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Ambergris Today

Celebrity Spotting: 'Lost' Actor Matthew Fox Find His Way To Belize
American Actor Matthew Fox is well known for his role in the supernatural drama television series ‘Lost’, but he surely did not look lost when he was spotted vacationing in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize. Matthew seemed quite at home in this picture taken at one of the island’s most popular ‘watering hole’ Palapa Bar. Bartenders Marcial Flores and Justin Daniels took the opportunity to take a snap with Matthew. He was also spotted at another local hotspot, Sandy Toes, where Instagram fanpage @matthewfoxroxx shared this picture of him with a fan on May 21.

Belize's Annual Wonder Woman Challenge Coming Up
The Annual Wonder Woman Challenge between women of the various disciplines in the security forces of Belize starts on Thursday, May 25, 2017. Female officers from the Belize Coast Guard (BCG), the Belize Defence Force, and the Belize Police Department will partake in a two-day event that includes four physically demanding challenges. These are a six-mile relay, a run-swim-run competition, the BCG Medley in which the teams must run while carrying four different burdens, and an obstacle course competition. This year’s competition takes place on the 25th-26th of May, starting at 8:00 AM at the Belize Coast Guard Headquarters, 4 ½ miles George Price Highway. The Wonder Woman Challenge is meant to foster teamwork, good sportsmanship, and a way to encourage the recruitment of women into the security sector. Members of the public are invited to come and support their favorite team. For more information contact the Belize Coast Guard Headquarters.

Misc Belizean Sources


100% ORGANIC Black Berries Wine on Caye Caulker
Goin like the wind! Bzd$10 per bottle (16oz). How many you want? Quarts and gallons by orders only...

Island Magic Beach Resort Now hiring for Font Desk/Reservations Department
f interested please send messages to: Island Magic's Facebook Messenger or call 226-0505 or visit our office. Excellent writing and verbal communication skills using proper English is the MOST IMPORTANT required qualification for this job as well as exceptional customer service expertise.

2nd Annual Wonder Woman Challenge
The Annual Wonder Woman Challenge between women of the various disciplines in the security forces of Belize starts on Thursday, May 25, 2017. Female officers from the Belize Coast Guard (BCG), the Belize Defence Force, and the Belize Police Department will partake in a two-day event that includes four physically demanding challenges. These are a six-mile relay, a run-swim-run competition, the BCG Medley in which the teams must run while carrying four different burdens, and an obstacle course competition. This year’s competition takes place on the 25th-26th of May, starting at 8:00 AM at the Belize Coast Guard Headquarters, 4 ½ miles George Price Highway. The Wonder Woman Challenge is meant to foster teamwork, good sportsmanship, and a way to encourage the recruitment of women into the security sector. Members of the public are invited to come and support their favorite team. For more information contact the Belize Coast Guard Headquarters.

Belize National Festival of Arts
2017 Calendar of Events

FIXED STAR INLVESTMENT INC. fraudulently claims it's registered in Belize to Trade
It has come to the notice of the International Financial Services Commission of Belize (IFSC) that an entity calling itself ‘FIXED STAR INLVESTMENT INC.’ is falsely and fraudulently claiming to hold a trading in securities licence issued by the International Financial Services Commission of Belize. We confirm that “FIXED STAR INLVESTEMNT INC.” is not licenced by the International Financial Services Commission of Belize or any other competent authority in Belize to engage in any type of trading business. The Licence displayed on the website, is a complete forgery.

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

East Indian Festival
The Corozal Organization of East Indian Cultural Heritage (COEICH) will be celebrating its East Indian Festival in the beautiful village of Sarteneja on Thursday, June 1st between 9:00 A.M. and 2:30 P.M. See you there!

Remembering Deon Williams
"He who works with his hands is a laborer. He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman. He who works with his hands and his head and his heart is an artist.” - St. Francis of Assisi

Sofia Guzman passes away
Services May 26, Caye Caulker Roman Catholic Church

Deputy Prime Minister Heads High-Level Delegation on Official Visit to Cuba
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sports Hon. Patrick Faber is presently leading an Official High-level Delegation to the Republic of Cuba from May 22 to 26 2017. He is accompanied by the Hon. Manuel Heredia Jr., Minister of Tourism & Civil Aviation, and the Hon. Angel Campos, Minister of State in the Ministry of Health. The delegation is supported by a technical team formed by officials from the Ministry of Foreign Trade, the National Sports Council, the National Institute for Culture and History, and the Belize Embassy in Cuba. The Mission will call on Vice President of the Republic of Cuba Hon. Valdes Mésa on May 24th to express solidarity between Cuba and Belize and deepen the scope of cooperation between the two nations.

Mayors and councilors of the different countries that form the organizaton CAMCAYCA (Confederación de Asociaciónes de Municipios de Centroamérica y el Caribe) and CALGA (Caribbean Association of Local Government Authorities) visited Ambergris Caye on Thursday, May 18, 2017 as part of their work visit to Belize. Our guests visited Shark & Ray Alley on board a glass bottom boat, where they got to snorkel with the sharks and rays and witness the various fishes at the site. Those that were not as brave still had the opportunity to view the marine life below the sea through the glass of the boat. After their fun experience with the sharks and rays, a luncheon awaited them at the ever so relaxing and picturesque, the Victoria House, where they were entertained with local musical treasures, Mr. Wil & Dale.

Karcher Day
Introducing Karcher Day on Thursday, May 25th!!! Mark your calendars so you can come enjoy a day of deals, music, snacks & fun! Also featuring a karcher golf cart wash for only $5!!!! Proceeds going towards the children of Caye Caulker RC School. See you there....

Found dog on Caye Caulker
Hey caye caulker peeps, this little dog is at the split sinçe this morning...he had a leash, we take off the leash because he can be dangerous for him ( or her ? ) please come to the Blue beard french restaurant to bring him back in his sweet home.

Dj murdered in Belize City
A man known as "Hard Rock" was shot and killed near his home. Andrew Bennett, a Dj known as Hard Rock was killed on Central American Boulevard in Belize City minutes before 8 p.m. on Wednesday, May 24th.

Missing Person
The public is asked to assist in locating Erin Linarez. He has been missing since Tuesday, May 23rd. His last location was at Remar Rehabilitation Center in Bullet Tree Falls, Cayo District. According to the manager at Remar, he left around 4:30 a.m. and no one has heard from or seen him since. Anyone with knowledge of his current location, kindly contact the nearest police station or his mom Rose Marie Linarez at 6600506. Thank you.

Inaugural meeting of the Corozal Historical Society
The Corozal Town Historical Walk has been the catalyst in creating a group for residents who are passionate about our town and district's history. We are kindly inviting members of the community to the inaugural meeting of the Corozal Historical Society on June 10th.

Last days of the scary circus "CIRCO LOS ESPANTOS" located on Avenida Universidad and Insurgentes in Chetumal, Mexico right across from Wal-Mart. A new concept of circus. Don't miss it.

Oscar Puga passes, BTB offices closed Thursday
Notice: Belize Tourism Board opening hours May 25,2017.

2017 FCCA Children's Essay Competition

Channel 7

PUP Jumpy About Security, Senate Hearings Postponed
Today was supposed to be the continuation of the Senate Hearings on Immigration in Belmopan, and things were going to be hot, with testimony from former Ambassador to Taiwan Cherie Nisbet, and Alvarine Burgess, the immigration agent who turned whistle-blower back in 2013. Early this morning, however, before the media could start heading out to the National Assembly, we all received word that a decision was made to postpone the hearing. For answers, we spoke with Committee Chairman Aldo Salazar at his Belize City office about the last-minute decision. He said that he was acting on a request from Opposition Leader John Briceno: Hon. Aldo Salazar - Chairman, Senate Select Committee: "The reason is that the request came from the opposition for us to put off the hearing for a week. Out of collegiality and respect I decided that it would be best to do so, that is really the end of it."

Will Last Wednesday's Menacing Behavior Be Repeated?
And while the claims of a political party should generally not be accepted without proof, the PUP is convinced that violence and disruption were on the UDP's agenda for today. And, so, it does give pause for concern about security in and around the National Assembly when the Senate Hearings are being conducted. Today, the media asked the Chairman specifically about preventing a reoccurrence of last week's hearing, when UDP's disrupted the testimony of Elvin Penner. He told us that additional security measures will be put into place to make sure the hearings go smoothly:

Can Senate Remove The Macebearer?
So, how will the Senate Select Committee address the continued presence of Brian "Yellowman" Audinett, if he decides to come back to the hearings? He is an officer of the National Assembly, but the press has asked that he be banned, and today the opposition asked the Speaker to fire him. Salazar said that committee will have to meet as whole and come up with a decision: "Definitely that cannot be continuance, we need to go about this in a proper manner and your letter will receive and like I said this select committee, I don't control it you know, in fact I am the one that has least control over it. It is controlled by the social partners and the opposition, they are the majority so the direction that this committee is taking, the consideration of your letter is going to be by the committee on a whole, it's not my decision. So even though my view is that we cannot have that sort of activity in the house, in the chamber; it is something that is going to be considered by the entire committee not by myself."

Hon. Hulse Says Disruption Has No Place In the Chamber
And what does the leader of government business in the senate think about Yellowman's antics? Today, in Orange Walk Godwin Hulse told the media that disruption by any group - be they UDP or PUP, cannot be tolerated: "Any disruption of any proceedings in the national assembly is unfortunate. There are rules governing that the chairman acting on behalf of the president has the authority and the responsibility to kick people out who would create any kind of disruption, it doesn't matter where they are. It's not along political lines at all; disruption is disruption that's all I will say on that."

Hon. Aldo Against Alvarine
So while the aftermath of last week continues to sort itself out, the hearings are expected to resume next Wednesday, and the witnesses who would have attended today will be asked to show up in a week's time. Today, we asked the Chairman to discuss the witnesses who will appear, and why the Committee believes that they can provide helpful testimony. He made it clear that while he sees the wisdom of calling Ambassador Cherie Nisbet, in his opinion, there is no need for Alvarine Burgess to make an appearance. Here's how he put it:

Hulse Hot To Trot Before Commission
And Immigration Minister, Godwin Hulse is also on the list of those scheduled to appear. He was to appear next week, but with today's postponement, that has been pushed back. He said he is eager to have his turn before the committee: "As Minister of Immigration I have been summoned to appear, it should be next week I understand there's a little delay because there is no hearing today so I might be pushed until another week - that's good. I look forward to going there and to clarify some of the points that dangling in the public's mind and in fact to set the record straight with respect to many of the improvements and changes that we've made in the department from those unfortunate dates to now."

Is Commission Crystallizing Lessons Learned?
So, how does the chairman assess the work of the Senate Select Committee so far? They've been at it for almost 6 months, and they've already logged well over 100 hours in testimony from the many witnesses who've appeared. We've heard plenty about the various abuses within the Department, and the corruption, but there has been no evidence which definitively points to one specific person caught in wrongdoing. Does the Chairman view that as a failure? That's what we asked, and here's what he said: Daniel Ortiz: "It seems from the course of the Senate hearings, all the bodies have been exhumed of all the crimes committed but nobody, no evidence has come forward to the Senate which definitively points to a particular individual to be held responsible. Would you agree?"

Man Shot In Head In City Survives
Tonight a Belize City man is in critical condition after he was shot in the head last night. Around 9:30, Hammon Lemoth was shot at the One Love barber shop on Central American Boulevard. Lemoth, who was reportedly cutting a client's hair was hit by one of nine bullets. Police quickly responded and transported Lemoth to the KHMH for treatment. Today we spoke to the Commander of Southside Police, ACP Chester Williams, about the investigation into the shooting... "Last night, sometime after 10pm thereabout police were called to the corner of Central American Boulevard and I think Augustus Street where on arrival they came across one Hammon Lemot who was suffering from apparent gunshot wound to the head. He was transported to the KHMH and there he underwent surgery last night. He is currently listed in the hospital in a stable condition-in a critical condition."

OW Principal Rejects Claims of Bullying
Last night you heard from Evangelina Alamilla, the Orange Walk mother who says that her son's principal bullied and humiliated him in front of the school assembly because of his long hair. The Principal didn't have anything to say yesterday, but today in Orange Walk she and her school manager held a press conference to say that the events categorized as bullying have been mis-represented: Cherly Distan - Principal, Solomon SDA: "The child in question is actually a young man of 13 years who is in standard 4. He has been told in private numerous times that the hairstyle he sports is not appropriate. Yes he was mentioned by name at assembly as were other students. He was asked that after assembly to kindly fix his hair at a washbasin, sometime later that morning it was brought to my attention that the young man was non-compliant. I asked him to accompany me to the basin so I can personally see it that he follows the instruction given."

Deputy PM To Havana With High Level Delegation
Deputy Prime Minister Patrick Faber last went to Cuba for Fidel Castro's funeral in November of 2016. Well, 6 months later he's back in Havana leading a High-level Delegation. Faber is accompanied by Tourism Minister Manuel Heredia Jr., and Minister of State in the Ministry of Health, Dr. Angel Campos. The delegation is supported by a technical team comprising officials from the Ministry of Foreign Trade, the National Sports Council, NICH, and the Belize Embassy in Cuba. The mission runs from May 22nd to the 26th during which time Faber will visit with Cuban Vice President Valdes Mésa. He will also meet with the Ministers of Education and Culture, as well as other government officials to discuss culture, sports, tourism, and trade.

Galvez Says Gaza Man Nicholi Assaulted Him
Twenty-six year old Nicoli Rhys - a George Street figure who is well known to police - and his girlfriend, 28 year old Esther Garcia, are behind bars at Belize Central Prison tonight. They were remanded because Rhys was charged with aggravated burglary while his girlfriend was charged with conspiracy to commit aggravated burglary. They pled not guilty, but Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser said she could not offer bail because a firearm was involved.

CITO Seeking Input
Today the Central Information Technology Office held a sensitization and validation workshop for their new Information and Communications Technology Policy. The document, which seeks to develop the relationship between the Belizean people and technology, has been in the works since 2013. The ICT policy was originally completed in 2015, so now stakeholder criticism and advice is being taken to update its content. We spoke to CITO's acting director, Francisco Gonzalez, about the new policy... "The policy seeks to establish a sustainable environment and ecosystem whereby the impoverished can have access to technology, any kind of technology. And it also tries to establish an environment where our education system can produce individuals who are suited for the current jobs that exist today, and that will be needed for tomorrow in technology."

Another Belizean Chicken Producer HACCP Certified
Another local chicken producer has become HACCP certified. It's Caribbean Chicken, the Blue Creek Based Operation which has been working on its certification since 2005. Twelve years, and many hundreds of thousands of dollars later, they were certified by BAHA on May second. What does that mean for your favorite chicken dish? Spokesman Ruben Froese (Froze) explained: "Well basically with the HACCP certification we're putting out a guarantee to our customers, to the general public that the product that we put on the market is safe, it has been taken through the proper procedures for human consumption, it's HACCP approved and BAHA certified. We done in our refrigeration system is where we've invested probably heavily one of the most refrigeration as you know is key, it's critical to maintaining poultry products. So that is a major investment that we have been doing, in the plant we have been doing appraisal equipment, personnel is another major investment that we've been making, we've hired personnel to do all the training. Export has always been on the back of our minds, definitely with the HACCP certification it's coming, it's materializing right now and it is a potential in the coming years it will be an agenda that we will be pushing."

