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April 20, 2018


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The San Pedro Sun

BAA says Caye Caulker airport to re-open in June
The rehabilitation of the Caye Caulker airstrip has picked up momentum as works are significantly transforming the airstrip to meet its deadline by mid-June of this year. The airstrip had been closed awaiting much-needed repairs since October of 2017 when local airlines, Maya Island Air and Tropic Air, decided to suspend flights to the island, citing unsafe conditions of the runway. Since then, the Belize Airport Authority (BAA) has been making the necessary arrangements ensuring the timely renovation on the airport, which is being financed by a $3.9 million loan obtained from the Social Security Board (SSB). For quite some time Hicaqueños were concerned after noticing little activity on the airstrip. They feared that the airport was not going to be ready by mid-June as promised by the BAA. “There is work taking place as we speak and we hope the airport is ready at least before the beginning of the next high season,” said one resident. “We have been suffering tremendously this past high tourism season without an airport.”

Ambergris Caye Rotaract Club hosts public speaking workshop
On Saturday, April 14th, the Rotaract Club of Ambergris Caye held the first of their many scheduled professional development courses aimed at helping young adults on Ambergris Caye. The event was a public speaking workshop hosted by experienced public speaker Michael Cobb, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of a development group on the island. During the workshop, he shared very important tips on how to effectively deliver a speech and captivate an audience. Cobb explained that when addressing an audience, the speaker should be precise and confident when telling the story. “Create a clear, entertaining storyline that caters to your audience,” he said. “Get familiar with the topic, make contact with someone in the audience so you can establish a connection and become confident. Then go ahead and tell a story.”

Belize joins the IWF reporting solution for child sexual abuse imagery online
In an effort to combat online sexual abuse imagery, Belize has joined the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) as of Thursday, April 13th. Belize is the 20th Commonwealth country to launch an IWF Portal. By adopting a technical reporting solution for online child sexual abuse imagery, Belizeans will be able to report suspected illegal content anonymously to the IWF which is one of the world’s leading hotlines. During the Association of Caribbean Commissioners of Police event in 2016, IWF Portals were launched in six other Caribbean Commonwealth territories. That is when the Belize Police Department and IWF first began discussing the initiative for Belize. Manager of the Police Internet Technology Unit (PITU), Mr. Mario Alcoser, spoke on behalf of the Belize Police Commissioner, “The Reporting Portal provides another approach led by PITU towards the fight against online predators who prey on the most vulnerable and the future of our country.

NEMO assists island residents affected by freak storm; Hurricane Season less than two months away
With the 2018 Hurricane Season fast approaching, a cold front entered Belize on Sunday, April 15th and brought an unseasonal storm to Ambergris Caye, causing damages to homes and properties. The freak storm pounded the island with unprecedented, hurricane-like winds severely affecting at least three families. On Monday, April 16th, after being notified, the Minister of National Emergency Management (NEMO), Honourable Edmond Castro visited San Pedro Town, where he witnessed the humanitarian assistance provided by NEMO to the affected families.

Ambergris Today

St. George's Caye - One Of The Best Islands For Romantic Honeymoon
Travel & Leisure Magazine published, "14 Under-the-radar Islands for the Ultimate Romantic Honeymoon" and St. George's Caye is the only island in Belize on the list. The article reads: “Whether you’re agonizing over seating charts or skipping venue fees and marrying your person at city hall, one thing is for certain: You’re going to need some serious relaxation after your wedding. Your honeymoon is going to be an entirely new adventure. It’s the start of your marriage and the perfect opportunity to grow your relationship on a once-in-a-lifetime trip.

Misc Belizean Sources

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Movie Night at KoKo King
Best way to end the week, with your family at KoKo King - Friday 20th April - showing first the new James Courdon movie Peter Rabbit and to follow CoCo on the big screen!!! Kids meals, popcorn and marshmallows! Enjoy!

Tourist injured after falling at Xunantunich
We advise all visitors to archaeological reserves to please exercise caution while climbing structures and to please climb only where allowed. We would like to thank the rangers at Xunantunich for their assistance and also B.E.R.T. for their quick response.

Earth Day Waterwat Cleanup
Starts April 21 at 7am. Meet at old Social Security Building or in fromt of LAN O's.

BTB Scholarship Opportunity
BTB is now accepting application forms for those interested in furthering their education.

Maya Drink - Choco Sakan
Choco Sakan is one of our favorite drinks for us Northern Maya of Belize . The Choco sakan is serve in a luuch(Jicara) .

BTB Newsletter- Toucan Talk, April 2018
BTB's Toucan Talk issue for the first quarter January - March 2018.

NEMO Minister Joins Shelter Inspection Team in Orange Walk
esterday, April 18th, 2018, Minister of National Emergency Management Hon Edmond Castro joined the NEMO Shelter Inspection Committee in Orange Walk as they continued their inspection of shelters in that district in preparation for the upcoming Hurricane Season which officially opens less than six (6) weeks from today, on June 1st, 2018. The Minister, along with the inspection team, visited two shelters, namely the Government Primary School in Carmelita Village in Orange Walk East; and the Roman Catholic Primary School in the Village of San Luis in Orange Walk North. Both shelters consist of new, sturdy and spacious structures that are properly equipped with adequate facilities to accommodate evacuees in the event of an immediate threat from natural disaster. The Carmelita School has a capacity of 200, and the San Luis School can accommodate 140 persons.

Corozal Freezone - A Man with a Mission
Mr. Somen Debnath from Kolkata India is on a world tour visiting different countries, meeting people, spreading the message of peace and Indian culture. He is also creating awareness for HIV/AIDS. He is in Corozal, Belize after having visited more than 140+ countries and will be going onwards to Mexico and 40+ more countries, before he reaches back to India on his bicycle. The Belize Indian Merchant Association along with the rest of the Corozal Indian Community wish Him all the best.

Another Laugh Out Loud weekend in Corozal at the Princess Casino Freezone
Everyone is cordially invited to a LIVE musical comedy show of Eduardo Salazar "EL BOX" from La Blanca, Merida, Yucatan MX. this Friday, April 20th and Saturday, April 21st starting at 10:00 p.m. Come and have fun. Laugh and get a chance to win.

The Sarteneja Tour Guide Association meeting on Saturday
The Sarteneja Tour Guide Association is having a meeting with all its members on Saturday, April 21st 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at S.T.G.A Office. We urge all members to attend. The meeting will be very important.

National Teacher's Day
National Teacher's Day is to be observed at National Level on May 18th 2018. Teacher's Day is not a holiday.

10 years of Centro Escolar Mexico Junior College
Today will be a Happy Day for CEMJC. Here are the preparations to celebrate 10 years of Centro Escolar Mexico Junior College under its brand new auditorium to be held Friday, April 20th at 4:00 p.m. This event is not a public event. We take this opportunity to extend our sincere congratulations to the entire student body and faculty of CEMJC. AWESOME!

DYS Works with Special Needs Children in Succotz
The Department of Youth Services had a small workshop in Succotz for special needs children and their parents. They had activities for the children, and motivational speeches for the parents. Thanks, DYS! "On Thursday, 19th April 2018, the San Jose Succotz Village Public Library held a small program where they honoured special needs children in the Village of Succotz. Our Youth Empowerment Coordinator for the Department of Youth Services Benque center was invited to share a motivational speech to parents and their children. They also participated in a small arts and craft session after hearing several motivational speeches."

Chargé d’Affaires Adrienne Galanek hosts Belize City Mayor Bernard Wagner and his team
Yesterday, Chargé d’Affaires Adrienne Galanek hosted Belize City Mayor Bernard Wagner and his team, Councilors Aisha Gentle, Micah Goodin, and Michael Norales, for an informal meet and greet and conversation about future collaborations between the Embassy and the Belize City Council. We congratulate you, once again, and look forward to continuing our partnership in the areas of citizen security, good governance, economic prosperity, including programs focused on women, youth, and emergency preparedness.

Bicycle Maintenance and Repair training for police officers
Last week, the Embassy sponsored a Bicycle Maintenance and Repair training for 12 police officers at the Police Training Academy in Belmopan. The officers were trained to repair and maintain their department-issued bicycles and to keep the bikes operational and in good working condition. The training was conducted by Mr. Ordonez of Ordonez Bike Repair in Belize City. The officers were selected from each Precinct in Belize City, San Pedro and also Community Oriented Policing Program in Belmopan. These officers will now be responsible for maintaining the 90 bicycles that will be donated to the Police Department by the U.S. Embassy.

Paradise Theater playing this weekend
Rascal Rebel Rabbit, Winchester, You Were Never Really Here, Fifty Shades Freed

Channel 7

Will Opposition Vote “Yes” or “No” on ICJ Referendum
On Sunday, 25% of Guatemala’s voting population gave an emphatic yes to the ICJ.  The government of Belize congratulated them, while the Cabinet has yet to come up with a position.  So what about the opposition?  The PUP - as the party which put Belize on the path to the ICJ when it was in government in 2007 - is in a ticklish position.  At the time, the party leader Said Musa was confident, he said Belize had an “iron-clad” case - but now, with public sentiment in Belize seemingly against the ICJ - what does its present leader John Briceno have to say.  

PUP Leader Says Mayor No Longer Writing Checks to Self
We also took the opportunity to ask about the party leader about PUP Mayor Bernard Wagner and his first allegation of impropriety in City Hall.  You’ll remember that 2 weeks ago, he admitted in an interview with 7News that he was writing cheques to himself to distribute as social assistance to needy City residents who visit his weekly clinic.  Whether well-intentioned or not, it’s not exactly a shining example of accountability - and, in fact, it may be unlawful. So, we wondered what Opposition Leader John Briceño, his political boss, had to say, given that Briceño regularly criticizes the Barrow government about a lack of transparency. He told us that he is satisfied that Mayor Wagner realized that the practice was irregular, and that he has since discontinued it:

Mayor Speaks About City Admin’s Suit
So, while the Mayor moves on from that mis-step, he has a different kind of headache coming his way.  As we told you, an attorney for City Administrator Candice Miller has written a letter to the Mayor demanding that he retract the suspension he placed her on 3 weeks ago.  The Mayor’s issue is with a 6-thousand-dollar payment for food and beverages made by Joe Bradley, the former Mayor’s father, and a former City Council employee. With council funds, he made payment for food and beverages from a restaurant across the street, and the payment was authorized by the City Administrator. As we told you, Miller’s attorney asserts that her suspension letter never specified what kind of “misconduct” or “neglect” she was being suspended for.

Opposition Leader Rejects Claims of Land Corruption
And From Mayor Wagner’s dispute with the City Administrator, we turn back to Opposition Leader and the allegations of land corruption that the ruling United Democratic Party has made against him. At the Wind up of the last budget debate, Prime Minister Dean Barrow, who’s the Minister of Natural Resources, read from a long list of land holdings that the Opposition Leader John Briceño and his family has. Some of those lands have been in the Briceño family for decades, but others were acquired during his tenure as the Minister of Natural Resources.  Land documents have emerged which call into question some of these holdings, and the method by which they were acquired.  The allegation is that Briceno secured lands for himself and his relatives while he was Minister. We asked the Opposition Leader about it:

Another Nolle Pros, Another Alleged Killer Walks Free
Exactly 7 years ago in April of 2011 when Fei Lan Wu was murdered in a pair of weekend killings  - both targeting female shopkeepers - it caused an uproar in the Chinese community - who staged an angry and defiant protest in the city streets.   Well, now, the men accused of both killings have gone free.  In 2016, Jordan Cayetano, charged with the murder of Yan Ying Chen, walked free after a "nolle pros" motion. Today, there was another “nolle pros” - this time for 28 year old Kareem Francis, the alleged killer of Fei Lan Wu - who is now a free man tonight after 7 years on remand.  Crown Counsel Killeru Awich entered the motion before justice Colin Williams because the main witness cannot be located.

Barranco Villagers Left Out of Logging Licenses
Residents of the Garifuna village of Barranco in the Toledo District are angry with the Forestry Department - which - they say - has basically sold them out.   The issue is logging licenses that have been issued to outsiders, after five villagers claim their license applications were rejected.  So, they feel their village’s precious resources are being exploited by others with the complicity of the Forest Department.   Today, they told PGTV why they feel deliberately disenfranchised: Leslie Colon - Barranco Villager: "We've been treated unfair you know because if those concessions would push through, we as Barrancoans would make sure our community benefit. We are looking at this as a economic source to make us could develop ourselves because the government no reached out to us, they no try to provide ways and means how we could..."

Man Who Allegedly Shot Cousin Awaits Fate From Court
She was shot 9 times on new year’s eve 2013 - allegedly by her own cousin - but Taisha Staine survived, and, tonight, her alleged shooter, Kevaughan Staine, is awaiting a decision from the judge.   Taisha’s mother, Germaine Thompson, testified that she heard a popping sound and then she looked through her window and saw a person by her gate with his back to her. She said when the person turned around she saw that it was Kevaughan. Kevaughan gave a statement from the dock in which he denied he committed the offence. Kevaughan was represented by attorney Hubert Elrington while the Crown was represented by Crown Counsel Rene  Montero.

City Keys to Caribbean Credit Unionists
Earlier in the news, we showed you our interviews with Opposition Leader John Briceño and Belize City Mayor Bernard Wagner. Those happened at an event where the City Council was playing host the leadership of the Caribbean Confederation of Credit Unions.  The Belize Credit Union movement is also a part of the Caribbean Confederation of Credit Unions, and today, the new Belize City Council warmly welcomed them to Belize City. Mayor Wagner gifted the President of the Confederation with the keys to the City, and the press was invited to attend the ceremony. Here’s what the speakers had to say about City Hall’s attempt to deepen the relationship between the confederation, and the local credit unions:

Bravo for Boys Basketball
Last week a Belize boys U-15 team left for the COCABA Championship in El Salvador and they did not come home empty-handed. The boys placed third in the tournament and two of the teams' players received special awards. We found out more about their stellar showing at a press conference today: Paul Thompson - President, Basketball Federation Belize: "The team comprised of players from all across the country starting with Benque Veijo, San Ignacio, Dangriga, Corozal, Orange Walk and we had one player from the United States that's living in the United States. We're very proud of our U-15 National team, we had limited amount of time to practice, we did well under the circumstances, we placed 3rd and with this placement we are hopeful that we will be eligible to play in central basket. I say hopeful because Panama hosting the central basket tournament will allow us to be a participant in that central basket tournament. So we are very proud of all the different entities that allowed this initiative to happen."

Belize’s Mobile Internet Fastest in Region
For many years, we’ve reported on how slow and expensive internet in Belize was - compared to other places in the Caribbean.   And that’s why it’s news tonight that due to major upgrade sin speed by mobile service providers, Belize now has the fastest internet in the Caribbean and Central America.  In fact, it has some of the fastest mobile speeds in the developing world.   The CEO of BTL is the one who pointed it out to us yesterday:…

New Book Praises Poetry and Prose
This morning at the Image Art Factory, Cubola Productions and the Belize Book Industry Association launched a new book in their series called the Belize Literary Prize.  It’s a collection of short stories and poems from Belizeans who entered their writings into the competition. Only the best creative writings are chosen, and this time around, there were so many entries that the publishers had to combine works submitted between 2016 and 2017. We stopped by the book launch, and spoke with the Association’s President, and the winning writer whose story has become the flagship entry in this edition of the Belize Literary Prize book.

Crime on a Low, But Shots Fired on Southside
As we’ve been reporting, gun and gang violence on the city’s southside has gone down sharply - just one month after a new team took over the ministry, the southside, and operational command.  So much so that tonight you won’t see  ASP Cowo or Inspector Ferrufino on the news as you usually do on Thursday - because the regular bi - weekly police press brief had to be cancelled due to a lack of news.   While that’s encouraging, shots were fired on Euphrates Avenue just a short while ago.  One expended.22 shell was found on scene along with a discarded bicycle.  Best reports say no one was injured. There are two suspects.

No More Styrofoam Plates. But Then What?
Lately we have been hearing a lot about going green especially now that the government plans to eliminate the use of Styrofoam containers. It is a big deal for many businesses - mostly eateries - that have relied on the cheap styrofoam for decades. Many of them are hesitant and unsure of how to move forward.  But, there are a few places in the city that have already made the switch and are reaping the benefits. Sahar Vasquez found out how going green can save money, and a whole lot more.  Many Belizean Companies are jumping on the Eco-Friendly bandwagon and going green by replacing toxic styrofoam and plastic with healthy biodegradable materials.

UWI Singers Tour Belize
The celebrated UWI Singers are in Belize for a pair of concerts.  The group has distinguished itself in the Caribbean for their versatility, and the wide range of musical genres that they can perform from Caribbean folk songs, to negro spirituals, to popular music. Today, we got a chance to speak with them about the shows they want to put on for you. Here’s what they said: The concerts take place on Saturday at 7 p.m. and on Sunday at 5 p.m. Tickets are $30, and they can be purchased at the Bliss, or at the UWI Open Campus.

Cannabis Consultation
Much has been made about the decriminalization of small amounts of marijuana, but one leader of the Rastafarian movement wants that to be just the beginning of the conversation on the cannabis plant.   Through the Rastafarian devotional group called the 7th Enoch Ethiopian International - he wants to deepen the conversation about cannabis.  He’s having a cannabis education rally tomorrow and he told us who is welcome:… The event will be held starting at 4:00 tomorrow at Bird’s Isle.  There will be music, discussions and educational DVD’s.

Channel 5

Trouble in the Judiciary? D.P.P. Is Thrown Out of JLSC Meeting
There is another issue to add to the mounting troubles in the judiciary.  Last February, the Director of Public Prosecutions Cheryl-Lynn Vidal was elevated from vice president to President of [...]

City Administrator Suing the Belize City Council
City Administrator Candice Miller continues to serve a month-long suspension from managerial duties at City Hall.  Miller was temporarily removed from office following disclosure that former city council employee Joe [...]

P.U.P. Party Leader Weighs in on Wagner-Miller Differences
Leader of the Opposition John Briceño has also weighed in on the City Hall fiasco, chiding former Mayor Darrell Bradley for granting Miller a four-year contract extension, months prior to [...]

AG on U.S. Drug Report – “Unfair and Cowardly”
On April ninth, a U.S. Narcotics reports listed Belize as one of twenty-two major drug transit countries. The International Narcotics Control Strategy Report of the U.S. State Department designated Belize, [...]

Briceño Says PM’s Land Attacks Are Bogus
During the budget debate at the end of March, Prime Minister Dean Barrow called out Opposition Leader John Briceño accusing him of dubiously amassing huge acreages of land in the [...]

John Briceño Says Land Transactions Legal!
Briceño vehemently defended the lawful purchase of the properties, despite the fire sale prices at which they were bought.   John Briceño, Party Leader, P.U.P. “Those are lands that we [...]

AG Wants You to Register & Vote
During our coverage of the referendum in Guatemala, you’ve heard a number of voices weigh in on Guatemala’s “Yes” vote to go to the ICJ on the Belize-Guatemala territorial dispute.  [...]

John Briceño Says I.C.J., Maybe?
The People’s United Party is yet to take a definitive position on the referendum issue and whether the territorial claim Guatemala has had over Belize should be taken to the [...]

Pitts Vs Usher for Port. Party Leader Says “Que Sera Sera”
Doctor Candice Pitts won handsomely on March seventh and became one of ten P.U.P. councilors to be seated at City Hall.  During the campaign, Pitts told her story of going [...]

C.C.C.U. Gets Keys to Belize City
This afternoon at City Hall, the Belize City Council bestowed the key to the Old Capital upon the President of the Caribbean Confederation of Credit Unions.  It is a particularly [...]

AG Says UNCAC Assessment is Near
When we caught up with the Attorney General, he also gave us an update on the United Nations Convention Against Corruption that was at the center of the 2016 strikes [...]

Crime Bills Signed, but Emergency Areas on Hold
In his interview with the media today, the Attorney General also commented on the recent efforts to tackle crime including the crime bills and the emergency zones.  As it relates [...]

Cops Honored for Good Work
Three law enforcement officers were recognized for good work today. The trio is assigned to the Mahogany Heights Police Sub-Station and was successful in apprehending a robber who stole twenty-four-thousand [...]

A Conference on Drafting Legislation and Policy Development
A two day law-making conference opened today in Belize City. The event was organized through the Office of the Attorney General to help build capacity within government ministries. Michael Peyrefitte [...]

Addressing Corruption at Recent Summit of the Americas
Last week a Belizean contingent attended the Eighth Summit of the Americas in Peru. Foreign Affairs Minister Wilfred Elrington, Attorney General Michael Peyrefitte and Belize’s Ambassador to the U.S. and [...]

Miguel Diaz-Canel, the New President of Cuba
Miguel Diaz-Canel was officially named as the new President of Cuba today, one day after a secret vote in that country’s National Assembly. Diaz-Canel, who turns fifty-eight on Friday, has [...]

Plant World Nursery to Stabilize Citrus Industry
The citrus industry continues to face turbulence, having to deal with HLB disease and low production at the factory.  But there is a glimmer of hope for the Citrus Growers [...]

4 Dead Manatees Discovered Up the Belize River
On April seventeenth, the team consisting of Jamal Galvez from Sea to Shore Alliance, a Port Officer and OCEANA personnel, was on routine patrol monitoring no wake zones along the [...]

Dead Count for Sea Cow on the Rise
In 2017, forty manatees were killed along the Belize City coastline and the mouth of the Belize River due to watercraft collisions. Statistics show that there are already twenty dead [...]

Belize U-fifteen Boys Basketball Team Bring Back Medals from COCABA Championship
Their welcome home was not a big deal, but the Under-fifteen Boys National Basketball Team has every reason to be proud. Beating the odds, the team came back with bronze [...]

LOVE FM

UWI Singers in Belize for concert to commemorate the University’s 70th anniversary
The University of the West Indies is celebrating its 70th anniversary, and to commemorate the occasion, the University Singers are in Belize to take part in celebratory activities by the UWI Belize Open Campus. The group is also celebrating its 60th anniversary. President of the group, Andre Bernard told the media today more about the …

PUP Leader comments on Bernard Wagner’s first controversy
Belize City Mayor Bernard Wagner, came under much fire after he endorsed two cheques to himself. He said he did it to assist the less fortunate but the practice is irregular. Wagner said it would not happen again as she told PUP Leader, John Briceno. John Briceno, Opposition Leader: “He brought it up to my …

Caribbean Confederation of Credit Unions in Belize
Belize City Mayor Bernard Wagner handed over the key to the city to Hally Haynes. He is the President of the Caribbean Confederation of Credit Unions of which Belize is a part of. The Caribbean Confederation of Credit Unions has over two point five million members with sixteen countries represented. Its assets total six point …

Candice Miller says suspension is unlawful
City Administrator, Candice Miller has written to the Mayor of Belize City, Bernard Wagner, over her suspension. Miller was placed on a month suspension with pay. But according to Miller, her suspension did not follow the proper procedure and the reason was too vague. She wrote to Mayor Bernard Wagner demanding that she returns to …

BTB accepting scholarship applications
For several years, the Belize Tourism Board (BTB) has been offering scholarship opportunities to persons interested in pursuing a career in Tourism. BTB is once again accepting applications for the scholarship awards for the upcoming school year. Love news spoke with Herbert Haylock, the Director of Quality Assurance and Industry Standard who spoke about the …

Police officer are awarded for quick response leading to apprehension of robbers
Three officers have been awarded for their key role in apprehending suspects of a robbery that happened earlier this month. The officers were handed their certificate of recognition at the Queen Street police station. They are Special Constable Bill Arana, PC Lincoln Alvarez, and WPC Kenisha Ford, all attached to the Mahogany Heights sub-precinct. Senior …

Immigration Information Center operational
In order to improve service delivery to the public, the Ministry of Immigration along with the United Nations Agency for Migration launched two of its most innovative solutions to provide information to migrants in Belize. The Migration Information Center was officially opened yesterday and the MigrantApp was launched. Chief Executive Officer of the Ministry of …

Law Forum: “Sound Policy for Better Law”
The Attorney General’s Ministry is tasked to draft the laws of Belize; however, other ministries may soon be involved in the process. In this regard, a two-day forum began today geared towards this objective. The Belize Law-Making Forum is being held under the theme “Sound Policy for Better Law” which brought together several stakeholders from …

Belize placed third in COCABA Tournament
Belize’s National Team placed third in the recently concluded U15 COCABA Tournament which was held in El Salvador. Paul Thompson, President of the Belize Basketball Federation, told the media that it was quite an accomplishment, especially given the short period of time that the team had to prepare. Paul Thompson – President of the Belize …

AG says Belize’s listing in report is questionable
Today, the Attorney General Michael Peyrefitte commented on the US Department listing Belize as a major drug transit country in its 2018 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report. Peyrefitte admitted that it was a major blow to the country. However, he said that the US Department has not provided any evidence as to how they arrived …

AG comments on new bill to combat crime
Today, Love News asked the Attorney General Michael Peyrefitte to comment on the Criminal Control and Criminal Justice Amendment Act, which was passed by the Senate last month. It is hoped that the bill will assist in combating the crime problem. Peyrefitte confirmed that the Governor General Colville Young has ascented the bill. Peyrefitte went on to expound on the bill.

The Guardian

Civil War in PUP for Port
What can only be described as a civil war is brewing in the PUP for the Port Loyola constituency. Cordel Hyde’s favorite, Candice Pitts, one month elected to the Belize City Council has been set up to run in the division. She is taking on the old-time standard bearer Gilroy Usher. It is quite the spectacle as the Usher camp is crying foul after he has put in so much effort in the division. Apparently however, the Hyde camp is saying that Usher is no good for Port and have opted to support the special friend, Candice Pitts. Facebook has come alive with the ongoing feud as the war of words has intensified over the past few days with Usher bawling bloody murder and Pitts pressing on. We see images of Pitts all decked out as she is going house to house to the PUP faithful in the hope of getting their support in a convention that we understand is just a few days away.

Guatemala votes YES to ICJ
Guatemalans have voted decisively in their national referendum to take the territorial claim to Belize to the International Court of Justice. After months a national education campaign, reportedly costing the Guatemalan Government over 10 million quetzales, Guatemalan’s citizens from all over the country spent the entire day on Sunday, April 15, casting their vote on whether or not to take their claim to the ICJ. The exact question put to the Guatemalan Citizens in the referendum was, “Do you agree that any legal claim of Guatemala against Belize relating to land and insular territories and to any maritime areas pertaining to these territories should be submitted to the International Court of Justice for final settlement and that it determines finally the boundaries of the respective territories and areas of the parties?”

City Administrator Sues Mayor Bernard Wagner
Belize City Administrator, Candice Miller is suing the Belize City’s Mayor Bernard Wagner. Miller was put on suspension with pay from April 5th of this year and remains on suspension. She received a letter in which she was placed on suspension for “authorizing of payment for expenses incurred by an employee while not engaged in the business of the Council.” The Mayor referred to the Belize City Council Standing Rule and Orders number 32. In that rule it states that the “Mayor may at any time suspend from office any officer who in his opinion is guilty of misconduct or neglect and may temporarily appoint another person in his place. The Mayor shall report the matter at the next meeting of the Council.”

19 year old arrested for killing Marcia Downs
Belize City Police have arrested and charged 19 year-old Antwan Rivero, a construction worker of Handyside Street, for the murder of 37 year-old Marcia Downs. The cops believe that he went to Downs’ grandmother’s house and shot her to death last week Wednesday night. Police say that on Wednesday, April 11, at around 8 p.m. Downs was at her grandmother’s house on Handyside Street, her second home when she is not staying at her boyfriend’s house. Friends and family say that she went down to the front gate, and reports are that her intention was to lock it. Those closest to her says that she received a text message, and while on the way into her yard, someone shouted for her. This person, believed to be Rivero, had a brief conversation with her, after which the man pulled out a handgun and fired 2 shots at her.

Work continues to improve Southside policing
Sr. Spt. Howell Gillett and his team continue on the ground working on requests being made. After becoming the Eastern Division South Commander, Sr. Spt. Gillett met with his police personnel, most of whom were concerned with tents being used as checkpoints. In response to those requests, Sr. Spt. Gillett made a promise to replace the tents with functional booths with which the police officers at these checkpoints can be more efficient and effective. That promise was made on national television and Oscar Lopez of Triple L Construction Supplies saw the interview and contacted ACP Broaster who made the connection with the superintendent. The officers will now be operating under better conditions. Thus far, the checkpoint at the corner of West Canal and Rocky Road has received a checkpoint booth.

Civic Center hosts high school basketball
Students from at least 10 high schools across Belize City streamed into the Belize City Center on Tuesday April 17 as the first spectators to fill the seats in the brand new state of the art auditorium. The event was a pre-opening of the facility which easily accommodated the young people as they sat and saw the ACC female basketall team take on the EP Yorke team. There was also a match up between the ACC male team and the Sadie Vernon team. The hum of activity and the roar of the cheering youngsters in the arena made it plain for anyone to understand that the city now has a true venue for sporting and other activities.

Belize at the 8th Summit of the Americas
A delegation led by Foreign Minister Hon. Wilfred Elrington is currently in Lima, Peru representing Belize at the 8th Summit of the Americas. The delegation also includes UNCAC Focal Point, Attorney General Hon. Michael Peyrefitte, and Belize’s Ambassador to the United States and OAS, H.E. Daniel Gutierrez. The Summit, which is held every three years, offers the opportunity for the leaders to jointly define a hemispheric agenda at the highest level that addresses urgent challenges and promotes positive change. The Heads of State and Government of the Americas will address the central theme of the Summit, “Democratic Governance against Corruption.” Representatives from CARICOM have since met with Prime Minister of Canada, Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau, to discuss trade.

BTB Scholarship Opportunities for 2018
The Belize Tourism Board is offering scholarship opportunities to interested applicants for Tourism Programs commencing August 2018. These opportunities are being offered to full-time students for an Associate Degree in Tourism, a Bachelor Degree in Tourism Management, the Jean Shaw Scholarship, and a scholarship for culinary studies. For the Associate Degree in Tourism, which is a two-year tuition scholarship, applicants must submit a certified copy of their high school diploma, an official transcript, two BTB recommendation forms, a page which describes their career goals and aspirations, proof of Belizean Citizenship, and a copy of the acceptance letter into the Tourism Program for 2018 at one of the Junior Colleges or Universities offering the Tourism Program.

Caye Caulker Municipal Airport Project Picks Up Momentum
The Belize Airports Authority (BAA), the local body responsible for the security, maintenance, and expansion of municipal and international airports in Belize, is pleased to report that the renovation of the Caye Caulker Municipal Airport has picked up momentum. As such, they are moving briskly to meet its completion by June 2018. So far, substantial work has already been done to the airstrip. Those works have been done with the focus being the expansion of the runway’s shoulders as well as the laying of thousands of yards of geogrid which is being used to provide greater earth stability. More work is expected in the coming weeks. Following work on the airstrip shoulders will be the actual preparation of the runway for the installation of hot mix.

Corozal Mayor can’t even get speed bumps and signs right
There is uproar on Facebook against newly elected mayor of Corozal town Rigo Vellos after he has gone speed-bump happy in the municipality. It seems that the mayor has decided to put speed bumps all across the town without having reason to do so. While that may be one thing, another is that residents are complaining that as he puts them in he removes them and puts them back in again. One such example is in Altamira where on one stretch of road the mayor has put no less than 6 speed bumps.

Honorable Edmond Castro tours Toledo
Hon. Edmond Castro was on a working tour of the Toledo District which lasted from April 12 to 13. During his tour Hon. Castro had the opportunity to check on road maintenance work in villages such as Santa Teresa. These works are being executed through the Ministry of Works, making much of the generally fair weather conditions. Villagers conveyed their appreciation to the Government of Belize for the valuable work being done. Hon. Castro, for his part, expressed thanks to the workmen for the excellent job being executed. During that tour, minister Castro also stopped in the village of Blue Creek where he took the opportunity to check on the progress of drilling being executed.

Fire prevention in Pine Ridge
February 15th to June 15th is considered the Fire Season in Belize. The increased possibilities of fires, due to warmer temperatures and less rainfall, have led to preventative measures being taken by the Forest Department and the National Emergency Management. In the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve in the Cayo District, prescribed burning is carried out on a regular basis to reduce the severity of forest fires. “The objective of these burns [is] to reduce fuel loads, there’s too much fuel, the competition with pine is too high and we are managing this area for pine,” said Oscar Ulloa, Forest Officer, Forest Department. “When we look at Mountain Pine Ridge, pine is a seated fire. We have to put mechanisms in place to protect the pine forest.”

Gilroy Usher chased from under the PUP tent
Readers may recall that just about a month ago, the PUP were singing the song “Who’s Your Daddy?“ One man who was being called someone’s daddy was Gilroy Usher Sr. He was being called Anthony “Boots” Martinez’s daddy. Apparently he was being bestowed the title because the PUP was so grateful to him for delivering Port Loyola to the PUP in the recently held Belize City Council Election. Well like everything else, Accolades and PRAISES don’t mean a thing, and they don’t last long. The tune has now changed to “Hit The Road Jack.” Usher who has been the face of the PUP in Port Loyola since 2008, after Oscar Rosado walked away from the PUP, after he was defeated by Boots Martinez. Gilroy Usher stood as the PUP’s candidate in Port Loyola twice and lost to Boots, but that did not discourage him from working for his party and spending his own money to finance his party’s campaign in Port Loyola.

Belize to Conduct Internal Review of Greenhouse Gas Inventory Management System
A workshop to train locally nominated experts to become reviewers for future green house gas inventory reports is ongoing at the San Ignacio Resort Hotel. The full week of training is being sponsored by the United Nations Framework for Climate Change Secretariat and involves key personnel from different Ministries and Sectors, both Government and Non-Government. On Monday representatives from the various sectors such as energy, agriculture, land and forestry gave local presentations to give an idea of Belize’s previous inventory reports.

IOM Launches a Migration Information Center and MigrantApp
The United Nations Agency for Migration (IOM) launched two of its most innovative solutions to provide information to migrants in Belize. The Migration Information Center, in collaboration with the Child Development Foundation, and the MigrantApp, the first regional application to provide free and reliable information to migrants to promote regular and safe migration in Mesoamerica, are those solutions. The first provides information and referral services to migrants on a variety of migratory procedures. It raises awareness in key communities about the risks of irregular migration and trafficking in persons. The Information Hub will be located at the Child Development Foundation Offices in Belmopan and will be the 27th Information Hub that will be opened by IOM in the Mesoamerican region.

Ministry of National Security hosts the BNTU for First National Consultation
The Minister of National Security, Honorable John Saldivar, began a series of national consultations on citizen security and crime prevention with the Trade Unions of Belize on Wednesday, April 11, 2018. Minister Saldivar met with the Council of Management of the Belize National Teachers’ Union (BNTU) in this first session. Present for the meeting were the Chief Executive Officers in the Ministry of National Security, Ret. Col. George Lovell and Felix Enriquez, Commissioner of Police, Allen Whylie, Deputy Commissioners Chester Williams and Robert Mariano, Officer Commanding Southside Belize City, Senior Superintendent, Howell Gillett, and other senior police officials. The Council of Management team was headed by President of the BNTU, Senator Elena Smith, First Vice President, Luke Palacio, and several other senior officers of the BNTU’s Council of Management.

NEMO Educates Primary School Students on Disaster Management
An educational presentation on Disaster Management was made to upper division students at the Pancotto Primary School in Sand Hill, Belize District on Friday, April 13, 2018. The presentation focused on the role and responsibilities of the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) and also highlighted what members of the public can do to assist as well as to preserve their own life and property. The presentation was led by NEMO Belize District (Rural) Coordinator Alphius Gillett. The exercise was organized through the efforts of Anna Reyes, principal of Pancotto Primary School, and Tanya Sutherland, teacher. At the end of the presentation, students were quizzed on what they had learnt, and prizes were awarded to those who answered correctly.

Hon. Pablo Marin returns from working trip in Taiwan
Minister of Health, Hon. Pablo Marin, was invited by the Government of the Republic of China (Taiwan) for a working visit to Taiwan. The visit lasted from April 2 to 6, 2018. While in Taiwan, Minister Marin engaged in meetings and discussions with the Minister of Health and Welfare, Hon. Shih-chung Chen, and other key personnel in the ministry. The Ministers discussed ways in which Taiwan and Belize can continue to collaborate to foster the health and wellness of the peoples of both countries. Among the topics discussed were Belize’s model Health Information System (BHIS), which other countries, including Taiwan, can learn from. The Ministers also conversed about Belize’s continued and unwavering support for Taiwan’s participation in the World Health Organization’s World Health Assembly. During the discussions, Minister Marin also made a request for scholarships for medical specialists.

PUP’s Fight for OW East
Municipal Elections are over but in some constituencies the war has just began for the PUP. Some of the elected municipal officers are taking their win as a summons to Central Government. They are flexing their tender political muscles and gunning for positions which are already occupied. Port Loyola, for example is seeing political neophyte Candice Pitts going after seasoned politician Gilroy Usher who has represented and held fort for the PUP in that constituency since 2008. Another area which will be contested is the Orange Walk East constituency. In 2013 when the disgraced PUP area representative Marco Tulio Mendez was put to political pasture, a young “hotrod” came into the scene. Young and full of energy Josue Carballo entered the fray with a vengeance and a hunger to win which saw him campaign hard in the area.

Reducing child labour in Belize
The Ministry of Labour, Local Government, and Rural Development along with Winrock International hosted a ceremony to launch the Country Level Engagement and Assistance to Reduce Child Labour (CLEAR II) Project. The ceremony was held on Thursday, April 12, 2018 at Best Western Plus Belize Biltmore Plaza in Belize City. Country Level Engagement and Assistance to Reduce Child Labour II (CLEAR II) is a global, four-year, United States Department of Labour (USDOL)-funded project that provides technical assistance to support a global reduction in child labour. Belize has been identified among six other countries to partner with CLEAR II.

Santa Cruz/San Jose Bypass under Construction
While on a working tour in the Toledo district on April 12 to 13, Hon. Edmond Castro, Minister of Transport and NEMO, visited a government project which is underway. This project, to upgrade the Bypass Road from Santa Cruz to San Jose, will have a significant impact on travelling time to and from those villages. Currently the work entails upgrading the road and more importantly the installation of a small bridge to allow for residents to traverse the area during the rainy season. Residents say that an hour and fifteen minute journey will be cut down to a 15 minute ride when the bypass is completed. The project will also have a considerable effect in respect to flood mitigation and disaster and emergency response. Hon. Castro was accompanied by Hon. Macario Coy and NEMO District Coordinator, Kenton Parham. At the site they were joined by San Jose Village Leader Albert Peck.

Squatters in Belmopan given Eviction Notice
Persons who were found living in a water catchment area in Belmopan were given a 14-days’ notice to leave the area. As many as eight families are living and farming in the area. The notice was given after a field search was done of the area near the reserve which, besides being property of the Belmopan City Council, is within the designated area of the creek where any form of development is prohibited. There are as many as eight existing structures, and several others under construction, for which parcels of land were cleared out and are continued being cleared out for farming.

Whooping Cough a concern for Belize
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has notified the Ministry of Health of a confirmed case of Pertussis from a US visitor who travelled to Belize during the third week of March 2018. Since that alert on April 13, the Ministry has activated an investigative team to inform and follow-up with as many persons the infected person may have interacted with. Based on information received from the CDC, the visitor was considered infectious during his travel to Belize. Public authorities are concerned since that visitor was all over Belize and is likely to have come in contact with many Belizeans. According to Dr. Ethan Gough, Ministry of Health Epidemiologist, “They were very mobile, so they were in several parts of the country and potentially came into contact with potential large number of people. So far what we’ve been able to find out is that they spent some time in San Pedro, San Ignacio and Placencia.” Fortunately, the Ministry has no confirmed case yet detected in Belize; however, the Ministry continues to monitor the situation.

Belizean Youth Ambassadors return from Washington, D.C.
Nine Belizean Youth Ambassadors from various districts, along with their mentor Dr. Golda Mejia, have returned from their three-week long visit to the United States. While there, the young ambassadors met with their colleagues from El Salvador and Honduras and visited Washington D.C., Idaho, and Alabama where they were immersed in three very different cultural experiences. According to the young ambassadors, for most of them it was their first time in the United States and while it was a new experience, the combination of work and fun made the experience a worthwhile one.

Charged for handling stolen fishing rods
Ariel Laureth Hernandez, an 18-year-old Honduran national living in Belama, was arraigned before Magistrate Khadeen Palmer on April 18, 2018 to answer to a single charge of handling stolen goods. He is being accused of handling two stolen fishing rods, of a $900 value each, which were stolen from inside a parked vehicle on Sunday, April 15, 2018. The rods are the property of Rudolph Williams, a Custom’s Officer and resident of the same area where the accused lives.

Robbery at A and Eight Store in Cayo
A Chinese family owned store, A and eight Store, in the darkened area of Bradley’s Bank was robbed on Thursday night of last week. Store owner Yan Ru Shao reported to police that three men barged into her store at around 7:00 p.m. All of the men wore masks and one of them was armed with a point thirty-eight handgun. The men began rummaging the store and stole about one thousand, two hundred dollars in cash and three cell phones. The total value of all the items stolen is three thousand, seven hundred dollars. Police are investigating the matter

Double murder at Caye Largos
Two Ladyville families, that of 48 year-old Mark Sewell, and 42 year-old Gabriel Escalante are mourning after they were murdered while they were on their jobs at a fishing camp on Caye Largos. On Friday, April 13, 2018 at around 3:00 a.m., police responded to a report of a double murder on Caye Largos, located four miles south of Caye Caulker Village. Upon arrival, officers observed the motionless body of a Hispanic male person apparently dead with multiple gunshot wounds to the body. That body was found on the lower flat of a three story building. Further checks at the building resulted in the discovery of a second deceased person, a male person of a brown complexion, apparently dead with 1 apparent gunshot wound to the left side of the neck and 1 to the upper back. The second body was found on the verandah on the third floor of that building.

Police bust drugs, guns, and other ammunition
On Thursday, April 12, 2018 at about 4:00 a.m., police conducted a search in an open lot located on G Street in Corozal Town. That search led to the discovery of a red Adidas tennis which contained 25 9mm live rounds, 2 Winchester 12-gauge cartridges, 5 Fiocchi 12-gauge cartridges, and 3 Aguila 12-gauge cartridges. Further search led to the discovery of a black plastic bag containing 109 grams cannabis. All ammunition and cannabis were labeled as found property. Later that morning at about 9:45 a.m., police received some information and proceeded to the Thunder Bolt Dock on Nurse Shark Street in San Pedro Town. There they observed a brown box that had arrived on the Thunder Bolt Boat from Corozal. The box was sealed with yellow tape and had the name “Pipow”.

Loving father killed on lovely lane
Jason James Belencio, a 30 year-old resident of Barrack Road in Belize City, was murdered in front of his mother-in-law’s house on Lovely Lane. A gunman waylaid him and shot him in the head. His is a killing that has those close to him wondering why this father of 3 was targeted. Just before 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 15, police had to respond to reports of a shooting at #18 Lovely Lane. When they arrived the found the motionless body of Belencio on the corner of the street in front of the house. Someone shot him 5 times, including several to the head, and shortly after, those injuries claimed his life.

Four Hattieville residents granted bail in Northern border drug bust
On Friday, April 6, four persons were arrested and charged for the importation of drugs, drug trafficking, and the possession of unlicensed ammunition. These four persons, Blancaneaux Maudel, Michelle Benguche, Kenyon Lewis, and Phylmore King, were charged with these crimes in relation to the incident at the Northern border. At about 9 p.m. on Wednesday, April 4, 2018, Corozal police intercepted 2 vehicles at the Northern border. The passengers in the vehicles were travelling from Chetumal to Belize when they were intercepted. Searches were conducted in both vehicles and led to the discovery of over 30 kilograms of suspected cannabis as well as 28-380 Aguila rounds of ammunition.

Man killed while stopping a robbery
Ivan Emmanuel Sosa, a 38 year-old resident of Ranchito Village, Corozal, was gunned down by a would-be thief because he intervened and stopped this gunman from robbing a female business woman. Police say that at around 12:05 a.m. on Saturday, April 15, they responded to a report of a shooting incident at Pasadina Bar, which is located in Ranchito Village. When they arrived they found the motionless body of a man later identified as Emmanuel Sosa. He was lying on the ground suffering from an apparent gunshot wound to the right shoulder. Police investigations have so far revealed that at around midnight, the female owner of the bar was locking up for the evening. Sosa was reportedly her last customer to stay behind, and while the woman was securing the establishment’s entrance, a masked man, armed with a sawed-off shotgun, approached her.

Valley of Peace man shot by police
On Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at about 2:00 p.m., police conducted an operation in the Valley of Peace village in Cayo. As a result of the operation, the officers were about to conduct a search at the residence of Kevin Avetar, a 21-year-old Belizean, when he ran into the nearby bushes. Avetar was pursued and eventually caught by an officer. A struggle ensued between Avetar and the officer where Avetar attempted to take away the officer’s firearm. Several shots were fired that resulted in Avetar receiving a flesh wound to the left leg. He was taken to the Western Regional Hospital for treatment. Police are investigating.

Belize’s National U-15 basketball team capture bronze medal at COCABA Tournament
The 2018 COCABA U-15 boys’ Basketball Championship took place in San Salvador, El Salvador, from April 11-15, 2018. On Sunday 15th April, in the Bronze Medal game played, Belize won over the host country El Salvador by the score of 82-72 to capture the Bronze Medal in the championship. The top scorer for Team Belize was Izid Lopez with 26 points while the top scorers for El Salvador were Justin Alexander and Martinez Alfaro with 19 points each. Earlier in the day, Costa Rica advanced to the Gold Medal Game when it defeated the Belize team by the score of 62-50. Costa Rica later fell to the Panamanian Team in the Gold Medal game.

Belize Rural Central basketball tournament continues in Ladyville
The 2018 Hon. Beverly Williams Belize Rural Central Basketball Tournament continued over the weekend with four games played at the Ladyville Basketball Court. On Saturday 14th April, in the first game played, DigiNet Assassins won over the Airport T Squad by the score of 82-75. The top scorers for the DigiNet Assassins were Kadeem Olivera with 25 points and Orland Ferguson with 20 points. For the Airport T Squad the top scorers were Charles Cantun with 32 points and Carlos Alvardo with 14 points.

Pepsi National Elite Basketball League playoffs taking shape
The regular season for the Pepsi National Elite Basketball competition is fast winding down. The competition will continue this coming weekend with three games on the schedule. During last week’s play, the Orange Walk Running Rebels won its first game of this year’s senior campaign when it defeated the defending champions the Belmopan Bandits by the score of 79-76. The competition will continue on Friday 20th April with 2 games on the schedule. At the Belize Elementary School Auditorium at 9:00 pm Belmopan Bandits will go up against the Smart Belize Hurricanes. And at the Sacred Heart College Auditorium in San Ignacio Town also at 9:00 pm the Orange Walk Running Rebels will go up against Verdes. And on Saturday 21st April at 9:00 pm at the San Pedro High School Auditorium in San Pedro Town, the Digicell Belize City Defenders will go up against the San Pedro Tiger Sharks.

Unitedville Rebels United wins again in Cayo Softball competition
The Cayo Softball Association Senior Women’s Competition continued on Sunday 15th April, at the Joan Garbutt Stadium in Esperanza Village. In the first game of the day played, defending champions Unitedville Rebels United defeated the Esperanza Wolverines by the score of 16-0. The winning pitcher was Francince Salazar and the losing pitcher was Kimberlyn Ortega. In the second game of the day, Belmopan Bandits edged out the former champion Roaring Creek Grace Kennedy by the score of 7-6. The winning pitcher was Kenisha Sutherland and the losing pitcher was Leandra Guy.

Verdes FC blast the Police United FC in last regular season encounter
The Premier League of Belize Closing Season competition continued last Sunday 15th April with three of the four games on the schedule played. At the Norman Broaster Stadium in San Ignacio Town, the defending champions Verdes FC, will go into the playoff round as the number two seed and on a winning high, after it blasted the Police United FC by the score of 7-1. The host team was the first onto the scoreboard when Nahjib Guerra scored the 1st goal of the game in the 5th minute of play to give his team a 1-0 lead. The lead was extended when Roberto Silva scored the 2nd goal of the game in the 22nd minute of play for a 2-0 lead. The first half of the game ended in favour of the Verdes FC.

Curriculum change at the University of Belize
There has been a curriculum change at Belize’s leading University, the University of Belize, in keeping with National development priorities. Most of these changes are occurring to enhance Belize’s scientific readiness. As defined by Florence Nightingale, Curriculum is a systematic arrangement of the sum total of selected experiences planned by a school for a defined group of students to attain the aims of a particular educational programme. At the University of Belize these new changes were brought about after consultation with both National and International stakeholders.

Wilser Echeverria to learn his fate in the murder of Panamanian Ambassador
On his visit to Belize in 2014, Panamanian diplomat Ambassador Jose Rodrigo de la Rosa Stanford was murdered. His throat was sliced. Arrested for that crime was Wilser Echeverria and his trial without jury started again in the Belmopan Supreme Court before Justice Antoinette Moore on Tuesday, April 10. The case was delayed on several occasions after Echeverria claimed that he acted in self-defense; he alleged that the 64-year-old ambassador allegedly made sexual advances to him, forcing him to draw for the blade which he used to slice the ambassador’s throat.

WORDS OF LIFE with Barry Fraser
When someone is suffering, we do not know what they are going through. We do not have their personal experiences, level of faith, or their support system. Our limited ability to know the suffering of others is what makes Second Corinthians chapter 7, verse 6, so precious. Here, Missionary and prolific letter writer Paul describes our Heavenly Father as: “God, who comforts the downcast.” Jesus knows us fully. He knows our strengths and weaknesses, our family history, our biological makeup, our worldview. He knows us better than we know ourselves. And he also knows suffering on an intense, personal level. Jesus was a man of sorrows. He was mocked, betrayed, and humiliated. As he hung on the cross he was cut off from the Father. Jesus knew excruciating, overwhelming, crushing sorrow.

“...it is very clear that half of that river belongs to Belize.”
It is very unfortunate that the activities of the People’s United Party and of some sections of the media (PUP leaning) continue to disrespect and disadvantage us, the citizens of the Jewel. The definition of the noun politics is simple to understand: the activities associated with the governance of a country or other area, especially the debate or conflict among individuals or parties having or hoping to achieve power. Additionally, it is undoubted that there is a non-physical territorial conflict between Guatemala (the aggressor) and Belize (owner of the Jewel). All activities must therefore be examined very carefully under the microscope! The activities of the PUP and of some sections of the media have been and continue to be damaging to Belize.

Is it ICJ or WAR???
There is a question more concerning than the one which will be featured on ballot papers for Belize’s pending ICJ referendum. This one is not as simple as a yea or nay. This question that Belizeans must ask themselves before they participate in the referendum is what other option is on the table to solve this two hundred year old dispute. There are only three ways historically through which nations settle territorial disputes: through diplomacy, judicially or militarily. Throughout the history of the Belize-Guatemala dispute, Guatemala has always flexed its military muscle in an effort to intimidate Belize. Even in the days of the British “security guarantee” the Guatemalan authorities often advanced troops on the edge of the border. It is obvious which option Guatemala would prefer and Belize would be no match for their army.

SDG 6: Protecting Belize’s Groundwater
Sustainable development goal 6 target 6 is to protect and restore water related ecosystems, including mountains, forests, wetlands, rivers, aquifers, and lakes. Aquifers are the natural groundwater storage systems. Groundwater is the source for many of Belize Water Services systems, most of the rural water systems and for private rural domestic supply. Most irrigation and aquaculture processing water is from aquifers. In an effort to advance the progress of SDG 6 The Rural Development Department (RDD) and the National Hydrological Service (NHS) are holding a workshop for well Drillers. The Workshop began on Tuesday 17, April with Technical lectures and presentation by Mr. Terry Watkins and Officers from the RDD.

Millennial Hustle
Today’s young adults, myself included, have been nurtured to value happiness and personal satisfaction a great deal. Young people today more than ever are pursuing lifestyles that are authentic to their personal ideals. There is a hyper-awareness to “Living in The Moment” and “Living One’s Best Life” which pushes us to go after the things that are immediately gratifying. We feel a certain pressure to be happy at all times, which is perhaps the number one reason we are so often dissatisfied with life in general. Throughout workplaces for example, millennials are likely to be discontent with their full-time job, even after landing the job that was personally sought after. This has led to a culture of young employees who seek out a side-hustle.

