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The San Pedro Sun

Adopt-a-bear program returns to island
In an effort to make Christmas a memorable experience for underprivileged island children, the second annual ‘Adopt-a-bear’ Christmas program was launched on Friday, November 25th. The general public is invited to participate in this program by visiting any of the adoption centers at Sandbar Beach Bar and Hostel, Wayo’s Beach Bar, Crazy Canucks, Marbucks and Truck Stop; and adopting a bear ornament from their Christmas tree. Each bear is labeled with the name and age of a child of San Pedro Town on the front, and on the back, it has the child’s three wishes. By adopting a bear, you are committing to purchase three items for the child: something they need, an educational item, and one of their wants. Friday, December 16th is the deadline to drop off your wrapped gifts at the same adoption center you adopted a bear.

SPTC presents check to SP Cancer Society
On Friday, November 18, 2016, Mayor Daniel Guerrero and Councilor Ruben Gonzalez presented a cheque of $3645.25 to the president of the San Pedro Cancer Society, Mr. Gonzalo Muñoz and its members, Miguel Perez, Lucy Muñoz and Alyssa Muñoz. The money presented to the San Pedro Cancer Society was from the Breast Cancer Awareness Walk/Run that was held on October 29 of this year. Thank you to everyone who participated in this event! Let’s make it bigger next year!

Daikin offers AC training in Ambergris Caye
Representatives of Japanese multinational air conditioner (AC) manufacturing company Daikin were on Ambergris Caye on Thursday, November 17th, offering training to about 25 AC contractors and installers. The seminar took place at Coco Beach Resort in Northern Ambergris Caye. Technicians from San Pedro Town and mainland took advantage of the free training sessions learning how to work with the new brand being introduced to Belize. Daikin is a leading innovator and provider of advanced, high quality air conditioning solutions for residential, commercial and the industrial sector. The brand is new to Belize, thus, the need to introduce local technicians to the brand in order to capture the Belizean market. According to Unit Sales Manager for Latin America, Hugo Martinez, the company is trying to expand into the region, with the aim to become a leading provider of Daikin products. “This training, which is also a refresher for the technicians, is also a good opportunity for them to get to know our products and learn the right procedures on how to install them,” said Martinez. “They have many years of experience working with AC Units, but the training was necessary in order for them to become certified to work with Daikin products.”

Norwegian Cruise Line unveils Harvest Caye to first visitors
Norwegian Cruise Line’s (NCL) privately owned island Harvest Caye, located off the coast of Belize, officially welcomed its first visitors from New Orleans, United States on Thursday, November 17th. The multi-million dollar investment represents a partnership between Norwegian and Belize, and is the first cruise ship port in the country thus far. After nearly a year of delays, the seven-acre island has been completed and features various amenities, including a large 15,000 square foot pool, private luxury beach villas, and various outdoor and water activities. President and Chief Executive Officer of NCL Holdings Limited, Frank Del Rio, described Harvest Caye as the ultimate Belizean experience. “We are delighted to welcome our first guests today. We have worked closely with the government of Belize to ensure that that this spectacular destination was authentic for our guests, provided economic opportunities for the local community and preserved and protected Belize’s incredible natural beauty. We’re overjoyed with the results of this four year development project, and we look forward to seeing Harvest Caye and Southern Belize grow as we delight the many guests that will call on the destination,” said Del Rio.

Ambergris Today

Bachi Engineering Hosts AC Training in San Pedro
On Wednesday, November 16, 2016, Bachi Engineering Corporation hosted a full day seminar at the conference room at Coco Beach Resort. Representatives from the Corporation took the morning to speak to hoteliers on how they can benefit using Daikin products and showed them hospitality, business statistics and studies using Daikin. In the evening, air conditioning technicians received training and were taught how to use the products. Bachi Engineering Corporation was founded on May 1st, 2016. It’s an industrial and commercial machinery Supplier and a Daikin unit distributer with its main goal of having factory trained technicians available for servicing. Bachi has partnered with Caye Supplies, the only Daikin units suppliers on the island. Supplies are available on the second floor showroom at Caye Supplies.

Readiness Grant agreement Green Climate Fund & Belize
Minister Omar Figueroa, as the Head of Belizean delegation and the Minister with responsibilities for Climate Change, met with the Green Climate Fund (GCF), represented by Mr. Ousseynou Nakoulima, Director of Country Programming on the occasion of the 22nd meeting of the Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Marrakech, Morocco to sign a letter of agreement to finalize a USD $300,000 Readiness Grant agreement between the Government of Belize (GOB) and the GCF. The Readiness Grant will allow the GOB to strengthen the capacity of its National Designation Authority, the liaison between the Fund and Government of Belize, as well as identify priority programs for funding from the GCF.

Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

Belize Investment Portfolio Campaign to fast-track investment in Belize
The Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (BELTRAIDE), is pleased to announce the official launch the Belize Investment Portfolio Campaign on Friday, 25th November at the Radisson Fort George Hotel. BELTRAIDE is able to present this historic campaign in support by its line ministry, the Ministry of Economic Development, Petroleum, Investment, Trade and Commerce, as well by ConnectAmericas, of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), and the Caribbean Association of Investment Promotion Agencies, (CAIPA). The countrywide campaign is expected to foster the development of a national portfolio to fast-track investment generation efforts, both local and foreign, through targeted matchmaking of pre-packaged investment concepts and projects. Through the advancement of the campaign, BELTRAIDE, through its technical unit BelizeINVEST, mandated to serve as Belize’s National Investment Promotion Agency (IPA), expects to further substantiate selected investment concepts submitted by key public sector Government Ministries and stakeholders into actionable business cases aligned with national development priorities.

5% off Trade Licenses, San Pedro Town Board
In commemoration of San Pedro's 32nd Township Day celebration, The San Pedro Town Council will be offering a 5% discount on Trade License fee for 2017 only. Only on November 25th, 2016. Don't miss out on this offer! In order to qualify, your trade license payments must be up to date. This offer only applies to Trade License Fees of 2017.

BAY Art Fest 2016
The Belmopan Active Youths are having their Art Fest this Saturday, November 26th, at Mae Gordon Park. It's free, and there will be a very diverse display of art.

Check out what Peace Corps Belize volunteer Adria has been up to! Way to go!
Check out how PCV Adria converts a "locked up classroom with over 10 book shelves covered from top to bottom with thousands and thousands of books" into a school library! Impressive! "I spent hours and hours sorting through books to find the ones that actually could be of use in a Belizean primary school. Luckily, the students at the school put in just as many hours into the library as I did, so we had the story and chapter book section of the library open after a few weeks. For every story or chapter book we found, I sorted into one of six reading levels and labeled it with a color coded paper so that the kids could easily determine what book they should read. When it finally came time to open the library, it was a huge success! The kids were so excited to be able to borrow a book. One of the more senior teachers almost started to get emotional when she saw it because she said she always wanted to be able to have a school library but had never had the time to go through and sort the books like I did."

Looking for part /fulk time house keeper at Bella's Backpackers
- Must live on island - Must be avaliable Sundays - Honest & trustworthy - experience in housekeeping Please call 6027392 or stop by Ask for nicole or jeff

Introducing the 2017 Belize Tourism Industry Association (BTIA) Caye Caulker Chapter Board
Chairman Stacy Badillo, Vice Chair Maria Vega, Secretary Liz Usher, Treasurer Akheil Badillo, Directors Celina Maritza Jimenez and Dianny Enriquez.

BLACK FRIDAY (and Saturday) BLOWOUT SALE at Caribbean Colors Art Cafe
Of original art, merchandise and gift items. Most are priced less than wholesale! Redecorating? Lots of original paintings PRICED TO GO! Original art priced as low as $10 U.S.!!!

San Pedro Holiday Boat Parade
Come Celebrate at one of the most colorful events of the year. The San Pedro Holiday Boat Parade.

Dinner Party with Roots and Honor
Roots and Honor Records is having a musical dinner party in Belmopan on December 2nd. Celebrate Christmas early with some spectacular music. They'll have art and a silent auction too.

6th Annual Taco Festival
It's here, it's here!! Tacos, Tacos and more Tacos!! Sunday November 27, 9am

VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT, Glover's Reef Research Station
The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), a non-profit organization, saves wildlife and wild places worldwide through science, conservation action, education, and inspiring people to value nature. The primary purpose of WCS in Belize is to develop and implement science-based conservation and management programs that will conserve Belize’s ecosystems in the long term. The WCS Belize Program is seeking to recruit a suitable Administrative Assistant to work in the Belize City office to provide general administrative support to the Belize program (Belize City and Glovers Reef Research Station).

First ever History Cup
Six Schools will be competing to take home the first ever History Cup. Which school will it be. It is expected to me a battle. Catch regular upates on thiis page if you can't make it in person at the SCA Gymnasium. Don't miss it because History will be made on Friday, November 25th. starting at 9:00 a.m. Schools and contestants competing are: Ephesus SDA - Adriana Suazo, Holy Redeemer - Jayden August, St. Mary's Anglican - Hazey Perez, Calvery Temple - John Andrade, St Luke Methodist - John Burke, Unity Presbyterian - Keylen Moralez.

Channel 7

Senate To Ratify Special Agreement
Last week we told you how the Guatemalan Congress approved the amendment to the Special Agreement, one and a half years after it was signed in Guatemala City. Well, next week in Belize, we are told that the Senate is expected to do the same. When the Senate meets next week Wednesday, preliminary information says that body will be asked to approve a Resolution Authorizing Belize's Ratification of the Special Agreement on submitting the Guatemalan claim to the ICJ. Now, as we understand it, any proposal would still have to go to a referendum before it goes to the ICJ. So, we expect that the passage by the Senate is intended as a signal to the international community that both countries are still committed to the process which has been languishing for some time now.

