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The San Pedro Sun

2018 Copa San Pedro playoffs begin!
The regular season of 2018 Copa San Pedro came to an end this weekend at the Ambergris Stadium in San Pedro Town. The first round of matches were played on Thursday, October 11th starting at 7PM with Vince Assassins dominating with 10-2 over Young Strikers. In the next match, G-Strikers won 4-1 against Peacemaker. The following day, San Mateo F.C won Genesis F.C 3-2, followed by Legends F.C winning Los Catrachos F.C 2-1. The last game of regular season of Copa San Pedro 2018 was held on Sunday, October 14th with Boca Bombers winning 5-2 over Sandy Point. The first quarterfinals in the male category culminate on Sunday, October 21st starting at 5PM with Vince Assassins going against Talal F.C, followed by Boca Bombers versus San Mateo F.C. Everyone is invited to come out to the Ambergris Stadium and enjoy a weekend of football action. Food and drinks will be on sale during all games.

Managed Access Program continues to promote good fishing
Over the past years Belize’s marine resources have faced several challenges, including the dwindling of fish stock. Despite many Belizean fishermen practicing sustainable fishing methods, there are still concerns. As such, in 2011 the Managed Access (MA) program was piloted at Glover’s Reef Marine Reserve (GRMR) by Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) in partnership with the Belize Fisheries Department and the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) to change the ‘open access’ fishing paradigm in Belize to one of limited entry. The program aims to end open access to resources across Belize’s marine ecosystems by licensed commercial fishermen. Open access fishing allows licensed fishermen to harvest marine species (that are not protected by law) unrestrictedly, and this has resulted in overfishing, causing populations of certain species to decline over the years.

Sustainable & Child-Friendly Municipality Initiative Mayors Retreat
The Ministry of Labour, Local Government and Rural Development in collaboration with the United Nations International Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the National Committee for Families and Children (NCFC) hosted a two-day event, October 11th & 12th 2018, for mayors and councillors with responsibility for the implementation of the Sustainable & Child-Friendly Municipality Initiative (SCFMI).

SPTC Addresses Noise Pollution
In accordance with the Intoxicating Liquor Licensing Act Chapter 150, Revised Edition 2011, of the substantive laws of Belize, the San Pedro Town Council (SPTC) along with the San Pedro Liquor Licensing Board (SPLLB) hereby announces to the general public and all Liquor License Holders that effective Thursday, November 1, 2018, in an effort to reducing noise pollution from various establishments and maintaining the Town of San Pedro as a Child Friendly Municipality, open bars will no longer be granted a weekly special license/extension.

Misc Belizean Sources


Wine de Vine Halloween for Wine Lovers
One of the first Halloween events to be announced in San Pedro! Wine de Vine invites to a Halloween for Wine lovers. Get those costumes ready!

World Food Day 2018
Today, the Ministry of Agriculture, in collaboration with Julian Cho Technical High School and the Food and Agriculture Organization, is hosting its annual World Food Day event, at Julian Cho Technical High School in the Toledo District. This year’s World Food Day theme is celebrated under “Our Actions are Our Future: A #ZeroHunger World by 2030 is Possible,” which underscores the urgent need to step up collective efforts to reach the Zero Hunger goal.

Orlando (Mambo) Williams passes away
The Belize Territorial Volunteers(BTV) extends its deepest sympathies to the family of Orlando (Mambo) Williams who passed away yesterday. Orlando was a trained surveyor, he made several trips to the border with the BTV to ensure that we did not cross the border line. You will be sadly missed by all of us at the BTV and going to the border without you will never be the same! RIP Mambo

Two power outages 6:00am to 6:15am and 4:45pm to 5:00pm on Sunday, October 21 to affect entire Orange Walk and Corozal Districts
BEL to facilitate maintenance works by Cenace at Xul-Ha, Mexico.

Women and Girls Self-Defense Training in Corozal with Renee Wentz
Happening tomorrow, Saturday 19th. Some openings still remain. 30 women already registered. Sign-up by in-boxing or emailing her. Thanks!

Segovia Brothers Circus Coming to Cayo
The Segovia Brothers Circus will be in Cayo for 10 days starting tomorrow. They'll be set up at the Macal River Park. Tickets are $10. "For the first time in SAN IGNACIO, Surprising Circus Brothers Segovia. with the most spectacular acts, the death balloon, trapeze artists, acrobats, the funniest clowns and all the wonderful world of the circus. 10 days only great premiere this Saturday 8pm. installed at the macal park. Its an amazing experience that you have to come to see. Circus Brothers Segovia. General fee: $10.00"

Belize City House of Culture and the Downtown Rejuvenation Project zone two eliminations
Today, the Belize City House of Culture and the Downtown Rejuvenation Project completed its zone two eliminations, We now have the eight schools that will be moving on to our Finals on Friday, 26th October, at the Bliss starting at 9:00 a.m.. Yesterday, seven schools participated in zone one and eight. in zone two today. Here are the results: This year all schools were allowed to register two candidates to participate and this is why Bernice Yorke will have two candidates in the final. Both of their candidates performed well their zone competition. We wish all of the candidates good luck as they will compete for approximately $18,000.00 in prizes. Catch the competition live on Love Fm as history will come alive!

International Archaeology Day at the Corozal House of Culture (NICH)
An exhibit by the Institute of Archaeology.

José Rubén Sánchez Curiel from Cuba working in the Maya Golden Landscape
We're excited to have José Rubén Sánchez Curiel from Cuba on a follow-up visit to strengthen our work in agroecology within the Maya Golden Landscape. Professor Ruben, as farmers now know him, is a plant pathologist and seed specialist from the Universidad Pinar del Rio, Cuba. Agroecology looks at understanding and linking climate smart farming practices with the protection of nature. He returns to Belize due to heavy demand for his expertise. He has, already, visited Jalacte Roman Catholic Primary School to look at their vegetable garden project and provided recommendations. His return is also being supported by the Embassy of Cuba to Belize and GEF Small Grants Programme.

BTIA Halloween Mixer
The Cayo BTIA are having a Halloween mixer on Thursday, October 25th, at the Cahal Pech Village Resort. The membership meeting goes from 5:00pm to 6:00, and the event continues until 10:00. There will be food and entertainment. "BOO! Please do join us for a FUN NIGHT of Entertainment, Food, Costumes and More! We'll have a brief membership meeting between 5pm - 6pm and we encourage all of you to come out to learn about all the fantastic things we have in store for West Fest 2019 and your memberships. We encourage those of you who aren't current members, to also sign up to stay up to date with all our efforts and activities as well as benefit from the bountiful perks of being a part of BTIA Cayo Chapter. Wear your costumes!!! We'll be doing giveaways for the best costumes of the night. See you there!"

Out and about in the South!
Chargé d'Affaires, a.i. Keith Gilges and a team from the Embassy headed south this week to meet with contacts in Stann Creek and Toledo districts. It was an excellent opportunity to engage with civic leaders and entrepreneurs and learn more about their work.

Deputy Prime Minister, Hon. Patrick Faber and Ms. Sapna Budhrani, President of NICH, Bestow Title of Artist Emeritus and Awards to Three Outstanding Belizean Artists
Honourable Deputy Prime Minister Patrick Faber, Minister with the portfolio of Education, Youth, Sports and Culture along with Ms. Sapna Budhrani, President of the National Institute of Culture and History (NICH) today presented Mr. Florencio Mes, Ms. Myrna Manzanares and Gerald “Lord” Rhaburn with the title of Artist Emeritus at the Museum of Belize. Ms. Budhrani, President of NICH, welcomed all to the ceremony sharing that, “Belize is blessed with diversity, nature, ethnicities and cultural heroes; living, inspiring individuals who have made us dance, laugh and appreciate.” She recounted her personal experiences of listening to Mr. Mes’s harp music and how the soothing music helped to strengthen her concentration and focus, her appreciation of Ms. Manzanares’ writings of the Belizean Creole Culture that are shared locally and internationally...

Join the Ya'axché Conservation Trust team as Research Assistant!
We are securing the services of a Belizean Research Assistant – with a strong interest in conservation science – to contribute to our research and monitoring work in the Toledo District. He/she will be assisting the Science Director in ensuring the success of science and research activities, particularly focused on vegetation and mammal monitoring.

CONSULTANCY: Maya Mountain North Forest Reserve management plan
Consultants, 12 more days left to submit your bid to develop a management plan for Maya Mountain North Forest Reserve. Ya’axché is currently implementing a project entitled “Innovative Protected Areas Management in the Maya Mountain North Forest Reserve of Southern Belize through the promotion of climate-smart agriculture,” with funding support from GIZ-CATS.

Channel 7

Felina James Found Dead; Police Say She Was Chopped To Death
Last night Felina James' family got the worst news- her decomposed body was found on the coastal road. Her throat had been slashed and the 36 year old mother of two was left in the bushes to rot. I spoke to her distraught aunt about her niece's brutal murder. Here is that story. Voice of: Lydia Bolon, Aunt: "You got what you wanted, you killed my niece, you killed her! I don't care who you are or where you are or what you are doing right now, God is above." Courtney Weatherburne, reporting: A direct message to Felina James' killer - her family overcome by anger and anguish.

Guilty Verdicts for the Double Murder of Richard and Maria Stuart
3 months ago, Milton Maza and Eli Avila Lopez went on trial for the October 2010 double murders of attorney Richard Stuart, and his wife, Maria. These men waited for over 7 and a half years for their day in court, and they stood trial without jury in front of Justice Collin Williams. The judge heard the graphic details of the vicious attack that the couple suffered in their home in West Landivar, Belize City. The killers ambushed the coupe they returned home from a night out. A post-mortem found that they were both stabbed 25 times each, while their children were asleep in their bedrooms.

No Fatalities In Head-on Collision On Stann Creek Valley Road
Fortunately there were no fatalities in a terrible accident this morning. It happened around 7:15 between miles 2 and 3 on the Stann Creek Valley Road. 42 year old Karima Martinez was driving a white Ford Escape with her daughter 17 year old Kelsie Martinez. They were driving towards Dangriga. 70 year old Canadian national Synder Leander was heading towards Belmopan in her Toyota Hilux with her passenger 56 year old Ivan Jones - the two vehicles collided head on. It was a massive impact but everyone survived. In the video seen here, you can see the aftermath, as concerned residents ran to assist the accident victims. Police say Jones was treated and released.

Central Americans Refused Entry Into Belize
Last night we told you about the five buses with Central Americans that was being refused entry at the Western border. Well, they were allowed into the country later last night - after Immigration authorities satisfied themselves that this was not one of the feared Honduran caravan of asylum seekers that's been making international headlines. The Mennonite Community sent a letter verifying that the Hondurans and Salvadorans on the buses are a Church group, and that they have nothing to do with the Caravan.

DPM Faber Comments On Hardship List Delays
Last night, we told you about the press release from the Ministry of Education noting that they still have not been able to finalize the list of schools countrywide where teachers will be paid their hardship allowance. You'll know by now that this stipend of between $100 to $200 is paid to teachers who have to slog through rough terrain, or those who traverse long distances to get to work. The BNTU complained that the Ministry's revised list for this year disenfranchised some teachers because either their schools were cut from the list, or their allowance was cut because the Ministry's officials assessed that their hardship has lessened over the years.

DPM Wants Sacred Heart Primary Students Back In School
From there, the press asked the Deputy PM to comment on the sewage problem that has caused interruption of classes at the Sacred Heart Primary School in Dangriga. You'll remember how the public health department shut the school down due to the unsanitary conditions for the children. They've missed several days because the infrastructure for their bathrooms have failed, and there is need to make urgent repairs. Today, DPM Faber called on the management of the school to do their part and get the situation rectified so that the children can get back to learning:

Hon. Faber: Collet Voters Will Get ICJ Education
One final topic that the press questioned Faber on is the ICJ public education campaign. In a little over 6 months from now, Belizeans will be called upon to decided whether or not they agree to send Guatemala's territorial claim over our country to the International Court of Justice for adjudication. The media wondered what he as the Area Representative for the Collet Division is doing to educate his constituents on this very important issue, and here's what he had to say:

Mexican Law Expert Discusses Belize’s Prospects At ICJ
And while Faber is personally in favour of going to the ICJ - that's the consensus position of International law experts. A Belize media delegation spoke to one of them today in Mexico City. Professor Carlos Bernal was the lead advisor for Mexico the only time it went to the ICJ - in a legal dispute with the US - which it won. He also studied international law at Hague academy in the Netherlands - where the court sits. So, he's steeped in the culture and jurisprudence of the court. Today, at the Mexican Autonomous University in Mexico City, he spoke to a number of Belizean journalists. He says he feels Belize has a good chance at the ICJ:...

So, What If Guatemala Refuses To Accept An ICJ Decision?
But what if it is settled and, let's say, Belize wins, but then, the Guatemalans still don't honour the judgement? We asked the Professor about that possibility:.. Carlos Bernal, Professor of International Law - ITAM: "The court has a judgement and it has no appeal. It's final. It's totally binding and totally no appeal and therefore both countries will be oblige by the judgement." Reporter: "Obliged, but what happens on the ground? They may be obliged internationally, but the court cannot jail a sovereign nation. Lock up the president or the prime minister. So then how is this enforced and actualized?" Carlos Bernal, Professor of International Law - ITAM: "You said it perfectly well. The International Court of Justice has no authority, has no mandate, has no police. So if one of the countries does not comply with the judgement, it has no way to enforced it otherwise."

That Mexican Case Decided By The ICJ…
That's it, indeed. And Bernal knows this full well because - as we said - he was the lead legal advisor to Mexico when they challenged the US at the ICJ. It's known as the Avena Case - where in 2004, Mexico said that the US had broken international law by not notifying the Mexican Embassy when Mexican citizens were arrested and imprisoned for crimes in the United States. 52 of these Mexicans were sentenced to death in Texas - again without any call to the Embassy. So Mexico took it to the ICJ - and they won, but listen to what happened after that:...

Another Woman Missing; Her Baby is With Her
Another woman is missing, this time along with her baby, East Collet Canal business owner Emperatriz Portillo reported that on Tuesday morning around 7:00 a.m., her friend, only known to her as Ruby Petino left her home along with her 1-year 8-month old baby. She was heading to her workplace at mile 8 on the George Price Highway. She has not returned since. If anyone see this woman and a young baby, please contact the police.

City Cops Make Major Weed and Pills Bust
Police made two major drug busts yesterday. In the city on Albert Street, police searched Andrew Hepburn's house and found 10 pounds of weed, 3 ounces of cocaine, 6 ounces of blue pills, and $12,580, both in Belize and US dollars. Looks like a major illicit operation, and police arrested and charged Andrew Hepburn, Shane Flowers, Anthony Gilharry and Lisha Ramirez for possession of a controlled drugs with intent to supply. Hepburn was also charged for drug trafficking.

Corozal Cops Busted Marijuana Smugglers
The other big bust was in Corozal. Police were on mobile patrol on the Patchakan road when they spotted a suspicious Black Toyota 4 runner. A man in the vehicle threw something out of the window when he saw the police. The police pulled up to the vehicle and took everyone out. Police found the grey knapsack one of the men had thrown out. 11 pounds of weed stacked in 5 parcels were stuffed inside. Deon Arnold, Ian Young and Alex Lewis were all charged with drug trafficking.

Artists Emeritus
If you're a follower of Belizean music and/or Belizean literature, you'll definitely recognize the names of Florencio Mes, Myrna Manzanarez and Gerald "Lord" Rhaburn. These three distinguished Belizean artists have left an indelible mark on local culture, and today, the Deputy Prime Minister, Patrick Faber, and NICH President Sapnah Budrani, held an award ceremony for them at the Museum of Belize. It's called the "Artist Emeritus" award, and today, these 3 artists were the first to be recognized by the Government. Deputy Prime Minister Patrick Faber described to the press why they decided to honor them today:

The Sandy Bradshaw Concert
Another group of Belizean musicians will be performing tomorrow night at the Bliss Institute for the 7th Annual Sandy Bradshaw Concert. Coordinator Sandy Bradshaw and her team have created a line-up of entertainment for music loves across the spectrum of different musical genres. But, it's not only entertainment for the sake of it. The concert is known to send messages touching on the different social ills that affect the society, and the hot-button issue right now is child molestation and rape. She stopped by our office today to tell us more about the event:

Burglary of At PG Church?
All churches have an open door policy, everyone is welcomed to worship, but some people just take it too far. Yesterday, someone burglarized the Saint Peter Claver Parish in Punta Gorda. The thief or thieves broke the tabernacle and stole the chalice from which the communion host is reserved. The American Priest, Penn Dawson said he had mass yesterday morning and left the parish open as he normally does. But when he returned at 2:00 in the afternoon, the gold chalice was gone. But police have recovered it.

Channel 5

Missing Mother of 2 Found Dead: Felina James was Chopped to Death
After being missing for seven days, thirty-six-year-old Felina James was found murdered and her body dumped along the Coastal Road. Her remains were discovered by a caretaker of a nearby [...]

Guilty of Murder – Two Men are Convicted of Killing Richard and Maria Stuart
The families of Richard and Maria Stuart exited the court today in an emotional state. Ten years ago to date, the young couple was brutally murdered at their house in [...]

4 Persons Survive Head-on Collision
Four persons are lucky to be alive tonight after they were involved in a head-on collision this morning. It happened at around seven o’clock between miles two and three of [...]

C.A. Nationals cleared to enter Belize at Western Border
There are more details tonight on a number of persons who were held at the western border on Thursday for hours. About two hundred Guatemalan nationals arrived at the border [...]

Minister of Education weighs in on shut down of Sacred Heart School
A sewerage problem at the Sacred Heart Primary School in Dangriga has caused the school to shut down and students have been away from classes for eight days. The school’s [...]

Education Minister Slams B.N.T.U. over Hardship Allowance
Minister, Patrick Faber also had some strong words for the Belize National Teachers Union and its president, Senator Elena Smith. Minister Faber was asked for an update regarding delayed meetings [...]

Education Minister Speaks on Proposal 22
The B.N.T.U. is also upset that there has been no progress regarding Proposal Twenty-Two which covers a number of issues including a proposal to have government pay one hundred percent [...]

Corozal Police Find Firearm
Moving on the crime, police in Corozal Town found a rusty nine millimeter pistol with no serial number on Thursday afternoon at Dominguez Layout. Since no one was in the [...]

3 Men Charged for Drug Trafficking
Three men have been charged for allegedly trafficking five thousand, four hundred and thirty-five grams of marijuana. They are twenty-nine year old Deon Arnold, nineteen-year-old Ian Young, and twenty-nine-year-old Alex [...]

Renowned Law Professor Carlos Bernal Discusses the I.C.J. Option
A group of reporters from various media houses are tonight in Mexico City in anticipation of a visit to the International Court of Justice in the Hague sometime in November. [...]

Litigation Risk: What’s at Stake for Belize?
Litigation risk is always a consideration when legal matters go before the courts.  In this case, the resolution of the territorial dispute between both countries also comes with the possibility [...]

Minister Patrick Faber is Pro-I.C.J.
Earlier today the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education, Patrick Faber, also expressed his view on the I.C.J. He says persons who are opposed in taking Guatemala’s claim to [...]

Shark Fishers Forum held in Belize City
A National Shark Fishers Forum was held today in Belize City. The event brought together more than forty shark fishers to raise awareness of shark regulations, best fishing practices, and [...]

Tourism Stakeholders Meet to Discuss Wellness & Rejuvenation
A gathering of industry stakeholders from across the travel and leisure sectors met today at the annual B.T.B. Industry Presentation.  Every year, the Belize Tourism Board convenes a symposium during [...]

Tourism Industry Summit Brings Everyone Onboard
According to Karen Pike, Director of Marketing and Industry Relations, invitations were extended to representatives from various organizations across the region.   Karen Pike, Director of Marketing and Industry Relations, [...]

NICH bestows first ever Artist Emeritus titles
Three Belizean artists were recognized with the first ever Artist Emeritus title in Belize. National Institute of Culture and History says that the initiative recognizes the three trailblazers for their [...]

American-Belizean Determined to get education despite genetic disorder
And to end the news tonight, we have an inspirational story about American-Belizean, eleven-year-old Max Castillo who is not letting anything stop him from receiving a proper education. For Max, [...]


Body of Missing Woman Found
36-year-old Felina James had last been seen alive on the 11th of October. That’s when she left her two sons with a babysitter. She told the sitter she would return the following day. The case took a turn for the worst when the woman’s identification cards were found by sanitation engineers. Sadly, James’ body was …

Eli Lopez Avila and Milton Maza found guilty of double murder
Guilty!… That’s the verdict that Justice Colin Williams handed down to Eli Lopez Avila and Milton Maza who were on trial for the murder of Richard Stuart and his wife, Maria. In 2010, the Stuarts were viciously stabbed to death at their home in the West Landivar area of Belize City. During the trial, the …

BTB holds tourism conference
Tourism is the leading sector in Belize and in recent years this sector has been soaring. There is a lot that goes into keeping this sector competitive including the annual tourism industry conference held by the Belize Tourism Board (BTB). This year’s conference focused on wellness and rejuvenation as well as birding and was held …

Honduran Nationals turned away
At approximately three o’clock yesterday afternoon twenty-seven Honduran nationals were turned away at Belize ‘s western border. The caravan had five buses with Central American nationals who were requesting entry into Belize as a church group that visits regularly. Love news understands that it may be a part of the Honduras caravan (HONDURAS VO). The …

Belizeans honored for their outstanding contribution to Belizean culture
Today, three Belizeans were awarded with the title of Artist Emeritus at the Museum of Belize for their outstanding contribution to Belizean culture. The National Institute of Culture and History ( NICH) hosted a short ceremony where Gerald “Lord” Rhaburn, Myrna Manzanares, and Florencio Mes were were honored. Mes’ for his contribution by way of …

Head on Collision on Highway
An accident occurred outside of Dangriga after seven this morning. The head-on collision injured three persons but luckily all of them survived. Harry Arzu, LoveFM’s Southern Correspondent spoke to the officer commanding the Dangriga Police formation regarding the investigation as to the cause of the accident. Harry Arzu: “Several persons received head and body injuries …

CWU says problems are still possible with PORT
A disaster has been temporarily averted as the Labour Minister had been observing the head-on clash between the Port of Belize Limited (PBL) and the Christian Workers Union (CWU). The 150 stevedores employed at the PBL should have been on strike today since their representative, the CWU did not reach an agreement with the PBL …

Will Mexico’s Free Zones affect Belize?
Mexico’s President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador Mexican says in January of 2019 his government will transform its cities and towns along its border with the USA into free zones. Then his focus will be on a similar measure with Chetumal, Quintana Roo. The economic impact of such a measure could be adverse to businesses within …

BNTU and MOE still at odds over hardship allowance
The Belize National Teachers Union (BNTU) and the Ministry of Education (MOE) are still at loggerheads over the re-categorization of hardship and rural allowances for teachers. The BNTU explained that the hardship allowance is a monthly stipend ranging from one hundred to two-hundred dollars for teachers who have to cross rough terrain to reach their …

ICJ Expert speaks about issues surrounding enforcement of court ruling
There are perhaps more questions than answers when it comes to the issue surrounding Belize, Guatemala and the International Court of Justice. With less than six months left before we go to referendum, it has become even more urgent to hear the arguments and ask the right questions. A team of six media personnel including …


Dr. Carla extends CWU’s strike notice by 10 more days
A meeting between the negotiating teams of the Christian Workers Union (CWU), representing stevedores, and representatives of the Port of Belize Limited (PBL) — their employer, was brokered today by the Minister of State in the Ministry of Labor; Dr. Carla Barnett. When the meeting ended, however, there was still no agreement between the two sides to end the impasse between them, and this prompted the Minister of Labor to extend the 21-days’ strike notice that the CWU had issued, which was due to end tomorrow, by an additional 10 days, during which time government is expected to set up a tribunal to resolve the impasse between the parties. Each side spoke to the media as they exited the Labor Department office on Belize City’s Albert Street, where the negotiations were held.

Sensational hit on Noel Leal, Jr., 33
At about 2:00 Sunday morning, Noel Leal, Jr., 33, a car dealer of Ladyville, Belize District, was found slumped dead over the steering wheel of his Volkswagen van, which was parked on a road in Mahogany Heights. Police said that Leal, the son of Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), Noel Leal, Sr., of the National Police Headquarters in Belmopan, had been shot in the back of the head. The bullet exited through his forehead and burst through the windshield of his vehicle.

Who killed Felina James, 37?
A mother of two children has been found dead after she was missing for seven days. Felina Margaret James, 37, dropped off her children at a babysitter a week ago, and concerns began growing when she didn’t return for them. Belize has become such that most Belizeans were fearing the worst, and the worst has come to pass. On Saturday, October 13, Ivette Roches, 69, reported to police that two days earlier, on Thursday, October 11, James left her two sons, ages 2 and 7, in her care. The two women had arranged for Roches to babysit the kids while James went to her home in the beautiful seacoast village of Sarteneja, Corozal District, to pick up some items, because she was in the process of moving to Belize City.

CCJ orders GST Commissioner to refund taxes collected from Cruise Solution and Discovery Expeditions
The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) issued a ruling on Friday, October 12, in regards to the appeal of Cruise Solutions and Discovery Expeditions, two tour companies owned by businessman David Gegg, who has been engaged in a protracted legal battle with the Commissioner of General Sales Tax (GST). The court ordered the GST Commissioner to refund the taxes it collected from the two companies because under the GST Act, the companies were zero-rated. The CCJ ruling overturned a Court of Appeal decision which ruled in June 2016 that the companies were not zero-rated and must pay the GST.

Titan Securities compensatory damages fall from US$4.6 million to US$50,000 at CCJ
The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) handed down its decision regarding the case of Titan International Securities, which was seeking in excess of four million dollars in compensatory damages from the Government of Belize for the violation of its constitutional rights when police raided its offices in September 2014. The Belize Government raid was carried out in cooperation with the United States, where an indictment against Titan principals was unsealed. The CCJ, however, set aside the US4.6 million dollars in compensatory damages that was awarded by Supreme Court Justice Courtenay Abel, and substituted in its place BZ$100,000 in vindicatory damages for the manner in which the police raid was carried out.

UWI ranked among Times Higher Education’s top universities
The University of the West Indies (UWI) was included among the top universities listed in Times Higher Education’s (THE) World University Rankings. Today, UWI held a press briefing to discuss this accomplishment as well as what it means for the university’s strategic agenda. UWI is the first and only Caribbean institution that has been listed in THE’s World University Rankings — being placed at the 591st spot out of the best 1,258 universities worldwide. Although UWI is a relatively young institution, being in existence for only 70 years, it has thus achieved a ranking in the top 5% of the over 2,500 recognized universities globally.

A 1-nil shocker for Belize; respect to Montserrat!
In all our years of struggle in CONCACAF play and World Cup qualifiers, there was always one consolation for Belize, and that was our dominance over a few teams on the lower end of CONCACAF and FIFA ranking. So that we posted convincing wins over St. Kitts and Nevis in the last World Cup qualifiers, and likewise against Montserrat, where Deon McCaulay had a hat trick in 2011. Belize even reached the 2013 Gold Cup. And, with rejuvenated FIFA funding for development, after a turbulent election process was finally settled in December of 2017 with a new FFB Executive headed by Sergio Chuc, things seemed on the upswing for Belize football, evidenced by the country-wide U-15 and U-17 male and female tournaments, and our national youth and senior “A” teams participating in a number of regional tournaments.

Weekend football games results from Corozal
The games of the previous weekend were all canceled due to the weather, but this past weekend was great, as we had lots of games ongoing in the Corozal Football Association (CFA) U-15, U-17, U-10 and Female U-17 tournaments. This upcoming weekend, it’s our semifinals, which will be played on Sunday only at the Ricalde Stadium. We would also like to mention that on October 27, we will start our First Division tournament; a total of 8 teams will be participating. This past week marked the 10th week of our ongoing U-15 Male and U-17 Male Tournaments. We are pleased to report that all games have been a success.

Dangriga Weekend Billiards Tournament
Over the weekend in Dangriga Town, Mayor Humphreys Bi-monthly Individual Pool Tournament at Aba Isieni Cool Spot had 22 players from across the Stann Creek District and Dangriga Town partaking in a very intense competition. The senior veteran “Squa” emerged as the victor for this tournament. The winners were: Charles “Squa” Rivas in first place; Jose “Pollo” Moralez, second place; and Edwin Vargas, third place.

Sports highlights from Punta Gorda
U-15 football: Rookie Strikers and Julian Cho Technical have both qualified to play the championship match, while Columbia and Medina Bank will play for third place in the U-15 football tournament. U-17 football: In the U-17 football tournament, Columbia and Toledo United will play in the championship match, while Big Falls and Estrellas will meet in the third place match in the U-17 football tournament. Senior Amateur football: The Normalizing Committee invites teams to an important meeting on Saturday, October 20, at the Victor Sanchez Stadium, beginning at 9:00 a.m. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the rules and regulations in relation to a Senior Amateur tournament which is expected to kick off on Sunday, November 4.

Changing economy, changing times …
The economy of Belize has experienced, we submit, two dramatic changes since modern party politics began in British Honduras in 1950. The mainstream economy here in 1950 was based on the extraction of mahogany and other hardwoods, and chicle, from the forests for exportation to Great Britain and the United States. It was specifically to work in the woodcutting industry that African slaves had been imported into the Settlement of Belize in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and early nineteenth century. By 1950, the colony’s forestry resources were dwindling, and Belizean workers were travelling abroad, to Panama, Guatemala, and the United States in search of work. The Mayans and Mestizos of the villages in the Corozal and Orange Walk Districts had been farming food crops, as had the Creole people in the villages of the Belize River Valley and along the banks of the Sibun.

From The Publisher
Between 1951 and 1970, the sedition law in British Honduras/Belize was used to arrest and try five Belizeans in the Supreme Court. Three of these five were leaders of the anti-colonial People’s United Party (PUP) – Leigh Richardson and Philip Goldson (tried, convicted, and jailed in 1951), and George Price (tried and acquitted in 1958). In 1951 and 1958, British Honduras was still a Crown Colony, and the British were in absolute control of the police and the judicial system. In early March of 1970, however, British Honduras was a self-governing colony, and native Belizeans were in charge of the police and the judicial system, when Evan X Hyde and Ismail Omar Shabazz, president and secretary/treasurer, respectively, of the United Black Association for Development (UBAD), were arrested and tried in the Supreme Court under the sedition law.

It was on the morning of a GENERAL STRIKE called for Tuesday, March 31st by the Public Service Union (PSU), to press their demand for a People’s Referendum on the 1981 Heads of Agreement signed by GOB in London, England, March 11th. The PSU strike was backed by the Belize Action Movement (BAM), and the Youth Popular Front (YPF), the youth arm of the UDP. The Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) was also sympathetic to the cause of the popular uprising. Noisy demonstrators began invading high schools by 7:30 the morning, including the Belize Technical College, St. Michael’s, St. Hilda’s, Wesley, St. Catherine, Excelsior, Pallotti, Nazarene, Junior High 1, and St. John’s College urging, and at times coercing, students to abandon classes and join the strike.

Holes in the watertight case
Our Government, supported by their erudite surrogates and some of our duplicitous “friends”, posits that we have nothing to fear if we vote Yes-to-the-ICJ next April. They claim that Belize has nothing to lose, since it is clear that we have a watertight case. If this is really true, do you honestly believe that Guatemala is so ignorant and stupid, even with factoring in the global power and influence of their world-class strategists and formidable backers, that they would be so gung ho to take their claim to the ICJ for final resolution if they had nothing to gain? I find myself unable to buy this argument. The incontrovertible reality is that if we go to the ICJ under the conditions a yes-vote in the upcoming referendum would invoke, then there will indeed be gaping holes in our alleged “watertight” case.

The British over there
Dr. Assad Shoman wrote in his little black book, Pocket Guide to the Referendum on the ICJ: “By around 1700, however, Spain no longer had much presence here…” Well, guess which European power filled the vacuum? After the Americans had consolidated their victory in their war of independence (1775-1783), that nation started to flex southward. Other European powers, notably the Germans, were nosing around, but the great challenge to the British would come from its former colony, the USA. Last year the Amandala carried an excerpt from a paper a lady named Anna Ella Carroll wrote to US president Abraham Lincoln, in which paper she told about all the virtues of Belize and all the Americans could do with it if they got a toehold. Of course, the Americans had designs on Guatemala and other countries in our hemisphere too.

“Mentally unfit” prisoner, without trial, spends10 years in prison
Two family members of a Belize City man who has been accused of arson but was never indicted and tried for the offense, because he was declared mentally unfit to go through a trial, want him released from the Belize Central Prison, where he has been held for almost 10 years. In January 2008, Earnest Billary visited his sister, Dawn Billary, at her house at 10 Hibiscus Lane in St. Martin De Porres. The purpose of the visit was to ask his sister if he could stay at her house. She refused, and Earnest, who had just completed serving a jail sentence a week before, allegedly threatened her.

Two Guatemalan cops busted with Uzi submachine gun in the Western Free Zone
Two Guatemalan policemen have been remanded until December 12 after they were taken to the San Ignacio Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday on charges of keeping a prohibited firearm and keeping ammunition without a gun license. The two Guatemalan cops, identified as Jose Juan Garcia Palma, 31, of Los Amates Izabal, Guatemala, and Armando Hub Pop, 35, of Coban Alta Vera Paz, Guatemala, were busted in their vehicle in the Western Free Zone in Benque Viejo Del Carmen at about 10:30 Saturday morning with an Uzi submachine gun, and twenty-five 9mm live rounds.

German woman, 44, robbed and raped in Teakettle
A German woman was robbed and raped in Teakettle on Friday, October 12, after she hitched a ride with a man on a motorcycle who was accompanied by two other men on another motorcycle. The woman, 44, a sales manager and resident of Cayo, reported to police that around 10 p.m. on Friday, she was socializing in San Ignacio and hitched a ride to Belmopan with the aforementioned man on a motorcycle. Instead of taking her to Belmopan, however, the men took her to a construction site in Teakettle.

CCJ overturns Japhet Bennett murder conviction due to unreliable identification evidence
Japhet Bennett, a convicted murderer who was serving a life in prison sentence, was released from the Belize Central Prison yesterday evening, after the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) ruled to overturn his conviction due to unreliable identification evidence from a witness at his February 2013 trial in the Supreme Court of Justice Adolph Lucas. The jury found Bennett, 25, guilty of the September 13, 2009 murder of Ellis “Pepper Gacho” Meighan, who was shot to death on Central American Boulevard, a stone’s throw away from his Banak Street home.

The Reporter

There is growing concern among the business community and in political circles over a recent announcement by Mexican President-Elect, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, that Quintana Roo and other Mexican border states would be converted into free-zone states with significantly lower Value Added Tax (VAT) rates and standardized prices on fuel. Many fear that the move will be the nail in the coffin of the Corozal Commercial Free Zone, which has already seen a number of businesses close down due to a lack of productivity in the sector.

EDITORIAL – October 19th. 2018
The labour dispute over longer hours of work for waterfront workers of the Christian Workers Union and the Belize Port Authority has been blown out of all proportion by the narrow and wholly unrealistic view of the Belize Port Authority. The Port Authority has discovered that for safety reasons waterfront workers and stevedores should not be working more than eight continuous hours a day. The Port Authority now wants to restrict workers to the legal limit by removing the option port workers now enjoy to earn more take-home pay through overtime.

Former Judge at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) and Law Professor, Carlos Bernal, says that Belize has a strong case if we decide in our Referendum next April to take our territorial dispute with Guatemala to the ICJ for a peaceful settlement. The legal expert was speaking to a group of local journalists in Mexico City today as part of a sponsored US Embassy ICJ Education Campaign dubbed “From Fear to Facts; Demystifying the International Court of Justice”. The campaign involves a trip next month to the Hague in the Netherlands, Europe, which would make a final ruling on whether or not Guatemala has a legitimate claim to Belizean territory.

