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March 10, 2018


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The San Pedro Sun

PUP to seek court action for a re-election in San Pedro
The controversy surrounding the results of the 2018 Municipal Elections in San Pedro Town continues to brew as the People’s United Party (PUP) disputes the election results that favored the United Democratic Party (UDP). On Thursday, March 8th a day after the elections, San Pedro PUP Mayoral Candidate, Andre Perez along with members of his party began seeking legal options regarding the alleged discrepancies in the electoral process that declared UDP Mayoral candidate Daniel Guerrero and his team winners of the elections. The PUP alleges that they are in possession of legal documents, including official documents from the Elections and Boundaries Commission that show over 200 unaccounted ballots. The next legal action, according to PUP Senator and attorney Eamon Courtenay, will be to demand a new election in San Pedro after challenging the recent results at the Belize City Supreme Court in the upcoming days. The PUP claims that there was a strong swing for their party during the election process on the island. Party officials also said that they were told of certain movements inside the counting room and perhaps due to that they now have significant discrepancies with the results. Courtenay stated that the PUP will continue fighting for what is right. “We believe that the PUP won San Pedro and we are going to court to establish that,” said Courtenay. This is about the San Pedranos who voted and that is what we are fighting. We are fighting for every single vote and expect the PUP to be triumphant.”

UDP wins Municipal Elections in San Pedro Town; PUP questions results
Daniel Guerrero and his six United Democratic Party (UDP) Councillors have been declared winners of the 2018 Municipal Elections held on Wednesday, March 7th. However, that victory is being questioned, with allegations of discrepancies in the election’s official results. The People’s United Party (PUP) and its supporters are disputing the results based on the total number of voters recorded, which, according to them, do not match the total number of ballots counted. The PUP has since sought legal advice in an effort to find a fair solution and perhaps even a recounting of the votes. However, the idea of a recount was never confirmed by Returning Officer of the Elections and Boundaries Department, Catherine Cumberbatch, during a meeting the PUP and UDP representatives had on Thursday, March 8th in downtown San Pedro. At press time, the declared victors were the full UDP slate, consisting of 3-term Mayor Daniel Guerrero and his councillors Hector Alamilla, Flora Ancona, Ruben Gonzalez, Gary Greif, Gabriel Nuñez, and Severo Guerrero Jr,.

Minister Heredia assures hospital in San Pedro by 2020
A hospital in San Pedro Town has been perhaps one of the most anticipated infrastructural projects islanders have been long awaiting. The rapid growth of the municipality has many island residents wanting a proper medical facility, which Area Representative and Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation, Honourable Manuel Heredia Jr., hopes to complete by the end of his term in 2020. Heredia has not provided further details on the hospital, in the recent times but the project was a promise made in the UDP manifesto prior to the general elections in 2015. It is unknown and Heredia has not confirmed if the government is going to make a loan for such project as it is unclear if it will be included at the upcoming budget presentation on Friday, March 9th. Back in 2015, it was revealed that a $20 million investment would be needed to erect the hospital and Heredia announced that same year that Central Government was moving one step closer to completing a loan application to fund the hospital building. According to Heredia the MOH had done its due diligence to get the ball rolling regarding such project.

ECGO and Quality Reef to face-off in Co-Ed Softball finals
The San Pedro Co-Ed Softball Tournament finals began at Honourable Louis Sylvestre Sporting Complex on Sunday, March 4th. The day saw the four participating teams taking part in three intense matches to determine the champions of the tournament. In the first round of the championships, Quality Reef went up against RCGO. At the end of the five innings, it was a clear victory for Quality Reef with 11-2 score point. Everyone is invited to come out and enjoy the last match of the San Pedro Co-Ed Softball tournament on Sunday, March 11th, starting at 9:30 AM. Foods and drinks will be on sale during the games.

Ambergris Today

PUP Taking Court Action For New Election In San Pedro
In a statement released by PUP Belize Rural South and PUP Mayoral Candidate Andre Perez, he made it clear this afternoon, Friday, March 9, 2018, that his party cannot concede defeat at the municipal elections that were carried out on Wednesday, March 7, 2018. Attorney at Law Mr. Eamon Courtney stated that after reviewing the official papers that were signed off by the Elections and Boundaries Commission that there are 275 ballots that cannot be accounted for, at minimum. He stated that 275 missing ballots puts the elections at dispute and thus the party will go to court.

Beach Volleyball Contingent Off To Youth Olympic Games Qualifier in Costa Rica
The Belize Volleyball Association is pleased to announce that a Belize contingent departed country on Wednesday, March 7, 2018, to Puntarenas, Costa Rica to compete in Beach Volleyball at the Youth Olympic Games Qualifier to be held this weekend, March 10 & 11. This tournament also serves as the U19 Central American Beach Volleyball Championship. The Youth Olympic Games is set to take place in Buenos Aires, Argentina on October 1-12, 2018.

Misc Belizean Sources

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Free Self defense Training on Caye Caulker
March 23, at the Caye Caulker Community center, 10am-2pm.

20,000 Strong Rally
Friday March 16, parade starts 8am at the Memorial Park to The Marion Jones Sporting Complex for the Rally at 9am-2pm.

THE ICE CREAM BAR reopens on Caye Caulker
*THE ICE CREAM BAR** ( formerly Scoop Dis) , Will be reopening TODAY at our new location: On the beach in front of Ocean Ferry & Fantasy Dining. Great spot to sit and cool off while licking your favorite icecream and eating a slice of my Belizean rum cake *Wifi

Chiquïbul Challenge Marathon 2018
Join the race for conservation and participate or sponsor the second Chiquibul Challenge Marathon - CCM 2018! Location: Las Cuevas Research Station, Chiquibul Park, Cayo, Belize. Date: February 17th-18th, 2018. This event is requires registration for all attendees and is not open to the public.

BTB at ITB Berlin 2018

Confiscated Conch delivered to St. Alphonsus Primary School
Senior Ranger with responsibility for Enforcement, Serapio Chun delivered conch confiscated in the recent bust on Jacks Caye near the Gladden Spit Silk Cayes Marine Reserve, to the Feeding Program of the St. Alphonsus Primary School, Seine Bight Village. The Feeding Program feeds over one hundred students with healthy lunches every school day. The Principal, Ms. Moreira, expressed gratitude at SEA's gesture. SEA would like to thank the Fisheries Department for permitting SEA to make the donation and the Belize Coast Guard for their support with joint patrols.

Baron Bliss Harbour Regatta
Sunday, March 11 at 9 AM - 3 PM, BTL Park, Newtown Barracks, Belize City. Come out and see the 90th Baron Bliss Harbour regatta featuring youths from across the country sailing in the Optimist Dinghy and Lasers. Also the two remaining sand lighters: United and Radio

Commentary: Municipal elections in Belize are a wakeup call for the current government
By Wellington C. Ramos. Since the 2006 municipal elections, the United Democratic Party (UDP) has won and controlled all the municipalities in the country of Belize except for Orange Walk Town, which has since been under the control of the People’s United Party (PUP). The municipalities include Belize City – a mayor and ten councilors; Belmopan City, the capital – a mayor and six city councilors; Punta Gorda Town – a mayor and seven councilors; Dangriga Town – a mayor and seven councilors; San Ignacio/Santa Elena Town – a mayor and seven councilors; Benque Viejo Del Carmen – a mayor and seven councilors; San Pedro Ambergris Caye Town – a mayor and seven councilors; Orange Walk Town – a mayor and seven councilors; and Corozal Town – also with a mayor and seven councilors. When this is all added it comes up to nine mayors and 67 councilors. In the elections that were held on Wednesday, the PUP won Belize City, Orange Walk Town and Corozal Town. This gives them three mayors and 25 councilors out of 67 because a PUP counselor also won in Dangriga Town. Now the UDP has six mayors and 42 councilors which is still the majority, but losing Belize City is a major shock to them. Why? Because, since the UDP came to power in Belize City in 2006, they have spent millions of dollars on infrastructural development in Belize City compared to the other municipalities. Yet, despite all this spending, Belize City has the highest amount of gangs, crimes and murders in the entire country of Belize.

Sarteneja Easter Regatta 2018
It's once again that time of the year!!! Sarteneja Easter Regatta 2018. Don't miss out; come and be part of this great event!! To all our friends from outside; start reserving your hotel rooms!!!

TEAM NICH WINS FIRST LEG OF LA RUTA MAYA BELIZE RIVER CHALLENGE!
CONGRATS TEAM NICH!

SISE Town Council Swearing In
The SISE Town Council will be re-sworn in on Sunday. They are having a victory parade and rally at the Macal River park, and the celebration starts at 11:00am. Grupo Jade will be performing. Congratulations, Mayor Trapp and SISE Councillors! "Residents of San Ignacio/Santa Elena are all invited to our Grand Victory Parade/Rally to be held on Sunday, March 11th 2018. A motorcade will leave the Macal River Park at 11am and parade through the three constituencies ending at the Macal River Bank. At 2pm swear in of Mayor Earl Trapp Jr. and Councillors followed by jump up with music provided by the Youth Connection and Jade Band."

Binational watershed alliance review
19 communities form part of the Binational watershed alliance. The review conducted last weekend proves that the leaders have generated community participation in safeguarding the rivers. But the effort must continue. FCD is thankful to the British high Commission Office in Belize for the support.

Heroes and Benefactors Day
While the Public & Bank Holiday is on Monday, we'd like to wish all Belizeans a Happy Heroes and Benefactors Day. Be safe over the long weekend.

Channel 7

Another Awful Case of Child Abuse
Tonight, a 4 year old girl from Bella Vista village in the Toledo District is in critical condition at the KHMH. She's there because of a congenital heart condition - the child has a hole in her heart. But when they examined her, doctors found that she has also been sexually molested - both vaginally and anally. She's been hospitalized for some time - but the molestation only became known this week. Presently, police from the Independence Southern Formation don't have a clue as to who may have done it. They are in the village interviewing relatives and talking to neighbors, but so far no suspect has emerged. The child's 52 year old mother is the one who made the report to police. We'll keep following the case.

Ugly Accident At Western Border
There was a very gruesome accident this morning at the Cargo area at Belize's Western Border in Benque Viejo. An 18 wheeler ran over 38 year old Guatemalan Marcus Zabaleta and he got mangled between the wheels. Reports say that Zabaleta may have been sleeping under the truck in the cargo section and the driver - also a Guatemalan - started driving off without even knowing he was underneath. He dragged him for a few hundred feet, leaving a trail of blood in the loading area. Police and fire department personnel had to remove his crushed remains from between the wheels and put the body - or what remained of it - on a stretcher for transport to the morgue.

Budget Presented: Sugar Plums to Sour Plums?
Turning now to politics - today was Budget day in Belmopan. It's the biggest day on the Parliamentary calendar - but the usual energy of the day was diminished because the election seemed to have sapped up the week's political energy. The Prime Minister called it a steady as she goes budget - and we found out why:... Jules Vasquez reporting: Rounding out what he called a UDP Decade - Prime Minister Barrow presented what might be his leanest budget yet - bereft of goodies and giveaways - it's austerity turned into a hardened fiscal conservatism. And, while nothing new was offered - the best that he could do was promise that what has been given will not be taken away: Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow, Prime Minister: "We grasp the nettle with both hands, we rise to meet the challenges, and we will overcome them. This year's budget is structured accordingly and there therefore can and will be no retreat from our signature pro-poor policies: BOOST and Food Pantry; the Apprenticeship Program; the High School Subsidies; the Payment by GOB for students' CXC exams."

Leader of The Opposition Says “No Glitter, No Substance” In New Budget
The PM called the budget Maintaining Steadiness; Consolidating Stability; Advancing Growth. Here's the reaction from the leader of the opposition: Hon. John Briceno, Leader of the Opposition: "Orange Walk East in the next general elections..." Reporter: "Prime Minster is saying though that they will have a 4th term." Hon. John Briceno, Leader of the Opposition: "Ahh he could say a lot of things. It's like his budget. The Prime Minister was known as always talk about all glitter and no substance. Well today it's no glitter and no substance because there is nothing in that budget. It's lifeless. You see nothing. He talks nothing about crime, about the social ills that are affecting us. He is talking about him being the enabler. The only enablers that he has done are some UDP millionaires that have been profiling on television. There is nothing. The very same that that remember he use to criticize the PUP about this below the line items now, now the BTL settlement he is treating it as below the line. Something that we paid from the budget. If we were to include that we wouldn't have enough money to pay the rent, pay light bill and to pay teachers. That is why he has been living on borrowed money. Issues those treasury bills and treasury notes, sucking up all the liquidity in the banking system. I don't know what the Prime Minister is talking about - a fourth term. Well if they are so confident, bring it on."

PM Says Mobile Data Tax Corrective, Not Punitive
And here's what the Prime Minister had to say in defence of his budget and that data tax:.. Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow, Prime Minister: "The adjustments overall are extremely mild. I think this is a steady as she goes budget. With respect to the GST now on data services, it is as I explained, we all know that there has been a shift away from voice or the regular voice calls to data and as a consequence the GST collections have fallen steeply. We have to replace that loss and this is the logical way to do it." Jules Vasquez, reporter: "How much revenue do you all hope to raise with this new measure?" Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow, Prime Minister: "That I think is about 6 million dollars. Overall as I said the new measures including having government pay its GST with raise about 20 million. I think there is no way we would sacrifice Southside poverty alleviation phase 3."

Leader of The Opposition Says PUP Making Major Gains
Last night on the news, you heard from the Prime Minister and UDP Party Leader Dean Barrow - who said he felt energized by the outcome of the Municipal Elections - even though his party lost critical ground. Today we got the reaction from the PUP Party Leader - who says he's the one who really has a reason to celebrate since his party stole the UDP's crown:. Jules Vasquez, reporter "What's your emotional reaction to the outcome of the municipal elections? The PM said he is inspired and motivated." Hon. John Briceno, Leader of the Opposition: "I don't think the Prime Minister believe that himself. But certainly from my end, we in the People's United Party we are very happy with the results and I want to assure the Belizean people that we will be working very closely with all 3 municipalities to ensure that we deliver on what we promise and that there can be open and transparency on how we are going to control the people's finances in those 3 municipalities."

UDP’s “Boots” is Happy That PUP Won
And one politician who has no plans to turn anything around is Anthony Boots Martinez. He says he's retiring after Wednesday's disappointing outcome in his division. He failed to deliver in his Port Loyola division and that was a big part of the UDP's consequential loss in its home base of Belize City. But today we saw him singing at the House of Representatives and being chummy with John Briceno. He told us he is happy at the outcome:... Jules Vasquez, reporter: "Mr. Martinez, a very disappointing outcome for you in Port Loyola." Hon. Anthony "Boots" Martinez, Port Loyola Area Rep.: "One thing I could say it's a joyous day for me."

Man Says Cops Beat and Robbed Him
A Belize City man is complaining tonight that a group of police officers from one of the strike teams in Eastern Division abused its authority. He says they beat him badly, confiscated over $2,000 from him, and when they released him, they only returned $300. So, how did he come in contact with the cops? Well, he says that he went partying last night at the bar, Sit and Sip. From his accounts, he was enjoying himself, and the police officer acting as security at the establishment had no problem with his conduct or behavior. He claims that officers from this strike team entered the bar, and after they observed him, they started harassing him. He explained what happened, and why he thinks that that the officers stole from him after the beatdown. Here's what he had to say - he asked to speak off-camera, and that his name be withheld:

Boy in ICU, Mom Blames Neighbors
Tonight, 11 year-old Alexander Montejo, a resident of the Lake Independence area in Belize City, is at the Intensive Care Unit at the KHMH. His mother says that his health is severely compromised, and that he is at risk of dying. She has shown us a letter from the doctor, which says that Alexander's illness is caused by smoke that wafts into his house from a tortilla factory next door. She says that she also has another neighbor who has been improperly disposing of fecal waste. For legal reasons, we can't tell you exactly where this family lives, and we cannot show you the tortilla factory, or the neighbor's house. At this time, this is only an allegation, and neither of these 2 neighbors have responded to our requests for comment. But, Alexander's mother, Jennifer Arana, came to us complaining that she has nowhere else to turn to, for help.

Remember The Reef
We all know about legendary Belize's Barrier Reef - but you probably don't think too often about all the human and marine lives who depend on it for a living. That's why Oceans created Reef Week - to highlite all those issues. The years' theme is "Protect It Not Neglect It." We dropped by the launch this morning and VP Janelle Chanona shared more about the week. DIfferent activities to share eco-friendly tips and more will be taking place over the course of next week. We also asked Chanona about those False Killer Whales we told you about last week. She said that the dolphins were not found so they are hoping that the sea mammals made their way back to deeper waters.

PUP’s Musa Challenges PM On Municipal Equity
As we told you earlier, it may have been budget day, but the political chatter set the tone for today's house meeting. PUP Caribbean Shores Area Rep. Kareem Musa called out Prime Minister Barrow for suggesting that UDP councils may be treated favourably when it comes to resource allocations from Central Government. And from there it turned into a discussion about Belize city council finances. Here's how that went.

JB and DOB Find Common Ground In Women
And while there will always be political tension across the house floor, rarely, very rarely, the two sides can share a grace note. Today was one such occasion. Near the end of the House Meeting, Leader of the Opposition John Briceno and PM Barrow had a courteous and heartfelt exchange - both honoring women on International Women's Day which was observed yesterday. But of course house meetings wouldn't be house meetings without the usual jabs - but this one between Barrow and Briceno was laced with good humor. Hon. John Briceno, PUP Party Leader: "I want to take the opportunity to greet all Belizean women and our Belizean women are quite outstanding human beings in Belize. So any of them single mothers who are out there toiling every single day working, trying to make ends meet for their children. We have some very strong women and I will use the Prime Minister's wife as an example when she had cancer she made it public and to show that you can fight and don't give up, just like my mother when she had cancer unfortunately she did not make it but I remember one day when I was all broken up she looked at me and said she is okay, she is not...

PUP Kareem Says He Feels No Way About Executive Snub
And while both leaders could be magnanimous for a minute - while both claiming victory - turning back now to the election, a few interesting issues emerged which are worth reviewing. Caribbean shores rep Kareem Musa, was thought to be sitting back on this municipal election - because he felt jilted that John Briceno had replaced him with Anthony Mahler on the PUP Executive. But, when we asked Musa about it on election night, he said he doesn't need any title to do his job. Reporter: "There is always controversy going into an elections, you did not maintain the seat as deputy party leader. Did that take away any momentum from you going in to deliver the seat?"

Pickstock, Politics and The People
Anthony Mahler didn't have any political bonafides when he took up the post of Deputy Leader - replacing area rep who had already won an election. So, he had a lot to prove on election day. He worked in the Pickstock Division where he pulled off a major upset against three term incumbent Wilfred Elrington. In an interview on election day, Elrington said Mahler knows nothing about politics. But he proved that he did when the votes were counted. He said he may not know about politics but he does know about people. Reporter: "The incumbent which is minister Elrington, he had some choice words. He said actually you knew nothing about politics." Anthony Mahler, Eastern Caucus Deputy Leader/Belize City: "Alright so I don't know anything about politics but I know about people and he doesn't and that is the big difference between the incumbent and myself."

Rt. Hon. Said Senses Cynicism
And while Mahler is an up and coming PUP candidate in Pickstock - Said Musa is the old general in Fort George. He told us (like 2 elections ago) that he was retiring but, at 73 - and four decades in the division, he's still in the game. On election day only 43% of the registered voters in Fort George came out - and a reticent Musa said it is the cynicism of the electorate that's to blame:.. Sahar Vasquez, reporter: "What do you think attributes to the low voter count? Do you think it is the murders or just everything that has been happening?"

Torres Talked About An Upset
And while the PUP won handily in Musa's area, despite the poor turnout - we can't say that the third party or independent voters had any luck whatsoever. Across the country - only two third party candidates were able to get even 1% of the vote. That's in PG where Ronald "Cucu" Maheia and Linston "Blues" McKenzie did it. In Belize City Ernesto Torres fared the worst of all the independent candidates. He only got 240 votes or point 1 (.1) percent of the total. He's seen that kind of outcome, or close to it before - but undeterred, he made his third run for mayor on Wednesday.

Cocono and Pango
And that's it for politics tonight - we turn now to entertainment. Cocono Bwai is one of Belize's most popular musicians - and one of the most eager self promoters. Today he came by our studio to share his latest tune called "Pango." What does it mean? Don't worry Cocono Boy explained it all to us. You can find the song on his Facebook page.

Festival Of Friends
And we close what has been a hectic week on an up note with highlites of the pre-school festival of the arts - courtesy NICH. We hope you enjoy, and have a great long weekend celebrating Belize Heroes and Benefactors... I'm Courtney Weatherburne - have great night, and join us back here on Tuesday:...

Channel 5

Budget Addresses National Stability; Belize Still Short of National Fiscal Targets
The long-awaited first and second reading of the General Revenue and Appropriation Bill dominated today’s proceedings at the House of Representatives. The budget for the 2018-2019 financial year is for [...]

Debt Nears 100% of GDP
In the last few weeks, Financial Secretary Joseph Waight, in a memo to C.E.O.’s of government ministries, suggested that national debt had reached one hundred percent of GDP. The official [...]

New Measures, Including Tax on Data Services, ‘Extremely Mild’
Outside the House, the Prime Minister referred to the proposed budget as being a case of ‘steady as she goes.’ But in the case of the new taxes, did he [...]

Opposition on Budget: ‘Lifeless, Bogus…No Glitter and No Substance’
If the Prime Minister sounded somewhat lukewarm concerning the new Budget, Leader of the Opposition John Briceño is downright cold. Offering his first impressions ahead of the debate in two [...]

The Final Price for B.T.L.
The Government of Belize’s acquisition of Belize Telemedia Limited was also a feature of the Budget speech. A figure of more than half a billion dollars was widely quoted, but [...]

P.M. Hopes Venezuela Gets It Together on Fuel
For those worried about imminent increases at the pump, the Prime Minister quickly said that lesser used fuel oils, including kerosene, are the products affected by the G.S.T. re-balance. But [...]

The Rape of a 4-Year-Old Girl Reported in the South
Another child has been sexually abused in a disturbing incident involving a four-year-old little girl in the south.  On Thursday, a fifty-two-year-old mother reported to police in Bella Vista, Toledo, [...]

O.W. Grandfather Charged for Assault of 7-Year-Old, Gets Out on Bail
In another case of sexual abuse, but in the north, a sixty-six-year-old man has been charged for the sexual assault of a seven year old girl, who she knew as [...]

Melchor Trucker Gets Crushed under 18-wheeler at Border
Guatemalan trucker Marcus Fernando Zabaleto lost his life at the western border earlier today when an eighteen-wheeler ran him over.  According to police, they were called out to the cargo [...]

P.U.P. Going the Right Way, Says Leader John Briceño after Elections
The People’s United Party has won three of nine municipalities during Wednesday’s elections, including Belize City which is considered the most valuable asset of the ruling United Democratic Party, and [...]

Briceño: We Have Not Given Up on San Pedro
As for the situation in San Pedro, Briceño says that contrary to what the prime minister said on Thursday, that the P.U.P. had signed off on the reconciliation sheet, as [...]

Eamon Courtenay Confirms Court Challenge
Following the interview with Briceño in Belmopan, the P.U.P.’s legal advisor, Eamon Courtenay, in an interview with Ambergris Today this afternoon, confirmed that the party will take court action on [...]

P.U.P. Makes Biggest Election Heist in Belize City
The taking back of the Old Capital by the Blue Tsunami is compared to a repossession of the most valuable timepiece in the prime minister’s prized collection.  He is still [...]

“Boots” is Really Happy for City Residents. No, really.
Port Loyola area representative Anthony “Boots” Martinez swears he has no hard feelings after Wednesday’s municipal elections victory for the People’s United Party in Belize City. He kept insisting to [...]

Port Loyola Rep Confirms He Will Not Seek Fifth Term, but When Will He Go?
As he alluded to, Martinez is headed to retirement as a four-time area representative and will not seek a fifth term. Whether he goes right away or serves out his [...]

New Bills Tackle Gangs and Protecting Witnesses of Crime
The Budget was not the only major news coming out of today’s meeting in Belmopan. Three amendments to substantive legislation and a new bill were introduced which had to do [...]

U.D.P. to Make Plans in Wake of Municipal Result
Going back to Wednesday’s election, Prime Minister Barrow has announced time and again that he is stepping down as party leader and head of government in advance of the 2020 [...]

Party Leader Admits Downfall Due to Lack of Presence in Key Constituencies
The People’s United Party previously held five seats and following Wednesday’s election, now claims a total of twenty-six, including eleven in Belize City.  The United Democratic Party’s shocking loss here [...]

First Day of La Ruta Maya Belize River Challenge
Fifty-three teams paddled away at the start of the annual Belikin La Ruta Maya Canoe River Challenge in the Macal River in San Ignacio this morning. Over the next four [...]

Our Reef Rocks! Celebrate with Reef Week
Reef Week started back in 2013 as an initiative to celebrate Belize’s Barrier Reef through a week of events across Belize. Today, the conservation community launched the fifth staging of [...]

PlusTV

UDP wins majority of municipal seats; PUP gains ground
Municipal Elections 2018 are over and there have been some changes. Going into the elections, the UDP held 8 of the 9 municipalities. Following the counting of the votes yesterday, March 7, the UDP still has control over the majority of the municipalities but the PUP has made some significant gains....

San Pedro election results being questioned
While the UDP have claimed victory for the San Pedro Town Council, there are still uncertainties lingering. At a press conference today, while the Prime Minister presented UDP Incumbent mayor Daniel Danny Guerrero as the victor in that municipality, at the same time, in San Pedro, Returning Officer ...

UDP stronghold, Belize City, goes Blue
The Belize City win has been a huge upset for the United Democratic Party. The People’s United Party won all 7 seats: Mayor Elect Bernard Wagner and Coucillors Elect Oscar Arnold, Delthrude Hilton, Micah Goodin, Albert Vaughan, Aisha Gentle, Ryan Elijio, Javier Castellnaos, Allan Pollard Jr., Michae...

No surprises in Orange Walk
While Belize City may have been a surprise victory, there was no surprise for the Blue party in Orange Walk as the PUP Mayor and his slate of Councilors were re elected. Mayor Kevin Bernard was once again victorious but this time, with a significant lead over his opponent. Bernard’s slate includes R...

Corozal goes Blue
Corozal followed its neighboring municipality and made a change from red to blue. PUP Mayoral candidate Rigoberto Vellos beat out his opponenet Richard Quan with a total of 2, 744 votes. The full red slate garnered the highest votes. That includes Shamir Alpuche, Dylan Casanova, Hilberto Clarke, Rod...

The Red, Red West
The West has remained red in yesterday’s municipal elections; Belmopan, San Ignacio and Benque. The United Democratic Party has been the dominant political presence in these Municipalities for over the past decade and that did not show much sign of changing during yesterday’s Municipal Elections. We...

Twin Towns Rivalry
The twin towns of San Ignacio and Santa Elena are known for their passion in politics. Such passion was evident at the Santa Elena Primary School polling station. Rival parties UDP and PUP made it very clear in Santa Elena that they were there to win. The atmosphere remained tense as squabbles and a...

Another win for UDP in Belmopan
Today, the United Democratic Party is celebrating what they call an expected win in the City of Belmopan. The Capital City has been under the administration of the United Democratic Party since Mayor Simeon Lopez’s win in 2006. Mayor Lopez served three terms under the UDP before handing the reins over to Khalid Belisle who won for the UDP in 2015.

PG remains red
Punta Gorda also remained red in this Municipal Elections. Ashton Mckenzie ,mayor Elect, garnered 1,181 votes. The UDP Councillors will be Kevin Choc who received 1,083 votes, Winston Chun with 1,105 votes, Joicelyn Dawson with 1,093 votes, Cindy Martinez with 1,152 votes, Franklin Polonio with ,1264 , he had the most votes in that municipality, and Raynel Tate with 1145 votes.

Prime Minister Visits South, Central and West during Elections
The Prime Minister was on the road visiting polling stations across the country during yesterday’s elections. Plus News caught up with Prime Minister Dean Barrow in Benque Viejo after he had made stops in Belmopan and San Ignacio. We understand that he was coming from Dangriga Town where he spent an overnight attending a UDP rally and encouraging voters down south.

Split council for Dangriga
The only municipality with a split council was in Dangriga. UDP Mayor Francis Humphreys was re elected along with 5 UDP Councillors: Earth Lopez, Chery Molina, Aaron Gamboa, Alexander Joseph, and Gary Francisco. The only UDP candidate in Dangriga who did not make it was Yadira Diego.

UDP confident of 4th consecutive win come General Elections
As we have said, the UDP have won the majority of the seats for these municipal elections, however, the loss in Belize City ha been particularly stinging. Even so, at today’s post election press briefing, the UDP Party Leader says that they are confident that come the next General Election, they will win a fourth consecutive term in office.

Teen arrested in connection to car used in murder of 4 year old
A teen suspected to be involved in the murder of 4 year old TreyShawn is in Police custody today. Police reports are that on the evening before the fatal shooting, 18 year old John Edwards Linarez Jr. took a black Toyota belonging to Jose Ayala, without his permission. The Toyota is allegedly the ...

Two men shot on eve of elections
There was a shooting incident on the eve of elections. It happened at around 8:20 p.m., on Tuesday March 6 in Belize City. 27 year old Car dealer Kadeem Myers, was shot to the leg, while 49 year old Jerilin Flowers, aBelizean Teacher , was shot to the left foot. According to police reports, Myers,...

Contracts signed for works on George Price Highway
The Government of Belize, through the Ministry of Works, has signed two contracts to carry out rehabilitation works on the George Price Highway between the City of Belmopan and Blackman Eddy Village. These works entail the construction of a new bridge in Roaring Creek and rehabilitation works along...

International Women’s Day 2018
Today, March 8th, is being observed as International Women’s Day. Kim Simplis Barrow, the Special Envoy for Women and children, issued a video statement in commemoration of the day. Kim Simplis Barrow, Special Envoy for Women and Children: It is a time of women empowerment but it is also a time of ...

Four year old shot to the head; dead
A four year old child was shot to the head in Belize City last night. Sometime around 7:30 p.m., 24 year old Ian Abraham Jr. and a family member were fixing a car in front of their residence on Nurse Finley Crescent. A car approached and several shots were fired. Abraham was shot to the back while ...

Leader of Opposition says Crime rate is a national crisis
Leader of the Opposition John Briceno also spoke today on the recent killings at a press briefing held today. Leader of the Opposition John Briceno Our peaceful way of life as a society is under constant attack the violence and despicable attack even against our innocent children is symptomatic of ...

Catholics no longer appealing Section 53; will GOB back down?
The Catholic Church in Belize has withdrawn itself from the appeal of the decriminalization of Homosexuality; Section 53 case. Justice Kenneth Benjamin ruled that section 53 was unconstitutional. The Government of Belize filed an appeal after pressure from the public while the Catholic Church remain...

Opposition Leader discusses Montero family’s questionable compensations
As we told you earlier in our newscast, the Leader of the Opposition called a press briefing to address certain issues including that of crime. Hon. John Briceno said that tomorrow’s municipal election is a referendum on national issues and besides crime, the issue of corruption is also of importanc...

Attempted Murder Case Dismissed, Man Walks Free
The attempted murder case of 30 year old Mason Pattnet was dismissed today in the Supreme Court. Patnet is a free man tonight because the prosecution lacked evidence to prove their case against him. The Victim, 21 year old Marvin Bul went missing in 2014, 2 years after he pressed charges against Pat...

Toni Pasos wants lesser sentence for stabbing man 50 times
32 Year old Toni Pasos, a laborer of Orange Walk Town, who was sentenced to 17 years for Man Slaughter, in 2016, appeared before the Court of Appeal yesterday to appeal for a lesser sentence. Pasos conviction was for the killing of 51 year old Miguel “Chino” Medina, a resident of Orange ...

Bus loads of Belizeans from Salvador coming in for election
This morning PusNews was alerted to the presence of a convoy of Buses at the border. With just one day before municipal elections in Belize, such arrival at the western border was sure to raise eyebrows. A concerned individual who was at the border submitted this photograph of the 5 buses bearing Sa...

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The People have decided UDP 6 municipalities, PUP 3
The voters across the country in all municipalities came out on Wednesday March 7 to decide who it is that will lead them for the next 3 years. After much consternation the results began to come in early and it was evident that the UDP would not be able to maintain the dominance which it had. Corozal was among the first municipalities where it was clear that the PUP would claim a victory. And they did so by a margin of just over 200 votes. And while the UDP now control 6 municipalities, in all those where we were unsuccessful, the split votes played a major role in how the votes ended up.

Twenty-five students of Escuela Secundaria Mexico receive scholarships
The visit of Undersecretary, Ambassador Luis Alfonso de Alba Gongora, and Executive Director of AMEXCID, Agustín García-López Loaeza, saw the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with the Ministry of Education and the Mexican Agency for International Development Cooperation, AMEXICD. In this MOU, 25 needy students of Escuela Secundaria Technica Mexico, in Corozal, received half-scholarships to the school. In this part of the morning’s event, Ambassador Carlos Quesnel, Ambassador Patrick Jones, Deborah Domingo, CEO, Ministry of Education, and Carlos Castillo, Principal of Escuela Secundaria Technica Mexico, sat at the head table which was surrounded by the recipients of the half-scholarships.

Baby beaten to death
Amidst the public outrage and fiery protests, Police have arrested and charged 21 year-old Everal Martinez with attempted rape and attempted assault. The victim who he is charged in connection with is 17 month-old Alyssa Nunez, an infant from Maskall Village, who suffered sexual and physical abuse, and who passed away at the KHMH after spending several days in a critical condition. Baby Alyssa passed away on Sunday, March 3, at around 3:40 a.m., after suffering on life support for about 4 days. A post-mortem has certified that she died from “massive brain hemorrhage, due to head trauma”. The doctors also found signs of sexual abuse as well.

Catholic church withdraws from case against UNIBAM
The Roman Catholic Church has decided that it will no longer participate in the appeal of the Section 53 Judgment, which makes anal sex between consenting adults legal. That ensures that the August 2016 decision from Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin is now final, and binding. The Anglican Church, which was an original interested party in the Supreme Court case, informed the nation very early that they would not be participating in the appeal. The National Evangelical Association of Belize was not able to join the litigation because they were not a party to the original case. So, all the religious organizations were throwing their support behind the Roman Catholic Church, which indicated that they would take up the Government’s offer to appeal the entire judgment.

Belize and Mexico discuss Disaster and Risk Analysis and Management
Minister of National Emergency Management, Hon. Edmond Castro, met with a delegation headed by the Director of Mexico’s National Center for Disaster Prevention (CENAPRED), Doctor Carlos Miguel Valdes in Belmopan on Friday, March 2, 2018. The meeting saw the discussion of Training, Data Sharing, and Regional Collaboration in Disaster and Risk Analysis and Management. Hon. Edmond Castro was accompanied by Belize’s National Emergency Coordinator (NEC) retired Colonel Shelton Defour. Col. Defour held discussions with a technical team accompanying Dr. Valdes.

Ministry of Defence Hosts First WPS Policy Development Workshop in Belize
The Ministry of Defence has hosted the first ever Women, Peace, and Security (WPS) Policy Development Workshop in Belize. The event took place from February 27, 2018 to March 2, 2018 at the Belize Coast Guard Headquarters at Mile 4 ½ George Price Highway. The main objective of the workshop was to lay the groundwork as to how the Government of Belize can increase women’s participation in efforts to promote security, maintain peace, and prevent conflict. This is in accordance with United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 and in support of Belize’s national security goals (National Security and Defence Strategy 2017-2020).

Major environmental symposium held in Belmopan
The University of Belize hosted the 11th annual Natural Resources Management and Research symposium on Thursday and Friday of last week, inside it’s Jaguar auditorium. The resounding theme for this year is making scientific data available to managers. In keeping with the theme, March 1st, started off with a keynote talk by Dr. Elma Kay from the University of Belize Environmental Research Institute. Her talk related to bridging the gap between science and management in a small country like Belize. Also during the first day, highlighted were charismatic species and their current threats, so too were marine conservation projects and initiatives.

Mexico Sports Center at Marion Jones
In continuation with our good standing and cordial relationship with Mexico, Mexican representatives arrived in Belize on Friday, March 2, 2018 to meet with Belizean government officials. During the visit, the delegation witnessed the presentation of the final project of the “Pavilion Mexico” Sports Centre within the Marion Jones Sports Stadium, just one part of a USD $5 million-dollar project which will be drawn from the Yucatan Fund. Executive Director of AMEXCID, Agustín García-López Loaeza, spoke to those in attendance saying, “The Yucatan Fund for infrastructure has been working for bilateral cooperation and we were able to come here thanks to one of the first projects in 2012, the road that allows the Chactemal Bridge between the two countries to function.

New Justice of the Court of Appeal Sworn In
Justice Lennox Kirkwood Campbell was sworn in as a new Justice of the Belize Court of Appeal on Monday, March 5, 2018. He was sworn in by the Governor General H.E. Sir Colville Young at the Belize House in the Belmopan. Justice Campbell, who is a 72-year-old Jamaican national, is a retired Supreme Court Judge with a long and distinguished legal career. His legal service includes criminal practice (1975-1983), Resident Magistrate in the Parishes of Portland and St. Andrew in Jamaica; Judge of Family Court and Traffic Court; Assistant Director of Public Prosecution, Crown Counsel and Assistant Crown Counsel.

The Belize Police Department working with partners in development
Any efficient deployment of human and other assets to fulfill the security needs of the Belizean citizenry across Belize requires a particular skill set and a desire to work collaboratively with as many partners in development as possible. In this regard, Belize’s Commissioner of Police Allen Whylie has recently expressed a willingness to continue to work in partnership with the community for a safer Belize. Currently, the Belize Police Department is working productively with the United States Embassy via the Central American Regional Security Initiative, security counterparts in Mexico, the International Criminal Police Organization INTERPOL and other partners to execute its work plan.

Police Officers awarded in Belmopan
The time to recognize our police officers and community members for their great security efforts is now. In the Belmopan Police Jurisdiction that was precisely done as several persons were awarded on Thursday of last week at the popular Scotchies Restaurant. Thus; in Belmopan the Police and Community working in partnership for a better Belize has gathered a new tone. Police officer Javier Alvarez (number 743 ) was recognized for being the Officer of the Month For January 2018 and Police officer Durham Gonzalez (number 1468) for February 2018.

Rehabilitation of Portion of the George Price Highway
The Government of Belize through the Ministry of Works has recently signed two contracts to carry out rehabilitation works on the George Price Highway. These works will be carried out between Belmopan City and Blackman Eddy. The works entail the construction of a new bridge in Roaring Creek as well as rehabilitation works along the route which includes the replacement of culverts, construction of new drains, paving, signage, and earthworks. The estimated duration of works in this area is 3 months.

Youth RISE Provides Partner Agencies with Computers for Literacy and Life Skills Training
The Youth Resilience and Inclusive Social Empowerment (Youth RISE) Project has provided a total of 53 desktop computers to four partner agencies in the Stann Creek and Cayo districts. The equipment will be used to strengthen the competence of the agencies as it pertains to providing more effective literacy and numeracy training sessions to youths. Delille Academy in Dangriga has received 15 desktops; St. Ignatius High School in San Elena received 20, Cornerstone Foundation Belize in San Ignacio received 10, while the Department of Youth Services in Santa Elena received 8.

Another case of attempted murder stalled
Another case of nolle prosequi occurred in the courtroom of Justice Adolph Lucas at the Supreme Court. This time, Mason Patnett, a 30-year-old who has been behind bars for some time serving a prison term, got the news that he is now a free man. Patnett along with Raheem Crawford, now deceased after being gunned down in August 2014, were charged in connection with the attempted murder of 21-year-old Marvin Bul, who remains missing since 2014. Bul was shot and injured on December 1, 2012 in the Ladyville area. It is alleged that Patnett instigated the late Crawford to shoot Bul over an old dispute.

Jermaine Carr killed and 1 year old baby shot in the foot
Gregory Mena, a 1 year-old baby, continues to recover at the KHMH, after getting shot at his Belize City home during the street assassination of 32 year-old Jermaine Alexander Carr, the father of his older sister. His family, which includes women, and other innocent children, could have been injured in that frightening attack. The incident happened just before 9 p.m. on Wednesday February 28, at the yard located at #96 Neal Penn Road in Belize City. That’s where an extended family lives together in 3 separate houses in the same yard. The family told the press that Jermaine Carr was there to visit his 12 year-old daughter, like he always did, every night after work. They say that both father and daughter looked forward to these nightly visits when they would socialize and enjoy each other’s company.

Brothers on remand for use of deadly means of harm
On Sunday, February 25, 2018, police responded to a shooting incident at mile 7 ½ on the George Price Highway. Two men were heading to Belize City when a white car approached them from the opposite direction and opened fire on them both. The men that were travelling on the motorcycle were Darnell Domingo, an 18-year-old student of Western Paradise, and Francis Parham, a 29-year-old. Parham received three gunshot wounds.

Robbery at Golden Bay
At 5:55 p.m. on Wednesday, February 28, 2018, police visited Golden Bay Limited at No.1169 Marine Parade where they spoke to, Rong Xiao, a 27-year-old naturalized Belizean businesswoman of a Belize City address. Xiao reported that about 5:50 p.m. that evening while arriving at Golden Bay, she was walking with three co-workers when a male person approached her. That man drew a black pistol and hit her to the left side of the head which caused a cut wound.

Nicoli Rhys shot on Prince Street and Aaron Avilez shot in retaliation
At 6:40 p.m., on Wednesday, February 28, 2018, police visited the K.H.M.H where they observed Nicholi Rhys, a 26-year-old unemployed Belizean of a Belize City address, suffering from an apparent gunshot wound to the top of his head. Initial investigations revealed that earlier that night while Rhys was walking at the corner of Prince Street and East Canal, he heard several gunshots and later discovered that he was shot.

Orel Leslie back behind bars after a night at Sit and Sip
Orel Leslie, a 29-year-old murder suspect who was granted bail on Thursday, March 1, 2018, is back behind bars. Leslie has violated the condition of his bail which places him on curfew between the hours of 9:30 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. ordered by Judge Denis S. Hanomansingh. Police say that after 1:30 a.m. on Friday, March 2, 2018, they found Leslie at the Sit and Sip Nightclub located on Newtown Barracks. The arresting officer, PC Andre Almendarez, was on a mobile patrol along with two other officers. They visited the club where they saw Leslie.

Raymond Davis shot on Yorke Street
On Saturday, March 3, 2018 at about 4:00 a.m., police responded to a report on Yorke Street. Upon arrival, officers met Raymond Wayne Davis, a 49-year-old car dealer of a Belize City address. Davis was seen with an apparent gunshot wound to the forehead. Initial investigation revealed that while Davis was inside his vehicle on Yorke Street along with a female companion, two male persons approached them and fired several shots at him which resulted in the aforementioned injuries.

Shooting in Rhaburn’s Alley leaves two hospitalized
At 8:20 p.m. on Tuesday, March 6, 2018, police visited the K.H.M.H. where they observed, Kadeem Myers, a 27-year-old car dealer of a Belize City address, suffering from an apparent gunshot wound to the upper left leg. They also saw Jerilin Flowers, a 49-year-old teacher also of a Belize City address, suffering from an apparent gunshot wound to the left foot.

Joslyn Chavarria Jr. capture 37th Belmopan Cycling Classic
The Cycling Federation of Belize with collaboration with the City of Belmopan held its 37th Annual Belmopan Cycling Classic on Sunday 3rd March, 2018. In the Elite category, the riders started from the City of Belmopan travelled to Belize City and then back to Belmopan for the conclusion. At the end of 3:48:26, it was Joslyn Chavarria Jr. of the Digicell 4G Elite Cycling team that rode away with the title. In the process Chavarria also established a new record. The second rider to cross the finish line was Giovanni Lovell of Digicell 4G Elite Cycling Team in a time of 3:48:32. The veteran, Fitzgerald ‘Palas’ Joseph of Furnished Apt. Ltd, finished third. He was the first Master rider to cross the finish line.

San Pedro Tiger Sharks maintain lead in Pepsi National Elite Basketball League competition
The San Pedro Tiger Sharks continues to maintain its lead and dominance of the on-going Pepsi National Elite Basketball competition when it defeated the defending champions the Belmopan Bandits by the score of 95-91 on Saturday 3rd March, at the San Pedro High School auditorium in San Pedro Town. The top scorers for the San Pedro Tiger Sharks were Jihad Wright with 27 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals; Martevuius Adams with 24 points to go along with his 6 rebounds and Ashton Edwards who scored 18 points and 4 rebounds and 2 assists for the win. On Saturday 10th March, at the San Pedro High School Auditorium in San Pedro Town at 9:00 pm, the league’s leading San Pedro Tiger Sharks will entertain Verdes while at the Orange Walk Multi-Purpose Complex in Orange Walk Town it will be the Orange Walk Running Rebels against the Dangriga Dream Ballers.

Verdes FC enter winning column again in Premier League Closing Season competition
The Premier League of Belize Closing Season competition continued on Sunday 4th March with three games on the schedule. At the Carl Ramos Stadium in Dangriga Town, the defending national football champions Verdes FC returned to its winning ways when it defeated Wagiya FC by the score of 4-1. Verdes FC was the first to score when its perennial goal scorer Alcides Thomas scored the 1st goal of the game in the 29th minute of play to give his team a 1-0 lead. However, the lead was short-lived when Kenton Flores scored the equalising goal for Wagiya FC in the 40th minute of play to tie the score at 1-1. Jarret Davis then untie the score for Verdes FC when he scored his team’s 2nd goal of the game in the 45th minute of play for a 2-1 lead.

Calvary Temple boys win in primary schools softball competition
The Belize City Primary Schools Softball competition opened on Tuesday 27th February, 2018, at Rogers Stadium in Belize City. There are seven schools participating in the girls’ competition and eight schools in the boys’ competition. The schools that are competing in this year’s competition are Buttonwood Bay Nazarene, Wesley Upper School, St. John’s Primary School, Queen Square Primary School, St. Luke Methodist School, Central Christian School and St. John Vianney. Meanwhile, the schools that are competing in the boys’ competition are Buttonwood Bay Nazarene, Wesley Upper School, St. John’s Primary School, Calvary Temple School, Queen Square Anglican School, St. Luke Methodist School, Salvation Army and St. Mary’s Primary School.

Fatal Road Traffic Accident claims life of two men
Two men driving in separate vehicles lost their life after a head-on collision around 8:15 p.m. on Sunday, March 3, 2018. The men, James Andrews and Michael Martinez, were travelling in opposite directions when a collision near the Red Bank Junction in southern Belize would change their fates forever. According to Inspector Wilfredo Ferrufino, police responded to the accident where they found 48-year-old James Andrews, a dive master of the Independence/Placencia area, and 41-year-old Michael Martinez, an AC technician of Santa Cruz, on the scene apparently dead.

Freak Tractor Accident claims life of Orange Walk man
Attempting to fix a faulty tractor has caused an Orange Walk resident to lose his life around 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, March 3, 2018. Elio Grajalez was reportedly fixing a tractor that had mechanical problems when the machine ran over him in San Luis, Orange Walk. Grajalez’s brother, Orlando Castillo, told the police that his brother was attempting to operate the tractor when he noticed that it was having mechanical problems. Castillo says that he left his brother looking to see what the problem was and shortly after he found him under the tractor. Castillo assumes that Grajalez left the tractor in gear and when it eventually started, it ran over him.

Fatal Motorcycle accident in Punta Gorda
On Tuesday, March 6, 2018 at about 6:00 a. m., police responded to a report of a road traffic accident on Crique Sarco Road in Punta Gorda. Upon arrival, officers observed Carlos Chub, a 46-year-old bus driver of Crique Sarco, lying on the road with a motorcycle next to his body. Chun was transported to the Punta Gorda Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival. Investigation reveals that Chub was driving his motorcycle when he lost control. His body now awaits a post mortem examination.

Opportunism and grief as baby Alyssa Nunez dies
On Sunday morning, we were able to confirm, the news of the passing of 17 month old Alyssa Nunez. She passed away at about 4 o’clock earlier that morning, while she was undergoing treatment, at the KHMH in Belize City. On Friday, 21 year old Everal Martinez of Maskall Village, had been arraigned after having been charged with “dangerous harm” upon baby Alyssa. It is expected that those charges could be upgraded shortly. On Saturday night and early Sunday morning, tensions were high outside of the KHMH Emergency entrance.

Another child sexually assaulted, this time in Corozal
As the death of baby Alyssa Nunez’s sexual assault and death continues to incite rage and distaste in the mouths of just about everyone in the country, there is yet another case of sexual assault against a child to report. This time, a 7-year-old girl of Corozal was allegedly abused by her grandmother’s 67-year-old boyfriend, someone she calls granddad. The incident happened at least two-weeks prior to it being noticed and was only seen after the child’s behavior at school and home began to raise alarm.

