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#510231 - 12/29/15 11:37 AM Today's Belize News: December 29, 2015
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The San Pedro Sun

Venezuelan opposition is controlling government: What does this mean for Belize?
On December 6th, Venezuela’s Opposition Democratic Alliance won an overwhelming mid-term congressional victory during the country’s elections. This victory gave the opposition party about two-thirds control in Venezuela’s National Assembly. The opposition claimed the majority of the 167 seats in the National Assembly which would allow them to free political prisoners, enact basic laws, and approve the budget and government debt. The results are a major blow to current president Nicolas Maduro of the ruling Socialist Party, which has been in power for the past 16 years when the late president Hugo Chavez brought it to power. The big question concerning Belizeans is, what does this mean for Belize and the future of the PetroCaribe Loan Program?

Belize Red Cross San Pedro Branch report a successful year
The Belize Red Cross San Pedro Branch (BRCSP) would like to thank everyone for their support over the course of 2015. The branch has been working hard in the community to make Ambergris Caye a safer place. 2015 saw several milestones for BRCSP and as such they would like to share them with the community. 2015 brought the First Aid/ Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (FA/CPR) training to a new level, with the certification of an instructor who lives on the island. Ashty Dennison is currently the only FA/CPR instructor certified by Belize Red Cross on San Pedro, while Martin Dawson is our certified assistant. In addition, this year, 64 people were trained in six sessions of FA/CPR workshops; six businesses, two schools, three private citizens and two new Red Cross volunteers. Since BRCSP re-inception in 2013, 263 have been trained from 46 businesses and two lives have been saved thanks to FA/CPR, both were children. In the coming year, BRCSP plans to continue the growth of FA/CPR training in the island and will even be partnering with the Washington University of Health and Science (WUHS) in Belize. “After monitoring Dennison teaching a class, the school President of WUHS) was impressed with her professionalism. He has indicated a desire to have training done at the beginning of each semester. Negotiations for that will be scheduled in January,” said BRCSP. “Further, anyone that is interested in joining the 46 businesses that are sending staff for training or taking First Aid training as an individual should contact the branch’s new FA/CPR Coordinator Aimee Fearneyhough via info.brcsp@gmail.com. Courses run monthly at a cost of $50BZ.”

WUHS medical students becoming island First Aid responders
The Washington University of Health and Science (WUHS) San Pedro Campus, recently held a ‘First Aid Responders’ training in partnership with the Belize Red Cross. The activity was held in order to certify students to become first aid responders and be a valuable asset to the community, providing qualified individuals who may be able to provide medical assistance at any given time and anywhere on the island. According to the Medical Student Association President at WUHS, Sujatha Chetty, they want to get more involved in the community and become a point of medical reference for the residents. “A lot of locals don’t know about our medical school here in San Pedro Town, and whenever we are out there and people see us in our uniforms, they really don’t know where we are from or what we are here to do. We are not just here to get an education, but to give back to the community which we have become a part of,” said Chetty. She added that whenever people spot one of the students in their red or blue uniforms, they can feel free to ask them questions and even advice on any possible illness they might be experiencing.

Dog Registration Law to be implemented in 2016
2016 is fast approaching, and the New Year is scheduled to bring much change for pet owner and pets alike. Saga Humane Society and the San Pedro Town Council (SPTC) have announced that effective Monday, January 4th, all dogs must be registered and licensed at the Town Board. This program has been in the pipeline since 2012 and is expected to reduce the number of strays and unwanted dogs on the streets of Ambergris Caye. According to Saga, pet owners will be required to license all dogs four months and older. In order to license your pet, the dog must be properly vaccinated for rabies. “Rabies vaccinations are a prerequisite for licensing dogs, and are available at Saga Humane Society for $30. No cost vaccinations are available to those in need,” says Saga.

Ambergris Today

A Year in Review Belize Red Cross San Pedro Branch
The Belize Red Cross San Pedro Branch (BRCSP) would like to thank everyone for their support over the course of 2015. The Branch is working hard for the community to make Ambergris Caye a safer place. Special thanks to Mayor Daniel Guerrero for coming to the Red Cross Christmas party and bringing an oversized check from the San Pedro Town Council to help us continue our work. In Review; First Aid/CPR Training: 2015 brought our First Aid/CPR training to a new level, with the certification of an instructor who lives on the island. Ashty Dennison is currently the only FA/CPR instructor certified by Belize Red Cross on the island. Martin Dawson is our certified assistant. This year – 64 people were trained in 6 sessions; 6 businesses, 2 schools, 3 private citizens and 2 new Red Cross volunteers were represented. Since our re-inception in 2013, 263 have been trained from 46 businesses and 2 lives have been saved; both were children.

