Last night's TV news on Channel 7, Channel 5, LOVETV, PGTV, Reef TV, KREM, and CTV 3. Also with the most recent Open Your Eyes, Belize Now, Talk Ah Di Town, and other specials.
The San Pedro Sun
Found Property On Saturday, September 14th, about 10:53AM, police visited the airstrip in San Pedro Town and conducted a search in a plane that arrived from Corozal Town. The search led to the discovery of a blue bag containing (2) parcels of suspected cannabis weighing a total of 1,462 grams. Police are investigating.
Wolfe’s Woofer: Suspicious Minds Vernon found me at the restaurant on the beach and ate breakfast while I finished my coffee.
“What happened to you last night?” I asked. “One minute you were shooting pool with me and Mario and all of a sudden at nine-thirty, you disappeared.”
“I went off and got in trouble is what I did,” he said. “I need some advice.”
“Well, at least this time it’s just advice you need and not bail money, too. What happened?”
Doctor Love: My son says he hates me Dear Doctor Love,
My son tells me he hates me. He’s said it twice, and I don’t know how to respond. Do you have any thoughts on what I should do?
Few things hurt a parent like hearing the words “I hate you,” from their child but they are only words, despite the intensity you think is behind them. Your son doesn’t hate you—he loves you. He just got angry and didn’t know how to handle it. Whether your son is a toddler or a teenager, you can help him learn better communication skills.
New Corozal Sign The newly Corozal is soon finished. It is now painted, and all it is left are the lights to be connected and some finishing touch.
Pan Yaad Concert 2019 Live performances from Pan di Rock band, Omolewa Osain band, and Pandemonium Jr bands at the 2019 Pan Yaad concert held at the ITVET.
Missing Woman Calls Family, Strange Claims A family member of Alicia Hernandez has reached out to say that she has just communicated with the family and claims she was assaulted and robbed and had no way of communicating with them. But she is allegedly alive and well.
Locked Up Abroad ! There has been word in the business community, for some time now, that there is an “extortion ring” inside Belize’s tax circles. When that “ring” gets wind that you owe taxes they offer to clear your books for a price. Say you owe $75,000 in taxes; the “ring” can convert that to an outstanding sum of $25,000 for a fee of $15,000.
NO ARRESTS IN DOUBLE MURDER Up to this morning Police sources say that they have made no arrests for the murders of two minors in San Martin in Belmopan on Saturday. The names of two youths have been called on social media as the suspected murderers, but Police would not speculate or confirm.
Drug bust Nets 3,000 LBS of Cocaine This week started off with a bang as gunshots broke the still of the night just off the Coastal Road at mile 7 just after midnight on Monday. That is where a King beach aircraft landedin Belize, loaded with cocaine. There to greet them were Belizean law enforcement personnel.
Editorial – Friday September 13th. 2019 The Reporter is unable to substantiate any of what follows, but during several interviews with knowledgeable persons, we have stitched together the following account:
When a drug plane lands, whether it be in the north or in the south, or in the center as it did this time off the Coastal Road, its arrival triggers a bee-hive of frenetic activity.
Deputy Tax Director Awaits Trial in US Extortion Case Reynaldo Verde, the Deputy Director of General Services of the Belize Tax Services Department was detained in the United States over the weekend and has been taken to Florida to face charges of extortion and attempted extortion.
WORST FEARS REALIZED The desperate search for missing teenager Adamir Choc, 19, ended today with the discovery of her badly decomposed body on the Never Delay Road on the outskirts of Belmopan City.
Elderly man missing 76-year-old Humberto Alcoser, a resident of Corozal Town, is missing. Alcoser was last seen on September 15, when he left home for an unknown destination. Anyone with information that can assist in locating Alcoser, is asked to contact the nearest police station.
Missing Woman Found Well and Alive 21-year-old Alicia Isabel Hernandez from San Ignacio, Cayo was found after she had gone missing. Hernandez was reported missing on September 8 after family members last heard of her being in a casino that same night. She was found in Santa Elena and has been reunited with her family, alive and well.
Home Invasion A couple from the community of Hope Creek in the Stann Creek District is lucky to be alive following a frightening and violent home invasion early this morning. 29-year-old Jian Feng Chen and his wife, 27-year-old Veronica Gonzalez Corodo were asleep when three armed men gained accessed to their home through the atic. Chen told police that the men tied them up and ransacked the house, stealing two thousand dollars. Thereafter, the men made good their escape in Chen’s silver 2004 Isuzu rodeo valued at eight thousand dollars.
Gun violence claims two live Two teenagers with so much promise were gunned down in Belmopan. According to police reports, just before 10:00 a.m., yesterday, September 14, police responded to a report of a shooting incident on St. Joseph Street located in the San Martin Area of Belmopan. 17-year-old Gruver Delgado and 16-year-old Herman Viadarez were injured in the incident. Delgado died at the Western Regional Hospital yesterday while undergoing treatment. Meanwhile Viadarez was transported to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital where he died at about 4:00 this morning
Teenager succumbed to his injuries 16-year-old Herman Viadarez succumbed to his injuries early this morning at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital. As we reported yesterday, Viadarez was one of two persons injured in a shooting incident yesterday in Belmopan. His cousin 17-year-old Gruver Delgado died while undergoing treatment at the Western Regional Hospital yesterday.
Elderly man reported missing in Corozal
The family of 76- year old Humberto Alcoser is seeking the public’s assistance in locating him.
Alcoser was last seen about 3pm today
when he left home to an unknown destination.
Big wins for Bandits and Verdes as Premier League first round comes to a close
After an international break, the Premier League of Belize returned to close out its first round of the tournament this weekend.
On Saturday night, Belmopan Bandits, top side despite having played a game less, crushed bottom side Freedom Fighters/Valley Pride F.C. 6-2 at the Isidoro Beaton Stadium in the capital.
Gun and ammunition found in Belize City
A search conducted by police on Raccoon Street, Belize City led to the discovery of one black .38 Special Revolver, loaded with six live .38 rounds of ammunition.
San Pedro police nab weed on plane
Yesterday morning, San Pedro police conducted a search on a plane that arrived from Corozal Town and found a blue bag with two parcels of cannabis.
Young woman reported missing in San Ignacio
The family of Alicia Hernandez is seeking the public’s assistance in locating her.
Hernandez was last seen on Monday, September 9, 2019. Her family has been trying to reach her since then.
Two young men murdered in Belmopan
Police are investigating the murders of two Belmopan teenagers.
According to reports, around 9:50 a.m. yesterday, police responded to a shooting incident on St. Joseph Street, San Martin area, Belmopan.
Charging cell-phone leads to apartment fire
Authorities are investigating a fire that destroyed an apartment complex in the Boca Del Rio area of San Pedro.
Around 6:10 a.m. yesterday morning, one of the occupants of the room woke up after he smelled something burning.
Home invasion reported in Hope Creek Police are investigating a home invasion that occurred this morning in Hope Creek, Stann Creek.
An Asian businessman reported that around 4:30 a.m. today, three armed men entered his home.
Minor dies from gunshot Herman Valladares, 16, who was shot in Belmopan yesterday, died from his injuries at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH) this morning.
Valladares was shot along with his cousin Gruver Delgado, 17. They were both shot to the head. While Delgado died instantly.
NICH invites public to National September Lecture on History of the Flag The National Institute of Culture and History (NICH) is inviting teachers, students, and the general public to its sixth annual National September Lecture.
The lecture is entitled “The History and Evolution of the Belize Flag,” and will be held at the Bliss Center for Performing Arts in Belize City on Tuesday, September 17, at 8:00 p.m.
Police investigate stabbing in San Jose, Toledo Authorities are investigating a fatal stabbing that occurred last night in San Jose, Toledo.
According to reports, a group of men were involved in a brawl that resulted in two men being stabbed.
UDP Orange Walk North standard bearer abruptly resigns UDP Standard Bearer for Orange Walk North, Homero Novelo, tendered his resignation letter to the United Democratic Party (UDP) secretariat on September 9, 2019.
“I don’t want to be counted out for one day I may seek public office again,” Novelo stated.
A Sidewalk Stroll In Beach Town Belize People are always fascinated to find out that we have just one road and one sidewalk where I live in Placencia, Belize. The sidewalk runs north to south and is sandwiched between the road and the beach, the three running in parallel for about two miles in the heart of our little village. Historically, our sidewalk has actually been famous, as it’s been in the Guinness Book of World Records for being the world’s narrowest main street. In true Caribbean fashion, its foundation is made of broken conch shells.
There is something truly delightful about getting a seaweed shake from The Shak near the point (the very end of the peninsula) and wandering up the sidewalk with my little dog,
Snorkeling and Scuba Diving in Placencia and The Southern Barrier Reef The Belize Barrier Reef is one of the greatest ocean wonders in the world. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is the second-largest barrier reef in the world.
If you’re visiting Belize, don’t miss your opportunity to explore the Reef. Teeming with live corals and vivid aquatic life, it is a spectacular destination for any scuba diver, snorkeler or sea kayaker.
Placencia is a lively area that’s popular with visitors from around the world. You can find beaches, dining, and shopping in the heart of Belize’s vacation area. Placencia has over 16 miles of unspoiled beachfront and it is a great place to start your Belize adventure.
What Is Glover’s Reef Atoll? And Why Is It So Special? Glover’s Reef is one such atoll located approximately 22 miles (35 km) offshore from mainland Belize. Glover’s Atoll is part of a protected marine reserve called the Gladden Spit and Silk Cayes Marine Reserve (GSSCMR), one of the most beautiful and eco-diverse regions of the reef. The clear water, white sandy beaches, and abundance of fish and other marine life make Glover’s Reef one of the most popular scuba diving and snorkeling sites in Belize.
Today, Glover’s Reef Atoll is an oval ring of coral measuring some 54 miles (87 km) in circumference around what was once an island. Inside Glover’s reef, there are more than 700 “patch” reefs or isolated stands of coral, including delicate fan corals and squat brain corals. These corals are why Glover’s Reef is such a biodiverse region. Everything from spiny urchins to huge schools of curious parrotfish uses the coral to hide from predators, lay eggs, and search for food. Divers have spotted stingrays, sharks, sea turtles, and rays in the reef, but it is the springtime visitors that get the most attention.
Tips for Solo Travellers Visiting Belize Many solo visitors like to visit Belize outside of the major holidays like Christmas and Easter. If you come during the “off season,” you can save on lodgings, and airfare is often cheaper as well. Some of the best months to visit when it’s less crowded are January, February, and after Easter.
And don’t worry about meeting people or making friends! Belize is world-famous for its friendly locals. Belize is still far enough off the beaten path that it feels like a small town. And with everyone speaking English, you’ll never have any problems striking up a conversation.
If you’re flying into Belize, you’ll land at the Philip Goldson Airport. It’s sometimes called the Belize City Airport, but it’s actually located about nine miles north of Belize City in a village called Ladyville.
ADO Bus from Cancun to Belize City Belize is located just south of Mexico’s famed Yucatan Peninsula, so many travelers are interested in information on how to get from Cancún to Belize City or vice versa.
The cheapest option by far is to take the bus. The ADO Bus company operates the sole Cancún-Belize City route with an express service that operates each way twice per day.
From the main bus terminal in Cancún, the bus leaves at either 7:30 AM or 10:15 PM. The busstops at Playa del Carmen, Tulum, and then Bacalar before crossing the border into Belize. The bus also makes brief stops in Corozal Town and Orange Walk Town before arriving at the central bus terminal in Belize City. Transit time is approximately eight hours.
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.
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.
Humberto to track dangerously close to Bermuda this week, possibly as a major hurricane Strengthening Hurricane Humberto is expected to track close enough to Bermuda to unleash heavy rain, strong winds and pounding seas this week.
As of 5 a.m. EDT Monday, Humberto was moving northeast at 5 mph with maximum sustained winds of 85 mph. The storm is expected to continue to strengthen early this week as it stirs rough surf along the East coast of the United States.
Restorative aquaculture: can farming shellfish and seaweed provide habitat benefits? While aquaculture is often associated with degrading water quality, invasive species introductions and the destruction of important coastal habitats, increasing evidence suggests that well-designed and managed aquaculture – particularly of shellfish and seaweeds – can provide ecosystem services including habitat benefits for fish and other marine life.
Working alongside key partners around the world, The Nature Conservancy is combining global-scale synthesis science and on-the-ground projects that address remaining scientific questions around the habitat value of shellfish and seaweed aquaculture.
Celebrate Independence Day in Belize, 1min. Independence Day 2019 will be a special time in Belize as the country celebrates its 38th anniversary of gaining full sovereignty. The occasion will be marked with a number of amazing celebrations, parties, and activities. Every year, Belize celebrates the September celebrations with a unique theme. This year’s official theme is “From Maya Grandeur to Modern Glory, Together Let’s Shape the Belizean Story.”
Last night's TV news on Channel 7, Channel 5, LOVETV, PGTV, Reef TV, KREM, and CTV 3. Also with the most recent Open Your Eyes, Belize Now, Talk Ah Di Town, and other specials.
The San Pedro Sun
No reported injuries in Boca del Rio fire A fire in the Boca del Río area destroyed a two-storey wooden structure at around 6AM on the morning of Saturday, September 14th. The San Pedro Fire Department was able to contain the blaze before it could spread to any other buildings in the vicinity. However, none of the contents (family belongings) inside the burning house could be saved. The Fire Department is now investigating the cause of the fire. The San Pedro Sun will have more information on this latest incident as it becomes available.
Various Belizean Sources
Cristina Martinez passes away Mayor Daniel Guerrero, the San Pedro Town Council and Staff would like to extend its sincere condolences to the Martinez friends and family on the sadly passing of Ms. Cristina Martinez.
Ms. Martinez will be greatly missed as she was an active member of our society and always willing to help others in need and a very hard working woman.
Funeral services will be on Sunday, at 2pm at the San Pedro R.C. Church.
Adamir Choc's body found The lifeless body of Adamir Choc was discovered moments ago on the Never Delay road outside of Cotton Tree Village.
Update on the New River – Use of Aerators to Remediate Current Conditions of the New River The Department of the Environment (DOE) hereby informs the public, especially residents of Orange Walk Town and those living in the vicinity of the New River, that the Department is implementing a pilot initiative to use aerators in the river, as recommended by the recently established New River Task Force. The intention is to remedy the current conditions of the New River by using aerators to introduce oxygen in the water and revert the current anaerobic condition of the river, consequently decreasing the stench coming out of the river.
