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5 Belize activities for the ultimate adventurer  Fox News

Check out these five picks for those looking for a thrill.

Fox News
Dispatches from the bottom of Belize's Blue Hole  CNN

A team including Virgin billionaire Richard Branson has returned from the bottom of Belize's Great Blue Hole with exciting findings. Learn what's down below ...

CNN
Fox News praises Belize in "Extreme Travel" segment  Breaking Belize News

As Belize's popularity as a "go to" tourism destination grows, more international media outlets are featuring travel pieces on Belize, such as the "5 Belize ...

Breaking Belize News
Police investigating murder of American national in Northern Belize  Breaking Belize News

Posted: Friday, February 15, 2019. 1:58 p.m. CST. By BBN Staff: The Belize Police Department has concluded that the murderer responsible for the stabbing ...

Breaking Belize News
Shopking in Belize City robbed at gunpoint  Breaking Belize News

Posted: Thursday, February 14, 2019. 3:20 p.m. CST. By BBN Staff: Police are investigating a robbery that occurred yesterday morning at Shopking Shopping ...

Breaking Belize News
Belize City Resident Shot  LoveFM

Last night a Belize City resident was shot on New Road. The police say Mark Anthony Clark was standing near a store when a man jumped out of a vehicle and ...

LoveFM
Embassy of Mexico in Belize invites you to a movie night  Breaking Belize News

The Embassy of Mexico in Belize invites the Belizean public to the first Mexican movie night at the Patio of 2019, with the projection of the multi-awarded film: ...

Breaking Belize News
Love FM celebrates 26 years of service to Belize  LoveFM

Love FM is celebrating its twenty-six anniversary. Armin Arana, one of the familiar announcers, who could be heard regularly on the air waves shared his journey ...

LoveFM
Belize ranks 4th in global murder rate  Breaking Belize News

Posted: Wednesday, February 13, 2019. 3:39 p.m. CST. By BBN Staff: Belize is one of five Caribbean countries that make up the top 10 countries with the ...

Breaking Belize News
American fund manager pleads guilty to Belize airport scam  Breaking Belize News

An American fund manager from New York, Brent Borland, 48, plead guilty on Wednesday to running a US $21.9 Million fraud in which he falsely told investors ...

Breaking Belize News
Hungarian Fugitive Located in Belize  The Reporter Belize

Another fugitive, this time a Hungarian who was wanted in his country for human trafficking, living off the earnings of prostitution, drug trafficking, and other ...

The Reporter Belize
Suspect in Chicago shooting identified as Belizean gang member from Taylor's Alley  Breaking Belize News

Posted: Wednesday, February 13, 2019. 3:39 p.m. CST. By BBN Staff: According to a report from Erie News Now, one of the suspects charged with a shootout ...

Breaking Belize News
National Student Union of Belize invites students for Peace March  Breaking Belize News

This coming Monday the 18th of February, 2019, the University of Belize (Belmopan campus) is holding a peace march starting at the parking lot of our central ...

Breaking Belize News
New York fund manager pleads guilty to Belize airport scam  Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New York investment manager pleaded guilty on Wednesday to running a $21.9 million fraud in which he falsely told dozens of ...

Reuters
Coastal Zone training underway in Belize City  Breaking Belize News

By BBN Staff: The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC), in collaboration with the Government of Belize, is carrying out a national training ...

Breaking Belize News
Big Baby's local manager asks for Belize's support in upcoming title fight  Breaking Belize News

Posted: Thursday, February 14, 2019. 11:19 a.m. CST. By BBN Staff: Belizean-American Jarrell Miller is about to make history as the first Belizean to fight for the ...

Breaking Belize News
Coffeehouse tips help Belize Student Scholarship Fund  Brookings Register

BROOKINGS – The Mission of the Month for February at the Mission Coffeehouse at First Lutheran Church is Belize Student Scholarship and Assistance Fund.

Brookings Register
Belize Rugby Union says 'Stop the senseless killing'  Breaking Belize News

Posted: Wednesday, February 13, 2019. 1:39 p.m. CST. By BBN Staff: The Belize Rugby Football Union issued a statement yesterday calling for a stop to the ...

