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April 25, 2018


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The San Pedro Sun

San Pedro Tiger Sharks clinch #1 seed in the 2018 NEBL playoffs
The San Pedro Tiger Sharks have managed to lock in the #1 seed in the 2018 National Elite Basketball League (NEBL) playoffs, after narrowly defeating the Digicell Belize City Defenders 71-68 on Saturday, April 21st in San Pedro Town. With just one week remaining in the NEBL regular season, the results of this upcoming weekend’s games will decide the playoff matchups and the order of the remaining three seeds. During their last home game of the regular season, the Tiger Sharks hosted the Digicell Defenders at the Angel Nuñez Auditorium, where their resilience granted them the much-needed win to secure their playoff seeding. The Defenders were by far the most challenging team the island athletes have played at home court. At the end of the first quarter, the visiting team garnered a four-point lead, and during the second quarter, the Tiger Sharks had difficulty netting any scores at all. The Defenders’ dominance was clear and by halftime, they were leading 33-31.

San Pedro House of Culture celebrates first Festival of Cultures
The Boca del Rio Area of San Pedro Town came alive on Sunday, April 22nd with the first-ever Festival of Cultures took place on the beach. Hosted by the San Pedro House of Culture (SPHC) in collaboration with Foreva Fancy Boutique, the event was a fundraiser to assist the SPHC in future events. Attendees enjoyed cultural food, drinks, live music and a cultural fashion show showcasing the attire of different ethnic groups living in Belize. Throughout the day, Caribbean Kings provided musical entertainment, while island residents and visitors stopped by to learn about the different cultures of Belize. The traditional food of the Garifuna, Chinese, Mestizo, Maya, Creole, East Indians and even Lebanese were all available for sale. Guillermo ‘Mito’ Paz of the SPHC stated that the event was a large one to organize, and he is thankful to those who stepped up to help. “It was an opportunity for Belizeans and visitors alike to learn more about the different cultural groups that make up Belize,” he said, adding that the SPHC looks forward to hosting the event next year.

Ambergris Caye hosts Friendly Rugby Tournament
San Pedro Rugby Football Club (SPRFC) hosted a friendly Rugby tournament inside the Ambergris Stadium on Saturday, April 21st. The tournament saw the participation of the Orange Walk Black Mambas, San Pedro Turtles and San Pedro Hammerhead Sharks competing. Jorge Olivarez, Captain of the SPRFC is happy to have hosted the tournament on the island. “We organized this friendly tournament to be more prepared for the upcoming second round of the Belize Rugby Competition. We are grateful that we had Orange Walk Black Mambas with us.” Even though the island teams did not claim victory, Olivarez is still glad for the experience. “We will continue to practice hard to do our best. As captain of the San Pedro rugby club, I would also like to thank the coaches that took time into getting us prepared for the game.”

Rise and SHINE 5K run/walk declared a success
Bright and early on Saturday, April 21st, islanders came together for the first ever ‘Rise and Shine’ 5k Run/Walk. The event served as a way to raise funds for SHINE, a non- governmental organization that empowers young girls and women of Ambergris Caye. At 5AM, a large crowd gathered in front of the Hope Haven & SHINE Center located on Lion Street. Before the race began, Kent Gabourel, Sports Coordinator at The San Pedro Town Council thanked everyone for supporting the fundraiser. SHINE Representative Britney Travis led participants through some warm-up routines, after which the 5K run/walk immediately began. The designated route saw participants running/walking their way to the bump after El Divino and back.

Ambergris Today

Belize Represented At The Commonwealth Heads Of Government Meeting In London
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hon. Wilfred Elrington, led Belize’s delegation to the bi-annual Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) held in London, United Kingdom from 16th-20th April 2018. He was joined by Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mrs. Laura Tucker-Longsworth; CEO in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, H.E. Patrick Andrews; wife of the Prime Minister of Belize, Mrs. Kim Simplis Barrow; as well as High Commissioner of Belize to the United Kingdom, H.E. Perla Perdomo, and other representatives of the Belize High Commission.

NCFC Condemns Sexual Abuse Of A Minor At A High School In Belize City
The National Committee for Families and Children (NCFC) condemns the recent report of a 14-year-old minor who was allegedly sexually abused by a security guard at a local high school. According to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of a Child (UNCRC), this is a direct infringement on the child’s right to be free from sexual abuse (Article 34). Moreover, children have the right to be protected from any form of exploitation (Article 36).

Misc Belizean Sources

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Inauguration Ceremony for the Rehabilitation and Expansion of the Orange Walk Town Farmers’ Market
The newly rehabilitated and expanded farmers’ market in Orange Walk Town will be officially opened on April 26th, 2018 at 9:30 a.m. Financing in the amount of BZ$$554,986.10 for the works, was provided by the European Union through funds from the Accompanying Measures for Sugar (AMS 2013) programme, which supports the Government's Sugar Adaptation Strategy with counterpart funds by the Government of Belize. Two objectives of the Sugar Adaptation Strategy are to foster diversification of the agricultural production base in the Orange Walk and Corozal Districts; and to minimize the overall macroeconomic impacts on the communities of the Orange Walk and Corozal Districts, that result from reductions in the guaranteed prices for Belize’s sugar exports and competition in a more liberalized market.

BELIZE REPRESENTED AT THE COMMONWEALTH HEADS OF GOVERNMENT MEETING IN LONDON
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hon. Wilfred Elrington, led Belize’s delegation to the bi-annual Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) held in London, United Kingdom from 16th-20th April 2018. He was joined by Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mrs. Laura Tucker-Longsworth; CEO in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, H.E. Patrick Andrews; wife of the Prime Minister of Belize, Mrs. Kim Simplis Barrow; as well as High Commissioner of Belize to the United Kingdom, H.E. Perla Perdomo, and other representatives of the Belize High Commission. Leaders from the fifty-three (53) countries of the Commonwealth gathered at various venues across London to discuss shared global challenges facing the members of the Commonwealth.

Belize City Civic Center official fanpage
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2018 National Agriculture and Trade Show this Weekend!
This show will have over 100 displays, plants, produce, Made in Belize products, kids friendly rides and many more! Bring out the entire family to the best annual show in Belize!

Festival of Cultures & Fashion Show
The House of Culture presents the Festival of Cultures & Fashion Show. The San Pedro House of Culture, Foreva Fancy Boutique along with Errol Gentle presented Culture meets Fashion on the 22nd of April 2018 Another successful event to promote the diverse cultural heritage of Belize. The House of Culture wishes to say Thank you to everyone for the continued support. Thank you to the models... you all did a great job. Thank you to the young girls from the RC Primary School for taking part in the cultural segment. Thank you to Caribbean Kings for the music and the San Pedro Dance Company for great performances.

Gardening Agroecology Training in Trio Village
35 farmers joined us in Trio Village to learn about gardening. Some important considerations for gardening include orienting beds north to south, having access to water, planting oregano among crops and using brightly colored flowers or fabrics around garden to deter pests, sourcing high quality seeds and utilizing compost. This is one of the agroecology training sessions provided to farmers in southern Belize by Professor Ruben of Universidad Pinar del Rio, Cuba. Agroecology looks at understanding and linking climate smart farming practices with the protection of nature.

Paint N Splash
See you this week at from 2-4pm Thursday to paint this gorgeous gecko!.

Attorney General of Belize Attends Anti-Corruption Conference in the Republic of China (Taiwan)
The Attorney General of Belize and Minister of Legal Affairs, Hon. Senator Michael Peyrefitte is currently in the Republic of China (Taiwan) attending a three-day international conference on anti-corruption. Hon. Peyrefitte was invited to participate in the seminar as Belize’s Focal Point for the United Nations Convention Against Corruption. Three other Central American nations namely Honduras, Guatemala, and Nicaragua, along with the Dominican Republic were also invited to attend.

Inauguration Ceremony for the Rehabilitation and Expansion of the Orange Walk Town Farmers’ Market
The newly rehabilitated and expanded farmers’ market in Orange Walk Town will be officially opened on April 26th, 2018 at 9:30 a.m. Financing in the amount of BZ$$554,986.10 for the works, was provided by the European Union through funds from the Accompanying Measures for Sugar (AMS 2013) programme, which supports the Government's Sugar Adaptation Strategy with counterpart funds by the Government of Belize. Two objectives of the Sugar Adaptation Strategy are to foster diversification of the agricultural production base in the Orange Walk and Corozal Districts; and to minimize the overall macroeconomic impacts on the communities of the Orange Walk and Corozal Districts, that result from reductions in the guaranteed prices for Belize’s sugar exports and competition in a more liberalized market.

Art Exhibition and Book Fair on Caye Caulker
Sunday, April 29, 2-5pm, at Il Baretto

BelizeINVEST, BELTRAIDE facilitates presentation on Business Opportunities in Belize at the Belize Taiwan Chamber of Commerce Business Forum
BelizeINVEST, BELTRAIDE facilitated a presentation on Business Opportunities in Belize to over 50 private sector stakeholders at the Belize Taiwan Chamber of Commerce Business Forum held at the Coastal Zone Management Authority and Institute (CZMAI) Training Room in Belize City on April 21, 2018 with the Keynote Address delivered by Hon. Tracy Taegar Panton, Minister of State, Ministry of Economic Development, Petroleum, Investment, Trade and Commerce. Minister Panton highlighted some of the key milestones accomplished over the past three years by the Ministry, along with BELTRAIDE in the different priority sectors through the implementation of a strategic Investment Model which encompasses 5 key factors:

MAYA SYMPOSIUM IN COROZAL
MAY 18TH AND 19TH 2018. MAYA SYMPOSIUM IN COROZAL, BELIZE. Sponsored by To'one Masehualoon and The Northern Maya Association of Belize. Topic. Murals of Chactemal. National and International presenters. Maya Cultural events, dances and ceremonies. Pok ta pok ball game. Maya wedding reenactment. Real wedding. Folkloric group from Chetumal Quintana Roo. Come and enjoy the culture of the Northern Maya of Belize .

NATS 2018 Schedule
This weekend! Here's the schedule! The 2018 National Agriculture and Trade Show is only 3 days away. They have the schedule up. The opening ceremony on Friday is at 3:00pm. This show will have over 100 displays, plants, produce, Made in Belize products, kids friendly rides and many more! Bring out the entire family to the best annual show in Belize!

Birding at Pooks Hill Lodge
What an amazing treat at Pooks Hill lodge.. With a superb team and lots of birds . Thanks a Lot to the cooks and staff for such a wonderful day..

WestJet Expos 2018
Belize represented at this year's WestJet Expos in Canada

Channel 7

Another Drug Plane Lands - This Time It’s a Jet!
Another drug plane landed in northern Belize early this morning, and, tonight police have no drugs, and no suspects. In fact all they have is the headache of figuring how to move a very large and valuable aircraft from off a village road. Jules Vasquez has details:.. The jet was found on the San Estevan/Progresso Road early this morning. It's a British Aerospace 125 700 - commonly known as the Hawker Siddeley 125, described as a mid-sized business jet. But the business here was drugs, so this one had no seats for passengers inside: all that had been cleared away for a massive drug cargo. And while the aircraft appears to be intact, under the wings are scorched - from where the crew apparently tried - unsuccessfully - to set it on fire.

A Minor For A Major Murder
This evening, a 16 year old minor was taken over to the family court and charged for murder. Police say he killed 30 year old Jason Belencio on Lovely Lane nine days ago. The minor - whose face we cannot show - allegedly shot Belencio multiple times on a Sunday afternoon as he walked to his mother - in - law's home. Police did not disclose the motive and Belencio was not known to be gang affiliated.

One Man For Murder, Others Detained
And over at Magistrate's Court - there was another male arraigned for murder. 28 year old Marlon Everett from West Canal was charged for the murder of Albert Johnson on Saturday night. It happened on Rectory Lane, not far from West Canal - where Johnson - a Punta Gorda resident - was shot in the head. Everett has been charged - but others from that area are also expected to face charges.

No Arrest For Businessman Slain In Store
And there have been no arrests made yet in the murder of businessman Oscar Rosado, Sr. But 7News has learnt that police do have a 19 year old suspect who they are seeking tonight - as well as another suspect in custody, and a taxi impounded. The 70 year old was killed in his store yesterday afternoon. A trio of men entered pretending to return a pound of nails. One of them had a gun and attacked his wife, Elena. When Oscar Rosado tried to intervene and pushed the assailant, he shot Rosado twice in the head, killing him instantly.

Dangriga Murder Out Of Nowhere
And there was a shocking broad daylight execution style murder in Dangriga Town today. It happened around 10:30 when 55 year old Patrick George Crossdale was ambushed as he rode his motorbike towards his home. A man jumped out of the bushes near the monument site and fired 5 shots at him. Two of them caught Crosdale - who was rushed to the hospital and succumbed to his injuries while undergoing treatment. Crosdale is a Jamaican who had been living in Dangriga for some time.

Bullet Grazes Man’s Head In City
And there was almost a murder in Belize City this afternoon. According to reports, a 21 year man was targeted on Holy Emmanuel Street, near the Chetumal Boulevard. Reports to 7News are that some time around 2:30, 21 year-old Samuel Neal, a labourer from Sand Hill Village, was conducting work near 2 and a half miles on the George Price Highway on the road side. That's reportedly when a dark-skinned man approached him, pulled out a gun and fired several shots in his direction.

Belizean Fisherman Imprisoned in Guatemala For Lobster
Last week, we told you about the Belizean fisherman, Iginio Canto Bacab, who was intercepted by the Guatemalan Navy. He was in the company of 2 Guatemalan nationals and the authorities there say that the trio were trying to smuggle out-of-season lobster into Guatemala. Well, we've since learned that all 3 men were charged for being in possession of 216 pounds of whole lobster, 20 pounds of lobster tails, and 80 pounds of the queen conch, which are all out of season according to SICA fishing regulations. We're also informed that the boat they were caught in is licensed in Belize, with the plate number TOL-035.

Barranco Villagers Want Their Forestry Resource
Last week Thursday, we told you about the disgruntled Barranco residents. 5 residents applied for logging licenses and their applications were rejected while an outsider, someone from Boom Creek, was granted his license to log in the Barranco forest area. Well, a handful of Barranco residents took their grievances to Belmopan today where they protested outside the National Assembly building, and also met with the Chief Forestry officer. Courtney Weatherburne has more. Under the mid-morning sun, a choir of Barranco residents circled the assembly building…. then the Prime Minister's office. Hoping that the solid beat of their drums over ancestral songs will get their message across - a message of community. But the livelihood of that community is under threat.

The Mystery of Mendoza’s Accident
Last night, we told you about 50 year-old Gerardo Mendoza, the Orange Walk resident who is in a critical condition at the KHMH getting into some kind of a traffic accident. His family says that he was knocked down by a hit-and-run driver, but police believe that he fell out of the back of a pick-up truck. The cops have released the official version which says that on Friday, April 20, at around 6:45 p.m., officers from Orange Walk Town responded to a traffic accident at the Guinea Grass Road junction with the Phillip Goldson Highway. That's where they found Mendoza suffering from severe head and bodily injuries.

Alleged Killer Free On Nolle Pros
After spending 6 years in prison on remand, 28 year-old Allan Sommerville, a resident of Hattieville, was told today that he could go home. The DPP's Office has indicated that they no longer want to prosecute him at this time for the April 2012 murder of 32 year-old Eleno Requena. As we reported, Requena was on the shoulder of the Cornel English Bridge in Hattieville at around 8:00 on the night of April 9, 2012. He had a 10 year-old boy on his back, and they were both walking home. That's when a man dressed in dark clothing came up close to Requena and shot him in the midsection. He died on the spot, and the 10 year-old boy was injured to the left foot.

Cuba and Belize Talk Fisheries
Today the Cuban and Belizean authorities came together for an exchange. It was not an exchange of money or a scholarship from the Cubans instead it was an exchange of information. The Fisheries department from Belize and Cuba met today to exchange knowledge on different aspects of our similar marine lives and the threats to it. We found out more this morning from the experts. Daniel Whittle, Senior Director- Cuba Oceans Program: "My organization EDF works to hand overfishing and preserve Marine Ecosystems that fish depend upon. Belize and Cuba are two of the most important places in the Caribbean in terms of biodiversity fisheries. For environmental reasons and benefits but also for socio-economic benefits for the people. Fishing communities in Belize depend upon healthy marine resources and likewise in Cuba and so we are here to share lessons, get together and to see what works and does not work."

Ambassador Promises Cuban Continuity
The Ambassador also discussed her a new president. For the first time in more than half a decade the president of Cuba is not a Castro. His name is Miguel Diaz Canel - and he took over form Raul Castro last week Friday. But with the new president will things change in Cuba? Well according to the Ambassador, the ideals of the revolution will continue: Lisette Perez, Cuban Ambassador to Belize: "We have a new president. His name is Miguel Diaz Canal. This is a man that was born after the revolution. He, of course, will take over from Fidel and Raul. It means that the Cuba revolution will not break anything. We will continue our legacy. The social program that we built for the people, trying to build a better society. We can assure security for all we can assure the health services for all, we assure the free education for all. This our ideals."

Village Fire Claims Three Structures
Yesterday afternoon three homes were burnt down in the Village of San Jose in the Toledo District. According to PGTV, the houses belonged to Wilfredo Coc and his son Venusiano Coc who lived in the three structures with their five children. The fire is believed to have started inadvertently by neighbours who were burning garbage. Wind carried the flames onto Coc's property - and there was no stopping the blaze which quickly burned out of control.

“Harlem” Held Up In Griga
Minutes before 9:00 last night, three masked men tried to rob the Harlem Store in Dangriga. Today, reports say the police were able to detain two of the three men involved.

Family Says Loved One Held For More Than 48
Earlier today we told you about the West Canal man charged for the murder of Albert Johnson on Saturday night in Belize City. Others are detained pending charges - but this evening, the sister of one of the detained came to our newsroom to say her brother has been detained too long without a charge. She asked to appear off camera: Voice of: Sister of one of the detainee: "He was detained Saturday night at the Queen Street police station. When we went back there they told us that he wasn't there, so they sent us to Raccoon Street. We went to Raccoon Street, he wasn't there. No one told us that he was in Ladyville until Sunday Evening we heard that he was at Ladyville..."

Uno Robber In Cayo Caught On Camera
Cayo police are looking to charge a man from George Street in Belize City for the robbery of a gas station yesterday. It happened at 10:00 AM at the UNO gas station in San Ignacio yesterday. The robbery was caught on both security camera and on cell phone camera by civilians standing outside. They saw the robber dashing off - and captured it on cell phone camera. Cayo police are doing an ID parade tonight. The only complication - we are told - is that their main suspect is one of a pair of identical twins.

AG in ROC On Taiwan
Attorney General Michael Peyrefitte is currently in Taiwan attending a 3-day international conference on anti-corruption He was invited to participate in the seminar as Belize's Focal Point for the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC). There are 3 other Central American nations that's also represented at this anti-corruption conference: Honduras, Guatemala and Nicaragua. From the Caribbean, the Dominican Republic was also invited to attend. At the launch of the seminar, AG Peyrefitte met with Dr. Tsai Ing-Wen, the President of the Republic of Taiwan.