Belize Appoints Ambassador to Cuba - Discuss Trade, Culture, Tourism
On Tuesday, December 22, 2015, Belize’s Ambassador to Cuba, H.E. Annie Burns Martinez, participated in a ceremony at the Palace of the Revolution in Havana where she presented her credentials to Vice President and Comptroller General of the Republic of Cuba, H.E. Mrs. Gladys Bejerano Portela and First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, H.E. Mr. Marcelino Medina González. Both parties discussed new areas for cooperation in trade, culture, and tourism. Ambassador Burns Martinez also recognized the contribution of the Cuban Medical Brigade and the general medicine and specialization scholarships that have helped to further develop Belize’s public health sector. Additionally, the representatives spoke about the current Cuban migrant crisis and the role of human traffickers; in particular, the call by Hon. Wilfred Elrington for SICA states to coordinate a regional response that fits within a clear and legal framework and one in which all the parties affected were participating in the discussion, was appreciated. Both parties await the outcome of a follow-up meeting in Mexico with hope to move closer to a resolution.

Fire Destroys Family Home Over Christmas Weekend
An early morning blaze completely destroyed a home and garage/storage on Sunday, December 27, 2015 in the Escalante/DFV Subdivision leaving a family homeless and without a place of work. The San Pedro Fire Department reported that about 5:00a.m. on Sunday, Ricardo Valladarez, 34-year-old mechanic of Escalante subdivision, indicated that he woke up to the smell of smoke, immediately noticing the inside of the house on fire. The house was a 24’ x 26’ plycem and wooden building with a garage and a storage room 10’ x10’ to the back, both were completely destroyed and three vehicles that were in the shop for repairs were damaged by the fire. The Fire Department reports arriving on location at 5:45a.m.and running out of water. The house and contents were not insured.

Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

INCREASE IN IMPORT DUTIES ON FUEL PRODUCTS
The Ministry of Finance hereby informs the general public that with the arrival of the latest shipment of fuel which is due to take effect at the pump on December 28, 2015, the Import Duties on Premium Gasoline and Diesel Oil increased by 65 cents Belize per U.S. Gallon while the Import Duty on Regular Gasoline increased by 57 cents Belize per U.S. Gallon. Consequently the new Import Duties applied to these products are as follows: Premium Gasoline - $2.96 per US Gallon Regular Gasoline - $2.73 per US Gallon Diesel Oil - $1.92 per US Gallon

The 12 Best Bird Books of 2015
Are you a birder and a reader? Can't be the first without the last. Read a few of these next year.... Our favorite reads of the year include a guide to the world of gonzo birds, a best-selling falconry memoir, field handbooks, and more.

Live Music with Valentino
Live Music with Valentino at the Barrier Reef Sports Bar & Grill from 6pm-9pm! December 29, 2015 Time: 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Channel 7

Rape Victim Speaks Up, Tells Story Of Outrageous Police Abuse
Tonight, a rape victim is speaking out. 25-year-old mother of two, Vanessa Evans is accusing a police officer of handcuffing and raping her in the San Ignacio police station - while she was detained. Evans says she was removed from her cell early on the morning of December 20th and taken into a dark room where a police officer raped her. Now, we don't usually broadcast the names of rape victims, but Vanessa and her husband contacted us, and said they want to go public because they believe the police are deliberately dragging their feet. That's because, one week after the report was made, they still haven't charged one of their own. And so today at her home in Bullet Tree, Vanessa told me about the rape, and the traumatic aftermath:... Vanessa Evans, "A police officer raped me" "He opened the cell and tell me to come. And I told him I said come? Come for what? And he goes like, come lets go back that way and he hand me a roll of toilet paper and I begin to walk because he had a gun and he had the gun showing it to me. I came out and I started walking towards the back like he said, that's what he said." Courtney Weatherburne "Okay, so he had the gun in his hand or he was just showing you his gun by his side?" Vanessa Evans, "A police officer raped me" "He was just showing me his gun by his side." Courtney Weatherburne "When he took you to the back, did he say anything before or....?" Vanessa Evans, "A police officer raped me" "He said you are going to get what you deserved, why you keep beating your men? So I said, it not your business, whatever me and my man have, we've been having it for 8 years and that doesn't give you the right to take me out of my cell to try and assault me.

Drunk Driver Killed One Year Old
The life of one year old Genesis Medina was cut short when a man, suspected to have been under the influence at the time, knocked her down last night. The incident happened in the village of San Estevan in front of the child's home. So, what was Baby Genesis doing out on the street unattended, and why was the driver of the vehicle speeding in the middle of the village? Emanuel Pech travelled North today to find out. Three months ago, baby Genesis Medina celebrated her first birthday. But the joy that this innocent smile brought to her family has been replaced by lingering grief. On Sunday around 4:40 pm Baby Genesis, (show vehicle) was knocked down and killed by this speeding gold Mazda pickup driven by a 28th year old resident of Trial Farm Village. The vehicle hit the child and dragged her small body about 100 yards from the house. Assistant Superintendent Selwyn Tillett described the tragic scene police witnessed. ASP Selwyn Tillette- O. C. Orange Walk Police "On yesterday's date, 27th December at about 5pm police visited Calle del Sol Street in San Estevan Village, Orange Walk District where they observed the body of a female infant lying motionless faced up on the right hand side of the street. She was wearing a pink floral dress. The body had a large open fractured skull at the right side of the forehead with about 4 inches in length and also she had scrapes on her chest. A large piece of her brain tissue was seen about 5 feet away from the body."