Ryan Robbed Lindsay
Immigration Officer Lindsay Wade made major waves when he appeared in front of the Senate Committee and called on them to bring Mr. Middleton. But it didn't make news years ago when he was robbed at gunpoint. On June 1, 2012, three men robbed Dorian Usher and Lindsey Wade at gunpoint - taking jewelry, cell phones and cash in US and Belize currencies. Well, today, 5 years later, one of the men was convicted. He is 33 year old Ryan Lippo Alvarez, who is presently on remand for a city murder which happened in 2016. In the court room of Senior Magistrate, Sharon Fraser, Alvarez changed his not guilty plea to guilty and was slapped with two - 5 year prison terms - which are to run concurrently so he will only serve 5 years.

The Art Of Fishing Out In The Deep Blue
Today a group of about 12 fishers learned all about deep sea fishing at a workshop in Belize City. Now, deep sea fishing is not like regular fishing; it uses a different set of fishing techniques and requires specialized gear. For that reason it is more expensive than regular fishing but the coordinators say it is just another way fishers can earn money and at the same time, there is less of a strain on the lobster and conch population that most fishermen are used to catching. The Director of the Belize Federation of Fishers told us that the fishers were learning their and practical. Nigel Martinez - Director, Belize Federation of Fishers: "So This workshop is the last component of a project, a 1 year project we have, the Belize Federation of Fishers have with COMPACT. Basically today what we are trying to do is to ensure that we finalize this training package, a 2 phase training package it is theory and practice all and it is in reference to deep slope fishing."

Meet and Greet, Chester's Last Tours
Today the Belize City Police held their weekly meet and greet session with the residents of Belize City. Cops from both sides of the city spoke to citizens for their input on the police's work in their neighborhoods. We met ACP Chester Williams, in the Port Loyola Area where he said that working with the City's residents is paying off...

Will Marco Meet and Greet?
The police community meet and greet sessions were popularized under Williams' command here in the city, but he will only hold that position for another month or so. Williams is being transferred to Belmopan to head up the Professional Standards Branch as part of large scale shake up in the police command. When we spoke to him today, we asked Williams about his transition and if we will continue to see the meet and greet sessions after he is gone... ACP Chester Williams - Commander, Southside Police: "Well each commander comes with their own style and this is my style of policing. I believe in policing with consultation with the public. At the end of the day the public do know what they go through on a daily basis more than the police."

Channel 5

Citing Threats of Retaliation, Senate Committee Chair Suspends Public Hearing
Today’s session of the senate special select committee was suspended at the eleventh hour.  Ordinarily, all announcements pertaining to these matters are released through the Office of the Clerk of [...]

Not Done Yet, Aldo Salazar Says Committee’s Time Must Be Productive
Following last Wednesday’s epic failure to remove the U.D.P. operatives from the gallery, Chairman Salazar went on record with a personal view that the inquiry should come to an end [...]

In Future, Committee Must Balance Rights of Protestors and Questioners
While the outcome of last Wednesday’s meeting was unpredictable, security within the Assembly Building remains an important issue and if the chairman can maintain order during the proceedings. On one [...]

Opposition Wants “Yellow Man’s” Mace Taken Away
This afternoon, the P.U.P. issued its own statement on what led to the request for a suspension. It says it is seriously concerned and appalled at the disingenuous actions of [...]

Godwin Says Disruption Should Not Be Tolerated
We caught up with the United Democratic Party’s leader of Government Business in the Senate, Godwin Hulse, at another event today. Hulse is also a former chairman of a senate [...]

“Yellow Man” Fate in Hands of Speaker, President, Chairman
“Yellow Man” Audinett’s role inside the House of Representatives may seem minor to some. But it is a solemn responsibility and his actions on May seventeenth have led to calls [...]

Why Lee Mark Made the Right Call on Refusing Privilege Motion
The Opposition senators’ attempt to stand up for what happened to the press on May seventeenth, during an ordinary meeting of the Senate, did not get very far. On Friday, [...]

Media Makes Official Complaint on Removal of “Yellow Man”
There is pressure building tonight for the removal of “Yellow Man” Audinett as Macebearer and Sergeant-At-Arms given his appalling behaviour last Wednesday, when he attacked members of the media within [...]

Man Critical After Overnight Belize City Shooting
The streets of the city have been relatively free of gun violence. But around nine o’clock on Tuesday night, shots rang out on Central American Boulevard on the south side [...]

N.T.U.C.B. Tackles Hard Questions After Incendiary Neal/Mora Recording
The decision-making body of the National Trade Union Congress of Belize met on Saturday at its headquarters here in Belize City.  That meeting came hard on the heels of Public [...]

Congress Respects P.S.U. Autonomy, Presents Forum for Dialogue
According to Neal, the N.T.U.C.B. has commenced a process which will give all parties the opportunity to fully discuss the matter of race relations within the unions.   Isani Cayetano [...]

Godwin Ready to Go to Senate Inquiry
One more issue on the senate in tonight’s news…Senator Godwin Hulse will appear before the Senate Special Select Committee in the very near future. As Minister of Immigration and Nationality, [...]

Training for Deep Sea Fishing
The Belize Federation of Fishers and the Department of Fisheries are training fishermen for deep-sea fishing. The training is a part of a project being implemented over the last year [...]

How to Preserve Collections in Times of Disaster
The Museum of Belize under the National Institute of Culture and History culminated a two-day workshop entitled, Disaster Preparedness and Recovery for Collections.  Its objective is to empower collectors, custodians, [...]

1 of 3 Accused Robbers Pleads Guilty
One of three men accused of robbing an Immigration Officer and a businessman at gun point of their personal items and a significant amount of cash was convicted in the [...]

Kareem Smith Burglary Charge Dropped
A recent murder suspect saw a charge of burglary against him struck out this morning when he appeared in the Belize City Magistrate’s Court.  He is Kareem Smith, a well-known [...]

Caribbean Chicken is Now Certified
A few weeks ago, Quality Poultry Products of the Cayo District became the first company to certify to Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points standard, securing a potential place in [...]

Police Boast of Safer Community During Meet and Greet
With gun violence significant low, police continue its program of community policing. Today, ACP Chester Williams was on the south side of Belize City, particularly the precinct one jurisdiction, meeting [...]

Emmy-Winning Belizean-American Anchor Kendis Gibson Tells of “Coming Home”
Less than two weeks ago, acclaimed Belizean-American journalist Kendis Gibson, an Emmy Award winning reporter and anchor for ABC, visited Belize for the first time in over ten years.  During [...]


Chairman Senate Inquiry Explains Postponement Of Hearing
After building quite a lot of sensational hype, over the appearance of Ministerial visa hustling whistleblower Alvarine Burgess at the Senate Select Committee hearing scheduled for today; and whether UDP Chairman Alberto August, National Assembly Macebearer Brian “Yellowman” Audinette and a group of their supporters would return to cause chaos – it would all just not be. This morning the news spread like wildfire that today’s Senate hearing had been cancelled. The controversial decision was taken by the Committee this morning on the basis of credible information that UDP supporters – masked behind an adhoc group known as Belizeans Against Courtenay – were planning to show up outside the National Assembly and attempt to harm Senators Eamon Courtenay, Mark Lizarraga and Elena Smith. Chairman of the Senate Select Committee Aldo Salazar, who presided over last week’s violent disruption by the UDP, explained that he was initially not supportive of not holding the hearing.

Minister Of Immigration Weighs In On Immigration Scandal
We also caught up with Lead Government Senator and Minister of Immigration Godwin Hulse and asked him about the violent actions by Yellowman at last week’s Senate hearing. Godwin Hulse, Lead Government Senator/Minister: “I know that question has been asked over and over but my simple answer is the command and the control of the National Assembly that the Standing Orders fall under the prevue of the Speaker and falls under the prevue of the President when it is the Senate, the Chairman acts on behalf of the President and consequently whatever the Chairman does with respect to that that is a done deal...”

BAJC Graduate Receives Top Prize In Regional Competition
Eighteen year old Jo-Elisa Clarke, a recent graduate from the Belize Adventist Junior College, has received the top prize in a regional competition held by the Caribbean Association of National Telecommunications Organization (CANTO) to promote technology in business. In commemoration of World Telecommunication and Information Society Day on May 17th, CANTO called on students from all Caribbean countries to participate in their annual video competition. Clarke seized the opportunity and was one of several participants to submit. We spoke to her today to learn how she went about preparing her submission.

Art Competition Seeks To Promote Recycling And Marine Protection
Over the weekend, Oceana in Belize held a national annual initiative to raise awareness on the importance of protecting our marine environment. The initiative is known as Hands Across the Sands and involves people turning up to make a human chain as a symbol of resistance. Today we got an update from the northern representative Ryan Rivera about how it all went. Ryan Rivera - Oceana in Belize Corozal Rep: “Over the weekend the event, Hands Across the Sand was a fairly good one, this year we had a god turn out compared to last year we had between forty to fifty people, we had groups from the Scouts representing, we had two Scout Units and we had the Rotaract members, we had the Rotary members and members from the Anglican Church as well, and of course the Oceana Volunteers as well was fairly well and in Orange Walk as well, I think they had about twenty to twenty five people, they had one youth group, which was Seeds of Change, that participated...”


Deep Slope Fishing: An Alternative for Fishermen
The Belize Federation of Fisheries, BFF, is hosting a three day ‘train the trainers’ workshop in Belize City. Participants, members of each association under the BFF, engaged in an educational session this morning about deep sea fishing. Director of the BFF, Nigel Martinez spoke to Love News. NIGEL MARTINEZ ” We also spoke to an […]

Clive’s Narrow Escape; Shooter at Large
A man narrowly escaped an attempt on his life after a bullet grazed him this morning. Thirty year old Clive Jones of Ladyville Village told police that around 6:39 he was riding his bicycle on Perez Road when he noticed two male persons walking towards him coming from the opposite direction. When one of the […]

Protecting and Recovering History in Times of Disasters
The National Institute of Culture and History and the Museum of Belize concluded a two day workshop focused on training museum operators, private collectors, archives and library employees on disaster preparedness and recovery of collections. The training titled “Disaster Preparedness and Recovery for Collections” is the third in the last three years. Organizers conducted trainings […]

Year 2 of the Wonder Woman Challenge: BCG vs BDF
Starting at eight o’clock tomorrow morning, several women attached to the Belize Coast Guard and the Belize Defence Force are going to embark in a competition dubbed. ‘The Wonder Woman Challenge’. This is the second event of its kind spearheaded by the Belize Coast Guard. Team Captain of the last year’s winning team, Officer AlmitaPinelo […]

Land Rights and Racism: Challenges of the Garinagu
The National Garifuna Council had its conference over the weekend in Hopkins Village, Stann Creek District where they took care of basic council business and reports. In addition to this, the Council also allotted a portion of their time to discuss several land issues that the Garinagu are experiencing particularly in the south. President of […]

August Apologizes for Assault Against the Media
The media houses in Belize are lacking an association but even so, members of various media houses have been coming together of recent to speak out on their rights as reporters in Belize. Recently, there was a joint effort made in boycotting the Belize Police Department and today, there is another joint effort taking place […]

Belizeans Against Courtenay (BAC) Explain Senate Disruptions
Eamon Courtenay is the lead Senator for the People’s United Party who is being targeted by a group of persons who are forming the group, Belize against Courtenay (BAC). Leading the movement is Chairman of the United Democratic Party, Alberto August. August told Love News in this venture he is acting as a private citizen. […]

NEAB Speaks of Biased and Corrupt Law Enforcement
The National Evangelical Association of Belize has issued a release surrounding the incident involving Louis Wade Jr and Roberto Montero on November 23, 2016 followed by Wade being charged last week. The release by the NEAB noted that they are backed up by their more than two hundred and fifty churches nationwide when they express […]

No Confirmation from FIU on Money Laundering Investigation
UNIAN News, an organisation operating out of Ukraine, recently reported that their former president, Viktor Yanukovych as well as American national, Paul Manafort are being investigated by the Financial Intelligence Unit in Belize for money laundering. According to the article, the matter continues to be investigated with Doug Singh being at the centre of the […]

Body Found in Western Belize
Authorities were called out to an area between Banana Bank and Santander after a body was found nearby. Fem Cruz has the story. FEM CRUZ “

Senators Debate on the $20M From CDB to DFC
Two loan motions of significant amounts and importance was passed during Friday’s Sitting of the Senate. One of the loans approved was for twenty million US dollars from the Caribbean Development Bank for the Development Finance Cooperation. Senators first debated this loan. OSMANY SALAS “The effects of correspondent banking relationships, excess liquidity in the market […]

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Woman killed by Africanized bees at Primary School in Cayo
A woman died this afternoon after she was stung by Africanized bees. The incident occurred at the Arms of Love primary school located in the Kontiki area in San Ignacio, Cayo.

Two men shot near barbershop
At around 10:00 last night the peace was shattered on Belize City’s south side. Two men were reportedly gunned down near a barbershop in Lake Independence. Fortunately, the men remain alive but in a critical condition at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH). We will […]

San Ignacio businessman reportedly robbed of $50,000
According to reports, yesterday an Indian businessman was robbed in front of his home on Thornly street in San Ignacio. The assailants stole $50,000 and escaped. The businessman has a store at the Benque Viejo Free Zone. BBN will have more on this story […]

Media requests “Yellowman” to be banned from Senate hearings
Last week, Chairman of the United Democratic Party (UDP), Alberto August led a group of men who are protesting for the removal of Senator Eamon Courtenay from the Senate. During the incident, Mace-bearer Brian “Yellowman” Audinette assaulted media personnel from three different media houses. […]

PUP says UDP thugs intended to cause violence at Senate hearing
This morning, the People’s United Party (PUP) via a statement on social media said they were informed last night that United Democratic Party (UDP) operatives had been engaged to initiate real violence outside the Senate today. According to the PUP, those include attacks on […]

Senate inquiry postponed for “security reasons”
Confirmed reports to BBN is that the sitting of the Senate Special Select Committee scheduled for today has been postponed. Famous whistle-blower Alvarine Burgess was scheduled to testify today to the committee about her involvement and any information that she has on the Immigration/Passport […]


4 day Ocean Crossing – Sailing from Belize to Roatan
I was one of 15 people that ended up with a golden ticket for a 4 day two catamaran caravan sailing from Belize to Roatan including amazing wildlife at Lighthouse Reef, snorkeling the Blue Hole and Half Moon Caye Wall, an overnight ocean crossing and no shortage of ab master laughter. We enjoyed 96 hours in our own private “Blue Planet Belize” moment while we headed towards a travel channel worthy time on Roatan eating and drinking our way around the island. 11 of us finished our adventure with flying back to Belize from Juan Manuel Gálvez International Airport. Saturated with a broad range therapeutic experiences, sailing truly is an activity that will soothe your soul and help you remember what it really means to live your life to the fullest. And that my friends, is a great health benefit. The largest pod of dolphins I have seen so far in all my years of boat travel in Belize and otherwise.

