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The San Pedro Sun

Milo Paz family files missing report
Despite reports that 49-year-old San Pedro pilot Jose 'Milo' Aljemiro died in a plane crash accident in October of this year, his family officially filed a missing person notice with the Belize Police Department on Friday, December 7th. Paz was reportedly flying a chartered aircraft from Panama when he apparently crash and died. But up-to-date, no body has been recovered, and no official report from The Panamanian Aviation Authorities has been issued on the incident. The missing report from the police indicates 46-year-old Ermijines Paz, Belizean Businesswoman, reported that on October 3, 2018 at 3PM, she dropped off her husband Jose Aljemiro Paz at the Airstrip in San Pedro, and up to the time of making this report, he had not been seen or heard from. Paz' wife further stated that on October 9, 2018, she received information that her husband was in an accident and died; however, there is no confirmation if he in fact is dead or alive.

PUP loses court case over the list of electors in Belize Rural South
A petition from the Belize Rural South (BRS) People’s United Party (PUP) to remove 15 persons registered to vote in the BRS constituency was dismissed by the San Pedro Magistrate Court on Wednesday, December 5th. The petition was officially presented to the court on November 21st where the PUP argued that the 15 registered electorates do not reside within BRS and were not eligible to vote in the said constituency. The defense from the United Democratic Party (UDP) strongly disputed the accusations, and after two weeks of careful analysis, the verdict ruled in favor of the defending side. According to the judgment, the objections presented by the PUP legal representation Attorney-at-Law Eduardo Aguilar failed to explain the difference between domicile and residence of the 15 electorates.

San Pedro BTIA chapter elects new board of directors during annual general meeting
The San Pedro chapter of the Belize Tourism Industry Association (SP BTIA) installed a new board of directors during their annual general meeting. Held on Tuesday, December 4th at El Divino Restaurant, the meeting addressed the ongoing garbage issue, neighborhood watches, the possibility of a tourist information center and membership.

Another reduction in fuel prices
On Friday, November 30th in Issue 47 Volume 28 of The San Pedro Sun, we reported that the price of regular gasoline dropped to the lowest price of the year. Now, there has been another decrease in fuel prices, reducing the consumer cost for all four types of fuel sold across Belize. According to the Belize Bureau of Standers (BBS), effective Wednesday, December 5th the price of premium gasoline went down by $0.18 to $11.32, regular gasoline went down by $0.19 to $9.76, diesel went down $0.41 to $10.75, and kerosene went down by $0.55 to $8.15. With these new fuel prices, Belizeans are seeing the largest reduction for 2018.

San Pedro Second Annual Coconut Cup a success!
Island residents and visitors enjoyed San Pedro’s Second Annual Coconut Cup held at the Angel Nuńez Auditorium from Friday, November 30th to Saturday, December 1st. The Hockey tournament was organized by San Pedro Buccaneers Hockey Team and saw the participation of two teams from Withrow Park Hockey Club in Toronto, Canada and two from San Pedro Town. The Coconut Cup officially opened with a short ceremony at 4PM on Friday, November 30th. The ceremony began with students from the Island Academy School singing the Canadian National Anthem followed by New Horizon Seventh Day Adventist School students singing the Belize National Anthem in different languages including Garifuna.

Rotary Club works to improve ceiling at Holy Cross Anglican School
Members of the Rotary Club of Ambergris Caye along with volunteers took part in a ceiling repair project at Holy Cross Anglican School in San Pedro Town from Saturday, December 1st to Sunday, December 2nd. The Project came to reality thanks to $20,000 raised with the help of the Rotary Club of Pittsburgh and the Rotary Club of White Oaks, Pennsylvania, USA, and the Rotary Foundation District. Throughout the two-days, volunteers helped in painting 201 roof boards from 9AM to 3PM. The boards are now ready to be installed in the rafters to provide the children with a cooler and a quieter environment to learn in.

Ambergris Today

Milo Paz’s Wife Files Missing Person Report For Belizean Pilot
A release form the Belize Police Department indicates that the family of Jose ‘Milo’ Aljemiro Paz, 49-year-old, Belizean, pilot of San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, has filed a missing person report. Conflicting reports at the time of his disappearance, various news media services had Milo perishing in a plane crash in Panama, Central America. The police report indicates that just yesterday, Friday, December 7, 2018, Milo’s wife, Ermijines Paz, filed a report that on October 3, 2018, at 3:00 p.m., she dropped off her husband Jose Aljemiro Paz at the Airstrip in San Pedro.

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Ocean Academy's 11th Annual Gala
Thursday December 13. Please come support Caye Caulker's high school. Contact a student to buy tickets for dinner or for the program. If you don't know a student, private message me and I'll put you in touch with a student.

Corozal Annual Christmas Parade on December 16th
6:00pm, Corozal Central Park.

Videos & Photos of the Annual San Pedro Holiday Boat Parade!
Perfect evening for a boat parade...

Mitnal and Beliefs about the Afterlife
Mitnal is the Yucatec Maya name for the Underground known in K'iche' as Xibalba "The place of fright" . The lords of the Underground are representations of various forms of human suffering; they cause pain, sickness, fear, starvation, fear and finally death. The Popol Vuh has two leading death lords, but these two are really one: Both are called "Death," but while one is known as "One Death," the other is called "Seven Death." They were vanquished by the Hero Twins. In Yucatec Maya the leading lord is known as Yuum Cimil also known under various names such as Ah Puch . An Ah Puch is mentioned in the opening of the Book of Chilam Balam of Chumayel(Sacred Books of the Yucatec Maya) in passing as a ruler of the North, and one of the Xibalba attendants in the Popol Vuh is called Ahal Puh. The Maya had several forms of ancestor worship. They built figures containing ashes of the dead and brought them food on festival days. Alternatively, a temple could be built over an urn.

Centro Escolar Mexico Junior College wins basketball trophy
History Alert!!!! Our CEMJC Female Basketball team has won our very first basketball trophy by winning 3rd place in the national ATLIB basketball tournament. Congratulations ladies we are super proud of you'll!!! #GoStallions

Moving trash bin from Mr. Grumpy
"Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible". Elevation requires separation, so we separate ourselves from the Grumpy property owner who threatened to break our trash bin that we set in-front of his property today. To avoid problems with Mr. Grumpy, we did move it and the new trash bin has found its place and will serve its purpose. Of note is that the trash bin was set on the street along 5th Avenue and not on Grumpy's property. Here is the Grumpy Fish Crossing trash bin and the White Rose. Thank you Diane Handy and Losita Lee. So far, we have set up 28 drums around town. 1 has been vandalized and the other just relocated. Thanks to Deputy Mayor Otto Riverol for coming out to give us a lending hand. Keep Corozal Safe and Clean.

Tortuga Grill and Paddle Lounge Opening
Corozal - Tortuga Grill and Paddle Lounge is Opening to serve the general public on Thursday, December 13th from 11:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Please come by and try out our food and drinks menus. Our location is in-front of Rainbow Beach & Park. Bring your family and enjoy this new service with super views of our Corozal Bay and our Cerros Archaeological Site as our backdrop. We welcome you to TORTUGA! We can't wait to serve you now. For more information, please call 629-6025. Check out our Facebook page for photos.

Youth Awards Winners 2018
Congratulations to all the National Youth Awards winners! Extremely positive role models for all the Belizean youth. 6 of the winners are from Cayo. "Congratulations to all of our 2018 winners of this year’s Belize Youth Awards! The categories and winners are: Youth in Sports MALE - James Bregal (Cayo) Youth in Sports FEMALE - Jasmin Armstrong (Cayo) Outstanding Youth in Visual Arts - David Smith (Cayo) Youth Leadership & Advocacy - Kris Miller (Cayo) Volunteerism/Community Service Award - Belmopan Youth Spiritual Program (Cayo) Fellow in Youth Development Work Award- Belmopan Active Youths BAY (Cayo)

Fruits of Belize Book Launch
The Wildfire Artzmosphere will be having a book launch for 'Fruits of Belize' on Friday, December 15th. Author Irene Keesmaat will be there to sign copies of the book. There will also be spoken work poetry. "BOOK LAUNCH = Meeting the author/photographer + consuming fruits + experiencing spoken word + making good times. Meet author and photgrapher - Irene Keesmaat & get your very own signed copy of FRUITS OF BELIZE. We invite you to join us in the name of amazing Belizean fruit, spoken word and strange journeys.... Bring a special fruit from your yard to share. Local fruit wines and sweet words ... Don't Miss! It's FREE!"

Mountain Pine Ridge Cayo Birders Club 2018
clock Saturday, December 22, 2018 at 12 AM, Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve. San Ignacio. Gather your 5-person team, choose your ride, polish your binos! Once you have the first three steps figured out...we will assign you an area which meets your transportation capabilities.

The Reporter

Murder at Pier One Night Club
A man was murdered at Pier One night club on Newtown Barracks in Belize City last night. The incident happened sometime around 11:45pm while Police Constable Raheem Trumbach was trying to intervene in a confrontation between Justin Burn and Ashton Middleton. A gunshot rang out and Trumbach said when he turned around he saw Asher Saunders, 20, a labourer of Baghdad Street, Belize City, on the floor with a gunshot wound to the left side of his head.

CAN BEAUTY COME FROM ASHES
And when I pray to God all I ask is Can beauty come out of ashes? Did I mention that Deadpool is one of my favourite movies? I swear Ryan Reynolds reminds me so much of me – charismatic, funny as hell, handsome. And then today I heard this song which was in Deadpool – Ashes from Celine Dion. She has a voice straight from Heaven. Kinda like this young girl Jasmine Thompson who does this cover of REM’s Everybody Hurts. Somebody sent it to me last night and wow – powerful.

WEEKEND NEWS BYTES
An American woman was robbed and raped on Thursday morning in Ladyville... A confrontation between two men at a farm in Cristo Rey Village last night has resulted in the chopping death of one... The Reporter has confirmed that a man was fatally shot at Pier One night spot on Newtown Barracks just before midnight last night... A man was knocked down and killed this morning on the George Price Highway...

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Belizean pilot Milo Paz still missing according to Police Reports
Today, the Belize Police Department issued a report informing that Jose ‘Milo’ Paz is still missing despite alleged reports that he died in a plane crash in Panama in October 2018. Yesterday, Milo’s wife, Ermijines Paz reported to authorities that on October 3, 2018, around 3 pm, she dropped her husband, Jose Aljemiro Paz, 49, at the airstrip in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye.

Over $4,000 stolen from cashier in Belize City
Police are investigating a robbery that occurred last night in Belize City. Nathaniel Perera,22, a cashier at Benny’s Bargain Center on Freetown Road reported that about 4:35 p.m., he was standing at the entrance of the store when a man approached him and held him up.

Police investigating murder of Asher Saunders in Belize City
Police are investigating a murder that occurred last night in Belize City. According to reports, the initial investigation revealed that about 11:45 p.m., there was a fight at Pier One when Asher Saunders was allegedly shot to the left side of his head.

Man chopped to death while trying to defuse domestic dispute
San Ignacio Police are investigating a murder in Cristo Rey Village, Cayo. According to reports, last night around 11:55, police responded to an alleged report of a murder on a farm in Cristo Rey. There, police saw the lifeless body of a man with multiple chop wounds to his body.

Pick Up Your Copy of The Ultimate Belize Bucket List
Whether you’re a frequent visitor to Belize or are making plans to head to this magnificent country for the first time, you simply must buy a copy of The Ultimate Belize Bucket List, available now from Friesen Press. Also available on Amazon and other major booksellers around the world, The Ultimate Belize Bucket List is the debut book released by Larry Waight, one of Belize’s most experienced travel experts.

Kentroy McKoy, 20, arraigned for murder of “Tazzy”
Belize City cops have charged one man in connection with themurder of Arthur “Tazzy” Flowers, 44. The accused is Kentroy McKoy, 20. On Friday McKoy was arraigned before Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford in Belize City on one count of murder. No plea was taken and he was remanded to the Hattieville Prison until February 20, 2019.

Man knocked down by SUV near St. Mathew’s Village
Our newsroom has received confirmed reports of a fatal roadtraffic accident. According to reports, a man was knocked down near St. Matthew’s Village in the Cayo District sometime this morning. He was reportedly hit by an SUV.

Another man shot and killed in Belize City
Last night Belize City recorded yet another murder and this time at a popular night-time hang out spot. The victim has been identified as Asher Saunders. Sometime around midnight, he was at Pier One Bar at the BTL Park when he was shot in the head.

Blogs

Belize Expat Health Insurance Advice
Expat health insurance is a common thing that people who are looking to move to Belize do research on. It can be a confusing topic and easy to fall down a deep internet rabbit hole looking for answers. I decided to reach out to a well-qualified source to help take the guesswork out of Expat health insurance options. She also covers the two main types of policies and what to look for when you are comparing companies or in the fine print. Deanna Marie works at Global International Insurance Advisor for Pacific Prime Insurance Brokers and provided a thorough impartial view on expat insurance.

Videos

  • Annual San Pedro Holiday Boat Parade!, 1min.

  • San Pedro Holiday Boat Parade!, 2.5min.

  • Corozal Christmas lighting, 2min.

  • Corozal Christmas lighting 2, 1.5min.

  • BOAT PARADE IN SAN PEDRO, .5min.

  • Stann Creek: Kerry, Clove, Randy, Annika in Belize, 9min.

  • Welcome to Jungle Jeanies Hopkins Belize, 5min. Jungle Jeanies Beach Cabanas in Hopkins Stann Creek Belize The best place to unwind and disconnect and enjoy the beach life

  • Boat Rides and Temples | Belize, 11min.
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    Caye Caulker
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    Thursday December 13.

    Please come support Caye Caulker's high school.
    Contact a student to buy tickets for dinner or for the program.

