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The San Pedro Sun

Simone Biles enjoys her Christmas Vacation in Belize
Three-time world, all-around champion, and four-time Olympic Gold Medalist Simone Biles enjoyed a most incredible holiday break in Belize. Biles, who has Belizean roots, was offered a getaway vacation package to Belize by the Belize Tourism Board following her astounding performance at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil this past summer. She arrived on Thursday, December 22nd, spending her Christmas vacation along with her family on Ambergris Caye, enjoying the time of her life, Isla Bonita style! The gold medal winning Olympian was received with much fan-fare upon landing in Belize City, and after an evening of official events that included a motorcade and the presentation of the Keys of the City, Biles touched down on La Isla Bonita on Friday, December, 23rd. Despite some rain during the holiday weekend, the gymnast appeared to have enjoyed her time on the island.

Ambergris Today

Simone Biles' Christmas Vacations in San Pedro, Belize
Simone Biles chose San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize to spend the Christmas vacations with her family. From the looks of it, she had an amazing time on the island despite the little bit of rain we had over the holiday weekend. After her official welcome (motorcade and presentation of Key to Belize City) to the country that was held in Belize City on Thursday, December 22, Simone hopped on to Ambergris Caye to get away from all the media rush and just spend quality time with her family. By the looks of her Twitter and Instagram accounts, Simone had an amazing Christmas break dining at the top island restaurants, relaxing on the beach, swimming with the sharks at Hol Chan, fishing, visiting Caye Caulker, horseback riding and even taking an aerial tour of Belize's Great Blue Hole.

Misc Belizean Sourcesmzz

ATM: Eastern Police Division South Officers in St. Martin's community
Doing our weekly Wednesday's "Meet & Greet" session, our last one for this 2016 year with the residents & businesses. I must say, everyone, homes & businesses are very receptive, positive minded & spoke highly of this weekly "Meet & Greet" session!!! & for that, we say a big thank you.

Channel 7

Teachers Hold The Hardline
School should start early - next week Tuesday, January third, right after the New Year's holiday. Or at least that's what the Ministry of Education and the School Managements say. But tonight, the teachers union is still saying "no-go": School for its members will start as regularly scheduled on January the ninth. That's the message in a press release sent this evening. It says that children and teachers are entitled to three weeks leave as stated in the education rules. And then it reiterates that schools - not the ministry - must make the decision on make up days. Now the school managements sent out press releases stating that they had made that decision, and according to the teachers, that's the problem. The union release says that they were never included in the discussion, and they are not pawns of the school managements. They say that they should be the ones planning along with the school managements, not the Ministry.

'Fonso Implicated In Fatal Accident
Alfonso Noble is the nationally known UDP mouthpiece who's been the host of WAVE TV's Fus Thing Da Mawnin for about 10 years. But this weekend he spent the Christmas holidays in police detention - after he knocked down and killed a man. Gilbert Meyers was riding a bicycle near mile four on the Western Highway when Noble ran him over. After that, the talk show host and Guardian newspaper editor spent over 80 hours in police detention before he was sent to court this morning. Daniel Ortiz found out why the controversy over the case is already overshadowing the death of Gilbert Meyers:.. UDP Mouthpiece Alfonso Noble was uncharacteristically mute after his Magistrate's Court arraignment this morning. Daniel Ortiz: "Brother Fonso�" Alfonso Noble - Charged with Manslaughter: "No comment." Reporter: "Anything to say to the family?" Alfonso Noble - Charged with Manslaughter: "No comment." He's facing 4 charges, including manslaughter by negligence, for knocking down and killing Hattieville Resident Gilbert Myers.

Southside Commander Explains Why They Held Noble for 80+ Hours
So, why did the police hold Alfonso Noble for those 80+ hours, instead of sending him home after taking his written statement? That's what we asked the South Side Police Commander, Chester Williams. He told us that in this instance, police were simply being extra careful; nothing else factored in. Here's how he explained it: Jules Vasquez: "Was he singled out for detention because he's a well-known UDP mouthpiece?" ACP. Chester Williams - Commander Southside: "What the police were interested in first and foremost was to do things the right way and to do it by the books. We did not want to have any misstep in the investigation, we didn't want to blunder with the investigation and it is not unprecedented that a person is kept in custody after an accident, this has been done before. The police would normally issue NIP in circumstances where it is difficult to ascertain what may have occurred on the scene so the police investigation process will take a little while longer, so the police would normally do that. But from the police investigative view they are of the belief that a certain person may have been at fault, the police can proceed and prefer charges immediately without issuing an NIP and in this case that is exactly what we did and Mr. Noble I can tell you was not singled out because he is affiliated with any political party and he understand what it is we were doing, I explained to him the process and I must say that he cooperated in terms of how he was -- his entire behaviour towards the investigation as well as at the police station I must say was very good and the process I explained to him and he understood."