The family of the late Milo Paz, the veteran pilot, who reportedly perished while flying a private plane near Panama on October 7, is still awaiting his remains. Today, Paz’s wife told the Reporter that they are in the process of finalizing documentation to bring her husband’s remains back to Belize. Hence, a funeral has not yet been planned.

This morning Milton Maza and Eli Lopez were both found guilty of the murders of attorney Richard Stuart and his wife Maria in 2010. Sentencing has been reserved for November 9th.

Police are asking the public’s assistance in locating missing August Pine Ridge teenager Shamily Tillett. Tillett left home to go to an internet cafe on September 24 and has not returned since. Police say that she is believed to be with Alex Chan, 27, also of August Pine Ridge. Tillett’s family told police that Chan had approached them expressing a desire to have a relationship with her, but the family refused to accept that because of the girl’s age.

Following reports last week of the deplorable condition of the San Ignacio Fire Station, government officials including Minister Edmond Castro, CEO Ruth Meighan, and Mayor Earl Trapp, responded by noting there were efforts underway to upgrade the National Fire Service but did not discuss specific plans for the San Ignacio Fire Station.


Banyan Bay Market Day and a Great Belizean Product With a Strange Silly Name
Saturday’s farmers’ market at Banyan Bay was delightful. Lots of room to shop around. The vendors had some neat stuff from handcrafted jewelry to freshly baked quiche. They had make-up and books, artworks, beautiful wood carved home items and more. Chez Caribe owner Jack was playing cribbage next to the bar cart and said to tell everyone he’ll be there every Saturday if anyone wants to play with him. They also had live music. It was a perfect event. It is good to shop locally and help small businesses grow bigger. There are lots of really tasty treats for sale. You will find some great handmade bags, jewelry and so much more to stylize yourself. There is a great selection of environmentally friendly lifestyle products as well. Many of the sellers are also my friends.

Maddie in Belize
An Accidental Tourist, Daddy-Daughter Adventure. My father once told me, “never promise what you can’t deliver.” For years, Maddie has been talking about visiting Belize with her dad. As most of you already know, Ambergris Caye has been my international destination of choice for nearly a decade. Usually, I try to visit my home by the sea “Sorry Hampton,” three of four times a year. The decision originally came in the form of economics. It’s cheaper to travel to Belize than many United States cities. In time, (a short time) it became my favorite place. Great people, wonderful weather, and fantastic food! Earlier this year, her brother (Glenn Jr.) and I visited for his first international trip. Since Maddie didn’t have her passport at the time, she and I explored South Florida. It was far more expensive there for 3 days, than a week in Belize. I always told her, “I’m taking you before you go to high school.” For her, high school begins after Labor Day 2018, so Daddy was running out of time.

International Sourcesizz

Jamaica Becomes First Caribbean Nation To Qualify For FIFA Women’s World Cup
Jamaica’s senior women’s national soccer team, the Reggae Girlz, has qualified for the World Cup, making history on the island and beyond. The Reggae Girlz defeated Panama’s women’s national team on Wednesday in a penalty shootout after a 2-2 draw. The Panamanian team is scheduled to play Argentina next month and still has a chance to qualify for the cup. Reaching the FIFA Women’s World Cup, to be held next year in France, was not only a first for Jamaica. The Reggae Girlz became the first Caribbean team to qualify for the tournament, FIFA said.

Belize signs Fruit Fly Control Cooperative agreement
On October 10, 2018, Belize officials participated in the 5th meeting of the Multilateral Fruit Fly Commission held in Mexico City. Attending were Jose Alpuche, CEO in the Ministry of Agriculture, Emir Cruz, Managing Director of Belize Agricultural Health Authority (BAHA) and Medfly Coordinator Hernan Zetina. During the meeting, the Fruit Fly Control Cooperative agreement was signed between the United States Department of Agriculture, the Ministry of Agriculture, and BAHA. Dr. Mike Watson, Administrative Assistant of the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), signed on behalf of the USDA. Jose Alpuche signed for Belize.

Caribbean maritime women chart the course for the next generation
A new mentorship scheme to encourage the next generation of women into the maritime sector has been launched at the annual conference of the Women in Maritime Association, Caribbean (WiMAC), which is being held in Belize City, Belize (16-19 October). This type of scheme is consistent with IMO’s Women in Maritime programme, which supports the participation of women in both shore-based and sea-going posts, in line with the goals outlined under the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 5: “Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls”. The mentorship model will be used as a blueprint throughout the IMO-supported regional Women in Maritime Associations.

This major discovery upends long-held theories about the Maya civilization
Archaeologists have uncovered 61,480 structures in Guatemala — a number the lead author in the study called “humbling.” In the autumn of 1929, Anne Morrow Lindbergh and her husband, Charles, flew across the Yucatán Peninsula. With Charles at the controls, Anne snapped photographs of the jungles just below. She wrote in her journal of Maya structures obscured by large humps of vegetation. A bright stone wall peeked through the leaves, “unspeakably alone and majestic and desolate — the mark of a great civilization gone.” Nearly a century later, surveyors once again took flight over the ancient Maya empire, and mapped the Guatemala forests with lasers. The 2016 survey, whose first results were published late last month in the journal Science, comprises a dozen plots covering 830 square miles, an area larger than the island of Maui. It is the largest such survey of the Maya region, ever.

Caribbean nations pay steep price for climate change caused by others
Although their contribution to global warming is negligible, Caribbean nations are bearing the brunt of its impact. Climate phenomena are so devastating that countries are beginning to prepare not so much to adapt to the new reality, but to get their economies back on their feet periodically. “We live every year with the expectation that we will have to go through the experience of rebuilding our communities and our infrastruc­ture,” Molwyn Joseph, Antigua and Barbuda’s minister of health, wellness and the environment, told IPS in the Argentine capital. “We try to adapt to climate change by building more resilient infrastructure, but the adaptation is not the main issue in our minds. We are thinking about recovery after disasters,” added the environment official of the small island state of some 100,000 inhabitants, located between the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean.


  • Maya event at Corozal House of Culture, 16min.

  • Saint Francis Xavier Credit Union "International Credit Union Day", 22min. Saint Francis Xavier Credit Union held its very successful and enjoyable credit union "International Credit Union Day" in Corozal Branch. Yesterday was observed as International Credit Union Day under the theme “Platinum lining” The day was observed with the aim of highlighting the movement of credit unions, their history and achievements. They are celebrating 37 years of services in Belize. Credit union workers, invited guest and Media filled the chairs by 4pm. Belize Scoop has understood that This event took place for Miss 2018-2019 Queen to represent Corozal Credit Union across Belize.

  • Birding in Belize: Birding at Black Rock Lodge, 5.5min. For our second episode of A Day in a Birder's Life series, we went birding with Black Rock Lodge. Black Rock Lodge is an eco-lodge located about six miles away from San Ignacio Town. According to eBird, Black Rock Lodge is listed as the #1 birding hotspot in Belize with around 318 bird species.

  • Cave Tubing in Ancient Mayan Cave, 9.5min. We are going cave tubing in Nohoch Che'en Arachaeological Park in Belize. We have gone from Caye Caulker and rode a ferry back to Belize City where we met one of our guides, Gustavo. He works with Major Tom who is hired by Tsunami Adventures. He was like our cabby plus a tour guide all in one. We did not have to put out any extra money except tipped a little to show our gratitude. The park entrance is $10 BZD if you go on your own. The tour guides are all knowledgeable and kind which made the experience all the better.

  • Wil Flack: Three Biggest Threats To Belize Fisheries, 1min. Belize fly fishing guide, Wil Flack, shares his thoughts on the three biggest threats on the fisheries in Belize.

  • Best Snorkeling Spot, 3.5min. The best snorkeling we've ever done! We swam with sharks, stingrays, turtles and more! Caye Calker, Belize.

  • Streets In Belize, 4.5min.

  • Liberty of the Seas - Belize tour 2018, 7.5min. Liberty of the Seas - Belize tour 2018. The 2nd port of call on the 7 night cruise from Galveston, TX.

  • Ambergris Caye Belize, October 2018, 10min.

  • Birding at the Tourism Conference 2018, 30min.

  • Tourism Conference 2018, 11min.

  • Tourism Conference, 65min.

  • Tourism Industry Conference | Travel Trends in Heath and Wellness Tourism, 11min.

  • Tourism Industry Conference | Travel Trends in Heath and Wellness Tourism, 30min.

  • Sailing Belize - Ranguana Caye : the island, 3.5min. Catamaran family cruise in Belize. After Hatchet Caye, sailing to Ranguana Caye, fishing on the way, mooring in Ranguana. Visit of the island, beach bar, sandy beach and Crystal water, birds,...

  • Iguana Conservation Project, San Ignacio, 3min. We left Caye Calker and headed to San Ignacio for 3 nights. The first day we got to get close to these iguanas at the Green Iguana Conservation Project in San Ignacio Resort Hotel. The tours were every hour during the day and lasted about 45 minutes.

  • Secret Beach Belize - Future Development, 3min. 2018 has been a big year for Ambergris Caye and up and coming areas like Secret Beach. And many more homes, businesses and commercial opportunities are on the schedule for 2019. Bringing more activity and infrastructure to this booming area. This video shows a few of the business north and south of Secret Beach and where the development is heading.

  • Caye Caulker Turtles - Belize, 3.5min. A couple of great turtle encounters while diving off Caye Caulker with Frenchie's Diving.

  • Chan Chich Lodge - Best wild life lodge in Belize, 2.5min. Set within a 3,000-year-old Mayan plaza and surrounded by 500,000 acres of conservation land, Chan Chich Lodge Belize is home to over 370 species of tropical birds. It is noted as one of the world’s best places to spot Jaguars, Pumas and Ocelots in their natural habitat. Chan Chich is also home to Belize’s only coffee plantation and an agroindustry that has been utilizing sustainable practices for over three decades.

  • , 7min. Lisa Carne is fighting to save corals in Belize! In 2015, she was recognized for her work by Oceana as an Ocean Hero. Today, her work is more relevant than ever to inform decision making in order to ensure endangered corals are not being destroyed or threatened. Thank you for your invaluable contribution to Belize Lisa Barbara!

    October 19, 2018


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    The San Pedro Sun

    Ministry of Health Reminds Public to Get the Flu Vaccine
    The Ministry of Health reminds the public that it is the flu season and that the seasonal flu vaccine is now available at all public health centers countrywide. The flu vaccine helps to prevent the flu or the severity of the illness, if contracted. Mild side effects may include a slight fever, muscle pain or soreness at the injection site. The flu vaccine is free of cost and persons in the above-mentioned groups are advised to visit their nearest health center to be vaccinated.

    ‘He Intends Victory’ Ministry educates island students on HIV/AID
    Many island students were educated on Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) by the ‘He Intends Victory’ Ministry from Monday, October 8th to Wednesday, October 10th. Executive Director and founder of He Intends Victory Bruce Sonnenberg facilitated the program along with Dan Davis, Ronald Magno, and ministry’s Belize Director Clive Welsh. Sonnenberg told The San Pedro Sun that the sessions are aimed at providing the students with basic facts about HIV/AIDS. Both Davis and Magno are HIV positive, so they shared their testimony of how they got infected and what they have done to survive and be healthy after so many years of living with the virus.

    André Perez endorsed as PUP standard bearer for Belize Rural South
    The Belize Rural South (BRS) People’s United Party (PUP) endorsed San Pedro’s André Perez as their new standard-bearer during their endorsement convention held at the Honorable Sylvestre Sporting Complex in San Pedro Town on Saturday, October 14th. The event saw a large crowd of supporters, as well as PUP leaders from various parts of the country showing their support. The convention began shortly after 8PM with the singing of the National Anthem followed by a short prayer. Master of Ceremonies Javier Gutierrez then officially welcomed everyone to the event, thanking them for their continued support towards the party.

    Annual Responsible Tour Guide & Tour Operators Seminar 2018
    Hol Chan Marine Reserve is conducting its annual “Responsible Tour Guide & Tour Operators Sessions” for the year 2018-2019. These sessions serve to inform the guides on the rules and regulations of the marine reserve and as well as to collect feedback from the tour guides and tour operators. This year’s sessions will run throughout October and November; and it is critical that each tour operator along with their sales clerk and tour guide using the area attend to these sessions, as we will be discussing the new procedure to access the reserve, zonation and rules and regulations of Hol Chan Marine Reserve.

    Ambergris Today

    NCFC Speaks Out On Rape Of Five Year Old
    Our children remain under attack by those who should be in the position of keeping them safe. The National Committee for Families and Children notes with dismay the latest incident in which a five-year-old girl was raped. This is just one more instance where we have failed our most vulnerable. The National Committee for Families and Children has been working tirelessly to highlight the fact that as a signatory to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, we have the responsibility to do all we can as a nation to keep our children protected so they can enjoy the rights afforded them.

    Sustainable & Child-Friendly Municipality Initiative Mayors Retreat
    The Ministry of Labor, Local Government and Rural Development in collaboration with the United Nations International Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the National Committee for Families and Children (NCFC) hosted a two-day event, October 11th & 12th 2018, for mayors and councilors with responsibility for the implementation of the Sustainable & Child-Friendly Municipality Initiative (SCFMI). The event was hosted at the Lodge at Jaguar Reef in Hopkins Village, Stann Creek District.

    Its Flu Season: Get Vaccinated!
    The Ministry of Health reminds the public that it is the flu season and that the seasonal flu vaccine is now available at all public health centers countrywide. The Ministry encourages specific at-risk groups to get the flu vaccine. These groups include children 6-23 months, pregnant women, adults 65 years and older, health care providers, and persons suffering from chronic illnesses such as hypertension, diabetes, heart disease, or on the advice of a consulting physician.

    Misc Belizean Sources


    This news shack contacted Javier Daniel Alpuche on his feature this month at The Kendrick Mark Coleman Foundation
    Javier D. Alpuche was born in Corozal and a former student of Corozal Methodist Primary School, San Pedro Roman Catholic Primary School, Our Lady of Guadalupe High School in Belmopan, the University of Belize and currently at the I-Shou Medical University in Taiwan studying Medicine. His parents are Javier Alpuche and Annalilia Alpuche both of Corozal Town. 1. Tell us a little about yourself. My name is Javier Daniel Alpuche. I was born in the lovely Town of Corozal with the privilege of growing up in La Isla Bonita - San Pedro, Ambergris Caye and the capital city of Belmopan. My family consists of my two wonderful parents, an intelligent and caring younger brother and a few close cousins and friends I consider family.

    Belize Birding Festival 2018
    Meet Jason Tiesman and his topics of presentation for the "Bird Photography" portion of the Belize Birding Festival 2018. Get excited!

    SPTC Addresses Noise Pollution
    In accordance with the Intoxicating Liquor Licensing Act Chapter 150, Revised Edition 2011, of the substantive laws of Belize, the San Pedro Town Council (SPTC) along with the San Pedro Liquor Licensing Board (SPLLB) hereby announces to the general public and all Liquor License Holders that effective Thursday, November 1, 2018, in an effort to reducing noise pollution from various establishments and maintaining the Town of San Pedro as a Child Friendly Municipality, open bars will no longer be granted a weekly special license/extension.

    Export-led Strategy for the Corozal District
    Since March of this year, the Ministry of Investment, Trade & Commerce with funding support from the IDB has been diligently working on an Export-led Strategy for the Corozal District as well on a comprehensive assessment for repurposing of the Corozal Free Zone for its long-time viability. We have been actively engaged in consultations with businesses, financial institutions, regulatory agencies and other stakeholders to complete their assessment on economic activity for both the Zone and Corozal District as a whole. The Final Report and Strategy is due in January, 2019. The Ministry of Investment, Trade & Commerce will continue to keep all interested parties informed of our progress.

    New Elections and Boundaries Department Facebook page
    The Elections and Boundaries Department launched its new Facebook page today. Be sure to follow for updates!

    Fruit Fly Control Cooperation Agreement
    On October 10, 2018, Belize participated in the 5th MEETING OF THE MULTILATERAL FRUIT FLY COMMISSION held in Mexico City. Attending the meeting were Mr. Jose Alpuche, CEO in the Ministry of Agriculture; Mr. Emir Cruz, Managing Director of Belize Agricultural Health Authority (BAHA); and Mr. Hernan Zetina, Medfly Coordinator. During this meeting, the Fruit Fly Control Cooperative Agreement was signed between the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Ministry of Agriculture, and BAHA. Signing on behalf of the USDA was Dr. Mike Watson, Administrative Assistant of the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), and for Belize, CEO Alpuche. The Cooperative Agreement is negotiated and signed annually to protect agriculture in Belize and the United States. This joint effort includes the control and eradication of the medfly and the management of an exotic fruit fly surveillance program.

    Dental Health Week 2018
    The Dentists from Dr. Otto Rodriguez Poly Clinic will be here on Caye Caulker celebrating Dental Health Week for the first time ever! Feel free to participate in the week long activities.

    Prevent Zika Community Clean-Up in Ranchito Village
    Here we come! Let's get rid of those suckers. Prevent Zika Community Clean-Up sponsored by the Belize Red Cross, Corozal Branch is scheduled for Sunday, 21st October, 2018 in Ranchito Village. Meet at the Football Field. Time: 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Ranchito has been good to this news shack, so we will be there, and so should you. It is all a community effort. Note: The scheduled date for Calcutta has been moved to November. The exact date will be announced later. Belize Red Cross - Corozal Branch.

    Boxing In The Park | BTL Park
    Jonathan Alexis | Belize | VS | Amir Rudon | Mexico | Clement Heat vs Alfredo Hernandez, Jexel Windel vs Joel Milton, Brian Aguirre vs Carlos Silvero. Starts at 7:00 PM. BTL Park | Belize City. Live on Channel 10.

    Paradise Theater playing this weekend
    The Spy Who Dumped Me, Slender Man, Sorry to Bother You, Teen Titans Go! To the Movies

    Channel 7

    The PBL and CWU’s Contentious Meeting
    Tomorrow will make it 21 days since the Christian Workers Union gave three weeks strike notice.  The Port and the Stevedores had reached an impasse in negotiations over the issue of the hours of work.  The stevedores want to work shits exceeding 15 hours, the Port says it's against the law.  The Labour Minister interceded, broke the impasse and got them to return to the negotiating table.  They did so yesterday, and both sides emerged with positive views on the progress they made. It was looking like the dispute was on the way to being resolved without a need for strike. That’s until the Port and the CWU returned today to discuss the union’s counter proposal on a fix for the hours of work.  7News was at the labour office for this afternoon’s follow-up meeting.

    C.A. Asylum Seekers Stopped At Western Border
    There's an interesting situation developing at Belize's western border tonight.  A caravan of five buses with Central Americans pulled up at the border this afternoon into evening.  We're told the persons - seen sitting outside the Benque Free Zone -  are requesting entry into Belize as a church group that visits regularly. But because of the concerns right now about Caravans of asylum seekers heading out of Honduras, the Immigration Department has not allowed them to enter.  Central Americans do not require a visa to visit Belize - but these busses have caught the attention of Belmopan because Honduran Caravans of asylum seekers have caused a political uproar in the US.  Belize doesn't want to send the signal that asylum seekers heading north are welcomed.

    CP Gas Station Robbed, Again…
    Armed robbers struck again at CP gas station last night. It happened around 7:00. Two gunmen held up the owner's son inside the station and rode off with the stolen cash. Police have more. ASP Alejandro Cowo, OC, CIB: "Before 7 there was a robbery at CP gas located on the Phillip Goldson Highway. The owner of the establishment reported that he was inside of the establishment conducting his daily business when 2 male persons entered the building, one of them had a hoodie and he proceeded inside of the shop looking at the stall wanting to buy something from inside whilst the other one followed him. When the other one arrived near the counter, he pulled out a firearm from his pocket and pointed it at the owners head and demanded for him to hand over the cash..."

    The Teachers’ Hardship List Is Still Not Finalized
    For the last few weeks, you’ve been hearing all about the differences between the BNTU and the Ministry of Education. They’re arguing over which teachers qualify for hardship allowances. That’s a monthly stipend of one to two-hundred dollars for teachers who have to slog through rough terrain or traverse long distances to get to work. 
    The Ministry - led “Joint Education Staff Relations Council” has been doing a review of those hardship allowances with stakeholders - including the BNTU - since April.  They’re re-assessing which schools qualify for hardship in 2018 - since the last hardship list was generated in the year 2000. 

    Graham Creek Teachers Are Also Forced To Wait
    And, now, the irony in all this is that, as the old saying goes, “while di grass di grow, di haas di staav.”   In this case, that would be a reference to those two teachers at Graham Creek Government School.  We’ve shown you the arduous 7 mile hike they have to take to get to work. And for all that, they do not currently get a hardship allowance.  They will only get it when the new list comes into effect - which, right now, looks like no time soon. We asked President Smith about that: Jules Vasquez: "Now the irony in all this is according to the deputy chief, Cecilia Ramirez, Graham Creek won't get it's hardship until it's new list goes in because Graham Creek was not in the 2000 hardship list."

    An Arrest for Kevin Thomas’ Murder
    Police haven’t established a motive for Kevin Thomas’ murder as yet. But fortunately police have the 18 year old suspected shooter, Shadron Deshawn Gillett under police guard at the hospital as he recovers.  The teenager was shot by a special constable as he tried to flee the scene.  Police say he is expected to becharged with murder when he is released. ASP Alejandro Cowo, OC, CIB: "We have an update in reference of the shooting of Mr. Kevin Thomas which occurred on Monday night. Unfortunately, on yesterday's date at about 10:40, he succumbed to his injuries whilst receiving treatment at the KHMH..."

    Step-father Charged For Raping 5 year-old
    For viewers, the story of the 5 year old girl raped by her stepfather is heart-wrenching and deeply disturbing. Just imagine what the child is going through. While the stepfather has been charged with rape, the baby has to get help to try and heal from this trauma. Police told us more about this case. ASP Alejandro Cowo, OC, CIB: "The child was brought to Belize City where a medical was conducted and the doctor certified that the child was carnally known. Based on that report that she made, an investigation was conducted, a 31 year old Salvadorian national was arrested and charged yesterday for the crime of rape of a child."

    Woman Escapes Fire; Says It Was Arson
    Usually when we report on fires – the homes are completely destroyed, the families lose everything and in the worst case scenario, lives are lost. Well, in our next story, a woman was spared from all that when only a small portion of her wooden home was scorched. Today, home owner Andre Diaz expressed how grateful she was to be alive and sent a message to the arsonist whose lawless act could have killed  her. Courtney Weatherburne has the story. This is as far as the damage goes on this Consuelo Street home – the fire torched this portion of the house, leaving blackened holes in the walls like nasty scars. Although it was a minor fire, it was anything but trivial for the home owner Andre Diaz who could have been burnt alive inside.

    Sacred Heart’s Sewage Problem Remains Unresolved
    Today the Sacred Heart Primary School teachers met with the engineer regarding their severe sewerage problem. The engineer thoroughly inspected the entire system and the bathrooms. When we called for an update this evening the principal told us that they are still in discussions with the engineer and will give us an update tomorrow.

    Belize Peace Movement (Finally) Speaks On ICJ Meeting
    Last week Wednesday, you saw the anti-ICJ Belize PEACE Movement meeting in Belmopan with   a cross section of supporters and interested parties, including the PUP southern caucus.   But while we waited until the meeting finished, we don’t know what they discussed.  Today, a “one-week-later” release from the Peace Movement says, quote, “Of particular concern was the GOB handling of the ICJ education campaign and the apparent collaboration of the Opposition Party on this matter.” End quote.

    Rosado Accused Of Lobster Fishing Without License
    Jaime Enrique Rosado, a tour guide from Traveller’s Palm Street in Caye Caulker, is facing several fisheries offenses after the Fisheries Department busted him with undersized lobsters. The Fisheries Department says that on May 22nd, 2018, fisheries officers went to Caye Caulker, and they found Rosado with 33 lobsters. He didn’t have a fishing licenses, and so the officers arrested and charged him with possession of lobsters during a closed season, possession of 24 undersized lobsters, possession of 2 lobsters with soft shell, and engaging in commercial fishing whilst not being the holder of a valid fisherman’s license. 

    Hon. Taegar-Panton Discusses Chetumal Free Zone
    Last night we told you about the PUP's dire take on the news that Chetumal will become a sort of Free Zone under new President Manuel Obrador Lopez.   The PUP says it;s a death knell for the Zone and could result in the loss of hundreds of jobs.  Worst of all they say, Government is doing nothing about it. Well, Minister of State in the Ministry of Economic Development, Petroleum, Investment, Trade and Commerce Tracy Taegar-Panton says it is a case of premature panic.  She gave us her take via phone today:

    Felina James Still Missing
    Police are still trying to piece together what happened to Felina James. She is the 36 year old mother of two who went missing on Thursday after leaving her sons with a friend. As we told you last night, city council workers who were cutting the grass near the Lands Department in Belmopan came across a stack of ID cards, credit and bank cards belonging to James. And police also got a tip that her Kia Sorrento was seen between Sarteneja and Chunox Villages on Friday night. But still there are no clear answers in this case. Police told us what they know so far. ASP Alejandro Cowo, OC, CIB: "On yesterday's date Belmopan police were called to Queen Elizabeth the Second Street that is near the Land's Department by the US Embassy where police were handed over 3 documents belonging to the missing person, one was a social security, a driver's license and a boat captain license."

    Ernest Billary’s Decade-Long Remand
    For the past 10 years now, Ernest Billary has been on remand at the Belize Central Prison after he was charged with arson, for allegedly burning his sister’s house down.  Back in January of 2008, Dawn Billary lost $77,000 worth of property in the fire which destroyed her home on Hibiscus Lane, in the St. Martin De Porres area. That fire almost claimed the lives of Dawn Billary’s 2 younger children, who were a 4-months-old and a 6-year-old at the time. Fortunately, they were saved by their eldest brother, who was 16 years-old at the time, but for his bravery, he suffered burns to the forehead and the nose. Residents reported seeing Ernest Billary jumping the fence and running away at the time of the fire.

    WHO Lifts Zika Classification For Caribbean Nations
    2 months ago, told you how the health experts at the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) declared that Zika was no longer a threat to Caribbean nations. Well today, the organization announced that the World Health Organization has removed its zika virus country classification scheme, which categorized most of the Caribbean territories has having active zika virus transmission. This shift comes on the heels of date release by CARPHA, which showed evidence that the zika virus transmission in the Caribbean has been interrupted for over 12 months now, or that the virus was at undetectable levels.

    SICA Tourism Ministers Meet In Belize
    There was a Ministers of Tourism SICA meeting today on San Pedro. Tourism minister and officials from Central America gathered to discuss key topics and issues affecting tourism in the region. A new project was also launched to help entrepreneurs advance their small and medium scale businesses. Here is more from the meeting. The other session will be in December.

    Channel 5

    Body of Woman Found on the Coastal Road
    There is a report that the body of a woman was found off the Coastal Road. Police are yet to confirm the identity of the female. We will have more [...]

    Twenty-one Day Notice Extended, Possible Strike Action is Delayed Another Ten Days
    There is some relief tonight as a strike by stevedores has been averted at least for now.  This afternoon, the stevedores, the Port of Belize and the Labour Department met [...]

    Will Stevedores Reduce Gang Sizes Once Again?
    The Christian Workers Union and the Port of Belize have made some progress in respect of their negotiations towards a Collective Bargaining Agreement.  Reducing the number of stevedores by one [...]

    A Tribunal to Oversee Concerns of Stevedores and Port Management
    In respect of a tribunal to be put together to oversee the concerns of both parties, letters are being sent out to the National Trade Union Congress of Belize, as [...]

    San Pedro Police Investigate Rape of a Child
    A thirty-one-year-old Salvadoran national is accused of raping his five-year-old step-daughter on Monday night while she was left with him at their house in San Pedro. The step father was [...]

    “Our Children Need Our Help”: NCFC
    The National Committee for Families and Children has joined the public outrage in condemning the disturbing rape report, saying that “our children need our help.” In a release, the N.C.F.C. [...]

    Japhet Bennett is Freed of Life Sentence for Murder
    Twenty-six-year-old Japhet Bennett was released from the Belize Central Prison on Wednesday afternoon after a life sentence handed down to him at the age of sixteen was quashed by the [...]

    Bennett’s Legal Team Explains CCJ Decision
    Bennett’s legal representative, Audrey Matura, explained the arduous process of seeking and securing his release.  The life sentence was initially appealed at the Court of Appeal where it was dismissed.  [...]

    CP Gas Station Hit by Robbers, Again
    A pair of robbers made off with an undisclosed amount of money on Wednesday night after they held up the owner of CP Gas Station in Belize City. Two men, [...]

    Mother of Two, Felina James, Missing
    Thirty-seven-year-old Felina Margaret James has not been heard from or seen since Thursday, October eleventh.  The mother of two was reportedly on her way to Sarteneja Village in her grey [...]

    Matthew Moore Freed of Murder Charge
    Twenty-nine-year-old Matthew Moore became a free man on Wednesday night after Supreme Court Justice Colin Williams told him that the murder case against him is being discontinued. Moore who was [...]

    Alleged Shooter Remains Under Police Guard at K.H.M.H
    The man investigators believed fatally shot thirty-six-year-old Kevin Thomas remains under police guard at the K.H.M.H. Police say that as soon as he is released the charge of murder will [...]

    2 Men Wanted for Murder
    Police have issued bulletins for two men wanted for murder. Eighteen-year-old Leonidis Perez seen in this picture is five feet five inches in height and weighs about one hundred and [...]

    Students Sent Home as School’s Sewerage System Stops Working
    A school in Dangriga had to send home its students this week after public health officials shut down the school because the sewerage system stopped functioning and the restrooms were [...]

    Central American Nationals Denied Entry at Western Border
    There is word tonight that buses loaded with Central American nationals are at the western border. The immigration department however has denied them entry because of a developing story involving [...]

    Belize City Woman Survives Attempted Arson
    A Belize City woman is lucky to be alive tonight after someone attempted to burn down her house while she slept inside on Wednesday night. Twenty-one-year-old Andre Diaz was in [...]

    SEA concerned about dredging operations at Little Bugle Caye
    Fragments of Hope was first to sound the alarm that dredging was taking place off the coast of Placencia. Today the Southern Environmental Association issued a release expressing concern over [...]

    Hand in Hand Ministries Hands Over 360Th House to Belize City Family
    Egbert Ferguson and his family today officially received the keys to a newly constructed house courtesy of Hand in Hand Ministries and Heritage Bank Limited. It was the three hundred [...]

    SICA Meets in Belize
    In June of this year, Belize assumed the Presidency Pro Tempore of the Central American Integrated System (SICA) for a six month period during which time two meetings are held. [...]

    Healthy Living Looks at the Importance of Hand Washing
    Everybody does it; or, that’s what we hope. While we know it is important, we’ve all been guilty of skipping it here or there. What’s worse, we may not even [...]


    Hand in Hand Ministries gives away 360th home
    Hand in Hand Ministries has been assisting families with building new homes for years. They completed construction on their three hundred and sixtieth house and today they handed it over to Egbert Ferguson and his family. Ferguson told Love news that he was overjoyed that Hand in Hand Ministries assisted him with gaining a new …

    SICA’s initiative to help businesses
    Earlier this year, Belize took over the Pro-Tem Presidency of SICA, the Central American Integrated System as such several SICA meeting have been conducted in Belize. The latest meeting brought together tourism representative from the region to discuss issues affecting tourism. At the meeting, there was the launch of prometeur which will assist small and …

    EU offering grants to local organizations
    Over the years, the European Union has played an integral role in the development of Belize, particularly in the sugar belt in the north and the banana belt in the south. The European Union is looking to invest even further in Belize by making grants available to non-profit organizations. Vanna Lawrence, Project Manager for the …

    5 year old raped by step father
    Yesterday we told you of the 5-year-old girl who was raped by her stepfather in San Pedro Town. Assistant Commissioner of Police Alejandro Cowo briefed the media on what they have gathered so far. ASP Alejandro Cowo: “A minor was allegedly carnally known. The incident happened in San Pedro on the 16th. The mother visited …

    Husband and boyfriend questioned about missing woman
    On Monday, October 15, the Belize Police Department reported the case of a missing woman. The missing woman is 36-year-old, Margaret James. James reportedly left her two sons with a babysitter the 11th of October and told her that she would return the following day. Up to news time, James has not been heard from. …

    CP Gas Station Robbed again
    CP Gas Station at the Belize City entrance to Phillip Goldson Highway has been robbed on a consistent basis. Two men on bicycles successfully robbed the CP Gas Station on the Philip Goldson Highway yesterday. One of the culprits wore a hooded jacket while the other had one a brown fisherman hat and a brown …

    CWU and PORT will continue to negotiate
    The CWU understood that the 10 days added to their strike notice was within the powers of the Labour Minister, which allows both groups to return to the bargaining table to work on the framework for a collective bargaining agreement. However, the CWU President Mose Hyde said he felt insulted that the Port CEO, Arturo …

    Labour Minister postpones Stevedores Strike
    The 150 stevedores employed at the Port of Belize Limited (PBL) should have been going on strike yesterday if their representative the Christian Workers Union did not reach an agreement with PBL regarding their collective bargaining agreement on Thursday. Both groups had initially stopped negotiating after PBL had declared an impasse and the CWU’s response …

    Re registration of voters continue
    To date, there have one hundred thirty thousand seven hundred and ninety-two persons who have applied to be re-registered. It has been roughly three and a half months into the process and despite the accommodations made by the Elections and Boundaries Department, the turnout is still not where it should be. The Elections and Boundaries …

    The Reporter

    The Reporter has been able to confirm that the body of a female has been found on the Coastal Road. The identity of the body has not been confirmed at this time, and we are awaiting further details.

    By: Nefretery Marin. I grew up in a very political family. On my father’s side they were always extreme RED. On my mother’s side total BLUE. As a child, many politicians would frequent my home. I was allowed to sit and listen as long as I minded my manners. I started noticing that very few women were involved. It always bothered me but I minded my manners and bit my tongue…ok, I could not hold my tongue for too long.


    Cake and Other Things On Ambergris Caye
    Mid October and things are quiet on Ambergris Caye. We are muddling through the low season (arguably at the slowest September to US Thanksgiving). Businesses are starting to re-open after vacations and renovations. The news cycle – at least MY news cycle – is slow. The tropical unrest that was hovering off the coast of Central America blew by. Winds and churned seas but little else for Ambergris Caye. Just like we like it. It’s still quite breezy but things will be settling down as we go into the weekend.

    International Sourcesizz

    Caribbean is Zika free
    Results in Zika Label being Removed from the Caribbean. The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) is pleased to announce that the World Health Organization (WHO) has removed its Zika virus country classification scheme, which categorized most of the Caribbean territories as having active Zika virus transmission. This removal by the WHO comes on the heels of data released by CARPHA, giving evidence that the Zika virus transmission in the Caribbean had been interrupted for over 12 months, or was at undetectable levels, thereby posing very little risk to residents and visitors to the Region. This was matched by data shared with CARPHA by Canada, the United Kingdom, Europe and the United States of America, which showed that no Zika had been detected for over 12 months in travelers returning from the Caribbean to their countries. This evidence was used by CARICOM to pen a letter to the WHO Director General calling for the immediate reclassification of CARPHA Member States from Category 1 (having active Zika transmission) to Category 3 (having no Zika transmission), arguing that the classification system had outlived its useful purpose.

    The Secret is Out – Dive Costa Maya
    The Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System has some of the best diving in the world and is a destination that may attract more divers than any other region. The reef system goes from the Bay Islands of Honduras through Guatemala and Belize and up to the tip of the Isla Contoy at the tip of the Yucatán Peninsula, a distance of over 1,000 kilometers. The Mesoamerican reef is a barrier system because it includes the Belize Barrier Reef which is the worlds second largest barrier reef and the largest double barrier reef. We likely all have heard and many have experienced the outstanding diving in the Bay Islands of Honduras. Moving north, the diving in Belize is highly regarded. Diving Belize is along the barrier reef and in the lagoon behind it. We also know of the three atolls found in Belize. The north portion of the Mesoamerican reef brings us to the very popular dive sites around Cozumel and Cancun.

