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February 22, 2018


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The San Pedro Sun

Candidates officially nominated for Municipal Elections; will elected candidates present Financial Disclosure?
With the 2018 Municipal Elections less than two weeks away, aspiring candidates were officially nominated to run for office across the country on Wednesday, February 21st which is required under the Town Councils Act, Chapter 87 of the Laws of Belize and the applicable Regulations. In San Pedro Town, slates for both the People’s United Party (PUP) and the United Democratic Party (UDP) showed party pride, with parades of supporters leading to the Town Council where the candidates were nominated. Now that the race to Election Day has officially begun, if elected, the winning candidates have three months to file their declaration of financial affairs in accordance to the Laws of Belize under the Prevention of Corruption Act.

Ambergris Caye represented at the Belize District Finals Primary School Volleyball Tournament
The San Pedro Roman Catholic School (SPRCS) male and female volleyball teams represented Ambergris Caye at the District elimination on Thursday, February 15th in Belize City. The District Finals were held at the Stars Gym in the Belize City where SPRCS, Burrell Boom Methodist, Belize Elementary School, Holy Redeemer School, and Hummingbird Elementary School competed for a chance to represent the Belize District at the National Tournament to be held on Friday, February 23rd in Orange Walk Town. Another game in the female category was between SPRCS facing the girls from Hummingbird Elementary. The island girls fought hard but were not able to steal the victory and at the end of the game they fell short. Hummingbird Elementary won 25-13 and 25-7. In the second game in the male division, the SPRCS boys lost against Belize Elementary 25-4 and 25-12.

San Pedro Tiger Sharks beats Dangriga Dream Ballers
The sub-champions of the 2017 National Elite Basketball League (NEBL), the San Pedro Tiger Sharks, returned from Dangriga Town victorious after defeating Dangriga Dream Ballers on Saturday, February 17th. Held at the Russel Chiste Garcia Auditorium, the Tiger Sharks went up against a difficult opponent who made them work hard for their victory. Throughout the match the scoring stayed tight, pressuring the island team to take advantage of every opportunity to stay in the lead. However, at the end of four grueling quarters, the San Pedro Tiger Sharks managed to steal the victory with a close score of 85-81. The Tiger Sharks are now the top team in the NEBL, with a clean record of zero defeats. Other games that took place over the weekend included Verdes defeating Belize City Defenders 73-61, and Belmopan Bandits overcoming Orange Walk Running Rebels 82-73.

Roni Martinez is the 2018 James A Waight Award Honoree
Since 1987, the Belize Audubon Society (BAS) has bestowed a deserving individual or organization with the James A. Waight Award every February 16th. The award highlights the positive work done to protect and enhance Belize’s conservation, and this year’s awardee is none other than Roni Martinez. After countless nominations, he was selected for his tireless efforts in promoting birding in Belize, working alongside organizations and individuals to promote a better, more sustainable tourism product for the country. Held at the Toucan Room at the Belize Best Western Biltmore Plaza in Belize City, the short ceremony was led by Oceana in Belize’s Vice President Janelle Chanona. After a brief invocation and formalities, the BAS’ Carolee Chanona detailed James A. Waight’s work as the Belize Audubon Society’s first President who had a passion for nature and wildlife. Nominees for the award must not only be Belizean or a resident of Belize, but also be involved in rainforest protection, coastal zone protection, pollution control, waste management, eco-tourism promotion and the socioeconomic environment, indigenous rights, and/or socio-cultural protection.

Ambergris Today

The San Pedro Cancer Society Elects New Board Of Directors
The San Pedro Cancer Society would like to inform the community that on Wednesday, February 14, 2018, a meeting to elect new board members for the year 2018 was held. President Gonzalo Munoz officiated the meeting, and after all reports were given and a new board was elected. The San Pedro Cancer Society 2018 board of directors are: President: Delsie Graniel, Vice President: Miguel Perez, Treasurer: Claudia Miranda, Secretary: Lucy Munoz. For the year 2017 the SP Cancer Society has helped seven families battling with this disease, helped the San Pedro Town Board with the October Cancer walk they organize and made a donation to the Raise Me Up Foundation.

Misc Belizean Sources

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Kindy take note of Archeological site update
WEDNESDAY 21 FEBRUARY 2018: ALL ARCHAEOLOGICAL RESERVES ARE OPEN FOR VISITATION. THIS WILL BE THE LAST NOTICE UNTIL THIS SITUATION CHANGES. PLEASE CONTINUE TO EXERCISE CAUTION AT ALL TIMES. LIFE VEST IS MANDATORY AT CAVE SITES.

Come check Patty's Bistory in Corozal

St Francis Xavier Parish Bazaar!Sunday, February 25th. Next to St. Francis Xavier Parish from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

XAIBE R.C. SCHOOL CULTURAL BUSINESS EXPO 2018 "We Learn, We Build, We Teach"
Thursday, March 1st from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Xaibe R.C. School Grounds - Cultural competition and presentations, Cultural dances, games, food galore and local drinks, many business promotions! Here is a snippet of last year's Business Expo. Please share and support this event. Our culture..Our Traditions...One Love

Rumble in the West
The Belize Boxing Development Council and TNC are having the Rumble in the West on Saturday, March 24th, at the Octavia Waight auditorium. They'll have 4 main bouts. "Belize Boxing Development Council in Collaboration with The National Channel presents - Rumble in the West - March 24th,2018. Octavia Waight Center, San Ignacio, Cayo. Event starts at 7:00PM 4 Professional Fights! Mecanico Esquivel vs Francisco Luna Max Pain Williams vs Fabian Martinez Edwin Ramirez vs Wilmer Canales Frencho Medina vs Brujo Perez. Live on Channel 10, Exclusively on Central TV & Internet."

Maya Story: Sak Pakal (Paloma)
There was the dove in his nest guarding his huevesillos. He sang sad because he was hungry and he didn't want to go out and leave his eggs alone. What I sang over there was the squirrel the k ' UK. When he heard the crying, he came up to see what was going on. The pigeon tells her her grief and the help tells her to go eat, that he will take care of the eggs while she comes back. No! The pigeon said you're going to eat my eggs. No! Answer the squirrel. I don't like eggs. I eat seeds and fruit. The convinced dove went to eat. In which the pigeon is gone and the distracted squirrel is going to see some seeds near the nest and while not the k ' au or kawis the black bird and steals the eggs. When the squirrel comes back, the eggs are gone. The Dove comes and says you stole my eggs. No! I didn't say the squirrel. And he left.

Job growth, increased saving keys to sustained and inclusive growth in Central America and the Dominican Republic
IDB hosts regional Governors in Punta Cana to review opportunities for growth and investment PUNTA CANA, Dominican Republic - The Governors for the Inter-American Development Bank’s member countries in the Central American isthmus and the Dominican Republic gathered at their 32nd Annual Meeting February 20-21 to discuss formulas for achieving inclusive economic growth, managing vulnerability to natural disasters and harnessing disruptive technologies to increase productivity and spur investment.

XAIBE, COROZAL - Opportunity for you - FREE LEGAL ADVICE
UNICEF Belize! - Attorneys will be available for FREE consultation regarding issues and questions dealing with: Immigration, Family Law, Criminal Law, Employment and other areas to be held at the XAIBE COMMUNITY CENTER, Friday, February 23rd from 9:00 to 3:00 p.m.

Princess Casino Freezone, Corozal went out in full swing to celebrate the CHINESE NEW YEAR 2018
The year of the Dog which represents loyalty.

CAREER OPPORTUNITY
Belize Sugar Industries Limited invites qualified and motivated individuals to submit applications for the position of PAYROLL SPECIALIST within the Finance Department at Tower Hill, Orange Walk District.

Benque Rotaract Food Drive 2018
The Rotaract Club of Benque distributed food to people in need over the weekend. This was their 4th annual food drive, and they delivered care boxes to people in Arenal, Benque, Calla Creek, and Succotz. Thanks, Rotaract! "Rotaract of Benque Viejo's 4th annual Food Drive to help those who may be in need across Arenal, Benque, Calla Creek and Succotz. SERVICE ABOVE SELF!"

6th Anniversary Celebration of the Corozal House of Culture
The National Institute of Culture and History (NICH) through the Museum of Belize and the Corozal House of Culture is celebrating 6 years of service to the community in Corozal. All are invited to celebrate with us as we feature one of our community’s conservation leaders in Corozal beginning at 9 am on Friday, February 23. Community members and educational institutes will engage with the staff of Wildtracks; Belize’s only manatee and monkey rehabilitation center. These 6 years of service to our community have been filled with many magnificent memories. We at the Corozal House of Culture look forward to creating many more opportunities to engage with the people of Corozal through our continued and dedicated focus on showcasing the talents, history and culture of Corozal.

Channel 7

PUP Rolls Out City Nomination
Goodnight and welcome to 7News - we have a very full newscast ahead for you tonight - including, of course, the nomination of about 150 councillor candidates in all municipalities - as well as news of another murder in the city - and a very strong statement form the Coast Guard against domestic abuse. We start with politics - and the nomination activities. We start in the city, where today the PUP were first up with their nomination parade. Sahar Vasquez was on the ground with them and she has that report:.. Sahar Vasquez reporting: This morning's rain did not stop PUP supporters young and old from coming out to cheer on their party. Many of them sporting their white and blue shirts stood behind their City Council candidates in staunch support, waving their flags and proudly chanting their party mantras. But was it an impressive showing? Crowd estimates hover at under a thousand. According to Deputy Opposition Leader Cordel Hyde it was solid but this is really just a rehearsal for the big day.

UDP Was Buff in Belize City
And in the afternoon, the UDP rolled out from about 1:00. Supporters had been gathering from midday - and with rain clouds looming - they were eager to get on the road. Still, they didn't beat the rain - but - as we saw - it was the kind of street party where even rain couldn't dampen their spirits. Jules Vasquez was there as they made their way to the CB Hyde building: Jules Vasquez reporting: The UDP City Council slate walked the street today as if they owned it. To be fair, they did at least pave it. And the now trademark UDP largesse was on full display this afternoon, with the crowd combustion, the political percussion, and the antics. So much noise that even nearby schoolchildren had to leave their classroom to come and see. For the Pickstock area rep, it was a contagious and the red tide overtook Mahogany Street. Party Leader Dean Barrow joined his mayoral candidate for the final stretch. And in the long view, it was like a carnival road march with supporters scattered and splintered - mostly by a downpour that fell in the middle of the procession. The flag hoisted over Mahogany wanted to communicate dominance and on the street, the crowd did the same.

PUP “Flounced” Up Fonso
The marches in the city - and all across the country were scheduled so that there wouldn't be interaction between rival UDP and PUP supporters. And, indeed, there were no reports of political violence. But we did pick up a few incidents of note. First, when the PUP were marching, the UDP's Alonso Noble was parked on the side of the street capturing them on his cell phone. Well, when the crowd saw him, that got them all hyped up. But then one of the well-known supporters jumped unto his pickup - and Noble had to push him off. Police came to stand to protect him, and that's when the crowd started throwing empty bottles at him and crowding the truck. But, fortunately, it didn't escalate beyond that - and a few hundred obscene words and gestures. To end it off, well known rabble rouser PULU Musa did a dance for him - which ended it off the little scene on a humorous note.

