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Today's Belize News: December 22, 2016 #520249
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The San Pedro Sun

Commercial Fisher Folk License Renewals to commence in January 2017
The Belize Fisheries Department (BFD) informs the public that the renewal of commercial fisher folk licenses will begin on January 4, 2017. The BFD stated in a press release that renewal of licensing for respective districts will have a grace period until January 31, 2017. For San Pedro Town and Caye Caulker Village, licensing will be carried out at the BFD Office in Belize City on Monday, January 23, 2017 through Friday, January 27, 2017. Fishermen are advised to bring along all required documents upon renewal to facilitate the process. The cost for a Fisher folk License is $25 and the fee for a Vessel License is also $25. The BFD notes that no exceptions will be made for incomplete documentation, and no permits will be issued to minors. In case of loss of Fisher Folk and/or Vessel license, the fisher must present the receipt issued by the Police Department or the report stating the loss of the license (Fisher Folk and/or Vessel license).

Iris Salguero represents Belize at Miss World 2016
Miss World Belize 2016, Iris Salguero from San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, represented Belize at the 66th edition of the beauty pageant held on Sunday, December 18th at the MGM National Harbour in Oxen Hill, Maryland USA. The event saw the participation of delegates from across the world, and witnessed the coronation of 19-year-old Stephanie Del Valle of Puerto Rico as Miss World 2016. First runner-up was Yaritza Miguelina Reyes Ramirez of the Dominican Republic, while second runner up was Natasha Mannuela from Indonesia. Salguero, as many of the contestants, arrived in the United States weeks before the pageant in order to participate in a series of activities and to continue preparing for the grand night of the show. Salguero left Belize enroute to Washington on November 24th, from where she participated in different events such as a Christmas Brunch for the children of an organization called Dream Academy. She also had a tour of the city, the School of Rock in Broadway New York City, and the House of Representatives. Salguero also took part in sporting events, modelling and recorded along with the choir that performed the opening ceremony as was shown at the pageant.

Belize gets $US10 million loan from Caribbean Development Bank
A loan of $10 million US dollars has been secured by the Government of Belize (GOB) from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB). The funds will be used by the Government’s Social Investment Fund (SIF), to finance social and economic projects in rural and under-served areas in Belize. The total cost of the project is estimated at $US12.5 million, of which GOB will provide the balance. The loan was approved under the condition that all goals are achieved regarding the programs that are to be introduced in the poorest areas of the country. The loan has the purpose to provide these less developed communities with services such as gender-equality, climate resilient infrastructure, and basic social services. Many projects in the past have provided many rural areas with electricity, road access and potable water. One of those projects during this year was the million-dollar project for the upgrade a rudimentary water system in the village of Maskall, Belize District. The project brought clean and safe drinking water to the many residents of the village.

BYM holds ‘Call on Angels’ Charity Fashion Show
The Belize Youth Movement (BYM) organized their first ever, “Call on Angels” charity fashion show on Saturday, December 17th. Following the boat parade, the fashion show lured in more than a hundred individuals to the Angel Nuñez Auditorium at 8:30PM. Hostesses for the night were Miss Chiquitita 2016-2017, Lindsey Williams, and Miss San Pedro 2016-2017, Marisha Thompson. They welcomed the audience, thanking them for their presence. The purpose of the charity fashion show was to benefit children who may not afford school by assisting them for a brighter future. The entire show featured the talent of local models, ranging from toddlers to adults. The first set of models displayed unisex causal clothing from both Love Belize and Island Bargain Center. They were followed by models showcasing preteen fashions. In the ‘jeans and white tank’ category, the models strutted their way to the center stage where they presented a dance.

Ambergris Today

Belize Plans Celebration for Gymnast Simone Biles’ Arrival
Following her astounding performance at the 2016 Rio Olympics, the Belize Tourism Board sent out a tweet congratulating Simone Biles and her team, the Final Five, on their performance and taking the opportunity to invite them to visit Belize. Simone readily accepted the invitation stating, “My second home, you betta Belize we’re coming.” On Thursday December 22nd, the Nation of Belize will warmly welcome Simone and her family to their second home- Belize where they will spend the Christmas holiday. To honor her arrival and officially welcome her, the Belize Tourism Board has organized a Grand Welcome Motorcade on December 22nd from 4p.m. to 5:30p.m. Joining Simone in this motorcade will be representatives from various sporting associations; Belize’s volleyball, cycling, bodybuilding, martial arts, football and track and field athletes will also be celebrated during this event. Also in attendance, will be representatives from our women’s and youth groups. BTB takes the opportunity to encourage all sport fans, athletes and the wider public to join us in the motorcade as we celebrate this momentous occasion.