10 Reasons Millennials are The Best Generation
When you think of the word “Millennial”, you’re likely familiar with the panic that consumes the older generations about how entitled or lazy we are. Hopefully you’re not buying into the terrible stereotypes, though, because Millennials are killing it. Given that we’re the future leaders of tomorrow and we’ll one day be the same age as those who despair at the mere thought of us, it’s time to set a few things straight. In fact, Millennials might be the best generation yet, and here’s proof: 1. WE’RE STRAIGHT UP ENTREPRENEURS. Other generations like to make us seem lazy, but it’s not that we don’t want to work – we just don’t want to work for others. Due to us being so literate in technology, we’re more interested in running companies and starting our own brands.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Corozal man missing at sea
Family members of Paraiso villager, Lionel Velasquez are concerned after being notified today, that Velasquez […]

NEMO conducts shelter inspection in Orange Walk
Yesterday, Minister of National Emergency Management, Edmond Castro joined the NEMO Shelter Inspection Committee in […]

Lisa Shoman says NO to the ICJ until..
I say NO to the holding any referendum on going to the ICJ in Belize until at a minimum: 1). There is a proper Sarstoon Protocol in place; 2). Guatemala acts like a good neighbor and equally respectful partner in every process, whether bilateral, multilateral or the claim; […]

A woman in England finds a live scorpion in an imported bag of bananas from Belize
A woman from Leicester, England is terrified after discovering a live scorpion […]

Gang leader charged for threatening his sister
The notorious gang leader, Brian Brown,41, is being accused of threatening his sister. According to […]

4 dead manatees found near Manatee Lookout
Manatee conservationists and environmentalists in Belize are investigating the death of 4 manatees that were […]

Armed robbers sought by police in Sandhill
Police in Sandhill are investigating an armed burglary that occurred on Tuesday morning. A Sandhill resident reported […]

Who shot up Belmopan teacher’s vehicle?
Police are investigating a shooting incident of a teacher’s vehicle in Belmopan. The incident occurred on […]

Blogs

Belize Scapes Plant Nursery: Beautiful Plants for Your Home & Yard
I love highlighting new businesses. I especially love highlighting new businesses that are doing new things. As this town and island grow exponentially and people from all over the world come to visit and live, businesses that may not have worked 10 years ago – like specialty shops and services (a French bakery or Farmers’ Market for example) – are now opening…and thriving. Enter Thomasita and Belize Scapes. Just a few years ago, she was raising beautiful plants and selling them on the road side in her spare time, now she has turned a property in the DFC neighborhood into a plant nursery. And she isn’t just doing trees and shrubs for your yard – but she is smartly targeting the growing number of condo and apartment dwellers on Ambergris Caye.

Cayo, Belize Ranked as One of the Top Birding Destinations Around the World
Birding has always been a popular activity—but legend has always believed that birding is sought-after only by the older folks and retirees since the younger crowds find this activity to be tedious and slow. But legends always change. According to Matador Network, millennials have realized that birding can be VERY interesting and adventurous—and we can thank this change to the increased awareness of conservation and education efforts about our aerial friends. Whether you enjoy birding as meditation, to socialize, or as a romantic getaway with your loved one, Matador Network says Cayo, Belize “is really into its birds… Professional birding guides in Belize are typically young, adventurous, and extremely enthusiastic about birds, making for a relatively high energy bird-watching experience (at least in the context of being quiet enough to not scare away animals).”

International Sourcesizz

Marriott Hotels to debut in Belize with a 203-key oceanfront property
ECI Development today announced plans to introduce the Marriott Hotels’ namesake brand to Belize with a project designed for customers seeking a relaxed Caribbean lifestyle. The hotel will grace Ambergris Caye, Belize’s largest island known for its world-class scuba diving, fishing, water sports and white sandy beaches. “We are thrilled to bring the Marriott Hotels’ brand to Ambergris Caye, one of the Caribbean’s most beautiful island destinations with famed access to the Belize Barrier Reef and dive sites,” said Michael K. Cobb, Chairman and CEO of ECI Development. “Known for developing inspired residences for adventurous souls across Latin America for more than two decades, we are particularly excited about the opportunity to deliver top-quality lodging and residences in this special place with a beloved global brand.” The hotel, along with the Marriott Hotels-branded residential component, will fuse old-world British charm and modern amenities while keeping an eye towards the heritage and history of Belize. ECI plans as many as 70 branded residences as a part of this 203-key oceanfront resort.

What is the Commonwealth of Nations, which countries are in it?
The Commonwealth of Nations is made up of 53 countries of which a majority are former territories of Britain. Countries from across the globe, including Asia, Africa and Europe, all sign up to the same values and principles, acknowledging the shared history they have together. Queen Elizabeth II is the head of the Commonwealth Nations, regardless of the different countries' constitutions. The member states were established as "free and equal". A central part of the Commonwealth is the Commonwealth Secretariat - the organisation helps to support member countries to gain democracy, development and peace.

Videos

  • Recovering Big Emma from the Sibun River in Belize, 1min. Big Emma (VW van) has taken an involuntary, very muddy bath. This is how we got her back out.

  • BSI ASR WEEKLY CROP REVIEW 2018 - WEEK 18, 3min.

  • Talk Ah Di Town April 19, 2018, 40min.

  • The Belize Book Industry Association & NICH - Book Week, 33min. Open Your Eyes

  • Kisses and Bites, 24min. Open Your Eyes

  • RF&G Life Insurance Company Ltd. is hosting a Health and Wellness Expo 2018, 24min. Open Your Eyes

  • Bullet Tree Falls, 1.5min. DanDan put together an amazing video about Bullet Tree Falls. Great drone footage is featured.

  • San Pedro Belize fishing from a dock part 2, 3.5min. Hope you guys enjoy this video of me fishing from a dock in am a local from San Pedro that loves going fishing

  • Belize, benque road, 8.5min.

  • Mavic Air in Belize, 4min. Placencia and Laughing Bird Caye April 2018

  • Promoting the Maya language in San Narciso RC school- Corozal, 2.5min. The San Narciso RC school(Corozal) is promoting Culture and language in their school . Video courtesy of San Narciso RC School.

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    Belize Red Cross hosts swimming rescue training on Ambergris Caye
    On Tuesday, April 11th, the Belize Red Cross trained residents of San Pedro Town as rescue swimmers. The training was facilitated by Jared Storer, who is a firefighter, emergency medical technician and water rescue diver from the state of Washington, U.S.A. and volunteered for a week with Hummingbird Medical Resource. The day began with classroom training and some on-land practical such as a focal point to determine the location of a possible victim, and a “rope throw” to help someone who may just need a “tow” back to a boat. In the afternoon, it was an in-water portion endurance which consisted of a “duck dive” down seven feet to retrieve an object in the pool, lap swimming, and treading water. Using rescue tubes students practiced saving simulated unconscious and conscious swimmers. The rescue swimmer training ended with a final exercise, which was taking an “unconscious” victim out of the water with the use of a backboard.

    Assault survivor Carrie Tripodi undergoes surgery; seeks financial support
    After she was badly beaten by Russel Casimiro, Carrie Tripodi is seeking financial support to pay her hospital bills. An online crowdfunding site has set a goal of $75,000 USD, to help her with living expenses and doctor check-ups as she recovers from emergency surgery at the St. Anthony’s Hospital in Lakewood, Colorado, U.S.A. On Wednesday, April 11th after several days of severe headaches and dizziness, Tripodi was sent with a friend to Colorado for further medical assistance. After a computerized tomography (CT) scan at St. Anthony’s Hospital it was detected that she had five life-threating fractures. Tripodi did not have insurance or funds, but due to the severity of her injuries, surgery was immediately performed to save her life.

    Oxygen concentrator donated to Dr. Otto Rodriguez San Pedro Polyclinic II
    On Tuesday, April 17th, Rosita Ayuso donated an oxygen concentrator in memory of her late husband Ralf Sturmberg to the Dr. Otto Rodriguez San Pedro Polyclinic II. The donation was made via the San Pedro Lions Club, represented by Lion Melanie Paz, and was gratefully received by clinic administrator Eric Najarro. Before passing away on Wednesday, April 5th, Sturmberg had relied on the machine. “We decided to donate it to the polyclinic in memory of my husband,” said Ayuso. “We wanted to make sure that it is put to good use,” Najarro assured that the machine will be valued at the clinic, and he thanked Ayuso for the kind donation.

    Ambergris Today

    BTB Scholarship Opportunities For 2018
    The Belize Tourism Board is offering scholarship opportunities to interested applicants for Tourism Programs commencing August 2018 for Full - time Students for the several degrees. Application deadline for BTB Scholarships is Friday, June 29th, 2018 and application forms can be obtained by contacting BTB at [email protected] Completed application forms can be submitted to [email protected]

    San Pedro Lions Club To Host National Convention
    The San Pedro Lions Club is inviting the general public to its National Convention which will take place from Friday, May 25 to Sunday, May 27, 2018, in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye. Lions Club from San Pedro, San Estevan, Belmopan and Belize City all come together to celebrate in a three day event where there will be lots of fun activities taking place at the San Pedro Lions Den.

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    BELIZE'S "TRADITION" CYCLING MAGAZINE 2018!
    Belizean Legends sports stories graced the table of contents of the 2018 popular Belize Cycling Federation magazine called the, "Tradition"! A most big thanks and heartfelt appreciation to Belizean cycling ambassador, Yvonne Robinson, and "Tradition" magazine's, Eugene Trench. This was a colorful, historic, entertaining, and eclectic issue of the 2018 publication of the "Tradition" honoring the great Belizean cycling pastime and tradition called, the "Holy Saturday Belize Cross Country"!

    Belize regulator IFSC warns against BTC Home Mining
    Belize financial regulator IFSC has issued a Warning Notice regarding a company called BTC Home Mining. The entity is not licensed under the IFSC Act to provide, carry on, transact, or hold himself out as providing, carrying on, or transacting any of the international financial services as set out in the Schedule of the IFSC Act in or from within Belize. BTC Home Mining however is using a fraudulent license  IFSC  60/324/TS/17 & 2209811820.

    Extension for Issuance of Fishing Licenses
    The Belize Fisheries Department hereby reminds the public that it will cease the issuance/renewal of fisher folk and vessel licenses for the year 2018 on April 30, 2018. This is an extension of the March 31, 2018 deadline stated in the announcement of the opening of the renewal process in January. Furthermore, fishers are advised that they must be in compliance with the following:...

    NEMO DISASTER MANAGEMENT EDUACTION IN BELIZE DISTRICT PRIMARY SCHOOLS
    This past Friday, April 13, 2018, an educational presentation on Disaster Management was made to upper division students at the Pancotto Primary School in the village of Sand Hill, Belize District. The presentation focused on the role and responsibilities of the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) and what members of the public can do to assist and to preserve their own life and property, that of their family and other members of their community in the face of potential disaster. At the end of the presentation, students were quizzed on what they had learned, and prizes were awarded to those who answered correctly. It is hoped that the students will share the knowledge and information imparted to them.

    COROZAL COMMUNITY COLLEGE VICTORY MOTORCADE AND PRESENTATION
    The Corozal Community College invites you to be a part of its Victory motorcade and presentation on Friday, April 20th, 2018. Everyone is invited to come and celebrate with the 4-peat marching band champions. The motorcade will leave from CCC's back gate on College Road at 4:30 p.m on Friday, April 20. At 5:00 p.m, the #CHAMPS will leave from the "Round House" at Miami Beach en-route to Ricalde Stadium where the winning field show will be performed. DON'T MISS IT!

    MOVIE NIGHT in COROZAL
    A great MOVIE NIGHT for the entire family on projector and BIG SCREEN being sponsored by Justice for Babies. Come out to Coronation Park, across from the Corozal House of Culture, this Friday April 20th beginning at 6:00 p.m. Free Entrance. Snacks will be on Sale. All proceeds to go to support Justice For Babies. This is a noble cause.

    Congratulations to Stephen Whyte! Belize’s The Hubert H Humphrey Fellowship Program Fellowship Program 2017-2018 participant!
    Yesterday, Stephen received a certificate for his first Professional Affiliation at the end of the year ceremony at Vanderbilt University. While at the University he took courses at the master level in Education Administration & Policies. Which includes Politics of Policymaking, International K-12 Education Policy, Research and Design Data Analysis, Literacy Assessment and Professional Development, Special Education in Mathematics and Academic Writing & Speaking.

    Ya'axché Conservation Trust looking for seeds
    We are interested in purchasing seeds/clippings for the following plants: Banak, Breadfruit, Cashew, Cedar, Cocoplum, Cortez, Inga edulis, Kinep, Lychee, Mahogany, Mamey Apple, Pacai, Ramon, Salmwood, Star Apple, Suriname Cherry, Sapodilla and Yellow Ginger Kindly contact Brenda via email ([email protected]) or call 722-0108.

    SBDC Workshop: Introduction to Accounting and Bookkeeping Workshop
    This course is designed for individuals who need to understand basic accounting and bookkeeping. It is ideal for individuals who are accountable for public funds but are not accounting experts! Presented by: Mr. Jorge Gentle, Business Adviser, SBDCBelize, Beltraide. Location: Beltraide Conference Room, 14 Orchid Garden Street, Belmopan. Workshop Date: April 26th, 2018, Time: 9am to 3pm. Cost: $60.00 Includes lunch and refreshments.

    Alexia's Medical Fund
    Two years ago my beautiful daughter Alexia Nicole's life was turned upside down. A regular trip to the doctor's office turned out to be life changing day for her and our family. She had been complaining about pain in her knee for a while and being she was only 13 everyone ruled it out as "growing pains." Luckily a very good family doctor decided to take a better look and to our horror we found out she had a tumor in her knee that was so large it was already eating out the lining of her knee cap. We were told that given the size it could be cancerous and there was a possibility she may loose her leg.

    IOM Launches a Migration Information Center and MigrantApp
    The United Nations Agency for Migration (IOM) launched two of its most innovative solutions to provide information to migrants in Belize; the Migration Information Center, in collaboration with the Child Development Foundation, and the MigrantApp, the first regional application to provide free and reliable information to migrants to promote regular and safe migration in Mesoamerica. The Migration Information Center provides information and referral services to migrants on a variety of migratory procedures, and raise awareness in key communities about the risks of irregular migration and trafficking in persons. The Information Hub will be located at the Child Development Foundation Offices at 13th Garbutt Creek Street, Belmopan, Belize. This is the 27th Information Hub that will be opened by IOM in the Mesoamerica region.

    Mother's & Father's Day Dinner and Dance on Caye Caulker
    May 20th, Central Park. Save the date!

    St. Francis Xavier Grand Easter Season Parish Fair
    Saturday, April 28th. Food Sale from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the St. Francis Parish School. The Fair continues at 4:00 p.m. at the SFXP School Grounds.

    Corozal Bay Sailing Club 8th Annual Regatta
    Corozal Bay Sailing Club hosted their 8thAnnual Regatta over the weekend of the 14th and 15 April at Jam Rock Café on the beautiful sea front of Corozal Town. Excitement was high with the commencement of the first races on Saturday at 11.30 under a very firm breeze gusting to 15 knots. The Optimists started first in these challenging conditions, the wind constantly building and eventually forcing most of the competitors to retire to the calmer setting of the beach. The Optimist competitors range in age from 10 to 15 years and by the end of the day Adya and Peter were the only sailors to complete 3 of the races over the 1.6 mile course. A mighty congratulations to all the children who challenged themselves to take part and the Corozal Bay Sailing club and their supporters who provided full safety coverage. Bravado was of course running high with the laser class sailors who consisted of 6 young men aged 14 to 18. The wind continued to build over the afternoon with gusts of over 20 knots recorded which caused the retirement of 2 lasers out of the 6 that started.

    Made In Belize Expo
    The Belize Chamber of Commerce & Industry -Do you have a product that is made locally? Well, this expo is for you! On June 16th, 2018 the BCCI is hosting its first "Made In Belize Expo" that will be held in the City of Belmopan at the Agricultural Show Grounds. This expo will consist of products from all over the country that is Made in Belize. If you would like to be a part of the expo call us 223-5335 or email [email protected]

    BBIA Night of Literature
    Happy Book Week! The BBIA has their events planned for this Friday. During the day, they'll be at the Cayo Welcome Center, and at night, the Wildfire Artzmosphere will have poetry and readings. "Join ArtZmosphere in celebrating Literary Greatness, the powers of the written word the 2018 Literary Prize winners. Featuring Poetry, Flash Fiction, 2 Short Plays. lot's of fun and enlightment! Join us in expressing our desires end violence in our communities thru the powers of peace making and creative expressions. Admission is Free."

    BELIZE FISHING REPORT: Weeks of Apr. 9th thru Apr. 15th, 2018
    The bonefish continue to impress anglers with their strength and speed. Bonefish are the seventh fastest fish in the sea and can reach speeds of up to forty-two miles per hour. Once an angler experiences the tug of a bonefish, they will quickly realize that for its size there is nothing stronger in the sea. Come and experience it yourself - Belize is waiting!

    Water Interruption in Camalote and surrounding areas
    Belize Water Services hereby informs customers in Camalote and surrounding areas, that there will be an interruption in the water supply, today, Thursday, April 19, 2018, starting at 1:00pm. The areas to be affected are Camalote, Roaring Creek A, Roaring Creek B, and Roaring Creek C. This interruption is necessary for the installation of a new water main. Due to the upgrade, customers may experience low water pressure and/or discoloration when water is restored. Residents in these areas are being advised that water supply should return to normal by 5:00pm today. If they experience water supply problems after that time, they should immediately call BWS' hotline at 0-800-CALL-BWS (0-800-225-5297) to report it.

    Water Interruption in Placencia
    Belize Water Services informs its customers in parts of Placencia that there will be an interruption in the water supply today, Thursday, April 19, 2018 starting at 1:00pm. The area to be affected is Placencia South. This interruption is necessary for the installation of a new water main. Due to the upgrade, customers may experience low water pressure and/or discoloration when water is restored. Residents of these or nearby areas are advised that water supply should return to normal by 5:00pm. If they experience water supply problems after that time, they should immediately call BWS’ hotline at 0-800-CALL-BWS (0-800-225-5297) to report it.

    Orange Walk Big Day 2018
    District Big Day covering 6 key birding areas for the district. Sunday, April 29 at 12 AM, Orange Walk District

    1st annual Festival of Cultures & Fashion Show!
    Come sample the diverse cultural foods of Belize at the 1st annual Festival of Cultures & Fashion Show! Your culinary journey would be incomplete without sampling the flavors and traditions of some of Belize's most diverse cultures: Maya, Mestizo, Creole, East Indian, Garifuna, Lebanese and Chinese; all of which are represented at the Festival of Cultures.

    Channel 7

    Belizean Fisherman In Guatemalan Custody
    A Belizean fisherman remains in the custody of the Guatemalan authorities tonight after he was captured with 2 Guatemalans in the southern waters of Toledo. They were taken into the custody of Guatemalan law enforcement after allegedly being busted with large quantities of lobster, which is currently not to be fished in the closed season. The Guatemalan Newspaper, Prensa Libre, reported that on early yesterday, the Guatemalan naval unit, which is posted at the mouth of the Sarstoon River, intercepted a boat in off the coast of Toledo. It is unclear where exactly the vessel was intercepted, but the Prensa Libre indicates that it was an area north of Punta Gorda.

    City Administrator Suing City Hall For Unlawful Suspension
    City Manager Candice Miller was suspended two weeks ago and now she is suing her employer at City Hall. Miller's Attorney Magali Perdomo wrote the mayor last week advising him that he the suspension did not follow proper procedure and denied Miller natural justice. The letter explains that the mayor never specified in his letter of suspension what was the specific "misconduct" or "neglect" she was being suspended for - it just referred to "authorizing payment for expenses incurred by an employee while not engaged in the business of the council."

    Operation ACT Re-Deploys to Contain Crime on Northside
    Operation ACT rolled out in Southside Belize City at the end of October - and it's still going. But, now the Commander of Operations, Deputy Commissioner Chester Williams is making a major shift: he's deploying some resources to the northside. This is after two murders happened there between last week Wednesday and Sunday. Today Williams told the press about the re-deployment:... DCP Chester Williams, Commander of Operations:` "We have observed over the past couple of weeks that majority of the shootings were occurring in region 2 and we can no longer continue to see region 2 operating on its own and we have now dovetailed their operations into ours with some strength..."

    Can Chester Create A Lasting Peace Between Northside Rivals?
    Of course the background to all this is that there has been an ongoing rivalry between Jungle and Majestic Alley for years - resulting in the loss of many lives. Now, through mediation, Williams hopes to create a lasting peace. While they're hoping that this works, the cops will be installing cameras to monitor the movement of the different gang members:... DCP Chester Williams, Commander of Operations:` "We have been doing interventions and mediation with the Majestic Alley and Jungle crowd but I will tell you that right now tensions are really high and the fact that there have been recent death within the area, have allowed those who would be able to make the peace process more easily are not really cooperating at this time. It is not something that we'll be giving up on. We will continue working with them and I'm sure that we'll be able to broker something between them to be able to have the 2 areas not be in conflict with each other..."

    Imagine There’s No Southside/Northside
    In our interview with Deputy Commissioner Williams - you surely heard that he's now referring to the different eastern parts of the city as regions now. For decades, the two land blocks that make up Belize City have simply been referred to as the Northside and the Southside. But, now, the police have re-named them: Eastern Division South, which covers the Southside of the city, is now known as Eastern Division Region 1. Eastern Division North, which covers the Northside of the city, is now known as Eastern Division Region 2. The Rural Eastern Division is now called Eastern Division Region 3.

    Man Is Critical After Hit And Run
    At around 3:00 on Sunday morning, twenty-six-year-old Christian Charles was the victim of a hit and run. Charles was walking home after a night out, near the Burrell Boom bridge when he was hit by a vehicle, and left for dead on the road. A driver heading to the village saw him three hours later. He was rushed to the KHMH where he now lies in critical condition with life-threatening injuries. We spoke to a family member today; they want to know who did this to their loved one.

    Bus Conductors Accused Of Assaulting Woman With Bat
    A pair of brothers, 24 year-old Lamont Russell, and 20 year-old Leshawn Russell, are out on bail tonight after a woman claims that she was assaulted by one of them with a baseball bat. Another complainant claims that they ganged up on him and beat him up. The incident happened on Sunday, April 15 in Bermudian Landing Village. Sadie Hyde told police that she was in her yard when Lamont allegedly struck her to the side of the head with an aluminum baseball bat. Her son, George Hyde, told police that when he stopped by a nearby shop, he was assaulted by the brothers.

    The Notorious Brian Brown to Court For threatening His Sister?
    He's a notorious figure, but, today, 41 year old Brian Brown was in court for threatening his sister. The purported gang leader was charged with threat to damage to property and using threatening words when he appeared today before Magistrate Michelle Trapp. He pleaded not guilty and was released on $3,000 bail, with his case adjourned until June 18. Brown's sister, Tracy Gillett claims that on Sunday, he threatened to damage her vehicle. She also reported that on the following day Brown met her at a local bank and threatened to kill her and her family.

    Communication Workers Kumbaya With BTL Management
    Collective Bargaining Agreements - that what unions sign with managements to govern their labour arrangements. Sounds simple enough - but these can take yeeaaars to hammer out - just ask the stevedores at the Port of Belize who've been waiting over a decade. And many times the CBA's are signed years after the date upon which they were supposed to expire. Indeed, finding common ground between management and a union is not an easy road - except, apparently at BTL where they've been doing a pretty decent job of keeping current. Four years after the last CBA was signed, BTL and the Belize Communication Workers Union were back at the table today signing a new one. The Chairman said it wasn't easy, but it was a study in the art of the possible:...

    Tourism Numbers Soar, Hotel Occupancy Not So Much
    Last week we told you about the truly incredible tourism numbers for the the first quarter of 2018. They showed overnight arrivals up by 22% on average for the first there months of the year. They seemed to good to be true to us - and so, today, we asked the President of the Belize Hotel Association if hoteliers have been experiencing a commensurate bump in occupancy rates. He agreed that there is not, but explained why that is:... Ted Tejada- President, Belize Hotel Assoc.: "The numbers that we are seeing are not room-night stays. They are arrivals in the country of Belize. Our hotels are showing a significant amount of increase. They are not showing the 22.5% increase as the numbers of what BTB is showing but many of that has to do with the fact that we have opened many other properties in the country of Belize. So the 22% had to be shared throughout the new properties that were actually added in the country of Belize. But every hotel has seen an increase in numbers..."

    Manatee Slaughter?
    Yesterday, Jamal Galvez along with a Port Authority Officer and an Oceana representative were patrolling the Belize river when they stumbled upon four dead manatees in the river between Manatee Lookout and the airport. We spoke to Galvez about it and he said in his many years of experience he has never seen so many dead manatees in the same spot. Jamal Galvez, Sea to Shore Alliance Program Coordinator: "It was very shocking to see that many manatees. I have seen more than one manatees die in the country but in different locations. I have never seen that quantity in one day. It was very shocking and we patrol that river on a weekly basis.

    Police News
    Yesterday morning between 12:00 and 1:00, a resident of Maxboro woke up to find intruders in his home. The 33 year old male, Sean Yorke and his girlfriend, Tarah Young saw two male intruders barging into his bedroom. One of them had a knife and attacked him while his girlfriend began screaming. That sent both men running out of the house without taking anything. Yorke received scratches and bruises but no serious injury.

    Police Keeping Peace In Jane Usher Area
    Crime on the Belize City Southside, now referred to as Eastern Division Region 1, has cooled off in the past few weeks, but the cops know that at any moment, the gang wars could flare up. So, they're keeping a close eye on the crime hotspots, to try to sustain the calm. That's why they were in the Jane Usher Boulevard area conducting their weekly meet and greet sessions this evening.

    To Be Garinagu in Guatemala
    For the past few days, we've been providing you with extensive coverage of our news team's trip to Guatemala City for Sunday's ICJ referendum. We spoke to plenty of people on the streets of this city of 3 million residents, but one group we haven't shown you yet are a group of Guatemalan Garinagu who have ties to Belize. We found them performing Garifuna music for a packed restaurant in the heart of one of Guatemala City's Commercial areas.

    An App For Immigrants
    Today the United Nations Agency for Migration launched a brand new groundbreaking app for migrants in Belize. It is called the Migrant app and it provides information on centres such as health, embassies, and consulates. We found out more today.

    Channel 5

    C.G.A. Fighting to Save Plant World Nursery from Receivership
    There is mounting trouble in the citrus industry in the south. Already facing a significant decline in production, down to three million boxes, the news tonight is that the Citrus [...]

    Citrus Greening Takes Toll on Industry
    Citrus production will see a sharp decline of almost seven hundred thousand boxes of oranges this year, down from three point two million in 2017.  That downturn is being attributed [...]

    How Nursery Can Still Save Citrus
    Despite its financial woes, all is not doom and gloom in the citrus industry.  There is optimism to report from the Plant World Nursery project.  C.E.O. Anderson believes that once [...]

    Trio Including Belizeans Held for Out-of-Season Lobster in Guatemala
    We regularly report on nationals of Guatemala and Honduras caught in Belizean waters with illegally captured produce, but rarely in the other direction. But according to Guatemalan media reports, on [...]

    No More ‘Southside’ – Police Regions Now Numbered
    What’s in a name? Just ask the Belize Police Department. They say they want to help to eliminate the stigma associated with what’s known as the “south side” and they [...]

    Guat F.M. Says Voter Turnout Performed Well
    Guatemala’s Minister of Foreign Affairs on Monday further discussed her country’s participation in Sunday’s referendum. As has been widely noted, about twenty-seven percent of the population voted in the referendum [...]

    Ex-Belize F.M. Not Impressed
    Senior attorney Lisa Shoman, who has served as Minister of Foreign Affairs under Said Musa’s administration and has been an ambassador to the United States and permanent representative to the [...]

    City Admin Plans Lawsuit over Suspension
    City Administrator Candice Miller, we understand, is preparing to file suit against the Belize City Council, challenging her suspension from her duties. Miller was sent home on April fifth on [...]

    Calling the Next Miss Belize Universe
    The Miss Universe Organization is searching for the next Belizean beauty ambassador to participate in the 2018 Miss Universe Pageant. A team from the U.S., dubbed Miss Universe Belize Organization, [...]

    New Organization, New Opportunities for Pageant
    It is well known that the pageant has been mired in scandals. It took almost a decade before the ban was lifted from Belize, allowing a delegate in the international [...]

    Vigil Continues for Hit and Run Victim Cristian “Swanka” Charles
    It’s been four days since twenty-six-year-old Christian Charles was knocked down and left for dead near the Burrell Boom Bridge in rural Belize District. Swanka, as he is affectionately known, [...]

    Accused Killer of Panamanian Diplomat in 2014 Awaits Fate
    Now twenty-three years of age, he was only a teenager when he was accused of killing a Panamanian diplomat in what he called self-defense. The murder trial of Wilser Echevarria [...]

    Teen Owns Up to Stolen Fishing Rods
    A Honduran teenager from the Belama area admitted to handling two stolen fishing rods belonging to a Customs officer. According to Rudolph Williams, someone broke into his parked red Jeep [...]

    Teacher’s Vehicle Shot Up in Belmopan
    Belmopan police are investigating a shooting incident that occurred on Friday morning on Macaw Avenue. Around twelve-fifteen a.m., Ysela Logan says she was awoken by the sound of gunshots just [...]

    Police Forced to Shoot Valley of Peace Man During Operation
    A criminal and an internal investigation is ongoing following a shooting incident in Valley of Peace, Cayo where a police officer shot a resident. According to police, officers were conducting [...]

    Extent of Guatemalan Claim a Matter for I.C.J., Guat Foreign Minister Proposes
    Exactly what does Guatemala claim of Belize? We’ve all heard the differing stories – the whole of Belize’s eight thousand plus square miles of territory; or only that portion south [...]

    It’s Time to Separate Bilateral Relations from Claim Issue
    With Belize’s referendum date not set, and a potential trip to The Hague still a few years away, Belize and Guatemala must continue to co-exist as neighbors and tackle important [...]

    Referendum Finances Not Yet Confirmed
    With a budget for the 2018 fiscal calendar in place, one that does not include allocations for a public education campaign ahead of the pending referendum, just how much is [...]

    Inside the Squatting Situation in Belmopan
    On Tuesday night, we shared the story about the squatters who have brazenly settled in a reserved piece of land in Belmopan. They were given fourteen days to move out [...]

    Operation ACT Moves into Majestic-Jungle Area
    Tensions are high in the Majestic Alley-Jungle area. A spate of shootings and murders associated with the gangs in those areas has led to an increased hostility. Now, Police say [...]

    Meet and Greet Back on Jane Usher Boulevard
    Today, cops were visiting residents in the Jane Usher Boulevard area in their meet and greet sessions. Things have been relatively calm in this area since more boots were put [...]

    LOVE FM

    Southside police Command improves working environment for officers
    The Command of the Southside Belize City police is delivering on its promise to provide proper shelter in the form of police booths to officers stationed in different areas throughout that division. The first to receive one of these booths are those officers assigned at the corner West Canal and Rocky Road. And their need …

    Friendly basketball competition held at CIVIC
    The first sporting event at the Belize City Civic Center since its completion took place today. This was a friendly basketball competition between a few participating Belize City High Schools. Minister of Education, Patrick Faber explained why it was important that the first event at the Civic was for the youths. Patrick Faber, Deputy Prime …

    More business owners team up with BPD
    There are additional incentives being procured by the Southside Commander from the business community in Belize City. Walter Campos of Dibary Group of Companies signed an agreement with Senior Superintendent Howell Gillet today which will see the police Officer of the Month from April to December receive a gift certificate. Senior Superintendent Howell Gillett:“Dibary contacted us …

    Police to extend GREAT Program to inmates
    Commander Gillett has also established a working relationship with the Wagner’s Youth Facility at the Belize Central Prison. Today he addressed the inmates on a number of things including conflict resolution, anger management, bullying and gang violence. According to the Commander, the department will extend its work with the inmates by introducing the Gang Resistance …

    LOVE FM

    Community/Police relationship healing?
    And what of the relationship between the police and residents in these areas of focus? As the public may recall, following the spate of shootings on the weekend of March 17 in which Kendis Flowers was gunned down, uncertainty covered the City. Residents of Mayflower Street in particular were at odds with police and expressed …

    Dr. Candice Pitts vs Gilroy Usher for Port Loyola?
    It is convention season for the People’s United Party and some members have begun to apply to contest conventions for several divisions. In Belize City we noted that the recently elected councilor, Dr. Candice Pitts is making a move in the Port Loyola Division. Dr. Pitts has begun her campaign to run in that division …

    Who will replace Gaspar Vega in OW North for the UDP?
    Orange Walk North Area representative, Gaspar Vega previously announced that he would not seek re-election. It is not expected that he will contest the next general elections and word is that at least two men, Dr. Homero Novelo and Ravell Gonzalez are considering replacing Vega for the UDP. PUP Leader John Briceno says it does …

    Arthur Saldivar wants back in the PUP
    We also asked the Party Leader about Arthur Saldivar. He was ousted from the People’s United Party in 2014 but, it seems that Saldivar wants back in. In an interview with the media last week, Saldivar announced that he will run in Belmopan and presumably under the blue banner. Reporter: Arthur Saldivar who just came …

    CEMO prepares for the hurricane season
    With the start of the hurricane season less than two months away, the Belize City Council is holding several workshops for its City Emergency Management Organization (CEMO). On February 7, CEMO held its 6th annual symposium; however, that was under the previous administration. Love News caught up with Councilor Michael Noralez, who is in charge …

    BTL and BCWU sign CBA
    Today, Belize Telemedia Limited (BTL) and the Belize Communication Workers Union (BCWU) signed a Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA). Love News was there and spoke with Stephen Yarwood, President of the BCWU who said overall the union is happy with the outcome of the CBA. Stephen Yarwood, President BCWU: “This year one of the things that …

    Police interventions extended to Majestic Alley and Jungle crews
    Another area of focus for the Department is the tensions that have risen between the Majestic Alley and Jungle crews. These are located in Region 2 division of the City and according to DCP Williams, it is something that the Department is taking very seriously. DCP Chester Williams, Operations Commander: “I will tell you that …

    Mayor Kevin Bernard for Orange Walk East?
    In Orange Walk, Mayor Kevin Bernard has begun his campaign to run against the UDP’s Elodio Aragon Junior. But before he reaches that stage, he will need to defeat one of his own. Orange Walk Town Councillor, Josue Carballo also his eyes on Orange Walk East and today we asked PUP Leader John Briceno about …

    Belize City divisions renamed, Police wants to eliminate stigma
    It has been over three weeks that the Belize Police Department re-strategized its operations in what was formerly known as Southside Belize City. We say formerly because, as of today, the Belize Police Department has renamed that area and the Eastern Division Region 1, the Northside has been renamed to Region 2 and the rural …

    PUP Leader says ‘yes’ to the ICJ
    On Sunday one point eight million citizens in Guatemala voted in favor of taking their claim on Belize to the International Court of Justice. That one point eight million represents ninety-six percent approval rate out of the total number of citizens who participated, which is one point nine million. That figure represents twenty-six percent of …

    Southside police Command improves working environment for officers
    The Command of the Southside Belize City police is delivering on its promise to provide proper shelter in the form of police booths to officers stationed in different areas throughout that division. The first to receive one of these booths are those officers assigned at the corner West Canal and Rocky Road. And their need for the new space was urgent since last Sunday’s change in weather ripped the tent the teams used as shelter …

    Friendly basketball competition held at CIVIC
    The first sporting event at the Belize City Civic Center since its completion took place today. This was a friendly basketball competition between a few participating Belize City High Schools. Minister of Education, Patrick Faber explained why it was important that the first event at the Civic was for the youths. …

    More business owners team up with BPD
    There are additional incentives being procured by the Southside Commander from the business community in Belize City. Walter Campos of Dibary Group of Companies signed an agreement with Senior Superintendent Howell Gillet today which will see the police Officer of the Month from April to December receive a gift certificate. …

    Police to extend GREAT Program to inmates
    Commander Gillett has also established a working relationship with the Wagner’s Youth Facility at the Belize Central Prison. Today he addressed the inmates on a number of things including conflict resolution, anger management, bullying and gang violence. According to the Commander, the department will extend its work with the inmates by introducing the Gang Resistance Education and Training (GREAT) program in the facility.

    Breaking Belize NewsPJ

    Belize Airport Authority shares updates on Caye Caulker Airstrip
    The Belize Airport Authority (BAA), the local body responsible for the security, maintenance, and expansion […]

    Police renames Southside to Eastern Division Region 1
    Today, Howell Gillett, Commander of Southside, Belize City informed the media that the Belize Police […]

    Chester Williams to be new commissioner of police
    BBN has been reliably informed of yet another major shakeup in the Belize Police Department. […]

    Valley of Peace resident shot by police
    Cayo police are investigating an incident in which a Valley of Peace villager was shot […]

    Orange Walk businesswoman robbed last night
    Police are investigating the robbery of a businesswoman from Orange Walk. Francis Yvonne Reynoso, 37, […]

    Gwen Lizarraga teachers stage sit-out
    About 25 teachers from the Gwen Lizarraga highschool staged a sit-out on Tuesday morning as […]

    Extension of issuance for fishing licenses
    The Belize Fisheries Department is reminding the public that it will cease the issuance/renewal of […]

    Belize Bird Rescue Center – BBN’s organization of the week
    The Belize Bird Rescue Center is a non-governmental organization founded in 2004 and has been […]

    Patrick Faber says if Belizeans vote NO to ICJ; that is final
    On Sunday, Guatemala held its national referendum in which about 26% of their voting population […]

    United Kingdom congratulates Guatemala; encourages Belize to conduct referendum
    The United Kingdom has congratulated Guatemala for holding its national referendum and is encouraging Belize […]

    Southwest Airlines allegedly loses prosthetic foot destined for elderly Belizean woman
    A woman from Florida, USA is angry at Southwest Airlines and demanding a complementary round-trip […]

    CNBC highlights Belize as top Central American travel destination
    Globally renowned news organization CNBC, in a recently published travel writing article, named Belize as […]

    NEMO teaching disaster preparation to primary schools
    By BBN Staff:On Friday, April 13, an educational presentation on Disaster Management was made to upper division students […]

    Blogs

    Dude…Where’s My Sargasso? The Beach Clears…For Now
    Sunday and early Monday morning a strange weather pattern swept parts of the US – snow storms, a blizzard (!!!!), heavy rain and strong winds. A strange mid-April cold front that reached all the way to Belize. We are accustomed to colder weather in January and February – a few days here and there of temps dipping in the 60s but APRIL? Just as temperatures were sky rocketing? So nutty. We had a bit of rain (the first water falling from the sky in almost 2 months), crazy strong winds that took down some trees on parts of the island… But the north winds did something awesome. They blew much of the sargasso that has been plaguing our beaches out to sea. Not ALL but most…

    We've been busy at CBC, and the secret is out, we opened our 2nd hotel in Belize!
    Although the staff at CBC have known about the new hotel for about 2 months now, we were only able to start talking about it in the last two weeks!! What a crazy 4 weeks it has been!! The old Casitas Tres Cocos, about a mile north of the bridge, was a gorgeous, boutique hotel built with an amazing aesthetic eye....I remember the first time I saw it in early 2017, I was in awe and I had a bit of FOMO wanting to stay there! They had a super fun, cozy-but-yet-sexy swim up bar, and it all just had the right "feel" to it - that feeling that everything is just right, very comfortable and pleasing to the eye. We were so fortunate it came on the market, and when we realized - hey, this place has the same feel as CBC, what an amazing sister resort this could be! We put a bid in, and wow, it all worked out!!!

    What to Do in the Rainforest in Belize
    WestJet Magazine, the in-flight publication of WestJet Airlines, recently recommended visiting the rainforest in Belize. WestJet currently offers non-stop service from Toronto to Belize. In an article published on March 15, 2017, WestJet magazine described some of the many exciting things to do in the rainforest in Belize. If you are interested in exploring the rainforest in Belize, here are four things that WestJet magazine recommended that you include on your vacation:

    The Perfect One Week Belize Itinerary
    If you've only got one week to spend in the tropical paradise that is Belize, why not visit the best of both worlds? Our all-inclusive Belize vacation packages include time on both the pristine mainland as well as a sojourn to the fabulous offshore islands and Caribbean beaches. Belize is a small country in Central America just 2-5 hours' flying time from major cities across the United States and Canada.

    Visit Tikal from Belize
    One of the most photographed sites on the planet, the soaring temples of Tikal in Guatemala were declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979. Believed to have once dominated much of the region during the heyday of the ancient Maya civilization, Tikal is one of the best-preserved and largest Maya city-states ever discovered. Tikal is a Maya term meaning "City of Echoes," an apt name for this vast stone complex in the jungle that measures more than 21 square miles (55 square kilometers) in size. Most famous for its seven enormous temples, including Temple IV which rises more than 230 feet (70 meters) into the air, Tikal was once home to a population of more than 100,000 people. Other significant features include the "Mundo Perdido" (Lost World) ceremonial complex adjacent to the temples, ball courts, and enormous causeways.

    Belize: A Senior-Friendly Travel Destination
    No matter what your age, the urge to explore this amazing planet never disappears. But as we get older, traveling can present some unique challenges. At Caves Branch Jungle Lodge, we believe that traveling is beneficial for people of all ages. In fact, we don't think that you have to wait until you're retired to travel - all you need is a passport and a curiosity to explore the world! As Rick Steves said, "Travel is the fountain of youth," and we heartily agree. We believe that you're never too old to travel, and if there's anything that will help keep you feeling and looking young (and young at heart!), it's traveling around the world. Indeed, scientific studies have shown that traveling offers a number of health benefits for seniors. Exploring new cultures, meeting new people, and navigating new worlds helps keep the mind sharp, active, and engaged.

    Nature in Belize
    Perhaps the greatest attraction in Belize is the country's pristine nature. Belize is predominately a rural country that is just a bit smaller than the state of Vermont but with less than 400,000 residents. Just a short flight away from the United States and Canada, Belize is an English-speaking country where travelers can explore rainforests, jungles, mountains, waterfalls, caves, caverns, rivers, islands, and the largest coral reef system in the northern hemisphere.

    Belize’s Intriguing Cave Systems
    Riddled with holes in the ground and caverns under the earth, Belize boasts one of the largest cave systems in Central America. Some might wonder as to how important caves are to Belize…here are a few of our favourites and we hope that you will find them as fascinating as we do- fascinating enough to plan a visit to one of them on your next trip to Belize! Caving was first introduced to Belizean tourism in the mid 90’s by Ian Anderson who, while exploring the area caves & rivers, thought to share the excitement of these new adventures with friends & visitors alike. The caving culture exploded into one of the Top Adventure activities for visitors to Belize and has become the bread & butter of many tour operators in the country. The caves of Belize offer a list of alluring adventures for the adrenaline junkies-looking for something different!

    AMBERGRIS CAYE – A BELIZEAN DREAM
    Warm turquoise waters, white sands, and rainbow-colored buildings welcome you to the tropical Belizean paradise that is Ambergris Caye. This 25-mile-long, 1-mile-wide island is just a 10 minute flight from Belize City and is well-worth a visit. The most efficient way to get to Ambergris Caye is a quick flight from Belize International Airport to San Pedro Airport on the island. There are two airline options, Tropic Air and Maya Island Air. Both have similar ratings and flight schedules. From the small San Pedro Airport, you can walk outside to a cab to your hotel. Note that there are a set number of cars allowed on the island, by permit only. To get around, you can easily walk or rent a golf cart or bike. The northern and southern parts of the island are conjoined by a bridge. Most stay in San Pedro, the main part of the island (south of the bridge) which is also where the airport is located.

    International Sourcesizz

    7 beautifully convincing reasons why Belize should be your next destination
    Perched on the eastern coast of Central America, with beautiful Caribbean Sea shorelines to the east and dense lush jungle to the west, Belize’s is slowly rising through the ranks to become a must-see destination for independent travellers to this corner of the globe. Sparsely populated but friendly and welcoming with numerous hotels, restaurants and a reliable public transport system, it’s also becoming an increasingly easier place to visit. The scenery is also truly spectacular with thick tropical forests enveloping much of the country’s southern and western regions flanked by the imposing Maya Mountains and superb sandy beaches and a sublime tropical underworld just waiting to be explored! Our guest blogger and Belize fan Travasha from Lifeofasassystew.com gives us her reasons why this extraordinary country should be on everyone’s travel list…

    Giant Guatemalan Land Grab
    The Guatemalan government has claimed that 98 percent of all registered Guatemalans have voted for taking a long standing border dispute between Guatemala and Belize to the International Court of Justice (ICJ). There are just two things wrong with this whole voting process. First, there were many Guatemalans who were not registered to vote, and so they were not counted nor was their sentiment counted for what they thought of the decision. Second, the vast majority of registered voters actually stayed home and therefore did not vote. We know what their sentiments are—they see the whole border dispute as an attempt to grab Belize’s land and that it had nothing to do with settling a border dispute or with justice. Actually, the Guatemalan government had taken those who did vote and those who voted “yes” for taking the whole so-called border dispute to the ICJ as a mandate so that Guatemala can grab Belize land.

    Professor Creates an Incredible Way to Learn Culture in Belize
    Matthew DeYoung has been a college professor for the last six years. Last year, he saw the need for a new way to teach cultural intelligence and with the help and support of Grace Bible College he created BluDot Global, an organization committed to teaching cultural intelligence. De Young explains: "I think this trip says a lot about how special Grace Bible College is; Very few colleges or universities would have allowed me the freedom to follow this dream and build something this unique." When he approached Grace Bible College about moving to Belize and developing a trip that helped students develop their cultural intelligence they were amazingly supportive of the idea. Dr. Scott Shaw of Grace Bible College says that the college supports him. Dr. Shaw went on the first trip. He explained, "It was really a special experience that will allow students to have a really unique, life-changing experience."

    Woman claims Southwest Airlines lost her mother's prosthetic foot
    A Florida woman is angry that she had to do some sole searching when she flew to visit her elderly mother. Margaret Crawford is claiming that Southwest Airlines lost luggage containing her 97-year-old mother’s new prosthetic foot for almost two weeks, WFLA reported Tuesday. Margaret Crawford flew from Tampa International Airport to Belize on March 30. After discovering that the luggage containing the prosthetic foot was lost, she remained in contact with Southwest Airlines. The airline called daily to update Crawford, she told the television station, but it wasn’t until she returned to Tampa that the luggage was found in Atlanta.

    ‘Black face’ play sparks fury in Belize during Guatemala referendum campaign
    A play produced and performed in Guatemala about Belizeans, depicting them with “black face” masks – a racial epithet – has sparked fury and outrage on the part of Belizeans, who see the play as outdated, with some saying it masks an internal threat to Belize from the Guatemalan government and people, particularly during the period leading up to the Guatemalan referendum, held on April 15, 2018, on the Guatemala-Belize border dispute. In the play itself, most, if not all actors, are dressed in black face masks and black body suits, depicting Belizeans as slow-witted, ignorant and unaware of their surroundings, as the play depicts the ceding of lands once thought to be rightfully owned by Guatemala to Belize, after the British government, the former colonial power of the territory of Belize, once named British Honduras, formally carved out Belize’s boundaries in the Wyke-Aycinena treaty of 1859.

    Videos

  • The Best Day in Crystal Clear Blue Water - Snorkelling Hol Chan Marine Reserve, Belize, 1.5min. In December last year I spent a week on the small Caribbean island of Caye Caulker in Belize. The island is popular as a jumping off port for some of the best diving in the world, with access to the Great Blue Hole, Lighthouse Reef and the Hol Chan Marine Reserve. I'm not a diver, there is something about the thought of being under the water for a long time makes me feel uneasy. The best I can do is go snorkelling, and oh my, this place was perfect for it. Crystal clear blue water, nurse and reef sharks, sea turtles, stingrays and pleeeeenty of fish. What an experience!

  • Belize ~ On beautiful Harvest Caye, 3min.

  • Belize Trip (2018) - Week 1, 9min. Video of our Family trip to Belize in April 2018. We spent two weeks in the country. This is a video of the first week, which we spent in the Cayo district.

  • Guatemalan a referendum results / Way Forward, 18min. on Open Your Eyes

  • Reflections on Belize/Guatemala Relations and the Referendum Results, 58min. on Open Your Eyes

  • Leader Cast 2018, 24min. on Open Your Eyes

  • Belize Snorkeling, 7.5min. Photos from our recent snorkeling adventure in Belize, taken by our dive guide.

  • Belize 2018, 4.5min. Family Vacation to Caye Caulker, Belize in March 2018.

  • Snorkeling In Belize!, 4min. Snorkeling in Belize off the island of San Pedro So much fun! Spring 2018.

  • PAPO DE CRIANÇA - BANDA BELIZE (18/04/2018), 13min.

  • The Village of Crooked Tree Belize, 2min. A relaxing village just 32 miles from Belize City on the Northern Highway. It’s a center for migratory bird watching and Audubon maintains a visitor center. The lagoon offers fishing and all types of water sports. Crooked Tree is also known for it abundant supply of Cashew Trees and produces the best roasting cashew nuts in the world.

  • Belize Vlog, 21min. Here's my trip to Belize! This trip was truly stunning, and I couldn't have asked for a better group of people to go with. I hope this gives you all the chance to experience Belize through my eyes!

  • Belize 2018, 4.5min. Family vacation to Caye Caulker, Belize in March 2018.

  • Adventures in Belize - part 1, 8min.

  • Adventures in Belize - part 2, 8min.

  • Sports Talk Show, 2hr.

  • San Narciso(Corozal) Es la cuna de la cultura Maya, 2min. San Narciso RC school in the Corozal district teaching Maya(Yucatec Maya ) to students . video courtesy of San Narciso RC school

    April 18, 2018


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    Specials and Events

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    The San Pedro Sun

    Ministry of Health confirms Belize was exposed to Whooping Cough
    The Ministry of Health (MOH) has been notified of a confirmed case of Pertussis, commonly known as ‘Whooping Cough,’ by the Center for Disease Control (CDC). In a press release issued on Tuesday, April 17th, the CDC reports that the confirmed case is that of a visitor, who traveled to Belize during the third week of March 2018. The Ministry was alerted on Friday, April 13th, and since then, an investigative team has been created to inform and follow-up with those the infected person may have interacted with.

    San Pedro Tiger Sharks overcome Dangriga Dream Ballers as playoffs approach
    The San Pedro Tiger Sharks defeated Dangriga Dream Ballers 81-61 on Saturday, April 14th at the Angel Nunez Auditorium in San Pedro Town. With this win, and with only two weeks remaining in the regular season of the National Elite Basketball League (NEBL), the island team just needs to win one more game to secure the #1 seed in the semi-finals. The two-time NEBL champions have netted nine wins and only two losses in the 2018 season so far. There were two other games over the weekend conducted in Belize City and Orange Walk Town. On Friday, April 13th, Digicell Belize City Defenders fell 65-55 against Cayo’s Verdes in their own home court. That same evening, Orange Walk Running Rebels hosted the Belmopan Bandits at the Orange Walk Multi-purpose Sporting Complex. Bandits lost the game by three points, 79-76, giving the Running Rebels their first win in the NEBL 2018 season.

    Family fun at Carnival Fundraiser for Raise Me Up and ACES
    Raise Me Up and American Crocodile Education Sanctuary (ACES) hosted a joint carnival fundraiser at Crocs Sunset Sports Bar, north of San Pedro Town on Saturday, April 14th. The event saw a large crowd enjoy an afternoon full of fun activities while supporting a worthy cause. At noon, families started to arrive ready to enjoy the variety of games and activities like ring toss, croc trap, duck fishing, and croc golf. Participants were eager to win coveted prizes. The main attraction was the “Dunk Tank” which saw attendees of all ages trying their luck to hit a target and get the dunk volunteers soaked with water.