Hoop Dreams
A team of young Belizean basketball players left Belize today for Cleveland, Ohio. That's where they will participate in the "Dru Joyce Classic" Youth Basketball Tournament. Formerly known as the King James Tournament, now, it is known as the Dru Joyce Classic. It's still the same tournament where athletes under the age of 18 years compete against each other by NCAA rules. The Belizean team is going there for its chance at glory, sure, but the more important objective is to put their basketball talents on display, in the hopes of catching the attention of the basketball coaches, scouting for talent for their college basketball teams.

Belize Well Represented At Commonwealth Meeting
Last week, Belize had a full contingent at the bi-annual Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting, which was held in London. The Belize team was headed by Foreign Minister Wilfred Elrington, and he was joined by House Speaker Laura Tucker-Longsworth; Foreign Affairs CEO, Patrick Andrews; Special Envoy for Women and Children, Kim Simplis-Barrow,; Belize's High Commissioner to the UK, Perla Perdomo. LGBTQ activist Caleb Orozco also attended to lobby for gay rights. They joined leaders and representatives from 53 countries of the Commonwealth at different venues all across London, for discussions under the theme, "Towards a Common Future".

Channel 5

Business Jet Turned Drug Plane Makes Landing and Discharge in O.W.
The sixth suspected drug place since the start of the year landed in a remote area off the San Estevan/Progresso Road in the Orange Walk District and like in the [...]

Cold-Blooded Shooting in Dangriga Scares Kids, Jamaican Community
A horrific execution occurred while some students were enjoying recess at a Dangriga school leaving both teachers and pupils traumatized.  A gunman emerged from the bushes near the Gulisi Primary [...]

“Yankee” Goes to Court for Albert Johnson Murder
Police have quickly cracked the mysterious murder of twenty-seven-year-old Albert Johnson, originally from Punta Gorda Town. Today, West Canal resident Marlon Everett, a twenty-eight-year-old construction worker, was read a murder [...]

Minor Read Murder Charge in Death of Jason Belencio
The alleged shooter of Jason James Belencio was this evening charged with murder. The sixteen-year-old was arraigned at the Belize Family Court late in the evening under tight security. He [...]

Gas Hike in Effect for Third Time This Year
Gas is going up again! For the third time this year, there are increases to report at the pumps – and an erroneous release from the Bureau of Standards actually [...]

Barranco Loggers Take Case to Belmopan
It may be one of the most-recognized and well-known villages in Belize and particularly the Garifuna community. But the southern community of Barranco is fighting a tough battle to get [...]

Barranco Villagers Say November 2017 Agreement “Disrespected”
The November agreement was approved by a supermajority of attendees at a meeting in Toledo. Among other things, it called for the Barranco village council to be fully involved in [...]

Concession Holders Will Make Big Money; Villagers Want In
A total of ten applications have been received – five from Barranco residents and five from persons outside the village. Apart from the disallowed concession application of Colon and Rash, [...]

Bulgarian Drifter Charged with Bank Theft
Bulgarian national forty-one-year-old Vasil Stoyanov Kadalov was charged with two counts of theft in connection with the reported stealing of two thousand dollars from a Caye Caulker resident’s bank account. [...]

Jewelry Shop in Chetumal’s Plaza Las Americas Robbed
The popular Plaza de las Americas, in the northwest corner of Chetumal, is a favorite of Belizeans for some of the best deals in the trendy shopping destination. On Monday, [...]

Haven House Needs Your Help on “Denim Day”
Haven House is a non-profit domestic violence shelter. Since 1993, it has been providing support and intervention services for women in crisis and their children. Haven House offers shelter, counseling, [...]

A.G. to Taiwan for Anti-Corruption Conference; U.N. Committee on Torture Prevention Visits
Attorney General Michael Peyrefitte is off to Taiwan for a three-day international conference on anti-corruption in the Republic of China (Taiwan), representing Belize as focal point for the United Nations [...]

The Ariel Rosado Foundation Rides Again
The Ariel Rosado Foundation held its annual ride along the George Price Highway this past Saturday. The riders traveled from Galen University Campus in Central Farm and ended at the [...]

U-18 ‘Ballers Off to Dru Joyce Classic
Belize’s Under-eighteen Boys Basketball team left the country today to compete in a tournament in Akron, Ohio. The Dru Joyce Classic runs from the twenty-seventh to the twenty-ninth of April [...]

PlusTV

Person Falls from 130 ft Xunantunich
A tourist fell from the 130 feet Xunantunich Archeological reserve. While details are still forthcoming, plus news understands that the incident happened this morning around 9 a.m. NICH Belize issued a release after the incident advising all visitors to archaeological reserves to please exercise cau...

Accused Murderer of Chinese Shop Keeper Set free
Another alleged murder suspect has been set free. 28-year-old Kareem Francis was 21 years of age when he was was charged for the April 2, 2011 shooting murder of Fei Lan Wu, a Chinese Shop Keeper. Wu was one of two Chinese national gunned down in the city on that Saturday during an increase in stree...

Briceno Says “Guatemala has not been a good neighbor”
You might recall a recent interview with President Jimmy Moralez of Guatemala, where he stated that Belize has a neighbor that loves them. Moralez made these statements during his Refferendum campaign last week. However, Leader of the Opposition, Johnny Briceno believes quite the opposite. In a medi...

Briceno Talks about Belize City Hall
A couple weeks ago, Belize City Council Mayor, Bernard Wagner was slammed by the UDP for writing checks to himself. The United Democratic Party referred to Mayor Wagner’s actions as corruption to the highest degree. On The other hand, Mayor Wagner tried to clear his name by owning up to the accusati...

Suspected Valley of Peace Rapist Arrested and Charged
Police has caught and charged a Valley Of Peace rape suspect that they were seeking. Today, 24 year old William Daniel Carabantes was charged by police for the crime of Rape. On Tuesday we reported to you that Police was looking for a known suspect in the case of the rape of an 18 year old student. ...

SALVADORANIAN CHARGED AND BEGS TO REMAIN IN BELIZE
A Salvadoran national that was charged with handling stolen goods will be sent back home even though he says he does not want to return. 28-year-old Salvadoran national, Elvis Sandoval was yesterday charged in court for the offense of handling stolen goods after stolen items from a Belama resident, ...

NEMO HURRICANE SHELTER VISITS
In an effort to Prepare for the upcoming Hurricane Season, which begins in less than six weeks, Hon Edmond Castro the Minister of National Emergency Management has been on a nationwide tour. We have been reporting on his stops made thus far in the Toledo District and in Ambergris Caye. Yesterday Ca...

UB holds 8th Annual Research Conference
The University of Belize held its 8th Annual Research Conference. The conference was held under the theme, “Research is the Gateway to Innovation and Transformation.” Plus News Spoke to Dr Bernard Watler, Dean of the Faculty of Management and Social Sciences. Dr Bernard Watler, Dean of the Faculty ...

ITVET ORANGE WALK EXPO
The Orange Walk ITVET is preparing to host their annual ITVET expo. The event is one of the institutions biggest marketing ventures. Cinday Garcia, ITVET Orange Walk Administrative Assistant, told us more as a guest on our Rise and Shine morning show Cindy Garcia; Administrative Assistance: “ Tomorr...

New Rodeo Safety Measures
As Belizeans gear up for the Annual Agriculture and Trade Show, The Rodeo and Life Stock Committee made a guest appearance on our morning show to inform our viewers about new safety measures being implemented in this year’s Rodeo Show. The Rodeo show is a highly anticipated event for Show Ground Vi...

Conflicting reports surrounding road traffic incident that has left a fifty-year-old man hospitalized in critical condition
The family of 50-year-old Gerardo Mendoza is seeking answers from the police after he was involved in a traffic incident last Friday night. According to his son, Luis Mendoza, police told the family that he fell from behind a pickup truck shortly before seven o’clock that night on the Philip Goldson Highway across from the …

The Guardian

Amandala

Meat pie king, Dario Hernandez, passes at 79
Over the years, Dario’s meat pies have become a beloved part of Belize City’s lunchtime cuisine. Dario Hernandez, 79, has been selling his signature meat pies for over 35 years. Unfortunately, on Saturday, April 21, Hernandez passed away at 8:45 p.m. He had apparently been suffering from stage 4 type 7 cancer since last September. Brent Hernandez, Dario’s son, told Amandala that his father had a humble beginning, leaving Holy Redeemer Primary School after only completing standard three, and starting to sell pastries that his mother would bake in their home at #2 Cards Alley. In the late 1940’s, he would ride his bicycle through the streets, selling pastries such as honeybun, Spanish cake, and polvoròn.

Oscar Rosado, 70, murdered in his store
Around 1:00 p.m. today, three young men walked into Rosado’s Construction Supplies, located at the beginning of the George Price Highway, opposite Partridge Street at its junction with the highway. A few minutes later, the unmistakable sound of gunfire was heard and the three men dashed out of the store, leaving Oscar Rosado, Sr., the store’s owner, mortally wounded on the floor of his store. They ran across the highway, into the Lord Ridge Cemetery. Two policemen on the scene attempted to set chase, but the overweight cops were no match for the young men, who out-ran them.

Brian Hyde, 22, found guilty in US court of slaughtering family
On Friday, April 20, a jury found Belizean Brian Hyde, 22, guilty of killing his aunt, Dorla Pitts, 37; his cousin, Starlette Pitts, 17; her boyfriend, Michael Kelly, and their unborn child. The trial lasted five days. According to News-Press, Hyde had testified that he had no memory of killing his family, and that he had previously suffered a similar traumatic incident in Belize, in which many of his family members had died. The defense argued that Hyde’s inability to remember finding his family murdered could be attributed to the trauma he suffered from that previous incident.

$50,000/5-year sentence stipulated for the media
At the time the government presented the 2018-19 budget, it also came up with a raft of new legislation, and among them was the 2018 Amendment to the Crime Control and Criminal Justice Amendment Act, which prescribed a new regimen of very stiff penalties for persons who are affiliated with or belong to criminal gangs, or who harbor and assist gang members. Recently, the Caribbean Court of Justice, (CCJ) made a ruling in the criminal appeal of convicted murderer Gregory August, who was serving a life sentence. The ruling upheld a Court of Appeal decision which found that a life in prison sentence without the possibility of parole was unconstitutional. August’s life sentence was therefore replaced with a 30-year in prison sentence.

Barranco villagers prepared “to fight government” over logging rights
It is not only the Maya who have been contending with Government over land and human rights; residents of the Toledo District’s Barranco village have also, among other gripes, been angered by the Forestry Department’s decision to reject their requests for logging licenses, even though the department has reportedly granted licenses to entities the villagers consider undeserving. The residents plan to express their displeasure through a protest which is scheduled to take place tomorrow, Tuesday, in Belmopan, which is when Cabinet meets.

PUP announces free education policy
The Opposition People’s United Party (PUP), bolstered by its gains in last month’s municipal elections and the narrowing of the margins in some key constituencies, has begun mobilizing its supporters for constituency conventions across the country. Today, Sunday, hundreds of supporters from the Toledo East and Toledo West were bused into San Antonio for an endorsement convention for their two sitting area representatives, Hon. Mike Espat and Hon. Oscar Requeña; and yesterday, Saturday, hundreds of the party’s Stann Creek West constituency supporters gathered in Hopkins Village for the endorsement of their sitting area representative, Hon. Rodwell Ferguson, for the next general elections, scheduled to be held in 2020.

PLB semifinals drama; top seeds shaken up in 1st leg
Both top seeds in the Premier League of Belize (PLB) 2017-2018 Closing Season were rattled over the weekend in the 1st leg of the home-and-away semifinals. #1 seed Belmopan Bandits SC barely pulled out a 2-2 draw in injury time against #4 seed Police United FC; and #2 seed defending champion Verdes FC was shocked, 2-nil, by #3 seed BDF FC. It’s what the playoffs are all about! A ticket to the “Big Dance” Finals is on the line for all 4 teams in the 2nd leg of the PLB semifinals this weekend:

Charger sub-keeper, Norman “Maniprat” Humes, passes
You know you are in the veteran stage of life when you are with increasing regularity shaken up with the news of one of your former football colleagues making that final transition. A couple weeks ago I was informed that veteran great goalie, some say he was the best ever, Wilfred “Palmer” Davis was in hospital in Chicago, after suffering a heart attack. A super star from the sixties, Palmer was our captain/sweeper one year with Charger in the mid-70s. Just this evening, I understand that my mid-80s goalkeeper on Milpros, Wayne “Bom” Jones is back in hospital at the KHMH, and he is very weak. Other teammates are encouraged to give him a shout, as it lifts his spirit.

NAWL Week 2 results
The National Amateur Women’s League (NAWL) completed Week 2 of its home-and-away round-robin regular season this past weekend. The 8-team competition is divided into two zones, North and South. In the South Zone on Saturday, April 21, at the Carl Ramos Stadium, home standing Dangriga Pumas had to come from behind to secure a 1-1 stalemate with visiting Sagitun from Independence. Sabrina Eiley (27’ PK) gave Sagitun the lead from the penalty spot; but Dorita Ramos equalized at the 80th minute for Pumas.

Pedal by Pedal – Chief’s Saturday Race – April 21
Thirty-one riders lined up today for Chief’s Saturday Race, which started at 7:15 a.m. from Leslie’s to Boom Village Junction and back to Old Belize, for 38 miles. These were made up of 21 Elites, 9 Weekend Warriors, and Tevin Chaplin as the solitary Junior. Despite having only 21 Elites, though, ALL the brand names were here, including Giovanni Lovell and Oscar Quiroz, fresh from the Commonwealth Games in Australia, and they seemed hungry. Right out of the blocks, a 6-man break formed, including Ernest “Peenie” Bradley and Greg Lovell of Digicell. At Bardon Creek Bridge, just 4 miles into the race, the chase was on in earnest by the “Heads of State” leaving bodies scattered all over the road. By the time we got to the Central Prison, only 5 Weekend Warriors remained; but the Big Boys now had the front runners in their gunsights, and the pace jumped from 28 to 32 m.p.h.

Editorial: Morazán, Carrera, Walker, and the 1859 Treaty
Francisco Morazán (1792-1842) was president of the Federal Republic of Central America from 1830 to 1839. Before he was president of Central America, he was the head of the state of Honduras. He rose to prominence in the Battle of La Trinidad on November 11, 1827. Morazán then dominated the political and military scene of Central America until his execution in 1842. In the political arena, Francisco Morazán was recognized as a visionary and great thinker, as he attempted to transform Central America into one large and progressive nation. He enacted liberal reforms in the new Federal Republic of Central America, including freedom of the press, freedom of speech, and freedom of religion. Morazán also limited church power by making marriage secular and abolishing government-aided tithing.

Follow the Security Council Lead
Dear Editor: This is the British response to Guatemala’s referendum vote to go to the ICJ, yes the same British that caused this mess with Guatemala in the first place: 1. “The United Kingdom has welcomed the result of April 15 referendum on taking Guatemala’s territorial, maritime and insular dispute with Belize to the International Court of Justice in The Hague. We also congratulate the people of Guatemala for participating and demonstrating their commitment to democratic values. Through debate, discussion and deliberations, they confirmed that the ICJ route is the best way to resolve any differences. The British Government supports this process as the route agreed upon jointly by Guatemala and Belize”, said UK ambassador to Guatemala Carolyn Davidson.

The moment M of G cannot seize
There is something fascinating to people about the number “three.” Horse race aficionados drool over the trifecta. There is a big bonus, a whopper of a prize, if you can pick the first three places in a horse race, in order. Ball teams feel they have accomplished something special if they win three championships in a row. If you like baseball and softball, you get all of three strikes before you make an out. If you’re feeling religious, there is the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost. The Christ could have jumped off the cross, but He waited three days. We know the lengths Dean Barrow (Master of the Games (M of G)) went to, to win three elections in a row. We’ll not discuss how he rolled out the PetroCaribe, like Henry money kud a neva done. We are told that results, bottom line, is what counts in politics. Those results left a sweet taste in the mouths of all things UDP, and a sour one in the mouths of all things PUP. But they, the PUP, can find gratification in the way he is suffering now.

Referendum to go to the ICJ – think it through!
“The hardest lesson I learnt at law school is that law and court is not about truth; it’s about who can present the best evidence!” – Audrey Matura, 2005. I finished my legal studies in 2005 and when asked about it, I had to tell a friend that of all the things I learnt from all the books and lessons and exercise was that going to court does not mean the truth will prevail. As I began to practice before the courts I believed this even more and today, after thirteen years as an attorney, I am even more convinced by this. I have had cases with the seemingly strongest evidence collapse before the court, and I have seen cases that look tenuous or even weak succeed when I least expected it. This week alone while doing my cases I had two cases that seemed so strong against my client fall to naught.

BELIZEAN STANISLAUS
What hypocrisy. What monumental HYPOCRISY! To equate Mayor Wagner’s naivete in handling $500 of public funds with the historic UDP corruption is laughable! I scoff at the UDP humongous expression of silliness, and am angered by the stupid insult to our intelligence. My dear UDP Propagandist, your piece about newly elected Mayor Wagner focused our justifiable anger as we recalled how Jesus Christ, the greatest moralist who ever lived, condemned the hypocrisy of the Scribes and Pharisees of his time. He said: you hypocrites, brood of vipers, before you point to the speck in your brother’s eye take out the beam in your own first.

Two men charged with theft of $10,000 from Heritage Bank
Two men, Damon Dawson, 24, and Jonathan Almendarez, 21, were charged with theft when they appeared today before Chief Magistrate Sharon Fraser. Almendarez was also charged with handling stolen goods. The prosecutor objected to bail being granted to the men on the ground that the investigation is still ongoing and most of the stolen money has not been recovered. The prosecutor also objected on the ground that other charges are to be filed against Dawson and Almendarez.

Student, 25, dies after crashing into house being transported
Daniel Urbina, 25, a student of San Jose Palmar, Orange Walk District, was driving his Toyota pickup from Belize City to Orange Walk at about 3:00 Saturday morning, when, on arriving at Mile 41 on the Philip Goldson Highway, he crashed into the side of a timber house that was being carried on a flatbed truck from Orange Walk to Belize City. Information to us is that Urbina suffered massive head and body injuries; the left side of his pickup was extensively damaged, and he died immediately on the scene.

Hit-and-run victim, 26, succumbs after 9 days
Christian Charles, 26, of Burrell Boom, died last night at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH) while receiving treatment for massive head and body injuries he suffered after he was knocked down by a hit-and-run driver sometime on the morning of Saturday, April 14, while he was walking on the Burrell Boom road near the bridge. Charles was found injured and bleeding at about 3:00 that Saturday morning, and was rushed to the KHMH that morning, where he was admitted in a critical condition and taken to the Intensive Care Unit.

