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Today's Belize News: December 13, 2016 #519743
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The San Pedro Sun

Love FM Christmas Parade brings joy to Ambergris Caye
On Sunday, December 11th, Love FM hosted their annual Christmas Parade in San Pedro Town, bringing a festive parade full of colour, music and much Christmas cheer to the island. This year, the main streets of town were filled with brightly lit floats and participants in themed costumes, while hundreds of residents lined the side of the streets for a prime view of the event. The spectacular show saw elaborate and creative floats from the following organizations: The Rotary Club of Ambergris Caye, Foreva Fancy Boutique, Wings Department Store, ABC Pre-School, the Garifuna Council San Pedro Branch, The Saints Dance Crew, The San Pedro Town Council, Honourable Manuel Heredia Jr., San Pedro Leo’s Club, San Pedro Roman Catholic Marching Band, Isla Bonita Elementary School, San Pedro Walkaholics, Rasta Rentals, and Social Security.

Elvi’s Kitchen celebrates 40 years of great food and service!
Forty years of service is a momentous achievement for any business, and on Saturday, December 10th Elvi’s Kitchen celebrated just such an occasion. Among family and friends, the iconic San Pedro restaurant commemorated four decades of providing excellent food and genuine Belizean hospitality to the community. The event also served as a celebration of the accomplishments of Mrs. Elvia Staines, the pioneer of Elvi’s Kitchen. Assuming the role of Mistress of Ceremonies was Mrs. Elvia’s granddaughter, Amber Edwards. The event included several speeches from family members, as well as a special meal inspired by the restaurant’s years of service. Officially welcoming those in attendance was another granddaughter, Cindy Staines. Executive Chef of Elvi’s Kitchen, Jennie Staines then took to the podium to share a few words on the importance of this anniversary.

ABC Preschool Christmas Show brings entertainment to Ambergris Caye
The annual ABC preschool Christmas extravaganza brought much joy and laughter to island children on Saturday, December 10th. The children’s show took place at the Angel Nuñez Auditorium featuring a host of animated characters on stage delighting parents and children with another show to remember. Artists from Merida Yucatan, Mexico took on the role of characters from The Descendants, Super Heroes, the Paw Patrol and even Santa Claus, Frosty the Snow Man, Rudolph and the Red Nosed Reindeer! During each segment of the show children sang and danced along to their favorite musical presentations. Some of the characters even came off the stage to meet and hug their little fans while posing for photos. The show ended with the appearance of Santa Claus, who along with the whole cast, brought gifts for everyone. The ABC Christmas show is a fundraiser held by the school every year, with all proceeds benefiting the educational institution. Lots to eat and drink were on sale, adding to an enjoyable family night out.

Hungarian National arrested in San Pedro for fraud
On Wednesday, December 7th at around 4PM, San Pedro Police detained 62-year-old Nagy Maria Sandorne Dobrai on suspicion of embezzlement. According to San Pedro Special Branch information, there was an international warrant for the Hungarian National on the crimes of fraud and unauthorized financial activities. She was arrested at her residence at a resort in North Ambergris Caye. According to reports, the warrant for Sandorne Dobrai’s arrest was issued back in April of 2015, following Hungarian police’s raid of her home in Karcag, Eastern Hungary. Sandarne Dobria was the managing director of the travel agency Kun-Mediator, and the raid led to the seizure of 800 fraudulent contracts. According to a report by Daily Nes Hungary “István Dobrossy, who is the lawyer representing the Kun-Mediator clients connected with the embezzlement, the losses caused by the travel agency can be between 5 and 20 billion forints (1 forints = 0.0067BZ), depending on how many clients decide to lodge a complaint, and how many of them would exercise the creditors’ claim.

Ambergris Today

A Starry Night, a cocktail holiday party supporting SHINE ministry was held on Friday December 9, 2016, at Hidden Treasure Restaurant. Proceeds from this event will go toward the SHINE program for girls, Thrive - a high school empowerment program at San Pedro High School, and the SHINE Artisan Project, which will help give business skills and opportunity to women. Michelle Nuñez’s SHINE Girl’s Club is a youth enrichment program for young girls that stands for Shaping Healthy Identities through Nurturing & Empowerment. The club encourages young people and women in the community by provide resources for them to become who they are meant to be. It is a branch of the On Eagles Wings Ministries (OEWM). Workshops and programs target issues of self-esteem/self-confidence, body image, sexual risk behavior, drugs and alcohol, decision making and communication skills/future goals and ambitions.

Love FM Christmas Parade Lights Up San Pedro
The Love FM Christmas Parade is a much anticipated event during the season in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize. Hundreds of residents flock to the streets early enough to obtain a great viewing spot in which to enjoy the parade. This year the streets of downtown were jam packed. Love FM gathers groups, organizations and businesses that wish to participate in the fun and puts together a fun-filled parade full of lights, music and entertainment. This year saw the participation of the Rotary Club of Ambergris Caye, ABC Pre School, Foreva Fancy Boutique, Wings Department Store, the Garifuna Council of San Pedro, the Saints Dance Crew, the San Pedro Town Council, Hon Manuel Heredia, the San Pedro Leo’s Club, San Pedro RC School Marching Band, Isla Bonita Elementary School, Social Security Board, San Pedro Walkaholics and Rasta Rentals.

Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

Christmas Tree Lighting
That was a fun Christmas Tree Lighting at the Cayo Welcome Center. The SISE Town Council really had a great celebration this year. "It was a spectacular night Down Town San Ignacio at the Cayo Welcome Center on the 10th December, 2016, where the official Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony took place. Mayor Earl Trapp Jr. and the San Ignacio/Santa Elena Town Council has joined the caused to share the spirit of Christmas and love for the children of the Twin Town who are the future of our beloved Country Belize. This is indeed a promise kept by empowering our children so that they too can feel the spirit of christmas. Special thank to all the staff who worked tirelessly to make this event a success, especially to Ms. Melonie Usher, Ms. Lisa Gordon, Mr. Jaime Garcia, Ms. Karen Fernandez and Ms. Minnett Zetina who were behind the scene ensuring that all activities for the event were properly organized. Thanks a million to the Business Community who contributed toys. Thank you and may God Bless you all. Merry Christmas!!!"