Puma in Ladyville This puma was seen yesterday afternoon up a tree in a yard in the Lake View Gardens area of the village. Visits by Forest Dept yesterday and today were unable to locate it again.
Carnival in Corozal Carnival is a time of revelry, where there's an explosive display of color, music, and creativity! The King and Queen Competition is an essential part of celebrating carnival in Belize. Corozal Carnival will be held on Friday September 20th, 2019.
The Route 2019:
Santa Rita Road,
Turn left into first Avenue,
Straight into 4th Avenue,
Turn left into 8th st. North,
Into 5th avenue,
Ends at Recalde Stadium.
Caye Caulker Parade Photos Firstly, we take this opportunity to wish our staff member, Jerome, a happy birthday. C.C.V.C would like to thank all the schools businesses, police, fire , B.W.S.L., the health department and the staff of the Caye Caulker Village Council who participated and made the uniform parade a success!
ArT In ThE ParK in Corozal, photos A little stroll at our ArT In ThE ParK tonight was great. Beautiful moonlight. Wonderful event and turnout. Great music, So many stalls offering trinkets, food, wood carvings, acrylic paintings, coconut husk art, etc. Our favourite was definitely Coconut Hut.
Corozal All Stars U17 Female over Benque 9-0 CONGRATULATIONS! Corozal All Stars U17 Female wins Benque 9-0. Impressive, well done girls. Thank you for your continued commitment, special thanks to the coaches, parents and players. Well done. Total goals 17-0. Unofficially we continue leading the U17 Females FFB Global Table of Standing -
Rafael Cal Scholarship Awards Each September we welcome six new students into our Rafael Cal Memorial High School Scholarship program. Congratulations, Javeed Romero, Shamira Hernandez, Nathaniel Gonzalez, Keian White, Carly Galvez and Jossiah Lucas! They were selected from the primary schools in San Ignacio and Santa Elena and are now enrolled in Sacred Heart College, Eden SDA High School, and St. Ignatius High School. 57 students have graduated through this program.
FRANCISCO MAY PECH Francisco May Pech (1884 - 1969) was the last supreme commander of Maya military forces . He was a Yucatec Maya General considered as the last Genral of the rebellious Maya hosts of the so-called War of Castes in the Yucatan Peninsula , Mexico , particularly in the region that today constitutes the peninsular state of Quintana Roo , where he lived a large part of his life and died.
He was born in Yokdzonot and died in Chan Santa Cruz, which was the original name of the current city of Felipe Carrillo Puerto and is also the name given to the de facto independent Maya state , which was the capital or main redoubt of the indigenous rebels during the rebellion known as Caste War . The rebellious Maya were known as the Cruzoob .
Twenty-two Belizean Patriots honored
Annually, the Government seeks out individuals who have provided outstanding and meritorious service to the country and people of Belize and offers a small recognition under the National Award system. […]
One dead, one critical in Belmopan shooting
A minor, 17, is dead and a man is in critical condition following a shooting in Belmopan this morning.
Reports are that Uver Delgado, was shot to the head and died while receiving emergency care. […]
PUP laments tragedy at Civic Center
The People’s United Party (PUP) today extended condolences to the families of the men killed on Friday when the platform of the scaffolding upon which they were working gave way. […]
Body of missing teen found
The body of missing teen, Adamir ‘Mia’ Choc was discovered today on the Never Delay road on the outskirts of Cotton Tree village.
Choc went missing as she exited a night club in Belmopan around 3 am last Saturday. […]
“New river stench will get worse before it gets better,” warns DOE
The Department of the Environment (DOE) said today that it is taking steps to address the environmental issue causing the putrid stench from the New River, which is affecting communities in Orange Walk, but added the stench will get worse before it gets better. […]
September in Belize. Red, White and Blue? Check. Heat? Check! Yesterday I had an hour or so before a meeting so I went on a bit of a walk about. San Pedro town is getting busier and busier when it comes to traffic but there is really no better way to really see and experience this island.
The island is being fully decorated for September 21st – Independence Day in Belize. Many also celebrate independence days around Central America and Mexico.
I took a bunch of other pictures as I walked along the beach. Clouds, humidity, sun and HEAT is the forecast for the near term!
2 Days in Belize: Ruminations on Ruins, Rum, and Running out of Room (to Eat) How to make the most of a quick visit to Belize.
Belize, formerly British Honduras and the place whose town called San Pedro is the alleged inspiration behind Madonna’s 1986 hit, “La Isla Bonita,” is a fascinating Central American country with a stark dual personality, with delights to be found in either camp. (You will find that “this is where I long to be,” is a relevant Madonna lyric in either case.) It is also a place that has become more and more accessible to Americans, especially during the rise of discount travel and budget economy class, requiring only half a day’s time from most U.S. airport hubs.
In even just a scant two days it is possible to get a good long look at both of Belize’s unique faces, from the inland ruins and rainforest to the island tiki and tacos. If quick and dirty travel to Belize makes itself available to you—looking at you, Scott’s Cheap Flights—then by all means, carpe Belize. (That’s “seize the Belize.” Belize it or not, any and all clever Belize-based word play has already been done.)
One Mexican charged in Belize cocaine bust One of the six subjects detained by Belize Police in an anti-drug operation is a man of Mexican nationality. The six were busted while unloading more than 1,300 kilos of cocaine from a plane along the Coastal Road, near the Mexican border.
La Policía de Belice report that four of those arrested have been charged with the crime of drug trafficking including the 69-year-old Mexican national. The King Air Aircraft 200 was seen landing along the Belizean highway approximately 250 kilometers south of Chetumal.
Tropical disturbances continue to stir over central Atlantic In addition to Humberto and the feature in the Gulf of Mexico, there are a few other tropical disturbances that bear watching over the central Atlantic for possible impact later in the week.
There are three disturbances being monitored over the central Atlantic this weekend. These are located between 1,000 and 1,500 miles east of the Lesser Antilles as of Saturday afternoon.
Dry air was surrounding most of these features which were drifting toward an area of increasing wind shear.
Banda San Jose Guayabal at Noche Centro Americana, 7min. Banda San Jose Guayabal from El Salvador performing in San Pedro Town for Noche Centro Americana that honours the Independence of Mexico and five Central American countries (Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica).
Houston Ultimate Women’s Expo, 1min. The Houston Ultimate Women’s Expo is a consumer show promoting women empowerment. This event is the ultimate showcase for the latest products and services, including the very best in shopping, beauty, health and wellness and ofcourse, travel and leisure. Here's some testimonials from the show!
Major Drug Bust At Illegal Airstrip Off Coastal Road In Belize Belize Police have charged four men for what is being considered one of the biggest drugs in Belize after a drug plane landed at an illegal airstrip off the Coastal Road on Sunday, September 7, 2019.
Police confiscated four bales containing approximately 1,000 pounds of cocaine. Four men were arrested and charged jointly with one count of possession of a controlled drug with intent to supply another person or persons for the purpose of drug trafficking.
BTB Launches Second Phase Of “Did You Know” Campaign The Belize Tourism Board (BTB) launched the second phase of its Did You Know (DYK) campaign, which is aimed at increasing awareness among hoteliers, persons who own a home and rent rooms or businesses providing accommodation for remuneration purposes of the need to register with the Registrar of Hotels at the BTB.
New Postal Stamps Commemorate Belize-Taiwan Diplomatic Relations The Belize Postal Service released a new set of postage stamps on Thursday, September 12, 2019. The stamps commemorate the 30 years of diplomatic relations and friendship shared between Belize and the Republic of China (Taiwan).
These stamps depict important symbols of the two countries. The 25¢ stamp depicts the flags of Belize and the Republic of China (Taiwan), the $1.00 stamp depicts the Belize Blue Hole and the Jade Mountain of Taiwan, and the $5.00 stamp depicts the national bird of Belize, the Keel-Billed Toucan and the national bird of the Republic of China (Taiwan), the Taiwan Blue Magpie.
Various Belizean Sources
Boat collides with reef off San Pedro, no one injured Information reaching our newsroom indicates that there was an accident at sea earlier this evening. According to sources, a boat belonging to a local tour operator with guests aboard collided into the reef near Ambergris Caye and capsized. We were reliably informed that no one was injured. Some of the organizations mentioned assisting the passengers and captain were Rickilee Response and Rescue (Triple R), Xsite Belize and personnel from the Hol Chan Marine Reserve. The Belize Coast Guard has secured the boat awaiting a visit from the Department of the Environment (DOE) to evaluate damages to the reef.
Central America & Mexico Independence Eve Celebration in San Pedro We invite everyone to the Central America & Mexico Independence Eve on Saturday, September 14, 2019 at the Hon. Louis Sylvestre Sports Complex.
There will be a parade starting at 5:00 p.m. from the Central Park and ending at the Hon. Louis Sylvestre.
Come enjoy the food from the various Central American countries and Mexico. There will be lots of performances! Dance the night away with the Caribbean Kings band!
Annual Report 2018: Ya’axche Conservation Trust 2018 was an incredible year for us; we celebrated 20 years of conservation and community empowerment in the Maya Golden Landscape, southern Belize!
Our astonishing accomplishments have been possible with the support of supporters, friends, partners, donors, board members and staff – thank you!
Read highlights of our work in the 2018 Annual Report.
Free Basketball Skills Training Camp Inviting all Corozal Basketball lovers to sign up for this FREE upcoming camp featuring NBA fitness trainer Trey Slate. See details on the ad below.
Jayden Daniel Hill wins Corozal Municipal Bazaar Logo Competition Congratulations young man! Mayor Rigo Vellos and the Corozal Town Council congratulates Mr. Jayden Daniel Hill for winning the Municipal Bazaar Logo Competition. The 4th Form Student from the Corozal Community College, received his prize of $100.00. Let us continue supporting our local entrepreneurs and small business owners.
BEL Appoints Mr. Jason Rivers to Head its Finance, Procurement and Inventory Management Division Belize Electricty Limited (BEL) is proud to announce that its Board of Directors has appointed Mr. Jason Rivers to the new post of General Manager, Finance, Procurement & Inventory Management within the Company's Leadership Team with effect from September 1, 2019. In this capacity. he now heads the newly-created Division of Finance, Procurement & Inventory Management covering the functions of Finance. Accounting, Treasury Management. External Audit. Procurement and Inventory Management.
Frenemy Coming to Cayo Frenemy, the comedy from Jankunu Productionz which has been performed all over Belize, is heading to Cayo on the 28th. They'll be performing the comedy at the Sacred Heart auditorium.
"Frenemy tour continues CAYO & PLACENCIA we're coming!
If yuh not mi friend, your my enemy... Frenemy"
Mahogany and Cedar trees planted along the Mopan River Yesterday villagers from El Cruzadero in Peten planted 250 mahogany and cedar trees along the Mopan River as part of the youth group “Todos Por Un Mundo Verde” and the Binational Watershed Alliance effort aimed at restoring riversides.
Black Friday Fall Leaves Two Roofers Dead
A Black Friday tragedy has left two construction workers dead after falling to their deaths this morning. It happened just after 11:00 at the country's largest indoor sporting facility, the Civic Center.
7News was there shortly after and Cherisse Halsall spoke to an eyewitness to the horrifying event. Here's her story:...
Cherisse Halsall reporting
This is the towering scaffold inside the City Center from which 6 men fell today. They were installing sound insulation padding, when the plywood platform across the scaffold gave way, sending the men crashing to the Civic bleachers - a 30 foot, or three story freefall. One of their co-workers was the first responder to a gruesome scene.
Jesus Contreras, Construction Worker
"We were inside working in the Civic Center above the court above the seats. 6 individuals were putting cloth and were putting pressure on the Zinc, one of the 2x6 broke in half and when it broke in half all of them caved in causing two of the individuals to fall headway first, with the rest falling on the seats, one of them falling lying down and it was just a horrible experience."
"One old man known as Roque, he fell headway first opening his head, his brains came out, and one of them. Mr Earl Stuart fell shoulder first and hit on the railing. I don't know if he broke his neck or his shoulder. One of them named Willy dropped flat way back hitting his head back here was busted up and one named Lucas dropped on a seat sitting down I think he broke his foot. One named Charly ,a big one ,he fell on a seat too and he bounced off and lay down on the ground. The one that they call Max he dropped on his belly across one of the chairs."
"One of them the one I think Mr. Earl i don't know if he will make it because he broke his neck and the old man who busted his head and his brains came out I don't know if he'll make it either."
It's a horrible accident - but how did it happen? Were safety measures not observed? Well, we know the men were not wearing harnesses and the workers had doubts about the stability of the scaffold:
Jesus Contreras, Construction Worker
"Myself and another guy one of my friends who is back there called Molina. We had just come off of the board because we wanted to prove my uncle wrong that it wouldn't break because my uncle was telling us that it would break. And then I told my uncle it won't break watch and we went up and came back down and as I came down as I touched the ladder beside the stick that broke all I heard was clack. It broke."
"Why do you think your uncle believed that it was going to break?"
Jesus Contreras, Construction Worker
"He was pointing to the 2x6 that it had a big belly and when the 15 of us were on top of it. It had the same belly but it didn't break. So I said it wasn't gonna break and then the rest who already did their part went to the shop. A little while after my uncle said it would break and I went to the top to prove him wrong, and..."
And now four men are in the hospital while two are dead, Roque Jimenez and Orlington Stuart. Stuart's family says he will be missed by the one son and two daughters he leaves behind.
Voice of: Alec Jones, Brother of Orlington "Earl" Stuart
"Shocked and still soaking it in, but we have to figure it out. It's sad and we didn't expected it. The whole family is shaken. Just trying to adjust. Its just rough. He was a cool guy, a working family guy. He is a car dealer and he also worked with a roofing company. I guess thats what he was doing at the civic. He was around every day. He was here and he lived with his son. He was well loved."
And, to hear this worker tell it, it was caused by laziness:
Jesus Contreras, Construction Worker
"The problem is today that the one who was building the scaffold with us got a little lazy and in the end only two of us was building it so we didn't have much help to..."
"So you guys didn't double check it?"
Jesus Contreras, Construction Worker
"We didn't double check this time."
The contractor didn't want to comment on that - and says that he is still trying to ascertain how this accident happened to such experienced and knowledgeable workers.
Delphin Garnett, Delnox Belize
"The four guys that are still admitted, they ae doing very well. They area stable. According to the doctors nobody's life is in danger at this time. Two of them might even come out today. I have been with the family from the accident. I just had a formal meeting with one family and I am on my way to see the other family."
"The young man Contreras told us this morning that he feels that they didn't double the scaffolding."