Senior Citizen Still Unconscious After Home Invasion (By Neighbor!)
93-Year-old resident of Fern Lane, Patrick Grant is a man known to cut his own yard, and even mend his neighbor's fence if he has a hammer and a nail. The senior citizen lives by himself and likes it that way - but tonight he's clinging to life after a home invasion left him badly beaten. Grant was at home sleeping on Sunday morning before 6:00, when a man police believe to be his neighbor stormed in to steal a TV, and in the process, he almost robbed the old man of his life. I found out more today when I visited the area:.. Courtney Weatherburne reporting 93 year old Patrick Grant usually spends the entire day sitting on this white plastic chair. This is where he relaxes and enjoys his time alone. And yesterday was no different - after his long rest in his favorite spot, he went inside his house. But everything changed when he got an unexpected visit from his neighbor. Grant was asleep when his neighbor stormed in, viciously assaulted him and stole his TV. When Grant's family finally arrived at the house - he was slumped on this same chair - almost beaten to death.

Teenager Knifed To Death After Boom Horse Races
There were two murders on Boxing Day, one in the Belize River Valley, and other in the Toledo District. We start with the killing of Belize City resident, 18 year-old Lennox Flowers. He left his family's home on Partridge Street to go with one of his bosses for a horse race and an after-party at the race-track in Burrell Boom Village. That's where he reportedly got dragged into a street fight, and he was stabbed and killed. Today, our team went to Burrell Boom, and we found out that police and his family have very different theories about why this young man was killed. Daniel Ortiz has that story: Daniel Ortiz reporting 18 year-old Lennox Pierreze Flowers was attacked and stabbed here on the grounds of the Charleston Horse Racing Track on Boxing Day. He had come here to socialize with one of his employers. Later in the night, he ended up in a fight with several persons believed to be from the George Street Gang. By the time the police officers arrived at the location, the attackers had already knifed him several times Sr. Supt. Edward Broaster - OC, Eastern Division Rural "Our officers from Ladyville Police Precinct were alerted to a fight in progress. Upon arriving at the scene, they encounter one male person who had multiple stab wounds to his body. An ambulance was called for him. Nevertheless it appeared that all the ambulance was occupied at the time, so he was then rushed to the KHMH where he was pronounced dead on arrival."

Toledo Man Shot/Chopped To Death
20 minutes after Ladyville Police responded to that crime scene in Burrell Boom, Punta Gorda Police were called out to an area of the Jalacte Road between the Toledo Villages of San Pedro Colombia and San Miguel. That's where they found the body of 55 year-old Evaristo Bul, a resident of San Pedro Colombia. He had been chopped and shot to death. Today, the Commander of the Punta Gorda Police Station told us via telephone that the investigators suspect that he was murdered over a land dispute in San Pedro Colombia. Here's what he told us: Supt. Simeon Alvarez, OC - Punta Gorda Police "Some time around 9:21pm on the 26th December 2015, Punta Gorda police received information of a dead body situated in the Colombia/San Miguel Road. As a result of that the police visited the area and upon arrival there, they saw the lifeless body of a Maya decent person who was later identified to be one Evaristo Bul, 55 years old of a Colombia Village address. Police investigation revealed that on that same particular day, the alcalde for the Colombia Village had a court hearing, because of a long dispute between the deceased and a family from the said village. And it was shortly after that this lifeless body of Evaristo Bul was found with multiple chop wounds to the head and neck and shoulder. Also observed was some bullet wound to the left side of the chest. At this time police have 4 persons in custody and I believe that within the next 48 hours, somebody will be arrested and charged for murder."

Gang Warfare: Teenager Shot In City
A teenager was shot in Belize City today. Kirk Broaster who is just 15 years old was shot on Pickstock Street at around 3:45 this afternoon. Area residents say that the youth who is from the Jungle area was shot by a gang affiliate from the southside. He survived, but we spoke to his cousin at the hospital today and she told us that his injuries are serious:... Voice of: Nikisha Williams - Cousin of shooting victim "My cousin was on the railing with us and I ask him to go buy a soft drink for us at the end of the lane. When he arrived at the end of the lane, a white car and two other car was behind the car and let out shots. I was at the end of the court and I saw when the gunshots were fired. It wasn't anything nice. He took about 8 shots." Reporter "Where did he got shot exactly?" Voice of: Nikisha Williams - Cousin of shooting victim "I am not sure, because I am not God, but I heard about 8 shots in the background and I saw his neck swollen up. When I went into the emergency he was stiff as a dog. I don't know where he got the licks, but I know that it was not a good lick. He dropped instantly on the ground and he was stiff as a dog. I don't know right now where my cousin stands."

