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Donation to Support Holy Cross
Donations will only be matched for a few more days! Today is the day to act to make a difference in the life of the children of San Pedro, Belize, by sending your donation, large or small, to be matched by our corporate donors. With this match your gift can bring: A safe, clean and colorful classroom for children to learn A healthy lunch that each student can count on being there Access to computers, library, and dental care - all so important for future employment. But we can't do it without you. Please send your check to The Holy Cross Education Foundation, 7550 Corporate Way, Eden Prairie, MN 55344 Attn Mr Brian Ostenso. Or click here to donate online. Please don't wait, as only gifts sent by Saturday 31 December will be matched. Thank you for your support.

Splashers
Lets get our splash on this Thursday at Crazy Canucks at 2pm.

Plane runs of Runway in Placencia
After photos were shared, online groups removed the post. Bystanders claim a logos was in the process of being peeled off the plane after the mishap.

BNTU Council Press Release
Belize National Teacher's Union Corozal Town Branch has passed on a press release from the BNTU Council of Management suggesting that students and teachers return to classes on the original date set on the school calendar being Monday, January 9th, 2017.

STOP! Tampering with electricity can ruin lives!
BEL is offering assistance and advice to make electricity affordable – as low as $1 per day for low income households.

Rotaract Christmas for Kids
They visited Calla Creek to give out presents to kids. Thanks, Rotaract! "Rotaract club of Benque Viejo in partner with Unicomer Belize Limited went to bring "Navidad del Niño Beliceño" this afternoon at Calla Creek Village. We celebrated Christmas with them making it an afternoon filled with joy and happiness. We shared the Christmas spirit with them by giving gifts, treats, toys to the kids from the village and grocery baskets to families from the village. A huge thanks to Unicomer Belize Limited for their generous support. Also to the Manzanero Family, Ms. Maria Smith, Stacy Alfaro and all members from the Rotaract Club of Benque Viejo, thank you To Ms. Teen 2016-2017 Tinike Penados. Thank you and Merry Christmas to all!!!"

Traffic accident claims life
A man is dead following a traffic accident earlier tonight on the George Price Highway. The accident occurred in St. Matthew’s Village sometime after 8:00 p.m., and the victim was a man, who has not yet been identified.

Mechanic charged for murder of elderly woman
Police have charged Trevor Jones, a mechanic of Santa Elena Town, Cayo, with the murder of Paulina Urbelina Suarez, 61, who was shot dead at her house earlier this month. Jones was remanded to the Hattieville Prison until Wednesday, on the strength of the signature of a Justice of the Peace (JP), because the San Ignacio Magistrate’s Court was already closed by the time he was charged. On Wednesday, Jones will officially be arraigned in Court, and will be given a date to return. Suarez was at her house on the night of December 18, when someone entered and shot her multiple times. Police had detained a daughter of Urbina, but released her when they could not establish a link between her and the suspected gunman.

Saharan snow could mean change in weather in other regions
The presence of snow in the Sahara Desert could mean a change in weather in other regions, but scientists have not yet specified how. Residents of the small Algerian town of Ain Sefra experienced snow covering red ssnd dubes on Monday. The snow stayed for a day in the town, which is about 1,000 metres above sea level and surrounded by the Atlas Mountains. Ain Sefra’s average temperature last year was 20 Celsius. The last time snow fell in the Sahara – world’s largest desert – was almost four decades ago, when a flurry struck Ain Sefra, known as “The Gateway to the Desert,” on February 18, 1979. The Sahara Desert covers most of Northern Africa and it has gone through changes in temperature and moisture over the past few hundred thousand years.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Road traffic accident on George Price Highway
Reports reaching our newsroom is that there was a traffic accident on the George Price Highway in St. Matthew’s village a short while ago. An eye witness has confirmed to BBN that a man was seen lying in the middle of the road apparently […]