Breaking Belize News
Belize named among best adventure destinations  Breaking Belize News

Posted: Saturday, February 9, 2019. 1:00 p.m. CST. By BBN Staff: Belize has been named among the world's best sport and adventure destinations by ...

Breaking Belize News
Erectile Dysfunction on Valentine day: The hard truths  Breaking Belize News

Posted: Thursday, February 14, 2019. 7:04 p.m. CST. By BBN Staff: One of the realities, like it or not, about the intimate nature of Valentine's Day, is that many ...

Breaking Belize News
Police recover gun and ammo in Belize City  Breaking Belize News

Belize City police conducted a search on Saturday in Belize City and found a gun and ammo in a bushy lot. According to reports, the discovery was made on ...

Breaking Belize News
Belize~ Remittances to Guatemala  Breaking Belize News

Posted: Thursday, February 7, 2019. 2:23 p.m. CST. The views expressed in this article are those of the writer and not necessarily those of Breaking Belize News ...

Breaking Belize News
Local artist wants to build future for Belize family  Nelson Star

Rob Wright was taking in a shoreline of the Caribbean Sea on his first trip to Belize when he spotted two boys fishing on a wharf. The pair didn't have rods and ...

Nelson Star
Police: Man dies after being knocked down by ambulance in Southern Belize  Breaking Belize News

A road traffic accident last night claimed the life of a man from Toledo.

Breaking Belize News
Belize pushing sustainable tourism to Latin American market  Breaking Belize News

Posted: Monday, February 11,2019. 10:33 a.m. CST. By BBN Staff: Belize has unveiled a new tourism campaign aimed at targeting the Latin American market by ...

Breaking Belize News
Belize Chinese Association Celebrates Chinese New Year  LoveFM

The Belize Chinese Association (BCA) held celebrations on Saturday and Sunday across the country. Firecrackers and cultural celebrations took place in city ...

LoveFM
Southwest's Latest Sale Lets You Book a Spring Getaway to Belize For $104 One-way  Breaking Belize News

Southwest Airlines is countering the record-breaking winter conditions in North America with record-breaking deals on flights to somewhere warmer.

Breaking Belize News
Is Belize facing a possible drought?  Breaking Belize News

By BBN Staff: Just as the National Meteorological *Service* of Belize determined that two-thirds of the country is facing a possible drought in the short term, slight ...

Breaking Belize News
11-year old reported missing in Belize City  Breaking Belize News

The family of eleven-year-old Tayron Martinez of Vernon Street, Belize City is seeking your assistance in locating him. Tayron is of brown complexion and about ...

Breaking Belize News
Peace diplomats from Washington DC host Peace Education week in Belize  Breaking Belize News

Peace Diplomats from Heavenly Culture World Peace Restoration of Light (HWPL) based in Washington D.C. are in Belize city to kick off the first leg of a ...

Breaking Belize News
Will San Pedranos get lower Water Rates?  LoveFM

The Government of Belize has provided the loan guarantee, obtaining a CDB grant of US $205,000, and assisting with facilitating the transaction. BWS intends ...

LoveFM
15-year-old student missing in Belize City  Breaking Belize News

A 15-year-old student from Belize City has been reported missing.

Breaking Belize News
Murder in Belize City  Breaking Belize News

A murder was recorded in Belize City minutes ago. The victim has not yet been identified.

Breaking Belize News
Multiple areas in Belize District affected by power outage  Breaking Belize News

Today, the Belize Electricity Limited (BEL) informed customers in the Belize District that two power outages would affect them in their area. The power outages ...

Breaking Belize News
Quick response saves building from fire in Belize City  Breaking Belize News

Moments ago, a quick response from building tenants and the Belize Fire Department saved a building on Princess Margaret Drive in Belize City from major ...

Breaking Belize News
New study finds that Belize suicide rate has increased despite decline in global suicide rate  Breaking Belize News

According to a new study (https://www.bmj.com/*content*/364/bmj.l94), despite a decline in the global suicide rate, a few countries, including Belize has ...