    Ambergris Today

    NEMO Assists Island Families Affected By Sunday’s Storm
    Minister of National Emergency Management Hon Edmond Castro was on the Island of Ambergris Caye on Monday, April 16, 2018, where he visited families affected by an unseasonal storm that affected that area this past Sunday, April 15, 2018 around 6:00 AM. Three families, whose dwellings and belongings were damaged by the storm, have since received humanitarian assistance through NEMO. Hon. Castro was accompanied on his visit by NEMO Central Regional Coordinator, Al Westby; NEMO Belize Rural South Coordinator, Vanessa Parham; San Pedro Councilor with responsibility for NEMO, Damage Assessment & Needs Analysis Gabriel “Gaby” Nunez; and San Pedro Fire Chief Newton Lennon. And, while on the island, the Minister and his team also took the opportunity to visit and thank local business owner Brittany O’Daniel, who has been a consistent donor in assisting NEMO and victims of disaster on the Island.

    NICH - Festival Of Cultures
    The San Pedro House of Cultures invites you to celebrate with us to honor Belize`s beautiful cultures and help to raise money for the San Pedro House of Culture! On Sunday Apr 22nd at 9am-6pm. Fashion Show starts at 5pm. On the beach in-front of Sandbar. San Pedro House of Culture & Foreva Fancy Boutique invites you to celebrate Belize's cultural diversity at the 1st annual Festival of Cultures & Fashion Show on la Isla Bonita. Come enjoy the sights, sounds and tastes of Belize as they bring all Belizean cultures for a fun day of celebration on the beach!

    Ministry Of Health Monitoring Confirmed Case Of Whooping Cough
    The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has notified the Ministry of Health of a confirmed Pertussis (whooping cough) case from a visitor who travelled to Belize during the third week of March 2018. Since the alert notification on April 13th, the Ministry has activated an investigative team to inform and follow-up with as many contact persons the infected person may have interacted with. Based on the information received from the CDC, the visitor was considered infectious during their travel in Belize. To date, the Ministry has no confirmed case detected in Belize from this imported case. However, the Ministry continues to monitor the situation.

    Misc Belizean Sources

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    NEMO Assists Storm and Fire Victims
    Minister of National Emergency Management Hon. Edmond Castro was on the Island of Ambergris Caye yesterday Monday, April 16th, 2018, where he visited families affected by an unseasonal storm that affected that area this past Sunday, April 15th, 2018 around 6:00 AM. Three families, whose dwellings and belongings were damaged by the storm, have since received humanitarian assistance through NEMO. Hon. Castro was accompanied on his visit by NEMO Central Regional Coordinator, Al Westby; NEMO Belize Rural South Coordinator, Vanessa Parham; San Pedro Councillor with responsibility for NEMO, Damage Assessment & Needs Analysis Gabriel “Gabby Nunez; and San Pedro Fire Chief Newton Lennon. While on the island, the Minister and his team also took the opportunity to visit and thank local business owner Brittany O’Daniel, who has been a consistent donor in assisting NEMO and victims of disaster on the Island.

    Ministry of Health Monitoring Confirmed Case of Whooping Cough
    The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has notified the Ministry of Health of a confirmed Pertussis (whooping cough) case from a visitor who travelled to Belize during the third week of March 2018. The Ministry of Health takes this opportunity to remind the public of the symptoms of pertussis or whooping cough as it is more commonly known. Whooping cough is a bacterial infection where an individual can present with very violent and uncontrollable episodes of cough, difficulty breathing with a ‘whooping noise’ usually at the end of the cough episode, vomiting that occurs during or after coughing, and exhaustion after the cough episode. If you or anyone around you present these symptoms, please visit or report to your nearest health center. After exposure, the infection can be transmitted during the first two weeks and the infection can last for up to six/ten weeks.

    Belize Coast Guard Recruit Intake Number 9
    Are you willing to join those who provide safety, security, and protection of our maritime areas? Are you ready to accept the challenge and overcome adversity? Join the Belize Coast Guard where every day is an adventure and a challenge. The Belize Coast Guard is looking for a few good men & women to join its ranks and be a part of an elite organization. Candidates should apply to the Commandant Belize Coast Guard at the Coast Guard Headquarters, PO Box 1803 Belize City by 27th April 2018. Candidates, who are considered, will be informed of the date, time and location for the recruiting exam. Remember to forward your contact information in your letter of application.

    Movie Night at Central Park! in San Pedro
    The San Pedro Town Council presents MOVIE NIGHT at the Central Park! This Saturday April 21, we will be showing COCO! Seating is at 6:30 p.m. and Movie starts at 7:00 p.m. Bring your Mats, Blankets and Pillows! We will also have food and juice on sale! FUN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY!

    Paint N Splash
    See you this week at from 2-4pm Thursday to paint your very own coconut pod fish! Custom design your own colors and designs.

    Jimmy Parish Trop-Rock Concert
    April 17, 18, 19, 20. The Dive Bar and Palapa Bar and Grill. No cover charge.

    Open * Ball Billiard Championship
    Andres Campos Civic Center, April 28 & 29. Entrance fee $400

    Power outage scheduled from 6:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 22 to affect Belmopan area
    Includes Belmopan, La Democracia, Mahogany Heights, Frank’s Eddy, St. Matthew’s, Cotton Tree, Valley of Peace, Roaring Creek, Camalote, Teakettle, Arizona, Ontario, Buena Vista, Blackman Eddy, Unitedville and areas along Hummingbird Highway from Belmopan to Armenia. BEL to relocate poles carrying transmission lines and conduct maintenance at the Belmopan Substation.

    Server opening at Black Orchid Restaurant
    We have a rare vacancy for a Server at the Black Orchid Restaurant. If you are service oriented, reliable & friendly we will train you for an opportunity to work in a first class environment, no experience necessary. APPLY IN PERSON Tue-Sat 1p-4p.

    It's Bat Appreciation Day!
    Some species of bats can live up to 40 years. Bats use their extreme sense of hearing. Bats are important for agriculture because they control insect pest population. Bats also tell us about the health of the environment because they are sensitive to changes in their surroundings. A 2015 survey within the Maya Golden Landscape identified 51 bat species, visiting bat researchers along with our team used acoustic and mist netting methods for this study. The most species-rich site was Bladen Nature Reserve with 29 species recorded.

    Banquitas hosts Underdog Initiative
    Banquitas was privileged to host Underdog Initiative for a short cultural session in Orange Walk. On this occasion, we demonstrated how Bollitos de Chaya and Maja Blanco is prepared. The students also sampled the product and enjoyed it very much. Ms. Esmeralda Cal taught them how to introduce themselves in Yucatec Maya. They also learned the steps of the typical Maya Mestizo dance, la botella. Thanks for choosing us to make your visit to Orange Walk a wonderful experience.

    Creative workshops delivered at Coco Plum
    La Casa Negra, Suggestion Gourmet and Caracol of JADE invites all children to participate from the creative workshops delivered at Coco Plum. Workshops are: aerial dance, juggling, acrobatics and painting. If you are intrested please assist and enjoy a free show at Coco Plum on Satuarday 21st of April at 3:00 pm

    Youth Kick Off Civic Center
    Hon. Patrick Faber, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education, Youth, Sports and Culture, presented an award of appreciation to the high school teams playing in today’s friendly matches at the Belize Civic Center. These games are the first official events to be held at the new and improved Center. Female game: Anglican Cathedral College vs E.P. Yorke High School. Male game: Anglican Cathedral College vs Sadie Vernon High School.

    Book Week 2018 on Caye Caulker
    Read it! Dream it! Live it!

    Costing and Pricing Workshop
    The SISE Town Council is teaming up with SBDC to bring business workshops to Cayo. The Costing and Pricing workshop is Thursday, April 19th, at the Cayo Welcome Center. Contact SBDC for more information. "Will you be in the vicinity of San Ignacio on Thursday April 19th? If 'yes,' then you should make your way over to the Cayo Welcome Center and take part in SBDC Belize's Workshop! SBDC BELIZE & SISE Town Council signed an MOU to work together to create economic impact and assist MSME’s within the twin town to start up or expand! The upcoming training is ‘Costing and Pricing’ from 9:00AM-12:00PM: Cost: $30.00 "

    Verdes Host Running Rebels
    The Verdes host the Running Rebels in their last game of the season. "This Saturday, April 21st, 2018, inside Sacred Heart Auditorium. Come out and support your Verdes Basketball Club as they take on the Orange Walk running rebels . This is our last home game and we’re doing it big."

    Channel 7

    Faber Says If Belize’s Vote Is “No” To The ICJ, Then “No” It is
    Two days have passed since the ICJ referendum in Guatemala and we've gotten very little from the government of Belize - other than congratulations for our neighbors who - lest we forget - are claiming half the country. Depending on who you talk to, Belize is at a crossroads of either peril or promise - and no one from Government has laid out in concrete terms the implications of Guatemala's "yes" vote are for Belize. Today, the Deputy Prime Minister told us that due to the PM's absence Cabinet has not met to come up with a position yet - but he did comment on Guatemala's quite striking position that if Belize votes "no", then the government would have to find another way to still take the case to the ICJ. Faber says he's not so sure about that!:

    When Will Belize Be Ready?
    And so while DPM Faber is clearly personally in favour of a "yes" vote, Belize's own referendum seems to be a ways off. Best information suggests that it could happen sometime in the first quarter of 2019. On Saturday, Belize's Ambassador to Guatemala Alexis Rosado granted the press an interview at the Belize Embassy Headquarters in Guatemala City, and he was asked about that and the accompanying ICJ education campaign that should be ramping up some time soon. He said that as soon as the voter re-registration exercise is completed later this year, a date will be set:

    Police Say Marcia Downs Was Killed By Teenaged Neighbor
    On Thursday's news, we told you about the murder of 37 year-old Marcia Downs, the fourth woman to be murdered in Belize City in 2 months. Well tonight, police are reporting that they've arrested and charged one man for her murder - and, as it turns out, he lives right down her street. He's 19 year-old Antwan Rivero, and police say that he was the shooter who gunned her down outside her grandmother's house on Handyside Street. Rivero - who also lives on Handyside street - was formally arrested and charged with murder yesterday, and he was arraigned before Senior Magistrate today.

    Sickle Cell, Struggle and Perseverance
    Sickle Cell Anemia - people don't really talk about it much, but many Belizeans have it, and, for them, it's a life full of challenges, where every day can be a struggle. There is no cure and not much that can be done in Belize to treat it effectively - so those with this disorder just have to learn how to control it - living by strict, conservative rules of health management. But try telling that to a boy who just wants to run and have fun, or a teenaged girl who wants to enjoy good times with friends.

    Gwen Liz Teachers Stage Walkout
    For years, Gwen Liz High School has been dogged by controversies and disputes that have left teachers, parents, students, and administrators upset and frustrated - while the school gets repeated public black eyes. The last major issue was with the then principal Lorna Mckay who was placed on suspension. Today another issue came to light. Twenty five teachers staged a walkout this morning to send a sharp message to their superiors. Sahar Vasquez was there and found out why they were sitting it out.

    Faber Comments On Gwen Liz Situation
    While that was the situation this morning, this afternoon we got comment from the Minister of Education Patrick Faber. Faber has several interests in this because of his close ties to the school as area representative and head of the Ministry which owns and administers this high school. Plus, the person at the centre of the controversy, Alifah Elrington is a UDP colleague of his. This afternoon he explained how despite all these ties, he's never used a strong hand at the school: Hon. Patrick Faber, Minister of Education/Collet Area Rep.: "I read in the teacher's letter that there is some accusation of politics being played. Let me be clear, that I have been the representative for the Collet Area for 15 years. I have been the minister of education that manages the Ministry of Education which is the proprietor, the owner of Gwen Lizarraga High School. It is a government school and if anybody is going to play politics or they will accuse anybody of playing politics - that has to be geared towards me..."

    Why Is Faber Not PM?
    As we told you last night, Prime Minister Dean Barrow is out of the country and has again appointed a juniour member of Cabinet to preside as acting prime minister. For the second time in a week, Minister of Labour and Local Government Hugo Patt is Prime Minister. But Deputy Prime Minister Patrick Faber was in country and on the job today. So why didn't he get the nod - which should be automatic in all circumstances? Faber explained it today, saying there's no trouble between him and the PM: Hon. Patrick Faber: "Not past over at all. I have been out of the country. I left just about I think in Holy Thursday before the Easter break. I have spent a week with my boys who are on spring break in the United States and subsequent to that, I was on official business in the Dominican Republic attending a SICA meeting which is the meeting of ministers of education and culture..."

    DPM Faber Comments On PM’s Medical Condition
    The Prime Minister's trip is to meet with the IMF and the World Bank. But, there's also a medical component - due to the PM's ailing back. Faber says that he has been seeking medical treatment. Hon. Patrick Faber: "The prime minister's absence I know as well has not been planned. In fact the only planned absence that I knew he had just before Easter was to go when he went on the Easter vacation. He did take some treatment at that time and I supposed that it was when he visited with his doctors that first planned visit or absence that he - other things develop and as a result he has had to go back twice. So it's not planned on his part."

    Tourist Came To Belize With Infectious Whooping Cough
    A US tourist who came to Belize last month has been diagnosed with whooping cough. Tonight, public health authorities are concerned because she was all over the country and may have come in contact with dozens of Belizeans - especially those in the service industry. A press release says, quote, "the visitor was considered infectious during their travel in Belize. To date, the Ministry has no confirmed case detected in Belize from this imported case. However, the Ministry continues to monitor the situation." Ministry of Health Epidemiologist Dr. Ethan Gough told us today via phone why the case has public health implications:..

    Civic Has Soft Opening For High Schoolers
    Today, Belize City High Schoolers were the audience and participants in the first sporting activity hosted at the Belize Civic Center. The first and second place finishers in the male and female division for this year's Belize City basketball tournament faced off in a friendly match while their schools cheered them on and enjoyed all the new facility had to offer. Sports Minister Patrick Faber said that the stadium is starting on the right foot with the young people utilizing the facility.

    Guatemalans Talk About Belize
    In last night's news, we took you to Guatemala's Capital City for the historic ICJ referendum. Our news team had our very first opportunity to talk to regular everyday Guatemalans, to ask them what they think about the centuries old territorial claim. We interviewed a total of 37 Guatemalans, and we encountered a wide spectrum views on what they think about the claim, and what they really think about Belize and Belizeans. Here now are a few clips of our conversations with our neighbors to the west:

    Carlos Raul, Won’t Back Down On BDF Claims
    But while our Daniel Ortiz and Codie Noralez were "hugging up" with the Guatemalans, the trip also gave us a chance to challenge former Foreign Minister Carlos Raul Morales on those very strong and offensive comments he made against the Belize Defense Force in April of 2016. At the time, he was still Foreign Minister, and he publicly disparaged the BDF for the death of the 13-year-old Guatemalan, Julio Alvarado Ruano, at the hands of Belizean lawmen. He said, quote, "We won't go and hunt down a Belizean, like they have hunted down Guatemalan farmers before. Sorry for the strong expression but that is literally what they have done."

    NEMO Helps Storm-Shaken San Pedro
    Last week Wednesday we told you about the freak storm that hit the southern village of Crique Jute. Well something similar hit San Pedro on Sunday. Now the weather forecast had warned about a cold front coming in over the weekend but San Pedro got more than a cold front they got strong storm force winds as seen in this video. 3 families were affected - the storm ripped up their homes. NEMO Minister and his team were on the island yesterday on a relief mission. The team went to assess the damage and provide supplies.

    Police Upgrade From Tent To Booth
    Police in one Belize City hotspot have gotten an upgrade in their accommodations tonight. Patrol teams on West Canal have a real roof over the heads tonight - after the tent they had been using for years had become torn and shredded. The booth was the gift of a concerned citizen - and police hope that many more will feel the same pull that he responded to:… The booth is valued at three thousand dollars, and anyone wanting to donate one can contact Triple L Construction.

    Howell High-Stepping
    And, the Southside Commander had a busy day. We caught him in the afternoon, but in the morning he was at the Wagner Youth Facility at the Belize Central Prison. Senior Superintendent Gillett also signed an agreement with a general merchandise story that will give a special incentive to police Officers of the Month starting this month:

    Broaster Got Jokes
    And while Gillett had the community police thing going, Deputy Commissioner Broaster provided comic relief for the press:… Ok, then...he got jokes...

    Channel 5

    Gov’t Says Yes to I.C.J. but Belizeans Have Final Say
    Deputy Prime Minister Patrick Faber has chimed in on the outcome of Guatemala’s referendum, sharing with the media a personal view on the democratic process in the absence of a [...]

    If It’s a No, Respect, but Nothing Changes
    The possibility of voters saying no to the ICJ is a very real likelihood.  If that were indeed the case, Faber says that government would have no choice but to [...]

    Keep Politics Out of I.C.J. Decision
    On Monday, Opposition Leader John Briceño told News Five that government has fallen short of meaningfully consulting with the People’s United Party on what has long been a national issue.  [...]

    Guatemala Foreign Minister Commends Relations with Belize
    News Five, in an interview with Guatemala’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, touched on two topics of special interest to Belizeans in the wake of Sunday’s referendum. The first concerns relations [...]

    FM Sandra Jovel Polanco Promises Guats Will Respect Any Ruling
    But could relations be soured or broken irretrievably if the International Court of Justice, assuming assent from both populations, rules in Belize’s favor? It’s a question that makes both sides [...]

    Progressive Party Wants Seat at Table for Education Campaign
    While there were bouquets across the border between Belize and Guatemala following Sunday’s referendum result, color the Belize Progressive Party unsurprised and unimpressed. They said as much in a press [...]

    19-Year-Old Charged for Murder of Marcia Downs
    Police say they have caught up to the man they believed killed one of Channel Five’s own. Thirty-seven-year-old Marcia Downs was shot twice at her front gate on April eleventh [...]

    Gwen Liz Teachers Sit Out; B.N.T.U. Comes to Aid
    Approximately twenty teachers of Gwen Lizarraga High School this morning staged a sit-out from classes in continuing fallout over the appointment of members of the school’s board of governors. While [...]

    Education Minister Insists Alifa Elrington is Needed at Gwen Liz
    This afternoon, Education Minister Patrick Faber told reporters that he was scheduled to meet with the teachers later on. He insists that as Collet area representative and education chief, he [...]

    Can Former Principal Lorna McKay Make Comeback?
    As for Doctor Lorna McKay, who was unceremoniously thrown out of her post last August, her case is still before the Teaching Services Commission. A ruling found evidence to support [...]

    What is Needed to Solve Border Issues
    Belize’s ambassador to Guatemala, Alexis Rosado, today provided a primer of the countries’ relations and plans surrounding resolving the Guatemalan claim. He notes that there is not much Belize can [...]

    Decision Will Have International Ramifications
    Detractors of an I.C.J. resolution have insisted that Belizeans will now face undue pressure for a ‘yes’ vote from the Government for the simple reason that we will not look [...]

    In Capital, Squatters Told to Clear Out
    There’s a growing squatters settlement on a reserved land in Belmopan and authorities want them to vacate the area within fourteen days. The squatters, all believed to be immigrants, have [...]

    Patrick Faber Explains Why He Has Not Been Acting for P.M.
    For a second time in a few weeks, Corozal North Area Representative Hugo Patt has been named Acting Prime Minister.  The appointment comes in the absences of Prime Minister Barrow [...]

    Health Ministry Checking for Cases of Whooping Cough
    The Ministry of Health is actively following up on a confirmed case of a visitor with Pertussis or what’s more commonly known as whooping cough. According to the Ministry, on [...]

    Community Policing in Belmopan
    Last week, we told you about the U.S Embassy’s community policing presentation with Belize City cops. The purpose is to share tips and ideas with local authorities on how to [...]

    City Cops Get New Booths in Patrol Areas
    Senior Superintendent Howell Gillett is at it again. This afternoon the Eastern Division South Regional Commander was at the corner of West Canal and Rocky Road in south side Belize [...]

    Howell Gillett Talks to Wagner’s Youths, Plans to Make Them GREAT
    This morning, Senior Superintendent Howell Gillett addressed the inmates at the Wagner’s Youth Facility at the Belize Central Prison. In his statement, Gillett touched on a number of topics including [...]

    Officers of the Month to Collect Dibary Certificates
    The Eastern Division South Commander also signed an agreement today with Whalther Campos of Dibary Group of Companies that will see the Officer of the Month starting April and for [...]

    The Road to a National ID System
    The Inter-American Development Bank in collaboration with the Statistical Institute of Belize kicked off a four-day course on administrative data. For the past two years, both institutions have been working [...]

    Kids Create Posters for Peace
    The Lions Clubs International Peace Poster Contest has been ongoing for thirty years; this is the eleventh year since Belize has been competing. The competition encourages young people between the [...]

    Basketballers Christen New Civic
    A few hundred high school students converged on the Civic Center this afternoon in somewhat of a dry run.  The facility opened its doors this afternoon for a pair of [...]

    CTV3

    Business Woman Confirms Brutal Assault, Says Its The 6th Time
    Back in December 2016, we had reported on the brutal assault and robbery of a businesswoman in Corozal Town. She had reported that upon arriving home in the Santa Rita Heights area during the night, she was attacked by a gun-toting male person. Tonight we can report that 10 days ago the same businesswoman was the target of yet another violent assault outside her home. The victim, who requested to remain anonymous due to concerns about her safety, shared that on Saturday, April 7th, she and a female friend parked outside their home and just as they were about to go inside, they were approached by two armed men wearing masks on their faces who launched a vicious assault on both of them. The victim we spoke to suffered large cuts on her face and forehead, while her friend had severe bruises on her face.

    Belizeans Caught Fishing Illegally In Guatemalan Waters
    Reports coming from Guatemalan media “Guatevision” indicates that two Belizean citizens along with a Guatemalan national were detained by Guatemalan authorities after they were caught fishing illegally in Guatemalan waters near Livingston, Izabal. The men were reportedly caught in the possession of an enormous load of lobsters. Further reports state that this type of fishing is prohibited in the country.

    BTB Offers Scholarships For Tourism Programs
    The Belize Tourism Board is offering scholarship opportunities to interested applicants for Tourism Programs commencing August 2018 for Full-time Students for the following degrees: 1. Associate Degree in Tourism (Two Year Tuition Scholarship) Requirements: Applicants must submit a certified copy of their High School Diploma, an official transcript, two BTB recommendation forms, a page which describes your career goals and aspirations, proof of Belizean Citizenship and a copy of the acceptance letter into the Tourism Program for 2018 at one of the Junior Colleges or Universities offering the Tourism Program.

    LOVE FM

    19-year-old charged with murder of Marcia Downs
    Police have charged 19-year-old Antwan Rivero with the murder of Marcia Downs. Rivero was arraigned today before Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford. He was remanded into custody until July 17. Rivero is accused of killing 37-year-old Marcia Downs on April 11 outside her Belize City residence located in an alley off Handyside Street. It is believed …

    Belize City Lions promote peace through Peace Poster Contest
    The Belize City Lions Club today issued awards to eight students who entered the best pieces in the annual peace poster contest. The contest does not only end at the national level, but the best entry is sent out to the Lions International Peace Poster Contest. This year’s winner is thirteen year old ZhouQi Wang …

    SIB prepares for national census
    The Statistical Institute of Belize is presently preparing for the national census which will be conducted in 2020. Dr. Leopold Perriott, Director-General of the Statistical Institute of Belize said knowing the size of a population has far-reaching benefits. Dr. Leopold Perriott, Director General, Statistical Institute of Belize: “Like for example we have a very …

    SIB is stepping up their game
    The Statistical Institute of Belize (SIB) is tasked to gather data for the country that they use to report on the country’s progress or, lack thereof based on their data. SIB hopes to improve on its data gathering by implementing administrative registers. Today, the SIB employees and personnel from other ministries are attending a workshop …

    Minister Patrick Faber reacts to Guatemala’s ICJ referendum decision
    On Sunday, one point eight million Guatemalans voted in favor of taking their country’s claim on Belize to the International Court of Justice, ICJ. Less than seventy-five thousand people voted no. Belize is expected to hold its referendum on the matter after the re-registration exercise is completed. While the government of Belize has officially congratulated …

    Gwen Liz teachers sit out in protest of Alifa Elrington’s reappointment to school board
    About 20 teachers of Gwen Lizarraga High School in Belize City decided to stage a ‘sit out’. The ‘sit out’ was in protest of the possibility that former UDP City Councilor Alifa Elrington will be part of the school’s board once more. Elrington previously sat on the board as a representative of the municipality as …

    Will Guatemala respect ICJ decision if differendum reaches that stage?
    But let’s say that the matter goes before the ICJ and the Guatemalan Government is not pleased with the ruling, will they respect it and adhere to it? This is a question that was asked to Guatemala’s former Foreign Affairs Minister, Raul Carlos Morales. Here is how he responded. Carlos Raul Morales, Former Foreign Minister: …

    Minister of Education explains Alifa Elrington’s reappointment to school board
    The teachers, through the BNTU, sent a letter to the Ministry of Education noting their concerns regarding the proposed appointment of Elrington as a board member. Minister of Education, Patrick Faber, says that the letter accuses him of political interference, something he flatly rejected. Faber explained that the reason Elrington was chosen to be reappointed …

    Dr. Mckay still fighting administrative leave
    Claudette Williams Moralez is currently the acting principal of Gwen Lizarraga High School. She was appointed to the post following the suspension of Principal, Dr. Lorna Mckay. Dr. Mckay was suspended for allegedly committing violations. In August 2017, Dr. McKay received a letter informing her that she was being placed on administrative leave. Dr. McKay …

    There is no rift with the PM, says DPM Faber
    On the last two occasions when he left the country, Prime Minister Dean Barrow, chose Minister Hugo Patt to act as Prime Minister. The move raised eyebrows because PM Barrow would choose the more senior ministers of his cabinet including John Saldivar, Erwin Contreras and, of course, his Deputy Prime Minister, Patrick Faber. The second …

    Travel&Leisure says St. George’s Caye is a “textbook definition of paradise”
    St. George’s Caye has been described as a “textbook definition of paradise” by travelandleisure magazine. The island made it onto a list of fourteen under-the-radar islands for the ultimate romantic honeymoon. The website went on to describe the island as the perfect getaway since there are not many tourists, no cars, nor public transportation …

    NEMO provides assistance for those affected by freak storms
    Residents of San Pedro Ambergris Caye who were affected by a weekend storm have received assistance. On Sunday evening a storm passed over the island, creating havoc. As a result, many families were affected. Yesterday, Minister of National Emergency Management Edmond Castro, along with NEMO Central Regional Coordinator, Al Westby; NEMO Belize Rural South Coordinator, and other officials were on the island. NEMO provided humanitarian assistance to families whose dwellings and belongings were destroyed by the storm …

    PlusTV

    Mother of two shot to the head
    A woman was shot and killed in Belize City last night sometime after 8 o’clock. 37 year old Marcia Downs was shot to the head near her home on Handy Side Street. A lone gun man, whom the victim may have known, pulled the trigger. Downs was rushed to the hospital but died about an hour later. Police ...

    Corozal jail break; three prisoners at large
    Three prisoners are at large tonight after a jail break that occurred on Wednesday. The three men escaped from the Corozal Police Formation’s jailhouse by apparently sawing through the metal bars. The prisoners include Marvin Pec, Johny Matus, and Austin Sutherland who were all being held in...

    Father injured in Belize City home invasion
    There was a home invasion in Belize City on Tuesday night. A Chinese man and his family were at home when three men entered and robbed them. Police shared the details. CIB Wilfredo Ferrufino Police received information that it was aggravated burglary at number 63 Douglas Jones street the resident w...

    One person detained for Dean Nemhard shooting
    As we have previously reported, there was also a shooting incident on Tuesday in Belize City. The victim has survived and has been identified as 21 year old Dean Nemhard. Nemhard is currently hospitalized at the KHMH where he is recovering from a gunshot wound to the abdomen. Today, police update...

    Doctors at KHMH fired
    Two prominent doctors and other staff members of the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital have been fired; but reports are that they are not leaving quietly. Dr. Alain Gonzalez and Dr. Salvador Pagagua were escorted out of the hospital by security after their terminations. Following the terminations, KH...

    Senior Employees fired at BNE
    And while KHMH is terminating employees, so is Belize Natural Energy, BNE. Today, Plusnews has been able to confirm that since the beginning of this week, several senior employees have been terminated. Those offices affected include those of the Chief Finance Officer, the Legal Advisor, and the ...

    Armed Men Rob Ladyville Family
    Two armed men robbed a family of three in Ladyville Village while they were sitting in their car in front of their home. 59 year old Daisy Cacho reported to Police that last night around 8:50 p.m. , she was inside her vehicle along with her daughter 34 year old Yolanda Cacho and her husband 54 year ...

    Panamanian Diplomat’s accused murderer at trial
    Yesterday and today, in the Belmopan Supreme Court, the case of 22 year old Wilsner Echeveria who was charged with the 2014 murder of 64 year old Panamanian Diplomat Jose Rodrigo De La Rosa Stanford, was heard. You might recall the tragic day of November 24 2014, when a farmer...

    Launch of Country Level Engagement to Reduce Child Labour
    The Ministry of Labour, Local Government and Rural Development along with Winrock International, hosted a launch ceremony for the Country Level Engagement and Assistance to Reduce Child Labour (CLEAR II) Project. The CLEAR II Project is a global, four-year, United States...

    Launch of Country Level Engagement to Reduce Child Labour
    The Ministry of Labour, Local Government and Rural Development along with Winrock International, hosted a launch ceremony for the Country Level Engagement and Assistance to Reduce Child Labour (CLEAR II) Project. The CLEAR II Project is a global, four-year, United States Department of Labour funded project that provides technical assistance to support a global reduction in child labour. Belize has been identified among six (6) other countries to partner with CLEAR II...

    Dust and more Dust in Belmopan
    Road development often times comes with its inconveniences to residents in the developing community. Such is the case for the residents of San Martin living on Calle Las Americas.. These residents have been complaining that clouds of dust from the road, caused by heavy traffic in the area since January, continue to have serious health and business implications for them...

    Arthur Saldivar serious about running in Belmopan
    We reported last week that Attorney Arthur Saldivar has decided to run for office in Belmopan under the People’s United Party’s banner. Amidst all the past controversies surrounding his name and his previous attempt to run for office in Belize City, Saldivar told Plus News that his plans have long passed the planning stage, and that he has been on the ground meeting with the people of Belmopan ...

    “Brazil es Nuestro”
    And for our last story this evening, just a little humor at the expense of Guatemalan Congressman Estuardo Galdámez. A video of Gualdamez speaking to Congress about the Belize/Guatemala territorial dispute has gone viral. There are only three days until the referendum in that country and Galdamez was so excited in speaking about the claim ...

    Illegal logging in the south or concessions?
    Is illegal logging occurring in the south again or has a company been given logging concessions? Our colleagues at PGTV say they have been receiving numerous complaints of heavy logging in the Boom Creek area. Pictures of trucks with Belmopan license plates hauling off logwood were taken and sent to the media. Unconfirmed reports are...

    CHINESE STORE ROBBED IN THE CITY
    A Chinese establishment in Belize City was robbed by two armed male individuals last night. Police reports are that officers responded to a robbery at 360 Chinese Saloon on Douglas Jones Street around 8 o’clock last night. Upon arrival, 37 year old Chinese Businessman Xin Wu Zhu told police that while at his business place he was informed by his common-law wife, 35 year old, Chinese Businesswoman, Rongyan Zhen, that someone had arrived. Zhu told the police that when he went to check...

    First Belize City Shooting in 2 weeks
    Community Policing has been credited as one of the major contributors to the cease fire in Belize City over the past two weeks. Sadly, the two weeks break of gun violence in the old capital was disrupted yesterday evening. Reports are that around 4:30 yesterday, police visited the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital where they saw...

    Tourism continues to do well first quarter of 2018
    The latest tourism statistics for the first quarter of 2018 are healthy figures and indicate that Belize’s popularity as a tourist destination in Central America continues to set unprecedented records. For the first time ever, there were over 55,000 overnight visitors during the month of March, rep...

    Ministry of National Security Hosts the BNTU for First National Consultation
    The Minister of National Security, Honorable John Saldivar, today began a series of national consultations on citizen security and crime prevention with the Trade Unions of Belize. This morning, the Minister met with the Council of Management of the Belize National Teachers’ Union . Present for the ...

    Prison, Belize Police and CITCO collaborate in Clean-up
    Much like the clean up initiatives that OC Howel Gillet used to do in Belmopan, Belize City South Side Police are now teaming up with Kolbe Foundation. Today, a parcel of land in the Tibruce Street area was cleared by inmates of Kolbe Foundaton. According to OC Howell Gillett, an assessment was d...

    Attorney general donates more Law books to Police
    the Attorney General of Belize, Honorable Michael Peyrefitte made a donation of $5,000.00 worth of Law Books to South Side Commander, Howell Gillett. The law books are to replace the existing outdated ones and will become reference for all officers working on the South Side. OC Gillett says this wil...

    The Guardian

    Amandala

    Guatemalans voted yes to ICJ referendum
    Voters in Guatemala went to the polls yesterday, Sunday, April 15, to cast ballots in a referendum (popular consultation) to determine whether they would submit their country’s more than a hundred and fifty-year old territorial dispute with Belize to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) for a final, juridical solution. The Guatemalan referendum is a result of the Organization-of-American-States-brokered compromis, which both Belize and Guatemala signed in 2008, committing them to have the peoples of both countries decide by means of referenda whether to take the dispute to the ICJ. A preliminary report about the results of the Guatemalan ICJ referendum was released by the TSE (Tribunal Supremo Electoral de la República de Guatemala) and it indicated that 24.97% of Guatemalan voters cast their votes in the referendum. A reported 95.87 % of those voting, voted yes, while 4% voted no, to taking the claim to the ICJ for a final, definitive settlement.

    James Jason Bellencio, 30, murdered on Lovely Lane
    The life of Jason James Bellencio, 30, a laborer of Barrack Road, Belize City, was brutally cut short at about 6:30 yesterday evening. Bellencio was walking on Victoria Street towards Barrack Road, when, upon his arrival at the corner of Lovely Lane and Victoria Street, a man walked up to him and fired five shots in his direction. Bellencio was hit in the head and back, and is believed to have died almost instantly.

    Gabriel Escalante, 42, and Mark Seawell, 47, murdered on Caye Lagos
    Two friends, Mark Seawell, 47, a boat captain of Pigeon Street, Ladyville, and Gabriel Escalante, 42, a caretaker of Poinsettia Street, Ladyville, who were caretakers of a 3-flat house owned by Byron Martin, were the victims in a double murder that occurred at about 2:00 Friday morning on Caye Lagos, a small caye situated about 4 miles south of Caye Caulker in the Belize District. The two friends, who were working as caretakers on the small caye, were both shot and killed by a gunman who was posing as their friend. After executing the men, the killer got away from the island in a boat belonging to the owner of the caye.

    Prime Minister Barrow leaves for OAS and IMF meetings
    Prime Minister Dean O. Barrow left the country yesterday, Sunday, April 15, a government press release said today. PM Barrow will be attending a meeting of the Organization of American States (OAS), and will also meet with International Monetary Fund (IMF) officials in Washington, DC. The Prime Minister is expected to be away until Saturday, April 21. In the Prime Minister’s absence, Minister Hugo Patt, the Minister of Local Government, Rural Development, Public Service, Energy and Public Utilities, will act as Prime Minister.

    Ivan Sosa, 38, shot dead in front of bar in Ranchito
    Ivan Emmanuel Sosa, 38, a laborer of Ranchito, lost his life when he intervened in a robbery at a club in Ranchito at about 12:20 yesterday morning. He died almost instantly when the bandit turned his weapon, a sawed-off shotgun, away from the proprietor of the establishment, and fired at him. After the foul crime, the murderer ran across the highway and escaped into the bushes. Our sources say that Sosa was along with the bar owner as she was closing up the bar at the end of the work night, when the gunman came up and pointed his weapon at the owner and demanded money.

    Belize not ready to hold ICJ referendum
    On Sunday, the Republic of Guatemala, which has continued to assert a territorial claim to Belize, will hold a national referendum to determine if its territorial claim will be adjudicated at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in accordance with the Special Agreement (compromis) which both countries signed in December 2008. While the Guatemalans had embarked on a very expensive public education campaign which, for the most part, contained a lot of questionable, misleading information about its claim to Belize, the Belize Ministry of Foreign Affairs has failed to mount any challenge to Guatemala’s blizzard of misinformation about its territorial claim to half of Belize.

    Verdes bomb Police; BDF draw with Bandits; PLB playoff matchups – BDF vs Verdes; Police vs Bandits
    One Week 14 back match remains, Wagiya vs San Pedro Pirates, to officially complete the Premier League of Belize 2017- 2018 Closing Season regular reason, but the results of Week 14 games played over the weekend have confirmed the matchups in the best-of-two semifinal playoffs. After Verdes bombed Police United, 7-1, in San Ignacio; and BDF drew, 2-2, with Belmopan Bandits at the MCC; BDF has jumped to #3 seed, and Police United has dropped to #4 seed. The playoffs will therefore feature #1 seed Bandits vs #4 seed Police United; and #2 seed Verdes vs #3 seed BDF.

    NEBL playoff scenarios
    Orange Walk Running Rebels got their first win on Friday night versus Belmopan Bandits, ensuring that they did not go winless in the Pepsi NEBL 2018 Season. Verdes, who cannot make the playoffs, surely acted like a spoiler on Friday night, eliminating all chances for Belize City Defenders to grab home court advantage in the semi-finals. With two weeks remaining in the regular season, the two top teams are fighting for the #1 seed and the crucial home court advantage in the playoffs. San Pedro Tiger Sharks simply need to win their last game and they will lock up the top seed entering the playoffs. Smart Belize Hurricanes can quietly climb the standings and grab the #2 seed entering the playoffs if they can win their remaining 3 games.

    WW Belmopan Classic results – April 15, 2018
    Here are the results from the Weekend Warriors (WW) Belmopan Cycling Classic held yesterday with the “A/B” riders starting at Belmopan Comprehensive School to Leslie’s Imports, for 52 miles, and the “C” riders going from Cotton Tree Village to Leslie’s Imports, for 40 miles. 44 of 46 starters finished the “A/B” race in the following order: 1st Place – Sean Duncan (Smart, 1:54:09); 2nd Dwayne Wade (Belize Boys Cycling, st); 3rd Philip Burns (Cayo Rentals, st); 4th Jose Juan Cuellar (Santino’s, st); 5th Alvan Gillett (Kulture Megabytes, st); 6th Charles Garay (BFSC, st); 7th Anthony Tun (Valvoline, st); 8th Wayne Moses (Kulture Megabytes, st) ...

    Stann Creek F.A. Cup 2018 Week 8 results, standings
    Here are the Week 8 results from the Stann Creek Football Association (SCFA) Cup 2018 competition being played at the Carl Ramos Stadium. Two games were played over the weekend on Friday night, April 13. In the opener, Wagiya prevailed, 3-2, over Pomona Warriors, with a goal each from Bernard Higinio (1’), Guy Sutherland (28’) and Izah Rowland (85’); while Yibemeh Lewis (23’) and Timothy Estero (33’) scored for Pomona Warriors. And in the nightcap, Izon Gill (42’ PK) converted the only goal of the game from the penalty spot, to give Sampson Proper Fix the 1-nil victory over Pomona Impacts.

    Editorial: A scapegoat, and his handler
    Late on September 9, 1954, as midnight approached, Jacobo Arbenz, the recently deposed president of Guatemala, was escorted into the Guatemala City airport with a small entourage, including his wife, Maria Vilanova, and two of their children. Arbenz was beloved among his dirt-poor country’s peasants and workers for his land and labor reforms, but he was reviled by Guatemala’s aristocracy. As he prepared to leave his homeland, Arbenz was showered with abuse by a smartly dressed crowd of several hundred ill-wishers. “Assassin! Thief! Piece of shit!” they screamed at him as he hurried into the airport terminal with his family. Arbenz was fortunate to make it past the venomous crowd unharmed. Shortly before he and his family were driven to the airport, a decoy car masquerading for security purposes as the vehicle actually transporting the Arbenz family was blown up by his enemies.

    Tax them
    It is too much for one week. Earlier in the week, a brilliant, wonderful Belizean had some bad things to say about cigarettes on his Facebook page. I am not one hundred percent with the anti-smoking lobby so I threw a little jab. I got chided by the author of the page, and one of his fb friends. I apologized. I would have left that at that if another brilliant, wonderful brother hadn’t said some pretty tough things this week about alcohol in his column, “All About the People,” in The Reporter. I played at “prohibitionist” once. In one of my regrettable moments (I have no shortage of those), I took a cigarette from the mouth of one of my close friends and squashed it under my heel. I am overcome with remorse every time I think about that folly in my youth. What faysinis of me!

    A simple lambiscon of Uncle Sam …
    The American doctrine commonly known as the Monroe Doctrine of 1823, has become the socio-political and economic regulator of Latin America and the Caribbean. Therefore, we would experience diplomatic formal treatment representing only a part of the general norms in international relations. However, all forms of exchange are affected in formal life by these formal relationships. Commercial, cultural, and even political relations can be maintained, but these are inevitably restricted if diplomatic relations do not exist. In the Western Hemisphere, in which the influence of the United States has been so predominant, the existence of formal relations has been of special importance. A Latin American government that did not have diplomatic relations with the United States would soon see other aspects of international relations seriously threatened.

    BELIZEAN STANISLAUS
    If I may, a quiet word to Mayor Wagner. The ways of public behavior are paved with bright-eyed good intentions. And it is so re-assuring to live in a city where the first citizen wants to demonstrate personal commitment to those who can do with some personal help. Is it possible to do this effectively while at the same time preserving the best norms of good financial management of public funds? Can’t scrupulous transparency be upheld while treating our fellow citizens with the greatest touch of respect? Most honest businessmen would assert: good conscience is laudable, but there is no greater proof of it than black and white. Perhaps, a voucher system would be far more transparent than a cheque signed by you payable to yourself. Vouchers cashed by one of your cashiers made out to the recipient would be a significant enchancement of TRANSPARENCY.

    Inspector Nicolas Palomo passes
    Well-known Inspector of Police, Nicolas Palomo, 42, who was the Deputy Commander of Orange Walk police, succumbed to double pneumonia last night at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital after going to the hospital with severe respiratory problems. Before taking up the post of Deputy Commander of Orange Walk District, Palomo was a sergeant at the Crimes Investigation Branch Belize City.

    Alleged drug smugglers released on bail of $25,000 each
    Two men and two women who were remanded into custody after they allegedly smuggled 20,470 grams of cannabis from Mexico into Belize were released on Supreme Court bail of $25,000 each that was offered to them today by Justice Marilyn Williams. They are Kenyon Lewis, Phylmore King, Blancaneaux Maudel and her sister, Michelle Benguche. They were arraigned last week in the Corozal Magistrate’s Court on charges of drug trafficking, importation of a controlled drug and possession of 28 rounds of .380 caliber ammunition without a gun license.

    Judge reserves judgment for Wilser Echeverria, charged with murder of Panamanian ambassador to Belize
    In the Belmopan Supreme Court, Justice Antoinette Moore, on Friday, April 13, reserved her decision for May 25 in regards to the guilt or innocence of Wilser Echeverria, 23, charged with the murder of Jose De La Rosa Stanford, 64, the Panamanian ambassador to Belize, whose throat was slashed on Sunday morning, November 23, 2013. According to the evidence that was presented at the trial that was without a jury, Stanford met Echeverria at the bus terminal in Belmopan and invited him for a drink. Echeverria accepted the invitation and Stanford drove him to a remote area in Belmopan.

    The Reporter

    WCS focuses on FRER, RZ’s & SPAGs for Reef Week 2018
    Since 2013, local and international conservation organizations in Belize, including the Wildlife Conservation Society, have been collaborating to celebrate Reef Week, where, individually and collectively, we create awareness of the ecological, economic and cultural significance and value of the Belize Barrier Reef to our country, as […]

    Breaking Belize NewsPJ

    Belizean banana farm sues Fyffes, case dismissed
    Meridian Farms, formerly the largest banana farm in southern Belize, sued mutlinational corporation Fyffes for […]

    Deputy Prime Minister awards first athletes to use new Civic Center
    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education, Youth, Sports and Culture, Patrick Faber presented an […]

    NEMO assists storm and fire victims
    Minister of National Emergency Management, Edmond Castro was on Ambergris Caye yesterday where he visited […]

    The Guatemalan Claim and the ICJ
    The views expressed in this article are those of the writer and not necessarily those of Breaking Belize […]

    BBN’s Person of the Week – Julie Zelaya of Roam Belize
    Julie Zelaya is a single mother of two children. She started working when she […]

    Ministry of Health monitoring Whooping Cough case
    The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has notified the Ministry of Health of a confirmed […]

    Caye Caulker airstrip to be completed by June
    The Caye Caulker Municipal airstrip which had been under construction since last year, is now […]

    Police locate boat stolen in double murder
    Police have found a stolen boat, believed to be the getaway vessel used following a […]

    Ranchito fisherman charged for undersized conch
    Yesterday, Sojo Catzim, a fisherman from Ranchito village, Corozal was fined for catching undersized conch. […]

    Gwen Liz teachers stage sit out
    BBN has been reliably informed that teachers at Gwen Lizarraga high school in Belize City […]

    Blogs

    Delicious May Plums are a great Belizean treat!
    I grew up eating plums and even today, it’s a fruit I gravitate to – especially the green ones. Back home in the Orange Walk District, there were plenty of plum trees in our yard. Each year starting as early as February, the trees would shed their foliage in preparation to bear fruit. By the beginning of March, the first fruits of the season would begin to sprout and by the middle of the month our trees would be brimming with plums ready for the picking. Several of my afternoon hours were spent on the biggest plum tree in the yard, picking and eating the fruit fresh from the tree. Throughout the season, street vendors across the country sell plums portioned in plastic bags with salt and chili pepper. With each bite you take, dip the plum in the salt and pepper mixture for a taste you can’t resist. Everyone from children to adults enjoy eating plums, be they green or ripe, with salt and pepper or without.

    A Brief History of the Mayan people
    The Maya Culture of Belize is fading away. And, we need to bring back the Maya History. Batab Maaskab Masewal (The Northern Maya of Belize) from Orange Walk explained to me a brief history of the Mayas. And, even right here in Corozal. there is a Mayan Group called the To'one Masehual'on group. If you want any information about the Mayas please contact this two pages. I want to thank the Batab Maaskal for this great information of the Mayas. The Mayan people of the Northern Belize belong to the group known as Yucatec Maya which are found in Corozal,Orange and Cayo . The Maya have been in the northern area of Belize since the first contact with the Spanish resisting for over 200 years until the British came .

    The Offering Cave: Underworld in Western Belize
    Great article about the Offering Cave, located not too far from San Antonio. "It’s only been several minutes since John, Antonio and I descended into the gradual deep darkness of the Offering Cave, nestled within Elijio Panti National Park in the Maya mountains of Belize, accessible only on horseback or on foot, and once used by the ancient Maya for offerings. We are the only three people in the cave. And this difference is only one of many in stark contrast to the more popular and accessible ATM Cave, famous for the fully intact crystallized human skeleton nestled within a tight cave chamber that serves as the ultimate reward for the hours of driving, hiking, and at times scary cave spelunking required to get there. On this gorgeous day in March, we’ve abandoned the sunshine and jungle shade and are instead clambering around in The Offering Cave to gaze in amazement at artifacts left behind by the Maya of Belize.

    International Sourcesizz

    Unbelizeable Belize
    In November 2017, Duiken magazine's Rene Lipman, Sander Evering and Judith Rietveld visited several areas in Belize, photographing and filming all the dive and adventure activities that make Belize a one-of a kind destination. Along with them in Belize was Mia Veldman their Travel agency counterpart of ABC Travel. We are very pleased that the Duiken special on Belize has been completed and printed and is also online, giving our members AMAZING exposure along with excellent coverage of Belize. Duiken is the leading Dive magazine in print and online in the Netherlands. Duiken magazine has more than 45.000 subscribers and an online reach of over 115.000. Their fanbase on Facebook is more than 14,000 and they regularly distribute their promotions via email to over 12000 persons

    Belize Verborgen Juweel
    Another amazing Article on Belize, geared towards the Luxury Market in Europe was produced recently as well. In April 2017, Freelance Photographer Ms. Esther Quelle and Journalist Ms. Harmke Kraak were contracted to do a destination article about Belize for LXRY magazine Netherlands in conjunction with renowned travel agency Sapa Pana that is currently featuring Belize. LXRY is the Most high-end lifestyle magazine in The Netherlands and our BHA representative Sander, realized this was an amazing media opportunity for our members and for our country. During their stay in Belize Ms. Quelle and Ms Kraak visited several destinations in Belize namely San Pedro, Placencia, Cayo and Punta Gorda. They enjoyed many of the amazing activities Belize has to offer including snorkeling, relaxing on the beach, cave and waterfall rappelling, and jungle hikes to scenic areas within the country while staying at several of our member properties that generously hosted them. Their feature article about their Belize experience was recently published, in the March 2018 edition of LXRY Magazine Netherlands. The magazine has approximately 30,000 subscribers that receive printed copies, and their reach is to over 80, 000 readers throughout the Netherlands. Article value is approximately

    Five retirement locations where expats can live on less than $2,000 a month
    Coronado in Panama once had pristine beaches and not much else. Today the resort town is a haven for retirees, with malls, fast-food joints and many speaking English. "For all the world, it's like you're in a US beach town," says Kathleen Peddicord, publisher of Live and Invest Overseas, a site and newsletter for people who want to work, invest or retire abroad. Belize is popular for good reasons: English is the official language and the country exempts qualified retirees from many taxes, Ms Peddicord says. Away from the more crowded Caribbean coastline, the inland Cayo district offers rainforests, lovely rivers and fertile soil for gardeners. Infrastructure is not great in Cayo though, says Ms Peddicord. Expect unpaved roads and fickle electricity. It's a good fit for those looking for a simpler, back-to-basics lifestyle, she says.

    One Good Thing: Teaching in Belize
    We are going international with today's One Good Thing. A professor at Grace Bible College moved his family to Central America, and he's invited some students along. Matt DeYoung wanted to move his family to Belize. He then approached Grace Bible College about bringing students down there to teach them first-hand about culture and cultural intelligence. While Matt is living there on their farm with his wife, six kids and three foster children, he's now also teaching. In fact, he's converting some of his property into dorms for students and visiting professors. He calls Belize the perfect place to teach culture. 10 minutes from his house, he says he has friends who are Creole, Garifuna, Mayan, Mennonite and more.

    Whale sharks, Mayan ruins are among top 50 bucket list experiences
    Two Mexican destinations are among the top-50 experiences on the “best bucket list ever assembled,” according to the travel agency Flight Network. Swimming with whale sharks and visiting Mayan ruins, both in Quintana Roo, were deemed bucket list-quality experiences on the World’s Ultimate Bucket List for 2018. At 39th on the list are the state’s Mayan ruins (along with those of Guatemala and Belize), described by one of the judges as “the hallmark of the Mayans’ accomplishments in architecture, astronomy and community organization.”

    Windrush Generation: British prime minister meets Caribbean leaders
    British Prime Minister Theresa May met representatives from 12 Caribbean Commonwealth states on Tuesday. Those attending included senior representatives from Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, and Trinidad and Tobago. During the meeting, May apologised for any anxiety caused, and explained how much the UK valued the contribution made by members of the Windrush Generation.

    ST. GEORGE'S NAMED ONE OF BEST "UNDER-THE-RADAR" ISLANDS FOR ROMANTIC HONEYMOON
    Travel+Leisure Magazine is encouraging couples to think beyond Hawaii or Bermuda for their tropical honeymoon, and of course, we couldn't agree more. They just published, "14 Under-the-radar Islands for the Ultimate Romantic Honeymoon" and St. George's Caye is the only island in Belize on the list. We're thrilled! The article recommends beautiful off-the-beaten path resorts and secluded honeymoon spots in the US Virgin Islands, Africa, Indonesia, Ecuador, Malaysia, America Samoa, and Greece. Their exact words in describing St. George's Caye Resort in Belize? "Textbook definition of paradise." We can't argue with that!

    Videos

  • Orange Walk ITVET Expo and Trade Fair Friday April 20th, 20min. on Open Your Eyes

  • Cancer Ride 2018, 4min.

  • EWS Program for Belize, 6min. Helping students achieve their educational needs.

