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The San Pedro Sun

SPHS Female Basketball team wins NSSSA national basketball tournament
The San Pedro High School (SPHS) Female Basketball Team returned victorious to the island after winning National Championship, at the National Secondary School Schools Sports Association (NSSSA) National Tournament. The championship was held on Friday, December 16th, at the Stann Creek Ecumenical College Sporting Complex in Dangriga Town. The competition saw the participation of regional champions from across the country, including the SPHS Male Basketball Team, who despite their great performance managed to claim third place. The female basketball team from San Pedro High is comprised of Princess Bailey, Baybee Lopez, Rebecca Barkhouse, Ariene Benguche, Jucely Rosalez, Ada Cordova, Aliyah Elliott, Sophie Guan, Lisandra Novelo, Aaliyah Pilgrim, Sueny Vasquez, Karina Ayala, Laisha Gamez, Joshana Soberanis, and Natividad Cawich. In the first female match, which started minutes to 3PM, the SPHS girls played against Anglican Cathedral College, where they dominated the game and won 30-19. This victory qualified them to the championship match later that evening. Meanwhile, the male team, comprising of Leonard Lopez, Tyrese Arzu, Zimmer Perez, Guillermo Nunez, Christian Orellana, Robert Palacio, Tyrese Martinez, Tyreek Azu, Jahson Salgado, Glendford Cadle, and Zian Bulnes, played their first game against Wesley High School (WHS). It was a close match, WHS walked away with the 55-46 victory.

Belizean Arts Gallery hosts book signing for “Caye Boy visits the Jungle”
Belizean Arts Gallery treated children’s book enthusiasts on Sunday, December 18th as author Jessica Wigh signed copies of her third book in the Caye Boy series titled: “Caye Boy Visits the Jungle”. Illustrated by Andrew Young and published by Little Blue House Publishing, this new book highlights the experience of island brothers Gilford and Alvis on an adventure to the mainland of Belize, visiting their mother’s family. The scenery differs from their home in Caye Caulker Village, and the boys are excited to see cows, horses, black dirt, plants, mountains, their cousins, food, the jungle, animals, and waterfalls. After some days on the mainland, they were eager to return to their little blue house on the island. From 12PM to 2PM, Wigh greeted fans and chatted to them about her books. Accompanied by their parents, several children attended the event and even got their copy signed with a personal message.

ACES’ festive Christmas program brings in the holiday spirit
Ambergris Caye Elementary School (ACES) hosted their annual Christmas program on Thursday, December 15th. Held at the school grounds, the event was attended by families, friends and invited guests to witness the talent of the student body, while revealing in the Christmas spirit. Teachers Mandy and Rangel did the honors of welcoming the audience to the show, thanking them for all of the support that makes these events successful. ACES preschool toddlers first took the stage, presenting a dance to “I am the happiest Christmas tree”. After a big round of applause for their efforts, Infant One danced to “Santa Claus is coming to Town”, while Infant Two danced to “Burrito Sabanero.”

Annual San Pedro Lions Children’s Christmas party brings the treats!
Packed with lots of presents, goodies, food, drinks, and even Santa Claus, the annual Children’s Christmas Party courtesy of the San Pedro Lions Club was held on Sunday, December 18th. Over 100 children participated in the fun festivity held at the San Pedro Lions’ Den. Many children eagerly awaited a special invited guest, who they were told, was on his way from the North Pole. Minutes later, they all jumped in excitement as Santa casually strolled into the Den. He greeted everyone and began handing out candy before taking his place onstage surrounded by a mountain of gifts. One by one, each child was called by name for a quick sit on Santa’s lap. After posing for a picture, they received a gift from the jolly bearded man dressed in red.

Children from the Inspiration Center visit the Belize Zoo
It was a wonderful Christmas treat for children from the Inspiration Center, who, along with their siblings, caretakers and center staff, got to visit The Belize Zoo on Friday, December 16th. Headquartered in Belize City, the non-governmental organization does exceptional work in providing services to children living with disabilities. Thanks to the help of generous sponsors, the children experienced the magical excitement of the zoo as an early Christmas gift. Upon their arrival to the zoo, the children were warmly welcomed by the zoo’s friendly staff. It was a joyful day, as the children got to feed and interact with some of the country’s native animals such as jaguars, parrots, deer and even the national animal, the tapir! The children’s expressions were priceless, and their big beaming smiles lit up the zoo.