    Belize-Based Company Fails in Bid to Get Millions in Compensation for Search and Seizure
    Belize-based Titan International Securities Inc (Titan) has lost its legal bid to obtain US$4.46 million in losses from the government for a search and seizure operation conducted at its offices in September 2014. But the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) which dismissed the claim, has ordered the government to pay vindicatory damages of BZ$100,000 (US$49,759) for the way in which the operation was executed. In September 2014, an indictment was unsealed in the United States charging Titan, its president Kelvin Leach, and 11 others with securities fraud, evasion of taxes, money laundering and conspiracy to commit those offences. The US Department of Justice requested the assistance of the Belize government to have Titan’s offices searched as quickly as possible to prevent the destruction of evidence.

    Jungle for jaguars appeal aims to help ensure a future for wildlife
    It’s 30 years since husband and wife conservationists John and Viv Burton founded a charity to save 110,000 acres of threatened tropical forest in Belize. Back then, fundraising to buy land on this scale to avert deforestation was almost unheard of and there were perhaps some who raised an incredulous eyebrow when they heard about the big plans of this couple living in the small market town of Halesworth. Three decades later that forest remains under the protection of the World Land Trust’s partner in a wildlife reserve named the Rio Bravo Conservation and Management Area, which now spans 260,000 acres.


  • Belize Hemodialysis Program, 1min. The Government of Belize has expanded the Hemodialysis Program to cover more than twice the number of patients with end-stage renal failure. The contracts have been signed with four service providers for patients to receive two free dialysis sessions per week in an effort to save even more lives.

  • The Palapa Bar and Grill Timelapse, 2min. Today's fun at my favorite local watering hole...

  • Belize Spring Break 2019, 3.5min. Briarwood Christian School

  • Honors Belize Trip, 1min. In May 2018, a group of Bellarmine Honors students traveled to Belize to study Coral Reef Ecology, Mayan History, Belizean Culture, and Central American Economics and Politics.

  • Deep Conditioning w/ Rice Water | Yve Belize, 10min.

  • Belize Room in ambergris caye - Akbol is the best, 1.5min.

  • Banco Chinchorro Patrimonio Cultural Sumergido, 9min. A 30 kilómetros de la costa oriental de la península de Yucatán se ubica Banco Chinchorro, un arrecife rico en flora y fauna, principal guardián de restos de barcos hundidos que ahora forman parte del paisaje submarino.

  • Channel 5 Obituaries, 3min.

  • World Vasectomy Day, 18min. It's World Vasectomy Day! We spoke with Urologist, Dr. Freddy Urroz Lopez about the medical procedure and the common misconceptions men have about how it impacts their sexual health.

  • The Brain / Trauma & Sexual Abuse, 27min. We know that sexual abuse/assault trauma affects victims emotionally and physically. What we may not have been considering is how these experiences also impacts the biology of the brain and how it functions. Dr. Michael Medina spoke to us about how these traumatic experiences changes the way the brain work and influences subsequent behaviors.

  • Corozal Sustainable Future Initiative (CSFI) - Northeastern Biological Corridor, 32min. Corozal Sustainable Future Initiative (CSFI) gave us an update on the work being done in the Northeastern Biological Corridor. The area was officially approved and legally declared under the National Protected Areas System Act in February. Our guests informed us why this is a significant achievement, as well as the environmental, social and economic advantages and what it means for citizens of the area. On our couch: Rebecca Teul - Program Manager for Outreach & Publicity, CSFI. Wendy Casasola - Program Manager for Hospitality & Tourism, CSFI. Lester Delgado - Field Operations Manager, CSFI.

  • A deadly Coral Snake devouring a Scorpion Eater Snake, 16min. Just incredible! Mountain Pine Ridge..

  • Join us on Garivision, Live, 1hr20min.

  • Attorney General Hon. Michael Peyrefitte travels to Guyana for Meeting of the Council of Legal Education, 6min.

  • No Plastic No Styrofoam Documentary, min. Daniel Velazquez made a short documentary about the No Plastic No Styrofoam Kids Summer Camp that was held in Bullet Tree. Shot over the duration of the camp, it highlights some of the events and activities, along with the clean-up the kids did. Worth a watch. "This video is a 3-minute summary of our “1st No-plastic, No-styrofoam Kids Summer Camp, 2018”, which we held in our village of Bullet Tree Falls in July of this year. It highlights the goals of the camp, main activities carried out, interactive educational methods used and lessons learned by the children. This video was shot and edited by Daniel Velazquez of the Belize Soul Project, produced by Dr. Anita F. Tzec and fully funded by the Protected Areas Conservation Trust (PACT)." Pictures from the event.

  • Sunset Pointe in Placencia Belize, 4min. Just a short walk to dinner from our VRBO in Placencia.

  • Living Off the Grid in Paradise | Sailing & Cruising Belize, 22min. While sailing & cruising Belize we spearfish for our food, trade for water with the locals, and navigate through uncharted reefs; this is living off the grid in paradise! After spearfishing and exploring for a week in Turneffe Atoll we set sail for Lighthouse Reef, the gem of Belize. En route we encounter some of our trickiest navigation challenges yet.

    October 18, 2018


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    The San Pedro Sun

    First-ever Spearfishing Tournament to be hosted in San Pedro
    Island fishermen are excited for the first-ever Spearfishing Tournament to be held in San Pedro Town on Sunday, October 28th. Aimed at promoting the importance of spearfishing as one of the most ecologically sustainable ways of fishing, the tournament is being organized by local spearfishing guides of San Pedro Town. “In many parts of the country, they host spearfishing tournaments. So we decided to get together and host this tournament for the island fishermen as well as a way of raising awareness of this type of fishing,” said Roan Gonzalez, one of the organizers. On the day of the tournament, all participants will leave at 7AM from Boca Del Rio Park en-route to the deep sea beyond the reef. All boats are to be back at the weighing station by 4PM, where the different types of fish will be counted, measured, and weighed.

    United States and Belize Sign Open Skies Air Transport Agreement
    On October 16, 2018, U.S. Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Keith Gilges and Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation Manuel Heredia signed the first bilateral Air Transport Agreement between the United States and Belize. Minister of Foreign Affairs Wilfred Elrington, U.S. Acting Deputy Chief of Mission Deborah Lingwood, Chief Executive Officer for the Ministry of National Security George Lovell, and Director of Civil Aviation Lindsay Garbutt, among many other representatives from the Government of Belize, the U.S. Embassy, and the tourism and aviation sectors attended the ceremony.

    Justice Sir Manuel Sosa Honoured by UWI
    President of the Court of Appeal of Belize, Justice Sir Manuel Sosa, was among seventy alumni of the University of the West Indies (UWI) who were honoured on the occasion of the University’s 70th anniversary of service and leadership across the region. The honour was conferred on the recipients at an official ceremony held on Wednesday, October 10th, at the UWI Cave Hill Campus in Barbados. The honour was conferred on the “University’s most outstanding alumni, who have excelled in their fields of endeavour”.

    Fisheries Minister approve climate change protocol for CRFM Member States
    A Protocol on Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Management in Fisheries and Aquaculture was approved for CARICOM States during a recent high-level meeting of the Ministerial Council of the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM). CRFM Executive Director, Milton Haughton, said, “This protocol is of paramount importance in the region, given the urgent and ever-increasing threats to fishing communities, fishers and the health of marine ecosystems and associated fish stocks in the region posed not only by warming waters and climate change but also by the acidification of the oceans as a result of increased absorption of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.”

    Ambergris Today

    Global Hand Washing Week - “Clean Hands - A Recipe For Health”
    The Ministry of Health, through its Public Health Department, in collaboration with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) is observing Global Hand Washing Week in Belize from the 15th to 19th October 2018. This initiative is in commemoration of Global Hand Washing Day which was observed on Monday, 15th October worldwide under the theme, “Clean Hands - a recipe for health”. The day is set aside to motivate and mobilize communities to improve hand washing techniques and habits.

    Misc Belizean Sources


    Sustainable & Child-Friendly Municipality Initiative Mayors Retreat
    The Ministry of Labour, Local Government and Rural Development in collaboration with the United Nations International Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the National Committee for Families and Children (NCFC) hosted a two-day event, October 11th & 12th 2018, for mayors and councillors with responsibility for the implementation of the Sustainable & Child-Friendly Municipality Initiative (SCFMI). The event was hosted at the Lodge at Jaguar Reef in Hopkins Village, Stann Creek District. Over the course of the two days, the participants reviewed and deliberated on the provisions and mechanisms that are articulated in each of the nine municipal strategic plans that have been designed for the implementation of the SCFMI; plans that are aligned with Belize’s Children Agenda 2030 that the Government of Belize has committed to.

    Winners of the ICJ song competition
    Congratulations to all four winners of the ICJ song competition! First place Cocono Bwai - Prince of Brukdown, second place Joel Alamilla, and third place Jose Matus and Akeem Jenkins!

    Ocean Academy vs. San Pedro High school in volleyball
    Ocean Academy Highschool hosted for the first time in history, an official Volleyball Game competion with San Pedro High school. Lets keep supporting our youths in sports.

    Re-registration of Electors Exercise
    The Elections and Boundaries Department wishes to express its gratitude to the One Hundred Thirty Thousand, Seven Hundred Ninety-Two (130,792) persons who participated in the 2018 Re-registration of Electors Exercise. The public is hereby reminded that the registration of electors continues under the Continuous Registration Process. Eligible Persons who did not re-register, and wish to apply to be registered, can do so at the Elections and Boundaries Registration Offices countrywide during normal working hours.

    Paint N Splash
    See you this week at from 2-4pm Thursday to paint "Red Ginger".

    Ministry of Health Reminds Public to Get the Flu Vaccine
    The Ministry of Health reminds the public that it is the flu season and that the seasonal flu vaccine is now available at all public health centers countrywide. The Ministry encourages specific at-risk groups to get the flu vaccine. These groups include children 6-23 months, pregnant women, adults 65 years and older, health care providers, and persons suffering from chronic illnesses such as hypertension, diabetes, heart disease, or on the advice of a consulting physician.

    Corozal Power Outage
    Planned Power Outage Thursday, October 18th, 2018. May also affect water supply and cable TV

    Bids for renovation of San Pedro office building
    BEL invites bids for the renovation of an office building in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye. For more information, contact our Purchasing Department at 227-0954.

    BEL Tenders
    BEL invites separate tenders for various services at locations countrywide for the period January 1, 2019 to December 31, 2019. For more information, contact our Purchasing Department at 227-0954.

    3rd Cayo Race for Conservation
    The Belize Wildlife Referral Clinic is having their Race for Conservation on December 30th. It'll go from Cayo to Bullet Tree for the 5K part, and all the way back for the 10K run. It's a great way to get ready for the Chiquibul Challenge Marathon. Contact the BWRC to enter. "End 2018 on a healthy note with our 5k or 10k run! The route is from Cayo to Bullet Tree (5K) and back (10K). 5K return transportation will be provided. Registration is $20 for 5K and $30 for 10K. Bring the whole family for a healthy morning activity. Pre-registration is requested to allow timely start of race by 7:10 am. First prize 10K race will be free participation in the Chiquibul Challenge Marathon."

    SMCU Member Appreciation Day 2018
    Saint Martin's Credit Union is having their 2018 Member Appreciation day tomorrow. They'll have snacks and refreshments from 10:00am until 1:00pm. Credit unions are the way to invest. "SMCU international Credit Union member appreciation day will be held this Thursday Oct 18, 2018 from 10 am to 1 pm. Visit our office for refreshment, snack, and also try our pop the Balloon game to win great prizes and surprises. Call or text us at 671-5799 to participate."

    espite reporting on the damaging effects of dredging for lil Bugle caye (and other sites, historically) since 30 Aug18, and going to the media with letters asking for a temporary moratorium, from Fragments of Hope, Oceana, WWF, BTIA, BELPO and PTGA, DOE STIIL APPROVED MORE DREDGING JUST YESTERDAY. Link is to KREM TV's coverage 16Oct18.

    Channel 7

    Port Management And Stevedores Talking, But the Strike Clock Still Running
    Today, the management of the Port of Belize and the Christian Workers Union resumed negotiations over the long delayed collective bargain agreement. This was the first meeting since nearly 3 weeks ago, when an impasse was declared between the 2 sides, and the stevedores and their union announced their intention to strike. Because of the Essential Services Act, the stevedores and their union were required to give the Port and the Government of Belize 21 days' notice of this intended industrial action. That 21 day countdown ends this Friday, and today's meeting was pivotal, because it would determine whether or not the stevedores are still going to strike.

    After 9 Years In Jail, CCJ Sets Japhet Free
    Tonight, a convicted killer is a free man. Japhet Bennet had been in jail for 9 years, convicted of the September 2009 murder of Ellis "Pepper Gacho" Meighan Sr. But, today in a majority decision, the Caribbean Court of Justice upheld his appeal and quashed his conviction, setting him free from the prison at 5:00 this evening. 7News spoke to his mother about that moment when he walked out free:.. Patricia Lanza - Japhet's Mother: "I'm excited I can't explain myself because I was waiting for this moment to come a long time, for 9 years now but I thank God and I give big thanks to Miss Matura and Mr. Sylvester for being there for me."

    Tonight there has been another business robbed on the northside. It happened a short while ago at CP Gas on the Northern Highway - which has been targeted many times by armed robbers. Less than an hour ago, two gunmen allegedly beat up the young man inside the store, and stole an undisclosed amount of cash.

    Public Health Shuts Down School For Sewerage Problem
    The principal and teachers at Sacred Heart Primary School in Dangriga are hoping that an engineer can come to their rescue. An expert is going to the school tomorrow to evaluate the sewerage problem that has become unbearable, so much so that the public health department shut the school down today due to the unsanitary conditions for the kids. Students are behind in their work because they have already missed six days of classes and they will miss more until the problem is resolved. Courtney Weatherburne went to see how bad the situation is at the school. Here is her story.

    A Monstrous Case Of Child Abuse In San Pedro
    And there' s a monstrous and disturbing report of child sexual abuse coming out of San Pedro. Yesterday morning, the mother of a 5 year old girl visited the station with her child. She reported that sometime between 8:30and 8:45 the night before, she left home to buy food leaving the baby alone and asleep. Her husband was out drinking at Secret Beach with friends. When she got back home, she found that someone had turned out the lights and locked the door. She knocked and her husband - who is her child's stepfather - opened the door.

    Babysitter Pleads Guilty To Causing Child’s Death By Beatings
    And while that ugly case will now have to go through the courts, another case of monstrous child abuse is almost over. 31 year-old Donna Banner, who was facing a manslaughter charge for the death of a 2 year-old baby, is awaiting a sentence from Justice Colin Williams after she pleaded guilty to causing the child's death. She was the babysitter who was taking care of 2 year-old Vernice Rodriguez back in 2008, when the child died due to severe head trauma. Baby Vernice was beaten in the head with a blunt object.

    Man Takes Plea For Killing Child In Hit And Run
    And there is also some justice for a little boy who was run over and killed by a hit and run driver. In May of 2009, 6 year old Jose Garcia Jr, was riding a bicycle from King Street on to Amara Avenue when he was knocked down from behind by Stephan Palacio. Palacio was driving a green Toyota Highlander which threw Garcia into the air. When he landed, he sustained massive injuries to his neck and the back of his head. He was pronounced dead on arrival at the KHMH. Palacio did not stop to render aid and did not report the accident. A month later, he was arrested and we found out why: he had no driver's license, no vehicle license, and no insurance.

    No Signs of Missing Mother After ID’s Found
    And in another news story involving children, tonight concern is mounting for 36 year old mother of two Felina James. She left her sons with a friend on Thursday - saying she'd be back the next day, but, now, 6 days later she still hasn't re-appeared - and her vehicle, a Kia Sorrento - has also not been seen. And today in Belmopan, police got a clue which leaves them with more questions than answers. This morning, city council workers who were cutting the grass near the Lands Department came across a stack of ID cards, credit and bank cards belonging to James.

    Kevin Thomas Dies From Gunshot, “Biggs” Was A Big Deal In His Community
    Kevin "Biggs" Thomas was shot in the head on Monday night - and he clung to life until about noon today when he died from that head injury. The 36 year old was shot close to home on Monday night - as he was buying at a neighborhood store near the the Yabra Bridge. The youth who shot him didn't get far tho. A special constable in the area shot him in the leg with his licensed firearm. The youth was making a dash for his getaway car at the time. He dropped his gun when he got shot.

    Gunman Ran Leaving LiFan and Weapon Behind
    Last night in Orange Walk a man on a motorbike fled from police. Eventually he ended up ditching the bike and police found out why he was in such a rush: the man left behind a 38 Revolver with five live rounds. Police say that at around 8:15, they were on patrol when they tied to stop a man on motorbike on the San Estevan roundabout. But he sped off to Orange Walk Town and the officers set chase. He fell off the bike at the hospital roundabout and ran off on foot towards Trial Farm. Police have a known suspect.

    Matthew Moore is Free After Years On Remand
    In June of this year, we told you about 29 year-old Matthew Moore. He's one of several defendants accused of murder who got bail in the last few months because he had been on remand for many, many years waiting for the DPP's office. Well, he got more good news today when his case was called up before Justice Colin Williams. The judge explained to him that he was a free man because the DPP's Office has decided to discontinue prosecution against him. Crown Counsel Kileru Awich, who represented the DPP's Office, told the court that they were entering a nolle pros and discontinuing the case against Moore due to lack of evidence.

    PUP Panics About Chet Free Zone
    In the news last week, we told you about the announcement from Mexico's President Elect, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, that Chetumal would be getting its own free zone. In this and other border zones, value added taxes will be reduced from 16% to 8%. This could be a death knell for Belize's Commercial Free Zone in Corozal, and today, the PUP sent out a release lamenting the same concern. Pressing the panic button, the PUP statement says, quote, "The People's United Party views this announcement as a national crisis that requires immediate and strategic attention and is shocked by the fact that since the announcement, Government has been silent on this matter.

    Free Flu Vaccine, Get It!
    If you feel a little itch in your throat, have a runny nose or a slight headache - you may be coming down with the flu but if you want to avoid getting sick this flu season, you should get the vaccine. That's what health officials advised in a release sent today. It states " the seasonal flu vaccine is now available free at all public health centers countrywide. The vaccine helps to prevent the flu or the severity of the illness. The Ministry encourages specific at-risk groups to get the flu vaccine. These include children 6-23 months, pregnant women, adults 65 years and older, health care providers, and persons suffering from chronic illnesses.

    A Soldier Turned Panty Pyromaniac?
    His day job is a soldier, but he's accused of being what you might call a "panty pyromaniac"! He is 36-year-old Yusuf Bilal Jr., a BDF from Belize City was charged with arson. His 57 year old common-law wife, Helen Gentle says that yesterday, he set fire to 4 dozen of her Victoria Secret underwear after accusing her of being unfaithful.

    Empire In the Skies
    Just as we thought air travel couldn't get any freer, Belize and the US signed what is called a bilateral Air Transport Agreement. It is the first of its kind agreement between the two countries. The U.S. Chargé d Affaires, Keith Gilges and Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation Manuel Heredia signed the Agreement. In his remarks, Chargé Gilges highlighted that the Agreement "not only expands opportunities for air travel and commerce between our countries, it reinforces our economic cooperation and strengthens our bilateral ties."

    Channel 5

    Kevin Thomas Succumbs to Gunshot Injuries, Shadron Gillett to be Charged with His Murder
    Shooting victim, Kevin Thomas, clung to life for less than two days. But tonight the raffle man, as he is known, is dead. Thomas was shot multiple times on Monday [...]

    There is an alarming report coming out of San Pedro Town, today. A five-year-old girl was allegedly raped at the hands of her step-father who is in custody and has [...]

    21 Day Strike Notice Still In Effect for Stevedores
    A notice of intended industrial action to come into effect on Friday remains intact, despite a lengthy meeting between the Christian Workers Union and the Port of Belize Limited. The [...]

    Tux Says Despite Progress, Port of Belize has Backup Plans in Place
    Chief Executive Officer Arturo ‘Tux’ Vasquez has been at the helm of the company since the Port of Belize went into receivership in 2012. Despite the hostilities between P.B.L. and [...]

    Stevedores to Receive Four Years Back Pay
    Progress was reached by both parties in the matter of outstanding salary increases which have been due to stevedores since 2015. According to Hyde, the agreement is important since it [...]

    Japhet Bennett’s Murder Conviction Squashed
    The Caribbean Court of Justice handed down two significant rulings today. As a result of the first, twenty-four-year-old Japhet Bennett is a free man tonight after spending close to a [...]

    CCJ Rules Against Titan International Securities
    The Caribbean Court of Justice today also delivered a judgment partly against Titan International Securities which launched a lawsuit against the Government of Belize after its offices on Coney Drive [...]

    Erlin Archiaga Found Not Guilty of Murder
    In the local courts, Honduran National, Elrin Archiaga has been found not guilty of murder by Belmopan’s Supreme Court Justice Antoinette Moore.  Archiaga, who stood trial for the murder of [...]

    Corozal Free Zone to be Affected by Mexico’s Free Zone Program
    Last week, Mexico’s President-Elect, Lopez Obrador announced plans to transform Chetumal into a free zone where VAT, the value-added tax, will decrease from sixteen percent to eighteen percent on goods [...]

    GOB to Make Corozal Free Zone More Viable
    According to President-Elect, Lopez Obrador, the free zone initiative is set to launch in January 2019; that is in two and a half months. The Mexican government will first focus [...]

    Cabinet Minister Says Economic Progress Made, But Not Enough
    In other economic news, the International Monetary released its preliminary report on its findings on Belize’s economy last month. The IMF noted that the economy is strengthening but the I.M.F. [...]

    Opposition Leader Says Debt, Unemployment and Business Climate need to be addressed
    The I.M.F. report also sighted areas of weaknesses and recommended drastic measures such as an increase in the G.S.T. and a reduction in the number of government employees. P.U.P. Leader [...]

    BNTU and MOE Meet Over Hardship Allowance and Time Off
    On Friday the B.N.T.U. fired off a heavily worded statement to the Ministry of Education saying that the ‘continued and blatant disrespect’ against teachers will not be tolerated. The latest [...]

    Fatal Shootings on the Rise In Orange Walk Town
    Over the past months, fear has been building among Orange Walk Town residents as gun violence in that municipality is in an upward trend. Five persons have been fatally shot [...]

    Credit Union Quiz Competition Takes Place in Dangriga
    Saint John’s Credit Union held its annual Father Marion Ganey Quiz Competition in Dangriga on Friday. It’s a competition to raise awareness of financial literacy and the credit union movement [...]

    Albert Area Rep. to Hold ICJ Educational Forum
    As April tenth draws nearer, the discussion on whether to take Guatemala’s claim on Belize to the I.C.J. is intensifying. While the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has been tasked to [...]

    Temporary moratorium on all off-shore dredging near Placencia?
    Conservationists are calling for a temporary moratorium on all off-shore dredging permits near Placencia in the south. They say that the cease and desist will help scientists to conduct important [...]

    Ministry of Health Issuing Free Flu Vaccines at Health Centres Across the Country
    The annual flu season is upon us once again and the Ministry of Health has issued a reminder that vaccines are presently available free of cost at health centres across [...]

    38 Cops learn how to conduct GREAT programme
    Since Monday, thirty-eight law enforcement officers, including fifteen cops from outside of the country, started an intense two-week course in Gang Resistance Education Training. GREAT is a widely implemented gang [...]


    ICJ education training
    Many voters in Belize are still undecided on how they will vote on April 10, 2019 in the ICJ Referendum. Several high ranking officials and politicians including the Leader of the Opposition, John Briceno have gone public to say they will be voting in favor of taking Guatemala’s claim on Belize to the International Court …

    Police looking for suspect for Orange Walk Murder
    21-year-old Jose Medina’s life was cut short when he was shot and killed last week Thursday while walking on the street next to his girlfriend. Though there were people in the area, the police department is having a hard time finding any Orange Walk resident who can assist them in their investigation. The police say not …

    San Ignacio Fire Station the subject of much controversy
    In a previous newscast we told you of the deplorable conditions that the San Ignacio Fire Station is in and that the Area Representative for Cayo Northeast had gone to social media demanding that the Government of Belize address the situation in an urgent manner. Minister responsible for the National Fire Service, Edmond Castro had …

    Progress Made but Stevedores still Prepare for Strike
    150 stevedores could walk away from their jobs working on ships in a few days if the Christian Workers Union and the Port of Belize Limited are unable to settle their differences. It’s been six years of negotiation for a Collective Agreement to cover Stevedores and several union presidents later, the matter of working hours …

    Victim unable to identify shooter
    On Thursday last week, two brothers were shot on Ambergris Caye. , 21-year-old Julian Trapp was killed at La Choza Bar in San Pedro Town but his brother survived. Assistant Superintendent of Police, Alejandro Cowo says that the surviving brother has been unable to identify the person who shot them. ASP Alejandro Cowo: “Police are …

    NGOS join together because dredging could affect National Park
    The World Wildlife Fund’s Country Representative, Nadia Bood told Love FM that the area being dredged is not far from Laughing Bird Caye National Park and that it is one of the marine protected areas that make up the Belize Barrier Reef System World Heritage Site. Having such dredging activities near a World Heritage Site …

    Belize and El Salvador police officers participating in GREAT
    Police officers from Belize and El Salvador are currently participating in a Gang Resistance Education and Training, Great program training. The program will equip officers with the necessary skills to effectively reach youths in order to dissuade them from joining gangs instead it will offer positive alternatives for them to engage in their community. Corporal …

    NGO calls for moratorium on dredging off Placencia Coast
    Fragments of Hope is a Placencia based organization that does reef restoration and mangrove replanting. In April Fragments of Hope reported a dredging that was affecting coral patch reef to the government as well as an additional development in the Placencia Lagoon because the silt was affecting the corals as well as fishing grounds, but …

    CCJ dismisses Titan’s case
    The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) today dismissed a claim by Titan International Securities Inc (Titan) for four million four hundred and sixty thousand US dollars in damages. The claim for damages came following a search and seizure operation conducted at its offices in September 2014. The owners of Titan International Securities, Bahamians Rohn Knowles …

    CCJ overturns conviction of Japhet Bennett
    The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) overturned the conviction of Japhet Bennett, who was convicted in February 2013 for the murder of 37-year-old Ellis “Pepper Gacho” Meighan Sr., in September 2009. The court based its ruling solely on an unsupported statement of the witness, Marlon Middleton, Meighan’s brother-in-law, who had denied parts of his statement …

    The Reporter

    Felina Margaret James, 37, has been missing since October 11th. That’s when she dropped off her two sons at a babysitter in Belize City and stated that she would be back the following day. According to reports, she was heading to Sarteneja, and that is where the Police have concentrated the search for the woman and her vehicle.

    Teakettle resident is charged with rape of German woman
    Teakettle resident Sharn Evan Vanegas, 31, was charged on Tuesday for the rape of a German national on Friday night. The woman told Police that after she caught a ride home on a motorcycle with a man she didn’t know, she was taken to a construction site in Teakettle where she was raped by another man.

    Police do not suspect foul play in the death of American national Claire Elizabeth Rigdon, 49. Rigdon and her husband were allegedly socializing by the pool at their Consejo home when he fell asleep. He says he woke up to find her floating naked in the pool, dead.

    Breaking Belize NewsPJ

    PUP concerned about Mexico’s proposed freezones at border states
    The Opposition People’s United Party (PUP) today issued a press release in response to Mexico’s […]

    Stepfather who raped 5-year-old female child in police custody
    There are disturbing reports reaching our newsroom of a five-year-old female child that was raped […]

    Gas goes down by 2 cents per gallon
    Today, the Belize Bureau of Standards informed the public of a decrease in the price of […]

    Protests erupt in Haiti over misuse of Petrocaribe Funds
    Since yesterday, tens of thousands of Haitians are out on the streets protesting the alleged misuse […]

    Ministry of Health reminds public to get the flu vaccine
    The Ministry of Health reminds the public that it is the flu season and that […]

    International Archaeology Day to be held at Corozal House of Culture
    The National Institute of Culture and History (NICH) in partnership with the Corozal House of Culture, […]

    Aquatica foundation to be launched before historic expedition to Blue Hole
    The Aquatica Submarines historic expedition to the Belize Blue Hole draws near and the President and CEO […]

    Trump warns Guatemala, Honduras, and Salvador about migrant caravan
    Today, United States (US) President, Donald Trump warned leaders of Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador […]

    Man charged for stealing door from Acting Compol Edward Broaster
    In court yesterday, Lloyd Lewis, 29, confessed to stealing an electric panel door from Acting […]

    Sustainable & Child-Friendly Municipality Initiative retreat held in Hopkins
    The Ministry of Labour, Local Government and Rural Development in collaboration with the United Nations […]

    Shooting victim passes away
    Shooting victim, Kevin Thomas, 36, passed away this morning while receiving medical attention at the […]

    Teakettle villager charged for rape of German woman, 44
    Teakettle villager, Sharn Evan Vanegas, 31, has been charged with the crime of rape. His charges […]

    PUP endorses Andre Perez for Belize Rural South
    On Saturday, October 13, party supporters of the People’s United Party (PUP) Belize Rural South constituency […]

    Guatemalan police busted with loaded Uzi remanded to prison
    Two Guatemalan policemen have been remanded to the Hattieville prison until December 11, 2018. They […]

    Five year old baby girl raped by step father
    A five year old baby girl was reportedly raped last night by none other than her […]

    United States and Belize sign Open Skies Air Transport agreement
    Today, U.S. Chargé d’Affaires, Keith Gilges and Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation, Manuel Heredia, signed […]


    A.T.M. Cave in Belize: descend into the Mayan human slaughterhouse
    Nine people are trapped in a cave. They are hungry, soaking wet, scared and would offer an arm to be able to go to the toilet comfortably. Sounds familiar? No, dear reader, I’m not talking about the Thai football team that got stuck in a cave. Instead, this is a summary of our excursion to Actun Tunichil Muknal, a descent into the deep innards of a cave which the ancient Maya used for their blood sacrifices. Are you shivering yet?

    International Sourcesizz

    CCJ rejects four-million-dollar claim against Belize government
    The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) on Wednesday dismissed a claim by Titan International Securities Inc. (Titan) for US$4.46 million in losses as a result of a search and seizure operation conducted at its offices in September 2014. The court did, however, order the government of Belize (GOB) to pay Titan vindicatory damages of BZ$100,000 for the way in which the operation was conducted. In September 2014, an indictment was unsealed in the US charging Titan, the president of Titan, Kelvin Leach, and 11 others with securities fraud, evasion of taxes, money laundering and conspiracy to commit those offences. The US Department of Justice requested the assistance of the GOB to have Titan’s offices searched as quickly as possible to prevent the destruction of evidence.

    IPCC Releases 1.5 Report with Dire Warning for the Caribbean
    he highly anticipated 1.5 degrees’ report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has been released, and the news is dire. But while scientists ‘sound the alarm about complacency’, they’ve given hope that it is still possible to keep global warming to 1.5 degrees. The report clearly outlines the risks of exceeding 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels; this is the upper limit of warming that small islands states have advocated for many years “This report is a wake-up call for governments and the world, that we no longer have time for playing-around. It is time for hard-work to avert climate change and the small islands states need significant financial help to make it happen,” said Science Advisor and deputy executive director at the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) Dr Ulric Trotz.

    The 8 coolest tree house hotels in Central America
    Whether you spent your youthful years in a tree house or pining over one, hotels around the world are here to turn your nostalgic childhood reveries into adult realities. So, take your next vacation to new heights – literally – and spend the night among the birds (and monkeys and sloths) at one of these eight tree house hotels in Central America. Located in a lush jungle in the Cayo District of Belize, The Lodge at Chaa Creek is secluded but still manages to avoid skimping on modern creature comforts.


  • Tarantula Morning stroll.., 1/2min.

  • Blue Hole Dive - Belize, 12min. A trip to 140' in Belize's amazing Blue Hole! The size and scale is hard to describe as you descend past 50' and the natural light starts to fade. Not to be missed by the experienced scuba diver - this is usually dove as an all day, 3 tank trip from Caye Caulker or San Padro. We used Frenchies Diving Service for our trip.


  • ALUXO'OB THE GUARDIANS OF THE MILPAS, 2min. An Alux or "Aluxo'ob " in plural is the name given to a type of spirit in the tradition of certain Maya peoples from the Yucatán Peninsula and Belize. Aluxo'ob are good spirits, conceived of as being small, only about knee-high, and in appearance resembling miniature traditionally dressed Maya people. Tradition holds that aluxob are generally invisible but are able to assume physical form for purposes of communicating with and frightening humans as well as to congregate. They are generally associated with natural features such as forests, caves, stones, and fields but can also be enticed to move somewhere through offerings.

  • Channel 5 Obituaries, 4min.

  • Airbender Yoga Studio - Visiting Instructor Pilates Workshop, 27min. Airbender Yoga Studio is hosting visiting Pilates Instructor, Cinna Boyle. She will be facilitating a workshop on Thursday for those who want an introduction to Pilates. They were our guest to talk about the benefits of Pilates and demonstrated a few pose for beginners to try at home. On our couch: Ashanti Garcia - Certified Yoga Instructor/Owner Airbender Yoga, Cinna Boyle - Pilates Instructor.

  • Statistical Institute of Belize - World Statistics Day, 37min. Statistics are important for duty bearers to be informed to make decisions that positively impact the lives of families and communities. World Statistics Day is set aside to recognize how important it is to keep accurate, quality national data that contributes to development. Representatives of the Statistical Institute of Belize (SIB) spoke to us about their work as the national data collecting entity and the events scheduled for this year's commemoration. On our couch: Diana Castillo-Trejo – Deputy Director General, Statistical Institute of Belize, Jefte Ochaeta – Statistician I, Economic Statistics Department.

  • Kidney Association of Belize - Kidney disease and dialysis treatment, 41min. The Kidney Association of Belize continues to raise awareness of the current situation of kidney disease and dialysis treatment in Belize. They are continuing their work to advocate for better health practices and more affordable access to dialysis treatment. They promoted two upcoming fundraiser events to support patients. They are partnering with the Belize Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (BELAIFA) to host the Annual Red Night Gala on Saturday November 3rd, 2018 at the Old Belize Pavilion from 7:00 pm to 2:00am. The price per ticket is $100.00. They are also raffling a 2017 Wingle 5. They shared how you can support these initiatives. On our couch: Ruby Nicholas - KAB Treasurer/Past President, Olga Herrera - President for BELAIFA/KAB Past President, Glenn Tillett - Kidney Patient.

  • Bike Race, 13min.

  • Annual New River Quest, 4min. For those of you who missed it, check out this awesome video of the 1st Annual New River Quest by Mary Robinson of Adma's Photography, the race's official Photographer.

  • Saint Francis Xavier Credit Union Annual Quiz Contest, 13min. Education is part of everyones business around the world. Education today teaches us alot of things in life. Saint Francis Xavier Credit Union held there Annual Quiz Contest 2018. It commenced at 8:30am this morning and concluded at 12noon. It was held at the Corozal Civic Center. The chairs where filled by the Primary School students from across Corozal. Every year on the third week of October Saint Francis Xavier Credit Union does a full week of activities in Corozal. S.F.X.C.U says that this event is part of teaching the schools across the Country to get engage with more positive Education. Corozal Saint Francis Xavier Credit Union gave free tickets to those who attended the event. Students who had won different prices was donated by the S.F.X.C.U. The Credit Union did this educational Quiz Contest for a winner to represent them on an another Quiz Contest coming soon. And, S.F.C.U wants to tell everyone to sign Up today for there best rates of Banking in Corozal. Here is a video of what took place this morning in Corozal.