Krismus Eena Di Paak
Combine “Krimus Bram” with “KREM Krismus” and an array of entertainment and delicious food, and what do you get? A new event called “Krismus Eena di Paak,” a four-day holiday party in downtown Belize City. Brought to you by The Ministory of Tourism & Civil Aviation; KREM; NICH; and the Belize City Downtown Rejuvenation Project. December 15 – December 18. Dec 15 at 12 PM to Dec 18 at 10 PM, Battlefield Park, Belize City.

The Image Factory Art Foundation announces the public presentation of BAFFU printed magazine
BAFFU printed is an independent magazine published by The Image Factory Art Foundation in Belize. Since June 2014 a small team of five art activists have collaborated to produce nine electronic editions featuring the works of over 300 artists, writers and poets. This effort has accumulated over 900 pages of an unprecedented art record for the country Belize. The 1st printed publication is a careful compilation of the 9 electronic editions. BAFFUprinted publication is edited by Katie Usher, Kyraan Gabourel, Briheda Haylock, Rasheed Palacio and Yasser Musa The magazine is a 48 page (9 x 12 inches) full color document and is for sale at $20BZ. What the editors say: It matters to me, that young Belizean artists know that they have a place, that it is ok, normal and even applauded that they want to be artists. (Katie Usher) Day in, day out, creativity is being beaten out of those who dream by gate keepers who maintain the status quo. Baffu is the freedom we breathe. (Kyraan Gabourel)

Free Dental Services this week at Polyclinic II
Dr. Pierre Boumerhi and a team of dental volunteers from Pennsylvania, USA are back on La Isla Bonita on a quest to provide a week of free dental services at the Dr. Otto Rodriguez San Pedro Polyclinic II from Monday, December 12th to Friday, December 16th. The dental group of volunteers will dedicate a full week starting from 8AM to 11:45AM and 1 to 5 PM; providing the community of San Pedro with dental services such as cleaning, cavity fillings, fluoride applications and tooth extractions. Anyone in need of dental services can head to the polyclinic to make their appointments during the hours listed above.

Looking for reliable internet on Caye Caulker?
Looking for reliable internet? Today Tuesday December 13th Smart will here signing up customers. Look out for them right beside Purple Passion. For any questions call 280-2069 or 280-2071 and ask for Magali.

Chief Executive Officer for Education Resigns
Mr. David Leacock, Chief Executive Officer with responsibility for Education, in the Ministry of Education, Youth, Sports and Culture will be leaving this post effective December 31, 2016. In a letter dated September 7, 2016, Mr. Leacock gave notice to the Prime Minister of his intention to resign after he had verbally informed the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education, Youth, Sports and Culture. Mrs. Debbie Domingo, current General Manager of Anglican Primary Schools, will succeed Mr. Leacock as Chief Executive Officer, with responsibility for Education, in the Ministry of Education, Youth, Sports and Culture. Mrs. Domingo holds a Masters in Education in Educational Leadership from the University of North Florida and Bachelor of Science in Biology Education. Mrs. Domingo has served as a teacher at Wesley College (1987-1984), Vice Principal of the Anglican Cathedral College (1994-2000), Principal of Sadie Vernon High School (2000-2005), Dean for St. John’s College Junior College School of Professional Studies (2006-2011) and General Manager of Anglican Schools (2011-2016). She is the current Chair of the Association of General Managers of Primary Schools and the Vice Chair of the Belize Board of Teacher Education. Her knowledge and experience therefore spans leadership at several levels of the education system.

Environmental Clearance Process Validation Workshop
The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment, Sustainable Development and Climate Change is currently implementing a five-year project entitled, “Management and Protection of Key Biodiversity Areas Project” with funding from the Global Environmental Facility (GEF). The project goal is to support the Government of Belize to achieve inclusive and sustainable natural resource-based growth and to enhance climate change resilience. One of the key components of the project is to support the Department of Environment in institutional strengthening and capacity building for enhanced enforcement of environmental regulations. As part of the Environmental Clearance Process the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) has gained widespread acceptance internationally as a tool for sound decision-making for developmental projects. The Environmental Clearance Process is precautionary in its approach to environmental management. It is designed such that potential problems can be identified in time and prevented before they occur, thus the negative effects are eliminated or mitigated. The preferred route in mitigating negative impacts is to identify alternative actions or technologies.

Belizean Entrepreneurs Receive Seed Funding to Expand their Business
Thirty-six young Belizean entrepreneurs were recognized for their hard work during an award ceremony of the EMPRENDE Belize Fund, which was held this morning in the IVET Dining Room, ITVET Campus on Freetown Road, Belize City. During the award ceremony, His Excellency Charles Liu, Ambassador of the Republic of China (Taiwan), and Hon. Tracy Taegar-Panton, Minister of State in the Ministry of Economic Development, Petroleum, Investment, Trade & Commerce, presented a cheque for the total sum of US$200,000 to the recipients as part of the EMPRENDE Belize Fund. The entrepreneurs will receive grant funding of up to US$5,555 each to establish or expand their businesses and will execute their investment plans as approved by the Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (BELTRAIDE) and the Regional Centre for the Promotion of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (CENPROMYPE). The funds are being distributed through the EMPRENDE Belize Fund, under the Regional Programme of Entrepreneurship and Inclusive Financing, which is being funded by the Government of China (Taiwan) and implemented in Central American territories as well as the Dominican Republic to strengthen the MSME sector in these countries. BELTRAIDE is the executing body in Belize.