Tourist falls fifteen feet at Xunantunich
On Wednesday, April 18, at around 4:30 p.m., a tourist was at the Xunantunich archaeological site when she fell off the temple’s A-6 structure. Cindy Vanhoff, 59, was climbing down the stairs of the temple when she lost her footing and fell fifteen feet to the ground. BERT ambulances arrived 50 minutes after the accident, and Vanhoff was transported to the San Ignacio Community Hospital. The extent of her injuries is unknown, but sources say she was able to talk. A National Institute of Culture and History (NICH) representative stated that they “advise all visitors to archaeological reserves to please exercise caution while climbing structures and to please climb only where allowed.”

The Reporter

Bureau of Standards announces recall of fuel price hike
The Bureau of Standards, a few minutes ago, announced that the Ministry of Finance has recalled the price increases for fuel which the Bureau had announced earlier today. In a Facebook post less than an hour ago, the Bureau apologized for inconveniences caused by the announcement of the fuel price increases. Those increases were for Regular and Diesel fuel, and the increases would have taken effect at midnight tonight. It had Diesel taking a 69-cent leap to $10.70, and Regular going up by 41 cents to $11.06.

Man shot dead in Dangriga
Unofficial but reliable reports are that a man was shot dead sometime before 11:00 this morning in Dangriga. The incident reportedly happened near the primary school in the Gulisi area. Sketchy information to the Reporter is that there was an altercation between the deceased and […]

Fifth suspected drug plane found abandoned on Progresso Road
The San Estevan Road in the Orange Walk District is currently being monitored by police officers and BDF personnel who are on the scene of another suspected drug plane landing. The discovery was made just after 5:00 a.m. on April 24th on a feeder road leading from […]

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Police issue official report on Dangriga murder
Police have issued an official report on today’s murder in the town of Dangriga. Police say […]

Fuel prices still going up
Belizeans on social media were happy to see GOB backtracking from the fuel prices increase […]

GOB backtracks on fuel prices
The Belize Bureau of Standards (BBS) has just issued new gas prices effective midnight tonight. Regular and diesel […]

Family lose everything in house fire
Melonie Jones of Santana Village, Belize District reported to authorities that on April 19, 2018 between 11 […]

Belize’s Attorney General attends anti-corruption conference in Taiwan
The Attorney General of Belize, Michael Peyrefitte is currently in the Republic of China (Taiwan) […]

Student from Trial Farm, Orange Walk missing
Yesterday around 5, Evelyn Conorque, 38, of Trial Farm Village, Orange Walk reported that she noticed […]

17-year-old student missing in Orange Walk
The family of Maribel Yamileth Cruz, 17, is concerned because yesterday, Cruz left home en […]

Man shot dead near Gulisi Primary School in Dangriga
Patrick Crossdale, a Jamaican national living in Dangriga was shot dead minutes ago. Reliable information […]

Orange Walk farmers market rehabilitated
The newly rehabilitated and expanded farmers’ market in Orange Walk town will be officially opened […]

No suspects yet in Oscar Rosado Sr.’s murder
Yesterday afternoon shortly after 1:00, Oscar Rosado Sr. was at his businessplace, Rosado’s Construction, was killed […]

Belizean delegation attends Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Wilfred Elrington, led Belize’s delegation to the bi-annual Commonwealth Heads of […]

PUP announces conventions in Corozal
The People’s United Party (PUP) is now in its convention season, fielding Standard Bearers for […]

Mason back in court for kidnapping charges; His attorney says his constitutional rights were violated
Yesterday, infamous William ‘Danny’ Mason along with his 5 employees appeared in the Belmopan’s Magistrate Court to answer charges for […]

Premier League semifinals kick off with much fanfare
Fans were in for an action packed weekend as the semifinals for Premier League of […]

Alleged bank thieves released on bail
Two men who reside in western Belize are accused of stealing $10,000 each from Heritage […]

House burns down in San Jose, Toledo
Yesterday afternoon around 2, a house in San Jose, Toledo was completely destroyed by fire. Wilfredo […]

Man knocked down by ex girlfriend
Transport Officer, Roderick Jones, almost lost his life after he was crushed by a vehicle […]

Another plane lands in northern Belize
Police are currently investigating the discovery of a plane that landed this morning around 5 […]

Blogs

Testing Out of the Newly Graded Roads North and West
Beyond the paved road (which ends at 3.5 miles north), we have a hard-core, unpaved road that was finalized about 4 years ago. Using rock and white marl (from the quarry on the island at about 9 miles north) – the road is perfect for golf cart traffic but degrades (holes and pits) with the heavy dump truck traffic that comes down from the quarry. And the road out to Secret Beach has been smoothed – it was graded about half way out to the west side of the island. I’m not sure if they are going to complete the job – extend it all the way out to Secret Beach but I also drove out there to enjoy it.

M is for marvelous Maruba Beach Klub at Secret Beach
With a full access road, the not-so-secret beach is the ultimate playground for fun in the sun. New to the scene, and perfectly complimenting the area with their signature eclectic ethno-vibe, is Maruba Beach Klub. If the Maruba name sounds familiar, it should! This new beach klub is the brainchild of the super creative and fun sisters Alexandra and Franziska Nicholson from the renowned Maruba Resort Jungle Spa in Maskall Village in the Belize District and Kama Lounge (now closed) here in San Pedro. Replete with their flare for bright colors, bold patterns, lots of lounging space and flowing sheers, the stage is set with groovy techno beats pulsating in the background. Located 6.5 miles north of San Pedro Town, the hour drive via golf cart is a scenic look at stunning reef views to the east and lush mangrove lagoons to the west. Wildlife such as birds, iguanas, and even crocodiles can be spotted along the way, and there are plenty of restaurants and bars to stop at if you get thirsty or hungry. For those us of who may not have the time to travel by road, or just want to get to Maruba Beach Klub ASAP they offer a boat shuttle (for a small fee) by reservation from town, which is a brilliant idea!

Random Comments and Delicious Treats
I love it when a random Facebook post ends up problem-solving on a totally unrelated topic. This time it was via my tinder super likes star pic post that quickly got facked (tacogirl.com word #2 in Urban Dictionary). The post in question is also a good example of how all conversations generally revert to food sex or bodily functions… not necessarily in that order. This one moved fast from getting busy because I had 3 super likes on tinder in 24 hours to no potential for “fun” and onto one of my other loves – food. More specifically the conversation turned to one of my favorite occasional shopping options – The Truck Stop Farmers Market. This led to not only salivating over the possibilities but also scoring a few ride offers.

International Sourcesizz

Legal but illogical reasoning from the chief justice of Belize?
How does a law stigmatise any person “as being a criminal” even if one is engaged in unlawful conduct, unless that person is convicted of such offence in court? Based on this sloppy line of reasoning everybody could claim to be stigmatised “as being a criminal” simply by the existence of laws that proscribe certain behaviours without ever having been arrested and convicted in court for said breach of the law. The chief justice relied on a constitutional challenge to South Africa's common law prohibition on sodomy vis-à-vis dignity and cited a dictum from Ackerman, J which says in part:

Quickly fading La Niña delays onset of wet season in the C'bean
The Barbados-based Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology (CIMH) says the onset of the wet season may be delayed by a few weeks in much of the Caribbean region. “By contrast, The Bahamas, Cuba, and French Guiana might be wetter than usual, with extreme wet spells being a potential concern for flooding and flash floods,” CIMH said, blaming a “quickly fading La Niña” which is associated with cooler-than-average sea surface temperatures, for the situation. In its latest Caribbean Climate Outlook Forum (CariCOF) outlooks for the period May to October this year, released Tuesday, the CIMH said heat discomfort, surface wetness and large water reservoir recharge rates related to wet spells may show a slower increase than usual. “However, dry spells and episodes of Saharan dust incursion may be frequent in Belize and the islands,” it added.

British Citizen One Day, Illegal Immigrant the Next
Renford McIntyre was just a child when he left Jamaica to join his parents in Britain. He spent the next 50 years here, working various jobs and paying taxes. Like tens of thousands of people from families encouraged to come from British colonies in the Caribbean to help rebuild postwar Britain, he had always assumed that he was a full-fledged British citizen. Until, that is, the government decided he wasn’t. At the age of 60, he was declared an illegal immigrant. He lost his job. He could no longer apply for benefits. He became homeless. “I’ve lost out on everything,” said Mr. McIntyre, who is now 64. The issue has simmered in Britain since Theresa May was home secretary and set out to create a “really hostile environment” for illegal immigrants, imposing tough new requirements in 2012 for people to prove their legal status.

Guatemala sends special forces to border with Belize
Barely one week after the national referendum “Yes” vote to approve the government of Guatemala going to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to adjudicate the long standing territorial dispute with Belize (formerly British Honduras), the Kaibiles, the Guatemalan Special Forces, have been sent to the border area between the two countries in an apparent attempt to solidify Guatemalan claims over the disputed territory. This also comes days after the announcement by Guatemalan president, Jimmy Morales, that Guatemala is enforcing strict protection of its claimed sovereignty of the disputed Sarstoon River. On April 21, the Guatemala military posted pictures on its Twitter account showing navy engineers preparing to move materials, purportedly to the Sarstoon.

Videos

  • Iguana visitor, 1.5min. Here is a video of a recent encounter I had with a little evening visitor.

  • Another suspected drug plane landing in Orange Walk, this time on the San Estevan/Progresso Road, 3min.

  • Ahmadiyya Basketball League All Star & Camp at Love FM Belize Morning show, 45min.

  • 2018 - 6th Grade Dance Belize, 3min. St. Johns Episcopal School

  • Cleaning up the Beach | Belize & Guatemala, 2.5min. Even the world's most beautiful beaches are not immune to plastic trash. Visitors to Moho Caye take a moment to pick up garbage on the beach during their visit.

  • WUB Morning Vibes interview with Belize City Councillors, 85min.

  • Spearfishing Belize, 3.5min. Went spearfishing with my uncle and his friends. They said it was a slow day. Song: True to myself -

  • More Fm Belize Live Stream, 2hr.

  • Belize 2K18 The Door Church Alamosa, 11min. Alamosa Church Sends Impact Team To San Ignacio, Belize.

  • Channel 5 Daily Obituaries, 3min.

  • The Almost Daily Shush S1E1, It's not the Daily Show, but it is humorous and fresh. The host has some good jokes, and it's surely worth a watch. The grammatical checking of the fb post is hilarious, as are some of the insults. There's even an interview with local musician Cocono Bwai.

  • Belize, fleur de l'ombre, 4min. La devise de ce petit pays d'Amérique centrale, frontalier du Mexique et du Guatémala? " Je fleuris à l'ombre". Forêts tropicales, vestiges mayas, immense barrière de corail en font un paradis naturel encore peu fréquenté.

  • Natural fire in mountain pine ridge Belize, 1/2min. Trying to control fire before it spreads even bigger was an crazy experience.

  • SKYDIVING in San Pedro, Belize!!!, 6min.

  • Insel Caye Caulker-Tauchen in Belize, 5.5min.

  • Police Check Point Talk Show, 50min.

    April 24, 2018


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    The San Pedro Sun

    Islanders celebrate World Earth Day 2018
    To celebrate World Earth Day 2018, a group of islanders participated in beach and sea clean-up on Sunday, April 22nd. The annual event is observed worldwide, with various events held to demonstrate support for environmental protection. In San Pedro Town, the clean-up began at 9AM as participants gathered in front of Chuck & Robbie’s Scuba Diving dock in Boca Del Rio Area. After cleaning up on the beach, volunteers headed for the water using kayaks and snorkeling gear to dive for underwater garbage. Retrieved were bottles, plastic, metal, Styrofoam products, and even clothing, among others.

    Ambergris Today

    Pic of the Week: Belize Is Full Of Great Friends
    “Another great day chillin with my buddy Crush!” Josh Nunez makes it into our Picture of the Week once again with another fantastic underwater picture. He is always making friends at the Marine Reserves of Mexico Rocks and Hol Chan while tour guiding with with his father of Tanisha Tours.

    SP House Of Culture Holds Cultural Fashion Show
    The San Pedro House of Culture held its first annual Festival of Cultures on Sunday, April 22, 2018 on the beachside by Palapa Bar. There was plenty to eat and drink and live music provided by the popular Caribbean Kings. Highlight of the event was the Cultural Fashion Show put together by the House of Culture and Foreva Fancy Boutique. Here are some pictures of the event for your enjoyment.

    Resorts Are Building Beaches With Sargasso
    Setting the example in 2015, Dimas Guerrero took upon himself to build a beach with the sargasso that was accumulating on shore. Today, various resorts are mimicking Guerrero’s technique and applying it to their properties. It’s a very time-consuming and tasking process but one that produces great results - MORE BEACH!! Take a look at the beach properties of Grand Colony Island Villas and Mata Rocks that are making strides in cleaning and building their beach after much erosion and now, sargasso accumulation. Grand Colony is digging large holes on the beach and filling them up with sargasso, using the excess sand to extend the beach area. Mata Rocks on the other hand is spreading the sargasso and covering it with sand; both techniques proving to be successful.

    Misc Belizean Sources

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    2018 CARSI ESF Grants Question and Answer & Web Chat Session
    Please join us at the Embassy or log-on online for an informative session on the Central American Regional Security Initiative (CARSI) Economic Support Funds (ESF) grant opportunity to strengthen civil society and civil servant capacity through partnership. This session will address: · The Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) objectives and outcomes; · Criteria used to evaluate grant proposals; · Information on budget requirements; · Instructions on how to submit your application on Grants.gov, · DUNS number applications & SAM.gov registration information; · Any other questions regarding the grants process. Friday, May 4 at 1:30 PM at the U.S. Embassy in Belmopan.

    Food drive at the US Embassy
    Last month, the Embassy’s local staff (FSN Association) began a food drive at the Embassy to collect basic food products such as rice, beans, sugar, and various canned foods. We are proud that today, our FSN Association, led by its President Marco Novelo, along with Acting Deputy Chief of Mission Deborah Lingwood, presented a small but meaningful food donation to the San Martin Government School feeding program.

    OVER 5,000 ATTEND ANNUAL MASKALL AGRICULTURE VILLAGE FAIR
    A total of over 5,000 persons visited the Maskall Agriculture Village Fair grounds yesterday, April 22, 2018, jointly hosted by Minister of Transport and National Emergency Management Hon. Edmond Castro (Area Representative for Belize Rural North) and the Maskall Village Council. The fair was held on the Maskall Community Grounds and featured livestock and farm-produce displays and deals, as well as a wide assortment of local, cultural dishes with on-the-spot village style cooking. There was musical entertainment by a number of Belizean artists accompanied by the Youth Connection Band. There were also cultural performances by the youth and games for the children.

    Violence Against Children Must End
    The National Committee for Families and Children (NCFC) condemns the recent report of a 14-year-old minor who was allegedly sexually abused by a security guard at a local high school. According to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of a Child (UNCRC), this is a direct infringement on the child's right to be free from sexual abuse (Article 34). Moreover, children have the right to be protected from any form of exploitation (Article 36). Protecting children is a shared responsibility. It requires the active involvement of multiple stakeholders, including government, all institutions, parents and every adult. If this responsibility is taken up by all, then child abuse has the potential to be reduced and even eliminated.

    Threat of Measles
    As part of Vaccination Weeks in the Americas, the Ministry of Health reminds you to keep informed of the threat of Measles as we continue to do everything possible to minimize the effect to our population if and when it is confirmed in Belize. For More Information, contact the Maternal and Child Health Unit, Ministry of Health in Belmopan or your nearest health center.

    Maya Symposium May 18 & 19
    Yes. This is happening in Corozal town, Belize .A first time event! Join me for a conglomeration of the greatest professional and academic minds to powerfully come together in Corozal Town. We will highlight The Murals of Chactemal, the Splendor of the maya civilization, the struggles and discriminations the Maya have endured in the past and also now, in the 20th century.

    Delille Academy Mestizo Day
    May 4, 9am-3pm

    Channel 7

    Business Owner Killed Inside His Store For Wallet
    There is another southside murder to report tonight - but this one isn't the product of gang warfare. This afternoon around 1:30, a well known businessman was killed inside his workplace by a robber. Oscar Rosado Sr., the owner of Rosado's Construction supplies at the junction of the Western Highway and Partridge Street was targeted by armed robbers for the third time since 1999. Rosado Sr. was shot in that 1999 robbery, and in 2006, he chased off the robbers with shots from his own gun. But today when the gunman grabbed his wife, they caught him off guard and killed the business owner inside his own store.

    PG Man Killed In City - Gangster Arrested
    From this afternoon's murder, we turn now to another killing on the city's southside. 25 year-old Albert Ervin Johnson, who's originally from Punta Gorda Town, was shot and killed on Rectory Lane in Belize City, in the Southern Foreshore area. At this time, it is unclear what happened, but on Friday night at around 11 o'clock, the cops found him lying on the corner of the street. Someone shot him twice in the head, and left him to die right where he collapsed. Today, at their bi-weekly press conference, the police told us that they believe he was ambushed by 3 men. Here's what they had to say about his murder:

    Jails For Security Guard Who Had Sex With HS Student
    Last week he was a security guard at a southside high school, but, tonight, after being accused of an egregious violation of trust and ethics, 27 year old Ryan Neal is in jail. Today Neal appeared today before Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford where he was charged for unlawful sexual intercourse and grievous harm. No plea was taken because the case will be heard at the Supreme Court. The magistrate explained to him that she cannot offer him bail until after 3 months have passed.

    Belizean Brian Hyde Convicted of Machete Murder In Florida Courtroom
    Belizean Brian Hyde has been convicted in a Florida Courtroom of the machete murders of his 37-year-old aunt, Dorla Pitts; his 17-year-old cousin, Starlette Pitts; and 19-year-old Michael Kelly. The fourth count was for the unborn child of victim Starlette Pitts. The killing happened in Lehigh Acres, central Florida, in August of 2015. Forensic experts confirmed that Hyde's semen was inside his cousin's body and that his DNA was on her body. They also testified that Hyde's shoes were stained in numerous places with the blood of all three victims.

    Man Knocked Down By Ex Won’t Press Charges
    This weekend, Transport Officer Roderick Jones was at the Maskall Agriculture Village Fair when he was crushed by a car - and it appears to be the result of a domestic dispute. On Sunday morning around 2 he socializing with some friends in Maskall where he had reportedly been working earlier in the night. Police say that a RAV 4 driven by a woman crushed him between a concrete house post, and a bicycle. Jones was transported to K.H.M.H. where he had a broken leg and a neck sprain.

    Meatpie Man, Fast Food Legend Dario Has Died
    This weekend the Rufino Dario Hernandez creator of beloved Dario's Meat Pie passed away. His death comes as a massive blow not just to his family but to all his customers. Dario's meatpies are trafficked by plane, boat and bike daily to every corner of Belize - and if you're a Belizean - chances are that at some point you've eaten one of his pies. Today, like a normal day, his family respected his wishes and opened for business. We stopped by this morning and found that the man we called Dario was more than just a baker - he was a fast food institution.