  • Dry Season in Belize, min. The 15th of February to the 15th of June marks the Fire Season in Belize. With the increased possibilities of fire, increased preventative efforts are being made.

  • ASK & Belize, min. There's a new holistic marketing agency in Cayo, ASK & Belize. They have a little video out showcasing some of the work they do, along with a portfolio on issuu. They've already got some good promotions under their belt. ""A.S.K. is a full-service branding and marketing communications agency that helps clients discover their true voice and purpose to inspire audiences around the world. We create experiences that work.

  • How to harvest sprouted coconut, 1min.

  • Diving in San Pedro Belize, 1min.

  • Ending plastic pollution, 1min. Kudos to the Environmental Club (University of Belize) on this great production! We all have a part to play in ending plastic pollution. Check out the video to learn what you can do to help #KickPlastic!

  • Caminando Juntos en la Fe, 66min. On ReefTV

  • Chiqibul & Guatemalan Referendum, 31min. on Open Your Eyes

  • Belize's Ambassador to Guatemala, 39min. on Open Your Eyes

  • Belize Pine Ridge Chill, 1.5min. Weekend vibes with awesome company

  • Tori and Trevor’s Trip to Belize, 6min. Tori and Trevor's trip to Belize! We went for our honeymoon and explored both the jungles and the islands! It was so much fun to see the beautiful ancient ruins, jungle creatures, sea turtles and coral reefs!

  • Belize Spice Farm & Botanical Garden, 1min. At the Belize Spice Farm and Botanical Garden, at the foothills of the Maya Mountain, tourists can see black pepper, vanilla, nutmeg, and many other plants and spices, growing in a very natural tropical environment

  • Ycacos Beach, 1.5min. Ycacos Beach is located along the coast of Belize about 10km southwest of the Monkey River Village and is comprised of approximately 1,268 hectares (3,132 acres) of uplands and wetlands. The site is surrounded by the Paynes Creek National Park and is also adjacent to the Punta Negra Village with a population of 47 families. The Punta Negra Lagoon and surrounding area, once part of the National Park, was removed from the park in January 2004 and is part of the site. This lagoon issued by local fisherman for fly-fishing tourists and also as a source of water during the dry season.

  • Police Check Point, 60min.

    April 17, 2018


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    The San Pedro Sun

    Guatemala votes ‘Yes’ to take the territorial dispute over Belize to the ICJ
    Despite a low turnout of voters, on Sunday, April 15th Guatemalans voted ‘Yes,’ agreeing to take their territorial claim on Belize to the International Court of Justice (ICJ). The electorates’ participation in the referendum was at 26.33%, representing about 1.9 million of the over seven million eligible voters. Almost 96% of voters support the ICJ idea, while less than 5% voted against it. Belize is expected to hold its own referendum, where Belizeans will determine whether or not to take the territorial issue to the ICJ. A date is yet to be announced, but it is expected to take place sometime after the re-registration process scheduled for July of this year.

    CRFM to convene 16th Meeting of the Caribbean Fisheries Forum in Montserrat
    Once a year, the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM), an inter-governmental organization established to promote and facilitate the responsible use of the region’s fisheries resources, convenes a meeting of heads of national fisheries authorities from its 17 Member States. This year, that group of the Caribbean technical experts who make up the Caribbean Fisheries Forum will meet for two days in Montserrat. The CRFM will convene the 16th Meeting of the Caribbean Fisheries Forum on Monday, 16 April and Tuesday, 17 April 2018 at the Montserrat Cultural Centre in Little Bay, Montserrat. International and regional partner organizations, observers and stakeholders from the fisheries and aquaculture sector have also been invited to the event, organized in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture, Trade, Lands Housing and the Environment (MATHLE) in Montserrat.

    Ambergris Today

    Guatemala Votes To Send Belize Territory Dispute To ICJ
    On Sunday, April 15, 2018, Guatemalans voted to ask the top United Nations court to resolve its claim that it owns half the territory of its neighbor Belize, a dispute that dates back to Spanish and British colonial rule of the region. An overwhelming majority, more than 90% of the votes, ask the International Court of Justice to intervene in the long-standing territorial dispute. Guatemala recognized the independence of Belize at the beginning of the 1990s, but it never accepted the borders and continues to stake a claim to about 11,000 square kilometers (4,200 square miles), half the territory of the former British colony.

    Work Underway At The Caye Caulker Municipal Airstrip
    The Belize Airports Authority wishes to take this opportunity to update the general public that works on the Caye Caulker Municipal Airstrip project are well underway with the rehabilitation and widening of the runway. The works include the installation of a new runway lighting system that will allow for night-time landing capabilities.

    Misc Belizean Sources

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    San Pedro Tourist Guide Association General Meeting
    The San Pedro Tourist Guide Association cordially invites all members for a General Meeting to be held on Wednesday, April 18th at the San Pedro Lion’s Den starting at 7PM.

    Belize to Conduct its First-Ever Internal Review of Greenhouse Gas Inventory Management System
    2018. Belize is strengthening its capacity to establish and apply quality assurance and quality control of its Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Inventory Management system through the support of the United Nations Climate Change Secretariat. From 16th to 20th April, experts of the UN Climate Change Secretariat will facilitate Belize in its process of conducting their internal review of emissions data and help to build the capacity of local experts and practitioners involved in the process of the preparation of national GHG inventories. Through this initiative, Belize will complete its first-ever in-country voluntary quality assurance of a national inventory system and national inventory report from a non-Annex I Party from the Latin America and the Caribbean region.

    Government of Belize Issues Statement on Belize-Guatemala Referendum
    The Government of Belize avails of the opportunity to congratulate the Government and people of the Republic of Guatemala for conducting its referendum on April 15, 2018 on the question of going to the International Court of Justice (ICJ), in accordance with the Special Agreement of 2008. The Government acknowledges the results as a step further toward permanently settling the age-old dispute. This act of civic expression in Guatemala was conducted smoothly and efficiently in a way that contributes further to the strengthening of democracy, peace and security in Guatemala as well as in the region. At the recommendation of the Secretary General of the Organization of American States in 2007, the Governments of Belize and Guatemala were asked to consider going to the ICJ to settle finally and definitively their dispute arising from Guatemala’s claim on Belize’s continental and insular territories and the maritime areas pertaining to them.

    NEMO Minister Tours Humana Projects and Infrastructure Works in Toledo
    During a two-day visit to Toledo on April 12-13, 2018, Minister of National Emergency Management Honorable Edmond Castro met with officials from Humana People to People Belize (HPPB) which is executing a number of projects throughout that district in partnership with the Government of Belize and various local organizations and groups. The projects currently underway are being executed in 11 villages throughout the Toledo District and fall under the categories of: Improved physical Infrastructure and Early Warning Systems for Reduced Risk to Natural Hazards; Improved Agricultural Farming Systems Resilient to Climate Change; Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Public Education and Awareness and Emergency Response; and Project Management and Administration (with gender equity). The Minister’s tour started off with a quick briefing in Punta Gorda, followed by a visit to Humana’s Clothing Store (in Punta Gorda) which provides affordable second-hand clothing for low-income families. The delegation then headed to the village of Santa Teresa where they inspected a tower and solar-powered facilities to provided communication for five villages, thereby improving emergency and disaster response in the area.

    The Government of Belize rejects completely the statement made by Guatemalan Vice President Cabrera who stated that Belize will be holding a referendum in May of 2018
    Belize’s Ambassador to Guatemala, H.E. Alexis Rosado, made appearances on the Guatemalan media, and informed the Guatemalan and international media who are currently in Guatemala that Belize’s referendum will be held after the re-registration process is sufficiently complete, and stated that Belize also proposes to intensify its public awareness campaign starting this and next month.

    When Marcos Canul and his warriors took Corozal Town
    A day like today April 16 but in 1870 our Maya Grandparents lead by our comandante Marcos Canul and his warriors took Corozal Town . The Yucatec Maya group known as the Icaiche Maya stoop up against one of the most powerful impires at the time the British . In 1853 the Yucatec Maya (Iciache),Yucatan and the British sign a treaty that northwestern Belize land will be and would be retain by the Icaiche Maya . A treaty which the british never respected by continuing of cutting of logwood and burning several Maya villages in the yalbac area in 1867 . Long live Marcos Canul !!! Long live the Maya !!! Long live Belize !!!

    BELIZE - THE DEATH OF THE GUATEMALAN CLAIM - Written By Richard Harrison
    esterday the people of Guatemala, after several months of enticement by their government to covet their neighbours territory, voted a resounding NO to the claim of their government over Belize. Only 26% of their voting population took the time to participate in their referendum on the issue. 74% said NO by avoiding the polls. As could be expected, those coveteous souls who took to the polls voted 95% yes to take the issue to the ICJ. During the intense campaign over the last few months, the Guatemalan government proposed to its people that taking the claim to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) was the only and best way to settle the age-old dispute, hanging the beautiful jewel of Belize, its inland gems, pristine waters and white Caribbean island beaches. Like a piece of negotiable floor mat, ready for exploitation. They told the people that the taking of Belize would allow more rapid economic growth and better living standards for Guatemalans.

    CCC Marching Band Victory 2018
    Come join a motorcade at 4:30pm on Friday April 20th to celebrate the CCC Marching Band victory at Band Fest!

    CAWS Jefe de La Cocina Cook-off
    The 2nd annual CAWS Cinco de Mayo Cook-off is schedule for Saturday, May 5th. It'll be at Remo's, and will start at 3:00pm. There's still time to enter your dish in the competition. They'll have the silent auction again. "Mark your Calendars! Saturday May 5th! Join us for our 2nd Annual Cinco De Mayo Event! Contact us to reserve your food entry to compete for Cayo's Jefe de la Cocina 2018!"

    Scarlet macaw biological monitoring is underway
    With a known population of no more than 125 pairs the race is on to protect and save our scarlets (SOS) this year.

    Legislative Reform at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting
    Special Envoy for Women and Children, Mrs. Kim Simplis Barrow, participated in a panel discussion on Legislative Reform at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London, April 16, 2018. Other panelists included: Caleb Orosco (Belize), Ambassador Faure (Seychelles), and Jill Iliffe (Australia).

    Celebrating Young Belizean Entrepreneurs!
    For the month of April, we are excited to feature Ms. Margarita Maria Leiva as our Young Belizean Entrepreneur! Margarita Maria Leiva is a graphic designer who started Margarita Leiva Graphics and recently Kamana - Mars Hat Collection. In 2011, while attending University of Belize, Margarita was introduced to Adobe Photoshop and eventually started to create digital art. After graduating in 2014, she started to build her own brand as a graphic designer, which became known as Margarita Leiva Graphics. Her main focus is creating brand ideas for businesses, including business cards, brochures, menus, flyers, posters, billboards. Margarita works for both local and international business in Houston, Dallas, New York, and the United Kingdom! Recently, Margarita opened a new business called ‘Ka-mana’, which is Hawaiian for empowerment. The business’ main focus is to create hats that empower women. Her first batch of 20 designed hats sold in less than two hours! Margarita also expanded and created unique hats for men and women that amplify various topics, including supporting the #LGBT community.

    Cultural Festival & Fashion Show
    The Caribbean Kings will be performing at the Cultural Festival & Fashion Show Fundraiser this Sunday. Make sure to come along and celebrate with us and support the House of Culture.

    Channel 7

    Guate Votes Resounding “Yes” to ICJ Referendum
    Guatemala has voted yes to go to the ICJ with the Belize - Guatemala territorial dispute. The referendum, or - as they call it - "Consulta Popular" was held yesterday, and it was a decisive outcome: 96% of the 1.9 million voters said "yes", while only 75,000, or 4% said "no" to the ICJ. And while 1.9 million votes may sound like a whole lot, voter turnout was low at 26% of the electorate - and throughout the day, there were many stories in the Guatemalan media about how slow it was at the polling stations. Our Daniel Ortiz and Codie Norales were in Guatemala City for the vote, and they have this story:... Here in Guatemala City, like the rest of the country, Guatemalans joined the lines on a Sunday to say yes or no to taking their territorial claim to Belize to the ICJ.

    Former Guate F.M. Ecstatic About “Yes” Vote
    While our news team was in Guatemala City, we ran into former Foreign Minister Carlos Raul Morales. While he's no longer a member of Government, he still had a leading role in the public education campaign. We asked the Morales to discuss the outcome of the referendum, and, not surprisingly, he was very pleased that Guatemalans want to take their claim to the ICJ. Here's what he had to say: Carlos Raul Morales- Former Guatemalan Foreign Minister "It is a clear message of the Guatemalan people that we want peace. This is for me the most important message. Guatemalan people are people that love peace. And a lot of the Guatemalan people are not aware of the issue with Belize. They only know about Belize when someone dies in the adjacency zone and there are sentiments, very special feelings when someone dies. Our message to Belize is that we are going to be neighbors forever, we have a problem, we have an issue, we need to solve that issue. But the message that the 96% of people said 'yes' is to give a solution to a problem we have in the International Court of Justice in a peaceful way..."

    Ambassador Alexis: “Is the Pressure now on Belize?”
    So, what happens next? Well, now that the Guatemalan electorate has said "YES", it wants to resolve the dispute at the ICJ - they must wait and see what the Belize electorate says. So, now, the pressure and scrutiny is squarely upon Belize, since the Guatemalans have given their emphatic yes vote. We asked Belize's Ambassador in Guatemala, Alexis Rosado if Belize is under pressure to produce a "yes" vote in Belize. Here's what he had to say: H. E. Alexis Rosado - Ambassador of Belize to Guatemala "Well, it is a historic occasion. It is a big step in the direction we had already agreed upon in 2008 when we signed the special agreement. It will now required for Belize to prepare and conduct its own and we will see how that goes."

    What if Belize Claimed Guatemala?
    And, finally from Guatemala City tonight we have a different perspective on the vote. We asked Guatemalan voters, "what if?" As in, "What if Belize was claiming half your country? And some faraway court would decide whether they were entitled to it?" We got some interesting reactions, including some sudden about-turns:... Daniel Ortiz - Reporter: "Let's say for example, you grew up with a different history, let us change history just for a little bit. Belize is claiming Guatemala as its territory. As a Guatemalan, how would you feel about that?"

    Country Confusion for Pres. Jimmy
    And while putting the shoe on the other foot changed the perspective for some of those Guatemalan voters, it seems President Jimmy Morales wasn't sure what shoe he put on when he woke up on Sunday morning. He was widely made fun of in the Guatemalan media for saying the dispute was between Mexico and Belize:.. Similarly, a Guatemalan congressman is reported as saying that the dispute is with Brazil whom he would vote for because it would help in football.

    An Ugly Murder on Lovely Lane
    Three weeks ago, southside Belize City was in turmoil due to rising gang related crime, but, now, it's the Northside - which witnessed its second execution style killing in four days. On Wednesday night the victim was 37 year old Marcia Downs, and yesterday evening it was 30 year old Jason Belencio. In both cases, the victims were not known to be in any gang, but both of them were shot in the head with deliberate cruelty. Today, Sahar Vasquez went looking for answers in Belncio's murder: Sahar Vasquez reporting: In 2012 while police officers were doing a meet and greet on Lovely Lane, 24-year-old Jason Belencio made sure to greet the police. But Belencio didn't just exchange courtesies, the 24-year-old shared his life story and made one request.

    Fearless Defender Gunned Down
    The weekend's other murder happened in Ranchito Village, just outside of Corozal Town. At five minutes past midnight on Sunday morning, A shooter toting a sawed off shotgun killed 38 year old Emmanuel Evan Sosa at the Pasadina Bar - which is just off the highway. It all started at midnight when the female bar owner was closing up and a man with a sawed off showed up at the door. Sosa sprang to her defence and confronted the gunman outside, while she locked herself inside. Police told us what happened next:

    Murder Suspect Says Ambassador Tried to Rape Him
    He is accused of killing a diplomat, but 23 year old Wilser Echeverria told the court that the Panamanian Ambassador Jose Rodrigo De la Rosa was trying to rape him. Echeverria's trial without jury started last week in the Belmopan supreme Court before Justice Antonette Moore. According to the evidence, in November of 2014, De La Rosa met Echeverria - who was only 19 at the time - at the bus terminal and invited him for a drink. He then drove Echeverria to a remote area off the Hummingbird Highway and he began to make sexual advances on Echeverria.

    From “Chamako” to Chief
    Corozal North Representative Hugo Patt has been named Acting Prime Minister again. Prime Minister Barrow left for Washington yesterday to meet with the IMF and the OAS. We understand he is also seeking further medical consultation on his ailing back. He'll be gone for 6 days - returning on Saturday, April 21st, 2018. And until then, two term area rep and Minister of Labour and Local Government Hugo Patt will again be acting Prime Minister. Again, it's surprising because Patt is considered a junior member of Cabinet And the Deputy Prime Minister Patrick Faber returned to the country today. But Faber tells us he will travel to South Korea on official business before the end of the week - which is why he is not acting.

    Banana Farm Sues Fyffes for Millions in Losses
    Turning now from politics to the court, Meridian Farms took multinational corporation Fyffes to the Belize Supreme Court today. As we've reported, Meridian - which took over the farms form John Zabaneh was the biggest banana producer in 2012. It claims that Fyffes was the moving hand when it was cut off as a supplier who could export bananas to Fyffes. That sent Meridian's farms to ruin and resulted in the loss of hundreds of jobs and millions of dollars. Meridian's attorney Eamon Courtenay is claiming for breech and damages against Fyffes, alleging that the company refused to receive its bananas.

    Caye Lago Escape Boat Found
    There was a double murder on Caye Largo early on Friday morning. That's a private island close to Caye Caulker where Mark Seawell and Gabriel Escalante were killed by an unknown gunman or gunmen, who made off with the island owner's boat. Well, police found the boat. Today when they addressed the media, the Coast Guard was going to pick it up:.. Wilfredo Ferrufino - Inspector, CIB: "Prior to coming to this press briefing, we had received that there was a vessel that was found. Police and the Coast Guard will proceed to that location and confirm if it is the vessel that is from this double murder."

    Contraband Cerveza Intercepted in Corozal
    Corozal Police made a contraband bust on Sunday, when they intercepted a van driven by a couple from Calcutta Village. Inside the van, they found twenty cases of contraband Superior beer from Mexico. They were both detained and the van and its contents impounded. Police handed the matter over to customs who will likely settle with the couple. They have not been criminally charged.

    Ranchito Fisherman Fined
    A Forty-seven year old fisherman from Ranchito was fined for undersized conch today. Sojo Moises Catzim pleaded guilty to possession of 65 undersized conch. He was fined $250 plus $5 court cost for the offence and he was also fined $20 per conch, which amounted to $1,300. On March 11 Fisheries officers found Catzim on Turneffe Reef Atoll with 65 fully processed fillet conch which did not exceed 3 inches in length. Catzim said in court that he fished for the undersized conch because he is sick and constantly in pain so he cannot work as he used to.

    Caye Caulker Airstrip Renovations Underway
    The Caye Caulker airstrip has been closed since late last year, and probably won't re-open until the second half of this year. The Belize Airports Authority today sent out a release saying that the renovation of the has, quote, "picked up momentum and is moving briskly to meet its completion date by mid-June of this year." We asked the general manager for details:... Nick Ruiz - GM, BAA: "What precipitated the close down was undulations that were forming on the runway and when it was built in 2005 - 2006, we now know that the base was not fully addressed and so you may have come and done some cosmetic work at the top you could say but it wouldn't address the problem that is really at the bottom of it all. So, this time around in Caye Caulker we have determine to go and fix the problem which is underneath the runway..."

    Channel 5

    Guatemala Says YES to I.C.J. Resolution
    Guatemala has spoken and its citizens have done so decisively, those who came out on Sunday to participate in the referendum.  Following a somewhat abbreviated education campaign which commenced in [...]

    In Belize, Will Political Parties Work Together?
    In the absence of Prime Minister Barrow and Foreign Minister Wilfred Elrington, we sought a reaction to Sunday’s outcome from Opposition Leader John Briceño.  The head of the People’s United [...]

    Referendum in Belize in May? No Way!
    Guatemalan Vice President Jafeth Cabrera recently met with Belize’s Foreign Minister Wilfred Elrington in Lima, Peru while attending the Eighth Summit of the Americas.  Cabrera reportedly told the Guatemalan media, [...]

    Ambassador Rosado Confirms Re-Registration Must Come First
    Vice President of Guatemala Jafeth Cabrera voted in Sunday’s referendum in Guatemala City. According to Prensa Libre, he told reporters that he understands Belize will go to vote in its [...]

    Belizeans React to Guat Referendum Outcome
    With Guatemalans giving the nod to take the territorial claim to the I.C.J., does the result put added pressure on the Belizean government and populace to have the same? On [...]

    How Did We Get Here?
    We have heard from Belizeans as to what they are thinking now that the results in Guatemala are a reality. But how, really, did we get here? It started ten [...]

    Who Wanted Jason Belencio Dead?
    A father of three was killed in Belize City on Sunday evening. Police say that they have one man in custody and are looking for another – but the motive [...]

    Ivan Sosa’s Good Samaritan Deed Ends in Fatality
    Corozal Police are looking for one person in connection with a murder that occurred in the village of Ranchito on the Philip Goldson Highway. Just after midnight on Saturday, as [...]

    No Suspects, No Motive in Caye Lagos Double Murder
    The shocking double murder on Caye Lagos on Friday has shocked the Ladyville community and left two families grieving. Forty-eight-year-old Mark Seawell and forty-two-year-old Gabriel Escalante were shot to death [...]

    Police Still Hunting Marcia Downs’ Killer
    Thirty-seven-year-old Marcia Downs was murdered in cold blood last week Wednesday night around eight. She was killed inside her yard when a man approached her house and called out her [...]

    Rural Area Man Struck by Vehicle
    Twenty-six-year-old Christian Charles is clinging to life at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital after he was knocked down and left for dead in a case of hit and run. Swanka, [...]

    P.U.P. Says Mayor Wagner Can Be Available, but Prudent
    Belize City Mayor Bernard Wagner has been facing serious criticism since deciding to lend financial assistance to needy residents via a social program at City Hall.  Despite having cleared up [...]

    Banana Titans Unable to Prove Case in Court
    The fallout over the designation by the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control of banana businessman John Zabaneh as an alleged drug trafficking kingpin continues. While he is no [...]

    Humana Hooks Up with NEMO for Toledo Emergencies
    A number of projects are being undertaken in eleven villages within the Toledo District through Humana People to People Belize.  Those initiatives include the improvements of physical infrastructure, as well [...]

    Commonwealth Cyclists were Class of the Caribbean ‘Down Under’
    Most of Belize’s delegation to the Commonwealth Games concluded on Sunday in Gold Coast, Australia, returned to Belize this afternoon. There were no medals to show off, but the athletes [...]

    Training Continues for Table Tennis Trio
    The table tennis team of Devesh Hukmani, Terry Su and Rohit Pagarani were also participating in the Commonwealths for the first time and faced some of the very best in [...]

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

    LOVE FM

    Father of three gunned down
    A father of three was shot and killed yesterday. Shortly before six o’clock yesterday evening shots rang out on Lovely Lane in Belize City, when the shooting ended, 30-year-old Jason Belencio lay dead. The family is in shock and disbelief as they are trying to come to terms with his murder. Today, Love News visited …

    Guatemalan Garinagu boycott referendum
    During over coverage of the Guatemala ICJ referendum on Sunday, we came across a group of Garinagu who has ancestry in Belize. They told us that they are Guatemalans who have family in Punta Gorda. However, life on that side of the border is not what many would expect. Earlier in the month, UNESCO in …

    Will Belize be pressured to vote ‘yes’ to the ICJ?
    Today the Government of Belize sent out a release, congratulating Guatemala for what it described as “a step further toward permanently settling the age-old dispute.” The Government says that Guatemala’s referendum promotes peace, democracy, and security, not only in Guatemala but in the region. This is a similar message sent by Guatemala’s former Foreign Affairs …

    Misinformation or Misinterpretation?; The faulty Guatemalan ICJ campaign
    As you heard in the story, some of the people who spoke to Love News gave different reasons why they voted yes in Guatemala’s ICJ referendum yesterday. Some believed that if they voted “yes”, Guatemala would recover a portion of Belize while others believed that some sort of free trade agreement will be established. When …

    Guatemala votes to have dispute with Belize settled by ICJ
    Yesterday, one point six million Guatemalans voted in favor of taking their country’s territorial, maritime and insular claim on Belize to the International Court of Justice, ICJ. Guatemala is claiming half of Belize or about four thousand square miles as its territory. While in the early 1990s the Guatemalan Government recognized Belize as an independent …

    A Belize delegation attends 11th Commonwealth Forum
    A Belizean delegation returned today from the Commonwealth Games in Australia. Meanwhile, another delegation is presently in London, where they are attending the 11thCommonwealth Forum which started today. Love news spoke with Aida Escobar, the Public Relations Officer at the Department of Youth Services about the delegation. Aida Escobar – Public Relations Officer, Department of …

    Man seriously injured in a hit and run incident
    A young man is fighting for his life after being knocked down in Burrell Boom Village, near the bridge. 26-year-old Christian Charles was knocked down about five thirty on Sunday morning. He was rushed to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital where he is listed in a critical condition. Love News visited the KHMH, where we …

    Villager shot and killed; was he trying to foil a robbery?
    A few minutes before midnight on Saturday, a robbery in Ranchito Village in the Corozal District ended in death. Police say that the deceased, 38-year-old Ivan Emanuel Sosa was killed as he attempted to foil the robbery. They add that the owner of the bar locked Sosa out of the building as he confronted the …

    Police continue to look for suspects in last week’s double murder
    Police are looking for suspects in last week’s double murder. Ladyville residents, Mark Seawell and Gabriel Escalante were shot and killed on Caye Lagos. Inspector Wilfred Ferrufino of the Crimes Investigation Branch shared the details of the double murder. Insp. Wilfred Ferrufino, Crimes Investigation Branch: “On Friday the 13th police received information of the body …

    Candian women battered and robbed in Corozal Town
    Two elderly Canadian women were robbed and beaten in Corozal Town. The incident happened on April 7, but the Belize Police Department has not issued any official report on the matter. Love News understands however that the women, one of them the proprietor of a hotel and restaurant in Corozal Town had driven to one …

    PlusTV

    UDP cries corruption; PUP Mayor says not so
    PUP Belize City Mayor Bernard Wagner has been in office for less than a month and already he is being accused of corruption? The accusations came after it was learned that Mayor Wagner wrote checks on the city council’s account to himself to distribute as social assistance. Today, the Mayor spoke to...

    Police say man accusing cops of brutality not truthful
    In Yesterday’s News Cast we reported to you that 24 year old Leray Simons claimed that he was badly brutalized by Punta Gorda Police while in their custody. Simons told Plus News that PG Police even refused to give him a medico legal form to take to his doctor and so he had to make his way to the Be...

    GOB clarifies Minister Elrington’s Comments on Guatemalan Referendum
    Yesterday we told you about the PUP press release demanding that Minister Wilfred Elrington clarify his statements made in interview with Channel 5, where Elrington said that Guatemala would have to go to referendum to adopt any decision made by the ICJ. The PUP said that Elrington is contradicting ...

    Elderly Business Owner Robbed twice in less than 2 weeks
    On March 30th , Silvia’s Shop in the Hummingbird Community was reportedly robbed by three camouflaged and armed men. In a police report sent to us by police at the end of last month, it stated that 73 year old Silvia Spain and her husband were in the shop when the men entered and robbed the couple o...

    7 FOREIGNERS ARRESTED AT THREE BARS
    Over the weekend, 7 foreign women were arrested from three different bars after a sting operation by immigration and police. The 7 women from the neighboring countries of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador were arrested after they were suspected of working in bars located in the Ladyville area. The...

    Ibrahim Smith of Manslaughter by Negligence charge
    A 26 year old who accidentally shot and killed his friend in 2010 was set free of a manslaughter by negligence charge. 26 year old Ibrahim Smith was 17 when he was charged for the shooting death of 17-year-old Shenaine Reyes, aka “Shenelle” a third form student at Saidie Vernon High School. The tee...

    Teenager Charged With Drug Trafficking
    A 19 year old has been charged with Drug Trafficking by Belmopan Police. Reports are that police conducted a search on 19 year old Otis Garcia while conducting a mobile patrol on Monday morning. Their search resulted in the discovery of 780 grams of cannabis o n Garcia. Garcia was arrested and char...

    Tense times at City Hall
    Earlier we told you of Belize City Mayor Wagner’s worries regarding Social Assistance check that he wrote out in his name and then distributed to needy Belize City residents. That brought about sharp criticism and cries of corruption and illegality. That is not the only situation the Belize City Cou...

    No more Social Assistance Program at City Hall
    Mayor Bernard Wagner says that while he is glad to assist residents of Belize City through the current Social Assistance program. He is hopeful for a more meaningful way of assisting people in need. He believes that in time they can do away with the Social Assistance Program and set up a City Fund i...

    FREE Medical Services to 4 Villages
    The Ministry of Health in Collaboration with Path Light International is offering free medical services to Villages in the Cayo South. According to Rose Anderson from the Ministry of Health the free medical services will be offered for the entire week up until Friday morning. Rose Anderson, Ministr...

    Truck overturns on George Price Highway
    A pickup truck overturned off the George Price Highway this morning. It happened this morning near Central Farm. We don’t know what caused the vehicle to overturn but it appears no one was seriously injured. The pickup truck was carrying a pan full of oranges which ended up on the road and the gras...

    Charges for stealing phone
    A woman tried to blame her son in court for a phone she stole and now she is in more trouble. 29 year old Tina Herbert appeared before Chief Magistrate Sharon Fraser where she pleaded not guilty to one count of theft. Herbert was denied bail and remanded into custody until Friday, after she tried to...

    Farmers of the Year 2018
    The Ministry of Agriculture and the National Agriculture and Trade Show Committee has selected the winners of their 2018 farmers of the year award. Mr. Baltazar Campos of Carmelita Village in the Orange Walk District was selected as the ‘Male farmer of the year’. Lorena Peralta of La Gracia Village...

    Fighting corruption by helping cops stretch incomes
    Police Officers working on the South Side of Belize City are receiving incentives to work harder and avoid corruption. This is coming through initiatives to help police officers to stretch their incomes. According Howell Gillett, Officer Commanding Eastern Division South, within a few days the offi...

    US Embassy give New Grants
    The U.S Embassy in Belmopan has announced a new funding opportunity to strengthen civil society and civil servant capacity through partnership. The funding is intended to support U.S. Government objectives under the Central America Regional Security Initiative (CARSI) to support democracy and govern...

    Belize and Guatemala host Garifuna Cultural Event
    Belize and Guatemala collaborated in a Garifuna cultural event over the past two days. The event entitled “The Belizean and Guatemalan Garifuna Culture as an Expression of Social Cohesion, Intercultural Dialogue and Promotion of Peace” was held on the 8th and 9th of April 2018 in Guatemala City. Th...

    Breaking Belize NewsPJ

    Corozal police seek one person for murder
    After midnight yesterday, Corozal police responded to a report of a shooting incident at […]

    Belize city man killed on Lovely Lane
    Police are investigating the murder of Jason James Belencio, 30, which happened just before […]

    Truck valued at $35,000 destroyed by fire
    Last night around 9:20, Belize city police visited the scene of a fire on […]

    Belize must complete re-registration before referendum
    With Guatemala having already fulfilled its obligation to hold a national referendum on taking […]

    Belizean man accused of triple homicide in USA to stand trial (again)
    Belizean Brian Hyde who is accused of murdering his three family members ( Dorla Pitts,37, […]

    Inspector Nicolas Palomo passes away
    The Police Department is mourning the death of Inspector Nicolas Palomo,42. Palomo had been […]

    Guatemala said Yes to ICJ, how will Belize vote?
    Yesterday, over 1.7 million voters of Guatemala’s 7.5 million registered voters voted in the National Referendum to take the long standing claim on Belize’s continental, insular […]

    Belize to conduct 1st internal review of Greenhouse Gas Inventory Management System
    Belize is strengthening its capacity to establish and apply quality assurance and quality control […]

    GOB congratulates Guatemala; says Belize referendum will be after re-registration
    The Government of Belize (GOB) issued a statement today congratulating the Government and people […]

    NEMO Minister tours Humana projects in Toledo
    Minister of National Emergency Management, Edmond Castro met with officials from Humana People to […]

    Belize Government rejects referendum date by Guatemala’s Vice President
    The Government of Belize (GOB) has released a statement informing the nation that it rejects […]

    Belize: The Death of The Guatemalan Claim
    By Richard Harrison: Yesterday the people of Guatemala, after several months of enticement by their government to covet […]

    Blogs

    Ambergris Caye Check-list: 11 Must-Do’s On Your First Visit to Belize
    Ambergris Caye has SO much to offer and can keep you busy from morning until night. The food, the festivals, the people, the shopping, the aqua blue waters, the gorgeous barrier reef and wildlife – most people are quickly hooked. My one BIGGEST tip is to chat it up – with locals, with tourists…it’s a great way to find out what’s going on in town and the newest, hippest spots. But it’s your first visit…and with only a few days or a week, where to start? Here is a check list – a mix of fun, adventure and…chocolate – that will make the most of your time on the island. And give you a real feel for what living on Belize’s largest island is like.

    International Sourcesizz

    Liz Weston: Beat the Retiree Crowds to These 5 Places Abroad
    Retiring in less popular places could mean a lower cost of living and a more authentic experience abroad. Coronado in Panama once had pristine beaches and not much else. Today the resort town is a haven for U.S. and Canadian retirees, with strip malls, fast-food joints and a lot of people speaking English. That kind of retirement destination appeals to many who are looking for an established expatriate community where they may not have to learn another language, says Dan Prescher, a senior editor at International Living, another site for people interested in life abroad. Places like Coronado or Boquete in Panama, Puerto Vallarta or Ajijic in Mexico and Ambergris Caye island in Belize have been welcoming North American retirees for years.

    Central Albertans provide Belize’s students and teachers with literacy tools
    In Belize, many students have to “dream big” just to finish high school. With a $1.50 per/hour minimum wage in the Central American country, the $500 cost of finishing high school can be an insurmountable obstacle, said Lynne Paradis, international director and project lead for the Rotary Club of Red Deer. But hope for a better future was conveyed by 30 Central Albertans who recently travelled to Belize with suitcase-fulls of books and writing equipment. The goal was to encourage students to stay in school for the long-term by applying for scholarships and subsidies. That way they will gain better jobs prospects by becoming literate members of society, added Paradis.

    Belize steps up to prioritize health challenges faced by its youth
    ared Cain, 18, from the south side of Belize city, Belize, knows all too well the sound of gunshots. “In the past two to three weeks alone, there’s been multiple shootings in my neighborhood," says Cain, a member of the Belize Children’s Advisory Body and the Belize Family Life Association Youth Advocacy Movement. "It’s common to hear gunshots outside my window while I’m studying or playing video games with friends." Violence, particularly homicide, sexual violence and bullying, is a significant adolescent health issue in Belize. Teenage boys are more likely to drop out of school and become involved with violent gangs or other illegal activities, a WHO report on Tuesday said.

    Threatened: A Green-Haired Turtle That Can Breathe Through Its Genitals
    (And one of Belize's turtles too). In the debate over saving endangered species, it may be that some should get priority just because of how weird they are. Take the green-haired turtle. It breathes through its genitals. Not all the time — but after a long time underwater, an alternative way to get oxygen really helps. The turtle is thirtieth on a new list of reptiles in trouble put out by the Zoological Society of London. The Edge of Existence program at the society looks at the evolutionary trees of animals that are endangered to determine which are most evolutionary distinctive.

    Videos

  • Morning Matters with Vero Belize, 62min.

  • Belize's First Line of Defence | Episode 1: Defining Belize's Borders, 14min. Episode one of the documentary series "Belize's First Line of Defence" highlighted what areas define Belize's borders and how they were established. Let's take a look back!

  • Recap of Guatemala Referendum Open Your Eyes, 2.5 hr.

  • Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed at the Milwaukee Public Museum, 5min. Michael Schlesinger takes viewers inside the latest special exhibit at the Milwaukee Public Museum showcasing artifacts from the ancient Mayan civilization.

  • Guatemala Referendum Coverage, 90min.

  • House Hunters: Jungle Love in Belize (Clip), 3min.

  • 1999 BELIZE, KEY WEST CRUISE, 18min.

  • Bike Belize, 2.5min.

  • Diving in Belize, 1min. Footage from 2 Tank Dives in Belize and 1 Tank Night Dive! Incredible underwater experience with several large sea turtles, nurse sharks, octopus, sting rays, lobster, and many other sea life!

  • How to open coconut husk, 2min.

  • The Creatures of Belize, 5.5min. Ants, Tarantulas, Scorpions, Sharks, Birds, Frogs, Lizards,etc...

  • The O'Gradys Fly Fishing Belize !!!, 6min.

  • Secret Beach & Tropical Paradise, 9min.

  • Belize Nature Sounds - San Lorenzo Farm: Lower Pasture, 10min. As part of Grassfed's Nature Series, here is 10 minutes from the lower pasture at San Lorenzo Farm in Cayo, Belize. This is the current base of operation for Team Grassfed, the 200 acre farm is home to Hanna Stables and Nabitunich: The Stone Cottages.

  • Belize Hol Chan Night Dive, 1min.

    April 16, 2018


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    Specials and Events

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


    The San Pedro Sun

    Wolfe’s Woofer: Marriage Stone
    “Well, climbing up that ruin certainly wasn’t very much fun.” “I’m sorry you didn’t enjoy it,” the tour guide said. “Most people do.” “Don’t pay any attention to Helen,” one of the tour group members said. “So far she hasn’t been happy with anything on our vacation.” I had been in San Ignacio and decided to visit the ruins at Caracol. While there, I had fastened myself to a group of tourists out of Belize City who, with the exception of Helen, were enjoying themselves immensely. “It’s way too hot out here. Why don’t they have a juice bar for refreshment?” Helen asked.

    Letter to the Editor: Development
    Dear Editor, Walk the beach between the Yacht Club and Victoria House and you’ll see three major condo/resort developments under way, one major development offering future condos, and two or more land preparation sites where development is obviously being planned. All of this activity is on less than a mile and a half of beach. Given this, I have three questions for the Town Council. (1) What are the plans to deal with the additional parking/traffic issues? And (2) What are the plans to deal with the additional demands on water and electricity issues? And (3) What are the plans to deal with the additional sanitation issues?

    Doctor Love: Nameless
    Dear Doctor Love, I’ve been dating my girlfriend for two years but I am not attracted to her anymore. I used to have a lot of girls but I stopped when I met her because I wanted her to be my girlfriend. Now I try to avoid being alone with her because sex with her no longer interests me because I don’t get excited. I don’t want to hurt her feelings, she is a good girl, but I don’t know how to go back to before. Is it time to cut and run or should I talk to her about it and see if we should stay together? /s/Nameless

    Misc Belizean Sources

    mzz

    Prime Minister Barrow to Meet with IMF and OAS
    The Office of the Prime Minister informs the public that the Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow departed the country today, April 15th, 2018 to attend meetings with the International Monetary Fund and Organization of American States. The Prime Minister will return to Belize on Saturday, April 21st, 2018. During the Prime Minister’s absence, the Hon. Hugo Patt will act as Prime Minister.

    Today Mary Hill put the fun in the run. Special Olympics fun run
    Thanks to all that participated.

    Belize U15 Basketball Team Wins Bronze
    Congratulations, Team Belize! The U15 National Basketball Team won the bronze at the COCABA Championship in Costa Rica. "Fighting back this evening from a 9 point half-time deficit, the Belize Boys U15 National Team dug in, regained their composure and executed down the stretch to defeat the hosts, El Salvador, 82-72, and secure 3rd place in the tournament. Top performers were Nikai Jex Martinez with a wicked quadruple double performance of 22 points, 10 rebounds, 11 assists and 12 steals, sharp-shooting Izid Lopez with 26 points including six three-pointers, Charles Zabaneh with 8 points, Franklin Andrews and Marquest Arnold with 7 points each, and Leroy Betson with 8 rebounds.

    Belize Red Cross prepares Health Workers
    23 Community Health Workers and 31 Public Health Inspectors and Educators concluded four weeks of training in Participatory Hygiene And Sanitation Transformation (PHAST) offered by the Belize Red Cross on March 27th. This training was funded by an ongoing U.S. Embassy grant to the Belize Red Cross to help improve service delivery in the event of an emergency or other disaster.

    A little tribute & lecture last night Saturday on Marcos Canul taking of Corozal by To'one Masehualo'on and The Northern Maya association of Belize
    Adela Paterson - MC Faustino Yam - Prayer in Maya, Andy Chuc - Northern Maya of Belize Identity, Hugo Carrillo Cocom - Maya heroes and Caste war, Roy Rodriguez - Marcos Canul,Icaiche Maya and taking of Corozal.

    The Reporter

    Ranchito villager shot and killed in robbery attempt
    A Ranchito villager, who was shot when he tried to foil a robbery in progress, died from his injuries last night. According to police, Ivan Emmanuel Sosa, 38, was found motionless by police on April 15th around 12:05 a.m. at a bar in the village. He was laying on his back with a single gunshot wound to his right shoulder. Police say Sosa was along with the owner of the establishment, which was closing for the night, when a masked man walked up to the door with a sawed off shotgun. Sosa then intervened, trying to prevent the man from entering the establishment. The owner then closed the door leaving Sosa and the gunman outside arguing. Sosa was then shot.

    Breaking Belize NewsPJ

    Guatemalans vote YES on sending the Belize territorial dispute to the ICJ
    Today, Guatemala held its national referendum where Guatemalans were asked if they are in favor of, or against, taking the long standing claim on Belize’s territory to the International Court of Justice (ICJ). The Guatemalans that went to the polls voted a resounding ‘YES’. […]

    Man dies after being shot 5 times in Belize City tonight
    Police in Belize City are investigating a murder that happened tonight. According to reports, shortly after 6 tonight, a man was gunned down on Lovely Lane, Belize City. […]

    Guatemala’s Today, Guatemala held its national referendum to vote in favor of or against their government taking the long-standing territorial dispute on Belize’s territory to the International Court of Justice. […]

    Referendum poll closes in Guatemala with low turn out
    Guatemalans went to the polls today to vote in favor or against their government taking the long-standing territorial dispute with Belize to the International Court of Justice. […]

    Guatemala votes on sending Belize territory dispute to International Court of Justice
    Today Guatemalans head to the poll to vote in a referendum on the long-standing territorial dispute with Belize which dates back over 200 years when both countries were Spanish and British colonies, respectively. […]

    Calcutta villagers busted with contraband beers
    This morning around 8:30, officers from the Special Branch Unit along with Corozal police intercepted a van driven at the time by Norberto Dionicio Gutierrez,34, along with passenger Rosenda Gonzalez, 31, both of Calcutta Village. […]

    PM Barrow to meet with IMF and OAS
    Prime Minister Dean Barrow departed the country today to attend meetings with the International Monetary Fund and Organization of American States in USA. […]

    Rangers at Altun Ha Maya Ruins concerned about bug infestation
    Rangers stationed at the Altun Ha Archeological Site are concerned about a bug infestation that is affecting them at the house provided to them by the National Institute of Culture and History (NICH). “We have been neglected for far too long and I believe that it is time for someone to do something about this,” a ranger told BBN. […]

    Man killed in early morning shooting in Ranchito Village
    This morning around 12:05, Corozal Police were called to a bar in Ranchito Village, Corozal District to investigate a murder. When officers arrived at the scene, they saw the body of a man lying on his back with a single shot wound to the right shoulder. […]

    2 stabbed in San Pedro Town last night
    Police in San Pedro Town are investigating a stabbing incident that occurred last night. According to reports, yesterday around 9:30 PM, San Pedro Police visited the San Pedro Poly Clinic and saw Hector Lopez with a stab wound to the right side of his chest and a cut on his lip. […]

    Blogs

    Corozal held their Reggatta Sail on Saturday
    The Corozal Sailing Club held their Regatta Sail at Jam Rock on April 14 @ 15. At 11am Sailors gathered infront of Jam Rock and one by one they sailed on the Bay of Corozal. The water was rough and the kids had rough time controlling the Sail. Today it is happening again until 3pm. So, come out and enjoy the weather right here at Jam Rock.

    International Sourcesizz

    Vacation seekers flock to Central American tropics as an alternative to Caribbean, Mexico
    Many vacationers have passports bearing the seals of a Latin American or Caribbean country. Now, an increasing number are flocking to six countries that, until recently, have been the best kept secret among destination travelers. Central America — specifically Belize, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama – collectively generated more than $5 billion in tourism last year, government data show. In fact, Central American countries are popping up more frequently on "Best of" travel guides, with those countries offering an alternative to the often crowded beaches of Mexico, the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico (before Hurricane Maria). Alyse Cori, owner of travel agency Travelwise, told CNBC that Central America tops other popular tropical destinations, simply because countries in the region have a wealth of attractions aside from beaches and resorts.

    Guatemala Votes to Ask U.N. Court to Resolve Belize Border Spat
    Guatemalans on Sunday voted to ask the top United Nations court to resolve its claim that it owns half the territory of its neighbor Belize, a dispute that dates back to Spanish and British colonial rule of the region. With more than 90 percent of votes counted on Sunday evening, the overwhelming majority voted to ask the International Court of Justice (ICJ), based in The Hague, to intervene. Guatemala recognized the independence of Belize at the beginning of the 1990s, but it never accepted the borders and continues to stake a claim to about 11,000 square kilometers, half the territory of the former British colony.

    Guatemala votes to send territory dispute with Belize to ICJ
    In Sunday's referendum over the future of the country's territorial dispute with neighboring Belize, Guatemalans voted overwhelmingly to ask the International Court of Justice (ICJ), based in the Hague, to resolve the centuries-old conflict. With more than 92 percent of the vote counted, some 95 percent had voted in favor of letting the UN's top court have final judicial authority over an area of some 12,270 square kilometers (4,737 square miles) — about half of Belize — and the border between the two neighboring countries. Guatemala’s Vice President, Jafeth Cabrera announced to his country today that the Government of Belize will carry out our national referendum in May, as part of the commitment to resolve the dispute.

    Guatemalans Vote "Yes" for ICJ Resolution of Belize Dispute
    “Yes” managed to win 95.9% approval from the small group which turnout on Sunday. Guatemala has voted “Yes,” in the referendum, to present a longstanding border dispute between the country and neighbor Belize before the International Court of Justice (ICJ). Some 76% abstained from participating in the vote, but “Yes” managed to win 95.9% approval from the small group which turnout on Sunday. Guatemala President Jimmy Morales was pleased with the overwhelming support which greenlights a possible international resolution. Reports state that an abysmal 7-10% of Guatemala's 7.5 million eligible voters took part in the process.

    The Trump administration has officially clipped the wings of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act
    The Trump administration made it clear this week that it is sapping the strength of a century-old law to protect birds, issuing guidance that the law would not be used as it has been to hold people or companies accountable for killing the animals. In an opinion issued Wednesday to federal wildlife police who enforce the rule, the Interior Department said “the take [killing] of birds resulting from an activity is not prohibited by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act when the underlying purpose of that activity is not to take birds.” For example, the guidance said, a person who destroys a structure such as a barn knowing that it is full of baby owls in nests is not liable for killing them. “All that is relevant is that the landowner undertook an action that did not have the killing of barn owls as its purpose,” the opinion said.

    Videos

  • As a cold front enters Belize, a strong storm with hurricane-like winds hits San Pedro!, 1min.

  • From San Pedro to Belize City to Corozal, people were taken by surprise by a very powerful squall that drought with it over 50mph wind gusts, 1min. - Strong enough to snap tree branches and blow away unsecured items and even weak roofing. Wow!!

  • Press Conference of Preliminary results of Guatemala Referendum , 24min. The president of the TSE reported that voter turnout was 24%. 96% of those that participated voted YES and 4% voted NO.

  • Corozal Bay Sailing Club Regatta, 2.5min. Surfing Day It Was! Here is a snippet of this weekend's Corozal Bay Sailing Club Regatta on our Corozal Bay. Despite the strong breeze and surf on Saturday, the show had to go on and so they sailed away. Awesome regatta. Great participation. Congratulations to all the organizers and volunteers for doing a fantastic job with the Corozal Bay Sailing Club. If you would like to be a sponsor, please inbox them on their facebook page or contact one of the members. This is a great cause and wonderful water sport for the kids of Corozal.

  • Belize Mek We Go Visits Benque, 15min. Meet The Origins of the Marimba & The Hijos Del West. Belize Mek We Go visited Benque, and spent a day with the Los Hijos del West. They interview some of the members, and even play a little.

  • FOLLOWING THE ADVENTURE TO BELIZE, 5min. Took a little trip to Belize it was a beautiful place and we had tons of fun. We spent most of our time in San Pedro. Hope you enjoy!

  • Crasy Nurse Shark and a Crab in Belize, 1.5min. Scuba diving with a Crasy Nurse Shark and a Crab in Belize.

  • Honeymoon in Belize, 3min. Tikal and St. Georges Caye.

  • Hamanasi Belize Recap, 2min.

  • YWAM Cave Tubing (Belize), 6.5min.

  • Swimming with Sharks & Rays- Belize, 2min. Check out scenes from gorgeous Caye Caulker and my day with swimming with nurse sharks and stingrays at Shark and Ray Alley.

  • Belize Zoo Trip Sunday April 6, 2018, 10min.

  • Belize - Manatee Watching, Goff's Caye, Caye Caulker, 6min. Great excursion to watch Manatees, snorkel at Goff's Caye, and visit Caye Caulker

  • Children from Yucatec Maya descent from San Narciso(Corozal) singing the Belize Nation anthem in Maya, 2min. We want to congrate San Narciso RC school for teaching the children the Nation anthem in Maya and also for teaching them some Maya .

    April 15, 2018


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    The San Pedro Sun

    Martin Dawson’s MMA Pit Fighters Gaining International Recognition
    It has been less than a year since island resident Martin Dawson officially opened his Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) training school, and in that short time, the school has grown by leaps and bounds, attracting local and international attention. Dawson’s MMA training school, ‘Pit Fighters,’ teaches all aspects of the sport, self-defense, jiu-jitsu, tactics, and techniques. The school is currently in the process of preparing fighters to compete in a MMA tournament this June in Chetumal, Mexico. As well, the school was recently visited by well- known Canadian striking trainer, Victor Theriault, who spent several days attending classes with Dawson. Theriault has a solid coaching record and has trained some of the best fighters in the world, including former middleweight champion of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, Georges St-Pierre.

    San Pedro Pirates’ controversial 2018 PLB season ends
    With their loss to Freedom Fighters on Sunday, April 7th, the San Pedro Pirates Football Club road in the closing season of the Premiere League of Belize (PLB) has come to an end. However, founder of the San Pedro Pirates F.C, Emeliano Rivero is alleging bias and unfair practices by the Football Federation of Belize (FFB) and the PLB against his football club. In an interview with The San Pedro Sun stated that during the PLB season, every time the Pirates hosted a team at home, the FFB required a total of $1,000 dollars to be given towards transportation expenses for the visiting team. However, he alleges that FFB didn’t make the same stipulations in return from other teams when the Pirates had to travel. “I have never received any financial assistance from them at all,” said Rivero.

    Hol Chan announces activities for Reef Week 2018
    Hol Chan Marine Reserve has announced the various activities that will be taking place during the 13th Annual Reef Week 2018. For the past 12 years, Hol Chan has been celebrating Belize’s Barrier Reef System through a week of activities, aimed at raising awareness on the importance of protecting and preserving the marine environment. The Reef Week will kick off on Monday, May 7th, with a swim to the reef starting at 6AM from Amigos Del Mar dock in San Pedro Town. The following day, members of Hol Chan will take part in a traveling puppet show at the various schools on Ambergris Caye starting at 9AM. Activities continue on Wednesday, May 9th with the primary school Trivia Competition to be held at the Lions Den. The competition is scheduled to start at 9:30AM and will challenge students’ knowledge of Belize’s ecosystem, flora, and fauna, as well as the laws pertaining to the protection of the environment.

    Misc Belizean Sources

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    Special Olympics Fun Run/Walk
    The Special Olympics Fun Run/Walk was yesterday in Belmopan. "Special Olympics Belize Fun Run/Walk in Belmopan this morning! Thanks to All who made this event possible! Thank you to Belmopan City Council for controlling traffic & Grace Kennedy for breakfast!"