Delphin Garnett, Delnox Belize
"I am not able to comment on that. What I can tell you is that the men we have working there, they are very experienced in what they were doing, especially scaffolding. The scaffolding are still there standing and what happened is a piece of lumber that should have been able to take the load gave way and we are still trying to understand why. They were actually working at the lowest point we have worked in the building, because its the side and that one we have to mount the scaffolding between the seats in the bleachers. Orlington, he is a personal friend for many years. He has worked with me and he has a lot of experience and he was a pusher, very meticulous and careful in what he was doing and he was just an extremely good worker. Mr. Roque as we called him, he made everybody happy. That's his personality. Its a joy to work alongside him and work along with him and he was also experienced in construction, so he knew about all sorts of things, he is a very valuable worker we lost."
APEX and Belize Infrastructure Limited both issued statements on the tragic accident expressing their prayers and condolences to the families. Tonight the four men that survived are being treated for injuries at the KHMH. Two of them may be released before morning.
16 Year Old Charged For Killing 13 Year Old Friend
Earlier this week we told you about Christopher Chi, the 13 year old from Yo Creek village whose body was found bludgeoned outside Orange Walk town. Well, police have charged his 16 year old friend for doing it. The minor was arraigned in Orange Walk Magistrate's Court his afternoon - and remanded to prison.
Hiss attorney Marcel Cardona said his client maintains his innocence:
Marcel Cardona, Attorney for Accused Minor
"I spoke with my client very briefly and my client maintains the position that he is not responsible for the murder or the death, or for having cause the death of Mr. Christopher Chi, no. Accordingly I will have to take further instructions in relation to that as time goes by no, but the police could only allot me a certain amount of time and during that time that was in a nutshell what the client informed me of, that he is not guilty of the offense which he has been charged with. He has been remanded up to November 5th of this year."
According to our reports, this teenager was the one who picked up Chi at his home on September 6th - which is the last time his. Family saw him alive. The teenager was found dead on September 10th. He died from blunt force head trauma; his family says he was stoned to death.
14 Year Old Boy Missing in San Pedro
And while that 13 year old is dead, a San Pedro family has concerns for a missing 14 year old boy. Roberto Nah's family says he was last seen on Wednesday at midday. They made a missing persons report for him yesterday.
Island police had a lead, which never worked out and now they say they have no new information.
Shopkeeper's Alleged Killer Charged On Wednesday we told you about the murder of the 61 year old Shopkeeper int Bella Vista, Toledo - who villagers affectionately called "Grampa". Jiang Zhang Xu was shot by a robber on the night of 10th September. The gunman demanded money, and when Xu resisted, the robber shot him.
Well, police have charged the man who they arrested shortly after the murder. He is 37 year old Jeremiah Pop, also from Bella Vista village. He will be arraigned for murder and remanded. Pop may have used a weapon that disappeared from his last place of employment at a shrimp farm.
Danny Mason Wants Embassy Witness
Last night's headline was about accused murder William "Danny" Mason.
He gave a captivating statement from the dock. He professed his innocence, saying that he was clueless about how Pastor Lucas' decapitated head ended up in the back of his pickup truck. Mason also stressed that Pastor Lucas - with whom he was allegedly very generous - was his close friend and that he was overcome with grief when he learned that he had been killed.
So, there is only one outstanding matter before the defense completely closes its case. Mason wants to call a US Embassy employee to testify on his behalf, but the issue is that this man is not in Belize. So, there is a process that the court has to go through to get access to this potential witness, and it may cause even more delays to the end of this trial.
Saldivar Shows Military Muscle, If Not Quite Might
Today the Ministry of National Security held its third annual security forces parade in Belmopan. Perhaps fashioned off those goose-stepping military parades we've see in North Korea - today's event in Belmopan wasn't quite as regimented or as imperious, but it brought a little life to the capital on a Friday evening.
And it provided a high profile showcase for the man who would want to be leader, John Saldivar. He's been flexing his political muscle recently and said today was a chance for the forces to showcase themselves:
Accused Murder and Gangster Troy Hyde Doubles Up On Bail
He's on bail for murder and so it wasn't surprising when 32 year old Troy Hyde was remanded after he was charged for being a gang member.
But, tonight, after a week in prison, the alleged killer is back out - after his attorney, Norman Rodriguez convinced the Supreme Court to grant him five thousand dollars bail. Justice Colin Williams agreed to the bail, against the strong objections of the DPP's office.
Norman Rodriguez said bail should have been granted...
Making Migration Sense This morning the government of Belize held an inter-ministerial consultation on Migration Governance Indicators. This assessment was conducted at GOB's request to generate an inclusive national conversation on Belize's migration policies. We stopped by the Biltmore to get a better understanding of how different agencies are inputting on a national policy for migration.
Edmund Zuniga, C.E.O. - Ministry of Immigration with responsibility for Refugees:
"Today we're having a presentation on the findings of the migration governance indicators. Its a study which started in January of this year looking at some data and information which will eventually feed into the development of our comprehensive migration and development policy for Belize."
Monitoring Water Quality At The Source Today the Department of the Environment held a validation workshop for a Comprehensive National Water Quality monitoring program and protocol. The Canadian Consulting firm CBCL traveled around Belize to identify gaps in water monitoring protocols. Today they shared those findings with stakeholders and asked for their input and suggestions. Representatives from the DOE told us more.
Oscar B At ACC Today Anglican Cathedral College students got a rare treat from the one and only Oscar B. The soca artist performed at the school this afternoon. But aside from the jump up, he also shared a message with the kids. Here is more from the free campus concert.
Day 7 in Search for Adamir Choc The family of missing nineteen-year-old Adamir Choc remains hopeful. Today, they extended their search along the Belize River, seven days after the teenager was last seen alive leaving a nightclub. [...]
A San Pedro student also goes missing Even as the family of Adamir Choc continues to desperately look for her in the Belmopan area, another family is reporting a missing member. In San Pedro, a fourteen-year-old student, [...]
Kareem Francis scrambles to post bail Tonight twenty-nine-year old Kareem Francis, who has beaten more than one murder charge in the past, remains in police custody until he can pay an old fine then post bail [...]
Jason Rivers moves up at B.E.L. Belize Electricity Limited today announced the promotion of Jason Rivers as General Manager of Finance, Procurement and Inventory Management with effect from September first, 2019. Rivers rose up the ranks [...]
Sound Fest 2019 at the Big Birds Isle The eighteenth annual Sound Fest, a celebration of Belizean musicians organized by the Association for Belizean Artists First, kicks off tonight at the Birds Isle and promises a heavy line-up [...]
City Hall Moves to its New Home City Hall is moving to its new headquarters. The City Council will now be operating at the former commercial centre in the downtown area of the City. Renovations took time [...]
Tribute to twenty-two Belizean patriots The tribute to Belizean Patriots was held at the Bliss auditorium on Thursday night. The ceremony is incorporated in the Independence celebrations to recognize Belizeans who have made a positive [...]
Four foreigners remanded for drug plane landing On Sunday night, September 8, Belize’s national security apparatus swung into high gear as police and soldiers acted upon intelligence that a drug plane had left Venezuela and that it might be landing somewhere in the country.
The resulting police operations resulted in the nabbing of 6 persons, all foreign nationals, and the plane, with its cargo of 41 bales of cocaine that had landed on the Belize Coastal Road, at about Mile 7 in the southern part of the Belize District.
This afternoon, four out of those six foreign nationals were taken to the Belize City Magistrate’s Court to be arraigned on criminal charges.
Adamira Choc, 19, missing, after getting into vehicle outside nightclub On Friday night, Adamira Choc, 19, of Maya Mopan, and two female friends of hers went out for a night of party and socializing in Belmopan, went to several night clubs and then to a bar in Las Flores, Belmopan, where her friends became involved in an altercation with a woman, and they, her friends, left hastily without notifying her.
When Adamira realized at closing time that she was alone, she frantically began to look for her friends, who were no longer at the club.
After standing outside the club for some time, she decided to get into a vehicle, presumably after being offered a ride home. Adamira has not been seen since she got into the vehicle. She has been missing now for 6 days, and a massive search is underway to find her.
Belizeans celebrate 221st anniversary of the Battle of St. George’s Caye The story of the emerging country of Belize has its origin in the 1798 Battle of St. George’s Caye, between the Spaniards and the British settlers and their slaves.
On Tuesday, Belizeans celebrated the 221st anniversary of the Battle of St. George’s Caye with the traditional ceremony at the Memorial Park under this year’s theme: “From Mayan grandeur to modern glory, together let’s shape the Belizean story.” One of the highlights of the morning’s ceremony was the crowning of the incoming Queen of the Bay, Kimberly Santos, who was crowned by the outgoing Queen of the Bay, Jenny Lee Cruz. Singer Radiance Thompson serenaded the queens with the popular song, “Queen of the Bay”.
Reynaldo Verde, Deputy Director of Belize Tax Services, nabbed in US on extortion charge: FBI The newly amalgamated Income Tax and General Sales Tax (GST) Department, which is now known as Belize Tax Services, has become the focus of negative public scrutiny after the country received a national and international black-eye when its Deputy Director, Reynaldo Verde, who traveled to Brussels on official business, was nabbed by Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agents and charged with extortion and attempted extortion as he was transiting the US on his return trip home.
An FBI release issued today, Monday, September 9, 2019, said, “The FBI announces the arrest of Reynaldo Verde, 46, of the country of Belize, by complaint for his alleged interference with commerce by means of extortion and attempted extortion.”
William Mason, primary accused in beheading murder, makes tearful dock statement As the murder trial of William Danny Mason and his four co-accused, Terence Fernandez, Ashton Vanegas, Keiron Fernandez and Ernest Castillo entered its defense phase, today the court heard from Mason, who is believed to have been the mastermind behind the 2016 beheading murder of Dangriga Pastor Llewellyn Lucas.
When Supreme Court Justice Antoinette Moore explained the three defense options available to him — one, you could go on the witness stand and give sworn evidence and be subjected to cross examination; you can make a dock statement and you will not have to answer any questions, though a dock statement carries less weight than if you were to give evidence and be cross examined; or thirdly, you can stay where you are and not say anything.
Mayor Bernard Wagner’s September 10 address There is a story of origin about this day, and to me that story is unlike any other. What we know is that on September 10, 1798, the Spaniards, after several failed efforts, made one final attempt at claiming our Belize. On that day a battle ensued, and our forefathers, whom we so admirably call the “Baymen”, thwarted these efforts and deterred the Spaniards permanently. As a result, we celebrate today as one of the key historical events leading up to an independent Belize. HIP HIP HOORAY!
I refer to this tale as “unlike any other” because the Baymen were mainly enslaved blacks fighting alongside their white masters.
Corozal F.A. launches Opening Season Youth Tournaments 2019-2020 On, Sunday, September 8, the Corozal Football Association (CFA) launched its CFA Opening Season Youth Tournament 2019-2020. It all took place at the Carolina Football Field in Carolina Village, Corozal District. This year, we started our new journey with three youth tournaments i.e. U10 (5 teams), U13 (7 teams) and U20 (7 teams).
Our office is very grateful to the community at large for making this tournament possible and a total success. Seeing the big smile in each of the participants gave us that assurance that we made their day and surely a success. All of this was possible, thanks to our Chairman, Mr. Mario Casanova; Mr. Frank Sutherland; Mr. Louis Arcurio; and me, Mr. Vasquez.
Sailing Association holds 9th National Championship Regatta The Belize Sailing Association (BzSA) held its ninth National Championship Regatta in Consejo Shores on September 7 and 8 for the Optimist and Laser Classes. This brings our sailing season to a close.
The winner of the Optimist Championship Regatta is recognized with his/her name being placed on the Dennis Bradley perpetual trophy; and the top Optimist and Laser sailors who participated in all five (5) of BzSA’s Ranking Regattas throughout the year are awarded. The five regattas this year were held in Buttonwood Bay, Baron Bliss (Belize City), Corozal, Caye Caulker and our Nationals (Consejo).
Dangriga sports stats – Carl Ramos Stadium, PLB showdown this Sunday, 7 pts vs 7 pts, Wagiya vs San Pedro Pirates As anticipated by the fans, the Dangriga Basketball Association (DBA) Finals Matchup will be the two undefeated teams in the league, Hopkins Assassins versus Harlem Shockers. If you were at the Russell Chiste Garcia Auditorium on Saturday night, you would’ve gotten to see two intense yet competitive semifinal games. Both games finished with a 3-point deficit, where Hopkins Assassins and Harlem Shockers were victorious in their respective games. Who will be DBA U-23 Basketball Champions?
FFB Youth Inter-District Tournaments update; Male U-15 and U-17 Finals set for September 28 The Football Federation of Belize (FFB) Female U-15 and U-17 tournaments have entered their playoff stage, while the Male U-15 and U-17 tournaments have reached their Finals, which are scheduled to be held at the FFB Stadium on September 28. At the People’s Stadium, Orange Walk clipped Cayo, 1-0, on a goal by Josefin Reyes (52’).
Here at the MCC Grounds, visiting Stann Creek bombed Belize, 9-0, with goals from Shendra Casimiro (14’), Shamika Lambey (22’ & 40’), Cenia Apolonio (29’), Jessie McLaughlin (37’) and Khalydia Velasquez (49’ & 64’), and also benefited from own goals by Belize’s Alexia Estell (38’ OG) and Amberlin Dawson (48’ OG).
Editorial: PM should apologize for corruption and other wrongs It is hard to believe that a person who threw his hat into the political ring around forty years ago, and has kept it there up to this day, has no concern for what his country will say about him after he heads off into the sunset. It has to be that the politician who expressed no concern for his legacy, was tongue-in-cheek, frustrated, or misguided.
If Prime Minister Dean Oliver Barrow entered politics with no concern for the quality of service he would give to the Belizean people, then he didn’t tell the Belizean people the truth. We believed that it was our interests which he and his party were intent on protecting, when he railed against the then ruling People’s United Party (PUP) and all their deeds which he said would ruin the country.
From The Publisher The hellacious pressure from Washington that the South American republic of Venezuela has been experiencing is not only because the United States of America, the largest economy and most powerful military in the world, wants to control the Venezuelan petroleum reserves, possibly the planet’s most abundant, but because of a gut fear white Americans have, especially in the Southern, Confederate, formerly slave-holding states, a gut fear which goes way back to the Haitian Revolution of 1791.