The Island Academy Christmas Pageant brings down the house!
The students of Island Academy truly heightened the Christmas spirit with their annual Christmas Pageant on Wednesday, December 14th. From heart-felt carols to dancing, and even some drama, the students made sure the audience truly experienced the joy of the season. The first performance of the night saw Teacher Elizabeth’s beginner class singing their rendition of ‘Jingle Bells’ and ‘Santa Claus is Coming to Town’, followed by the ‘World is a Rainbow’. The youngsters even lured the audience to sing along, ending to much applause. The grand finale saw the entire student body take the stage, along with Lady Bowen and teachers to sing along to the classic ‘Feliz Navidad.’ The Island Academy also recognized co-directors of the pageant: the mastermind behind the dynamic presentation was Teacher Cady, who wrote the scripts, and Teacher Suzanna, who coached the students. Lady Bowen thanked the students and teachers for their participation, and the audience for their support for making this pageant another amazing show!

2016 Holiday Lighted Boat Parade brings the Christmas Season to Ambergris Caye
It was a newcomer to the Holiday Boat Parade who won top prize for the best decoration, lights and spirits at this year spectacular event that was held on Saturday, December 17, 2016. Captains Ronnie and Lisa Cyrier manned a giant marlin atop their small vessel and had spectators in awe with the marlin moving its head and tail. They were on board the Caye Da Di Sea which was sponsored by Dooley Bear Adventures. Nothing short of a spectacular show of lights on the sea, the Holiday Boat Parade stepped up its entertainment by providing a SUPER light show by world class flyboarders Mark and Kristen who stunned the crowds with their acrobatics in the water. With their lighted wet suits jet packs they looked like ghostly spacemen in the dark night as powerful jet skies propelled them into the air.

Ambergris Today

Thank You Sponsors for Christmas Inspiration at The Zoo
Thank you for allowing me to express my sincere gratitude to the amazing sponsors that made the Christmas Inspiration at The Zoo day such a huge success. It all started when I wanted to take a friend of mine and her daughter, who uses a wheelchair, to enjoy the new wheelchair friendly paths at The Belize Zoo for a day out. The idea somehow took on a life of its own and I ended up taking my friend, her daughter and a group of beautiful children from The Inspiration Center, an outpatient rehabilitation centre for children, from all over Belize, who have special needs. 20 clients from The Inspiration Center, their siblings, their carers and some of the dedicated and fantastic staff team arrived at The Belize Zoo on a rainy day in a comfortable bus, along with the lovely driver Charles. They were greeted by Jamal Andrewin Bohn, Director of Education, along with his energetic and entertaining team of educators, who took everyone on an adventure full of wonder, laughter and joy, to visit all of the gorgeous wild animals who live there. Not only was the tour educational, but it was also interactive and children were allowed to feed some of furry and feathered zoo residents under the careful supervision of the education team. This close up, human and animal interaction created magical memories for these children.

Pic of the Week - What is Santa Claus Up to In Belize?
What does Santa Claus do while in Belize? He looks for adventure!!! He might be getting in shape for all the work he needs to get done on Christmas Eve. One thing for sure, Santa is having loads of fun! His friends at Passionkite Belize hooked him up with the perfect gear to practice this extreme sport. By the looks of it, seems like Santa has tried this before. - pics by Passionkite Belize and Tula Ayuso

San Pedro Holiday Boat Parade Shines Brighter Each Year
It was a newcomer to the Holiday Boat Parade who won top prize for the best decoration, lights and spirits at this year spectacular event that was held on Saturday, December 17, 2016. Captains Ronnie and Lisa Cyrier manned a giant marlin atop their small vessel and had spectators in awe with the marlin moving its head and tail. They were on board the Caye Da Di Sea which was sponsored by Dooley Bear Adventures. There were nine boats in the competition this year and as usual hundreds of residents and visitors who crammed onto piers, beach areas and viewing stations to enjoy the spectacle of lights on the water. Lighting up the parade was a giant whale shark, a coquettish mermaid, two large cocktail glasses, a friendly nurse, christmas trees, AIDS/HIV Commission ribbon and of course the winning marlin. The San Pedro Holiday Boat Parade had another successful year. 1. First Place – Caye Da Di Sea, Dooley Bear Adventures, Captains Ronnie and Lisa Cyrier 2. Second Place – H.M.S. Shag at Sea, The Phoenix Resort & Chuck and Robbie’s Dive Shop, Captain Robbie Best Charity - Island Divers,San Pedro AIDS Commission Honorable Mentions: 1st - Mi Vida Loca, Belize Diving Adventures, Captain Everette 2nd - No Problem, Premier Divers, Captain Ruben Navidad 3rd - Blue Attitude, Ecologic Divers, Belize Red Cross, Captain

Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

Dr. Colin Young has been appointed the new Chief Executive Officer of the Social Security Board
Dr. Young is currently the CEO in the Ministry of Energy, Science and Technology and Public Utilities.