    7th Annual Ariel Rosado Ride
    The 7th annual Ariel Rosado Bike Ride is next Saturday, April 21st. The money riadsed goes to help finance the foundation's educational scholarships. A huge thanks to all the sponsors of the ride. "The Ariel Rosado Foundation Annual Bike Ride is a social ride aiming at raising needed funds that will help to finance educational scholarship to underprivileged youths in Belize. Pledges are solicited by participants of the event. The ride starts at Galen University at mile 62.5 on the George Price Highway with a stop at the Belmopan Campus, then at Cheers Restaurant at Miles 31, another stop at Hattieville, turns into Chetumal Street Blvd and unto the Philip Goldson Highway then turn at the Round a bout by San Cas unto Princess Margaret Drive until it reaches the final destination of the Hour Bar"

    Water woes continue in San Pedro today
    Belize Water Services informs customers in San Pedro that they are experiencing lower than normal pressure in the water supply for the remainder of today, Sunday, April 15, 2018. The entire San Pedro Water Distribution System is affected. This low pressure is the result of ongoing works at the Pumping Station. Customers may experience discoloration when water is restored. BWS apologizes for any inconvenience this low pressure is causing our customers in San Pedro.

    Please be on the lookout
    Police have shared information in regards to Bulgarian nationals. The Bulgarian suspect is said to be involved in fraudulent transactions at banks in Belize city. He may be with a female companion. If anyone should see him, be sure to report it to your nearest police station.

    Special Olympics Belize Fun Run/Walk
    In Belmopan Saturday morning! Thanks to All who made this event possible! Thank you to Belmopan City Council for controlling traffic & Grace Kennedy for breakfast

    GBV workshop in Punta Gorda
    Building People Movement (BPM) continued its fight against Gender Based Violence (GBV) at its GBV workshop held in Punta Gorda on March 28th. As part of an ongoing U.S. Embassy grant, Building People Movement hosted the workshop for community leaders and individuals from Punta Gorda Town and villages in the Toledo District to discuss GBV impacts on society and how regular people can make a change. BPM will be carrying out future workshops to continue the discussion and awareness about combatting GBV.

    The Reporter

    Dangriga business woman robbed
    A 33-year-old Dangriga businesswoman and her two daughters were robbed inside their store on Friday. According to police, the gunman entered their establishment around 4:45 p.m. and stole a gold chain, valued at $700. The woman told police that while she was along with her two daughters inside the shop, a man came to the window and ordered a water pouch from one of the girls. While the minor went to the freezer to get the water, the man pulled out a gun and pointed it at the woman and ordered her not to move.

    Hitchhiker raped on Valley of Peace road
    An 18-year-old Camalote student has reported to police that she was raped on Thursday night by a man she hitchhiked a ride from. According to police, the girl reported that around 8:00 p.m on April 12th, she was hitchhiking a ride home from Belmopan to Camalote village when upon reaching Roaring Creek village a man on a motorcycle picked her up. The female alleges that the man drove her to a dark area on the Valley of Peace road where he raped her. After she was raped, the man reportedly drove the her back to the highway and left her in the vicinity of the West Star gas station.

    Real thieves rob businessman with fake gun
    Police in Orange Walk are looking for two culprits, who robbed a business man of his cash and cell phone using a toy gun. Mohamed Zium Hoque Chowhury, 28, a Bangladeshi business man was robbed of $250 cash and a cell phone valued at $ 1,800. Chowhury reported to police that on April 12th, around 9:20 a.m while he was inside his store on the Otro Benque Road, Orange Walk, two men, one armed with what appeared to be a firearm and the other with a knife, entered his establishment.

    Breaking Belize NewsPJ

    Man dies in fatal traffic accident in Cayo
    Last night around 6, a motorcycle and a van collided head-on on the San Antonio Village road in the Cayo District. […]

    Cold front to pass over Belize tomorrow
    The National Meteorological Service (NMS) is reporting that a cold front will pass over Belize tomorrow. According to the NMS, prefrontal activity is expected over some areas tonight. […]

    Godwin Hulse: Our aquaculture is going through difficult times
    Minister of Agriculture, Godwin Hulse, has confirmed that the aquaculture industry is facing dark days. In an interview with the press, he said, “Our aquaculture is going through difficult times.” […]

    Store owner robbed at gunpoint in Dangriga Town
    Police in Dangriga are investigating a robbery that occurred yesterday afternoon at a local store. […]

    Another suspected drug plane lands in Belize
    On Thursday night, multiple reports surfaced of a suspected drug plane, which allegedly landed in the Belize district. The plane reportedly landed around mile 10 on the George Price highway. […]

    18-year-old student raped in Valley of Peace of Road
    Belmopan police are investigating a case of rape reported by an 18-year old student. The student reported to police that she was hiking from Belmopan to Camalote Village on Thursday night […]

    Blogs

    Dangriga’s Vital Role in Belize’s Health Care System
    Garifuna drumming and culture is one of the first things that comes to mind when people think about Dangriga. This city which is the capital of the Stann Creek district is also home to a very important place that very few people know exists, the Belize Cancer Centre Dangriga (BCCD). The BCCD plays a vital role in Belize’s health care system and offers a lifeline for those diagnosed with cancer. The charitable, donation-based organization opened its doors in 2008 and it is the only hematology-oncology center in the country. The cancer center accepts patients from anywhere in Belize and they also work with patients countrywide who want to return home but need to continue chemotherapy treatments. The center staff consists of three full-time employees, occasional volunteer physicians and is overseen by an oncologist from Los Angeles who comes down every two-three months.

    Weekend Update: A Mega-Yacht, an Awful, Island-Changing Development Approved and More
    A source that would like to remain unnamed sent me some photos. A HUGE yacht called the Romea anchored off the coast of Belize last week – at exactly the same time that Bill Gates was spotted playing tennis on Ambergris Caye. While the Romea has 4 jet skis, a limo tender*, tons of SCUBA gear and LOTS more amenities, she does NOT have a helicopter pad which makes me think this must be another super wealthy visitor to Belize and not Mr. Gates. 40+ OVER THE WATER CABANAS APPROVED AT CAYO ROSARIO: The west coast of Ambergris Caye is most famous for Secret Beach, the crystal clear water and the fly fishing flats that support a large industry on our island.

    International Sourcesizz

    Guatemala votes on sending Belize territory dispute to International Court of Justice
    Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales has called on the Latin American country's 7.5 million eligible voters to take part in a referendum on Sunday on whether the International Court of Justice (ICJ) should rule on a 200-year-old border dispute with neighboring country Belize. A final resolution could see Guatemala, a former Spanish colony, gain legal control over territory and waters currently administered by Belize, once a British colony. The disputed area covers some 12,270 square kilometers (4,737 square miles) — about half of Belize. The referendum is the result of a 2008 accord that would see the dispute over mainland, island and maritime territory sent to the court in The Hague, if the populations of Guatemala and Belize approve.

    13 places with the bluest water in the world
    Sometimes all it takes to re-center and refresh your mind and body is a good day (or week — who are we to limit you) staring off into a tranquil blue sea. A short boat ride from the largest barrier reef outside of Australia, Belize's Ambergris Caye is a scuba diver's and snorkeler's paradise. Head to Shark Ray Alley to snorkel among nurse sharks and stingrays; visit Hol Chan Marine Reserve to get up close with eels, turtles, and colorful fish; or explore the underwater caves of Blue Hole. When you're not in the water, admire its warm glow from a hammock on the beach.

    Videos

  • Good Morning San Pedro Apr. 12, 54min.

  • History talk at Corozal Central Park art in the park, 4min.

  • We were live from Corozal Art in the Park at Central Park, 15min. Right now it is a event when Corozal was found by Marc Canul.

  • Reggatta sail in Corozal commencing, 7min.

  • Best Fruit Stand in BELIZE, 7min.

  • Belize 2015, 5.5min. A snorkeling video of Caye Caulker, Belize through Caveman Snorkeling Tours.

  • Mountain Pine Ridge , Belize, 4min. Video tribute to an amazing weekend on Mountain Pine Ridge with the gang from Old House Hostel.

  • Belize City Defenders vs Verdes, 2hr24min.

    April 14, 2018


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    The San Pedro Sun

    San Pedro Chapter of Justices of the Peace hosts second 2018 meeting
    The San Pedro Chapter of the Justices of the Peace held their second meeting of the year at the Lions Den on Wednesday, April 11th. The event saw the attendance of many Justices of the Peace (JP) from the island, who spoke about the importance of their role in society, while discussing how they can make the chapter better. At 7PM, chapter president Pastor Clive Welsh, welcomed and thanked everyone for their attendance. This was followed by the singing of the National Anthem and short invocation by senior JP Walter Zepeda. The meeting began with the first topic being a discussion on the new location for their monthly meetings, as they can no longer use the National Emergency Management Operations conference room. After suggestions and discussion of options, it was decided that one of the classrooms at the San Pedro High School (SPHS) would work.

    Belize and Ambergris Caye represented at 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia
    Since April 4th, a delegation of Belizean athletes joined in the 2018 Commonwealth Games, also known as Gold Coast 2018, which took place in Australia. A total of 15 Belizean athletes and three coaches arrived in Australia on Sunday, April 1st to compete in athletics, cycling, table tennis, and triathlon, with Ambergris Caye being represented by triathlon athlete Brandon Santos and triathlon coach Kent ‘Bob’ Gabourel. Santos competed on Thursday, April 5th in the men’s triathlon event ranking 36th out of 37 entries. Santos who intensively prepared for the event, stated that the race was tough. “I got on the bike and rode for the 20 kilometres, which I did in about 36 minutes,” he said. “It was a solo run mostly so it was good. The next step of the competition was a run and Santos said after the long bike ride, it was very challenging. My legs did not come through until the second lap and finished the run in about 23 minutes.” Coach Gabourel added that the race was fast and intense but that he is proud of Santos’ performance.

    Her Majesty The Queen recognises Belizean volunteer with Commonwealth Points of Light award
    Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, on 12th April, recognised Elsia Pop, of Belize as the 51st Commonwealth Point of Light in honour of her exceptional voluntary service preserving Mayan cultural heritage. In the lead-up to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London on 19-20 April, Her Majesty The Queen – as Head of the Commonwealth – is thanking inspirational volunteers across the 53 Commonwealth nations for the difference they are making in their communities and beyond.

    San Pedro Tiger Sharks are heading to 2018 NEBL semi-finals
    At the end of the tenth week of basketball action in the National Elite Basketball League (NEBL) Tournament, the San Pedro Tiger Sharks have secured their ticket to this year’s playoffs. The island team is hoping to capture the championship, preparing to bring a challenge the other NEBL top teams. In this season, the Tiger Sharks will be facing the Dangriga Dream Ballers in the semi-finals. The other teams making it to the playoffs are Smart Hurricanes Belize and Digicell Belize City Defenders. On Saturday, April 14th, the first semi-final game features the Dangriga Dream Ballers taking on the San Pedro Tiger Sharks in San Pedro Town All games can be followed live on NEBL’s website at nebl.sportingpulse.net, with real-time box scores, while the game is being played. The website also has all game scores, box scores, players and teams’ statistics, along with standings for the season.

    Ambergris Today

    Pic of the Week: Insert Self Here!
    Insert Self Here! - Picture yourself here relaxing on the beach while enjoying a delicious Pina Colada, cool Caribbean Breeze blowing through your hair...Now that's enjoying Life at its best! Life's always a beach on San Pedro, Ambergris Caye.

    Belize Launches IWF Reporting Solution For Child Sexual Abuse Imagery Online
    Today 13 April 2018, Belize will make history by becoming the most recent member to join the Internet Watch Foundation’s (IWF) growing global Portals network, by adopting a technical reporting solution for online child sexual abuse imagery. The new system for Belize means that the public will be able to report suspected illegal content anonymously to one of the world’s leading hotlines, the IWF. The reporting website, known as a Reporting Portal, supports the country’s determination to tackle child sexual abuse imagery online. It is announced as other measures are being taken in Belize to protect children online and offline. Amongst them are the Jasmine Alert, an emergency warning system for children kidnappings, used by several stakeholders to rapidly inform the public domain of the disappearance of a minor.

    Misc Belizean Sources

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    Power outage scheduled for entire San Pedro, Ambergris Caye and Bomba Village from 6:00am to 7:30am on Sunday, April 15
    BEL to complete urgent repairs of jumpers for submarine riser structure on the transmission system.

    Leveraging Intellectual Property Tools for Competitiveness workshop
    ExportBelize, unit of BELTRAIDE, in collaboration with Belize Intellectual Property Office(BELIPO), University of Belize, Citrus Research and Education Institute and World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) - SAVE THE DATE - Leveraging Intellectual Property Tools for Competitiveness workshop to be held on May 7th - 9th in Belize City.Venue to be determined.

    Municipal Airports Works
    The Belize Airports Authority wishes to take this opportunity to update the general public that works on the Caye Caulker Municipal Airstrip project are well underway with the rehabilitation and widening of the runway. The works include the installation of a new runway lighting system that will allow for night-time landing capabilities. The works are expected to be completed in mid-June when the facility will be reopened to air traffic.

    A delegation led by Foreign Minister Hon. Wilfred Elrington is currently in Lima, Peru representing Belize at the 8th Summits of the Americas
    The delegation also includes UNCAC Focal Point, Attorney General Hon. Michael Peyrefitte and Belize’s Ambassador to the United States and OAS H.E. Daniel Guiterrez. The Summits, held every three years, offers the opportunity for the leaders to jointly define a hemispheric agenda at the highest level that addresses urgent challenges and promotes positive change. The Heads of State and Government of the Americas will address the central theme of the Summit, “Democratic Governance against Corruption.” This afternoon, representatives from CARICOM met with Prime Minister of Canada Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau to discuss trade and the situation with Venezuela.

    Ministry of National Security Continues the Dialogue on Citizens’ Security
    The Ministry of National Security, in its continued efforts to meet with stakeholders to discuss citizens’ security and crime prevention, is today hosting its second round of consultations with the Belize Council of Churches, the Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) and the National Trade Union Congress of Belize (NTUCB). The sessions started this morning with the Belize Council of Churches, followed by a meeting with the BCCI; the Minister is scheduled to meet with the NTUCB this afternoon. All sessions are being hosted at the Police Training Academy in Belmopan.

    Ocean Academy students at the National Track and Field Competitions
    Ocean Academy students are doing great today at the National Track and Field Competitions in Corozal. Perla (left) is the Gold Medalist for long jump, and Silver Medalist for 100m. Wow! Adaly is the Bronze Medalist in long jump. We are so proud of your athletic excellence and effort.

    La Idea Incubator Program
    If you are an entrepreneur and you are developing innovative solutions in the food and farm industries, the U.S. Department of State and its partners encourage you to apply for the Small Business Network of the Americas (SBNA) La Idea Incubator Program. This includes small businesses that produce food and beverage products or provide agricultural/agriscience products or services. NOTE: Alcoholic beverages are not eligible. Selected participants will receive a $2,500 USD stipend to cover travel to the United States to participate in a bootcamp as part of the La Idea Incubator Program.

    Events Happening in Corozal this weekend
    Special Olympics Fun Run - Saturday, April 14th - 6:00 a.m. at Central Park. ArT IN ThE ParK - Saturday, April 14th - 6:00 p.m. Central Park. Corozal Bay Sailing Club Regatta - Saturday, April 14th - 11:00 a.m. Miami Beach, Jam Rock. Corozal Bay Sailing Club Regatta - Sunday, April 15th - 9:00 a.m. Miami Beach , Jam Rock. Musical Comedy Show by Juan de Dios "EL CASANOVA" - Saturday, April 14th - 10:00 p.m. Princess Casino Free Zone Corozal.

    Cultural event at the University of Belize
    "To'one Masewaloon participated at a Cultural event yesterday, April 12th, 2018 at the University of Belize's Jaguar Auditorium at the Garden City, Belmopan. A very exciting evening of culture and art took place with the paricipation of students from various ethnic groups. Students from Panama and Taiwan, also participated."

    Belize City Power Outage Sunday
    Power outage 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 15 to affect North Front Street, Douglas Jones Street, Cleghorn Street, Slaughterhouse Road, New Road, Pickstock Street, Hydes Lane and Queen Street. BEL to relocate high voltage power lines corner North Front Street and Douglas Jones Street and install hardware on utility pole on Queen Street.

    2018 Book Week
    This coming week is Book Week, and the BBIA is having events at the Cayo Welcome Center on Friday and Saturday. There will be tons of books to peruse, and entertainment.

    Water pressure in San Pedro
    Belize Water Services informs customers in San Pedro that they are experiencing lower than normal pressure in the water supply for the remainder of today, Saturday, April 14, 2018. The entire San Pedro Water Distribution System is affected. This low pressure is the result of ongoing works at the Pumping Station. Customers may experience discoloration when water is restored.

    148th anniversary of Maya Icaiche General Marcos Canul's military occupation of Corozal Town
    April 16th marks the 148th anniversary of Maya Icaiche General Marcos Canul's military occupation of Corozal Town. We invite you all this Saturday 14 to come and celebrate the deeds of our Maya hero Marcos Canul and his warriors by the Corozal Town's Central Park around 7:00 Pm and come learn more about this historical event with a little lecture . We invite you to come out with your traditional Maya(Hupil) and join the Yucatec Maya community of the northern Belize .

    Channel 7

    Double Murder On a Small Island
    Belize City police have an island murder mystery to solve - a double murder at that. Last night, two men were executed on Caye Largo - commonly referred to as Long Caye - about 4 miles South of Caye Caulker. The victims are Mark Seawell and Gabriel Escalante. Now, we note it's not the notorious Mark Seawell who escaped extradition for drug charges a year ago - this Mark Sewell was an older relative of his. Codie Noralez and I took a boat to Caye Largo to find more answers. Courtney Weatherburne reporting: It's not an island getaway, but the fishing camp on Caye Largo is certainly a welcomed break from the city life. Just chilling in the afternoon breeze with a couple of friendly companions. And on Thursday night, watchman Mark Seawell, main diver Gabriel Escalante along with another man, were making the most of the cool seaside gusts - that's until the guest shot and killed Seawell and Escalante.

    Family Expected Murder Victim Home Today
    Both men are residents of Ladyville, and today, we went there to try to speak with their families.. All the members of the Seawell Family who we got in touch with declined to give any comments, but the Escalante family was a bit more forthcoming. We spoke with Gabriel Escalante's mother-in-law, and she told us that the last conversation that he had with her daughter was that his trip to "Caye Largo" was coming to an end, and that he would be back home by today. But, instead, her family woke up this morning to the terrible news that he had been murdered before he could leave the island:

    Drug Plane Lands in Belize District, Police See it Take Off From Afar
    And while their double murder has the appearances of being related to the drug trade - last night in the Belize District a suspected drug plane made a landing. It happened somewhere in the broad area between mile 10 on the George Price Highway and the Coastal Road - perhaps all the way up to LA Democracia. Hattieville residents heard the plane flying low and circling. They alerted police. Commander of Operations Deputy Commissioner Chester Williams told us that multiple units responded and forged out into the bushes. He said they saw a large plane descending - and then about 20 minutes later around 9:00, it took off again.

    George Street Ruction and Aftermath
    On last night's news we told you about the ruction on George Street when a vehicle with GSU officers inside was pelted with stones by George Street residents. The GSU came back and let off with multiple cartridges from a gun that fires rubber pellets. Three senior George Street figures were injured when that happened and police had to be deployed immediately to quell any unrest in a neighborhood that has a history violent flare ups with police. Here's what our cameras saw:... Jules Vasquez reporting: Last night, police officers from the Mobile Interdiction Team stood - assault rifles on the ready - at the corner of George and Basra Street. They were on very high alert because right at this corner about 20 minutes earlier - there had been a showdown between residents and GSU officers in a civilian vehicle - which ended in the GSU firing non-lethal rounds at residents.

    17 Million Dollar Runway Gets Remedial Repairs 16 Months After Opening
    The Sir Barry Bowen Municipal Airport was inaugurated in November of 2016. It's a 17 million dollar aerodrome, and the centerpiece is an expanded runway: 2,900 feet long and 60 feet wide. But, for almost a year now, we've been hearing rumours that it's sinking at the north end - and that is now confirmed. That runway will be closed for repairs this weekend - but air traffic will be un-interrupted. Flights will come and go as normal using the taxi-way, which they used while the new runway was under construction. So there's no inconvenience or threat to safety - but there are questions about how a runway that's hardly a year old already be having multiple structure issues. The General Manager had answers today: Nick Ruiz. GM - BAA: "No the airport is not falling apart. What's happening is that we are under the defects liability period that is a part of the contract. It is an element that is in all the contracts. Before we signed off on the contracts, we have our engineers Anthony Thurton and Associates Ltd, one of the most reputable firms in Belize. They go out and inspect the works that have been done under the contract of Mr. Imer Hernandez and his company..."

    Choice Bank About To Tank?
    Choice Bank - it's an offshore bank on Marine Parade. Offshore means it's not like a regular commercial bank - where you go and cash a cheque; it offers financial services to international clients. But, this week it informed customers that it's in a liquidity crisis. An email to customers says, quote, "Due to recent developments involving the prepaid card component of our international banking business, Choice Bank Ltd. ("the Bank") has been forced into a temporary liquidity constrained position...the Bank has taken the decision in its view as a matter of necessity, with immediate effect, to temporarily suspend all withdrawals from deposit accounts with the Bank and other outbound payment activities…until the Bank and/or its relevant regulatory authorities are satisfied that such suspension is no longer required." End quote.

    Bail For Alleged Drug Traffickers
    Last week, we told you how police caught 4 people in 2 vehicles coming across the northern border with a large quantity of marijuana and live rounds of ammunition. Well, after just over a week in police detention, they're out on bail tonight. Kenyon Lewis, Phylmore King, Blancaneux, Maudel, and her sister, Michelle Benguche, applied for Supreme Court bail before Justice Marilyn Williams. After hearing from their attorney, Arthur Saldivar, and from Crown Counsel Sheneiza Smith, Justice Williams released them on bail of $25,000.

    National Security Continues Crime Consultations
    Earlier this week we told you about the meeting between a couple church groups and Deputy Commissioner of Police Chester Williams. They have committed to work on a crime-fighting plan. Well, today senior personnel from the Ministry of National Security met with the Belize Council of Churches, the Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the National Trade Union Congress of Belize to contribute their ideas to the overall crime prevention plan. The sessions started this morning at the Police Training Academy in Belmopan. As we told you, The Ministry of National Security also met with the BNTU on Wednesday.

    Flagging Fortunes Of Citrus and Shrimp, Is Hope On The Horizon?
    As we showed you earlier this week - the numbers form the tourism sector for the first quarter are so strong that they seem almost unbelievable. But, Belize's economy continues to see only very limited growth because foreign exchange earners like citrus and aquaculture continue to perform well below historic levels. Yesterday we asked the Minister of Agriculture about the prospects for shrimp farming to return to the strong earnings it was making about 5 year ago:... Hon. Godwin Hulse - Minister of Agriculture: "Our aquaculture is going through difficult times. If you take a visit down there and you will see that they are doing various serious moves with respect to the technology. Alvin has his own technology which is smaller ponds, bottom drain, you have things like some other farms of using rice brand in a certain process, some other forms like Mike Dunker has some tubes at the bottom where it is recirculating. All sorts of things are done to try to get on top of this. The bottom line is everybody sees some progress so far. It's not as magnificent as they would want..."

    A .38 In A Plate
    Police have taken another gun off the street. An hour ago, acting on information received, the GSU and Anti-Gang Task Force personnel searched an empty lot on New Road and found of a Colt brand .38 revolver stuffed neatly inside a styrofoam container. It's unrelated, but that's the same kind of gun that was used last night in a robbery in Cayo. Yan Ru Shao was at her store A & 8 store in the Bradley's Bank area when three men stormed in with rags over their faces. One of them brandished a .38 revolver, held her up and stole about $1,200 in cash and (3) cell phones.

    Mexican Casting Call In Belize
    For most of today, aspiring Belizean actors were lining up at the Mexican Institute in Belize City for an audition to be part of a film called "Tragic Jungle". It's going to be directed by the Mexican film maker Yulene Olaizola. The basic idea for the film is that there are 2 beautiful Belizean women who cross the Rio Hondo, which is the frontier between Belize an Mexico. They take refuge in the jungles in Mexico, but their pursuer eventually finds them. One of the sisters survives and escapes, only to be found be a group of Mexican "chicleros" or gum makers. As the story progresses, that last remaining sister lures the Mexicans to their death one by one. It's an interesting idea for a film, and today, we got a chance to meet the director, who spent the entire day trying to find Belizeans suitable to be actors in the film.

    AG Mike P In Peru For Summit
    The 8th Summit of the America's: it's being held in Peru and Foreign Affairs Minister Wilfred Elrington, Attorney General Michael Peyrefitte along with Belize's Ambassador to the US and OAS Daniel Guiterrez, are there to represent Belize. Here we see AG Peyrefitte taking a photo-op with Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau. The Summit is held every 3 years and this year raws together the leaders of North, Central and South America. The summit's theme is "Democratic Governance against Corruption". It ends tomorrow.

    Community Policing, Yankee Style
    From meet and greet sessions every Wednesday to youth camps and outreach programs - it's fair to say the police are pushing hard with community policing, but it doesn't hurt to get a few more tips on how to make this approach more effective. Yesterday Southside Commander Howell Gillett and his team got some fresh perspectives on how community policing is done in the US. Here's more from yesterday's US Embassy's presentation at the Queen Street police recreational hall.

    Channel 5

    Double Murder on Small Island; Robbery Suspected
    A double murder took place early this morning at Caye Lagos which is located about four miles south of Caye Caulker. The small caye is occupied primarily by fisher folks [...]

    Ladyville Shocked by Deaths of Well-Known Citizens
    The shocking double murder of Mark Sewell and Gabriel Escalante has devastated two families but the close knit Ladyville Community is also in mourning. The two men were described as [...]

    1 Held for Sudden Death of Marcia Downs
    There are more details tonight on the murder of former Great Belize Productions Channel Five employee, Marcia Downs. She will be laid to rest this Saturday following funeral services at [...]

    Slight Reduction for Diesel and Uptick for Regular Gas this Weekend
    Tonight we can report some relief in the price of diesel fuel for the coming weekend. As of Saturday morning, prices for diesel in Belize City go down to ten [...]

    G.S.U. Versus G.S.G. Showdown Leaves Many Injured
    It spread like wildfire on Thursday night during news time that officers attached to the Gang Suppression Unit had opened fire on George Street residents. While it has since been [...]

    Next Stage of Fight Will Be in the Courts
    While it is reported that the GSU team was in the area to pick up a fellow officer, Tillett alleges that it was a clear act of police brutality as [...]

    Airport Authority Updates on Municipal and Caye Caulker repairs
    The Belize Airports Authority confirms that works will be carried out on the runway of the Sir Barry Bowen Municipal Airport this weekend. The scheduled remedial works, however, for the [...]

    Businesswoman Hit by Robbers in Santa Elena
    There was an armed robbery in Santa Elena, Cayo, during news time on Thursday. A forty-year-old Chinese businesswoman, Yan Ru Shao of a Bradley’s Bank address, Santa Elena Town, says [...]

    S.S.B. Claims Backing for Increase in Contributions and Benefits
    Last year, the Social Security Board put forth a proposal for a contributions reform. The idea is to increase the contributions of employees and employers and at the same time [...]

    Weather Extremes: Hot Saturday Turns to Wet, Storm Sunday
    The dry season is upon us and along with it come erratic weather patterns.  On Tuesday, there was a freak storm down south in the Crique Jute  Village. Officials say [...]

    Can Belize Count on Yes Vote in Guatemala?
    On Sunday, Guatemalans head to the polls to cast their vote in a referendum. It is part one of a process that could lead both Guatemala and Belize to settle [...]

    Belize Diplomats Know What They’re Doing
    On the Belize side, questions have been raised about how the message about the validity of Guatemala’s claim is getting out. There appears to be a disconnect between the politicians [...]

    Behind Gaudy B.T.B. Tourism Arrival Stats
    If the Belize Tourism Board’s statistics are to be believed, then Belize is a more popular place to visit than ever. Just this past March alone, more than fifty-five thousand [...]

    All of Belize Getting Share of Tourism Pie
    While we know where they are coming from, where are the tourists going? Popular destinations like Placencia, San Pedro and Caye Caulker, and the San Ignacio-Benque Viejo area remain cream [...]

    B.T.B. Looks for More Promotion Opportunities
    So what are the Board’s plans to keep the bumper figures up as tourism enters the so-called “slow season?” Stephen says the B.T.B. has been leaning on its international partners [...]

    Calling All Actors to be Cast in Mexican Film
    Would you like to be in the movies? If you’re a Belizean between the ages of eighteen and thirty, you can come out to the Mexican Institute this weekend to [...]

    Ladies in Action on the Football Field
    The Football Federation of Belize kicks off the second National Amateur Women’s Football League tournament this weekend. Eight teams from north to south are participating, in the hunt for Belize’s [...]

    LOVE FM

    San Benito Poite residents build their own bridge
    Residents of San Benito Poite have taken on a project that will see a second bridge built to provide access to and from the village. Love News understands that for many years the community residents have had to face several challenges commuting to and from their homes because a section of the road leading to …

    The Four busted at the Northern Border met bail of $25,000 each
    Two men and two women who were remanded into custody after they were charged with drug and ammunition offences, were released on bails of twenty-five thousand dollars each that was offered to them today by Justice Marilyn Williams. They are Kenyon Lewis, Phylmore King, Blancaneux Maudel and her sister, Michelle Benguche. They were charged with …

    Caye Caulker Airstrip to be completed by June
    The Caye Caulker airstrip has been in disrepair for some time now. As a result, the airstrip has been closed until the repairs can be completed. The Belize Airports Authority has announced that works on the Caye Caulker Municipal Airstrip are in progress which includes the rehabilitation and widening of the runway. There will also …

    Robbers use toy gun in heist
    Robbers successfully pull off a heist using a toy gun in Orange Walk Town. According to police, 28-year-old Mohamed Zium Hoque Chowdhury reported that shortly after nine o’clock on Thursday morning, he was at his shop “Otro Beque Store” located on Otro Benque Road when two men entered. One of the men took out a …

    Vehicle fire appears to be arson
    Police are investigating what appears to be the intentional burning of two vehicles. Police report that on Thursday morning, shortly after one o’clock officers responded to a vehicle fire on Samuel Haynes Street in the Belama Phase 1 area. There they found a Chevrolet van totaled by fire and a Dodge Caravan partially burned to …

    Gas prices to increase again
    As we go into the weekend, motorists will once again see an increase in gas prices which will come into effect at midnight. Premium will not be affected by the increase and so motorists will still pay eleven dollars and thirty-nine cents a gallon, kerosene remains at seven dollars and thirty-seven cents. However, regular gasoline …

    Amandala

    UDP bloodletting at PG Town Council
    The newly elected United Democratic Party (UDP) Town Council in Punta Gorda Town says that they have embarked on a cost-saving measure, and that in fact, they are terminating the services of some of their employees. Since assuming office from the previous UDP council, Punta Gorda mayor, Ashton McKenzie, has terminated 10 employees, citing “turbulent financial times.” Employees who were terminated were served with a letter which began by saying, “Greetings from the Punta Gorda Town Council. We hope that this letter finds you in good health and high spirits.”

    KHMH administration fires 2 doctors, but refuses to say why
    Apart from the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH)’s structural problem with its roof, which has placed limitations on the functions of the hospital, Belize’s primary health care facility is now embroiled in a controversy over the termination of two doctors, which no one in authority at the hospital wants to talk about. In a press release issued late yesterday by the KHMH Ad Hoc Committee, the terminations have been described as “distasteful and very troubling.” The two doctors who were terminated, Dr. Alain Gonzalez and Dr. Salvador Pagagua, are well known to the community. Gonzalez, a former United Democratic Party Belize City Councilor received his walking papers early on the morning of Saturday, April 7, and Pagagua was terminated and then rehired, only to be terminated again one day later, yesterday.

    UDP “character assassination” agents begin targeting Mayor Wagner
    After being on the job for a little over one month since he and his team triumphed at the polls, Belize City mayor, Bernard Wagner, is settling in, notwithstanding pockets of indifference from some employees at City Hall, the majority of whom have been there during the 9 years the Belize City Council was under the rule of the United Democratic Party. At a media briefing today, Mayor Wagner, who is weathering the first storm of his leadership at the largest municipal body in the country, explained how it was that he came to sign two checks that were designated to be used to assist needy city residents, under the Council’s social assistance program. The checks totaled $500, and were made out in the Mayor’s name.

    Marcia Downs, 37, mother of two, gunned down
    Marcia Downs, 37, a mother of two children, 5 and 8, who was an employee at Channel 5 Belize on Coney Drive, was shot in the middle of the forehead by a gunman who fired twice at her at about 8:30 last night. Downs, who lived in an alley off Handyside Street, behind Fenders Bar in Belize City, had just come down from her house. At the weekly police press brief held this morning at the Raccoon Street Police Station, Inspector Wilfred Ferufino, Deputy Commander of Crimes Investigation, said that sometime after 8:00 p.m...

    3 prisoners escape from Corozal Police Station
    A breakout occurred at the Corozal Police Station’s detention center, and two men who were detained and a prisoner serving a sentence are now on the run. The three men are Marvin Pec, 20; Johnny Matus, 28; and Austin Sutherland, Jr., 29, all of Corozal. The men escaped sometime between 4:00 and 6:00 this morning by sawing three iron bars of the holding cell, through which they exited the cell and scaled the fence securing the compound, and made their bid for freedom.

    75 illegal immigrants reeled in during operation in the west
    Police, along with the Immigration Department, conducted an anti-trafficking-in-persons operation in San Ignacio yesterday, during which bars and places of entertainment were raided and workers detained. In the end, 75 persons were “reeled in”, but after they were interviewed, 16 were released and the remaining 59 were detained and will be dealt with by the Immigration Department, police said. They will be charged with illegal entry into Belize and deported back to their country after arraignment in court, where orders will be issued for their deportation.

    FFB presents National Women’s Football League and Strategic Plan for Women’s Football in Belize
    The Football Federation of Belize (FFB), in collaboration with the National Sports Council, hosted a press conference at the Marion Jones Sports Complex this afternoon where they announced the launching of the second edition of the National Women’s Football League, along with the FFB’s Strategic Plan for the development of Women’s Football in Belize. The National Amateur Women’s League (NAWL), which commences on Saturday, April 14, comprises of eight teams from across the country, and at the end of the press conference, FFB President Sergio Chuc presented each team representative with complete jersey kits, match balls, and first aid kits.

    Stann Creek F.A. Week 7 results, standings
    The Stann Creek Football Association (SCFA) Cup 2018 tournament had Week 7 games on Friday, April 6, and Sunday, April 8, at the Carl Ramos Stadium. In the opener on Friday night, B&B Beverages dropped Silk Grass SG Ballers, 2-0, with goals from Donell Arzu (4’) and Carl Sarvia (55’). And in the nightcap, it was Pomona Warriors, 2-1, over Hopkins Ibayani. Kenyon Roches (42’) and Jevon Aranda (84’) shook the net for Pomona, while Elton Gordon (33’) tallied for Hopkins.

    Cricket update from the BNCA
    Greetings once again from the BNCA! For this week’s cricket update edition, the BNCA (Belize National Cricket Association) would like to feature three amazing players who outdid themselves in matches played on Saturday, April 7, in the Sir Barry Bowen Harrison Parks Cricket Competition 2018. The first is Mr. Jermaine Pook from Police Cricket Team. This player batted outstandingly in the match between Police Team and Summer Fever in Bermudian Landing on Saturday. He was able to put up a total of 103 runs in the first half of the match!!

    Belmopan City Council Kids, Youth and Female Mundialito Cup 2018 results
    The Belmopan Football Association’s (BFA) Belmopan City Council Kids, Youth and Female Mundialito Cup 2018 continued with games over the weekend at the Isidoro Beaton Stadium. Saturday, April 7 (U-13) Mexico (Police Cadet) bombed Colombia (Salvapan_), 6-nil, with goals from Omari Anthony (5’), Herson Fuentes (9’), Kevaughn Gabriel (14’), Kadir Gabriel (18’), Deron Guzman (22’) and Alrick Vasquez (45’). (U-13) Italy (Cotton Tree) edged Brazil (Rising Star), 1-0, with a goal from Allan Jones (31’).

    KREM Radio and ICJ public education
    Within a month, on March 7 and April 7, 2018, two public events occurred recently which indicated that the media landscape in Belize City is not what it appears to be at first glance. On Wednesday, March 7, the Opposition People’s United Party (PUP) won a stunning, upset municipal election victory in the said Belize City, which has been the political stronghold of the ruling United Democratic Party (UDP) for many, many years. Then on Saturday, April 7, members of the powerful Christian Workers Union (CWU), which is more than five and a half decades old, chose Evan “Mose” Hyde as their new President in a three-way race. Hyde, a regular personality on KREM Radio since the station’s first week of existence in November of 1989, won by a very large margin.

    Democratic maturity
    Dear Editor: While most Belizeans may be under the impression that we really understand the role of the International Court of Justice (ICJ), most fail to fully grasp that the ICJ in itself does not operate in a total vacuum. While the court is bound by law like any other court in any jurisdiction, what the court critically lacks is any type of meaningful enforcement. Below is an article written by Robert Valencia for World Policy dated January 24, 2013 entitled “The Curious Case of the World’s Court Territorial Rulings”: “There was a moment of glee in Colombia when the International Court of Justice began to announce their verdict over control of the San Andres Archipelago two months ago. After decades of disagreement with Nicaragua, the ICJ ratified Colombia’s sovereignty over the islands and islets.

    Noise pollution in Placentia and Hopkins and the expatriate effect
    Dear Editor, It came as no surprise to me that some expatriate forces have gotten their way to ensure quietness on their island. Yes, I said island. You see, my people, you have to understand the mindset that is at play. You must remember that you, as an individual or collective, are not regarded as valuable human beings. Your culture and way of life are viewed as primitive, poor, and backward. You are lazy and laid back. Your intellectual capacity is not even considered. Am very happy however, that a few of these human beings have become braver in showing their hand. Just when you thought that they were your good friends and caring neighbors. We now realize that we are only good when we are dead or when we choose to be subservient.

    Her moment to shine
    I’m not the raging success but I feel amply competent to give advice here. Who in this world is so squeaky clean they can rant without end about venal sins? If you are a Catholic you know what those are, and you know there is a clear distinction between those and mortal ones. Some incredible people say, “sin da sin.” I ask them if someone standing on your toes and someone wapping you with a 2 by 4 amounts to the same thing. The Collet Minister seems to be squeaky clean. How else can we explain his unrelenting pain over a “scholarship scam” that happened nigh twenty years ago? At least once each year, always at budget time, he goes after a former Minister of Education, from Lake I, about funneling a little of the funds earmarked for scholarships at UB into the hands of people who weren’t studying at the institution.

    Convicted murderer, Japhet Bennett, 25, appeals conviction and life sentence to CCJ
    Japhet Bennett, 25, who was convicted in February 2013 of the September 9, 2009 murder of Ellis “Pepper Gacho” Meighan, 37, and who is serving a life sentence, appeared in the Supreme Court for a teleconference hearing at the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) yesterday, in the appeal of his conviction and life sentence. After hearing submissions from Bennett’s attorney, Anthony Sylvestre, and Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Cheryl-Lynn Vidal, S.C., the CCJ has reserved its judgment for a date to be announced shortly.

    David Arnold charged with murder
    David Arnold, 25, charged with the murder of Andrew “Hard Rock” Bennett, has been committed to stand trial in the June session of the Supreme Court, set to commence on June 19. Arnold’s committal took place after a preliminary inquiry was held today by Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford. Bennett, a popular deejay, was gunned down around 7:43 p.m. on May 24, 2017. He was standing in front of his house on Central American Boulevard when his assailant came down the street and fired several shots at him.

    Government “explains” Minister Elrington’s assertion about Guatemalan referendum after ICJ ruling
    The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Wilfred Elrington, Pickstock area representative, has gained notoriety for using the”artificial border” term in describing Belize’s border with Guatemala. Since then, Foreign Minister Elrington has been under constant criticism for his very passive approach to the issue of the Guatemala claim, and for “cozying” up to Guatemala despite that country not fully respecting Belize’s rights in the Sarstoon River in southern Belize. Well, Elrington has done it again; he has misspoken on an issue involving Guatemala and the ICJ referendum process. A constitutional challenge that has been mounted against the Special Agreement in Guatemala has led Elrington to assert that Guatemala is going to have a second referendum after the ruling of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) is made public, should Guatemala’s unfounded claim to Belize ever reach that body after referenda are held in both countries.

    The Reporter

    Security Ministry meets with stakeholders to address crime
    As part of its continued nationwide consultation to discuss citizen’s security and crime prevention, the Ministry of National Security on Friday held its second round of consultations with key stakeholders. The ministry started off its morning session with the Belize Council of Churches and the Belize Chamber […]

    Mark Sewell killed in double murder
    Police are investigating a double murder on Caye Lagos, four miles south of Caye Caulker, where two well-known Ladyville residents, Mark Sewell and Gabriel Escalante, were shot to death late Thursday night. The bodies were found inside a three story building on the island around 3:00 a.m. […]

    Organizations promoting Intellectual Property awareness in April
    The Belize Coalition of Service Providers and the Belize Intellectual Property Office are both holding a series of activities this month to educate Belizeans on the topic of intellectual property and its relevance to Belize.   The BCSP, which focusing on IP from an export perspective, […]

    Forecast for 2018 hurricane season above average; how should Belizeans prepare?
    The 2018 Atlantic hurricane season is less than two months from its official opening and hurricane experts have predicted another above-average year in terms of activity. At this time, Belizeans need to get into preparation mode, the officials at the National Emergency Management […]

    Calling all book lovers
    The Belize Book Industry Association (BBIA), is inviting authors, aspiring writers and all book lovers to attend a series of activities planned for its annual celebration of Book Week.   Traditionally held in the third week of April, the BBIA’s book week activities are centred around […]

    Guatemala loves Belize, says President Jimmy Morales
    Guatemalan President, Jimmy Morales was quoted this week as saying that Guatemala loves Belize, despite the fact that his country is claiming from our Sibun to the Sarstoon rivers.  Morales’ comments came on the heels of at least one Belizean boating expedition to the Sarstoon […]

    Three prisoners cut cell bars, escape from Corozal police
    Police are seeking three inmates who sawed their way to freedom and escaped from the Corozal police station on Tuesday night, while they awaited transferal to the Belize Central Prison the following day. According to police, Johnito Matus, 19; Austin Sutherland, 29; and Marvin Pec, […]

    6 out of every 10 murder victims in Belize are executed by firearm
    Last week, Senior Superintendent of Police, Howell Gillett, Commander of Eastern Division South, announced the Government’s intention to serialize ammunition. Gillett said that their intelligence suggests that licensed gun holders are redistributing ammunition on the streets, the very place where gun violence has become a […]

    PG resident claims police covering up brutality
    The Belize Police Department, in rebuttal to police brutality allegations made by Punta Gorda resident Leray Simon, circulated a document this week which states that Simon refused medical treatment; however, the document is missing Simon’s signature. The refusal to consent form, which police shared on Tuesday evening, […]

    Suspect in custody for San Pedro murder
    San Pedro police have detained one man for last Friday’s murder of island resident, Lee Roy Haylock, 22, who was stabbed to death in the northern part of the island. According to police, while the suspect is in custody, no charges have been filed yet as police […]

    Belize’s Beverly Wade to represent the country at Caribbean Fisheries Forum
    Belize Fisheries Administrator, Beverly Wade is due to travel to Montserrat this weekend to attend the 16th Caribbean Fisheries Forum, being hosted by the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM), a regional organization of which Belize and 16 other Caribbean States are members. During the two-day […]

    Ministry of National Security engages unions, NGO’s and wider public to fight crime
    In order to put a lid on the escalating crime situation, the Ministry of National Security this week, and for the next month, is engaging the unions, non-government organizations (NGO’s) and the wider public to share ideas on ways of fighting major crimes in Belize. […]

    Boosting Labor Productivity and Innovation
    On this week’s Business Perspective (BP) Radio and TV show, the broadcast counterpart to this BP column, the team had the privilege of discussing the role of education in boosting labor productivity with University of Belize (UB)’s President Professor Clement Sankat. The vision and the way forward for the national […]

    The real price of booze
    Alcohol is big business. In any industrialized Western nation, the manufacturing of alcohol for human consumption and other uses, have made some people extremely rich. Look at any of the big liquor companies and you will immediately realize that they command great influence both financially and politically. It is the […]

    Editorial
    New legislation to protect witnesses who are called upon to testify in certain high profile, criminal cases will enable them to give their testimony without being seen or identified. But they will be subject to cross-examination to make sure that every accused person gets a fair trial. The changes are […]

    Shot to the head kills mother
    Marcia Downs, 37, a mother and janitor, became the nation’s latest murder victim when she was shot execution-style at close range in the head shortly after 8:00 on Wednesday night in Belize city. The incident happened at Downs’ Handyside Street home, when a man who […]

    Mayor admits he erred in endorsing Council’s cheques to self
    What could be considered as Belize City Mayor, Bernard Wagner’s first major administrative blunder came less than one month after taking over the country’s biggest municipality, when he admittedly endorsed Council’s cheques to himself to distribute for social programs. In televised interviews this week, Wagner […]

    KHMH terminations cause legal battle
    The Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH) is facing a legal battle after two doctors, this week, launched court proceedings against the hospital authority for alleged wrongful termination. The KHMH acknowledged that it has served Dr. Alain Gonzales, Dr. Salvador Paguagua and an attendant with termination […]

    Toledo villagers build their own bridge
    In a show of unity, the villagers of San Benito Poite in Toledo took matters into their own hands this week, beginning construction on a bridge to allow vehicular access in and out of the village during the coming rainy season. The villagers, who have […]

    Pen Cayetano & Aurelio Martinez win Garifuna music awards
    Belizean music aficionados usually think Andy Palacio when they think of Punta Rock, but another Garifuna musician, Pen Cayetano is also recognized as the creator of the Punta Rock. Cayetano and Honduran Garifuna music superstar, Aurelio Martinez were both honoured at the 2018 Garifuna Music […]

    Breaking Belize NewsPJ

    Petenero organizations refuse to participate in Guatemala’s National Referendum
    Today, seventeen community organizations held a press conference in Peten to inform the Guatemalan government […]

    PG Mayor fires 9 employees
    A senior representative from the Ministry of Local Government has confirmed to BBN that Punta […]

    Social Security Board wants to increase workers contributions
    By BBN Staff:Last year, the Belize Social Security Board (SSB) began consultations around the country on a proposal […]

    “Drugs and corruption a concern for both US and Belize,” says US Embassy Rep.
    United States Embassy’s Acting Deputy Chief of Mission, Deborah Lingwood, told the media this week […]

    FFB launching women’s football league in Belize
    The Football Federation of Belize announced this week that women will be getting their own […]

    Officials: Woman robbed at gunpoint in Santa Elena
    Last night around 7, Yan Ru Shao,40,a businesswoman of Bradley’s Bank, Santa Elena Town, reported […]

    Police find ammunition and weed in Corozal
    Early yesterday morning, Corozal police conducted a search in an open lot located on G Street, […]

    Canada’s PM, Justin Trudeau meets with CARICOM states
    A delegation led by Foreign Minister Wilfred Elrington is currently in Lima, Peru representing Belize […]

    2 vans destroyed by fire in Belize City; Arson is suspected
    Yesterday morning around 1:20 , Belize City police responded to a vehicle fire report on Samuel Haynes […]

    Orange Walk Businessman robbed with toy gun
    Around 9:40 yesterday morning, a Bangladeshi businessman of Otro Benque Road, Orange Walk Town reported that about 9:20 a.m., […]

    International Sourcesizz

    New Zealand bans all new offshore oil exploration as part of 'carbon-neutral future'
    Prime minister Jacinda Ardern says move ‘will essentially take effect in 30 or more years’ time.’ The New Zealand government will grant no new offshore oil exploration permits in a move that is being hailed by conservation and environmental groups as a historic victory in the battle against climate change. The ban will apply to new permits and won’t affect the existing 22, some of which have decades left on their exploration rights and cover an area of 100,000 sq km. The prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, said her government “has a plan to transition towards a carbon-neutral future, one that looks 30 years in advance”. “Transitions have to start somewhere and unless we make decisions today that will essentially take effect in 30 or more years’ time, we run the risk of acting too late and causing abrupt shocks to communities and our country.”

    Referendum to Decide if Guatemala-Belize Dispute Goes to ICJ
    On April 15 Guatemala will hold a “popular consultation,” or referendum to allow Guatemalans to decide if the 150-year-old territorial, maritime and insular dispute with Belize should be taken to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) for a final resolution. In 1992, Guatemala recognized Belize’s independence but borders were not clearly defined because Guatemala claims several islands, keys and maritime territories – that amount to roughly 12,200 square kilometers – is half of what Belize claims to be its territory. The origins of the dispute, however, date back to colonial times. In 1783, the Spanish crown signed the Treaty of Paris through which it allowed the British crown to use the resources of 6,600 square kilometers, an extension increased by the British until it reached approximately 11,000 square kilometers.

    Caribbean Eyes Untapped Potential of World’s Largest Climate Fund
    The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) also known as the 5Cs, is looking for ways to boost the region’s access to the Green Climate Fund (GCF). The Centre is on the hunt for proposals from the private and public sector organisations around the region that want to work with the Centre to develop their ideas into successful projects that are in line with their country’s national priorities to build resilience to climate change. The 5Cs, the agency with responsibility for coordinating climate action in the Caribbean, has doubled its efforts in wake of the 2017 Hurricane Season which saw the devastation of several islands and which exacerbates the need for climate proofing critical infrastructure a building resilience.

    Videos

  • Talk Ah Di Town April 12, 2018, 36min.

  • Belize Diesel & Equipment Company Ltd. - 60th anniversary of the Toyota brand in Belize, 30min.

  • Musical Guest - Tapric New Music, 18min. on Open Your Eyes

  • Rotary Club of Belize City - Recruiting Members / Updates on Works, 20min. on Open Your Eyes

  • Bruk it Down Jenny - Parenting Styles, 44min. on Open Your Eyes

  • Belize Now | April 13, 2018, 32min. In tonight’s headlines: It’s fire season in Belize and what NEMO is doing to get ready, CEO Caucus held another successful ride for cancer, and Belize and Guatemala held a cultural exchange between Garifuna in both countries. These stories and more on this week’s edition of Belize Now. Thanks for joining us on this Friday, April 13th, 2018!

  • Phasing out single-use, plastic shopping bags, plastic food utensils and styrofoam, 1min. In March, Cabinet approved a proposal to phase out single-use, plastic shopping bags, plastic food utensils and styrofoam in Belize by April 2019. Here's a video from the University of Belize Environmental Club (University of Belize) promoting the initiative. Breaking a habit can be difficult, but with small changes everyday we can make a difference. Say no to single use plastic; carry your water bottle, utensils, reusable straw, a tote bag for groceries; many reusable alternatives exist. Single use plastic is not biodegrable, it releases toxins into our food and water supply, pollutes our oceans, and harms marine and terrestrial life. Take a look at this great video from the UB Environmental Club and say NO to single use plastic!

  • Tribute to Albert “Boom” Betson, 7min. Albert Betson, was born in Belize Central America in October 1967. He passed away on April 3rd, 2018 in Southern California, USA.

  • BEACH AT HARVEST CAYE, BELIZE, 7.5min.

  • You Better Belize It 2018, 28min.

    April 13, 2018


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    The San Pedro Sun

    Guatemalans to vote on taking Belize territorial dispute to the ICJ
    More than seven million Guatemalan citizens are expected to come out to the polls on Sunday, April 15th to cast their vote on whether the centennial territorial dispute between Belize and Guatemala should be resolved at the International Court of Justice (ICJ). An educational campaign in Guatemala significantly intensified to the point that Guatemalan President, Jimmy Morales toured his country in an effort to encourage Guatemalans to come out and vote. The Guatemalan government seeks to recover over 12,000 kilometers from Belize, which accounts for more than half of the country, via an ICJ ruling.

