Irish clergy of the Roman Catholic Church. Belize’s ruling United Democratic Party (UDP) is the only major political party formed after Belize attained self-government in 1964. The pro-business UDP was organized in September of 1973. If we were to look for the UDP equivalents of the PUP’s Turton (business), GWU (roots), and religion (German/Irish Catholic clergy), we would say Santiago Castillo/Ismael Gomez (business); the National Independence Party (NIP) base (roots); and the core of the Anglican/Methodist Churches (religion).

    Call it what it really is…a war!
    Dear Editor: Skirmishes, conflicts and uprisings, if we really look at them closely, are pretty much very small-scale wars. It has the elements of a war because the definition loosely fits. It involves two or more armed groups intending to do harm and violence to each other, with the result involving death and destruction. Over the history of man, there have been countless wars and even more conflicts. The reasons behind them are as varied as the total number of them. Some involve disagreements over land, resources, ethnic/cultural and ideology, but the basis of them remains the same, which is the use of violence to achieve a desired goal. Some have been justifiable, like World Wars I and II, and some have been as ridiculous as El Salvador and Honduras’ Football War.

    Romel “bigging” up Chiste
    Dear Editor, Am glad to see that an auditorium has been named in memory of Russell “Chiste” Garcia. I only was around this little titan for three months at Central Farm back in 1972 but think I got to know his essence. He was a people’s person, easy to get along with, in spite of his “braggadociousness.” “How you like the lee buay? Ain’t I pretty?” were his usual greetings. First time I heard such things and laughed. He also would brag to me about his friendship with the powerful Bricenio Brothers when he was in Orange Walk, especially with “Charro”. His short but muscular body made him an all-around athlete, thus he was aptly nicknamed “Maciste,” like the gladiator in the movies. He could excel at football, basketball and even rugby, if you can call it what we played one evening on the football field at the Farm.

    Shirley Cattouse Hobson passes
    Dear Editor, The Cattouse family announces the death of Shirley Cattouse Hobson, sister of Nadia and deceased brother Gerald Cattouse. She is the second daughter of Kathleen Fairweather Cattouse and the Honorable Albert Cattouse, former Deputy Premier of Belize. Shirley died in Suffolk, England, UK. She is survived by her sister Nadia, her son Chad and daughter-in-law Sandra, and granddaughters Eleanor and Georgia. Her burial is planned for Monday, February 5, in Little Waldingfield, Suffolk, England.

    The seven unsurprising friends of US & Israel
    American president, Donald Trump, labeled countries that didn’t support the US decision to name Jerusalem the capital of Israel, “enemies of America.” On Tuesday night, Mr. Trump said, before the US Congress, the US nation, and the world, that America’s lawmakers should pass legislation to make sure that only countries that vote with US interests get their foreign-assistance dollars. Effectively, only seven countries supported the US decision to name Jerusalem the capital of Israel. After Mr. Trump’s comments, it occurred to me to go and find out more about these seven countries that joined the US and Israel in this vote. Two of these countries are our neighbors in Central America, one is from West Africa, and the other four can be found in the Western Pacific, in an area called Micronesia.

    SEXUAL ABUSE IS A CRIPPLING SOCIAL PROBLEM!
    Last week January 24, 2018, I was working late in my office and to take a little break I was catching up on reading some international news, but kept seeing headlines about a doctor convicted and sentenced to 175 years in prison. I confess, I was not following up the previous news stories, so was clueless as to who was Dr. Larry Nassar, so I decided to read the story. What quickly got my attention is the profession… hmmm, a doctor? Someone in a profession of great respect… someone of great confidence… someone patients must trust… someone we look to “save” lives… I must say my immediate prejudice of what a doctor embodies kicked in, so I was totally curious about what he could have done to deserve 175 years imprisonment… yes, 175 years in prison? Not even mass murderers get that kind of sentence, I thought.

    3 Guatemalan men charged for illegal weapons in Chiquibul
    Three Guatemalan men have been remanded to the Belize Central Prison after they were found with illegal weapons inside the Chiquibul Forest Reserve on Sunday. A joint patrol conducted by the Friends for Conservation (FCD) and Development, Chiquibul National Park Rangers, Belize Defence Force and Special Patrol Unit found the men shortly after midday in some nearby corn fields. They were identified as Roni Alexander Lopez, Abraham Estevan Depaz and Encarnacion Depaz, all from Dolores, Peten, in Guatemala.

    Devon Brooks, 21, charged for the murder of Errol Smith
    Devon Brooks, 21, a laborer of Cotton Tree, Belize District, has been arrested and charged for the shooting death of Errol Smith Gabourel, 27, of Roaring Creek. He was charged with murder yesterday and today he was taken to the Belmopan Magistrate’s Court, where he was arraigned, after which he was remanded. Police said that on the morning of Wednesday, December 27, the lifeless body of Errol Smith Gabourel, 27, a resident of Roaring Creek, Cayo District, was found floating near the banks of the Belize River in Roaring Creek, near concrete stairs which lead to the river.

    Former Belize diplomat busted with expired identification and diplomatic license plates
    A former Belize diplomat, who was still hanging on to his expired diplomatic license plate and identification card, was busted in London on January 19, on the A3, reports out of the UK said. Andy Wigmore, 51, was appointed Belize’s Trade and Investment Minister Council, attached to the Belize High Commission to London in 2012, a diplomatic post that he held until last year, January 23, when he was sacked from his job due to his highly publicized meeting with the US president-elect Donald J. Trump. As a diplomat representing a country, Wigmore violated diplomatic protocol by meeting with Trump when that meeting was not sanctioned by the Belize government.

    Gerardo Chable, 35, charged for death of Hermenejildo Patt, 52, due to traffic accident
    Gerardo Silvestre Chable, 35, a teacher at Secular Secondary Technical Mexico, Corozal District, was taken to the Corozal Magistrate’s Court yesterday on charges of manslaughter by negligence, causing death by careless conduct, driving a motor vehicle without due care and attention, and driving a motor vehicle without a valid driver’s license. No plea was taken from him and he was released on a bail of $7,000 and a surety of the same amount, which he was able to meet. He was ordered to return to court on March 21.

    The Reporter

    Are Dogs More Likely To Bite You If You’re Anxious?
    If you regularly feel anxious, you might be the perfect candidate for a dog bite. According to a new study published today (Feb. 1) in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, dog bites in the United Kingdom may be three times more common than official records indicate. One surprising […]

    Belize Bank tries to speed up UHS payment
    Following deliberate delays by the Government of Belize in paying the $90 million arbitration award for the Universal Health Services debt guarantee, the Belize Bank has filed applications in the Supreme Court of Belize to try and expedite the process. Prime Minister Dean Barrow explained this week […]

    Belize among 8 countries to benefit from project to eliminate malaria
    Belize is among eight countries that will benefit from a project to eliminate malaria, through funding from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Carlos Slim Foundation. The organizations announced on Thursday that they will support the countries, including […]

    Belmopan kids visit Central prison
    Belmopan police and the Kolbe Foundation, this week, organized a trip for 20 at-risk kids from Belmopan city to the Belize Central Prison for a first-hand experience of prison life in an effort to discourage youths from criminal activity. Belmopan Police Commander, Howell Gillett, said […]

    Series of temblors near Trinidad could mean trouble in near future, says UWI
    The region near Trinidad and Tobago could quite possibly be struck by a major earthquake in the near future, with the potential for a tsunami to follow, based on a series of temblors that occurred in just one day! Last week Friday, there were nine […]

    Students learn of Tertiary Education Options &Opportunities at T.O.O. Expo
    High school students from all over the country thronged the first ever Belize Tertiary Options &Opportunities (T.O.O.) Education Expo hosted by the Ministry of Education at the St Catherine’s Academy auditorium in Belize City on Wednesday, January 31. Two busloads – the entire fourth form […]

    Belizean reitree died in Boom road collision
    A Belizean retiree died on Tuesday evening when he lost control of his Rav 4 SUV and collided with an 18-wheeler tow truck which was transporting a bulldozer. George Young, 77, the driver of the Rav 4 died on the scene. The accident happened on […]

    Rage & jealousy results in deadly stabbing
    A man from Ladyville died at knife-point in what is believed to be a deadly fit of rage and jealousy just before 9:00 p.m., in Vista del Mar, Belize district. It happened at a residence on Barrier Reef Crescent, where Stephanie Coe and her young […]

    San Pedro artist killed in Dangriga; no motive, no suspects
    Dangriga police are trying to crack the mysterious homicide of a San Pedro wood carver/artist who was found stabbed to death on the main street in Dangriga early Monday morning. Police in that municipality received information sometime after 3:00 a.m., that a man was lying […]

    Toddler crushed to death; family devastated
    A two-year-old toddler was crushed to death on Saturday evening in front of her house in Teakettle village, Cayo, and the incident has left the family devastated and her aunt who was driving the vehicle, bitter. The incident happened when the baby, Sophy Reyes, went […]

    Cost of living up by 1 percent at end of 2017
    Belizeans experienced 12 straight months of elevated cost of living in 2017, according to the latest data released by the Statistical Institute of Belize (SIB). The latest Consumer Price Index, released on Wednesday, January 31, showed that Belizeans paid a total average of 1.1 percent more for […]

    GOB suspends issuance of import licenses for potatoes
    The government of Belize has decided to suspend the issuing of import licenses for potatoes until the period for local production has ended. The decision came after a meeting with the Ministry of Agriculture and potato farmers held last Wednesday to verify potato production estimates for the […]

    Lifting Potential Growth in Latin America and Caribbean Regions—Part 2
    “Regional growth is projected to gather momentum, rising to 2.0 percent in 2018 and 2.6 percent in 2019. …With the external drivers of growth for the region expected to be decreasingly supportive—the large gains in some commodity prices in 2016 are not envisaged to continue, while growth in the United […]

    Compensation to Ashcroft companies drove down foreign reserves and bank liquidity
    Belize’s foreign reserve level is forecast to fall below US$300 million this year and remain below that level at least through to 2021 — less than 3 months of import cover. By Adele Ramos Freelance Reporter British billionaire Michael Ashcroft has come out on the winning end in much of […]

    Donna Every visits Belize to promote learning tool for entrepreneurs
    Half of the people who are jobless in Belize are youth between the ages of 14 and 24, and a quarter of those who are underemployed – working under 35 hours a week – belong to the same age group. Altogether, they amount to over […]

    Editorial
    President Donald Trump in the first State of the Union report of his presidency said on Tuesday that he expects countries who receive US aid to kiss up to him. In his words, he wants Congress “to pass legislation that would help ensure that US foreign assistance dollars always serve […]

    Man suspected of butchering Oh sisters remanded
    Wilmer Alexander Escobar, 20, the man suspected of the horrific butchering of sisters Josephina and Cresencia Oh on January 21 in San Jose village, Toledo; was arrested, charged and remanded to prison following his arraignment in court on Thursday. Escobar will reportedly undergo a psychiatric […]

    “Water bill may go down,” says PUC
    Belizeans could be looking at lower water bills in a matter of months, following an initial decision by the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) to reduce the rates by 6.39 percent. PUC Chairman, John Avery, explained on Wednesday that the PUC’s decision, which if unchanged would […]

    Caracol park rangers found after 2-day disappearance
    The country breathed a sigh of relief on Wednesday afternoon, when official reports confirmed that two park rangers who had gone missing two days earlier in the Chiquibul Forest Reserve, specifically from the Caracol Archaeological Site, were found alive and unharmed, bringing to an end […]

    PUC fires back at media one month later
    This week, Public Utilities Commission (PUC) Chairman, John Avery fired back at the media who reported last month on exorbitant spending that the PUC had purportedly been doing, specifically for the March 2017 fiscal year. The reports were made based on a letter of representation […]

    MOH on high alert for measles
    The Ministry of Health is on alert for any cases of measles being reported in Belize. The ministry issued a notice on Monday, saying that it has been informed of a positive case of measles reported in Guatemala, which was imported from Germany. In response to this […]

    Breaking Belize NewsPJ

    Micheal Lemus charged for assault on San Ignacio/Santa Elena Mayor
    By BBN Staff:Last night, 18 year old Micheal Lemus was detained by San Ignacio Police and was later […]

    Billy White resident detained for stolen gun and ammo
    By BBN Staff:Yesterday afternoon around 12:15, Jose Antonio Mendoza, 74, a Belizean farmer of Billy White Village reported […]

    Belmopan store owner robbed of $2000
    A 47-year-old businesswoman of Belmopan city reported to police that lastnight around 8:12, she was […]

    Maya Leaders and Toledo Alcaldes join March for Justice
    The brutal murder of sisters, Josephine and Crecencia Oh shocked the Mayan community in Toledo. […]

    Still no date for UHS parliamentary vote
    Prime Minister Dean Barrow told the media this week that there still isn’t a fixed […]

    Walk for Justice to be held this Saturday
    The Mayan community has announced that they will be having a Walk for Justice tomorrow […]

    Belize: Municipal Elections Forecast and Fall Out
    By Richard Harrison: Municipal elections are held every three years in the 9 principal cities and towns of Belize….the […]

    Early morning fire in Santa Elena Town destroys family home
    Reports to BBN is that this morning around 4:30, a wooden house in the Santa Cruz […]

    Blogs

    Steve and Tiffannie Piaia tell us “Why Belize”
    Tiffannie and Steven Piaia are from Casper, Wyoming, USA, and they have been traveling to Belize, primarily Ambergris Caye, since 2015. They became fast friends with the local bartenders and guides on the island, and soon, had a fun network to rely on for their return trips, of which there have been 10! Talk about hooked on Belize! They shared a little bit about their love for the country and its people. How did you find out about Belize? Tiffannie: We had family who had visited in the past, and wanted to return again with us! They loved Belize as well. What made you decide to return? Both: We fell in love with the people so quickly. Everyone treated us like family, and with no language barrier, we became fast friends. We had so much in common: sports, musical tastes, and of course, the fooood!

    Eleven 2018 Super Bowl Parties in San Pedro
    Those that know me well know I am not a football fan, however, I am always willing to partake and cheer a friends team on as I have a few uber-fans in my life. It is always fun watching people get excited and cheer at the tv. With the importance, if the Superbowl and number of great bar parties happening I thought this warranted it’s own post instead of being included in with Events, Season Closure and February Weather on Ambergris Caye. I am sure there are way more parties than the 11 I have listed below, watch facebook as I am sure new ones will be getting posted and shared. Kick-off is 5:30 PM local time. Philadelphia Eagles vs. the New England Patriots. The game is being played in Minneapolis. Even though this type of football is played in the U.S. it does have a fairly large Belizean following. With many “snowbirds” visiting as well, of course there will be Super Bowl parties all around the island – listed below from north to south.

    Two “New” Bars to Open Over the Water in Boca Del Rio – Or Is It Three…
    Just north of San Pedro town, Boca Del Rio is one of the most beautiful strips on the island. Stretching from the Palapa Bar on the south end… …to the boca del rio or mouth of the river and the bridge on the north end, not too many years ago, it was a mainly residential strip. There were a few small hotels – The Tides, Seven Seas.. Beach front with larger homes owned by many local families. And San Pedro High School stretches along a full block of gorgeous beachfront property. There are now a bunch of bars lining this strip. Melt Restaurant and Bar, Sand Bar, Playa Bar, Sandy Toes… But this post is about the “new” over-the-water beach bars that are opening soon! Neither is a new business but both have moved. Let me explain… And start with the north-most spot. Hurricane’s Ceviche Bar. This over the water bar has been relocated. In fact, I found out when I saw the entire structure put-putting along the shoreline. The previous location – just north of Ramon’s Village and south of Blue Water Grill.

    A Game of Honor
    We hopped on a Tropic Air flight to Orange Walk and took a short drive to Yo Creek to watch a game once played by the Maya in the ball courts of our now archaeological sites like Lamanai. Check out the blog along with photos and video from the game. Long before football and other team sports were played in Belize, the ancient Maya played a ball game called Pok ta Pok. Many Maya sites in the country boast traditional ball courts, Lamanai, Caracol and Xunantunich being among them. The game, which was heavily spiritual symbolizing good versus evil, consisted of two teams maneuvering a heavy rubber ball with their hips and thighs endeavoring to get the ball through the stone hoop attached to the wall on either side of the court.

