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Today's Belize News: January 6, 2016 #510422
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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, Rise and Shine Morning Show, and the Dickie Bradley Specials

The San Pedro Sun

San Pedro rings in the New Year
In true island fashion, San Pedro ushered in the New Year with a grand party. Ready to say goodbye to 2015 and hello to 2016, hundreds of island residents and visitors congregated at Central Park on Thursday, December 31st as early as 10PM for the big countdown. The yearly extravaganza organized by the San Pedro Town Council (SPTC) keeps getting bigger and better every year, and this year’s celebrations were without a doubt the best one yet. With live music, lots to eat and drink, and a spectacular fireworks display, everyone had the time of their lives. Next to speak was Area Representative and Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation, Honorable Manuel Heredia Jr. who kept his address very short. “It is indeed a pleasure to address everyone at this event, because 2015 was a year of prosperity for this island. 2016 is supposed to be a year of unity, coming together, forgiving what we have done wrong and trying to see what we can do better. On behalf of the Government of Belize, I wish everyone a happy new year 2016 and hope that the good Lord will bless us all and guide us to a new beginning,” said Heredia.

Christmas Raffles held around the island
Several establishments across San Pedro Town held their annual Christmas Raffles to thank their customers for their patronage throughout the year. This year’s raffles gave customers the opportunity to win great some amazing prizes. Castillo’s Hardware held its annual Christmas Raffle on Tuesday, December 22nd where fabulous prizes were won by five lucky patrons. Picking the lucky tickets were different staff members. The raffle started with the fifth prize, which was a Dewalt Heavy Duty Job Site Radio that went to Jamie Cosby. In fourth place was Jose Luis Zapata who walked away with a Charbroil Stainless Steel Gas Grill. Captain Shark’s held their monthly and Christmas Raffle on Wednesday, December 23rd. First prize in the monthly raffle went to Elsa Paz who won a cash prize of $400. The second prize, a $300 dollars went to Elgar while the third cash prize of $200 went to Steve Shuart. There was a fourth cash prize of $100 and this one went J and K Rental. The Marine Department also raffled a Rod and Reel and this went to Jungle Water Adventures.Christmas Raffles-2 For the Christmas raffle, the third prize was a Mask and Snorkel which went to Hillyboo Lara. The second prize, a PennUgly Stick Combo was won by Sheila Del Cid. Then the final grand prize went to Hipolito Ruiz, who walked away with a $2,000 cash prize.

Isla Bonita Telenovela’s Director, Matthiew Klinck murdered in Cayo
Director of La Isla Bonita Telenovela, Matthiew Klinck has been found dead near his home in Selena Village in the Cayo District. The body of the 37-year-old Canadian National was found on Monday, January 4th at around 8:40PM lying about 15 feet away from his home. Klinck was apparently killed during a burglary, as his home had been ransacked according to police reports. According to a report by Cayo Police, they received information from nearby residents that the body of a male person had been found. Upon inspecting the area, police found Klinck’s body just 15 feet away from his home in the initial stage of decomposition. Closer observations revealed what appeared to be a stab wound to the left side of the neck. Police also observed that the house had been ransacked of all valuables, indicating that Klinck was murdered as a result of a robbery. Due to state of the body, a postmortem had to be carried out on site which took place on the morning of Tuesday, January 5th.

Ambergris Today

Brittney O'Daniel Awarded San Pedro Person of the Year 2015
This year’s San Pedro Person of the Year almost flew below the radar because her genuine giving soul seeks no recognition. In fact, she pretty much shies away from it any attention. We know Brittney is a model islander who works hard for her community and is always giving of herself for the betterment of others, but it was not until receiving countless nominations from friends that we realized how much she actually does. There was no other person as deserving of this recognition for 2015. Ambergris Today is humbled and honored to present this year’s Person of the Year award to Brittney O’Daniel. Brittney is a community activist, to say the least, who does more for her adopted home than many local island residents. She hails from Dallas, Texas, USA, but arrived on Ambergris Caye in October 2012 when she took over Playa Chel and converted it to Sandbar Restaurant and Bar. In 2014 Brittney remodeled and launched Sandbar as a hostel, still retaining the restaurant and bar. Her business is a favorite local hangout, but also fills a much-needed niche by catering to backpack travelers to Belize.

Belize Mourns Loss of Filmmaker Matthiew Klinck
His goal was to develop the film industry in Belize by producing more films in the country, making Belize more accessible to the international film industry and bringing more attention to the country through its new film industry. In a shocking turn of events, the 37-year-old filmmaker from Gatineau, Canada, Matthiew Klinck was found stabbed to death outside his home in Belize Monday evening in what is being called a robbery. Shockwaves of disbelief spread through the island community of San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize, where Matthiew made many friends while working on his second project in the country. With much work and dedication he completed the first episode of La Isla Bonita Telenovela (soap opera) which was a huge success. That project exploited new talented actors on the island and promised to boost the careers of young actors who were grateful for the opportunity and hopeful for the future of the industry in Belize.

Pic of the Week - Picnic S'mores on the Beach
Nothing but smiles and a face-full of melted marshmallow and chocolate, that is what you get when you plan a great picnic outing on the beautiful beaches of Ambergris Caye. Madison is seen here enjoying her third s'more as she and her family roast marshmallows on the beach grill made out of conch shells.

Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

Sisimito Sessions (Belize Electronic Music Weekend)
The second annual Sisimito Sessions at Belize Electronic Music Weekend held in Placencia, Belize. January 29 - January 31

GALENT Artist Management Signs Clayton Williams
GALENT Artist Management is pleased to announce the signing of Garifuna Garifuna musician, singer-songwriter, percussionist and guitarist Clayton “C-Wills” Williams. As exclusive manager, GALENT will look after the business side of Clayton’s career and will interface with all other parties involved in contributing to his commercial success. It will help further his career as a musician, composer, recording, and performing artist, and to develop new and different areas within which his artistic talents can be developed and exploited. Clayton Leon Williams “C. Wills” hails from the village of Hopkins, Belize and follows in the footsteps of the legendary Paranderos of the Caribbean coast of Central America, including his great grandfather the legendary Gabaga Williams, author and composer of the classic Garifuna song Malati Isien (Worthless Love) perhaps the most well-known Garifuna composition and has been described as one of the greatest Garifuna composers of all time.

John Alexander Watler Author and Belizean Folk storyteller and Clyde Gillett Award Winning Filmmaker and Poet.

The Ministry of Finance hereby informs the general public that as a result of lower CIF Prices on a recent shipment of fuels, the Pump Prices for Diesel Oil has decreased substantially with effect from midnight on the 4th January 2016. The new Pump Price for Diesel Oil in Belize City is now $6.58 per US Gallon - a decrease of 42 cents per gallon. The Ministry of Finance further advises the general public that it is the policy of Government to pass on all future reductions in the CIF Prices of fuel products directly to the prices at the pump, and that the Government intends to maintain the current level of duties and taxes without change on these products.

AMAURYS will be playing tonight on Caye Caulker
AMAURYS will be playing tonight, January 6th at "Il Baretto wine bar @ Oasi Apartments on Back street from 7.00 to 9.00pm. Come and enjoy the great music with our cocktails and wines

Local Artist Sparks International ‘Painted Conversation’
The Cayo Mural got great coverage in the Centre Daily Times. Go, Pablo! The most awesome mural ever! "Local artist Natalia Pilato organized a collaborative effort involving more than 175 people to design and create a mural in the town of San Ignacio, Belize... The finished mural helps pay tribute to a midwife who delivered more than 1,000 babies within the town of San Ignacio."

Full Moon Concert January 23!
The Corozal House of Culture (NICH) kicks off the New Year with its Full Moon Concert set for January 23rd, 2016! Mark your calendars - January 23rd - the House of Culture's first event of the 2016.... as part of the Full Moon Concert Series!

Belize Ornithological Tour May 2-11
Don't say I did not invite you. Its gonna be awesome! Explore the way I do, not the way tourists do...

Caribbean Travel Marketplace
The Belize Hotel Association will be attending the Caribbean Travel Marketplace to be held January 22 and 23, 2016 in the Bahamas. It is the Caribbean's largest and most important marketing event and is being organized by the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association ( CHTA) Caribbean Travel Marketplace affords tourism suppliers the opportunity to meet face-to-face with wholesalers from around the world selling Caribbean vacation travel over the course of two days of business meetings. The BHA has secured appointments with over 60 travel affiliates, during this two day event. The marketplace, seminars and activities leading up to the date, will also provide our members with an insight into tourism activities and new developments in the Caribbean, through interaction with other tourism partners in our region. In addition, the BHA, represented by President, Mrs. Leisa Carr-Caceres, and Marketing Director, Ms. Tessie Tonaco, will be attending Leadership Development Seminars, the CHSAE Roundtable discussions, and meetings with the executive committee of the CHTA prior to the Marketplace days.