Mount Carmel High School students serving the community
Students from Mount Carmel High School in Benque Viejo del Carmen learned valuable lessons over the weekend in giving back to the community. On Saturday, students from the Benque High School were engaged in promoting awareness of chronic diseases like diabetes, hypertension and coronary heart diseases. They were also taking blood pressure, pulse rate, oxygen saturation, blood glucose and other tests. A release from the Catholic faith High School states that this is a part of giving back to the community whilst applying what they learn in class.

Waterways without borders; community groups working together for cleaner water
Over the last four weeks, a Friends for Conservation and Development FCD Environmental Educator has been busy in Belize City. Twenty primary schools, with a total of 2,485 students and 88 teachers have been sensitized on the importance of the Chiquibul-Mopan-Macal-Belize River and methods of protecting these rivers. (FCD is grateful to FYFFES for the support in making this possible.) Such an educational effort comes at an opportune time, given that since 2010 FCD has been working with nine Guatemalan communities to protect the Chiquibul and Mopan Rivers. Just last week, a two year agreement was extended with the Comite Integral para la Proteccion de las Cuencas Chiquibul y Mopan of Melchor de Mencos, Guatemala for the ongoing effort.

ANGRY ABOUT THE COST OF BADMAN
Since Saturday morning we’ve been hearing, people complaining about the cost of the very popular ‘BADMAN’ going up. Badman is BLENDED RUM that’s packaged in 7 oz plastic bottles. The package is very convenient for persons who favor it. The bottle is sometimes carried in their pockets and or purses. Apparently the price has gone up from about $3.50 to around $5.50, depending on where it is purchased.

Too close to call
I insinuated in my last submission to Guardian that my next essay would be more of an analysis of the 2018 municipal elections than a political commentary, however, the editor informed that we should submit by today since he will close off this week’s issue this afternoon, so here I am with a pre-election rally of my own.. I don’t know when you will read this column, so I have to be general instead of specific about tomorrow’s results since no one really knows how this will turn out. It’s too close to call. All I can say is that the UDP, because of the huge majority of seats it holds in all municipalities, is the only one that can lose even if it is only one more seat to the Opposition.

Words of Life With Pastor Barry Fraser
Our subject this week is Heavenly Treasure. In the Gospel of Matthew chapter 6, verses 20 and 21, Jesus advises, “Store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

Amandala

PUP blowout in Belize City, Orange Walk and Corozal!
Thousands of Belizeans in Belize City, San Pedro and the other district towns began casting ballots in important municipal elections yesterday, Wednesday, March 7, when the polls opened at 7:00 a.m., following which there were 12 hours of voting until 6:00 p.m., when the polling ended and the counting began to determine who would take up the reins of the local governments in the country’s nine municipalities. Although all the official figures have still not yet been processed and made public by the Elections and Boundaries Department, the incumbent United Democratic Party (UDP), which had control over the majority of municipal seats, saw a decrease in the number of seats they controlled as a result of important gains by the Opposition People’s United Party (PUP), which recaptured Belize City, the commercial capital of the country that has been in the hands of the ruling party for nine years.

PM Barrow says no increase of taxes in late budget, “but there may be some tweaking”
Prime Minister Dean O. Barrow is presenting the 2018-2019 budget to the House of Representatives tomorrow, Friday. The budget exercise lacks the fanfare of previous years when the government held widespread consultation with stakeholders. Sources within the Opposition People’s United Party are hinting that this budget will be especially painful for Belizeans. The Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry has also lamented the government’s lack of consultation in its preparation of the budget for this new fiscal year.

Little Treshawn Goff, 4, succumbs to gunshot injury
Ian Abraham, 27, a mechanic of Nurse Findley Crescent of Port Loyola, Belize City, was hit by a bullet in the back when a gunman opened fire on the street on which he had been repairing a car. His brother’s little stepson, Treshawn Goff, 4, was one of several children playing in a nearby yard when the gunman fired the murderous volleys. One of the bullets meant for the older man hit the little boy in his head. Both of them were rushed to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH), in critical condition.

Independence High School boys and St. Ignatius High School girls are 2018 NSSSA football champions
The National Secondary Schools Sports Association (NSSSA) 2018 football championships for females and males were hosted by the Toledo Community College at the Victor Sanchez Union Field on Friday and Saturday, March 2-3. The four zone champion teams, for North, Central, West and South, participated in a simple knockout tournament in both female and male categories.

New Justice of the Court of Appeal sworn in
Justice Lennox Kirkwood Campbell was today sworn in as a new Justice of the Belize Court of Appeal by the Governor General H.E. Sir Colville Young, at the Belize House in the City of Belmopan. Justice Campbell is a retired Supreme Court Judge with a long and distinguished legal career. His legal service includes criminal practice (1975-1983), Resident Magistrate in the Parishes of Portland and St. Andrew in Jamaica; Judge of Family Court and Traffic Court; Assistant Director of Public Prosecution, Crown Counsel and Assistant Crown Counsel.

At AGM, the NTUCB puts its house in order
Delegates from the ten trade unions which make up the National Trade Union Congress of Belize (NTUCB) held their 51st Annual General Meeting in Dangriga last Saturday and Sunday, during which they discussed some of the pressing issues confronting their organization as it moves forward to its 52nd AGM that is scheduled to take place near the end of this year in Corozal, when it will elect its new executive. The two-day meeting was held on the grounds of Ecumenical High School and the NTUCB was the guest of its member union, the Southern Workers Union. The 51st AGM was held under the theme “NTUCB: Nurturing/Encouraging Strong Leadership for Worker Empowerment and Nation Building.”

Cricket Update – BNCA
Greetings from the BNCA (Belize National Cricket Association)! There were some interesting cricket games over the weekend! The young and upcoming Rural Mix defeated the hot, hot Summer Fever with wickets to spare. Special ”Big Up” to Mr. Glenford Banner (Bling) of Easy Does It, who batted 128 runs against Big Deal in Lemonal on March 4 (photo above); great performance from a young player! Another “Big Up” to Norman Revers of Easy Does It, who took four wickets in one over against Old Youth in Sandhill on March 3; old, seasoned player still doing his thing! Also, “Big Up” to Brandon Lewis of Police, who took 7 wickets against Big Deal in Belmopan on March 3.

Beach Volleyball teams to Costa Rica for Youth Olympic Games Qualifier
The Belize Volleyball Association is pleased to announce that a Belize contingent will depart the country today to Puntarenas, Costa Rica, to compete in Beach Volleyball at the Youth Olympic Games Qualifier to be held this weekend, March 10 & 11. This tournament also serves as the U19 Central American Beach Volleyball Championship. The Youth Olympic Games is set to take place in Buenos Aires, Argentina on October 1-12, 2018. It is expected that teams from all Central American countries will participate in this important qualifying event. One female and one male team will represent Belize.

NEBL MVP Watch: 5th Edition: Tiger Shark Jihad Wright remains in the hunt!
All Star Weekend is quickly approaching in the 2018 Pepsi NEBL Season, and the playoff picture has already started taking shape. After stunning the league by pulling out a victory against the undefeated San Pedro Tiger Sharks (6-1), the Digicell Belize City Defenders (3-2) and their two MVP candidates fell short at home to championship contenders Griga Dream Ballers (5-1). In what was the match of the season so far, the dynamic duo of Nigel Jones and Darwin “Puppy” Leslie were outmatched after a furious comeback led by Dream Ballers captain Edgar “Boogie” Mitchell. Mitchell, the star point guard from last season’s championship Belmopan Bandits, has returned home to Griga to lead a balanced attack that averages over 80 ppg. He was brilliant down the stretch for the Dream Ballers, scoring ten points over the final period to silence the Defenders fans!

Stann Creek FA. 1st Division Cup Week 3 scores
The Stann Creek Football Association (SCFA) 1st Division Cup 2018 tournament continued with two Week 3 games on Friday night, March 2, at the Carl Ramos Stadium. In game 1, B&B Land Sharks dropped Valley Pride, 5-2, with 3 goals from Carlos Lino (6’, 63’ & 71’) and 1 each from Donnel Arzu (10’) and Emmanuel Eiley (65’); while Valley Pride got a goal apiece from Robert Hernandez (27’) and Magarito Ical (75’). And in game 2, South Side Warriors and Wagiya ended in a 3-3 stalemate. Shaking the net for Warriors were Rayshan Middleton (17’ & 73’) and Clifton Ramos (23’); while Jose Martinez (14’ & 53’) and Aaron Castillo (83’) hit the target for Wagiya.

Editorial: The tides of March
Democracy won yesterday, Wednesday, in Belize, again. It was not the general elections. This one was “just” municipal elections, decision-making time for folk in the cities (two) and towns (seven) to elect the men and women who would get the jobs of keeping the streets in a good state, the drains flowing, the garbage collected, and so and so forth. But the undercurrents in this one were so thick with implications, even in the villages, that Belizeans stayed up way into the night to hear how the numbers played out in Belize’s urban world. At the beginning of the day, the government of Dean Barrow sat on a 62-5 seat advantage, and his party held 8 of the 9 municipalities, including the largest, Belize City. His party has won 3 consecutive times in general elections. While the UDP has been winning, Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition has been floundering. They, the PUP, have been victims of an internal struggle over the direction of that party.

The teenage pregnancy problem
Dear Editor, In this amazing world, which includes persons in various ethnicities and religion who dwell together in harmony for the most part, it seems to me that teenage pregnancy is becoming very widespread. While pregnancy should occur at a more mature age, it seems that parents are not doing their part in parenting, and parents are not being responsible for their children. In this life which we are living, teenagers are getting pregnant at the age of 12-18, which is a risk and is associated more with factors than with biological effects of age. Teenagers at the age of 12 may have difficulties during birth, such as low birth weight, premature labor, anemia, or even death. In developed countries teenage pregnancies are associated with social issues, including lower educational level, poverty, and other negative life outcomes of a teenage mother, and the rate of teenage pregnancies is increasing in society.

Who actually won the elections?
Dear Editor, This week the two popular mass parties once again went at it again in countrywide municipal elections, with fringe participation by the third parties. The big question, is just who exactly won, and my answer will be the people and the nation of Belize. Any party that enjoys a large margin of victory in any elections and in representative seats both at the local and representative level can be a danger to itself, to the nation and to democracy. A weak opposition is never good and let’s be frank, up until March 6, 2018, the People’s United Party was just that. Prior to this week’s Municipal Election, the United Democratic Party enjoyed unbridled muscle, which the People’s United Party has also enjoyed at one time in their era.

S. Sidibe speaks …..
Dear Editor, I have often wondered if things will change when the punishment for rapists would be, not only castration, but the cutting off of the penis. My prediction is that many of the would-be rapists might think about it before committing the crime. I also wonder: how can somebody in his right mind come to this? He has to be on drugs to commit such a horrific action. Do not, for one moment, think that the punishment is too harsh. Most likely, the government will have to act upon such punishment only a few times … a decline in rape may very well happen very quickly.

The Opposition needs a good showing
Today, Wednesday, I have no clue about what the results of the municipal elections being held today in the nine cities/towns across Belize will be. The sense I get is that people expect that the PUPeez will do better than they have done in recent elections. I know it is very difficult for the Opposition to win. One, these are municipal elections and they are more than two years away from the mandated date for the next general elections. It is normal for people to stick with the party in power, especially when the general elections are far away (more than 30 months). Two, this government is very willing to take advantage of the system. This crowd know fu stretch the legal limits. Six a one an half a dozen of the other. This present government uses every means to purchase favors at the polls.

El Salvador and its history of Black exclusion
I shall never apologize for loving and looking out for my people (Black people) in Belize and the African diaspora. Based on everything that I have studied regarding Belize Black people, I have no doubt that the ultimate strategy is the permanent black depopulation of the nation. This narrative is critical from my vantage view in explaining the traction and regional/global credibility the Guatemalan oligarchy has gained regarding its claim to Belize. I further have absolutely no doubt that if Belize eventually submits its territorial integrity under the ICJ, Belize’s borders will be permanently altered. Guatemala rightly is submitting a claim to all of Belize which is a brilliant legal strategy, leaving room for territorial capitulation on Belize part.

Will GOB give it away?
Here they come. As a matter of fact many are already here. All these big-time folks from all these big-time places, with self-serving speeches. They have money, they have experts, they have seed, and they have grand promises. This is the rebirth of an ancient crop whose history has been basically withheld. The value of this plant is, that it is, a high- quality raw material with over 35,000 known value-added uses, and it is demanding high-value-added dollars on the world market. This newly legalized multi-billion dollar crop needs some local control and participation, or these out-of-state folks will take control and feed us the crumbs. So what’s up – – truth or myth? Cannabis for industrial use comes from a different seed than cannabis for marijuana.

Catholic Church withdraws from Section 53 appeal; Evangelicals: “God will make a way”
In August 2016, Belize Chief Justice, Kenneth Benjamin, after a long delay, handed down a ruling which struck down the old sodomy law known as Section 53 that was challenged by Caleb Orozco and his United Belize Advocacy Movement (UNIBAM). Following the Chief Justice’s ruling, the churches of Belize went up in arms against that judicial decision and hastily filed an appeal against the decision which struck down Section 53, making sodomy a legal act between consenting adults. Now more than a year and a half after that decision and with their appeal in the judicial pipeline, however, the Catholic Church has withdrawn its appeal against the Chief Justice’s Section 53 decision.

Kadeem Myers, 27, and Jerilin Flowers, 49, shot in Rhaburn Alley

Fabiana Scott pepper-sprayed by police in polling station
Fabiana Scott, a resident of Lakeview Street in the Collet Divsion, who suffers from a heart condition, says she was pepper-sprayed by police, causing her condition to be aggravated. She was taken to a doctor for examination and for costly X-rays. Scott said that after 6:00 yesterday evening she was at the polling station on Magazine Road when the polling station closed for voting, and the ballot box was locked, but shortly after, four persons rushed in wanting to vote, and were permitted to vote. That caused an uproar, since supporters of the other party protested that no way such a thing should be allowed. Police were called to the scene, and that was when members of the GSU (Gang Suppression Unit) came in and began to pepper-spray the people, to quell the commotion.

Non-fatal head-on collision on Gracie Rock Road
At about 8:20 Tuesday night, a gunman went into Rhaburn Alley from New Road and opened fire on a group of persons who were socializing in a yard. The shooter, then escaped. As a result of the shooting, Kadeem Myers, 27, a car dealer of Rhaburn Alley, and a female teacher, Jerilin Flowers, 49, also of Rhaburn Alley, were hit. Myers was shot in the upper leg and Flowers was shot in the left foot. They were rushed to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH), in a stable condition, were treated and later released. We have learned, however, that Myers was readmitted into the hospital in a critical condition yesterday, Wednesday.

The Reporter

Prime Minister presents 2018 budget
Prime Minister Dean Barrow took about 50 minutes to present the 2018-2019 $1.2 billion budget entitled, “Maintaining Steadiness; Consolidating Stability; Advancing Growth”, in the National Assembly building. The Prime Minister said that Belize’s external deficit of the balance of payments increased from 8.1 percent of […]

Man crushed to death by 18 wheeler truck
A man was crushed to death by an 18-wheeler truck today in western Belize. Police say that they responded to the report just after 11:00 a.m., at the cargo area at the western border in Benque Viejo Town. There they saw the body of a […]

Budget Presentation 2018
The House of Representatives is currently in session at the National Assembly in Belmopan, where Prime Minister Dean Barrow has presented the Budget for the 2018-2019 fiscal year. Of note, Barrow said that at the close of 2017, the National debt was over $3 Billion; […]

Two minors raped; one, aged four, is critical
Two female minors have reportedly been raped and the younger child, aged four, is in a critical condition at the Karl Huesner Memorial Hospital. In that case, police say that a 52 year-old housewife of Bella Vista village, Toledo reported that on February 9, the […]

Ruta Maya river race adds a new category this year and returns to Belcan finish
The 21st annual La Ruta Belize River Challenge will feature an entirely new category this year – that of C2 open category – which is a two-man team of paddlers. This category was the result of feedback that interested parties raised with the La Ruta […]

Boots explains why he gave out almost $50,000
For the second consecutive week, Minister of Human Development, Anthony “Boots” Martinez is in the news, this time because he personally approved the disbursement of almost $50,000 of public monies from the government’s Charity Fund one week before the municipal elections. Martinez responded publicly by […]

Fabers Road phase one nearing halfway mark
Five months after the starting date, construction works for the first phase of the controversial Fabers Road upgrade project is nearing its halfway mark. The first phase of the project, which covers the area between Sister Clara Muhammud Muslim Community Primary School and the Fabers Road Police […]

Women in art exhibition held in the south
In commemoration of Women’s Month, the Pen Cayetano Studio Gallery, located in Dangriga, in collaboration with the Women’s Department, held its 9th annual LUK Ya (Look here) Women in Art exhibition. The exhibition, held on March 2, gathered a wide range of artists using various different mediums, […]

Boy, 4, shot dead in front of his home & family
The Abraham and Goff families of Nurse Finley Crescent in Belize City and the children who attend Port Loyola Primary School on Faber’s Road are in mourning over the loss of Treshawn Goff, 4, who was shot dead in front of his home on Monday […]

Belize city man critical after being shot at home
A Belize City man, Kearney Thompson, 31, is in critical condition at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH) after he was shot to his right lower back and left lower abdomen around 6:55 p.m. on March 3rd. According to police, Thompson was sitting on a porch on […]

Orange Walk mechanic loses life in freak accident
An Orange Walk resident from San Luis village was killed in a freak accident over the weekend after a tractor, which he was doing mechanical work on crushed him to death before crushing a pickup truck and uprooting a nearby tree. According to police, Elijio Grajalez Sr., […]

Teacher and car dealer shot in Belize city
A Belize city teacher and a car dealer are recovering from gunshot injuries sustained on Rhaburn Alley in Belize city on Tuesday night. According to police, Jerilin Flowers, 49, sustained gunshot injuries to her left foot while Kadeem Myers was shot to his upper left leg just […]

Electorate grew 8% since last municipal election
Voters across 9 municipalities went to the polls on March 7th to choose the individuals and parties that will govern locally for the next three years. At last report, 114,574 people ages 18 and over were registered to vote, representing an increase of 8% since […]

PUP’s Bernard Wagner prepares to take on CitCo
Municipal elections 2018 are now history – with only San Pedro’s results still in limbo – but by all accounts, voter turnout was relatively low; however, People’s United Party (PUP) Belize City Mayor, Bernard Wagner is keying in on a few priority areas as he […]

PUP wants San Pedro recount, PM says ‘no’
The People’s United Party are demanding a recount of the ballots cast in San Pedro after the March 7 Municipal Elections, following allegations of election tampering; however, the United Democratic Party says it’s not going to happen. The PUP said that the total number of […]

The Local Government and Local Economic Development
While the traditional duties of local authorities tend to revolve around the role of infrastructure development and garbage collections, in more recent times it has become widely accepted among local governments in many jurisdictions that they too have a pivotal role to play in economic development. To be honest, this […]

Editorial
Softly, softly, but with devastating result, the People’s United Party under leader John Briceño upset the balance of power in last Wednesday’s municipal elections, winning Belize City, Orange Walk and Corozal Towns A low voter turnout, the thing the UDP incumbents dreaded most, was responsible for the loss in Belize […]

UDP wins 2018 Municipal Election Belize City win augurs well for PUP in 2020
The incumbent United Democratic Party (UDP) swept six of nine municipalities in the west and south, but the Opposition Peoples United Party (PUP) made substantial gains, consolidating the North by winning Corozal Town and sweeping the Belize City UDP stronghold. Final result: the UDP won […]

Man stabbed and left critical; witnesses fear for lives
A Belize City man is in a critical condition at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH)after he was beaten and stabbed by three men early Wednesday morning and a group of men who witnessed the incident now fear for their lives. Raheem Elington is clinging […]

San Pedro experiences water shortage
There is reportedly a water crisis in a section of San Pedro Town that has inconvenienced residents needing to shower, do their laundry, cooking and cleaning. For the past few days, residents in the San Mateo area of the island have been without running water […]

Evangelical church unhappy with Section 53 Appeal
The National Evangelical Association of Belize (NEAB) says that it is saddened by the decision of the Roman Catholic Church to remove itself as an interested party in the appeal of the constitutional challenge of the Criminal Code, Section 53. NEAB said this week that […]

Blogs

Taking the Coastal Express Water Taxi to Town on A Gorgeous Day
Day after day I bump and bang to San Pedro town in our golf cart. The road north on Ambergris Caye is paved to about the 3.5 mile mark but after that? I’d describe it all…back breaking. Jagged pits and ruts, random rocky outcrops…you zig and zag the entire way. Once in a while I take a trip to town and back on the Coastal Xpress. It’s the only intra-island mass transportation. The Coastal runs from town, north, every 2 hours. Shuttling employees, school kids and tourists between the resorts and homes. It also takes about half the time as my golf cart journey (currently about 50 minutes to town) – though it can be extended by the number of stops it makes. Here’s my journey yesterday.

International Sourcesizz

16 Best Mayan Ruins to Explore (Actun Tunichil Muknal to Xunantunich)
Caracol, Xunantunich, and Actun Tunichil Muknal are all highlighted in Green Globe Travel's list of amazing Maya Archaeological Sites(not ruins please). They have an interesting take on the translation of Xunantunich... There's some good history information in the article. "Built some 1300 years ago, Xunantunich (whose name means 'Sculpture of Lady' in the Maya language) was the ceremonial center in the Belize Valley. The site is located along the Mopan River, near the border with Guatemala. Its central feature is Belize’s second tallest structure (at 130 feet), which is rather generically referred to as 'El Castillo.'

Belize announces three-fold expansion of protected ocean waters
Today at the World Ocean Summit, the government of Belize has announced it will expand its network of no-take zones, a type of marine protected area, from approximately 3 percent to over 10 percent by the end of 2018. The expanded areas are managed in concert with a national secure fishing rights program established in 2016. “For Belize, a healthy ocean and small-scale fishing are a matter of survival,” said Fisheries Administrator Beverly Wade. “We are a country dependent on our seas for jobs, income, and food. We are taking this step because the culture and health of our communities are intricately tied to healthy reefs and fisheries.” This new expansion comes as Belize was recently recognized for the impact of its sustainable fisheries. According to the most recent ‘Mesoamerican Reef Report Card’ by Healthy Reef for Healthy People, Belize’s no-take zones show growing fish populations and biodiversity.

Videos

  • 2018 Municipal Elections Wrap Up, 45min. on Open Your Eyes

  • Peoples United Party Recap of Municipal Elections 2018, 65min. on Open Your Eyes

  • And their off! La Ruta Maya Belize River Challenge! Video by Richard Harrison!, 1min.

  • Wingsuits over Belize Feb 2018 , 5min. Wingsuit skydive footage from the Tsunami Exotic Skydive Boogie in Belize February 2018.

  • Belize Travel Vlog: Diving With Insane Sharks!, 5.5min. In this vlog, I show you how to spend a couple days in Belize, whether it is diving with sharks and rays, exploring secret beaches, riding on golf carts through unexplored areas, cave tubing, hiking through the jungle to the ancient mayan ruins, or kayaking and paddleboarding.

  • The Belikin La Ruta Maya 2018 Live Broadcast by The National Channel,

  • On a typical day during the Central American Waterbird Census, 1min.

  • Here are a few impressions from ITB Berlin , 2min.

  • La Ruta Maya: The sprint to the ferry, 1/2min.

  • Reef Swim across the English Caye Channel, 1min. We are sooo ready for this year's Reef Swim across the English Caye Channel on Monday, March 12th in support of our Belize Barrier Reef World Heritage site. Who's joining us?????

  • Grace & You - Grace Curry Goat recipe, 30min. on Open Your Eyes

  • K'Waun Samules of K1 Fitness spoke to us about how to use technology to reach your fitness goals, 18min. on Open Your Eyes

  • PUP Seeking for New Election Process in San Pedro, 3.5min. PUP Taking Court Action for New Election in San Pedro - Allegedly 275 Ballots Cannot be Accounted for by Elections and Boundaries Commission.

  • Gilharry playing at central park in Corozal, 3.5min.

  • Swimming with the fishes, 2min. This video is meant to be a partial inventory of the wildlife we saw in Belize, and a little thank you to my parents and the rest of the gang for a wonderful trip.

  • 10th of Parade, Belize City 2017, 15min. St. Georges Caye Day celebrations

    March 9, 2018


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    The San Pedro Sun

    Scheduled ground-breaking for island new school postponed
    The groundbreaking for the construction of a new primary school building in San Pedro Town was announced by Daniel Guerrero on Saturday, March 3rd during the United Democratic Party (UDP) rally held at the Honourable Louis Sylvestre Sporting Complex. The ground-breaking was tentatively scheduled for that same Saturday, but due to unforeseen commitments from the Minister of Education, Honourable Patrick Faber, the event has been postponed with a new date yet to be announced. The schools are to be built north of San Pedro Town and according to Guerrero, the area is being prepared for the ground-breaking. Additionally, he reiterated the UDP’s intentions to continue providing the access to education to everyone. Guerrero also mentioned that along with Minister Heredia, The San Pedro Town Council (SPTC) has helped many students in subsidies and for the current year, such assistance continues.

    Sunshine Scholarship Foundation benefits from Sean McDermott concert
    Sunshine Scholarship Foundation hosted their second annual fundraiser concert on Friday, March 2nd at Palapa Bar and Grill. The concert featured performer Sean McDermott who brought the Broadway spirit to island residents and visitors. The event saw a large crowd of supporters for an evening of fun entertainment while supporting a worthy cause. The fundraiser concert started at 7PM, with Eiden Salazar and Sunshine Scholarship Founder, Eve Dirnback welcoming attendees and thanking them for their continued support towards the foundation. “I want to thank everyone who came out tonight to be an apart of this fundraiser. I also want to acknowledge all the various people and business who have continuously supported the Sunshine Scholarship Foundation. Thanks to the support we can continue to provide education to unprivileged children in San Pedro,” said Dirnback.

    Police United defeat San Pedro Pirates F.C
    During the eighth week of the Premiere League of Belize (PLB), Police United F.C defeated the San Pedro Pirates F.C at the Isidoro Beaton Stadium in Belmopan City on Sunday, March 4th. The island team fought hard to win the match but when the long whistle was blown it was a clear 3-1 victory for the Police United F.C.

    Islander players to represent Belize in the UNCAF Beach Soccer Cup
    On, Thursday, March 1st the Football Federation of Belize (FFB) issued a press release stating the names of the players selected to represent the country of Belize in the upcoming Central American Football Union (UNCAF) Beach Soccer Cup. Among the selected players are San Pedro athletes Rugerri Trejo, Sean Mas and Highking Roberts. The players who are taking part in the training will be representing Belize in El Salvador from Thursday, March 29th through Saturday, March 31st. The team has been practicing since Monday, March 5th under the administration of Dennis Serano and Rivera. The San Pedro Sun congratulates all the players that were selected and wish them the best at the UNCAF Beach Soccer Cup.

    Ambergris Today

    Will There Be a Recount of San Pedro Ballots? PUP Discusses Options
    The People’s United Party in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye today is looking into legal options and working along with its headquarters to come up with a plan of action regarding discrepancies in voter numbers in the Belize Rural South municipality. The PUP Secretariat has suggested a recount and the UDP Secretariat is neither accepting or rejecting the suggestion. Members of both political parties spent the entire afternoon at the Election and Boundaries in San Pedro going over the numbers presented to them by the returning officer. We understand that the PUP is leaning towards calling for a recount, but are still discussing their legal options as they believe that the discrepancies have raised some doubts in the process of vote counting. They have also indicated that today their numbers are off, compared to that of the returning officer from when they signed off at the end of election day.

    A Look at Alaia Boutique Resort Debuting 2020 on Ambergris Caye
    Autograph Collection Hotels, in partnership with owner and developer Andrew Ashcroft, announced on Wednesday, March 7, 2018, the brand will debut in Belize with the 2020 opening of Alaia – a one-of-a-kind boutique resort, set amidst the beautiful and culturally rich southern part of Ambergris Caye Island. Perfectly suited for Autograph Collection Hotels, Alaia will join the 135 independent hotels in the brand's diverse and dynamic collection - each celebrating the founder's passion, thoughtfulness of design, inherent craft and connection with the locale.

    San Pedro Red Again, Danny and Team Go for Third Term in Office
    It was one of the most exciting and nail-biting municipal elections in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, history as an entire county waited on the voting results for Belize Rural South. It took almost nine hours to get the results and for the United Democratic Party to claim victory for the third consecutive term with Mayoral candidate Daniel Guerrero at the head of the UDP Red Team. It was a super close race for the seven seats in office of the San Pedro Town Council as the People’s United Party (PUP) narrowed the gap significantly.

    Misc Belizean Sources

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    Job Opportunity in Corozal
    Vacancy exists at Baymen Cable & Internet for the post of Female Cashier. The female should possess the following criteria:- 1) Mature female who must be 25 years and older 2) Must have an Associate's degree preferably in Accounting 3) Must be knowledgeable in Quickbooks 4) Must be computer literate...

    Caye Caulker Beach Cleanup
    Come join OCEANA in an effort to keep our beaches clean. Help us and participate in our Reef Week activities. Sunday March 11th, 9am at the beach of the Mangrove Park and will be heading south. Everyone is invited! For more information call 600-2862.

    Welcoming this year’s Youth Ambassadors cohort to the Embassy!
    What an energetic and impressive group of young Belizean students! We are proud of you and wish you a great trip to the United States!

    Recount in San Pedro
    After the PUP was originally declared the winner, the UDP leaders requested for a recount, and one of the Ballot Boxes was found to have another 162 Votes which reversed the result in favor of the UDP. So now the PUP has requested a recount. The ballots cast do not match with the Official Copies of these ballots. The election officials issued 5,134 ballots, but 5,296 ballot votes appeared in the boxes. Votes counted were 2667 for Daniel ‘Danny’ Guerrero (UDP), and 2629 for Andre Perez (PUP) equals 5,296.

    MARÍA UICAB, PATRONA DE TULUM: COMMANDER AND PRIESTESS
    María Petrona Uicab was from the middle of 1860 commander and priestess of the rebellious Mayan soldiers of the peninsular east. Daughter of a cruzo'ob commander with the surname Uicab, María was one of the main figures of the rebellious Mayans in the war they waged against the troops of the state of Yucatan and the Mexican federal government. The military commanders of the villages of Chumpón, San Antonio Muyil and Noj Kaaj Santa Cruz obeyed the orders of the priestess, who resided in San Antonio Muyil and was the interpreter of the designs of the three crosses that had their sanctuary in the Holy Pueblo Santa Cruz Tulum, ancient Tsama '. An anonymous author, referred in this way in 1868 to the authority that had reached between the rebels: "From this period dates the establishment in Tulum of a woman named María Uicab, who apparently recognizes all the attributes of sovereignty with a sacred character".

    Official statement from the Government of Belize Press Office regarding the results of the San Pedro Town Council elections
    Statement on Concerns Raised in Relation to the Voter Turnout for the San Pedro Town Council Election It has come to the attention of the Elections and Boundaries Department that there exist concerns in relation to the voter turnout for the San Pedro Town Council Election held on March 7th, 2018. The Department wishes to assure the general public that the official result of the San Pedro Town Council Election has not yet been released by the Elections and Boundaries Department. This information will only be released upon receipt of the official forms from the Returning Officer and after all figures have been checked and verified for accuracy.

    How travellers can win a trip and protect the coral reefs in Belize and Australia
    While Belize and Australia may not be near each other on the map, the countries share a connection as the home of the two largest barrier reefs on the planet. Now, in an effort to help those important ecosystems, the Belize Tourism Board has teamed up with the World Wildlife Fund to create the Sister Reef Project, which will raise awareness and funds for the protection of the reefs. The Belize Barrier Reef is a popular diving and snorkeling destination that attracts visitors from around the globe. It was dedicated as a Unesco World Heritage Site in 1996. Luckily for those eager to visit Belize, there’s a chance to win trips to see it for yourself. The project is an online fundraiser that will allow travellers to buy credits that will go towards reef conservation efforts, and enter them to win experiences in Belize. The prizes include airline tickets, accommodation at more than a dozen resorts, an aerial tour over the Great Blue Hole, diving tours and more.

    SARTENEJA EASTER REGATTA
    Let your travelling feet take you to our beautiful and scenic Sarteneja Village this Easter April 1st 2018. It will be a day for all the family to build wonderful memories and have lots of fun.

    BEL advises that electricity bills for February and March 2018 will be delayed for some customers
    We apologize for the inconvenience and invite you to try our Account Balance Query SMS service: http://youtu.be/ay7Xmk2qSJc

    Fly with Rony Kid's Art Class
    Rony Jovel will be teaching art classes for the kids over the next 6 Saturdays. Classes will be held at the Wildfire Artzmosphere. "FLY WITH RONY! Rony Jovel brings a lifetime of making art to his role as art teacher. Let your kids beeee freeee! Your child will learn about painting as well as collage. Kids will discover the joys of re-purposing junk to make something beautiful! 6 week session: $120. includes materials. A DEAL! SIGN YOUR CHILD UP TODAY! You will be glad you did. space is limited..."

    Paradise Theater playing this weekend:
    Ferdinand, Downsizing, Paddington 2, Jumanji.

    Channel 7

    UDP Loses Ground, But Holds Unto Two-Thirds of Municipalities
    The Municipal elections are over - and tonight, the UDP can claim victory, again - for the fifth municipal election in a row. The ruling party won 6 of 9 municipalities and 41of 67 seats overall. But, they lost their crown jewel, which is the Belize City Council - and, very surprisingly, lost the vote in 6 of 10 city municipalities. Tactically, symbolically and in real terms, that alone is a huge setback for the UDP - a real back - breaker, and it is also that much of a momentum giver for the PUP which pulled off an upset with convincing numbers in the UDP’s biggest stronghold. Still the UDP can console itself that it controls the municipalities in the west and south, namely Benque Viejo, San Ignacio Santa Elena, Belmopan, Dangriga and Punta Gorda - while the PUP now holds the north completely in Orange Walk and Corozal, and snatches that jewel in the central area, Belize City. The only mixed slate is in Dangriga where a single PUP councillor, Erica Jang was elected.

    Barrow Proudly Proclaims Victory
    So with control of those 5 towns and the Capital City, the UDP leader today proudly proclaimed victory at a press conference where he tried, at least, to look past the major upset in the city. Here’s how he put it at a press conference populated by party supporters:… Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow - Prime Minister of Belize: "Thank you to the Belizean nation, thank you to the municipalities for allowing the UDP to celebrate yet another big victory. The UDP has won 83 percent of all municipal seats in the period between 2006 and 2018. Our accomplishment is unprecedented in the post-Independence era of Belize. When you consider the relentless assault in particular of the media they have bombarded us, they have lambasted us without cease, without let to a cease. When you consider how the way they told it the odds were completely stacked against us that we could have produced this performance where in areas we actually increased our margins some places.

    Can UDP Arrest “Inevitable” Inertia?
    And while the Prime Minister said that losing Belize City and Corozal has energized him to regain the lost ground, the fact is that there is a tide in politics - and the UDP may been facing its inevitable low tide - meaning its quite remarkable winning stream going back to a 2003 by-election might just be running out. We asked the Prime Minister about things falling apart:… Jules Vasquez: "Up until 10 years in it is the first time your administration is suffering a consequential setback at the polls. Setback, I have to make the question because I only get 3. So building on this my question is how will this retooling of the strategy to try to fight the inevitable inertia. How will that affect your timeline for departure if at all?" Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow - Prime Minister of Belize: "When you describe it as a setback you're not suggesting that it is a loss."

    City is Blue For The First Time In 12 Years
    But, it’s not like that “lack of presence” happened just yesterday - the UDP went into the municipal election knowing full well that it had huge holes to fill. But the party never thought twice about it because it was counting on huge blowout victories in Collett, Port Loyola, Mesopotamia and Queen’s Square - and to at least break even in Pickstock. But, those never materialized in Port Loyola and Pickstock, where the UDP lost. And that led to the biggest upset of the election where Belize City has gone blue again after a 12 year drought. Sahar Vasquez was all around the city for our Up Fi Grabs coverage and she has this story:… Upset, devastation, and shock. The UDPs unflappable confidence was shattered in the course of 16 hours. The team of eleven experienced members went into the election with very little doubt. In fact, they were almost sure they would pummel PUPs rebirth team.

    PM Barrow Bruised By City Loss
    Today, while the Prime Minister celebrated the 6 municipalities he did win - he conceded that losing Belize city bruised his party:… Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow - Prime Minister of Belize: "There's no getting away from it, we lost Belize City after controlling it these very, very, many, many, many long years and it is a blow but if we dwell too much on that blow then we cheapen the victory in those 6 municipalities, the handsome victory in those 6 municipalities and that we will not do. We had 6 out of 10 they were able in terms of the municipal elections yesterday to creep up and over turn our margin in Pickstock and to do the same in Port Loyola, that is cause for some concern. Regarding Port Loyola, well I shan't say too much, we're not yet certain of Minister Martinez plans for the future. He had already indicated that it is not his intention to stand again at the next general elections so if that position still holds and I imagine it does it is a matter of our moving quickly to fill the void in time for re-registration which starts in July.”

    New City Mayor - Did He Try To Send Everyone Home?
    And while the UDP are looking for a reset in Port Loyola, the PUP are now resurgent in the city - which was the UDP’s stronghold. Leading that resurgence is new mayor Bernard Wagner. Wagner has many plans to continue Belize City’s transformation but what is his first order of business as Mayor? He said he’s focused on getting to know his new staff: Bernard Wagner - Belize City Mayor/PUP: "Ms. Vasquez fantastic win for the PUP. We were the underdogs going into this election, we started in October as the rebirth, we felt that we could not take anything for granted. We had to beat the incumbent at their own game." Sahar Vasquez: "Sir tell us what will be your first order of business once you get into the office."

    Dion Bows Out
    So, while those are transition tremors as Belize City prepares itself for a PUP Council to take over, the UDP’s losing mayoral candidate, Dion Leslie is hoping that those can be kept to a minimum. We caught up with him today attending an elections post-mortem meeting at the UDP Headquarters. But, while Leslie concedes defeat, he is asking the new Mayor not to commence a wholesale cancelation of the Darrell Bradley Administration’s development initiatives for Belize City. He gave us a few examples of the programs started by the last administration, which he hopes Mayor Bernard Wagner would consider continuing:

    How The West Was Won
    We’ve already given you the broad outline of yesterday’s election: the PUP went from controlling just one town with 5 councillor candidates, to controlling two towns and the big city, with 25 seats. The UDP went from controlling 6 towns and two cities, to controlling 5 towns and one small city with a total of 41 seats. Overall, it was a mixed bag - with both sides able to claim decisive wins. But, nowhere was it more decisive for the UDP than in the west - which the red swept with three decisive victories. Looking only at the margins for mayoral victories, we start off in Belmopan, where UDP Mayor Khalid Belisle beat PUP’s Tanya Santos by 943 votes. Belisle got 3,298 votes and Santos got 2,355.

    Chebat Blame Turnout For Loss
    So the PUP simply couldn’t break their losing streak in the west and one factor that the PUP believes led to this dismal outcome was the voter turnout- it was very poor. PUP Standard Bearer Michel Chebat expressed his disappointment with the results. We caught him as he exited the Center for Employment Training last night. Michel Chebat - PUP Standard Bearer: “Clearly this is not the result we were expecting, the team was out there, we worked very hard, obviously the people, the voters are disenchanted and they did not come out to vote, a low voter turn-out is always in favor of the incumbent and in San Ignacio and the Cayo district here we had about 52% total so we knew earlier on that it would have been against us.”

    The Blue Was Bullish Up North
    We take you now to the north - which is the PUP’s stronghold. We start first with Orange Walk, where the UDP’s were trying to pull off a huge upset in John Briceno’s hometown. That’s the only town that the PUP won a majority of the seats in 3 years ago, if the ruling UDP was able to reverse that, it would been a deathblow to Briceño’s command of the north. Our news team was there, and Daniel Ortiz reports: Early in the morning at the San Francisco polling station, we found the PUP Incumbent, Mayor Kevin Bernard, and his UDP challenger, Phillip De La Fuente , trying to secure as much votes as possible. Both men were projecting confidence for the end result in Orange Walk, however, the incumbent was predicting a landslide.

    UDP Left Shell Shocked In OW
    So, that was a serious blow out that the UDP suffered yesterday, and, today, we got a reaction from both the UDP Mayoral Candidate for Orange Walk, and the Orange Walk East Area Rep., who was trying to close the gap on the PUP. Here’s what they had to say about the PUP’s dominance in Sugar City: Daniel Ortiz: "I know you're disappointed in Orange Walk. You were as a UDP general holding your ground, holding the line, the East." Hon. Elodio Aragon Jr. - UDP Area Rep., Orange Walk East: "We always knew it was going to be hard in Orange Walk. We were up against the opposition party leader, we were up against a lot of money, we knew it was going to be tough, we were trying to ensure we get out and have our campaigners get out there and bring out the vote."

    UDP Lost Narrowly in Corozal
    Our news team was also in Corozal Town where both major mass parties put together teams made up almost all new candidates. The ruling UDP was trying its best to hold on to Corozal after its 4 term mayor moved on. Here’s what our news team found in that northernmost town: Up in Corozal Town, the two mass parties were clamoring for the municipality as best as they could. Both sides featured new faces in politics. The PUP was hoping to seize on the opportunity of four term Mayor Hilberto Campos’s exit from municipal politics. While the UDP was hoping that a long-time town council employee would make a seamless transition to the Mayoral office. Both sides were predicting that they would be victorious.

    Will PM Barrow Help Blue Municipalities?
    So, now that there are three PUP municipalities, will the UDP central government leave them out in the cold by being stingy with funding? Today the Prime Minister said he’ll do his best with limited resources:… Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow - Prime Minister of Belize: "Within the limits of our resources we are sure not to punish anyone, that's not our style but the resources are limited and so it is a matter of judicious allocation and I don't know if judicious necessarily means equal. So we will try to assist everybody but I am reminded of that good ole Jamaican saying the Pastor christens his pikni first, that's all I will say."

    Was Crime A Critical Factor In Election Outcome?
    And while PM Barrow could have a little fun with that one - he didn’t joke at all when speaking about the crime problem in Belize City. It was likely a huge factor in the Belize City loss for the red - and how could it not be? - with three children murdered and one more shot in the Belize district in two and a half weeks. Indeed, crime is a problem that has bedevilled the UDP for its ten years in office, and, tomorrow, the Prime Minister is going to the House of Representatives with a new raft of anti-crime legislation. Today, he said changes have to be made in the approach to law enforcement: Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow - Prime Minister of Belize: "The question of crime and what happened in the days and perhaps and weeks before the election, in my mind undoubtedly played a role. No doubt in my mind what took place in terms of the usurps in criminal activity played a role and the government is well aware that there is a need to do more."

    Gang Rivalry In Close Quarters
    There’s been another shooting incident in an ongoing rivalry between neighboring streets. On Tuesday night, 27 year old Kadeem Myers, was coming out of his neighborhood in Rhaburn’s Alley, when a man passing on bike opened fire on him. Police told us more: The rivalry is between two groups that live on the same block. Retaliation is likely.

    Raheem Is Critical
    And a man is in critical in the KHMH after a strange stabbing in the city. Cowo told us more:..

    UDP’s Quick Post-Election Post Mortem
    So far in tonight’s news, we’ve shown you the broad outline of the results of yesterday’s municipal elections, and looked at the battlegrounds in some key municipalities. The UDP has lost ground, in Corozal and Belize City, but as you saw, the Prime Minister is still proudly proclaiming a victory. But the party lost ground in many key area, and today the PM invited his party brass to headquarters for some real talk behind closed doors about what happened, and what went wrong.

    Sedi Sticking Around
    And, Pickstock representative Wilfred Sedi Elrington also has to do some serious stocktaking. The UDP slate lost in his area - after a strong challenge from PUP Deputy for the East - Anthony Mahler. So is he going to retire rather than face a possible humiliation at the polls? Today he said he likes a good fight:… Jules Vasquez: "In this an indication that your fortune in Pickstock are flagging and that perhaps it is time to make an orderly exit?" Hon. Wilfred Elrington - Area Representative, Pickstock: "That is not my view, that is far from my view. Actually I like the prime minister I like a challenge so you will have me around for a long time, a long time."

    Khalid Claims His Second Term
    And the storyline is different for the UDP’s Mayor in Belmopan. Khalid Belisle won by almost a thousand votes giving him a second term in office. Today, outside of this UDP election’s post-mortem, we spoke with him about his victory, and how national issues affect his electability in the Garden City.

    See Ya, Superman!
    And from that mayor to the man who would be mayor - Phillip Willoughby. He tried to gain his party’s nomination as its mayoral candidate but failed. And yesterday, after 4 terms in city hall, he was voted out. Today we met him at the Prime Minister’s press conference where he told us what’s next:…

    Channel 5

    City Goes Blue as P.U.P. Gain Ground in Municipal Elections
    Following Wednesday’s momentous municipal elections, Prime Minister Dean Barrow called a press conference this afternoon that was chock full of news and analysis ahead of Friday’s budget presentation. We’ll have [...]

    P.M. Concedes, but Says All is Not Lost
    Prime Minister Dean Barrow readily admits that the loss of the Belize City Council is a heavy blow to his United Democratic Party, and not one that will be easy [...]

    Dion Leslie’s CitCo Farewell
    U.D.P. Belize City mayoral candidate Dion Leslie suffered a stunning defeat on Wednesday.  The People’s United Party slate, led by political newcomer Bernard Wagner, dealt the ruling party a staggering [...]

    P.M. ‘Bigs Up’ Leslie for Effort
    Leslie was personally endorsed by both former Mayor Darrell Bradley and many of the upper echelons of his party. His victory at the ITVET grounds seven months ago over Philip [...]

    Keep Calm on Pickstock, Says Sedi
    Steady efforts by area representatives Wilfred ‘Sedi’ Elrington and Anthony ‘Boots’ Martinez in the Pickstock and Port Loyola constituencies, did not prevent the United Democratic Party from losing considerable grounds [...]

    Boots Running Out of Time?
    Minister and Port Loyola area representative Anthony “Boots” Martinez remains under a cloud of accusations concerning his relationship with former caretaker and alleged contractor Kirk Lamb, who says he used [...]

    Controversy Mars Well-Run Election in San Pedro Town
    Discussions continue at news time in San Pedro, where on Wednesday night the People’s United Party felt they had claimed yet another scalp from the ruling United Democratic Party. But [...]

    Results to be Challenged in San Pedro…
    As of news time, a legal challenge to the results is pending. The Elections and Boundaries Department made note in a press release this evening that the result given this [...]

    …But Not if P.M. Can Help It
    But if it were Prime Minister Dean Barrow making the decision on a potential recount, the answer would be no. The United Democratic Party leader made a two-pronged attack on [...]

    O.W. Stays in P.U.P. Fold
    In Orange Walk Town, the home of the P.U.P. Leader, John Briceño, victory was predictable.  But the popularity of Mayor Kevin Bernard would give the party a further boost and [...]

    P.M. Says U.D.P. Will Fight Back
    Aside from winning the boxes in Orange Walk North for the first time, the P.U.P. would also win in the Orange Walk East constituency, which was won handsomely in the [...]

    Corozal Also Goes Blue
    We go to Corozal, where after long years of a drought, victory was sweet for the People’s United Party. The team led by Rigo Vellos would go on to reverse [...]

    Belmopan’s Belisle is Back for Another Term
    The nation’s capital Belmopan provided less political drama than other municipalities and therefore an expected result. The United Democratic Party and incumbent Khalid Belisle earned a comfortable victory over their [...]

    ‘The Red Hills’ of Cayo
    The red hills of Cayo also remained red on Election Day. Both San Ignacio/Santa Elena and Benque Viejo del Carmen returned a full slate of United Democratic Party members as [...]

    U.D.P. Secures Dangriga after P.M. Visit
    A split council in Dangriga, where the U.D.P. has a majority hold, but the P.U.P. made a small mark with one councilor candidate. Both main political parties faced off in [...]

    P.G. is Also in Red Fold
    The U.D.P. also retained their hold on the Punta Gorda Town Council. In the southernmost municipality, three political parties contested the elections. The U.D.P. led by mayoral candidate Ashton McKenzie; [...]

    No Punishment, Says P.M., but Few Resources
    The People’s United Party now claims three of nine municipalities, including Belize City.  With a United Democratic Party central government, how will they fare off for the next two years?  [...]

    Time for Action on Crime
    The Barrow administration has been fairly quiet on the relentless issue of crime and violence that has been plaguing Belize City.  The Belize Police Department has rolled out its two-year [...]

    City Man Critical after Stabbing; Did Responders Move Too Slow?
    A near-fatal stabbing incident on Tuesday night has left one person hospitalized at the K.H.M.H. and friends with whom he was socializing, in earnest fear of their lives.  Raheem Ellington [...]

    Car Dealer and Teacher are Gun Targets
    Meanwhile, a Belize City resident remains in custody tonight pending further investigation into an attempt on the lives of a couple on the eve of municipal elections. Police say car [...]