    International Sourcesizz

    Sprawling Maya network discovered under Guatemala jungle
    Researchers have found more than 60,000 hidden Maya ruins in Guatemala in a major archaeological breakthrough. Laser technology was used to survey digitally beneath the forest canopy, revealing houses, palaces, elevated highways, and defensive fortifications. The landscape, near already-known Maya cities, is thought to have been home to millions more people than other research had previously suggested. The researchers mapped over 810 square miles (2,100 sq km) in northern Peten. Archaeologists believe the cutting-edge technology will change the way the world will see the Maya civilisation. "I think this is one of the greatest advances in over 150 years of Maya archaeology," said Stephen Houston, Professor of Archaeology and Anthropology at Brown University.

    Experts discover hidden ancient Maya structures
    Experts using an aerial high-tech laser scanner have discovered thousands of ancient Maya structures hidden under the thick jungle of northern Guatemala, officials said Thursday. Some 60,000 structures were found over the past two years in a scan of a region in the northern department of El Peten, which borders Mexico and Belize, said Marcello Canuto, one of the project’s top investigators. These findings are a “revolution in Maya archeology,” Canuto said. The new discoveries in this Central American country include urban centers with sidewalks, homes, terraces, ceremonial centers, irrigation canals and fortifications, said Canuto, an archaeologist at Tulane University in the United States. Among the finds was a 30-meter high pyramid that had been earlier identified as a natural hill in Tikal, Guatemala’s premier archaeological site. Also discovered in Tikal: a series of pits and a 14 kilometer-long wall. The Maya civilization reached its height in what is present-day southern Mexico, Guatemala, and parts of Belize, El Salvador and Honduras between 250 and 950 CE. Researchers now believe that the Maya had a population of 10 million, which is “much higher” than previous estimates, Canuto said.

    Videos

  • What's not to like about Avocado Toast?, 1/2min. Juice Dive can hook you up with one and more healthy options.

  • Belize, 4min. Our unconventional thanksgiving break vacation

  • Maya Sacrifice, 5min. An excerpt from the film "Beneath the Jungle...and Beyond", a film overview of Belize and Guatemala: the land and the people.

  • Horseback riding in Chaa Creek, Belize 2017, 3.5min. Our guide, Roach, took us and our Belizean cousins on a horseback tour of Chaa Creek.

  • Landing in BELIZE, 5min. Landing in Philip Goldson International Airport, Ladyville , BELIZE.

  • Happy World Wetlands Day from Friends for Conservation and Development, 2min. Proud of FCD Youth Environmental Members - Cunil Ricky and Mitzi Cruz for producing the video

  • Scouts, 30min. on Open Your Eyes

  • Mek We Go de, 41min. on Open Your Eyes

  • Love FM’s 25th Anniversary : Interview with Marlon Dubon, 3min. Interview with Marlon Dubon, one of the first employees to work at Love FM and Estereo Amor.

  • Morning Matters with Donna Every, 60min.

  • Belize Now | Episode 48, 32min. In tonight’s headlines: More soldiers join the BDF, Beltraide is working to make Belizean music a major export, and the Chiste Garcia Auditorium is inaugurated. These stories and more on this week’s edition of Belize Now. Thanks for joining us on this Friday, February 2nd, 2018!

  • Belize, 60min.

  • Steel drum - Consortium for Belize Educational Cooperation (COBEC), 4.5min.

  • Shark Alley San Pedro Belize, 2min. Snorkeling Shark alley in San Pedro Belize!!!

  • Punta dance - Consortium for Belize Educational Cooperation (COBEC), 4min.

  • Fischer Family Goes To Belize 2017, 43min.

  • Swimming with Sharks - Belize It 2018, 1min. Swimming with the sharks close to the Silk Cayes in Belize. Jan 2018.

  • Adventure in the southern part of Belize, 3min. This video was took place in the vilage of santa rosa were a new discovery was made, the beauty of the jungle hide amazing

  • Travel Adventures through Ancient Mayan Ruins in Mexico and Belize!, 3.5min. This January, we explored several ancient Mayan ruins in Mexico (Yucantan province) and in Belize! It was amazing to travel and adventure through these magical ancient Mayan cities and learn about their sacred ways of living. The Mayan ruins that we visited were: Calakmul, Cahal Pech and Xuanantunich. Climbing these sacred structures felt like a mindful meditation and ignited my curiosity. I would definitely recommend visiting these tourist sites in Mexico and Belize, if you have a chance to travel to these countries!

  • United Black Association for Development Educational Foundation (UEF) and our community partners: Queen Street Baptist Church,, 2hr. United Black Association for Development Educational Foundation (UEF) and our community partners: Queen Street Baptist Church,

  • Belize City Defenders vs Orange Walk Running Rebels, 2.5hr.

    February 2, 2018


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    The San Pedro Sun

    BTB’s key performance indicators show continued growth in the Tourism Industry
    As one of the leading industries, Belize’s Tourism Industry continues to grow, exhibiting record-breaking figures for 2017. According to the Belize Tourism Industry (BTB), overnight tourism arrivals registered 10.8% increase in 2017 when compared to 2018. Also on the rise was cruise ship arrivals, which registered a steady 3.7% this past year. Overall, BTB key performance indicators for tourism show a total of 427,109 visitors came to the country for the calendar year for 2017. According to BTB’s report, 322,200 tourists arrived at Belize in 2017 via the Philip Goldson International Airport; an 8.1% increase when compared to the 298,157 figures of 2016.

    U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Donates Equipment to the Central Medical Laboratory of Belize to Improve Testing for Viruses
    Yesterday, the Central Medical Laboratory of Belize received from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) a thermocycler for real-time testing as well as initial supplies and support for training, valued at approximately USD $150,000. The equipment will allow for rapid and accurate detection of viruses and bacteria that cause diseases, including Zika and influenza. Providing this equipment is part of the U.S. Government’s ongoing effort with the Government and people of Belize to improve capacity for public health systems. Belize has been a long-time partner with the CDC-Central America Regional Office and the United States is proud to collaborate with Belize in ensuring a safer and more secure region.

    Meet your San Pedro Town Council Candidates: Part Two
    Name: Undina Graniel, People’s United Party. I have decided to run with the PUP team because I believe that if we want to bring genuine change to this island we must do so by standing together. As a long-time resident, I have seen the toll mismanagement has taken on this community.
    Name: Marina Kay, People’s United Party (PUP). I am running because San Pedro has always been my home and it deserves better. We are all tired of the deplorable living conditions, children out of school, no proper healthcare and the list goes on. I have dedicated many years to volunteerism, cultural activities

    The Opposition calls out GOB for improper financial reports
    The Government of Belize (GOB) is under scrutiny after it was revealed on Wednesday, January 24th, that the current administration has not complied with the Finance Reform and Audit Act in regards to appropriation bills. This Act stipulates different ways that Central Government can issue supplementary appropriations to itself from the Consolidated Revenue Fund. According to arguments from Senators Valerie Woods and Eamon Courtenay of the People’s United Party (PUP) during the sitting of the Senate, this Reform has been purposely overlooked in relation to additional expenditures for 2016 and 2017, which were used as relief funds after Hurricane Earl.

    Ambergris Today

    US Donates Equipment To Belize To Improve Testing For Viruses
    the Central Medical Laboratory of Belize received from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) a thermocycler for real-time testing as well as initial supplies and support for training, valued at approximately USD $150,000. The equipment will allow for rapid and accurate detection of viruses and bacteria that cause diseases, including Zika and influenza. Providing this equipment is part of the U.S. Government's ongoing effort with the Government and people of Belize to improve capacity for public health systems.

    NEMO Emergency Planning in Belize Now Includes Tsunami Threats
    NEMO Coordinators for the Central Region, which includes Cayo and Belize Districts (from Benque Viejo in the West to Caye Caulker and Ambergris Caye in the East), met on Wednesday, January 31, 2018, at their first Disaster/Emergency Planning Meeting for 2018. NEMO Central Region Coordinator, Al Westby, explained: “We are looking at our First Quarter Work Plan. We are looking at Tsunami threat, that’s one of our priorities; and setting out our Training Program for 2018. We have all District Coordinators and Assistant District Coordinators, along with our National Coordinator and our Training Officer, from Cayo, Belmopan, Belize City, San Pedro and Belize Rural. It’s a discussion, collectively, with ideas from everybody, not from only myself or the Training Officer or the National Coordinator. We get the views and points from each coordinator, and we put them together, and achieve one goal together.”

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    Ministry of Agriculture Marks Historic Importation of Sheep from the U.S.A.
    Monday, January 29th, 2018 marked a historic milestone for the Ministry of Agriculture as it welcomed a group of imported Dorper (29 Dorper) and Barbados Black Belly sheep (16 BBB), via the Philip S.W. Goldson International Airport, from the United States of America. The importation was facilitated through the Genetic Improvement for Sheep and Goat Project at Central Farm, which seeks to improve the genetics of sheep in the country to contribute to production and productivity improvement of the sheep industry. The agreement between the Government of the Republic of China (Taiwan) and the Government of Belize on the cooperation in Genetic Improvement in Sheep and Goat Project was signed in December 2015 to assist the Ministry of Agriculture to expand the infrastructure at the National Sheep and Goat Breeding Center at Central Farm and to introduce quality breeding stock through importation.

    Minister Elrington Travels to Washington, D.C. for OAS Meetings
    Hon. Wilfred Elrington, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Home Affairs, led a delegation this week to Washington, D.C. for meetings at the Organization of American States (OAS) with the purpose of advancing the Belize-Guatemala process. Minister Elrington met with H.E. Luis Almagro, Secretary General of the OAS, to discuss the strengthening of the OAS Office in the Adjacency Zone and to update the Secretary General on Belize’s public awareness campaign, which is preceding the pending referendum on whether to refer Guatemala’s claim to the International Court of Justice (ICJ).

    Corozal Police saves District from Medical Volunteers who drank 1/2 beer in public
    Bystanders were shocked at 8:40 pm on Wednesday January, 31st when they saw a commotion at Seasons supermarket on 5th Avenue in Corozal Town. Police officers were collecting the damning evidence at the scene of the crime, bottles of half consumed Belikin Lighthouse beer being placed in the truck. Officer Gilharry spoke to the suspects with a stern tone. Medical volunteers from North America had apparently bought beer inside the store and had started to drink them on the way back to the hotel which was a block away.

    Courts Corozal Employment Opportunity
    Courts Corozal is looking for vibrant, enthusiastic and self-motivated candidate to take on the role of: Warehouse Assistant/Sale Representative. The person will be responsible to assist the branch with stock, display of products, inventory count, deliveries of products and performing sales.

    Belize's Wonder Women! The Women Who Help Make Belize Great!
    For the month of February, we are proud to announce that Mrs. Dorla Bowman is our Belize Wonder Woman! Dorla Bowman started her public service trail-blazing in historic Belize City where she was born. She is the first of nine children of her parents. She launched out as a Sunday School teacher while still in elementary school, and continued on organizing and working with youth in the Methodist Church. She felt teaching was her calling, so she spent 11 years in the teaching profession and as an active trade unionist serving on the National Council of Belize National Teacher’s Union.

    El Festival de Carnaval
    The Casa De Cultura invites you to celebrate with us the carnival with the family in fun. Family Sunday February 11 in Orange Walk central park.

    Placencia Breeze February 2018
    What’s Inside: Pg 3 Placencia Sidewalk Art Festival Map Pg 5 Placencia Art Festival Registration Form Pg 7 ChaChi's Membership Spotlight Pg 9 Croc Corner Pg 10 Seine Bight News Pg 11 From the Fire Hearth: Sweets Up! / Point of View Pg 15 & 18 Placencia BTIA Members Pg 16 & 17 Placencia Peninsula Map Pg 19 Placencia Art Festival Jewelers Pg 20 & 21 Placencia Peninsula Guide Pg 22 Placencia Rotary News / Liquor License Notices Pg 23 Placencia Volunteer Fire Department Fundraiser Pg 26 Community Corner Pg 27 PHS News Pg 28 Birding Out Of Placencia / Barebones Tours Membership Spotlight Pg 29 Bird Photos Pg 30 Placencia Peninsula Happenings Pg 31 Calender of Events

    Blood Drive This Saturday in San Pedro
    This SATURDAY, 9AM - 2PM at the Dr. Otto Rodriguez San Pedro Polyclinic. The Belize Red Cross - San Pedro Branch sincerely apologises for moving the date of the blood drive from Jan. 20th to THIS SATURDAY Feb. 3rd! Our blood drive nurses have been extremely busy (but we're SO happy that more communities around Belize are doing blood drives). Please share the flyer with your friends and family. The Belize Red Cross is only able to approve blood requests if we get blood donated! We are especially requesting persons that have received blood in the past or requested on someone's behalf to come out and support this event. ** See you on Saturday, February 3rd at the Polyclinic. **

    School retreat at the Baptist Training Center at Camalote
    Yesterday I was invited by Independence High School to participate in their School retreat at the Baptist Training Center at Camalote to share motivational messages with the students on the Social perspective on theTheme "Nurturing young men and women of Honor" with an emphasis on the effects of social media in cultivating a new culture of young people posting nude pictures and slanderous statements" The presentations done by the different presenters had me choked up especially Brother Fem Cruz testimony and musical contribution, respect over respect to him, then Pastor Federico Lord stepped up and from start to finish he had every single individual ATTENTION LOCK listening to his POWERFUL SPIRITUAL MESSAGE, which he incorporated the BELIZEAN YOUTH REALITY into his message and the end results from that was TEARS. We were ALL emotionally TOUCHED by his words and then I took the stage and did my thing.

    Super Bowl Party at The Truck Stop!
    clock Sunday, February 4 at 5:30 PM - 10:30 PM. LET'S GET READY TO FOOOOOTBAAAAAALLLLL! We'll be showing the big game on our 18-foot screen, we'll have specials on WINGS and PIZZA, and we'll have be playing a few games of our own! (More details to be announced soon). No matter which team you have your money on, it's going to be a fun night! (Unless the Patriots win, obviously)

    Live Comedy Show at The Truck Stop!
    Saturday, February 3 at 7 PM - 10 PM. Comedy lovers: We've put together another great comedy show for you, and this time we'll be hosting it on the backstage at The Truck Stop! Enjoy sets from Rob Burrows, Nile A. Duppstadt, Brad Reeder, Joanna Popik, and your hosts Ben Popik and Michael Taylor. Plus we'll be debuting new San Pedro-based videos! It's going to be a great night and we hope you can join us. NOTE: This show is FREE, however, we will only have 100 or so chairs -- so arrive a bit early to claim your favorite seat! Or, bring your own chair, and saunter in whenever you please, you fancy chair-owner.

    Saca Chispas Football field
    When San Pedro was a village with just a couple hundred people, the Saca Chispas Football field, was a garbage dump for the then fishing community. It was later cleaned and made into the island’s only football field. I have sat down and listened to many conversations on how local football celebrities were carved and made into great players to the height that some were selected to be a part of the Belize National Team on countless occasions. Local migration in the middle of the 1980’s followed by the large influx of Belizeans seeking better job opportunity on the island in the 1990’s, certainly began putting serious constrain on several of the island’s resources. This was the case with sports and the small Saca Chispas Football Field.

    Super Bowl in Corozal
    SUPER BOWL 52nd - Sunday, February 4th, 2018 at NATURAL MYSTIC, Finca Solana starting at 5:30 p.m. Great open air ambience. Finca Solana is in the vicinity of Mangrove Park.

    Branch Mouth Bridge V2.0
    The new Branch Mouth bridge has been finished. Quite an improvement over the old one, and it's higher too, so floods shouldn't be a problem. "The new bridge at Branch Mouth is done. Their doing the last finishing touches today. It's around 2 meters higher, so it should be able to weather the floods better."

    Village council members of Arenal, Belize visited the Vaca Forest Reserve to learn about the ago-ecological methods underway
    They saw with interest the techniques to be replicated in their village.