    Belizeans Blocked In Sarstoon, Again
    The Guatemalan Navy at the mouth of the Sarstoon River has reportedly aggressed a group of Belizeans - and these folks have nothing to do with Wil Maheia and the Belize Territorial Volunteers. This group of Belizeans was on a goodwill mission to Toledo's southernmost village of Graham Creek. This village is only accessible via the Sarstoon River or several hours of hiking through very difficult terrain. This group was taking drilling equipment to rescue to the residents of Graham Creek. They're currently facing a water crisis where their only source of drinking water is stagnant, and was causing the residents to suffer from waterborne diseases.

    Velasquez’s Body Found, He Drowned
    On last week Friday's newscast, we told you about the search at sea for 28 year-old Lionel Velasquez. Last Wednesday night, the Corozal resident went overboard a vessel belonging to the Turneffe Island Resort, the company he works for. As we reported, he and other co-workers were aboard the Eagle Ray, when he fell into the open waters of the shipping channel. The Coast Guard and the employees of the resort searched for most of Wednesday night, Thursday, and Friday.

    Bank Employee Accused of Theft
    Tonight, 24 year-old Damon Dawson, and 21 year-old Jonathan Almendarez, are out on bail after being accused of stealing $10,000 from Heritage Bank. The allegation against both men is that Almendarez went to the Heritage Bank's San Ignacio Branch and he withdrew $10,000 from an account. Police say that Dawson, who was an employee of the bank, had processed this money for a customer, and that gave him knowledge of how to steal money.

    Danny Mason Back in Court For Kidnapping Charge
    Today in the Belmopan Magistrate's Court Senior Magistrate, Merlene Moody heard the preliminary inquiry into a case of kidnapping against the notorious William "Danny" Mason and five of his employees, all co-accused. Mason and crew are accused of kidnapping of a Mennonite couple. His Attorney, Herbert Panton made a lengthy submission to Senior Magistrate Merlene Moody requesting that the kidnapping charges being thrown out.

    OW Man Crashed Into Moving House, Died
    Family members and friends of 26 year-old Daniel Ian Urbina, a resident of Palmar Village, Orange Walk, are getting ready to lay him to rest after he died in a traffic accident on the Philip Goldson Highway over the weekend. It happened some time before 3 a.m. on Saturday, April 21 at mile 41. Urbina was driving a Toyota Hilux to Orange Walk when he slammed into a wooden house which was being carried on a GMC 10-wheeler truck heading in the opposite direction.

    50 year-old Critical After Puzzling Accident
    So, while Orange Walk cops have been quick to bring charges for that accident, there appears to be some confusion in the case of 50 year-old Gerardo Mendoza who is in a critical condition tonight. We've spoken to his family via telephone and they told us that he was knocked down on Friday night at around 6:40. The Mendoza family told us that he was riding his bicycle to his job site as a watchman as he does every day. They tell us that he looks after vessels belonging to Lamanai Eco-Tours, which is located right at the foot of the toll bridge.

    Accident Victim Succumbs, Cops Still Don’t Know Whodunnit
    In other accident news. Last week we told you about 25 year old accident victim Christian Charles - who was in a critical condition. Well, 8 days after the accident, he died this morning from his injuries. Charles, was knocked down by a hit-and-run driver. Today, the cops told us that they are trying to figure out what happened to him:

    Sticks and Stones Will Get You Shot
    A cop responded to stoning with gunfire. It happened in Dangriga Town over the weekend, where a police officer is reporting that a man started throwing rocks at him. The cops say that 23 year-old Jesse Lopez started stoning the officer, and because he refused to desist, the cop shot him in the leg. The police spokesperson shared more details with the press today:

    One Less Gun
    There's one more gun off the street. On Saturday night around 10:30, police searched an abandoned lot on Prince Street. They found one .32 Special Pistol with one live round. No one was present at the time so the weapon was retrieved and labelled as found property.

    Bullets In a Chips Bag
    And, on Sunday morning around 4:30 officers conducted a search in some garbage in the Pickstock Hutment area where they found ten 9 millimeter rounds of ammunition inside a Lays chips bag. They also found fourteen 9mm rounds of ammunition inside a grey sock along with a small amount of weed.

    Live Explosive Threat Forces Evacuation
    Today, the Central Health Region's office and the Central Lab near the KHMH had to be evacuated after a bomb threat. The police, BDF and Fire Department had to respond. Nothing was found. Now, we don't usually report on such threats, but this one is different - and that's because as we understand it - the threat wasn't called in anonymously. It was reportedly made by a well known Belize City figure who has a grievance with a sibling - who works at the facility.

    Pres. Jimmy Morales Facing Demands For Resignation
    There were strong calls this weekend for Guatemalan president Jimmy Morales to resign. Several social groups released a joint statement saying, quote, "Guatemalans demand...the resignation of Jimmy Morales for corruption, for thievery,". They staged weekend protests to demand his resignation after a second round of investigations into illicit campaign financing.

    Channel 5

    Construction magnate Oscar Rosado Senior killed in own shop
    There was a brazen midday murder in the City today. A well-known elderly businessman who had been targeted twice before unfortunately did not survive the latest attack on his life. [...]

    P.G. man meets death in early morning in Old Capital
    A Punta Gorda resident also lost his life in an execution style murder just before midnight on Friday. Twenty-five-year-old Albert Johnson was attacked by a trio of men as he [...]

    Body of Leonel Velasquez found at sea
    The body of thirty-year-old mechanic Leonel Velasquez, from Paraiso Village, Corozal District, was found on Saturday. He had been reported missing at sea since last week Wednesday. Police have confirmed [...]

    Danny Mason and others to Belmopan court for kidnapping P.I.
    Already facing charges of murder in the Supreme Court, the notorious William “Danny” Mason and five co-accused could face a separate trial for kidnapping in two weeks. Mason; Ashton Vanegas [...]

    Brian Hyde guilty of triple murder and baby’s death in Florida
    On Friday a Belizean in the United States was found guilty of a most heinous crime after a re-trial. Six jurors in Lee County, Florida, needed three hours to find [...]

    House driver charged in fatal accident
    A young resident of Orange Walk lost his life in a road traffic accident around three o’clock on Saturday morning. Daniel Urbina, the son of Rosendo Urbina Junior and his [...]

    Christian Charles dies; was it hit-and-run or something more?
    Twenty-seven-year-old Christian Charles was knocked down a week ago and left for dead near the Burrell Boom Bridge in rural Belize District. Swanka, as he is affectionately known, valiantly fought [...]

    Transport officer “mashed” in Maskall; Guinea Grass rider takes hard fall
    Aside from the two deadly traffic accidents, there were two other traffic incidents. In the early hours of Sunday morning in Maskall Village, Transport Officer Roderick Jones was crushed between [...]

    Families in Toledo wiped out by fire
    A pair of families in San Jose, Toledo District lost everything to a house fire this afternoon at around two-thirty. Wilfredo Coc, along with his wife Gabriela and six children, [...]

    Opposition Leader hits back at “politics” charge on Guatemala
    In his weekly message, Opposition Leader John Briceño discussed the recent referendum result in Guatemala, in which nearly ninety-six percent of participating voters agreed to support the Guatemalan government’s filing [...]

    Corozal fisherman still held in Livingston; soldiers threatened fishing party
    This morning Belizean fisherman Iginio Canto Bacab of Caledonia, Corozal District, was scheduled to appear in a court in Livingston, Guatemala, charged with illegal capture of lobster. However up to [...]

    Ryan Neal charged for schoolgirl rape; N.C.F.C. condemns
    Police have charged twenty-seven-year-old security guard Ryan Neal, accused of having sexual intercourse with a fourteen-year-old female student at her high school in Belize City. The student told police that [...]

    Two charged for pilfering bank account
    Two men including a former employee were charged with the theft of twenty thousand dollars from a customer’s account at Heritage Bank in the Cayo District, though they are accused [...]

    Reporter’s assaults spotlighted in U.S. human rights report
    The U.S. State Department has issued the 2017 report on human rights issues worldwide, including Belize. Belize is faulted for several alleged unlawful killings by security officers, corruption by government [...]

    Ecumenical boys off and running to Penn Relyas
    As of news time, a team of seven young men from Stann Creek Ecumenical College in Dangriga Town are on their way to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to participate in the world-famous [...]

    Dario Hernandez: when the meat pie was king
    News Five tonight reports the passing of well-known proprietor and Belizean icon in the meat pie industry, Dario Hernandez. He died Saturday night shortly after ten p.m. Hernandez’s bakery had [...]

    Latest from the world of sport
    Good evening, I’m James Adderley and this is Sports Monday.   [Highlights of the weekend sporting activities….]

    LOVE FM

    Creator of Darios Meat pies dies
    You might not know him personally, but, you have probably tasted his creation. Seventy nine year old Rufino Dario Hernandez, the person responsible for the famous and tasty Dario’s Meat pies, passed away on April 21. In a short statement, the Hernandez Family said, quote, “it is sad day for the Hernandez family that our …

    Love FM and the BTB hold first ever Sea Challenge
    Love FM and the Belize Tourism Board have partnered to bring Belize the first ever BTB Love Belize Sea Challenge. The competition will see kayakers paddle 190 miles along Belize’s coast, starting from Punta Gorda Town to Corozal Town. The kayakers take off from Punta Gorda Town on May 17 and will push through five …

    Gwen Liz teachers ‘sick out’
    Love News received reports that about twenty teachers from Gwen Lizarraga High School have staged a sickout in protest of the Acting Principal’s decision to reappoint former UDP councilor Alifa Elrington to the board as the Community Representative. Last Monday a group of teachers decided to ‘sit out’ of classrooms because they say that the …

    OAS congratulates Guatemala on its referendum
    On April 15, 1.8 million Guatemalans voted in favor of taking their country’s claim on Belize to the International Court of Justice, ICJ. Following the successful referendum, the Belizean Government congratulated the Guatemalan Government and its people. GOB views the results as a step further toward permanently settling the age-old dispute between the two countries. …

    Dr. Candice Pitts wants to represent Port Loyola under the PUP
    Belize City Councillor Dr. Candice Pitts is not backing down from her challenge against Gilroy Usher Senior to become the PUP’s Standard Bearer for Port Loyola Division. Dr. Pitts launched a campaign, after being elected to the Belize City Council on March 7. While Usher has been on the ground for the past two elections, …

    Belize Taiwan Chamber of Commerce holds business forum
    Belize and the Republic of China (Taiwan) have always enjoyed a resilient diplomatic relationship. Over the past years, Belize and Taiwan have engaged in exchange programs, signed bilateral agreements and offered each other technical assistance. This past weekend, the Belize Taiwan Chamber of Commerce under the presidency of Fred Shyu held a business forum. The …

    Punta Gorda man gunned down in Belize City; police have no motive
    Police have identified the man who was shot and killed on Friday night in Belize City. Police say he is 25-year-old Albert Ervin Johnson, a resident of Punta Gorda Town, Toledo District. Today, Inspector Wilfred Ferrufino said that Johnson was approached by three men and one of them killed him. Insp. Wilfredo Ferrufino, CIB, Belize …

    Hit and Run victim succumbs to injuries
    Christian Charles, the 27-year-old resident of Burrell Boom who was knocked down on April 15 has died. Charles was knocked down shortly after five o’clock that morning on the Burrell Boom Road where police found him. Insp. Wilfred Ferrufino, CIB, Belize City:“Ladyville police visited the Burrell Boom Road where they observed the body of a …

    CEMJC celebrates 10 years
    Centro Escolar México Junior College in the Corozal District is celebrating its tenth anniversary. Last Friday a special event was held under the theme ‘A Decade Ascending as a Family.’ Hugo Gonzalez who has been at the helm of the school since its inception spoke to Love News. Hugo Gonzalez: “Let me tell that at the very beginning …

    Police officer shoots man in Dangriga; PSB investigating
    Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding a shooting involving a police officer. Inspector Ferrufino said the incident happened on Saturday on Commerce Street in Dangriga. Insp. Wilfredo Ferrufino, CIB, Belize City: “A police officer was on duty and he was approached by a male individual who began throwing rocks at him. Upon the individual attempting …

    Police say Lionel Velasquez’s death was accidental
    Police say that Lionel Velasquez’s death was an accident. Velasquez was traveling on a boat last Wednesday heading to Turneffe Island Resort where he works, when he fell overboard and was lost at sea. His body was recovered on Saturday. …

    A Belizean delegation return from 11th Commonwealth Forum
    A Belizean delegation returned on Friday from London, where members attended the 11th Commonwealth Forum. The Commonwealth Forum had several aspects to it such as the People’s Forum, the Women’s Forum, the Business Forum and the Youth Forum. Love News spoke with Dominique Noralez, President of the National Youth Council, who shared about the youth forum. …

    Trucker charged for death of Daniel Urbina
    One man has been charged for the death of 25-year-old Daniel Urbina. Urbina was killed in a traffic incident around three o’clock on Saturday morning. Inspector Ferrufino told the media today that while their investigations show that Urbina collided into the oncoming vehicle, there were other factors that have led to charges being levied on the other driver. …

    PlusTV

    Police Shot 21 Year old Valley of Peace Resident
    A 21 year old Valley of Peace Resident was shot by police yesterday afternoon. Police reports are that about 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, they were about to conduct an operation at the residence of 21 year old Kevin Avetar in Valley of Peace when he ran into the nearby bushes. Police reportedly pursued Ave...

    Sandhill home invaded
    A home in Sandhill village was invaded in the early morning hours on Tuesday. According to police reports, on Tuesday 17th April , 33 year old Sean Yorke of Maxboro, Sandhills Village, reported that between 12:00 a.m., and 1:00 a.m., he was at home sleeping when he was awakened by his girl fr...

    Belizean fishermen fishing in Guatemalan waters?
    Guatemalans have continually raided Belize’s reserves on land and at sea, especially in the south of the country. We have had several reports by PG TV that show Guatemalans fishing in Belizean waters unimpeded, even though they are near the BDF outpost on the Sarstoon. Well, reports are that Belize...

    IOM OPENS NEW INFORMATION CENTER AND LAUNCHES APP
    Today, the United Nations Agency for Migration (IOM) opened a new Migration Information Center in Belmopan and launched a regional MigrantApp. According to a press release by The United Nations Agency for Migration, IOM is collaborating with the Child Development Foundation in establishing the new I...

    Young man run over by vehicle; was it an accident?
    A young man was run over by a vehicle in Belmopan on Friday. Based on information that we have gathered, Tyreke Jones was riding his bicycle in Belmopan when a vehicle ran him over. Rumors surrounding the story are that some young men were causing mischief by stoning rocks at house in Belmopan. The ...

    PG accident; Motorcyclist collides into dog
    There was an accident this morning on the Southern Highway. According to information received, a man wa riding his yellow motorcycle on the highway in Hicattee Village in the Toledo district, when a dog ran across the road. The motorcycle hit the dog, causing the motorcycle to flip and the driver to...

    Brothers arraigned for assault of woman and son
    Tonight the Russell brothers of Bermudian Landing are out on bail of $1,000 after they were arraigned this morning in the Belize City Magistrate’s Court on separate charges in connection with an alleged bat attack upon a mother and her son in the village of Bermudian Landing. The brothers have be...

    WOMAN ROBBED IN ORANGE WALK TOWN
    A 37 Year old Business Woman was robbed by a lone gun man in Orange Walk. Reports are that 37 year old Francis Yvonne Reynoso was walking on George Price Avenue in Orange Walk Town on Monday night when a male person stepped in-front of her, holding a black object resembling a firearm.

    Gun and weed found in rural Belize
    Police found a gun, live rounds of ammunition and weed while conducting an operation. Reports are that Ladyville Police conducted an operation today in a bushy lot in Sand hill Village which lead to the discovery of a 9mm pistol and thirty- six live 9mm rounds of ammunition.

    University of Belize hosts 3rd Annual Math Symposium
    The University of Belize in Belmopan held its Third Annual Math Symposium. The Symposium was conducted under the theme “Mathematics, The Key to Infinite Possibilities”. University students and High school students alike were present at today’s event. Steven Lewis, Math Lecturer at the University of Belize and Coordinator of their Math’s club, spoke to us about the idea behind the symposium.

    Belize City Administrator seeking legal recourse in suspension
    Mayor Bernard Wagner may be facing his first lawsuit as Mayor of Belize city. That is because the City Administrator, Candice Miller, has had her attorney write to the Mayor to retract her one month suspension. The letter sent to the Mayor expresses that the suspension was unlawful as it did not follow proper procedure and Miller denies authorizing payment for a six thousand dollar restaurant bill that was allegedly racked up by the former Mayor’s father...

    Chester Williams Dispels rumors of becoming new Compol
    There were rumors online that there will soon be a new commissioner of Police. According to Breaking Belize News, they received reliable information that Commissioner of Police, Allen Whylie, has received notice that his time as Commisisoner of Police has come to an end. BBN reported that they have also been reliably informed that Deputy Commissioner of Police Chester Williams would be taking over the post in the next few weeks. Well, Chester

    UK supports Guatemala Referendum Results
    The United Kingdom is pleased with the results of the April 15 referendum held in Guatemala. According to an online article by Mecro Press South Atlantic News Agency, UK ambassador to Guatemala Carolyn Davidson has congratulated the Guatemalan people for participating and demonstrating their commitment to democratic values.

    CAYE CAULKER MUNICIPAL AIRPORT PROJECT PICKS UP MOMENTUM
    Renovations on the Caye Caulker Municipal airport has picked up momentum and is to meet its completion date of mid-june of this year. The Belize Airports Authority has reported that substantial work has already been done to the airstrip with the focus being the expansion of the runway’s shoulders and the laying of thousands of yards of geogrid to provide greater earth stability.

    NEMO Assists Storm and Fire Victims
    Honorable Edmond Castro, Minister of the National Emergency Management, has been giving humanitarian assistance to victims of freak storms and fire. On Monday, the Minister visited Ambergris Caye to deliver assistance to three families that were left homeless after a freak storm affected the island on Sunday Morning. During a visit to Toledo District last week...