When it comes to Belize Resorts we’re sure you’ve heard and read about all the great places to stay. “Luxury” Resorts are a dime-a-dozen around everywhere as the word has been coined by anyone who has a nice set of couches and can take a striking picture of the arrangement. To us, luxury means something different – it’s in the experience, not so much the amenities because a spa is great but if the massage is bad was it really luxury? We can vouch for the following Belize Resorts to be in the “best” category. Luckily your resident Belize Travel Experts (bloggers) have rounded up a list of top recommendations for travelers looking for the best resorts in Belize.

Why You Have to Visit Hopkins Belize on Your Vacation
Often ranked as the friendliest village in Belize, Hopkins is in the center of the Garifuna culture, a unique people with both African and Caribbean roots who migrated to the country in the 18th century. With a laidback, easygoing atmosphere, the village is a popular destination for visitors interested in learning to play Garifuna drums, sampling Garifuna cuisine, learning more about traditional fishing culture, and as a jumping off point for the nearby Belize Barrier Reef. Hopkins is a quaint Garifuna village on the Caribbean coast in the southeastern Stann Creek District of Belize. Hopkins is located eight miles south of Dangriga and approximately 90 miles south of Belize City.

Why You Have to Visit Placencia Belize on Your Vacation
Described by locals as “barefoot perfect”, Placencia is a small 16-mile long narrow peninsula in southeastern Belize with gorgeous beaches on the Caribbean side and a lovely mangrove-lined lagoons on the western side. Located just a few miles from the Belize Barrier Reef, Placencia is one of the country’s premiere spots for diving, fishing, cruising, and snorkeling vacations. Nearby on the mainland are several Garifuna villages, Maya ruins, and one of the country’s largest nature preserves complete with indigenous jaguars. Placencia is located on the Caribbean coast in southeastern Belize in Stann Creek District. Placencia is approximately a 30-minute drive south of the city of Dangriga.

Marie Sharp's Factory Tour
Starting in 1980, local Belizean chef Marie Sharp began developing flavorful sauces made with the peppers, vegetables and fruits grown locally on her family’s farm. Now exported to North America, South America, Europe and Asia, all of the sauces made in the factory are still made from locally-sourced ingredients by a small staff. The factory’s official address is Number 1 Melinda Road in Hope Creek Village, Belize just a short distance from Dangriga. The factory runs Monday through Friday except for holidays but it’s always best to call ahead to arrange for a tour. The phone number for tours is (501) 532-2087 and they can be contacted at the very appropriate email address of

International Sourcesizz

Kent resident Judith Gray to study in Belize through Project Dragonfly
Kent resident Judith Gray, a new master's student in the Global Field Program offered through Miami University's Project Dragonfly, will travel to Belize in June to study coral reefs, manatees, howler monkeys, jaguars and other wildlife, while learning the methods communities are using to sustain them. Gray works as a school improvement coordinator at Akron City Schools.

Wyoming National Guard Provides Medical Care in Belize
Soldiers from the Wyoming National Guard kicked off the second of three medical readiness events as part of Beyond the Horizon (BTH) 2017, at Macal River Park in San Ignacio, Belize, on May 8th. BTH is a U.S. and Belize partnership exercise designed to provide humanitarian and engineering services to communities in need, demonstrating U.S. support for Belize. U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel Amy Surdan, a nurse practitioner with the Wyoming Medical Detachment (MedDet), has served on a previous Beyond the Horizon mission. Lt. Col. Surdan, who works in the women’s health tent, claims that the way the event is set up this year is better than her previous experience. “I really prefer this one,” said Lt. Col. Surdan. “Just for the way this is set up, where it is in one location throughout the whole duration. It makes it easier to work out the kinks of supply and transportation of medical equipment. It allows us to bring and use more specialized items we wouldn’t be able to otherwise.”

Fate of World’s Wildlife Hangs on Sustainable Tourism
“While wildlife keeps all of us alive, its future is squarely in our hands,” says John Scanlon, who heads the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, CITES. “We alone will determine the fate of the world’s wildlife and in doing so our own destiny.” Scanlon made these observations at the World Travel and Tourism Council’s 17th Global Summit in Bangkok, Thailand in late April, an event held in advance of the International Day for Biological Diversity, celebrated around the world on May 22. In Belize, which bridges the divide between the Caribbean and Central America and encompasses the world’s second largest reef, more than 50 percent of residents support themselves by income generated through reef-related tourism and fisheries.

In the past year or so, several of the larger commercial banks in the United States such as JP Morgan Chase and the Bank of America cut ties with counterpart institutions in the Caribbean, blaming increased pressure from federal regulators and higher costs to monitor the legitimacy of transactions from the region as reasons. It was easier to simply sever ties as they have done. Stung by the moves and forced to seek out alternative international banks to process bank transfers, checks and other transactions, banks in the region hurriedly concluded new arrangements with others to keep customers happy.


  • Talk Ah Di Town May 18, 2017, 33min.

  • Gracie Rock Resource Center, 4min. Members of the Gracie Rock Community recently received certificates in various areas of tourism and recreation, through a Social Investment Fund Capacity Building Program.

  • Grace And You Cooking Show Caricom Belize Semi Boil Up, 19min.

  • The Belize Marketing & Development Corporation - Promoting Agribusiness in Northern Belize, 23min.

  • Adventuring in Belize with Toddler, 14min. Our first family vacation in 5 years! It was much needed and much enjoyed. Unfortunately the husband didn't have as much fun as he ended up with food poisoning. Twice. But Addie and I enjoyed the pool and we were lucky enough to get our own guide to help us on a snorkel trip (Thanks Tuff Enuff). Addie did really well on our first out of the country trip. She handled the long plane rides and customs lines like a champ. She even surprised me and really enjoyed floating on the ocean looking at fish, waves and all. I really enjoyed Belize, I wish we could have spent more time on the reef, but we still had a good time. Accommodations - Coco beach resort. Location - Ambergris Caye, Belize.

  • Belize Scuba Diving FEB 2017, 1hr52min.

  • Belize Canoe - River Pt. 2, 2min.

  • Belize Crystal Caves Pt. 1, 1min.

  • Howler Monkeys in Belize!, 1/2min.

  • Rotary Club of Belmopan - 3rd RubberDuck Race, 17min.

  • HOMECOMING: Kendis makes his triumphant return from vacationing in Belize. Watch how it all played out., 2min. We hope to welcome you back to Belize soon, Kendis!

  • Police Check Point Talk Show, 60min.


  • Cultural Relations in Belize The Creole Garinagu Conflict, 60min.

  • East Indian Community - Cultural showcase, 35min.

  • International day of Families - The Modern Family, min.

  • BELIZE-BOUND, 5min. Kendis Gibson returns to his birthplace and gets in touch with his roots.

  • Belize - Sea Turtle, 2min.

  • Belize Swimming in a Cave & River Roll, 1min. Rio Frio Cave, ATM Cave and this cave - Nohoch Che'en Cave were all great adventures and fun. The water was warm and the caves were cool!

  • Belize Canoe - Double Waterfall, 3.5min.

  • Cave Tubing in Belize, 52min.

  • Belize, 6min.

  • Belize Getaway February 2017, 7.5min. Our winter getaway to Belize to celebrate Nik's 50th Birthday. Split our time between Placencia and San Pedro. Great scuba diving, beautiful scenery, and relaxing days by the pool.

  • Chelsea & Javon's Epic Trip to Belize, 13min. THE MOST BEAUTIFUL PLACE YOU'VE NEVER BEEN - Take a peek into Chelsea & Javon's awesome Belize adventure where they ended their Belize vacation at Coco Plum Island Resort.

  • Belize Water Rescue for Tourism, 5.5min. This is a fun video of a water rescue class for the tour industry in Belize using stand up paddle boards and kayaks.

  • How to make fry jack from belize, 4min.

  • Gunjai: A Garifuna dance / music for celebration, 2min. While traditional Punta, Punta Rock, and Paranda are well-known Garifuna genres and dances, Gunjai is hardly heard of among non-Garifuna people. It is a celebratory, action-dance that the Garifuna people participate in to celebrate victory.

    May 24, 2017


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    Specials and Events

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

    The San Pedro Sun

    “Hands across the Sand” brings dozens out to Central Park
    The coastal community of San Pedro is more motivated than ever to protect its waters by raising awareness on environmental policies and practices. On Saturday, May 20th, more than 20 environmental advocates participated in the annual “Hands Across the Sand”. Held at the Central Park, the gathering held hands along the beach in symbolic opposition of offshore exploration and drilling, as well as seismic surveying. Over 80 countries around the world partook in the event, and Oceana in Belize organized this symbolic activity in San Pedro, and across 13 other municipalities. This year, the campaign was also aimed at spreading the message of “saying ‘NO’ to filthy fuels and saying ‘YES’ to clean energy.”

    Tiger Sharks; next win would seal the NEBL 2017 championship
    The San Pedro Tiger Sharks are one step closer in becoming the 2017 National Elite Basketball League (NEBL) Champions, after defeating Belmopan Bandits in game one of a best-out-of-three game series. For the fourth consecutive year, the island team is seeking a championship, and with the first win in the 2017 NEBL finals, Game two is the most anticipated game of the season. San Pedro Tiger Shark’s Ashton Edwards was very instrumental in their victory, netting 18 points on 50% shooting from the field, and scoring three long-distance nets. The season’s MVP George Williams brought another impressive performance, tallying 15 points, three assists and two steals. Raul ‘Thumpy’ Roches registered a double-double with 15 points and 10 re bounds, and Kurt ‘Chengo’ Burges recorded 11 rebounds.

    Ambergris Stadium is officially inaugurated
    After its September 2015 project launch, the prestigious Ambergris Stadium was officially inaugurated on Sunday, May 21st. Coordinated by Belize Infrastructure Limited (BIL), along with the San Pedro Town Council (SPTC), and executed by AM Construction Company from the Orange Walk District, the $4.4 million state-of-the-art multi-purpose sporting arena was designed to transform sports professionalism on the island. Over 500 people were in attendance to enjoy great entertainment and football action. After the ribbon cutting ceremony, the Government officials were invited to tour the field, and even took turns at scoring a goal. Heredia, Faber, and Guerrero all made attempts, but only Guerrero was successful, and he drew much applause from the crowd. As Rompe Raja played, the football action began with an exhibition game from two Under-15 teams: the San Pedro Pirates, and A&B. Both teams were energized, but after many failed goal attempts, the game drew 0-0.

    Ambergris Today

    New Ambergris Stadium Officially Inaugurated To Promote Sports In San Pedro
    The long-awaited inauguration of the San Pedro Ambergris Stadium on Ambergris Caye took place on Sunday, May 21, 2017, with much fanfare . Residents gathered to witness the cutting of the ribbon of this new project and wasted no time in making use of it. Pastor Clive Welch opened the ceremony with a short prayer. Mayor Daniel Guerrero expressed his sincere gratitude to those who have encouraged, promoted and participated in the sport of football: “From the San Pedro Football Field to Sacachispas and now the Hon. Louis Sylvester Sports Complex. It was from that old field that local football celebrities were born. They are local celebrities that now adorn our local hall of fame such as: Dimas, Spanish, Pancho Verde, Pelé, Steve, Chapo, Jaime, Panny Arceo, Chapin and more. Local football teams were: Los Atleticos, Espanoles, Los Diablos, Caribena, La Mafia, Ramon’s, Veterans, Mario Boys, Dolphins, my team Fido Rangers and much more.”

    Belizeans Join Hands To Say ‘No’ To Filthy Fuels And Say Yes To Clean Energy
    On May 20, 2017 at noon, Belizeans around the country joined hands on beaches, across bridges, along sea walls and in public areas to stand in solidarity against offshore oil development in Belize's economically important marine environment. Every year, activists and ocean-lovers host Hands Across the Sand events around the world to “draw a line in the sand,” and say “NO” to dirty fossil fuel projects, as well as call for a shift to clean, renewable energy like offshore wind and solar power. Every day, offshore oil accidents serve as grim reminders of just how deadly, dirty and dangerous the industry is and highlights the economic risks and environmental hazards posed by the activity to countries like Belize.

    Misc Belizean Sources


    Power wass out in Belize
    but so as in Cancún, Playa del Carmen and Merida. Mexican grid is having problems.

    Lazy Lizard BVB 2017 Prize awards

    Commonwealth Day celebrations in Belize City
    The Embassy was honored to participate in the Commonwealth Day celebrations in Belize City Monday!

    2017 International Day Against Homophobia
    We were proud to join Empower Yourself Belize Movement for the 2017 International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia. During his remarks, Charge d'Affaires, a.i. emphasized that LGBTI rights are human rights, and noted that advancing the fair treatment of all people has long been a cornerstone of American democracy.

    We will be painting from a picture once again this Thursday at canucks.


    New GOB Controlled Fuel Prices
    Effective Date: 24th May 2017. Regular goes down 39 cents to $9.87 a gallon. Kerosene also goes down.

    Pok ta pok ball game
    A few great action shots of the amazing pok ta pok ball game yesterday. The ball weighs 9lbs and is made purely of rubber! What a great day!

    May 15th - May 21st , 2017 Belize Fishing Report
    Very enjoyable week with a lot of great fishing. Sarah and Seth were the hosts of this week’s Orvis group. Lots of bonefish and plenty of laughter as we all had a wonderful time getting to know one another. Family and friends are what lodge life is all about; and everyone walked away with new friends and big smiles. Always a treat seeing new faces!

    Disaster Preparedness and Recovery Workshop 2017
    Day 1 of Disaster Preparedness Workshop - May 23rd & 24th, 2017.

    Channel 7

    UDP Chairman Forms BAC, Belizeans Against Courtenay
    The Senate Inquiry into Immigration continues tomorrow - and the political rivalries are heating up. Today, UDP Chairman Alberto August put out a release on his Facebook page announcing the formation of a new ad hoc association to remove Eamon Courtenay as a Senator. It's called BAC, or "Belizeans Against Courtenay" and August says, quote, "The primary actions and objectives of BAC is to peacefully protest against Eamon Courtenay's actions and to call for his removal from the Senate." At last week's Wednesday hearing August was one of those hecklers in the gallery throwing words at Courtenay, even directing insults at his deceased father. On Friday - when August made it known that he was going all out against Courtenay - the PUP Senator said he doesn't acknowledge his existence:

    Media Tells Senate Probe Chairman, Keep Yellowman Out
    And while August is playing political games, the media isn't playing any games with the UDP hacks and hecklers who threatened and assaulted a journalist and two camera men at last week's hearings. Today, nine media houses - including this one - signed unto a letter addressed to Chairman of the Senate Subcommittee Aldo Salazar asking that Brian Yellowman Audinett be banned from the Senate hearings. The letter says, quote, "such aggression toward the media should not be countenanced while we are performing our duty and in the National Assembly…We therefore call on you and the Committee to disallow Audinett from returning to witness the proceedings in the gallery as he has grossly violated the sanctity of the National Assembly, which he himself serves….an attack of this nature on the media, if left unchecked, would speak ill of our country's commitment to a free, fair and democratic society...."