    Belize Bird Conservancy Birdathon
    A reminder for all the Birding Lodges in Belize. Belize Bird Conservancy Birdathon is April 1 - 30. Choose your date, gather your team, plan your route, have fun. May the birdiest Lodge win...

    U.S. Embassy proud to support the development of the health sector in Belize!
    Yesterday, representatives from the U.S. Embassy and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Central America Regional office donated $150,000 worth of equipment, supplies, and training to the Central Medical Laboratory to support better public health responses to disease outbreaks in Belize. Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Adrienne Galanek and CEO of the Ministry of Health Belize Dr. Ramon Figueroa both underlined the importance of enhancing Belize’s health sector in achieving our shared goals. The main piece of equipment, a thermocycler, will allow for real time disease testing in Belize for the first time ever. This means the Government of Belize can now rapidly detect dangerous diseases, plan more effective public health responses, and reduce the cost of testing.

    Paradise Theater playing this weekend:
    Only the Brave, Roman J Israel, Wonder, Thor: Ragnarok. Superbowl Viewing Sunday @ 5 Free. *Only the Brave and Roman J Israel playing only friday and saturday night*

    Channel 7

    The Moment Missing Men Were Reunited With Families
    It was our headline last night - and tonight we have the full story of those two NICH rangers who were found alive and well after spending two days lost between Caracol and the Guatemalan border - which is only 3 miles away. 7News had the only camera on the spot when their families reunited with them for the first time. Jules Vasquez has the story:… This is the moment at 5:20 when Elroy Villanueva Alvarado’s family first saw him at the junction of the Caracol and San Antonio Road. “Weh pah unu mi deh” - That’s what any family member would ask after their loved one went missing in the deep, dangerous bush for 48 hours. There were hugs and happy embraces for this 21 year old - who looked to be in very good health - with a beaming smile to spare. Chilling In the back-seat - was his senior colleague, a slightly more reserved 43 year old Luis Ramirez.

    PM May Push Back House Meeting
    When will the House of Representatives vote on that 90 million dollar arbitration award that is owed to the Belize Bank? Rumours said it would be the third Friday in February - but today the Prime Minister said - the date is still undecided since the Bank is trying to find another way to force government to pay:… Jules Vasquez: "Will that pivotal house meeting be held on February 16th sir?" Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow - Prime Minister: "I'm not entirely sure because as you may have known the Ashcroft Alliance, the Belize Bank they've filed an application for an enforcement order. The hearing of that has now been fixed for March 14th. The government also filed two applications. In that same application the government is saying in any event how can the bank ask for an enforcement order and an order of mandamus against the Minister of Finance when it is quite clear that our constitutional arrangements...”

    Police Don’t Have Much to Say about “Oh” Sisters Killer
    As we told you last night, 20 year old Wilmer Alexander Escobar was charged for the Oh sisters murder in Toledo. Escobar reportedly chopped 17 year-old Josephina and 19 year old Crecencia Oh to death. While police have made this major break in this case, there are still many questions as to what led to this gruesome attack. Today at the weekly briefing, police told us that they can’t get into all the details or motive at this point. Here is more from the press conference. ACP Joseph Myvett - National CIB "In respect of the murder of Crescencia and Josephina Oh which had occurred in the Toledo district some 11 days ago. Yesterday police has since arrested and charged Wilmer Alexander Escobar, 20 year old laborer of Bella Vista for two counts of murder." Reporter: "With respect to the double murder can you say whether or not the suspect confessed to the crime?" ACP Joseph Myvett: "I would not say that he confessed but there was some cooperation and some items belonging to both deceased have also been recovered."

    Maya Community Will Walk For Sisters
    But even though the cops have been able to solve this heinous crime, the two Western Toledo communities of San Jose and San Antonio are still grieving the traumatic loss of the Oh sisters. A group called “Walk for Justice”, formed in the memory of the sisters, has organized a walk to be held on this Saturday, February 3, 2018. A press release from the organizing committee says, quote, “The walk is intended to condemn crime, and appeal for justice, unity and peace in the Toledo District and the nation of Belize. This double murder has shocked the nation and has forced us to realize that we cannot be silent in the face of ever-increasing crime and insecurity.” End quote. The Committee says that the peaceful march aims to unite the people of Southern Belize and to send a message of unity throughout the country.

    Terminal Stabbing Is Non-Fatal
    The Novelo’s bus terminal is usually bustling with commuters and heavy traffic but early this morning, before the rush, Kenrick Valencia was stabbed. Police told us more. Insp. Wilfredo Ferrufino - CIB, Belize City: "This morning about 5:00 am police visited the KHMH and there they observed one Kenrick Valencia 34 years old security guard of Lords Bank. He had single stab wound to the abdominal area. He is in a critical but stable condition. Investigation has revealed that he was standing in front of the Novelos terminal on West Collet Canal and he was approached by a male individual who inflicted to injury to him. We have one person detained and police are continuing the investigation."

    FCD Catches Guate Hunters
    At the top of the news we showed you how park rangers Elroy Alvarado and Luis Ramirez’s search for Pacaya palms around Caracol took a turn for the worst when they lost their way. Luckily they didn’t encounter and Guatemalan bandits on their 48 hours in the bush. But FCD rangers along with the BDF and the Special Patrol Unit did make such an encounter on Sunday afternoon. The team caught 3 Guatemalans with guns, ammunition and a gibnut they hunted and killed. Dolores, El Peten residents Roni Alexander Lopez, Abraham Estevan Depaz, and Encarnacion Depaz each carried a 20-gauge shotgun. Lopez also had 3 live rounds of 20-gauge ammunition; Estevan Depaz had 2 live rounds while Encarnacion Depaz had 4 live rounds of 20-gauge ammunition and 1 live round of 16-gauge ammunition. Encarnacion Depaz admitted to hunting the gibnut.

    UDP: Can Dion Do It Without Darrell?
    Municipal Elections are just a few weeks away - and the UDP’s Belize City slate stepped its campaign into high gear today with the launch of its manifesto. For a party asking voters to give it a fifth term in the city - they tried to keep it fresh - but not to lose sight of what they feel are benchmark accomplishments. Jules Vasquez was there:… Dion Leslie - UDP Mayoral Candidate: "We are honoured to present this manifesto today. It is a true representation of the vision of our residence. This is your manifesto, this is your vision and it is our job to make sure we fulfill what you have requested." Called “Improving Lives”, the UDP’s Belize City Council Manifesto is a study in cautious optimism - and lots of references to past successes. It’s the rare political grouping that’s running on its record:

    Can UDP Win A Majority of Municipalities?
    So, you just heard party leader Dean Barrow give a glowing endorsement of his UDP slate in Belize City. But, what about the rest of the country? Currently the UDP controls eight of nine municipalities - a super majority it has held since 2006. But, 12 years into its domination of municipal government - concurrent with 10 years in central government - political observers suggest that the UDP’s hold on power must be slipping. We asked the Prime Minister and Party Leader to predict how many seats the UDP will hold unto after March 7th. Jules Vasquez: "The UDP currently hold 62 of 67 municipal seats. It's not realistic to expect you can hold on to 62 of 67 or increase that 10 years into your terms of office and many of these councils have longer terms. If you had to make a prediction how many of the 67 will the UDP..."

    PM Says Belize and US Are Friends
    And, moving now from local to international politics - we asked the Prime Minister for reaction to US President Donald Trump’s remarks in his State of the Union Address. On Tuesday night, Trump asked the US Congress to, quote, “pass legislation to help ensure American foreign-assistance dollars always serve American interests, and only go to America's friends.” Taken in context, he was referring to those nations which voted in the United Nations General Assembly, condemning the US decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Trump said the US must, quote, “restore clarity about our adversaries.” Today, Prime Minister Barrow said that Belize is definitely not an adversary:

    The CLICO Conundrum
    And finally from the Prime Minister tonight, we asked him about the CLICO case that is currently before the Caribbean Court of Justice. 54 CLICO policy holders in Belize - who were left in the lurch after the Caribbean insurance company went belly up - are suing the government for 4 million dollars in losses. They say the government should have protected them in the event of a bankruptcy - as happened to CLICO. The Prime Minister said he expects that the decision of the lower courts will be upheld - and government won’t have to find that four million:… Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow - Prime Minister: "Well I wasn't aware that it's before the CCJ. I know that it's been litigated in Belize and that in fact the court of appeal gave a judgement which I read and which I thought was absolutely solid. So I would hope and I in fact believe that - that decision of the court of appeal will be upheld by the CCJ."

    PUC Chair Says He’s Underpaid
    Last night, during the press conference to announce the initial decision to lower water rates, John Avery, the chairman of the Public Utilities Commission, opened the floor to questions about their most recent audit, and allegations of reckless public spending. You heard him complain about the press coverage on it, describing that coverage as irresponsible and sensational. Well, tonight, we have his answers to the specific allegations about him and the other commissioners on the PUC. We start first his response to the allegation he and the commissioners are being grossly over-compensated, to the point of fleecing the public purse. Yesterday, he asserted that actually, he and the commissioners are underpaid for all the work they do. Here’s how he explained why:

    Thieves Picked On PUMA Petrol Station Again
    The Puma Gas Station in Ladyville was robbed AGAIN! – this is about the 4th time the gas station has been targeted by armed thieves. It happened last night at around 10:00. Cashier Adonis Serano was at the gas station when 3 men bolted inside. One of men pointed a gun at Serano and took the money from the register. The men also snatched money from a customer. They ran off with $500. The last robbery we reported on at the gas station was in May 2017. In that case the armed robber shot a man in his arm and made off with two phones and a $2 bill from a gas attendant.

    Mayor Acting Like Minister With Land Title Giveaway
    Earlier in the news, we showed you the UDP manifesto launch for their Belize City Council slate. In only 34 days, residents of Belize City and the 8 other municipalities countrywide will vote for their municipal leaders. That’s also how much time the outgoing Belize City Mayor, Darrell Bradley, has left in office. And, in one final act of appreciation to the staff of City Hall, he handed out land titles to 195 council employees. The effort started in June of 2015 with 57 acres of land that the Natural Resources Minister set aside for the City at mile 14 on the George Price Highway. After two and a half years of paperwork, this evening, the council was able to put the land title documents into the hands of staffers. The Mayor explained why he wanted to make sure this happens before he leaves office:

    Legal Learning For All
    You don’t have to be a lawyer to know the law – that was the main message from the City Council’s first Caribbean legal systems entry level course. It’s a training for city council staff, police officers and persons from various organizations to learn their rights and the basics of law. Yesterday 25 participants graduated from the 5 week course and lead coordinator Margaret Mckenzie told us more about the importance. . Mckenzie plans to start up the course again in two weeks. It is for free.

    H.E. Quesnel Takes All Questions
    Mexican Ambassador to Belize Carlos Quesnel has been in Belize for three years - and today, on the eve of his third anniversary in the country, he held his annual media breakfast. We asked him about the outlaw behavior we saw at the Subteniente Lopez bridge one year ago. That’s where Mexican gangs confronted Belize and Mexican customs - demanding that they be allowed to smuggle contraband from the free one. Ambassador Quesnel said they have worked diligently to crack down on those gangs:.. H.E Carlos Quesnel - Mexican Ambassador to Belize: "We have meetings often between the authorities in Mexico and the authorities of Belize to try to find the best mechanism to fight this kind of criminal activity. Its not easy, they are still there working but we have taken measures and certainly we have to take harsh measures and that case the case of Subteniente Lopez sometimes you have to take difficult decisions that you will affect some people."

    NEMO Ready For Anything
    That Tsunami scare earlier this month certainly shook up residents of coastal communities, and it also gave NEMO a serious wake-up call when it comes to disaster preparedness. Yesterday at the NEMO office in Sand hill, coordinators from out West and the Cayes met for their first Disaster planning meeting for 2018. Minister Edmond Castro says early and efficient planning is crucial. This meeting will also be held with NEMO coordinators from the Northern and Southern Zones.

    Sheep From USA For Gene-Stock Improvement
    And another of Belize’s friends, Taiwan has come through with sheep - stocks for the Ministry of Agriculture. On Monday, January 29th 2018, the Ministry received twenty-nine imported Dorper and sixteen Barbados Black Belly sheep from the USA. It’s part of a project to improve the gene stocks of Sheep and Goats in Belize. It’s a three year, 3.5 million Belize dollar project.

    Channel 5

    New Litigation at C.C.J. over U.H.S., House Vote May Be Delayed
    Our top story tonight is a major update on the Universal Health Services matter. Both the government and the Belize Bank Limited are headed back to court in dueling applications [...]

    Why P.M. Says Let the Sunshine In
    On Monday, February fifth, the Supreme Court is expected to hear the case of Sunshine Holdings against the B.T.L. Employees’ Trust in a partial continuation of the original Telemedia saga [...]

    Finance Minister Claims Immunity in CLICO Case
    On Tuesday, we reported that a group of former holders of premium annuities with the defunct Colonial Life Insurance Company (CLICO) took an appeal of previous judicial decisions to the [...]

    “We’re Still Friends with the U.S.”
    During U.S. President Donald Trump’s live televised State of the Union address to Congress on Tuesday night, he intimated that American foreign assistance should always serve American interests and go [...]

    Lost and Found Park Rangers Blame It on the Rain
    The combined effort of the Belize Defense Force, the Belize Police Department and the Forestry Department led to the successful location of two park rangers who had gone missing on [...]

    Guats Nabbed Illegally Hunting Wildlife
    Earlier this week, we reported on the case of two Guatemalan fishermen charged with illegal fishing in southern Belize. Tonight, Friends for Conservation and Development, FCD, is reporting that on [...]

    U.D.P. CitCo Slate Unveil “People’s” Manifesto
    The homestretch of the municipal elections race has arrived. As the calendar turns to February, the ruling United Democratic Party is first off the mark with its production of promises [...]

    P.M. Bullish on Prospects in Municipal Elections
    The United Democratic Party currently controls sixty-two of the sixty-seven seats on municipal councils countrywide. Since 2006, it has never gone below a two-thirds majority of such seats. But, might [...]

    Barrow: It’s Not Time to Say Goodbye Yet
    And finally from Prime Minister Dean Barrow tonight, the march is on toward his sunset as a political force. With elections due by the end of 2020 or early 2021 [...]

    Police Get Their Man in Vicious Double Sister Murder
    Siblings Cricencia and Josephine Oh were savagely mutilated near the village of San Jose in the Toledo District on January twenty-first as they were returning from attending mass and visiting [...]

    San Jose/San Antonio villagers Take a Walk for Justice
    The shocking deaths of the Oh sisters have galvanized residents from San Jose and San Antonio villages.  Together they have organized a Walk for Justice in memory of Cricencia and [...]

    Lord’s Bank Security Guard Surprised by Pre-Dawn Stabbing
    Thirty-four-year-old Kenrick Valencia was attacked by an unknown assailant as he stood in front of the Novelo’s Bus Terminal this morning.  The predawn assault resulted in the security guard being [...]

    Mexico Promotes Legitimate Trade against Contraband
    Back from his end-of-year working visit to his homeland to meet with counterparts in the Mexican Foreign Relations Secretariat, Ambassador of Mexico to Belize, Carlos Quesnel Melendez, hosted the press [...]

    On Immigration, Mexico Says Trump’s Wall is Not the Answer
    President Enrique Pena Nieto’s whirlwind visit to Belize for the Mexico-CARICOM summit was a highlight of the local embassy’s year, and planning has begun for a reciprocal visit, as well [...]

    How Belizean Mexicans Can Vote in July Elections
    There is an important notice tonight for our viewers of Mexican heritage. In five months voters will go to the polls there to elect a President and members of the [...]

    Land Titles are Final CitCo Gift to Workers
    One hundred and ninety-five City Council employees each received a free piece of land today. Mayor Darrell Bradley says he has been working on this “thank you” gift which will [...]

    30 Years of Tertiary Titans COBEC
    The Ministry of Education, members of the Consortium for Belize Educational Cooperation, met today in Belize City for the annual COBEC Winter Symposium.  This year, COBEC celebrates thirty-years of existence [...]

    What You Need to Know about Measles Threat
    At the end of January, the Ministry of Health in Belize issued an advisory on the presence of measles in Central America. It’s one imported case – which means an [...]