No Chapo Extraction
An eyebrow raising report made the rounds today saying that earlier this week, the US authorities had swooped into Belize in a private jet and whisked out the #3 man in El Chapo's Sinaloa Cartel – a Mexican who was being held at a US safe house in Belize. That's the kind of story that would make a great Hollywood storyline, but it appears to be little more than just that: a story. What we do know is that in the regular course of business, the Department of Immigration in Belmopan yesterday processed a variation of sentence for one US fugitive who was in jail in Belize. An order to leave is now being processed for this male, who has the last name "Cotton." He will be picked up in the normal course by US Marshalls.

Castro Says Northern Bus Lines Have Answering To Do
Last night, you saw our interview with bus operator, Sergio Chuc, who owns Westline Bus Service. His western commuters will now have to get used to an increase in bus fares. It was authorized by the statutory instrument signed into law by the Minister of Transport, Edmond Castro. All over the country, the fares have been adjusted, and in some areas, there have been increases, while in other areas, the fares have decreased. Today, when we caught Castro at another event, and asked about this adjustment which now allows bus operators to charge between 12 and 14 cents per mile, up from the 2010 fares, which were 7 or 8 cents per mile. He says that the bus operators countrywide have asked for the increase with the commitment to improve public transportation, and it is something which the Ministry intends to hold them to: Hon. Edmond Castro - Minister of NEMO & Transport: "I cannot give you each and every one, there are thousands of bus runs but when you look at the south within the first 100 miles between 12 and 14 cents a mile; preferably we try to keep it at the 12 cents a mile. In some areas where it was 16 and 17 cents a mile we readjust it down to 14 cents a mile."

When Will NEMO Go To Trio?
We also asked Castro about the NEMO Ministry's involvement in trying to ease the domestic disaster which is affecting 6 families in Trio Village. As viewers are aware, a truck of 5 men entered Toledo Village and intentionally burnt down 5 houses within the community, and when they realized that a 6th house wouldn't catch fire, they pulled it down the truck. These poor families, who live off subsistence agriculture, are now homeless, and the rest of their neighbours are locked in a dispute over the land they are occupying and with the private landowner. Yesterday, several of the community members travelled from their village to Belmopan to try to get anyone in power to listen and help them. They told us that the victims of the arson couldn't make the trip because they were waiting on personnel from NEMO to go in and make assessments of the property loss for these people. We asked Castro about that assessment which was reportedly to have happened yesterday, and he told us that while he hasn't been briefed on it, he will be following up to see how it went:

Meat Patty Prohibition Causes Friction With Jamaica
History tells us that the US Revolutionary war in the 1700's was triggered by a trade dispute over tea. Well, we won't expect the same from the Meat Patty battle between Jamaica and Belize. You might not have known – and we surely didn't – but it seems that Jamaican Patty Producers have been having a hard time getting their their meat and chicken patties into Belize. It came up last week in a meeting between Jamaica's Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Karl Samuda and Belize's Minister of State in the Ministry of Trade, Tracy Taegar-Panton. The two met in Guyana for bilateral talks in the margins of the 43rd meeting of CARICOM's Council for Trade and Development. According to a release from Samuda's Ministry in Jamaica, "Jamaican exporters were experiencing challenges with exporting beef and poultry patties to Belize despite a decision of the COTED giving approval for the export of Jamaican patties to all CARICOM Member States."

Will Ham That Ecuador Rejected Be Admitted Into Belize?
And while Jamaican patties will enjoy free ingress to Belize, a container full of 53 thousand pounds of leg ham is trying to do the same – but so far, BAHA hasn’t approved it for entry. Reports say that the ham, which originated from the US was rejected going into Ecuador on October 27th, and then it ended up in Belize at the Benque Free Zone. But BAHA isn’t sure that the USDA stamped meat is still good – so they’re conducting an investigation to make sure that it isn’t spoilt. BAHA’s food safety unit has gone to the Free Zone to collect samples and the results are expected back on Friday. We’ll keep following this case.

Belize's Smartest Students
Today, Belize's best and brightest students were honoured for their performance in this year's CXCs. Sixth form and high school students from all around the country gathered to receive certificates, plaques and in some cases, scholarships. Nadiya Sedasey of Saint John's Junior College, who attained 6 Grade I's, 2 Grade II's and one Grade III in her CAPE examinations, explained how she overcame the low expectations some people had of her, and told us what we can expect from her in the future… Nadiya Sedasey - CAPE Outstanding Candidate: "Most of the times in my scenario a lot of people looked at me down, didn't expect much of me because of the school I went to. So I want to tell those people who are experiencing the same thing even for different reasons for your race or your background or for your financial status of your family that you can dream big and that you can achieve those goals. It is possible but you have to work for it, you have to want it." "I'm definitely going to do something in engineering. The fields I've narrowed it down so far hopefully I don't change my mind is mechanical engineering and electrical engineering and can't remember the third one but those two are interests."

