I will be unable to do the daily news tomorrow, Monday morning December 26. I will return on Tuesday morning.
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Last night's TV news on Channel 7, Channel 5, LOVETV, PGTV, West Vision (Cayo) and CTV 3. Also with the most recent Open Your Eyes, and other specials
The San Pedro Sun
Security forces find over 60 pounds of marijuana in Northern Ambergris Caye
Six packages containing 65.3 pounds of marijuana were discovered by the Belize Coast Guard (BCG) floating within the area of Rocky Point, approximately 15 miles north of San Pedro Town. At the time of the discovery, no one was around and the packages were this labelled as ‘found property.’
The official report from the San Pedro Police stated that Master Chief Gilroy Martin Lewis from BCG reported to them that on Wednesday, December 21st at around 2PM, while on a sea patrol, they observed several brown packages floating on the water. According to Lewis, the brown packages were retrieved from the water and inspected. One of the packages appeared to be damaged and a green leafy substance could be observed inside. The patrol immediately suspected it was cannabis and upon confirmation, the drugs were transported to the San Pedro Police Station where they were secured and later transported off the island to Belize City.
The drugs are estimated to have a cost of approximately $40,000 Belize dollars.
Another Maya Monument destroyed in Orange Walk for landfill
On Wednesday, December 14th, Belize’s oldest research and education institution on Belize’s culture, the Institute of Archaeology (IA), began investigating reports of a Maya monument being destroyed in the Orange Walk district. Belize is abundant with Maya archeological remains and artifacts, and this time, the Ministry of Works are allegedly to blame for bulldozing an unexcavated monument.
Just one and a half kilometers away from the Fresh Water Creek forest reserve located on the Honey Camp road in Orange Walk, CTV3 News reporters discovered that almost half of an unnamed historic mound has been razed. Monochrome pottery shards, typical of the pre-classical period, could be seen in the immediate area, where much of it was reduced to rubble.
According to reports by CTV3 News, the material extracted is allegedly being used as landfill by the Ministry of Works to fix the Cocoa road, a feeder road for sugar cane farmers in the area.
Belize recognized for Measles and Rubella Elimination
Belize has been officially recognized for eliminating measles, rubella and Congenital Rubella Syndrome (CRS). The Ministry of Health (MOE) shared the announcement from the Regions of the Americas via a press release on Tuesday, December 13th.
The recognition is based on evidence provided by the Measles-Rubella National Commissions (MRNC) and the review of the current epidemiological situation, which noted that the country has eliminated the disease, virus, and syndrome. In September 2016, Minister of Health Pablo Marin attended the 55th Directing Council of the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO), where the declaration was first announced. Therefore, in recognition of the MOH’s excellence, they were given a second place award, and the declaration was signed by the members of the International Expert Committee of the MRNC.
Sunrise Realty hosts open house for Solaria Villa #2
A stunning beach front villa located in Northern Ambergris Caye was the main attraction during an open house event organized by Sunrise Realty. The island- based property management company hosted a group of guests as part of their campaign efforts to market Solaria Villa #2 on Thursday, December 15th. The villa is just one of the many properties Sunrise manages.
The beachfront property is located four miles north of San Pedro Town nestled between Rendezvous Restaurant and Las Terrazas Resort, and located conveniently nearby the world class PADI dive centre, White Sands Dive Shop. The villa has just under 5,000 square feet of living space, featuring four large bedrooms, all with customized ensuite facilities, plus a powder room on the ground level. On the second level, and adjacent to the master bedroom is an office as well as an owner’s lockable closet, and utility room with a full sized washer and dryer. The building even features a garage that can accommodate a golf cart, kayaks and bicycles!
Stakeholders review assessment of the Environmental Clearance Process
A one-day consultation held on Wednesday, December 14th in Belize City brought together stakeholders from the public sector and environmental community to a validation workshop on the Assessment of the Environment Clearance process report. At the reunion, hosted at the Radisson Fort George Hotel and Marina, participants identified relevant feedback, which will be included in the final assessment report and legislation that will be presented next year.
The initiative has been in the pipeline since 2015, when the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment, Sustainable Development and Climate Change embarked on the project. Earlier this year, the Spanish firm Limia and Martin was hired to carry out an in-depth analysis of the Environmental Clearance Process, also known as an EIA, carried out by the Department of the Environment. This firm was tasked with identifying weaknesses and gaps in the process’ procedures that had last been amended in 2006.