  • Cave Tubing + Zip Lining In Belize!, 4.5min. While we were on our cruise we were able to partake in another fun adventure. Cave tubing and zip lining in Belize!

  • Good morning Belize, 4min. Just arrived in Placencia. Our once a year trip to the Caribbean.

  • Sports Talk Show, 2min.

    October 17, 2018


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    Specials and Events

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    The San Pedro Sun

    Unveiling of the Architectural Design of the Proposed Ministry of Foreign Affairs Headquarters Building in Belmopan
    On Monday, October 8th, 2018, the comprehensive architectural drawings for the construction of the headquarters building of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which will be located in Belmopan, were unveiled. The drawings were unveiled to the Minister and staff of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Ambassador and staff of the Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan). The drawings call for a two-level, 20,000 gross square footage, modern and sustainable facility. The design makes use of the natural landscape for outdoor amenities to serve the staff and enhance the architectural designs of nearby buildings. The building will be constructed to be fully-accessible and will have the ability for future expansion in its structural design.

    100,000 square feet of retail space: Mirab inaugurates mega department store
    Thousands of shoppers from Belize City and surrounding areas witnessed the grand opening of the new Mirab Department Store on the Philip Goldson Highway on Wednesday, October 10th. The new store, which was relocated from the Fort Street Area of Belize City, is considered Belize’s first high-end shopping center, offering 100,000 plus square feet of space that accommodates some new additions to its different departments, including the upcoming Ashley Furniture Home Store. Management said that shoppers can now obtain anything they need, at reasonable prices, while eliminating the need to travel across the border or shop online.

    Mayor Guerrero and Minister Heredia disapprove of Cayo Rosario development
    Both leaders of the local authority voiced their disapproval of the project, adding to the controversial discussion. The project as approved by the National Environmental Appraisal Committee (NEAC), which calls for 54 over-the-water structures, 50 more partially over-the-water and land and the dredging of 55,000 cubic meters of sand for land creation from within the extension of the Hol Chan Marine Reserve. The project is not only considered a threat to the delicate marine ecosystem in the area, but to the livelihood of many that make a living in the fly fishing industry.

    Ambergris Today

    Andre Perez Endorsed For PUP Belize Rural South
    Mr. Andre Perez was endorsed as the Standard Bearer for the P U P Belize Rural South (BRS) on Saturday, October 13, 2018, in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye. It was such a huge successful convention by local standards that one of the guest speakers remarked that he felt that he was in the victory rally for San Pedro and Caye Caulker. A successful convention is measured by the message, the entertainment, the unity and the numbers attracted to the event. Such was BRS convention for the PUP.

    Misc Belizean Sources


    Mars Caribbean Gardens Belizean Restaurant coming to Corozal
    Hello friends, Mars Caribbean Gardens Belizean Restaurant is coming soon, #10 Corner of Corozo and Mahogany Street, Halls Layout, Corozal Town!! Thanks!!

    Mud Bogger was held in Orange Walk this past Sunday
    Click here for the winner.

    La Fiesta del Pueblo 2018

    Dia del Mestizaje in Corozal on Saturday
    The Corozal Town Council will be hosting Dia del Mestizaje on Saturday, November 3rd, 2018. The venue and further details will be available in the next few days.

    International Archaeology Day, Corozal House of Culture
    If you are in the area of Corozal Town on Friday October 19, come and check us out!

    Marco Gonzales Maya site on Ambergris Caye
    Most people visit Ambergris Caye in Belize and enjoy the beaches, the nightlife, the great food and the diving. What many people don't know, however, is that the island was once home to the ancient Maya, and yes, they left their mark. The site of Marco Gonzales, 8km south of San Pedro Town, was once a very important trading post for the Maya of the region. The site was occupied for about 2100 years but was abandoned most likely to the rising sea level and mangrove encroachment of the area.

    SDGS capacity building in Bolivia
    Kenny Chan, Maya Yucatec from San Jose Succotz, is representing at this SDGS capacity building being held in Bolivia.

    Annual Responsible Tour Guide & Tour Operators Seminar 2018
    Its that time of the year again..."Responsible Tour Operator & Tour Guide Seminar 2018-2019" Contact us early to schedule your date and time!!! Be informed and be responsible!!! Hol Chan Marine Reserve is conducting its annual "Responsible Tour Guide & Tour Operators Sessions" for the year 2018-2019. These sessions serve to inform the guides on the rules and regulations of the marine reserve and as well as to collect feedback from the tour guides and tour operators.

    Artist Toolkit Sensitization Session
    EXPORTBelize, unit of BELTRAIDE, in collaboration with the Music Industry Association of Belize (MIAB) would like to invite artists/musicians to an Artist Toolkit sensitization on October 25th, 2018 at the San Ignacio/Santa Elena House of Culture. The session will provide participants with relevant information (contracts, visa requirements, promotional documents) every artists needs to know in order to perform at a professional level in local and international markets. To register contact Ms. Nicole Zetina at [email protected] or call 822-3737.

    Public Health observes Global Handwashing Week
    The Ministry of Health, through its Public Health Department, in collaboration with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) is observing Global Hand Washing Week in Belize from the 15th to 19th October 2018. This initiative is in commemoration of Global Hand Washing Day which was observed on Monday, 15th October worldwide under the theme, “Clean Hands - a recipe for health”. The day is set aside to motivate and mobilize communities to improve hand washing techniques and habits. As a part of the celebration, the Public Health Department intervention seeks to increase food handlers’ awareness of the importance of handwashing with soap (liquid) as a key factor in disease prevention.

    Champions League Corozal South West
    Champions League Corozal South West 2018 Sponsored by Doctor Angel Campos & Rudi Morales All villages and teams are invited to participate!

    Belize Diabetes Association Walkathon in Corozal
    Wednesday, November 14th.

    Urban Birdwatch in Benque
    Benque, see you Saturday at 6.00am. Plan on getting Mississippi Kite and Alder's Flycatcher.

    3rd Annual Black, White & Yellow Gala & Awards Ceremony
    celebrated the rich Garifuna culture at the National Garifuna Council's 3rd Annual Black, White & Yellow Gala & Awards Ceremony in Dangriga. Congratulations to the National Garifuna Council and the 15 outstanding awardees from across Belize who preserve the beautiful Garifuna culture for future generations!

    Bilateral Air Transport Agreement between the United States and Belize
    Today, U.S. Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Keith Gilges and Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation Manuel Heredia signed the first bilateral Air Transport Agreement between the United States and Belize. Minister of Foreign Affairs Wilfred Elrington, U.S. Acting Deputy Chief of Mission Deborah Lingwood, Chief Executive Officer for the Ministry of National Security George Lovell, and Director of Civil Aviation Lindsay Garbutt, among many other representatives from the Government of Belize, the U.S. Embassy, and the tourism and aviation sectors attended the ceremony.

    For the month of October, we are excited to feature Shaquille Young as our Young Belizean Entrepreneur!
    Belmopan’s very own Shaquille Young, is a 25-year-old Tattoo and Visual Artist. In his teenage years he dreamt of becoming an Architect and focused all his energy being best at what he does. He graduated first in his class at the Belmopan Comprehensive School and then moved on to obtain an Associate’s Degree in Architecture at the University of Belize. College being a place of finding one’s self is exactly where he discovered what he truly is passionate about; Art in the form of Tattooing. This passion would allow him to express himself and share his views to the world.

    Channel 7

    Son of Assistant Commissioner Murdered, Had Underworld Connections
    A man was killed on Saturday night on the feeder road connecting Mahogany Heights and La Democracia Village. The victim is 33 year old Noel Leal Jr. - the son of Assistant Commissioner of Police, Noel Sr. But, unlike his father, Noel Jr. wasn't a lawman, in fact he was accused of being a lawbreaker. Courtney Weatherburne has more on his mysterious murder:... Noel Leal Jr. was killed on Saturday night - his body left inside this blue Volkswagen on the feeder road near Mahogany Heights. Police arrived on scene at 2:00 Sunday morning.

    Two Guatemalan Cops Held Without Bail
    Tonight, two Guatemalan police officers are at the Belize Central Prison - on remand until December 11th. The pair were caught in the Benque Free Zone on Saturday afternoon in a Hilux pickup. The problem is they had a 9 millimeter submachine gun with two loaded magazines. Police told us that they had to charge the pair for a prohibited firearm:... ASP Alejandro Cowo - OC, CIB: "On Saturday 13th October, 2018, just after 2pm, Benque Viejo police received information of a Guatemalan vehicle beige in color exiting from the Benque Viejo Free Zone..."

    Port Strike Countdown Coming To A Head
    On this Friday, October 19th, the 21-days strike notice that the Christian Workers Union gave to the Port of Belize expires. At this time, it is still uncertain whether the stevedores and the CWU still intend to go ahead with their industrial action, but both sides have agreed to meet tomorrow. The dispute centers around a disagreement on the number of hours of work that the stevedores engage in on a regular basis. They often exceed the 15 hours of labour per day that the law stipulates.

    49 Year Old Shot By Teenager
    Tonight two Belize City men - both over the age of 35 - are in critical condition after they were shot by teenagers in separate incidents the long weekend. The first happened on Monday afternoon when 49 year old Elroy Saldano was on Haulze Street in the St. Martin's area. He was riding his bike when a young man came up from behind and shot him in the back. Saldano survived but is very critical tonight. Police told us more:...

    36 Year Old Shot By 18 Year Old
    7 hours later, another older man would be shot by a teenager. 36 year old Kevin Thomas was at a corner store buying something when a teenager came up from behind and shot him in the head and abdomen. Thomas fell to the ground, while the teenaged gunman dashed off. But, not before a special constable pulled his licensed weapon and shot the youth. Police told us more: Insp. Wilfred Ferrufino CIB: "What police understand is that Mr. Thomas was buying at the Chinese store at the corner of Yarborough Road and East Collet Canal when a gunman approached him and fired several shots. When the suspected shooter was leaving the scene..."

    City Man Plunges Into OW River
    A Belize City man drove off a bridge in San Antonio Orange Walk and plunged to his death in the river. Police told us it happened on Saturday night:... ASP Alejandro Cowo- OC, CIB: "On Saturday the 13th of October 2018 at about 11:30 pm, acting upon information received, Orange Walk police visited San Antonio Village at the main entrance of the village where the San Antonio Bridge is located. Villagers informed the police that they heard a loud bang and when they came out to inquire what was happening, they saw a vehicle submerging into the river. Police and civilians from the village went to the river and were able to take out a person that was inside of the river. By the time the man was pulled out he had already died. That male person was later identified as Francis Paquil of a Belize City address."

    German Woman Raped By Two Men On Motorbike
    A 44 year old German resident of the Cayo District hitched a ride with a man on a motorcycle and says he and one of his associates raped her. It happened at a construction site in the Cayo District on Friday night. Police told us more: ASP Alejandro Cowo- OC, CIB: "She reported that on Friday, just after 10 pm, she asked for a ride from a male person and she jumped on a motorcycle from San Ignacio and made her way to Belmopan. There were two sets of riders on separate motorcycles. Whilst they were coming to San Ignacio they stopped by Teakettle in an area where allegedly two male persons had sex against her will..."

    Fire on Western Avenue
    There was a fire this weekend, which destroyed one of Jamie Bernardez's two homes on Western Avenue in Belize City. His 2 cousins were staying in the house which burnt down, and their belongings, along with some of his, were destroyed on Saturday. They are puzzled as to what started it. We'll show you his interview, which he granted to us late this evening, but we start first to the comments from police at today's press conference. Here's what they had to say about what they saw when they arrived on the scene:

    Missing Mom
    On Thursday night, October 11th, Margaret James left her two sons with 69 year old Ivette Roaches - and said she would be back in a day. But she hasn't returned, and no one - including her sons - know where she is. Police told us more: Insp. Wilfredo Ferrufino - CIB: "On the 13th of the October a 69 year old domestic of Turton Lane, Belize City reported to police that on Thursday the 11th of October Ms. Margaret James, we don't have her age or any particulars..."

    Teenaged Minor Runs Off With Older Man
    And while that is a missing mother in the city, a mother in August Pine Ridge is missing her 14 year old daughter. She told police that an older male, a 27 year old told their family he was interested in the child:... ASP Alejandro Cowo - OC, CIB: "The family members are reporting that a gentleman had approached them telling that he is interested in the daughter. However, because of her age they were against of her having a relationship. Nonetheless, the minor left from the house from the 24th, and has not been seen..."

    Woman Found Dead, Nude In Pool
    A 49 year old American woman was found dead, afloat in a pool on Saturday night in the Consejo area of Corozal. Claire Elizabeth Rigdon had been drinking with her husband, Robley Smith Rigdon. He fell asleep and when he woke up at around 8:00 he found her nude in the pool where she had apparently drowned. Police told us more:... ASP Alejandro Cowo - OC, CIB: "On Saturday, October 13th, 2018, just after 9p.m., Corozal police visited six miles Consejo Road, the residence of Mr. Robley Rigdon and upon arrival inside of the residence, they observed the naked body of a female who was identified as Claire Elizabeth Rigdon. Initial information that the police received is that earlier in the day both of them were socializing and Mr. Rigdon went to sleep and upon waking up he went looking for his wife and could not find her..."

    Rogue Robbers At Gentleman’s Bar
    It's called the Gentleman's Bar - but robbers who targeted the after hours spot in Belmopan - were most ungentlemanly. Police say they struck the owner over the head:... ASP Alejandro Cowo - OC, CIB: "On Saturday just before 11:30PM, the owner of the establishment Mr. Wong, 59 years old naturalize Belizean was outside of his bar when he was approached by 2 male persons who came on motorcycle. One of the male persons began to fire shots and thereafter approached him and hit him on his head where he fell unconscious..."

    Women & Ports
    The Women in Maritime Association, Caribbean, known as WiMAC is a fledgling organization that was launched only 3 years ago. But in that short time, it has gathered women from countries all over the Caribbean who either have a leading role within the maritime sector, or those who have careers in the industry, committed to increasing the performance, participation and contribution of their female colleagues. They are in Belize for their 2nd Annual conference, and they're being hosted by the Belize Port Authority, which is also one of their members. It's a 4-day event that the participants have set aside to discuss their shared challenges of gender inequality in the sector, and how they can hope to achieve better balance.

    He Stole From The Acting COMPOL
    He was charged with stealing from the Acting Commissioner of Police, Edward Broaster, and today Twenty-nine year old Lloyd Lewis pleaded guilty quick, fast and hurry. Lewis was charged with the theft of an electrical door panel from Broaster, and Magistrate Khadeem Palmer fined him $500 after he pleaded guilty to the charge. He was given until January 13, 2019 to pay.

    Spend A Night Like The Homeless
    On Wednesday, we told you about World Mental Health Day, which was observed under the theme, "Young People and Mental Health in a Changing World". The focus this year was on the changes that youths face such as depression and suicidal thoughts. But, the face of mental health in Belize, which most people ignore, are the homeless. They are often the victims of poor mental health. So, the Resource Center, which attempts to cater to them, decided to put Belizeans into their shoes, to experience the hardship that they go through on a daily basis.

    NEMO Activated In Case Of Floods
    If you watched tonight's weather report, you'll know that an area of low pressure is passing over southern Belize. This low pressure system was expected to gain a bit more strength before making landfall, but now that it is already making contact with land, it cannot develop any further. While that is good news, it also means that a lot of rain will fall, or has fallen on the south. That's why the National Emergency Management Organization offices countrywide are on alert in the case of flash floods:

    Medina Murder Update
    In Friday's news, we told you how an Orange Walk man handed himself into police custody so that he could be questioned about last week Thursday's broad daylight execution of 21 year-old Jose Medina. Medina was gunned down in broad daylight as he walked a bicycle along with his girlfriend, Lucia Luna. And although it was brazen attack carried out where witnesses could have seen what happened, police aren't having much luck solving it. Today, they told us that the suspect who handed himself in has been questioned and released, and that Lucia Luna isn't cooperating fully with their investigation:

    Trapp Murder Update
    And, similarly, another murder investigation isn't coming up with much in San Pedro. 21 year old Julian Trapp was killed on Thursday night, at La Choza Bar. His brother was also shot - but could not identify the shooter: ASP Alejandro Cowo - OC, CIB: "Police are still investigating that matter. It is a challenge since it was night time when the incident happened and from where the suspected gun man came from it was from a bushy area. The other person that was along with the deceased who is Mr. Armando - he has been interviewed, however, there is nothing much that we have gathered from him."

    Channel 5

    Noel Leal Jr. Executed in Mahogany Heights Community
    The son of Assistant Commissioner of Police, Noel Leal Junior, was executed and his Ladyville house ransacked likely by his killer over the weekend. Leal Junior was shot once to [...]

    Gunman Shoots Raffle-man; Special Constable Shoots Alleged Gunman
    Tonight, Kevin Thomas, a popular raffle man, is fighting to stay alive at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital having undergone various rounds of surgery. Thomas was shot multiple times on [...]

    Who Shot Elroy Saldano on Haulze Street?
    Prior to the shooting of Kevin Thomas, there was another act of gun violence over the extended weekend. Around one-thirty on Monday afternoon, in the vicinity of Belize Water Services [...]

    Guatemalan Cops Busted with Uzi in Benque Free Zone
    A pair of Guatemalan lawmen is in hot water for having crossed over into Belizean territory over the weekend with a concealed weapon inside their vehicle.  Police officers Juan Garcia [...]

    P.U.P. Leader Explains Why Meeting with Southern Caucus was Cancelled
    Turning to political news…In August, the People’s United Party’s Southern Caucus announced that it will vote against taking the Belize/Guatemala dispute for resolution to the International Court of Justice. The [...]

    Opposition Leader to Embark in I.C.J. Referendum Listening Tour
    As of next week, P.U.P. Leader John Briceño will embark on a nationwide ‘listening’ tour. It’s his way of getting to know how the party’s standard bearers, area representatives, and [...]

    Should Assad Shoman Lead I.C.J. Referendum Campaign?
    Foreign Affairs Minister, Wilfred Elrington, has come under heavy criticism for the nature of the ministry’s I.C.J. Referendum Campaign.   On April tenth, 2019 voters will head to the polls and [...]

    U.D.P. Edmond Castro Speaks on I.C.J. Referendum
    While there is a chorus for a ‘YES’ vote in line with the Prime Minister’s position, we did find today an elected representative who hasn’t made up his mind.  Whne [...]

    P.U.P. Belize Rural South Standard Bearer Sworn In
    The People’s United Part endorsed Andre Perez as the Standard Bearer for Belize Rural South.  On Saturday, party supporters of the Belize Rural South constituency gathered at the Saca Chispas [...]

    Belize City Man Plunges Into River and Dies
    There was loss of life due to an accident over the extended weekend. A fifty-three-year-old Belize City resident died after the Ford Ranger pickup truck he was driving plunged into [...]

    Corozal Police Investigate Drowning of American Retiree
    An American ex-pat died inside a swimming pool at her home on Saturday night in Consejo, Corozal District.  Forty-nine-year-old Claire Elizabeth Rigdon was found floating in the pool by her [...]

    A German National is Raped and Robbed in Cayo District, One Man is Detained
    Thirty-one-year-old Sharn Vanegas has been arrested and charged for the rape of a German national who reported to police that she was sexually assaulted by a pair of men with [...]

    Main Witness Not Cooperating with Police in OW Murder Investigation
    Orange Police are making some progress in the murder of twenty-one-year-old Jose “Duffy” Medina. He was fatally shot last week Thursday while he was on an alley off Mahogany Street [...]

    Fire Destroys Home in the City
    There was a fire in the city on Saturday night. The blaze destroyed a small, wooden home that was occupied by two persons. When fire officials arrived on the scene, [...]

    Audubon’s Small Grants for Chunox Fisherfolk
    In 2012, the Belize Audubon Society awarded the first of its small grants to fisherfolk to support income diversification in northern fishing villages like Chunox, Copper Bank and Sarteneja.  To [...]

    A Visitor’s Centre is Installed at the Uxbenka Archaeological Site
    In 2015, there was huge controversy when a section of a mound at the Uxbenka Archaeological Site was cleared by Rupert Myles, a resident of Santa Cruz Village. Because the [...]

    WiMAC Conference Kicks Off In Belize City
    A regional conference aimed at empowering women in the maritime sector began today in Belize City. Representatives of sixteen Caribbean nations are participating in the third annual Women in Maritime [...]

    Danielly Tillett Still Missing from Home in August Pine Ridge
    Fourteen-year-old Danielly Tillett left her home in August Pine Ridge en route to a nearby shop on September twenty-fourth and has not been seen by her mother since.  Despite communicating [...]

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


    Fire guts home
    There was a fire in Belize City that occurred on Saturday. The home on Western Avenue was completely destroyed. Inspector Wilfredo Ferrufino told Love news that there was no electricity in the home at the time of the fire. Inspector Wilfredo Ferrufino: “There was a house fire on Western Ave. As a result Police visited …

    Noel Leal jr. Murdered
    The son of a Deputy Commissioner of Police has been murdered and his home burglarized on the night of his demise. Assistant Superintendent of Police, Alejandro Cowo says that his body was found at about two a.m. Sunday morning. ASP ALejandro Cowo: “Hattieville Police visited a road that leads from Mahogany Heights to La Democracia …

    WiMAC: “Charting the Course for Generations of Women”
    The numbers are low when it comes to women in the maritime sector. To address this concern, the Women in Maritime Association Caribbean (WiMAC) was established in April 2015, under the patronage of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), to advocate for more women to work in the maritime sector. WiMAC is holding its second annual …

    Man finds wife dead in Swimming Pool
    The Belize Police Department is also investigating the strange circumstances of how an American national living in Belize died over the weekend. The Officer in charge of the Crimes Investigative Branch, Alejandro Cowo, says that on Saturday night a man woke up and found his wife naked and dead in their swimming pool. ASP ALejandro …

    Guatemalans arrested for illegal weapon
    The Benque Free Zone sits quietly between Belize and Guatemala but on Saturday instead of a contraband bust, the police found an uzi submachine gun. The police told the media today that on Saturday after two in the afternoon in a beige vehicle with Guatemalan license plates was exiting the Benque Free Zone when officers …

    Shot near BWSL
    The third shooting victim for the weekend, Elroy Saldano was shot near the Belize Water Services Limited on Monday afternoon. Police say Saldano is at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital fighting for his life. Insp. Wilfredo Ferrufino: “On the 15th of October around 1:30 pm Police received information that there was a male person at …

    Man killed in Accident
    A Belize City resident who headed north for the three day weekend passed away in an incident in San Antonio Village, Orange Walk District. On Saturday night Francisco Paquil was driving his vehicle when it hit the San Antonio Bridge and plunged into the Rio Hondo River. The case was mentioned this morning in the …

    Raffle man shot
    Kevin Thomas is known as the raffle man. He went about Belize City selling raffles for a living. Thomas was brutally shot several times on Monday night. The police told Love News that they do not have a motive for Thomas’ shooting but they have captured their suspect. Jose Sanchez: “Steven’s shop across the Yabra …

    Will Chetumal Free Zone negatively impact Corozal Free Zone?
    Earlier this month at a press conference, the president-elect Lopez Obrador revealed that Chetumal, Quintana Roo will be turned into a Mexican Free Zone. Such a move spells trouble for the Corozal Free Zone as the Mexicans are looking at doubling minimum wage, cutting taxes by fifty percent and having equivalent fuel prices as the …

    Woman raped by bikers
    A woman has reported to the police that she was raped twice by two different men. Assistant Superintendent of Police, Alejandro Cowo says the incident allegedly occurred on Friday after 10 p.m. when she met a group of bikers. ASP ALejandro Cowo: “She asked for a ride from a male person and she jumped on …

    Andre Perez is new Standard Bearer for Belize Rural South
    Andre Perez is the new Standard Bearer for Belize Rural South. (VO STARTS) Perez was endorsed at a convention held at the Saca Chispas field on San Pedro, Ambergris Caye on Saturday. The new BRS Executive Committee, with representation from both San Pedro and Caye Caulker...

    USA and Belize sign Open Skies Agreement
    Today the U.S. Chargé d’Affaires, Keith Gilges and Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation Manuel Heredia signed the first bilateral Air Transport Agreement between the United States and Belize. The Open Skies Agreement will expand the already strong commercial and economic ties by enabling greater air travel and commerce between the two countries.

    The Reporter

    On Sunday October 7th, 2018 somebody sent Bill to do a hatchet job on Mayor Bernard Wagner. Bill did not speak from the heart on Sunday, he spoke from a prepared script causing Ya Ya to ask him “who wrote that Bill?” On Sunday Bill accused Mayor Wagner of working for the big people and not the small people; the PUP after all, he said, has made a conscious decision to go back to its social justice roots.

    A man is in custody after he allegedly raped his 5 year old step-daughter last night. This morning the mother reported to Police that she left the child home sleeping to go buy food because her husband was out drinking with friends.

    Teakettle resident Sharn Evan Vanegas, 31, was today charged for the rape of a German national on Friday night. The woman told Police that after she caught a ride home on a motorcycle with a man she didn’t know, she was taken to a construction site in Teakettle where she was raped by another man.

    Two men are currently at the KHMH suffering from gunshot injuries. Just after 8:00pm last night Kevin Thomas, 36, was in front of Steven’s Shop in the Yarborough area when a gunman walked up and shot him in the head. A Special Constable who was in the store shouted at the gunman, who allegedly pointed the weapon at him. That’s when the SC fired shots and the gunman fell to to ground, but got up and escaped, leaving

    Breaking Belize NewsPJ

    Police make no progress in murder of Julian Trapp, 21
    Police have not yet made any progress in the shooting death of Julian Trapp, 21. On […]

    Public Health observes Global handwashing week
    The Ministry of Health, through its Public Health Department, in collaboration with the Pan American Health […]

    Police seeking one man in case of armed robbery
    In Western Belize, police are seeking one man in connection with an armed robbery. The […]

    Suspect in murder of Jose Medina absconds country
    In an interview with the media, today police shared an update on investigations into the […]

    Teen 14, runs away with man 27?
    Shamily Danielly Tillett, 14, a resident of August Pine Ridge village has been missing for the last […]

    Men who allegedly raped German woman to be charged today
    Police have reportedly made progress in the case of a forty-four-year-old German woman who was raped by two […]

    Police: Driver lost control of his vehicle and fell into the river
    Police have officially commented on a tragic road traffic accident which claimed the life of one man […]

    Noel Leal Jr. killed and his home raided
    In a press conference today Assistant Superintendent of Police, Alejandro Cowo, provided an update on Sunday’s murder […]

    Jasmine alert issued in San Pablo, Orange Walk
    Today, the San Pablo Village Council in Orange Walk issued a message urging all parents of San […]

    Flood alert issued for Southern Belize
    Today, the National Meteorological Service of Belize (NMS) issued a flood alert over flood-prone and low lying […]

    Belize National Team falls to Montserrat
    Belize’s national football team fell to Montserrat over the weekend in the CONCACAF Nations League […]

    Hundreds of Honduran migrants en route to US
    Hundreds of Honduran migrants have begun their caravan journey to the United […]

    Last night’s murder victim identified as Kevin Ferguson
    Last night we reported that there was a shooting death in the old capital. Today […]

    Tropical disturbance to affect Belize today
    The National Hurricane Center (NHC) is monitoring a well-defined low-pressure system located near the north-western […]


    From One Plan to Many
    My Canadian friend Heather is here for 11 days (technically 12 but since she is on a 10 am Tropic flight later this week, we are counting 11). She arrived last Saturday and other than working on San Mateo area stuff, a few walks and lots of couch time we had absolutely no plans. The universe stepped in and decided that we were shorting ourselves on social activities and presented us with a few options that we absolutely could not refuse. Over the course of the last 9 days, we found ourselves enjoying 2.5 days and one night with our friends at Playa De Sala. A luxurious South Ambergris Caye 5 room boutique hotel with one of the best bars on the island. We also scored a ride on a 24h Xsite glamping trip that took us to Goff’s Caye (featured image above) for 24 h.

    Bird Watching with Black Rock Lodge
    For our second episode of A Day in a Birder's Life series, we got to go birding with Black Rock Lodge. Black Rock Lodge is an eco-lodge located about six miles away from San Ignacio Town. According to eBird, Black Rock Lodge is listed as the #1 birding hotspot in Belize with around 318 bird species. Nestled within a lush tropical forest, accompanied by the majestic Macal River, Black Rock Lodge also offers great amenities for both local and international travelers. Not only do visitors get to go birding, but you can also take advantage of the lodge’s other on-site activities such as hiking and river tubing. So if you need a break from the busy life of modern civilization, then this place is perfect for you. On our way to the lodge, we got the opportunity to witness beautiful sceneries one after the other. We were so impressed by Mother Nature’s work that we even stopped half-way through our journey to admire the waterfalls in the distant cliffs off the traffic barriers at the edge of the road.

    Belize’s Great Blue Hole Is Mysterious and Thrilling
    When Jacques Cousteau arrived at the Great Blue Hole in Belize in 1971, he declared it to be one of the top five most interesting dive sites in the world. The Great Blue Hole is a circle of dark blue water located inside Lighthouse Reef just a few miles offshore from mainland Belize. Underneath the water lies a huge cave formation complete with stalactites, stalagmites, and tunnels. Unlike most dive sites in Belize where the main attraction is the colorful fish and delicate coral, the Great Blue Hole is sparsely inhabited by just a few marauding sharks. The attraction of the diving the Great Blue Hole is the chance to explore a mysterious and gothic underworld. The Great Blue Hole was originally a limestone cave that formed on dry land millions of years ago. But when the glaciers began to melt some 150,000 years ago, the cave became submerged.

    10 things to pack when traveling to Belize
    Belize is a fascinating country and is Mother Nature’s best kept secret snuggled between Guatemala and Mexico and bordered by the Caribbean Sea, this is as tropical as it gets! Let us walk through this list of Must-Packs for your upcoming vacation in tropical paradise! Travel Documents – These are the most important things you need to pack before leaving for your Adventure in Belize. Passport, driver’s license, plane tickets and travel itinerary (if you have one) should all be tucked away in a secure and easily accessible area, such as your carryon or purse pocket. Bug Spray – This is a must when packing for Belize, remember, you are visiting the tropics and there is a high chance of bug bites. Pack a bug spray or cream and let’s be of the safe side. If you forget to pack it, don’t worry, most convenient stores around the country sells bug spray.

    Flock to Belize for the First Annual Birding Festival
    On October 27, 2018, Belize will hold its very first Birding Festival. Birdwatching clubs, birding enthusiasts, nature societies, and others interested in learning more about the incredible diversity and beauty of avian species in Belize are warmly encouraged to attend this year’s Birding Festival in Belmopan. The Birding Festival is jointly organized by the Belize Tourism Industry Association, Belize Audobon Society, Belize Hotel Association, and Belize Tourism Board in an effort to raise awareness for the nearly 600 feathered species that are found in Belize. The Birding Festival will start with a three-hour birdwatch expedition in the streets of Belmopan followed by a keynote address from Dr. Oliver Komar, the author of the Peterson Field Guide to Birds of Northern Central America.

    Move Over Sundance, There’s a New Film Fest Kid in Town
    The 2018 Annual Belize International Film Festival will be rolling from November 8 – 11 this year, showcasing an eclectic assortment of films, highlighting a vibrant arts scene, and proving once again that Belize is more than just a pretty face. What? You don’t associate Belize with films? Well, what was Aspen associated with before Sundance? Or Venice, Berlin and Toronto before their film festivals? Skiing, a bunch of canals, a wall that came down and… well, whatever that fine Canadian city was known for before hosting one of the world’s premier film festivals. But they all do have certain things in common for holding great film festivals – natural beauty, rich cultures, vibrant local art scenes, and creative people determined to put together a film festival.

    International Sourcesizz

    Nursing students make impact in Belize
    A dozen recently returned from a life-changing experience in Belize. Led by Whitson-Hester School of Nursing professor Melissa Geist, the seniors got a first-hand look at healthcare in a third-world country during a week-long visit in August. “It is life-changing,” Geist said. “It impacts the way they approach nursing.” The group stayed in Agucate, a village consisting of approximately 400 people. There, they worked with the certified community health worker to do wellness checks and restock the village’s health outpost. “We brought a lot of donated items,” Geist said.

    Under the skin: The fascinating lives of botflies
    Old Blue Eyes may not have been thinking of botflies when he crooned, “And each time I do just the thought of you/Makes me stop before I begin/’Cause I’ve got you under my skin,” but the sentiment could just as easily apply to Western travelers returning from countries such as Belize and Bolivia with uninvited guests squirming happily under their epidermis. Many may wish they had eschewed the fantastical sights of the rainforests of South America and boarded a plane to a less exotic destination when what seemed like a simple mosquito bite begins showing signs of life. Indeed, reports of travelers who have picked up botflies abound in news reports from around the world. Botfly infections, a form of myiasis, or fly parasitization, typically first present as an irritated lump like a bug bite, and indeed, most botflies picked up by humans are in fact deposited on their skin by mosquitoes and other blood-suckers. In a behavior known as phoresy, female botflies dragoon mosquitoes into their bizarre reproductive cycle, gluing eggs to them and setting them free to seek a host.


  • Expansion of Belize Hemodialysis program, 4.5min.

  • La Fiesta del Pueblo 2018, 1min.

  • A San Pedro Walk around, 1min. street views , autumn in Belize.

  • Belize Adventure Part 6 - Last days in the Cayes, 8min. See how amazing this country is to explore.

  • Did you know that in the year of Belize's independence, there was a state of emergency?, 20min. In this interview, Stewart Krohn interviews Assad Shoman and Odinga Lumumba in 1988 about the 1981 Heads of Agreement Riots.

  • Have you had your fry jacks in Belize yet?, 1/2min. Whatever you're craving, put it in a Fry Jack.

  • Gang Culture - Revisiting the Herbert Gayle Study, 37min. Selma Jones - Social Researcher

  • Belie Hospice & Palliative Care Foundation, 24min. Frederico Gianelli - Chaplain. Dr. Ramon Yacab - MD, Vice President. Marilyn Dawson Aspinall MSN - President.

  • St Martins Credit Union - Credit Union Day, 18min. Lindbergh Smith - Belize Credit Union League. Jackie Taibo - Belize Credit Union League. Camile Cal - Officer in Charge, Benque Branch, SMCU.

  • Grace Flava with a Beat - Grace Tropical Cou Cou Lobster recipe, 27min. Grace Flava with a Beat returned with a Grace Tropical Cou Cou Lobster recipe. On set: Duane Lizama - Resident Chef, Melonie Coc - Sr. Brand Manager, Grace Kennedy Belize Ltd.

  • Sketching Skills - Benjamin Martinez, 27min. Fun Friday on OYE continued with a live art session. Steve Mossiah created this painting done with spray paint and fire. Benjamin Martinez is on a one month visit to Belize. He showcased his sketching skills by creating the likeness of our host. On set: Steve Mossiah- Artist, Benjamin Martinez - Artist.

  • Belize 2018 Movie, 33min.

  • Tribal drumming Belize 2018, 1min.

  • Accion Deportiva, 60min.

  • Police Check Point, 60min.

    October 16, 2018


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    The San Pedro Sun

    The “Bliss” to Undergo Renovations
    The National Institute of Culture and History is pleased to announce that The Bliss Center for the Performing Arts has been earmarked for primary renovations to the roof and upgrades to the Air Conditioning system. The Bliss Institute is a theatre, museum and gallery in the cultural center of Belize City named after Belize’s most known benefactor Baron Henry Edward Ernest Victor Bliss. The original construction on the Southern Foreshore of Belize City started in 1953 and finished one year later. The architectural design was done in what was then considered a modernist international style. The building consisted of a library, an auditorium, an exhibition area and reading rooms. The gallery for the auditorium resembled the prow of a ship.