    PSU Council Of Management Suspends President Eldred Neal
    The Public Service Union's Council of Management has voted to suspend President Eldred Neal. The decision was taken at a meeting on Friday in Belmopan where we are told eleven of the 12 members present voted in favor of a suspension. There are 15 members on the council of management and 9 of them had already signed a letter calling for him to resign. But, Neal himself was not at the meeting, and so could not make a case in his own defence. That gives him grounds to challenge the council's decision on the basis of natural justice, and we are told he will do just that. Since his presidency is now being challenged under the constitution of the union, Neal is expected to lawyer up.

    Evangelicals Call Out Cops for “Corrupt Law Enforcement”
    And while Union President Eldred Neal is isolated, Pastor Luis Wade is anything but. Today, the National Evangelical Association of Belize - known as NEAB - gave a stout and spirited defense of the popular talk show host. The statement says, quote, "NEAB and its 250+ national churches expresses its shock and outrage at the bogus and biased charges brought against…Wade." It sternly admonishes the police, saying, quote "This type of biased and corrupt 'law enforcement' happens repeatedly and is part of why crime, violence, injustice, and corruption continue to be the order of the day in our nation…Police have (embraced) multiple bogus witnesses version of an event that never occurred." And then it hammers down with a rebuke, "Nonetheless, the whole event is recorded on video and in the Chronicles of God to Whom we will all give answer!"

    Women Drowns Near Bermudian Landing, Body Recovered 48 Hours Later
    And while there were no murders reported countywide over the long weekend, there were two drowning. The first we'll report on tonight happened on Sunday afternoon, when Denia Zelaya and her common-law-husband, police constable Dion Bellini went for a swim in the river at Bermudian Landing. It was a great day for a swim, but the river has raging currents, and she was pulled under. She never resurfaced and, today, two days later, our news team was there to report on the recovery effort. Here's Alex Courtenay with the story... Alex Courtenay reporting: As the summer rolls around, many Belizeans find themselves trying to beat the heat at the nearest river. Denia Zelaya, her common-law-husband and a few friends were doing just that on Sunday at a popular swim spot in Bermudian Landing, but the fun didn't last long.

    Cops Say Drinking Led To Drowning in Valley Of Peace
    And there is another drowning to report - and it happened in the Cayo District near Valley of Peace. Police say 26 year old Salvadoran farmer Jose Alberto Guiterrez had been drinking on Saturday and went swimming in the Colorado Lagoon near the Santander Factory. But he never returned home after his weekend dip. Police found his body floating in the lagoon on Sunday evening around 5:00. An onsite post mortem was done and it confirmed that he drowned, there were no signs of violence or foul play on his body.

    Man With Belizean Roots Murders In “The Chi”
    The US city of Chicago has recorded 235 murders so far for 2017, and tonight the news is about a Belizean-American with Belmopan roots who was killed there over the weekend. 35 year old Jermaine James, who is known as, "Jayblood Rasta" was stabbed to death in Chatham, a community in Chicago's Southside on Sunday night. News reports from Chicago say that at 11:48 James was in the 400 block of East 79th Street when he got into an argument with another man. The other man took out a knife and stabbed him multiple times all over his body.

    Mother Says Principal Humiliated Her Son For Long Hair
    A parent in Orange Walk is accusing her son's principal of humiliating and bullying him in front of the whole school. Evangelina Alamilla says she failed in cutting her 12 year old son's hair - and because of that the Principal at Solomon's Seven Day Adventist Primary School allegedly made an example of the standard four student at assembly time. Here's how his mother put it when she spoke to our colleagues at CTV-3: Evangelina Alamilla - Claims Principal Bullied Child: "She bullied my son because of his long hair. He told me, mom I need to cut my hair, I told him yes son. I am a working mom and I told him Saturday ill cut your hair. My kid came to school, in front of the assembly.

    Duun Street Home Invasion At Candy House
    A Belize City family continues to recover from a brutal home invasion in which gunmen stormed into their homes, and robbed them of thousands of dollars' worth of jewelry. It happened at Michael Acosta's Dunn Street home on Friday evening, sometime around 6 p.m., when he was at home with his common-law wife and their 2-year-old son. 2 men visited pretending to be interested in buying ice cream. Seen here, the family sells a number of treats under the name, "KY Kandy Krush". Thinking that the men were legitimate customers, Acosta opened the door to serve them, and that's when one of them pointed a gun at him. That assailant immediately kicked him and started to assault him, injuring his nose and mouth.

    ITVET Shows Off
    This week is Technical and Vocational Training week, and the 6 different ITVET schools from the different districts will be celebrating it with different activities. Today, though, they decided to team up in Belize City Open Day held at the Freetown Compound. It's a location that viewers may know very well, but today, the management and the student body invited the public in for demonstration. As they do every year, the ITVET puts on a sort of expo to show the diverse education that takes place there throughout the school year.

    ITVET’s Taking The Business Challenge
    Our news team also checked out the other event being held simultaneously on the ITVET Compound. It's called the ITVET Entrepreneurship Challenge, and the idea behind it is for each of the different district branches to compete against each other. They each have to come up with a product using the programs taught at the schools, and they must demonstrate that these products can create its own market niche to be successful. We took a look at a few of the product entries, and here's what they told us:

    Cops Caught Kyle For Jacking Security Guard
    Last week Kyle Latchman was released from police custody on bail after being charged with drug trafficking and three other offences. Today, Latchman was back in court, but this time he was charged with robbery. According to reports, a Police Mobile Unit pulled up to the corner of Dean and Regent Streets on Saturday and saw two men sprinting down the street. The cops pursued the men and caught up to one of them who they later learned was Latchman. Police said that Latchman refused to answer when asked why he was running however, not long after, security guard George Zetina appeared on the scene. Zetina told the officers that Latchman and two others had just robbed him of his cell phone, $100 cash and some personal documents with what appeared to be a firearm.

    Man Charged For Arson Of Stepfather’s Home In OW
    On the news, it seems like at least once a week, we report on cases of alleged arson - but there's very rarely an arrest. And that's what makes tonight different. Forty five year old Roy Mangar is behind bars at the Belize Central Prison on an arson charge after he allegedly set his step-father's house on fire over the long weekend. It happened on Saturday night on "Chips Alley" in the Louisiana Area of Orange Walk Town. Around 7:30 56 year old Lincoln Pratt was at work when hiss neighbors ran to tell him that his 18 by 20 feet wooden house was on fire. Pratt told CTV-3 that his stepson had told him he would burn down the house as a form of retaliation for abuse:...

    Molotov Thrown At Belama Home
    And while Orange Walk cops say that is a clear case of arson, Belize City police are investigating what looks like an attempt to burn down a family's home using a Molotov cocktail. At around 3 a.m. on Sunday, police went to a home in Belama Phase one where they met the 28-year-old owner, Andrew Ferguson. He reported to police that his wife woke him up after someone broken broken some sort of glass inside the house. He immediately checked and found the front wall of his home on fire, and he noticed a broken bottle which had the strong scent of kerosene. Apparently, someone threw it at their home, and one of the walls was set ablaze. He managed to put it out quickly. Police don't know yet who threw the incendiary.

    Conserving Antiquities In The Event Of A Disaster
    Over the past three years, we've brought you extensive coverage of the Maya Antiquities Road show that's traveled to five states in the US . Right now it's in Dallas, Texas. And overtime it travels between museums, conservators go to great pains to package all the pieces to withstand any shocks on the road. But what if, these delicate pieces do get damaged, do they just become write offs? American Conservator Newberry says they can actually be salvaged. Newberry held a workshop in Belize today on how to protect the collection and recover it after damage. Courtney Weatherburne was there and has more details. Artifacts are fragile, they have to be carefully handled and properly stored. And when they are finally put out on display, they certainly can't be touched, sat on or tampered with.

    Haylock For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge With 14 Year Old
    Lord's Bank resident, Dennis Haylock, appeared in the Magistrate's Court today where he was charged with unlawful sexual intercourse with a 14 year old girl. The minor made a report along with her mother and a social worker. She claims that she and her cousin were walking down the Lord's Bank Road when Haylock approached and began walking with them. The cousin continued on her way home, and the minor said she went with Haylock to his house. She spent the night there, and they allegedly had sex the next day. The girl apparently spent another night at Haylock's house, after which her mother called the police and went to retrieve her. The girl was examined by a doctor, who certified that she was carnally known.

    Taking a Hand Against Oil
    It's called "Hands Across the Sand" and on Saturday at noon, residents of 12 communities gathered around the country and joined hands on beaches, across bridges, along sea walls and in public areas to stand in solidarity against offshore oil development in Belize's economically important marine environment. It's an annual event organized by OCEANA.

    Channel 5

    Media Writes to Have Senate Committee Chair Ban “Yellow Man”
    Media houses, including this station, have endorsed a letter to the Chairman of the Senate Special Select Committee which condemns the unprecedented and unprovoked actions of members of the United [...]

    Alberto August of Belizeans Against Courtenay Apologizes for Press Attacks
    Chairman of the United Democratic Party, Alberto August, this afternoon told News Five he was taking full responsibility for the attack on members of the press last week at the [...]

    August Says They Will Return to Wednesday’s Hearing
    August called on Leader of the Opposition John Briceño to remove Courtenay from the Senate, a decision Briceño has said previously he will not make. Courtenay is seen as the [...]

    Eamon Refuses to Engage August
    Even before today’s interview, August appeared on the U.D.P.’s Wave Radio Morning Show on Friday. Not only did he reiterate his intention to return to Wednesday’s meeting, but he challenged [...]

    NEAB Stands Up for Pastor Louis Wade
    Turning to another incident involving the media…We note that there has been no official statement from G.O.B. in respect of the assault by U.D.P. operatives on Marisol Amaya and other [...]

    Naturalized Belizean Drowns in Belize River; Second Drowning Reported in Cayo
    Two persons drowned over the weekend in separate incidents in the Belize and Cayo Districts. In Bermudian Landing, in the Belize River Valley area, twenty-three-year-old Denia Zelaya was with her [...]

    Belizean Stabbed to Death in Chicago
    There is a report from Chicago that a Belizean was fatally stabbed over the weekend. The thirty-five-year-old Jermaine Jones, who also goes by the name “Rasta Jayblood,” lived in south [...]

    Teacher’s House Damaged by Explosive
    This extended holiday weekend saw two fire-related incidents. In Belize City, a teacher sustained minimal damage to his residence, but in Orange Walk, the home of a security guard was [...]

    Dennis Haylock Charged for Unlawful Sex with Minor
    A Belize City engineer is tonight on remand at the Belize Central Prison after he was accused by a fourteen-year minor of sexual abuse on April sixteenth of this year. [...]

    Search Continues for Accused P.G. Killer Simon Lino
    Punta Gorda police are still looking for Simon Lino, accused of last Wednesday’s brutal stabbing murder of popular musician Lascelle Martinez. Lino is believed to have fled to neighboring Guatemala; [...]

    Calcutta Teen Tops CANTO Video Contest
    There’s some good news…On the occasion of World Telecommunication and Information Society Day on May seventeenth, the Caribbean Association of National Telecommunications Operators (CANTO) has announced that a Belizean won [...]

    Senate Committee to Visit Immigration Department in Belmopan
    The Senate Inquiry into the corruption at the Immigration Department resumes this Wednesday. At least two persons are scheduled to testify before the Senate Special Select Committee. Now, the Belize [...]

    What are Legal Rights of Committee’s Witnesses?
    As the Senate Special Select Committee swims into deeper waters, questions are rising as to what rights do witnesses who appear before it have and do not have. Two of [...]

    How to Cash In on Registering Intellectual Property Designs
    Do you have a special design or invention that can make lives easier and make money too? Then pay attention to our next story. The Belize Intellectual Property Office (BELIPO) [...]

    ITVET Hosts Open Day
    Technical and Vocational Education has traditionally been a field dominated by males, but this year, the program is aggressively proposing to change that to include women.  ITVET is holding activities [...]

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

    Residents across Twelve municipalities join hands as part of the Third Annual “Hands Across the Sand”. On May 20th at noon, Belizeans around the country joined hands on beaches, across bridges, along sea walls and in public areas to stand in solidarity against offshore oil development in Belize's economically important marine environment. Every year, activists and ocean-lovers host Hands Across the Sand events around the world to “draw a line in the sand,” and say “NO” to dirty fossil fuel projects, as well as call for a shift to clean, renewable energy like offshore wind and solar power.


    Principal Accused Of Bullying
    An Orange Walk Primary School Principal is tonight under fire after allegations of bulling are being brought against her. Evangelina Alamilla, the mother of a twelve year old standard four student at the Solomon’s Seven Day Adventist Primary School, today contacted our news team and reported that the Principal of the School victimized her child in front of the entire student population. Evangelina Alamilla- concerned parent: “Last week Tuesday on the 16th my son came to school in the morning, which I have the fault and I admitted right, she bullied my son because of his long hair, he told me mom I need to cut my hair and I told him yes son, I am a working mom and told him Saturday I will cut your hair...”

    Media Demands Yellow-man Not Be Permitted At Senate Hearing
    Tomorrow’s Senate Select Committee hearing will be closely watched by the public. This is because, firstly as we have announced, the witness is slated to be Alvarine Burgess, the whistleblower who spilled out information about UDP politician Edmond Castro’s involvement in visa hustling from which he profited personally. Burgess and Castro have battled out the issue in Court, with Castro dropping the case against Burgess’ revelations, but Court trials are closed doors and without television cameras. The Senate hearings are prominently covered by all media houses including live coverage from us.

    Father And Son Burglarize Mary Hill R.C. School
    Police have detained a man and his son, a minor, after they were caught leaving the Mary Hill R.C. School compound in San Andres Village in the Corozal District last Wednesday. While you may think maybe they went for a PTA meeting, the duo was actually seen leaving the compound about 3 in the morning with a load of equipment in their hands. A Police patrol in the area stopped them and noticed that in hand they had laptops, projectors and other equipment, which authorities later realised was loot from a burglary they had committed at the school. Today we spoke to the acting-Principal at the school to find out how the burglars struck.