    CTV3

    PM Barrow Weighs In The Upcoming Municipal Election
    Prime Minister Barrow also discussed what he believes are his party’s very good chances of holding on to the majority of the municipal Governments in the March 7th elections. At present, the UDP controls 62 seats of the 67 that make of the municipal elections. But after 10 years or more of UDP City and Town Councils, will voters express fatigue, disenchantment and displeasure at the polls? Rt. Honourable Dean Barrow – Prime Minister of Belize: “If I were to say we can hold on to all we can and in fact we can increase the number you would accuse me of perhaps being arrogant, accuse the party and the government of being arrogant and so I will not say that...”

    PM Says Municipal election Results Won't Dictate His Exit From Politics
    Political analysts believe that the results of the municipal elections will be a sort of barometer for the Barrow Administration and in particular the leadership of Prime Minister Barrow. Having won three terms since 2008, despite the many scandals that have plagued his administration, it is anticipated that the PM will be measuring the outcome and decide whether he still maintains the confidence of Belizeans. But today the PM shared his perspective with the media, indicating that the municipal election results won’t matter much to him, because he isn’t going to be around very soon.

    Domestic Exports Decline In 2017
    Last night we told you about the December 2017 Consumer Price Index figures released by the Statistical Institute of Belize which show that the cost of living remained high. Tonight we bring to you the import and export figures for the last month of 2017. We first take a look at the exportation figures. Data gathered by the SIB demonstrate that there was a recorded decline in the total value of domestic exports for December 2017. Figures show that it fell by $2.2 million, decreasing from $17.9 million in 2016 to $15.7 million this year. (Insert Figure 3)

    Imports Decline Last Month Of 2017
    Turning over now to Imports. Statistics show that for the month of December 2017, imports decreased by 0.9 percent or $1.6 million landing at a total of $167.2 million in comparison to December 2016 which stood at $168.8 million.

    PM Says It Is not Likely That US Would Cut Aid
    In Wednesday’s newscast, we showed you the chilling remarks by U.S. President Donald Trump at his annual State of the Union in which he declared that those countries who did not support their decision to move their Embassy to Jerusalem are considered enemies and suggested that Congress should pass a law to cut funding aid to them. For Belize, if this would happen it would mean no more funding for initiatives such as CARSIE which pumps millions of U.S. dollars into improving national security. Today the Prime Minister was asked what he thought of the U.S. President’s comments.

    LOVE FM

    Mexico supports Belize/Guatemala bilateral talks
    This morning, reporters from several media houses were hosted by the Ambassador of Mexico to Belize, Carlos Quesnel, for a breakfast press conference. Ambassador Quesnel spoke on an array of issues related to his government, including the Belize/Guatemala dispute. Yesterday the Permanent Council of the Organization of American States, OAS, hosted Foreign Affairs Minister Wilfred …

    Mexican Ambassador addresses contraband problem
    Mexican Ambassador Carlos Quesnel was also asked about a perennial issue facing both countries. For years, authorities on both sides of the borders have been trying to stop contraband. While busts have been made, the practice is a much more complicated issue. Here is the solution that Ambassador Quesnel offered. CARLOS QUESNEL, AMBASSADOR OF MEXICO …

    Accused murderer cooperating with police
    20-year-old Wilmer Alexander Escobar remains behind bars after he was arrested for the murders of sisters seventeen year old Josephine Oh and nineteen year old Crisencia Oh. The sisters were brutally attacked and murdered on January 21. They were found naked and with chops wounds to the body. Police believe that Escobar committed the heinous …

    More on PUC Chairman’s response to leaked documents
    During a press conference yesterday Chairman of the Public Utilities Commission, John Avery decided to address media reports of leaked financial documents relating to the Commission. At the start of the year we began reporting on leaked documents which show questionable financial transactions carried out by the Public Utilities Commission, PUC. These include credit card …

    It is a political gimmick?
    In its annual Review Proceeding for the BWS the Public Utilities Commission announced yesterday that has made its first proposal with regards to water rates. The PUC is proposing for a 6.39% decrease on water rates. It’s not the final decision but the announcement alone will give hope to Belizeans that it might be a …

    Prime Minister Dean Barrow says next step with UHS to be determined after consultations with lawyers
    Prime Minister Dean Barrow says he is not entirely sure whether he will be calling a House of Representatives meeting later this month where it was expected that the motion for the disbursement of the 90 million dollars that the Caribbean Court of Justice ordered the Belize Government to pay to the Belize Bank would …

    Sheep imported; a historic day says Ministry of Agriculture
    On Monday twenty-nine, Dorper and sixteen Barbados Black Belly sheep were brought into Belize via the Philip Goldson International Airport. The Ministry of Agriculture says that the day was a historic one which was facilitated by the Genetic Improvement for Sheep and Goat Project at Central Farm. The Dorper sheep is a South African mutton …

    Prime Minister not worried about President Trump’s threat
    Prime Minister Dean Barrow says he is not particularly worried about the statements made by US President Donald Trump. In his first State of the Union Address earlier this week, the US President said he would implement penalties to “enemies” of the US. This stemmed from the minimal support the US received when the Trump …

    MOH keeping an eye on measles case in Guatemala
    Measles is a highly contagious viral infection of the respiratory system and ever since a positive case of measles was identified in Guatemala, health officials here are on the alert. It causes a total-body skin rash and flu-like symptoms, including a fever, cough, and runny nose. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimate that 2.6 million …

    Man critical after being stabbed
    A man was stabbed this morning in Belize City. Kenrick Valencia remains at the KHMH in a critical but stable condition. Inspector Wilfredo Ferrufino shared more details. INSP. WILFREDO FERRUFINO, C.I.B., BELIZE CITY “This morning about five am Police visited the KHMH and there and there they observed one Kendrick Valencia thirty-four-year-old security guard of …

    Sunshine Holdings should pursue case against BTL Employees’ Trust says PM
    The Prime Minister also spoke on the matter of Sunshine Holdings versus the BTL Employees’ Trust. On January 15, the Caribbean Court of Justice ruled that Sunshine Holdings can sue the Trust for monies owing to the company. Here is what the PM says he understands of the case and Sunshine Holdings position.

    UDP Party Leader Dean Barrow’s retirement imminent
    As the UDP prepares for the municipal elections next month, this may be the last municipals that Party leader Dean Barrow will lead. As has been reported before he has announced his intention of retiring. Today he told the media that notwithstanding the results of the municipal elections, his retirement is imminent.

    UDP Launches manifesto for Belize City
    The United Democratic Party’s Belize City slate presented its manifesto this morning. The team is being led by Mayoral Candidate and current councilor Dion Leslie. Flanked by the Party leader and Prime Minister Dean Barrow, Deputy Prime Minister Patrick Faber and many supporters, the team presented their plan for the City should they retain administration …

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    Two park Rangers missing at Caracol Archaeological Reserve
    Two park rangers are reportedly missing from the Caracol Archaeological Reserve in the Cayo District. The family of one of those rangers is concerned after they received a call from NICH this afternoon at about four o’clock . informing them that Elroy Villanueva went missing at the Caracol Archaeo...

    George Young perishes in traffic accident
    The victim of a fatal traffic accident that we reported on in yesterday’s newscast has been identified as 77 year old George Young, a Belizean Retiree of Burrell Boom Village. As we told you, sometime before 3 p.m.. on Monday afternoon, a Toyota Rav 4 was travelling on the Boom Road when it somehow ...

    Motorcyclist hospitalized due to RTA
    There was another accident that occurred over the weekend that police has issued a report on. This one happened on Saturday in Dangriga. According to the police report, the accident occurred at mile 1 on George Price Drive, Dangriga Town, where a small white Isuzu goods truck and a motorcycle collid...

    More charges expected for Mexican ATM thieves
    The three Mexicans who have been charged for theft from Atlantic bank ATMs across the country may be facing additional charges shortly. On January 22nd, Belen Hernandez, Lionel Rodriguez, and Joscan Jafet were all charged with theft after they were accused of fraudulently withdrawing at least one ...

    Police seek other suspects in Alfredo Cowo murder
    And speaking of crime on San Pedro William Godoy was charged for the murder of Alfredo Cowo who was shot and killed on San Pedro on January 16th of this year. Godoy’s family has told the media that he has an alibi that places him nowhere near the murder scene at the time it occurred. Police are now ...

    Cotton Tree residents arrested for Drug Trafficking
    Four persons were arrested and charged for drug trafficking in Cotton Tree Village. Belmopan police say they conducted searches in Cotton Tree village, Cayo District on Monday Janury 29th which led to the discovery of 73 grams of cannabis. The persons arrested and charged are 49 year old Vexaida L...

    AG donates law books to Belmopan police
    And in more Belmopan police news, Attorney General of Belize Honorable Michael Peyrefitte donated some law books to the Belmopan police today. The 15 Volumes of the Laws of Belize as updated in 2011 was handed over to OC Spt Howell Gillett today. The donation is valued at over $5,000...

    PM Barrow and IDB General Manager meet
    New IDB Manager for Central America, Haiti, Mexico, Panama, and the Dominican Republic, Verónica Zavala, met with Prime Minister Dean Barrow. The meeting with the General Manager of the Inter-American Development Bank for this region was o discuss Belize’s relationship with the bank and programming ...

    Two Guatemalan fishermen caught fishing illegally in southern Belize
    Park rangers of the Toledo Institute for Development and Environment along with personnel of the Belize Coast Guard arrested two Guatemalans who were fishing illegally near the Rio Grande in southern Belize. The fishermen tried to escape, but the patrol team was equipped and mobilized quickly to app...

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    Water rates going down
    The Public Utilities Commission called a press conference on Wednesday January 31 in which it announced that it has made a decision to adjust water rates and it will be downward. Chairman of the PUC stated that the institution held a Full Tariff Review Proceeding on BWS in 2014 during which rates were set up to 2020. Unlike Belize Electricity Limited, which has a greater fluctuation on factors that affect the price of the utility, BWS does not have such. Because of this, an yearly review is not necessary. This year however, Avery noted that there were enough unresolved issues for the Annual Review Proceeding (ARP) to take place and that has now been concluded.

    2 park rangers lost for 44 hours in Chiquibul
    The Nation of Belize and a set of two families can now breathe a sense of relief after two rangers who have been missing since Monday, have been found. Park Manager Luis Ramirez and Ranger Elroy Villanueva were being debriefed as of 3:00 pm on Wednesday by relevant authorities. A combined effort from the Belize Defense Force, the Belize Police Department and Forestry located the men in good health in the Chiquibul Forest Reserve. They were both found about 1:30 pm, some 2.5 kilometers Northwest of Caracol and four kilometers East of the Guatemala border. Apparently they got lost when they went into the jungle to look for a fruit ‘pakaya’ which is a celery type vegetable.

    Another auditorium this time it’s in Griga
    The Russell ‘Chiste’ Garcia Auditorium was inaugurated in Dangriga on Saturday January 27. The mighty building features a FIBA certified wooden basketball court complete with Gared backboards, and shot clocks. It is equipped with locker rooms, bathrooms, and office spaces along with concession stands. In addressing the gathering, Mayor of Dangriga Francis Humphreys remembered Chiste as a man rooted in agriculture and cited that the, “measure of the man was not only by the service to community but also the bigness of his heart with which he served his community.” For his part, Frank Papa Mena explained that Dangriga, “needed a symbol of faith, a symbol of hope, a symbol of survival and a symbol of sustainability and that could only be seen in the likes of one person, that was Chiste.” As he spoke he urged that the community take care of the facility because “this dah fu we.”

    Coffins in the sea
    This week the Guardian Newspaper was provided with video footage which shows as many as 7 coffins along with human remains in shallow waters off the coast in an area known as rocky point. Its an area due north of Ladyville and the discovery was made by someone who owns property there and had gone to swim there. We contacted the Department of Archaeology and they are on an active mission to find the coffins as these form part of Belize’s rich history. Archaeologist Jose Ramos told the Guardian that the entire area is dotted with significant historical sites but it is not aware of this most recent find. Personnel from the department have been deployed to the area but so far have been unsuccessful at locating the coffins. They however say that the effort to locate them will not subside.

    One man charged with double murder of Oh sisters
    Police officers formally arrested and charged one man for the horrific murder of Cresencia and Josefina Oh on Wednesday, January 31, 2018. That man is Wilmer Alexander Escobar, a 20-year-old laborer of an address in Bella Vista Village. Escobar was charged with two counts of murder, one for each sister. Escobar reportedly confessed to the murders and had the phones that belonged to the women in his possession. The motive of the crime appears to be robbery, rape, and murder.

    40 million dollars more for DFC
    The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has given the Development Finance Corporation (DFC) 40 million dollars more to conduct its work for the benefit of Belize. It’s the 8th line of credit that the DFC has been granted since the organization was restructured in 2008 to move on from the scandals of reckless lending done under the last PUP administration. As Belize’s only development bank, it conducts business to provide support to strengthen and expand Belize’s funding. It does this by providing developmental financing on an economically stable and environmentally acceptable basis. This money will assist the DFC to provide finance in priority sectors such as tourism, services, manufacturing, fishing, agriculture, the residential sector, and student loans. They will also be able to assist in the area of entrepreneurship to help develop micro-sector enterprises and small businesses.

    What are Tertiary Level Education options for Belizeans?
    Hundreds of secondary and tertiary students gathered at the St. Catherine Academy Multipurpose Auditorium on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 to participate in Belize’s first Tertiary Options and Opportunities (TOO) Education Expo. In speaking with Deryck Satchwell, Deputy Director, Tertiary and Post-secondary Education Services in the Ministry of Education, students, especially secondary students, were given a chance to see what their options might be after secondary school. It is the hope of the ministry that the majority of the students will choose to further their education.

    School children visit the Belize Central Prison
    On Tuesday some 20 young persons from select primary schools within the Belmopan Police Jurisdiction visited the Belize Central Prison to get a first hand view on how it is run. At the prison the children were greeted by Vernon Bennet, head of security, whose duty is to connect visitors with staff and inmates. Present for a morning lecture within the Prison’s conference room was Chief Executive Officer Virjilio Murillo, who told the children about life at the prison. Escapes from the prison has been kept to a minimum explained Murillo, because of the presence of tower guards. The Belize Central Prison also has a rigid and effective screening process for contraband said Murillo.

    IT NEVER RAINS ON ONE MAN’S HOUSETOP CULTURE CAPITAL DANGRIGA
    During the past week, some sporadic but heavy showers were recorded over Belize but it appeared as if though the storm dumped most of the rains in ‘Griga.’ This to many of us, is called together weather. It was indeed together weather but not in the popular sense of the word. Hands on Mayor, Francis Humphreys and several of the hard working staff of the Dangriga Town Council got together and took to the streets. With the weather holding up, a relatively dry cold front was ushered in. The crew, led by Mayor Humphreys, took the opportunity to survey the rain damaged streets and neighborhoods. Many of the approximately 10 areas of the town took a heavy beating with backed up drains and pot holed streets. However, four of the most affected areas, Wageirale, First, Second and Third New Sites were priority.

    Potato importation stopped to protect local production
    The Ministry of Agriculture recently convened a meeting at the Agriculture Show Grounds Conference Room in Belmopan, where potato producers and importers gathered to verify potato production figures and estimated harvest dates. Producers representing small, medium and large farms from production areas countrywide attended the meeting. The discussion opened with a presentation and verification of the amount of potato in production by districts. It was estimated that the Cayo District has the highest production with a total of 2.8 million pounds, followed by Corozal with 588,000 pounds. Also, the Orange Walk District produces 286,000 pounds while the Stann Creek District produces 45,000 pounds.

    US makes donation to improve National Lab
    The U.S. Embassy held a laboratory equipment handover ceremony from the U.S. Government to the Belize Ministry of Health on Wednesday, January 31, 2018. The event was held at 10:00 am in the Central Health Region Conference Room at the Central Medical Laboratory. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - Central America Regional office in Guatemala provided a thermocycler for polymerase chain reaction (PCR) (real-time) testing to the Belize National Laboratory. This technology, which is valued at US $75,000, is used for rapid and accurate detection of viruses and bacteria that cause diseases like Zika and influenza.