    San Pedro Pirates F.C PLB road comes to an end
    The San Pedro Pirates F.C suffered another loss against Freedom Fighters at the Victor Sanchez Union Filed in Punta Gorda Town on Sunday, April 8th. It was a crucial match for the island team as they had to win in order to advance to the playoffs of the Premiere League of Belize (PLB) Closing Season. With this loss, the Pirates are no longer in the running to make the playoffs, even if they win their last match of the season. For the last game of the season, the San Pedro Pirates will be traveling to Dangriga Town, Stann Creek District to face Wagiya F.C on Sunday, April 15th. The match is scheduled to start at 4PM at Carl Ramos Stadium. For more information on how to accompany the Pirates as a fan, you may contact 629-6770.

    Butane gas prices go up AGAIN
    For the second time this year, the price of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) has gone up. On Friday, April 6th, the cost of a 100-pound cylinder of LPG – also known as butane or propane gas – went up $10 across the country, including Ambergris Caye. However, island residents are aware that prices on the Cayes are higher than those on the mainland due to the cost of shipping. This new increase is expected to have a financial impact on the gastronomy industry, as the cost of food preparation will come at a higher cost. According to the Belize Bureau of Standards (BBS), the $10 increase in LPG prices in Belize are due to the increasing cost of LPG in the international market, initiated by importers.

    BTB implements Self-Sustainable Revenue Generation Program for Caye Caulker and Punta Negra Villages
    As a part of the continuous effort of The Belize Tourism Board (BTB) to achieve the goals of the National Sustainable Tourism Master Plan and enhance the tourism experience of our visitors, the organization recently embarked on a self-sustainable revenue generation program to develop the leisure product in Caye Caulker and Punta Negra destinations. In this light, BTB has enhanced the beaches to create an encouraging and relaxing environment to promote picnics and family activities that will allow destinations to offer a more relaxing experience while at the same time generate funds for the community to continue investing in the tourism industry. Furthermore, this product development has created additional activities for tour operators to add to their itineraries.

    Ambergris Today

    Hon. Pablo Marin Minister Of Health Concludes Working Visit To Taiwan
    On an invitation from the Government of the Republic of China (Taiwan), the Minister of Health Hon. Pablo Marin paid a working visit to Taiwan from April 2nd to 6th, 2018. While in Taiwan, Minister Marin engaged in fruitful meetings and discussions with Minister of Health and Welfare, Hon. Shih-chung Chen, and other key personnel in the Ministry of Health and Welfare.

    Queen Elizabeth II Recognizes Belizean Volunteer With Commonwealth Points Of Light Award
    On Thursday, April 12, 2018, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, recognized Elsia Pop, of Belize as the 51st Commonwealth Point of Light in honor of her exceptional voluntary service preserving Mayan cultural heritage. In the lead-up to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London on 19-20 April, Her Majesty the Queen - as Head of the Commonwealth - is thanking inspirational volunteers across the 53 Commonwealth nations for the difference they are making in their communities and beyond.

    WMO Hurricane Committee Reviews Devastating 2017 Season- Retires Names
    The Hurricane Committee retired the hurricane names Harvey, Maria, Irma and Nate after the death and destruction they caused. Three exceptionally destructive hurricanes occurred in rapid succession in the North Atlantic in late August and September. The World Meteorological Organization’s Hurricane Committee met in Martinique, France, from 9 to 13 April to review the devastating 2017 Atlantic hurricane season and to discuss regional coordination and operational planning to protect lives and property in the forthcoming one. The Hurricane Committee retired the names Harvey, Irma, Maria and Nate from its list of rotating names. They will be replaced by Harold, Idalia, Margot and Nigel.

    Misc Belizean Sources

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    2018 Hopkins Mangu Fest (mango in Garifuna)
    Hopkins Village, located on the southern coast, is the mango capital of Belize, boasting over twenty varieties. The mangos have names such as blue, Julie, Harry, #11, thunder shock, white, ballet, black, common, belly full, apple, and well, one can go on and on recalling the many names and describing their favorites. On June 2nd and 3rd, the friendliest village in Belize celebrates the beginning of mango season with a free two-day family-friendly festival that showcases unique culinary delights and Hopkins’ culture, music, and community spirit. This year, the morning begins at 6am with Floyd Arana’s dory fishing contest. There are many prizes, such as most fish, most weight, biggest barracuda, and more. The unique twist? A 20% qualifier is added to each category for those that include fisherfolk under 15 years old.

    FAMILY NIGHT at KoKo King
    Happy Family' and 'Jumanji - Welcome to the Jungle' are the 2018 movies on show. Kids meals, popcorn and toasted marshmallows all available.

    Corozal Bay Regatta
    If you missed the Baron Bliss this is your chance to see Corozal's sailors compete. Sailors are coming in from Caye Calker, San Pedro, Belize City- just to name a few! Join us for a great weekend at the water's edge and show your support for these brave kids! There will be wonderful prizes for raffle ticket winners also!

    Corozal - Special Olympics Fun Run 2018 at Central Park
    We start off at the Central Park at 6:00 a.m. Please bring along a green shirt if possible. Snacks and drinks will be provided after. Saturday April 14th, 2018. Join the Special Olympics movement, a united community that fosters Active Inclusion and Participation of all regardless of their abilities. Come along bring your running shoes and be a part of this special event. It is a good time to meet and greet your fellow community members.

    The installation of the hieroplyphic panels on Structure A9 at Xunantunich is complete
    These replicas looks amazingly like the real panels, which will be moved and housed inside the visitor center at the site.

    Welcome back to Belize, Youth Ambassadors!
    Our Youth Ambassadors came back home to Belize today!

    Minister of Health Concludes Working Visit to Taiwan Republic of China (Taiwan)
    On an invitation from the Government of the Republic of China (Taiwan), the Minister of Health Hon. Pablo Marin paid a working visit to Taiwan from April 2nd to 6th, 2018. While in Taiwan, Minister Marin engaged in fruitful meetings and discussions with Minister of Health and Welfare, Hon. Shih-chung Chen, and other key personnel in the Ministry of Health and Welfare. The Ministers discussed ways in which Taiwan and Belize can continue to collaborate on fostering the health and wellness of the peoples of both countries. Among the topics discussed were Belize’s model Health Information System (BHIS), which other countries, including Taiwan, can learn from as is happening in the Caribbean Region. The Ministers also conversed about Belize’s continued and unwavering support for Taiwan’s participation in the World Health Organization’s World Health Assembly. During the discussions, Minister Marin also made a request for scholarships for medical specialists.

    Launch of Country Level Engagement and Assistance to Reduce Child Labour (CLEAR II) Project
    The Ministry of Labour, Local Government and Rural Development along with Winrock International hosted a launch ceremony for the Country Level Engagement and Assistance to Reduce Child Labour (CLEAR II) Project today, April 12th, 2018 at Best Western Plus Belize Biltmore Plaza in Belize City. Country Level Engagement and Assistance to Reduce Child Labour II (CLEAR II) is a global, four-year, United States Department of Labour (USDOL)-funded project that provides technical assistance to support a global reduction in child labour. Belize has been identified among six (6) other countries to partner with CLEAR II. The Ministry of Labour, Local Government and Rural Development will be implementing CLEAR II to support the reduction of child labour in Belize in collaboration with Winrock International and partners Lawyers without Borders and Verité.

    BIL Issues Statement on Belize Civic Center Management Contract
    Belize Infrastructure Limited (BIL) dispels any notion that the Belize Civic Center Management Contract is in any legal breach of the laws of Belize. BIL takes this opportunity to respond to the baseless assertions in certain media quarters with respect to the Belize Civic Center Management Contract signed on March 19th 2018 with Apex Event Services – Belize, Ltd. BIL ensured full legal review and approval from the Office of the Solicitor General prior to final contract signing.

    Welcome back, Caye Caulker youth ambassadors!

    CAYE CAULKER MUNICIPAL AIRSTRIP PROJECT MOVING BRISKLY FORWARD
    The renovation of the Caye Caulker Municipal Airport has picked up momentum and is moving briskly to meet its completion date by mid-June of this year. Substantial work has already been done to the airport with the focus being the expansion of the airstrips' shoulders and the laying of thousands of yards of geogrid to provide greater earth stability. Over 10,000 cubic yards of landfill material has been transported to the construction site. Greater work is scheduled for the coming weeks. The next phase of work will include works on the airstrip shoulders which will assist with the preparation of the runway for the installation of hot mix.

    Cultural Revival 2018, San Narciso RC School
    "A True Belizean Blend"

    COUNTRYWIDE FUN RUN 2018
    * This Saturday, April 14 * Corozal Central Park * Opening ceremony/registration at 6:00 a.m * Stretches/warm-ups and FUN RUN * Route map attached * Snacks and drinks at event end. Join the Special Olympics movement - A unified community that fosters active inclusion and participation of ALL, regardless of their abilities.

    Earth Day 2018
    The University of Belize is having their annual Earth Day on Thursday, April 26th. There's always a lot to see and do, and to learn about. They'll announce the winners of the competitions, and there will be giveaways. Miss Deb's will be there too. Coolest thing of all: it'll be a plastic free event.

    Team Belize at this year's International Living Retirement Show
    Left to right, Mrs. Jacqueline Locke (Registrar of Hotels and Director of Business Development) Ms. Shauma Hall (Licensing Officer ) & Ms. Althea Sebastian (Travel Trade Officer)

    Festival of Cultures & Fashion Show
    San Pedro House of Culture & Foreva Fancy Boutique invites you to celebrate Belize's cultural diversity at the 1st annual Festival of Cultures & Fashion Show on la Isla Bonita. Come enjoy the sights, sounds and tastes of Belize as we bring all Belizean cultures for a fun day of celebration on the beach! On Sunday Apr 22nd at 9am-6pm. Fashion Show starts at 5pm. On the beach infront of Sandbar.

    Paradise Theater playing this weekend:
    12 Strong, Den of Thieves, Maze Runner: The Death Cure, Fifty Shades Freed. *Note there are no 7pm movies on friday as the church has has even scheduled. The 9pm Movies WILL be shown on Friday* **NOTE Maze Runner Starts at 6:50pm** Saturday and Sunday

    Memorial Park Market Day!
    Saturday, April 28 at 11 AM - 2 PM, Memorial Park in Belize City. We have partnered with Oceana Belize to launch this next Market Day as PLASTIC-FREE! We are PSYCHED for the next edition with lots of new local offerings including a flowers, organic vegetables, organic cold-pressed juices, baked goods, gluten-free baked goods, all natural soaps, puppies (Come meet & Pet & Adopt!!), plants, artisanal clay pots, and MORE. It's a BYOB event- BRING YOUR OWN BAG! But if you forget, don't fret, we will have biodegradable bags for your purchases. Come shop local and get to know your neighbourhood farmer, baker, florist, humane society and more!

    Channel 7

    Another Woman Murdered; Downs Downed By Gunman
    Another woman was murdered in Belize City last night. And like the last three killings, this one was no accident.  Mother of two, Marcia Downs was targeted by a gunman who shot her straight in the forehead.   Daniel Ortiz went looking for answers in another confounding killing:… 37 year-old Marcia Downs was fatally shot right here at her grandmother’s house on Handyside Street. Police say that she was gunned down at the gate, while residents tell us that it happened on the verandah. What is certain at this time is that the gunman’s bullet caught her in the forehead, an injury which claimed her life while she was getting emergency care.

    Police Finally Fess Up About Coro Prisoners’ Escape
    A trio of prisoners sawed their way out of the Corozal holding cell just before 6:00 on Wednesday morning - and police didn’t say a thing about it until today at the weekly press briefing. As we reported, Marvin Pec, Johny Matus and Austin Sutherland used some type of bladed device to cut the cell bars, and squeeze out, right from under the watching eye of a surveillance camera - which nobody was watching. They escaped a jail house full of police officers, and today, more than 24 hours later, police finally circulated their photos and spoke about the embarrassing circumstances of their escape: Wilfredo Ferrufino - Inspector, CIB: "On Wednesday, April 2018 the police officers at the Corozal police station were preparing to ferry prisoners from Corozal to the Kolbe Foundation. This was sometime around 4:50 AM and in that process they discovered that 3 metal bars for the cell door were cut and 3 prisoners had escaped.

    Belizean Charged With Rape; Says It Was Consensual
    Today, police arraigned the man accused of raping a Canadian woman in his Belize City apartment one week ago.  46 year old Derrick Gabb of an apartment on Faber's Road was charged with rape when he appeared today before Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford. No plea was taken because, and the prosecutor objected to bail, saying that the police have a strong case and because of that Gabb might not appear in court if granted bail.   But Gabb's attorney, Herbert Panton submitted that the prosecution has nothing close to a strong case. He also submitted that there is video footage of the entire event - which has been described as an orgy in today’s Guardian newspaper. 

    GSU Found A Shotgun
    The GSU used intelligence yesterday to collect a big gun in Hattieville.  Their information led them to a bushy lot where they found a 12 gauge combat, or tactical shotgun, wrapped in a black shirt.  The gun was loaded with 5 cartridges and the serial number had been filed off.  The firearm and cartridges were labelled as found property as no one was found in the immediate area. Combat shotguns are typically used for military or law enforcement purposes.

    George Street Stoned GSU Mobile
    There was a a commotion on George Street just a few minutes ago.  7NEws has confirmed with the acting Commander of the GSU, Sergeant Sam Bonilla that his officers did use non lethal ribber bullets to suppress three men who had been stoning at their vehicle.   As we understand it the GSU were in a private vehicle and picked up one of their officers in the area - which is a gang stronghold.  Driving out, some persons started stoning at the vehicle.  The police got out, and used the guns with rubber bullets and shot three men.   The men have been detained and the police are going to make a complaint against them.

    US Embassy Representative Speaks On Narcotics Report
    Earlier this week we showed you the 2018 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report from the US State Department.  Belize is designated as one of 22 Major Drug-Transit Countries, along with all other Central American Nations - and three Caribbean nations. Now that’s pretty much standard for that report - in which Belize has been included for decades.  But, it also notes, quote, “Belize’s drug control efforts are hampered by the same challenges faced by the rest of the country’s security sector – corruption, insufficient investigative capacity, an ineffective judicial sector, and a lack of political will.” Corruption? And a lack of political will?  That’s strong stuff and today we had a chance to ask the US Embassy’s Acting Deputy Chief of Mission what’s behind that:..

    Decreasing Child Labour Violations In The Agro Industries
    We met Deputy Chief Lingwood at an event about child labour in Belize - which stems from another report from a US agency - the US Bureau on International Labour Affairs which - in September of last year - listed Belize as a country that made minimal advancement in eliminating child labour.  All other countries in Central America were judged to have done better.  And so, today, the Ministry of Labour, Local Government and Rural Development along with a US funded international consultant, launched the Country Level Engagement and Assistance to Reduce Child Labour Project at the Biltmore.  Labour Minister Hugo Patt spoke about the fact that child labour is used in Belize’s big agro industries:..

    Phasing Out Cane Cutters In Sugar Industry?
    And according to the Minister of Agriculture, the future for sugar is the elimination of child labour for sure, but to go along with that, the industry must also minimize adult labour.  Godwin Hulse today told us that Santander is having great success with mechanized cane farming, and there’s much to be said for that model:… Hon. Godwin Hulse - Minister of Agriculture: "If you take a parallel out of Santander, they came on the scene, they don't have small farmers to deal with, they are dealing with a couple big farmers but their yields are fantastic and that is because they have put in what is required. I think this will happen in north as well and I think the associations have understood clearly that there is no point in trying to fight the factory, they're in it together, it is one team and government act as a facilitator."

    BIL GM Says Civic Controversy Is Politicking
    A week ago, we told you how the PUP was calling out the Government and Belize Infrastructure Limited on the management contract with Apex Belize Limited for the Civic Center. The commercial arrangement with the private company and the Government is set up to try to ensure that the Government and taxpayers don’t pay a cent to keep the facility open. What the Government and BIL did is that the experts were tasked to find out how much it would cost to run the facility for 1 year. That was determined to be about 850 thousand dollars, and so, the commercial arrangement between the Government and Apex agreed that Apex must manage the facility, and raise the revenue required to cover that entire bill to keep the lights on, and the Civic open for business.

    Cops Don’t Know Much About Human Smuggling Bust
    On last night’s news, we told you how the Immigration Department and the Anti-Trafficking in Person Council busted a human smuggling operation in the San Ignacio area. On Tuesday night, at around 9:00, immigration officers pulled over a van near Clarissa Falls, and they found a Belizean driver with 15 Hondurans inside. Among the Hondurans, there were 7 adults and 8 children who entered Belize illegally through the Benque Viejo border. They had not been processed or stamped at that crossing, and they were allegedly being smuggled to the Northern Border, and from there, unto the USA. Today, we tried to get a bit more details out of the police spokesperson at the bi-weekly press conference, but he told us that this is in the jurisdiction of the Immigration Department:

    Dean Nembhard Shot; Recovering Slowly
    Police were more forthcoming about their investigation into the shooting of 22 year-old Dean Nembhard which happened on Tuesday evening at around 4:30. As we told you, Nembhard was shot while he was on Holy Emmanuel Street in the St. Martin’s Area. That’s the dividing line between 2 rival gangs. We asked police if his shooting signals the restart of gang-related crime, and here’s what he had to say: Wilfredo Ferrufino - Inspector, CIB: "On Tuesday the 10th sometime around 4:00 PM Mr. Dean Nembhard, 21 year old was walking on said site. He heard several shots and as a result he realized he was shot. He was taken to the KHMH and police investigation has revealed so far that he was walking on the street and unknown gunman opened fire and caused 2 gunshot wounds to his abdominal area. One person was detained for that and he is being questioned, the investigation is ongoing."

    SSB Still Wants Contributions To Increase
    Will the Social Security Board increase the contribution that workers and employers make - while also increasing the benefits you get? That’s a consultation that started out in early 2017, and today we got an update on whether - 16 months later - it is still a live issue.  The GM of Corporate Customer Relation Services had answers: Jules Vasquez
    "Is that project to review and perhaps revise the contribution scheme still live? Where are we going with that?" Chandra Nisbet Cansino - GM, Corporate Customer Relations, SSB
    "The contribution reform process, yes we've completed the stages of preliminary consultations and so we've met with the general public, we've met with the business stakeholders and we've met with the worker groups and the worker representatives to present a proposal."

    Finally, A Women’s Football League
    For decades, the Football Federation of Belize has lagged behind in the development of women’s football. But today an encouraging announcement was made that The National Amateur Women’s League will be fully funded by the FFB.  Now, the big boys underwriting the girls league sounds like a night out on the town more than it does a sustainable long term plan.  But, there is such a plan.  We learned more at today’s press conference:… Cruz Gamez - Vice President, FFB: "The federation is now embarking on a very ambitious project for women's football from the grassroots up to the elite players and we hope to get the entire community involved with this. We want to as well have the best players in the country and this is the reason why we will begin our process from grassroots up to elite. When we say elite, it will be the national amateur women's league. We expect that we will have the best players in this league and hopefully in the near future we can then have a professional women's league in Belize."

    ART….
    And from women’s football, to art about the female form.  In her very first solo exhibit, the artist Minita Concha has captured women in their many splendored shapes.  She told us more today at the Image Factory:… The show opens tomorrow at the Image Factory and admission is free.

    Disbursing the Ride Across Belize Funds
    In June of 2017, the Ride Across Belize volunteers rode from Corozal To Punta Gorda to raise funds for two charities.   Today, the funds they generated were handed over to two organizations for specific projects. The first was the Ministry of Agriculture’s urban farming project. Minister of Agriculture Godwin Hulse told us how the money will be used:.. Applications are still being accepted for projects requesting funding from this year’s ride.

    Dowellson Charged For Stabbing A Man
    20 year-old Dowellson Blair, a construction worker from Ladyville, is facing a dangerous harm charged for after for stabbing a man on last week Thursday. The victim is Ladyville resident Douglas Bowen, and up until Monday, he was at the KHMH in an induced coma. Police shared a few details of the case at their press conference today: Blair was arraigned yesterday before Magistrate Michelle Trapp on a single charge of dangerous harm. In court, he claims that he was acting in self-defense.

    Armed Robbery On Douglas Jones
    There was a robbery on Douglas Jones Street on Tuesday night at around 8:00. A Chinese businessman and his common-law wife were robbed by armed thieves who stole a pricey smart phone and $1,5000 in cash and coins. The cops told us more about the incident today: Unfortunately, a neighbor of the Chinese business owners went over to their house the same time that the robbery was taking place, and she was also held up at gunpoint and robbed of her iPhone, valued at $2,200.

    Hon. Patt’s 4 Days As Prime Minister
    Hugo Patt was Prime Minister for about four days last week while the Prime Minister was away consulting with doctors about his ailing back.  It was a surprising move since, as a two term Representative, Patt is a juniour Minister.   Reports say the PM may have to travel again this weekend and we asked Patt if he would be ready again: No travel plans have as yet been announced for the PM

    Channel 5

    Channel Five’s Marcia Downs, 37, Shot Dead at Home
    The relentless cycle of gun violence has left us devastated here at Great Belize Productions Channel Five. Today, we mourn the death of one of our own, Marcia Downs. A [...]

    Marcia’s Partner Alleges She Was Targeted by Gang Rivals
    While the family states they fear for the safety of their loved ones, late this evening News Five spoke one-on-one with Marcia’s boyfriend, who has his own conclusions about the [...]

    Romel Berges Cleaned Up for San Pedro Land
    The family of Government Minister Rene Montero, according to documents, got more than three million dollars in compensation and interest for lands taken by a former administration almost two decades [...]

    U.S. Pledges to Help Belize Fix Drug-Smeared Reputation
    All of Central America including Belize has been listed in the 2018 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report of the U.S. State Department, published this week. These and other countries have [...]

    Corruption a Concern; the Good Must Help Isolate the Bad
    The primary finding of the I.N.C.S.R. states, “Belize’s drug control efforts are hampered by the same challenges faced by the rest of the country’s security sector – corruption, insufficient investigative [...]

    Hugo Patt Didn’t Mind Being P.M. for 4 Days
    Over the past weekend, Corozal North area representative Hugo Patt held the top seat in the land as Prime Minister Dean Barrow travelled to the U.S. for medical consultations. The [...]

    No Takeoffs from Municipal Airstrip as Imer Hernandez-Designed Runway Needs Repairs
    If you are planning to travel from the Belize City municipal airstrip this weekend, you will likely have to make new plans. There is word tonight that the airstrip will [...]

    Burglars Hack Their Way Out of Corozal Detention Cell
    A manhunt is ongoing by the police department for three prisoners who escaped from the holding cell at the Corozal Police Station on Wednesday. According to the police, just before [...]

    Chinese Family Suffers Home Break-In
    On Tuesday night, a Chinese family was assaulted during a home invasion on the north side of Belize City. Zing Zhou was inside their Douglas Jones Street house with his [...]

    Dean Nembhard a Gunman’s Target in Lake
    There was a shooting in the Gungulung area of Belize City, off Holy Emmanuel Street, where twenty-one-year-old Dean Nembhard was targeted by a gunman. Sometime around four o’clock on Tuesday [...]

    Accused in Canadian Rape Case Out on Bail
    A Fabers’ Road resident has been arraigned on a charge of rape in relation to a report by a visiting Canadian national. Forty-six year old Derrick Gabb was read the [...]

    “Hard Rock’s” Accused Killer to be Tried for Murder
    Andrew Ian Bennett, also known as “DJ Hard Rock”, was gunned down on Commonwealth Day, May twenty-fourth, 2017 near his home on Central American Boulevard. A few weeks later, police [...]

    Mayor, Councilors, Staff Got Extra for Board Memberships
    News Five has received information of additional spending concerns by the former Belize City Council. According to information available, members of the Belize District Liquor Licensing and Trade Licensing Board [...]

    BIL to Finally Publish Civic Center Contract
    As soon as Monday, you can see the management contract for the Belize Civic Center. It will be found on the website of Belize Infrastructure Limited (BIL), www.bil.gov.bz, which will [...]

    Citrus Revamps after Diminishing Production
    Belize’s citrus industry has been on the decline. Productivity has diminished significantly over the past years. This reduced production is consistent with global trends with global citrus producers in decline. [...]

    Shrimp Industry Fights On
    Two weeks ago, we reported that the Belize Aquaculture Limited terminated one hundred employees. The shrimp farm in the south reported that it was experiencing tough financial times because a [...]

    Plan to Reduce Child Labour Unveiled but Will It Change Culture?
    According to the International Labour Organization, “child labour” is often defined as work that deprives children of their childhood, their potential and their dignity, and that is harmful to physical [...]

    School Kids Must Be Protected says U.S.
    The Department of Labour’s 2017 report on the worst forms of child labour found that Belize has made strides in preventing child labour through such programs as the BOOST conditional [...]

    Ride Across Belize Makes Donations
    The Social Security Board’s Ride Across Belize initiative handed over thirty-five thousand dollars today. It’s the fourteenth year of the ride where monies are raised for charitable causes. The Urban [...]

    Putting the “Community” in Policing
    Over fifty police officers attended a “community policing” sensitization workshop. The event was organized by the U.S. Embassy of Belize and hosted by the Belize Police Department. The officers learnt [...]

    Art that Celebrates Women
    A new exhibition opens at the Image Factory on Friday. Artist Minita Concha gave the media an early tour to show off her pieces that that celebrate women in an [...]

    Big Dreams for Returning Youth Ambassadors
    Washington D.C. and the states of Alabama and Idaho in the United States are as far apart culturally and politically as they are geographically. So it made for a very [...]

    Healthy Living: Why Your Weight Scale May Be Lying to You
    The advancement of science and technology has improved the understanding of our body’s composition.  It also helps define the markers as to what truly makes us fit and healthy. Many [...]

    LOVE FM

    Social Security giving away 52 scholarships
    The Social Security Board will be awarding fifty-two scholarships to students for the upcoming school year in September. Chandra Nisbet-Cansino, General Manager/Corporate Customer Relation Services shared more about the scholarships. Chandra Nisbet-Cansino, General Manager/Corporate Customer Relation Services:“We are offering 52 scholarships and they range from the high school scholarships, Sixth form , Votec and this …

    Come see ‘Gloria’ at The Image Factory
    Twenty-six-year-old Belizean Artist Minita Concha is putting on an exhibition she entitled ‘Gloria’. This is Concha’s first solo exhibit, showcasing about twenty-five inspirational artworks. This is also the first exhibit for the Women’s Art Collective (BWAC) in a show titled Radical. Concha spoke about her drive to create her paintings. The exhibit opens tomorrow at …

    Nine enthusiastic youths return to Belize after touring the USA
    Today, nine youth ambassadors returned to Belize after spending three weeks in the United States of America. Alexis Guy, one of the youth ambassadors gave an overview of their trip. Alexis Guy – Youth Ambassador: “The trip was basically to give young students like us who are now Belizean Youth Ambassadors exposure of the United States, …

    Country Level Engagement and Assistance to Reduce Child Labor launch
    The “Country Level Engagement and Assistance to Reduce (CLEAR) Child Labor II Project in Belize” was launched today. Minister of Labour, Local Government and Rural Development, Hugo Patt was the keynote speaker. In addressing those assembled, he noted that Belize has made some strides in combating child labor, however, he recognized that there is more …

    Video contradicting allegation of the rape of a Canadian woman surfaces
    One man has been charged with rape. A thirty year old Canadian woman told police that she and her husband were socializing with some friends on the night of April 5 and sometime after she fell asleep. She added that she later woke up to find a man raping her. The accused, forty-six year old …

    Mother of two shot to the head in the Old Capital
    The brief calm from gun related murders was shattered last night in Belize City when 37-year-old Marcia Downs was fatally shot once in her head, just outside her house on Handy Side Street. This morning police said that their investigation is in its preliminary phase but have detained one person in connection with Downs homicide. …

    Will Social Security contribution reform still take place?
    In 2017, the Social Security Board started public consultations countrywide to discuss the possibility of increasing employee’s contribution and benefits to the scheme. The last time employees saw an increase in their contributions was in 2001. Love News spoke with Chandra Nisbet-Cansino, General Manager/Corporate Customer Relation Services,who gave us an update on the initiative. Chandra …

    Three escape from police cell in Corozal
    Police are looking for three men who escaped from police custody in Corozal Town early on Wednesday morning. Inspector Wilfred Ferrufino of the Crimes Investigation Branch in Belize City told the media today that the men escaped by cutting the iron bars of the cell they were being held in. Inspector Wilfred Ferrufino, Belize Police …

    Police detain one man for Nembhard shooting
    Belize City Police are still investigating the motive behind the attack on 21 year old Dean Nembhard who was shot on the afternoon of March tenth. As we reported before, Nembhard, a resident of Belize City was walking in the area of Cet Site shortly after four o’clock when a man fired at him. Today …

    Police make arrests in burglary case
    Police have also detained at least three persons in connection to a report of aggravated burglary that happened on March 10 at the 360 Chinese Saloon on Douglas Jones Street. Inspector Wilfred Ferrufino provided the details. Inspector Wilfred Ferrufino, Belize Police Department:“Mr. Douglas Bowen a 33 year old resident of Ladyville was taken to the …

    Ride Across Belize for two good causes
    Belize’s citrus exports increased during the first two months of this year when compared to the same period last year. According to the Statistical Institute of Belize, citrus exports value increased by one point eight million dollars. This is due largely to the increased of orange concentrate exports, coupled with strong sales of grapefruit concentrate and grapefruit oil. …

    O’ sweet, sweet sugar
    The shrimp industry continues to be negatively affected by the Early Mortality Syndrome. It is a disease that affects shrimps and in Belize, the entire industry. It was first detected in 2009 in China before spreading throughout the world. It has been affecting the aquaculture industry in Belize for the past three years and stakeholders are having a rough time effectively eliminating the disease. So how is the Government dealing with this debilitating effect? Minister of Agriculture, Godwin Hulse, explained. …

    It is not a ‘Government Guarantee’, it is a “Compensation Mechanism’
    The Belize Infrastructure Limited (BIL) fire off a release dismissing claims that the Belize Civic Center Management Contract is in any legal breach of the laws of Belize. In the release, BIL states that the claims are baseless and politically motivated. The Belize Civic Center Management Contract was awarded to Apex Event Services – Belize Limited which is owned and operated by Chad Eckert. Before signing the contract BIL says that it ensured full legal review and approval from the Office of the Solicitor General. …

    Shrimp Industry expected to bounce back
    With World Sugar Prices declining and without a preferential market, Belize is left to compete with other sugar-exporting countries in an already harsh world market. While the manufacturing of sugar is done by BSI/ASR, it is cane farmers who grow the cane. The industry affects over six thousand cane farmers and by extension their families. …

    A big boost for citrus industry in the horizon
    For the past fourteen years, the staff of the Social Security Board has been carrying out its Ride Across Belize fundraiser in an effort to support charitable causes. The 2017 Ride Across Belize initiative was held to support Adopt a Child with Disability Program and Urban Schools Gardening Program. A total of thirty-five thousand dollars was raised and this morning the funds were distributed to the recipients. General Manager for Corporate Customer Relations Services, Chandra Nisbet-Cansino, spoke to the media. …

    The Guardian

    Bernard Wagner Busted writing checks to himself
    Street works in Belize City have come to a complete halt and lines of people looking for handouts at City Hall is now the norm. On Wednesday April 11 we passed the Belize City Council’s offices on North Front Street and noted hundreds of people lined up outside of City Hall with the expectation that they would be given a 10 dollar handout, classic PUP modus operandi. And as the lines get longer, street works are non-existent. Work on those streets that were being paved before the Municipal Elections came to an abrupt end such as the work on paving Racoon Street, a major artery. It is now a potholed ridden street with no timeframe being given as to when the work will commence again.

    Fuel discounts and more for Police officers
    Officer Commanding South Side Belize City, Sr. Superintendent of Police Howell Gillett announced on Tuesday April 10th that he is in the process of negotiating countrywide discounts on fuel at all UNO services stations. Gillett stated that the deal is not yet finalized but at the end of it officers would stand to benefit from a discount of between 6 and 10% on fuel. Additionally he has signed a deal in which Brothers Habet has agreed to give all officers posted in the South Side of the City to receive a 15% discount on purchase at that store. “It’s a way of telling officers we are looking out for you and when we do all that we could do for our officers then we will demand more of them,” stated Gillett. He noted that the high command is helping officers to help themselves and in turn the officers must help the community. He added that at this point the high command is doing the very best to equip and incentivize officers and that there are many more things to come on board.

    Arthur Saldivar still owes Melonie Coye $200 G’s
    Arthur Saldivar owes his former client, Melonie Coye, $200,000, which he refuses to pay. He must be spending the money he took from her without her permission on designer ostrich shoes. Readers will remember that in 2014, when he was attempting to run for the PUP in Belize Rural North, Melonie Coye, a long-time client of his, accused him of taking a little more than 904 thousand dollars. This was money that she and her family fought tooth and nail to get the Financial Intelligence Unit to return, after their conviction for money laundering was overturned at the Court of Appeal. Saldivar was one of their lead attorneys for the entire ordeal.

    $2.4M available for funding projects against corruption
    The U.S. Embassy in Belmopan announces a notice of funding opportunity (NOFO) to strengthen civil society and civil servant capacity through partnership. Persons seeking more information and eligibility requirements are asked to visit www.grants.gov and search for “Belmopan.” All grant proposals must be submitted on the grants.gov website by June 4th, 2018. Depending on the availability of funds and quality of proposals, the U.S. Embassy intends to issue between three and five awards in an amount not to exceed $1,261,666 USD in total funding. Each award will be for an amount between $200,000 and $400,000. Project periods should not exceed two years, and the anticipated start date for successful proposals is September 28th, 2018.

    Belize and Guatemala host Garifuna Cultural Event
    A two-day event, from April 8th to 9th, was held in Guatemala City. There, Belize and Guatemala, together, held “The Belizean and Guatemalan Garifuna Culture as an Expression of Social Cohesion, Intercultural Dialogue and Promotion of Peace.” The aim of the event was to promote intercultural dialogue and a culture of peace. The event consisted of both cultural and academic presentations which were meant to showcase the historical coexistence of the communities living on the borders of Livingston and Puerto Barrios, Izabal, Guatemala, and the Toledo and Stann Creek Districts of Belize.

    Rape allegations- actually a Sex Orgy
    A 30-year-old Canadian national residing in Belize City reported that on Wednesday, April 4, 2018, she fell asleep while socializing with her boyfriend and others at her apartment. She later woke up to find one of the men that she was socializing with having sexual intercourse with her against her will. Since the allegation was made, police have identified one individual they were looking for. He turned himself in to police and in so doing provided officers with a cellphone video recording which contradicts what the Canadian woman was claiming. The video shows the woman along with her partner engaged in drug use as well as sexual intercourse.

    How to deal with the ‘Barbarians’
    Last week when Mayor Bernard Wagner announced, that he would be holding weekly Wednesday clinics at City Hall, he perhaps did not anticipate the size of the crowd that would show up. This week’s clinic was the first clinic to occur after he made the official announcement. The plan for these clinics according to Wagner was to assist the people who he referred to as the “Barbarians at the gates.” Hundreds of people lined up outside of City Hall waiting their turn to get inside to get their share of the “financial assistance,” being given out by the Mayor. We say financial assistance rather loosely because what was happening was just PUP Supporters lining up to get a handout. These people were out there doing the same thing they have done every week at Said Musa’s office. They line up and get a little handout.

    BEL says BELCOGEN overcharging for electricity
    Belize Electricity Limited and Belize Co-Generation Energy Limited (Belcogen) are in a commercial dispute over the rates that the nation’s electricity company is paying for the power to the ASR/BSI company for the national electricity grid. That dispute has landed in court, which will determine if Belcogen is justified in the bill it has given BEL. Readers are aware that Belcogen is the sister company to the Belize Sugar Industries Limited (BSI), which is also owned by American Sugar Refineries (ASR). It produces energy from bagasse, which is a bi-product of the sugar production. Belcogen and BEL have a power purchase agreement which dates all the way back to 2007, and in this arrangement, BEL purchases some of that power that Belcogen produces, and that power becomes a part of the national grid, which you the readers, make use of in your homes and offices.

    Two-year Cooperation Agreement signed between Belize and Panama
    On Friday, April 6, 2018, the Governments of Belize and the Republic of Panama signed a two-year Cooperation Agreement. That agreement is aimed at upholding and extending the mutually beneficial collaboration between the two countries. The signing of the agreement is a major advancement in the bilateral agenda between the two countries as it establishes the necessary legal framework for cooperation. Areas for cooperation set out in the agreement include health, trade, tourism, education, and culture.

    Bernard Wagner writing checks to himself
    He’s not in the council as the head for a month and already Bernard Wagner is doing what many consider to be scandalous. On Friday April 6th, Mayor Wagner did an extensive interview with Jules Vasquez in which he admitted to supporting the age old system of patronage established by the PUP. He admitted to being frustrated by the Wednesday clinics he’s re-established at the council and called those who come for help barbarians. Here is the transcript of the conversation: Bernard Wagner: “You will have the occasional individuals who want a little assistance. That is what a council is for.” Jules Vasquez: “On those Wednesdays I have received reports that you have to make out a cheque to yourself to give people assistance. It’s irregular.” Bernard Wagner: “It’s irregular, but it’s for the people and we are all about the people.

    New executive for Belize History Association
    On Saturday April 7, 2018, the Belize History Association (BHA) elected its 2018-2020 Executive Board at its General Membership Meeting in Belmopan City. This resulted in the new appointment of two junior members, Ms. Mariela Coc and Ms. Karla Pinelo, who are tasked to lead the active involvement of youths in the organization. Other members on the board were re-elected to their position to advance the BHA programs. The elected Executive Members are as follows: Chair - Dr. Abigail McKay; Vice Chair - Ms. Ifasina Efunyemi; Senior Members - Ms. Myrna Manzanarez and Mr. Jose Perera. Junior Members - Ms. Mariela Coc and Ms. Karla Pinelo

    Boston Village receiving Water
    Hon. Edmond Castro, Minister of Transport and NEMO as well as the area representative for Belize Rural North, is happy to share the news that the villagers of Boston Village will be receiving water services. This is being done through the collaborative efforts of the Social Investment Fund (SIF), Belize Water Services (BWS), and the Government of Belize through the minister. The three entities met and worked out an arrangement for the people of the Old Northern Highway at Boston Village to receive potable water. Consultations with the residents of Boston will begin on Saturday, April 15 starting at 2:00 p.m. Implementation of the project will follow these consultations.

    CEO Caucus Cancer Awareness Ride 2018: “In It to End It”
    The third annual CEO Caucus Cancer Ride took place on Saturday, April 7th, 2018. This year’s theme was “In it to End it” and highlighted childhood cancer with proceeds being donated to the Dangriga Cancer Centre. The Ride’s route was from Mile 25 on the George Price Highway to the National Agriculture and Trade Show Grounds in Belmopan and began at 6:00 a.m. with registration and an opening ceremony. The Belize Coast Guard and Belize Defence Force provided buses and a truck to transport riders and bicycles from Belize City to the starting point. NEMO and the Department of Environment also provided a truck and bus, this time to transport riders and bicycles from Belmopan to Mile 25.

    What about the City Adminsitrator?
    The PUP APOLOGISTS have been trying to explain away, that what is presently being done to the City Administrator has nothing to do with politics. However, Mayor Wagner rubbished their argument with one response to the following question that was asked of him by Jules Vasquez. “Can you move forward with her?” The Mayor’s response was, and we are quoting him verbatim: “The reality of it- we’ve got to be real in this business; people might say it is political victimization. The fact of the matter is that the past mayor when he undertook to give the contract to the city administrator with a term passing the life of this administration he clearly put her under significant scrutiny. It is sad, it is a sad situation; I definitely won’t put any of my city administrators in that position...”

    Farmers of the Year 2018
    The Ministry of Agriculture and the National Agriculture and Trade Show Committee informs the public that this year’s winners for farmers of the year 2018 in the following categories are as follows:- 1. Male farmer of the year is Mr. Baltazar Campos of Carmelita Village in the Orange Walk District 2. Female farmer of the year is Ms. Lorena Peralta of La Gracia Village in the Cayo District 3. Junior farmer of the year is Mr. Freddy Orellana of Bomba Village in the Belize District.

    Guatemala goes to Referendum on Belize on April 15
    Jimmy Morales, President of Guatemala, has been on a campaign throughout Guatemala. During that tour, the President used that time to educate his people of the nearing referendum, to be held on Sunday, April 15. Just over the weekend, President Morales was in Peten, Guatemala where he appeared as a guest on a TV show. That media appearance soon turned sour after the president seemed to become annoyed with the line of questioning. The reporter asked what the Government of Guatemala would be prepared to do should Belize not hold a referendum. The president answered “But if you know the answer, why don’t you tell it to them. You keep interrupting me”. After insisting that she did not intend to interrupt him, rather than to ask the necessary questions, the president responded that “This is my message to the people of Guatemala.

    IOM and Galen University sign Capacity Building Cooperation
    The United Nations Migration Agency (IOM) and Galen University signed a cooperation agreement on Friday, April 6th, 2018. The cooperation exists to build the capacities of state institutions, civil society organizations, international missions, academia, and the private sector. These facets will be integral in the development of the National Migration and Development Policy for Belize, being supported by IOM. The program will use a bi-modal approach to engage students in presence based workshops, as well as virtual webinars facilitated by IOM technical experts. This will allow participants to learn the main concepts and materials as well as how to apply them in the field.

    Minister of National Security tours Southside Belize City Police Precincts
    In an unannounced visit, the Hon. John Saldivar, Minister of National Security, toured Southside Belize City Police Precincts on April 5, 2018. The purpose of visit was to get a first-hand look of the operations being carried out by the police department in the city and to salute the men and women who patrol the city streets every night to ensure the citizens’ security. Accompanying the minister were Chief Executive Officer, Felix Enriquez, the Commissioner of Police, Allen Whylie, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Clyde Chester Williams, Southside Commander, Sr. Supt. Howell Gillett, and other senior officials of the Belize Police Department.

    Mose is new CWU President, says he’s not interested in party politics
    Evan “Mose” Hyde, the host of KREM’s morning television show, has won an election for the Presidency of the Christian Workers Union (CWU). He now takes over leadership of the union from the past president, Dale Trujeque, who stepped down due to personal reasons. His entry into the elections for the post came as a surprise, for many, and he has readily admitted that he decided to offer himself as a candidate very late. Hyde told the press that he agreed to run after being encouraged by his long-time friend, Deon Pitter, who is a stevedore and a member of the union. Though he did not have much time to campaign to the general membership of the CWU, he won by wide margins. He topped the poles with 328 votes, defeating Wilmore Staine, a returning candidate from last year, who got 72 votes, and Moses Sulph, who only got 39 votes.

    One Struggle now in the schools
    Shortly after 1 p.m. on Tuesday April 11, Aspinal Welch arrived in a vehicle to the Swift Hall at the St. Martin’s Parish in Lake Independence. He waited patiently on the passenger’s side of the vehicle as the wheels of his wheelchair were placed on the device and taken over to him. He climbed on and wheeled himself to the inside of the auditorium and waited a few minutes after which Shaphan Domingo arrived. The process was repeated and he too wheeled himself into the auditorium. The two young men were there as part of the Police Department’s outreach program where school aged children are given the opportunity to hear and see firsthand the effects of crime and violence.

    Guatemala goes to referendum on Belize
    Back in May 2015 Belize agreed to allow Guatemala to proceed with its referendum asking whether the people of Guatemala wish to submit the issue of the Belize/Guatemala Territorial Dispute to the International Court of Justice (ICJ). On Sunday, April 15, 2018, that referendum will be held. The question the Guatemalan Voters will be asked is, “Do you agree that any legal claim of Guatemala against Belize relating to land and insular territories and to any maritime areas pertaining to these territories should be submitted to the International Court of Justice for final settlement and that it determines finally the boundaries of the respective territories and areas of the parties?” Here in Belize we have not set a date for our referendum on the matter, when the same question will be asked of the Belizean Voters. We’ve only been told that our referendum will be held sometime after the Re-registration which occurs this year.

    Cane Farmers honored with roundabout in Orange Walk
    In dedication to their hard work, Hon. Elodio Aragon Jr., Minister of State in the Ministry of National Security and Orange Walk East Area Rep., is recognizing the cane farmers of Belize. Minister Aragon has said, “I recognize our cane farmers who have dedicated their lives to work hard the cane fields of Orange Walk, under the sun to provide food to their families. I know that working under the sun is no easy task; therefore I have to show my respect to our cane farmers.”

    Youths prepared for the job market in Santa Elena Town
    Twenty-seven youths from the Twin towns of San Ignacio and Santa Elena have successfully completed Cohort one of a Life Skills Program. The Self-Esteem, Conflict Resolution, Anger Management, Independent Living Skills—called SCAIS--is a program within the Adaptive Life Skills component of the Youth RISE Project being implemented in San Ignacio and Santa Elena and Dangriga Town through the Ministry of Human Development, Social Transformation and Poverty Alleviation.

    Shelter Management and Tsunami Preparedness Workshop for Public Officers
    Public Officers from many Government Offices within Belize City were asked to be part of a training workshop held on Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at the ITVET Compound. There, NEMO representatives held interactive sessions with the officers. The day-long training covered shelter management and first aid but focused on tsunami preparedness, an appropriate topic given the recent tsunami scare the country faced some months ago. Al Westby, Central Regional Coordinator, NEMO, commented that while it might not be known, trainings of this sort happen throughout the year.

    Ecumenical Student is granted bail for unlawful sexual intercourse
    fter almost 3-months on remand, Dangriga resident Hezron Ellis, 21-year-old student, is out on bail after he was accused of having sexual intercourse with a minor. Ellis’s bail application was heard before Supreme Court Judge Justice Marilyn Williams on Friday, April 6. Ellis was first arraigned in December 2018 and was denied bail and remanded to the Belize Central Prison but on his latest court date, there was no objection to bail by the DPP’s office. As a result, he was offered bail in the sum of $5,000 plus one surety of the same which he was able to meet.

    Anke Doehm advised to appear in the June session of the Supreme Court
    Anke Doehm and her husband, 56-year-old John David Doehm (now deceased), were jointly charged with the offense of child neglect in the death of their adopted daughter. Their daughter, 13-year-old Fay Lin Cannon, died under questionable circumstances in July 2017 in San Pedro. In October 2017, months after securing Supreme Court bail, John Doehm took his own life after inhaling nitrogen while inside Room #523 at the Hotel Princess and Casino. In December 2017 after receiving disclosure in the matter, the case Anke Doehm was set for PI but it was not until about a month ago that the case underwent the PI and was sent up to the Supreme Court for trial for child cruelty against 13-year-old Cannon.

    Armando Trapp shot in San Pedro
    On Sunday April 8, 2018 at 7:50 p.m., police visited the San Pedro Poly Clinic where they saw Armando Trapp, a 25-year-old Belizean construction worker of DFC Area, San Pedro Town, suffering from several apparent gunshot wounds to his body. Initial investigations revealed that about 7:30 p.m., Trapp went downstairs of his residence for his bicycle and whilst there, he was approached by a male person who fired several gunshots in his direction causing his injuries. Trapp was transported to the San Pedro Poly Clinic and later to the K.H.M.H. where he was admitted in a stable condition. One person has been detained but no arrests have yet been made. Police are investigating.

    Robbery in Belmopan leads to the arrest of Shane Harris
    About 1:15 p.m. on April 6, 2018, police responded to a report of a robbery in progress on Zennia Street in the Cohune Walk Area in Belmopan. Upon arrival, the officers saw a white two-door cargo truck parked in front of Carrie Four Store. Initial investigations revealed that Luis Sutherland, a 70-year-old Belizean driver of Belize City, was inside the truck when he was approached by a male person who demanded that he open the door. Sutherland refused and the male person drew a black firearm and once again demanded Sutherland to open the door.

    Canadian national raped in Belize City
    A 30-year-old Canadian national residing in Belize City reported that on Wednesday, April 4, 2018, she fell asleep while socializing with her boyfriend and others at her apartment. She later woke up to find one of the men that she was socializing with having sexual intercourse with her against her will. Police are investigating but so far no one has been arrested.

    Civilian attacks police and is shot in Corozal
    At 1:25 p.m. on Sunday, April 8, 2018, police received reports of domestic violence taking place in San Andres Village, Corozal District. Acting upon that information, they visited the Dominguez residence where they were informed that there was no such report. Whilst there Alejandro Dominguez, a 25-year-old man who was apparently under the influence of alcohol, attacked the police with a machete. As a result, the police fired a warning shot in the air but Dominguez continued advancing towards them. The police then fired a shot at Dominguez which caught him to the right knee. He was transported to the Corozal Community Hospital where he was admitted in a stable condition. Police investigations continue.

    Four charged for drug bust at Northern Border
    At about 9 p.m. on Wednesday, April 4, 2018, Corozal police intercepted 2 vehicles at the Northern border. The passengers in the vehicles were travelling from Chetumal to Belize when they were intercepted. Searches were conducted in both vehicles that led to the discovery of multiple parcels of cannabis. In the spare tire of the first vehicle, a Ford Escape, police found 24 parcels of suspected cannabis which amounted to 20.4 kilos. Police also found 28 rounds of 380 Aguila brand of ammunition. This vehicle was being driven by Blancaneaux Maudel who was accompanied by Michelle Benguche.

    Herman Reyes pleads guilty to possession of marijuana
    Herman Casian Reyes, a 54-year-old laborer of a Lacroix Boulevard address, is out on bail for the offense of drug trafficking. After spending one night in lockdown, Reyes was arraigned before Chief Magistrate Sharon Fraser where he was read a single charge of possession of a controlled drug with the intent to supply another person or persons. According to police, the bust occurred on Thursday, April 5, 2018 at Reyes’s residence. Police attached to the Special Patrol Unit executed a search. In a chest of drawers, they found a black plastic bag containing a green leafy substance suspected to be cannabis.

    Leeroy Haylock killed in San Pedro
    Police have one person detained for questioning in the murder of 22 year-old Leeroy Haylock, also known as “Brian”, or “Fraud”. He was found stabbed to death on San Pedro, in an area known as “Tres Cocos”, which is several miles north of the island’s downtown area. The cops say that at around 12:30 a.m. on Friday, April 16, they responded to reports of noise coming from an abandoned lot near the seaside. Islanders say that this location is a place where couples often go for some privacy, since it is a beachfront area, with a clear view of the island’s coast.

    Unlawful Sexual Intercourse in Seine Bight
    On Tuesday, April 3, 2018, a 14-year-old Belizean student of Seine Bight Village reported to police, in the presence of a social worker, that she had sexual intercourse with a male person of Seine Bight Village. She admitted that it happened on two separate occasions, once in August 2017 and again on December 25, 2017 at his residence in Seine Bight Village. A medical examination was conducted where medical officer confirmed that the female minor was carnally known and is 17-weeks pregnant. Police investigations continue.

    Belize at COCABA U-15 Championship in El Salvador
    The Belize Basketball Federation is being represented at the 2018 COCABA U-15 Championship in San Salvador, El Salvador, from April 11-15, 2018. The U- 15 team, which is made up of twelve players and 3 officials, left the country on Tuesday 10th April for the games. The team is scheduled to play its first game against Panama on Wednesday. The players on the team are: Franklin Andrews (Sacred Heart College), Marquest Arnold (Wesley College), Leroy Betson (St. Ignatius Primary School), Kyle Castillo (St. Ignatius Primary School), Trevaun Gamboa (Nazarene High School), Jaylen Faber (St. John’s College), Jalil Jex (Corozal Community College), Kimo Jolly (Mount Carmel High School), Izid Lopez (St. John’s College), Nikao Martinez (Florida, USA), Isaiah Pascual (Orange Walk Technical High School) and Charles Zabaneh (Stann Creek Ecumenical College).

    City youth shoot hoops, not guns
    In the Police Department’s Sprite Eastern Division Youth Basketball Cup Tournament 2018, 150 young men decided to shoot hoops, not guns, and play positive basketball games. The games exist as a positive outlet of intervention through sports to dissuade youths from committing acts of crime and violence. The participants of the tournament ranged from 16 to 40 who made up 13 basketball teams from different high risk communities of Belize City. The games were played at the Buttonwood Bay basketball court on Saturday, April 7. In the 1st game, Complex Admirals, who scored 89 points, competed against Park Ballarz, who scored 73 points. Brothers Akeem Baptist & Raheem Baptist top scored with 24 points each. The second game saw Freetown Hitters competing against 3rd World Avengers with Freetown Hitters winning by default.