Had oil prices remained over $100 a barrel instead of dropping to less than half that, and had Comandante Hugo Chavez remained alive, countries like Belize in this Central American and Caribbean region of the world would have been in a much better position economically, because the Americans would have had to make at least a token effort to match the aid Chavez was dishing out so lavishly to the region, a region which is not considered white by the Confederate states.
The incompleteness theorem Dear Editor,
The incompleteness theorem of Kurt Godel, a mathematician, proved, using logic, a branch of maths, that (1) All systems with rules are either incomplete or contain contradictions, and (2) a system cannot correctly assess itself. I use these 2 mathematical axioms to discuss the state of representative democracy globally.
Firstly, the state of the political dilemma of the United States (US), the world’s most powerful democracy, is a validation of those principles. Most of the world is taken aback by US President Donald Trump’s “America first and don’t worry about no one else” political philosophy.
Research professor warns about disrupting sediments in the New River without study first
We are sharing information received from Dr. Guy Lanza, Research Professor, Department of Environmental and Forest Biology (ESF), State University of New York, Syracuse, NY whom we have consulted over the years concerning the Chalillo Dam and the Macal River.
Yesterday, we sent him a copy of the government press release, “Department of the Environment Provides Update on the New River Situation”. He contacted us today saying that the disruption of the sediments in the New River could release other toxic elements trapped in the sediments. He warned that, “They really should sample and analyze the sediments before they aerate to get some sense of the danger to the health of the people and the ecosystem.”
Questioning JC and the anti-Queens If Brother JC Arzu were to stop calling for the Queen to hand up her throne in Belize, I would be his number one disciple. The brother really has a lot of major league talent. I don’t know if he was at the top of his class when he was in school, but if he wasn’t, I bet he would have been if he had wanted to. The wisdom of JC is on par with anyone in the world, except for his fault.
Corruption of the system or the people? Before social media I don’t think news ever travelled so fast, with such quick opportunity to give feedback. Social media is a platform also used to exploit people, bully others, advocate for issues and just connect with friends far and near. It has its good and bad aspects, but one sure benefit is the lightning speed with which news travels.
Almost at the drop of a hat one can be aware of the latest news and likewise give a reaction. Such was the case this week when on the eve of all our celebrations leading up to the commemoration of the 221st anniversary of the Battle of Saint George’s Caye Day, Belizeans learnt about the arrest of the Deputy Director General of the Belize Tax Service —formerly the General Sales Tax (GST) Department.
Foreigners and government of Juan Orlando Hernández want to dispossess lands of Garífunas Behind the tourism projects where the marriage of foreign capital and the country’s elites merge, the rights of the Garifuna people are in constant danger, which are intended to be guaranteed by using the armed bodies of the State of Honduras to contain their defense. In Garífuna territory they have built a millionaire hotel complex and luxury golf courses, one of them the “Indura Hotel” that belongs to the Hilton “Curio Collection”; built on threats, harassment and human rights abuses of 157,000 Garifuna families, depriving them of their ancestral and agricultural lands, located in Barra Vieja, Cayo Santa Marta, located in Tornabé, department of Atlántida.
Soca Moca Mas Band wins Carnival Road March The highly anticipated 2019 Carnival Road March was held in Belize City on Saturday afternoon, September 7, and it lived up to its hype. Thousands of people lined its designated route, from Caesar Ridge Road to the Marion Jones Sports Complex on Princess Margaret Drive, and 10 bands participated in one of the biggest events in the September celebrations, and in the country.
The bands did not fail to excite the crowd.
The revelers were elegant in their costumes and danced with confidence.
There were judging stations along the route of the parade, and the bands were judged based on established criteria, some of which included dance moves, the attractiveness of the costumes, and the sturdiness of the costumes.
Literacy Day celebrated in Belize World Literacy Day is held annually in the first week of September to highlight the changes and improvements made worldwide in literacy development and on the issues surrounding adult literacy and child literacy.
Literacy Day was celebrated in Belize on Friday, September 6, this year and St. Martin De Porres RC School, located on Partridge Street, held many activities to celebrate the day.
Christopher Chi, 13, missing; body found decomposing Last Friday, a Jasmine Alert was issued to notify the public of the disappearance of Christopher Chi, 13, of Yo Creek.
According to reports, at about 5:30 Friday evening, Chi’s elder brother saw him get on a motorcycle with a man who was known to him and his family, and they drove away.
When the boy failed to come home, the family began to get frantic and went to the police, and a search to find him began. The Jasmine Alert was also issued, declaring that Chi was in danger.
Suicide Prevention Flag raised at Wesley College World Suicide Prevention Day will be observed in Belize on Tuesday, September 10. It is a day of hope, to remind the public that no one should die by suicide, that those who desire to take their lives can be helped.
The theme for this year’s suicide prevention day activities is “Working Together to Prevent Suicide.”
Today, Monday, September 9, the Suicide Prevention Day Flag was raised during a ceremony at Wesley College on Yarborough Road in Belize City, and flags will also be raised at high school compounds throughout the country, at small ceremonies.
Who is responsible for Civic Center tragedy?
Often times it takes tragedy such as the one at the Civic Centre for officials to pay attention at the laws broken and the need for policies. Perhaps the biggest question to emerge from this tragedy is whether or not the men had their hard hats and gears considering the safety hazards they faced at …
2 men dead and 4 injured in Civic Center accident
Two men are dead and four more injured after they fell off a scaffold inside the Belize Civic Centre. Roque Martinez Jimenez and Elrington Stuart lost their lives just after eleven o’clock this morning when six men stood atop a 50-foot scaffold attending to the air conditioning units inside the civic. Love News was on …
Belize International Film Festival kicked off with Sprinter
Last night, the movie Sprinter kicked off the opening of the fourteen session of the Belize International Film Festival. It is an inspirational movie depicting a young Jamaican whose exceptional track and field ability was able to change his life; but not before multiple setbacks and challenges. Love news spoke with Suzette Zayden, the Director …
The search for Choc continues
19-year-old Adamir Choc remains missing as the search by family and friends continues. Choc was at E & L Bar in Belmopan on Saturday, September 7. She was last seen getting into an SUV outside the establishment. Since leaving her house for the club on that night, she has not returned home. Cayo Correspondent, Fem …
IOM assisting Belize with National Migration and Development Policy
In June, the International Organization for Migration, IOM, conducted a study on migration in Belize. Today, the preliminary findings of that study were presented to key stakeholders. Love News spoke with Marcelo Pisani, the Regional Director for Central America, who said that a final report will be made based on the findings. Marcelo Pisani, IOM …
National Strategic Plan aims to increase survival rate and control cancer
With cancer being one of the leading causes of death in Belize, a national consultation is being held to develop a national strategic plan to address the problem. Love News spoke with Dr. Marvin Manzanero, the Director of Health Services at the Ministry of Health, who said that the strategic plan also takes into consideration …
BTB launches “Did you know” campaign
The Belize Tourism Board has embarked on the second phase of a campaign dubbed “Did you know”. The campaign seeks to acquaint landlords, managers of resorts, hotels, and guest houses with the requirements that must be met before advertising one’s property in any marketing platform such as Airbnb. Love News spoke with Jacqui Santos-Locke, the …
Showcasing Belizean Culture
A Belizean woman is representing Belize in a cultural forum hosted by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Florencia Castillo was invited by UNESCO to showcase various Belizean cuisine. Castillo is currently in Italy and we were able to speak to her on her experience and journey. Florencia Castillo, Belize Representative for …
Minor charged for the murder of Christopher Chi
Tonight, the Chi family in Yo Creek Village, Orange Walk, may finally have some semblance of closure. Police have charged a minor for the murder of 14-year-old Christopher Chi. The 16-year-old charged is also from Yo Creek Village. Police would not release any other details on the arrest since the accused is a minor. Chi …
Military Parade held in Belmopan
As part of the September Celebrations, the third annual Military Parade was held in Belmopan. It is a sight to take in as the defence forces come together for a display of strength and unity. Cayo Correspondent, Fem Cruz, was at the parade and brought the highlights.
Maya Heroes Day honors Belize’s ancestors Drawing on a fierce pride and wanting to honor those who came before us, the Northern Maya Association of Belize celebrated Maya Heroes Day 2019. The third annual celebration was held on Saturday, August 31, 2019 in Orange Walk Town, and saw a wonderful mix of symbolic rituals and activities that shine a light on the rich history of our Maya people.
A ceremonial Maya Cardinal Points Ritual added to the air of reverence for our forefathers, led by Ms. Felicita Cantun. A prayer for each cardinal point, highlighted by the drumbeat in the background, blessed the entire area for the day.
Caye Caulker: The closest thing to paradise I've ever seen Pulling up to Caye Caulker in Belize, there was one resounding first impression running through my mind: This. Is. Paradise.
Whenever I arrive in a new place I like to make a conscious effort to track my first impressions. I usually try and compare the place to others I’ve been so I can relate it to something in my mind. I was prepared for Caye Caulker to be a bit like Gili T just off of Bali, because I knew it was a small island with beautiful beaches and no cars.
This place really is a freaking dream. The buildings were MADE for Instagram — cute pastel colours, stilted or propped up on blocks, cute Instagrammable signs. They knew exactly what they were doing with the aesthetics in this place! The streets are so quaint, lined with palm trees and flags. People whip around on golf carts or bikes or foot, because it takes about 3 mins to get from east to west of the island and the main strip, Front Street, takes about 10 mins.
From A – Z at the New Belize Medical Associates A new style of medical care has come to Ambergris Caye. We now have the option to get state of the art diagnostic testing and treatment. Belize Medical Associates has been providing services since June 17th and was recently inaugurated September 7th. There is also a salon on the premises so you can leave looking great in addition to getting your health in order. The new facility offers: consultations, lab tests, x-rays, ultrasounds, MRIs, and will be expanding its services in a timely manner. There is also a well-stocked pharmacy onsite. If they do not have what you need, they can order it from their Belize City location.
The full-time doctor in charge is well-known and loved Dr. Renae Reasa (Sersland). BMA will also have weekly rotating featured specialists. This will save patients time and money as the doctors are doing the flying.
Storm-weary regions on alert again as Tropical Storm Humberto gains strength Residents and officials along the southeastern coast of the United States are once again on alert for a brewing tropical system in the Atlantic, just over a week after Hurricane Dorian lashed the region.
AccuWeather meteorologists are closely monitoring a mass of clouds, downpours and gusty thunderstorms moving northwestward over the Bahamas that evolved into Tropical Storm Humberto late Friday evening.
As of 11 p.m. EDT Friday, Tropical Storm Humberto was located about 130 miles east-southeast of the Dorian-battered Great Abaco Island and had maximum sustained winds of 40 mph. The National Hurricane Center said a hurricane hunter aircraft was investigating the disturbance and has found that the center is forming farther to the east than pondered earlier in the day.
Transparent BPO to Open Contact Center in Belmopan, Belize Early 2020 Transparent BPO, a nearshore contact center and business process outsourcer, today announced plans to open a contact center, it's fourth, in Belmopan, Belize in early 2020. The expansion marks the first time the company will have operations outside Belize City.
Belmopan, the nation's capital, is located in Cayo, a district in the western part of the country that borders Guatemala. Cayo is the second most populous of the country's six districts; Belmopan is the third-largest city in the country, behind Belize City and San Ignacio, also located in Cayo.
addo, Inc. Fundraiser Benefits Liberty Children's Home Premier sales and marketing firm Vaddo, Inc. recently partnered with fitness company Orangetheory for a fundraiser to benefit Liberty Children's Home, an organization that assists underprivileged children in Belize.
The fitness-oriented event – in which 33 participants worked out, broke a sweat, and pushed their limits for a cause – raised $10,000 to benefit children living in an orphanage in Belize. While Belize is known for having some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, approximately half of the Central American country's children are living below the poverty line.
Did You Know Program: Registering Accommodations for Renumeration, 1.5min. The Belize Tourism Board has launched the second phase of its Did You Know (DYK) campaign, which is aimed at increasing awareness among hoteliers, persons who own a home and rent rooms or businesses providing accommodation for remuneration purposes of the need to register with the Registrar of Hotels at the BTB.
3rd Annual Military Parade in Belmopan, 3min. As part of the September Celebrations, the third annual Military Parade was held in Belmopan. It is a sight to take in as the defence forces come together for a display of strength and unity. Cayo Correspondent, Fem Cruz, was at the parade and brought the highlights.
Corozal's Best Ever Rum Ribs and Rice Tasting Contest 2019, 7.5min. On September 13, 2019, Corozal's Best Best Ever Rum, Rice, Ribs and Rice Tasting contest 2019 was held inside the Corozal Civic Center. I had the opportunity to be part of this event. Herber NARVAEZ won the new record with 35 chicken feet.
CW’s Belize Trip Video 2019, 13min. Took me 7 weeks to finally have enough free time to edit and upload my Belize Trip Video: Sharks, Turtles, Spotted Eagle Rays, Moray Eels, Swim-thrus, cave tubing, yacht jumping, and mayan ruins highlight this awesome trip on the Belize Aggressor IV with Aggressor Adventures!
A day at Caye Caulker, 13min. Caye Caulker is a small Caribbean island off the coast of Belize. It’s divided by a narrow channel called the Split, where there’s a bar and a sandy beach. To the south is the island’s only settlement, known as Caye Caulker Village. The north of the island is home to dense mangrove forest and diverse birdlife, protected by a forest reserve. The Caye Caulker Marine Reserve has dive sites on the Belize Barrier Reef.
The Ya’axché Show, 15min. Agroforestry is a climate-smart farming practice that diversifies income, helps protect forests and soils, supports wildlife, and secures food for farming families.
Ya’axché has been promoting agroforestry since 2004 at a small scale level in the Maya Golden Landscape - our area of work in southern Belize. Ten years later, in 2014, we began a mega project to grow cacao in a 936 acre agroforestry concession in Maya Mountain North Forest Reserve, a first for Belize.
On The Ya’axché Show to chat with Sayuri Tzul was Eugenio Ah (Sustainable Agriculture Coordinator) and Gustavo Requena (Community Outreach & Livelihoods Director), and behind the scenes was Maximiliano Caal (Marketing & Communications Manager).
Last night's TV news on Channel 7, Channel 5, LOVETV, PGTV, Reef TV, KREM, and CTV 3. Also with the most recent Open Your Eyes, Belize Now, Talk Ah Di Town, and other specials.
The San Pedro Sun
Elda the Warrior On August 20th, two members of American Crocodile Education Sanctuary’s (ACES) team witnessed a man feed a wild American crocodile frozen chicken in a sealed plastic bag. The croc disappeared beneath the surface with the indigestible “treat” before anyone could stop it.