Cayo Posadas 2016
The Benque and SISE Houses of Culture will be having Posadas, which run from Thursday the 15th to Christmas Eve. The SISE HoC will be open for the 2nd night of Posadas. The Benque HoC usually does something every day. "Save the date for the Annual Community Posadas in Benque December 15 to the 24th, 2016. Candle light street procession will commence at Our Lady of Mount Carmel accompanied by live marimba music will lead to Benque House of Culture on December 15th, 2016"

Marine conservation Photography in Belize
Here is an excellent chance for Belizean photographers to learn some new skills for a price that will not be offered again anytime soon! For only $1600 or BZ $320/day, take advantage of what could be a once in a lifetime opportunity. Kindly share with your friends!

Channel 7

BNTU Tells Teachers: Ignore Ministry's Make Up Days, Stay Home, Enjoy Christmas Holiday
Your kids are going back to school early after the Christmas holidays, right? The Ministry of Education has already made it official: school starts on January third, not the ninth. That's to make up in part for the 11 days lost to the October 2016 strike. But today the Teachers Union sent out a release telling its members - and by extension, parents - basically to ignore that directive. The BNTU release says that school managements should decide on the formula to make up days - and the six "make - up" days currently on the calendar were planned by the Ministry along with school managers. The union rejects that model: they say the teachers and the managers should work it out. So, even though the managers agreed to the Ministry's current plan, the BNTU doesn't. Its release underscores the Education Rule which speaks to a teacher's entitlement to vacation days during Christmas, Easter and July. And the union says the majority of its members plan, quote, "to proceed with the original calendar of vacation days," end quote. That means basically that they plan to ignore the Ministry's makeup days.

Girls Caught Late Night Socializing Taken In, Mother Charged
On Friday police brought in two girls ages fifteen and sixteen after finding them out socializing on Glenn Street in Belize City after curfew hours. After their parents were contacted, the girls' 48 year old mother was arrested and charged for allowing a child to be in a public place between the hours of 8 pm to 6 am. This curfew for underage city residents started when Chester Williams took over as Commander of Southside Police and he told us more about why its enforcement is important... ACP. Chester Williams, Commander. Southside Police: "Well you will know that since I took over the division in July of last year, we have been saying that the issue of children roaming the streets of Belize City is an issue and it was one that we had been addressing. First we began with the issuance of a warning letter to parents whose children were found on the streets between the hours of 9pm and 6am. As time progressed, we did pick up a number of children an issued a number of warnings, but it seemed as if some parents are still in the habits of wanting the streets to raise their children. When things go wrong with the kids on the streets, then they began to point fingers at the police, the government, social department, everywhere but themselves."

Off Duty Officer Tried To Help, But Got Stabbed
Late last night an off duty cop was stabbed in the back while intervening in a domestic dispute. PC Raul Juchim was visiting a family friend when two men showed up looking for the family's daughter. After they were denied entry into the home, the daughter went out into the street after them, and her mother followed. When the altercation began to get rough, Juchim intervened and that's when he was stabbed. We heard more about what happened from Southside Police Commander Chester Williams and an eye witness to the dispute. ACP Chester Williams - Commander Southside Police: "Police Constable Juchim, who is attached to precinct 2 was socializing in Ordonez Street in the St. Martin's De Porres area when there was a domestic dispute within the area where he was socializing, not involving him. He intervene in the domestic dispute during which the male person who was a part of that dispute inflicted a small stab wound on the police constable. He was taken to the hospital where we was treated and release. The injury sustained is minor, not life threatening, he is currently at home recovering."

13 Year Old Stabbed
Juchim has been treated and released. The weekend saw another stabbing victim, this one a minor. A thirteen-year-old male was socializing with his friends in alley on Dolphin Street in Belize City when they were approached by a person known to them as Winston Staine. An argument between the two parties soon began, which is when the minor was stabbed. Southside Police Commander Chester Williams told us more... ACP Chester Williams - Commander Southside Police: "Yesterday, the first incident occurred around 5:30pm thereabout, where a 13 year old was socializing on Dolphin Street in the vicinity of Wesley Upper School when he was accosted by one, Winston Staine with whom him and two other minors had a disagreement, during which Mr. Staine inflicted the stab wounds to the minor. The minor was taken to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital where he is currently admitted in a stable condition undergoing treatment."

Man Charged For Chopping Stepmom
Last week we told you about nineteen year old Linsdale Flowers who was arrested for attacking his stepmother Consuelo Lopez with a machete. Lopez sustained serious wounds to her arms and head before police arrived on the scene and detained him. Flowers has been in police custody since then, and appeared in court today where he was charged with attempted murder, dangerous harm and deadly means of harm. He was remanded into custody until February 11, 2017. Flowers' motives are still unknown, but police think that some sort of misunderstanding between the two caused him to get violent. We spoke to Lopez's daughter earlier today, and she told us that her mother is now conscious and is doing much better.

Police Say Corozal Murder Vitim Was Getting Threats
Last week Thursday, we told you about the mysterious early morning murder of Corozal Resident Armando Pelayo. The 36 year-old was shot and chopped multiple times. The cops found him by following a suspicious car, which drove up to his home. Police wanted to question Pelayo's common-law wife. She was seen leaving the house in tears when the cops found Pelayo in a near-death state at his neighbour's yard. Police say she left with her mother, who accompanied a driver to pick her up. On Thursday, the Corozal Commander, Sr. Superintendent Dennis Arnold, publicly asked them to come in and speak with the police. After hearing of it on the news, all 3 showed up to be questioned by police, and sources tell us that they were initially not cooperating with the investigators.