San Pedro R.C School Receives Solar Panels From Capoly University, California
Five students from Calpoly University in San Luis Obispo, California, along with two faculty members and two industry members, have installed 14 solar panels at the San Pedro Roman Catholic School. The project is not a new one, but it was discontinued in 2012 when a professor from Kansas University, Tom Glavinish, who began this project, passed away. Today, Calpoly University students have decided to continue and finish up his work. The job took them about a week to complete, with some delays in the shipment of tools and equipment, but the university students couldn’t be happier with the results. They hope to continue this project for as long as they can and hope to be back in Belize soon. The solar panels were installed on top of the restroom facilities and will assist in lowering electricity costs for the school. The San Pedro community extends a HUGE thanks to Calpoly University.

Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

Belize Fishing Report, Weeks of December 11th – December 17th, 2016
A Nice quiet week before the Christmas rush with only 6 boats heading out daily. Most of our guests were after bonefish this week with scores being landed. They found fish in “muds” where large schools tear up the bottom in search of food creating an area of dirty water. They found fish tailing in shallow water, they found a few big ones that were gathering to spawn in the deeper water.

Master Class 2017 with Alexander Shtifanov
If you are interested in signing up for the Master Class 2017 with Alexander Shtifanov coming to Belize on the following dates: *March 6th at Rain Restaurant in San Pedro *March 11th at the BTEC building in Belize City *March 15th at the Tipsy Tuna in Placencia, But are unsure what it entails, then take a look at him in training below. Spaces are very limited. 50% deposit required to secure space. Inbox or text 626-7518 to secure your space and learn from the NO.1 Flairtender in the world!

Rumpopo on Caye Caulker
My dad's very famous, tasty, fresh, mouth watering, delicious Rumpopo is still available! Order up guys! Quart $20 and Liter $30. He also made a few "flosses" for $10. His phn # is 6660788. If he doesnt answer (it's bcaz he's on a tour) u can contact my mom @ 6239947. She will be sure to get ur order in. They already have a few bottles ready for sale, so dont be shy, go get one, or two or a lot hahaha. Head towards Bowen & Bowen, turn right and it's d upstairs white house rite after Bowen.

St. Francis Xavier Credit Union brings BIG smiles and cheers to hundreds of children in our Corozal community
The St. Francis Xavier Credit Union held its Annual Christmas Treat and Cheer in front of their offices so that many of our Corozal children are able to equally celebrate the reason for Christmas. St. Francis Xavier Credit Union is a financial institution for the people and by the people and has given selflessly to our Corozal community. We give thanks for its kind gesture in bringing the spirit of Christmas to all the children of Corozal. On behalf of the Staff and Members of this great institution, which we are a proud member of, we join in wishing a Merry Christmas to all the children of Corozal and their families. Cheers and Peace.

Key Documents from the Spanish Account of the Battle
Dr. Alfaro hands over 20 key documents selected from the BSGC Translation Project.

VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT Communication Assistant
The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), a non-profit organization, saves wildlife and wild places worldwide through science, conservation action, education, and inspiring people to value nature. The WCS Belize Program is seeking to recruit a suitable individual to fill the part-time position of Communications Assistant. The Communications Assistant will be hired for a period of 6 months, February to July 2017. This position will support the work of the Communications Coordinator, the Assistant Country Director and other WCS program staff in raising awareness about key conservation issues through social media outlets, community engagement and campaign activities that align with WCS Communication Strategy.

November 2016 Trade & Consumer Price Index
According to latest figures released by the Statistical Institute of Belize, on average, consumer prices were 1.3 percent higher in November 2016 than they were in November 2015. The All-Items consumer price index stood at 104.2, an increase from 102.9 in last November. For the first eleven months of 2016, a year-to-date inflation rate of 0.6 percent was recorded. The ‘Transport’ index remains a major contributor to the overall rise in consumer prices, recording a 9.4 percent increase in comparison to November of 2015. ‘Fuel’ prices rose across the board, as Regular gasoline saw an increase of 22.1 percent, Premium gasoline rose by 18.4 percent, and Diesel prices increased by 25 percent in comparison to the same month of last year. During the month of November 2016, Belize’s imported goods were valued at $172.2 million, down 9.4 percent or $17.9 million from the $190.2 million imported in November of 2015. Belize’s largest import type, ‘Machinery and Transport Equipment’, saw its greatest drop since the start of 2016, falling sharply from $60 million to $43 million, as purchases of auto parts fell by a substantial $18 million for the month. Items meant for Belize’s ‘Export Processing Zones’ and ‘Commercial Free Zones’ decreased by smaller amounts of $6.6 million and $1.6 million, respectively. While the decline recorded in the former category was largely the result of lowered imports of electrical transformers and metal furniture, the reduction in the latter was mostly brought upon by reduced purchases of tennis shoes and clothing. Importation of ‘Mineral Fuels and Lubricants’ fell by a minimal $1 million for the month, as increases in the quantities of regular and premium fuels were counterbalanced by a drop of about three fourths in diesel imports.