    LOVE FM

    Figures for San Pedro Town still not finalized
    It was a hotly contested election in San Pedro and it was not until the early hours of this morning that the UDP’s Daniel Guerrero claimed a slim victory over the PUP’s Abner Andre Perez. The UDP maintained its grasp of the San Pedro Town Council with Guerrero receiving 2667 votes to Perez’s 2629. That’s …

    PM’s sentiments on Elections results
    As you saw the People’s United Party gained grounds yesterday. They are now in full control of two town councils and one city council. This is a huge step forward for the PUP in the municipalities and an incredible lost for the UDP. While the Prime Minister has conceded defeat in Orange Walk, Corozal and …

    Why did the UDP lose Belize City?
    The voter turnout this year for the Municipal Elections yesterday decreased compared to the official figures of 2015. The UDP lost ground yesterday so today the media asked the UDP Leader and Prime Minister Dean Barrow what factors may have influenced their loss in three of the municipalities, specifically Belize City.

    UDP Leader encourages ‘Boots’ Martinez to stick to his plan and not run again
    One of the areas in Belize City that the People’s United Party managed to take a hold of is Port Loyola. This is traditionally a strong hold for the UDP and is the constituency of UDP Minister Anthony ‘Boots” Martinez. Minister Martinez has been embroiled in allegations of corruption made against him before the elections. …

    PM says no new taxes for new fiscal year
    Prime Minister Dean Barrow will present the budget for fiscal year 2018/2019 tomorrow. In a previous interview with Financial Secretary Joseph Waight he said that the budget this year will be a billion dollars. Today Prime Minister Dean Barrow was asked if his budget will include any increase in taxes.

    Belmopan remains a UDP stronghold
    It has been only since the year 2000 that the capital of Belize, Belmopan, has been involved in the Municipal Elections. As a result, PUP won and controlled the first Belmopan City Council, thereafter, it fell into the hands of the UDP. The UDP has been running the Belmopan City Council since then and will …

    Dion Leslie concedes defeat
    A total of sixty-four thousand nine hundred and fifty-five persons went to the polls yesterday which represents fifty-seven percent of the registered voters. The UDP has been controlling the Belize City Council for over ten years; however, in yesterday’s Municipal Election the UDP lost control of the Belize City Council. Love news spoke with UDP’s …

    Women’s Month theme: “Hashtag Press for Progress”
    Belize has been celebrating International Women’s Day in March since 1970; however, in recent times the entire month is celebrated. This year’s theme is “Hashtag Press for Progress”. Love news spoke with Taheerah Usher, the Interim Human Development Officer who said that during the month women’s progress is celebrated as well as a time to …

    PlusTV

    Independent Candidates say they are viable options
    Independent candidates all over the country have made it known that they are viable options at the polls tomorrow. Running for Independent candidacy in Belmopan is Richard Smith of the Christian Pursuing Reform Party or the CPR. Richard Smith ran in previous municipal elections as a mayoral candidat...

    Blogs

    Iguana Juan’s brings comedy to the La Isla Bonita
    Iguana Juan’s clever tagline is definitely a hint that inside their ‘old building’, there is a ton of character waiting for its guests. With their comedy club and restaurant experience, Brad and Shannon Reeder have made it their mission to extend the fun vibes to La Isla Bonita. Their first comedy show on February 21st featured local and international comics, and the mix of residents and visitors were in stitches all night. Rob Burrows, owner of Crazy Canuck’s Beach Bar opened the floor and shared his observations as a bar owner who has seen it all. From golf cart jokes to drunk tourist tales, Burrows had everyone primed and ready for the acts that followed.

    International Sourcesizz

    Belize launches sister reef project
    Despite being on opposite sides of the globe, Belize and Australia are connected as the home to the planet’s two largest barrier reefs. These fragile habitats are under threat from environmental impacts and must be protected. To help, the Belize Tourism Board has partnered with World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to create the Sister Reef Project, a campaign to raise awareness and funds for Australia’s Great Barrier Reef and the Belize Barrier Reef. The Sister Reef Project is an online fundraiser benefitting WWF. Travelers are encouraged to buy credits to enter to win multiple curious items and experiences in Belize, while simultaneously donating to a worthy cause. All funds from the project will go toward WWF to support its reef conservation efforts in both Belize and Australia.

    Videos

  • San Pedro Municipal Elections 2018, 3.5min. The United Democratic Party wins third consecutive term under Mayoral Candidate Daniel Guerrero in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye. The People’s United Party concedes but not without putting up a good fight and narrowing the people’s votes.

  • Official Orange Walk Municipal Election Results in favor of PUP, 3min.

  • Belize Interlocking Paver & Blocks, 1/2min. First BIPB interlocking block home on a third floor. Looking very strong, very aligned, and beautiful. When the walls finish they are FINISHED... no need to plaster, paint, no window and door edge finishings... just a little polishing and sealing!!!!

  • 2018 Belize Boogie (and Blue Hole) jumps, 5min. A little video I made about some of the 2018 Belize Boogie (and Blue Hole) jumps... Rich Grimm is a good friend living the dream in Costa Rica but has organized and managed multiple boogies in Belize. Saw them on our trip last month. What a great group of guys and gals who know how to party and live life. Check out the views of Belize in this vid!

  • Altun Ha Mayan ruins, 9min. Touring and exploring the Altun Ha Mayan ruins in Belize.

  • SAILING FROM JAMAICA TO BELIZE, 11min. In this video we are sailing to Belize after spending 1 month in Jamaica with our boater friends. It took us 5 and a half days to get to Belize but we kept our selves busy by playing games and reading.

  • Belize Baboon Conservation, 3min.

  • Exploring Caye Caulker keys, 4min.

  • Skydiving into the Great Blue Hole, Belize, 8min. Jumping from a plane at 14k and landing in the water, in the Great Blue Hole (and then scuba diving to 142ft )

  • BSI ASR WEEKLY CROP REVIEW 2018 week 12, 3min.

  • Talk Ah Di Town March 8, 2018, 28min.

  • Betec, 10min. on Open Your Eyes

  • VOGUE Press for Progress, 3min. This is cool but how much COOLER is it that Joyjah, a Belizean model, is a part of it. On International Women's Day, Vogue presents: celebrity lip-sync. Starring Nicole Kidman, Ashley Graham, Winnie Harlow, Natalia Vodianova, Toni Garrn, HAIM, Dua Lipa, Ana de Armas, Blanca Padilla, Andreja Peji, Halima Aden, Joyjah Estrada, and Celina Jade

  • Caye Caulker w Belize - atrakcje wyspy | CzasNa Wywczas, 4min.

  • Deep Sea Fishing Belize, 2 50 Min, Leaving Sittee River, 3min.

  • belize 2018, 3min. belize scuba diving and adventuring.

  • Silk Caye, Belize 2018, 2min. This tiny little speck of island in the middle of the Carribean ocean. I'd be lying if the thought "I wish these people would get off MY island" didn't enter my mind.

    March 8, 2018


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    The San Pedro Sun

    Tiger Sharks overcome 2017 NEBL Champs
    Another victory was added to the San Pedro Tiger Sharks scorecard on Saturday, March 3rd after they defeated the current National Elite Basketball League (NEBL) 2017 champions, the Belmopan Bandits. The game was held at the Angel Nuñez Auditorium in San Pedro Town where the 2017 champions and sub-champions clashed in a game that almost resulted in a loss for the Tiger Sharks. But the hard work by the island team paid off and at the end of the four quarters, the Tiger Sharks emerged victorious 95-91. The auditorium was packed with basketball fanatics when the match tipped off at 9PM. In the first quarter, the home squad managed to garner a four-point lead. By the end of the first half of the game, both teams retreated to the lockers with a tight score of 47-43 in favor of the Tiger Sharks. In the second half of the match, the Bandits kept pressuring and upping their game. For a few minutes they were up in the lead, but just before the third quarter was over back to back scores made by island team players Andrew Ortiz and Jihad Wright brought up the score to 72-65. The Tiger Sharks were ahead again with a close score.

    Video: UDP takes San Pedro for a third term, 5min.

    Oceana Belize hosts a beach clean-up on Ambergris Caye
    Oceana Belize hosted a beach clean-up campaign in downtown San Pedro on Sunday, March 4th. The activity was hosted as part of Oceana Belize’s Reef Week activities. At 9AM, a group of residents gathered in front of St. Peters Cemetery to begin the beach clean-up. Heading south of the island, the team encountered large amounts of garbage on the beach such as plastic bottles, Styron foam products, and clothing among other items that are bad for the marine ecosystem. Around 10:30AM, the team stopped in front of the Belize Chocolate Company where they took a break and dumping approximately 10 bags loaded with garbage. After the short break, the team continued with the cleaning campaign, moving south where they encountered another huge amount of garbage.

    Martin Dawson and Primmates Fighting Club from Mexico host MMA seminar in San Pedro Town
    Both adults and children participated in a Mix Martial Arts (MMA) seminar hosted by professional fighters on Saturday, March 3rd and Sunday, March 4th in San Pedro Town. The seminar was put together by island MMA fighter and instructor, Martin Dawson who along with Mexican MMA fighter Sergio Manuel Rosado Perez from Primmates Fighting Club in Chetumal, Mexico taught participants Jiu-Jitsu, wrestling and self-defense techniques. The seminar was held at the Cardio Dance Studio located in the San Juan Area of San Pedro Town. The first session was with the children, who eagerly followed all instructions while learning new and useful techniques.

    Island players drafted for Belize National Team
    The Football Federation of Belize (FFB) has drafted a selection of players for the Belize National Football Team to represent the country in a friendly match against Grenada’s National Team on Thursday, March 22nd. Among the selection of players are three footballers from San Pedro Town; Yusef Guerra, Jesse Smith, and Asrel Sutherland. The players for the National Selection were chosen from various football tournaments hosted across the country. Here in San Pedro, the tournament that facilitated the selection of players was the San Pedro Pirates Football Club that is a part of the Premiere League of Belize (PLB). The match between Grenada will take place at the Isidoro Beaton Stadium in Belmopan City starting at 8PM. Tickets are on sale through FFB. The game will also be broadcasted live.

    Ambergris Today

    Karissa Vasquez Celebrates Her Quinceaños
    Family and friends take the opportunity to wish Karissa Vasquez the happiest of days today, Wednesday, March 7, 2018, as she turns 15 years old. A Quinceaños celebration is very special to a young lady as she commences her transition from childhood to adulthood. The community of San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, wishes Karissa a very Happy Birthday (Happy Quince).

    Video: San Pedro Election results 2018, 37min

    Misc Belizean Sources

    mzz

    OFFICIAL RESULTS FOR DANGRIGA: 2018 MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS!
    FINAL DECISION: SPLIT COUNCIL, 6 UDP CANDIDATES, 1 PUP CANDIDATE

    Belize Diabetes Association Corozal Branch presents Bridging the Gap, Community Outreach Fair
    March 17, at Corozal Central Park from 8:30am-3:30pm.

    DIGITAL NOMAD MEETUP SAN PEDRO
    Come join your community to learn, connect, inspire, and discover Belize APRIL 16 - 23, 2018. Life as a digital nomad means we need time to get things done. Time management is a critical element of this lifestyle. During our week together we will have a 'mini-project' goal setting session. Let's check something off your To-Do list. It can but doesn't necessarily need to be work related maybe you have a personal goal or a project. Bring it to our week together and we will keep each other accountable.

    George Price Highway rehabilitation
    The project George Price Highway Rehabilitation aims to improve the road connectivity within Belize’s main districts and with Central America by rehabilitating the George Price Highway road infrastructure between miles 47.9 in Belmopan and 67.3 in Santa Elena to national standards, decreasing travel time and costs, reducing road fatalities and injuries, and ensuring road accessibility by improving the corridor’s climate change resilience. The George Price Highway is a two lane highway that begins in Belize City on the Caribbean Sea and proceeds west across Belize over mostly flat terrain until reaching the Guatemalan Border past Benque Viejo del Carmen. The section to be rehabilitated spans from the junction with the Hummingbird Highway on the western edge of the national capital of Belmopan to the Loma Luz roundabout at the entrance to the twin towns of Santa Elena and San Ignacio.

    Placencia Breeze March 2018
    What’s Inside: Pg 5 ... Placencia Superwoman to Speak at UN Headquarters Pg 6 ... Sunken Vessel Removed from Placencia Harbour Pg 7 ... From the Fire Hearth: Bitter is Better! Pg 9 ... Croc Corner Pg 10 ... Vacationing Architect Sketches Placencia Moments Pg 11 ... Jimmy Buffet's Parrotheads Party for a Purpose in Placencia Pg 14 ... Mek We Go to Placencia! (contind.) Pg 15 & 18 ... Placencia BTIA Membership Directory Pg 16-17... Placencia Peninsula Map Pg 19 ... Sidewalk Art Fest a Triumphant Success! (contd.) Pg 20 ... Rotary Ups the Ante in February Pg 21 ... Through the Eyes of a Sea Ranger Pg 21 ... Ban the Bag! Pg 22 & 23 ... Placencia Peninsula Guide Pg 25 ... Sidewalk Art Fest a Triumphant Success! (contd.) Pg 26 ... Breeze Teen Spotlight: How I Carved My Path as a Young Peninsula Athlete Pg 26 ... Young Runners for Life Club Holds First Race for 2018 Pg 27 ... St. Alphonsus Cleans Up Pg. 27 ... Annual Calendar of Events Pg 29 ... Sidewalk Art Fest a Triumphant Success! (contd.)

    'Marine Reserves and Ecosystems'
    Ms. Mariela is coordinating Hol Chan's presentation entitled 'Marine Reserves and Ecosystems,' at San Pedro R.C.

    Hol Chan Marine Reserve tour guide training
    Hol Chan Marine Reserve has embarked on an alternative livelihood program to assist by providing them with tour guide training

    Our Lady of the Way R.C.SCHOOL door competition
    Fostering our young minds at Our Lady of the Way R.C.SCHOOL. ThAnks to all students and teachers fit their hard work. The door competition was a success.

    Havana Night - Signature Promotions
    Signature Promotions presents Havana Nights at The Pickwick Club. The Latin Dance and Music Experience with Dj Special + Super Mario + Dj Scorpion. Photos by Will Moreno Photography

    Rehabilitation of Portion of the George Price Highway
    The Government of Belize, through the Ministry of Works, has signed two contracts to carry out rehabilitation works on the George Price Highway between the City of Belmopan and Blackman Eddy Village. These works entail the construction of a new bridge in Roaring Creek and rehabilitation works along the route including the replacement of culverts, construction of new drains, paving, signage as well as earthworks including transporting, placing and compacting. All these works require the use of heavy construction equipment and workmen on site. The Ministry of Works is committed to keeping the highway safe and passable during this time and therefore asks the public to please exercise extreme caution when approaching and driving between Roaring Creek and Blackman Eddy Villages.

    BELIZE FISHING REPORT: Weeks of Feb. 26th - Mar. 4th, 2018
    Great week for bonefishing as all anglers were successful. The winds remained moderate to strong during the beginning of the week but quieted down toward the end. The temperature of the water is on the rise, so some of the larger bones have moved into deeper water, but a few larger fish are still around. Lots of fish were eating well as the weather settles.

    Annual Warden Conference
    The Embassy hosted our Consular #ardens for an annual Warden Conference. Consular Wardens are private U.S. citizens who volunteer to assist the Embassy in communicating with U.S. citizens throughout Belize, alerting them to emergency situations, providing updates on ongoing events, and facilitating the distribution of routine administrative information. As part of this year's conference, victim assistance specialists in Washington DC participated by video link to provide training on victim assistance and resources. We thank ALL our wardens for their service and dedication to helping U.S. citizens in Belize!

    Fitzgerald "Palas" Joseph was knocked down by a bus driver around mile 11 on the George Price Highway
    Palas is a veteran cyclist who had a marvelous performance last Sunday in the Belmopan Classic where he placed 3rd.

    PIC OF THE WEEK - On Election Day - Blue or Red Lemonade?
    A lemonade stand just outside the polling station on San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, asks you to choose the winning color of the day. Who do you think will win? Red or Blue? It's an ingenious way to sell lemonade.

    Lulu's funeral on Caye Caulker
    Please note that the Lulu's Funeral is Saturday 10th @10am in Caye Caulker at the Roman Catholic church.

    Paint N Splash
    See you this week at from 2-4pm Thursday.

    Corozal. The Blues have it
    Rigo Vellos and the People's United Party municipal slate have won.

    Child Stimulation Month at the Corozal Library!
    We're having a blast with the little school kids!

    Screen on the Green is this Friday, March 9 @ the GG field in Belmopan!
    Please join us to celebrate Womens History Month and enjoy the movie HIDDEN FIGURES!

    Alexandra's fundraiser for Archaeology in the Community
    I started AITC 9 years ago. Never in my dreams could I have imaged the company would turn out to become an international organization that teachs people around the world about archaeology. As this wonderful organization turns 9, I am asking you to donate $19.99 to help us celebrate this wonderful achievement and the wonderful year we have lined up! Thank you for your support. Without all of you this would not have been possible!!! I've included information about Archaeology in the Community below.

    Breaking Belize NewsPJ

    PUP takes Corozal
    Unofficial reports from up north indicate that the People’s United Party (PUP) have claimed the Town Council in Corozal. Unofficial reports also indicate that the PUP have won the Orange Walk Town Council as well.

    Blogs

    The 10 Best Beach Resorts in Belize 2018
    To complement the popular articles: the top luxury Belize resorts and the best Belizean eco-lodges, I’ve decided to create a list of my favorite beach resorts in Belize. At first, I did not want to write another article that includes my top hotel picks since I’ve already written about many of my favorite hotels in previous posts. However, after some deliberation, I realized that it will indeed be useful to have a one-stop article on beach resorts so that readers that are only interested in a beach vacation can stay at the best beach resorts in Belize.

    What's new in Placencia, Rotary auction & Sargassum seaweed!
    New sub shop in Placencia! Chris, a great guy who has been living in Belize for several years - has opened a new restaurant where Hot Chicks used to be - and he is getting rave reviews about his Subs and Chicken! Check out Sidewinders Subs & Rotisserie Chicken on Main Street. Cha Chi's - look for future Thai Pop Up events and live music! New Store - The new Placencia Pharmacy has been in its new location for about a month - really nice!! And it is right around the corner from CBC :) Food Delivery - When you are in town and you are feeling lazy, and want to get food delivered - this is a relatively new place, getting great reviews, and they will deliver hot dogs and hamburgers to your door! The Burger Joint -

    Gud Maanin Belize
    Belize is a happy country and its normal to greet each other with a “Hello”,” Good morning “, a “Hi how are you” or a “What’s happening”. We are the only country in Central America where English is the official language. But depending on where you are in the country and who you are talking to, you will discover quite a diversity of language in the manner of greeting strongly related to the melting pot of cultures that are our people. In areas where the Mestizo culture is strong particularly in northern Belize and the Cayo district, the favored language is Spanish and familiar greetings are “Buenas Dias”,”Hola” and “Que Pasa?” Northern Belize still has several Maya villages, where Yucatec Maya is still spoken, though sadly the language is dying out. “How are you” is “Bix yanikech”, Good morning is “Ma’lob Ja’atskab K’iin”

    How to Travel to Belize on a Budget
    Belize is an amazing and exotic getaway destination, but the good news is that you don't have to break the bank to travel to Belize. If you've been interested in visiting Belize but were worried about affordability, we've provided this handy guide for exploring this astonishingly beautiful country on a limited budget.

    Farmers Market Wows Food Lovers in Belize
    Many visitors to Belize come to the country unsure about what to expect when it comes to the local food. Belize, however, is famous for its fresh-caught seafood and organic produce, and one of the best places to learn more about food in Belize is at one of the country's open-air markets. At the open-air markets in towns like San Pedro and San Ignacio, a combination of permanent shops and roadside stalls sell a dazzling array of local goods, including items you might not expect such as artisanal cheese made domestically in Belize. Ian Anderson, the founder of the Caves Branch Lodge in central Belize, brought in a number of award-winning cheesemakers in order to develop a line of world-class cheese products, including smoked and aged varieties.

    12 Awesome Reasons To Spend Your Winter In Belize!
    Some people love winter, some of us think winter downright stinks. It gets cold, in some places, there’s snow – blizzards, slick roads, and all that iciness. You gotta layer up to the point that you look like some sort of nylon turkey, and even so your fingers and toes can hardly stay warm. Spending winter in Belize is no cake walk either, it’s quite the challenge!

    Mayan Food: 9 Awesome Dishes You Should Try!
    Food is awesome. That is a fact that is not up for debate. Anyone, even the strictest of dieters will tell you that food is great. Mayan food, arguably more awesome and we’ll get into WHY shortly. In the era of globalization, it’s made even better because you don’t need to be restricted by the foods you grew up eating. Instagram, Pinterest, and Snapchat give our friends (and really anyone) the perfect conduit to give everyone who dares to look some foodspiration before our good friend google tells us where to get, or how to make some of it! How often do you stop, and ponder on where this food came from, or better yet – who even invented it? The answer is probably not often, and who could blame you? If it tastes great you have no time to stop and get philosophical about it. We’re here to take that load off you; check out our list of Mayan Food you absolutely must try!

    International Sourcesizz

    Marriott Expanding to Belize
    Marriott is adding Belize to its Caribbean portfolio. Marriott’s Autograph Collection is partnering with developer Andrew Ashcroft on a new property in Belize: Alaia. The boutique hotel, which will be set in the southern part of Ambergris Caye, is slated to make its debut in 2020. “With the forthcoming opening on Alaia, I am thrilled to begin this real estate and hospitality lifestyle brand in the inspiring place I have called home for nearly 20 years,” said Andrew Ashcroft, Managing Director. “Joining Marriott will provide future owners and guests of Alaia a unique opportunity to intimately connect to their surroundings, while embodying the high-quality standards of the Autograph Collection brand: heartfelt design, mark of craft and sense of place.”

    Appeal of Belize decriminalization ‘effectively over’
    An attempt to reinstate Belize’s anti-sodomy law is “effectively over,” says LGBT rights activist Maurice Tomlinson. He congratulated Belize activist Caleb Orozco, lawyer Lisa Shoman and their team for the achievement. “This is victory shared by all the Caribbean!” Tomlinson said. Tomlinson was responding to the fact that the Catholic Church in Belize last week pulled out of the appeal of the 2016 decision by the Belize Supreme Court to overturn the country’s prohibition against consensual anal sex (Section 53 of the Criminal Code). Orozco was optimistic, but more guarded about the move. He is executive director of the United Belize Advocacy Movement (UNIBAM), which works for LGBT rights and health.

    Videos

  • "Rock The Reef" concert, 1.5min. Here is the highlights of a recent video production of the celebratory "Rock The Reef" concert for our valued client, Oceana Belize. We certainly had a fun time swaying to the beats of Belize's top musical artists such as Melonie Gillett, Dajah Music, Tanya Carter, Verge Of Umbra, Supag Martinez among many others. DJ Jago and DJ Troy Dalla Flowers also kept the crowd moving.

  • San Pedro Mayoral Candidates, Andre Perez (PUP) and Daniel Guerrero (UDP), comment on the ongoing election process, 1.5min.

  • UDP Mayoral Candidate, Daniel Guerrero, delivers message to San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, on Election Day., 1min.

  • PUP Mayoral Candidate, André Perez, sends a message to the residents of San Pedro, Ambergris Caye., 1min.

  • Exploring Belize Barrier Reef, 4min. Snorkelling with sharks, green sea turtles and thousands of colourful fish in the second largest coral reef system in the world is a truly breathtaking experience. The Lighthouse Reef, which is part of this reef system, is very easy to explore, you don't need to be a diver, it is enough to be a decent snorkeller to see this wonderful world. There are more than 100 types of corals here, and 500 species of fish.

  • Belize nice catch and release a iguana!, 2min. in San Pedro Ambergris Caye

  • Belize Turneffe Atoll, 6min. 3 Tank dive at Turneffe Atoll in Belize with Belize Pro Dive Center. We saw lionfish, lobsters, eels, beautiful coral and large sponges.

  • Ambergris Caye San Pedro diving for conch!!, 7.5min. It was an excelente day for diving for conch.

  • Ambergris Caye Belize fishing from a dock!!!, 5min. It was a slow afternoon but I still enjoy it to the max!!

  • Rocky point San Pedro fishing ends with a conch ceviche, 17min.

  • Marlon Lopez - Blancanneau Lodge - Belize, 4min.

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

  • Bird watching in San Pedro Belize, 2min.

  • Channel 5 live Video Election Coverage..., 4h4.

  • UDP takes San Pedro for a third term, 5min.

  • San Pedro Election results 2018, 37min

  • Orange Walk PUP mayor, 7min.

  • Corozal View, 4min.

  • United Democratic Party (UDP) San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, 2.5min. The United Democratic Party (UDP) celebrates victory in the 2018 Municipal Election with a 3:30AM town parade. San Pedro,

  • CAYE CAULKER BELIZE!!! Caye Caulker 2018! Best vacation spot!, 12min.

  • Belize 2018 San Pedro, Swimming with Sharks, and Flying a Cessna Caravan, 5min. WHAT A DAY. We swam with sharks, I flew a plane in a foreign country, and we interviewed two businesses.

  • Dive 1 - Princess Palace with Sea Sports Belize - Carnival Freedom Cruise, 4min.

  • Last day in Belize, 4.5min. San Pedro

    March 7, 2018, Election Day!


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    Specials and Events

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


    The San Pedro Sun

    Police Report
    Drug Trafficking On Thursday, March 1st at 5:15AM, San Pedro Police conducted an Anti-Drugs Operation and visited the residence of 43-year-old Percival Edward Armstrong Belizean of a San Pedro address. Present at the time of the search was 61-year-old American National Debbie Klauber, 39-year-old Spaniard scientist Agustin Gregorio Suarez, and 33-year-old German Event Organizer Ina Hermannsdorfer.
    Found Property On Thursday, March 1st at 7:40AM, San Pedro Police conducted an Anti-Drug Operations in the DFC area that resulted in the discovery of a black plastic bag containing cannabis amounting to 696 grams.

    Oceana Belize to hosts a Cocktail & Conservation Fundraiser at Mahogany Bay Village
    As part of the 2018 Reef Week activities, Oceana Belize will be hosting a Cocktail & Conservation Fundraiser on Saturday, March 10th at Mahogany Bay Village. The event will feature an evening of music, cocktails, and food as well as various presentations by Oceana and conservationist from across the country. All proceeds from the event will go towards supporting the Reef Week Initiatives. “We are so excited to share this event with the community of San Pedro Town.

    SPJC places second at this year’s ATLIB Football Tournament
    The San Pedro Junior College (SPJC) male football team placed second place in the Association of Tertiary Level Institutions in Belize (ATLIB) Sports Committee Football Tournament on Saturday, March 3rd. The competition took place at the Ambergris Caye stadium in San Pedro Town with two female and three male teams from the Belize District battling to represent the central zone at the National Tournament. At the end of the day, it was Saint John’s College Junior College (SJCJC) that took the first place in both categories and the ticket to participate at Nationals.

    Belize and Mexico discuss Disaster and Risk Analysis and Management
    In Belmopan on March 2, 201, Belize’s Minister of National Emergency Management, Hon Edmond Castro, met with a delegation headed by the Director of Mexico’s National Center for Disaster Prevention (CENAPRED), Doctor Carlos Miguel Valdes. Matters discussed included, Training, Data Sharing, and Regional Collaboration in Disaster and Risk Analysis and Management.

    Ambergris Today

    New Justice Of The Court Of Appeal Sworn In
    Justice Lennox Kirkwood Campbell was sworn in as a new Justice of the Belize Court of Appeal by the Governor General H.E. Sir Colville Young, at the Belize House in the City of Belmopan on Monday, March 5, 2018. Justice Campbell has served as Legal Advisor on various matters to the Government of Jamaica, served as a member of legislative committees, and has received professional and national honors including appointment to the Queen’s Counsel in 1999 and awarded the Order of Distinction (Officer Class) in 2016. Justice Campbell is 72 years old and is a Jamaican national.

    Misc Belizean Sources

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    R.I.P. Lulu. May you Rest In Peace and rise in glory
    He will be greatly missed. Condolences to family and friends.

    BTIA Meets with Department of Environment to discuss the DOE Hotels Environmental Checklist
    The BTIA will be reviewing the process presented and state its official position with comments and recommendations. Our members made it clear that we support the works and efforts of the DOE and are in support of environmental compliance requirements for the most part. The Secretariat and its members in attendance expressed their main concerns about the additional costs to stakeholders and the presence of another tedious process. The cost and process of conducting business in Belize continuous to become a more challenging environment more specifically for small and medium businesses.

    Corozal - Here is a clandestine garbage dump site on the roadside just outside the town limits
    About a mile from the entrance to southend along the Ferry Road. We took this photo just recently. As far as we can recall, it has been there for years. It is unhealthy and unsightly. Many of these illegal dump sites happen to be on the the periphery of the town boundaries, therefore outside the scope of responsibilities of the town council.

    Scholarship Opportunities: GRADUATING PRIMARY SCHOOL STUDENTS
    Students who are approved for the scholarship program will receive Four years of FREE Tuition and Textbooks at High School of their choice. Application form and details on requirements can be found at www.belizetelemedia.net/scholarship-program. DEADLINE: May 18, 2018

    Teachings of Quetzalcoatl(Kukulkan)
    The Yucatec Maya called Quetzalcoalt "Kukulkan" and he was admire for his teachings . Enjoy the teachings of the Indigenous teacher,The Native Christ,The Prophet . The term Toltec is used as those from MesoAmerican who follow the Toltecayolt which means " The art of living".

    Promoting Belize at the Los Angeles Travel and Adventure Show!
    The Belize Hotel Association was at the Los Angeles Travel and Adventure Show on February 24 and 25, 2018, promoting our members and the country of Belize. Representatives, President Ted Tejada and Marketing Director Tessie Tonaco, met and spoke to over 500 persons who were very interested in Belize, and the many activities that our country has to offer. Several persons already had vacations planned to Belize this year, while others were visiting on cruise ships, and many more had a very eager interest in vacationing in Belize in the near future. The Travel and Adventure Shows are the largest and the longest running series of Travel shows in the U.S.A., with over 76 shows, in the past 14 years.

    La Ruta Maya pre race meeting on Thursday night
    Hey Belikin La Ruta Maya Belize River Maya followers, the pre race meeting takes place this Thursday night at 6pm on the 2nd floor of the Embarcadero Plaza in San Ignacio. The crew will be there from 4pm for late registration. It is right across from the Welcome Center.

    Belize Band Fest 2018 Text Voting
    The Text Voting to determine the Most Popular Band for Band Fest 2018 starts on Monday February 26, and closes at midnight on Friday March 23rd. Digicell Subscribers can register your vote by texting the number of The Band of your choice to 22637 (BANDS) SMART subscribers can register your vote by texting the number of the Band of your choice to 8946.

    BELIZE FISHING REPORT: Weeks of Feb. 19th - 25th, 2018
    A windy week, but sunny most of the time. Our anglers had a pretty good week of Bonefishing in spite of the windy conditions. The guides are really skilled at finding places to fish no matter what the circumstances. Some of the anglers managed to boat over twenty fish a day. The week ahead looks promising and should produce great fishing days.

    Seatrade Cruise Global 2018

    Exceptional Talent Show
    Happening this weekend in Belmopan!

    Bringing Belize’s health and education leaders together for a lively discussion
    With Fulbright Scholar from the U.S. Dr. Carla Reigle Fry. Enhancing health and education is everyone’s business!

    Tacogirl raising funds for Solar Panels for Schools
    I am actively campaigning to raise $7200 in 7 days. Funds will be used to pay for installation of solar panels on New Horizon and the San Pedro High School. Work will be done by Kenyon College. I got first four donations of $200 each this afternoon. Thanks to Brittney ODaniel of Sandbar San Pedro, Diana Evans of FEATHERS and Sarah Reza of Have Fun Stay Fit for helping get the ball rolling to make this important endeavor happen. Please make contact if you are willing to help. $6400 left to Raise by March 12th. Cost Breakdown: $3600 BZD per school for a complete package installation and basic monitoring assistance. This includes a total of 16 panels; 8 per school, two Inverters, a few other components, mounting hardware, and wiring.

    Channel 7

    The Slaughter of The Innocents Continues: 4 Year Old Boy Murdered
    12 year old David Morrison was murdered two weeks ago; 1 year old Gregor Mena was shot in the toes on Wednesday night, 1 year old Alyssa Nunez died on Sunday, and last night, the victimization of the innocents continued with the murder of 4 year old Treshawn Goff. At the end of last night's news we told you he had been gravely injured. Well, he died just before 7:00 this morning. As we found out today, he was playing in his grandfather's yard when death came for him. Sahar Vasquez reports on the loss of a precious little life:...

    Police Say They Are Making Headway
    And today, police didn't have much details on this case but they assured the public that they are making headway. ACP Edward Broaster, Commander of Operations: "Last night we had the shooting of the 4 year old and Mr. IBraham. Unfortunately the 4 year old succumb to his injuries and we would like to extend our condolences to the family. We are trying our best to deal with the situation. We have been making inroads from last night in the investigation and I believe by later on today or tomorrow we will be having significant evidence or information that will see possibly arrest."

    PUP Leader Asks “What The Hell?”
    And with today's shocking death, Opposition Leader John Briceno felt pressed to speak on the murder. Yes it is a day before election, but he says the killing of another child suggests a dangerous tipping point:.. Hon. John Briceno, Leader of the Opposition: "The violence and despicable attack even against our innocent children is symptomatic of moral decay occurring all across our nation. I think that we as a people must take stock as to where we are, as parents, as family members, neighbors, community leaders, churches, everyone. This is something that we need to address very quickly. We need to show not only empathy and sympathy and concern for the family, but we also have to show some sort of outrage. How can this be happening in our country in such a small society where everyone knows one another."

    Policing Politicians
    2018 Municipal elections are finally here. And along with the thousands coming out to vote across the country, the police will also be on guard in full force - prepared for pretty much everything that could happen or could go wrong on election day. ACP Edward Broaster Commander of Operations told us about their on-the-ground strategy. ACP Edward Broaster, Commander of Operations: "Well the police has the members of the police department from different detachment in full force in all districts and towns for the city and town council elections and already we are having problems with political parties with banners and so forth which we are addressing as we speak but we have the numbers to police the elections and we hope that we have a peaceful elections as has been the tradition in Belize."

    Another Attack On Hon. Montero For Compensation
    And speaking of elections, the Leader of the Opposition made sure to seize upon the very last opportunity to sway voters with another revelation about the family of UDP Cayo Central Representative Rene Montero. Birceno produced documents which show a 2011 compensation settlement for Montero's sister. She first got the land in 1998 - in the last days of the Esquivel Administration. The PUP took it back, and then she - like other members of her family - got compensated when the UDP was re-elected. Hon. John Briceno, Leader of the Opposition: "I just issued a release where the Montero family collected another 1.4 million. They paid $13,229 for land in 1998 and now the Barrow/Faber UDP government have compensated Minister Montero's sister and brother-in-law to the tune of $1,488,019.53. If that is not an outrage, if that doesn't get us upset - first to be able to want to take some sort of action, then what?"

    They Stole His Land With Internal Complicity Claims Man
    And one Stann Creek man is claiming another kind of land irregularity. Derick Garcia - who lives and works in Cayman - but he's a Belizean who got 2 pieces of land on northern Ambergris Caye during the UDP's time in office. But he lost the titles, and applied for new ones back in December of 2015. He went back to Cayman - and didn't know when someone forged his name and transferred the land to another person who he's never met. Garcia told the media his story today:.. Derick Garcia - Claims Land Fraud: "To my surprise I was informed that both titles are no longer in my name. I inquired about it at the front desk, I was told that the record show that I am no longer the holders of those 2 titles. The land was indeed transferred on May 25th 2016. The transaction was signed off by the transferor which should have been me. The signature does not match mine."

    Another Southern Traffic Fatality/a>
    Two men died on the southern highway this weekend, and now there's been another traffic fatality in the south. This morning at around 6 police responded to another fatal road traffic accident. This time the accident occurred in the village of Crique Sarco which is in Western Toledo. Forty-six-year-old Carlos Chun was driving his motorcycle when he lost control and was flung off the bike. He was found lying dead on the ground with his bike on top of him. The body now awaits a post-mortem examination.

    SMART Help For Hand In Hand
    Today Hand in Hand Ministries received a much needed monetary donation from SMART. It's $15,000 dollars. The money will certainly go a long way to assist with projects especially those geared towards children and families affected by HIV and AIDS. We were there for the handing over: Abel Vargas, Director of Operations, Hand in Hand Ministers: "Well first of all the donations we are getting from smart is an encouragement for us really. Ever since we started hand in hand about 15 years ago we have always tried to garner local community to assist us because most of our monies come from abroad of course and it is very important for us to show some local support so when Smart rose to the occasion for this it was very encouraging and we are very excited about it."

    Churches Abandon Section 53 Appeal
    Last night, we told you how the Catholic Church was completely pulling out of the Appeal of the Section 53 judgement. That's the case that Gay Rights Activist Caleb Orozco brought to challenge Section 53 of the Criminal Code which made sodomy a criminal offense. 1 year and 7 months ago, Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin delivered a landmark decision making it completely legal between consenting adults. Shortly after the ruling was handed down, the Churches stepped up public pressure on the Government, urging them to make a limited appeal. That was supposed to open the door for the Catholic or the Anglican Church to appeal the entire decision itself. Very early into that process, however, the Anglican Church stated clearly that they had no intention to push for a full appeal of the decision.

    Man Gets Off, Accuser Killed
    30 year-old Mason Patnett, who has been facing an attempted murder charge since December of 2012, was finally told today that he no longer has to worry about that crime, at least not right now. Patnett was charged for the shooting of 23 year-old Marvin Bul. Just over 6 years ago Bul was in a yard on Dove Street in Ladyville when a car pulled up and a gunman shot him. Police arrested Patnett and 21 year-old Raheem Crawford, and the cops charged both men with attempted murder, wounding, and use of deadly means of harm. In August of 2014, Raheem Crawford was shot and killed, leaving only Patnett to face those charges which they allegedly committed against Marvin Bul.

    What’s Really Up For Grabs Tomorrow
    And so tomorrow March 7th is the Municipal election. It's long anticipated and debated, but really the hype exceeds the event. Really, it's just a local election, which may shift the balance of power - but it cannot overturn that balance. Jules Vasquez looked at what's up for grabs:... Tomorrow, 114,574 voters in 9 towns and cities countrywide will get 11 hours to choose which of these 158 candidates, 134 from the main mass parties, 24 independents they want to leade their municipalities. They will do so at 51 polling areas and 215 polling stations from PG to Corozal Town. In the last election in 2015, 59% of the voting population came out countrywide - the greatest percentage in Orange Walk Town, and the lowest percentage in Belize City.

    That Festival Feeling
    And, before we get into all that politics mish-mash, we leave you tonight with highlites of the very precious pre-school festival of the arts as a part of child stimulation month.

    Channel 5

    4 year old Treshawn Goff is silenced, and nobody knows why
    A young boy, a student of the Port Loyola Pre-school, did not live to see his fifth birthday. Before eight o’clock on Monday night he became the latest victim of [...]

    Four of nation’s youngest dead in two weeks; many more scarred
    It has been a deadly child Stimulation Month so far in which two children lost their young lives in violent and despicable circumstances. Before that, two others perished in gun [...]

    Charges pending for Everal Martinez, but lawyer says he’s not afraid
    While freshly outraged by the death of Treshawn Goff, Belizeans are still thinking and talking about the tragedy of Allyssa Nunez of Maskall Village. She was sexually assaulted and sustained [...]

    P.U.P. says no to election boycott as Opposition Leader tackles crime
    Voters go to the polls in a matter of hours, but the national consciousness of the people is also focusing on the violent deaths of children. Around midday today, the [...]

    Despite mockery, John Briceño maintains bipartisan approach is needed
    Briceño’s youngest son is fourteen; he says he fully understands the pain of the families who have lost their children and others to violence. And despite the doubling of boots [...]

    Lands takes away Derick Garcia’s Ambergris property while he’s out of town
    In addition to the recent revelations of massive land compensation to connected government supporters revealed in the past few days, there are ordinary Belizeans still complaining about the shady dealings [...]

    More members of Montero family got compensation; Finance and Lands equally guilty
    Andre Vega, the son of former Lands Minister Gaspar Vega and Sharon Pitts were taken to court for the return of over four hundred thousand dollars given to them as [...]

    On the eve, fire engines come out for U.D.P. in P.G.
    On this eve of municipal elections, attention is once again being drawn to allegation of the misuse of government resources to support the ruling political party. On Monday night in [...]

    Where have you gone, Godwin Hulse?
    Minister Godwin Hulse has been pretty much silent in the past months. But last week the unassigned U.D.P. caretaker for the Fort George constituency was on the campaign trail with [...]

    Nolle prosequi stalls attempted murder case
    Crown prosecutors say they have insufficient evidence to try Mason Patnett in the attempted murder of Marvin Bull, who has been missing since 2014. They entered a motion of nolle [...]

    After delays, appeal against Araceli Cahueque comes to court
    The Court of Appeal has been considering the appeal of the Crown against Aracely Cahueque since 2016. She is the former Corozal resident and former beauty queen accused of abetment [...]

    What do the people say about Election Day?
    Voting starts at seven o’clock across the country on Wednesday morning. Thousands of registered voters will cast their votes to determine the sixty-seven candidates that will lead the two city [...]

    P.U.P. says it’s time to vote – U.D.P. out?
    At his press conference today, Briceño made a last appeal to voters to exercise their constitutional rights to determine the leaders of the towns and city councils across the nation. [...]

    Police will keep the peace at the polls
    The complement of the Belize Police Department will be deployed into the streets of Belize City, as well as other municipalities across the country tonight, in anticipation of the opening [...]

    SMART donates to Hand in Hand Ministries
    Hand in Hand Ministries received a fifteen thousand dollar cheque from Smart today. The donation will be used to cover operations cost for the outreach program of the non-profit organization [...]

    One step closer to end of UNIBAM appeal
    The appeal of the Section fifty-three case decided in the Supreme Court in August, 2016 is before the Court of Appeal. On one side is Caleb Orozco, Executive Director of [...]

    Unraveling the mystery of ‘cancer healer’ Mary Jewell
    On Monday, we reported on a woman who is operating as a healthcare practitioner in northern Belize without a license. The British woman, identified as Amanda Mary Jewell, according to [...]

    LOVE FM

    Treshawn’s life cut short by gun violence
    The ongoing gun violence has claimed the life of four-year-old Treshawn Goff. The incident occurred last night about seven forty, four-year-old Treshawn Goff was in a yard on Nurse Findley Crescent when gunmen opened fire. As a result, the child was hit to the right side of the head by gunfire and was rushed to …

    CWU advocates for tougher legislation
    Up to news time, no additional charges have been levied against 21-year-old Everal Martinez. It is expected that since 17-month-old Allyssa Nunez died on Sunday morning, he will be charged with a more serious crime. This is the reason his attorney Oscar Selgado did not apply for bail for Martinez when he was arraigned before …

    PlusTV

    Everald Martinez receives four charges for Baby Alyssa
    Belizeans from all across the country took to Social Media over the weekend in outrage and sorrow, expressing emotions of hurt and anger over the abuse and subsequent death of Baby Alyssa Nunez. The 17 month old toddler died at the KHMH on Sunday morning after being in critical condition for sever...

    Protests over Baby Alyssa’s abuse and death
    As we said, there was a crowd in front of the court house today where several persons gathered to voice their frustration over such a horrific crime and desire for justice to be served. We spoke to a few of them this morning. Mark Rheno, protestor I close my restaurant for a day just to come and s...

    Calls for Justice and stiffer penalties for sexual offenders
    Today, the NTUCB also released a statement condemning any form of physical, emotional or psychological abuse of children and women. The NTUCB says it is calling “… for all those responsible for the death of this baby to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. In addition, NTUCB urges legis...

    Two dead and 2 spared in fatal Traffic Accident
    Two men are dead after Sunday night’s fatal traffic accident on the Southern Highway. A red Astro van, driven by driven by 48 year old James Andrews of Independence Village and an Orange Great Wall Wingle, driven by 41 year old Michael Martinez of San Juan Village collided between miles 32 and 33 k...

    Two persons shot while sitting in Vehicle
    Two persons were shot in on Yorke Street in Belize City on Saturday Morning. Reports are that 49 year old Raymond Wayne Davis and Tiffane Vernon were sitting inside a vehicle when a lone gun man approached the vehicle and fired several shots at them. Police gave us more details. On Saturday,3rd of M...

    Another private land sold by Lands Department
    The Lands Department, also known as the “Hot Bed of Corruption” , as so eloquently described by Belize’s Prime Minister, is once again in the news tonight. Derick Garcia; a Belizean citizen who currently resides in Grand Cayman, approached the media today in disbelief of the injustice he says the...

    One Man Shot on Vernon Street
    A man was shot on Vernon Street on Saturday night while he was sitting on a verandah. Reports are that 31 year old Kearon Thompson was sitting on the veranda when he heard several shots fired. Thompson later realized that he was shot twice. Sometime around 7 Am on the 3rd Mr. Keron Thompson rather ...

    Freak accident leaves one man dead
    One man is dead as a result of a freak accident in Orange Walk. Plus News received reports that 49 year old Elehio Grahalez was operating on his tractor that did not want to start. Grahalez’s tractor reportedly started while he was inspecting it and ran him over. He was killed on the spot and his tractor was found 16 feet away from his body.

    Antelope Street Human Remains
    Plusnews received reports that the remains of a baby were found in a yard on Antelope Street today. While police did not confirm that it was the remains of a baby, they did confirm that human remains were found.

    Opposition leader calls for Investigation of Boots
    UDP Minister of Human Development and Poverty Alleviation Anthony Boots Martinez remains under sustained fire . As we told you last week, the Leader of the Opposition called for Minister Martinez’s resignation. Today, the Leader of the opposition sent out three letters: one to the Prime Minister, one to the Commissioner of Police, and one to the Director of the Financial Intelligence Unit.

    Another aggravated burglary in Belize City
    28 year old Belizean Steve Miguel Castillo was reportedly burglarized at his home address on Friday. Police reports are that when Castillo was entering his home in Belize City around 6 a.m this morning, he was met by a male person with a firearm.

    One truck overturns on highway; two explode on feeder road
    Two trucks collided today, causing a burst of flames. The incident happened on the road leading to Rockville off Mile 21 on the George Price Highway. WE don’t have the details but apparently, two trucks collided and caused some sort of fire ball.

    New Justice of the Court of Appeal Sworn In
    Justice Lennox Kirkwood Campbell was today sworn in as a new Justice of the Belize Court of Appeal by the Governor General H.E. Sir Colville Young, at the Belize House in the City of Belmopan.

    Rene Montero’s Family Receives Millions in Land Compensation
    More political scandal surface one week before the big municipal elections. Plus News has been telling you about allegations of corruption made against Minister Boots Martinez by his former employee Kirk Lamb. While Min Martinez continues to defend his position, Opposition Party Leader John Briceno,...

    Amandala

    154 “horses at the gate” for Wednesday’s Municipal Elections
    On Nomination Day, February 21, a total of 154 candidates were nominated across the political spectrum to contest the municipal elections, which will fill 67 seats in all 7 municipalities in Belize on Wednesday, March 7. The two main political parties, the United Democratic Party (UDP) and the People’s United Party (PUP), have a combined total of 134 candidates. The Belize Progressive Party (BPP) have fielded candidates in 5 out of the 7 municipalities.

    Elio Grajalez, 49, dies in freak accident in his yard
    Elio Grajalez, 49, a farmer of San Luis, lost his life in what is being described as a freak accident at about 10:00 Saturday morning in his yard. His own tractor rolled over him and killed him. Information to us is that Grajalez was working on his tractor, which he was having difficulty starting. He reportedly put the tractor in gear and was trying to make it start; he was inspecting the front of the tractor to try to see what the problem was when the machine suddenly started and lurched forward, knocking him down. After rolling over him, the tractor rolled for about 20 feet before it was stopped by a parked vehicle, which was damaged in the process.

    Toni Pasos, 32, convicted of manslaughter, appeals sentence of 17 years
    The Belize Court of Appeal, in its session which began today, has reserved its judgment for the appeal of Toni Pasos, 32, who was charged with murder but convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to 17 years in prison for the stabbing of Miguel “Chino” Medina, 51. The trial judge, Justice Herbert Lord, who was both judge and jury, had found that it was a case of provocation, and as a result, delivered a verdict of guilty of manslaughter on August 25, 2016. Pasos’ attorney, Hubert Elrington, only appealed his sentence, and not his conviction.

    Justice for Baby Alyssa!
    This morning in the Belize City Magistrate’s Court, Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford read four charges to Everal Martinez, 21, the stepfather of Baby Alyssa Nunez, 17 months old, of Maskall, who died in the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH) yesterday, Sunday, at around 4:00 a.m. Alyssa had been admitted in a critical state and had been placed on life support. All four offences for which Martinez was charged are said to have occurred on Wednesday, February 28, in Maskall, in the Belize Judicial District.