    If you don't know a student, private message me and I'll put you in touch with a student.

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    Videos & Photos of the Annual San Pedro Holiday Boat Parade!





    Sponge Bob Square Pants and Patrick Star hanging out by Palapa Bar and Grill.





    The photos below are courtesy San Pedro Scoop...








    This is what I have been working on this week with Team Conchettes for the Belize Tourism Industry Association’s entry into the San Pedro Lighted Boat Parade. All Captain Conch wants for Christmas is a clean and pristine San Pedro.

    There was a lot of laughter during the making of this.

    We are grateful to our fabulous crew on the boat tonight. I am glad I was not responsible for moving the 8’ x 6’ panel to the other side of the boat in the dark.

    A big Thank You to our official sponsors The Truck Stop for our lights and The Dive Bar/Seastar Scuba for the boat, crew and a place to work. Thanks also to The Palapa Bar and The Belize Chocolate Company for their cash donations towards lights.

    Karen Brodie


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    Milo Paz family files missing report

    Despite reports that 49-year-old San Pedro pilot Jose 'Milo' Aljemiro died in a plane crash accident in October of this year, his family officially filed a missing person notice with the Belize Police Department on Friday, December 7th. Paz was reportedly flying a chartered aircraft from Panama when he apparently crash and died. But up-to-date, no body has been recovered, and no official report from The Panamanian Aviation Authorities has been issued on the incident.

    The missing report from the police indicates 46-year-old Ermijines Paz, Belizean Businesswoman, reported that on October 3, 2018 at 3PM, she dropped off her husband Jose Aljemiro Paz at the Airstrip in San Pedro, and up to the time of making this report, he had not been seen or heard from. Paz' wife further stated that on October 9, 2018, she received information that her husband was in an accident and died; however, there is no confirmation if he in fact is dead or alive.

    Police continue investigating the matter, and ask the general public to contact the nearest police station if they have information of Paz' whereabouts.

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    During Annual General Meeting

    The San Pedro chapter of the Belize Tourism Industry Association (SP BTIA) installed a new board of directors during their annual general meeting. Held on Tuesday, December 4th at El Divino Restaurant, the meeting addressed the ongoing garbage issue, neighborhood watches, the possibility of a tourist information center and membership.

    Following the meeting the election of the new board 2019 for the SP BTIA took place. Tamara Sniffin remains as the Chairwoman. The rest of the board include Karen Brodie as Vice-Chair, Shirlee Arnould as Secretary, Melanie Paz as Treasurer along with Lisa Harris as Neighbourhood Watch coordinator and Membership coordinator Jackie Feldman.

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    Agriculture Ministers of member states of SICA discuss regional collaboration
    Agriculture of Ministers of the Central American Integration System, SICA, met in Belize City today. The focus of the meeting was to discuss regional collaboration in agriculture among member countries. Among the topics discussed included climate change, a regional agricultural policy and regional network markets among others. Minister of Agriculture Godwin Hulse says the conference …

    Hotel Association reports good performance and projects ten percent increase in 2019
    The Belize Hotel Association is held its bi-annual general meeting on Friday at the Belize Biltmore Hotel. Hoteliers from across the country have gathered to hear how the industry has been doing over the past year and where the industry is headed to in the future. Love News spoke to Ted Tejada, President of the …

    Hotel Association President says the aborted finger printing system is appreciated
    But the industry’s flow of operations were interrupted on Saturday as the recent fingerprinting system at the Philip Goldson International Airport caused a bottleneck. Visitors to Belize spent their first two hours in the country in a line that circled the airport while waiting to be processed. Evidently, progress brings problems and it forced Cabinet …

    Fire in Big Falls
    A fire occurred in Big Falls village, Toledo. Toledo Correspondent Paul Mahung reports on the incident which was allegedly caused by arson. Paul Mahung: “The home of a family of four was destroyed by fire last night in Big Falls Village Toledo. Although family members preferred not to make any comment so far about the …

    PUP throws shade on new UDP Hopefuls Philoby and Finnegan
    It’s less than a month before Christmas tis the season to be jolly. In Belize we have rainy and dry season as well as all year round its political season. The UDP’S Philip Willoughby and Dianne Finnegan have won the elections to become standard bearers for Port Loyola and Lake I. Willoughby’s impact specifically came …

    PUP Leader on ICJ Listening Tour
    On September 5th, the United Kingdom donated 1.3 million dollars to the Public Awareness and Preparedness Campaign to support the referendum on whether or not to refer Guatemala’s territorial, insular, and maritime claim to the International Court of Justice (ICJ). The United Nations Development Program and US Government and others have donated to the fund …

    Women Shot in Cayo, one Murdered
    A young mother is dead and another is recovering in the hospital after they were shot last night in Santa Elena Town, Cayo District. 25-year-old, Brenda Castellanos passed away during surgery at the Western Regional Hospital while 35-year-old, Jennis August is listed as stable at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital. The two women were socializing …

    Kentroy McKoy arrested for the murder of Arthur Flowers
    20-year-old Kentroy McKoy was arrested and charged for 43-year-old Arthur Flowers’ (MURDER UP VO) murder, which occurred sometime after 3:00 p.m. on Monday. Flowers was gunned down at the corner of Handyside and Queen Streets across from his home, where he would station himself to wash cars. The family had told Love news that they …

    Ministers of Health from the region are in Belize for for COMISCA
    Ministers of Health from the region are in Belize for the 49th Meeting of the Council of Ministers of Health of Central America and the Dominican Republic (COMISCA). They have gathered at the Placencia Hotel and Resort to discuss the Health Agenda for Central America and the Dominican Republic as well as the Regional Strategic …

    Suspect Charged for Murder of Car Washer
    20-year-old Kentroy McKoy was arrested and charged for 43-year-old Arthur Flowers’ murder, which occurred sometime after 3:00 p.m. on Monday. Flowers was gunned down at the corner of Handyside and Queen Streets across from his home, where he would station himself to wash cars. The family had told Love news that they are at a …

    Taxi Driver Arrested for Unlawful Sexual Intercourse with a Minor
    Twenty-two year old Emil Torres, a taxi driver of Hopkins Village who was remanded into custody on 2 counts of unlawful sexual intercourse, was released on a bail today. Torres was released on bail of $5,000 and was granted bail on the condition that he does not interfere with any of the prosecution witnesses...

    A Water Spout by Griga
    A waterspout is a column of cloud-filled wind rotating over a body of water. Local meteorologists have said water spouts occur quite often along our coastal waters several times during the year. After four this afternoon, a water spout was visible off the coast of Dangriga...

    The newly inaugurated Gian C. Gandhi Building
    An official ceremony was held on Thursday, December 6th, to inaugurate the Gian C. Gandhi Building in Belmopan. The building will serve as the headquarters for the International Financial Services Commission (IFSC) in Belize. The IFSC was previously housed in the Sir Edney Cain Building in Belmopan...

    NTUCB prepares for new Leadership
    The powerhouse umbrella organization for the country’s strongest union, the National Trade Union Congress of Belize (NTUCB) is holding is 52nd Annual General Meeting (AGM), under the Theme: Workplace stress – a collective challenge. According to current president Floyd Neal, delegates from the ten Member Unions will meet at the Corozal ITVET for the two-day event, which starts on Saturday, December 8th and culminates on Sunday with the election of a new Executive Committee to serve for the next two years. ..

    American Woman robbed and raped
    That murder was not the only violent incident against women. Yesterday, a 49-year-old American who is a resident of Ladyville Village reported that about 9:00 a.m., while she was leaving her home, she was held hostage in her vehicle by a man who was armed with a machete. He raped her and stole an envelope with $8,200...

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    UHS debt haunting GoB
    Yesterday morning, attorneys representing the Belize Bank (Eamon Courtenay, S.C.) and the Government of Belize’s Queen’s Counsel, Doctor Ben Juratowitch, along with their assistants, filed into the courtroom of Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin, where the bank submitted an application for an enforcement order that would allow it to collect over $95 million that the government of Belize was ordered to pay the bank in rulings by multiple high courts, which had ruled that a 2004 government guarantee for a $33.5 million loan to Universal Health Services (UHS) was a legal contract. Submissions by both sides continued all day yesterday and today, Thursday, and when the hearing concluded shortly before 5:00 p.m. today, Courtenay spoke to reporters outside of the courtroom. “I think it’s a very simple and straightforward case. The Caribbean Court of Justice has issued a certificate and the Caribbean Court of Justice has said it is a judgment and the Crown Proceedings Act makes provision for us to enforce where the government refuses to pay, and the government has refused to pay,” he said.

    4 fired from Vital Statistics Unit
    Four government employees who worked at the Vital Statistics Unit were served with walking papers on Monday, for their role in falsifying documents that allowed William Danny Mason to obtain a Belizean birth certificate. Mason, who is on remand at the Belize Central Prison on charges of kidnapping, murder and conspiracy to commit kidnapping and murder, was facilitated with a Belizean birth paper that listed him as being born in Crooked Tree, Belize District, to Belizean parents in the 1970s.

    Shoman and Morgan cross swords at ICJ Lecture Series
    The ICJ Lecture Series sponsored by the University of Belize and the Social Sector Senators held a session Tuesday night at the Sacred Heart College Auditorium, in San Ignacio, where two of the presenters, the historian and former ambassador, Dr. Assad Shoman, a proponent of the government’s “Yes to the ICJ”, and politician/businessman, Paul Morgan, a proponent of “No to the ICJ” clashed publicly. Foreign Affairs Chief Executive Officer, Alexis Rosado, presented on “The facts of the claim”, Dr. Shoman’s presentation focused on Belize’s case for going to the ICJ, and Belize Peace Movement representative, Paul Morgan, presented on the “No to ICJ” position.

    Minister giving preference to Non-Belizean
    A well-known roots Belizean businessman who has given great service to his country, told us that he is being denied a small parcel of land which he applied for in a village, and for which he had received approval from both the chairman of the particular village, and (initially) the government minister in the area. He said he has learned that the minister has decided to bestow “favors” on a foreigner who is one of that minister’s sidekicks. The Belizean businessman is, of course, very disappointed by the bad turn from the minister. He said the minister told him that maybe he can identify another parcel. The Belizean businessman says he has already invested in the parcel; that it suits his purpose, and he can’t see why the minister is choosing a foreigner over him.

    As fuel prices dip slightly, Financial Secretary points to real growth in the economy
    It may not have been a significant dip in the high fuel prices Belizeans are accustomed to paying at the pump, but the slight drop in fuel prices was noticed, and so reporters asked Financial Secretary, Joseph Waight, about it today. Waight assured the media that it was not a gesture of goodwill for the holiday season from the government of Prime Minister Dean Barrow. He said the small ease at the fuel pump was due to the fluctuations on the international oil market. “International prices as always, up and down. There has been no change in the tax for months and months and months, so we take what we take,” Waight said in response to a question about the adjustment in fuel prices.

    Garifuna American Belizean pilot flies the F-22
    United States Air Force major, Paul “Loco” Lopez II (commander/pilot) is the United States Air Force F-22 Raptor Demonstration Team commander and pilot stationed at Joint Base Langley-Eustis in Hampton, Virginia. As the F-22 Demonstration Team commander, he is responsible for representing Air Combat Command, the United States Air Force, the Department of Defense, and the United States of America at more than 20 air shows annually. He leads the 18-member F22 Raptor Demonstration Team, oversees maintenance actions performed on one of the most advanced fighter jets ever built, and showcases the Raptor’s exceptional maneuverability for more than 10 million spectators around the world each year. He is an operational F-22 pilot assigned to the 1st Operations Group within the 1st Fighter Wing.

    CYDP Peace Cup quarterfinals 1st leg results; decisive 2nd leg this Saturday at the MCC
    The best-of-2 games quarterfinals in the 2018-2019 CYDP Peace Cup 1st Division Tournament had its first leg of games this past Saturday, December 1, at the MCC, and the games were all exciting and competitive. There were no lopsided scores, two draws even, so the decisive second leg this coming Saturday should be a day full of football thrills for Belize City fans, who came out in numbers last Saturday.

    Cycling – WW Road Race on Sunday, December 9
    Weekend Warriors Cycling Club (WW) would like to invite all WW members to participate in the Road Race this Sunday, December 9. Class “A” riders leave at 9:30 a.m. from Leslie’s Imports and travel through the Boom Road to the Philip Goldson (Northern) Highway, heading east over the Haulover Bridge, to end at Airport Plaza, for 40 miles. Class “B” riders start half hour earlier at 9:00 a.m. and travel the same route.

    Morales Transports 8-Ball Tournament in Cayo – CK Champs
    The first-ever Morales Transports 8-Ball Tournament in Cayo concluded at CK Sports Bar in San Ignacio on Sunday, December 2, with a massive showdown between CK Shooters and Criminals. When the dust settled, it was CK Shooters who emerged as the champs. Here’s more details, as it was a best-of-two sets of matches, race-to-four to win per player, three players line-up.

    PLB playoffs still on hold? City fans turn to CYDP Peace Cup
    As we go to press at 8:00 p.m. this Thursday night, the word from the PLB is that the Altitude Assassins appeal has not yet been resolved by the FFB’s Appeals Board. So, it looks like another weekend of nothing from the Premier League of Belize (PLB) 2018-2019 Opening Season, which should be roaring into its highly anticipated semifinal playoffs, but for some major bungling and indecision at the highest level of football, the FFB. This football atrocity is squarely at the feet of the Football Federation of Belize (FFB), who are in charge of the referees (the National College of Referees), and the appeals process (the FFB Appeals Board).