BEL & Employees Continue 18-Year Tradition - 150 Christmas Hampers Distributed Countrywide
Employees of Belize Electricity Limited (BEL) distributed 150 hampers over the past two days in communities countrywide, as part of the Company’s Christmas outreach initiatives. This annual 18-year tradition is funded from personal contributions by employees and the Company. Hampers for 90 families contain the main ingredients for a traditional Christmas dinner while those for 60 senior citizens under BEL’s Golden Citizens Program, who were identified as needing additional care, contain canned goods and toiletries. The hampers are valued at approximately $160 each. In keeping with the Company’s Mission of “improving the quality of life in Belize”, BEL partnered with care agencies to sponsor seasonal activities. These included Christmas luncheons for the elderly at HelpAge Dangriga and Casa Chan Kaan in Corozal and Christmas parties in Belize City at Belize Assembly for Persons with Diverse Abilities (BAPDA) and the Welcome Resource Center for people with mental health challenges.

A Pandemonium Christmas
Pan & Bram...This Friday @7pm

Las Posadas de Navidad
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! Friday, December 23 at 7 PM - 11 PM.

2017 Oceana Calendars
Hot off the press! Get your 2017 Oceana Calendars before they run out! Visit our office in Belmopan to get yours and enter 2017 with a renewed appreciation for Belize's precious marine resources.

Channel 7

Guatemalan Fisheries Regulations Annex Belizean Waters
For the past year and a half, the Sarstoon River, and the coastline of Toledo have been the focus of much controversy and a chronic sore point for Belize Guatemala relations. We've shown you how the Belize Territorial Volunteers have had numerous confrontations with the Guatemalan Navy, based at the Mouth of the Sarstoon. We also showed you how for the past 11 years, the BDF patrol, which uses Belize's side of the River to make trips to the Cadenas Observation Post, has been subjected to harassment by the Guatemalan armed forces. There were talks earlier this year for a protocol to de-escalate tensions, and those negotiations have all but stalled. Recently, we showed you how a SATTIM conservation patrol was stopped by Guat. military, telling them that the Sarstoon is a military zone. So, despite the Government's insistence that Belizeans still own half of the Sarstoon River, it appears that Guatemala has been exerting some measure of control over it.

Border Activist Says Regulatory Annexation Is Apiece for Guatemalan Aggression
And so while the BDF General is cautious to comment since he hasn't had a chance to review it thoroughly, Border Activist Wil Maheia is already on the offensive. He believes that this is another clear piece of evidence of Guatemala's attempt to annex Belizean territory and take control over it. This evening, he told us that he is demanding that the Belize Government take all available measures to get the Guatemalan government remove these regulations, which seek to police Belizean waters. Here's what he had to say: Wil Maheia - Border Activist: "Well we are deeply disturbed at what we read in the Amandala and the fact that the Guatemalans have actually made it law that they have annexed the Sarstoon. We have been going there and in this region you have a lot of countries who are claiming other countries but no country actually goes in and actually occupy and take over without any kind of international incident so it is sad that at this time of the year when we as Belizeans are supposed to be enjoying ourselves, take a few days off to give thanks to the lord and be grateful for a country; we are losing our country and we have not heard a word from the government and we have not heard a word from the opposition. We need that the government need to explain to the people what happened at the Sarstoon since 2015 we Belizeans continue to get harassed going up into our own country."

BDF Commander Not Commenting On Cash Stolen
This afternoon's conversation with BDF General David Jones also gave us an opportunity to ask him about the reports of the big money burglary at his residence at Price Barracks. It happened two and a half weeks ago, and police told us that he started to make an official compliant at the Ladyville police station, but then he never finished it. We were also told that $30,000 dollars in cash was stolen. We've been trying to get a comment from him, but he didn't respond to our requests. So today, we asked again. This time, the General told us that he isn't prepared to share any specifics. Here's how he explained why: Daniel Ortiz: "We have received reports that your home was burglarised and a large quantity of cash had been stolen. Are you able to share details with us on that?" Brig. Gen David Jones - Commander, BDF: "Well I have not formally give any report as to how much was stolen from my house. I've heard rumours out there but the police are doing the investigation, I'm not going to comment on it."

Chester Says He'll Re-Arrest the Other Chester
Last night we told you about Chester Norales – the 36 year old accused of beating and robbing his 93 year old neighbour Patrick Grant one year ago. He was freed of charges of dangerous harm and burglary after police lost the case file. Well, he won't be free for much longer. Police told us today that they will re-arrest him as soon as they find him. Southside Commander Chester Williams set the record straight today saying that the case file wasn't missing at all, they just had to follow the DPP's directives in this case. ACP Chester Williams - Commander of Southside Police: "Well the charges were indeed dropped yesterday at the magistrate's court but be reminded that he was charged with an indictable offense and therefore we will be arresting and charging him with those offenses. The principle of law is that he had not been placed at peril ..."

Men Walk Free of Charges After Allegedly Shooting One of Their Own
Today four men walked free after being charged with aggravated assault with a firearm. The thing is, the four men are linked to a city gang, and allegedly shot one of their own while trying to shoot a rival. It happened in August of last year, when Lloyd Leslie Jr., Dwayne Evelyn, Mark Phillips and Barry Johnston, allegedly waited for Delbert Palacio to turn into an alley. When Palacio came into view, one of the men allegedly opened fire, but something went wrong and Phillips ended up getting shot instead. All four men appeared in court today, but – as might have been expected - Palacio failed to show up to testify and Magistrate Norman Rodriguez struck out the case for want of prosecution.