Finnegan And Vidal “Catch”
And while that was the scene with the PUP in the morning, in the afternoon the scene was between Southside Commander, Senior Superintendent Marco Vidal and the UDP's Michael Finnegan. It seems that Vidal did not want to let in anyone who was not a candidate or an endorser. Now, the custom is that all the leading political personalities from the city enter the compound of the CB Hyde building and congregate at the entrance to the building. But, it seems Vidal had some problems with that and he didn't seem to be listening to appeals from the UDP Secretary General Peal Stuart or Finnegan himself - who was appealing from outside the gate. The Prime Minister had to get up from his seat inside and go to the gate and basically order that they be let in.

Cayo Killers Were Especially Cold Blooded
And, coming up shortly we'll show you the nomination events in Orange Walk and Corozal, plus, we'll have Cayo and Belmopan after that. But, first to crime news. 24 year old Gian Espat was buried last night after 10:00. He is the caretaker who was found dead yesterday morning at the Capital Heights Farm in the Trapeche area of Santa Elena. Espat was chopped to the back of his head but the brutal killers didn't stop there. Today Courtney Weatherburne and Codie Noralez found out more about this disturbing murder. Courtney Weatherburne reporting: Gian Espat had been living at this breezy riverside cabin on the Capital Heights Farm in Santa Elena for 3 months. He was the care taker. He would cut the yard and make sure the place was spotless. But today the house was in a mess, With his blood splattered on the bedroom tiles. His killers chopped him to the back of the head and then tucked his body in his bed.

Another City Council Employee Murdered On Eighth Street
A little after 12 this morning there was another fatal shooting on 8th Street, the same street that Luis Dominguez was murdered on three days earlier. 45-year-old Clifton Fitzgibbon and 37-year-old Dorita Wallace was socializing at his residence when a man pulled up and fired shots. Fitzgibbon received three fatal shots to the body while Wallace received one non-fatal shot to the foot. We spoke to a good friend of Fitzgibbon today that said the 45-year-old was nothing but a hardworking man who was wrongly killed. Kirk Davis, Friend of the deceased: "He is a very good friend. No gangbanger. He is a hardworking man that takes care of his wife, his family, his children - everyone. He is very kind. He is a good family friend. I don't like how they took his life just like that in the streets."

Coast Guard Speaks Out Against Domestic Abusers
Hermelinda Pinks Emanuel was killed on Saturday in what appears to be a domestic homicide. Her husband Jason Emanuel is believed to have killed her and then himself. Her family has been speaking up about their abusive relationship - but today representatives of the place where she worked also spoke up strongly. That's the Belize Coast Guard where she was a highly respected administrative assistant. She juggled responsibilities both in logistics and administration. One persons who worked close with her was Commander Elton Bennett and today she spoke up boldly for her and against domestic abusers:... Elton Bennett- Belize Coast Guard Commander: "The Coast Guard strongly condemns the actions taken by Jason Emanuel against his wife, not only as an organization but myself as a man. And any man standing out there across Belize, anyone who dares support or dare to stand by his actions and try to throw the blame elsewhere is doing serious injustice to the family structure and doing serious injustice to women in this country."

Lisa and Linda
And that strong emotion you saw in our interview with the Coast Guard Vice-Commandant is also what has caused attorney and human rights activist Lisa Shoman to come up with a "Manifesto for Linda". It's an ambitious project she has started in an effort to make major changes in her push to reverse the culture of domestic violence, and improve women's rights. Last night, we gave you a snapshot of the idea, and, tonight, we explore a few of the changes she wants to see made. Here's a few examples of what they look like, ranging from cosmetic to very complex: You can take a thorough look at a draft of the "Manifesto for Linda" on her Facebook page.

PUP Holding Ground In OW
And, now, back to politics. So, earlier in the news, we showed you the nomination day madness for both the PUP and the UDP in Belize City. Well, we also had teams dispatched to the West and the North, and we take you now to the PUP's event in Orange Walk Town. It's significant because incumbent Mayor Kevin Bernard and the outgoing Town Council is the only municipal slate that the PUP won 3 years ago - the only 5 seats of the 67 available countrywide which the opposition holds. And they have to hold unto it - for this reason alone, as well as the fact that this is the home turf of their leader, John Briceno. Daniel Ortiz got a look at how they did in sugar City: Daniel Ortiz reporting: Even though the weather was bad this morning, the PUP still had about 400 supporters who came out to see Incumbent Mayor Kevin Bernard and his PUP team be nominated once again. As it is with any mass party event, the Opposition made sure to put on their best show. The blue carnival strutted through the main streets, and as soon as they arrived in front of the Town's court house, the PUP 7 made their way inside to start the nomination process.

UDP trying To Hold Serve in Corozal
From there, our news team went north for the UDP Nominations in Corozal Town. This location will become a battle ground for both parties in the upcoming municipal elections. That's because the UDP has held onto this Town for 12 years, since 2006, when outgoing Mayor Hilberto Campos got elected. It was considered a sure win for the UDP, but this time around, Campos will not offer himself for a 5th term in office. So, suddenly, that municipality is in play, and the UDP has to hold on to it, and prevent the PUP from snatching it from their grip. Our news team got a chance to meet the UDP slate who's been entrusted with that responsibility, and Daniel Ortiz has that story: Daniel Ortiz reporting: This afternoon, the UDP Corozal 7 got their chance to take over the northernmost town but for a municipality has been a sure thing for the ruling UDP, their crowd of supporters appeared smaller than the PUP's morning demonstration. We counted about 270 participants in their short march to the Nomination area. But the outgoing Mayor, who's served for 12 years and 4 terms in office, is not worried. He told us that he's leaving Corozal to newcomer Richard Quan.

12 Year Old And Adult Killed In Late Evening Shootings
And before we go ahead with tonight's stories - there is breaking news of another murder in the city - two actually. About half an hour ago there was a shooting on West Street near its junction with water lane Multiple credible reports say a 12 year old was fatally shot, along with an adult. We'll have more on this very tragic event in tomorrow's news.

UDP And PUP Showed Off In Capital
At the top of the news we showed you all the action and hype of nomination day in Belize City - and in our middle segment we showed you how it went in the north. Well our Courtney Weatherburne and Codie Noralez were out west and they bring the highlights for both the UDP and PUP nominations in Belmopan and Cayo. We start off in Belmopan where neither party had overwhelming numbers but both teams were optimistic. Here's that story. Courtney Weatherburne reporting: This morning, the PUP team moved off well before 10:00 from their Oriole Street office in Belmopan, they marched down to the Civic center with raised flags - the blue and white blending into the clear sky... Change: that's this PUP slate's main campaign message. And when the small crowd of supporters finally assembled at the Civic to witness the official signing - the candidates reflected on all the change they believe they can bring this time around.

UDP Dominant in Cayo
Now in Cayo, the UDP stole the show with all their antics and lively presentations. And how did the PUP do in this UDP stronghold? You be the judge. Here's that story. Courtney Weatherburne reporting: It was as if the PUP had already won as they zoomed through Cayo Streets after the nomination signing this morning. They all had nothing but smiles, waves...and chants of excitement. Sure they had the energy on the streets But when the supporters gathered under a tent at the Macal River Park, it was a different scene - more low key. The turnout wasn't impressive either, but PUP Standard Bearer Michel Chebat says that people shouldn't get caught up in today's numbers.

LOO Laments Vacancies
Recently we've been reporting on the vacancy at two government posts which are critical to transparency. That's the Contractor General and the Chair of the Integrity Commission. Last week Friday Deputy Prime Minister Faber said that naming a new integrity chair is complicated and as for a contractor general that is still up in discussion. Opposition leader John Briceno lamented the vacancies today:…

Channel 5

Nominations in for Municipal Elections; P.U.P. First Off the Mark with Confidence in City
As of this Wednesday evening, there are no longer aspirants, but candidates for the March seventh municipal elections. The process of nomination took place under overcast skies countrywide, with rain [...]

Belize City P.U.P.’s Manifesto to be Launched
On Thursday, Belize City’s P.U.P. slate will gather at the Neal Pen Road basketball court to publicly launch their manifesto. But we got a bit of a preview from mayoral [...]

U.D.P. Take Over Streets in Afternoon
In the afternoon, it was the turn of the United Democratic Party’s supporters to show their muscle in Belize City where just a week ago, the People’s United Party held [...]

P.U.P. Wants Old Capital Scalp; U.D.P.’s Target Orange Walk
With just five seats to their name countrywide, any wins for the People’s United Party will be counted a success for party leader John Briceño. But the P.U.P. believes they [...]

Second Overnight Murder Claims Clinton Fitzgibbon in King’s Park
Forty-five-year-old Clinton Fitzgibbon of Eighth Street, Kings Park in the city was shot multiple times on Tuesday night. Fitzgibbon was along with his common-law-wife Dorita Wallace when a gunman walked [...]

In Santa Elena, Residents Puzzle over Vicious Murder of Gian Espat
In the west, a twenty-four year old caretaker was savagely chopped to death. Gian Espat was found dead on Wednesday but was likely murdered two days earlier. His body, already [...]

Co-Workers of Late Hermelinda Parks Tell Story of Strained Marriage
Hermelinda Pinks, the slain wife of Jason Emmanuel, by all accounts was a woman of tremendous strength and fortitude. At the Coast Guard headquarters on the Western Highway where she [...]

Guat Soldiers Make Detention in Belize but Did They Have Authority?
In foreign affairs news, there are sketchy details about an apparent incursion by Guatemalan soldiers into Belizean territory. The question tonight is what authority they had to act. In this [...]

2 Youths Acquitted of 2015 Cayo Murder
Two young men from the villages of Roaring Creek and Camalote were told on Monday in Supreme Court that they no longer had a case to answer on charges of [...]

Political Parties’ Pageantry in Orange Walk
At the top of the newscast, we reported on the activities in the city where both parties pulled out their supporters in numbers.  Nominations to fill a total of sixty-seven [...]

Twin Towns Nomination Day Sedated
There are four mayoral hopefuls for the San Ignacio/Santa Elena Town Council; Marconi Matus of the P.U.P., Earl Trapp for the U.D.P.; Rudy Wade for the B.P.P. and Independent Candidate [...]

Who Else is on the Ballot?
The major parties, the People’s United Party and the United Democratic Party, submitted full slates of candidates for all nine municipalities, a total of one hundred and thirty-four nominees. But [...]

Candidates for Belize City Mayor Participate in Evening Forum
The University of Belize has managed to persuade all four Belize City mayoral candidates to participate in a special debate which is ongoing at news time at the Bliss Center [...]

Education Minister Explains Subsidy Funding
The campaign season has been relentless with plenty mudslinging and besmirching candidates at every turn.  The People’s United Party has released an ad claiming that government is spending as much [...]

Search Continues for New Contractor General, Integrity Commission Chair
The search continues for a new Contractor General to replace Godwin Arzu, and for a new head of the Integrity Commission to succeed Justice Marilyn Williams who has moved on [...]