    The Reporter

    Police make arrest for murder
    Police have arrested and charged Marlon Everett, 28, of Belize City for the murder of Albert Johnson. The killing happened on Saturday night on Rectory Lane in Belize City. Johnson, a resident of Punta Gorda, was walking on Rectory Lane when three persons approached him […]

    Well-respected Belize city businessman murdered
    Well-known Belize city businessman, Oscar Rosado Sr., was shot and killed this afternoon at his establishment. The incident happened shortly after 1:00 p.m. at Rosado’s Hardware near the Lord Ridge Cemetery at the entrance to Belize city. The three robbers reportedly went into the store […]

    Breaking Belize NewsPJ

    Monkey Bay Resort and school chaperones sued over US student’s drowning
    Adell Forbes, the mother of Tomari Jackson who drowned at Monkey Bay Wildlife Sanctuary in Belize during […]

    Marlon Everett charged for weekend murder
    Belize City cops have made an arrest in connection with the murder of Albert Johnson […]

    Pitts and Usher wage war for Port
    Within the next 60 days the Opposition People’s United Party (PUP) hopes to have an […]

    Man receives bail for death of Daniel Urbina
    Over the weekend, Daniel Urbina, 25, lost his life in a fatal road traffic accident. Today, […]

    Man shot by police in Dangriga
    A Dangriga resident was shot by police over the weekend. Fortunately, he is alive and receiving […]

    NCFC says violence against Children must End
    The National Committee for Families and Children (NCFC) has issued a statement condemning the recent report […]

    Businessman Oscar Rosado Sr. killed in broad daylight robbery in Belize City
    Minutes ago a broad daylight robbery ended in bloodshed. According to reports, the robbery occurred […]

    Belizean found guilty of killing relatives in the USA
    On Friday, Belizean National Brian Hyde, 22, was found guilty of killing three of his family […]

    ‘Reading: It’s my right’- World Book day 2018
    Annually, World Book day is celebrated on April 23. This year, it is being celebrated […]

    San Ignacio’s UNO gas station robbed this morning
    Reports to BBN indicate that the UNO gas station on the Benque Viejo road in […]

    Belize, Guatemala and the ICJ…Between these lines
    The views expressed in this article are those of the writer and not necessarily those of Breaking Belize […]

    Nicaragua’s President open to discussions on Social Security reform
    Nicaragua’s President has said that his government is now willing to review the Social Security reforms, […]

    Alleged rapist arrested
    Police are investigating a case of rape reported by a student from Cayo. The 18-year-old student reported […]

    Hit and run victim dies
    BBN has been reliably informed that Christian “Swanka” Charles, 26, passed away sometime between last night […]

    Blogs

    Three things you should do as quickly as possible once you move to San Pedro
    The three best things you can do once you move to Ambergris Caye in Belize involve getting off the island. One means getting out of the country. None of them includes the Blue Hole or the “Chicken Drop.” This sounds counterintuitive, doesn’t it? I mean, here you are, newly landed on one of the great expat destinations in the world, and this guy who is moving away shortly is telling you to get off the island for your own sake.

    Welcome to San Pedro, now go and explore the rest of Belize
    The first trip is pretty common and the most obvious: Visit the rest of Belize. If you go all the way back to the very start of this column, August 2013 and September 2013, you will see mapped out a three-week discovery tour. That’s simply how we came to the decision to live on Ambergris Tour, by process of elimination. Everybody tells you to tour Belize before moving here but a lot of people simply land in San Pedro, get loaded on Boca del Rio and then say “I’m selling everything, moving here and buying a bar, and never ever have to work for a living again!” Sure, you laugh. (And I hear you laughing the hardest, you bar, restaurant and hotel owners.)

    International Sourcesizz

    Nicaragua abandons social security changes after dozens killed in riots
    Nicaragua’s president has withdrawn changes to the social security system that triggered deadly protests and looting. President Daniel Ortega said in a message to the nation that the social security board of directors had cancelled the changes implemented on 16 April. The overhaul was intended to shore up Nicaragua’s troubled social security system by both reducing benefits and increasing taxes. The changes touched off protests across the Central American nation that escalated into clashes with police as well as looting. The demonstrations appeared to expand to include broader anti-government grievances.

    Judge weighs teachers’ blame for Cobb student drowning in Belize
    A woman in a blazer quietly listened as attorneys argued before the judge. Adell Forbes’ case was about her 14-year-old son who died in another country two years ago. Forbes blames several people for the death of her boy, Tomari Jackson, who drowned in a Belizean river during a North Cobb High School international studies magnet field trip on Feb. 13, 2016.

    Garifuna response to the Guatemalan ICJ referendum
    We the Garifuna people are one nation who live in the countries of “Yurumein” now known as St. Vincent & The Grenadines, Honduras, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Belize, the United States and elsewhere. Around March 14, 1796 after we lost the war to the British, our King Chatoyer was captured and killed and about 5,000 of our people were assembled, tortured, imprisoned and taken to the island of Balliceaux off the coast of St. Vincent where they awaited removal to another country. The King of Great Britain George III, gave the orders for our people to be removed from Balliceaux and be taken to a distant island of Roatan, Honduras thousands of miles away. This was after the torturing and killing continued by the British on the island that led to the deaths of about 2,500 of our people who were buried on the island. Their remains are still on this island and nothing is being done to upkeep and preserve them to this day. To make matters worse, there are still attempts to sell the island with our people’s remains. The British sent some naval vessels to remove our people from the island on March 11, 1797.

    Videos

  • Soft launch for the new Belize City Civic Center, 1min. The Ministry of Sports, Youth, and Culture held a soft launch for the brand new Belize City Civic Center where high school basketball teams were the first to use this historic facility.

  • The Belize Road Safety Initiative, 4min. The Belize Road Safety Project is coming to a close and from Monday, April 16th to Tuesday, April 17th, stakeholders gathered at the George Price Center in Belmopan for an Exit and Project Design Workshop. The Belize Road Safety Project was funded through a 11.8 million U.S. Dollar Loan from the CDB with 2.5 million U.S. Dollar counterpart funding from the Government of Belize.

  • Intellectual Property Protection in Belize, 6min. Throughout this month, the Belize Intellectual Property Office (Belipo) has been on a mission to educate the Belizean public on the importance of intellectual property protection. Belipo sat down with our team to tell us about their role in IP protection.

  • Exploring Mayan Ruins in Belize, 5min.

  • More Fm Belize Live Stream, 2hr.

  • UWI University Singers in Belize for Major Anniversaries, 3min.

  • Belize City Civic Center - APEX Event Services( BasketBall), 26min. on Open Your Eyes

  • Ministry of Health - Vaccination Week - April 23rd to 27th, 2018, 51min. on Open Your Eyes

  • Channel 5 Daily Obituaries, 1.5min.

  • Punta Gorda, Belize: Driving to Deep River - Dash Cam - Nov 2015, 48min. Driving back to Belize City from Punta Gorda after the Battle of the Drums weekend festival.

  • Zipline at Harvest Caye Belize 2018, 18min.

  • Infiniti Scuba Virtual Reality dive Belize with Silvia Earl, min.

  • Wanaragua New Years 2013 Dangriga ,Belize, Central America, 17min. Wanaragua Indigenous Dance Africa Belize Native American Carib Garifuna Taino Arawak

    April 23, 2018


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    Specials and Events

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    The San Pedro Sun

    Wolfe’s Woofer: Fishing Stories
    “Three large coffees, please.” I told the lady at Celi’s Deli. By the time I walked over to the deck of the Holiday Hotel Mario was already walking up from the beach. “Good morning, Mr. Dennis. I need that coffee this morning. The snappers is running so I went fishing last night and didn’t get in until three a.m.” Mario is my friend and he’s my yardman, when he feels like working. This morning he and Vernon were scheduled to plant two large palm trees for me. When Vernon arrived, he looked like he hadn’t had much sleep either.

    Doctor Love: Prom Hopeful
    Dear Doctor Love, I have asked this girl out twice and both times she turned me down. She says she likes older guys because they are more mature and the guys at school are immature and stupid. She crushes on older guys who don’t even notice her and ignores guys who like her just because they are her age. How can I get her to notice that I am not stupid or immature? /s/Prom Hopeful

    Ambergris Today

    Earth Day 2018 Marks Countdown To Phase Out Of Single-Use Plastics
    Earth Day is an annual event celebrated on April 22nd. Each year Earth Day is celebrated under a theme, and this year’s theme is simple: End Plastic Pollution. There’s no question that plastic pollution is poisoning our oceans and land, injuring marine life, and affecting our health! This couldn’t come at a better time for Belize with the government’s recent announcement to phase out of single use plastic shopping bags, Styrofoam and plastic food utensils by Earth Day 2019! Worldwide, various events are held to demonstrate support for environmental protection. First celebrated in 1970, Earth Day events in more than 192 countries are now coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network ran by president Kathleen Rogers.

    Misc Belizean Sources

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    Exploring Indigenous Cultures Familiarization Tour
    Photos by the Belize Tourism Board

    The Reporter

    Pioneer in meat pie business passes
    News has been received of the death of Dario Hernandez, a pioneer in the meat pie business in Belize. Popularly known by his first name Dario, Hernandez passed away on Saturday night. He had been operating his business at 33 Hyde’s Lane in Belize City for at least 35 years. His meat pies were popular throughout the country and beyond. The Reporter will have a full story on this pioneer in our printed edition later this week. Our condolences go out to the Hernandez family.

    Breaking Belize NewsPJ

    Cuba has a new president
    While Cuba has a new president, who is preparing to do new things in the country, friendly relations with Belize will remain unchanged, according to to Cuban Ambassador to Belize Lissette Perez.

    Belizean fisherman still in Guatemalan custody
    Belizean fisherman, Iginio Canto Bacab, who has been detained in Guatemala for attempting to smuggle illegal lobster almost a week ago, should appear in court tomorrow according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Belize.

    Owner of Dario’s meat pies passes away
    Last night, BBN was informed that Dario Hernandez, the owner of Dario’s Meat Pies in Belize City passed away. Hernandez was a pioneer of meat pies in Belize and had been managing the business for the last 35 years.

    World celebrates Earth Day 2018
    Earth Day 2018, annually observed on April 22 to demonstrate support for global conservation efforts, is being celebrated around the world with a number of volunteer projects.

    Bandits’ Rilwan Salawu looking forward to second consecutive championship
    Former Nigerian-American soccer star, Rilwan Salawu, who currently plays for the Belmopan Bandits said he is looking forward to helping his team win the league title for the second consecutive year.

    Blogs

    You can fool a Moppit some of the time but you can’t fool a Moppit all of the time
    Yes, we are still here. In Belize, until Thursday. Getting to San Miguel de Allende with a little dog and six formidable suitcases in tow (still an estimate) will be quite a coup from my perspective. I turn out to be very good at perspective, while Rose is, in fact, even better at actually scheduling things like planes (2) transport vans (2), and hotels (1). Meanwhile, I have been studying YouTube videos on how to lovingly coax your little dog into an even littler carrier. I just finished a 9-minute video in which the rather attractive woman spent seven of those minutes telling us, me, how lovely and obedient her own little Muffie is.

    Videos

  • San Pedro locals enjoying a good afternoon of fishing, 8min.
  • Can You Belize It?, 3.5min. This trip opened my eyes to a whole new way of living. Living for 4 days on an island in the middle of the ocean was peaceful. But getting a taste of the fast pace lifestyle of a jaguar, in the jungle, was liberating as well. I absolutely fell in love with the clear blue ocean and vibrant coral reefs, so I hope you like what you see here.

  • MCS Belize 2018, 3.5min. A few highlights serving in Belize.

  • Snorkeling Shark Ray Alley Hol Chan Channel in Belize, 3min.

  • Jungle Adventure Guides, Toledo Belize, 1.5min. Jungle Adventure Guides, Toledo Belize. Felix and Silvester local guides out of Aguacate in southern Belize, 1 hr west of Punta Gorda.

  • A beautiful Belize sunset (time lapse), 1/2min.

  • Belize Now April 20, 2018, 33min. Restore Belize Steelpan Program. Pre-Opening Youth Event at the Newly Constructed Belize Civic Center. Belize Intellectual Property Office. GOB prepares for second Road Safety Project. Belize Host Inception Workshop for Green Climate Fund (GCF).

  • BELIZE'S AUDREY MATURA ON BELIZE GOING TO THE INTERNATIONAL COURT OF JUSTICE (ICJ)!, 20min. This three part documentary series on Audrey Matura, the Belizean political activist and attorney who once organized in Belize for the international environmental organization, OCEANA

  • British Army in Belize 1986, 10min. Belize 1986 - 3rd Battalion, The Queens Regiment (3 Queens) - British Infantry Battalion

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YSo77_C8FkI, 7min. Our trip to Belize in April 2018.

  • Belize 2018, 6min. Our Belize dive trip 2018 Lighthouse Reef.

  • British Army in Belize 1986, 10min. Belize 1986 - 3rd Battalion, The Queens Regiment (3 Queens) - British Infantry Battalion.

  • BDF FC vs Verdes FC, 2.5hr.

    April 22, 2018


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    The San Pedro Sun

    ECI Development unveils first Marriott branded property in Belize
    On Thursday, April 19th, the ECI Development group announced plans to bring the Marriott Hotels’ signature brand to Belize. During a private event south of San Pedro Town, the project was revealed as a 203-unit hotel, combined with as many as 70 branded residences. In attendance were representatives from the Ministry of Economic Development, San Pedro Mayor Daniel Guerrero, Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation, Honourable Manuel Heredia Jr., Vice President of Marriott Hotel Brand Rahul Vir and other invited guests. “We are thrilled to bring the Marriott Hotels’ brand to Ambergris Caye, one of the Caribbean’s most beautiful island destinations with famed access to the Belize Barrier Reef and dive sites,” said Michael Cobb, Chairman, and CEO of ECI Development. “We are particularly excited about the opportunity to deliver top-quality lodging and residences in this special place with a beloved global brand.”

    Misc Belizean Sources

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    Jairo Romero has been found, he is safe
    Thank you SP Police Formation and San Pedro residents and everyone who prayed, shared his picture and was on the lookout. Let’s keep an eyes open for our little ones!

    FIRST PARROTHEAD BEACH BASH IN BELIZE!
    PLEASE JOIN US for music and fun and the FIRST PARROTHEAD BEACH BASH IN BELIZE! Come for all 3 days or DAY PASSES are available. Also special rates for Belizean Citizens. You can purchase your tickets through our website www.parrotheadbeachbashbelize.com or come by on either of the days! And NO - you do not have to be a Parrothead! Just love listening to good Trop Rock music and contributing to Education in Belize.

    This sweet pup needs a home!
    Don't forget Brutos is still looking for a home. We are fostering him and polishing his doggie manners so he is the best dog for his new home. Please pass by to visit him.

    Belize Law-Making Forum 2018
    The Attorney General’s Ministry in conjunction with the Office of the Prime Minister held the Belize Law-Making Forum 2018 at the Best Western Belize Biltmore Plaza in Belize City on April 19th and 20th 2018 under the theme “Sound Policy for Better Law”. The purpose of the Forum was to create a training platform for public officers who play a role in developing policies that are intended to underlie proposed legislation. The Forum’s core learning objectives include:

    Ariel Rosado Foundation’s scholarship program
    BEL supports the Ariel Rosado Foundation’s scholarship program annually and contributed $3,000 to today’s fundraising ride. Thanks to our Megawatts Cycling Club for riding in support of the cause!

    Mind & Me Launch Party
    Mind & Me has announced the date and place for their launch party. It'll be on Saturday, May 19th at Casa Sofia in Unitedville. If you want to see Night Quest before the launch, he's mixing at the Festival of the Sun and Moon next Saturday in San Pedro. Night Quest mixed last month at the Moon Vibes beach rave, and he was superb.

    Hip Hop Festival
    The Hip Hop Festival is tonight at the Victor Galvez stadium. It'll be a sports oriented event, and will be family friendly. "All are invited to attend a Family Friendly Festival at the Victor Galvez Stadium on Saturday, April 21st, 1pm -9pm. Entrance is FREE! This event is being organized by a missionary group. Activities such as: Basketball clinics Children's Activities Football Family Games Volleyball And Much More"

    Wildtracks Update: Field notes from Fireburn and the North East Corridor
    As part of Belize's newly created North East Corridor, Fireburn lies in an area of extensive, contiguous forest that supports wide-ranging species such as white-lipped peccary and jaguar that cannot exist when forests become patchy and fragmented. The forest is also important for supporting birds of prey...meet one of this year's new arrivals - a young ornate hawk eagle. Rudy Castellanos and his post-release tracking team keep an eye on the reintroduced howler monkeys in Fireburn. Adept at moving through the forest, and equipped with a long lens for capturing ID photos of monkeys high in the canopy, they are also able to capture photos of the other wildlife of the area with minimal intrusion. This isn't the only large avian offspring located this year with the help of wildlife reports from the Fireburn community...the other baby is even larger, and much more unexpected....but I'll leave you guessing on that one for a few more days!

    The Belize City House of Culture and Downtown Rejuvenation Project
    The Belize City House of Culture and Downtown Rejuvenation Project has selected several buildings for reconstruction and renovation in downtown Belize City. The project are: Yarborough Water Front Development ( already Started with Basketball Court), Anglican Cathedral Church (repairs), Government House Property (repairs and new HOC building), Cockburn Lane Property (new building), Court House ( repairs), Paslow Parking Lot (new building), and The Human Development Building on Albert Street (new building). The Yarborough Water Front Development Project has started already with Component A. The next project in the pipeline will he the rebuilding of the Human Development Building scheduled to start as early as May. Below, you will find a short history of the previous building.

    Happy Birthday to Nojoch Chiich Anselma Yam who today she is 103 years old
    his Maya elder from Patchakan Village Corozal is like a book of knowledge on our Yucatec Maya traditions of northern Belize

    The Reporter

    Fatal traffic accident in OW
    A man lost his life in a traffic accident early this morning in the Orange Walk district. It happened around 3:00 a.m., while Ever Hosmel Uk, 25, of Guinea Grass village, Orange Walk, was driving a GMC flat bed truck on the Phillip Goldson Highway with a wooden building measuring 24 by 32 from Orange Walk to Belize City. As Uk reached mile 41, a Toyota Hilux travelling in the opposite direction crashed into the house. The impact caused extensive damage to the left upper portion of the Hilux and caused severe head injuries to its driver, Daniel Urbina, 25, a student of Palmar Village. Urbina was taken to the Northern Regional Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. A passenger travelling in his pickup, Rony Pech, 22, of Yo Creek village suffered minor injuries.

    Man dies of injuries previously suffered in accident
    A man who was injured in a traffic accident earlier today has died of his injuries. American/Belizean, Edward Lachendro, 65, a resident of Sittee River village, Stann Creek, reportedly died shortly after 3:00 this afternoon. Lanchero was receiving medical care at a private hospital in Belize City, after the motorcycle he was driving had a mishap on the Hummingbird highway earlier today.

    Fatal shooting on Rectory Lane
    A fatal shooting occurred late last night on Rectory Lane and police have not yet identified the victim. Police say that they were alerted to the scene around 11:00 p.m., and saw the dark-skinned person lying face-up, motionless on the street. The man had two gunshot wounds to the head. Police discovered that the man was walking on Rectory Lane when three other persons approached him from behind and one of them pulled out a firearm and shot him twice in the head. Police have no suspects.

    Former US First Lady, Barbara Bush to be laid to rest today
    Funeral services for Barbara Bush, the matriarch of a Republican political dynasty, is underway in Texas. Mrs. Bush, only the second woman in US history to have had a husband and son elected President, died Tuesday at the age of 92 at her home in Houston. She had been battling chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and congestive heart failure. She decided against seeking additional medical help earlier this week after she had been hospitalized a number of times. Her husband of 73 years, former President George H.W. Bush, entered the church with his son, former President George W. Bush, who wheeled him in.

    Two accidents reported; one in Boom, one on GP highway
    Two traffic accidents have been reported – one on the Burrell Boom road and the other on the George Price highway. The accident on the Boom road happened a few miles past the Hattieville Prison and involved a fuel tanker and a car. The other accident happened between miles 46 and 47 on the George Price highway and involved a delivery truck and an SUV. The SUV reportedly turned over several times and landed off the road on the grass after the impact.