A Unique Investment Opportunity In Citrus
The Citrus Growers Association is looking for investors – and today made a public offering of preferred stock in a company called Plant World Nurseries. It's a venture we first told you about in 2015, an effort to make the industry more resilient. But now CGA has divested the company and made it completely independent, firewalled from whatever financial difficulties the CGA may face. Plant World is offering a 6% return on investment – which is better than what you'd get at a bank. They are looking to attract industry stakeholders, small farmers and institutional investors to buy into 40% of the company's equity. Ervin Perez of the Legacy Fund which is arranging the sale, made the pitch along with executives from the CGA:… Ervin Perez - Managing Partner, Legacy Fund: "CGA is willing to offer institutional investors and the country as a whole, small farmer an opportunity to invest in one of the fastest growing opportunities within the industry. You understand the industry whether you're in the CGA or not in the CGA as a farmer you need to replant. There's only one certified nursery between Brazil and Florida and that's the one here."

Realtors Rail Against New Central Bank Regulations
The Association of Real Estate Brokers of Belize held an emergency meeting today at the Biltmore to discuss new Central Bank Regulations that could have a profound impact on the way business is conducted in this industry. Now, Real Estate is not formally classified as a major sector of the economy like agriculture or manufacturing, but this sector provides an important economic impetus, driving construction, employment and services. But, many times, the proceeds from big money real estate transactions never touch ground in Belize; the money from the sales are often banked abroad. That represents the loss of serious amounts of hard currency, and in this current economy which is strapped for foreign exchange, government wants those US dollars in Belize. We spoke to President of the Association Hugo Moguel about the concerns of his membership:…

Doug Singh Taken Before Court For Minor Port Charges
Former police minister Doug Singh was in Magistrate's court today facing a minor criminal charge brought by the Belize Port Authority. Singh is the owner of a skiff which was used by Belize Sand and Marine Company in July of this year to scout an area east of Baron Bliss Lighthouse for dredging. The Port Authority says the boat wasn't licensed and the captain, who happens to be named Andy Palacio did not have a captain's license. The case was set for trial today, but Port Authority prosecutor Harrison Heulett requested an adjournment because he did not have all of the evidence. Magistrate Norman Rodriguez denied him the request because he did not follow the rules and he struck out the case. Singh left court free of all charges.

Mayor, No Fronting On Foreshore
Last week we reported on the battered state of the drain coverings on Southern Foreshore. Since then the covering have been removed, and the street has been closed. The street, which is a major bypass for the congested downtown area has been blocked since last week. We asked the mayor what's next... Alex Courtney: "Now mayor speaking about congestion and traffic especially in downtown Belize City, I asked you this before but is there any update on the condition or repairs that's going on the Foreshore street?" Darell Bradley, Mayor - Belize City: "I have to check on that because my understanding is that has been done already -- if it hasn't been done already the only thing is really just to source some of the slabs. One of the problems I indicated to you earlier is that we recognise that's a problem because of the corrosion from the sea water and its several times that we've had to repair those iron bars and it is nuisance so that we've had to block off a section of that street at times and we're trying to really change it so that we put down cement slabs that we don't have this problem in the future but I have to give you an update in relation to what is going on in relation to that."

Will Willoughby Share New Municipal Toys With Mayor?
We also asked the Mayor about all those fancy new pieces of equipment that Councilor Phillip Willoughby has been sporting around town. They are funded by the flood mitigation project to be used specifically for streets and drains built under that project – but will the Council requisition them for use across the city? Here's what the mayor said... Darell Bradley, Mayor - Belize City: "The assignments of those vehicles are part of the flood mitigation project and the flood mitigation project as you may know is a tremendous initiative of the IDB working in part with the Ministry of Works and the Belize City Council in relation building the capacity of the municipality to be flood resistant. You would have seen significant amount of works going on, clearing out drains including several significant canals; Douglas Jones Canal works going on in Belama Phase 4."

Serving Lunch For The Soldiers
This afternoon, in a Christmas tradition that goes back decades, the men and women of the Belize Defence Force were treated to lunch by their bosses. The idea is that for the entire year, they give selflessly of themselves in service to the country. So, on this one day, their superiors – who usually command them here and there – are the ones who dutifully serve them. Commander, General David Jones, told us that it's one of the few days that the soldiers get to relax and loosen up, just in time for Christmas: Brig. Gen David Jones - Commander, BDF: "The objective is to say thanks to the soldiers for the hard work and dedication they have been providing for the nation throughout the years and throughout this year and it's an opportunity for the officers and soldiers who have been passing orders to them for the entire year to actually serve them foods and drinks. We've had separate but similar ceremonies at the different out stations."