Michael Finnegan Talks Campaign Strategy in Mesop
Mesopotamia is historically a red constituency, controlled by career politician Michael Finnegan.  It is also one of the smallest electoral divisions within Belize City.  Despite its size, the mobilization of [...]

“Boots” Martinez Says He Can Still Deliver in Port
In Port Loyola, it would seem as though Area Representative ‘Boots’ Martinez’s popularity has been waning.  If one were to recall the voter turnout during the 2015 general elections, it [...]

LOVE FM

VIP will boycott Municipal Elections
Municipal Elections is set for March 7 and today nomination day saw representatives from the United Democratic Party, the People’s United Party, the Belize Progressive Party and independent candidates being nominated to run in the upcoming elections. However, the Vision Inspired by the People’s representatives were absent from today’s nomination activities. In a press release, …

Belize Coast Guard mourns the loss of a staff member
Earlier this week, we told you of a couple that was found dead in their home; 46-year-old Hermelinda Pinks Emmanuel and her husband 43-year-old Jason Emmanuel. It is alleged that Hermelinda died at the hands of her husband Jason Emmanuel who later turned the gun on himself. The tragedy has sent shock-waves through the Belize …

Second murder on Eight Street within a week
A shooting incident last night in Belize City has left one man dead and a woman hospitalized. The incident occurred on Eight Street just a stone’s throw away from where Luis Dominguez was gunned down and killed on Saturday night. According to a police report, at approximately 11:40 p.m. 45-year-old Clinton Fitzgibbon and 37-year-old Dorita …

“Manifesto for Linda” – a campaign to address domestic violence/women’s rights
When news of the death of Hermelinda Pinks Emmanuel spread on social media and at every level of society, presumably at the hands of her husband Jason Emmanuel who was also found dead in their home on Rose Lane Belize City, it triggered the discussion on domestic violence. Many women and even the PUP’s United …

More needed to address domestic violence
Another prominent attorney who has spoken out against domestic violence in Belize is Audrey Matura. She has herself taken up many cases of domestic violence and today she spoke about the social ills that have affected hundreds of women in Belize and the challenges that women face when they try to get out. Audrey Matura …

“Manifesto for Linda” – a campaign to address domestic violence/women’s rights
When news of the death of Hermelinda Pinks Emmanuel spread on social media and at every level of society, presumably at the hands of her husband Jason Emmanuel who was also found dead in their home on Rose Lane Belize City, it triggered the discussion on domestic violence. Many women and even the PUP’s United …

More needed to address domestic violence
Another prominent attorney who has spoken out against domestic violence in Belize is Audrey Matura. She has herself taken up many cases of domestic violence and today she spoke about the social ills that have affected hundreds of women in Belize and the challenges that women face when they try to get out. Audrey Matura …

Blogs

Election Are Just Around the Bend: 6 Interesting Facts about Voting in Belize
As soon as you step foot on our island, you realize that something is up. Flags, banners, t-shirts, posters, music, rallies…elections are near. Very near. In fact, March 7, 2018 is our next election day in Belize. I have witnessed a few Belizean elections in my 10+ years as a resident and many more in the USA…and while each is exciting for various reasons… In the US, voting is a relatively solemn affair. Campaigning is not allowed within a certain distance of the polling station. On election day, most of the action and results are viewing on TV often in the evening into the later night. Here in Belize, rallying, campaigning, parading…they all take place around the polling station (the High School in San Pedro) – it’s actually a pretty exciting day.

Villa's Cafe is now open in Corozal
Looking for quick local fast food Cafe shop in Corozal? On Febraury 24, 2018 Villa's Cafe opened its doors to serve the Corozalenos an excellent food in town. Villa's Cafe is located next Villa's Import in Corozal. We open hour doors from 6am to 5pm. Villa's Cafe is a combined cafe that serves breakfast and Lunch. We offer various food for those who are going to work. No need to worry because we have great food prep just for you. Come try out daily special food we offer for you to try. Some of our menu include's: Sopa de boracho, Rice and Beans, Tostas or with cheese, fish and other selection, we have Salbutes, Tortas, tortas with ham and cheese and other selection on the menu, gorditas, Fry Jack, and a selection of pastries, Crepas, tamales, johny cake, panadas, Rice and beans every Saturday.

TAKING THE “BACK ROADS”….. | AMBERGRIS CAYE BELIZE
When tourists visit the island for a few days, most have an idea of which well-known bars, beaches, and restaurants they definitely want to try. With a limited amount of time, it’s often difficult to sample all this great little island has to offer. My advice to allow at least one day and “take the back roads”. Explore the small mom and pop stands for the best local food you will find. Take time to shop the street vendors and local fruit stands. Visit backstreet on Tuesday mornings when the Mennonite farmers come from the mainland in boats filled with local produce. Visit Caye Coffee and observe their roasting process of the islands famous coffee. Enjoy a Saturday morning Farmers Market at Mahogany Bay down south, or the Truck Stop on the north side of the island. Rent a golf cart, rent a bicycle or better yet, spend the day walking and truly explore the all the unique little “back road” experiences here on Ambergris Caye Belize.

La Ruta Maya Belize River Challenge – It’s more than just a race
Over 90 teams are getting ready to compete in the biggest sporting event on Belize’s Calendar: the La Ruta Maya canoe race. The event, which ranks on 40th on Peak Races’ 100 Toughest Races in the World, is a grueling 180 mile race, spanning over four days. Three-man teams tests their skills and preparations by competing in various categories, including: Male, Female, Mixed (male and female), and Masters (over 40 years of age and may include mix of male and female). Teams row with single blade paddles in paddle open canoes which can be up to of 20 feet long. Winning teams are determined on an elapsed time basis, with station pries along the way at the various checkpoints. Teams from Belize, Canada, Japan, and even the U.K. will compete in the annual event. The race kicks off on March 9, 2018 in San Ignacio Town Cayo District just under the Hawksworth Bridge, and ends in Belize City at the BelCan Bridge on March 12.

14 Reasons That Will Urge You to Travel to Belize
Belize is one of the world’s top travel destinations in the world that offers captivating and spectacular attractions and plenty of fun-filled adventure and activities. In this article, we’ll give you ten reasons why Belize should be on top of your travel bucket list. There are Plenty of Cool Places to Stay in Belize: Aside from trying so many exciting things to do in Belize, there are plenty of options for cool places to stay, too. You can choose from different options such as campgrounds, live-aboard vessels, guesthouses, Belize vacation rentals, condominiums, hotels, luxury resorts, and more. From north to south and east to west, here are some of the top best places to visit in Belize.

MUST EAT FOOD IN BELIZE
Belize has Mexico towards its northern borders and Guatemala towards the west and the Caribbean Sea on the east side. Although overshadowed by its better-known neighbors, Belize is still able to hold on its own and shine on the map of tourism because of its untouched jungles and pristine beaches, and not to miss, the rich culinary scene. The small but diverse country reflects its amalgamation of ethnicities in the Belizean kitchen. Here, one can savor dishes from all over the world that have been reinterpreted the local way. Explore Belize, not just for its spectacular views and incredible adventures but also for the new taste sensations that arise from the melting pot of different cuisines! All you need to do is book yourself a Belize overwater bungalow with great views, impeccable services and get ready for an extraordinary journey.

How to Make the Most of Your Belize Vacation
When planning a trip to Belize, some travelers mistakenly assume visiting multiple parts of the country on the same vacation is not possible. Geographically speaking, Belize is tiny enough that you can stay on one of the islands and do day trips back to the mainland’s top attractions. However, if you want to make the most of your Belize vacation, consider what many call a “rainforest/reef” combination. Some resorts even offer packages in partnership with other properties, which can often result in savings for you. Here’s a look at how you can spend a week in both the jungle and beautiful islands of Belize.

2018 Placencia Arts Fest Pics, another great year!
The Arts Fest was another success in 2018! The best way to describe the Art Fest short of being there is to check out some pictures from this year... When you come to Belize, do your self a favor and have a do-it-yourself wine tasting with local wines - totally unique! Garifuna drumming is a huge part of the culture here.

THE BLACK WATER FISHING EXPERIENCE
If you’re a fishing fanatic looking for the next best destination to check off your fishing bucket list, we present to you, Belize – your one-stop destination for an unforgettable fishing vacation! Belize is renowned for having some of the best fishing grounds in the Caribbean with vast waters which present the perfect opportunity to test your skills. Ambergris Caye in particular, offers some of Belize’s best fishing spots for extraordinary deep-sea fishing; and here at Grand Caribe we give you only the best tools to do so. With over 500 species of fish inhabiting our waters, it is truly a fisherman’s paradise. Sport fishermen and tourist alike, travel to Ambergris Caye to experience some of the best deep-sea fishing available in the country. Possible catch includes a variety of Bluefish, Wahoo, Sailfish, Mahi Mahi, Tuna, Swordfish, Blue marlin, Barracuda, Kingfish, Amberjack, and Queen Snappers among numerous others.

All About Belize’s La Ruta Maya Race
Four days. 170 miles of rapids and rushing waters. Welcome to La Ruta Maya. The annual canoe race sees teams of three paddle down the Belize River on their epic journey, beginning on March 9. Here at Ka’ana, we’re privileged to be just eight minutes from the race’s launchpoint at Hawkesworth Bridge in San Ignacio. Hundreds of locals see the racers off with rowdy cheers and a marimba band. From there, the groups of professional and amateur canoers speed through 49 winding miles to Banana Bank. Resting for the night, the 100 or so teams—from the likes of Belize, USA, Canada, Japan, and Britain—start out again the next morning for another day of paddling, this time for 60 miles. The last two days are sprints: 36 miles on the third, and a marathon’s-worth 26 miles on the fourth, ending in Belize City where the river meets the Caribbean. Along the way, canoers have to brave the elements and battle rapids. Some shallow areas require teams to carry their canoe by foot, and heavy winds near the Caribbean can upset the tip-prone vessels.

Getting to Belize From Europe
Due to Belize's location in Central America, there are no non-stop flights to the country from Europe. The good news, however, is that it is now easier than ever for people in Europe to enjoy an unforgettable vacation in Belize. Directly from London, England: As a former British colony, Belize has always been a popular destination for Britons. American Airlines now offers direct flights to Belize that depart from London's Heathrow Airport and make a stop in Miami, Florida before continuing on to Belize. Flights to Belize depart four times per week from Heathrow and have only a short layover in Miami before continuing directly to Belize City. Via Mexico: Other options to get to Belize from Europe involve flying to the neighboring country of Mexico. Multiple airlines across Europe (including British Airways, Lufthansa, and Virgin Atlantic) offer non-stop flights to top destinations in Mexico, including Mexico City, Cancun, Merida, and Playa del Carmen.

Chaa Creek And Inland Belize Meet Boston TV
Ah, Boston…what’s not to like? Known as the Cradle of Liberty, with the Boston Tea Party pretty much kicking off the American Revolution, and home to Harvard University, Fenway Park, the Boston Celtics, Boston Bruins, Boston Baked Beans, musical icons the Boston Pops and Aerosmith, and an urban design and road system that can only be described as magical (in that getting across town involves an enchanted, rather than rational approach). Yes, we like Boston, so it’s great news to know that Boston likes Chaa Creek. For proof, check out this newscast on popular Beantown ABC television station WCVB TV channel 5, where reporter Anthony Everett starts out extolling the virtues of Ambergris Caye before informing his viewers that: “But the coast isn’t the nation’s only calling card. Belize is in fact a many splendored thing. It’s the perfect place for a little ‘R and R’ – reef and rainforest.”