According to Emmanuel Martin, General Manager at Lima and Martin, the goal of the project is to support the Government of Belize in achieving inclusive and sustainable natural resource-based growth and to enhance climate change resilience. During the presentation last week, Martin revealed that some of the major findings of the project so far was a lack of efficiency and efficacy of the program in the views of many participants.
Misc Belizean Sources
Children from The Inspiration Center at the Zoo!
Holiday cheer was in the air when we hosted a special day out for the charming children from The Inspiration Center. This wonderful institution is dedicated to enriching the lives of children with disabilities in Belize through inclusive cultural and recreational activities. The Zoo, being accessible to persons with physical disabilities, was a perfect venue for such positive engagement. Teaming up with conservation colleague, Colette Kase, and the folks at the Inspiration Center, the children and their families were given a day to remember!
Zoo staff kicked off the day with a “VIP” tour for 50 guests, including the children and their families. The weather was just right for the Zoo’s “wild residents” to be up and active. Tapirs, toucans, macaws and monkeys all came over to greet our special guests. Junior Buddy the jaguar eagerly showed off his climbing skills, while Panama the harpy eagle flew right down near his admirers, and happily chirped away, as if he had a lot to say!
Murder rate at 136 for 2016
Commissioner of Police, Allen Whylie says that the Beluze Police Department remains committed to curbing the high murder rate, in light of the countrywide murder count for 2016, which stands at 136 up to today. This number is just ten fewer than the record of 145, perpetrated in 2012.
Whylie explained that the majority of the murders are difficult to stop because of the circumstances involving them.
“Many of the murders, especially of recent, have not only been heinous but senseless. We’ve had murders between friends drinking. We’ve had murders between friends speaking about religion. We’ve had persons people entering houses and senselessly shooting persons, and those kinds of murders are difficult to prevent,” Whylie explained.
The Commissioner added that the police have increased the number of patrols for the Christmas, and to try to keep the numbers low in the coming year.
“We will continue to strategize. Next year, we will be introducing some additional strategies which will be shared with the public and I am certain that those should make a difference once again,” Whylie shared.
Breaking Belize News
Fatal accident on George Price Highway
There was a fatal accident on the George Price Highway a short while ago. The accident occurred just outside of Belize City near the Bravo Motors headquarters. The body of the victim lies motionless on the roadside. BBN could not confirm the exact nature […]
Latest shooting victim identified
Belize City criminals have not taken a Christmas vacation from crime. Police have confirmed that the latest victim of gun violence has been identified as David Andrews. Last night we had reported that he was shot while on Raccoon Street where his mother was […]
Simone Biles is having the most incredible tropical holiday vacation
While many of us are freezing our butts off here in the Northern Hemisphere, Simone Biles is having the tropical vacation of our DREAMS. She doesn’t say in her to-die-for Instagrams where she’s hiding out for the holidays, but we did a little internet digging, and it looks like Biles is spending this week in Belize.
Biles says she plans on getting married one day in the gorgeous Central American country. We totally get it. Belize seems about as dreamy as second homes get. Especially during the holiday season when it’s pretty flipping chilly in the United States and basically paradise in her “second home”
Oh, also, on Thursday Belize City had a motorcade in which Biles was the highlight, because when Simone comes to visit, you better roll out the red carpet in her honor.
During her trip, Biles posted a pic of the ocean that made us gasp and wish that summer would hurry its butt along, we miss beach days!
Belize police worried about escalating murders
The Belize police have blamed gang violence for the increase in murders here this year.
So far 135 people have been killed surpassing the 2015 figure and just shy of the 2012 record of 145 murders.
Police commissioner Allen Whylie told reporters that while law enforcement authorities will enter 2017 determined to reduce the number of murders in the country, many of the murders “have not only been heinous but senseless.
“To my recollection we are at, I believe, 135 murders, which is not where we would have wanted to be, and not where we had expected we would be at the end of December; we still have another week to go and that figure could change.
Mealy Parrots over the Sinkhole - Journey to Nohoch Ch'en, 1.5min. During our 14 day expedition to the vast Nohoch Ch'en Sinkhole, our team discovered the sinkhole was frequented by Mealy Parrots, the largest of the Amazonian Parrot family. The parrots obviously loved the echoing effect of the sinkhole, and I was lucky enough to witness a pair fly make several laps to ascend out of the sinkhole, their iconic "whats up!?" call echoing off the sinkhole walls.
Belize, 4min. Part 2 Cruise
Belize Vacation, 1.5min.