BHA reaches out to the Mexican Market
The Belize Hotel Association is always seeking new strategies to best position our members in this highly competitive industry.With the increased interest from the South American market and the addition of the COPA flights to Belize, the first initiative taken by the BHA was to provide a digital version of our Hotel Guide in Spanish to appeal to the Spanish speaking travelers. In December 2015, the BHA launched the digital version of hotel guide in Spanish that was first distributed at the Chile - Copa Roadshow that month. In addition a downloadable version was added to our BHA website. Recently, the Embassy of Belize in Mexico, posted the BHA hotel guide in Spanish, on their facebook page in an effort to assist us to promote Belize as a tourism destination for the Mexican traveller. The Belize Ambassador in Mexico, H.E Oliver del Cid, has informed us and our industry partners, that the BHA guide was very well received by visitors to their page, with over 3000 likes, and 93 shares. This is excellent news for our members, and for the country of Belize. The Belize Embassy in Mexico, has expressed much interest in collaborating with the Belize Tourism Board, the Belize Hotel Association and the Belize Tourism Industry Association, in an effort to promote Belize in Mexico, and we look forward to continue working with them towards this goal.

Saturday, February 6th 2016, 9AM to 3PM. Cost $60.00 USD. Spend the day in our private garden - Learn how plants add power to everything! Make your own tinctures and love potions A Mountain Spirit Wellness one day retreat and workshop where participants get to experience bush medicines used traditionally for enhancing loving energies, developing creativity and healing relationships. Those who attend this event will learn identification, propagation, harvesting, preparation and traditional uses of the featured plants: Damiana, Strongback, Yohimbe, Gein Weyu and Wild Yam Things to bring: Bathing suit, Bath towel, Open heart and mind. We will provide the rest!

This week at Crazy Canucks 2p.m. January 7, 2016. Come join us to paint "Guatemalan Lady" this Thursday at Crazy Canucks. Everything you need is provided step by step direction, paint, brushes, smocks, canvas and maybe even a stencilled canvas if you need it (shhhh). $25u.s for first time artists and visitors. $20u.s for our members. Bring a Rag if you can help save paper.

Poets Corner: Responsibility!
By Abdulmajeed K Nunez. Misinformed citizenry Abrogating their duty To participate actively In the political process of this country Participation does not mean being confrontational Confrontational does not necessarily mean being effectual This principle is universal Democracy is government by the people That why we vote For the people when it benefits the folks By the people, means participating in governance But after elections we go back to being dependence Instead of continue being active participants

Garinagu Involvement
The Bible said do not be unevenly yoked The marriage of the Union and the PUP was a joke With 8000 strong the GWU were put to vote To disband or keep the Union The majority won to keep the union strong until 1980- 81 Until Uncle Sam persuaded Price to either disband Or separate himself from the Union This un-holy yoking gave us 20 years of lull leading up to the 2005 confrontation 1922 marked Garvey, TV Ramos and Haynes activation Ramos being the UNIA leader in Dangriga Took the ideas and focused on the Garifuna This birthed the Carib Development Society and the Carib International Society Resulting in Garifuna Settlement Day in 1943 Celebrations began in 1943 moved to Toledo swiftly And by 77 it was celebrated nationally Needless to say the elites in the Garifuna society did not support Garveyism And TV Ramos was mostly grassroots women and Children The movement too roots in 1955 when TV Ramos Joined the Ahrie

Channel 7

Snakeman Got Bitten By an Unfamiliar Tommy Goff
Gilbert Usher, more commonly known as Snakeman, makes his living by performing dangerous stunts involving snakes - putting them inside his mouth and letting them slither all over his body. He is a popular tourist attraction in Lucky Strike Village, a couple hundred yards from Altun Ha. But on Sunday, one of the most poisonous snake in the world, a Fer De Lance, known locally as Tommy Goff bit him, and he has been in a coma ever since. That's where he remains tonight and the KHMH will only say that he is, quote, "very critical." But how did a man who has so much experience in snake-handling get bitten by one? Emanuel Pech visited Lucky Strike village today to find out:... Gilbert Usher has been handling snakes for most of his life. He keeps several of them as pets including a large Tommy Goff which he has been raising for the past 3 years. But on Sunday, another Tommy Goff, smaller than the one he keeps as a pet, bit him. Floyd Herbert is a woodcraftsman of Lucky Strike Village. He told us he was working when Snakeman arrived at his place with his latest catch.

Customs Moves To Destroy 75 Tonnes of Guyanese Rice
Last night on the news, you probably heard Eamon Courtney's dire warning about the Guyanese rice that Jack Charles has sitting at the Big Creek Port. He said Customs warned him a week ago that the rice - all 75 tonnes - would be confiscated and destroyed. Here again are those remarks from yesterday: FILE: January 4, 2016 Eamon Courtenay, SC - Attorney for Local Rice Producers "The primary position is that it is to be confiscated and destroyed. They are giving him an opportunity and this was from the 23rd December to take it out and attempt to do something with it. So, Customs once again is bending over backward saying to him listen, you brought this thing in illegally, take it out, we are not going to destroy it. I would think that a week has passed and he has done nothing - I would urge Customs to move with dispatch at this stage and I hope that they do."

Canadian Filmmaker Murdered near Spanish Lookout
You may have seen the movie named, "Curse of the Xtabai". The 2012 film was probably the first full length creole language movie which was made completely in Belize. Or how about the first Spanish soap opera filmed in Belize called, La Isla Bonita Telenovela? Well, tonight, the Canadian man who made the ambitious film and television series is dead. 37 year old Matthew Klinck was killed sometime over the past few days - and left dead outside his house which is not far from Spanish Lookout. Daniel Ortiz went there today looking for answers:... Daniel Ortiz reporting Police found the body of 37 year-old Canadian Filmmaker Matthew Klinck here in Selena Village, on the outskirts of the Spanish Lookout Community in Cayo. The last time he was seen alive was mostly likely on Saturday, at around 4 p.m. Klinck drove past the caretaker of the property as he normally does. Since it was not unusual for him to work long hours in total privacy, nothing was suspected to be amiss.

Ministry of Health: Still No Answers for Siera
Last night we told you about Siera Hodgson's sad story. Siera's biological mother, Mary Castillo, was admitted into state psychiatric care in 2006. Over the past 6 years since she moved with her foster mother to Scotland, Siera has been visiting her mother and writing letters to her from the UK. But this year - on boxing day - when Siera went to see her mom at the Palm Center in Belmopan, they told her that her mother was missing. Now Siera is outraged because she claims no one from the Palm Center contacted her. She told us that the Center has her home address and phone number in the UK. Today she told us via email " I have received no letters from them about my mother going missing , if I did receive them I would have went on the next plane to see what the situation was about. She adds "In July 2014 my adopted mother Shona gave them our house number again and it has never changed .We used to call the institute too, over the 10 years where my biological mom was living there. I had many opportunities to speak to my mother over the phone. So they are covering their backs by lying about that too. Plus my mom always checks if there were any missed calls and we received none from them." She ends off by saying "It's very frustrating! …I think they thought I wouldn't care or that I would forget my own mother because she must be just a number to them."

Robbery At Pou's
One of Belize City's most well liked meatpie makers got robbed this afternoon. It happened around 3:25 PM on New Road at Pou meatpie. According to reports from eyewitnesses in the neighborhood, the woman who runs the business, known to them only as "Ms Pou" walked to the gate of the business to collect five hundred dollars. She was counting the money, and that's when a young man ran up and tried to snatch it from her. But she put up a fight, and he threw her to ground and dragged her as she clutched unto the money and he tried to wrest it away. She burst her head, and he left her on the sidewalk, as he dashed away into the Jungle area off Pickstock Street. That's when a car swooped in to pick him up and drove off. "Ms Pou" had to be taken to the hospital, and there's no update on her condition tonight.

Cops Busted Bradley
Yesterday, Bradley Roe, from the family of well-known Insurance Company owners, went to magistrate's court for possession of a small amount of cocaine. The bust was made on Sunday, January 3, at the Princess Hotel and Casino where police responded to a report and searched Roe. He found a small transparent plastic bag containing powdery substance suspected to be cocaine in his pocket. Roe was taken to the police station where the suspected cocaine was weighed in his presence and amounted to 0.02 grams. Roe appeared before the Magistrate with his attorney, Leisje Chung-Barrow. He pleaded not guilty to the single charge and received bail of $500. The court ordered that disclosure be given to Bradley Roe by March 3rd, 2016.