Syds is closing down for good. RIP to a Caye Caulker landmark
Syd's is CLOSED...... :'( :( :) :0 :) thanks for all your support..... its been a wonderful 40+ years in Caye Caulker

"Castle House" burglarized
59 year old Stanley Smith reported to this news-shack that the the property he was hired to clean on Four Mile Lagoon known as the "Castle House" belonging to Christina Witt and Cody Witt of Missoula, Montana USA was burglarized between Saturday night December 17th, 2016 and this morning. The burglar(s) gained entry to the house by breaking a front glass louver window. The matter was reported to the Corozal Police who sent their forensic scenes of crime investigators to process the scene and lift some finger prints left behind. We await the official report from the Corozal Police in this latest string of burglaries plaguing Corozal.

Golden Citizen program from BEL
BEL recognizes and awards senior citizens for their meaningful contributions to society.

Las Posadas
Join in this beautiful candlelight procession as we accompany Mary and Joseph in their quest for lodging in Bethlehem. Praying and singing traditional posada songs, we will culminate our journey with a feast at the San Pedro House of Culture. A wonderful family outing, and a great way to prepare for Christmas. Hope to see you there!

Channel 7

Cayo's Most Cruel Killing: Grandmother Executed in Front of Granddaughters
The Christmas week got off to a bloody start out west where a 68 year old woman was executed in front of her grandchildren. Last night around 7:30, Paulina Urbelina Sanchez was outside her Santa Elena home, waiting for her daughter to bring her dinner when a gunman emerged and shot her about 4 times. She collapsed on her verandah and took her last breaths as her 2 young granddaughters looked on in terror. Courtney Weatherburne has more details on this ruthless murder. Paulina Urbelina Sanchez, decorated her house just the way she always did for Christmas. She wanted the house to be perfect for their family gathering this Friday. But all those grand plans were shattered last night. Sanchez was shot and killed at her door in front of her two grandchildren.

Triple Traffic Fatality Kills Young Yo Creek Neighbors
Three young men from Yo Creek Village in Orange Walk lost their lives in a terrible traffic accident on Saturday night. It happened at about 8:30 on the Yo Creek Road, when neighbors 22-year-old Minor Hernandez, 26-year-old Jason Gongora, and 22 year old Giovani Gongora crashed into a Tillett bus. They were in a pickup heading to Orange Walk from their village when they collided head on into bus which was going to Yo Creek. The massive impact crushed the pickup, and killed three of them on the spot. Alex Courtenay reports. This was the gruesome scene that motorists travelling along the Orange Walk and Yo Creek road witnessed on Saturday night. A twisted metal coffin of three young men. By the time they arrived on the scene near Cuello's distillery, there was nothing the police or emergency personnel could do.

Love Thy Neighbor, or Kill Him?
A San Martin resident was stabbed to death by his friend on Friday night. 27 year old Freddy Cerritos also known as "Pilly" and his friend Howard Martinez were chatting when Martinez pounced on Cerritos and stabbed him. Now usually when we report on these weekend knife or machete murders, liquor is almost always a factor. But this one is a curious case because reports are that these men were not drinking and that they were just talking. Courtney Weatherburne traveled to Belmopan to find out how a conversation turned into a killing. Voice of: Resident: "My boy tell me that they were talking like normal friends do and the neighbor asked the guy if he believes in God and he said no and they were silent for a while and all of a sudden he just threw himself on the on the other guy and that is how a split second it just happened."

Home Invasion In Orange Walk
Last night Orange Walk police responded to a 911 call from the residence of Navin Padwani. Padwani who lives on the road to Corozal told officers that just before 10 two masked men, one holding a firearm, entered their home. They struck Padwani and demanded money, but after not getting what they wanted fled the scene when the cops showed up. Inspector Jose Mendez of the Orange Walk Police told us more about the home invasion, and warned residents to be wary during the Christmas season. Insp. Jose Mendez - Orange Walk Police: "Sometime around 9:45 pm last night, police responded to a call of an aggravated burglary process on the Belize Corozal road. That would be the same building where the Western Union office is. They responded, where one 55 year old Navin Padwani, business man of said address, reported that 2 male persons wearing masks enter his premises armed with a hand gun demanding monies."

Family of Belizean Americans Claim Immigration Department Kept Them From Travelling
After 3 days of fighting with the Immigration Department, a family of Belizean Americans are on their way to Louisiana tonight. They were scheduled to fly out of Belize from last week Friday, but because they did not meet the Immigration requirements, Immigration officials prevented them from boarding their plane for 2 days in a row. Wayne Tucker is a Belizean American who has living in Cayo for the past 4 months with his 3 children and his wife, Lauren LaRavia. He's a Belizean American by descent, and so automatically, his children should also qualify for nationality. The problem is that up until 4 months ago, they were living in the US, and so he and his wife never applied for nationality in Belize up until a few weeks ago. So, when the 5 moved to Belize, their 3 kids didn't have their documents in hand, which according to the Immigration Department, made them ineligible to travel. They got an agent to do it for them, which is something which the Immigration Department no longer allows. The Department is trying to clean up its image, and the use of immigration agents is discouraged because it introduces an often dubious third party to the equation. But this family did use an agent, and so the Nationality applications for their 3 children were not processed.