Capital Cops Want Drug Trafficker Janet
Forita Janet Hyde is at large and Capital cops need your help. Police are trying to locate the Belmopan native who currently owes the court $20,000 dollars following two drug trafficking convictions. There is currently a commitment warrant out for her imprisonment.

Accused of Killing Cellmate, Lorenzo Awaits Judge's Decision
31 year-old Prison inmate Lorenzo Smith Jr., is back in jail tonight awaiting his fate after his murder trial concluded in the Supreme Court today. He's accused of killing his cellmate Alonzo Eck on October 9, 2009. His trial without jury started last week Thursday before Justice Troadio Gonzalez. Prosecutor Kileru Awich called 9 witnesses to testify against Smith. The crown's evidence is that he was the only one who was locked inside the prison cell with the murder victim who was allegedly strangled to death. His conclusion is that Smith is the only one who could have inflicted harm on Eck, since the cell door was locked. Initially, the medical examination into Eck's death was ruled inconclusive, but Dr. Mario Estradabran later concluded that he died due to manual strangulation. His conclusion was that there were what appeared to be defensive wounds, which are signs of a struggle, which would mean that it was murder, not suicide.

Castro Happy About Harvest Caye
Last week Thursday, we took you to Harvest Caye to show you what Norwegian Cruise Line's exclusive island getaway looked like when their first cruise ship docked there for the grand opening. We weren't invited for an on the ground tour, and so we had to wait until the following day for the team from Government Press Office, which was the only camera crew granted access, to provide us with a view of the island itself. One man who did get to see it for himself is Transport Minister Edmond Castro. He, Tourism Minister Manuel Heredia, and the Prime Minister's Wife, Kim Barrow, were key players in the ceremony. So, now that he has experienced the luxury of this island paradise, what does he think? Here's how he put it: Hon. Edmond Castro - Minister of NEMO & Transport: "I think that I would like to see more of the cruise line do something similar to that in terms of developing a port that we could bring and employ more Belizeans, I think that establishment out there Harvest Caye currently employs over 500 or 700 Belizeans so I believe if the other cruise line could do the same could you imagine 4 or 5 times that amount, that means much more Belizean families will be eating directly and then the other spin off as it relates to tour guides and so on. So we need more tour guides now in the south."

Someday, Solo Solar Powered Streetlights?
On Monday we told you about the solar powered streetlights that the Taiwanese Embassy had sponsored in Dangriga’s Alejo Beni park. Well, Dangriga won’t be the only municipality that benefits. The Taiwanese gave the Government of Belize 100 solar energy street lights to be installed across Belize. Forty of them have been installed in Dangriga, including 10 at the Alejo Beni Park. The other 60 solar powered streetlights will be installed in Belize City, Cayo District, Orange Walk and Corozal.

No One Hurt In Traffic Mishaps
When a tour bus ran into the railing of the Haulover Bridge today, it caused traffic to be backed up for quite a while. It happened this afternoon around 2:30, when this large tour bus was making way for oncoming traffic, and it edged against the bridge’s railing on the southern approach, and got stuck there. Police had to regulate traffic while the bus driver worked it out of there And, earlier this morning before 8:00 a pickup flipped on the western Highway. Fortunately, no one was seriously hurt.

The Few, The Proud, The Firefighters
The ranks of the National Fire Service have been increased by 32 new firefighters. These new recruits passed out at a ceremony after weeks of intense training to get them ready to take on the toughest blaze in any parts of the country. It's an important increase in personnel for the Fire Department, since the number of fires – especially arsons - have spiked this year, particularly in the month of October. We attended the graduation ceremony where we got a chance to speak with Edmond Castro, under whose portfolio the Fire Department falls. He told us where these new recruits would go, and the Valedictorian in this graduating class gave a striking account of the arduous physical tests they were put through to get to this point. Here's what they had to say this morning: Hon. Edmond Castro - Minister of NEMO & Transport: "We have 32 graduating today that will take us to approximately 162 firefighters currently, approximately 150 volunteer firefighters so I think we are doing quite well. This is our 2nd passing out for this year; the first one was in May of this year and then this one in November. We have 17 stations throughout the country and so we will distribute them across the length and breathe of the country in terms for them to get the necessary experience to assist the existing firefighters that we have within those 17 facilities."

