FOR TODAY'S BELIZE WEATHER, CLICK HERE
Click for our Daily Tropical Weather Report.
Specials and Events
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, Rise and Shine Morning Show, and the Dickie Bradley Specials
The San Pedro Sun
Still no grants for BA-1 Project participants
The year is finished and still 34 women from Ambergris Caye continue on the long wait to receive their grants in order to start or expand their businesses. The women were part of a training seminar called ‘Domestic Violence and Human Trafficking Project BA-1’ which was designed for victims of domestic violence and human trafficking. The program would assist the participants with the necessary tools, knowledge and a grant so they could expand their business ideas. Even though the financial assistance promised in the training has not been reimburse, the question that lingers is what use will the participants give to the grants if and when they receive it. So far, most of the women have done nothing or little to start a business plan that will depict how they will use the funds. According to some of the women, they have lost hopes about ever getting the assistance that they were promised when they took the training. Since the completion of the seminar back in May, there have been two meetings in which the women are given dates when they will be provided with the funds. Speaking with some of the project’s graduates they revealed some of their business plans they will execute if and when they receive the grants.
Prime Minister’s New Year’s Message 2016
There were many things to be grateful for in 2015.
We were spared from hurricanes; there were no social upheavals; we steered our way through the complexities of the relationship with Guatemala; and politically we capped everything with the peaceful and historic general elections of November.
Economically it was also a good year. Disease and the long drought played havoc with shrimp and grains. And an earlier than expected decrease in the export price was unwelcome news for our sugar cane farmers. But tourism saw continuing record advances, cost of living fell markedly, and there was an overall spurt in the rate of employment.
Our public works program reached its high point, so that there was tremendous infrastructural development and huge knock-on effects in jobs, income and spending. Government and quasi Government salary increases, commercial bank liquidity, greater access to credit and lower interest rates, also helped to boost consumer confidence and well-being.
San Pedro Police release end of year report
The most committed crime for 2014 was theft. Police reported 144 incidents of theft occurring in 2015. Even though the number of reported cases is still high, there was a 29% decrease in theft when compared to the year 2014. Most of the theft incidents were reported in the first four months of the year. As for robbery and burglary, there were 14 and 67 reported cases in 2015, respectively. “We try our best to control the numbers of robbery, burglary and theft related crimes. But we need the community to understand that they play a role in this. Residents should be more aware of their surroundings and secure their belonging in order to avoid an incident. These incidents are crimes of opportunity and as citizens, we need to work together to reduce them by taking extra steps to be safe,” said Deputy Coastal Executive Officer, Assistant Superintended Henry Jemmott. San Pedro Police reported a single case of rape and five cases of unlawful sexual intercourse for 2015.
Heading into the New Year, the San Pedro Police still face certain challenges in regards to vehicular resources, communication equipment, a temporary morgue, additional personnel, office equipment and a boat.
To report criminal activity, immediately contact phone number 206-2022 or anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 0-800-922-8477.
Misc Belizean Sources
Queen's New Year's Honours 2016
In a News Release from Belize House in Belmopan, the Office of the Governor-General Announces that Her Majesty the Queen has been graciously pleased to make the following appointments to THE MOST EXCELLENT ORDER BRITISH EMPIRE on the occasion of NEW YEAR HONOURS 2016.
To be a Companion of the Order of Saint Michael and Saint George:
Michael Harwell Manfield Bowen, for Contribution to Business and Industry
To be Ordinary Officers of the Civil Division of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire:
Mrs Eleanor Rubina Herrera Hulse, for Contribution to Education
Mrs Dilcia Christina Feinstein, for Contribution to Business and the Community
To be an Ordinary Member of the Civil Division of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire:
Ms Emelda Leticia August, for Contribution to Nursing
Mrs Sarita Elena Westby JP, for Contribution to Education and the Community
Mr. Juan Cansillo Nunez, for Contribution to Education and Sports
Dr. Aaron Paul Lewis, for Contribution to Science
Mrs Janet Patricia Gibson, for Contribution to Environmental Protection
The Date for the presentation of awards will be announced later.
Belize FISHING REPORT: Weeks of December 20th – December 26th, 2015
The wind was tough but the anglers persevered and got some good fishing in. Christmas was celebrated with one of the largest group of guests El Pescador has hosted. The family atmosphere was wonderful.