Doctor of Ecology is New SSB Boss
The Social Security Board has a new CEO - and he is a scientist. Dr. Colin Young - who is currently the CEO in the Ministry of Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment and Sustainable Development will formally take up the office on the first working day of the new year, which is January third, 2017. Young, who holds a Ph.D. in ecology takes over Social Security - after it has been without a CEO for the past three months after Richard Flowers demitted office without a successor in place. Young, who is a well-connected UDP is expected to connect more effectively with staff and senior management. A press release says that he has, quote "executive leadership experience in complex negotiations, diplomacy and management."

Car Tyre Weed Traffickers Plead Not Guilty
On Friday we told you about two men who were busted with a sizable stash of weed in a spare tyre. The GSU stopped Dean Caine and Alston Adolphus in Lord's Bank and found 8 parcels of weed, weigh about 9 pounds. Both men were arrested, and appeared in the Magistrate's Court today where they were charged with drug trafficking. Caine and Adolphus both pled not guilty and were released on bails of $6000 each. Their case was adjourned until February 23 of next year.

Kirk Lamb Pleaded, Got Off With a Fine
Another man charged for trafficking only half a pound of weed was fined ten thousand dollars in court today. Kirk Lamb was charged along with his brother David, and pleaded guilty so his sibling could have the charge against him withdrawn. And while Lamb got a heavy fine which he has to pay by April 30th, he's lucky he wasn't confined for a heavy term in prison. Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser said that she used her discretion and refrained from giving him a custodial sentence because he saved the court time by pleading guilty and has no previous conviction for drug offences. If he defaults on payment he will serve 3 years. Lamb was busted on Friday afternoon when the Northside Strike Team, found 2 bags of weed on the floor of his bedroom. Kirk Lamb said he told the police that he was holding the cannabis for someone because it was Christmas time and he needs to eat.

San Ignacio Jacking Is A Repeat of One 8 Years Ago
Reports to 7News 10 minutes ago say that a man was grazed in the Lakeview Street area of Belize City during a robbery. He was taken to the hospital, but reports so far say his injuries are minor. There was also an armed robbery on Friday afternoon - this one happened in Cayo. 44-year-old Jun Wen Li, who runs City Corner Supermarket at the corner of Joe Andrews Boulevard was sitting behind the counter when a man entered with another following right behind him holding a handgun and pointing it at him and his workers. A 3rd man entered the store and went behind the counter and took all the money out of the cash register, as well as some electronic items. The three men then ran off and hopped into a white Mitsubishi car with no license plates. Our records show this same store was robbed in similar fashion eight years ago on December 8, 2008.

FECTAB VS. NCL: The Beef Is Real!
On last week Friday's newscast, we finally got to show you what NCL's Harvest Caye Island getaway looks like. That gave us the opportunity to speak with their Senior Vice President of Destinations and Strategic Development, Colin Murphy, about FECTAB. That advocacy group has accused the cruise line of routing guests who signed up with local tour operators from Belize City to their southern cruise port. That effectively locks those guests away, causing FECTAB members to lose business, since those guests can't take those tours they signed up for. We showed you how Murphy and Tourism Minister Manuel Heredia Jr. denied this allegation, saying that FECTAB is intentionally misinforming the public. Well, we've managed get a copy of an email which FECTAB President Tom Greenwood sent to the BTB, confirming that this happened.

American Arrested 40 Years Later for Killing Tourists Who Visited Belize
A man has been arrested in California for a killing that happened in Belizean waters 38 years ago. Two British students, Peta Frampton, and her boyfriend Christopher Farmer came to Belize on vacation in June of 1978. They hired American Silas Duane Boston to take them to Mexico on his yacht, the "Justin B." But, Boston ended up killing them in July - and dumping their bodies in the sea. Boston was arrested in Northern California last week after his two sons - who were just boys then, told police that they had witnessed it. ABC 10 in Sacramento covered the story last week - and here is their report:... Boston has pleaded not guilty to the murders. He is also accused of killing his wife Mary, who went missing in 1968. Boston ended up in Belize with his sons Christopher and Vince in the 70's, while he was running away from statutory rape charges in California.

Deadline Met: A Strategy for All Armed Forces
The Government's security and national defense advisors have put together the first draft of the new National Security and Defence Strategy. It supposed to be a comprehensive and honest look at the evolving security needs of the country, and how the state's resources can best be used to improve efficiency and effectiveness. For the past few months the Ministries of Home Affairs and Defence have been in consultations with their counterparts from abroad, and they even invited contribution from civilian organizations. They were attempting to meet a December 15 deadline, and they managed to do so just in time. George Lovell, CEO in the Ministry of Home Affairs, granted an interview to the Government Press Office on Friday, and he discussed a few key points in this first draft:

The Party Police
Today police officers from the Eastern Division North and Precinct Three held a party for deserving children in the division. The children, who were identified by officers in the Community Policing Branch, were treated to food and games at Queen Street Police Station. We spoke to the deputy of Precinct Three about the party... Members of the Cadet Youth Corps also joined in.