    Article 6 was the worst of the Heads of Agreement
    Guatemala has insisted that our “geography”, between the Hondo and the Sarstoon, blocks the development of a department in their country which they call, El Peten. It is a geographical truth that it would be easier, cheaper for Guatemalans in El Peten who wish to ship their goods to Europe, to do so across territory between the Hondo and the Sarstoon, than to send the goods down to their port, Puerto Barrios, in the Amatique Basin, and across the Pacific. It is clear that a “moral” right exists. Mature, civilized nations recognize this moral right and come to sensible arrangements. Guatemala, however, is not content with its “moral” status. She has, and we can say, fantastically so, declared that her rights go beyond moral. Guatemala says that her rights are “legal”. That is fantastic. One hundred and forty-four nations of the world looked at Guatemala’s “legal” claim, and rejected it, declared it bogus. This is the clear message sent when the United Nations declared that Belize deserved to be a full member of that august body.

    DelmerTzib responds to Bilal Morris
    Dear Mr. Bilal Morris, I write to you as a Maya descendant, responding to the article you wrote on November 14, 2018, entitled, “Garifuna soul in Education in 1900’s Colonial British Honduras.” The book review you presented expressed strong personal biases and reflections which I wish to refute. I consider them as outright insults towards the Maya people of Belize. My commentary highlights four arguments that portray your intellectual predilection—the “White man’s burden.” I will illustrate how your ideology and expressions are almost identical to the principles of a Western poem published in the late 1800s.

    Without welfare system, crime-fighting won’t work — Brian Plummer
    Dear Editor: Much has been said about fighting crime in Belize, but whatever strategy the government employs the situation will reach Nash equilibrium — a stable state of a system involving the interaction of different participants in which no participant can gain by a unilateral change of strategy if the strategies of the others remain unchanged. This means it will become ineffective; it might work for about two years but the criminals will adapt. It is mathematical.

    Romel Cuello remembers Chendo
    Dear Editor, Today, December 4, 2018, Mr. Rosendo “Chendo” Urbina was laid to rest at his property in Palmar, Orange Walk Town. “Chendo” was an educator, the “patriarch” of “A&R Enterprises” and a highly respected member of Orange Walk Town, known to be very generous to the educational section of our society. Even though “Chendo” was originally a staunch member of the PUP, when he thought his party had lost direction and was doing the country wrong, he “crossed the floor” and became a strong supporter of the UDP.

    Miss Afro 1973, Dorla Lewis, on a visit 45 years later
    During the black consciousness awakening period that swept through the colonial society of British Honduras in the late 1960’s to early 1970’s, when the cultural group the United Black Association for Development (UBAD) was promoting its “black is beautiful” cultural revolution, there were no difficulties finding beautiful sisters to participate in UBAD’s “Miss Afro Honduras” beauty pageant, which was the organization’s answer to the Queen of the Bay and the Miss Belize pageants, which were usually held. The first winner of the first Miss Afro Honduras pageant was Sheldon Vasquez. When Dorla Lewis walked onto Kremandala’s compound yesterday, Wednesday, she must have realized that she represented a living part of the glorious UBAD history from 45 years ago. Lewis, 62, is on a visit to Belize from New York City.

    And then Mr. Okeke said—this
    I was on the bus the other day – you get to see and hear, learn many things on a public transport – yes, I was on the bus the other day – sometimes there are more than fifty people on a bus, and their thoughts are as different as their faces and voices – yes, I was on a bus the other day and, it not being a hectic hour, there were vacant seats. I got one beside a gentleman who was sitting on the driver’s side, beside a window. I was barely seated when I realized that I had sat down beside one of the great, famous personages in this nation. I didn’t have to look at him to know who he was. He was in full conversation with the person in the seat behind us, and his voice is unmistakable, known across the length and breadth of Belize.

    Abused girlfriend shoots her boyfriend in the groin
    A woman involved in an allegedly abusive relationship took matters into her own hands when she fired shots at her boyfriend, injuring him in his groin. Tanice Mejia, 32, is now in police custody while her boyfriend, Bartholomew “Bart” Lucas, 32, is recovering in the hospital. The incident occurred yesterday, December 5, sometime after 9 a.m. during an argument between the couple at their home, which is the lower flat of a two-storey cement house at #42 corner Mahogany and Vernon Streets. The argument ended with Mejia allegedly firing three shots at Lucas, reportedly with a gun that belongs to Lucas. Lucas was only injured once, however.

    Deputy ComPol refutes allegations that “Los Zetas” own Belize
    Earlier this week, the news was buzzing with information of a drug plane that was meant for Belize but landed at the Chetumal International Airport after the pilot realized that the Belize police were hot on his trail. The event made the news in Mexico as well, and The Sol Quintana Roo newspaper reported that the Zetas are “The masters and owners of Belize.” “Los Zetas” are one of Mexico’s most dangerous drug cartels and the Mexican newspaper purports that they are the ones who have been landing drug planes in northern Belize over the past months.

    BFCA says no to banning gillnets
    The issue of whether or not to ban gillnets has been one that has been hotly debated, especially recently. Oceana, as well as the Belize Federation of Fishers (BFF), have been advocates for the banning of the nets in the name of sustainability. The Belize Fishermen Cooperative Association (BFCA) says “no” to banning, however, and they are the premier representatives of the country’s fishermen. The argument for banning gillnets is that it hinders more than it helps, because oftentimes non-target fishes and endangered sea life, such as manatees, get caught up in the nets. Also, it has been reported that many people who use gillnets use them in reserves and other areas in which fishing is not permitted.

    Belize introduces diabetes self-help program
    Belize has stepped up efforts to reduce the devastation of Type 2 diabetes among young people, working-class persons, and persons recently diagnosed with the disease, through a diabetes self-care program that is to be implemented shortly. An initial 1,500 persons suffering with the disease will be trained in diabetes self-care, through a community-based support program. The program is being conducted through the Ministry of Health in collaboration with the Belize Diabetes Association and the Pan American Health Organization.

    The Reporter

    The Belize Bank this week in the Supreme Court moved to collect the $90 million UHS award owed to it by the government of Belize in a decision handed down last November by the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ). Attorneys for both sides made arguments before Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin as the bank seeks an enforcement of the award.

    Pilot Reported Missing Two Months After He Reportedly Crashed and Died
    Two months after he was last seen alive, the wife of San Pedro pilot, Jose Milo Paz has reported him missing. Ermijines Paz reported today that she last saw her husband on October third when she dropped him off for a private flight to Guatemala. Paz told police that Milo was scheduled to return home on October seventh, but that he hasn’t.

    GOB STANDS WITH PALESTINE, DESPITE STRENGTHENING TIES WITH ISRAELIS
    Despite ongoing efforts to strengthen ties with the Government of Israel in the last two years, the Government of Belize issued a statement in support of the nation of Palestine, which has an ongoing territorial dispute with Israel. GOB’s release came out on November 29, in observance of International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People.

    ‘POLICE CAGEY’ ABOUT ABORTED DRUG PLANE LANDING
    Today, Police had no further details to share on the events which occurred in the pre-dawn hours of last Friday, including the aborted landing of a jet carrying drugs, a shootout between the Police and men in a pickup and the abduction of two farmers. Police have even been unwilling to confirm that the three incidents in Progresso in the Corozal District are related.

    EDITORIAL – December 7th. 2018
    Sometimes the men and women opposed to the idea of Belize taking our case to the ICJ express the view that it is humiliating for Belize, an independent state, to subject her sovereignty to the authority of the International Court of Justice on a high-stakes claim such as Guatemala is making against Belize.

    SUGAR SALES DOWN, TOTAL EXPORT EARNINGS FALL
    Revenue earned from sugar exports, Belize’s largest export earner, were down in the month of October, contributing largely to an overall decrease in export revenues of 5.1 percent, according to the Statistical Institute of Belize. The SIB’s latest External Trade Bulletin showed that export earnings fell by $1.9 million from $37.1 million in October 2017 to $35.2 million.

    THE EMASCULATION OF THE B.D.F : A NATIONAL TRAGEDY – PART 2
    By Major Lloyd Jones (Ret’d). Combat exercises are important for any army because they allow commanders to test the soundness of their battle plans. To succeed on the battlefield; to execute any battle plan an army must be able to do three things: move, shoot and communicate. Painfully, the BDF is woefully deficient in all three.

    WHAT THE ICJ WOULD LOOK AT FIRST
    The buzz word (or acronym) has been and will for the next few months be the ICJ as Belizeans are asked to learn as much as they can about that highest Court in the world, the International Court of Justice, which presides over legal matters between disputing nations. Last week Thursday, the team of journalists who visited that facility in the Hague also met with various experts in the field of international law.

    Breaking Belize NewsPJ

    Ministerial Meeting for Central American Agricultural Council of SICA concludes in Belize
    The Ministry of Agriculture hosted a Ministerial Meeting of the Central American Agricultural Council (CAC) in […]

    Ministry of Culture of El Salvador holds seminar and bilateral talks with Belize delegation
    On Thursday, December 6th, representatives of Belize’s National Institute of Culture and History (NICH) participated […]

    Common-law husband accused of arson in Toledo
    Police are investigating a report of arson in Big Falls, Toledo. Angelina Ack, 28, reported […]

    Student robbed in Belize City
    Police are investigating a robbery that occurred yesterday in Belize city. A 17-year-old student reported […]

    Transforming George Price Highway- No More “S-Curve”
    The views expressed in this article are those of the writer and not necessarily those of Breaking Belize […]

    Gian C. Gandhi building inaugurated
    An official ceremony was held today, December 7, to inaugurate the Gian C. Gandhi Building […]

    $100 million UHS case awaiting decision
    The UHS case involving a $90 million judgement owed to the Belize Bank by the […]

    Police investigating murder in Santa Elena
    San Ignacio police are investigating the murder of a young woman that occurred last night […]

    American woman raped and robbed in Ladyville, Belize
    A 49-year-old American woman reported to police that yesterday morning around 9:00, she was leaving […]

    2015 Nissan SUV stolen in Belize City
    Police are investigating the theft of a motor vehicle that happened sometime last night. Lisa […]

    US donates more military vehicles to Guatemala
    A total of 38, J8 Jeeps were donated by the United States Government to the […]

    ICJ judges speak the language of international law
    Belizean journalists, last week, visited the International Court of Justice (ICJ) at The Hague in […]

    Social and Cultural Research Institute holds screening of documentary on San Joaquin Fiesta
    The Belize Cultural Celebrations video series is one of the National Institute of Culture and History’s […]

    Young mother loses life to gun violence in Santa Elena, Cayo
    A young mother from Santa Elena, Cayo lost her life last night to gun violence. Brenda […]

    Blogs

    Tradition and Heritage: Belizeans find ways to bring both to the modern world
    One fine day in 2013, a couple from Toledo happened to be swimming in the waters of the river running through Bullet Tree Falls Village, in the Cayo District. They looked across and uphill, realizing that they were staring at a familiar sight, if in a completely unexpected location! Could it be a fully laden cacao tree?! A daughter-in-law of his happened to bring back a sack of cacao seeds for him, knowing his love of growing things. From Toledo to Cayo, a gift exchange brought forth an entire production that now flourishes under the name of Ajaw Chocolate. Our media adventure took us from the warm embrace of silky chocolate to the searing heat of a fogon, where we learned to make corn tortillas from the cooked corn to the flattened baked discs of dough. From molding dough into food, we moved to molding clay into pottery.

    Delicious Traditional Food at El Fogon Restaurant
    We eat lunch in town every single day. Generally sticking to two…maybe three spots. Creatures of habit. But yesterday we drove past El Fogon Restaurant on the way to an errand in the San Pedrito area and passed this specials board. I’ve been wanting to try the Tamalitos de Chaya for years! When we circled back, we parked and went in. El Fogon is named after the fire hearth – the traditional center of the Belizean kitchen. El Fogon spanish for Fire Hearth = Faya Haat in Creole They are still making their rice & beans and their stewed meats on the fire hearth. And the result is ridiculously good. The BEST conch fritters I’ve ever tasted. Seriously. Fluffy and conchy and not-oily and SO GOOD.

    Videos

  • 3rd Annual CAB President’s Meeting in San Pedro, 24min.

  • CAB President’s Meeting in San Pedro, 24min.

  • Touring the Belize Zoo!, 10min. While on vacation, we toured the Belize Zoo again as we just love this place! All of their animals are both rescued and native to Belize. Watch to see what all we found!

  • COCONUT LADY IN BELIZE, 2.5min.

  • Miss Universe Belize Jenelli Fraser in Thailand, 2.5min. Miss Universe Belize, Jenelli Fraser has been making waves in Thailand which plays host to the 2018 international beauty pageant. The twenty-eight-year-old Belizean beauty ambassador arrived in Thailand last week and has since participated in a number of events including a visit to the Golden Palace, a fashion show featuring Thai designers as well as a one-on-one with the Smile Organization, which works with children who have cleft lips.

  • Sunrise in Belize City, 2.5min.

  • Night Five of Gimme 5, 2hr.

  • A Water Spout in Dangriga, 1/2min.

  • Jenelli Fraser- Ms.Universe Belize 2018, 1min. Behind the scenes

  • Mark Cohen - The Resilient Cultural Landscape, 1.5hr. Mark has a background in wildlife biology, ecology, ethnobotany, permaculture, cooperative land use, and renewable energy. He has been an organic inspector with OEFFA for 26 years, and lives in Southern Ohio at Far Valley Farm, a 30-year old intentional community he helped co-found. Living off the grid for 37 years and growing a wide range of crops, seeds, honey, mushrooms, and medicinals. He founded the Belize Agroforestry Research Center, a permaculture research and teaching facility. He spent 25 winters in Central America practicing and teaching tropical permaculture.

  • Immersione all'atollo di Turneffe - Belize - 21/08/2018, 4min. Scuola di subacquea Utr Tek di Torino.