More Fatal Accidents On The Highway
And there is news of another fatal traffic accident at this hour. It happened around 6:00 pm near mile twelve and a half on the Northern Highway by El Cas. Police couldn't tell us much except that a McFadzean bus and a pickup had a head on collision. One person is dead after he was flung unto the highway. We'll have more on this tomorrow. And then there was another fatal accident last night on the Western Highway. This one happened between miles 40 and 41. 48 year old Salvapan resident David Alfaro was pushing his bicycle when 41 year old San Ignacio resident Tedford Pate knocked him down with his Isuzu D-Max. Both men were heading towards Belmopan. Pate gave a urine specimen and Police served Pate with a notice of intended prosecution.

Alleged Grandmother Killer Arrested
10 days ago, Paulina Urbelina Sanchez was killed at her home, in front of her young grand daughters. Well, on Saturday police caught their main suspect. He is 24 year old Trevor Jones a Belizean mechanic of Santa Elena town. He has been arrested and charged for murder. Sanchez's family believes he was hired to kill her as part of a property dispute.

Family Loses Teen To Pre-Chrsitmas Murder
A pre-Christmas murder has shattered another city family. On Friday night after 8:00, 19-year-old David Andrews was gunned down and killed at the corner of Seagull and Raccoon Streets. Andrews had just left his family at a store nearby when 2 men on a motorcycle rode by and shot him 4 times. I went to try and find out why anyone would want young Andrews dead. Ramona Carcamo - Mother: "He did not like when I worked hard and so he bought me a drink so I could feel good and he only gave me the drink and he left and I never saw him again...(crying)" An energy drink is the last thing Carcamo got from her son before he was shot and killed. On Friday night, Carcamo better known as "Mama Chula" was selling food at her usual spot. Her son David Andrews and other relatives were hanging out, keeping her company as she worked. But later on, after Andrews got a call, he told his family he was going to take a drink for a friend nearby on Raccoon street. But instead of hearing his voice around the lane, the family heard gunshots ring out.

Police Have A Suspect For Murder, Quelling Retalliation
And police are looking for one person in connection with the Andrews murder. We spoke to Southside Commander Chester Williams about their suspect and the possibility of retaliation. ACP. Chester Williams - Commander Southside: "Police responded to information of shots being fired in the area Seagull and Racoon Street. Upon responding they saw one David Andrews suffering from gunshot wounds to the back on the chest area. He was transported to the KHMH where he was pronounced dead on arrival." Jules Vasquez: "Now this we're told that it's two men on motorbike?" ACP. Chester Williams - Commander Southside: "Yes the information that we have gathered is that two men came on a motorcycle. Motorcycle park one of them came off the cycle, approached the deceased and uttered a few words to him and then fired the shots and then they got back on the cycle and then they drove off." Reporter: "He was the intended target sir?" ACP. Chester Williams - Commander Southside: "From all indications yes he was and we are looking for one person who we believe maybe able to assist us in the investigation."

Southside Fighting To Keep Murders Down for 2016
And while police always work to nip retaliation in the bud - in this case, it's also a statistical imperative. That's because Southside murders for 2016 are down from last year - but just by one. Murders are up across the country, and Southside is working to say that it has registered a decrease. Williams explained:� Jules Vasquez: "Are you confident that you will be able to supress any retaliation and there will not be a spiralling of violence as we close the year?" ACP. Chester Williams - Commander Southside: "Well we will continue to do what we normally do in terms of mediation and intervention between the rival groups. At the end of the day we want to close the year good. I am happy to say that while other parts of the country have experienced an increase in murder for the year 2016; Southside Belize City is one of the only region that has less murder comparing to last year and we're very close to the margin and we do not want to go above where we were last year so we'll continue to hold fort to be able to close off the year as best as we can."

Cops Got Deadly Assault Rifle
And north side police were also putting in work this weekend. They found an assault rifle in an abandoned building. The cops say they searched an abandoned wooden building in the King's Park area and found a Colt brand AR-15 assault rifle with a magazine containing 6 live rounds of ammunition. No one was around and it was labelled as found property.