    Ministry of Health on high alert for Measles
    The Ministry of Health was recently alerted of a positive case of Measles in Guatemala, imported from Germany. Measles is a highly infectious viral disease, but is also a vaccine-preventable disease, that has not been reported in Belize since 1991. The number of cases of Measles in the region of the Americas have increased from 92 to 271 in 2016 and 2017, respectively, and the Caribbean is reporting highly suspicious cases imported from the United Kingdom (UK). The public is hereby advised to IMMEDIATELY report to your nearest health facility if you show signs or observe someone with the following symptoms:

    Belmopan police recognized
    On Friday of last week, the Belmopan Police recognized two of its employees for their outstanding achievements. Awarded by Police Commander Howell Gillett was sergeant Julio Shal for his stewardship in major investigations. Also awarded by Gillett was Crime Scene Specialist Barrington Montero for going above the call of duty. Both police employees were each given a certificate for a night (for two) at Twin Palms Inn. “We are quick to reward outstanding performance as we are the same when wrongdoings are uncovered. Continue your great work,” writes Howell Gillett.

    John Martinez walks away from murder charge
    A murder suspect has walked away from a murder charge after another case of “amnesia” in the Supreme Court room of Justice Adolph Lucas. He is 29-year-old John Martinez, the only person charged for the February 22, 2013 shooting murder of Ernest Savery, a 37-year-old prison officer. Savery was gunned down in the Ladyville area on February 22, 2013 in front of his home. He was shot once to the stomach and was later rushed to the KHMH but was pronounced dead on arrival. Martinez was arraigned for this murder as soon as May 24, 2013.

    Bus Terminal worker Jermaine Hyde murdered in Belize City
    Police officers were called to a residence on Thurton Street just after 5:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 27, 2018 where they observed the motionless body of a male person. The body was identified as 38-year-old Jermaine Curtis Hyde, an employee at the old bus terminal and resident of Hattieville. Hyde’s body was seen with one single apparent gunshot wound to the head. Initial investigation revealed that Hyde was leaving a tacos stand near the Swing Bridge going in the direction of Thurton Street when he was approached by a single unknown male person. That person fired a single shot which fatally injured Hyde. He was transported to the KHMH where he was pronounced dead. The body now awaits a post mortem examination.

    Chester Noralez acquitted after deaths of accusers
    In December 2015, 93-year-old Patrick Grant, brother to Gilda Diaz, was attacked and badly beaten inside his home on Fern Lane, Belize City. The man accused of the heinous crime was his neighbor- then 36-year-old Chester Noralez. Noralez was accused of entering Grant’s home between December 26 and 27, 2017 and stealing a 21-inch Toshiba television set valued at $265. He was also accused of beating Grant in a near death altercation during the invasion. The trial against Noralez started in early 2017 and Grant, who lived to tell the tale, positively identified Noralez, his neighbor, as his attacker.

    Jealous rage claims life of Gavin Palmerston
    Police have arrested and charged 37 year-old Robert Brown, a resident of Ladyville for the crime of murder. The cops believe that Brown stabbed his fellow Ladyville resident, 41 year-old Gavin Palmerson, to death. Ladyville police responded to a stabbing incident at an apartment building on Barrier Reef Drive, Vista del Mar after 9:00 p.m. on Friday, January 26, 2018. Upon arrival, the officers observed the lifeless body of a male person lying face up in what appeared to be a pool of blood. That man was later identified as Gavin Palmerston, a 41-year-old Belize resident of Ladyville.

    Jessie Mejia and Darwin Prado charged in connection to Ladyville double murder
    Two Ladyville youths are on remand at the Belize Central Prison after they were arraigned on Friday, January 26, 2018 at the Belize City Magistrate’s Court on charges of murder, use of deadly means of harm, grievous harm and wounding. The men, 23-year-old Jessie Mejia and 22-year-old Darwin Prado, were charged in relation to the Ladyville shooting incident which left 2 men dead and 2 injured. The deadly shooting occurred on Tuesday, January 23, 2018 on Marage Road, Japan area of Ladyville. Casey Lozano and Marlon Spain were fatally injured while Jonah Gray and Sydney Humes were injured.

    Ladyville Barber walks from armed robbery case
    A barber is lucky to be home free of a serious charge that could have landed him in jail and facing prison time. That man is 28-year-old Sidney Belizaire, a barber of a Ladyville address. Belizaire was accused of executing a robbery at gun point at a well-known night club in the Ladyville area located on the Phillip Goldson Highway. The allegations against Belizaire are that on Saturday, January 28, 2018 at the Eruption Night Club, he demanded $350 from the establishment owned by Merna Portillo. The reports say that he paid for a service and was dissatisfied and as a result, he demanded the money which he had paid.

    Police charge one for month old murder of Errol Gabourel Smith
    The body of a male person was found floating in the Belize River in Roaring Creek on December 27, 2017. That body was later identified to be that of Errol Gabourel Smith, a 26-year-old who had recently come out of prison. Gabourel, better known as Rabbit, was trying to turn over a new leaf but was not successful in his attempt. When the body of Gabourel was retrieved from the river, it was learnt that he was murdered with a single gunshot to the head and the autopsy reports indicated that he died as a result of the gunshot wound to his right temple.

    Police charge one for month old murder of Errol Gabourel Smith
    The body of a male person was found floating in the Belize River in Roaring Creek on December 27, 2017. That body was later identified to be that of Errol Gabourel Smith, a 26-year-old who had recently come out of prison. Gabourel, better known as Rabbit, was trying to turn over a new leaf but was not successful in his attempt. When the body of Gabourel was retrieved from the river, it was learnt that he was murdered with a single gunshot to the head and the autopsy reports indicated that he died as a result of the gunshot wound to his right temple.

    Two men and a minor charged for Paul Jex’s murder
    The sensational evening murder of Jamaal Paul Jex happened on Tuesday, January 23, 2018 just after 5 p.m. on Crocodile Street in the San Pedrito area of San Pedro. Jex and Deon Neal, a resident of Caye Caulker, were approached by 2 persons who fired shots in their direction. While Neal did not die as a result of the shooting, Jex was fatally wounded. Three persons have since been charged in connection to Jex’s murder. Those persons are 19-year-old Nelson Paguada and a 15-year-old minor, both fishermen of the San Mateo area, along with 45-year-old Timothy Carcamo, a fisherman of the San Juan area. It is said that the three men waylaid Jex and Neal, opened fire, and then hurriedly left the area on a boat.

    San Pedro Artist Murdered in Havana Area, Dangriga
    The body of a Hispanic man was found around 3:00 a.m. on Monday, January 29, 2018 in Dangriga. Police visited the Havana Game Shop located in the Havana Area, Dangriga Town where the body of a male person of clear complexion dressed in a camouflage jacket and shorts was observed. The body was seen lying face down in a pool of blood, apparently dead. Upon making checks on the body, the officers observed a large chop wound to the left side of the neck. The body was later identified to be that of Miguel Angel Guerrero, a 48-year-old Belizean artist of San Pedro. The body now awaits a post mortem examination and while there are no leads, police investigations continue.

    Shooting on Jones Street
    On Sunday, January 28, 2018 at 8:20 p.m., police visited the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital where they saw Edgar Flores, a 33 year-old Belizean, suffering from a single gunshot wound. Flores was shot to the right side of the face below the nose area. Initial investigation revealed that earlier that evening, Flores was socializing on Jones Street when a male person stopped in front of the yard and fired shots at the crowd. Flores was shot as a result and is listed in a critical condition. There are no suspects or motive at this time. Police investigations continue.

    San Pedro Gang Rivalry spills into City streets Simon Velasquez killed
    The San Pedro murder of Paul Jex and shooting of Deon Neal has seemingly spilled into Belize City streets when police responded to a murder on Plues Street on Thursday, January 24, 2018 just after 1:00 p.m. Based on information received, police visited the first floor of a three storey building where they observed the lifeless body of Darwin Dwayne Simon Velasquez, better known as Simon Velasquez. The body had an apparent gunshot wound to the lower side of the back.

    Two men charged in murder of Thomas Henry
    The Roaring Creek murder of Thomas Henry has lead to the charging of three men. Those men are Tyler Herrera Cruz, Joseph Cadle, and Israel Cadle. Just after 10:30 p.m. on January 23, 2018, Roaring Creek police responded to a shooting incident in the yard of 31-year-old Kimberly Smith who reported that she heard shots being fired in her yard. Upon looking through her window, she saw two male persons, one of whom wielded a firearm. The men turned their direction to her and proceeded to shoot at her.

    Jaguars repeat as the three times National Male Volleyball Champions
    The Belize Volleyball Association held its National Men’s Senior Volleyball championship on Saturday and Sunday January 27th and 28th respectively at the St. Catherine Mercy Centre in Belize City. On Sunday 28th January, in the championship game between Jaguars and Scorpions, Jaguars defeated Scorpions in two sets by the score of 25-22 and 25-19 to repeat as the National Volleyball Champions for the third year in a row. In the consolation game played, SQ Dragons defeated Toledo King Scorpions in two sets by the score of 25-15 and 25-20 to take third place. Earlier in the morning, the first semi-final game was played between Jaguars and Toledo King Scorpions, in which Jaguars upended the Toledo King Scorpions in three sets by the score of 23-25, 25-18 and 15-11.

    Hummingbird Elementary girls and boys lead primary schools volleyball competition
    The Belize City Primary Schools Volleyball competition continued on Monday 29th January, 2018, with four games on the schedule. In the first game played in the girls’ competition, Belize Elementary School won over St. Ignatius School in two sets by the score of 26-24 and 25-17. In the first of two games played in the boys’ competition, Belize Elementary School defeated All Saints Anglican School in two sets by the score of 25-6 and 25-13. And in the second game in the boys’ competition Hummingbird Elementary School won over Salvation Army School in two sets by the score of 25-14 and 25-18. In the final game of the day, which was in the girls’ competition, Hummingbird Elementary School defeated St. Martin De Porres School in two sets by the score of 25-12 and 25-11.

    San Pedro Tiger Sharks win again in Basketball competition
    The 2018 National Elite Basketball League competition continued over the last weekend with two games on the schedule. On Saturday 27th January, 2018, at the Sacred Heart College Auditorium in San Ignacio Town, the visiting San Pedro Tiger Sharks defeated Verdes Basketball Club by the score of 96-84. The top scorers for the San Pedro Tiger Sharks were Raul Roches who scored 20 points to go along with his 4 rebounds, 1 assist and 2 steals; Douglas Valley with 19 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists and 3 steals; Jamal Kelly with 17 points, 3 rebounds, 10 assists and 3 steals and Jihad Wright with 16 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals. For the host team Verdes Basketball Club, the top scorers were Jamie Carbajal with 18 points and 3 rebounds, Ivan Flowers who contributed 17 points along with his 1 rebound, 3 assists and 2 steals and Elvis Usher Jr. who scored 15 points, had 3 assists and 2 steals. This was the San Pedro Tiger Sharks second win in as many outings.

    Stars Senior is the National Female Volleyball champions
    The Belize Volleyball Association sponsored its National Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship on Saturday and Sunday 27th and 28th January, 2018, respectively at the Belize Elementary School Gymnasium. Five teams competed in the two days National Championship which saw Stars Senior laid claim to the title. On Sunday 28th January, in the championship game played at the St. Catherine Mercy Centre, Stars Senior defeated the Lady Jaguars in three sets by the score of 25-11, 24-26 and 15-4 to re-capture the National Volleyball Championship. In the third place game played, Stars Junior won over Ultra Stars in two sets by the score of 25-19 and 29-27. In the first game played in the semi-final round, Stars Senior defeated Ultra Stars in two sets by the score of 25-12 and 25-17. In the second semi-final game, Lady Jaguars won over Stars Junior in three sets by the score of 13-25, 25-22 and 15-11.

    Verdes FC maintain lead in Premier League Closing Season
    The 2017-2018 Premier League of Belize Closing Season continued over the weekend with four games on the schedule. On Sunday 28th January, out at the Football Federation of Belize (FFB) Stadium in Belmopan, the defending champion and current leader in this year’s Closing Season Verdes FC defeated the host team the Belize Defence Force FC by the score of 3-1. The visiting Verdes FC was the first that made it onto the scoreboard when Brandon Jones scored the 1st goal of the game in the 16th minute of play to give his team a 1-0 lead. The lead was further extended when Jarret Davis scored the 2nd goal of the game in the 19th minute of play to give his team a 2-0 lead.

    Book launched in San Ignacio
    Gifted writer Jeremy A. Enriquez launched his book, To Educate a Nation, at the Cayo Welcome Center in San Ignacio Town on Thursday afternoon. His book documents the life story of Andres Patricio Enriquez and wife Jane Victoriana Enriquez nee Villafranco as they travelled from station to station within Belize’s Catholic school system. “This is a story about my grandparents written by themselves about the experiences that they had teaching in remote communities all over Belize between the period 1900 and 1950,” says Jeremy Enriquez, who himself is an independent development consultant. “These garifuna teachers, my grandparents, went through tremendous sacrifices working in remote communities in the areas where in those days there were no roads, they had to sometimes trek through miles of forest to reach these communities and to stay there for months at a time as they tried to stabilize the communities and also to build these schools.”

    Bulldozer blade claims life of 77 year old
    77 year-old George Young, a resident of Burrell Boom Village, passed away after being involved in a terrible accident. Police say that at around 2:45 p.m., on Monday, January 29, they responded to reports of a traffic accident on the Hattieville Boom Road. On the scene, the officers found a black Toyota Rav 4 SUV in the middle of the road with massive damage to the driver’s side. It appeared as though the vehicle’s left side doors were ripped off. About 300 feet away, the officers found a blue Mack Truck, which was carrying a bulldozer on its trailer.

    Aunt knocks down 2 year old baby girl
    A Cayo family from Teakettle Village has suffered the tragic loss of their baby. 2 year-old Sofi Reyes was crushed to death when her aunt accidentally drove over her; an accident that’s most likely haunting both her parents and the driver. It happened at around 4 p.m. on Saturday, January 27. Baby Sofi Reyes was playing with her cousins under their house. Her father, Clifford Reyes, told the press that her Aunt, Elvita Cruz drove up to drop off a bottle of oil for him. He was changing the oil for his truck, and after they had a brief conversation, he passed in front her Ford Escape SUV and went across the street.

    SORRY PUP BUT EVERY SINGLE VOTE IS OF EXTREME IMPORTANCE
    I am one that truly believes that we MUST be grateful for every gift! Freudian slips are of special importance because they offer views into the deepest hidden corners of the mind; arears that are otherwise inaccessible. Guarded truths that were not meant to be published, slips out! On Tuesday night Channel 5 had PUP slogans on the screen during the NEWS and during the INTERVIEW of Mike Juan (UDP chairman of Unitedville)! Slips like these must be understood for what they truly are! This essay is not about Marleni or Channel 5. No, the value of Tuesday’s actions is an extremely loud and bold announcement to the VOTERS of this country that Ashcroft, the PUPpet Master is back on the Belize political playing field! He has control of Channel 5 so he gives them orders on what to do. He also has control over the PUP candidates and means to use then to get control of our country! Then, he will take all our money!

    THE NEXT HALF
    Now yes, the campaign mode is in full swing in OWT. Last week Wednesday I went to San Pedro to check on something and noted how that municipality was decorated all over with signs and flags which left me wondering if Sugar City was being left behind, but in one week, things changed dramatically. There are banners and flags all over town, brightening up the place. And now some taxis are being outfitted like the cabs in Chetumal with mobile political marketing. Who says the PUP broke? One thing I learnt to appreciate in my town, when an individual is a street survivor the public will quickly jam him with a nickname. For example, I heard people calling a man who likes to hang out at the Queen Elizabeth Park “Third World”.

    Words of Life with Pastor Barry Fraser
    Brothers, you will never love your wife more than when you pray for her. Humbling yourself before an all-powerful God and asking Him to do what only He can in her life—that’s a level of intimacy beyond anything the world has to offer. Praying for her makes you realize how much of a treasure she is, the woman God gave you. You’re pouring yourself into her complete physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being.