A Killing In Cayo
There was another murder over the weekend - this one happened in a remote village in the Cayo District last night at 8:30. It appears to have been the product of a drunken altercation. Courtney Weatherburne went to Yalbac Village today and here's her story:... Courtney Weatherburne reporting: Melecio Gonzalez lived in Yalbac Village with his wife and 3 kids. He was the caretaker of this cabbage farm right at the foot of his humble hilltop home. He would normally be here working on the farm with his co-worker but instead he was found dead last night, his body thrown among the same crops he once kept. Supt. Richard Rosado, OC, San Ignacio: "Police visited the scene where a the lifeless body of a male Hispanic person was seen in a lateral position on the roadside next to a farm land with an apparent injury to the right side of his head." Courtney Weatherburne, 7News: "And at this point police believe that, he was hit in the head with a rock?" Richard Rosado, OC, San Ignacio: "Yes, based on the initial investigation we believe he was hit in the head by one person by the name of Williams with a rock."

Cop Charged For Human Trafficking Related Offences
A police officer has been charged with offences related to human trafficking. On Saturday night after 9:00 a San Ignacio police patrol chased after a heavily tinted SUV. When they caught up with the vehicle, they found PC Edif Alex Sierra at the wheel and 8 undocumented Salvadorans crammed in the back seat - 4 adults and 4 minors under the age of 16. Now, we have heard reports or allegations of police involvement in these kinds of operations but this is the first time a police officer has been directly criminally charged for trafficking related offences. Today police told us more about this major bust and expressed his disappointment with the PC's direct involvement. Supt. Richard Rosado, OC, San Ignacio: "Police and a team of volunteer special constable were conducting anti-crime patrols within the Santa Elena Town area and upon reaching in front of the Ministry of Works compound on the George Price Highway, the police attention was drawn to a black in color heavily tinted SUV vehicle bearing no license plates. The said vehicle then overtook the police mobile and the police subsequently intercepted the vehicle. Police subsequently approach the said vehicle and notice that there were 8 persons in the vehicle with the driver."

PM Returns Restored
Prime Minister Dean Barrow returned to the country on Saturday after visiting specialists in New York. A press release says, quote, "He expressed how happy he was to be back home and that he was 'feeling fully recovered'." The Prime Minister had to extend an official trip last week after he experienced persisting symptoms of gastro-enteritis. He had been hospitalized overnight in Belize before he left. Things took a more serious turn when the PM went to visit a gastroenterologist in New York and he found a lesion on Prime Minister Barrow's colon. A biopsy was taken, but according to a government press release, the New York specialist is very confident that it is a colonic ulcer and nothing cancerous. The biopsy result will be known at the end of this week. The Prime Minister was forced to miss Friday's House Meeting and the signing of the UNCAC convention while seeking treatment.

Is Hon. Retreage Rolling Out?
And the PM will need all the strength he can muster because there are challenging days ahead. Persistent reports which we've been hearing from last week suggest that Attorney General and Minister of Natural Resources Vanessa Retreage may be headed for the exit, as in leaving the Government. It is an unconfirmed report at this point, and Retreage wouldn't comment today. But, if she departs, it would be seen as a major blow for the Barrow administration since Retreage has been praised for her integrity and incorruptibility. We're told she has pressing personal issues which are influencing a decision to leave. We'll keep following this story - which we stress is unconfirmed.

Help Him Find His Grandma
Last week we told you about 70 year old Gabriella Mendez, the Maskall village resident who went missing. Well, she still has not been found. Her family and police have searched the surrounding area, but haven't come up with any leads. Now, her family is asking the public to help in locating her. Grandson Luis Payes gave us more details... Alex Courtenay, 7News: "Can you please tell us where's the last time you saw your grandmother was and how long has she been missing?" Luis Armando Payes, Grandson of Missing Woman: "I saw her since Friday but on Monday my uncle was with her and he went back to the island but we gave her a phone whereby we can contact her everyday as she lives alone. We tried to call her and there was no answer so my uncle said 'Luis go and check up on your grandmother'. When we went there, we saw no sign of her and that became a concern for us so I said 'well I'm going to start looking around the village to see whether she's around a friend or relative'. We made checks and from since then up to now which makes it 8 days we have nothing, no kind of news at all, no signs. We received two instances where two different persons said they saw her in the Maruba Resort area because she's from Maskall Village. We've arranged search parties, the same village members have checked in the forest and all over the place, there's still no sign at this time."

Carl Ramos Ready
All across the country, the Belize Infrastructure Limited has been constructing major sporting facilities in the different municipalities. And this weekend, Dangriga's Carl Ramos Stadium officially opened with their first football match in the new facility. It is a multi-million dollar stadium which the footballers of that Southern Town had been waiting for, but probably didn't think would arrive any time soon. And, the UDP ministers were certainly enjoying a bit of chest beating; that's after Patrick Faber, John Saldivar and Frank "Pawpa" Mena each made an attempt at a penalty kick. Here's how that opening in Dangriga looked this weekend: Francis Humphreys, Mayor - Dangriga Town: "Carl Ramos Stadium, the only one of its kind in the country of Belize and I say that with all due respect to Minister Saldivar, Isidoro Beaton is a jem, but no other stadium has this kind of location, ambience and the history on which it has been built. So we have a spectacular view, we have a history that is second to none and now we have a facility of which every person in Dangriga and in the country of Belize can be proud. This is value for money."

A Few Good Parcels For Good Folks
On Friday's news, we showed you the big reveal by PUP Parliamentarian Cordel Hyde. He outlined a scheme where 50 adjoining plots of land in Carmelita Village, totalling some 1,600 acres, were acquired by persons related to former Minister Gaspar Vega. We'll, we've managed to get copies of those documents he was reading from, and our brief review of them reveals a consistent pattern. Take for Example Angelita Cruz. On September 2, 2013, the Ministry of Natural Resources approved the transfer of a parcel of land to her for just under $2,500. Then on August 27, 2013, she then turned around and sold it to the company belonging to Gaspar Vega's brother, German Vega. His company, German Vega and Sons Imports Limited, paid her $12,000 for the purchase, and she made just over 10 thousand dollars profit. Here in this document, we see that on September 2, 2013, once again, the Ministry of Natural Resources then approved Faviola Cruz for purchase an adjoining parcel of land for a little more than 2,300 dollars. Again on August 27, 2013, she then turned around and sold it for $12,000 to German Vega and Sons Imports, making over $10,000 profit.