General Jones, No Ordinary Honor
So, while the rank and file of the BDF were being honoured by their superiors, their boss, General David Jones, is preparing to receive a huge honour of his own as well. Next year, he will be inducted into the Fort Leavenworth Hall of Fame. That's the prestigious US military school where Jones studied. We asked him about the honour: Brig. Gen David Jones - Commander, BDF: "I have received correspondence already that there is intent for me to be inducted into the Hall of Fame at Fort Leavenworth Kansas. This honour is bestowed on officers who have been outstanding in their career and officers who have attended the commander general staff college at Fort Leavenworth Kansas and have risen all the way to rank of commander of their armed forces. So being that I was a graduated of that college and my performance while I was there and being that I have risen to the rank of the commander of the Belize Defence Force I have been invited to go and be inducted in the Hall of Fame which means I will also address the graduating class at Fort Leavenworth when I go there."

Traffic Cops Keep The City Straight
And while it’s not quite getting called up to the Leavenworth Hall of Fame, today, a select few Southside police were honored for their efforts in alleviating and controlling traffic in Belize City. Mayor, Darrell Bradley and the Commander of Southside Police Chester Williams handed out the awards. We spoke to the mayor and a few recipients about the City Council’s involvement in the ceremony and the importance of honouring good cops…

Southside Santa for Sylvia
And this afternoon, ACP Williams rushed to Tropical Park near Hattieville for a special Santa-style visit. He went to check in on a senior citizen who had sent him a handwritten letter asking for help. Well, Sylvia Hoare probably thought that request had fallen by the wayside, but she got a super Santa surprise today when Williams pulled up to her house. Here’s how it went:…

Southside Shares The Love
And the giving continued this afternoon at around 3:00 when a motorcade of police vehicles left the Raccoon Street police station and rolled through the streets of Southside Belize City. Now they weren't showing off or testing their new rides again, these police officers were giving out Christmas hampers. After collecting canned foods and other grocery items from the police department and the business community, they packaged them all up and made door-to-door deliveries to needy families. We followed along: ACP Chester Williams - Commander of Southside Police: "You know we are in the Christmas season and it is a season of love, a season of joy, a season of sharing and as a police department what we are doing this afternoon is sharing the love and sharing with people who we know for some reason or the other can't afford to have the necessities they would need for Christmas. Courtney Weatherburne: "How many hampers are you guys distributing?" ACP Chester Williams - Commander of Southside Police: "Today we are disturbing a total of 95 hampers across Southside Belize City, we try to identify those persons who we know are unable to provide for themselves and if you notice in most cases they are elderly people who live alone and we find sometimes that the elderly people are left. They don't have a means of income so it is difficult for them to provide for themselves for Christmas so as a police department we try to reach out to them to see how best we can assist in making their Christmas come true."

Northside Did Give
And Northside officers were also out this afternoon spreading Christmas cheer. We also rode along as they distributed 20 hampers. We spoke to one Buttonwood Bay resident who told us how this package will make her Christmas a lot more special and enjoyable. Northside cops will continue to distribute hampers on Friday.

BEL's Corporate Character Comes Out At Christmas
And it seems, di hampers cyaan done. BEL employees also distributed 150 packages over the past few days as part of the Company’s Christmas outreach program. 90 of the Hampers contained the main ingredients for a traditional Christmas dinner, while those for 60 senior citizens contained canned goods and toiletries. The hampers are valued at approximately $160 dollars each. And, in another tradition, on Christmas morning, BEL employees will also serve breakfast and distribute care packages to shut-ins and the homeless in Belize City.

Hug It Out At Christmas
And in one more burst of Christmas giving, an organization called GroupHug held its annual Christmas Charity Event. Since 2015, the organization has strived to engage young people in community and charity outreach, while helping at-risk youths. The organization is known for its annual backpack drive, which supplies hundreds of needy children with school supplies. But today it was about Christmas, and organizer, Andre Pitts, gave us more details… At the end of the event all the children received gifts, along with the prizes they’d already won.

How To See Simone
And before we close tonight, here’s how you can see Olympic Gold Medalist Simone Biles tomorrow. As we told you her motorcade leaves the Biltmore at 4:30 pm. It goes down the Phillip Goldson Highway unto Central American Boulevard into Cemetery Road unto Orange Street to Albert Street, then to Regent Street and it ends at the Battlefield Park. There will be a welcome event at the Park for Simone and her family. Representatives from various sporting associations including volleyball, cycling, bodybuilding, martial arts, football and track and field are slated to join in the motorcade.

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Channel 5

Guatemala Map Validates Steady Encroachment by Fishers in Belizean Waters
Tonight, there are two developments on the territorial claim to Belize that could explain Guatemala’s aggressive behavior for months. A map released by the Guatemalan government has surfaced showing that [...]

Keep Calm on Guatemala Violations, Says Elrington
Over the past two years, Guatemala has been asserting sovereignty over the area, going as far as militarizing the remote area and now escorts Belizeans traversing our side of the [...]

Chester Noralez Not Home Free; Will Be Re-Arrested for Senior Citizen’s Beating
He walked free from court on Monday afternoon for the brutal attack on an elderly man, but tonight police are looking for thirty-six-year-old Chester Noralez. He is to be re-arrested [...]