  • Jungle at Midnight- Belize, 9min.

  • BELIZE.ROARING CREEK.MY LITTLE TOWN, 3.5min. WILLIAM BANNER AUGUST.BELIZE ROOTS.

  • Christmas In Town 2018, 2hr.

  • Today we will wrap-up the pouring of the concrete floor for our Cockburn Lane Project, 12sec. Once the floor has been completed the rest of the building should progress more quickly.
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    Specials & Events
    Yesterday at 12:56 PM
    The San Pedro House of Culture has the pleasure to invite you to the opening of the Mexico/Belize Art Exhibition on Thursday, December 20th at 7:00 PM.

    Live Music with Man @ Work
    FREE ADMISSION!

    Be socialble & share invitation with family, friends and colleagues.

    Join us as we celebrate the 4 years of the San Pedro House of Culture

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    News
    Yesterday at 12:27 PM

    United States Air Force major, Paul “Loco” Lopez II (commander/pilot) is the United States Air Force F-22 Raptor Demonstration Team commander and pilot stationed at Joint Base Langley-Eustis in Hampton, Virginia. As the F-22 Demonstration Team commander, he is responsible for representing Air Combat Command, the United States Air Force, the Department of Defense, and the United States of America at more than 20 air shows annually. He leads the 18-member F22 Raptor Demonstration Team, oversees maintenance actions performed on one of the most advanced fighter jets ever built, and showcases the Raptor’s exceptional maneuverability for more than 10 million spectators around the world each year. He is an operational F-22 pilot assigned to the 1st Operations Group within the 1st Fighter Wing.

    Lopez is from Virginia Beach, Virginia. After graduating from Salem High School, he attended college at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in Greensboro, North Carolina. In 2004, he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and earned his commission through the N.C. A&T Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps. Lopez attended phases I and II of pilot training at Moody Air Force Base in Valdosta, Georgia, flying the T-6 Texan II. He moved to Laughlin AFB in Del Rio, Texas, for phase III of pilot training, where he learned to fly the T-38C Talon and earned his pilot wings after completing undergraduate pilot training in 2006.

    Following pilot training, Lopez completed Introduction to Fighter Fundamentals, flying the AT38C Talon at Moody AFB prior to attending the F-15C Eagle, Basic Course at Tyndall AFB in Panama City, Florida, in 2007. Upon graduation, Lopez was assigned to the 71st Fighter Squadron at Langley AFB in Hampton, Va., as an operational fighter pilot in the combat air force. Lopez attended the F-22 Raptor transition course in January 2011 at Tyndall AFB. Upon completion, he flew F-22 Raptors assigned to the 27th Fighter Squadron at Langley AFB until October 2012. Lopez moved to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage, Alaska, and flew Raptors there from November 2012 to January 2016.

    Following this assignment, Lopez moved back to Langley AFB in January 2016 and served as the Chief of Flight Safety for the 1st Fighter Wing. While assigned to the 1st FW, he was selected to be the Air Combat Command F-22 Raptor Demonstration pilot. Lopez is an experienced fighter pilot with over 1,400 fighter hours flying the F-15 and F-22. Lopez enjoys being a part of the F-22 Raptor Demonstration team and accomplishing the mission of showcasing American airpower, recruiting and retaining America’s finest personnel into the Armed Forces, and enhancing international and domestic relationships.

    Sent by Wellington Ramos to Amandala

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    Travel
    Yesterday at 12:17 PM

    Becoming a Belizean specialist is now part of the requirement for tourism stakeholders as they prepare for the expansion of the industry in the years ahead.  That includes hoteliers and others in the service sector.  Today, the Belize Hotels Association held the second of its biannual meetings led by President Ted Tejada.  He says that the industry will realize a twenty-one percent upsurge by 2021.

    Ted Tejada, President, Belize Hotels Association

    “Our main topic for this year is how do we prepare for massive growth?  We’re going to be looking in the next three years at twenty-one percent growth in inventory for the country of Belize.  Over the last seven years we’ve have an approximation of about three percent growth every year, but in the next, 2019, 2020 and 2021, we are going to be seeing around twenty-one percent growth.  How do we prepare for that and when we mean preparation we mean employees, airlines, food, the resorts, the destinations that are actually visited.  How do we prepare for that?  That’s the main topic for this biannual meeting.”

    Isani Cayetano

    “Now when you look at the idea of growth and expansion, you’re also looking at the ability to provide services and efficiency in doing so.  What are the preparations since this discussion is ongoing?”

    Ted Tejada

    “One of the other speakers that we actually invited actually has a platform at a university to be a specialist in Belize.  Actually that platform has over a hundred thousand travel agents that have registered on the platform and actually fifteen hundred registered to be a Belizean specialist.”

    Channel 5

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    Stann Creek
    Yesterday at 12:05 PM

    A waterspout is a column of cloud-filled wind rotating over a body of water. Local meteorologists have said water spouts occur quite often along our coastal waters several times during the year After four this afternoon, a water spout was visible off the coast of Dangriga. The clouds from which they descend are not fast-moving, so fair-weather waterspouts are often static. These particular waterspouts are associated with developing storm systems, but not storms themselves.  Fair weather waterspouts form in light wind conditions so they normally move very little.

    LOVEFM

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    Weather
    Yesterday at 11:36 AM

    Monthly Weather Summary, November 2018

    National Meteorological Service of Belize

    Monthly weather summaries are prepared by the climate section of the National Meteorological Service (NMS) of Belize. The NMS of Belize maintains a network of over 25 weather stations that are situated primarily in the agricultural regions of the country. Temperature and rainfall are read at 9 am each morning and the rainfall total read at this time represents the accumulated rainfall for the previous day.

    November is the last month of the Atlantic basin hurricane season. For Belize it is a month in which the climate of the country transitions gradually from the rainy season to the cooler transition period between December and January. Therefore, it is a month in which the country is affected from both tropical systems such as tropical waves and possible tropical cyclones as well as frontal systems.

    November 2018 started off generally fair. A cold front over the Gulf of Mexico and ridging northeast of the area supported a dry easterly to southeasterly airflow on the first day. This became a bit more easterly on day two as northern and inland portions of the country experienced a few showers and isolated thunderstorms due to the proximity of the front over northern Yucatan. Moisture increased further on the 3rd and 4th as the stationary front lingered just north of the area supporting a few showers and isolated thunderstorms across the country.

    Conditions became generally fair once more on the 5th and 6th of the month as the remnants of the front drifted north and a drier easterly to east-southeasterly airflow dominated. Meanwhile a weak tropical wave was gradually approaching. On the morning of November 7th the axis of the tropical wave was located near 82W. The wave crossed late on the 7th into early morning on the 8th supporting a few overnight showers that lasted into the morning of the 8th.

    The following few days from the 9th through to the 12th of November 2018 was characterized by generally fair weather with isolated showers. The upper levels in particular were very dry and hostile to any significant convective development during this period. A weak tropical wave crossed on the morning of November 11th but did not produce any significant increase in rainfall totals and only a modest increase in the coverage of isolated showers across the country.

    The approach and passage of a cold front eventually ended the relatively dry spell described above. On the 13th, the front was located over the Bay of Campeche. Moisture convergence ahead of this system produced a few showers over inland and southern areas on that day with isolated thunderstorms during the night. Moisture increased further on the 14th as the front extended across northern Yucatan. A few showers and periods of rain affected mainly northern and inland areas on that day spreading to coastal areas during the night as the cold front crossed the country. The 15th was cloudy and cool in the wake of the cold front with light rain mainly offshore and over central parts of the country. The following day continued cloudy and cool but with little to no rainfall.

    The remnants of the front in the form of a surface trof slowly began to drift back towards the country during the following few days. This supported rainfall activity mainly over the south and offshore areas at first. As a result the 17th was cloudy and cool with light rain mainly over the sea and along southern coastal areas. By the 18th, showers and periods of rain extended to central and southern areas with thunderstorms offshore.

    Showery activity persisted and intensified somewhat during the following few days from the 19th peaking around the 21st and 22nd. It is worth noting that over 4 inches of rainfall was recorded at the Airport on the 21st which resulted in localized flooding in the area.

    Rainfall activity gradually decreased on the 23rd and 24th with the weather becoming mostly fair on the 24th. Fair conditions persisted for the following two days (25th and 26th) as a dry southeasterly airflow prevailed over the area.

    A cold front just north of northern Belize and a trof just east of the country changed weather conditions over the country on the 27th. These features supported an increase in moisture which resulted in a few overnight showers over the Toledo district and a few showers, thunderstorms and rain over the mainland and southern areas during the day. The front became stationary over central Belize on the 28th supporting cloudy and cool conditions with showers and light rain mainly over the sea and coast during the morning and then over central and northern areas in the afternoon. The frontal system retrogressed northward while slowly dissipating on the 29th producing showers and light rain over the Orange Walk and Corozal districts. By the 30th, the country saw a return to generally fair weather with only a few showers lingering over the north during the morning.

    The graph and maps below summarize the total rainfall and average maximum and minimum temperature recorded during the month of November 2018. They also give an indication of how these readings compare to the normal for the month across the stations sampled. As can be seen, rainfall was generally normal for most of the southern two-thirds of the country. However, there are a couple exceptions. One is the west (Spanish Lookout and Central Farm area) where rainfall totals were around 25-55% above normal for the month and the other is the Stann Creek Valley (Pomona) area where totals were slightly below normal. No manual observations were available from the north at the time of this report. Preliminary (un-validated) data from automatic weather stations suggests that rainfall totals were significantly below normal in that area. In terms of maximum temperatures, most of the stations sampled here show above normal maximum/daytime temperature, except Central Farm where the average maximum temperature for the month was near normal and Savannah where the data suggests slightly cooler daytime temperature than normal. Nighttime/minimum temperatures were also slightly higher than normal for most areas except for Punta Gorda and Pomona.

    Monthly Rainfall Summary


    Monthly Maximum Temperatures


    Monthly Minimum Temperatures


    Rainfall Observed: November 2018 (mm)


    Rainfall Observed: November 2018 (% Above/Below Average)


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    Neighbourhood Watch
    Yesterday at 11:14 AM
    Please pencil in on your calendar that the General Meetings will be held the 2nd Wednesday of every month. There will be no meeting on December 12, 2018. Please pencil in the next meeting on January 9, 2019. (2nd Wednesday of every month). We would like to remind everyone that contributions (cheque) made out to “South Ambergris Neighborhood Watch” can be dropped off at Ambergris Seaside Realty during normal working hours. Contributions are also accepted at Black Orchid Restaurant and Lounge.

    We wish everyone HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!
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    Weather
    12/07/18 11:35 PM

    Several lines of rain crossing Belize from the east.


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    Ambergris Caye
    12/07/18 07:33 PM
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    Paradise Theater playing this weekend:

    Small Foot
    Venom
    Mowgli
    Predator

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    Specials & Events
    12/07/18 07:29 PM
    Friday, December 14, 2018 at 11 AM – 12:30 PM, Blue Water Grill
    Hosted by U.S. Embassy Belize

    We will provide the following passport services on a first-come, first-served basis. Please bring the items listed.

    Adult U.S. passport renewal
    • your current U.S. passport
    • completed form DS-82
    • 2”x2” passport photo
    • one clear photocopy of your current passport biographic data page
    • BZ$220 (bank draft ONLY )

    Child Under 16 U.S. passport renewal - Note: BOTH parents must be present if listed on the birth certificate.

    • your child’s current U.S. passport
    • completed form DS-11
    • 2”x2” passport photo
    • one clear photocopy of your child’s passport biographic data page
    • your child’s original birth certificate and one photocopy
    • each parent’s ID and one photocopy of each
    • BZ$230 (bank draft ONLY ) (Note: Fee for first adult passport renewal (age 16 and over) is BZ$290)

    CASH WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. All payments must be made by bank draft.
    Please visit a local bank where you have an account to purchase your bank draft. If you do not have a local bank account, visit Atlantic Bank and indicate the draft is for payment of U.S. Embassy consular fees. The draft should be payable to “U.S. Embassy” for the amount indicated above. You will need to present acceptable ID, provide your Belize address, and pay a fee of BZ$16.10 to the bank to purchase the draft.

    All passports will be returned via DHL/SpeedIt. The cost is BZ$33.75 payable in cash on delivery.

    Lunch will be available for purchase.
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    Food & Recipes
    12/07/18 07:01 PM

    Delicious Traditional Food at El Fogon Restaurant

    Yesterday we drove past El Fogon Restaurant on the way to an errand in the San Pedrito area and passed the specials board. I’ve been wanting to try the Tamalitos de Chaya for years! (I LOVE chaya – and need to find lots more ways to eat it. Especially since we have TREES of the stuff at the camp)

    When we circled back, we parked and went in. El Fogon is named after the fire hearth – the traditional center of the Belizean kitchen. El Fogon spanish for Fire Hearth = Faya Haat in Creole They are still making their rice & beans and their stewed meats on the fire hearth. And the result is ridiculously good.

    Salbutes that are SOOO good. The BEST conch fritters I’ve ever tasted. Seriously. Fluffy and conchy and not-oily and SO GOOD.

    Click here to read the rest of the article and see LOTS more photos in the San Pedro Scoop

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    Ambergris Caye
    12/07/18 06:45 PM
    Portofino posted on facebook that they have nothing to do with this.
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    News
    12/07/18 06:43 PM
    I hate the coconut telegraph some days.

    There are all kinds of animals on the northern parts of Ambergris Caye, big cats, small deer, wild pigs, foxes and the list goes on....