    Marvin Chac Pap Died of Cerebral Haemorrhage
    Last Wednesday, May 17, Love News was at the Belize City Municipal Airstrip where the body of 18-year-old, Marvin Cristobal Chac Pap was being flown in after being found in the Ceibo Chico area. It is an incident that led to several erroneous reports in the Guatemalan media, casting aspersions at the Belizean soldiers. Brigadier […]

    Belizean Man Killed in Chi-Town
    A Belizean man was killed in Chicago, USA over the weekend. News reports emerging from the windy city are that 35 year old Jermaine James also known as “jay-blood” was fatally stabbed by another man. A news article states that James was ‘fatally stabbed late Sunday during an argument in the Chatham neighbourhood on the city’s […]

    Student’s Future Uncertain Following Series of Incidents in Caye Caulker
    A 16-year-old boy was detained over the weekend by police in Caye Caulker Village after the authorities had received reports of a crime in the making. The young boy was reportedly looking forward to graduation in the coming weeks and had already been accepted at a junior college in Belize City when the school’s principal […]

    Indian National Dies in Road Incident in Placencia
    A fatal traffic incident occurred on Friday night just before eleven o’clock in Placencia. According to the police, the incident occurred between miles twenty and twenty one on the Placencia Road. Upon arrival at the scene police saw a grey Toyota Forerunner on the side of the road with a red and black Honda Shaw […]

    Preventing Further Disruptions at Senate Inquiry
    The Special Senate Select Committee will convene tomorrow in Belmopan to continue its inquiry into the findings of the auditor general reports. Last week’s Senate Hearing had to be suspended after the UDP Chairman, Alberto August, Mace Bearer, Brian Audinett and other UDP operatives disrupted the proceedings. August promised to return every Wednesday to protest […]

    Haylock Charged and Remanded for Unlawful Sexual Intercourse with Minor
    Dennis Haylock, a resident of Lord’s Bank Village, was charged with unlawful sexual intercourse with a 14-year-old girl when he appeared today before the Chief Magistrate, Anne Marie Smith. Haylock was remanded into custody until August 18. On April 20, the girl, accompanied by her mother and a social worker, went to the police station in Ladyville […]

    From Mahogany Street to Central Prison
    Twenty-nine year old Kareem Gordon, a construction worker of 25 Casuarina Street, was sentenced to three years and fined ten thousand dollars today by the Chief Magistrate, Anne Marie Smith after he pled guilty to drug trafficking for 233 grams of cannabis. Gordon was busted around 4:30 p.m. on May 21. The police reported that they were […]

    7th Chess Olympiad: Another Success for Players
    On Saturday, a number of young persons gathered for the seventh chess Olympiad in Orange Walk Town. We have more in this report.

    Bodybuilding Champion Announces Candidacy in Upcoming Elections
    The countrywide municipal elections is about nine months away and as we told you some weeks ago, the call has gone out from the political parties for interested candidates. Today, well-known bodybuilder and five time champion, RigoVellos announced on social media that he will be entering the political arena. Vellos wrote, “Over the past weeks, […]

    Men Went for Valuables Not Ice Cream
    The home of a family in north side Belize City was invaded by two male persons on Friday night at around six thirty. Police were alerted of the incident on Dunn Street where they found 35-year-old, Michael Acosta injured to the nose and mouth after two men went to their front door asking to buy […]


    Belizean fatally stabbed in his neighborhood in Chicago
    “A 35-year-old Jermaine James a Belizean living in Chicago was fatally wounded on Sunday night. James was not too far from home when he met his demised. Chicago police said that the incident occurred just before midnight on Sunday in the Chatman neighborhood. On 79th Street, James got into an argum...

    Media Wants YELLOWMAN Banned from Senate Gallery
    Earlier today, Alberto August, the Chairman of the United Democratic Party (UDP) apologized to the media for the assault by House Mase Bearer, Brian “Yellowman” Audinett on the media which occurred immediately following the suspension of last week’s senate hearing on immigration and nationality. Th...

    Evangelical Churches back Wade’s Version of events
    The National Evangelical Association of Belize which represents over 250 churches across the Nation of Belize has issued a scalding press release directed at the Belize Police Department. The release is based on the incident involving Pastor Louis Wade Jr, PlusTV’s Managing Director, and Rober...

    Jose Gutierrez drowns over the weekend in the Colorado Lagoon
    On Sunday, 26-year-old Jose Alberto Gutierrez, a Salvadoran farmer, body was found floating down the Colorado lagoon in the Valley of Peace village. The Colorado lagoon is found between Valley of Peace and the sprawling Santender Property. Plusnews spoke with the Chairman of the Village, Juan Aria...

    23 year old Denia Zelaya drowns at Black Howler Evolution Tour’s
    And there is another drowning to report over the long weekend. On Monday afternoon, Dion Bellini who is a police officer, and his lover, 23-year-old Denia Zelaya left to have a fun-filled afternoon swimming at Black Howler Evolution Tour’s situated in Bermudian Landing village in the Belize Distri...

    Man escapes with his life after being robbed
    It was last week, Tuesday that we reported of a Good Samaritan that had stopped to render aid and lost his life as a result. Another Good Samaritan was repaid with evil for his kind deed, but this time, thankfully, he managed to escape with his life. According to police reports, yesterday 60 year ol...

    Minor chopped 30 year old man
    30-year-old Manuel Sho narrowly escaped death after sustaining chopped wounds. Sho reported to police that at approximately 2:48 p.m., yesterday 22 May, Monday afternoon, he was sitting on a picnic table by the Primary School in the Red Bank Village, when a 15 year old male student approached him wi...

    The Guardian

    Leaving No One Behind: Calling for Taiwan’s Participation in the 2017 World Health Assembly
    The Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan) calls on Belize’s support for Taiwan’s participation in World Health Assembly (WHA) that seeks to benefit all humankind. Nine years ago, having garnered tremendous international support including Belize, Taiwan was invited by World Health Organization (WHO) to attend the 62nd WHA as an observer. Since then, Taiwan’s active participation in WHA and WHO technical meetings has improved disease control in Taiwan and around the world, as Taiwan is committed to assisting Belize and other countries that face health challenges to fulfill WHO’s vision.

    The Reporter

    Police charge man for setting father’s house on fire
    Police have charged Roy Bennett Mangar, 45, of Santa Maria Street, Orange Walk with “arson”following a fire that destroyed his father’s house. Lincoln Pratt, 58, a security guard of Chips Alley, Louisiana area, Orange Walk town told police that he was on duty at around 9:15 Saturday night when he heard that his son was dismantling his 18 by 20 plywood house. Pratt said he rushed home to discover Mangar setting the house on fire.

    Breaking Belize NewsPJ

    UDP chairman leads movement against Senator Eamon Courtenay
    Today Chairman of the United Democratic Party (UDP), Alberto August announced the official formation of a group named Belizeans Against Courtenay (BAC). August, in a statement today says: “…the time has come for the Belizean people to raise in protest of the actions of Eamon Courtenay who, in selfish furtherance of the interests of the opposition People’s United Party and his Lord, Michael Ashcroft, is hell bent on unleashing hardships on the Belizean People…”.

    Sixty-year-old man robbed on highway
    On Monday May 22, police responded to a robbery at San Isidro Village, Toledo District and visited the area where Mercedes De Jesus Madril, a 60-year-old Guatemalan unemployed of Trio Village was seen along the Southern Highway.

    Salvadoran man drowns in Colorado lagoon
    On Sunday May 21, shortly after 5 p.m. police were informed of a body floating in the Colorado lagoon not far away from Santander sugar factory. Police responded and discovered the decomposing body of 26-year-old Salvadoran national Jose Alberto Gutierrez, in the lagoon.

    Student arrested for random chopping incident
    Yesterday at around 2:48 p.m., police received information of a chopping incident in Red Bank village in the Stann Creek district and visited the area. Manuel Sho, 30, of Red Bank Village reported that a 15-year-old male student approached him while he was sitting on a picnic table by the Primary School.

    Statement on Pastor Louis Wade Jr.’s Wrongful Charge
    Today, the National Evangelical Association of Belize (NEAB) issued a statement saying that the association and its over 250 national churches express shock and outrage at the bogus and biased charges brought against Pastor Louis Wade Jr.

    Mr. Belize has sights set on Corozal Mayoral seat
    Internationally-recognised and award winning bodybuilder, Rigo Vellos, officially announced his bid for Mayor of Corozal Town in the next municipal elections scheduled for March 7th, 2018. Vellos, who is preparing to defend the Mr. Belize bodybuilding championship title for a sixth consecutive time in October this year, launched his Mayoral campaign under the theme: “Strong Leadership for Corozal Town”.

    Belize among most peaceful countries to visit in 2017
    An article from the Dailystar travel newsite lists out some of the most peaceful countries to travel in 2017. Belize is listed among the seven safest destinations of 2017 to visit.

    Police seeking motorcycle helmet thief
    On Saturday, May 20, a resident from Spanish Lookout reported to police that a man entered his yard with the intention to steal a motorcycle. The man realized that he couldn’t move it, so he stole the motorcycle helmet. The culprit was caught on camera.


    Belize in July
    July is one of the best months to enjoy a vacation in Belize. With fewer crowds and most resorts and hotels offering deep discounts, July is a wonderful time to visit. Air carriers in the United States offer affordable rates on direct flights from several major American cities, and there is plenty to do and see in Belize.

    Road to Cayo: Restaurants, Murals and My Hotel in San Ignacio, Belize
    Just a few days ago, I made my way out to Western Belize. 91 miles as the crow flies but from the far north east of the country almost to the western border with Guatemala. Simply put: less than 100 miles from reef to jungle. It’s AMAZING how landscapes can change so quickly in Belize. My trip: the pink circle to pink double circle. I was spending a night in San Ignacio town and getting up early to head into the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve (blue star) – an area like no other in Belize BUT I’ll tell you about that in a future blog post. There is a flight via Tropic Air that will quickly take you the distance. I went the scenic aka the budget route. Golf cart ride from 7 miles North Ambergris Caye to San Pedro Town (40 mins). San Pedro Belize Water Taxi ride from San Pedro Town to Belize City (1 hour 15 mins) – I took the 8:30am boat. Express bus from Belize City to San Ignacio (2 hours 15 minutes).

    International Sourcesizz

    BC - Earth - We have still not found the missing link between us and apes
    About 150 years ago, when Charles Darwin published his theory of evolution through natural selection, scientists began to accept that humans – for all our sophisticated behaviour – belong to the same family tree as all other animals. The idea led to two inescapable conclusions. First, our species is not an only child. Somewhere out there in the natural world, there is at least one species of animal that is more closely related to humans than any other – what biologists would come to call humanity's "sister species". Secondly, and as importantly, our species has a long-lost parent. It stands to reason that if humanity has one or more sisters, then these siblings must have shared the same parent species at some point in prehistory. Evolutionary biologists call this species the "last common ancestor" (LCA). Most people know it by a non-scientific name: the "missing link".

    Welp, guess this headline really screws things up. But for at LEAST the next year these destinations will be relatively off the radar, untouched, underdeveloped, under-Americanized, and about every other turn-on word for adventurous travelers. It's fine if you like to sit on the beach at your all-inclusive and sip on that Bud Light. But if you need us, we'll be visiting these countries, with very few other Americans. You know, until we ruin them with this headline. BELIZE: Why you need to go: Sun seekers will love the sandy cayes that run along the Belize Barrier Reef in the Caribbean Sea (a delight for divers, as well). Hikers will find mountains; tubers will coast along rivers that run through caverns. And those simply Indiana Jonesing for adventure can traverse the jungle to Mayan ruins.

    Three new mini thorn snails described from Georgia (USA), Belize and Panama
    Although computer tomography (CT) is widely used in medicine, its application in micro snail identification is still at the pioneering stage. However, Dr Adrienne Jochum from the Naturhistorisches Museum der Burgergemeinde Bern (NMBE), Switzerland and her interdisciplinary team of German and Swiss scientists (Dr. Alexander M. Weigand, University of Duisburg-Essen, Estee Bochud and Thomas Inäbnit, NMBE and the University of Bern, Dorian D. Dörge, Goethe University, Frankfurt, Dr. Bernhard Ruthensteiner, Zoologische Staatssammlung Muenchen, Dr. Adrien Favre, Leipzig University, Gunhild Martels and Dr. Marian Kampschulte, Justus-Liebig University Giessen) have recently applied it in their research, now published in the journal ZooKeys. As a result of their revolutionary approach, the scientists report three new thorn snail species - tiny, colourless and highly fragile creatures that measure less than 2 mm and belong to the genus Carychium.

    The Great Blue Hole e le isole del Belize
    Non è un miraggio, bensì realtà: un’enorme voragine blu nel bel mezzo del Mar dei Caraibi, sogno di ogni subacqueo. Si tratta del Great Blu Hole, un atollo situato a circa 60 chilometri da Belize City e circondato da una fantastica barriera corallina, facente parte del più ampio “Barrier Reef Reserve System”, un sito dichiarato Patrimonio Mondiale dell’Umanità dall’UNESCO.

    Safe places to travel in 2017: Seven destinations with low threat of terrorism
    The recent string of terror attacks – the most recent of which happened at an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena on Monday night – has left everyone worried about their own safety. In the past few years Brits have cancelled holidays popular hotspots including Spain, France and Turkey, following atrocities. Here we reveals seven destinations that are considered safe from terror in 2017: 6. Belize. Belize is one of the best places in the world to go scuba diving thanks to its famous Great Blue Hole.

    Caleb Orozco honored by OutRight Action International
    OutRight Action International honored Caleb Orozco—the man who successfully challenged Belize's sodomy law and won—with the Felipa De Sousa Award at the organization's annual gala, "A Celebration of Courage," a press release stated. OutRight's award ceremony ( held in the United Nations exclusive Delegates Dining room ) was attended by more than 300 activists, human-rights defenders, diplomats and dignitaries. The evening's host—performer and artist Mx. Justin Vivian Bond—shared the stage with presenter Congressman Mark Takano and honorees Orozco, Unibam Belize, OutSpoken award recipient Logo TV and OutStanding Awardee Blanche Wiesen Cook, prize-winning biographer of Eleanor Roosevelt. Gay men's health and life magazine FS has revealed that many minority individuals believe there has been little progress toward fighting against racism in the gay community, reported. A survey of more than 850 gay men showed that 75 percent of Black gay men, 81 percent of South East and East Asian gay men, 86 percent of South Asian gay men and 78 percent of mixed-ethnicity gay men have experienced racism on the gay scene. Other eye-opening figures revealed that 85 percent of Black men admitted to feeling sexualized or objectified on the gay scene, while 100 percent of Arab gay men said they thought the gay community had a problem with racism. The full survey is at .uk.

    New Database Aims to Track Rights Violations of Caribbean's Most Vulnerable Communities
    The Caribbean Vulnerable Communities Coalition (CVC) and the Dominican Republic-based Centro de Orientacion e Investigacion Integral (COIN) recently launched the Caribbean's first online database documenting human rights violations. The Shared Incident Database, or SID for short, aims to provide supporting data for and facilitate the work of those advocating safer and healthier conditions for the region's most vulnerable. The SID will track incidents affecting people living with HIV, sex workers, drug users, men who have sex with men, transgender people, marginalised youth, migrants and inmates — all communities that are stigmatised and frequently suffer from discriminatory practices.


  • People claim police brutality in Santa Elena, 3min. Bad experience at Santa Elena foot ball field..Police Pulling out gun an so in font of kids!!.. So disappointed!!

  • 2017 Belize, 13min. Scuba diving at Blackbird Caye Resort, Turneffe Atolle.