B.D.F. Commander Jones Was Not Home at Time of Burglary
The Price Barracks residence of Brigadier General David Jones was broken into a few weeks ago, while the B.D.F. commander was out of the country.  The discovery that his home [...]

C.G.A. Proceeds to Annual General Meeting with Audited Financials
Turning to developments in the agriculture sector…. The Annual General Meeting of the Citrus Growers Association planned for January twenty-first, 2017, is a crossroads in the survival of the multi-million [...]

Citrus Crop Underway after Earl-related Delay
The 2016-2017 citrus season is behind schedule due to impacts from Hurricane Earl in August. Millions of dollars in damages was suffered by growers of grapefruit and orange, the former [...]

C.G.A. Plans Spin-Off of Plant World Nursery
Almost five years ago, the Citrus Growers Association opened a four-million Belize dollar nursery for citrus plants which it sells to growers. The Plant World Nursery, located off the Southern [...]

Ministry of Lands Clamps Down on Land Transactions with Foreigners
If you are a non-resident of Belize looking to invest in land in the Jewel, you will want to know that there are now changes in transactions that will affect [...]

Local Real Estate Market Depressed; No Money Available
President of the Association of Real Estate Brokers of Belize, Hugo Moguel, also discussed the general state of the market for real estate. He explained that while the international market [...]

Wait Continues for Refurbished Commercial Center
Vendors departed from the Commercial Center in downtown Belize City a few months ago in advance of plans for a major project intended to spruce it up and give it [...]

Doug Singh Walks on Charges from Port Authority
Businessman fifty-four-year-old Doug Singh appeared in court today in connection with two port authority offences that he was charged with earlier this year. Back in July, Singh who is the [...]

7 Traffic Officers Get Recognized by City Hall
Spare a thought, as you drive bumper-to-bumper in our crowded City this week, for the traffic officers. Those from the Transport Department, City Traffic Department, and officers manning the checkpoints [...]

Police Meet Community and Give Out Christmas Hampers
Officers attached to Eastern Division South were out and about in south side Belize City today, but it wasn’t for its routine meet and greet sessions; instead they were giving [...]

Technology to be Expanded for Police Patrols in Ladyville
The increase in burglaries and robberies has been on the rise in recent weeks and the neighboring communities around Ladyville are helping the Police to keep their neighborhoods safe. In [...]

More on Slick Attempted Home Invasions in Ladyville
And that technology seems to be much need in places like Sunset Park and Lake Gardens. These are two small communities within the Rural Eastern Division. And ACP Edward Broaster [...]

David Jones Joins U.S. Military Hall of Fame
B.D.F. Commander David Jones will be inducted into the military Hall of Fame at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas in March 2017.  The achievement comes after the Brigadier General accomplished the feat [...]

B.D.F. Take Break for Christmas Party
The announcement of Jones’ induction came this morning during the annual B.D.F. luncheon.  The brass catered to almost nine hundred soldiers presently enlisted in Belize’s armed forces.  Today, those men [...]


Guatemala Takes Control of the Punta Gorda Coast, Says Article 45
There is much concern looming as reports have been circulating regarding new regulations published by Guatemalan authorities surrounding fishing zones in the Sarstoon. No comment or report has been forthcoming from the Government of Belize but Love News has gotten a copy of the document which indicates that fishers from Guatemala can conduct small scale […]

Jane Doe May Be Michelle Moreira of Dangriga
Rural Eastern Division have yet to officially established the identity of Jane Doe, the woman whose body was found semi- decomposed in the Belize River a couple of days ago. Jane Doe is described as being of creole descent and has a tattoo with the letters M. I. C. H with a rose on her […]

Family is Homeless Following Hurricane Earl and December House Fire
A family from Roaring Creek Village is seeking the public’s assistance after their home was destroyed by fire. We hear more in this report from correspondent Fem Cruz. FEM CRUZ “Roaring Creek Police along with the fire department are investigating an early Wednesday morning fire in the village of Roaring Creek that destroyed the home […]

CGA and Legacy Present the Plant World Nursery
The Belize Citrus Growers Association has made plans to raise about six million dollars through an investment opportunity. The association has partnered with Legacy Fund which managed by Ervin Perez to create an innovated business idea that would attract investors and grow the citrus industry in Belize. It is a strategic financial move that has […]

IDB Reports Double-Digit Decline in Belize’s Exports
An international report focusing on imports and exports was published earlier this month with a focus on Latin America and the Caribbean. According to the report, exports are expected to fall approximately fifty billion dollars or about six percent for 2016. Three Caribbean countries, however, were noted as seeing extreme declines including Belize which saw […]

Simone Biles Is Coming
The Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro placed Simone Biles on the international scene and saw Belize extending an invitation to her to visit at the expense of the Belize Tourism Board. Biles does have Belizean heritage as the woman she calls her mother, Nellie Cayetano Biles is Belizean and with that she has been […]