    Most of the San Pedro town core is built upon older structures and whenever a building foundation is excavated in town all kinds of bones and artifacts are uncovered.
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    News
    12/07/18 12:44 PM


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    Specials and Events

    Last night's TV news on Channel 7, Channel 5, LOVETV, PGTV, and CTV 3. Also with the most recent Open Your Eyes, and other specials


    The San Pedro Sun

    SPHS celebrates Founder’s Day 2018
    As is customary, San Pedro High School (SPHS) celebrated its Founder’s Day with an assembly on Wednesday, December 5th. The occasion commemorated the key individuals who helped establish the high school in 1971, while also celebrating Former Principal of SPHS, Rafael Angel Nuńez’ birthday. The fun assembly took place at Angel Nuńez Auditorium, with students from First to Fourth Form, teachers, and invited guests in attendance. The Founder’s Day Assembly began promptly at 9AM with the singing of the National Anthem followed by the school song. SPHS student Nayobie Rivero then delivered the welcome address. Master of Ceremonies Alex Nuńez gave a brief history of SPHS, and introduced the invited guests that played a significant role in founding SPHS. They included Celi McCorkle, Martha Guerrero, Martha Leslie, Gustavo Ellis, Ilsa Salazar, and former President of SPHS, Rafael Angel Nuńez and his wife Ligia.

    2018’s Above-average Hurricane Season comes to a close
    The 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season closed on Friday, November 30th, sparing Belize from any major storms. Classified as an above-average season, there were 15 named storms, eight hurricanes, and two major hurricanes. While Belize fared well, the United States of America, Mexico, and some Caribbean countries sustained more than USD$33.3 billion in damages. The two strongest storms of the season were Hurricanes Florence and Michael, with winds of 140 and 155 mph and a minimum central pressure of 939 and 919 millibars, respectively. According to the National Meteorological Service of Belize (NMSB), “The major factor that supported the above-normal activity in the North Atlantic was the presence of above-normal Sea Surface Temperatures. In the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico, the normal condition was supported by strong vertical wind shear. This makes conditions less conducive for tropical cyclone development.”

    Educational series on Referendum day and ICJ hosted in San Pedro Town
    April 10th, 2019 approaches as the day when Belizeans will vote “Yes or No” to take the Guatemalan’s territorial claim to Belize at the International Court of Justice (ICJ). Many educational sessions have been hosted across the country to educate Belizeans about this dispute and help them make an informed decision on Referendum day. In San Pedro Town, the ‘ICJ Be Informed’ session was hosted at the Angel Nuńez Auditorium on Thursday, November 29th. The presentations were facilitated by the Ambassador of Belize to Guatemala, Alexis Rosado, and former Belizean politician and author of the six-chapter book, ‘Guatemala’s claim to Belize: The Definitive History,’ Assad Shoman.

    SPHS Girls advanced to the semifinals of Belize’s U-17 Inter-District Football Tournament
    The U-17 San Pedro High School (SPHS) girls managed to claim victory in the quarterfinals of the Inter-District Football Tournament this past weekend. Many crucial matches took place in the U-17 and U-15 category from Saturday, December 1st to Sunday, December 2nd. With their win, the SPHS U-17 Girls advance to semifinals of the tournament. Unfortunately, despite much effort by the island’s male teams, they were unable to claim victory and thus are out of the tournament. The SPHS Girls travelled to Independence Village in the Stann Creek District to face the San Juan Scorpions on Saturday, December 1st. The match began promptly at 2PM at the Michael Ashcroft Stadium, with both teams showing strong offense. At the end of regulation time, the match was at a 2-2 draw. After moving to the penalty round, the island team managed to edge out the home team and claimed a 5-6 victory. The other female teams advancing to the semifinals are Calcutta Strikers, Black-Man Eddy’s Revolution and Vibe Alive International.

    Belizean teachers could expand their capacities in United States
    For the first time in Belize, largest designated US Department of State Exchange Visitor Program for teachers, Participate, is recruiting teachers from Belize to work in schools in United States for 3 to 5 years and expand their professional capacities in the next school year, beginning in August 2019. Participate’s Teacher Latin-American Recruitment Coordinator, Ronald Ramírez said “teaching abroad offers great insight for teachers around the world: “Besides the experience of working in US, Participate provides personal and professional growth and development with educational resources to become a stronger teacher, expand technological skills and have a wider perspective of global education”. Recruit process is open for next school year.

    Ambergris Today

    US Donates $2Mil 3D Laser For Climate Change Monitoring
    In keeping with efforts to strengthen the region's capacity to mitigate the impact of natural disasters, the United States Government delivered a US $2 million Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) System to the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (5Cs) for use throughout the Eastern and Southern Caribbean. This initiative is part of the U.S. Agency for International Development's (USAID) three-year Climate Change Adaptation Project (CCAP) implemented in partnership with the Belize-based organization.

    Misc Belizean Sources

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    The Placencia Breeze December 2018
    What’s Inside: Weh di goaan? Placencia Peninsula Happenings ... pg. 2 Put on Your Dancing Shoes for Placencia Mistletoe Ball! ... pg. 3 Belize Ocean Club Under New Management … pg. 7 From the Fire Hearth: Give the Gift of Locally Made Treats … pg. 9 New Year’s Eve: Ring in 2019 in Placencia! … pg. 11 For Fragments of Hope, Monique Lamb is the Real Miss Scuba International … pg. 12 Third Lionfish Roundup Brings in a 243 Count … pg 12 Eleven Complete Coral Bleaching Training … pg. 12 FoH Attends Conference in San Andres … pg. 12 MnM's Got a New Look … pg. 13 Placencia BTIA Membership Directory ... pgs. 15 & 18 Placencia Peninsula Map ... pg. 16-17 BZ$20,000 Raised for Humane Society at Mad Hatter's Tea Party & Auction … pg. 19 Croc Corner: Not Just the Crocs … pg. 20 Brice is Back! But not really … pg. 21 Rotary Club Updates … pg. 24 Placencia Makes Conde Nast Traveller 2019 Gold List … pg. 25 Fragments of Hope Holds Fifth AGM … pg. 26 Beat Plastic Pollution! … pg. 26 People's Coalition Pushes Golf Cart Sa See Less

    FREE EYE EXAM by BelizeKids.Org for Adults & Children in San Pedro
    Date: Monday, December 10 to Friday, December 14, 2018 Time: 8:30am- 4:30pm Place: Belize Vision Clinic @ Lions Den. *Bring along Social Security Card or other I.D. *Bring your sunglasses to use after eye exam.

    LXVIII ORDINARY MEETING OF THE SECURITY COMMISSION OF CENTRAL AMERICA
    December 6, 2018. In the capacity as the President Pro Tempore of the Central American Integration System (SICA), Belize hosted the LXVIII Regular Meeting of the Central American Security Commission. The event had participation of the delegations from Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama and the Dominican Republic as well as, the General Secretariat of SICA, as the Technical and Administrative Secretariat of the Commission. Discussions focused on regional security matters such as the phenomenon of criminal gangs, trafficking in persons, the Five-Year Plan for the Prevention of Violence against Women (2019-2023), and the institutional strengthening of the General Secretariat, Directorate of Democratic Security.

    Caye Caulker Christmas Parade 2018
    Caye Caulker Christmas Parade 2018 Date Friday, December 14. Time: 5:30pm. Central Park. Everyone is invited to join the parade. Dress your carts and light up the night! Come join the fun!!

    FCD River Cleanup
    December 8, 8am at the Benque Entrance to San Jose Succotz

    Corozal Tree Lighting Ceremony this Saturday 8th December 2018
    A lot will be happening at the opening - food, cakes, chocolates, plants, gift items, etc.

    A Night in Paris
    We will be hosting our first Paint Party at our New Studio this Friday Dec 7th! Come in your best Parisian attire. Price will be $50. This includes class, 1 glass of wine and light bites.

    The Ultimate Belize Bucket List available for sale
    This book became available for sale yesterday. Note, it will be on Amazon shortly but for right now, travelers to Belize can use the above link to get the book.

    Belize Hosts Meeting of the Council of Ministers of Health of Central America and Dominican Republic
    Belize is hosting the 49th Ordinary Meeting of the Council of Ministers of Health of Central America and the Dominican Republic (COMISCA) December 6th and 7th, at The Placencia Hotel and Resort, in Placencia village. Topics to be discussed include Executive Report of the Secretariat for COMISCA for second Semester 2018; advancements in the process of Health Regulations within the framework of SICA; proposed Health Agenda for Central America and Dominican Republic; presentation of Regional Strategic Plan for the Prevention of Adolescent Pregnancy in the region; Strategic Plan for Health Promotion, 2019-2025, among other important topics.

    Commercial Fisher Folk License Renewal 2019
    The Belize Fisheries Department hereby informs the public that it will commence the renewal of fisher folk licenses on January 3rd 2019. A grace period for renewals will be in place until January 31st, 2019. Fishers are advised to bring along all pertinent documents upon renewal to facilitate the process.

    Magil's delivery truck attempted robbery
    An unofficial report has been made to this news shack that earlier today, a Magil's delivery truck was shot and hit several times in an attempted robbery. The report states that Corozal Police were unable to respond at the time of the shooting, due to lack of a mobile patrol.

    BTIA’s 33rd Annual General Meeting is over and we now have a new leader
    Congratulations to Melanie Paz from San Pedro, Ambergris Caye for being elected as the new President, and to Stewart Krohn for being re-elected as our 2nd Vice President. Here is an excerpt from parting President Osmany Salas made today: “It is a bittersweet day for me because today marks my last day on the National Board. Actually, the moment we elect our new President, the current President – my very good friend and colleague, Raineldo Guerrero – becomes the Immediate Past President, and I am effectively retired. I’m too young to retire! Something doesn’t sound right here! I thank you, Rey, for finishing up my term as President so that I could focus on other endeavours, including helping to organize the NGO community in order that we could be more effective in delivering on our sustainable human development objectives.

    3 Cayo Rotarians Receive Paul Harris Fellow Award
    Congratulations, Delsiemae, Bart, and Brendan! They all received the Paul Harris Fellow Award for their commitment to helping the Cayo community. "Three people from the Cayo area were honored with the prestigious Paul Harris Fellowship awards by District Governor Jose Antonio Interiano Torre. Paul Harris started Rotary in 1905 and the fellowships acknowledge people who serve their community in the spirit of Rotary's founding principles. Delsiemae Vernon was celebrated for her longstanding service to the Cayo community, Brendan O'Donoghue, a San Ignacio Rotarian was honored for his service to our club, and Bart Mickler received a stone in his existing Paul Harris pin recognizing his long service to our club and the Cayo community."

    Picture of Maya children of Patchakan(Corozal) dancing
    Patchakan in Yucatec Maya means "Behind the savannah." During the Caste war many Maya rebels belonging to the Cruzoob Maya group of Chan Santa Cruz settle in Patchakan. It’s believe that the village of Patchakan was already populated with Maya people since 1780 which would making it one of the oldest villages in Corozal.


    Thanks to all our members and stakeholders who made an effort to attend our 33rd Annual General Meeting. We also welcome our new 2019-2020 BTIA President, Melanie Paz. Congrats to our new Executive Board Members as well. A special thank you to our Past President Mr. Raineldo Guerrero and Senator Osmany Salas for their contribution to the association. Congratulations Melanie Paz!

    Channel 7

    Belize Bank Asks Government To Settle Universal Debt With Treasury Bills
    The Belize Bank is asking the Supreme Court to issue an enforcement order against the government, compelling it to pay the almost 100 million dollar award for the Universal Health Services debt.  This is after the Parliament voted against paying the debt from the Consolidated Revenue Fund in August. That sent the Bank back to the Court, where a cluster of local and British attorneys spent the last two days before Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin arguing that Government must pay - and if not not from the Consolidated Revenue Fund - then, alternatively, with Treasury Notes - which does not require parliamentary approval.   Responding for the government side was high profile British Queen's Counsel, Ben Juratowitch - who has previously appeared at the ICJ for Belize.   After two days of arguments - the Bank's lead attorney Eamon Courtenay said he hopes the government can be forced to honour the debt.  

    No Charges Yet For Woman Who Allegedly Shot Man In Groin
    Tanice Mejia is still in police custody after she allegedly shot her boyfriend, Bart Lucas in the groin. It happened yesterday morning at Mejia's home at the corner of Vernon Street and Magazine Road. Mejia and Lucas got into an argument and she allegedly shot him with what is reported to be an unlicensed 9mm pistol. Police found the injured Lucas walking on Vernon street and took him to the hospital. Mejia fled the scene and was later picked up by police. Police say the DPP will determine whether charges will be brought against Mejia. Insp. Wilfredo Ferrufino - CIB: "Police responded to someone being shot or someone with gunshot injuries on Vernon street. As a result police arrived on the scene and found Bartolomeu Lucas 32 year old resident of Brides Alley suffering from what appeared to be injuries to the groin area..."

    Suspects in "Tazzy"ť Murder Released
    In other police news, the cops have no significant leads in the murder of car wash man Arthur "Tazzy" Flowers. The 3 persons they detained were not much help and they haven't established a clear motive as yet. Here is more from the Police press briefing. Insp. Wilfredo Ferrufino - CIB: "The investigation yielded the detention of several persons and a vehicle and the matter is being investigated at this time." Courtney Weatherburne: "So no update on those 3 persons or the vehicle impounded?" Insp. Wilfredo Ferrufino: "The vehicle is still in police custody and the investigation is still ongoing."

    Francis Gill Murder Still A Mystery
    Police haven't made any major headway in Francis Gill's murder either. It happened early Monday morning. Gill and his wife had just arrived at an apartment complex on the Northside and were about to get out of their car when a waiting gunman fired at them, fatally hitting Gill. Here is the update from police. Insp. Wilfredo Ferrufino - CIB: "In regards to Mr. Gill murder we had several persons detained all of which were interviewed and it is not yielding any arrests in that investigation. The investigation continues." Reporter
    "Still no motive has been established?"