    4-year-old boy shot in the head on Nurse Findley Crescent
    Despite the fact that children were playing on the road of Nurse Findley Crescent, in front of the Abraham family’s house in Port Loyola at about 8:00 tonight, a brazen gunman drove up in a car from the direction of Fabers Road near Excelsior High School, into Nurse Findley Crescent, and after bringing the vehicle to a halt, came out firing. Ian Abraham, Jr., 27, a mechanic who was repairing his car in front of the house, was hit in the abdomen. There was confusion as the children and family members scattered for cover to escape the gunfire. The gunman then drove out of the area at high speed.

    NTUCB holds 51st AGM in the cultural capital, Dangriga
    Delegates from the 10 unions which make up the National Trade Union Congress of Belize (NTUCB) traveled to Dangriga for the umbrella group’s 51st Annual General Meeting over the weekend. Guest speaker for the occasion was the Dangrigan elder statesman, Dr. Theodore Aranda. In his address, Dr. Aranda told the union delegates that they should not limit themselves to efforts to better conditions of employment for their members.

    City Boys 10 & Under Grassroots – Week 4 results
    Good night, Football Family. The City Boys 10 & Under Grassroots Tournament 2018 continued with Week 4 games on Saturday, March 3, at Yabra field. In the 4 games scheduled, Warriors FC won by default (3-0) over Carlston Elite; City Boys Jr. clipped Reality Youths, 2-0; Sampson Academy got the 3-nil win over St. John Vianney; and Ladyville Rising Stars crushed Poor & Famous, 6-nil. Players of the day were: Jarreth Tablada, Jahson Stanford and Cael Pollard of Ladyville Rising Stars, and Raymond Gentle of City Boys with 2 goals each!

    Bandits undefeated at Week 8, with sights on CONCACAF berth
    Verdes FC is the Opening Season champion, but Belmopan Bandits SC is still undefeated at Week 8 of the Premier League of Belize 2017-2018 Closing Season and are beginning to demonstrate dominance (after two early season draws against Placencia Assassins FC and Verdes FC), and look poised to regain the championship, and with it a certain berth in CONCACAF League play. (See standings below.) On Saturday night at the Isidoro Beaton Stadium, the foreign forces were much in evidence, as the Bandits jumped to a 3-0 first half lead, and ended with a 3-1 win over visiting Placencia Assassins.

    Pepsi NEBL Week 7 highlights
    The NEBL Week 7 games this past weekend marked the half-way point (with a few back matches remaining) in a double round-robin regular tournament, where the top 4 of the 7 participating teams will qualify for the post-season playoffs. At the end of the 4 weekend games, the won-loss records showed San Pedro Tiger Sharks (6-1), Griga Dream Ballers (5-1), Smart Belize Hurricanes (4-2), DigiCell Belize City Defenders (3-2), Verdes (2-5), Belmopan Bandits (2-5), and Orange Walk Running Rebels (0-6). In the only Friday night game, Smart Belize Hurricanes visited the Sacred Heart Auditorium in San Ignacio, and came away with a 79-74 victory over Verdes. Hurricanes was led by Kurt “Chengo” Burgess 17 pts 15 rebs, Akeem Watters 16 pts 11 rebs, and Glency Lopez 16 pts; while for Verdes, Richard Troyer had 22 pts, and Darnell Oden 16 pts.

    Joslyn Chavarria, Jr. (Elite), Alicia Thompson (Female), and Fitzgerald “Palas” Joseph (Masters) take top honors in 37th Annual Belmopan Cycling Classic
    The Cycling Federation of Belize (CFB) and the Belmopan City Council co-sponsored the 2018 Belmopan Cycling Classic yesterday. As the last major cycling race before the legendary Holy Saturday Cross Country, this race normally serves as a gauge of cyclists’ state of readiness for the Big One; and the results are noteworthy, both for the dominance of the DigiCell-4G Team, which had 5 of the top 10 finishers, and for the competitiveness of some Weekend Warrior veterans, particularly one Fitzgerald “Palas” Joseph, a.ka. the Black Rocket, a 50-year-old former Cross Country 3rd place finisher, who out-sprinted 11 others, including some Elites and U23s, at the finish, to place 3rd in this year’s Belmopan Classic.

    Wednesday’s critical elections
    A couple days away from critical national municipal elections in Belize, we find this a difficult editorial to write. On Wednesday, the Belizean people will express their opinions on some important issues, and the likelihood is that our lives as Belizeans will change significantly. Whether Belizeans vote for things to remain the same, or they vote for there to be changes, the fact is that we, as we write, do not know what Belizeans will say by means of their ballots. As we write, we do not know how Belizeans will vote, so we are writing in ignorance about important opinions which will be delivered in critical elections nationwide. You may ask, how would our Belizean lives change significantly if Belizeans voted for things to remain the same? Well, those who are in charge of things would be confirmed in their power, so they would probably become even more reckless and arrogant. And, those who are calling for substantive changes would become discouraged.

    Consortium was Professor Laing’s brainchild
    Dear Sir, With great interest, I read the feature story: “Belizeans Abroad: An UntappedResource”byNuri Muhammad, in your publication of 3rd March, 2018. It contains some of the most positive and thoughtful recommendations on how to strengthen Belize’s present parlous situation by actively utilising its Diaspora. However, it is necessary, in the interest of those who do not know, that certain historical facts are set straight. The Consortium for Belizean Development was NOT the brainchild of three Belizeans, namely, the Hon. Philip Goldson and Ambassadors Edward Laing and Bert Tucker. (Incidentally, all three of them are dead.)

    Illegal drugs are the norm
    While 7News has now disavowed the authenticity of this document, my doubts still linger regarding this entire situation. On the one hand, the Minister of Police does confirm that some officers are banned from US- sponsored training because of suspicions (or should I say evidence, since the US does not act on suspicions) of a wide array of irregularities, the Embassy and GOB are both still denying it. By the way, when was the last time any government, including the US and GOB, has ever fessed up to anything negative? For those who have studied diplomacy, no government will openly accuse another of any wrongdoing unless it’s something extremely terrible and the same applies here in the case with the US and Belize. My uncertainties always tell me that where there is smoke, there has to be fire.

    http://amandala.com.bz/news/history-municipal-elections/
    In March 1993 the People’s United Party won the Belize City Council elections decisively, so much so that then United Democratic Party deputy leader Dean Barrow, on viewing the raw totals at the old Civic, shook his head ruefully and said, ‘back to the drawing board’. The PUP brain trust, emboldened by that decisive victory, called general elections at the end of June 1993 and lost narrowly. In 1994 the ruling UDP almost swept the national town board elections but would lose the 1996 Belize City Council, and a year later, the town board elections — 46 of 49 seats. They were swept out in every town except for San Ignacio, where they took four seats.

    Only manipulation can save them
    The UDP 2018 is the PUP 2006-2008 and the UDP 1996-1998. The people looked at the UDP 1996-1998, saw that it was full of hate, and turned it out. The people looked at the PUP 2006-2008, saw that it was corrupt, and turned it out. The people look at the UDP 2018 and see that it is both corrupt and full of hate. The teachers of Belize looked at this government and decided they had to go on strike to force it to stop trampling our democracy. There is no way the UDP can win the 2018 national municipal elections if the system is being run as it was wisely, honestly designed. The only hope for the UDP on Wednesday is the “manipulation”.

    BELIZEAN STANISLAUS
    What a terrible indictment of the whole Nation of Belize by the man who is aspiring to be leader of his nation! The Deputy reminds me of the farmer whose bedroom hangs over the empty space above the corral in which for ten years his prized stallions have fed off blush grass. Upon awaking he peers down and gasps. His horses are gone! And so is the bush grass they used to eat. Is he shocked? Am I unkind or unfair if I remark that he should have known better. The gates of the corral had never been checked to verify that the locks were secure. What is the proverb that warns against making sure too late? I wish I were a great satirist able to write using animals and other cartoons to avoid calling names.

    Brothers Akeem Humes and Shadiki Baezar charged with attempted murder
    Two brothers, Shadiki Baezar and Akeem Humes, were arraigned on three charges today by Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford. The charges were attempted murder, dangerous harm and use of deadly means of harm. No plea was taken because the offences are indictable. Neither could the court offer them bail. They were remanded into custody until April 20. The incident for which they were charged occurred around 6:25 p.m. on February 23 at Mile 7 1/2 on the George Price Highway. Darnell Domingo, 18, a student of Western Paradise village, reported to the police, that while he and Francis Parham, 29, were travelling to Belize City on a motorcycle, a white car came from the opposite direction and one of the occupants exited it and fired several shots in their direction.

    Home invasion in Buttonwood Bay
    Police have launched an investigation into the aggravated burglary of a house in Buttonwood Bay, in which no signs of forced entry were found. Three thieves reportedly invaded the home of a couple, who were subsequently tied up. The man was beaten in the head with a gun butt, and the house was ransacked, then the thieves escaped with personal items, computers and other electronic items totaling $8,000 in value. Information to us is that at about 5:30 this morning Steve Castillo came home and on his arrival found a man inside his house. The intruder quickly pointed a gun at him and held him prisoner at gunpoint.

    Bail of accused murderer, Oriel Leslie, revoked for violation of curfew condition
    On Thursday, Oriel Leslie and Tyrone Meighan, two of three men accused of murder, were released on Supreme Court bail when they and their attorneys, Dickie Bradley for Meighan and Ellis Arnold, SC, for Leslie, appeared before Justice Dennis Hanomansingh, who released each of them on a $25,000 bail that was granted with certain conditions, but in less than 24 hours after Leslie regained his freedom, a police officer found him in a nightclub beyond the cutoff time by which he should have been at his home, as was required by one of his bail conditions.

    Raymond Wayne Davis, 49, shot in the head, survives
    Raymond Wayne Davis, 49, a car dealer, and his lady friend, Elaine Vernon, suffered gunshot injuries and were both taken to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital. Davis suffered an injury to his forehead, but luckily, it was not a direct hit, and Vernon was grazed on her arm. They have both been treated and released from the hospital. The shooting occurred on York Street, at about 4:00 Saturday morning. During the weekly police press brief held this morning at the Racoon Street Police Station, Inspector Wilfred Ferrufino, Deputy Commander of Crimes Investigation, said that Davis and Vernon were sitting in his vehicle, which was parked on York Street, talking, when two unknown men came down York Street and one of the men fired at them.

    Blogs

    Irresistibly healthy and delicious treats at Juice Dive
    As the first commercial cold press juicer in Belize, Juice Dive is so much more than shots of wheatgrass! Using a combination of vegetables and fruits, pressed to extract all its nutrients and fiber, the juices are refreshing and tasty. Proprietor Renato Solis is a Belizean who returned to his home country after living in New York, USA for the majority of his life. His wife Brooke is also a major inspiration – the reason the family is healthy, according to their son Justin. “She has been making the Green Goddess dressing since I was in elementary school, and I think of her every time I have it in a meal.” With Brooke’s original recipes, Renato, Justin and his brother Alex, Juice Dive is a true family business. As for their food selection, everything on the menu sounds delicious, but my eye is caught by the Thai Chicken Wrap. I love the complex and savory flavors in Asian cuisine, and can never get enough, so Justin and Sergio get to whipping up two separate wraps for us to try.

    4 Fun and Delicious Things I Did on My Weekend
    This first one was a Friday errand but it definitely counts as starting my weekend of fun. In February, Blue Water Grill customers pitched in $3,042, Guests of The Phoenix gave $784, and customers of Wine de Vine, $84. All three businesses matched the donations to bring that total to $7,820, add CFC donation for a grand total of $9170. This resulted in faculty and staff of San Pedro High School receiving a cash bonus of $200 each for all the hard work they do in educating the youth of Ambergris Caye.

    It’s Wild! It’s Civilized! It’s Chaa Creek!
    We have never come across a resort as unique as The Lodge at Chaa Creek. It bloomed from humble beginnings as an organic farm to the majestic reserve and upscale vacation lodge it is today. Chaa Creek is full of history, adventure, luxury, wonder, romance, rustic elegance, relaxation and life! It’s a call to be ‘Wildly Civilized’ in the jungles of Belize, a place like no other; a world of its own. We went horseback riding, sunset canoeing, took a Rainforest RTV Safari Tour, rejuvenated with spa treatments, enjoyed food to our heart’s content, toured the Natural History Center, interacted with Blue Morpho Butterflies and bit into the freshest of produce at the Maya Organic Farm.

    Stuff for Kids to Do On Ambergris Caye that Won’t Break The Bank
    It’s been over a week now since my brother, sister-in-law and gang of 6 kids departed Ambergris Caye. Ages 4 to 10, boys and girls, everyone had a killer time. Or at least that’s what they tell me. And I was worried. I always am when friends and family visit. And this was my first large group – and the first bunch of younger kids. I planned day fishing trips, a super fun chartered trip to Caye Caulker, a trip to Cayo Frances Farm and Fly & the sandbar and a boat trip up north to swim and banana boat at Tranquility Bay (we never made that one – too windy)… I wanted to go on the ACES Night Time Crocodile Tour – we didn’t make that one either. They all went snorkeling at Hol Chan and swimming with sharks will be remembered FOREVER. The other kids on the playgrounds of Barrington Rhode Island will be regaled with tales of the Coutant derring-do.

    Belize to held 2018 Municipal Elections
    If you are entitled to vote in Municipal Elections in Belize, be sure to come out on March 7th. It’s your civic duty. Belize is divided into 31 electoral districts or constituencies, each represented by one member in the House of representatives. Belize's constituencies are divided in such a way that their voting population is as equal as possible to each other ensuring, theoretically, that resources are equally shared among the country's citizens, as required by the constitution. After the 2003 General Elections, two additional constituencies were created from territory of existing constituencies in order to further ensure the equality of the voting populations among the constituencies. Coming out of January 2008, the most populous constituency (Stann Creek West) had a voting population of 7,085 while the least populous constituency (Fort George) had a voting population of 3,195.

    Belize Geography
    Of 13 Commonwealth member countries in the Americas, only Belize, Canada, and Guyana lie on the mainland, three of the most sparsely populated countries in the association; all the others are islands or archipelagos. The country’s current Prime Minister, Dean Barrow, is the first of African descent. With one foot in the Central American jungles and the other in the Caribbean Sea, Belize may be small but it's packed with adventure and culture.

    International Sourcesizz

    Why are the world’s climate funds ignoring coral reefs?
    Coral reefs are set to be one of the first casualties of climate change. Even if global warming is held to 1.5C – the toughest goal in the Paris Agreement – an estimated 90% of the world’s coral reefs will be degraded by 2050. With the Ocean Summit in Mexico 7-9 March, and with 2018 dubbed the International Year of the Reef, the world’s coral reefs are getting extra attention. Yet E3G research has found that virtually no climate finance is going towards saving coral reefs, on which half a billion people rely on for food and coastal protection. Coral reefs are vitally important for the planet, being home to a quarter of all fish species, and with an economic value of around $9.9 trillion globally. Coral reefs also support iconic species such as dolphins and sharks. It is also known the oceans are responsible for producing most of the oxygen we breathe. The damage we are doing to the world’s ocean ecosystems could be life-threatening for humans.

    Amazing Vines
    I’m endowed with far more curiosity than knowledge. That curiosity was sparked two days ago by my visit to Barton’s Cave in Belize, a cave used by the ancient Maya for ceremonial religious purposes including human sacrifice. Steep limestone cliffs flank the entrance, and from those cliffs hang remarkable vines related to the ficus family. These vines originally took root in the nooks and crannies of the rock formation, extracting whatever water and nutrients they could from their barren perch. Nothing terribly unusual about that. All manner of scrubby plants find precarious rocky footholds. But these vines do something more — they grow a vine-like root that, over the process of years — our guide said decades — descends twenty-five to thirty feet until they reach the water below. Just think about that — for years those useless appendages dangle to little effect. But eventually they reach the water, and there they become transformed.

    Videos

  • Early Childhood Stimulation Month, 51min. on Open Your Eyes

  • Breaking the Culture of Violence & Abuse against Children, 38min. on Open Your Eyes

  • Caught the laughing falcon doing what it does best, 10sec.

  • Chaa Creek is Wildy Civilized, 3min. We have never come across a resort as unique as The Lodge at Chaa Creek. It bloomed from humble beginnings as an organic farm to the majestic reserve and upscale vacation lodge it is today. Chaa Creek is full of history, adventure, luxury, wonder, romance, rustic elegance, relaxation and full of life!

  • Underwater Belize, 1min.

  • Ziplining in BELIZE, 3.5min. Presli and Dad go ziplining for the first time in BELIZE!! BREAKING NEWS: TERROR on the ZIPLINE!! Presli gets stuck over a river.

  • Belize Travel video - You better Belize it!, 3min. Travel video of our adventures in Belize! During our two week journey we took a Jungle Survival training, went caving, snorkeling in the Belize Barrier Reef and took a scenic flight over the Great Blue Hole.

  • Corozal Town, Belize, 5.5min.

  • Ernestine Carballo Performing LIVE @ the Belize City Council Annual Concert, 39min.

  • Belize District Preschool Festival of Arts March 6, 2018 Afternoon Session, 90min.

  • Candle Vigil in San Pedro in memory of the death of baby Alyssa Nunez, 5min.

  • Justice for Belize!! Justice for baby Allyssa!!! Placencia Candlelight Vigil!, 45min.

  • Death of Baby Alyssa Nunez Spikes Protest in Belize, 6min. San Pedro residents speak out on tragic death of Baby Alyssa Nunez in Belize City.

  • Belize Drone Footage | DJI Mavic Pro Over Belize city, 11min. This amazing footage was taken above Belize City by my DJI Mavic Pro. This 4K drone video was taken while the Mavic was in sport mode. As you can see at the end of the video, I was able to catch up with with a moving boat. The high altitude shots of Belize from the sky can only be truly appreciated when watching in 4K. The FPV on my phone while flying doesn't do it justice. It was very windy during this flight, but the Mavic had no problem and remained stable. In the drone footage, you can see the Belize river running through Belize City. All the different, colorful houses look so magnificent from an aerial point of view.

  • BELIZE DAY 1 AND 2 VLOG, 8min.

  • Cruising the Western Caribbean: Roatoan, Belize City, and Cozumel 2/2018, 4min.

  • San Pedro, Belize 2018, 3min.

  • Belize 2018 Day Five, Today we visited the Corozal Junior College, which was a lot of fun. We learned that college students are pretty much the same everywhere :)min.

    March 6, 2018


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    The San Pedro Sun

    US Sanctions against Venezuela blamed for fuel shortage
    Due to the shortage of fuel in the country, gas stations on the island were out of fuel for a short period of time. A picture posted on Facebook alarmed islanders as it stated that from Thursday, March 1st Caribeña Enterprises, located in San Pedro Town, will only be selling premium gasoline due to the shortage of regular gasoline in the country. However, on Friday, March 2nd Caribeña Enterprise representative, Israel Alpuche clarified that the fuel shortage was short lived and that operations are back to normal. John Mencias, in an interview with the media reiterated that GOB has no role in the current situation and explained that US sanctions against Venezuela were to blame. These sanctions mainly affect the financial markets which has limited PDVSA’s access to certain banks, causing delays in payments made to and from Venezuela. Mencias explained that PUMA, Belize’s sole fuel importer, contracts a trader called Traficgura, which then places the order to APBEL, the joint Belize-Venezuela company.

    What’s New: A brand new option in town, Camo Cantina and Island Ops
    A bush bar and grill has opened in town, decked with a jungle theme ambiance right on Seagrape Drive south of San Pedro Town. Camo Cantina and Island Ops is the new watering hole serving a unique menu inspired by camping cuisine complemented with amazing outdoor live action gaming. Yes! Live action Laser Tag is played with guns that fire infrared beams. Owners Jason Southwell and Phil Rigby wanted to bring something new to the island and their new place is unlike anything on the island. The thatched roof bar is impossible to miss and once you walk into the cool atmosphere it is a welcoming one. Southwell explained that when they thought about the laser tag idea it was imperative that the place be a great place to hang out while enjoying some laser tag. The jungle-themed bar is fully stocked, with four flat screen TV’s, grilled food, ample space and the most friendly and professional staff. A popular grub on their menu is the food pockets which are filled with a variety of items, from pasta, chili, meat, cheeses and more.

    Caye Caulker residents weigh in on the impacts from the Caye Chapel Development
    Other residents in Caye Caulker also support the fishermen’s stand and believe it is an issue that is ought to affect everyone on La Isla Cariñosa. Dorothy Beveridge has lived on the island for several years and like the rest of the islanders believe something is wrong with that development. “We have been hearing from the local fishermen that the productivity of marine products has been decreasing due to the presence of this mega-development, which had done a test dredging,” said Beveridge. “Our reef is our protection, mangroves are our protection, we are necessarily a beach island, so we need to educate the tourist to appreciate what is already here. Yes, we want to attract more tourists, but let’s develop the area in a sustainable way, because if the natural resources are destroyed, particularly the reef, then there is will nothing for the tourists to come see.” Beveridge and other residents denounce the fact about the intentions of building over the water structures.

    Ambergris Today

    Cocktails & Conservation Fundraiser At Mahogany Bay Village
    Join Oceana Belize at the gorgeous Mahogany Bay Village on March 10th, at 7 pm for an evening of Cocktails & Conservation, music and food with members of the Reef Week Committee. Come celebrate with us and learn how to stay "reef-minded". Proceeds of the event go to support the Reef Week Initiative. We'll have members of our Reef Week Initiative and members of the San Pedro community talking about how they do their part to keep Belize blue, green, and beautiful. We'll also be discussing everyday green policies that easy to implement (zoning in on single-use plastic reduction), the work that our Conservation NGO groups do, and ways to partner with them to show support year-round.

    Pre Election Rallies Held Over The Weekend In San Pedro Town
    The People's United Party held its Pre Election rally on Friday, March 2, 2018, at the Hon. Louis Sylvestre Sporting Field. The PUP 7 team addressed the crowd in attendance with short yet powerful meaning of hope and change. After formalities the crowd was entertained by Electro Soundz from Orange Walk up to 2am! The United Democratic Party held its "Road to Victory" Pre Election Rally on Saturday, March 3, 2018 at the Honorable Loius Sylvester Sporting Complex where after short testimonies from fellow UDP Supporters from the different areas of Ambergris Caye addressed the ausidence the UDP 7 team addressed the crowd with high spirits, confidence and enthusiam. The party continued with Super Furia until the wee hours of the morning.

    Baby Alyssa Nunez Dies, Belizeans Take To The Streets In Protest
    In the wake of the horrific news on Thursday, March 1, 2018, that of a 17-month old baby girl was brutally raped in Maskall Village, the nation grew angry and residents of Belize City and San Pedro, Ambergris Caye took to the streets in protest. Over the weekend though, Baby Alyssa succumbed to her injuries and passed away about 4a.m. on Sunday, March 4. Alyssa Nunez was undergoing treatment at the KHMH in Belize City. On Friday, March 2, 21-year-old Everal Martinez of Maskall Village, was arraigned after having been charged with "dangerous harm" upon baby Alyssa. Love News in Belize City announced that they have been informed that the Belize Police Department intends to upgrade the charge of 'dangerous harm' to ‘murder' today Monday. A medical examination of the child was conducted on Thursday and confirmed that she had been raped.

    SEA Rangers Make Illegal Product Bust Near Reserve In Placencia
    Belize’s Southern Environmental Association (SEA) Rangers and the Belize Coast Guard conducted a joint patrol near the north western area of the Gladden Spit and Silk Cayes Marine Reserve (GSSCMR) off the Placencia Coast, on the night of March 1, 2018 resulted in the discovery of the 4,594 conchs, 7 spiny lobsters, 5 sea cucumbers, and a hawksbill turtle. The discovery was made based on SEA ranger intelligence around 5:13 PM, during a routine patrol. The illegal products were found 50 yards inland of a mangrove area on Jacks Caye inside two large old refrigerators. The product was then loaded onto the SEA boat, brought to Placencia and labeled as found property.

    Belize And Mexico Inaugurate Placing Of Olmec Head In Belmopan
    The Undersecretary for Latin America and the Caribbean, Ambassador Luis Alfonso de Alba, accompanied by the Executive Director of the Mexican Agency for International Development Cooperation (AMEXCID), Agustín García-López Loaeza, was on a working visit to Belize. The program of the visit included the presentation of the final construction project of the Mexico Sports Hall at the Marion Jones Sports Complex in Belize City by the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS)...

    Misc Belizean Sources

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    New Justice of the Court of Appeal Sworn In
    Justice Lennox Kirkwood Campbell was today sworn in as a new Justice of the Belize Court of Appeal by the Governor General H.E. Sir Colville Young, at the Belize House in the City of Belmopan. Justice Campbell is a retired Supreme Court Judge with a long and distinguished legal career. His legal service includes criminal practice (1975-1983), Resident Magistrate in the Parishes of Portland and St. Andrew in Jamaica; Judge of Family Court and Traffic Court; Assistant Director of Public Prosecution, Crown Counsel and Assistant Crown Counsel. His civil practice (1986-1998) includes Acting Deputy Solicitor General of Jamaica, Senior Assistant Attorney General, and Director of Litigation Division (Attorney General’s Chambers).

    New prices for diesel and kerosene

    NOTICE FROM THE SAN PEDRO LIQUOR LICENSING BOARD: NO SALE OF LIQUOR ON ELECTION DAY
    In accordance to the Substantive Laws of Belize, Revised 2003 - Section 26: (1) Every person who is the holder of any liquor licence granted under the provisions of any Act authorising the sale of intoxicating liquor in any premises maintained solely for that purpose shall take all necessary steps to cause such premises to be closed to the public upon election day between the hour appointed for the opening of the poll and the hour appointed for the closing of the poll.

    Protesters take to the Swing Bridge in downtown Belize City
    In an attempt to disrupt the flow of vehicular traffic

    Update on Caye Caulker Airstrip Project
    Here are 5 photos I took today at the air strip along with explanations of each photo and updates on the project.: Photo #1 - Equipment (steamroller) and materials being stockpiled at the Eastern End of the Air Strip (by the Terminal). Photo #2 - There is a large, shallow hole that has been dug on the southern shoulder of the Air Strip about 1/4 of the way heading east to West. Not sure what it is for, but it wasn't there yesterday.

    Truck crashes and burns near Rockville

    Vacancy for a National consultant - Development of the National Comprehensive Strategic Plan for Adolescence Health
    The consultant will provide technical assistant to the situation of adolescence health using the AA HA (Accelerated Action for Adolescence Health)! Toolkit. This Toolkit is a structured evidence based tool to help countries to objectively conduct a situation analysis on adolescent health and the prioritization of interventions to improve the health of adolescents in Belize.

    Productivity Enhancement of Banana Farms Through Integrated Soil Fertility Management in The Banana Belt Area of Belize” Official Project Launch
    The Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), the European Union (EU), the Banana Growers’ Association (BGA) and the University of Belize (UB) will be officially launching a project entitled “Productivity enhancement of banana farms through integrated soil fertility management in the banana belt area of Belize”. This is to take place on March 13, 2018 at 11:00 am, at the Banana Growers’ Association office, located at Savannah Area, Independence Village, Stann Creek District.

    The time to secure and protect our children is now!
    The Toledo Alcaldes Association and the Maya Leaders Alliance issue the following release following the death of 17 month old Alyssa Nunez.

    Chunox Fishermen Association tour guide training interviews
    Notice to all persons who registered for the tour guide training interviews will be taking place on Saturday 17 March 2018 at 10 am at the Chunox community center. Make every effort to attend. Please share

    Museum of Belize's Street Art Festival Booth
    We would officially like to thank everyone who were a part of the fun and festivities of the Museum of Belize's Street Art Festival Booth 2018! A special thank you to our student volunteers from the Department of Youth Services who facilitated our Mosaic/Origami Arts Crafts Section.

    11th Natural Resource Management & Research Symposium
    Last week Thursday and Friday, we got the opportunity to share our work at the 11th Natural Resource Management & Research Symposium organized by the Mesoamerican Society for Biology and Conservation (Belize Chapter). We spoke about our ongoing work with livestock farmers to implement mitigation measures to reduce human jaguar conflict; analysis of satellite imagery to monitor deforestation and plan conservation actions; the implementation of SMART technology to improve compliance of protected area rules; collaborative work with 30 farmers to grow cacao in Belize’s first agroforestry concession; and, insights into our long term research program at Ya’axché.

    Farmer John Rash recently extracted 75 pounds of honey!
    Ya’axché works with small scale farmers within the Maya Golden Landscape to adopt climate smart farming practices and in doing so, trains and equips farmers. We are as excited as the farmer; this is the first harvest of the year – the dry season honey production has begun. You can support farmer Rash by buying pure honey for only BZ $7.00 per bottle. Orders can be made by calling 600-4245 or 631-3876.

    Channel 7

    Family Takes A Stand For Baby Alyssa
    For the past five days the nation's attention has been fixed on the terrible and tragic case of Baby Alyssa Nunez - the 17 month victim of sexual and physical abuse so violent that it left her brain dead in the hospital. Well, she died on Sunday morning, leaving a deep wound imprinted on the national psyche - with everyone asking: how could this happen? And, who would do such a horrible thing? And since then all attention has focused Everal Ezekiel Martinez - the 21 year old stepfather who was charged on Friday for dangerous harm to the child. We know, everyone is saying he should be charged with far worse, and that situation is evolving this evening.

    Everal Martinez Arraigned For Beastly Crime
    And while the family's almost incomprehensible grief and loss is one part of the story - today, crowds thronged to the courthouse to see Everal Martinez. But to make sure no one tried to turn public rage into street justice right there on the court stairs, multiple police units like the MIT, the GSU and The SAT, along with very senior officers had the building on lockdown. Here's what we saw:.. Courtney Weatherburne reporting: A phalanx of police officers vigilantly guarded the Magistrate's court this morning. And for good measure, they brought out metal barriers and barricade tape. It is quite an unusual scene but it was necessary to maintain law and order in one of the most high profile cases in years. It seemed the angry mob was out for blood as it waited for the accused Everald Martinez to be taken to court.

    Post Mortem Confirms Head Injury
    And, as of just a few minutes ago, we know the result of the post mortem - Baby Alyssa died of: "Massive brain hemorrhage, due to head trauma." Today, before that result came out the investigator from Eastern division CIB was very guarded in his remarks:... Wilfredo Ferrufino, CIB- Inspector: "On Sunday police arrested and charged Everald Martinez a 21-year-old unemployed of Maskall Village. He was charged with two counts of attempted rape of a child and two counts of attempted assault of a child under the age of 16 years old." Reporter: "Did police ever received an official report from the doctors stating that this child had been raped?" Wilfredo Ferrufino, CIB- Inspector: "The investigation is ongoing that aspect of the investigation is ongoing. The autopsy is going to be done today on the baby and we will see what other charges if any will be put on me. Martinez. Any additional charges."

    Special Envoy: Advocacy Can Only Go So Far
    The Prime Minister's Wife and Special Envoy For Women and Children Kim Barrow joined the protestors in the park today. She says the problem is deeper than this terrible case suggests - but advocacy isn't enough to end it: Kim Simplis-Barrow, Special Envoy for Women and Children: "My office is an advocacy office and I do everything in my power to advocate for women and children, it is not a solution to everything, not everything I do will solve our issues, it will take all of us. It will take our police officers, our judicial system, our media, our teachers, ultimately, at the end of the day it begins at home and it ends in the home. Our mothers have to be more vigilant when it comes to our girls and our boys, this has been happening for years. We have given voice to these issues, that is why this is happening, that is why we know about this today because our doctors are finally calling it what it is and reporting it. How many of our children have died like this and we didn't know why."

    Maskall Resident Urges Vigilance In Child Rearing
    And, when we went to Maskall last week to find out more about the story - one resident also spoke about personal accountability in watching who takes care of your young child. Asking to appear off camera, she urged parents to be more vigilant: Voice of: Resident: "I just pray and hope and ask each parent to let them open their eyes, see who you are bringing into their child's life, get to know that person good before you bring that person because you never know what that person could do with your baby. I have my baby and honestly I have to choose wisely who come into my life because I would never want anyone to hurt my baby like that."

    Protest Predated Arraignment
    So, as the community crystallizes the tough, tough lessons of this small child's death, the level social activism has been unusually high. Yesterday, before anyone knew that he would be taken to the Magistrate's Court, a group of grassroots activists teamed up with the family members of infant's biological father for an earlier protest. Here's what a few of the public speakers had to say on Baby Alyssa's behalf: Moses Sulph: "I want to thank you all this morning and ask God to give... to defending Alyssa. Alyssa is gone, but let's not let her memories fade. Your child today, could be mine tomorrow. Don't wait until it's your turn. All those onlookers who are on the side watching us march, get off your feet and join in, because today its Alyssa, but tomorrow it just maybe your child."

    Woman Says Report Of Baby Disposal Untrue
    Tonight, the country is in a state of shock after the news of baby Alyssa's traumatic death, and ripples of outrage and incomprehension started to go out again today when news circulated of another dead baby. It was reported on Facebook that the remains of a premature newborn were found at a property on Antelope Street in Belize City. This morning the police said that they had gotten reports and were on the scene investigating the area. Wilfredo Ferrufino, CIB- Inspector: "There is a matter that police are dealing with as we speak, that is on Antelope Street. There is information that police is working on that there may be suspected human remains at that location. Police are out there with the pathologist and we are looking into that."

    Two Died In Head On Collision
    This weekend two vehicular accidents claimed the lives of three people, The first accident took place on the Southern Highway in the Independence village last night around 8. Two vehicles collided head-on killing both drivers instantly. The police shared more details about the deadly accident. Wilfredo Ferrufino, CIB- Belize City: "Police from that formation responded to a road traffic accident between miles 32 and 33 on the southern highway that is at the Red Bank junction. They found one James Andrews 48 years old of Independence Village and one Micheal Martinez 41 years old of Santa Cruz Village on the scene apparently dead. The investigation from Police indicated that Mr. Andrews who was driving an Astro Van coming from the direction of Santa Cruz heading to Independence and Mr. Micheal Martinez heading in the opposite direction collided..."

    Tractor Runs Over Man Doing Mechanical Work
    The second accident happened on Saturday morning after 10 in the village of San Luis in Orange Walk. Forty-nine-year-old Elijio Grajales was with his brother Orlando Castillo doing some mechanical work on a tractor. Castillo left the compound to get something and that's when it is believed that the tractor ran over his 49-year-old brother while he was underneath it. The police shared more about the unfortunate incident. Wilfredo Ferrufino, CIB- Inspector: "Police from Orange Walk visited San Luis Village where they found one Elijio Grahalez a 49-year-old labourer of Orange Walk. He was found in the face-up position and had injuries to the head and face. He was bleeding from the mouth the brother of the deceased Mr. Orlando Castillo indicated that his brother was operating on a tractor apparently the tractor had mechanical issues and the tractor did not want to start..."

    Man Critical After City Shooting
    Tonight, a Belize City man is in critical condition after being shot to the midsection. On Saturday evening, 31 year old Kearney Thompson was at an apartment complex on Vernon Street when a man appeared from the back of the yard and fired two shots at him. The police shared more on the incident. Wilfredo Ferrufino, CIB- Inspector: "He was sitting at a verandah on Vernon Street at the Williams apartment when heard several shots and realized that he was shot in the left back and the lower abdomen. He is currently at the KHMH in a stable condition. No suspects in regards to that case as well."

    Couple In Car Got Shot
    There was another non-fatal shooting in the city this weekend. This one was on York Street around 4 on Saturday morning. Raymond Wayne and Tiffane Vernon were sitting in a car when a gunman approached and fired several shots. Both were hit and taken to the hospital. Police say Wayne is puzzled as to why someone would shoot at him. Wilfredo Ferrufino, CIB- Inspector: "They observed one Wayne Davis with a gunshot wound to the forehead. He was there along with Tiffany Vernon. They said that they were sitting at #4 York Street when a lone gunman approached from the front of the vehicle and fire approximately 8 shots. One hitting me. Davis on the forehead. He was treated and released likewise Ms. Vernon was treated and released."

    Social Security Says Chopping Victim Case Is Before Appeal Tribunal
    On last Friday's news, we showed you the plight of Michael Tesecum. He's the Belize City Council Employee who was chopped by his co-worker on December 18. You'll remember it as that crazy incident where a bus full of sanitation workers was forced to look on as Dennis Bodden chopped Tesecum in the back of the head, and the right eye He came to us to complain last week that the injury to his eye requires a very expensive surgery, one which he can't afford. He says that as a contributing member of Social Security, he is upset that SSB is refusing to allow his injury benefit claim. He says that without it, he is at a very high risk of developing complications which could kill him.

    New Justice of Appeal Is Jamaican
    A new Court of Appeal judge has been sworn in. He's the 72 year-old Jamaican, Lennox Kirkwood Campbell, and he formally took the oath of office today before Governor General Sir Colville Young. He is a retired Supreme Court judge with a long and distinguished legal career. He practiced criminal law, served as Resident Magistrate in Jamaica, as well as Crown Counsel, and Assistant Crown Council. His civil practice includes the posts of Acting Deputy Solicitor General of Jamaica, Senior Assistant Attorney General, and Director of the Litigation Division. He has also served as Legal Advisor to the Government of Jamaica on various matters.

    Convicted Killer Asks For Reduced Sentence
    He was sworn in for the session of the court of appeal which began today. The Court of Appeal has reserved its decision in the appeal of 32 year old Toni Pasos, a laborer of San Narciso Street, Orange Walk Town, who was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to 17 years. Pasos was charged with the murder of 51 year old Miguel "Chino" Medina, a resident of Orange Walk Town, who was stabbed 50 times in December of 2014. According to the evidence, Medina was lying on a mattress in his bedroom socializing with Pasos and two other men when he insulted Pasos and Pasos drew a knife and stabbed him.

    Another Child Shot In City
    And the news about violence to children continues to get worse it seems. There are multiple, credible reports of the shooting of a four year old child at this hour. The child was rushed to the hospital immediately, and we only know that there is blood on the ground in the area. We do not know the condition of the child at this time. Our news team is following it.

    Briceno Blasts Boots
    John Briceno wants the Prime Minister to fire Minister of Social Development, Boots Martinez and the Commissioner of police to investigate him on an allegation of corruption. Hoping to build as much public pressure as possible before the election, The Leader of the Opposition has sent letters to those two and the Director of the Financial Intelligence Unit. He alleges that Martinez was operating an illegal and corrupt scheme through the contractor who claims he wasn't a contractor, Kirk Lamb. Briceno alleges, quote, "This is a clear abuse of public funds...

    “Court-us Interruptus”?
    And in other news out of the Court of Appeal, the Catholic Church in Belize has pulled out of the appeal of the Section 53 case. You'll remember it as the landmark decision from Justice Kenneth Benjamin which legalized gay sex between consenting adults. Last month, we told you how the Catholic Church, the only religious organization taking part in the appeal of that decision, hit a setback when their attorney on record asked the court to be removed as their legal representation. They also failed to file any legal arguments to meet the deadlines for the case management. Well, on Friday, the Court of Appeal got in touch with the litigants in the case. In the court's communication, it says, quote, "Take notice that the Roman Catholic Church, the Appellant in Civil Appeal Number 31… hereby wholly withdraws its appeal against the Respondent in the… appeal.

    South Cup, All The Way Up
    Just over 2 weeks ago, we showed you opening of the Eastern Division South Cup. It was the brain child of former Eastern Division South Commander, Chester Williams, as a community outreach initiative to get at risk youths in gang neighborhoods to socialize in a positive and peaceful setting. Now its third year, the Police Department has gotten major help from Bowen and Bowen, through their Sprite Brand, as well as the National Sports Council, and the Belize City Council, to improve on the tournament. We stopped by this Saturday to see how the tournament was being played on the Wilton Cumberbatch Basketball Court, in the Port Loyola area. That court had gang graffiti all over it, and so, the Sports Council teamed up with residents of the neighborhood to repair and repaint it.

    Shooting Victim Child In Grave Condition
    And before we close tonight, an update on that terrible story we just told you about: a 4 year old was shot a short while ago in Belize City - and, initial reports from multiple sources are that the child's condition is grave. We stress that is unconfirmed, but it's coming from multiple sources. We do know the child was shot about 20 minutes ago on Nurse Findley Crescent and we'll have more details for you in tomorrow's news. Our team is on the scene at this minute.

    Channel 5

    Baby Allyssa Dies
    Tonight, we have full coverage of the events leading to the death of a little girl from Maskall, who has rallied the nation against the despicable sexual abuse of children. [...]

    Everal Martinez Faces Sex Charges Amid Protests
    Seventeen-month-old Allyssa Nunez passed on Sunday morning, but from Friday, twenty-one-year-old Everal Martinez of Maskall was in police custody on a charge of dangerous harm. That charge has been lifted [...]

    Belizeans Vent Rage at Battlefield Park
    The death of the Baby Alyssa has sparked outrage across the country, some impromptu and others organized protests have held since the weekend. This morning before Everal Martinez was brought [...]

    Family Wants to Speak with Police
    Prior to being arraigned before Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford, Everal Martinez was charged with deadly use of harm on Friday evening.  The single count was presumably a holding charge, a [...]

    Corozal 7-Year-Old is Target for Sex Assault
    As outrage grows against the vile circumstances that led to the death of Alyssa, there is another case that police are investigating. A seven-year old schoolgirl was allegedly abused by [...]

    Human Remains at Antelope Street Yard?
    Today police went on the south side looking for what’s reported to be remains of a baby buried in a yard.  Reports had been circulating since Sunday that a mother [...]

    Boots Martinez Felt Charitable
    Leader of the Opposition John Briceño has written separate letters to Prime Minister Dean Barrow, Commissioner of Police Allen Whylie, and director of the Financial Intelligence Unit Kent Clare, demanding [...]

    2 Dead in Red Bank Collision
    Two men were killed in a road traffic accident on Sunday night. Around eight-fifteen p.m., James Andrews and Michael Martinez were behind the wheels in separate vehicles travelling in opposite [...]

    O.W. Man Gets Run Over by Tractor
    On Saturday around ten in the morning, a man lost his life in a fatal freak accident in northern Belize. Elio Grajalez was reportedly fixing a tractor that had mechanical [...]

    More Organizations Condemn Baby Allyssa Death
    The widespread condemnation and presentation of solutions in the wake of the death of Baby Allyssa is mounting. Separate press releases were issued by the Belize City Council Child Advisory [...]

    Special Envoy: “The Laws are There”
    In 2013, extensive amendments to the Criminal Code of Belize were passed in respect of fully delineating potential offenses of sexual assault against both adults and children. Those laws were [...]

    Catholics Officially Out of UNIBAM Appeal
    It’s now official: the Government of Belize is going at it alone in the upcoming appeal of the August tenth, 2016 judgment of Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin regarding the amendment [...]

    Court of Appeal Taps Jamaican Well Again for Judge
    Just in time for its first session of the year 2018, the Court of Appeal has a new judge. Jamaican national Lennox Kirkwood Campbell was sworn in by the Governor [...]

    Raymond Davis a Gun Target in Northside…
    In the city, police presence is being felt as far more officers have been deployed to the streets following a recent flare of gun violence. Over the weekend, two persons [...]

    …Hours Later, Kearney Thompson is the Target
    That shooting was followed by another, hours later on Saturday night just after seven o’clock. According to police, Kearney Thompson was on Vernon Street when a lone gunman fired shots [...]

    Honduran Fishermen Busted in Reserve
    A routine patrol by rangers of the Southern Environmental Association, better known as SEA, and Belize Coast Guard officers resulted in the arrest of three Honduran fishermen. The patrol near [...]

    MoH Takes Second Look at ‘Cancer Healer’
    The Ministry of Health indicates it will launch another investigation into a British health practitioner reportedly based in Belize. The Daily Mirror in the U.K. has printed an expose naming forty-nine year [...]

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

    LOVE FM

    Toledo Alcalde Association: time to end attacks against our most vulnerable
    The Toledo Alcalde Association also condemned the hideous act and is calling for justice for Baby Alyssa. Love News spoke with Pablo Mis, the Program Coordinator for the Toledo Alcalde Association. Pablo Mis – Program Coordinator, Toledo Alcalde Association “The Toledo Alcade Association is first of all expressing our deepest regret over the loss of …

    Double fatalities on the Southern Highway
    On Sunday, a road traffic incident which took place on the Southern highway, claimed the life of two persons. Inspector of Police, Wilfredo Ferrifino, Deputy of CIB told the media that the driver of both vehicles involved in the accident died at the scene. Inspector of Police, Wilfredo Ferrifino, Deputy of CIB “A road traffic …

    Tractor runs over man
    There was another traffic incident, this time in the Orange Walk District that claimed the life of one person. Inspector of Police, Wilfredo Ferrufino, Deputy of CIB told the media that the incident took place on Saturday morning. Inspector of Police, Wilfredo Ferrufino – Deputy of CIB “Orange Walk police visited San Luis village where …

    Several persons injured in shooting incidents
    There were several shooting incidents over the weekend. While it did not result in any fatalities, several persons were injured. This morning at the police press brief, Inspector Wilfredo Ferrufino, Deputy of CIB, provided the media with the details of the incidents. Inspector Wilfredo Ferrufino – Deputy of CIB “At approximately 4:00 a.m. on Saturday, …

    Diesel and Kerosene prices are rolled back
    Belizeans have become accustomed to gas prices changing frequently. Tonight we can report that there has been an adjustment in the prices of diesel and kerosene. Those who buy diesel will see a savings of thirteen cents with the new price being nine dollars and eighty-eight cents from ten dollars and one cent while persons …

    Honduran fishermen arrested in Belizean waters
    Three Honduran fishermen, Henry Castro, Joel Alfredo Ponce Aguilera and Marlon Ivan Gavarette Alvarado have been charged with engaging in commercial fishing whilst not being the holder of a valid fisherman’s license, engaging in fishing without a Special License in the Gladden Spit and Silk Caye Marine Reserve and use of a vessel for commercial …

    Baby Allyssa Nunez dies
    Tonight we have full coverage of the death of 17 month old Alyssa Nunez, the arraignment of the man who is accused of causing her injuries and her subsequent death and protests which unfolded over the weekend and today in Belize City and other parts of the country. We start off with the unfortunate news …

    Everal Martinez charged with ‘attempt rape’ and ‘attempt assault’
    21 year old Maskall Villager, Everal Martinez was arraigned before Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford this morning. He was charged with two counts of attempted rape of a child and two counts of attempted assault of a minor. Since the charges are of an indictable nature, no plea was taken. Hipolito Novelo was inside the courtroom …

    A protest for justice for Allyssa Nunez
    Since the news that baby Alyssa Nunez had been sexually attacked, several protests and vigils have been held across the country. On Sunday morning, protesters rallied in downtown Belize City where they demanded that justice be served for the child and today protestors were in front of the Belize City Magistrate Court waiting to see …

    Special Envoy for Women and Children shows support
    As you saw, the Special Envoy for Women and Children Kim Simplis Barrow was in front of the magistrate court this morning during the protest and inside the court for the arraignment of 21 year old Everal Martinez. Last week her office issued a release urging that the offence be handled thoroughly and in the …

    PlusTV

    Boots on hotseat again; 40,000 Dollar Questionable disbursements
    As far as we could recall, back in the 1990’s “Housing for the poor” was the brainchild of then Political newcomer Anthony Boots Martinez as he committed to help alleviate poverty in Southside Belize city. But when the government changed in 2008 and the UDP came into power, the co...

    Inauguration Ceremony of the Olmec Head in Belmopan.
    The Inaguration Ceremony of the Omelec Head in took place in Belmopan today. The Government of Mexico in Partnership with Print Belize and The Government of Belize donated a replica of the Omelec Jade Head to the City of Belmopan last year. The Jade head was finally inaugurated this afternoon. Prese...

    Signing of Memorandum between Mexico and Belize for 25 High School Scholarships.
    The Government of Mexico in partnership with Belize signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Escuela Secundaria Technica today for 25 scholarships. In an effort to continue strengthening the ties between Mexico and Belize, 25 scholarships were promised by Mexico to 25 Belizean students from low inc...

    17 Month Old Sexually Abused Victim Taken off Child Support
    A17 months old baby girl, Allyssa Nunez, was sexually abused and sodomized last week. Plus News brought you that story in our News Cast. The latest information reaching out news room is that a collective decision was made to take the child off life support. The child passed away early Saturday mon...

    American Nationals caught with drugs in San Pedro
    Police arrested a Belizean, an American, a Spaniard and a German in a drug bust in San Pedro. According to Police reports, San Pedro Police visited the residence of 43 year old Belizean Percival Edwards Armstrong at 5:15 a.m to conduct an Anti-Drugs Operation. Police search resulted in the discover...

    15 year Old Female Minor Reports Unlawful Sexual Intercourse
    An unlawful sexual intercourse report was made in Independence Village today. Police reports are that a 15 year old female minor of Independence Village, accompanied by her mother, made reports to Independence Police that on the 27th of July 2017 she had engaged in sexual intercourse with a known ma...