Courtney And Marleni Team Up For Belize's Win In Mediathon
You don't usually see these two faces together on the same screen but Courtney Weatherburne and Marleni Cuellar left their respective prime numbers in Belize and represented Belize at a mediathon in Barbados. It was a unique event where the participants were encouraged to bridge the gap between Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics – known as STEM - and the media. The first ever Mediathon welcomed 30 Media professionals from across the Caribbean to compete in an intense 2 day media challenge and our very own Courtney Weatherburne and Channel 5's Marleni Cuellar along with two other journalists from the Bahamas made up the team that won first place. Their winning idea cantered on an augmented reality educational book series for primary school kids that highlighted Caribbean STEM professionals or success stories. This would encourage children to learn more about STEM career options and the long-term plan is to pitch this idea to the government and hopefully it can be incorporated in the education sector.

Marketing Students Taking Trial Products To Market
Today, the King’s Room at the Princess Ramada was the testing ground for many UB students, who have over the past 14 weeks, taken a business idea from concept to fruition. It’s a part of the University of Belize’s annual marketing expo: an event designed to showcase the student’s creativity and knowledge of what they’ve learnt. Approximately 28 small businesses were present, with their products and services ranging from cosmetics, to cleaning products, to micro-brewed beer. We spoke to marketing lecturer at the University of Belize, Eda Arzu, who told us about the development leading up to today’s event. And while the students were enthusiastic about their business ideas, it’s no secret that given the current state of the economy, starting a micro-enterprise is no easy task. We asked Arzu about the prospects facing these young entrepreneurs.

Capital Cops Set UP Room For ID Parades
Belmopan police are preparing a room at the police station specially outfitted to conduct identification parades. The room will be equipped with a one-way mirror where witnesses can identify accused persons without having to face them directly. Capital police say that facing of the witness has caused many cases to fail because witnesses were afraid to take part in an open ID parade. They say that with this new project, the identity of witnesses will be protected and the conviction rate will increase.

Mothers Of Slain Children Speak Of Sadness And Loss
We sincerely hope they are right but experience tells us it’s not usually that simple, because an accused person still has to face their accuser in open court. That simple factor is right now threatening the prosecution’s case against the killers of Joshua Abraham the child who was killed five years ago on independence day. In a feature you may have seen after the news last night – his mother and the mother of Tyler Savery came together for police charm week to speak about their experiences and lessons of loss:.. Charm Week is an initiative of the people’s coalition.

Channel 5

Trio Farmers Press Government for Solution to Land Dispute
Six days have passed since five homes were burned down and demolished by suspected arsonists in Trio Village, Toledo. The incident appears to be linked to a land dispute involving [...]

Land Title is Only Permanent Solution, Say Farmers
The meeting that the farmers wanted did not materialize because Cabinet was in session. Additionally, they found out that a letter written to the Prime Minister following the cease-and-desist letter [...]

NEMO Will Help Trio Arson Victims, Minister Promises
Since Monday night we’ve been telling you about the arson that destroyed five properties in Trio Village. The affected residents were trying to get a meeting with Government representatives on [...]

Bus Fares Are Fair and Agreed to by Owners, Says Transport Minister
While NEMO Minister Edmond ‘Clear the Land’ Castro may not be fully abreast on the details of the arson in Trio, in his capacity as Minister of Transport he is [...]

Minister Points to Some Decreases in Heavily Trafficked Areas
Bus fares for runs in the south, primarily from Dangriga to Independence, have been the most expensive.  The recent readjustment has seen a significant decrease in the cost per ticket, [...]

Transport Minister Wishes for More Harvest Cayes to Bring More Development
It seems only Minister of Transport Edmond Castro didn’t get the memo or heard on the news that there was a shut out of local media from the grand Harvest [...]

CSEC and CAPE’s Top Students Honoured
Earlier this month, the results for the 2016 Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate and the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examinations were released by the Ministry of Education and a whopping three hundred [...]

Ruling to Come in Murder Trial of Inmate Who Strangled Fellow Inmate
Thirty-one-year-old Lorenzo Smith Junior, an inmate at the Belize Central Prison, is accused of strangling his cellmate inside their lockup in October 2009.  The incident at the Tango Ten facility [...]

More Prison Time Over Possession of Firearm
Twenty-four-year-old Joseph O’Brien will serve an additional ten years in prison after being found guilty of a firearm offense.  In April 2013, O’Brien was busted at the Lord Ridge Cemetery [...]

Candlelight Vigil Recalls Victims of Gender Based Violence Ahead of 16 Days of Activism
On Tuesday night, the U.S. Embassy held a candlelight ceremony as part of their activities to observe the Sixteen Days of Activism: unmasking the many faces of gender-based violence. The [...]

Fire Service Welcomes 30 New Firefighters
Over the last two months we have seen an increase in fires in the City. There have been deaths, injuries and significant loss of property and usually the first responders [...]

The Best of Future Belizean Business at U.B. Marketing Expo
A former U.S. president once said that the chief business of his country is business. There have been efforts down the years to move Belize to that credo, and the [...]