    Department of Immigration Suspends Fingerprint Scans
    Over 20 flights are scheduled to land at the PGIA this Saturday - and the Director of the Immigration Department, Diana Locke, says that if there are long lines again, don't blame her staff.  That's because the Department has suspended the fingerprint scans, at Cabinet's behest.   That directive came down on Tuesday ordering the Department to stop fingerprint scans for visitors at all border stations - including the Benque Viejo and Santa Elena borders.  From the Immigration Department's perspective, cancelling the scans is opening up to a security breach - but for the decision makers in Belmopan - it's about avoiding another embarrassment like the one that played out at PGIA last Saturday when lines zig-zagged all along the airside of the airport and visitors had to queue up for two hours or more.

    Paumen and Modiri, The Legal Tangle Thickens
    Neighbors and enemies Bradley Paumen and Michael Modiri were back in the Supreme court today.  Modiri is trying to collect on a $300,000 dollar judgement that the court awarded him against Paumen.  You may recall that these neighbors are landlocked, and Paumen was running his million-dollar cruise tourism operation, Dark Night through Modiri's land. In 2014, Modiri sued and Justice Shona Griffith awarded him $300,000 which she ordered Paumen and his tour company to pay. That was in 2016, and Paumen hasn't paid anything.  So, earlier this year, Modiri initiated enforcement proceedings against him in the Supreme Court. But, still, no payment - as the legal wrangling over corporate configurations continued in the Supreme Court today.   Today's session ended with both sides claiming modest victories when they left the courtroom:

    LiDAR Scan For Belizean Seas
    On Monday, we told you how the Caribbean Community Climate Change Center - or 5 C's - headquartered in Belmopan - has acquired a 2 million-US- dollar LiDAR system for use in Belize and other CARICOM nations. That's short for Light Detection and Ranging, and its cutting-edge technology that even developed nations don't own. It allows experts to make topographic and hydrographic surveys, which basically means that they will be able to precisely map out land masses, and the depths of large bodies of water. The hope is that the 5 C's will be able to provide this service to the CARICOM nations at a fraction of the price it would cost to get it done by other international experts.  How much savings exactly? Well, at this time, the United Kingdom's Government Hydrographic Office is currently in Belize, and they will be using their own LiDAR equipment to perform surveys of half of Belize's territorial waters over the next 35 to 40 days.

    Were Bone Really Found on Northern Ambergris?
    Police say that a scattering of bones was found on northern Ambergris Caye.  But it remains unclear if they are human bones or not. Police say samples need to be sent for testing to confirm. Insp. Wilfredo Ferrufino - CIB: "Well, the only information that I have at this point is that somewhere 13 miles north of the coast of San Pedro. Police discovered what appears to be bones, those have been retained and they will be forwarded for testing." Reporter
    "Has it been confirmed if those bones are human remains?"

    Major Fine for Trouble-Man Mejia
    Tonight, 23 year-old Ladyville trouble-man Jesse Mejia is at the Belize Central Prison serving time and he must come up with $6,000 for court fines, or he will spend 3 years in jail. That's after he pleaded guilty to firearms offenses in front of Magistrate Emerson Banner today. The incident dates back to July of last year, when Elward McKay was shot while riding his bicycle.  Police say that Mejia was the shooter, and they set chase after him while he was attempting to flee the crime scene on a beach cruiser. They reported that as soon as he saw them, he threw a silver object into a nearby drain. They detained him, and retrieved a loaded .38 revolver. They charged him with keeping unlicensed firearm, and keeping unlicensed ammunition for the gun.

    Prison For Driver The Caused Coye's Granddaughter's Death
    30 years to life: that's how long Olivia Culbreath will be in prison after she killed 6 people in a February 2014 accident in LA.  Among the victims was former PUP Minister Joe Coye's granddaughter Kristen Young.  Culbreath was so drunk that she was driving east down the freeways westbound lane and she slammed into a vehicle - killing the family of 4 in that vehicle as well as her older sister Maya and her close friend, Young; both were in the vehicle with her. Here is KTLA 5 's report on today's sentencing. 

    Is Low Self-Esteem Linked To Domestic Abuse?
    Building Self- Esteem: that was the theme of today's 16 DAYS OF ACTIVISM lecture at the Leo Bradley Library. But the presenter also covered how self-esteem affects people in abusive relationships. Here's more: Elena Carballo - Senior Library Assistant: "This morning were having a lecture aimed at building self-esteem with some domestic violence tips. We're trying to correlate - we have a lot of domestic violence going on and we think that probably it's because a lot of us don't have self-esteem or enough self-esteem to be able to walk out of certain situations. So our main focus is to try to give tips, I won't say educate, just help people to realize that I'm valuable and if I think highly of myself, I will not allow anybody to come in and take advantage of me."

    BTIA elects New President
    The Belize Tourism Industry Association held it's 33rd Annual General Meeting today at the Biltmore. And, as it does at every AGM, the executive updated members country-wide on what the association has been doing to push for progress within the industry.   We spoke with the Executive Director about some of the highlights from this year's AGM: John Burgos - Executive Director, BTIA: "Two main purpose that we're going to be serving today at the annual general meeting. First of all we are going to highlight all the good work we have been doing over the last 12 months, to show members the benefit that we are trying to increase for them. You know as membership association you expect to receive certain benefits and we have been expanding the number of benefits over the last 2 to 3 years.

    The Placencia Is The Place For Health Ministers
    Central America's Ministers of Health are joining Belize's Health Minister at his favourite Placencia Resort - the one where he got married - for the 49th Meeting of COMISCA - which is the Council of Ministers of Health of Central America and the Dominican Republic. The Ministers are at The Placencia Hotel and Resort, in Placencia discussing the proposed Health Agenda for Central America and the Dominican Republic - and the Regional Strategic Plan for the Prevention of Adolescent Pregnancy in the region, among other policy documents.  Health Minister Pablo Marin is chairing the meeting, and at the closing tomorrow, Belize will officially transfer Presidency Pro-Temp to Guatemala.

    Robbery In Santa Rita
    There was another armed robbery in Corozal. It happened yesterday evening around 6:00 at a store in Santa Rita called "Fry Store." A small name, but the robbers made off with big bucks.  Police have more: Insp. Wilfredo Ferrufino - CIB: "There was a robbery in Corozal, in Santa Rita on the 5th of December. Sometime around 6pm two male individuals entered the store, this would be Fry Store in Santa Rita village Corozal. They were armed at the time and only the store owner and his wife were at the establishment and they robbed the establishment of 2 thousand dollars in different denominations and they made good their escape. Police are actively seeking two suspects in regards to this robbery."

    Robbers Made A Bee Line For Cash
    And, in another armed robbery in the north, an employee of Bee Line employee was held up and jacked in his vehicle. It happened just outside San Jose Village - and the robbers got a huge stash of cash: Insp. Wilfredo Ferrufino - CIB: "Edison Kayes a 27 year old collecting agent for B-Line reported that he was on the Phillip Goldson Highway and he was exiting San Jose village heading in the direction of Orange Walk. He was driving his vehicle and another vehicle passed him and stopped immediately in front of him causing him to stop his vehicle. Two armed individuals exited that vehicle..."

    No Easy Road For Cop With Crack
    And in tonight's final tale of woe from the north, the Corozal cop caught with crack cocaine at his San Narciso home won't get off so easily. As we told you, he pleaded not guilty in court and was granted bail but he has more punishment to serve. Here is more from police on this case. Insp. Wilfredo Ferrufino - CIB: "Corozal police executed a search warrant at a residence in San Narciso village present at the time was Arsenio Yah, 48 year old PC attached to Corozal police with him at the residence at the time were three other family members..."

    Channel 5

    Belize Bank’s Attorney Warns ‘Heavens Will Fall’ If G.O.B. Does Not Honour Debt
    Belize Bank’s Attorney, Senior Counsel Eamon Courtenay today warned the Government that the ‘heavens will fall’ if it does not honour the multimillion-dollar UHS debt which goes back to 2004.  [...]

    G.O.B. Rejects Belize Bank’s Settlement Offer
    The original 2004 UHS loan agreement was for thirty-three point five million dollars, but more than a decade after, the debt is believed to have ballooned to over one hundred [...]

    Bradley Paumen and Michael Modiri are Back in Court
    Businessmen Michael Modiri and Bradley Paumen have been locked in a protracted legal battle on both the criminal and civil ends after a business deal turned sour a few years [...]

    How Will Compensation be Determined in Paumen/Modiri Dispute?
    Bradley Paumen gained widespread media attention in February 2016, when it was discovered that a contract had been placed on Modiri’s life during a land dispute involving access to Paumen’s [...]

    Who Will Be Charged for Domestic Violence Shooting on Vernon Street?
    Thirty-two-year-old Bride’s Alley resident, Bartholomew Lucas remains hospitalized at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital, recovering from a gunshot wound to the groin. The injury was inflicted by his common-law-wife, Tanice [...]

    Still No Motive for Francis Gill’s Murder
    Two murders were recorded on Monday in the city, within fourteen hours of each other. The first was an organized attack on Francis and Betsy Gill before two a.m. as [...]

    Arthur “Taz” Flowers was the Intended Target, but Why?
    By three p.m., shots rang out yet again this time at the corner of Handyside and Queen Streets. Well-known car washer, Arthur Flowers was executed, shot to the right temple [...]

    Police Constable Busted with Crack Cocaine
    A police constable attached to the Corozal Town Police Station has been disciplinary charged and placed on interdiction after he was busted with crack cocaine. On Tuesday, San Narciso resident [...]

    $650K for Christmas Cheer Programme
    Prime Minister Dean Barrow has made it quite clear that he makes no apology for the distribution of what has become the yearly Christmas Cheer. U.D.P. Area Representatives are given [...]

    Teachers to be Paid Using SmartStream System Soon
    Earlier in the year, it was announced that the government will begin making moves to incorporate the over five thousand teachers into the SmartStream payroll system. The Ministry of Finance [...]

    Over 12 Grand Stolen in Highway Robbery
    An employee of Bee Line Company was robbed of over twelve thousand dollars, the proceeds from November’s collections in the area.  The highway robbery occurred in the vicinity of San [...]

    Skeletal Remains Found on Northern Coast of San Pedro
    Skeletal remains have been found thirteen miles north of the island of San Pedro. During its weekly press brief today, police say that the bones recovered from a bushy area [...]

    B.T.I.A. Elects Melanie Paz as its New President
    Tourism continues as a top contributor to economic growth. New commercial airlines are flying to Belize from major US cities and hoteliers and restaurant owners are experiencing a boom. The [...]

    Miss Universe Belize Jenelli Fraser in Thailand
    Miss Universe Belize, Jenelli Fraser has been making waves in Thailand which plays host to the 2018 international beauty pageant. The twenty-eight-year-old Belizean beauty ambassador arrived in Thailand last week [...]

    Merit Maker: An Easily Adaptable Drowning Prevention Strategy
    In the following story we take you to Thailand. The south-east Asian country is known for its tropical beaches and world famous islands like Phuket; it’s elaborate Buddah Temples and [...]

    Salvation Army’s Annual Christmas Party
    Hundreds of happy faces were at the Holy Redeemer Parish Hall in Belize City today. The occasion was the annual Christmas Party hosted by the Salvation Army. Before proceeding to [...]

    26 Anniversary of Giving Back with Gimme 5
    Great Belize Production/Channel Five is celebrating its twenty-seventh anniversary this year and since its inception, the company has been working with the business community to give back to our faithful [...]

    Healthy Living: Autism Awareness Seminar
    It’s disabilities week in Belize. There are a lot of initiatives that are ongoing to help the public and parents of children with disabilities to understand the complexities of being [...]

    LOVE FM

    Financial Secretary says ICJ Funds are being disbursed properly
    On September 5th, the United Kingdom donated 1.3 million dollars to the Public Awareness and Preparedness Campaign to support the referendum on whether or not to refer Guatemala’s territorial, insular, and maritime claim to the International Court of Justice (ICJ). The United Nations Development Program and US Government donated $500,000 as well. Finance Secretary Joseph …

    Fuel Dip just enough to give Hope at Xmas
    It’s not quite Christmas but we are usually given a treat at the pump with a dip in the price of fuel. This year is no different and you may have noticed that change which became effective today. Kerosene dipped by 55 cents and is now $8.15; diesel went down 41 cents to $10.75; regular …

    Salvation Army Spreads Joy
    The Salvation Army is hosting an annual Christmas party for youths in Belize City. The nonprofit group has teamed up with the Belize City Council for the event. Love news spoke to Deputy Mayor Oscar Arnold and Salvation Army Major Joliker Leandre, Regional Commander about the initiative at this time of year. Major Jolicker Leandre: …

    Belize Bank holds out hope to get its money from GOB
    The Belize Bank Limited has still not been able to collect over $90 million dollars which was a judgment made by the Trinidad based Caribbean Court of Justice, CCJ, against the Government of Belize in the Universal Health Services matter. The CCJ made the judgment but left it up to parliament to enforce it, however, …

    Modiri and Paumen in court again
    Businessmen, Bradley Paumen and Michael Modiri have been up and down at the courts concerning several matters from criminal to civil. Once again, they were back in court today. In July, Modiri was seeking the court’s assistance in collecting three hundred thousand dollars in damages, a judgment the court had passed earlier for Paumen’s encroaching …

    BTIA holds Annual General Meeting; New President elected
    The Belize Tourism Industry Association, BTIA, held its annual general meeting today in Belize City. Executive director John Burgos spoke about some of the key elements of today’s meeting and the BTIA’s achievements over the past year. Executive director John Burgos: “The two main achievements that we are proud of is that we were able …

    Man injured after vehicle crashed into his cycle
    A man was knocked off his motorcycle on the Spanish Lookout Road Wednesday morning. Cayo correspondent Fem Cruz spoke the daughter Blackman Eddy resident Francisco Morales who was seriously injured. FEM CRUZ: Love News understand that Morales was knocked down off his motorcycle while on his way to Spanish Lookout. Laura Moralez the daughter of …

    Robbers target grocery store in Corozal
    In another robbery, this time on December 5th, two men robbed a store in the Santa Rita area in Corozal Town. Inspector Ferrufino says the men made off with a couple thousand dollars. Insp. Wilfredo Ferrufino: “Two male individuals entered the store, this would be Fries Store in Santa Rita Village Corozal, they were armed …

    Collecting agent stopped and robbed but escaped unharmed
    A collecting agent, an employee of Beeline Company was robbed of over twelve thousand dollars on Monday. That is what he has reported to police, who have launched an investigation into the incident. Inspector Wilfredo Ferrufino provided details of what happened. Insp. Wilfredo Ferrufino: “Edison Cayes a 27 year old collecting agent for Beeline reported …

    Monsignor RC School Valley of Peace facing Closure
    Layoffs and closures hurt at any time of year but it is most painful at Christmas time which is an occasion that families need extra not less financial opportunities. The Monsignor RC School Valley of Peace has an enrollment of 30 students. 20 students attend the morning session and 10 in the afternoon. Judith Melgar, …

    Police Officer busted with drugs inside his house
    Police officer Arcenio Yah faces criminal and disciplinary charges after his fellow officers found suspected cocaine in his house Tuesday. Shortly after midday police, on the strength of a warrant, searched the home of Yah and found the suspected drug. Inspector Wilfredo Ferrufino provided details of the search...