Belize’s Maya: Thousands Of Years Later, Still Making News!
A few years ago we covered a story about Maya artefacts from Belize going on a road show across the US of A, drawing and wowing large audiences wherever they went. Which doesn’t surprise because – call us biased – it’s a beautiful collection of striking objects from one of the most fascinating civilisations humankind has ever produced.

The Top 8 Eco-Adventures in Belize
For those interested in eco-adventures, Belize is the ideal place. The country is a pioneer in sustainable and ecotourism due to the abundance of natural attractions that remain practically unchanged since travelers first visited Belize. National parks, reserves, and preserves are located throughout the country, protecting the land and sea: the habitats and ecosystems of an array of plant, animal and marine species. For example, Belize’s Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary is the world’s only preserve dedicated to protecting the mighty jaguar. Another example is Half Moon Caye, which was the first marine protected area to be established in Central America. It is evident that from early on, Belize recognized the value of protecting its flora and fauna and through eco-tours, Belize’s natural beauty is sustained.

Videos

  • It’s Nomination Day for Municipal Elections (March 7). People’s United Party Parade to Town Council, 47min.

  • UDP nomination parade was held earlier today in Corozal, 1.5min. The parade went around town with lots of people, speakers, cars, flags, motorcycles. Earlier this morning nomination was held ar the Central Park. It commenced at around 11am.

  • Skydiving into the Blue Hole Belize, 12min.

  • Big Blue Hole of Belize, Tandem jump., 1min.

  • Kitesurfing – fun in Belize and Mexico, 4min. It's always good to have a Kite Buddy, we had a awesome time in south america, here some good vibes for the kitesurfing

  • FSAT Belize 2015, 23min. Mercyhurst Study Abroad goes to Belize! GoPro Adventure course films along the way.

  • 2018 San Pedro town, Ambergris Caye, Belize Vacation, 12min.

  • Hatchet Caye Resort - An Above & Below View Of A Belize Private Island,3 min. Enjoy the views of Belize and Hatchet Caye, a private island resort, as captured by our guest Brian Blair on his visit with us.

  • Day 4 Belize. 25th Anniversary/Valentines Day Dinner Surprise!, 12min.

  • PUP7 Nomination Day! Corozal Town is READY!, 2min.

  • OYE Sky Diving Experience, 27min.

  • North-eastern Biological Corridor (NBC) under the National Protected Areas System Act, 29min.

  • PUP North, 45min.

  • Nomination Day for upcoming Municipal Elections!, 23min.

  • San Pedro Nomination Day for Municipal Elections (March 7th) continues:, 10min. The Incumbent United Democratic Part (UDP) parades to Town Hall!

  • Nominations Day continues. United Democratic Party marches to San Pedro Town Council (Part 1), 37min.

  • Nominations Day continues. United Democratic Party marches to San Pedro Town Council (Part 2), 16min.

  • Belize Channel Fishing: Near Caye Caulker, 13min. Belize channel fishing offered a break from our permit hunting. 1/4 ounce wobble-head jigs/Shimano/Cabelas/Okuma and PowerPro

  • Belize Honeymoon - Part 2, 6.5min.

  • Camille Kostek Shows You What She's Got In Belize | Uncovered | Sports Illustrated Swimsuit, 2min.

  • UDP NOMINATION DAY BELIZE CITY, 5min.

  • PUP NOMINATION DAY BELIZE CITY, 5min.

  • Belize, 4min. From Mexico we cross into Belize and explore its inland wonders, including some of the most impressive ruins of the Mayan world.

  • Wildlife conservation efforts at the Belize Zoo, Is it really a "Zoo" ?, 5min.

  • "SAME OLD ME"---BELIZE'S MUSICAL STAR HARRINGTON TRAPP!, 28min. The legendary Belizean musical artist, Harrington Trapp, musical career span from his time as as a vocalist in the 1960's with bands in Belize like The Promoters and Glenn Bood & The Telegrams, to his work as a musical artist and vocalist in the United States in the 1970's and 80's with Belizean bands like the legendary, The Webb, to the reggae band called the Babylon Warriors.

    February 21, 2018


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    The San Pedro Sun

    Scotiabank Belize announces closing of branch offices
    Scotiabank Belize announced today that it will be closing its Spanish Lookout Branch effective April 20, 2018 and its Placencia Branch effective June 22, 2018. Like any organization, Scotiabank continuously reviews its operations on a local and global scale to ensure we meet the needs of our customers while maximizing operational efficiencies. Scotiabank is now focused on ensuring our customers are informed of these changes and guiding them through this process. We are also committed to supporting our employees through this transition while staying true to our principles of treating employees, fairly, equitably and with respect.

    San Pedro’s PUP 7 launches Manifesto on Ambergris Caye
    The Belize Rural South People’s United Party (PUP) slate launched their manifesto on Saturday, February 17th in front of Evelia Paz residence at the end of Barrier Reef Drive in San Pedro Town. As the 2018 Municipal Elections draw near, the event gave the opportunity to the aspiring candidates to present what they want to accomplish if they manage to be elected. Present at the launch was PUP Mayoral Candidate, André Pérez, the six councilor candidates and PUP Party Leader, John Briceño, who addressed a large crowd of supporters. The event began at 9PM, with Master of Ceremonies, Alex Nuñez, welcoming the attendees and thanking them for their presence. This was followed by the singing of the National Anthem, and the national prayer by Santos Acosta. Nuñez then invited the first counselor to the podium, Ruben Navidad, who thanked the attendees for their support and decided to speak on the street conditions of the island and other infrastructural issues.

    BEL Establishes Relationship with CFE Affiliate
    Belize Electricity Limited (BEL) has established a new relationship with Mexico’s Comisión Federal de Electricidad (CFE) through its affiliate company, CFE Calificados to create new opportunities for energy trade. A new Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) was signed today with CFE Calificados, enabling BEL to purchase more power from Mexico when prices are low. This new agreement replaces the previous PPA with CFE.

    U.S. Embassy holds annual Town Hall meeting on Ambergris Caye
    Citizens of the United States of America (U.S.) who live on Ambergris Caye convened at The Blue Water Grill on Friday, February 16th to attend the annual Town Hall meeting sponsored by the Embassy of the United States of America in Belize. Representatives from the Embassy addressed the group of expatriates at the lunch meeting. Yomaris Macdonald, Consular Chief, opened the town hall and provided Consular updates and information about what services the American Citizen Services (ACS) Unit of U.S. Embassy Belmopan’s Consular Section provides to U.S. citizens visiting or residing in Belize. Macdonald also introduced U.S. Wardens for Ambergris Caye Jeff Bella and Tamara Sniffin and explained that as volunteers they are here to assist expats in contacting the appropriate Embassy officials when needed. Following Macdonald, Julie Yapp, Assistant Regional Security Officer, gave a security briefing. Yapp informed that the Embassy security officers are Federal Law Enforcement Officers and they are here to assist local law agencies when a U.S. citizen is involved. She pointed out that the Embassy does not interfere with the legal process, but they can assure that proper procedure is followed.

    Ambergris Today

    San Pedro High School Holds Fun Career Week 2018
    San Pedro High School celebrated Career Week from Monday, February 12, 2108 to Friday, February 16, 2018 under the theme “It’s a beautiful thing when a career and a passion come together”, it was a week full of events including general assemblies with motivating speakers, students dressing up and an unforgettable closing ceremony. Students got to hear a very motivational and fun general assembly with a very popular Belizean person, Oceana Belize’s Janelle Chanona. Janelle spoke to the student body about her studies, her dreams and her goals. She shared with them how she wanted to be a marine biologist but while studying she crossed paths in the journalist field and found out she can be a lawyer, a marine biologist and much more while in that field. She loved her job even though it wasn't what she had dreamed of becoming she then became the chairperson of Oceana Belize where she has become and advocate to help save our beautiful Barrier Reef.

    Successful Fundraiser Held For Charlie Trent
    Recently Charlie was diagnosed with complications from a stroke, so his friends jumped in to give Charlie much needed financial help to combat medical needs. On Sunday, February 11, 2018, Dianne Lawrence (AKA Quicksilver), with the huge help from Carlo and Ernie, Runway Bar, a fundraiser was held from noon to 5pm. The festivities included music by Dennis Wolfe, Jr., Carlos Jex and Gary, followed later by DJ Trax. Travelers Rum donated bottles of rum not only for raffling off, but sales from the product offered 25% donation to the cause. A bake sale offered everything from cheesecakes and pints of curry sauce to cakes, cookies and even doggie biscuits! Charlie Trent, AKA Charlie T., has been in San Pedro for a long time. Charlie became a friend to many after retiring here some 15 years ago. Charlie suffered a bad stroke but that didn’t put him down – oh no! Fighting back, you can find him most of the times at Carlo & Ernie’s Runway Bar & Grill or up at Sandy Toes enjoying visits with his friends and fellow SP Walk-a-Holics!

    Movie Casting Call In Belize
    Hi! My name is Grecia Méndez and I am casting manager for the movie “Tragic Jungle”, under the direction of the distinguished Mexican filmmaker, Yulene Olaizola. We are currently looking for Belizean talent to play the main character; also, two secondary characters, as well as extras. I am reaching out to the Belizean Community through Ambergris Today to announce the casting event that will be held in Belize City very soon and it is very important for us to be able to contact as much candidates as possible. It is a very big opportunity to be able to participate in this international and prime project and we are very excited in this collaboration with Belize.

    Environmental Screening & Regularization Of Existing Hotels
    The Department of the Environment (DOE) has been working in conjunction with the Belize Tourism Board (BTB) in ensuring that existing and new hotel facilities are compliant with the environmental laws of Belize, particularly in obtaining environmental clearance. For the BTB, this is a pre-requisite for the renewal of the hotel license.

    Belize Electricity Limited Signs A New Power Purchase Agreement With Mexico
    Belize Electricity Limited (BEL) has established a new relationship with Mexico’s Comision Federal de Electrcidad (CFE) through its affiliate company. CFE Calificados to create new opportunities for energy trade. A new Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) was signed on Monday with CFE Calificados, enabling BEL to purchase more power from Mexico when prices are low. This new agreement replaces the previous PPA with CFE.

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    Kindy take note of Archeological site update
    WEDNESDAY 21 FEBRUARY 2018: ALL ARCHAEOLOGICAL RESERVES ARE OPEN FOR VISITATION. THIS WILL BE THE LAST NOTICE UNTIL THIS SITUATION CHANGES. PLEASE CONTINUE TO EXERCISE CAUTION AT ALL TIMES. LIFE VEST IS MANDATORY AT CAVE SITES.

    Paint N Splash
    Join us on Thursday from 2-4pm to paint “Tie Dye Leaves”. Remember to sign up on the website to save your spot!