Teenager Shot For No Reason?
And there were a pair of shootings in the city over the extended weekend. The first happened on Police street where a minor was targeted. Commander Williams gave us details:� ACP. Chester Williams - Commander Southside: "One Christmas Day the police were called to Police street, that's in the St. Martins Depores Area where information was received of shots being fired. Upon responding they were informed that a victim has been transported to the hospital. We later learnt that victim to be one Phillip Elejio, he suffered gunshot wounds to the foot and was admitted in a stable condition. He was released from the hospital the following day which was the 26th and is currently at home recovering. The information is that two persons passed by on separate bicycles one of whom fired shots in the direction of the victim which caused the injuries." Jules Vasquez: "Sir do you all know what motivated this?" ACP. Chester Williams - Commander Southside: "Well we are still trying to ascertain, the victim is a student at ACC and we have no information of him being involved in any gang activity and so we're still trying to find out if indeed he was the person who was the intended target."

Byron Jeffords Targeted Again
And then on Wagner's lane, a man who has been targeted many times before was shot again. 22 year old Byron Jeffords who was stabbed in July was targeted again. Williams told us more:.. ACP. Chester Williams - Commander Southside: "On the 26th police received information of shots being fired on Wagner's Lane and they responded. Upon responding they were told again that the victim has been transported to the hospital. They later found out the victim to be one Byron Jeffords and he suffered gunshot wounds to the hand; Don't ask me which hand Mr. Goodin -- to the hand. He is currently admitted in the hospital." Police have a fixed patrol in the area and did see two men fleeing. Our records show that Jeffords was first targeted when he was kidnapped at the age of 15, then he was shot when he was 17, and stabbed earlier this year. He lives in a gang-infested area.

GI Joe Remanded After Theft Charge
Eleven days ago, Janet Seawell reported to police that she was walking on Cemetery Road at 4:00 in the morning when she met Cecil Franklin, also known as GI Joe. Because she had known Franklin for several years, she allowed him to walk with her to a nearby bus stop, but when they got there Franklin attacked. According to Seawell, he grabbed her around the neck and stole her $700 cell phone. He then punched her in the face and told her to take off her clothes. Seawell then began screaming in fear which caused Franklin to run away with the phone. Franklin was picked up by police, and appeared in the Magistrate's Court today. He pled not guilty to charges of robbery and wounding. Franklin was denied bail after the prosecutor objected on the grounds that he had a long history of crimes of dishonesty. He was remanded into custody until February 3, 2017.

New Carnival Ship Makes Call In Belize
The largest ship in the Carnival fleet arrived in Belize today. The Carnival Vista, which started construction in October of 2014, was completed in March of this year. The Vista can hold a maximum of around 4000 passengers and 1500 crew. A plaque ceremony between the BTB's Noriko Gamero and the ship's Captain marked the first call on Belize. The Carnival Vista offers cruises to destinations around the world including Spain, Italy, Aruba and Grand Cayman. And while the BTB is doing its best to buoy hopes in the Cruise sector, local tour operators don't expect much from this new ship. That's because most of the tour business from Carnival cruises goes directly to Chukka. And second, Carnival cruisers are not known to be the most lavish with their spending. And so while cruise tourism has major concerns, the overnight sector is also slightly concerned. That's because overnight arrivals were slightly down - reportedly by less than 2% in November. December is also expected to show a modest decrease.

MC Yogi, You New Year's Ticket?
The Belize International Yoga Festival will take place on NEW YEAR'S EVE at the Harbor View Greens at 12 Fort Street. The Festival, which is an all day event, will feature classes in several yoga disciplines and host inspirational discussions. There will also be a special workshop and musical performance hosted by MC Yogi, a hip hop artist and yoga teacher. We spoke to MC Yogi and Michelle Williams, one of the organizers about the event and why it's an interesting alternative to bring in the New Year with Yoga... Everyone is welcome to be a part of the yoga festival, no matter how much experience they have.

Cops Finish The Year On The Right Foot
You've already seen him many times on the news tonight, and today Chester Williams and his Southside police could be seen on Central American Boulevard, between Mahogany Street and the western Highway. They were doing meet and Greet in that area - the last such session for this year. Williams says he wants to start out fresh next year:�

One More Honour For Simone
And, finally, tonight, Belize's guest of honour for the Christmas vacation Simone Biles has been named the Associated Press Female athlete of the Year. Biles received a total of 39 votes from editors and news directors out of a possible 59 to earn the honour. She beat out decorated tennis great Serena Williams.