Claudio Gongora AKA “Flame” Missing
36-year-old Marisol Amoa of Ladyville visited the Ladyville Police Station on 29.11.15 at 4:00 p.m. and reported that on the 22.08.15 she visited her brother 34-year-old Claudio Gongora AKA “Flame” Belizean construction worker from San Mateo, San Pedro Ambergris Caye where she spent a week with him and then left. She has since made several attempts to reach him on his cell phone but to no avail. She stated the last time she was in contact with him via cellphone was on the 19th of December 2015 since then she hasn’t heard anything from her brother and his whereabouts is unknown. He is slim built, 5 feet 2 inches in height, of brown Complexion, has a scar on the left cheek, brown eyes, black low cut hair. Please contact local police should you have information regarding this individual.
Come join the fun every Sunday and Wednesday! Test your knowledge of useless facts, have a laugh, and win money towards your bar bill! Always a great time - Fun,…
Barrier Reef Sports Bar & Grill, January 3, 2016, 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm
First CBC for 2015 done!
190 species at Gallon Jug. Birds and numbers are killing my brain now...
A huge THANK YOU to Chan Chich Lodge and Gallon Jug Estate for the continuous and very generous support.
January 2016 Placencia Breeze
Pg 3 BTIA news Pg 6 Turtle Inn Wine Room / Ms. Curlene’s 90 th Pg 9 Mariposa’s New Tree Houses Pg 10 Travel & Leisures List / Copa Inaugural Flight Pg 11 Coffee Culture / Marathon Pg 13 Bush Medicine / Point of View BBQ’s Pg 14 Christmas Pictures Pg 15 & 18 Placencia BTIA members Pg 16 & 17 Placencia Peninsula Map Pg 23 Placencia Humane Society Pg 24 Events & Calendar / Save the Date Pg 25 Mixology / Evening with David Shaw Pg 26 Community Corner Pg 27 Classifieds Pg 30/31 Paid Listings
Joel Borland of Team DigiCell wins Krem New Year’s cycling classic
Joel Borland, a member of the DigiCell cycling team, won the 26th annual Krem New Year’s Day cycling classic in solo fashion, crossing the finish line in 3:55:42, well over 30 seconds before a group of riders came sprinting in for second place.
The 90-mile ride started at the northern border and finished shortly after 1:00 p.m. on Central American Boulevard, near its junction with Mahogany Street.
Gregory Lovell, also of Team DigiCell, edged out Byron Pope of Benny’s Megabytes for second place.
In the female category, Belize Bank’s Alicia Thompson outsprinted C-Ray’s Kaya Cattouse in a photo-finish to successfully defend her title. Cattouse later blamed an escort police mobile of getting in her way during the sprint at the finish.
Ernest “Jawmeighan” Bradley, the son of the late decorated cyclist, Ernest “Jawmeighan” Meighan, won the junior division race.
Natalie Cole, American Singer, Songwriter, Dies at 65
Natalie Cole, the American singer who overcame battles with substance abuse and the long shadow of her famous father to earn worldwide success of her own, has died. She was 65.
Cole died Thursday night at Cedar Sinai Hospital in Los AngeNatalie Cole dead at 65
Chart-topping R&B singer Natalie Cole, who followed her legendary father into the music business with hits like “This Will Be (An Everlasting Love)” and “Unforgettable,” died at age 65.
“Natalie Cole, sister beloved & of substance and sound. May her soul rest in peace,” tweeted the Rev. Jesse Jackson on New Year’s Day.
Cole, who had struggled with a variety of health issues in recent years, died Thursday night, according to publicist Maureen O’Connor. The cause of death was reportedly congestive heart failure.
A physically weakened Cole, winner of nine Grammy Awards, was forced to cancel a string of concert performances over the last three months after a recurrence of hepatitis C linked to her earlier drug abuse.
The daughter of music icon Nat (King) Cole scored a huge 1991 hit with “Unforgettable” — a virtual duet with her late father. Natalie was just 15 when her father died in 1965, a decade before his daughter launched her own solo recording career.
Man in Orange Walk attempts to rape 5 year-old boy
Last weekend, a woman of Trial Farm Village in the Orange Walk District reported that on that day, a man was attempting to sexually assault her fuve year-son.
The housewife reported that she was awakened by her mother-in-law’s screams, alleging that she had caught Kenrick Foreman in the process of sexually assaulting her son.