LOVE FM

The Mystery Extradition
Love News has received reports that person wanted by the United States Government was hastily transported out of Belize to the US sometime this week. We were told that that person is linked to a cartel. However, a high ranking Minister said that he only knew of a situation involving a person of interest to […]

Distribution of Homes Destroyed in Hurricane Nears Completion
It has been almost four months since Hurricane Earl left in its wake hundreds of thousands of dollars in damages in the sectors of housing, agriculture and infrastructure. The National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) has spent the last few months conducting countrywide assessments and having replacement houses constructed. According to Minister for NEMO, Edmund Castro […]

The Reality of Climate Change
Yesterday we told you of the twenty six million US dollars that will be invested in the eastern and southern Caribbean states with the objective of combatting climate change and minimizing the effects. Belize will see no part of that investment directly but will benefit indirectly as a part of the CARICOM region. Love News […]

BDF to Adopt Youth Challenge Programme
On Tuesday, November 1 members of the Louisiana National Guard were in Belize to celebrate twenty years of friendship and cooperation with the Belize Defence Force. An

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

BTIA 31st AGM to be held on December 1
The Belize Tourism Industry Association (BTIA) will be hosting its 31st annual general meeting on Thursday, December 1 at the Best Western Belize Biltmore Plaza in Belize City. President of the Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Nikita Usher is the guest speaker for […]

Belmopan police to receive new mirror for ID Parade
The Belmopan police has no mirror for identification parades. Witnesses would need to physically go up face to face with an accused person and identify him/her. This has caused many cases to go down because witnesses were afraid or reluctant to take part. A […]

Belize and Jamaica squash patties “beef”
On November 17, Jamaica’s Minister of Industry, Karl Samuda successfully met with Minister of Trade and Commerce, Tracey Panton, in Guyana during the 43rd meeting of CARICOM’s Council for Trade and Development. Following their meeting it was agreed that Belize would once again allow […]

30 new fire fighters inducted
Several men and women spent the last 17 weeks of their lives preparing to become fire fighters. While 38 persons signed up initially, today only 30 remained and graduated upon receiving recognition. One newly installed fire fighter, Raymond Marin, spoke to BBN today about […]

Preview of Ambergris stadium to be held on Saturday
The Government of Belize, through the Belize Infrastructure Limited, announces the soft launch of the Ambergris Stadium to commemorate San Pedro’s annual Township Day. The stadium is still a few weeks from final completion but Ambergris Caye will be treated to more than a sneak […]

Santa Elena Sports Complex to be inaugurated on Sunday
The Government of Belize, through the Belize Infrastructure Limited today announced the inauguration of the Santa Elena Sports Complex. “Santa Elena has seen much advancement in infrastructure over the past several years, and while many of us are able to see the visible road works […]

ADO introduces new buses, will prices go up?
Several new ADO buses from the Volvo line rolled into the Belize City bus terminal at around 11 a.m. today. According to reports, these new buses will replace the previous buses that had been operating for the last 5 1/2 years between Belize City […]

Free 2 day writing workshop
There is a free 2-day writing workshop titled, You Are the Jewel, sponsored by The Centre of Culture, Creativity & Learning at the Bliss Institute for the Performing Arts on December 17 (1-5 pm) and 19 (5:30 – 8:30 pm), 2016. You Are the Jewel […]

UB students launch new beer!
There is a new beer in town and the students at the University of Belize created it. “Coastal Beer”, was launched at the Princess Ramada today during the university’s annual marketing expo. While Stefaun Coleman is the brainchild of this product, he relied heavily […]

Belize hosts Exercise Tropical Dagger
Exercise Tropical dagger is a Canadian military initiative. This year, for the first time, Belize hosted the training. The two week exercise is usually held in Jamaica. This special forces training allows participating defense forces to apply their skills in realistic training scenarios. Yesterday, […]

Pastors survive traffic accident almost turned tragedy
Two pastors are alive after an early morning car accident near the burial ground on the George Price Highway in Belize City. The two pastors have been described as Jamaican Pastor Lord and Pastor Mckenzie. According to reports, they were heading to Belmopan sometime […]

Belize Investment Portfolio Campaign to be launched on Friday
The Ministry of Economic Development, Petroleum, Investment, Trade and Commerce, through the Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (BELTRAIDE) in collaboration with ConnectAmericas, the International Development Bank (IDB) and the Caribbean Association of Investment Promotion Agencies, (CAIPA), will officially launch t...