Channel 5

Alfonso Noble Knocks Down and Kills a Cyclist on Christmas Eve
The Christmas weekend was an exceptionally violent four days, where road traffic accidents and shooting incidents claimed multiple lives across the country.� There were as many as five RTAs beginning [...]

Well-Known Media Personality Refuses to Provide Blood Sample Following Fatal RTA
U.D.P. loyalist Alfonso Noble spent the entire weekend - all of four days in Police custody. But he didn't spend those days in a cell - instead he spent them [...]

20 Year Old Struck Dead by Vehicle on Placencia Road on Christmas Morning
Twenty-year-old Israel Lopez of Hope Creek, Stann Creek District, met his death unexpectedly on this holiday weekend. On Christmas morning he was on his way home from a night of [...]

Belmopan Man Killed in Fatal Collision in St. Matthew's Village
The last fatality of the weekend due to a traffic accident took place on Tuesday night on the George Price Highway. Police from Roaring Creek visited an area between Miles [...]

David Andrews is Latest Murder Victim in Belize City
On Friday night, a man was shot and killed in the City. David Andrews was standing near the intersections of Seagull and Raccoon streets when two men rode up on [...]

A Bloody 2016 - News Five Takes a Look Back
One hundred and thirty-six murders have now been recorded for 2016, following the death of David Andrews on Friday. And while it is safe to say after a quiet Christmas [...]

Teen Student Escapes with Bullet to foot for Christmas
A shooting on Christmas Day left a Belize City student with a gunshot wound to one of his feet. He was treated and released from the hospital. Police say that [...]

One Detained for Boxing Day Shooting on Wagners' Lane
Another man was shot in the city. On Boxing Day, Byron Jeffords was on Wagner's Lane when he was approached by two men on bikes and one of them shot [...]

Second Accused Charged in Robbery, Attempted Murder of Teen
Elward McKay joins Alexander Bainton who was charged this past Friday for the robbery of a seventeen-year-old back in September of this year. Bainton was arraigned and remanded into custody [...]

B.N.T.U. Maintains Stance on Christmas Vacation
The Belize National Teachers Union has issued a release reiterating its position that classes for the upcoming semester will resume on January ninth, 2017.� B.N.T.U., in accordance with the Education [...]

How Will Trade Union Congress Resolve Presidential Problem?
Following the Annual General Meeting of the National Trade Union Congress of Belize in San Ignacio on December seventeenth, the Congress is without a duly elected president. Marvin Mora, who [...]

Acting Prez Promises More from N.T.U.C.B. in 2017
Willoughby-Sanchez told us that she is eligible to run for the presidency in her own right, and is "praying" over a decision on whether to do so. But whoever does [...]

Belize Hosts First Yoga International Festival
The first Belize International Yoga Festival takes place this weekend on New Year's Eve near the Harbor View Greens in Belize City from six a.m. to midnight. Titled, "Breathe - [...]

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Mennonite Knocked Down And Killed In Orange Walk
A seventeen year old boy is tonight dead, following a fatal traffic accident just one day before Christmas Eve on the August Pine Ridge Road. Reports from Orange Walk Police indicate that the victim, Benjamin Grant of Shipyard camp 23, and his older brother 20 year old Abraham Grant, were riding along the August Pine Ridge Road on a horse and buggy when a pickup truck traveling in the opposite direction crashed into them causing the buggy to overturn. Inspector Jose Mendez - Second in Command Orange Walk: "Sometime around 6:40pm, Orange Walk Police responded to a call at August Pine Ridge road, that would be next to the entrance to the Shipyard road close to Camp 23, where they saw a pickup truck bearing license plate #Texas - 2928 with extensive damage to the front as well as one horse buggy that the Mennonites use extensive damage also, they are 42 year old Heinch reported to the police that he was travelling toward Shipyard direction when the incident happened, two occupants in the vehicle in the cart buggy Benjamin Grant and Abraham Grant, Benjamin receive serious head and body injuries and while Abraham received injuries to his leg and body both were transported to the Northern Regional Hospital where Benjamin succumb to his injuries while undergoing treatment."

