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The San Pedro Sun

Florentino Velasquez found guilty of Aggravated Burglary and Grievous Wounding
Velasquez, who was no stranger to San Pedro Police at the time, had broken into the couple’s apartment in the Tres Cocos Area and wounded three persons. The incident occurred on September 12, 2014 shortly after midnight when Velasquez forcefully entered the apartment through the front door, attacking Kelly and later Neal with a kitchen knife. Kelly received two cut wounds to the stomach, three cuts over the left eye and four cuts on top of the head, while Neal received injuries to the left eye and mouth. A neighbor of the couple who tried to aid them, Thomas Fiorille, was also injured in the incident by Velasquez. Fiorille sustained cut wounds to the chest and wrist. Even though Velasquez was able to escape after the incident, police managed to apprehend him three days later on September 15, 2015 when he was officially charged for his crimes. Velasquez was remanded to the Belize Central Prison but later came out on bail and committed yet another crime, this time robbery. Police once again arrested and charged Velasquez for the crime of robbing 24-year-old Allison Holmes, an American Forest Ranger on June 20, 2015.

Wolfe’s Woofer: Birthday Gift
“What’s for dinner?” “I don’t know,” Sherry said. “What are you cooking?” “Me?” I asked. “You know I don’t cook.” “Well, I’m not cooking either until you get that sink drain fixed. I’m tired of keeping a bucket under the sink to catch the drip.” “You know as well as I do that if I tell you I’m going to fix something it will get fixed,” I said. “There’s no need to remind me about it every six months. Seriously, what’s for dinner?” Half an hour later I was eating tacos at my favorite taco stand. My friend Mario took a seat at the picnic table and said, “Hello, Mr. Dennis. How are you doing?” “I’m doing all right,” I said. “You don’t look so good though. You have scratches all over your face and it looks like you’re missing some chunks of hair.”

Government of Belize Bans Offshore Exploration in and around all Seven World Heritage Sites
Cabinet at its meeting today, Tuesday, December 1, 2015, approved a policy that will legally apply a ban on offshore exploration in areas along the Belize Barrier Reef System, and within the seven (7) World Heritage Sites in Belize. Cabinet has agreed to specifically ban offshore exploration in all 7 World Heritage Sites: Bacalar Chico Marine Reserve and National Park Caye Caulker Marine Reserve and National Park Lighthouse Reef Natural Monument South Water Caye Marine Reserve Laughing Bird Caye National Park Glovers Reef Marine Reserve Sapodilla Caye Marine Reserve This effectively results in a total of 448 square miles being banned. In addition, Cabinet agreed to a ban offshore exploration within one kilometer on either side of the Belizean Barrier Reef System, resulting in an additional 868 square miles falling under the offshore exploration ban. The total area covered by the ban is 842,714 acres or 1,316 square miles.

Doctor Love: Childless and Almost
Dear Doctor Love, I have been married for three and a half years. Instead of starting a family right away my husband and I decided to wait until our lives were more settled. We are just now getting at that place where we are talking about doing away with the birth control and see what happens. In the meantime we always have to deal with people asking if I’m pregnant yet and when are we going to have children. One of the first things they usually ask is whether or not we’re trying. I usually put them off with some line about having dogs and a cat is enough for right now. Only once have I got sarcastic and said we decided to quit having sex and we are going to have a surrogate mother for a child. It caused some problems with my sister-in-law but it was worth it. What I really want to say is that it’s none of their business. Is there a polite way to do this? /s/ Childless

Ambergris Today

Central Park Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
Santa Claus and Miss San Pedro Iris Salguero and Hon. Manuel Heredia, Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation joined in on the celebrations as Mayor Danny gave the word for the tree to be lit. Hundreds of pictures were taken with Santa and dance numbers were presented by students of Isla Bonita Elementary School. Central Park was filled with color, music and joy as the San Pedro Town Council distributed cupcakes and soft drinks to all the children present. The Christmas Tree is a gift to San Pedro Town by Lady Dixie Bowen and Family and is assembled by her team of employees.

Price of Suger Set to go up After New Year in Belize
A press release from the Belize Bureau of Standards has indicated that effective January 1, 2016, Plantation White Sugar will retail at a maximum price of 75 cents per pound countrywide, an increase of 25 cents per pound. This announcement comes from the Ministry of Economic Development, Petroleum, Investment, Trade and Commerce, in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture, A Statutory Instrument has been signed by the Minister responsible for Supplies Control dated December 4, 2015 to give effect to this increase. While the GOB has maintained the controlled prices for sugar for more than a decade, this increase of 25 cents per pound is to allow the industry to earn a fair price in comparison to other producers in the region. The Ministry reiterates that this price change becomes effective on January 1, 2016 and merchants are hereby warned to desist from adjusting retail prices before the above mentioned date. Furthermore, Sections 15 and 16 of the Supplies Control Regulations requires every retailer of any priced controlled goods to display for public viewing a list of approved maximum retail prices as well as clearly mark the retail price on the packaging of such price controlled goods offered for sale.

Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

Christmas Carol Concert and Sing-a-long
Come and join the Allegro Choir as we bring in the Christmas Season with some traditional and contemporary Christmas songs. Bring the kids and your best Christmas Singing Voice! Monday, December 14at 7:00pm, George Brown Field, Libertad Ave. Belmopan. We are looking for people to set up food and drinks stalls at this concert! It's an excellent opportunity to raise some money, we are thinking the usual simple fast food - hot dogs, garnaches, burgers. Please ask around and have people get in touch with us if they want to come and sell food!

Poets Corner: Unsophisticated
By Abdulmajeed K. Nunez. Despite being intelligent and educated Belizeans are still not sophisticated Belize does not really want to solve its problem The hostel issue is no longer about the children Adults with inflated egos trying to defend A corrupted system Designed to institutionalize our children Designed to criminalize them It’s about people with degrees but no temperature Trying to defend the system of our enslaves Trying to beef up their raptures People making money off children and youth pomp and circumstance It’s not about the youth it’s about creating dependence The laws needs to revamped, they have lost their relevance Is it any wonder three girls died due to incompetence Hostel is redundant Wagner’s is repugnant Skills Training Center replication After all these projects, youths are still not entrepreneurs Their records aren’t cleared Do they even have the skills to work anywhere? All rehashed, no innovation All preparation for the slave plantation

Buffalo Wing Monday
Buffalo Monday... $1 wings at the Lazy Lizard, all day, every Monday. Chef Rey says come and get messy at the Split!!!Location : Lazy Lizard at the SplitStart Date: December 7, 2015End Date: December 7, 2015Time: 10:00 am to 10:00 pm

Snippets of the Christmas Tree lighting ceremony held at the Central Park in Corozal last night

Christmas Lighting in Corozal 2015
On December 5, 2015 its 8th annual Christmas Light show was held in Corozal town. The show started with a prayer and host and co-cost thanking the audience for their presents. 16 performances from around town schools show their talented show. Dance, skits, music karaoke, skits of true meaning of Christmas, Mayor awarded two people Joe and Ms. Beningna Welsh 2015-16 citizen of the year. This year's performance where made impossible by Calcota Orcestra, Guadelupe School, CCC an CJC school, Corozal Methodist School, Mr. and Ms Santa Claus, Poems, St Francis Xavier School, Mary Hill School, Shining Star Dancing Group, Guadalupe School, Singers Phillip Aldana, Morlena Puck and Mcbrian Puck. Fireworks was donated by the town council. It was shown live at 102.1 Romantica.

The Reporter

Single energy drink can prove harmful, new study suggests
A new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), says that a single energy drink can prove harmful to healthy teens. Researchers gave test subjects a fake energy drink and a real one and monitored the changes they experienced after. The fake energy drink contained the same amount of sugar and almost the same amount of calories, but lacked the natural stimulants a real energy drink contains, such as: caffeine, the amino acid taurine, and extracts of guarana seed, ginseng root, and milk thistle. The study showed that young adults had a 74 percent increase in blood levels of the “fight-or-flight” hormone norepinephrine; more than double an average 30 percent increase in norepinephrine that the same participants experienced when they consumed the energy drink.

Vigil held for teens that perished in hostel fire
Relatives and friends of the late Ana Carlos, Elizabeth McKoy, and Shadisha Arnold, who all perished in last weekend’s fire at the Princess Royal Youth Hosyel, held a vigil at the Fort George Memorial Park to honour their lives on Saturday night. The event, organized by Tiffara Castillo-Molina, was one of several held across Belize. Molina explained that she, along with the Nancy Marin Youth Foundation decided to hold a vigil in a show of solidarity to the mourning families and also in an effort to inspire a change in Belizean response to incidents of the sort. “I didn’t just want to sit behind my computer and write a long message on Face Book,” Molina said. “We want their names to live on, the family, the traumatized youths at the hostel and the community at large do not want to see this happen again.” Vigils were also organized in Corozal, San Pedro, San Ignacio and Orange Walk.