Channel 5

Santa Elena grandmother gunned down over land dispute
A mother of nine was savagely murdered at her house in Santa Elena, Cayo. The gunman entered her home and unleashed a barrage of bullets that took her life.  Paulina [...]

Family wonders why their son was killed by close friend in Belmopan
On Friday evening around five thirty a man was killed by his close friend. It happened in the San Martin community in Belmopan. The men got into an argument and [...]

Ex-spouse chopped up former lover in Buena Vista
There was an attempted murder in Buena Vista Village, Cayo that happened on Thursday evening after five. The village is also where a farmer, Armando Medrano, was murdered on the [...]

Triple tragedy: Road crash in Yo Creek kills three young men
A triple road fatality outside of Orange Walk Town late on Saturday has forever marred Christmas week for three families in the community of Yo Creek. Police have yet to [...]

O.W. couple survives home invasion
A couple who own a business on the Belize-Corozal Road in Orange Walk Town were attacked late on Sunday.  A masked and armed pair stormed into their residence, intent on [...]

Accused gun thieves at B.E.L. charged
A B.E.L. Security Guard was robbed at gun point of his firearm and even though he put up a fight he was over powered by a pair of gun men. [...]

G.S.U. catch weed stash on Philip Goldson Highway
Two city men were quickly apprehended in a drug bust over the weekend after one got nervous and told the cops where the drug was hidden.  The duo of Dean [...]

Simone Biles is coming to Belize!
Four-time Olympic gold medallist Simone Biles is coming to Belize. A Belizean-American of Garifuna descent through her mother Nellie Cayetano, the nineteen year old, four-foot-eight gymnastic wonder was said to [...]

Anwar Barrow assesses performance as he gets ready to leave B.T.L.
Chief Executive Officer of Belize Telemedia Limited, Anwar Barrow, the son of Prime Minister, is to leave state-owned Belize Telemedia Limited in the first quarter of 2017, after what the [...]

Will U.S. Supreme Court side with Belize in arbitration dispute?
Will the Government of Belize persuade the U.S. Supreme Court to listen to its arguments to dismiss an arbitration award granted to Belize Social Development Limited in 2009? A decision [...]

No change for electricity rates in first half of 2017, says B.E.L.
Will your light bill go up on New Year’s Day? No, but we can tell you that it will not go down either. According to power provider Belize Electricity Limited, [...]

Colin Young to be named C.E.O. of Social Security Board
A second C.E.O. in government service is calling it quits. Last week, we confirmed that the C.E.O. in the Ministry of Education for at least eight years Doctor Colin Young [...]

Eastern Division North gives kids a Christmas treat
Eighty children from the least privileged areas of Eastern Division North got a Christmas treat from their friendly neighborhood cops based at Queen Street. With Ozzie the Clown as guest, [...]

Sports Monday reviews the football scene
Good evening I’m James Adderley and this is Sports Monday. Week 2 of the PLB playoffs brought a sense of finality. 4 teams would be presented with a final opportunity [...]

LOVE FM

Laborer Drowns in Village Lagoon
Corozal Police were called out to the village of San Narciso over the weekend where a laborer lost his life. According to Police Commander, Superintendent Dennis Arnold, three persons were at the lagoon in the village paddling a canoe when it began taking in water. Just after four o’clock on Sunday afternoon the canoe capsized […]

Yo Creek Accident Takes Three Lives
Three young men lost their lives as a result of a traffic accident over the weekend on the road leading to Yo Creek Village in the Orange Walk District. They are 22-year-old, Minor Hernandez; 26-year-old, Jason Gongora and Jovani Gongora, all of Yo Creek Village. The accident happened on Saturday night at around nine o’clock […]

Elderly Woman Slain over Land Dispute
An elderly woman is dead after being shot multiple times in the Cayo District over the weekend. Reports reaching Love News are that on Sunday night at about seven thirty, Police were called to La Loma Luz Hospital where they saw the lifeless body of 61-year-old, Paulina Urbelina Suarez of an Orange Street address in […]

From Drinking to Arguing to Murder in Salvapan
While we were preparing to air our evening news last Friday, December 16, a murder was in the making in Belmopan. We hear more in this report from our correspondent, Fem Cruz. FEM CRUZ “Based on information received of a stabbing incident on Friday December 16th sometime around 5:45pm on Guyana Street in the Salvapan […]