Breaking Belize News
Verdes basketball team defeats defending champs, Belize Hurricanes with ease  Breaking Belize News

Posted: Sunday, February 10, 2019. 9:55 a.m. CST. By BBN Staff: The Verdes basketball team defeated defending champs, Belize Hurricanes with ease this ...

Breaking Belize News
Where is Belize on refugee applications?  LoveFM

It has been well over two years that the Refugee Eligibility Committee was formed to process applications for refugees in Belize. So far, we understand that about ...

LoveFM
Body found in Belize City hotel  Breaking Belize News

Sometime around midnight, a body was reportedly found inside a local hotel in Belize city. The identity of the body has not yet been confirmed.

Breaking Belize News
Belize's Wonder Woman! The Women Who Help Belize Great!  Breaking Belize News

Anna Smith is the US Embassy's latest Woman of the Month. Every month, the United States Embassy in Belize honors a Belizean woman for her arduous work ...

Breaking Belize News
Belize selected as 'Country of the Month' by MCID Washington  Breaking Belize News

Belize was selected by the Mississippi Consortium for International Development (MCID) Washington's Country of the month profile. Last year, Breaking Belize ...

Breaking Belize News
Belize~ Were all negotiations tried and failed?  Breaking Belize News

Posted: Monday, January 21, 2019. 8:36 a.m. CST. The views expressed in this article are those of the writer and not necessarily those of Breaking Belize News.

Breaking Belize News
Police: One step closer to solving murder of Dwayne Cummings  Breaking Belize News

Posted: Friday, February 15, 2019. 11:42 a.m. CST. By BBN Staff: Orange Walk police are one step closer to making an arrest in the murder of Dwayne ...

Breaking Belize News
Weekend football roundup including Belize's 'El Classico' results  Breaking Belize News

Posted: Sunday, February 10, 2019. 10:00 p.m. CST. By BBN Staff: In football sports news, this weekend saw the defending champs Belmopan Bandits and ...

Breaking Belize News
Belize Peace Movement says that Belize's territorial integrity is not for negotiation  Breaking Belize News

The Belize Peace Movement (BPM) today issued a statement saying that the PUP's announcement yesterday declaring 'No' to the International Court of Justice ...

Breaking Belize News
What does it look like at the bottom of Belize's Blue Hole? (photos)  CNN

It's mesmerized people for decades and had us asking: "What does it look like at the bottom of Belize's Blue Hole?" Photos now reveal the answer.

CNN
US Authorities investigating 'drug deal gone bad'; Belizean man reportedly involved  Breaking Belize News

Posted: Friday, February 8,2019. 11:57a.m. CST. By BBN Staff: American law enforcement officials were called out to an active shooting at Marriott Erie Bayfront ...

Breaking Belize News
30 Brand New Rides for the Cops  LoveFM

Thirty vehicles valued at 1.3 million dollars have been purchased by the Ministry of National Security for the Belize Police Department. The vehicles were ...

LoveFM
Earthquake in Mexico felt in Belize, Guatemala and El Salvador  Breaking Belize News

Posted: Friday, February 1, 2019. 10:30 a.m. CST. By BBN Staff:An earthquake registering at 6.4 magnitude on the Richter scale occurred in Mexico a short time ...

Breaking Belize News
Young man chopped to the head in Unitedville  Breaking Belize News

A young man from Unitedville was chopped to the head earlier tonight as he was waiting for a bus to Belize city.

Breaking Belize News
Belize Peace Movement congratulates St. Catherine's Academy for mock referendum  Breaking Belize News

Today, the Belize Peace Movement (BPM) issued a release to congratulate the Saint Catherine's Academy (SCA) for spearheading a very successful debate ...

Breaking Belize News
3 vehicles involved in road traffic accident  Breaking Belize News

Shortly after 6 pm, three vehicles including a truck were involved in a road traffic accident on the Philip Goldson Highway.

Breaking Belize News
Belize represented at Consultation for Disaster Risk Reduction Actors in Guyana  Breaking Belize News

NEMO's Central Region Coordinator (with responsibility for Cayo and Belize Districts), Al Westby, is among a team of Belizeans currently attending a ...