    Children’s Advocacy Groups Strongly Condemns Violence Against Children.
    Last Week we reported 3 incidents where children were victims to crimes no child should ever have to suffer. After the news got out, UNICEF, NCFC and the Belize Family Life Association put out strong statements on all 3 incidents. The NCFC says, quote “The National Committee for Families and Childre...

    Kirk Lamb says he signed contracts but hasn’t built any houses
    Kirk Lamb is the 38 year old Belize City resident who claims he has been working for Anthony Boots Martinez for the past 25 years as a caretaker. Lamb became the center of political controversy when he revealed to the media earlier this week that he was one of the persons used by Boots Martinez as...

    11 year old grazed by bullet; another man grazed to the head
    An 11 year old was also grazed by a bullet in Belize city on Wednesday; so was a 26 year old man. According to Police reports, 26 year old Nicholi Rhys was walking at the corner of Prince Street and East Canal about 6:30pm when he heard several gunshots fired. He later discovered that he was graz...

    Blogs

    Justice for Babies was held today in Corozal
    Every child inside and outside of the womb is precious, a life. A life worth fighting for. They are our future. Fight for life! We are the Pro-Life Generation!! Everyone joined hand in hand to speak our voices out for Justice for babies. On Monday, March 5th everyone gathered at the Corozal Central park to send the message to the whole world stop Child Abuse. It commenced at 9am and other was 5pm. The same energy you are putting into fighting over a color let us use that energy to fight for our babies! For once lets get together as one and stop fighting over irrelevant stuff! Lets fight for our children our future! Child abuse needs to STOP NOW!

    Corozal Roundabout to be completed this Friday
    For several weeks I have been recording on the construction taking place along a roundabout near the Santa Rita area of Corozal Town. Belize Scoop has confirmed that this Corozal Round About will be completed this Friday. Yes, it looks like it is completed right now, But some additional things will be added to the Round About. It has a Mayan Head Sculpture, 4 Mayan stones, 4 walkway towards the Jade Head one that is only steps and Brown Stones that are squared around the Roundabout. This Roundabout is to attract Tourism in the Country when they are coming to visit the town. And, to show that Belize has a very strong Mayan culture. But, How about adding the word "Corozal"? This will show the town its representation of Corozal. The Locals wants more scenery and a better look.

    Videos

  • Belizean in MMA, 1min.

  • Corozal Marches Against Child Abuse, 2min. "PROTECT OUR CHILDREN!" That was the general sentiment that resonated this morning in our Corozal Community, in the wake of the atrocious and barbaric crime committed against our child, Baby Allyssa Nunez (RIP). Corozal residents, from all spectrums, joined as one this morning to show their solidarity against all those children who have been the victims of violence, assault, harm and sexual abuse, committed by men.

  • Belize District Preschool Festival of Arts March 5, 2018, 90min.

  • Death of Baby Alyssa Nunez Spikes Protest in San Pedro, 6min. In the wake of the horrific news on Thursday, March 1, 2018, that of a 17-month old baby girl was brutally raped in Maskall Village, Belize, the nation grew angry and residents of Belize City and San Pedro, Ambergris Caye took to the streets in protest.

  • This is how beautiful Blue Hole and Belize are!, 2min.

  • The Popol Vuh : Mayan Creation Myth Animated Full Version, 60min. The ancient Maya viewed everything as having a soul, a purpose. Animals in particular were embodiments of certain gods, were artisans and scribes. Some animals were just animals, but even humble creatures like ants had a place, and in the Popol Vuh, the leafcutter ants played a big role. Having been defeated in challenge by the Hero Twins, the lords of Xibalba set a task to the boys, to bring them gourds filled with flowers, but all the while being inside the House of Knives. They were being watched and though spoke to the knives to not cut them, could not leave to get to the flowers. So the boys spoke to the ants, the ants went to the garden of two lords of Xibalba, where they cut 4 different kinds of flowers and brought them back to the boys. Enjoy this animated version of the Popol Vuh

  • Talk Ah Di Town March 5, 2018, 28 min.

  • The Belize Training and Employment Centre BTEC, 5min. BTEC, a unit of BELTRAIDE, completed its most recent Job Preparedness Training in early February. The training was done in Wait Staff and Housekeeping services. We spoke to the manager of BTEC and a few of the participants on the importance of such training.

  • Three new school buildings, 4min. The Government of Belize thru the Social Investment Fund (SIF) has inaugurated several new projects in the Corozal and Orange Walk Districts in the last few months. Last Thursday, February 22nd, our Belize Now team was there for the opening of three new school buildings. The buildings were constructed by way of grants from the Caribbean Development Bank under the Basic Needs Trust Fund’s 7th Programme with counterpart funding from the Government of Belize and the communities of Carmelita and Ranchito. Both projects are valued at just over one million Belize dollars each.

  • Belize Village Life - Diving , 3min.

  • Belize Village Life - Tortillas, 1.5min.

  • Belize 2018 Day Four, 5min. Today we explored downtown Corozal, the Santa Rita Archeological Site, and went to Cornerstone Presbyterian Church.

  • Belize 2018, 4min. My four weeks in Belize in four minutes. Clips from Punta Gorda, Hopkins, Plasencia, Golden Strean, San Ignacio, and Caye Caulker.

  • Belize Diving Day One, 3.5min. First day of diving in Ambergris Caye, Belize. We saw nurse sharks, remora fish, and beautiful healthy coral. Diving with Belize Pro Dive Center.

    March 5, 2018


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    The San Pedro Sun

    UDP 7 celebrates pre-election rally in San Pedro Town
    A day after the People’s United Party (PUP) Town Council Slate held their pre-election rally at the Honorable Louis Sylvestre Sporting Complex, the incumbent United Democratic Party (UDP) held theirs on Saturday, March 3rd. Held at the same venue, the UDP came out in full force alongside Area Representative and Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation, Honourable Manuel Heredia Jr., and a large crowd of supporters who cheered and applauded the seven UDP candidates aspiring for a third term in office at the upcoming March 7th Municipal Elections. UDP supporters in the hundreds gathered at the sporting complex where shortly after 9PM the event officially started. Several residents representing the various subdivisions in town took to the microphone and pointed out some of their problems in their areas. They indicated that all those issues were satisfactorily addressed by the UDP, greatly improving their lives.

    Wolfe’s Woofer: Retirement Gift
    After twenty-five years of service as a church pastor, I retired last week,” the tourist told me. “The church board gave me a two-week vacation here in Belize as part of the retirement package.” “That’s a good retirement gift,” I said. Reverend Hugh McCready was seated at a table near mine on the deck of the Holiday Hotel, where we enjoyed conversation over our coffee. “I’m really close to the guys on the Board,” he said. “One of them—Bishop Hanlon, is a terrible practical joker and he promised to provide me with a little something extra. I shudder to think what he meant by that.”

    Marco Gonzalez Archeological Reserve hosts Spring Equinox event
    The Marco Gonzalez Maya Site Non-Profit Organization happily invites the public to celebrate All Things New at their Spring Equinox Event on Sunday, March 18th at the Marco Gonzalez Archaeological Reserve. At 10am Maya Priest Mr. Martin Choc will officiate a blessing of the Reserve as well as extending it to our island. If anyone has a birthday, anniversary or “just married”, they can request a special blessing from the Priest. Following the Official blessing, the festivities begin in celebration of Spring. Spring equinox is another name for “vernal equinox” or “March equinox”. An equinox is the moment in time (not a day-long event) when the Sun stands directly above the equator and day and night are of approximately equal length. For the Northern Hemisphere, the spring equinox is the moment when winter ends and spring begins

    Doctor Love: Uncertain
    Dear Doctor Love, I started dating my girl after she caught her boyfriend cheating on her. The break-up was bad and she was really hurt so I make sure to be very good to her. The first three months were fun and she always told me how happy she was that I am not like him at all. A few weeks ago he texted her that he broke up with his girlfriend and he wanted to apologize for the way he treated her. They talked a few times and now everything with my girl and I has changed. She is short tempered and doesn’t want to spend as much time together. She used to be angry about him but now she makes excuses for him and defends him. She has forgotten all the times he cheated on her and how mean he was to her when they broke up and she often mentions things that they used to do together. She says she only wants to be his friend but it seems the more time they spend together, the less she likes me.

    Misc Belizean Sources

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    Caye Caulker Air Strip Construction Feb 28 - March 4, with videos and photos
    There has been some construction activity on the CC Air Strip Construction project this past week. I took a series of photos on Wednesday and when I went back on Thursday, there had been even more progress. On Monday, February 26 I rode my bike down the air strip and noticed they had laid dredging pipe and a pumping station out in the bay just off the western end of the air strip. On Wednesday, February 28, I rode the golf cart down the air strip and these photos are what had occurred between Monday & then.

    Shooting Incident
    On 3.3.2018 at 6:55 p.m., 31 year old Kearney Thompson was shot to the lower right side of the back which also injured his abdomen. Thompson was at 89 Vernon Street when someone emerged from the backyard and fired a single shot at him. Thompson is in a critical condition at the KHMH.

    Reef Week 2108 activities on Caye Caulker
    Movie night March 9th, A turtle’s tale - Sammy’s adventures Recycle competition March 14. Standard 4, 5, 6. 1st $100 cash prize, 2nd prize gift basket, 3rd prize gift basket. Bike float competition March 16. Children of all ages. 1st prize $150, 2nd prize $100, 3rd prize $50, 5pm at the basketball court.

    Corozal March Against Child Abuse
    Monday, March 5 at 9 AM. Come out and help us help our babies! If possible please get ur white shirts with our blue logo on it or a simple blue ribbon on a white shirt will suffice! We will gather at the Central Park and walk out way to the Town council and police station! Be mindful of the school and court house so the noise level will have to be minimal! It takes a village to raise child!

    The Reporter

    Baby Alyssa passes, Belize mourns
    The Reporter has confirmed that 17-month-old baby, Alyssa Sherylee Nunez, died around 4:00 this morning at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH), four days after being raped and brutalized allegedly by her stepfather. In the aftermath, Belizeans have taken to streets across the country, calling for justice. The accused, Everal Martinez, 21, was charged with ‘dangerous harm’ on Friday. According to Assistant Commissioner of Police, Chester Williams, police expect to upgrade charges soon. He told the media this morning that the next course of action will depend on the child’s post-mortem results, which should be done in the next few days. Baby Alyssa was rushed to the KHMH on Wednesday in a critical condition. A medical examination certified that she had been raped vaginally and anally. She was also reportedly physically abused.

    Belize City couple held hostage during home invasion
    Belize City police are investigating a home invasion which occurred at a Belize City residence in the wee hours of Friday morning. During the incident, a couple was held hostage and tied up inside their home while thieves made off with over $8,000 worth of valuables. Steve Miguel Castillo reported to police that around 5:50 a.m. on March 2nd, he was returning home and while entering his home, he was met by a gunman at the door. He then realized there were two other men inside the house. Castillo was also hit to his head with a gun.

    Belize city car dealer shot to head
    A Belize City car dealer was shot to his forehead after 4:00 a.m. on Saturday and is recovering from his injuries. Raymond Wayne Davis, 49, reported to police that while sitting with a woman inside his parked car on York Street, he was approached by two men who fired several shots in their direction. One of the bullets hit Davis to his forehead. He was transported to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital for treatment where he is in a stable condition. Police are seeking the two suspects for questioning.

    Breaking Belize NewsPJ

    One dies in fatal road traffic accident in Red Bank Junction, Southern Belize
    Reports to BBN’s newsdesk is that there was a fatal road traffic accident tonight near the Red Bank Junction in Southern Belize. BBN understands that a person has perished as a result of the accident.

    Everal Police will charge Everal Martinez for the murder of 17 month old baby Allyssa Nunez. According to reports, police will upgrade the charge of dangerous harm to murder this coming week.

    17 month old baby dies
    A 17 month old baby, victim of a horrendous rape passed away this morning. The baby had been in a critical condition after she was raped vaginally and anally. The toddler’s step father, Everal Martinez was arrested and charged for ‘dangerous harm’ on Friday.

    Armed intruders tie up 2 victims during home-invasion robbery in Belize City
    On Friday, Steve Castillo, 28, of Belize City reported that at about 5:50 a.m. when he arrived at home, he met a man inside his home. The man pointed a gun at him. Then, two men appeared and one of the men hit him to the head with a gun and tied him up in the living room.

    International Sourcesizz

    Bogus British doctor who preys on desperate cancer patients at tropical retreat is 'loved-up' with dead patient's husband
    A callous cancer quack who gives victims false hope with bogus treatments is boasting of finding love with a patient’s widower. Amanda Mary Jewell has no formal medical training and injects desperate ­visitors to her £145-a-day Caribbean clinic with ­dangerous and banned products. She began a romance with Martin Buckwell less than a year after using her treatments on his tragic wife Aliki. Jewell, 49, left the UK after Trading Standards said it had “serious concerns” she was misleading vulnerable people. She now leads a cancer unit with a private beach in Belize (it's in the Progresso, Corozol area), offering stem cell and protein treatments, bleach “cure” MMS and even tooth-pulling to let poisons “pour out”. She tonight claimed her treatments are “mainly herbal” despite endorsing hormone and chemical treatments on a blog.

    Demon Ants from Hell
    The Belizean leafcutters I encountered had blazed pathways the width of a bicycle tire track from their colony to nearby trees. These trails are like ant highways. Interstate 95, you ain’t seen nothing! If you get down on your hands and knees for a close inspection, you can see the little demons racing in both directions, many of them bearing bits of leaf 20 or 30 times their size. I don’t think they even pay taxes. Such ant colonies are found all over in Belize. In addition to being far more ilndustrious than our fat, lazy American ants – they surely would surely perform work in the United States that our ants wouldn’t want to do — Belizean ants are furious warriors. Try swiping a stick across the placid top of an ant colony, and see what happens. Instantaneously, a swarm of hundreds of ants will boil out of the ground to defend the homeland.

    Still Searching for Howler Monkeys
    We’re having a fine time at the Blancaneaux Lodge here in Belize. Got in some great hiking yesterday, and took a canoe trip this morning into a cave where the ancient Mayans once performed human sacrifices. Have learned many things, both mundane and astonishing. If I have time, I will report back on the industriousness of the local ants, the remarkable properties of the vines hanging from limestone cliffs, the old-order Mennonite settlers, and the political economy of Belize.

    Videos

  • Caye Caulker Air Strip Construction Friday March 2, 1min. Caye Caulker Belize Air Strip Construction East to West. Video by Brad Flood

  • Caye Caulker Air Strip Construction Friday March 2, 1min. Caye Caulker Belize Air Strip Construction West to East. Video by Brad Flood

  • Caye Caulker Air Strip Construction Sunday March 4, 1/2min.

  • Caye Caulker Air Strip Construction Sunday March 4, 1/2min.

  • Caye Caulker Air Strip Construction Sunday March 4, 1/2min.

  • La Ruta Maya 2018, 2.5min. The 2018 La Ruta Maya is just 5 days away. They've put together a little video of last year's race with the LRM theme song.

  • Belize (New Year) Swimming with sharks. Turtles, 1min.

  • Belize 2018 Day Three, 4.5min. Today we visited the Corozal Church of the Nazarene, House of Dorcas, Jacob's Farm/Rehab Center, and Chan Chen Presbyterian Church.

  • Belize and Tikal Family Trip, 4min.

  • Belize Service Trip, 15min. Bridgewater State University students travel to Belize City, Belize to take part in a service trip. Students spent the week at Saint John's Primary School engaging in classroom activities, playing with the students at lunch, partaking in a Photovoice Project, and constructing a shade structure for lunch time.

  • Climbing the Mayan Ruins of Xunatunich, 10min. Located in the Cayo District of Belize, the Mayan ruins of Xunatunich are not to be missed! At 120ft tall the temple, El Castillo, towers over the grounds which are just 0.62 miles from the boarder of Guatamala. We climbed up the front of the temple, circled around to the side, and climbed the final part up the back of the temple.

  • My Trip to San Pedro, Belize 2018!!, 3min. Hey everyone! This is a video I made from my adventures during my vacation in Belize. If you've never been to San Pedro, I HIGHLY recommend it!

  • Shopping in San Pedro Belize, 3.5min.

  • Police United FC vs San Pedro Pirates FC, 2.5hr.

    March 4, 2018


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    The San Pedro Sun

    PUP 7 hosts pre-election rally in San Pedro Town
    Supporters of the People’s United Party (PUP) San Pedro Town Council Slate gathered at the Honorable Louis Sylvestre Sporting Complex to witness their last pre-election rally on Friday, March 2nd. In a short ceremony, the seven candidates aspiring to form the next town council spoke to the attendees about their plans to make San Pedro a better place for all. They touched on areas like infrastructure, education, sports, health and the partnerships with the business community for the execution of projects and creation of jobs. Mistress of Ceremonies Natalie Arceo welcomed the multitude reminding them that it is time for a change, to demand more and to give the seven PUP candidates the opportunity to run the affairs of the town.

    SPTC donates computers to San Pedro Dr. Otto Rodriguez Polyclinic II
    The Incumbent San Pedro Town Council (SPTC) donated five computers to the Dr. Otto Rodriguez San Pedro Polyclinic II on Wednesday, February 28th. Present at the official hand over was incumbent Mayor Daniel Guerrero, incumbent Deputy Mayor, Gary Grief and incumbent Councilors Flora Ancona, Hector “Tito” Alamilla, Ruben “Rox” Gonzalez and Gabriel “Gaby” Nunez along with clinic Administrator, Eric Najarro, and staff members of the Polyclinic. Guerrero stated that he had promised computers to the polyclinic after providing them with approximately $6,000 dollars for better medical equipment. “This was something that we had promised the polyclinic a long time ago as we heard that they didn’t have many computers and they were doing their work handwritten. I believe the polyclinic is doing a great job on the island,” said Guerrero.

    Holy Cross host Mankato State University Dental Doctors
    Holy Cross Anglican School’s Smile Dental Clinic hosted Dental Doctors and senior students from Mankato State University in Mankato, Minnesota, USA from Monday February 26th through to Thursday, March 1st. The Mankato State University team consisted of four dental doctors and 20 senior students that came to provide their service to the school. “When providing these oral examinations we look for tooth decay, evaluate overall oral hygiene, provide fillings as well as assist students with fluoride to strengthen their teeth,” said Doctor Paul Roggow leader of the dental group. He also mentioned that they facilitated the students with classes on how to properly brush their teeth and gave them free toothbrushes and toothpastes.

    Caye Caulker residents concerned on the delay of works at the island’s airstrip
    The management at the Belize Airport Authority overseeing the rehabilitation of the airport’s runway informed The San Pedro Sun that the project is ongoing and that they expect to complete the works by mid-June of this year. A visit to the closed airstrip revealed that no construction work has been done on the airstrip and its surroundings. A series of deep holes were observed on the surface of the runway, while on its east end, piles of building material had been unloaded. According to the General Manager of BAA, Nicholas Ruiz, the process for the airport’s refurbishment is an ongoing one and that even though people might think that nothing is happening, work is actually being done. “Most of the building material is being barged to the island from the mainland,” said Ruiz. “There is a process and work is taking place.” Ruiz indicated that he and his team will do a site inspection to find out more about the progress of the project.

    Third Annual Land Rover Car Show Held
    The third annual Land Rover Car Show was held on Sunday, February 25th at Cheers Restaurant and Cabañas located at mile 31 on the George Price Highway. Rover enthusiasts attended the event eager to view the legendary vehicles as the show featured everything from the oldest to the most recent model. At the end of the exhibit, trophies were given to the oldest Rolling Rover, including the most popular vehicles selected by the attendees. Organizers Matt Brislawn and Sharon Svec started what has become a tradition in April 2016 with the first-ever show held in Orange Walk Town. At this year’s event, a total of eight Rovers starred with a 1979 model which attracted a lot of attention from viewers. Among the different vehicles, there was a Land Rover Defender equipped with a tent, ideal for camping expeditions. Another Rover that caught the attention of the crowd was a red 130 Model Defender, along with a 110 Defender. The most recent model present at the show was a 2007 LR 3. Fanatics not only had the chance to view inside the vehicle but also admired the original engine, which is a trademark of the brand.

    Misc Belizean Sources

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    Released another juvenile salt water crocodile, Estuwary at the North Shore of Caye Caulker
    Beautiful day. rMoved from the south of the island to a better home. To save this endangered species. Together with the community, so they can survive this concrete/humans invasion on this island that was once ruled by only them. To educate our future and our coming guests. To enjoy the park as it has been for thousands of years.

    Shooting victim lucky to be alive
    On the 3.3.18 about 4:00 a.m., police responded to a report on Yorke Street. Upon arrival officers met 49 year old Raymond Wayne Davis 49 year old, A Car Dealer of a Belize City who had a gunshot graze to the forehead. Police say Davis was inside his vehicle on Yorke Street along with a female companion two male person's approach him and fired several shots at him as a result he received the injury. Davis was taken to the KHMH and is listed in a stable condition.

    Mrs. Ofelia Graniel fundraising for illness
    My assistant Aylin Nuñez's Grandma Mrs. Ofelia Graniel has been in the hospital very ill and in the hospital for over a week. The family has had major expenses and have raised funds to pay for a good portion of the bills they have occured however they are still short some and will need to pay some more hospital bills in the near future. If any of you would like to help you can pledge a donation privately and as a Thank You Aylin will be giving you a small magnet as a token of her appreciation.

    Caye Caulker’s Lobster Festival 2018
    Lobster Fest 2018 is on!

    Heroes & Benefactors Day on Friday
    March 9th will be a public and bank holiday. Pin this event on your diary. Visit to learn more about Belize's two National Heroes: With Heroes & Benefactors Day approaching. The Goldson House for Democracy & Patriotism and The George Price Center for Peace and Development are teaming up to host Open Days at both centers.

    Sarteneja Got Talent
    Spring Talent Show Coming Soon! Apply now at Sarteneja Baptist Church. Happening March 8th, 2018 at Almendro Park.

    The Reporter

    Protests staged after accused child rapist charged
    Protests were staged all over the country last night including Belize city, Orange Walk and Roaring creek following the arrest of the man accused of an unthinkable crime against his step-daughter. In Belize city, protesters gathered in front of the Queen street police station to condemn the rape of a 17-month-old baby girl. Late on Friday, police charged the stepfather with ‘dangerous harm’. The suspect, whose name has been withheld to protect the victim’s identity, is pending several other charges while police await directives from the Director of Public Prosecution. Other charges are expected to be brought against him early next week in the Belize City Magistrate Court.

    Mexican government provides 25 scholarships
    The Mexican Government signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Belize’s Ministry of Education (MOE) yesterday to facilitate the distribution of 25 half-scholarships for low income students attending evening classes at the Escuela Technica Secundaria Mexico in Corozal. The agreement was signed under the Mexican Agency for International Cooperation and Development (AMEXCID), by their Executive Director, Agustin Garcia Lopez and CEO of the MOE, Deborah Domingo, at the Marion Jones Sporting Complex. In his address to the gathering of scholarship recipients and other invited guests, Lopez explained that for over 21 years the government of Mexico has continued to strengthen educational opportunities for children through Latin America by means of its well known scholarship program of which Belize has been a part of since 1996. The program has experienced remarkable success and has expanded into 147 schools across 17 regions.

    Blogs

    Week in Review: Luxe Pool Time, A New Bar off the Beaten Path, a Nude Crab & More
    I live 7 miles north – less town and more the great wilds of Ambergris Caye. Since the road is SO rocky and gutted right now, the slow ride provides me time to see the scenery. The wild flowers and this guy a few months ago. I stopped by the newest bar on the island. Or at least one of them. Garifuna Legegu Grill in San Mateo. It is near the entrance to San Mateo just north of the bridge. I found out a few months ago that the property is owned by Walter Medina! Almost EVERYONE knows Walter. The breeze at the top of the bar is pretty great. It wasn’t open yet when I arrived but I took a quick look around anyway. For a bit more information, check out the Facebook page. I just did and found this newer picture AND the fact that you can arrive by boat. How cool.

    8th Annual Arte Con Voz De Mujer Art Exhibition was held inside House of Culture
    Arte Con Voz De Mujer is an event that many young women and adults feature their excellent talent of Art paintings from across the Jewel. This event has been happening ever since before the House of Culture has been Remodeled. It is organized by Miss Debra Wilkes from Corozal House of Culture. She spends countless hours preparing for this event to showcase to the public of Corozalenos. On March 2, 2018, the Corozal House of Culture presented their 8th Annual Arte Con Voz Art Exhibition. It commenced at 7:30pm with a short cerrmony. A small group of Corozalenos sat down to hear the speech of the Art Exhibit displayed inside the Corozal House of Culture. The speech was about how young women can engage in their talents they love to do. And, thanking all who participated in this year's annual event.

    This is Belize: When good golf carts go bad
    We were nearly at the crest of the Sir Barry Bowen Bridge this morning when something started going awfully wrong with Moncho 59. More exactly, the golf cart started going left and right. On its own. The steering wheel seemed to suddenly lose all interest in doing its job. Which is a simple one: Keep the front tires going in the right direction. I eased Monch 59 down the bridge toward San Pedro Town, looking a bit like a tourist after that first stop at the Palapa Bar. Pulling over at the base of the bridge, a quick inspection showed everything seemed to be in order. The tires were pointed in the right direction. They were adequately inflated. Nothing was dragging on the ground beneath the engine. Still, the best the old girl could do was wobble past the toll booth and the adjacent hardware store. A tiny piece of real estate between Boca del Rio Hardware and Erica’s produce stand became a safe haven from the traffic.

    International Sourcesizz

    Conservation efforts aid jaguars: agency
    Conservation measures to protect the jaguar have led to a slight increase in the animal’s numbers, the head of a federal agency said this week. Natural Protected Areas Commission chief Alejandro del Mazo Maza also announced the creation of a new tri-national protected area in partnership with Guatemala and Belize. The commissioner told the newspaper El Universal that jaguar conservation policies enacted by the Mexican government have been successful, citing a 10% increase in the Yucatán peninsula region alone, where the population is estimated to have grown from 1,850 to 2,000.

    Videos

  • Talk Ah Di Town MARCH 3, 2018, 42min.

  • Belize Now | Episode 52, 27min. In tonight’s headlines: New school buildings are inaugurated in Corozal, Belizeans benefit from BTEC training, and San Victor gets a new water system. These stories and more on this week’s edition of Belize Now. Thanks for joining us on this Friday, March 2nd, 2018!

  • San Pedro residences are angry at Child Abuse, 11min. A hand full of people protest to stop Child abuse.

  • Belize, 36min. Das kleine Land Belize nimmt hinsichtlich seiner Kultur und Geschichte eine Sonderstellung unter den Ländern Mittelamerikas ein. Die parlamentarische Monarchie war vor ihrer Unabhängigkeit.

  • Belize Snorkeling - Shark Ray Alley, 5min. Tuff E Nuff - best tour swimming with the sharks and sting rays, feeding sharks Shark Ray Alley - Caye Caulker.

  • GoPro Adventures - Ambergris Caye, Belize Edition [High Definition], 7min.

  • Belize Slideshow 2018, 36min.

  • Concrete block making machine in Belize, 1.5 min. Blockes made correct.

  • Flight Departure From San Pedro, Belize, 1.5min. Kind of a random video, but I wanted to share this because I thought it was fun. The video is from a flight departing from San Pedro,

  • San Pedro, Ambergris Caye Belize, 8min.

  • Belize Ocean Adventure 2018, 5min. Fishing and Snorkeling on Belize Reef.

  • Belize Cave Tubing 2018, 3min.

  • SAN PEDRO BELIZE, 3.5min. Hey guys! Here is a is a short glimpse of our amazing trip with some awesome friends! Hope you enjoy!

  • Belmopan Bandits SC vs Placencia Assassins FC, 2hr32min.

    March 3, 2018


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    The San Pedro Sun

    Oceana Belize organizes “BZE SAID NO” human sign demonstration in San Pedro
    To celebrate Belize’s passing of the law to ban oil exploration in its waters, Oceana Belize organized a human “BZE SAID No” sign activity in front of the San Pedro High School (SPHS) on Wednesday, February 28th. The activity saw the participations of students, divers, and islanders alike. At 10AM, a large crowd of residents gathered in front of the SPHS to be a part of the “BZE SAID NO” sign that was created. “The activity was to celebrate that by law now, no oil exploration will happen in the waters of our country. We decided to spell out ‘BZE SAID NO’ to send a message to other countries that Belize has said no to any kind of oil activity on our waters and also to motivate them to also say no as well,” said Oceana Belize, Field Representative, Angel Briceno.

    San Pedro Co-Ed Softball Tournament heads to the finals
    The second round for the San Pedro Co-Ed Softball Tournament semifinals took place this past weekend at the Honourable Louis Sylvestre Sporting Complex on Sunday, February 25th. The day saw the four teams competing in three intense matches to gain the win to advance to the final round. In the first match, Extreme won by default against RCGO. However, in the next match, RCGO managed to win Extreme with a 14-13 point scored and advance to the finals to compete for the championship. The last match of the day, saw Quality Reef advancing to the finals after taking an easy victory over San Pedro High School (SPHS) with a 13-2 point score. Everyone is invited to come out and support their favorite team at the San Pedro Co-Ed Softball Tournament finals this weekend on Sunday, March 4th. The first match will see Quality Reef going against RCGO, followed by SPHS versus Extreme. At 11:30AM Quality Reef will face off RCGO once again. Foods and drinks will be on sale during the games.

    Unannounced swearing-in of new Justices of the Peace surprises the President of San Pedro JP Association
    The swearing-in of 12 new Justices of the Peace (JP) along with four current JPs sworn-in as Senior Justices of the Peace took Pastor Clive Welsh, President of the San Pedro Association of Justice of the Peace and Commissioner of the Supreme Court by surprise when he was not notified of the event. The official swearing-in was made public when it was posted on the United Democratic Party (UDP) San Pedro Facebook page, showing the Attorney General of Belize, Michael Peyrefitte officiating the event in the company of incumbent Mayor Daniel Guerrero, and Area Representative Honourable Manuel Heredia Jr., on Friday, February 23rd at The San Pedro Town Council’s conference room.

    SACNW hosts a neighborhood clean-up
    On Saturday morning, February 24th bright and early, members and friends of SACNW (South Ambergris Caye Neighborhood Watch) were out in full force for a clean-up of the south end of the island. From Victoria House to Marco Gonzalez Maya Site entrance, more than 30 adults and children filled a dump truck with garbage bags and miscellaneous items discarded along the road and beach. From a discarded toilet to a bug zapper, truck tire and more, there was plenty to think about when wondering why people want to dirty up our beautiful Isla Bonita.

    Child Stimulation Month begins on Ambergris Caye
    Child stimulation month opened with a short ceremony, followed with a parade through the main streets of Ambergris Caye on Thursday, March 1st. The various Preschools that participated included: San Pedro Preschool, ABC Preschool, Isla Bonita Preschool, San Pedro Shining Star Preschool, Brighter Tomorrow Preschool, Holy Cross Preschool and Little Angel’s Preschool. At 10AM, preschoolers along with teachers and parents gathered for a short ceremony at Central Park. The event began with Mistress of Ceremony, Kimberly Flores Moro welcoming everyone and thanking them for their continuous participation in Child Stimulation Week. This followed the singing of the National Anthem and a short invocation by Marina Kay. Incumbent Mayor Daniel Guerrero was then invited to the stage to deliver a short speech to the attendee’s.

    Misc Belizean Sources

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    Schools will be closed on March 7th, 2018 to accommodate Municipal Elections

    “Seed Trainer Workshop” for the Genetic Improvement of the Sheep and Goat Project
    The Ministry of Agriculture Livestock Unit, in collaboration with the Republic of China (Taiwan), hosted its first “Seed Trainer Workshop” for the Genetic Improvement of the Sheep and Goat Project. The workshop took place from 28th of February to 2nd of March 2018 at the Central Farm Research Station in the Cayo District. A total of 15 technicians and livestock extension officers from the Ministry of Agriculture, Belize Livestock Producers Association (BLPA), and Belize Agriculture and Health Authority (BAHA) attended the training. The workshop covered different stages of feed management and provided a hands-on opportunity to learn practical operation, on-farm practices and identification system on hoof trimming, docking and castration, as well as a breeding strategy to create a more profitable outcome and fattening period management to improve growth rate.

    CHILD STIMULATION MONTH 2018 COMMENCES
    On Thursday, March 1st, 2018, Child Stimulation Month commenced throughout the country of Belize, under the theme: "Birth to Eight: Children must play." In San Pedro the month of activities began with a short ceremony at the Central Park which followed by a parade through the streets of San Pedro Town. Conducting the brief ceremony was Mistress of Ceremony, Ms. Kimberly Flores Moro, who commenced the program with the National Anthem. Following the National Anthem was a prayer which was given by Principal of Little Angels Pre-School, Mrs. Marina Kay. Mrs. Arianie Gongora gave the welcome address where she mentioned the importance of these activities, which was for the students to learn more about their surroundings, such as: community workers, etc. Mayor Daniel Guerrero was invited as the guest speaker, where he stressed the importance of children's rights in our country and that activities like these help in the development of a child's intellect. He expressed his gratitude to the organizers of this event for all their efforts in preparing all the activities to come in the month of March.

    Belize's Wonder Women! Mrs. Anna Silva
    March is Women's History Month and we are proud to announce that Mrs. Anna Silva is our Belize Wonder Woman as well as Woman of the Year 2018! Mrs. Anna Silva is a mother of three children, has two grandchildren, and is the co-founder of Mary Open Doors, established in February 2008. Mary Open Doors was one of two emergency shelters in the entire country of Belize when it first opened its doors. Mrs. Silva draws from her experience working in the NGO community. For a number of years, she was the CEO of Cornerstone Foundation. She is someone who takes action to respond to social issues and is motivated by her passion to serve others. Mary Open Doors became Mrs. Silva’s vehicle to address the scourge of domestic violence in Belize. She, herself, is a GBV survivor. Mrs. Silva, affectionately known to everyone in her community as “Ms. Anna,” has a profound commitment to serving those who are most vulnerable.

    Students of Xaibe RC school in Corozal representing the Yucatec Maya ethnicity
    This are 6 things you need to know of the Yucatec Maya of Belize . 1. The Yucatec Maya are mostly found in Corozal district,Orange Walk District and Cayo District. 2. Most Yucatec Maya came during the Guerra Social Maya (Caste War) which started in 1847 but their where some Yucatec Maya already living by the lamanai,Rio Bravo and the Yalbac area when the British came . The British reported several attacks in this areas in the 1790's and 1801 .

    Belize and Mexico discuss Disaster and Risk Analysis and Management
    In Belmopan, this afternoon, Belize’s Minister of National Emergency Management, Hon Edmond Castro, met with a delegation headed by the Director of Mexico’s National Center for Disaster Prevention (CENAPRED), Doctor Carlos Miguel Valdes. Matters discussed included Training, Data Sharing, and Regional Collaboration in Disaster and Risk Analysis and Management. Hon Edmond Castro was accompanied by Belize’s National Emergency Coordinator (NEC) Colonel (Ret.) Shelton Defour, who held discussions earlier today with a technical team accompanying Doctor Valdes. That technical team, headed by Engineer, Oscar Zepeda Ramos, Director of Risk Analysis and Management at CENAPRED, also formed part of the Mexican delegation which later met this afternoon with Minister of National Emergency Management, Hon Edmond Castro.

    Presentation of the final construction project of the Mexico Sports Hall at the Marion Jones Sports Complex in Belize City
    The Undersecretary for Latin America and the Caribbean, Ambassador Luis Alfonso de Alba, accompanied by the Executive Director of the Mexican Agency for International Development Cooperation (AMEXCID), Agustín García-López Loaeza, is on a working visit to Belize. The program of the visit included the presentation of the final construction project of the Mexico Sports Hall at the Marion Jones Sports Complex in Belize City by the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS); the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Education of Belize and AMEXCID granting 25 half-scholarships to students of the Escuela Secundaria Técnica México, as well as the official inauguration of the replica of a monumental Olmec head donated by the Government of Mexico to the people of Belize on the occasion of President Enrique Peña Nieto last October visit to the country, which is already adorning a roundabout in Belmopan.

    Ministry of Defence Hosts First Ever Women, Peace and Security (WPS) Policy Development Workshop in Belize
    The Ministry of Defence has hosted the first ever Women, Peace and Security (WPS) Policy Development Workshop in Belize. The event took place from 27 February to 2 March 2018 at the Belize Coast Guard Headquarters at Mile 4 ½ George Price Highway. The main objective of the workshop is to lay the groundwork for how the Government of Belize can increase women’s participation in efforts to promote security, maintain peace, and prevent conflict. This is in accordance with United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 and in support of Belize’s national security goals (National Security and Defence Strategy 2017-2020).

    Corozal March for Justice Monday
    Lets join hands and let our voices be heard! Come out on Monday March 5th at 9am and 5pm at the Corozal Central Park! The same energy you are putting into fighting over a colour lets use that energy to fight for our babies! For once lets get together as one and stop fighting over irrelevant stuff! Lets fight for our children our future! Child abuse needs to STOP NOW!

    The 2018 official Nich La Ruta Maya shirts

    Visit the Museum of Belize to view in real life the femur (thigh bone) of a Giant Sloth
    Tthis fossil remain was found in Santa Familia Belize located in the Cayo District. 11,000 years ago, the giant sloth (Eremotherium laurillardi) became extinct. This massive ground sloth was not the only one strolling through ancient Belize. A smaller cousin, (Nothrotheriops shastensis) was believed to have lived in what is now Central Mexico up to the southern United States. But that all changed when fossils of this animal were found inside a cave located in the Cayo District.

    Xaibe R.C. School Cultural and Business Expo
    To'one Masewaloon participated at the Xaibe R.C. School Cultural and Business Expo held on the 1st of March 2018. Wonderful exhibition of our Maya Culture comprising of major Maya ethnic group in Belize. Yucartec, Mopan and Ketchi Maya. Other ethnic groups exposed were the Garirifuna, Hindu and Major business Groups. What an awesome educational experience. Congrats to all concerned for promoting and preserving our Maya culture and other cultures of our lovely Belize.

    Graduation from the Gang Resistance Education and Training (G.R.E.A.T.) program
    Today, 508 students from 10 schools across Belize graduated from the Gang Resistance Education and Training (G.R.E.A.T.) program, supported by the Embassy. The goal of the G.R.E.A.T. program is to improve citizen security, combat gang-related crime and violence, and prevent vulnerable youth from falling victim to gangs or engaging in gang activities. Guest speakers for the ceremony were Commissioner of Police Allen Whylie and Robert Gibson, the Embassy's International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) Coordinator. The program assists youth to identify and avoid gang membership, prevent violence and criminal activity, and develop a positive relationship with law enforcement. Certified police instructors, who conduct the training, have a wide range of experience in criminal behavior, can recognize gang members, are equipped with referral knowledge, and most importantly, are positive role models to students.

    Inauguration of the Olmec Head in Belmopan
    Congratulations to the Embassy of Mexico to Belize - Embajada de México en Belice on the inauguration of the Olmec Head in Belmopan! Wonderful event celebrating the friendship between the governments and people of Belize and Mexico!

    Channel 7

    17 Month Old Abuse Victim Critical, Stepfather Charged
    Tonight, the 17 month old toddler who was physically and sexually abused could be taken off life support. She is reported to be brain dead and unresponsive - so the family has that very difficult choice facing them this evening. And at 6:00 pm today at the Ladyville police station her 21 year old stepfather was being charged Dangerous harm of the child - a number of other charges will follow. Police are waiting on directives from the DPP. Again, we cannot disclose his name so as not to expose the identity of the child. But we will call her Baby A.N. - her initials.

    Widespread Rage and Incredulity At Hideous Abuse
    It's an unthinkable act that has sent waves of seething anger rippling across the country. Who could do such a thing? How? It's a common sentiment and this evening a handful of protestors gathered outside the Queen Street Station to call for the suspect to be hanged. Activist, Jose Uc Espat was on the frontline again:... "We need to come together as a nation because these are national issues that affect everybody. We need to put down politics and we need to put down all of the corruption and everything that is going on and need to accept that these issues are happening, they are real and there are other issues that are very real that are happening and people are not aware of and we need to face them and see how we come together as a nation, not as a UDP or BPP, or PUP - as a nation to solve these issues."

    Doctors Trying To Make Sure One Year Old Shooting Victim Can Walk Normally
    We turn now to another child victim of crime, one year old Baby Gregory Mena, who was shot inside his home on Neal's Penn Road. On Wednesday, night, gunmen barged into his family's yard, where women and other innocent children were present, and they shot and killed 32 year-old Alexander Carr, the father of his older sister. Carr was at the house to spend time with his daughter. And while they were socializing in the gunmen opened fire on him, killing him on the spot. But, they didn't stop there. One of the shooters then headed to the front door, where the toddler was dancing, and shot him on his right foot, injuring 3 of his toes. That shot ricocheted, and almost injured one of his aunts, who was holding a 2 week-old baby on her arms. Fortunately, she ducked in time to protect that newborn, and the bullet just grazed her jaw.

    Minister Boots Again Accused of Irregularities
    UDP Minister of Human Development and Poverty Alleviation Anthony Boots Martinez remains under sustained fire tonight. The PUP have released another tranche of documents suggesting that he acted inappropriately and exceeded his authority in doling out community service funds to his supporters. The Opposition has sent our newsroom copies of seven smart-stream screenshots which show a total of $49,700 dollars disbursed for what are called "community service" grants. What's unusual about these is the timing, first of all. The dates on the transactions show that they were all entered into the system three days ago, a short time before the election. And second, what really jumps out is that the approvals came directly from Minister Martinez. Typically, such approvals would come from the CEO who is the Ministry's accounting officer.

    He Survived Multiple Chops To Head, And Forgave His Trespasser, But Now Tesecum Needs Help
    On December 18th - there was a crazy chopping on a Belize City Council work bus. Two sanitation workers had a misunderstanding which resulted in 53 year-old sanitation worker Dennis Bodden viciously chopping his co-worker, 40 year-old Michael Tesecum, twice in the head. Bodden was charged with attempted murder, dangerous harm, and use of deadly means of harm and was remanded. But Tesecum continues to live with the injury. He has partially recovered, says he has forgiven Bodden but needs help from Social Security to get better. Daniel Ortiz reports:..

    Mexican Vice Minister In Belize
    Ambassador Luis Alfonso De Alba, the Mexican Vice Minister for Latin America and the Caribbean, was in Belize today for several events in both Belize City and Belmopan. We start first with the ceremonies at the Marion Jones Sporting Complex. You'll remember that years ago, the Mexican Government donated 5 Million US dollars for the construction of a Sports Center on the compound. It's supposed to be a state-of-art- indoor Basketball and Volleyball facility. The project is being overseen by the UNOPS, which cuts out the possibility of any local deal cutting and kickbacks to favored contractors. After all, this kind of "pork-barrel" hustling is why Marion Jones still hasn't been completed after over a decade of construction and tens of millions of dollars invested.

    Capital’s Cabeza Colosal
    ...So right after that official ceremony in Belize City, the Mexican Vice Minister along with his delegation made their way to Belmopan. They attended the official showing of the grand Olmec Head that's at the center of the new round about in front of the hospital. We were there for the unveiling and we found out more about the cultural significance of this structure. Amb. Carlos Quesnel, Embassy of Mexico: "We have met today to formally inaugurated this replica of the colossal Olmec head number eight whose trajectory to Belize began in October last year from Xalapa, Vera Cruz to this new home on this side."

    Mexican Vice-Minister Has Plans
    Now apart from Belize, Mexico also wants to build on its relationship with other Caribbean countries. Vice Minister Luis Alfonso de Alba spoke on upcoming initiatives that will boost these connections. Amb. Luis Alfonso de Alba, Undersecretary for Latin America and the Caribbean: "We are in the process of strengthening our relations with the countries in the region and I will start with Belize, we are looking into the 2030 date as the date that we have agreed at the United Nations to achieve sustainable development but also with specific projects on our own, We are going to embark in the coming months in drafting a project that will strengthen the relationship between Mexico and Belize and the Caribbean particularly the English speaking Caribbean countries."

    One Night of Bail, But Back To Jail For Orel
    Last night we told you about Orel Leslie, one of two persons charged with murder, who was released on a bail of $25,000. But he only had one night of freedom because today his bail was revoked because he had breached one of the conditions of his bail. That condition was a curfew that required him to be at his residence between the hours of 9:30 p.m. and 6 a.m. every day until the case has been completed. But around 1:30 this morning Police constable Andre Almendarez claims he saw Leslie at Sit and Sip nightclub. He informed Leslie that he has violated one of the conditions of his bail when Leslie exited the club. But Leslie ignored him and got into a white pick-up truck which sped off.

    False Killer Whales No Direction Home
    False Killer Whales are the third largest dolphins in existence and a pod of them were recently seen in Belizean Waters. It is a major concern because the marine mammals need to be guided back into deeper water. They were first spotted on the 19th of February just south of Stake Bank Caye and last seen on the 26th of February south of Foreman Caye. Search parties continue to look for the pod but have had no luck. If you have seen the whales please contact the Fisheries Department at 224-4552 or Seashore Alliance at 615- 3838.

    San Pedro Marijuana
    Yesterday around 5:15 am in San Pedro Police on an Anti-Drug operation searched the residence of 43-year-old Percival Armstrong. They found a transparent Ziploc bag containing 200.6 grams of cannabis. After searching the rest of the house they found a black plastic bag containing 48.5 grams of crack cocaine. Also present at the time where 61 year old American Debbie Klauer and 39-year-old Spaniard Scientist Augustin Gregorio. Police arrested and charged all parties for two counts of drug trafficking.

    Wholesale Weed At Water Taxi Spot
    Today San Pedro Police conducted another Anti-Drug Operation in the DFC Area of San Pedro. They found a black plastic bag containing 696 grams of cannabis. They also searched the whole Caye Caulker Water Taxi terminal and found a white sack containing 47 pounds of cannabis. No one was present at the time so the items were labelled and deposited to the exhibit keeper.

    Sharp Science Students
    Today several high schoolers showed off their science skills with some impressive inventions at the the Belize Catholic Association of Secondary Schools Science Fair in the City. Sahar Vasquez stopped by to see the young Einstein's in action. These highschoolers astonished adults today with their groundbreaking science projects. What amazed everyone was not the complexity of the projects it was the fact that all these youngsters really want to do is improve lives. Justin Ayuso tired of seeing garbage littered around the place decided to use it for good.

    Escuela Secundaria Technica Mexico Scholarships
    Earlier in the news, we showed you the Belmopan and Belize City events that the Mexican Vice Minister and the Mexican Embassy hosted while the vice-minister was in Belize today. Well, his itinerary was full, and we'll now tell you about a third program launch that he was a part of. The Mexican Government will be funding 25 partial scholarships for needy high school students who are enrolled at Escuela Secundaria Technica Mexico. That's the high school in San Roman, Corozal, which the Mexican Government funded for the Belize Government to open in that northernmost district.

    ESTM in Toledo
    And apart from that, the Mexican Government will be funding the opening of another Escuela Mexico in Belize. This one is going to be located in the Toledo Village of Pueblo Viejo, and the CEO in the Ministry of Education told us that it fills a gap that they had identified, and was going to address. Here's what she had to say about this prospective new school: Deborah Domingo, CEO - Education: "Actually we had already selected Pueblo Viejo as one of the sites for one of the school we were construct under the Belize Education Sector Reform Project Phase 2, funded by the CDB. So with the offer from the Mexican government what is does then, it to allow us to use the savings perhaps to build a secondary school in another area and so this will certainly assist us big time."

    UB Watches Resources
    Today the University of Belize hosted day 2 of the 11th annual Natural Resources Management and Research symposium. The theme is making scientific data available to managers. Now it may sound like just another high level meeting of environmentalists and conservationists but all the topics discussed are very important and inevitably affect us all. We dropped by to find out more. Said Gutierrez, President, Mesoamerican Society for Biology and Conservation: "The idea is to bring in researchers and managers in the environmental field, yesterday and today what we have had is a lot of people involved in actual research bringing some of that information to the table and with the potential of using that information for the guidance of management of protected areas of certain resources."

    SMART Wins Again Over PUC
    The PUC has suffered a serious setback in the Supreme Court. It's a case stemming from a PUC decision one year ago to charge Speednet spectrum fees dating back to 2010. These fees arose after the CCJ said that the PUC had unlawfully charged Speednet three quarter million dolalrs in fees. But before it could pay a refund the PUC came up with new fees to offset what it would have had to pay back. Speednet's attorney Eamon Courtenay applied for judicial review of that decision, and a stay of that decision and Justice Michelle Arana granted it. Courtenay argued successfully that the PUC had failed to update its regulations.