BCCI Christmas Expo hits downtown
This weekend the Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry held its fourth annual Christmas Expo at the Romacs Plaza in downtown Belize City. The two-day event, a spin-off from the BCCI’s annual expo held in September, featured local businesses engaging consumers with a variety of products and special holiday prices. Entrepreneurs and businesses exhibited products such as jewellery, clothes, handicrafts, jams, liqueur, and juices. Jamilee Rocke, marketing and public relations manager for the BCCI, explained that the event gives small businesses, that otherwise wouldn’t have large marketing budgets, to promote their products on a larger scale than they normally would. “We have about 30 businesses here, 75 percent of them are small businesses,” Rocke said. “We have less exhibitors but this year we have a bigger crowd.”

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Placencia named as one of Travel and Leisure’s top 2016 destination
According to Travel and Leisure, Belize is great for backpackers—much like Costa Rica in the 1980s—but certain areas have also become bona fide retreats for the well-heeled. Francis Ford Coppola’s Turtle Inn, according to the popular travel publication, has been drawing glamorous types to its cottages in the beach town of Placencia. The secret is on the verge of getting out, it added, especially with the late 2016 opening of Itz’ana, an ambitious farm-restaurant-retreat hybrid with 39 upscale villas—all within mere feet of the world’s second-largest coral reef system.

End of the World Marathon held in Placencia
The 4th annual End of the World Marathon was held this morning in Placencia village, Stann Creek, with over 160 participants lining up as early as 5:30 a.m. for the charity event. The marathon, which began as a celebration of the Maya Calendar’s end in December 2012, has become one of the most sought after running events in Belize. The race was divided into two categories: a full marathon and half marathon. The marathon began at the football field at the end of the peninsula. The full marathon (26.2 miles) saw runners passing through Placencia village, Seine Bight Village and Maya Beach. The race then looped back a few miles south of Riversale and ended back in Placencia. The half marathon (13.1 miles) began at the marathon turnaround and also finished in Placencia.

International Sourcesizz

Best Places to Travel in 2016
To compile our annual list of the best places to travel in the upcoming year, T+L editors thoroughly and meticulously consider a variety of factors. Which under-the-radar gems are most exciting to our network of contributing writers and global correspondents? Which destinations are our A-List travel specialists fielding requests for? Which classic vacation spots are starting to emerge—but for entirely new and compelling reasons? Which global events and changes in travel restrictions have made certain destinations easier to get to? Belize is still great for backpackers—much like Costa Rica in the 1980s—but certain areas have also become bona fide retreats for the well-heeled. For years now, Francis Ford Coppola’s Turtle Inn has been drawing glamorous types to its cottages in the beach town of Placencia, on a little-known peninsula on the country’s east coast. But the secret is on the verge of getting out, especially with the late 2016 opening of Itz’ana, an ambitious farm-restaurant-retreat hybrid with 39 upscale villas—all within mere feet of the world’s second-largest coral reef system. The project, which is just down the road from Turtle Inn, is not just ambitious for its five-star creature comforts (rooms will have terraces with daybeds, waterfront views, and soaring ceilings). It’s also a stage for chef Mara Jernigan, of the immensely popular Limilita pop-up restaurant in Placencia, who will be using indigenous ingredients to spotlight Belizean agriculture and fine dining. (She’ll even have a personal fleet of fishermen.) Also on property: a Mayan-inspired spa using locally harvested rainforest botanicals, a room (and sommelier) dedicated to rum, and chartered yachts for sundown cruises.


  • Miss World Belize Video, 1min. Jasmine Rhamdas is in China representing Belize at the Miss World pageant, which will be held on December 19th. The 501 Boyz put together a video for her, and you'll see a lot of Cayo in it. Good luck, Jasmine! "Want to say a special big up to Jasmine J. Rhamdas as she represent Belize in the Miss World Pageant in China."

  • SAILING IN BELIZE, 4min. We traveled from Portland, Oregon all the way to Plasencia in Belize. Sleep 7 days in the catamaran and visited the most amazing deserted islands.

  • Around Belize, 17.5min. This video chronicles our family trip around Caye Caulker and San Ignacio, Belize.

  • School Bells Inc 2015 Mission Trip to Belize, CA, 7min. School Bells, Inc is a not for profit organization giving back to the Belize villages.

  • Sanctuary of the Tarpon, Belize., 1.25min.

  • Belize Vacation 2013, 5.5.min. Belize trip with visit to Ian Anderson's Cave's Branch, Tikal in Guatemala, Caye Caulker and San Pedro in Ambergris Cay.