One More Well Meant Earl Donation
Hurricane Earl…with all that has happened in the 4 months after that storm hit Belize, it might be just a faint memory to you. But for some, it is still a healing wound that is only just scabbing over. Well, this morning, the Special Envoy for Women and Children, and a representative from the Inter-American Development handed over donations of $18,425 to 4 four institutions in Belize. The recipients include the Liberty Children's Home, the Hand in Hand Ministries, the Belize Red Cross, and the Forest and Marine Reserves Association of Caye Caulker. Here's more: Liberty Children's Home received $8,000 to assist with roof repairs and a greenhouse to provide the children with fruits and vegetables. Hand in Hand Ministries will use their over $7,000 to build a home for a Belize City family of 4 which has been affected by the hurricane.

CDB Gives to SIF
Last Thursday the Caribbean Development Bank approved a loan of US$10 million dollars to Belize. The money will be used by the Social Investment Fund to finance social and economic projects in rural and under-served areas. The aim of the project is to provide these communities with climate resilient infrastructure, basic social services and increase gender equity. The project is estimated to cost about US$12.5 million, $2.5 million of which is being provided by the Government of Belize.

Elvi's Kitchen: 40 Going On Forever
When we think about the longest established restaurants in Belize, Dit's here in the City is the first that comes to mind: it's been opened for 60 years and counting. After that you might think of Chon Saan which opened up in 1974, and is 40 years old and counting. We're sure there are others across the country who've been holding up for a few decades, but certainly Elvi's Kitchen on San Pedro is one of the most famous. It's the flagship restaurant of that island town which probably has more restaurants per square foot than any other part of the country. But, while so many restaurants on the fickle island paradise come and go, Elvi's just keeps going, getting bigger, more popular and more specialised. We visited for their 40th anniversary celebration on Saturday:.. Jules Vasquez reporting: San Pedro's restaurant business is probably the most competitive in Belize, every delicate gesture is finely tuned, from presentation, to plating, to service, and, of course, to taste, and on San Pedro no one has done it better, for longer than Elvi's Kitchen.

Baffu's Greatest Misses
Since June 2014, the Image Factory Art Foundation has been publishing an electronic magazine called BAFFU. The independent publication showcases a dazzling array of visual works, poems and stories from visual artists, writers and poets from all across the region. And this is no newsletter; it's a major production: in fact, since its start two and a half years ago there have been nine electronic editions featuring works from over 300 contributors and a total of over 900 published pages. Today, was the launch of BAFFU's tenth edition, and this time it's in print. This edition is a compilation of pieces from previous editions. We spoke the three of BAFFU's editors and contributors about the latest installment and where their inspiration comes from... The publication is available at the image factory bookstore..

Marie Sharp Recognized Again
And another Belizean product has been celebrated in the Caribbean. The Caribbean Export Development Agency has recognized Marie Sharp's Fine Foods as the "number one export success story" in its Exporter Of The Year awards. Caribbean Export put together a video celebrating Ms Marie, and we have a portion of that for you tonight. She talks about her struggles of having her brand name stolen, only to persevere and re-establish her company as a global brand:..

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Prime Minister Has Colonic Ulcer, Hopes it’s Not Cancer
Prime Minister Dean Barrow returned home to Belize on Saturday night, following a week-long trip to New York where he met with a team of structuring advisors and lawyers, ahead [...]

P.M. Still Has High Hopes for Superbond 3.0
The prime minister’s health aside, the call to New York was for the three-man team, including Economic Ambassador Mark Espat and Financial Secretary Joseph Waight, to sit down with government’s [...]

Can Belize Make February Payment for Superbond? G.O.B. Won’t Say
On Friday, News Five spoke with Charles Blitzer, special advisor to the Belize Coordinating Committee.  During that interview he disclosed that bondholders have pored over government’s recent postings on Central [...]

Is Vanessa Retreage Gone as A.G.?
Is Attorney General Vanessa Retreage stepping down as Belize’s chief legal officer?  It’s a question that will be answered following a discussion during Tuesday’s weekly Cabinet meeting.  News Five understands [...]

David Leacock Leaves as C.E.O. for Education; ex-C.E.O. Candelaria Saldivar Retires
Late this evening, G.O.B. confirmed a story we have been following. Chief Executive Officer David Leacock, who has been the departmental head of the Ministry of Education since 2008, vacates [...]

Treasury Bills a License to Print Money?
A number of issues came up at Friday’s House meeting, which we didn’t cover because of time constraints. In addition to a supplementary appropriation bill, the Government for the third [...]

Road to Amendment of Referendum Act Begins
A simultaneous referendum on taking the unfounded Guatemalan claim to Belizean territory to the International Court of Justice in 2013 was scrapped back then. This came after then-Guatemalan president, Otto [...]

Teachers’ Union: Have a Merry Christmas Vacation, Teachers!
The Belize National Teachers’ Union has informed its members to go ahead and take their full three weeks of Christmas vacation, as the majority, the union says, rejects the Ministry [...]

‘Prime Minister in Waiting’ Did as Expected; the Boss is Pleased
Acting Prime Minister Patrick Faber held his own as head of government in the House of Representatives on Friday, a first for any parliamentarian deputizing in that capacity.  Prior to [...]

B.T.L. Paid for Settlement Agreement Draftsmen, G.O.B. Claims
During the questions to Ministers portion of the House meeting, members from the Opposition fired several questions at their Government counterparts on issues of concern of either a national scope [...]