Police have arrested and charged the laborer from Trial Farm Village and charged him with ‘sexual assault’.
San Pedro introduces new law to register dogs
A new law is to be implemented in San Pedro on January 4, 2016 to benefit the canine members of the island and their owners.
A program that has been in the pipeline for more than two years, that bids dog owners to register and license their dogs at the San Pedro Town Council (SPTC) for a fee of $5, aims to reduce the number of stray and unwanted dogs. Dogs will be tagged with a special SPTC license tag, requiring all dogs to have a proper collar and leash.
The regulation was enacted under the Belize Dogs Act Chapter 153 Revised Edition 2000 Section 3 (1): “Except where no dog license is required, every person who keeps a dog in town without being licensed for that purpose or who keeps in any town more dogs than the number he is licensed to keep shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding ten dollars for each period of seven days, or part of such period, during which he has so kept any dog.”
American asking for public assistance to locate his Guatemalan fiancé
David Edgar, a Vista de Mar resident, is asking the public to help him locate his 22 year old fiancé, Mindi Asucely Jordan Espino, who he last saw when she was traveling towards Rio Dulce, Guatemala.
Edgar stated that Espino was going to visit her grandmother, father and brothers in the town, west of the Belizean border. He stated that he put her on the bus from Belize City to Belmopan and the last time he had contact with her was when she texted him to report her arrival in Rio Dulce. She was to get in contact with Edgar the following day and return to Belize on December 18, 2015. More than 10 days have passed and there has been no news on Espino.
Espino is five feet tall, weighs about 120 pounds, has light brown skin, brown eyes and brown hair. She was last seen wearing a colorful blouse and white leggings. She is a night school student at Gwen Lizaraga High School.
The 68 year-old business man fears that Espino has come to harm, since he stated breaking contact with him in this fashion, is unlikely. He fears for her because a cousin of Mindy’s was involved in a confrontation and he was stabbed to death outside Blue Angels Night Club in San Ignacio in October.
MOH addresses health issues with December publication
The Ministry of Health (MOH) this month advised Belizeans on pertinent public health issues, through its December publication of its Health Bulletin.
The latest edition of the bulletin, published by Central Health Region-Belize District, covered topics such as the top communicable and non-communicable diseases, the rising obesity trend, and infant mortality.
The top communicable diseases were: Gastroenterritis, Conjunctivitis (pink eye), Vaginitis, and Scabies; while the top non-communicable diseases were: Hypertension, Asthma, Cardiovascular Disease, Diabetes, Cerebral Vascular Disease.
The report presented findings from a study done by the Central Health Region, which concluded that in 2015, 64.2 percent of the people living in the Belize district are either overweight or obese. The data also showed that some 7.4 percent were underweight.
The MOH reminds Belizeans that being either overweight or obese increases the risk of conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer and hormonal issues.
Punta Gorda Family helps raise fund to put young man through school
A family from the United States opened a fundraising account on the popular website Go Fund Me, seeking pubic assistance to help a young man from Punta Gorda, Toledo attend college in Wisconsin USA.
The story of Rodney Borland is one of resilience and courage that soon took the hearts of his friends. On the night of October 11, 2002 Borland was working in his parent’s grocery shop when a man, his face covered with a stocking, and armed entered and demanded money from the cash drawer.
While attempting to retrieve the money, Borland was shot in the chest. His mother came to his aid and a nurse that was passing by at the moment provided first aid on him. The bullet that entered his chest broke two ribs, punctured his right lung and severed his spine. Borland would spend the next two years of his life from one medical procedure to the next to save his life.
Borland spent almost eight months recovering at St. Mary’s Hospital in Wisconsin and later returned to southern Belize to continue his recovery. His life changed completely. The gunshot left him with restricted mobility and as a paraplegic and he had to use a voice amplifying device to speak.
Breaking Belize News
KREM Classic winners crowned
Young Elite rider Joel Borland of Team Digicell crossed the line alone in the Old Capital to win the KREM New Year’s Cycling Classic in three hours, fifty-three minutes and forty-two seconds.
Gregory Lovell claimed second place Byron Pope over with Justin Williams in fourth.
In the junior male division, the race was dominated by eventual winner, Ernest Bradley of Team Smart, son of the late Ernest Jawmeighan Meighan, a former KREM Classic and Cross Country champion who was murdered last August.