Dr Colin Young Takes the Reins of SSB in 2017
Effective January 3, 2017, Dr Colin Young will begin his 3-year contract as the Chief Executive Officer at the Social Security Board. Dr Young will be vacating his seat as the Chief Executive Officer in the Ministry of the Environment, Forestry, Sustainable Development and Climate Change to take up his new post. The CEO seat […]

Limiting the Belizean Access to Harvest Caye
Harvest Caye Cruise Port owned by Norwegian Cruise Line saw its first cruise call on November 17 from the Norwegian Dawn. The Belizean media was not invited to the grand ceremony on the private island located just off the coast of Placencia. That invitation came almost a month after and last week, Love News, went […]

Belize Predicted to be a Trend for Travelers in 2017
Belize has been recording an upward trend in its arrival figures and for 2017 online predictions are that the Latin America region will be a key travel trend. Colombia, Costa Rica, Belize and Mexico are expected to have a high tourist arrival. An international website has noted Belize as having plenty to offer travelers who […]

BEL Proposes Unchanged Rates up to June 2017
Belize Electricity Limited (BEL) has made a submission to the Public Utilities Commission (PUC), proposing that the Mean Electricity Rate (MER) be maintained at just under thirty seven cents per kilowatt hour for the remainder of the Annual Tariff Period which ends on June 30, 2017. BEL is also proposing to simplify the tariff basket […]

US Investigators Solve Cold Case Spanning from Belize
Several international news agencies are reporting on a cold case of murder that reportedly happened over thirty eight years ago when a British couple was killed just outside Belize’s waters. According to The Washington Post, the couple, Christopher Farmer and Peta Frampton left the coast of Belize on June 26, 1978, aboard a boat named […]

Belize and Cuba – A Match for 44 Years
An event to commemorate the 44th anniversary of the creation of a growing relationship between Cuba and CARICOM was held this past Friday in Belize City. During his speech, Belize City Mayor Darrell Bradley, spoke about Cuba’s contribution to the Caribbean nations, specifically Belize. DARRELL BRADLEY “I, myself know of very close friends who have

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Almost 11,000 grams of weed found in Orange Walk
Orange Walk Police reported that on Friday, around 4:50 a.m., while conducting a house search at the residence of 28-year-old Jovanni Mauricio Polanco of #29 Muffles Street, Orange Walk Town, officers found 10,705 grams of Cannabis. Polanco and 26-year-old Katley Karina Moralez Molina, a Nicaraguan […]

Orange Walk businessman robbed and shot
Last night around 9:54 p.m., police responded to a 911 call regarding a shooting incident at a residence at #13 Belize/Corozal Road. Orange Walk Police visited the residence where they met 51-year-old Divya Padwani who reported that about 9:50 p.m., two masked men, one […]

Government Hilux stolen in San Ignacio
According to police reports, On Thursday, 51-year-old Fransico Quiroz, of #9 Far West Street, San Ignacio Town, Cayo, parked a green two-door 2003 Toyota Hilux pickup truck on the street exactly in front of his house around 5:30 p.m. Friday morning at 1:45 a.m., […]

Motorcycle stolen in Ladyville
Yesterday , 42-year-old Mosef Norris, a truck driver of 18 ½ Miles Sand Hill Village, Belize District reported that his house was burglarized. He further reported that between the hours of 3:00 and 3:30 a.m., he was awakened by his son who told him […]

Orange Walk traffic accident claims three
On Saturday around 9:00 p.m., police visited the scene of an accident about 3 1/2 miles from Orange Walk Town on the Yo Creek Road in front of Cuello’s Distillery. Officers saw a green 1998 Ford F150 two-door extra cab pickup, property of Ernesto […]

City Corner robbed in San Ignacio
On Friday, 44-year-old Jun Wen Li, a Chinese businessman of corner Joseph Andrews and 3rd Street in San Ignacio Town reported that about 3:13 p.m. while he was sitting behind the counter in his supermarket – City Corner Supermarket, he saw a man enter […]

Belmopan police seek one man in connection with murder
On Friday around 5:35 p.m., Belmopan police visited the Western Regional Hospital where officers saw 27-year-old Freddy Cerritos, a mason of Guatemala Street in the San Martin area with several stab wounds to the body. He was pronounced dead at approximately 5:40 p.m. The initial […]

Police issues official report on Santa Elena murder
According to official police reports, last night around 7:30 based on information received of a shooting incident on Orange Street, Santa Elena Town; San Ignacio Police visited Loma Luz Hospital where they saw the body of 61-year-old Paulina Urbelina Suarez. She was seen with several […]

Colin Young new Social Security CEO
The Social Security Board (SSB) issued a press release today informing that Dr. Colin Young has been appointed as its new Chief Executive Officer. Young is currently the CEO at the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Fisheries, Sustainable development and climate change. He is expected […]