As the team watched in sorrow, the man tried to calm them, claiming the bag was 'biodegradable' and 'not harmful to the animal.' What this man does not know is that biodegradable items must have an ideal environment to begin the degradation process, one that includes UV light and oxygen, both of which are not found in a crocodile’s stomach. Alarmed by the information that this “treat” has been given to this croc on a regular basis, our team and volunteers set out over the course of the next week in the mornings and evenings in an attempt to capture the croc and flush her stomach to expel the accumulated trash before any blockages became life-threatening.
Samuel Haynes Institute of Excellence Holds End-of-Summer Ceremony The Samuel Haynes Institute for Excellence (SHIE) held an End-of-Summer Ceremony in Belize City on Saturday, August 24th. The ceremony saw the attendance of approximately 300 people, 200 of whom were children of the SHIE. Primarily an afterschool program for at-risk children in Belize City, SHIE also has programs throughout the summer to keep children engaged in academics, music, art, and sports.
SHIE President Barbara Elrington believes that children are the future of our country, so we need to take priority in them. Thus, she dedicates time to the organization. "Our Children, Our Future, Our Priority. Children are our most precious assets, and we must provide a better education for them.”
Literacy Day 2019 focuses on Multilingualism Under the theme “Literacy and Multilingualism,” International Literacy Day 2019 was celebrated in Belize by honoring literacy and multilingualism. Annually observed on September 8th, this year’s event was held on Friday, September 6th to ensure that schoolchildren were a part of the celebration.
The Ministry of Education, in conjunction with students San Pedro Roman Catholic School (SPRCS), New Horizons Seventh Day Adventist School and Holy Cross Anglican School (HCAS) met up at the San Pedro Town Library grounds for a short ceremony. Master of Ceremonies Philip Ramsey led the event by encouraging the gathered students to embrace the various languages spoken in tiny Belize.
Belize to lead regional plastic litter clean up Belize will serve as the test-case incubator to develop solutions and a viable action plan to clean up marine plastic litter and plastic waste control on land. This was one of the major outcomes of a high-level regional dialogue held with the support of the Commonwealth Litter Programme (CliP) at the Belize Best Western Biltmore Plaza Hotel in Belize City last Thursday and Friday, September 5th and 6th.
Chief Environmental Officer Martin Alegria said a scientific approach was best, with scientific monitoring to quantify and measure the impact of plastic litter throughout the marine eco-system, to provide accurate evidence to guide decisions on policy. The other participants from CARICOM, Central America and other parts of the Commonwealth agreed.
Close Encounters At Sea (Survival Stories) Pt.2 In this article (Part 2) I want to document real close encounters of San Pedranos that we may remember for generations. They are real stories that have been told throughout the years. They were a big deal back then, when local fishermen and divers lacked the modern equipment, technology and medical services were scarce on the island. Enjoy this two-part article with incredible stories about our local fishermen.
PIC OF THE WEEK: Underwater Selfie At Lighthouse Reef Atoll "When selfies were just called 'No one wants to take my picture'," posts Amigos Del Mar Divemaster John Romero on his Instagram account. He shares with us a selfie that he took while diving the beautiful waters at Lighthouse Reef Atoll, Belize Barrier Reef. Check out more of John's Amazing pictures on Instagram @johnmromero
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San Pedro Clean & Green Cleanup TODAY is our 1 hour cleanup. Please tell a friend and make plans to join us. I have a big announcement tomorrow that you don't want to miss! Plus, PUR Boutique Cabanas & Taco Bar is giving out free drink coupons to those who participate in tomorrow's cleanup.
Did You Know Program: Registering Accommodations for Renumeration
The Belize Tourism Board (BTB) this week launched the second phase of its Did You Know (DYK) campaign, which is aimed at increasing awareness among hoteliers, persons who own a home and rent rooms or businesses providing accommodation for remuneration purposes of the need to register with the Registrar of Hotels at the BTB.
All persons who own or operate a tourist accommodation (such as a room(s) in your home) for cash purposes to any guest, local or foreign, regardless of its location in the country or if you are registered or advertising such room or property with any booking engine or marketing platform such as Airbnb, you must FIRST register with the BTB as mandated by law. Registration with BTB must be done before advertising in any marketing platform.
SBDC Workshop: Managing Employees Inspiring someone to be their best is no easy task. How do you manage for optimum performance? How do you create a motivating environment that encourages people to go beyond their best?
In this workshop, participants learn some of the most powerful leadership and coaching tools available to implement. Implementing this comprehensive system will take you, your key managers, and your people to greater performance and satisfaction!
Ms. Monique Usher, Business Adviser, SBDCBelize, Beltraide.
BTEC Building, ITVET Campus, Belize City.
September 19th, 2019. Time: 9am to 12 noon. Cost: $30.00, Includes snacks and refreshments.
Announcing the re-launch of the Caye Caulker Business Association It is with great expectations of future achievements that we announce the re-formation of the Caye Caulker Business Association (CCBA). This non-profit, non-partisan organization will strive to unite the Caye Caulker business community to speak with one voice on critical economic and social issues facing the island. The rapidly evolving Caye Caulker landscape brings with it larger and more complex issues that will require constant and aggressive monitoring to ensure the continued viability of Caye Caulker for both the residents and visitors. The CCBA seeks to create a forum and facility to harness the energies of the business owners and stakeholders to address these issues. In summary, the CCBA will strive to improve the quality of the business community with an emphasis on its social and environmental responsibilities. The CCBA will strive to leave a better Caye Caulker in its wake. Please see the Mission Statement below.
Macaw in danger The scarlet macaw is Belize’s largest parrot and one of the iconic species found in the Chiquibul Forest. Illegal wildlife trafficking and poaching has been affecting the species for many years. But this year FCD has documented that more than 25 parrots were lost at the hands of Guatemalan poachers. Other Guatemalan communities may well be engaged on this activity; therefore, the losses can well be double or triple. If this trend continues, the species will become
A national census conducted earlier this year showed that Belize has a minimum of 334 individual parrots in the wild. Its main breeding area is known to occur in the Chiquibul Forest, where it then flies across the Main Divide into the Stann Creek District for feeding purposes. Normally the species breeds during the months of March to August. This is the time when the birds are more vulnerable, thus the time when the FCD Research Unit spends its efforts conducting biological monitoring and patrolling the nesting areas. For the 2019 breeding season, a total of 26 eggs were layed in 10 nests, 13 parrots hatched and 10 fledglings left their nest by the end of the season.
Cattle ranching increase along Belize’s western border A spike in cattle ranching along Belize’s western border has been documented over the last 5 years. In March, more than 80 pastures were documented in an area of 90 km of the western border. The increase appears to be occurring more aggressively.
This year FCD has conducted five aerial reconnaissance trips along the western flank of the Vaca Forest Reserve, Chiquibul National Park, Caracol Archaeological Reserve and
Columbia River Forest Reserve. The observations made have been documented and reported to the relevant agencies. Complemented with Landsat images and ground patrols, many of the observations have been validated. Some of the areas observed have not been addressed in the last five years or in some cases over the last ten years. A more aggressive encroachment with more investment appears to be made by Guatemalan groups moving further into the territory. For the Chiquibul Forest, two areas are of top priority.
New Postal Stamps Commemorate Belize-Taiwan Diplomatic Relations The Belize Postal Service released a new set of postage stamps today, September 12, 2019. The stamps commemorate the 30 years of diplomatic relations and friendship shared between Belize and the Republic of China (Taiwan).
This new set of postage stamps is comprised of a 25¢ stamp, a $1.00 stamp, and a $5.00 stamp. The set also includes a souvenir sheet valued at $6.00 and a first-day cover valued at $4.25.
These stamps depict important symbols of the two countries. The 25¢ stamp depicts the flags of Belize and the Republic of China (Taiwan), the $1.00 stamp depicts the Belize Blue Hole and the Jade Mountain of Taiwan, and the $5.00 stamp depicts the national bird of Belize, the Keel-Billed Toucan and the national bird of the Republic of China (Taiwan), the Taiwan Blue Magpie. The souvenir sheet is a combination of the $1.00 and $5.00 stamps on a specially designed sheet.
United States Federal Authorities Detain and Charge Deputy Director of Belize Tax Services Department Reports reaching the Government of Belize are that Mr. Reynaldo Verde, Deputy Director of the newly amalgamated Belize Tax Services Department, was detained by authorities in the United States of America on Saturday, September 7th, 2019.
Mr. Verde was transiting through the United States on his return to Belize from Brussels, after attending a taxation workshop organized by an international tax organization.
In a press release, dated September 9th, 2019, issued by the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Bureau stated that Mr. Verde was arrested by complaint for his alleged interference with commerce by means of extortion and attempted extortion.
My New River perspective Define: Eu·troph·i·ca·tion
‘An excessive richness of nutrients in a lake or other body of water, frequently due to runoff from the land, which causes a dense growth of plant life and death of animal life from lack of oxygen.’ [Google]
Our river is agonizing Orange Walk people
True to form, our culture is such that we have transformed this ecological disaster into another finger-pointing marathon.
If the so-called experts (DOE/ASR/GOB et al) are to be believed, this phenomenon is forty (40) yrs in the making and is the combined result of many unhealthy practices by the community in general. In other words, this nightmare was bound to happen.
Paradise Theater playing this weekend:
Spiderman: Far From Home,
Lady & the Tramp,
*Since there's a remake coming in November.. we figured we would play Lady and the Tramp for the young ones who haven't seen the original yet.. it's only playing on Saturday and Sunday. Friday we will be showing Spider-Man Far from Home for a birthday party that is open to the public.. If you'd like to see it earlier than 9pm then Friday is your chance."
ALMAHT’AN AND JUAN DE LA CRUZ PUC One of the first prophetic series given by the Most Holy was the Proclamation of Juan de la Cruz also known as Juan de La Cruz Puc, known among the macehuales (Maasewal) as Santo Almaht'an (The Holy Commandments), perhaps the only document that is preserved of such proclamations and that is had as a book sacred in the communities attached to the cacicazgo of Xcacal Guardia . It was written in 1850, when after the appearance of the Cross, the rebellious Maya were in the process of reorganizing the armed movement; that is why the text is written with a belligerent spirit, which seeks to create awareness of the need to continue the war in which God is already taking part with the macehuales.
Danny Mason's Astounding Dock Statement: He Maintains Innocence and Sobs for Slain Pastor
Since March 12th, William "Danny" Mason, Ashton Vanegas, Keiron Fernandez, Terrence Fernandez, and Ernest Castillo have been on trial for the 2016 beheading murder of Pastor Lewellyn Lucas.
We've been closely following it, and we've brought you regular updates, discussing how DPP Cheryl-Lynn Vidal has presented piece after piece of evidence in her attempts to prove that each of these defendants had a role to play in Pastor Lucas' gruesome death.
Well today, after being accused of being the mastermind behind Pastor Lucas' killing for over 3 years, the now infamous Mr. Mason was given his opportunity to defend himself. There was the suggestion that he might take the stand and give sworn testimony, but when hearing commenced this morning, and he was allowed to speak, he chose, instead, to give a dock statement.
No Charges in Christopher Chi's Callous Killing
Police haven't charged any of the 3 detained persons for Christopher Chi's murder as yet. One suspect is an adult and the other two are minors. Our information is that Chi knew all 3 of the suspects. As we told you last night, Chi's decomposed body was found on the 10th in a culvert on the San Lorenzo road near Orange Walk. He was bludgeoned to death. It is a gruesome end for this teen.
Drug Plane Bust Case Stalled, Two Suspects Still Hospitalized
There isn't any update in the major drug plane bust off the coastal road either. The remaining 2 of the 6 foreigners are still hospitalized but will be charged when they are released. As we told you, 4 of them were charged and arraigned on drug trafficking charges yesterday, they are 69-year-old Mexican Miguel Cruz Meseguer, 43-year-old Ecuadorian Juan Pablo Larrea Cruz; and Hondurans, 51-year-old Carlos Humberto Henriquez Gomez, and 30-year-old David Noe Orellana Discua.
In terms of the bust, it was a well-planned, well-coordinated effort by the Belizean joint law enforcement teams consisting of members from the different security forces.
Adamir Choc's Family Holding on to Hope
And while that missing person's case had a tragic end for 14-year-old Christopher Chi, there are mounting worries for another missing teenager from Western Belize.
She's 19-year-old Adamir Choc from the San Martin area of Belmopan. She was reported missing on Monday, and her family says that they last time she was seen was on September 7th, between 2:30 a.m. and 3 a.m. This footage shows her coming out of a night club, and she then boarded an unknown vehicle.
Since then, her family has been frantically searching for her in Belmopan and all the possible surrounding areas that they could think of. We found them on the trail today, and her uncle spoke with the press about their efforts to locate her:
Police Leaving No Stone Unturned in Choc's Case And today at the press briefing police shared the information they have been able to gather about Choc's disappearance.
ACP Joseph Myvette - Head, N.C.I.B.:
"On Monday police received a report from Elvira Choc who reported that on Saturday her 19 year old daughter Adamir Choc left her residence in San Martin area Belmopan to socialize, and since then she has not returned home. What the police gather so far is that the missing person visited several night clubs in Belmopan and was last seen at a nightclub in the Las Flores area sometime around 3.a.m. on Saturday morning where it was reported that she was picked up by someone in a grey in colour vehicle, Since then her whereabouts are unknown. Police are investigating this matter."
Reynaldo Verde Fired or Not? Public Services Commission to Decide
Today, several days after the local media broke the story, the Government of Belize finally issued a statement on the arrest of Reynaldo Verde, the Deputy Director of the Belize Tax Service Department. As we told you, the FBI has charged him with attempted extortion and interference with commerce by means of extortion.
The GOB press release this morning says, quote, "Reports reaching the Government of Belize are that Mr. Reynaldo Verde was detained by authorities in the United States of America on Saturday, September 7th, 2019.
In a press release, dated September 9th, 2019, issued by the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Bureau stated that Mr. Verde was arrested by complaint for his alleged interference with commerce by means of extortion and attempted extortion. He was later charged for these alleged offenses and it is understood that he pled "not guilty."
New River Task Force in Full Force On Monday's newscast, we showed you the pilot project that the Department of Environment is running to start the rehabilitation of the New River. They've placed surface aerators on strategic parts of the river most affected by the severe pollution afflicting it, and they're trying to inject oxygen back into the water.
While that project runs its course the authorities are exploring other means of trying to restore the river. Today, the Rehabilitation of the New river Task Force met today. The members of the task force were updated by the DOE personnel on all the works done so far to try to improve the new river's condition.