  • GOB Takes New Approach to Early Childhood Development, 6min. From May 16th to 17th, stakeholders and partners in early childhood development met at the Ramada Hotel in Belize City for their 2nd Biennial Conference. Our team joined the group at day two of their event to learn more.

  • Beyond the Horizon: 2017-Belize, 1min. Yesterday and today we had great turnout at our free medical event in Dangriga! We will be providing vision, dental, women's health, family/general medicine, dermatology and more! We are open every day until June 1st. The lines may be long, so don't wait until the last day!

  • Fishing in Belize, 1.5min.

  • Belize tunnel diving with sharks, 2.5min. Belize dive trip, 100ft dive and ran out of air

  • Belize Vo-Tech: 2016 Seniors receive Diplomas, 2.5min. The 2016 Seniors receive their Diplomas at the Belize Vo-Tech graduation ceremony.

  • Catching a Black-tailed Indigo snake at Macal River, Belize, 3.5min. Anant Deshwal catching a Black-tailed Indigo snake on study abroad course on Coastal Caribbean Biology. The snake was captured during an animal biodiversity survey at Macal river in Cayo district, Belize. This Study Abroad course from University of Arkansas was lead by two renowned ecologists Dr. K. G. Smith, Distinguished Professor at University of Arkansas, Fayetteville and Dr. Ragupathy Kannan, professor at University of Arkansas, Fort Smith.

  • Wells Scholars Belize Trip 2017, 5min.

  • Belize Christian Academy: Spiritual Emphasis Week 2017, 12min. As we recap and reflect on Spiritual Emphasis week, we present to you a sneak-peek into how it all happened. Enjoy!

  • Belize 2017, 4min.

    May 23, 2017


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    A Call Out for Peace to the Belizean Black Youth!
    by Bilal Morris The Garifuna International Indigenous Film Festival (GIIFF) is the only living cultural film festival in the United States that is founded and produced by a Garifuna Belizean woman, Freda Sideroff. And last night in the premiering and screening of yours truly documentary film on the Belize gang crisis called,"Abdul Marin Nunez & The Belize Gang Crisis", it was revealed to me in some of the most moving and spiritual ways, the passionate work that goes into this annual visual arts masterpiece. Film Festivals like this is a medium through which the visual artist protest and resist against all forms of oppression so as to bring the struggle of a people and cause to the forefront of an audience who may not necessarily know. It provides a humble outlet of expression to the voiceless and the marginalized peoples of the world who cannot find a place in the mainstream media. It is service to the underserved of a nation and the power to change.

    Commonwealth Day Monday
    Still celebrating the weekend in Belize. Observing Commonwealth Day (Sovereign's Day) in lieu of May 24th. Belizeans choose to honor Queen Victoria's Birthday.

    Son burns down father's house
    On 20.05.17 at 9:20 p.m., Orange Walk Police received information of a house on fire at Chips Alley, Louisiana area, Orange Walk Town and visited the location where they saw an 18 feet by 20 feet plywood house with zinc roofing engulfed in flames. The blaze was eventually put out by fire fighters; however, the house and its content were completely destroyed.

    Woman drowns
    Police Constable Dion Bellini said that at 1:45 p.m on Sunday, May 21st, he and his common-Law wife , 23 year old Denia Joselyn Zelaya, went for a swim at Black Howler Evolution Tour`s situated in Bermudian village. While swimming together, Zelaya was caught by the water current and though he tried he could not help her.

    The Toyota Chiquibul Tour was conducted this weekend
    We are grateful to Belize Diesel & Equipment Co. Ltd and Toyota owners that made this event successful. FCD thanks PACT, Forest Department and Institute of Archaeology for their support.

    Lost iPhone on Caye Caulker
    Good morning guys, asking for help. Please if anyone find a iPhone 7plus rose gold 128gig. Please return, lost this morning. Reward will be giving

    Poets Corner: Censorship!
    By Abdulmajeed Nunez. They aim to silence the voices of hope Anyone who's vociferous and says nope To the raping and pillaging our the countries resource They’ve dragged Moses name through the courts They arrested Jihad for a roach Arrested Geovannie and Fitz on false report The labeled Audrey persona non grata They arrest Luis Wade pan pure propaganda Even I was called out by the education minista

    New mural at Shipstern Conervation & Management Area
    We are very happy to present you the new masterpiece which stands on one of the walls of our new Visitor Center! It pictures a perspective of the different ecosystems of Shipstern, from the Yucatan dry forest to the Mangrove Savannah, the Shipstern Lagoon, including emblematic representatives of the particular Fauna and Flora occuring in the reserve. Do you recognize some of them? Thank you very much to Chuy Carillo and Chuy Arts and his assistants, all talented local artists from Sarteneja who realised this beautiful painting"

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

    The Reporter

    Traffic accident on Placencia road claims one life
    A man who resided in Maya Beach, Stann Creek is dead after the motorcycle he was driving reportedly slammed into a vehicle on the Placencia road on Saturday. The incident happened between miles 20 and 21 on the Placencia road and involved a grey four-door Toyota 4 Runner and a Honda Shadow motorcycle. It claimed the life of Shams Penthod Moose, 45, an Indian national of Maya Beach.

    Your blood type may determine how you die
    People with a non-O blood group have a slightly increased risk of heart attack and stroke, a recent study suggests. The research conducted in The Netherlands shows that the reason for this could be because lower levels of a blood-clotting protein are present in people with type O blood, and higher in A, B and AB blood. It found that people with the blood group, AB (the rarest kind), were the most vulnerable. They have 23 percent more chances of suffering heart disease, and people with blood type A also have higher cholesterol levels.

    New study shows rising sea levels put Caribbean coastal cities and towns in peril
    Rising sea levels have placed some 4.2 million people in small islands in the Caribbean and Pacific states in flood-prone areas, according to the findings of a new study. The research called: “A Blue Urban Agenda: Adapting to Climate Change in the Coastal Cities of Caribbean and Pacific Small Island Developing States, was commissioned by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). It reveals that in addition to coastal erosion, rising sea levels are expected to negatively impact economic output and employment. It goes further to state that rising tides can also cause governments’ debt to increase.

    Belizean stabbed to death in Chicago
    There is an unofficial but reliable report that a Belizean was stabbed to death late Sunday night or early this morning in South side Chicago. The victim, identified only as “Rasta Jayblood”, 35, is originally from Belmopan but lived in Chicago. He was the son of Dianne Hall.

    Young woman drowns in Bermudian Landing
    A young woman has drowned in the Belize River in Bermudian Landing near the Baboon Sanctuary. The incident happened on Sunday afternoon and claimed the life of Denia Zelaya, 23, a naturalized Belizean who lived on Cemetery Road, Belize City. Police issued information earlier today that Police Constable Dion Bellini reported that he and Zelaya, his common-law wife, went swimming at Black Howler Evolution Tours in Bermudian Landing village when strong currents swept Zelaya.

    Breaking Belize NewsPJ

    Honduran woman drowns in Belize River
    Today around 1:45 p.m., police visited an area near the Black Howler Evolution tour in Bermudan Landing, where police constable, Dion Bellini reported that he and his common-law wife 23-year-old Denia Joselyn Zelaya, a naturalized Belizean of Cemetery Road, Belize City went for a […]

    Belama home vandalized and set on fire, no injuries or major damage
    According to police reports, yesterday morning around 3:10, police visited Starfish Crescent, Belama Phase I, Belize City where cops met Andrew Ferguson, a 28-year-old teacher who reported that he was awakened by his wife who said someone had broken glass in the house. When […]

    Belize City man busted for drug trafficking
    Yesterday around 4:30 p.m., police conducting motorcycle patrol on Mahogany Street, Belize City, searched Kareem Gordon, a 29-year-old construction worker of Causarina Street, Belize City and found a plastic bag on him. Inside the bag, police found 233 grams of cannabis. Gordon has since […]

    Elderly Stann Creek retiree robbed of gold chain
    Last night around 10:10, Dangriga Police responded to reports of a robbery at the residence of Derrick Peters, 68 year old retiree. Police visited Peters home on St. Vincent street in Dangriga where cops saw Peters with a cut wound to the left arm, […]

    Son sets fathers house on fire
    On Saturday, May 20, around 9:20 p.m., Orange Walk Police received information of a house on fire at Chips Alley, Louisiana area, Orange Walk town. Police visited the location and saw an 18 x 20 plywood house with zinc roof, engulfed in flames. The blaze […]

    Four busted for robbing $27 from Chinese shop
    Yesterday police visited the New Hope Restaurant situated at the corner of Pigeon and Partridge street in Ladyville Village where Jia Hua Li, 24 year old naturalized Belizean, reported that at 11:12 a.m., a dark complexion man with dreads and a small hand gun […]

    Woman drowns in Belize River; Her body is still missing
    Yesterday, police received reports that a 20 year old woman drowned in the Belize River. According to reports, the incident happened near the Baboon Sanctuary in Bermudian Landing. The woman is a naturalized Belizean originally from Honduras and BBN has been informed that her family […]


    It’s all about the Salt Life! Fishing in San Pedro is a must!
    What’s better than getting the ‘catch of the day’ at a coastal Belizean restaurant? Catching it yourself! Fresh seafood cannot be beat, and many restaurants on the island are happy to cook up your catch of the day. Of course, this means ‘WE ARE GOING FISHING’! My favorite fishing adventure takes me deep sea. Just a group of friends or family on a boat in the Caribbean waters, away from the protection of the reef. Here is where you land the real big fish – the trophies of the sea: Marlins, Dorados and Wahoos! It isn’t for everyone; not only is it a waiting game but reeling in your catch is quite a challenge. However, once that big fish lands in the boat, the feeling of accomplishment – and thoughts of the dishes that await – well, it’s pretty priceless!

    A Belizean Diaspora Perspective By: Debbie Curling
    Belizeans at home and abroad must begin to realize that despite the fact that time, space and location separates us, we have a shared identity and culture that makes us stronger together than separately. REMEMBERING is what heals: remembering our cultural traditions, our enthusiasm for sports, our passion for politics, our very good food, our Belizean music in all its varieties, our childhood proclivity for hopping fences to steal mangoes and craboo, riding our bikes to fetch buckets of water at the pipe stand, and many more. Oh yes! And playing bruk makachistah, bruk me bak! Funnily enough bruk makachistah is full of symbolism and meaning as it applies to our Belizean cultural heritage, personalities, attitudes, and our strength in the face of adversity. With hands akimbo and chest pumping, the entire game, if you will, is premised on defiance and a dare; a challenge that if you think you can bruk my bak, try it!

    Why You Have to Visit San Ignacio Belize on Your Vacation
    Originally a small village of logging camps and chicle farmers, San Ignacio and its twin town of Santa Elena have grown to become a thriving metropolitan area in the western part of the country. Close to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Tikal just over the border in Guatemala as well as several of Belize’s most prominent Mayan ruins, San Ignacio is a popular tourist destination. San Ignacio is one of Belize’s most diverse urban areas, with Mestizos, Creoles, Lebanese, Mennonite and Chinese indigenous populations calling the area home.

    Caye Caulker (Belize) - Top Tips Before You Visit Caye Caulker
    Measuring just five miles north and south and less than a mile across, Caye Caulker is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Belize. Less commercial and urbanized than its larger sister island of Ambergris Caye, Caye Caulker offers a spectacular tropical island experience at very affordable prices. A few restaurants on the island provide fresh food and cocktails. Originally the destination of choice for artists, musicians and backpackers, today Caye Caulker still exudes a very funky, laid-back approach to life epitomized by its unofficial slogan of “Go Slow.”

    International Sourcesizz

    Do Bidets Save Forest and Water Resources?
    Popular everywhere except North America, where Americans use 36.5 billion rolls of toilet paper annually, switching to bathroom bidets could save some 15 million trees. To those who say that bidets waste water, advocates counter that the amount is trivial compared to how much water we use to produce toilet paper in the first place. Thomas points out that toilet paper is also a public nuisance in that it clogs pipes and adds a significant load onto city sewer systems and water treatment plants.

    No Tropical Development Is Expected Across The Atlantic, Caribbean & Gulf Of Mexico For The Rest Of This Month
    Current indications are that the chance for tropical development are nearly zero for at least the next 7 to 10 days, if not longer. Environmental conditions across much of the Atlantic, all of the Gulf of Mexico and all of the Caribbean are highly unfavorable due to strong westerly and northwesterly wind shear. Obviously, I did not believe the GFS model’s forecast over the weekend of a tropical cyclone forming in the western Caribbean and moving into the Gulf of Mexico in about 10 days from now. This is something that the GFS model seems to always forecast this time of year and given the unfavorable conditions across the western Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico, it is a model forecast that should not be believed. In addition, verification statistics reveal that the GFS model currently has a 25 percent verification rate, which means that the model is currently only correct 25 percent of the time. On the other hand, the European model guidance has a current 75 percent verification rate, which means the European model has more credence and believability right now. Keep this in mind when looking at the GFS model guidance.

    Bethlehem Middle School students sell international artworks to send kids to school in Uganda and Belize
    The Bethlehem Central Middle School Helping Hands Club is holding its annual International Art Auction to send impoverished children to school in Uganda and Belize on Thursday, May 25, at 6:30 p.m. in the school library. This year, they have more art to sell than ever before. BCMS Social Studies teacher Bill Reilly runs “The Global Coalition for Peace Education and Cultural Awareness”, an internet based project that connects schools and students around the world. Twelve years ago, one of the schools connected with the project was a student community school in a rainforest village in Belize that was run by the late Michael Casey, brother of Dan Casey from Perfect Blend in Delmar, and his wife Jillian.

    Gospel on forbidden radio
    Evangelical radio broadcasts helped Henry and Tina Rede­kopp understand the gospel. Now the couple are doing the same for others, operating a Low German radio station, De Stemm (The Voice), for the 3,700 Old Colony Mennonites in Belize. “We both grew up in the Old Colony church setting, so we’re very familiar with the theology they have,” Henry Redekopp said in a May 15 interview. De Stemm Radio, which began broadcasting in April 2016, reaches the Reinlander Mennoniten Gemeinde community in Shipyard, Indian Creek, Little Belize and New Land with music, teaching and tips on cultural interaction. “Our culture is very isolated . . . very limited in outside influence,” Henry Redekopp said. Most of the men speak Low German and some English or Spanish. Most of the women only speak Low German. Many people are illiterate.

    Climate change and flooding threaten 4.2 million people
    A new study by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) estimates that 4.2 million people in Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in the Caribbean and in the Pacific are living in areas that are prone to flooding due to rising sea levels. In addition to coastal erosion, rising sea levels are expected to negatively impact economic output and employment and could aggravate inflation and cause an increase in Government debt according to the study A Blue Urban Agenda: Adapting to Climate Change in the Coastal Cities of Caribbean and Pacific Small Island Developing States. “Caribbean and Pacific coastal cities are on the frontlines of climate change,” said Michael Donovan, Senior Urban Specialist at the IDB, co-author of the study.