Julius Espat takes House suspension to court
Attorneys representing PUP Area Representative Julius Espat and House Speaker Michael Peyrefitte met with Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin yesterday. The attorneys, Andrew Marshalleck and Nigel Hawke, met in the CJ’s chamber for a hearing on a claim filed by Espat, who was suspended from the […]

Otto downgraded to tropical storm
This morning Otto was downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical storm. A Hurricane Hunter reconnaissance mission found the central pressure of Otto was about 7 millibars higher than the National Hurricane Center advisory issued two hours earlier. It is expected to make landfall […]

Blogs

Garifuna Settlement Day in Hopkins, Belize at One Gorgeous Resort: Almond Beach
I spent the weekend in lovely Hopkins Village – a strip of seafront land sandwiched between two rivers. The area is becoming a “tale of two cities” with Hopkins village proper, one of small wooden houses and thatched roof businesses on the beach and Sittee Point, further south by the gorgeous Sittee River. Sittee Point is growing FAST – and is home to larger resorts and more American-style amenities like a deli, laundromat and a gym. They also have HUUUGGGE expansion plans. Almost hard to believe plans. Hopkins Village and Sittee Point are separated by a red road – and are an easy bike ride (or short taxi ride) from each other. I was staying at the beautiful Jaguar Reef Lodge and her sister resort, Almond Beach in Sittee Point.

Live The Laidback Caribbean Dream From $1,800 A Month
With its relaxed Caribbean lifestyle and spectacular beauty, Belize’s Placencia Peninsula has proven irresistible to a growing number of expats. This popular retirement and tourism destination boasts 17 miles of golden-sand beaches on the shores of the Caribbean Sea. The peninsula—a narrow finger of sand in Belize’s Stann Creek District—feels more like an island. To the east is the shimmering, aquamarine Caribbean Sea. To the west is the tranquil lagoon, full of gliding birds, shy manatees, and a variety of fish. The soft silhouette of the Maya Mountains on the distant mainland, beckons you to explore. Even in the winter, temperatures rarely fall below 70 F. In the summer, temperatures usually hover in the mid- to upper-80s F. And the sea’s temperature ranges from the high 70s to mid-80s. So you can swim and enjoy the sea all year round. There’s also plenty of opportunities to swim, sunbathe, kayak, snorkel, sail, fish, or walk to your heart’s content. Some beaches are expansive, with coconut palms and palmettos…others are narrow, fringed with coco plum and sea grape trees.

The Island Tackle – over the water fun!
It’s gone through so many reincarnations at its same location: for decades, it was the Tacklebox, a haven for revelers who enjoyed strong drinks, cold beers and perhaps a dip into the waters below. It became Shark’s Bar for a while, then reversed to The Tacklebox. Now, it’s The Island Tackle, and it’s back to serving good pub grub, refreshing drinks and best of all, fantastic views that never went away! Of course I had to stop in for a quick bite and look-see, so I dragged the husband out on the promise of a good burger. Lucky for me, Island Tackle delivered! There was no loud, blaring music, and since it was a Saturday night, blessedly there was no karaoke (not my thing). This is definitely a fantastic place to chill and enjoy good food, cold drinks and gorgeous views!

How to make Hudut, a classic traditional Garifuna food
I’m a man of simple pleasures, next to Rice and beans with stew chicken and potato salad, Hudut is my favourite Belizean grub. And with Garifuna Settlement Day recently occurring on November 19, I’ve been craving this traditional Garifuna food even more. I’m happy to be cooking it today and sharing the recipe with you guys. Belizean hudut is easy to cook! It is comprised of green and ripe mashed plantains called Fu-fu and a fish coconut stew. This traditional dish is important to Garifunas because it represents their love for the sea and living on the coast. Many other cultures that are near the sea or ocean have similar dishes, for example, countries such as Brazil and Thailand have their own versions of a fish coconut stew. Here in Belize, the local creole culture also has a similar dish, which is known as SERE. Sere is cooked in a similar manner, however, it involves many other ingredients and is mostly eaten with white rice instead of Fu-fu.

International Sourcesizz

Archaeological excavation unearths evidence of turkey domestication 1,500 years ago
How long ago did turkeys become an important part of any thanksgiving celebration? Newly published information confirms that turkeys were domesticated in this region about 1500 years ago. The turkeys we'll be sitting down to eat on Thursday have a history that goes way back. Archaeologists have unearthed a clutch of domesticated turkey eggs used as a ritual offering 1,500 years ago in Oaxaca, Mexico -- some of the earliest evidence of turkey domestication. "Our research tells us that turkeys had been domesticated by 400-500 AD," explains Field Museum archaeologist Gary Feinman, one of the paper's authors. "People have made guesses about turkey domestication based on the presence or absence of bones at archaeological sites, but now we are bringing in classes of information that were not available before. We're providing strong evidence to confirm prior hypotheses." The results were published in an article in the Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports. Feinman, along with lead author Heather Lapham from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and co-author Linda Nicholas also of The Field Museum, discovered the eggs during an excavation in Oaxaca that was home to the Zapotec people going back thousands of years. "It was very exciting because it's very rare to find a whole cluster of intact eggs. This was very unexpected," says Feinman.