Two Robbers Snatch Deliverymen Cash and Phone A robbery occurred yesterday at a Chinese store on Flamboyant street. Madisco employees Clinton Abraham and Edilberto Guerra were delivering cigarettes to the store when they were approached by two male persons with firearms. Earlier today Sr. SUPT Hilberto Romero commented on this incident.
Supt. Hilberto Romero - Crimes Investigation Branch:
"There was a robbery on Flamboyant Street two complainants namely Clinton Abraham and Edilberto Guerra reported that whilst doing business for MADISCO at a Chinese store at that location..."
Cops Charge Two Men in Corozal Chinese Store Robbery On Monday we told you that Moses Moore and Juan Canek had pleaded guilty to firearm offenses concerning two robberies that had occurred in the Corozal district. Both men were sentenced to 2 years imprisonment. We also told you about Darren Carrias, the taxi the man whose services the pair used when returning to Belize City and in whose car the weapons used in the robberies were found.
At the time of that report Carrias, Pearl Locke and 2 others had been arrested at a Sandhill checkpoint but released after the guilty pleas of Moore and Canek were accepted.
On Duty Security Guard Shot in Placencia A security guard was shot while on duty at A&L Hardware and Construction in The Maya Beach community on the Placencia peninsula. It happened on Monday night at 9:00. 52 year old Jose Gomez, a Salvadoran watchman of Santa Cruz Village, had been on duty when two male persons approached him. One of the individuals pulled out a firearm and fired two shots at him before escaping in a white van.
The Answers Are on the Screen: Immigration Dept. Gets New TV's Today the International Organization for Migration donated $3,000 US dollars worth of flat screen televisions to the Immigration department. Now these TV's aren't for the immigration officers and staff to crack back and watch movies, they will be set up at borders countrywide showing information about a migration app that you can download on your phone and other relevant information for travelers. The handing over ceremony was held at the Philip Goldson International Airport where one of the television screens was installed. Here is more from the ceremony.
New Migration Policy to be Finalized in 18 Months Aside from this new TV public awareness initiative, the immigration department is working on a new migration policy. CEO Zuniga told us more.
Edmond Zuniga - CEO, Immigration and Refugees:
"One of the big initiatives that we are dealing with and taking on is the development of a migration policy. It is really going to be the first for Belize. We are well underway. Two consultancies have been completed, one that does legal review of all the laws related to migration as well as a desk data gathering to find out where migrants are, what they are doing etc. so the next step from here is the actual development of the terms of reference for the policy itself then we write the policy and hopefully we can launch it soon."
The Long Road to Refugee Status A couple weeks ago we told you how Special Envoy for Women and Children Kim Simplis Barrow met with two groups of asylum seekers to better understand their plight and rally for a more lenient refugee vetting process. Well, today the CEO with responsibility for immigration and refugees told us more about the role of the refugee eligibility committee and why they can't be too lax.
Edmond Zuniga - CEO, Immigration and Refugees:
"We set up, we activated our refugee eligibility committee in 2015 when we saw another spike in persons coming particularly from El Salvador since that time we have established..."
Human Smuggling: A Complex Issue We report on many cases of human smuggling where authorities intercept caravans of migrants who illegally enter the country. Well the immigration department have to deal directly with these cases and CEO Zuniga says it is a challenge because the number of cases are increasing.
Edmond Zuniga - CEO, Immigration and Refugees:
"We are a member of the A-Tips committee headed by the Ministry of Human Development and they work jointly with the police getting information and dealing with issue of human trafficking, smuggling is a matter for immigration because it is people coming into the country illegally and so we do arrest and detain and take people to court or order them to leave depending on what might be the case."
Strong Regional Collaboration to Combat Migration Problems And the only way to address this cross-border issue is through collaboration with Central American countries as well as those in other regions.
Marcelo Pisani - Regional Director, IOM:
"Belize is a country of destination especially for Salvadorians but it is also a country of transit people that can't go through Guatemala sometimes go to Belize to reach Mexico so there are many challenges for examples we have in the border between Belize and Mexico, a capacity for those kids who are coming to school in Belize so migration has many faces."
A Book about Belizeans and Our Food Belizean anthropologist Dr. Lyra Spang is touring the country's universities to present her New book Byte Yu Finga. The book was released by the UWI press back in April. Today Dr. Spang held a presentation for the students at St. John's Junior College in which she discussed the research which formed the basis of the book.
Scarlet Macaw Population Decreases, Cattle Ranching Increases The Friends For Conservation and Development (FCD) issued two press releases today.
We'll start off with their report that one of the Chiqibul's most iconic species may be in danger of disappearing. Illegal wildlife trafficking and poaching has affected the scarlet macaw for many years. But this year FCD has documented that more than 25 of Belize's largest parrots were lost at the hands of Guatemalan poachers. Maintaining a credible deterrence against poachers across the landscape has been a difficult task due to limited resources. Other Guatemalan communities may well be engaged in this activity; therefore, the losses could well be double or triple. If this trend continues, the species could become extinct in a relatively short period.
Cops Haven't Forgiven nor Forgotten San Victor Mob Yesterday at the meet and greet in Corozal, Commissioner Chester Williams gave us an update on the San Victor showdown. Two police officers were injured while two civilians were shot during the contraband bust. Well, Williams says his officers acted in self-defense when they shot the two villagers and that the two residents will be charged when they are released from the hospital in Mexico.
Chester Williams - Commissioner of Police:
"That matter is still being looked at. We're still looking at the circumstances as well as looking for those persons who were involved and who may have also caused injured to officers..."
Cop Charged for Shooting Man in Head gets Promoted Inspector Dennis Lopez: He was charged with attempted murder and dangerous harm in the June 2010 shooting of city resident Stephen Buckley. Buckley was wrongfully shot in the head. Fast forward 10 years later, Lopez still hasn't gotten his trial date in that case but he what he is getting is a promotion to Deputy Commander in Corozal. Williams discussed the overall police shuffle in the north specifically Lopez's appointment.
Chester Williams - Commissioner of Police:
"My good friend Mr. Luis Casteanos Senior Superintended will be retiring this month. So he goes off on leave on the 25th of September and so there must be that transition with the person who succeeds him..."
Is Edmond Castro Team Faber or Team Saldivar? Deputy Prime Minister and aspiring U.D.P. Leader Patrick Faber officially launched his bid to lead the United Democratic Party weeks ago. Faber’s convention was held at the Belize City Civic [...]
Castro Voted in Favor of Write-Off While Castro attempted to end the interview, the media pressed on the issue and challenged him on some facts including that he was part of the House Committee which reviewed [...]
No Word From Missing Teenager in Belmopan According to Assistant Commissioner of Police Joseph Myvett, an official report was filed with Belmopan police on September eleventh. Choc’s cell phone was reportedly left with a friend and all [...]
Teenager on remand for Arson Tonight, teenager, Vince Timmons is on remand at the Belize Central Prison on three criminal offenses, including an indictable offense of arson. Late on Wednesday, Timmons appeared before two different [...]
Robbers target Madisco employees in Belize City Police are currently looking for two persons who robbed two men while conducting business in Belize City. Superintendent Hilberto Romero told the media today that on Wednesday, armed men held [...]
Celebrating 30 Years of Belize-Taiwan Friendship After thirty years of diplomatic relations with Taiwan, Belize continues to benefit significantly from various programmes for its support to the Republic of China. Days ago, the government signed a [...]
NEMO Keeping an Eye on Forming Storms As the Bahamas recovers from the devastation of Hurricane Dorian, a brewing storm system is posing a new threat to the northern islands of the Bahamas. Meteorologists say it could [...]
A Ride Across the World for Peace Dnyaneshwar Yewotkar has traveled across seventeen countries and has been joined by American national Christopher Vitale as they bike across the world to spread the message of peace. The ride [...]
Healthy Living takes a look at Glaucoma By now you know that a yearly eye test is advised to maintain and protect your vision. But an eye exam can also detect diseases like Glaucoma that can rob [...]
Illegal cattle ranching another problem for FCD
The Friends for Conservation (FCD) has also sounded the alarm against illegal cattle ranches. An obscene amount of illegal areas was discovered along the western border, likely the doings of Guatemalan poachers. According to a release from FCD, more than 80 pastures were found, which shows a spike in the last five years. Rafael Manzanero, …
No one charged for the murder of Chritopher Chi
Tonight there is still no one charged for the murder of 14-year-old Christopher Chi. While investigators have detained three persons, an adult and two minors, charges are yet to be laid. Chi, who had dropped out of the traditional school system, was found dead off the San Lorenzo Road in the Orange Walk District on …
Family of Adamir Choc continue their search
19-year-old Adamir Choc remains missing at this time. The young woman was last seen getting into an SUV outside E & L Bar in Belmopan. Cayo Correspondent Fem Cruz is following this story. Fem Cruz, Cayo Correspondent, Love FM News: The search for 19 year old Adamir Choc, a past student of Belmopan Comprehensive High …
Guatemalan poachers in the Chiquibul target Scarlet Macaws
Guatemalan poachers inside the Chiquibul Forest are responsible for the loss of more than twenty-five Scarlet Macaws. This is according to Friends for Conservation and Development (FCD) as they express concerns over the illegal wildlife trafficking. A release from the FCD noted that in a national consensus conducted this year, it was found that Belize …
Ministry of Health pulls falsified pills out the market
The Office of the Director of Health Services issued a statement yesterday alerting citizens that a stash of counterfeit medication was pulled off the market. The medication, namely, Cialis, is known to treat erectile dysfunction and, in one instance, the falsified pills were being sold at forty-five dollars per tablet. According to the Director of …
Jason Anderson charged with attempted murder
21-year-old Jason Horace Anderson, aka “Jason Williams Jr”, was arraigned yesterday before Senior Magistrate, Aretha Ford. He was read six charges, two counts of attempted murder, two counts of use of deadly means of harm and two counts of grievous harm. The charges stem from a shooting incident on September 8 in which Mark Phillips …
Adam Joseph pleaded guilty to handling stolen goods
25-year-old Adam Joseph, a technician of Belize City was accused of pawning a woman’s stolen jewellery. Joseph appeared before Magistrate Emmerson Banner where he pleaded guilty to the single charge of handling stolen goods. For his guilty plea, Magistrate Banner imposed a non-custodial sentence and fined him five hundred dollars plus five dollars cost of …
Diving in Belize Whenever people think of diving in Belize, the first place that comes to mind is the Great Blue Hole. However, there are so many other beautiful dive sites that can be explored in Belize.
Belize is home to the largest barrier reef in the western hemisphere, which is approximately 180 miles long. Huge right? Not only that, The Barrier reef is also home to over 100 types of corals and 500 types of fish species including some of the most rare types. Let’s just say it is a very colorful underwater garden which will leave you in awe! If you’re traveling to dive then Belize is definitely the place for you. Book a diving trip with any of the dive companies around the country. Be sure to dive responsibly and protect the natural beauty that Belize has to offer.
Guest Blog - Life as an Expat - Part II We had four months to get everything in order and make the move. In addition to the logistics of making all the travel arrangements, there was arranging transportation for our fur babies, a Siberian Husky and 3 cats. We also needed to figure out what essential items from home needed to accompany us and how to get them there. I had to have music and home entertainment equipment as well as a computer and printer. Annette needed certain linens and kitchen things and more of her personal belongings than I did. Then there was the task of deciding what to do with all of our STUFF. Fortunately we had downsized a year earlier into a rented townhouse in anticipation of the change. You’ll also need to determine your banking needs, medical support if that’s a factor and how to communicate with friends and loved ones while living abroad.
Beyond Potential Tropical Cyclone 9: Tropical disturbance in central Atlantic bears watching While there is growing concern over Potential Tropical Cyclone Nine near the Bahamas, there is a second tropical wave in the open Atlantic that forecasters are scrutinizing.
This is the same feature that emerged from the west coast of Africa earlier this week.
As of early Friday morning, there were no signs of organization with this Cabo Verde system, but there is plenty of time for that to occur and AccuWeather meteorologists believe that conditions are generally conducive for development in the coming days.
Caricom Silent While Refined Sugar Quarrel Rages It might be working feverishly behind the scenes to cool tempers and iron out differences as it normally does in these matters, but the secretariat for regional trade bloc Caricom is not saying anything publicly about the running battle between regional sugar producers on the one hand, and manufacturers and national governments.
The long-standing quarrel involves Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago constantly seeking suspension of the community rules requiring the imposition of a 40 per cent per cent common external tariff, the CET, on the importation of refined or white sugar from outside the region mainly for use in food- and drink, manufacturing processes.
Book - Bite Yuh Finga, 46min. Dr. Lyra Spang is a food researcher who has recently launched her book - Bite Yuh Finga. She talked with us about her findings and what it reveals about her perspectives on our local cuisine and wider cultural pluralism. She was joined by Rolando Cocom, Senior Research & Education Officer with ISCR -NICH to reflect on how this type of research and conversation is important to and contributes to understanding of our local culture.
Expo Belize Market Place 2019 takes place 14th-15th September, 29min. The Belize Chamber of Commerce & Industry Expo Belize Market Place 2019 takes place 14th-15th September at the Marion Jones Sporting Complex. The venue had changed and so there are more businesses who will be participating in the event. We talked with Yorshabell Cattouse, Expo Coordinator, about what to expect from participants. She was joined by two of the vendors who gave a preview of their products. On our couch:
Yorshabell Cattouse – Expo Coordinator, Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Nicolas Medina – Medina’s Furniture (Household furniture/wood work).
Luis Garcia - Painter.
Juice Dive Ltd. - first and only cold press juice shop in Belize, 32min. Juice Dive Ltd. is the first and only cold press juice shop in Belize. The juices have no sugar and no water added to it and everything on their menu can be made gluten free. The main location is based in San Pedro Belize and the other in Belize City at the brown sugar mall. Their chefs were our guests to share a few of the menu items. They shared the recipe for a vegetarian tacos and a spinach smoothie. On set:
Marjeli Alvarado - Co-Owner, Juice Dive.
Sergio Garcia - Chef.
Jonelle Humes - Chef (Belize Branch).
The Belize National Diabetes Self-Care Project, 30min. The Belize National Diabetes Self-Care Project is a community focused initiative to support diabetics with the necessary information and skills to improve self-care practices to improve their health. We spoke with representatives of the project about its objectives and how you can access the support. On our couch:
Cornelio Marfield - Project Director, Belize National Diabetes Self-Care Project.