Breaking Belize News
Belize Federation of Fishers requests hold on TASA's access to $1045500 PACT Award  Breaking Belize News

The Belize Federation of Fishers (BFF) is a legally registered and duly constituted non-profit organization formed to organize and represent fishers.

Breaking Belize News
Man dies after being hit by ambulance in Southern Belize  Breaking Belize News

Last night there was a fatal road traffic accident in southern Belize.

Breaking Belize News
Belize: Raise the minimum wage  Breaking Belize News

The views expressed in this article are those of the writer and not necessarily those of Breaking Belize News. This article was written by Richard Harrison, ...

Breaking Belize News
Belize City man shot this morning  Breaking Belize News

Police are investigating a shooting incident that occurred this morning in the old capital. Marcos Zelaya,21, was walking on Complex Avenue, Belize City around ...

Breaking Belize News
Belize and Guatemalan technicians meet  Breaking Belize News

Posted: Thursday, January 24,2019. 8:30 a.m. CST. By BBN Staff: Guatemalan and Belizean technicians met at a working session on January 22 and 23, 2019 ...

Breaking Belize News
'Alternative Spring BAE' to transport kinesiology students to Belize in March  NIU Today

Five Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education students will spend their Spring Break in Belize this March as part of a new Engage Global initiative ...

NIU Today
History in the making - Belize exports first shipment of soybean oil to Jamaica  Breaking Belize News

On Thursday, January 24, 2019, Belize made history in its budding soybean industry, exporting five (5) containers of crude soybean oil to Jamaica, making this ...

Breaking Belize News
Farmers will save Belize  The Reporter Belize

By Neferetary Marin. Being raise on a producing cattle ranch and farm, I learned to work hard and efficiently before and after school to accomplish all that ...

The Reporter Belize
Belize First, Belize Second, Belize Third!  The Reporter Belize

By Major Lloyd Jones. I currently represent the PUP on the Belize Referendum Commission and I have been doing so since shortly after Mr. Briceño became the ...

The Reporter Belize
Belize featured as top "voluntourism" destination  Breaking Belize News

Posted: Sunday, January 20, 2019. 10:30 a.m. CST. By BBN Staff: For many travelers, getting away to an exotic destination on a nice lazy vacation is enough, ...

Breaking Belize News
This Is Us’ Jon Huertas Takes Us Along on His Belize Vacation  Us Weekly

'This Is Us' star Jon Huertas writes an exclusive essay for Us Weekly about his recent trip to Belize with his wife – read his story.

Us Weekly
Social Security donates $30,000 to Kidney Association of Belize  Breaking Belize News

Today, the Social Security Board (SSB) handed over a generous donation of $30000 to the Kidney Association of Belize. The kind donation was made possible ...

Breaking Belize News
Police find gun, bullets, and drugs in Belize City  Breaking Belize News

Posted: Saturday, January 19, 2019. 7:40 a.m. CST. By BBN Staff: Proactive policing has made Belize City a bit safer. That is because a joint patrol including the ...

Breaking Belize News
Caribbean countries learn early childhood development strategies in Belize  LoveFM

The Government of Belize in collaboration with UNICEF hosted an inter country exchange in early childhood development with Barbados and Eastern ...

LoveFM
Special Envoy for Women and Children congratulates US Embassy and Marie Sharp for partnership to combat Gender-based violence  Breaking Belize News

Posted: Friday, February 15, 2019. 942 a.m. CST. By BBN Staff: The United States Embassy in Belize in partnership with Marie Sharp yesterday launched a new, ...

Breaking Belize News
$5,000 taken in Belize City Robbery  LoveFM

There were two robberies that occurred in Belize City over the weekend. In one of the incidents, the thief stole over five thousand dollars from the victim as he ...

LoveFM
Michael Gladden shot multiple times in Belize City last night  Breaking Belize News

Police are investigating a shooting incident that occurred last night in the Gungulung area of Belize City.