Fuel Prices Spike; Cash-Strapped GOB Takes Bigger Tax Bite
World Fuel prices are at an 11 year low, but in Belize pump prices went up at midnight Premium went up by 72 cents per gallon or 8%, Regular went up by 97 cents or 13%, and Diesel went up by 81 cents, or 13% as well. And the reasons the local prices have spiked when world prices are declining is that Government says it needs a bigger tax bite to pay its bills. A government release says "the Import Duties on Premium Gasoline and Diesel Oil increased by 65 cents Belize per U.S. Gallon while the Import Duty on Regular Gasoline increased by 57 cents Belize per U.S. Gallon." And in a release today, the Ministry of Finance makes no bones about it, they need the money. The release says, quote, "this is a fiscal consolidation measure to strengthen public finances at the start of the new 2016 calendar year and also to compensate for the decline in revenues linked to the decline in domestic crude oil production." That's because BNE's Spanish Lookout oil field is almost depleted and has significantly reduced output.

OW: A Series Of Sex Crimes Involving Minors
Orange Walk police are investigating a number of sex crimes against minors. We start first with one that involves the molestation of a 5 year old boy. At 2:00 in the afternoon on boxing day, the boy's mother a House Wife of Trial Farm Village, woke up to the screams of her mother in law who alerted her that she had just caught a man sexually assaulting her 5 year old son. Quick police response has led to the detention of one suspect. Police were unable to say if the person is known to the family but we understand that authorities are preparing to levy charges against him. And, today, a 15 year old female minor of Orange Walk Town visited the Police station with her mother and reported to authorities that she had sexual intercourse with two individuals, on two separate occasions, over the course of two months. Assistant Superintendent Selwyn Tillett explained to us how they are moving forward in this delicate investigation. ASP Selwyn Tillette- O. C. Orange Walk Police "She reported that in the month of November this year, she had sexual intercourse with the male person. On the 24th December, this same year, she had sexual intercourse with another male person who kissed her and vamped her breast. The police are investigating this issue and people will be arrested and charge for this offence. Let me tell you, the girl is under the age of 16, whether she consent or not, she according to law she cannot consent. The law says that once she in under the age of 16 she cannot give consent."

Police Say "Angel" Is No Angel
Angel Ruiz will turn 24 on New Years Eve, but unfortunately, he'll be in jail for his birthday. That's because police have accused him of being in possession an unlicensed weapon. According to police, at around 2:45 p.m. on Christmas Day, they were on foot patrol at the corner of Orange and West Streets, and that's when they encountered Ruiz. According to the officers, he saw them coming, and threw away an object in front of him. The officers detained him, retrieved the item, and found out that it was .22 revolver with no serial number. They arrested and charged him with keeping an unlicensed firearm. He was arraigned today before Senior Magistrate Sharon Frazer, where he pleaded not guilty to the charge. He could not be granted bail, and so he was remanded to the Belize Central Prison until February 29, 2016.

A Legend In His Time, BQ Pitts Passes
A noted Belizean, Bernard Quentin Pitts - known as "BQ" - passed today. According to his son, Bernard Juniour, the 80 year old died of heart failure in Belize City after suffering a stroke last week, and then, a cardiac arrest on Saturday. Pitts - who was an attorney by training - held a long list of senior public posts under various UDP administrations - but most notably was an elected city councilor in the early 80's, and served as Speaker of the House from 1993 - to 1998, and Attorney General from 2010 to 2012. His son tells us that BQ worked his way up from a clerk of court to a magistrate and then an attorney. He practiced for almost 40 years, after going into semi retirement earlier this year. He earned multiple honours, most notably Commander of the British Empire, and fathered 9 children. No plans have yet been made for his funeral.

Motorbike Man Dies In Accident
A man on a motorbike was killed as the result of an accident on Christmas Eve. It happened at mile 43 on the southern highway before 9:00 in the morning. 58-year-old farmer Celestino Coc, was driving his Mazda pickup truck, and rounding the curve at mile 43, he collided with 27 year old Mynor Cruz who was coming from the opposite direction. Cruz crashed into the door of the pickup and his motorbike was found 108 feet from the pickup truck. Cruz survived the initial impact, but died at the KHMH on Christmas morning.

Newborn Gets A Christmas Miracle Of Life
On our Christmas Eve Newscast, we told you about the child from Corozal Town who was born with the birth defect called "esophageal atresia". That's an incomplete esophagus which does not connect to the stomach. If left untreated, it's a fatal disease because the baby will be unable to eat, swallow, or ingest nutrients. Infants afflicted by the condition to either starve to death or die from pneumonia brought on by saliva that they can't swallow. But baby Gismael will be spared from all of that because for his first Christmas, he was given the Gift of life. On Boxing Day, our news team was at the KHMH when the child was transported from the KHMH to the PGIA to be flown out by private jet to the US. Daniel Ortiz reports: Daniel Ortiz reporting Meet Baby Gismael Aban. He was born just a few days ago to first time parents who had been planning for his entry into their lives for months. Shamir Aban - Father "We are so happy. We love him so much." But, the parents are worried because he was born with a birth defect which is ordinarily fatal.

Channel 5

Police Constable Accused of Rape Positively Identified
Following an identification parade at midday today, Cayo Police are preparing the charge sheet for one of their own accused of a terrible and disturbing crime. Police Constable Luke Moreira [...]