Lynette Valerio - Financial Officer, Belize National Diabetes Self-Care Project.
Export Belize of Belgrade 2019, 16min. Export Belize of Beltraide is conducting a Electronic Press Kit (EPK) competition for Musicians. An electronic press kit is an important tool for artist to market themselves and to present their credentials for potential bookings. The competition allows you to enter to be one of five musicians who will get their EPK produced by Beltraide. The competition runs from September 9th to October 4th. We got all the details for those interested in entering the competition. On our couch:
Nicole Zetina - Export Business Advisor,
C Wills - Musician.
Belize Bus Association & Government of Belize, 34min. An agreement was reached between the Belize Bus Association and the Government of Belize in regards to local and foreign bus operations. Our guests spoke with us about the details of the agreement and how it will improve the transport service. On our couch:
Thomas Shaw - President, Belize Bus Association.
Mark Humes - President, Bus Terminal Water Association.
Miss Universe Belize 2019, 19min. Destinee Arnold won the coveted title as the new Miss Universe Belize 2019.We spoke with the beauty ambassador about the pageant experience and how she hopes to leave her mark during her reign.
The Belize September Festival Weekend promoters - Reggae artist, Sizzla Kalonji, 24min. There's a big concert slated for 9th night at the Marin Jones Sports Complex featuring preeminent Reggae artist, Sizzla Kalonji. The Belize September Festival Weekend promoters brought two of the headliners to talk with us about what you can expect from the show. On our couch:
Sizzla Kalonji - Artist,
Vanessa Bling -Artist,.
Jacob Leslie - Representative, Belize September Festival Weekend.
Exploring Caye Caulker Belize: The food, kiteboarding and Lazy Lizard, 5.5min. Part 3 of the travel videos to Belize. In this video I leave San Pedro and head on over to Caye Caulker. I stayed at the Tropical Paradise Hotel and Restaurant. I check out the Lazy Lizard and get some seafood at one of the street barbeques. I check out kite explorer and get a good kiteboarding season at the Split in Caye Caulker .
Last night's TV news on Channel 7, Channel 5, LOVETV, PGTV, Reef TV, KREM, and CTV 3. Also with the most recent Open Your Eyes, Belize Now, Talk Ah Di Town, and other specials.
The San Pedro Sun
Deputy Tax Service Director Reynaldo Verde detained by FBI on charges of extortion A senior tax administrator of the Government of Belize remains in the United States of America (USA) after he was detained by the American authorities while transiting through that country on Saturday, September 7th. 46-year-old Reynaldo Verde, Belize’s Deputy Tax Service Director, is accused of alleged interference with commerce by means of extortion and attempted extortion. The senior public officer is also known to San Pedro Town, where in March 2013, he was involved in a shooting incident that left one man injured.
San Pedro Town celebrates the 221st Anniversary of the Battle of St. George’s Caye with a new queen and colorful parade On Tuesday, September 10th, the 221st Anniversary of the Battle of the St. George’s Caye was observed on La Isla Bonita with a uniform parade and the presentation of the recently elected Miss San Pedro Litzy Castillo Guillen.
Other activities included a fire engine parade the evening before the official ceremonies at the Louis Sylvestre Sporting Complex and an all-day sporting event at the Boca del Rio Park.
Signalling the Battle of St. George’s Caye celebration, a fire engine parade took place through San Pedro Town shortly after 6PM on Monday, September 9th.
CARICOM Development Fund (CDF) provides US$3.3M in concessional support to the Government of Belize to implement its Growth and Sustainable Development Strategy The CARICOM Development Fund (CDF), the Government of Belize (GOB) and the Development Finance Corporation (DFC) this week executed a Loan Agreement to seal the approval of a US$3.0 million (BZE$6.0 million) Credit Line and two Grant Agreements totalling US$0.3million (BZE$0.6 million) under the CDF’s Second Cycle Country Assistance Program (CAP) for Belize.
The Credit Line, which will be administered by the DFC, seeks to improve access to developmental financing for productive sector support consistent with the Government’s Growth and Sustainable Development Strategy 2016- 2019 (GSDS) and DFC’s Strategic Development Plan (SDP) – Strategy 2021: Building Resilience against Climate Change and Economic volatility.
GOB and the EXIM Bank of Taiwan Sign a Loan Agreement for the Financing of the Corozal-Sarteneja Road Project This morning in Belize City, the Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow, Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, signed a loan agreement between the Government of Belize and the Export-Import Bank of the Republic of China (Taiwan) (EXIM Bank) in the sum of US$50M for the upgrading of the Corozal-Sarteneja Road and the construction of the Pueblo Nuevo and Laguna Seca bridges.
Witnessing the signing was His Excellency Remus Li-Kou Chen, Ambassador of the Republic of China (Taiwan) to Belize and the Hon. Rene Montero, Minister of Works of the Government of Belize.
Belize’s Carnival Road March 2019 highlights tradition, music and creativity As part of the September Celebrations, Belize City celebrated its annual Carnival Road March 2019 with creativity, revelry and music in the streets on Saturday, September 7th. The anticipated event featured a colourful parade with elaborate costumes that continues to keep the Caribbean Carnival tradition alive.
The Carnival season had participants preparing for months, and the festive mood exploded early on Saturday with the traditional morning Jouvert. As early as 4AM, revellers took to the street in a parade that went on until the break of dawn.
Inauguration Of Belize Medical Associates San Pedro Clinic The Belize Medical Associates San Pedro Clinic was officially inaugurated on Saturday, September 7, 2019. The clinic is located in Northern San Pedro on the premises of Grand Caribe Resort and they have partnered to bring specialized medical care on the island for both local residents and to the growing tourism sector.
The official ribbon cutting was carried out by Grand Caribe Manager Sean Feinstein, Belize Medical Associates Board Chairman Dr. Marcelo Coyi, Resident Doctor of BMA San Pedro Clinic Dr. Renae Sersland and Mayor Daniel Guerrero.
Banyan Bay’s Farmer's Market Meet us this Saturday for another edition of The Market from 10am-1pm. Live music by Rob and about 10 concessionaires/local vendors will be on hand. Find deals on food, drinks, local art, wood carvings, fresh produce, Cindys Pantry Items, Zeske’s Arts & Crafts and much more..
Paint N Splash See you this week at from 2-4pm Thursday to paint this “Private Island”.
National Coastal and Riverways Cleanup 2019 We invite you join us on Saturday, September 28th as we come together to keep our beaches and coastline plastic and litter free!
Contact your local field representative for more information.
Partners: Ocean Conservancy, Scout Association of Belize, Belize Department of the Environment - DOE, Belize Audubon Society, Coastal Zone Management Authority & Institute, and Belize Solid Waste Management Authority.
First ever ‘Youth Parliament’ Sub Committee of the first ever ‘Youth Parliament’ scheduled to occur on November 20, 2019 in celebration of International Children’s Day, called to order.
Representatives from the MOE,
UNICEF Belize, NCFC, Special Envoy Belize , The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Department of Youth Services, RESTORE Belize and The Ministry of Local Government met at the National Assembly to strategically plan for this exciting and historic event!
This initiative will have the participation of 31 students to form the Youth Parliament at the National Assembly and will also have a full gallery audience comprised of students from across Belize.
Second Annual Innovation and Tourism Talk The Central America Tourism Agency (CATA) with the support of the BTIA and Belize Tourism Board will be hosting the Second Annual Innovation and Tourism Talk on September 30th, 2019 at the Radisson Fort George Hotel in Belize City. The aim of the event is to facilitate a regional training program focused on strengthening Central America’s competitiveness through digital tourism marketing. Key Presenters include: Google and More Turismo.
Participatory Hygiene And Hygiene Transformation Belize Red Cross, Corozal Branch - Community, Schools and Belize Red Cross Volunteers working together for a cleaner, healthier and Vector free Chan Chen Village, Corozal. Participatory Hygiene And Hygiene Transformation (PHAST) happenning in schools. Murals being painted as a constant reminder of good hygiene behaviours. Vector borne diseases, BE GONE!!!
Join the Belize Defence Force Great Opportunity for our youth. Belize Defence Force (BDF) Volunteer Element will conduct RECRUITING DRIVE in Corozal on Saturday, October 5th at the Corozal Drill Hall on San Antonio Road (just before BWS office) from 7:00 a.m.
Corozal Town Council Municipal Bazaar This community event is growing very fast. Please continue to support it. The Corozal Town Council cordially invites everyone to its Municipal Bazaar in-front of the Central Park and Town Council. Don´t miss out this Friday, September 13th from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.- it's our Municipal Bazaar - come and take advantage of the many great deals.
Pink Ribbon Gala 2019 The Belmopan Cancer Society's 2019 Pink Ribbon Gala will be at the George Price Centre on Saturday, October 19th. The proceeds will go towards assisting cancer patients in the area.
"Support the Belmopan Cancer Society by contributing to a worthy cause. The Belmopan Cancer Society 2nd Annual Pink Ribbon Gala, October 19th at the George Price Center for Peace and Development. Funds from this fundraising event will be used to assist Cancer patients in Belmopan and surrounding areas and the upkeep of the first phase of the Beverly Swasey Multipurpose Cancer Center. Contact us at 623-0202 to secure your tickets."
Cops Charge 4 of the Drug Plane 6 in Major Coastal Road Bust
On Monday's newscast, we told you about that big drug bust that police made on Sunday just after midnight. They managed to intercept 6 foreigners who landed an illegal aircraft in an area located off the Coastal Road, at mile 7. That plane was carrying 41 bails of cocaine.
We know a little more about the incident tonight, which we'll share with you, but first, we take you to the Belize City Magistrate's Court this afternoon. That's where 69-year-old Mexican Miguel Cruz Meseguer; the Ecuadoran, 43-year-old Juan Pablo Larrea Cruz; and Hondurans, 51-year-old Carlos Humberto Henriquez Gomez, and 30-year-old David Noe Orellana Discua were all arraigned this afternoon.
Teenager Meets Gruesome End in San Lorenzo Orange Walk
The body of Christopher Chi was found last night on San Lorenzo road near Orange Walk. Three persons of interest including 2 minors are currently detained in relation to his murder. Our news team headed to Orange Walk this morning and spoke to the family of the boy, as they surveyed the cement culvert where the child's decomposed body was found. Cherisse Halsall reports.
At first glance, it may look like a discarded rubber glove but it is in fact waterlogged skin that peeled of the body of a deceased fourteen year old child.
Three days ago the body of Christian Chi was stuffed into this water filled drain by the three men that murder him.
Chinese Grocer Robbed and Killed in Bella Vista Store
And there is more bad news that happened on the 10th holiday, a well-known Bella Vista Village Chinese shop owner was shot and killed last night. It happened around 7:10. Jingzhang Xu also known as "Grandpa" was inside his Chens store when an armed masked man dressed in camouflage wear stormed in and demanded money. Xu did not comply and apparently put up a fight and he was shot dead. Today Commissioner of Police Chester Williams told us what investigators know so far.
"Sometime yesterday, Independence police were called to Chen's Store in Bella Vista Village, Stann Creek District, whereupon arrival they saw the lifeless body of a Chinese businessman Mr. Xu with apparent gunshot injury to the neck..."
La Immaculada School Far from Immaculate but...Getting There Today the classrooms at La Immaculada were pretty much full as students returned to school. As we have reported, the New River stench was just too unbearable for the kids and teachers so they had to cancel classes for a couples days last week. Well, it seems that being on the school grounds was manageable today. We dropped by the school and the principal Lenny Umana told us while it is a welcomed reprieve from the odor, they are remaining alert and monitoring the situation to ensure the comfort and well-being of the students and staff.
850 students showed up to school today out of the over one thousand students.
DOE Keeping a Close Eye on Aerators in New River
Personnel from the Department of the Environment were also on the ground today in Orange Walk checking on their aerators. According to environmental officer Anthony Mai, since they installed the aerators, they have been seeing some slight improvements in the water on the surface. But they still have to observe and monitor the effects of the aerators in the water. Here is more from Mai.
Anthony Mai, Environmental Officer - DOE:
"Immediately we realized that it showed some improvement in terms of the clarity of the water..."
Red, White and...more Red in 10th Parade It was the tenth day of September yesterday, and at the end of tonight's news, we'll show you highlights of the parade and the official ceremony.
But it wasn't just a ceremonial event, we picked up some strong and surprising political signals in the parade - which has always been a showcase for UDP muscle.
First, we saw Deputy Leader Patrick Faber out in force with his Collet constituents, but his crowd, very notably, did not include any national political figures.
His rival for leader, on the other hand, Belmopan rep John Saldivar seems to have come down to the city to make a statement on Faber's home turf. Saldivar was in Albert Rep Tracey Taegar Panton's larger and more animated crowd.
Big Day in Mason Trial Stalled On Monday's newscast before the 10th of September Holiday, we told you about the dock statement that Keiron Fernandez made in his murder trial.
For several months now, he, William "Danny" Mason, Ashton Vanegas, Terrence Fernandez, and Ernest Castillo have all been facing a trial without a jury before Justice Antoinette Moore for the 2016 beheading murder of Pastor Lewellyn Lucas. In that time, the 5 defendants have been listening intently to all the evidence that DPP Cheryl-Lynn Vidal has been submitting in the prosecution of this trial, to show that they all had a hand in Pastor Lucas' murder.
Reynaldo Verde Gets 'Red' Light from FBI for Extortion
In our previous newscast, we told you how Reynaldo Verde, one of the most senior tax administrators in Belize, was detained by the FBI last Saturday. They took him into custody while he was transiting through the US; he was returning from an official trip to Brussels, where he attended an international tax conference.
Well, the FBI has released a statement to note Verde's arrest. Dated February 9th, the Feds said, quote, "The FBI announces the arrest of Reynaldo Verde, 46, of the country of Belize, by complaint for his alleged interference with commerce by means of extortion and attempted extortion. Verde, who is the Assistant Commissioner for the Department of General Sales Tax for the Government of Belize, was arrested without incident by the FBI at Washington Dulles International Airport on Saturday... End quote.
Where are you Adamir? Belmopan Girl Missing
A 19 year old girl from Belmopan has been missing for 5 days. Adamir Choc went out clubbing on Friday night and has yet to return home. She was last seen leaving E & L's night club at around 3 in the morning. Her friends reportedly left her behind after an altercation in the bar. According to Choc's family, surveillance footage from the club captured her getting into a taxi, going up the hill toward La Cabana, and later returning to E& L's where she may have gotten into an SUV.