Bakers and Confectioners Say No Problems With Sugar Price Increase
75 cents: effective January first, that's the price you are now paying for a pound of white sugar - up from 50 cents a pound, a 50% increase. Now of course, we have gotten some complaints from the consumers about this increase, but how about those pastry makers who have get to get all those sweet treats out to you: Will the increase affect their businesses? When we spoke to a couple today, they couldn't be the least bit bothered. Courtney Weatherburne "So it has increased by 25 cents. Now it's 75 cents per pound. In terms of economics, looking at it from the business perspective, will this increase affect you?" Salvador Cambranes, Owner - Cambranes Bakery "Well probably not. We absorb it. Because it's not very much, so we will probably take the loss. Well it wouldn't be a loss, but the operation cost. Just that the scarcity is an issue right now. But I guess when the price fixed, it will be back to normal. It's not very much readily available. So that's the thing. Apparently, they are storing it. Who knows? The more profit."

Diesel Drops
And while sugar is going up, diesel went down on Monday morning. Lower world prices have pushed the pump price down to six dollars and fifty eight cents, which is a decrease of 42 cents per gallon. Government says that despite an increase in import duty on fuel, it will pass on all future reductions in the Prices of fuel products directly to the pump price.

Weed-whacker For A 93 Year Old
Last night you saw our interview with 93 year old beating victim Patrick Grant. He's back home recovering after six days in the hospital - and last night he told us that the thing he misses most is the weed whacker that was stolen from him. That's because - the senior citizen still likes to cut his own grass. Well, the Belmopan police heard him loud and clear and today the Officer Commanding called us to say that they're getting him a new weed whacker. They're doing so through the assistance of a generous businessman and this evening, we stopped by to pick up Grant's new weed wacker. Here's what the donors told us about it: Supt. Howell Gillett, OC - Belmopan Police "I don't know Mr. Grant, more than what I've seen on the television and it touch my heart to know that this old gentleman suffered such an attack. Its ruthless, it's senseless in my view and I said you know, we at Belmopan Police has to do something about it to help.

BAVIA: Killed Canadian Klinck Will Be Missed
Earlier in our newscast we told you about the murder of one of the film industry's pioneers Matthiew Klinck. Since arriving in Belize 5 years ago Matthiew has produced plentifully, gaining the respect of his colleagues and contributing to the development of the film industry. Today we spoke to Brent Toombs a board member of the Belize Audio Visual Industry Association, BAVIA. He expressed his condolences to the family of Matthiew Klinck and described what this loss means for the film industry in the country. Brent Toombs, Belize Audio Visual Industry Association "I mean we are such a small industry. There is only so many of us working in this industry in Belize, so it's a huge loss. We've lost not just part of our film family in Belize, but we lost a contributing productive member who is actually producing good work. So we've lost that. But like I said, I think it's more in the fact that Matthew is very good at training people, getting people excited and getting people to be attracted to seeing film as an option either as an artistic expression or as a profession. And so we've lost that. We've lost somebody who I think bring a lot of people into the industry and gave them their first exposure to film."

How To Educate
Here in the media, we know that it's off-season for workshops, conferences, symposiums and the like, but the organizers of the seventh annual Belizean International Symposium on Education, pulled it off. The event is an ambitious one, covering a wide range of topics about education. We spoke to Pamela Cook, the founder and executive director of the Belizean International Symposium on Education, and to a few of the participating members of the education conference. The Symposium will make donations to the Dorothy Menzie's Child care facility, Liberty Preschool, La Isla Carinosa Academy (LICA), Caye Caulker and the Ministry of Education preschools.

PUP Chairman, The Unrestricted Free Agent
Henry Usher is the Chairman of the PUP, but he's also trying to win back that Chairman's seat in the upcoming convention. He's doing so against heavy odds, since the current party leader, Francis Fonseca's slate is backing Oscar Requena for that post. So, Usher has to fall in with one of the other two camps in the three way race for leader. And, he seems to be going with Johnny Briceno. Here's what he said in Corozal over the weekend - which was posted on facebook:.. Usher told us today that he is a free agent, and has to also try and get elected. We note that in supporting Anthony Mahler for Communications director, Usher is thus going against his cousins Dolores Balderamos Garcia and Emilio Zabaneh who are also vying for that post.

Former Belize Appeals Judge Takes Over High Court in JA
In March of last year, Justice Dennis Morrison left the bench of the Belize Court of Appeal after 11 distinguished years. Well now, he has been appointed as the President of the Jamaican Court of Appeal. Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller and Opposition Leader Andrew Holness, who were present at the function praised him for his adept legal knowledge and said that his presence ensures "that Jamaica achieves the best justice system for (its) people."

Channel 5

Canadian Filmmaker Matt Klinck Killed Near Spanish Lookout
Thirty-seven year old film-maker Matthiew Klinck is well known in Belize for the first-ever telenovela, La Isla Bonita, set in San Pedro as well as for the Curse of Ixtabai. [...]

Local Film Industry Reeling in the Wake of His Murder
The Belize Audio Visual Industry Association, BAVIA, of which Matthiew Klinck was a founding board member, is tonight reeling from the murder of a colleague.  Klinck rose to prominence in [...]

Reflecting on Matthiew Klinck
Klinck, the brain behind Make-Belize Films, also dedicated countless hours training and mentoring young film students and aspiring producers.  Toombs gives a professional reflection of his slain colleague.   Isani [...]

Klinck Was Stabbed as Many as Fourteen Times
There is an update to the murder investigation…When we left the scene just after two this afternoon, forensic personnel and Police were still in Selena at the scene of the [...]

A Belizean Businessman is Arrested in Honduras
A Belizean businessman was arrested today in Honduras; August Henry Tabony was detained while he was at the Juan Manuel Gálvez Roatan International Airport. According to reports from La Prensa [...]

Do You Support the Destruction of the Guyanese Rice?
And tonight’s question is: Do you support the destruction of the Guyanese rice which could not be released for retail? Send your comments and responses using your SMART phones to [...]

Jack Charles Granted Injunction to Stop Customs from Destroying Guyanese Rice
On Monday, Supreme Court Justice Sonya Young rejected an application filed on behalf of businessman Jack Charles who was seeking judicial review of BAHA’s decision to confiscate his cargo of [...]

A Comprehensive Look at the Rice Wars of Belize
Businessman Jack Charles’ attempt to bring in the Guyanese rice for retail started months ago; tonight he is seeking to stop the destruction of three containers of the staple. In [...]

Cost of Diesel Goes Down at the Pump
The government announced today that it will be passing on to consumers some savings on diesel.  And we say some because on December twenty-eighth, the price of diesel shot up [...]

Mechanic Remanded for Unlawful Sex with Minor
A Belize City Mechanic of Evergreen Street, Lake Independence, is on remand at the Belize Central Prison in the wake of an allegation against him by a fifteen year old [...]

Meagan Leslie Busted Trying to Smuggle Weed into Hattieville Prison
The girlfriend of a prison inmate is in trouble with the law tonight. That’s because she tried to smuggle weed for him to take back to prison. Meagan Leslie was [...]

Thieves Hit A US Livestock Exporter in Cayo During Christmas Holiday
Fifty-eight year old Charles Davison, a US livestock exporter and importer of Ontario Village, Cayo District has suffered significant financial losses. Davison was overseas during the Christmas holiday when thieves [...]

Snake Man: Will He Survive Another Tommy Goff Bite
There are fifty-six types of snakes in Belize, eight of which are poisonous. But before you go killing every snake in sight, there are ways to tell the toxic from [...]

Health Statistics Indicate that Belize District Residents are Severely Overweight
The health of the Belize District population is at risk. Indicators show that far too many residents are severely over-weight and that in the younger population, more newborns died last [...]

Dengue and Malaria not on List of Most Prevalent Communicable Diseases
The report also looked at the top five communicable and non-communicable diseases. Interestingly, dengue and malaria did not make the list of most prevalent communicable diseases for the first ten [...]

Landmark Bertha’s Tamales Goes Up in Flames
In February of 2015, the Founder of World Famous Hummingbird Highway Tamales, Bertha Lisbey passed away at age seventy-eight. But business continued as usual as her daughter, Aurora carried on [...]


Belizean Business Man Detained For Money Laundering In Honduras
Sixty five year old Belizean businessman Henry Tabony August was arrested in Honduras for money laundering today after he was found in possession of $16,490.00 which he failed to declare at the Juan Manuel Galvez International Airport in Roatan, Islas de la Bahia, Honduras. According to La Prensa Newspaper of Honduras, August, who carried a Belizean passport with the number P0291601, was unable to justify the large sum of money and as such was transferred to the Public Ministry charged with the crime of money laundering. According to the Anti- Money Laundering laws, anyone traveling with more than $ 10,000 or its equivalent has to make a statement before the appropriate authority.