Elderly Man Brutally Beaten in Home Invasion
In a sickening home invasion a Belize City elderly man is left in a coma and hospitalized at the K.H.M.H. Patrick Grant was violently attacked over the weekend and robbed [...]

OW Police Investigate Disturbing Incidents of Sexual Assault
There are other reports of sexual assaults coming out of the Orange Walk District tonight. A fifteen year old minor claims that on two occasions, Christmas Eve and on November [...]

Teenager Murdered at Boxing Day Horse Race
In Burrell Boom in the Belize District, a teenager was stabbed multiple times as many persons watched. Eighteen year old Lennox Pierez Flowers, a Belize City resident, travelled to the [...]

Police Investigate Vicious Killing of PG Resident
In the Toledo District…Was a bitter land dispute in San Pedro, Columbia the motive behind a grisly weekend murder?  The lifeless body of fifty-five-year-old Evaristo Bul was discovered by Punta [...]

Minor Clings to Life After City Shooting
Back to the city where a late afternoon shooting took place. A fifteen year old boy of a Pickstock Street address is tonight in critical condition at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital [...]

G.O.B. Increases Import Duties on Fuel…Pump Prices Spike
At midnight on Sunday, officially, pump prices for diesel, regular and premium fuel increased – diesel by eighty-one cents a gallon, regular by ninety-seven cents a gallon and premium by [...]

What Are Belizeans Saying About Fuel Increase
The release from government states that acquisition costs are expected to decline significantly in the coming weeks, in line with declining world oil prices. Pump prices are, consequently, expected to [...]

The Future of Petrocaribe is Uncertain
According to G.O.B.’s Financial Secretary, the increase in import duties has become necessary to stabilize government’s fiscal position which suddenly seems distinctly shaky. But why are consumers taking the hit? [...]

San Estevan Toddler Killed in Hit & Run Accident
There were several road traffic accidents over the weekend and there was loss of life in at least two instances.  The life of one-year-old Genesis Teresa Medina was cut short [...]

Alleged Drunken Driver Has License Revoked
Today in court, a B.T.L. employee, who pleaded guilty to crashing his SUV, had his license revoked for one year. The traffic accident happened within city limits on Sunday, December [...]

Elderly Statesman B.Q. Pitts Passes Away
Tonight, we record the death of a notable personality. Former Attorney General, Bernard Quentin Augustus Pitts, popularly known as B.Q. Pitts passed away over the holidays from complications due to cardiac [...]

Only U.D.P. Ministers Got Christmas Cheer
If you needed another indication that things are distinctly dread…Fin-Sec Joseph Waight confirmed that the much lauded Christmas Cheer program was handled very sparingly. In years past, U.D.P. Area Representatives [...]

San Pedro Mechanic Loses Everything in Fire
A San Pedro mechanic is tonight homeless after the wooden structure he once called home was gutted by fire. At about five o’clock on Sunday morning, thirty-four year old Ricardo [...]

Police United wins PLB Championship
Good evening, I’m James Adderley and here’s our closing show for the year 2015.   It was 2 days after Christmas and football was at its peak. The best 2 [...]


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CTV3

Mexico Agree To Allow Cubans Passage To The US
Tonight it seems as if there is a solution for the 4,000 Cubans that have been stranded at the Costa Rica/ Nicaragua border since mid-November. International reports indicate that representatives of Central American nations, plus Ecuador, Cuba, Colombia and the US, addressed at a meeting in Mexico the situation of the thousands of stranded Cubans in Costa Rica in their effort to make it to US territory. And after over six weeks of waiting in anticipation, the Cubans have finally received good news from the Mexican government. According to Costa Rican Minister, Manuel Gonzalez, Mexico has agreed to allow the Cubans to enter Mexican territory to travel across to the US. Gonzalez also said that the US authorities have decided to accept the Cubans who make it to their borders based on the dry-feet, wet-feet policy.

Fuel Price Increase In Belize And Declines In Mexico
And while fuel prices increase in Belize, in neighboring countries including Mexico prices are declining. In January the price for gasoline and diesel will decline in Mexico as a result of energy reform scheme and fuel prices approved by the Congress The price of Magna gasoline will be down 41 cents per liter, while the premium will see a decrease of 40 cents, and diesel will see a 43 cents decrease in accordance with market conditions. In addition, the tax on automotive fuels (STPS) will be a fixed amount per liter of fuel, which is the way it is set in most countries and serves to promote competition and avoid the creation subsidies relapsing. The approval scheme applied in the cities of the northern border, which prevents there is a sustained difference in fuel prices between Mexico and the United States.

5 Year Old Allegedly Sexually Assaulted
And why police have charged the person responsible for baby Genesis death, police are also looking into a case of alleged sexual assault that occurred over the weekend involving a five year old boy. Selvin Tillett – Assistant Superintendent of Police “On Saturday December 26th at about 4:15pm, a Belizean housewife of Trial Farm village, Orange Walk reported that sometime around 2pm the same date she was awaken by a shout of her mother-in-law who told her that she has a caught a man in the process of sexually assaulting her 5 year old son, police are investigating the issue and a male person has been in question pending charges .” Reporter “Is the all edge perpetrator known to police as maybe a trouble person that goes around and trying to perpetuate this crime against minors?” Selvin Tillett – Assistant Superintendent of Police “Well, not at this moment and no we don’t have a report against him and he is from Orange Walk.”