    Briceno and The Billionaire, Contact or No Contact?
    That judgement benefits both the Briceno family members who are shareholders in SMART and the Ashcroft Alliance - whose various companies are the company's majority shareholders. But are Ashcroft and Briceno also in political business? That's what we pointedly asked the leader yesterday: Jules Vasquez: "Asked you the other day about funding from Mr. Ashcroft and you spoke elliptically about you know that UDP's financiers are abandoning them etc, etc. But you didn't say with specificity, is the PUP receiving campaign financing from Lord Ashcroft?" Hon. John Briceno, Leader of the Opposition: "No." Jules Vasquez: "No? Absolutely not? Because maybe he's one of the UDP's financiers who's abandoning them." Hon. John Briceno: "Probably. Wouldn't you abandon them, if you were him?"

    Puffy and Shyne Again? Sorta
    Turning now to lighter news, DJs all over the country have been battling in their districts to advance to the Nationals of Belize's first DJ competition. And it's now time for the city DJs to showcase their talents. Today the organizer had a press conference to speak about the competition and introduce their special DJ judge. The Belize City competition starts tonight at 7 pm at the Pickwick Club. The winners from each district will meet at Nationals on March 23rd in Belize City.

    A Night Of Verse
    On March 10th some of Belize's best poets will unite at the Bliss Center to perform on the country's biggest stage. The show is called "Done Seh It" and according to Belizean Poet Adele Ramos, it will be a night full of creative candor: The show is next week Saturday at 7:30 pm. If you are interested in performing you can call Ramos at 610-6582.

    Channel 5

    Stepfather accused of molestation of child charged with dangerous harm amid protests
    Just before news time a small protest was held in front of the Queen Street Police Station by persons to condemn the rape of an infant. Police have just now [...]

    Children’s organizations lead widespread condemnation
    The rape of the seventeen-month-old baby girl has sparked outrage across the country and the National Committee for Families and Children (N.C.F.C.) joined the UNICEF AND B.F.L.A. in condemning this [...]

    More questionable payments authorized by “Boots” Martinez; where was oversight?
    Tonight, Minister of Human Development Anthony “Boots” Martinez remains in boiling hot water as scandals continue to erupt around him. New information shows that this week he personally approved almost [...]

    Montero payments “abuse” says Eamon Courtenay
    Five members of Minister Rene Montero’s family, in 1998, acquired between them eighty-one acres of land in two pristine and remote locations. One was the Privassion Enclave in the Mountain [...]

    Speednet defies P.U.C. on license fees
    In 2016, the Caribbean Court of Justice ended months of impasse when it ruled that the Public Utilities Commission could not charge excessive spectrum fees to Speednet Communications, parent company [...]

    Regulator would be “crazy” to shut off phones
    With a permanent injunction now in force on the P.U.C. from collecting, might it decide to withdraw the approval and potentially cripple Speednet’s reach across Belize? The company has more [...]

    Prediction for the Budget? Pain.
    The office of the Prime Minister sought to reassure Belizeans that the government will be able to extricate itself from what the Financial Secretary Joseph Waight described as an impending [...]

    Premium, regular fuel still short heading into weekend
    The scarcity of fuel is plaguing motorists, tonight. This is despite the arrival of a sizeable shipment of oil from Guatemala overland earlier this week. Seventy-two thousand gallons were trucked [...]

    Mexico breaks ground for sports center at Marion Jones during senior official’s visit
    The Marion Jones Sporting Complex will boast of a training facility courtesy of our friends from Mexico. The design of the five million Mexico Sports Center was unveiled today in [...]

    Half-scholarships awarded for E.S.T.M.
    The visit of the Mexican Vice Minister for Latin America and the Caribbean also include the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Mexican Agency for International Cooperation and [...]

    P.U.P. and Chamber break bread on budget
    As he announced on Monday, Opposition Leader John Briceño met with the Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry on Thursday. The Chamber has complained of being frozen out of discussions [...]

    Two remanded for attempted murder
    From the courts, two brothers are behind bars accused of the attempted murder of Francis Parham on Sunday evening on the George Price Highway. Twenty-two year old Shakeedi Baizar of [...]

    Nelson Henry in trouble again after police altercation
    He was already out on bail for a serious offence of aggravated burglary and unlawful imprisonment. But today Nelson Henry was back in court charged with aggravated assault, this time [...]

    Late night outing sends Orel Leslie to jail
    He was just granted bail on Thursday on a charge of murder for which he faces re-trial. But twenty-nine-year-old Orel Leslie is behind bars at the Central Prison at this [...]

    A GREAT Day for 508 students
    As of December of last year fifteen thousand youths have graduated from the Gang Resistance and Education Training programme of the Police Department. Today another five hundred and eight students [...]

    Why mediation, asks P.U.P.?
    Following a case management conference last Wednesday, the case of attorney Sharon Pitts concerning compensation of four hundred thousand dollars for land at the Haulover Bridge is headed to mediation [...]

    Frederick Street houses destroyed by fire taken down
    Last week, we showed you the houses that were destroyed by fire on Frederick Street in Belize City. Well, those torched structures have been taken down and the rubble cleared [...]

    Decision on Gwen Liz High’s Lorna McKay coming from T.S.C.
    Last year Gwen Lizarraga High School Principal Doctor Lorna McKay was reportedly pushed out of her school.  The chair of the board Roosevelt Blades put McKay on disciplinary leave and [...]

    Tour guides meet to discuss Memorial move
    Operators of the Fort George Tourism Zone are uniting to fight plans by the Belize City Council, Tourism Board and Belize Tourism Village to move occupants of the area to [...]

    Parties face off in final pre-election meeting
    On Thursday, another pre-election exercise was observed: the meeting hosted by the Election and Boundaries Department and returning officers of the nine municipalities being contested on March Seventh. For two [...]

    Adopted Belizean rises above health condition
    Back in 2010, we shared the story of Anicee Lamaroux who was six-years-old at the time and was living with a rare brittle bone disorder called Osteogenesis Imperfecta that left [...]

    LOVE FM

    Over 500 students graduated from the GREAT Program
    Over five hundred students graduated from the Gang Resistance Education and Training (GREAT) program, which was held this morning at the Bliss Center for the Performing Arts. The Commissioner of Police, Allen Whylie, in his address spoke about the mission of the GREAT program. ALLEN WHYLIE, Commissioner of Police “Preventing young people from joining gangs …

    Bishop Martin’s High School winner of the BCAPSS’s Science Fair
    This morning the Belize Catholic Association of Principals of Secondary Schools held their sixth annual Science Fair which saw Catholic high schools across Belize City participated. Love News spoke to the Chair of the Belize Catholic Schools science fair, Antonio Jiminez about the initiative. Antonio Jimenez, Chairman, BCAPSS Science Fair “The criteria is that they …

    Annual Kidney Walk
    The Kidney Association of Belize’s sixth annual walk takes place tomorrow. The walk is just one of the fundraisers that the Kidney Association has each year to assist those suffering from kidney failure. Love News spoke with President of the Kidney Association, Oscar Itch, about the initiative. Oscar Itch, Kidney Association President “We start at …

    Civil Society condemns attack on seventeen-month-old baby
    As we mentioned earlier, immediately following the news of the attack on the seventeen-month-old child on Thursday, a number of organizations, especially those who advocate for the protection of children and children’s rights issued statements condemning the crime. Among them is the United Nations Children’s Fund, UNICEF which stated that violence against children is unacceptable. …

    San Victor Village, Corozal District receives new water system
    An upgraded Rudimentary Water System was inaugurated in San Victor Village, Corozal District earlier this week. The new tank will now provide safe potable water to the San Victor community. The project was implemented by the Social Investment Fund, SIF. William Lamb, Executive Director at SIF spoke of the work that went into the project. …

    PlusTV

    Aaron Avilez shot to the back
    Shots were also fired near Majestic Alley, at a barber shop on North Front Street. , Police say that 21 year old Aaron Avilez was exiting a barber shop on North Front Street last night around 8:01 p.m. when he was approached by a male person who pointed a 9mm pistol at him and fired several shots in...

    Fire leaves family of 8 homeless
    There was another house fire in Belize city last night. It happened sometime around 9 at house No.26 at the Corner of Curassow and Gibnut Street. A plycem house measuring 15 feet by 20 feet which was occupied by Monique Dawson, and seven other family members, was totally destroyed by the flames. AS...

    Robbery at Golden Bay
    A robber made off with $10,000 US dollars. According to police, just before 6 o’clock Wednesday evening, businesswoman 27 year old Rong Xiao, was arriving at Golden Bay Limited along with three co-workers when she was approached by a male person who pulled out a gun. The armed man hit Xiao to the le...

    Boots speaks about Ex-Wife’s Remarks on Leaked Recording
    Port Loyola Area Representative Anthony Boots Martinez has been giving the media some interviews recently over allegations that he had used a fixed account of one of his employees to move monies. He has denied those accusations, as we have reported. In our previous segment, we showed you Lamb’s seco...

    Two persons shot; including 1 year old child; Jermaine Carr dies
    The second child victim is another one year old child. This time, the child was shot. According to police, sometime before 9 p.m. , shots were fired on Neal’s Pen Road Belize City. 32 year old Jermaine Alexander Carr was socializing with family members when a male person entered the yard and ...

    One year old raped and sodomized
    It is the first day of Child Stimulation month and sadly, tonight we have to report on three children who were victims of violence over the past 24 hours. They are all heart wrenching stories but the youngest victim in tonight’s newscast is a one year old baby girl who was raped and sodomized. The ...

    Two Outstanding Officers and one Citizen Awarded by Police Department
    The Belize Police Department awarded two of their outstanding officers and one outstanding citizen this morning. An award ceremony was held at Scotchies restaurant today to honor PC Javier Alvarez and PC Dirham Gonzalez, for the months of January and February. Mr. Joe Mena was also recognized for b...

    Amandala

    Another sick UDP land compensation hustle uncovered
    Hon. John Briceño, the leader of the People’s United Party, at a media briefing this afternoon at his Belize City office, highlighted another obscene land compensation scheme which benefited Minister of Works Rene Montero’s family to the tune of over 3 million dollars from the public purse. While the last land compensation scam, for which there has not been a definitive settlement, saw the government pay out a whopping $800,000 to Andre Vega, son of the former Natural Resource Minister and Deputy Prime Minister, Hon. Gaspar “Gapi” Vega, and UDP “first family” attorney Sharon Pitts, the new land compensation scheme uncovered by the Opposition benefited relatives of Minister Rene Montero, Minister of Works.

    I gave Minister Boots “thousands of dollars” from my account, says Kirk Lamb
    Two days ago, Kirk Lamb, a former employee of the Port Loyola area representative and Minister of Human Development, Social Transformation and Poverty Alleviation, Hon. Anthony “Boots” Martinez, told the media that monies were deposited into his St. John’s Credit Union account and he would withdraw it and hand it over to the minister. In an interview with reporters yesterday, Wednesday, Minister Martinez disputed Lamb’s assertion, saying that Lamb was hired as a contractor to build low income houses under the Southside Poverty Alleviation Project and that he had signed a contract to do so at the Ministry of Works, Belmopan office.

    Tyrone Meighan and Orel Leslie charged with murder, but released on bail
    Two men, Tyrone Meighan and Orel Leslie, who were rearrested and charged with the murder of James Norales, were released on bail of $25,000 each that was offered to them today by Justice Denis Hanomansingh. Their bail was granted on the condition that they attend court on March 13 and on any other adjourned date until the case has concluded; that they do not interfere with any of the prosecution witnesses; that they report to the Queen Street Police Station every Monday and Friday, commencing March 5, until the matter has concluded...

    Belizean and Guatemalan diplomats meet in the Adjacency Zone
    A high-profile meeting between Belize’s and Guatemala’s foreign affairs ministers was held today at the Organization of American States (OAS) office situated inside the Adjacency Zone. Present were Guatemala’s Foreign Minister, Sandra Jovel Polanco; Belize’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Wilfred “Sedi” Elrington, and the new Special Representative of the OAS Secretary General, Manuel Washington Abdala. After two hours of private discussions, all the diplomats emerged for a Culture of Peace Programme that featured presentations from Guatemalan and Belizean students.

    Atrocious rape of 17-month-old toddler
    Belizeans across the length and breadth of the country were stunned today when news broke of the barbaric and inhumane sexual abuse of a 17-month-old baby girl. The child was left in the company of her mother’s boyfriend in Maskall yesterday morning, when she was vaginally and anally raped. The mother had reportedly gone to work and left the child sleeping at home. Today, the child remains hospitalized, on life support, after doctors at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH) performed surgery on her head to address internal bleeding on her brain.

    Bernard Wagner – a man with a slow hand
    In September 1978 I took the Calypsonian Lord Laro to meet Joseph Wagner, a Belizean carpenter/cabinet maker, who had his shop on Freetown Road. It was Lord Laro’s first visit to Belize and it was a scintillating time. That September the inimitable Calypso Rose and Trinidad Bill, a Trinidadian comedian, were also in town for the September Celebrations. Politics was red hot. The UDP had won the Belize City Council elections I think for the first time the year before and it was clear that at least in the old capital, they had the momentum of popularity. The PUP appeared on the defensive, and flustered by this new showing of raw strength from the UDP, still a relatively young party, but one that looked modern and which was appealing to the young voters who were clamouring for change.

    Belize City’s Hummingbird Elementary girls and Belize Elementary boys are 2018 National Primary Schools Volleyball Champions
    The 2018 National Primary Schools Volleyball Championships were held last Friday, February 23, at the Multipurpose Complex in Orange Walk Town, where the six district champion schools for females and for males participated in a one-day competition to determine the female and male national champions. Top finishers were: FEMALE: 1st Place – Hummingbird Elementary (Belize); 2nd Place – Toledo Christian Academy (Toledo); 3rd Place – Our Lady of Guadalupe RC (Cayo). MALE: 1st Place – Belize Elementary (Belize); 2nd Place – San Marcos RC (Cayo); 3rd Place – Church of Christ (Corozal). Female MVP – Jayda Smith (Hummingbird Elementary, Belize). Male MVP – Malcolm Murillo (Holy Redeemer, Belize).

    NEBL MVP Watch: 4th Edition
    The challenge with a weekly MVP Watch in a small and short league like the Pepsi NEBL is the desire of overreacting to single game performances. Last week’s five-game schedule had the potential to turn the rankings on its head … and turn it did! With an asterisk hanging next to the result of last weekend’s chaotic game in Cayo, let’s take a look at how the stars in the clubhouse line up!

    WW Race #4 results & overall classification
    Sunday’s Race #4 went from Rockville Junction for the “A/B,” and Democracia Junction for the “C;” and fished at Armenia, after a turn-around at Caves Branch Bridge, which is 2 miles away from Armenia. Both races started at 8.30 a.m. Top “A/B” finishers were: 1st Place – Palas Joseph (Furnished Apartments Ltd., 1:52:00); 2nd David Yearwood (Furnished Apartments Ltd., st); 3rd Andrew Vasquez (BFSC, st); 4th Preston Martinez (Digicell-4G, 1:52:33); 5th Mark Dueck (Big-Blade, 1:53:01); 6th Kirk Sutherland (Digicell-4G, st); 7th Mark Gentle (FT Williams, st); 8th Warren Coye (Santino’s, st); 9th Sean Duncan (Smart, st); and 10th Alicia Thompson (Kulture Megabytes, st).

    Cricket update from the BNCA
    Greetings from the BNCA (Belize National Cricket Association)! And things are already getting heated up in the 2018 Sir Barry Bowen Harrison Parks Cricket Competition! Summer Fever and Rural Mix have won two of two games; and Suga Boys has secured their first victory over Brilliant! Special acknowledgment to Edison Parks of Sunrise Cricket Club and Randy Rhaburn, Jr. of Rural Mix, who each took 7 wickets in matches played on Sunday.

    Editorial: Let’s do this!
    Extraordinary anticipation and excitement are building for next Wednesday’s national municipal elections in Belize, and to a great extent it is because of their similarity, in this case and in their timing, to the so-called mid-term elections in the United States. The Americans elect a President every four years, but two years after each Presidential election, they hold the mid-terms in order to elect Senators and Congressmen/women. The mid-terms offer the two major American political parties, the Republicans and the Democrats, a chance to see how the political winds are blowing; because of their timing, the mid-terms offer voters the opportunity to express a ballot opinion on their Presidential choice of two years before, and his performance in office. Belize’s ruling United Democratic Party (UDP) would like for voters to focus next Wednesday exclusively on local issues, such as streets, drains, roundabouts, and infrastructure. The Opposition People’s United Party (PUP), for its part, has seized the opportunity next Wednesday represents to direct voters’ attention to some critical national issues, the most striking being galloping Barrow administration corruption, bloody violence and crime, staggering public debt, and a collapsing Belizean economy.

    Illegal drugs are the norm
    Dear Editor, ‘Tonight, there is anxiety in the senior and lower ranks of the police department after reports emerged of a damning watchlist circulated by the US Department of Homeland Security. 7News has seen the document which names over 50 police officers of all ranks. It says they are suspected of money laundering, drug trafficking, human trafficking, and transnational crime. The listing is for 2017 and 2018, and it says that the watchlist has been sent to all entry points in the US. The names are broken down into high and medium priority. The majority of the names we saw are listed as high priority. Now, as we said it includes senior police officers. How senior? Well we counted four assistant commissioners of police and five senior superintendents.

    A cry from Lower West Street
    Good morning: Kindly allow me a few lines to inform your Editor about the residential concerns on Lower West Street that may be a potential news story, in Southside Belize City. There are a couple of issues affecting residents of Lower West Street, which I would like to bring to the attention of the media. The first concern is a condemned (green-wooden) structure located at the corner of West Street and Allenby Street. I understand that the property belongs to the Council of Churches, a committee consisting of the Catholic, Methodist, Anglican and the Salvation Army churches. This dilapidated structure at one point was home to the Sadie Vernon Girls School and later the Black Cross Nurses pre-school. Today the structure is a condemned shell, where the zinc from the roof has been looted, the second floor has caved in and the interior is a dump site.

    And the abuse continues — from political to sexual
    As I write I can think about examples of all forms of abuse that have taken place in the last 48 hours. There has been the blatant abuse of public funds to bribe voters; there has been physical abuse that has involved gun violence; at least three women have contacted me seeking help to get out of abusive relationships, and the report of sexual abuse against yet another child has made headlines. I will not stop talking about abuse and violence in our society because it is the real day to day reality of so many of us. It has no special social class, colour, or creed, nor does it discriminate based on age, sex, economic or educational background. Many live abuse, crudely in the open and many more live it silently behind closed doors. Some of those doors are entrances to a lavish home or a humble abode, but when closed the abuse is the equalizer.

    American behavior
    It is not so difficult to understand the thinking of the United States of America, the most powerful country in our hemisphere, the world. In the old days, when a country was a conquering hero, it took for itself countries that it wanted, and everything else it desired. When the Romans were gods, they held vassal states from which they extracted taxes. Remember when Jesus was asked about the taxes He said to His countrymen that they should render onto the Caesar what belonged to him, namely the taxes. The people in the USA knew what it was like to pay taxes to a government that wasn’t their own; maybe this is why they announced that they would take no such prisoners. Yes, the USA, a former colony, mostly of Great Britain, claimed, when she came into her kingdom, that she would rule differently.

    Belizeans abroad: an untapped resource
    Last year there was a raging debate on Facebook on whether those Belizeans who have acquired dual citizenship should be allowed to sit as representatives in the National Assembly. The issues surrounding the debate became so provocative that a group of Belizeans from the Diaspora sponsored a well-attended public forum in Belize City for the ventilation of these issues. While that debate was significant, there is an even larger question to be answered and that is: What will constitute the future relationship between Belizeans at home and those abroad, especially those in the largest part of our Diaspora—the US. This is an even deeper, more important debate because it will outline the future of how Belize will use its global talents over the next twenty-five years. In fact, the real question is: what will define Belizean citizenship and identity over the next phase of our development?

    GAF to Belizeans on the Sarstoon: You are in disputed waters that we are in control of
    Guatemala has taken control of the Belize portion of the Sarstoon River without as much as a word of protest from the Dean Barrow-led United Democratic Party government. At least that is the perception when the Guatemalan military is allowed to exercise sovereignty over the entire Sarstoon River and there has been no urgency on the part of the Belize Government to lead protest in the international community, to alert the “Friends of Belize” to what has been happening on our southern border with Guatemala’s armed forces. On Sunday, February 25, around 11:30 a.m., the leader of the Belize Territorial Volunteers, Wil Maheia set out on a journey along with a local journalist and two Spanish journalists from Spain. They were travelling on the Sarstoon River in Maheia’s 23-foot boat, which is powered by a 90-horsepower engine.

    3 Dangriga cops to face disciplinary charges for Humphrey Mitchell’s death
    On the heels of the arraignment of eight law enforcement officers in the Orange Walk Magistrate’s Court for the murder of Ardiel Salazar, 26, who was beaten to death at his home in Orange Walk Town by the lawmen during their investigation of the reported theft of a cell phone last Thursday morning, three Dangriga policemen are being investigated for negligence in the death of Humphrey Mitchell, 44, a businessman of Sarawee who died while in police custody after he was arrested on a committal warrant for $80 that he owed the court. While Mitchell was being driven by police from his home village at Mile 4 on the Stann Creek Valley Road, to the Dangriga Police Station to be sent to jail, Mitchell jumped out of the moving vehicle and slammed his head on the guard rail placed on the side of the road on the curve.

    Fake Immigration officer Mark Rosalez gets 19 years
    Today at the Belmopan Magistrate’s Court, Mark Rosalez, 35, of Orange Walk Town, who impersonated an Immigration officer, was ordered to pay a fine of $46,000, and faced a sentence of 19 years in jail if he failed to make such a payment, after he was found guilty of 19 counts of claiming upon false documents. He was unable to pay the fine. The jail sentence is the equivalent of a total of 19 one-year sentences for each count of the offence, to be served consecutively.

    Another suspected drug plane found burned in Corozal
    There were sightings of a suspected drug plane which landed on a public road in Libertad Village, Corozal District, but by the time police had mobilized and went to the landing area, they found that the plane was only a blazing inferno and there was no evidence of its cargo, and neither was there any sighting of the pilot who landed it. On Monday, February 26, another suspected drug plane had landed somewhere in the vicinity of Indian Church and Hill Bank villages, in the Orange Walk District, and was similarly set ablaze so that no evidence of its cargo could be discovered by authorities. Unlike the most recent incident in Corozal which involved a twin-engine Beechcraft plane, the plane which landed in the Orange Walk District on Monday was not identified by means of its manufacturer or the model of plane it was.

    The Reporter

    Independence teen reports rape
    Independence police are investigating another case of rape reported by a 15-year-old girl in that southern municipality. The girl made the report yesterday in the company of her mother. According to the teen, on July 27th she was raped by a man known to her. Police say […]

    Reporter Apology
    The Reporter apologizes for an egregious oversight in regard to the memo that accompanied the article concerning the Financial Secretary, Mr. Joseph Waight, in the March 4th issue. The text, which appears in a box on page 3, provides the words of the original memo but includes derogatory comments from […]

    Fuel rationing causes alarm
    Last weekend motorists, and by extension everyone who rely on transportation to move from point A to point B, suffered a degree of panic when the announcement was made that fuel was being rationed since last Friday and that the reason for its rationing was […]

    Kidney Association walking for awareness
    The Belize Kidney Association is inviting the public to come out and walk to raise awareness about kidney disease, with its Annual Kidney Walk on Saturday, March 3. The event starts off at the ITVET compound at 5:30 a.m. and will head down Freetown Road, Princess Margaret […]

    Birth to Eight – Children must Play
    The early skills a child learns from one to five are of such critical importance to his future academic success, that the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports has dedicated the entire month of March as Early Childhood Stimulation Month. Activities kicked off with a massive parade of tiny tots […]

    JAGUAR JUNIOR BUDDY CELEBRATES #11!
    There was so much excitement in the air as we marked “jaguar ambassador” Junior Buddy’s 11th year with a roaring good time! As always, our VIP guests included some of our friends from neighboring St. Agnes Anglican School. Many of these students in the Standard 4 & 5 classes grew […]

    Joe Waight’s leaked memo paints picture of bleak economic horizon
    Financial Secretary, Joseph Waight acknowledged writing a leaked Whatsapp message last week to Chief Executive Officers of all government ministries, instructing them to lay off any requests for reallocation of funds that were not used for what they were earmarked for, since those funds are […]

    Port resident accuses Boots of money laundering/theft; Boots denies
    A man who lives in the Port Loyola division claims his area representative, Anthony “Boots” Martinez manipulated him and others to launder monies using their accounts and then made them give the money back. Kirk Lamb insists that in the year 2016, when he worked […]

    Inflation up at the start of 2018
    Belizeans entered 2018 paying an average of 90 cents more for goods and services than they did last year, according to the latest data released by the Statistical Institute of Belize (SIB). The SIB’s Consumer Price Index, released on Wednesday, noted that the ever-increasing cost […]

    Vocational-technical teachers to train for certification process
    Vocational-technical (Vo-Tech) educators and school managers in Belize are for the first time able to get training and certification specific for their area of teaching. The initiative has been in the works for some years, and in the coming weeks, teachers from institutions across Belize […]

    What’s really going on with the National Budget?
    It would seem that almost every time we approach the ending of a fiscal year, at least of late, there are these looming, almost boogeyman-like fears of a broke Central Government and talks about ballooning public debt. Add to the equation a pending election, and an ostensible rationing of diesel […]

    One dead, 5 shot in Wednesday night’s eruption of violence
    Belize city erupted in violence on Wednesday night as three separate shooting incidents in a span of hours left one man dead and injured five others including a woman and two minors, ages 11 and one. Around 9:04 p.m., shots rang out on Neal Penn […]

    Man sentenced to 19 years for immigration offense
    A Belmopan man was sentenced to 19 years in prison this week after being convicted of posing as an immigration officer and swindling over $7,000 from a Salvadoran businessman by pretending to obtain a nationality certificate for him. Mark Rosales appeared in the Belmopan Magistrate Court on […]

    How many drug planes were there?
    suggests there may have been as many as four landings. Sources say that in the early hours to Tuesday morning, three planes landed, but authorities […]

    Police say Dominguez’ murder was drug-related; 3 suspects sought
    Police say the shooting murder of Luis “Ese” Dominguez, 35, who was killed on 8th Street, King’s Park two Saturdays ago was drug-related and that they are seeking three suspects in connection with that murder. Investigators also link Dominguez’ murder to that of Clinton Fitzgibbon, […]

    Editorial
    The fact that the Ministry of Finance has written to the various Department Heads to warn of a possible crash if they do not hold the line on spending, has sent tremors of apprehension in the business and wider community. In his memo, the Financial Secretary told Department Heads that […]

    Toddler viciously beaten and raped – Prognosis grim
    A 17-month old baby girl is clinging on to life by a ventilator in the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital’s Pediatric Ward’s Intensive Care Unit (ICU) after she was brutally beaten and sexually abused in Maskall Village off the Old Northern Highway, Belize district on Wednesday. […]

    PUP exposes $3.14 Million UDP land scandal
    The Government of Belize has paid $3.147 Million compensation to members of the Montero family, for land which the Montero’s acquired at a cost of $24,236 in the months immediately prior to 1998, which the PUP government re-possessed when they took office after winning the […]

    Fire leaves family of 9 homeless
    A fire at the corner of Curassow and Gibnut streets in Belize City on Wednesday night has left a family of 9, including five minors below the age of 10, homeless and desperate for help. Monique Dawson, the homeowner, told the Reporter that just after […]

    Businesswoman robbed of US $10,000 on Golden Bay compound
    An Asian businesswoman was robbed by a gunman of all her day’s proceeds on Wednesday evening in Belize City. The incident happened just before 6:00 p.m., on Wednesday on the Golden Bay compound on Marine Parade. Rong Xiao, 27, told police that she arrived at […]

    Blogs

    Where in Belize…February’s location revealed
    The February issue of My Beautiful Belize contained a photo of a location we dubbed the “classic ‘blink-and-you’ll-miss-it’ spot”. We had been driving for what felt like hours, with no other cars in sight, our final destination seemingly unreachable. Finally, we came across a stand containing mangoes for sale, and being the mango fiends we are, stopped to buy and also ask for directions. Imagine our surprise when the helpful lady indicated we were in LONDON! “So when England voted yes to BREXIT, they literally broke away…and came to Belize?!” Tamara and I laughed and joked…but our interest was piqued. We abandoned all hopes of making it to Bomba, our final destination, and turned around and left London in the dust after bagging the last of the season’s mangoes. A few searches online indicated that indeed, there is such a place as London, Orange Walk.

    Secret Beach GROWS in Popularity – A Quick Look…
    “Secret Beach” – the always popular golf-carting destination on the leeward side of Ambergris Caye – is seeing an even BIGGER surge in visitors. Sargasso seaweed has moved onto our shores on the reef side (see my last post) and many people are looking for some beach…without it. Let’s not dwell on the sargasso. Yesterday I was stopped 3 times on my way to town – visitors asking directions/distance to Ambergris Caye’s worst kept secret. About 4 miles north of town on mostly paved roads – and then 3 or 4 miles west on seriously BUMPY road and you are there. There is now a road that runs parellel to the beach – behind the 3…4 beach bars.

    Xiabe R.C. School held its annual Cultural Show; "Our culture our heritage" is this year's theme
    Xaibe is a small rural settlement in the country of Belize mainly consisting of people from the Yucatec Maya ethnicity. It is located in Corozal District. The name Xaibe literally means 'crossroads'. On March 1st, 2018 the R.C. School from Xaibe Village, Corozal held it's annual Cultural Show. This year's theme was "Our culture our heritage". The Cultural Show commenced at 9am and concluded at 4pm. Businesses and School groups came out: Atlantic Bank, Creole, Garifuna, Mestizo, East Indians, Ketchi Maya, Preschool Yucatec Maya, Smart, Belize bank, BIC, Magil's Mexican Products and Beginners to standard six dance their own show, And, all the booths I saw had their display about their clothing about which culture they were presenting.

    International Sourcesizz

    Impact of Sunscreens on Coral Reefs
    If you're planning to come enjoy the beautiful Caribbean Sea, please come with UV protective shirts, big floppy hats and, if necessary, reef safe sunscreen. Thank you!

    Bird watching in Belize
    It's much warmer in Central America, so after a few weeks back home re-acclimating to winter during another cold spell, we flew south. We have gone to Belize in late winter for 27 years to thaw out along with many other snowbirds. In addition to fishing and visiting our Cheesehead and Belizean friends there, one of the things we really enjoy about Belize is the phenomenal diversity of life on land, especially the birds. Four years ago, we met my brother-in-law Ken Schreiber and his wife Anita Adams of Osseo, Wis., at Black Rock Lodge, a well-run and comfortable resort in the Cayo District of western Belize. The lodge is located in a spectacular tropical rain forest setting on some rapids of the Macal River across from limestone cliffs several hundred feet high. I was awakened by the croaking call of a Keel-billed Toucan right outside our cabana. With the help tour guide and bird expert Carlos Corrales, we saw 64 species of birds in three mornings.

    Happy World Wildlife Day!
    Let’s recognize the important work being done internationally to protect endangered species from threats like wildlife trafficking, human-wildlife conflict, and habitat loss. This year, we are focusing on big cats, which are #PredatorsUnderThreat. Big cats are recognized for their graceful power and regal beauty but also play a vital role in keeping their ecosystems in balance. Sadly, loss of habitat, loss of prey, conflicts with people, and wildlife trafficking threaten their survival. Learn how you can become more involved in wildlife conservation, and the actions you can take to help save these iconic species.

    Far-away farming
    When Canadian farmers set up farms in distant places around the world, one of the consequences is exactly what you’d think. They learn about those countries. In fact, there’s nothing like farming overseas to learn about a region inside and out. So, for Ken Wallis, a farmer from D’Arcy, Sask., his foreign property started as an investment, but also as a semi-retirement project and an escape from Canadian winters. Wallis now spends our coldest months in Belize, the Central American country on the Gulf of Mexico. “Our 25 acres was cleared out of the jungle. We have native jungle on three sides,” Wallis said during an interview while back in Canada for Christmas. His oranges and guava trees will take five years to achieve full production, so they only produced about half a full crop in 2017. Wallis says he isn’t sure yet if the groves will produce enough for a commercial crop, but he says the local method of distribution is through farmers markets.

    Central American countries initiate ninth regional spiny lobster ban
    For the ninth year in a row, Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama and the Dominican Republic have joint efforts to suspend spiny lobster fishing in Caribbean waters simultaneously. In Belize, this measure entered into force on February 15 and will extend until June 14, while in the rest of the countries of the Central American Integration System (SICA) it will be in force from March 1 to June 30 of this year. The action is part of the Regulation OSP-02-09 for the Regional Management of the Caribbean Lobster Fishery (Panulirus argus), approved by the competent ministers of SICA's fishing and aquaculture activities, which make up the Sector Organization Fish and Aquaculture of the Central American Isthmus (OSPESCA).

    Belize, Honduras and Nicaragua achieve substantial progress in health of most vulnerable populations
    Representatives from the Salud Mesoamérica Initiative on Wednesday presented the results achieved by Belize, Honduras, Nicaragua and El Salvador in the improvement of maternal and child health for the poorest quintile of their populations. An independent evaluation performed by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) showed that these four countries have been able to meet ambitious targets in the timeliness, coverage and quality of health services for women and children in indicators such as prenatal care, institutional delivery, postpartum care, and vaccination for children ages 0 to 2 years.

    Videos

  • What is teaching?, 1min. Belize needs men who can shape thousands of future - today. Big men teach! To find out more, visit TeachBelize.org

  • Orange Walk Belize, 2min. Lamanai, a Mayan site in the Orange Walk District of northern Belize

  • Belize | jungle, ruins, reef - cinematic travel video, 2min. Belize was a beautiful country full of warm-hearted people. If you love warm tropical waters, fresh local cuisine, and ancient civilizations, we recommend you give Belize a try. On the mainland, our activities included hiking through Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary and visiting the Mayan ruins of Xunantunich and Cahal Pech. We drove along the Hummingbird Highway to get there, which has to be one of the most beautiful drives we've ever experienced. We also explored their barrier reef, the second largest in the world, by snorkeling at Glover's Reef Atoll where the visibility's the clearest and the wildlife most abundant. While there, we ventured by boat to Lighthouse Reef, home to the famous Blue Hole.

  • Belize - Walking in Belize City - Carnival Splendor from Downtown - Belizeváros, 4.5min.

  • Bruk it down Jenny - Recognizing Abuse in Relationships, 46min. on Open Your Eyes

  • Jazz Rock & Blues Concert - Funk Infusion Music Festival, 25min. on Open Your Eyes

  • Justice for Baby Alyssa Nunez March in San Pedro, 17min. Residents join together against the rape, murder and assault on our children and community.

  • How to vote, 2min. Wednesday, March 7th, 2018, 9 municipalities in Belize will hold Municipal Elections. Here's a video on how the voting process works. Make your vote count!

  • Arte con voz de mujer exhibit live from corozal house of culture, 10min.

  • Maya Mountain Adventure Challenge Awards Video, 5min. The Maya Mountain Adventure Challenge has finished. They have a spectacular video chronicling the race, through caves, up dams, rappelling into sinkholes, and many other wild and exhausting hurdles, all culminating in a canoe trek back to Cayo. There's some amazing drone footage in this video. Congratulations, Team Bones, for winning the MMAC! Pictures of the awards ceremony here. "MMAC Awards video. Thanks to LegendaryRandy"

  • Belize, 3min. A little video of our holiday and my time in Belize.

  • Belize Chinese New Years 2018, 1hr54min.

  • Plaencia Belize Day Trip Cayamo 2018,2 min. A nice day trip to Placencia, Belize during Cayamo 2018. Fresh Coconuts for all!

  • Drone video of Belize City, 1min.

  • Verdes vs Belize Hurricanes, 2hr52min.

  • Turkeys: The season is on, love is in the air, 1min. I can hear him..."look at me, look at me!"

    March 2, 2018


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    The San Pedro Sun

    New Shark species discovered in Belize has been identified
    A new shark species discovered in Belizean waters about two years ago has been named the Atlantic Sixgill Shark. The identification was made by scientists of the Florida Institute of Technology, Mar-Alliance in Belize, Florida State University Coastal and Marine Laboratory in Teresa, Florida and the National Marine Fisheries Service. Mar-Alliance had been working with local fishers to conduct research on sharks in Belize for more than 20 years and a couple of years ago they began to research the deep sea sharks as well. One of the very first deep-sea sharks they caught was right off the barrier reef at around 800 feet deep, which they thought was the “Bigeye Sixgill shark” (Hexanchus nakamurai).

    San Pedro Cancer Society elects new board
    The San Pedro Cancer Society (SPCS) elected a new board of directors at their Annual General Meeting held on Wednesday, February 14th. The members that will now take reins of the organization for 2018 are Delsie Graniel as President, Miguel Perez as Vice-President, Claudia Miranda as Treasurer and Lucy Muñoz as Secretary. Newly elected president Graniel shared with The San Pedro Sun that she is excited about this new challenge in her life and encourages the community to follow them on their Facebook page for constant updates on their activities. “We are planning to offer information on the different types of cancers every month, so feel free to like our social media page,” said Graniel. “Also we are gearing up for our biggest event of the year in October, which is also breast cancer awareness month. Throughout that month the community can take advantage of pap smears and breast exams at the Dr. Otto Rodriguez San Pedro Polyclinic.”

    One loss, one win, Tiger Sharks still lead in the NEBL
    The San Pedro Tiger Sharks maintained their lead in the 2018 National Elite Basketball League (NEBL) tournament despite experiencing their first loss on Friday, February 23rd against the Belize City Defenders. The grueling match ended with a final score of 76-70 in favor of the City’s squad. However, the following day, the island played a second game hosting the Orange Walk Running Rebels. At the end of four arduous quarters, the island boys emerged victorious with a final score of 92-86.

    San Pedro Lions Club hosts Directors from Costa Rica and Panama
    The San Pedro Lions Club had the privilege of hosting Lions Directors from Panama and Costa Rica on Monday, February 26th. Visiting Lion Luis Castillo from Panama and Gerald Mory from Costa Rica along with their companions enjoyed a familiarization trip on the island that included visits to The San Pedro Town Council, the San Pedro Lions Den, Hope Haven Children’s Home, and the Dr. Otto Rodriguez San Pedro Polyclinic II. Castillo and Mory had been in Belize City over the weekend delivering a two-day training to members of the four Lion Clubs in Belize (San Esteban, Belmopan, Belize City and San Pedro). The training touched on teamwork, efficient meetings, and motivation, along with the processes of membership, services, and leadership which are the main focus of Lions International.

    Ambergris Today

    Belize Saddened And Shocked With Rape Of Baby Girl
    Thursday, March 1, 2018, reports of a 17-month old baby girl being brutally raped in rural Belize spread like wildfire across social media. Very little is known as to what went on but what is certain is that a one year old is in critical condition at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital for being brutally raped both vaginally and anally by someone known by her family. Belizeans are outraged by this heinous crime and have blatantly expressed their disgust and anger throughout social media outlets. The Belize Family Life Association and the Special Envoy for Women and Children have issued press releases on the matter. They are as follows:

    Fisheries Department Reminds Public Of Illegal Poaching Of Sea Turtles
    The Department hereby reminds the public that in accordance with Section 10 of Statutory Instrument No. 66 of 2002, under the Fisheries Act Chapter 210 of the Laws of Belize Revised Edition 2000-2003: • No person should interfere with any marine turtle nest • No person should have in possession any marine turtle of the following species: a) Eretmochelys imbricate (Hawksbill Turtle) b) Carretta carreta (Loggerhead Turtle) c) Chelonia mydas (Green Turtle) d) Dermochelys coriacea (Leatherback Turtles) e) Lepidochelys Kemp (Kemp Ridley) f) Lepidochelys Kemp (Olive Ridley)

    Child Stimulation Month 2018 Opens With Parade
    Child Stimulation Month 2018 kicked off countrywide under the theme "Birth to Eight - Children must Play". Pre-Schools on the island celebrated the opening of Child Stimulation Month with a parade throught the main streets of San Pedro. Children were in colorful costumes displaying, social workers, National Symbols of Belize, Colors, Shapes, Numbers, the Weather, Farm Animals, Domestic Animals and so much more. Here are a few pics for your entertainment. Enjoy!

    Misc Belizean Sources

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    Child Stimulation Month Kickoff
    We were delighted to join preschoolers from across the City of Belmopan at the Independence Plaza to officially kick-off Child Stimulation Month this morning. This year's theme is "Birth to Eight: Children Must Play!"

    Chinese Car Wash closed for good in front of the fire station in Corozal

    Corozal Community College Drug Awareness Week
    Lunch on the Lawn

    Child Stimulation month in San Pedro
    Child Stimulation month 2018 is celebrated under the theme “Birth to eight, children must play.” This theme is inline with UN’s Conventions on the Right of a Child - Article 31 which states that every child has the right to play and rest. At the kick off ceremony in San Pedro Town, Mayor Daniel Guerrero emphasized that we all have a role in ensuring that we not only live up to Article 31, but all 54 Articles.

    Over the last 4 weeks, FCD’s Environmental Educator has been busy in Belize City
    Twenty primary schools, with a total of 2,485 students and 88 teachers have been sensitized on the importance of the Chiquibul-Mopan-Macal-Belize River and methods of protecting these rivers. We are grateful to FYFFES for the support in making this possible.

    U Janal Aj Maya: Traditional Maya Cuisine
    A book by Aurora Garcia Saqui with Amy Lichty. The Mayan Culture Healing Art ancestors obtained their food from the forest and plants that have been domesticated for thousands of years. Corn (maize) was the main staple of the Mayan Sky Canopy Tour WBT Empire. When there was a drought and the corn harvest didn't produce the needed food supply, fruit of the bread-nut tree was often harvested. I am a Belize Yucatec Maya who grew up in San Antonio, San Ignacio, Cayo District, Belize. My mother told us a story from when she was a child. No One Cares year the corn crop didn't do well because of drought, but my grandfather planted his corn at the right time and the harvest was productive. The villagers came to my grandfather and traded gold coins for ears of corn. While gold was valuable, there wasn't much that it could be traded for, so he buried it like you would put money in a bank. Through stories passed down the generations, we know that the Ancient Maya Mountain Research Farm planted Ceiba trees to mark where they had buried their treasures. To this day, my grandfather's gold is still hidden away and may very well be at the base of a Ceiba tree.

    Solar Water System to Supply Safe Water to 1,000 Residents of San Victor Village, Corozal District
    An Official Ceremony to inaugurate the new upgrade and expansion of San Victor Rudimentary Water System was held on the compound of the new water tank in San Victor Village, Corozal District on today, Thursday, March 1, 2018. The Government of Belize is enabling men, women, and children of San Victor Village to have easier access to the supply of Safe Water to meet their daily water needs for drinking, cooking, bathing and washing. The Water Project was funded courtesy of a grant from the Caribbean Development Bank under the Basic Needs Trust Fund, BNTF7’s Water and Sanitation System Enhancement Sector with counterpart funding from the Government of Belize and the community of San Victor totaling $830,802.56.

    SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY: Kemitraan Negara Bekembang (KNB) Scholarship 2018
    Master's Degree Scholarship Opportunity!

    India-UN Development Partnership Fund to Support Human Development, Health, and Sports
    The India-UN Development Partnership Fund has granted over USD 600,000 for the Support to Infrastructure for Human Development, Health, and Sports Project in Belize. UNDP’s support to the project consists in ensuring efficient procurement for the infrastructure needs outlined. In order to address poverty in Belize, and ensuing issues such as young male vulnerability to crime and violence, young female vulnerability to early pregnancy, and poor nutrition and lack of fitness opportunities for all ages, infrastructural improvements are sought to facilitate various innovative approaches.

    Illegal poaching of Sea Turtles
    The Department hereby reminds the public that in accordance with Section 10 of Statutory Instrument No. 66 of 2002, under the Fisheries Act Chapter 210 of the Laws of Belize Revised Edition 2000-2003: No person shall buy, sell, take or have in his possession any turtles, part of turtles or articles made of any part of turtle or turtles eggs Any person found in possession of sea turtles will be prosecuted in accordance with section 14A (1) of the Fisheries Regulation, Chapter 210 of Subsidiary Laws of Belize Revised Edition 2000-2003

    San Pedro Town Council gifted refurbished computers
    On Wednesday, February 28, 2018, Mayor Daniel Guerrero and the San Pedro Town Council presented four (4) refurbished computers sets and one (1) brand new dell computer set to the Dr. Otto Rodriguez Polyclinic II. The Staff were very content with the donation as they are much needed for patient record keeping and other necessities.

    Cleanup on Caye Caulker Sunday March 11
    Oceana Wavemaker invites you all to join us to clean our beach during the reef week on Sunday March 11 from 9 o'clock am till noon. We will be meeting in front of Tropical Paradise at the beach. Be the change u want to see in your community.

    Xaibe RC school cultural presentation
    Our culture our heritage

    DJ Faceoff at Corozal Community College
    Friday March 16, 6pm, Price $2 at Rudolph Wade Auditorium

    CHILD STIMULATION MONTH IS HERE!
    Every year, March 1st marks the beginning of Child Stimulation Month. Early childhood stimulation programs implemented at school and at home can contribute to children’s cognitive and socio-emotional development, ultimately enabling them to improve on a number of future life outcomes. Here are a few pictures from today's inaugural parade of Child Stimulation Month in Corozal Town.

    UDP San Pedro Pre-Election Rally
    Join us on the Road to Victory! Saturday, March 3, 2018 at the Hon. Louis Sylvestre Sports Complex (Old football field), starting at 7:00 p.m. Music by Dj Debbie, Dj Patron and SUPER FURIA! There will be lots to eat and drink....$2 beers and FIREWORKS!

    TEACHING VACANCIES AT ST. FRANCIS XAVIER SCHOOL MANAGEMENT, COROZAL
    The following teaching vacancies exist in our Catholic Management for the following schools for one (1) year: Two at Fireburn, Xaibe, St. Francis Xavier Primary, Mary Hill and Santa Clara/San Roman . There are also two principal posts: One at Copper Bank R.C. School and the other at Santa Clara/San Roman R.C. School. Candidates must have a Full License, Certificate in Education Leadership and at least Five (5) years of teaching experience. Temporary principal’s post at San Joaquin R.C. School, Vice-Principal post for Santa Clara/San Roman and Our Lady of Guadalupe. Same principal's requirements apply for vice-principal's post. Also temporary Teaching Vacancies exist at: San Narciso, St. Francis Xavier, Louisville, San Joaquin, Caledonia, Cristo Rey and Libertad.

    Some Do's and Don'ts for Municipal Election Day 2018
    The Elections and Boundaries Department wishes to draw the attention of the general public to the following list of Election Offences for Wednesday, 7th March 2018 Municipal Elections. EMPLOYERS TO ALLOW EMPLOYEES PRESCRIBED PERIOD FOR VOTING. Section 147 of the Cities and Town Councils Regulations, which requires employers to allow employee prescribed period for voters on Election Day, Wednesday, 7th March 2018, between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.

    XAIBE R.C. SCHOOL CULTURAL BUSINESS EXPO 2018
    These are the happiest bunch of kids in this village. Awesome! "We Learn, We Build, We Teach" -

    A vacancy exists at Belize Electricity Limited
    For the post of Electrical Technician I in the Transmission and Substation Department (Belize City).

    Paradise Theater playing this weekend:
    Ferdinand, Pitch Perfect 3, I, Tonya, MarrowBone. The Oscar's are Sunday: **Screen 2 at 7 O'clock is dedicated to the final Oscar Nom's that we haven't all shown yet.. Yes we've played The Shape of Water but we've had a bunch of inbox requests for the people that missed it. Make sure you check which night the movie you want to see is shown.. LADY BIRD friday at 7 I,TANYA Saturday at 7 THE SHAPE OF WATER Sunday at 7 **

    Cocktails & Conservation, Hosted by Oceana Belize
    Saturday, March 10 at 7 PM - 10 PM, Mahogany Bay Village Sea Grape Drive San Pedro. Join us at the gorgeous Mahogany Bay Village on March 10th, at 7 pm for an evening of Cocktails & Conservation with members of the Reef Week Committee. Come celebrate with us and learn how to stay "reef-minded". Proceeds of the event go to support the Reef Week Initiative. Tickets: $80 per person | $150 per couple. Tickets can be purchased at the following locations: Mahogany Bay Village- San Pedro; PH: 226-4817, McNab Designs- Belize City; PH: 223-1025, Wildlife Conservation Society- Belize City ; PH: 605-6090.

    The Chom(Vulture) the Maya legand
    Legend has it that in Uxmal, one of the most important cities of El Mayab, lived a king who liked parties very much. One day, it occurred to him to organize a great celebration in his palace to honor the Lord of Life, called Hunab ku, and to thank him for all the gifts he had given to his people. The king of Uxmal ordered the preparations for the party well in advance. He also invited princes, priests and warriors from the neighboring kingdoms, sure that his celebration would be better than any other and that everyone would envy him later. Thus, he was waiting for his palace to be adorned with the rarest flowers, as well as preparing delicious dishes with venison and turkey from the bush. And he could not miss the balché, an intoxicating liquor that the guests would love.