    Blackfish spotted in coastal Belize!
    This image (and coming videos) come from a captain who observed this group west of the Drowned Cayes. We are currently working to confirm if these are false killer whales or melon-head whales. Importantly, these are deepwater animals in Belize and their presence in shallow lagoon waters could mean they are lost, disoriented, and may possibly strand. If anyone has information on these animals or knows captains regularly passing through the Drowned Cayes, please be on the lookout and please let us know if you see them! This is one of a handful of sightings of this species in Belize, and if they do strand, we may be able to help them!

    Redesigned Visitor's Center at Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary
    As part of our co-management agreement with the Government of Belize, BAS continues in its engagement of environmental education and visitor management of the Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary with a re-introduced Visitor's Center. Through environmental education and advocacy to visitors, BAS Staff have engaged with tourists and Belizeans alike, and up to ~1,000+ school-aged children in a year. We are elated to re-introduce infrastructure back into the Sanctuary as we prepare to continue sharing the value of conservation!

    Annual Reef Week swim across the English Caye Channel
    Join us for the annual #ReefWeek swim across the English Caye Channel on Monday, March 12th in support of all things awesome about our Belize Barrier Reef World Heritage site. Started in 2013, Reef Week is an initiative led by "Reef-minded" organizations coming together to celebrate Belize’s national resources, through a week-long celebration nationwide!

    South Ambergris Caye Neighborhood Watch Meeting
    Wednesday FEBRUARY 21st @ 7:00pm. LONE STAR GRILL AND CANTINA. Agenda: (subject to change) 7:10 Treasurer’s Report, 7:20 Introduction of a Patrol Officer, 7:30 Incident Report, 7:40 Neighborhood Updates, 7:50 New Business, 8:00 Open floor. PLEASE ATTEND AND BRING A NEIGHBOR!

    San Pedro Town Council Closed Today
    The San Pedro Town Council hereby advises the general public that its offices will be closed tomorrow, February 21st, 2018, due to Elections 2018 Nomination Day. We will resume to regular working hours on Thursday, February 22, 2018. We apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause.

    Barrier Reef Drive closed for Nomination Day
    Drivers are advised to avoid the town center Wednesday the 21st unless you are supporting the political parties. It will be very busy and Barrier Reef Drive will be closed as the different political parties arrive at the Town Hall to carry out the nomination process. Please be patient if you are held up and follow any instructions given by the Traffic Wardens or Police. We also remind people that there will be NO parking outside the Town Hall. Vehicles will be removed if they are in the way. We must allow both parties free access to the Town Hall. Thank you for your under standing.

    THE CJC EXPO AND TRADE SHOW 2018
    We all have been waiting for this day. PIN it on your diary. "Each year, the Corozal Junior College continues to strive “In Pursuit of Excellence.” Through our programs and school sponsored events, such as the ANNUAL CJC EXPO AND TRADE SHOW 2018, we have seen many students’ lives changed for the better. We have provided students with hands-on and practically real experiences as they simulate owning a business. The success of the event can be measured by the number of students who emerge better prepared from this experience when they eventually face the workplace. In particular, the EXPO AND TRADE SHOW has enjoyed great success in the past years. Many of our students have been able to enter society as productive citizens in the workplace and as proactive citizens establishing businesses of their own.

    Benque Elderly Appreciation Day
    The Benque DYS teamed up with the Benque Youth Group and Helpage Benque to have an Elderly Appreciation Day. They got the Benque Viejo Marimba Band to play at the event. Lots of smiling faces there. DYS Benque Youth Center collaborated with the Benque Viejo Volunteers Youth Group and Helpage Benque to host their first Elderly Appreciation Day. The purpose of the event was for the youth group members to show their appreciation to the elders in their community. They did so by sharing a luncheon together filled with delicious food and great music. The music was provided by the Benque Viejo Marimba band “Voz de la Celba”. One of the main highlights of the day occurred when the youth interviewed the elders on how life in Benque Viejo was during their youth and what their recommendations are on how they would want to see the Benque Community today.

    Volunteers Needed
    No more than 125 pairs of macaws are believed to exist in the wilds of Belize. We can help build that number by protecting them. Join us on this effort.

    U.S. Embassy Town Hall Meeting in PUnta Gorda
    Thursday, February 22 at 10 AM - 12 PM, The Sea Front Inn 4 Front St., Punta Gorda. At the meeting, we will introduce staff from the Embassy who provide assistance to U.S. citizens in Belize, discuss the services the U.S. Embassy provides, and answer questions you may have about our services. Topics include: security in Belize, hurricane preparedness, and information on renewing your passport via DHL. Limited consular public services will be offered (cash; exact change required):

    MAYA STORY: THE PHEASANT,DEER AND THE RATTLE SNAKE
    Long ago, but a long time ago, Mr. Itzamná decided to create a land that was so beautiful that everyone who knew it would want to live there, in love with its beauty. Then he created El Mayab, the land of the elect, and planted in it the most beautiful flowers that adorned the roads, created huge cenotes whose crystalline waters reflected the light of the sun and also deep caverns full of mystery. Later, Itzamná gave the new land to the Maya and chose three animals to live forever in El Mayab and whoever thought of them would remember it immediately. Those chosen by Itzamná were the pheasant, the deer and the rattlesnake. The Maya lived happily and were in charge of building palaces and stone cities. Meanwhile, the animals chosen by Itzamná never tired of touring the Mayab.

    Channel 7

    Caretaker Hacked To Death In San Ignacio
    The murder count for 2018 keeps growing. A farm caretaker was killed out west - chopped to death and his body found this morning at around 11:30. After getting a call, Police found 24 year old Gian Carlos Espat's body inside a house at the Capital Heights Farm in the Trapeche area of Santa Elena. He had been chopped several times behind the head. Information is that his body was on the bed and he was covered up to his chest with a white sheet. A bucket of blood was also in front of him. Reports say he was last seen yesterday evening drinking with two other men in the Cayo area.

    Toddler Fell In the Well, Found The Morning After
    And from violence in the west to tragedy down south - a 3 year old baby boy drowned in a well in Silk Grass, Hopkins. His mother, 24 year old Chelsey Castillo told police that between 1:00 and 4:00 yesterday afternoon her 3 year old son Keon was playing with friends in Silk Grass - where the toddler lives with his grandmother. When the grandmother - went looking him around 4:00, he was nowhere to be found. But, the mother - who lives. down the road in Hopkins - didn't report him missing to police until 5:30 this morning. And one hour later - at 6:35 they found him floating face down in a 6 foot deep well in Silk Grass. Police say the body had no sign of physical injuries.

    The Lesson of Linda’s Death
    The issue of domestic violence continues to be the center of the national discourse since Saturday, when the news spread that 46 year-old Hermelinda Pinks-Emmanuel and her husband, Jason Emmanuel, were found dead inside their Belize City home. The theory is that Jason shot Linda in the head, and that he then turned his gun on himself and committed suicide. The big question that everyone wants answered is why did this happen? Well, Linda's family, who have been very forthcoming with the press, have told us that the couple had marital problems over the issue of infidelity.

    Senior Citizen Stabbed During Home Invasion
    Around 2:00 this afternoon, there was a home invasion at a house on Morning Glory Street in the St. Martin's area of Belize City - and it ended up with a senior citizen being stabbed. Reports say two men climbed on the verandah of the house and entered through an open door. The men stabbed a 77-year-old man who was in the house and took a phone and cash. Fortunately he was only injured to the hand.

    Capital Cops Caught Stolen Hyundai
    This 2010 Hyundai Tucson with Cayo plates was stolen from Guatemala - and will be returned to its country of origin. That's what Belmopan police say after investigation led them to the vehicle which was registered in Punta Gorda. Interestingly, it is registered to a police officer - but it cannot be established that he knowingly bought a stolen vehicle. The vehicle was brought into the country, fraudulently registered - and then sold on the market as legitimate.

    Two Daughters Accused of Mashing Up Mom’s House
    Two women have been charged for trashing their mothers Roaring Creek home. 57 year old Daphne Hanson reported that she and a couple friends were at her house on Sunday afternoon When her daughters, Beverly Hanson and Jessica Wagner showed up at the house. She said they were upset with her choice of company. When Hanson wouldn't get rid of her friends, her daughters got into a rage, and allegedly grabbed a knife and a machete and ripped up her sofa set, destroyed her TV, DVD player and stereo system, all to a total value of $2,800. Both were charged with one count of damage to property. In court, they were granted bail of $1000. The conditions are that Hanson and Wagner are not to contact or go within 100 yards of their mother. Their court case was adjourned until April 20th.

    Living A Belizean Dream
    Our next two stories are about a pair of Belizean sister resorts - which have consistently garnered top honours in Trip Advisors' Travelers' Choice Awards. Now, we always report on these awards - and all the posh resorts that usually only tourists visit. But, this weekend, Courtney Weatherburne and cameraman Codie Norales wanted to try it for themselves. So - with the assistance of the ownership group - they travelled down south to visit the Coco Plum Island Resort and Belizean Dreams Resort. We start on-shore at Belizean Dreams in Hopkins:... Matt and Dara spent most of their Friday evening lounging on the breezy beachside in Hopkins. From the looks of things, it may seem that they have known each other for years but really, they just met. And there is nothing that says "life long bond" better than a shared Belikin beer. But they really owe their new friendship to the lively and open atmosphere at Belizean Dreams Resort.

    World Class: Coco Plum Island Resort
    And from there Courtney and Codie took a boat over to Cocoa Plum Island Resort which has the distinct honour of getting named in the Trip Advisor awards for being among the top 10 hotels in the world for Best Small Hotels. Courtney found out how they've earned that mark of distinction:.. A 30 minute boat ride off the coast of Dangriga lands you in paradise - Coco Plum Island and Resort. And with that sweet tropical blend, the island fun begins. There is something to do everyday - these buddies enjoy going at the corn hole. These guests like to challenge each other at a few rounds of horse shoe. While this crowd loves hanging out by the bar and eating delicious beef tacos. Others rather be pampered at the spa. And if that isn't enough, there are plenty of other activities and tours guests can enjoy. And I went on one of those tours - my first time snorkeling. It was terrifying at first but once I got the breathing technique down, the sea opened up to me:

    Belize and Nigeria Sign Tech. Cooperation Agreement
    Yesterday we told you about the three new ambassadors that came to Belize and presented their credentials. Janet Olisa was one of the ambassadors from Nigeria. Today she held a press conference to discuss a new technical agreement that was signed between Nigeria and Belize. Mrs. Janet Omoleegho Olisa, Nigerian High Commissioner to Belize: "Nigeria Belize is a very important relationship for us. In the sense that we are one people that have passed over the centuries of movement to the transatlantic. We are grateful for the ability to reconnect. Nigeria Belize has further ensured through a technical agreement which allows Nigeria to provide technical assistance to Belize in whatever field, area, or sector the Belize Government chooses."