Former Sepaker Of The House Of Representatives Passes
As a result of suffering from a stroke last week, Bernard Quentin Augustus Pitts Sr passed away today at about 10:40 this morning. Mr Pitts was a well-known criminal attorney by training, and had been involved in politics under the UDP administration. During the 1990’s, he became a speaker of the House of Representatives and was the first person to be appointed for the post of Attorney General despite not being an elected representative. Pitts received multiple honours during his lifetime and was the senior partner in the law firm of Pitts and Elrington along with the current Minister of Foreign Affairs Hon. Wilfred Elrington. Pitts has left behind his wife Valda, law partner Sharon Pitts-Robateau, son Bernard Quentin its Jr and several other children to mourn his death. No plans have been arranged as yet for Mr. Pitts’ funeral.

PUC Rejects BEL's Request For Increase In Electricity Rates
On Friday December 11th, 2015, the Belize Electricity Limited made a submission to the Public Utilities Commission, requesting that the Mean Electricity Rate be raised from $0.35 per KWh to $0.3885 per kWh in order to recover the variance in the Cost of Power by the end of the 2012-2016 Full Tariff Period. BEL claimed that the cost of Power had been underestimated due to lower rates from the Comision Federal de Electricidad (CFE) in Mexico. News tonight is that PUC, however, has denied the request by making no approval of an increase. In a release issued by the commission it states and we quote “The Commission hereby approves no adjustments to the Mean Electricity Rate and Tariffs previously approved for the period January 1, 2016 to June 30, 2016 and hereby orders the Belize Electricity Limited (BEL) to levy the currently approved Tariffs in respect of the relevant services it is licensed to provide.” End quote.

LOVE FM

Elderly Man Assaulted in His Home
Two persons entered the home of an elderly man on Sunday morning and savagely assaulted him. Renee Trujillo has the story. RENEE TRUJILLO REPORTING “This is the home of an elderly man whose home was burglarized early Sunday morning just after two o’clock. The robber or robbers got into the home and reportedly assaulted the […]

Bernard Q.A. Pitts Sr Passes
Bernard Quentin Pitts Senior passed away early this morning. Pitts served Belize in many different professions. Pitts was born in 1935 and was from Mullins River. Pitts went to school and studied law at University of the West Indies at the age of thirty five. In January of 1977 he started his own law firm. […]

Murder in Castleton Park Claims Teenager’s Life
Ladyville Police believe that the fatal stabbing of eighteen year old Lennox Piereze Flowers is gang related. However, his family believes otherwise, saying that Flowers was a well behaved young man who worked two jobs and was not involved in any gang activity. Flowers was stabbed by three men at an after party in Burrell […]

Elderly Man Shot on Christmas Night
At about nine thirty on Christmas night, police were called out to Croton Lane in the Saint Martin’s de Porres area in Belize City where a shooting occurred. Love News understands that, 56-year-old, Harrison Crawford of a Flamboyant Street address was walking down the street when he was approached by two males on bicycle. One […]

Teenager Escapes Death in Roaring Creek Village
A shooting incident in Roaring Creek Village, Cayo District has left a community concerned. We hear more in this report from correspondent Fem Cruz. FEM CRUZ “A 19 year old man of Roaring Creek village escaped by the skin of his teeth after he was shot at ten times. According to an eyewitness on Sunday, […]

Fire Consumes Structures and Vehicles on Ambergris Caye
Fire fighters on Ambergris Caye were at the scene of a fire just before six o’clock on Sunday, December 27 in the Escalante sub-division area on the island. Reports reaching Love News are that a 34-year-old mechanic, Ricardo Valladarez was awoken at around five on Sunday morning by the smell of smoke. Further inspection led […]

Woman Fabricates Story of Sexual Assault
Yesterday we told you of a case of rape that was being investigated by Belmopan police after a woman went in to make a statement. After investigations, however, the investigators found that the woman fabricated her story and there was no case of rape or sexual assault. As a result, the woman was charged with […]

Belizean Farmer and Belgian National Go Missing
Local authorities are asking for the public’s assistance in the cases of two missing persons. The first missing person is a 44-year-old Belizean farmer of Saint Margaret’s Village in the Cayo District. Nedy Arnuldo Aldana was reported missing by his wife, 46-year-old, Martha Odelia Aldana who told investigators that her husband was last seen on […]

Finance Ministry Explains Hike in Pump Prices
Over the weekend we told you of the gas prices at the pump taking an increase at midnight on Sunday. It is an announcement that has many questioning the reasons behind the raise considering that world prices are at an all-time low. An explanation was forthcoming from the Government of Belize today, via a press […]

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

City man pleads guilty to traffic offences
23 year old Rasheed Pollard, a customer care service representative for Belize Telemedia Limited (BTL), has pleaded guilty to driving a motor vehicle without due care and attention and failure to provide specimen. Pollard was responsible for a traffic mishap in the city limits on […]