    Body of man discovered, says unconfirmed report
    Unconfirmed but reliable reports say that Coast Guard personnel have discovered the body of a man. The discovery, according to sketchy reports, was made somewhere between Middle Caye and Alligator Caye. The Reporter Online News will have the details of this latest discovery as they are provided to us.

    Body found at sea identified as that of missing man
    Police have confirmed that a body was found earlier today at sea; and they have identified the corpse as that of Leonel Velasquez, who was missing. Coast Guard personnel found Velasquez’ body between Middle Caye and Alligator Caye this afternoon.

    Breaking Belize NewsPJ

    Body of man found in sea
    This afternoon, the body of a man was found near Alligator Caye. The body is believed to be that of missing Paraiso Villager, Lionel Velasquez. […]

    U.S. Human Rights report highlights corruption and aggression toward media
    The U.S. Department of State’s recently published 2017 report on Human Rights Practices doesn’t note any major human rights violation but does cite several instances of aggression against the media as well as allegations of corruption by ministers of government. […]

    BBN Person of the Week- Alberto Palma
    Alberto Palma is a successful entrepreneur and community activist in Santa Elena, Cayo, today, but his inspiring journey from humble beginnings was not without its challenges. Palma, BBN’s person of the week, recently shared his experiences with us. […]

    US Embassy meet with new Belize City Council team
    This week, Charge d’ Affairs, Adrienne Galanek of the United States Embassy in Belize met with Mayor Bernard Wagner and the new Belize City Council. The purpose of the meeting was to foster relationships with various organizations that will be beneficial to the municipality. […]

    Elderly man robbed in Belize city
    Belize City police are investigating the armed robbery of a retiree that occurred yesterday morning. Gregorio Neftaly Requena, 68, reported that around 10:15 a.m., yesterday while he was at the Salvador body works shop on Amara Avenue, two men armed with knives approached him and robbed him of his wallet containing $1,000 and other important documents. […]

    Violent protests claim 10 lives in Nicaragua
    Officials have confirmed that 10 people have died as a result of violent clashes between civilians and police in Nicaragua this week. Nicaraguans are protesting a new Social Security law passed by President Daniel Ortega’s government. The law increases employer and employee contributions but decreases the overall pension amount by five percent. […]

    Belize holds Law-Making Forum 2018
    The Attorney General’s Ministry in conjunction with the Office of the Prime Minister held the Belize Law-Making Forum 2018 at the Best Western Belize Biltmore Plaza in Belize City yesterday and today under the theme, “Sound Policy for Better Law”. […]

    Security guard charged for raping student in Belize City
    Police have formally arrested and charged Ryan Neal for ‘Grievous Harm’ and ‘Unlawful Sexual Intercourse’ yesterday. Neal is being accused of raping a 14-year-old high school student of Belize City where he was employed as a security guard. […]

    Orange Walk student dies in fatal traffic accident
    Police are investigating a fatal traffic accident that occurred this morning on the Philip Goldson Highway. According to reports, the incident happened around 3 AM. […]

    Mayor gifts regional credit union president key to the city
    As a symbol of friendship, Belize City Mayor Bernard Wagner presented Hally Haynes, president of the Caribbean Confederation of Credit Unions, the key to Belize City during a ceremony at City Hall this week. […]

    Blogs

    Weekend Update: The Road to Secret Beach, Cayo Rosario and Another Marriott Resort
    Ten years ago, there was no way to get to the west side of Ambergris Caye by truck or golf cart – it was boat only. But developers obtained a large chunk of “land” – some rock, some land and much mangroved lagoon – and started Grand Belizean Estates. Plots of land on the west side of the island for relatively low prices. An area where there were no utilities – no power, sewage and water – for the foreseeable future. A few homes have been built – they can be counted on 2 hands – but the coast line has become wildly popular. One of the top spots for visitors these days – Secret Beach. The road was built 7 or 8 years ago – piled up to cut across the waterway – and has been heavily used. It has never been smoothed or repaired…UNTIL NOW. All those jagged ruts and jolting rocks, puddles that fill during the rainy season and create small lakes…I hear that it is being smoothed. Yesterday, I took a picture of the newly graded road. And today I’m heading out that way to get the FULL scoop.

    Corozal Community College Held their Victory Parade in Corozal
    Corozal Central Park was the center of attraction on Friday April 20, 2018, as 100's of Belizeans from all over Corozal town and Belize to witness the Corozal Community College Victory Parade 2018. Corozal Communtiy College victory Parade 2018 kicked off with a parade through the main streets of Corozal town at 5:30pm. It was a celebration of color, rhythm, talent and passion and spirits were high as participants headed in the recalde Stadium in Corozal stadium for the main event. Many had already filled the stadium when the Marching band arrived. The victory parade was to give back to the public a reward ceremony. During the event a short ceremony was made and the field performanced was done. The victory show concluded at 8pm.

    International Sourcesizz

    Ex-Flying Eagles star Salawu eyes Belize league crown
    Former Nigeria U20 midfielder Rilwan Salawu has told ScoreNigeria.com.ng that he is looking forward to help his Belize team Belmopan Bandits win the league title back-to-back. The Nigerian-American said he will be delighted to feature in CONCACAF Champions League again after helping his team top the league. The playoffs to determine the champions which will involve the top four teams starts this weekend,” he told SCORENigeria “My target is to help my club win the league title back-to-back so I can play in CONCACAF Champions League for next season. “We finished first in regular season and we are going to start the play-off weekend.”

    Will the Commonwealth be Relevant in the Future?
    It is Queen Elizabeth who has been at the heart of this post-Empire organisation going, but what lies in store for the Commonwealth after her? “The Commonwealth is turning the corner – it’s not quite round it, yet but it’s turning,” a leading official involved with the 53-country organisation, which gets more brickbats than praise, said to me at the end of the past week’s two-day summit and forums in London. That just about sums up the most optimistic view possible on the current status of this strange post-empire body which, if it owes allegiance to anything or anybody, seems to do so to Queen Elizabeth who turned 92 on Saturday. She has been the organisation’s head, and has held it together, since her mid-20s. Just last week, she secured agreement from the summit that Prince Charles, 69, her eldest son and heir to the British throne, will in due course take over from her.

    Videos

  • Highlight of my day... dolphins..., 1/2min.

  • Diving Caye Caulker, Belize - April 2018, 6.5min. Scuba diving Caye Caulker and the Belize Barrier Reef in April 2018 with Belize Diving Services (BDS) and Frenchie's Diving. Day 1: San Pedro Area, Day 2: Turneffe Atoll North, Day 3: The Great Blue Hole and Lighthouse Reef.

  • Largados e Pelados 2.4 Belize, 41min.

  • Diving Belize - April 2018, 7min. Diving Caye Caulker, Belize. April 2018.

  • Swimming With Sharks and Stingrays In Belize, 7min. The second of three destinations on the cruise was Belize City, Belize. This time we chose to snorkel over a coral reef, as well as, swimming with sharks and stingrays in Belize, just off of a small island called “Split Island”. Split Island is actually the Island of Caye Caulker and it got its nickname do to a storm in 1961 that ravished the island and literally split it in half, killing over 200 people. Now only one side of the island is really in use and the other side is mostly vacant.

  • Nice Turtle in Belize, 2min. Scuba diving with a nice Turtle in Belize.

  • Starting a fire using bamboo - BELIZE., 2min. Upon visiting thee Rainforest Adventure Zone in Belize the tour guide took time to show us , tourism students how he starts a fire using bamboo.

  • 2018 Cruise Getaway, 14min. Cruise in February 2018. With the Norwegian Getaway. On the occasion of some joyful events in our small (12 persons) family. This video shows us the second part of the excursion 'Rainforest River Tubing' in Belize. With still the whole family.

  • Police United FC vs Belmopan Bandits SC, 2.5hr.

    April 21, 2018


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    The San Pedro Sun

    Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System remains in UNESCO Danger List; Land Development to blame
    The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) has released its Coastal and Marine Land Use and Tenure Analysis Report for 2017, highlighting the areas of concern in the ecosystem as well as other important findings. The report was aimed at producing an updated coastal-marine land tenure inventory for Belize (within a 1-3 km inland area of interest and cayes (excluding Ambergris Caye, Caye Caulker and Bacalar Chico National Park and Marine Reserve), that includes ownership, tenancy (e.g. lease) and other arrangements for the use of the lands. It was created via multiple data collection tools, such as conducting research, analysis, and synthesis of data, which produced qualitative and quantitative findings leading to an informed conclusion and recommendations. The World Heritage Committee in its 2017 decision to retain the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System (BBRRS) on the Danger List, stressed the urgency of addressing development issues within the BBRRS.

    San Pedro Tour Guide Association hosts a successful meeting
    San Pedro Tour Guide Association (SPTGA) held an informative members meeting at the Lions Den on Wednesday, April 18th. Various speakers were present at the meeting addressing attendees on different policies and regulations tour guides must follow within Belize to avoid fines or facing jail time. At 7 PM, SPTGA President Billy Leslie welcomed and thanked everyone for their attendance. The meeting officially began with the first speaker of the night, Corporal John Arana who addressed the attendees on the importance of possessing a tour guide license and renewing it immediately after expiration. He further spoke on the penalties, which included a fine of $1000 and up to three months jail time. In addition, the company employing the unlicensed tour guide will also be charged a larger fine of approximately $5,000 and up to one year jail time.

    Authorities won’t confirm if Cayo Rosario tourism project has been approved
    The Department of Environment (DOE) cannot confirm if the tourism development proposed for Cayo Rosario has been approved. Cayo Rosario is a 10-acre privately owned island west of Ambergris Caye, packed with mangroves and teeming with wildlife. According to an online publication, the project was approved in the second week of April and calls for 80% of the project to be constructed off the island as over-the-water structures. San Pedro residents are highly against the project, concerned about its potential environmental hazards, and the fact that the island is part of the finalized expansion of the Hol Chan Marine Reserve.

    Ambergris Today

    Belize Fisheries Department - Extension For Issuance Of Fishing License
    The Belize Fisheries Department hereby reminds the PUBLIC that it will cease the issuance/renewal of fisher folk and vessel licenses for the year 2018 by April 30, 2018. This is an extension from the date that was stated in the Press Release for the opening of the renewal process in January. Furthermore, fishers are also advised that they must be in compliance with the following:

    Marriott Hotels Announces Debut In San Pedro, Belize
    ECI Development announced yesterday, April 19, 2018, plans to introduce the Marriott Hotels’ namesake brand to Belize with a project designed for customers seeking a relaxed Caribbean lifestyle. The project will grace Ambergris Caye with an investment of US$43Mil and offer 175 studio and two-bedroom condominium homes in a stunning white-sand beachfront setting. San Pedro Mayor Daniel Guerrero welcomed the project with open arms stating that he is happy ECI and Marriott will implement eco-friendly and environmentally responsible operations on the island. “We share in the excitement and we want to express our commitment and support, both from a local and national level, to ensure that today’s event will mark the beginning of a future success story.”

    Misc Belizean Sources

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    Minister of National Security Tours Belize Coast Guard Facility
    The Minister of National Security Hon. John Saldivar today, April 20th, toured the improved Belize Coast Guard facility at Southern Long Caye in the Belize District. The new facility provides increased efficiency for the troops stationed there and increases their capabilities to aggressively patrol our Belizean waters. Southern Long Caye serves as an important point of control for illegal and criminal activities on our high seas. Since the establishment of this base, a number of illegal activities have been detected and deterred by the Belize Coast Guard.

    Weekend Events in Corozal - Don't Miss Out:
    1) CEMJC 10th Anniversay Celebration & Inauguration of Auditorium - Friday, April 20th - 4:00 P.M. - School Grounds - Private Event 2) Corozal Community College Victory Motorcade and Presentation - Friday, April 20th - 5:00 P.M. - Round House at Miami Beach 3) Movie Night Sponsored by Justice For Babies - Friday April 20th - 6:00 P.M. - Coronation Park across from House of Culture - Free Event 4) Live Musical Comedy Show with "EL BOX" - Friday, April 20th - 10:00 P.M. - Princess Casino Free Zone - No Cover Charge 5) Earth Day Waterway Cleanup - Saturday, April 21st - Old Social Security Building or in front of LANOs - 7:00 a.m. - Volunteer 6) Sarteneja Tour Guide Association Meeting - Saturday, April 21st - 2:00 P.M. - S.T.G.A Office - Private Event 7) Live Musical Comedy Show with "EL BOX" - Saturday, April 21st - 10:00 P.M. - Princess Casino Free Zone - No Cover Charge

    Power outage scheduled for entire San Pedro, Ambergris Caye and Bomba Village from 6:00am to 7:30am on Sunday, April 22
    BEL to complete urgent repairs of jumpers for submarine riser structure on the transmission system

    Celebrateing Earth Day
    Today, we celebrated Earth Day by planting a beautiful #jacaranda tree with Belmopan Comprehensive School students, Belmopan City Council, Belize Forest Department, and our program alumni! Special thanks to our Facility Maintenance team for making this possible!

    Channel 7

    The Cable Crackdown is Coming
    Next week is intellectual property rights week - and while that might sound like just another perfunctory observance, this year there is some urgency to it. And that's because the enforcement of intellectual property rights is about to bring sweeping change to what you watch on cable television. The Government of Belize and cable operators are under serious pressure to put an end to the signal piracy which fills up your cable lineup with 200 plus channels. That means two things: they'll have to pull a lot of channels, plus your cable bill will be going up, because the channels they offer will now have to be legitimately bought from the rights holders, no more piracy. As we've reported, HBO executives recently came to Belize and met with the Belize Cable Television Operators Association. They demanded that the Cable operators pull their channels which include HBO, HBO Family, HBO Signature, Cinemax and others including SHOWTIME, Encore and Starz.

    Grave Concerns for Corozal Man Lost In Southern Seas
    Tonight, there are grave concerns for the health of Corozal resident Lionel Velazquez after he went missing at sea on Wednesday. For the past 2 days, the Coast Guard has been out on the sea looking for the 28 year old Paraiso villager who went over board on Wednesday evening while on the way to his job at the Turneffe Island Resort. The management of the resort have confirmed via a press release that on Wednesday afternoon, their vessel, Eagle Ray, departed the dock at the Radisson Hotel with a captain and 7 employees, Velasquez included. At around 7 that night, when the Eagle Ray was passing through the shipping channel into open waters, Velasquez fell overboard. Fellow passengers witnessed the accident, and alerted the captain immediately. They circled back for him, and searched the surrounding waters.

    CJ Has Problem With DPP As Bar President
    Director of Public Prosecutions Cheryl-Lynn Vidal was elected as the new President of the Bar Association 2 months ago, and it appears the Chief Justice, Kenneth Benjamin, is of the view that her new post places her in a conflict of interest. The issue flared up because, as the President of the Bar, she is legally required to sit as a member of the Judicial and Legal Services Commission. This is the body which oversees the appointment of judges and attorneys to important posts within the public service. Other members on the Commission include Solicitor General Nigel Hawke, the Chairman of the Public Services Commission, and Chief Justice Benjamin, who is the Chair.

    7 Shots Fired, No One Hurt
    Last night during the news we got reports that shots had been fired on the southside. It happened on Euphrates Avenue, and fortunately no one was hurt. It happened at around 7:00 when a group of men were playing basketball on the neighborhood court. Two men with caps pulled down low rode up on bicycles and fired three shots at an off duty policeman, and four more shots at the other persons on the court. 7 shots total, but no one was hit as everyone scrambled for cover.

    Belizean Fisherman Still Held In Guatemala
    2 days ago, we told you about the Belizean fisherman, Iginio Canto Bacab, who was intercepted by the Guatemalan Navy along with 2 Guatemalans trying to smuggle out-of-season lobster into Guatemala. As we told you, he is facing criminal charges in Livingston, Guatemala, and, tonight, best information suggests that he remains in the custody of the Guatemalan authorities. We've been trying to get information about the latest developments in his case, and sources tell us that he was supposed to have had a court hearing today. We could not find out the result of that at newstime.

    High Schooler Says Security Guard Had Sex With Her on Campus
    There is a very disturbing allegation of a sex crime tonight. A 14 year old high schooler says the school security guard had sex with her on campus. It is alleged to have happened at a high school on the City's southside. The girl says that on Monday, April 9th., at 3:30 pm, the 27 year old security guard called her to the third floor of the school where he had sex with her in a classroom. She was examined by a doctor two days ago where she was certified to be carnally known and her injuries were classified as "Grievous Harm".Yesterday morning she went to the police station with her father to make a report.

    Man Charged For Rape Of Cayo Student
    Last week Friday, an 18 year old student from the Cayo District was raped. At 8:00 at night, she was hitchhiking from Belmopan to Camalote Village when a Hispanic man on a motorcycle gave her a ride. But instead of taking her to Camalote, he took her down the Valley of Peace Road and raped her. He then left her near the West Star gas station. Yesterday, Belmopan police arrested and charged 24 year old William Carabantes for rape.

    The Bio-Degradable Solution
    Yesterday we showed you two different food and hospitality businesses that are eliminating styrofoam by using biodegradable and reusable items. But, where are these environmentally friendly items available and for what price? We found that Belize has an Eco-Friendly company that has been importing container-fulls of environmentally friendly products for years. Sahar Vasquez has more: Sahar Vasquez reporting" Eco- Friendly Solutions is a Belizean company that imports and distributes biodegradable items like cutlery and bags. You may not know them by name but It is almost certain that you have seen their products at the Le Petite bakery or on shelves at some stores.

    Hon. Saldivar At New Coast Guard Base
    National Security Minister John Saldivar was at Southern Long Caye in BELIZE's southern waters today to tour the newly upgraded Coast Guard facilities at that location. He was accompanied by CEO Felix Enriquez; and Coast Guard commander Rear Admiral John Borland. This new facility is positioned to allow the coast guard to patrol Belizean waters more aggressively. It's important because Southern Long Caye serves as an important pivot point for control of criminal activities on Belizean waters. A press release says that since its establishment, this base has helped to coast guard to detect and deter a number of illegal activities.

    9 Pounds of Cannabis in Hattieville
    Yesterday, the GSU found over 9 pounds of weed behind a home in Hattieville. At around 2:00 in the afternoon, the GSU searched the home of a target where nothing was found. But searches behind the home in an abandoned bushy area led to the discovery of 2 parcels of marijuana wrapped up in plastic. They weighed in at 9.2 pounds. The weed was deposited as found property.

    Octogenarian Killed in Road Accident
    An 82 year old was knocked down and killed yesterday on the Stann Creek Valley Road. Around 1:50 in the afternoon, 24 year old Shamir Leslie was traveling from Belmopan to Placencia about to approach the Xaibel gas station - 6 miles out of Dangriga - when he knocked down 82-year-old farmer of Big Falls, Toledo Pedro Cucul. Cucul was crossing the road to catch a bus. He died on the spot.