Dodging Disaster in the Realty Industry
The Association of Real Estate Brokers of Belize called an emergency meeting with its members today. The meeting was prompted by a set of regulations that the Ministry of Natural Resources and the Central Bank began enforcing in November of this year. These regulations have caused much delay in business transactions between realtors and their […]

Senior Military Officials Waits on BDF Soldiers at Christmas Luncheon
The annual event where senior officials take a few hours out to serve food and drinks to the soldiers of the Belize Defence Force took place this morning at Price Barracks in Ladyville, Belize District. Over nine hundred men and women enjoyed the Christmas luncheon which has become a special event on their military calendar […]

Brigadier General Heads to the Hall of Fame in Kansas
Commander of the Belize Defence Force, Brigadier General David Jones was quite excited today when he spoke with the media on his upcoming induction into the Hall of Fame in Kansas, USA. He explained how this honor came about and what it means for him. DAVID JONES “I have received correspondence already that there is […]

Love Foundation and Friends Cater to the Special Needs Children
Today the Love Foundation has teamed up with its partners to host a number of special needs children at a Christmas Party in Orange Walk Town. Love News spoke with Yvette Lui about the event. YVETTE LIU “We partnered with UNICOMER, the Love Foundation, the Orange Walk Down Syndrome Group , The Women Achieving Valuable […]

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New developments in the Citrus Industry
The Citrus Growers Association (CGA) of Belize, held a press conference today at Biltmore Plaza in Belize City. According to CEO Henry Anderson, the CGA is encouraging its growers to plant half million more trees to compete with Brazil and Florida. The CGA claimed […]

Still no charges for Pakeman
Rural Eastern Division Commander, ACP Edward Broaster told the media yesterday that charges still haven’t been brought against Government Press Officer Director Dorian Pakeman for knocking down and killing Gardenia resident Dean Dawson Sr in March.According to Broaster, the case file is still with the […]

No arrests made in disturbing murder of elderly woman
On Sunday night a gunman emptied his clip on a 61-year-old grandmother of 29 in her home and in front of her grandchildren. Still, no arrests have been made in the case. Police are unable to locate the suspected gunman, who is alleged to […]

Controversial LGBT activist to receive award in London
Caleb Oroszo, the LGBT activist who won a landmark decision in Belize Supreme Court overturning anti-gay laws, will be traveling to London in January to receive the David Kato Vision and Voice Award, which is presented annually in memory of murdered Ugandan LGBT activist […]

Ministry of Human Development concerned about FB post
The Ministry of Human Development, Social Transformation and Poverty Alleviation issued a release today stating that it has been made aware that an entity or group is using the name and logo of the Ministry to promote a “Take a Child Home for Christmas” […]

Motorcycle stolen in San Ignacio
According to police reports,19-year-old Angel Alexander Xis of Kontiki Extension in San Ignacio reported that yesterday about 12:00 a.m., he parked his 2015 white Meilun motorcycle in front of his house. Later around 7:00 a.m., he noticed that his motorcycle was missing. Police are […]


Seas D Day, Seaduced By Belize’s Newest Addition Or My Love Affair with the Leeward Side of Ambergris Caye
It is INCREDIBLY beautiful back there. And until now you had a just few options to experience it. You could drive to Secret Beach – and join the crowd at the bars and restaurant there (you can check it out in this post), you could go out with a flyfishing guide or you could charter a boat to the areas above. But now there is a new tour boat called “Sea’s D Day” – an island spin on Roman poet Horace’s Carpe Diem – that is taking regular trips up the west side. And doing it with all the bells and whistles and comforts you can imagine on a pleasure boat. And some that surprised me. It leaves from the lagoon side of town – just off the Back Street on Seaduced’s dock. It is fully kitted out. Paddle boards, kayaks, tubes, fishing poles… There is an upstairs and an AIR CONDITIONED down stairs with a front deck. A kitchen that is GORGEOUS for a home much less a boat! A fryer, an oven, lounge areas…

A Caribbean Island Lifestyle With a Healthy Side Income
“Sitting on my sofa, I can look out to the Caribbean Sea and watch the water crash over the barrier reef,” says Rose Alacantra. “The view from my condo connects me with nature. It helps frame my day-to-day attitude.” Rose and her husband Bob live in a two-bedroom, beachside condo in the upscale Tres Cocos neighborhood of Ambergris Caye, Belize. In the summer of 2013, Rose and Bob left the San Francisco Bay Area behind to begin a new life in Belize. Originally, they’d considered some other countries and other regions of Belize. Their plan was to spend six months on Ambergris Caye, Belize’s largest island, and six months on the mainland in the town of San Ignacio. But Ambergris Caye was the magnet that wouldn’t let go. They never made it to San Ignacio… Rose and Bob quickly adjusted to Ambergris Caye’s easy-going Caribbean lifestyle. “Living here grants me the time to look beyond my to-do list…look beyond social media…look beyond commercialism…to focus on what is meaningful to me,” says Rose. From day one, Rose relished the many options for outdoor activities and social interaction. “Early on I enjoyed the adventure of living on an island, discovering where to shop, dine, and play. My husband and I cycled everywhere. We took daily yoga classes. Our fellow yoga practitioners became our close friends. From there I found my path to doing what I enjoy, which is teaching fitness.”