    Channel 7

    Toddler Critical: A Vicious Case of Physical And Sexual Abuse
    Child stimulation month started today, March first. But, tonight, instead of being celebrated, our first three stories will show that in the frightening wave of depravity and urban violence - defenseless, blameless children are being victimized and harmed. The first story is one of the most unfortunate we’ve reported in more than two decades of the news. It’s about a 17 month old toddler from Maskall who is critical in the intensive care unit at the KHMH - after suffering what appears to be multiple traumatic events of sexual abuse and violence. We have received credible reports which say the toddler was molested - but there are also injuries pointing to a physical abuse. Tonight her stepfather is detained at the Ladyville police station pending investigation. But, at this time he has not been charged - and tonight - to protect the child - we can’t show you anybody’s face.

    Police Say Infant Had Bruises
    And while you’ve heard from the community, the police have their own side of the story. They say no medical examination has been done on the toddler because when she reached the hospital - she was already in a very distressed state:… ASP Alejandro Cowo - OC, CIB Belize City: “Yesterday sometime after 5:00 IN THE evening, police were called to the KHMH along with the Department of Human Services. And upon making checks at the hospital they were informed that there was a minor with several bruises to the body and apparently the minor had been sexually molested. the minor had to be rushed to the ICU unit because of the condition the minor was in they were not in a position to do no medical examination however we know that the minor is still presently admitted at the Pediatric Ward in critical condition at the KHMH. This minor is from Maskall village. I know that one person is detained at the Ladyville police station at this time.”

    Man Killed, One Year Old Shot In Wild Shooter Attack On Home
    And from that heinous crime against that 1 year-old baby girl, we turn now the terrible shooting of a 1 year-old baby boy which happened in Belize City. Baby Gregory Mena continues to be hospitalized at the KHMH at this time, where doctors are trying to do what they can to save 3 of the toes on his right foot. He was shot in the street style murder of 32 year-old Jermaine Carr, which happened at the child’s home on Neal Penn Road. Now, the residence where the shooting happened is one big family yard, and there are 3 houses are close together. The child’s extended family all live there together, and last night, at around 9 o’clock, there were a number of young children, and women who were socializing at the front house. That didn’t stop a brazen gunman from barging in, and opening fire on Carr, who was socializing with his young daughter. After that, the shooter then took aim at Baby Gregory and shot him as well.

    Gang Figure Grazed To “Headtop”
    But the gun violence in the city started early last night. During the news we got word that there had been a shooting right around the corner from out studio. The target was Nicholi Rhys - one of the lead figures in the Gorge Street Gang. He was walking alone on East Canal when a bullett grazed his head-top - and injured an 11 year old child in a yard. Police told us more: ASP Alejandro Cowo - OC, CIB Belize City: "Mr. Nicholi Rhys was walking on the corner of Prince Street and East Canal when he was approached by a male person who fired several shots in his direction. He received a graze to the top of the head, he was admitted to the hospital, he was treated and released on the same night. Police at the scene founded several expended shells and also found a .9 glock pistol in the area with an empty magazine. Also whilst police was dealing with the scene they encountered a minor who has also received a graze to his leg. However he was treated and he is presently at his home at this moment.”

    Retaliation For George Street Shooting Is Almost Instant
    That shooting happened at 6:40 and by 7:30 pm there was a retaliation. Fortunately, it was also non fatal. 21 year old Aaron Avilez, suffered multiple gunshot wounds when a shooter caught him as he was exiting a barber shop on North Front Street, close to Pink’s Alley: ASP Alejandro Cowo - OC, CIB Belize City: "He was exiting from a barbershop located on North Front Street when he was suddenly approached by a male person who fired several shots at his direction causing the injuries he received. He was admitted to the hospital in a stable condition and I believe he has just been discharged from the hospital. Police checked the area and no expended shells were found at the scene. We believe that yes this shooting is a direct consequence of the first shooting."

    PUP Attacks UDP Minister Rene Montero’s Family For Land Compensation Payouts
    It’s only days to go before the municipal elections, and the PUP has been trying to rock - and hopefully turnover the UDP’s boat - by releasing information pointing to UDP ministerial corruption. Last night you Minister Boots Martinez defend himself against the claims of contractor - slash- front man - Kirk Lamb. Tonight, it’s Rene Montero who’s in the PUP’s targets. The opposition leader held a press conference to detail 9 compensation agreements his family members got from the Ministry of Natural Resources between August of 2009 and 2011. This is for land they first acquired at the end of the 1998 Esquivel Administration - which the PUP then took away from them. Briceno claims the compensation was disproportionate and the product of insider trading:…

    PUP’s Briceno Vs. UDP’s Boots
    Briceno also used the opportunity to take some heavy shots at Minister Anthony Boots Martinez. As we reported yesterday, his former caretaker, Kirk Lamb is alleging that Martinez used him as a contractor front to fleece the Poverty Alleviation Program. Martinez denies it and insists that Kirk Lamb, who ended up begging lodging from Martinez was formerly a thriving contractor under the programme. Today, Briceno rejected Martinez’s story:… Hon. John Briceno - Leader of the Opposition: "How can the Ministry of Works or the CEO from the Ministry of Works, the CEO from the Ministry of Poverty Alleviation had a contract with Mr. Lamb when it is very clear that Mr. Lamb is not a contractor. He has no equipment, he was no finances, he has no experience, he has no ability..."

    Cash Grab At Golden Bay
    Last night we told you about a late evening attempted robbery at Golden Bay Department Store on Marine Parade. It happened around 6:00 and the very preliminary information was that a shot was fired, but nothing was stolen and no one was hurt. Turns out though, that it was a successful robbery - just that it didn’t happen in the store. It happened outside in the parking lot where one of the employees had just returned with her US dollar collections from the tourist village. The robber had apparently been trailing her and knew when to pounce. Police told us more:…

    Gibnut Street Home Up In Flames
    Last night around 8:30 the one story plycem home of Monique Dawson on the corner of Curassow and Gibnut Street was burnt to the ground. At the time Dawson was in the home sleeping with her daughter. They managed to make it out unharmed but the Fire Department investigation so far is pointing to a possible arson. Orin Smith - Station Officer, National Fire Service: “The fire investigation revealed the fire originated from the North West bedroom of the structure. At the time the incident occurred we had a mother and her child at home who was asleep at the time. They are unharmed as a result of the fire. The structure was destroyed. The structure no at the time there was no electricity at the time.” Sahar Vasquez: “The family is saying it might be arson from one of the members that live in the house. Have you guys hear that?” Orin Smith: “We have heard that. I have heard two version of the story and I have also uncovered certain things that are yet to be tested and draw final causes.”

    Leslie and Meighan Get Bail Awaiting Re-Trial
    Tyrone Meighan and Orel Leslie – they are out on $25,000 bail tonight awaiting retrial. They are accused of the November 2012 murder of James Norales. They had been acquitted in 2015 but the Belize Court of Appeal ordered a retrial in March last year - which meant they were both re-arrested. Both men were granted bail on the condition that they report to the Queen Street Police Station every Monday and Friday starting on March 5 th; that Leslie remain in his home every day from 9:30 p.m. to 6 a.m. until the matter is completed; that Meighan remain at his residence every day from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. until the case has concluded.

    Children’s Advocacy Groups Lambaste Violence, Say Children Have A Right To Life
    Today, UNICEF, NCFC and the Belize Family Life Association put out strong statements on all the recent child violence - which has left two shot, one dead, and one critical. UNICEF says “These children were betrayed by adults in the community. As adults, it is our duty to do everything in our power to protect children and encourage them to grow and be the best that they can be. For too many children in Belize in the last few months, this has not happened and children have been tragically hurt and some have lost their lives due to gun violence, physical abuse and sexual violence.” “Violence against children is unacceptable. We all have a duty to end it. UNICEF implores every member of the community in Belize to stand with us to respect and protect children and their first and most basic human right – the right to life.”

    Birth To Eight: Children Must Play
    And while all those messages talk about the trauma children endure in a hyper-violent society, today the message was about getting children to start life on the right foot. "Birth To Eight: Children Must Play" that is the theme for Children Stimulation Month this March. Today the ceremonies kicked off with a massive parade filled with kids, teachers, and parents. Deputy Prime Minister Patrick Faber told us more about what the month is all about. Hon Patrick Faber - Deputy Prime Minister/ Minister of Education: “It is just to sensitize. We really should be stimulating children all year round but it is just sensitized about the need to do this. It is encouraging children from birth up to 8 years old to move, believe in themselves, understand that this is a very important developmental stage.”

    Attorney General Tells NTUCB To Apologize
    Today we asked the Attorney General about yesterday’s huffing press release from the National Trade Union Congress of Belize. The union umbrella group complained bitterly about the delay in the next phase of the UNCAC implementation. Belize is waiting for a country assessment which will be done by experts from the nations of Haiti and Tuvalu. It was scheduled to take place this week Tuesday, and it would have concluded today. These experts would have examined Belize’s systems to ensure that the goals of anti-corruption can be achieved by the implementation of the UN Convention. But, Tuvalu’s experts couldn’t get their travel documents prepared in time to make it here for the site visit. So, it has been postponed until July 10th to the 12th.

    AG Condemns The Practice of Profiling
    Last night, we showed you our interview with Cabinet Minister Anthony “Boots” Martinez who said that the Government is against the recent practice of the police of snapping pictures of people who they’ve stopped and search. The opponents to this new practice condemn it as the police profiling citizens, which is illegal, and today Attorney General Michael Peyrefitte agreed. This evening, Peyrefitte explained: Hon. Michael Peyrefitte - Attorney General: "Any police officer is he believes that a person is guilty of a crime, about to commit a crime, have illegal drugs or weapons on his person. That policeman with that reasonable belief can stop and search an individual.”

    Faber Says Budget Won’t Be Severe With Cuts
    Next week, when the elections are done, the Government will be presenting the budget for the new fiscal year. Now the timing of the presentation right after the election suggests that the government may have some bad news hidden away in the budget. Today, Deputy Prime Minister Faber said there’s nothing to be afraid of: Hon. Patrick Faber - Deputy Prime Minister/Minister of Education: “There is a special meeting of the cabinet scheduled for tomorrow morning Friday so that we are able to see the budget figures. I can only speak to you about what is my Ministry because I have been involved in creating the submission.”

    Faber Says Giving Education Grants IS His Job
    But looking at the old budget - the one that’s finishing at the end of this month - the PUP just won’t give up on the claim that the Minister of Education is draining the education budget in his political campaigning. Today Faber says he does give education grants, but it’s business as usual:…

    Channel 5

    Maskall baby critical after devastating sexual molestation; one held
    We start the news tonight with a sickening report of the rape of a toddler. The seventeen-month old girl is clinging to life at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital. The [...]

    UNICEF Belize speaks out
    The urban violence and abuse of children has prompted UNICEF to speak out. The U.N. organization issued a release this afternoon highlighting the responsibility of adults to protect children and [...]

    On crazy night in the City, Jermaine Carr ambushed and shot dead; minor and woman injured
    On Wednesday night, Belize City became a war zone. In a matter of hours five people were injured in gun violence and another lost his life. A minor, the third [...]

    Rene Montero’s family collected three million in land compensation and interest
    There is more scandalous information tonight about the hustle in the Ministry of Natural Resources known as the hot bed of corruption. A past P.U.P. administration in 1998 repossessed eighty-one [...]

    More to come; P.U.P. says they didn’t deserve it
    Briceño, himself a former Lands Minister, says the seventy-one million figure paid out for land compensation is more than three times the amount paid out under his Ministry in eight [...]

    “Boots” concerns corner the market in Port Loyola
    The P.U.P. also wants Anthony “Boots” Martinez’s head on the chopping block. Since early this week, there have been reports about the alleged rip off at the Ministry of Works [...]

    Why minister must go, now!
    The P.U.P. leader placed full blame on Prime Minister Dean Barrow for not following through on his repeated promise to stamp out corruption. He insisted that nobody knows for sure [...]

    Kirk Lamb thought he was going to get a house, not build them
    Kirk Lamb has re-emerged to counter some of the accusations and questions raised by his former boss, Anthony “Boots” Martinez, on Wednesday. Today he told reporters that while he may [...]

    Nicholi Rhys targeted on Prince Street
    The murder of Jermaine Carr on Neal’s Pen Road was preceded by two other shooting incidents in Belize City on Wednesday evening. The first incident involved well-known George Street figure [...]

    90 minutes later, retaliation visited on Aaron Avilez
    The attempt on Rhys’ life prompted swift retribution by his affiliates across town shortly afterwards.  Twenty-one-year-old Aaron Avilez was leaving from a barbershop on North Front Street around seven-thirty when [...]

    Armed robber “gun-butts” Chinese businesswoman for ten grand U.S.
    A robber got away with ten thousand U.S. dollars on Wednesday evening after he held up a businesswoman in Belize City. Police say that the woman was heading home for [...]

    Two out on bail for murder charge, but ordered to stay inside at night
    There has been a recent trend of men accused of murder seeking bail. It was previously thought that murder, except in rare circumstances, was the one charge immune to bail, [...]

    A.G. to spell out position on why profiling is wrong
    The open debate on the taking of photographs by officers conducting stop and search exercises continue in the public domain, as well as within government.  The issue has been raised [...]

    UNCAC visit postponement a shame, but don’t run down Tuvalu
    On Wednesday, the National Trade Union Congress of Belize, N.T.U.C.B., issued a terse release soundly criticizing the Government of Belize for the delay in the visit of an UNCAC team [...]

    Nine homeless after flash fire
    A fire in Belize City has left a family of nine without a roof over their heads. The homeowner and her baby were asleep when the fire broke out inside [...]

    The Budget is [finally] coming!
    There will be a special meeting of the Cabinet in Belmopan this Friday, where members will get the first look at the 2018-2019 General Revenue and Appropriation Bill, also known [...]

    Education still on top, but being prudent
    Last year’s budget for the Ministry of Education was around two hundred and seventy-seven million dollars, about twenty-eight percent of government’s total fiscal expenditure.  This year’s, according to Minister Patrick [...]

    Parties spar over “non-existent” education funds
    Earlier this week, Leader of the Opposition, John Briceño, revealed that what is left of the education budget is being raided, with Cabinet approval, to attempt to curry favor before [...]

    Child Stimulation Month says it’s okay to play
    There are more pre-schools and pre-schoolers in Belize than ever before, and the demand for early socialization, especially in a society vulnerable to impression from outside, is consequently greater. But [...]

    Healthy Living: check eyes yearly to see clearly
    Our eyes play a vital role in our quality of life. However, even though our vision is so important to us, we don’t make the time to check-up on them. [...]

    CTV3

    Rene Montero's Family Collected Over $3 Million Dollars In Compensations, Documents Show
    Opposition Leader John Briceno exposed today that the family of Government Minister Rene Montero has benefited from millions of dollars in the form of land compensations given by the then Minister of Natural Resources, Gaspar Vega. The Opposition has obtained copies of the compensation agreement between Vega and five Montero family members which show that they were paid over three million dollars for compensation for land deals that date back to the previous UDP/Manuel Esquivel era. Opposition Leader Hon. John Briceno shed more light on these questionable and highly controversial compensation deals.

    Two Dollars Fee At Corozal Hospital Is Necessary Says Health Minister Of State
    Since December 2017 a new fee was implemented at the Corozal Community Hospital, charging $2 to all non-NHI patients seeking medical services. That’s the majority of persons going to the hospital, and for many the $2 was a bit prohibitive. Last week when we spoke to the Minister of State in the Ministry of Health, he indicated the fund raised from the fee will provide the finances to continue the National Health Insurance program.

    Doctor Campos Weighs In On Controversial Regulations in Pharmaceutical Industry
    And Dr. Campos also commented on the still controversial regulations in the pharmaceutical industry which require that all medication imported into Belize meet specifications and fees set by the Pharmaceutical Inspectorate. The regulations also demand that pharmacies must require prescriptions in order to sell certain medications to the public. Pharmacists say the regulations are too demanding, but Dr. Campos told us basically blame the anti-corruption efforts.

    LOVE FM

    Man claims he was exploited by Minister
    Yesterday, we brought you an interview with Minister Anthony “Boots” Martinez who denied allegations claiming that he used his employees’ bank accounts to transfer monies from the government and then had these persons withdraw the money and handed over the money to him. We also brought you an interview with Kirk Lamb, a former employee, …

    Family homeless after fire destroyed their home
    Last night, a fire broke out at a house on Curassow Street in Belize City leaving a family of nine homeless. The family is at a loss as to how the fire got started since the house did not have any electricity. Love News spoke with 26-year-old Monique Dennison who said that she was asleep …

    Child Stimulation Month: “Birth to Eight: Children Must Play!”
    A short ceremony was held this morning at the Memorial Park officially declaring Child Stimulation Month open. Thereafter, children from forty-three preschools marched through the principal streets of Belize City. Child Stimulation Month is being celebrated under the theme “Birth to Eight: Children Must Play!” Love News spoke with Darlene Lozano, Education Officer about Child …

    17-month old girl raped; fights for her life

    ulation Month and while that is so, yesterday saw three infants affected by criminal activities. In the first instance, a heinous crime was committed upon a seventeen-month female child on Wednesday evening. Police were alerted to the case sometime after five o’clock on Wednesday evening when they were summoned …

    Belize City man ambushed in fenced yard and killed, toddler shot
    There were three separate shooting incidents last night in Belize City, one resulted in the death of a man, while two other men and two minors were injured. We begin our coverage of the violent night with the fatal shooting of 32-year-old Jermaine Alexander Carr who was shot multiple times in the face sometime after …

    Two men and one minor injured in separate shootings
    Police are also investigating two other shooting incidents. The first happened shortly after six o’clock on Wednesday evening. ASP Cowo said that a child was also injured in the incident. ASP Alejandro Cowo – Head, CIB Belize City “Nicholi Rhys was walking at the corner of Prince Street and East Canal when he was approached …

    UB’s lecturer wins award
    Mathias R. Vairez Jr., a Lecturer at the University of Belize, has been recognized by the Prairie View A&M University in the United States of America where he did his doctoral. Vairez along with three other colleagues wrote a research article entitled “Does Diversity Really Matter?” The article discussed the interplay between students’ race and …

    Police continues mediation with gang members
    Last night’s shootings point to an escalating tension among gang factions and today police were asked whether there is more being done by the department to address the situation. Already there has been an increase of police presence, particularly in Southside Belize City but the murder count keeps rising. Today ASP Alejandro Cowo said the …

    There is nothing to mediate, says PUP Leader
    Opposition Leader John Briceno also commented on the recent update regarding the Government’s case against attorney Sharon Pitts. Last month we reported that the case had been ordered into mediation. The Government is looking to recover four hundred thousand dollars which Pitts received through an alleged illegitimate land compensation transaction. John Briceno, PUP Leader “Well …

    Police caught on camera photographing man, AG says it is illegal
    Yesterday Cabinet Minister Anthony Martinez told the media that it is illegal for police officers to photograph civilians as has been reported over the past couple of weeks. According to Martinez, the Attorney General has advised the Cabinet that police officers should cease and desist this practice, which many have described as racial profiling. Cabinet …

    Sarawee Village without water
    Villagers of Sarawee in the Stann Creek District say they are experiencing a ‘water crisis. According to the Chairman of the village, Derrington Ramirez, for the past eight months villagers have been experiencing water shortage. This has prompted villagers to consider digging wells in their back yard something that the village council is not advising villagers to do. Ramirez explained.

    PUP Leader slams Minister ‘Boots’
    And while Minister Anthony Martinez and Kirk Lamb argue on national television, Leader of the People’s United Party is weighing in on the matter. John Briceno says that the PUP has, for many years, raised concerns in relation to Minister Martinez and the ministries he is responsible for. Briceno told the media this evening that there is something clearly suspicious regarding the transactions made between Martinez and Lamb.

    “I really hope that the perpetrator or perpetrators are brought to justice”: Lisa Shoman
    The news of the rape of a 17 month old baby of Maskall Village has left the country in shock. Up to news time no one has been charged for that unthinkable crime against a defenseless baby girl. The public reaction is quite visible on social media; they want the perpetrator to be dealt with to the full extent of the law. This was reiterated by Attorney Lisa Shoman.

    Chinese business woman targeted by robbers
    Shortly before six o’clock on Wednesday evening, a Chinese business woman was robbed of thousands of dollars at Golden Bay, shortly after she finished her collections at businesses in the Tourism Village. ASP Cowo says the woman also sustained a minor injury. ASP Alejandro Cowo – Head, CIB Belize City: “She was inside of the Golden Bay compound about to exit her vehicle when a male person approached her, grab her bag that she had with her. The female person is Mr. Wong Chow, a Chinese business woman. "

    $3.1 Million for Montero Family
    PUP Leader John Briceno showed the media nine land compensation agreements whereby friends and relatives of UDP Ministers were highly compensated by the Government of Belize. According to Briceno, in one year alone the then Minister of Natural Resources, Gaspar Vega, paid out over seventy million dollars as land compensation. He says that at least three point one million dollars went to the Montero family. The documents that Briceno shared with the media show that the agreements were signed between July and August of 2011. These persons reportedly purchased the land back in 1998 but were compensated for it 13 years later at an exorbitant price.

    PlusTV

    Serious Allegations against Minister ”Boots”
    Some serious allegations have been made against Minister of Human Development Hon. Anthony “Boots” Martinez. An admittedly disgruntled ex employee of the Minister, Kirk Lamb, spoke to our colleagues in Belize City today. Lamb was dismissed as an employee of the minister several months ago and was ta...

    8th Street Shooting connection
    Two murders that happened only three days apart, on the same street, are believed to be related. Plus News reported last week on the murders of 35 year old Luis Dominquez and 45 year old Clinton Fitzgibbon on 8th street in the Kings Park area. These men both worked for the city council and it is be...

    Pregnant Alley Double Murder still unsolved
    The main suspect in the Pregnant Alley Double murder was detained and released due to lack of evidence. Last week Wednesday, a minor, 12 year old David Morrison and a 26 year old man Lloyd Valentine were both murdered by a ride by shooter. After almost a week, police investigations seem to be no c...

    Guatemalan Foreign Affairs minister visits Adjacency Zone
    Hon. Wilfred Elrington, Minister of Foreign Affairs, along with his counterpart, Her Excellency Sandra Joval Polanco, Foreign Minister of the Republic of Guatemala, paid a joint official visit to the Office of the Organization of American States (OAS) in the Adjacency Zone at the western border toda...

    San Martin School reaps from farming project
    Saint Martin’s Government school in SalvaPan, Belmopan reaps the first crop of a farming project in partnership with the Belmopan Police department. According to OC Howell Gillett, just a few months ago the Belmopan Police partnered with the Taiwanese Embassy and the Ministry of Agriculture to creat...

    Another man reported missing
    Another male person has disappeared, this time in the village of Hattieville. 31 year old, Hattieville resident, Alaine Garcia was reported missing by his common law wife Kelline Neal on Thursday 22nd. According to police he was last seen alive at 5 a.m. on Thursday around the Windmill area where he...

    Mexican fraudsters to see more charges?
    Three Mexican accused of fraud are to appear back in court in March. Belen Hernandez, Lionel Rodriguez, and Joscan Jafet were all charged with theft after they were accused of fraudulently withdrawing at least one hundred thousand dollars from Atlantic Bank Branches throughout the country. They wer...

    Belmopan Police hosts Open Day
    The Belmopan Police Department held their annual open day today in Belmopan. The day was organized to showcase some of the services the department offers to the public. Plus news got a chance to speak with OC Howell Gillett who told us about today’s event. What caused us to do this is that we know often times the public only hear of the bad things a few police officers do but many services we offer to the public ...

    Belmopan gets new Road safety Equipment
    The nation’s capital got some additional equipment for road safety on Monday. Belmopan City Council, yesterday, received some new road safety equipment from the Belize Road Safety Project. Handed over to the Belmopan City Council on Monday, were a traffic light programmer, spare traffic lights and a mini sidewalk sweeper. This contribution from the Belize Road Safety Project is a part of their stride towards improving roads and establishing speed limits. Plus News spoke to Mayor Khalid Belisle, Mayor of Belmopan, at the handing over Ceremony. ...

    Another drug plane landed in the north
    other unauthorised plane landed in the north and after it was emptied of its contents, was burned and abandoned. The plane landed on a public road that is in the middle of a cane field in the Santa Cruz area in the Corozal district. Police say the road connects two villages and by the time officers arrived on the scene, the plane was engulfed in flames. On the road were the lighting apparatus used to make the illegal landing strip visible to the pilot of the aircraft but no cargo, no plane crew were anywhere in sight. Officer Commanding the Corozal Formation, Sinquest Martinez, explained. ...

    Belmopan Mayoral Candidates Speak to University Students
    The University of Belize hosted the Belmopan Mayoral Candidates forum today. Plus News was there to cover the event. All three Belmopan Municipal Mayoral Candidates sat before an audience of University students this afternoon to address questions and concerns from students on various issues in the capital. The afternoon’s event started with the candidate’s introduction...

    Minister ”Boots” denies allegations of Kirk Lamb
    Yesterday, we reported on those serious allegations made against Minister of Human Development Hon. Anthony “Boots” Martinez by an ex employee of his, Kirk Lamb. As we told you yesterday, Lamb alleges that the minister had enlisted him as a contractor but he was only a caretaker of one of the minister’s buildings. He says that the Minister used Lamb’s credit union account as a clearing account with funds that were supposed to go to the construction of homes...

    Surveillance cameras across the twin towns
    The San Ignacio Police Formation command center was officially inaugurated this morning at the San Ignacio police station. The command center will be able to monitor strategic places within the twin towns through surveillance cameras that were installed at various points in the municipality. Mayor of the Twin Towns, Earl Trapp, spoke to Plusnews saying that the command center became a reality through the collaboration of Alternative Network/ CTL, the Town Hall, San Ignacio and Santa Elena business community, and the police department. ...

    US Homeland Security Investigating Belize Police?
    he reputation of the Belize Police Department is once again being brought into question. Channel seven news has reportedly seen an incriminating watch list with names of senior and lower rank officers of the police department being circulated by the US Department of Homeland Security. The list purportedly contains over 50 police officers suspected of various crimes including money laundering...

    Fuel tanker accident on Georg Price Highway
    There was an accident on the George Price Highway that caused the contents of a fuel tanker to flow on to the highway. Plus TV was called to the scene sometime after 11:30 p.m. on Tuesday February 27. When we got there, the police department had cordoned off the area some 200 yards on either side as personnel from the Fire Department, Department of Environment, and BNE were assessing the damage and beginning the cleanup process. We understand that a fuel tanker truck with Salvadoran license plate...

    Why is fuel tanker still waiting?
    An independent Internet Media website called Contracorriente, has taken up the story of the Belize cargo Ship, Syrtos, which has been anchored offshore Belize City, waiting for its Petroleum cargo from Venezuela to be offloaded. Yesterday, PlusNews announced that in an unexpected Sunday Press Relea...

    Fake bills in circulation
    Police are warning citizens to be on the lookout for counterfeit money. $100 counterfeits are reportedly in circulation. Police are in possession of at least one of the hundred dollar bills and are investigating....

    February 24th Weekend Basketball report
    On Thursday February 23rd the 2018 NEBL season continued with the Belize Hurricanes and Belmopan Bandits at the UB Gym in Belmopan The Belize Hurricanes came out victorious in that match and we were able to speak with Akeem Watters after the game. The following day, the Bel...

    Burnt aircraft discovered
    Somewhere between Indian church and Hill bank village this morning an abandoned aircraft was discovered partially burnt. Police were able to share with us the little they knew about the incident at the time. ACP Joseph Myvett, NCIB Sometime this morning an Aircraft was discovered partially burnt be...

    Temporary Delay in Replenishment of Supply of Diesel Oil
    In relation to reports of limited funds and GOB not being able to meet certain financial obligations, there were also reports of a shortage of diesel fuel. According to some media reports, part of the problem may have had to do with G.O.B. not paying outstanding bills. However, on Sunday, GOB issue...

    Government of Belize Issues Statement on Current Cash Flow Position
    On Friday, various media houses reported on a leaked text message sent by Financial Secretary Joe Waight to CEO’s of Government Ministries. The message reads, and we quote, “We are being overwhelmed with requests for reallocation and de-reservations of “savings” identified in various accounts. These...

    Shooting on George Price Highway leaves one injured
    Two persons on a motorcycle were fire upon on Sunday. According to police, 18 year old Darnell Domingo and 29 year old Francis Parham were the victims. Police told us more. ASP Alejandro Cowo, CIB Two male persons were travelling on a motorcycle from the direction of 8 miles towards Belize City and ...

    Man shot in Arizona Village
    A shooting incident took place in the Village of Arizona on Sunday. According to Police reports, on Sunday, twenty nine year old Adolfo Flores was socializing in a bar when he got into a misunderstanding with a man known to him as Alex Hernandez. An unknown male person accompanying Hernandez, at the...

    The Guardian

    One Week to elections! Handing over of Administration at the Belize City Hall
    Mayor Darrel Bradley and Councilors officially completed their term in office on Wednesday, February 28, 2018. To celebrate this occasion, there was an official handing over ceremony held at the Belize City Hall. There, the mayor handed over responsibility of the administration to the City Administrator, Candice Burke. The mayor and councilors have spent the last 6 years of them serving the city, but have dedicated the last month in a period of transition. In the words of Bradley, the ceremony is one that is necessary as it allows him, in the capacity of mayor, and the other councilors to give account of their stewardship.

    Two drug planes in two days
    Assistant Police Commissioner of Police, Joseph Myvette, the Head of the National Criminal Investigations Branch, spoke on the first aircraft in the bi-weekly police press conference. He told the press that Orange Walk Police received information early on Monday, February 26, 2018, that an aircraft was landed in an area of Orange Walk District between the Hill Bank Area, and Indian Church. Just over 2 hours later, Corozal Police had to dispatch to an area near Santa Cruz Village, in that northernmost district. Superintendent Sinquest Martinez, the commander of that formation told the media that at around 8 p.m. on Monday, February 26, they received information about that plane, and when they arrived at the landing site, they found it burning.

    Cameras to combat crime in San Ignacio and Santa Elena
    Residents from the Twin Towns of San Ignacio and Santa Elena can now celebrate that their surroundings have been made more secure by new electronic ‘eyes in the sky.’ As magnet for both local an international tourists, the Twin Towns have also just become an enhanced destination. The San Ignacio Police Formation’s new surveillance control room was officially inaugurated on Wednesday morning at the San Ignacio Police Station. Mayor of San Ignacio and Santa Elena Earl Trapp Junior as well as Belize’s Commissioner of Police Alan Whyle cut the ribbon to the fully powered center.

    Belize and Guatemalan Foreign Ministers at the OAS Adjacency Zone Office
    Relations between Belize and Guatemala have never been so cordial. Such was a conclusion made on Tuesday by the Hon. Wilfred Elrington, Belize’s Minister of Foreign Affairs during a meeting with his counterpart from Guatemala in the Adjacency Zone. In keeping with the friendly atmosphere, on Tuesday, the Hon. Wilfred Elrington, Minister of Foreign Affairs, along with his counterpart, Her Excellency Sandra Jovel Polanco, Foreign Minister of the Republic of Guatemala, paid a joint official visit to the Office of the Organization of American States (OAS) in the Adjacency Zone at the western border.

    Solar Water System to Supply Safe Water to Residents of San
    An official inauguration ceremony will be held on Thursday, March 1, 2018 on the compound of the new water tank in San Victor, Corozal. This ceremony will inaugurate the upgrade and expansion of the San Victor Rudimentary Water System and will allow 1,000 villagers to have access to safe, potable water. The Water Project was funded through a grant from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) under the Basic Needs Trust Fund, BNTF7’s Water and Sanitation System Enhancement Sector. The project also saw part-funding from the Government of Belize and the community of San Victor totaling $830,802.56.

    Multipurpose Facilities
    On Tuesday, February 20th, 2018, the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment, Sustainable Development, and Immigration held the launch of a project. This project, entitled “Reducing the Carbon Footprint of San Ignacio Town and five surrounding villages in the Cayo District”, is funded by the Government of Italy through the Italian Ministry of Environment, Land and Sea. The project has two main components: the installation of LED street lights and the construction of a modern Resiliency Centre. These components will contribute toward the reduction of local energy use as well as reducing the vulnerability to extreme weather events that are related to climate change. With regards to component one of the project, fixtures have been procured and a first phase encompassing 15 streets in San Ignacio have been completed to date.

    Taiwan helps to improve sheep stock
    The “Genetic Improvement for Sheep and Goat Breeding Belize –Taiwan Project” Agreement, an agreement which has been signed since December 2, 2015, received its 5th disbursement from the Government of the Republic of China (Taiwan) through the Embassy of Taiwan. The three-year project was approved with an approximate budget of US $1.62 million and was implemented by the Ministry of Agriculture and Technical Mission of Taiwan. It is the first bilateral project regarding livestock development strengthening cooperation with Taiwan and it will take advantage of the favorable natural situation to boost the development of the small ruminant industry.

    Restrictions imposed on importation of archaeological material from Belize to the U.S.
    On Friday, February 23, 2018, the governments of the United States and of Belize signed a Memorandum of Understanding Concerning the Imposition of Import Restrictions on Categories of Archaeological Material of Belize to solidify the collaboration between the United States and Belize to combat looting and trafficking of cultural objects in Belize. The Government of the United States also repatriated Belizean cultural property recovered by Special agents from the U.S. National Park Service. The Government of Belize was represented by Greg Vernon, Acting President of NICH, while the Government of the United States was represented by Acting Chargé d’Affaires Deborah Lingwood.

    Mexican Vice-Minister to Visit Belize
    Mexican diplomats are scheduled to arrive in Belize on Friday, March 2, 2018. Set to visit are Ambassador Luis Alfonso de Alba Gongora as well as the Executive Director of the Mexican Agency for International Development Cooperation, Agustín García-López Loaeza. During the visit, the delegation will see the presentation of the final project of the “Pavilion Mexico” Sports Centre within the Marion Jones Sports Complex, just one part of a USD $5 million dollar project. The other part was the lighting system at the stadium which was inaugurated on August 17, 2017, a project founded by the Government of Mexico.

    MAYOR BRADLEY SAYS FAREWELL TO CITY HALL
    Today marks the last day in office for His Worship the Mayor Darrel Bradley and his Councilors. As is the law Bradley and his Councilors demitted office on Wednesday February 28. According to the law the last day of February on the third anniversary of being elected is the final day of the serving council’s term of office. Darrel Bradley, an Attorney by profession is an alumnus of Saint Louis University and the University of the West Indies. Prior to his mayoral run he served as youth director for the United Democratic Party. Bradley was elected Belize City mayor in 2012 and re-elected in 2015.

    Belmopan City Council receives equipment from the Belize Road Safety Project
    On Monday February 26th, Mayor of Belmopan City, Khalid Belisle received equipment from the Chair of the Belize Road Safety Project, Ms. Yvonne S. Hyde, Chief Executive Officer in the Ministry of Economic Development and Petroleum along with the Contractor Representative – the Belize Roadway Construction (BRC). In 2013, the Government of Belize received funds in loan financing from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) towards the cost of the Belize Road Safety Project. Over the past five years, many activities have taken place and have contributed to an increased awareness in reducing severity of road traffic deaths and injuries. The question that is always lingering on everyone’s mind is: What can be done to address key risk factors that cause road traffic deaths and injuries?

    Belize and Andorra establish diplomatic relations
    Following the signing of an official protocol, diplomatic relations between Belize and the Principality of Andorra were formally established. The event, which took place on Monday, February 26, 2018, saw the representation of both countries, both of which noted the significance of the occasion. The Protocol was signed at the Embassy of Andorra in Brussels between H.E. Dr. Dylan Vernon, Ambassador of Belize to the Kingdom of Belgium, and H.E. Esther Rabasa Grau, Ambassador of Andorra to the Kingdom of Belgium. The Principality of Andorra is a landlocked nation located in Southwestern Europe, bordering France in the north and Spain in the south.

    Bye Bye Kevin
    The municipality which has seen the least development in our country in the last six years is Orange Walk Town. This is because when the current Mayor took office for the first time, being a member of the People’s United Party, put his ego above everything else and publicly declared that he does not need “Dean Barrow, Gapi Vega or the UDP”. His emboldened declaration has cost the Orangewalkeños very dearly. The UDP government notwithstanding this fellow’s avowal did not forsake Orange Walk Town. The Municipal Development Project saw several major improvements in the town. These were done with Central Government resources…examples are: the Central Park, the Market and who can forget the Belize Corozal Road.

    NEVER GET HIGH OFF YOUR OWN LIE
    In the underworld, Drug Lords have a saying that goes like this, “NEVER GET HIGH OFF YOUR OWN SUPPLY.” While this saying might not be foreign to the Leader of The Opposition, with his father having served time in a US Penitentiary for drug trafficking in the mid 1980’s, he may be well off reminded. If Belizeans be reminded, US Court reports have it recorded that a young John Briceno was present in the Court Room during his father’s trial. The reason gangsters adopted the position of never getting high off their own supply is rather obvious; it is a perfect recipe for disaster. Sometime ago in reference to the Musa Administration, Lord Ashcroft said that we can know when a politician is lying cause their lips are moving. Well recently the Leader of The Opposition’s lips have been doing a lot of moving.

    NO BACK WAY AT ALL!!
    All eyes were on the Dangriga Town Hall this morning. The reason? Nomination Day – The official starting point for the candidates contesting the upcoming March 7th Municipal Elections. In this corner! The challengers dressed in their traditional blue and white were up first with a hand-full of approximately 40 – 50 supporters. That was over as quickly as it had started. The lone independent, “Master” Chris Lewis walked up the three flights of stairs to the nomination room along with his nominators in the early afternoon followed by the UDP in the mid afternoon.

    The Only Logical Choice
    Belize as well as many other countries has been looked upon and labeled as a third world country, not by its citizens but by those who are economically and technologically advanced. Citizens of these same first world countries flock yearly by Air Sea and road to the shores of the Jewel because they want to enjoy a peaceful comfortable life that cannot be accomplished in the “first” world. While these ex-pats arrive in droves because they love what they’ve heard, seen and experienced, a “native son” sees the complete opposite. PUP Mayoral aspirant Athanasius Derrick Velasquez similarly to many of us, left these shores more than 30 years ago.

    Streets Upgraded in Orange Walk
    “Deh only di do dat cause da election”. That is a common phrase used when works are being carried out by politicians. This phrase was coined by the PUP because this is exactly what they used to do when the controlled central government for over 30 years. It was common to see a little work being done here and there every time elections were around the corner. After the United Democratic Party took office under the leadership of the right Honorable Deal Barrow, the best Prime Minister this country has ever seen this practice was laid to rest; the school of thought however remains among the rank and file of the PUP.

    The time is near. Vote UDP
    By this time next week voters in all nine municipalities across this country would have already gone to the polls and vote for the UNITED DEMOCRATIC PARTY in overwhelming fashion. It is now six (6) days and counting until the polls open at 7am on Wednesday March 7. As a party we have performed admirably. The things that we’ve done over this present term of office in the eight municipalities we control, are out there for you the voter to see. To allow this transformation to continue and to start, in the case of the one municipality that we presently have no control of.

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

    John Cus, alleged rapist, out on Supreme Court bail
    On February 2, 2018, a 25-year-old tourist on San Pedro reported to police that she was raped, allegedly by a man who had been giving her tours of the island. The victim, who frequents Belize, was asleep when she was awoken by an intruder. John Cus, a 37-year-old electrician of San Pedro, was accused of the crime. Cus was arraigned in the Supreme Court on Friday, February 23, 2018 before Justice Herbert Lord where he was represented by attorney Richard “Dickie” Bradley. The DPP was represented by Crown Counsel Porsha Staine-Ferguson who had no objection to bail. As a result, Cus was offered bail in the sum of $8,000 plus one surety of the same.

    19 years for obtaining property by deception
    Mark Antonio Rosales, a 31-year-old Corozal resident, was found guilty of 19 out of 22 counts of obtaining property by deception and acquitted of the remaining three counts. The conviction occurred in the Belmopan Magistrate’s Court before Magistrate Ladonna John on Thursday, February 22, 2018 but sentencing was deferred for Monday, February 26, 2018. At his sentencing, Rosales was fined a total of $46,000 to pay forthwith since he had not been showing up at court while out on bail. In default of payment, he must serve a year on each count. Because Rosales was unable to pay his fine, he was sentenced to 19 years imprisonment effective Monday, February 26, 2018.

    Woman swindled out of almost $20,000
    A businessman is out on bail which was granted to him by Magistrate Michelle Trapp after he appeared in the Belize City Magistrate’s Court on Friday, February 23, 2018. He is 50-year-old Clinton Young who was read charges of obtaining property by deception. The allegations being made against Young are that in April 2017, he obtained the sum of $850 by deception from Stivaly Andrade. On a second occasion on May 17, 2017, he obtained $1,500 by deception from Andrade.

    Adolfo Flores shot in Arizona Village
    On Sunday, February 25, 2018 acting upon information, police visited the Western Regional Hospital where they spoke to Adolfo Flores, 29-years-old. Flores reported that at about 11:50 p.m. while socializing at a bar in Arizona Village, he got into a misunderstanding with a male person known to him as Alex Hernandez. An unknown male person who was along with Hernandez took out what appeared to be a 9mm pistol and fired two shots in the air and two in his direction, one of which caught him to his left leg and exited through the back of said leg.

    Akeem Augustine is back behind bars
    Following a shooting incident, on Wednesday, February 21, 2018 just after 10:00 p.m., police visited the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital. There they saw Emerson Garnett, a 29-year-old delivery assistant of a Belize City address, suffering from an apparent gunshot wound to the lower left side of his chest. They also saw Houston Apolonio, a 35-year-old mechanic also of a Belize City address, suffering from a graze to his left shoulder.

    Brothers on remand after being accused of grievous harm
    Two brothers are on remand at the Belize Central Prison after they were jointly arraigned before Magistrate Michelle Trapp in the Belize City Magistrate’s Court on Friday, February 23, 2018. They are Akeem Ferguson, a 22-year-old employee at Bowen and Bowen, and Shakeem Ferguson, an 18-year-old unemployed. The brothers were arraigned for the offense of grievous harm upon Juan Tut who was allegedly badly beaten by the brothers on Friday, February 9, 2018.

    No bail for Daniel Myvett, accused of murder
    Daniel Myvette, who was accused of murdering Kabiru Olongundudu, a Nigerian national, applied for Supreme Court bail on Friday, February 16, 2018. That was done through his attorney Alifa Elrington before Justice Marilyn Williams who heard the submission by Elrington and DPP’s crown Porsha Staine-Ferguson.

    Drugs found in Las Flores
    An alert Belmopan Police recently discovered drugs in the Las Flores area of Belmopan. The Belmopan Quick Response Team had searched a garbage bin situated in the Las Flores public park and discovered two large plastic bags and three small ones with a total weight of 1,772 grams of cannabis. Police were unable to make an association between the drugs and anyone else; thus the cannabis was deposited as found property. However; police believe that the drugs was being prepared for re-sale.

    Farmer shot in Central Farm
    On Tuesday, February 27, 2018 at about 5:10 a.m., police visited the San Ignacio Hospital. There, they saw Darren Metzgar, a 27-year-old farmer of Central Farm, suffering from a single gunshot wound to his left inner thigh. Initial investigation revealed that about 4:00 a.m. that same morning, he was alerted by the sound of his dogs and sheep on the farm. Upon making checks, he was shot by a gunman. Metzgar remains in a critical condition at the KHMH. Police are investigating the matter.

    Man shot on Gibnut Street
    On Monday, February 26, 2018 at about 7:30 p.m., police visited the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital where they observed Akeem Requena, a 25-year-old Belizean Laborer of a Belize City address, suffering from a gunshot wound to his right lower back. Initial investigation reveals that earlier that night while Requena was walking on Gibnut Street into Fullers Alley, two men riding on a motorcycle drove from the direction of Welch Street heading to Curassow Street and took out a firearm with which they fired several shots at him.

    Jermaine Grant arraigned for Caye Caulker stabbing
    A stabbing incident on La Isla Carinosa has led to the arraignment and remand of Jermaine Grant. Grant, a 31-year-old resident of Caye Caulker, was accused of the February 19, 2018 stabbing incident of Jamal Bennett. On Thursday, February 22, 2018, Grant was escorted to the Belize City Magistrate’s Court after receiving treatment for a stomach virus at the KHMH for two nights.

    8 lawmen charged for murder
    Police has arrested and charged 8 lawmen, 7 soldiers from the Belize Defense Force, and 1 from the police Special Patrol Unit, for the crimes of murder and attempted murder. These 8 are all officers who are attached to the BDF’s elite unit known as the Belize Special Assignment Group (or BSAG) as they are better known. Those officers charged are 29 year-old Lennart Cajun, a police constable from Orange Walk Town that is assigned to BSAG; and the 7 BDF soldiers, which include 28 year-old Mateo Bolon, a resident of Jalacte, Toledo; 31 year-old Patrick Villagran Sr., a resident of Ladyville; 26 year-old Patrick Diego, a resident of Pomona Village; 33 year-old Elvis Cobb, a resident of San Victor Village; 26 year-old Edmar Petillo, a resident of Carmelita Village; 21 year-old Bladimir Escarraga, a resident of San Jose Village; and 23 year-old Francis Sho, a resident of Mountain View Belmopan.

    Main Suspect released in Trench Alley murders
    At around 7:20 p.m. on Wednesday, February 21, 2018, shots rang out near the mouth of Trench Alley located on Orange Street. Three persons, including 12-year-old David Morrison, were socializing when they were approached by a lone gunman who opened fire. Morrison was hit at the back of the head and died instantly.

    Men on motorcycle shot at
    On Sunday, February 25, 2018 at 6:30 p.m., police visited mile 7 1/2 on the George Price Highway where Darnell Domingo, an 18-year-old student of Western Paradise Village reported that about 6:25 p.m. while he and Francis Parham were heading to Belize City on a motorcycle, they observed a white car approaching them from the opposite direction. Upon reaching closer to them, the car stopped and a male person exited the vehicle and pointed a gun in their direction.

    Moses Conorquie sentenced to 3 years for firearm
    A gun related incident has landed four persons in court. The men, Alfred Williams, 33, Frank Smith, 33, Moses Conorquie, 37, and a 17-year-old minor appeared before Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford on Monday, February 26, 2018 to answer to two gun related charges. The incident that landed them in court happened on Friday, February 23, 2018 when the four men were travelling in a Toyota Camry.

    Murder of City Council men possibly drug related
    Luis Dominguez and Clinton Fitzgibbon, both former employees at the Belize City Council, were murdered within days of each other both on 8th Street in the King’s Park area of Belize City. Dominguez was murdered just before midnight on Sunday, February 18, 2018 at the home of friends that he regarded as family. Two days later on Tuesday, February 20, 2018, Fitzgibbon, who was socializing with a woman, was shot and killed. That woman was shot as well but only he was fatally hit.

    Digicell Belize City Defenders clip the wings of the soaring San Pedro Tiger Sharks
    The Pepsi Elite National Basketball League (NEBL) competition continued over the last week with 5 games on the schedule. On Friday 23rd February at the St. Catherine Mercy Centre in Belize City, the Belize City based Digicell Belize City Defenders, halted the high soaring San Pedro Tiger Sharks by handing them it first defeat of the season by the score of 76-70. The top scorers for the Digicell Belize City Defenders were Darwin Leslie with 28 points and 8 rebounds; Nigel Jones with 25 points and 7 rebounds and Francis Arana with 10 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists. For the San Pedro Tiger Sharks, the top scorers were Martevuius Adams with 31 points, 8 rebounds, and 2 assists and a steal and Andrew Ortiz who contributed 8 points to go along with his 6 rebounds in a losing effort.

    Belize Basketball Federation to hold open tryouts for National U-15 Boys Team
    The Belize Basketball Federation is pleased to announce the selection of an Under 15 Boys National Basketball Team for participation in upcoming regional FIBA tournaments. The first tournament will be the U-15 COCABA (Central American Championship) which will be held in El Salvador in mid-April. The selection process will commence with the open tryouts on Saturday 3rd March, 2018, at the St. John’s College Gymnasium starting at 10:00 am. Interested players from across the country are encouraged to attend. The tryouts are open to male athletes born January 1, 2013 or later; and who possess Belizean nationality. Players will be assessed by national team coaches headed by Junior National Team Coach Matthew Smiling.

    Belmopan Bandits SC is the new leader in the Premier League of Belize Closing Season
    The Premier League of Belize Closing Season competition continued over the last week of play, which saw the Belmopan Bandits SC winning twice in one week to become the new leaders in the on-going competition. On Saturday 24th February, 2018, at the Isidoro Beaton Stadium in Belmopan, the league’s leading Belmopan Bandits SC edged out the Belize Defence Force FC by the score of 2-1. The visiting BDF FC was the first to make it onto the scoreboard when Shane Flores scored his team’s only goal of the game in the 27th minute of play to give his team a 1-0 lead. However, the lead was short-lived as Rony Flores scored the equalising goal for the Belmopan Bandits SC in the 29th minute of play to tie the score at 1-1.