Association of Planners sign UN agreement
The Belize Association of Planners (BAP) signed an agreement with UN-Habitat for BAP to review the legal environment for urban planning and municipal development in the City of Belmopan. President and Executive Director of the Belize Association of Planners (BAP) Carolyn Trench-Sandiford signed on […]

Blogs

The crowning glory in the kitchen: Relleno
The day I learned to make relleno, I felt an indescribable pride. Raised to stand on my own two feet, independent and knowledgeable both at books and in the home, the ability to command a complex, labor-intensive dish is something this home cook aspired to for ages. My only regret is that my mother wasn’t around to see this happen…but I am pretty sure she’d be proud – heck she probably would have been learning right alongside me. For many, the relleno is a family-style meal, which also involves using more than one member of the family’s help! When making a big meal like this, it’s not uncommon to see Mom, Aunt, Niece and Grandma running the show. Young children are often sent to run errands and learn to steer clear of the cooking space, sneaking ever closer as the smell of the bubbling pot gets more and more intense.

Story of a Pizza Taste Tester
North Ambergris Caye residents and visitors have been waiting with bated breath to enjoy the official opening of the new pizza container at popular local hangout – The Truck Stop (TTS). Of course a few lucky ones, myself included have already sampled the goods as they perfect their process. Jackie, one of the business owners at TTS Facebook messaged me the other day and asked if I would like to join in on Friday’s “press” tasting afternoon. I was all in for that adventure. The night before the event I had Facebooked the San Pedro Sun crew to find out which one was going and hopefully score a ride. I got a fast answer; it was Mary. We left off the communication with thoughts that hopefully Friday would present a good 4 wheeled solution – I was prepared to walk or hitch a ride if need be. It ended up that we had a couple of options thanks to Mary arranging to start with a cab to bridge and then Truck Stop staff Mike was willing to meet us at the bridge and delivers us to the all important taste testing.

Which is Better Mid Morning or Sunset?
Even though we did this one second I am putting it first. A super fun way to start the day gliding over the reef at 300 feet with a complete birds eye view of the Barrier Reef, island and lagoon. I really like the daytime aerial view because everything is so bright and colorful. Sometimes you can see marine life. My fellow parasailor saw a big eagle ray while he was up in the air. Although I had us using tripods, we could not help getting some shake in the video but overall I’m super happy with how it turned out. Watching it as I was editing reminded me of how relaxed I felt floating in the sky and I picked music to match for both. Brian the owner, said I should try a sunset parasail since I had not done one before. I was hesitant at first because I knew I liked daytime for pictures and video, but I decided to take his advice and I was glad I did. As you saw above, he graciously said we could do daytime as well so I could get the bright island pics I was after.

Renting a Home on Vacation: Why Didn’t I Ever Think of That?
When I first started going on vacation in my early 20s, my friends and I always looked for the cheapest, all inclusive places in a warm climate. I’ve seen most lower budget spots in the Caribbean – Aruba, St. Maarten, St. Lucia, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Paradise Island, Bahamas, Grenada, Curacao. Time off and sun were important to me…quality? Not so much. I even attended Club Med singles-mingles week in Turks & Caicos. Don’t ask. And then things changed. It just happened to be my 30th birthday and friends invited me to Costa Rica. NO ALL INCLUSIVE! No more all you can eat, watery spaghetti over sterno burners. No more all you can drink budget keg beer. No horrid music by the pool or aggressive staff members prodding me to join the volleyball game on the Lido Deck. See a bit of the country. Do our own thing. And then another change to my idea of vacation. I got an invite to meet 8 friends in Sicily at a rented house. Apparently this has always been very popular with Europeans. Cook your own meals or eat out when you want, swim in your own pool, stock your full sized refrigerator, peace and quiet when you just want to read, watch the channel you want at the bar because you hold the remote. Staying at what seemed like a palatial mansion, we even saved money. And in return gained freedom!

5 Superb Things That Make Belize Paradise on Earth
Anyone who lives in Belize will tell you that it is absolutely gorgeous here year round. Most of us would rather not live anywhere else – frankly, even those of us who leave miss home like crazy. It’s easy to repeat (as we all invariably do) that Belize is mother nature’s best-kept secret, that we’re the jewel of Central America, that Belize is paradise. …But if someone asks you what makes Belize paradise on Earth – what do you say then? Here’s a crash course speech for the next time you’re faced with the question. 1. Best mix of regional cultures. 2. Friendly to travelers. 3. Fresh, Never frozen. 4. Laid Back attitude. 5. Truly wild.

International Sourcesizz

The extinction crisis is far worse than you think
Frogs, coral, elephants -- all are on the brink. Three quarters of species could disappear. Why is this happening? CNN explores an unprecedented global crisis.