Drunk Friend Slays Yalbac Farmer with Rock in Front of Daughter
Our News Five crew is just back from the west where a man was killed in Yalbac Village in the Cayo District on Sunday evening. Farmer Milicio Gonzalez was killed [...]

Belize City Chopping Victim Recovers as Stepson is Jailed for Christmas
Police have arrested and charged nineteen year old Denzel Flowers with the attempted murder by chopping of his fifty-two year old step-mother, Eulalia Pop, also known as Consuelo Lopez. Flowers [...]

No More Warnings! Curfew-Breaking Teens See Mother Charged for Second Time
The curfew regulation put in place since April of this year has had mixed reviews among the population in the Old Capital, but police can claim some results in terms [...]

Stabbings Fell Minor and Policeman in Old Capital
The criminal elements kept off the streets over the weekend, but there are two separate stabbing incidents to report. On Sunday evening, a thirteen-year old minor got into an altercation [...]

Benque Cop Caught Trying to Bring in Undocumented Salvadorans
A Benque Viejo police officer is detained after he was busted with eight undocumented Salvador nationals. Around nine fifteen on Saturday night, police spotted a vehicle without a license plate [...]

Artists Print First Edition of BAFFU Magazine
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Good evening, I’m James Adderley and this is Sports Monday.   {Feature on Sports Monday…}


More Land Scandal Coming Out At Lands Department
On Friday’s House Sitting, PUP National Deputy Leader Hon. Cordel Hyde exposed what can only be described as a land grab bonanza by the family of the former Minister of natural resources, the already embattled Gaspar Vega. Hyde brought documents to the for which show that the Vegas have been acquiring huge tracts of land under very strange circumstances. Honourable Cordel Hyde - Lake Independence Are Representative: “It was assumable that only four years ago that he member from Orange Walk North and it’s a pity he is not here today told the world and country and said to Jules and he said I am not a normal person in Belize and we laughed, we laughed and we took him lightly but these folks are very serious folks. I have in my possession, Mr. Speaker, fifty land documents from inside the famous lands department, lands transaction that revealed a meticulously orchestrated move to get land from government pass it on to ordinary people who then flip it to the minister’s family, of the former minister’s family.”

Unfinished Project At San Lorenzo Road Costs Belizeans Millions Of Dollars
$2.6 million – that’s how much the Government of Belize spent on the road to the San Lorenzo Housing site. This is a project that has lasted over six years and yet remains finished up to today. At Friday’s House Sitting, Opposition Leader and Orange Walk Central representative questioned the Minister of Works and asked for an explanation why the project seems never ending. Honourable John Briceno - Leader of the Opposition: “Can the Honourable Minister responsible for Works please inform this honourable house now that all the construction and repair works on the San Lorenzo Road has been discontinued, how much money was spent on the project and how much specifically was budgeted and spent on the paving of the road and could the Prime Minister also inform this honourable house who ws the contractor for this project?”

O/W Christmas Tree Goes Up In Flames
The Orange Walk Town Council together with Orange Walkenos are tonight working tirelessly in an effort of bringing back our Christmas tree after it was destroyed in an unfortunate incident over the weekend. On Saturday night news spread like wild fire that the Christmas tree that stood at the Central Park was engulfed in flames. Fingers are tonight pointing at two male individuals who may have intentionally caused the fire. Mayor Kevin Bernard – Orange Walk Town Council: “What really is upsetting and this is what you are seeing on the TV the remanence that is left after the burning of that tree, what is upsetting is that I got firsthand information yesterday from somebody that was there in the park when this entire thing started; he mentioned to me that there were these two guys sitting down right there lighting these whistlers and intentionally because it was not intentionally it was not that somebody lit the whistlers and then left it and it then just blew away...”

Corozal Police Arrest And Charge Bladis's Gonzales Alledge Murderer
A Corozal man is sitting behind bars tonight at the Central Prison after he was formally arrested and charged for the brutal murder of 30 year-old Bladis Gonzalez who was stabbed to death inside his home in October of this year. 44 year old Robert Locke, who was the prime suspect of the murder was on the run since the October incident. Locke was captured on Friday night by Belize City Police and later transported to Orange Walk where he appeared in Court today. No plea was taken from Locke who was remanded to the Central prison until his next court date scheduled for January third 2017.


PM Returns Home Awaiting Results of Biopsy
Belize’s 3-term Prime Minister, Dean Barrow was scheduled to return home last Wednesday following meetings with country creditors in New York, USA. Prior to his leaving for the US, he was experiencing some medical issues which reportedly worsened during his time in New York thus delaying his return home. The Government’s Press Office had quoted […]

Restructuring of Bonds May Need Support from IMF
As we reported earlier, Prime Minister Dean Barrow led a delegation to meet with creditors of the Superbond in New York, USA in an effort to see what can be done to ease the upcoming financial obligation as it relates to the coupon payment due in February 2017. The Superbond 2038 is in the amount […]

BNTU Says NO to an Early Re-Opening of Schools; Minister Appeals to Teachers to Show Up
As you have heard in our newscast, the Ministry of Education has announced the schedule that will make up the time lost in the classroom as a result of the teachers’ strike earlier this year. It is a decision that the President for the Belize National Teachers Union, Luke Palacio has expressed displeasure at and […]

Police Constable Caught with Undocumented Salvadorans
Eight Salvadoran nationals were detained in Santa Elena over the weekend for illegally entering Belize. Police there were conducting patrol when they came across a heavily tinted black SUV with no license plates. According to San Ignacio Commanding Officer, Superintendent Richard Rosado, the SUV was travelling towards La Loma Luz Boulevard when officers pulled it […]