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Bahamas and Belize Share Caribbean Mediathon Win
The Bahamas and Belize have collaboratively made history by winning the Compete Caribbean Mediathon held recently in Barbados, November 22nd-23rd, 2016. It was the Caribbean’s first mediathon. The winning proposal came from a team comprising University of The Bahamas Director of Communication Mrs. Tameka Lundy and UB Media Journalism student Deanya Knowles and Belize television personalities Courtney Weatherburne and Marleni Cuellar. The winning proposal, called “STEM-tastic”, aims to leverage traditional and new media to increase the participation of Caribbean nationals in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) careers. The proposal involves producing a whimsical book series for 8-11 year olds in the Caribbean region which showcases success stories of individuals whose STEM careers have made them icons. The compelling feature of the book series would be the use of augmented reality technology to reinforce interest in books and reading and encourage young children to aspire to careers in the STEM field.

Northern Triangle of Central America Situation Update - December 2016
UNHCR’s Regional Office in Panama is implementing the Regional Protection and Solutions Strategy for the NTCA situation in close collaboration with country offices, state entities and partners. The Regional Office oversees UNHCR’s operations in El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala, as well protection activities in Panama, Nicaragua and Cuba. The NTCA strategy also encompasses activities in the United States of America, Mexico, Belize and Costa Rica, with permanent coordination being ensured between respective country offices. Central America is suffering a wave of violence stemming from organized criminal groups, including record high homicide rates, sexual violence, disappearances, forced recruitment into gangs, and extortion. Violence affects a diverse range of people including children, women, as well as LGTBI persons. Insecurity is also compelling an increasing number of persons to flee their homes and to seek international protection, particularly in bordering and nearby countries. The United States of America, Belize, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama and El Salvador are all affected, either as countries of origin, transit or destination, and in some cases, in a combination of these.

Regional experts make 'slow, steady progress' on safe seafood policies
There is still a long way to go but experts meeting here last Thursday expressed optimism that slow but steady progress was being made toward introducing region-wide laws, rules and regulations intended to make Caribbean fish and seafood not only ready for world trade but safe for Caribbean tables. The experts, drawn from fisheries, legal affairs, food health and safety and standards agencies across ten countries in the Caribbean Forum of ACP States (CARIFORUM), ended two days of deliberations on model legislation, protocols and guidelines for health and food safety related to fisheries and aquaculture. “Still a long way to go but making progress,” said executive director of the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) Milton Haughton at the workshop in Barbados.


  • Prime Minister's Christmas Message, 2min. Peace and joy to ALL and very best wishes for the New Year!

  • Blue-black Grassquit, Toledo District Belize, 3/4min.

  • Belize Bonefishing, 5min.

  • Belize 121616, 2.5min. From Norwegian Pearl we took a tender to the port of Belize. From there we acquired a taxi to explore the city ourselves. The total price was $30 per couple. Using the taxi you're able to stop at any time you like to get out and take pictures. We spent about our half touring the city and then went to Kukumba Beach. We stayed at Kukumba Beach. Our taxi driver Bert came back and picked us up and dropped us back off at the port.

  • Lean and slide on a Belize airboat, 2min. Belize airboat tour is a must. Raise arms, lean into the sharp 90 turn. What a rush! I look like I got a bug up my nose.

  • Belize monkeys and Iguanas, 5.5min.

  • Kriol Brukdong | Belize Dance Tradition, 4.5min.

  • Belize History Association, 38min.

  • National Kriol Council - Old Fashion Christmas, 32min.

  • Ms. Gillett's Black Cake, 30min.

  • Lova Boy Sweet Belize, 3.5min.

  • Good Mawnin Belize, 3min.

  • Non Rev Life: Belize Pt 2, 8min. art 2 of my belize vacation.

  • Vacation to Belize/ Vlog | Brenda Manalac, 40min. Its a long video so get your snacks:) This trip was sooo much fun, very different from California but so beautiful. Hope you enjoy:)

  • TR Shine - Soca Dan Dada (Official Music Video) "2017 Soca" (Belize) [HD], 3min.

  • A Taste of Paradise, 3.5min. Follow me as I make a quick trip down to Belize! Thanks to Royal Belize and Belize Underwater for always making each trip a trip to remember!

  • Re: Today's Belize News: December 22, 2016 [Re: Marty] #527864
    12/21/17 07:43 AM
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    I need to more about real estate investment in Belize. I live in the middle east and I want to ask, Is buying a property in Belize grants me residence? Also what is the average price? Please let me informed. If anyone also looking for apartment in Juffair or any other location, please contact me or check this link:

    What you are looking for is certainly looking for you
    Re: Today's Belize News: December 22, 2016 [Re: Marty] #527869
    12/21/17 03:21 PM
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    Buying property gives you no rights to residency or citizenship. Residency can take 2 to 4 years as of late. Citizenship takes 5 years after residency is approved. Prices depend widely on what part of Belize you are interested in

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