Seven Injured In Traffic Accident Near Carmelita Village
Also on Friday night, as many as 7 individuals including 4 minors were injured in a traffic accident, this time near mile 42 on the Philip Goldson Highway. According to Orange Walk Police, acting upon information received of a traffic accident near the Crooked Tree cut off, they were dispatched to the area, and upon their arrival they saw a Wingle Pickup truck and a Ford escape on the side of the road, both with extensive damages. Inspector Jose Mendez - Second in Command Orange Walk: "We also responded to a call at mile 42 o the Phillip Goldson Highway where two vehicles were seen extensively damaged and a Wingle pickup and a Ford Escape and there the police had to deal with several people injured namely Catalina Sepeda 65 years old, Lorena Sepeda 31, Lorena Cervantes 31, and four minors ranging from 6 to 13 years of age all were transported to the Norther Regional Hospital and I believe two are still are at the hospital undergoing treatment, at around this time we did take sample from the driver and has been sent to the forensics lab for analysis and we are waiting for the result of it and then most like we are just awaiting for the driver to be discharged from the hospital."

Custom Officer Takes Police Officer To Court
Before the Christmas break, we had reported on an incident at the northern border between a Police Officer and the head of the Customs designated for the area. The reports had not been fully confirmed because neither side wanted to speak to the press about it. Today we got confirmation that the incident did occur when we saw 30 year old Police Officer Ismael Molina appear at the Magistrate's Court to answer to a charge of "obstructing an officer of customs". That Customs Officer is Earl Miller, who as we explained is the head honcho for the customs at the border. Miller claimed in his statement to the Police and the Court that on December 20th, Molina physically attacked him with a punch to his face when he requested that Molina removes a vehicle. In Court, Molina complained bitterly that he didn't even have time to blink prior to appearing in court because he had received the court summons on his work desk only 5 mins before. Oddly, it was Miller who served the summons himself.

UDP Mouthpiece Knocks Down and Kills Bicycle Rider
Alfonso Noble, the Editor of the El Guardian newspaper, which is the newspaper organ of the United Democratic Party, and also a well-known co-host of the UDP morning radio show on Wave Radio, was arraigned in Court this morning after he reportedly knocked down and killed a man on the George Price Highway on Christmas Eve. Noble was driving his red-in-colour Nissan Pickup on the highway from Belize City to the Mile 8 community on December 24th when he knocked down a well-known former boxer Gilbert "Tyson" Myers Jr. between miles 3 and 4. Myers had gone to Belize City to visit a family member and was riding back to Mile 8 when the incident occurred. Noble has reportedly been on lockdown since, through the extended holiday, awaiting the Magistrate Court's regular session. This morning he was taken to court to stand before Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser and was read three charges: causing death by careless conduct, driving motor vehicle without due care and attention and failing to provide specimen. He was released on a bail of $5,000 and his case was adjourned until February 28, 2017.

Noble Refuses To Provide Specimen for Examination
Earlier you heard Noble's attorney accusing the Police of pandering to the public pressure and acting prematurely in proceeding to place charges on his client. Well, the police prosecutor in the case Assistant Commissioner of Police Chester Williams rejected those claims and even admitted that Noble has gotten what some may consider as special treatment when he wasn't place in a cell block while under detention. Reporter: "But Mr. Noble was detained a total of four days at the Raccoon Street Police Station and I know this is irregular because usually when it is an accidental death persons are release and then you get signed bail and then you reach court the next following day, was he single out for detention because he is a well-known UDP mouthpiece?" Chester Williams - Assistant Commissioner of Police: "What the police were interested in first and foremost was to do things the right way and to do it by the books, we did not want to have any mistake in the investigation, we didn't want to blunder with the investigation and it is not unprecedented that a person is kept in custody after an accident, this has been done before, the police would normally issue NIP in circumstances where it is difficult to ascertain what nay have occurred at the scene so the police investigation process will take a little while longer..."

Controversy On Re-opening Of School
The dispute between the Belize National Teachers Union and the Ministry of Education, over the makeup time for the eleven days strike taken by BNTU, continues to unfold. As viewers may be aware, the Ministry of Education along with school managements agreed to add 6 days to the school calendar to catch up with the curriculum, which would require teachers to go back to the classroom on January 3rd and not on the 9th as it had previously been stipulated in the education rules. Today with only a few days left before classes are expected to resume, the BNTU issued a press release reiterating their position, which is to have their teachers back in school until January 9th. In their release the BNTU points out that the rule used by the Ministry to try and force teachers to surrender six days of their Christmas vacation is not a valid one, and quotes Rule 131(4) of the hand book of policies which states that an amendment made to the school calendar where a school falls short of one hundred and eighty days, "special arrangements shall be made by the school Not the Ministry of Education to fulfill this requirement'


Editor of Political Newspaper Takes Heat Following Involvement in Fatal Traffic Accident
He is editor for the Guardian Newspaper and a host on "First thing da mawning" on Wave TV. He is also a known political mouth piece for the United Democratic Party but tonight, Alfonso Noble, faces the possibility of getting a criminal record. Noble appeared before Magistrate Sharon Frazer who read him four charges. He [�]