    Griga Dream Ballers is new leader in Pepsi Elite Basketball League competition
    The Pepsi Elite Basketball League competition resumed after the Easter break last weekend with three games on the schedule. On Saturday 7th April, at the Sacred Heart College Auditorium in San Ignacio Town, the visiting Dangriga Dream Ballers eliminated the host team Verdes from any playoffs hope by the score of ho scored 21 points, 2 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals70-68. The top scorers for the Dangriga Dream Ballers were Edgar Mitchell with 12 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists and a steal; Daniel Conorquie with 11 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals and Tahj Wells with 10 points, 5 rebounds and 1 steal and Devis Guzman who also scored 10 points to go along with his 9 rebounds. For the Verdes team, the top scorers were Isaiah Thomas with 27 points, 8 rebounds and a steal and Darnell Oden who scored 13 points and 8 rebounds.

    Central Christian School girls and Salvation Army School boys win the Belize City Primary Schools softball competition
    The Belize City Primary Schools Softball Competition came to an end on Monday 9th April, 2018, at Rogers Stadium in Belize City. In the girls’ championship game played, Central Christian School defeated St. John’s Primary School by the score of 8-1. The winning pitcher was Yasmin Weir and the losing pitcher was Joyce Brown.

    Unitedville Rebels United to defend Cayo Softball title
    The 2018 Cayo Softball Association Senior Women’s Competition commenced on Sunday 8th April, at the Raymond Garbutt Softball Field in Roaring Creek Village with three games on the schedule. In the third and final game of the day, the defending champions Unitedville Rebels United opened its defence of its title when it edged out the perennial champions Roaring Creek Grace Kennedy by the score of 9-8.

    Verdes FC and Belmopan Bandits SC play to a draw
    The Premier League of Belize Closing Season Tournament continued over the weekend with four games on the schedule. On Sunday 8th April, at the Norman Broaster Stadium in San Ignacio Town, the defending champions Verdes FC and the league’s leading Belmopan Bandits SC played to a 1-1 draw. The defending champions Verdes FC was the first to make it onto the scoreboard when Krisean Lopez scored his team’s only goal of the game in the 2nd minute of play to give his team a 1-0 lead. The visiting Belmopan Bandits SC was able to tie the score at 1-1 when Rony Flores scored the equalising goal in the 25th minute of play. The defence for both teams played up to expectations as nobody gave up anything else for the rest of the game.

    Straight Like That 3
    Xavier Dominguez and Robert met by chance on Cericote Street in the Louisiana Area of Orange Walk Town last Friday and started to chat. Dominguez is a long –time UDP supporter from the days of Nacho Vega. This is what I was told of that conversation. “Burt,” said Dominguez, “looks like a Trump/ Clinton thing caught us on March 7. We thought we were going to win, but we lost badly. Did you notice how all the former East representatives and candidates ganged up on the campaign trail to try bring down Aragon? Check it out: The PUP had Dave Burgos, Marco Tulio, and Long- sleeve Carballo campaigning for them in our area. Even Landy was out there for the PUP. After all the things “el gandido” has said about the PUP in the past...

    Woman critical following Accident on the Northern Highway
    At about 3:30 p.m. on April 6, 2018, police responded to a report of a road traffic accident between miles 50 and 51 on the Phillip Goldson Highway. Upon arrival at the scene, they observed an extensively damaged grey Chevrolet Tracker flipped over. Victoria Garcia, a 33-year-old Belizean domestic of a Progresso, Cayo District address was seen suffering from a cut wound to her forehead, abrasion to the left side of her face, and in an unconscious state. Carlos Arturo Sabtos, a 21-year-old Belizean laborer of the same address, complained of pain to his lower back.

    Belize City youth tour Maskall farms
    On Friday, April 6, Commander of Eastern Division South, Sr. Spt. Howell Gillett, and staff took 25 children from various neighborhoods on the Southside of Belize City on a tour to different farms in Maskall Village, Belize District. The purpose of the trip was to open the minds of the young men and women to see that there are many alternatives to crime. The participants saw the production of sweet peppers, tomatoes, and watermelon. They also saw the cheese making process. Minister Edmond Castro and his Maskall Clear the Land Committee had the pleasure of hosting and catering for Sr. Spt. Gillett and his guests.

    3 separate house fires destroy three homes
    After receiving information of a house fire on Flamboyant Street on Wednesday, April 4, 2018, police visited the location. Upon arrival, they observed an unpainted 30’ x 40’ bungalow house, made from plycem and cement, completely destroyed by fire. The fire was already extinguished by fire personnel. Police spoke to Joseph Gabourel, a 43-year-old Belizean maintenance worker of a Flamboyant Street address who stated that while he was sleeping in his room, he was awakened by the smell of smoke. Upon making checks, he saw smoke coming from the room on the western part of the house. The house and its contents were destroyed and were valued at $30,000.00. Police investigations continue.

    Seven Illegal Immigrants in Court
    An Immigration sweep at nightclubs led to the detention of 14 women from Fox’s, Eruption, Long Island, and Dream Like City nightclubs. These fourteen women were all undocumented waitresses and bargirls from Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador. Of the 14 women, 7 appeared in court on Tuesday, April 10 and while the Immigration officers were unable to prove that the women worked at the bars, they were charged with the offenses of illegal immigration of failure to comply with the conditions of a visitor’s permit.

    Pen Cayetano Wins Lifetime Achievement Award
    Delvin Cayetano, known affectionately as “Pen”, is a Belizean painter but is known so much more for his accomplishments in the Punta Rock genre. He has even been accredited for the creation of Punta Rock, the traditional Punta rhythm of the Garinagu people. The genre was created in 1978 by Cayetano and remains the traditional music that developed among the Garinagu people of Belize, Guatemala, and Honduras. Pen has made another great achievement for himself. Quite recently, he won the 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award. This award was given at the Garifuna Music Award Show, an esteemed and celebrated event held in Bronx, New York. The show was held on April 8 at the Bronx Music Heritage Center.

    Words of Life With Pastor Barry Fraser
    In Ephesians 4:29-32, the apostle Paul writes: “Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them. And do not grieve God’s Holy Spirit by the way you live…. Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of malicious behavior. Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.”

    The Ship has sailed
    As the audacity and magnitude of the land scandal perpetuated by two former PUP Ministers of Natural Resources is bared with each passing day, people in my town are venturing myriad of motives behind these atrocious and despicable deeds. They say that only an unhinged person would have done such contemptible acts in granting miles of prime land to an American and a Guatemalan citizen for pittances. There must have been an ulterior motive. Some people have suggested that the grants at the Miller’s Bight Estates, Progresso, San Pedro, and Sarteneja, are for future land speculation to be parceled out and sold to Orangewalkeños, Corozaleños and San Pedranos as house lots which will rake in millions to the beneficiaries of Briceño’s and Marin’s largesse and recklessness with our national patrimony. Others have said that both former Cabinet Ministers were privy to reports of possible oil deposits in these areas and were thinking Billions instead of millions.

    Breaking Belize NewsPJ

    Dr. Alain Gonzalez fired from KHMH after 10 years on the job with no warning and no notice!
    Former UDP Belize City Councilor, Dr. Alaine Gonzalez, was fired last week from the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital […]

    Guatemala congressman confuses Belize with Brazil – Tells Guatemalan Congress that ‘Brazil es Nuestro’
    A video of Guatemala Congressman Estuardo Galdámez speaking to Congress about the Belize/Guatemala territorial dispute […]

    “Tourism sector to break more records,” says BTB
    The Belize Tourism Board (BTB) at the release of its latest tourist arrival statistics this […]

    Police issues report on woman that was killed in Belize City last night
    Last night around 8:20, Belize City police visited the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital and saw Marcia Melisa Downs,37, […]

    Gunmen rob and terrorize family in Ladyville
    Shortly before 9 last night, a family of 3 in Ladyville Village reported to authorities that […]

    Mark Gentle charged for drug trafficking
    Yesterday morning around 8, San Ignacio Police were on a mobile patrol within Santa Elena Town […]

    Guest Service Professional Certification training to be held in Belize City
    The Radisson Fort George Hotel and Marina in Belize City is hosting a Guest Service […]

    Country Level Engagement and Assistance to Reduce Child Labour (CLEAR II) Project launched
    The Ministry of Labour, Local Government and Rural Development along with Winrock International hosted a […]

    Belize Infrastructure Limited issues statement on civic center contract
    Belize Infrastructure Limited (BIL) issued a statement today saying that it dispels any notion that […]

    Thirteen girls charged for damage to Youth Hostel
    Last week, BBN reported that some girls had wrecked a dorm at the Youth Hostel. […]

    Southside officers get new law books
    Yesterday, Attorney General Micheal Peyrefitte donated a total of $5,000 worth of current editions of […]

    Another woman, Marcia Downs, murdered in Belize City
    Our newsroom has confirmed that Marcia Downs died last night while receiving medical treatment at […]

    Blogs

    Spring Mystery Fruit on Ambergris Caye: Mamey
    Early spring sees green plums…and then green mango, sapodilla, star apples, custard apples and now…MAMEY. Say it MAH-may. A fruit that almost looks like a dirty too-evenly shaped potato. A fruit SO beautiful on the inside has very little “curb appeal”. The mamey fruit is the Pouteria Sapota and native to this area – Cuba and Central America. A gorgeous big dark green leaved tree that grows on the Belize mainland. We have the red mamey but there are also yellow mameys. I’ve only run into those ONCE. On the island of Guanaja (one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever visited MINUS the killer sand flies)… They called it Cannonball Fruit.

    International Sourcesizz

    Caribbean Rum and Beer Festival
    We would like your help in choosing the host country for the 2019 Caribbean Rum & Beer Festiva. Tell us the reason for your country of choice and get a chance to be a guest at the 2019 Festival.

    8 Groundbreaking Garifuna Figures You Should Know
    Garifuna is both a language (a dialect) and a group of people. The Garinagu – the plural form of Garifuna – are indigenous, mixed-race descendants of West African, Island Carib, and Arawak people. In 1635, escaped and shipwrecked Africans found refuge on the island of Saint Vincent and intermarried with the Island Caribs and the Arawaks, resulting in the Garifuna people. The Garinagu resisted European control and in 1796, they fled to Roatán, one of the bay islands off the coast of Honduras. Eventually, they settled on the shores of Honduras on April 12, 1797. In 1832, during the republic revolt in Honduras, several Garinagu left for other Central American countries – settling in Belize on November 19 and in Guatemala on November 26. These dates mark each country’s Garifuna Settlement Day. As we celebrate Settlement Day in Honduras, we’re looking at eight heroic and inspiring Garinagu – all of whom have fought for us and our culture.

    ¿Belice o Belize? ¿Cómo estarían los beliceños si fueran guatemaltecos?
    Cuando niño todos los mapas impresos de Guatemala traían incluido a Belice, con c. Y en un rótulo claramente visible se leía :“Belice es nuestro”. El Congreso aprobó de manera inconstitucional llevar a consulta popular un acuerdo que ni es definitivo ni provee solución a nuestro conflicto territorial con Belize, con z, producto de un conflicto entre imperios que data del año 1588 cuando Inglaterra derrotó a la “Armada Invencible” de Felipe II de España. Y en los subsecuentes siglos dentro del conflicto por los territorios españoles en América los intereses coloniales de Inglaterra se vieron afectados por el nacimiento de una nueva potencia, los Estados Unidos de América, lo que al final de cuentas representa el meollo del asunto, la seguridad estratégica de la potencia.

    Videos

  • Royal Flycatcher banded at TREES in Belize, 15sec.

  • BELIZE, 6.5min.

  • THE NATIONAL AGRICULTURE AND TRADE SHOW WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE SHOW GROUNDS IN BELMOPAN, 8min. The National Agriculture and Trade show takes place at the end of April at the show grounds in Belmopan and is expected to attract thousands of Belizeans from across the country. Every year one of the main highlights of the three-day event is the selection and recognition of the Farmers of the year, in male, female and junior categories. Earlier this week the National trade show announced the winners of this year including Male farmer of the year which was awarded to Orange walk resident Baltazar Campus. Yesterday we paid Campus a visit who gave us a tour of his impressive farm lands

  • Morning Matters with Rob Burrors, 60min.

  • Guatemalan Referendum - Where do we go from Here?, 58min. on Open Your Eyes

  • Autism Awareness Month, 18min. on Open Your Eyes

  • TKO Farms, Inc. Makes Soursop Progress- MoneyTV with Donald Baillargeon, 7min. On MoneyTV with Donald Baillargeon, TKO Farms, Inc. is poised to be the world's largest grower of organic soursop fruit trees.

  • Rosewood Estate - San Pedro, Belize, 1.5min.

  • Expedition Divers - Beauty of Giant Cave on DPV Dive in Belize, 3min. We've been coming back to Belize for several years now, and it was yet again a fantastic trip enjoying the magnificent caves together with our good buddy and godfather of Giant Cave, Chip, and his awesome crew at Belize Diving Services.

  • Belize 2018, Desmond Athy, 5min. Footage from Moraine valley's marine biology course in Belize.

  • Carnival Magic Cruise 2018 Belize Day 4, 4min. Check out day 4 of our Carnival Magic cruise as we explore Belize!

  • Belize, March 2018, 10min.

  • Belize 2018 - Shenanigans on the reef, 2.5min.

  • Snorkeling Belize, 3.5min.

  • Monkey River Jungle Tour, Belize, 3.5min.

    April 12, 2018


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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

    International report marks Belize as major drug trafficking and money laundering country
    Belize has been named a ‘major drug trafficking and money laundering country’ in the 2018 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report produced by the United States State Department. The 294-page annual report outlines the efforts of key countries in their battle against the international drug trade during 2017 and gives Belize a bad score, stating that the country’s drug control efforts are hampered by corruption, insufficient investigative capacity, an ineffective judicial sector and a lack of political will. The report states that, according to Belizean authorities, marijuana is the most prevalent illicit drug used in the country. They reiterate that Belize is not a source country for illicit drugs or precursor chemicals, but that it is used as a transhipment point for both.

    Parvovirus outbreak on Ambergris Caye
    Due to an outbreak of the deadly virus, Parvovirus, the San Pedro Saga Humane Society has launched a campaign to provide free Parvovirus shots to island pets. Aimed at preventing the spread of the deadly and highly contagious virus on the island, Saga is encouraging all pet owners to get their dogs vaccinated at their earliest convenience. Parvovirus is a viral disease that can produce a life-threatening illness. The virus attacks rapidly dividing cells in a dog’s body, most severely affecting the intestinal tract. Parvovirus also attacks the white blood cells, and when the young animals are infected, the virus can damage the heart muscle and cause lifelong cardiac problems. The virus is extremely contagious and can be transmitted by any person, animal or object that comes in contact with an infected dog’s feces or body fluids. It is highly resistant as it can live in the environment for months, and may survive on inanimate objects such as food bowls, shoes, clothes, carpet and floors.

    Tourism Arrivals Continue to Set Unprecedented Records
    The latest tourism statistics for the first quarter of 2018 indicate that Belize’s popularity as a must-visit destination in Central America continues to set unprecedented records. For the first time ever, there were over 55,000 overnight visitors during the month of March, representing an increase of 24.8% over the same period in 2017. Cruise ship arrivals also registered an upward trend during the first quarter. There were 143 cruise ship calls and almost 400,000 cruise passengers arriving in Belize, representing an increase of 4.6% more visitors than 2017. The following is a breakdown of the most recent statistics.

    Ambergris Today

    Belize Tourism Arrivals Continue To Set Unprecedented Records
    The latest tourism statistics for the first quarter of 2018 indicate that Belize’s popularity as a must-visit destination in Central America continues to set unprecedented records. For the first time ever, there were over 55,000 overnight visitors during the month of March, representing an increase of 24.8% over the same period in 2017. Cruise ship arrivals also registered an upward trend during the first quarter. There were 143 cruise ship calls and almost 400,000 cruise passengers arriving in Belize, representing an increase of 4.6% more visitors than 2017.

    Belizean Artists Pen Cayetano Wins Lifetime Achievement Award
    The 2018 Garifuna Music Awards was held on Saturday, April 7, 2018 at Maestros Caterers in the Bronx, New York. At the prestigious Awards show, Belize’s very own Delvin “Pen” Cayetano received the Garifuna Music Lifetime Achievement Award. Garifuna Living Legend Pen Cayetano, is a painter, singer, songwriter, percussionist and guitarist. He is the leading cultural revivalist and ambassador for the Garinagu. He is a self-taught painter and musician and mostly inspired by his Garifuna heritage. His task is to conserve the culture and give a consciousness to the people and the youth. Pen is recognized as the creator of the Punta Rock, the first contemporary Garifuna Rhythm. Pen studied the traditional songs and started to write his own songs, learned to play the Garifuna drums, and discovered how to use different sizes of turtle shells as a percussion instrument and added the electric guitar. He quickened the traditional Punta rhythm, and coined the term "Punta Rock."

    Misc Belizean Sources

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    Caye Caulker 2018 Tour Guide Training
    Part 1 - General Course $1,000. Part 2 - Professional Course $1,000. Course Cost: BZ $2,000. Trainees MUST take both courses to apply for Tour Guide License. For more info. Email: [email protected], or Buddy Magaña [email protected]

    BBQ Fundraiser for baby Aroldito!
    Date: Sunday, April 15th 2018, Time:12:00 pm. Place: #13 Santa Rita Road, Corozal Town (By Tortilleria La Nortena). PRICE:$8.00. Thank you for supporting our fundraiser for baby Aroldito! For orders: 627-2363

    SBDC Workshop: COSTING & PRICING
    Presented by: Ms. Monique Usher, Business Adviser, SBDCBelize, Beltraide. Location: Cayo Welcome Center, Savannah Street, San Ignacio. Workshop Date: April 19, 2018. Time: 9am to 12 noon. The overall objective of this training is to equip our clients with knowledge, skills and capabilities to determine all costs related to the production of their goods or services and to consequently apply an adequate price that encompasses all the costs and allows them to make a profit while still being feasible for customers. Cost: $30.00, Include refreshments.

    U.S. Embassy Belmopan Voting Assistance Workshop
    Are you a U.S. Citizen in Belize who would like to vote in the 2018 U.S. mid-term elections from Belize? U.S. Embassy Belmopan is hosting a Voting Assistance Workshop on Wednesday, April 25 and you are invited!

    Ministry of National Security Hosts the BNTU for First National Consultation
    The Minister of National Security, Honorable John Saldivar, today began a series of national consultations on citizen security and crime prevention with the Trade Unions of Belize. This morning, the Minister met with the Council of Management of the Belize National Teachers’ Union (BNTU) in a session that was held at the Police Training Academy in Belmopan. Present for the meeting were the Chief Executive Officers in the Ministry of National Security, Ret. Col. George Lovell and Felix Enriquez; Commissioner of Police, Allen Whylie; Deputy Commissioners Chester Williams and Robert Mariano; Officer Commanding Southside Belize City, Senior Superintendent Howell Gillett, and other senior police officials. The Council of Management team was headed by President of the BNTU, Senator Elena Smith; First Vice President, Luke Palacio, and several other senior officers of the BNTU Council of Management.

    Export and Grow with the Direct Assistance Grant Scheme
    Increase the Export of your products or service with a Direct Assistance Grant Scheme from the Caribbean Export Development Agency. Caribbean Export provides financial assistance to SMEs through the Direct Assistance Grant Scheme (DAGS) which is funded by the European Union under the 11th EDF Regional Private Sector Development Programme. Designed to support established business with strong potential to export their products and services. DAGS is your opportunity to receive the necessary funding to support your business growth and development. The flyer provides more information on who and how to apply or visit the website at www.carib-export.com

    Corozal Art in the Park
    This Saturday is April's edition of Art in the Park!! Live music by Chendy and Anika Perez. There will also be a 15 minute historical presentation by the Toone Masehualoon group on the occupation of Corozal Town by Marcus Canul which took place on April 16, 1870. We also want to thank our financial sponsors for April's edition: The National Institute of Culture and History through the Corozal House of Culture and Miss Deb's Food Truck.

    Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition
    Attention all young entrepreneurs. UNESCO's Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition is a new opportunity to develop innovative ideas and projects that can create a positive change in our communities and all over the world. If you've got a great idea that can change the world, now's the time to refine, and enter it. The deadline for entries is the 31st of July. There are plenty of videos and a lot of information on the website.

    Channel 7

    KHMH Firings Cause Labour Discord and Demands
    The country's biggest hospital is in the middle of a structural crisis, but reports tonight say the KHMH could also be facing a labour crisis after the firing of two well known doctors, Alain Gonzalez, and Salvador Pagagua. Both doctors were escorted out of the hospital by security after their terminations. For Gonzalez - who is a former UDP city councillor - he got taken out by security twice, while, Pagagua was terminated, re-hired, and then fired again one day later. These terminations and others have forced the KHMH staff into emergency labour meetings - three of them held in a two day span. The most recent was held this afternoon at the Lion's Lester H. Young Building - this, reportedly, after hospital administration refused to let them meet in the hospital cafeteria.

    Immigration Busts Human Smuggling Operation
    Last night, the Immigration Department and the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Council made a bust of a human smuggling operation out west - in the San Ignacio area. According to reports, last night just before 9:00, Immigration officers pulled over a van near Clarissa Falls and found the Belizean driver and 15 Hondurans inside. There were 7 adults and 8 children. They had all entered illegally just a short time before through the Benque Viejo border - without being processed or stamped at that crossing. They were allegedly being smuggled to the northern border, and, from there, unto the USA.

    Cops Hush Hush About Breakout At Corozal Jail
    Police haven't said a word about it, but three prisoners escaped from the Corozal Police Formation's jailhouse just before 6:00 this morning. The prisoners include Marvin Pec, Johny Matus and Austin Sutherland who were all being held in a cell as they were scheduled to appear before the Court in separate matters today. But last night, instead of preparing what to tell the judge, the men instead spent the night sawing through the cell bars with some kind of blade or sharp object, making enough space to squeeze out, and then scaling the jailhouse fence to escape.

    More “Barbarians At The Gate” Than Ever At City Hall
    He called them Barbarians at the Gate - and today Belize City Mayor Bernard Wagner may have gotten even more persons needing help lined up outside his office because of that. Wagner has taken to holding clinics on Wednesday which his predecessor Darrell Bradley avoided. More than that, he makes out checks to himself to distribute social assistance. When he announced that on our Friday newscast, seems that brought the crowds out today. Here's how he put it last week:... Bernard Wagner - Belize City Mayor: "At the same time we have all these challenges with our party Faithfull. The barbarians are at the gate and they are hungry. Our party has not won for 12-15 years right and so some of my people are impatient, but we have to be real and I want to reach out to them and tell them listen, give us an opportunity, give us the first 100 days.:

    Security Ministry and BNTU Meet To Discuss Crime
    3 weeks ago, we showed you the comments of National Security Minister John Saldivar who said at the last House Meeting that he and his ministry would extend the hand of cooperation with any organization wishing to work together for a solution to crime. Well, he kept his word and held extended dialog with the Belize National Teachers Union today at the Police Training Academy in Belmopan. You'll remember that the union's leadership ended up in his crosshairs when President Elena Smith announced publicly that there were members within BNTU who are not happy that he has been reappointed the minister responsible for police. He even posted a strongly worded Facebook post responding to her comments on national television.

    13 Hostel Girls Charged For Wrecking Their Dorm
    Last week we told you about the situation at the Youth Hostel where a group of more than 10 girls went rogue and trashed the place. They locked up the relieving officer in one of the rooms and then ransacked and damaged all the items in one of the female dorms. In the end they destroyed over $12,000 in equipment. Well, 13 of them have been charged and are being arraigned in family court for it. Today at around 3:00, 7 of 13 young girls accused in causing damages to the Belize Youth Hostel were arraigned on a charge of damage to property.

    Prisoners Keeping Crime Down With Clean-Up
    Southside Commander Howell Gillett brought in prison labour today to clean up a crime ridden area that has seen three women murdered. The area between Tibruce and Aloe Vera Street saw the murders of Berandine Lauriano and Delcia Blanco, and Theresita Flowers just weeks apart. Now these streets are just a block apart - but there was enough space for killers to carry out a blood vendetta. Now, residents say all this killing was facilitated by the bushy overgrowth in the area - so the Commander brought in the prisoners to clean up the area:...

    Latest Lawbooks Donated
    The Commander had the attorney general with him - because he had just donated a new set of lawbooks. They're not cheap, but they are very valuable. And Peyrefitte says the squeaky wheel approach paid off for Gillett:... Mike Peyrefitte, Attorney General: "What happened is that Sr. Superintendent Gillett, he defines what he means by the squeaky wheels get the grease. When he was in Belmopan he was behind me aggressively for a set of law books and we provided him with the opportunity to get the most updated laws of Belize in printed form. So, you don't have to worry about internet connection and all of that. If you want to research what the current law is then you can simply go to those books and you can research the laws."

    Convicted Killer Japhet Went to CCJ For Justice
    And, from lawbooks to the court, 25 year-old Japhet Bennett is serving a life sentence after he was convicted in February 2013 of the murder of 37 year-old Ellis "Pepper Gacho" Meighan Sr. That happened on the night of September 9, 2009, Meighan was riding his bike , and just a stone's throw away from his house, when a gunman ambushed him and shot him to death. In February 2013, Bennett stood trial, and a jury convicted him based on the written statement that Meighan's brother-in-law gave to police back in 2009. He took the witness stand and recanted his statement in which he named Bennett as the shooter. He was treated as a hostile witness, but that written statement was enough to convince a jury that Bennett was guilty, even though he maintained his innocence.

    Putting All The Cadets On the Same Page
    Now that all law enforcement units, from the BDF to the Police to Coast Guard are back under one Ministry of National Security, an attempt is being made to harmonise their various youth cadet corps bodies. They have hundreds of cadets, and motivated officers from each security formation are leading the children in their own way. Today's event at the Coast Guard headquarters was to bring together all those coordinators to move forward as one. We found out more:...

    Tourism Figures Incredible - Not Necessarily In A Good Way
    The tourism numbers for the first quarter of the year are in - and let's just say, they are incredible - and not necessarily in a good way! The overnight figures are what jumped out at us. The BTB reports that in January and March, arrivals were up by 25% - which is a stunning figure, and, if accurate, it would mean that hotels had a very noticeable bump in occupancy. In February there was a 17% increase which is also very strong. This is compared to the first three months of last year, when there were only very modest increases.

    Surprise Wingle For Courts Customer
    Today a working man got the surprise of his life. Omar Chuc went to Courts in Belize City with his boss expecting to pick up some items for work, but when he got in - he found - to his great surprise - that he was the winner of a Band New Great Wall Wingle. Here's how the whole thing went down:... Grisel Carballo, Public Relations Officer - UNICOMER: "We have selected our winner. It is Mr. Omar Chuc from Belize City. We're going to surprise him as he doesn't know he won the Wingle. We got in contact with his employer, and they're bringing him here thinking that they're coming into the store just to purchase something. When they come in we're going to have this congratulations for him. We have all the Wingles here as well from Caribbean Motors. They have a wide selection of Wingles. What we did is that once he comes in and knows he's the winner, he has the choice of selecting which wingle he wants."

    Freak Storm Scares Crique Jute
    The residents of Crique Jute village in Toledo are still shaken after a freak storm hit yesterday afternoon around 3:30. The storm ripped off roofs and struck down trees. It lasted for about half and hour but for these residents who have never experienced anything like this before, it felt like forever. Here is more from the residents. Lawrence Bolon - Chairman, Crique Jute Village: "About 3:30 there was a freak storm here in Crique Jute Village including the hail falling down and the wind was about 30 to 40 miles per hour. As you will note, there are some tress that fell on the ground, big trees and it was a really strong wind and we didn't expect it."

    Where Is Rubio?
    A man is reported missing in Belize City. Last night Monique Estrada reported that she can't reach her brother, 38 year old Errol Rubio of an Antelope Street, Extension address. She believes her brother is missing. He is of Creole descent, about 5 feet 4 inches in height, with a low haircut. The last time Estrada had seen her brother was in the month of December 2017 and has not seen or heard from him since.

    The War Of Words Between Caleb And The Ministry
    The back and forth between activist Caleb Orozco and the Human Development Department continues tonight…this time, the latest salvo is in a letter from Orozco's lawyer. In it, Leslie Mendez clarifies that two letters were sent to the Department, one on the 4th of April 2018 and another on the 10th of April 2018 - regarding the complaint against the male human services officer. CEO Judith Alpuche says she has only received the April 10th letter. She says she has searched her email thoroughly and can't find it the April 4th letter.

    Channel 5

    Views from the Ground on Upcoming Guatemala Referendum: Some Voters Confused, Others in Opposition
    Seven point five million Guatemalans are eligible to vote in this Sunday’s historic referendum to be held in Guatemala. On the last leg of the campaign, President Jimmy Morales has [...]

    P.G. Town Council Tells 10 Employees, “Your Services Will No Longer Be Needed”
    Firings have been reported at the Punta Gorda Town Council as well as at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital. In the south, News Five has learned that ten persons have [...]

    K.H.M.H. Dismisses Some Employees – but They Want Bosses Gone
    Meanwhile, an employment crisis is unfolding at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital, amid other serious issues that the national referral hospital is presently facing to do with the crumbling roof.  [...]

    7 “Bar Workers” Face Immigration Offenses
    The Immigration Department has recently been conducting raids on establishments believed to employ persons who are suspected victims of trafficking in persons.  Over the weekend, seven women employed in four [...]

    Hail Storm Overruns Crique Jute, Toledo
    On Tuesday, a freak storm hit Crique Jute (hoo-te) Village in southern Belize around three-thirty in the afternoon. It was approximately thirty minutes of hail and what residents say were [...]

    Senior Citizen Thought to Have Killed Self in Maskall
    A senior citizen was found dead this morning inside his house in Saint Ann Village on the Maskall Road. Neighbours visited Augustine Smith’s house and found him with his face [...]

    Last Chance for Japheth Bennett, Convicted of Ellis Meighan’s Murder
    Twenty-four year old Japheth Bennett has been behind bars since 2009. In 2013, as a minor, he was convicted of the murder of Ellis “Pepper Gacho” Meighan, who was ambushed [...]

    Court Spares Ibrahim Smith Additional Time for Accidental Gunfire Death
    While he remains behind bars for other offenses, twenty-six-year-old Ibrahim Smith has been determined to have already served his time of thirty months or two and a half years’ imprisonment [...]

    Despite Charge, Victim Appears to Forgive Ladyville Attacker
    Stabbing victim Douglas Bowen of Ladyville has insisted he does not wish to press charges for an attack against him last Thursday. But police have nonetheless brought the accused, twenty-year-old [...]

    Cops Have All the Laws on the Books
    Equipping the Belize Police Department with current law books is equally as important as providing officers with handcuffs and service weapons.  In fact, the fight against crime requires that all [...]

    Donation Will Lead to Proper Charges
    The set of books, says Senior Superintendent Howell Gillett, should aid officers in apprising themselves with the relevant laws in order to lay proper charges on suspected criminals.   Sr. [...]

    Inmates Return to Old Capital to Clear Abandoned Lots
    Community policing is at the heart of the fight against crime in the south side of the city where a number of initiatives have sprung up through collaboration between the [...]

    B.N.T.U. Meets Ministry of National Security
    The Ministry of National Security hosted the first of its national consultation series on citizenry security and crime prevention. The Belize National Teachers Union was the first of the Trade [...]

    Coast Guard Recruits Young Seagoers
    Another initiative was launched today in the fight against the violence and crime affecting the high crime zones in the City. A youth cadet corps has been established as an [...]

    Pride of the Garinagu Unites Belize and Guatemala
    Earlier this week, a delegation of Garifuna presenters attended a two-day cultural exchange event in Guatemala City.  The purpose was to highlight the historical coexistence of Garifuna communities in Belize [...]

    Omar Chuc Takes Home Brand New Wingle
    A Belize City resident originally from San Ignacio is the proud owner tonight of a brand new Great Wall Wingle pick-up truck courtesy of Courts Belize Limited and Wingle distributors [...]

    Red Cross Rallies Blood Donation Drive
    Blood is a gift everyone can accept, and most can freely give – fear of sharp needles aside. It’s also a very important aspect of work at our nation’s hospitals, [...]

    Princess Cinema Promotes The Rock’s “Rampage”
    The Princess Ramada wants you to take out the family this weekend to the cinema. A brand new movie called Rampage premieres on Friday night. Starring in the action adventure [...]

    LOVE FM

    Belize and Guatemala share Garifuna history
    As part of the event in Guatemala City, there was an academic session which consisted of presentations by experts of both countries. Presenters from Belize included the President of the Belize National Garifuna Council, Sandra Miranda and Garifuna Historian Roy Cayetano. The presentations reflected on the history of the Garinagu people, their culture, and traditions. Roy …

    Omar Chuc is the winner of a brand new truck from Courts
    Omar Chuc, an employee at Toucan Manufacture, is the winner of a brand new truck which was raffled by Courts. Chuc was elated over his brand new truck since he will now be able to chauffeur his family around. Chuc told Love News that the win came as a complete surprise to him. Omar Chuc …

    Police Command in Southside Belize City helps with overgrown lots
    The command of the Southside Police formation has been engaged in a number of community oriented programs as it works to curb the gun violence that has plagued that side of Belize City. Today, stepping out of its mandate, the Southside Commander managed to get help and have three overgrown lots in the area cleared …

    Mayor Wagner to introduce the City Fund
    Belize City Mayor Bernard Wagner came under the political microscope and pressure after it was learned that he endorsed two cheques to himself. While saying it was an irregular practice, he said he did so in order to assist city residents through the Social Assistance Fund. Wagner said that it will no longer be a …

    Focusing on the cadets
    The Gang Resistance Education and Training (GREAT) Program has yielded positive results across the country. The GREAT Program is a joint partnership between the Belize Police Department and the US Embassy in Belize which has greatly benefitted children from a wide cross-section in the country. Since the amalgamation of the Ministry of Home Affairs and …

    Attorney General donates to the Eastern Division South Formation
    The Attorney General’s Ministry today donated a set of books on the Laws of Belize to the Eastern Division South Police Formation. The books were handed over by the Attorney General Michael Peyrefitte and received by Senior Superintendent of Police Howell Gillett, Commander of Southside Belize City who had made the request. The commander says …

    Dr. Alain Gonzalez fired from the KHMH
    Former Belize City Councilor, Dr. Alain Gonzalez is out of a job tonight. He was fired from the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital where he worked for more than ten years. Love News has learned that the Human Resource Manager at the KHMH handed Dr. Gonzalez his walking papers this past Saturday. Dr. Gonzalez had reported …

    UNICEF to partner with the community to reduce violence against children
    Violence is on the rise in our nation and several children have been caught in the crossfire of the gun violence. Today, Love News spoke with Luwani Cayetano, the Child Protection Officer at UNICEF, who shared about an initiative that they are embarking on in order to keep our children safe. Luwani Cayetano, Child Protection …

    Municipalities working for the best interest of children
    The view once held was that “children should be seen and not heard”, but of late that view has been abandoned since it was not in the best interest of the child. The Child Friendly Municipalities initiative was introduced in 2014 to ensure that children have a voice. In this regard, each municipality has a …

    Belizean recognized by Indiana University
    Belizean professional, Dr. Carolyn S. Gentle-Genitty was recognized during Women’s Month by Indiana University where she currently holds the position of Assistant Vice President for University Academic Affairs. Dr. Gentle-Genitty was one of eighteen women honored by the university’s Office for Women and the Division of Student Affairs during its 21st Annual Women’s History Month …

    UNICEF advocating for legal reform
    UNICEF has been working with local authorities to ensure that justice is not denied for juvenile offenders. Luwani Cayetano, the Child Protection Officer at UNICEF told us that UNICEF is pushing for legal reform for children. Luwani Cayetano, Child Protection Officer, UNICEF: “When it comes to juvenile justice UNICEF believes that regardless if children come in contact with the law they are still children and they have a right to be protected …

    A cultural infusion in Guatemala City
    In four days more than seven million registered Guatemalans will decide whether to take their country’s claim on Belize to the International Court of Justice. And while we wait for those results on Sunday, this past weekend Garinagu from both countries were in the center of Guatemala City to demonstrate that a culture of peace does exist between the two independent nations. Hipolito Novelo reports. …

    Police and Immigration crack down on illegal immigrants in Western Belize
    Joint operations between Immigration and Police personnel in the west on Tuesday led to the detention of seventy-five persons. The operations were focused in the twin towns of San Ignacio and Santa Elena and surrounding areas. According to police, 75 persons were detained but after they were interviewed by immigration personnel, only sixteen of them remained in police custody. Love News understands that in one of the operations …

    Man shot twice in abdomen on Tuesday afternoon
    A 21 year old is hospitalized after sustaining gunshot wounds late Tuesday afternoon in Belize City. Police report that Dean Nembhard, a resident of Belize City was walking in the area of Cet Site shortly after four o’clock when a male person fired several shots in his direction. Nambhard was hit twice in the right side of his abdomen and also sustained an abrasion to his left arm. He was taken to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital where he is listed in stable condition. …

    BNTU and the Ministry of National Security collaborate to combat crime
    The Ministry of National Security has begun its series of consultations on strategies to fight crime. Today, Ministry personnel met with representatives of the Belize National Teachers Union. Minister of National Security, John Saldivar thanked the BNTU for its willingness to join forces with the Ministry of National Security to combat crime …

    PlusTV

    Truck Driver Robbed in Belmopan; robber arrested
    Police have arrested and charged one person in connection with a Friday evening robbery in Belmopan. When we left you on Friday, we reported that Police shot a man in the foot and transported him to the Western Regional Hospital for treatment. Reports at the time were that the man and another indivi...

    Police Shoots Corozal Man
    A young man was shot in the knee by Police after they responded to reports of Domestic Violence. Reports are that police responded to a report of a domestic dispute in San Andres Village in the Corozal District on Sunday afternoon. Police reportedly visited the residence where they were informed th...

    Shooting in San Pedro
    A San Pedro man is in stable condition at the KHMH after being shot several times . Police visited the San Pedro Polyclinic about 8 o’clock Sunday night where they saw 25 year old Armando Trapp suffering from several apparent gunshot wounds to his body. Police told us more at this morning’s press br...

    22 Year Old Murdered in SanPedro
    In our Friday evening news cast, we told you of the murder of 22 year old Lee Roy HayLock that took place early Friday Morning in San Pedro. Haylock’s body was reportedly found face down with cut wounds to the throat in the Tres Cocos Area of the Island. Police have since detained one person Wilfre...

    Canadian National Raped
    A 30 year old Canadian National was raped in her apartment on Wednesday night. Reports are that the Canadian national fell asleep while socializing at her apartment with her boyfriend and others. She later awoke and found a male person having sexual intercourse with her against her will. Wilfredo Fe...

    24 year old claims Police Brutality
    One young man is severely wounded and he alleges that it is as a result of spending last night in Punta Gorda Police Custody. 24 year old Leray Simons reported to Plus News that he was physically abused by Punta Gorda Police while in their custody. The badly bruised and battered Simons told us what ...

    Belize Drug Problem?
    Belize continues to get the lowest rating in its efforts to combat drugs even though it is getting support, training and financing from the US Government. In the newly released International Narcotics Control Strategy Report prepared by the Department of State for a Presidential report to Congress,...

    8 days till Guatemalan referendum
    There are only eight more days until Guatemala’s national referendum on whether or not to take the Belize Guatemala territorial dispute to the International Court of Justice. The Guatemalan Government has intensified its campaign, encouraging Guatemalan residents to vote yes to going to the ICJ. As ...

    PUP calls out Elrington; Again
    And while Belize has not yet set a date for its referendum on the Belize Guatemala dispute, Belizean Minister of Foreign Affairs Wilfred Elrington finds himself being criticized once again. The People’s United Party (PUP) issued a press release today demanding that Foreign Minister Wilfred Elringto...

    Illegal Guatemalan Fishermen in Belizean water
    And speaking of Guatemalans, two Guatemalan fisher men were caught fishing in Belizean waters early Sunday morning. Reports are that a joint night patrol between the PHMR rangers and Coast Guards resulted in the arrest of the 2 Guatemalans north of PG. This is the second incident in the span of one...

    Chinese Store in Belmopan Robbed
    A Belmopan Chinese Business owner is the latest victim of robbery in the capital city. Details are still forthcoming, but Plus News was made to understand that a Chinese grocery store located on Cemetery road in Belmopan was robbed sometime around 4:30 pm yesterday. We also understand that the owner...

    Bus passenger charged with DRUG TRAFFICKING
    One man was caught trafficking drugs on a public bus on the Phillip Goldson Highway. According to police, they intercepted a public bus between miles 56 and 57 in the Orange Walk District. Police reports are that they conducted a search on 37 year old Tyrone Broaster which led to the discovery of a ...

    House Fire In Dangriga
    A Dangriga resident lost his house to fire over the weekend. Crescencio Ramos reported to police that he was at work around 10. a.m on Saturday morning when he was informed that his house situated on Nurse Thompson Street in Dangriga Town was on fire. He reported that upon making checks he observed ...

    Fire in Santa Cruz
    An early Monday morning fire in Santa Cruz Village destroyed a small wooden home. According to Police, Belizean Security Guard Edward Mendez reported that around 5pm on Sunday evening he left the house and headed to work ...

    New CWU president is Mose Hyde
    The Christian Workers Union has selected a new leader after almost 6 months without a President. Evan “Mose” Hyde walked away with 328 votes at Saturday’s AGM, the highest amount of votes garnered ...

    IOM and Galen sign agreement
    The United Nations Migration Agency (IOM) and Galen University signed a cooperation agreement to launch a new program that will play a key role in the development of the National Migration and Development Policy for Belize. The Agreement was signed on the 6th of April, and the program will be fully funded by the IOM. According to a release by the University ...

    Digicell Belize City Defenders beats Belmopan Bandits
    In week 11 of the 2018 Pepsi NEBL season, the Belmopan Bandits and the DigiCell Belize City Defenders played at the UB Gymnasium on Friday night. The Belmopan Bandits were fighting to keep their playoff hopes alive, ...

    CEO Caucus Cancer Ride Successful
    “In it to End it”, was the theme for the third annual CEO Caucus Cancer Ride. The ride started at 6:30 am on Saturday Morning at Mile 25 on the George Price Highway, after the opening ceremony, and ended at the National Agriculture and Trade Show grounds before midday. The Annual Cancer ride is on its third year ...

    Breaking Belize NewsPJ

    Woman shot near Majestic Alley in Belize City
    Tonight a woman was shot on her head while inside her yard in Belize City. BBN […]

    13-year-old Benque teen missing
    Last night around 10:00, Ninfa Enriquez, 39, of Hills of Promise area, Benque Viejo Del […]

    Errol Rubio reported missing
    Last night, Monique Estrada reported that on February 2, she tried to get in contact […]

    Dean Nembhard shot in Belize City
    Yesterday evening around 4:15, police visited the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH) where cops saw […]

    Guatemala eyeing precious Belizean resources
    Guatemala is four days away from its national referendum, in which Guatemalans will vote on […]

    Attorneys take on Channel 5 on the court tonight!
    Basketball fans, get ready for some serious competition! It’s going down tonight! At 9:00 p.m. […]

    Undocumented Hondurans immigrants busted last night
    According to reports, last night police detained 21 undocumented Hondurans in Lords Bank village. The […]

    Residents of San Benito Poite building their own bridge
    The villagers of San Benito Poite in Toledo have began casting foundation for a new […]

    GOB makes clarification on comments from Foreign Affairs minister Elrington
    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a release yesterday clarifying Foreign Minister, Wilfred Elrington’s comments […]

    BBN Person of the Week: Ashanti Garcia
    In May 2011 at the age of 21, Ashanti Garcia graduated at the very top […]

    Farmers of the Year 2018
    The Ministry of Agriculture and the National Agriculture and Trade Show Committee informs the public […]

    International Sourcesizz

    House Hunting in … Belize
    This elevated two-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bath wood house wraps around a 100-year-old bullet tree. Built in 2012, it is on a 1.9-acre lot about six miles from the town of San Ignacio, which is best known among tourists for its jungle eco-lodges and Mayan ruins. The 2,000-square-foot house is designed with three multi-sided rooms with wood-beam cathedral ceilings, connected by two rectangular rooms. The exterior is palmetto wood; doors and windows in the house are mahogany and the floors are a mix of hardwoods.

    Commonwealth Games: No positive doping tests at Gold Coast
    An "intelligence-led" doping probe prevented three Australians and an undisclosed number of other athletes from competing at the Commonwealth Games but no positive tests have been recorded on the Gold Coast to date, organisers said on Thursday. Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) chief David Sharpe said a preventative task force funded to the tune of millions of dollars by the Australian government had conducted tests on 2,600 local athletes and 500 from overseas. Sharpe said he was not able to name the three Australian athletes caught cheating by the task force and said the number of athletes from other countries was "less than 20".

    Videos

  • Good Morning San Pedro, April 11, ReefTV, 57min.
  • The Deputy Prime Minister of Belize Hon. Patrick Faber participating in a panel of Vice Presidents of SICA to discuss social innovation and intersectoral coordination, min.

  • Guat President Jimmy Morales Walks of Talk Show Set After He is Grilled About Issues, 1.5min. President Jimmy Morales from Guatemala has been making the media rounds in respect of the upcoming referendum which takes place this Sunday in Guatemala. Over the weekend, he was in the Peten area and on Monday night, he appeared on TV Azteca in a programme called Hechos with Ana Lucia Masariegos. The president was grilled about a number of issues. He spoke about the invitation he extended to PM Barrow to attend his inauguration and said there was a good relationship between them and while he doesn’t speak to his counterparts every day, the relationship is there. But the interview, about twenty minutes in length, did not go as smoothly for the president who appeared irritated at the line of questioning. When pressed on how his government was prepared to do if Belize did not hold a referendum, he became annoyed; he interrupted the interview, delivered a parting shot and then walked off the set.

  • Masani Live Art Show Belize, 19min. The Masani.Live Art Exhibit opened this past weekend at the Wildfire Artzmosphere, and they made a fun video through the night. The exhibit has some interesting works of art.

  • Belize 2018, 3min. Good labels on what you see scuba diving.

  • , 2.5min. Swimming with sharks in Shark Ray Alley , Ambergris Caye Belize. This video combines video taking above the surface by my wife showing the sharks and then me swimming into them, combined with underwater video of what I am seeing and filming. It was an awesome experience!!

  • Belize Aggressor, 2015, 19min.

  • Belize Zip Line Adventure Excursion, 5.5min. One of our stops on the Norwegian Getaway was Belize. We decided to do a zip line adventure in the jungle. These were some of the best zip lines I have ever done. They were very high off the ground and many of the runs or zips were very long. Some zip lines even lasted about 30 seconds or so.

  • Xunantunich Mayan Ruins Belize, 3min. The start of a day riding through the San Jose Succotz/ San Ignacio area of Cayo District Belize and a visit to the Mayan ruins Xunantunich with William my local guide.

  • Cave Tubing in Belize, 3min. We went cave tubing in Belize! Was a ton of fun! Our tour guide was named Fryjack! He was very knowledgeable of the whole place!

  • Belize Maya Ruin Adventure, 5min. Join us along our adventure to the Belize Maya Ruins. This particular Maya Ruin, Xunantunich (Maiden of the Rock), is located on the far Western part of Belize almost at the Border of Belize and Guatemala.

  • Nurses from the USA are in Belize working with the nurses at KHMH, 1min. Great to see continued partnership between the United States and Belize in the health sector!

  • Demystifying U.S. visas, min. Consular Officer Rob Keane is live on Open Your Eyes demystifying U.S. visas

  • Morning Matters with Anne Cuvas, 65min.

  • US Embassy to Belize facilitated - application for a travel visa, 43min. on Open Your Eyes

  • The team from DigiCell Belize came through to tell us about their April 2018 promotions, 22min. on Open Your Eyes

  • Saint J's Mahogany Sunglasses, 20min. on Open Your Eyes

  • Bélize Scuba diving, 4min.

  • You Better Belize It, 11min.

  • House Hunters International (April/11/2018) Going Big in Belize, 22min.

  • CAVE TUBING IN BELIZE 2018, 6min. jaguar paw excursion in Belize. We hiked through the rain forest and crossed a fresh water river into an ancient cave where we began tubing until we came out the other side. It was an amazing experience.

  • Diving Belize, 4min. Diving in Belize, depth 60ft-80ft.

  • Sports Talk Show , 2hr.

  • , min. Did you know? Cohune oil is a staple in Belizean dishes. This flavorful oil is produced at Flowers Bank at its cohune oil factory. Check out this short video on the cohune oil - making process at the factory!

    April 11, 2018


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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

    No quick resolution in sight for island’s water shortage problem
    BWS states that it is currently in negotiations with CWBL to find ways to resolve the situation as quickly as possible. “Over the last few years, the CWBL plant has been unable to supply the quantity of water necessary to meet the demand during extended peak periods, as experienced over the recent Easter holidays, despite BWS implementing a rigorous program to manage water storage.” “I have to be filling buckets, bins, and other containers for backup,” said a concerned DFC resident. “Even when there is water, the pressure is very low. I hope that this issue gets solved as soon as possible.” Business owners are concerned with the ongoing water shortage affecting their business. “This not only affects the residents of the island but also our tourism industry. Tourists come from a long day out on the sea and they want to take a bath and there is no water. That doesn’t look good for businesses. With Ambergris Caye being one of the most touristic areas of Belize, we should not be having this kind of issue,” said one frustrated hotelier.

    Over 5000 lbs of trash removed from lagoon clean-up
    Hoping to raise awareness of the importance of mangroves in our ecosystem, a group of islanders came together for a lagoon clean-up in San Pedro Town on Saturday, April 7th. The lagoon clean-up was organized by MJ Leslie of Passionkite Belize, Chris Summers and Christina Manzi of the American Crocodile Education Sanctuary (ACES), alongside fly fishermen, Alexander Gomez. The event saw the participation of students, divers, police officers, tour guides, business owners, fishermen, conservationists, councilors, children, media corps, and other concerned residents. At 7AM, a large group of around 40 residents gathered at the Sir Barry Bowen Bridge in the Boca Del Rio Area. With seven boats on hand, the lagoon clean up began. Each boat carried a group of volunteers to tackle different areas of the lagoon, and some volunteers stayed ashore to clean up. After each team had filled their boats with garbage, they headed to the Sunset Boa

    Ambergris Today

    Belize And Guatemala Host Garifuna Cultural Event
    The program also included an academic conference which consisted of presentations by experts of both countries. Presenters from Belize included the President of the Belize National Garifuna Council, Ms. Sandra Miranda, Roy Cayetano and Sebastian Cayetano. Experts from Guatemala included Alfonso Arrivillaga, Dr. Gutberto Leiva and Olivia Núñez. The presentations reflected on the history of the Garinagu people, their culture and traditions. The event celebrated the uniqueness and oneness of the Garinagu across countries, as well as their unique and distinctive language, music and dance, which is recognized by UNESCO as world patrimony and an Intangible Heritage of Humanity.

    Misc Belizean Sources

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    Clarification of Minister Elrington’s Comments Regarding the Legal Challenge in Guatemala to the Guatemalan Referendum
    On 4 April 2018, Channel 5 Belize aired portions of an interview with Foreign Minister Hon. Wilfred Elrington responding to a question by one of its journalists regarding the efforts of a few Guatemalan citizens who were challenging the constitutionality of Guatemala’s referendum. The clips used in Channel 5’s report gave the mistaken impression that Minister Elrington was stating that it is his or Ambassador H.E. Alexis Rosado’s own view that after the International Court of Justice rules on a decision the “constitution of Guatemala provides for them [Guatemala] to then go to a referendum to, as it were, ratify that position of the court”. What the Minister was explaining to the journalist was his understanding of the basis of the constitutional challenge in Guatemala; not his personal views or that of Ambassador Rosado. In any case, such legal challenges have been dismissed in Guatemala’s Courts.