Melicio the Mexicano Slain at Yalbac
San Ignacio police are looking for one Maximiliano who is accused of murdering Melecio Gonzalez over the weekend. The murder occurred in Yalbac Village and according to San Ignacio Commanding Officer, Superintendent Richard Rosado, Gonzalez aka Mexicano was socializing at his residence when an altercation occurred. RICHARD ROSADO “On Sunday 11 December 2016 about eleven […]

Opposition Leader Says UDP Stole the 2012 Elections
Last Friday during the Sitting of the House of Representatives, the Leader of the Opposition, John Briceno made a presentation on what he has deemed as corruption in the Immigration Department. Despite several interruptions and objections from the Speaker of the House, Michael Peyrefitte, Briceno went on to speak of the information given to him […]

A Boost for Dangriga Sports at Carl Ramos Stadium
As mentioned by the Minister of Sports, Patrick Faber last Friday during the Sitting of the House of Representatives, the official opening of the Carl Ramos Stadium in Dangriga, Stann Creek District was slated for Saturday afternoon. That opening went as planned with Minister Faber boasting of the works of sport areas being conducted around […]

Stepson Charged with Attempted Murder
Nineteen year old Denzel Flowers, a welder who allegedly chopped his step-mother, was charged with attempted murder when he appeared today before the Chief Magistrate, Anne Marie Smith. Flowers was also charged with dangerous harm and use of deadly means of harm. He was remanded into custody until February 11, 2017. The police reported that […]

Police Holding Parents Accountable
In the law books, the charge is “allow or suffer a child to be in a public place”. This is the first time we have heard of such a charge. Over the weekend, a 48 year old mother of Belize City was arrested and charged for the offence of ” Allow or suffer a child […]

Police Constable Stabbed Whilst Intervening in Domestic Dispute
Hours after the teenager was stabbed, a police constable was stabbed. Fortunately, he was treated and released as the injury was not life threatening. Williams told us what happened to Police Constable Raul Juchim last night. CHESTER WILLIAMS “Police Constable Juchim who is attached to Precinct 2 was socializing on Ordonez Street in the St.Martins […]

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Travellers Liquors truck robbed
Reliable reports to BBN is that a truck belonging to Travellers Liquors was robbed a short while ago on the George Price Highway near Hattieville. The details are sketchy but information to BBN is that two culprits robbed the truck and made off with […]

Teachers get full Christmas vacation
The Ministry of Education had informed that classes would resume earlier after the Christmas vacation due to time lost during the BNTU’s sustained 11-day strike in October. The ministry had indicated their intent to take 6 days back: 4 from Christmas vacation and 2 […]

Chopping victim’s mom and girlfriend detained
Armando Pelayo Jr. was shot and chopped several times on Thursday morning in Corozal Town. However, his girlfriend and her mother were detained by police over the weekend for questioning. The duo have reportedly not been cooperating with police When Pelayo was fatally wounded, his […]

Corozal Sustainable Future Initiative and Forest Department trained in SMART Technology
The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) held a two day training workshop for employees from Forest Department and Corozal Sustainable Future Initiative (CSFI) on the use of the Spatial Monitoring and Reporting Tool (SMART) on December 6th and 7th. This workshop is a major milestone […]

Belizean entrepreneurs receive seed funding to expand their business
Thirty-six Belizean entrepreneurs were recognized for their hard work during an award ceremony of the EMPRENDE Belize Fund, which was held this morning in the IVET Dining Room, ITVET Campus in Belize City. His Excellency Charles Liu, Ambassador of the Republic of China (Taiwan), […]

PACT to award $2.28 million in grants to safeguard Belize’s protected areas
The Protected Areas Conservation Trust (PACT) will award a total of $2.28 million in grants to the co-managers and defenders of the largest protected area in Belize. The Friends for Conservation and Development, Ya’axche Conservation Trust, the Belize Defense Force, and the Forest Department […]

Independence police investigating manslaughter in Big Creek Port
Yesterday, Independence police visited the Independence Poly Clinic where they saw 58-year-old Hueing Alexander White, a supervisor at the Big Creek Port lying on a bed motionless. Initial investigation reveals that on December 3, 2016 about 7:30 while White was working inside the Big […]

Belmopan family loses over $2000 worth of household items in fire
On Friday, Keaton Petillo, 30, a school warden of Belmopan City reported that around 5:00 p.m., he was at home with his two stepsons and his mother-in-law when he heard his stepson yelling that a mattress was on fire. Efforts were made to put […]

Minor and police officer stabbed in Belize City
There were two separate stabbing incidents in Belize City yesterday. According to police reports, yesterday evening around 5:30 p.m. police visited the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH) where officers saw a 13-year-old boy of a Belize City address, suffering from two stab wounds to […]

Police investigate human trafficking in Cayo
According to a police report issued this morning, Saturday night around 9:15, while police were conducting a mobile patrol within Santa Elena Town, officers came across a heavily tinted black Chrysler Pacifica with no license plate passing the police mobile. It was traveling towards […]

Police seek one man in connection with Cayo murder
Last night around 8:30 p.m., police responded to a murder scene in Yalbac Village, Cayo where farmer, Melecio Gonzalez was seen lying on the roadside. Initial investigations reveal that at about 12:30 p.m. that day, one “Maximiliano, Abimael August, Eugenia August and Maria Izabel […]

Cayo man murdered in drunken brawl
A man is dead after a night of drinking with friends and family. According to police reports, the incident occurred sometime around 7 last night in the Yalbac area of Cayo. The victim has been identified as Melicio Gonzalez. Gonzalez reportedly had an altercation […]

Rainy weather expected to continue
The 24-hour forecast is for moist and unstable conditions with overcast clouds and showers to continue. Periods of rain, showers and isolated thunderstorms are expected over most areas. The Belize Weather Bureau has issued advisories that localized flooding is occurring over low lying areas […]


How to make Chocolate
Biting into a square of handmade chocolate could almost be a religious experience. The nuances of flavor, the texture…no wonder it has been called food of the gods! Knowing what I do now, each time I bite into a piece, I think of how complex the process of its creation was. am utterly grateful to the ancestor who once upon a time, accidentally or on purpose, decided that this delicacy should exist. So, how does chocolate actually get made? How is it that these bars, drops, squares, bonbons and truffles get to our greedy little paws? Luckily for us, our neighbors down the street run the Belize Chocolate Company, and they offer a fun 30-minute chocolate-making class. Sign us up! The Cacao pods (fruit) are first picked, then cracked open to remove the seeds. A thick (delicious) pulp surrounds approximately 50-60 cacao beans. They are fermented then sun-dried then roasted, ready for the next process which involves cracking the bean shells.