Request Made For Speed Bumps On The Phillip Goldson Highway
The tragic accident that resulted in the death of twenty seven year old Lea Crawford, teacher of Carmelita Village, and twenty two year old Adrian Wade, has prompted the administration and staff of Carmelita Government School where Crawford volunteered as a teacher, to request for a speed bump. According to the Principal of the school, in order to prevent future accidents from occurring, the pedestrian ramps must be installed in key areas of the Phillip Goldson Highway. Keith Augustine – Principal of Carmelita Government School: “The ministry of works who is the appropriate authority to see if they can install some speed bumps because last year if I can recall correctly I had about three children being knocked down on the side of that road and it was like a broken feet and hand and some couple of years my same teachers was knocked down and she recovered and until today she is still with pain and it is sad to see another teacher who was knocked down and she lost her life and I think about two years ago or a year ago another student was knocked down so too many lives has been lost and I think it is about time that someone stand up and build those pedestrian crossing because it is over like a hundred kids that need to cross that highway.”

First Earthquake For 2016 Hits Trinidad And Tobago
The first earthquake for 2016 was recorded this morning at around 10:33am in Trinidad and Tobago. The 5.0 magnitude earthquake shook Trinidad and Tobago but there have been no reports of damage or injuries.According to the University of the West Indies’ Seismic Research Centre, the earthquake occurred at a depth of 33 km, about 62 km northwest of Trinidad’s capital, Port of Spain; 81 km northwest of Arima, Trinidad; and 103 km south of St. George’s, Grenada.Some people living in nearby Grenada and even St. Vincent and the Grenadines also reported feeling the shaking.

Canadian Producer and Film Maker Stabbed To Death
Last night at about 8:40 p.m. authorities were called out to Selena Village in the Cayo District where they discovered the lifeless body of a male dressed in a blue jeans pant and white T-shirt. The body was later identified as thirty seven year old Matthiew Klinck, a Canadian national, producer and film-maker. When police arrived at the residence, they observed that the house had been ransacked. Klinck was stabbed fourteen times on the left side of his face, neck and torso. Police say that the body was in an initial stage of decomposition and remains on the site and under the guard of police officers where it awaits a post mortem examination.

Woman Attacked In Corozal Town
Story Corozal Police are today looking for a man accused of attacking a 22 year old woman while in the Finca Solana Area of Corozal Town. According to the victim, 21 year old Joanna Caliz of San Pedro Town, on Sunday afternoon she and a group of friends had just finished swimming when a tall male person of dark complexion came out of the bushes wielding a machete. That is when all hell broke loose. Joanna Caliz: “It happened at Finca Solana and we had just arrived like around 2:20 and thereabout a dark skin tall man approached us with a machete and he just took all my purse with all my belongings, documents and some of my personal belongings and then he threatened us to follow him so that with the machete so that he could do something to us and then he just walked through the bushes. It happened around 2:40 in the afternoon. There were people but very far, there was a man painting but he didn’t saw anything because the man went into the bush, he was a dark skin, very tall and it had a lone blue jeans pants, a dark rag on his face and a black undershirt, I didn’t see any tattoos.”

Peace Work International Trains Public Officers In First Aid CPR
As part of a yearly involvement with various institutions here in Belize, Peace Work International and Gateway Technical College conducted a two day training on CPR and First Aid for members of the police department, Customs department and the Nurses from Orange Walk and Corozal. The initiative that started four years ago is focused on arming members of our community with key skills in first response training.Vicky Halback- Nursing Instructor: “We are here working with Peace Corp to do a first aid and basic class for some of the community members, we have members here from Orange Walk and from Corozal and we have been working closely with Mr. Neal and Lupe Ack who organized.”Reporter:“What is some basic stuff that persons will be learning?”Vicky Halback- Nursing Instructor: “Today they are learning CPR and first aid such as wound care.”

International Group Works On Developing In Early Childhood Education In The North
Peace Work International and Gateway Technical College commenced works in various communities here in Orange Walk earlier this week. One such collaboration is between the Education Students from Gateway Technical College and the Preschool teachers from Guinea Grass village. The initiative is part of a weeklong partnership focused on developing early childhood education in preschools here in the Orange Walk District, according to Peace Work representative, Jess Falla.Jess Falla- Peace Work: “We have students who are studying to be teachers; they are studying specifically early childhood education and so they have actually created a whole curriculum with hands on activities on a very child centered approached education and so they are working here at Guinea Grass Pentecostal as well as Guinea Grass Roman Catholic School and what they are doing is working alongside with the teachers and so it is a really a two way collaboration and they are specifically working with the senses right now because that is what the Belizean teachers are focusing right now so they created a curriculum that would go along with what the Belizean teachers are doing and they have a whole bunch of activities that they are doing with the teachers and the students in the classroom.”


Infant Mortality on the Rise in Belize … Top Ten Diseases Listed …. 1 of 10 Persons Overweight
The release of figures at the end of the year on health statistics is not a practice by the Ministry of Health; but in the Central Health Region Bulletin dated December 2015, some figures were released looking at various health aspects ranging from obesity to communicable diseases and infant mortality. The statistics coming out is […]

Murder #2 for 2016 Marks Canadian National as Victim
San Ignacio Police is investigating its first murder for 2016. Thirty seven year old Canadian National Matthiew Klinck was found dead in his yard last night just before nine o’clock. Klinck had been murdered. Hipolito Novelo reports. HIPOLITO NOVELO REPORTING “Due to the state of decomposition an onsite post mortem was conducted on the body […]

Snake Man Slowly Recovers from Venomous Bite
Yesterday we told of the case of Gilbert Usher also known as Snake Man who was bitten by a Fer del Lance snake, commonly referred to in Belize as a Tommy Goff. We were in error when we told you that he was on life support when in fact, he was in an induced medical […]

Police Harassment for a Roach?
Just after midday today, members of the Belize Police Department rained down on a residence on Amara Avenue in Belize, equipped with Apollo, the canine. Judging from the number of uniformed officers at the scene, you would get the idea that intelligence was leading them to a big yield of illegal substances or items …… […]

Travel Pulse Writes on Tourism Outlook for Belize
Travel Pulse is an online publication headquartered in New Jersey, USA and functions as a news source as it relates to tourism, cruise lines and the travel industry on a whole. At the end of 2015, a publication on the outlook of Caribbean and Latin America was posted with an overview of the areas that […]

The Argument of Imported Rice
Businessman Jack Charles got bad news from the court yesterday when Justice Sonia Young denied his application for judicial review as it relates to the three containers of Guyanese rice he has at the Big Creek Port in southern Belize. The court agreed that Charles had put the cart before the horse and proceeded to […]

Crime Rate Down in the Twin Towns
Major crimes decreased in 2015 says Superintendent Andrew Ramirez, the officer Commanding San Ignacio Police and the Western Regional Commander. While our news team was in San Ignacio, we got some crime statistics as it relates to the twin towns. ANDREW RAMIREZ: “The loss of one is one too many. We will try our best […]

“A Painted Conversation” for Meredith Sanz
“A painted conversation”, that’s the name given to a mural created by students of Galen University and artist Natalie Pilato. The mural design is a collage of photography and drawings which were traced, color coded and hand painted on 800 square feet of wall. Over one hundred and seventy persons contributed to the artwork which […]

Police News
Caye Caulker businessman, Artemio Marin has reported that his boat, Baby Dax has been stolen. Marin, who is the owner of Anda de Wata Tours said his boat was stolen between January 3 and 4. The boat is described as white with a red vertical Stripe with black underneath fiber glass boat with green canopy, […]

Mechanic Charged for Unlawful Intercourse with Minor
Thirty-seven year old Denfield Davis, an auto mechanic of Evergreen Street who was allegedly having an affair with a 15 year old school girl, was charged with four counts of unlawful sexual intercourse when he appeared today before Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser. Davis was also charged with one count of grievous harm. No plea was […]

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Belize City resident killed on New Year’s Day
A Belize City resident was shot and killed on New Year’s Day. On Friday the 1st of January 21-year-old Kieron Shaquille Moss of Belize City was walking with two females on Levi Slusher Street when two male persons on a motorcycle approached them. One of the passengers then got off the motorcycle and...

Well-known City residents killed on highway
At Mile 5 and a half on the Philip Goldson Highway around 9 Sunday morning, four badly damaged vehicles were all that remained of two separate traffic accidents, one fatal but both equally horrible to view. The first collision involved a Blue Ford escort and a Chevvy Equinnox being driven by mechani...

Two perish in traffic accident
A fatal traffic accident in the Orange Walk district has claimed the lives of a young man and a young woman, both residents of Carmelita. The accident occurred on Saturday January 2nd just outside Carmelita village. Witnesses say that Lea Crawford and Adrian Wade were on the highway on a bicycle whe...