    Misc Belizean Sources


    Invest 94L Heading Our Way
    Looks like more wet weather coming our way. INVEST 94L No indication of rotation, but with multiple ITCZ swellups like this, and if it moves northwards, then the Coriolis effect can cut in and cause a cyclonic storm to form. This is close to us, so will not be a Tropical Storm on Belize, but it could follow MICHAEL in a similar way, if it gets into the Gulf.

    Regional Fisheries Ministers Approve Climate Change Protocol
    A Protocol on Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Management in Fisheries and Aquaculture was approved for CARICOM States during a recent high-level meeting of the Ministerial Council of the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM). At the 8th Special Meeting of the CRFM Ministerial Council held in Barbados last Thursday, during the Caribbean Week of Agriculture, the ministers approved the protocol to the Caribbean Community Common Fisheries Policy (CCCFP), which promotes cooperation and collaboration among Caribbean people, fishers and governments in conserving, managing, and sustainably using fisheries and related ecosystems, as well as improving the welfare and livelihood of fisherfolk in the region.

    The Reporter

    There are confirmed reports that a man was shot moments ago near the BWS main office in Belize City. He has been identified by family members as Elroy Saldano. Sources say he has been rushed to the KHMH in critical condition, and we are told that he has gone into surgery. We’ll provide more information as we get it.

    ANOTHER MISSING CHILD – Shamily Danielly Tillett, 14,
    Jasmine Alert has issued a missing person’s notice for a minor from August Pine Ridge in the Orange Walk District. Shamily Danielly Tillett, 14, was last seen in the village on September 24 when she told family members at home she was leaving to go to the internet cafe. The notice from JA also calls the name of a man from the same community who family think may be with her.

    Caribe 2018 Cycle Race RESULTS – Dominican Republic – Men’s Elite
    1st. Place Michael Stanislas of Martinique (France) 2nd. Place Arias Perez Carlos of Cuba 3rd. Place Augusto Sanchez of the Dominican Republic. 16th. Place Giovanni Lovell of Belize 27th. Place Robert Liam Stewart of Belize Under 23 Category 11th. Place Kieon Rabateau of Belize

    Breaking Belize NewsPJ

    Man killed in Yabra
    A man was shot dead in Belize City tonight. BBN is aware of his identity but will wait for his family to be informed before disclosing that information.

    Belize participates in 18th Caribbean Cycling Championship
    On Saturday, the Belize Cycling Federation sent out a national selection to compete at the Caribbean Cycling Championships in the Dominican Republic. In the women’s category, Kaya Cattouse and Alicia Thompson were sent to represent the country.

    Moist weather to continue
    A relatively moist easterly airflow will continue to dominate our weather. Cloudy skies with some showers, and a few thunderstorms are expected today. The wind will blow from the East to Northeast at 10 to 20 knots.

    Man shot again in Belize City
    A man was shot minutes ago on Belize City’s southside. He has been identified as Elroy Saldano. According to reports he was somewhere near Belize Water Services when he was shot.

    Tropical disturbance being closely monitored
    The National Hurricane Center is monitoring a tropical disturbance in the Atlantic. Showers and thunderstorms associated with a broad area of low pressure located just offshore of northeastern Honduras continue to show some signs of organization.

    New political party to be launched in Belize
    In the next few weeks, a new political party will be unveiled in Belize. While the name has not yet been finalized as yet, leaked information suggests that it will be named, “The Will of the People.” Information to BBN is that former UDP Area Representative, Derek Aikman, will be the party leader and prime minister if this party is successful.

    Belize City cop victim of hit and run
    Police Constable, Wilbert Chi, was knocked down by a vehicle this morning in Belize City. According to reports, sometime around 5 a.m., he was on a motorcycle near the corner of Vernon Street and Central American Boulevard when a vehicle knocked him down from behind.

    14 year old teen missing in Orange Walk
    Jasmine Alert has issued a missing person’s notice for a minor who has been missing for 21 days. The minor, identified as Shanily Tillett, 14, was last seen at her home in August Pine Ridge Village, Orange Walk, on September 24. According to reports, she had indicated to her family that she was going to an internet cafe in the village.

    House destroyed by fire
    Police are investigating a fire that destroyed a home yesterday. Around 8:53 am yesterday, police went to Western Avenue, Belize City and saw a 2 bedroom wooden structure measuring approximately 15ft by 20ft completely engulfed in flames.

    Authorities investigating murder in Mahogany Heights
    Police are investigating the murder of the son of a senior police officer. This morning around 1:45, police went to an area near Mahogany Heights and La Democracia Village where they found the body of a man.

    Uncle rapes minor in Corozal
    Corozal police are investigating a report of rape in Concepcion Village. A 14-year-old minor accompanied by her mother reported that on October 13, 2018, about 6:30 a.m., her uncle raped her at a family residence in Concepcion Village.

    American retiree found dead near a swimming pool in Corozal
    Police are investigating the death of an American retiree in Corozal. Last night around 9:15, police went to the home of Robley Smith Rigdon Jr. on 6 miles Consejo Road, Corozal and found the body of a retired American woman.

    German national raped and robbed
    Police are investigating a report of rape in the Cayo District. A forty-four-year-old German woman told police that about 10 pm on October 12, she caught a ride on a motorcycle with a man after socializing.


    Finding Luxury in Belize
    Belize's rise in popularity has motivated developers and hoteliers to transform the once hiker’s haven into an ultra-luxe destination with new high-end resorts debuting projects over the next couple of years: Debuting as the first-ever Marriott International Autograph Collection property in the country, Alaia Belize is a boutique community resort and residential property opening in 2020. Inspired by Mayan architecture, Leonardo DiCaprio announced plans for a wellness-focused eco-resort on 104-acre island to debut late 2018. Scheduled to open in 2021, Four Seasons Caye Chapel will debut as a resort and residential community located on a private island around 16 miles from Belize City. Itz’ana Resort and Residences is a boutique property that opened in 2017 with deluxe suites and beachfront residences as well as exclusive amenities, such as negative-edge pool, Rum Room, jewel-box sized bar and more.

    Gorgeous Weather, Clearing Beach and The Quarry: Holiday Weekend On Ambergris Caye
    The past few days have been glorious. The air a bit crisper…the periwinkle clouds extra puffy and the sargasso gone! So…I took a bunch of pictures and this morning, visited an interesting spot on the Caye – The Quarry. Here are some photos from Sunday morning yoga at Ak’Bol Eco Resort (about 2 miles north, Ambergris Caye). Heavenly. Next…I’m heading north to the Quarry. This quarry was started a few years ago to build the road north – and has been going STRONG ever since. It is private land and you’ll see BIG trucks filled with rock and sand running north and south. They are coming from the Quarry – about 9 miles north.

    International Sourcesizz

    Project shines light on turtle activity
    Conservationists captured more than 250 green turtles as part of a research programme this year. The Bermuda Turtle Project team caught 259 green turtles and a hawksbill turtle in their efforts to monitor the population and find out about their behaviour. Environmental officers and biologists from Belize, Brazil, Colombia and the United States were involved in the project with the Bermuda Zoological Society and the Sea Turtle Conservancy. The BTP, which has been running since 1968, has that sea turtles arrive in Bermuda at a very young age and spend up to 20 years as juveniles on local seagrass flats and reefs.


  • PUP Andre Perez endorsement, 1h45min.

  • BELIZE 2018, 9min. During the spring break of my junior year of college, I traveled to Belize with my tropical ecology class.

  • Mountain Pine Ridge Aerial , 2min. Nice drone footage of Rio On Pools and 1000 Foot Falls

  • Xunantunich Mayaa Ruins, 4min.

  • Mountain Bike Belize, 3min.

    October 15, 2018

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    Wolfe’s Woofer: The Maid
    “Hello, Marsha. What’s up?” I was sitting at one of the beachside tables at the Holiday Hotel having coffee with my friend Bill when his wife called him. “Oh, no!” he said, when he got off the phone. “We’re having problems with our maid, Lupe, again.” “She’s been with you for years,” I said. “I never knew you had problems with her.” “She started working for us six years ago. After five months she said she had to quit because she was pregnant and didn’t have a husband. She was going to leave San Pedro and go back to her village.

    It is outrageous that BECOL-Fortis (a Canadian owned corporation), the owner and operator of the Macal River dams portray themselves as “sharing information” and getting feedback from the public, a fantasy they continue to perpetuate. BECOL is required to inform the people and respond to our concerns about the problems that directly affect our lives and health. BECOL is required to test the levels of mercury in the fish in the Macal River and inform the public on the dangers of eating fish high in mercury; BECOL is required to test the water of the river and inform the people of the test results; BECOL is required to have a workable Dam Break Early Warning System in place – something they were to do when the Chalillo Dam went online, 13 years ago but have still failed to do. We attended another session BECOL labels a “public discussion” on 28 September 2018. These are some notes from that meeting.

    Doctor Love: Where is the beef?
    Dear Doctor Love, I have a vegan friend who has become fanatical about the “animal free” diet. If we are with a group and someone mentions getting food she will insist on a vegan restaurant and expects six or eight others to cater to her instead of going to the restaurant they choose and selecting a vegan dish for herself. Heaven forbid someone should mention lobster and she hear them because they will get an earful from her. She has now decided her new puppy will be a vegan and I am worried she will kill it with kindness. She thinks animals are taught by man to eat meat, including wild lions and alligators and she holds humans responsible for animals killing prey for food. Her beliefs aside, I worry about the health of her puppy. Please tell her that dogs are carnivores and a vegan diet isn’t good for her pet. /s/ Where’s the Beef?

    Misc Belizean Sources


    Mr. Miguel “Sabas” Rivero Jr. passes away in San Pedro
    Mayor Daniel Guerrero, Councilors and Staff extends its deepest condolences to the Rivero family and friends on the passing of Mr. Miguel “Sabas” Rivero Jr. San Pedro has lost another pioneer in the fishing industry. May his soul rest in peace.

    Ashley Say Wut?
    The Wildfire Artzmosphere is having a human beatbox event on Saturday, October 27th, entitled 'Ashley Say Wut?' The best starts at 7:30pm.

    No-Plastic - No-Styrofoam Exhibit
    The new exhibit at the SISE HoC, based on the sustainable summer camp held in Bullet Tree, was launched last week. On Thursday 4th of October, Hon. Minister Dr. Omar Figueroa, in collaboration with Dr. Anita F. Tzec and her organizing team from Bullet Tree Falls village in the Cayo District, officially launched an exhibit on the results of the “1st No-plastic, No-styrofoam Kids Summer Camp, 2018”, which they jointly held in July of this year. The camp, was in line with GOB’s bold effort to phase out single-use plastic and styrofoam food utensils in Belize..

    Another fun Urban Birdwatch at San Pedro
    We had swooping Peregrine Falcons, Reddish Egret and dozens of migrant Warblers with this cool crew.

    After leaving tollan Quetzalcoatl(Kukulkan) traveled in other locations of MesoAmerica . According to the Books of Chilam Balam the sacred books of the Yucatec Maya .Kukulkan the Native prophet reach to the Maya lands of Yucatan Peninsula in Katun 4 Ahua . The natives admired his wisdom and called him K'uk'ulkan . The Books of Chilam Balam speak about the prophecies of the return of Kukulkan . According to another legend the city of Cuzcatlan today in Salvador was founded by Quetzalcoatl(Kukulkan) . The art of the pyramids revealed a Maya and Toltec influence . Kukulkan loved his people so much that he abolished Human Sacrifed , Reigning in peace and prosperity he contributed much to the lifestyle of the Toltecs with basic ideas such as civilization before he started his journing in Mesoamerica .

    The Reporter

    Police are asking the public’s assistance in locating Marta Ventura, 20, who has been missing since October 7th. Ventura left her mother’s home in the Arizona area of Teakettle at around 2:00pm that day and never returned. She was last seen at the Marisol Bar in Belmopan. If you see her or have any information which could lead to finding her you’re asked to call the nearest Police Station.

    Corozal Police are investigating the death of American national Claire Elizabeth Rigdon, 49. Just after 9:00pm on Saturday officers were called to the home of Robley Smith Rigdon Jr. on the Consejo Road where they found the body of the woman lying beside a pool. According to Rigdon, he and his wife were socializing by the pool that evening and he fell asleep. He told Police that when he woke up he found her floating in the pool.

    Two Guatemalan nationals, Armando Hub Pop and Jose Juan García Palma, have been formally charged for Keeping a Prohibited Firearm and Keeping Ammunition without a License. The men were detained yesterday afternoon in the Western Free Zone with a high-powered weapon identified as an UZI PRO pistol, similar to the one shown here.

    The best cyclist from Belize are stepping into a short but power-pac race, of just 90 miles that will be held this weekend in the Dominican Republics. Our best from Belize will be competing against cycling stars from 11 other countries in the region. This is cycling on a regional and international stage !, many of the participants form the other countries are top-notch cyclist.

    Two men robbed a water delivery truck in the vicinity of 8 Miles along the George Price Highway yesterday. Reports are that Jose Avila, 42, and his assistant Juan Montero, 44, were making a delivery around 2:30 p.m.when two men with their faces half-covered approached them.

    The body of the man found in the vehicle in Mahogany Heights has been identified as that of Noel Leal Jr. Sources tell us he was shot in the head. He is the son of a senior cop but had several brushes with the law and was charged for drug trafficking in 2017.

    Breaking Belize NewsPJ

    Belizean journalist completes certification course at Poynter Institute
    Belizean journalist, Zoila Gonzalez, a member of our Breaking Belize News team has successfully completed a certification course at the Poynter Institute for Journalism in Tampa, Florida. The Poynter Institute is recognized as the global leader in journalism. Poynter experts focus on fact checking, ethics, leadership, innovation and explore the intersection of journalism, technology and the public interest.

    Police find ammo and pistol in Santa Elena
    Yesterday evening police conducted a search in an open lot located on Toucan street in Santa Elena town. That search led to the discovery of a Rossi brand .38 special revolver with fifty .38 special live ammunition.

    Two Guatemalan police men jailed for firearm offenses
    Two Guatemalan police officers have been charged for firearm related offences in Belize. They are Jose Juan Garcia Palma, 31, and Armando Hub Pop, 35. According to police reports, yesterday cops visited the Benque Viejo Del Carmen Town Commercial Free Zone where they saw both men in a Hilux Toyota pick up truck.

    Teakettle woman woman missing for 7 days
    Out west, police are investigating the disappearance of a 20 year old woman. She has been identifird as Teakettle villager, Martha Ventura, 20. Ruben Ventura, 37, told police that the young woman left her mother’s home since October 10th and has not been seen since.

    Man dies after losing control and plunging into river
    A man lost his life last night in a road traffic accident in Orange Walk. Around 11:30 last night, police were called to the San Antonio bridge located at the entrance of San Antonio village. There, police saw a grey Ford Ranger pickup submerged in the Rio Hondo river.

    Hilux stolen in Corozal
    A Toyota Hilux was reportedly stolen yesterday morning in Corozal. Xaibe resident, Solangel Elvira Itzab told police that between the hours of 3:45 and 7:00 a.m., her gold Hilux pickup with license plate L/P CZL-C-07907 was stolen from her yard.

    Belize~ has two titles to enforce
    By Richard Harrison: Belize has two titles to its land…all 8867 square miles of it: 1859 Treaty between UK and Guatemala 1981 Independence between Belize, UK and United Nations Charter, which supercedes all previous treaties. Belize has all rights to exercise its borders using both… To enforce our borders using the first one involves litigation risk…which makes a lot of money for lawyers and the status quo they are working for.

    Stolen vehicle found scrapped in Rancho Dolores
    A 2007 KIA Sportage vehicle that was reported stolen on September 1, 2018, was found on October 10, 2018. The vehicle was stolen from Baymen Avenue, Belize City where it was parked. However, there was barely anything left of the vehicle when police found it.

    Vehicle falls off bridge and into river
    Just before midnight a grey Ford pick up truck fell off the San Antonio Bridge in the Orange Walk District. The vehicle and its driver plunged into the river. Details are sketchy but we can confirm that there was at least one fatality.

    Man found dead in parked vehicle
    Confirmed reports are that a body was recovered from a parked car in Mahogany Heights. It has been identified as Noel Leal Jr. According to reports he was seen with a gunshot injury to his head.

    International Sourcesizz

    Montserrat defeats Belize at Inaugural CONCACAF Nations League Qualifying tournament
    Montserrat earned their first win in over five years with a 1-0 home triumph over Belize at the Blakes Estate Stadium in Lookout. The two teams traded scoring chances in the first half, with the home side coming closest only to be denied by Belize GK Woodrow West, who made a number of excellent saves. Montserrat kept plugging away though and they found the game’s lone goal in the 74’ with what could go down as the goal of the tournament. Spencer Weir played a one-two combination with Adrian Clifton that saw Spencer collect a ball on the left edge of the area and curl a picture-perfect right-footed shot into the top right corner of the net.

    IMF predicts strong but uneven growth for Caribbean
    In its October 2018 Regional Outlook Report for The Caribbean, the wider South America and Central America, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has predicted strong but yet uneven growth for the Central American and Caribbean region over the next two years. For the Caribbean and Central American region, the IMF said that recent negative revisions to the effective forecasts hinged on the impact the United States had on their dependent economies with regard to higher tariffs and increased trade costs. However, due to increased employment prospects in the USA, tourism for the Caribbean is expected to produce an upswing large enough to absorb some of the negative impact from negatively impacting terms of trade from the USA and other larger economies; and for Central America, which is more dependent on remittances...


  • BEST of BELIZE - Travel Film, 2.5min. 4 Trips to Belize in 2 years and some of the most incredible memories and moments from this beautiful country. This is the best of those 2 years all in one travel film.

  • Belize 09/18 Swimming w the sharks, 1min.

  • Trunk fish Belize, .5min.

  • Fishing in Belize, 7min. Throwback of the time I got to fish in Belize. We fished for bone fish and mangrove snappers.

  • Puffer fish Belize, 1min.

  • Octopus Belize, 1min.

  • Snorkeling belize Goff's Caye 2, 2.5min.

  • dolphins 10 oct18 southern Belize, 3min.

  • Pine Ridge Lodge, Belize --9.2018, 5min.

    October 14, 2018


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    Local Musician John Stanley donates to Hope Haven
    Local singer and songwriter John Stanley presented an $852.72 donation to Hope Haven after performing a series of shows at local eateries. “I got a message from Hope Haven that they really needed food and supplies, so I donated a box of food myself then decided to go one step further and put on a few performances in San Pedro and see if I could do even more for this great organization.” John Stanley performed at five local restaurants over the past week and replaced his usual tip jar with a donation box instead. “I knew it was slow season, so I wasn’t sure how much I could raise. I thought I had a lofty goal of $500, but when we counted the money at the end of the week it was over $850! I was ecstatic.”

    Institute of Archaeology hosts Poem and Theme Competition in Commemoration of World Archaeology Day 2018
    The Institute of Archaeology is launching a slogan and poem contest to celebrate International Archaeology Day 2018 which is October 20. The contest is open for both high school and junior college students. The Grand Prize for each category is an exclusive tour for two (2) of the Actun Tunichil Muknal (ATM) Caves with free entrance to the site, complimentary gear and lunch. Second Prize is a tour for two of Xunantunich and Cahal Pech with free entrance and complimentary lunch. Poems must be original works, focus on positive aspects of Archaeological Cultural Heritage in Belize and have a length of 20 lines or less. Themes must be original, focus on positive aspects of Archaeological Cultural Heritage in Belize and have a length of 10 words or less.

    Misc Belizean Sources


    Caye Caulker Humane Society has a new clinic!
    he CCHS has a new clinic. What you may not know is that clinic was literally built while all Board Members and were out of town. But because the Humane Society has amazing volunteers, the clinic was built and not a single Saturday clinic was missed. *Plus*, a spay/ neuter day got fit in just days before clinic locations were moved! That's incredible! Huge thanks are in order for the faithful volunteers who kept things moving seamlessly (or better) while the Board was out of town: Susan Pelt, Alex Sidie, Shaena Levin, Susan Newhouse, Staci Coberly, Joshuan Gonzalez, Carol Koris, Jax Lancio, Johanna Starck and Ellis. Also a bit thank you to Merlin for sewing some curtains for us!!

    Mary Hill R. C. School Procession
    Thanks to all those that assisted in today's procession.

    Ear Nose & Throat Screening in Corozal
    Corozal Community Hospital Service. October 19th, 2018.

    Happy Indigenous Day Belize!!
    On Day of the Americas, the Northern Maya Association of Belize (NMAB) salutes all indigenous people of Belize and their descendants, and recognizes the richness of their individual culture that make The Jewel unique. On this occasion, the NMAB recognizes the centuries of constant struggle of our Indigenous people for dignity, and human and cultural diversity. We commend the effort and dedication of all cultural promoters in the safeguarding of the intangible heritage of our ancestors and encourage others to follow.

    No-Plastic - No-Styrofoam Exhibit
    The new exhibit at the SISE HoC, based on the sustainable summer camp held in Bullet Tree, was launched last week. On Thursday 4th of October, Hon. Minister Dr. Omar Figueroa, in collaboration with Dr. Anita F. Tzec and her organizing team from Bullet Tree Falls village in the Cayo District, officially launched an exhibit on the results of the “1st No-plastic, No-styrofoam Kids Summer Camp, 2018”, which they jointly held in July of this year. The camp, was in line with GOB’s bold effort to phase out single-use plastic and styrofoam food utensils in Belize. It sought to create awareness in children and their families, on the negative health and environmental impacts of single-use plastic and styrofoam, as well as the importance of supporting this ban in our country.

    Metal Haven 2018
    Metal Haven is only 3 weeks away. Ascenthium will be performing this year. Verge of Umbra will be there too. It all happens in Benque at the Cancha Marshalleck on November 3rd. Tickets and t-shirts are on sale now.

    Goff Caye Fundraising Excursion
    Support the Belize Brain Awareness Society for a worthy cause. Goff Caye fundraising excursion for the entire family! Come out and have fun in the sun!

    Uxbenka Visitors Center Opens
    Our brothers and sisters of Santa Cruz village are breaking ground where the living Mayas are taking charge for the protection and development of our cultural heritage. Today they opened their visitors center with lots of feasting, music, dance and beaming pride and dignity in the results of the hard work of the men, women, Elders and young people of Santa Cruz. We congratulate them for their exemplary work! We thank all the friends of Santa Cruz both here at home and from abroad who have stood with them and supported their humble efforts. Together we shall continue to break new grounds!

    The Reporter

    It remains to be seen whether or not Belize National Teachers Union’s last message to the Government of Belize is an indication of the intention to initiate another strike. The BNTU issued a release this week, calling it a warning to GOB that the union does not approve of the way the Ministry of Education has handled the issue of revising the list of schools that receive hardship allowance from the MOE. The union says that it has tried repeatedly to express it concerns about teachers bei g disenfranchised by the new revised list but has not received any response from Chief Executive Officer Deborah Domingo, Chief Education Officer Carol Babb, or the Minister of Education Patrick Faber. The BNTU stressed that the Ministry’s actions have prohibited the union from effectively representing its members.

    Over 1000 people have visited the Ramada Belize City Princess today for the 10ty Annual Japan Day cultural festival, being held under the theme “Cultural Harmony.” While the Japanese community in Belize is less than 20 persons, the festival has attracted visitors that have even come from outside the Belize district to learn about Japanese food, language , cultural clothes and customs. The event also features two popular competitons: tulhe cosplay competition, where participants dress up as their favorite characters from Japanese anime and video games; as well as the manga competition, where participants create their own comic script using Japanese style art.

    A seven-year-old boy from Santa Rosa village received serious injuries yesterday after being knocked down by a pick-up truck while crossing the road. The child got hit around 5 p.m. yesterday between Miles 26 and 27 on the Southern Highway. He got a fractured skull, abrasions to both hands and injuries to his back. The driver, a 29-year-old construction worker of Silk Grass Village, said that the road was wet and slippery so there was no way he could have avoided the accident.

    Breaking Belize NewsPJ

    Belize Celebrates Hicatee Awareness Month
    October is commemorated as Hicatee Awareness Month and this is the second year that it is being celebrated in the country. The Turtle Survival Alliance and the Belize Foundation for Research & Environmental Education ( BFREE) have scheduled activities and events this month that will honor the beloved Central American River Turtle, known as the ‘Hicatee’ in Belize.

    Delivery Truck Driver Attacked And Robbed In Cayo
    Reports reaching our newsroom are that shortly after 5 this afternoon, a Quality Poultry Delivery truck was robbed in Cotton Tree Village, Cayo District. The driver of the truck was attacked and sustained injuries to his head.

    Guatemalans busted with machine gun in Benque Viejo
    This afternoon, at least two Guatemalan nationals reportedly drove into the Benque Viejo Free Zone with a machine gun. Police searched their vehicle and found the weapon and as a result, the men were detained.

    Police questioning suspects for murder of Orange Walk man
    Police yesterday informed that they have detained and are questioning suspects for the murder of 21-year-old Jose Medina. Jose Medina and his girlfriend Lucia Luna were walking home Thursday morning when a gunman opened fire at them.

    Attempted kidnapper denied bail!
    He was recently accused of attempting to kidnap an eight-year-old boy in broad daylight and in front of his siblings in Belmopan and British national, Roger Wallis, 63, was arrested for that crime and remanded to prison. But last week, he reportedly applied for Supreme Court bail before Justice Adolph Lucas.


    THE BEACH IS BACK! And Other Friday in San Pedro Snapshots
    There is only one thing to talk about right now. The plague has subsided. The sargasso has stopped…for a few days now. Since the Tropical Depression that turned into Hurricane Michael breezed by us. LOOK! The sea floor! I won’t get too cocky but I’ll show you some pictures. The water isn’t TOTALLY clear yet…there is still plenty of decaying seaweed that needs to be swept away but HOPEFUL! I am very very very hopeful. I’m sure this tiny rainbow over the lagoon this morning means something positive. Other Friday happenings. Stopping for tacos and BANANA juice at Neri’s Tacos. My order: 3 dollar pork taco with onion, no chile and a banana juice.

    International Sourcesizz

    Belize: From speed bumps to biting bugs
    Economically poor, Belize is rich in biting bugs called “no-see-ems.” While you can’t see “no-see-ems,” you can “feel-em.” And the welts on your body the next day let you see-em and feel-em. Belize replaces speed traps with speed bumps. A total of 37 massive concrete slabs stop traffic in a 24-mile stretch from Palencia. Brits call them “sleeping policemen.” Question: What’s a Belizean crash-test dummy? Answer: A drunk who smashes into a speed bump at full speed.

    Expedition into Belize Blue Hole could unlock ancient Mayan secrets
    A world-first submarine expedition, involving billionaire Richard Branson, will explore the darkest depths of Belize's Blue Hole, using military-grade sonar to map the sinkhole's vast underwater interior in wondrous detail. Situated 70km off the Belize coast, the giant Blue Hole is one of the world's leading scuba dive spots, and the UNESCO site is believed to hold clues to the mystery of how the Mayan civilisation collapsed between 800 and 1000 AD. The bottom of the Blue Hole, which measures 124 metres deep, has been reached by divers before. But the environment, enveloped in total darkness, is inhospitable and divers are unable to linger for long periods. Expedition leader Harvey Flemming says the large team, which includes Branson and Fabien Cousteau, grandson of famed ocean explorer Jacques, don't really know what they will find.

    Redefine the Dive: 10 Tips to Dive Sustainably
    Here are some good tips you can practice personally while diving or snorkeling to help care for our fragile and majestic underwater environment. Coral reefs are among the most diverse ecosystems on the planet. Samantha Craven from the Reef-World Foundation shares the basic things divers can do to protect these unique environments. Nature-based tourism is one of the fastest growing industries in the world, and diving numbers are rapidly increasing – there are an estimated one million new divers certified every year. In terms of protecting the environments that these divers travel to see, tourism is a great non-extractive, educational industry that helps create advocates simply by experiencing a reef! However, it is not without its pitfalls.


  • Christin + Courtney | Belize Intimate Destination Wedding, 7min.

  • Music outreach and exchange at the Office of the Music Ambassador Belize with Aurelio Martinez, 15min. Aurelio Martinez jamming with us. Eliane Amherd: vox and percussion, Aurelion Martinez: guitar and vox, Dawn Drake: bass, Mara Rosenbloom: keys, Paula Green: percussion, Beza Gebre: drums.

  • Belize Mainland Chocolate Tour, 5min. See how cacao is grown, harvested, and turned into the delicious chocolate treat we love so much. Belize is known worldwide for it's high quality chocolate so when you visit, you have to enjoy some.

  • Rio on Pools in Belize, 4min. I visited Rio on Pools & Rio Frio Cave while in Cayo, Belize. Despite the rain, I was able to swim in the refreshing waters of the river. The rocks were a bit slippery from the algae, but the water was pretty clear and capped off a great day of adventures to the Mayan Ruins at Carcol.

  • Belize 2018, 8min.

  • 3 days in BELIZE with my closest friends, 4min. This was a quick fun trip with my cousin chuong and my good friend long to Belize. We spent 3 days of exploring as much as we can. We sailed on a boat an hour away from the shoreline to a private island in the silk keys. We swam with nurse sharks, sting rays and turtles. Our guide even grilled fresh food on a private island. Also, explored the caves by tubing! This is an experience i'll never forget.

  • The first encounter between Colombus and the Maya, 3min.

    October 13, 2018


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    Kids in Action tackle Boca del Rio during National Coastal and River waterways clean-up campaign
    On Saturday, October 6th, Oceana in Belize hosted their 27th National Coastal and River Waterways Clean Up campaign across the country. This year, the clean-up reached Ambergris Caye, where the organization teamed up with a group of environmental advocates known as Kids in Action (KIA). They concentrated along the Boca del Rio beach area, and at the end of the day, the group collected eight 100-pound garbage bags of trash from the beach. Leading the group was Everette Anderson, Chairperson of the San Pedro Tour Operators Association and an active mentor for KIA. Anderson stated that after being contacted by Oceana, KIA kids were more than happy to be part of this year’s clean-up. He added that the experience was quite educational, as the kids learned about collecting garbage data.

    William Godoy’s family insist he’s innocent and continues the legal battle for his exoneration
    Family and friends continue to fight for the freedom of 33-year-old San Pedro resident William Godoy, who was charged for the murder of Alfredo Cowo. On, Wednesday, October 10th the fifth court hearing took place inside the courtroom in San Pedro Town. However, due to the Magistrate not being provided with a copy of the disclosure document by the San Pedro Police Department, the case was adjourned to Thursday, October 25th.

    Mental Health Services available for San Pedro Town Residents
    Mental health services are now accessible for island residents, as a professional mental health counselor Christa Courtenay is offering sessions in San Pedro Town every Friday. Mental health therapy, is a way to help people with a broad variety of emotional and mental difficulties. It can help to eliminate or control troubling symptoms so a person can function better, and can increase well-being and healing. Courtenay holds a Master’s Degree in Mental Health & Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of South Florida, Tampa, USA. She has had the opportunity to work with persons with addictions, depression, anxiety, stress management, sexual abuse, grief/loss, couples therapy, and disability adjustment counseling, among others.

    Julian Trapp killed and his brother Armando injured in San Pedro Town shooting
    Police have launched an investigation into a late-night shooting at a beach bar and grill located in Boca Del Rio in San Pedro Town on Thursday, October 11th, which led to the death of 21-year-old Julian Trapp and his 27-year-old brother Armando injured. While socializing at the beach bar, Julian, a mechanic of the DFC Area, received fatal gunshots wound to the left side of the chest, two to the left lower abdomen entrance and exit, two to the upper left leg entrance and exit, one to the left upper leg, one to the right lower back, one to the left buttock and one to the right buttock. Meanwhile, Armando received one gunshot wound to the right forearm.

    ACES rescues Crocodile Thomas on Ambergris Caye
    On Monday, October 8th the American Crocodile Education Sanctuary (ACES) rescued a 10-foot-long American Crocodile north of San Pedro Town named Thomas, who was found with a fishing line wrapped around his snout and leading down his throat. The crocodile was discovered by someone who was taking a photograph of him. The person noticed that something was wrong with the crocodile and called ACES for further assistance. According to ACES, they were unable to remove the line by hand, as the end seemed caught deeper inside his body where they could not reach. Therefore, crocodile Thomas was carried by boat to the mainland thanks to the generosity of Quality Products where the Belize Forest Department then transported him to Belize Wildlife and Referral Clinic in Unitedville, Cayo for X-rays and examination. The assessment did not show a hook in Thomas’ stomach, which was great news as he will not need any risky surgery.

    Ambergris Today

    Family Prepares To Say Farewell To Milo Paz

    Gunman Murders One And Injures Another Socializing In Local Bar
    On Thursday, October 11, 2018, the San Pedro Police Department reports acting on information received of a gunshots in the Boca del Rio Area. They visited the San Pedro Poly Clinic where they encountered the lifeless body of 21-year-old Julian Trapp, a mechanic of the DFC Area of San Pedro Town, Ambergris Caye. Trapp had one apparent gunshot wound on the left side of the chest, two apparent gunshot wounds to the left lower abdomen entrance and exit, two apparent gunshot wounds to the upper left leg entrance and exit, one gunshot wound to the left upper leg, one apparent gunshot wound to the right lower back, one apparent gunshot wound to the left buttock and one apparent gunshot wound to the right buttock.

    Scouts Pay Courtesy Visit To Belize Governor General
    The Scouts Association of Belize made a courtesy visit to the Scout Patron of the Scout Association, His Excellency, Sir Colville N Young, Governor General of Belize on Wednesday, October 10, 2018. The Scout Association’s delegation was headed by Mr. Armando Aban, President of the Association, where he introduced himself to the Scout Patron, The Governor General Sir Colville N. Young. During his visit at Belize House, the President informed the Governor General of the status of the Association, plans for Membership Expansion, the Association’s finances, and the plans to improve Camp Oakley, the national camping and training grounds of The Scout Association of Belize.

    Misc Belizean Sources


    Caye Caulker coastal baseline studies
    A total of 9 residents attended this consultation Thursday night (poor turnout). This is under the Local Tourism Committee through the STP 2 Project. Hold the line action plan has 4 options. We are awaiting official word from the ministry to conduct an official poll. Let’s put our heads together for a brighter Caye Caulker.

    Illegal Wildlife Conference
    affecting species such as macaws. Thanks to the British High Commission Office in Belize, FCD is participating on the Illegal Wildlife Conference taking place In London.

    Paradise Theater playing this weekend:
    Had a tons of messages to replay these 2 movies .. so for those .. ENJOY! Teen Titans Go To The Movies, Dark Web, Mamma Mia!, Antman vs. Wasp.

    Ancient monuments moved inside the Uchb'enka Visitors Center
    Ancient monuments were moved and placed inside the Uchb'enka Visitors Center and Museum by staff of the Institute of Archaeology as well as by members of the Uchbenk'kaj Kin Ajaw Association and the Santa Cruz Village Council.

    Belize Indigenous Resistance Day
    Belize Día de la Resistencia Indigena . 500 years later the resistance continues ...

    PUP Endorsement Convention in Saca Chispas
    Come out to Mr Andre Perez Endorsement Convention. as the Standard Bearer for PUP Belize Rural South on Saturday, October 13, 2018 at 7pm until 3am at the Saca Chispas. $2 Beer and Rum & Coke | Lots of Food | Entertainment by Electro Sounds. Note: There will be a boat coming from Caye Caulker kindly contact Celina Novelo 607-1440. Boat leaves 6:30pm sharp and returns back to CC at 11pm.