LoveFM’s 6th Annual San Pedro Christmas Parade Keeps Getting Better
Last night was the big lighted Christmas LAND parade through downtown San Pedro. The lighted BOAT parade is next week on Saturday. I used to consider this one the new kid on the block but radio station has done such an amazing job…and this parade just keeps getting bigger and better. This year was the longest, most well attended by dressed up children and threw out the most candy. Consider me the official Guinness book official of Ambergris Caye. The parade officially started at 5:30pm…and I was there a bit early. Man…what a pretty night. Big bright moon, pinkish purple clouds threatening for a bit but just a tiny spritz.

Blackadore Caye hosts the ultimate Christmas office party
There are office parties and then there are OFFICE PARTIES. Yesterday, the good folks who have been preparing Leonardo DiCaprio’s 104-acre Blackadore Caye for development into what will likely be Belize’s most prestigious and eco-friendly resort island ever held a party for staff and friends. Around 150 people came to the island on four boats organized by Marcos and Karen Zul’s Creative Tours Belize to shuttle back and forth from Ambergris Caye. It was a celebration and a bittersweet farewell at the same time. This was the last time that the public will be able to step onto the pristine island as construction is set to begin in 2017. The island base was alive with arrivals, the fizz and pop of Belikin caps and wine corks, kicky music, chatter and the greeting of old friends. Blackadore’s crew had a couple of whole pigs cooking underground, Mayan style, under the supervision of Pepe, a civil engineer who learned how to prepare and cook pibil as a child from his grandfather and other family members.

International Sourcesizz

Imbert sends out 'Belize warning'
FINANCE Minister Colm Imbert said yesterday the Opposition had only to look to neighbouring Belize if it wanted evidence of what could happen to Trinidad and Tobago, should this country fail to become compliant with the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA). Imbert, who yesterday lambasted the Opposition bench for failing to show in the Lower House for debate on FATCA, has warned that the population will suffer if T&T does not become FATCA compliant and the local banking sector will collapse. Government has secured a second extension from the United States to become compliant, and Imbert said while the deadline for the Board of Inland Revenue (BIR) to report was September 30, 2017, Government has told the US that it was working toward February 2017 compliance. The BIR currently reports on request and has discretion, Imbert said, but the passing of FATCA will make disclosure of information automatic. The Parliament has been adjourned to January and the bill must be passed by a three-fifths majority.

EU Identifies 28 Tax Regimes That Could Make Blacklist
The European Union has targeted 28 jurisdictions considered to have harmful tax regimes, nations that will potentially face scrutiny in early 2017 as part of the process to define its tax haven blacklist. Based on documents seen by Bloomberg BNA, the 28 countries targeted by the EU Code of Conduct Group for Business Taxation include a range of Pacific or Caribbean nations with offshore financial centers. Among them is Belize, Grenada, Cook Islands, Montserrat, Cabo Verde, Dominica, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Macao, Saint Lucia and Samoa. According to the confidential document, Anguilla, Bahamas, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Guernsey, Isle of Man and Jersey have been cited for potential screening by the Code of Conduct group in 2017, on account of their zero tax rates. Thirteen of the 28 are considered particularly problematic due to their failure to commit to the OECD’s Inclusive Framework for implementing the minimum base erosion and profit shifting reforms. “The Code of Conduct group has a solid and proven experience in dealing with harmful tax regimes, including regimes of third countries,” the confidential document states. “Assessments of these 28 countries could be undertaken autonomously by the Code of Conduct group with the assistance of the commission and experts in the review panels with a commitment to produce the outcomes in time for the final list.”

Sustainable Seafood Delicacies Emerge in Belize
Very nice read...makes me yearn for some hudut!!!!
In celebration of Garifuna Settlement Day in Belize this past November 19th, I enjoyed the best bowl of hudut I have had the pleasure to try — prepared and served at Sandy Beach Restaurant, owned by a women’s cooperative of the coastal village of Hopkins. It was a mild, lightly creamy, coconut infused broth, with a hot habanero pepper included for extra kick. In the broth was a lightly fried half of a snapper and a big mound of mashed ripe and green plantains. A sweet treat of tableta – a fudge-like candy bar made of freshly grated coconut mixed in melted brown sugar and condensed milk, spiced with ginger – was dessert. I ate the meal so quickly that I still regret not pausing to snap a photo in reminder of its delight. The hudut, as is true with all seafood meals served from this cooperative, used protein fished by locals in nearby blue waters. The cooperative itself is one of the most successful small, community-based enterprises in Belize, owned and run solely by local Garifuna women. They are truly an example for other small businesses – both for the quality of the sustainably-sourced food and service and for a consistency and stability that works to their collective advantage. The prominent place that fishing plays in the lives of all Belizeans is a natural outgrowth of its proximity to the second longest barrier reef in the world, which runs through the territorial waters of the tiny, multicultural nation. No fewer than 500 Atlantic fish species are found here, not to mention a notably pesky Pacific invader, the lionfish. Add three coral atolls into this system – along with a few hundred sand and mangrove islands, or “cayes,” and heart-warming marine species such as manatees, dolphins, and turtles – and it is no wonder that the complex and diverse system attained global recognition in 1996 as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.




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