    New phase for hub and spokes trade initiative launched at Barbados workshop
    An innovative trade initiative that is expanding opportunities for business, employment and prosperity in African, Caribbean and Pacific countries will be extended to February 2019. The hub and spokes programme is a joint initiative of the European Union, ACP Group Secretariat, Commonwealth Secretariat and Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie. Through the programme, trade advisers are placed in government ministries and regional organisations to provide support and build local capacity to develop trade policies. To kick-start the ambitious next phase of the aid for trade programme, 40 of the programme’s main stakeholders, including 16 trade advisers, are gathering for a workshop in Bridgetown, Barbados, between 22 and 23 May.


  • San Pedro Diablo Beach Bar - Belize, 3min. Enjoying my time at one of the finest bar / water park only at Diablo Beach Bar. The drinks are awesome and the view is amazing to relx on a hot day.

  • Belize trip 2017- Gopro hero 5, 4min.

  • Helping Hand, 3min. Thank you to all who showed up today to make a reality possible for a lady and her kids who are living in a Zink tent . Tha is to Sulph Moses Rollin Powery Abdul Marin Nunez Karen Sharon Banner Bigjunn GWaff Sounds Howard and the gentleman who allowed us to build the house in his yard Gods love and favor be upon you all for he has seen the goodness of your hearts . The day we as Belizeans look out for each other and love our neighbours as we do ourselves and we start feeling our brothers and sisters struggles and take action this world will be different .

  • Music Week Digicell Mega Stage, 1.5min.

  • Mayan Chant, 4min. I was recently in Belize and visited the Mayan ruins at Xunantunich. Xunantunich is an Ancient Maya archaeological site in western Belize, about 70 miles west of Belize City, in the Cayo District. The Mayan Civilization thrived for hundreds of years, but during a multi-year drought, they got the idea that the gods wanted human sacrifices in return for rain. They went insane with this idea, and destroyed their society. I took the photos in this video in Early March 2017. I manipultaed the images to reflect the dark beauty of the Mayan heritage. I wrote the music that underlies the images, using as inspiration the Garifuna drumming that is native to Belize. Enjoy!


  • Loggerhead Turtle in Belize, 1.5min. Little did she know that it was Loggerhead mating season in Belize, but apparently, Bridget seems to resemble an attractive female Loggerhead.

  • Sailing from Belize to Roatan, 3.5min. 4 days 2 Catamarans 15 person charter sailing adventure Included: A large pod of dolphins, countless boobies and other cool wildlife at Light House Reef, snorkeling the Blue Hole and Half Moon Caye wall before an overnight ocean crossing to Roatan.

  • Belize 2016, 2.5min. Family vacation in Belize, December 2016.

  • Belize Trip, 36min. My journey through Southern Belize. Compilation of the flight in, a scenic drive through Punta Gorda, swimming in the caves, and jumping off waterfalls.

    May 22, 2017


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    Wolfe’s Woofer: Did You Find It?
    “It’s the Melody!” I said to Sherry. “Is that my grandsons that you have with you?” “It sure is,” Melody said, giving me a hug. “Say hi to your grandpa, boys.” Davin said, “Hi, grandpa,” and little Grayson mumbled something that could have been about grandpa. We sat on the porch and talked until Grayson said, “Ma, I got to go to go pee.” I opened the door for him and said, “Here. Go right ahead to the bathroom.”

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

    Doctor Love: Dirty and Hungry
    Dear Doctor Love, How can I get my wife to do more work around the house? She sits all day playing games on Facebook and texting with her friends on her phone. The house is dirty, the bills are not paid on time because she doesn’t want to leave the house and I end up paying them myself. Most nights I have reminded her before I get my supper. I work six days a week and I give her all of my pay, so I don’t think it is too much to ask for her to wash laundry so I can have a clean towel for my shower. I can’t afford to pay someone to clean house and cook, but I am starting to think I will have to do it. I have talked to her and she gets mad and then she won’t speak to me for days. I have talked to her mother who just tells me that my wife was always a really lazy girl and I better get over it. We have been married for less than a year but I am thinking about divorcing her. What should I do? /s/ Dirty and Hungry

    Misc Belizean Sources


    Letter: Belize is facing an unprecedented number of issues
    by the Belize Progressive Party. Our nation is facing an unprecedented number of issues, which are the fruit of corruption and greed by those who were given the responsibility of ensuring our nation’s well-being. With the ever-increasing consciousness of the Belizean people, the powers that be shall go to virtually any length to ensure that that age-old tactic of “divide and conquer” remains an effective tool. It is important that we condemn the discriminatory comments made against the Garifuna community by President of the PSU, Eldred Neal and General Secretary of the BEWU, Marvin Mora. In a time when the nation is polarized politically, the last thing the country needs is for its union leaders to be fanning the flames of political intolerance and racial prejudice.

    7th Chess Olympiad
    Young persons from across the country are gathered at the Orange Walk Multi Purpose building for the 7th Chess Olympiad yesterday. Acting President of the Chess Federation of Belize, Jason Hsu said they are in the process of reviving the sport. The competition saw the participation of almost a hundred youths between the ages of seven and seventeen.

    Hands Across the Sand
    On May 20th at noon, Belizeans around the country joined hands on beaches, across bridges, along sea walls and in public areas to stand in solidarity against offshore oil development in Belize's economically important marine environment. Every year, activists and ocean-lovers host Hands Across the Sand events around the world to “draw a line in the sand,” and say “NO” to dirty fossil fuel projects, as well as call for a shift to clean, renewable energy like offshore wind and solar power. Every day, offshore oil accidents serve as grim reminders of just how deadly, dirty and dangerous the industry is and highlights the economic risks and environmental hazards posed by the activity to countries like Belize. “Drill. Spill. Repeat. That is the reality of the offshore oil. Belizeans have, and continue to say, "No!" to the destruction of their livelihoods by this inherently dangerous and dirty industry. That unwavering position needs to be legislated in order to safeguard our collective future," Janelle Chanona, Oceana Belize’s Vice President.

    Dangriga Municipal Fair 2017
    A few pictures from day 2 of Dangriga Municipal Fair 2017 on Y-Not Island. Performing in the evening was Sweet Pain band featuring Reckless and Supa G.

    Frenchie's Offshore Open
    Anglers braved a blasting southeaster on Day 1 of the Frenchie's Offshore Open yesterday, and were rewarded for their efforts! Yesterday saw 2 Blue Marlin and 3 Sailfish released, and 33 Dorado brought to the scale! Some boats have braved the howling winds again today and we'll keep you posted on how they do!

    DAVCO Village Fest 2017
    DAVCO Village Fest 2017 at the People's Stadium was truly a village life experience. The day was filled with the rich n vibrant culture of all the villages of Orange Walk. There was local and traditional food, music, dance, history all in one place. This is just a glimpse of what was at the Village Fest.

    Happy International Museum Day
    Theme- "Museums & Contested histories: Saying the unspeakable in museums." Topic: Marcus Canul- A Legendary Hero or A Bandit? Today's open forum was educational, extremely interesting and sparked discussion. It was unanimously decided that Marcus Canul was a LEGENDARY HERO and not a Bandit. Huge Thank you to our presenters Mr. Jorge Estrella (President of the Northern Tour guide Association) and Mr. Hugo Carrillo Ryne Carr (Cultural Ambassador of the Yucatec Maya Culture). The presentations were very engaging. We are also grateful for all our attendees and invited guest for embracing us with their presence. Lastly, sincerest gratitude to Muffles College High School and Orange Walk Technical High School for accepting our invitation. I am confident today's open discussion enhance each student's knowledge.

    Corozal Animal Program-CAP
    We have nine puppies waiting for adoption - six girls and three boys. They are three months old and have had their first shots and worming. They are all adorable! If you are interested, please email

    1st Place honors at the 3rd Annual Frenchie's Offshore Open!
    Congrats to Capt. Aldo Urbina and his crew aboard 'No Worry Bout Nothin' who released a double header of Blue Marlin this afternoon to claim the 1st Place honors at the 3rd Annual Frenchie's Offshore Open!

    Frenchie's Offshore Open!
    Day Two: Ocean Pro weighed a 22.5lb Dorado

    Chocolate Festival 2017

    Rural Family Health Project
    Health Fairs are an integral part of the Rural Family Health Project. They are a collaborative effort between the PCV and his/her counterpart Community Health Worker, other members of the community (such as village leaders, teachers, and health committees), local organizations and government agencies such as the Ministry of Health. Congratulations, Loan, on a successful health fair!

    The Reporter

    Dangriga Day held today at Y-Not
    The second annual Dangriga Day enters day two today at Y-Not Island in that municipality. In declaring the event open, Mayor Francis Humphreys underscored the importance of preserving culture and diversity, expressing his wish that the potpourri that makes up “Culture Capital” could someday help lead to Dangriga becoming a City. The cultural event features more than 30 booths, musical and other entertainment, food, drinks, family games, ferris wheel and children’s rides.

    Magistrate Norman Rodriguez interdicted
    The Judicial and Legal Services Commission has interdicted junior Magistrate, Norman Rodriguez from his duties after he was formally arraigned before the Chief Magistrate, Ann-Marie Smith on a charge of rape. The Commission, in a press release late last week, said it would place Rodriguez on half-pay until it makes another decision as to his fate. This is the second time in 13 years that Rodriguez is charged with a sexual offense. Rodriquez, who celebrated his 48th birthday this week, is accused of the rape of a 27 year-old woman who said she had been intimately involved with him briefly, about five years ago.

    Breaking Belize NewsPJ

    Belmopan bandits sports success story
    In Football, Belmopan Bandits SC have just been crowned three-time champions for the second time since the club was re-activated in 2011, having won 7 out of the last 11 championships in Belize’s top league, now called the Premier League of Belize (PLB). This year, the club is headed to the prestigious CONCACAF Champions League tournament. In Basketball, the recently re-established Belmopan Bandits team is currently competing in the championship finals of the National Elite Basketball League (NEBL). And in Softball, the Belmopan Bandits team, formed only a year ago, is presently tied with defending champions Roaring Creek Grace Kennedy for first place in the regular season of the Cayo Softball Association Tournament.


    At first you might think what is there to do on such a chilled and relaxed island? Well believe it or not it’s really easy to spend more than a couple of days here as there is so much to do. It’s easy to see how a couple of days can turn into a week on the island. After a smooth (or bumpy) journey on the boat, it was a windy day when I arrived! You dock on a small jetty and walk down to collect your bags. There are palms trees swaying and a few bars along the front. Already you start to feel that this is going to be an awesome place to spend a couple of days or maybe more.

    Three New Ways to Exercise on Ambergris Caye
    Over the last week or so, I tried…or attempted to try…three new classes. 2 yoga classes – both very different – and one for water resistance. I am very slow to start a new fitness oriented routine – it’s so much easier to watch Netflix while eating salty pumpkin seeds (that’s my new thing) – so I’m testing the water. Ambergris Caye has TONS of options these day. I mean tons. You can DIY – swim, SUP, kayak, beach walk, SCUBA, the list goes on. A fancy new gym has opened right in the middle of town called Belize Fitness, we have THREE Crossfit boxes (you read that correct – THREE), tons of yoga classes, private Pilates sessions. If you want to be active, it shouldn’t be THAT hard. Let me show you what I tried.

    Get Your Pirate on at Glovers Reef Atoll
    About an hour and a half from Dangriga by boat, Glovers Reef wraps around an 80-square mile lagoon that’s as idyllic as any South Seas movie you’ve viewed. As the southernmost of three Belize atolls, the reef atoll serves several purposes: host to a lodge situated amid coconut palm trees and sandy beaches that promises refuge from the world, a research site and a place you can indulge in every aquatic sport that suits your fancy—diving, snorkeling, swimming or sailing. Multiple dive sites bearing enticing names like Octopus Alley, Turtle Tavern and Dolphin Dance give you access to spotted stingrays, barracuda, French angelfish, butterfly fish and sharks. Love to paddleboard? This is your destination!

    International Sourcesizz

    Caribbean RoundUp
    The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) is seeking to strengthen its relationship with Emirates Holidays, the largest tour operator in the Middle East, as it seeks to broad the Caribbean’s appeal in the Arabia Market. Officials of CTO, the region’s tourism development agency, recently met with tour operators during Arabian Travel Market (ATM), to build relationship which began last year when the CTO conducted an in-house training program in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE) for 40 Emirates Holiday reservations, sales and operation staff to familiarize them with the Caribbean product.

    Simone Biles Says 'Dancing With The Stars' Changed Her Body—But Not In The Usual Way
    Simone Biles says she is happy with her experience on Dancing With the Stars, despite being cut from the competition just one week before the finals. But the five-time Olympic gold medalist also admits her body has changed after her nine weeks on the celebrity ballroom competition—and not in the traditional way. While most DWTS stars rave about all of the weight they lose while competing on the ABC dance-off, Biles told Us Weekly her body changed in another way. “It looks different than my gymnastics body because I haven’t been working out,” Simone told Us. “Dance helps keep me in shape, but I’ve lost my six-pack. I’m not as toned. I think I just lost a little muscle definition.” Still, Simone Biles says that the Dancing With the Stars experience was “wonderful” and that she learned a lot about herself.


  • Mayor Daniel Guerrero scores the first goal as part of the activities of the inauguration of Ambergris Stadium, 15sec.

  • Ambergris Stadium is officially inaugurated!, 1min.

  • Cave Tubing in Belize, 3min. A chillaxing afternoon floating down the river in an inflatable donut turns into a once in a lifetime experience of being struck by lightning. It had never happened to our guide who had been running the tour for 10 years. Lucky us!

  • Belize Women’s Trip 2017-05, 3.5min.

  • Belize, 5min. One month in Belizean Islands



  • Belize Caves Branch Waterfall Caves, 5min.

  • Belize Orphanage Project., 4.5min. Our unforgettable experience in a nut shell. From June 11 to the 19, I was blessed with the opportunity to go to Belize with an amazing group of people from all over the world to help build a home for the less fortunate children in Belmopan Belize. Thank you Dani Johnson for revealing to us our potential to affect change in this small world.

  • Belize May 2017, 20min.

  • Snorkeling in Belize, 12min.

  • Swimming with Sharks and a Turtle - Belize, 12min.

  • Belize, 9min.

  • TPLC ... Sport-Activity-Frame - Belize City (BZ), "Starfish Island", 5.5min.

  • Chocolate Festival 2017 Grand Finale, 4.5min.

  • Chocolate Festival 2017, 12min.

    May 21, 2017


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    Belizean security forces not linked to recent death of Guatemalan national
    A Guatemalan national was found dead well within Belizean territory on Tuesday, May 16th with apparent head injuries. The deceased, identified as 18-year-old Marvin Cristobal Chac Papin, was found inside the Chiquibul National Park near the western border with Guatemala. His body was transported to Belize City for a post-mortem examination. The incident was not linked to any confrontation with Belizean security forces as stated by the Guatemalan press. The story surrounding this latest death of a Guatemalan inside Belizean territory evolved as the Guatemalan press reported the case as homicide by Belizean armed forces. Belize’s commander of the Belize Defence Force (BDF), Brigadier General David Jones stated that they are looking at the incident as a case of drowning. “From the patrol members that I spoke to, looking at the body there was trauma to the head and that was most likely because he fell from a cliff to a stream,” said Jones. “The stream is pretty shallow, but based on the trauma to the head, they believe that the fall from the cliff also played a role in his death.”