    Finger Printing System at the Philip Goldson International Airport affects tourism sector
    On Saturday, December 1st the Immigration Department began implementation of a new fingerprinting system for passengers arriving at the Philip Goldson International Airport. The process triggered a huge delay especially since there were over fifteen flights arriving to Belize on that day...

    Domestic violence persistent in Lucas/Mejia relationship says Police
    Thirty-two-year-old Bartholomew Lucas is recovering from gunshot wounds to his groin area after reportedly being shot by his common-law-wife thirty-three-year-old Tanice Mejia on Wednesday morning. She is now in police custody and police continue to investigate the incident...

    US delivers Half a Million in equipment to CCCCC
    On the third of December, the United States Government handed over approximately US $500,000 in equipment, including a state-of-art server; computer workstations; relevant software, and other equipment, to the Belize-based Caribbean Community Climate Change Center (5Cs)...

    Man attacks wife with machete because of size 11 slippers
    Forty-eight-year-old Elwin Pollard, a resident of 3609 North Creek Road Extension, pleaded guilty to a charge of wounding when he appeared today before Magistrate Emerson Banner. Pollard was fined $150. He was given until January 31, 2019, to pay. If he defaults on payment he will serve 6 weeks...

    Breaking Belize NewsPJ

    Two women shot in Santa Elena town
    Two women from Santa Elena town were shot tonight. Minutes after 7:00 p.m., San Ignacio police […]

    Belize hosts meeting with Ministers of Health of Central America and Dominican Republic
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    Advisory Opinion and Judgements at the ICJ
    The International Court of Justice (ICJ) has two main functions: 1.) to settle legal disputes submitted […]

    BTIA hosts Annual General Meeting
    Today, the Belize Tourism Industry Association (BTIA) hosted its 33rd annual general meeting (AGM) as well […]

    US Government improves region’s ability to generate improved climate data and information
    On December 3, the United States Government handed over approximately US $500,000 in equipment, including a state-of-art server; […]

    US Government continues to support Caribbean in managing impacts of natural disasters
    In keeping with efforts to strengthen the region’s capacity to mitigate the impact of natural disasters, the […]

    Blogs

    Pantone’s Color of the Year is MADE For Belize – 2019 is About “Living Coral”
    Belize – home of the second longest barrier reef in the world, brilliant golden sunrises over the Caribbean Sea and fiery sunsets over the lagoon – probably invented the 2019 Pantone color of the year. Good-bye 2018’s Ultra Violet – not my favorite color by a long shot – and HELLO warm breezed, tropical sunshine and one of the best colors in the world. (Here are last year’s photos of Ultra-Violet in Belize) It’s impossible NOT to ask the question though (and it was the first thing that Jeff asked when I told him the new color selection): Is ithis selection to celebrate the last year of “Living Coral”? Certainly not, pessimist! Can’t we just bask in the glow of Living Coral in Belize? Let’s do it. Summer mamey fruit

    iTravel Belize, but Sometimes iTravel Chicago
    I GREW UP WITH WGN-TV, WATCHING CHICAGO NEWS, CHEERING ON THE CHICAGO CUBS AND ENJOYING MOVIES FILMED IN THE WINDY CITY. MY DAD HAS GREAT STORIES OF HIS VISIT AND I HAVE MANY BELIZEAN FRIENDS LIVING THERE NOW. WHY HADN’T I VISITED ANY EARLIER? I DON’T KNOW, JUST BEEN BUSY TRAVELING BELIZE I GUESS. Hello Chicago! I have always wanted to visit you but thanks to United Airlines, I finally made it. The airline has been connecting Belize to the Windy City via connections in Houston and since 2014 offering seasonal direct flights, but only on Saturdays. This year United’s DAILY service to Chicago commences December 19, 2018 and runs through to March 16, 2019.

    International Sourcesizz

    Sun Country Airlines is another major U.S. carrier to fly non-stop to Belize
    Starting on Saturday, December 22, 2018, and continuing throughout the winter season until April 20, 2019, Sun Country Airlines will fly non-stop between Minneapolis/St. Paul (airport code: MSP) to the Philip S.W. Goldson International Airport in Belize City (airport code: BZE). Flying time between Minneapolis and Belize City is just four hours and 25 minutes, giving residents of Minnesota and the Upper Midwest an easy way to escape the winter blues and enjoy a vacation in sunny, tropical Belize. The new Sun Country Airlines flight will operate solely on Saturdays, departing from Minneapolis at 7:05 a.m. and arriving in Belize City at 11:30 a.m. Flights departing Belize City will depart at 12:30 p.m. and arrive back in Minneapolis at 4:55 p.m. The new Belize City flight is part of Sun Country’s expansion into providing new routes to top vacation destinations in the Caribbean.

    The 19 Best Places to Go in 2019
    Belize featured in Conde Nast Traveler's 'Best Places to Travel in 2019' list! Just down the Caribbean coast from the Yucatan with a fraction of the tourism, this Central American country on the world’s second largest living coral reef has been buzzing with new openings that are transforming this one-time backpacker haven into a luxury destination. Much of the activity has been focused in the southern town of Placencia, a laid-back fishing village with a new air strip and the world’s narrowest main street. In the last year Itz’ana Resort and Residences, a Hemingway-inspired retreat with 50+ cottages and suites finished in boho-chic decor and vintage finds by fashion-pack favorite Samuel Amoia, and the offshore Gladden Private Island, a rustic-luxe, 3,000-foot, two-bedroom villa, have joined Francis Ford Coppola’s pioneering Turtle Inn.

    Belize delegation visits Australia’s Great Barrier Reef in effort to bolster expertise in World Heritage Conservation
    A high-level delegation from Belize visited Australia’s Great Barrier Reef from November 26 to 30, 2018, to exchange best practices on leveraging their reef’s iconic World Heritage status, to protect their fragile ecosystems from climate impacts and secure sustainable livelihoods, jobs and income for local communities. The visit follows a series of landmark conservation actions that led to the removal of the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System from the List of World Heritage in Danger earlier this year. As the world’s most extensive coral reef ecosystem, the Great Barrier Reef is a globally outstanding and significant entity. It was inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1981 and covers an area larger than Italy. The Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System is one of the most pristine reef ecosystems in the Western Hemisphere and was referred to as “the most remarkable reef in the West Indies” by Charles Darwin. It was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1996.

    The Best Caribbean Beaches For 2019: The Ultimate List
    One of my favorite destinations in the world is the Caribbean with its warm waters, sandy shores, and great cocktails. With so much destruction during Hurricane's Irma and Maria over a year ago, I am thrilled to report most of the best beaches and waterfront hotels are back in action with quite a few of them better than before. The perfect retreat for millions of tourists worldwide, the Caribbean not only offers up an amazing escape from cold winter climates but also creates memories to last for a lifetime. Some of my finest memories include floating in the bathtub-warm waters of Aruba, sailing in the British Virgin Islands, deep sea fishing in Nicaragua and countless others. I have become a bit of a beach aficionado having personally visited most of these beaches and am excited to present my favorites for 2019. Hopkins Bay Beach: Enjoy the feeling of seclusion on your own patch of perfect beach, while being close to all the happenings of the local village. Take a kayak out to see the sunset over Victoria's Peak, one of the highest mountains in Belize.

    Richard Branson dived 124 meters into the world's second-biggest sinkhole and made an unprecedented discovery
    Located about 70 kilometers off the coast of Belize City, the Great Blue Hole is the world's deepest underwater sinkhole, after the Dragon Hole in China. As well as being a sizeable sinkhole, the structure is situated right in the center of the world's second-largest coral reef, the Belize Barrier Reef, and is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Made famous by a 1971 documentary with marine researcher Jacques Cousteau, the Great Blue Hole has been a popular spot for recreational divers ever since, but not much was known about the origins of the mysterious place. However, entrepreneur and philanthropist Richard Branson joined a team of scientists and divers to change that.

    Q&A with Fabien Cousteau - star of Into the Blue Hole on DSTV Discovery Channel
    Fabien Cousteau, the grandson of Jacques-Yves Cousteau, is known for his study of sharks and from 2000-2002, he was an Explorer-at-Large for National Geographic and collaborated on a TV special aimed at changing public conceptions about sharks called, Attack of the Mystery Shark. Then in 2003-2006, he produced the documentary, Mind of a Demon, that aired on CBS. With the help of a large crew, Fabien created a 14-foot, 1,200-pound, lifelike shark submarine called “Troy” that enabled him to immerse 6 himself inside the shark world, providing viewers with a rare view of the mysterious and often misunderstood creatures.

    IN MEXICO FOUND AN AMAZING CEREMONIAL CENTER OF THE ANCIENT MAYA
    The ceremonial center of the ancient Maya discovered by scientists in the state of Yucatan in Southeast Mexico. About the new opening of the National Institute of anthropology and history said Wednesday the Agency Quadratin, reports UNN. The age of the center, found in a cave in the municipality of Valladolid, presumably, is not less than 2,3 thousand years. On its territory there were three buildings, constructed well before the Spanish colonization, as well as several burials. Scientists believe that they may rest members of the nobility of the Maya.

    Better education on CCJ role needed: Chief justice
    In the wake of the referendum defeats in Grenada and Antigua and Barbuda in adopting the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) as the region’s final court of appeal, the court’s chief justice has admitted that more still needs to be done to educate the public about the role of the court. “I’m not worried about the referendum results in Antigua and Grenada; but what it tells us, we need more educational work,” said Justice Adrian Saunders in delivering the Maxwell Haywood Memorial Lecture Friday night at Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn. “So, if we don’t do that (educational work), who’s going to do it?” Justice Saunders asked. “So, if we’re going to advance, we need to know how we’re going to make our country more independent.”

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  • Sailing & Exploring Placencia Belize, 21min. In this episode we show the real cruising lifestyle while sailing and exploring Placencia, Belize. We wander the sleepy streets of Placencia, grab some coffee and breakfast, and check out the grocery store and veggie stands so that Desiree has a game plan for re-provisioning. Jordan finds a leak in the raw water pump on our 25 HP Beta Marine, and attempts to fix it.

  • Wildlife Ambassador Program Belize, 7.5min. Thanks to support from WWF and PACT BWRC launched the Wildlife Ambassador Program in late 2018 with the aim to get more community members and law enforcement officers involved in wildlife rescue, and humane human-wildlife conflict resolution. WAP’s Mission is to improve wildlife conflict response and reduce poaching, trafficking and trade by providing law enforcement and community with relevant tools and information. The Vision is a country where people treat wildlife with respect and dignity, with minimal human-wildlife conflict.

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  • International Anti-Corruption Day - United National Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC), 32min. International Anti-Corruption Day is celebrated on December 9th. Belize is a signatory to the United National Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC) and has been in the process of implementing strategies and policies to reduce opportunities for corruption. We spoke with the President of the Public Service Union, Doreth Obermayer Cayetano, about how the public service can be engage in anti-corruption efforts.

  • Caribbean Community Climate Change Center (CCCCC), 32min. Dr. Ulric Trotz is the Deputy Director and Science Advisor of The Caribbean Community Climate Change Center (CCCCC). He was our guest to discuss the LiDAR system and how its technology contributes to the scientific study of our region and to understanding of climate change issues.

  • The Belize Bank Limited is partnering with MasterCard to introduce new card products, 32min. The Belize Bank Limited is partnering with MasterCard to introduce new card products that use the contact less technology. Representatives of the Bank and MasterCard were our guests to explain how this will increase the efficiency of banking and enhance the buying experience of customers. On our couch: Martin Marshalleck - The Belize Bank. Eliza Reyes - The Belize Bank. Juan Zavala - MasterCard Representative.

  • Lecture Series On The ICJ & Referendum, min. At Independence Village, Mango Creek.

  • A Review of the Hamanasi Adventure Dive Resort in Belize, 9min. In this review of the Hamanasi Resort you will take a tour of the amenities the resort has to offer including fine dining, the pool and beach, a beach villa and the main building. Adventures offered at Hamanasi include scuba diving, snorkeling. paddle boarding. kayaking, and hiking. Tours include canoeing through the Rain Forest, exploring the Mayan Ruins, Hiking in the Jungle or just relax on your private veranda. This resort in Belize is the perfect escape for the active couple or the couple looking for quiet relaxation!