    CCBTIA Upgrades and Innovation in Services. Nov 1 at 12 AM – Nov 15, Caye Caulker, Belize

    Unveiling of the Architectural Design of the Proposed Ministry of Foreign Affairs Headquarters Building in Belmopan
    On Monday, October 8th, 2018, the comprehensive architectural drawings for the construction of the headquarters building of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which will be located in Belmopan, were unveiled. The drawings were unveiled to the Minister and staff of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Ambassador and staff of the Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan). The drawings call for a two-level, 20,000 gross square footage, modern and sustainable facility. The design makes use of the natural landscape for outdoor amenities to serve the staff and enhance the architectural designs of nearby buildings. The building will be constructed to be fully-accessible and will have the ability for future expansion in its structural design. The structure should withstand hurricane force winds in excess of 150 miles per hour and will serve as a shelter for staff and foreign diplomatic agents in times of emergency.

    John Stanley presents donation to Hope Haven
    Local favorite singer and songwriter John Stanley presented an $852.72 donation to Hope Haven after performing a series of shows at local eateries. "I got a message from Hope Haven that they really needed food and supplies, so I donated a box of food myself then decided to go one step further and put on a few performances in San Pedro and see if I could do even more for this great organization." John Stanley performed at five local restaurants over the past week and replaced his usual tip jar with a donation box instead. "I knew it was slow season, so I wasn't sure how much I could raise. I thought I had a lofty goal of $500, but when we counted the money at the end of the week it was over $850! I was ecstatic.” “I want to thank The Dive Bar, Crocs, Crazy Canuks, Average Joe’s, and Sandy Toes for hosting this fund drive and supporting me in my efforts.” John Stanley has been performing in San Pedro for the past two years. He plays a variety of music that includes rock and roll, reggae, and country music. He also performed many songs from his upcoming CD, “Rivers, Rocks, and Rain” which is scheduled for release later this year.

    Miss Divali Nagar Queen Pageant
    COEICH would like to thank the many supporters who helped us today in our fundraising drive to help prepare Miss Irianna Leiva, Miss East Indian 2018, to participate in the Miss Divali Nagar Queen Pageant in Trinidad and Tobago. Special thanks to Mrs. Esther McField, Mrs Louisa Jacobs, Ms Brenda Hall, Miss Deborah Innis, Mr. Froylan Gilharry, Ms Bernadine Emanuel, Ms Carolyn Charley, Ms Consy Lopez, Mrs Arlett Swasey, and Mr Vincent Charley

    Do You Want to Learn Women's Self-Defense in Corozal?
    Self-Defense Classes for women and young girls in Corozal. Great opportunity. October 20th, 2018 at the Tortuga Grill at Rainbow Beach. Sign up with Renee Wentz.

    Water outage along the George Price Highway Oct. 17th
    Belize Water Services informs customers along the George Price Highway that there will be an interruption in the water supply, Wednesday, October 17, 2018, starting at 1:00pm. The areas to be affected are Barton Bridge at Mile 5 (on the George Price Highway), West Lake, and Sunset Park to Mile 10 on the George Price Highway. This interruption is necessary for ongoing works. Customers may experience low pressure and/or discoloration in the water supply when water is fully restored. Customers are being advised that water is expected to be fully restored by 6:00pm.

    Channel 7

    Bar Brawl Shoot ‘Em Up In San Pedro Leaves One Dead
    A San Pedro father was gunned down at a bar on San Pedro. This is the second murder on the island in two weeks. Last night around 10:30, 21 year old Julian Trapp was hanging out with his brother and fiancé at La Choza Bar when a brazen gunman fired at them. This was not the first time the family has been targeted. Courtney Weatherburne has more details. Courtney Weatherburne reporting Every Friday morning Julian Trapp would bring his 10 year old niece Deanna to Manelly's ice cream shop - an outing she always looked forward to. Today, her mother had to take her instead, but for little Deanna, it wasn't the same and it never will be. Julian Trapp was shot and killed last night at La Choza Bar and Grill - his favorite chill spot.

    Court Denies Bail to Attempted Abductor
    One week ago, we told you about 63 year-old British National Roger Wallis. He's the man who police have charged with 2 counts of attempted kidnapping of an 8 year-old boy in Belmopan. Last Friday, he went before Justice Adolph Lucas to apply for Supreme Court bail. The crown counsel from the DPP's Office did not object, and trying to be extra careful, the judge adjourned the hearing until today, so that he could get a chance to review the police report, the affidavits, and the witness statements in this case. This afternoon, the bail application resumed, and now that he was properly informed, Justice Lucas invited Wallis' attorney, Hurl Hamilton, to finish presenting his case as to why Wallis deserves bail.

    OW Murder Suspect Turns Himself Into Police
    Last night, you saw the news on yesterday's brazen, daylight execution of 21 year-old Jose Medina. He was shot and killed a short distance from his home. He was a wanted man in the streets who was trying to lay low, but at around 11 o'clock yesterday morning, a gunman ambushed him while he was walking home with his girlfriend. He was shot multiple times to the head and chest, and died on the scene. Luna was injured to the abdomen and was rushed to the Northern Regional Hospital for emergency treatment. A post-mortem examination was conducted on Medina, and it certified that he died due to those multiple gunshots to the head and chest.

    Teachers’ Union Warns Ministry
    The war of words over hardship allowances is escalating between the Ministry of Education and the Belize National Teachers Union. Today the Union sent out a release warning the Ministry not to take it lightly. The release is headlined, "MOE's Disrespect Will No Longer Be Tolerated". It explains that the Union's email's to the Ministry asking for a meeting have gone unanswered for the past few weeks. Hon. Elena Smith, President - BNTU: "We've written to them on this matter, specifically on this matter of the re-categorization of schools and we've said to them that the matter is too large for us to discuss via correspondence. It has to be that we have a face to face discussion and I will give them their due. Normally they respond to us very quickly when it comes to emails."

    Tension Mounts Over ICJ Position In The Opposition
    So, the big meeting between the PUP's Southern Caucus and the Party Leader didn't happen today after all. Seems the word of the meeting got out - and the party leader didn't want to deal with an internal matter as a media circus, so he called it off. Our information suggests that the Southern Caucus forging ahead with a strident anti-ICJ position has rankled some in the PUP executive who would support a "yes" vote, and would prefer a more conservative public profile for the party. Also, the party leader - who has indicated he supports that yes vote - cannot hold a minority position. So, there's definitely inter-party tension over this issue, but on Wednesday, the Toledo West Representative said no way to that:

    Guate Man Got Fake ID’s, Police Reluctant To Charge
    Tonight a Guatemalan man is being held by Immigration Authorities in San Pedro - on suspicion of having multiple false Belize identity documents: from a social security card, to a voter's registration, to a passport with a US Visa. The 37 year old has been accumulating all of them for the last two decades during which time he's been living under a relative's name. He hasn't been charged, and it appears he might not be - because the relative whose identity he's stolen doesn't live in Belize. Police say that without that complaint, they can't do anything.

    Chamber Applauds CITCO, Scolds GOB
    All this week, we've been reporting on the special gift that the city council returned to a Belmopan businesswoman. She left an envelope stuffed with fifty $50 dollar bills on the City Administrator's desk. Shortly after that, the Mayor wrote her explaining why they cannot accept what he called a gift. City Hall doesn't want there to be any suggestion that financial gifts are welcome in exchange for special considerations, and yesterday, the Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry released a statement applauding them.

    Airline President Says Local Investors Need Incentives
    And keeping it on the business climate, earlier this week at the Mirab opening, the President of Tropic Air told us that for big local investors like his company or Mirab, there's no government incentive for those Belizeans who put tens of millions of dollars in the ground to re-invest in Belize. John Grief III- President, Tropic Air: "I think there should be a ministerial level job that does nothing but promote people like Mirab. What roadblocks are you hitting with government - how can we help? Because these people don't have to invest here. They can take their money elsewhere."

    Hicatee’s Survived The Dinosaurs But Not Modern Belize
    You probably didn't know that October is Hicatee Awareness Month - and hearing it now, you're might be thinking of how nice some Hicatee soup would be. Indeed, it's one of the most prized and rare local dishes. And that's because Hicatee cannot legally be bought or sold, it can only be caught for personal consumption. Those laws were enacted about 20 years ago when it became apparent that Belize's Hicatee population was being eaten out. Indeed, the Central American Fresh Water turtle as it is properly known is actually on the verge of extinction!

    Bad News For Corozal Free Zone
    Chetumal is that Mexican City that Belizeans just love traveling to for shopping and recreation - and by January of next year it may be getting cheaper. That's because it will have it's own commercial free zone. Mexico's President Elect, Andrés Manuel López Obrador yesterday hosted a press conference to announce that as of January 1, 2019, he will start a free zone program in border cities and towns. He also announced that Mexico's value added tax, VAT, will be reduced from 16% to 8% in those zones.

    Post Office Into The Future
    On Wednesday we showed you the donation of two new delivery vans to the Post Office. Now, you're probably saying - who still even sends mail? But, many people do, and it's a must for business communications. That's why the post office says it is stepping up its game with electronic mail tracking:

    Taiwan Lining Up to Pay for Another MOFA Bldg.
    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs team will get a brand new office building in Belmopan courtesy the Taiwanese Embassy. Minister Wilfred Elrington got to see the drawings today . In a release it describes the building as "20,000 gross square footage. It continues by saying "The building will be constructed to be fully-accessible and will have the ability for future expansion in its structural design. The structure should withstand hurricane force winds in excess of 150 miles per hour and will serve as a shelter for staff and foreign diplomatic agents in times of emergency." The building is expected to be completed between six to nine months.

    Channel 5

    A Deadly Assault on the Brothers Trapp in Boca del Rio
    There was a fatal shooting in San Pedro on Thursday night. Two brothers Julian and Armando Trapp were among a group of friends when they came under fire.  The Trapp [...]

    OW Police Makes Progress in Murder Investigation
    Orange Walk Police have made some progress in the murder investigation of twenty-one-year-old Jose “Duffy” Medina. Accompanied by an attorney, one of the persons wanted for questioning handed himself over [...]

    C.C.J. Orders G.O.B. to Pay David Gegg More than Half-a-Mil
    The Caribbean Court of Justice has ordered the Government of Belize to repay businessman David Gegg more than four hundred thousand dollars plus six percent simple interest per annum which [...]

    Will C.C.J. Ruling Set Precedent?
    The C.C.J.’s ruling sets a precedent which other tour operators may want to rely on. Of note is that operators such as Yhony Rosado, who operates, also had troubles [...]

    Alleged Kidnapper Roger Wallis Denied Supreme Court Bail
    British national, Roger Wallis, appeared before Justice Adolph Lucas this afternoon on a bail application.  The sixty-three-year-old businessman is accused of the attempted kidnapping of an eight-year old Belmopan boy [...]

    Charged for Unlawful Sexual Assault, Magdiel Ceas, Granted Bail
    Also appearing before Justice Lucas was thirty-year-old Magdiel Ceas, charged for the unlawful sexual assault of a missing girl half his age. Ceas is originally from San Jose Village, Orange [...]

    B.N.T.U. Says M.O.E. has Disrespected the Teachers!
    The Belize National Teachers Union and the Ministry of Education are at a crossroads once again. Their latest disagreement involves the re-categorization of hardship allowances and time-off to collect salary. [...]

    B.N.T.U. Says M.O.E. Sluggish with Proposal 22 Progress
    The Belize National Teachers Union also points out that Minister of Education, Patrick Faber, has failed to attend two scheduled meetings to discuss Proposal twenty-two in respect of retiring teachers [...]

    B.N.T.U. Reps Comment on Claver College Issue
    Down south in Punta Gorda, the dust has settled with the reinstatement of teachers at Claver College Extension. Classes have resumed, but not after students protested against the decision by [...]

    Chetumal to Become Free Zone
    Mexico’s President-elect, Andrés Manuel López Obrador stated earlier this week that Chetumal will return to a ‘free zone’ status. While visiting Cancun, the president-elect announced that on January first, 2019, [...]

    Audubon Tackles Illegal Fishing and Empowers Fisherfolk through Entrepreneurship
    On October first, the fishing season of the Queen Conch officially opened. Conch represents a significant source of revenue for traditional fishermen across Belize, and generates millions of dollars for [...]

    B.N.T.U. Hopes C.W.U./Port Impasse is Resolved
    On Thursday, the Belize National Teachers Union expressed its support for the Christian Workers Union which is currently at a standoff with the Port of Belize Limited over working hours [...]

    UWI Ranks as 1 of the Best Universities in the World
    There is good news for the hundreds of Belizeans studying at the University of the West Indies. That’s because it is in the top five percent of best universities in [...]

    The Annual TIDE Conservation Festival
    The Toledo Institute for Development and Education is hosting its annual conservation festival. In the past, it was called the TIDE Fish Festival, but this year, it has been renamed [...]

    15 Artists to Take the Stage in the I.C.J. Song Competition
    The I.C.J. Song Competition is being held tonight inside the Civic Center. Music Ambassador Shyne Barrow says the event will see the participation of mostly new artists who will perform [...]


    “Finding Your Platinum Lining in Credit Unions”
    This year marks the seventieth year of celebrating the International Credit Union Day, which will be observed on Thursday, October 18. This year, the credit unions are celebrating under the theme “Finding Your Platinum Lining in Credit Unions”. One of several activities scheduled for this month was held yesterday. The Belize District financial literacy quiz …

    Roger Wallis denied bail
    63-year-old Roger Victor Wallis, British national, who was arrested and charged with two counts of attempted kidnapping in Belmopan, Cayo District, was denied bail. Wallis appeared with his attorney, Hurl Hamilton, this afternoon. Attorney Hamilgont submitted for bail on his behalf before Justice Adolph Lucas but bail was denied. Justice Lucas noted that bail would …

    Mental Health Week concludes with “Homeless for a night” event
    Mental Health week is coming to a close but the fight remains to spread awareness on the issues. In its final effort to allow individuals the opportunity to understand and relate, the Welcome Resource Centre along with the Mental Health Organization and the Ministry of Health have organized an event, “Homeless for a Night,” inviting …

    Belize celebrates Hicatee Awareness Month
    Hicatee turtles are becoming more extinct as a result of being over hunted, every year. The month of October is observed as Hicatee Awareness Month where NGOs such as the Belize Foundation for Research and Environmental Education, BFREE, has made it their goal to spread awareness on the critically endangered specie. Jaren Serano, BFREE’s Science …

    IPCC’s report on global warming
    The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has released their report which calls on government to move swiftly to ensure that global warming remains at 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. The report noted that exceeding 1.5 degrees Celsius could prove to be catastrophic especially for small island states, which are already experiencing the effects …


    Cahal Pech murder involved “EMO” cult ritual
    The murder of Bobby Garcia, 19, made headlines in the Belize media because of the strange way he was killed. Garcia’s body was found on Monday, October 8, on an altar inside a Mayan temple in “Plaza E” at Cahal Pech, and many people speculated that it was some sort of ritualistic sacrifice. It now appears these speculations may be accurate. To give some background, about 7 or 8 years ago there was a string of suicides in Benque Viejo Del Carmen. Several girls had taken their own lives in connection with the cult. One of these girls, Daisy Cerda, 19, had actually spoken about her attempted suicide in February 2011, two months before successfully taking her own life.

    Attorney General Peyrefitte offers solution to waterfront dispute
    Senator Michael Peyrefitte, Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, has offered Dr. Carla Barnett, the Minister of Labour, an enlightened solution for the ongoing dispute between the Christian Workers Union (CWU) and Port of Belize Limited (PBL). Port of Belize is presently attempting to reduce stevedores’ take home pay by preventing extended shifts on legal grounds. PBL is arguing on the basis of Sections 115 to 118 of the Labour Act. The stevedores are resisting because a status quo exists in this matter from time immemorial, and they will lose money because of PBL’s “humanitarian” demands.

    The ICJ Referendum question that no one in our informal survey knows
    In the next six months Belizeans will go to the polls to vote in the International Court of Justice (ICJ) referendum on whether or not to take the Guatemalan claim to the ICJ for a final settlement. Despite the government’s so-called ICJ Education Campaign on which millions of dollars are being spent, the message appears not to be reaching many Belizeans in Belize City. Today we took to the streets to ask an important question: Do you know what the question is that will be asked in the ICJ referendum next year? We asked about 50 persons from various walks of life that one question, and not even one person said that he or she knew exactly what the answer to our question was, even though most of them gave a “yes” or “no” response on whether we should go to the ICJ.

    Jose Medina, 23, shot dead in Orange Walk Town
    A 23-year-old laborer of Orange Walk Town, Jose Medina, a.k.a. “Doofy,” was shot and killed in Backa-town in the Louisiana area of Orange Walk Town at about 11:00 this morning. Our information is that Medina was walking with his girlfriend, Lucia Luna, 28, in the Louisiana area when an unknown gunman came up and fired at him. The gunman then ran off into the surrounding area and disappeared. Medina was struck in the head and body, and Luna was struck in the chest.

    Belize Peace Movement calls meeting with “No to the ICJ” proponents
    An unusual gathering of politicians representing different political parties, along with representatives of activist organizations, all heeded the call of the Belize Peace Movement this morning, when they arrived in Belmopan for a meeting to join forces in the one thing which they all have in common — their opposition to taking the Guatemalan claim to the International Court of Justice (ICJ). Leader of the Belize Peace Movement, Robert “Bobby” Lopez, opened the meeting with a prayer, after which he spoke briefly about his experience with his “No ICJ” float in the citizens’ parade on Independence Day in Belmopan, when he was harassed and threatened by law enforcement and traffic officers.

    BEL’s CHIL program is here to help
    In the issue of Amandala dated Friday, September, 29, there was an article entitled “Forced to steal electricity despite the frightening danger,” which described the perils faced by residents in certain areas of the city, primarily the Gungulung area, who, because they were unable to pay to have electricity installed in their homes, were using dangerous connections to steal electricity. Today, we visited the Belize Electricity Limited’s (BEL) office, where we learned more about how their Connecting Homes Improving Lives (“CHIL”) program is helping those same people.

    San Ignacio/Santa Elena Basketball Association tournament weekend scores
    The San Ignacio/Santa Elena Basketball Association (SSBA) Tournament, sponsored by Diginet and BECOL, had games this past weekend on Friday and Saturday at the Sacred Heart College Auditorium in San Ignacio Town. In the opener on Friday night, (Females) Mount Carmel High School won, 26-22, over Sacred Heart High School. Mount Carmel was led by Christine Rice with 11 points and Clarissa Cheda 6 pts; while Sacred Heart had Bayvin Aldana (“Queen of the West”) 12 pts and Zandra Whittaker 6 pts. And in the nightcap, (U-21) One Love blew out World Thing, 105-46, behind Kyron “Tut” Molina 28 pts, Umelo “Goodness” Henderson 15 pts, Jaylen Lennan 13 pts, Aaron “Curry” Allison 11 pts, and Ryan “Mentes” Carbajal 11 pts; while World Thing was led by Ulric Meighan 21 pts and Darnell Melendez 9 pts.

    Bernard 7-A-Side semifinals on Friday in O.W.
    Postponed from last week due to inclement weather, the Kevin Bernard 7-A-Side Football Tournament semifinals will now take place this Friday night at the Chan Pine Ridge football field: Friday, October 12. 7:00 p.m. – Los Tercos vs Celtics. 8:00 p.m. – Young Stars vs San Lazaro.

    Belmopan F.A. U-21, and Hon. John Saldivar Kids, Youth & Female Cup 2018 Tournament games
    The Belmopan Football Association (BFA) had another action-packed weekend of football, with games in the BFA U-21 Tournament as well as in the Hon. John Saldivar Kids, Youth & Female Cup 2018 Tournament, all at the Isidoro Beaton Stadium. In the opener on Friday night, (U-21) Club Atletico won, 5-3, over Ramon United. Shaking the net for Club Atletico were Jashua Salazar (37’ & 62’), Alence Ayala (73’ & 88’) and Ariel Maldonado (82’); while Ramon’s United got a goal each from Carlysie Wallace (58’), Damion Valdez (72’) and Jacinto Vasquez (80’). And in the nightcap, it was Spanish Lookout with the 5-1 victory over Real Juventud. Spanish Lookout got 4 goals from Kelvin Dueck (5’, 45’, 60’ & 67’) and the other from Carlos Sanchez (18’); while Hiram Carrillo (21’) scored for Real Juventud.

    Digi Puppy Leslie Youth Basketball League Week 2 games
    We still have to catch up on the scores from last weekend’s tip-off of the Digi Puppy Leslie Youth Basketball League U-14 and U-18 Tournament at Swift Hall on the St. Martin’s compound on Vernon Street. However, we managed to get hold of a copy of the tournament schedule, and here are the upcoming Week 2 games:

    Editorial: Pow-wow in Belmopan
    A momentous, historic meeting took place in Belmopan on Tuesday morning which brought together the most prominent of Belize’s personalities who have been saying that Belize should not go to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) for final and binding arbitration on the Guatemalan claim to Belize. With just six months to go before Belizeans vote in the ICJ referendum, it is reasonable to assume, we submit, that there will be more such gatherings. But this conference in Belmopan was momentous and historic, unprecedented, because there was discernible movement across party political and organizational lines. Interestingly enough, we did not see Derek Aikman, a former United Democratic Party (UDP) Cabinet Minister, who had unsuccessfully attempted to get this kind of ball rolling two or three months ago, and we did not see Richard Harrison, a well-known businessman and unsuccessful PUP Cayo North by-election candidate in January of 2015, who had tried, unsuccessfully, to organize a demonstration against the ICJ option for Independence Day three weeks ago.

    From The Publisher
    Los jesuitas toman tres votos cuando entran la Sociedad de Jesús. Se trata de la pobreza, la castidad, y obediencia. Si recuerdo el libro de Jim Carney, él era un veterano de la Segunda Guerra Mundial cuando se unió a los jesuitas. (Antes de que uno se convierte en un sacerdote jesuita hasta un cierto punto se le llama un “escolástico.” Carney sirvió como un escolástico en el Colegio San Juan (SJC por sus siglas en inglés) a mediados/finales de la década de 1950. Después de que se convirtió en un sacerdote, fue enviado a la República de Honduras, donde se convirtió en un revolucionario – “padre Guadalupe,” y fue asesinado por el ejército hondureño). Mi comprensión es que un jesuita haría entre 12 a 15 años de estudios universitarios en latín, griego, filosofía, teología, y así sucesivamente, antes de ser ordenado como sacerdote católico romano.

    From proud Rio Hondo to old Sarstoon …
    Dear Editor, In any democratic country, where there are two opposing views on an important national issue such as this Compromise Referendum, since the Government’s Yes Vote position to the ICJ is represented by the Government, the No Vote position to the ICJ by right needs to be represented by a National Umbrella Committee – this is democracy. As the Compromise Referendum date is coming closer, I have had the opportunity to read and hear on the media that many more Belizeans are expressing publicly their sentiments against the Compromise Referendum and are encouraging more Belizeans to reject this Compromise by voting no to the ICJ on the 10th April 2019.

    BECOL-Fortis just don’t care about the people
    Dear Editor, It is outrageous that BECOL-Fortis (a Canadian-owned corporation), the owner and operator of the Macal River dams, portray themselves as “sharing information” and getting feedback from the public, a fantasy they continue to perpetuate. BECOL is required to inform the people and respond to our concerns about the problems that directly affect our lives and health. BECOL is required to test the levels of mercury in the fish in the Macal River and inform the public on the dangers of eating fish high in mercury; BECOL is required to test the water of the river and inform the people of the test results; BECOL is required to have a workable Dam Break Early Warning System in place – something they were to do when the Chalillo Dam went online, 13 years ago, but have still failed to do.

    Musings by the Curious Non-Conformist
    I’ll take the opportunity this space offers me with being a time capsule for my thoughts, feelings, and opinions in this, the early stage of my third decade of life. I’ve been getting the vibe and even some commentary on my disposition, the way I carry myself, and my demeanor. Now, I’ve been known to not hold any bars with my opinions in any fora. This is not because my immediate mission is to be belligerent and bombastic, but because I honestly feel that some people have a really skewed perspective on the realities that impact people, especially in regards to young people of color. If I am accused of some sarcasm I’ll take those charges but still reluctant to make apologies for it. It could also be that they are honestly ignorant to said reality, but when duty bearers are clueless or choose to remain as such then that leaves us with more questions than answers. As such, I’ve gained the reputation of being a bit more of the outspoken attendee at meetings, to say the least. A trouble-maker.

    America is really TWO countries
    The recent fight in the USA between senators of their Democratic party and senators of their Republican party over the confirmation of a judge to their supreme court, exposed the extent of the divide between the two political parties that run that country. The confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh, a judge who was favored by the party in power, the Republicans, was fought up to the very last day by the Democrats. The Democrats latched on to an accusation by a lady that Judge Kavanaugh had, when he was a young man, committed a gross act of aggression against her. The accusation was substantial, of itself. Apparently the fact that the alleged crime was committed a number of years ago worried a lot of people. It seems a lot of men in high places in America are in desperate need of a “statute of limitations.”

    NO to the ICJ: 101
    Prior to 1859 Great Britain did not own or had any title to Belize. There was no such thing as “no man’s land” or “vacant land” (terra nullius) between Mexico and Guatemala that the British occupied and owned. All lands in this area were under Spanish rule and the British accepted and respected that. If this was not the case there would have been no need for Great Britain to enter into the 1783 and 1786 treaties with Spain to cut logwood and mahogany between the Rio Hondo and Sibun Rivers. Spain, however, granted to Britain only usufruct rights (the legal right of using and enjoying the fruits and profit of something belonging to another) but sovereignty remained with Spain.

    Maurice Bishop was murdered because of his thoughts …
    While time is running, we are getting closer to the referendum that is expected to take place on April 10, 2019. We have been listening to several Belizeans who have brought up the Anglo- Guatemala/Belize issue; each one with their own point of view, others have been trying to get more in-depth with the subject. Together they’ve offered a very interesting pool of information. Unfortunately, none of us will be the judges at The Hague. There are those who have full confidence in the magistrates that represent the International Court of Justice. They believe that these persons are honorable, impeccable, irreproachable, etc. but regrettably, we were not taught of the things that took place in history, much less those few thinkers who sought an idea to form a method that could have been put in place to balance between the communist and capitalist system.

    Brave homeowner chases burglars out of his house
    At about 11:00 Friday morning, Ivor Mendez, 45, went home to warm food for his daughter, who would have been coming from school at about 12:00 midday, but on his arrival, he saw his back door open. He went into his house and saw his groceries scattered on the floor; his electronic items packed in his daughter’s school bag, on the table; his 42-inch flat screen television, among other items, packed in blankets and sheets; and his tools packed in a box. He then went towards his room, and saw a man coming towards him from out of his room, with a stocking on his head, but with no covering on his face, and he recognized him as someone he knew.

    Tropic Air pilot Jose Milo Paz, 49, dies in Panama plane crash
    Tropic Air lost one of its veteran pilots yesterday when Jose Milo Paz reportedly died in a plane crash in Panama. Paz, a senior pilot at Tropic Air, was a resident of San Pedro and former People’s United Party politician. He celebrated his 49th birthday last month. Local reports say that Paz had taken a week from his regular job at Tropic Air to fly a private charter plane out of Panama. Tropic Air president John Grief, told 7News that he was moved to tears. Grief added, “Milo and I grew up together as little kids, playing in the sand streets of San Pedro. He is an aviation pioneer. He owned his own airplane and was one of the pioneers in the San Pedro/Tikal Day Tour.

    Man injured in explosion at gas depot
    Last night, October 10, Jose Rosales, 65, was filling his van’s fuel tank with butane when an explosion caused him to suffer minor burn injuries to his face. Police say the explosion was caused by a lit cigarette, but the Fire Department says they cannot confirm this. Rosales, a taxi driver, visited Garcia’s Butane Gas Depot sometime after 6 p.m. and was filling his 2014 Ford 350 van, which is adapted to use butane instead of gas or diesel, when an explosion caused the Independence Village police to rush over. Rosales, who was sitting in the driver’s seat of the van, was the only person injured in this incident. A passenger in the van, who was seated beside him, was unharmed.

    Contractor charged for drowning deaths of Succotz sisters, released on bail
    Carlos Martin Martinez, 53, a contractor of Belmopan, has been arrested and charged with two counts of causing death by careless conduct, two counts of manslaughter by negligence, and driving with alcohol level above the legal limit. Police said that at about 4:00 Saturday morning, Martinez was driving his vehicle on the George Price Highway, from Benque Viejo Del Carmen to San Jose, Succotz. Along with him were two sisters, Cindy Cowo, 26, and Jarinet Cowo, 16, both of Succotz. Between Miles 71 and 72 he lost control of the RAV4 and it ran off the road, down the south bank of the Mopan River, and into the river.

    The Reporter

    Cycling Federation Belize will be competing in the 18th Elite Caribbean Cycling Championships in the Dominican Republic on October 13 and 14th ITT & Road Race. The National Team will include: Giovanni Lovell – Elite, Keion Robateau – U23, Robert Stewart – Elite, Oscar Quiros – Elite, Alicia Thompson – Elite/Women, Kaya Cattouse – Elite/Women. The Mens Elite race starts on Sunday at 8.30am Belize time and is 90 miles.

    The Mary Hall R.C. School in Corozal has released a notice to parents after an incident at the school yesterday. The man in the pictures above is said to have gone on the school compound asking questions and eventually asking for financial assistance. He reportedly got aggressive when denied and was escorted off campus and shortly after, detained by Police.

    Just after 10:00pm last night Julian Trapp, 21, was murdered in San Pedro. According to reports, Trapp and three others were hanging out at La Choza Bar when a gunman with a fishing mask on his face came out of the mangroves and fired at them. Trapp was reportedly hit seven times to the chest, abdomen, legs and back and died on the spot. Another man, Armando Trapp, was hit once to the forearm.

    Breaking Belize NewsPJ

    Architectural design of Proposed Ministry of Foreign Affairs headquarters unveiled
    On Monday, October 8, 2018, the comprehensive architectural drawings for the construction of the headquarters […]

    ‘Litigation risk’ is the single issue most harmful to saying ‘Yes’ to the ICJ
    Minister of National Security, John Saldivar, has been using social media in the last few weeks […]

    BNTU accuses the Ministry of Education of blatant disrespect!
    The Belize National Teachers’ Union (BNTU) issued a stern press release today documenting its frustrations with […]

    Police: One dead, one injured in San Pedro shooting
    Police have just released an official report on the latest shooting incident in San Pedro, Ambergris […]

    Lucia Luna in critical condition after Orange Walk shooting
    Yesterday morning, BBN reported that there was a broad daylight murder in Orange Walk Town. […]

    US Vice President warns Central America on ties with China
    Yesterday, United States Vice President, Mike Pence warned Central American nations to be cautious when building […]


    Belizean Folktales: El Cadejo
    Belizean villagers, describe the Cadejo as a hairy, goat-like animal or a large, shaggy dog, hence its name, which translates from the Spanish as “tangled hair”. The Cadejo is said to have the hooves of a goat, the horns of a bull, and the tail of a puma or lion, and its flaming eyes and foaming mouth give it an aura of evil. The stories vary, some claiming it is dragging around a long chain behind it, while some say the rattle is actually that of the bones of its victims. In classic good versus evil, the white cadejo is often declared protective of drunken revelers – perhaps an unexpected night out with friends leading to more than one extra Belikin. The black cadejo on the other hand, is believed to be intent on causing repeat drunkards (alcoholics) to fall terribly ill. The black Cadejo is said to hungrily lick their mouths and follows them for nine days until there is no longer a chance that they will get well. (There seems to be a theme against drinking in our tales…hmmmm)

    International Sourcesizz

    Explore these pristine, little-known Maya ruins
    Dozens of swallowtail butterflies are dancing in the air, and we pull the car over to watch. We’ve been on the road in Belize for nearly three hours with no shortage of sightseeing along the way. The drive from San Ignacio winds through San Antonio, a Maya town that is also the home of my tour guide, Israel Canto. We drive through the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve, and the deserted sustainable logging town next door. We take a pit stop to stretch our legs in a massive tunnel system–the Rio Frío Cave. Alas, we are on the final stretch, a few miles of dirt road leading to the largest Maya site in Belize–larger than its famous neighbor, Tikal in Guatemala. We are arriving at Caracol.

    What Americans And Canadians Find Attractive About Moving To Belize
    The response I hear most often when mentioning the country of Belize is something along the lines of, “Belize. I’ve heard of it. No, no, don’t tell me…” And then, after some squirming and a suitable pause, “Where is it again?” Here are some of the reasons Americans and Canadians like Belize. “Visitors might need to adjust to hearing the charming Caribbean accent, but the official language of Belize is English,” reports Rachel Jensen, a US expat now living in Belize. “Along with English, you'll also find Belizean Creole, Garifuna, Mandarin, Spanish, and Maya. Belize is an incredibly diverse country.” From an American and Canadian perspective, when compared with the rest of Central and South America (which uses Civil Law), Belize has another huge advantage as a result of being a former British colony: it uses British Common law, which makes it more comfortable for Americans to purchase in Belize. Also, unlike the nearby Spanish-speaking countries, all binding contracts in Belize are in English.

    Call for more data on trans-experience, lesbian and bisexual women
    Women from around the Caribbean explored opportunities to fill existing gaps in research on lesbian and bisexual women and transgender people in the Caribbean, as they met over five-days in Belize. The occasion of the 6th annual Caribbean Women and Sexual Diversity conference (CWSDC), was utilised to focus on meeting the need for more data to inform advocacy for this marginalised group. As lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex women’s rights defenders seek to amplify their voice on thelocal, regional and international stage, the need for statistical basis for advocacy becomes increasingly evident. Under the theme, “Building the Case: Strengthening Caribbean LBT Research for Advocacy”, the CWSDC-6 was held from October 4 – 8 in the Cayo District, Belize. CWSDC-6 brought activists together to transfer knowledge on leadership, advocacy, data accumulation and data sharing to enhance LBTQI advocacy.

    Port of Spain, Trinidad. In the case of Cruise Solutions Ltd and Discovery Expeditions Ltd v The Commissioner of General Sales Tax and the Attorney General of Belize, the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) today held that two companies were entitled to be repaid all general sales tax (GST) assessed, charged and collected by the relevant tax authority, from February 2007 to present, plus interest of 6% per annum. Cruise Solutions Ltd and Discovery Expeditions Ltd are Belize tour operators that entered into contracts with international cruise lines that visit Belize to provide tours for their passengers. Previously, the cruise lines would have contracted with their passengers to supply the service of arranging tours for them with local tour operators. Passengers were not charged the GST for this service as part of their package holiday since it was considered part of the supply of the “international transport” of the passengers and therefore exempt under the GST Act.

    CCJ orders refund of taxes to tour operators in Belize
    In the case of Cruise Solutions Ltd and Discovery Expeditions Ltd v The Commissioner of General Sales Tax and the Attorney General of Belize, the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) has held that two companies were entitled to be repaid all general sales tax (GST) assessed, charged and collected by the relevant tax authority, from February 2007 to present, plus interest of six percent per annum. Cruise Solutions Ltd and Discovery Expeditions Ltd are Belize tour operators that entered into contracts with international cruise lines that visit Belize to provide tours for their passengers. Previously, the cruise lines would have contracted with their passengers to supply the service of arranging tours for them with local tour operators. Passengers were not charged the GST for this service as part of their package holiday since it was considered part of the supply of the “international transport” of the passengers and therefore exempt under the GST Act.

    The Maya Kept Jaguar Zoos for Centuries
    By analyzing the chemicals within the buried cat bones, she and her colleagues showed that jaguars and pumas likely came to Copán from distant regions and were kept in captivity for most of their lives. The city effectively had its own zoo, which was part of a wide trade network that sucked in wildlife from a larger area. For three centuries, wild animals—including the most formidable carnivores around—were brought in, housed, fed, and eventually used in ritual ceremonies. “These people were interacting head on with some of the most powerful predators in the landscape—and that’s a feat we don’t see in many civilizations,” says Sugiyama. “We’ve always assumed that people in Mesoamerica only had the dog and the turkey—and camels and guinea pigs further south. But I think the dynamics between humans and animals [in the region] were much deeper.” “We think of zoos and captive animals as a very modern thing, and also tend to think that animals in the past are merely food sources or beasts of burden,” adds Kelly Knudson, an anthropologist from Arizona State University. “This study helps us rethink both of these assumptions.”