Belize sees bloody and brutal 2016, 135 people murdered
Belize has already buried 135 murder victims in 2016, only 10 bodies less than the record breaking body count of 145 in 2012. And 2016 is not over yet. The Police Department attributed most of the senseless murders to gang violence concentrated mainly in […]

Belize: A Production, Tourism, Financial and Trading Mecca 2017-2022
As Belize crawls into 2017, it faces daunting financial and economic challenges….BUT there are no challenges without opportunity. These challenges and opportunities require bold, decisive action on the part of ALL Belizeans. I have previously offered ways of fixing the Belize economy, which did […]

Trevor Jones charged for murder of Santa Elena grandmother
On December 23, Trevor Jones, a mechanic of Santa Elena Town in Cayo, was charged with a single count of murder. Jones was charged for the murder of Paulina Urbelina Suarez, 61, who was shot in her house on the night of December 18, […]

Star athlete Simone Biles voted AP Female Athlete of the Year
On Thursday, December 22, 2016, Simone Biles arrived in Belize and was received with a warm welcome and a motorcade. The Belize Tourism Board had invited Biles after she made international headlines this past summer at the 2016 Olympics held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; […]

Blogs

Sushi is the Star when Japan Meets Belize
There is a new Japanese Chef in town and he has everyone talking about Sushi! I always enjoy writing about People on our Map that join us from far away places. This reminds me of how special and culturally diverse Belize is. We are lucky to be able to learn skills from around the globe right here at home. Our fishermen have been learning new techniques from Toshiya Tsujimoto since he arrived in San Pedro. He has shared with quite a few how to prepare fish in order to serve it sushi style. His friendly disposition has already earned him friends all over the country, but it’s his passion for food that caught my attention. Dorian and I are blessed to be invited to tastings often, but a few weeks ago we got to participate in something a little different. We were not just tasting food, we were presented with little works of art with enormous flavor by a chef so passionate about his offerings that you could taste it in his food. Toshiya started off our tasting experience with bait fish! Not commonly found in restaurants, Balihoo is something you’d more likely find on the end of a fishing line waiting to catch a much bigger fish. He had skilfully transformed it into a crispy starter and decadent dish to follow. We were met with so many delicate flavors that night. Most grown or caught right here in Belize.

International Sourcesizz

The Mr. Nobodys: Heirs of the Belize-Guatemala Territorial Dispute
Between the vast plains that were once part of a thick jungle in Peten province, hundreds of Guatemalans are left to their fate. Paved roads and electricity are both very far away. These forgotten Mr. Nobodys are among the world’s poorest. In San Jose La Flores, a small settlement located a few yards (meters) from the Belize-Guatemala Adjacency Zone, locals hike to a noplace in both and neither countries. There they log timber, hunt game and prospect for gold in the rivers. Clashes between the inhabitants of the settlement and Belize security forces, who Guatemalans say use extreme force, are frequent: the last recorded case occurred on April 21 of this year, when Julio Alvarado, 13, died after presumably being shot with Belizean bullets. His father Carlos Alvarado told EFE he was walking with his two sons through the Adjacency Zone when Belizean soldiers opened fire. “My son was not a dog but they killed him like one,” he said. Living near the hillside that divides the two countries is Juana, 45, who came here from her native Izabal seeking a better life. That never happened.

Could Harvest Caye be the Caribbean's new cruising hot spot?
There's always been something a little exotic about the idea of a cruise to Belize, a country known for ancient Mayan ruins, lush rain forests and one of the world's most spectacular barrier reefs. But the reality of visiting the sparsely populated Central American nation by ship often doesn't quite lived up to expectations. The only port in the country capable of receiving large cruise vessels until now, at Belize City, is a difficult place to land. Passengers arriving on big ships must tender a long way to shore on small boats, a time-consuming and often unpleasant process. Once there, they are dumped into a sometimes seedy neighborhood with little in the way of allures. Some just turn around and head back to the ship. Enter Harvest Caye, a new gateway to Belize about 70 miles down the coast that some in the cruise industry think could transform the experience of visiting the country by ship -- and become one of the Western Caribbean's most popular cruise destinations.