    What’s new: Belize It Vacation Rentals
    Formerly known as Belize Holiday Vacation Rentals, ‘Belize It Vacation Rentals’ offers Ambergris Caye vacationers a unique homestay experience. Belize It is an accredited company with more than 20 years in the business, specializing in the management and rental of vacation homes on La Isla Bonita. From one bedroom homes to beachfront villas with stunning ocean views and private pool, Belize It not only offers the best deals on short and long term accommodations, but they also provide all the necessities, conveniences, privacy, and comfort of a home. They take pride in excellent concierge service, ensuring that all guests have a memorable vacation. Once a vacation home is booked, Belize It greets guests via airport or water taxi, escorts them to their rental home, provide the guests with all-around service, and assistance when needed. Upon request, they also help to book excursions, massages, private chef services, fishing, diving, snorkeling, and mainland tours.

    UNDP BioFin offers funds to grow Belize’s green economy
    The government of Belize seeks to access funds to protect Belize’s natural beauty while growing a ‘green’ economy with the help the Biodiversity Finance Initiative (BioFin) launched by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in 2012, with the support of the European Union and the Governments of Germany, Norway, Flanders and Switzerland. Belize signed onto this global partnership in 2015, and our UNDP partners joined conservation stakeholders and nongovernmental organizations to work on how Belize can stimulate investment to protect the environment, while using our natural resources in a sustainable manner. The partners explored the avenues for investment with officials from the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, Environment & Sustainable Development at a Biodiversity financing workshop at the Belize Best Western Biltmore Plaza Hotel in Belize City last Thursday, May 11.

    Prime Minister Barrow announces early retirement
    During the House Meeting in Belmopan City on Friday, May 12th, Prime Minister Dean Barrow announced his early retirement from politics. He hinted at handing over power to the party’s successor no later than the end of 2019 or early 2020 and elaborated on the reasons for leaving before his term is done. Barrow’s retirement apparently has nothing to do with him being done with politics, but rather due to health issues. In his continued efforts to find better treatment for his back problems, he is hoping for a miracle. He is now contemplating artificial disk technology, which is expected to be a breakthrough once it is approved for medical practices. He also expressed his displeasure on the talk surrounding his health issues. “I am tired of hearing about my back problems,” he said. “ To be fair to all concerned, I am keeping in consideration the prospect of going earlier, if I am unable to give all of myself to the job.”

    Misc Belizean Sources


    Beyond the Horizon: 2017-Belize
    The Beyond the Horizon 2017 construction projects are moving forward quickly and should be finished over the next month. Stay tuned for the ribbon cutting ceremonies scheduled for the middle of June.

    Sofia Guzman of Caye Caulker passes away
    RIP Tia with the Angels. U were such a strong lady!!

    San Pedro Residents, along with people across the country gathered to join hands on beaches, across bridges, along sea walls and in other public areas to stand in solidarity against offshore oil development in Belize, and to embrace a clean energy future. This is one of hundreds of synchronized events globally to raise awareness about the dangers of dirty fuels and the need to speed the transition to available, affordable clean energy solutions. The event is particularly salient this year with Belize having just recently been confronted with seismic air gun blasting in our waters late October 2016.

    "Dangriga Day 2017 " on Y-Not Island
    Day 1 concludes at 10 pm.

    VACANCY!!! -Environmental Education Assistant, Forest Ranger, Tour guide, Two cooks/ House keeper
    Shipstern Conservation & Management Area.

    The Reporter

    CARICOM supports Venezuela despite 4 break-aways
    Venezuelan President, Nicholas Maduro has received overwhelming support from the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) to remain a member of the Organization of American States (OAS), despite that at least four member states break ranks on the matter. Regional foreign ministers who ended the 20th meeting of the CARICOM Council for Foreign and Community Relations (COFCOR) in Barbados on Friday discussed the matter. St. Lucia, Guyana, Jamaica and the Bahamas did not support Venezuela, but COFCOR Chairman, Sir Louis Straker played down their dissen, saying CARICOM would not abandon Venezuela in its time of need. The St. Vincent and the Grenadines Deputy Prime Minister said: “There might be one or two countries [that may not join the majority], but overwhelmingly, CARICOM is in support of Venezuela.”

    Breaking Belize NewsPJ

    Police and Community trouble in Cayo?
    BBN has received confirmed reports that the Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Cayo Special Constables Committee have resigned from the organization as well as their status as volunteer special constables. Reports are that things have not been running smoothly between the volunteers and the officer commanding San Ignacio, Supt. Richard Rosado.

    Early morning fatal traffic accident
    Shortly after 12:00 this morning, a motorcycle collided into another vehicle near the Rum Point area in Placencia. According to reports, the driver of the motorcycle succumbed to his injuries.


    A brief History of San Pedro and Riding around San Pedro Ambergris Today
    The island of San Pedro Ambergris Caye is a spoiled island where you can meet many friends from abroad. This experience trip to San Pedro Ambergris Caye was quite changing. I had the best time around town visiting local places. Many just come to relax and enjoy the water view. Others enjoy it perfectly fine, while drinking and eating food, while being under the sun. Some do all while swimming inside the pool. What else do you want? Spoiled island can be meant as not wanting to do anything but to just relax and enjoy the weather down in Belize. Last week, I traveled to San Pedro Ambergris Caye to update you about a trip to the island. I arrived on a Friday morning with the weather humid and the sun beating my skin. No wind, a lot of mosquito's and some sun heat could have not been much complicated.

    Building My Nest” in Belize
    Growing up in the farm country of rural Arkansas, we lived a simple life. Now that I’m older, I reflect on that simple country life and realize how fortunate we were. As kids, we played outside all day and even after dark. We weren’t consumed with video games. We went fishing…hunting ….and chased lightening bugs at night. On hot summer days, the garden hose was our sprinkler and an old tarp was our “slip an slide”. We bailed hay, chopped cotton and rode down the old dusty farm roads on the tail gate of my daddys Ford pickup. We were the luckiest kids in the world. Being in Belize I’m seeing a reflection of my simple country life as a child. Although it’s a world away, the values and characteristics are so similar. Kids walk home from school, they play in the park, ride their bikes and walk to the store. They are happy with what they have and enjoy each day as it comes. I’m loving this opportunity to experience this simple, calm lifestyle and feel “settled.”

    Dear Belize Traveler: Before You Visit, Please Read These Tips!
    If you’re like most North Americans getting ready for a tropical paradise escape, deciding what to see can send you scurrying for the aspirin bottle. We don’t blame you. It’s wise to consider all manner of Belize experiences (since this nation has more choices than most) so you wind up with an itinerary that balances down time and leisure with adventures that have no rival in the Caribbean. To help you plan the perfect trip, we are delighted to share nine facts that can help morph your Belize visit from great to sublime. You will want to thank us for the following advice, but don’t bother. Our reward is bestowed when you find yourself planning your next Belize trip on your return flight home!

    South Water Caye, an incredible island in Southern Belize
    map of south water caye in belizeSouth Water Caye is located directly atop the Belize Barrier Reef a few miles offshore from Stann Creek District in southeastern Belize. It is in the center of the South Water Caye Marine Park, a protected reserve where fishing and industrial activity is prohibited. South South Water Caye has no airport so the only way to get there is by water taxi or private boat. Depending on the weather, it takes approximately 45 minutes to arrive at South Water Caye from Dangriga or other coastal locations in Stann Creek District.

    Scuba Dive & Snorkel with Whale Sharks in Belize
    Until you see a whale shark up close, it is impossible to realize just how large these gentle creatures area. Measuring up to 40 feet long and weighing up to 20 tons, whale sharks are a migratory species that circumnavigate the globe annually. The Belize Barrier Reef acts as a nursery for thousands of marine species, and the location is the only place in the world where whale sharks congregate in large numbers near the surface as they rise to feed. The best place to encounter migrating whale sharks in Belize is at the Gladden Spit and Silk Cayes Marine Reserve, measuring almost 26,000 acres in size and located approximately 22 miles (36 km) off the coast of Placencia and other locations in Stann Creek District. Because whale sharks are a migratory species, they are only in Belizean waters a short time every year. Whale sharks arrive in the area in April and May and rise to the surface waters to feed when the moon is in its full phase.

    How About a Shout-out for Belize’s Community Baboon Sanctuary?
    Bermudian Landing is the site of the main sanctuary, but the Creole villages that have joined the effort to nurture Black Howler Monkeys include Flowers Bank, Double Head Cabbage, Scotland Half-moon, Isabella Bank and Big Falls/St. Paul’s Bank. The reserve runs along the banks of the Belize River and it’s the pride and joy of landowners who have committed to maintaining this area for this species and other local wildlife, flora and fauna. The Sanctuary is located just 30 miles from Belize City. Ask your lodgings host to arrange a formal tour that includes transport to and from the site, or you can rent a car to make the 30 mile drive. With an estimated 1500 howlers roaming the 20 square mile epicenter of the CBS, you’ll probably hear them before you see them!

    International Sourcesizz

    2017 Atlantic, Caribbean & Gulf Of Mexico Hurricane Season Forecast (Updated May 20th)
    Latest indications continue to point to the potential that the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season may be more active across the central and eastern Atlantic than what we previously thought back in early April. The big reason for this forecast of a more active season is due to the fact that a El Nino may never really form this summer or autumn and if it does, it may end up being quite weak. In addition, the ocean water temperatures across the Tropical Atlantic have warmed quite a bit over the past month. The combination of these two factors plus other indications point to the potential for an average number of named storms with the Lesser Antilles, the eastern Caribbean, the Bahamas and the US East Coast at risk from at least 1 tropical storm or hurricane. In addition, I continue to believe that we will see the formation of at least a tropical storm in the western Atlantic during the month of June. The area I think has the highest probability of formation is around the Bahamas, the western Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico.

    Threat to people of Caribbean, Pacific islands looms
    A new study by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) estimates that 4.2 million people in Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in the Caribbean and in the Pacific are living in areas that are prone to flooding due to rising sea levels.In addition to coastal erosion, rising sea levels are expected to negatively impact economic output and employment, and could aggravate inflation and cause an increase in government debt, according to the study, A Blue Urban Agenda: Adapting to Climate Change in the Coastal Cities of Caribbean and Pacific Small Island Developing States. “Caribbean and Pacific coastal cities are on the frontlines of climate change,” said Michael G Donovan, senior urban specialist at the IDB, co-author of the study. “It is critical to adapt and improve the resilience of cities in coastal zones, especially those experiencing rapid urbanisation.

    Corn off the cob
    Belize is a dot on the map, located in the narrow strip connecting the two Americas. From tamales to chicken tacos, the country is home to some delicious corn-based specialties that go well with cocktails made with Caribbean rum. But what catches attention here are the corn tortillas and masa (which means dough in Spanish). So popular are the tortillas that the local populace eats it with anything. Even with dumplings, as the Chinese living in Belize are known to do. Fuelled by such demand, masa is prepared in large quantities in little factories that are located across the country. Belize is divided into fivedistricts and each of them has its share of corn tortilla factories. But, closer to the north in Corozal and Orange Walk, you will find more tortilla factories because of the influence of the product from the neighbouring country of Mexico. Factory workers will have you know that unlike eating them, the making is tedious. Most factories start operations on a daily basis at 4 am! As I walked into Tortilleria Chico’s (located on a busy highway in Corozal), the fragrant smell of freshly ground corn was overpowering. It was like being trapped in a giant can of Green Giant corn, easily the most popular can of corn in any neighbourhood supermarket in India or abroad.

    Behind the Scenes with a Shark Tagging Operation
    More than 200 species of sharks appear on the IUCN Red List, ranging in status from critically endangered to near threatened. Scientists suspect some shark populations have declined by as much as 90 percent. Loss of these apex predators ripples through entire marine ecosystems; some coral reefs have died after sharks were fished out. Declines also hurt the commercial and recreational fisheries and tourism industries. In order to protect sharks, though, scientists need to know where they hang out and the routes they travel in the world’s oceans. One of the best ways to find out is to tag and track the animals. In 2008 acoustic tags provided the first proof that individual whale sharks move between Belize and the northern Gulf of Mexico, an important finding for efforts to protect that endangered species.

    Flying over the Great Blue Hole
    That moment when you're flying over the Great Blue Hole in Belize! The Great Blue Hole is a part of the larger Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System, a World Heritage Site of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The NJ National Guard is in Belize as part of an annual multinational exercise, Beyond the Horizon, which brings together soldiers, airmen, and marines from the reserve and active components of the U.S. military, as well as personnel from foreign military organizations..


  • Terrific Tapir moment!, 1.5min. Terrific Tapir moment! So much fun hanging out with Indie the Central American tapir and zoo founder Sharon Matola at the Belize Zoo! Often referred to as the mountain cow, Tapirs are the largest terrestrial mammals in Central and South America, weighing upwards to 500 pounds. Incredibly they are related to horses! Have a prehensile snout that functions similar to an elephants proboscis. Tapirs face threats from habitat loss and poaching for bushmeat. Thankfully, the Belize zoo is on the front lines for conserving this incredible beast! Going to make an awesome episode of Ocean Treks with Jeff Corwin!

  • Feeding Turtle - Long Caye Belize, 3min.

  • Jaguar - Part 1 - Journey to the Caves, 2.5min. I wanted to take a unique photo of the elusive jaguar, so I built a camera trap and found a national park in Central America keen to join my project. The park rangers had just discovered ancient Mayan caves in the jungle, inside was jaguar paw marks. This is the story behind the image.

  • Quality Believe Raw Belize, 3hr.

  • Paradise Guy Cornhole Game in Belize at The Truck Stop, 5min. Cornhole is a fun game to play and even more so if you are playing it in Belize. Enjoy a Sunday Fun day at the Truck Stop with the Paradise Guy as he walks you through the basics on the beautiful island of Ambergris Caye.

  • Morgan & Mauricio's Belize Engagement, 3min. I've known Morgan and Mauricio for a good portion of their adorable love story, so when Mauricio asked me to be there when he popped the question in Belize I was over the moon to capture it for them. These two were meant for each other, I can't wait for their wedding!

  • Scuba Steve Snorkeling San Pedro Belize, 7.5min.

  • Injured Diver Kissed by a Turtle Belize 2017, 1.5min. Injured Diver getting kissed by a turtle in Belize.. Diving the very day after severe high ankle sprain, gets to be kissed by a beautiful Hawks bill turtle... at Aquarium dive site near Long Caye

  • Honeymoon in Belize, 7.5min. Honeymoon at Beaches and Dreams Hopkins, Belize We had the trip of a life time on our honeymoon last week in Belize.


  • Cave Tubing in Belize, 8.5min. Cave Tubing in Belize, with Cavetubingbz, Roberto and Luis thanks for a great tour and lunch, with some rum punch!

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