    US Human Right Report Criticizes Corruption in Belize
    The US State Department's Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor today published its Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2017. The report does not single out Belize for any great or excessive abuses, but notes, quote, "The most significant human rights issues included allegations of unlawful killings by security officers, which the authorities investigated and prosecuted; allegations of corruption by government agents; allegations that several killings were motivated by sexual orientation or gender identity; trafficking in persons; and child labor." End quote.

    DPM, Lodge Brother
    16 Belizean Lodge Brothers - including the Deputy Prime Minister, Patrick Faber were in Jacksonville Florida last week for a meeting of the Steadfast Masonic Lodge. The delegation was led by Ashton Longsworth saying, quote, "Worshipful Master Longsworth and Most Worshipful Grand Master Walter Gulley Jr have committed to community projects that will aid and assist…citizens of Belize while trying to help in the alleviation of social ills in the country." End quote. The release continues, quote, "The Grand Master also recognized the Civic and Fraternal achievements of Sir Knight Patrick Faber and expressed to the Fraternal congregation that anyone who has made it to the ranks of Deputy Prime Minister Of his country deserves to be recognized." End quote.

    High Schoolers Rally Against Violence
    For this entire week, the students, the faculty and staff of the Wesley College in Belize City have been celebrating their Violence Prevention Week. It's an initiative by the school and the students where they take a stand against all the violence and murders that have been happening countrywide, but especially in Belize City. Some of the students live in these neighborhoods where, at any given time, rival gangs are warring over turf, or feuding over "old beef."

    The reality Of Guatemalan Fishers in Belizean Waters
    Earlier in the news we told you about Iginio Canto Bacab, who was intercepted by the Guatemalan Navy trying to smuggle lobster into Guatemala. Reports in the press there suggest he was arrested by the Guatemalan navy within Belizean waters. While that is a definite affront - for those who know the area it isn't in the least but surprising. For years, the Guatemalan navy and fisherfolk have been acting like the entire Sarstoon is for their benefit and enjoyment. And now that a Belizean fisher has been caught - allegedly running a red with out of season lobster - it makes for a glaring contrast with the Guatemalan fishers who are in Belize's waters - on the north side of the Sarstoon - almost daily, freely catching fish.

    Reparations for The Ras
    Last night you may have seen our interview with Ras Ruben, a committed Rastafarian who believes Belize should be doing more to investigate and make use of the cannabis plant. Proponents say it has a whole host of uses from clothing, to shelter, to medicine, and for Rastafarians, it is a also a sacrament and a means of meditation. So, now that the possession of 10 grams has been decriminalized - is that a welcome break for the Rastas who use marijuana as part of their religious devotion. Ras Ruben told us that they need an apology for all the years of persecution:..

    Channel 5

    How to Spend 130 Thousand Dollars on a “Free” Concert
    Back in February, the Belize City Council, then controlled by the United Democratic Party, hosted a free concert at the B.T.L. Park marking the anniversary of its remodeling. The event [...]

    The Woes of the Municipal Airstrip
    Millions of dollars, as much as seventeen, were spent on the overhaul of the Sir Barry Bowen Municipal Airstrip which was launched with much fanfare in November 2016. But a [...]

    Corozal Man Fell Out of Boat, Now Missing
    A thirty-year-old mechanic from Paraiso Village in the Corozal District is missing at sea since Wednesday and his family fears the worst. This afternoon, Anna Leticia Revolorio came to News [...]

    Search Continues with Eagle Eyes of Coast Guard
    Efforts to locate him were immediately conducted by the captain to recover Velasquez, while a ‘man overboard’ distress signal was radioed in to the resort. According to a release issued [...]

    Belizean Fisherman Iginio Canto Bacab Remains in Custody in Livingston
    As of news time, Belizean fisherman Iginio Canto Bacab of Caledonia, Corozal District, remains in custody in Livingston, Guatemala, charged with illegal capture of lobster. His hearing is set for [...]

    Economist Weighs in on Referendum Result
    The popular magazine The Economist has weighed in on the results of Guatemala’s referendum on Sunday. Nearly ninety-six percent of participating voters agreed to filing a case at the International [...]

    P.M. Barrow, O.A.S.’ Almagro Meet in Washington
    The Organization of American States has had a central role in finding a solution to the territorial dispute. As we have been reporting, Guatemala held its referendum on Sunday and [...]

    Another PAC Meeting Canceled
    During the Budget debate in March, member of the Public Accounts Committee Patrick Faber made note that the last three meetings of the Committee to that point had been canceled. [...]

    Barranco Loggers Demand Answers for License Refusals
    From the deep south comes a story of unfair treatment in one of Belize’s oldest and most well-known villages. Five residents of the village of Barranco say they have applied [...]

    Concerns Leading Up to the Cycling Federation’s Elections
    Elections at the Cycling Federation of Belize are scheduled for next Saturday, but there is growing concern that all is not above board. The federation is currently led by former [...]

    Honduran Visitor Has Rough Experience: Stabbed and Robbed
    A Honduran national visiting Belize was the victim of a vicious attack on Thursday night. Reports are that just before midday police were called out to a bus stop in [...]

    Bail for Dumped Shotgun
    Ignatius Williams today obtained bail on a charge of possession of a prohibited firearm in the Supreme Court. The twenty-four-year-old, a repeat alleged offender originally from Dangriga, was seen by [...]

    2 Teens’ Sex Attackers Charged
    Police have made arrests in two separate cases of rape and unlawful sexual intercourse. Twenty-four-year-old William Daniel Carabantes faces charges of rape after a report by an eighteen-year-old female to [...]

    Cuba Has New President but Castro Legacy to Continue
    The news around the world on Thursday was the installation of the new Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel. He became Cuba’s first leader sans the Castro surname in over fifty years. [...]

    Cuba to Continue Aid to CARICOM
    What does a new leader mean for the CARICOM region which depends heavily on Cuba for health, education and other forms of aid? According to Ambassador Lissette Perez, the regional [...]

    Relations with Washington Remain Cool
    Ambassador Lissette Perez also spoke about the Cuba-U.S. relations in light of a new leader. She said that while Cuba remains open to relations with the U.S., they will not [...]

    UWI University Singers in Belize for Major Anniversaries
    The University of the West Indies is celebrating its seventieth anniversary with a bang. University Singers are in Belize to mark the occasion with the UWI Belize Open Campus. The [...]

    The Search for Next Miss Belize Begins
    The Miss Universe Organization started the search for its Belizean beauty ambassador to represent Belize in the 2018 Miss Universe Pageant. The auditions, which started today and continues on Saturday, [...]

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    New Cuban President to maintain friendly relations with Belize
    Not much is known about Cuba’s new president’s plan to tackles the challenges facing the country. The 57-year-old father of two was elected president of Cuba on April 19 after Raul Castro, who led the country for 10 years, stepped down is expected to continue in the same vein as his predecessor. Cuban Ambassador to Belize, …

    Senate Special Select Committee meets
    The Senate Special Select Committee met last week in an effort to begin compiling its report on the Senate hearings that lasted more than a year. The Committee first met on October 12, 2016, and its last hearing session was on December 6, 2017. The Committee was tasked to investigate the findings of the Auditor …

    Marriott Hotel coming to Belize
    Earlier this week, ECI Development announced plans to bring Marriott Hotels’ namesake brand to Ambergris Caye. Chairman and CEO of ECI Development Michael K Cobb said that they are excited about the opportunity to deliver top-quality lodging and residences on the island. ECI plans as many as 70 branded residences as a part of its …

    Department of Youth Services giving at-risk children hope
    The Mayflower community has been labeled as one of the gang-infested neighborhoods. As such, those in that community are well acquainted with the ongoing gun violence. The Department of Youth Services is hoping to help the children escape that life-style and in so doing avoid becoming another tragedy. In this regard, they have opened the …

    Cuba has a new President and he is not a Castro
    Miguel Díaz-Canel is the new president of Cuba. He replaces Raul Castro who took over the leadership of the country from his ailing brother, Fidel Castro. It has been noted that Diaz-Canel is the first person who is not a Castro to lead Cuba. Even though Díaz-Canel was born after the revolution, he is a …

    AG shares details on the 8th Summit of the Americas
    Yesterday, the Attorney General Michael Peyrefitte shared with the media what transpired at the Eighth Summit of the Americas held recently in Peru. Attorney General Peyrefitte along with Minister of Foreign Affairs, Wilfred Elrington and Belize’s Ambassador to the United States of America and the Organization of American States, Daniel Gutierrez attended the summit. The …

    Participants comment on Law Forum
    Today was the final day of the forum held by Impact Justice. Yesterday, we told you that the Belize Law-Making Forum is being held under the theme “Sound Policy for Better Law” which brought together several stakeholders from different ministries. These ministries will now be involved in the drafting of the laws in order to …

    Will Belize have a better turn-out for its referendum?
    On Sunday, Guatemalans voted yes to have the decades-old Belize-Guatemala Dispute be decided by the International Court of Justice (ICJ). Guatemala’s referendum was marked by a low turn-out. Belize’s Attorney General Michael Peyrefitte told Love News he is hopeful that Belizeans will turn out in numbers to participate in our referendum, whenever a date is …

    133K for ‘free’ concert
    Before the March 7 Municipal Election, the then UDP Belize City Council held what it described as a free concert for the public. They brought in international artists like Cecil and Baby Sham. While the public did not pay an entrance fee or anything of that sort, the money to pay for it all came …

    Boat Mechanic lost at sea
    The search continues for 28 year old Lionel Velasquez who is believed to have fallen overboard a boat as he was headed to work on Wednesday. According to reports, Velasquez, who is a boat mechanic, left with others from the Radisson dock, headed to Turneffe Island. Twenty minutes into the journey, those on board the …

    Belize’s Human Rights Report highlights corruption in Police Department and Government
    The US State Department has released its 2017 human rights report. So how did Belize do? Here is Dalila Ical. According to the State Department’s report, the areas of particular interest for Belize include quote, “allegations of unlawful killings by security officers, which the authorities investigated and prosecuted; allegations of corruption by government agents; allegations that several killings were motivated by sexual orientation or gender identity; trafficking in persons; and child labor,” end of quote.

    School security guard charged for sexual misconduct with student
    A fourteen year old has accused a man of unlawful carnal knowledge. According to police, the teenage girl and her father reported that on April 9, around 3:30 in the afternoon, she was her high school in Belize City when the security guard employed there called her to the third floor of the building.

    82-year-old knocked down and killed in Stann Creek
    A traffic incident has claimed the life of an elderly man in the Stann Creek District on Thursday afternoon. According to police, shortly before two o’clock 24-year-old Shamir Leslie of Placencia Village was traveling from Belmopan to Placencia, along with two other persons in a grey Mitsubishi Outlander.

    Ministries learn about data gathering
    Today was the final day of a training held by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), in partnership with the Statistical Institute of Belize (SIB). Earlier this week, we told you that SIB hopes to improve its data gathering by implementing a register-based statistical system. The register-based statistical system will be shared amongst ministries that are also involved in data gathering in the hopes of producing more efficient information at a reduced cost.

    PlusTV

    Guatemala says “yes” to going to the ICJ
    On Sunday April 15, 2018, Guatemala held its national referendum on whether or not to take the Belize Guatemala territorial dispute to the International Court of Justice. Not surprisingly, the huge majority of those who went to the polls voted “Yes”. However, while it is considered a successful “Go ...

    Government of Belize congrats Guatemala on its referendum process
    Today, the Government of Belize sent out congratulations to the Government and people of Guatemala on conducting their referendum. A statement from GOB says, **“The Government acknowledges the results as a step further toward permanently settling the age-old dispute. This act of civic expression in ...

    Belize has set NO date for referendum
    Belize has not set a date for its referendum as yet, but according to the Vice President of Guatemala, Jafeth Cabrera, Belize’s national referendum will be held in May of this year. Cabrera told the Guatemalan media that he was informed of this by Belize’s Foreign Minister, Wilfred Elrington at the...

    Murder in Ranchito
    A man was shot and killed as he tried to foil an attempted robbery. The victim was 38 year old Ivan Emmanul Sosa. The incident happened at Pasadina bar in Ranchito Village early Sunday morning as the proprietor was closing up the building. A masked male person stood at the door and pointed what app...

    Jason Bellencio gunned down in Belize City
    There was a murder in Belize City on Sunday. The victim has been identified as 30 year old Belize City resident Jason James Bellencio . Bellencio was shot shortly before 6 p.m. as he walked on Lovely Lane in Belize City . He was shot multiple times, with several bullet wounds to his head and back. ...

    Two men stabbed in San Pedro
    Two men were stabbed during a bar fight in San Pedro Town over the weekend. Police reports are that sometime after 9 o’clock on Saturday night, Hector Lopez was stabbed to the right side of chest and received a cut wound on his upper lip. Juan Carlos Alvarado was also injured and received three cut ...

    Female Hitchhiker raped in Camalote area
    An 18 year. old female student from Camalote Village was raped while hitch hiking from Belmopan City to Camalote Village. The female student reported to Police that on Thursday of last week, she was hitch hiking from Belmopan to Camalote Village when she was picked up by a Hispanic male person in Ro...

    Squatters served with Eviction notice
    Residents in the East Piccini Extention of Belmopan scheduled a meeting for 6 p.m this evening to take further action on the squatting issue in their area. In our last newscast on Friday, we extensively covered the illegal squatting taking place within reserved areas near the Mount Pleasant Creek in the Belmopan Heights area. Our drones covered the area and to our surprise most of the southern part of the buffer is gone and in its place are cleared lands where construction of wooden homes are happening.

    Dangriga Business robbed
    A Dangriga business was reportedly robbed over the weekend. A 33 year old business woman from Dangriga Town reported to Police that on Friday at around 4:30 pm she was inside her shop with her 2 daughters when she observed a dark skinned male person at the burglar barred window. The individual asked for a twenty five cents bag of water. One of the proprietor’s daughters reportedly went for the water from the freezer.

    Three fugitives still on the run
    The three prisoners who escaped from the Corozal jailhouse last Wednesday are still at large. As we reported, the three men escaped by apparently sawing through the metal bars. The fugitives are Marvin Pec, Johny Matus, and Austin Sutherland . Today, police say they have not been able to locate the men so far.

    Man knocked down on highway critical
    A young man is in critical condition at the KHMH after a suspected hit and run in Burrell Boom, and his family is asking for public assistance. Plus News understands that Christian Charles was knocked down in Burrell Boom around 4:30 a.m. yesterday while heading home from a social gathering. His brother, Kareem Myvette, spoke to us over the phone and told us what the family believes happened to Charles.

    Prime Minister Barrow to Meet with IMF and OAS
    Prime Minister Right Hon Dean Barrow departed the country today. The PM went to attend meetings with the International Monetary Fund and Organization of American States. The Prime Minister will return to Belize on Saturday, April 21st, 2018. During the Prime Minister’s absence, the Hon. Hugo Patt will act as Prime Minister. This is the second time in as many weeks that Minister Patt is holding over for the PM while he is out of the country. Last week when the media met up with Minister Patt, they had asked him about his holding over for the PM for the first time and if he would be holding over again the next time the PM went out. Here is how that went.

    NEMO Minister Tours Humana Projects and Infrastructure Works in Toledo
    Minister of National Emergency Management Organization, Honorable Edmond Castro, was on a two day tour in the Toledo District alongside Humana People to People which is executing a number of projects throughout the district. The Minister’s tour started off with a quick briefing in Punta Gorda, followed by a visit to Humana’s Clothing Store and then a visit to 11 different communities in the District. Included in the 11 villages were Santa Teresa where they inspected a tower and solar-powered facilities to provide communication for five villages.

    DOUBLE MURDER NEAR CAYE CAULKER
    There is a double murder near Caye Caulker Village to report on tonight. Police visited a three story building on Caye Lagos four miles South of Caye Caulker Village about 3 a.m this morning, where they found the lifeless bodies of Gabriel Escalante and Mark Seawell, both from Ladyville Village. Initial police investigation revealed that Gabriel Escalante and Mark Seawell were socializing on the third floor of the building with an unknown male person about 11:30 pm on Friday night when the incident happened.

    Illegal Squatting in Belmopan, creek buffer chopped down
    Illegal squatting has intensified in Belmopan within the past few months. One particular Belmopan neighborhood is up in arms as several homes have sprung up within reserved areas near the Mount Pleasant Creek in the Belmopan Heights area . The creek runs behind the last street, Doyle’s Delight street, in East Piccini Extention . Homes in the area are supposed to be protected from potential flood waters by a thick buffer of trees that used to line the creek.

    Amandala

    AG Michael Peyrefitte calls US “unfair and cowardly”
    On April 9, The Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs in the US released its International Narcotics Control Strategy Report in which it named Belize as one of the 22 major drug transit countries. The report states that even with efforts to reduce drug production and distribution, Belize is still obstructed by “insufficient resources, weak law enforcement institutions, an ineffective judicial system, and inadequate compensation for civil service employees and public safety officials” — all of which “facilitate corruption.”

    Chief Justice asked Bar Association prez, Cheryl-Lynn Vidal, to leave meeting of JLSC
    At a recent meeting of the Belize Judicial and Legal Services Commission (JLSC), which is made up of the Solicitor General, the Chief Justice, the chairman of the Public Services Commission, and the president of the Belize Bar Association, the Chief Justice, Kenneth Benjamin, who chairs the JLSC, asked the recently elected president of the Belize Bar Association, Cheryl-Lynn Vidal, to excuse herself from the meeting. Apart from being the president of the Belize Bar Association, Vidal is also the Director of Public Prosecutions.

    Mayor Darrell Bradley’s $133,000 concert spree
    The Belize City Council, under former UDP Mayor Darrell Bradley, apparently was used as a cash cow for all kinds of questionable things having nothing to do with the improvement of the lives of city residents. Just before the March 7 municipal elections that the incumbent United Democratic Party was so cock-sure that they would win, the City Council spent a sizeable chunk of funds to finance a concert at the BTL Park, which featured two foreign artists, Cecile and Baby Cham, along with a few local artists. The cost was a whopping $133,000 from the public purse.

    City Administrator, Candice Miller, will challenge her suspension in court
    City Administrator, Candice Miller, who was suspended for one month with full salary by the incoming PUP Belize City Council, led by Belize City Mayor, Bernard Wagner, has decided to take the matter of her suspension to court. Today reporters caught up with Mayor Wagner at a function at City Hall and asked him to comment on a letter Miller’s attorney had sent him. “We have received the letter and have forwarded it to our attorneys, and will leave it at that for the appropriate moment to speak about this matter,” Mayor Wagner said.

    Former Belize Ambassador David Gibson says he expects a “no” vote in ICJ referendum
    ollowing his appearance on the KREM WUB morning show this morning, Amandala asked the former Belizean ambassador, David Gibson, who now heads the think-tank, Center for Strategic Studies Policy Analysis and Research (CSSPAR), to comment on Belize being at the critical crossroad of an ICJ referendum to take or not to take the longstanding Guatemalan claim to the International Court of Justice for final settlement. “I think our process of trying to resolve this issue, is in line with the United Nations Charter, which outlines how states with territorial differences, or with contentious issues, international issues, should resolve in a peaceful and amicable way these differences,” he responded.