Purse theft lands woman in court
A Belize City domestic is out on bail after she was accused of stealing $80 from inside another woman’s purse as the woman was socializing at a shop in the city. 45 year old Jacqueline Williams of Dean Street, Belize City, is accused of stealing $80 […]

Angel Ruiz charged for firearm offences
Twenty-three year old Angel Ruiz, a construction worker of the corner of Seagull Street and Raccoon Street, will be 24 on December 31, and it is more than likely that he will spend his birthday behind bars. Ruiz was remanded into custody until February 29, 2016 when […]

Man charged for attempted burglary
Thirty-five year old Mark Brown, a laborer who allegedly tried to burglarize the dwelling house of Elizabeth Williams yesterday, was denied bail and was remanded into custody when he appeared today before Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser and pleaded not guilty to a charge of attempted […]

Teenager shot in Belize City
Around 4:30 this evening in Belize City a teenager was shot. The 15 year old, whose name we will withhold for the time being, was injured while standing at the corner of Pickstock Street and New Road. Eyewitnesses and residents of the area say his attackers were […]

Motorcyclist dies on Christmas morning after tragic accident
A traffic accident on the outskirts of Bella Vista village early Thursday morning, seriously injured and ultimately ended the life of 27-year-old revenue collector, Mynor Cruz of Belmopan City, who died at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH) on Christmas morning. Police responded to […]

Woman arrested and charged for false rape report
Belmopan Police launched an investigation into the report of a rape by a 24-year-old Honduran woman, which ironically ended in her being arrested and charged. Authorities say the report turned out to be false and she was consequently arrested and charged for committing mischievous act. […]

Roaring Creek police investigate attempted murder of local teen
Police are investigating a shooting incident that happened last night in Roaring Creek village, Cayo District, which could have easily taken the life of 19-year-old farmer, Ari Vanzie as he rode through the village. The teenager told police that around 8:30 p.m., he was […]

One to be charged for discharging firearm after refusing to pay restaurant tab
Rafael Jacob is currently at the Western Regional Hospital under police guard while receiving treatment for injuries sustained during a fight at Rivera Restaurant and Bar in Belmopan City last night. Police were called to the establishment sometime after 9:30 p.m. and were told […]

B.Q. Pitts, attorney and politician, dies at 89
Bernard Quentin Augustus Pitts, Sr., has died at the age of 89, after suffering a reported stroke last week. Pitts was a noted criminal attorney in private practice but his greater contribution to Belize has been in politics. He was a Speaker of the […]

Punta Gorda murder leaves police clueless
A murder in the Toledo District last night has left Punta Gorda (PG) Police with no suspects in the chopping death of a Columbia Village resident. That village, located approximately 20 miles outside of PG Town, was the center of national news late last year […]

Fair weather expected to continue
The National Meteorological Service of Belize is predicting mostly sunny skies with little or no rainfall today, becoming cloudy at times tonight with a few showers mostly over northern and some coastal areas. Winds will be blowing from the East-Southeast at 10-20 knots with […]

The future of the UDP
The United Democratic Party (UDP) is still riding a wave of unprecedented political success in Belize. It made history in November winning three consecutive general elections with its leader Prime Minister Dean Barrow at the helm, who also made history by becoming the first three-consecutive […]

Belmopan police investigate possible sexual assault
A 29-year-old man is detained pending an investigation after a 24-year-old Honduran woman from Belmopan reported to police that she may have been sexually assaulted. According to police report, the 24-year-old was fast asleep after socializing with friends the night before when sometime around 1:00 a.m. she woke to […]

Blogs

2015: What a Year To Be in Belize! Part Two
I had a great year…and saw lots of changes. The road north is changing San Pedro for sure…Placencia is seeing development galore AND a cruise ship terminal just a few miles off their shores. Caye Caulker…new bar ownership at the Split and lots of construction. Change! I ended Part One barely into the month of March. And I still haven’t hit the two HUGE bucket list items that I finally ticked off this year – the ATM Cave and the Blue Hole. Let’s get moving. I started March with a super cool visit to the northern tip of Caye Caulker – where HL Dole is building, what he calls, the Estuary. Beautiful wooden walk-ways over mangroves and lagoons and…crocs. You can visit – just check the link above. There was drama over the Palapa Bar – the new owner (who seems somewhat devilish) and Scott and Jodie. Usually a discussion works better… But then…what do I know.

San Ignacio Police Department Fund Raising a Huge Success!
We reported earlier this month that Chaa Creek Cares Program joined hands with the San Ignacio Police Department fund raising efforts for well needed funds to aid police operations in the Cayo District. Today we are very excited to inform our readers and followers that all 100 raffle tickets were sold at $20.00 each. The raffle draw took place at St Andrews School on December 22nd, students of the school had the privilege of selecting the lucky winner of this exceptional Eco-lux prize.