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    Belize’s exports were down by 12.5 percent at the end of 2017, according to the […]

    PUP and UDP face off in court over 33 suspected illegal transfers
    Reports to BBN indicate that representatives from the United Democratic Party (UDP) and the People’s […]

    International Sourcesizz

    Norwegian Getaway Rescues Two Sailors Near Belize
    Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Getaway rescued a group of distressed sailors off the coast of Belize on Tuesday evening. The ship was sailing on a seven-day western Caribbean cruise that departed Miami January 28. According to a statement by the cruise line, the ship responded to a distress call by the S/Y Larwin, a 42-foot sailboat, reporting that there were two people onboard and that the ship was taking off water. The Larwin was located off the coast of Belize, 24 nautical miles away from Norwegian Getaway, the closest vessel in the area. Norwegian Getaway’s Captain immediately diverted course and proceeded at full speed to rescue the two men aboard, Norwegian said. Within approximately one hour, Norwegian Getaway arrived at the Larwin’s location, and the Captain dispatched a tender boat with seven crew members, Norwegian said. Norwegian’s team navigated to the sailboat and, despite challenging weather conditions, evacuated both people safely to Norwegian Getaway.

    Vagabroads: From Mexico to Belize
    We had Mexico in our rear-view mirror, and Belize in our sights. After six months of day-to-day fumbling and struggling through with our mediocre Spanish, a few weeks in an English-speaking country was a welcome respite. I was imagining a young Tom Cruise behind a beachfront bar, flipping glasses, with UB40 playing in the background (only people over 35 will get that reference). Belize is popular tourist destination and was our first Caribbean country. We knew it would be incredible: breathtaking, culturally diverse, and easy to navigate due to its small size and full community of American and Canadian expats.

    Experts discover hidden ancient Maya structures in Guatemala
    Experts using an aerial high-tech laser scanner have discovered thousands of ancient Maya structures hidden under the thick jungle of northern Guatemala, officials said on Thursday (Feb 1). Some 60,000 structures were found over the past two years in a scan of a region in the northern department of El Peten, which borders Mexico and Belize, said Marcello Canuto, one of the project's top investigators. These findings are a "revolution in Maya archaeology," Canuto said. The new discoveries in this Central American country include urban centres with sidewalks, homes, terraces, ceremonial centres, irrigation canals and fortifications, said Canuto, an archaeologist at Tulane University in the United States. Among the finds was a 30m high pyramid that had been earlier identified as a natural hill in Tikal, Guatemala's premier archaeological site. Also discovered in Tikal: a series of pits and a 14 km long wall.

    Videos

  • A couple of dives in Cozumel and then onto Belize., 4.5min. We dove in Cozumel and then onto Belize where we jumped on a small plane and flew to the island of San Pedro where we did some awesome diving with sharks and and eel named Herb. Jumped back on the plane and made it back to the cruise ship in time!

  • The Future of Belizean Education, 5min.

  • Belize Mek We Go S1E1, 10min. The first episode of Belize Mek We Go is out, and they show off Laughing Bird Caye, with a lot of wicked drumming. Chef Sean Kuylen and Ger Sosa will be showing off Belize in the 4 part segment.

  • Turneffe Atoll Diving Belize, 12min. This was a dive I did while on a Carnival Cruise a few years ago. One of the best dives I have ever had.

  • La ruta Maya Belize river challenge 2017, 7min.

  • Belize.. Stone fish most poisonous in the ocean, 1.5min. In Belize I was shown a something i have never seen a Stone Fish.

    February 1, 2018


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    Specials and Events

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    The San Pedro Sun

    San Pedro Pirates F.C lose 1-0 against Placencia Assassins
    Week three of the Premiere League of Belize (PLB) closing season saw yet another loss for the San Pedro Pirates Football Club. The island team was defeated in a 1-0 point game against the Placencia Assassins at the Michael Ashcroft Stadium in Independence village on Sunday, January 29th. The current standings have Verdes F.C at the top of the chart with nine points, followed by Belmopan Bandits with seven points and Freedom fighters F.C with six points. Placencia Assassins have five points and Police United F.C has four points, while the Belize Defense Force has three points and yet to make it on the chart are the San Pedro Pirates F.C and Dangriga Wagiya. In the next match, the San Pedro Pirates will be playing at home. The game is scheduled to start at 3PM at the Ambergris Stadium. All islanders are invited to come and support the island team.

    Missing Rangers Found in the Chiquibul Forest Reserve
    January 31st, 2018, Park Manager Luis Ramirez and Park Ranger Elroy Villanueva have been found and will soon be reunited with their families. The combined effort of the Belize Defense Force, the Belize Police Department and Forestry Department has successfully located both men who are unharmed. Ramirez and Villanueva, became disoriented and lost their way on Monday night away from the archaeological site. Today at 1:30pm they were found 2.5 kilometers Northwest of Caracol and 4 kilometers East of the Guatemalan border.

    San Pedro Tiger Sharks overcome Verdes in their second game of the NEBL
    The San Pedro Tiger Sharks recorded their second victory in the 2018 National Elite Basketball League (NEBL) Tournament on Friday, January 26th against Verdes. The island team traveled to San Ignacio in the Cayo District where they managed to snatch the victory from the home team with a final score of 96-84. The San Pedro Tiger Sharks will be hosting their first home game of the season at the San Pedro High School Auditorium on Saturday, February 3rd against Belize Smart Hurricanes. Fans are encouraged to come out and support your favorite teams. All games start at 9PM.

    JP & Commissioner of Supreme Court Resume Monthly Meetings
    The San Pedro Association of Justice of the Peace and Commissioner of the Supreme Court resumes our Monthly Meeting, Wednesday, February 7 at 7:00 PM at our New Location; the NEMO Office located on the 2nd floor of the Wings Building, next to the Labor Office. All JPs are highly encouraged to attend this first meeting of the year as we continue to move forward in serving our Community. Important information, update of Annual General Meeting, Financial Report, upcoming events.

    PUP Town Council slate hosts public meeting
    With less than six weeks remaining before the 2018 Municipal Elections, the Belize Rural South People’s United Party (PUP) Town Council slate held a public meeting on Thursday, January 25th as part of their on-going campaign efforts. At the meeting, some of the main issues affecting the island were discussed, touching on crime, transparency, and infrastructure. The gathering also included specially invited guests, Mayor of Orange Walk Town, Kevin Bernard along with his Deputy, Ian Cal, who addressed and motivated the attendees on the capabilities of a PUP.

    Two park rangers go missing in the Chiquibul Forest Reserve
    On Wednesday, January 31st, the National Institute of Culture and History (NICH) officially confirmed that two Belizean Park Rangers attached to the Caracol Archeological Reserve in the Cayo District, went missing after heading out for a routine patrol. Rangers Luis Ramirez and Elroy Villanueva were last seen on Monday, January 29th, when they went on an existing trail on the Chiquibul Forest Reserve and failed to return.

    Ambergris Today

    How Did Freshwater Crocodile End Up In San Pedro?
    Chris Summers, ACES Daily Operations Manager and Field Biologist, was educating guests while surveying down Captain Shark's boatyard canal when he spotted a croc. He safely and humanely caught the crocodile, brought him inside the boat, and realized upon examination that what he had his hands on was actually a freshwater Morelet's Crocodile which are only found on the mainland, not the saltwater species we have on the island. Though both species are native to Belize, the saltwater American Crocodiles can survive and thrive in both salt water and fresh water, while the freshwater Morelet's Crocodile cannot. Morelet's Crocodiles do not possess the ability to tolerate saltwater well and can rapidly dehydrate when exposed to these environments, eventually leading to death. So how did this freshwater crocodile end up on the island? ACES is asking that very question and is hoping that anyone with any information will contact them.

    Estel’s 7th Annual BBQ Cook-Off – Bigger, Better, Tastier!
    Estel's Dine by the Sea was packed with patrons during their 7th Annual BBQ Ribs Cook-Off and the place was jamming with great music and lots to eat and much fun. Tickets sold out from the day before the event and those who did not have a ticket could only stare at everybody licking the BBQ sauce off their fingers and imagining the taste of the delicious meat. Being a judge at this competition is no easy task, as all BBQ grilling experts give it their all in making sure their ribs are seasoned and cooked to perfection. Not to forget the secret sauces they come up which only leaves everyone wanting more! Taking all three titles: Judges Choice, People's Choice and Grand Master Champion was Kevin Urbina and Pete Holmes took the prize for the beer drinking competition.

    Misc Belizean Sources

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    SBDC Workshop: Introduction to Development Financial Statement Workshop
    Presented by: Mr. Jorge Gentle, Adviser, SBDCBelize, Beltraide. Location: BTEC Training Room, ITVET Campus, Freetown Road, Belize City Workshop Date:February 8th, 2018. Time: 9am to 3pm. This course is designed for individuals who need to understand basic accounting in order to interpret financial statements. It is ideal for individuals who are accountable for public funds but are not accounting experts! Basic terminology and normal account balances are covered. Please note: No computers are used in this course. Cost: $60.00, Includes lunch and refreshments.

    WORKSHOP FOR TOURISM STAKEHOLDERS
    WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2018. 09:00 – 13:00 (INCLUDING LUNCH AND WRAP-UP). TIDE CONFERENCE CENTRE, 1 ML. SAN ANTONIO ROAD, PUNTA GORDA, TOLEDO. TIDE executive director, Celia Mahung has been nominated as chairperson of the Local Tourism Committee (LTC) for the Toledo District Sustainable Tourism Project Phase 2. At the beginning of the year, through this project, training in communication and public relations was offered to service providers by BELTRADE personnel. See invitation for upcoming workshop that offers stakeholders an opportunity to have input in tourism development in Toledo! Looking forward to your participation!

    Paint N Splash
    Hi everyone! Come paint “Parrot Fish” with us tomorrow at from 11:30-1:30!

    TWO RANGERS STILL MISSING
    NICH issues a report on missing rangers Luis Ramirez and Elroy Villanueva.

    U.S. Citizen Town Hall Meeting
    Tuesday, February 6 at 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM, The Aguada #1 Aguada St., Santa Elena, Cayo. 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: security in Belize, hurricane preparedness, and information on renewing your passport via DHL. Limited consular public services will be offered (cash; exact change required):

    December 2017 External Trade & Consumer Price Index
    The latest figures on consumer prices released by the Statistical Institute of Belize show that, for the month of December 2017, the average Belizean Household experienced a one percent increase in the cost of regularly purchased goods and services. The All-Items Consumer Price Index stood at 105.1, an increase from 104.0 in December of 2016 (see Figure 1). For the year 2017, Belize reported an annual national inflation rate of 1.1 percent.
    During the month of December 2017, Belize’s imported goods were valued at $167.2 million, down by 0.9 percent or $1.6 million from the $168.8 million imported in December of 2016. The total value of Belize’s domestic exports for the month of December 2017 was $15.7 million, down 12.5 percent or $2.2 million from the $17.9 million recorded for December 2016.

    Belize Hotel Association at the 15th Annual New York Times Travel Show
    The Belize Hotel Association, represented by 2nd Vice President Ms. Barbara Hall and Treasurer Mr. Rudy Gonzalez, attended the 15th Annual New York Times Travel Show, which took place on 26-28 January, 2018 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. The New York Times Travel Show is the largest and ultimate travel and tourism event in North America that aims at promoting tourism industries worldwide. With over 550 exhibiting companies representing over 170 travel destinations. Last year's show reached a new record of 30,099 attendees, the highest attendance in the show's history. According to Monica Poling at Travel Plus "Although numbers are still being tabulated for 2018, the show's attendance could likely beat numbers set in a record-breaking 2017."

    La Isla Carinosa Academy bake sale
    Come out and support La Isla Carinosa Academy bake sale on Saturday February 3rd. Come out and support La Isla Carinosa Academy bake sale on Saturday February 3rd at 10am to 1pm. Special thanks to all the sponsors that made this bake sale possible! Thank you for supporting education on Caye Caulker. These children are the future.

    Thermocycler machine Donated
    This morning the Ministry of Health received a donation of a Thermocycler machine through the collaborative efforts of the United States Embassy in Belize, Centers for Disease Control and Pan American Health Organization. A Thermocycler is a machine that will help staff at the Central Medical Lab conduct chain reactions of different viruses and pathogens to enable better detection and response to diseases and any other health emergency that may arise. For more information contact the Central Medical Lab in Belize City or the Ministry of Health.

    Belize Defence Force and Belize Coast Guard Receive Donation from the United States of America
    The Ministry of Defence wishes to inform the public that the Belize Defence Force and the Belize Coast Guard will receive Counter Narcotics sustainment equipment from the United States Government, on Wednesday, January 31st, 2018 at Price Barracks, Ladyville at 1400 hrs. The equipment was funded by the US Counter-Narcotics Program Office and provided by SOUTHCOM via the US Embassy’s Security Cooperation Office. The equipment is valued at $864,000 BZD. This donation is part of the Counter Narcotics Program to provide non-lethal equipment and material assistance to Belizean Forces to counter the transfer of illegal drugs and weapons.

    Carnaval Fiesta Block Party Booths
    Booths Available for the Carnaval Fiesta Block Party only! Free of charge, for Saturday, February 10th! Sign up now at the San Pedro Town Council!

    Arte con Voz de Mujer Exhibit
    Corozal House of Culture, Launch March 2 at 7pm

    Laugh Out Loud weekend at PRINCESS CASINO FREEZONE COROZAL
    Live comedy show of "GUSTAVO LEON" this Friday, February 2nd and Saturday, February 3rd starting at 10:00 p.m. Come out, enjoy and get a chance to win! See you there.

    A power outage is scheduled for a portion of the Orange Walk District on Sunday, February 4 from 6:00am to 8:00am
    Entire Orange Walk Town, Laskot Subdivision, Guinea Grass, Carmelita, Chan Pine Ridge, Tower Hill, Palmar, Santa Martha, Trial Farm 1 and 2, San Lorenzo, San Estevan and Indian Hill. BEL to replace lightning arresters on the transmission system at the Orange Walk Substation.

    Kindy take note of Archeological site closures
    THURSDAY 1 FEBRUARY 2018: THE ATM, BARTON CREEK AND NOHOCH CHEEN ARCHAEOLOGICAL RESERVES ALL REMAINS CLOSED DUE TO FLOODED RIVER CONDITION. THE XUNANTUNICH ARCHAEOLOGICAL RESERVE REMAINS OPEN WITH PEDESTRIAN CROSSING ONLY AT THE FERRY. THIS SITUATION IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE. ALL OTHER ARCHAEOLOGICAL RESERVES REMAIN OPEN. PLEASE EXERCISE CAUTION AND BE VIGILANT FOR LOOSE EARTH, ROCKS AND WET SURFACES.

    Partnership & Collaboration
    We would like to thank the BDF soldiers who brought home Park Manager Ramirez and Ranger Villanueva. Also we would like to thank rangers from FCD, The Forest Department who were standing by. Jorge Leon thank you for calling with support.

    That joyfull moment: NICH Rangers Found
    Thanks to the impressive efforts and planning by the BDF and Police.

    Press Release - Missing Rangers Found in Chiquibul Forest Reserve
    Special thanks to all who assisted in the search for our missing rangers. They have been found safe and sound!!

    Our precious Maya artifacts continue their tour of the United States museums
    Maya Hidden World exhibition will be opening on February 10th, at the Milwakee Public Museum (Milwakee, WI). This exhibition features over 100 objects from Belize, including these jade and gold earspools. You can also symbolically adopt these precious pieces at the Museum of Belize, through our Adopt An Artifact program.