  • ICJ Song Competition, 2.5hr.

  • ACES Rescues Crocodile on Ambergris Caye, 1min. American Crocodile, Thomas, was found with fishing line wrapped around his snout and leading into his throat. We were unable to remove the line by hand, as whatever it was caught on went deeper into his body than we could reach, so he was transported for X-rays and assessment to Belize Wildlife & Referral Clinic. It has been a very long day for this 10-foot male croc - he was loaded into our golf cart on San Pedro, driven to the boat provided by Quality Poultry Products and shipped to the mainland where Belize Forest Department officers met him and drove him to the vet's office.

  • Caracol, Belize, 4min. Deep in the jungles of Belize you'll find the largest Maya city in the region.

  • 2007-09 Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras and Belize, 60min. We start our journey at Cancun in Mexico. On our way to Merida we visit Chichen Itza with its the famous tempels and the Kukulcan pyramid. We als see here the so called Cenotes, big natural water holes. In Merida we attended a big street party. ... On our way to Rio Dulce we visit the ruines of Copan in the neighbouring Honduras. Now we are heading for the famous ruines in the jungle of Tikal. Here also we hear the frightening sound of the howler monkeys and we also will see them. From Tikal travel via Belize back to Cancun where we started our journey. Here we make an excursion to Xcaret that shows us the Mexican nature and culture.

  • Shipyard 360 Burnout, 1/2min. Only in Bz!

  • Ambergris Caye Citizens for Sustainable Development (ACCSD) - views on Cayo Rosario Project, 34min. Ambergris Caye Citizens for Sustainable Development (ACCSD) is speaking out against the Cayo Rosario Project. Their representatives outlined their position on why the project is unsustainable. On our couch: Billie Leslie - Past Chair, ACCSD. Elito Arceo - Past Chair, ACCSD. Miguel Alamilla - Past Chair, ACCSD.

  • Karl H. Menzies is marking 49 years of service to Belize, 26min. Karl H. Menzies is marking 49 years of service to Belize. They are celebrating the milestone with a grand sale this weekend. Representatives walked us through a few of the great deals available for customers. On set: Michael Fuller - Marketing Manager, Karl H. Menzies. Carolyn Wade - Sales Manager, Karl H. Menzies.

  • UNICEF Belize and UNFPA - International Day of the Girl Child, 31min. UNICEF Belize and UNFPA are celebrating the International Day of the Girl Child. October 11th is the day designated to champion the importance of empowering girls to transform our communities. This year's theme is “With Her: A Skilled Girl Force.” On our couch: Khadija Duncan - Mechanical Engineer, Shanea Young - Meteorologist, Tisa Grant – Liaison Officer – UNFPA.

  • Cayo West Fest Video, 7min. A great recap of the first annual Cayo West Fest. This will be one of the many yearly cultural events here in Cayo. Thanks to everyone that made this fun event happen. "West Fest 2018, celebrating 3000 years of culture, food and music. It was a huge success! It was a pleasure seeing everyone come and enjoy this eco-friendly and family-friendly event. We enjoyed every minute of West Fest 2018 and we look forward to celebrating and enjoying West Fest 2019 with you too!"

  • Belize Dream, 3.5min. Day 7 of our 10 day Aggressor 4 LiveAboard dive vacation.

  • Hand feeding Tarpons in Belize September 2018, 6min.

  • Biking Caye Caulker + Chinese Food in Belize, 4.5min. We are biking around Caye Caulker and discovered Chinatown.... in Belize! WHAT?! So we had to try it because we were craving some Asian cuisine!

  • BELIZE: Small country, BIG birding!, 1min.

    October 12, 2018


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    The San Pedro Sun

    Shooting in Boca Del Río Area
    San Pedro police are investigating a shooting in the Boca Del Río Area that has allegedly left one male person dead. Unconfirmed reports indicate that the deceased was shot to death by the beach while socializing at a popular bar. An update will be provided as official information becomes available.

    RCGO wins softball marathon; seasonal tournament opens
    On Sunday, October 7th the final softball marathon game concluded at the Honourable Louis Sylvestre Sporting Complex. Taking the victory was Team RCGO over Quality Reef. Immediately after, the seasonal San Pedro Co-Ed Softball Tournament, organized by The San Pedro Town Council, began with the participation of six teams: San Pedro High School (SPHS), Beer League, Extreme, Rusties, Quality Reef and RCGO. In the upcoming weeks, these teams will do their best to stay on top of their game and win the championship. Games continue on Sunday, October 14th, starting at 9:30AM, with SPHS taking on Extreme, followed by Rusties against Quality Reef. The last game of the day will be between RCGO and Beer League. All softball fans are invited to come out and support the tournament and their favorite teams.

    San Pedro Pirates lose 3-1 against Freedom Fighters
    Week nine of the 2018-2019 Opening Season of the Premiere League of Belize (PLB) saw yet another loss for the San Pedro Pirates Football Club. The island team lost in a home game at the Ambergris Stadium against Punta Gorda Town’s Freedom Fighters F.C. This latest match, which ended in a 3-1 score, leaves the Pirates with the same 10 points and in the sixth position in the overall tournament standings. For their next match, the San Pedro Pirates will be playing another home match against Altitude Assassins F.C on Saturday, October 20th. The game is scheduled to start at 7:30PM at the Ambergris Stadium in San Pedro Town. All islanders are invited to come out and support the island team. Food and drinks will be on sale during the game.

    Rotary Club of Ambergris Caye once again brings magic to the island
    The Rotary Club of Ambergris Caye (RCAC) brought magic to the island’s children with the third annual ‘Intermagia Magic Show,’ on Saturday, October 6th. Hundreds of parents took their children for an evening of enchantment at the Angel Nuñez Auditorium, with two children’s show at 1PM and 6PM. The magicians entertaining the crowd hailed from Argentina, Costa Rica, Honduras, Guatemala, and Mexico. The show began after RCAC President Paul DuVille welcomed and thanked everyone in attendance. The event serves as a fundraiser for the many projects the club plans for the island. The main beneficiary from this event is the Dr. Otto Rodriguez San Pedro Polyclinic II, which continues to receive donations from the Rotarians on the island.

    Mixed Martial Arts and Self-Defense course hosted at Kidtopia
    Many island children learned some Mix Martial Arts (MMA) and self-defense techniques at Kidtopia San Pedro on Saturday, October 6th. The session was facilitated by MMA trainer Martin Dawson of Dawson’s Pit Fighters Training School, who taught the children basic fighting techniques to better prepare them in a vulnerable situation. The training session was held at the playground area inside Kidtopia San Pedro from 2PM to 4PM. Dawson began with some warm-ups and stretching’s such as jumping, sit-ups, and crunches, after which the participants were shown a variety of defensive moves based on hypothetical scenarios. The seminar ended with the children trying out the different techniques with the assistance of the instructor.

    Misc Belizean Sources


    Justice Sir Manuel Sosa Honoured by UWI
    President of the Court of Appeal of Belize, Justice Sir Manuel Sosa, was among seventy alumni of the University of the West Indies (UWI) who were honoured on the occasion of the University’s 70th anniversary of service and leadership across the region. The honour was conferred on the recipients at an official ceremony held on Wednesday, October 10th, at the UWI Cave Hill Campus in Barbados. The honour was conferred on the “University’s most outstanding alumni, who have excelled in their fields of endeavour”. Sir Manuel was unable to attend the ceremony but has stated: “I am most grateful to my beloved alma mater, though much humbled that she should consider me fit to be in this select gro

    4th Annual Belize Diabetes 26 miles Fun Run
    The 4th Annual Belize Diabetes 26 miles Fun Run will be held on Sunday October 14, 2018: The Run kicks off at the Belmopan Market Square in route to Palacios Mountain Retreat at 5:00 am with a momentous 26 miles walkathon; followed by a Marathon at 6:00 am and a 26 miles one mile Relay at 7:00am. The Fun Run is a meaningful twenty-six (26) miles run to create an awareness about the danger caused by Diabetes. The Run was designed to create community awareness about the danger caused by Diabetes Complication in an effort to contribute to the prevention, reversal or elimination of this deadly disease which is a leading killer of Belizeans and people across the globe. All Diabetes Run participants will stop at Mile 29 and await all runners and together as one big family run to the finish line at Palacios Retreat located at Mile 30, St. Margaret’s Village located on the Hummingbird Highway The Run comes to an end with all day swimming, dancing, interactive booth displays and presentations illustrating care and preventative measures of Diabetes Highlighting Nutrition and Exercise.

    Miss Hispanoamericana 2018
    October 11 2018 from Bolivia. Im honored to be representing my country and I am grateful with the love and support from many. I am looking forward in representing BELIZE with everything in my part to make our jewel be known. Miss Hispanoamericana Belize 2018

    Happy International Day of the Girl!
    This year's theme is "With Her: A Skilled GirlForce." UN Secretary-General António Guterres said as we celebrate the International Day of the Girl, let us recommit to supporting every girl to develop her skills, enter the workforce on equal terms and reach her full potential. This day highlights and addresses the needs and challenges girls face, while promoting girls’ empowerment and the fulfillment of their human rights. Celebrate the potential of girls around the world, and highlight the threats, discrimination, and issues facing their well-being.

    ICJ Information Education Secession
    if you are in San Pedro, UniBAM and EYBM is having its second session on the International Court of Justice on the 13th of October for L.G.B.T.I Belizeans. Do share the session if your in San Pedro and tell a friend.

    Urban Birdwatch in San Pedro
    Gotta love our feathered friends! Be sure to join the Urban Birdwatch in San Pedro, Sunday, October 14th! Meet us at Central Park at know the early bird always gets the worm!

    Plans are in the pipeline to turn neighbouring Chetumal to a Mexican Free Zone. "In a press conference led by López Obrador and Joaquín González, the president-elect announced that as of January 1, 2019 he will start the free zone program in the entire northern border of the country; "From January 1, the value added tax will fall from 16 to 8%, the same will reduce the income tax, fuel prices will be homologated, gas will cost the same, gasoline will be the same as costs in the United States (USA) and will increase the minimum wage to double."

    Rocktober Halloween Social at Wayo's
    Get ready for a Spooktacular evening! Live Music, Costume Contest, Drink Specials & More! Wednesday, October 31, 2018 at 7 PM – 11:30 PM, Wayo's Beach Bar, Beachfront Boca Del Rio

    Official release from Mary Hill School, October 11th, 2018 on school incident
    "Dear Parents and Guardians:- This is an official statement regarding an incident that happened today October 11, 2018 at our school. This is also being posted to clarify many rumors that are circulating on social media about this incident. At approximately 8:45 a.m a man came into the compound through one of the small gates and approached one of our employees. He asked a series of questions regarding our school and principal. No information was given to him by the employee and he was directed to the principal. He proceeded to the office to speak to the principal. He spoke with the principal and asked for monetary help. He presented a passport to show his identity which is when the principal took advantage and took a picture of the passport. When he did not get information or monetary help, he started to get aggressive.

    BEL apologizes to customers for the delay in delivery of printed bills in October
    To check your account balance, send a text to 235 with “Balance (your account number)”: or call toll free: 0-800-235-2273.

    Belizean Christmas Vol 2
    The 2nd annual Belizean Christmas concert is on Friday, December 7th. Mervin Budram and Alida Sharp will be performing many Christmas hits, including songs they've written. It's all happening at the George Price Centre in Belmopan. "Belizean Christmas promises to be a magical Caribbean Christmas experience filled with music, warmth and Christmas cheer. “BELIZEAN CHRISTMAS Vol 2” will be the perfect place to gather with your friends, family and loved ones. This family oriented Christmas event is scheduled for Friday, December 7th at 7pm at The George Price Center!!"

    Intro to Bird Identification
    PG get ready. November 11-13 is your time to go birding! Limited spaces so don't wait last minute to book your spot. One of our stops will be at the Belize Raptor Watch to watch the spectacular raptor migration as the leaders explain this natural phenomenon. See you soon...

    October Big Day results—more than 6,000 species in one day!
    Here's a summary of October Big Day 2018. Some cool stuff around the world! On 6 October, more than 17,000 birders around the world went birding together for the first October Big Day. Reporting from 146 countries, they tallied 6,136 species of birds: more than half of the world’s birds in a single day. eBirders added 21,149 pictures to their lists, photographing 2,356 species in these 24 hours. This is a new height for a single day of October birding.

    Urban Garden in downtown Belize City
    Yesterday the Downtown Rejuvenation Project, Anglican Cathedral College and Ministry of Agriculture completed the training of thirty one students and six members from the community in Horticulture. The establishment of an Urban Garden in downtown is a part of the Downtown Rejuvenation Project and its main purpose is to build capacity within the marginalized community of South Side Belize and it involve people working with plants to produce food. Urban Gardens or City farms are usually community-run gardens which aim to improve community relationships and offer an awareness of agriculture and farming to people who live in urbanized areas.

    Fish attracting devices and beach traps Consultation
    The San Pedro Tourist Guide Association invites all members of these associations to a very important consultation on October 18th 2018 at the San Pedro High school conference room at 7pm on Fish attracting devices and beach traps!!! HOL CHAN BELIZE FISHERIES DEPARTMENT, DEPARTMENT OF THE ENVIRONMENT, COASTAL ZONE CZMAI, SAN PEDRO TOURIST GUIDE ASSOCIATION, AMBERGRIS FISHING ASSOCIATION, SAN PEDRO TOUR OPERATORS ASSOCIATION

    Sandy Bradshaw and Friends Concert
    SANDY BRADSHAW AND FRIENDS ' LOVE CONCERT OCTOBER 20th 2018 -7:30 p.m. At the BLISS CENTRE FOR PERFORMING ARTS-GET YOUR TICKETS NOW AT LA FASHIONS BOUTIQUE BELIZE ITY CYS MUSIC STORE BLISS CENTRE FOR PERFORMING ARTS. Enjoy a lovely evening with your significant other you can purchase a ticket to the Sandy Bradshaw and friends concert! I promise you will enjoy it. She has great lyrics that you can enjoy.

    Channel 7

    The Return Of “Rambo-town”
    There was a broad daylight murder in Orange Walk Town this morning. Jose Medina, who was lying low in the town, was shot and killed a stone’s throw away from the house he moved to a few weeks ago. 
    His girlfriend, Lucia Luna, who got injured in Medina’s street execution, is currently hospitalized in a critical condition. Residents say that Medina knew that he had a target on his back, and that he did what he could protect himself. But, at around 11:00 this morning, a shooter ambushed him right at the alley that leads to his house. 7News travelled to Orange Walk Town to try to find out what was behind this latest killing, and Daniel Ortiz tries to connect the dots in a dizzying succession of gang murders in that town. Here’s that story:

    Man Survives Butane Explosion With Burns
    Tonight a 65 year old resident of San Isidro village in the Toledo District is admitted to the Southern Regional Hospital with burns to his face and hand.  He should be home by tonight, but, the truth is, he is lucky to be alive after he survived an LPG explosion that completely destroyed his Ford van.   Around 6:00 yesterday, Jose Tomas Rosales was filling up his taxi van with butane when the tank inside the van exploded.  Police told us more: Insp. Wilfredo Ferrufino - CIB: "The 10th of October, Bella Vista police were called to San Isidro Village in the Stann Creek District. They had received information of an explosion at the butane gas depot, Garcia's Butane Gas Depot. On arrival they spoke to persons out there and they gathered that Jose Tomas Rosales, 65 year old taxi driver was at the gas depot putting butane in his 2004 Ford 350 van and whilst doing that he lighted a cigarette and that caused the fumes to spark..."

    Fire Dept. Says Not So Sure of Cigarette Fire Starter
    But the Fire Department isn’t so sure that he was smoking.  Today, operations officer Benesford Matura said they are still investigating:… Benesford Matura - Operation Officer, BNFS: "Apparently while filling the van, there was a flash, a leak somewhere with the butane and it flashed and caused the butane tank that was placed at the rear inside the van, behind the last seat to explode. The only person that got injured was the said owner and driver Mr. Rosales. He got burns basically to the upper body, face, two arms and his chest area."

    BNTU Swinging For Stevedores
    The utility workers came out yesterday saying they support the stevedores in their industrial dispute with the port of Belize.  And, now, the Belize National Teachers Union has done the same.   The BNTU sent out a release today saying “we at the BNTU fully understand…the frustration of stevedores…the BNTU stands firm in its continued support of our brothers and sisters of the CWU and wish them well on the road to finding a resolution to the current impasse….the BNTU…is prepared to take the necessary…action to ensure their negotiations conclude in a timely manner. We will not sit idly by and watch our brothers continue to be disadvantaged..”

    Southern Caucus Called In to Leader’s Office
    On Tuesday you saw the PUP Southern Caucus, and members of the Western Caucus forge out on their own - ahead of their party - to meet with the anti-ICJ Peace Movement.   When we asked them about whether it would displease their party leader - they clearly said that he was “ok” with it: Hon. Oscar Requena, Toledo West: "The party met and we had extensive discussions. Coming out of our national executive meeting the decision was made that we are going to vote our conscience. I think it is important that we lay that on the table, because the party leader has gone on record to say that we are all entitled to our own individual positions and we are making that out. As leaders we need to speak to other leaders in this country who I believe shares common interest, common issues and I think that is what we are doing today."

    Decoding That Special Gift to City Hall
    A Chinese businesswoman in Belmopan has had her special gift to the Belize City Council returned.  It was an envelope stuffed with fifty $50 dollar bills - nicely left on the city administrator’s desk on Tuesday.   The “gift” was reportedly from Liu Nan, the owner of Office Station an stationery and office supplies business in Belmopan.   The City Administrator Stephanie Garbutt handed the envelope over to the Mayor who wrote to Nan yesterday saying, quote, “this was not the first time you have attempted to leave a gift for her. The first incident she returned and asked that it not be offered again.  Additionally I have received reports that you stuffed a one hundred dollar not in the hands of our Park Manager after he received the garbage bags that we purchased from you.”

    Mayor’s Meet on Hopkins Beach
    The Mayor was not in the city to address the press today. He was in Hopkins village at a Mayor’s Association retreat.  They were there to learn about an review the child friendly initiative - which is to make municipal governance more inclusive. Minister of State for Local Government Dr. Carla Barnett told the government press office more:… Hon. Dr. Carla Barnett - Minister of State, Local Government: "Well the mayor's retreat is aimed at looking at the implementation of the sustainable and child friendly municipalities’ initiative; it's been an implementation since 2014. Several of the municipalities have been implementing projects and programs under this initiative. They've all established their child advisory board which seeks to involve the children in the design and implementation of projects."

    Cops Mum On Bobby Garcia Murder Investigation
    On last night’s news, we told you about the two male minors, ages 14 and 15, who have been arrested and charged for the weekend's strange murder of 19 year-old Bobby Garcia, a resident of San Ignacio Town. Our sources told us that the investigators got what is believed to be the murder weapon, and they recorded  a caution statement from one of the minors who confessed to the killing, saying that he participated in it as part of an initiation ritual to join an emo cult.  It is a matter of intense public interest, more so because the Cahal Pech Archaeological Site was used to kill this teenager, and so the press tried to get additional information out of police. But, today the police spokesperson didn’t say much:

    Mile 8 Housebreaker Caught on Camera
    35 year-old Mario Zelaya, a wood carver of a Raccoon Street Extension address in Belize City, was taken to court for breaking into a man’s home at mile 8 an a half on the George Price Highway. The incident occurred on October 8 at the home of 34 year old Manuel Castillo in  Sunset Park on the Western Highway - and it was caught on camera.   Castillo left his house along with his wife and their two children around 7:20 a.m., to go to Belize City. His house is equipped with two surveillance cameras that he and his wife can monitor via their cell phones. He said that at about 12:30 p.m., his wife called him and told him that she noticed that one of the cameras was pointed in the wrong direction. As you can see, it is barely capturing the image of the alleged housebreaker.

    16 Yr. Sentence Whittled Down to 8 Months
    Tonight, 26 year-old Oscar Maldonado, and 32 year-old Jewel Palma are at the Belize Central Prison serving out the rest their prison sentence for the 2009 killing of the Taiwanese businessman, Tsong Min Liou. Their sentence of 16 years was whittled down to 8 months by Justice Colin Williams on Friday.   Both men were charged with murder for Liou’s death, but they both pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of manslaughter.  Arriving to this sentence Justice Collin Williams said he took into consideration that they had pleaded guilty and saved the court time, that several character witnesses had testified on their behalf and that Maldonado was a minor when he committed the offence.

    Riding For Prostate Health And Awareness
    It’s Cancer Awareness month - and this weekend the focus is on prostate cancer in men.   That’s the object of the cancer ride - which is in its third year. Organizer Heather Reneau told us more:… Heather Reneau - Senior Administrator, BCS: "We have our prostate cancer awareness ride which coming up this weekend, it's called our cancer challenge and it takes place this Saturday leaving Drums of our Fathers in Dangriga and we go to San Ignacio, the Macal River Park and then we leave from the Benque border the following morning at 6 AM and we come to Belize. So yes it's a staggering journey but this ride was actually created to mimic what a person goes through when battling cancer..."

    A Solider’s Solemn Funeral
    Belizean born US soldier, Adrienne Barrillas was buried in Belize on Tuesday with a full US military honours. It made for quite an unusual scene at St. Joseph’s Church where she had also gone to school as a child.  Her casket also arrived in Belize with a full US Army escort. In late September, 22 year old Barrillas died under still unknown circumstances at a US military base in Seoul, South Korea where she was stationed. The report from the US military only said that she was found unresponsive and that her death was being investigated by the army’s Criminal Investigation Command.  Barillas had arrived in South Korea in 2017, as a water treatment specialist.  In a brief military career, she had earned the Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal and Army Service Ribbon. 

    A Camp For Cleaning The Environment
    In July, we told you about the “1st No-plastic, No- styrofoam Kids Summer Camp, 2018” held in Bullet Tree Falls, Cayo.  Fifty children between the ages of 5 and 16  participated. To show the community what they did, one week ago, they mounted an exhibit at the NICH House of Culture in San Ignacio Town. Here’s what it looked like:  

    Channel 5

    Gang War Intensifies as Another Gang Member Gunned Down in OW
    Orange Police and the Orange Walk community are grappling with an escalating, internal gang war.  Another Back-A-Town Gang associate was gunned down in broad daylight this morning.  Twenty-one-year-old Jose “Duffy” [...]

    Confirmation: Milo Paz Dies in Panama Plane Crash
    The Paz family in San Pedro Town has received confirmation of the death of forty-nine-year-old Jose Milo Paz.  The veteran pilot and aviation pioneer died in a plane wreck in [...]

    Elderly Man Injured in Butane Explosion in the South
    An elderly man is recovered at the Southern Regional Hospital following an explosion in San Isidro Village in the Stann Creek District.  On Wednesday evening around six-twenty, Bella Vista Police [...]

    Was Explosion Caused by Cigarette?
    Independence Fire Department personnel responded to the explosion, which occurred approximately nine miles away from the station. On arrival, they spotted the thirteen-seater van completely destroyed by fire, but they [...]

    Who’s Liable for Explosion?
    While Morales is lucky to be alive, the situation could have turned fatal. The incident has brought into focus the need for safety measures to be exercised at butane gas [...]

    2 Minors Remanded Until December for San Ignacio Murder
    Two minors are behind bars tonight for the murder of San Ignacio teenager Bobby Garcia. Charges of murder and conspiracy to commit murder were levied on the under-aged high school [...]

    Belama Resident Charged for Shooting of Thomas Ferguson
    A twenty-six-year-old Belama resident was charged for the attempted murder of Thomas Ferguson. The nineteen-year-old Arlington Drive was targeted last Friday while talking to a friend a short distance from [...]

    CitCo Gives Back $2,500 ‘Gift’
    The Belize City Council says that today it returned the two-thousand five hundred dollars in cash that was left on the desk of City Administrator Stephanie Garbutt. Deputy Mayor Oscar [...]

    B.N.T.U. Stands in Solidarity with Stevedores
    Preparations are underway for another round of discussions in the days ahead, as the twenty-one day notice given to Port of Belize Limited inches closer towards expiration.  The impasse between [...]

    UWI Honors Justice Manuel Sosa
    President of the Court of Appeal of Belize, Justice Manuel Sosa, was among seventy alumni of the University of the West Indies who were honoured at the University’s seventieth anniversary [...]

    Meet the Winners of the Belize District Fr. Ganey Quiz Competition
    Two Belize City students will be moving on to the National Father Marion Ganey Quiz competition, which takes place on November twenty-third in Cayo.  The duo beat other students from [...]

    Lifeguard Trainees Prepare to Become Instructors in First Aid and Rescue
    A five-day course on lifeguard training is winding down at the Young Women’s Christian Association in Belize City. Taking part are women from the police department and the Belize Coastguard. [...]

    Regional Utility Regulators Meet in Belize
    The sixteenth annual conference of the Organization of Caribbean Utility Regulators is being hosted by the Public Utilities Commission here in Belize City.  Across the region, stakeholders in telecommunications, information [...]

    Regulators Encourages Monetizing Development and Use of Mobile Apps
    In respect of information and communications technology, there has been a shift toward the use of mobile applications such as Whatsapp and Snapchat.  According to Riviere-Smith, regulators are encouraging teen [...]

    Regional Leaders to Meet to Talk Climate Change and Health
    On Tuesday we reported on the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change one point five Report.  It spelled out a serious warning for the Caribbean and the rest of the [...]

    Thunderstorm in Northern and Central Belize
    There was thunderstorm activity on Wednesday night over central and northern Belize, while other parts of the country experienced winds of about thirty miles per hour and heavy rainfall. The [...]

    San Antonio Women Group Preserving Mayan Culture
    In San Antonio Village, Cayo, a women’s group exists which aims at empowering women and preserving the Yucatec Mayan culture by teaching visitors how to make handmade tortillas and pottery. [...]

    Miss Universe Belize Jenelli Fraser on KTLA 5
    Earlier today, Miss Universe Belize, Jenelli Fraser made an appearance on the KTLA Five News.  The recently crowned beauty ambassador will be representing the Jewel in the 2018 Miss Universe [...]

    Healthy Living: Mental Health Fundraiser
    A unique fundraiser is taking place this weekend. In this instance about a hundred persons are camping out at the Memorial Park throughout the night to experience what it is [...]


    San Ignacio Fire Station in deplorable condition
    Social media, particularly, Facebook is the go-to platform to bring issues to light. Yesterday, the Area Representative for Cayo Northeast, Orlando Habet, posted pictures of what is supposedly the fire station for the twin towns of San Ignacio and Santa Elena, Cayo District. The pictures show broken plumbing, crumbling walls, deteriorating concrete and an environment …

    Belize celebrates International Day of the Girl
    International Day of the Girl – it is an observance declared by the United Nations with the aim to have the world remember, recognize and strive towards the empowerment of girls and their rights. In Belize, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), particularly the United Nations Sexual and Reproductive Health Unit along with the Special …

    Belize is looking to take part in the Miss Scuba International pageant. It is new to Belize and is being led by former Mayor, Zenaida Moya. Sitnah Blease: “Several young Belizean women are currently preparing to represent Belize on the national level of pageantry in countries such as the Philippines, Bolivia or Thailand. The recent …

    Today, October 10th, the Ministry of Health joins the international community to observe World Mental Health Day under the theme Young People and Mental Health in a Changing World. In Belize, youths accounted for 15% of the total consultations for mental health services over the last 10 years and anxiety accounted for 55% of those …

    The Reporter

    By Mike Rudon Jr. – When your day is long…and the night, the night is yours alone. When you’re sure you’ve had enough of this life, well hang on! Don’t let yourself go, because everybody cries. And everybody hurts sometimes! – REM Today, of all days, I decided to write about depression. It’s not an easy thing to write about. It’s not an easy thing to describe. I’ve written a lot of these articles. But this may be the hardest yet – and that’s because I’ve written stuff, both personal and political which has been pretty incendiary and deep and raw – all that good stuff.

    There has been confirmation from Police sources that the man murdered in Orange Walk this morning was well known gang figure Jose ‘Duffy’ Medina. According to reports, just after 11:00 am Medina was walking with a female when a gunman came up behind them and fired several shots.

    Belize City Mayor Bernard Wagner has returned a ‘gift’ of $2500 left on the desk of City Administrator Stephanie Garbutt on Tuesday by the owner of Office Station, a business located in Belmopan. The money, in $50 bills stuffed in an envelope, was returned with a letter explaining that this Council will not accept such gifts, and asking that ‘Ms. Nan’ not do it again.

    Breaking Belize NewsPJ

    BNTU supports the Christian Worker’s Union in their fight
    The Belize National Teachers’ UnionB(BNTU) issued a statement today informing that they support the Christian Worker’s […]

    BCCI Commends Anti-Corruption Action of Belize City Mayor
    The Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry (“BCCI”) issued a statement this afternoon commending the […]

    Cayman Island utility company trying to recover money stuck in Belize
    Cayman Island-registered utility company, Consolidated Water, is reported to be considering selling its operations in […]

    University of West Indies honors Justice Manuel Sosa
    President of the Court of Appeal of Belize, Justice Manuel Sosa, was among seventy alumni of […]

    Orange Walk murder victim identified
    BBN has confirmed the identity of the man that was murdered in Orange Walk this […]

    One dead in Orange Walk shooting
    A shooting in Orange Walk has left one man dead and a woman injured. According […]

    San Pedro woman dies in fatal traffic accident in North Carolina
    A Belizean woman lost her life in the United States on Sunday. She has since been […]

    Mayor Bernard Wagner refuses suspected bribery
    At a time when the Belizean citizenry continues to demonstrate a distrust for public offices, Belize […]

    Jermaine Matura, 26, jailed for shooting eyewitness in murder case
    Belize City police have charged Jermaine Matura, 26, in connection with the shooting of Thomas Ferguson […]

    Van explodes at gas station after driver lights cigarette
    A taxi man is lucky to be alive after his van exploded at a gas […]


    The New Mirabs Department Store: WOW in Belize City
    My alarm went off at 4:45am and then again at 4:50am. I do NOT get out of bed this early for just anything. But yesterday was something I’ve been looking forward to for a while. ESPECIALLY since I got a sneak preview less than one month ago and WAS NOT ALLOWED TO TAKE PHOTOS INSIDE!!! I knew that inside and out there is NOTHING like the new 100,000 square foot Mirabs Department Store anywhere in Belize. From the staff locker rooms to the restrooms to the date palms and the landscaping to the cushy chairs placed everywhere around the store – usually for the boyfriend whose shopping stamina is very low – this new store is gorgeous and so thoughtful. The details, big and small, are perfection. So rather than continue to talk…let me show you. From my 5:15am golf cart ride on, yesterday was a beauty.

    International Sourcesizz

    The 3 Easiest Places To Retire Overseas
    One of the first questions to ask yourself when considering the idea of retiring to another country is: How local do you want to go? “Going local” means living among and like the locals, shopping where they shop, eating what they eat, and speaking whatever language they speak. The biggest and best known of the cayes offshore from mainland Belize is home to the biggest American expat community in the Caribbean. Life on Ambergris is all about the sun, the sand, and the sea, and the U.S. expats and retirees who’ve chosen to base themselves here couldn’t be more welcoming of like-minded beach-loving expats who make their way to this island to join them. You could show up on Ambergris any given morning and make a dozen expat friends in time for happy hour that afternoon.

    10 Tips and Things to Know When Visiting Belize on a Cruise
    The cruise port in Belize City is a nice jumping off point for cruisers eager to explore this interesting country. Belize is a hot spot for snorkeling and diving, with the Mesoamerican Reef and famous Blue Hole just off its coast. Inland, you can spend a day in the lush rainforests or venturing into the underworld of a majestic cave system. So, if you arrive to Belize on your cruise, you have several activities and highlights that you can put on your list to experience. Here are some things to check out and a few tips to help when you cruise to Belize.

    7 Gorgeous Islands in the Caribbean That You Can Rent Out Completely
    If solitude is your paradise, you might want to book a vacation to one of these dreamy private atolls—for as little as $200 per night. Gladden Island, Belize: Talk about the ultimate romantic getaway. This ultra-secluded speck of land is built for two with all of the amenities of a luxury resort. Situated in the Belize Barrier Reef System, Gladden Island is surrounded by sweeping views of aqua seas and perched on the edge of one of the most picturesque parts of the reef. Spend your days exploring the wildest parts of the waters on dive and snorkeling trips. Back at home, your personal concierge can schedule spa treatments and local meals prepared by celebrated guest chefs.

    The Maya Sites: “Hidden Treasures of the Rain Forest”
    Christian Schoen, the author was born in Freiburg, Germany. Traveling has always been a special experience for him. The passionate traveler and biologist refers to getting to know other cultures as “its lifeblood”. On numerous trips through southern Mexico, the highlands of Chiapas and the hot and humid jungles of Guatemala the globetrotter dipped deep into the ancient culture of the Maya. After publishing the highly successful blog project “Amazing Temples and Pyramids”, he decided to additionally publish his travel experiences in this book called: The Maya Sites: “Hidden Treasures of the Rain Forest”. This a very helpful book for those planning a trip, if you’re fascinated by the ancient Maya culture or trying to learn more about it, you definitely have to acquire this book. It features 90 color photos, 14 sketched maps and many more illustrations.

    Why Are Most Caribbean Governments Dragging Their Hineys On A $500 Billion Industry?
    As per usual, most Caribbean governments are lagging behind the 8th ball when it comes to the multi-billion-dollar industry of marijuana – a herb that easily grown in the region and has for many decades now. The snail like movement in some nations and the non-movement in most others, come as Vivien Azer, the only pot analyst from a major Wall Street research house, claimed this week that that the market could be one day worth $500 billion. This as debt in 12 out of 19 Caribbean nations remains above 60 percent of GDP according to the Caribbean Development Bank. That debt mark of above 60 percent currently suffered by the 12 Caribbean countries puts them beyond the danger sign for developed countries as set by the International Monetary Fund.

    The Yucatan Peninsula holds archaeological treasures yet to be discovered
    The people who live in the Yucatan Peninsula, integrated by the Mexican states of Yucatan, Quintana Roo and Campeche, have the belief that the soil of the region is so flat that behind any mound or hill there is a great probability to find archaeological remains, and many times this is the case alright. The rural community of Dos Aguadas, which belongs to the municipality of José María Morelos, in the Maya zone of Quintana Roo, is a clear example of this situation, here most locals not only have to guard their land but they also have to protect what lies beneath the lush vegetation. Dos Aguadas is located very close to the so-called Punto Put, which is where the states of Campeche, Quintana Roo and Yucatán come together, which make up the Yucatan Peninsula along with Belize and Guatemala.


  • Reform measures at the Belize Central Prison, 38min. Virgilio Murillo, CEO of Kolbe Foundation, spoke with us about the reform measures at the Belize Central Prison. He says that rehabilitation is the primary focuses and so they have implemented various programs to help inmates work on their personal development. He spoke to us about his experience with the detainees of the recently concluded stare of public emergency and talked about the challenges they confront when attempting to transform the lives of this demographic.

  • World Mental Health Day 2018, 23min. How good is your mental health? October 10th is celebrated as World Mental Health Day 2018. This year the theme focuses on the vulnerability of youths: "Young People and Mental Health in a Changing World." Activities will be held nationwide and includes a high school speech competition. We spoke with representatives of the Ministry of Health and The Welcome Resource Center about how mental distress continues to be undetected and untreated. They shared that the work continues in bringing awareness to this cause and that it has become an important part of their national strategy to improve the services for this population. On set: Juliet Simmons - Counselor, Mental Health Unit. Joyce Ellis - Administrator, Welcome Resource Center.