Breaking Belize News
Global Woman Club chooses Belizean as new branch director  Breaking Belize News

Global Woman Club ( GWC), an international organization dedicated to the advancement of women has named a Belizean, Joey Garcia, as the director of it's ...

Breaking Belize News
Belize Warned of Being Blacklisted, Unless…  The Reporter Belize

reporter.bz-REPORTER NEWSPAPER – By Marion Ali –. Belize is among six territories which the European Code of Conduct Group (CCG) has written to, ...

The Reporter Belize
Statistical Institute of Belize: Belizeans paid an average of 30 cents more for goods and services in 2018  Breaking Belize News

The Statistical Institute of Belize (SIB) has released its latest batch of statistics, representing the final set of data for 2018.

Breaking Belize News
Fisheries Department confiscates Gill Net in Belize City  Breaking Belize News

On Tuesday, January 22, 2019, the Fisheries Department recovered and confiscated an old derelict gill net in the vicinity of the Bird's Isle area of Belize City.

Breaking Belize News
Belize Peace movement clarifies position on Lisa Shoman debate  Breaking Belize News

The Belize Peace Movement (BPM) issued a statement yesterday clarifying the organization's position on having a debate with former Foreign Minister Lisa ...

Breaking Belize News
Belize Police Department Bust Nine Men With Over 13 Stolen Weapons  LoveFM

Victor L. Bryant and Company Limited was proudly established in 1913. But it seems the old school way of doing things is not in line with 21st century methods.

LoveFM
American national killed in home invasion  Breaking Belize News

Posted: Thursday, February 14, 2019. 9:29 a.m. CST. By BBN Staff: An American national was killed last night in a home invasion in Corozal. According to ...

Breaking Belize News
Ambassadors Present Letters of Credence at Belize House  Breaking Belize News

The Governor General thanked the ambassadors for their friendship and contributions to Belize and extended wishes of peace and prosperity for their countries.

Breaking Belize News
Cornell Vet school engage in activities at The Belize Zoo  Breaking Belize News

Over the last two weeks, The Belize Zoo (TBZ) hosted Cornell Vet School and the Milwaukee County Zoo. The teams engaged in training techniques with the ...

Breaking Belize News
Cold front affecting Belize today  Breaking Belize News

Posted: Sunday, January 20, 2019. 11:35 a.m. CST. By BBN Staff: The National Meteorological Center today informed that a cold front is affecting Belize.

Breaking Belize News
Belize City Council talks domestic violence  LoveFM

When we talk about murder rates we rarely ever separate the causes. Some range from gang rivalry, drunken behavior and some from domestic violence.

LoveFM
Potatoes to Mexico?  LoveFM

And while that is imminent this year, Mai says that there may be a possible solution. While he admits it may come with challenges, he says government should ...

LoveFM
Belama Phase 4 land, Who is Lu Tsun-Tieh?  LoveFM

A letter from an attorney was sent to the media to make it clear that the man who everyone spoke of as the alleged owner of the land Alex Chang is not the owner ...

LoveFM
Belize victory would put Guyana on football map  Stabroek News

Head coach of the Golden Jaguars (Guyana's national senior football team) Michael Johnson yesterday stopped just short of guaranteeing a win against Belize ...

Stabroek News
Belizean Accommodations included in Trip Advisor's Top 2019 awards list  Breaking Belize News

Posted: Thursday, January 31, 2019. 9:14 a.m. CST. By BBN Staff: Belize's popularity as a growing world tourism destination continues to make inroads.

Breaking Belize News
Former Foreign Minister challenges Belize Peace Movement to an ICJ debate  LoveFM

The Belize Peace Movement continues to push its campaign for a “no” vote on taking the Guatemalan claim over part of Belize to the ICJ. The referendum is less ...

LoveFM
The cause of the Belize Aquaculture Limited Fire remains a mystery  LoveFM

There was a fire at the Belize Aquaculture Limited (BAL) shrimp farm which is 4 miles along the Placencia Road. The Monday inferno damaged the processing ...