    Slippery Rock Visits
    Ya'axché Conservation Trust through its sustainable financing arm, EcoTourism Belize, had the pleasure of hosting an amazing group of young ladies from The Slippery Rock University! Their visit looked at the interconnections of the environment and human health. Another wonderful and fun filled day for the Slippery Rock University group. Started the morning with an ecofarm tour learning about agrofofestry and the importance of organic farming and the negative effects of slash and burn, followed by a chocolate making tour in the afternoon rain, and how the environment and human health are interconnected. Hiked a total of 6.5 miles through the jungle. The group can't stop talking about how much they are learning and the fun they are having. @sru_prm @ Toledo District

    100 years old!
    Our Maya Culture is alive as we recognize these two abuelitas with their tatara nieto who both have reached and passed the age of 100 years. Nojoch Chiich Ancelma Yam is a native Yucatec Maya of Patchakan village used to be a mid-wife who has served in the Corozal District for more than 80 years in that capacity. Nojoch chiich Emilia Eck is native Yucatec Maya of Cristo Rey Village in the Corozal Ditrict, as seen in a video clip in a previous post, she is very skillful in baking corn tortills over the comal from a home made fire hearth (Fogon). Not many women make tortillas, as abuelita Emil any more. Both are Fluent Maya speakers. We call these two icons "walking encyclopedias because they have a vast wealth of experience " .

    Channel 7

    NICH Rangers Found In Good Health
    Tonight, two NICH Rangers are back in the company of their families after being missing in the Chiquibul Forest for two days. These are the pictures of Luis Ramirez - seen sitting in the truck - and Elroy Villanueva - standing in the pan at the junction of the Caracol and San Antonio roads. This is their first encounter with family. As you can see, they are unharmed and in good health, and were only dehydrated. They were found 2.5 kilometers Northwest of Caracol and 4 kilometers East of the Guatemalan border. Ramirez is the Caracol Park Manager, while Villanueva is a Park Ranger at the site. They have been taken to the San Ignacio Hospital - where these images were captured a short while ago - and it shows them walking out of the emergency room - looking fine.

    Trump Draws Line In Sand At State Of Union
    Last night Americans and certainly people all over the world were tuned into President Donald Trump's State of the Union address. Everyone probably anxious and on edge, hanging on every word - waiting to hear what would come out of his mouth next. Trump discussed a number of topics including increased employment, tax cuts and reforms, immigration, national security and more. But among those matters, Trump also made it a point to revisit the outcome of December's UN General Assembly. That's where Trump declared Jerusalem the Capital of Israel. 128 countries including Belize rejected Trump's decision. Well in his State of The Union address, he made it clear that that vote marks a line in the sand. Here are his remarks and the explanation of what it means for Belize from the top ranking US Diplomat in Belize:

    DPM Faber Hopes For Better Belize-US Relations
    And while Galanek couched it diplomatically, it's a bold and ominous message - surely not surprising coming from Trump but what does the Government of Belize have to say about Trump's message? We spoke to Deputy Prime Minister Patrick Faber today and he said Belize has no beef with the US and that Trump should really re-consider before burning bridges with Belize. Hon. Patrick Faber, Minister of Education: "My heart sank, to an extent the president is right to an extent the extend is that America should have the right to do what they want, they are, just as the rest of us are, they are an autonomous entity..."

    US: Trafficking in Persons Is Urgent Problem
    And while Faber wants no quarrel with the US, looking at the fact that the superpower recently cancelled US work visas for Belizean citizens - it's clear the US has beef with us. And that stems from the Trafficking in Persons report - or TIP - which has Belize as one of only two tier three trafficking countries in the western Hemisphere. Today Galanek said that's the priority:.. Adrienne Galanek, Charge d'affaires - US Embassy: "The legislation that is part of the tip report has requirements within it and provisions within it for consequences to that tier three ranking."

    Belizeans Are Dreamers Too?
    And another target of President Trump's ire is the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or DACA program. Many Belizeans have benefitted from the program which allowed some individuals who entered the country as minors and had either entered or remained in the country illegally, to receive a renewable two-year period of deferred action from deportation and to be eligible for a work permit.

    Alleged Double Murderer Caught
    The hideous double murder of sisters, 17 year-old Josephina Oh, and 19 year old Crecencia Oh, who were residents of the Western Toledo village of San Antonio stunned Toledo. Well, police have made an arrest. The man accused of chopping them to death is 20 year-old Wilmer Alexander Escobar, a labourer of Bella Vista Village in Toledo. He was formally arrested and charged with 2 counts of murder, and he will be arraigned and remanded at the earliest convenience.

    Another Closed Case For Belmopan Cops: Killer Charged
    And, another alleged murderer has been charged - this one in Belmopan. 20 year old Devon Brooks - who was wanted for theft in Corozal - has now also bene charged for a murder in Roaring Creek. Police say he killed 26 year old Errol Gabourel in Roaring Creek on December 27th, 2017. Gabourel was found floating in the river with a gunshot wound to the head.

    Man Cleared Of Savery Murder Charge
    And while two have been charged for murder - one man got off a murder charge today. Twenty-eight year old John Lorenzo Martinez who was charged with the murder of 38 year old prison warden Ernest Savery, was acquitted of the charge today by Justice Adolkph Lucas in a trial without a jury. The prosecution's case fell apart when main witness, 23 year old Martin Teul became a hostile witness after he said he cannot remember what happened.

    Customs Officer Burgled, Vehicle Gone Too
    A customs officer's home was burglarized in San Jose Palmar, Orange Walk. 34 year old Zain Cabral left his home on Monday morning around 9:00 and returned yesterday morning around 7:00. When he got home, his kitchen window had been pried open and his bicycle, television and his black Mercury Mariner SUV were gone. The total cost is over $23,000. Our colleagues at CTV-3 spoke to Cabral over the phone about this break in. Voice of: Zain Cabral, Robbed: "It was sometime around Monday night somebody broke into my house and they stole my television set and my racing bike and they made good with everything. That's basically what happen. I made a report to police on Tuesday morning."

    PUC Sends Down Water Rates
    The Public Utilities Commission has reviewed the rates for the Belize Water Services, and they think that your water bill, starting April 1 should go down by 6.38%. That was their initial decision after conducting an annual review proceeding for 2018 on the water company's rates. Currently, if you live on the mainland, you're being charged 17 dollars and 49 cents for every 1000 gallons of water you use from BWS. If this decision is adopted as final, that rate will go down to 16 dollars and 27 cents for every 1000 gallons of water you use. This evening, the PUC held a press conference to make the announcement, and here's how Chairman John Avery explained it:

    PUC Chair Arguing The Audit
    Today's press conference also gave us a chance to ask Chairman John Avery about the allegations of reckless spending by the PUC. Last month, the contents of an un-finalized audit were circulated to the press. They painted a picture of supposed lavish spending and misuse of public funds. When we first started following the story, Avery told us that those documents were unsubstantiated, and today, he maintained that same position. This time, however, he provided the the final audit from their auditor Cedric Flowers, to prove that those leaked files were not showing the true financial picture of the PUC.

    US Donates to Health For Flu Virus Detection
    As we told you in our top segment, President Trump may have a serious score to settle with those countries who voted for that UN Resolution against the United States Embassy in Jerusalem - but, on the ground, assistance continues. Today, the Embassy donated a neat and expensive piece of technology to the Central Medical Laboratory. It's called a thermocycler - and the donation is made in conjunction with the Centers for Disease Control. We found out how this tool will find out what strain of the flu virus is circulating in Belize:...

    Tertiary Options and Opportunities Fair
    If you are not sure which university to go to after high school or where the funding will come from, you would have surely benefited from today's Tertiary Options and Opportunities Fair. It was held at the St. Catherine's Academy Auditorium in Belize City. A number of US Colleges and Universities along with our local institutions had booths at the fair. Here's more: Deryck Satchwell, Deputy Director, Tertiary and Post-Secondary Education Service "This is a tertiary options an opportunities education expo. It is intended to have students particularly those who are at the secondary level right now have a chance to see what their options would be after secondary school and we are hoping that a good number of them at least will choose to further their education in tertiary education.

    CDB Has 40 Mil For DFC
    The Caribbean Development Bank has approved 40 million dollars more for the Development Finance Corporation to disburse in loans to Belizeans. The DFC is Belize's only development bank. It provides financing in the productive sector, the residential sector, and student loans. Well, the CDB has provided the DFC it's 8th Consolidated line of Credit, and today, the infusion of new funding was celebrated with an official launch. Here's what the lead speakers had to say about how this money will be used:

    Belize And Guatemala Go Hat-in-Hand to OAS Permanent Council
    It was a big day for Belize - Guatemala relations in Washington DC today, when the Permanent Council of the OAS held a special meeting - basically to ask for financial support for the referendum effort in both countries. The Foreign Ministers from both countries made the pitch. They basically had to convince friendly nations that both Belize and Guatemala are committed to settling this dispute and going to the ICJ. That's because there's growing skepticism in the international community about the seriousness of this effort - since the special agreement to go to the ICJ was signed in 2008, 10 years later, no referendum has yet been held. Funding for the OAS adjacency office is drying up, and both counties need money for the referendum education campaign. So, the OAS arranged the Permanent Council for both countries to convince the rest of the hemisphere that, despite, a decade of quibbling, they're serious, committed and on the final approach to referendums.

    Hon. Wilfred Wary Of Referendum
    And while they support going to the ICJ - referendums must first be held in both countries. And, just like democracy, that can be a messy business, because there are no sure outcomes. That's a variable in the whole equation - and Foreign Minister Elrington made it clear his ministry will drive hard for a "yes" vote:... Hon. Wilfred Elrington- Minister of Foreign Affairs, Belize: "We remain always mindful of the pitfalls that exist when one is dealing with referendums. It is very difficult to know what the outcome will be and therefore we can't leave anything to chance. And so, we are resolved to do all in our power to make sure that, like our governments, the populace of our countries see the importance, the absolute imperative of having this matter resolved at the International Court of Justice."

    Guat FM Keeps An Eye On The Islands
    And, in her presentation, the Guatemalan Foreign Minister outlined the history of this dispute - and reminded the gathering of what's the Guatemalans have their eyes on:… Sandra Jovel- Minister of Foreign Affairs, Guatemala: "Belize manifested its desire to negotiate and we are still in that process in hopes that on land and in the marine area and on the islands we can finally reach an understanding on the basis of a peaceful settlement of differences in accordance with international law." The session lasted one and a half hours.

    Rangers Back At Home Tonight
    And one Belize - Guatemala story we are happy we don't have to report tonight is the one about the NICH Park Rangers who got lost. Park Manager Luis Ramirez and Park Ranger Elroy Villanueva went missing on Monday evening and were found this afternoon at 1:30 by a BDF search team. They were 2.5 kilometers Northwest of Caracol and 4 kilometers East of the Guatemalan border. They were not disturbed or held by Guatemalan bandits who are known to traffic that area. They simply got lost in a hard rain and veered off known paths.

    Channel 5

    Missing Rangers Found after Intensive Search
    The Ramirez and Villanueva families are breathing easier tonight now that their two loved ones, rangers Luis and Elroy, have been located in the Chiquibul Forest. At about now, Ramirez, [...]

    Finally an Arrest for Double Murder of Toledo Sisters…
    A man was arrested and charged today for the shocking double killing of two sisters in the south, eleven days ago. Police say that twenty-one-year-old Wilmer Alexander Escobar of Bella [...]

    Man Arrested in Belmopan Killing of Errol Gabourel
    There’s another murder arrest. One month after the vicious killing of twenty-six-year-old Errol Gabourel Smith, Devon Brooks of Cotton Tree village has been charged with his murder. On December twenty-seventh, [...]

    2013 Murder Suspect Walks from Supreme Court
    Meanwhile, twenty-nine-year-old John Martinez was acquitted of murder before Supreme Court Justice Adolph Lucas today. He was charged with the February 2013 murder of thirty-seven-year-old Ernest Savery in Ladyville. Savery [...]

    Trump Threatens “Enemies” with Funding Cut, but CARSI and Other Projects Safe for Now
    On Tuesday night, eleven months after he was elected as the president of the United States of America, Donald Trump delivered his first State of the Union address in Washington [...]

    U.S. Takes Action on Human Trafficking; No Progress in 3 Years
    In respect to the suspension of U.S. visas for temporary workers that came on the heels of the Belize vote at the United Nations, the U.S. representative says that each [...]

    Belize, Guatemala United at O.A.S.
    The thirty-three members of the Organization of American States’ Permanent Council – Cuba and Venezuela aside – met in session in Washington this morning to hear from the Belizean and [...]

    The 12-Year Process to U.S. Citizenship for “Dreamers”
    On Tuesday, we told you about Belizean Denea Joseph who has been living in the U.S. for seventeen years, but is one of one point eight million illegal immigrants who [...]

    U.S. Immigration Plan Ends Green Card/Visa Lottery, Chain Migration
    Now, the State of the Union address is not one that receives extensive local coverage, but as they say, when the U.S. sneezes, Belize catches a cold. President Trump’s address [...]

    Water Rates Cut? If No One Objects…
    Belize Water Services Limited has maintained the same rates for water supply since the last full tariff review by the Public Utilities Commission in 2015. But the Commission decided to [...]

    Civic’s Lights Fizzle Twice
    Is faulty wiring the cause of an electrical short at the newly built Civic Center?  It is reported that personnel from the National Fire Service responded to a call on [...]

    Trade Deficit Tightens but Prices Go Up
    The Statistical Institute of Belize report for December shows both imports and exports down.  Belize imported goods valued at one hundred and sixty-seven million dollars or zero point nine percent [...]

    P.U.C. Defends Itself from Picture of Audit
    The Public Utilities Commission, or more specifically its members past and present, say they feel hard done by in recent media coverage of a set of documents which purport to [...]

    Ex-Employee Set Up Employers?
    As has been reported, Flowers wrote what is called a “letter of representation” or “management letter” to the P.U.C. to query certain matters based on information given to him. Avery [...]

    John Avery Wants to be a Millionaire, but Not at P.U.C.
    Avery took particular offense to the spreadsheet listing payments to past and present members of the Commission – a total of four and a half million dollars in nine years, [...]

    The Big Plans for P.U.C.’s Western Highway Land
    The Public Utilities Commission bought thirteen and a half acres of property intended to become the P.U.C.’s headquarters at mile four on the George Price Highway in 2011. They paid [...]

    New Equipment to Test for Diseases
    The Ministry of Health today received equipment that will assist in the testing of samples to detect various diseases common to Belize such as dengue. The technology is valued at [...]

    CitCo Makes Awards to Employees
    The City Council recognized twenty-five persons with certificates today after they received training for five weeks in either computer software or Caribbean legal system. Staff of the City Council, police [...]

    The Future of Belizean Education
    Students from all over Belize gathered at the SCA Auditorium to learn more about the opportunities for higher-level education in Belize and overseas. The Ministry of Education says it wants [...]

    The D.F.C. is Open for Business
    Last May, the National Assembly approved, via motion, a line of credit offered by the Caribbean Development Bank to the Development Finance Corporation for forty million Belize dollars or twenty [...]