Queen names eight Belizeans in New Year Honors
Her Majesty the Queen has appointed eight Belizeans to a knighthood and membership in the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire on the occasion of a new year.
Appointed to be a Companion of the Order of Saint Michael and Saint George is Michael Harwell Mansfield Bowen, for Contribution to Business and Industry.
Sir Michael Bowen is the son of the late Sir Barry Bowen, who died in a plane crash over San Pedro Town in March of 2010, and succeeded him as President and CEO of Bowen and Bowen Limited, bottlers of Coca-Cola products and Crystal purified water and fruit beverages.
Appointed to be Ordinary Officers of the Civil Division of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire are Mrs Eleanor Rubina Herrera Hulse, for Contribution to Education; and Mrs Dilcia Christina Feinstein, for Contribution to Business and the Community.
Belize in February
February is one of the best months to visit Belize. With delightfully warm tropical weather and endless sunny skies, February is a great time to escape the snow and cold up north and come relax on a beach or splash in the warm waters of the Caribbean.
Whether you’re looking for the best place to walk hand in hand on the beach with your sweetie on Valentine’s Day, getaway to a tropical paradise for your honeymoon, renew your vows, or tie the knot in an unforgettably beautiful setting, Belize in February is for lovers!
The country comes alive with a variety of local and national celebrations, including:
San Pedro, often nicknamed the “party capital of Belize”, outdoes itself in the week prior to Lent, with live concerts, food festivals, and plenty of dancing in the streets.
Artists from all over Belize come to Placencia to display their finest creations, making the main sidewalk in town a huge open-air art gallery. Everything from homemade jewelry to handcrafted clothes are on sale, displayed between paintings, photographs and sculptures. With plenty of live music to enliven things, visitors can sample scores of different tasty local foods from sidewalk vendors as they browse the works of art showcased during this popular festival.
This is how you end up sleeping through New Years Eve in Belize
With the departure on New Years Eve day of my youngest son Chris and his wife, Katie, all three of my sons have now visited us on Ambergris Caye in Belize. Ryan was the first, back around Thanksgiving 2014. Brendan, Cami and Brody were here for two wonderful weeks this summer.
My work is done here.
Now all I need do is sit back and wait for each to reach the obvious conclusion: “Man that was fun. Let’s go to Belize again!”
It will happen.
People always come back to Belize. It is just a thing. One visit, however long, is not enough. Especially for family.
Chris and Katie took the long way to the island: a flight to Cancun and buses to Belize City. From there they took a bus to Belmopan and a new eco-resort called Chaya Maya Jungle Lodge from which they explored the Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave and donated much blood to the local mosquito population. I was supposed to join them but health issues kept me here on the island. Again! Last year I missed out on the ATM Caves when my son Ryan visited because of a heart issue.
This Cruise Line Just Made Its First-Ever Call to Belize
MSC Cruises has made its inaugural call to Belize.
After departing its home port in Falmouth Jamaica this week and making its way through Georgetown, Grand Cayman and Cozumel, Mexico, MSC Divina landed in Belizean waters.
“We welcome the new European cruise line, MSC Cruises, in their inaugural call to Belize,” said Director of Destination Planning and Cruise, Valdemar Andrade. “We are happy to have them as a new cruise line partner for our destination and we invite to discover how to be. The MSC calls are a part of initial calls to explore what the destination has to offer. The BTB and the Belize Cruise Port are working with them to increase calls subsequent to these. We certainly see the cruise industry remaining robust and well above 300 calls for the year at the Belize City Port. In 2016, there will also be an additional line calling as well.”
MSC Cruises is a division of the Mediterranean Shipping Company.
“Belize Cruise Port is thrilled to host the first in MSC Cruises’ Fantasia Class, the Divina, in our magical destination,” Elad Aharon, General Manager of the Fort Street Tourism Village. “We are grateful for the opportunity to work with MSC and we are looking forward to support their growth in Belize.”
Caribbean and Latin America Outlook 2016: The Biggest Stories for The Year Ahead
Caribbean and Latin America 2016: What We're Watching in the New Year. Tourism Reckoning Ahead for Belize: Norwegian Cruise Line is expected to debut Harvest Caye, a $50 million private cruise development featuring a floating ship pier, an island village, a lagoon for water sports and a beach area, in February. Located off the coastal town of Placencia, the project has been kept close to the vest by Norwegian officials, although it’s expected to have a significant impact on tourism to Belize, whose intimate character is undergoing change amidst strong tourist arrivals growth.