Men shot on New Year’s Eve
Two Belize City residents were shot at on New Year’s Eve. On Thursday the 31st of December, 31 year old Ryne Mckenzie and 21 year old Ryan Foster 31-year-old Ryne Mckenzie were riding on separate bicycles when two men reportedly fired several shots at them. Mckenzie was shot to the shoulder, while F...

Supreme Court upholds BAHA decision not to import Guyanese rice
If you were one of the Belizeans dreaming of 69-cent rice on your dinner table, then we can tell you tonight that the dream is over, at least for now. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Young this morning said she would not grant leave to importer Jack Charles to file for judicial review of a decision by ...

Motorcycles gone missing
Motorcycles have been going missing around the country as of late. 66-year-old Juan Perez of Bladden Village in the Toledo District reported that on the 30th December 2015 around 7:30 p.m., he parked his red Meilun motorcycle valued at $2,200.00 with his friend in the San Jose Village. Upon making c...

Orange Walk Police make huge drug bust
Orange Walk Police make a huge bust of over 183 pounds of cannabis. Two men have been detained regarding the find of the Cannabis. Over the weekend, Orange Walk Police police were making checks on a feeder road off the Philip Goldson Highway when they found the 9 packages that were covered with blac...


Southside loses Kieron Moss, 21, in first murder for 2016
After a month-long reprieve in murders on the Southside of Belize City, a young man who was walking in the Jane Usher Boulevard area at about 4:30 Friday morning, after celebrating the New Year, was gunned down in the first murder case for 2016. Kieron Moss, 21, of Freedom Street, Port Loyola, was escorting two women home, on Levy Slusher Street, in the Jane Usher Boulevard area, after they attended the New Year countdown at the Memorial Park and went partying at a local nightclub. Reports to Amandala are that the three friends took a cab to the Jane Usher Boulevard area, and Moss was attacked by two gunmen on motorcycles, one of whom fired several shots at him, hitting him in the head and body, after which they fled the scene. According to police, Moss was shot twice in the head and 6 times in the chest and body, but the girls were not harmed.

Two remanded for big heroin bust
Two Belize City men were remanded to prison today, after they were arraigned on drug trafficking charges before Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser in connection with a major drug bust which yielded over 11 kilos of heroin, with a potential street value of over US$1 million. The two men, Richard McDonald, 39, a tour operator and resident of Hattieville, and Giovanni Requeña, 25, a fisherman and resident of T- Street, were charged separately for the same offense. They were each charged with one count of supplying a controlled drug, 5 grams of methamphetamine or heroine to Ervin Teck, contrary to The Misuse of Drugs Act. They were also separately charged with one count of possession of a controlled drug with intent to supply 11,155 grams of a controlled drug, being morphine or heroine, on Tuesday, December 29, 2015. Both men pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Road traffic accident claims two lives near Carmelita
couple who were riding along the Philip Goldson Highway, in Carmelita Village, were knocked down and run over by a vehicle that did not stop to help them at about 9:30 Saturday night, January 2. Lea Crawford, 21, a teacher of Carmelita Village, died on the spot, while Adrian Wade, 27, was declared dead on arrival at the Northern Regional Hospital. Assistant Superintendent Selwyn Tillett, Commander of Orange Walk Police, said that Crawford and Wade were riding on the same bicycle, when a Toyota 4Runner, driven by Perry Gibson, 44, a businessman of Belize City, who was travelling to Belize City from Orange Walk, knocked them down and did not stop. Tillett said that the vehicle came to a halt about a half-mile from where the accident happened, due to mechanical failure, and so Gibson was promptly arrested and taken into custody. Commander Tillett said that the front of the vehicle, which stopped in front of the Carmelita Supermarket, located along the highway, was damaged.

2016 brings double tragedy on Philip Goldson Highway
What should have been a festive weekend in celebration of the New Year, 2016, ended in tragedy for the families of five persons who were injured, two of them fatally, in two separate road accidents on the same stretch of the Philip Goldson Highway roughly 30 minutes apart, on Sunday, January 3. The collisions occurred on the infamous curve between Miles 5 and 6. The first accident reportedly happened at about 8:20 yesterday morning, Sunday, when a Chevy Equinox SUV and a Ford Escort car collided into each other. The driver of the car, Marvin Ramirez, 27, of Tibruce Street, Belize City, was severely injured while the driver of the Equinox, Andre Gordon of Baracat Street, Belize City, suffered minor injuries. Both vehicles were extensively damaged.

Supreme Court refuses claim of rice importer, Jack Charles
Supreme Court Justice Sonia Young, sitting in chambers, denied the application of businessman Jitendra Chawla, better known as “Jack Charles,” for a judicial review into the Government’s decision to block his importation of Guyanese rice. Jack Charles had applied to the high court seeking permission to file a writ of mandamus, which, if successful, would have the court order the Belize Agriculture and Health Authority (BAHA) to release his three containers of rice that had been held at the Big Creek Port since they arrived almost a month ago. Charles had imported the rice from Guyana without securing the necessary importation permit from BAHA; as a consequence, Justice Young found that Charles was in violation of the BAHA Act and the court would not countenance his application for judicial review. Upon exiting the court, attorney Eamon Courtenay, SC, who was attempting to join the case on behalf of the local rice producers, told reporters that they did not have to present any arguments, since the case was speedily turned down by the court.

More CARICOM countries should join the CCJ, says Belize PM, as he assumes chair of CARICOM
Belize Prime Minister Dean Barrow assumes chairmanship of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) at the start of the New Year, 2016. Barrow—Belize’s first Prime Minister to win three consecutive terms in office and who also served as chair of CARICOM from January to June 2009—will assume the rotating chairmanship from Prime Minister of Barbados and Chair of CARICOM, the Rt. Hon. Freundel Stuart, for a period of 6 months, from January to June. “[Stuart’s] guidance during the past six months has been highly appreciated by his colleague Heads of Government,” Barrow said in his incoming message. Barrow called on more CARICOM countries to join the region’s indigenous court, the Caribbean Court of Justice, which has been Belize’s final appellate court since June 1, 2010.

KREM Classic 2016 winners
2016 is under way, and it started with a bang on Friday, January 1, New Year’s Day, as hundreds of fans lined the road-ways “from the border to the boulevard” to witness the 26th edition of the KREM New Year’s Day Cycling Classic, most rooting for a Belizean winner. And they were not disappointed, as Belizean riders took the first 4 prizes from among a field of 57 that started the Elite race from the northern border, including 11 foreigners, from the USA, Mexico and Guyana. Last year’s champion, Mexican Hector Rangel, who rode for the Benny’s Megabytes team in 2015, did not participate this time. By a new rule of the Cycling Association of Belize, foreign riders can no longer ride as part of Belizean teams as in years past. 37 cyclists finished the 96-mile journey, which started at 9:00 a.m. from the Corozal Free Zone, passing through Corozal Town and Orange Walk Town, including all the various villages on the way to Belize City, and ending at the finish line in front of Santos Diaz & Sons on Central American Boulevard.

BDFA Interim Committee U-15 games results
The Belize District Football Association (BDFA) Interim Committee U-15 football tournament continued yesterday, Sunday, at the MCC with the Week 9 scheduled games. In game 1, Face of Belize and Hattieville Riverside Boys played to a 3-3 draw. Orlin Garcia scored 1 and Mario Galindo scored 2 goals for Face of Belize, while Mario Rivera got 1 and Jadon McGregor got 2 goals for the Riverside Boys. Game 2 saw Smart Brown Bombers getting the win by default over Ladyville Rising Stars. Game 3 was another default, with Berger United getting the win over Collet Strikers. And in game 4, undefeated City Boys crushed Ladyville Jaguars, 4-1, with Akeem Sutherland and Denroy Lopez scoring a goal apiece, and Kenroy Linares netting 2 goals for City Boys; while Lyndon Flowers scored for the Jaguars.

Splish Splash
The National Elite Basketball League (NEBL) will commence its third, annual basketball tournament on Saturday, January 16, and 8 teams are expected to participate. Those teams are: Orange Walk Running Rebels, Belize City No Limit, Belize Hurricanes, San Pedro Tiger Sharks, Belmopan Bandits, Cayo Western Ballaz, Dangriga Warriors and Independence Thunderbolts. The opening game will feature the newly added Independence Thunderbolt versus the back-to-back defending champions, San Pedro Tiger Sharks, out of the island in San Pedro. Cycling news – Krem Classic The 26th annual Krem New Year’s Day Cycling Classic went down this past Friday, January 1. Elite riders took off from the Corozal border at 9:00 a.m., and shortly after, the juniors and females got rolling from Orange Walk at 9:30 and 9:35 a.m., respectively, all racing to the finish line on Central American Blvd in Belize City. Although there were tons of station prizes all along the route in each race category, the most coveted prizes laid at the finish line, where the top 20 Elite riders and the top 3 in the Junior and Female categories would all be rewarded.