    Independent Candidate Lara Alleges UDP Tried To Buy Her Out
    Maria Lara is an independent councilor candidate for the BPP in Punta Gorda town. She's relatively obscure but has risen quite suddenly to national prominence after she alleged that the UDP tried to buy her out - so that she would not run as an independent. Lara gave an interview to PGTV - which is owned by her political boss Wil Maheia. She makes it clear that she had - sometime before - asked UDP activists in her town for assistance with her Galen University fees. That eventually led her to Andre Price, and form there to Juliet Thimbriel. Here's how she explained it:.. Maria Lara, BPP Candidate: "I met Mr. Price the other night, and he asked me the same thing, if I was getting help to cover my school fees at Galen University, and I told him not yet. Then he told me his party is going to help me, and he will check someone that he can talk to, to help me pay all my bills. The following day I got a call which was yesterday and I went to meet them at Mr. Eden's Farm and I met there one of the senator. I think her name was Miss Juliet and I didn't expect what they asked me to do; first I needed to do that before I get the help."

    Education Minister Opposes Multi Million Dollar Election Expenditure
    And while that is a new example of the oldest game of political leveraging - the PUP allege that the UDP is also pulling a page from the dirty tricks playbook by using public funds to for political ends. The allegation is that over 2 million surplus dollars from the education budget is being disbursed for educational assistance for those who pledge to support the UDP in this campaign. Yesterday the Minister of Education said they did come in under budget - but there's no money in the public coffers:... Hon. Patrick Faber, Deputy Prime Minister: "We are winding down the financial year, the ministry goes through an exercise to see where funds have not been spent and we try to channel those funds to areas that we feel are important. We have recognized that there is the potential for that kind of savings given the line items."

    Flashback To 2015
    And with all this finger pointing and allegation making - you know that we are deep into the "silly season" of politics. It's the time when politicians with a proven track record of little or no integrity make claims about duplicity and dirty tricks against opposing politicians - who also have a proven integrity deficit. Of course, that's politics - and tomorrow the red and blue bulls will be on parade - stomping their way to the respective nomination centers in all 9 municipalities. Belize City with its ten divisions - is the base of political power - and tonight we have a flashback to the last municipal nomination day on February 11, 2015 to see who had the bigger crowd on that day:…

    The Many Problems Of Kurt Morgan
    You may remember San Ignacio resident Kurt Morgan. He's came to our office back in December 2016 complaining bitterly of police harassment, after he and his common-law wife, Shaun Gardener, were arrested and charged with drug possession because one of their friends was smoking marijuana back when it was illegal to be in possession of any amount of marijuana. Well, it's been just over 13 months, and today, his common-law wife came to us complaining that the harassment has only gotten worse. He's at the Belize Central Prison at this time after being charged robbery, for allegedly holding up a tourist at gunpoint and mugging her of her iPhone and her wallet which had $300 cash. Gardener says that the way this alleged harassment plays out is that he is always their first suspect whenever any crime is committed in that jurisdiction, and that, there is a certain police officer who is targeting him.

    Two Side To Caye Caulker Story
    There was a stabbing yesterday morning in Caye Caulker village. Police responded to reports of a fight in an area known as the Palapa - where the warring parties had already fled. They then tracked down a vessel on the Western Side of the Island where they found 34 year old Jamal Bennett with a stab wound to his midsection and shoulder. Police say Bennett was involved in a fight with 31 year old Jermaine Grant. But villagers say that police actually chased after the culprits and opened fire in a public area. What's more they allege that one of the men bartered for his freedom - by turning over a gun - which was labelled as found property. WE know that to be standard police procedure - so the story does have some credence.

    Channel 5

    Afternoon Murder in Twin Towns
    There’s another murder to report tonight. Twenty-four-year-old Santa Elena caretaker Gian Espat was chopped to death in the west. Just before midday today, police found Espat’s body inside a wooden [...]

    Co-workers Say No Warning Signs in Murder-Suicide
    The families of Jason Emmanuel and Hermelinda Pinks continue to reel in the aftermath of the murder suicide of the pair on Saturday.  Pinks was found dead on her bed [...]

    Toddler Drowns in Silk Grass
    A three-year-old toddler from Silk Grass, Stann Creek District, lost his life by drowning in a well in the village. The boy, Keon Martinez, lived with his grandmother, fifty-one-year-old Francine [...]

    Mexico’s Gain is Free Zone’s Loss
    Business at the Commercial Free Zone continues to be affected by Mexican consumers purchasing goods and services in their homeland, instead of shopping in Belize.  The exclusive business location was [...]

    Will Trade Agreement Help?
    According to Juarez, there are instances where prices on the shelves at the free zone aren’t as eye-catching as they are across the border.  While he could not provide an [...]

    Punta Gorda B.P.P. Candidate Alleges Bribery by U.D.P. Officials
    On the eve of nomination day, the Belize Progressive Party is charging that one of its municipal candidates in Punta Gorda Town was approached to step down as a candidate [...]

    Third Party’s Top Brass Condemn “Low” Political Tactics
    Lara says she is disappointed by the incident, but her bosses at the B.P.P. are furious. Political leader Patrick Rogers told us via telephone this evening that the larger political [...]

    Nomination Day is Here!
    This Wednesday, both major political parties are expected to take out their supporters in numbers as they head to the various offices designated for nomination centers, countrywide. There, after a [...]

    No Cell Phones in the Voting Booth
    Nomination Day paves the way for Election Day. The voters list for the municipal election shows that there are one hundred and fourteen thousand five hundred and seventy-four persons eligible [...]

    Rejected Vs Spoilt Ballots – What’s the Difference?
    Except for Belize City where voters are casting their vote for ten councilors and a mayor, in the Capital Belmopan and the remaining municipalities, it is six councilor candidates and [...]

    Fixing Government Oversight: the Case of the Contractor General
    The Government has indicated that Contractor General Godwin Arzu will be replaced as a result of failing to meet requirements in legislation to submit annual reports on his work since [...]

    Business Senator Says Integrity Commission Should Reverse Decision in Filing
    The Integrity Commission is presently without a chairman as now-Supreme Court Justice Marilyn Williams resigned at the start of January. On Friday we heard from Deputy Prime Minister Patrick Faber [...]

    Stabbing Reported in Caye Caulker
    A Caye Caulker resident is tonight recovering at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital for stabbing injuries he received just after eleven on Monday morning on the north side of the [...]

    Mario Vernon Family Alleges Cover-Up, Harassment by Police
    Mario Vernon’s family says they will not let up. They believe that there is a cover-up surrounding the death of the twenty-four-year-old Punta Gorda resident and grandson of the iconic [...]

    Another Award for Kendis Gibson
    Belizean-American news anchor Kendis Gibson has another award to put on his shelf. He is scheduled to receive an award at the 2018 International Red Carpet Affair and Dance on [...]

    Attitudes Must Change on Campaigning and Financing
    What was once whispered about has now, in some quarters, been stated openly: no money, no vote! With municipal elections two weeks away, it is open season for vote-buying or [...]

    Nigeria’s Representative to Belize Touts Relationship
    Janet Olisa was one of three ambassadors who presented her credentials to Governor General Sir Colville Young on Monday in Belmopan. She is the appointed High Commissioner of Nigeria to [...]

    African Giants Extend Helping Hand
    Also, part of Olisa’s duties will be to minister to the growing Nigerian community in Belize which ranges from nurses in the hospitals to sculptor Stephen Okeke. She told News [...]

    Pioneering Attorney Speaks to Enforcing the Law on Domestic Abuse
    As we reported earlier in the newscast, the issue of domestic abuse is once again at the center of an open discussion in which many, including lawyers and women’s rights [...]

    CTV3

    No Murder Charge As Yet In The Case of Braulia Pech
    More than a month has gone by since the brutal killing of fifty-four- year-old Braulia Pech in the village of Carmelita and until today, her son twenty-five-year-old Andy Rhaburn who stands accused of her murder has not been charged for the vicious crime. Rhaburn as viewers may recall is accused of causing his mother’s death after he hit her on the head with a crow bar on the morning of January 16th at the family’s home in Carmelita village. Rhaburn was also accused of attacking forty-three-year-old Lilia Xujur some 300 yards away from where he attacked his mother.

    New Species Of Shark Identified
    A new species of shark has been identified as the Atlantic sixgill shark. The new species which for many decades’ scientists believed to be the same as the Pacific sixgill shark measures up to 6 feet in length, making them relatively smaller than their Indo-Pacific relatives, which can grow to 15 feet or longer. Six-gill sharks are described as having a “unique, saw-like lower teeth and six gill slits” while most sharks have five gill slits, however according to scientists that is as far as the similarities go for the two species.

    Scotia Bank Belize Calls it Quits In Spanish Lookout And Placencia
    Scotiabank Belize Limited made a public announcement yesterday informing the general public that it will be closing down two of the company’s branches effective June 22nd, 2018. These include the Spanish Lookout and the Placencia Branches. While no precise detail was provided in the release as to why the decision to shut down these two branches were made, Scotiabank indicated that similar to other organizations, the company continuously evaluates its operations from a local and global perspective so as to certify that the needs of customers are met while maximizing operational efficiencies.

    LOVE FM

    Re-registration is set for July 2018
    It has been twenty-one years since the last re-registration took place in Belize and many including the People’s United Party, the Belize Progressive Party and Citizens Organized for Liberty through Action were hoping that another re-registration would take place before March 7 elections since they believe that the voters’ list needs to be clean up. …

    The political parties gear up for Nomination Day
    Tomorrow supporters of the political parties will take to the streets in numbers as the candidates who will contest the post of Mayor and Councilors in the nine municipalities across the country will go to be nominated. Brendalyn Staine, Registering Officer at the Election & Boundaries Department said they have made the necessary preparations. Brendalyn …

    Election & Boundaries prep for elections
    Municipal elections have been set for Wednesday, March 7. The two major political parties will contest all seats across the country. The Belize Progressive Party is expected to field a full slate of candidates in Punta Gorda and some candidates in Belize City. Registering Officer at the Election and Boundaries Department, Brendalyn Staine said they …

    Belize City family survives home invasion
    A family in Belize City is recuperating after they were attacked in their own house this afternoon. It happened at around twelve thirty at a residence in the Lake Independence Area. Two unmasked men gained entry to the house by climbing to the verandah on the second floor before holding up a 77-year-old man and …

    Nigerian High Commissioner wants stronger relations with Belize
    Yesterday morning, High Commissioner of Nigeria Janet Omoleegho Olisa, presented her credentials to Belize’s Governor General, Sir Colville Young. During the presentation, Olisa shared her country’s willingness to foster a stronger and durable diplomatic relationship with Belize. Olisa who is also Nigeria’s High Commissioner to Jamaica and a resident of that country, met with the …

    BPP Candidate alleges attempted ‘buy out’
    They say there are two sides to a story but in the following story, there seems to be more. The story revolves around a municipal candidate for the Belize Progressive Party. Her name is Maria Lara and she wants to be a town councilor in Punta Gorda under the green banner. Lara, who has bills …

    Belize City tour guides do not want to move
    Yesterday we told you that Belize City tour guides are upset with the Belize Tourism Board after they learned that they would be relocated. According to the tour guides, the BTB made a decision to relocate the tour guides from in front of Fort Street Tourism Village to the Marion Jones Sporting Complex. The tour …

    Chunox Polyclinic officially opened
    Last week Friday the Chunox Polyclinic was officially opened to serve residents, not only from the village but also from other communities. According to the Government, the clinic will serve close to ten thousand people, mainly from the Corozal District. The Chunox Polyclinic cost close to one million dollars to construct and equip. Government funded …

    Belizean artworks to be displayed at Donna Service Gallery
    Artworks of Belizeans will be on display at a gallery in the USA. More than 50 works on paper and canvas from Belizean faculty and students are scheduled to be put on display starting on Friday at the Donna Service Gallery at Bossier Parish Community College (BPCC). According to the school, the collection of artwork …

    ‘Roni’ receives James A. Waight Conservation Award
    Ronaldi “Roni” Martinez is the thirty first recipient of the James A. Waight Conservation Award. Martinez was nominated by Caves Branch Lodge and the San Pedro Sun, who both described him as a “vibrant role model for budding conservationists of all ages.” He is a bird guide by profession and one of the founders of …

    PlusTV

    Murder Suicide in Belize City
    A murder suicide occurred in Belize City on Saturday evening. While police have not confirmed who was pulled the trigger, it is believed that 43 year old Jason Emmanuel shot and killed his wife, 46 year old Hermelinda Pinks and then turned the gun on himself and ended his own life. It is another st...