LoveFM
Belize has some ambitious tourism targets for 2019 says BTB Marketing Director  Breaking Belize News

The Belize Tourism Board (BTB) is pushing to build on the immense success the industry had in 2018 in the hopes of having another record-breaking year.

Breaking Belize News
Fire destroys building at Belize Aquaculture Limited  Breaking Belize News

A massive fire destroyed the offices and operation center of Belize Aquaculture Limited. The fire reportedly began around 2:00 p.m. yesterday. Fire officials ...

Breaking Belize News
New IDB study says that Belize will need 13,000 health and education professionals by 2040  Breaking Belize News

A new study published by the Inter-American Development Bank(IDB), predicts that Belize will need approximately 9000 teachers, 1000 doctors and 2000 ...

Breaking Belize News
Belizean Police Seek Guatemalan Police Assistance to Capture Shooter  The Reporter Belize

Belizean Police authorities have turned to their Guatemalan counterparts to ask for the capture of Anibal Avila after he reportedly shot indiscriminately at the ...

The Reporter Belize
Wanted Hungarian Located in Belize; Deported  The Reporter Belize

A coordinated effort by local Police and Immigration personnel and InterPol authorities has led to the apprehension and deportation of a Hungarian man wanted ...

The Reporter Belize
Hudson Girl Scouts raising funds to travel to Belize  Community Advocate

Whether you need a babysitter, enjoy eating out, or are an avid recycler – there is an activity for you that can help send the girls in Hudson Girl Scout Troop ...

Community Advocate
Adventists in Belize Run Soup Kitchen for Schoolchildren in Need  Adventist Review

'Feed My Sheep Kitchen' has provided more than 15000 meals.

Adventist Review
The Reality of Kidney Disease in Belize  The Reporter Belize

There are a number of things that factor into having kidney disease, including one's diet, lifestyle and overall health condition; but what a lot of people do not ...

The Reporter Belize
Belize Bank wins case against Tax Commissioner, doesn't have to pay anymore taxes  Breaking Belize News

Posted: Friday, January 25, 2019. 7:18 p.m. CST. By BBN Staff: The Belize Bank, this week, won a ruling against the Commissioner of Income and Business Tax ...

Breaking Belize News
Duo goes to court for burglarizing Victor L Bryant  LoveFM

20-year-old, Selvin Linarez and 21-year-old, Randy Chambers were before Senior Magistrate, Tricia Pitts-Anderson in the Belize City Magistrate's Court where ...

LoveFM
 

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Belize ( (listen)) is a country located on the eastern coast of Central America. Belize is bordered on the northwest by Mexico, on the east by the Caribbean Sea, and on the south and west by Guatemala. It has an area of 8,800 square miles (22,800 km2) and a population of 387,879 (2017). Its mainland is about 180 mi (290 km) long and 68 mi (110 km) wide. It has the lowest population and population density in Central America. The country's population growth rate of 1.87% per year (2015) is the second highest in the region and one of the highest in the Western Hemisphere.The Mayan civilization spread into the area of Belize between 1500 B.C. and 300 A.D. and flourished until about 1200. European exploration campaigns began in 1502 when Christopher Columbus sailed along the Gulf of Honduras. European settlement was begun by English settlers in 1638. This period was also marked by Spain and Britain both laying claim to the land until Britain defeated the Spanish in the Battle of St. George's Caye (1798). It became a British colony in 1840, known as British Honduras, and a Crown colony in 1862. Independence was achieved from the United Kingdom on 21 September 1981.Belize has a diverse society, composed of many cultures and languages that reflect its rich history. English is the official language of Belize, while Belizean Creole is an unofficial native language. Over half the population is multilingual, with Spanish being the second most common spoken language. It is known for its September Celebrations, its extensive barrier reef coral reefs and punta music.Belize's abundance of terrestrial and marine species and its diversity of ecosystems give it a key place in the globally significant Mesoamerican Biological Corridor. It is considered a Central American and Caribbean nation with strong ties to both the American and Caribbean regions. It is a member of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), and the Central American Integration System (SICA), the only country to hold full membership in all three regional organisations. Belize is a Commonwealth realm, with Queen Elizabeth II as its monarch and head of state.