Editorial: Death trap
Party politics in Belize is a hell of a thing, as you know, and it affects our traffic and road safety. As far as we know, Ernesto Torres is the only Belizean who has any advanced training where the discipline of traffic is concerned. Because Torres has gotten himself publicly involved with electoral politics, the relevant authorities in Belize have refused to exploit his expertise. Meanwhile, traffic in and around Belize City continues to deteriorate. Many drivers do not know the traffic rules, one reason being that corruption within the system enables many people to become drivers without being properly educated. The taxi drivers have become classic violators of the rules, especially at rush hours, and in their case the immigrants who abound in the taxi business have led the way with their daring and recklessness. Belizean taxi drivers have followed their lead, and the rest of us drivers sometimes feel pressure to participate in our new regime of traffic lawlessness. The bus drivers, apparently because the size of their vehicles inflates their egos, do whatever it is they feel like doing anywhere in the population centers or on the roads, and they continue to race at high speeds from time to time. The “bus stop” at the corner of Regent Street West and East Canal is an area of pandemonium which will create headlines with armed violence between drivers any day now. Overall in Belize, the atmosphere where the driving of motor vehicles is concerned is a reckless one, and the road and driver recklessness increases on weekends and holidays, alcohol use making a significant contribution to that increased recklessness.

From the Publisher
Every year when I watch the annual Rose Bowl Parade on New Year’s Day in California, I am struck by the power and wealth and magnificence of the United States of America. There is something that you will not know about the American people, however, unless you live there for a while. With all their power, wealth and magnificence, the American people are a touchy people, a jealous people.a The American people want to be loved by the rest of the world, and when this does not prove to be the case, many Americans are puzzled by the hostility from other parts of the world. The unfortunate case of Marion Jones has always intrigued me, because she was treated manifestly more harshly than other American athletes who were using performance-enhancing drugs. It has been said that Marion went to jail because she lied to federal investigators, but I look at her case from another standpoint. At the moment of her absolute triumph at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia, Marion Jones grabbed a Belizean flag the Belizean side of her family had brought to the stadium for her to display. She ran around the track with it, and many thousands of miles around the world in little Belize, we were oh so proud of Marion and oh so happy. This was an unforgettable moment for Belizeans.

A senior Belizean’s plea from Santa Elena
Editor Amandala, Sir, I would like to ask the Hon. Prime Minister for a bit of consideration for those elderly Belizeans who have played a part in contributing to the Social Security but were unable to complete the five hundred (500) contributions. There are many of us who only managed to reach three hundred and fifty (350) contributions and had to accept a little grant of about three thousand dollars ($3,000.00) about seven to twelve years ago. How could that little grant help a person through the rest of his older years? There is nothing wrong for the non-contributors to be getting a small pension. But why should we, the ones who have worked so hard and contributed for so long, be pushed aside and forgotten? We are human, poor and needy. Please, Mr. Prime Minister, please give us some consideration, just like the non-contributors.

U.S. history and opinions from a Master’s degree
Dear Editor, You are correct. Your knowledge of U.S. history needs a lot of help. The Pilgrims and Puritans were not the same people. The Pilgrims had broken with the Church of England and lived in the Netherlands for a while. Bradford’s History of Plimouth Plantation struck me as a colossal piece of arrogance. They definitely felt superior to the Native Americans. The Puritans only wanted to purify, as they put it, the Church of England. They settled in the area of Boston – north of Plymouth. I could be incorrect, but I believe that the oldest city in the United States is Santa Fe, New Mexico. Napoleon sold Louisiana because he needed the money. It doubled the size of the United States. A few U.S. citizens had already moved into that territory. You have a problem, also, calling WASPs elite. Perhaps it’s in your definition of elite – too complicated to take up here.

Critically ill Lucky Strike “snake man” not so lucky with Tommy Goff
Gilbert “Baldhead” Usher, also known as “Snake Man,” is clinging to life at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH), after he was bitten, for a second time in 8 years, by a Fer-de-lance, one of Belize’s most venomous vipers, known locally as the “Tommy Goff.” Reports to Amandala are that Usher is currently on life support, and as of 4:00 p.m. today, Usher was still listed in a critical condition at the KHMH’s Intensive Care Unit. Usher, who is a resident of Lucky Strike Village, located on the old Northern Highway, was deported from the United States several years ago and earns his living by taming snakes, which he displays to tourists who visit the Altun Ha Maya temple area. In late July 2008, Usher was showing off a Tommy Goff to a Canadian family, in front of his Lucky Strike home, but as he was explaining how dangerous the Fer-de-lance venom is, the snake crawled up his chin, posed in a striking position and bit him on his nose.

Amandala interviews our 2015 Man of the Year: Chester Williams
In the January 3, 2016 edition of Amandala, Senior Superintendent Chester Williams was honored as our Man of the Year for 2015, in recognition of his remarkable accomplishments during the short time that he has been the Police Department’s Southside Commander: specifically the drastic reduction in the murder rate from 23 in the second half of 2014 to 8 in the second half of 2015—a phenomenal drop of 65%. On July 7, 2015, Williams was appointed the Police Department’s Commander of the Southside, which encompasses everything south of the four bridges: Chetumal, Belcan, Bel-China, and The Swing Bridge, all the way up to Mile 6 on the George Price Highway, and which is one of three Eastern Division precincts. In an Amandala exclusive, Williams—a man who came from very humble beginnings, the sixth child born to Isolene Williams, a single mother, who struggled to raise seven of them with the assistance of his grandparents—reflected on his milestone year. He said that “community policing” has allowed the Police Department to make “significant inroads” in solving and/or preventing crimes where the “big stick approach” has failed.

SSB earns $3.1 mil from $15 mil investment in BEL
Three years ago, in October 2012, Amandala reported that the Social Security Board (SSB) had moved to invest $15 million in the Belize Electricity Limited (BEL)—$10 million in the purchase of preference shares and $5 million in debentures. The SSB, which owns a minority stake of about 27% in the utility company, nationalized by the Government in 2011, had said that it would earn much more than what it had been earning at the commercial banks—a move to which Fortis Inc., the former majority owner of BEL, had strongly objected. “Since 2012, SSB has earned $3.1 million in return on its combined investments, amounting to an average of 6.6% annual interest,” BEL said today, in announcing that it had concluded the three-year arrangement with the SSB.

Depressed PetroCaribe flows won’t dampen 2016, says PM Barrow
Even as Opposition lawmakers in Venezuela are advocating for a pullback on the PetroCaribe accord with foreign states, Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Dean Barrow in his New Year’s Message for 2016, warned that the most pronounced of the challenges that will confront Belize in the months ahead will be a continued reduction in PetroCaribe flows, which, he said, had already been slashed in half in 2015 due to plummeting world market prices for crude. “This, combined with the drying up of earnings from our own petroleum exports, will put a severe crimp in Government revenues,” Barrow added. “It is what, in the face of the coming step-up in super bond payments and the compensation award expected to be handed down towards the middle of the year, has caused us to raise the duty on fuel imports,” the Prime Minister added, explaining why pump prices have now gone up instead of down, on account of the new tax measure. At the start of the week, pump prices rose after Government increased taxes on premium and regular gasoline, as well as diesel. However, the taxes on kerosene, the least expensive fuel used by the economically marginalized for cooking and lighting, remained unchanged.

Breadwinner gets 5 years for gun
Moments after Bryan Davis was arraigned on charges for possession of an unlicensed firearm and unlicensed ammunition, to which the 26-year-old Sandhill resident pleaded “guilty with an explanation,” with tears in his eyes he hugged his common-law wife, Louise Melissa Meneses, pregnant with their third child, and said his goodbye: “I love you. Please take care of the children for me.” The couple’s emotional moment was brief, as Davis stretched out his hands, so that the court orderly could handcuff him and take him away. Fraser had asked the court prosecutor what he was going to do about the charges against Meneses, Davis’ common-law wife, since Davis’ guilty plea was accepted. The prosecutor agreed to drop the two charges against Meneses, who had been charged jointly with Davis. Meneses didn’t have to speak in the proceedings, which lasted only a few minutes. Davis, a first-time offender, explained to Magistrate Fraser: “I have never gotten a charge yet. This is the first time I am faced with something like this.”