Harvest Caye’s debut will boost the country’s already strong cruise sector growth. Despite lacking a dedicated ship pier and terminal, Belize is on the verge of becoming the eighth Caribbean Tourism Organization destination to exceed one million annual cruise ship visitors. Belize hosted 986,131 cruise passengers in 2014, an explosive 42.9 percent increase over the 677,350 cruise vacationers hosted in 2013.
Despite a slowdown in 2015, Belize’s land-based tourism has also surged in recent years. Last year Belize recorded 321,217 land-based, overnight visitors, a 9.2 percent increase over 2013. While the 101,747 tourist arrivals hosted between January and March represents a slight 1.1 percent increase over 2014, the country is still considered on track to continue as a fast-growing Caribbean travel destination.
Indeed in September Dean Barrow, Belize’s prime minister, said the government would seek to build a new international airport on Ambergis Caye, one of the country’s top off-shore island destinations. The question for Belize is how the transition to mass tourism will impact the once-sleepy exotic destination.
Incoming Caricom chairman outlines vision
Incoming chairman of the Caribbean Community (Caricom), Prime Minister of Belize Dean Barrow , has promised to improve the quest of the regional organisation to improve the standard of living and to provide a “safe, viable and prosperous Caribbean Community”.
Barrow, who assumed chairmanship on January 1, taking over from Prime Minister Fruendel Stuart of Barbados, said the grouping will commit to building on past successes and to become more efficient in the face of the “sternest economic test that member states have had to face in recent memory.”
In his message to start the new year, Barrow said he looks forward to increasing the pace both of the reform process and the implementation of the Community Strategic Plan 2015-2019.
“The plan, which is designed to build Caricom’s economic, environmental, social and technological resilience, has the Caricom Single Market and Economy (CSME) as an important vehicle in that drive for greater resilience,” he said.
Consolidated Water Co. Ltd. (CWCO) Trading Down 3.4%
Consolidated Water Co. Ltd. (NASDAQ:CWCO)’s share price was down 3.4% during trading on Thursday , Market Beat reports. The stock traded as low as $11.98 and last traded at $12.20, with a volume of 99,836 shares changing hands. The stock had previously closed at $12.63.
Several equities analysts recently commented on CWCO shares. Zacks Investment Research downgraded Consolidated Water Co. from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Thursday, September 3rd. Roth Capital restated a “buy” rating on shares of Consolidated Water Co. in a research report on Sunday, December 20th.
The stock has a 50 day moving average of $11.67 and a 200-day moving average of $11.80. The company has a market cap of $180.54 million and a PE ratio of 26.61.
Belize 2015, 3.5min. winter break 2015 spent in Belize in the jungle of San Ignacio and the beaches of San Pedro
A few days in Southern Belize, 4min.
Belize, la splendeur des Mayas | Documentaire 2016, 44min.
Fam Nibbering in Belize Black Rock, 8min. Beschrijving.
Planting Beans in the Community Little Belize, Belize, 1.5min. That is the way how the oldkolie people plant beans in the community Little Belize!
Snorkeling in the Belize Barrier Reef (HD), 8min. Got amazing footage from a snorkeling trip to the Belize barrier reef, 20 miles off the coast of the Placencia peninsula, December 2015. See various coral fish including Dory (couldn't find Nemo unfortunately), jellyfish, a barracuda, nursing sharks, the spotted eagle ray, the green sea turtle and more.
Belize Snorkeling, 2.5min. Snorkeling in the Cays off the coast of Belize.
Belize 2015, 10min. My buddies and I went to Belize at the end of 2015. Mayan ruins, river tubing, ATM Cave (not pictured; video was not allowed...it was the most amazing one too), coconuts, snorkeling, and spearfishing.
Amazing Belize Vacation Video San Pedro, 4min. My wife and I went to Belize on 12-27-15. We stayed at AquaVista Beachfront Resort.
Diving in Belize: Spotted Eagle Ray in Turneffe Atoll, 1/2min. Diving near the Turneffe Atoll December 19th 2015.
Cave tubing in Belize, 8min. We went to Belize and traveled in a rain forest to see these beautiful caves it was wonderful Tubing was tons of fun The tub nail I tried to film but it was not working when you hear the water falls that's where it is it was amazing
Diving Turneffe Atoll, Belize - December 2015, 12.5min.