    Luis Dominguez gunned down
    There was another murder in Belize City. 35 year old Luis Dominguez was shot and killed on Saturday night. According to police reports, Dominguez was sitting on a table inside a yard on 8th Street when he was approached by a dark complexion male person. That person was armed and fired several shots ...

    Security guard at UB shot
    There was a shooting on Friday night in Belize City. A security guard on duty at one of the UB campuses in Belize City was shot. Police told us more. ASP Alejandro Cowo: Sometime after 1:25 this morning, police responded to a shooting incident at the Faculty of Education at the University of Belize,...

    Succotz man dies in hit and run incident
    There was a fatal hit and run incident on Saturday night. According to police reports, on Saturday February 17th sometime before 7 p.m., 46 year old Arcenio Itza was walking from the direction of Central Farm towards Esperanza Village when he was hit by a vehicle that was travelling in the same dir...

    Stabbing on Caye Caulker
    There was a stabbing incident on Caye caulker today. Details are sketchy at this time. Police would only confirm that one person was airlifted to Belize City and is at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital receiving treatment for stab wounds. What transpired and the severity of the injuries are unknown...

    John Cus charged for raping American tourist
    Police have arrested and charged 37 year old John Cus for rape. Cus, an Electrician of San Pedro, Ambergris CAye, is said to be the man who raped an American Tourist on the island. Last week reported that the 25 year old American tourist, reported that at about 4:30 a.m. on February 11th, she was a...

    Two arrested for Ladyville Robbery
    25 year old Tarique Munnings and a 17 year old minor were jointly charged in relation to that armed robbery of Bowen & Bowen delivery man and others at a Chinese store in Ladyville village that occurred last week. The two were allegedly part of a group of four men who robbed a Bowen and Bowen ...

    Murder suspect on remand busted with weed in prison
    Prison inmate 40-year-old Oliver Peters is on remand at the Belize Central Prison awaiting his Preliminary Inquiry for a murder, but while waiting, he picked up a new charge while behind bars. Police say that on Sunday, February 11, while inside the Belize Central Prison, they found Peters in possession of 10 grams of weed. While 10 grams has been decriminalized, it does not apply to prisoners and so Peters was read a single charge of drug trafficking with

    Literacy as a national priority
    The launch of Literacy as a National Priority by the Ministry of Education was held today. Literacy is of utmost importance to the development of a nation and today, a recommitment was made to prioritize it in schools. Dr. Carol Babb explained the purpose of the launch today. Dr. Carol Babb, CEO Ministry of Education: Today we are recommitting with a more strategic plan in mind to ensure that students are reading at their grade level. One might say that literacy is already a responsibility of the ministry of education, and that is true, but today we are recommitting our efforts with all our partners to ensure that literacy is a reality for all our students.

    Southwest makes emergency landing due to depressurization
    A Southwest Airlines flight headed from Belize to Denver, Colorado had to make an emergency landing in Houston on Sunday February 18. Reports are that Flight 289 depressurized mid-flight. According to reports, the pilots took the emergency landing for passenger safety because flying at above 10,000 feet without pressurization can pose health risks to passengers and to avoid any incidents, the plane landed in Houston.

    Cocaine found in Belize City ; Gun found in Caye Caulker
    584.5 grams of cocaine were found by police on Saturday. About 2:30 p.m., Police conducted a search in an abandoned house on Freetown Road, Belize City, which led to the discovery of the drugs. No one was found in the area and the drugs were deposited as found property Caye Caulker Police visited found a gun and ammunition on the north end of the island this evening. The 9mm pistol along with five 9mm ammunitions were retrieved and deposited as found property.

    BTB donates over $100,000 for disaster relief efforts
    The Belize Tourism Board (BTB) and its partners in the industry have donated over one hundred thousand dollars to the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO). The check for $119,868 is specifically for regional disaster relief efforts for countries affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria which both tore through the Caribbean last September.

    Three new Ambassadors to Belize
    Three ambassadors presented their Letters of Credence today, February 19th, to the Governor General of Belize H.E. Sir Colville Young at the Belize House in Belmopan. H.E. Mrs. Janet Omoleegho Olisa, High Commissioner of the Federal Republic of Nigeria; H.E. Yasser Morad Osman Hosni, Ambassador of the Arab Republic of Egypt; and H.E. Mr. Tasawar Khan, High Commissioner of the Islamic State of Pakistan; all presented their credentials to the Governor-General.

    Southwest makes emergency landing due to depressurization
    A Southwest Airlines flight headed from Belize to Denver, Colorado had to make an emergency landing in Houston on Sunday February 18. Reports are that Flight 289 depressurized mid-flight. According to reports, the pilots took the emergency landing for passenger safety because flying at above 10,000 ...

    Cocaine found in Belize City ; Gun found in Caye Caulker
    584.5 grams of cocaine were found by police on Saturday. About 2:30 p.m., Police conducted a search in an abandoned house on Freetown Road, Belize City, which led to the discovery of the drugs. No one was found in the area and the drugs were deposited as found property Caye Caulker Police visited ...

    BTB donates over $100,000 for disaster relief efforts
    The Belize Tourism Board (BTB) and its partners in the industry have donated over one hundred thousand dollars to the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO). The check for $119,868 is specifically for regional disaster relief efforts for countries affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria which both tore ...

    Three new Ambassadors to Belize
    Three ambassadors presented their Letters of Credence today, February 19th, to the Governor General of Belize H.E. Sir Colville Young at the Belize House in Belmopan. H.E. Mrs. Janet Omoleegho Olisa, High Commissioner of the Federal Republic of Nigeria; H.E. Yasser Morad Osman Hosni, Ambassador of t...

    Amandala

    Murder-suicide on Rose Lane
    A crowd of onlookers gathered on the street in front of #5 Rose Lane on Saturday evening sometime after 5 p.m. A police crime scene tape cordoned off the area from the curious spectators, as the police and crime scene technicians were about to get underway inside. There were whispers in the crowd that a man and his wife were inside the house. They were dead. A neighbor told Amandala that she had heard a loud bang that sounded like a gunshot, and that was followed by another loud bang, several minutes later. Family members became suspicious when they made several calls to the couple’s phone, but got no answer.

    Alfredo Pech, 67, charged for impregnating girl, 14
    Alfredo Pech, 67, a resident of Guinea Grass, Orange Walk District, who was remanded into custody for a charge of unlawful sexual intercourse, was released on a bail of $8,000 that was offered to him today by Justice Herbert Lord. The virtual complainant, a 14-year-old girl who is pregnant, reported to the police that Pech had sex with her in January. Pech had been arraigned in the Orange Walk Magistrate’s Court on February 1 and was remanded until March 9.

    Chinese community celebrates the Year of the Dog
    Over the weekend almost 7,000 members of the Chinese community in Belize celebrated the Chinese New Year. In an exclusive interview with the Amandala, chairman of the Chinese Association, Edmund Kwan, explained that the Chinese have dubbed this year the Year of the Dog. The dog occupies the eleventh position in the Chinese zodiac after the rooster and before the pig. For those who were born in the year of the dog, this year is considered a very unlucky year for them.

    PUP mayoral candidate, Bernard Wagner, addresses new regulations at FSTV
    People’s United Party (PUP) mayoral candidate, Bernard Wagner called a press conference this afternoon to address the new regulations that are being introduced at the Fort Street Tourism Village (FSTV) after a number of workers in the tourism industry called KREM’s Wake Up Belize Morning Vibes (WUB) talk show this morning. Wagner explained that plans are afoot by the UDP Belize City Council to move tour guides from the FSTV, after the municipal elections, and relocate them to the Marion Jones Stadium, which will serve as a drop-off point for cruise tourists. “That will be creating a middleman scenario,” Wagner emphasized, “because when the tourists come out of the gate, they would meet various tour operators and then those tour operators would then link with the tour guides, and the small revenues that these people are getting would then dwindle further.”

    Luis Dominguez executed in yard on 8th Street
    Luis Dominguez, 35, a St. Thomas Street resident who was the father of a baby girl 2 years old and a son yet to make his entry into this world, had reportedly been drinking and was lying alone on a table in his grandmother’s yard on 8th Street, enjoying the cool of the night, when an unknown gunman sneaked into the yard and shot him at close range about 4 to 5 times. The killer then escaped. Dominguez was hit in the head and chest and died almost immediately. Police went to the yard after being notified of the murder and transported his body to the morgue.

    HBO “bringing down the hammer” on Belizean cable consumers
    If you have cable television at home there is a possibility that you may no longer be allowed to watch Lifetime, Cinemax, Sci-Fi or any of the 14 channels that are a part of the Home Box Office (HBO) package. That is because executives at the anti-piracy and commercial divisions of HBO, an American premium cable and satellite television network owned by Time Warner, visited Belize last week demanding compensation for the broadcast of their channels in Belize. If cable providers decline to cover costs for the package, the channels may no longer be available to their subscribers. Today, our newspaper spoke to the general manager at the Channel Broadcasting Corporation of Belize Ltd. (CBC), Vanessa Peyrefitte.

    Hummingbird Elementary girls and Belize Elementary boys to represent Belize District in Volleyball Nationals on Friday
    The National Sports Council (NSC) coordinated Belize District Primary School Volleyball Tournament, which commenced on Monday, January 15, reached its finals last Thursday, February 15, when Hummingbird Elementary defeated Belize Elementary, 25-11, 25-5, for the female championship; while Belize Elementary prevailed over Holy Redeemer in 3 sets, 21-25, 25-18, 15-10, to take the male championship. Hummingbird Elementary females and Belize Elementary males will be representing the Belize District at the National Primary Schools Volleyball Championship to be held in Orange Walk this Friday, February 23.