Christmas Weekend Records One Murder
There was a murder over the weekend in Belize City. On Friday night, police responded to shots fired at the corner of Seagull and Raccoon Streets. When police responded, they saw David Andrews on the ground suffering from gunshot wounds to the back. He was quickly taken to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital but was [�]

Trevor Jones Arraigned for Elderly Woman's Murder
A mechanic of Santa Elena Town, Cayo District has been charged with a single count of murder. The charge against 24-year-old, Trevor Jones comes following the killing of 61-year-old, Paulina Urbelina Suarez on Sunday, December 18, 2016. Jones was charged late last Friday evening and with the closing of the Magistrates' Court, investigators in San [�]

Collision at St Matthews Turns Fatal
Police in Roaring Creek Village, Cayo District are investigating a fatal traffic incident that occurred last night on the George Price Highway, claiming the life of a resident of the Salvapan Area in Belmopan. Fem Cruz has the story. FEM CRUZ "Roaring Creek Police were called out to a fatal traffic accident on the George [�]

Christmas Morning Hit and Run Kills Israel Lopez
Police in Independence Village, Stann Creek District were called out to the Placencia Road near Santa Cruz where they encountered the body of a man lying on the right side of the road. Investigators processed the scene just after six o'clock Christmas morning and found that the man of Hispanic descent suffered severe head injuries [�]

Hopkins Police Investigate Christmas Eve Accident
Just after 4pm on Christmas Eve, Police in Hopkins were alerted of an incident in the Chachibu Area just south of Hopkins Village where they encountered a black Chevy Colorado pickup truck on the right shoulder of the road bearing significant damages to the left portion. Police also found a black Chevy Silverado pickup truck [�]

Teenager Dies in Christmas Eve Traffic Accident
Orange Walk Police were alerted between the hours of seven and eight o'clock on Christmas Eve night of two separate traffic incidents in their jurisdiction. The two incidents occurred minutes apart with the first being on the August Pine Ridge Road. In that incident, 17-year-old, Benjamin Krahn lost his life while his relative, 20-year-old, Abraham [�]

Six Persons Injured in Carmelita Accident
The second traffic incident occurred in the vicinity of mile-42 on the Philip Goldson Highway in the village of Carmelita. This case involved two vehicles and resulted in six persons being injured. Reports are that a Ford Escape being driven by 27-year-old, Fernando Hernandez of Guinea Grass Village was headed north to Orange Walk when it [�]

Two Separate Shooting Incidents During Christmas Weekend
On Christmas Day Belize City Police under the Command of ACP Chester Williams who is in charge of Eastern Division South, responded to reports of shots being fired on Police Street. Upon arrival on the scene, officers were informed that the victim, a student, Phillip Elijio was shot to the foot and rushed to the [�]

Finding Spaces for Local Doctors in Belize
For some years now there have been complaints from certain sections of the community regarding the high number of foreign doctors operating in our local hospitals. With consideration that there are many locals that have been going away to Cuba and other countries to study medicine, Love News asked the Director of Health Services, Dr [�]

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Chinese woman shot in robbery attempt in Sugar City
An attempted robbery just around 9 tonight in Orange Walk town resulted in a Chinese woman sustaining gunshot wounds. The attempted robbery occurred at the Sun Luck store on Riverside Street. The Chinese victim was rushed to the hospital for treatment. This is a [�]

Another fatal road traffic accident on Belize's highways
Reports reaching our newsroom is that one person is dead as a result of a road traffic accident that occurred shortly after 6 pm tonight on the Phillip Goldson highway. A bus and a red vehicle collided in front of El Cas around mile [�]

BNTU hunkers down - Classes resume on January 9th 2017
Today the Belize National Teacher's Union BNTU issued a press release stating that in an effort to allay all confusion about the reopening of classes, the Union reiterates that children and teachers deserve and are entitled to all three weeks of their Christmas vacation [�]

Traffic accident on George Price Highway claims one life
Last night around 7:00 there was a fatal road traffic accident on George Price Highway between miles 40 and 41. The body of David Alfaro of Belmopan City was seen lying on the road at the scene of the accident. He was found with [�]

Man's Christmas gift is surviving murder attempt
Phillip Elijio was shot to the foot on Christmas afternoon while walking on Police Street, however, his injuries were not life threatening. According to ACP Chester Williams, Elijio was approached by two men on bicycle. One of the men withdrew a firearm and fired [�]