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  • BELIZE IN 1975, 10min. The early days of tranquility. Enjoy... If you are younger than 43 you were not alive when this video was taken. You could say it was before your time. A little earlier the name British Honduras had just changed to Belize. Belmopan was completed and Tropical Storm Greta hit Belize with about four feet of water in the City.
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    12/07/18 12:39 PM
    The following is the Anglo - Guatemala Treaty, as was agreed upon by Her Britannic Majesty's Government, and the government of the Republic of Guatemala in 1859.

    In 1964, Two High ranking Members of the British Parliament visited Belize and met with the Belize Cabinet.

    Among the topics discussed was the Anglo Guatemala Treaty.

    IT WAS MADE CLEAR TO US, that, according to this Treaty all points were fulfilled.

    Then Hon George Price asked, " What about ARTICLE 7, which Guatemala bases her Claim on because the CART ROAD was not built.

    The Senior Member then said, Let us read the entire Article 7.

    When we reached to that sentence that reads .

    " TO TAKE ADEQUATE MEANS, FOR ESTABLISHING THE EASIEST COMMUNICATION, - - - - ( Either by a Cart Road or EMPLOYING the RIVERS or both. )

    HE THEN STATED, we gave Guatemala access to use all our rivers, in particular, the BELIZE OLD RIVER, to develop the Department of El Peten.

    The archives of Belize has all Documents, where 100's of Thousands of Mahogany logs from El Peten, were floated down the Belize Old River for the EXPORT Market in Belize City, and Millions of pounds of Chicle Gum from El Peten, were transported by some 26 River boats with barges, down the Belize Old River.

    ON THE RETURN TRIP, up the river, all of the Peten Imports were transported by these boats to San Ignacio, and then transported by MULE PACKS and carried to Flores Peten, The Capital.

    Among those merchants in Peten were. The Tajers, the Morfins, the Baldizons, the Cambranes, the Ramirez the Diaz and many others who dealt with the Big Commercial Houses in Belize City.

    (My grand parents were engaged in this business and many others.)

    SO, WHAT IS THIS FABRICATED CLAIM ABOUT ? - - WHO STARTED THIS NONSENSE ? and when ?

    THEREFORE THE GUATEMALAN CLAIM, ALWAYS REMAINED AN UNFOUNDED CLAIM, until the UDP Government gave it a LEGAL STATUS in 2008.

    (I hope all understand this BIG OLD LIE, against Belize )

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    12/07/18 12:27 PM
    The Belize Fisheries Department hereby informs the public that it will commence the renewal of fisher folk licenses on January 3rd 2019. A grace period for renewals will be in place until January 31st, 2019.

    Fishers are advised to bring along all pertinent documents upon renewal to facilitate the process.

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    12/07/18 12:13 PM

    Department of Immigration Suspends Fingerprint Scans

    Over 20 flights are scheduled to land at the PGIA this Saturday - and the Director of the Immigration Department, Diana Locke, says that if there are long lines again, don't blame her staff.  That's because the Department has suspended the fingerprint scans, at Cabinet's behest.  

    That directive came down on Tuesday ordering the Department to stop fingerprint scans for visitors at all border stations - including the Benque Viejo and Santa Elena borders.  From the Immigration Department's perspective, cancelling the scans is opening up to a security breach - but for the decision makers in Belmopan - it's about avoiding another embarrassment like the one that played out at PGIA last Saturday when lines zig-zagged all along the airside of the airport and visitors had to queue up for two hours or more.

    It was a costly inconvenience for the tour guides and the hoteliers who were trying to get guests to their destinations. We asked the Executive Director of the Belize Tourism Industry Association about it today at their AGM. He told us that their office received a flood of complaints:

    John Burgos - Executive Director, BTIA
    "We were made aware of the issue on Saturday because we began to receive calls and complaints directly from some of the tour operators and some of the hoteliers, especially the ones out-district and in private resorts, that have specific schedules that they have to follow in order to get the guests in before it gets dark. If you're catching a Tropic Air flight or a Maya Flight to some of the destinations, they're not suitable for night flights. So, that means that if you get stuck there when the sun goes down, you have to spend a night in Belize City, which is unfortunate to many because they're hoping to wake up at the destination where they're going to be spending their vacation. And also, for boat transfer for some of the private island resorts, they have to leave a certain time because of the conditions of the sea that presents late in the evening. So, it's a safety and security issue as well. We have been in discussion with various players to see what is the key root of the problem. As of yesterday, I received word from the Ministry of Tourism that the Immigration Department is going to have their full staff this weekend to ensure that the transition and the processing is going to be done in a timely manner. We do know that the airport has certain limitations to deal with the volume of people coming in. On Saturday, we had 22 flights. Each flight brings about 100 people, so you're talking about over 2,000 people who were coming at the same time."

    "The high seasons is just beginning to kick into gear, which means that the large volumes of visitors is just going to begin to increase. So, if we have 22 flights, you're going to have more heads on each of those flights. So, it is a major concern because of the inconvenience. And, it's an additional cost also because if you have to make arrangements, if somebody misses their connecting flight internally, or their boat transfer, and they have to spend a night here in Belize City, that's an additional cost for the hotelier or the tour operator. We are looking forward to Government understanding the seriousness of the matter, and they're able to make the necessary adjustments."

    As we told you, Cabinet has directed that the Immigration Department hold off on the fingerprint scans for the time being. 

    Immigration says that the real problem is limited infrastructure at the airport which cannot accommodate the volume of visitors.  They say they have 10 officers in all available booths - and that a fingerprint scan only takes 90 seconds.  Additionally they point to the fact that all 20+ flights in the tourism high season are scheduled to land between 10 AM and 3:00 PM - which is too close to expect the line to move quickly.  

    We'll see what happens on Saturday - and later on in the month when the number of Saturday flights increase to 27.  

    Channel 7

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    12/07/18 12:12 PM

    Belize Bank Asks Government To Settle Universal Debt With Treasury Bills

    The Belize Bank is asking the Supreme Court to issue an enforcement order against the government, compelling it to pay the almost 100 million dollar award for the Universal Health Services debt.  This is after the Parliament voted against paying the debt from the Consolidated Revenue Fund in August.

    That sent the Bank back to the Court, where a cluster of local and British attorneys spent the last two days before Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin arguing that Government must pay - and if not not from the Consolidated Revenue Fund - then, alternatively, with Treasury Notes - which does not require parliamentary approval.  

    Responding for the government side was high profile British Queen's Counsel, Ben Juratowitch - who has previously appeared at the ICJ for Belize.  

    After two days of arguments - the Bank's lead attorney Eamon Courtenay said he hopes the government can be forced to honour the debt.  

    Eamon Courtenay - Attorney for Belize Bank
    "The government has refuse to pay and as you know yesterday the Chief Justice said he wanted to know what is the answer from the government to the proposal for settlement. The government came with what I would describe as a disingenuous explanation today and I told the court that the government was not respectful of the court, it was not frank with the court, it was not honest with the court in its answers and I hope that Chief Justice treats their answer with the contempt that it deserves. The point is this, this is a case where the bank used money of depositors, this money of Belizean people deposited at the Belize Bank. Whatever politics the government wants to play with this, it is the depositors money that has been lent and therefore where the court says pay back this money, the government must pay back. The litigation is at an end, be honorable, be respectful and perform your duty. I hope that between now and the 11th of January when the decision is given that the government will take a â€" what I would describe as a refined and enlightened view and do the right and proper thing and not force the Chief Justice to have to decide whether he's going to make an order against the Minister of Finance, it is unnecessary. My client has said they are prepared to sit down and accept payment in installments, to accept payments in treasury notes, to accept it over time so it can be worked out."

    Jules Vasquez
    "You said the litigation is at an end but at a certain point you can't get blood out of stone. If the government continues to be what you all would call intransigent. What then happens? You cannot seize the reef for the sovereign assets of the country and you cannot imprison the Prime Minister, practically."

    Eamon Courtenay
    "Why can't you imprison the Prime Minister? Is he above the law?"

    Jules Vasquez
    "Absolutely not but I'm saying in practical terms, who would arrest the Prime Minister?"

    Eamon Courtenay
    "Chester Williams, he's afraid of the Prime Minister?"

    Jules Vasquez
    "I'm sure he's afraid of no man."

    Eamon Courtenay
    "Oh well so then there we have it. The point of the matter is we are being funny about a very serious matter right. Let me ask this question, what deal was cut by NEWCO with the government why they paid NEWCO? Who benefitted and why was that paid? What deal was cut with GDG Acquisitions and why was that paid? It seems that the government's position is that unless you come and cut a deal with them, you can take your judgement and tear it up. Whatever personal feelings may be between Mr. Barrow and Mr. Ashcroft, whatever personal feelings between any entities between them, the court has spoken and we must honor and respect the court. If not, the heavens will fall."

    Government's attorney Ben Juratowitch did not avail himself for comment and left through the back.  He presented for the government in the Chagos case at the ICJ in September of this year.  

    Judgement in this case will be delivered on January 10, 2019.

    Notably, the Government says it is only just receiving notice of the proposal to settle the debt with Treasury Notes, while the Bank says it formally offered this months ago.

    Channel 7


    Belize Bank’s Attorney Warns ‘Heavens Will Fall’ If G.O.B. Does Not Honour Debt

    Belize Bank’s Attorney, Senior Counsel Eamon Courtenay today warned the Government that the ‘heavens will fall’ if it does not honour the multimillion-dollar UHS debt which goes back to 2004.  Day-two of the case on the UHS debt concluded this evening in the courtroom of Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin. The Belize Bank Limited has been fighting ‘tooth and nail’ to collect the tens of millions of dollars owed by the Government of Belize. The Belize Bank Limited has offered the government a settlement deed, and as we reported on Wednesday, Financial Secretary Joseph Waight was ordered by the Chief Justice to discuss the offer with the Minister of Finance, Dean Barrow. The government’s attorney, Doctor Ben Juratowitch, read a lengthy paragraph, responding to the question. Basically, the offer was rejected and Courtenay describes the answer as a total disrespect for the court and called on the government to honour its debt before an order is made for the arrest of the Prime Minister.

    Eamon Courtenay, Attorney

    “The government came with what I would describe as a disingenuous explanation today and I told the court that the government was not respectful with the court. It was not frank with the court. It was not honest with the court in its answers and I hope that the Chief Justice treats their answers with the contempt that it deserves. The point is this: this is a case where the bank used monies of depositors. This is the money of Belizean people deposited at the Belize Bank. Whatever politics the government wants to play with this, it is depositors’ money that has been lent. And therefore where the court says pay back this money the government must pay it back. The litigation is at an end. Be honourable. Be respectable and perform your duty. I hope that between now and eleventh of January when the decision is given that the government will take a what I would describe a refined and enlightened view, and do the right and proper thing and not force the Chief Justice to have to decide whether he is going to make an order against the Minister of Finance. It is unnecessary. My client has said they’re prepared to sit down to accept payment installments, to accept payment over time so it can be worked out.”

    Reporter

    But at a certain point you can’t get blood out of stone if the government continues to be what you all called intransigent, what then happens? You can’t seize the reef or the sovereign assets of the country and you cannot imprison the Prime Minister, practically.

    Eamon Courtenay

    “Why can’t you imprison the Prime Minister? Is he above the law?

    Reporter

    “Absolutely not but I am saying in practical terms, who would arrest the Prime Minister?”

    Eamon Courtenay

    “Chester Williams. Is he afraid of the Prime Minister?”

    Reporter

    “I am sure he is afraid of no man.”

    Eamon Courtenay

    “Well then there we have it. The point is that we are being funny about a very serious matter. So what I am saying that whatever personal feelings maybe between Mr. Barrow and Mr. Ashcroft, whatever personal feelings maybe between any entities between them, the court has spoken and we must honor and respect the courts. If not the heavens will fall.”

    G.O.B. Rejects Belize Bank’s Settlement Offer

    The original 2004 UHS loan agreement was for thirty-three point five million dollars, but more than a decade after, the debt is believed to have ballooned to over one hundred million dollars, more than seventy percent of it being pure interest cost.  As you heard, the government has rejected Belize Bank’s offer to settle the debt by way of treasury notes or installments. In our interview with the Attorney General on Wednesday, Michael Peyrefitte said that as it relates to the specific request for payment by way of treasury notes, he was not aware of it until recently. The bank’s attorney, Senior Counsel Eamon Courtenay says the offer was made about a year ago.

    Eamon Courtenay, Attorney

    “I was a little taken aback by the government saying that this is something that is new. We wrote them about that coming up to a year, saying that we are prepared to do that a long time ago. It is not something that is new. The government was well aware of it. What is new is that Mr. Waight gave evidence yesterday that in fact we can receive payment by way of Treasury notes in a way that would not affect government’s finances and I think government was taken aback by his candor and honesty with the court. So this matter can be settled in a way that is not prejudicial to the commitments government has made to the bondholders and others. Let me ask this question: what deal was cut by NEWCO with the Government why they paid NEWCO? Who benefitted and why was that paid? What deal was cut with GDG Acquisitions and why was that paid. It seems that government’s position is that unless you come and cut a deal with them, you can take your judgment and tear it up. It is encourage in my view corruption. If the position that you cannot get a judgment debt paid unless the government of the day decides that is going to take a bill to parliament to approve that payment it means that people will be lining up at the Ministry of Finance saying ‘let’s work out a deal’. That is rule by man and not the rule of law and we are asking the court not to encourage that type of behavior.”

    The case was adjourned to January eleventh, 2019.

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