    Near half-way point in regular season, PLB race to playoffs looks interesting
    With the completion of Week 6 games over the past weekend, the playoff picture is looking interesting in the Premier League of Belize (PLB) 2017-2018 Opening Season, as 7 of the 8 clubs are still in good position to claim one of the four playoff berths. A victory for Wagiya FC (which would be an upset) against undefeated Belmopan Bandits SC in their back match on Wednesday, would also put Wagiya in striking distance of a playoff spot. With the changing picture that these results created in the standings (see below), the possibilities in this tournament are getting more and more interesting, starting with Week 7 match-ups. (Bandits and Wagiya play a back match on Wednesday.) After the 14-game double round-robin regular season, the top 4 teams go on to the home-and-away semifinals.

    Chief’s Saturday Race of February 17, 2018
    Chief’s Saturday Race of February 17, 2018 – Leslie’s thru Boom to Northern Hwy, back to Hattieville and back to Data Pro, for 50 miles. At 7:30 a.m., 37 riders took off for this sojourn. The field consisted of 24 Elite riders, 9 Weekend Warriors and 4 Juniors. Belize’s two top teams, Digicell and Smart came out to continue their battle. Who would have the best telephone service today, right? Well, Digicell had their full complement of 9 riders, while Smart was short-handed with just 3, including their leader, Brandon Cattouse, Phillip Leslie and “Heno” Moreira.

    Pepsi NEBL Week 5 scores and upcoming games
    Two teams, Verdes (0-4) and Orange Walk Running Rebels (0-4), remain winless at Week 5 of the Pepsi NEBL 2018 Tournament; while one remains undefeated – San Pedro Tiger Sharks, sporting a perfect 4-0 record. The San Pedro Tiger Sharks were sorely tested by the young Griga Dream Ballers on their home turf at the Russel Chiste Garcia Auditorium in Dangriga on Saturday night, February 17, but the visiting Tiger Sharks pulled out the 85-81 road victory, led by Jihad Wright 22 pts 11 rebs 5 assts, Jamal Kelly 20 pts 4 rebs 4 assts, Raul Roches 14 pts 5 rebs 3 assts, and Marteviuis Adams 10 pts 3 assts.

    Editorial: “This beautiful jewel of ours …”
    To the best of our knowledge, the late Edison “Seferino” Coleman, Radio Belize’s most famous and popular announcer ever, is generally credited with coining the phrase, “this beautiful jewel of ours.” This would have probably been more than two generations ago, in the early 1970s. At the time, Radio Belize was a government monopoly which did not permit any on-air criticism of the ruling People’s United Party (PUP). Seferino was so big, however, despite his controversial lifestyle, that he was allowed to criticize the government from time to time, albeit in coded fashion. Perhaps more importantly in the larger scheme of things, Seferino was allowed to create, and that is how, because of him, that we Belizeans have arrived at this distilled description of our country as, “The Jewel.” To the best of our knowledge again, it was two generations before Seferino came up with “this beautiful jewel of ours,” that Samuel Haynes wrote Land of the Gods and referred to Belize’s “wealth untold” in what became our national anthem in 1981. Our understanding is that Haynes wrote his poem in the early 1930s while living in the United States.

    Lawyers really have to check dehnself
    There are people in Belize who say they skim over media reports on violent crimes; they say that they only want to read/hear about the good things happening in Belize. Without doubt there are good things happening in Belize, things worthy of reporting. But by far the most important story is the one about the absolutely vicious nation we have become. It’s not too difficult to figure out why some people don’t want to read painful stories. Some people really are overwhelmed by sadness. It is understandable why they hide their heads in the sand. The media cannot fret too much about people who avoid certain types of news. If the media doesn’t report on these crimes the people of the country will not know the truth about what is going on.

    Belizean-flagged ship violating UN sanctions against North Korea
    Reports in the international media say that a Belize-flagged ship has been spotted alongside a North Korean tanker about 250 kilometers east of Shanghai in violation of United Nations sanctions against North Korea. The two vessels were spotted by a Japanese spy plane. The North Korean-flagged Rye Song Gang 1 and the Belize-flagged Wan Heng 11, which is owned by a Hong Kong company, were spotted in what appears to be a ship-to-ship transfer. The Rey Song Gang 1 is one of eight ships that have been banned from entering ports around the globe under UN sanctions against North Korea. Last September, the UN Security Council passed a resolution that banned UN member states from engaging in ship-to-ship transfer with North Korea-flagged vessels.

    “Chonko” McGregor gets 10 years for attempting to break into neighbour’s home
    Joel McGregor, 28, aka “Chonko,” a laborer of the Windmill area of Hattieville, was sentenced to 10 years in prison today by Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford after he pleaded guilty to attempted burglary and damage to property. McGregor also was sentenced to 7 months imprisonment for damage to property, but he will only serve 10 years because the sentences (for burglary and damage to property) are to run concurrently. The complainant, Kayesha Cole, 22, McGregor’s neighbor, reported to the police that at about 8:45 p.m. yesterday she was in her bedroom when she heard a loud bang. She said that when she looked through the window of her bungalow house she saw McGregor, dressed in black, staring at her.

    John Cus, 37, raped sleeping woman
    Today, San Pedro electrician, John Cus, 37, appeared unrepresented before Magistrate Janelle Villanueva Pennil in the San Pedro Magistrate’s Court to answer to a single charge of rape. No plea was taken from him and he was remanded to the Belize Central Prison until April 19. Last Thursday, a 25-year-old female American tourist visited the San Pedro Police Station and reported that on February 9, at about 4:30 a.m., while she was sleeping at a residence, she was awakened by a push. That was when she realized that Cus had been raping her. He had entered the room in which she was staying without her knowledge. When she screamed out for help, he ran away and disappeared until police nabbed him on Friday.

    Missing taxi driver found alive and well
    Joan Mariano and her family can now breathe a sigh of relief after her common-law husband, Emelio Perez, 47, a taxi driver of Belize City who was reported missing on Friday, was found alive and well in the city on Sunday. The details of where he had been have not been disclosed. Mariano, a nurse at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital, said that at about 7:00 Friday morning, Perez took her to her workplace in his cab and that was the last time she saw him. After trying to contact him several times, but in vain, she reported him missing.

    Blogs

    Caye Caulker Becoming a Top Tourist Destination in Belize
    Caye Caulker is changing. There are lots of new things going on, but life on the island still runs at the “Go Slow” pace it is so famous for. Things are different since last time we visited. There are new hotels, restaurants, businesses have changed locations, the north end of the split is developing fast and the famous split just got bigger. It’s HUGE! Amidst all this change, Caye Caulker is holding on to it’s charm. They are not allowing traffic to congest its streets, their beaches are open to everyone and islanders are very protective of the environment. One thing for sure, Caye Caulker is clean; there’s little trash!

    We Totally Needed a Boat Bar Crawl
    My visiting friend Patrick Starfish, and local one Lara and I recently went on the 2018 boat bar crawl for groundhog day. After cleaning up an emergency apartment flood the night before, I cannot even describe how good it felt to get away and be on a boat. Plus it was Pat’s last day on the island. $50 Belize for a custom boat ride 6 miles up the island and back with a great line up of stops was a perfect pothole free way to show him a bit more of Ambergris Caye. Our first stop was Portofino, a perfect Caribbean oasis. I ordered a delicious chocolate banana shake and headed to the pool to enjoy some barefoot luxury. Not long after Patrick and Lara followed. We enjoyed kicking back and talking about life and being grateful for a gorgeous Friday afternoon view.

    International Sourcesizz

    Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2018: Belize

    Bloodthirsty bat's genetic secrets revealed
    If you want to know how vampire bats can surviveon a diet that -- as everyone knows -- consists exclusively of blood, the answer is simple. It's in their genes. Scientists on Monday said they have mapped for the first time the complete genome of a vampire bat, finding that this flying mammal boasts numerous genetic traits that help it thrive on an exotic food source that offers nutritional disadvantages and exposes it to blood-borne pathogens. The common vampire bat, a nocturnal cave-dweller with a 18-cm wingspan, inhabits parts of Mexico, Central America and South America. It feeds on the blood of livestock such as cattle and horses. It lands near prey under cover of darkness, walks on the ground, then feeds on the sleeping animal using razor-sharp teeth to pierce the skin and a lengthy tongue to lap up flowing blood.

    The Key to Weight Loss Is Diet Quality, Not Quantity, a New Study Finds
    Anyone who has ever been on a diet knows that the standard prescription for weight loss is to reduce the amount of calories you consume. But a new study, published Tuesday in JAMA, may turn that advice on its head. It found that people who cut back on added sugar, refined grains and highly processed foods while concentrating on eating plenty of vegetables and whole foods — without worrying about counting calories or limiting portion sizes — lost significant amounts of weight over the course of a year. The research lends strong support to the notion that diet quality, not quantity, is what helps people lose and manage their weight most easily in the long run. It also suggests that health authorities should shift away from telling the public to obsess over calories and instead encourage Americans to avoid processed foods that are made with refined starches and added sugar, like bagels, white bread, refined flour and sugary snacks and beverages, said Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian, a cardiologist and dean of the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University.

    IDB hosts regional governors in Dominican Republic to review opportunities for growth and investment
    The governors for the Inter-American Development Bank’s member countries in the Central American isthmus and the Dominican Republic gathered for their 32nd annual meeting on February 20-21 to discuss formulas for achieving inclusive economic growth, managing vulnerability to natural disasters and harnessing disruptive technologies to increase productivity and spur investment. One shared priority for the economies of Belize, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama is the creation of jobs and the reduction of poverty. While the eight countries grew at 2.3 percent in the period from 2000 to 2017 – well above the 1.8 percent for Latin America as a whole – the rate of poverty reduction was slower, at 12 versus 13 percent.

    Videos

  • Ronaldi "Roni" Martinez receives James A. Waight Conservation Award, 1min. Ronaldi “Roni” Martinez is the thirty first recipient of the James A. Waight Conservation Award. Martinez was nominated by Caves Branch Lodge and the San Pedro Sun, who both described him as a “vibrant role model for budding conservationists of all ages.”

  • Cutters n' Worker Ants ..., 1.5min.

  • THE PUP FOUND TWO VERSIONS OF SANPEDRO ONE OF FLOURISHING WEALTH, OTHER OF LANGUISHING DEPRESSION, 5min. Our coverage of the municipal elections campaigns took us to the tourist-based municipality of San Pedro over the weekend, where the San Pedro PUP team was joined on the campaign trail by PUP Leader John Briceno. We found two versions of San Pedro while there, one of flourishing wealth, and other of languishing depression.

  • SAN PEDRO PUP 7 LAUNCHES MANIFESTO PLANS OVER THE WEEKEND, 4min. Municipal campaigns have moved from the regular house to house visits to the presentation of agendas and work-plans. In the north, the Orange Walk PUP slate launched its manifesto last Thursday, followed by the Corozal PUP team on Friday. On Saturday it was the San Pedro PUP slate’s turn to present is manifesto. We were also there for the event,

  • Welcome to Caye Caulker, 1min. Caye Caulker is happy that it is now receiving recognition as one of the top destinations in Belize. The island recently inaugurated a new ‘Caye Caulker’ sign which they believe will boost the island’s international and local recognition.

  • Spiny Lobster at Caye Caulker, Belize, 1min.

  • Belize Hawksbill Sea Turtles, 4min.

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