Man survives Boxing Day murder attempt
One man is lucky to be alive after a gunman tried to cut his life short on Boxing Day. According to ACP Chester Williams, the victim, identified as Byron Jeffords was walking along Wagners Lane when two men on separate bikes approached him. One [�]

Suspected killer arraigned in court
A 24-year-old mechanic of Santa Elena Town, Trevor Jones, was today arraigned in the Belmopan magistrate's court for one count of murder. Jones is accused of murdering 61-year-old Paulina Urbelina Suarez of Santa Elena town on the night of December 18, 2016. Jones had [�]

Former BPP candidate plans malpractice committee
Former Belize Progressive Party (BPP) Candidate in the Albert constituency, Dr. Jose Espat is planning to form a committee in the new year. He posted to Facebook that, "This committee will be with the purpose of serving this entire nation in getting justice every [�]

Alfonso Noble out on bail
Guardian Newspaper Editor, Alfonso Noble, is currently out on a $5,000 bail after being arraigned in court for knocking down and killing Gilbert Myers near mile four on the George Price highway on Christmas Eve night. Noble was charged with one count of causing [�]


New Haven-Style Pizza Right Here in Belize?
If you have been reading my blog even sporadically, you know that I love San Pedro's hot spot and only food park, The Truck Stop. Not only do they have delicious food and ICE CREAM but a happening bar and lots and lots of fun events from the monthly Farmers' Market to Wednesday movies under the stars. NOW, by popular demand, they have opened a fourth food truck - a cargo container fully kitted out with all the fixings AND a serious gas fired pizza oven - called A Slice of Haven. Last night I went for my first taste of Haven and the place was filling up. Not in a crowded, annoying way�just lots of people eating and drinking, enjoying the sunset, spotting tarpon & bonefish and just having a great time. I have driven through and traveled through the North-east United States many many times. I grew up in New Jersey just north of New York City and attended Smith College in western Massachusetts. Northampton to be exact. So, based on my path (in yellow), you assume that I have tasted what has been called by almost every expert "the best pizza in the world"�Pepe's of New Haven, Connecticut. Anyone would think that.

Taste tasting Chef Toshiya's JYOTO creations
If you're like me, then I bet you are anticipating the grand opening of JYOTO Japanese Restaurant and Sushi Bar in San Pedro Town. JYOTO promises to be one of a kind, offering authentic Japanese cuisine (after all sushi was invented in Japan) on Ambergris Caye. Manning the kitchen will be Toshiya Tsujimoto, who has traveled the world perfecting his sushi-making skills. I recently had the honor sampling Chef Toshiya's during a private sushi dinner party, and words cannot fully explain the flavors this Japanese native is bringing to Belize! Toshiya practically dances in the kitchen, fully concentrated in dishing out spectacular plates. With glasses full of sake and hip-hop music in the background, we were ready to dig in! These and more Japanese dishes are at his new restaurant inside Mahogany Bay Village. JYOTO is scheduled to open mid-January 2017, but for those of you that are like me and simply can't wait, Chef Toshiya does catering services for private sushi parties!

Christmas in Belize aka Land of Missfit Toys
Christmas in Belize is always a big reminder that we live in the land of misfit toys. Since many of us moved here without friends and family, we make our own for the Holidays. The Cayes as well as the mainland, come alive for the Holidays and Christmas week and along with New Years Eve, mark the end of a busy and festive month. Brightly adorned Christmas trees and decorations are everywhere. Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas and Felize Navidad became the standard greetings or Belize Navidad as I saw from a few different people making the "Belize Joke" on the internet - great minds think alike. Ham and turkey sales skyrocketed, potato mashers and dessert makers worked overtime. If you were lucky enough to get an invitation to a Belizean Family Christmas you might also have been lucky enough to enjoy some homemade local favorites including: fresh fish and lobster, tamales, garnaches, panades, salbutes, ceviche, and other yumminess. Homemade Rum Popo; a rum cream beverage is also popular at this time. The fruitcakes my friend Denis and I saw at the local bakery were heavily doused with rum.