    LOVE FM

    Park Rangers found dehydrated, but safe
    There is good news to report tonight, as the two men who had gone missing in the Chiquibul Forest Reserve have been found. (VO STARTS) 43-year-old, Park Manager Luis Ernesto Ramirez and 21-year-old, Park Ranger Elroy Villanueva were found around 1:30 this afternoon. They had reportedly entered the reserve around four o’clock on Monday afternoon …

    20-year-old charged with murder of Oh sisters
    Police have arrested and charged one man with the double murder of seventeen-year-old Josephine Oh and nineteen-year-old Crisencia Oh. He has been identified as (VO STARTS) 20-year-old Wilmer Alexander Escobar, a resident of Bella Vista Village in the Toledo District. Escobar was charged with two counts of murder. The sisters, who resided in San Antonio …

    “…heart sank” say Deputy Prime Minister on Trump statement
    So what does Belize have to say about the US President’s Statement? This morning Deputy Prime Minister Patrick Faber responded to questions on the matter. Patrick Faber – Deputy Prime Minister “I saw that and my heart sank and to an extent the President is right, to an extent. The extent is that America should …

    DFC receives eight consolidated line of credit from CDB
    The Development Finance Cooperation, DFC has received forty million dollars from the Caribbean Development Bank, CDB. This is the eighth consolidated line of credit that the CDB has granted the Belizean lending institution. Marketing Officer Hipolito Bautista at the DFC spoke more about the project launch that was held this morning. Hipolito Bautista – Marketing …

    Belize Tertiary Options & Opportunities Education Expo, a first
    The Belize Tertiary Options & Opportunities Education Expo was held today at the Saint Catherine’s Auditorium in Belize City. Tertiary level institutions in Belize, as well as educational institutions from abroad, converged in one place to showcase what opportunities and options they offer Belizeans students. Deryck Satchwell, Deputy Director for tertiary and post-secondary education services …

    New compactor truck for Belmopan City Council
    Fem Cruz reporting… “Today the management and staff of the Belmopan City Council gathered to witness the handing over of a brand new garbage compactor to the Belmopan City Council. Mayor Khalid Belisle explained how this compactor will be of good use to Belmopan. Khalid Belisle, Mayor of Belmopan “Handing over to the Municipal Department …

    Minister Wilfred Elrington hosted by OAS Permanent Council
    Today, Belize’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Wilfred Elrington, along with Guatemala’s Foreign Minister Sandra Jovel, was welcomed by the Permanent Council of the Organization of American States for a Special Meeting. The meeting was held in Washington DC and it focused on the Belize/Guatemala dispute. Minister Elrington was first to address the Permanent Representatives of …

    Donald Trump seeks to cut funding to ‘enemies’
    Last night the 45th President of the United States of America, Donald Trump, delivered his first State of the Union Address. In his address, President Trump spoke of his administration’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. The matter was taken before the United Nations and majority of the members voted in favor of a …

    Minister of Education clarifies Ministry’s position in school controversy
    Love News has received reports of a developing controversy at the Peter Claver College Extension in Punta Gorda. We are told that teachers staged a sick-out on Monday night and intended to do so again. This is in protest of non-payment of salaries for the months of November and December. Today we asked Minister of …

    COMPOL meets with regional commanders
    Fem Cruz reporting… “Commissioner of Police Allen Whiley met with all Regional Formation Sub Formation Commanders and desk workers. According to the Commissioner, the purpose of coming together was to find strategies that will help keep our communities safe. Allen Whylie – COMPOL “The primary purpose of the meeting was to discuss the current crime …

    Belize High School hosts open day
    The Belize High School hosted its first Open Day in 2018 today. More than five hundred students and other invited guests stopped by to see the different types of products and services engineered by the students. Our news team did the same and we spoke to Principal Jamie Usher.

    Ministry of Health receives thermocycler from US Government
    Today the US Government handed over laboratory equipment valued at seventy-five thousand US dollars to the Ministry of Health. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – Central America Regional office in Guatemala is providing a thermocycler for polymerase chain reaction testing to the Belize National Laboratory.

    US Chargé d’affaires urges GOB to take human trafficking seriously
    Two weeks ago the Department of Homeland Security in the US announced that Belizeans will not be able to apply for H-2 visas. According to the US Government, Belize should no longer be designated as an eligible country because they are not meeting the standards set out in the regulation. This regulation is related to Belize’s ranking on the U.S. Department of State’s 2017 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report as a ‘‘Tier 3’’ country.

    PUC Chairman responds to media reports of leaked documents
    A few weeks ago several electronic documents relating to the finances of the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) were released. The documents included audited financial statements and minutes of meetings of the commissioners of the PUC.

    Man survives attack
    Police report that 24-year old Juan Rash who was found with chop wounds on January 27 in the Toledo District is now in a stable condition. According to police, a passerby found Rash on a road in San Pablo Village in the Toledo District sometime after five in the evening.

    PUC proposes lower water bills
    Belizeans may soon be paying less to Belize Water Services, BWS, for their usage of water. In its annual Review Proceeding for the BWS, the Public Utilities Commission, PUC, is proposing to approve adjustments to certain Regulated Values that result in an average 6.39 % decrease in Tariffs. Chairman of the PUC, John Avery explained how they arrived at the rates.

    Ernest Savery’s accused murderer walks free
    Twenty-eight year old John Lorenzo Martinez, aka “Ese”, charged with the murder of 38 year old prison warden Ernest Savery, was acquitted of the charge today by Justice Adoloh Lucas in a trial that was without a jury.

    Two Park Rangers reported missing near Western Border
    Two park rangers have been reported missing. Love News has confirmed that one of them is Elroy Villanueva who is in his early twenties. We are told that the men work at the Caracol Archeological site under the Institute of Archeology and that they went missing yesterday evening. Caracol is extremely close to Belize’s border …

    OAS to host meeting between Belize and Guatemala
    Belize’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Wilfred Elrington, and his Guatemalan counterpart Sandra Jovel will meet in Washington DC tomorrow for a special meeting of the Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS). A release from the OAS states quote, “The Chair of the Permanent Council of the Organization of American States, Ambassador Juan …

    Prime Minister meets new IDB Regional Manager
    Prime Minister Dean Barrow met with Verónica Zavala, the new General Manager of the Inter-American Development Bank’s (IDB) department for Central America, Mexico, Panama, Haiti and the Dominican Republic yesterday. Belize’s relationship with the bank and programming for 2018 was discussed. Zavala reaffirmed the strong partnership that exists between the IDB and Belize for the …

    Attorney General responds to National Association of Justices of the Peace
    Attorney General, Michael Peyrefitte, today, responded to comments made by President of the National Association of Justices of the Peace and Commissioners of the Supreme Court, Adrian Madrid. Madrid expressed disappointment at Peyrefitte’s absence during the Association’s annual general meeting held over the weekend in Belize City. Madrid told Love News, Peyrefitte’s absence prevented them …

    Officials meet to address increased shootings on La Isla Bonita
    An increase in shootings on San Pedro, Ambergris Caye prompted officials from the Belize Police Department, and the Ministry of Home Affairs and politicians to meet and re-strategize their plan of action for the island. That plan of action includes the re-strategizing the distribution of police officers on the island for an increased police presence …

    Dangriga gets new auditorium
    Dangriga boasts a new multipurpose complex. The building was named after a former UDP Minister and Area representative, Russel ‘Chiste’ Garcia. The sporting complex was officially opened on Saturday night. Hipolito Novelo has the story. PATRICK FABER, MINISTER OF SPORTS “It’s a distinct pleasure to declare the Russel Chiste Garcia Auditorium Officially open.” HIPOLITO NOVELO …

    Southern Highway to be named the ‘TV Ramos Highway’
    Present at the ceremony on Saturday night was the current UDP Area Representative for Dangriga, Frank “Papa” Mena. Minister Mena announced that the Government has decided to rename the Southern Highway the TV Ramos Highway. FRANK MENA, AREA REP., DANGRIGA “Thank you very much for supporting. I also thank you; you see when you are …

    Kevin Brown’s alleged attackers off the hook
    Three young men who were accused of viciously beating Kevin Brown in August of last year are off the hook. The criminal case brought against twenty one year old Jafari Castro, twenty-one-year-old James Young Jr., and 18 years old Gilbert Franklin Jr. was dismissed by Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford yesterday. Senior Magistrate Ford dismissed the …

    Simulated fire drill held at UB Toledo
    Emergency personnel and first responders put their training to test during a fire drill at the University of Belize, Punta Gorda Campus this morning. Paul Mahung tells us how it went. Paul Mahung reporting… “A mid-morning fire drill at UB Punta Gorda campus brought into action various individuals who were needed on site in …

    Dangriga residents complain about street conditions
    Harry Arzu reporting… “Residents of this municipality continue to lament over the deplorable conditions of many of the streets here in town and clogged up drains that they say are affecting their quality of life especially during this period of rains. They complained by saying without drawing much attention to themselves that they are appalled …

    Guatemalan fishermen charged for illegal fishing
    On the weekend during a late night Patrol within the Port Honduras Marine Reserve the Tide Marine Rangers along with personnel of the Belize Coast Guard arrested two Guatemalans fishing illegally near the Rio Grande in southern Belize. The fisherman had no documents for fishing in Belize; were caught fishing using over two miles of long lines with four hundred hooks and had additional long lines with four hundred and thirteen hooks in their possession.

    Canada Fund continues providing assistance to Julian Cho Society and Toledo Alcaldes Association
    Last year, Canada celebrated its 150th anniversary of Confederation. One of the major themes of the anniversary was reconciliation with Indigenous peoples. Here in Belize, the Canadian High Commission, through Canada Fund, continued their financial assistance to Julian Cho Society and Toledo Alcaldes Association.

    Students visit Central Prison as part of crime fighting strategy
    Twenty young persons from the Belmopan area visited the Central Prison in Hattieville. The visit was organized by the Belmopan Police Department. Officer in Charge, Senior Superintendent Howell Gillett spoke of the visit.

    Joshua Smith charged for robbery
    Twenty-two year old Joshua Smith, a Call Center employee, was charged with robbery when he appeared today before the Chief Magistrate, Sharon Fraser. Smith pled not guilty to the charge. He said that he was with his girlfriend and their two sons when the robbery occurred.

    Ladyville man charged for assaulting his mother
    Twenty-three year old Oscar Rivelo, a construction worker of Ladyville, was charged with aggravated assault when he appeared today before the Chief Magistrate, Sharon Fraser. Rivelo pled not guilty to the charge. He was offered a bail of a thousand dollars and his case was adjourned until April 30. Rivelo’s mother, Rosa Rivelo, reported to the police that on Monday, January 29, he attacked her with a metal scrub board.

    Charges withdrawn from Kendale Green
    Twenty-four year old Kendale Green, a resident of Antelope Street Extension, charged wounding and use of deadly means of harm, was freed of the charges when they were withdrawn today. Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford withdrew the charges based on a directive from the DPP.

    PlusTV

    NEMO Toledo appreciation awards and banquet
    The NEMO Toledo District Emergency Committee held an Appreciation Awards Ceremony and Banquet last week . A total of seven awards were distributed under categories including Emergency Volunteer of the Year, Village Emergency Leader Award, Emergency Response Team of the Year,; Emergency Team Spirit ...

    Breaking Belize NewsPJ

    PUC says media owes commissioners an apology
    The Public Utilities Commission (PUC), several weeks after information of an audit of their financials allegedly […]

    Lower water bills on the horizon?
    Belizeans may be looking at a reduction in their water bill in April, following the […]

    NICH confirms Belizean rangers found
    NICH has just issued a press release confirming that Park Manager, Luis Ramirez and ranger, […]

    Wilmer Escobar charged for double murder in Toledo
    Today, police arrested and charged Wilmer Alexander Escobar, 20, of Bella Vista village, Toledo for […]

    Belizean Rangers found
    Preliminary reports to BBN indicate that a search team has found the two missing rangers, […]

    Belize and Guatemala make presentations at OAS
    Today Minister of Foreign Affairs, Wilfred Elrington and Guatemalan Foreign Minister Sandra Jovel made presentations […]

    IDB’s new regional manager meets with PM Barrow
    Veronica Zavala, the Inter-American Development Bank’s (IDB) new regional manager met with Prime Minister Dean […]

    Intensified search continues today for missing Belizean rangers
    The family of missing ranger, Elroy Villanueva, has informed BBN that Villanueva’s girlfriend received a […]

    Guatemalan fishermen arrested for illegal fishing in southern Belize
    Yesterday, park rangers of the Toledo Institute for Development and Environment (TIDE) along with personnel […]

    NICH officially confirms two Belizean rangers missing
    Yesterday, BBN reported that two Belizean rangers went missing after going out for a routine […]

    Blogs

    Kiteboarding and Kids in Paradise
    I knew I wasn’t in the US anymore when Ellie (1 year old), held in the arms of our server, disappeared into the kitchen at Melt, the beach bar and restaurant. The strangest part was that we were ok with it. It was a little surprising that the server took her actually out of our sight but not wholly unfamiliar. In San Pedro, we routinely have people come up to us, start interacting with our kids, then ask to hold them. This is not common in the US, but we have become accustomed to it here. San Pedro town on Ambergris Caye off the coast of Belize was where we chose to spend 3.5 weeks of our parental leave in Dec ‘16. One thing led to another and my dad ended up with a job teaching on the island. A year and 3 more trips later, we have now spent a total of 7 weeks exploring San Pedro’s beaches, bars, restaurants, pools, snorkeling locations and its premiere kiteboarding location. I feel mostly familiar with San Pedro’s tucked away bars and restaurants, and we notice when new buildings are erected while we have been away. What really never gets old is when someone you don’t know treats your kids like their own. That is an experience that makes San Pedro feel like home.

    Events, Season Closure and February Weather on Ambergris Caye
    For all you travelers who are ready to descend on Ambergris Caye, Belize in the month of February the daily temperature is about 28°C or 82°F with evening lows of 20°C or 68°F While the humidity is close to 70%, February temperatures are still subject to northern cold fronts – as was the case for late January 2018 when temps got as low as 14°C (57°F) one night. Many on the island were bundled up in socks, sweaters and hats. Wet weather is in the forecast and even though it may look like you are going to get rained out on your Belize vacation, hopefully, it will ease up a bit on waterworks. All day downpours are generally rare however, we were faced with a few in January. I saw lots of golf cart raincoats this past week. For the most part, we get our rain during the night, early morning or sometimes a quick afternoon shower.

    International Sourcesizz

    Boosting Climate Resilience and Rural Incomes in Honduras
    As part of our longstanding commitment to improving rural livelihoods in ecologically critical landscapes, the Rainforest Alliance recently launched a three-year plan to work with vulnerable communities in some of Honduras’s most threatened forests. This vital work, to be carried out in alliance with Interamerican Development Bank (IDB), Honduran micro-finance institution FAMA, and Honduran conservation organization ICADE, aims not only to make smallholder businesses more competitive and self-sustaining, but to boost the communities’ resilience to the impacts of climate change.

    Videos

  • Watch NASA stream of the incredibly rare super blue blood moon and lunar eclipse, 5hr.


  • A traditional Maya hut at Cristo Rey village in the Corozal district, and speaking our beautiful Yucatec Maya language 2min.

  • Belize Civic Centre Open Day, 1.5min.

  • Belize - Shark Ray Alley, 7min.

  • Belize International (BZE) - Belize City (TZA) - one of the shortest flights by plane, 5min.

  • BELIZE GoPro - Reef Adventure, 3min. Snorkeling nella magnifica barriera corallina beliziana. Alla scoperta di un fondale ricco di specie marine meravigliose.

  • From Yes to I Do - Season 5 Episode 3 (We're getting married), 45min.

  • LOVE ANNIVERSARY, 3min. Interview with Marlon Dubon, one of the first employees to work at Love FM and Estereo Amor.

  • Mayor's Reflections, 53min.

  • World Pediatric Project (WPP), 21min.

  • 15th Annual Placencia Sidewalk Art Festival, 3min.

  • Sea Turtles of Belize, 3.5min.

  • Coral Bleaching, 4min. Coral bleaching has dramatically impacted the coral reef ecosystem in Belize. At its current rate, it could destroy most of the Belize Barrier Reef. Bleaching episodes have become more severe and frequent, particularly in the past four years because of rising sea temperatures. The need for action on climate change is now more necessary than ever.

  • Ecotourism In Belize: Local Attitudes, 4min. While ecotourism is a well-intentioned concept and a profitable enterprise for Belize in particular, little is known about locals’ attitude toward its supposed benefits. Ecotourism seeks to protect local resources, support the country economically, and preserve culture. It is relatively unknown whether the likes of ecotourism benefit the country beyond sustainability and economics, as it may be a detriment to natural cultures and the people of Belize. Two local Belizeans involved in tourism, resort manager Doreen Castille and artist Pen Cayetano, comment on overlooked local perspectives. What broader impacts might ecotourism have on communities and those native to “tourism” destinations?

  • Sustainable Girl Power: Climate change, Women, & Ecotourism, 7.5min. The tourism industry has helped to advance many countries economically. In addition, global reports have found tourism to be an empowering field that provides many career and entrepreneurship opportunities for women. In Belize, the ecotourism industry is bring gender issues to the forefront of its developments.

  • Catamaran trip in Belize 2, 2min.

  • Traveling the streets of Belize, 4.5min.

  • San Ignacio - Flores (Belize Guatemala boarder crossing), 6min. Another day of ignoring the name of the youtube channel and taking buses/walking from San Ignacio to Flores. Belize also has an exit tax similar to Mexico, the tax is 40 Belize which is about £15.

  • Flight to San Pedro Island Belize, 7.5min.

  • Belize Zoo Wildlife conservation: Not a "Zoo"?, 5min.


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