    The Governor General Attends 16th Conference of Governors-General and Presidents of the Caribbean Region
    It has been announced from Belize House that the Governor-General, His Excellency, Sir Colville Young, is attending the Sixteenth Conference of Governors-General and Presidents of the Caribbean Region to be held in St. Kitts and Nevis from the 81' April, 2018 to 12. April, 2018; under the theme " Challenges of a Changing Caribbean ". The conference will be hosted by the Governor- General of St. Kitts and Nevis, Sir S.W. Tapley Seaton, GCMG, CVO, QC,JP. During His Excellency, Sir Colville Young's absence from the country, the functions of his office will be performed by Mr. Carlos Perdomo CVO, Cabinet Secretary.

    Belize and Guatemala host Garifuna Cultural Event
    Belize and Guatemala held a two-day event on the 8th and 9th of April 2018 in Guatemala City, entitled “The Belizean and Guatemalan Garifuna Culture as an Expression of Social Cohesion, Intercultural Dialogue and Promotion of Peace.” The aim of the event was to promote intercultural dialogue and a culture of peace. The event consisted of presentations of both cultural and academic nature. These events were meant to showcase the historical coexistence of the communities living on the borders of Livingston and Puerto Barrios, Izabal, Guatemala, and the Toledo and Stann Creek Districts of Belize. The program had the full support of UNESCO, the Organization of American States, the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung Foundation, the Garifuna Council of Belize and CODIRSA - the Presidential Commission Against Discrimination and Racism of Guatemala.

    QUARTERLY MEETING OF LIQUOR LICENSING BOARD will be on April 16th at 7:00 p.m.
    At Corozal Town Hall. This is your opportunity to speak out on current issues related to bars and such. Radio announcement and invitations to concerned parties will follow.

    Rescheduled to Thursday, April 12, from 6:00am to 2:00pm, power outage to affect entire Placencia Peninsula
    Independence, Maya King, Santa Cruz, Georgetown, San Pablo, San Roman, Santa Rosa, Maya Mopan, Red Bank, Cow Pen, San Juan, Monkey River, San Isidro, Bella Vista, Trio and surrounding areas. BEL to conduct maintenance of transmission system, Independence Substation and Savannah Switching Station; including climbing inspections, pole replacements, and equipment testing. A power outage will also affect the entire Toledo District from 1:50pm to 2:00pm to facilitate these works.

    Belize Screen on the Green
    Join us on Thursday, April 12 at the Governor General Field in Belmopan for the screening on "LORAX"! Movie starts at dark. Bring out the entire family!

    Congratulations, Aimee Flores!
    Every year, the UCLA Molecular Biology Institute Jules Brenner Fellowship recognizes one outstanding student whose work is advancing the discipline of Molecular Biology. The awardee is selected by a committee of distinguished faculty and by Mr. Brenner himself. We are incredibly proud that this year Aimee Flores of Belize (pictured alongside Jules Brenner) was awarded the Fellowship for her work in hair follicle

    Rehabilitation of the Yarborough Basketball Court
    Six weeks into the rehabilitation of the Yarborough Basketball Court and we can see most of the steel columns are in place. The rehabilitation of the Yarborough Basketball Court is the first phase of the overall rehabilitation of the Yarborough Football Field and Basketball Court. This project is being brought to the Yarborough Community by the Belize City House of Culture and Downtown Rejuvenation Project, Taiwan ICFD and the Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation - "Preserving and Enhancing Downtown Belize".

    The 10th Flowers Bank Festival is coming soon!
    Flowers Bank Village Festival...Saturday, June 2nd, 2018!

    The Belize International Film Festival is now accepting submissions!
    We are now accepting your films for the 2018 Belize International Film Festival. We have made some changes in film categories this year and we're excited to see what you will send in. Deadline for submissions is May 31st, 2018. Please feel free to email [email protected] or [email protected] for entry forms or inbox us should you encounter any technical difficulties finding or downloading our entry forms. Looking forward to hearing from all of you!!

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

    Farmers of the Year 2018
    The Ministry of Agriculture and the National Agriculture and Trade Show Committee informs the public that this year’s winners for farmers of the year 2018 in the following categories are as follows:- 1. Male farmer of the year is Mr. Baltazar Campos of Carmelita Village in the Orange Walk District 2. Female farmer of the year is Ms. Lorena Peralta of La Gracia Village in the Cayo District 3. Junior farmer of the year is Mr. Freddy Orellana of Bomba Village in the Belize District.

    2018 Lion Fish Derby Donation
    The Caye Caulker Humane Society is thrilled and grateful to be the recipient of $871 raised by the Barrier Reef Sports Bar & Grill's 2018 Lion Fish Derby! Thanks to the Sports Bar owners and staff as well as Lynne Couch-Harris and Susan Newhouse for all of their hard work on the fun and successful event. Also to everyone who ate a lion fish, bought a raffle ticket, bought and shirt or donated a prize. And congratulations to derby participants and especially winners, who helped bring down the population of the invasive species. The money will go directly, and 100% to medications and supplies for keeping the island dogs and cats healthy.

    MHDSTPA Statement on Complaints Against Staff
    The Ministry of Human Development, Social Transformation and Poverty Alleviation undertakes its mandate as a protector of the rights of children, women, men, and families seriously. It, therefore, regards all complaints of wrongdoing against members of staff with great concern. As it pertains the complaint referenced in the media, the Ministry confirms receipt of an initial client complaint letter sent to the Director of the Department of Human Services and has in fact been conducting an investigation into the accusations, including several failed attempts to contact the complainant for follow-up. The Chief Executive Officer has not received the follow-up letter from the complainant’s attorney as shown in the media. The Ministry informs the public that it follows the disciplinary process required by the Ministry of Public Service, which is imperative in the event that disciplinary actions need to be taken against the named officer.

    Corozal Rotarct Sailing Club this weekend
    Corozal Rotarct Sailing Club will be happening this weekend in Corozal. Saturday and Sunday will be two days of race competing with each other. This event is to raisefunds to help the youth learn more about sailing club. It will commence as early as 10am. It will take place infront of Jamrock. Come out and enjoy the weather in Corozal. If you want find out more pleqse contact the Corozal Rotarct Sailing Club.

    Annual Meeting of the Caribbean Food Crops Society
    Call for Abstracts. Our 54th Annual Meeting of the Caribbean Food Crops Society will be held at the Ramada Hotel, Belize City, July 8-13, 2018. Theme: Multi-functionality of Agriculture in the Caribbean Basin in Countries with Predominant Tourist Industries. Hosted by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Fisheries, the Environment, Sustainable Development and Immigration. Please fill out the submission form available on our website and submit by May 11, 2018 to: Ina I. Sanchez, MSc | Coordinator – Research & Innovation. Phone: (501) 623-0771, Email: [email protected] Research, Development and Innovation Center, Ministry of Agriculture, FFESD&I, Central Farm, Cayo, BELIZE

    Special Olympics Belize Fun Run
    The Special Olympics Fun Run is this Saturday. The Cayo Fun Run will be held in Belmopan along the Ring Road. "Special Olympics Belize Fun Run is scheduled for Saturday, 14 April 2018."

    Pen Cayetano Wins Lifetime Achievement Award
    Congratulations, Pen Cayetano! He won the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Garifuna Music Awards Ceremony.

    Calling all NGOs, academics, and general Belize civil society!
    Have a plan to boost your role in governance? Now is your chance to make it happen. The U.S. Embassy has grant opportunities for projects that support civil society’s role in good governance OR that support Belize’s hard-working civil service. Application deadline is June 4, 2018.

    Placencia Breeze April 2018
    What’s Inside: Pg 5 ... Placencia Eagle Ray Tours Keepin' It Real Pg 6 ... Government Recognizes Ocean Pollution with Plans to Phase Out Single-Use Plastic and Polystyrene Pg 7 ... From the Fire Hearth: Recado, A Spice for Colour and Flavour Pg 7 ... The Peninsula Music Beat: Richard Pitt and Trio Brings World Class Jazz to Placencia Pg 9 ... Croc Corner Pg 10 ... Fair and Workshops to Build Mental Health Fitness in Placencia Pg 10 ... About the Good-Minded Center Pg 11 ... Weak Turnout Disappoints Flaming Heart Ball Organizers Pg 11 ... Seine Bight Running Club Girls Volunteer at PVFD Fundraiser Pg 14 ... Preschoolers Impress in Endangered Animals Costumes Pg. 19 ... Maya Temple Home Blooms to Life Pg. 20 ... Six Area Men Successfully Complete Rotary's First Trade School Program Pg. 20 ... Rotarians Raise over BZ$20,000 at February Auction Pg. 21 ... Dedication and Support Move Seine Bight Running Club Forward Pg 25 ... Easter, Part I Pg 28 ... Short Story: Vikings of the Caribbean

    HARRY SHAW HONORED!
    The legendary Belizean musical artist and Balladeer and his family were honored today in one of the most entertaining Belizean celebrations today, Sunday April 8, 2018 at the "Little Belize Bombay Lounge" in Inglewood, California. Harry Shaw stole the show in one of the most eclectic evenings of class and Belizean diaspora love and respect for him and his music. They cheered him on as he sang the ballads and Shaw showed that though he may have aged somewhat, he still have that powerful melodic and harmonic tenor voice of all times.

    THE WILLIAMS / MIGUEL CYCLING DYNASTY!
    The "Williams / Miguel Cycling Dynasty" has been built through the linage of the "Miguel Brothers" of the 1960s and 70s who had dominated Belize's Cross Country Cycling Classics. Since then, the incredible Belizean cycling brothers, the "Williams Brothers"; Justin and Corey Williams, whose Belizean cyclist father Calman Williams rode many Belize Cross Countries in his time in Belize, had placed second in the 2015 Belize Men's Seniors Cross Country, the same year his son, Justin Williams, won the 2015 Belize Holy Saturday Cross Country for the first time.

    BELIZE'S MOST PROLIFIC SPORTS WRITER & BROADCASTER OF ALL TIMES!
    The legendary Belizean writer and sportscaster, Evan X Hyde, will go down in Belizean sports history as the most outstanding and prolific sports writer and caster of all times. His back to back live broadcast of the sensational highlights in classical Belizean football and basketball of the 1970s will go down as the most best of all. Hyde who wrote the first and only book on Belizean sports in Belize called, "Sports, Sin & Subversion", is also the publisher of Belize's most popular and widely circulated newspaper called, AMANDALA. His informative and pulsating sports reports in the Amandala newspaper in the 60s, 70s and beyond has become one of the most living archives of Belizean sports history today.

    Belize History Association (BHA) elects 2018-2020 Executive Board
    On Saturday April 7, 2018, the Belize History Association (BHA) elected its 2018-2020 Executive Board at its General Membership Meeting in Belmopan City. This resulted in the new appointment of two junior members, Ms. Mariela Coc and Ms. Karla Pinelo, who are tasked to lead the active involvement of youths in the organization. Other members on the board were re-elected to their position to advance the BHA programs. The elected Executive Members are as follows: Chair - Dr. Abigail McKay, Vice Chair - Ms. Ifásínà Efunyemi, Senior Members - Ms. Myrna Manzanares and Mr. Jose Perera, Junior Members - Ms. Mariela Coc and Ms. Karla Giovanna Pinelo.

    Channel 7

    First City Shooting In Two Weeks Looks Gang Related
    Gun violence in Belize City had been on the low from before Easter, but there was an incident this evening - the first in two weeks - and our sources say it could be gang related. Just before 4:30 this evening 22 year old Dean Nembhard was shot on Holy Emmanuel Street in the St. Martin's Area, which is where he lives, but it's also the dividing line between two rival gangs. He was rushed to the KHMH where doctors found that he received two gunshots to the lower right abdomen. Nembhard was in the news in December, after he was shot in the hand while allegedly trying to pull off an armed robbery at Monica's Pawn shop.

    Her Common-Law Allegedly Killed Mario Guerrero, Anna Bradley Has Her Side Of The Story
    Two weeks ago, the name Anna BRADLEY came into the news after her common law husband, 40 year old Allen Felix was implicated in the murder of boat maker Mario Guerrero Sr. Bradley's name came into the spotlight because she was at Guerrero's house the night he was killed. In fact she and Felix had been partying with him from early morning until dawn when he was bludgeoned with a barstool. But, Ana Bradley was inside Guerrero's house when Felix allegedly killed him in the driveway. Still, her common law allegedly killed a man and she was right there. That guilt by association has been dogging her these past two weeks - and, today, fearing for her safety and that of the three children she shares with Felix, she came forward to say she's had nothing to do with the death of Mario Guerrero. Jules Vasquez asked her the tough questions in an extended interview:...

    Immigrant’s Tough Luck and Hard Stories Go To Court
    Last week we told you about a joint police and immigration sweep at Belize City nightspots for waitresses, or bargirls who don't have proper papers. Initially, 14 women from Fox's, Long-Island, Dream Like City and Eruption Ladyville were held. Yesterday, 7 of them went to court. While authorities could not prove to the court that the women were working at the bar, the women were charged with the offense of deemed a prohibited immigrant after being unable to produce a valid visitor's permit, or, for failure to comply with the conditions of a visitor's permit whilst in Belize.

    Cops Say What Simon Said Is Bogus
    Last night on the news you saw the picture of Punta Gorda resident Leray Simon - who had a hideous black eye after he claims police beat him up. Well, there are two sides to every story, and tonight we have the police side. Simon said he was socializing after winning a football game, but police say he had in fact kidnapped his son from his baby's mother - who happens to be a WPC. She called police to arrest him at her home - where he was also accused of damaging her cell phone.

    Mixed Messages: The Garifuna In Guatemala, Bye-Bye Belize in Blackface
    Guatemala is preparing for its ICJ Referendum on Sunday - and all kinds of mixed messages are being sent out. First, at the official level, there was this event on the 8th and 9th of April in Guatemala City called "The Belizean and Guatemalan Garifuna Culture as an Expression of Social Cohesion, Intercultural Dialogue and Promotion of Peace." It featured dance and cultural presentations, quote, "meant to showcase the historical coexistence of the communities living on the borders of Livingston and Puerto Barrios, Izabal, Guatemala, and the Toledo and Stann Creek Districts of Belize." And while they performed in some of Guatemala City's busiest outdoor venues proudly displaying their African ancestry, a sinister and racist counterpoint to that was simultaneously playing at the Great Hall of the National Theater, which is like their version of the Bliss Center, but one a much larger and grander scale.

    9 Months For Killing High Schooler By Accident
    It made huge news in 2010 when 17 year old Shenaele Reyes was killed when a friend accidentally fired a sawed off shot gun and killed her. Twenty-five year old Ibrahim Smith, who was charged with manslaughter but had pleaded guilty to manslaughter by negligence was given a sentence of 9 months today by Justice Colin Williams. That amounted to time served because he was remanded for 9 months before he was released on bail.

    Arthur Has To Come Up With Megabucks For Melonie
    Another hearing at court which caught our interest was the continuing saga of Melonie Coye vs Arthur Saldivar. You'll remember the famous story from 2014 where Melonie Coye sued Saldivar, accusing him of making off with a little over 900 thousand dollars of her family's money, which the Supreme Court ordered the Financial Intelligence Unit to return. That was an unusual twist in the case, since Saldivar acted as her family's defense attorney from the original criminal trial against her and her father, Michael Coye, which ended in their conviction for money laundering in 2012. He stuck with them for 2 years and eventually, he convinced the judges to allow and appeal quashing their conviction and sentence, and setting Melonie free.

    BEL Pays Belcogen 3/4 Million, But Expects To Get It Back
    Belize Electricity Limited and ASR/BSI's power generating company, Belcogen, are in a dispute about electricity rates - and it was before the Supreme Court today. Its a disagreement over money that started sometime last year. The press had learned about it and kept asking for details, but, the lead personalities from BSI chose not to address it, saying only that they were in discussions to try and resolve it. Well, it appears that those talks have broken down, and the two sides are looking to litigation to resolve the issue. We've since found out that BEL is disputing the rate at which it buys power for the national grid from Belcogen. There's a power purchase agreement between the two companies that's at least 10 years old now. That agreement set out the rates at which BEL would buy the power that ASR produced using bagasse.

    AB VS. BT: PUP Paper Offers No Defence To Libel Allegation
    And keeping it at the court, for several weeks now, we've been seeing a law suit on the daily list of cases at the Supreme Court that the Prime Minister's son, Anwar Barrow, was suing the Belize Times News and its editor, Mike Rudon. Well, we've done some checking today, and we found out that Barrow brought a libel suit against them for 2 articles published in their paper dated November 19th, 2017. Both of them come from the "If Dah Noh So" section of the paper. They both allege without proof that Barrow's private, personal and political interests benefitted from arrangements with BTL, back when he was CEO of the company.

    Human Dev. Correcting Caleb
    Last night you heard activist Caleb Orozco's criticism of the human development department's efficiency in dealing with cases. Well, the department sent out a release re-assuring the public that it, quote, "undertakes its mandate as a protector of the rights of children, women, men, and families seriously." The release continues by highlighting the work they have done like frequently upgrading their case management system and providing rent, food, and education for some 1,229 vulnerable families through the public assistance program.

    Chester, the Churches and A Plan For Peace
    Police work and missionary work don't usually go together. Sure, the main focus for both is to serve and help people - just in different ways. But now the police department and several church groups will join together in finding a way to make city streets safe. After the Mayflower flare-up, police had to come up with a number of peace measures to defuse the situation, one of them being to engage the religious community. Today the group met at the Yabra Community Center to map a way forward. Deputy Commissioner of Police Chester Williams and Senator of Churches Ashley Rocke told us more about their joint plan.

    Spiritual Healing Made For A Peaceful Easter
    And to prove how effective this 'police-pastors' collaboration is, Williams says to look at the recent calm in gang related crime in the city since the Easter weekend. He says that pause in violence is due to what you would call a religious intervention with the police and Rev. Papouloute. Now it may be hard to envision a bunch of feared street gangsters bowing their heads and praying - but Williams says that's exactly what happened and that session on spiritual healing has made a difference.

    Shelter Managers Talk Tsunami
    Since our tsunami scare at the beginning of the year, first response agencies all around the country have been working together to develop a plan and educate the public on safe steps in the event of such an occurrence. In February NEMO had its first Disaster Preparedness meeting with different stakeholders. Today they met with Public Officers in charge of shelters to discuss in depth what their jobs are and how they can help others be prepared for the worst. We found out more today at ITVET:… The training will also be taking place in the other Districts and Cayes.

    Belmopan Ganja Bust
    Belmopan police busted almost two pounds of weed. At around 11 while conducting a patrol in Belmopan, police searched Valley of Peace resident 19-year-old Otis Edward. Edward was found with one and three quarter pounds of cannabis on him. He was arrested and charged with drug trafficking.

    One Struggle, Talking Healing One School At A Time
    As we showed you two weeks ago, "One Struggle" is a group of gun violence survivors that have united to help each other and those around them. Last month we shared some of their stories now the group members are working with Southside Commander Senior Superintendent Howell Gillett to share their stories with school children. Today they spoke to the upper-level students of Saint Martins Deporres. We stopped in and found out the more about the impact their words have on Belize's future.

    Gas Discount for Cops
    And while that is a form of community healing, there's also help for police. Senior Superintendent Gillett has been working on incentives for hard working cops under his command. Today Gillett announced a new deal with UNO that will allow southside officers to get discounted gas prices, not just in the city but possibly all around the country. Sr. Supt Howell Gillett, OC-EASTERN DIVISION: "Uno Service Station across the country is helping out police officers with about 6 and 10% off. Police officers will be able to fill up their tanks at that discounted rate. It is much needed because fuel prices are at a high rate at this time."

    Habet Helping Po-Po With Hardware
    But one thing, Senior Superintendent Gillett is not looking to get his officers is a discount on mobile data. That's because recently, city residents have been complaining that the officers that are supposed to be vigilant and on patrol are often times seen glued to their phones rather than their posts. It's a widespread problem that seems to affect every sphere of work and private life, but Gillett is determined to undo it. He explained some steps they are taking to improve the situation.

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    Mea Culpa; Mayor Bernard Wagner Admits that Signing Checks to Himself was Wrong
    It has been a rough month since Mayor Bernard Wagner assumed office at City Hall following the March seventh municipals after over a  decade of U.D.P. rule.  He is still [...]

    Is Mayor Wagner Being Undermined By Administration?
    According to Mayor Wagner, there seem to be forces within his administration that are working against the best interest of the Belize City Council. He questions their tardiness in presenting [...]

    City Administrator Suspended: Is Mayor Wagner on a Witch Hunt?
    City Administrator Candice Miller has been suspended from managerial duties until sometime in early May, pending the outcome of an ongoing investigation into questionable debts left behind by the former [...]

    What’s the Fate of CitCo’s Social Assistance Programme?
    So what’s the fate of the social assistance programme, the cause of the annoyance over the past few days?  Well, Mayor Wagner says the programme will be done away with [...]

    AG Michael Peyrefitte Suspicious about Belize’s Designation as a Narcotics Transshipment Point
    Belize has been designated for the third year by the United States as a major transshipment point for the trafficking of drugs to North America.  Other countries within Central America [...]

    AG: U.S. Needs to Stem the Greedy Appetite for South American Drugs
    The report released for March 2018 is viewed as merely finger-pointing by the United States government which stops short of equally addressing the insatiable demand for drugs in that country.  [...]

    Survivors of Gun Violence Bare their Souls on How Snap Decisions Can Change their Lives
    Young persons left scarred and traumatized by gun violence gathered today in the city as police look for new opportunities to keep them away from crime.  They are students from [...]

    Investigation Continues into Alleged Case of Police Brutality in PG
    An internal investigation is ongoing by the Professional Standards Branch against officers attached to the Punta Gorda precinct over allegations of police brutality. Leray Simon claims that he was viciously [...]

    2 Guatemalan Fishermen Fined for Illegally Fishing in the Port Honduras Marine Reserve
    Two illegal Guatemalan fishers were busted inside the Port Honduras Marine Reserve.  A joint patrol of the site’s rangers and coast guard discovered the fishers within the protected area just [...]

    The Role of the Attorney General’s Ministry in the Referendum
    Guatemalans are headed to the polls on Sunday to vote on whether the age-old territorial dispute with Belize should go before the International Court of Justice for determination.  It is [...]

    AG on Recently Passed Anti-Gang Legislation.
    Since the recent passage of stringent anti-gang legislation, there have been concerns about the scope of the law and how it will be used to crack down on persons believed [...]

    Guat President Jimmy Morales Walks of Talk Show Set After He is Grilled About Issues
    President Jimmy Morales from Guatemala has been making the media rounds in respect of the upcoming referendum which takes place this Sunday in Guatemala. Over the weekend, he was in [...]

    Former Councilor Philip Willoughby Says Mayor Wagner & his Council Need to Step Up
    There has been back and forth on social media on the cheques endorsed by Mayor Bernard Wagner for the social assistance programme. The comments have been drawn along political lines, [...]

    Willoughby Throws Support Behind Suspended City Administrator
    Willoughby also chimed in on the suspension of City Administrator Candice Miller and the report that she wrote a cheque to pay for unauthorized bills. While vouching that in his [...]

    Howell Gillett Makes Moves to Lower Corruption in Police Department
    Today, Senior Superintendent Howell Gillett was described as possibly the busiest man in a positive way in the south side of Belize City. The Regional Commander of Eastern Division South [...]

    Brothers Habet Ltd. Supports South Side Police Officers
    Even before that meeting with UNO Sales Consultant Lupita Zetina, Gillett met and signed off on an agreement with Carlo Habet, the manager of Brothers Habet Limited in Belize City. [...]

    Belize U-15 National Basketball Team Heads to COCABA
    Belize’s Under-fifteen Boys National Basketball Team left the country today en route to El Salvador to play in the COCABA championships. The contingent of twelve players and three officials will [...]

    NEMO Prepares for Hurricanes…and Tsunamis
    The National Emergency Management Organization is in full gear with less than two months away from the Tropical Atlantic Hurricane Season. Today, public officers received training at a shelter management [...]

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    Gas Tomza Substation In Corozal Robbed In Broad Daylight
    Corozal Police are looking for suspects involved in the daylight robbery of Gas Tomza’s butane gas substation located in the Altamira area of Corozal Town. Sometime after 1pm, several assailants arrived at the compound and held up the two employees who man the station. We could not find out if the assailants were armed. An undisclosed amount of money was taken in the robbery. We attempted an interview with one of the workers, but he ran inside and locked himself in the small office to avoid us, perhaps since he was still shaken up by the incident.

    PUP Says Elrington Is Confused About Guatemala's Constitution
    The People’s United Party has requested clarification from Foreign Minister Wilfred Elrington for statements made during an interview with the media on Wednesday, April 4, 2018. In that interview, Elrington indicated that Belize’s Ambassador in Guatemala Alexis has indicated that based on the interpretation of Guatemala’s constitution a referendum exercise in that country should be held following a decision by the International Court of Justice, and not before.

    Foreign Affairs Clarifies Sedi's Statement, Says ICJ Decision Is Final
    The PUP asked for clarification yesterday in a press release and today the Ministry of Foreign Affairs provided just that. A release explained that the interview clips used as part of the report gave the wrong impression of what Elrington’s meant to say. Accordingly, what the Minister meant to say was not that the interpretation was Ambassador Rosado’s own, but that it was the interpretation of a legal challenge previously raised by various Guatemalan citizens against the holding of the April 15th referendum.

    Referendum Jitters ...Jimmy Morales Upset By Guat. Journalist Questions
    As reported, Guatemala is moving full speed with its referendum and as part of its campaign, President Jimmy Morales and other senior Government officials have been on a tour of communities, spreading the message that a yes to ICJ vote is the way to go. Morales has also been on a media tour, providing interviews and discussions on the issue. One interview done just last night, however, seems to have rubbed Morales the wrong way.

    Belize/ Guatemala Culture Event Comes To An End
    And sticking to the subject of Guatemala and Belize a two day event entitled “The Belizean and Guatemalan Garifuna Culture as an Expression of Social Cohesion, Intercultural Dialogue and Promotion of Peace” came to an end yesterday in Guatemala City. The event was organized by both countries and comprised of cultural and academic presentations from both parties showcasing the historical cohabitation of the communities living on the borders of Livingston and Puerto Barrios, Izabal, Guatemala as well as Toledo and Stann Creek Districts of Belize.

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    City Administrator remains on suspension
    Candice Miller, the City Administrator at the Belize City Council, remains on suspension tonight. Miller was suspended for a month after the new PUP city council came into possession of documents showing an outstanding debt accumulated by Joe Bradley for drinks and food at a Chinese restaurant. Miller reportedly signed off on the spending and …

    Belizean Cyclists at 2018 Commonwealth Games
    Since last week we have been reporting about Belize’s participation in the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia. So far the athletes’ performance has been less than stellar but there is still faith in other Belizean athletes who have yet to compete. These athletes include cyclists Nissan Arana and Oscar Quiroz who yesterday participated in the …

    Belize, Guatemala fostering a culture of peace
    A cultural event aimed at promoting dialogue and peace took place in Guatemala City. The two-day event was held by Belize and Guatemala and it was entitled “The Belizean and Guatemalan Garifuna Culture as an Expression of Social Cohesion, Intercultural Dialogue and Promotion of Peace.” Presentations were done to exhibit the type of historical coexistence …

    Belize and Louisiana Nurses collaborate on best practices
    Nurses are the frontline administrators in the healthcare profession; as such they play a very critical role. In effort to improve the service that they offer to patients, the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital engaged in a nurses exchange program with nurses from the United States. Love News spoke with nurses Madona Vicente, Registered Nurse and …

    Minister Elrington responds to PUP’s concerns
    Foreign Affairs Minister Wilfred Elrington has responded to criticisms made by the People’s United Party with regards to an interview he did which aired last week. As we said yesterday, in a portion of an interview aired on News 5, Elrington said he was informed by Ambassador Alexis Rosado that the constitution in Guatemala provides …

    NEMO installs sirens as it works on tsunami preparedness
    As part of the National Emergency Management Organization’s work to ensure tsunami preparedness the organization has made an investment in sirens which have been installed in communities along Belize’s coastal areas including the Cayes. Central Regional Coordinator for NEMO Al Westby told us more about the systems. Al Westby, Regional Coordinator, NEMO: “What we have …

    Belize City Mayor addresses first controversy
    The newly elected Belize City Mayor Bernard Wagner is dealing with his first controversy since he took office last month. Wagner who has admitted to endorsing two cheques to himself has come under fire for doing just that. In the financial world, signing a cheque to yourself is considered unethical and as Wagner said last …

    Casting calls for Miss Universe Belize 2018 announced
    After Rebecca Rath represented the country in the Philippines for the 2017 Miss Universe pageant, controversy erupted after her father published a five-part chronicle in which he described Rath’s rocky road to Miss Universe. At the time, Crown of the Jewel Organization which has the exclusive rights to use the “Miss Belize” title was responsible …

    NEMO now includes tsunami preparedness in training sessions
    The National Emergency Management Organization NEMO held a Shelter Management and Tsunami Preparedness Training Workshop for Public Officers in Belize City today. Al Westby, Central Regional Coordinator for NEMO says that the training is on schedule with the various work done to ensure preparedness for disasters. Al Westby, Regional Coordinator, NEMO: “At this time as …

    How are the criminals accessing the weapons?
    Crime continues to occur at an alarming rate partly due to the number of guns in the hands of criminals. The question has been asked as to how these criminals are getting their hands on guns. Senior Superintendent Howell Gillett shared one possibility. Sr.Supt.Howell Gillett, Officer Commanding Eastern Division: “The Problem that we’ve seen or …

    Police secures fuel discount for police officers attached to Southside division
    Police Officers attached to the Eastern Division South in Belize City should soon begin to see a number of new benefits coming their way. The improvements include better working environments and lowered expenses, especially for officers who commute to and from Belize City. The changes are being implemented by Commander Howell Gillett, who since taking over command of the area has been making his rounds in the City enlisting the support of the business community to curb the crime situation and to also improve the working conditions of officers attached to his division.

    Southside Police Command seeks to reduce expenses for officers
    But that’s not all that officers are going to be enjoying in the next few weeks. Commander Gillett says that he is also speaking with other business owners to further assist officers with reducing the expenses they incur, especially for those who work away from their home towns. The Commander has reached out to bus operators and restaurant owners to assist officers with a reduction on bus fares and food. Commander Gillett has already signed an agreement with Carlo Habet, the Manager of Brothers Habet Limited which will see Police officers on the South Side getting a fifteen percent discount on all items sold at that store.

    Police and One Struggle steering children away from crime
    Senior Superintendent Howell Gillett, the new commander of Eastern Division South has been involved in many initiatives since taking over Eastern Division in the hopes that it will reduce the crime rate. The latest one being partnering with One Struggle group in reaching the youths. Today, members of One Struggle were at Swift Hall in the Lake Independence area where they shared their testimonies with children of St. Martin de Porres Primary School in the hopes of encouraging them to stay on the right track and away from crime.

    Is owning a gun the best protection?
    With the increase in home invasions being reported, perhaps you have thought of buying a gun to keep your loved ones and home safe from intruders. Love News asked Senior Superintendent Howell Gillett whether owning a gun is a wise choice.

    ‘Blackface’ used by Guatemalan actors to depict Belizeans
    On Friday the play, Goodbye Belize, premiered in Guatemala. The play is in relation to the Belize/ Guatemala dispute, specifically during the time when the secession of national lands was made according to the director, Gerardo Palala. But there is something very racist about the play. Hipolito Novelo Reports. The play was performed on …

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    Belize major illicit drug transshipment point: US
    The United States Department of State has just released its 2018 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report (INCSR) and Belize is named in the report as one of the major drug transshipment countries. The INCSR is prepared annually by the Department of State for the US Congress. The report is done in accordance with the Foreign Assistance Act. In the country report on Belize, the INCSR notes that “Belize is a transit country for illicit drugs destined for the United States from source countries in South America.”

    Evan “Mose” Hyde, Jr. wins 3-way race for CWU president
    “Although I have never been a card-carrying union member, I have always, unapologetically, been a unionist at heart. I heartily thank members of the CWU, who through their votes this afternoon, have expressed their confidence in my abilities to take this union to the next level — not just for members, but for Belize”, said Evan “Mose” Hyde, Jr. today, Saturday, at the Bishop Memorial Center after he was elected president of the Christian Workers Union at its annual general meeting. Hyde added, “I pledge to be with my members and other unionists every step of the way as we strive in the days ahead to do what is necessary to make CWU the powerful force members, and indeed, Belize requires.”

    PM Barrow bypasses senior Cabinet ministers to name Hugo Patt Acting Prime Minister
    Today is the last day for a most unlikely acting prime minister, the Corozal North area representative Hugo Patt, who is Minister of Local Government, Rural Development, Public Service, Energy and Public Utilities, but who was named Acting Prime Minister when Prime Minister Dean Barrow departed Belize last Friday. The announcement that Patt was named Acting Prime Minister came via a government press release from the Office of the Prime Minister. The release said that PM Barrow left the country to get medical attention for his back ailment.

    Mayor Bradley gave Candice Burke an $11,000 salary boost
    No one can get into the head of the former two-term United Democratic Party (UDP) Belize City Mayor, Darrell Bradley, to understand why he signed a new contract with the City Administrator, Candice Miller Burke, for four years, even though her present employment contract won’t expire until November 30, 2018. The four-year period covered by the new contract extends one year beyond the life of the incoming City Council, which has been elected to serve a three-year term.

    PUP demand clarification on Foreign Minister Elrington’s erroneous statement on Guatemala
    On Sunday, the Republic of Guatemala will hold a national referendum in which its voters will decide if they want their country’s territorial claim to parts of Belize to be settled at the International Court of Justice, (ICJ) in accordance with the compromis that Belize and Guatemala signed in December 2008. In Belize, however, the ICJ education program that was promised never really materialized in any large-scale fashion and the money that has been allocated in this year’s budget for the education program has been characterized by PUP Senator Eamon Courtenay as a joke.

    Highway engineers “hambug” Belama/Buttonwood Bay residents
    There have been many complaints on the morning talk shows that the construction taking place on that stretch of road between the last two roundabouts on the Philip Goldson Highway — starting from an area where the Shell depot and a popular vegetable stand are located and all the way up to the roundabout by Chetumal Street/Westrac, which is near Brodies Supermarket — has been posing major inconveniences to residents of Belama and Buttonwood Bay. Those complaints have largely gone unnoticed by the officials responsible, however. The stretch of road is about one kilometer in length, and with gas prices heading for the skies, motorists and residents of the area say there is a need for another roundabout, between the two already mentioned.

    WW Cross Country results – Sunday, April 8, 2018
    Here are the results from the Weekend Warriors (WW) Cross Country held yesterday. The “A/B” riders left from in front of Loma Luz Hospital in Santa Elena, Cayo, at 9:05 a.m., to finish at Leslie’s Imports. The C-Class left from Garbutt’s Service Station in Roaring Creek at 9:15 a.m. A/B Category Some 64 riders started the “A/B” race, and 50 of them finished in the following order: 1st Place – Barney Brown (Scotiabank, 3:10:56); 2nd Daniel Cano (Santino’s, 3:11:02); 3rd Dwight Lopez (Bel-Cal, 3:11:36); 4th Marvin Hyde (Smart, 3:11:40); 5th Ryan Willoughby (Valvoline, 3:11:52); 6th Mark Gentle (FT Williams, st); 7th Hector Tzuleta (Valvoline, st); 8th Derrick Smith (BFSC-El Pescador, st); 9th Palas Joseph (Furnished Apartments Ltd., st); 10th Santi Castillo (Santino’s, st); 11th Warren Coye (Santino’s, st); 12th Eddie Usher (Digicell-4G, st); 13th Elden Hyde (Smart, st); 14th Halton Ritchie (Kulture Megabytes, st)...

    Leechi clinches for Police; Top-4 teams set for PLB playoffs
    The hottest race to the playoffs in recent memory was finally decided yesterday in Week 13 games of the Premier League of Belize (PLB) 2017-2018 Closing Season, where Freedom Fighters stopped the San Pedro Pirates in P.G., to effectively knock both of them out of playoff contention, since Police United got a goal in injury time from veteran star Orlando “Leechi” Jimenez, to clinch the 1-nil victory over BDF FC and secure their spot in the playoffs. With the San Pedro loss, a draw would have still given Police a playoff spot due to their edge in goal difference over both Freedom Fighters and San Pedro Pirates, should either win their remaining Week 14 game.

    City Boys 10 & Under Grassroots Week 7 results; semifinals this Saturday at Yabra Field
    Good morning, Football Family. The City Boys 10 & Under Grassroots Tournament 2018 Week 7 on Saturday, April 7, were the final regular season games. In game 1, City Boys Jr. won, 2-0, over Sampson Academy; game 2 saw Poor & Famous with the 2-1 win over Warriors FC; in game 3, Ladyville Rising Stars bombed St. John Vianney, 8-nil; and in the scheduled game 4, Reality Youths won by default (3-0) over FC Elite Jr. Player of the Day was Jarreth Tablada (Ladyville Rising Stars), who scored 7 goals.

    Weekend scores in Pepsi NEBL basketball
    On Friday night at the UB Gym, DigiCell Belize City Defenders grabbed the 94-90 victory over Belmopan Bandits. Leading Defenders were Nigel Jones 33 pts 15 rebs 3 assts 2 stls, Francis Arana 12 pts 3 assts, Jacob Leslie 10 pts 3 rebs 2 assts, Darwin “Puppy” Leslie 9 pts 3 assts, Ty Bradley 8 pts 4 rebs 3 assts, and Winston Pratt 7 pts 5 rebs; while the Bandits had Luther Da Shane Page with 23 pts 15 rebs 2 assts 3 stls, Leon Jacobs 21 pts 2 rebs 3 assts, Stephen “Muerte” Willliams 10 pts 3 rebs, and Farron Louriano 9 pts 8 rebs. Also on Friday night, at the Belize Elementary Auditorium, it was Smart Belize Hurricanes blowing away the visiting Orange Walk Running Rebels by a 105-56 score.

    Editorial: KHMH – structural disaster, structural emergency
    Amazingly, the structural disaster and structural emergency that is the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH) is, if you think seriously about it, flying under Belize’s consciousness radar. There are at least three reasons why this is so. The first two reasons have to do with the ruling United Democratic Party (UDP) and the Opposition People’s United Party (PUP), and we will explain in the body of this essay. The third reason why the KHMH crisis is not getting the attention it deserves, yea demands, is that the story requires massive, expensive, investigative research, and Belize’s independent media is struggling to survive right now, while public funds continue to be used to subsidize private media organs owned and operated by the leadership of the ruling party.

    Marion E. Lambey contributes some BTL history
    Dear Editor, I am a regular reader of your newspaper, and recently, I have read articles that delve into the history of the Belize Telecommunications Limited (BTL) as background information to try to analyze the present financial state of that organization. The most recent is the article that appears in your Friday April 6, 2018 issue entitled “Before all hell broke loose at BTL,” by Colin Hyde. Back in December of 2012, as BTL was advertising its 4G Network, I wrote an article entitled “Belize’s 3G Telecommunications Technicians” to highlight some of the people who were integral to the organization’s success even before privatization. My article provides details of developments between 1979 and 1982, that would supplement what was touched briefly by C. Hyde in paragraph 16 of the above-stated article. I am submitting the article as a contribution to the discourse, and hope that you will find it useful to share with your readers.

    Knowing your history is a way of knowing yourself
    Dear Editor, On April 16, 1870, Marcos Canul briefly took Corozal Town. I’m sending this image I did of Marcos Canul, since I have not seen any image of him. As a Yucatec Maya, I got inspired to draw our hero, our Comandante Marcos Canul. Sincerely, Andy Chuc

    Branch beats twig (or, Your words were unfair, Godwin Hulse)
    When I was a young fellow, I was a member of a gang that went out one evening to beat a boy. I don’t recall what the beef was. For some reason our gang wanted to beat the boy, it caught on, I was a member of the gang, so we went out one evening to chaans him. When we neared the battle ground, it was decided that I would step forward, yes, and issue a challenge. After we engaged, the others would jump in and quadruple benk him. Now, as a youngster my great battles were fought on the ball field. I did get into my share of fistfights. But I only fought when I was angry. Nothing is any good when you don’t have passion in it. In this instance, it was mostly for the satisfaction of the gang. So I stepped forward.

    4 charged for importing 76 lbs. of weed from Mexico
    Police, on Thursday night on the Philip Goldson Highway, near the northern border, stopped two vehicles and made a random search to see if they were carrying any illegal items. The occupants, four persons, were busted with 76 pounds of compressed cannabis imported from Mexico, and 28 .380 live rounds of ammunition. Police say that Blancaneaux Maudel was driving the Ford Escape, accompanied by Michelle Benguche, while Kenyon Lewis was the driver of the Kia car, accompanied by Phylmore King.

    Douglas Bowen stabbed in Ladyville due to basketball
    Douglas Bowen, of Ladyville, was stabbed multiple times in his body and leg after he became involved in an altercation with another man after a basketball game. Bowen is admitted at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital and is in an induced coma at the Intensive Care Ward. Information to us is that he does not want police to take action against the man who stabbed him and Ladyville police have since released the man. The incident occurred at the Ladyville Basketball Court at about 8:30 last night.

    Leroy Haylock, 22, murdered in Isla Bonita
    Leroy Haylock, 22, a maintenance worker of San Mateo, San Pedro, was found dead, lying on the ground in an abandoned lot in pools of his blood in northern San Pedro, at about 1:30 Friday afternoon. Information to us is that his throat was slashed, and there were multiple stab wounds in his chest, abdomen upper body and in his back. During the police press brief held this morning at the Raccoon Street Police Station, Inspector Wilfred Ferufino, Deputy Commander of Crimes Investigation, said that an investigation into the murder led to a man who has been detained, pending investigation. The motive for the murder has not yet been ascertained.

    2 Guatemala fishermen busted fishing illegally in the Stann Creek seas
    Two fishermen from Guatemala were busted at about 2:00 this morning by rangers of the Toledo Institute for Development and Environment (TIDE) for fishing illegally in the Port Honduras Marine Reserve. Information to us is that the rangers, along with Coast Guard officers, were conducting routine night patrols in the southern seas of Belize when they came upon the fishermen. The fishermen were taken to Punta Gorda, where they were booked by the Fisheries Department for illegal fishing, commercial fishing without a fishing license, and commercial fishing without a boat license. It is expected that they will also be charged with illegal entry into the country by the Immigration Department.

    Breaking Belize NewsPJ

    Mayor Wagner clarifies concerns about cheques
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    Controversial ‘Goodbye Belize’ play features Guatemalans in blackface
    “Goodbye Belize” is an original Guatemalan play written in 1971. Several series of the plays […]

    Southside cops may soon get discounts at UNO gas stations
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    Old Sarstoon- Embedded in the hearts and souls of Belizeans
    The views expressed in this article are those of the writer and not necessarily those of Breaking Belize […]

    Governor General attends conference in St. Kitts
    The Governor General of Belize, Sir Colville Young is attending the 16th Conference of Governors-General […]

    Jimmy Morales says PM Barrow agrees with him
    In a televised interview last night, Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales told Guatemalan media and residents […]

    Black Orchid, the Secluded Belize Resort That Travelers Love
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    Belize and Guatemala host Garifuna cultural event
    Belize and Guatemala held a two-day event on April 8 and 9, in Guatemala City. […]

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    Today, Yahoo news reported that the renowned Four Seasons line of hotels has officially unveiled […]

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    On Friday afternoon, an armed man held up a delivery van in the Cohune Walk […]

    Blogs

    Discover Mexico Rocks Marine Reserve with White Sands Dive Shop
    When it comes to exploring this underwater jewel, be it with an air tank on your back or a snorkel in your mouth, the super friendly professionals at White Sands Dive Shop know this area like the back of their flipper! Located just minutes from several dive and snorkel sites, White Sands Dive Shop offers a variety of subaquatic experiences, with Mexico Rocks being one of their favorite places to take snorkelers and divers who are just learning to dive, are refreshing their skills or just prefer shallower water. For folks who have SCUBA divers and snorkelers in their group, this site beautifully accommodates both, with the White Sands Dive Shop guides skillfully leading each “school” throughout their underwater discovery.

    Forever, it turns out, is a slippery concept: Goodbye, Belize
    Yesterday I found a scrap of paper with an unattributed quote on it which expresses brilliantly the need for patience and persistence when trying to understand Belize. “(Do) not throw away a savory fruit because of the coarseness of its envelope.” Yes, Belize can be a “coarse envelope” but for those willing to dig in, the pleasures of discovery are immeasurable. My own opportunities to understand Belize are running out because I will be leaving the country shortly, probably forever. On April 15 I will enter the Immigration Office in San Pedro Town one last time and Marlon will flip through my passport filled with monthly stamps and curtly ask me how soon I am leaving Belize. I used to say “Maybe never. I really like it here.” (Wrong answer.)

    10 unforgettable things to do in the “forgotten” district of Toledo, Belize
    1: Visit a Maya site. There are 5 major Maya sites in the Toledo district and many others that remain unexcavated. The most famous and easily accessible are Nim Ni Punit and Lubaantun. Pusilha, Uxbenka and Xnaheb are harder to get to and require a guide. 2: Visit a Cacao Farm Toledo is often called “the cradle of chocolate”. There are many small subsistence family farms in the area growing cacao. Eladio Pop’s Agouti farm is one of the most famous. There are also several chocolate makers, Ixcacao, Cotton tree Chocolate and T’chil, who offer tours of their farms and demonstrate how to make chocolate.

    12 Reasons Belize Honeymoons are Trending Big Time!
    1. No hassle travel. Who wants to spend those first precious hours holed up in a tourist class airline cabin when you could be making sure the hammock on your resort balcony is big enough for two? It only takes a couple of hours to get to Belize from North America; what’s more romantic than being rested and ready for love? 2. Belizeans can’t wait to welcome you. Fall in love with everyone you meet—not as much as you love your new spouse, of course--but when you emerge from your love nest, people you meet everywhere you go are so warm and friendly, you’ll be posing for selfies with them.

    Fascinating Facts About the Lost City of Xunantunich
    Thousands of years ago, the Maya empire stretched from Mexico in the north down to El Salvador in the south. They built enormous stone cities in the middle of the jungle, only to abandon them around the year 900 AD for reasons still unknown to modern archeologists. One of the largest Maya cities ever built, now called Xunantunich, was lost for centuries until it was discovered by accident when a villager in Belize came across a ghost of an ancient Maya maiden in the 1890s. At the time, Belize was still a British colony, and so an expedition set out from the capital to explore the villager's stories. They then discovered the site of Xunantunich, a Maya term meaning "stone woman". Xunantunich is unique in that it is the oldest continuously excavated Maya site in the country. One of the biggest and most impressive Maya buildings ever found was discovered in Xunantunich.

    Top Reasons to Visit Ambergris Caye This Summer
    Ambergris Caye, the largest island in Belize, and its colorful capital of San Pedro is a top tourist draw thanks to its lovely beaches, an abundance of seafood restaurants, and close proximity to the top scuba diving and snorkeling sites on the reef. Here are some of the best reasons to visit Ambergris Caye this summer:

    Belize's Biggest Cultural Event - The Costa Maya Festival
    Originally a regional celebration of Maya culture in 1992, the International Costa Maya Festival has become the biggest cultural event of the year in Belize. Held every August in San Pedro, the capital of Ambergris Caye, the Costa Maya Festival is a multi-day event featuring a beauty pageant, live music from some of the region's top acts, and plenty of dancing, food, art, and games. The first day of the festival begins with a beauty pageant to select the Miss Costa Maya International. Women from Belize, Guatemala, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras and other countries with Maya populations compete to win this prestigious event. In the evening, there is a grand opening where government officials, foreign diplomats, and dignitaries formally announce the beginning of the event.

    International Sourcesizz

    Antigua to plant marijuana for medicine
    Just weeks after its parliament had overwhelmingly approved laws allowing for Antiguans to personally possess up to 15 grams of marijuana legally, authorities are preparing to take it to the next level. In the coming months, island legislators will again be asked to debate a bill allowing for large scale medical marijuana production-meaning that approved locals will be allowed to grow, harvest, process and sell varying amounts of weed for medicinal use. The leading Observer Newspaper reported this week that work on the bill is progressing apace and authorities are consulting with experts from countries which already have such industries to ensure government gets it right.

    How One Country Is Restoring Its Damaged Ocean
    The Astrum helicopter company launches from a base less than five miles from where Belize City meets the Caribbean. In the backseat, to my left, is Belizean Senator Valerie Woods. Across from us are two representatives from international ocean protection organization Oceana, which organized the flight. The country’s minister of state, Carla Barnett, climbs into the front seat. “I haven’t been in a helicopter for a long time,” she mutters, pulling on her headset. The doors shut, and we’re off. As we rise above the trees, Belize City starts to spread out in front of us. But that’s not our destination. Side-skirting downtown, we head out over the water—where the true treasures lay.

    Belize steps up to prioritize the health challenges faced by its youth
    Jared Cain, 18, from the south side of Belize City, Belize, knows all too well the sound of gunshots. "In the past two to three weeks alone, there’s been multiple shootings in my neighborhood," says Cain, a member of the Belize Children’s Advisory Body and the Belize Family Life Association Youth Advocacy Movement. "It’s common to hear gunshots outside my window while I’m studying or playing video games with friends." Violence, particularly homicide, sexual violence and bullying, is a significant adolescent health issue in Belize. Teenage boys are more likely to drop out of school and become involved with violent gangs or other illegal activities.

    CCJ dismisses appeal by Belizean CLICO policyholders
    The Caribbean Court Justice (CCJ) last Thursday dismissed an appeal by six former CLICO Belizean policyholders whose contention it was that their financial loss from the company’s 2009 liquidation was the result of the Supervisor of Insurance, Alma Gomez’s reckless handling of the Company. In its ruling, the Court, noted among other things, “that neither the Supervisor nor anyone else could have foreseen CLICO’s sudden collapse,” holding further, that Gomez “had acted in good faith.” The appellants; Kent Herrera, Nikita Usher, Valdemar Castillo, Vildo Marin, Eugenio Ek and Leonardo Varela of Executive Flexible Premium Annuity (EFPA) were policyholders of Belize’s branch office of CLICO (Bahamas) Limited…..

    Conference of Caribbean governors-general and presidents kicks off in St Kitts
    Sir Tapley Seaton, governor-general of St Kitts and Nevis, welcomed heads of state to the federation on Monday, as they assembled for the opening ceremony of the 16th conference of governors-general and presidents of the Caribbean region. The gathering, which comprises governors- general, presidents and governors, runs from April 8 to 12 under the theme: “Challenges of a Changing Caribbean”.

    Videos

  • Tropic Air landing at Maya Flats, Belize, 15sec.

  • Belize 2018, 1min. This ad will run on all Belizean TV and radio stations to promote our Family Festival on April 21!

  • Riding the Chicken Bus From Dangriga to Belize City, 1min. Enjoy a bit of our 3 h chicken bus ride from Dangriga to Belize City. Thankfully going from Belize City to Dangriga we were on a comfortable air-conditioned express bus. I will say however that the chicken bus won for best music of the two rides.

  • 2018 Belize Bible Quiz National Championship, 7min. 1st Belize Bible Quiz Fellowship Tournament ever. It was a 4 day Camp and quiz tournament in Cayo, Belize.

  • BELIZE,17 min. Bryan, Craig, Dalbey, and Mathew embark on a Belizean adventure

  • 2018 crime-fighting strategy Break down, 52min. on Open Your Eyes

  • Gloria Art Exhibit by Minita Concha - Women and their bodies, 23min. on Open Your Eyes

  • Special Olympics Belize! The Annual Fun Run 2018 takes place on Saturday 14th April, 19min. on Open Your Eyes

  • Guatemala's referendum video showcases the Blue Hole and Placencia, 2min.

  • MVCC Marine Biology Trip to Belize 2018!!, 3.5min. AKA The best week of my life.

  • Jaguar Creek Belize, 2min. From our friends at Chroma Films

  • Volunteering with Manatees in Belize, 5min. This project is focused on the conservation and research of the West Indian manatee. Manatees in Belize are listed as highly endangered with their numbers rapidly declining.

  • Police CheckPoint, 51min.

  • Good Morning San Pedro, April 10, ReefTV, 56min.


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