Fatal RTA claims life of Artemio Mendez, 35, BDF staff sergeant
Artemio Mendez, 35, a Staff Sergeant of the Belize Defence Force and a 15-year veteran, lost his life and a lieutenant who was in his company was injured after the Mahindra pickup he was driving collided with an ADO passenger bus of Mexico, Orange Walk police told Amandala. At about 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Mendez, a resident of Douglas Village, Orange Walk District, was travelling from Orange Walk to Ladyville along with Lieutenant Angel Flores, 31. Police said that upon reaching an area between Miles 40 and 41 on the Philip Goldson Highway, he lost control of the pickup and ran into the side of the approaching bus, which was traveling from Belize City. As a result of the impact, Mendez suffered massive head and body injuries and reportedly died on the spot. The front portion of the Mahindra was badly wrecked, trapping him behind the steering wheel, in the driver’s seat. He had to be removed from the mangled vehicle using the Jaws of Death equipment. Mendez’s body was taken to the Northern Regional Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Cop, Kyle Serano, 26, remanded for sexual assault of girl, 13
Less than 48 hours after Police Constable Luke Moriera—an officer of the San Ignacio Police formation who was declared Officer of the Month for November 2015—was remanded to the Belize Central Prison for allegedly raping a female detainee, another cop has been accused of a sex crime, this time against an underage girl. Ironically, Police Constable #1661, Kyle Hubert Serano, 26, of the San Pedro Police formation, who likewise received recognition as Officer of the Month for July 2014, was arrested and charged with 3 counts of sexual assault of a girl, 13. Serano was arraigned in the Belize City Magistrate’s Court today. He pleaded not guilty but the prosecution objected to bail, so he was remanded to the Belize Central Prison until February 4, 2016.

GOB shaves 20 cents off the price of regular gas, but keeps tax adjustment intact
Following an unusual tax hike at the pumps at the start of this week, the Government of Belize has introduced new controlled prices for regular gasoline and kerosene, as a new shipment was expected to arrive from Venezuela this week. On Monday, December 28, the price for a gallon of regular gasoline in Belize City shot up by almost a dollar, from $7.55 to $8.52, but the most recent adjustment, which came into effect at midnight on Tuesday, resulted in a decrease of 20 cents at the pumps. Without the tax hike, consumer prices would have fallen, as they did in neighboring Mexico; however, the Government has said that the price increase is a fiscal measure to make up for shortfalls in revenue caused by plummeting prices for crude oil on the world market and reduced PetroCaribe flows, which mean millions less in revenues for the Government. Export earnings from crude oil fell by almost $60 million for the first 11 months of 2015, according to the Statistical Institute of Belize, while imports of fuel products have fallen by about $70 million.

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Belizean businessman arrested for money laundering in Honduras
A Belizean business man has been arrested in Honduras for money laundering after he was caught with over US $16,000, which he failed to declare. 65-year-old August Henry Tabony, who carried a Belizean passport with the number P0291601, was surprised at the Juan Manuel Galvez […]

Diesel price goes down
A press release from the Ministry of Finance earlier today served to inform the general public of a $0.42 decrease in the price per gallon of Diesel Oil, dropping the price in Belize City to $6.58. This reduction comes as a result of lower costs […]

San Pedro man granted bail on rape, wounding charges
A San Pedro labourer accused of trying to rape his ex-girlfriend and wounding her appeared in court last week and was granted bail of $2,500 by Senior Magistrate, Sharon Fraser. He is Allen Martinez, a resident of Swan Street, San Pedro Town, who was read […]

Boat stolen in Caye Caulker
A local businessman of Caye Caulker reported to police that his boat was stolen from in front of Anchorage Resort where it was docked, sometime between Sunday evening and early yesterday morning. Artemio Marin, the 36-year-old owner of ‘Anda De Wata Tours’ on Avenida […]

Mechanic charged for statutory rape
A Belize City mechanic of Evergreen Street has been slapped with four counts of unlawful sexual intercourse and one count of grievous harm upon a 15 year old girl. 37 year old Denfield Davis is accused of having sex on four different occasions with […]

Popular tamales stop destroyed in fire
Stann Creek Police are investigating the cause of a fire that destroyed a popular structure on mile 25 of the Hummingbird Highway, known as “Bertha Tamales”, which caught fire around 6:30 p.m. on the evening of New Year’s Eve. Owned by 38-year-old Aurora Lisbey, […]

Farmer loses almost $10,000 in theft
An incident of theft from the farm of 58-year-old Charles Davison in Ontario Village, Cayo District, has left the American National almost $10,000 in the hole after several expensive items were stolen while he was away, visiting the United States. Davison, who exports and […]

Canadian national found murdered in Cayo
The body of a Canadian national is currently awaiting an onsite post mortem examination in Selena village of the Cayo District after it was discovered last night around 8:40, lying near the house in which the man lived. The body has been identified as 37-year-old Matthiew Klinck, […]


From Ambergris Caye To Belmopan to….Ahhhhh….Sleeping Giant Lodge
Sunday was absolute Caribbean perfection. The wind had shifted – and the sea was calm and flat and incredibly blue. Perfect for breakfast/brunch/RIBS at Estel’s on the beach. I was ready to head out west. GO WEST! I boarded the 8:30am San Pedro Belize express boat to Belize City. My ride arrived for my easy transfer to gorgeous Sleeping Giant Lodge. To stay in one of their newest rooms – suites built right up against the cliff – all with crazy amenities and a ridiculous view.

Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve
Would you like to experience nature as it was before the industrial world began plundering forests and paving the earth with concrete? Plan to visit Belize’s Mountain Pine Ridge, a destination that’s a jewel in Belize’s crown. Set aside as a national treasure by the government in 1944, Mountain Pine Ridge is a tribute to the nation’s commitment to keep as much of Belize pristine and natural—and for as long as possible. As the oldest and largest protected forested area in Belize, Mountain Pine Ridge (MPR) covers 300 square miles of area, but visitors are surprised to find a sharp contrast to the tropical landscape; here, pine needles rather than palm fronds, fill the landscape. This pine tree-dominated forest is more than just a vast wooded area: visitors find deep ravines, traverse dramatic granite expanses atop the Maya Mountains and observe meandering rivers, streams, waterfalls and pools amid the sweet fragrance of the evergreens.

Blackadore Caye environmental report: Airport is out, eco-friendly construction is in
Spoiler alert: The new Environmental Impact Report for the high-profile Leonardo DiCaprio resort on Blackadore Caye contains no smoking gun. At least, none that I could find as I perused the 430-page report recently at the San Pedro Public Library. A “public consultation” on the findings regarding the proposed high-end resort will be held Jan. 14 starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Lion’s Den on Front Street in San Pedro. The report, meanwhile is available for reading at the town library, the Ho Chan Marine Reserve office, the Caye Caulker Village Council Office and at the Leo Bradly Library and the Turton Library Center in Belize City. The Department of Environment has a copy in Belmopan. You can also view it online at

Burger Benefit For Valladarez Family
As many of you in San Pedro may know, 34 year old Ricardo Valladarez and his family lost their home and mechanic shop in a devastating fire on December 27, 2015. The Mechanic Shop was Ricardo’s source of income, so it is vital that they rebuild quickly.

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Gatineau filmmaker found stabbed to death in Belize
A 37-year-old Gatineau filmmaker has been found stabbed to death at his Belize home, according to a report from Belize Breaking News. The victim has been identified as Matthiew Klinck, whose body was discovered on Monday night with a “cut wound to the neck” in a village in the Cayo District of Belize. Klinck’s house appeared to have been robbed, according to the report. Global Affairs Canada issued a statement on Tuesday night saying Canadian consular officials in Belize had been in touch with authorities there and were providing “consular assistance” to Klinck’s family. “Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the Canadian Citizen who died in Belize,” reads the statement. Klinck, who was born in Aylmer, according to his IMDb page, ran Make-Belize Films, a Belize-based film and television production company. Klinck’s film credits include Mad Dogs, a television crime drama, and 2012: Curse of the Xtabai.

Quebec filmmaker Matthiew Klinck found dead in Belize
Aylmer-born filmmaker Matthiew Klinck was found stabbed to death outside his home in the Central American nation of Belize on Monday. Klinck, 37, was found with a cut to his neck just outside his home in San Ignacio, in the Cayo district of Belize. His house had been ransacked, and police told local newspapers they believe a robbery took place at the time of Klinck’s death. The Quebecer had been working and living in Belize since 2011. His production company, Make-Belize Films, had produced a number of movies and a soap opera that was shot locally and aired on Belize television. Daniel Guerrero, the mayor of the town of nearby San Pedro, said Klinck was well known in the area because his soap opera was shot in San Pedro using local actors.