Coconut Mango Crisp
Place mango slices in a buttered baking dish. Sprinkle with white sugar and cinnamon. Cream brown sugar and butter. Add egg, vanilla, coconut milk and coconut. Stir in flour and oats. Spread batter over mangos. Bake at 375 degrees for 55 minutes or until golden brown. Serves 4 to 6.

International Sourcesizz

Bird photo wins top picture in RSPCA award
WILL Jenkins, a 13-year-old photographer from Highbury, north London, has won the RSPCA’s prestigious Young Photographer of the Year award with Beak, a close-up shot of a Brown Pelican. The stunning image beat off stiff competition from thousands of entries. The panel of judges – made up of wildlife photographers and industry experts led by Chris Packham – said they picked the star photo because of the detail and skill that was shown in the image and because the focus was on the bird’s beak, it’s most iconic feature. Will commented: “I am really shocked to win this award. It is a lovely feeling and I am really proud of my picture. I wasn’t expecting to win as all the photos are great. I am really, really pleased. “My picture is a close-up of a pelican hanging out on a wooden pier in Belize, showing his brightly coloured beak tip and feathers. It took me half an hour to stalk this pelican and build up his trust so I could get close enough to see the detail.”

Consolidated Water Co. Ltd. (CWCO) Trading 3% Higher
Consolidated Water Co. Ltd. (NASDAQ:CWCO) shares traded up 3% on Monday , AnalystRatings.Net reports. The stock traded as high as $12.99 and last traded at $12.99, with a volume of 58,970 shares changing hands. The stock had previously closed at $12.61. Several brokerages have recently commented on CWCO. Roth Capital reaffirmed a “buy” rating on shares of Consolidated Water Co. in a report on Sunday, December 20th. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of Consolidated Water Co. from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Thursday, November 12th. The company has a 50-day moving average of $11.56 and a 200 day moving average of $11.79. The firm has a market cap of $193.52 million and a P/E ratio of 28.52.

Videos

  • Belize San Antonio Women’s Group Tour - Chaa Creek, 4min. The San Antonio Women's Group in San Antonio Village Belize still make ceramic pottery by hand. They demonstrate how this is done using the "coil method", and guests will be able to try their hands at creating something of their own. Following this, help to prepare your lunch by learning to make corn tortillas on a traditional fire hearth. Learn about the process of grinding the fresh corn and transforming it into the “masa” or dough that you will use to make the tortillas.

  • Doctor Gabourel—Gastroenterology/Endoscopy and Ambulatory Center, 1min. The center is located in Belize City where top doctors and surgeons from Belize and all over world practice their speciality. There is a certified international operating theatre that can do a wide range of procedures. They perform Laparoscopic surgeries , such as hernias, removal of gall bladder, tumors,etc...Also do, knee and hip operation and much more. watch video and see.

  • Peace Corps Village Holiday 2015, 5min. I am so excited to share this little holiday video I made compiled of Snapchat videos and other photos from Christmas Eve celebrations in my village in rural Belize with my host family. As this year of my Peace Corps service closes out I am so blessed to be able to say that there is still nowhere else I'd rather be than exactly where I am- living with and learning from what has truly become my second family. Happy Holidays from Belize!

  • Christmas In Belize, 3.5min.

  • DAS VERMÄCHTNIS DER MAYA / Trailer / Live-Reportage von Martin Engelmann, 2min. Sieben Reisen führten den Fotografen Martin Engelmann auf den Spuren der Maya quer durch Mexiko, Guatemala, Belize und Honduras. Er berichtet von mystischen Prophezeiungen alter Schamanen und zeigt die Schönheiten des einstigen Maya-Reichs. Die Maya waren hervorragende Astronomen und entwickelten vor mehr als zwei Jahrtausenden den genauesten Kalender der Menschheit. Dieser Kalender endet am 21.12. 2012. Die abenteuerliche Reise beginnt in Mexiko City und führt durch entlegene Urwaldgebiete in Chiapas bis zu den Traumstränden nach Yucatan. Durch Sondergenehmigungen gelingt es dem Fotografen, einzigartige Maya-Tempel im undurchdringlichen Urwald von Belize zu erkunden und eine der heiligsten Stätten der Maya-Welt - die Höhlen von „Actun Tunichil Muknal“ zu fotografieren. In Guatemala locken die farbenprächtigen Märkte der Maya mit ihren bunten Trachten. Berauschend, das satte Grün im „Peten“, der größten Regenwaldreserve Zentralamerikas. Im Hochland wird die Besteigung des aktiven Vulkans Pacaya zum atemberaubenden Naturschauspiel

  • Unusual River Bonefish in Belize, 2min.

  • 2015, 12-26, Diving the Great Blue Hole, Belize, 2.5min.

  • Belize Eel, 1.5min.

  • Honduras, Belize, and Mexico Trip, 3.5min.

  • Hol Chan Belize, 11min.

  • ZIP LINING OVER BELIZE, 3min. Zip Line excursion at Jaguar Paw Jungle Zip Line in Belize: Royal Caribbean Independence of the Seas December 2015.

  • Belize 12/2015, 4.5min. 10 dives and 1 snorkel...including the blue hole.

  • San Pedro Belize Nov 2015, 3.5min.

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