On your way to Placencia, Belize for vacation? Here are some gorgeous images from around the village!
Get more excited for your vacation (or take a break from looking at snow) by checking out some of our images below, these are mostly taken from Main Street, starting at the pier walking north... The pier...the most southern tip of the peninsula...some really cute shops and great people watching! On the right is Above Grounds coffee house, a great second floor balcony to people watch. You'll feel like you are in a treehouse. Mojo, another great second floor people-watching fun time.....Fridays they have a great Happy Hour 5-6:30...often there is live music on the balcony One of the farmer's markets in town, the produce is sold at these stands - not the grocery stores

International Sourcesizz

Watch How Drones Fight Pirate Fishing From the Sky
Belize has long struggled to control illegal fishing both in its waters and by vessels flagged to its country. But efforts to turn the tide are starting to pay off, says Julio Maaz, who serves as a fisheries coordinator in the country with the nonprofit group Wildlife Conservation Society. In March 2014, the European Union suspended all seafood imports from Belize, saying the country had not acted forcefully enough to prevent illegal fishing, also known as pirate fishing. But the country responded by upping its enforcement activities (including by deploying the coast guard), and the European Union restored its trade relationship by the end of that year. Further progress has been made since then, but the country still has a ways to go, says Maaz. Belize's multimillion coastal fishing industry is made up of 2,700 registered fishermen, with 650 vessels. The country's international fleet is made up of 33 vessels.

Church sells gift jars to raise money for mission trip
Peace Lutheran Church's mission team has plans to return to Belize this summer. To help with expenses, the team has already begun to raise money to help with expenses. This last one, which ended Dec. 18, was a bit of a different one, but one that they discovered when over very well. "We put together jars of mixes for people to buy," said Tina Sondgeroth. Those jars included a cinnamon and sugar mix, which made snickerdoodles, a muffin mix, a cinnamon spice beverage mix, and a Christmas pancake mix. The jars were then decorated with Christmas ribbon and bows. "Since this was the first year we did the jars, we only made up a few," she said. "We ran out that first Sunday and began to take orders."


  • Sport Fishing TV 2017 Season Preview, 1min. Blue marlin in Panama. Bonefish in Belize. Bluefin in New England. And that's just the start. The all-new season of Sport Fishing Television premieres on New Year's Eve on Destination America, Pursuit Channel and Fox Sports Sun.

  • Belize Scuba Trip, 4.5min.

  • Belize 2016, 3min. December 17th-27th

  • Belizeans' Season's Greetings from the Streets, 4min.

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

  • 7th Annual Habinahan Wanaragua (Jankunu Dance) Competition, 110min. For those who missed the 7th Annual Habinahan Wanaragua (Jankunu Dance) Competition this year held in Dangriga,here's a little peak.

  • Simone Biles Speaks About Education and Social Media Impact, 1.5min.

  • Snakes of Belize, 1min. The intro to a small film project I'm working on... The intro is simply to capture the attention of people who have been conditioned only to watch sensationalized media. The rest will be informative and outline a few of the more common species found throughout Belize.

  • Some amazing sushi is coming to San Pedro, Ambergris Caye!!!, 1min. A decadent way to serve up our Belizean Spiny Lobster

  • ALFONSO NOBLE TAKEN TO COURT, 1/2min. Editor for the Guardian Newspaper, Alfonso Noble, was involved in a fatal traffic accident over the Christmas weekend. Noble was driving a red Nissan on Saturday night heading home when upon reaching mile 4 on the George Price Highway he knocked down Gilbert Myers. Myers was heading home in the same direction on bicycle at the time of the incident. Noble had stopped to render aid and was subsequently taken into police custody by police officers. Noble was issued a charge sheet for one count of manslaughter by negligence causing death by careless conduct, driving without due care and attention and failure to provide specimen to police. Noble is currently being arraigned.

  • Welcome to Belize | Kings Park & San Pedro, 15min. Come and watch me explore Belize, in this vlog I got to explore Belize City a little & San Pedro.

  • Belize Bonefishing, 4.5min. Flyfishing the flats near Ambergris Caye, Belize.

  • We Finally Made It!!! | Belize Day 1, 16min.

  • Cave Tubing in Belize - 2016, 2min.

  • Belize in 9 Days, 3min. Backpacking our way through San Ignacio and Caye Caulker! Incredibly thankful for all the people we've met and the experiences we've lived

  • Belize, 2min. Mayan ruins

  • town... | Belize Day 2, 13min.

  • BELIZE 2013 - MISSION TRIP, 5min. This was my first ever Mission Trip that I went on when I was in the 8th grade. I went with my school to Belize to work on construction on a school and enjoy the scenery!

  • �� B E L I Z E ��, 4.5min. 9 days of backpacking through Belize - grateful for all the beautiful souls I met and memories I will carry.

  • Belize Barrier Reef 2016, 2.5min.

  • Raether Fam Belize 2016, 3.5min. Exploring Ambergris Caye

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