    Belize Elementary boys win National Primary Schools Volleyball championship
    The 2017-2018 National Primary Schools Volleyball Championship came to an end on Friday 23rd February, 2018, at the Multi-Purpose Complex in Orange Walk Town. In the boys’ championship game, Belize Elementary School representing the Belize District defeated San Marcos Roman Catholic School representing the Cayo District by the score of 25-21, 17-25 and 15-10 to capture the National Primary Schools Boys’ Volleyball title. In the consolation game or the third place game played, Church of Christ School representing the Corozal District defeated Punta Gorda Methodist School representing the Toledo District by the score of 25-22 and 28-26.

    Hummingbird Elementary girls win National Primary Schools Volleyball championship
    The 2017-2018 National Primary Schools Volleyball Championship came to an end on Friday 23rd February, 2018, at the Multi-Purpose Complex in Orange Walk Town. In the girls’ championship game, Hummingbird Elementary School representing the Belize District defeated the Toledo Christian Academy representing the Toledo District by the score of 25-18 and 25-8 to capture the National Primary Schools Volleyball title. In the consolation game or the third place game played, Our Lady of Guadalupe Roman Catholic School representing the Cayo District defeated Light of the Valley Baptist School representing the Stann Creek District by the score of 25-17 and 25-21.

    Computer Company donates to Senior Citizens
    Our elderly folks in Belmopan can now depend on a state of the art computer thanks to GS-COM. Ms. Angelina Cal, Store Supervisor of the Belmopan based store, last week handed over a computer to Mr. Evan Dakers, Chairman of HelpAge Belmopan. The computer comes equipped with a 2.8 Gigahertz Celeron processor and one Terabyte of space in its hard drive. In accepting the donation, Mr. Dakers expressed that this computer will enhance Help Age’s administrative work and will positively impact the quality of services offered to the senior citizens of Belmopan and surrounding communities.

    Laser technology reveals more of the Maya world in Belize
    A new laser technology is revolutionizing archaeology in Belize and the Americas. Now four experts in the field, Dr. Anabel Ford, Thomas Crimmel, Claudia Knudson, Sherman Horn and Keith Clarke have sent a joint article to the Guardian Newspaper entitled, ‘LiDAR is not a Magic Wand’, which reveals some of the breakthroughs in Belize, notably at El Pilar, an archaeological reserve that straddles the Belize-Guatemala border.

    Man dies while in police custody
    Three police officers from the Stann Creek district will face disciplinary charges for the untimely passing of 44 year-old Humphrey Mitchel, a resident of Sarawee. Those officers have reported to their superiors that he was in their detention, and while he was being transferred, via police mobile, to the Dangriga Police Station, he jumped out of the moving vehicle. He suffered serious head and bodily injuries which claimed his life. The Professional Standards Branch believes that the officers could have taken steps to secure Mitchel while he was in their custody.

    Two traffic accidents claim two lives
    On Sunday, February 25, 2018 at about 3:30 a.m., police responded to a road traffic accident at Camp one Shipyard Village in the Orange Walk District. Upon arrival, they observed a white Dodge Caravan with the front damaged and crashed into a tree. No one was in the van at the time and as a result, the officers made checks at the Northern Regional Hospital. There, they learnt that Silvan Mencias, a 19-year-old laborer of August Pine Ridge, was involved in an accident and succumbed to his injuries. Initial investigation revealed that Alvin Reneau, a 25-year-old driver of August Pine Ridge, was driving from Guinea Grass towards Shipyard when he lost control of the van and crashed into some trees.

    We Will Soon Know
    It’s been a while now since I have tuned in to the Sugar City Morning Show, not because I don’t like the show, in fact, it is a very lively and highly informative talk show, almost fashioned like the Rachel Maddow show on MSNBC, except that it has more than one host and involves interaction with callers, mainly from OW and Corozal. What happens is that it the SCMS airs within the same time frame as WAVE’S “First Thing Da morning” and I like to listen to national political news and views so as to get feed for my essays.

    Words of Life With Pastor Barry Fraser
    Jesus, our Savior, promised us power to become witnesses for him. In Acts chapter 1, verse 8, we read the words of Jesus, just before he left this earth to return to Heaven: “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.”

    Blogs

    The Sargasso Is Here: How You Can Escape Its Grasp
    A few weeks ago, the sargasso started to come in. There are numerous stories, rumors and informational tidbits about the stuff. Basically everyone who lives here has something to say about it. How can you not? It’s the #1 question on visitors’ minds. Here are some things that I know for sure. The Sargasso Sea – a HUGE natural raft of sargassum seaweed – is real. 1000s of square miles of the stuff that is formed, pushed and pulled by the currents and gulf streams. It’s a spawning site, a nursery, for all sorts of sea life – sharks, eels and fish. I can confirm that the birds LOVE eating out of it once its here.

    March Events and Weather Recap
    It’s social planning time with March events and weather on Ambergris Caye. I would like to thank my editor Shirlee who helps research and compile events as well as puts up with me messaging her many times to add to the list – sometimes unknowingly repeating. First, off March weather, it helps to know temps so you can plan your wardrobe effectively. I bought a sweater to the beach the other night and while I did not wear it the whole time, I was glad I took it as the breeze occasionally picked up. February weather recap is also included below. I know some of you are already planning for next year.

    Child Stimulation Month was held in Corozal
    Children are our future and as such, an entire month is dedicated each year to the celebration of our littlest Belizeans. The month-long celebration, called Child Stimulation Month, kicked off on Thursday, March 1st with a preschoolers' parade through the streets.The number of preschoolers is on an upward trend. Today, there are over two hundred and twenty-nine preschools across the country with over seven thousand five hundred students enrolled in early childhood centers. That figure is a combination of three and four-year-olds referred to as level one and level two students in the school system. Today, in Corozal the schools around Corozal came to participate in the Child Stimulation Month and paraded around town.

    International Sourcesizz

    Picture of the month: March
    It’s pure necessity, not the idea of re-use or upcycling, that forces this Caribbean fisher to use old pieces of cloth as sails. Während in unseren Breiten noch eisige Kälte und tiefer Frost herrschen, führt unser Picture of the Month in ein Land mit karibischer Wärme. Urlaubsstimmung will aber auf dem in Belize (Ostküste Mittelamerikas) aufgenommenen Foto nicht so recht aufkommen. Es vermittelt viel mehr den beschwerlichen Alltag eines Fischers, der mit seinem Kutter rausfährt. Das Segel ist aus alten Stoffresten zusammengeflickt. Re-use und upcycling sind hier selbstverständliche Begleiter, um einen notwendigen Bedarf zu decken.

    Unacceptable that only four CARICOM members recognise CCJ, says Barbados PM
    Barbados thinks it is unacceptable that, to date, only four Caribbean Community (CARICOM) member states have the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) as their appellate jurisdiction, Barbados Prime Minister Freundel Stuart made clear on Tuesday, as the 29th inter-sessional meeting of the heads of government of CARICOM came to a close in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Stuart stated: “We contend that it is a disgrace that after the Caribbean Court of Justice has been in existence for so long, that only four countries have signed on to that court in its appellate jurisdiction.

    5 Honeymoon Destinations for Adventurous Couples
    Ready to add a different kind of thrill to your honeymoon? Try one of these five tropical retreats, where you can top off a day of adventure with plenty of romance. The At the family-owned San Ignacio Resort Hotel, each of the 26 rooms have airy, white-draped beds and are accented with local art. Take your morning coffee at the pool, where, if you’re lucky, you’ll spot toucans, searching for fruit among the trees. The resort makes it easy to experience the region: Walk into the town of San Ignacio or stroll the trail that loops through the property’s 17-acre jungle preserve and iguana sanctuary. The Adventure: The hotel offers several adventurous tours to choose from. Hike through the jungle to a 1,000-foot waterfall. Glide down a river on an inner tube through an underground labyrinth of caves. Explore ancient Mayan temples, like Caracol and Tikal, which was a filming location for Star Wars.

    Tips For Tarpon Fishing in Belize
    Belize is a tarpon fishing paradise. With 200+ miles of coastline, a network of complex system of barrier reef, offshore atolls, hundreds of patch reefs, extensive seagrass beds, mangrove forests, and over 1,000 cayes and coupled with a rich habitat of year round temperatures of 75° to 80° F – it’s an Angler’s paradise. Anglers from around the world flock to Belize to complete the Grand Slam, which for those of you who don’t know – is catching a bonefish, permit, and tarpon all in one day. Throw in a snook for good measure to achieve what’s known as the Super Slam. But the largest and perhaps most prized fish of the Grand Slam trio is the elusive tarpon — a fish that can live up to 75 years and grow up to 250 pounds. Tarpon can even breathe air — the only fully marine species of fish able to do so.

    Videos

  • Tobacco Caye - Belize., 2min. Deutsch. Video über die Anreise und den Aufenthalt in Tobacco Caye. Urlaub auf einsamer Insel im karibischen Meer. Belize ist ein Schnorchel-Paradies.

  • Belize District Child Stimulation Opening Ceremony and Parade Date: March 1, 2018, 42min.

  • Elections and Boundaries Department, The 2018 Municipal Elections - Voting Process, 38min. on Open Your Eyes

  • Ariel Rosado Foundation - Annual Ride, 19min. on Open Your Eyes

  • BLACK HISTORY: BELIZEAN CREOLE CULTURE, 3min. Th3 above Victorian Style house was built in the 1850's during the abolishment of Slavery in Belize. It is cased in Mohogony interrior and have survived every hurricane. Its a Land Mark and will be going up for sale this year. 'PILGRIM HOUSE' My direct relatives are PILGRIM, GRIFFITH AND GILLETT... Those are my immediate -- Of course Fuller, but i was never close with that side of family...

  • Child Stimulation Month Parade in San Pedro, 5min.

  • A pleasant good morning from all of us at the Pueblo Nuevo Ferry, Corozal, 1.5min. These wooden tug boats, which by the way were built in Belize, are probably more than 45 years hold. They can tow up to three, 300 ton barges at a time. These tugs and barges are an important part of the day to day activities in our northen communities of both Corozal and Orange Walk. As it passes by, the captain of the tug boat alerts the ferry personnel by blowing its horn. The ferry cable is dropped to make way for the tug and barges. Sometimes it is controlled caos when two tug boats with their load intersect at the ferry. It is quite a scence to watch and experience. A lot of yelling and hollering takes place. These empty barges are on their way on our New River to Orange Walk where they will be loaded with sugar and molasses and make the 36 hour return journey to Belize City port where its product will be loaded unto its mother ship for international export.

  • Talk Ah Di Town March 1, 2018, 30min.

  • PUP Belize City Mayoral Candidate & Councilors, 51min. on Open Your Eyes

  • UWI Open campus Belize - 70th Anniversary Bike Race, 24min. on Open Your Eyes

  • Kidney Association of Belize (KAB) Annual Health Fair, 24min. on Open Your Eyes

  • Cycling Federation of Belize - Presidential Elections, 24min. on Open Your Eyes

  • How To Make a Fishing Movie the ‘Easy’ Way, 5.5min. Fishing is hard. Fortunately, making a movie about fishing doesn’t have to be. “So, you want to make a fishing film?” The folks at Columbia decided to offer some helpful entertaining tips for hopeful fishing documentarians. Badfish founders Marty Gallipeau and Dylan Schmitz set off for the crystal clear waters of Belize. Their goal? Catch fish and show everyone how to film it.

  • Unlimited sings about life in Belize, 15min.

  • RC School cultural show at Xaibe, Village, 3.5min.

  • Xaibe village rc school is having there cultuural day,4 min.

  • Belize Mission Trip BTS // Garifuna Settlement Day Parade Sample, 4.5min. Behind The Scenes of our Belize Mission Trip at the Garifuna Settlement Day Parade. This was such an incredible experience

  • Gorgeous and colorful Belize Synspilum cichlid, 1min.

  • Fishing: A Belizean Way of Life | WCS Belize Program, 51min. This 30–minute video documentary is about the sustainable fisheries initiatives underway in Belize that employ various management tools, such as rights-based or managed access and replenishment. I was staying in Dangriga but my destination was Tobacco Island. They dropped me off on the Island for a few hours while they took care of their daily fishing run. En route back to Dangriga. Hanging with my son Chris in Belize Feb 2017. We did some Rod/fishing, lobster trapping and spear/fishing and some island hoppin. -Experience Placencia- One of my most recent adopted homes.

  • Belize Boogie Great Blue Hole Jump 2-16-18, 4min.

    March 1, 2018


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    Specials and Events

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    The San Pedro Sun

    San Pedro R.C School hosts Cultural Day
    The San Pedro Roman Catholic School hosted their annual Cultural Day Fair on Friday, February 23rd. Throughout the day students represented various cultural groups found in the country, including the Mestizo, East Indian, Maya, Creole, Mennonite, Garinagu, and Lebanese among others. Parents and visitors were invited to the campus to observe the wide display of cultural booths. Each booth featured an ethnic group and spectators learned about the history, language, clothing, lifestyle, dances and sample the most popular dishes of each the culture represented. Later in the afternoon, guests enjoyed various cultural dance performances such as the popular Chinese Dragon Dance, Creole Bruk-down, Jankunu, and traditional East Indian dances.

    GOB explains shortages of fuel and cash flow amidst allegations of money issues
    Amidst the rumors that the Government of Belize (GOB) has maxed its 2017/2018 fiscal year budget, resulting in the shortage of fuel to the country due to unpaid arrears and a dire cash flow position threatening public workers’ salaries, two press releases were issued on Sunday, February 25th explaining the questionable situation. In the official statements, GOB stated that the shortages of fuel to the country have nothing to do with the inability to pay and that the country’s cash flow is under control. According to sources, a tanker positioned in front of Belize City loaded with almost half a million gallons of diesel and around 300,000 gallons of jet fuel is yet to be unloaded due to GOB not paying its bills. In their official note on Sunday, GOB declared that the temporary delay in the replenishment of fuel is not attributed to the government’s inability to pay.

    Island athletes win BVA male Beach Volleyball Tournament 1st Stop
    San Pedro’s athletes Jason Cabral and Badyr Sajia won the male championship for the Belize Volleyball Association (BVA) Beach Volleyball Tournament 1st stop, held on Sunday, February 11th at Old Belize’s Kukumba Beach located on George Price Highway. Among the competition were also San Pedro’s Luis “Ricky” Luna and Gabriel “Gaby” Nuñez, who previously represented Belize at the Central American Games. The BVA Beach volleyball Tournament 1st Stop featured 12 female and male teams from across the country. Shantell Arnol and Nelissa Ramirez were the champions for the female category. The BVA Beach volleyball Tournament 1st Stop sponsors included: SMART Belize, Old Belize, Kukumba Beach, Amber Sunset Jungle Resort, MVP Awards and Agua Magica.

    Ambergris Today

    South Ambergris Caye Neighborhood Watch Holds Successful Clean Up
    On Saturday morning, February 24, 2018, bright and early, members and friends of the South Ambergris Caye Neighborhood Watch (SACNW) were out in full force for a cleanup of the south end of the island. The group cleaned from Victoria House to the Marco Gonzalez Maya Site entrance where more than 30 adults and children filled a dump truck with garbage bags and miscellaneous items discarded along the road and beach. Items including toilet and bug zapper to truck tires and more, there was plenty to think about when wondering why people want to dirty up our beautiful Isla Bonita.

    A Pod Of False Killer Whales "Lost" In Belize’s Shallow Coastline
    The Fisheries Department is aware of the recent presence of a pod of false killer whales (Pseudorca crassidens) within the Drowned Cayes to Spanish Bay area. The Department is in communication with Dr. Diana Reiss (Colombia University) and NOAA in coordinating the best approach for a rescue attempt of the animals. Through NOAA, the Belize Fisheries Department is in contact with the US Stranding Network and hope to have a plan, based on the advice of the experts over the next day or two. With the assistance of NOAA, it is anticipated that Belize will benefit from the presence of experts and veterinarians.

    Marco Gonzalez Archaeological Reserve To Hosts Spring Equinox Event
    The Marco Gonzalez Maya Site Non-Profit Organization happily invites the public to celebrate All Things New at their Spring Equinox Event to take place on Sunday, March 18, 2018 at the Marco Gonzalez Archaeological Reserve. At 10am Maya Priest Mr. Martin Choc will officiate a blessing of the Reserve as well as extending it to our island. If anyone has a birthday, anniversary or “just married”, they can request a special blessing from the Priest. Following the Official blessing, the festivities begin in celebration of spring. Following the Blessing, there will be a dance performance from the Masewal Maya Dancers from Yo Creek, demonstrations of pod-to-bean-to-chocolate from Belize Chocolate Co., an artifact display hosted by San Pedro House of Culture and site tours offered by Belize Institute of Archaeology and Dr. Kay McCarron.

    Misc Belizean Sources

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    Paint N Splash
    See you this week at from 2-4pm Thursday.

    January 2018 External Trade & Consumer Price Index
    The Statistical Institute of Belize’s latest statistics on consumer prices show that the All-Items Consumer Price Index (CPI) stood at 105 for the month of January 2018, an increase from 104.1 in January of 2017 (see Figure 1). This means that, for the first month of the year, the average Belizean household experienced a 0.9 percent rise in the cost of regularly purchased good and services compared to the same month of last year. Total domestic exports for January 2018 amounted to $25.7 million, down 25.5 percent or $8.8 million when compared to the $34.5 million recorded for January 2017 (see Figure 3).

    Proposed Caye Caulker Crafts Market
    Last night we attended a Local Tourism Committee meeting at the community center. Your input for the craft market is needed. Big red flag was that septic tanks are no longer acceptable on islands and an imagine of one is included.

    2018 Street Art Festival at Belize City
    So awesome!! Our students have won the 2nd and 3rd Place for Sidewalk Chalk Competition. This is a long hours competition but they all like it. Thank you to NICH

    Tourism on the Rise! 2018 Outlook and Opportunities
    2017 was a prosperous year for tourism in Belize, with 2018 promising to be even better! With a unique blend of culture, rich inland natural resources and crystal blue waters with the world’s second largest Barrier Reef, Belize offers investors an ideal recipe for unprecedented growth and success in Tourism! Guided by the National Sustainable Tourism Master Plan 2030, the tourism industry continues to contribute an upward of 40% of Belize’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP). According to the Belize Tourism Board (BTB), overnight tourism grew by 10.8% to 427,109 visitors in 2017 when compared to 2016. This exceeded the population size of Belize and represents a continuous vote of confidence from Belize’s overnight tourists stemming primarily from the U.S., Europe, and Canada. Cruise arrivals, also, grew in 2017 by 3.7% to 1,014,231 visitors when compared to 2016. Based on the recent opening of the Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) Cruise Port at Harvest Caye in Southern Belize and continued national cruise tourism growth, the total number of ship calls increased by a sizeable 13% to 336 calls in 2017.

    Jah - Nah smoothies in Corozal
    Jah - Nah smoothies is relocated where Gimar's use to be in Corozal. You can't get lost because we are located across from the Central Park. Jah -Nah sells smoothies for 3$ @ up such as: strawberry, banana, chocolate, pineapple, papaya and more. Other stuffs we sell aside: paletas, marshmellos, chocobanana, nachos for 3$ and up. Stop by today abd try our best smothies in town.

    Nat'l Heroes and Benefactors Day at the George Price Center
    Celebrate the 9th with an exciting and insightful look into the lives of two of Belize's Heroes. March 9, 9am-3pm

    2nd Annual Benefit Concert Hosted by Sunshine Scholarship Foundation
    Fundraiser for Sunshine Scholarship Foundation. Friday, March 2 at 5 PM - 11 PM, Palapa Bar and Grill Boca Del Rio (over the water), San Pedro

    Fostering Development through the Sustainable Tourism Programmes (STP I & II)
    In 2008, the Government of Belize (GOB) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), funded the Sustainable Tourism Programme I (STP I: 2009- 2014), which invested in nine tourist destinations to strengthen the tourism industry’s contribution to the national economy, by consolidating the overnight tourism market with investment and activities to enhance the Belizean tourism experience. STP I allowed for the development of the National Sustainable Tourism Master Plan 2030, setting forth a national development policy and destination planning for key tourism destinations such as Cayo, Placencia, Belize City and Ambergris Caye.

    Corozal Junior College Annual Expo Trade Fair
    Friday March 16, 9am-4pm.

    Comedy Show Starring Brad Reeder
    clock Wednesday, March 14 at 8 PM - 11 PM, Iguana Juan's Restaurant & Bar. Corner of Angel Coral (Back Street) & Pelican St., Upstairs on corner, San Pedro. Don't miss a night of laughter and fun with our professional stand up comedy show, starring Brad Reeder, March 14 at 8:00 p.m. Brad has been seen on Showtime, Last Comic Standing and Comedy Central, and he has opened for Jay Leno and Jerry Seinfeld, to name a few, and now he brings his razor-sharp wit to San Pedro! Also on the show, Gains Kelly from the World Series of Comedy and Rob Burrows from Crazy Canucks. Iguana Juan's Restaurant & Bar, Corner of Angel Coral (Back Street) & Pelican St., Upstairs on corner, San Pedro, Belize

    Live Music with Terryl Godoy
    clock Friday, March 2 at 6 PM - 9 PM. Iguana Juan's Restaurant & Bar. Wind down your week at Iguana Juan's with live reggae from island favorite Terryl Godoy - [email protected], and enjoy our $25 Burger, Beer and Beats special: any burger on our menu and a Belikin or Lighthouse for only $25 BZD! Iguana Juan's Restaurant & Bar, Corner of Angel Coral (Back Street) & Pelican St., Upstairs on corner, San Pedro, Belize

    BEL roots out utility poles from 7th Avenue in Corozal
    These have become redundant in their efforts of upgrading Corozal Town to their new electrical grid system. 7th Avenue looks a lot cleaner in the absence of those unsightly utility poles. The public is asked to exercise caution when travelling on 7th Avenue today.

    Water outage in Belize City Today
    Belize Water Services informs customers in parts of Belize City, that there will be interruptions in the water supply today, March 1, 2018, starting at 1:00pm. The areas to be affected include Racoon Street and all the area that is bounded to the North by the North Side Canal, to the East & South by the Caribbean Sea, and to the West by the Belize River. These interruptions are necessary for the installation of new water mains. Due to the upgrades, customers may experience low water pressure and/or discoloration in their water supply when water is restored. Motorists are advised that Racoon Street will be closed from Dolphin Street to Central American Boulevard. Schools to be affected include St. Mary’s Primary School, St. Catherine Academy, Queen Street Baptist, and Holy Redeemer Primary School. Customers are advised that water is expected to be fully restored by 5:00pm. If they experience water supply problem after that time, they should immediately call our BWS hot line at 0-800-CALL-BWS to report it.

    Mainline to be repaired on Philip Goldson Highway Today
    Belize Water Services informs motorists that repairs will be conducted on a 24” Mainline at Mile 13 of the Philip Goldson Highway, today, Thursday, March 1, 2018, starting at 8:30am. Water supply is not expected to be interrupted; however, motorists are advised that traffic will be reduced to one lane near Mile 13. Please drive with extreme caution when travelling through this area of the Philip Goldson Highway. Traffic should be restored to normal by 5:00pm. BWS apologizes for any inconvenience this will cause to motorists but ensures that the job will be completed in a safe and efficient manner.

    Channel 7

    Boots On The Defence Against Claims of A Hustle Scheme
    It's a week to go before elections, and UDP Minister of Human Development Anthony Boots Martinez is on the hot seat tonight. One of his former employees, Kirk Lamb is accusing him of setting up a scheme to profit from the public purse. Lamb, who Martinez fired back in October after he was caught stealing, has an interesting story. He says he was a lifelong Boots Martinez supporter - who the Minister allegedly set up to pose as a contractor under the Poverty Alleviation program. Lamb says an account in his name at the St. John's Credit Union would get credited by Government for building low income houses - and then he would kick the money back to Martinez. It's quite a claim, alleging a major high level hustle - and to prove it, Lamb has produced a bank account in his name showing the receipts of thousands of dollars in voucher payments - money which was often withdrawn on the same day. There is no proof, however, of any of it was transferred to Martinez.

    Alleged Homeland Security List Is Bogus
    Last night our headline was about a sensational document - supposedly from the US Department of Homeland Security - which listed over 50 police officers who have been placed on a watchlist. Yesterday - a source only showed us the list on a portable device - and gave us a few minutes to review it. Well tonight, we have the original Word document in our possession - and we can tell you that it is BOGUS. That's right - the document appears to be a case of quite creative mischief. It has none of the elements of an official document - no signature, date or seal. And, because it is an open document, it can be manipulated to delete the Homeland Security logo header, or add any name you please. Definitely not official, and definitely very suspect.

    DPM Says GOB Ain’t Broke
    Earlier this week we told you about the panic memo from Financial Secretary Joe Waight. He was fending off CEO's who are scraping for end of the fiscal year budgetary windfalls. Waight warns the CEO's, quote, "there is no money in the bank…we will likely have to issue (Treasury) Notes to meet the early end of year payday next month. Our debt is already at 100% of GDP and rising. If we continue on this path we will certainly crash." That is a dire warning if ever there was one, but since it went public, Government has been doing its best to spin the message in another direction, to make it seem that the Fin. Sec. was acting out of the usual abundance of caution, rather than true desperation.

    Armed Robber Foiled At Golden Bay
    There was a shooting just a short while ago around the corner from our studio. It happened on East Canal, in front of the hotspot known as Wax House. Our team is on the scene and we have confirmed that one person was shot and rushed to the hospital. More on this later. Also, this evening at about 5:00 pm - there was an armed robbery attempt at the Golden Bay store on Marine Parade. Reports say that a lone gunman tried to enter the store at closing time - but he ran into the store's very heavy security detail and had to beat a hasty retreat, after firing a shot. No one was harmed, and the man escaped in a waiting van. Police were on the scene of both shootings immediately after.

    Cabinet: Police Picture-Taking A No-No
    Two weeks we told you about the police practice of snapping cell phone pictures of persons who they stopped and searched. Police press officer, Senior Superintendent Bart Jones - who is also an attorney - told the media that it's a useful tool - to assist police investigations, and to even ensure that persons are not beaten by police. But, section 19 of the police act makes it precisely clear when and where police can take photographs of civilians. Those persons must be in lawful custody - not at a checkpoint or a stop and search. And that's the same way the Attorney General feels about it - and according to his Cabinet colleague, that's just what he told them last week:

    Boots Has No Words For Ex’s Alleged Remarks On Secret Recording
    Martinez was also asked to answer about the remarks allegedly made by his ex-wife now UDP councillor candidate Noreen Martinez. She was allegedly captured in a secret recording speaking very disparagingly about UDP party officials and her ex - husband. Today, Boots would only say he has been divorced a long time:... Hon. Boots Martinez: "First thing let me clarify, I am divorce since 2004 and I don't know about what was said. I hear the ad, but it's very distorted. I don't pay attention [to that]."

    NTUCB Bex with UNCAC Process
    On last week Friday's newscast, we told you how the implementation of the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC) was going to be delayed until mid-July. Belize is ready for the next step of the implementation process, which is a country visit from experts representing the UNCAC nations Haiti and Tuvalu. But, because the experts from Tuvalu did not get the required travel documents to get to Belize for a February visit. So, it's been pushed back by 5 months, and today the National Trade Union Congress of Belize sent out a press release complaining bitterly about the delay.

    Finally, Columbus School of Medicine Comes Through
    The Columbus Central University School of Medicine near the entrance of the PGIA in Ladyille is in the news again tonight. You may remember COLA's 2017 protest in front of the school - President Geovannie Brackett and fellow activist Raymond Rivers led that demonstration saying that the school is a fake and just a front for some shady operation. Well today, there was no protest in front of the school to disrupt it's "white coat event". It is pretty much a symbolic ceremony to welcome the students into the medical field. Students from the Washington University of Health and Science at the San Pedro campus also attended the event. We dropped by and the President told us more about the schools. Minister of Education Patrick Faber also commented on what this event says about the legitimacy of the school.

    Cops Harassing Her Son?
    A Ladyville mother says police keep harassing her 17 year old son. Joy Belazaire told us today that it started on Sunday when police detained her son in Orange Walk for driving a stolen motorcycle with no license. Belazaire says that her son did not know the motorcycle was stolen because a friend just lent him the cycle. But somehow her son's name was called up in Ladyville in relation to a separate incident. She says this is not the first time police have detained her son and she has had it. Here is what she had to say. Joy Belazaire, Mother: "Monday evening while I was in Orange Walk to deal with my son the officer told me that after he is finished charging him with.... The officer tell me that they would charge him for handling stolen goods and 3 traffic offense and well he say after he done a charge him they still can't release him..."

    He Allegedly Home-Invaded 92 Year Old
    Two weeks ago, we told you about 23 year-old Floyd Escarpeta, who was remanded to the Belize Central Prison for allegedly breaking into the Coastal Road home of 92 year-old Modesto Bardalez. Well tonight, he has a co-accused, who was arraigned today at the Magistrate's Court. He's 23 Elton Bowen, a resident of Gales Point Manatee, and he was arraigned today before Chief Magistrate Sharon Frazer today on the charges of burglary and theft. Police say that on February 16, he and Escarpeta allegedly broke into the elderly man's home at mile 16 and three quarter on the Coastal Road. They then stole several household items and personal documents - as well as Bardarlez's pickup truck, which was recovered with Escarpeta's help.

    Close Call with Oil Tanker In Village
    For the past two days we've been telling you about all those fuel tankers coming overland from Guatemala with fuel. Well, one of them was involved in a traffic accident this morning in Cotton Tree village. It happened right in front of the village school and it could have been serious because of the volatile cargo - but thankfully it was not. At mile 44 on the George Price Highway a towhead rear ended one of the tankers. It was not a high speed collision, but the two head still got badly mashed up and had to be removed with a front end loader. It happened right at the highway's rush hour around 7:30 AM - and traffic had to be diverted through a back road in Cotton Tree. The Fire Department had the highway closed off while the vehicles were removed.

    Solar Pump Water System For San Victor
    Residents of San Victor village in the Corozal District will be getting access to clean fresh water tomorrow. And more than that, they will get it with a high tech solar water pump. Government with funding from the Caribbean Development Bank upgraded and expanded the water system. Water will be available for over 200 homes, school, and churches. The total cost of the project was $831 thousand dollars. The solar powered pump will be able to utilize two days of sunlight to fill the tank.

    Mayor Bradley, Very Good At Goodbye’s
    You know those love songs about it being "hard to say goodbye", or about a lover who was "never good at goodbye's"? Well, Belize City Mayor Darrell Bradley…he's not that guy; in fact, he's VERY good at saying goodbye - so much so that he keeps doing it! That was confirmed today when he had his third farewell event. Today was his last day in office - and the mayor had a small ceremony for his councillors and the media. He couldn't leave without saying a few more words to his employees and city. Sahar Vasquez, reporter: "How are you feeling at this point?" Darrel Bradley, Former Mayor of Belize City: "Well, you kind of feel good. People have indicated to me that we did a good job that, of course, has a great degree of satisfaction. I mentioned in my presentation that I regularly go to BTL Park. I am there with my son and family. I see other people enjoying the space. I see other people enjoying the infrastructure that we have contributed to building. It gives you a certain amount of satisfaction that what you have done for six years worthwhile to some people."

    A Park With Purpose
    The Government of Belize is collaborating with the UNDP and the India-UN Development Partnership Fund for an infrastructure upgrade of the Teodocio Ochoa Park in Cayo. The UN India Fund has given Belize a grant of $590,000 US to build several facilities on the park lands. It includes a multi-purpose facility for the new "San Ignacio Community, Exercise, Social Sports, and Women's Group Feeding Programme Complex." A press release from the Government says that an estimated 4,000 residents from San Ignacio and Santa Elena will benefit. The complex will also serve as a centre for a food pantry program. A launching ceremony was held at the park yesterday, and here's what the main speakers had to say about this new program:

    Inflation Was Up 1% in January, 2018
    There was a 1% increase in inflation in January. This is according to the Statistical Institute of Belize which says that for the first month of the year, the average Belizean household had to pay 0.9 percent more for regularly purchased goods and services compared to the same month last year. This was mainly caused by an increase in fuel prices. In contrast, several meat products, including ground beef, pork chops, whole chicken and pigtail, together with eggs and milk reported lower prices for the month of January 2018 in comparison to January 2017

    Channel 5

    Misused or Just Used? Kirk Lamb and Minister Boots Face Off
    Between July of 2016 and October of 2017, when he was terminated, the first of several regular payments by journal voucher, for eight thousand two hundred dollars, was deposited to [...]

    S.J.C.U. Cites Client Confidentiality on Lamb’s Account
    This afternoon, Saint John’s Credit Union which is named as the institution where the deposits were made into Lamb’s account issued a brief release stating it will not be providing [...]

    P.U.P. Cries Shame on Port Loyola Rep
    While on the ground in Port Loyola, the P.U.P. were sure to put their two cents in on the revelations made by Kirk Lamb on Tuesday night. Standard bearer Gilroy [...]

    Housing for the Poor is Not for the Government
    Minister “Boots” Martinez carefully distinguished between the non-governmental organization Housing for the Poor and the Southside Poverty Alleviation Project, the former of which Kirk Lamb claimed he deposited monies given [...]

    Why Special Effects Tires are the Best for Ministry of Works
    The 2012-13 general audit conducted by the Supreme Audit Institution listed numerous instances of mismanagement and improper practice in several ministries of government, most notably Works and Education. Under the [...]

    Tankers Crash on Highway but PUMA Oil Still Coming In
    A fuel crisis has been averted for now, even though a PDVSA tanker is in the harbour waiting to unload. It is claimed that government owes PDVSA, but that allegation [...]

    U.S. Has ‘Blacklist’ of Officers for Training, but Not by Homeland Security
    A number of officers of various ranks within the Belize Police Department are barred from participating in law enforcement programs funded by the United States government.  Contrary to reports made [...]

    Visa Issues Also a Concern
    It was reported some time ago that the U.S. had canceled the visas of officers of various ranks for their alleged involvement in illegal activities. So does the most recent [...]

    On Sarstoon, Elrington Warns of ‘Crying Wolf’
    A recent expedition to the Sarstoon involving a team of reporters from Belize and Guatemala ended in a confrontation with members of the Guatemalan Armed Forces.  The attempt to travel [...]

    Trade Unions Issue Blast on UNCAC Postponement
    The National Trade Union Congress of Belize is preparing for its annual general meeting this coming weekend in Dangriga Town. But one of the issues it will be discussing is [...]

    Darrell Bradley is Mayor No More; His Final Bow at City Hall
    The end of the mayorship of Darrell Bradley came today. At a ceremony this afternoon, Bradley handed over the responsibility of the city to Administrator Candice Miller. The act ends [...]

    Bernard Wagner, P.U.P. Begin Final Election Sprint in Port Loyola
    Just hours after speaking with its area representative, News Five was back in the Port Loyola division for our final story in the ‘On the Campaign Trail’ series, introducing you [...]

    Prices and Imports Up, Exports Down
    The prices of consumer goods went up by almost one percent in the month of January.  That’s according to the Statistical Institute of Belize.  The SIB released its quarterly figures [...]

    A Tour Operator’s Terrifying Encounter with Senior Policeman
    Richard McDonald, a tour operator of Belize City, is accusing a senior police officer of assaulting him inside the Police Department’s headquarters at Raccoon Street five weeks ago. Because the [...]

    Richard McDonald Pursues Criminal, Legal Action
    McDonald was detained and the senior officer indicated he would be booked for committing a mischievous act. But when he went to court the following Monday, officials there told him [...]

    Former B.D.F. Soldier Charged in Monday Night Shooting
    Former soldier of the Belize Defence Force Kareem Beeks is accused of the attempted murder of Akeem Requeña on Monday night, February twenty-sixth, near Gibnut Street. Beeks was previously in [...]

    Art Takes over Albert Street
    The street art festival held in the city yearly has been growing by leaps and bounds. This year, there were more artists, more art in many forms, entertainment and food [...]

    Sarawee Thirsts for Water
    The community of Sarawee is a small village on the fringes of Dangriga with just over three hundred residents.  With the dry season now underway, the shortage of potable water [...]

    CTV3

    Is SIB In Financial Troubles?
    At the top of the newscast we told you about the increase in the cost of living for the month of January. We now move over to the total amount of imports recorded for January 2018. SIB figures illustrate that imports saw a growth of 5.9 percent or close to $8 million, landing at a sum of $144.2 million in comparison to January 2017 which recorded only $136.2 million. During this same period, several categories experienced a significant increase such as the ‘Mineral Fuels and Lubricants’ category which rose by 64 percent or $8.1 million, from $12.5 million to $20.6 million due to large quantities of imported fuel. The ‘Machinery and Transport Equipment’ category was up by almost one-fourth or $6.3 million to $32.4 million this year primarily attributed to higher spending on farming equipment. While the ‘Export Processing Zones’ doubled as opposed to last year, soaring from $1.8 million to $4.1 million.

    Prime Minister Visits UDP Town Council Slate In The North
    Confirmed reports are that Prime Minister Dean Barrow visited the northern towns yesterday. If you’re wondering how come you missed the fanfare, the political rallies, the high level security detail and grandiose speeches of the best is yet to come, it’s because there was none. Reliable sources are that PM Barrow came to Orange Walk Town and Corozal Town for clandestine political meetings with his two Town Council slates. In those meetings, he discussed their election campaigns and election preparedness.

    LOVE FM

    Minor oil spill on highway
    Last night, two trucks entered Belize from Guatemala containing oil heading to the Puma facility in Belize, when they collided on the George Price Highway in front of the primary school in Cotton Tree Village. As a result of the incident, we understand that there was an oil spill. The Ministry of the Environment was …

    NTUCB questions the government seriousness about UNCAC
    In December 2016, Belize became the 184th member to sign onto the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC). A working visit was scheduled by government experts from Haiti and Tuvalu which is vital to the implementation of UNCAC. Last Friday, a press release was issued from the press office stating that the trip scheduled for …

    It is time to end Domestic Violence!
    Earlier this month, 46-year-old Hermelinda Pinks Emmanuel and her husband 43-year-old Jason Emmanuel were found dead in their home. It is alleged that Hermelinda died at the hands of her husband Jason Emmanuel who later turned the gun on himself. The tragedy sent shock-waves through the community and left us with more questions than answers. …

    Cabinet calls police profiling illegal
    Cabinet addressed the issue of the Belize Police Department profiling members of the public in its meeting this week. Many complaints and concerns were raised when Police began taking pictures of people and their personal information at checkpoints. Attorney and former Senator Lisa Shoman was among the first to speak out against the issue, calling …

    Minister accused of shady business
    Minister Martinez also addressed a scandal that arose this week. He has been accused of using bank accounts belonging to his employees to transfer monies from government and then having them withdraw the monies and then hand over to him. The allegation is being made by his former employee, Kirk Lamb who says that he …

    Problems with housing project in Port Loyola?
    But that’s not the only allegation against the Area Representative for Port Loyola. There are allegations that the Taiwanese Embassy has asked the Prime Minister to investigate Minister Martinez on the housing project in his division. The Minister denied the allegation. Anthony Martinez – Area Representative, Port Loyola “The South Side project the sponsor for …

    No one accountable for repairs to damages of newly installed lamp posts
    A number of minor accidents have happened along the recently renovated stretch of the Philip Goldson Highway past the Haulover Bridge, between miles seven and eight. One of these accidents happened at the start of this week, and while none of the accidents resulted in major injuries to drivers, it has caused damages to at …

    Area Rep. for Port Loyola focused on municipals
    Belize is presently at the height of the political season as the March 7 Municipal elections near and the political camps have been relentless with their campaigns, sometimes turning nasty. One of the political advertisements that has been circulated is one where UDP Councilor Candidate Noreen Martinez, and who was formerly married to Minister Anthony …

    Two months into the New Year has seen over 20 murders
    Despite efforts to solve the crime problem, crime in Belize has been edging up with each passing year. The total number of homicides for 2015 stood at one hundred and nineteen, in 2016 that number increased by nineteen bringing it to one-hundred and thirty-eight and in 2017 it went up even further to one hundred …

    Carmelita Gov’t School gets new building
    Earlier in the week, the Government of Belize inaugurated a new school building for the Carmelita Government School in the Orange Walk District. The infrastructure development comes at a total cost of one million and one hundred and ninety seven thousand dollars. It was made possible through a grant from the Caribbean Development Bank with …

    Darrell Bradley delivers his last speech as Belize City Mayor
    Today Darrell Bradley gave his last speech as the Mayor of Belize City. Bradley says that according to the law, the council must dissolve at the last day of February so this evening he passed on the council’s responsibilities to City Administrator Candice Burke.

    More charges to be levied against Mexican trio soon
    Belize City police say they will charge 27 year old Belen Hernandez, 26 year old Jacson Jafet and 31 year old Leonel Rodriguez for additional crimes. The Mexican trio was busted while in Corozal Town with 60 stolen international credit cards and a substantial amount of monies. They all have been charged with theft of about one hundred thousand dollars which they had been withdrawing from different ATMs across the country since last year November. Tonight they remain behind bars as investigators prepare to lay more charges against them. On Tuesday Assistant Superintendent of Police, Alejandro Cowo updated the media.

    Cycling Federation tentatively sets date for elections
    The Cycling Federation of Belize has tentatively set April 28 as the date it will carry out elections for its executive. The announcement was made by the Federation’s Vice President Orson Butler last week via the Federation’s Facebook Page. The announcement comes after some cyclists raise concerns over the management of the Federation and the sport.

    Belize and India partner for infrastructural development
    Yesterday the Governments Belize and India partnered to launch an infrastructural project that will be funded by the India-UN Development Partnership Fund. The infrastructure projects will upgrade the Youth Challenge Programme facilities and construct a new San Ignacio Community Exercise, Social Sports, and Women’s Group Feeding Programme Complex. The project is valued at a little over 1.1 million dollars.

    Sugar Industry stalkholders express concerns to SICB
    Love News has obtained a letter dated February 23 and sent to the Chairman of the Sugar Industry Control Board, (SICB) Gabriel Martinez. The copy of the letter we received is signed by Chairman of the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association, Salvador Martin, Chairman of the Corozal Sugar Cane Producers Association, Elvis Canul, Chairman of the Progressive Sugar Cane Producers Association, Tiburcio Acosta and Cane Farmers Relations Manager, Olivia Avilez.

    Belize and Andorra establish diplomatic relations
    On Monday Belize officially established diplomatic relations with Andorra, an independent European microstate situated between France and Spain. The diplomatic relationship was officially instituted following the signing of an official Protocol. It is expected that mutual cooperation and friendship between Belize and Andorra will be enhanced as bilateral cooperation, including tourism, will be explored. Andorra is significantly smaller than Belize. A 2017 estimation puts its population at 73, 000. Its area is 180 square miles.

    PlusTV

    SaraWee Man dies while in police custody
    Another person is dead after being in the custody of police officers. On Saturday February 24th, 44 year old Humphrey Mitchel died as a result of head and body injuries. According to police, they detained Mitchel in Sarawee Village on the strength of a commitment warrant and placed him in the pan of...

    6 BDF soldiers and one cop arrested for murder
    Seven BDF soldiers and one police officer have been arrested for murder. On Saturday February 24th, police arrested and charged 29 year old Police Constable Lennart Cajun who is assigned to Special Patrol Unit and BSAG. Along with the police officer 6 BDF soldiers were also charged with the murde...

    Blogs

    Life In Belize Moves At A Slower Pace, And That’s Just Fine With Us
    “It’s just by chance we discovered Ambergris Caye, when a much-needed rest drew us to the island for a vacation. But it’s the natural beauty that kept us coming back year after year and eventually deciding to move here permanently,” says Dawn Schick. After years of 16-hour days as owners and operators of a Victorian B&B and cupcake shop in Richmond, Virginia, the easygoing lifestyle of San Pedro, on the island of Ambergris Caye, Belize, is just what she and her husband, Albert, were looking for. “We’d been vacationing here several times a year for more than six years and decided this would be our eventual retirement home. But after years of hard work in the restaurant and hospitality industry, we thought, why wait until ‘someday,’? Why not take the plunge right now?” Dawn explains.

    St. Herman's Blue Hole National Park
    No one is quite sure who Saint Herman was, but today, his famous cave is located inside one of Belize's most beautiful national parks. Officially known as St. Herman's National Park, this pristine natural area measures more than 500 acres (200 ha) in size and includes several incredible caves. The park is also home to the Blue Hole, sometimes known as the Inland Blue Hole to distinguish it from the Belize Blue Hole located offshore at Lighthouse Reef. The Inland Blue Hole is one of Belize's greatest natural landmarks. Almost perfectly circular, the Blue Hole is located in the middle of the rainforest. Formed naturally following the collapse of an underground cave, the sapphire waters of the Blue Hole are the perfect place to enjoy a refreshing swim on a hot day.

    How a 2 hour town errand turned into 5 hours….Oh San Pedro, we love you!
    It’s that time of year again in San Pedro. The time of year when those nasty ticks like to find a nice furry home. Their favorite spot this past week? Lisa did her best to find and remove as many critters as she could, but it’s always best to leave the final tick inspection and removal to the experts at the San Pedro Animal Hospital. We made an appointment for 9:00 and believe it or not, we showed up on time!

    The US And Belize Governments Join Together To Help Preserve Our Maya Heritage
    You can understand why we loudly and vigorously applaud the memorandum of understanding between the US and Belizean governments that was signed February 23, 2018. Officially titled the “Memorandum of Understanding Concerning the Imposition of Import Restriction on Archaeological Material of Belize” the agreement identifies trafficking in artefacts as a serious international offence. That little jade bead the friendly guy in the bar offers you? Maybe a shard of coloured pottery? Or a spear point? Taking it out of Belize can put you in a world of trouble. And while smuggling artefacts out of Belize has always been a crime, there will now be greater scrutiny, and greater penalties for doing so.

    Chaa Creek And Inland Belize Meet Boston TV
    Yes, we like Boston, so it’s great news to know that Boston likes Chaa Creek. For proof, check out this newscast on popular Beantown ABC television station WCVB TV channel 5, where reporter Anthony Everett starts out extolling the virtues of Ambergris Caye before informing his viewers that: “But the coast isn’t the nation’s only calling card. Belize is in fact a many splendored thing. It’s the perfect place for a little ‘R and R’ – reef and rainforest.”

    The Difference Between Sargasso and Seagrass
    Travelers are sometimes unclear on the difference between sargasso and seagrass. Besides the stench and residue left by decomposing sargasso also known as sargassum, there are a couple of other differences. Sargasso is seasonal and it can affect peoples health. I have yet to hear of anyone having an allergic reaction to seagrass which is a permanent fixture. Seagrass plays a starring role in a clean ecosystem. Thriving seagrass beds are one indicator of a healthy ocean environment. The seagrass, which actually resembles thick land grass has deep roots in the sea floor and among other things, it acts as a filtration and feeding system. Sargasso is a free-flowing orangy colored seaweed that travels with the ocean current down from the Sargasso Sea. While most people think of the downsides first (and there are many) the upside is that it is used as protection for migrating sea animals.

    International Sourcesizz

    Study offers blueprint for community-based public history research
    A new paper on fieldwork in rural Belize serves as a case study for how an established anthropology fieldwork model can be used to both develop site-specific cultural and historical exhibits and train a new generation of public history scholars. The paper also highlights the importance of diversity to research teams when engaging in research - especially community-based scholarship. "For this project, we worked with two Belizean villages - Crooked Tree and Biscayne - that are in close proximity to the Mayan ruins of Chau Hiix," McGill says. "Most of the residents in both villages are Belizean Kriol, of African descent. Our goal was to develop exhibits and educational materials that could be used by the villages to foster tourism and support educational efforts."

    Videos

  • Chaa Creek, 2min. Big thanks to our friends at WCVB Channel 5 Boston for spotlighting our little slice of paradise here in Belize on Chronicle on WCVB Channel 5...!

  • Councilor candidates of San Ignacio / Santa Elena Cayo,39 min. on Open Your Eyes

  • University of Belize - Transformation Plans, 36min. on Open Your Eyes

  • Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA), 30min. on Open Your Eyes

  • Belize from take to landing but of what?, 14min. Only for fishing nerds....

  • BPP PROGRESSIVE AGENDA LAUNCH | BELIZE CITY MUNICIPAL TEAM, 65min.

  • Driving to Placencia from Belize City, 1min. These beautiful lush green sceneries can be seen after an hour drive from Belize City (Airport). On the way you can see fresh fruit and vegetable vendors on the road. There is also a shop where they sell fresh yogurt, cheese and milk that we didn’t get to stop by because of the road construction.

  • Snorkeling in Ambergris Caye, Belize, 3.5min. We went snorkeling in Ambergris Caye. The sea life here was incredible. I tried to identify as many as species as I could.

  • Belize. Paradise island, 6min.

  • Belmopan Bandits vs. Police United F.C., 130min. Two Years ago we went live for the first time. This is our first PLB live coverage. We have grown a lot since then, we've learnt a lot, and we continue to strive to do better everytime. Enjoy!


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