    Denise Matthews will be District 90’s newest Director of Special Education
    During a board meeting on February 19, Denise Matthews, a Belizean woman living in Chicago, was selected as the upcoming Director of Special Education for the District 90 schools in that US state. Matthews will take over the position on July 1. She is currently working as the Assistant Director of Specialized Student Services for Compliance, and she has also worked as assistant principal at Westmount High School and Oakland Park Elementary. She began her journey right here in Belize City, where she was born and raised. She received her Associate degree in History and Literature from St. John’s College Junior College and her Bachelor’s degree in English/Language Arts Teacher Education from the University of Belize.

    Cricket Update from the BNCA
    Greetings from the Belize National Cricket Association (BNCA)! There were some great matches played over the weekend in the Sir Barry Bowen Harrison Parks Cricket Competition 2018. In Rancho Dolores, Police Cricket Club went up against Western Eagles, where Keenan Flowers put up 97 runs for Police Cricket Team. Police was able to put up a total score of 239. It was too big a score for the Eagles to conquer; even with Dirk Sutherland’s 51 runs, the Eagles only made 129 runs.

    Corozal Bay Sailing Regatta
    Corozal Bay Sailing Club hosted their 8th Annual Regatta over the weekend of the 14th and 15th, April at Jam Rock Café on the beautiful sea front of Corozal Town. The competition consisted of 6 races each for the Optimist and Laser Class-One design boats over the 2 days of the weekend. Four races were scheduled for Saturday and 2 races for Sunday. Excitement was high with the commencement of the first races on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. under a very firm breeze gusting to 15 knots. The Optimists started first in these challenging conditions, the wind constantly building, and eventually forcing most of the competitors to retire to the calmer setting of the beach.

    Belize Rural Primary girls and Salvation Army boys are Belize District Primary School Softball Champions
    The Belize District Primary Schools Softball Finals were played yesterday, Wednesday, April 11, at Rogers Stadium in Belize City under the auspices of the National Sports Council. There were four teams participating in the female division and four in the male division, namely: FEMALE: Division A – Central Christian (Bze City) and Belize Rural Primary (Bze River Valley); Division B – St. John’s Primary (Bze City) and Our Lady of The Way RC (Ladyville).

    Belize U-15 wins bronze in COCABA Championship
    The Belize Basketball Federation (BBF) congratulates the Under 15 Boys National Basketball Team for securing bronze medals in the COCABA Championship (Central America) held in El Salvador from April 11 to 15. Against very competitive opponents, our team played with spirit, determination and focus, ending the tournament with a record of 3 wins and 2 losses. Our boys all played well, and two of our players received special recognition for top tournament performances in four of the seven categories awarded.

    Editorial: The claim/conflict in context historical
    We think it would be educational, and also interesting, to place the Guatemalan claim to Belize, also referred to as the Guatemala/Belize differendum, in two different historical contexts: that of the region between Guatemala and Cuba in the years between 1954 and 1962, and that of the region from Nicaragua through Belize to Yucatan (Mexico) between 1790 and 1798. The Roman Catholic kingdom of Spain, with the blessing of the Pope of Rome, ran roughshod in this region from the time of Christopher Columbus’ first voyage in 1492. Spain introduced African slave labor into the so-called New World. Spain raped the New World, in the name of God.

    Correction appreciation
    The editor of the Amandala forwarded me a note from eminent Belizean historian/librarian, Mr. Lawrence Vernon, in which he pointed out an error in my story titled “Her Moment to Shine”, which was published last Friday. In that piece I had said that a disgruntled Philip Goldson declared “seven days of freedom” in Guatemala AFTER he was jailed in Belize, for sedition. Mr. Lawrence says his research shows that Goldson was in Guatemala a month or so BEFORE he went to jail. I am sure Mr. Vernon knows that the paragraph in which the error was made wasn’t deadly serious, but the correction is very important. The paragraph in question was much smile humor, in color, not black and white, but the substance needed to be corrected. I said that to make sure that what follows here is not confused with “excuse.”

    1970s Punta Gorda and Guatemala’s unfounded claim
    by Jerry Enriquez. Sometime in the early 1970s, a large vessel, reportedly a Guatemalan gunboat, entered Belize’s southern waters and beamed its bright powerful spotlight up and down the entire length of the Punta Gorda coast as it headed slowly north of the town, then returned south. Allegedly, this was done to intimidate the residents of PG and to signal to the rest of country, Guatemala’s intent to aggressively assert her unfounded claim of Belize, especially southern Belize. I was a young boy then, returning home from an errand via Front Street that night when I saw this most unusual occurrence. A small group of citizens whom I met along the way had also gathered to observe. Among them, an elderly man opined that this was a sign of troubling times ahead as talks between Britain and Guatemala had broken down. His pessimism made me nervous.

    Ministry of Health monitors possible presence of whooping cough in Belize
    The Ministry of Health (MOH) issued a press release yesterday informing Belizeans of a confirmed case of Pertussis (whooping cough). The Centers for Disease Control alerted the ministry that in the third week of March, a tourist with the disease had travelled to Belize. The MOH had been notified of the case on April 13, and has since assembled a team to investigate further and get into contact with people with whom the infected person might have interacted. So far, there have been no confirmed cases in Belize, but the ministry is still monitoring the situation.

    In the absence of PM Barrow, Government unable to articulate position on Guatemala’s ICJ vote
    On Sunday, Guatemala held its referendum to determine whether its citizens consented to taking its claim of half of Belize to the International Court of Justice (ICJ), and other than a government press release which congratulated the Guatemalans for holding the referendum, Belmopan has been silent on the outcome. This afternoon, Deputy Prime Minister, Patrick Faber, told reporters that due to the temporary absence of Prime Minister Dean Barrow, Cabinet has not met to discuss the implications of Guatemala’s yes vote in its ICJ referendum. Government has not been able to articulate a position in the wake of Guatemala’s yes to the ICJ vote, Deputy Prime Minister Faber explained.

    Supreme Court rules against Meridian Enterprises Limited
    Meridian Enterprises Limited, owners of one of the largest banana-producing farms in the country, proceeded to sue the international corporation, Fyffes Group Limited, for breach of contract and damages stemming from Fyffes’ abrupt termination of its purported contract with them. Meridian is only allowed to sell its bananas to the Banana Growers Association (BGA), which, in turn, sells to Fyffes. Meridian claims that Fyffes believed that John Zabaneh, who was accused by the US of being a drug kingpin (that designation was retracted by the US some months ago), was still associated with the company, Meridian, and had cut them (Meridian) off as a supplier of bananas despite the fact that Meridian had bought over Zabaneh’s farms in 2012.

    Antwan Rivero, 19, charged with the murder of Marcia Downs, 37
    In the # 2 Magistrate’s Court this morning, Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford arraigned Antwan Rivero, 19, a construction worker of a Handyside Street address, on one count of murder. The charge was for the shooting death of Marcia Downs, 37, a mother of two, who resided in an alley off Handyside Street. Downs, who was employed at Channel 5, was shot around 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 11, and died about one hour later while undergoing treatment at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital.

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    Shooting downtown Belize City!
    are that a shooting happened sometime after 11:00 p.m., Friday night in Belize City. Very sketchy information at this time is that the incident happened on Rectory Lane off Regent Street. We will post more information online as […]

    Man critical after falling from moving pickup in OW
    A man lies critically injured after he reportedly fell from a pickup truck this evening. Sketchy reports from police are that the man was sitting in the back of the pickup that was travelling near the Guinea Grass junction in Orange Walk. The man, not […]

    Truck overturns on Philip Goldson highway
    A truck full of logs overturned about half hour ago near the Tower Hill junction off the Philip Goldson highway. The incident occurred in the area of Little England community. We are awaiting information on whether anyone was hurt in the mishap. Motorists approaching the […]

    City Mayor meets with US official
    Belize City Mayor Bernard Wagner and some city councillors met today with US Charge d’Affaires to Belize, Adrienne Galanek. The meeting served as an impetus to future partnerships between the Council and the US Embassy, which later posted on its Facebook page: “We congratulate you, […]

    Police charge man for rape of teen
    Police have arrested and charged a man with the rape of a teenage girl last week Thursday off the George Price highway. The man charged is William Daniel Carabantes, 24. The victim told police that on that night she was waiting for a ride from […]

    Ministry of Health on the lookout for whooping cough
    The Ministry of Health is actively monitoring Belize for cases of Pertussis (whooping cough) after the Center for Disease Control (CDC) sent an alert that a person who was infected traveled to Belize. Dr. Ethan Goff, head of the Epidemiology Unit at the MOH, said that the […]

    Diesel down, Regular up; cost of fuel adjusted again
    In the fifth gas price adjustment for 218, drivers of diesel powered vehicles got some reprieve from the escalating prices, while consumers of regular gasoline saw their fuel cost inch ever-closer to $12 a gallon. The latest change, which took place on Saturday, April 14, saw Diesel […]

    The fight against time to save the Antillean manatee
    Positive strides made over the past two decades to protect and increase the threatened Antillean manatee population in Belize may have once again been undermined over more recent years by human interference. Estimates are that there are fewer than 2,500 adult Antillean manatees (Trichechus manatus […]

    OUTSTANDING OCELOTS!
    Linda and Rhaburn our two gorgeous ocelots, have been living side by side for many months. It was always the intention of our Animal Management Department to allow an introduction to happen. And the objectives of the exercise would be to allow both beautiful cats to have a larger area […]

    Teen charged for shooting murder of single mother
    Police have arrested and charged Antwan Rivero, 19, a construction worker of Belize City for last Wednesday night’s murder of Marcia Downs, who was shot dead in her yard on Handyside Street in Belize City. Police would not say if Downs’ killing was influenced by […]

    Was Dangriga fire a case of arson?
    After more than two weeks of investigation, police are still been unable to determine the circumstances that led to an abandoned house in Dangriga being destroyed by fire. The department has been investigating the incident, which happened on April 7, around 10:30 a.m., but to date have […]

    Hattieville residents granted bail on drug and gun charges
    by Anita Nembhard/Flowers Four Hattieville residents found in possession of high grade imported marijuana and 28 live rounds of ammunition at the northern border, were charged then granted bail to the tune of $25,000 plus one surety on Friday, April 12th. They have been identified as 30-year-old Maudel Blancaneaux, 31-year-old […]

    Man accused of slitting Panamanian Ambassador’s throat claims self defense
    He was only 18 when he was accused of killing a Panamanian Ambassador on November of 2013. Now 23, Wilser Echeverria faced Judge Antoinette Moore in the Dangriga Supreme Court on Tuesday, April 10, 2018 and claimed self-defense in the matter. The case was prosecuted […]

    Belize elected to serve on Executive Committee of the CRFM
    The Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) convened its annual session of the Caribbean Fisheries Forum earlier this week in the island paradise of Montserrat, where representatives of Fisheries authorities from Belize and several other Caribbean countries met to discuss pressing issues affecting the fisheries and […]

    Seven-decade full circle: Guatemalans vote “Yes” to ICJ
    There are all sorts numbers that should be and have been coming up for analysis in relation to last Sunday’s, April 15th referendum vote in Guatemala. Surely, the 95.8 percent “yes” vote is naturally the most eye-catching, albeit most unsurprising, statistic. Next to that number is the less than 30 […]

    Guatemalans say “Yes” to the ICJ
    On Sunday, April 15 around 1.9 million Guatemalans voted in favor of Guatemala taking its claim to Belize’s continental, maritime and insular territory to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) for a final resolution. The final results of the referendum were met with mixed reviews […]

    Editorial
    Several media houses covered the Guatemalan referendum while it was in progress, giving Belizeans a better understanding about what Guatemalans want to achieve. Some 26 percent of the voting population or some 1,985,982 men and women participated in the referendum and voted overwhelmingly in favor of taking the Belize-Guatemala land […]

    City Admin sues City Hall over suspension
    The early warnings that Belize City Mayor Bernard Wagner sounded to his staff upon taking over office last month came with swift action when he suspended the City Administrator two Thursdays ago; but now he faces a law suit for allegedly not adhering to proper […]

    Belizean man arrested for illegal fishing in Guatemala
    Three men, including one Belizean, are in Guatemalan custody after the trio was allegedly caught transporting a large shipment of out-of-season lobster in Guatemalan waters. According to Guatemalan newspaper, Prensa Libre, the men were detained by Guatemalan authorities early Tuesday morning. Iginio Canto, Julio Rodriguez […]

    Tourist falls at Xunantunich, NICH assures visitors’ safety
    An American tourist was transported to the San Ignacio community hospital on Wednesday afternoon after she fell 15 feet to the ground while descending the stairs of the Xunantunich archaeological site. The extent of the injuries that the tourist, Cindy Vanhoff, 59, sustained are unknown; […]

    Police rename Eastern division regions
    The Police Department and the Ministry of National Security, this week, announced that as part of continued efforts to encourage peace and positivity in Belize city a decision was made to rename the the Eastern Division’s three jurisdictions. “In an effort to eliminate the ongoing stigma that […]

    Belmopan squatters given two-week notice to clear out
    The Belmopan City Council has given a group of squatters who have settled in the Mount Pleasant Creek Reserve a two-week notice to vacate the area or be removed by force. The Council served the written notices to the squatters this week, advising them to […]

    Breaking Belize NewsPJ

    After 7 years locked up, man freed of murder charge
    Kareem “Yankee” Francis, 28, is the latest person to walk free from a murder […]

    Accused rapist scheduled for trial
    After almost two years on remand, accused rapist and robber, Adam Meighan, has been committed to […]

    Violent protests erupt in Nicaragua over Social Security reform
    Nicaraguans are protesting a new Social Security law passed by President […]

    Junior College in Benque recognized for unique liberal arts program
    John Paul II Junior College (JPIIJC) in Benque Viejo del Carmen is the only Junior College […]

    Jamin Perez is elected ‘Principal for a Day’ at St. Andrew’s Anglican School in Cayo
    This morning, Saint Andrew’s Anglican School in San Ignacio Town, Cayo held its ‘Principal for […]

    Blaze it up- 4/20, Weed day today!
    Are you wondering why friends are sharing 4/20 and pictures of marijuana leaves on their […]

    Minister of National Security tours coast guard facility
    Today, John Saldivar, the Minister of National Security toured the improved Belize Coast Guard facility […]

    1 dead in a fatal traffic accident on Stann Creek Valley Road
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    Student raped by security guard at her school
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    Blogs

    “Belize reawakened me” says Ali Wunderman
    We met Ali Wunderman in the most unlikely of places, and once we spent more time together, it was clear that our chance meeting in the Chiquibul rainforest in the Maya Mountains is classically Ali. She is unique, outspoken, passionate and in love with Belize. Her experiences, which she shares frankly with us, have only cemented her love further. Here she shares some of her reasons ‘Why Belize?’ MBB: So first of all, how did you find out about Belize? Surprisingly late in life! A few years ago I was going on a kayaking trip in San Francisco, and the guide was just about to move to Belize to start a kayaking company there. He was really cool and he made Belize out to be this magical jungle paradise, more off the beaten track than Costa Rica or even Nicaragua.

    Losing your OCD in Belize
    Living on Ambergris Caye for 12 years has made me realize that losing your OCD in Belize is a part of natural evolution. Let me qualify above statement by saying I have long said everyone has a little bit of “Sheldon” in them. For those who are not familiar, he is the oddly amusing high-level Obsessive Compulsive Disorder character in the TV show “The Big Bang Theory”. Scheduling is a great example. Most people have some degree of OCD on scheduling their lives. Life is definitely not as regimented here in that respect. If you just keep your flow and think outside the box you can easily make things happen instead of being frustrated when “traditional” methods are not working.

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    What’s the Best Caribbean Island for You?
    Of course, we all know the Caribbean is the perfect place for sun, sea, and sand. But not all islands were created equal: This dreamy cluster of isles stretching more than 2,000 miles across the Caribbean Sea is home to a wealth of destinations, each with its own unique topography, attractions, and individual style. Belize’s largest island is a must-visit destination for serious scuba divers angling to explore the Belize Barrier Reef, the largest of its kind in the Northern and Western Hemispheres. The island’s main town of San Pedro is home to most of the resorts, but divers in search of a more secluded experience should head just three miles off the mainland to Cayo Espanto, a private-island resort where the white sands and clear waters are exclusive to a handful of lucky guests. When you’re not busy swimming with colorful triggerfish and parrotfish, you’ll be soaking up the sun at your private plunge pool.

    8 Luxurious Honeymoon Hotels You Can Actually Afford
    If there’s one vacation where you want to feel like you’re in the literal lap of luxury, it’s undoubtedly on your honeymoon. As they say, you only get married once—you might as well enjoy it to the fullest. But, let’s be honest, most of us don’t have the unlimited budget that allows such lavish vacations. The good news is there are plenty of honeymoon hotels worldwide seemingly dripping in luxury that don’t cost an arm, leg, and all your wedding gifts combined. If you’re hoping to honeymoon in an exotic, tropical location that doesn’t cost a fortune, consider the beach-bountiful, culturally diverse Central American country of Belize. Stay at Maya Beach Hotel, a charming boutique property that’s ideally intimate for a honeymooning couple, offering just 13 units, ranging from standard one-bedroom hotel rooms to beachfront cabanas. All rooms offer Caribbean views (just steps from the sea!), private porches or balconies, and hammocks for ultimate relaxation.

    Where in the Caribbean can you smoke weed?
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    Videos

  • One of the “monster” Morelet’s crocs we came across during our research surveys in Corozal District., .5min. A yearling Morelet's crocodile SACD and CRC observed during one of our survey nights in Corozal for the countrywide Morelet's crocodile population survey.

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  • Stella Maris School - Crash course in sign language, 31min. on Open Your Eyes

  • The Miss Universe Belize organization - casting call to find the delegate to represent Belize, 17min. on Open Your Eyes

  • The University Singers UWI celebrate 70th Anniversary of the University of the West Indies, 27min. on Open Your Eyes

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  • Cayo Style BBQ & Ziplining Over Belize's Jungles!, 10min. Belize Mek We Go tried some of Rodriguez' BBQ in Santa Elena, and then did some ziplining around Nohoch Che'en.

  • Belize Mission 2018, 7min. FUS Missions of Peace - Spring Break 2018 - Benque, Belize

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  • Belize, Rio Blanco Waterfall, 4.5min. Hi, my name is Amelina and I live in a beautiful country in Central America called Belize. This is Belize, Rio Blanco Waterfall my first vlog I hope you enjoy it!!

  • Amazing Night on the Dive Belize Barrier Reef, 2.5min. Immerse yourself in an amazing underwater world - even more amazing at night! Dive with Hamanasi Resort and discover how the 2nd longest barrier reef in the world is teeming with life at night. Creatures that try to stay hidden during the day come out to play (and eat) at night. Encounter Spiny Lobsters, Nurse Sharks, Octopi, Squid, Southern Sting Rays, Crabs and more - in a way you've never seen them before!

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