What to do when visiting Belize
Latin America is set to be a key travel trend for 2017. With Colombia and Costa Rica also on the rise, the Central American country of Belize, nestled between Mexico and Guatemala, has plenty to offer travelers looking for a walk on the wild side. Visitors can head off in search of Belize's ancient history at the Xunantunich ancient Maya archeological site on the Guatemala border. Culture vultures who aren't put off by the lack of infrastructure for tourism in the country -- which covers a total area of around 23,000 square km (or 8,900 square miles) -- can visit these Mayan ruins to capture emblematic photos of Belize. Plus, the archeological site is on the top of a hill, offering breathtaking views.

13 Beautiful Resorts Where the British Royalty Spend Their Vacations
Most historians agree the British monarchy began losing political power all the way back in 1215, when King John of England signed the Magna Carta, transitioning the nation over to constitutional law. Eight centuries later, our beloved British royals serve more as regal figureheads than as lawmakers and rulers. Maybe that’s why, in modern times, they find so much more time to go on holidays, reportedly spending $7 million on travel in 2012. Chaa Creek: In 2012, Prince Harry visited this eco resort in western Belize, dining on traditional Maya kac’kick soup, visiting ancient Mayan ruins, and sleeping in a Treetop Suite—an airy accommodation high up in the greenery, with a private jacuzzi and lots of light. The secluded resort, located on an organic farm and engulfed by jungle, played host to Harry during his Diamond Jubilee tour, which honored Queen Elizabeth II’s 60 years on the throne. Unsurprisingly, the hotel staff deemed Harry friendly, laid-back, and warm.

Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism hosts training in fishery sector sanitary controls in St. Vincent and the Grenadines
A two-week training covering “Food safety in the fishery sector” and “Fishery products laboratory testing” was delivered to 30 inspector and laboratory analysts from 15 CARIFORUM countries during the period 28 November to 9 December 2016, by four international experts. The training, which covered inspection, control and testing in the fishery sector, was based on eight operational manuals developed under a project funded by the European Union (EU). The training was organized by the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM). Food safety hazards, best practices in fish inspection, controls in aquaculture, traceability and modern approaches to laboratory testing and accreditation were the key areas covered

Videos

  • Belize Telemedia Limited - 4G LTE Network, 28min.

  • Holiday Boat Parade 2016 San Pedro Belize, 2.5min. Another successful year for the San Pedro Holiday Boat Parade. Extreme sport flyboarding light show highlighted the entertainment of the parade with top world flyboard athletes in action. Colorfully decorated boats bring in the season's cheer to San Pedro, Belize.

  • The Scouts Association of Belize, 31min.

  • Becky's Gift Shop (Christmas Special), 26min.

  • Morning Parasail Between Barrier Reef and Ambergris Caye Island with Castaway Caye Watersports, 3min. Always a fun San Pedro Tour - Parasailing with Castaway Caye WaterSports. Glide between the Belize Barrier Reef and Ambergris Caye Island for a great view from Caribbean sea to Lagoon side and many favorite places.

  • Parasailing at Dusk Castaway Caye WaterSports, 2.5min. Relax on an evening Parasail with Castaway Caye Watersports. Picture yourself floating between the Belize Barrier Reef and Ambergris Caye Island as the sun sets.

  • SMCU Christmas Concert, 2min. SMCU Christmas Night Concert with the Panerifix Steel Band

  • Melvan "Majeli" McGregor: The Breeze of Belize!, 31min. This incredible and historical three part documentary series on Melvan "Majeli" McGregor illuminates a whole new spectrum within Belize's music world. It brings us some much missing pieces in Belize's music history as the legendary Belizean musician unravels the movers and shakers in Belizean music during the 1950's, 60's, 70's, and even the 80's some ten years later as he returned from Ottawa, Canada, playing an awesome horn. Majeli comes back to Belize in 1979 like a Belizean prodigal son to pay tribute to two of his idols, legendary Belizean musicians and saxophonists, Pete Mathews and Bill Belisle, whom he credits for inspiring him to play jazz the way he does and to later pursue his musical career abroad digging deep into the realms of the African-American art form called Jazz.

  • dive vídeo panorâmico mergulho santuário Belize 360 ​​vr, 3.5min.

  • Belize it, Baby!, 6min. Had a great week in Belize full of good people, delicious food and one sweet island. Spent a few days in Caye Caulker eating lobster, dancing, and having a blast at the Sports Bar. Left there and had to check out the ATM caves in San Ignacio. (Cameras weren't allowed unfortunately). I would highly recommend Caye Caulker to anyone looking for a nice chillout spot with gorgeous water and plentiful snorkeling. ATM caves were pretty amazing, really enjoyed seeing the Mayan artifacts and the old skeletons.

  • Belize Trip 2016, 6min. Spooner and I take on Belize.

  • Scuba Diving in Belize, 5min. Scuba in Ambergris Caye.