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Stolen backpack
A guy broke into one of the dorms of Pause Hostel and stole a backpack around 5:10am this morning. The owner lost the Canadian passport along with the backpack which is essential to leave Belize and return to home country on January 2, 2017. A police report had been filled in Caye Caulker police station, and noticed that multiple incidence happened on the same day at Pause Hostel. The owner is willing to award $50 USD to whoever retrieve the passport.

San Pedro Town brings in 2017 in grand style
With a mega party featuring a spectacular fireworks show and International DJ Outkast! Happy New Year everyone!

Community BBQ and Park Meet Up
The Belize City House of Culture and Downtown Rejuvenation Project have lots of activities for your participation and enjoyment in 2017. Our first event starts on January 14th at the House of Culture.

The Placencia Breeze January 2017
INSIDE January 2017 Pg 3 Placencia, Something for Everyone Pg 5 BTIA news / Thank You to Mistletoe Sponsors Sidewalk Art Festival Booth Form Pg 6 Croc Corner Pg 7 Poem by Sasha Lopez Pg 9 From the Fire Hearth - Healthy Eating Pg 11 Placencia Casino & Sports Bar Spotlight Pg 13 New Books / Amik Kil Ha' Spotlight / Orca sighting Pg 15 & 18 Placencia BTIA Members Pg 16 & 17 Placencia Peninsula Map Pg 20/21 Placencia Peninsula Guide Pg 22 Fitness Information Pg 23 End of the World Marathon / Ardith (Ardie) Grover Obituary Pg 24 Liquor Licenses Pg 26 Community Corner Pg 27 Licensed Tour Operators in Placencia / Licensed Tour Guides in Placencia Pg 28 Placencia Humane Society News Pg 29 Mistletoe Ball / Christmas Craft Fair / Boat Parade Pg 30 Placencia Peninsula Happenings Pg 31 Calender of Events

The Reporter

Special Senate Committee preparing for first meeting of 2017
The Senate Special Select Committee, formed to investigate incidents of wrong doing cited in the Auditor General’s Special Audit Report of the Immigration and Nationality Department, has set the date for its next meeting. According to an official communique sent by the office of the clerk of the National Assembly, the Committee will hold its first meeting for 2017 on Wednesday, January 4. As a part of the structure of the meetings, the proceedings will be carried live on local radio and television stations. After several months of disputes between the Government, the Opposition and the social partners about the Committee’s configuration, terms of reference and budget, the Committee began its work in October, to investigate the irregularities from 2011-2013 cited in the Special Audit Report. The Committee called the auditor General, Dorothy Bradley, as its first witness. Bradley explained that while the report numerous instances of improper practices, many of which involved Cabinet ministers, he added that the Report only covers approximately 25 percent of the total amount of questionable practices discovered during the audit.

Prime Minister gives New Year’s message
Prime Minister Dean Barrow, issued his New Year’s message to Belizeans this week, highlighting the challenges and successes of 2016, along with a glimpse of what Belizeans can expect in 2017. In his message, Barrow highlighted the declines in the agriculture industry, GOB’s social fall-out with the Belize National Teacher’s Union (BNTU) and the devastating effects of Hurricane Earl as major challenges in 2016. He also spoke on the continuous declines in the economy, which led to what he referred to as a “mild recession.” In the success category, Barrow highlighted numerous infrastructure projects, including the opening of the Harvest Caye port and a number of multi-million-dollar sporting and community projects in San Pedro, Dangriga and Punta Gorda. He also said that the Central Bank of Belize projects economic growth at 3.5 percent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP), in 2017 giving the country hope in an otherwise, difficult economic time.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Old habits die hard but change we must: Recommendations for 2017
My wife Mili and I are very happy to be home after a successful four-year assignment in Africa. After a year of first-hand observation and living after our return, we can conclude 2016 was quite an eventful year for Belize, apparently exciting for […]

Fatal traffic accident in Ontario village, Cayo
Reports reaching our newsroom is that two motorcycles collided in Ontario village in the Cayo district shortly around 7 tonight. BBN has been able to confirm that one person is dead. There may be a second fatality due to this motocycle accident but BBN […]

Police arrest suspect for David Andrews’ murder
Southside police have made an arrest in the murder of 19-year-old David Andrews. Police believe that Frank Young, 19, also known as “John John” was the man who got off the back of a motorcycle and gunned down Andrews last Friday. Information to BBN […]

Security Guard jailed for stealing from employers
A security guard is currently in prison after he stole several items from a place he was hired to secure from thieves. The incident occured last Monday night when Jorge Montero, a security guard for Priority Security Company, was watching the home of Stephanie […]

Microsoft’s new cross platform service named ‘ Belize’
Microsoft plans to change how people tell their stories or share photos and videos by introducing a new cross platform service. The service was initially revealed by a report fromZDNet. The service will be called ‘Belize’; it will be a cross-platform service with apps for […]

Blogs

And So it Ended…Goodbye Belize. Adios.
Things had been a little more quiet at work for a few weeks. I was not complaining about ending my time at Saga Humane Society on a less hectic note. However, now that the final days were winding down, it was like they could smell that I was leaving. Everyone was in a panic to see the vet before she left the island for good. On Thursday we lined up a nice final snip day. Thursday is when we did the majority of our free spays and neuters. Secretly, this was one of my favorite days. Not because it was all surgery, but because it was mostly human-free. Merari in reception knows that unless your dog has a leg hanging off or an eye falling out, Thursday is not for appointments. I could have a break from the regular stress most vets face in dealing with a variety of clients, questions, and personalities. On this Thursday one of the staff went out into the community to do some errands and to look for any additional animals that might need spay/neuter. She returned with an owned dog that was already neutered, but clearly was having trouble walking. I took a look and thought, “What in the H#@*!??” This dog had a tumor that I had never seen the likes of before.