Cops get Chummy with Corozal Folks at Meet and Greet Today police were in Corozal for a meet and greet session. Commissioner of Police Chester Williams discussed the importance of establishing a relationship with residents there and the plans to make the community safer.
Man Charged for Attempted Murder in Daylight Shooting
Tonight, 21-year-old Jason Anderson, a resident of Supal Street, is at the Belize Central Prison after being accused of carrying out a brazen, broad-daylight shooting last weekend, which left 2 men injured
According to police at around 11:45 a.m. on Sunday, September 8th, 20-year-old Luquan Flowers and 20-year-old Mark Phillips were standing near the corner of George Street and Kut Avenue. That's when a silver SUV approached them from the direction of Kut Avenue, and when the vehicle came close enough, one of its occupants pulled out a gun and fired several shots at the two young men.
DIGILEARN: What's in it for everyone? On Friday's news we told you about the signing of the Digi-learn Master Service Agreement between Digi and the Ministry of Education. In it, BTL commits to provide an undisclosed number of laptop computers and bandwidth, while the Ministry will provide the educational component of the very ambitious program.
And while Digilearn is now formally rolling out to high schools after a pilot earlier this year, what really does it mean for the ministry, the telecoms company - and, most importantly, the students?
Dengue Cases Down but Remain Alert And, now, we have an update on the latest Dengue statistics and trends in Belize. There are 1,770 confirmed cases with 2.3% of documented cases being classified as severe. - but health experts say that with the projected increase in rainfall over the next few weeks - those numbers could spike up.
Making Literacy Matter
2 years ago, the Ministry of Education declared literacy as a national priority for Belize's primary school children. That's after they realized that the students had deficiencies in their ability to read and properly comprehend.
Since then, they've worked diligently on strategies to try and assist students countrywide to improve on this very important area of their education. They believe that they've found several methods that work, and so today, they held a workshop with educators from the different districts to hopefully disseminate techniques to teach reading to the nation's children.
Celebrating Belize, the 10th and The Queen of the Bay
Aside from the crime news, the 10th official ceremony and festivities still brightened the day. The ceremony to commemorate the Battle of St. George's Caye Day was held at the Memorial Park in Belize City and of course the main highlight of the ceremony was the crowning of the Queen of the Bay. We start with the Queen's installation and then to City Mayor Bernard Wagner's and Deputy PM Patrick Faber's speeches.
1,341 Kilos of Cocaine! According to Commissioner of Police Chester Williams, the two hospitalized suspects will be criminally charged once they are discharged from the K.H.M.H. When the six men were apprehended on Sunday [...]
Illegal Airstrips; Here, There, Everywhere? The illegal plane landing took place on an illegal airstrip on private property off the Coastal Road in the Belize District. It is believed that the men legally entered through [...]
Aerators Reviving the New River An expert from the Department of Environmental and Forest Biology at the State University of New York says that the quick-fix solution to the New River crisis may cause more [...]
Classes resume at La Inmaculada Children were back in class today at La Inmaculada R.C. School, Orange Walk Town. According to School Principal Lenny Umaña, the day went by without incident. The enrolment is more [...]
The importance of Literacy Literacy is important to life skills and while there are improvements since the Literacy programme was launched, students are still challenged with understanding what they read. This morning, the Ministry [...]
Tenth Day Speeches Two hundred and twenty-one years ago, British loggers known as Baymen successfully warded off a flotilla of Spanish ships during the famous Battle of Saint George’s Caye. That day, September [...]
Citizens celebrate the 10th with gusto The citizen’s parade took off after the official ceremonies at the Memorial Park. This year, it did not appear as grand as previous years. Some government ministers walked the parade [...]
Soca Moca is the winner of Carnival Road March 2019 The activities for this year’s Carnival festivities culminated on Saturday September seventh, 2019 with a massive road march which was viewed by thousands. Participating were over a dozen mas bands [...]
American author donates children book to teachers in Belize
American author Tonia Allen Gould has agreed to donate copies of her children’s novel, “Samuel T. Moore of Corte Magore” to educators in Belize to promote literacy among students. Gould, who resides in California, USA is working closely with the Ministry of Education in Belize to promote the book to children. At a book launch …
Belizeans celebrate 221 anniversary of the Battle of St. George’s Caye
The Baymen won the Battle of St. George’s Caye on September 10, 1798. The heroic efforts of the Baymen continues to be highlighted with each passing year. Yesterday marked the 221st anniversary of the Battle of St. George’s Caye with ceremonies held countrywide. In Belize City, the ceremony was held at the Memorial Park with …
Kimberly Santos starts her reign as Queen of the Bay
19-year-old Kimberly Santos made history as the 74th Queen of the Bay. She joins a list of confident, gracious young ladies who previously held the title. Love News was feeling a bit nostalgic, and decided to look back on the past five queens that preceded Santos. We’ll start at Monisha Stuart, who held the title …
75-year-old man robbed in Benque
A 75-year-old money changer was held up and robbed early this morning on Cemetery Street in the Riverside area of Benque Viejo Del Carmen, Cayo District. Correspondent Fem Cruz filed this report. Jorge Gonzales a money lender and a resident of Riverside Street Benque Viejo Del Carmen was held up at knifepoint and robbed. Love …
Businessman killed in robbery
A businessman is dead after he was robbed inside his establishment last night in Bella Vista Village, Toledo District. Correspondent Harry Arzu spoke to the landlord who resides on the upper flat of Chen’s Store. Selvin Perez, Owner of Building: “So last night when I went to take a shower I heard a gunshot and …
Electrical fire cancels classes at Nazarene High School
Students of Nazarene High School are out of classes today after a fire inside the administration building occurred yesterday. Love News spoke with Kenneth Mortis of the Fire Department who was on the scene this morning conducting an investigation. Kenneth Mortis, Station Manager: “We got a call of a situation over at the Nazarene Highschool. …
Students’ literacy levels rising
World Literacy Day was celebrated worldwide last week including in Belize. Literacy is an everyday goal and efforts around the country are made in this regard. Today, there was a meeting to discuss ways on improving literacy among the students in the country. Chief Education Officer Carol Babb told us that they have been seeing …
Tragic Story of Christopher Chi
The news of a body found in northern Belize rocked the community of Yo Creek Village, Orange Walk District. Reports began surfacing yesterday mid-afternoon and shortly after the victim was identified as 14-year-old, Christopher Chi. Reporter Naim Borges traveled north for the story. Niam Borges, Love FM News: Residents from Yo Creek Village in Orange …
Does Aeration create more problems in the New River?
The Department of Environment has held meetings, conferences, public presentations and many other forums pertaining to the conditions of the New River and possible solutions. As it stands right now, the river is a milky green color. Reports of dead crocodiles, manatees and fish have continued unabated. The public has been pleading for something to …
US professor warns of the dangers of aerating the New River
While local officials are working at resolving the issue at the New River, the Belize Institute of Environmental Law and Policy (BELPO) has expressed serious concerns over the solution to aerate the water. BELPO sent us a correspondence saying that they have been in contact with Dr. Guy Lanza, a Research Professor at the Department of …
19-year-old Adamir Choc reported missing As the Chi family reels from the burial of their son, Christopher, the Choc family is hoping that 19-year-old Adamir Choc would return home safely. Choc was reported missing over the weekend after she was last seen on Saturday, September 7 in Belmopan. Cayo Correspondent, Fem Cruz, spoke to the family yesterday at the establishment...
Dengue cases decrease Health officials are breathing a bit easier tonight as they are seeing a significant decrease in dengue cases. According to the Ministry of Health, this is the first time in four weeks that they have seen a noted drop. Since September 7, a total of one hundred and thirty-nine new cases were reported, bringing the total number to three thousand one hundred and fifteen cases countrywide...
Men, busted for drugs, made their appearance in court Four of six foreigners appeared in court today following the major drug bust that police made on Sunday, September 8 just off the Coastal Road. 69-year-old, Mexican national, Miguel Cruz Meseguer; 30 year old David Noe Orellano Discua of Honduras; 51 year old Carlos Humberto Henriquez Gomez, also of Honduras and 43-year-old, Juan Pablo Larea Cruz of Ecuador...
Celebrations Take Off in San Pedro for the 10th Day Of September 221 years ago, in a final attempt to take over the area, the Spaniards took on a small but scrappy group of Brits and their slaves. The Spanish basically controlled the entire “New World” at that time. But after 7 days the British prevailed and expelled the Spaniards – and held onto British Honduras (later Belize) for almost 200 more years.
September 10th is a national holiday in Belize and celebrates this battle for independence. In San Pedro, it is a day to party, for many, a day off from work and a day for the uniform parade.
New tropical threat may emerge in eastern Gulf of Mexico AccuWeather meteorologists are closely monitoring several features for development across the Atlantic, including one disturbance north of Hispaniola that is raising concern.
A cluster of showers and thunderstorms associated with a broad area of low pressure is currently located over the southern Bahamas, north of Hispaniola. This feature has been designated as Invest 95L.
Tropical development is not expected over the next couple of days as 95L is located in an environment of high wind shear. However, this feature can still bring locally heavy downpours to the Bahamas.
My Sweet Belize Music Video, 5min. Cecil 'Zeebo' has his My Sweet Belize video out, and it's shot mostly around Cayo. It tells a story of community friendship, and much of it takes place at Branch Mouth and along 2nd street. The National Channel produced the video.
"My Sweet Belize by Zeebo ( Roots & Thunder ) Produced by The National Channel.
Directed by: Jose Collado & Trey Cabb"
Last night's TV news on Channel 7, Channel 5, LOVETV, PGTV, Reef TV, KREM, and CTV 3. Also with the most recent Open Your Eyes, Belize Now, Talk Ah Di Town, and other specials.
The San Pedro Sun
San Pedro Pirates F.C fall 4-0 against Mexico’s Atlante F.C Football fanatics in San Pedro Town flocked the Ambergris Stadium on Saturday, September 7th to attend the international friendly match between the current national champions, San Pedro Pirates and the Mexican football club Atlante. The visiting team, hailing from Cancun, Mexico, overcame the island team, dominating most of the game and taking back home the 4-0 victory.
Destinee Arnold will represent Belize at Miss Universe 2019 Roaring Creek’s 26-year-old Destinee Dominique Arnold became the new Miss Universe Belize 2019-2020 on Friday, September 6th in Belize City.
Destinee ArnoldThe pageant to select Belize’s beauty ambassador was held inside the Civic Centre and saw Arnold besting seven other candidates: Destiny Wagner, Markeisha Young, Ryeann Smith, Aarti Sooknandan, Tianney Lamb, Josselyn Cerin and San Pedro’s very own Vivian Noralez. Arnold is the 30th Belizean woman to represent the Jewel in the international Miss Universe beauty pageant, which is taking place in Seoul, South Korea in December of this year.
Miss San Pedro Coronation & Battle Of St. George’s Caye Day Celebration Litzy was joined on stage by the other four Miss San Pedro contestants along with Mayor Daniel Guerrero and councilors. They then led the parade from the Sports Field to Boca Del Rio Park followed by Minister Manuel Heredia, Mayor Daniel Guerrero the San Pedro Town Council staff, followed by the many schools of San Pedro including ABC Pre-School, Brighter Tomorrow Pre-School, Little Angels Pre-School, San Pedro Pre-School, The Island Academy, San Pedro RC School, Ambergris Caye Elementary School, Isla Bonita Elementary School, New Horizons SDA School, Holy Cross Anglican School and the San Pedro High School.
Various Belizean Sources
The Belize Network of NGOs (BNN) hereby announces the following new appointments: Dr. Oxaku Tehu Kax'Oxo II (Tropical Rainforest Institute of Belize) has been selected to be BNN’s representative on the University of Belize Board of Trustees for a period of three (3) years. Dr. Kax'Oxo II was born in Washington DC and is a Belizean citizen. His father is from Sierra Leone and his mother is a Cayetano from Stann Creek. He lives in Cristo Rey, Cayo.
Valdemar Andrade (Turneffe Atoll Sustainability Association) will represent BNN on the REDD+ Readiness Preparation Project Technical Expert Group. The REDD+ Project will assist Belize to prepare to participate in future REDD+ carbon payment transactions, through a participatory and inclusive process. Project implementation began in early 2017 and will conclude on December 31, 2020.
A body has been found miles off the area of San Lorenzo Road The body is believed to be that of Christopher Chi, the fourteen year old minor who went missing on Friday September 6th at around 5:00 pm from Yo Creek, Orange Walk District. The minor was last seen in the company of an individual on a motorcycle believed to be his friend. While we understand police has interviewed this individual, he has denied the allegations of being with the victim. We will more on this story on Wednesday's newscast.
New River Boat Trip 7th September 2019 I was invited by Friends of the New River (FNR) to go on a boat trip with them and the Department of Environment (DoE) on Saturday 7th September 2019 to observe the state of the New River, and after the boat trip attend a meeting where remediation options would be presented.
This is a factual record of that trip.
Coronation and Ceremony in Corozal Corozal Town Council Held their Coronation and Ceremony this morning in front of Central Park. Then, the 10th Parade was held after the Ceremony in Corozal. Lots of people came out to enjoy this event.
Body of missing minor found
The Jasmine Alert program issued a statement a short while ago notifying the public that the body of missing minor, Christopher Chi has been found.
The family and residents had organized a search party and discovered the body. […]
2020 Belize Calendar of FUN Obviously, there is always something to do in Belize, regardless of the date. Whether it’s chillaxing on the beach or hanging out with the locals of Belize. It’s always a great time to be in Belize. However, Belize is also filled with festivals and other amazing events - what do you expect from a culturally rich country like Belize? Check out list the top festivals in Belize, where you can be sure to have an absolutely amazing time!
Tender boat Ride To Belize City, 10min. Once Upon A Table Guin and Caroline take a tender boat to Belize City from the Carnival Vista in search of local Belize shopping and food. This is their journey there on the tender boat.
10th Day of September Song, min. Fr. Bernard Abeling wrote the song: "It was the Tenth Day of September, the 98th Anno Domini". There have been many musical versions of the song, a march, but the words have remained the same. Fr. Abeling was the brother or Dr. Karl Heusner's wife Kate Abeling.
Fr. Abeling was a Jesuit priest in Belize in the early 1900s.
Corozal September 10, 2019 Parade, 8.5min. On September 10, 2019, the Corozal Town Council held their Coronation and Ceremony at the Corozal Central Park. It commenced at 10am. By then, the chairs were filled by a massive crowd from across Corozal to witness this event. Some of the people did enjoy watching Saint George's Caye day Parade 2019.