The Secret Cheese-Making Industry in Belize
Three years ago, an entrepreneurial local lodge owner become one of the only artisanal cheese makers in the country. Today, after honing its craft, Caves Branch Adventure Company and Jungle Lodge produces 12 varieties of cheese from a small batch factory on its property. The Cheese is used to feed its own guests and sold to other hotels in Belize. But more exciting, they offer cheese-making classes to their guests. I talked with Ian Anderson, Caves Branch proprietor, about his journey to becoming a cheese maker, how the property’s jungle-made varieties are gaining international popularity and how you, too, can make cheese in Belize. So, what initially inspires a jungle lodge owner to start making cheese? Heartwarmingly enough, Ian and his wife, Ella, initially got the idea after a philanthropic project they had established to help local at-risk children and seniors. “It all started through another program that my wife established nine years ago called the Belize national youth chess foundation,” Ian Anderson said. “We invited elementary school-aged children and encouraged them through the chess clubs.”

Belize bonefish basics
As soon as it snows, I think sand. I haven’t always had such gritty thoughts, but the fetish easily buried itself in my mental makings the first time I fished Belize in the winter. I kicked off my snow boots with reckless abandon and ran barefoot on the beach chasing bonefish. Fishing without freezing is a delight and I took to Belize winters well. I stopped shivering, I stopped layering and most of all, I stopped whining. Seven days of warm in the middle of seven months of cold is all I need to make it through an Idaho winter. I quickly learned the basics of fishing for bones in Belize with Nano, a patient guide who says ‘oi yoy oi’ a lot when I cast. That must be Belizean for terrific, or truth be told, horrific, but I cast on. I catch four fish off Nano’s flat boat with an 8-weight on day one. I also catch two bones wading the flats without Nano and the same 8-weight on day two. His ‘cast farther, strip faster’ mantra is burned into my trout-trained brain with repetitive success by the end of the trip. I live in freshwater country so I won’t claim to know it all when it comes to saltwater swimmers, but borrowed rods turned into bought rods and buffs now outnumber my bikinis because of bonefish. So, if you've never chased bones in Belize during winter break, it's probably safe to say this handful of tips will help when you finally do.

Official: Belize Cruise Port Behind Schedule
Norwegian Cruise Line’s $100 million Harvest Caye cruise port off Belize’s southern coast is behind schedule and may not meet a planned Feb. 16 opening, a local tourism official said recently. Harvest Caye’s opening “will be delayed,” said Valdemar Andrade, director, destination planning and cruise at the Belize Tourism Board (BTB), in a December interview on the website. Andrade said Norwegian officials “have informed me that they will have a press release soon to know the exact timing of what that will be. It was scheduled to officially be opened in February 2016. But it will be delayed.” Norwegian officials did not provide a reason for the delay, he said. Norwegian officials have not issued a statement on Harvest Caye since Andrade’s December interview. Company officials have not responded to several requests for comment on the port from Indeed local media has described the project as “shrouded in mystery” as Norwegian has not offered press access to the development.

Le réalisateur gatinois Matthiew Klinck assassiné au Belize
Le réalisateur canadien Matthiew Klinck a été victime de meurtre au Belize, un pays situé entre le Mexique et le Guatemala. Le corps de l'homme de 37 ans, originaire de Gatineau, a été retrouvé lundi soir vers 20 h 40, heure locale, à l'extérieur de sa résidence située dans le village de Selena. Selon la police de San Ignacio, il a été poignardé à 14 reprises au torse et au cou. L'autopsie a révélé qu'il était décédé à la suite d'hémorragies internes et externes. « Nous faisons tout ce qui est en notre pouvoir pour trouver le responsable de cet acte odieux commis contre la personne de M. Klinck afin que justice soit faite et pour permettre à la famille de faire son deuil », affirme le surintendant de la police de San Ignacio, Andrew Ramirez. Il semble qu'un vol pourrait être le motif de l'agression, puisque sa résidence a été cambriolée et vandalisée.

National Bird Day - time to take pride in your birds
Everyone has some sort of pride in his or her roots —family, city, area, nation— and for some it may be that birds are the means. National birds are flagships for shared values, which typifies the country, and which we have a duty to protect. So, to celebrate National Bird Day here is a list of national or state birds from around the world. Although many nations have not yet taken the step of selecting a national bird, we have a long list here. And what a menagerie it is! The Common Loon Gavia immer is the national bird of Canada, each of whose states has its own bird (Great Horned Owl Bubo virginianus for Alberta, Steller’s Jay Cyanocitta stelleri for British Columbia, Great Grey Owl Strix nebulosa for Manitoba, Black-capped Chickadee Poecile atricapilla for New Brunswick, Atlantic Puffin Fratercula arctica for Newfoundland, Gyrfalcon for the Northwest Territories, Osprey for Nova Scotia, Rock Ptarmigan Lagopus mutus for Nunavut, Blue Jay C. cristata for Prince Edward Island, Snowy Owl Nyctea scandica for Quebec, Sharp-tailed Grouse Tympanuchus phasianellus for Saskatchewan and Common Raven Corvus corax for Yukon)—Ontario double-dipping by having the Common Loon.


  • Chuh, 4min. Ready for the music here it is Music for Belize Mastirius 1st song called "Chuh"

  • Nathan Bland drumming in Belize City, 1/2min. Get out of your comfort zone and start the New Year off with a bang!!! Our Political and Economic Chief Nathan Bland loves to get out in the community in Belize and experience what the local culture has to offer. Check out his drumming session with locals in Belize City below. What local and uniquely Belizean activities do you think he should try next?

  • Fishing in Belize at Glovers Atoll, 10min. NO // I 6 måneder bodde Vebjørn Kielland i en stråhytte som stod på pillarer ute i havgapet i Beilze. For Vebjørn var dette å følge den store drømmen; om å reise bort, ta fri fra forpliktelser, følge hjertet og jakte på tropiske fisker med fluestang.

  • Belize, 5min.

  • Belize Mission Trip Summer 2015, 7min.

  • Mexico and Belize, nov 2015, 5min.

  • Tree Frog in Car, Lamanai (Belize), 1/2min. After having visited the Maya ruins in the rainforest near Lamanai (Belize), we found this when we opened the door of our parked car: a cute brownish tree frog.

  • BELIZE MISSION TRIP 2015, 12min.


  • DJ Outkast countdown the New Year in San Pedro Belize, 9min. The Cut Creator, DJ Outkast from St Maarten counts down the 2016 New Year in his first appearance in Belize. Watch to the end when the Kategory 5 band calls him back on stage to dance Punta Rock. The turntabalist plays a wicked mixed format set with pop, edm, hip-hop, old-school, soca, dancehall and reggaeton.

  • Live Music at Club JJ's San Ignacio Cayo Belize, 1.5min.

  • Belize & Mexico, 2015, 11min. Kyndal and I spent two weeks over Christmas break traveling around Belize and then to Cancun, Mexico. Here's a short compilation of our trip.

  • Guatemala Belize Discovery, 11min.

  • Belize Mission Trip Summer 2015, 8min.

  • Skydiving into the Blue Hole, Belize, 8.5min.

  • Jaguar tracks . Southern Belize January 2016, 1.5min. I think these are photos of fresh Jaguar tracks as the Jaguar was hunting possums (opossums) or other animals. You should be able to see 2 or 3 kinds of tracks. These photos were made in southern Belize in January 2016. I have included a page from "A Field Guide To The Mammals of Central America and Southeast Mexico by Fiona A. Reid. You can compare this to my Big Cat foot prints to see if you think they are Jaguar. Perhaps a real tracker can give feed back. One photo shows an older human foot print. Most of the trail was covered with vegetation. This spot was bare and a little wet from a rain a few hours earlier. The cats are very shy and you will not see them even if they see you.

  • MANATEE STAMPEDE BELIZE IT, 2min. Manatee are spotted on occasion at Caye Caulker Cut and Hol Chan Marine Reserve. Lucky for me to be at the rite place at the rite time. Hopefully you will too, first step you need to get there and get wet! Please practice the no touch rule as you only view from a distance these beautiful and graceful creatures.

  • Snorkeling in Belize, 21min. Here's video of us snorkeling in Belize for a Norwegian cruise excursion. Corals, starfish and cool jellyfish. It was a great time!

  • Follow the Grouper - Half Moon Caye, Belize, 7.5min.

  • Man riding a horse on the streets of Belize City in the evening., 1min.

  • Belize Dive Trip December 2015, 2min.

  • Scuba Diving Belize, 9min. Scuba Diving Ambergris Caye and Turneffe Atoll, Belize.




  • Redlands In Belize Mission Trip 2015, 4.5min. A group of students and church family, traveled to Orangewalk Town, Belize. There, We helped built a portion of a building that needed to be finished, and provided the local community a small health awareness fair.

  • Belize 2015 Caracol, 1min.

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