2 Tickets to Paradise on SEA’S d DAY
I was so excited to get a day on the water to one of my favorite places; the back side of the island, for some high quality relaxation time. When I got the message the night before, that I could bring a friend I knew I would have no trouble finding one. At the time I had two great short notice choices in close proximity. Sandie won first pick by a millimeter because she and I already toured the boat together and I told her if I get a “plus one” it will be her. She almost jumped at the chance but between checking into the Sunbreeze Hotel for a hot date with her hubby the next day and a bit of work, her plate was full. Fellow boat lover and longtime friend Jack was an instant “yes”. The crew for the day was: Alex, Sonia, Monique and last but not least Elito and Rebecca who personally welcomed us for the special press tour – i Travel Belize, San Pedro Scoop and San Pedro Sun. They shared a bit about their vision of wanting to do something unique and highly enjoyable and wanted our feedback. I would definitely say they hit the mark. Houseboats are a very cool way to travel. That day it was combined with excellent staff, family, great fellow writers and yummy food. What more could a girl ask for?

International Sourcesizz

The best destinations around the world for 2017
Kick back or kick out. Chill on a beach or hang out in one of the world's hot spots. Whatever style of holiday you prefer, there's no need to throw a dart at a map to decide your destination. We've scoured the continents to find the best of the best for every week of the year. For a Mayan underworld adventure, the crystal museum of Río Secreto is a stunning underground river with thousands of dramatic stalactites and stalagmites. In Belize, Ambergris Caye is the largest island, and boasts the world's second largest coral reef system (after that other one across the ditch) as well as exotic creatures like monkeys, manatees and crocodiles.

Travel Scene: 10 places you might be able to live better than in U.S.
There are plenty of places to live in this world — and in some areas you might be able to live better than you can in the U.S. The publication Live and Invest Overseas is out with its new yearly ranking of the top 10 places in the world to "live better, reinvent one's life and have a grand adventure in 2017," according to a news release from Kathleen Peddicord, author and publisher of the report. The list this year includes locales in traditional places like Portugal, France and Spain, as well as places one would not expect, including the Dominican Republic, Malaysian Borneo, Nicaragua and Columbia. 4: Santa Familla, Belize. Life is back to the basics. A region of wide-open spaces, fresh air, warm sun and fertile land. The world's best place to disconnect and unplug.

2016 – A year of highs and lows for the Caribbean
Caribbean tourism remained on a high in 2016, but with threats such as Brexit and correspondent banking lurking dangerously close to its doorstep, the performance of the region’s economies remained at a worrying low. Politically, it was also a mixed year for the region in which several incumbent Governments were shown the door. In St Lucia’s case, new prime minister Allan Chastanet suggested that it was a ballooning debt, coupled with an onerous Value Added Tax (VAT) system, an inability to reduce high unemployment, and the implementation of a 66 per cent increase in the cost of pipe water that led to the demise of the Kenny Anthony-led St Lucia Labour Party (SLP) administration. Anthony was himself forced to relinquish leadership of the SLP following its humiliating defeat at the polls.

Videos

  • Belizean in the NFL, 5min. Do know what country he was born in, that he speaks Garifuna and which teammate got him back into fishing? Get to know Rakeem Nunez-Roches.

  • Harvest Caye - A Belize Destination From Norwegian Cruise Line, 2min.

  • Cecile performs in Belize on new years, 2min.

  • Shark Feeding Frenzy Belize December 2016, 3.5min.

  • Gary playing drums, Belize, 3min. On our cruise, we went to Belize and met Gary. He is one of the coolest people we met on our trip! He asked me to take this video and post it, so he could give this message to the world.

  • US Embassy Belize 2017 New Year's Message, 1min.

  • Belize - Crooked Tree, 3min. A drive through Crooked Tree ending at H&I Mora Kitchen.

  • Belize Aggressor 2016 HD, 13min. Fantastic December week of diving aboard the Sun Dancer, Belize Aggressor with dive buddy in the outer reefs of Belize.

  • Belize Underwater, 10min. Underwater footage near Ambergris Caye.

  • BELIZE TRIP, 4.5min. This video is a summary of my trip to Belize. I went to two different parts one being the jungle and the ocean. This provided me with a good overall look at Belize.

  • Guatemala & Belize Spring 2016, 4min. Video from our trip to Guatemala and Belize. Marianka, Juraj, Roman and Michal enjoying their three weeks full of adventure and... beer :)