Willkommen im Paradies - die Kreuzfahrtinsel Harvest Caye in Belize
Stellen Sie sich vor, Sie liegen an einem riesigen Strand mit hellstem Sand, werden rund um die Uhr von Angestellten betreut, genießen den lieben langen Tag Cocktails und wenn Ihnen dies zu langweilig wird, spielen Sie Golf oder schwingen sich auf "Ziplines" hoch über der Bucht in die Lüfte. Klingt nach Paradies? Ist aber Realität, und zwar auf der Kreuzfahrtinsel Harvest Caye in Belize. Beim Betreten der Insel wird man von Stangen begrüßt, die aus dem Boden ragen. Sie versprühen feinen Nebel. Doch es ist nicht kalt - im Gegenteil: Der Nebel erfrischt, sonst könnte man die 38 °C wohl kaum aushalten. Auf diese Weise aber fühlt man sich wie im Paradies: Ein Himmel in allen Abstufungen von Blau, gleichmäßiges Meeresrauschen, hellster und feinster Sand, 400 Meter Strand. Wo ein solches Traumziel zu finden ist? Auf der Kreuzfahrtinsel Harvest Caye in Belize.

The 21 Best Budget Travel Destinations For 2017
From the Philippines to Georgia, this year’s list of best budget travel destinations features exotic ideas from some of the world’s experts in travel. While some of these countries made the cut thanks to fluctuating currencies (Australia, we’re looking at you), others like Kyrgyzstan are more off-the-beaten path. With this list, stretch your dollar further in 2017. Time to get traveling! Hopkins, Belize: While this surprising little paradise has a reputation as one of the most expensive countries in Central America, that doesn’t mean it isn’t a budget destination. Belize is still a whole lot cheaper than Europe or the Florida coast. Although a great deal of the 240 miles of coastline are built up with resorts, like Placencia, Ambergris Caye and Caye Caulker, we found one little bastion of chill hiding in plain sight: Hopkins. Hopkins, Belize is everything that a Caribbean beach paradise should be - natural, rough around the edges, with fallen palm leaves littering the beach and driftwood washed up on the shoreline. Food and accommodation options are simple, maybe even a bit limited, but that will be the last thing on your mind as you sway in a hammock at sunset, wishing your time here would never end!

Simone Biles went swimming with an absolutely unbelievable amount of sharks and we’re in awe
Gold medal winning Olympian Simone Biles is having the most incredible holiday ever right now, and we wish we could tag along. Not to worry, though. The gymnast has made sure to keep us in the loop as she shares envy-worthy Insta-posts of her island adventure. And from the looks of things, Simone’s Belize getaway is filled with gorgeous ocean views and even some canoodling with sharks! You totally read that correctly…the athlete just proved to us how fearless she truly is. She’s so fearless! The 19-year-old Olympian joined her brothers in the deep blue as they swam with sharks! SO MANY SHARKS, GUYS.

Videos

  • Beginner Shark Diving in Belize, 8min. San Pedro, Hol Chan, Shark Ray Alley.

  • Belize 2016, 5min.

  • The Arrival - Belize Day 1, 5.5min. My Mom and Dad took the trip of a life time for their 25th anniversary celebration. Belize, Central America. In this short five part series, explore the world and the sea with us in Belize.

  • Belize Navidad Lamoureux's, 10min.

  • MY TRIP TO BELIZE!!!!, 6.5min.

  • Marines Teach Infantry Tactics to Belize Soldiers, 3min.

  • 2016 Belize Phototour, 13min. Pictures set to a couple songs from our 2016 Belize vacation. We stayed at Mariposa Jungle Lodge in Cayo. We went hiking, did Actun Tunichil Muknal cave, Rio Frio Cave, Caracol Mayan site, nice waterfall, Xunantunich and Cahal Pech Mayan site, rode horses in the jungle, Tikal Mayan site, and zip lining in the jungle.