  • The Global Leadership Summit Belize, 21min. The Global Leadership Summit Belize takes place on 2nd-3rd November at the Bliss Center for the Performing Arts. The event hopes to inspire, equip and transform leaders globally to harness the power of influence. The 2-day summit will help participants to improve their individual capacity to influence and impact in their spheres of life. We spoke with members of Global Leadership Summit Belize about the speakers and their experiences. On set: Kerm Thimbrel - Chairman, Global Leadership Summit Belize. Tessa Usher - Sr. Executive Member, Global Leadership Summit Belize.

  • , min. Mirab has a new department store and today it opened for business, offering a high-end shopping experience. The Mirab store relocated from the Fort Street area to the Philip Goldson Highway where its one hundred thousand plus square foot store boasts a number of new additions to its product lines and departments, including the Ashley Furniture Home Store. Mirab says that to accommodate more customers and make the shopping experience comfortable and easy, they have also introduced several features for shoppers to take advantage of. Reporter Andrea Polanco attended today’s opening and tells us more about the impact of the new store.

  • Mirab Opens Its New Mega Department Store, 5.5min. Mirab has a new department store and today it opened for business, offering a high-end shopping experience. The Mirab store relocated from the Fort Street area to the Philip Goldson Highway where its one hundred thousand plus square foot store boasts a number of new additions to its product lines and departments, including the Ashley Furniture Home Store. Mirab says that to accommodate more customers and make the shopping experience comfortable and easy, they have also introduced several features for shoppers to take advantage of. Reporter Andrea Polanco attended today’s opening and tells us more about the impact of the new store.

  • Elito Arceo and Billy Leslie and Miguel Alamilla representing ACCSD on Open Your Eyes talking about Defending Cayo Rosario., 2.5hr.

  • Belize Zoo tour, 21min. Hey guys, In this video my husband and I got to go the zoo here at Belize and it was so cool to see all the animals here. This zoo is so different then back in the states.

  • Belize City, BZ - On the bus, 8.5min. Cool place, great food, cheap transit. Headed towards Corozal. Recorded this back in June on my way back from Guatemala.

  • Miss Universe Belize Stops by KTLA., 5min. Jenelli Fraser will represent Belize at the Miss Universe Pageant taking place in Thailand. It will air live December 16th on FOX.

  • Belize 2018, 5.5min. Visit to Belize and Tikal, Guatemala. Highlights include: Cahal Pech, Caracol, Xunantunich, Rio Frio Cave, and Tikal.

  • Chicken drop San pedro belize, 4min.

  • Belize/Vacation/Paradise/Trip/2018, 9min. Had an amazing vacation in my own homeland Belize

  • Sailing Belize - Hatchet Caye, 3min. atamaran family cruise in Belize - After North Long Cocoa Island, nice mooring in Hatchet Caye : island visit, reef exploring, beach bar, pelicans and fishes...

  • San Pedro Belize Kayak Fishing (using human fish finder), 9min. this is the perfect way to end the day.

  • 1962: Francisco Sagastume Ortiz trying a thing, 3min.

    October 11, 2018


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    The San Pedro Sun

    Guatemala includes Belize’s map in official government advertisements and new drivers’ licenses
    The Guatemalan territorial claim on Belize continues aggressively, as the neighboring country continues to promote their rights over Belizean territory. The Guatemalan government has on several occasions openly stated that they do not recognize borders between both countries and remains to include Belize annexed to their map in official propaganda and documents. The most recent incident involves an advertisement posted on their government’s official Facebook account, showing Belize as part of Guatemala, while samples of their new designs for drivers’ licenses also include Belize as an additional Guatemalan department. The issue is expected to be resolved at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) if citizens of both countries vote to take the matter there via a referendum. Guatemala held its referendum in April of this year voting to take the claim to the ICJ, while Belize will hold its referendum in April of 2019.

    First-ever Diving Accident Management Conference held in San Pedro Town
    Ambergris Caye was the setting for the first ever diving accident management conference with the aim to better-prepare tour operators and medical personnel in evaluating diving illnesses and teaching the proper procedures to handle a diving emergency. The event was held at the Banyan Bay Suites south of San Pedro Town on Friday, October 5th and Saturday, October 6th, with a good turnout of participants from as far as the Stann Creek District. The event was organized by San Pedro’s Dr. Daniel Gonzalez in collaboration with the Belize Chamber Project and Divers Alert Network (DAN). Gonzalez shared with The San Pedro Sun that given the fact that the area around Ambergris Caye is a premier diving destination, it is very important that persons working in the tourism industry be trained and ready to efficiently address any giving situation with diving incidents.

    2018 Copa San Pedro playoffs draw near
    As the regular season of Copa San Pedro 2018 draws to an end, teams brought even more intensity this weekend at the Ambergris Stadium in San Pedro Town. The first set of matches were played on Thursday, October 4th, starting at 7PM, with San Mateo F.C winning 3-0 over U17 San Pedro Pirates. The next match saw Genesis F.C taking a 2-1 victory against Talal F.C at 9PM. The following day, Boca Bombers won 5-2 Warriors F.C, while the match between G-Strikers and Vince Assassins ended in a 0-0 draw. The regular season of Copa San Pedro 2018 will culminate this weekend, with eight matches starting on Wednesday, October 10th at 7PM. The first match will see San Mateo FC vs. U17 San Pedro Pirates, followed by Los Catrachos F.C going against Peacemakers. On Thursday, Vince Assassins play versus Young Strikers at 7PM and G-Strikers face Peacemakers at 9PM. The football weekend continues on Friday, October 11th...

    Mayors from across Belize sign agreement to Promote Wellness Spaces and Healthy Lifestyles
    Mayors from all municipalities across the country signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Ministry of Health (MOH) for the promotion of Wellness Spaces and Healthy Lifestyles on Wednesday, October 3rd at the steps of the Independence Plaza in Belmopan City. Present at the signing ceremony was the Health Minister Honorable Pablo Marin, along with the Mayors of Belmopan, Belize City, Benque Viejo, Corozal, Orange Walk, Dangriga, Punta Gorda, San Ignacio, and Santa Elena Towns and the Deputy Mayor of San Pedro Town.

    Ambergris Today

    Mirab’s Grand Opening Of Super Department Store In Belize City
    It took us most of the morning to ‘kinda’ get a grasp of all the merchandise carried by the new Mirab Department Store that held its grand opening today, October 10, 2018, in Belize City. We still have to go back to spend more time browsing and shopping. It’s a first of its kind for Belize with a great ‘shopping mall’ feel to the store. It’s HUGE! It’s ELEGANT! It’s ‘Three stories of retail therapy’, says Mirab. The Bou-Nahra family made a bold move in launching Belize’s first high end shopping experience, a state of the art department store located 1.5 Miles on the Philip Goldson Highway. Ambergris Today and other invited media reps of Belize City were treated to a first look of the store half an hour before the doors opened to the public.

    Jose “Milo” Paz Dies In Plane Accident In Panama
    It is with profound sadness that we report that San Pedro has lost a son of the soil. San Pedrano and senior pilot of Tropic Air, Jose ‘Milo’ Paz was found dead in Panama in a plane accident. According to sources, Paz had taken a week off work to pilot a private charter out of Panama on Tuesday, October 8, 2018, when the plane went down sometime after takeoff. It is said that the charred remains of two pilots were found on the scene and one was identified to be that of Jose ‘Milo’ Paz. Members of the Paz family will be travelling to Panama to retrieve the body, more on this news as it becomes available. On behalf of the community of San Pedro, Ambergris Today, wishes to express its most sincere condolences to the family of Jose Paz.

    Misc Belizean Sources


    Paint N Splash
    See you this week at from 2-4pm Thursday to paint this beautiful picture by Sandra van Noord.

    LICA's annual Halloween Bazaar on Caye Caulker
    LICA's annual Halloween Bazaar coming up soon. It is an event fill with fun games and delicious treats for the entire family. We are hereby asking our community members for your kind sponsorship of any prize towards our games (tombola, ring toss, spin the wheel, balloon darts, peg board, gate prize, King and Queen prize ect). Prizes may be a bottle item, fan, iron, toys, home gadgets ect. Proceeds of this Halloween Bazaar will be used to construct bicycle racks for our students and a portion towards teachers' summer salaries. We can do this with your help. Thank you for your continuous support. LICA-BUILDING POSITIVE INTELLIGENT CHARACTER.

    Rapidito Construction Depot
    Looking for a data entry clerk / office assistant! Monday - Saturday from 8am to 5pm Female is preferred*** Must live in Caye Caulker*** If interested, kindly fill out an application at the RCD office! We look forward to having YOU join our team!

    World Mental Health Day 2018
    Today, October 10th, the Ministry of Health joins the international community to observe World Mental Health Day under the theme Young People and Mental Health in a Changing World. An official ceremony to commemorate the day will be held at the Bliss Center for the Performing Arts in Belize City, starting at 1:00 p.m. Following the ceremony there will be a speech competition in which seven youths from high schools across the country will present prepared speeches on the theme to a panel of judges. Other activities will also be held in all districts today in an effort to raise awareness about mental health issues.


    SAGA Halloween Spooktacular
    SUNDAY NOVEMBER 4 11AM-5PM FIDO'S COURTYARD. Don't miss out on the fun and your chance to take home prizes and gift certificates from our many generous donors. Silent Auction, Pet Costume Contest, Raffles for groat prizes overy 20 minutes, Face painting, SAGA Store, Delicious eats and treats!

    SFXCU Quiz Contest
    Everyone are invited to attend SFXCU Quiz Contest being held at the Civic Center from 8am until. Come out next Wedensday Oct 17 at the Corozal Civic Center.

    PACT in Punta Gorda Town
    PACT recently traveled to Punta Gorda Town to close a Multiple Investment Project awarded last year to three partnering organizations, Ya'axché Conservation Trust (Ya’axche’), the Belize Audubon Society (BAS) and the Toledo Institute for Development and Environment (TIDE), for a total of BZ$399,992.00. The project was entitled “A holistic approach to effective management of the protected areas system in Southern Belize”. This Multiple Investment aimed at improving management effectiveness across three protected areas in southern Belize through capacity building, institutional strengthening, improved enforcement and fire management. These protected areas included the Paynes Creek National Park, Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary and the Golden Stream Corridor Preserve.

    Corozal World Diabetes Day Walkathon
    Belize Diabetes Association, Corozal Branch is located at the corner of College Road and 7th Avenue. Help us make a difference, Join our World Diabetes Day Walkathon on Wednesday, November 14th starting at 1:00 p.m. from the Civic Center for 2 miles throughout the streets of Corozal Town and back.

    New River Challenge Finale
    Corozal - Everyone is cordially invited this Monday, October 15th to witness the grand finale of the first ever New River Challenge at Rainbow Beach, Corozal Town. Come out and enjoy a full day of Fun in the Sun.

    Channel 7

    Teenaged Killers Charged, Confessor Claims It Was “Emo” Ritual
    Last night, we told you how police had made major headway in their investigation of the murder of 19 year-old Bobby Garcia. He was the high school student from San Ignacio who was found dead on Sunday morning atop a temple in the Cahal Pech Mayan site, which is located in his home town. He died from a stab wound to chest, and his throat was slashed. Today, the police got the directive from the DPP's office to charge their two teenaged suspects, aged 14 and 15 with Garcia's murder. They have since been arraigned on the offenses of murder and conspiracy to commit murder, and they have been remanded to prison until December 10th.

    Veteran Pilot Dies In Mysterious Crash
    Veteran pilot, former PUP politician and well known San Pedrano Milo Paz has died. It is reported to have happened in Panama on a private flight. Reports say Paz and another pilot both died, and that their charred remains were found yesterday evening - and taken to Panama City. His boss and long-time friend John Greif spoke about Paz as a friend and a senior pIlot:...

    Port and Workers Union Meet
    Time is ticking on a 21-day strike action notice for the Port of Belize. The Christian Workers Union - acting on behalf of the stevedores - sent the notice letter to the Government 12 days ago. The central dispute in this impasse is that the two sides cannot agree on the hours of work for the stevedores. The Port says that the law is clear that employees of this country should only be working 15-hour shifts with 9 hours of rest. That's in complete contradiction of the current practice of the stevedores, where they go on work-shifts that far exceed that 15-hour limit. The stevedores don't want to cut their hours of work because, less hours mean less pay, and if their salaries are cut, they won't be able to feed their families.

    Utility Workers Support Stevedores
    So, while there are positive steps that have been taken to end this dispute between the Port of Belize and the Christian Workers Union, the utility workers have thrown their support behind the CWU. A joint press release from the Belize Water Services Workers Union, the Belize Communications Workers Union, and the Belize Energy Workers Union says quote, "The Utility workers Unions... hereby express solidarity with the… (CWU), as they address the current impasse in negotiation with their Employer, Port Of Belize Limited. We hold firm to the belief that safety adherence, or the compliance with current labour legislation, are not to be used as an excuse to reduce the take home income for the workers.

    OW Police Department Being Purged After Narco-Cops Charged
    7News has confirmed that there is a mini purge happening at the Orange Walk police formation. This is after two officers in that district - including Orange Walk Town Commander, David Chi - were charged for landing a drug plane one month ago. Reports tell us that It's apparent to the new Commander, ASP Juanito Cocom that the narco's, or their agents have infiltrated the formation and compromised other officers. He reportedly requested the transfer of 20 officers. Reports confirm however that only 5 transfers were approved.

    Matura Man Charged For City Shooting
    On Monday we told you about the attack on Thomas Ferguson Jr. On Friday night, the 19 year old was shot in the lower back and lower abdomen but survived. It happened not far from his home on Arlington Drive. Yesterday Jermaine Matura, accompanied by his attorney, Leeroy Banner, went to the police station and handed himself in. Today, the police arraigned the 26 year old.

    City Mayor Returns Fat Envelope to Businesswoman
    Most of us don't like to admit it, but we know that - for many - bribes are a part of doing business - especially with local and central government. But, not for Mayor Bernard Wagner. 7News has seen a copy of a letter where Wagner is returning a "gift" to a Chinese businesswoman who had left a fat envelope behind after a visit with the city administrator Stephanie Garbutt. Garbutt reported it to the mayor and handed over the envelope which had $2,500 dollars in fifty dollar bills.

    Mother of Missing Teen Desperately Wants Her Home
    The mother of a Missing 13 yr old Nazarene 2nd form student stopped by our studios today. She says that her daughter Astaejah Dymond has been missing from the family home since Monday. The last time she saw her daughter was at school Monday evening. Since then she and other friends and family have been searching for the wayward teen. Her mother made a plea for her safe return today.

    PUC Meets with Regional Regulators
    By now, you probably know what the PUC does: the Commission regulates the utility companies, namely BTL, BEL, and BWSL to make sure they get a fiar return on their investment, without gouging consumers. The PUC is also a part of an organization of utility regulators from other Caribbean countries. It is called the Organization of Caribbean Utility Regulators (OOCUR), and today, they held their 16th conference here in Belize, with the PUC as their hosts. We stopped by for day 1 of the conference, and spoke with the chairman about the shared issues and challenges that regulators around the Caribbean face. Here's what he told us:

    Three Brothers Wait For Judge’s Decision in Killing of BDF Reservist
    3 brothers, 46 year old Phil Staine, 37 year old Kareem Staine and 41 year old Orlando Staine, are back at the Belize Central Prison tonight. They are waiting on a decision from Justice Adolph Lucas who has presided over their trial for the murder of 23 year-old Denver Villafranco. Villafranco, a BDF volunteer, was fatally stabbed in January of 2015. The trial without jury of the 3 Staine brothers began early last month. The Crown relied mainly on the evidence of three witnesses one of whom testified that the deceased and the brothers were fighting in a drain and he saw when Phil Stain stabbed Villafranco.

    Mirab, the Multi-Million dollar Shopping Experience Worth Every Dollar Invested
    We don't usually put store openings on the news - unless that opening is a societal event. And so it was today for the new Mirab Store, which represents the most money ever invested on building a commercial space in Belize. Doe it meet expectations? Jules Vasquez was among the first to visit:.. Jules Vasquez reporting: This is the moment shoppers have been waiting months for. The opening of the doors for the biggest, most decked out Department store in Belize's history.

    Mental Health And Teens
    Today was observed as World Mental Health Day under the theme Young People and Mental Health in a Changing World. Now, you may be mistaken to believe that mental illness affects mostly the elderly, but the Ministry of Health is reporting that in Belize youths accounted for 15% of the total consultations for mental health services over the last 10 years. And, of the mental health issues, anxiety accounted for 55% of those consultations. The rates of suicide attempt per 100,000 people for age groups 10-14 and 15-19 were 17.6% and 74.3% respectively. So, for World Mental Health Day, the Ministry hosted an event at the Bliss Center for several high schools all across the country.

    Post Office Hopes To Be More Efficient With New Vehicles
    The Post Office is hoping it can increase its efficiency with the donation of two vans from the International Postal Union. We were at the handing over at the post office today - where we found out how this will increase efficiency in the delivery of mails: Hon. Edmond Castro- Minister of Transport: "Today we are happy to see that we have in house, in hand, key in hand of two key vans that was very much needed. One of the vans will be traversing Belize/Corozal, the northern zone. The other van will be going on the West, on the George Price and Phillip Goldson, politically correct. All we ask is for the caretakers of these vans to take it easy."

    Cayo Fire Station Is In The Dumps
    And while there is a plan to stretch those dollars mighty thin for some new fire trucks - the fact is that the crises in the fire department is more than just fire trucks. The Department's physical infrastructure is in terrible shape in some areas - like Cayo. We saw the PUP area rep make a Facebook post about it, and we asked the Minister when it will be fixed:...

    Bliss Gets Repairs
    Another place that needs urgent repairs is the Bliss Center. And today NICH announced that it will get primary renovations to the roof and upgrades to the Air Conditioning system. The new Bliss was opened in March of 2003 but only days after the re-opening, the roof started to leak.

    Channel 5

    Popular Pilot Missing; Feared Dead After Plane Crash in Panama
    Believed to be missing and feared dead, well-known pilot forty-nine-year-old Jose Milo Paz has not been seen or heard from since Sunday. His family in San Pedro Town has been [...]

    Belizean Nurse Killed in Car Wreck in North Carolina
    While the death of Paz has not been officially confirmed, tonight we can report that another Belizean has been killed in the U.S.  She is thirty-five-year-old Jacqueline Dawson. She too [...]

    2 Minors are Arraigned for the Murder of Bobby Garcia
    Two minors were arraigned today for the murder of Bobby Garcia, a nineteen- year-old San Ignacio resident.  Garcia’s body was found inside a temple at the Cahal Pech Archaeological site [...]

    P.U.P. Reps Say There’s No Division in the Party
    There was some straight talk on Tuesday by the P.U.P. southern caucus chair, Mike Espat, as well as from Cayo South Area Rep Julius Espat and Cayo Northeast Orlando Habet.  [...]

    CWU, Port of Belize Meet on a New C.B.A., but Impasse Continues
    A meeting was convened earlier today between the executive of the Christian Workers Union, the Labour Department and the Port of Belize Limited. But soon after it started, it was [...]

    Ministry of Health’s Epidemiologist Resigns
    Epidemiologist, Doctor Ethan Gough has resigned from the Ministry of Health. His resignation, we understand, took the ministry by surprise because it has only been about a year since he [...]

    Taiwan Appoints New Ambassador to Belize
    The Republic of China (Taiwan) has appointed a new ambassador to Belize. He is Remus Chen and his new post was announced early this week by Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign [...]

    Welcome to the Dilapidated Fire Station in San Ignacio
    The fire station in San Ignacio, which services both of the twin towns, is in a most deplorable form and firemen assigned to that location are required to work daily [...]

    Additional Fire Trucks, a Promise or a Reality?
    The shortage of equipment across the fire department has been a contributing factor in the loss of lives, as well as property, in at least two tragedies that have occurred [...]

    What About Fire Hydrants and Water Pressure?
    According to Castro, they have been able to locate used fire trucks for a fraction of the cost elsewhere in the United States.  They are now looking into the possibility [...]

    Mirab Opens Its New Mega Department Store
    Mirab has a new department store and today it opened for business, offering a high-end shopping experience. The Mirab store relocated from the Fort Street area to the Philip Goldson [...]

    Tropic Air President Says Investors Need Better Support
    Today’s opening of Mirab’s new department store drew hundreds of Belizeans and several high profile personalities.  Businessman John Greif the Third is one of those persons in attendance. The President [...]

    New Vehicles for the Post Office
    While the internet provides an instant way to communicate, post offices continue to provide essential services. In rural communities across the country, the delivery of mail and packages remains a [...]

    A Mother’s Plea for the Safe Return of Her Teen Daughter
    A thirteen-year-old Nazarene High School student has been missing since Monday evening. Today, her mother Shemadine Panting came to News Five studios to report that Asha went to school and [...]

    World Mental Health Observed in Belize
    Today, October tenth, Belize joined the globe to observe World Mental Health Day under the theme, “Young People and Mental Health in a Changing World.” According to the World Health [...]

    “Stop Abuse and Violence Against Seniors”
    HelpAge Belize is sending out a call to action for everyone to stop the abuse, crimes, and violence against older persons. Global statistics indicate that one in every six seniors [...]

    HelpAge Says Elder Abuse Must Be Addressed
    According to Bulwer, the time has come to bring this issue to the attention of the public, as it is also a public health problem, and a legal violation. She [...]


    Do we need CICIG? Some Belizeans don’t care if we become part of Guatemala
    Guatemala’s unfounded claim on a significant portion of Belize continues to be in the forefront of public discourse as the education campaign about the International Court of Justice (ICJ) continues across the country. Emotions have run very high today as a video was posted on social media went viral when a Belizean woman made it …

    Belize is looking to take part in the Miss Scuba International pageant. It is new to Belize and is being led by former Mayor, Zenaida Moya. Sitnah Blease: “Several young Belizean women are currently preparing to represent Belize on the national level of pageantry in countries such as the Philippines, Bolivia or Thailand. The recent …

    Today, October 10th, the Ministry of Health joins the international community to observe World Mental Health Day under the theme Young People and Mental Health in a Changing World. In Belize, youths accounted for 15% of the total consultations for mental health services over the last 10 years and anxiety accounted for 55% of those …

    Milo Paz junior had worn many hats on Ambergris Caye. Born into a political family, Paz junior once served of the P.U.P. Belize Rural South Constituency. Paz was well known and well-loved throughout the community in San Pedro Town. Paz also took wings and was a veteran pilot who flew over the years for Tropic …

    Belize hosts OCCUR’s conference
    Belize is hosting the sixteenth annual OOCUR conference, which is being attended by regulators from across the Caribbean. The event is being held at the Best Western Plus Belize Biltmore Plaza. Reporter Johnelle McKenzie filed this report. Johnelle Mckenzie: “The Organization of the Caribbean Youth Health Regulators is holding its 16th Annual Conference in Belize …

    New trucks and Bowsers coming to the Fire Dept.
    The Fire Department has faced criticisms as they have worked with old trucks throughout the country. Recent fires in San Pedro and Orange Walk have put the department under extra scrutiny but the Minister of Transport Edmond Castro says that new trucks and water bowsers will be purchased for the Fire Department. Edmond Castro, Minister …

    Mail Service gets a boost
    Though the world is more connected through social media and instant messaging services, the Belize Post Office is still mandated to keep the old way of doing things moving and that includes the movement of packages. Earlier today, the Postmaster General, James Gabourel said the post office received two new mail vans to aid in …

    No Plastics, No Styrofoam Kids Summer Camp becomes an Art Exhibit
    The “No Plastics, No Styrofoam Kids Summer Camp” was a unique summer activity in the Cayo district that had the patronage of Minister Omar Figueroa. In July, over 50 kids learned about conservation and participated in clean-up activities. Though school is now open for the kids, they got together to put their art works on …

    Labour Minister brings CWU and Port back to the bargaining table
    The Utility workers Unions (BWSWU/BCWU/BEWU) are in solidarity with the Christian Workers Union (CWU) as they address the current impasse in negotiation with their employer, Port Of Belize Limited. The joint press release says that they believe that compliance with current labour legislation is not to be used as an excuse to reduce the take-home …

    Two Minors arrested in connection with the murder of Bobby Garcia
    Police have arrested two minors, a 14-year-old and a 15-year-old in connection with the murder of (BOBBY GARCIA VO) Bobby Garcia that occurred at the Cahal Pech Maya site on October seventh. Police have charged the two minors for the crime of murder and conspiracy to commit murder. Garcia, a resident of Kevin Drive Street, …

    Several persons charged for kept unlicensed firearm and ammunition
    49-year-old Hubert Young, 50-year-old Denise Young Slusher, 19-year-old Kristy Kiana Young, 24-year-old Kaim Akeem Mitchell, 27-year-old Ericson Young, 24-year-old Mario Fernandez and 23-year-old Kevaun Khalie Slusher were arrested for “kept unlicensed firearm and Ammunition”.

    GSU recovers firearm and ammunition
    49-year-old Hubert Young, 50-year-old Denise Young Slusher, 19-year-old Kristy Kiana Young, 24-year-old Kaim Akeem Mitchell, 27-year-old Ericson Young, 24-year-old Mario Fernandez and 23-year-old Kevaun Khalie Slusher were arrested for “kept unlicensed firearm and Ammunition”.

    Judge Lucas to decide the fate of three brothers
    The fate of three brothers, (VO MURDER) 46 year old Phil Staine, 37 year old Kareem Staine and 41 year old Orlando Staine will be decided by Justice Adolph Lucas on November 5. The trio were on trial for the murder of 23 year old Denver Villafranco, a BDF volunteer who was fatally stabbed around 7 p.m. on January 17, 2015.

    Minors charged for Cahal Pech Murder
    Police have arrested two minors, a 14-year-old and a 15-year-old in connection with the murder of Bobby Garcia that occurred at the Cahal Pech Maya site on October seventh. Police have charged the two minors for the crime of murder and conspiracy to commit murder.

    Jermaine Matura on trial for attempted Murder
    Twenty-six year old Jermaine Matura, accompanied by his attorney, Leeroy Banner appeared before Magistrate Aretha Ford, where he was charged with attempted murder. Matura was also charged with dangerous harm and use of deadly means of harm. Senior Magistrate Ford explained to Matura that she will not take a plea since the offences are indictable.

    The Reporter

    There were no regimented programs tailored specifically for the 51 detainees who were housed for the past 30 days at the Hattieville Prison, but CEO of the facility, Virgilio Murillo, told the Reporter this evening that there certainly were motivational programs that they took part in that seemed to give some of them a new perspective on life.

    There is a clear distinction between politicians and leaders. Belize has sadly only had politicians in elected office. It is sad because in times of turmoil, people look to leaders to lead. All too often in Belize, these times are when politicians run and hide; either they hide important truths from the people, or they hide themselves behind their arrogance, ignorance and greed.

    The Belize Coast Guard and officials in the Ministry of National Security are yet to publicly address reports that an active Coast Guard officer was convicted of assaulting a woman during his time of service with the British military and was accused of raping two other women and sexually assaulting another, though those charges against him were later dismissed.

    There is confirmation at this time that the body of senior Tropic Air pilot and San Pedro resident Milo Paz has been found. Paz had taken a week off work to pilot a private charter out of Panama yesterday, when the plane went down sometime after takeoff. Friends of the family say the plane and charred remains of two pilots, one of them identified as Paz, were found sometime yesterday evening.

    Breaking Belize NewsPJ

    Minister of Tourism expresses condolences in passing of Milo Paz
    The entire country and especially San Pedro residents have been rocked by the passing of career […]

    Owner of Tropic Air reflects on the life of Milo Paz
    John Greif, the owner of Tropic Air, today commented on the tragic passing of his employee, […]

    Utility Workers Union expresses support for CWU!
    The Utility Workers Union (UWU) has issued a press release expressing its support for the Christian […]

    Police charge two teens for murder of Bobby Garcia
    Cayo police have charged two teens, ages 14, and 15, in connection with the murder of […]

    Zenaida Moya crowns ‘Ms. Scuba Belize’
    Former Mayor of Belize City, Zenaida Moya, continues to engage in pageantry. Yesterday in her capacity […]

    Belize postal service acquires 2 new vans
    The Belize Postal service today announced the acquisitions of two (2) new mail vans. The vans […]

    World Mental Health Day 2018 commemorated
    Today, the Ministry of Health joins the international community to observe World Mental Health Day. The […]

    Three men busted with illegal forestry
    Three Belizean men were arraigned yesterday on charges of ‘unlawful possession of forest produce’. They were […]

    Michelle Brown to stand trial for murder of Fareed Ahmad
    Constable Michelle Brown will stand trial for the December 2017 murder of businessman, Fareed Ahmad. Police […]

    Convicted rapist loses appeal
    Convicted rapist, Harrim Perez, lost his appeal against conviction in the Court of Appeal. Yesterday, the court […]

    Belizean pilot killed in Panama plane crash
    Yesterday, Belizean pilot, Jose Milo Paz, a member of the Tropic Air flight crew died […]


    Repeat Visitors First Meal Choice
    There are certain restaurants on Ambergris Caye that many repeat visitors put at the top of their to-do list. It was a given that my Canadian company Heather suggested Estel’s Dine by the Sea for her first breakfast on the island. I could not even begin to count the number of friends who have made that same choice over my 12 years living in Belize. As soon as we got close, my craving switched instantly. Seeing the big weekend smoker action made me want Charles’s Worthington’s world-famous Belizean barbecue and more specifically his brontosaurus pork chops. My pic does not do justice to the size of the chop, in reality, I had a whole other plate full of fries as there was no room for them with my main meal. Charles even stopped by our table after to see if I was able to finish it my pork chop. My plate was already gone but the answer was of course and just barely. I had to leave some fries behind so I could fit it all in:D Heather opted for my usual favorite breakfast since she got my standard, I pulled a pic of that option from my tacogirl Belize Blog Instagram.

    International Sourcesizz

    A Homage To The Belizean Barbecue
    The best tip I read as we researched Belize was "Don't be afraid of the street venders." Placencia, Belize resident Gary Peterson extols the virtues of the Belizean barbecue. If you’re a meat lover, Belize really could be a place to get comfy in. One of the first pleasures I encountered on my first adventure in Belize, was that barbecues seemed to be everywhere! They’re in every village large and small, on the side of the road or in front of homes. The smells permeating from these black charcoal or propane tanks make you delirious. Ask any Belizean where he eats most often, and the answer is the local barbeque favorite, or in his front yard. In Belize, the drum barbeque grill is king, made from old propane or butane tanks. The local welder cuts them in half, welds on hinges and a handle, adds four legs and paints them black. Job done.

    Ka'ana Wins World Travel Award for 4th Consecutive Year
    Mexico & Central America's Leading Boutique Resort 2018

    Water outage Thursday in Corozal
    Belize Water Services informs its customers in parts of Corozal that there will be low water pressure in the water supply today, Thursday, October 11, 2018, starting at 1:00pm. The entire Corozal Water Distribution System will be affected. This low water pressure is necessary for electrical maintenance at the Calcutta Pump Station. Due to the upgrade, customers may experience discoloration when water is restored. Residents of these or nearby areas are advised that water supply should return to normal by 5:30pm.

    New clinic for Caye Caulker Humane Society
    Please meet our beautiful new clinic! This building truly was a labour of love on the part of many people! Thanks are in order for Susan Pelt for her excellent work at being our building goddess and forewoman and overseeing the construction of the building while most of our volunteers were out of town; Carol Koris for being painter and general helper extraordinaire; Cher Mungovan for supply transport and needle sorting, Tom Sullivan for generously allowing us to build on and use his land; Roberto Cruz, Manager at Weezie's and huge help throughout the process; David Gray doing the electrical wiring for the building, David Waugh for doing the wiring, plumbing and being our Door Wizard); Matt Bamford for making our cupboards and Matt and Keith Tzac for putting in window inserts allowing us to attach screens or plastic covering as needed; Allie Johnstone for painting us great signs; and finally, Frontier Belize volunteers for helping move all our crap and sorting through leashes and collars.

    5 Things To Understand Before Moving Money Across International Borders
    We Americans have it relatively easy when it comes to moving money in and out of our accounts. You can wire $150,000 to Belize for the purchase of a beach house or receive $200,000 from the sale of a home in Mexico without anyone asking you to explain where the money came from. That’s not the case in the rest of the world, and restrictions on currency movements are becoming more common. Virtually all banks everywhere now ask for proof of the source of funds for large transfers and increasingly even for small ones. If you’re buying or selling real estate, a copy of the sales contract generally satisfies the inquiry. Additional hoops must be jumped through in countries that impose capital and/or exchange restrictions to control the flow of money coming and going.

    UAE to fund US$34.5 million renewable energy projects in Caribbean
    The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is proceeding with US$34.5 million in grants to fund renewable energy projects in the Caribbean that are built to withstand Category 5 hurricanes and located for enhanced resilience. The UAE’s minister of climate change and environment, Dr Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, made the announcement at the second annual Bloomberg Global Business Forum, held on the sidelines of the recent 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York. The US$34.5 million comes on the heel of US$15 million of projects announced last year.


  • Meet the First Ever Miss Scuba Belize, 3.5min.

  • Belize Audubon Society Goes Boat-to-Boat, 6min. On Monday night we reported on the Belize Audubon Society’s work with the Managed Access Programme. That programme was first piloted in one site and after seeing some positive results, there was a national roll out. It is considered a model to be followed in the region, but there are still some areas that need to be adjusted since in some quarters the benefits are not felt. The Belize Audubon Society is one of the N.G.O.s that manages the Lighthouse Reef Atoll, a popular fishing zone. In recent years, it has implemented a grassroots approach to meet the fisherfolks boat-to-boat. The initiative also strengthens relationships, encourage fisheries regulations compliance and promote sustainable fishing. News Five’s Andrea Polanco tagged along on a recent boat-to-boat meet up and shares more in the following story.

  • Belize- Jaguar Paw Tubing Excursion, 10min.

  • Belize September 2018, 15min.

  • Whale shark spotted at the silk cayes, 3min.

  • Love Entertainment Show 10th October 2018, 2hr.

  • Richard Branson to explore the Belize Blue Hole, 1min. Virgin Group Founder Richard Branson is set to explore the depths of the “Great Blue Hole” in December.

  • The new Mirab Department Store opened today in Belize City, 1min. We Walked the Red Carpet and got a first look before the doors opened to the public. The new Mirab Department Store opened today in Belize City. Now located at 1.5Mls, Phillip Goldson Highway, the three-storey luxury MEGA STORE has over 100,000 square feet of display area and houses a Ashley Furniture Home Store (opening in November). The Mirab Department Store provides a variety of brand selections Belizeans have come to know and love. The only one of its kind in Belize! Get Ready to SHOP!

  • Creative Tours & Adventures Promo, 1min.

  • 'TAXI' Around The World 2018, Part 3: Belize, 7min. After some wonderful days in Mexico, I’m now heading south to Belize. Here in Belize, the main attraction are the laid back beaches on Caye Caulker and Ambergris Caye. The water around the islands are turquoise coloured and abundant with marine life. Belize is unbelievably beautiful! 00:06 - Day 9: Caye Caulker, the beach holiday paradise. 03:01 - Day 10: Lobster, lobster & lobster! That's what on the menu in San Pedro. 06:48 - Extra clip: Go slow!

  • Gringo in Belize by Dennis Wolfe, 3min. The definitive song about Belize. I wrote this about a lot of different people--not just about myself.

  • Elvis Is Alive Down In Belize by Dennis Wolfe, 3.5min. Those who want to disappear and re-invent themselves can always come to Belize. Is Elvis one of them?

  • Open Your Eyes with Dr. Angel Cal, 31min. This is something every Belizean should watch. For years Belize have ignore the history of the Maya people of Belize (Yucatec Maya,Mopan Maya & Kekchi maya ).

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