Hurricane Otto Hours Away From Landfall; Life-Threatening Flash Flooding and Mudslides Possible in Nicaragua and Costa Rica
Hurricane Otto is just hours away from making landfall Thursday near the border between Nicaragua and Costa Rica, posing a danger of flooding and mudslides in parts of Central America. A Hurricane Hunter aircraft investigating Otto Thursday morning has found that it's now a Category 2 hurricane with 105 mph winds. This makes Otto the strongest Atlantic hurricane this late in the season since 1934, according to meteorologist Phil Klotzbach of Colorado State University. The center of Otto will most likely move inland in southern Nicaragua, making it the latest in a calendar year that a hurricane has made landfall in that country. A hurricane warning continues from Limon, Costa Rica, to Bluefields, Nicaragua. A hurricane watch is in effect for the coast of Nicaragua north of Bluefields to Sandy Bay Sirpi, and for the coast of Costa Rica south of Limon to the Costa Rica/Panama border.

Climate Prediction Center’s Central America Hazards Outlook November 24 – 30, 2016
During the past week, suppressed rain prevailed over much of Central America. However, moderate to heavy rain was received along the Atlantic coasts of eastern Honduras, Nicaragua, and over the Southern Caribbean. In Costa Rica and Panama, this past week’s torrential rain triggered flooding, resulting in many affected people over several areas, according to media reports. An analysis of cumulative rain since late October to date has indicated dryness, with moderate to large rain deficits over central Guatemala, much of Honduras, central Nicaragua, and northern Costa Rica. In contrast, wetness, with small to moderate surpluses have been observed over parts of southwestern Guatemala, eastern El Salvador and northwestern Nicaragua, the Atlantic Basin of Nicaragua, and the Southern Caribbean.

FAO and CRFM join efforts to digitalise Caribbean fishery data
The Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) are joining efforts to capitalize on opportunities for Member States to strengthen data collection and management systems through the use of modern technology, such as smartphones and wireless communications to bridge gaps in the system. Both entities have teamed up so as to take advantage of the digital age presenting novel opportunities for the fisheries and aquaculture sector of the wider Caribbean to build a more robust data and information system in order to increase the monitoring of production trends and traceability of catches, support more sustainable management regimes and facilitate stronger international and regional trade.

Videos

  • Beaches & Dreams Boutique Hotel, 1min. Introducing the brand new Beaches & Dreams Boutique Hotel, located next to our Beachfront Cabanas! We've added a pool and six beachfront rooms in a three story boutique hotel. Each floor has two side by side rooms with views of the sea to the East and the Maya Mountains to the West.

  • Belize and the Maya History, 3min. Although Belize's Maya occupation began as early as 1500 BC, it was during the Classic period of 250 AD to 900 AD that the population is thought to have exceeded one million people. Archaeological remains of the ancient Maya include pottery, skeletons, stelae, and tall palaces, temples, and ceremonial centers.

  • From Yes To I Do (Season 4, Episode 5) HD, 24min.

  • Belize Coalition of Service Providers - 3rd Annual Service Week, 36min.

  • Caribbean Association of Judicial Officers - Fundraising Walk for Hati, 25min.

  • Belmopan Active Youths (BAY) - Artist Festival, 25min.

  • National Fire Service recruit passing out ceremony, 7min. The National Fire Service held its second recruit passing out ceremony for this year. Thirty new firefighters were welcomed today. They put on a brief demonstration of the skills they learnt over the past 15 weeks.

  • Catching Permit and Tarpon at Tarpon Caye Lodge, 20min. We travel to Southern Belize to chase the permit and tarpon of Tarpon Caye Lodge 15 miles off the coast of Placencia.

  • Hol Chan Marine Reserve San Pedro Belize with Leslie ONeill of Scuba Explorers, 2min.

  • Landing at Belize City Municipal Airport, 1min. Catching the Marine Parade and Barracks Road on approach to the recently renamed Sir Barry Bowen Municipal Airport, November 23rd, 2016

  • Welcome To Mr Jay's Casa de Belize, 4.5min.

  • San Pedro belize island paradise., 6.5min.

  • Caye Cauker best of Belize, island paradise, 14min.

  • San pedro Belize, searching for street food fry jacks, 8min.

  • Belize city Belize walking street tour, whats to see?, 5min.

  • Belize 2016, 11min.

  • A tour of Barranco Village , Toledo District Belize Central America (Kevin Zuniga), 13min. Since Barranco Village is faced with serious erosion of the coast line resulting in the lost of mangroves that once stood monotonously North and South of the village. Today our community finds it difficult to remedy the situation without help from outside our community. Therefore in an effort to muster such support and assistance this video was done to begin the process as a matter of great urgency.

  • The Entrepreneurial You November 16 2016, 14min. On this week’s show we feature the legally fashionable Deshawn Torres, owner of Many Men Style boutique in Belize, Co-owner of the Belize Chocolate Company, Joanne Sayer and CEO of 20Twenty Strategies Consulting, Annette Salmon from Jamaica.

  • Day 1 Belize, 15min.